All of the OC-AS entities are very easy from the West Coast, and I am sure being only 20 miles from the Pacific Ocean helps.
I’ve always enjoyed – and am thankful for the individual or small team activation’s. Roberto, EA4DX is one person in this class of DXpeditioner.
|OC||ITU Zone: 51||CQ Zone: 28|
Added to the DXCC List: added to the list in 1998. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temotu_Province
Rareness Factor: “Top 50 with a Pipeline between the West Coast and Temotu”. 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): #48 – in the Top 50, but not rare at all for the West Coast
DXpeditions: many, and all have been small team or single person projects
Top 50 Most Wanted
Looking closely at this card – I see it mentions the USS Hornet:
As it turns out – I live about 14 miles away from where the USS Hornet is berthed – and it is a floating museum in Alameda with a ham station on board http://www.hornet-arc.us/. I have stayed overnight on this ship with my sons Boy Scout troop. They say the ship is haunted – and while I am very, very skeptical about ghosts (but love a good ghost story nonetheless) – I woke up in the middle of the night – the smell was old wet canvas – and a cool breeze blew through that really felt like a ghost. Here in the SF Bay Area – we are used to cool breezes from foggy nights – but this was very different – and I will never forget it.
DXCC Entity “Vital Stats”
The QSO was made during 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
- 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.
Its interesting to look back on conditions at the second peak of Cycle 23 and realize just how much better that cycle was as compared to Cycle 24. However, the most rare DX I have worked has been in Cycle 24, so perseverance and working on your antenna farm is the biggest keys to success.
The other thing that is quite amazing is all of the little memories that come back while writing these little ditties. Who would have known that a Temotu QSL card would remind me of staying overnight on the USS Hornet with my sons Boy Scout Troop? This reminds me that DXing has a way of intertwining with your life.