GARY COLE ZL1KJ ..REPORTS ON ‘CENTURY AWARD’ …

HI !

WITH KELLY’S INTRODUCTION OF THE ‘HAMSPHERE AWARD’ SYSTEM EARLIER THIS YEAR AND NO LONGER BEING ABLE TO DX ON THE AMATEUR H.F. BANDS AT MY RETIREMENT VILLAGE IN AUCKLAND NZ, I IMMEDIATELY BECAME INTERESTED IN BECOMING AN ACTIVE PARTICIPANT.

BEING A HAM RADIO OPERATOR FOR SOME 22 YEARS AND A DXER AT HEART, THE THOUGHT OF THIS NEW CHALLENGE ON ‘V.O.I.P’ HAD ME READY TO GO.
EVEN PRIOR TO KELLY’S ANNOUNCMENT RE THE AWARD SYSTEM, I HAD BEEN DABBLING IN THE AREA OF DX ON ‘HAMSPHERE’, AND THINK I HAD AROUND THE MID TWENTY COUNTRIES WORKED. I EVEN TRIED TO ESTABLISH MY OWN DX LOG,BUT AGAIN … THAT AMAZING FELLOW IN CYPRUS DID IT FOR ME AND WHAT IS MORE, DID IT 100 TIMES BETTER THAN I HAD DREAMED OF.

ANYHOW … WITH THE BIT BETWEEN MY TEETH, I SET OFF ON THIS QUEST, FOR THE NEXT LEVEL OF THE AWARD. ‘FIFTY COUNTRIES’ … WOW ! … CAN I GET THERE ?… YES I CAN … AND YES I DID … WITH VERY LITTLE TROUBLE.

THE DX WAS THERE TO GRAB, WITHOUT WHAT WAS TO BECOME A MORE FRUSTRATING AND DIFFICULT THIRD PHASE FOR ME.

PILE UPS ( STATIONS CLAMMERING FOR THE RARE ONES )… TALKNG OVER THE TOP OF ONE ANOTHER AND SOMETIMES FRIGHTENING OFF THE RARE NEW STATION OPERATOR. IT BECAME MORE AND MORE PREVALENT. ONE OF THE THINGS I STARTED TO REALISE DURING THIS AND THE FINAL STAGE OF MY ASCENT TO ‘ONE HUNDRED DX STATIONS’, WAS MY REMOTENESS ‘DOWN UNDER’… HERE IN NEW ZEALAND. OH ! .. I AM SURE THAT HELPED. MANY WAS THE TIME,MY CALL WOULD BE ANSWERED … MUCH TO MY OWN SURPRISE, AND AHEAD OF WHAT APPEARED MORE POWERFUL STATIONS VYING FOR THAT ELUSIVE CONTACT. AS I GOT CLOSER TO THE NEARING ’100′ MARK, IT SEEMED TO TAKE AN ETERNITY. I WAS UP AT ALL HOURS OF THE DAY AND NIGHT… WAITING …WAITING …WAITING. WAITING AND LOOKING FOR THAT NEW COUNTRY, AND AN EMAIL THAT A NEW QSL CARD WAS THERE.

THEN, AT 15:30 UTC,ON THE 20TH OF JUNE 2012 … ‘ALBERTO — XX9SA– .. THERE IT WAS. HIS CARD AS PROMISED HAD ARRIVED AND WAS UP ON MY SCREEN. WHEW ! … I’VE GOT MY ’100′.. OH!! WHAT A JOY, AND MY OWN PERSONAL POINT OF VIEW, THE FIRST STATION IN THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE TO ACHIEVE AND RECEIVE THE ‘HAMSPHERE’DXHC CENTURY AWARD.

THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY..KELLY LINDMAN 5B4AIT
DE GARY COLE ZL1KJ

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COMMENT: DE DEREK ZL1AKJ
CONGRATULATIONS MY VERY GOOD FRIEND ..GARY ! CONSIDERING NZ’s POPULATION OF ONLY 4.4 MILLION ..YOU’VE DONE WELL AGAINST THE HIGHER POPULATED NORTHERN HEMISPHERE COUNTRIES… THANKS MATE!

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