#24: Niue – ZK2CW

It took me a little while to find on DX Atlas because ZK2 is the old prefix – E6 is the new one. Tom, DL2RUM, is the author of RUMLog for the Mac, and it looks like a nice program.

I’ve worked Tom on several of his DXpeditions, and he either goes solo or with a few friends.

OC ITU Zone: 62 CQ Zone: 32

Added to the DXCC List: on the original 1937 list. It is related to New Zealand, and Niueans hold dual citizenship with New Zealand

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niue

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Rareness Factor: “Top 100 with a Pipeline between the West Coast and Niue”. 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): #89 – in the Top 100, but not rare at all for the West Coast

DXpeditions: many, and most have been small team or single person projects

Merit Badges

Nice place for a Holiday

OC Pipeline

Background

I think out of all the DXpeditions, I have enjoyed the small team or single DXpeditioner who are great operators the best. Sure – some places just demand it be a mega DXpedition (cost and logistics, economy of scale), but I always have the warmest memories of these smaller operations – mainly because when they come on the air – you have to be ready. They come on the air when they want and on the bands they want. They are not on 6 or 8 bands all at once operating – which then has the effect of having huge swarms everywhere 24 by 7. With smaller teams the excessive “greenie chasing” doesn’t happen as much either. It has the feel of a more relaxed DX “hunt” – and I made so many QSO’s just because I had guessed where they would be – and sure enough – I was the early bird. The best example of this was North Korea – P5/4L4FN . . . The one DXpeditioner who has given me more ATNO’s than single person or team of any size is Vlad Bykov – UA4WHX.

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.

 

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