Five Numbers

126,042,572 – the number of QSL records resulting from nearly three quarters of a billion records entered in the Logbook of the World system from over eighty-thousand users. LoTW is slowly becoming the de facto electronic QSL network. I’m getting one match for every three uploads – that closely matches what I see from paper QSLing. The ARRL has been broadening adoption of the service through operating events like the Centennial QSO Party and National Parks on the Air. Sneaky, but effective!

735,405 – the number of amateur radio licensees in the FCC database as of the end of 2015. That’s ninety-one hundred more than at the close of 2014, indicating more than one percent growth – a trend that’s been up every year since 2007.

1,499 – the number of US dollars you’ll have to exchange for the new ICOM IC-7300 amateur radio transceiver which employs an RF direct sampling system, where RF signals are directly converted to digital data.

1,000 – the number of ARISS contacts between earth-bound students and orbiting astronauts over the life of the program. To celebrate the 1,000th contact NASA is producing videos like this one touting the importance of amateur radio on the ISS.

7 – the number of blog posts you need to study to learn the best methods for getting in the VK0EK logbook. The Heard Island DXpedition is already underway — the crew is in transit and if all goes according to plan, the operation will be officially QRV from the island in about ten days. Read all seven articles, start with this one and work your way back.

Author: Jeff Davis