Mr Thossaphol Noratus HS4HNL wrote a lovely article about Ham Radio in Asia for the ‘100 watts’ magazine. Unfortunately I can’t read it in full myself, but I can see my calls and a few other details in there!
Good job on the article Thossaphol, 73!
Note: All XU7AGA Direct/OQRS cards have been dispatched as of 06/10/2015.
Just want to let everyone who has ordered an XU7AGA QSL Card know that my cards have been dispatched by the printer so hopefully I’ll be able to send them out shortly!
My apologies for the delay – the printing has taken quite a bit longer than I expected.
Whilst operating in Cambodia, especially when operating from Koh Rong Island (IOTA AS-133) I was frequently bitten by all kinds of insects, namely:
While Dengue Fever has been present in Cambodia, it was not endemic while I was there, so I (nor anyone else) placed too much emphasis on protection from insect bites. Most of the time, I wore a singlet top, shorts and flip flops. I was bitten all over the place, and as it turned out, the local insects produced greater allergic reactions than whenever I suffer insect bites back home in Australia.
Scratching produced wounds, and the wounds became infected with various results. Read more for the whole story and advice to prevent experiencing the same issues I did, but warned medical issues are discussed. 🙂
As previously mentioned, the original QSL Card Design wasn’t compliant for the IOTA awards, so here is the new one.
Basically, if you get a QSL card with ‘Koh Rong AS-133’ ticked, it counts for IOTA. If ‘Sihanoukville’ is ticked, it doesn’t. All QSOs made with me between the 19/06/2015 & 21/06/2015 UTC were made from Koh Rong Island, IOTA AS-133.
In total, there were 92 IOTA QSOs. Although I would have liked more, it is wet season here and the weather was absolutely terrible. Japanese stations collected the majority of QSOs, although even these pile-ups were frequently ended by the WX.
Honorable Mentions go out to: W6CCP, W6ZR, KH6HM, W4DJL, S52LD, UA0FDQ, SP5FCZ, YO8BGE, and Wim (XU7TZG), who managed a QSO on every band (except 160m which neither of us could tune) 😉
If you have any questions regarding whether your QSL counts for IOTA, please email me via my QRZ listed email address.