Fall of the Berlin Wall – November 1989
I’ve now had three DXers tell me that “If I were to start DXCC today – there is no way I would ever make DXCC HR #1”. Of course – that is true – given today’s list, but lists can and have changed over the years. I then started wondering why there was a gradual increase in entities after the Fall of the Berlin Wall – which was the last time a socio-political event had a far reaching effect on the DXCC List. There was a flurry of new entities added into the early 90’s – but then the list started climbing – and it wasn’t because of any major socio – political change in the world.
The answer is – some DXpeditioners and DXers with the right strings, levers and pullies, decided to start changing the rules. Why? They were bored – they had worked everything and wanted to keep pushing the bar higher. The problem with that philosophy and approach is that the unintended consequence is that they have made it impossible for someone starting out in the DXCC program to make HR #1 now. I think plain Honor Roll is do-able, but even that’s getting harder.
These fellows (yes – they were all men) – are now in the twilight of their years and so we are now at an interesting point in time. We have entities that might never be activated again – and no word from the ARRL regarding anything about the DXCC program. No blog – no email – no postings on the ARRL DXCC Desk – nothing.
The DXCC program seems like its just on auto-pilot – I’d love it if the ARRL had a blog where they discussed their DXCC program – or even just an article every now and then. “How’s DX?” is fine – but I can’t even remember the last time the ARRL posted anything regarding the future of the program. Sure – they mention who is going on a DXpedition – but there are at least 5 web sites that provide that news already.
What is the ARRL’s DXCC 5 year plan? 10 year plan? 20 year plan?