Summer QRP Contest and The COOL

It was an interesting contest where SSB, CW or digital modes could be used to make contacts and chasers need not to be QRP which kind of defeats the goal in my opinion ….. The exchanges were also interesting, RST…

Congratulations to Rulhof ZS4RM

As far as I know, it’s Rulhof’s second QSO using CW. His first QSO was with Arthur, ZS5DUV. What is great is that Rulhof applied for his designated COOL PIN today and now has access to the most unique system…

Useless contest logs on Excel

I was setting up OneDrive on WuBuntu Linux and got access to many of my contest logs that were submitted over the years. These logs exist on OneDrive accessible only by myself, the contents can only be read when loaded…

Updates to The COOL Evaluator

“The Evaluator” is an important part of The COOL system. A few search options were added along the way, like search “CW Only” or only callsigns outside South Africa, in other words “DX Only”. The graph titles have been updated…

The COOL – Results 2023

The COOL has gone through the various phases from being an idea to what it is today. We grew in numbers over the past few months. The results shown here have particular relavance: These are the result of QSO’s that…

Your first CW QSO

What an awesome step in life, a memorable moment. If I may mention my own. It was early in 1975, at the tender age of 16, my dad had bought me a Yaesu FLDX400 transmitter from Hamrad in Johannesburg, probably…

The transition from RaDAR to “The COOL”

What is RaDAR you may ask? RaDAR stands for Rapid Deployment Amateur Radio. It was a concept that was defined in the late 2000’s. RaDAR, like many others for example SOTA (Summits on the air) and POTA (Parks on the…

Why is this log Super COOL?

It was always possible to generate a QSL by double clicking on a log logged on The COOL and then you needed to do a screen capture to store it as an image file. Today an attempt was made to…