425 DX News issue #613

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                              425 DX News #613
                              1 February 2003
                          Edited by I1JQJ &IK1ADH

           Information, reports and suggestions must be sent to: 
                  Mauro Pregliasco, I1JQJ: DX information 
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            Maurizio Bertolino, I1-21171: 425 DX News Web Pages
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3B8    - Katrin, DL1AXL has been  forced to cancel  her participation in  the
          9-15  February  3B8/DK7AO  operation  [425DXN  611]  from  Mauritius
          (AF-049). The team now  include Achim, DL1XD.  QSL via DL3APO.  Logs
          will be available at http://www.radioklub.de/3b8 [TNX DL3APO]
5B     - Look for Alan, 5B/G3PMR to be active from Cyprus from 4 February  to
          10 March. QSL  via G3PMR either  direct or through  the RSGB  bureau
          (e-mail   requests    for    bureau    cards    are    welcome    at
9Q     - La Gazette du DX reports  that Pat and  Nicole's licences have  been
          renewed through July. They are going  to resume their amateur  radio
          activities as 9Q1A/2 and 9Q1YL/2 from their new QTH at Matadi.
A5     - Glenn Johnson, W0GJ will operate again as A51B from Bhutan between 3
          and 26 February. He plans to concentrate on 80 metres CW during his
          mornings and evenings and to be active during the CQ/RJ WW RTTY (8-9
          February) and the ARRL DX CW  (15-16 February) contests. QSL  direct
          to W0GJ. [TNX The Daily DX]
BY     - Nicola, I0SNY and Gianni, I8KGZ plan to will be active from China on
          6-29 May. Further details to follow. [TNX I0SNY]
C6     - Ivars, KC4PX  will  be active  on  6 metres  as  C6APX  from  Nassau
          (NA-001) on 8-15 February. QSL via KC4PX. [TNX The Daily DX]
DL     - A group of German operators (including DH1LA, DH2AX, DH7NO,  DL2RTK,
          DL2SWW, DL2VFR,  DL6ATM and  others) will  participate in  the  IOTA
          Contest (26-27  July)  as DL0KWH  from  Peenemuende,  Usedom  Island
          (EU-129). Before the  contest they will  operate for  2-3 days  with
          individual callsigns on CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK. QSL via bureau.  [TNX
DU     - G3OCA, 4F2KWT and  other DU operators  will be active  as DX0C  from
          OC-120 on 14-17 March and as  4D0B from OC-092 on 20-26 March.  They
          plan to have two  stations on 40,  20,15 and 10  metres SSB and  CW,
          maybe with some  WARC activity as  well. QSL via  G3OCA (except  for
          Russian stations, whose cards will be handled by UA4SKW). All direct
          cards received for the 2002 expedition were mailed by the  beginning
          of December 2002, cards received recently are normally sent out next
          day. [TNX G3OCA]
EA9    - EA9CE, the  Ceuta  branch of  URE  (http://www.gratisweb.com/ea9ce),
          will participate in  the CQ WW  WPX RTTY Contest  as AM9CE. QSL  via
          bureau to EA9CE. [TNX EA9CD]
F      - The Belgian team of the  "Minkieboys" will be  going for the  fourth
          year to Sein Island (EU-068, DIFM AT-007) to participate in the IOTA
          Contest. ON4ASG,  ON4AVA,  ON4ON, ON5SY,  ON6CX,  ON7PQ,  ON7XT  and
          ON9CGB plan to be on the island from  24 to 29 July, and to  operate
          as TM3ON before, during and after the contest. QSL via ON4ON  either
          direct (Danny Commeyne, Rozenlaan 38,  B-8890 Dadizele, Belgium)  or
          through  the   bureau.   The  web   site   for  the   team   is   at
          http://users.skynet.be/minkies/ [TNX ON9CGB]
FG     - Pierre, F6FXS will be active as  FG/F6FXS from Guadeloupe   (NA-102,
          DIFO FG-001) from 12 February to 12 March. He will operate on  10-40
          metres CW only, mainly during his  morning and evening  hours,  with
          some 30 watts and  a wire antenna. QSL  via homecall  either  direct
          or through  the bureau.  [TNX F5NQL]
FO_mar - I2MOV, I2YSB,  IK1AOD, IK1PMR,  IK2DIA, IK2GNW  and IK2WXV  will  be
          active on CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK from the Marquesas Islands  (OC-027)
          for two  weeks starting  in  late April.  They  plan to  have  three
          stations on  all bands,  6 metres  included, with  beams and  linear
          amplifiers. Further information is expected  in due course;  on-line
          logs will  be  available at  http://digilander.libero.it/i2ysb  [TNX
HP     - Wil, DJ7AA will be active (callsign not known) from Contadora Island
          (NA-072) on 4-19 February. He  will participate in  the CQ WPX  RTTY
          and ARRL DX CW contests. Outside the contests he will concentrate on
          160 and 80  metres CW (look  for him on  or around  1826.5 and  3560
          kHz), with some  SSB and WARC  band activity. QSL  via DL6MYL.  [TNX
JA     - Look for Hiro,  JO1EPY/6 to  be active  (on 40,  17, 15,  12 and  10
          metres SSB and CW) from Nakano-shima in the Tokara Islands  (AS-049)
          on 1-3  March. QSL  via home  call  either direct  (Hiroshi  Kotoku,
          3-4-19 Kishimachi, Kawagoe City, Saitama 350-1131, Japan) or through
          the bureau. [TNX JI6KVR]
JA     - Mat, JS6PXB will  be active (on  40 and 20  metres SSB) as  JS6PXB/6
          from Zamami Island (AS-017), from 6 UTC on 5 February through  00.00
          UTC on  the 6th.  QSL via  home call  either direct  or through  the
KH3    - Martti/OH2BH, Pertti/OH2PM and Bernie/W3UR have been active as  AH3D
          from Johnston Atoll  since early this  week. They  operate from  the
          local Club  station (KJ6BZ),  which will  be dismantled  a few  days
          after the end  of this  expedition. The  last operation  will be  on
          Monday night  (Johnston  local  time) on  20  and  10  metres  (last
          antennas to come down).  There have been  problems with e-mail  from
          Johnston, so on-line logs  are not available.  The pilot station  is
          Bill  Avery,  K6GNX  (bavery@telemetry.com).  QSL  via  OH2BH  (2003
          Johnston Atoll DXpedition, P.O. Box 73, 02380 Espoo, Finland).  [TNX
PJ     - Tom/AE9B, Marty/NW0L and Jerry/WB9Z will be  active (on SSB, CW  and
          RTTY with an emphasis on the  WARC bands) as PJ2/homecall from  from
          Curacao (SA-006)  from 26  February through  4 March.  QSL via  home
          calls. They will participate in the ARRL DX SSB Contest as PJ2T (QSL
          via N9AG). [TNX NW0L]
PY     - CT1AHU, PY8EA, PT7BI,  PT2GTI, PT2HF will  be active (call  unknown)
          from Mexiana Island (SA-042,  the most "most  wanted" IOTA group  in
          South America) on 21-25 May. They plan to operate on 40, 20, 15  and
          10 metres SSB. Further information is  expected in due course.  [TNX
          CT1END and CT1AHU]
PY0_fdn- Bill, W9VA will be active as PY0ZFO (QSL via W9VA) from Fernando  de
          Noronha on 12-18  February, including and  entry in the  ARRL CW  DX
          Contest (contest category and callsign TBA). [TNX NG3K]
T8     - JA5AUC (T88TM), JA5ROH  (T88RH), JA5MY (T88FB),  JA5SUD (T88DY)  and
          JA5EIY (T88EI) will be active on 160-6 metres from Palau (OC-009) on
          7-12 February. QSL via home calls. [TNX NG3K and La Gazette du DX]
V2     - Bill, W4WX (V25WX) and Larry, W1LR (V2/W1LR, but he has applied  for
          V26LR) will be active from Antigua (NA-100) on 17-25 February.  They
          will have a small beam for  10, 15 & 20 metres,  a vertical for  10,
          12, 15, 17, & 20  metres and dipole  for 6 metres.  They will be  on
          SSB, MMTTY and  PSK-31. The pilot  station will  be Clarence,  W9AAZ
          (kx8nlaf@bellsouth.net). QSL via home calls. [TNX W4WX]
VK9_lh - Barry, VK2BJ will be active as VK2LBJ from Lord Howe Island (OC-004)
          for one week starting on 8 February. [TNX The Daily DX]
VK9_xms- Steve, VK3OT/VK3SIX will  be active as  VK9XI from Christmas  Island
          (OC-002) on 7-21 April. He will concentrate on 6 metres (50115  kHz)
          between 10 and 15 UTC, with  low band operation at 23 UTC  (sunrise)
          and 8 UTC (sunset). QSL  direct to VK3OT  (Steven Gregory, P.O.  Box
          622,   Hamilton,   Victoria   3300,   Australia).   Web   page    at
          http://members.datafast.net.au/electronics/vk9x.htm [TNX VK3OT]

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                          ****  GOOD TO KNOW ... ****
                           Edited by  I1JQJ & IK1ADH

DAYTON DX  DINNER  ---> The  Southwest  Ohio DX  Association  is  pleased  to
announce the 18th Annual DX Dinner to be held  on 16 May at the Crowne  Plaza
Hotel, Dayton.  Tickets  must be  purchased  in advance  and  seats  will  be
assigned on 16  March in the  order that requests  are received. For  further
information please visit http://my.erinet.com/~n8bjq/ or contact Steve Bolia,
N8BJQ at n8bjq@erinet.com [TNX N8BJQ]

OLD WOMAN ISLAND ---> The VK4FW/P  cards for Bill's operation from Old  Woman
Island have a  wrong IOTA reference  number on them  (OC-142). The island  is
just a  few minutes  outside the  OC-142 grid,  and  the IOTA  Committee  has
confirmed that they will accept these  cards for OC-137. Bill apologizes  for
the unintentional mistake.

QSL 3B9FR ---> Robert, 3B9FR says that F6FNU has not been his QSL manager for
more than four  years now. QSL  cards should be  sent direct  only to  Robert
Felicite, P.O. Box 31, Rodriguez Island, via Mauritius Island, Indian  Ocean.

QSL CO6XN --->  Due to the  current unstable mail  situation and increase  in
cost of the  bureau service in  Colombia, Oscar/HK6DOS will  cease to  handle
CO6XN's bureau cards effective 1 June 2003.  The last date to accept via  the
bureau will be 31 January 2003. Frank,  N3ZOM will continue to handle all  of
Abel's direct cards. [TNX OPDX Bulletin]

QSL EP6KI ---> Following the tragic death of Victor Rusinov, UT8LL, in an air
crash just before Christmas the Ukrainian Amateur Radio League (UARL) and the
IOTA Committee have  been working together  to see that  the QSLing of  EP6KI
contacts is carried through in accordance with his wishes. UARL has taken  on
the design of a  special memorial card  and this should  be printed over  the
next few weeks. Phil Marsh, G4WFZ has received a large number of direct cards
and will  reply to  all of  these when  the EP6KI  cards are  available.  The
decision has been taken to QSL all contacts in  the log and, to help Phil  in
this, Igor  Zeldin, UR5LCV  has agreed  to act  as QSL  manager for  the  CIS
countries. There is no need to send further bureau cards or duplicate  direct
cards either to the Ukraine or to the UK. [TNX G3KMA]

QSL HK6DOS --->  "Due to the  cost of the  mail in Colombia",  all QSL  cards
(direct and bureau)  for Oscar, HK6DOS  should be  sent to  his QSL  manager,

QSL XE2AC ---> Luis, XE2AC (6J2AC) reports that his new QSL manager is  Paco,

QSL YB0GJS --->  Effective 1 February  2003, the  new QSL  manager for  Lani,
YB0GJS will be N9NU (Tim S.  Dickerson, 900 Vincent  Dr, Sandwich, IL  60548,

QSL MANAGER  OFFERED --->  Veteran QSL  Manager Bob  Nadolny, WB2YQH  (5X1GS,
5Z4GS, K2L, VP9MN etc) is looking to take on another station for QSL  chores.
A semi-rare  and active  station or  small  DXpedition is  welcome.  Computer
logging is a  must and e-mail  of logs monthly  to keep  the Deserving  happy
would be helpful. Please contact Bob  at wb2yqh@earthlink.net to discuss  the
details. [TNX WB2YQH]

QSL VIA HB9BGN --->  Albert, HB9BGN acts  as a maildrop  for the ZA  stations
(mainly ZA1Z) whose QSL route is "via HB9BGN". He says that "mail  forwarding
to Tirana is done 2-3 times  per year by trustworthy  persons  travelling  to
Tirana". One USD is sufficient, please do not send SASEs with Swiss stamps as
QSLs  are  mailed  from  Albania.  Further   information  can  be  found   at
http://mypage.bluewin.ch/HB9BGN [TNX The Golist, http://golist.net/]

V31KQ ---> Roger, WA0ETE, QSL manager  for V31KQ, informs me that the  recent
operations on 15m  CW are the  work of  a pirate.  The only  valid dates  for
operation from V31KQ in 2002 were from 24  April to 2 May. At present,  there
are no firm plans to return to Belize in 2003. [TNX K9RZ]

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                          ***  NEWS FROM THE WEB  ***
                           Edited by  I1JQJ & IK1ADH

QSLs received direct: 3A2MD, 3DA0TM, 3XY7C, 4S7NE, 4U1ET, 4U1ITU, 5A1A, 5A32,
5K0Z, 5T5JC (1993 QSO),6Y5WJ, 7P8ZZ, 8N1OGA,8P9HT, 9H0A, 9H1ZA,9H4CM,  9J2BO,
9M6LSC, 9S1X, A22MN (1994 QSO)A25/V51AS, A35TL, A41KJ, A71MA, BA4DW,  BA4DW/2
(AS-151),  BA4DW/4  (AS-150),  BA4EG,  BA4RF,  BQ9P,  C21AT,  C6ARB,   C98DC,
(AS-090),  HR1AAB  (1998   QSO),  HR5/F2JD,  HV5PUL,   J38X,  J75PL,   J79RJ,
PY5M, PZ5RA, R1ANF, RI0CA (AS-044), RI0CB (AS-114), RW2F, S07U, S21YY, S79MX,
S9MX (AF-023 and AF-044),  S9SS, ST0F, SV9ANH,  SZ8LH (EU-049), T77C,  T88HA,
TI5/KI7VR, TI9M, TR8CA, TT8ZZ, TY4DX, TY7Z,  TY9F, TZ6JA, UE1RCV/1  (EU-188),
UK8BQ, UK8GK, UY2VM, V26S,  V31DJ, V31JP, V47NS,  V63RE (OC-253 and  OC-254),
V63WN (OC-254), VE8AE/VY0 (NA-130), VK4YI (OC-137), VK9YL, VP2V/N6WKS, VP6DI,
YA5T, YC9BU/7  (OC-252),  YC9WZJ/7  (OC-252),  YI9OM,  YV5OHW,  YV5OHW,  YW1T
(SA-066),Z22JE, Z24S, ZA/Z35M, ZA1Z, ZB2JO, ZC4DW, ZD7DP,ZD8Z,  ZF2AH,ZK1USA,

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