Re: Scarborough Reef
DeSoto's original "DXCC" was awarded for working 100 "countries," in the political sense. Unfortunately, the Earth is large enough, and diverse enough, that the quantum principle that anything that could happen will happen, eventually, sort of applies and "country" turned out to be a deficient definition.toggle quoted message Show quoted text
Martinique, several thousand km removed from what we all think of as the "Real France," is a Department of that Real France, just as Centre Val de Loire is a Department, located in the ... [wait for it] ... center of the Real France! Under DeSoto's definition, working Martinique would mean working all of France because it IS France, as would Guiana, La Reunion, Mayotte, Saint-Barthelemy, Saint-Martin, Saint-Pierre-et-Miguelon, Wallis and Futuna Is., and, lurking half-way around the planet in the Pacific, French Polynesia. All pose radically different difficulties for HF radio contact. So the rules became more complex.
There are thousands [or so it seems] of reefs, rocks, tiny atolls, and now manufactured "islands" scattered in the So China Sea, I've seen them multiple times from 10,000 ft. Whether the manufactured islands should count for DXCC remains to be determined, but none of the "rocks" meet the "100 meter between two points above high tide" criterion" currently in the DXCC rules. I don't know why BS7 hasn't been deleted, but it is clearly no longer eligible. I got one Q when it was eligible. If, ex post facto, the DXCC Committee wants to declare the operation(s) there invalid for DXCC, I'll still hang onto my QSL card and the photo of W6RGG pounding away on Rock 3 [or 4, they weren't prominently marked].
Fred ["Skip"] K6DGW
Sparks NV DM09dn
On 10/29/2020 7:54 AM, John Harden, D.M.D. wrote: