Another Caribbean Island – easy to work, great for 160M from the West Coast.
The Caribbean is like OC-PAC and Asia from the West Coast – even at the bottom of the cycle its usually workable on some band – even the low bands.
|NA||ITU Zone: 11||CQ Zone: 8|
Added to the DXCC List: on the original 1937 list. – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Virgin_Islands
It is a territory (possession) of France.
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): #259
DXpeditions: there are resident locals there and contesters there – as well as many “holiday style” activations
Nice place for a vacation
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 the 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
- ARRL DXCC Standings – http://www.arrl.org/dxcc-standings
- LOTW – https://lotw.arrl.org/cgi-bin/lotw_page_auth/default
- Clublog – https://clublog.org/index.php
- 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.
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!