A reader recently passed on this cutting from a Spanish amateur radio magazine from 1979. It shows the Most Wanted DXCC list (globally) from then, courtesy of West Coast DX Bulletin.

We then created our own table (using Club Log) showing the difference between 2022 and 1979.

RANK1979ENTITY RANK2022ENTITY
#13YBOUVET ISLAND#1P5NORTH KOREA
#2BYCHINA#23YBOUVET ISLAND
#3HZ"NEUTRAL ZONE"#3FT/WCROZET ISLAND
#4VS9"CAMARAN"#4BS7HSCARBOROUGH REEF
#5XZBURMA#5CE0XSAN FELIX
#6ZAALBANIA#6BV9PPRATAS ISLAND
#71SSPRATLY ISLANDS#7KH7KKURE ISLAND
#8VK0/HHEARD ISLAND#8KH3JOHNSTON ISLAND
#9VU7LACCADIVE ISLANDS#93Y/PPETER 1 ISLAND
#10A15"ABU AIL"#10FT/XKERGUELEN ISLAND
#117J1"OKINO TORI-SHIMA"#11FT/GGLORIOSO ISLAND
#127O"SOUTH YEMEN"#12VK0/MMACQUARIE ISLAND
#13SV/AMT ATHOS#13YV0AAVES ISLAND
#14A5BHUTAN#14KH4MIDWAY ISLAND
#153C0ANNOBON#15ZS8PRINCE EDWARD & MARION ISLANDS
#16FB8WCROZET ISLAND#16PY0SSAINT PETER AND PAUL ROCKS
#17A7QATAR#17PY0TTRINDADE & MARTIM VAZ ISLANDS
#18TN8CONGO REPUBLIC#18KP5DESECHEO ISLAND
#19XU"KHMAR REPUBLIC"#19VP8SSOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS
#20VU7 ANADAMAN ISLANDS#20KH5PALMYRA & JARVIS ISLANDS
#21TL7"CENTRAL AFRICA EMPIRE"#21ZL9NEW ZEALAND SUBANTARCTIC ISLANDS
#223XGUINEA#22FK/CCHESTERFIELD ISLAND
#236OSOMALIA#23EZTURKMENISTAN
#241G"GEYSER REEF"#24YKSYRIA
#25FR7GLORIOSO#25VK0/HHEARD ISLAND
#26YI1IRAQ#26JD/MMINAMI TORISHIMA
#27CE0XSAN FELIX#27FT/TTROMELIN ISLAND
#28S2BANGLADESH#28ZL8KERMADEC ISLAND
#29VP8SOUTH SANDWICH#29KH8/SSWAINS ISLAND
#30YAAFGHANISTAN#30KH1BAKER & HOWLAND ISLANDS
#31YV0AVES ISLAND#31XF4REVILLAGIGEDO
#32TZMALI#32VP8GSOUTH GEORGIA ISLAND
#33VP8SOUTH GEORGIA#33KH9WAKE ISLAND
#34XV8VIETNAM#34T33BANABA ISLAND
#35TYBENIN#35SV/AMOUNT ATHOS
#36UK1PFRANZ JOSEF LAND#36VK9/MMELLISH REEF
#379U5BURUNDI#37VK9/WWILLIS ISLAND
#384WYEMEN#38T31CENTRAL KIRIBATI
#39FR7JUAN DE NOVA#39FO/CCLIPPERTON ISLAND
#408QMALDIVES#40FT/JJUAN DE NOVA, EUROPA
#41A6UNITED ARAB EMIRATES#41TI9COCOS ISLAND
#42FRTROMELIN#42HK0/MMALPELO ISLAND
#43S9SAO TOME#43KP1NAVASSA ISLAND
#44TT8CHAD#447OYEMEN
#455R8"MALAGASY REPUBLIC"#45FT/ZAMSTERDAM & ST PAUL ISLANDS
#46EA9"RIO DE ORO"#46ZD9TRISTAN DA CUNHA & GOUGH ISLANDS
#47HK0MALPELO#47H40TEMOTU PROVINCE
#483V8TUNISIA#48VU4ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLANDS
#49ZS2MARION ISLAND#49VP8OSOUTH ORKNEY ISLANDS
#50ZK1"MANHIKI"#50XZMYANMAR

Here’s a few remarks on what we found:

  • NEUTRAL ZONE
  • CAMARAN
  • ABU AIL
  • OKINA TORI-SHIMA
  • SOUTH YEMEN
  • KHMAR REPUBLIC
  • CENTRAL AFRICA EMPIRE
  • GEYSER REEF
  • MALAGASY REPUBLIC
  • RIO DE ORO
  • MANHIKI

All the above no longer exist, have changed name or a few are simply deleted entities.

  1. We can see that Bouvet is apparently less wanted in 2022 than in 1979.
  2. China is now #278 most wanted entity (was #2 in 1979)
  3. Crozet, San Felix, Myanmar (Burma), Aves Island, Andamans, Heard Island, Marion Island, South Georgia, Malpelo, Juan de Nova, Tromelin, Mt Athos all remain in Top 50 (1979 v 2022)
  4. Qatar is now #232 most wanted entity (was #17 in 1979)

Did we miss anything? 

PS: We have no idea how many people were asked or surveyed in 1979 but for sure Club Log 2022 Most Wanted list is more accurate.