100th DXCC Entity Using FT8

With the receipt of a LotW confirmation received on March 24th, for a FT8 QSO with H40YM, Temotu Province (part of the Solomon Island chain) on March 14th, I finally had my 100th DXCC Entity confirmed in LotW (not that there is a DXCC Award specifically for FT8 — my Digital DXCC certificate was issued years ago).

My first FT8 QSO was on July 18, 2017, and I made a total of 46 QSOs in 2017, so I wasn’t very active.  Starting the new year with an interest in the International Grid Chase, I’ve completed 1,448 FT8 QSOs so far.

Looking at my range of contacts, my first unique country (X37M) was confirmed on October 3, 2017, and the 100th (H40YM) on march 14, 2018.  So it took 166 days (5.5 months) to complete FT8 DXCC.  That’s actually longer than it took to complete my original Mixed Mode DXCC.

My FT8 WAS was issued on January 25, 2018, and took 31 days to complete the required contacts (Dec 21 to Jan 21).

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