425 DX News issue #1232

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13 December 2014                                          A.R.I. DX Bulletin
                                   No 1232
                         *** 4 2 5  D X  N E W S ***
                         ****  DX  INFORMATION  ****
                          Edited by  I1JQJ & IK1ADH
                        Direttore Responsabile  I2VGW

4X     - Members of the Holyland DX Group will be active as 4X0WFF from  the
         Mamshit National Park (a  UNESCO  World  Heritage  site)  on  26-27
         December. They will operate CW and SSB with two stations.  QSL  via
         4Z5LA. Complete information on the 4XFF  -  Israel  Flora  &  Fauna
         programme  can  be  found  at  http://4xff.iarc.org/.  [TNX    OPDX
9Q     - The Association des Radio Amateurs du Congo (ARAC) has invited  the
         Italian DXpedition Team for a short stay in Kinshasa  during  March
         2015. "Purpose of the activity will be  theoretical  and  practical
         traning and refresher courses" for the local operators.  Plans  are
         for Silvano, I2YSB and his team to operate  CW,  SSB  and  RTTY  on
         160-6 metres as 9Q0HQ. Further information, logsearch and OQRS  can
         be found at www.i2ysb.com/idt. The pilot stations  will  be  IK7JWY
         and  IK0FTA (for 6m); dedicated forum on  www.hamradioweb.net. [TNX
CE0Z   - A large multinational team from the Provins  ARC  (F6KOP)  will  be
         active from Robinson  Crusoe  Island,  Juan  Fernandez  Archipelago
         (SA-005) from 24 February to 5 March. Twenty-two operators will  be
         QRV on  160-6  metres.  Further  information  is  expected  in  due
         course. A  website  is  under  construction,  a  Facebook  page  is
         already up and running (juanfernandez2015). [TNX F5NQL]
DL     - Christoph, DH0GAK will be active  as  DH0GAK/p  from  Amrum  Island
         (EU-042) on 14-19 December. He  will  operate  QRP  on  20  and  40
         metres. QSL via home call. [TNX DX Newsletter]
E5     - To celebrate the 50th anniversary of self governance  in  the  Cook
         Islands, the seven resident radio amateurs will be granted the  use
         of a special call sign from 1 January through 31 December 2015:
         E50A is Andy (E51AND) on Rarotonga (OC-013), South Cooks
         E50B is Bob (E51BQ) on Rarotonga (OC-013), South Cooks
         E50D is Des (E51DD) on Aitutaki (OC-083), South Cooks
         E50J is Jim (E51JD) on Rarotonga (OC-013), South Cooks
         E50K is Kat (E51CK/E51KC) on Rarotonga (OC-013), South Cooks
         E50V is Victor (E51CG) on Rarotonga (OC-013), South Cooks
         E50W is Warwick (E51WL) on Penrhyn (OC-082), North Cooks
         "We are pretty isolated, have extremely limited Internet access and
         none of us are avid DXers - much more the rag chewing types",  Andy
         E51AND says. Nobody uses eQSL or LoTW, although Andy is "working at
         it". Visitors to the islands wishing  to operate will  be  eligible
         only for the standard E51xxx style calls. [TNX E51AND]
OH0    - Markus, OH1MN and Janne, OH1SDR will be active as OH10TA from  Lovo
         Island (EU-096, locator KO19fx) on 13-14  December.  Plans  are  to
         concentrate on 2 and 6 metres SSB and digital, possibly  with  some
         activity on 20 metres. QSL  via  OH1MN,  direct  ore  bureau.  [TNX
ON    -  A   couple   of  special   callsigns  will  commemorate  the   70th
         anniversary of the so-called Battle  of  the  Bulge  (the  Ardennes
         Counteroffensive during World War II). From the US,  look  for  W2B
         (QSL direct to KC5NX) on 15-20  December.  From  Belgium,  ON70NUTS
         will be is use between 16 December and 14 January 2015 (the  suffix
         is General Anthony  C.  McAuliffe's  famous  single-word  reply  in
         response to a surrender  ultimatum).  QSL  via  ON4CFB,  direct  or
         bureau (OQRS on Club Log).
PY     - PU2KKE  will  be  active  as  ZV5WSC  from  Santa  Catarina  Island
         (SA-026) on 27-31 December. He will be "combining  hiking,  camping
         and ham radio" from the souther part of the  island,  with  a  side
         trip to nearby Ilha do  Campeche  (also  counting  for  IOTA  group
         SA-026). QSL via home call.
VK9N   - Michael, G7VJR will be  active  holiday  style  as  VK9/G7VJR  from
         Norfolk Island (OC-005) from 26 December  to  1  January.  He  will
         operate CW on the higher bands. QSL via M0OXO and  LoTW,  logsearch
         on Club Log. [TNX DX World]
VQ9    - Bob, VQ9XR [425DXN 1230] has taken down the antenna for 80  metres,
         which has been replaced with an antenna for the Top Band.  "I  will
         be operating on 1.823 and listening on  1.824  at  my  sunrise  and
         sunset", he says, "for the duration of  the  operation  which  will
         end on 19 December". [TNX N7XR]
YB     - Imam, YB4IR/8 (CW) and Din,  YB8RW/p  (SSB)  will  be  active  from
         Banda Neira Island (OC-157) on 22-27 December. QSL via  home  calls
         (see qrz.com for the links to Club Log's OQRS).

                                 BOUVET 2016          
                       REQUEST FOR  FUNDING INTENTIONS
                         by Mark Demeuleneere, ON4WW  

Dear DXer,

On 26 October 2014 an announcement was made through various channels that  I
had obtained permission to land and reside on Bouvet Island (3Y/B)  for  the
mid-January 2016 until mid-April 2016 time frame.

On the webpage http://www.on4ww.be/bouvet2016.html an extensive  description
of the project as well as a request for (exclusive) funding was put forward.

On 19 November 2014 I sent a request for funding intentions to  the  various
DX Foundations, DX Clubs,  Radio  Amateur  Organizations  and  some  of  the
corporate material providers.

Today  I  am  addressing  you  as  an  individual  DXer  who   has  actively
contributed towards the success of one or more of the  fairly  recent  major

On 11 November 2014 Alex/UN7PCZ announced a two week  DXpedition  to  Bouvet
Island during the December 2015 - January 2016 time frame. I do not  at  all
see this as a competing project, and welcome this great news.

The fact of a large group going to Bouvet has convinced me even more that  I
should  try  to  obtain  funding  through  a  single/exclusive  sponsor,  as
extensively outlined at http://www.on4ww.be/bouvet2016.html#funding.

Two main reasons for this would be to
1) off-load the financial  burden  from  the  ham  community  (in  case  the
sponsor doesn't want a  financial  return  but  has  other  plans  with  the
project), and
2) for me to be able to focus  on  the  DXpedition  logistics,  rather  than
having to search for finances.

In case I manage to secure an exclusive sponsor for this project,  it  would
obviously be  favorable  if  this  sponsor  does  not  specifically  seek  a
financial return. In the opposite scenario I will have to turn  to  the  ham
community, investigating what is feasible in terms of financial support.

The subsequent question: what financial support would you be able to  pledge
for this project? This is no formal request for funding, I  am  only  asking
for your intentions in order to assess  the  financial  feasibility  of  the
project - with the scenario outlined above.

The forecasted budget is put at 250,000 euro (+/-  310,000  USD),  which  is
far less than a larger group operating for a shorter period  of  time  would
require. Furthermore, this is  a  generous  forecast,  I  expect  the  final
budget to ultimately be less.

In the last month I received donation pledges from individual DXers  ranging
from 15 to 3,400 euro. To give you an idea what would  be  needed  to  reach
250,000 euro: if each of the addressees on this list would  pledge  55  euro
(70 USD), Bouvet 2016 would be a fact.

This of course I can neither ask nor  expect,  it  is  just  a  mathematical
example of what is required financially.

Another important aspect to me is the transparency and control  of  funding.
Every  cent  raised  for  this  project  will  be  registered   through  the
non-profit organization 'Peter I  -  Antarctica  Expedition  1994'  (renamed
'Antennes  zonder  Grenzen  -  Antennes  sans  Frontieres'  in  1995).  This
organization  was  formed  in  1993  by  Peter  ON6TT,  with   the  goal  of
transparent accountability for every cent spent on the  3Y0PI  DXpedition  -
visible to the entire expedition team. Good accounts make good friends!

You will notice further below what my intentions are in regard to QSLing:  I
want people to be able to receive bureau cards, get instant LoTW, e-QSL  and
Club Log confirmation. This is important to me: I don't want youngsters  and
less fortunate radio hams having to pay for  a  QSO  with  Bouvet.  Call  me
idealistic/philanthropic/ideological, but it does indeed matter to me.

With the upcoming of the 3Y0F-group, many of you  may  decide  to  put  your
bets on that project. However, in the event that the UN7PCZ-group  withdraws
its plans (it wouldn't be the first time a major DXpedition  is  cancelled),
my Bouvet project will probably be the only one in many years to come.

Here is an excerpt of the operational plan:
- projected number of QSOs: 100,000
- QSL: bureau, direct, OQRS, in the way people want it
- log: daily uploads to LoTW, Club Log, e-QSL through proper satellite link
- all HF bands CW/SSB + RTTY on 2 or 3 bands
- antennas: verticals/inv-V's in various constellations and inv-L's will  be
  the only manageable  type  of antennas  that won't break  down on Bouvet -
  with sufficient spares brought along
- radios and amps: I will take what I am comfortable with, well  proven  and
  sturdy radios and amps, three of each device
- 24/7 operation during 3 months (with adequate  rest  periods),  mitigating
  the impact of the  Antarctic  black-outs  known  from  past expeditions of
  shorter duration
- operator: one
- I already have several offers  from  QSL-managers  for  (free)  QSLing  (a
  decision on what to ask for OQRS has not been made;  it  should  be as low
  cost as possible so everybody can enjoy this service)

I would highly appreciate your response within the next few  weeks.  By  the
end of this year I will make a decision whether or not to proceed  with  the
project. In the event that I am not able to secure an exclusive sponsor  and
at the same time the projected sponsoring  from  within  the  ham  community
would be sufficient, it will be a challenging decision.

Regardless if you are able to foresee financial support to this  project  or
not, I would appreciate  if  a  lead  or  an  introduction  to  a  potential
exclusive sponsor would be considered. It is  still  my  favorable  prospect
for funding, and I thank you in advance for any assistance on that front.

For those of you who want to know more  about  me  and  my  past  endeavors:

I hope this mail answers most of  your  questions  upfront.  Please  have  a
thorough look at http://www.on4ww.be/bouvet2016.html,  I  believe  you  will
notice that the project is well thought through.

Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Thank you for your time and kind consideration.

73 de Mark, ON4WW

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

425 DX NEWS MAGAZINE ---> The November  2014  issue  is  now  available  for
download at www.425dxn.org/monthly/index.html. [TNX IZ3EBA]

DX DINNER ---> The Southwest Ohio DX  Association  (SWODXA)  is  pleased  to
sponsor the 30th DX Dinner, to be held in conjunction with the  2015  Dayton
Hamvention on Friday, 15 May at  the  Dayton  Marriott  Hotel.  Details  and
dinner reservation information can be found on  the  SWODXA  Events  website
(www.swodxaevents.org) and updates will be sent out  regularly  via  Twitter

INTREPID SPIRIT AWARD ---> The Intrepid-DX  Group  (www.intrepid-dx.com)  is
seeking nominations for the individual or group that  most  displayed  their
"Intrepid Spirit" in 2014, by expressing an  unshakable  commitment  to  the
Amateur  Radio  DX  Community.  The  award  is  made  in   memory  of  James
McLaughlin, WA2EWE/T6AF (killed in Kabul Afghanistan,  on  27  April  2011).
Intrepid Spirits for purposes of this award  are  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 15  January
2015.  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 18 April.

IRON HAM  CONTEST  --->  Drawing  inspiration  from  the  Ironman  Thriatlon
races,the  Araucaria  DX  Group  sponsors  the  WW  Iron  Ham    Contest,  a
competition that combines the main operating  modes  (Phone,  CW  and  RTTY)
into one single contest. The third edition will be held  on  27-28  December
(from 12 UTC on Saturday through 11:59 UTC on Sunday). The  24-hour  contest
is organized to have 8 hours  of  operation  on  each  mode  in  periods  no
shorter than one hour. Complete details can be found at  www.ironham.com.br.

K1N ---> "A Note to European DXers" is an article written  by  Ralph  Fedor,
K0IR and Glenn Johnson, W0GJ about the upcoming K1N DXpedition  to  Navassa.
It can be found at www.dxcoffee.com, and the DQRM paragraphs are well  worth
a reading. [TNX IZ8IYX]

POSTAL RATES (GERMANY) ---> Effective 1 January 2015, the new German  postal
rate for standard letter items (up to 20g) mailed anywhere  abroad  will  be
EUR 0,80. A postage calculator can  be  found  on  Deutsche  Post's  website

W1AW WAS ---> Look  for  ARRL  Centennial  stations  W1AW/3  from  Maryland,
W1AW/4 from Georgia and W1AW/KH6 from Hawaii to be on the  air  starting  at
00.00 UTC on 17 December until 23.59 UTC on the 23rd.  Complete  information
on    the    ARRL    Centennial    QSO        Party    can    be   found  at

                         *** 4 2 5  D X  N E W S ***
                         ******* QSL  ROUTES *******
                          Edited by  I1JQJ & IK1ADH
                        Direttore Responsabile  I2VGW

CALL        MANAGER     CALL        MANAGER     CALL        MANAGER
3B8MU       G0CKV       EI1Y        EI5JQ       RM90WF      RM9WF
3B9FR       M0OXO       EL2DT       EL2FM       RU90WZ      RU9WZ
3D2HC       DL9HCU      EM90WF      UR5WA       RV90WB      RV9WB
3D2KM       W6ZL        EN0U        UT7UT       RW90WC      RW9WC
3G5JA       CE5JA       ES5OW       YL3DW       RZ90WU      RZ9WU
3V8SS       LX1NO       ES9YOTA     OM2FY       S01WS       EA2JG
3Z0R        SP9SX       EX2V        RW6HS       S514YOTA    OM2FY
3Z75SZSZ    SP5ZRW      FS4WBS      IZ1MHY      SH9YOTA     OM2FY
4L5O        N3SL        FY5KE       FY1FL       SN100LP     SP3PGR
4V1JR       W3HNK       G14YOTA     OM2FY       SU0ERA      OM3CGN
4X0W        KQ1F        G2F         G8HDK       SW3JH       DJ5JH
4X2M        4X4DZ       G9W         M0DXR       SX3B        SV1BDO
4X7R        4X6OM       GA5CX       GM3YTS      SX8V        SV1JG
4Z0DX       4Z4DX       GJ7VJR      M0OXO       T30TT       W7JET
5B4AHL      M0URX       GM14YOTA    OM2FY       T43T        CO3IT
5C5W        EA5XX       GM4O        GM0IIO      T88ER       JH7WER
5H3EE       DL4ME       GM5X        N3SL        T88FC       JA7DAJ
5H6JG       HA3JB       GW14YOTA    OM2FY       T88MZ       DU1CKF
5P8VW       DJ8VW       GW4J        GW0ETF      TC0A        LZ1NK
5T0ITU      ON8RA       GW5R        GW3YDX      TC7S        OE1ZKC
5W1SA       JA1DXA      H27A        RW3RN       TF3CW       LX1NO
6V1A        6W7JX       HA8YOTA     OM2FY       TG9AJR      NR6M
7P8NH       G3RWF       HB9LL       HB9CRV      TG9IIN      K4TI
7U60AR      7X2RD       HB9RB       RC3C        TM100GM     F8KGY
7Y9A        7X2ARA      HC1WDT      W0OR        TM14VT      F6KJX
8P5A        NN1N        HC2IMP      IK2DUW      TM1A        F6KOP
8Q7UX       IK0FUX      HC2OZT      OZ1ACB      TM1TLT      F8KFP
9A0YOTA     OM2FY       HF0YOTA     OM2FY       TM210CN     F4GFE
9A14YOTA    OM2FY       HG0IDPD     HA5MA       TM4Q        F6FYA
9A1P        9A2RD       HI3TT       W2CCW       TM4TLT      F4KIP
9H3TX       DL5XAT      HK1NA       K6IPM       TM6M        F4DXW
9H9NC       9H1SP       HS0ZAR      K3ZO        TO7A        UT5UGR
9J2BO       G3TEV       HZ1FI       DL2RMC      TP2CE       F5LGF
9M2CNC      G4ZFE       HZ1WDD      HZ7C        TX8C        NI5DX
9M6/NR1J    JF1SJT      IB9T        IT9TQH      TY2AB       DF8UO
9M6NA       JE1JKL      IH9R        IZ1GAR      TY2CD       ZS6ARF
9M6XRO      M0URX       II0C        S50C        UA2FL       RN3RQ
9M8YY       JR3WXA      II2YOTA     OM2FY       UE55IR      RA0TG
9N7JX       DM5MR       II9P        IT9CHU      UE55IV      R2UZ
9V1YC       W5UE        IO1T        IK1RQT      UE55KG      RU3XU
9Y4W        DL4MDO      IY1GMS      IK1SPR      UE55KS      R3NNN
A25DX       N7RO        J6/SM7EQL   SM6JSM      UE55PM      RA9FAM
A41KJ       NI5DX       J62YOTA     OM2FY       UE55RW      RA4DR
A43YOTA     OM2FY       J68FF       W3FF        UE55SM      UA3LMR
A60ND       IZ8CLM      J68HF       W6HFP       UE55ST      RV6FN
A61AS       YO3FRI      J79XBI      SM5DJZ      UE55VL      RL2A
A61E        IZ8CLM      JD1BOX      F4HEC       UE90W       R9WO
A62A        IZ8CLM      KH7XX       EB7DX       UP2L        UA9AB
A63DI       IZ8CLM      KP2M        AI4U        V31MA       M0OXO
A65BD       G5LP        KP2Q        K3TEJ       V47T        W2RQ
A71BX       EA7FTR      LO2F        AC7DX       V55V        DJ8VC
A71WDD      A71A        LT1F        AC7DX       V63DX       JA7HMZ
AH0K        OH6GDX      LU8YE       IK2DUW      V63ZP       JA7ZP
AH2R        JH7QXJ      LX4YOTA     OM2FY       V6A         JA7HMZ
AL1G        AC7DX       LX7I        LX2A        V6B         JA7HMZ
AU1SV       VU2SMS      LY5YOTA     OM2FY       V73XP       NX1P
AU5SV       VU2SMN      NP2X        K5WW        VC2T        VE2TZT
B1Z         BD1RX       NP4Z        N4AO        VC3M        VE3MIS
B4W         BA4WL       NQ8P/KH0    JA1TMG      VC7M        VE7JH
B7P         BA4EG       OA4SS       KB6J        VE2CSI      M0URX
B7Q         BA1DU       OD5ZZ       NI5DX       VE2IM       VE3DZ
BI4SSB      BA4TB       OE3YOTA     OM2FY       VK4KW       N3SL
C44C        M0URX       OH0TA       OH2TA       VO2CQ       VO1MP
C4Z         G3SWH       OH0X        OH2TA       VP2MXU      GM4FDM
CE3CT       EA5KB       OH0Z        W0MM        VP2VGG      W6RWC
CG3AT       VE3AT       OH8X        OH2UA       VP5/SM7EQL  SM6JSM
CM8IH       EA7TV       OH9SCL      OH9AB       VP8RAF/100  G8FC
CN2AA       UA2FM       OL3Z        OK1HMP      VQ9HF       W3HF
CO2CCA      EA7TV       OL4A        OK1DSX      VQ9XR       N7XR
CO2CW       EA7FTR      OM14YOTA    OM2FY       WP3C        W3HNK
CO2IR       RW6HS       OM9YOTA     OM2FY       XE2B        EA5OL
CO3JT       RW6HS       ON175PD     ON7SA       XR5JA       CE5JA
CO8ZZ       DK1WI       ON4YOTA     OM2FY       XU7AEZ      RX3F
CP1XRM      EA5RM       OX5T        OZ0J        YO0YOTA     OM2FY
CR2A        OH2BH       P33W        UA3DX       YO555BU     YO3KAA
CR2X        OH2BH       P3F         M0URX       YP0IPA      YO3AS
CR3A        EA5GL       P40CX       K8CX        YP60CCC     YO9KPD
CR3L        DJ6QT       P40W        N2MM        YS1YS       YS1GMV
CR6A        CT1IUA      P49Y        AE6Y        YU100CER    YU1HQR
CR6K        CT1ILT      PA55HAL     PI4HAL      Z21LS       7Z1HB  [d]
CS2C        OK1RF       PA6YOTA     OM2FY       Z21LS       DE1ZHB [b]
CU2KG       OH2BH       PJ2T        W3HNK       Z81D        OM3JW
CV3D        CX2ABC      PJ2V        PA4N        ZD8O        OH0XX
CX2BR       EA5GL       PJ4A        K4BAI       ZF1A        K6AM
CX2TQ       IK2DUW      PJ4Q        W4PA        ZF2DX       K0DEQ
CX7BBR      EA6SK       PJ7TM       K2GSJ       ZF2EE       OZ1BII
CY0/VA1AXC  JE1LET      PS2T        K3IRV       ZL2B        ZL2BR
DM200TSV    DL4WK       PW2D        M0OXO       ZM1A        ZL3CW
DP1POL      DL1ZBO      PX2A        PY2VM       ZM4T        ZL2AL
DX0YOTA     OM2FY       R100DA      GM0WRR      ZP9MCE      EA5ZD
E2E         E21EIC      R111EK      UA9OA       ZR9C        EA7FTR
E2X         E20GMY      R1719G      RZ3LC       ZS4TX       K3FN
E6XG        JA1XGI      R1941MB     R2DX        ZS9YOTA     OM2FY
EA6FO       EA5BM       R90WGM      R9WGM       ZW1M        PY1MK
EA8AH       OH1RY       R90WJV      RA9WJV      ZW5B        K3IRV
ED9U        EA5HPX      R90WOB      R8WO        ZW75PSO     PY2AA
EI0YOTA     OM2FY       R90WXK      R9WXK       ZW8T        PS8HF

6W7JX    Jean Louis Pipien, BP 1958, Mbour, Senegal
EL2FM    Joe Brown, 10 Oldhams Lane, Bolton, BL1 6PN, United Kingdom
F4HEC    Frederic Fontaine, 2 Les Ferrands, 37800 Drache, France
IZ8CLM   Salvatore Rapacciuolo, Ufficio Scafati, Casella Postale 12, 84018
         Scafati SA, Italy
JA1XGI   Haru Uchida, 2-30-11 Shintomi, Kawagoe-shi, Saitama-ken, 350-0043,
JE1JKL   Satoshi Nakamura, 1-27-2 Kamiya, Ushiku-shi, Ibaraki-ken,
         300-1216, Japan
N7XR     Robert A. Winters, 9909 121st Ave N.E., Lake Stevens WA 98258, USA
NH2DX    Mariana Islands DX  Association, 279 Gardenia Ave, Mangilao GU
         96913, USA


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