#22: Canary Islands – EA8CN

Just off the coast of Western Sahara and Morocco, the Canary Islands is an easy to work AF located entity. In some ways its surprising that it is a Spanish possession – given that its farther away from Spain than their other EA islands.

Continent: AF ITU Zone: 36 CQ Zone: 33

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

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Rareness Factor: “Garden Variety DX with a touch of African Continent”

Current Clublog Most Wanted (as of this writing): #308

DXpeditions: there have been so many – but since there are so many “locals” and also holiday style activations, large scale DXpeditions have never really been needed. There have also been many contest activations. However, the great opportunity here is a very nice place to go on holiday and experience being the DX!

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Garden Variety

Great Place for a Holiday

Background

The Gran Canarias Archipelago is an interesting place and a big vacation destination. There are quite a few active hams there – but most of hat I worked have been Europeans who have second homes there or contest stations.

DXCC Entity “Vital Stats”

The QSO was made during the West Coast evening, on the Short Path, and the solar conditions were:

Cycle22 Start 1986.8 Number 12.3 Peak 1989.6 Number 158.5 Years to Rise 2.8 Years to Fall 6.8 Cycle Length 9.7

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

  1. This another entity that is possible to work from the West Coast on 160M. I worked one “big dummy” on holiday there – and while I sent $3 for the QSL received nothing. The classic “dollar collector”. I’m the big dummy for trusting him – and he follows a pattern I’ve noticed from others from his country. His lack of response held me up DXCC wise – but I worked others and then decided I’ve had enough of DXCC and the QSL cost. In a way he has helped me decide what “enough” is as far as chasing any ham radio DX “awards”

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