425 DX News #1517

30 May 2020 A.R.I. DX Bulletin
No 1517

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Edited by I1JQJ & IK1ADH
Direttore Responsabile I2VGW

DL - Volker, DL1WH will be active holiday style as DL1WH/p from Sylt
Island (EU-042) on 7-19 June. He will operate mainly CW with some
SSB. QSL via home call, direct or bureau. [TNX DL1WH]
F - The Radio Club "Jean Bart" of Dunkirk (F6KMB) will be active as
TM80DYN from 25 May to 8 June. QSL via F6KMB. The special callsign
commemorates the 80th anniversary of Operation Dynamo, the evacua-
tion of 338,000 Allied soldiers from the beaches and harbour of
Dunkirk during World War II.
F - Michel, F8GGZ will be active as TM50PSG on 3-6 and 16-20 June, and
again on 23-28 July. The special callsign is in celebration of the
50th anniversary of Paris Saint-Germain F.C., the most successful
French professional football (soccer) club in history.
F - Mado, F1EOY and others will be active as TM5ISY on 5 and 13 June,
and at various other times until 14 October. The special callsign
is in memory of Carine Dubois, F5ISY, who passed away on 3 November
2019. QSL via F1EOY.
G - Look for GB2CDK to be active on 1-12 June to mark the 150th an-
niversary since the death of Charles Dickens (9 June 1870), the
greatest novelist of the Victorian era whose works are still widely
read today. QSL via operator's instructions.
KG4 - Miguel, W1SRR will be stationed at Guantanamo Bay "for a minimum of
9 months from June 2020 to March 2021", and in his spare time will
be QRV as KG4MA. He will operate SSB and digital modes on the HF
bands and especially 6 metres; he is learning CW and plans to give
that mode a try. QSL route to be announced. [TNX The Daily DX]
VE - Although the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Montreal has been cancelled,
Jean, VE2JCW will be active as VE2SPEED between 1 and 30 June. QSL
via Club Log's OQRS, or direct to VE2JCW.
W - The Amateur Radio Club of the National Electronics Museum in Balti-
more (MD) (http://www.k3nem.org/) will be active as W2W in commmem-
oration of the anniversary of D-Day and the role of electronics in
World War 2. Primary operation will be on 6-7 June, with additional
operation possible on 3-5 and 8-10 June as operator a vailability
permits. QSL direct to K3NEM.
W - Oleh, KD7WPJ, will be active from Santa Rosa Island (NA-144) on 12-
14 June. He will operate FT8, FT4, MSK144, CW and SSB on 40m-70cm.
QSL via home call. [TNX KD7WPJ]

CQ WW WPX CW CONTEST ---> The following stations have announced their
participation in this year's event (30-31 May):
Call Category Country QSL
3G2M Chile LoTW
4A7T Mexico XE2T
4L2M SOSB 80m Georgia EA7FTR
4L8A SOSB 20m HP Georgia LoTW/M0OXO
8P1W SOAB LP Barbados KU9C
CF2T SO Canada LoTW
CG3T Canada LoTW/VE3DZ
DA2C SOSB 20m Germany bureau
E2A SOAB HP Thailand LoTW
HI3Y M/S LP Dominican Republic LoTW
KH0W SO Mariana Isls KC0W
KP4EJ M/S Puerto Rico LoTW/KP4EJ
LX20I Luxembourg LX2A
LY88A SOSB 160m HP Lithuania LY5AA
OH0Z M/S Aland Islands LoTW/W0MM
OY1CT SOAB Faroe Islands OY1CT
WP2DX SO LP Virgin Islands LoTW
ZM1A SOAB HP New Zealand LoTW
ZM4T SOAB HP New Zealand LoTW
ZP9MCE SOSB 160m Paraguay LoTW
Do not forget to give a look at the Announced Operations listing maintained
by Bill, NG3K at https://www.ng3k.com/Misc/wpxc2020.html - good contest to
you all!

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Edited by I1JQJ & IK1ADH
Direttore Responsabile I2VGW

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COVID-19 COMMUNICATION EVENT ---> The UN HQ station 4U1UN will be QRV on 6
and 7 June in support of the global STAYHOME movement. Also active will be
its sister stations 4U1GSC from Italy (operated as 4U9STAYHOME) and 4U1A
from Austria (operated as 4U2STAYHOME), as well as special event station
W2I/STAYHOME (headed by N2RJ and W2IRT, and activated on SSB, CW and FT8
simultaneously). The COVID-19 Radio Communication Event [425DXN 1516] is
endorsed by IARU President Tim Ellam (VE6SH), and under the patronage of
Pekka Haavisto, Finland's Minister for Foreign Affairs. The rules for the
event can be found on http://ko8sca.com/rules.pdf. Complete information
about the associated award and certificate programme can be found on
http://ko8sca.com/awards.pdf. [TNX OH2BH]

DXCC YEARBOOK ---> The 2019 ARRL DXCC Yearbook, which includes the Clinton
B. DeSoto Challenge top scorers and the Annual Listing, is available for
viewing and/or downloading on http://www.arrl.org/dxcc. The Annual Listing
of DXCC membership contains the callsigns and credited totals for new awards
and endorsements during the calendar year period from 1 January through 31
December 2019. The DXCC Honor Roll includes those who are within 9 Entities
of the "current" Entity count for Mixed, Phone, CW and Digital modes. As of
31 December 2019, there were 340 Entities on the DXCC List, and entry level
DXCC Honor Roll was achieved at 331. In order to appear in this Annual List,
you must have made a submission during the 2019 calendar year, and an active
award total must have increased by at least one point. All active Honor Roll
members appear automatically, regardless of a submission.

INDEXA NEWSLETTER ---> The Spring 2020 issue (#129) of the International DX
Association's Newsletter is now available for download on the INDEXA website
(https://indexa.org/newsletters.html). This issue reports on the September
2019 DXpedition to Western Kiribati (T30L) and Nauru (C21WW) conducted by
the Latvian team of YL2GM, YL1ZF, YL2KA and YL3JA.

IOTA DXPEDITIONER OF THE YEAR ---> The second Island Radio Expedition Foun-
dation's (IREF) "IOTA DXpeditioner of the Year" Award was presented on the
Ham Nation podcast on 27 May. The three awardees are Mikhail Zavarukhin
VE7ACN (1st place), Vasily V. Pinchuk R7AL (2nd) and Vladimir P. Angeli RK8A
(3rd). The award is for encouraging "expeditioners, through friendly compe-
tition, to activate islands that won't necessarily meet IREF funding guide-
lines but are needed by many of the newer chasers". Complete details can be
found at https://irefradio.com/activator-award/.

QSL E44CC ---> All direct OQRS and direct mail requests for E44CC (February
2020) have been processed, and the QSL cards will be mailed soon; bureau
requests are yet to be done. There is no backlog for 7P8C, 9LY1JM, F6KOP,
F6KOP/p, TM1A, TM9A and TY7C. [TNX F5NQL]

QSL EP6DSP ---> Russ, WA3FRP is the QSL manager for EP6DSP, a newly licenced
operator from Dezful, Iran. Russ accepts direct and bureau cards for all
QSOs from March 2020 onwards. [TNX WA3FRP]

SABLE ISLAND 2020 ---> "Many have asked about the impact COVID-19 could have
to the Sable Island DXpedition scheduled for 17-26 October", the team posted
on http://cy0dxpedition.net/. "We are routinely in contact with Parks Canada
and cautiously optimistic for October at this time. Certainly, matters can
change quickly. However, if the DXpedition schedule is delayed due to COVID-
19 regulations, we have been assured by Parks Canada that they will work
with us to reschedule the DXpedition. The team has been polled, and all
agree that they will be able to comply to revised dates. Currently the
border between Canada and USA is closed until 21 June. Shortly after that
date, we hope to have a firm decision for October assuming no additional
regulations for travel, etc are placed into effect". [TNX N0TG]

WSJT-X 2.2.0-RC3 ---> A third candidate release of WSJT-X 2.2.0 has been
available for beta testing (not for long-term general use) since 29 May. The
General Availability (GA) release will likely be made in the first week of
June. A detailed list of program changes since the RC1 release can be found
here: https://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/k1jt/Release_Notes.txt. Note that
the WSJT-X development team - "on a trial basis, and in response to numerous
suggestions from around the world" - has also added a second set of suggest-
ed dial frequencies for FT8 on 40, 30, 20 and 6 metres (7071, 10133, 14071
and 50310 kHz) to be used when the conventional sub-bands seem "too full".


QSLs received direct or through managers: 3B8/W6XD, 5H4WZ (AF-063), 5I4ZZ,
5I5TT, 9Q1C,A91ARS, A92AA, A92FF, C6AGU, CB0Z (SA-101), CO8LY, D2EB, D68CCC,
TU5PCT, UN9GD, V26B, V85T, V85TL, VP2VB, VP8PJ (AN-008).


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