#3: YB0ECT – Indonesia

OC ITU Zone: 54 CQ Zone: 28

Added to the DXCC List: 1963. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indonesia

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Rareness Factor: “Garden Variety DX” with a splash of Sumatra Coffee!

Current Clublog Most Wanted (as of this writing): #282

DXpeditions: there have been quite a few interesting IOTA DXpeditions

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Garden Variety

Sumatra Coffee

Background

This could have been the first QSO I made with a shiny new Icom IC-756ProII that I purchased in 2001 – and where I decided that I would finally try being a DXer and chase DXCC. THIS is the rig that did it for me – so I really do have to thank ICOM for helping interest me in DXing! Its funny – I totally forgot how important this was. I remembered sauntering into HRO Oakland – thinking “I need to do something with my ham license”, and voila! I saw this rig – and that was it. I was “smitten”.

The ICOM IC-ProII ushered in the “modern” (pre SDR but DSP) age of radio design. The joke was its “fish finder” – having a built in scope was killer eye candy. Its filters and dual watch was great and the receiver was better than any rig I had owned before. I feel that my ICOM IC-7610 is like the “next wave” – at least for ICOM. Flex Radio has been in the new SDR game for several years, but I am very impressed and love my 7610 – its a lot of fun – and a good step from the Elecraft K3 – which I had for a record 10 years.

A few years before I purchased this rig – we had moved from 3304 Betty Lane in Lafayette to 14 Hawk Canyon Place. This was a 3300 square foot “McMansion” on 5 acres. My older son (Graham) was 10 years old and my younger son (Trevor) was 6 years old. Graham took and passed his Technician License exam and held the call KG6MXR, but never had any real interest. Upon passing his test he said “see Dad – I’m smarter than you – I passed it at 10 – it took you until you were 13!”.

I would stay at that QTH for 4 years and started out with the ProII, then the Yaesu FT1000MK5 with 200 watts. I also went from a ladder line doublet and added a Force-12 LPT-1242 tower and C3SS mini yagi. For a few years I had a Cushcraft MA5B. That QTH had all underground utilities and no neighbors. There was a pretty steep hill to my East, but it was one of the better radio QTH’s.

Indonesia is a place that sounds intriguing – rain forests stretched its very large archipelago, lots of exotic animals, and great coffee (Sumatra).

DXCC Entity “Vital Stats”

2001 was during the second peak of Cycle 23, and so 20M was open at night in Indonesia

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

Cycle 23 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

Hearing and working all of OC-Asia every morning on 40M CW is a daily event. I know from growing up in NJ that people on the East Coast would be jealous – just as I am of East Coasters who can work 10BDXCC much easier than we can on the West Coast.

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. I don’t know a whole lot about Indonesia – I knew it was an archipelago and that there were rain forests and volcanoes, but would love to learn more about the culture. My Phi Mu Delta Fraternity Brother Dan, had a study abroad semester – where he was working with cartographers to map parts of the archipelago that had never been mapped – and that would have been in the late 70’s. Dan went on to work at MapQuest.
  2. Its interesting how I keep going back to ICOM gear – even though I have always seen myself as a Ten Tec turned Elecraft “fan boy”. My Kenwood TS-511s was my first radio – and I have owned a couple Yaesu radios as well. Being “post DXCC” with an Icom 7610 feels just right (unless Elecraft comes out with a 200 watt K4 SDR rig!)

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