ARRL International DX phone contest 2013

I made one hundred seventy contacts with sixty unique countries and of those eighteen were countries I had never contacted before:

Aland Islands, Bonaire, Chile, Estonia, Honduras, Ireland, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, Nicaragua, Norway, Paraguay, Poland, Romania, Russia (European), Sweden, Turks & Caicos Islands, and Ukraine.

I have worked eighty five countries now, with fourty seven confirmed. Here are my DXCC statistics, as generated by my logging program.

Highlights of the contest:

Learning on IRC from #logbook that South America was easy to contact on 15 meters and 10 meters and deciding to hook up my, as yet, unpackaged LDG AT-100ProII Antenna Tuner which I got for Christmas from my Ham Dad, KG4AZX so I could try and work them using my 20 meter dipole. It worked. WIthout it I wouldn't have made contact with Paraguay, Chile, Nicaragua, Bonaire or Honduras.

Hearing several Japanese stations, but not getting through to them. I heard them on 15 meters Saturday night during grey line for 20 minutes. Next time I'll have a proper 15 meter antenna.

Hearing my old neighbor, Ken, AC4RD from right down the street booming in trying to contact the same DX station I was trying to contact, I said "Hello from Raleigh, NC" and he came back and we had a laugh before getting off the frequency.

Hearing a station in Belarus, where my girlfriend was born, and trying to work him only later realizing he was outside of the limits of my license classification. Next time.

My girlfriend tonight, aftering not being able to spend much time with me, and me being sleep deprived during the little time we did spend together, telling me she was "going to throw out your ham radio set."

EDIT:

Someone asked me how many hours I spent on the contest and from looking at my logs when I was making contacts It looks like about 13.5 hours:

2013-03-02 02:54:00 	1.5
2013-03-02 04:30:00 	

2013-03-02 11:53:00     2.0
2013-03-02 13:36:00

2013-03-02 14:54:00     3.0
2013-03-02 18:05:00

2013-03-02 20:52:00     3.0
2013-03-02 23:58:00

2013-03-03 00:24:00     2.5
2013-03-03 02:48:00

2013-03-03 11:41:00     1.5
2013-03-03 13:07:00

                           13.5 hrs

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