Nieuw jaar. We beginnen met een schone lei. Allemaal veel geluk en vrijheid in 2021!
DX-nieuws van week 1 2021. Ook nu weer verzameld door Henk - PD3H.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation globally, announced activities might be cut short, postponed, cancelled or even extended at any time and without notice...
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3D2/R, ROTUMA (Reminder). Tony, 3D2AG, continues to be active as 3D2AG/p from Rotuma Island (OC-060) until January 8th (leaving the island on the 10th). Most of his activity has been on 160/80/40/30/20/17/15/12/10/6 meters FT8, with some CW. QSL via 3D2AG using PayPal, ClubLog's OQRS or direct. He uses paper logs for CW, and ClubLog for FT8. NO LoTW.
4L, GEORGIA. Peter, G4ENL (9X9PJ, VP2KBV, HB9DVG), who was active as 4L/G4ENL, is now expected to be active with his new callsign 4L1PJ from Svaneti. He is there again working on major hydro-power development high in the Caucasus mountains and is expected to be there for the next few
years. Activity will be on various HF bands using SSB. QSL direct to his Swiss address or via N4GNR.
8Q, MALDIVES. Massimo, IZ5KID, is now active as 8Q7MM from the Maldive Islands (AS-013). Length of his stay is unknown. Activity will be on various HF bands using mainly the Digital modes with low power. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or eQSL.
CN - A team from the Association Royale des Radio-Amateurs du Maroc (ARRAM) will be active as CN1M until 10 January while travelling through Moroccan Sahara. QSL direct to RW6HS.
CQ750, PORTUGAL (Special Event). Valdemar, CT7AQD, will activate the special event callsign CQ750RSI from Coimbra, Portugal, between now and December 31st. Activity is to celebrate the 750th anniversary of the birth of Queen Saint Isabel ("Santa Isabel"). See QRZ.com for more
details. QSL via CT7AQD
D2, ANGOLA (Update). Paulo, CT1FJZ, is now active D2FJZ from Province of Cuando-Cubango until September 2021. He informs OPDX that "he is there for professional reasons as responsible for Safety, Quality and Environment." Activity will be on 80-10 meters using SSB with a TS-480SAT into a DX Patrol EZ-wire antenna. He states to OPDX, "I hope to improve the antenna system with a new directional antenna soon." QSL via CT1FJZ direct. Look for more details to be posted on QRZ.com.
DL - Uwe, DO2PZ will be active as DB100AVUS throughout 2021 to celebrate The 100th anniversary of the AVUS (Automobil-Verkehrs- und Uebungsstrasse, "Automobile traffic and training road"). Located in the south-west of Berlin and opened in 1921, it is the oldest
controlled-access motorway in Europe. Until 1998, it was also used as a motor racing circuit. QSL via DO2PZ, direct or bureau.
DL - Special callsign DR50AGCW will be active throughout 2021 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft CW DL (Activity Group CW DL, https://www.agcw.de/). QSL via the bureau.
GB4, ENGLAND (Special Event). Members of the Bedworth Lions Club (part of Lions Clubs International the largest service organization in the world) and with supporting operators from the Coventry Amateur Radio Society, will be active as GB4BLC from Lion's member Brian, G8GMU, QTH
between now and January 28th. Operations will take place on most bands including the Digital modes. This station is promoting the work of Lions Clubs International. NO QSL cards.
LZ - Once again Radio Club Blagovestnik (LZ1KCP) will use twelve special callsigns throughout 2021 to honour as many different Orthodox saints. Look for LZ21RH to be active on 1-31 January. QSL via the bureau or direct to P.O. Box 36, 4300 Karlovo, Bulgaria. Details
on the "All Saints 2021" award are expected to be published on http://www.lz1kcp.com/.
OE - OE100BL is the special callsign issued to the Burgenlaendischer Amateur Radio Club for celebrating throughout 2021 the 100th anniversary since Burgenland became an Austrian state. QSL via OE4JHW. Individual operators may also apply for OE100 to replace their prefix (e.g. OE4EIE will be signing OE100EIE). An award will be available, see https://hamlog.online/club/burgenland/52/.
OL70, CZECH REPUBLIC (Special Event). Members of the radio club in Roznov pod Radhostem (OK2KRT) are celebrating its 70th anniversary with a special callsign OL70KRT. Length of activity is unknown. QSL via OK2UYU, by the Bureau or direct.
P4, ARUBA. John, W2GD, will once again be active as P40W in February. Activity will be (when time permits) on the various HF bands, with some focus on the 30/17/12 meters and 160 meters mostly on CW (before and after the contest). His activity will also include an entry in the upcoming ARRL
International DX CW Contest (February 20-21st) signing as P44W and as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via LoTW or N2MM. No bureau cards.
PA - Hans, PA7HPH will be using Covid-19 special callsign PC19HOPE from 15 January to 10 March. See qrz.com for more information about this activity. QSL via PA7HPH (bureau preferred) and eQSL.
RI0, ANTARCTICA (AN-016, WFF RFF-168). Alexey, RX6A, continues to be active as RI0IANT from either the Russian Antarctic Progress (WAP RUS-11) or Vostok (WAP RUS-13) Base Stations until May 30th. Activity will be on 40-15 meters using CW and FT8. QSL via his home callsign.
SP - SP1DPA, SP1EG, SP1MGM, SQ1PSA and SQ3PMX will be active as SQ0MORSE from 1 January to 30 April to commemorate the 230th anniversary of the birth of Samuel F.B. Morse (1791-1872). QSL via SP1EG.
V2 - Randy, WW6RG expects to be active as V25RA from Antigua (NA-100) on 4 January starting around 00.00 UTC until 14 UTC. QSL via WW6RG; he does not use LoTW.
V4, ST. KITTS (Update). John, W5JON/V47JA, informs OPDX about his February 13th- March 5th operation is CANCELED. He states [edited], "Although I will have received my second dose of the Covid 19 Vaccine weeks before my scheduled Feb. 13th arrival, I would still be required to quarantine
for TWO weeks in a government approved hotel. And would not be permitted to return to my St. Kitts home for that TWO week period, therefore this operation is CANCELED....sorry... ONLY the Feb. 13th to March 5th operation is canceled. NO other operations are changed. MY June 12th-July
10th and Oct. 16th-November 12th, 2021, V47JA and PJ5/W5JON operations are still ON and looking good."
VK - Grant, VK5GR (https://vk5gr-iota.net/) will be active again as VK5KI from Kangaroo Island (OC-139) on 11-22 January. He plans to operate holiday style on 80-6 metres CW, SSB and FT8, "possibly with some RTTY and PSK thrown in for fun". QSL via M0OXO's OQRS.
VP8_ant- Seba, SQ1SGB and Will, M0ZXA expect to be active as VP8/SQ1SGB or VP8HAL (QSLs via EB7DX) and VP8DOI from Halley VI Research Station, Antarctica indicatively between 5 January and 4 February. In their spare times they will operate SSB and digital modes (FT8 and JT65) on 40 and 20 metres.
VP8, ANTARCTICA. Will, M0ZXA, will once again be active as VP8DOI from the Halley VI British Antarctic Research Station (WAP GBR-40), part of the British Antarctic Survey in the Antarctica, between January-February 2021. Activity will be limited on various HF bands. QSL via LoTW or eQSL.
Visit the VP8DOI Web page at: https://vp8doi.com
W - Club station W2HRU will be QRV on 2-9 January to mark the 22nd annual Ham Radio University educational conference. Look for SSB activity on 80, 40 and 20 metres, as well as FT8 on multiple bands. QSL via LoTW, eQSL, the W2 QSL Bureau or direct to KA2D. In addition, a printable QSL Certificate will be available starting on 21 January:
https://www.elemcoshopfloor.com/w2hru_cert. Dedicated to the memory of HRU founder Phil Lewis (N2MUN), who passed away in March, Ham Radio University 2021 will be held online on 9 January. See http://hamradiouniversity.org/forums/ for complete information.
ZD8 - Randy, WW6RG expects to be active as ZD8RA from Ascension Island (AF-003) on 5 January between 8-10 UTC and again between 17-19 UTC. He will run 10 watts on 20 and 17m SSB. QSL via WW6RG; he does not use LoTW.
ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS. Pete, K8PGJ, will once again be active as ZF2PG from the Sunny Isle of Grand Cayman (NA-016) between January 10-17th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters, and include the North American QSO Party SSB (NAQP) Contest (January 16-17th) on 160-10 meters. Pete states, "Look for DX work on 160-40 meters during the evening hours especially on the 15th. I will be trying to motivate 10 Meters." LoTW will be utilized and direct QSLs to his home callsign.
No Info received
EA5GL (now) Qsl manager for: PY2KNK
QSL WP3C & NP4DX ---> Charles, M0OXO is the new QSL manager for WP3C and NP4DX. Alfredo, WP3C resides in Puerto Rico (NA-099) and also runs the Atlantic Contest Station NP4DX from the same location. New QSL cards are being designed and will be printed in due course. Logs are now available on M0OXO's OQRS (https://www.m0oxo.com/oqrs/). Please do not send any bureau cards, as they are not wanted and they will not be received.
QSL YS1AG ---> Still having troubles sending mail abroad, Andy, YS1AG should like to remind DXers that Sid, K3SX is his QSL manager only for "pandemic QSOs" made in 2020. When the postal service in El Salvador returns to normal he will take care of his QSLling again.
4K2GG------Alexander Y. Frolov, P.O. Box 38, Volgograd, 400066, Russia
7C9N--------Kutasi Gabor, Siofok, Koch R. utca 10/A I/4, 8600, Hungary
7X4AN------Mohamed Boukhiar, Apartado Postal 30133, 08080 Barcelona, Spain
DL2020R---Jamie Williams, 41 Overton Lane, Hammerwich, Burntwood, WS7 0LQ, United Kingdom
EL2BG-------I.Richmond W.K. Harding, 6141 Clifton Avenue Ext, Jacksonville, FL 32211, USA
KH0W-------Thomas M. Callas, P.O. Box 1058, Minnetonka MN 55345, USA
LZ2020XMAS-Valentin Kirov, Maestro Atanasov 9, 8802 Sliven, Bulgaria
OA1F--------Elena P. Moran, Rua do Codesal 5-3 Dcha, 15405 Ferrol (A Coruna), Spain
OV1CDX----Frank Fendahl, Svinoevej 2, 4750 Lundby, Denmark
OX3XR------Harry de Jong, Broekdijk 59, 7695 TC Bruchterveld, The Netherlands
OZ30EU----Svend Erik Kofod, Kanegaardsvej 4, 3700 Roenne, Denmark
SN0DUCH--Jerzy Roman Manarczyk, Olszynki Grochowskiej 28, 04-281 Warszawa, Poland
SP9YFF-----Jan Cieslik, Szmaragdowa 7/V/10, 41-943 Piekary Slaskie, Poland
XE2X--------Jorge F. Rios Alvarado, 116 E Coma Ave, PMB #426, Hidalgo TX 78557, USA
YB8BRI-----Munawwarah Chalid, Azizah Residence C-2, Jalan Perintis Kemerdekaan III,
--------------Makassar 90233, Indonesia
YI1SAL-----Antonello Passarella, Via Melchiorre Gioia 6, 20812 Limbiate MB, Italy
ZA/IK2RLM--Marco Corridore, Vicolo del Toro 4, 20060 Cassina de' Pecchi MI, Italy
JD1BMH PIRATE. Harry, JD1BMH, reports that someone was using his callsign on 60 meters FT8. He states that JA and JD1 stations do not have permission to operate on 60m.
DO NOT QSL or waste your money.
+ SILENT KEY +
No info received
New WSJT mode Q65
WSJT-X 2.4.0 will introduce Q65, a digital protocol designed for minimal two-way QSOs over especially difficult propagation paths
On paths with Doppler spread more than a few Hz, the weak-signal performance of Q65 is the best among all WSJT-X modes. Q65 is particularly effective for tropospheric scatter, ionospheric scatter, and EME on VHF and higher bands, as well as other types of fast-fading signals.
Q65 uses 65-tone frequency-shift keying and builds on the demonstrated weak-signal strengths of QRA64, a mode introduced to WSJT-X in 2016. Q65 differs from QRA64 in the following important ways:
•A new low-rate Q-ary Repeat Accumulate code for forward error correction
•User messages and sequencing identical to those in FT4, FT8, FST4, and MSK144
•A unique tone for time and frequency synchronization. As with JT65, this “sync tone” is readilyvisible on the waterfall spectral display. Unlike JT65, synchronization and decoding are effective even when meteor pings or other short signal enhancements are present.
•Optional submodes with T/R sequence lengths 15, 30, 60, 120, and 300 s.
•A new, highly reliable list-decoding technique for messages that contain previously copied message fragments.
Read the new Q65 Quick Start Guide at
CTU PROPAGATION SUMMIT --- > Contest University will host "The 2021 Propagation Summit" on 23 January, from 16 to 20 UTC, via Zoom Webinar. Complete information, including the direct link to register for this free webinar, can be found on https://www.contestuniversity.com/.
DX SOUND CLIPS ---> Tom's (K8CX) DX sound clips for 2020 can be found at http://hamgallery.com/dx2020/. The collection of 146 clips (MP3 format) covers DXpeditions, rare and semi-rare DX. This makes 23 full years of sound clips available.
INDEXA NEWSLETTER ---> The Fall-Winter 2020 issue (#131) of the International DX Association's Newsletter is now available for download on the INDEXA website (https://indexa.org/newsletters.html). This issue includes a spotlight on Bob Schenck's (N2OO) many adventures in amateur radio, "Massive Iceberg Bears Down on South Georgia Island" by John Scott (K8YC), a letter to INDEXA members "From the President", and a tribute to Dani, YB2CW/YB2TJV (SK), who designed the current INDEXA logo as well as the Ham With Hearts
JIDXM AWARD PROGRAM 2020 ---> "The Japan International DX Meeting Committee, in cooperation with CQ Ham Radio Magazine, is pleased to announce the awards which will be presented to the following DXpedition teams and radio amateurs who have made outstanding contributions to the DX community during the year.
** JIDXM DXpedition of the year 2020:
--- VP8PJ, South Orkney DXpedition Team (February 2020)
--- VP2VB, Yasme Memorial Expedition Team (March 2020)
--- TO0Z, St.Barthelemy Expedition Team (September 2020)
Despite the situations caused by Covid-19 pandemic, these teams overcame all the difficulties and organized DXpeditions successfully with their fine teamworks, and provided pleasure and deep impressions to the world's DX community.
** JIDXM Contribution Award 2020
--- Joseph H Taylor, Jr, K1JT For inventing 'WSJT' Software with cutting edge digital technology, and contributing to the activities of ham radio operators of all over the world with 'FT8' mode.
--- Norman Fusaro, W3IZ
For demonstrating the brilliant leadership in managing DXCC Award Programs during the Covid-19 pandemic.
** JIDXM Friendship Award 2020
--- Oleh Kernytskyy, J8/UR5BCP
For organizing a solo DXpedition from Saint Vincent and Grenadines in November 2020, despite all the restriction caused by Covid-19.
--- Dr. Nader Abd Elhamed Ali Omer, ST2NH
For activating ST2 Sudan, mainly on FT8 mode with his outstanding skill and knowledge in digital technology".
MY DX CONTEST ---> Sponsored by the Malaysian DX and Contest Group (9MDXC), the CQ Malaysia DX Contest (SSB) will take place on 16-17 January, from 12 UTC to 11.59 UTC. Complete details can be found on http://www.9mdxc.com/.
2020 DX SOUND BITES! Tom, K8CX, has done it again. He has provided DXers with 149 memorable rare DX sound clips (now in MP3 format) from Ohio during 2020. This brings the total number of MP3 sound clips on Hamgallery to 2,890. Visit Tom's famous "HAM GALLERY" Web site at: http://hamgallery.com/dx2020
CARIBBEAN, SOUTH ATLANIC AND INDIAN OCEAN TOUR (Reminder). Randy, WW6RG, is expected to arrive Sunday evening, January 3rd, around 2100z, in Antigua (V25), and hopes to be set up by 0000z to operate holiday style as V25RA until 1400z Monday, January 4th.
Then on Tuesday, January 5th, at 2100z, he will operate from Ascension Island (ZD8) as ZD8RA. His planned activity will be between 0800-1000z, and then again between 1700-1900z. His equipment will be a new Icom IC-705 (10w)and into a AlexLoop antenna. His planned operations will be on 20 and 17 meters SSB only. Randy states, "I am open to setup special times and frequencies for both locations within or close to the times noted above.
All times and dates in UTC." QSL via WW6RG, No EQSL or LoTW. Randy also mentions, "I am 9 months from retirement, and my access to these remote locations will cease, so if anyone needs ZD8 or any other of the locations I will be traveling to, Now Is The Time!"
Randy also informs [edited], "I hope to operate from Diego Garcia (VQ9) later in the month around January 18th. More information is to follow."
REBEL DX GROUP NEWS. The following was posted on the Rebel DX Group's FaceBook page (https://www.facebook.com/rebeldxgroup), December 30th:
Hi Rebel followers...
We wish everyone (including clowns) all the best in 2021... After several months of doing nothing (read preperation) We are going forward. Some of the team members are on the way to South Africa...
And this is not a vacation trip. News will be provided shortly on Facebook and Rebel DX Group web page.
PS. For those who is still waiting for 3D2CR qsl cards, please wait.
All of them are on the way now.