Signal Multi-path Fading . . .
3Y0Z and its demise has had a bigger impact on me than I would have thought. It really felt like the end of an era to me – in several ways – for the DX Community as well as me personally. Around the same time that 3Y0Z announced that it was cancelling the project for good, Seb, F5UFX, from the French Team announced that while they will keep trying to activate Glorioso, that it basically has become the French version of the US F&W “Navassa”. In other words, maybe some day in the future . . .
This means both of these last entities that I need might not be activated for some time – if at all. It was 19 years in between Heard Island activations – and unless some scientific mission goes to Heard Island again – you better not count on it – just like I have decided to no longer count on Bouvet or Glorioso. I really do fear that some entities might not be activated again in my lifetime. Every month and year – the probability of that grows higher. Baker, KH1, at $400K is as expensive as going to Heard Island, which makes no sense to me. And oil prices are something like 30% higher than last summer, so add that in. I think it’s just the ship operators and “supply and demand”.
Make no doubt about it – now that I am reminiscing about my trip to DXCC Honor Roll (chronicled in the DXCC Sleuth Blog), I feel more like I had the right idea to do it as fast as I could back in 2001 – just months before 9/11. Some had criticized me for being in a hurry and not “savoring it” – I say “Bollocks!”. Or is it “Ballocks!” . . .
3Y0I still has an active web site, and while their recent announcements to activate South Pacific entities seems to be on hold for now – the Polish Team did have good news about their budget and the fact that they have a ship for about 1/3rd the cost of 3Y0Z. I’m very cautiously optimistic – I can only imagine that they have hung their shingle out and I hope to hear that new team members are being added to their project.
But my DXCC Sleuth blog is my way of pulling up DXCC stakes – and as each month goes by, I am caring less and less if I ever work these last two. As I said, once 3Y0Z cancelled for good – I went out and completely changed my shack and my antenna farm per my “Post DXCC” plan – it just felt like that was “all she wrote” DXCC wise.
9BDXCC and DXCC on 160M sure feels like the last nail in the DXCC coffin for me – and that these two DXpeditions could be “The one’s that got away”:
One thing for sure – FT8 has ushered in a new era – where most of the band activity in between DXpeditions seem to be on that new mode. There are a few “stalwarts” out there CQ-ing on CW, but the day there is no more CW will be the day I cash in my chips. I don’t expect this at all – anyone alive who learned CW when they were a teenager will still fire up the key from time to time – but in 20 years there might be very little CW left.