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21 February 2009                                          A.R.I. DX Bulletin
                                   No 929
                         *** 4 2 5  D X  N E W S ***
                         ****  DX  INFORMATION  ****
                          Edited by  I1JQJ & IK1ADH
                        Direttore Responsabile  I2VGW

6W     - Patrick, ON4HIL and Guido, ON4BAG will be active as 6V7P  and  6V7O
         from Senegal on 22-28 February. They plan to operate SSB, RTTY  and
         PSK31 on 160-10 metres. QSL via home calls, direct or bureau.  [TNX
7Q     - Allan, G0IAS will be active as  7Q7AH  from  the  shack  of  Harry,
         7Q7HB on the southern shore of Lake Malawi starting on 23  February
         for one month. Being aware that Malawi is needed on Top Band,  they
         will try to erect an antenna for 160 metres. QSL via G0IAS,  direct
         only. [TNX G0IAS]
9A     - A team of seven members of IOCA  Group  (Franjo/9A2MF,  Daki/9A2WJ,
         Boki/9A3KB, Dado/9A3TA,  Emir/9A6AA,  Sven/DF9MV  and  Matt/DL5MFL)
         will be  active  as  9A0CI  from  Vela  Palagruza  Island  (EU-090,
         CI-084) and lighthouse (LH-0057, CRO-012) on 8-16  May.  They  will
         operate SSB, CW and digital modes on 10-80 metres. QSL via  DE0MST,
         direct or bureau. They also plan to operate SSB as 9A/homecall  and
         homecall/p from Mala Palagruza Island  (EU-090,  CI-461)  and  from
         the islet of Kamik Od Tramuntane (CI-960,  new  one  for  the  IOCA
         programme).  QSL  via  home  calls.  Further  information  will  be
         available on http://www.inet.hr/9a6aa/iocaplan.htm [TNX 9A6AA]
9K     - Celebrating  Kuwait's   National   Liberation  Day,  special  event
         station 9K48NLD will be active on 20 and 40 metres SSB  and  CW  on
         25-26 February from the KARS  headquarters.  QSL  via  9K2RA.  [TNX
AP     - AP2ASHF (the suffix stands for Axel Helmut  Scholz,  Foreigner)  is
         the callsign issued to Axel, DL7UPN. He expects to  visit  Pakistan
         "several times" before June and to operate CW, RTTY  and  PSK.  QSL
         via DL7UPN. [TNX DX Newsletter]
C5     - Stewart, GW0ETF will  be  on  holiday  in  the  Gambia  between  23
         February and 8 March and hopes to do  some  casual  operating  from
         the hotel with 100w and a 20m dipole,  mainly  CW  but  maybe  some
         RTTY/PSK31. He must apply for the  licence  upon  arrival,  and  he
         hopes to get C56/GW0ETF. QSL via home  call  (QSLling  instructions
         at qrz.com). [TNX GW0ETF]
D4     - A group of seven German operators will be active  from  Sal  Island
         (AF-086), Cape Verde on  11-25  March  as  D44TXQ  (Helmut/DL3KBQ),
         D44TXP    (Holger/DL1COP),    D44TXO    (Juergen/DJ2VO),     D44TXF
         (Gerd/DG3KAF),  D44TXR  (Henry/DL2RSI),  D44TXI  (Peter/DH2KI)  and
         D44TXS (Franz,  DL3PS/HB9EHQ).  They  plan  to  operate  on  160-10
         metres CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK31,  Hell,  Amtor  and  SSTV,  with  seven
         stations running 100 watts into vertical antennas. QSL  D44TXS  via
         HB9EHQ, others via home call. [TNX DL3PS]
EA     - Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth  of  Louis  Braille,
         special  event  station  EG3LB  will  be  active  again  on   20-22
         February, 27-28 February and 1 March. Expect activity  on  SSB,  CW
         and digital modes. QSL via EA3RKR, direct or bureau. [TNX EA3RKR]
EI     - The Galway Radio Experimenters Club will  celebrate  St.  Patrick's
         Day (17 March) operating as EJ4GRC  from  Inishmore,  Aran  Islands
         (EU-006). They will be  active  on  all  bands  and  modes,  and  a
         commemorative QSL card will be sent to all  stations  worked.  [TNX
F      - The Council of Europe Radio Amateur Club (TP2CE) will be active  as
         TP60CE  from  27  February  to  1  March  to  celebrate  the   60th
         anniversary of the Council of Europe. QSL via  F5LGF.  A  logsearch
         will be available at http://ewwa.free.fr [TNX F6FQK]
FG     - Nicolas, F5TGR will be active as FG/F5TGR from Guadeloupe  (NA-102)
         on 15-28 March. He plans to operate CW and  SSB  on  10-40  metres.
         QSL via home call, direct ore bureau. [TNX F5TGR]
FG     - Patrick,  F4EBT  will  be  active  as  FG/F4EBT  from  Basse-Terre,
         Guadeloupe (NA-102) from 21 March to 11 April. He plans to  operate
         holiday style on SSB. [TNX F4EBT]
FH     - Phil, G3SWH and Richard, G3RWL will be active from Mayotte (AF-027)
         between 26 February and 5 March [425DXN 919].  Both  of  them  will
         use the single callsign of FH/G3SWH, and  their  activity  will  be
         mainly on 80-10 metres CW. Subject  to  QRN  and  site  conditions,
         there may be some 160m CW activity, and Richard  may  also  operate
         some later in the trip. They plan to have two stations on  the  air
         for as many hours every day as possible. QSL via G3SWH,  direct  or
         bureau  (on-line  form  for  bureau  cards  can   be    found    at
         http://www.g3swh.org.uk). [TNX G3SWH]
FM     - Dim, UT5UGR is active as FM/KL7WA (QSL via UT5UGR) from  Martinique
         (NA-107) until 24 February. He will participate in the ARRL  DX  CW
         Contest as FM5KC. [TNX UT5UGR].
FM     - Al, F5VHJ will participate in the ARRL DX SSB Contest  (7-8  March)
         as TO5A from Martinique. QSL  via  F5VHJ  (direct  or  bureau),  or
         LOTW. [TNX F5VHJ]
J6     - Celebrating the 30th anniversary  of  their  country,  all  amateur
         radio operators from St. Lucia are permitted to include the  number
         30  in  their  callsigns  immediately  after  the  prefix  J6  (for
         instance, J630B = J69B and J630KZ = J69KZ) until 25 February.  [TNX
         The Daily DX]
J6     - John, W5JON will be active as J6/W5JON from Marigot Bay, St.  Lucia
         (NA-108) from 24 March to 2 April, CQ WPX SSB Contest included.  He
         will operate SSB on 160-6 metres, using 400 watts,  dipoles  and  a
         3-element yagi for 6 metres. QSL via home call. [TNX W5JON]
JD1_oga- Look for JD1BLK (QSL via  JM1LJS),  JD1BMH  (QSL  via  JG7PSJ)  and
         JD1BLY (QSL via JI5RPT) to  be  active  from  Chichijima  (AS-031),
         Ogasawara from 29 April to 12 May. They plan  to  operate  CW,  SSB
         and digital modes on 160-6 metres, plus satellite. Logsearches  and
         further  information  will  be  available  on   their    individual
         websites:        http://radio-dream.com/jd1blk/e/         (JD1BLK),
         http://sapphire.ganko.tohoku.ac.jp/jd1bmh/      (JD1BMH)        and
         http://www.ji5rpt.com/jd1/ (JD1BLY) [TNX JI5RPT]
KH6    - Bill, AC0W wil be active as KH6/AC0W  from  Maui,  Hawaii  (OC-019)
         for the ARRL  DX  SSB  Contest  (7-8  March),  with  some  possible
         activity on 10-80 metres SSB  a  few  days  before  and  after  the
         contest. QSL via home call. Bill will upload his log to LoTW.  [TNX
KH6    - Al, F5VHJ will participate in the CQ  WW  WPX  SSB  Contest  (28-29
         March) as NH7A from Hawaii. QSL via F5VHJ (direct  or  bureau),  or
         LOTW. [TNX F5VHJ]
KG4    - Dan, W0CN will be active as  KG4CN  from  Guantanamo  Bay  (NA-015)
         from 26 February to 9 March. He will operate SSB  and  some  CW  on
         160-10 metres, and will participate in the  ARRL  DX  SSB  Contest.
         QSL via W0CN, direct, bureu or LoTW. [TNX W0CN]
PY0F   - Fabio/PY2AAZ, Anderson/PY2TNT, Alex/PY2WAS  and  Bob/N6OX  will  be
         active as ZY0F from Fernando de Noronha  (SA-003)  from  around  23
         UTC on 10 June through around 13 UTC on the 15th.  Expect  activity
         on 160-10 metres CW and SSB,  plus  60m  under  a  special  licence
         granted by the Brazilian authorities. QSL  via  PY2WAS,  direct  or
         bureau. [TNX PY2WAS]
S0     - A multi-national  team  of  ten  operators  (namely  EA1CJ,  EA1KY,
         EA2RY, EA3EXV, EA5RM, EA7AJR, F9IE, IN3ZNR, UT7CR and  UY7CW)  will
         be active as S04R from Western Sahara on  12-17  April.  They  will
         operate SSB, CW and digital modes on 160-10 metres  with  at  least
         three stations. The pilot station will be  EA5BZ.  QSL  via  EA5RM.
         Further information is available at  http://www.dxfriends.com  [TNX
SV     - George/SV1QN,  Fotis/SV1AIN, Giannis/SV1GYG and  Nikos/SW1GYN  will
         be active as homecall/8 from Zakynthos  Island  (EU-052)  on  23-29
         March. They will operate on 160-6 metres all modes.  QSL  via  home
         calls. [TNX SV9AHZ]
TA     - Rene, DL2JRM will be active  as  TA0/DL2JRM/p  from  Kekova  Island
         (AS-115) on 23-25 February. He will operate  CW  on  40-10  metres.
         QSL via home call, direct or bureau. [TNX www.rsgbiota.org]
UA     - Look for special callsigns UE3YAR (QSL via RV3YR) and  UE3YRA  (QSL
         via RA3YC) to be aired until  24  February  for  the  AFARU  (Armed
         Forces Amateur Radio  Union)  and  RDA  activity  programmes.  [TNX
VE     - Heinz, VA7AQ will be active as VE9/VA7AQ from  Grand  Manan  Island
         (NA-014) on 20-25 March. QSL via home call, direct or bureau.  [TNX
VE     - Cezar, VE3LYC will try to operate from  the  Fox  Islands  (NA-186)
         between 31 March and 3 April. This IOTA group  was  activated  only
         once and very briefly by WT2O/VE8 sixteen years ago,  and  sits  at
         #1 on the Most Wanted NA-IOTA List. He  will  operate  SSB  and  CW
         with 100 watts and a multi-band vertical antenna, with a  focus  on
         20, 30  and  40  metres.  Information  about  callsign  and  QSLing
         (direct  and  bureau)  will  be  posted  on  QRZ.com  before    the
         expedition. The  islands  are  polar  bear  resting  areas,  and  a
         special permit has  been  obtained  for  this  operation  from  the
         Manitoba Conservation Authority. Cezar will be accompanied  by  two
         professional guides for the duration of his  stay.  Costs  of  this
         operation are considerable and both  group  and  individual  donors
         are sought and will be graciously acknowledged. [TNX VE3LYC]
VK     - Chris, G0WFH will be active as VK7ACG from Tasmania  (OC-006)  from
         19 October to 17 November. He will operate SSB  on  160-10  metres,
         with a focus on the  low  bands.  QSL  via  home  call,  direct  or
         bureau. [TNX G0WFH]
VK9L   - The  Oceania   Amateur   Radio  DX  Group  will  operate  as  VK9LA
         (http://www.odxg.org/vk9la.htm)  from  Lord  Howe  Island  (OC-004)
         from 23 March to 3 April, CQ WW WPX SSB Contest included.  A  large
         group  of  operators  (IZ3ESV,  K5YY,  N2OO,  N2OZ,  SQ8X,  SQ9DIE,
         SV2KBS, VK1TX, VK3HJ, VK3QB, VK4FW,  VK4IO,  VK4VCH,  VK5CP,  VK5PO
         and W5SL) will be active on 160-6 metres CW,  SSB  and  RTTY,  with
         seven HF  stations  plus  one  for  6m,  monoband  yagis,  monoband
         verticals and a quantity of wire antennas for the  low  bands.  QSL
         via VK4FW.
VK9M   - AA7JV and  HA7RY  will  be  active  as  VK9GMW  from  Mellish  Reef
         (OC-072) between 22 March and 6 April (actual operating  dates  are
         subject to change due to weather). This will be  "another  low-key,
         simple DXpedition", with a strong focus on the low bands  (although
         George and Tomi intend operate on all  HF  bands).  QSL  direct  to
         HA7RY.  The  logs  will  be  uploaded  to  LoTW.    Please    visit
         http://www.vk9gmw.com for further information, including detail  on
         how contribute to the DXpedition. [TNX AA7JV]
VP2M   - Bob, AA1M (VP2MPL) and Mike, W1USN (VP2MPR) will be be active  from
         Montserrat (NA-103) from 25 February  to  7  March.  They  plan  to
         operate CW, SSB and PSK31. QSL via home calls. [TNX AA1M]
W      - Fred, N5IVZ will be active from South Padre Island (NA-092)  on  28
         February, from 14 UTC to 23 UTC. QSL via home  call,  direct  only.
         [TNX VA3RJ]
ZF     - Bob, K3UL will operate mainly CW as ZF2UL from the  Cayman  Islands
         (NA-016) from 28 February to 7 March. He  will  be  active  holiday
         style, but he plans to spend at least two nights on the low  bands.
         QSL via home call. [TNX The Daily DX]

PACIFIC TOUR --->  Yuji,  JH2BNL  (V63AR,  V73J,  NH0AA)  and  Mine,  JA2NQG
(V63WW,  V73M, AH0F) will  be active from  Micronesia, the Marshall Islands,
Palau and Guam as follows:
04-06 March  Chuuk   (OC-011)  V63AR, V63WW and V63C (club call)
06-09 March  Pohnpei (OC-010)  V63AR, V63WW and V63P (club call)
09-11 March  Kosrae  (OC-059)  V63AR, V63WW and V63T (club call)
11-14 March  Majuro  (OC-029)  V73J and V73M
14-16 March  Palau   (OC-009)  T8 callsigns TBA
17-19 March  Guam    (OC-026)  NH0AA/KH2 and AH0F/KH2
They plan to operate CW, SSB and RTTY on 160-10 metres. QSL via home  calls;
the QSL route for the three V6 club calls is  via JH2BNL. [TNX JA2NQG]

PACIFIC TOUR ---> Hrane, YT1AD and David, K3LP are planning two  DXpeditions
to three DXCC Entities: Tokelau (ZK3) & Central Kiribati (T31) to take place
in April or September 2010, and Conway Reef  (3D2C) for late September 2011.
In order to organize these  operations,  Hrane  and  Miki  (YU1DW)  will  be
travelling  to  a  few South Pacific islands between 20 April and 7 May this
year, and be active as follows:
22 April     Samoa            5W8A (YT1AD) and 5W0DW (YU1DW)
22-24 April  American Samoa   KH8/N9YU (YT1AD)
25 April     Fiji Islands     3D2AD (YT1AD) and 3D2DW (YU1DW)
27-29 April  Western Kiribati T30M (YT1AD) and T30DW (YU1DW)
4 May        Fiji Islands     3D2AD (YT1AD) and 3D2DW (YU1DW)
More information will be available at http://www.yt1ad.info/t31 [TNX YT3W]

                         *** 4 2 5  D X  N E W S ***
                         ****  GOOD TO KNOW ... ****
                          Edited by  I1JQJ & IK1ADH
                        Direttore Responsabile  I2VGW

Radio population has diminished dramatically, and the group at Radio  Arcala
(OH8X)  is  poised  to  try  some  new  methods  to  attract   young  people
congregating in many non-traditional hangouts such as Virtual World  on  the
The overall Radio Arcala strategy is spelled out on the  OH8X  Webpages  but
one of the key buttons -  "On  Young  People's  Terms"  -  is  still  to  be
drafted. Radio Arcala challenges members of our fraternity of  all  ages  to
draft the text for  this  button  in  a  way  that  is  both  appealing  and
informative enough to encourage today's youth to take the step we once took.
Please submit your paper (no more than 250 in length in English or  Spanish)
by  email  no  later  than  15  March    to    oh8x@sral.fi    (English)  or
yv5amh@iaru-r2.org (Spanish).  Details  on  the  project  can  be  found  at

APPEAL FOR HELP ---> Abubaker, DL1AL (5A1A) sumitted "a very  large  number"
of 5A1A QSL cards for ARRL awards, but they got  lost  between  Germany  and
the US. "In an effort to rebuild my cards to apply for  various  awards,  as
well as to create a QSL album of contacts from Libya, I need your help",  he
says. "Please check your logs and if  you  worked  5A1A  from  1995  onward,
would you please send me a card to confirm the contact?  You  may  send  the
card via the German bureau to DL1AL (my German callsign) or  to  my  address
in Germany".

ARRL INTERNATIONAL DX CONTEST (CW) ---> Object of the contest  is  for  W/VE
amateurs to work as many stations in as many DXCC countries as  possible  on
160, 80, 40, 20, 15, and  10  metre  bands,  while  foreign  amateurs  (also
including KH6, KL7, CY9 and CY0) work as many W/VE stations in  as  many  of
the 48 contiguous states and provinces as possible (full rules can be  found
at http://www.arrl.org/contests/rules/2009/intldx.html.  This  year's  event
will run from from 00.00 UTC on 21 February through 24.00 UTC on  the  22nd.
Do not forget to give a look at the Announced Operations listing  maintained
by Bill, NG3K at http://www.ng3k.com/Misc/adxc2009.html -  good  contest  to
you all!

K5D ---> The logsearch  is  now  up  and  running  on  DXpedition's  website
(http://www.kp5.us/). It currently covers the  period  from  16  UTC  on  13
February until 01.10 UTC on the 20th (67277 QSOs). The team now has "a  more
robust internet connection and the gap between uploaded  logs  should  begin
to shrink". The online lookup "cannot correct any problems  we  discover  in
the logs. Those will be dealt with when we're off island. In short,  if  you
cannot find a Q in the online log, work us again just to be certain!"

LOGS ---> A logsearch for J20SE's recent operation is now up and running  at
http://www.ik3ges.it/iv3fsg.htm, and the QSL cards are being  printed.  [TNX

QSL 3V8SS ---> Antonio, IZ8CCW is the new QSL manager for  3V8SS,  effectibe
1 January 2009. He is trying to get a hold of old logs. [TNX IZ8CCW]

WINQSLPOLICY  --->  Manfred  Meier,    DF6EX    (author    of    WINQSL  and
WIN-QSL-Collector) has just started a new project called WINQSLPOLICY.  This
application shows "where you can expect a return of QSL-cards via Buro,  via
Direct  of  if  you  just  worked  a  Dollar-IRC-Collector".   The  database
currently contains more than 10,000 entries, and club-licences are  free  of
charge. Detail can be found on www.winqsl.de/qslpolicy. [TNX DF6EX]


QSLs received direct or through  managers:  3A2MD,  3B8CF,  3B8GT,  3D2AG/p,
3V8BB, 4A3A, 4K9W, 4S7NE, 4W6R, 4Z5J, 5H1C (AF-032), 5N/LZ1QK, 5R8FU,  5R8IC
(AF-090), 5U5U, 5W0UK,  5Z4/9A3A, 6V7D, 7P8DA,  7W0AD,  7Z1SJ,  8P5A,  9L1X,
9M6/N2BB, 9M6XRO/p,  A25/DL7DF,  A45WD,  A5100A,  A71AN/p,  AT3ANT,  BD7MVZ,
BG1DRJ/2  (AS-158),  BG7MVZ,  C21XF,  C31CT,  C57R,  C6AQQ,   C6AXD,  C94KF,
CE0Y/N6NO, CP4BT,  CP6AA,  CW2C,  CX7TT,  D2QMN,  D60VB,  DL4JS/6W,  DS1REE,
DU1ZV, DV5PO, E51CUK, E51KAJ, E51QQQ,  E76AQ,  E77DX,  E79D,  EA6VQ,  EK3SA,
FK8CP,  FK8DD,  FM1HN,  FO/DJ7RJ,  FO/KM9D,  FY1FL,  H44MY  (OC-192),  H44TO
(OC-192),  HH4/AF4Z,  HI0C,  HI3T,  HI3TEJ,  HI8ROX,  HK1AT,   HK1X,  HK3CQ,
JX9JKA,  KG4SS,  KH6LC,  KL1V,  KL7J,  KP2/NY6X,  KP2/W3AVO,  KP2HC,  LX1NO,
OA4BHY/2 (SA-075), OH3OJ/p  (EU-101),  OK1CZ,  OK1DQT,  OL0A,  OM7CW,  P40L,
P40W, PJ2T, PJ7/W6JKV, PY0FF, R1FJT, RW0CN, S53MM,  S79NS/p,  SU1KM,  SV3RF,
SV8/HA6PS (EU-174), SV9/DL5AXX, T04X,  T30XX,  T47C  (NA-086),T88CJ,  TF3CW,
TF3SG, TR50R, TT8JT,  UA2FW,  V31XX,  V4/AH6HY,  V5/HB9PHJ,  VK9DWX,  VP9GE,


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