I have Bolivia on 40 – 10M, and about half of these are with Claus – CP4BT. Claus has been active as long – or longer than I have been a DXer – he is one of a few Bolivian Beacons. South America 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.
|SA||ITU Zone: 12, 14||CQ Zone: 10|
Added to the DXCC List: on the original 1937 list. – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bolivia
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): #185
DXpeditions: there are resident locals there and contesters there – as well as many “holiday style” activations
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 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.
Claus is a true blue CW man – and I always appreciate how active he has been on the air from Bolivia.