425 DX News issue #675

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                              425 DX News #675
                               10 April 2004
                          Edited by I1JQJ &IK1ADH

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7Q      - 7Q7MM will be  the callsign  to be  used by  G4AXX, GU4CHY,  G4EDG,
           G4JVG and M5RIC during their 18  April-1 May operation from  Malawi
           [425DXN 670]. They will be active  on 160-10 metres CW, SSB,  RTTY,
           PSK,  and  possibly  on  10  metres  FM  (subject  to  demand   and
           propagation). Activity is likely to be  limited on 18 and 19  April
           while the stations and antennas are being built. Plans are to  have
           two high-power  stations  on  the air  as  close  to  24hrs/day  as
           possible; a third station (100W) will  be in use during peak  hours
           of propagation. Regularly updated on-line logs will be available at
           http://www.malawi.digital-crocus.com. QSL via QSL via G3LQP  either
           direct (Roger Brown, 262 Fir Tree Road, Epsom KT17 3NL, England) or
           through the bureau. [TNX G4JVG]
8Q      - Pierre, HB9QQ will be active as 8Q7QQ from the Maldives (AS-013) on
           13-27 April. He plans to operate on  30, 17 and 12 metres. QSL  via
           home call. [TNX OPDX Bulletin]
DL      - Look for DL0IH to be active from Helgoland Island (EU-127, N-15 for
           the German  Islands Award)  and lighthouse  (ARLHS FED-102)  on  25
           April. QSL via operator's instructions. [TNX VA3RJ]
EA      - Marc, ON5FP  and  Jose,  ON4CJK  will  operate  from  Mouro  Island
           (EU-142) on 23-25 July.  Their activity will  include at least  one
           entry in  the  IOTA  Contest. Callsigns  and  QSL  routes  will  be
           announced later. [TNX ON5FP]
ES      - Vello, ES1QD and  Oleg, ES1RA expect  to operate  from Muhu  Island
           (EU-034) on 15-19  April. QSLs via  home calls,  direct or  bureau.
           [TNX The Daily DX]
FO_mar  - Hiro, JA0SC  will  be active  from  Nuku  Hiva,  Marquesas  Islands
           (OC-027) on 13-18 April. He will  collect his licence upon  arrival
           at  Papeete.  Plans  are  to  concentrate  on  the  digital  modes,
           especially on SSTV on 10-20 metres. QSL direct only via JA0SC. [TNX
           The Daily DX]
HS      - The Radio  Amateur  Society of  Thailand  (RAST) has  been  granted
           permission to operate (also on the  WARC bands) as HS72B until  the
           end of the year to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen's 72nd birthday.
           The use of the this licence  and this call-sign has to be  strictly
           controlled by RAST, and will not be available for general use.  The
           first event will be an operation from Koh Chang (AS-125), in  about
           a week's time and will be followed by operations from the new  club
           station HS0AC  and  for  use by  SEANET  Control,  and  the  SEANET
           convention in November.  Details on the  QSL route and  on the  Koh
           Chang operation will be announced soon. [TNX HS0ZDZ/G3NOM]
JA      - Look for JA1KJW/6, JJ1JGI/6 and others  to operate SSB and CW  from
           Tsushima (AS-036, JIIA  AS-036-022) on  16-18 April.  QSL via  home
           calls, direct or bureau. [TNX JI6KVR]
JT      - Baatar, JT1BG will  operate as JV45D  from 10  April to  10 May  to
           celebrate the 45th Anniversary  of the Dornod  Radio Club. QSL  via
           home call.Another special event station (JU45D) will be active from
           Choibalsan, Eastern Mongolia. [TNX The Daily DX]
KH4     - Jeff, KA1GJ (V73GJ) expects to operate as KA1GJ/KH4 from Midway  on
           23-25  April.  If  the  local  club  antennas  are  still  up   and
           operational, he  will  be active  on  on all  bands  that  he  can.
           Otherwise he will use a vertical antenna for 10, 12, 15, 17 and  20
           metres. QSL via V73GJ (Jeff  Parker, P.O. Box  1050, APO AP  96555,
           USA). [TNX OPDX Bulletin]
KH6     - AH6NF and  AH6RH will  operate in  their  spare time  (most  likely
           during their evening and night hours) from the rare Kalawao County,
           Hawaii on 13-18 April. Planned frequencies  are 7088, 14200,  21250
           and 28495 kHz. [TNX QRZ-COM]
LU      - Bahia  Blanca   DX  Group   (www.geocities.com/bbdxgroup) members
           Osmar/LU8DWR,   Carlos/LU7DSY,    Carlos/LU4ETN,    Gabriel/LU8EBJ,
           Dario/LU4DRH,  Walter/LU5DRV,   Hugo/LW9EVA,   Gabriel/LW9EAG   and
           Emmanuel/LU9ESD  were  unable  to  reach Wood Island  as previously
           announced. They  will operate as homecall/D on all bands and  modes
           from Bermejo Island (SA-021) on 9-11 April. QSL via LU7DSY  (Carlos
           Almiron, P.O. Box 709, 8000 Bahia Blanca, Argentina). [TNX LU9ESD]
LU      - Patrick,  WD9EWK  plans  to  "casual  operate"  as  LU/WD9EWK  from
           Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego (SA-008) for about six days approximately
           between 17 and 23 April. QSL via WD9EWK, direct or bureau. The  web
           page for  the  trip can  be  found  at  http://lu.wd9ewk.net/ [TNX
SM      - Leif, SM0FWW reports  he will operate  as SM0FWW/6 from  Kloeveroen
           Island (EU-043) until 11 April. QSL via home call.
T8      - Look for  T88KJ (JA1KJW),  T88JY  (JA1JQY), T88MC  (JA3MCA),  T88PO
           (JI1FPO) and T88xx  (JR1LVB) to be  active from  the Palau  Islands
           (OC-009) from 29 April  to 2 May.  They plan to  operate on the  HF
           bands CW  and SSB.  QSL  via home  calls,  direct or  bureau.  [TNX
V8 & 9M - The dates for the Borneo IOTA DXpedition by Ian (9M2/G3TMA),  Derek
           (G3KHZ) and Maury (IZ1CRR) [425DXN 670] are 23-27 April from  Muara
           Besar (OC-184,  Brunei) and  30 April  - 4  May from  Satang  Besar
           (OC-165, East Malaysia). They plan to be QRV with two transceivers,
           beam, vertical and dipole antennas, both SSB and CW. The V8 and 9M8
           callsigns will be  announced later.  QSL via  G3KHZ, either  direct
           (Derek Cox, 18  Station Road, Castle  Bytham, Grantham, Lincs  NG33
           4SB, United Kingdom) or through  the bureau. The  web site for  the
           expedition is at http://www.425dxn.org/dxped/borneo/
W       - Mark, KB2MS/p  will operate  from Block  Island (NA-031)  on  12-13
           April. QSL direct. [TNX The Daily DX]
W       - WA6LUT and K0NW have had to  cancel their 30 April-2 May  operation
           from St. Georges Reef (NA-184)  [425DXN 671] because  "coordination
           with the lighthouse administration is very difficult". They may try
           again next year. [TNX K0NW]
YB      - Stan, YB0AJR (OK1JR)  will operate as  YB0AJR/4 from Bangka  Island
           (OC-144) on 9-12  April. Look for  him on SSB  (7055, 21260,  28560
           kHz) and CW (7025,  21040, 28040 kHz).  Stan expects some  activity
           during the Japan International DX CW  Contest. QSL via OK1JN.  [TNX
ZK1_sc  - Harald, LA5UF will operate as ZK1UFF from Rarotonga (OC-013), South
           Cooks on 11-16 April. QSL via home call. [TNX QRZ-DX]

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

ALBANIA DX CONVENTION ---> "Meet your ZA contact and help new ZA amateurs get
operational. Share your views with them and enjoy amateur radio at its  best.
perate ZA and be part of a great fun weekend in this sunny Balkan  country":
the first Albania DX Convention will be held in Tirana on 19-20 June. Details
will be available at www.za1a.com or from either  Geni Mema, ZA1B  (Albanian
Amateur  Radio  Association's  Foreign  Liaison,  genimema@atnet.com.al)  and
Martti Laine, OH2BH (oh2bh@sral.fi).

CIA ---> Kresimir Juratovic, 9A7K reports that the Croatian Islands Award  is
now available  also  to activators.  For  further  information  please  visit

CIS DX SSB CONTEST ---> The  Scottish-Russian ARS (srars@srars.org)  sponsors
the CIS DX SSB Contest, which will be held from 19 UTC on 10 April to 19  UTC
on the  11th. The  objective of  the  contest is  to  establish as  many  SSB
contacts as  possible  between radio  amateurs  around the  world  and  radio
amateurs in the Commonwealth of Independent  States. Rules can be  downloaded
at http://www.srars.org/cisdxc.doc

DXCC NEWS ---> YI9MD (operation effective 17 February 2004) has been approved
for DXCC credit.

HOLYLAND CONTEST ---> This year's  Holyland Contest will  be held from  00.00
UTC through 23.59 UTC on 17  April. Further information can  be found on  the
Israel Amateur Radio Club's website at http://www.iarc.org/ [TNX 4Z4KX]

QSL AT0BI --->  The QSL route  for the recent  IOTA operation from  Elephanta
Island (AS-169)  is: P.O.  Box 6073,  Bangalore 560060,  India. Arasu,  VU2UR
advises that all envelopes be  sealed properly and  sellotaped on the  gummed
joints to prevent tampering. [TNX VU2UR & G3KMA]

QSL F9IE ---> Bernard, F9IE will be moving from Linas to Noirmoutier (EU-064)
at the end of July.  Direct  QSL  cards should be  sent to:  Bernard Chereau,
B.P. 211, 85330 Noirmoutier en l'Ile, France. [TNX The Golist]

QSL GX4NOK/P ---> All of the QSOs made  by the North Wakefield Radio Club  on
their 17-18 April GX4NOK/P operation from  Inner Farne (EU-109) [425DXN  657]
will be confirmed  via the bureau  within one month.  Direct cards should  be
sent to 2E0NJW  (Nigel Wears,  25 Topcliffe  Mews, Morley,  Leeds, LS27  8UL,
England).    The     web     page     for     the     operation     is     at

QSL KH6/I0TWA ---> Cards will be ready  in 40 days at the earliest.  Requests
should be sent to I0MWI (direct or bureau). [TNX I0MWI]

QSL VIA EA4BQ ---> The QSL route for ED8EW  (CQ WPX SSB), 8R1RPN amd 8R1K  is
vi EA4BQ (aka OH0XX), whose current address is: Olli Rissanen, Calle  Ciguela
331, 28729 Venturada, Madrid, Spain. [TNX EA4BQ]

QSL VIA K4BAI  ---> John,  K4BAI has  answered QSL  cards for  the late  Bill
Fisher, W4AN (KM9P and K4AAA) for  years, and will continue  doing so to  the
extent that he has the logs. Those who  want one of Bill's cards are  invited
to contact John (k4bai@worldnett.att.net) and check whether he con confim the
QSO(s). [TNX The Daily DX]

QSL VIA OH3RB  ---> Kari, OH3RB  reports that the  VP5X (CQ WW  DX CW  2003),
VP5/KY1V and  VP5/OH3RB  cards  are  ready  and  direct  requests  are  being
processed right now. Some delay might occur with VP5/KY1V cards as he has not
received all logs yet.

VISALIA  2004  --->  The  2004  International  DX  Convention  (23-25  April)
programme schedule  is  now available  at  http://www.scdxc.org/visalia [TNX

Z2 QSL BUREAU ---> The Daily DX reports that on 5 April the Zimbabwe  Amateur
Radio Society voted to close the local QSL Bureau. Outgoing Z2 cards that are
presently on file in Zimbabwe will be returned to the local Z2 operators.

+ SILENT KEYS + The DX and Contest community mourns the loss of Janez  "Ivan"
Hren (S51ZY), George  Graikos (SV1NA), Milton  "Uncle Milty" Haines  (W5QCB),
Joseph Blahunka (W9RCJ),  John Sklepkowyca (VE3IPR,  the last  editor of  the
Canadian DX  newsletter  "Long Skip")  and  Bill Fisher,  W4AN  (unexpectedly
passed away at only 42 years  of age, Bill -  aka KM9P and  K4AAA - was  well
known in  the Internet  amateur  radio circles  as  his server  supports  the
contesting reflectors and other services). [TNX  QRZ-DX, S51RU, The Daily  DX
and XE1L]

QSLs received direct or through managers: 3B8CF, 3C0V, 3G2D (SA-086),  3V8BB,
3W22S, 4U1UN, 4V200YH, 5H9PD, 5K0Z, 5N0HVC,  5N0W, 5T5U, 5U7JB, 6V6U,  6Y5WJ,
7X2ARA, 8P2K, 8P5A, 8P6SH, 8R1RPN, 9H1ZA, 9J2BO, 9M2/GM4YXI (AS-073),  9M2BZ,
9M2DW, 9N7WE, 9Q0AR, 9Y4/DL1HCM, 9Y4ZC, A35WE, BQ9P, C31LJ, CD1C, CE0Y/NH6YK,
ID9/IK2CHZ (EU-017),  IR7LH, (WAIL  PU-001, PU-005,  PU-006, PU-008,  PU-009,
PU-015), J45JLN, J68AS, J6DX, J70J, J75KG, J79JRC, J7OJ, JW0HR, JY9QJ,  KH7X,
T20MW, T2YL, T32KV, T32WW, T48K, TE75DLL,  TF3CW, TJ7PG, TP7CE, TR8CA,  TS7N,
ZW8P (SA-060), ZX5T/1 (SA-029), ZY5X (SA-088).

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