425 DX News issue #1288

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26 December 2015                                          A.R.I. DX Bulletin
                                   No 1288
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                         ****  DX  INFORMATION  ****
                          Edited by  I1JQJ & IK1ADH
                        Direttore Responsabile  I2VGW

4S     - Special event station  4S0GS  will  be  active  on  27-31  December
         during "Galle Season", a large fair  and  exibition  that  will  be
         held in the historic city of Galle in southern Sri Lanka.  QSL  via
4S     - 4S7JTG and 4S7NTG are the  new  callsigns  that  Josep,  EA3BT  and
         Nuria, EA3WL will be using during their 3-8 January  activity  from
         Beruwala, Sri Lanka (AS-003) [425DXN 1283]. They expect to  operate
         from nearby Berberyn Island (AS-171) "as much  time  as  possible".
         They will be QRV on 40-10 metres  mainly  SSB,  with  some  CW  and
         RTTY. QSL via EA3BT, direct or bureau (OQRS to be enabled).
EA     - Celebrating   the   6th  anniversary  of  the  CW  Operators'  Club
         (www.cwops.org), special callsigns EG1CWO, EG2CWO, EG4CWO,  EG5CWO,
         EG6CWO (Balearic Islands) and EG8CWO (Canary Islands)  will  be  in
         use on 1-10 January. Further information to be found in due  course
         on http://eacwops.es.
EX     - Andrea HB9DUR (http://hb9dur.ch/) will be active again as EX/HB9DUR
         from Kyrgyzstan between 22 December and 8  January  2016.  He  will
         operate SSB with a focus on the higher bands.  QSL  via  home  call
         and LoTW; logsearch and OQRS on Club Log. [TNX DX World]
G      - The Denby Dale Amateur Radio Society will celebrate  the  New  Year
         2016 with a series  of  special  event  stations  (GB0HNY,  GB1HNY,
         GB2HNY, GB4HNY, GB5HNY, GB6HNY and  GB8HNY)  that  will  be  active
         from 28 December to 24 January. "Whilst we are not issuing any  QSL
         cards",  they  say,  "you  can  claim  a   special    commemorative
         certificate for working five stations". Details  on  qrz.com  under
         GB1HNY. [TNX DX Newsletter]
HL     - Special event station HL16RI will be active from 1  January  to  27
         June in celebration  of  the  107th  annual  Convention  of  Rotary
         International, which will be held in Seoul on 28  May-1  June.  QSL
         via HL4CCM.
JD1_oga- Once again Harry, JG7PSJ will be active as JD1BMH  from  Chichijima
         (AS-031), Ogasawara from 30 December to 9 January. He will  operate
         CW, SSB and RTTY on 160-10  metres.  QSL  via  JD1BMH  (bureau)  or
         JG7PSJ (direct). Logsearch and other information can  be  found  at
PJ2    - Steve, PJ4DX will be active as PJ2/KH0UN from Curacao  (SA-099)  on
         28-29 December. QSL via LoTW, as he  does  not  plan  to  have  any
         cards printed for this short operation.
PY     - Manu, ZP9MCE will be  active  as  PP5/ZP9MCE  from  Santa  Catarina
         Island (SA-026) on 2-9 January. He  will  operate  CW  and  digital
         modes (JT65) with a focus on 30, 17 and 12 metres. He says to  "QSL
         via PayPal" for this activity.
UA     - Yuri R2DG, Pavel R2DX, Yuri RV3DFI, Eugene RW3FB, Mike  RX3DVZ  and
         Dmitry RZ3DJ will be active as RU55IA from  the  town  of  Kologriv
         (RDA KS-14), Kostroma Oblast on 3-6 January. They will operate  two
         stations on 80-10 metres. They will also  be  QRV  as  RU55IA/m  on
         their way to/from Kologriv. QSL via R2DX (bureau, eQSL  and  OQRS).
         [TNX qrz.ru]
V6     - Kou, JR2GAG will be active again as V63GG from  Micronesia  on  1-8
         January. This time he will operate from Kosrae  (OC-059).  QSL  via
         JR2GAG, direct or bureau; logsearch and OQRS on Club Log.
VK     - Special event station VI2AJ2016 will be activated during  the  24th
         Australian Jamboree, to be held on 3-13  January  at  the  Cataract
         Scout Park in New South Wales. QSL via VK2KDP and  LoTW;  logsearch
         and OQRS on Club Log.

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

FT4JA ---> Christian, EA3NT has joined the FT4JA team who will  be  on  Juan
de Nova from 29 March to 11 April (these dates  include  the  unloading  and
loading phases). In early January, four crates of equipment will be  shipped
to Mayotte, which will be the DXpedition's starting point.
To minimize problems on the bands with the concurrent  DXpedition  to  Heard
Island, "we suggested to the VK0EK team to adopt a common band plan to share
the segments on the different bands": www.juandenovadx.com/en/band-plan/.
FT4JA will have a dedicated station for 6 metres,  as  the  DXpedition  will
take place "during a period of  trans-equatorial  propagation  (TEP),  which
suggests many QSO on the magic band". The station "will operate mostly in  a
CW beacon mode (CQ FT4JA), whose frequency will be published  in  our  plan.
We will switch to a transmitting position (CW or SSB only)  as  soon  as  we
hear someone respond". They also plan to try  EME  (JT65).  At  all  events,
their 6m QSOs "will be in addition to the rest of the contacts  and  not  to
the detriment of our presence on the HF bands".  Read  the  complete  latest
news release, dated 18 December, on the DXpedition's website.

OC-243 ---> Andy, VK5MAV and Craig,  VK5CE  will  be  active  from  Breaksea
Island (OC-243) in early March  [425DXN  1285].  The  exact  dates  will  be
announced in January. They will have first to drive from their QTH in  South
Australia to Albany (Western Australia),  "a  monster  journey  of  2743  km
(1704 miles)". Then,  "due  to  safety  and  permit  restrictions  from  the
Western Australian Department of Parks and  Wildlife",  the  only  way  they
"can get to and from the island is to charter a helicopter".  They  will  be
running two stations at the same time, using vertical  dipoles  for  10,  15
and 20 metres and a quarter wave for 40m.  VK5MAV/6  will  operate  CW  with
100W, while VK5CE/6 will operate SSB with 400W. "So as you can imagine  this
trip has many transportation costs", and "any  financial  support  would  be
greatly  appreciated".  See  http://oc243.blogspot.com.au/    for    further
information and updates.

P5/3Z9DX ---> As announced [425DXN 1283], Dom was in Pyongyang, North  Korea
"for high level talks with officials and inspectors" in  anticipation  of  a
future operation. Dom had to take all radio equipment with  him,  but  there
were no plans for him to be QRV during this  visit.  Unexpectedly,  however,
he was able to give a demonstration and be active for a  few  hours  between
00.09 UTC on 20 December and 08.47 UTC on the 21st. He made  790  QSOs  with
749 unique calls on 15, 20 and 10 metres SSB. "His antenna  is  on  a  metal
fence post 2m above  the  ground  among  government  high  rise  buildings",
DX-World.net reported. "The lowest noise level on 15m is 59+10  and  on  20m
it's 59+30. He's surrounded by a lot of people  as  he  operates  (officials
coming in and out)". Hopefully "a different QTH will be found for  the  real
activity  planned  for  early  next  year".  As  agreed  before   operations
commenced, he has left the equipment in North Korea. The  P5/3Z9DX  log  has
been uploaded to Club Log, and the OQRS has been enabled. [TNX DX World]

VP8STI & VP8SGI ---> "In  just  two  short  weeks",  N6PSE  reported  on  21
December,  "members  of  the  VP8STI/VP8SGI  team  will   be    meeting  the
'Braveheart' in Stanley, the Falkland Islands. All of our  plans  are  going
very well.  We  have  raised  73%  of  the  funds  needed  to  complete  our
The QSL page on the DXpedition's website (www.intrepid-dx.com/vp8) has  been
updated, and the OQRS will be live as soon as each activation is  completed.
The team will make "every effort" to upload their logs  to  Club  Log  on  a
daily basis, but there  might  be  problems  as  Southern  Thule  Island  is
outside of the Inmarsat BGAN coverage footprint.
"The team is very focused and committed to satisfying the need for  contacts
with South Sandwich and South Georgia. We ask that everyone  follow  the  DX
Code of Conduct. We will not work stations that are calling out of turn.  We
will be in communications with our Chief Pilot each day, and we ask  you  to
work with our team of Regional Pilot stations to help  us  meet  the  demand
for contacts".

YASME  FOUNDATION'S  SUPPORTING GRANTS ---> The  Board of Directors  of  the
Yasme  Foundation  (www.yasme.org)  announced  on  21 December  a number  of
supporting grants in furtherance of its goal of  supporting the  development
of amateur radio. The grants fall into several areas as follows:
- A grant to the ARRL Foundation to fund the Yasme Foundation scholarship
- A grant to the  Foundation for  Amateur  Radio  in  support  of  its  2016
  scholarship program
- A grant to the  Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) program  to support  programs
  aimed at promoting amateur  radio among those under age 26 throughout IARU
  Region 1
- A grant to the ARRL Teacher's Institute  to fund one  teacher's attendance
  at the 2016 Teacher's Institute on Wireless Technology
- A grant  to the  Amateur Radio on the  International Space Station (ARISS)
  program  in  support of  its effort  to place  higher power  amateur radio
  equipment  on   the  Columbia   Module  and  standardize   the   equipment
- A grant to the Northern California DX Foundation Beacon Project to  update
  the beacon station in Sri Lanka
- A grant  to the  Reverse Beacon Network to build  and install a  node that
  will provide coverage  in an area  identified as  both underserved  and of
  particular interest to propagation studies
- A grant  to  a  representative  of the  Haiti Amateur Radio Club  for  the
  purchase  of  amateur  radio training  materials to  be used for  training
  sessions of  future  licensees in Haiti  and the donation of a Kenwood TS-
  440S  transceiver  for  use  by  the  new  licensees
- A grant to the International Amateur Radio Club at ITU-Geneva (4U1ITU) for
  station maintenance and the acquisition of needed equipment
- A grant to  WRTC-2018  in  support  of ongoing  expenses and to  encourage
  organizations and individuals to support this important event
- A grant  to the  Ethiopian  Amateur Radio Society  club  station ET3AA  to
  acquire a new computer, interfaces and programs to be used for logging and
  operating digital modes and to purchase new headsets
- A grant to the World Wide Radio Operators Foundation (WWROF) in support of
  their ongoing activities
- A grant to Dokufunk, the Research and Documentation Center for the History
  of Radio Communications and  the Electronic Media  in Vienna, Austria,  in
  support of its activities to preserve the history  of radio communications
Also, the Board of Directors recognizes Director Charles "Mac" McHenry, Jr.,
W6BSY as he retires from the organization  after many years of service,  and
bestowes upon him  the title of  Director Emeritus, a first for Yasme. Mac's
association with Yasme spans decades, and dates back to the time  when Lloyd
and Iris Colvin were on their around-the-world DXpedition, visiting 221 DXCC
countries  and  operating  in about  two-thirds  of  them.  Yasme volunteers
answered  over  750,000  QSL  requests.  If you are  lucky enough to  have a
handwritten Yasme QSL card, chances are  very good that Mac was  the one who
filled out the card, stuffed it in an envelope and sent  it off to you. [TNX

ZL9A ---> The latest update on the DXpedition to Antipodes Islands  (OC-286,
new one for IOTA) [425DXN  1284]  is  avalaible  on  http://iotahunter.org/.
Cezar, VE3LYC is already in New Zealand, and confirms that two full sets  of
equipment (rigs and  antennae)  are  with  the  Department  of  Conservation
office in Invercargill, where all team members will gather on 2 January  and
the quarantine is scheduled for the 3rd. "If everything  goes  according  to
plan and weather cooperates, the team will board 'Evohe' by noon local  time
on 4 January, and attempt landing by mid-afternoon on  7  January.  It  will
likely take a few hours before they will be QRV, since landing will  require
some serious hiking back and forth between the shore and camp. One of  their
stations will be located inside the Castaway Depot, while the  other  a  few
tens of meters away, in a small tent".

+ SILENT KEY + Dr.-Ing. Petr Obermajer, OK2FEI passed away  on  16  December
at 80 years of age. A professor at the Brno  University  of  Technology,  he
was an "expert in transmitters and power amplifiers" and was fond of CW  and
DXing. [TNX OK2ZO]

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

CALL        MANAGER     CALL        MANAGER     CALL        MANAGER
3B9FR       M0OXO       CQ890IARU   CT1REP      RI1ANZ      RN1ON
3D2AG/p     3D2AG       CQ90IARU    CT3KN       S0WP/m      ON7WP
3D2KM       W6ZL        CV7S        CX7SS       SC90SSA     SM7HZK
3Z35RTTY    SP1DOZ      E44QX       DF8DX       SN3WOSP     SP3CGK
4K9W        DL6KVA      E51JLL      DL7JLL      ST90IARU    S57DX
4L1AN       N4GNR       E51TLA      OZ6TL       SU9IG       OM3CGN
4O7DX       YU1FW       E51WET      SM6WET      T88RY       I2DMI
4U1WB       KK4HD       EA8AH       OH1RY       T8CW        JA0FOX [b]
4X4WFF      IK2DUW      EM1000UKW   US5UCC      T8CW        JH0IXE [d]
4X6TT       N4GNR       EN150ITU    UT5UIA      TC7YOTA     OM2FY
5T0JL       ON8RA       ES90IARU    ES1QD       TF3WK       OZ1OM
5T0WP/m     ON7WP       FS4WBS      IZ1MHY      TM57XMAS    F-11734
5T2AI       NI5DX       FT4XU       F1ULQ       TO2EE       K2HVN
5W1SA       JA1DXA      GB5OMU      MN0VFW      TO90R       FR4QT
6W/C5WP/m   ON7WP       HB0IARU     EA5IDQ      TS4NP       3V8HQ
7X2YOTA     OM2FY       HC90IARU    HC2GRC      TT8FC       EA3GWK
7X3WPL      7X3DL       HF2016HNY   SQ2JK       TY2BP       IK2IQD
8P2K        KU9C        HF35PBW     SP1PBW      TZ4AM       W4VAB
8P9JB       J69Z        HF35RTTY    HF1D        UE24SU      RK3BJ
9G1YK       PA3ERA      HF360JG     SP9KAJ      UE25R       RN3RQ
9G5GH       EA5ZD       HH2JR       W3HNK       UE56MN      RZ3QWW
9H3DD       M1DDD       HI3/KL7JR   K7ICE       V26GT       N6GT
9H9YOTA     OM2FY       HI3CC       W2CCW       VK2IAY/9    G0UIH
9J2BO       G3TEV       HL5ZEB/2    DF8DX       VP2ETE      W3HNK
9M2SI       9M2OOO      HZ1SK       IZ8CLM      VP2MGT      N6GT
9Q6AL       DF9TA       J62YOTA     OM2FY       VP9HE       W2AF
9V1YC       W5UE        J68HZ       K9HZ        VY0JCW      VE2JCW
A25GR       M0XXU       KC4AAA      K1IED       XM7100AS    VA7DP
A25LC       N4GNR       KL7SB       NI5DX       YO0YOTA     OM2FY
A62A        IZ8CLM      KP2Q        K3TEJ       YO11IPA     YO3AS
A91ND/45    A92AA       KP4AW       NP3IR       YV7DX       EA5GL
A91WARD     A92AA       LU8EEM      LU7DR       Z21LS       7Z1HB  [d]
A91YOTA     OM2FY       LZ112RAEM   LZ1CF       Z21LS       DE1ZHB [b]
C5WP        ON7WP       OA4/EB1AIR  EA1HNQ      Z60IARU     OH2BH
C6AWU       AF6WU       OD5TX       W4JS        ZD8KFC      N4GNR
CN2JJ       F5LYF       OL15YOTA    OM2FY       ZF1A        K6AM
CN2LW       EA7FTR      OM2015TITANIC OM2FY     ZF2LA       K9LA
CO90IARU    W3HNK       ON90IARU    ON7TK       ZF2YL       AE9YL
CP6CL       W3HNK       P5/3Z9DX    3Z9DX       ZS6CCY      K3IRV
CQ790IARU   CT1REP      R170GS      RL5G        ZT1T        ZS1AFS

3D2AG    Antoine de Ramon N'Yeurt, P.O. Box  10842, Laucala Beach Estate,
         Suva, Fiji
3Z9DX    Dom Grzyb, skr. poczt. 84, 34-200 Sucha Beskidzka, Poland
DF8DX    Bodo Fritsche, Mardelaeckerstr. 14, 5417 Untersiggenthal,
EA3GWK   Josep Solans, Apartado 1, 25138 Torrelameu (Lleida), Spain
EA5GL    Pedro Miguel Ronda  Monsell, C/ Maximiliano Thous 16-24, 46009
         Valencia, Spain
F1ULQ    Jean-Luc Missler, 7 Rue de la liberte, 57720 Obergailbach, France
FO5RH    Alain Claverie, B.P. 51690, 98716 Pirae - Tahiti, French Polynesia
ON7WP    Pedro M.J. Wyns, Moutstraat 7, 2220 Hallaar, Belgium
SM6WET   Magnus Aronsson, Soldatvagen 17, SE-521 34 Falkoping, Sweden
VE2JCW   Jean Charron, 17 rue Elisabeth, Saint-Jerome QC J7Z 2S9, Canada
W4VAB    Hugh W. Morgan, 3316 Bunker Hill Dr, Knoxville TN 37920-3711, USA


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