425 DX News issue #669

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                              425 DX News #669
                              28 February 2004
                          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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The 425DXN survey  for the best  DXpedition in 2003  (to be  chosen among  14
selected operations) will be closing down  on 1 March. More than 1200  people
have participated  so far  (http://www.425dxn.org/trophy_2003/Votes.htm)  and
you are still in time to cast your vote at http://www.425dxn.org/trophy_2003/
(no dupes, please!).

3B8    - Walter, DL3LBP  (http://www.dl3lbp.de)  will operate  as  3B8/DL3LBP
          from Mauritius  (AF-049) on  1-21 May.  Look for  activity on  40-10
          metres SSB, CW and RTTY. QSL via homecall. [TNX DL3LBP]
5V     - Franck/F5TVG and John/F5VHQ will arrive in  Togo on 4 March to  pick
          up the licence and start setting up the stations. 5V7C might hit the
          airwaves earlier than  6 March, when  the rest of  the team  [425DXN
          661] will join the first two operators for a 7-day all band all mode
          activity. QRT time is expected to be  not earlier than 12 UTC on  13
          March. The pilot  stations will  be Bruno/F5AGB  (Europe and  French
          speaking countries) and Floyd/N5FG (North  America), plus other  two
          pilots TBA from Australia and Japan. The web site for the  operation
          is at http://5v7c.free.fr/le_togo.htm. QSL via F5TVG. [TNX F5NQL]
8Q     - Hardy, DL5SBA  will  be active  as  8Q7BA  from  Athuruga,  Maldives
          (AS-013) on 4-20  March. He will  operate RTTY  and PSK  only on  20
          metres (possibly on 17 and 30 metres as well) with 50 watts. QSL via
          home call, preferably through the DARC bureau. [TNX DL5SBA]
A6     - Robert, S53R will  participate in  this weekend's  CQ 160-Meter  SSB
          Contest as  A61AJ from  Dubai, United  Arab Emirates.  QSL via  K2UO
          (Americas) and DJ2MX (rest of the world). [TNX NG3K]
BV     - BV8BC, BV8BM, BV8BQ, BV8CM, BX8AAA and  BM8BTM will operate as  BV9O
          from Orchid  Island (AS-155)  on 11-15  March. QSL  direct to  BV8BC
          (Bill-Chen, P.O. Box 222, Taitung 950, Taiwan). [TNX BV8BC]
CO     - Don, VE3ESE and members of the Santiago de Cuba University and  City
          Club will operate as T48RAC from Santiago de Cuba during the ARRL DX
          SSB Contest (6-7 March). Look for activity on 40 and 20 metres.  QSL
          direct to VE3ESE (Don Fisher, 48 Lucerne Dr., Kitchener, Ontario N2E
          1B3, Canada). [TNX VE3RGG]
CT3    - Look for Rosel, CT3/DL3KWR and Hardy,  CT3/DL3KWF to be active  from
          Madeira (AF-014) on 4-18 March. They  will operate CW mainly on  the
          WARC bands, typically in their late afternoon and evening hours. QSL
          via home calls. E-mail requests for bureau cards will be welcome  at
          dl3kwr@darc.de and dl3kwf@darc.de [TNX DL3KWF]
EA6    - Christian, DL6KAC will be active again  (on 10-40 metres mainly  SSB
          with some digital  mode) as  EA6/DL6KAC from  Mallorca (DIE  E-021),
          Balearic Islands (EU-004) from 25 February to 26 March. QSL via home
          call either direct or through the DARC bureau. [TNX DL6KAC]
EA8    - Piero, W1NA (I8CZW) reports he will participate in this weekend's CQ
          160-Meter SSB Contest as EA8AK from the Canary Islands.
FO0_cl - The  DXpedition  to   Clipperton  Island  [425DXN   667]  has   been
          rescheduled for  April.  Trasportation  on  another  boat  has  been
          arranged, but 5-7  more operators are  needed to  join the  original
          team to pay for the trip. The boat should be leaving on or about  10
          April. The license and landing permission are in hand. There will be
          five full time stations and the team will place special emphasis  on
          working Europe and the low bands. If you would like to join the team
          please contact Dave, K4SV (K4SV2@Charter.net) for more  information.
          [TNX K4SV]
GJ     - Ken, G3OCA  and  Peter,  G6KUI  will  operate  as  GH8KGC  from  Les
          Minquiers Islands (EU-099) on 25-29 June.  QSL via G3OCA, direct  or
          bureau. [TNX G3OCA]
HC8    - Alfredo Caviedes, HC1HC will be active (on 160-10 metres mostly  SSB
          with some CW) as HD8A from Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos (SA-004)  on
          2-9 March, ARRL DX SSB Contest included. He may also sign  HC1HC/HC8
          before and after the contest. QSLs  via NE8Z (Rick Dorsch, P.O.  Box
          616, Hamburg, MI 48139, USA). [TNX NE8Z]
HI     - Bert, PA3GIO will be active as PA3GIO/HI9 from the Dominica Republic
          (Hispaniola, NA-096) on 11-18 March. He plans to operate on 80,  40,
          20, 17, 15, 12 and 10 metres SSB. The web site for the operation  is
          at http://www.pa3gio.nl/HI9/ [TNX PA3GIO]
I      - ARI Pompei club station will be active as IQ8BI/P on 28-29 February.
          ARI Pompei (http://www.aripompei.it) sponsors the newly born Italian
          Towns Award (I.T.A.);  information can  be obtained  from the  Award
          Manager Tina Spano', IZ8DPN (tinaspano@iz8dpn.it).
I      - Gaetano/I8IHG,   Nello/IK8HVJ,   Salvatore/IK8NTN,   Achille/IZ8CKS,
          Luigi/IZ8ENR and Andrea/IK8GDA will operate (on 10-80 metres plus  6
          metres SSB) as IC8/homecall from Vivara Island (EU-031, IIA  NA-005)
          on 13 March. QSLs via home calls, direct or bureau.
KH6    - Len,  K1NU  will  be  signing  K1NU/KH6  from  the  SeaQMaui  resort
          (www.seaqmaui.com), Hawaii on 4-9 March.  Plans include a  low-power
          entry in the ARRL DX Phone contest, some WARC band operation (mostly
          CW) before and after, and possibly some 60m operation if he can  get
          an antenna up.  QSL via home  call, direct or  bureau. Logs will  be
          uploaded to LOTW. [TNX K1NU]
LX     - LX1AQ, LX1ER, LX1RQ and DK2OY will participate in this weekend's  CQ
          160-Meter SSB Contest  as LX5A (Multi-Single).  QSL via LX1RQ.  [TNX
OE     - Special call OE1W/IARU will be aired on all bands on 28-29  February
          for the interim meeting of the  IARU VH/UHF/MW Committee in  Vienna.
          QSL via bureau. [TNX OE1TKW]
ON     - Look for ON6UM/L, ON4LO/L and ON4BAG/L to operate from three Belgian
          lighthouses (BEL 001, BEL 005 and BEL 006) on 6 March. QSL via  home
          calls. [TNX ON6UM]
R1F    - Moscow Contest Club  members RD3AF, RN3AZ,  RU3AV, RZ3DU, UA3DX  and
          UA3AKO will operate as R1FJ from Franz Josef Land (EU-019) on  17-25
          March. They will  operate on all  bands CW, SSB  and RTTY, and  will
          participate in the Russian DX Contest (20-21 March). QSL via  DL6ZFG
          (Rolf Rahne, P.O. Box 15. 39241 Gommern, Germany) or, For Russia and
          CIS countries, via UA3AKO (Victor Slabodchikov, P.O Box 867, Moscow,
          119334, Russia). Financial  support will be  appreciated via  either
          DL6ZFG (dl6zfg@dl6zfg.de) or UA3AKO (ua3ako@mail.ru). [TNX UA3AKO]
SV     - Look for SV1ELF to  participate in this  weekend's CQ 160-Meter  SSB
          Contest as SX3Z. QSl via home call, direct or bureau. [TNX SV1ELF]
V3     - Robin, K4VU and Lori, K0LAA will  be active as V31RG from Belize  on
          7-24 April. They will operate on 160-6 metres CW, SSB and RTTY.  QSL
          via K4VU. [TNX K4VU]
V4     - Look for  W2OX to  participate in  this weekend's  CQ 160-Meter  SSB
          Contest as V47KP from St. Kitts. QSL via K2SB. [TNX NG3K]
V5     - Felix, DL5XL (aka DP1POL)  and Christine, DH3FBS  will be active  as
          V51/homecalls from  Namibia while  visiting that  country until  mid
          April. QSL via home calls. [TNX DX News Letter]
VK     - Wally, VK6YS  -  of  Browse  Island  (OC-234)  and  Breaksea  Island
          (OC-243) fame - has announced that an operation from an IOTA new one
          in Western Australia (VK6) is schedule to begin on 22 April  through
          2 May. The trip will also include the reactivation of a pretty  rare
          and most wanted group. The plan is  to take a team of five  members,
          but two have had to pull out due to other committments. If you think
          you could participate  in a  "pretty rugged  and rough  outing to  a
          rather difficult to get to and isolated place", please contact Wally
          at vk6ys@iinet.net.au [TNX www.islandchaser.com]
VK9_xms- Charlie, W0YG  (VK9XG)  will return  to  Christmas  Island  from  22
          November to 9 December, CQ WW  DX CW Contest  included. He plans  to
          operate on as many bands as  he can, with an  emphasis on the  lower
          bands and RTTY. QSL via W0YG (direct only). [TNX W0YG]
VP5    - WE3C, N3FTI and  KQ3V will participate  in the ARRL  DX SSB  Contest
          (6-7 March) as VQ5A (Multi-Multi).  QSL via KQ3V.  This will be  the
          first Victor Quebec  Five prefix from  the Turks  & Caicos  Islands.
          [TNX NG3K]
VP9    - David,  M0CNP  (http://www.qsl.net/m0cnp)  will  operate  (on  10-80
          metres SSB, CW and maybe RTTY  and PSK31 as well) as M0CNP/VP9  from
          Bermuda (NA-005) on 10-22 March. QSL via home call. [TNX M0CNP]
XF4    - The XF4IH team  expects to  start operations  from Socorro,  Revilla
          Gigedo (NA-030) [425DXN 665] around 18 UTC on 3 March. They will  be
          active on all bands and modes through the 20th. The web page for the
          expedition is  at  http://xf4ih.xedx.net/. QSl  via  XE1IH  (Enrique
          Garcia Munive, P.O. Box 118-481, 07051 Mexico - D.F., Mexico).
YI     - Ramon Gomez de Salazar, YN1GSR (3C1GS) is active as YI9GS from  Iraq
          for the next five months. QSL direct to EA5BYP. [TNX EA5YN]
YU     - Michele, IN3IZT  is active  in his  spare time  on 10-40  metres  as
          YU8/IN3IZT from Kosovo until mid May. [TNX IN3IZT]
ZK3    - Silvano, I2YSB reports from Tokelau that the current ZK3SB operation
          [425dxn 667] will  close down on  29 February,  not on  the 25th  as
          previously planned and  announced. QSL  via I2YSB  (direct only)  or
          M5AAV (bureau only).

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

CORRECTIONS ---> The correct QSL route for Nodir, EY8MM is via K1BV (not K1TT
as mentioned in  425DXN #668). UA1RJ  is the  QSL manager  for UE1SAP/3  (not
UE3SAP/3  as  reported  in 425DXN #668).  We apologize for  any inconvenience
this may  have caused our readers.

ECUADOR  AWARDS  --->  The  DX-TA-SEA  DX  Club  (WW8DX)  issues  two  awards
(available to either licenced amateurs and SWLs) for working/listening to  HC
stations. The "HC8/HD8 DX Diploma" is for  contacts made with a minimum of  3
different HC8 or HD8 stations in the Galapagos Islands; the "Equatorial  Line
Diploma" is for contacts made with  the different Ecuadorean  HC & HD  prefix
areas.  For   further   information  please   contact   Rick   Dorsch,   NE8Z
(ne8z@yahoo.com) or visit http://www.octavia.com/QSL/awards.htm

PIRATE ---> Peter, VY0PW (formerly known as VE8PW) reports he is receiving  a
fair number of cards for contacts made with TA4/VE8PW on 40 and 80 metres CW.
Please note that Peter's VE8PW call  expired in April 1999  and has not  been
reassigned so far; TA4/VE8PW is a pirate.

QSL CX4TO --->  Antonello, IK2DUW reports  that all of  the direct cards  for
CX4TO received so far have been processed and mailed.

QSL FM5WE ---> Tony, WF1N can confirm contacts made from October 1985 through
31 December 2001 only (cards for contacts from 1 January 2002 on should go to
K3PD). Recently Tony returned many bureau cards for December 2001 contacts as
"Not In Log" because the log he had ended on 23 December at 22.02 UTC. He has
just received two additional log sheets for the rest of December 2001; please
resubmit your QSL if your contact with FM5WE was from December 23 to December
31, 2001. [TNX WF1N]

QSL PJ6/PA0VDV ---> Joeke expects the cards to be ready in a couple of weeks.
He logged about 4400 CW  only QSOs during  his 4-week stay  on Saba. QSL  via
PA0VDV, direct (Joeke van der Velde,  Delleburen 1, 8421 RP Oldeberkoop,  The
Netherlands) or bureau. [TNX PA0VDV]

QSL YI1FLY ---> Koos, KK3S is no longer  the QSL manager for YI1FLY, who  has
decided to do his own QSLling. [TNX K1XN and The Golist]

STRAIGHT KEY PARTY  ---> The Puerto  Rico Amateur Radio  League sponsors  the
Puerto Rico Straight Key Party, to be held from 18 UTC on 11 April through  2
UTC on the 12th (8 hours). For further information on this event, as well  as
on  the  relevant  awards,  please   visit  http://www.prarl.org  or   e-mail
prarl@prarl.org [TNX WP4F]

TOP QSL MANAGER OFFERED ---> Kim Larson - Steve's (N3SL) daughter and one  of
the five Top  QSL Managers  for the  year 2003  [425DXN 667]  - is  currently
looking to do more work. If anyone is interested, please e-mail n3sl@arrl.net
for more information.

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

ITALIAN AWARDS: An up-to-date collection  of amateur radio  awards issued  in
                 Italy,  including  the  relevant  rules,  is  maintained   by
                 Alessandro Scandelli,  IW1FGZ  (suggestions are  welocome  at
                 iw1fgz@email.it) at http://www.425dxn.org/awards
M.I.A.:         The Mediterranean  Islands  Award  (MIA),  sponsored  by  the
                 Mediterraneo DX Club, is available to either licensed amateur
                 radio operators and  SWLs for working  stations from  islands
                 located in the Mediterranean Sea. For full information please
                 visit http://www.mdxc.org/mia or e-mail mdxc@mdxc.org.

QSLs received direct   or through managers:  1A0KM, 3B8/PA0VHA, 3B9FR,  3C0V,
3XY1L, 4L0G, 4U1ITU,  5R8FU, 5U5Z, 5W1SA,  5X1X, 6Y5WJ,  7X4AN, 8Q7JE,  9A5W,
9G5ZZ, 9J2KC, 9K2YM, 9Y4/DL7DF, A52CQ, A61AJ,  A71MA, C31LJ, C6APX  (NA-001),
CE0Y/SQ9BOP, CQ9K, CY9A,  D88S (AN-010), DP1POL,  FG/YL2KL, FO/G35WH,  FO0PT,
FS/W3ARS, H40V,  HK0/N2WB, HK7AAG,  HR1RMG,  J41YM, J5UCW,  J6/LA4LN,  J88DR,
PJ7D, PZ5A, R1ANF,  RA1QQ/1 (EU-119),  RK3DZJ/1 (EU-066  and EU-147),  T32YL,
TG9NX, UA0ZAL/P (AS-039), UK9AA, UN6G, V47ZM, V51BG, V73MJ, VK4WWI  (OC-265),

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