425 DX News #1401

10 March 2018 A.R.I. DX Bulletin
No 1401

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Edited by I1JQJ & IK1ADH
Direttore Responsabile I2VGW

3B8 - Mart, DL6UAA will be active again as 3B8MM from Mauritius Island
(AF-049) from 27 March to 11 April. He will operate mainly CW and
digital modes on 40-10 metres. QSL via home call, direct or bureau,
and LoTW. Logsearch on http://3b8mm.host4free.de/search.html.
3C0 - YL1ZF, YL2GM and YL2KL were not able to fly to Annobon on 6 March
[425DXN 1400], and remained active as 3C3W from Luba on Bioko
Island (AF-010), Equatorial Guinea until 6 UTC on 9 March (30,323
QSOs). Tickets wer bought to Annobon for 10 March, with return
flight on the 24th. When there, they will be signing 3C0W. Please
note that contacts made with 3C0W on 2 March around 0040Z-0140Z
(7019 kHz) and on 3 March around 1220Z-1320Z (21029 kHz) were
actually made with 3C3W. The confusion originated from a "wrong
CW macro". Bookmark http://www.lral.lv/3c0w_3c3w/index.html for
updates. QSL via Club Log's OQRS (direct or bureau), or via YL2GN.
6W - Elvira, IV3FSG will be active as 6W/IV3FSG from Senegal starting on
9 March. Usually she operates SSB and digital modes in her spare
time. QSL via IK3GES and logsearch on Club Log. [TNX IK3GES]
9Y - Rich, KE1B and Anna, W6NN will be active as 9Y4/KE1B and 9Y4/W6NN
from Tobago (SA-009) on 19-31 March, including activity during the
CQ WW WPX SSB Contest. They will be QRV on 40-10 metres. QSL via
home calls (direct or bureau), LoTW and eQSL; logsearch and OQRS on
Club Log.
A5 - Zorro JH1AJT, Jin JF1IST and Champ E21EIC will be active again as
A5A from Bhutan on 14-18 March. Activity will be on 160-6 metres
CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL via JH1AJT; logsearch and OQRS on Club
Log. [TNX DX World]
DL - A large group of operators will be active as DA0HEL from Helgoland
Island (EU-127) on 8-18 March. They will operate SSB, CW and
digital modes on 160-17 metres. They might be active also as DL0IH
from nearby Helgoland Duene. QSLs via DF6QC, direct or bureau. [TNX
DX Newsletter]
EI - Olivier, ON4EI will be active again as EI8GQB from Fethard, Ireland
(EU-115) on 18-28 March using an hybrid wind-solar power system
from his caravan. He will participate in the CQ WW DX SSB Contest
as EI7T (the Tipperary Radio Club's special call, as he cannot use
EI1A any longer). QSL EI8GQB via LoTW or via PA3249 (direct or
bureau), QSL EI7T via LoTW. See www.qrz.com/db/EI8GQB.
GI - GB1SPD, GB5SPD and GB9SPD are threes special callsigns that will
celebrate St Patrick's Day from Northern Ireland. The St Patrick's
Day on the air event will run from 12 UTC on 16 March until 12 UTC
on 18 March. See http://stpatrickaward.webs.com/ for details.
GJ - Kazu, M0CFW will be active again from Jersey (EU-013) on 16-18
March. He will participate in the Russian DX Contest (from 12.00
UTC on 17 March to 11.59 UTC on the 18th) as MJ5Z; outside the
contest he will be QRV as MJ0CFW. QSL via LoTW and Club Log's OQRS.
HS - HS8JCV and other operators will be active as HS8JCV/p from Lipe
Island (AS-126) from 29 March to 2 April. QSL via HS8JCV. [TNX DX
J6 - Steve, WF2S as J68SL (mainly FT8) and Ralph, K1ZZI as J6/K1ZZI
(mainly CW) will be active from Gros Islet, St. Lucia (NA-108) on
13-22 March. QSLs via LoTW or home calls; J68SL will be also
available via Club Log's OQRS. [TNX The Daily DX]
OE - Celebrating the 100th anniversary since the proclamation of the
Republic of Austria, OE amateurs may replace their current prefix
with OE100 from 11 March to 13 November. For instance, OE1SGU will
be active as OE100SGU, OE3DMB as OE100DMB, OE4VIE as OE100VIE and
OE8AIR as OE100AIR. See qrz.com for QSLling instructions.
PJ4 - 20-year-old Philipp, DK6SP and 17-year-old Jamie, M0SDV will be
active as PJ4/DK6SP and PJ4/M0SDV from PJ4DX's QTH on Bonaire
(SA-006) from 16 March to 2 April. They will operate mainly CW and
SSB with some digital modes on 160-6 metres, and will participate
in the CQ WPX SSB Contest as PJ4V (QSL via M0URX's OQRS) along with
PJ4DX, PJ4KY and PJ4NX. During their stay on Bonaire there is also
a trip planned to another DXCC in the Caribbean. QSL via home
calls. [TNX DX World]
PJ4 - John, KK9A will be active as PJ4/KK9A from Bonaire on 19-23 March.
He will operate CW and SSB on 160-10 metres, and will participate
in the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest as PJ4R. QSL via WD9DZV. [TNX NG3K]
PJ5 - Look for PJ5/SP2FUD, PJ5/SP2GCJ and PJ5/SP9FIH to be active from
Sint Eustatius (NA-145) on 12-28 March. They will operate SSB, CW,
RTTY, PSK and FT8 (probably DXpedition mode), and will participate
in the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest as PJ5F, PJ5T and PJ5Z. QSL via Club
Log's OQRS (preferred), or via home calls. Expect updates to be
posted to http://pj5.dxpeditions.org.
SM - Jef, DD2CW and Dirk, ON3UN will be active from SI9AM (the King
Chulalongkorn Memorial Amateur Radio Society, www.si9am.com) in
Ragunda on 20-26 March, including an entry in the CQ WPX SSB
Contest QSL via SM3FJF, direct or bureau.
T2 - Tony, 3D2AG will be active again as T2AR from Tuvalu (OC-015)
tentatively on 1-8 April. In his free time he will operate SSB, CW
and digital modes (RTTY, JT65, FT8). QSL direct to 3D2AG; PayPal
instructions on https://www.qrz.com/db/3d2ag. He does not use LoTW
or Club Log.
VK9L - Chris VK3QB, Brenton VK3YB and Luke VK3HJ will be active as VK9LI
from Lord Howe Island (OC-004) on 11-18 May. They will operate CW,
SSB and FT8 on 160-17 metres. QSL via LoTW, Club Log's OQRS or via
VP2E - Jim, WB2REM will be active as VP2EGO from Anguilla (NA-022) on
17-24 March. He will operate SSB, CW and FT8. QSL via Club Log's
OQRS, or direct to WB2REM. [TNX The Daily DX]
XE - Celebrating the spring equinox, which was important in Mayan
culture, a group of operators will be active again as 6E3MAYA on
17-21 March from different archaeological sites in the Mexican
states of Yucatan, Campeche, Tabasco, Chiapas and Quintana Roo. The
activity will be on 80-6 metres SSB, CW, digital modes and
satellite. QSL via XE3N and LoTW. [TNX XE3N]
XT - Harald, DF2WO will be active again as XT2AW from Ouagadougou,
Burkina Faso from 19 March to 15 April. He will operate CW, SSB and
digital modes (especially FT8) on 160-10 metres. QSL via M0OXO's
OQRS and LoTW. [TNX DX World]
Z6 - A Czech team (OK1BOA, OK1CRM, OK1FCJ, OK1GK, OK2ZA, OK2ZC, OK2ZI
and OK6DJ, plus OK1GK, OK2ZC and OK2ZI) will be active as Z66D from
Kosovo between 14 and 22 April. They will operate SSB, CW, RTTY and
FT8. QSL via Club Log's OQRS, LoTW, eQSL or via OK6DJ (direct or
bureau). See https://www.qrz.com/db/Z66D for QSLling policy.
ZF - Look for ZF2NR (QSL via LoTW or K0NR) and ZF2PF (QSL via LoTW or
KB9DPF) to be active from the Cayman Islands (NA-016) on 10-17
March. They will operate SSB and FT8 on 40-10 metres and some FM
satellites. [TNX The Daily DX]

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Edited by I1JQJ & IK1ADH
Direttore Responsabile I2VGW

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3Y0Z ---> "The 3Y0Z team members are safely home", Bob, K4UEE reported on 5
March. "We have been home about two weeks now, after 31 days aboard our
vessel M/V Betanzos.
We have been to Bouvet Island, and as a result, we have a better
appreciation for the challenges we face. It is a dark, dismal and dangerous
place. Yet, when the sun shines, it is magnificent.
The most difficult thing to reflect upon is the final day offshore, when we
saw the island, crystal clear in calm winds, less than a mile away. The
conditions were perfect for our first reconnaissance flight and possible
landing of men and camp infrastructure. But, during the violent night
before, the Captain had made the decision to abort. In retrospect, his call
was clairvoyant. The mechanical, propulsion failure on the ship that
occurred would have brought disaster, if it resulted in some of our men
being stranded ashore.
We are sure you are wondering what happens now? Well, we are not the kind
f people to give up. The same thing happened when we were trying to activate
Peter I in 2005. We came back the following year and with DAP's (the vessel
owner) help, we got it done.
We are optimistic about a fair settlement and a resulting refund of some of
our money paid to DAP for this recent attempt to activate Bouvet. That
money, and what we still have in the bank will allow us to begin making
plans to try again.
We have begun the difficult task of looking for a suitable vessel, and would
hope to go back to Bouvet in the next year or two. Obviously, we will keep
you informed.
Thank you for the hundreds of favorable and encouraging comments from our
financial supporters and sponsors. No one has asked for any of their
contributions back, and, in fact, many have offered additional support for
the next chapter in this book. We are hopeful that those of you who have
invested in this project will see fit to 'roll over' your financial support
to the next attempt.
So, if we can pull all the moving parts together, we are going to try it
again. Hopefully, this time, with a different outcome".

CASS AWARD ---> The annual Cass Awards (http://www.cassaward.com/) honour
the wisdom and spirit of Cass WA6AUD (SK) and encourage DXpeditions to
maximize the number of DXers worked with a Plaque for the single-operator
DXpedition that works the most unique callsigns within 2 weeks or less, and
a Plaque for the "unlimited" DXpedition that works the most unique
The 2017 Single-Operator Cass Award has been won by Janusz Wegrzyn, SP9FIH:
"By working 10,087 unique stations during his one-man DXpedition to
Palestine as E44WE, Janusz demonstrated an outstanding effort to log as many
DXers as possible".

CLUB LOG'S MOST WANTED LIST ---> The latest Most Wanted List, generated on
8 March, is available at https://secure.clublog.org/mostwanted.php. The
information is derived from QSOs uploaded to Club Log (currently 483.9
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:

QSL GALLERY ---> The large collection of QSL cards on Les Nouvelles DX's
website has been updated. Sixteen different galleries include 15,566 cards
for the ten Most Wanted DXCC Entities (2008-17), 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:
http://www.lesnouvellesdx.fr/galerieqsl.php. [TNX F6AJA].

RSGB COMMONWEALTH CONTEST ---> The 81st edition of the Commonwealth (BERU)
Contest (https://berucontest.wordpress.com) will be held on 10-11 March,
from 10 UTC to 10 UTC, on 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 metres CW. Only operators
located within the United Kingdom and Crown Dependencies, Commonwealth or
British Mandated Territories are eligible to enter.

VK5MAV/9 ---> Andy, VK5MAV will be active as VK5MAV/9 from Cato Reef
(OC-265), Australia on 11-16 April [425DXN 1399]. A propagation prediction
tool has been added to http://vk5mav.wixsite.com/dxpedition/ as a guidance
for island chasers and Andy himself alike.


QSLs received direct or through managers: 3B9FR, 3C0L (AF-039), 3C1L
(AF-010), 3W9CW, 5B4AGN, 6O6O, 6Y0HM, 7X5KBS, 9G5W, 9U4M, BV1EK, C21VE, C81G
(AF-061), D2EB, E31A, GW3YDX, HK0/OZ1AA, J28PJ, J5T (AF-020), J68GD, JT5DX,
OY1OF, P29LL, P29VXG (OC-008), PJ4/K4BAI, PJ4A, PS0F, RI1F (EU-190), S01WS,
VY0ERC (NA-008), XW4XR, Z21LS, ZC4A.


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