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Author Topic: Rare location info for new DXer  (Read 955 times)
N4NYY
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« on: January 22, 2010, 10:08:55 AM »

Anybody ever hear of this place? Worked them today on 100 watts and a vertical on 20M SSB. Not familiar with this location.

Some people at my club talk about difficulty and rarity. I am assuming that is because of actual station on-air time, more than propagation conditions.
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W6GX
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« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2010, 10:29:40 AM »

What is the callsign or place?
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« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2010, 10:44:40 AM »

AC6V
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N6ORB
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« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2010, 12:00:15 PM »

Try this site for more info on the location of various DXCC entities:

http://www.hamatlas.eu/dxnmapyall.php?id=304
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N4NYY
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« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2010, 03:29:14 PM »

Call was CU6AY
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AF3Y
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« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2010, 05:35:36 PM »

CU is the prefix for Azores. Nothing rare about that one. But any that you dont have is a New one, so congrats on landing Azores. 73, Gene
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« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2010, 05:39:18 PM »

Forgot to mention, on the top left of the eHam.net page is a "Call Search" box. Just type in a callsign that you worked or heard and you will get the info you want. You can also get that same info at QRZ.com and other sites. Gene
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« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2010, 06:09:24 PM »

You can download the current DXCC list of prefixes and entities at:

http://www.arrl.org/awards/dxcc/dxcclist.txt

It's also helpful to have a list of ITU prefixes, which is available from the same website.

73, Jim W4YA
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N4NYY
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« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2010, 06:48:37 PM »

"CU is the prefix for Azores. Nothing rare about that one. But any that you dont have is a New one, so congrats on landing Azores."

Got it. I wasn't sure as I had never heard of the Azores.

BTW, I usually use QRZ as my call database. It's better because they list their QSL card requirements.

Is there a rare DX list? We have a guy that give DX reports for my radio club. But he hasn't been there the last 2 meetings.
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« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2010, 11:21:12 PM »

DXView is a freeware application that when you enter a station's callsign

- displays the station's DXCC entity, region, CQ zone, ITU zone, IOTA tag, continent, and local time

- indicates whether or not the station is known to participate in LotW and/or eQSL.cc

- plots the station's location on its world map (or on the DX Atlas world map)

DXView is available via www.dxlabsuite.com
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« Reply #10 on: January 23, 2010, 05:55:21 AM »

There are quite a few "very rare" entities. They fall into at least these classes:

Rare due to Politics (i.e. P5 - North Korea)
Rare due to Harsh Environment - (i.e. Heard Island, Malpelo)
Rare due to Environmental Protection - (i.e Kingman or Campbell)
Rare due to a combination of 2 or more of the above (i.e. Navassa)

There might be more reasons why a place is rare. Many times - just when I think a place will "never be activated again", it is. But sometimes a place is only activated every 10 or 20 years.

I'm at 323 confirmed entities, and everything I need now is considered "rare".
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« Reply #11 on: January 23, 2010, 07:06:48 AM »

>Is there a rare DX list?

Try this:   http://www.dxpub.com/dx_news.html
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N4NYY
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« Reply #12 on: January 24, 2010, 11:49:12 AM »

Try this: http://www.dxpub.com/dx_news.html

Exactly what I was looking for! Thanks!
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« Reply #13 on: January 24, 2010, 11:50:02 AM »

Try this: http://www.dxpub.com/dx_news.html

Exactly what I was looking for! Thanks!
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« Reply #14 on: January 26, 2010, 07:28:51 PM »

To the list of "reasons why something is rare" categories, I would add:

Rare due to typical propagation conditions between your QTH and the remote station

(For Eastern NA, that might be deep Asia - China, Mongolia, Burma, Laos, Pakistan, India, Maldives, Sri Lanka, etc.)

There are hams in most of these places, but it's hard to hear them due to when they are on the air and the bands they must use, versus the same for you.
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