#18: FM5DN – Martinique

Several things about this QSL card is interesting – the WJ2O mug, the Niagara Falls T shirt, the W4MPY QSL card and the fact that Steve, KU9C was the QSL manager. All of these things were part of the early years of my DX-ing.

Leonce is a local there – and has been a beacon for years. Most Caribbean stations that I have worked seemed to be connected with a Fall Contest super station – or someone from the north visiting during the Northern Hemisphere winter.

NA ITU Zone: 11 CQ Zone: 8

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

It is a territory (possession) of France.

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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): #255

DXpeditions: there have been many small teams – but there are also several locals there

Merit Badges

Nice place for a vacation

Garden Variety

Background

OC, AS, Caribbean, Central and South America are the parts of the world where you can count on working for at least 8BDXCC – it gets a lot harder to add band 9 and 10 though. There are quite a few entities in the Caribbean.

DXCC Entity “Vital Stats”

The QSO was made during West Coast evening, 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 Caribbean is a chip shot – but the number of entities in that area is quite large. Navassa and Desecheo are the most rare, but they are mostly off limits and unlike all other islands in the Caribbean, these ultra rare one’s are no places for a vacation!

From July to November 2001 I would call that the first phase of my “intentional” DXing journey. I knew I wanted to be a DXer and had so many garden variety entities to work that I could fire up the rig and work an ATNO just about any day. We were at the second peak of Cycle 23, and life was great. In just months, things would change – and get a lot more serious.

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