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Author Topic: DX award degree of difficulty?  (Read 5403 times)
AE5X
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« on: March 21, 2013, 07:23:50 AM »

Do you guys ever ponder which of the major DX awards grant the most bragging rights?

I'd put them in this order, from easiest to most difficult:

5B-DXCC
DX Honor Roll
5B-WAZ

Do those of you on HR have 5B-WAZ in your sights? After these, what's next?

John AE5X
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VK3HJ
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« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2013, 07:32:57 AM »

I'd put the WAZ above DXCC in difficulty.
At least that is my experience.
I am pleased to have 5BDXCC, but think 5BWAZ will be a whole lot more work.
From here, I have found Zone 2 to be the most challenging.
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« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2013, 07:39:07 AM »

From here, I have found Zone 2 to be the most challenging.

Try requesting a sked with VO2NS.

Ok, I could see flames coming within 30 seconds.

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Jonathan W6GX
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« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2013, 07:48:41 AM »

5B-WAZ, but Honor Roll is no slouch either. I earned 5B-DXCC in 4 years (all with low wires and 500W or less). I got up to 9 bands/3 modes DXCC in 7 years. Here I am 12 years in and still waiting for 4 band-zones on 80m to complete all 200, with no guarantee of every hearing 'em. Yeah, by far that's the hardest award to earn of those mentioned. I'd say a 160m WAZ is harder still. HR is more a question of just being on the air when entities come on. WAZ requires more skill.
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« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2013, 08:04:08 AM »

I myself would put them in that order too. I have 5BDXCC easy but 5B-WAZ and honor roll are a long long away from where I am now.

But folks who have high-band only antennas often reach honor roll on the high bands long before they reach DXCC on 80M. There was a nice article in QST last year, by a long-time honor roller on his recent efforts to get 80M DXCC.
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« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2013, 08:21:07 AM »

My only "real" goal was DXCC Honor Roll, and "just" mixed - but to do it as fast as I could. 9BDXCC was a secondary goal, and DXCC Challenge is just done in between the other things - so I don't get too bored. I have never gotten interested in the CQ Awards - only ARRL DXCC, and not really sure why.

1) 10BDXCC from the West Coast and 3000 DXCC Challenge and #1 Honor Roll
2) 6 Meter DXCC from the West Coast and 5BWAZ
3) Honor Roll and 2000 level DXCC Challenge
4) 160M DXCC from the West Coast and 9BDXCC

I think where you live has a huge influence on how hard one or the other award is. Not to mention local terrain, budget for gear, HOA's, etc ,etc

I think we compete with ourselves more than anyone else along the way.

I think I am enjoying 160M DXCC more than any other award I've chased, and doing the DXCC Challenge in "lazy / relaxed mode". Honor Roll was kind of stressful - probably because I put a time frame on it. I have no plans to bother with 5BWAZ . . .

Now I'm just enjoying DX-ing again. Totally just for the fun of it - and to continue to design, build and try different antennas. No self imposed time frames, no hurry.


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« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2013, 11:05:47 AM »

It's not really DX, but I think the FFMA (all 488 US grid squares on VHF - http://www.arrl.org/ffma) must be one of the more difficult, life-long awards one could earn. There have only been 5 recipients, and none in the last 2.5 years.

And I agree that WAZ awards are much more difficult than DXCC, at least for me.
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« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2013, 03:27:27 PM »

I have Nazaire in Zone 2 on 20 and 40 m, and VE2IM on 15 m, but apart from those bands, I still don't have 160, 80 and 10 m. That will happen when it happens.
Although I've only been DX-ing for about five minutes, I've worked most countries that have been on air in that time, 5BDXCC, and am now chasing 160 m DXCC with 85, and 26 Zones.
I note in my log that I am short 15 and 10 m on Zone 4, but I think that is just an incorrect Zone entered in the QRZ.com lookup. Will have to check that one out later.
Only once have I arranged a sked QSO - and felt a bit like I cheated afterwards!
The hobby is rich with awards with all levels of difficulty. I think the easiest for a budding DXer is Worked All Continents. Most of us now could do WAC every day, I think. Honor Roll, multi-band WAZ, etc. must be very hard to achieve to remain worthwhile chasing.
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« Reply #8 on: March 21, 2013, 04:46:34 PM »

5 Band DXCC is rather easy - takes a year, and a lot sooner if you have nice antennae or live closer to the east coast.
Honor roll is not hard, just takes a lot longer.
5 Band WAZ is both hard, and takes a long time.
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« Reply #9 on: March 21, 2013, 05:09:37 PM »

AE5X asked:
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Do those of you on HR have 5B-WAZ in your sights? After these, what's next?

Yes, for a long time.

5B-WAZ (entry level for me was 162 band zones in 2001).  Current level of 196 band zones was achieved in 2008.
DXCC Challenge 1000 level achieved in 2001. Currently over 2100 band entities. 
5B-DXCC: 2003
DXCC Honor Roll: 2009
160 WAZ (entry level of 30 zones): 2013

I'm not at all certain I'll work those last four 80m zones (let alone the last ten 160m zones) in the forseeable future.  I'm limited by my QTH more than anything else. 

I have begun organizing my QSL collection by CQ zone, rather than by country.  I am also working towards completing some more of the single-band, single-mode (for me, CW) WAZ awards offered by CQ. 

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Chuck  NI0C

 
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« Reply #10 on: March 21, 2013, 05:45:08 PM »

Honor roll is not hard, just takes a lot longer.

The ARRL has evidently omitted your callsign from the list of ops who have attained Honor Roll. You should ask them to correct it.

    73,

          Dave, AA6YQ
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« Reply #11 on: March 21, 2013, 07:44:17 PM »

Heck, I am happy to just have enough confirmed for plain old DXCC.

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« Reply #12 on: March 21, 2013, 10:42:21 PM »

I would say that 2M DXCC would be one of the most difficult, surpassed only by 70cm DXCC.  I think only 1 op has that one!

John AF5CC
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« Reply #13 on: March 21, 2013, 10:52:55 PM »

Hey, I read somewhere that WAZ on160 does not require all 40 zones? How did that get into effect?
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« Reply #14 on: March 21, 2013, 11:14:09 PM »

Hey, I read somewhere that WAZ on160 does not require all 40 zones? How did that get into effect?

Probably because it is so hard to work all 40 zones on 160 meters.

73,

Chris/NU1O
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