DX hunting started again in 1945

The making of Postwar DXCC Of course there were a lot of comments on the proposal of the new DXCC. This one comes from Byron Goodman, W1JPE. who started to be the author of the reinstalled “How’s DX?”column in QST: The decision by the Communications Department to "wipe the slate clean" on the DXCC and start over again, announced last month, sounds to us like a lulu. It means that Johnny Newham starts in on the same footing as D. Xavier Oldtimer and still it takes nothing away from the pre-war man's accomplishments. The information on one's pre-war and post-war accomplishments can still be carried on a QSL card, but now Johnny will feel like he has a chance to knock Oldtimer's pins out from under him, a rather futile feeling if the old listing were retained. It gives the CD a chance to streamline and strengthen the DXCC rules, an obvious advantage to everyone. There will be some time before the rules can be completed and a new list of countries established, but in the meantime if you work everything you and your neighbor hear you know you won't be left out in the cold. Of the pre- war DX men we've mentioned the plan to, not a single one has anything but enthusiasm for the idea. In the March 1946, issue of QST, mr. Goodman, W1JPE wrote: Some seem opposed to "working all their DX over again." We don't see how this is much of a factor, since they would undoubtedly do this in the course of a DX Contest or two, or just during the day-to-day renewing of old friendships and making of new ones. Several writers suggested that the strain of QSLing would be too great on some of the one-station countries. We quite agree with this, but the intention is to get lists of contacts from these stations, as was done in the past, so if one has had a QSO he can certainly get DXCC credit for the contact. If one hasn't got a card from that country already, he is naturally going to use his full persuasive powers anyway, so what's the difference? DXCC CERTIFICATE AWARDS (June 1946, QST, page 76) The ARRL DX Century Club Award, as originally conceived, provided the serious DX worker with the opportunity to obtain formal recognition of his efforts. A handsome certificate (our handsomest, some folks say!) was designed and offered to any individual who could prove, by irrefutable written evidence, that his station had been in two-way amateur radio contact with one hundred or more different countries. In line with standing Communications Department policy, our intention was to treat the DXCC Certificate Award like any other operating award, WAS for instance, and when an amateur obtained his certificate that would be his ultimate recognition. The DXCC certificate states only that much and does not credit DX worked above 100 countries. However, as in so many other phases of amateur endeavor, the competitive spirit crept in and a running contest developed among dyed-in-the-wool DX men. Countries worked totals were published from month to month to indicate total countries worked by holders of the CC award, and those aspirants to the award who had 75 or more countries confirmed. This listing became most popular. As might be expected, the majority of those amateurs credited with more than 100 countries were DX men of long standing and many years of experience in working rare and elusive countries. Postwar plans for the DX Century Club were outlined broadly in December, 1945, QST, and discussed in subsequent issues by W1JPE in "How's DX?" The subject has been given much thought at Hq. and opinions from amateurs in the field carefully considered. The main concern, as we see it, in setting up the postwar CC is to allow each and every amateur with DX interests, particularly newcomers, to compete on an equal footing. To have continued the old DXCC listings would have limited competition to a relatively few old- timers who would have remained at the head of the list. The fair-minded DX man agrees that all amateurs should start from scratch, to equalize opportunity. The plans in December QST, therefore, will be followed in general as outlined. There are, of course, many amateurs who are not interested in the competitive aspects of DX and who have striven for many years to work 100 countries only to obtain the coveted DXCC certificate award. For these individuals all previous announcements have been carefully restudied. ARRL now announces a new more-liberal policy, in connection with the issuance of DXCC awards. This means in short that no amateur who at any time has worked DX is denied the opportunity to present it toward a DXCC certificate award at any time he wishes. While the listings of DXCC prewar totals will no longer appear in QST, and while no postwar contacts will count toward increasing over-100 prewar totals, the basic award for 100 countries worked will still be available to all amateurs, whether contacts were made during the prewar or postwar periods. In the case of amateurs having fewer than 100 countries before the war, contacts with additional countries worked postwar may be counted towards a DXCC certificate, provided that such countries are included in the prewar ARRL Countries List, that geographical locations of stations worked correspond to countries in the prewar list, and that the prewar rules are followed. The ARRL DX Century Club Award for confirmed contacts with 100 different countries is thus available as follows: 1. To any radio amateur who worked 100 countries before the war, and who submits satisfactory confirmations to ARRL in accordance with prewar DXCC rules. 2. To any radio amateur who worked fewer than 100 countries before the war, and who works sufficient additional countries after the war to bring his total to 100, and submits satisfactory confirmations to ARRL, provided that all postwar contacts must be based on the prewar DXCC rules, countries-list, and the same geographical locations as before the war. 3. Under the postwar DXCC rules (yet to be announced), to any radio amateur who works 100 countries after the war, and who submits satisfactory confirmations to ARRL. Under (1) and (2) above, confirmations should not be submitted until the applicant can provide proof of contact with a total of 100 countries. Applications accompanied by fewer than the necessary 100 confirmations will not be processed or recorded, except in cases where the applicant already is credited on our prewar records with a total less than 100 and sends the remaining necessary confirmations. Please separate prewar cards, and indicate by a written list of countries during what period contacts were made, so your postwar work may be recorded in the event you wish to compete in the new listings at some later date. The rules above make very clear that there was also a prewar DXCC which you cold get AFTER the end of WW-II. However no records of the prewar members of DXCC exist anymore. Postwar Countries List (February 1947. QST, pages 49) Many of the DX men have been at a loss to appraise accurately their postwar DX accomplishments because the last revised Countries List was made up back in 1939 and, since that time, many areas have been shuffled about and postwar stations have cropped up in locations never before considered. To reach as satisfactory a revision as possible, a committee made up of G2MI for the R.S.G.B. slant, W6QD and his advisory group of several prominent W6s, and a five-man ARRL Headquarters group has been collaborating during the past few months to revise the list and polish off the rough edges. A number of changes have been made, but they have been made almost unanimously, so it is felt that the present list is a good cross-section of opinion. A careful check of the list will show that a number of countries have been added and that several have been deleted or combined. Naturally there will be some difference of opinion by some of the DX men, and the collaborators will be pleased to entertain any criticisms. In the meantime, it becomes your yardstick in the ARRL DX Contests and DXCC. With the listing of the Official List for the ARRL DX Contest and the Postwar DXCC every ham could see what countries did count for the membership. Now it was waiting for the new Postwar DXCC Rules
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‘By’, W1JPE, W1DX Over the years Byron Goodman (By) served as the first “Hows DX” editor from 1936 until 1947 and edited a column of IARU News. Goodman wrote a series of QST April Fool parodies under the pseudonym Larson E. Rapp WIOU.
Gyron Goodman did also hold the call W6CAL, back in 1931 A collection of G members of the F.O.C. Club. The club started in 1938. One of the areas which became a country on the Countries List