425 DX News issue #1183

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04 January 2014                                           A.R.I. DX Bulletin
                                   No 1183
                         *** 4 2 5  D X  N E W S ***
                         ****  DX  INFORMATION  ****
                          Edited by  I1JQJ & IK1ADH
                        Direttore Responsabile  I2VGW

8Q     - Mike, OE1SSS will be active as 8Q7SM from the Maldives (AS-013)  on
         4-11 January. He will operate holiday style on 40, 30,  20  and  10
         metres. QSL via home call.
C5     - Pedro, ON7WP will be active again  as  C5WP  from  The  Gambia.  On
         11-15 January he will operate from the village of Buntu,  where  he
         will set up a permanent station. On 16-22 January he will  move  to
         Kololi, with plans for "some serious low band stuff". QSL via  home
         call, direct only. QSLling instructions on www.qrz.com/db/C5WP
C6     - Tim, AF1G is now living and  working  on  Andros  Island  (NA-001),
         Bahamas until 20 November. He is QRV as  AF1G/C6A  on  80-6  metres
         SSB. QSL via LoTW, or direct to Tim Hardy, PSC 1012  Box  593,  FPO
         AA 34058-9998, USA. [TNX NG3K]
CN     - Ruggero, IK2PZC  will  be  active  as  5C2P  from  Morocco  on  6-9
         February. He will operate SSB and RTTY on the HF  bands,  and  will
         participate in the CQ WPX RTTY  Contest  (8-9  February).  QSL  via
         home call. [TNX NG3K]
CX    -  Founded  in 1984,  Radiogrupo  Sur (http://rgs30.radiogruposur.org)
         will  use CW30A  and  CV3D  during  2014 to  celebrate  their  30th
         anniversary. QSL direct to CX2ABC.
F      - Francois F8DVD will be active as TM11AAW between 1 and 23 February,
         including the 11th Antarctic Activity  Week  (17-23  February).  He
         will operate on 40-10 metres  mostly  SSB  from  his  home  QTH  in
         Macon, France. QSL via home call, direct or bureau,  and  logsearch
         on Club Log. [TNX F8DVD]
OH0    - Mari OH2FPK (YL), Rami  OH2BCI,  Martti  OH2BH,  Pertti  OH2PM  and
         Pekka OH2TA will be active as OG0A from the Aland Islands  (EU-002)
         on 3-13 January. They will concentrate on 160  and  80  metres,  as
         well as on 30, 17 and 12 metres. Main activity will be on  CW,  but
         SSB and RTTY will also be used occasionally. QSL  via  OH2BH.  This
         operation is dedicated to the Youth On The Air (YOTA)  summer  camp
         organized by the Finnish Radio Amateur League on  15-22  July  (see
         www.ham-yota.eu for further information).  All  OQRS  QSL  requests
         for OG0A and OF9X with donations will  be  directed  to  cover  the
         costs of this healthy youth activity. You can OQRS  OF9X  and  OG0A
         via their respective qrz.com pages. [TNX OH2BN]
UA     - About  160  special  callsigns  (R2014x,  R2014xx,  R22xxx,  R22xx,
         R11xxx, Rx22xxx, Rx11xx, R0000x, R7378TM,  R7975TM,  R7979TM)  will
         be in use until 31  March  [425DXN  1178]  to  celebrate  the  XXII
         Olympic Winter Games and the XI Paralympic Winter Games to be  held
         in Sochi. See http://ok2014.ru/ for further information,  including
         log search and details on various awards.
VK     - Andy, VK5MAV will  be  active  as  VK5MAV/p  from  Kangaroo  Island
         (OC-139) on 3-10 February. He will operate  holiday  style  on  40,
         20, 15 and 10 metres, mainly CW. QSL via home call,  logsearch  and
         OQRS on Club Log. [TNX rsgbiota.org]
VU     - The Daily DX reports that members of the  West  Bengal  Radio  Club
         (VU2MQT) will be active as AU2MQT from  Sagar  Island  (AS-153)  on
         9-16 January. QSL via VU2JFA.
XU     - Alex, M6CFW  will  be  active  as  XU7AEU  from  Cambodia  on  9-14
         January. He will operate PSK and some SSB on the HF  bands,  mainly
         during his evenings. QSL direct to M6CFW (OQRS  on  Club  Log)  and
YU     - Radio Club "Mihajlo  Pupin"  (YU7AAA)  will  use  special  callsign
         YT0PUPIN until 31 December to mark the  160th  anniversary  of  the
         birth of the noted scientist. QSL via YT7WA. [TNX YT7WA]
ZF     - Pete, K8PGJ will be active holiday style as ZF2PG from  the  Cayman
         Islands (NA-016) on 11-19 January. He plans to concentrate  on  17,
         12 and 10 metres during his morning and early afternoon hours,  and
         to participate in the North American QSO  Party  (18  January).  He
         might also get a chance to work some 160, 80  and  40m  before  the
         contest. QSL via K8PGJ and LoTW.

                         *** 4 2 5  D X  N E W S ***
                         ****  GOOD TO KNOW ... ****
                          Edited by  I1JQJ & IK1ADH
                        Direttore Responsabile  I2VGW

                       >>> FT5ZM, AMSTERDAM ISLAND <<<

This is the latest Press Release, sent on 3 January by K0IR & the  Amsterdam
Island DXpedition Team:

  We are now 6 days from departure from the U.S.  The Braveheart  is  making
its way across the Great Australian  Bight  and  the  North  Corridor  Radio
Group of Western Australia  has  a  stockpile  of  supplies  queued  up  and
waiting for us.  Momentum has taken over now and there is no turning back.
  Upon arrival in Fremantle, the Braveheart will re-provision and refuel  to
90,000 to 100,000 liters  of  fuel.    We  will  load  the  materials  we've
obtained from the NCRG, do a little shopping for personal supplies,  set  up
our maritime mobile station, take our sea sickness pills  and  patches,  and
be prepared to sail on January 15th. 
  We'll be passing through some rare grids on the way  to  Amsterdam  Island
and we are anxious to hand out QSO's from them.  Be sure to look for  us  on
the bands and track us on our  website  in  near  real  time.    Landing  on
Amsterdam can be "exciting."  Wish us good luck with this.  We'll have  some
heavy work to do upon landing and expect our set up time to take at least  a
full day.  We'll let you know when we get there.
  This will be our last  press  release.    It  has  been  a  long  time  of
preparation and a great deal of work, but that is behind us now.   The  next
time you hear from us, it will be a  signal  from  the  Braveheart  or  from
Amsterdam Island. 
As  you  can  see  from  our    financial    status    on    our  home  page
(www.amsterdamdx.org), we still need help.  If you haven't  helped  us  yet,
please consider doing so.  If you've supported us, thank you -  you've  kept
us afloat to date.

AS-143 ---> Che, BA7CK was active from the Paracel Islands (AS-143) from  31
December to 3 January. This was a reconnaissance trip in preparation  for  a
group DXpedition planned for April. QSL this operation only via BA4TB.  [TNX
DX World]

CHAGOS & WAKE ---> "Sometime  during  2014"  (actual  dates  "are  currently
unknown because of scheduling") Bob, N7XR  will  be  active  as  VQ9XR  from
Diego Garcia, Chagos Archipelago (two 3-week trips,  the  second  time  with
Mike, N6MZ) and as NH9/N7XR from Wake Island (one  3-week  trip).  While  on
Wake, he will also be QRV as WH9/W1AW for one week to commemorate  the  ARRL
Centennial. Plans for both locations are to operate  SSB,  CW  and  RTTY  on
160-6 metres. QSLs via NN1N (direct only)  and  LoTW  "after  6-12  months".
Bookmark www.n7xr.net for updates. [TNX NG3K]

DX SOUND CLIPS ---> Tom's (K8CX) DX sound clips for 2013  can  be  found  at
http://hamgallery.com/dx2013/; the collection of 156 clips covers the  major
DXpeditions, plus rare and semi-rare DX. This makes 16 full years of sound
clips available. There are also some recordings on the site from  the  1960s
and 1970s. Tom is looking for "old  or  interesting  DX  recordings"  to  be
added to the site; please contact him (k8cx[@]hamgallery.com)  if  you  have
any. [TNX K8CX]

DXCC  NEWS  --->  ZD9KX  (Tristan  Da  Cunha  &  Gough  Is,  2012  and  2103
operations) has been approved for DXCC credit. [TNX NC1L]

INTREPID-SPIRIT AWARD ---> Made in memory of James  McLaughlin,  WA2EWE/T6AF
(killed in Kabul Afghanistan, on 27 April 2011),  the  2012  Intrepid-Spirit
Award was awarded to Silvano Borsa, I2YSB, leader of the Italian  Dxpedition
Team.  Now  the  Intrepid-DX  Group    (www.intrepid-dx.com)    is   seeking
nominations for the individual or group that most displayed their  "Intrepid
Spirit" in 2013, by expressing  an  unshakable  commitment  to  the  Amateur
Radio DX Community. Intrepid Spirits for purposes of this award  is  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 31 January 2014. 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 5 April. [TNX N6PSE]

IOTA 50TH ANNIVERSARY CONVENTION ---> Bookings are now  being  accepted  for
the IOTA's Golden Jubilee Convention that will be held  at  Beaumont  House,
Windsor over the weekend of 4-6 July. Go  to  www.rsgbevents.org  where  you
will  find  the  booking  module.  A  website  is  under    construction  at
www.rsgb.org/iota50, which  is  expected  to  be  fully  operational  during

IOTA ANNUAL UPDATE --->  Updates  for  the  Honour  Roll  and  other  annual
listings must be sent on or before 31 January. IOTA  rules  limit  inclusion
in the listings to those participants  who  have  updated  their  scores  at
least once in the preceding five years and have opted to have  their  scores
published.  Listing  in  the  2014  tables  will  be   restricted  to  those
participants who have updated their scores since February 2009. 

IOTA BASH ---> The 10th annual IOTA Bash will be  held  on  14-15  March  in
Boerne, Texas, about 20 miles northwest of  San  Antonio.  The  agenda  will
include presentations on some of the most  recent  IOTA  expeditions  and  a
nice social programme. Email AB5EB or AD5A with any questions; details  will
be available on the IREF website (www.islandradio.org). [TNX AB5EB]

IOTA CONTEST ---> The 2013 IOTA Contest logs have now been uploaded  to  the
IOTA database. This means that credit can be obtained for  IOTA  QSOs  where
participants submit matching contact details. Cards for these QSOs  are  not
required. Dom, M0BLF reminds island chasers that the criteria  for  a  match
- the other station must have submitted a log for the IOTA Contest
- your QSO must be in the other station's log
- the band and mode must match exactly
- the time must be within +/- 15 minutes
- the QSO was not rejected by the IOTA Contest Adjudicators
If there are any problems, please email iota.online[@]rsgb.org.uk.

IOTA MARATHON ---> The 2012-13 IOTA Marathon finished  at  2359  UTC  on  31
December 2013. IOTA Management has appointed  Cezar,  VE3LYC  to  chair  the
Marathon Referee Board. He is joined by Dan, W4DKS, and Bob, K3EST as  Board
The website over which electronic logs for the CHASERS  MARATHON  should  be
submitted is  being  finalised,  and  details  will  be  announced  shortly.
Entrants' logs should contain only contacts with  IOTA  stations,  and  each
QSO must include a full IOTA  reference  number  (such  as  EU-001).  It  is
recommended that logs be uploaded in ADIF (.adi) format; a log  prepared  as
an  Excel  spreadsheet  will  be  accepted,  but  paper  logs  will  not  be
processed. Applications need to be submitted by 28 February at  the  latest.
Any questions should be sent to iota.chaser[@]gmail.com. Entry  arrangements
for the concurrent ACTIVATORS MARATHON on www.rsgbiota.org/info/news.php.

MOST WANTED SURVEY ---> The DX Magazine's  annual  Most  Wanted  Survey  was
conducted in August-October 2013 [425DXN 1163]. The  top  10  DXCC  Entities
1.  P5     North Korea                
2.  KP1    Navassa Island             
3.  3Y     Bouvet Island              
4.  FT5Z   Amsterdam & St. Paul Isls  
5.  VK0    Heard Island               
6.  FT5W   Crozet Isls                
7.  BS7H   Scarborough Reef           
8.  VP8    South Sandwich Isls        
9.  ZS8    Marion Island              
10. FT5T   Tromelin Island            
"It is interesting to note that the same ten places are there for both  2012
and 2013", Carl, N4AA remarks. "There are a few slight changes  in  ranking,
but it is the same ten.  That should change somewhat for 2014 with  Tromelin
and Amsterdam both scheduled for major DXpeditions".  The  100  Most  Wanted
listing will be posted soon to  www.dxpub.net;  the  complete  breakdown  by
continent is published  in  the  January/February  2014  issue  of  "The  DX
Magazine",  while  the  band/mode  breakdowns  will  be   published  in  the
March/April issue.

POSTAL RATES (USA)  --->  Effective  26  January  the  U.S.  Postal  Service
(www.usps.com) will implement another postage rate increase.  The  rate  for
First-Class Mail letters  up  to  1  oz  (28  grams)  to  all  international
destinations will be 1.15 USD.

QSL RA9LI/9 & RA9LI/0 ---> Serge Abyshev, UA9LP has uploaded  the  logs  for
RA9LI/9 (AS-083, 28718 QSOs up to 15 November  2009)  and  RA9LI/0  (AS-086,
4585 QSOs to 11 June 2010) to Club Log, and has enabled the  OQRS  for  both

QSL VIA IK1TTD ---> Gianpi still has  logs  and  cards  for  his  past  IOTA
activations: DL/IK1TTD (EU-047: October 2004), F/IK1TTD  (EU-070:  July  and
September 1999, June 2000, July 2001, May 2005), IA5/IK1TTD (EU-028:  August
1996), IM0/IK1TTD (EU-165: July 2004). See qrz.com for QSL  information,  or
contact Gianpi info[@]ik1ttd.it

SOLVING THE IOTA QSL PROBLEMS ---> This is another 18-minute presentation by
Rick, K6VVA: http://youtu.be/nM5X3ooDyPw The title says it all!

SOUTH SHETLANDS ---> Vlad, UA4WHX  is  currently  active  from  King  George
Island, South Shetlands (AN-010). He operates as RI44ANT  from  the  Russian
Bellingshausen Station and as XR9H2O from the nearby Chilean Base Frei.

W1AW WAS ---> Look for ARRL Centennial stations W1AW/7 from Utah and  W1AW/4
from South Carolina to be on the air starting at  00.00  UTC  on  8  January
until 23.59 UTC on the 14th. Complete information  on  the  ARRL  Centennial
QSO Party [425DXN 1179] can be found at www.arrl.org/centennial-qso-party.

+ SILENT KEYS + Max de Henseler, HB9RS, the founder and  president  emeritus
of 4U1UN at United Nations headquarters in New York, died on 30 December  at
80 years of age. In 1976 he reactivated the UN Radio  Club  station  (K2UN),
and introduced the new call sign 4U1UN on 4 February  1978.  During  his  UN
career he operated under various call signs, including 3D2RS, 5W1BK,  9Y4RS,
As for the current status of 4U1UN, The Daily DX  repots  that  the  station
"was dismantled in early 2010 due to the massive renovation project  on  the
Secretariat Building. All of the antennas were removed  from  the  roof  and
all of the equipment packed up and are being stored in the UN. The  club  is
seriously looking at several options in order to get 4U1UN back on  the  air
as quickly as  possible.  Some  of  the  options  being  considered  include
remoting the station, putting the station on the ground  floor  and  running
some 400-500 feet of coax to the top of the building or moving  the  station
to another sovereign UN building".
Other recently reported Silent Keys include  Hans  Rexin  (DJ6QP),  Miloslav
Bartos (OM3FZ) and Jerry Pittenger  (K8RA),  well-known  manufacturer  of  a
line of iambic and single-lever CW keys.


QSLs received direct or through managers:  3B9EME,  3B9FR,  3D2GC,  3D2GC/p,
3W2DK, 4X1FQ , 5A1AL, 5J0R , 5R8IC, 5W7X, 5Z4/EA4ATI, 6V7T ,  9J2BO,  9L1JT,
BA5CJ/5 (AS-141), BP0A  (AS-103),  C5DXC  ,  CN2FF,  CR5CW  (EU-145),  CY0P,
D44TXT, E6AY, EF3EGB (EU-078) ,  EG3INT/7  (EU-152),  FO/KH0PR  (OC-094  and
OC-238),  FR4NT,  FS/K9EL,  FS/N0TG,  FW5JJ,  H7H,  HB0/DL5YL,   HB0/HA7JTR,
HP0INT/2  (NA-202  and  NA-170),  HP0INT/3  (NA-071),  HP0INT/4    (NA-088),
HP0INT/9 (NA-203), HQ4W (NA-060), J3/WJ7R, J34J, J8/DH5FS,  J87GU  (NA-025),
JX9JKA, K4S (NA-058), K5T (NA-119),  KG4HF,  LX2A,  MM0XAU,  N1LI  (NA-137),
RI1ANU, ST2KSS, T46C (NA-204), TG7/HR2DMR, TG9ADM, TG9ANF, TK0INT  (EU-100),
TM0SM  (EU-081),  TN2MS,  TO2TT,  TX5D,  UE50VT,  VK6ARI   (OC-164),  VO2NS,
VP5//NY0V, VP8LP, VP9/DJ4EL, VY0/VE3VID, XW0YJY, YB3MM/2  (OC-186),  YB3MM/4
(OC-262),  YB3MM/p  (OC-217),  YB8BRI/p  (OC-236),  YE5PQM   (OC-075),  YE5R
(OC-108), YF1AR/9 (OC-275), YJ0VK, Z21DXI, Z81X, ZD8JR, ZD8O, ZK2V, ZM90DX.


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