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Where to go for ARRL DX 2009

I wanted to publish this summary later, but finally decided to do it now. Although ARRL DX CW 2009 will take place in more than a month, many contesters are already concerned about "where to go?".
I believe that this information will help them to make a final decision.
The table below is made of the last 10 years ARRL DX CW results (Many thanks to Girt YL2KL for appropriate information).

Here is the table:

160 80 40 20 15 10 Q/h
1998 8P9JG 269 46 598 57 1198 57 1262 57 1161 56 1376 58 5864 331 5822952 122
FM5DN 192 37 504 55 893 56 1043 58 1085 59 751 54 4468 319 4275876 93
1999 P40W 233 48 477 56 687 57 1058 58 1065 58 1406 59 4926 336 4965408 103
WP3R 270 48 358 52 707 58 911 58 832 57 1502 59 4580 332 4561680 95
3E1CW 285 49 235 49 910 58 934 58 1105 57 1066 58 4345 329 4476045 91
2000 ZF2NT 299 45 495 55 854 53 1199 55 1203 55 1167 54 5217 317 4961367 109
HC8L 348 50 406 51 784 54 879 54 996 55 1762 55 5175 319 4952475 108
TI5N 218 47 482 54 848 53 844 55 1189 55 1106 55 4687 319 4485459 98
2001 8P5A 353 51 555 54 807 56 1055 57 1128 58 1165 57 5063 333 5057937 105
ZF2NT 351 52 531 56 704 57 1105 57 1072 57 1036 57 4799 336 4837392 100
P49V 320 50 384 54 533 55 722 56 858 57 1383 58 4200 330 4158000 88
2002 KH7R 255 51 473 54 740 56 587 58 933 59 1303 60 4291 338 4351074 89
EA8BH 202 42 404 55 525 56 989 60 1053 58 1146 58 4319 329 4262853 90
VP5U 142 41 373 50 536 57 932 58 1201 58 1015 57 4199 321 4043637 87
V31JP 153 41 442 53 927 57 947 58 714 58 797 56 3980 323 3856620 83
FG/YL2KL 139 36 506 54 521 55 860 57 901 58 924 59 3851 319 3685407 80
2003 WP3R 222 52 611 59 997 60 1092 58 1189 58 1304 58 5375 343 5530875 112
P40T 279 50 552 55 821 58 1225 59 1228 58 1274 59 5353 339 5444001 112
D4B 171 43 473 54 820 57 1320 59 1496 59 1264 58 5345 328 5259480 111
2004 D4B 392 53 968 59 964 57 1207 59 1326 57 1375 57 6087 342 6245262 127
V31DJ 5406 339 5479902 113
P40Y 333 52 521 59 1002 58 1266 59 1144 59 1010 56 5180 342 5314680 108
2005 8P5A 295 50 569 56 1231 58 1460 59 1296 59 1153 59 6004 341 6142092 125.1
9Y4W 181 47 640 55 1177 59 1395 58 1392 59 1177 58 5962 336 6009696 124.2
P49Y 261 48 518 57 1021 59 1463 59 1365 59 1196 59 5824 341 5957952 121.3
2006 8P9PA 350 53 694 57 1282 59 1230 58 1178 58 534 51 5268 336 5304096 109.8
P40W 360 54 679 58 944 58 1273 58 1102 59 542 54 4900 341 5012000 102.1
HI3TEJ 434 58 640 59 1114 59 1192 59 1302 59 94 32 4776 326 4670928 99.5
V31PP 439 58 731 58 1032 58 1181 59 1407 59 116 30 4906 322 4613616 102.2
CU2A 342 50 581 57 1040 59 1316 59 1346 59 13 10 4638 294 4003398 96.6
HK1AR 138 38 136 40 1200 59 1074 58 918 56 470 53 3936 304 3589632 82.0
2007 P40W 417 58 880 58 1110 59 1311 59 1488 59 167 35 5373 328 5078862 111.9
ZF2AM 378 58 715 58 1533 58 1424 58 1296 57 100 22 5446 311 4932414 113.5
PJ4A 316 54 756 57 1411 58 1370 59 1218 59 111 28 5182 315 4754160 108.0
2008 V31UZ 282 47 660 59 1321 59 1409 58 1273 58 61 14 5006 295 4276632 104.3
KH7X 3397698 0.0
KH6NF 160 42 581 56 1033 56 1018 57 723 51 19 5 3534 267 2714796 73.6
EA8EA 119 27 503 55 1120 59 1237 60 470 48 0 0 3449 249 2550999 71.9
AVERAGE 265 46 501 53 865 55 1065 56 1103 56 982 52 4933 329 4881671 102.8
MAX. 439 58 968 59 1321 60 1463 60 1496 59 1762 60 6087 343 6245262 127


Of course motivation is the most important in High Score achievement. It is quite significant for me.
For example my result in 2003 versus 2004.
Back in 2003 my goal was to win the first place in Africa. I did it having set up a new record. But when I saw final scores I realised that my motivation was completely wrong! As you can see I was World #3 having lost only 30 QSO's the Winner!!
On the next year my motivation was different.
Regarding the "best QTH".
According to the table above only twice during the last 10 years Caribbean stations did not win (once Africa and once Oceania took first places).
If follow Girt YL2KL - 9Y4 is byond compare, his score is quite worthy.
According to the last year summary, EA8 is not the QTH for ARRL because loss is too high compared to winners.
Although Low Bands conditions must have been very good no one, except for Yuri VE3DZ/V31UZ on 40 m, managed to achieve the highest ever 40m Band score.
It is worth to commend an excellent 10 m result of HC8L. I think that it's one of the best QTH'es to enter ARRL.
Still there's not so much information about planned expeditions at NG3K but about some of them, not listed yet, I know.
N6TJ is going somewhere to Caribbean, KP4 or KP2.
Girt will be active as D4C.
Well, let's discover and discuss more and more information and estimate (or guess) who may become The Winner untill this contest of prestige start...
73 Al 4L5A

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Jim Neiger
  • Callsign: N6TJ
  • 2009-01-24 06:35:59
<p>Congratulations to AL 4L5A for his excellent summary of recent ARRL DX CW <br /> results.&nbsp; My 2005 ZF2TJ operation didn't make The Box, as it was only No. 4 <br /> that year - essentially because I was too far north for many 10 meters <br /> QSO's.&nbsp; However, my 345 multiplier would have been the MAXIMUM in Al's <br /> table, so it demonstrates what can be achieved.&nbsp; It will be interesting to <br /> watch this year's competition, and to learn where the top score comes from, <br /> and who has 10 meters, if any.&nbsp; One can only hope that the competition will <br /> be fair.&nbsp; Questions: (1) Why do some so-called single operators always have <br /> to bring another operator with them?, (2) Why do some so-called single <br /> operators sometimes have their &quot;assistant operator&quot; set up at another radio <br /> or station, and what is this &quot;assistant operator doing&quot;?, (3) Why do the <br /> host stations allow (1) and (2) to happen, and are they all so stupid to <br /> think the rest of us don't know what is going on??&nbsp; The answers, I believe, <br /> are (1) these so-called single operators are not capable of winning on their <br /> own, and will try at any cost, and (2)&nbsp; the hosts will play this ridiculous <br /> game for any amount of the almighty dollars, rubles, escudos, euros, <br /> pesetas.&nbsp; How sad to what this has evolved.&nbsp; As I suggested a year ago, the <br /> game has come down to the Battle of the Cheaters.........<br /> <br /> My career in the ARRL DX CW goes back 50+ years now, first on from W7 in the <br /> mid-1950's.&nbsp; My first No. 1 was from ZD8Z in 1969, a new world record.&nbsp; Then <br /> the contest was 96 hours long, and I operated 88 of the 96 that year.&nbsp; 5700 <br /> QSO's, which broke my friend ZD8J's prior record of 4500 QSO's.&nbsp; Of course, <br /> back then there were no computers, no memory keyers, no automatic dupe <br /> sheets.&nbsp; It showed that ARRL DX CW could be won from Africa.&nbsp; My next No. 1, <br /> and another world record, was from my 8P6J station in 1983, and then again <br /> as 9Y4AA&nbsp; (from 9Y4VT) in 1986.&nbsp; So three No.1's from 3 different <br /> continents.&nbsp; (Will anyone else ever match that feat??).&nbsp; In addition to ZD8J <br /> and ZD8Z, the ARRL DX CW has also been won from Africa by OH2MM from EA8EA <br /> and of course 4L5A's excellent 2004 accomplishment from D4B.&nbsp; But the skills <br /> of these last two operators are at another level, so one should not easily <br /> anticipate replicating their efforts.<br /> <br /> At the age of 70 years now, it's difficult for me to recognize that my best <br /> contesting years are way behind me.&nbsp; Undoubtedly the most prudent path is to <br /> stay home and&nbsp; watch and listen.<br /> <br /> 73<br /> <br /> Jim Neiger&nbsp; N6TJ<br /> </p>

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