This would be one of the first “serious” DX QSO’s I had since becoming a DXer in 2001.
Stefan and I have had several “hello there” QSO’s – Stefan is a real beacon from Sweden.
|EU||ITU Zone: 18||CQ Zone: 14|
Added to the DXCC List: on the original 1937 list. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweden
Rareness Factor: “Garden Variety DX with a touch of polar flutter.
Current Clublog Most Wanted (as of this writing): #324
DXpeditions: I’ve never heard of a DXpedition to Sweden. I’d guess there may have been some IOTA DXpeditions
IKEA Merit Badge
Late June, 2001, and I would have been all settled in as a DXer at 14 Hawk Canyon Lane, Lafayette. I remember thinking that I was going to earn Honor Roll “with only 100 watts and a wire”. I was able to make it to 300 before I had to acknowledge that I needed more antenna and more power. But at this point in time, I was happy as can be – and I remember working 10 ATNO’s on some days. I lived on 5 acres and only thought “ladder line doublet up 40 feet”. I also only thought about Mixed Honor Roll – I don’t think I had anything else in mind at all.
And thus began my “DXCC Obsession”.
DXCC Entity “Vital Stats”
The QSO was made during nightfall on the West Coast and on the Short Path – and the solar conditions were:
|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|
I always enjoy QSO’s to Scandinavian countries where there is some polar flutter.
Important DXCC Resources
- ARRL DXCC Standings – http://www.arrl.org/dxcc-standings
- LOTW – https://lotw.arrl.org/cgi-bin/lotw_page_auth/default
- Clublog – https://clublog.org/index.php
- 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.
- DXCC has been a real Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), but a healthy one
- Its an expensive OCD
- I thank my lucky stars I have a very understanding wife – Kat