Band Country Survey for Southern Africa:
Standings at the End of 2010

Last updated: 2011-01-04 (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 340 (including four PJs w.e.f. 2010-10-10).

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.

For this "annual" list, the list for each band has 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. It also tells you in a few easy steps how to update your totals, to make sure you are also included in the results.

Chris R. Burger ZS6EZ
Box 4485
0001 South Africa

50 MHz
135 ZS6WB
129 ZS6AXT
124 ZS6NK
107 ZS6EZ
103 ZS6BTE
98 Z22JE
88 ZS6XL
82 ZS6LW ++
76 ZS2EZ
21 MHz
323 ZS6EZ
300 ZS4TX
298 ZS6KR
296 ZS6WB
292 ZS6YQ ++
273 ZS6AOO ==
270 ZS6AJD ==
269 ZS5LB ==
269 ZS6P
259 ZS2DL
10,1 MHz
243 ZS6EZ
214 ZS6UT
213 ZS5LB ==
197 ZS1EL
186 ZS2DL
179 ZS6WB
157 ZS2EZ
152 3DA0CA ==
139 ZS6AVM ++
133 ZS6NJ
1,8 MHz
181 ZS4TX
177 ZS5LB ==
129 ZS6EZ
124 ZS1REC
107 ZS6UT
76 ZS5K ==
71 ZS6WB
56 V5/W8UVZ ==
55 ZS2LL ++
51 3DA0CA ==
28 MHz
306 ZS6EZ
284 ZS4TX
275 ZS6WB
274 ZS6P
267 ZS6AOO ==
257 ZS5LB ==
253 ZS6KR
245 ZS6AJD ==
243 ZS6NB ==
235 ZS6IR ==
18,1 MHz
283 ZS6EZ
261 ZS6AVM ++
248 ZS6AJD ==
232 ZS6WB
227 ZS2DL
202 ZS2EZ
190 ZS6NJ
188 ZS1EL
188 ZS5LB ==
183 ZS6IR ==
7 MHz
323 ZS4TX
305 ZS6EZ
278 ZS6KR
265 ZS6P
240 ZS6WB
235 ZS5LB ==
227 ZS6AOO ==
219 ZS6AJD ==
215 ZS2DL
206 ZS6B
5 Band
1493 ZS6EZ
1488 ZS4TX
1330 ZS6KR
1311 ZS5LB ==
1250 ZS6WB
1249 ZS6P
1122 ZS6AOO ==
1110 ZS6AJD ==
1051 ZS6IR ==
1047 ZS2DL
24,9 MHz
269 ZS6EZ
260 ZS6AVM ++
226 ZS6AJD ==
200 ZS6WB
184 ZS6NJ
182 ZS5LB ==
165 ZS6IR ==
162 ZS2DL
151 ZS2EZ
130 ZS1EL
14 MHz
331 ZS6YQ ++
324 ZS6EZ
313 ZS6AJD ==
309 ZS6KR
308 ZS4TX
308 ZS6AOO ==
305 ZS1AU
303 ZS6P
298 ZS5LB ==
296 Z22JE
3,5 MHz
273 ZS4TX
252 ZS5LB ==
235 ZS6EZ
192 ZS6KR
164 ZS6WB
138 ZS6P
122 ZS6IR ==
120 Z22JE
116 3DA0CA ==
111 ZS2DL
10 Band
2524 ZS6EZ
2075 ZS5LB ==
2067 ZS6WB
1965 ZS4TX
1704 ZS6AJD ==
1624 ZS2DL
1420 ZS6IR ==
1411 Z22JE
1388 ZS1EL
1346 ZS2EZ

Key: "++" indicates Silent Key (ZS6AVM, ZS6YQ). "==" indicates inactive operators whose totals are unlikely to change. Some do not have access to antennas (ZS5LB, ZS6AJD). Some have emigrated (ZS5K, ZS6AOO, ZS6IR).

Movers and Shakers

The following individuals have improved their standings since the last list was published. They have improved their rankings, or have entered the tables for the first time:

ZS1AU: 14 MHz (new)
ZS1REC: 1,8 MHz (new)
ZS2DL: 25 MHz (new); 21 MHz (new); 18 MHz (up 5); 10 MHz (up 4); 7 MHz (new); 3,5 MHz (new); 5 Band (new); 10 Band (new)
ZS2EZ: 25 MHz (new); 18 MHz (new); 10 MHz (up 3); 10 Band (new)
ZS4TX: 21 MHz; 14 MHz
ZS6KR: 21 MHz (up 2); 14 MHz; 5 Band
ZS6NJ: 25 MHz (up 2); 18 MHz (new); 10 MHz (new)
ZS6P: 14 MHz (up 2)

Key: This list indicates changes since the previous list was published in 2008. "new" means that the station did not previously appear. "up n" means that the station has moved up the list by n steps. Unmarked entries have moved up by a single slot.

Just look at the length of the lines, and you'll quickly see that ZS2DL has been very busy. Donovan has improved his standings on six of the 10 bands, and has entered both the 5-Band and 10-Band Top 10 lists. He is very close to the Top 10 on 14 MHz too, so we can expect him to appear on seven bands in next year's Survey. Runner-up Barry ZS2EZ is blowing in his neck in several catetories. Fanie ZS6NJ has made a showing on all the WARC bands. With his recent acquisition of a Yagi on 10 MHz, he can be expected to re-write that band's Top 6 over the next few years.

Progress since the Last List

October 2010 produced one of the most spectacular events in the history of DXCC. The Netherlands Antilles changed their status, causing the two existing DXCC countries to be deleted and four new countries to be created. On the stroke of midnight on 2010-10-10, four new countries came on the air. Fortunately, the event was well coordinated, with the bands being divided between the four countries in such a way that overlap was pretty much avoided. For almost two weeks, four countries were represented by multi-operator stations with decent signals. Most ZS DXers made good use of the opportunity, leaving only minor gaps in their tallies when the expeditions went home.

For those who were out of the country or had other commitments (including yours truly), the CQWW Phone contest at the end of October presented another opportunity, with PJ2T and PJ4X both sporting multi-operator stations with big signals. The CW contest provided another shot at those two locations.

Because of the deletion of the original countries, most of the scores on these lists will have decreased slightly. To reflect this reduction, I have had to guess the actual reduction for stations that have not submitted fresh scores or are no longer active. Scores above 250 were adjusted downwards by two, and scores above 100 by one. Leading five band scores were consequently adjusted by 10 and ten-band scores by 15. If you feel hard done by, just submit a fresh score so that I don't have to guess.

ZL8X came on the bands in November, making many DXers happy. They were not easily worked from Zone 38, but locals made it on four bands (10 to 21 MHz). Some managed to make it on several bands. Your scribe was thrilled to catch them on SSB for the second-last counter on that mode.

The list in general shows a few interesting developments:

  • The entry level on 14 MHz is now very close to 300.
  • There is a lot of potential for the 14 MHz list to be shaken up considerably before the next list is published. Five stations sit between 303 and 309, with four of the five being on the air.
  • ZS4TX threatens to take over the top spot on the 5 Band list.
  • 3,5 MHz now has an entry level of well over 100. In fact, there are 14 stations with claimed scores of at least 100, an unthinkable situation just a single solar cycle ago.
  • The WARC bands now all have an entry level of over 120.
  • On five of the bands, there is a station within 5 countries of the Top 10. In other words: There is more activity that isn't visible in these tables!

    Finally, a format change: Starting this year, you'll notice that stationary targets have been marked. Those that have died are marked with "++" and those that are inactive have been marked with "==". The reason for each specific station's inactivity is indicated in a footnote to the table. The intention is simple: To show prospective entrants which scores are not likely to move. I guess the inverse argument is actually more valuable: If a score hasn't been marked, be warned that it might move while you're chasing it!

    Rating your Progress

    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.

    An Offshore Comparison

    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!

    Those Callsigns listed in the Tables

    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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