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It’s All in the Cards: QSLs from the Republic of Guatemala

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!

In light of cancelations caused by the coronavirus, be sure to check online for current information regarding the status of scheduled DXpeditions.

Republic of Guatemala

DXers planning to put Guatemala in their log books in April and May will have to wait until the end of the year. Dwight, VE7BV—operating as TG9BBV—has rescheduled his DXpedition to Guatemala until November. As of March, Guatemala ranked as the 222nd most-wanted DXCC entity, according to Clublog.

Where do Hams in Guatemala go to for support? The Club de Radioaficionados de Guatemala (CRAG) is a non-profit group for Amateur Radio enthusiasts in the republic of 17.2 million—the most populous country in Central America.

While we wait for the chance to make Guatemala an ATNO or fill bands, here are some QSL cards from members of the DX Engineering team.

George, K3GP, customer/technical support specialist, pulled three Guatemala QSL cards (above) from his collection: March 2002, TG4/AC4LN from Palin (20M SSB); January 2005, TG9/N0AT from Antigua (40M RTTY); and November 2002, TG4/W0IZ from Puerto San Jose (12M CW).

Tom, KB8UUZ, DX Engineering technical writer, worked the July 2006 TG9NX DXpedition from Guatemala City on 15M SSB. In January 2010, Mark, W8BBQ, customer/technical support specialist, contacted TG9NX on 17M SSB. TG9NX is the first Spanish-speaking station to ever make the DXCC CW Honor Roll.
Tom reached the December 2001 TG9AJR DXpedition from Guatemala City on 10M SSB.

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