The contact was from Carl, AI6V’s QTH on Aruba – and Carl owned a rental chain here in Contra Costa County.
I also purchased all of Carl’s old aluminum when he was moving from his QTH in Grass Valley / Nevada City – which was right along the Blue Canyon. Anyway – this QSL brings back some memories – indirectly . . . I made so many antennas from that aluminum it was crazy.
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. Aruba seems to have many contest stations.
|SA||ITU Zone: 11||CQ Zone: 9|
Added to the DXCC List: 1986. – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aruba
Rareness Factor: not rare – always activated during every contest. Easy
Current Clublog Most Wanted (as of this writing): #256
DXpeditions: more like a contesters paradise
|Caribbean Pipeline||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 afternoon, 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.
R.I.P Carl – AI6V – a contest and DX legend