On top of the Australian DXCC again
The DX fraternity worldwide became aware of late last year of the constitutional changes for the now the former Netherlands Antilles colonies island group in the Caribbean Sea.
The ARRL DX Desk had decided that from 10 October last, four new DXCC entities would begin and contacts with two former ones be deleted.
Not since World War II resulting in so many new European entities, and the break-up of the French colonies in Africa in the early 1960s, have so many new DXCC entities come into existence all at once.
In anticipation of the great event, a number of DXpeditions were announced. Like many around the world, David McAulay VK3EW has gained the necessary QSLs from the new ones at Curaçao (PJ2T), Sint Maarten (PJ7T), Bonaire (PJ4I) and Saba (PJ6A).
Then he noticed no-one had filed the QSLs with the WIA Awards Manager. The WIA DX program follows the ARRL Rules for DXCC approved & deleted entities and operations. David VK3EW subscribes to the WIA Australian DXCC.
Finally the process was completed and once again he was proud to be at the top of the Australian DXCC list. His DXCC standing is 348/340, which includes eight deleted DX entities. While all confirmed is on SSB, according to his QRZ list he has five to go on CW.
David VK3EW got into DX as a young ham, gaining the DXCC in late 1981 and in October 2005 received the first WIA 9 Band DXCC, or 100 countries on all of 9 bands. Well done and the effort you made, which shows you are deserving of being on the top of the WIA Australian DXCC again.