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6m WAS - Worked All States Award

I have achieved the 6m WAS in 2022 with 49 states confirmed in LoTW and luckily I found an old 6m paper card from Nebraska (Nebraska is the only state I do not have confirmed in LoTW). My WAS application was completed on Sept 14th, 2022. Now waiting for the award and award number.

WAS LoTW

All my contacts were terrestrial/conventional ionospheric contacts, no EME. Only eleven Europeans have achieved the WAS on six meters so far (www.arrl.org/50-mhz-and-up-was-lists). After some research I believe that only one of them has reached that also by all terrestrial contacts (without EME).

After having worked KL7KY in 2014 I began to chase US states more seriously for my 6m WAS award. It ain't easy and never thought that but it's possible to reach all 50 states from Central Europe once you have Alaska and Hawaii and since we have FT8. FT8 has been a game changer. The never before seen contacts made during the TEP season and Es season have really increased our insight into those propagation modes.

The last new states in the last few years have been:

2017 CA NV MN      
2018 AZ NM        
2019 IN MI        
2020 ND WI        
2021 IA DE        
2022 KS UT MT SD WY ID

I was very lucky to reach the last six (less-populated) states in the sporadic-E season 2022 even though we had fewer US openings in 2022 than in 2021. See how long it took (for me) e.g. to work Delaware.

Next goal is the 6m Digital WAS endorsement with 48 confirmed and needing AK and NE.

Sporadic-E Season 2022 Summary

I did an accurate analysis of the WSJT-X and JTDX log files and determind the states through QRZ.com XML lookup queries. In 2022 I have had 22,900 decodes from 864 different US stations and 48 (!!) states this year from my station in JN58. And that is amazing.

Area State             Decodes            Area State             Decodes
-------------------------------------     -------------------------------------
1    CT  Connecticut       817            6    CA  California        423    423
1    MA  Massachusetts    2095            -------------------------------------
1    ME  Maine            1056            7    AZ  Arizona           173
1    NH  New Hampshire    1841            7    ID  Idaho              82
1    RI  Rhode Island      310            7    MT  Montana             8
1    VT  Vermont            82   6201     7    NV  Nevada              7
-------------------------------------     7    OR  Oregon            120
2    NJ  New Jersey       1112            7    UT  Utah                5
2    NY  New York         1350   2462     7    WA  Washington        151
-------------------------------------     7    WY  Wyoming             5    551
3    DE  Delaware          156            -------------------------------------
3    MD  Maryland         1493            8    MI  Michigan          127
3    PA  Pennsylvania     1458   3107     8    OH  Ohio             1070
-------------------------------------     8    WV  West Virginia     307   1504
4    AL  Alabama           228            -------------------------------------
4    FL  Florida          1582            9    IL  Illinois          152
4    GA  Georgia          1065            9    IN  Indiana            31
4    NC  North Carolina    758            9    WI  Wisconsin         222    405
4    SC  South Carolina    863            -------------------------------------
4    KY  Kentucky          102            0    CO  Colorado            9
4    TN  Tennessee          42            0    IA  Iowa              137
4    VA  Virginia         1158   5798     0    KS  Kansas             12
-------------------------------------     0    MN  Minnesota         282
5    AR  Arkansas           46            0    MO  Missouri          105
5    LA  Louisiana         211            0    ND  North Dakota       73
5    MS  Mississippi       288            0    NE  Nebraska            0
5    NM  New Mexico          0            0    SD  South Dakota        9    627
5    OK  Oklahoma          148            -------------------------------------
5    TX  Texas            1160   1853     KH6  HI  Hawaii             34     34
-------------------------------------     KL7  AK  Alaska             24     24
                                          -------------------------------------

WAS 2022

Compared to 2021 it were 33,000 decodes from 1,100 different US stations and 46 states in 2021. But the big difference is W6 and the Pacific Northwest: California 423 decodes vs 55, Oregon 120 vs 0 and Washington 151 vs 9 in 2021. And 405 decodes from W9 vs 5400 in 2021.