#27: J68GS – St. Lucia

Gary was a DXer who I remember was also a card checker and owned a radio store called The Radioplace in the Sacramento area. I’m pretty sure he went to the Caribbean quite a bit – I vaguely remember he might have been a contester. Anyway, he was one of the OT DXers I remember when I started DXing.

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/Saint_Lucia


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): #201

DXpeditions: there are resident locals there and contesters there – as well as many “holiday style” activations

Merit Badges

Nice place for a vacation

Garden Variety


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 day – on 10 Meters (I’m sitting here at the bottom of the cycle and 10M hasn’t been open much for years at this point), 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

I looked up KI6T and his call has been re-issued. He went SK in 2010 – and I don’t know how long the FCC holds calls before they re-issue them. I do wish the FCC would issue the “dooky” calls to non US citizens and that US hams got the pick of the litter. I also wish people couldn’t hoard calls and set up phony clubs to grab the good call signs. No one has grabbed my old (shitty) call signs – WA2QHN and AB6VA. I was lucky to get KY6R – not long after I got that call the “feeding frenzy” started and even Extras had to pick crappy calls from the pool – or sit there like a vulture after someone goes SK.

One thought on “#27: J68GS – St. Lucia

  1. I know I may sound like a hypocrite, being a 4 in 6-land, but I wish the FCC wouldn’t issue out-of-area vanity calls. I got my 4 call when I lived in 4-land. If I changed calls now, I’d get a 6. Sure, keep it when you move, but don’t start out with the wrong call area. That ship has long sailed though. As I recall, there were a lot more 4s than, say, 1s, so competition was much tougher for 4s and the game was never fair. There were plenty of 2×1 4 calls available back in 2000, but the pool was exhausted long ago. Everyone will be getting a retread now, even mine was a reissue.


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