425 DX News issue #1238

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24 January 2015                                           A.R.I. DX Bulletin
                                   No 1238
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                         ****  DX  INFORMATION  ****
                          Edited by  I1JQJ & IK1ADH
                        Direttore Responsabile  I2VGW

H4     - Once again Bernhard, DL2GAC will be active as  H44MS  from  Honiara
         (OC-047), Solomon Islands between 1 February and 30 April. He  will
         operate SSB only on 80-6 metres.  QSL  via  home  call,  direct  or
HS     - Alain, HS0ZKG (home call F6HBR) will go QRT  permanently  from  Koh
         Samui (AS-101) in May. He operates mainly CW,  with  some  PSK  and
         RTTY, on 40-10 metres. QSL via F6AXX, direct or bureau,  and  eQSL.
         Logsearch on Club Log.
J3     - Gregory, W2BEE will be QRV as J38GA from Grenada  (NA-024)  between
         31 January and 28 February, with activity focusing on  the  digital
         modes. QSL via home call, direct or bureau, and LoTW; logsearch  on
         Club Log. [TNX The Daily DX]
KP1    - "Within two weeks the K1N Navassa DXpedition should be QRV with  up
         to 7-8 stations", the K1N team reorted on 17  January.  "Our  exact
         departure date will be decided at the  last  moment  by  USFWS  and
         weather windows. We hope to have a basic camp  established  by  the
         end of the first day and if things go extremely well,  we  hope  to
         have several stations on the air by nightfall on  the  second  day.
         Helicopter deployment will continue  for  a  total  of  three  days
         before the camp is fully established".
         Look for K1N on "the usual" DX frequencies, listening  up,  but  in
         some cases, down, for certain  parts  of  the  world's  band  plan.
         Listen carefully to the instructions of  the  DXpedition  operator.
         At least one station will be on 20 metres 24  hours/day.  160m  and
         12m will be CW only, and 10m will be SSB  only.  Other  bands  will
         alternate CW and SSB. At least one station will always be on RTTY.
         The pilots will  be  N2OO  (Chief  Pilot),  V51B  (Africa),  JA1ELY
         (Asia, Zone 25), EY8MM (Central Asia, Zones 17-19, 21-24  and  26),
         MM0NDX  (Europe),  K2SG  (North  America),  ZL2AL  (Oceania),  HK1R
         (South  America)  and  KF5NYQ  (Youth  Pilot).  They  will  collect
         reports  and  suggestions  from  the  various  target  areas  (each
         pilot's contact information is listed on the DXpedition's  website:
         click on 'Our Team'). The worldwide feedback will  be  prioritized,
         summarized and forwarded to the team on Navassa.  Pilots  will  not
         have access to the logs, so do not  ask  about  busted  calls,  log
         entries, etc. Logs will be uploaded several  times  daily  to  Club
         QSL via N2OO, direct  or  bureau  (OQRS  on  Club  Log),  and  LoTW
         ("sooner rather than later"). Read the complete  Press  Release  on
         www.navassadx.com;  the  next  one  will  be  when   the    landing
         operations commence. After that, daily progress and  pictures  will
         be posted on the website. Follow K1N on Twitter (@navassa2015)  and
         check out their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/2015Navassa).
ON_ant - ON5TN and ON1EN are active as OP0LE  from  the  Princess  Elisabeth
         Station, Antarctica until the end of February. QSL via ON7TK.  [TNX
         DX World]
OZ     - Jakob, OZ7AEI will use OU25AEI  for  all  his  portable  operations
         (IOTA, lighthouses, etc) in 2015. The special  callsign  celebrates
         his Silver Jubilee in amateur radio. QSL via bureau or direct.
OZ     - Celebrating the  90th  anniversary  of  the  International  Amateur
         Radio Union, special callsign OZ90IARU will used until 31  December
         by  several  different  operators  around  Denmark.  QSL  via  OZ0J
         (please  use  the  OQRS  provided  by  Club  Log  for  direct   and
         especially for bureau cards), LoTW and  eQSL.  See  www.oz90iaru.dk
         for the relevant award and general further information.
PY     - LABRE-SP (PY2AA) will activate special callsign  ZZ461SP  on  24-25
         January to celebrate the 461st  anniversary  of  the  city  of  Sao
         Paulo. QSL via bureau to PY2AA, eQSL and LoTW. Information  on  the
         relevant award che be found on qrz.com.
UA     - A team of seven (RA9LR, RW0BG, UA0BA,  UA0ZC,  UA0ZFW,  UA9KAM  and
         UA9KDF)  will  be  active  as  RT9K/0  from  Dobrzhanskogo   Island
         (AS-203, new one for IOTA) in early September. They will travel  to
         Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky on 19  August,  but  once  there  it  will
         still be a 1,500-kilometre voyage before  they  reach  the  island.
         RT9K/0 will operate CW, SSB and digital modes on 40-10 metres  with
         three stations. QSL via RX9KM  (logsearch  on  Club  Log).  Further
         information and updates on http://www.qrz.com/db/RT9K/0
V3     - Gerd, DJ4KW (V31YN) and  Gisela,  DK9GG  (V31GW)  are  active  from
         Consejo Shores, Belize until 5 March. Activity will  be  on  160-10
         meters CW, RTTY ans some SSB. This year  they  "will  stay  on  the
         mainland  the  whole  time  and  will  not  be  visiting  any  IOTA
         locations". QSL via home calls, direct or bureau,  and  LoTW.  [TNX
         ODX Bulletin]
VE     - VE3RHE will be active as CG350F from  1  February  to  1  March  to
         celebrate the 50th anniversary of  the  National  Flag  of  Canada.
         Also known as the Maple Leaf, it was adopted to replace  the  Union
         Flag and made its first official appearance on  15  February  1965.
         QSL via VE3RHE.
VP8    - Denis, ZL4DB will be working at King Edward  Point,  South  Georgia
         Island (AN-007) between late January and  late  March/early  April.
         He might operate SSB only as VP8DOZ with 100  watts  and  a  ground
         plane on 17m, 20m and maybe other bands, possibly  starting  around
         late February. He  is  "very  inexperienced  in  using  a  computer
         logging program or pile-up  handling  so  may  not  be  calling  CQ
         initially, he may  only  S&P  for  a  while  until  his  confidence
         increases". ZL4PW will be his QSL manager; see qrz.com for  further
         information and updates.
VP9    - Ron, W3PV  will be active as  W3PV/VP9  from  Bermuda  (NA-005)  on
         23-29 January. He will operate CW, JT65 and JT9 on 40-6 metres.  He
         will also "spend some time listening for QRP  operators".  QSL  via
         home call (bureau), LoTW and eQSL. [TNX W3PV]
W      - Howie, K1VSJ will be active from Key Colony Beach (NA-062) from  29
         January to 9 February. QSL via home call. [TNX The Daily DX]
XW     - Toshi,  JA8BMK  is  active  again  as  XW8BM  from  Laos  until  10
         February. He is QRV with a focus on the low bands from a  new,  low
         noise QTH. QSL via JA8BMK.
YO     - In  celebration  of  the  90th  anniversary  of  the  International
         Amateur Radio Union, special Romanian stations YO90IARU,  YP90IARU,
         YQ90IARU and YR90IARU will be active on all bands and mode  from  1
         February to 31 December. [TNX IARU Region 1]

PACIFIC TOUR  --->  Hrane,  YT1AD  will  be  on  a  reconnaissance  trip  in
preparation  for  a future  DXpedition, and  will  be active  next month  as
3-8 February    3D2AD     Fiji
8-11 February   5W7A      Samoa
11-12 February  KH8/N9YU  American Samoa
13-14 February  KH6/N9YU  Hawaai
He will operate CW and SSB on 160-6 metres. QSLs via YT1AD. [TNX  The  Daily

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                         ****  GOOD TO KNOW ... ****
                          Edited by  I1JQJ & IK1ADH
                        Direttore Responsabile  I2VGW

CHESTERFIELD 2015 ---> The team for the 1-12 October TX3X DXpedition to  the
Chesterfield Islands (OC-176) [425DXN 1236] now includes  eleven  operators:
The pilot stations now include W4HK (Chief Pilot and North America),  JA1WSX
(Japan), 4L5A (Rest of Asia), PT7WA (South America),  V51B  (Africa),  HA5XA
(Europe) and  VK3HJ  (Oceania).  See  http://chesterfield2015.pdxg.net/  for
further information. [TNX K5GS]

DXCC RULES CHANGES ---> At its 16-17 January  Meeting,  the  ARRL  Board  of
Directors decided to tweak "the DX Century Club (DXCC) rules to clarify  and
expand their recognition of remotely controlled station technology. It  also
has added a rule that puts greater ethical responsibility on operators  with
respect to remotely controlled operation". The following  was  published  on
the ARRL's website on 21 January:
The DXCC Rules changes,  which  affect  Section  I,  subsections  8  and  9,
explain and extend how contacts with remotely controlled  stations  now  may
be  applied  toward  the  DXCC  award.  As  ARRL  CEO  David  Sumner,  K1ZZ,
explained, the changes are subtle but significant. The modified  rules  make
clear that contacts with legally licensed, land-based,  remotely  controlled
stations count for DXCC, but the control point - the operator's  location  -
of a remotely controlled station  no  longer  has  to  be  land  based;  the
operator can be literally anywhere.
"It has always been permitted for a QSO  to  count  for  both  stations,  if
either station was operated remotely from a control point  within  the  same
DXCC entity," Sumner explained. "Now the location of  the  operator  doesn't
matter; the operator could be on the far side of  the  Moon  if  he  or  she
could figure out how to remotely control a station on  land  back  on  Earth
from there." Transmitter location continues to define a station's  location,
and, for DXCC purposes, all  transmitters  and  receivers  must  be  located
within a 500 meter diameter circle, excluding antennas.
Under the old rules, if either station was operated from a control point  in
another DXCC entity, the contact did not count for DXCC for either  station.
"This was unenforceable unless someone was transparent about what they  were
doing," Sumner said.
The Board further adopted a new rule, now Subsection  11  (subsequent  rules
will be renumbered  accordingly),  that  acknowledges  the  reality  of  the
technology enabling remote operation, and it puts greater responsibility  on
individuals  when  it  comes  to  applying  that  technology  ethically  and
"Issues concerning remotely controlled operating and  DXCC  are  best  dealt
with by each  individual  carefully  considering  the  ethical  limits  that
he/she will accept for his/her DXCC and other  operating  awards,"  the  new
rule states. It adds, in part, "the owner of these achievements needs to  be
comfortable standing behind his/her award and numbers.  Peer  attention  has
always been a part of awards chasing, of course, but in these times with  so
many awards and so many players, it is more important  than  even  to  'play
the game ethically.'"
Subsection  11  acknowledges  that  technological  advances    "add  to  the
difficulty in defining rules for DXCC," but stresses that the intent of  the
rules is what's important. "It will continue to be up  to  the  operator  to
decide what types of legal remote control  operating  he/she  will  use  (if
any) to contribute to an operating award," the new rule concludes.

K1N & DQRM ---> "Deliberate QRM has been a major hindrance on both  ends  of
the pileups in recent years and is worsening. There is a tab on our  website
(www.navassadx.com) where you can help us  identify  QRMing  stations.  This
tab will not be active until the DXpedition comes on the  air.  By  entering
the data requested, and if enough data is entered, even with crude or  rough
beam headings, a 'heat map' can be produced with  mathematical  analysis  of
the data.  This  was  covertly  tested  during  the  recent  FT4TA  Tromelin
DXpedition and even with  limited  data  input,  several  deliberate  QRMing
stations could be identified within a very small area! Again, the more  data
that is provided the more accurate  the  'heat'  can  be  put  on  offending
stations. If we do experience QRM, we have planned tactics to  minimize  the
malicious interference. Hint: listen, listen and listen more  for  us...  we
might try to 'wiggle' out of it! We will also try hard to  keep  our  splits
narrow as possible to avoid  annoying  non-DXers  who  have  been  known  to
'bother' a pileup".

NC1L ---> ARRL DXCC and  Awards  Manager  Bill  Moore,  NC1L  was  seriously
injured in a single-car accident on 3 July last year [425DXN  1212].  Sadly,
Bill has now resolved to resign: "After much  consultation  with  my  family
and as a result of the life changing accident I suffered in  July,  2014,  I
have decided to relinquish my position as Awards  Manager  at  ARRL  HQ  and
focus my full effort on physical therapy. I have enjoyed my  years  at  ARRL
and the countless friends I have made within  the  ham  radio  community.  I
hope to maintain contact as best I can via email and hope someday I will  be
able  to  get  back  on  the  bands.    Email  can    be    sent  to  me  at
BillMooreNC1L[@]gmail.com and while I plan to read each  and  every  one,  I
cannot promise to reply in a timely manner". [TNX The Daily DX]

VP8 2016 ---> The Intrepid-DX Group is pleased to announce  that  they  have
received their Landing/Camp Permit for  South  Sandwich  and  South  Georgia
Islands for their January 2016 DXpeditions [425DXN 1233].  "We  will  be  on
each island for ten days and we plan for eight full  days  of  radio",  they
say. The primary objective is to provide as many DXers as  possible  with  a
New One, and to focus low-band contacts as a secondary objective:  "we  will
use proven techniques to help ensure that everyone  has  a  fair  chance  to
work us". They also hope  to  upload  to  LoTW  during  or  just  after  the
DXpedition. "At this time, we are seeking Foundation,  Club  and  individual
support to help us offset our significant costs to activate these  two  rare
islands" (South Sandwich and South Georgia are currently in the 4th and  9th
place respectively according to Club  Log's  DXCC  Most  Wanted  List).  The
vessel charter is in excess of 310,000 USD and the totale budget is  425,000
USD. See www.intrepid-dx.com/vp8/ for further information. [TNX N6PSE]

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                         ******* QSL  ROUTES *******
                          Edited by  I1JQJ & IK1ADH
                        Direttore Responsabile  I2VGW

CALL        MANAGER     CALL        MANAGER     CALL        MANAGER
3D2KM       W6ZL        FK8CE       NI5DX       RI1ANT      RW1AI
3W3B        E21EIC      FR4PV       EA5GL       RT77VV      RZ9UF
4K6FO       DC9RI       FW5JJ       F5RXL       S79AC       OE4AAC
4L1AN       N4GNR       GB2GM       2E0GSD      SN0GKR      SP3PGR
5B4AIF      EB7DX       GB4UAS      MN0VFW      SN50G       SP6KGJ
5H3EE       DL4ME       GS8VL       GM4FDM      T32RL       AD7AF
5H9GB       G4SVV       HB9HLM      EA7FTR      T6T         RW6HS
5P0MF       DF5LW       HC2SL       HD2A        T88CP       JA6UBY
5R8UI       IZ8CCW      HF30RVG     SP2UUU      T88HK       JE6DND
5W1SA       JA1DXA      HG7SNOW     HA7PL       TC100GLB    TA1CM
6W7SK       F6BLP       HG90IARU    HA5MA       TG9AJR      NR6M
7X2JV       SM4VPZ      HH5/KC0W    KC0W        TG9GJG      EA5GL
8P0P        W0SA   [b]  HI3CC       W2CCW       TR8CA       F6CBC
8P0P        W3HNK  [d]  HP1RN       IZ8CLM      TU5JM       DB1DT
8P9EH       EA4GLI [b]  HS0ZKG      F6AXX       TY2BP       IK2IQD
8P9NX       W3HNK       HV0A        IK0FVC      TZ6BB       W3HNK
8T5MQT      VU2NRO      HV6SP       IK0FVC      UE72L       RQ7L
9K2OD       EA7FTR      HZ1HZ       N7RO        UE77VV      R4AAT
9M2TO       JA0DMV      HZ1SK       IZ8CLM      UE77WW      R7TW
9M6XRO      M0URX       II8FC       IZ8XJJ      UN7TX       RW6HS
A22LL       ZS1LL       J28NC       F5RQQ       V31DX       DO4DXA
A45WH       NI5DX       J79SB       NI5DX       V31MA       M0OXO
A61Q        EA7FTR      JW9JKA      LA9JKA      V31YN       DJ4KW
AF1Y/KH0    DU1CKF      JY4CI       K2AX        V51WH       DK2WH
AP2NK       W3HNK       JY9FC       E73Y        V63YAH      AH7G
AU1SV       VU2SMS      KH2L        W3HNK       VK16AC      M0OXO
AU5SV       VU2SMN      KH8Z        JH1AJT      VK2DOI      SP3DOI
C5X         M0OXO       KP4AW       NP3IR       VK2DX       W3HNK
C91RF       DL6DQW      LY19EURO    LY3BY       VP2ETE      W3HNK
CE2AWW      N7RO        MM0NDX/p    IW7EGQ      XR0YJ       JA3AVO
CN2JF       F6CTF       MX0WFF      G0WOU       XV3FB       KB4FB
CN2JJ       F5LYF       OP0LE       ON7TK       XV9NPS      JA2NPS [b]
CO6LC       IZ1GDB      OU0POLIO    OZ1ACB      XV9NPS      JA2ODB [d]
CO8LY       EA7ADH      OX3XR       PA3249      XW1HFC      OE1HFC
CP4BT       DJ2BW       OX5M        OZ0J        XW4FB       KB4FB
CY0/VA1AXC  JE1LET      OX5T        OZ0J        XW4XR       E21EIC
DC0LGST     DF0CK       OY1OF       M0URX       XW4ZW       K1SE
DP0GVN      DL5EBE      P49MR       VE3MR       XW8BM       JA8BMK
DP1POL      DL1ZBO      PH6SKCC     PA3CLQ      YB8K        YB8IBD
E50V        E51CG       PJ4B        PA8A        YB8RXA/p    W2FB
EA8OM       DJ1OJ       PJ7TM       K2GSJ       YB9KA       HA3JB
EA9EU       EA5KB       PS06J       PR7JP       YC8ROP      W2FB
EA9KB       EA7FTR      PU2YZP      W2CCW       YL20IARU    YL1UB
EK3GM       IK2QPR      R120AM      RU3AWH      YL45GBC     YL3GBC
EL2DT       EL2FM       R35ASK      R4AAS       Z81D        OM3JW
EP6T        M0URX       R47TBS      UA4ATL      ZF2PG       K8PGJ
EX8VI       RW6HS       RA77VV      RW0UM       ZP/5P8X     OZ8X
FG/F6ARC    FE11DX      RI1ANR      RK1PWA      ZP5YW       W5UE

AD7AF      Richard L. Lemke, P.O. Box 1038, Ocean Park, WA 98640, USA
EL2FM      Joe Brown, 10 Oldhams Lane, Bolton, BL1 6PN, United Kingdom
JA3AVO     Masumi Nakade, 3-94 Koya, Itami-shi, Hyogo-ken, 664-0881, Japan
JE1LET     Masahiko Otokozawa, 985-7 Kuno, Odawara-shi, Kanagawa-ken,
           250-0055, Japan
JE6DND     Katsuhiko Hayashida, 5-5-28-106 Hibaru, Minami-ku, Fukuoka-shi,
           Fukuoka-ken, 811-1355, Japan
K3Y        Jeff Peters, 5562 Heritage Way, Traverse City MI 49685, USA
KC0W       Thomas M. Callas, P.O. Box 1058, Minnetonka, MN 55345. USA
M0OXO      Charles Wilmott, 60 Church Hill, Royston, Barnsley, S71 4NG,
           United Kingdom
M0URX      Tim Beaumont, P.O. Box 17, Kenilworth, CV8 1SF, United Kingdom
PA3249     Harry de Jong, Broekdijk 59, 7695 TC Bruchterveld, The
PZ5RA      Ramon Kaersenhout, P.O. Box 745, Paramaribo, Suriname
SM4VPZ     Lily Aspelin, Hertig Karlsg 21B, SE-682 30 Filipstad, Sweden
VU2NRO     National Institute of Amateur Radio, 6-3-1092/93 Raj Bhawan Road,
           Somajiguda, Hyderabad 500082, India
YB8IBD     Salmin Sahidin, Jln.  Belimbing  No.  89,  Kel. Andonohu, Poasia,
           Kendari 93232, Indonesia
YS1/HB9KNA Markus Pfiffner, Gopf 791, 9052 Niederteufen AR, Switzerland


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