425 DX News issue #1235

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03 January 2015                                           A.R.I. DX Bulletin
                                   No 1235
                         *** 4 2 5  D X  N E W S ***
                         ****  DX  INFORMATION  ****
                          Edited by  I1JQJ & IK1ADH
                        Direttore Responsabile  I2VGW

6W     - Once again Francis, F6BLP (www.f6blp.org) will be active  as  6W7SK
         from Senegal from 10 January to 5 February. He will operate  mainly
         CW on 80-10 metres (hopefully also on 160 metres), with a focus  on
         the low bands during his sunrise and susnset hours. QSL via  F6BLP,
         direct or bureau,  and  LoTW.  Logsearch  on  Club  Log.  [TNX  Les
         Nouvelles DX]
BY     - Terry, BA7NQ will join  BA7CK  on  Yongxing  Dao  (AS-143)  [425DXN
         1234] on 4-8 January. Terry will  operate  CW  and  SSB.  [TNX  The
         Daily DX]
DL     - Celebrating the 90th anniversary of IARU and the  65th  anniversary
         of DARC (the German Amateur Radio IARU society), special  callsigns
         DJ90IARU, DK65DARC and DL65DARC will be active until  31  December.
         QSL DJ90IARU via bureau or  direct  to  DL2VFR;  QSL  DK65DARC  and
         DL65DARC via bureau or direct to DF1QR. Information on the DARC  65
         Award: www.darc.de/referate/dx/bulls/darc65/special-award/ [TNX  DX
EP     - "With only 17 days to go  before  the  EP6T  DXpedition  will  take
         place", the team reported on 29 December, "the Rockall DX Group  is
         in the final process of finalizing their  newest  set-up".  As  for
         the low bands (160, 80 and 40m), they will be QRV from £from  local
         sunset (13.45Z) up until our sunrise  (03.00Z).  During  the  first
         two days of the expedition,  we  encourage  DX  stations  from  all
         corners of the world to listen to us on the low bands and  to  keep
         our pilots informed of your best times so we  can  focus  based  on
         the data we receive. During these days we will also  be  doing  our
         utmost to thin out the EU  pile".  Read  the  complete  release  on
GM     - Col, MM0NDX will be active as  MM0NDX/p  from  the  Orkney  Islands
         (EU-009) on 16-18 January. QSL via IW7EGQ. [TNX rsgbiota.org]
JA     - Kenji, JA4GXS will be active as JA4GXS/5  from  Shodo  (AS-200)  on
         23-25 January. He will operate CW and SSB on 40-15 metres. QSL  via
         JA4GXS, direct or bureau. [TNX rsgbiota.org]
KP1    - On 30 December the K1N Navassa team reported that "the  exact  date
         of departure from  the  staging  area  will  be  dependent  upon  a
         combination of the date U.S. FWS transportation  is  available  and
         upon weather windows". It is estimated that it will take "two  full
         days of helicopter shuttles  to  get  everything  needed  to  start
         operations", and now it looks like "K1N will be QRV the  first  two
         weeks of February". Navassa was activated for the  last  time  back
         in 1993, and the USFWS "will not allow  another  operation  for  at
         least 10 more years". For this reason, K1N will limit  "most  bands
         to a specific mode, so that we can work the  pileups  down  to  the
         last little pistol". See www.navassadx.com for further  information
         on the project and details on how to contribute to the fundraising.
LZ     - Once  again  Radio  Club  Blagovestnik  (LZ1KCP)  will  use  twelve
         special callsigns throughout  2015  to  honour  as  many  different
         Bulgarian saints: LZ290MB (January), LZ550SI  (February),  LZ386SKI
         (March), LZ883PI (April), LZ102SIB (May), LZ293MA  (June),  LZ429PS
         (July),  LZ250MM  (August),   LZ129WNLS    (September),    LZ130SAK
         (October), LZ259PA  (November)  and  LZ362MT  (December).  QSL  via
         bureau  or  direct  to  P.  O.  Box  36,  4300  Karlovo,  Bulgaria.
         Information on the "All Bulgarian Saints 2015" award can  be  found
         at www.lz1kcp.com.
PJ4    - Peter, PA8A will be active  holiday  style  as  PJ4B  from  Bonaire
         (SA-006) on 14-29 January. QSL via PA8A, direct only.
PY0F   - Leo, PP1CZ will be active again  as  PY0F/PP1CZ  from  Fernando  de
         Noronha (SA-003) on 8-15 January.  QSL  via  home  call  and  LoTW;
         logsearch and OQRS on Club Log. [TNX DX World]
UA     - A team from the Pushkino Amateur Radio  Club  (namely  R2DG,  R2DX,
         RV3DFI, RW3FB, RX3DVZ and RZ3DJ) will be active as R73RDA from  the
         town of Soligalich (RDA KS-28), Kostroma  oblast  on  3-6  January.
         They will also operate  mobile  while  travelling  through  several
         other  districts.  QSL  via  RW3FB.  Information  on  the   Russian
         Districs Award programme: www.rdaward.org. [TNX RZ3DJ]
VE     - Commemorating the 200th anniversary of the birth  of  Sir  John  A.
         Macdonald, the first Prime  Minister  of  Canada,  members  of  the
         Delta Amateur Radio Society (British Columbia) will  be  active  as
         VC7SJAM until 31 January. All of the QSOs  will  be  confirmed  via
         the bureau. Also, Kingston  Amateur  Radio  Club  members  will  be
         active as VG3SJAM during the same time frame from Sir  John's  home
         city of Kingston (Ontario). QSL via operator's  instructions.  [TNX
         DX Newsletter]
VP8_ant- Mike, GM0HCQ/VP8CMH was able to log  505  QSOs  during  his  recent
         stop at Rothera Base. He operated for three evenings mainly  CW  on
         17, 20, 30 and 40 metres. The "James Clark Ross" is due to be  back
         at the base on Adelaide Island (AN-001), Antarctica in a few  days'
         time, and it is Mike's intention to be active again  as  VP8ROT  on
         8-10 January. Usually he is QRV  from  around  00.00  UTC  for  2-3
         hours. QSL via GM0HCQ (direct only),  LoTW  and  eQSL.  Follow  the
         ship itinerary and Mikes' daily updates at www.gm0hcq.com.
VQ9   -  Bob,  N7XR   will  be  back   to   Diego  Garcia  (AF-006),  Chagos
         Archipelago and active as VQ9XR on 15-28 January. He  will  be  QRV
         on 80-10 metres. QSL direct only to N7XR,  preferably  through  the
         OQRS on Club Log (please refrain from choosing the  bureau  option,
         as "all ClubLog requests for bureau cards will not be  processed").
         [TNX The Daily DX]
W      - Members of the Livermore  Amateur  Radio  Group  Endeavors  (K6LRG)
         expect to be active as K6F from the Farallon  Islands  (NA-178)  on
         5-6 January. On Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/K6Fislands) they
         say that "this  trip to the island will likely not 'count' for IOTA
         credit. Paperwork and politics  being what they are, we will likely
         not have certification from IOTA for these QSO's  next week. Please
         consider this a dry run for a future  trip". The  Farallons  are  a
         National Wildlife Refuge and the  public  is  not allowed on any of
         the islands.  The only two  amateur  radio  activities  so far were
         conducted  by  KK6EK  on  1-2  September  1992  (419   QSOs,    see
         www.cordell.org/FARALLONS/index.html),  and  K6VVA/6  operated   by
         K6VVA  and  K9AJ  on  on  14-16  February  2006  (2576  QSOs,   see
YB     - YB8IBD and other seven  operators  will  be  active  as  YB8K  from
         Wawonii  Island  (formerly  known  as  Wowoni,  OC-236)  on   10-11
         January. QSL via YB8IBD; logsearch on Club Log. [TNX rsgbiota.org]
ZF     - Pete, K8PGJ  will be active as ZF2PG from Grand Cayman (NA-016)  on
         10-18 January, with a serious effort  in  the  North  American  QSO
         Party (NAQP). He will be QRV on 20-10 metres  SSB  in  his  morning
         and afternoon hours, and on 160-40 metres in the  nights.  QSL  via
         K8PGJ (direct) and LoTW. [TNX The Daily DX]
ZL7    - Nobuaki, JA0JHQ  (http://pandasan.jimdo.com/)  will  be  active  as
         ZL7/JA0JHQ from the Chatham Islands (OC-038) from 30 Janaury  to  1
         February. He will be QRV mainly on 17 and 15  metres  SSB  and  CW,
         with some activity on 30, 12  and  10  metres  depending  on  local
         conditions. QSL via JA0JHQ, direct o bureau.

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

BOUVET 2016 ---> "It is getting close to 'decision time' whether or not  the
Bouvet project (www.on4ww.be/bouvet2016.html) will go forward",  Mark  ON4WW
reported on 30 December. "I am amazed by the amount  of  funding  intentions
received from individual DXers  and  DX  Foundations/Clubs  alike".  Funding
intentions received so far cover EUR 112,000 out of the needed  250,000.  "I
am expecting the input of some of the DX Foundations,  DX  Clubs  and  other
Amateur Radio related institutions to reach me in the next few weeks",  Mark
says, and therefore he has postponed the deadline for a  possible  go  ahead
until the end of this month of January.
"Some of you have raised  a  point  of  concern  about  two  teams  possibly
activating Bouvet around the same time period", he goes on saying.  "I  have
done my homework on this, and with all data at  hand  I  see  no  reason  to
adjust my initial concept.  In  regard  to  possible  funding  for  the  two
efforts, luckily for you, the deserving DXer and the  DX  Foundations/Clubs,
there are mechanisms  in  place  to  determine  the  viability  and  success
factors of both efforts.
The unique one-man effort over a 3 month time period, will undoubtedly  show
how this different approach will make  more  people  happy  (compared  to  a
multi-operator team, short time period). Have a closer look why.
It is in the scope of this project:
1. to work as many unique stations as possible: thanks to the 3  month  time
   period, I will be able to work 1  or  2  specific  bands exactly for this
   purpose. The very last interested QRPp station willing to work Bouvet and
   willing to put the necessary time and effort  from  his/her side into it,
   will be able to get in the log;
2. to work those stations that need Bouvet  on  certain  bandslots/modes  to
   achieve 9 band clean sweeps;
3. to provide SSB, CW and RTTY contacts for those needing certain modes.
For all audiences, I will have plenty  of  time.  It  will  be  the  primary
reason for me being on Bouvet, making radio contacts, as many as possible.
Whether or not there will be two  DXpeditions  activating  Bouvet,  all  the
target audiences (unique/9 band-ers/modes) will  ultimately  have  a  better
shot with the 3 month concept.
For this approach to be successful, it needs one or two things.
- Club Log is a great asset  to  Amateur  Radio.  However,  the  Leaderboard
  function will not be used;
- I will  ask  to  those  who  already  have  Bouvet  confirmed  on  certain
  bands/modes: only work Bouvet where you need it.
I am confident I can count on the fair play  from  the  deserving  DXers  to
just work Bouvet where they need it. Resulting in being  able  to  work  the
pileups down to the very last QRP or mobile station and  at  the  same  time
making the 9 band hams reach their objective.
For those of you who would like to,  and  are  able  to  contribute  to  the
project upfront, please send an e-mail to bouvet2016[@]telenet.be  with  the
amount you intend to donate.
Again, I do not want/need any money now, there is no PayPal account,  it  is
just your funding intention I need to know at this point in time.
The final total on my spreadsheet will tell me whether to go ahead  or  not.
A final thought: 112k out of 250k is not enough to go ahead.
Thank you to those who already stepped forward, much appreciated!"

DAYTON CONTEST UNIVERSITY ---> Registration is  now  open  for  2015  Dayton
Contest University (CTU), to be held on 14 May at the  Crowne  Plaza  Hotel.
It will be the ninth year in a row for CTU Dayton. Details can be  found  on

DX SOUND CLIPS ---> Tom's (K8CX) DX sound clips for 2014  can  be  found  at
http://hamgallery.com/dx2014/; the collection  of  152  clips  (now  in  MP3
format) covers the major DXpeditions,  plus  rare  and  semi-rare  DX.  This
makes 17 full years of sound clips available. Tom is  looking  for  pre-1998
recordings to add to the site; please  contact  him  (k8cx[@]hamgallery.com)
if you have any. [TNX K8CX]

DXPEDITION OF THE YEAR ---> The DX World.net 2014  DXpedition  of  the  Year
poll [425DXN 1233] closed on 1 January. Nearly 10,000 votes were  cast.  The
Top Five DXpeditions are FT5ZM (Amsterdam Island), FT4TA (Tromelin  Island),
VK9DLX (Lord Howe Island),  VK9MT  (Mellish  Reef)  and  ZD9XF  (Tristan  da
Cunha). Congratulations!

IOTA ANNUAL  UPDATE  --->  Updates  for  the  2015  Honour  Roll  and  other
performance tables must be sent on  or  before  31  January.  If  postmarked
after that date, they will be processed in the normal  way  but  the  scores
will be held  over  to  the  following  year's  listing.  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 2015 tables  will  be  restricted  to
those participants who have updated their scores since February 2010.
Record-holders who have made IOTA contacts in an IOTA  Contest  after  2003,
can claim credit  for  them  without  submitting  QSLs,  provided  that  the
contact details match, either by manually entering the  QSO  information  on
the input form or by uploading a Cabrillo format log. The 2014 IOTA  Contest
data has now been uploaded to the IOTA database and  is  available  for  QSO
matching. [TNX G3KMA]

QSL VIA NI5DX ---> As of 1 January 2015 Buzz, NI5DX will be the QSL  manager
only for the following stations: 3B8CW, 3B8HC, 9H5G,  A41KJ,  A45WH,  C6ATS,
FG4NN, FK8CE, FK8DD, KL7SB, OD5ZZ  and  T6RH.  He  will  still  be  able  to
confirm contacts made before 1 January 2015 for  the  stations  he  formerly

VK0EK: HEARD  ISLAND  2015  --->  The  MV  Akademik  Shokalskiy  will  leave
Fremantle on 10 November and return on 22 December. The anticipated stay  on
Heard Island is up to three weeks. Bookmark www.vk0ek.org for updates.

+ SILENT KEY + Paolo Pero, I1HJP passed away on 26 December at 54  years  of
age. An accomplished CW operator, recently he attained  FOC  membership.  He
was also one of the fathers of Echolink in Italy.


QSLs received direct or through managers: 4U1ITU, 4W0VB/p  (OC-232),  5W0AG,
5Z4/EA4ATI, 5Z4/JH0CJH, 7O2A (AF-028), 7X2JV, 9I5OBO,  9K2SS,  9N7KT,  AH0K,
AL7GA, B9/BY9GA, BI4SSB,  BU2AQ,  BX4AG,  BY4IB  (AS-146),  C6ATS  (NA-048),
CE0Y/UA4WHX,  CE0Z/UA4WHX,  CE9/UA4WHX  (SA-050),  CE8/UA4WHX/p    (SA-091),
CE7/UA4WHX/p (SA-043), CE5/LU7CAW (SA-061),  CN2AA,  CP4BT,  CP4WHX,  D44KS,
DX8DX  (OC-188),  ED9K,  EG2INT  (EU-134),  EX/UA4WHX,  EX2V,  EX8M,  EY7AD,
EY8/UA4WHX, FR4NT, HC8ART, HK0/UA4WHX  (NA-033  and  NA-049),  J79L,  JY9FC,
KC4USV (AN-011), OA4AI, OA7/UA4WHX, OE2013K,  PJ7NK  (NA-247),  PY0F/UA4WHX,
PY22XB, PZ5VB,  RI0X  (AS-064),  RI44ANT  (AN-010),  RK3DZJ/1,  S01WS,  S0S,
SU0ERA, SU9VB, SX8SA (EU-075), T30D, TY1AA,  V51FH,  VK9EC,  VK9EX,  VK9XSP,
VP2EIM, VP5/G3SWH, VU4CB (AS-033), XR0YY, XR9H2O (AN-010),  YB8RW/p  (OC-213
and OC-236), YJ0X, YN2CC, YN5Z, YP0F (EU-191), ZA/YU7CM, ZK3E, ZK3Q.


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