#10: HA5BSW – Hungary

This was a QSO I had with Tibor when I was still at 242 Bella Vista Way in San Francisco. We have had several QSOs on multiple bands since then.

EU ITU Zone: 28 CQ Zone: 15

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


Rareness Factor: “Garden Variety DX with EU Pipeline”.

Current Clublog Most Wanted (as of this writing): #330

DXpeditions: I have never heard of a DXpedition to Hungary

Merit Badges

Garden Variety

EU Pipeline


I was still living in San Francisco, but in the next year I would be very busy looking for a house in Lafayette, CA. This QSO was most likely made with the Icom IC-725 and Cushcraft R7 vertical, and  Bencher key:

It seemed that everyone had one of these Bencher paddles back then – it was pretty innovative to have the spring setup as it did.

DXCC Entity “Vital Stats”

20M QSO – it seems a bit odd that I would have been up that late for this QSO – maybe I’m not reading his hand writing correctly!

The QSO was made in the middle of the West Coast night, on the Short Path, and the solar conditions were:

Cycle 22 Start 1986.8 Number 12.3 Peak 1989.6 Number 158.5 Years to Rise 2.8 Years to Fall 6.8 Cycle Length 9.7

I have enjoyed EU QSO’s – because there always seems to be a little polar flutter. While not rare, EU from the West Coast is more of a deal than say from the East 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 lot about Hungary but I did play Bela Bartok pieces when I took piano lessons and also enjoyed studying László Moholy-Nagy and his art and am a big fan of André Kertész  and his photography

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