425 DX News No. 1392

6 January 2018                                            A.R.I. DX Bulletin
                                   No 1392
                         *** 4 2 5  D X  N E W S ***
                         ****  DX  INFORMATION  ****
                          Edited by  I1JQJ & IK1ADH
                        Direttore Responsabile  I2VGW
                         >>> 3Y0Z: BOUVET ISLAND <<< 
“We are happy to report that we are on schedule  for a  January 13 departure
to Bouvet Island, the World’s most isolated island and the  number  two most
wanted DX entity”, the 3Y0Z Team announced on 29 December. “All team members
will meet in Punta Arenas, Chile no later than January 10.  We will attend a
one and one-half day marine safety course, purchase last minute supplies and
then fly  across  the  Drake Passage  to  King George Island  in  the  South
Shetlands.  There, we will  board the newly  refurbished Chilean  vessel M/V
Betanzos, and begin our 9 to 11-day voyage to Bouvet”.
Their plans remain unchanged: “we will have two stations on every open  band
whenever humanly  possible, gain  and directional  antennas  where possible,
high power stations  and a  propagation-driven operation.  The primary modes
will be CW, SSB and RTTY. FT8 will be utilized if it is the  only productive
mode. Anyone preparing to utilize FT8 must read the 3Y0Z FT8 protocol on the
Band Plan page of the DXpedition website (www.bouvetdx.org)”.
QSL via  Club  Log’s  OQRS  (https://secure.clublog.org/logsearch/3Y0Z)  for
either direct or bureau requests; traditional cards go via N2OO, direct (Bob
Schenck, P.O. Box 345,  Tuckerton  NJ 08087-0345, USA)  or bureau.  You  may
include a donation with your OQRS QSL request on  Club Log (via PayPal),  or
you may include additional funds with your  direct  mailed QSL card.  As for
LoTW, “we will be uploading to LOTW for everyone who requests a  direct  QSL
card. These will be done in batches during our QSL card processing,  as time
allows. A full LOTW upload will be made about 6 months after the end  of the
3B7    – 5-17 April are the dates  for  the  3B7A DXpedition  to  the  Saint
         Brandon Islands (AF-015) [425DXN 1387]. Eight experienced operators
         will be QRV on 160-10 metres  CW, SSB and RTTY with  five stations.
         QSL via Club Log’s OQRS, LoTW or via F5CWU (direct or bureau).  See
         http://www.saintbrandondx.com for more information.
5W     – Atsu, 5W1SA has been active from Samoa (OC-097) since 1998 (100,000
         QSOs so far), and has received special callsign  5W20SAMOA for  him
         to use throughout 2018 to celebrate his  20th anniversary.  QSL via
         LoTW and  eQSL;  paper QSLs  “maybe available later”  through  Club
         Log’s OQRS if he finds a sponsor.
6Y     – JA3AVO, JA3HJI, JA3UJR, JH3LSS and JI3DNN will be  active  as  6Y6J
         from Jamaica (NA-097) on  11-22 January.  They will operate CW, SSB
         and digital modes on 160-6 metres from the QTH of Josh, 6Y5WJ.  QSL
         via Club Log’s OQRS, LoTW or via JA3AVO.
C9     – Russian Robinson Club’s members Vasily R7AL, Vasily RA1ZZ,  Al RZ3K
         and Vlad RK8A will  be  active  as  C96RRC  from  Mozambique Island
         (AF-088) from 29 April to 3 May, and as C98RRC  from  Inhaca Island
         (AF-066) on 5-9 May. They will operate CW, SSB and digital modes on
         40-10 metres with three stations.  QSL via Club Log’s OQRS,  or via
         R7AL.   See  https://dxpedition.wixsite.com/mozambique   for   more
         information. [TNX RA1ZZ]
DU     – Brian, DU1MS and a large group of operators will be active as DU0DM
         from Corregidor Island (OC-244) on 13-14 January. They will operate
         SSB, CW  and digital  modes  on  40, 20, 15 and 10m.  QSL via DU1MS
         (direct). [TNX The Daily DX]
HL     – To promote and support  the  PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games,  all
         authorized  amateur  radio  stations in the  Republic of Korea  are
         allowed to change the call area number  in  their callsign to  “23”
         until  28 February.  For example,  HL0HQ can be operated as HL23HQ,
         HL1VAU as HL23VAU,  DS4NYE as DS23NYE/4,  D70LW as D723LW.  Special
         callsigns HL0WOP and DT23WOP will not change. [TNX HL1VAU]
HP     – Will, AA4NC will be active holiday style as HP1/AA4NC  from  Panama
         on 10-24 January. He will operate SSB, CW and digital modes on  the
         HF bands and 6m.  QSL via  LoTW or direct  to  home call.  [TNX The
         Daily DX]
HS     – John, ZB2JK has been active  again  as  HS0ZIQ  from  Phuket Island
         (AS-053) since 18 December. He will remain there until  10 January.
         QSL via home call, direct only.
LZ     – Once again Radio Club Blagovestnik (LZ1KCP) will use twelve special
         callsigns  throughout 2018  to honour  as many different  Bulgarian
         saints:  LZ1883PSS (January),  LZ250MT (February),  LZ40MS (March),
         LZ362ME (April), LZ110SAE (May),  LZ430PPW (June),  LZ380PM (July),
         LZ1146SPS  (August),  LZ920MLC  (September),  LZ1545POA  (October),
         LZ33MM (November) and LZ532PSO (December). QSL via bureau or direct
         to P.O. Box 36, 4300 Karlovo, Bulgaria.  Details on the “All Saints
         2018″ award can be found at http://www.lz1kcp.com/.
PJ2    – Joeke, PA0VDV will be  active  again  as  PJ2/PA0VDV  from  Curacao
         (SA-099) between 16 January and  8 February.  He will operate  only
         CW, with a focus on 80 metres. QSL via home call, bureau or direct.
         [TNX PA0VDV]
V3     – Jim , W2JHP has been  active  again  as  V31TA  from  the  Turneffe
         Islands (NA-123), Belize  since  4 January, and  will remain  there
         until the 10th. QSL via EA5GL (direct only).
VQ9    – Jim, ND9M (VQ9JC) is now active from  Diego Garcia (AF-006), Chagos
         Islands [425DXN 1386]  with his new special callsign: VQ920JC.  His
         operating hours  are  still  limited  to  13-16 UTC,  as he has  to
         commute between his ship and his operating location  on the island,
         then set up and break down each time. Usually he operates mainly CW
         on 30, 20 and 17 metres. QSL via home call.
YJ     – Chris, VK2YUS will be active  again as YJ0CA  from  Efate (OC-035),
         Vanuatu on 14-21 January. He will operate SSB on 40 and  20 metres.
         QSL direct to home call. [TNX The Daily DX]
ZF     – Pete, K8PGJ will be active again as  ZF2PG from the  Cayman Islands
         (NA-016) on  13-21 January.  He will operate  SSB on the  HF bands,
         with holiday style activity  except during  the  North American QSO
         Party (from  18 UTC on  20 January to 6 UTC  on the 21st).  QSL via
         LoTW or direct to home call.
                         *** 4 2 5  D X  N E W S ***
                         ****  GOOD TO KNOW … ****
                          Edited by  I1JQJ & IK1ADH
                        Direttore Responsabile  I2VGW
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ARRL INTERNATIONAL GRID CHASE —> The Leader Board is now up and running at
https://igc.arrl.org/index.php. The event started at 00.00 UTC on  1 January
and will run through 23.59 UTC on  31 December.  It is open to all amateurs,
regardless of location or license class.  Any operating mode is eligible  as
well as every  band, except 60 metres.  The objective is to work stations in
as many different Maidenhead  grid squares as possible, and then upload your
log data to LoTW. See http://www.arrl.org/aigc2018 for complete details.
CLUB LOG’S MOST WANTED LIST —> The latest  Most Wanted List, generated  on
31 December is available  at  https://secure.clublog.org/mostwanted.php. The
information is derived  from   QSOs  uploaded  to  Club Log (currently 467.7
million log entries available for analysis) and, to  improve  quality,  only
QSOs that have QSLs confirmed are  considered to be worked.  The most wanted
charts are rebuilt once per month, on average.
CQ DX MARATHON —> The  CQ  DX  Marathon  is  a  year-long  DX  hunt,  with
participants competing to see who can work the greatest number of  countries
(“entities”) and CQ zones during the calendar year. The 2018 edition started
at 00.00 UTC on 1 January  and  will end  at 23.59 UTC  on 31 December.  The
deadline for log submission for the 2017 DX Marathon is 10 January at 2359Z.
Complete details can be found at http://www.dxmarathon.com/.
CX3AL ON LOTW —> Leo, CX3AL has uploaded  to  LoTW  his  handwritten  logs
covering the period from 28 April 2006  to present (some 19,000 QSOs).  This
year he will upload the logs from 2001 onwards.  His  paper logs  collection
goes  back  to  1970.  If  anyone  cannot  match a QSO,  or   wants  a  LoTW
confirmation for an old contact, can write  to Leo (leocorreag[@]gmail.com).
DAYTON TOPBAND AND CONTEST DINNERS —> The  29th  Top Band Dinner  will  be
held on 18 May, followed by the 26th  Contest Dinner  on the 19th.  Both the
events will take place at the  Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Dayton,  Ohio.
tickets and other information.
DX SOUND CLIPS —> Tom’s (K8CX) DX sound clips for 2017  can  be  found  at
http://hamgallery.com/dx2017/.  The collection  of  118  clips (MP3  format)
covers the major DXpeditions, plus rare and  semi-rare  DX.  This  makes  20
full years of sound clips available.
INTREPID SPIRIT AWARD —> The Intrepid-DX Group is seeking nominations  for
the individual or group that  most  displayed  their  “Intrepid  Spirit”  in
2017, “by expressing  an unshakable  commitment  to  the  Amateur  Radio  DX
Community”.  The award  (http://www.intrepid-dx.com/awards.php)  is  made in
memory of James McLaughlin, WA2EWE/T6AF (killed in Kabul Afghanistan, on  27
April 2011). Intrepid Spirits for purposes of  this  award  are  defined  as
being  “bold,  courageous,  dedicated,  innovative,   fearless,    generous,
resolute and visionary in their approach to Amateur Radio”. Nominations  may
be submitted via email to intrepiddxgroup[@]gmail.com and must  be  received
by 15 January. The Board of Directors of the Intrepid-DX Group will evaluate
the  nominations  and  the  award will be presented  at the International DX
Convention in Visalia on 21 April. [TNX N6PSE]
IOTA  DXPEDITIONER  OF  THE  YEAR  AWARD —>  The  inaugural  Island  Radio
Expedition Foundation’s (IREF) “IOTA DXpeditioner of the Year” Award will be
presented at  the  2019 Dayton DX Dinner.  The Southwest Ohio DX Association
(SWODXA) has agreed to present the award at their annual DX Dinner,  which –
in the words of IREF President Mike Crownover AD5A – “will add prestige  and
visibility to the award and will  provide  the  appropriate  recognition for
IOTA Expeditioners”.  The new award from  IREF will join  the list of awards
presented  annually at  SWODXA DX Dinner  including  DXpedition of the Year,
DXpeditioner of the Year (DXCC) and the  presentation  of the  CQ DX Hall of
Fame inductees. Details on the “IOTA DXpeditioner of the Year” award  can be
QSL GALLERY —> The large collection of QSL cards  on  Les  Nouvelles  DX’s
website has been updated.  Sixteen different galleries include  15,340 cards
for the  ten Most  Wanted  DXCC  Entities  (2004-16), the  62  deleted  DXCC
Entities, obsolete prefixes,  stations  from  Maghreb  from  1945  to  1962,
Allied Forces stations in Germany (1945-70), special stations  commemorating
ITU and IARU, stations using the United Nations prefix (4U), Antarctic bases
and TAAF (Terres  Australes and Antarctiques Francaises), the various French
DXCC island Entities in the Pacific Ocean, the Indian Ocean and the Americas
(from 1945 to 1970), pre-1945  countries, French Departments and CONUS, plus
a gallery for cards not accepted  by DXCC. Your participation is encouraged:
                         *** 4 2 5  D X  N E W S ***
                         ******* QSL  ROUTES *******
                          Edited by  I1JQJ & IK1ADH
                        Direttore Responsabile  I2VGW
CALL        MANAGER     CALL        MANAGER     CALL        MANAGER
3DA0AQ      EA5GL       A60MBZ      A61BK       JD1BMH      JD1BMH [b]
3V8CQ       EI9FBB      A70X        M0OXO       JD1BMH      JG7PSJ [d]
3V8SS       LX1NO       C56RU       ON7RU       OD5/EA1CYK  EA7LS
3Z0R        SP9SX       C56VC       SP7VC       OD5ZF       IZ8CLM
3Z0YL       SP9SX       CX7CO       EA5GL       OD5ZZ       NI5DX
3Z18HNY     SP6IEQ      D4Z         HB9DUR [d]  OF3077F     OH3JF
4K9W        DL6KVA      D4Z         IK2NCJ [b]  OT65MLB     ON4MLB
4L1MA       ON4RU       DK200MARX   DK5PZ       OU0POLIO    OZ1ACB
4L4ZA       DJ1CW       DL0FFF      DL2RPS      P49MR       VE3MR
4L5P        UT7QF       DL1250BRET  DF9IK       P49X        W0YK
4L6QL       RW6HS       DM900ZWI    DM5JBN      PF2018LWD   PA0MBD
4L7AA       IW7EGQ      DP0GVN      DL5EBE      PJ2C        EA5AHA
4L8A        K1BV        DQ800HRO    DL5KVV      PJ2ND       K8ND
4T18PAX     OA4O        DR18WRD     M0SDV       RI1ANA      RN1ON
4U1A        UA3DX       DU1/JA3FJE  JN3VQM      RI50ANO     RN1ON
4U1GSC      9A2AA       EI50AOM     EI2KA       SN20UM      SQ9UM
4U24OCT     9A2AA       ER4DX       ER1FF       SU1SK       SM5AQD
5P9Z/p      DL7UZO      ES17EU      ES2TI       TI2VLM      EA5ZD
5Q0PI       OZ6PI       FG8OJ       F4AVX       TY2AC       DL9USA
5Z4FV       N3ZS        HC5DX       W3HNK       TZ4AM       W0SA
6O6O        M0OXO       HG60KCI     HA8KCI      UN7ECA      DL7EDH
7S75AA      SK5AA  [b]  HH2AA       NR6M        UN7TE       RW6HS
7S75AA      SM5FUG [d]  HH70A       W3HNK       V31PS       M0SDV
8J1RL       8J1RL  [b]  HK3TK       F5CWU       V31TA       EA5GL
8J1RL       JG2MLI [d]  HL23CEL     HL4CEL      V5/ZS1AO    DJ2HD
8P2K        KU9C        HL23IWD     HL1IWD      VI70HI      M0OXO
8Q7HB       HB9VQQ      HL23VAU     HL1VAU      VP2ETE      W3HNK
9A161NT     9A7R        HL23VXK     HL2VXK      VQ920JC     ND9M
9G1SD       AB0GC       HP1LAC      HP1MAC      W2HRU       N2MUN
9H3AY       G3SDG       HS0ZIA      EA5GL       YR100R      YO3KAA
9M4RM       9W2XIO      HS0ZIQ      ZB2JK       ZX8NO       PT2GTI
A52PD       NR6M        II4MXW      IQ4FE       ZX8TI       PT2GTI
3W9T     Trung Q. Nguyen, 12271 Oakwood Street, Garden Grove
         CA 92840, USA
5V1JE    John Everman, Unit 2300 Box 840, DPO AE 09817, USA
6Y6Y     Lester B. Veenstra, 452 Stable Lane, Keyser WV 26726, USA
8P0P     Peter Cross, P.O. Box 7200, Rochester MN 55903, USA
C5WP     Pedro M.J. Wyns, Moutstraat 7, 2220 Hallaar, Belgium
EA5GL    Pedro Miguel Ronda Monsell, C/ Maximiliano Thous 16-24,
         46009 Valencia, Spain
JG7PSJ   Hiroyuki Kawanobe, 1-4-1 Mikamine, Taihaku-ku, Sendai-shi,
         Miyagi-ken, 982-0826, Japan
M0OXO    Charles Wilmott, 60 Church Hill, Royston, Barnsley,
         S71 4NG, United Kingdom
ND9M     James T. Clary, PO Box 18095, Panama City Beach FL 32417,
ON7RU    Franky Beuselinck, Ekenakker 12, 9880 Aalter, Belgium
P29DA    Darren Johnston, P.O. Box 3140, Browns Plains LPO
         QLD 4118, Australia
PT2GTI   Roberto Franca Stuckert, SHIN QI 7 Conjunto 12 Casa 14,
         Brasilia – DF, 71515-120, Brazil
PU0FDN   Jose Carlos Marenga, Caixa Postal 52, Fernando de
         Noronha – PE, 53990-000, Brazil
S01WS    Arseli Echeguren Bardeci, Barrena 6 1 Izq, 01408 Luiaondo
         (Alava), Spain
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                           Direttore Responsabile
                            Gabriele Villa, I2VGW
               Giornalista Professionista – Tessera n. 071675
                      Ordine Nazionale dei Giornalisti
                                Roma, Italia

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