425 DX News No. 1397

10 February 2018                                          A.R.I. DX Bulletin
                                   No 1397
 
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                          Edited by  I1JQJ & IK1ADH
                        Direttore Responsabile  I2VGW
 
3W     – HL1AHS and HL1LUA will be active as XV9HL from Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
         from 26 February to 6 March. They will operate CW, SSB and  digital
         modes on 160-10 metres. QSL via HL1AHS.
6Y     – Yuri, VE3DZ will be active again as 6Y2T from  Jamaica (NA-097)  on
         13-20 February, including an entry in the  ARRL DX CW Contest.  QSL
         via home call. [TNX NG3K]
8P     – Dick, G3RWL will be active again as  8P6DR  from  Barbados (NA-021)
         from 20 March to  29 April.  He will operate  CW and RTTY on  80-10
         metres. QSL via Club Log’s OQRS, LoTW or via home call.
9X     – Christian, M0UPL will be active as 9XSDA  (the callsign is correct)
         from Kigali, Rwanda on 11-18 February.  He will operate mainly  SSB
         on 40 and 20 metres. QSL via home call. [TNX DX World]
CE0Y   – Michael, DF8AN will  be  active  again as  CE0Y/DF8AN  from  Easter
         Island (SA-001) on 21-28 February. This time he will concentrate on
         digital modes  (RTTY, FT8, JT and PSK).  He will also be active  as
         CE3/DDF8AN  from  Santiago (10-11 February) and  as CE8/DF8AN  from
         Punta Arenas (11-21 February). QSL via home call, direct or bureau;
         neither LoTW nor Club Log will be used. [TNX The Daily DX]
CO     – T45FM will be QRV again from the lighthouse at Punta Maya on  16-18
         February for  the  South American Lighthouses Weekend.  Also expect
         activity during the ARRL DX CW Contest. QSL via RW6HS. [TNX RW6HS]
FK     – Arnaud, JG1XMV will be active again as FK/JG1XMV from New Caledonia
         between 17 February  and  3 March.  He will operate  SSB  on  40-15
         metres from Grande Terre (OC-032) Lifou (OC-033) and Mare (OC-033).
         Updates will be posted on qrz.com under  FK/JG1XMV. QSL via  JG1XMV
         (direct or bureau), LoTW and eQSL. [TNX NG3K]
FM     – Ismo, OH2IS will be active as FM/OH2IS from Martinique (NA-107)  on
         18-28 February. He will operate CW, SSB and possibly some FT8  with
         a focus on the low bands.  QSL via LoTW, Club Log’s OQRS or  direct
         to OH2IS. [TNX The Daily DX]
H4     – Chung, VA7YM will  be  active  as H44YM  from  Guadalcanal(OC-047),
         Solomon Islands on 24-27 February and again on 13-16 March, and  as
         H40YM from Nendo (OC-100), Temotu Province  between 27 February and
         13 March. QSL via EA5GL. [TNX DX World]
HL     – Look for Taka, JA8COE to  be active  as  HL4/JA8COE/5  from  Namhae
         Island (AS-081) on 9-11 March. He will operate SSB, CW and  digital
         modes on the HF bands. QSL via JA8COE, direct  or bureau, and  Club
         Log’s OQRS. [TNX M0OXO]
I      – Ninety years ago the airship “Italia” crashed on the ice on its way
         back from the  North Pole, and a  small tent  dyed red  for maximum
         visibility was the only  shelter for  the survivors.  Commemorating
         the  role  of  radio (and amateur radio) in  rescuing the  Red Tent
         survivors, special callsign II1ITR will be active from 25 May to 25
         June. QSL via IZ1ETD , direct or bureau. [TNX IZ1ETD]
JD1_oga- Nobu, JA0JHQ (http://pandasan.jimdo.com/) will be active  again  as
         JD1BOW from Chichijima (AS-031), Ogasawara on 21-24 February.  Main
         activity will be on 160 metres CW,  and 20 metres FT8  and/or RTTY.
         QSL via JA0JHQ, bureau or direct, and LoTW.
OA     – Dave, WJ2O will be active as OA4/WJ2O from Peru  on  13-21 February
         for the  ARRL DX CW Contest.  He will operate CW only;  before  and
         after the contest he  will focus on  30, 17 and 12 metres. QSL  via
         LoTW or direct to N2ZN. [TNX NG3K]
OE     – In celebration of World Radio Day (13 February),  the International
         Amateur Radio Contest  DX  Club  based in  Vienna, Austria  will be
         active as 4U0R. QSL via UA3DX; logsearch on Club Log.
PJ7    – PJ0DX is the duly authorized callsign for  a  new  contest  station
         located  on  Sint Maarten (NA-105).  Operated  by  Pat I8QLS,  Gino
         I8ULL,  Gianluca IC8WIC,  Nino IK8ENH,  Marco KC9FFV,  Marco PJ7MF/
         FS4WBS and Pier W1NA, it will debut during the ARRL DX SSB Contest,
         with some activity (SSB and possibly CW) between 1 and 5 March. QSL
         via IZ1MHY and LoTW.
PY     – Henrique, PU5IKE  and  other  five operators  (PP5AI, PP5AX, PP5PG,
         PT7BI and PU5KDM) will be active  as  PX5P from  the lighthouse  on
         Ilha da Paz (SA-027) on 16-18 February  during  the South  American
         Lighthouses Weekend.  They will be active on 160-10 metres CW, SSB,
         RTTY and FT8. QSL via operators’ instructions.
PY     – The  Cabreuva DX Team  will  be  active  as  ZV1C  from  Ilha Cedro
         (SA-029) on 17-18 March.  Plans are to operate  CW, SSB and FT8  on
         80,  40, 20, 15  and  10 metres,  plus 2m  and  satellite.  QSL via
         PU2VCP, direct or bureau.
TY     – Wim, ON6DX  (http://www.dxpedition.be/Benin.html)  will  be  active
         again as TY1TT from  Grand Popo, Benin  on 20-28 February.  He will
         operate CW, SSB and RTTY on 160-10 metres. QSL via ON6DX, direct or
         bureau, and LoTW; logsearch and OQRS on Club Log. [TNX NG3K]
V2     – Paul, VA3ZC will be active as V26PE from Antigua (NA-100) on  13-27
         February. He will operate FT8, JT65 and maybe  some  SSB on 40,  30
         and 20 metres. QSL via LoTW or home call.
VK     – Andy, VK5MAV will be active  as  VK5MAV/9  from  Cato Reef (OC-265)
         [425DXN 1393] on 11-16 April.  QSL via Club Log’s OQRS (preferred),
         or   via  RN3RQ.   See  https://www.qrz.com/db/VK5MAV/9  for   more
         information.
VP2M   – George, K5KG, will be active as VP2MKG from Montserrat (NA-103)  on
         14-27 February. He will operate CW and SSB with a focus on the WARC
         and the low bands.  He will participate  in the  ARRL DX CW Contest
         with K1XX, K1DG and K1QX (callsign to be decided), and in the CQ WW
         160-Meter SSB Contest. QSL via LoTW or direct to K5KG.
YN     – Jim, WB2REM and Mark, WY1G will be active as H72DX  from  Nicaragua
         from 26 February to 6 March. They will operate SSB, CW and FT8. QSL
         via Club Log’s OQRS, or direct to WY1G.
ZF     – Adrian, AA5UK will be active holiday  style  as  ZF2AE  from  Grand
         Cayman (NA-016) on 1-4 March, and as ZF2AE/ZF8  from  Little Cayman
         (NA-106) on 5-10 March.  Activity  on  the HF bands will  focus  on
         the  digital modes  (FT8, RTTY, PSK and other modes  upon  request)
         with some SSB. QSL via LoTW, eQSL, or direct to AA5UK.
 
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                          Edited by  I1JQJ & IK1ADH
                        Direttore Responsabile  I2VGW
 
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3Y0Z: CANCELLED —> “During the last 72 hours, we continued  to  experience
the  high  winds,  low clouds,  fog  and  rough  seas  that  have  prevented
helicopter operations since our arrival at Bouvet”,  the 3Y0Z team  reported
on  3 February  at 20 UTC.  “No improvement  was  predicted in  the  weather
forecast for the next four days. Then, last night, an issue developed in one
of the ship’s engines. This morning, the captain of the vessel  declared  it
unsafe to  continue  with  our  project and  aborted  the DXpedition”.  On 5
February the captain decided that “it is in the best interest of safety  and
expediency to proceed directly to  Capetown, South Africa rather than  Punta
Arenas, Chile”. On 9 February the Betanzos was continuing her slow voyage at
a reduced  speed,  with one  of  her  two engines out  and  still  some 1700
kilometres to  go.  A tugboat is on  its way to assist  her  to the  port of
Capetown. The team is “deeply disappointed, but safe”, and “there is already
talk about rescheduling  the DXpedition”.  See http://www.bouvetdx.org/  for
updates.
 
3Y0I —> DX World has received “info from a Norwegian contact that the 3Y0I
license  has been renewed.  A landing  permit  has also been  issued  by the
Norwegian Polar Institute. No dates of activity are mentioned but the permit
is good until February 2019″.  DX World also noticed  that  the 3Y0I website
(https://bouvetoya.org/) has been  updated  with the following  blog  entry:
“Our trip planned originally at the end of 2017 was cancelled at the request
of the organizers of  the  3Y0Z expedition.  Due to the cancellation by  the
organizers, we are now returning to the  implementation  of our project  and
preparations for our trip as a matter of urgency”. Plans are for 3Z9DX and a
few other  operators  to spend a couple of weeks on  Bouvet Island  sometime
during the subantarctic summer.
 
CLUB LOG’S MOST WANTED LIST —> The latest  Most Wanted List, generated  on
4 February, is available  at  https://secure.clublog.org/mostwanted.php. The
information is derived  from   QSOs  uploaded  to  Club Log (currently 477.8
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. The top 10 Entities are:
1.   P5     DPRK (NORTH KOREA)         6.   KH1    BAKER HOWLAND ISLANDS
2.   3Y/B   BOUVET ISLAND              7.   BS7H   SCARBOROUGH REEF
3.   FT5/W  CROZET ISLAND              8.   BV9P   PRATAS ISLAND
4.   Z6     REPUBLIC OF KOSOVO         9.   KH7K   KURE ISLAND
5.   CE0X   SAN FELIX ISLANDS          10.  KH3    JOHNSTON ISLAND
 
FT8 DXPEDITION MODE —> A “Release Candidate”  version  (WSJT-X v1.9.0-rc1)
of the WSJT-X digimode software is due  to be released later this month.  It
will introduce a new  “FT8 DXpedition Mode”, whose  basic goal is  to enable
DXpeditions to make FT8 QSOs at the highest  possible rates.  The DXpedition
station   (the  “Fox”)  will  be  able  to  transmit  up  to  five   signals
simultaneously, and contact multiple calling stations (the “hounds”) at  the
same time. The new mode will permit contacts to be completed with as  little
as one Fox transmission per contact, and sustained rates of several  hundred
QSOs/hour are expected to be possible. Making FT8 QSOs  with  KH1/KH7Z (this
summer’s  expedition  to  Baker Island)  will  require  the  DXpedition  and
everyone trying to work them to use the  new version of WSJT-X.  A draft  of
the “FT8 DXpedition Mode User Guide” can be found at
 
INDEXA NEWSLETTER —> The Winter 2018 edition (#120)  of the  International
DX Association’s  Newsletter  (INDEXA)   is now   available for download  at
http://www.indexa.org/newsletters.html.  “I’m sure  you would all rather  be
trying to  bust  the  pileup at Bouvet at this moment”, John, K8YC says, but
“overcoming the obstacles of  operating from  Bouvet will  have to wait  for
another day. Let us then turn our minds to the XX9D DXpedition to Macao with
this edition of the newsletter. The route to Macao is far less arduous,  and
the climate is much warmer. Yet, as we’ll learn, some adversity has a way of
creeping into any endeavor”.
 
LIGHTHOUSE WEEKEND —> The 10th South American Lighthouses Weekend  will be
held on 16-18  February.  Details,  including  a  listing  of  participating
stations, can be found at http://www.grupodxbb.com.ar/.
 
NOMINATIONS: CQ HALLS OF FAME —> The CQ DX Hall of Fame and the CQ Contest
Hall of Fame recognize those  amateurs  who have made major contributions to
DXing  and  contesting,  respectively.  The CQ  Amateur Radio  Hall of  Fame
recognizes those  who have made major  contributions to  amateur radio  as a
whole,  and radio amateurs  who have made major contributions to society  at
large. The activities and accomplishments that qualify one for membership in
these elite groups  involve  considerable personal sacrifice and can usually
be described by the phrase “above and beyond the call of duty”.
Nominations to any of the halls of fame may be made by individuals, clubs or
national organizations, and must be submitted by 1 March to be considered. A
maximum of two people may be inducted into the Contest and DX halls of  fame
each year. There is no set maximum for inductees into the Amateur Radio Hall
of Fame. Nominations may be e-mailed to  hall-of-fame[@]cq-amateur-radio.com
(preferred) or mailed to CQ (Amateur Radio, DX or Contest) Hall of Fame, c/o
CQ Magazine,  17 West John Street,  Hicksville,  NY 11801, USA.  Be sure  to
specify for which hall of fame the nomination is made.
 
NOMINATIONS: CWOPS AWARD —> The “CWops Award for  Advancing the Art of CW”
recognizes individuals, groups or organizations that have made the  greatest
contributions toward advancing the art or practice of radio communication by
Morse code. Nominations for this year’s award must be  received by 12 April.
 
VP6D — > Vadym, UT6UD has joined the team that  will be active  from Ducie
Island (OC-182) between 20 October and 3 November [425DXN 1387].  “Six meter
EME was  added to  the  project”, the team  announced  on 8 February.  “With
planning support from Lance W7GJ, and the 6 meter community, we hope to make
the first ever 6m EME QSOs from Ducie Island”.
While they are “working with several amateur  radio equipment  manufacturers
and suppliers who indicated interest in supporting VP6D”, the logistics plan
is  coming  together.  “Our  equipment  will  be  consolidated  in  Fremont,
California for  testing,  packaging and shipment  to the  Braveheart in  New
Zealand. The team has a group reservation for our flight transportation from
Papeete to Mangareva and back. Braveheart will  pick us up in Mangareva  and
return us there at the end of the expedition”.  Detailed antenna plans  “are
coming together  nicely with  2-element vertical dipole arrays  on the  high
bands backed up by a couple of horizontal beams,  4-squares on  30/40 meters
and verticals on  80/160 meters.  The 160 receiving antenna plans are  under
development”.  The fundraising campaign continues – see http://vp6d.com/ for
information. [TNX K5GS]
 
Z60A —> The first Z60A activation will end on 18 February,  the actual day
of Kosovo’s 10th  independence anniversary.  As for QSLling,  “Club Log OQRS
system is set to cover the cost of direct QSL postage (USD 3.00), while also
allowing voluntarily,  private contributions.  All donations small or  large
are most welcome to support SHRAK, the  Kosovo Amateur Radio Association  to
aid in recruiting  additional  Kosovar  youth and  to activate  the existing
Amateur Radio operators and support their activities.
As many have requested confirmations during the  ongoing activation,  it has
been decided to do an immediate LoTW and fast direct  QSL service for  those
who contribute  USD 20.00 or more.  This option would  not delay any of  the
traditional QSL options, but just put a priority on those who are willing to
help Kosovo Amateur Radio finally move beyond the past ten difficult years”.
The complete  Z60A log will be uploaded  to  LoTW approximately  four  weeks
after the current  activation, to  “allow for corrections  and checking  for
potentially busted calls”.
 
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QSLs received direct  or  through  managers:  3C0L (AF-039),  3C1L (AF-010),
3XY3D  (AF-051),  3XY3D/p (AF-096),  5K1B (SA-078),  9M2MRS (AS-015),  9M8RC
(OC-165), 9U4M, CN8IG,  D2EB, DU9/R4WAA (OC-175),  DU9/RZ3FW (OC-175), H40GC
(OC-100),  J5T (AF-020),  LU8DPM, R24RRC (AS-044 and AS-114), RI1F (EU-190),
TZ4AM, VK9AR (OC-216), VK9MA (OC-072), VP8LP,  VU7T (AS-011), YC8QT, YF9CDL,
Z81B, ZA1WW.
 
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                           Direttore Responsabile
                            Gabriele Villa, I2VGW
               Giornalista Professionista – Tessera n. 071675
                      Ordine Nazionale dei Giornalisti
                                Roma, Italia
 
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