Ever since I worked my 100th DXCC entity, I’ve been looking for my next challenge. I’m fairly close to finishing Worked All States with only two close ones remaining: Connecticut and New Hampshire. I’ve been trying to earn it on 20m, which has been tough. Rhode Island is such a small state that I have lots of other states too close for normal 20m propagation. I may try to get my two last ones on either VHF or one of the low bands just to complete the basic award and watch for the right conditions to finish out 20m. Most of my contacts have been on digital modes, and most of those on BPSK-31. So the Digital, PSK31, and 20M PSK31 endorsements are all within my grasp.
The real award I’ve started to pursue is the Triple Play Award. There aren’t any band endorsements, so I can choose whatever bands make it easy to work each state in the CW, Phone, and Digital modes. I am hoping to add VHF all mode capabilities to my shack soon, which should help with some of the closer states. Of course, a large part of the Triple Play Award is that all contacts must be confirmed via LoTW. I currently have 6 states confirmed on CW, 12 on Phone, and 44 on Digital. I’ve worked many more states on phone and a few more on CW, but with operators who don’t use LoTW so they don’t count. So obviously I have a long way to go on the Triple Play Award. That’s fine by me though; if it didn’t take a big effort there wouldn’t be much value behind the award.
My other casual persuit that began recently is to earn WAS using JT65A. I haven’t been using the mode much, but already have 17 states confirmed via LoTW. I have worked even more that could be confirmed via paper QSL as well.
I’m sure my focus will shift when I add a VHF all mode rig to the mix and when I get my DX-LB Plus hung once the snow melts. I’ll probably be starting a run at VUCC and/or 40m WAS. But for now, the ones above are where I’m spending most of my time.