425 DX News No. 1393

13 January 2018                                           A.R.I. DX Bulletin
                                   No 1393
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                         ****  DX  INFORMATION  ****
                          Edited by  I1JQJ & IK1ADH
                        Direttore Responsabile  I2VGW
A7     – Three operators from the Lufthansa ARC Hamburg (namely DF4HR, DK2DO
         and DL1BDF) have been active again as A71DLH  from  Qatar  since 11
         January, and will remain QRV on all bands CW, SSB and digital modes
         until 17 January. QSL via DL0LH.
C9     – Johannes, PA5X (C93PA)  and  Gerben, PG5M (http://dx.to/)  will  be
         active as C8X and C81G respectively from  Ibo Island (AF-061)  from
         28 January to 5 February.  They  will operate  CW, SSB and  FT8  on
         80-10 metres with two  stations.  QSL via  Club Log’s OQRS, or  via
         home calls. [TNX PG5M]
DU     – Jacek, SP5APW will be  active  as  DU1/SP5APW  from  Palawan Island
         (OC-128) on 13-18 March.  He will operate  mainly SSB on  17 and 20
         metres. QSL via home call (direct or bureau) or LoTW; logsearch and
         OQRS on Club Log. [TNX DX World]
FG     – Jean-Pierre, F6ITD will be active again as FG/F6ITD  and TO7D  from
         La Desirade, Guadeloupe (NA-102) from 29 January to 15 March. Plans
         are  to  focus  on  the  low bands SSB and  on  FT8.  QSLs via LoTW
         (preferred) or F6ITD; logsearch on Club Log.
H40    – There have been some changes in VE3LYC’s original time schedule  of
         his Duff Islands project [425DXN 1389].  Cezar has decided to start
         earlier and lengthen the DXpedition by a week,  in order to include
         some  contingency  in case  weather  and  sea conditions delay  the
         voyage to Taumako (OC-179). “If everything works well”, he says, “I
         should  be  finished  with  OC-179  before  the end of  April,  and
         hopefully have time to  operate  from a second  or  perhaps even  a
         third IOTA group  in  the area”.  His  second  target  can  be  the
         Vanikolo and Utupua Islands group (OC-163, H40), and the third  the
         Florida Islands  (OC-158, H44).  Bookmark  http://oc-179.weebly.com
         for updates.
J5     – Livio, IZ3BUR will be active in his spare time as J52EC from Father
         Gianfranco’s (J52OFM) mission at  Cumura, Guinea-Bissau between  24
         January and 21 February. QSL via IZ3BUR.
J8     – Brian, GW4DVB will  be  active  again  as  J88PI  from  Palm Island
         (NA-025) on 21-27 January. QSL via  home  call, direct only (PayPal
         information on http://www.g4dvb.co.uk); logsearch on Club Log.
LA     – Special   callsigns  LM90C,  LM90HQ  and  LM90NRRL  will  be   used
         throughout 2018 to  celebrate  the  90th anniversary of  the  Norsk
         Radio Relae Liga (NRRL), the Norwegian  IARU Society.  QSL via  the
OA     – Special callsign OC4MS will be  active  on  27-28 January from  the
         archeological site of Mateo Salado in Lima, Peru. Two stations will
         operate CW, SSB and various digital modes on 80-10 metres.  QSL via
P4     – Mathias, DL4MM, will be active as P4/DL4MM from  Aruba (SA-036)  on
         24-31 January.  He  will  participate  in  the  CQ WW 160-Meter  CW
         Contest as P40AA. Outside the contest  he  will focus  on  the  low
         bands, with “special attention  to JA and  Asia  on 80/160m”.  [TNX
SP     – Special  stations  3Z26FIN  (12  January),  HF26FIN  (14  January),
         SP26FIN  (15  January),  SP26WOSP  (14  January)  and  SQ26FIN  (13
         January) will be active around the 26th Grand Finale fundraiser  of
         the Wielka Orkiestra Swiatecznej  Pomocy (WOSP),  Poland’s  biggest
         charity  organization.  An award  for working 3 different callsigns
         will be available at https://wosp.hamlog.ru/. [TNX SP2FAP]
TY     – A multi-national team (DJ3CQ, DL1CW, DL3GA,  F1HRE,  F1ULQ,  F4AZF,
         F5MFV, F5NTZ, OE7PGI and  possibly  other  two operators)  will  be
         active from Benin on 7-18 March (callsign TBA). They will have four
         stations running on 160-10 metres  CW, SSB  and  digital modes (FT8
         included). QSL via Club Log’s OQRS and LoTW, or  via  F5GSJ (direct
         or   bureau).  Bookmark  https://ty2018dx.wordpress.com/  for  more
         information and updates. [TNX F5NQL]
V3     – Paul, VE3AXT is active again as V31AX from Consejo Shores, mainland
         Belize until 4 April.  QSL via M0URX’s OQRS (http://m0urx.com/oqrs)
         and LoTW. [TNX DX World]
V3     – Art, NN7A will be active again  as  V31JZ/p  from  South Water Caye
         (NA-180), Belize on 8-14 February.  He will  operate  mainly  CW on
         160-10 metres.  QSL  via  Club Log’s OQRS,  or  via NN7A (direct or
         bureau). [TNX DX World]
V4     – Bernie, W3UR will be active holiday  style  as V47UR from St. Kitts
         (NA-104) from 29 January to 12 February.  He will  operate  CW, SSB
         and some FT8 on 160-6 metres. QSL via LoTW, Club Log’s OQRS, or via
         NR6M. [TNX The Daily DX]
V6     – Sumio, JI1MDM will be active from  Pohnpei (OC-010), Micronesia  on
         15-18 January. He will operate SSB as  V63AKB48 (correct call)  and
         FT8 as V63AKB on  20, 17, 15 and 12 metres.  QSL via the bureau  to
VK     – Andy, VK5MAV plans to be active as VK5MAV/9 from Cato Reef (OC-265)
         for six  days  in  April or May.  “I’m ready  for  such  expedition
         technically”, he says, “but not financially”.  Any support will  be
         much appreciated. Apparently this “group of rare Australian islands
         is in a process  of  management  plan change”,  which  will include
         “more strict  control of access”  and  “total ban on camping”.  See
         https://www.qrz.com/db/VK5MAV/9 for more information. [TNX VK5MAV]
VK     – Craig, VK5CE will be active as VK5CE/6 from  three  IOTA groups  in
         Western Australia  in June.  Plans are to be QRV from  Woody Island
         (OC-170) for 2-3 days, from East Lewis Island (OC-199) for 3-4 days
         and from Direction Island (OC-140)  for 3-4 days.  Details will  be
         published  on https://vkiota.wordpress.com/vk5ce-6/ in  due course.
         [TNX VK5CE]
W      – Howie, K1VSJ will be active from Key Colony Beach (NA-062) from  15
         January to 15 February. He will operate CW and SSB on 40-10 metres.
         QSL direct or bureau. [TNX The Daily DX]
W      – KM1CC, the Marconi Cape Cod Radio Club, will be active from  13 UTC
         on 18 January through 21 UTC on 19 January from  rare grid FN51  to
         honour    “Marconi’s   vision   and   achievements   in    wireless
         communications on the 115th anniversary of the first  transatlantic
         transmission from his South Wellfleet, USA wireless to his  Poldhu,
         UK station”.  Look  for activity  on  80-15 metres SSB  (3660-3860,
         7130-7260, 14260, 18160, 21360 kHz)  and  CW  (3535,  7035,  10110,
         14035, 18080, 21035 kHz). QSL to KM1CC or via LoTW.
YB     – Emmanuel, F5LIT will be active again as YB9/F5LIT from  Bali Island
         (OC-022) from 30 January to 10 February. He will operate SSB on 20,
         17 and 15 metres.  QSL via home call  (direct only) and LoTW.  [TNX
         DX World]
YJ     – Grant, VK5GR will  be  active  holiday  style  as  YJ0AG (requested
         callsign)  from  Efate (OC-035), Vanuatu  on 17-29 April.  He  will
         operate  digital  modes (RTTY, FT8, PSK, Olivia)  on  80-10 metres,
         with some SSB and maybe some CW.  He also  plans  “an SSTV activity
         day”. QSL via M0OXO’s OQRS. [TNX VK5GR]
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                         ****  GOOD TO KNOW … ****
                          Edited by  I1JQJ & IK1ADH
                        Direttore Responsabile  I2VGW
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3Y0Z: BOUVET 2018 —> The 3Y0Z team will be active as 3G9A/mm during  their
voyage aboard the MV Betanzos  from  King George Island (South Shetlands) to
Bouvet. QSL via N2OO.  The team will be using a  satellite  tracking  device
that will  enable  you  to follow  their progress  on a near-real  time map:
IDXC 2018 —> Registration for the 69th Annual International DX Convention,
to be held on 20-22 April at the  Visalia Convention Center in Visalia (CA),
will begin on 15 January at 17 UTC: http://www.dxconvention.org/.
IOTA NEWS —> “The last  date  for  mailing  applications  or  updates   to
checkpoints for inclusion  in  the  2018 Honour Roll and  other  performance
tables is 31 January 2018″, G3KMA  posted  to  https://iota-world.org/.  “If
postmarked after that date, they will be processed in the normal way but the
scores will be held over to  the following  year’s listing.  It is important
that participants who have not updated since  the  2013 annual listings  and
wish to remain listed should make a submission on or before 31 January 2018.
Of interest this year is that in addition to  the  2017 IOTA Contest logs  a
much larger number of logs of IOTA operations on Club Log have recently been
made available for QSO matching”. It is possible to get IOTA credits through
QSO matching for irregular log names. To facilitate this, the log names  are
now listed on the  accepted  activations tab.  In order to  get a match  for
AA1AA/P on XX-yyy with the log name AA1AA/P_XX-yyy, the chaser  must  upload
to Club Log a  QSO  with  the  callsign  AA1AA/P_XX-yyy.  Once the match  is
obtained,  the system  will  automatically use  the  proper callsign in  the
subsequent credit application. For any questions contact in…@iota-world.org
SWODXA DX DINNER —> The 33rd DX Dinner, sponsored again by  the  SouthWest
Ohio DX Association (SWODXA) and held in conjunction with  the  2018  Dayton
Hamvention, will be on Friday, 18 May  at  the  Marriott  Hotel  in  Dayton.
Dinner tickets can be  ordered  by going to  www.swodxaevents.org; programme
details and a  list of the  prizes will  be on the  website  as they  become
available. [TNX W8GEX]
VOACAP —> Jari, OH6BG is “happy to introduce a new  functionality  at  the
VOACAP  Online  P2P  (poit-to-point)   HF  propagation   prediction  service
(http://www.voacap.com/p2p),   namely  assessment  of  the   Best  Operating
Frequencies for every hour of  the day  for  the circuit chosen.  This means
That  all  ham  radio  bands  are  being  considered  and,  after a  careful
evaluation,  the three  best  bands  will  be displayed, together  with some
VOACAP prediction data. To use the new service, just click on the new button
labeled ‘Best FREQ’, located just below the graphs on the front page”.  More
information can be found on https://voacap.blogspot.com.
ZS8Z QRT —> David, ZS8Z (ZS1BCE) uploaded his last QSO to Club Log  on  19
November 2017, and has been  off the  air  from  Marion Island  since  then.
According to the South African Sunday Times, the 20-people  science  mission
on  the  island  “is  stranded  with  an  ‘unstable’ team member,  a  faulty
generator and a critical food shortage”. Reportedly an Indian relief ship is
on the way with food and fuel, but David is unlikely to get back on the  air
before departing Marion in May.
+ SILENT KEYS + We mourn the tragic loss of David Collingham, K3LP, who died
on 5 January after falling through the ice on a  pond  while  attempting  to
rescue his stranded dog. He was 59 years old. First licensed in 1975, he was
very  active  in  DXpeditions,  contesting,  youth development  and  charity
projects. He visited over 100 different DXCC Entities, operated  from  63 of
them and participated in over  75 DXpeditions  – 3D2DC (Fiji 2004 and 2011),
T33C (Banaba 2004),  T30LP (West Kiribati 2004),  K3LP/KP5  (Desecheo 2005),
VU4AN/VU3RWO (Andaman Islands 2006),  5A7A (Libya 2006),  N8S (Swains Island
2007), 5W3LP (Samoa 2007), YI9PSE (Iraq 2010), ST0R (South Sudan 2011), 3D2R
(Rotuma 2011),  ET3AA  (Ethiopia  Youth Project 2011), 7O6T (Socotra Island,
Yemen 2012),  XZ1J  (Myanmar 2013),  VP8STI  (South Sandwich  2016),  VP8SGI
(South Georgia 2016)  and  5U5R (Niger 2017), just to name a few. In 2014 he
was inducted into the CQ DX Hall of Fame.  Read N6PSE’s  touching Tribute on
  Hans-Rudolf “Rudi” Lauber, HB9RG  passed away on  26 December  at 92 years
of age.  “Rudi  was  a  multi-faceted  ham  and  active  in  many  different
disciplines  of  our  hobby”,  Pete,  HB9PL  says.  “He  not  only  held  an
astonishing score of first VHF/UHF contacts between Switzerland and the rest
of Europe as well as beyond, but was initiator, sponsor and driving wheel of
a group of  enthusiast  who in  the second  half of the fifties realised the
first EME QSOs out of Switzerland.  During the last  few decades he  shifted
his activities towards DX and achieved DXCC Honor Roll No.1 status  (339/358
Mixed)  in  remarkably  short  time.  His sincere, eloquent,  competent  and
helpful manners will be widely missed”.
QSLs received direct or through managers: 5A1AL, 5Z4/DL2RMC, 9J2BO, B90IARU,
CT9/DL5AXX, E51WL, EP2LMA, FK/JR3RIU (OC-032), H40GC, HC8LUT,  J5T (AF-020),
J68GD, JT5DX, JY5IB,  PY0F/PP1CZ,  RI0ZF (AS-039),  S21ED,  S21ZAS (AS-127),
S21ZDC (AS-140),  SU9JG,  TI7W,  TU2C,  VK5CE/7 (OC-233),  VK5CE/8 (OC-198),
VK9AR (OC-216), VK9AR/6 (OC-234), VK9CI,  VK9CZ, VK9XI,  VP2MDL,  VP9/DL7LX.
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                            Gabriele Villa, I2VGW
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