Some QSL Cards From My Collection
The Kingdom of Bhutan has a population of around 1,200,000 people and covers some 18,000 square miles with much of it mountainous and rugged territory. The neighboring countries of China, India, and Nepal all share their borders with Bhutan.
I was one of the lucky few that worked Jim Smith in Bhutan back in 1990.
Bouvet Island is located at the southern end of the Mid Atlantic ridge and is an extinct volcano. The island was discovered January 1, 1739 by Frenchman Jean-Baptiste Lozier Bouvet. In the 1927-28 southern summer Consul Lars Christensen of Norway equipped the vessel SS Norvegia for scientific research in the South Atlantic, and the expedition landed, and claimed the island for Norway on December 1, 1927.
The pile ups on this 1990 Dxpedition were largest I have ever heard in thirty years chasing DX. 3Y5X logged just under 50,000 contacts.
Peter 1 Island is one of the worlds most isolated Antarctic Islands, and one of the most wanted DXCC countries. Peter 1 was discovered in 1821 by Von Bellingshausen who named it after the Russian Czar Peter the Great. In 1927 , Captain Anderssen was the first to land on the isle, claiming it for Norway.
The cost of this Dxpedition exceeded $200,000. 3Y0PI logged 70,000 contacts.
Heard Island is another distant Antarctic Island. It was discovered by sealers early in the 19th century. Heard Island is administrated by the Australian Antarctic Division, and is now a wildlife refuge.
This Dxpedition was performed by the same 3Y0PI crew. The cost of this Dxpedition exceeded $300,000. VK0IR logged 80,673 QSO's. This Major Dxpedition has to go down as one the best ever!
Abu Ail Lighthouse is located in the Red Sea.
The Lighthouse was administrated by the Red Sea Lights Company of London. In 1990 the administration of the Lighthouse transferred to the Republic of Yemen government.
This was the last Dxpedition to Abu Ail. The operators were DJ6SI, DJ6JC, and DK2WV. Abu Ail is now on the deleted country list.
Scarborough Reef is located in the South China Sea. This Dxpedition had three different stations situated on three different rocks.
The operators of this Dxpedition managed to log over 13,000 contacts in just over 73 hours. This will continue to be a rare one because of the logistics, and politics of ownership.