425 DX News issue #707

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                              425 DX News #707
                              20 November 2004
                          Edited by I1JQJ &IK1ADH

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Bharathi Prasad,  VU2RBI [425DXN  702] reports that on 19 November a  special
permission was granted for a legal amateur radio operation to take place from
the Andaman & Nicobar Islands under the callsigns VU4NRO and VU4RBI.
The permit covers the period 3-31 December 2004 and the authorization is  for
Bharathi (team leader) and other four operators - namely D. N. Prasad/VU2DBP,
D. S. Varun Sastry/VU3DVS, S. Ram Mohan/VU2MYH  and R. Sarath Babu/VU3RSB.
There are no firm answers yet as to what bands/modes nor what  rigs/antennas.
At all events, "this  effort will not  be a mass  arrival of crack  operators
with tons of gear", Charles  Harpole (K4VUD/VU3CHE, k4vud@hotmail.com)  says.
This is a pilot project and "in a year,  if we all behave and have  patience,
Andaman could be   much more  open   to ham  radio   visits or  an   on-going
Bharathi is  working  on  this project  with  the  NIAR  (www.niar.org), and
donations can be directed to the National Institute of Amateur Radio  (e-mail
niarvu4@gmail.com for the  details). Donations can  also be  sent to  Charles
Harpole, K4VUD/VU3CHE  (3100  N.  Hwy.  426,  Geneva,  FL  32732,  USA),  who
undertakes to use any and all of them to assist this DXpedition via the NIAR.

3V     - Andreas, DJ7IK  reports he  will  participate in  the  CQ WW  DX  CW
          Contest as  3V8SF/p  on 20  metres.  He says  it  will be  "a  small
          activity during my vacation on Kerkennah Islands (AF-073)". QSL  via
          operator's instructions. [TNX NG3K]
9N     - Michael, PA5M is now in Nepal for three weeks, and is applying for a
          licence that allows him to operate  on 30, 20, 17  and 6 metres.  He
          will run 100 watts into  a long wire  for HF, while  on 6 metres  he
          will have a dipole. This time  he will also  try some digital  modes
          (RTTY, PSK31 or JT6M). Online logs and pictures will be available on
          http://www.pa7fm.nl; QSL via PA7FM. [TNX PA7FM]
C6     - Look for OK1DTP/C6A to operate from  Grand Bahama (NA-080) on  23-30
          November. He will participate in the CQ WW DX CW Contest as C6ATP on
          80 metres. QSL via OK1TD. [TNX NG3K]
C6     - Robert, N4BP will  operate as C6AKQ  from Grand  Bahama (NA-080)  on
          23-30 November, including a SOSB (40m) LP  entry in the CQ WW DX  CW
          Contest. QSl via home call. [TNX NG3K]
C6     - Brian, ND3F will operate (on 10-80 metres, possibly on 160m as well)
          from New  Providence  (NA-001), Bahamas  from  23 November  until  1
          December. He will participate in the  CQ WW DX CW Contest as  C6AQQ.
          QSL via home call. [TNX The Daily DX]
CE     - Mario/CE6NE, Marco/CE6TBN, Zoli/HA1AG, Mike/K9AJ and Bruce/KD6WW are
          the operators  for the  DXpedition to  the Rennel  Islands  (SA-???)
          [425DXN 696], which is now expected to take place on 11-15 February.
          They will be active as CE8A  with two stations  on 10-80 metres  SSB
          and CW. The pilots will be  Cezar/VE3LYC (EU and NA) and  Gou/JA1QXY
          (AS and OC). QSL via CE6NE,  direct (P.O.Box 866, Temuco, Chile)  or
          bureau.   The    web    page    for    the    expedition    is    at
          http://www.ce6ne.cl/rennell.htm [TNX CE6TBN]
CT3    - Ken, W8LU will be travelling to  Madeira Island (AF-014) for the  CQ
          WW DX  CW Contest.  He will  be active  as CT3/W8LU  starting on  22
          November. QSL via home call. During  the contest he will operate  as
          team member of CT9L. [TNX W8LU]
5U     - The VooDoo Contest Group will participate in the CQ WW DX CW Contest
          as 5U5Z (Multi-Multi) from Niger. QSL via G3SXW (e-mail requests for
          bureau cards  can be  sent to  G3SXW@compuserve.com). The  operators
          (G0MTN, G3PJT,  G3SXW, G4BWP,  G4PIQ, K5VT,  KC7V and  N7NG) may  be
          active with personal calls immediately before the contest. [TNX  The
          Daily DX]
9M6    - Saty, JE1JKL  (http://jsfc.org/je1jkl/9m6na.html)  will  operate  as
          9M6NA from  Labuan Island  (OC-133), East  Malaysia starting  on  24
          November through the end of the CQ WW DX CW Contest. QSL via JE1JKL.
          E-mail requests for bureau cards can be sent to 9m6na@jsfc.org. [TNX
EA8    - Look for EF8TDX to be aired on  15 metres only from Tufia Rock  (DIE
          S-101), Canary Islands (AF-004) on 11-12  December. QSL via  EC8AUA,
          direct or  bureau. Pictures  etc. will  be posted  at  www.cidxs.com
          after the operation. [TNX IZ8CCW]
F      - Special station TM6OLM si active until 26 November to celebrate  the
          60th anniversary  of the  liberation of  Metz. QSL  via F6KFO.  [TNX
G      - G0SWY and G4OHX will operate special  event station GB6BOB for  four
          weeks starting on 27  December. The activity  is to commemorate  the
          Battle of the Bulge. QSL via G0SWY (M. I. Humphrey, 4 Bluebell Road,
          Bassett, Southampton, Hampshire  SO16 3LQ, England,  UK). S  special
          certificate is available  on request; details  can be  found on  the
          Royal    Signals     Amateur     Radio    Society's     web     site
          (http://www.rsars.org.uk/specevts.htm). [TNX F5NQL]
HS     - Bruce, AA4XR will be active as  HS0ZCY from Bangkok, Thailand  until
          20 November and again on 1-7 December, with a heavy emphasis on  the
          low bands and CW, RTTY and PSK31. [TNX KJ4UJ]
JA     - Look for JA5BEX/5 and JA5BQX/5 to  operate from Ogi Island  (AS-076,
          new one for JIIA) on 27-28  November. QSL via home calls, direct  or
          bureau. [TNX JI6KVR]
KC4_ant- Chris Post,  N3SIG  reports he  is  ready to  operate  as  KC4/N3SIG
          [425DXN 704] from McMurdo Station (K-09 for the Antarctica Award) on
          Ross Island (AN-001), Antarctica. He expects  to start on 14243  kHz
          at 00.30-01.00 UTC on 20 November. QSL via his home address ("I will
          get to them when I get home", he says).
KH2    - Guam Contest Club  members Aki/JI3ERV  (NH2C), Toshi/JR7OMD  (WI3O),
          Seo/JR3RVO (WX8M) and Masaki/JO1DFG (KH2XC) will participate in  the
          CQ WW DX CW Contest as  AH2R from Guam (OC-026) in the  Multi-Single
          category. QSL via JH7QXJ, direct or bureau. [TNX JI3ERV]
KP2    - K3TEJ and K3CT will operate (with  a special emphasis on 160  metres
          and the WARC bands) as KP2/K3TEJ  and KP2/K3CT (QSL via home  calls)
          from the US Virgin Islands on 23-30 November, including an entry  as
          WP2Z (QSL via KU9C) in the CQ WW DX CW Contest. [TNX NG3K]
LU     - LU7AEA will be aired on 27 November to celebrate the anniversary  of
          S.A.R.E. (Sistema Auxiliar Radio-operadores del Ejercito).  Activity
          is expected to start around  20 UTC on  40 and 80  metres SSB and  2
          metres FM. QSL via LU7ADC, direct or bureau. [TNX LU7ADC]
PA     - Special station PC100H will be activated  from 7 UTC on 18  December
          until 19 UTC on the 19th to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the
          founding of Dutch  Coastal Station PCH  Scheveningen Radio. QSL  via
          PA1HR. Further information will be available on
          http://www.remeeus.nl/pch/pc100h/pc100h_uk.htm [TNX PA1K]
S9     - Pekka Holstila/OH2TA, Pertti Simovaara/OH2PM and Martti  Laine/OH2BH
          will operate from Sao Tome and Principe starting on 20 November  for
          two weeks, CQ WW DX CW Contest included. They will have two stations
          covering all bands, and will operate CW and SSB as S9BB (outside the
          contest)  and  S9RR  in  the  contest.  Suggested  frequencies   are
          1823/1833, 3503, 7003, 10103, 14023, 18073, 21023, 24893, 28023  kHz
          (CW) and 3795, 7045,  14195, 18145, 21295,  24945, 28495 kHz  (SSB).
          Daily contacts will  be maintained with  Pertti Turunen/OH2RF,  Bill
          Avery/K6GNX and Yoichi Sakurada/JP1NWZ. QSL via OH2TA. [TNX OH2BN]
SO     - Baldur Drobnica,  DJ6SI and  Thomas Lind,  DL1QW are  now active  on
          10-160 metres as  6O0X (CW) and  6O0W (SSB and  possibly RTTY)  from
          Somalia until 26 November. QSL 6O0X  via DJ6SI, QSL 6O0W via  DL1QW.
          [TNX The Daily DX]
SP     - Wojtek, SP8MI will operate as HF8IARU between 25 January and 6 March
          to celebrate the 80th anniversary of  IARU and the 75th  anniversary
          of PZK, the  national IARU Society  for Poland. QSL  direct to  home
          call (Wojtek Wlodzimierz Gelo, P.O. Box 27, PL 38-700 Ustrzyki Dln.,
          Poland). [TNX SP8MI]
ST     - Paul, ST2PN [425DXN 692] will be active from Sudan until 3 December.
          He will be back home in Norway for  a few weeks, but will return  to
          Sudan in  January  for another  6-month  assignment. QSL  via  PA7FM
          (direct only, as  Paul is not  a members of  the PA bureau).  Online
          logs and pictures can be found at http://www.pa7fm.nl [TNX PA7FM]
SV     - The Aegean DX Group will operate as SX8P/2500 from 19 November until
          2 December to  commemorate the 2500th  anniversary of  the death  of
          Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras. All of the QSOs will
          be confirmed automatically via the bureau. [TNX SV8CYV]
VK     - After his 3D2FI  activities from  Fiji (OC-016,  OC-156 and  OC-121)
          [425DXN 685],  Steve,  G0UIH will  operate  as VK2IAY/4  from  North
          Stradbroke Island (OC-137)  on 14-17  December. QSL  via home  call,
          direct  or   bureau.  The   web  page   for  Steve's   tour  is   at
          www.maxproduction.co.uk/vk2iay/vk2iay2004.htm [TNX GM3VLB]
VK9_ck - Bernd, VK2IA will  operate as VK9AA  from Cocos-Keeling (OC-003)  on
          22-29 November, CQ WW DX CW Contest included. [TNX The Daily DX]
VQ9    - Roger, W9ROG will be on Diego  Garcia (AF-006) until the end of  the
          year. He is active as VQ9OG on 10-80 metres during his days off. QSL
          via home call. [TNX W9ROG]
XU     - Bruce, AA4XR [425DXN 701] he  will now be  active (on 160-10  metres
          with an emphasis on RTTY and  CW) as XU7ADF  from Cambodia on  22-30
          November. He will also guest operate from Koh Pos (AS-133) as XU7POS
          and participate in the CQ WW DX CW Contest as XU7ADF (SOSB).  During
          his trip to  Cambodia, Bruce will  be joined by  Champ, E21EIC,  who
          will operate as XU7ADE, CQ WW DX CW Contest included. [TNX KJ4UJ and
ZD     - Martin, G3ZAY will  be visiting  Ascension Island  (AF-003) and  St.
          Helena (AF-022) over the Christmas period.  He will be on  Ascension
          Island (requested call  ZD8ZA) on 21-22  December and  again on  3-7
          January, and on St. Helena  (ZD7ZA) from 24  december to 1  January.
          QSL via home call. [TNX G3ZAY]
ZK1_sc - Mike, W7DRA will  operate on 10-160  metres QRP as  ZK1DRA from  the
          South Cook Islands from 24 November until at least 5 December.  [TNX
          The Daily DX]

                          *** 4 2 5  D X  N E W S ***
                          ****  GOOD TO KNOW ... ****
                           Edited by  I1JQJ & IK1ADH
                         Direttore Responsabile IK8MRA

                    >>> NAVASSA (KP1) & DESECHEO (KP5) <<<

The following is a  summary  of  recent releases circulated  by Carl   Smith,
N4AA (Editor of QRZ-DX), Bernie McLenny,  W3UR (Editor of  The Daily DX)  and
Michael Thomas, NA5U (Lone Star DX Association).

US Congressman Nick Rahall (Democrat of West Virginia), ranking member of the
U.S. House  Committee on  Resources, has  agreed to  sponsor a  bill that  in
effect would  force the  US Fish  and Wildlife  Service to  allow  occasional
DXpeditions to either  Navassa and Desecheo.  The FWS  has heretofore  turned
down every recent DXpedition effort to these places based on what the  bill's
sponsors believe to be erroneous interpretation of the law governing wildlife
refuges. The  bill,  which  is  co-sponsored  by  Congressman  Richard  Pombo
(Republican of California),  was introduced   on 16  November as   Bill #  HR

This is the result of a group effort  led by attorney Brad Farrell, K4RT  and
Michael Thomas, NA5U. At least 30 other DXers  and a number of DX groups  are
assisting to move the legislative effort forward.

DXers all over the US are invited to contact their respective Congressmen  as
soon as possible,  and ask for  their support  of Bill  # HR  5361. A  sample
letter can be  found at http://www.dailydx.com/int2E.DOC. You can find  your
Congressman's name  at  http://www.house.gov/writerep/  and  his  snail  mail
address at http://clerk.house.gov/members/index.html.

Brad Farrell, K4RT  has also filed  an appeal with  a federal court,  seeking
review of the  agency's closure  of the  islands to  amateur radio.  Judicial
review will be prolonged and costly,  and the Lone  Star DX Association,  the
primary DX organization associated with this effort, is helping raise  needed
funds. As the host organization for  the project, the LSDXA has donated  $500
to a fund it will administer to help pay  for the costs of moving the  effort
forward in Congress and in court. If  you or your organization would like  to
help, please send your donation to the Lone Star DX Association c/o Jim Bass,
K5KQI, 2709 Monarch  Dr., Arlington,  TX 76006.  Mark your  donation for  the
"Navassa-Desecheo  Project."   News  updates,   additional  information   and
resources can be found at http://www.dxer.org/.

ANTARCTICA MAP --->  A  very  nice  map  of  Antarctica,  published  by  the
Australian Antarctic Division,  can  be seen  on the  Mediterraneo DX Club's
web site (www.mdxc.org/antarctica). Antarctica  Award  Manager  IZ8CGS says
that it will be sent as a free to those who request the Antarctica Award.

HS72B --->  The HS72B  CQWW &  Special DX  Operation  [425DXN 706]  team  has
already received very generous  donations, but still  needs help to  complete
this project and  bring the RAST  club station  on line  with permanent  full
performance stations.  Some  ten days  ago  Ray Gerrard,  G3NOM/HS0ZDZ  (RAST
international Vice  President  and  station  manager  for  HS0AC  and  HS72B)
suffered a severe heart attack. He  is still hospitalized, and  unfortunately
his conditions are far from being  encouraging, but the project goes on:  "we
need you best wishes & prayers for Ray and your economic support for the club
station he spent so much time building for RAST", Robin, WA6CDR says. "Please
send any funds you can to WA6CDR for NA, or DL3DXX for EU, or to HS0AC (RAST)
for AS, QRZ addresses good. We will personally acknowledge each donation when
we return in mid December". Anyone  who would like to  send their wishes  for
Ray's recovery may send a message to dx@thai.com [TNX WA6CDR]

NOT THE MANAGER ---> Francisco, EA7FTR reports that "a station in the CQWW DX
SSB Contest, LQ5H, stated to QSL via EA7FTR. He states this is incorrect, and
he is NOT the QSL Manager". [TNX OPDX Bulletin]

NOT THE MANAGER ---> Ken, K4ZW  says he is receiving  bureau cards for  JT1CO
and other JT stations for which he is not the QSL manager.

NOT THE  MANAGER --->  Patrice, F6JOB  is receiving  cards for  F6EPY's  past
DXpeditions (YJ0APY,  ZK1EPY, 5W0DA),  but  he is  not  the QSL  manager  for
Dominique. The current QSL route for these activities (2001 and 2002) is  via
F6COW. Please note  that Dominique is  going to operate  again as ZK1EPY  and
then as FO/ZK1EPY [425DXN 705]; the QSL route for the 2004 operations is  via
home call. [TNX F5NQL]

QSL BX3AC ---> With immediate effect,  Phil Whitchurch, G3SWH is the new  QSL
manager for Bill  Luo, BX3AC. Cards  will be accepted  and replied to  either
direct or via the RSGB bureau. E-mail  requests for bureau cards can be  sent
to phil@g3swh.demon.co.uk [TNX K1XN and The Golist]

T33C VIDEO ---> The T33C (Banaba 2004) video package includes a DVD record of
the expedition (including details of the radio operation and scenes of Banaba
and its people) and a second disc containing still photographs of Banaba  and
many of the Powerpoint slides that were shown in June at Friedrichshafen. All
proceeds will go toward paying  off the expenses  of the expedition.  On-line
ordering details  are  at  http://www.dx-pedition.de/banaba2004/order_dvd.htm

                          *** 4 2 5  D X  N E W S ***
                          ***  NEWS FROM THE WEB  ***
                           Edited by  I1JQJ & IK1ADH
                         Direttore Responsabile IK8MRA

LOGS      Online  logs   for   FK/IK6CAC  and   YJ0ACC   are   available   at
           http://www.ik6cac.com. E-mail requests for bureau cards can be sent
           to ik6cac@amsat.org  [TNX IK6CAC]
LOGS:     Online logs for  contacts made with  NP3U during the  CQ WW DX  SSB
           Contest 2004 are available at www.hamlogsonline.com. QSL via  WP4U,
           direct or bureau. [TNX WP4U]
OC-052:   The listings of QSL cards received by IT9YRE, I1SNW and IT9EJW  for
           their recent operation from Hereheretue Atoll (OC-052) can be found
           at http://www.printed.it/oc052.html. Nando,  IT9YRE  will  not  be
           reachable from 22 November through 25  December, so please  refrain
           from e-mailing him. [TNX IT9YRE]
SOFTWARE: The new  software  for the  W.A.I.S.  Award  (the  Italian  Squares
           Award), written by IK3QAR, is  now downloadable at  www.aribusto.it
           [TNX IK2UVR]
TX9:      The  TX9   (Chesterfield  2004)   statistics   can  be   found   at
           http://www.df3cb.com/chesterfield/news.html. On-line   logs   were
           available for a few days only:  "We got a handful of reports  about
           bands logged wrong in the  online log search",  the team says.  "We
           have identified the errors,  will fix them,  however we decided  to
           close the online log search and not to re-open it again".

QSLs received direct or through managers:  3B8/DL3LBP, 3D2VB, 3DA0RN,  4K3ZZZ
(EU-082), 4K9W, 4L/DL7FER,  5T5SN, 5U7JB, 5W0VB,  7P8DA, 7P8ZZ, 8R1Z,  9J2KC,
9L1JT, 9V1UV, A22/JA4ATV, A25LJ, A35RK, A35VB,  A45WD, A61AJ, AA4V  (NA-110),
AD6YS/7 (NA-065), AT0RI (AS-173), AY1ZA (AN-008,  AA LU-14), BI7DX  (AS-139),
C21DL, C50I  (AF-060),  CE0YEH, CT9M  (AF-046),  D2PFN,  D4B,  ES1QD,  EZ8BO,
F5VHQ/P (EU-095),  F8DQZ/P (EU-105),  FK/AC4LN, FK/KM9D  (OC-058),  FO/AC4LN,
FO/F6CTL  (OC-131),  FP5BZ,  FW/AC4LN,  FW7AQR,  H40VB,  H44V,  H44VV,  H44W,
KD6WW/VY0 (NA-130), KG4GJ, KH0/AC4LN,  KH9/K7ASU, KN5G/P (NA-143),  LA/DM2AUJ
(EU-076), M8C  (EU-011),  N1DX  (NA-137),  OC3I  (SA-074),  OD5RMK  (AS-108),
P29KPH, P29SX, P29VVB,  P29XF (OC-240), PJ4/N2WB,  R1MVI, R1Z, R2MWO,  RI0IMA
(AS-170), RI9KM, SV0XAI/9,  T20VB, T30VB,  T88VV, TO6M,  TT8KR, TT8PK,  TZ6M,
V31LZ, V31MD,  V51/DL5XL,  V63MB, V73NS  (OC-028),  V73VV,  V85PB,  VE7IG/VE1
(NA-010), VE8RCS, VK4LV  (OC-137), VQ9LA,  VU2TS, VY2ZM,  XF4IH, YA7X,  YB9BU
(OC-022), YC9YKI (OC-147), YE8V (OC-157), YJ0VB,  YJ0XX, YK1BA, Z38Z,  ZB2FX,
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