#7: JA3ATJ – Japan

We have a very strong pipeline between the San Francisco Bay Area and Japan – on all bands, from 160M – 10M (I can’t speak for 6M).

My QSO’s with JA’s are amongst the friendliest and I always enjoy them. Since we are at both ends of the Pacific – I feel like we are a lot closer than we actually are. JA stations sound like locals. In fact, as I am writing this I am tuned to 40M CW and the strongest signals are from JA stations – and are actually stronger than East Coast US stations.

AS ITU Zone: 45 CQ Zone: 25

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


Rareness Factor: “Garden Variety with a Pipeline between the West Coast and Japan”. However, on the low bands – especially 160M, the QSO is very much appreciated since anything on Top Band from the West Coast seems rare – hi hi

Current Clublog Most Wanted (as of this writing): #317 – far down the list, but Minami Torishima is especially rare

DXpeditions: Ogasawara and Minami Torishima are JA possessions that are sought after. Minami Torishima currently is quite rare at #26 – but is easy from the West Coast. Ogasawara is at #101

Merit Badges

Garden Variety



Besides enjoying a very good relationship between our two countries, Japan makes some of the premier amateur radio gear, especially Kenwood, Yaesu and Icom. Each one of these companies have had “classic” radios that were at the top of ham radio operators lists at one time or another. In recent years, the Icom IC-7300 seems to have big interest as the number of units sold are over 50,000 in its first year.

One of the hottest sellers of all time – the IC-7300

I really love my Icom IC-7610 – it was a tough act to follow (the Elecraft K3), but I actually like the 7610 more.

DXCC Entity “Vital Stats”

The QSO was made during morning on the West Coast and about midnight in JA on 17M- 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 always get a good feeling when I hear and work JA stations – I feel that we are “Pacific Neighbors”. Now – here is an amazing Japanese rendition of E

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