This is one of the first QSO’s that I had where I knew I was a DXer. That might sound strange – but in July 2001, I purchased an Icom IC-756Pro and it was because I wanted to become a DXer. (I didn’t even know what that meant at first). Sometime in between July 2001 and this QSO, I discovered the ARRL DXCC List and started understanding what “chasing DXCC” meant. And my personal definition of being a DXer has always been chasing DXCC entities – not necessarily the awards. That’s not everyone’s definition ….
The other part of this was that I must have started following the DX web sites – I think the first was http://www.ng3k.com/misc/adxo.html
NG3K still has the same simple but very effective calendar of DXpeditions – with single ops, duo’s, small teams and megas. Nigel and Roger were certainly the first “team” that I followed – and they gave me many ATNO’s. They are great operators and they gave out so many ATNO’s to “the deserving”. The OCD had set in – I was looking at lists – DXCC and NG3K daily – and looking for DX news of upcoming activations. These were wonderful times, and this would carry me through a whole lot of change in my life for 17 years (so far).
|OC||ITU Zone: 60||CQ Zone: 32|
Added to the DXCC List: added to the list in 1957. It is a possession of New Zealand – and why I have New Zealands flag below – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chatham_Islands
Rareness Factor: “Top 100 with a Pipeline between the West Coast and Chatham Islands”. 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): #87 – in the Top 100, but not rare at all for the West Coast
DXpeditions: many, and most have been small team or single person projects
Nice place for a Holiday
I think out of all the DXpeditions, I have enjoyed the small team or single DXpeditioner who are great operators the best. Sure – some places just demand it be a mega DXpedition (cost and logistics, economy of scale), but I always have the warmest memories of these smaller operations – mainly because when they come on the air – you have to be ready. They come on the air when they want and on the bands they want. They are not on 6 or 8 bands all at once operating – which then has the effect of having huge swarms everywhere 24 by 7. With smaller teams the excessive “greenie chasing” doesn’t happen as much either. It has the feel of a more relaxed DX “hunt” – and I made so many QSO’s just because I had guessed where they would be – and sure enough – I was the early bird. The best example of this was North Korea – P5/4L4FN . . . The one DXpeditioner who has given me more ATNO’s than single person or team of any size is Vlad Bykov – UA4WHX.
DXCC Entity “Vital Stats”
The QSO was made during West Coast 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
- 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.