#16: ER4DX – Moldova (and Transnistria)

Another country that I know very little about is Moldova. I do know that Vasiliy (“Willy”) has been one of the most active hams in Moldova.

I also know that the country of Transistria is on the boarder between Moldova and the Ukraine. Here is a QSL card from Vlad, UA4WHX for Transistria:

Vlad feels strongly that it should be accepted as a DXCC entity . . he led the first and only DXpedition there with his wife …

OK – back to Moldova – a country that has supported Transnistria to some extent, and has the biggest wine cellars in the world.

EU ITU Zone: 29 CQ Zone: 16

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


Rareness Factor: not rare

Current Clublog Most Wanted (as of this writing): #290

DXpeditions: I do not remember a DXpedition to Moldova, but definitely Transnistria!

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Garden Variety


Its interesting to know that on the Short Path, EU might have been worked. I doubt I was beaming on the Long Path – because I was such a new DXer, I didn’t even know what the long path was. I do remember the second peak of Cycle 23 very well – it sure was a good cycle and a very good one to start DXing in.

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

The most interesting thing about Moldova are the cave churches and wine cellars and its connection to Transnistria.

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