DXCC Honor Roll is a Really Big Deal

Recently I’ve read a few blogs and a few QRZ pages where they opine one way or another about DXing “awards”, which I really believe are personal “operating activities”. Some care for them, some don’t.

There are five activities / awards that I am most proud of, and it helps that years have passed now and so that I have an “evolving” perspective. I think its human nature to always be most focused and put highest priority on what we are striving for and that sometimes past accomplishments are relegated to history and maybe even taken for granted. Maslow’s Hierarchy I would guess . . .

Its been 2 years since VK0EK and everything associated with that big multiyear effort. I am starting to relegate that to ancient history. I know I will work 9BDXCC and DXCC on 160M, and while its the latest and hottest iron in the fire, I’m just trying to get it over with.

The ONE accomplishment that I still can feel really proud of is the DXCC Honor Roll. There is something so unique and special about it – its just the way the program evolved and the history behind it that has that “certain something”. Its like the best Baseball Card Collection.

This list has waffled around a bit, and I need to update my QRZ page to tweak it a bit, but here are the accomplishments that I think deserve some bragging rights:

  1. DXCC Honor Roll – this really is THE epitome of DX-ing for me. Oddly enough, Top of Honor Roll feels like a second place in comparison. It was just getting to the top that still means something to me. Top of Honor Roll is like looking around at the top of that hill – just a little bit more of the same. To add meaning, I was going through a divorce with children, and the “OCD” aspect helped me get through that ordeal – it was like the best therapy I could get
  2. 160M DXCC – this one is pretty amazingly close to Honor Roll – from the West Coast and because my QTH means its a miracle I can make this
  3. 9BDXCC – this one is in lock step with 160M DXCC and tests your antenna, propgation and operating knowledge
  4. DX Coffee Best Communication Award – they designed the award around my TX5K efforts and which I then went on to perfect during VK0EK. Sadly, most DXpeditions still think there is some valor in keeping a lot of hat goes on in a DXpedition hush hush – like they are some CIA or FBI covert operation. Some DXpeditions are lousy at communicating and thus have issues fund raising. Good communication is the BEST way to fund raise – whenever I see a DXpedition whine about not raising enough money I roll my eyes because the fastest way to lose is to try to “guilt” people into donating. Communication = “Buzz”.
  5. DXpedition of the Year Award – at one point I felt this was my biggie. Its not because I was a co-organizer and I did not go on the trip. I am sure the DXpedition happened the way it did in large part to my efforts, and I know that after TX5K I had to do a lot of very hard work to get past some issues that arose in TX5K that could have tanked VK0EK. But with 2 years behind me – I look at the plaque and realize that it was really for the team members who went to Heard, Honor Roll was 100% me

These are the things I do not have to get apologetic about – the things I know deep down were serious accomplishments. I also am coming up on 59 years old, and have been saddened by recent events where one famous DXpeditioner or another DXer passed away at this age or near it. Several contester and DX publication legends have also just passed. It makes me double down and appreciate what I have done and that I did it later in life. DXCC is an anachronism, and while I have some feeling that its will get a lot harder to do starting in about 10 years, there is something so lasting and powerful about it – that it might survive all of the challenges in money and access that threaten it.


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