Here are my QSLs from the countries that were on the top 10 "Most Wanted" list as published by January/February 2004 issue of the DX Magazine. The only one missing is VU4, which I do not believe has been activated since the mid 1980's.
The top 10 Most Wanted are:
1) Scarborough Reef (BS7) 6) Yemen (7O)
2) Andaman & Nicobar Islands (VU4) 7) Juan de Nova & Europa (FR/J & FR/E)
3) North Korea (P5) 8) Navassa Island (KP1)
4) Lakshadweep Islands (VU7) 9) Desecheo Island (KP5)
5) Peter I Island (3Y) 10) Aves Island (YV0)
I don't think this country has been activated since 1995 because there is a political dispute over who owns it.
I believe only active in 2002.
There were 1 or 2 operations from VU7 in the early 1990's.
This was the last time 3Y0 was QRV, and the operation planned for 2004 has been postponed for at least a year.
This is the only operation from Yemen I've ever worked that counted for DXCC (in early 1990.)
These islands used to be on fairly often when people went to them to do maintenance on commercial equipment, but I don't believe they are visited very often anymore. This is from 1992.
Navassa used to be activated quite often, but due to environmental concerns, it is very difficult to get a landing permit now.
Like Navassa, Desecheo Island has become quite rare due to the difficulty of getting a landing permit. This is from 1991.
Aves Island (YV0) is activated every few years, but hasn't been on recently. I believe there is an operation planned for that country in 2004.
Ducie Island is not rare, and it is not in the Top 10 Wanted List. (There have been at least 2 major DXpeditions from there in the past 2 years.) However it is the "newest" country to be added to the DXCC list.
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