In just over a month from now, if all goes well, I will only need Glorioso to get to the ARRL’s DXCC “Top of Honor Roll”. Glorioso is #12 on the DXCC Most Wanted List as documented by Clublog. Its interesting how close it is to Madagascar, Comoros and Mayotte. It has an airstrip, but this is not for commercial flights.
I talked to Seb, F5UFX, and while his team has considered activating it – it is similar to a US F&W entity in that it will require special permission that is not easy to get. As I understand it, the team will have to be French, or perhaps there could be an individual or small team that could go there.
I am hoping for an announcement in 2018 for Glorioso, but we are about to enter the fast slide to the bottom of the cycle. Luckily, my Long Path on 40M to that part of the world is very strong – even with an SSN of Zero. But a team going there would have to be acutely aware of the West Coast, something the FT5GA was not. I would consider replacing all of my antennas and just putting up a 40M 2 element yagi – like the Cushcraft just to work the last one!
If it were to be activated at the bottom of Cycle 24, I would most likely look into using a Remote for the first and last time in my DXCC chase. I cannot let it slip by like I did FT5GA. Most of the guys in the SF Bay Area ran up to the Stanford Club station to work them. I sure wish I would hve tken my neighbors offer, Oliver, W6NV to use is station, but that was back when I was adamant that I would only earn any of these achievements using my own backyard antenna farm and station.
For the very last one, I’d bend the rules and like golf – call it a “Mulligan”!