Last updated: 2009-03-07 (Caution: Links not being maintainted!)
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This listing shows the number of current DXCC countries (or "entities") worked on each frequency band by southern African stations. To level the playing field to the greatest extent possible, the listed scores do not include deleted countries. The total number of possible countries for this list is 335.
Apart from single band totals, we also list a five band total and a ten band total. The five band totals are for 28, 21, 14, 7 and 3,5 MHz. These are the bands that are valid for the major five-band awards like 5BWAC, 5BDXCC, 5BWAZ and 5BWAS. From the tables, it's obvious that the level of competition is much higher on these bands than on the remaining five.
The ten band totals also include 50, 25, 18, 10 and 1,8 MHz.
This Survey has been published regularly since 1994. I decided during 2000, after the SARL started restricting access to the List to members only, that it was time to remove the List from their clutches and publish it independently, so that anyone can see it and participate.
I now update the list as often as inputs are received, and intend to publish an annual standings list for historical purposes. Unfortunately, the list has not quite been annual, as other commitments (in aviation) have distrcted me from ham radio. In the past, I used to keep a chronicle of activity too. However, since 2003 I have not had time to play radio and outside inputs have not been enough to keep the chronicle going. Maybe the situation will change again one day.
For this "annual" list, the lists have been extended to a Top Ten (rather than a Top Six) in every category. Unfortunately, the response to my request for information from those who don't quite make the Top Six has been disappointing. As it takes a huge amount of time and effort just to nag those already on the list to keep their scores current, I have not individually approached these contenders. The result is that, in some cases, their information is several years old.
You can also see a current version of the Top Six on this Site. That document also provides links to previous versions, including a summary for previous years and a comparable survey in Britain, published during 2001.
Chris R. Burger ZS6EZ
0001 South Africa
The following individuals have improved their rankings, or entered the tables for the first time:
Those marked "new" are new entries to the list, while unmarked entries moved up by a single slot in their respective rankings, from the previous list published in 2005.
The most interesting change is ZS6KR's 8th place on 10 Band, despite the fact that he has no counters outside the "classic" five bands! You will notice that his 5 Band and 10 Band scores are exactly equal. Given how competitive these lists have become, Hans's ranking on the 10 Band score is quite an achievement.
There has been relatively little change since the last listing. Perhaps the low sunspot numbers have something to do with this fact.
There has been lots of room for improvement, as three new countries (4O3, KH8S and FJ) have been added to the list since 2005. The 403 was workable on most HF bands, providing the opportunity for at least 5 band counters. FJ has also been relatively easy, with perhaps five band counters being available from ZS. KH8S is a different matter, having been worked only on two bands or so from this part of the world. Some prominent DXers did not make the grade at all.
I've written a short piece, describing how one can assess DX achievement a little more accurately than just comparing the numbers. For example, how much better is 280 than 240? How much effort is required to get onto the DXCC Honour Roll once you've passed the 300 mark? How much effort does it take to catch the remaining 9 countries once you're on the Honour Roll? How does your score on a specific band really stack up? The answers may astound you.
In these pages, I've often mentioned that I felt that ZS DXers were under-achieving. To impart a notion of why I feel this way, I've included results from a comparable survey in Britain, published in 2001, on this Site. Look at them, and see what you think!
The tables can be very impersonal. I've therefore written a short profile on each of the operators. The intention is not only to put some "faces" to the callsigns, but also to give the reader an indication of how active each of these operators is. Clearly, while a few are retired and have enough time to play radio, the majority hold down jobs, raise families and generally spend time pursuing other interests. The odd spell of DXing certainly doesn't preclude balance!
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