DX Magazine’s ‘Most Wanted’ survey
If you’ve read this blog for a while, you’ll know that I have mixed feelings these days about HF DXpeditions and some of the behaviour that they engender on the bands. Nevertheless, there is a great deal of pleasure derived by many in chasing the DXCC entities.
Carl, N4AA, Editor of ‘DX Magazine’ has been organising the ‘Most Wanted Survey’ of countries over many years and over the last 10 years or so, it has been my pleasure to assist in a small way with the IT to analyse the results. If you are interested in helping Carl with the survey, you might like to read the following press release
“Effective immediately the 2012 Most Wanted Survey form is available on the DX Publishing web site.
“Please go to: www.dxpub.net and under the heading MOST WANTED SURVEY you will find a link to the form. Click on ‘2012 SURVEY’.
“Several prefixes are in BOLD type. These are ones which may cause confusion due to their similarity, i.e. 3D2, VK9, VK0, etc. Please use care when marking these to be sure the correct one is counted.”
“There are a few shown in RED. These indicate either an addition to the list from last year or a change in the prefix (ZK2 is now E6). “There is a ‘block’ at the bottom of the form for you to send along any comments, or to include any country that you need which is not on the list.”
“Please pass the word to your friends and to any DX clubs in your area that the survey will be available until October 15th. Thanks for your participation. 73, Carl, N4AA”
Arguably, with the much greater use of systems such as LOTW, ClubLog and so on, there will be reduced need for surveys like this – as analysis of the database behind LOTW and ClubLog reveals in an instant the ‘needed’ countries. Nevertheless, the ‘Most Wanted’ survey still provides a valuable indication towards the wishes and needs of the HF DX community.
Always interesting to see this–a pleasure to have some of the rare ones and a frustration to lack some of the more common entities. And of course there are always changes–next time Malpelo should be way down. But at least it clarifies the challenge. Play radio long enough and most of them eventually show up.