Rich Holoch KY6R recently made DXCC Honor Roll status and he did it in only 11 years between solar peaks using simple antennas – none of which were mounted very high (except the dipole).
Of the 336 entities worked and confirmed, 250 were with a dipole and 80 were with a homebrew 12/17m Moxon that was up 30 ft/9m. Other entities were worked with 2-element Yagis and experimental vertical antennas.
On eHam‘s DX Forum, I’ve followed Rich’s progress during some of his trek toward Honor Roll. He has summarized it all in a pdf file detailing which antennas got him to a given DXCC level, what worked and what didn’t.
Moxon construction details and photos are also there for arm-chair constructors (that’d be me!).
It makes for pretty interesting reading and I imagine that many DXers who read it will find themselves comparing Rich’s antennas and DX results with their own.
I was personally glad to see that a dipole was the workhorse of his results – and primarily at the 100-200 watt level.
I’m currently at 299 entities with a dipole and believe it is the most under-rated antenna in the hobby and is often thought of as a beginner’s antenna. That’s a shame because it’s also one of the cheapest antennas available.
Congrats on your accomplishment, Rich – and for perhaps inspiring other would-be DXers who think complex antennas and ideal solar conditions are a requirement for such an accomplishment.
Maybe someday that myth will be put to rest and more people will begin to realize that technique and a considered approach count as much (or more) than equipment.
Check out Rich’s journey to DXCC Honor Roll here (8MB pdf with photos, charts, diagrams).