NEWS UPDATE – Simon updates to say he is now active on FT8 (20m) from today. He mentions to check on pskreporter for his signal. He’s using an inverted V antenna at a low-ish height right now, but hopes to erect a 2-element Yagi beam at a better height in the next few weeks.

SEPTEMBER 13, 2019

I just got my XW licence! The call is XW0LP (= Luang Prabang, the town in north Laos where I now live). I’ve created a QRZ and Club Log profile.

My XW licence is valid for 1 year from 1st October 2019, and is initially valid only for 20 meter band operations, because I need to confirm propagation and antenna performance from my new QTH. If all looks good, I’ll extend my licence to other bands. (It costs more money for more bands, hence my initial desire to limit myself to just one band).

I’ll ask other hams what second band would be in demand. 60 meters?, something else? Please let me know and I’ll plan accordingly.

On 20 meters, I will be active every day, mostly using FT8. My rig sits right next to my work desk, so I can keep an eye on the band and answer calls as they are received. I WON’T use Fox + Hounds mode on FT8, just simple, single mode. I operate my FT8 software manually so that I can select which call to reply to.

73, Simon XW0LP (ex-XZ2A)


  1. My callsign has just been approved by ARRL for DXCC 🙂

    I’m aware of the interest in CW QSOs, and I’m also painfully aware of my current inability to send/copy CW at anything other than a snail’s pace. I have plenty of time to relax in this beautiful location, so I plan to practice and improve my CW abilities to enable me to meet the demand for CW QSOs.

  2. Bummed that we never connected while you were in XZ-land, but hope to log you from Laos soon. From a North American perspective, I’d guess that 20m and 40m (and maybe 30m) would be the best bets, but who knows? I’ve only got one XW in my log, and that’s on 20m CW, so anything else I can get is cause for celebration!


    Bill WK2X

  3. To reply to the comments: My CW rate is about 1 word a minute…. I need to improve this.

    As for FT8, you are not having a QSO with a ‘bot’. I always operate my software in full manual mode. I have to click on the callsign to commence the QSO and then click on the follow up messages and then click to log. I do NOT operate my FT8 software in auto mode because I want to have full control over who I choose to QSO with and what text is passed 🙂

  4. My comment is according to OK1RR ! CW is in great demand,and you will be more able to test propa by yourself than a bot !

  5. Congratulations Simon with your new call.
    Looking forward to work you on 20m FT8 and well yes 160m would be a winner.


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