#36: BQ9P – Pratas Island

The BQ9P Team, in front of the Military plane that brought them to the island

Pratas Island is a military base for Taiwan, and is in the highly disputed South China Sea:

http://www.newsweek.com/will-china-invade-taiwan-next-5-years-depends-trump-experts-883324

Its between Hong Kong and Macau and the Philippines, with Scarborough Reef being along the way. With China building monitoring stations and filling in reefs with concrete in that part of the world – I expect some changes in the next 5 – 10 years. Exactly what – not sure, but China will continue to rise as a world power, that you can take to the bank.

AS ITU Zone: 44 CQ Zone: 24

Added to the DXCC List: added – 1994. Checking its distance from Taiwan – its 280 miles or so – and now I am starting to see a pattern here. Some of the “principles” behind the change seem to have changed the DXCC rules so new one’s would be put on the list – and sure enough – in every case they were there on the first activation. I call bullshit.

Flag – (Taiwan)

Rareness Factor: artificially – very rare

Current Clublog Most Wanted (as of this writing): — #6

DXpeditions:

BV9P 1994 – January, March, May/June
BQ9P 1998 – November
BQ9P 2000 – April
BQ9P 2001 – March
BQ9P 2002 – June
BQ9P 2003 – October

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WTF

Bullshit Entity

Background

I’m not interested in the “gerrymandered” DXCC entities – yes – even if I did work them. BS7H is the supreme ridiculous entity in this class of entities, and buildings in cities and funny monasteries are other examples. I’ll lambaste them when I get to them. I suppose everyone has their own DXCC pet peeves. This one is mine.

DXCC Entity “Vital Stats”

The QSO was made during West Coast morning and the solar conditions were close to the second peak of Cycle 23:

Cycle23 Start 1996-08 Number 11.2 Peak 2001-11 Number 180.3 Years to Rise 5.3 Years to Fall 7 Cycle Length 12.3

Important DXCC Resources

  1. ARRL DXCC Standings – http://www.arrl.org/dxcc-standings
  2. LOTW – https://lotw.arrl.org/cgi-bin/lotw_page_auth/default
  3. Clublog – https://clublog.org/index.php
  4. The History of the DXCC by (me) – History of the DXCC

BTW – I think the best DXCC List is either found at Clublog or in LOTW. The ARRL DXCC Desk and other parts of its web site regarding DXCC almost look abandoned. Luckily, LOTW and their standings lists look well kept, supported and looked after.

Parting Shots

It seemed that after they re-wrote the DXCC Rules around 2000 that the “gerrymandered” entities slowed to a crawl – and pretty much stopped. I remember some people complained about Swains, but since I started DXing in 2001 – it hasn’t been as bad as what it seemed to be before that. I have heard of this person or that person – or even clubs used to lobby the ARRL to change the DXCC Rules, and I would guess that it caused all kinds of “mixed” feelings along the way. The world changes enough – which forces change to the list, and IMHO that’s enough list changing that is necessary – and enough to keep it interesting.

#35: R1MVI – Malyj Vysotskij

One of “those” entities – gerrymandered by those who were “creative” and could then claim they were the first to activate the place.

EU ITU Zone: 29 CQ Zone: 16

Added to the DXCC List: added 1989 – Deleted 2015 – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maly_Vysotsky_Island

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None

Rareness Factor: artificially very rare at the time

Current Clublog Most Wanted (as of this writing): —

DXpeditions:

Year Call
1989 4J1FS
1992 4J1FM, 4J1FW, 4J1FS,
1999 R1MV, R1MVA
2002 R1MVI
2005 R1MVW, R1MVC

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Unknown

Bullshit Entity

Background

I’m not interested in the “gerrymandered” DXCC entities – yes – even if I did work them. BS7H is the supreme rediculous entity in this class of entities, and buildings in cities and funny monasteries are other examples. I’ll lambaste them when I get to them. I suppose everyone has their own DXCC pet peeves. This one is mine.

DXCC Entity “Vital Stats”

The QSO was made during West Coast evening during the West Coast morning, and the solar conditions were close to the second peak of Cycle 23:

Cycle23 Start 1996-08 Number 11.2 Peak 2001-11 Number 180.3 Years to Rise 5.3 Years to Fall 7 Cycle Length 12.3

Important DXCC Resources

  1. ARRL DXCC Standings – http://www.arrl.org/dxcc-standings
  2. LOTW – https://lotw.arrl.org/cgi-bin/lotw_page_auth/default
  3. Clublog – https://clublog.org/index.php
  4. The History of the DXCC by (me) – History of the DXCC

BTW – I think the best DXCC List is either found at Clublog or in LOTW. The ARRL DXCC Desk and other parts of its web site regarding DXCC almost look abandoned. Luckily, LOTW and their standings lists look well kept, supported and looked after.

Parting Shots

Was only on the list about 15 years.

#34: P40Y – Aruba

The contact was from Carl, AI6V’s QTH on Aruba – and Carl owned a rental chain here in Contra Costa County.

I also purchased all of Carl’s old aluminum when he was moving from his QTH in Grass Valley / Nevada City – which was right along the Blue Canyon. Anyway – this QSL brings back some memories – indirectly . . . I made so many antennas from that aluminum it was crazy.

The Caribbean is like OC-PAC and Asia from the West Coast – even at the bottom of the cycle its usually workable on some band – even the low bands. Aruba seems to have many contest stations.

SA ITU Zone: 11 CQ Zone: 9

Added to the DXCC List: 1986. – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aruba

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Rareness Factor: not rare – always activated during every contest. Easy

Current Clublog Most Wanted (as of this writing): #256

DXpeditions: more like a contesters paradise

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Caribbean Pipeline Garden Variety

Background

OC, AS, Caribbean, Central and South America are the parts of the world where you can count on working for at least 8BDXCC – it gets a lot harder to add band 9 and 10 though. There are quite a few entities in the Caribbean.

DXCC Entity “Vital Stats”

The QSO was made during the West Coast afternoon, and the solar conditions were close to the second peak of Cycle 23:

Cycle23 Start 1996-08 Number 11.2 Peak 2001-11 Number 180.3 Years to Rise 5.3 Years to Fall 7 Cycle Length 12.3

Important DXCC Resources

  1. ARRL DXCC Standings – http://www.arrl.org/dxcc-standings
  2. LOTW – https://lotw.arrl.org/cgi-bin/lotw_page_auth/default
  3. Clublog – https://clublog.org/index.php
  4. The History of the DXCC by (me) – History of the DXCC

BTW – I think the best DXCC List is either found at Clublog or in LOTW. The ARRL DXCC Desk and other parts of its web site regarding DXCC almost look abandoned. Luckily, LOTW and their standings lists look well kept, supported and looked after.

Parting Shots

R.I.P Carl – AI6V – a contest and DX legend

#33: AH6HY/AH8 – American Samoa

OC ITU Zone: 62 CQ Zone: 32

Added to the DXCC List: on the original 1937 list. –  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Samoa

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Rareness Factor: one of the more common OC entities – but surprisingly low on the DXCC Most Wanted list

Current Clublog Most Wanted (as of this writing): #79

DXpeditions: there are many visiting hams on holiday style DXpeditions. So many, not worth researching

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OC Pipeline

Nice Vacation Spot

Background

OC, AS, Caribbean, Central and South America are the parts of the world where you can count on working for at least 8BDXCC (from the West Coast) – it gets a lot harder to add band 9 and 10 though.

DXCC Entity “Vital Stats”

The QSO was made during the West Coast sunrise, and the solar conditions were close to the second peak of Cycle 23:

Cycle23 Start 1996-08 Number 11.2 Peak 2001-11 Number 180.3 Years to Rise 5.3 Years to Fall 7 Cycle Length 12.3

Important DXCC Resources

  1. ARRL DXCC Standings – http://www.arrl.org/dxcc-standings
  2. LOTW – https://lotw.arrl.org/cgi-bin/lotw_page_auth/default
  3. Clublog – https://clublog.org/index.php
  4. The History of the DXCC by (me) – History of the DXCC

BTW – I think the best DXCC List is either found at Clublog or in LOTW. The ARRL DXCC Desk and other parts of its web site regarding DXCC almost look abandoned. Luckily, LOTW and their standings lists look well kept, supported and looked after.

Parting Shots

Surprisingly, one of the more rare OC entities . . .

 

#32: ZD9IR – Gough Island

This is one of those really rare entities from the West Coast – like Marion Island . . .

Most of the world has worked Tristan da Cunha and Gough like they have Marion Island – when support staff or scientists over winter there and happen to also be ham radio operators – with some interest in handing these rare ones out to the DX community. It is a British Overseas Territory, so you can see Roger and Nigel – the “dynamic duo” have both activated it.

Continent: AF ITU Zone: 66 CQ Zone: 38

Added to the DXCC List: on the original 1937 list. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gough_Island 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tristan_da_Cunha

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Rareness Factor: quite rare for West Coast not as rare for EU or East Coast US

Current Clublog Most Wanted (as of this writing): #48

DXpeditions: (they were really activations by single travelers – either visitors or science staff)

 

1983 ZD9CS
1990 ZD9BV
1993 ZD9SXW
2000 ZD9ZM
2003 ZD9IR
2014 ZD9XF

 

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Its a big deal for the West Coast

Hot Stuff

Background

I only have one QSO with Tristan da Cunha and Gough Island – this is it!

DXCC Entity “Vital Stats”

The QSO was made during the West Coast morning, on the Short Path, and the solar conditions were:

Cycle22 Start 1986.8 Number 12.3 Peak 1989.6 Number 158.5 Years to Rise 2.8 Years to Fall 6.8 Cycle Length 9.7

Important DXCC Resources

  1. ARRL DXCC Standings – http://www.arrl.org/dxcc-standings
  2. LOTW – https://lotw.arrl.org/cgi-bin/lotw_page_auth/default
  3. Clublog – https://clublog.org/index.php
  4. The History of the DXCC by (me) – History of the DXCC

BTW – I think the best DXCC List is either found at Clublog or in LOTW. The ARRL DXCC Desk and other parts of its web site regarding DXCC almost look abandoned. Luckily, LOTW and their standings lists look well kept, supported and looked after.

Parting Shots

  1. This is quite rare, but luckily, like ZS8/M – enough people either go there or some over winter there. Its on the same path as Bouvet (more or less)

#31: 3D2AG – Fiji

Fiji – a Tropical Paradise with a very interesting history

I’ve worked Antoine on several OC-Pacific islands, the most rare being Rotuma. I believe he is a scientist who visits several islands on a regular basis.

OC ITU Zone: 56 CQ Zone: 32

Added to the DXCC List: on the original 1937 list. –  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiji

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Rareness Factor: one of the more common OC entities – but surprisingly low on the DXCC Most Wanted list

Current Clublog Most Wanted (as of this writing): #125

DXpeditions: there are several active locals and many visiting hams on holiday style DXpeditions. So many, not worth researching

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Caribbean Pipeline

Garden Variety

Background

OC, AS, Caribbean, Central and South America are the parts of the world where you can count on working for at least 8BDXCC (from the West Coast) – it gets a lot harder to add band 9 and 10 though.

DXCC Entity “Vital Stats”

The QSO was made during the West Coast sunrise, and the solar conditions were close to the second peak of Cycle 23:

Cycle23 Start 1996-08 Number 11.2 Peak 2001-11 Number 180.3 Years to Rise 5.3 Years to Fall 7 Cycle Length 12.3

Important DXCC Resources

  1. ARRL DXCC Standings – http://www.arrl.org/dxcc-standings
  2. LOTW – https://lotw.arrl.org/cgi-bin/lotw_page_auth/default
  3. Clublog – https://clublog.org/index.php
  4. The History of the DXCC by (me) – History of the DXCC

BTW – I think the best DXCC List is either found at Clublog or in LOTW. The ARRL DXCC Desk and other parts of its web site regarding DXCC almost look abandoned. Luckily, LOTW and their standings lists look well kept, supported and looked after.

Parting Shots

I have worked many visiting dxers who were on Fiji as well as locals

 

 

#30: HH4/K4QD – Haiti

Haiti is a poor Caribbean Island nation that has been hit hard by natural disaster. There are good people like Jan who go to provide assistance.

The Caribbean is like OC-PAC and Asia from the West Coast – even at the bottom of the cycle its usually workable on some band – even the low bands. Haiti is a little more rare than other Caribbean Islands because it doesn’t seem to have a “local” DXer living there.

NA ITU Zone: 11 CQ Zone: 8

Added to the DXCC List: on the original 1937 list. –  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haiti

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Rareness Factor: one of the more rare Caribbean entities

Current Clublog Most Wanted (as of this writing): #160

DXpeditions: there aren’t many Haitian hams who are active, it seems like most activity that I have experienced has been through visiting aid workers.

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Caribbean Pipeline

Garden Variety

Background

OC, AS, Caribbean, Central and South America are the parts of the world where you can count on working for at least 8BDXCC – it gets a lot harder to add band 9 and 10 though. There are quite a few entities in the Caribbean.

DXCC Entity “Vital Stats”

The QSO was made during the West Coast nightfall, and the solar conditions were close to the second peak of Cycle 23:

Cycle23 Start 1996-08 Number 11.2 Peak 2001-11 Number 180.3 Years to Rise 5.3 Years to Fall 7 Cycle Length 12.3

Important DXCC Resources

  1. ARRL DXCC Standings – http://www.arrl.org/dxcc-standings
  2. LOTW – https://lotw.arrl.org/cgi-bin/lotw_page_auth/default
  3. Clublog – https://clublog.org/index.php
  4. The History of the DXCC by (me) – History of the DXCC

BTW – I think the best DXCC List is either found at Clublog or in LOTW. The ARRL DXCC Desk and other parts of its web site regarding DXCC almost look abandoned. Luckily, LOTW and their standings lists look well kept, supported and looked after.

Parting Shots

Its no surprise that there are no resident hams on Haiti – at least that seem active with DXing.