425 DX News issue #727

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                              425 DX News #727
                                9 April 2005
                          Edited by I1JQJ &IK1ADH

           Information, reports and suggestions must be sent to: 
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                     The deadline is 12 UTC on Fridays

                          *** 4 2 5  D X  N E W S ***
                          ****  DX  INFORMATION  ****
                           Edited by  I1JQJ & IK1ADH
                         Direttore Responsabile IK8MRA

3A       - Members of the Council of Europe Radio Amateur Club (CERAC) and the
           Amateur Radio Association of Monaco (ARAM) will operate as 3A0CE on
           4-8 May. The activity celebrates the Council of Europe  anniversary
           as well as the admission of  Monaco as the  46th member State.  QSL
           via F5LGF. [TNX F6FQK]
3B8      - Mart, DL6UAA will be active again as 3B8MM from Mauritius  (AF-049)
           starting on 19-20 April until 10  May at least. QSL via home  call,
           direct  or  bureau.  Information  and   pictures  of  Mart's   past
           activities can be found at http://www.dl6uaa.com  [TNX DL6UAA]
4X       - Look for Jac, 4X/PA3AJW and Ron, 4X/PA3BMQ to operate on all  bands
           CW and SSB from various locations  in the Golan Heights, Israel  on
           11-21 April. They will  participate in the  Holyland DX Contest  as
           4X2C from Ramot. [TNX PA3AJW]
4X       - Dov, 4Z4DX plans to be active from Jaffa Lighthouse on 16-17 April.
           QSL direct to home call. Logs  will be uploaded  to LoTW. [TNX  The
           Daily DX]
7X       - 7V2SI will be the callsign for the 1-5 May expedition to the Sandja
           Islands (AF-NEW) [425DXN 725]. Team members  so far include  7X2RO,
           7X2RF, 7X0AD and OM3CGN. There will  be no 160m activity. [TNX  The
           Daily DX]
9A       - Gianfranco, I6GFX and others will be active as 9A/I6GFX from a  few
           EU-170 Croatian islands on  10-13 June. They  plan to operate  from
           Ugljan  (CI-134),  Sestrunj   (CI-104),  Rivanj  (CI-102),   Jidula
           (CI-273) and Paranak Veli  (CI-386). QSL via  home call, direct  or
           bureau.        Logs        will        be        vailable        at
           http://www.gianfrancogervasi.it/search.html  [TNX I6GFX]
9G       - Sigi, DL7DF will be active from  Ghana on 18-25 April. He plans  to
           operate CW with some SSTV on  160-10 metres. QSL via DL7DF,  direct
           (Sigi Presch, Wilhelmsmuehlenweg 123,  D-12621 Berlin, Germany)  or
           through the DARC bureau. [TNX NG3K]
9K       - A group of operators from Kuwait  plans to be  active as 9K2F  from
           Faylakah Island (AS-118) from  27 July and  3 August, IOTA  Contest
           included. QSL via 9K2RA, direct (KARS, P.O. Box 5240, 13053, Safat,
           Kuwait) or bureau. [TNX The Daily DX]
C5       - Gerben, PG5M will be active as C56M from The Gambia until 11 April.
           This is a CW operation on  40-10 metres. QSL via home call.  Direct
           cards should be sent to Gerben A. Menting, Waezenburglaan 104, 9351
           HG Leek, The Netherlands. Information  on Gerben's past  operations
           can be found at http://www.dx.to/  [TNX PG5M]
CY0      - CY0AA is  the  call  to  be  used  by  Joe/W8GEX,  Wayne/K8LEE  and
           Phil/W9IXX  during  their  operation  from  Sable  Island  (NA-063)
           [425DXN 721]. which is now scheduled to take place from 27 July  to
           3 August. They  plan to operate  on 6-160 metres  CW, SSB, PSK  and
           RTTY and to participate in the IOTA Contest. QSL via K8LEE. This is
           a very expensive  trip and the  crew is seeking  donations to  help
           offset  the  cost.   The  web  page   for  the   operation  is   at
FR/G     - The expedition to  the Glorioso  Islands has  been postponed  until
           October or  November.  According to  Dany,  F5CW the  Indian  Ocean
           French military authorities have discouraged the team from  landing
           in late  May owing  to security  reasons. Further  updates will  be
           posted to http://glorieuses2005.free.fr/: "we are a bit upset  with
           this situation", Dany says,"but we never give up!"
G        - The Royal  Signals  Amateur Radio  Association  has  announced  the
           following activities to take place between May and August
           * GB6VIE (Victory In  Europe), operated by  G0SWY, M0BTY and  G4OHX
             from 8 May to 4 June.
           * GB5AWR, operated  by G0SWY on  20-27 June to  celebrate the  50th
             anniversary of the Army Wireless Reserve Amateur Radio Society.
           * GB4ON (Operation Neptune), operated by GW4XKE on 1-28 July
           * GB4VJD (Victory Japan Day), operated by GW4XKE on 1-28 August
           * GB6VIJ (Victory In Japan), operated by G0SWY on 1-28 August
           * GB6VJD (Victory Japan Day), operated by G4OHX on 1-28 August
           QSLs to the Royal Signals  Amateur Radio Association,  "Greenacre",
           Stones Green Road, Stones Green, Harwich, Essex CO12 5BS,  England,
           UK. Further information  is available on  the RSARA's  web site  at
           http://www.rsars.org.uk/  [TNX F5NQL]
HB0      - Four members of  the Radio Club  Tivadar Puskas  (HA5KHC) -  namely
           Laci/HA5MA, Pisti/HA5OJ, Ed/HA5BWW and Karl/HA7PC - will operate on
           160-10  metres   as  HB0/homecall   from  Masescha   (1350m   asl),
           Liechtenstein on 14-21 May. QSL via  home calls, direct or  bureau.
           [TNX HA0HW]
I        - Giuseppe, IZ7EQT has  been active as  II7JP in memory  of the  late
           Pope John Paul II (1920-2005).  QSL via IQ7MU.  [TNX Info Radio  by
I        - Massimo, IZ5BTC reports  he will operate  on 10, 15,  20, 40 and  6
           metres as  IA5/IQ5KG/P from  Elba Island  (EU-028, IIA  LI-001)  on
           23-25 April. QSL via IZ5BTC.
I        - A group of operators from ARI  Genova will be active as II1PV  from
           the lighthouse at Punta Vagno (WAIL LI-006, ARLHS ITA-151) on 11-12
           June. QSL via bureau. [TNX IZ1DFL]
JD1_oga  - JH1WCD and JR1AGC  will operate as  JD1BLW and JD1BLZ  respectively
           from Ogasawara on 5-8 May. Activity  will be on 80-6 metres  mainly
           SSB. QSL via home calls, direct or bureau. [TNX JK1FNL]
LA       - Trond/LA9VDA,  Bjorn/LA5UKA and  Andreas/LA8AJA will be active from
           Gossen Island (EU-056)  on 15-18 April.  They will operate on 15-80
           metres CW, SSB and RTTY. [TNX LA9VDA]
OZ       - Special call OZ200HCA  has replaced  OZ5HCA [425DXN  725] for  Hans
           Christian Andersen's 200th anniversary celebrations until 30 April.
           QSL via OZ3FYN.
PA       - Will/PE1OPM and  Jeroen/NL12339  will  be  active  as  PA6WAD  from
           Ameland Island (EU-038) on 7-14 May. They plan to operate on the HF
           bands, as well as on 6  and 2 metres  and 70 cm.  On 11 May  expect
           activity from the  lighthouse (ARLHS  NET-001). QSL  via the  Dutch
           bureau or direct to P.O. Box 42, 4724 ZG Wouw, The Netherlands. The
           web site for  the operation  can be  found at  http://qsy.to/eu-038
           [TNX PE1OPM]
S9       - Tono, EA9CP/1 will be active (on 10, 15 and 20 metres SSB) from Sao
           Tome & Principe on 10-17 April.  He also plans to operate from  Sao
           Sebastiao Lighthouse (ARLHS  SAO-002) during that  time frame.  QSL
           via home call, direct or bureau. [TNX EA5KY]
ST       - Dane, S57CQ/ST2T [425DXN 714] is still in Sudan and he is likely to
           be working there until June at least. Owing to his job commitments,
           his amateur radio activity is limited to participation in contests.
           QSL via S57DX, direct (Slavko Celarc,  Ob Igriscu 8, 1360  Vrhnika,
           Slovenia) or bureau. [TNX S57DX]
SV9      - Rosel, DL3KWR and Hardy,  DL3KWF will be  active as SV9/DL3KWR  and
           SV9/DL3KWF from Crete (EU-015) on 16-29 April. They plan to operate
           mostly on the WARC bands, 80  metres and CW in their evenings.  QSL
           via home calls.  E-mail requests for  bureau cards can  be sent  to
           dl3kwr@darc.de or dl3kwf@darc.de  respectively. [TNX DL3KWF]
TZ       - JA1UT and the International Amateur Radio Volunteers (IARV) will be
           active as TZ6U  fom Mali until  13 April. QSL  via JA1UT, [TNX  The
           Daily DX]
VP5      - Bob, K7LAY and his son Harry, K7LAZ will be active as  VP5/homecall
           from the  Caicos  Islands (NA-002)  on  12-24 June.  They  plan  to
           operate mainly CW on 10-160 metres. QSL via home calls. [TNX K7LAY]
YL       - YL740C,  YL740M  and  YL740T  are  the  calls  that   Karlis/YL2MD,
           Serge/YL2MU and Andris/YL2GQT are using until 28 June to  celebrate
           the 740th anniversary of the Latvian city of Jelgava (former Mitaw,
           the Capital of  the Kurland Duchy  in XVII century).  QSL via  home
           calls. [TNX YL2MU]
ZK2      - Aki, JA1KAJ reports he will be  active (callsign not known so  far)
           from Niue (OC-040) from 23 April to  8 May. He plans to operate  on
           10-80 metres SSB, CW, RTTY and SSTV. QSL via JA1KAJ.
ZL5_ant  - Ed, ZL5KX  is  currently  active from  Scott Base  (ZL-02  for  the
           Antarctica Award)  on  Ross Island  (AN-011).  Look for him  around
           8-9 UTC  on  20 metres (long path  in Europe).  The web site  (with
           web cam) of Scott Base is at http: http://www.antarcticanz.govt.nz/
           [TNX ZL4PW & IZ8CGS]

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

425 DX NEWS MAGAZINE ---> The latest  issue (March 2005) is now available  in
.pdf format only at http://www.425dxn.org/monthly/. It includes an article by
Sarath Babu Rayaprolu, VU3RSB on the  tsunami emergency on Andaman, "The  Way
We Were" (a selection of information  published by 425DXN ten years ago),  as
well as the usual features and  several images. Articles and pictures  should
be sent to Nicola Baldresca, IZ3EBA (iz3eba@libero.it).

6O0JT ---> Joe, 6O0JT (VA6JWT) expected to leave Somalia on 7 April. Once  at
home, he will start working on the QSL cards. [TNX The Daily DX]

COOK ISLANDS DXCC STATUS CHANGED --->  The following release, dated 2  April,
comes from the ARRL's web site:
Issuance of a call sign  prefix block for  the Cook Islands  has made them  a
DXCC political entity. "It has come  to our attention that the  International
Telecommunication Union Table of International  Callsign Series now  contains
an entry for the Cook Islands,"  said ARRL Membership Services Manager  Wayne
Mills, N7NG. "New Zealand has been issued the E5A-E5Z call sign prefix  block
for the exclusive use of the  Cook Islands. As a result,  the Cooks become  a
political entity for DXCC purposes." Mills  says the impact on the DXCC  List
will be minimal, however. "In  reviewing the distances,  it appears that  the
first 'separation' from  the South Cooks  likely will  be Palmerston  Island,
which is  just  over 350  km  northwest of  Raratonga,"  he  explained.  "The
remainder of  what has  been known  as the  North Cooks  is not  sufficiently
distant from Palmerston to become an additional DXCC entity." Mills says  the
main effect of the  change will be  for Palmerston to  count for North  Cooks
instead of South  Cooks. The change  also may  clarify a  situation with  the
North Cooks. "Since  the addition of  the Manihiki Islands  (North Cooks)  in
January 1959 was not based on a specific distance, Palmerston has counted  as
South Cooks," he said. "DXCC Rule 5a comes into play now, keeping both  North
and South Cooks on the list, but moving Palmerston to the North Cooks because
it is  more  than 350  km  from  the South  islands  and  becomes  the  first
separation." Under the circumstances, Mills said, it might now be appropriate
to rename the entity "Palmerston and the North Cooks."

FT5XO ---> The  2005 Microlite  DXpedition to  The Kerguelen  Islands is  now
history. In an effort to equitably cover the variety of openings, bands,  and
modes available,  the team  actively  reviewed the  QSO  stats each  day  and
adjusted the operating plan accordingly. The first QSOs began at about  07.00
UTC on 20  March, the last  QSO was made  at approximately 02.00  UTC on  the
31st. 11.5 days of operating netted 67,954 QSOs as follows:
Band  CW      SSB    RTTY   TOTAL
160m: 1173    16     0      1189
80m:  3578    957    0      4535
40m:  9643    2774   160    12577
30m:  9683    0      616    10299
20m:  4012    4640   327    8979
17m:  5144    2168   497    7809
15m:  4485    3964   758    9207
12m:  4411    3499   0      7910
10m:  3558    1885   0      5443
6m EME:   6
The full wrap-up press release will  be published in the  April issue of  the
425 DX News Magazine. [TNX K5TR]

ILLW ---> This year the International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend, organised
and co-ordinated by Mike Dalrymple, GM4SUC,  will take place from from  00.01
UTC on  20 August  until 23.59  UTC on  the 21st.  Full information  on  this
popular event can be  found at http://illw.net/index.html.   If you decide  to
take   part   in   this   year's   event,   please   register   on-line    at
http://illw.net/phpform/forms/form1.html.  Announced operations are listed  at

LOTW ---> The  Five Star DXers  Association is pleased  to announce that  all
9M0C, D68C and 3B9C logs  are now on  LoTW. To date,  we they have  confirmed
80,413 3B9C QSOs  direct and via  the bureau,  including electronic  requests
made via their Web page. [TNX G3XTT]

QSL 4L4KK ---> SV2AEL is no longer the QSL manager for Amiran, 4L4KK. The new
QSL  route  is  via  RN6ACI/6  (Archil  Barabadze,  P.O.  Box  1453,   Sochi,
Krasnodarsky kr., Russia). [TNX RZ6HDX]

QSL 5X1GS  --->  Bob Nadolny,  WB2YQH  reports that  he  is able  to  confirm
contacts made  with  Graham, 5X1GS  until  12 September  2004.  Bob  has  not
received any log update after that date and has been unable to contact Graham
by e-mail. "The last time logs were delayed was due to Graham's work schedule
out in the bush away from  his Kampala location", Bob  says. "One other  time
his telephone wire connection was stolen and he could not e-mail until it was
replaced. Please be patient". All logs are available for Graham's other calls
(5Z4GS and VP2MGG).

QSL 7Q7PF ---> Cato de Savigny, 7Q7PF reports  that his QSL route is not  via
LA9PF (home  call)  any longer.  Cards  should be  sent  to Private  Bag  22,
Lilongwe, Malawi.

QSL VIA CE6TBN ---> Marco, CE6TBN reports  that he handles the QSL cards  for
CE6TBN/7, CE6TBN/8 and CE6TBN/P (SA-018, SA-032, SA-043, SA-061 and  SA-091),
as well as for CE0Z (2000 and 2002).  QSL direct (Marco A. Quijada, P.O.  Box
1234, Temuco, Chile) or bureau.

QSL VIA JA1VOK ---> Hatsuo, JA1VOK  reports that Peter, PY5CC has closed  his
logs for PY0FM and PY0F/PY5CC operations is 1992-94. The QSL route for  PY0FM
in 1995 or later remains unchanged, i.e. via JA1VOK.

+ SILENT KEY + Stuart "Stu" P. Greene, WA2MOE  passed away a few days ago.  A
long tome DXer, he was also a  DXpeditioner "when there weren't as many  safe
ways of tranportation  to the many  places he went  to" (W2CE).  Some of  the
places he operated from include KP1, KP5, KH5 and KH5K.

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                          ***  NEWS FROM THE WEB  ***
                           Edited by  I1JQJ & IK1ADH
                         Direttore Responsabile IK8MRA

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              Cluster since January 1997. The collection  - from January  1997
              up to March 2005 - is  available at www.425dxn.org/dxspots/ ,as
              well the software (DXINFO v2.0) which will enable you to  handle
              the files (instructions at the URL above).

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