The First Prewar DXCC members (1937)From the very start of The DX Century Club announced in September, 1937, QST, page 59 and 60, it was clear that you had to be a member otherwise you were not of any importance to the DX-world. In November 1937,QST, two months after the first announcement of the DXCC award, the first members of the DXCC were listed. Five hams did make the 100 grade. Among them was one who did not live in the United States. Of course they were active DX hunters, and they did collect QSL cards in the past. It did take a lot of time to get those 100 countries confirmed. The start of collecting QSLs was of course after they got the license and NOT after the announcement of the DX Century Club. And being on the list in QST they could show the world that they had really credit for 100-or-more countries listed iin the Countries List of January 1937, QST.In the first DXCC results list you could also see the 75-or-more applications. Only 12 did make it. So what about those amateur stations, who, in the past repeatedly had said they had more than 100 countries confirmed?Every month a list was published in QST showing the progress of those who where in competition for having the most credits in the DXCC or those who needed som credits to get the DXCC award. And after getting the 100 needed credit, one could continue submit additional credits for getting higher on the list.This list on the left is sorted on confirmed countries. Of course, ARRL did get those applications NOT on the same day. Did they check the applications on the day, just before sending the results to the QST-Editor?So the big question was: Who was the station that could say “I have DXCC number 1” ?The first DXCC list was a very small one, containing only 17 calls, 14 Americans, 2 British, and 1 Canadian. ARRL was wondering how this could be. Where were all those applications from hams who, in the past said that they had more than 100 countries confirmed?The list should be much bigger. So again all hams were pushed to send in their QSL’s and returning fee for the mail. And the hams already on the list were asked to send in additional QSL’s for getting higher on the list.Still it was not clear who did get the number 1-DXCC. But this problem was solved in an upcoming QST issue.The First prewar DXCC rule change.November 1937 of QST showed the first change of the DXCC rules.It was crear to ARRL that getting a QSL for confirming a QSO was not easy. And sometimes it was even almost impossible. The solution was a change in the DXCC Rules. The change was announced as follows;IMPORTANT! PLEASE NOTE WELL!In view of the difficulty of getting other forms of confirmations from certain countries, No. 5 in the list of rules for the DX century Club (page 59 and 60, September 1937, QST) is amended to permit acceptance of confirmations from foreign log for the ARRL International DX Competitions only. Confirmations of this type will be checked under the following conditions:1.Sufficient confirmations of other types must be submitted so that these, plus the DX Contest confirmations, will total 75 or more. Those who have already qualified for monthly listing in QST need only request check of the additional confirmations.2.Look up the contest results as published in QST to see if your man is listed in the foreign scores. If he isn't, he did not send in a log and no confirmation is possible. Logs for the 1935, 1936 and 1937 contests only are available. Results of these contests appear in September 1935, September 1936, and October 1937 issues of QST.3.Give year of contest, date and time of QSO.4.In future DX Contests, do not request confirmations until after the final results have been published, usually in one of the early Fall issues. Requests before this time must be ignored.If the contact is checked, your total of countries worked will be increased accordingly in the next issue of QST. Please don't ask us about stations not listed in the contest results, and don't expect replies to letters requesting DX competition confirmations. The QST listing will give the answer.The first Prewar DXCC annual List.In the December 1937, QST, ARRL made the following call:What of those fellows who have been claiming such stupendous DX records through the years? Have they nothing with which to back up their claims? The List of DX Century Club members did grow with 2, so end of 1937, the Century Club had 7 members. W1SZ was the first who did send in additional credits to get automatic Century Club membership. by passing the “century mark”. The other one, G2ZQ, John Hunter, did get credit for 112 countries, which was the second best total. The best total on this first annual list was for G6WY with 114 country credits.Others did also send in additional QSLs cards, and 5 more calls did show up in the 75-or-more listEnd 1937, the Prewar DXCC list counted only 7 stations. At the top of the first annualDXCC list was G6WY, H.A. Maxwell White. He had confirmations of 114 countries, listed on the ARRL Countries List.But who did get Number ONE ??This DXCC game goes on today, but the rules for this play have a bit changed in the period from 1937 until today.
G2ZQ, John HunterJohn Hunter, G2ZQ, was one of the founders of FOC and was the first president of FOC (First Class CW Operators Club) in the period 1938-1939