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                              425 DX News #663
                              17 January 2004
                          Edited by I1JQJ &IK1ADH

           Information, reports and suggestions must be sent to: 
                  Mauro Pregliasco, I1JQJ: DX information 
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7Q     - Mark/G4AXX, Dick/GU4CHY,  Steve/G4JVG  and Rich/M5RIC  will  operate
          from Malawi  between  18 April  and  1 May.  The  callsign  will  be
          announced shortly before the start of  the operation. Activity  will
          be on 10-80 metres CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK, using three stations  with
          amplifiers and beam antennas. QSL via G3LQP direct (Roger Brown, 262
          Fir Tree Road, Epsom KT17 3NL, England) or via the bureau. A website
          at http://www.malawi.digital-crocus.com  has been  set up  and  will
          include a log-search  facility updated regularly.  Each of the  team
          members will be making a personal donation to a Malawian aid charity
          (details to appear on the website)  and donations from DX clubs  and
          individuals for the DXpedition or the charity would be welcome. They
          may be  sent  to  G4JVG  (Steve  Telenius-Lowe,  27  Hertford  Road,
          Stevenage SG2 8RZ, England). [TNX G4JVG]
9Q     - Gus, SM5DIC will be going back  to the Democratic Republic of  Congo
          on 20 January for two months and will operate (also on 6 metres  and
          digital modes) the  club call 9Q0AR  in his spare  time. QSL  direct
          only  via   SM5BFJ  (Leif   Hammarstrom,  Lerklockan   4,   SE-73091
          Riddarhyttan, Sweden). [TNX The Daily DX]
C5     - Jan, PA9JJ will  be active again  as C56JJ from  Kololi, The  Gambia
          from 29 March to 5 April. This year he will operate also RTTY and/or
          PSK31 and will try to work on 160  metres. If the low bands are  not
          good, he will concentrate on the WARC bands. No activity on 6 metres
          is planned. QSL information at www.qrz.com/c56jj [TNX PA9JJ]
C6     - Wade, AA8LL  and  Liz, K8LIZ  have  cancelled  their  16-19  January
          activity from Crooked Island (NA-113) [425DXN 662]. The trip may  be
          rescheduled in February or March. [TNX AA8LL]
C6     - Steve, AK0M will be active (on 10-80 metres mainly CW) as C6ASB from
          Treasure Cay  (NA-080), Bahamas  on 21-28  February, including  some
          casual all-band operation in  the ARRL DX  CW Contest. Steve's  wife
          Sandy, KC0RD may also be active  as C6ASC. QSL  via AK0M. [TNX  OPDX
CE     - CA5UBP reports he plans to operate (on 80, 40 and 10 metres, from  2
          to 11 UTC) from the  Bio-Bio Region group  (SA-070, Santa Maria  and
          Quiriquina Islands)  on 20-25  January. QSL  direct only  to  CA5UBP
CT     - Weather  permitting,  CT1GFK/p,  CT1GPQ/p,  CT2IHP/p,  CT2IUA/p  and
          CT1EHX/p will operate from Ilha do Barro (not IOTA, DIP AL-21) on 18
          January. Look for  them on  40, 20,  17, and  15 metres  SSB and  CW
          between 7 and 12 UTC. QSL via home calls. [TNX CT1END]
F      - Jean-Marc, F5SGI will  be active,  hopefully as  TM6ILE, from  Groix
          Island (EU-048, DIFM AT-012) on  11-18 April. This  will be a  10-80
          metres CW only operation. QSL  via home call  (but contacts will  be
          confirmed automatically via the bureau). [TNX F5SGI]
FM     - Guy, F5MNW will be active as FM/F5MNW from Martinique (NA-107,  DIFO
          FM-001) from 21 February to 6 March. He will operate on the HF bands
          only CW during his spare time. QSL via home call, direct or  bureau.
          [TNX F5NQL]
FS     - David/K3LP,   Larry/N7DD,    Steve/N3SB,   Tyler/K3MM,    Jeff/N8II,
          Clint/W3ARS and  Kam/N3KS will  be active  as FS/homecall  from  St.
          Martin (NA-105) on 18-24 February. They will participate in the ARRL
          DX CW Contest (21-22 February) as FS5UQ (Multi-Multi). All QSLs  are
          via www.qrz.com [TNX NG3K]
HA     - On 1 May Hungary will become  a full member of  the of the  European
          Union and, to celebrate the event, special callsign HA2004EU will be
          used by  members of  MOM  Radioclub through  the  end of  the  year.
          Further information is available at http://ha2004eu.hu/ [TNX HA5X]
HC     - Rick, NE8Z will be operating as HC1MD from Tumbaco, Ecuador on 22-28
          January. Look  for activity  on 80-10  metres CW  and SSB,  with  an
          emphasis on the WARC bands. On 26 January Rick will have access to 6
          metres (100w + 5 element yagi)  and will be be monitoring 50110  kHz
          all day. QSL via www.qrz.com or K8LJG (John Kroll, 3528 Craig Drive,
          Flint, MI 48506, USA).  Do not forget  to give a  look to the  HC-DX
          Awards at http://www.octavia.com/qsl/awards.htm [TNX NE8Z]
J3     - Bob, AA1M and Mike, W1USN will be active as J3/homecall from Grenada
          from 29 January through 6  February. They will  operate CW, SSB  and
          some PSK on the HF bands. QSL via jome calls, direct or bureau. [TNX
          OPDX Bulletin]
KG4    - Tip, N4SIA will operate on  all bands as  KG4AS from Guantanamo  Bay
          starting on 20 January for eight  days. QSL via home call. [TNX  The
          Daily DX]
LU     - Henry, LU4DXU is currently active as  LU4DXU/X from Ushuaia  (Tierra
          del Fuego, SA-008) until 22 January. Look for him around 14290  kHz.
          Depending on transportation opportunities, Henry might operate  also
          from other nearby  IOTA islands. QSL  via home  call. See  Antarctic
          Operations below for the latest information on Henry's activity from
          the South Orkneys. [TNX DL5EBE]
LU     - Alberto/LU1DZ,  Hector/LU6UO  and  Fernando/LW2DX  will  operate  as
          homecall/L  from  Esquina,  in  the  rare  Corrientes  province   of
          Argentina, on 22-27 January. The operation is sponsored by the Grupo
          Argentino de CW (GACW) and they will operate CW on all the HF bands.
          QSL LU1DZ/L via EA3RE, others via home calls. [TNX LW2DX]
PA     - ON6UM, ON4LO,  ON4LN and  ON4BAG will  be  active (SSB  and  digital
          modes) again from  Schouwen Duiveland (EU-146)  on 24 January.  [TNX
PY0_fni- Bill, W5SJ will operate as PR0F  from the PY0FF station on  Fernando
          de Noronha on 21-27 January. He plans  to be on CW most evenings  on
          160, 80 and 40 metres; on 24-25 January he will be on 10109,  14225,
          18127, 21225, 24935 and 28450 kHz from  around 15 to 18 UTC. The  CQ
          WW 160 CW Contest is the main purpose for this trip. [TNX QRZ-DX]
T33    - The equipment for  the T33C DXpedition  to Banaba  [425DXN 651]  has
          been shipped. The team will arrive on Tarawa (T30) late in March and
          T33C should be on the air by 4 April. The 2-week expedition will  be
          a major effort, featuring 24 hour a day operations on all bands  and
          modes with  seven  separate stations.  The  expedition  still  needs
          contributions to cover  costs. Contributions  may be  sent to  F5CWU
          (Flo Moudar, 25  Rue du  Castel Salis,  37100 Tours,  France) or  by
          PayPal to  pa2r@muurkrant.com  or pa5et@muurkrant.com;  for  further
          information, please visit http://www.dx-pedition.de/banaba2004. [TNX
          K6SRZ, doctore@well.com]
T8     - Kazu, JH6WDG will operate (on 80-10 metres SSB and CW) as T88AQ from
          Palau (OC-009) from  27 January to  2 February. QSL  via home  call,
          bureau or direct. [TNX JH6WDG]
TJ     - Oscar/IK2AQZ, Giuliano/IK2OPW  and Mario/IW2HUZ  will be  active  as
          TJ1GA from  Cameroon on  16-30 January.  They will  operate SSB  and
          PSK31 on 80-6 metres. QSL via IK2AQZ, direct or bureau. [TNX I2FUG]
UA     - Alex/RV3DPM, Vadim/RX3AKL, Vadim/RX3AKQ,  Serge/UA3DNR and  possibly
          Dmitry/RA3DEJ will operate (on 80-10 metres CW and SSB) as  RK3DZJ/3
          (QSL via  RA3DEJ) and  R3ARS/3 (QSL  via  RA3AKF) from  the  Russian
          National Park "Kerzhenskiy"  (RRF-46, RDA NN-26)  on 16-18  January.
          For   full   information   on   the   RFF   Award,   please    visit
          http://www.hamradio.ru/rrc/ [TNX UA3DNR]
XE     - Hector, XE2K and others will be active as XF1K from an island in the
          Sonora State South group (NA-166, the most "most wanted" IOTA  group
          in North America)  on 5-9 February.  Plans are to  operate on  10-80
          metres (maybe  on 160m  as well)  SSB and  CW, with  three 100  watt
          stations powered by  battery and generator  for 18-24  hours on  the
          air. They will have two triband yagis, two verticals for 10-40m  and
          10-80m (maybe a third one for 10-160m) and one dipole for 80-40-30m.
          QSL via N6AWD (Fred  K. Stenger, 6000  Hesketh Dr., Bakersfield,  CA
          93309, USA). Further details  will be provided  in due course.  [TNX
XT     - Orlando, VE4JOP is currently active as XT2OP from Burkina Faso until
          26 January. He plans to operate daily on 14195 kHz between 12 and 14
          UTC. QSL via home call. [TNX The Daily DX]
YI     - Kaspars, YL1ZF is active as  YI9ZF from Baghdad  for the coming  6-8
          months. Kaspars prefers CW, but he has also equipment for RTTY.  QSL
          via SM1TDE, either  direct (Eric  Wennstrom, P.O.  Box 94,  SE-62016
          Ljugarn, Sweden)  or through  the SM  bureau. Direct  cards  without
          sufficient return  postage  will be  replied  to  via  bureau.  [TNX
ZC4    - "After some extensive  negotiations", George, 5B4AGC  says, "we  are
          pleased to announce that ZC4A will be QRV during the upcoming CQ  WW
          160m CW Contest. This will be  a combined operation from members  of
          the various Sovereign base areas and  we have been given  permission
          to use a redundant 200 ft tower which we will be shunt feeding". The
          operators will be 5B4AGC, 5B4AGN, 5B4FL and ZC4CW. QSL via 5B4AGC.

                       >>> ANTARCTIC OPERATIONS (*) <<<

ANTARCTICA    - Obi,  JA0WJN/8J1RF  will be going QRT from  Dome Fuji Station
                 (AN-016) on 20 January [425DXN 622 & 42DXN 626]. The research
                 station will be closed on the 23rd and  it will take a couple
                 of weeks to reach Syowa station on East Ongul Island (AN-015)
                 by snowmobile. For further information, please visit http://
                 [TNX F5NOD]
ANTARCTICA    - Nikolai Makarov, UA3YH/AB0KG (R1ANM) is active as KC4AAA from
                 the Amundsen-Scott Base (South Pole, AN-016). QSL via  K1IED.
                 Give  a look  to  the  beautiful  pictures  on  web  site  at
                 http://mitglied.lycos.de/mapu2001/nsf.html [TNX F5NOD]
ANTARCTICA    - Michele, IK7JGQ  is active  as  KC4/IK7JGQ from  "Baia  Terra
                 Nova" station until 31 January. He can be found on 14185 kHz,
                 with Luigi (IK8OZZ), between 18.30 and 19.15 UTC.
                 For    further     information,   please    visit    http://
                 Give  a look  to  the  beautiful  pictures  on  web  site  at
SOUTH ORKNEYS - On 23  January  Henry, LU4DXU  will  board  the  supply  ship
                 "Almirante Irizar"; he  expects to arrive  to Laurie  Island,
                 South Orkneys (AN-008) on  the 26th and  to operate as  AY1ZA
                 from the "Orcadas del Sur" base  until 29 February. He  plans
                 to operate SSB (28390, 24930, 21190, 18130, 14290, 7090, 3785
                 kHz), CW  (28035, 24905,  21035, 18090,  14035, 10120,  7025,
                 3515, 1835 kHz),  RTTY (28120,  21090, 14090  kHz) and  PSK31
                 (21070, 14070 kHz) with a linear amplifier, a 4-element yagi,
                 a rhombic  antenna and  some wire  antennas. QSL  via  LU4DXU
                 (Horacio Enrique Ledo,  P.O. Box 22,  1640 Martinez -  Buenos
                 Aires, Argentina). [TNX DL5EBE]

(*) As far as base names, locations and accessory information  are concerned,
the  reference  source  is  the  WABA  Directory   2003  (which  is  also  an
acknowledged  reference source for the RSGB IOTA Programme).

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

1A0KM --->  Contrary to  previous announcements,  on-line logs  for the  most
recent 1A0KM operation will  not be available  - not for  the time being,  at
least. According  to their  web  page, 1A0KM  was  pirated on  the  following
days/times: 2  January 23-24  UTC (40  metres CW),  3 January  08-09 UTC  (20
metres CW), 4 January 01-06 UTC (40 metres CW) and 20-21 UTC (40 metres  CW).
[TNX http://www.sixitalia.org/1a0km/1a0km2004.htm]

3XY1L ---> Leo, UT1WL/3XY1L logged about  15,000 SSB QSOs during his stay  in
Guinea, between 16  March and 9  December 2003. His  QSL manager (UY5XE)  has
sent out  some 8,000  cards so  far  (around 900  direct,  the rest  via  the
bureau). [TNX UY5XE]

DELTA DX ASSOCIATION ---> The officers of the Delta DX Association (Metairie,
LA)  for   2004  are   Chip  Tilton/K5RSG   (President),  Don   Boudreau/W5FK
(Vice-President),  John   Uhl/W5ZE   (Secretary)  and   Walt   Cockerham/N5VN
(Treasurer). [TNX W5ZE]

DXCC NEWS ---> The following  operations are approved  for DXCC credit:  5X2F
(29 July 2003 - 1 July 2004), YA4F (September 2003 - April 2004) and YA8G (14
December 2003 - 31 January 31 2004). [TNX NC1L]

IPHG AWARD ---> The International Pharmacists  Ham Group issues the  I.P.H.G.
Award for contacts made (or, for SWLs, heard) with IPHG members (details  are
available at http://www.malpensa.it/iphg/index.htm). Currently there are 170+
members representing 42 countries all around the world and many of them  will
be on the air on 18  January for the  IPHG Sked. Look  for them around  3618,
7098, 14318, 21318 and 28318 kHz. [TNX IK2UVR]

POSTAGE --->  Owing  to the  increasing  strength of  some  local  currencies
against the US dollar and/or new  and more expensive postal  rates, 1 USD  no
longer covers return postage from several  countries to destinations  outside
their own continents.  Reports received  so far  include Australia  (VK4AAR),
Canada (VE3LYC),  Denmark (OZ1ACB),  France  (F5MNW), Germany  (DL6ZFG),  New
Zealand (ZL4HU), The Netherlands  (PA3GIO), Sweden (SM7AED,  who adds that  1
USD is not sufficient also from Sweden to other European countries).
As for Italy, 1 USD is no longer sufficient for Priority Mail letters sent to
destinations outside Europe. The current postage for a standard letter up  to
20 grams is EUR 0.62 (Europe),  EUR 0.80 (Africa,  Asia, Americas), EUR  1,00
(Oceania) by Priority Mail (more  reliable) and EUR  0.45 (Europe), EUR  0.65
(Africa, Asia, Americas), EUR 0.70 (Oceania) by Ordinary Mail.

QSL A52CQ ---> Dane, A52CQ (S57CQ) left Bhutan on 15 January. He logged  1880
QSOs, many  of  them on  the  low bands.  According  to  Slavko,  S57DX  (QSL
manager), cards will be printed in  the next 2 or 3 weeks.  If you use  IRCs,
please make sure that the coupon is properly stamped in the left corner. [TNX

QSL KH7R ---> Please note that Ken, W8LU is not the the QSL manager for  KH7R
(Hawaii). The correct QSL route is direct  to Ken Hoppe, P.O. Box 95521,  Las
Vegas, NV 89193-5521, USA. [TNX K1XN and The Golist]

QSL PZ5A --->  QSLs for PZ5A  (CQ WW DX  SSB 2003) and  for pre/post  contest
operation by PZ5UE, PZ5FF and PZ5CQ  have been received from the printer  and
it is hoped to have all direct  requests received so far answered within  two
weeks.   Refer    to    the   web    page    for    additional    information
(http://www.mdxa.org/pz_2003.html). [TNX W5UE]

QSL VIA N9NU ---> Tim, N9NU says there was a typo in his qrz.com  information
page and e-mail signature, as he is the QSL manager for A92GQ (and not A92GE,
as reported in 425DXN  662). Tim says  he will be  handling QSL services  for
Serge,    UA9CKN    as    well.    Log    searches    are    available     at

QSL VIA UA3FDX  ---> Vladimir, UA3FDX  (not UA3DFX as  reported by UA3SAQ  in
425DXN 662) is the new QSL manager  for 4J1S, 4K1V, 4K60AA, 4K7DWZ and  4K7Z.
He has logs and cards also for 4K50V, 4K51V, 4K52V and 4K53V. The address  is
Vladimir Ulyanov, P.O. Box 10, Moscow 121615, Russia. [TNX UA3FDX]

+ SILENT KEY + Ace Jevremov, DJ0LZ (Z32FD) reports that Petar "Pepi" Krajcev,
Z31PK passed away on 13 January at 64 years of age. "I was his QSL  manager",
Ace says. "Pepi was one  of the best  teachers for all  of us in  Macedonia".
[TNX K1XN and The Golist]

                          *** 4 2 5  D X  N E W S ***
                          ***  NEWS FROM THE WEB  ***
                           Edited by  I1JQJ & IK1ADH

CONTEST: An excellent source of information is the  Contest  Service  by  Jan
          Eric Rehn, SM3CER (http://www.sk3bg.se/contest/)
LOGS:    On-line  logs  of  the  recent  Z38M   operation  can  be  found  at
          http://www.mdxc.org/ [TNX IZ8CCW]

QSLs received  direct  or through  managers:  1A0KM, 3A2MD, 3C0V, 3D2II, 3G1P
(SA-085), 3XY1L, 4K6CD,  4S7VK, 5H3RK,  5R8FL, 5R8HA/P,  5U7B, 5W1SA,  5Z4FM,
6K2CLF/4 (AS-085),  6W/ON5TN, 7P8NK,  7Q7PS,  7W4HI (AF-094),  8P6KY,  9G5ZZ,
9J2BO, 9J2KC,  9K2MU,  9M2/G44ZFE/P, 9M6NA,  A43GI  (AS-119),  A45WG,  A52SM,
(OC-152), FO/I1SNW (OC-264), FO/IT9EJW (OC-264), FO/IT9YRE (OC-264), FS/N5GI,
(EU-166; IIA ME-038),  IT9EJE/p (EU-166;  IIA ME-038), IT9EJW/p (EU-166; IIA
ME-038), IT9FCC/p (EU-166; IIA ME-038), IT9HLN/p (EU-166: IIA ME-038), J49RW,
P29KM,  P40E,  PW0T,  R1ANM,  R1PQ,  S21YY,  T21MY,  T31MY,  T77M,  TA0/F5SNY
V31FG,  V47KP,  V47UY,  V73AZ, V85GA,  VK4GL/P  (OC-265), VK9CD, VK9XW, VP9I,
(OC-110),  YN9HAU, YS1UL, YW5M (SA-015), YW6P (SA-090), YW8D (SA-063), Z22JE,

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