425 DX News issue #713

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                              425 DX News #713
                              01 January 2005
                          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
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                          ****  DX  INFORMATION  ****
                           Edited by  I1JQJ & IK1ADH
                         Direttore Responsabile IK8MRA


Whilst the major devastating event occurred off Sumatra, Indonesia, a  strong
earthquake hit the Andaman and Nicobar Islands  in the early UTC hours on  26
December, followed by a tsunami and several heavy aftershocks.
All of the VU4RBI/VU4NRO team members are safe and sound. The DXpedition  was
suspended and they started providing emergency communications back and  forth
between Port Blair and the Indian mainland immediately after the first quake.
Bharathi, VU2RBI/VU4RBI will leave on 1 January as scheduled, but other  team
members will  stay behind  and continue  the emergency  traffic. Several  new
operators from India are to arrive in the coming days to help out.
Two team members and one of the  VU4NRO stations have been dispatched to  Car
Nicobar, they are relaying out emergency traffic from that devastated  place.
The other  VU4NRO station  is  operational from  Port  Blair; they  also  are
passing emergency traffic. [TNX K4VUD].

3D2_rot - Charlie, HA8IB and Eli, HA9RE  (http://ha9re.fw.hu) will be  active
           (callsigns TBA) from  Rotuma (OC-060) from  27 January until  21-22
           February. They plan to operate  on 160-10 metres  CW, SSB and  RTTY
           with two stations, and to participate in the CQ WW 160 Meter CW and
           ARRL DX CW contests. [TNX HA9RE]
8Q      - Owing to the tragic events in that part of the world, Paolo, IK2QPR
           (8Q7PR) has cancelled  his 9-17 January  [425DXN 711]  trip to  the
           Maldives. [TNX IK2QPR]
CE      - Marco, CE6TBN (http://www.qsl.net/ce6tbn) will operate as  CE6TBN/7
           from Ascension  Island, Las  Guaitecas  (SA-043, DICE  ICE-704)  on
           14-16 January. Expect activity  on 10-40 metres  SSB and CW  (QRS).
           QSL via CE6TBN, direct (Marco A. Quijada Q., P.O. Box 1234, Temuco,
           Chile) or bureau. [TNX CE6TBN]
CE0_ei  - Oystein/LA5QKA, Ole/LA6EIA and his wife Kari/LA8FMA,  Terje/LA8BCA,
           Torbjorn/LA8ELA, Reidar/LA9DK,  Norleif/LA9FG, Svein  Jarle/LA9KKA,
           Harald/LA9SN and  Soren/OZ1FTU will  be active  from Easter  Island
           (SA-001) on  8-18  January. They  will  operate as  3G0YP  (CW  and
           digital modes) and  3G0YM (SSB). QSL  via LA6EIA  (Ole Forr,  Frya,
           N-2647     Sor-Fron,     Norway).      More     information      at
           http://www.qsl.net/3g0ym [TNX LA6EIA]
HK0_mal - Pedro Claver Orozco,  HK1XX (ex HK1HHX  and ex HK0TU  in 1990)  has
           announced that the DX Colombia Group (http://www.dxcolombia.com) is
           organizing a  DXpedition  to  Malpelo  Island  (SA-007)  some  time
           between June 2005 and March  2006. They plan  to have 13  operators
           from Colombia and 7 guest operators  from abroad, and to be  active
           on all modes.  If interested  in participating  in the  DXpedition,
           please contact Pedro (hk1hhx@costa.net.co). [TNX HK1XX]
I       - Club station IQ8LD  will be active  on 14-16 January  for the  Asia
           Radio Aid event organized  by ARI Locride  (http://www.arilocri.it)
           and the Strange  Radio Team (http://www.strangeradioteam.com) with
           the  aim  of  collecting  funds  to  be  donated to charity for the
           peoples  hit  by  the  earthquake/tsunami  in  the Bay  of  Bengal.
           Amateurs and SWLs worldwide are  invited  to  participate  in  this
           event;  for further information  please contact  the Award  Manager
           (Francesco Spatolisano, IK8YDP) at ik8ydp@virgilio.it [TNX IK8IOI &
KH2     - Look for Kuro, JH0MGJ to operate as AL5A/NH2 from Guam (OC-026)  on
           18-20 March.  QSL  via home  call  through the  JARL  bureau.  [TNX
LU_so   - Willy, ON5AX  is visiting  Antarctica as  a  tourist and  has  been
           granted permission  to operate  as LU1ZA  from the  "Orcadas"  base
           (LU-14 for the  Antarctica Award) on  Laurie Island, South  Orkneys
           (AN-008). Look for him on 2 January  at 14.45 UTC on 21260 kHz  and
           at 20.15 UTC on 14290 kHz. [TNX DL5EBE]
P4      - Ed, W0YK  will  be active  as  P40X from  Aruba  (SA-036)  on  3-11
           January. He will operate CW on  the low HF and  WARC bands, and  he
           will also operate RTTY (ARRL RTTY  Roundup included). QSL via  home
           call. [TNX ARRL DX Bulletin]
R1A_ant - Vlady, RU3HD [425DXN  705] is  currently stationed  at the  Russian
           base "Novolazarevskaya"  (UA-08  for  the  Antarctica  Award,  IOTA
           AN-016) and operates as either R1ANN  and RU3HD/ANT. At the  moment
           he is active  on 20,  30 and  40 metres,  but he  plans to  install
           antennas for other bands. QSL via RZ3DJ (Dmitry Tsyplakov, P.O. Box
           5/3, Pushkino - 5, 141205, Russia). [TNX RZ3DJ]
SP      - The  Polish  Amateur   Radio  Union  (PZK)   celebrates  its   75th
           anniversary in 2005, and several special prefixes and calls will be
           aired between  1 January  and 31  March.  Callsigns issued  so  far
           include 3Z0IU (SP2IU),  3Z75GFI (SP9GFI),  3Z75IWA (SP7IWA),  3Z75Z
           (SP8AJC), HF75PZK  (SP0PZK),  SN75CYG (SQ9CYG),  SN75FIH  (SQ9FIH),
           SN75JMR  (SP2JMR),  SN75NWN  (SP9NWN),  SP75ECC  (SP5ECC),  SP75HQJ
           (SP9HQJ), SP75JCN  (SPJCN),  SP75PNB  (SP9PNB),  SP75SOU  (SP9SOU),
           SP75TNX (SP9TNX), SP75YST (SP9YST).  SQ75FMU (SQ9FMU), SQ75HQQ  and
           (SQ7HQQ), while the PZK HQ station will use HF75PZK. [TNX SP9JPA]
TA      - Berkin,   TA3J    will    operate    as    TA3J/60    (six    zero,
           http://www.geocities.com/ta3j60) from 1 January to 1 March for  the
           "CQ/60" Operating Activity and the "CQ Gang Award" (see CQ Magazine
           Anniversary in the "Good  To Know" section  below). QSL via  TA3YJ,
           direct or bureau. [TNX TA3YJ]
UR_ant  - Willy, ON5AX (see LU_so above) also hopes to operate as either EM1U
           or VP8DII  from  the "Akademik  Vernadsky"  of Ukraine  (UR-01)  on
           Galindez Island (AN-006), Antarctica. [TNX DL5EBE]
VP2V    - Curt, W3HQ will operate from Virgin  Gorda, British Virgin  Islands
           (NA-023) for the CQ WW 160 Meter CW Contest. Start looking for  him
           on that band from 26 January  to 5 February.  He will accept  skeds
           (w3hq@arrl.net) up to 22 January. [TNX NG3K]
VP5     - Saul, WA1UKN will be active (on 40,  17, 15, 12 and 10 metres  SSB)
           as VP5/WA1UKN from Grand Turk (NA-003)  and then from North  Caicos
           (NA-002) between 4 and 28 January. QSL via home call. [TNX ARRL  DX
XE      - Look for XF1K to be aired from  two most wanted IOTA groups in  the
           State of Baja California Sur as follows:
           * Asuncion  Island (NA-164)  - from  around  23 UTC  (depending  on
           weather and tide conditions) on 10 January for 72 hours;
           * Santa Ines  Island (NA-165) -  from around 20  UTC (depending  on
           weather and tide conditions) on 14 January for 48 hours.
           The  opertaors   will  be   Ray/N6VR,  Norman/N6JV,   Gerardo/XE2Q,
           Marco/XE2TG, Miguel/XE2UCT Diana/XE2DN  and Hector/XE2K. Plans  are
           to have 2-3 barefoot stations active simultaneously on 6-80  metres
           SSB and CW for 12-16 hours a  day. QSL via N6AWD (Fred K.  Stenger,
           6000 Hesket Dr., Bakersfield  , CA 93309,  USA). The expedition  is
           supported by IREF (http://www.islandradio.org). [TNX XE2K]
XU      - Peter, NO2R will operate as XU7ACY from Sihanoukville, Cambodia  on
           9-20 January. He plans to concentrate  on 40, 80 and 160 metres  CW
           and SSB. QSL via K2NJ. [TNX NG3K]
YU      - The YU CW Club is celebrating its 35th anniversary by using special
           call 4N35CW.  Individual  special  calls  are  as  follows:  4N35AA
           (YT1AA), YT35AD  (YT1AD),  YT35II  (YT1II),  YT35A  (YT6A),  YT35AA
           (YT7AA), YU35AA  (YU1AA), YU35BM  (YU1BM), YU35CY  (YU1CY),  YU35DX
           (YU1DX), YU35GG  (YU1GG), YU35HC  (YU1HC), YU35MM  (YU1MM),  YU35MV
           (YU1MV), YU35NW  (YU1NW), YU35RJ  (YU1RJ), YU35SB  (YU1SB),  YU35UB
           (YU1UB), YU35VT  (YU1VT), YU35VV  (YU1VV), YU35WR  (YU1WR),  YU35XW
           (YU1XW), YU35ZZ  (YU1ZZ), YU35AW  (YU6AW), YU35DR  (YU7DR),  YU35EV
           (YU7EV), YU35YL (YU8YL), YZ35AA (YZ1AA), YZ35AU (YZ1AU) and  4N35GM
           (4N1GM). [TNX YZ1EW]

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                          ****  GOOD TO KNOW ... ****
                           Edited by  I1JQJ & IK1ADH
                         Direttore Responsabile IK8MRA

AO-51 &  ASIAN DISASTER  ---> The  following message  is from  Mike  Kingery,
KE4AZN, Echo Command Team Amsat VP Operations.
"In an  effort to  lend any  assistance  possible to  the  Earthquake/Tsunami
disaster area,  we will  configure and  open AO-51  for use  as a  store  and
forward message satellite for those in  the disaster area. Therefore at  this
time we will cancel the current  schedule for AO-51. The planned mode  change
to the FM Repeater in high power will not occur.
AO-51 will  be reconfigured  at  approximately 0305  utc  on 30  December  to
operate as a Store and Forward PBBS.  The PBBS will still be open to  general
amateur use, but amateur operators should be ready to cease BBS operations at
any moment,  when we  start to  receive message  traffic.   We ask  that  all
unattended PBBS operation stop until further notice.  AO-51 PBBS users may be
requested to help download and forward messages.  More information about  how
amateur operators can help will be forthcoming.
The FM repeater (Downlink 435.300 Mhz, Uplink 145.920 MHz) will be turned off
to allow maximum power to be used on the PBBS downlink.
The configuration for AO-51 PBBS will  be or normal setup: Downlink:  435.150
MHz, FM 9600 baud PacSat  BroadCast Protocol (PBBS)  Unlink: 145.860 MHz  FM,
9600 baud PacSat BroadCast Protocol (PBBS)
Anyone that can help contact those  in the disaster area  and inform them  of
the Satellite resource is encouraged to do so".

CQ MAGAZINE ANNIVERSARY  ---> CQ Amateur  Radio magazine  will celebrate  its
60th anniversary in 2005 and celebrations  will include a "CQ Gang"  activity
to be  held from  1 January  to 1  March -  all those  who have  ever had  an
association with CQ magazine may sign "/60" (six zero) after their  callsign.
Complete rules for the "CQ/60" Operating  Activity and the relevant "CQ  Gang
Award" are at http://www.cq-amateur-radio.com/CQ60  Award Dec04.pdf

PIRATE ---> Your  Editor (I1JQJ) has  been repeatedly pirated  on the  packet
cluster - is  there any need  to say that  in my  limited spare  time I  like
chasing DX and  compiling 425 DX  News better than  posting stupid and  nasty
announces? Many thanks to all those who have expressed their sympathy to me.

QSL VK4UC ---> The newly printed QSL cards have been received and Kim Larson,
daughter of N3SL, has processed just over  400 cards (about 50 of those  were
direct, the rest went to the  ARRL outbound bureau). At  the moment the  2002
WPX CW, Oceania Contest and CQWW CW logs are missing. [TNX N3SL]

QSL VK9LA & VK9LW ---> Bill, VK4FW reports that all direct cards received  up
to 30 December have been answered. A reminder to all: "overseas postage  here
has increased to  $1.80", Bill says,  "a single USD  no longer covers  return

THE   SCOTTISH   HAM   PORTAL   TROPHY   --->   The   Scottish   HAM   Portal
(http://www.scotham.net) introduces a new trophy  for Scottish amateur  radio
stations. The  objective of  this  trophy is  to  highlight the  most  active
Scottish amateur radio station in the outgoing year. Please send your vote to
nominate the  most active  Scottish amateur  radio station  in 2004  of  your
choice via  mm0dfv@scotham.net (deadline  is 15  January 2005).  Everyone  is
eligible to vote. [TNX MM0DFV]

                          *** 4 2 5  D X  N E W S ***
                          ***  NEWS FROM THE WEB  ***
                           Edited by  I1JQJ & IK1ADH
                         Direttore Responsabile IK8MRA
LOGS:      On-line logs for VP8WWW, VP8WFW, VP8WPF, VP8WMJ and VP8DXL can  be
            found at http://www.gtdx.com/logs/searchvp8.html
NEW FORUM: A new  forum  for  the  users  of  DX-clusters  can  be  found  at
            http://www.gb7mbc.net/forum/  [TNX G0YLM]

QSLs received direct or through managers: 3G1A (SA-069), 4K6DI, 4L8A,  4U1UN,
5T5SN, 5W0DL,  9J2HK, 9L1ADA,  9M8PSB  (OC-164), 9Y4/N9LAH,  A43HI  (AS-010),
A71EM, BA4DW/4 (AS-146), BW2/JH7BZR, EA9LZ, EK3GM, EM1HO, FO/I1SNW  (OC-052),
KH7X, LR2F, LU8ADX, LZ1BJ/1 (EU-181), OX3DB,  T33I, T42D, TI4CF, TN6X,  TY5M,
V6A, V6O (OC-155), V73B, VK9LA, VP5/AH6HY (NA-003), W9AAZ/HK0, XF4IH,  YI1OM,
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