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40 Countries in 40 Hours

Here's the idea: Log 40 countries within 48 hours this weekend, starting at 0000UTC Friday night/Saturday. The goal is to at least make a good start at logging as many countries that still exist on shortwave and receiving QSL cards from them.

Countries that should be fairly easy:

North America: Canada, US (AFRTS)
Central America: Cuba, Netherland Antilles
South America: Argentina, Ecuador
Europe: Portugal, Spain, France, Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Vatican, Greece, Russia, Italy
Middle East: Turkey, Israel
Africa: Egypt, Ascension Island
Asia: China, Japan
Pacific: Australia

Total: 20

More difficult:
North America: None
Central America: Honduras, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Anguilla
South America: Venezuela, Brazil, Columbia, Peru, Chile, Guiana
Europe: Czech, Slovakia, Romania, Poland, Bulgaria, Croatia, Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Austria, Cyprus, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Belgium, Hungary, Yugoslavia
Middle East: Oman, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Syria, Iran
Africa: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, South Africa, Gabon, Ghana
Asia: Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, North Korea, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan
Pacific: New Zealand

Total: 54

Severely difficult:
North America: Greenland, Iceland
Central America: Mexico, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Suriname
South America: Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay
Europe: Albania, Belarus, Moldovia, Monaco
Middle East: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kirgiziya, Mongolia, Tadzhikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Yemen
Africa: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Asia: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal
Pacific: Guam, Paulu, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, N. Mariana Island

Total: 69

Total Countries: 143 countries on Shortwave (not counting Iraq (clandestine), Ireland (pirate radio), Hawaii (AFRTS), British Indian Ocean (AFRTS), Puerto Rico (AFRTS)

Now the fun would be trying to pick up 40 out of the severely difficult pile, since they would present the biggest challenges. Most of them would be African stations, given the frequencies they operate on. But it's not fun logging the easy countries, as they're so easy to pick up. It's the ones that aren't so easy to receive that'll be where I'll probably start from.


Tal Greywolf

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