#17: TG/DL3GA – Guatemala

DL3GA and team in Guatemala

If I had known back then that I would end up blogging about every entity, I would have chosen a local to write about. I’ve worked TG9NX on most bands – Franco has been a beacon from there.

NA ITU Zone: 11 CQ Zone: 7

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

Flag

Rareness Factor: not rare- but more rare on the list than I would have expected. 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): #220

DXpeditions: there have been many small teams – just like the DL expedition featured at the top of this post.

Merit Badges

Good Coffee

Garden Variety

Background

This is almost a local QSO . . Maine in the US is farther away from my QTH . . .

DXCC Entity “Vital Stats”

The QSO was made during West Coast afternoon 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 Mayan ruins and coffee come to mind when I think of Guatemala. Its actually higher on the Most Wanted List, and this might account for some EU small team DXpeditions. There aren’t many local DXers in Guatemala, but TG9NX has been a real beacon from there as long as I have been a DXer.

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