#32: ZD9IR – Gough Island

This is one of those really rare entities from the West Coast – like Marion Island . . .

Most of the world has worked Tristan da Cunha and Gough like they have Marion Island – when support staff or scientists over winter there and happen to also be ham radio operators – with some interest in handing these rare ones out to the DX community. It is a British Overseas Territory, so you can see Roger and Nigel – the “dynamic duo” have both activated it.

Continent: AF ITU Zone: 66 CQ Zone: 38

Added to the DXCC List: on the original 1937 list. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gough_Island 



Rareness Factor: quite rare for West Coast not as rare for EU or East Coast US

Current Clublog Most Wanted (as of this writing): #48

DXpeditions: (they were really activations by single travelers – either visitors or science staff)


1983 ZD9CS
1990 ZD9BV
1993 ZD9SXW
2000 ZD9ZM
2003 ZD9IR
2014 ZD9XF


Merit Badges

Its a big deal for the West Coast

Hot Stuff


I only have one QSO with Tristan da Cunha and Gough Island – this is it!

DXCC Entity “Vital Stats”

The QSO was made during the West Coast morning, on the Short Path, and the solar conditions were:

Cycle22 Start 1986.8 Number 12.3 Peak 1989.6 Number 158.5 Years to Rise 2.8 Years to Fall 6.8 Cycle Length 9.7

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

  1. This is quite rare, but luckily, like ZS8/M – enough people either go there or some over winter there. Its on the same path as Bouvet (more or less)