Over the years, I've kept myself motivated
in amateur radio by setting goals for myself. In the early days, these
were activities like contacting all 50 states and working 100 different
countries. Following this, I set out to earn specific awards that required
operating skill and patience to earn. These include:
5BWAS Plaque #2224 dated 08 July 1988
#3359 dated 11 August 1994
However, the plaque I am most proud of
02 March 2002
I recall during my Novice days admiring a WAZ
certificate earned by my mentor (ex) W8DSZ. Bud explained that WAZ
in his mind represented a greater accomplishment than DXCC as it indicated
an ability to work any part of the world. Those of us on the west
coast know we can work 100 countries just in the Pacific and Far East.
This is similar to the east coast USA stations where one can earn
DXCC with just Europe and Middle East contacts. It was with Bud's
logic that I deemed 5-band WAZ a worthwile pursuit.
Just for good measure, I made it even more challenging by accomplishing
5BWAZ with single element antennas only - no yagis, vertical arrays, etc..
Current country totals are listed below. My present focus is 160M where I made my first contact in 2002. It represents a new frontier and yet another goal to pursue.