South African DXCC Gallery

Last updated: 2016-07-27
ARRL Lists to: 2016-07-05

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Chris R. Burger ZS6EZ
Box 4485
Pretoria
0001 South Africa
Look for an email address on the ZS6EZ home page (zs6ez.org.za) or on qrz.com.


Index

This list contains only South African stations.

  • About DXCC: An explanation of what DXCC is
  • Background: The reason why and the way in which this list was built
  • How to apply: A short summary of how you can get involved in DXCC
  • Recent Developments: Recent shake-ups and changes
  • Clublog Analysis: A breakdown of Zone 38 contacts in recent logs on Clublog, showing how workable these stations have been from southern Africa.
  • This List: An explanation of the information in the list and a key for each line

    DXCC ZS stations Status
    Mixed: Any mode, any band
    Phone: SSB, AM, FM etc.
    CW
    Digital: RTTY, PSK, WSJT etc.
    Satellite
    1,8 MHz
    3,5 MHz
    7 MHz
    10 MHz
    14 MHz
    18 MHz
    21 MHz
    25 MHz
    28 MHz
    50 MHz
    144 MHz
    Challenge: At least 1000 current band-countries on 1,8 to 50 MHz
    5 Band: DXCC on each of 3,5, 7, 14, 21 and 28 MHz
    227
    139
    33
    18
    1
    5
    8
    16
    11
    23
    17
    22
    17
    26
    6
    1
    18
    13
    Incomplete 2005
    Incomplete 2005
    Complete
    Complete
    Complete
    Complete
    Complete
    Complete
    Complete
    Complete
    Complete
    Complete
    Complete
    Lacking one certificate number
    Complete
    Complete
    Complete
    Complete

  • Ranking: Ranking of active stations and of all-time scores on Mixed and Phone
  • All-Mode scores: Ranking by sum of all three single-mode scores
  • Start Dates: A table showing start dates and details of first winners world-wide and in South Africa
  • Notes: Explanatory notes
  • How you can help
  • Thanks: Personal thanks to major contributors

    You can also access other DXCC information in the ZS6EZ Rogues' Gallery. There is a DXCC Honour Roll cumulative list, an Honour Roll list going back to 1956, annual DXCC lists for South Africans since 1947, a list of first achievers at different endorsement levels for each DXCC and a list of 50 MHz DXCC holders world-wide. Finally, there is a breakdown of significant developments in DXCC in South Africa over the past few years.


    About DXCC

    The DX Century Club is the world's foremost amateur radio award. It is the prime benchmark by which DXing prowess is measured. It is also an excellent measure of longevity.

    DXCC is sponsored by the ARRL. Rules and other details can be found in their DXCC pages.

    DXCC starts with an entry level of 100 entities on the DXCC list. Work 100 entities, obtain confirmations, submit them to ARRL and pay the application fee. Most DXCC entities are countries, but there are a few oddities such as islands isolated from the remainder of a country or even international agencies that occupy single buildings. A prime example is the Prince Edward Islands, including Marion Island. This island group constitutes one of the most wanted DXCC entities, even though it is part of South Africa. The reason, of course, is over 1000 km of open water between them and the rest of the country.

    Achieving the basic DXCC award is relatively easy. Most determined individuals can reach DXCC status relatively comfortably in a year. In fact, most major contest stations work 100 countries on each of several frequency bands in a major contest! However, the challenge does not end there. Endorsements are offered for greater numbers of entities. The leading stations in the world now approach 400 such entities, including the 340 existant entities and another sixty or so that have been deleted.

    Stations that need less than 10 current entities confirmed are listed in the DXCC Honour Roll. The Top of the Honour Roll contains all stations that need no current entities. They have worked and confirmed every single entity in the world. About 1000 stations world wide, including four South Africans, have achieved this distinction.

    One can also apply for a range of specialised DXCCs, including ones for a single mode or a single band. There is also a Five Band DXCC (5BDXCC) for confirming at least 100 current entities on each of the five main HF bands (3,5, 7, 14, 21 and 28 MHz). Once the 5BDXCC has been earned, one can earn further band endorsements for other bands. Single-band DXCCs have been earned on 12 different bands, from 1,8 to 440 MHz. Finally, there is the DXCC Challenge, consisting of the combined score of current entities on the 10 bands from 1,8 to 50 MHz. The leading stations have achieved over 3000 challenge points, or an average of over 300 entities per band.

    Some entities are almost impossible to miss. Italy, Germany and the USA are some of these entities that have been confirmed by virtually all DXCC participants. Others are far harder, and may not be workable at all for years or even decades at a time. Such rare entities are either politically unstable and therefore do not issue licences, or they are inaccessible. An example of the former is North Korea, the most wanted entity in the world. Only a few dozen DXCC participants have worked North Korea on CW. An example of an inaccessible island is Bouvet, a Norwegian island in the south Atlantic Ocean. There is no resident population, and ships going there have to brave the Roaring Forties as well as steep cliffs that make sea landings impossible. An icebreaker with a helicopter does not come cheaply, so this island has appeared only about once per decade.

    It is because of this intermittent availability of a few entities that longevity is a major asset in the DXCC chase. A score of 300 can be achieved in a year or two. However, getting onto the Honour Roll generally takes decades. Getting to the Top of the HR takes decades more.


    Background behind this Membership List

    Over the years, the means used by the ARRL to publish DXCC membership has changed considerably. From 1947, a list of all DXCC members and Honour Roll members was published monthly in QST. By the Fifties, the list had grown to the extent that the entire list could not be published every month. A monthly list of new members and endorsements was then published, with the Honour Roll being published twice a year.

    With the introduction of a number of single-band awards around 1988, the volume of applicants and certificate holders grew to such an extent that DXCC listings started taking up a disproportionate amount of space in QST. The ARRL therefore started publishing a DXCC Yearbook in 1993. This Yearbook contained the annual listings for all the awards. The first edition already spanned 32 pages, even though there were only single-band listings for 1,8, 3,5, 7 and 28 MHz.

    Fortunately, around 2000, when the door was thrown open to single-band DXCCs for all bands, technology had caught up. The ARRL discontinued its monthly coverage in QST, opting instead for a daily update of the membership lists and Honour Roll on their Web site.

    All of these listings had one thing in common: They contained a current score for each current member, but contained no information about past holders who had become inactive, and there was never a way to determine when someone had first entered the race.

    The current Web lists also do not contain any information on deceased members or stations that have not received endorsements since the DXCC system was computerised (in the 1980s). Consequently, the Mixed and Phone listings are nowhere near complete. The other awards are less affected, as their introduction (starting with CW in 1979) did not predate the computer system to the same extent.

    I started collecting dates and certificate numbers for ZS members in the early Eighties. These records were compiled from monthly QST listings, personal discussions, industrial espionage and countless letters and phone calls. Unfortunately, the records were by no means complete, but the list nevertheless gradually became the most comprehensive record of South African DXCC activity in existence.

    Two major breakthroughs happened in 2011 and 2012. The first was that several old DXCC lists started becoming available through the ARRL Web site. The second was that an almost-complete set of QSTs fell into my lap, going back to 1936. Suddenly, I had almost all the source documents at my fingertips. The main obstacle to completing this list was to wade through more than 750 issues of QST looking for the lists, and then to wade through an average of 5000 callsigns in every annual list looking for ZS callsigns. At my age, the process involves reading glasses, a bright light and a magnifying glass. Fortunately, the painful project was eventually completed during 2013.

    With the exception of one year, during which the ARRL published no lists, all callsigns have now been included. From 2004 to 2006, the ARRL published no lists in QST or the DXCC Yearbook. The reason was that the online listings had just been introduced. Unfortunately, while it was now possible to follow the progress in real time, none of this history has been preserved. I had to rely on the assistance of Bill Moore at DXCC to help me get to this information. 2004 and 2006 have now been incorporated; I hope to also have 2005 one day.

    I try to keep the list as current as possible. Approximately once a month, I check the DXCC listings on the ARRL Web site. When I see a new addition or a change in endorsement level, I update this list. I also request dates and certificate numbers from the relevant participants, with mixed success.

    I'm hoping the list now includes all callsigns. However, if you know of any DXCC certificates out there that I don't know about, or information about certificates that are not fully recorded in these pages, whether your own or someone else's, please let me know. As you will see, on the Mixed and Phone lists there are many incomplete entries--dates, certificate numbers and names are missing or subject to question. If you can contribute any information, please let me know.

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    How to apply for DXCC

    The easiest way to apply for DXCC is to use the ARRL's Logbook of the World. They provide comprehensive instructions on how to get yourself going on LotW, including in Afrikaans, nogal! Once you have uploaded your logs, you'll be able to watch the confirmations roll in. Reach 100, apply on-line and a few days later your callsign should appear in these listings. You can then add further credits using LotW and paper QSLs.

    If you are an old timer and have confirmed many countries using paper QSL cards, you can also apply on paper. The procedure is outlined in the DXCC pages. You can have most of your cards checked in this country through Tjerk Lammers ZS6P, the SARL's Awards Manager. Liaise directly with him for further details on how to have your cards inspected. As of 2012, a new on-line application process for paper QSLs has been launched. Using this process is a lot cheaper and a little faster than through the old paper-based system. This process still involves paper forms that have to be sent to the USA, but you yourself do all the typing to enter the contacts into the DXCC database. Theoretically, the room for error has been greatly reduced. At the very least, the costs are much less, as you do not have to pay the ARRL to do the data entry.

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    Recent Developments

    Notes from previous years have now been placed in a separate document. In future, only the current year will appear here. Previous years will be listed in the separate record. At this stage, only three years are included there:

  • 2012
  • 2013
  • 2014

    2015

    Early 2015 demonstrated that the peak of Solar Cycle 24 is truly behind us. Weak solar flux with limited high band propagation was the order order of the day. Nevertheless, in February the first signs of 50 MHz trans-equatorial propagation started showing.

    EP6T was a Belgian group in Iran. Although Iran is regularly active, locals favour the easy bands and SSB, and demand huge amounts for return postage. EP6T was therefore eagerly awaited. They gave good account of themselves on the high bands. However, their low-band operations were marred by very high local noise levels, including air conditioners and battery chargers in a motorcycle rental shop! As a result, they were not easy to work below 14 MHz. Your scribe suffered the frustration of missing them on 7 and 10 MHz, despite considerable trying.

    1A0C showed up briefly in January. HV0A was operated by 9A3A in the CQWW 160 m contest, with some welcome WARC band activity the day before. XW4ZW was K4ZW with another stalwart low-band operation. Unfortunately, he did not make it down here through the summer static. S01WS continues to be active almost daily, on a variety of bands and modes. ZL7/F8FUA showed up in a low-key single-operator operation from Chatham. He was workable from here on the middle bands, despite using simple verticals and a barefoot radio.

    K1N showed up from Navassa Island in February. Depending on whom you asked, Navassa was the most wanted or second most wanted DXCC entity. Pileups were fierce, with a generous dose of deliberate QRM thrown in. They stuck to their guns and produced close to 140 000 QSOs, with a reasonable geographic spread. Several local DXers got a brand-new counter, and most of us got at least an assortment of new slots. Unfortunately, they were not easy to work from here, especially on the lower bands. Your scribe repeated the frustration of missing them on 7 and 10 MHz. Ironically, as mega DXpeditions increasingly use directional antennas on the low bands, they are becoming harder to work if you are outside their beams. A request through their pilot network to listen for Zone 38 on the low bands for a few minutes was dismissed on the basis that they had worked many ZS stations on the high bands.

    TI9/3Z9DX was a three-man team from this extremely rare DXCC entity. They parked in a ravine on the northern side of the island, effectively blocking all signals in our direction. They were inaudible on most bands, although several locals are known to have made it on 14 MHz SSB, mostly via the long path. ZS4TX managed to work them on 7 and 10 MHz. Once the confirmation shows up, Bernie will be down to only four entities needed on 7 MHz (4U1UN, JD1-MT, P5 and SV/A).

    EA9/DL2RNS was very active from Melilla. He was workable from here on the low bands. UA4WHX is back in Africa, starting with an SU9VB operation. More stations showed up from Guantanamo Bay. FP/KV1J was very active, mostly on RTTY. He was workable on the mainstream bands. T88XG and T88XH were active, also making a showing on 3,5 MHz. 50 MHz started showing signs of life again, with TEP openings as far south as Johannesburg.

    E30FB appeared in March, with a large multi-national team. They were workable on most bands. 7QAA displayed weird callsign from Malawi, making a good showing on most bands. They made a special effort on RTTY. Two crews operated in relay fashion, with the first team on CW and the last on SSB. C21EU showed up on the high bands from Nauru, with Dutch and German operators.

    During March, ARRL re-calculated all Centennial QSO Party scores and opened for applications. Eight southern African stations reached the entry level of 15 000 points. In order from highest to lowest score, they were ZR9C, ZD9XF, V5/DL3DXX, V55V, ZS4TX, DP1POL, ZS6EZ and ZS2I. ZS1XG and ZS6WB made over 600 contacts with W1AW portable stations, each covering all 50 states. No other ZS broke 100.

    The March Equinox produced amazing activity on 50 MHz. ZS4TX/6, with his perch on the Limpopo rivier, continues to make everyone green with envy. Early April produced regular TE openings, sometimes extending into Gauteng. One opening to China and Taiwan resulted, despite mediocre sunspot conditions. Somehow, great high band conditions don't always seem to need high sunspot activity.

    C21EU was a team of high-energy Dutch and German operators, but not very workable from here. They focused on late-night high band openings to Europe that were not audible here. V6Z is the annual appearance of the two Scots. As always, they were readily workable on a variety of bands and modes, with prompt confirmations on both ClubLog and LotW. PQ0T made a brief appearance from Trinidade. The stay was too short to allow the pileups to subside to the point where they were workable here. 5V7BD and 5V7JH were DJ6SI and DJ8NK, who appeared with one day's notice. One is very active on CW; the other has so far proved elusive on RTTY. VK9AN was N7QT and family from Norfolk, proving relatively workable from here despite simple wire antennas. An Australian group operating as VK9NT proved much harder to work.

    ZL7E made up for the recent ghost operations from ZL7. They started immediately with audible signals and high rates, although the pileups were initially impenetrable. After a few days, they took a standby for Africa and were readily workable, even on 28 MHz. They were quickly worked on two modes and five bands. Unfortunately, they stopped listening for Africa after a few attempts, and no further contacts resulted for some days through the huge pileups. On the last day, two ZS1 stations made it on RTTY. LotW confirmations showed up promptly a few weeks later.

    In mid-April, Bernie van der Walt ZS4TX obtained his DXCC on 50 MHz. Bernie has been active on the band for more than two decades, but the decisive push came in the past year, after he established a remote station at the northernmost tip of South Africa. He worked 79 countries within a six-month period! Bernie becomes only the fifth South African to achieve DXCC on 50 MHz, and only the second to achieve 10 Band DXCC. His remote station will remain active until the end of May. Bernie has now started working EME to add a few more new countries to his tally.

    During May, ZS4TX added another one to his 7 MHz total. This time, it was Mount Athos, in the form of its only inhabitant, Monk Apollo. Once the confirmation shows up, Bernie will only need three countries on the band (4U1UN, JD1M, P5). With JG8NQJ/JD1 showing up occasionally, there is room for even more improvement in the next few months.

    Also during May, YL7A announced an operation from Mount Athos, with a multi-operator team and decent antennas. Some Greeks made phone calls to Apollo, and pretty soon it was announced that not only did the Latvians not have operating permission, but that now their entry permits were also being revoked. Some said that they should have known--YLs are not allowed into Mount Athos. Perhaps we should hope for a Slovakian team next time...

    PW0F was yet another operation by OH2MM from this location during May, catching the tail-end of the equinox propagation.

    After the winter lull, E6GG showed up on the bands, by the same "Six-G" group of TX6G fame. They did not quite live up to the expectations that TX6G raised, working less than a dozen local stations.

    During November, ZS4TX added yet another one to his 7 MHz total. The United Nations Headquarters fired up with 4U70UN for a few days, with many operators operating several stations for two eight-hour sessions. Bernie managed to snag them on 7 MHz CW right at the end of their operation. He now needs only two more entities on the band; (JD1M and P5). His score on this low band is the highest of any single band from South Africa--a truly remarkable achievement!

    December produced a spate of activity. V5/DL3DXX showed up at V51W's farm for his annual low band stint. PJ6/G3TXF worked the ARRL 10 m contest on CW. P5/3Z9DX showed up from Pyonyang as a precursor to a February operation from the most wanted country. Naysayers immediately started claiming that he wasn't properly licenced. As of March, the follow-up operation hasn't materialised, but a pile of paper has been sent to ARRL and their verdict is awaited. Dom made around 800 contacts, but no-one in southern Africa made it into the log.

    2016

    In January, an American group showed up from ultra-rare Palmyra Island as K5P. They advertised in advance that no follow-up action is likely for at least a decade. At least they managed to put on a good show, pre-emptively satisfying demand for a while. Your scribe was caught napping, as the station needed some repair work to get back on the air after a break of a few months, and once the station was fully operational, they didn't show up with workable signals on RTTY again like they had in the first few days.

    VP8STI showed up from Thule in the South Sandwich group for a very workable operation. They were worked locally on all nine HF bands and three modes. The news media reflected a series of weather-related disasters, including a sudden evacuation, sans equipment. Fortunately, after a day or two at sea, they were able to collect their belongings before proceeding to South Georgia, another Top 20 location. The more benign conditions enabled them to do even better from the new location.

    The spate of rare countries enabled first Johan Sevenster ZS1A and then Donovan van Loggerenberg ZS2DL to submit successful applications for DXCC Honour Roll status. They are the 15th and 16th South Africans to achieve this distinction, and Donovan is the first ZS2. Johan achieved the honour on both Mixed and Phone, while Donovan is still some distance from the entry level on Phone. However, Donovan is getting close on CW, where only three South Africans have made it so far.

    In February, 7P8C showed up from Lesotho. The F6KOP club group produced good action, to the tune of 50 000 contacts, but amazed the DX world by chasing most of their low-band DX on SSB. Nevertheless, they managed to make over 200 contacts on Top Band.

    PJ6A was a multi-operator contest operation from this semi-rare location. South Africans continue to find their way into the log. Hopefully, all the old-time DXers will soon be able to stop fretting about this relatively new DXCC counter. So far, only one DXCC Honour Roll member is known to still lack a confirmed contact with this entity.

    ON6DX showed up as 5V7TH from Togo. He added to his growing totals, working a lot of RTTY in the process. KG4HF was another appearance by W6HGF, likewise emphasising RTTY, accompanied by KG4WV in the person of W4WV, mostly on SSB.

    LY2IJ and UA4CC showed up on southern Africa in March to work the low bands. They were first in MOzambique as C91IJ and C92CC, followed by a stint from Swaziland as 3DA0CC and 3DA0IJ. They managed around 600 contacts from Mozambique and 400 from Swaziland on Top Band. Although Swaziland has seen some action on the band, these results probably represent the best chance that Top Band DXers have ever had to work Mozambique, and quite possibly Zone 37.

    PJ7AA was a multi-operator American contest group in Sint Maarten. They also continue to add contacts tot their log, but with only a dozen southern Africans so far.

    As the callsign suggests, TX7EU was a team of western Europeans putting Marquesas on the air in March, emphasising contacts back home. They produced limited success in these parts, with only nine stations in the log. FW5JJ continues his activity as a resident, having worked South Africans on nine bands so far (from 7 to 144 MHz!). He continues to fill up vacant slots in local wanted lists, slowly but surely.

    S9BK was a Swiss operator who promised activity on 5 MHz, but ended up only being active on the high bands.

    With a decision to implement a world-wide amateur band at 5 MHz, many nations are now allowing their amateurs onto this part of the spectrum. The latest major country to appear was Belgium, with many stations suddenly active in the international allocation (5351,5 to 5366,5 kHz). South African amateurs continue to be hampered by our non-standard allocation (around 5260 kHz), where very few people listen. Nevertheless, the equinox produced contacts with Europe, the Caribbean and even with K5P on Palmyra Island. The band continues to be very frustrating, with high noise levels and low activity, as well as split-frequency operation. Many wonder whether the ARRL will extend its awards programme (particularly DXCC and WAS) onto the band, and if so, whether previous contacts will count.

    Another rare country showed up in March: The VK0EK team came through Cape Town on the way to Heard Island, making ample use of local help under Paul Johnson ZS1S with the logistics. The opportunity was not missed by some of the other locals, who made good use of the chance to soak up some of the limelight. The VK0EK team has a strong Web presence, and thousands of DXers were chomping at the bit even before they landed on the island. No receiver is necessary to work them, as you can see on the Web as soon as your callsign appears in the log. Yawn... Another effect of the realtime online log is that you can see how inaccurate the log is at times--up to 25% of callsigns logged by some operators being broken!

    VK9CK was active from Cocos-Keeling, proving relatively workable from here. The team originates from Norway.

    Kingman Reef KH5K was deleted at the end of March. Several South Africans suddenly found themselves jumping one notch up the DXCC Honor Roll. Several others found themselves suddenly sliding down the Challenge listings.

    Also at the end of March, P5/3Z9DX was approved for DXCC credit. Dom has promised a larger-scale return operation early in 2016. We all wait with bated breath...

    The next big thing was yet another ultra-rare country in this neighbourhood, in the form of FT4JA from Juan de Nova. As VK0EK was about to land on the island, FH/F2DX and FH/F6BEE showed up from Mayotte, from whence the ship is departing. They spent a week warming up the bands, providing some indication of propagation conditions from the DXpedition location.

    With VK0EK and FT4JA both in full swing, the bands were awash with pileups. FT4JA had up to seven stations running simultaneously, often with two on the same band. For some reason, possibly because of the Cape Town departure and the major Web presence, South African amateurs' imagination was captured by VK0EK (or "Vetkoek" as some were prone to call it). They made almost 700 contacts with Zone 38, of which 170 were on 14 MHz alone! FT4JA made almost 400, with 7 MHz producing 93 of those. Both stations were extremely easy to work on the low bands, and not so easy on the high bands. Your scribe worked FT4JA with QRP on 1,8 MHz on the first call, but made a near-ESP contact on 28 MHz literally within hours of the final curtain. Three business trips obstructed the openings on the first days, resulting in much frantic listening later. FT4JA made around 105 000 contacts, with VK0EK around the 75 000 mark. The difference might be partially attributable to Heard Island's high latitude, with a major solar storm wiping out all the bands at times.

    Yet again, we see that longevity is the most important ingredient in DXCC success. Heard Island was unworkable for more than a decade. DXCC Honor Roll member ZS2DL got his first shot at this country with VK0EK, and managed to work them on all three modes and all nine bands. Even modestly-equipped stations could suddenly work them on several bands and modes.

    With a bit of work, southern Africa stations could contact these stations on all three modes and all nine bands (1,8 to 28 MHz). Because neither station used the ClubLog Leaderboards, a definitive list is not available. However, V51B, ZS1LS, ZS2DL, ZS4TX, ZS5J, ZS5TU and ZS6EZ are known to have made it with VK0EK. V51B, ZS1LS and ZS2DL did the same with FJ4JA. ZS1LS gets the Admirable Restraint Award, making exactly nine contacts with FT4JA, with no band duplicates at all!

    An Italian team was active as E44YL and a German team as JW/DL7DF. Your scribe chased both of them on RTTY without success. They seemed to favour lower frequencies than would work for us, working mostly Europe in the process. However, E44YL is known to have been worked in Pretoria.

    EP2A showed up from northern Iran. They have been making over 5000 contacts per day, but pickings have been slim in this part of the world. After seven days of operation, only six locals and 13 contacts are in the log.

    On Mother's Day 8 May, the sun threw a tantrum. The planetary A index peaked over 70! Aurora was visible in both hemispheres. Shortwave communications were completely wiped out.

    9M0Z chose a bad day to start--8 May! Conditions recovered later in the week. 9V1YC and ZS6EZ made almost 11 000 contacts, mostly on CW.

    ClubLog Analysis

    ClubLog has emerged as a powerful tool to assess DXpedition performance. It has also proven to be a very useful aid to DXpeditions. The operators can now upload their logs routinely, facilitating log checking in almost real time. The positive effects are numerous. DXers can keep track of their DX scores with practically no effort, and can order QSL cards painlessly on the Web. DXpeditions can use the OQRS function for direct and bureau cards and receive payments for postage costs without having to build the infrastructure themselves. However, there have also been negative effects.

    The biggest single negative effect has been the Leaderboards feature, which shows the leading stations (in terms of number of QSOs with the DXpedition). Unfortunately, the effect has been to allow close-in stations and big guns to make dozens of meaningless contacts, while denying distant and weak stations the opportunity to make even one solitary contact. In the past, pileups would dry up after a week or two of a big DXpedition. These days, pileups remain furious right to the end, making it impossible to crack them from the other end of the world. ZS stations are often victims, as the pileups remain impenetrable right to the end of some Pacific DXpeditions.

    As a result, many major DXpeditions now no longer use the Leaderboards feature, hoping to discourage meaningless multiple QSOs.

    The only situation where the Leaderboard doesn't do any harm is on really large Mega-Expeditions, where they actually run out of callers in the last few days after hundreds of thousands of contacts.

    The Leaderboards can also be viewed for a specific DXCC country, a specific CQ zone, a continent or a radio club. Many local DXers watch the Zone 38 leaderboards in an attempt to see which bands and modes have been workable for a specific DXpedition. Very often, the leading DXers need perhaps one or two bands and perhaps a Digital contact. The Big Guns often make only those contacts, with perhaps another insurance contact or two on critical bands or modes. Others do not show the same restraint. Making dozens of contacts with a DXpedition in the early days does not show prowess. Instead, it is evidence of compulsive behaviour and it robs others of meaningful counters.

    The table below shows the recent DXpeditions with logs on ClubLog as seen from southern Africa. For stations using the Leaderboard, a lot of statistics can readily be seen. For others, some detective work is required. As a result, some of the entries have had to be guessed or inferred. The table gives a good indication of how workable the station was from here. For a close-in station, we would expect an M+B score of 3+9 or so. For distant stations (e.g. the Pacific), 3+6 is probably good going. Something like 2+4 shows pretty poor performance from an all-band and all-mode perspective, even at the other end of the world.

    Key: Callsign; Month most active; Modes+Bands worked from Zone 38; Zone 38 Stations worked; Zone 38 QSOs; Total QSOs in thousands; number of operators; LotW posting; "+" means the operation is still in progress, and the numbers could still increase.

    Call       Active  M+B   38Stns   38QSOs   kQSOs  Ops LotW         Remarks
    
    FT5ZM        2014-02  3+9   >100     >560     170   >20   2014-10     International team
    TX6G         2014-03  3+7     17       49      77     5   During op.  British team
    ZL7AAA       2014-03  2+5    >12       28      22     5   No          South African/Canadian/New Zealand team
    3C0BYP       2014-04  3+6     32       49      13     1   2014-12     EA5BYP
    A35V         2014-04  3+2      3        4      12     1   2014-05     GM3WOJ
    A35X         2014-04  2+2      3        4      17     1   2014-05     GM4YXI
    OJ0AM        2014-09  2+4    >14       22      12     2   2014-10     OH2BH, OH2MM
    E30FB        2014-09  2+3     >6       10       4     1   Later       JH1AJT
    VK9AN        2014-09  3+8     >9       39      13     2   2014-10     N7QT and AB1UH
    T30D         2014-10  3+8     35      105      68    12   2015-03     German team
    C21GC        2014-10  3+7    >11       51      23     1   2014-11     LZ1GC
    YJ0X         2014-10  3+3     >7       16      16     4   2014-10     3xZL, 1xG
    VK9DLX       2014-10  3+8     24       59     112    16   2014-10     Germans
    VK9XSP       2014-10  3+9    >24      135      52     8   2014-10     Poles
    XX9R         2014-10  3+6     23       31       7     4   Later       Spaniards
    FT4TA        2014-11  3+10   >71      327      71     7   During op.  French
    J6/DL7VOG    2014-11  2+6     10       17      18     1   Later       Germans
    VU4CB        2014-11  2+4    >18       39       9     2   Later       Indians
    VU4KV        2014-11  3+7     >9       36      45     9   Later       Indians
    EP6T         2015-01  3+8     48      166      68    11   During op.  Belgians
    K1N          2015-02  3+8    >70      152     140    15   2015-02     Americans
    7QAA         2015-03  3+9     74      234      67    13   2015-04     ZS6RJ + international team
    E30FB        2015-03  3+7    >23       92      63     9   Later       JH1AJT + international team
    C21EU        2015-04  2+5     >3        8      25     3   Later       DL2AWG DL6JGN PA3EWP
    V6Z          2015-04  2+8     41       71      23     2   During op.  GM3WOJ GM4YXI
    ZL7E         2015-04  3+5      7       12      28     3   2015-04     ZL1ALZ ZL1BYZ ZL1DK
    VK9AN        2015-04  3+8     >9       39      13     2   Later       N7QT and AB1UH
    VK9NT     to 2015-04  2+3      4        4      10     4   2016-03     Australian group
    PW0F      to 2015-05  2+5    >13       25      20     1   2015-07     OH2MM operation
    E6GG         2015-09  1+3     11       16      49     7   During op.  British group
    V5/DL3DXX to 2015-12  2+8      8       34      25     1   During op.  From V51W station
    PJ6/G3TXF    2015-12  1+4     14       23       7     1   During op.  G3TXF
    P5/3Z9DX     2015-12  0+0      0        0       1     1   Later       Demonstration in Pyonyang
    K5P          2016-01  3+6     40      101      75     9   During op.  US group (K9CT et al)
    VP8STI       2016-01  3+8    >82      245      55    14   During op.  Intrepid DX Group
    VP8SGI       2016-02  3+9    >80      302      83    14   During op.  Intrepid DX Group
    7P8C         2016-02  3+9    >35      101      50    13   Later       F6KOP group
    PJ6A      to 2016-02  3+7     36       79      91   >10   2016-03     ARRL DX Contest operation
    5V7TH     to 2016-02  3+7     35       59      24     1   2016-03     ON6DX
    KG4HF     to 2016-02  2+6     12       21      24     1   During op.  W6HGF (mainly RTTY)
    KG4WV     to 2016-02  2+5     25       28      18     1   No          W4WV (mainly SSB)
    C92CC        2016-03  2+5      6       10       5     1   2016-04     UA4CC
    C91IJ        2016-03  2+5      7        7       5     1   2016-04     LY2IJ
    PJ7AA     to 2016-03  2+6     11       12      23   Multi 2016-03     US group
    3DA0CC       2016-03  1+3      5        6       3     1   2016-04     UA4CC
    3DA0IJ       2016-03  1+3      8       10       4     1   2016-04     LY2IJ
    TX7EU        2016-03  3+4      9       15      48     4   2016-04     Western European group (DL GM PA)
    FW5JJ     to 2016-03  3+9     25       37      67     1   Occasional  Resident
    S9BK         2016-03  2+5     26       31       5     1   Later       Swiss operator
    FH/F2DX      2016-03  1+3     >4        6       6     1   Later       En route to FT4JA
    FH/F6BEE     2016-03  2+2      3        4       5     1   2016-04     En route to FT4JA
    VK9CK        2016-03  2+8     34       60      24     4   During op.  Norwegian group
    VK0EK        2016-03  3+9   >170      695      75    14   During op.  KK6EK and international group
    FT4JA        2016-04  3+9    >93      386     106    10   Later       French team
    EP2A         2016-04  3+6     12       25      68     8   Later       Latvian team with Ukrainians and Iranians
    9M0Z         2016-05  2+7     15       35      11     2   Later       9V1YC and ZS6EZ
    E44QX        2016-05  3+7     12       22      18     3   2016-05     DL7JAN, DL5YWM and DF8DX
    

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    This List

    As described above, the compilation of this list relied heavily on direct contact with individuals listed in ARRL publications. Although the callsign and score can be seen in the DXCC lists (at least for active stations), the dates and numbers cannot. The list is therefore incomplete, as many individuals no longer hold the same callsign, have died or are otherwise unreachable. In a few cases, listed operators have not responded to repeated begging. Assistance in obtaining missing information is always appreciated.

    All stations are listed in chronological order as far as the order is known. Where several certificates were issued in the same month or year, they are listed in order of descending scores. I've inserted a gap at the end of each decade, to make it easier to gauge activity in a specific era at a glance.

    Key: Issuing sequence in South Africa; Present callsign; original callsign when issued (if different); issue date, certificate number, highest known endorsement, year of highest known endorsement. Scores include deleted entities. As from 2012-03, there are 340 current countries (or "entities") on the list. In the process of transferring the records to the computer system, the ARRL introduced some discrepancies. Where such discrepancies have been noted, the current electronic total is shown with the symbol "?" to indicate that the previous score published in QST was different. Silent Key dates of death are indicated if available. "< 2005" means before 2005. "[1999-2001]" means somewhere within that interval.

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    Mixed

    1. ZS2X              <1947-10       28 211  1952 Rex Bosman--Silent Key
    2. ZS6DW             <1948-04       55 229  1959 W. F. (Bill) Meyer--Silent Key
    3. ZS2AG             <1948-10          162  1953 P. G. (Piet) Pretorius--Silent Key
       ZS6EU             <1948-10          235  1970 Arthur Coetzee
    5. ZS6CZ             <1949-01          130  1950 Charles Stiemie--Silent Key
    6. ZS6FN              1949-02          270  1964 R. Goldblatt??
    7. ZS6CT              1949-06          101  1950 Hugh W. Green (pre-war ZT6Y)
    8. ZS5BS              1949-08          113  1950 Milton Roseveare??
       ZS6A               1949-08          220  1964 Wally Browning--Silent Key
       ZS6GI              1949-08          123  1950 B Friedman??
       ZS6RM      (ZS1M)  1949-08          356  1990 Dick Matthews--Silent Key [1988-1990]
    12. ZS5U              1949-09          104  1950 Bert Buckley
    13. ZS5CU             1949-10          142  1953 J. C. Livingstone
     
    14. ZS6LW            <1950-01      365 370  1994 A. D. "Van" van der Watt--Silent Key 2000-07 (See Personal Note 1)
    15. ZS5YF            <1950-02          188  1987 R. Fell??
    16. ZS6BW             1950             293  1961 Bert Sachs--Silent Key < 1990
        ZS6HO             1950             114  1950 D. F. M. McCormack
        ZS2AT             1950             212  1965 Arthur B Trewin
        ZS1BK             1950             232  1961 Tom Freeborough
        ZS6KK             1950             163  1958 Marie Kramer (later Cormack)--Silent Key
        ZS6IW    (ZS2IW)  1950             345  1983 Mike Sherman--Silent Key < 1992
        ZS1FD             1950             200  1987 F. Henry Flanter--Silent Key 1994
        ZS6OW             1950             100  1950
    24. ZS2CR             1951             140  1956 Wally White--Silent Key
        ZS2EC             1951             117  1951 Lassie M. White--Silent Key
        ZS6OV             1951             170  1958 J. van der Merwe
        ZS5FS             1951             106  1951 H. R. Turner??
        ZS6JZ             1951             180  1985 H. C. Williams
        ZS6SB             1951             105  1951 Karl Baumann--Silent Key
        ZS7C              1951             101  1951 W. van Rensburg
        ZS3K              1951             140  1953 J. van Rooyen
        ZS6IH             1951             100  1951 Bennie Pienaar (or Goldblatt??)
    33. ZS2U              1952-04-01  1471 305  1994 A. F. A. (Al) Akers
        ZS6BJ             1952             124  1953 Len Ensor??
        ZS6J              1952             182  1971 Reg Green--Silent Key [1985-1995]
        ZS1FR             1952             122  1958 C. J. van der Westhuizen
        ZS6RI             1952             106  1952 C. E. Hogg
        ZS6QF             1952             105  1952
        ZS2FH             1952             102  1952 Ron Inglis--Silent Key
        ZS6VR             1952             102  1952 Dr Chris J. Rabie
        ZS6OS             1952             101  1952 Dan Mahany--Silent Key ca. 1990
    42. ZS6XQ             1953             105  1953 L. Nel
        ZS1BM             1953             103  1953 Stan Twine--Silent Key ca. 1980
        ZS3S              1953             150  1962 M. Bloch
        ZS5KF             1953             100  1953 B. Miller??
        ZS5LA             1953             113  1955 R. Walsh??
        ZS6WJ             1955             112  1955 E. Dunkerly (Mrs)
        ZS5IO             1955             102  1955 
        ZS6SG             1955             110  1958 W. Saunders??
    50. ZS4AK             1956             120  1956 Joe F. Leask--Silent Key 1981-11
        ZS1KK             1956             118  1956 W. J. E. Vermeulen
        ZS1EB             1956             109  1956 Bill du Toit
        ZS5AM             1956             111  1957
        ZS4FP             1956             101  1956 J. W. Kuhn
        ZS5AW             1956             101  1957 G. C. Liebenberg (pre-war ZT5F)
        ZS6AEA            1956             123  1962 H. R. Howes
    57. ZS6IX             1957             159  1957 A. L. Padmore
        ZS1OU             1957             350  1993 Jack Snyman--Silent Key [1998 - 2005]
        ZS1RM             1957             288  1965 Marge Snyman
        ZS6WS             1957             153  1963 W. Swanepoel??
        ZS6AJQ            1957             129  1958 A. G. Carmichael
    62. ZS4MG             1958-05-22  3555 338  1981 Syd Coosner--now ZS6CM (inactive in Pretoria)
        ZS4PB             1958-05-22  3556 105  1958 Pieter Botha--Silent Key 2012-11
        ZS3BC             1958             103  1958
        ZS6AJO            1958             148  1970 E. N. (Tubby) Gibson/Gilson
        ZS6DG             1958             100  1958 R. D. Wilson??
    67. ZS6BBP            1959?       4235?358  2001 Hans Behrens--later VK2FTZ--Silent Key 2013
    68. ZS1EL    (ZS1AL)  1959-08-11  4485 192  2001 Vidi la Grange
    69. ZS1ACD            1959-09-10  4551 200  1972 Max Adler
        ZS4IO             1959             111  1960 P. J. van Niekerk
        ZS6ASW            1959             325  1994 C. P. (Gerry) Steenkamp
        ZS2LL    (ZS6IF)  1959             274  1995 Lambert Ledoux--Silent Key 2005
        ZS2JA             1959             108  1959 F. Johnson??
        ZS6AHW            1959             106  1959
        ZS6ATA            1959             240  1964 Norman Kropman
        ZS6APQ            1959             141  1960 F. J. Corry
        ZS1KO             1959             102  1959 Bill Ingleson--later ZS6KO--Silent Key 2013
        ZS2AW             1959             102  1960 Dudley Forsythe
        ZS8I              1959             102  1959 T. E. Meyer
    
    80. ZS5LU             1960             162  1968 C. D. Petersen (Peterson??)
        ZS2HI             1960             126  1960 Ken Bradley--Silent Key
        ZS4UP             1960             123  1960 J. P. van den Berg
        ZS1NQ             1960             200  1966 Gwen E. Smith
        ZS2HX             1960             116  1960 Harry Polakow--Silent Key
        ZS1SP             1960             104  1960 George Dowdney--Silent Key ca. 1990
        ZS6AJX            1960             104  1960 Bob??
        ZS1RK             1960             100  1960 M. L. (Monte??) Brauer
        ZS5KU             1960             200  1964 Jack Whittle
        ZS6FR             1960             100  1960 D. Phillips
        ZS6ZF             1960             100  1960 Jan du Preez
    91. ZS6AJH            1961-03-28  5529 133  1961 Mannie de Beer--now ZS6AK
        ZS1FA             1961             137  1961 J. C. (Chris) Nortier
        ZS5RS             1961             162  1967 John Kohler--now ZS6UL
        ZS6YB             1961             110  1962 Doug Pitchford
        ZS6GS             1961             104  1961 J. Lamb??
        ZS7M              1961             155  1964 Des Wahl
        ZS6KT             1961             100  1961 Dirk T. Fourie
    98. ZS6VX             1962             206  1965 D. W. H. Helyar??
        ZS3E              1962             135  1962 Kosie du Buisson (later V51E)--Silent Key 2005-11-24
        ZS6ARI            1962             114  1962 A. J. (Arie) Verwoerdt
        ZS6JH             1962             103  1962 ? Rathenberg??
        ZS2KX             1962             101  1962 Cyril Goodman--Silent Key
        ZS4LX             1962             129  1964 Jeff T. Hulbert--Later ZS6ALX, now Silent Key
    104. ZS6YQ            1963-07-01  6721 375  2003 Bushy Roode--Silent Key 2005-05
         ZS4F             1963             186  1963 Frik J. de Bruyn
         ZS2CV            1963             202  1965 Eric Gertenbach
         ZS5UP            1963             193  1967 John Ayres
         ZS7R             1963             109  1963 Victor V. Parkhouse
         ZS3AH            1963             108  1963 A. M. Horne
         ZS6AUL           1963             107  1963 Piet Zondagh
         ZS6QK            1963             103  1963 Astor Levy??
         ZS6AMS           1963             153  1965 Peter Schmarr/Schoeman??--Silent Key
         ZS6AZQ           1963             312  1994 Baby Steenkamp
         ZS2MH            1963             100  1963 Eileen M. Harris--Silent Key
    115. ZS2RM            1964             320  1987 Percy Buckley--Silent Key 1987
         ZS6BIJ           1964             121  1966 William A. Willers
         ZS3EW            1964             102  1964 Brian Connolly
         ZS6JQ            1964             101  1964 Cedar Ryan??
         ZS5S             1964             100  1964 M. E. Smith??--Silent Key
    120. ZS6BEJ           1965             115  1965 Horst Fischer
         ZS5BA            1965             102  1965 Bert Boutell--Silent Key
         ZS1O             1965             108  1968 
         ZS1JQ            1965             101  1965 
         ZS6BL            1965             100  1965 Basil Wood??
    125. ZS6BIG           1966             110  1966 
         ZS6AUZ           1966             109  1966 H. Bloom??
         ZS6AXU           1966             107  1966 Percy Cowley
    128. ZS6CW            1967             133  1967 C. Watcham??
         ZS6XP            1967             102  1967 W. ("Red") Cowley Green??
    130. ZS6BMD           1968             120  1969 Lambert O. "Bert" Theys
    131. ZS2DC           <1969-09          101  1969 Don G. Calder
    132. ZS5LB            1969-10-06 10782 109  1970 Bert Lausecker--Silent Key 2015-05-26
    
    133. ZS5WH            1970             103  1970 
         ZS6AR            1970             103  1970 R. Ehman??
         ZS2PZ            1970             100  1970 G. W. Carr
    136. ZS5SY            1971             107  1971 A. Rose??
         ZS4RH            1971             103  1971 J. A. (Teddy) Bronkhorst--Silent Key
         ZS5OV            1973             105  1973 B. Robson-Garth??
    139. ZS6AFC           1974             103  1974 J. Moore
         ZS2EM            1974-06          199  1978 Ian W. B. Emslie
         ZS6ADT           1974-06          120  1976 I. J. Henning
    142. ZS6BOK           1977             249  1986 Vince Lurie--now in Portugal
    143. ZS6BNY           1979-05-08 18784 105  1979 Cliff M. Bestall (pre-war ZS6EZ)--Silent Key <2012
         ZS1LM            1979             116  1979 Geoffrey H. Tinker
         ZS6ABA           1979             105  1979 Pieter Stofberg--Silent Key
         ZS6ALS           1979             102  1979 E. Salant??
         ZS6BQT           1979             100  1979 E. Hagenaar??
    
    148. S8AAT            1980-03 ??       139  1980 Len H. de Klerk
         ZS5BK            1980             110  1980 Bill Smith (also G4INN)--Silent Key 1991
         ZS1JD            1980             259  1995 A. George Cooke--Silent Key 2007-09-05
    151. ZS6ANL           1981-04-06 21490 142  1983 Norbert Taferner--Silent Key 2010-05-12
         ZS5MY            1981-06-25 21858 277  1990 Franz Taschl--Silent Key as ZS6EU on 2013-01-11
         ZS2MI            1981             110  1981 Marion Island Weather Station (Operator unknown)
         ZS6ST            1981             110  1981 Kosie Smit
    155. ZS2DK            1981-11-12 22367 225  2009 Mitch V. Rundle
    156. ZS2JS            1982             109  1982 
         ZS3TL            1982             106  1982 Rudi van der Walt (ex ZS1TL ZS4TL)
         ZS6NH            1982             102  1982 W. P. Kegel
    159. ZS6P             1983-05-31 24324 349  2012 Tjerk Lammers
         ZS6PI            1983             303  1989 C. B. De Wet van der Walt
         ZS5CO            1983             102  1983 Reg Sweet--Silent Key 2011-06
    162. ZS5QO            1983-12-16 24761 153  1990 George A. Hurst--now NA9E
    163. ZS6EZ  (ZS6BCR)  1984-06-06 25190 349  2012 Chris R. Burger
         ZS5YN            1984             107  1984 
         ZS6BUR           1984             107  1984 Jim Houston
         ZS6XD            1984             107  1984 Bill Smith--now in Britain
    167. ZS6AE            1985             105  1985 Ad Liefbroer
         ZS1QJ            1985             103  1985 Jack Dellow
    169. ZS5NK            1985-10-07 26100 351  2012 Gary Potgieter
    170. ZS3BI            1986             131  1989 Arnold Kollmann--later V51BI
         ZS5AZ            1986             102  1986 Stan Finn??
    172. ZS6WB            1986-10-22 26728 345  2014 Hal Lund
    173. ZS/W6KG          1987-05-28 27138 116  1988 Lloyd Colvin--Silent Key 1993-12
         ZS1WQ            1987             130  1989 Rusty Lotter
    175. ZS4TX            1989-07-10 28787 348  2011 Bernie van der Walt
    
    176. ZS6HZ            1990-06-04 29711 100  1990 Marc Lurie
    177. ZS6AOO           1990-10-17       328  1998 Jim de Almeida--now CT1HGS
    178. ZS9/W6KG         1991-08-22 30801 113  1991 Lloyd Colvin--Silent Key 1993-12
    179. ZS1A   (ZS6JHS)  1992-08-14 31677 339  2015 Johan Sevenster
    180. ZS1FJ            1992-12-04       346  2013 Barry Fletcher--now 9V1FJ since 2004
         ZS5MM            1992             108? 1992 Mack Laxon
    182. ZS6AYE           1993-03-29 32208 252  2015 Braam Devenier
    183. ZS5HAM           1993-06-06 32325 101  1993 Highway Branch, SARL
    184. ZS2DL            1993-09-27 32812 336  2016 Donovan van Loggerenberg
    185. ZS2LR            1993-09-27 32813 191? 1993 Jim van Loggerenberg
    186. ZS4Y             1995-10-24 34505 217  1996 Leon Foot
    187. ZS6Y             1995-12-04 34551 191? 1996 Etienne Swart
    188. ZS2KV            1996             280  1996 Stanley S. Geer
    
    189. ZS1EL   (ZS6AL)  2000-06-24 37041 295  2013 Vidi la Grange
    190. ZS6MG            2000-09-30 37241 246  2011 Vlado Karamitrov--now N3CZ
    191. ZS6NK            2002-03-04 38109 140  2016 Paul Smit
    ZS6IL                 2005-09-13 40533 119  2005 Ivan Lusic
    > [2005 incomplete]
    ZS6AND                2006-06-12 40794 109  2006 Aurelio Da Camara
    ZS2EZ                 2007-02-13 41146 330  2016 Barry Murrell
    ZS4U                  2008-01-26 41755 102  2008 Barney Fourie--now ZS6TQ
    ZS2I                  2008-11-16 42449 319  2016 Johan van Aarde
    ZS2Y                  2008-11-18 42491 285  2015 Thian de Jager
    
    ZS1JY                 2010-09-24 44119 100  2010 Jacques J. le Roux
    ZS1XG       (ZS1XUK)  2010-11-03 44215 300  2015 Simon C. Cammies
    ZS1AFS                2010-11-11 44242 103  2010 Tom Morgan--also ZT1T, G0CAJ
    ZS1AU                 2010-12-30 44450 359  2014 Dennis Wells
    ZS6RJ                 2011-02-22 44150 267  2015 Roger Jones
    ZS1C        (ZS1REC)  2011-03-21 44617 254  2015 Raoul Coetzee
    ZS6K        (ZS6BSP)  2011-05-06 44851 122  2014 Jan Grobbelaar
    ZS3D                  2011-06-25 44986 113  2011 Danie Mans
    ZS2CR                 2011-09-18 45273 150  2011 Colette Rundle
    ZS5SAM                2011-11-20 45504 102  2011 Fred Andreas
    ZS6NJ                 2011-11-29 45552 322  2014 Fanie Nel
    ZS6AKU                2011-12-01 45569 206  2014 Dirk U. Els
    ZS6UT                 2012-08-03 46663 284  2013 Edmar Willers
    ZS1ROM                2012-09-23 57071 100  2012 T. J. (Thys) Greyling
    ZR6DX                 2013-01-09 57543 159  2015 Noel Hammond
    ZS6PVT                2013-02-11 57697 102  2013 Phillip van Tonder
    ZS1LS                 2013-03-07 57742 309  2016 Allan Saul
    ZS6C        (ZS6GRL)  2013-04-03 57888 241  2016 Geoffrey Ronald Levey
    ZS8IR                 2013-04-21 57988 100  2013 Christian J. de Beer ZS6RI
    ZS6A                  2013-07-06 58236 261  2015 Pierre van Deventer
    ZS1TMJ                2013-09-20 47990 121  2013 Sydney N. Smith (also M0ZAR)
    ZS6Z                  2014-04-22 59137 104  2014 Pretoria Contest Club
    ZS6WN                 2014-09-??       100  2014 Karel G. J. Bezuidenhout
    ZT1T                  2014-10-16       103  2014 Tom Morgan--also ZS1AFS
    ZS1DX                 2015-02-07 60202 100  2015 Christian von Wechmar
    ZS6ELI                2015-05-16            2015 Evan E. Seligmann
    ZS6EGB                2015-07-22       217  2015 Emil Böhme
    ZS6WR                 2016-03-14       100  2016 West Rand Amateur Radio Club
    ZS6ZA                 2016-03-29 61582 101  2016 Etienne Nieuwoudt
    ZS6BK                 2016-04-19       101  2016 Bruce G. Rowan
    ZS6ZP                 2016-07-15       101  2016 Eric Krebser
    [227 stations]
    

    Other Stations (DXCC claimed, but issue date and score unknown)

    ZS1VP                                            Buck Taylor (later G0OYH)--Silent Key 2007-08-07
    [1 station]
    

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    1. ZS6FU              1949-08          297  1990 Les Scott??
    
    2. ZS6Q               1950-03          313  1966 Alan Chenik--Silent Key < 1980
       ZS6BW              1950             284  1959 Bert Sachs--Silent Key < 1990
       ZS1DO              1950             267  1965 J. P. Malan
       ZS5CU              1950             126  1953 J. C. Livingstone
       ZS5GU              1950             108 <1950 Ken Clayton
       ZS6DW              1950             214  1958 W. F. (Bill) Meyer--Silent Key
       ZS6IW     (ZS2IW)  1950             111  1955 Mike Sherman--Silent Key < 1992
    9. ZS6LW              1951-02-23   341 369  1994 A. D. "Van" van der Watt--Silent Key 2000-07 (See Personal Note 1)
    10. ZS1GG             1951             111  1957 D. G. J. Franken??
        ZS5G              1951             102  1951 C. Ridge??
        ZS3G              1951             151  1957 Dougie Fouché
    13. ZS1KW             1952             132  1953 C. J. Brink
        ZS6Z              1952             149  1961 Arland Ussher--Silent Key ca. 1985
    15. ZS6FN             1954             261  1964 R. Goldblatt??
    16. ZS2AT             1955             122  1961 Arthur B Trewin
    17. ZS1MQ             1956             100  1956 M. K. H. (Bud) Smith (Later VE7??)
    18. ZS6WS             1957             105  1957 W. Swanepoel
        ZS3AB             1957             100  1957 Barney Joel (also ZS1AB)--Silent Key 1960
    20. ZS6JM     (ZS5JM) 1958             356  1989 John McCoy--Silent Key; callsign reallocated 2001
    21. ZS5NZ             1958             114  1958 Milne Buchan--Silent Key
    22. ZS6AHW            1959-04          104  1959 
    23. ZS1FD             1959             140  1959 F. Henry Flanter--Silent Key 1994
        ZS5PG             1959             327  1986 Jack Winter--Silent Key ca. 1995
        ZS6UR             1959             311  1967 Wim Ruurds
        ZS5ZG             1959             102  1959
        ZS1KO             1959             100  1959 Bill Ingleson??--later ZS6KO--Silent Key 2013 
        ZS8I              1959             100  1960 T. E. Meyer 
    
    29. ZS2HX             1960             119  1960 Harry Polakow--Silent Key
        ZS2ND             1960             114  1960 H. E. Williams-Jones
        ZS4UP             1960             108  1960 J. P. van den Berg
        ZS5DW             1960             106  1960 B. Meyer
        ZS6AIA            1960             105  1960 
        ZS1OE             1960             160  1984 Louis S. Rosenzweig??
        ZS1RV             1960             102  1960 W. A. (Oscar) van Schoor
        ZS1DC             1960             261  1975 Jack Swart--Silent Key ca. 1990
    37. ZS6ADB            1961             101  1961 John L Gamble
        ZS6YB             1961             105  1962 Doug Pitchford
    39. ZS4MG             1962             151  1962 Syd Coosner--now ZS6CM (inactive in Pretoria)
        ZS3E              1962             122  1962 Kosie du Buisson--Silent Key 2005-11-24
        ZS6VX             1962             166  1965 D. W. H. Helyar??
        ZS6NM             1962             103  1962 Phil Miller
        ZS4LX             1962             129  1964 Jeff T. Hulbert--Later ZS6ALX, now Silent Key
        ZS6JH             1962             100  1962 ? Rathenburg??
    45. ZS6YQ             1963-07-01  2542 374  2003 Bushy Roode--Silent Key 2005-05
    46. ZS6BBP            1963-08-06  2575 358  2001 Hans Behrens--later VK2FTZ--Silent Key 2013
        ZS6AMV            1963             157  1963 A. J. Louw
        ZS6QB/QW?         1963             105  1963 M. E. P. Ellis??/J. Nevett??
    49. ZS1TZ             1964             106  1964 Anita Rabie--Silent Key 2012-10 in Pennsylvania, USA
        ZS6AKI            1964             102  1964 
    51. ZS4OI             1965             203  1968 J. B. Nienaber
        ZS5TC             1965             113  1965 E. Simpson??
        ZS6ALM            1965             104  1965 P. Hutchinson??
        ZS3LW             1965             102  1965
    55. ZS5UR             1966             315  1969 Bert Busby??--Silent Key 2011-09-16
        ZS6BIN            1966             111  1966 N. M. Lapidus??
    57. ZS8L              1967             259  1970 Uli W. Dehning--later 7P8AR--now ZS1UD
        ZS2FA             1967             147  1967 C. W. Posselt??
        ZS6AUZ            1967             103  1967 H. Bloom??
        ZS6XP             1967             123 <1982 W. ("Red") Cowley Green??
    61. ZS9L             <1969-09          160  1969 Gordon H. Davis
        ZS6KC            <1969-09          104  1969 Fred?? F. Bonheim?? 
        ZS2DC            <1969-09          101  1969 Don G. Calder
    64. ZS5LB             1969-10-06  4711 109  1970 Bert Lausecker--Silent Key 2015-05-26
    
    65. ZS4RN             1970-09 ??       166  1970 J. G. du Plessis??
        ZS2PD             1970             193  1971 P. D. Neveling??
        ZS6AR             1970             103  1970 R. Ehman??
    68. ZS6ACK            1971             180  1972 B. Ackerman
    69. ZS7P              1972             128  1972 Peter J. Lamont--later ZS6AJG
        ZS6BLK            1972             140  1975 J. G. Wulfsohn??
        ZS1KZ             1972             150  1975 Bert Carstens
    72. ZS1ANT            1973             100  1973 SANAE Base (operator unknown)
    73. ZS2SG             1975-06-02  7366 110  1975 Barry Jackson--now ZS2H
        ZS6RM             1975             351  1990 Dick Matthews--Silent Key [1988-1990]
    75. ZS5MQ             1976-07-16  7661 152  1975 Bert Cornell (See Personal Note 2)
    76. ZS5YA             1979             102  1979 
    
    77. ZS1JD             1980             252  1995 A. George Cooke--Silent Key 2009-09-05
        ZS4W              1980             106  1980 Brink Genis (ex ZS6NK)
        ZS6ALS            1980             105  1980 
        ZS2BD             1980             104  1980 Heinz D. G. Buggert--now Heinz D. G. Jasson ZS2HJ
    81. ZS3MS             1980-12-17 11171 156  1985 Martin Smith--now ZS5M
    82. ZS6LG             1981             117  1981 
        ZS2MI             1981             110  1981 Marion Island Weather Station (Operator unknown)
    84. ZS6LF             1982             107  1982 
        ZS6XK             1982             105  1982 Howard Keanly--Silent Key
        ZS6XS             1982             103  1982 Rob Henry--now ZS5XS
        ZS3TL             1982             150  1984 Rudi van der Walt (ex ZS1TL ZS4TL)
    88. ZS6PI             1983             301  1989 C. B. De Wet van der Walt
        ZS6GF             1983             202  1983 F. J. A. Kotze
        ZS2BS             1983             166  1983 Barry Sherman
        ZS1S    (ZS1BR)   1983             106  1983 Paul Johnson (now ZS1S)
        ZS6NK             1983             103  1983 Shemaya Frame--Callsign reallocated 2002
    93. ZS6EZ   (ZS6BCR)  1984-06-06 14445 348  2012 Chris R. Burger
        ZS4AE             1984             128  1984 Franz Heidler--Silent Key 2007
    95. ZS5NK             1985-10-07 15196 351  2012 Gary Potgieter
    96. ZS6TB             1985-11-23 15261 158  1990 Joe Katzmann
    97. ZS6AXC            1986-04-03 15456 102  1986 Hans Breebaart
    98. ZS6WB             1986-10-22 15707 343  2016 Hal Lund
    99. ZS4NS             1988-04-06 16556 170? 2000 Nico Schoonwinkel
    100. ZS4TX            1989-07-10 17366 346  2013 Bernie van der Walt
    
    101. ZS6HO            1990-07-23 18130 156  1997 Dave Miller
         ZS6BRM           1990             104  1990 A. Goldberg??
    103. ZS6AOO           1990-10-17 18568 328  1995 Jim de Almeida--now CT1HGS
    104. ZS2ACP           1992-01-13 19331 241  2013 André Botes
    105. ZS1A   (ZS6JHS)  1992-08-14 19821 339  2015 Johan Sevenster
    106. ZS1FJ            1992-12-04 20077 342  2013 Barry Fletcher--now 9V1FJ since 2004
    107. ZS5ACW           1992             131  1992 Paul T. Fourie--Silent Key < 1999
    108. ZS6AYE           1993-03-29 20310 249  2015 Braam Devenier
    109. ZS5HAM           1993-06-06 20420 101  1993 Highway Branch, SARL
    110. ZS6CEZ           1994-06-13 21489 102? 1994 Marietjie Coetzee
    111. ZS1LVH           1995-07-05 22252 204  2003 Louis van Heerden
    112. ZS6NB            1995-08-08 22309 276? 2001 Ken Pickersgill
    113. ZS4Y             1995-10-24 22497 217  1996 Leon Foot
    114. ZS6Y             1995-12-04 22534 179  1996 Etienne Swart
    115. ZS5BBO           1998-08-28 23711 103  1998 Edwin Musto--now ZL1BBO
    116. ZS2I     (ZS4I)  1998-12-14 23921 278  2016 Johan van Aarde
    117. ZS6OMC           1999-06-24 24130 100  1999 Charles Kurt
    
    118. ZS6RVG           2000-09-25 24717 151  2000 Dave Plaskett--Silent Key < 2010
    119. ZS2I             2000-  -         102  2000 Izak van Aarde--Silent Key 2006
    120. ZS6IR            2001-09-25 32250 300  2002 Uli von Aswegen--now DF7EF
    121. ZS6EGB           2002-03-04 32482 179  2015 Emil Böhme
    ZS6IL                 2005-06-25 33984 118  2005 Ivan Lusic
    ZS6P                  2005-10-04 34082 349  2012 Tjerk Lammers
    > [2005 incomplete]
    ZS2DL                 2006-06-27 34331 319  2016 Donovan van Loggerenberg
    ZS2EZ                 2008-05-07 34990 296  2016 Barry Murrell
    
    ZS2Y                  2010-09-15 36131 223  2015 Thian de Jager
    ZS1AU                 2010-12-30 36267 358  2014 Dennis Wells
    ZS4BS                 2011-02-08 36286 100  2010 Dennis Green
    ZS6RJ                 2011-08-09 40074 213  2015 Roger Jones
    ZS2CR                 2011-09-18 40206 103  2011 Colette Rundle
    ZS5SAM                2011-11-20 40317 102  2011 Fred Andreas
    ZS3D                  2011-12-21 40402 110  2011 Danie Mans
    ZS6NJ                 2012-02-01 40554 273  2014 Fanie Nel
    ZS1LS                 2012-06-01 40778 295  2016 Allan Saul
    ZS6AKU                2013-01-13 41296 150  2014 Dirk U. Els
    ZS6C        (ZS6GRL)  2013-04-03 41479 191  2016 Geoffrey Ronald Levey
    ZS6UT                 2013-04-14 41514 111  2013 Edmar Willers
    ZR6DX                 2014-09-18 42573 113  2015 Noel Hammond
    ZS6A                  2015-09-29 43307 142  2015 Pierre van Deventer
    [139 stations]
    

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    CW

    1. ZS3BT              1980-  -         100  1980 Erich Beckert--Silent Key 2003-07-05
    2. ZS6ANL             1981-04-06  1629 133  1984 Norbert Taferner--Silent Key 2010-05-12
    3. ZS2U               1984-01-03  2882 252  1994 Al Akers
    4. ZS6KR    (ZS6BSZ)  1984-03-24  2290 344  2014 Hans Kappetijn
    5. ZS6EZ    (ZS6BCR)  1984-06-06  3072 348  2012 Chris R. Burger
    6. ZS2WV              1985-04-01  3347 175  1993 Wim van Vorstenbosch--now ZS1WV
    7. ZS2RM              1987-02-17  5568?240  1987 Percy Buckley--Silent Key 1987
    8. ZS6NT              1989-02-10  4518 157  1992 Dwight West--Later AD7AQ--Silent Key 2009-12-25
    
    9. ZS4TX              1990-09-28  5286 347  2011 Bernie van der Walt
    10. ZS1AFZ            1995-01-23  7076 161  1995 Poppie Oosthuizen
    11. ZS6/G3SGQ         1996-04-11  7587 118  1996 Ron Hill--Silent Key 2009?
    12. ZS6UT             1996-08-19  7688 274  2013 Ed Willers
    13. ZS6ESU            1998-11-23  8380 106  1999 Hester la Grange--Later ZS1ESU--Silent Key 2011-06-18
    14. ZS1EL    (ZS6AL)  1998-11-23  8382 284  2013 Vidi la Grange
    
    15. ZS6AA    (ZS1AN)  2003-08-25  9766 139  2007 Andrew Roos
    16. ZS6EGB            2004-10-22 10098 138  2015 Emil G. Böhme
    17. ZS2DL             2006-06-27 10535 327  2016 Donovan van Loggerenberg
    18. ZS6X    (ZS6BQI)  2008-06-10 11148 230  2011 Artour Makhtsiev
    19. ZS2EZ             2009-11-06 11714 309  2016 Barry Murrell
    
    20. ZS2Y              2010-09-15 12228 226  2015 Thian de Jager
    21. ZS1C    (ZS1REC)  2011-03-21 12391 252  2015 Raoul Coetzee
    22. ZS6RJ             2011-05-05 12466 228  2015 Roger Jones
    23. ZS2I              2011-05-31 12579 270  2016 Johan van Aarde
    24. ZS6NJ             2012-02-01 13074 304  2013 Fanie Nel
    25. ZS6K              2012-03-17 13112 102  2012 Jan Grobbelaar
    26. ZS1LS             2012-09-01 13328 297  2015 Allan Saul
    27. ZS6EA             2013-01-20 13673 104  2013 Victor P. du Preez
    28. ZS6WB             2013-04-23 13776 309  2016 Hal Lund
    29. ZS6C    (ZS6GRL)  2013-06-26 13885 180  2016 Geoffrey Ronald Levey
    30. ZS6A              2013-07-03 13898 229  2015 Pierre van Deventer
    31. ZS6AKU            2014-06-20 20773 100  2014 Dirk U. Els
    32. ZS6JP             2014-10-11 20948 109  2014 Joop Hesp
    33. ZS5XT             2015-08-31 22316 152  2015 Bruce P. Dunn
    

    Digital

    1. ZS6EZ              1996-09-23   755 280  2015 Chris R. Burger
    
    2. ZS6RVG             2000-09-25  1037 146  2006 Dave Plaskett--Silent Key < 2010
    3. ZS2DL              2008-04-01  1881 264  2016 Donovan van Loggerenberg
    4. ZS2EZ              2008-05-07  1916 300  2016 Barry Murrell
    5. ZS2Y               2009-04-20  2160 223  2015 Thian de Jager
    
    6. ZS2I               2010-11-02  2666 167  2016 Johan van Aarde
    7. ZS2CR              2011-09-18  2893 116  2011 Colette Rundle
    8. ZS6C     (ZS6GRL)  2011-12-08  3005 154  2016 Geoffrey Ronald Levey
    9. ZS1LS              2012-02-09  3109 288  2015 Allan Saul
    10. ZS6P              2012-07-17  3290 123  2016 Tjerk Lammers
    11. ZS6AKU            2012-10-07  3353 142  2014 Dirk U. Els  
    12. ZS4TX             2012-12-31  3529 203  2016 Bernie van der Walt
    13. ZS6RJ             2013-03-01  3516 153  2015 Roger Jones
    14. ZS6WB             2013-04-23  3572 285  2016 Hal Lund
    15. ZS1A              2013-06-02  3604 235  2015 Johan Sevenster
    16. ZS6OB             2013-12-14  3836 104  2014 Jan Pienaar
    17. ZR6DX             2014-04-18  3930 120  2015 Noel Hammond
    18. ZS6A              2015-09-29  4420 122  2015 Pierre van Deventer
    

    Satellite

    1. ZS2ACP             1995-08-14   210 104  2001 André Botes
    

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    1,8 MHz

    1. ZS5LB              1987-02-06   199 161  1995 Bert Lausecker--Silent Key 2015-05-26
    
    2. ZS6EZ              1997-09-27   698 151  2015 Chris R. Burger
    3. ZS4TX              1997-09-30   711 200  2016 Bernie van der Walt
    
    4. ZS6UT              2003-07-16  1024 123  2013 Ed Willers
    
    5. ZS1C     (ZS1REC)  2011-05-07  2006 121  2015 Raoul Coetzee
    

    3,5 MHz

    1. ZS6EZ    (ZS6BCR)  1988-11-01   120 260  2015 Chris R. Burger
    
    2. ZS6KR              1996-09-23  1357 200  2015 Hans Kappetijn
    3. ZS6WB              1996-09-26  1344 168  2016 Hal Lund
    
    4. ZS4TX              2000-09-30  1829 281  2016 Bernie van der Walt
    5. ZS6IR              2001-09-25  1901 122  2002 Uli von Aswegen--now DF7EF
    
    6. ZS2DL              2010-05-17  3016 153  2016 Donovan van Loggerenberg
    7. ZS6P               2011-03-17  3167 134  2016 Tjerk Lammers
    8. ZS1A               2014-03-06       116  2015 Johan Sevenster
    

    7 MHz

    1. ZS6EZ    (ZS6BCR)  1989-05-01   131 321  2015 Chris R. Burger
    
    2. ZS6P               1995-09-21  1430 261  2016 Tjerk Lammers
    3. ZS6KR              1996-09-23  1682 289  2015 Hans Kappetijn
    4. ZS6WB              1996-09-26  1662 263  2016 Hal Lund
    
    5. ZS4TX              2000-09-30  3611 345  2015 Bernie van der Walt
    6. ZS6IR              2001-09-25  3719 166  2002 Uli von Aswegen--now DF7EF
    7. ZS2DL              2008-04-01  4606 279  2016 Donovan van Loggerenberg
    8. ZS1EL              2008-03-21  4753 153  2013 Vidi la Grange
    
    9. ZS2EZ              2011-06-18  5497 180  2016 Barry Murrell
    10. ZS6NJ             2012-05-08  5825 161  2014 Fanie Nel
    11. ZS6UT             2012-08-03  5899 124  2013 Edmar Willers
    12. ZS2ACP            2013-05-26  6225 109  2016 André Botes
    13. ZS1A              2014-03-06  6??? 209  2015 Johan Sevenster
    14. ZS6RJ             2014-04-18  6??? 125  2015 Roger Jones
    15. ZS1C              2015-09-02  6848 104  2015 Raoul E. Coetzee
    16. ZS2I              2015-09-15  6858 116  2016 Johan van Aarde
    

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    10 MHz

    1. ZS6EZ              2002-11-15    -- 304  2015 Chris R. Burger
    2. ZS1EL              2006-02-28    -- 161  2011 Vidi la Grange
    3. ZS2DL              2009-06-10    -- 274  2016 Donovan van Loggerenberg
    
    4. ZS2EZ              2010-09-20    -- 236  2016 Barry Murrell
    5. ZS6NJ              2012-02-01    -- 227  2014 Fanie Nel
    6. ZS6UT              2012-08-03    -- 145  2013 Edmar Willers
    7. ZS4TX              2012-12-19    -- 210  2016 Bernie van der Walt
    8. ZS6WB              2013-04-23    -- 285  2016 Hal Lund
    9. ZS6RJ              2014-05-16       122  2015 Roger Jones
    10. ZS2I              2015-09-15    -- 117  2016 Johan van Aarde
    11. ZS1C              2015-12-07       100  2015 Raoul Coetzee
    

    14 MHz

    1. ZS6EZ              2000-09-30    -- 341  2015 Chris R. Burger
    2. ZS6IR              2001-09-25    -- 276  2002 Uli von Aswegen--now DF7EF
    3. ZS4TX              2003-03-30    -- 330  2016 Bernie van der Walt
    4. ZS1EL              2006-02-28    -- 233  2013 Vidi la Grange
    5. ZS2DL              2006-06-27    -- 320  2016 Donovan van Loggerenberg
    6. ZS2EZ              2008-05-07    -- 304  2016 Barry Murrell
    7. ZS2I               2008-11-16    -- 266  2016 Johan van Aarde
    8. ZS6KR              2009-07-10    -- 322  2015 Hans Kappetijn
    9. ZS2Y               2009-10-23    -- 196  2015 Thian de Jager
    
    10. ZS1AU             2010-12-30    -- 328  2014 Dennis Wells
    11. ZS2ACP            2011-03-11  3830 183  2012 André Botes
    12. ZS6P              2011-03-17  3747 305  2016 Tjerk Lammers
    13. ZS6RJ             2011-08-09    -- 188  2015 Roger Jones
    14. ZS2CR             2011-09-18    -- 113  2011 Colette Rundle
    15. ZS6NJ             2012-05-08    -- 234  2014 Fanie Nel
    16. ZS6UT             2012-08-03    -- 154  2013 Edmar Willers
    17. ZS6C    (ZS6GRL)  2013-04-03    -- 144  2016 Geoffrey Ronald Levey
    18. ZS6WB             2013-04-23    -- 307  2016 Hal Lund
    19. ZS1A              2014-03-06    -- 283  2015 Johan Sevenster
    20. ZS6AKU            2014-06-20    -- 103  2014 Dirk U. Els
    21. ZS1LS             2014-09-01    -- 294  2016 Allan Saul
    22. ZS1C              2014-11-12    -- 127  2015 Raoul Coetzee
    23. ZR6DX             2015-02-27       103  2015 Noel Hammond
    

    18 MHz

    1. ZS6EZ              2001-05-21    -- 319  2015 Chris R. Burger
    2. ZS6IR              2001-09-25    -- 184  2002 Uli von Aswegen--now DF7EF
    3. ZS1EL              2008-03-21    -- 182  2011 Vidi la Grange
    4. ZS2DL              2009-06-10    -- 288  2016 Donovan van Loggerenberg
    5. ZS2EZ              2009-12-18    -- 301  2016 Barry Murrell
    
    6. ZS2Y               2011-06-10 17561 136  2015 Thian de Jager
    7. ZS6RJ              2012-02-17    -- 160  2015 Roger Jones
    8. ZS6NJ              2012-02-01    -- 258  2014 Fanie Nel
    9. ZS4TX              2012-09-09    -- 214  2016 Bernie van der Walt
    10. ZS6WB             2013-04-23    -- 267  2016 Hal Lund
    11. ZS1A              2014-03-06    -- 244  2015 Johan Sevenster
    12. ZS6P              2014-04-03       193  2016 Tjerk Lammers
    13. ZS6AKU            2014-06-20    -- 105  2014 Dirk U. Els
    14. ZS1LS             2014-09-01    -- 294  2015 Allan Saul
    15. ZS1C              2014-11-12    -- 122  2015 Raoul Coetzee
    16. ZS6C              2016-04-04    -- 113  2016 Geoffrey Ronald Levey
    17. ZS2I              2016-06-02       118  2016 Johan van Aarde
    

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    21 MHz

    1. ZS6KR              2000-09-18    -- 317  2015 Hans Kappetijn
    2. ZS6EZ              2000-09-30    -- 343  2014 Chris R. Burger
    3. ZS6IR              2001-09-25    -- 256  2002 Uli von Aswegen--now DF7EF
    4. ZS4TX              2003-03-30    -- 327  2016 Bernie van der Walt
    5. ZS1EL              2006-02-28    -- 205  2013 Vidi la Grange
    6. ZS6RVG             2006-03-27    -- 106  2006 Dave Plaskett--Silent Key < 2010
    7. ZS2DL              2006-06-27    -- 304  2015 Donovan van Loggerenberg
    8. ZS2EZ              2008-05-07    -- 276  2016 Barry Murrell
    9. ZS2I               2008-11-16    -- 238  2016 Johan van Aarde
    
    10. ZS2Y              2010-09-15    -- 217  2015 Thian de Jager
    11. ZS6P              2011-03-17  3204 267  2016 Tjerk Lammers
    12. ZS6RJ             2011-08-09  3369 185  2015 Roger Jones
    13. ZS2ACP            2012-01-04    -- 101  2012 André Botes
    14. ZS6NJ             2012-02-01    -- 251  2014 Fanie Nel
    15. ZS6UT             2012-08-03    -- 135  2013 Edmar Willers
    16. ZS6C    (ZS6GRL)  2013-04-03    -- 184  2016 Geoffrey Ronald Levey
    17. ZS6WB             2013-04-23    -- 317  2016 Hal Lund
    18. ZS6AKU            2013-08-09    -- 120  2014 Dirk U. Els
    19. ZS1A              2014-03-06    -- 281  2015 Johan Sevenster
    20. ZR6DX             2014-04-18    -- 118  2015 Noel Hammond
    21. ZS1C              2014-08-02    -- 153  2015 Raoul Coetzee
    22. ZS1LS             2014-09-01    -- 298  2015 Allan Saul
    

    25 MHz

    1. ZS6IR              2001-09-25    -- 166  2002 Uli von Aswegen--now DF7EF
    2. ZS6EZ              2002-11-15    -- 306  2014 Chris R. Burger
    
    3. ZS2DL              2010-05-17  1288 275  2015 Donovan van Loggerenberg
    4. ZS1EL              2011-05-15  1504 132  2013 Vidi la Grange
    5. ZS2EZ              2011-06-18  1516 283  2016 Barry Murrell
    6. ZS6NJ              2012-02-01    -- 255  2014 Fanie Nel
    7. ZS4TX              2012-07-05  1954 213  2016 Bernie van der Walt
    8. ZS2Y               2012-07-16    -- 149  2015 Thian de Jager
    9. ZS6RJ              2012-09-08    -- 160  2015 Roger Jones
    10. ZS6WB             2013-04-23    -- 257  2016 Hal Lund
    11. ZS6AKU            2013-12-01    -- 128  2014 Dirk U. Els
    12. ZS1A              2014-03-06    -- 240  2015 Johan Sevenster
    13. ZS6C    (ZS6GRL)  2014-03-13    -- 126  2016 Geoffrey Ronald Levey
    14. ZS1LS             2014-09-01    -- 288  2015 Allan Saul
    15. ZS6P              2014-09-09       175  2016 Tjerk Lammers
    16. ZS1C              2014-11-12    -- 131  2015 Raoul Coetzee
    17. ZS2I              2016-06-02       107  2016 Johan van Aarde
    

    28 MHz

    1. ZS6EZ    (ZS6BCR)  1988-07-01   160 327  2014 Chris R. Burger
    2. ZS6P               1989-01-31   401 292  2016 Tjerk Lammers
    
    3. ZS4TX              1990-09-28   995 301  2016 Bernie van der Walt
    4. ZS6HO              1993-08-02  1802 112  1997 Dave Miller
    5. ZS1A     (ZS6JHS)  1993-08-09  2075 261  2015 Johan Sevenster
    6. ZS4Y               1995-10-24  3041 102  1996 Leon Foot
    7. ZS6Y               1995-12-04  3058 103  1996 Etienne Swart
    8. ZS6KR              1996-09-23  3230 289  2015 Hans Kappetijn
    9. ZS6WB              1996-09-26  3210 302  2016 Hal Lund
    10. ZS6NB             1996-11-27  3245 185  2001 Ken Pickersgill
    
    11. ZS6RVG            2000-09-25     ? 165  2006 Dave Plaskett--Silent Key < 2010
    12. ZS6IR             2001-09-25 31884 241  2002 Uli von Aswegen--now DF7EF
    13. ZS1EL             2006-02-28 32719 165  2013 Vidi la Grange
    14. ZS2DL             2006-08-07 32819 259  2015 Donovan van Loggerenberg
    15. ZS2I              2008-11-16 33133 203  2016 Johan van Aarde
    
    16. ZS2ACP            2011-05-24 33632 104  2013 André Botes
    17. ZS2EZ             2011-06-18 33652 252  2015 Barry Murrell
    18. ZS6RJ             2011-09-28 33751 179  2015 Roger Jones
    19. ZS2Y              2011-10-17 33746 196  2015 Thian de Jager
    20. ZS6NJ             2012-05-08 34089 207  2014 Fanie Nel
    21. ZS6C    (ZS6GRL)  2013-04-03 34567 170  2016 Geoffrey Ronald Levey
    22. ZS6A              2013-07-03 34690 203  2015 Pierre van Deventer
    23. ZS6AKU            2013-08-09 34722 135  2014 Dirk U. Els
    24. ZS1C    (ZS1REC)  2013-11-26 34839 164  2015 Raoul Coetzee
    25. ZS1LS             2014-09-01 35244 268  2015 Allan Saul
    26. ZR6DX             2015-02-27       100  2015 Noel Hammond
    

    Note: ZS6RVG's certificate number would be very welcome!

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    50 MHz

    1. ZS6WB              1998-12-11   238 140  2013 Hal Lund
    2. ZS6AXT             1999-09-22   249 126  2001 Ivo Chladek
    
    3. ZS6EZ              2001-05-21   336 113  2014 Chris R. Burger
    4. ZS6NK              2002-03-04   461 140  2016 Paul Smit
    
    5. ZS4TX              2015-04-15  1386 112  2015 Bernie van der Walt
    6. ZS6AYE             2015-08-06  1410 104  2015 Braam Devenier
    

    144 MHz

    1. ZS6OB              2013-12-14   124 104  2014 Jan Pienaar
    

    Challenge (current band-countries credited by DXCC on 1,8 to 50 MHz)

    2725 ZS6EZ                                    Chris R. Burger
    
    2493 ZS4TX                                    Bernie van der Walt
    2342 ZS6WB                                    Hal Lund
    2208 ZS2DL                                    Donovan van Loggerenberg
    2056 ZS1LS                                    Allan Saul
    
    1935 ZS2EZ                                    Barry Murrell
    1714 ZS1A                                     Johan Sevenster
    1619 ZS6NJ                                    Fanie Nel
    1637 ZS6P                                     Tjerk J. Lammers
    
    1401 ZS6KR                                    Hans Kappetijn
    1392 ZS6IR                                    Uli von Aswegen--now DF7EF
    1279 ZS1EL                                    Vidi la Grange
    1206 ZS2I                                     Johan van Aarde
    1204 ZS6RJ                                    Roger Jones
    1070 ZS1C                                     Raoul Coetzee
    1061 ZS2Y                                     Thian de Jager
    1028 ZS6UT                                    Edmar Willers
    1028 ZS6X                                     Artour Makhtsiev
    [18 stations]
    

    Note: The entry level is 1000 (or an average of 100 per band). The highest South African score represents an average of over 270 per band. ZS6KR's score is composed of credits on the five "classic" bands only, with an average score of 279 per band. The world leader is EA8AK with 3251 band-countries, an average of over 325 per band.

    Challenge-1000 (Qualified for the basic Challenge Trophy)

    1. ZS6EZ      2001 (ranked 1st at start date) Chris R. Burger
    2. ZS6IR      2001 (ranked 2nd at start date) Uli von Aswegen--now DF7EF
    3. ZS4TX      2001 (ranked 3rd at start date) Bernie van der Walt
    4. ZS6WB      2001 (ranked 4th at start date) Hal Lund
    5. ZS6KR      2001 (ranked 5th at start date) Hans Kappetijn
    6. ZS6P       2007-06-04                      Tjerk J. Lammers
    7. ZS2DL      2009-06-10                      Donovan van Loggerenberg
    
    8. ZS6X       2010-03-01                      Artour Makhtsiev
    9. ZS1EL      2011-05-15                      Vidi la Grange
    10. ZS2EZ     2011-06-18                      Barry Murrell
    11. ZS1A      2012-04-15                      Johan Sevenster
    12. ZS6NJ     2012-10-09??                    Fanie Nel
    13. ZS1LS     2013-03-07??                    Allan Saul
    14. ZS6UT     2013-04-14                      Edmar Willers
    15. ZS6Y      2013-08-05                      Thian de Jager
    16. ZS6RJ     2014-09-01                      Roger Jones
    17. ZS2I      2015-09-15                      Johan van Aarde
    18. ZS1C      2015-12-07                      Raoul Coetzee
    

    Challenge-1500 (Qualified for the 1500 Seal)

    1. ZS6EZ      2001 (start date)               Chris R. Burger
    2. ZS4TX      2005                            Bernie van der Walt
    3. ZS6WB      2008-08-29                      Hal Lund
    
    4. ZS2DL      2011-07-21                      Donovan van Loggerenberg
    5. ZS6NJ      2013-05-04                      Fanie Nel
    6. ZS2EZ      2013-12-31                      Barry Murrell
    7. ZS1LS      2014-03-31                      Allan Saul
    8. ZS1A       2014-12-06                      Johan Sevenster
    9. ZS6P       2015-06-17                      Tjerk Lammers
    

    Challenge-2000 (Qualified for the 2000 Seal)

    1. ZS6EZ      2002-09-30                      Chris R. Burger
    
    2. ZS6WB      2012-12-13                      Hal Lund
    3. ZS4TX      2013-03-07                      Bernie van der Walt
    4. ZS2DL      2014-03-05                      Donovan van Loggerenberg
    5. ZS1LS      2015-12-06?                     Allan Saul
    

    Challenge-2500 (Qualified for the 2500 Seal)

    1. ZS6EZ      2012-06-16                      Chris R. Burger
    2. ZS4TX      2016-02-22                      Bernie van der Walt
    

    Challenge--Five Bands

    This table contains all ZS stations with single-band DXCC on each of the five mainstream bands (3,5, 7, 14, 21 and 28 MHz). It was compiled from the single-band scores listed above, and therefore reflects all-time scores (including deleted entities). As the Challenge totals above reflect current scores only, the scores are not directly comparable. Stations listed have up to eight deleted entities on specific bands. ZS6KR, whose Challenge score was achieved only on the mainstream bands, has a total of 14 deleted entities across all the bands, or an average of just under three per band.

        5 Band Total   3,5      7       14      21      28      Average
    
    ZS6EZ   1592       260     321     341     343     327        318
    ZS4TX   1584       281     345     330     327     301        317
    ZS6KR   1417       200     289     322     317     289        283
    ZS6WB   1360       168     263     307     317     302        272
    ZS2DL   1315       153     279     320     304     259        263
    ZS6P    1258       134     261     305     267     292        252
    ZS1A    1150       116     209     283     281     261        230
    ZS6IR   1061       122     166     276     256     241        212
    

    Challenge--WARC Bands

    This table contains all ZS stations with single-band DXCC on each of the three WARC bands (10, 18 and 25 MHz). It was compiled from the single-band scores listed above, and therefore reflects all-time scores (including deleted entities). As the Challenge totals above reflect current scores only, the scores are not directly comparable. However, since the WARC bands were only promulgated in the Eighties and fully came into common use after 2000, only nine deleted entities have ever been active on the WARC bands. No South African is known to have worked more than four deleted entities on any single WARC band.

           WARC total      10      18      25      Average
    
    ZS6EZ     929         304     319     306        310
    ZS2DL     837         274     288     275        279
    ZS2EZ     820         236     301     283        274
    ZS6WB     809         285     267     257        270
    ZS6NJ     740         227     258     255        247
    ZS4TX     637         210     214     213        212
    ZS1EL     475         161     182     132        158
    ZS6RJ     442         122     160     160        147
    ZS1C      353         100     122     131        118
    

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    5 Band DXCC

    #  Callsign           Date        Num    Bands                    Name
    
    1. ZS5LB              1972-03-13   153    8 (1,8 18 25)           Bert Lausecker--Silent Key 2015-05-26
    
    2. ZS5BK              1985-11-08  1975    5                       Bill Smith--Silent Key 1991
    3. ZS6EZ    (ZS6BCR)  1986-04-21  2071   10 (1,8 10 18 25 50)     Chris R. Burger
    4. ZS5MY              1986-05-21  2088    5                       Franz Taschl--Silent Key as ZS6EU on 2013-01-11
    
    5. ZS4TX              1992-01-22  3099   10 (1,8 10 18 25 50)     Bernie van der Walt
    6. ZS6KR              1996-09-23  4242    5                       Hans Kappetijn
    7. ZS6WB              1996-09-26  4231    9 (10 18 25 50)         Hal Lund
    8. ZS6P               1998-12-11  4675    7 (18 25)               Tjerk J. Lammers
    
    9. ZS6IR              2001-09-25  5082    7 (18 25)               Uli von Aswegen--now DF7EF
    
    10. ZS6X    (ZS6BQI)  2010-03-01  6731    8 (10 18 25)            Artour Makhtsiev
    11. ZS2DL             2010-05-17  6794    8 (10 18 25)            Donovan van Loggerenberg
    12. ZS1A              2014-02-26          7 (18 25)               Johan Sevenster
    13. ZS1LS             2014-03-31          8 (10 18 25)            Allan Saul
    

    Note: The columns above are self-explanatory, except perhaps for "Bands". The basic 5BDXCC is issued for DXCC on each of five bands (3,5, 7, 14, 21 and 28 MHz). Band endorsements can be added for additional bands. If a station's score is more than 5, the additional bands completed are listed in brackets, with the figures in MHz. The only available endorsements are 1,8, 10, 18, 25, 50 and 144 MHz. No ZS has ever obtained the 144 MHz endorsement. Those in the know regard the 10, 18 and 25 MHz band endorsements as a mere formality, but both 1,8 and 50 MHz are much harder than any of the five basic bands.

    6 Band DXCC (5 Band DXCC plus one band)

    #  Callsign           Date         Band Added                     Name
    
    1. ZS5LB              1987-02-06   1,8 MHz                        Bert Lausecker--Silent Key 2015-05-26
    
    2. ZS6EZ              1997-09-27   1,8 MHz                        Chris R. Burger
    3. ZS4TX              1997-09-30   1,8 MHz                        Bernie van der Walt
    4. ZS6WB              1998-12-11   50 MHz                         Hal Lund
    
    5. ZS6IR              2001-09-25   Initial (18 and 25 MHz)        Uli von Aswegen--now DF7EF
    
    6. ZS6X     (ZS6BQI)  2010-03-01   Initial (10, 18 and 25 MHz)    Artour Makhtsiev
    7. ZS2DL              2010-05-17   Initial (10, 18 and 25 MHz)    Donovan van Loggerenberg
    8. ZS1A               2014-03-06   Initial (18 and 25 MHz)        Johan Sevenster
    9. ZS1LS              2014-03-31   Initial (10, 18 and 25 MHz)    Allan Saul
    10. ZS6P              2014-04-03   18 MHz                         Tjerk Lammers
    

    7 Band DXCC (5 Band DXCC plus two bands)

    #  Callsign           Date         Band Added                     Name
    
    1. ZS6EZ              1999-09-22   25 MHz                         Chris R. Burger
    
    2. ZS5LB          ca. 2001         18/25 MHz (simultaneous)       Bert Lausecker--Silent Key 2015-05-26
    3. ZS6IR              2001-09-25   Initial (18 and 25 MHz)        Uli von Aswegen--now DF7EF
    
    4. ZS6WB            < 2010         18 MHz                         Hal Lund
    5. ZS6X     (ZS6BQI)  2010-03-01   Initial (10, 18 and 25 MHz)    Artour Makhtsiev
    6. ZS2DL              2010-05-17   Initial (10, 18 and 25 MHz)    Donovan van Loggerenberg
    7. ZS4TX              2012-07-03   25 MHz                         Bernie van der Walt
    8. ZS1A               2014-03-06   Initial (18 and 25 MHz)        Johan Sevenster
    9. ZS1LS              2014-03-31   Initial (10, 18 and 25 MHz)    Allan Saul
    10. ZS6P              2014-09-09   25 MHz                         Tjerk Lammers
    

    8 Band DXCC (5 Band DXCC plus three bands)

    #  Callsign           Date         Band Added                     Name
    
    1. ZS6EZ              2000-09-30   18 MHz                         Chris R. Burger
    2. ZS5LB          ca. 2001         18/25 MHz (simultaneous)       Bert Lausecker--Silent Key 2015-05-26
    
    3. ZS6WB            < 2010         25 MHz                         Hal Lund
    4. ZS6X     (ZS6BQI)  2010-03-01   Initial (10, 18 and 25 MHz)    Artour Makhtsiev
    5. ZS2DL              2010-05-17   Initial (10, 18 and 25 MHz)    Donovan van Loggerenberg
    6. ZS4TX              2012-09-09   18 MHz                         Bernie van der Walt
    7. ZS1LS              2014-03-31   Initial (10, 18 and 25 MHz)    Allan Saul
    

    9 Band DXCC (5 Band DXCC plus four bands)

    #  Callsign           Date         Band Added                     Name
    
    1. ZS6EZ              2001-05-21   50 MHz                         Chris R. Burger
    
    2. ZS6WB            < 2012         10 MHz                         Hal Lund
    3. ZS4TX              2012-12-19   10 MHz                         Bernie van der Walt
    

    10 Band DXCC (5 Band DXCC plus five bands)

    #  Callsign           Date         Band Added                     Name
    
    1. ZS6EZ              2002-11-15   10 MHz                         Chris R. Burger
    
    2. ZS4TX              2015-04-15   50 MHz                         Bernie van der Walt
    

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    Ranking of Leading South African Stations (Active)

    Note: In principle, there should be a Top Three in each category. However, Satellite has less than three listed members, while some other DXCCs have enough participation to warrant a Top Six or Top Ten. When a particular DXCC passes 18 participants, a Top Six should appear. At 50, a Top Ten will appear. The Top Ten on Mixed and Phone contains only stations still listed as active members in the ARRL list. A separate table with the all-time high scores for these two DXCCs is included in the following section. For all the other awards, all callsigns shown are listed as active in the ARRL lists.

    Mixed Phone CW Digital Satellite
    359 ZS1AU
    351 ZS5NK
    349 ZS6EZ
    349 ZS6P
    348 ZS4TX
    346 ZS1FJ
    345 ZS6WB
    339 ZS1A
    336 ZS2DL
    330 ZS2EZ
    358 ZS1AU
    351 ZS5NK
    349 ZS6P
    348 ZS6EZ
    346 ZS4TX
    343 ZS6WB
    342 ZS1FJ
    339 ZS1A
    328 ZS6AOO
    319 ZS2DL
    348 ZS6EZ
    347 ZS4TX
    344 ZS6KR
    327 ZS2DL
    309 ZS2EZ
    309 ZS6WB
    300 ZS2EZ
    288 ZS1LS
    285 ZS6WB
    280 ZS6EZ
    264 ZS2DL
    235 ZS1A
    103 ZS2ACP
    1,8 MHz 3,5 MHz 7 MHz 10 MHz 14 MHz
    200 ZS4TX
    161 ZS5LB
    151 ZS6EZ
    281 ZS4TX
    260 ZS6EZ
    200 ZS6KR
    345 ZS4TX
    321 ZS6EZ
    289 ZS6KR
    304 ZS6EZ
    285 ZS6WB
    274 ZS2DL
    341 ZS6EZ
    330 ZS4TX
    328 ZS1AU
    322 ZS6KR
    320 ZS2DL
    307 ZS6WB
    18 MHz 21 MHz 25 MHz 28 MHz 50 MHz
    319 ZS6EZ
    301 ZS2EZ
    294 ZS1LS
    343 ZS6EZ
    327 ZS4TX
    317 ZS6KR
    317 ZS6WB
    304 ZS2DL
    298 ZS1LS
    306 ZS6EZ
    288 ZS1LS
    283 ZS2EZ
    327 ZS6EZ
    302 ZS6WB
    301 ZS4TX
    292 ZS6P
    289 ZS6KR
    268 ZS1LS
    140 ZS6NK
    140 ZS6WB
    126 ZS6AXT

    World Leaders (Active)

    Mixed Phone CW Digital Satellite
    394 2 stations
    394 4X4DK
    358 W9KNI
    354 DK3CU
    274 DJ5MN
    1,8 MHz 3,5 MHz 7 MHz 10 MHz 14 MHz
    342 W8LRL
    363 ON4UN
    366 W4DR
    347 6 stations
    392 4X4DK
    18 MHz 21 MHz 25 MHz 28 MHz 50 MHz
    348 SM3EVR
    373 EA8AK
    347 K2TQC
    366 JH1AJT
    267 LZ2CC

    Ranking of All-Time High South African Scores

    Note: The table above contains only stations currently listed in the ARRL's official list. The table below contains the all-time high scores. Several of the members were licenced just after WW-II, and worked dozens of countries that were subsequently deleted. Their scores are unattainable to someone entering the race now, as those countries are no longer available to be worked. However, to reflect the persistent achievement by old timers over many decades, the table below shows the all-time high achievements in each category.

    Mixed Phone
    375 ZS6YQ (inactive)
    370 ZS6LW (inactive)
    359 ZS1AU
    358 ZS6BBP (inactive)
    356 ZS6RM (inactive)
    351 ZS5NK
    350 ZS1OU (inactive)
    349 ZS6EZ
    349 ZS6P
    348 ZS4TX
    374 ZS6YQ (inactive)
    369 ZS6LW (inactive)
    358 ZS1AU
    358 ZS6BBP (inactive)
    356 ZS6JM (inactive)
    351 ZS5NK
    351 ZS6RM (inactive)
    349 ZS6P
    348 ZS6EZ
    346 ZS4TX

    Note: The term "inactive" means that the station is no longer listed by ARRL. The reason is generally that no cards have been submitted since the introduction of the computer system in the Nineties. In some cases, stations were removed when the operators died.

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    Ranking of Leading South African Three-Mode Scores

    This table shows the leading multi-mode DXers in these listings. All-time scores are shown, including deleted entities. The entry level for this table is the sum of the leading station's best two modes (now 700), making it impossible to enter this table without being active on all three modes.

            Total     Phone    CW    Digital   Average
    
    ZS6EZ    976       348    348      280      325
    ZS6WB    937       343    309      285      312
    ZS2DL    910       319    327      264      303
    ZS2EZ    905       296    309      300      302
    ZS4TX    896       346    347      203      299
    ZS1LS    880       295    297      288      293
    

    Start Dates

    The start date for each DXCC award (where known) is listed below:

    Award Start Date Contacts from First Certificate First ZS Number Months
    Mixed
    Phone
    CW
    Digital
    Satellite
    5 Band
    1,8 MHz
    3,5 MHz
    7 MHz
    10 MHz
    14 MHz
    18 MHz
    21 MHz
    25 MHz
    28 MHz
    50 MHz
    144 MHz
    430 MHz
    1945-11-15
    1945-11-15
    1975-07-01
    1976-11-01
    1977-09
    1968
    197?
    1988-11-01
    1989-05-01
    2002-10-01
    2000-01-01
    2001-01-02
    2000-07-01
    2001-07-02
    1988-07-01
    198?
    198?
    198?
    1945-11-15
    1945-11-15
    1975-01-01
    1945-11-15
    1965-03-01
    1945-11-15
    1945-11-15
    1945-11-15
    1945-11-15
    1945-11-15
    1945-11-15
    1945-11-15
    1945-11-15
    1945-11-15
    1945-11-15
    1945-11-15
    1945-11-15
    1945-11-15
    1947-04-02 W1FH
    1947-05-?? W1FH
    1975-07-01 W3KT
    1976-11-01 WA3IKK
    1978-05-?? W2BXA
    1969-09-09 W4QCW
    1976-11-01 W1BB
    1988-11-01 ON4UN
    1989-05-01 W4DR
    2002-10-01 Many
    2000-01-01 Many
    2001-01-02 Many
    2000-07-01 Many
    2001-07-02 Many
    1988-07-01 W4DR
    1990-01-02 K5FF
    1991-01-11 W5UN
    2008-07-29 DL9KR
    1947-08-?? ZS2X
    1949-08-?? ZS6FU
    1980-??-?? ZS3BT
    1996-09-23 ZS6EZ
    1995-08-14 ZS2ACP
    1972-03-13 ZS5LB
    1987-02-06 ZS5LB
    1988-11-01 ZS6BCR
    1989-05-01 ZS6BCR
    2002-11-15 ZS6EZ
    2000-09-30 ZS6EZ
    2001-05-21 ZS6EZ
    2000-09-18 ZS6KR
    2001-09-25 ZS6IR
    1988-07-01 ZS6BCR
    1998-12-11 ZS6WB
    2013-12-14 ZS6OB
    No ZS
    28
    <300??
    <1629??
    755
    210
    153
    199
    120
    131
    --
    --
    --
    --
    --
    160
    238
    124
    --
    4
    27
    69
    239
    207
    30
    123
    0
    0
    1
    9
    5
    3
    3
    0
    107
    266
    >84

    WA3IKK is now K3WC. W4QCW is now W4DR. ZS6BCR is now ZS6EZ. W1BB, ZS2X, ZS5LB and ZS6FU are deceased.

    Key: "Start date" is the first date from which applications were accepted. "Contacts from" means the first date from which contacts were valid for this award. "First certificate" means the first certificate issued, by date and callsign. "First ZS" is the corresponding information for the first South African winner. "Number" is the certificate number obtained by the first ZS (for those DXCCs with serial numbers). "Months" is the delay between the first certificate and the first South African certificate in months. The figure for 144 MHz represents the slowest uptake by South Africans. The first 430 MHz DXCC was issued in 2008, and no South African has claimed that certificate. The compiler does not know the leading scores on this band, but it does not look like there is likely to be an applicant in the immediate future.

    Note regarding CW DXCC start date: For most DXCC certificates, contacts made since 1945-11-15 count. This date represents the resumption of activities in the USA after the Second World War. At this time, most DX was worked on CW, so no special DXCC was available for this mode. There were only Phone and Mixed certificates. When CW DXCC was introduced in 1975, the decision was made to only count contacts made after the start date, forcing everyone to start with a clean slate. 5BDXCC was handled similarly, but contacts before the start date have subsequently been accepted. However, many Old Timers worked numerous countries on CW before the CW start date, and only received Mixed credit for those entities. As a result, the leading CW scores are much lower than the leading Phone and Mixed scores. On Mixed, individuals have claimed as many as 57 deleted entities. On Phone, the corresponding number is around 54. For CW, it is only 19.

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    General Notes

    1. Where the correct issuing sequence is known (everything but Mixed and Phone), sequence numbers have been inserted. On Mixed and Phone, where exact dates are unknown, stations are grouped by year. Because the list for 2005 is incomplete, no sequence numbers are shown after this date. However, the order in which stations are listed is chronological.

    2. The 1996 submissions of ZS6KR and ZS6WB may seem strange, but are in fact correct. Hans's certificates (5BDXCC, 3,5 MHz, 7 MHz and 28 MHz) are dated a few days earlier than Hal's, but in all cases the serial numbers are later. Personal correspondence with ARRL confirms that the dates must be regarded as authoritative, as their serial number issuing system occasionally goes awry. It appears that Hans's application was not properly recorded in the mail system on arrival. As a result, his application was not processed before the cutoff date for the Yearbook. He is therefore not listed on all the bands. There are several other examples in the lists where the certificate numbers are out of sequence. In all cases, the dates are the most important determinant.

    3. Single band DXCCs for 10, 14, 18, 21 and 25 MHz never had serial numbers; only dates. All other certificates have sequential serial numbers. Around 2011, some single-band DXCCs on these bands suddenly started showing numbers. Again, in some cases there are discrepancies in the order of serial numbers. Some certificates have serial numbers, others don't.

    4. The single-band awards for 3,5, 7 and 28 MHz all had start dates (see the table above). On that start date, all received applications were sorted by scores. Certificate numbers were allocated in order (from highest to lowest score) and all dated on the start date. Certificates issued subsequently have received chronologically sequential numbers.

    5. 5BDXCC is issued for meeting DXCC requirements, using current countries only, on each of these bands: 3,5, 7, 14, 21 and 28 MHz. There are no endorsements for special modes or for higher totals on each band; only for more bands (1,8, 10, 18, 25, 50, 144 and 430 MHz). Stations with additional band endorsements may claim 6BDXCC, 7BDXCC, 8BDXCC etc. The highest achievable total is 12BDXCC, which would include 144 and 430 MHz. No 5BDXCC holder in ZS has achieved DXCC on either of these bands, and no station world wide is known to have achieved 12BDXCC. These numbers may creep upwards if 5 MHz ever becomes a world-wide amateur allocation, and a single-band DXCC is issued. Several stations have already passed the 100 country mark on this band.

    6. Information from the ARRL Web listings has been incorporated to the date indicated in the heading. If the list has been updated since this date, the changes affect only single stations or consist of editorial changes.

    7. There are many errors in the ARRL listings. Many years contained over 5000 callsigns, painstakingly assembled by hand using index cards. Sometimes, the same callsign is listed differently in successive years. An attempt has been made to consolidate such differences into one callsign. However, in some cases, doubt remains. Uncertainty surrounds ZS5UR/ZS6UR and ZS1OE/ZS1OF. The current computerised listings appear to be a little more robust in this regard, with no obvious discrepancies.

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    Personal Notes

    1. The late "Van" van der Watt ZS6LW became the first South African ever to have achieved the Top of the Honour Roll (i.e. worked all current countries). Van was the top South African on the DXCC-HR from at least 1975 to 1997 (1998 on Phone). He first reached the Top of the HR in 1980 (both Mixed and Phone) and retained that position on and off until 1994. The second South African only reached this milestone during 2002. Van died in mid-2000. As of 2001, he remained the highest-scoring South African on the official DXCC list, and remained on the Honour Roll. However, with the ongoing addition of new countries, Bushy Roode ZS6YQ surpassed Van's total number of countries worked during 2002. Van's callsign finally dropped off the Honour Roll in 2003, when the addition of Ducie Island VP6 left him with 10 countries unworked.

    2. ZS5MQ was listed in 1975 with 152 countries. However, his certificate is dated 1976.

    3. ZS2SG has a 125 endorsement sticker. However, his highest endorsement level listed in QST is 110.


    How you can help

    All the published information has now been extracted. However, many names and certificate details are still incomplete. If you know of a DXCC holder and can obtain exact dates and certificate numbers, please let me know. The record for 2005 was never published, so it is possible that someone obtained a certificate in that year and is not on the list. Such information would be particularly valuable.

    Finally, extracting information from thousands of pages of small print, some of which was scanned with rough resolution, is not an exact science. If you spot errors that do not agree with the original information, please let me know.


    Thanks!

    Building this list was a mammoth task, consuming perhaps thousands of hours of effort, and could not have been done without considerable assistance. Tjerk Lammers ZS6P has always been a willing helper, starting in the Eighties, with his QST and DXCC Yearbook collection and even occasionally his willingness to help me wade through pages and pages of fine print. He is also the South African checkpoint for DXCC, whose presence has helped considerably to fan the DXCC flames in this part of the world.

    Before his death in 2005, Bushy Roode ZS6M (ex ZS6YQ) tracked down the details of a few members for me. In 2006, Ivan Lusic ZS6IL did likewise. In 2011, Sharon Taratula of ARRL searched their database for the last few CW DXCC records; Gary Potgieter ZS5NK sent me the details for the ZS5HAM certificates; Al Akers ZS2U helped me to put names to many of the ZS2 stations on the list; Dennis Wells ZS1AU did the same for the ZS1s; Barry Murrell ZS2EZ sent me details of ZS2SG's certificate. In 2012, Mariska Faasen of SARL HQ alerted me to the availability of a virtually complete set of QSTs. I've incorporated the new info, filling in almost all the remaining gaps. During this process, Dennis Wells ZS1AU looked up numerous callsigns in old Callbooks to try to put names to those callsigns. Wayne Mills N7NG found me some information to fill a few remaining gaps, specifically the list for 1970, 1971 and 1989. The very last gaps were filled in by Bill Moore and Sharon Taratula at the ARRL.

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