SONs, DADs, and Other Callsigns That Spell Words

In the last five days, I’ve worked a bunch of stations whose callsigns spell words:

  • On 6/12, I worked Roy, WA2SON. A day later, I heard WB4DAD calling CQ , but unfortunately, he couldn’t hear me. I have worked him before, though.
  • On 6/13, I worked Chano, EA8UP, in the Canary Islands. I actually worked him on SSB. He was calling CQ in Spanish, or “say koo.” He called several times with no reply, perhaps because the stations here in the U.S. didn’t realize he was calling CQ. I even talked a little Spanish with him before signing.
  • On 6/14, I worked Don, AA5AT. He becomes my third “AT,” joining AA4AT and N0AT.
  • Just now, I worked Steve, KF2AX. Steve was running QRP with an attic antenna. Even so, he was Q5 here.

Now, to get the QSL cards.

UPDATE – 6/20/09:
This afternoon, while waiting a few minutes for my wife, I turned on the rig. In those few minutes, I happened to contact KD8ILL, who was working the WV QSO Party!

A Couple of Cool QSLs

Here are a couple of notable QSLs I’ve received recently:


I got this about a month ago. It’s an SWL QSL for the Space Station QSO we conducted from the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.


I blogged about my W1MX QSO recently. W1MX is the station of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Amateur Radio Society.

The operator at W1MX was Chris, KA8WFC, who used to live here in Ann Arbor. On the card, he says, “It was great to hear your signals booming in on 40m, just like I was back in Ann Arbor.” It was nice to get such a great signal report, but I suspect the strength of my signals was more the result of the three-element Yagi they’re using at W1MX rather than the 75W I was running that evening.

You might ask, “Why is there a beaver on the QSL card”? The beaver is, of course, the MIT mascot.