#9: H44RD – Solomon Islands

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/Solomon_Islands

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Rareness Factor: “Top 100 with a Pipeline between the West Coast and the Solomon Islands”

Current Clublog Most Wanted (as of this writing): #88 – in the Top 100, but not rare at all for the West Coast

DXpeditions: many, and all have been small team or single person projects

Merit Badges

Top 100 Most Wanted

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Background

Many of the OC entities are islands where the US soldiers in WWII fought in the Pacific Theater of the war. My father fought in the European Theater, and landed on the beach at Normandy (on the 3rd day). The only thing I know about the Pacific Theater is that many very bloody battles were fought and won – and that to this day – you can see remnants of the war effort here in the SF Bay Area – in the old Kaiser Shipyards and associated supply locations.

One such place is an improvised warehouse near the Richmond Marina – near the Rosy the Riveter museum – and which was where Cordell Expeditions has its warehouse. Many of these popped up to support the war effort. I spent many hours in that dusty place for VK0EK.

DXCC Entity “Vital Stats”

The QSO was made during West Coast late 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

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.

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