#36: BQ9P – Pratas Island

The BQ9P Team, in front of the Military plane that brought them to the island

Pratas Island is a military base for Taiwan, and is in the highly disputed South China Sea:


Its between Hong Kong and Macau and the Philippines, with Scarborough Reef being along the way. With China building monitoring stations and filling in reefs with concrete in that part of the world – I expect some changes in the next 5 – 10 years. Exactly what – not sure, but China will continue to rise as a world power, that you can take to the bank.

AS ITU Zone: 44 CQ Zone: 24

Added to the DXCC List: added – 1994. Checking its distance from Taiwan – its 280 miles or so – and now I am starting to see a pattern here. Some of the “principles” behind the change seem to have changed the DXCC rules so new one’s would be put on the list – and sure enough – in every case they were there on the first activation. I call bullshit.

Flag – (Taiwan)

Rareness Factor: artificially – very rare

Current Clublog Most Wanted (as of this writing): — #6


BV9P 1994 – January, March, May/June
BQ9P 1998 – November
BQ9P 2000 – April
BQ9P 2001 – March
BQ9P 2002 – June
BQ9P 2003 – October

Merit Badges


Bullshit Entity


I’m not interested in the “gerrymandered” DXCC entities – yes – even if I did work them. BS7H is the supreme ridiculous entity in this class of entities, and buildings in cities and funny monasteries are other examples. I’ll lambaste them when I get to them. I suppose everyone has their own DXCC pet peeves. This one is mine.

DXCC Entity “Vital Stats”

The QSO was made during West Coast morning 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

It seemed that after they re-wrote the DXCC Rules around 2000 that the “gerrymandered” entities slowed to a crawl – and pretty much stopped. I remember some people complained about Swains, but since I started DXing in 2001 – it hasn’t been as bad as what it seemed to be before that. I have heard of this person or that person – or even clubs used to lobby the ARRL to change the DXCC Rules, and I would guess that it caused all kinds of “mixed” feelings along the way. The world changes enough – which forces change to the list, and IMHO that’s enough list changing that is necessary – and enough to keep it interesting.