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Yearly Stats

2018 in virtually all categories showed the continued downswing in the sunspot cycle compared to last year. Since the 1,980 day DX streak ended on August 1, the number of days DX worked is the lowest in the past several years. Also about the same time, a strong local noise developed here which aided and abetted the poor propagation conditions. So virtually every stat is lower than last year - except oddly for AS QSOs. In looking at the sunspot cycle graph on my propagation page, it looks like 2008 was the last year the cycle was at a point similar to this year. It might be interesting to compare 2018 with 2008. Very roughly, it looks like the proportions among the variuos categories (QSOs/band, QSOs/continent, etc.) are pretty much the same. However all DX totals are higher this year mainly due to me putting more emphasis on working DX up until the DX streak ended on August 1.

The more years I add to this table, the more a graph of its values resembles a graph of the sunspot cycle, especially the figures dealing with DX on the higher bands - 20 meters and above. Asian and European QSO's most of all. However it also naturally depends on the amount of on-air time I put in each year. Because of the various NAQCC on-air events, I was a bit more active in 2005-2014. Then after I retired as NAQCC VP in 2014, my available on-air time increased even more. However other interests that were dormant during the NAQCC years surfaced and I didn't use as much of the available on-air time. Even with the amount of activity not factored in though, I think the DX stats portray the cycle quite well.

A red number indicates the highest number for that category.

Category201820172016201520142013201220112010200920082007200620052004200320022001200019991998199719961995
Cntrys Worked8086114118131130121120686957687690991021271261491371231016798
10 M Cntrys012453857343670030012315791909787681132
12 M Cntrys002204226222700000049828504123511
15 M Cntrys154669809093797837103193160777310283908577674352
17 M Cntrys82032536362354051001389101155403119623
20 M Cntrys65628192100959389295144586569665686779210199603651
Tot QSO's91716091734197528373624273125731219156120032158190523412112220439623386416856154553389839414777
Test QSO's40590696911461812254518291579687112615411688138019181701177234892815333247193854321632093476
Non-Test QSO's512703765829102510799029945314354624705254234114324735718368966996827321301
6 M QSO's00011120200230000000000000
10 M QSO's013614358144111726400910021135294980108311129385296549138
12 M QSO's0022665352435000000491432715730647
15 M QSO's181042243944896674172695332774162241389384938630904848631429179416
17 M QSO's122953101144144556651032381324238563482625103
20 M QSO's301307390539802110372643963164340346367470399420100962592414661408635474687
DX QSO's440681898148619142211114993913819513525927845069968919811874227120871389529233444
Days DX Wkd233365366365365331146198344143364543647011315230120816812476129
AF QSO's1735395967664449597239122331352556472415818
AS QSO's40438495840281140204256437957747852
EU QSO's19222239395413591572829514819251791362413904391606156517511592101924230152
OC QSO's112182134311229381431341623372818338
SA QSO's7612513911613015889110131024423662966893739611572764770
Pfx's Worked345429538686846923753696269350368398402520531531841779922965818614515663