#26: VP6DIA – Ducie Island

This was the first Ducie activation in 2002 – it was added to the list in 2001

Half of the team were from Pitcairn island, which is fitting – I believe locals should always get first crack at activating something from their home country. This is the first DXpedition where I worked a smaller “preliminary” activation before a mega. The other one in this class that I can remember was K3LP/KP5 – Desecheo.

OC ITU Zone: 63 CQ Zone: 32

Added to the DXCC List: added to the list in 2001. It was the first time since becoming a DXer that I experienced what seemed like (at that time) a very odd thing – to add and delete entities off the list – especially since one group or person could “lobby” the ARRL to change the rules to accommodate their whim.   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pitcairn_Islands

Rareness Factor: Top 50 “Hot Stuff”

Current Clublog Most Wanted (as of this writing): #21

DXpeditions: as far as number of activations go – this is one of the most rare – if you only consider the number of times it has been activated. Its not in the Top 10 because several mega DXpeditions handed out a record number of QSO’s – especially VP6DX

Year DXpedition
2002 VP6DI
2003 VP6DIA
2008 VP6DX
2018 VP6D

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Hot Stuff

Pipeline to West Coast


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

Before I was a DXer, and when I lived in San Francisco, I went to a San Francisco Amateur Radio Club meeting and met Tom Christian, VP6TC. He recently went SK – but he is a descendant of a member of the Mutiny on the Bounty. His talk on life and ham radio on Pitcairn Island was very interesting.

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