DXFC Scores for Southern Africans
Last updated: 2020-05-04
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DXFC represents a different kind
of DX for radio hams. DXFC stands for "DX Foot Club". It is
modelled on the DX Century Club, but instead of radio contacts
with each country, you actually have to set foot in each country.
No confirmation is required, and you can decide what constitutes
a valid visit in your book.
There is also a separate QRV score for each station, to indicate
in which countries you have been active on the ham radio bands.
Again, you decide what constitutes valid activity.
To participate, go to DXFC,
create an account and tick the boxes for all the countries you've
been to. The server does the rest. It includes really funky
reporting, such as showing which countries a specific person has
visited and operated from, which persons have visited a specific
country, which countries are rarest, and even which countries
have never been visited by any participant! It can also sort the
main list alphabetically, last update, countries visited or countries
A handful of South Africans have enrolled. Hopefully, the number
will grow. This document is an extract of all Southern Africans in
the list. I'll also try to retain a list of standings at the end of
every calendar year, for archive purposes.
Please let me know if I miss something. Especially if hams from
neighbouring countries start participating, I might. I also might not
check the standings quite as often as I'd like to, so I might miss
a movement. I'd love to know about it, so the list can remain up to
date and correct.
Chris R. Burger ZS6EZ
0001 South Africa
List of Country Scores (DXCC List)
This table lists scores as of the date indicated above, in descending order by scores.
105 ZS1FJ Barry Fletcher
98 ZS6EZ Chris R. Burger
85 ZS1TMJ Sydney N. Smith
82 ZR6WAB Mark Waberski
81 ZR6JET Des van Schalkwyk
59 ZS1A Johan Sevenster
53 ZS6BK Bruce Rowan
47 ZS6A Pierre van Deventer
47 ZS6RI Chris J. de Beer
43 ZS6P Tjerk Lammers
41 ZS6WB Harold R. Lund
33 ZS6HON Helgard Honiball
32 ZR6MAR Mario Marais
32 ZS4BS Dennis Green
31 ZS5J John Kramer
29 ZS6MDH Marc d'Hotman de Villiers
26 ZS4TX Bernie van der Walt
23 ZS1ZL Deon Erwin
22 ZS1EL Vidi la Grange
14 ZS6EGB Emil Böhme
14 ZS6JPS Jacques Scholtz
12 ZS1REC Raoul Coetzee
5 ZU2CS Claire Scott
4 ZS2DL Donovan van Loggerenberg
3 ZR6K Karel Bezuidenhout
33 ZS6EZ Chris R. Burger
28 ZS1FJ Barry Fletcher
17 ZS6RI Chris J. de Beer
14 ZS4BS Dennis Green
12 ZS1ZL Deon Erwin
11 ZS4TX Bernie van der Walt
10 ZS5J John Kramer
8 ZS6WB Harold R. Lund
7 ZS6MDH Marc d'Hotman de Villiers
7 ZS6P Tjerk Lammers
6 ZS6EGB Emil Böhme
4 ZS1A Johan Sevenster
4 ZS1EL Vidi la Grange
3 ZS2DL Donovan van Loggerenberg
2 ZS1TMJ Sydney N. Smith
|World Leaders: Visited
285 N7PIB San Smith
264 3Z9DX Dom Grzyb
230 AB6BH John A. Fenoglio
|World Leaders: QRV
159 DK7PE Rudolf Klos
158 UA4WHX Vladimir M. Bykov
117 OE3GEA Gerhard Elsigan
List of Continent Scores (WAC rules)
This table lists the number of continents visited and activated by each person, with the date
on which the last continent was listed on DXFC. The list is ordered by date—first to last.
ZS4BS Dennis Green 2010-10
ZS6EZ Chris R. Burger 2010-12
ZS6A Pierre van Deventer 2011-11
ZS6BK Bruce Rowan 2014-05
ZS4TX Bernie van der Walt 2014-07
ZS1FJ Barry Fletcher 2020-05
ZS6EZ Chris R. Burger 2016-04
ZS1FJ Barry Fletcher 2020-05
ZS6P Tjerk Lammers 2008-11
ZS6RI Chris J. de Beer 2009-02
ZS1A Johan Sevenster 2011-01
ZS1EL Vidi la Grange 2011-01
ZR6MAR Mario Marais 2011-11
ZS6WB Harold R. Lund 2011-11
ZR6JET Des van Schalkwyk 2012-11
ZS6HON Helgard Honiball 2017-06
ZS1TMJ Sydney N. Smith 2018-02
ZS1ZL Deon Erwin 2020-05
ZS4BS Dennis Green 2011-04
ZS6RI Chris J. de Beer 2014-05
ZR6WAB Mark Waberski 2011-02
ZS5J John Kramer 2014-11
ZS4TX Bernie van der Walt 2014-07
ZS5J John Kramer 2014-11
Updating your Totals
Update your total directly on DXFC.
If you like, let me know so I won't miss it, and can update
the list without delay.
Here are short profiles of all South African participants. You'll
notice that none of them are independently wealthy. In most cases,
the scores have been built up through many years through a combination
of business and personal travel.
Please let me know if you have something to add (either about yourself
or about someone else).
ZR6JET: Des van Schalkwyk is a business jet pilot. He covered
Africa extensively as charter pilot and South African Air Force Reserve
pilot on Gulfstream and Hawker aircraft. Des has seen more than 40 countries
in Africa! These days, he is regularly flying to the Middle East for a South
ZR6MAR: Mario Marais is a researcher for the CSIR, South Africa's
national research organisation. He is a chemist by training, but these days
he thinks mostly about information technology. His travels have come about
through a combination of business and personal interests.
ZR6WAB: Mark Waberski is a business jet pilot. His current employer
is a major beer purveyor. His duties as a Falcon 2000 captain take him all
over Africa and occasionally the world.
ZS1A: Johan Sevenster is retired from the government, where he was
involved in supporting foreign diplomatic missions. He is now involved in
off-roading and in providing IT services.
ZS1C (ex ZS1REC): Raoul Coetzee is in the electronics business. He
markets and supports a range of test instruments and enjoys DXing on 1,8 MHz.
ZS1EL: Vidi la Grange is retired near Cape Town after many years
as ZS6AL. His jobs with the CSIR and Iscor took him all over the world in years
past. He still travels occasionally.
ZS1TMJ: Sydney N. Smith is a retired maxilofacial and oral surgeon,
living near Clanwilliam. He keeps himself busy with ham radio, off-roading,
photography, astronomy and hiking. He has built an amazing array of antique radios.
ZS1FJ: Barry Fletcher's career included accounting and tax
consulting. He is of British extraction, and lived in Singapore as 9V1FJ
for some years before recently returning to Cape Town in retirement. He was
once an enthusiastic rock climber. He has operated from several locations
in southern Africa, Europe, the Caribbean and the Pacific.
ZS2DL: Donovan van Loggerenberg is a keen DXer who makes a living
in the amateur radio business. Expect Donovan to add several new counters in
the coming years, as his 7P8D DXpedition has whetted his appetite for more
ZS4BS: Dennis Green is a retired military man, who travels internationally
through his involvement in IARU politics. He was also once the president of
the South African Radio League.
ZS4TX: Bernie van der Walt is in the telecommunications industry.
He has seen parts of Africa while supporting customers, has operated in several
neighbouring countries and has participated in WRTC on four occasions (Slovenia,
Finland and Brazil as participant and USA as referee). He has also seen the
Pacific rim while visiting one of his suppliers. Most recently, he has operated as
a hired gun at CR2X, one of the world's premier contest stations.
ZS5J: John Kramer is fond of operating outdoors. He holds callsigns in
several neighbouring states, including Botswana and Mozambique. He is a former
suger cane farmer and business owner, but has been semi-retired since about 2010.
He travels regularly to Europe and the USA, and is a regular fixture at the Dayton
Hamvention and the Orlando hamfest.
ZS6A: Pierre van Deventer is a South African Airways pilot. He has been on
a mixture of long-haul and freight assignments, enabling him to see a variety of countries.
ZS6BK: Bruce Rowan is a retired South African Airways pilot. His full
airline career over varying routes exposed him to a wide variety of countries.
ZS6EGB: Emil Böhme is a medical doctor, who works overseas on temporary
assignments. He currently lives in Iraq, waiting for a radio licence to be issued.
ZS6EZ: Chris R. Burger has a day job, but has occasionally flown as a
volunteer Air Force business jet pilot and a part-time ambulance jet driver. He
has flown into more than half of Africa's countries so far. In a previous
job, he spent a lot of time in Europe and Asia selling ICs. He has participated
in WRTC four times (USA, Slovenia and Finland as competitor and USA as referee).
Around 2010, he took two short overseas holiday trips to show his daughter the world.
As a youth, he also organised DXpeditions to most of the neighbouring countries.
Some of that effort came to naught (at least from a DXFC perspective), as both
Walvis Bay and the Penguin Islands have subsequently been deleted from the DXCC list.
ZS6HON: Helgard Honiball manages a company providing control equipment for
industrial motors. After many years of regular travel, he is now a reluctant traveller.
For relaxation, he enjoys flying his microlight aircraft.
ZS6JPS: Jacques Scholtz sells industrial tools. His amateur radio
interest revolves around radios that glow in the dark—collecting and restoring
them. He is the president of the Antique Wireless Association.
ZS6P: Tjerk Lammers is retired from the automotive climate control
business. He was born in Europe and has seen quite a bit of Europe, Africa
and the Caribbean. He has also operated from several neighbouring countries.
He retired to Cape Town in 2018 and now signs ZS1J.
ZS6RI: Chris de Beer is an advanced life support paramedic.
He once spent a year each on Marion Island as ZS8IR and Gough Island
as ZD9IR. He then spent several years in central and west Africa and in
Asia. He now works for a medical service provider that posts him all
over Africa to establish and run clinics for the mining industry.
He tries to get on the air from all these exotic places, and has
participated in several DXpeditions (most famously ZK1XXP and C82DX).
Chris now commutes between his home in Pretoria and several exotic
destinations (Mozambique, Zambia, Lesotho, Senegal, Kenya and Iraq being
the most recent).
ZS6WB: Hal Lund is now a retired businessman. However,
he spent many years as a technician for various NASA subcontractors,
maintaining radar installations on little islands. Hal was once a
famous DXpeditioner in the Caribbean, pursuing DX on his favourite
band: 50 MHz. Hal was the first African to earn DXCC on that band,
and continued to support many VHF operators from exotic locations
with mentorship and equipment. He continued to travel occasionally,
especially to his family in the USA.
ZU2CS: Claire Scott is in the property business. Her husband
is of European origin. She has seen most of the neighbouring states.
This site contains historical standings at
the end of each calendar year since 2010.
Related Web Sites
There are many Web sites dedicated to serious travellers. Here's
one that seems to have wide support:
Century Club, based in California.
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