425 DX News issue #664

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                              425 DX News #664
                              24 January 2004
                          Edited by I1JQJ &IK1ADH

           Information, reports and suggestions must be sent to: 
                  Mauro Pregliasco, I1JQJ: DX information 
          (e-mail i1jqj@425dxn.org - BBS I1JQJ@I1YLM.IPIE.ITA.EU)
            Maurizio Bertolino, I1-21171: 425 DX News Web Pages
                        (e-mail i121171@425dxn.org)

                          >>> 425 DX NEWS TROPHY <<<

The 425DXN  survey for  the best  DXpedition in  2003 is  up and  running  at
http://www.425dxn.org/trophy_2003/. Fourteen DXpeditions  have been  selected
(3C0V, AH3D, BQ9P, CY9A, S05X, ST0RY, T31MY, TO4E, TS7N, TX4PG, TZ6RD, VK9CD,
VP6DIA and XZ7A) and the Trophy will be  presented to the winner during a  DX
Convention (to be defined). Donations EXCLUSIVELY for the Trophy are  welcome
and gratefully accepted, the calls and  names of the donors will be  engraved
on the trophy and listed on the website.

3DA0   - ZS5WC, ZS6RAD, ZS5ABD and ZS5WI  are active on  all bands as  3DA0DX
          from Swaziland until 28 January. QSL via ZS5WI. [TNX The Daily DX]
4S     - A group of  the LARC (Lufthansa Amateur Radio Club)  will be in  Sri
          Lanka from March 3rd to 8th. They will be operating all bands in SSB
          and CW. If possible, Rudi DK7PE will try some 160m, depending on the
          antennas possible.  Operators will be  Frank (DJ3FK), Bernd (DK7TF),
          Karl (DL4FP) and (Rudi) DK7PE. [TNX DK7PE]
8R     - Olli, EA4BQ/OH0XX will participate in the ARRL DX CW Contest  (21-22
          February) as 8R1K from Guyana. Before and after the contest he  will
          operate CW as  8R1RPN mainly  on 80  & 160  metres and  on the  WARC
          bands. QSL to  Olli Rissanen, Calle  Ciguela, 331, 28729  Venturada,
          Madrid, Spain. [TNX EA4BQ/OH0XX]
9L     - Massimo, 9L1MS  reports that  he now  plans to  operate from  Banana
          Island (AF-037) on 25 January.
9Y     - Walter/DL8JS,   Ulla/DF6QP,    Alfons/DJ8VC,   Eberhard/DJ8OT    and
          Hannelore/DH5JR will be active as  9Y4/homecall from Tobgo  (SA-009)
          from 26 January  to 14 February.  They expect to  operate on  14277,
          21377 and 28377 kHz between 9 and 18 local time. QSL via home  calls
          through the DARC bureau. [TNX DX News Letter]
DL     - Gerhard, DL3NBL will be active as  TA/DL3NBL/P from Ucadalar  Island
          (AS-099) on 7-14 March. He plans to operate on all bands mainly SSB.
          QSL via home call. [TNX DL3NBL]
FH     - Maurice, FH/F6AIG  is currently  active from  Petite Terre,  Mayotte
          (AF-027) and can be found around 17 UTC on +/- 14130 kHz.
FM     - Fabrice, F5FUA  will  be active  as  FM/F5FUA/p from  Sainte  Marie,
          Martinique (NA-107, DIFO FM-001) on 3-24  February. Look for him  on
          80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 metres  (modes not provided) at 11-13 UTC  and
          again at 22-24 UTC daily. QSL via home call through the REF  bureau.
          [TNX F5NQL]
GM     - Hans, DJ6AU is active as MM0XAU  from the Shetland Islands  (EU-012)
          until the  end of  March. His  preferred frequencies  are 18130  and
          14270 kHz. [TNX DX News Letter]
H4     - Bernard, DL2GAC is again active as  H44MS from the Solomon  Islands.
          He reports he  does dot plan  to leave his  current QTH (Honiara  on
          Guadalcanal Island,  OC-047)  "in the  near  future".  He  currently
          operates barefoot on 10-80 metres SSB with a windom antenna. QSL via
          home call. [TNX DL2GAC]
J2     - Rene, DL2JRM will be active as J20RM from Djibouti on 22-30  January
          (maybe one week longer), CQ 160 Meter Contest included. He hopes  to
          be able to  go and operate  from Moucha Island  (AF-053) during  his
          stay.     QSL     via     DL2JRM.     Further     information     at
          http://www.qsl.net/dl2jrm [TNX DL2JRM]
J7     - Lars, SM0CCM will be active again  as J73CCM from Dominica  (NA-102)
          between 5 February  and 4  March. He  will operate  on 160-6  metres
          mostly CW, with  some RTTY and  PSK. QSL via  home call,  preferably
          through he bureau. Direct cards should include 2 USD or 1 IRC.  [TNX
JA     - Look for JA6PSE (on SSB  and RTTY, operator  JI5USJ) and JA6PSI  (CW
          only, operator  JI5RPT) to  be aired  on 160-10  metres from  Takara
          Shima (JIIA AS-049-012, WLH-0884), Tokara  Islands (AS-049) from  24
          February to 2 March. QSL JA6PSE  via JI5USJ (bureau or direct),  QSL
          JA6PSI via JI5RPT (bureau or direct). The web site for the operation
          is at http://www.aa.alpha-net.ne.jp/ji5rpt/as-049/ [TNX JI6KVR]
PJ2    - Look for  Steve, G0CKP  to be  active on  all  bands, mostly  CW  as
          PJ2/G0CKP from Curacao (SA-006) on 23-31 January, including an entry
          as PJ2S during the CQ WW 160 Meter Contest. QSL via home call.  [TNX
SV     - Kostas, SV1DPI  will participate  in the  BARTG RTTY Contest  (24-25
          January) as  SX1A.  QSL  via  SV1DPI:  Kostas  Stamatis,  Electrical
          Engineer, P.O.Box 66, 30100 Agrinio, Greece. [TNX SV1DPI]
V8     - Jim/G3RTE, Phil/G3SWH and  Ray/HS0ZDZ (G3NOM),  in association  with
          Greg/V85GD,  will  be  mounting  a   DXpedition  to  Negara   Brunei
          Darussalam (Brunei,  OC-088)  between  8  and  15  March.  The  main
          operation will take  place from  the QTH  of Greg,  V85GD under  the
          special callsign of V8JIM. A single operator entry will also be made
          in the RSGB's  Commonwealth Contest  using the  special callsign  of
          V8NOM. Activity is planned for all  bands from 160 to 10 metres  and
          will include  CW, SSB  and  digital modes.  Propagation  permitting,
          plans are to have three stations on the air for as many hours  every
          day as  is possible.  QSL V8JIM  via G3SWH,  QSL V8NOM  via  GM4FDM.
          Sponsorship and donations will be gratefully accepted. [TNX G3SWH]
VP5    - Look for VP5/HA5JI, VP5/VE3NZ  and VP5/VE3NE to  be active from  the
          Turks & Caicos Islands  until 29 January.  They will participate  in
          the CQ WW 160 Meter CW Contest as VP5JI. All QSLs via HA8FW,  direct
          or bureau. [TNX HA0HW]
W      - From 7 to 19 local time on 1 February the Nacogdoches Amateur  Radio
          Club (W5NAC) will run two special event stations to honour the  crew
          of the Space  Shuttle Columbia as  well as  the numerous  volunteers
          (more than  350  volunteer amateur  radio  operators)  and  agencies
          involved  in   the   recovery   effort.   Further   information   at
XE     - After three  unsuccessful attempts  due to  rough seas,  Yves/F5TYY,
          Andre/F6AOI, Bernard/F9IE and Alain/F6BFH were finally able to  land
          and log around  1300 QSOs as  XF1/homecalls from  Las Tres  Marietas
          (NA-189). On 23 January they  went and operate  from Pena Blanca  in
          the  Colima/Michoacan  State  group.  From both these locations they
          used  car  batteries  during  their  daylight hours only, as neither
          generators  nor  overnight  stays  are   permitted  on  these   bird
          sanctuaries. The group will be back to Mexico City on 24 January; on
          the 26th they expect to leave for the XE3 call area and their  first
          stop should be Ciudad del Carmen on Carmen Island (NA-135). QSL  via
          home calls. [TNX XE1L and La Gazette du DX]
ZC4    - The CQ WW  160 Meter Contest  ZC4A operation [425DXN  663] has  been
          cancelled owing to  "unforeseen difficulties". It  is possible  that
          ZC4CW may be active. [TNX 5B4AGC]

CQ 160-Meter  CW Contest  (24-24 January)  ---> The  following stations  have
announced their participation in this year's event:
* BW3/JD1BKQ as Single Operator, Low Power from Taiwan. QSL via JR3PZW.
* DL6FBL and DL8WPX as DL6FBL (Multi-Single). This will be a Winter Field Day
   on an airfield; further information at http://www.dl6fbl.de/dl6fbl/cq160
* Nodir, EY8MM (http://www.qsl.net/ey8mm) as a Single Operator entry. QSL via
* Rick, K6VVA as KP2CW from the U.S. Virgin Islands. QSL via home call.
* DK2OY and DK6WL as LX5A (Multi-Single) from Luxembourg. QSL via LX1RQ.
* DL4SDW, DL8SCG and LX2AJ as LX7I (M/S) from Luxembourg. QSL via LX2AJ.
* G4XUM, G0HSS and M0BEW as MD4K from the Isle of Man. QSL via G3NKC.
* K1ZM, WW2Y, K2WI and VK6VZ as VY2ZM from Prince Edward Island, Canada.  QSL
   via K1ZM.
* Stan, OK1JR (YB0AJR) as YE0X from Jawa, Indonesia. QSL via the YB bureau.
* Kas,  YI9ZF  (YL1ZF)  from  Iraq.  QSL  via  SM1TDE.  The  on-line  log  at
   www.qsl.net has been updated with the first 4000 QSOs.
Give a look to the Announced  Operations listing maintained by Bill, NG3K  at

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

                           >>> DXCC RULE CHANGE <<<

At its January meeting, the  ARRL Board of  Directors removed paragraph  1.c)
("The entity  has  a  separate IARU  member-society")  from  the  DXCC  Rules
criteria for determining a DXCC entity.  This provision, implemented in  1998
as part of the DXCC 2000 Program, had provided that "An entity will be  added
to the  DXCC List  as a  political entity  if it  [...] has  a separate  IARU
member-society." Since then, the rule  has allowed for  the addition of  four
new DXCC entities and  the retention of  one existing entity.  Unfortunately,
the provision also had the unintended consequence of stimulating applications
for IARU membership that do not further the objectives of the IARU,  creating
an unfortunate and  unnecessary administrative burden.  The rule change  will
have no effect on entities created by or as the result of the rule. According
to DXCC Rule II, 5. C), "A change in  the DXCC criteria shall not affect  the
status of any entity on the DXCC List at  the time of the change." The  other
two criteria for the determination of a political entity for DXCC continue in
effect: 1.a) "The entity is a UN member-state." and 1.b) "The entity  (except
international organizations) has been  assigned a call  sign prefix block  by
the ITU."  The  Board resolved  to  amend the  DXCC  rules by  deleting  IARU
membership  as  a  basis  for  determining  a  "political  entity."

ANTARCTICA ACTIVITY WEEK ---> The Worldwide  Antarctic Program has  announced
that the  first Antarctica  Activity Week  will be  held from  22 through  28
February. The aim of this annual event is to promote worlwide interest in the
Antarctic continent; stations operating from the various Antarctic bases,  as
well as special event stations from  the rest of the  world, are expected  to
take part in the AAW. An  award will be issued for  contacts made during  the
activity    week.    Further    information    will    be    available     at

IOTA ANNUAL UPDATE ---> IOTA enthusiasts are reminded that the last date  for
mailing applications  or updates  to checkpoints  for inclusion  in the  2004
Honour Roll and other performance  tables is 1  February 2004. 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. Listing in the 2004 tables will
be restricted to those members who  have updated their scores since  February

OPERATORS NEEDED ---> Charles "Frosty" Frost,  K5LBU is looking for at  least
four more operators (one for SSB and three for CW) to join a team heading  to
Swaziland for a 10-day DXpedition in mid-March. If interested please  contact
Frosty (frosty1@pdq.net) as soon as possible. [TNX K5LBU]

QSL 5N0W ---> Vaclav Voldrich, OK1DXE reports that his work assignment at the
Czech Embassy in Nigeria ended at  the end of 2003. He  operated as 5N0W  and
5N0HVC [425DXN 623] and he expects to send the first QSL cards in a few days'
time. In the past 5N0W was also used by David, OK1RK, and many sources  still
give him as QSL  route. Please note  that cards for  contacts made with  5N0W
from 1 July 2000 should go to OK1DXE, direct or bureau. [TNX OK1DXE]

QSL 9V0A ---> Alan, VK4AAR reports he has been asked to manage the QSL  cards
for Alan's (9V1DX) recent activity  as 9V0A from  Patriot Hills. "Cards  will
not be ready for a little while", VK4AAR says, "as the operator is now headed
to Africa on work for a  couple of weeks and still has  to get his log  ready
for me on his return". QSL direct only to Alan Roocroft, P.O. Box 421, Gatton
4343, Australia. As for return postage,  Alan says that although "our  Aussie
dollar is  still getting  stronger against  the US  dollar", greenstamps  are
"still the preferred way, as IRCs can be a problem".

QSL FM/T93Y  ---> Boris,  T93Y reports  that all  direct, bureau  and  E-mail
requests have been processed. More information about this contest DXpedition,
including detailed information how to QSL to Bosnia Herzegovina, is available
at  http://www.t93y.com/fm2003   Bureau  cards   requests  are   welcome   at

QSL UA0ZAL/p ---> A few days ago  George, UY5XE received from UA0ZC the  logs
for UA0ZAL/p (AS-039, October 2001). George expects to have cards printed  by
mid-February. His address  is George  A. Chlijanc,  P.O. Box  19, Lviv  79000
Ukraine. [TNX UY5XE]

QSL VQ9JC ---> Jim, WB9IHH is in the Merchant Marine and currently on a  ship
at McMurdo Base, Antarctica. He has been on the ship since March 2003,  which
covers five  operations as  VQ9JC (April,  June, July,  August/September  and
November 2003), and  Jim will not  be home until  April at  the earliest  and
possibly May. Jim is aware that "a huge box full of QSLs" is waiting for him,
but it take him a bit of time once he gets  home to get through the logs  and

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

EUROPA:           Jean-Michel Duthilleul,  F6AJA,  Editor of  "Les  Nouvelles
                   DX", has written an article on Europa Island which features
                   a complete set  of 18 QSL  cards used  for past  operations
                   from this  DXCC  Entity.  Go  to  "published  articles"  at
                   http://LesNouvellesDX.free.fr [TNX F6AJA]
LOGvrr:           The new version of LOGvrr 2.6  by Roberto Vendrame,  IN3VRR
                   (in3vrr@despammed.com)  is   downloadable   for   free   at
YO DX HF CONTEST: The  results  of  the  2003  event  are  now  available  at
                   http://www.hamradio.ro/contests/yodxhf2003/ [TNX N2YO]

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                          *******  QSL INFO  ********
                           Edited by  I1JQJ & IK1ADH

CALL        MANAGER     CALL        MANAGER     CALL        MANAGER
3Z0CWZ      SP9PTG      ED7IZ       EA7HBC      RK9QWZ      RW9QA
4J1S        UA3FDX      ET3TK       OK1CU       SU9AM       W3BH
4K1V        UA3FDX      EW6GF       DL8KAC      SU9HP       SM0CFO
4K50V       UA3FDX      FM5WE       K3PD (a)    T20RE       HA8IB
4K51V       UA3FDX      FO/OH6KN    OH9MDV      T32Z        K3PD (a)
4K52V       UA3FDX      FS/W3ARS    N3TOG       T88RZ       K3PD (a)
4K53V       UA3FDX      H44MS       DL2GAC      TA3DD       K3PD
4K60AA      UA3FDX      HA2004EU    HA5XXA      TJ1GA       IK2AQZ
4K7DWZ      UA3FDX      HA2004UNI   HA6QT       TYA11       W9OL (g)
4K7Z        UA3FDX      HC1HC       NE8Z        UA9C/UA9QDK RW9QA
4L1UN       RW6HS       HC1MD       K8LJG       UA9CKN      N9NU
4U1WB       KK4HD       HF0QF       SP7IWA      UA9QDK      RW9QA
4X6HP       EA7FTR      HH2SJR      K3PD        UA9QFF      RW9QA
5B/G3PMR    5B4AHJ      HR1LW       JA1LW       UK8GK       RW6HS
5H3HWB      DL7UKT      HZ1AB       K8PYD       V25A        W9NJB
5Z4HT       DJ1MS       II0RAI/#    IK0ZRR      V25CH       W2CH
6W1RD       EA7FTR      IR7LH       IK7JWX      V25VY       G4BVY
6W7FZ       DK6ZZ       J48TTT      SV8CYR      V26OY       KF8OY
8P6SH       KU9C        JW0HZ       SQ5TA       V31GW       DK9GG
9G5BF       OE6LAG      K1M         K3PD (b)    V31YN       DJ4KW
9J2BO       G3TEV       K1O         K3PD (c)    VK3FPF/4    OE3MZC
9N7YJ       LA5YJ       K3Y         K3PD        VP5FEB      K3PD
9Q0AR       SM5BFJ      KB4ATV/4S7  W9OL (d)    VP8KF       G3VPW
9V0A        VK4AAR      KC3TL       K3PD        XQ6ET       W8UVZ
9V1YC       N5ID        KG4AS       N4SIA       XT2OP       VE4JOP
9Y4SF       WA4JTK      KY3ORK      K3PD        XU7ACW      LA5YJ
A35RE       HA8IB       LU1DZ/L     EA3RE       XV2M        SP5JTF
A71MA       K3PD        LZ35ZF      LZ1ZF       YA1BV       JA1PBV
A92GQ       N9NU        MI0YJR      LA5YJ       YA1CQ       JA1CQT
AM4NET      EA4URE      N0R         K3PD (e)    YA8G        LA4YW
C21HC       DL9HCU      OH0B        OH2BH       YB0ECT      K5ZE
CE6TBN/8    N1IBM       OH0R        OH2PM       YI9DAZ      M1DAZ
CE9R        CE3HDI      OX3SA       K3PD (f)    YO2LEA      K3PD
CU3DJ       K3PD        OY3QN       OZ1ACB      YS1MAE      W3HNK
CX7CO       SM5KCO      PJ2MI       W2CQ        YU9VK       HA0HW
D2BB        W3HNK       PR0F        W5SJ        Z22JE       K3PD
EA0JC       EA4URE      R3ARS/3     RA3AKF      ZL1CT/4     N3SL
ED5VDG      EA5XQ       RK3DZJ/3    RA3DEJ      ZS6Y        KK3S

(a)  2000 and after     (e)  December 2003
(b)  December 2001      (f)  1998 and after
(c)  December 1999      (g)  19-21 June 1981
(d)  4-8 April 1984

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                          *******  ADDRESSES  *******
                           Edited by  I1JQJ & IK1ADH

5B4AHJ  Alan Jubb, P.O. Box 61430, 8134 Kato Pafos, Cyprus
DK6ZZ   Guenther Augustin, Schneckenhofstr. 17, D-60596 Frankfurt, Germany
EA5XQ   Juan Antonio Bertolin Olmos, Avda. San Pedro 139-4-H, 12550 Almazora
         - Castellon, Spain
EA7HBC  Juan Carlos Calvo Torres, P.O. Box 154, 11540 Sanlucar de Barrameda -
         Cadiz, Spain
K3PD    Pietro deVolpi, 408 Hillside Ave., New Cumberland, PA 17070-3036, USA
K8LJG   John Kroll, 3528 Craig Drive, Flint, MI 48506, USA
KH7R    Ken Hoppe, P.O. Box 95521, Las Vegas, NV 89193-5521, USA
LA5YJ   Hugo Ark, Rute 504, N-2840 Reinsvoll, Norway
N1IBM   Morris E. Maze III, 847 Dolan St., Lanoka Harbor, NJ 08734, USA
OH9MDV  Kimmo Rautio, Sieppotie 10 as 1B, 90650 Oulu, Finland
RW9QA   Vlad Kondratenko P.O.Box 1, Kurgan - 38, 640038, Russia
SM1TDE  Eric Wennstrom, P.O. Box 94, SE-62016 Ljugarn, Sweden
SM5BFJ  Leif Hammarstrom, Lerklockan 4, SE-73091 Riddarhyttan, Sweden
UA3FDX  Vladimir Ulyanov, P.O. Box 10, Moscow 121615, Russia
UR3UN   Sergei Petlevanny, P.O. Box 3, Fastov-5, 08505 Ukraine
UR5UO   George Muzyka, Kozhanka, Kiev - Fastov, 08550 Ukraine
US5UL   Yaroslav Gricenko, Kamp 4 str. Borowaya, Kiev - Fastov, 08520 Ukraine
VE3IX   Brian Wayne Martin, 122 Margaret Anne Drive, Carp, Ontario K0A 1L0,
YB8NA   Syam M. Akil, P.O. Box 1089, Palu 94001, Indonesia
YK1BB   Ghaith Shabsigh, P.O. Box 245, Damascus, Syria

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