Re: Scarborough Reef

Hugh Valentine

Regarding all the conjecture concerning Scarborough:


I propose we request that ARRL finance an immediate expedition for “Truthful Verification” of the existence and conditionality of the Reef since they administer the DXCC awards.


This can be funded by an initiative of charging all DXCC holders to be billed an appropriate amount pre-search of, say, $10 each.

It would be unfair to force the League to verify the existence of an entity they “verify” or document out of common funds.  The County Hunters’ would be pissed.


This item appears to be on the minds of many, and perhaps…in the absence of interest by the DXAC to fund such an inquiry…could be carried out by those who contest the existence of the entity….as it is pretty obvious that they are very concerned…or question…that the entity they long for even exists under the current criteria.


Time is of the essence, as an ever-increasing  number of DXCC Honor roll seekers are nearing the end of their Radio Amateur Hobby lifespan.


Perhaps the better solution is to watch those who speculate as to the existence of BS7- DX-Pedition to the Reef, gather data and give out contacts should they find the entity.  Problem is(or will be) that those who need it wont go for fear of missing it and would return home still empty handed(or QSL’d).


PS….If Y’all go, sure would like to make a Sked on 160…..I’ll be waiting….

73 and GL






Pse advise what this august body finally agrees upon.












From: Dave AA6YQ
Sent: Thursday, October 29, 2020 8:56 PM
To: ARRL-Awards@...
Subject: Re: [ARRL-Awards] Scarborough Reef


+ AA6YQ comments below

I am not sure that it can proven that it is above or below water. 

+ The traditional approach would be to visit the rocks in a boat at high tide on a calm day, and measure the distance between the tops of the rocks and the ocean surface.

+ Alternatively, we can analyze pictures of the rocks taken during previous DXpeditions, determine their height above sea level at high tide, and compare that to the subsequent rise in global sea level to determine if the rocks are still above sea level at high tide.

+ Here's what Wikipedia has to say:

"Scarborough Shoal forms a triangle-shaped chain of reefs and rocks with a perimeter of 46 km (29 mi). It covers an area of 150 km2 (58 sq mi), including an inner lagoon. The shoal's highest point, South Rock, is 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in) above sea-level at high tide. Located north of it is a channel, approximately 370 m (1,214 ft) wide and 9–11 m (30–36 ft) deep, leading into the lagoon. Several other coral rocks encircle the lagoon, forming a large atoll"



                 Dave, AA6YQ


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