In going over my logs and DX Marathon results, I can’t help but notice a trend that’s existed for a very long time – the lack of sizeable DXpeditions to Zone 26.
While there are DXpeditions to this area they are usually 1- or 2-man “holiday style” efforts with minimal equipment and antennas and correspondingly weak signals.
I’m thankful for them – they’ve provided me with many New Ones – but they aren’t the attention-getting operations like the recent 3B9, 3D2, T32, etc. mega-DXpeditions that allow casual DXers to work them for the first time and experienced DXers to get them on additional or lower bands.
Recent DXpeditions to Spratly (9M0L, 9M4SLL), Timor-Leste (4W6A), Rodrigues Island (3B9C) and East Kiribati (T32C) were nothing less than phenomenal in the number of contacts they made, allowing DXers worldwide to work them on multiple bands. They had strong signals with simultaneous bands on the air and they knew how to make the best use of band openings to maximize their effectiveness.
Even casual ops who don’t consider themselves DXers were able to work these rare locales.
Most African countries are well-represented – a big DXpedition to one or more of them is always in the works. Ditto for islands in the South Pacific and the Indian Ocean.
I think Zone 26 must have just enough small DXpeditions to make them “unjustifiable” in terms of cost/effort that a large DXpedition would require. If that is the mindset among DXpeditioners, I think they’re wrong.
I’m sitting right at 300 DX entities yet I’ve never worked XU (Cambodia) or XZ (Burma). Of those entities in Z26 that I have worked, it’s mostly on one band. I’ll bet many DXers – especially those on the East Coast – haven’t worked them either.
How about it, DXpeditioners?