Triple Play WAS Award

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New DXCC worked – Turkey on 40m SSB, and Nicaragua on 40m CW

Worked Mehmet TA1CM last night on 40m SSB. And this morning, received a beautiful eQSL card via eQSL.cc:QSL_TA1CM

Isn’t it amazing what technology does? I wish eQSL count for DXCC awards…

Also, worked H5T5 (Nicaragua) on CW on 40m and 30m tonight. Now to confirm a hard-copy QSL via direct mail.

QSL cards received and answered

Fresh QSL cards in the mail today – all received direct and to be confirmed direct via Canada Post mail tomorrow morning:

QSL_i2rib qsl_kd0cdm qsl_k4bll

What’s really puzzling me is that most of the QSL cards I receive recently were for digital modes. Before, most of my QSL cards came from my CW correspondents. Generally speaking, I would generally expect a modern digital mode like JT65/JT9 to be confirmed via LOTW…  Still, it’s a thrill discovering a familiar size envelope in the mailbox: it’s like a box of chocolates -you never know what you’re gonna get.

NTS Radiogram received

Received the following NTS radiogram today – thank you to Larry VE3GT for handling and delivery via his digital station:

 4191 R HXC KM7N ARL8 SAHUARITA AZ SEP 9
 PAUL SHIRYAEV VA3PAW
 PO BOX 62075 VICTORIA TERRACE PO
 TORONTO ON M4A2W1
 OPNOTE EMAIL VA3PAW ATSIGN GMAIL DOT COM
 BT
 ARL FIFTY SIX TRIPLE PLAY
 AWARD X 73
 BT
 ADAM KM7N TPA592
 =================
 TOR: 110231Z
 

This sparked my curiosity to find out more about the NTS (National Traffic System) and also what ‘ARL 56’ may stand for as neither of that was on my ham exam. Apparently, it’s an elaborate network of humans and machines effectively handling third-party messages across the continent. Very impressive to have this still up and running in this era of fiber-optics cables and cheap internet access.

NTS

By-the-way, ARL 56 stands for ‘Congratulations on your _______, a most worthy and deserved achievement.’, so the full message (in English!) reads:

CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR TRIPLE PLAY AWARD, A MOST WORTHY AND DESERVED ACHIEVEMENT.
BEST REGARDS, 
ADAM KM7N

Thank you Adam KM7N for congratulations!

ARL FIFTY THREE MESSAGE =
73 DE PAUL VA3PAW =