#14: RA9XSL – Asiatic Russia

Asiatic Russia is a giant region that has RA9 and RA0 in it. In fact, its the largest land mass as far as DXCC entities go.

This card is a bit of a mystery to me. I know I was living at Hawk Canyon Place, but was not sure if I had any gear until 2001. It is possible that this really was a card meant for KX6R – I will ask him! I checked my LOTW records, and sure enough – its the call set as my Asiatic Russia QSO. I’ve worked so many UA0 stations on so many bands that it really doesn’t matter. I’ve worked UA0 on 160 – 10M – all easily.

EU ITU Zone: 20-26, 30-35, 75 CQ Zone: 16-19, 23

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

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Rareness Factor: RA9 is quite a bit more rare than UA0, but Asiatic Russia itself is not rare at all. 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): #325

DXpeditions: I do not remember a DXpedition to Asiatic Russia – but I do remember IOTA DXpeditions to Asiatic Russian islands off of UA0

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Siberia

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Background

This land mass covers 7 time zones – which is quite remarkable.

DXCC Entity “Vital Stats”

The QSO was made during West Coast evening during the vernal 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

It will be embarrassing if this QSO really wasn’t mine. I have plenty other UA0 QSO’s and cards, so this is kind of funny, actually.

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