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One-Man DXCC Countries

John Harper (AE5X) on October 4, 2009
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There are a handful of DXCC entities that would not be heard on the air at all were it not for a single active amateur in that location. Single-handedly, they put their country into the logbooks of hams around the world. If you’ve worked certain countries, then odds are, you probably did it by working one specific op.

At the top of the list is Jacky 3B8CF in Mauritius. If you’ve worked 3B8 several times, Jacky is one of those worked. I first worked Jacky in 2002 and more recently got him on 20m last night. So far, I now have 3B8 on 10, 20, 30, 40 and 80 meters all thanks to Jacky.

Next is Chak JT1CO in Mongolia, active all across the HF spectrum. Marti OH1BH has also operated from Mongolia as JT1BH, from Chak’s shack (say that three times fast).

If you’ve worked Zambia, it almost goes without saying that you’ve worked 9J2BO. Brian’s in it for the long haul – I first worked him as a newly-upgraded General in 1979. He’s still there, pounding away at the key 30 years later.

Paraguay would be mostly silent on HF without Doug ZP6CW, who is especially active on the low bands.

Got Galapagos? No doubt then that any number of ops who’ve passed through HC8N have copied your signal. A superstation to rival WTBS or WGN, HC8N is nothing but loud 10 thru 160.

I’m sure there are a number of other operators equally active from countries that, without them, would be rare. Who have I missed?

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One-Man DXCC Countries  
by AB7E on October 4, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
I think you've overlooked several quite active and competent operators who have operated from those countries, and you've done them somewhat a disservice in the process.

The Super Check Partial listing of contest callsigns (limited to those active within the past two years, I believe) shows 13 JT1 stations and 14 ZP5/ZP6 stations alone. My own log shows several 3B8 callsigns.

73,
Dave AB7E
 
RE: One-Man DXCC Countries  
by AE5X on October 4, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
You're right - I should have included a "your mileage may vary" or "I'm primarily a CW op" or some other such disclaimer so as to not do anyone a "disservice" but I neglected to run the article passed my lawyer. My bad.
 
RE: One-Man DXCC Countries  
by KY6R on October 4, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
Good topic. I understand your intention - these are what almost seem like "beacon" stations in these entities. They are on the air consistently, giving out an entity that would be much harder to get if they weren't on. And they are good ops who understand propagation - and who give everyone a chance.

3A2MD, PZ5RA, ES1WN, V51AS, A45WD, VQ8LA, VK9NS and others are in my log. Thanks to these people, I didn't have to fight huge pileups to get these entities on most bands / modes, and it would have been much harder to get these entities if it weren't for them.
 
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by K3ANG on October 4, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
Good article.
Help me out; Who was the priest (and his callsign) who was very active for years in Nepal. I heard him once on 20M SB back in the early 1980's and tried to work him but propagation was bad.
Ok, my antenna wasn't the best either.

73
Greg, K3ANG
 
One-Man DXCC Countries  
by WA8KAZ on October 4, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
Worked HC8L on 10m in 2004 courtesy of Dave and Barb Leeson, W6NL / K6BL.

73

WA8KAZ Wayne
 
RE: One-Man DXCC Countries  
by YO4PX on October 4, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
The priest was Father Moran, 9N1MM. And there is another ham who is (really) alone in his DXCC country: Father Apollo who is working now and again from Month Athos. I think # 1 Honor Roll shouldn't depend on the availability of a single amateur. What happens if Apollo will get bored of amateur radio, but the "country" will remain on the list? There is not much hope to hear somebody else from there in our lifetime...
 
RE: One-Man DXCC Countries  
by K8CXM on October 4, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
Father Moran, 9N1MM. He still is the only Nepal in my logbook and QSL collection. Think Gus Browning, W4BPD, also operated from there. They're may have been other guests.
 
RE: One-Man DXCC Countries  
by AB7E on October 4, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
A lawyer wouldn't have made the article any more accurate.

AE5X: "There are a handful of DXCC entities that would not be heard on the air at all were it not for a single active amateur in that location. Single-handedly, they put their country into the logbooks of hams around the world."

There are indeed some countries that fall into that category ... but not the ones you mentioned.
 
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by KC8LTL on October 4, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
Yes, there are certain stations who provide quite a few of the contacts for an entity. I suppose the outgoing bureau could tell you most accurately, but especially on the last two, I think you overstate things.

HC8N is a contest superstation which makes HC8 actually one of the easier countries to work. However, a quick look at my log sees HC8A, HC8L, HC8Z and PA3GIO/HC8 as well.

For ZP, I for one would love to work it CW, but the only stations I have worked have been ZP1TF, ZP6Y, and a special event station ZP99A, all on phone.

KC8LTL
 
RE: One-Man DXCC Countries  
by N3OX on October 4, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
"Single-handedly, they put their country into the logbooks of hams around the world. If you’ve worked certain countries, then odds are, you probably did it by working one specific op."

I think that AB7E's point, to a certain extent, is that the guys you mentioned are the best, loudest signals and the most active operators.

When I read your list, I see what you're getting at. I've got five unique 3B8's in my log but as I scroll down the list, Jacky shows up time and time again. I've got three different JT stations, but JT1CO is represented many times over. I've worked lots of ZP stations, but none of them had even close to the signal that Doug puts in here.

Certainly, your list is populated with people I recognize immediately and have worked many times.

But I think they're really the largest and most active. I wonder how many more stations in each of those places I could work if I built a world-class station on this end.

I'm sure there are a lot of small stations in Southeast Asia that feel that K3KO is the only W3 station in the world ;-)
 
RE: One-Man DXCC Countries  
by WB2WIK on October 4, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
It's a reasonable point.

I don't know about "one man" entities, but it sure seems like there are some, based purely on who is "workable" by us over here. Propagation as it is today and has been for a couple of years now, we can often only work the biggest and best and won't even hear somebody running QRP to a low dipole down the street from the guy we can hear.

There are numerous stations licensed and somewhat active in Hong Kong, but who hasn't worked "Hong Kong Charie?"

This weekend even I can be the hunted, as the CQP unfolds. I can call CQ as WB2WIK and nobody answers me, but if I change that to, "This is California calling," I generate a pileup.

That will all end in a matter of hours, though. ;-)

WB2WIK/6
 
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by DJ5TH on October 4, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
What is ur goal of ur DX-activities ?
I think, it is ok, that there are some countries with very many hams, some countries with many hams, many countries with few hams, few countries with one permanent resident ham and some DXCC-entities, which have not seen a ham for several years. By this there exists a hierarchy of personal goals to most DXers: someone is DXing, for instance to get a member in the DXCC honor roll after reaching the goal, to climb up from his first amazing DXCC-country to his first 100 DXCC-countries and so on. The less ham actity in a DXCC-country, the more worth is a contact to that country for a DXer. The number of QSOs from a DXCC-country correlates with the number of resident hams in that country. So I don't worry, if there is only one ham in a country or a DXCC-entity is not activated for several years.
 
RE: One-Man DXCC Countries  
by WB2WIK on October 4, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
DJ5TH, good points.

I don't chase DX like a rabid dog, it just happens.

The "thrill of the hunt," to me, is just "stumbling" across something rare, then figuring out how to work that station in the limited time I have available. If I miss him, too bad. But if I catch him, it's like catching a fish and feeling good about it, even if you throw it back.

With very, very few exceptions, "There's always another chance."
 
RE: One-Man DXCC Countries  
by 9M2RS on October 4, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
Father Moran 9N1MM passed away some years ago.
He was a active controller for SEANET (14.320Mhz at 12.00 UTC )and attended many SEANET conventions.
 
RE: One-Man DXCC Countries  
by AB3CX on October 5, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
S9SS, retired, and ZB2FK. Monk Apollo who we all wish would be more active, chiefly one op in Corsica TK5, currently TL0A.
 
RE: One-Man DXCC Countries  
by K0BG on October 5, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
It's just not DX! Some states are so sparsely populated with amateurs, they're the equivalent of rare DX. For example, Ken Muggli, KØKL, is one of the few amateurs in North Dakota, who's on every day. If you're hunting counties, it's even harder.

Speaking of which, think how hard it is for a DX station to work all 3,077 counties, yet it has been done several times.

It all goes to show you, given decent band conditions, and enough time, you can work the world with a peanut whistle signal.

Alan, KØBG
www.k0bg.com
 
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by KZ1A on October 5, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
If memory serves, JT1CO's nick name is Chad, not Chak.
 
RE: One-Man DXCC Countries  
by KZ1A on October 5, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
Perhaps youn meant VQ9LA (Larry), not VQ8LA?
 
One-Man DXCC Countries  
by VE6TL on October 5, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
And what about no man DX countries? There are plenty of these that provide motivation for those interested in doing DXpeditions. I suspect that when the one ham disappears in the one ham countries, these will become targets for DXpeditions. How some of these places get designated as a valid DXCC entity is quite separate from the ham population of the area.
 
RE: One-Man DXCC Countries  
by KB2FCV on October 5, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
I've worked several calls listed below. I wish I had gotten a QSL from 9N1MM, but at the time I was not serious into QSL'ing, being a kid with limited budget at the time, QSL's were few and far between. Nowadays if it's a new one the card is out the door the next day. It's always fun to work some of these smaller DXCC entities.
 
RE: One-Man DXCC Countries  
by AE5X on October 5, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
KZ1A:

According to his card, it's Chak:
http://www.ae5x.com/temp/jt1co.jpg

John AE5X
http:://www.ae5x.com/blog
 
RE: One-Man DXCC Countries  
by N6PSE on October 5, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
There does not appear to be any amateurs in Palestine. Anyone can go there, but the Palestinian Ministry of Post & Telecom only seems to issue a license to non Americans. I've tried to get a license and no luck. The Italians, Jordanians and others can get a license with ease.

And the USA has donated $2 billion in aid to Palestine over the years.

Paul N6PSE
 
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by KM5VI on October 5, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
All of these gentlemen DX "ambassadors" come to mind when cetain countries are mentions, as are many QSO over many years. But a tour through the log indicates they are not unique.

As to the question in point - could Monk Apollo be the only one man entity? Even P5 has been activated by more than one ham.

KM5VI
 
RE: One-Man DXCC Countries  
by N6AJR on October 5, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
and Jim Dichburn in South Cook Island and the late Jim Smith on Norfolk Island and we can't forget Hong Kong Charlie. Thanks guys....
 
One-Man DXCC Countries  
by N2RJ on October 6, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
It all boils down to money. Some countries are just dirt poor. If one had to choose between food and ham radio, they'd choose food.

Among the locals, it is often the rich who are the lone voices from those countries. This isn't only due to the cost of equipment but due to the hassle of importing equipment. Of course you'll also hear resident aliens or foreign guests on there as well because they have the resources to import equipment.
 
RE: One-Man DXCC Countries  
by K7GQ on October 6, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
SV2ASP/A, Monk Apollo from Mount Athos has my vote as the #1 one-man DXCC country. Expeditions are not allowed there now, and it's either him - or nothing!
 
One-Man DXCC Countries  
by W6ZL on October 7, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
Kingdom of Tonga - Paul A35RK has been the only active ham for some years now.
 
RE: One-Man DXCC Countries  
by NA8CW on October 7, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
I think G3SXW and G3TXF are truely 1 man DXpeditions
somewhere around 41 different countries they have activated-they sure are FB oprs mainly cw and make
thousands of QSOs for the amateur radio community,check his web pages out www.G3TXF.com Nigel
must have 100,000 QSl cards or more,I have worked him many times.

KNoW cw
 
RE: One-Man DXCC Countries  
by W7ETA on October 8, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
VP2MO
73
Bob
 
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by OLLIEOXEN27 on October 8, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
I've always considered myself a one man DXCC. At various times I've operated as an OE, VK7, BY and others. I operate qrp and only when the band is open to that area.

Just because the government says they own the ionesphere doesn't mean they do. If someone tells you you no longer own your car and you believe him then you no longer own your car.

oli
 
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by K6VFR on October 8, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
I think John (AE5X) makes an excellent point--that ham radio is all about people and we shouldn't take them for granted. Thanks John
 
RE: One-Man DXCC Countries  
by W1WN on October 10, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
It was the late Father Moran, 9N2MM.

73's
Dave, w1wn
 
RE: One-Man DXCC Countries  
by VR2BG on October 11, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
Apparently some of these guys aren't active enough, judging from the busted names/calls mentioned here.

Other than Monk Apollo, in recent times we have not had anything of the likes of KV4AA, DU7SV, VS6DO & 9N1MM.

It takes much more than getting on for hours every day to even come close to those gentlemen.

73, ex-VR2BG.
 
RE: One-Man DXCC Countries  
by K5WMG on October 21, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
Father Moran, 9N1MM. He was IT from Nepal for the longest time and worked a lot of people. Missed an opportunity to meet him in the Houston are a few years before his death.

mike
k5wmg
 
One-Man DXCC Countries  
by N8IK on October 21, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
Charles S9SS is everyone's Sao Tome contact!
 
One-Man DXCC Countries  
by KQ0C on October 22, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
I think it is interesting to consider that in a very poor or remote country, being the only op could be quite profitable. Lets say you get $2 with every QSL request... and that you bundle all your cards up, send them to someone in the US and have them all mailed here using the domestic stamp cost (37-cents or whatever it is now). You can probably make at least $1 profit per contact... which I think is fair and to everyone's advantage.

I often wonder if that doesn't explain why some foreign stations are on the air as much as they are... for instance the family on St. Helena, or the guy in Liberia.
 
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by W9SZ on October 23, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
There have been quite a few people in the past who were the only active ham in a country at the time. Some that come to mind that haven't been mentioned were A22MN, 7P8SR, TL8NG, XT2BW, 3X0HNU, 9X5HG, SU2MT, VK0MM, FR5HG/E.

Quite a few of these got on and liked to work pileups DXpedition-style. Others liked to ragchew and it was more difficult to get a QSO with them. You had to be patient!
 
RE: One-Man DXCC Countries  
by K3NRX on October 27, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
Great topic! There used to be a guy named Graham about 20 years ago who operated as VK0GC from Macquarie Island. I managed to work him back in 1987. I think he may have been some kind of Antarctic reasearch scientist. Also, AH8A was for the longest time the only signal I seem to recall out of American Samoa. I worked Bill on several occasions. I sincerely hope he is OK after the most recent tsunami episode in that part of the world.

Vince P
KA3NRX
 
RE: One-Man DXCC Countries  
by K3NRX on October 27, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
Oh, and as for this:

SV2ASP/A, Monk Apollo from Mount Athos has my vote as the #1 one-man DXCC country. Expeditions are not allowed there now, and it's either him - or nothing!

REPLY: Gets my vote too. Glad I snagged him back in '02 when we had some sunspots. Wonder why expeditions are not allowed there?
 
RE: One-Man DXCC Countries  
by K3NRX on October 28, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
OMG. How could I forget. For the longest time, Pino I0DUD (I think that was his call) put the Vatican on the air. He was responsible for putting HV3SJ on the air (who I worked back in '92, but for some stupid reason, I never aggressivly pursued the QSL, and now his logs are no longer available...:-(..Regrets, I had a few...) His untimely passing lead to Francesco IK0FVC taking the torch. Talk about one-man religious enclave DX. You would think that there would be at least one member of the Curia or an employee of Vatican Radio with a license. Sadly, we have to patiently wait for Francesco to show up on the air, which is pretty common in recent years. HV0A remains elusive over here. I can never crack the pile-ups. Glad I have HV4NAC from back in '98! Also, Francesco is also responsible for putting SMOM (1A) on the air. Snagged 1A0KM back in '07! Grazie for being there, Francesco!

VP
KA3NRX
 
RE: One-Man DXCC Countries  
by K1XV on November 1, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
How about zero ham entities?

We have to get Kim Jong-il licensed so North Korea P5 can get into my log. Right now, it is impossible to get #1 Honor Roll because amateur radio is prohibited there.

How can an entity be on the Active DXCC list if amateur radio is prohibited there? Makes no sense.
 
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