My Additional Challenge

(Last updated on Dec. 1, 2014)

INTRODUCTION:

My Challenge was successfully achieved.

But the starting date of My Challenge (Nov. 25, 2006) was too early because the sunspot minimum point came later than expected.

The following is a list of the 3-month moving averages of sunspot numbers from Jun. 2006 (see http://www.arrl.org/w1aw-bulletins-archive/ARLP050/2008 and http://www.arrl.org/w1aw-bulletins-archive/ARLP005/2011).

Jun '06: 28.9
Jul '06: 23.3
Aug '06: 23.5
Sep '06: 21.2
Oct '06: 24.1
Nov '06: 23.1 (The starting month of My Challenge)
Dec '06: 27.3
Jan '07: 22.7
Feb '07: 18.5
Mar '07: 11.2
Apr '07: 12.2
May '07: 15.8
Jun '07: 18.7
Jul '07: 15.4
Aug '07: 10.2
Sep '07: 5.4
Oct '07: 3.0
Nov '07: 6.9
Dec '07: 8.1
Jan '08: 8.5
Feb '08: 8.4
Mar '08: 8.4
Apr '08: 8.9
May '08: 5.0
Jun '08: 3.7
Jul '08: 2.0
Aug '08: 1.1
Sep '08: 2.5
Oct '08: 4.5
Nov '08: 4.4
Dec '08: 3.6
Jan '09: 2.2
Feb '09: 2.0
Mar '09: 1.5
Apr '09: 2.0
May '09: 4.2
Jun '09: 5.2
Jul '09: 4.0
Aug '09: 4.0
Sep '09: 4.6
Oct '09: 7.1
Nov '09: 10
- - - - -GAME OVER - - - - -SUNSPOTS HAVE COME BACK- - - - -
Dec '09: 15.1
Jan '10: 22.4
Feb '10: 25.7

According to this list, the 3-month moving average of sunspot numbers was not more than 10 from Sep. 2007.
Thus it is more challenging to set the starting month as Sep. 2007.

Please see also the following graph.












The figure above shows the progression of sunspot numbers from Cycle 23 to Cycle 24.
The time periods for My Challenge (Nov. 25, 2006 - Nov. 24, 2011) and My additional Challenge (Sep. 13, 2007 - Nov. 24, 2011) are shown with the arrows in this figure.
It is clear from this figure that I did My Challenge and My Additional Challenge during the BOTTOM of the sunspot cycle.
The figure is from http://www.sidc.be/html/wolfjmms.html.


OBJECT OF MY ADDITIONL CHALLENGE:

The object of My Additional Challenge was to work as many DXCC-entities as possible using an output power of 500 milliwatts and dipole antennas on 17m (18MHz) and higher bands during the period in which the 3-month moving averages of sunspot numbers were consecutively not more than 10 (i.e., from Sep. 2007 to Nov. 2009).


RESULTS OF MY ADDITIONL CHALLENGE:

I worked the following 103 DXCC-entities, and as of now I have confirmed 90 DXCC-entities. In this case, "confirmed" means confirmed by a QSL card, LoTW, eQSL or log search.

I am grateful to the following good-ears stations. The following list contains no scheduled contacts.

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Callsign, Band(m), Month/Year
(*: cfm by a QSL card or LoTW,
@: an eQSL TNX,
#: hit in log search)

AFRICA (cfm/wkd: 2/2)
3B7C, 17m, Sep '07 *
VQ9LA, 17m, Feb '09 *


SOUTH AMERICA (cfm/wkd: 3/3)
LT1F, 15m, Nov '07 #
ZX5J, 15m, Nov '07 #
ZP6CW, 17m, Nov '08 *


NORTH AMERICA (cfm/wkd: 2/2)
WB5DNT, 17m, Nov '07 (State: TX) *
VE5UA, 17m, Nov '08 *


ANTARCTICA (cfm/wkd: 1/1)
8J1RL, 17m, Sep '07 *


ASIA (cfm/wkd: 21/23)
9M6/LA6VM, 17m, Apr '08 (Spratly)
XV4D, 15m, Nov '09 *
4L8A, 15m, Nov '07 *
4Z5LA, 17m, Nov '09 *
5B4AIZ, 15m, Nov '08 #
9M2CNC, 15m, Nov '07 *
BU2AI, 15m, Nov '07 *
B3C, 15m, Nov '07 *
EX2A, 17m, Nov '09
EY8DQ, 15m, Nov '07 *
HL2DC, 17m, Nov '09 *
HS0ZAR, 15m, Nov '07 #
8J6RARC/6, 17m, July '08 *
JD1BIE, 17m, Sep '09 *
JT1T, 15m, Nov '07 *
S21ZDX, 15m, Nov '07 *
RX9SA, 15m, Nov '07 *
UK9AA, 17m, Feb '08 *
UN5J, 17m, Nov '09 *
VR2C, 15m, Nov '07 *
XU7ACY, 15m, Feb '08 *
XW1A, 15m, Nov '07 @
XX9TCC, 17m, May '08 *


EUROPE (cfm/wkd: 27/34)
9A2YM, 17m, Mar '09
DK3WW, 17m, Oct '07 *
EA5FX, 17m, Oct '08 #
EA6NB, 17m, Nov '08 *
ES90J, 17m, Feb '08 *
EU7SA, 17m, Nov '08 *
F5NTV, 17m, Oct '08 *
MD0CCE, 17m, Oct '07 *
HA7TM, 17m, Oct '07 *
HB9DRK, 17m, Nov '09
IZ8GGF, 15m, Nov '07 *
IS0GQX, 17m, Oct '08 *
LA9VDA, 17m, Oct '09 *
LX/DF3VM, 17m, Oct '09 *
LY1000M, 17m, Feb '09 *
LZ1ND, 17m, Mar '08
OE8SKQ, 15m, Oct '08 *
OH7EA, 17m, Feb '09 @
OJ0B, 17m, Sep '07 *
OK2SK, 17m, Oct '07 *
OM4EX, 15m, Nov '09 *
OT4A, 17m, Oct '07 *
PA5TT, 17m, Oct '07 *
S59AA, 17m, Feb '08
SM5CAK, 15m, Oct '08 *
SN90PR, 17m, Nov '08 *
SV9/DJ7RJ, 17m, Mar '09 *
T96Q, 17m, Oct '07 *
RC4Q, 15m, Nov '07 *
RA2FF, 17m, Oct '08
UY5ZZ, 15m, Nov '07 *
YL90GN, 17m, Nov. '08
YR1C, 15m, Nov '09 *
YT2RX, 17m, Oct '07 *


OCEANIA (cfm/wkd: 34/38)
3D2BV, 17m, Jan '08 *
3D2AG/P (Rotuma), 17m, Jan '08 #
3D20CR (Conway Reef), 17m, Oct '09 *
4W6AL, 17m, Sep '09 #
9M6YBG, 15m, Oct '07 *
A35RK, 15m, Nov '07 *
C21DL, 17&15m, Feb '08
DX1DBT, 15m, Nov '07 *
E51A (S. Cook), 15m, Nov '07 *
TX3A (Chesterfield), 15m, Nov '09 *
FO8RZ, 15m, Nov '09 *
FK/JA1NLX, 17m, Nov '07 *
FO/JA8BMK (Austral), 12m, Feb '08
FW5RE, 17m, Feb '09 *
H40MY, 17m, Oct '07 *
JD1BMM (Minamitorishima), 17m, Oct. '08 *
WH0S, 15m, Nov '07 #
WH2D, 15m, Oct '07 *
K4M (Midway), 17m, Oct '09 *
KH6LC, 15m, Nov '07 *
P29NI, 17m, Oct '07 #
T2G, 17m, Sep '09
T30IW, 12m, Nov '09 *
T88FY, 15m, Nov '07 *
V63TR, 17m, Feb '08 *
V73NS, 15m, Nov '07 *
V8FDM, 17m, Nov '07 *
VK4AN, 12m, Feb '08 *
VK9AA (Cocos-Keeling), 15m, Nov '07 *
VK9NS, 17m, Jan '08
VK9WWI (Willis), 15m, Sep '07 *
N1YC/VK9X (Christmas I.), 17m, Apr '08 *
VP6DX (Ducie), 17&15&12m, Feb '08 *
YB9AQH, 17m, Oct '07 *
YJ0AQY, 17m, Nov '08 *
ZK2NX, 17m, Sep '09 *
ZL1TM, 15m, Oct '07 *
ZL7T, 17m, Mar '09 *


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Status history:

2007:
Sep. 13: started
Sep. 30: 6 entities worked (3B7, OH, OJ0, UN, 8J1RL, VK9/W)
Oct. 31: 31 worked (+25: 9M6, BY, DL, EU, GD, H40, HA, I, KH2, KH6, OK, ON, P2, PA, SP, T30, T9, UA(AS), UA(EU), VK, VR2, YB, YU, XU, ZL)
Nov. 30: 53 worked (+22: 3W, 4L, 9M2, A3, BV, DU, E5/S, EY, FK, HS, JT, KH0, LU, OM, PY, S2, T8, UR, V7, VK9/C, W, XW)
Dec. 31: 53 worked (+0)

2008:
Jan. 31: 56 worked (+3: 3D2/F, 3D2/R, VK9/N)
Feb. 29: 66 worked (+10: C2, ES, FO/A, JA, LY, S5, UK, V6, V8, VP6/D)
Mar. 31: 67 worked (+1: LZ)
Apr. 30: 69 worked (+2: 9M0, VK9/X)
May 31: 70 worked (+1: XX9)
June 30: 70 worked (+0)
July 31: 70 worked (+0)
Aug. 31: 70 worked (+0)
Sep. 30: 70 worked (+0)
Oct. 31: 77 worked (+7: EA, F, IS0, JD1/M, OE, SM, UA2)
Nov. 30: 84 worked (+7: 5B, EA6, VE, YJ, YL, YO, ZP)
Dec. 31: 84 worked (+0)

2009:
Jan. 31: 84 worked (+0)
Feb. 28: 86 worked (+2: FW, VQ9)
Mar. 31: 89 worked (+3: 9A, SV9, ZL7)
Apr. 30: 89 worked (+0)
May 31: 89 worked (+0)
June 30: 89 worked (+0)
July 31: 89 worked (+0)
Aug. 31: 89 worked (+0)
Sep. 30: 93 worked (+4: 4W, JD1/O, T2, ZK2)
Oct. 31: 97 worked (+4: 3D2/C, KH4, LA, LX)
Nov. 30: 103 worked (+6: 4X, EX, FK/C, FO, HB9, HL)
- - - - -GAME OVER - - - - -SUNSPOTS HAVE COME BACK- - - - -


[Keywords: QRP, QRPp, DX, DXCC, dipole, balcony, apartment, 500mW, Radix, RDL-2000, sunspot cycle, minimum, bottom, higher HF band, アパマン、バルコニー、ベランダ、ダイポール、ラディックス、太陽黒点、極小、底、ボトム、ハイバンド]
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