A week of VI50IARU3

Between Monday 11th June 2018 and Sunday 17th June 2018 I had the privilege of operating as VI50IARU3.  This is a special call to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Region 3 of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU).



During my time with the call I operated from home and also activated one summit for Summits on the Air (SOTA), and four parks for World Wide Flora Fauna (WWFF).  Unfortunately work got in the way on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

I ended up making a total of 631 contacts on 10m SSB, 15m SSB, 20m SSB, 40m SSB, 80m SSB, & 2m FM.  I found band conditions pretty tough at times, particularly with the DX.  I only had the one real opening to Europe on the long path on 20m.  I did not work any Japanese or Asian stations on 15m which is very unfamiliar.  Propagation just wasn’t there.

But despite the average conditions I did work a total of 26 different DXCC entities:

  • Alaska – 1
  • Asiatic Russia – 1
  • Australia – 531
  • Belgium – 2
  • Canada – 1
  • Croatia – 2
  • Czech Republic – 1
  • Dominican Republic – 1
  • European Russia – 1
  • Germany – 2
  • France – 9
  • Greece – 2
  • Hawaii -1
  • Indonesia – 6
  • Italy – 5
  • Japan – 6
  • Netherlands – 1
  • New Zealand – 27
  • Poland – 1
  • Portugal – 1
  • Romania – 1
  • Serbia – 1
  • Spain – 2
  • Switzerland – 1
  • Ukraine – 1
  • USA -23

The map below shows my contacts around the globe using VI50IARU3.  I worked 16 of the 40 CQ Zones, and 13 IOTA entities.

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I worked 14 of the 50 US States.  This was a mixture of contacts on 40m SSB & 20m SSB.

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Most of my contacts were around Australia, with New Zealand in 2nd place.  I also worked a few stations in Indonesia.

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On Tuesday I had a short opening on the long path on 20m into Europe.

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I think the most interesting call logged was HI8RD in the Dominican Republic on the 40m band.

I had a great time with the call and would like to thank Fred VK3DAC for giving me the opportunity of using the call.  I would also like to thank everyone who called me.

Don’t forget….there is a special QSL card available (downloadable only) and also a special Award on offer.  Details can be found by clicking on the link on the VI50IARU3 QRZ.com page.

2 thoughts on “A week of VI50IARU3

    • G’day Chris,

      The bands were quite challenging, so I was pretty happy with the outcome. Also, I do not have a great antenna on 40m, particularly for DX. As a result there was very little, if any DX worked on that band during the evening. I can dream of a new QTH, an upgrade, and a 40m beam.


      Paul VK5PAS

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