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It’s All in the Cards! QSLs from Micronesia

Editor’s Note: Every month, DX Engineering features QSL cards from our team members’ personal collections. To highlight upcoming DXpeditions, we’ll be displaying a few of our favorite cards along with details about what it took to make these contacts. We’re excited to share some of the special cards pulled from the thousands we’ve received over the years. We look forward to seeing your cards as well!

Micronesia QRV in June

DXers will have a chance this June to log Micronesia—a subregion of Oceania made up of thousands of islands in the Pacific Ocean. From June 17-24, Haru, JA1XGI, will be active from Kosrae Island, operating on 40-10M CW, RTTY and FT8.

Kosrae, formerly Strong’s Island, is an island in the Federated States of Micronesia. The island—noted for its female body shape which has earned it the nickname “the Island of the Sleeping Lady”—has a population of about 6,600 and is located about 370 miles north of the equator between Guam and the Hawaiian islands. Micronesia consists of four states spread across the western Pacific Ocean—Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei and Kosrae.

Of particular note, the 39-square-mile State of Yap is known for its stone, doughnut-shaped money which is as large as 12 feet in diameter. While the Yapese use U.S. currency for everyday transactions, a fixed supply of stone money (disks carved from calcite known as Rei or Fei), is still used for traditional or ceremonial exchanges.

As of May, Micronesia ranked as the 99th Most Wanted DXCC entity.

In 2016, Tom KB8UUZ, DX Engineering technical writer, worked this DXpedition to Pohnpei Island on 15M CW. With a population of 34,000, Pohnpei is the most populous and developed island in the Federated States of Micronesia.

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