EUDXF board member Achim DF3EC visited HamCation in Orlando, Florida this February. HamCation hosted the 2022 ARRL National Convention under the theme of “reDiscover Radio” as one of the largest annually held gatherings of radio amateurs in the US. The last convention in 2020 attracted 24,200 visitors over all three days. This year hams from US, Canada but also from Europe were attracted by lectures, forums, meetings and a wide range of vendors, clubs as well as a huge fleamarket under Florida’s sun. Among the presentations were also DX-related topics like a presentation on the OJ0C 2021 DX-pedition to Market Reef and the VP8PJ DX-pedition to Signy Island, Antarctica.
Our friends from ARRL were represented with a large booth. Achim met ARRL’s president Rick K5UR – who belongs to the top DXers in the world – and ARRL CEO David NA2AA. Our board member also used the opportunity to activate the special event station W1AW/4. He met numerous ham friends who confirmed that EUDXF is a well-known association also in the US.
More information on HamCation can be found here: https://www.hamcation.com
The crowded ARRL area
DF3EC at the special event station
DF3EC with ARRL’s president K5UR
EUDXF Members DL7BO and DJ6TF are currently active as Z22O and Z21A from Zimbabwe.
They will be active until 20 February 2022 from Harare, Zimbabwe.
They operate on 160 – 10m, CW, SSB, FT8, FT4.
They use ICOM IC – 7300 transceivers and 1kw amplifier.
18m GP for the Low Bands.
QSL via DJ6TF and logs will also go to LOTW.
Over the years the EUDXF supported many DXpeditions by Cezar, VE3LYC and many of us have one or more QSL cards in their collection from his travels to exoctic island destinations.
Whilst limited in travelling Cezar worte a book about his travels which was published recently: Dream BIG and dare to fail
This book is addressed to all radio amateurs, chasers and activators alike. It will take you through the voyages Cezar carried out as a solo operator or team member of various radio expeditions, from the Arctic to the Sub-Antarctic regions. You will join me along each journey and discover the challenges encountered in bringing on the air remote islands belonging to 25 IOTA references, 19 of which ranked in the Top #30 on the IOTA Most Wanted List out of 1136 groups activated to date. Apart from its documentary aspect Cezar hopes that its reading will encourage everyone to pursue his/her own adventure dream, whichever may be, and strengthen his/her resolve in coping with all the ups and downs that it may entail.
More information about the book and how to obtain a copy: https://ve3lyc-book.weebly.com/