#13: YO3APJ – Romania

I know I have worked Adrian on many bands, and that his call is very familiar.

EU ITU Zone: 28 CQ Zone: 20

Added to the DXCC List: on the original 1937 list. I do not know that much about Romania, but here is the WIki – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romania

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Rareness Factor: “Count Dracula’s Pipeline”

Current Clublog Most Wanted (as of this writing): #316

DXpeditions: I do not remember a DXpedition to Romania

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Background

This would have been right when I knew I was in the process of becoming a DXer. I am sure the OCD had already set in.

DXCC Entity “Vital Stats”

The QSO was made during West Coast evening during the autumnal equinox, 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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