Het DX-nieuws van week 11- 2020. Ook nu weer verzameld door Henk - PD3H.

DXcalender 2020Mar 

 *** D X N E W S by PD3H ***
*** Sources:                      ***
*** 425DXNews, DX-World ***
*** OPDX, OKDXA, Twitter ***

3B8 - Once again Nigel, G3TXF will operate the RSGB Commonwealth (BERU) Contest on 14-15 March as 3B8XF from Mauritius (AF-049). After the contest, and up until 27 March, he will focus on 160 and 80 metres. QSL via LoTW, or via Club Log's OQRS.

9G - Alan, G3XAQ will be active again as 9Q5XA from Ghana for the Commonwealth (BERU) Contest (14-15 March). Before and after the Contest he will operate CW only. QSL direct to G3SWH, preferably through his OQRS: http://www.g3swh.org.uk/decision.html.
9J2LA - ZAMBIA DXPEDITION NEWS: The 9J2LA team is now active from Zambia until March 15th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. For more details see OPDX.1452. Look for 9J2LA to be in the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 7-8th). QSOs will be uploaded to ClubLog if
internet access is available. QSL via M0OXO QSL service.
The 9J2LA Web page is available at: https://9j2la.com
Facebook and Twitter will be used for “Breaking News” the weeks before
departure and during the Expedition. The media Web pages are:
FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/9j2la
Twitter: https://twitter.com/9J2LA

CE0Y - Mike, VE7ACN will be active as CE0Y/VE7ACN from Easter Island (SA-001) on 19-30 March. He will operate mainly CW on 80-10 metres, plus 160 metres if local conditions allow. QSL via Club Log’s OQRS (preferred), LoTW or via VE7ACN.

DL - A large team will be active on all bands and modes as DA0HEL from Helgoland Island (EU-127) on 19-29 March. In addition, they will also be QRV as DL0IH from nearby Helgoland Duene, where access is possible only between 8 and 15 UTC. QSLs via DF6QC, direct or bureau.

DL - Special callsign DM30RSV will be active from 24 March to 2 October to commemorate the formation of the Radiosportverband e.V. (Radio Sport Union), the first independent national amateur radio club in the German Democratic Republic. The activity period of DM30RSV will mirror the actual lifespan of the RSV thirty years ago. QSL via the bureau, LoTW, eQSL, or direct to DK5ON; logsearch on Club Log. A certificate will be availabe; see http://www.70darc.club/ for
EX0 - YRGYSTAN By the time you read this, operators Yuri/R2DY, Pavel/R2DX and Eugeni RW3FB will be active as EX0QR from the south shore of Issyk Kul Lake, Kyrgyzstan, until March 17th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. Equipment will be 2x Kenwood TS-590, Ameritron ALS-500M and antennas are: SteppIr BigIr (vertical) + 80m, SteppIr 2 Element Yagi antenna (20-6m), 4 element Fix Yagi (30m) and vertical (160/80m). QSL via R2DX, direct, by the Bureau or ClubLog's OQRS.

GI - GB0SPD, GB2SPD and GB4SPD are three special callsigns that will celebrate St Patrick's Day from Northern Ireland. The St Patrick's Day on the air event will run from 12 UTC on 16 March until 12 UTC on 18 March. See http://stpatrickaward.webs.com/ for details.
HB0 - LIECHTENSTEIN. Operators Sivio/HB9LCW, Haaf/PA3FGA, YL Claudia/PA5CT, Aurelio/PC5A and Daniel/VE7SO will be active as HB0A (AFVL – Amateurfunk Verein Liechtenstein callsign) during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 7-8th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via LoTW.

HC - ECUADOR. Members of the Quito Radio Club will participate in the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 7-8th) as a Multi-Multi entry signing HC0E. QSL via HC1QRC or by the Bureau.

HV - VATICAN. Francesco, IK0FVC, will be active as HV0A from the Vatican City during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 7-8th) as a Single-Op entry.
QSL via LoTW or direct to IK0FVC.

I - IY0CG is a new station affiliated to the Coordinamento Stazioni Marconiane Italiane, which gathers amateur radio stations operating from historic Marconi sites located in Italy. Operated by ARI Castelli Romani, IY0CG will be QRV mainly during the International Marconi Day (25 April) from Castel Gandolfo, where in 1933 Marconi established the world's first commercial point-to-point terrestrial microwave link between the Vatican City and the summer residence of the Pope. QSL via IK0NOJ.

I - Team IP1A (https://www.ip1a.it/) will be active on 1-3 May from Palmaria Island (IIA LI027, not IOTA). They will operate SSB, CW and digital modes with two stations, and will participate in the ARI International DX Contest. QSL via IU3EDK, direct or bureau. Further operations from islands qualifying for IOTA Group EU-083 will be announced on the team's website. Complete information about the Italian Islands Award can be found on http://ari.it/.

JA - Taka, JA8COE will be active again as JA8COE/0 from Sado Island (AS-206) on 19-23 March. He will operate mainly FT8 and CW. QSL via Club Log's OQRS, or via JA8COE (direct or bureau).

LU - Celebrating International Women's Day, YL operators from the Radio Club QRM Belgrano will be active as LU4AAO on 7-8 March. They will operate SSB and FT8 on 80, 40 and 20 metres. QSL direct to LU4AAO; more information on http://lu4aao.org/.
LX - LUXEMBOURG. Simon-Philipp, DL3SPS, will be active as LX7I during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 7-8th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m) entry. QSL via LX2A.

LX20 - LUXEMBOURG. Tom, F4HWS, will be active as LX20I (with YOTA friends) from Eschdorf (WW Loc. JN29XV) during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 7-8th)as a Single-Op/Single-Band (40m) entry. The special callsign is for the 20th anniversary of the LX7I contest station. QSL via LX2A. In celebration, they will issue a special LX20I Award for those who work them on many Band/Mode slots in 2020. For more details, see: http://lx7i.com/lx20i Tom states that he will possibly warm-up as LX/F4HWS before the contest!

OE - OE25EU is a special callsign celebrating the 25th anniversary since Austria acceded to the European Union. It will be used for the first time on 7-8 March, and again on 2-3 May, 6-7 and 21-22 June, and during the first full weekends of July-November. All QSOs will be confirmed automatically via the bureau.

OZ - OZ80QUEEN is another Danish special callsign that will be active on 16 April to celebrate the 80th birthday of H.M. Queen Margrethe II. QSL via Club Log's OQRS, or via OZ1ACB. Information about the award certificates available for contacts made with this station as well as with OZ80HM and OX80HM can be found on

PA - Celebrating 75 years of freedom since the end of World War II, special Dutch callsigns PA75FREE, PB75FREE, PC75FREE, PD75FREE, PE75FREE, PF75FREE, PG75FREE, PH75FREE, PA75FREEDOM and PD75FREEDOM will be active on 1-31 May. All QSOs will be confirmed via the bureau; please use Club Log's OQRS for direct requests. A certificate will be available; see the YNOMY DX Group’s website (http://www.ynomy.nl/) for information.

PY - Special callsign ZW60DF will be active on 1-30 April to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Brasilia. The city was founded on 21 April 1960, to serve as the new federal capital of Brazil and seat of government of the Distrito Federal. QSL via LoTW, or via PT2GTI.

S5 - Members of Radio Club Cerkno (http://www.s50e.si) will be active as S500E throughout 2020 to mark half a million QSOs made from the S50E station. The log will be uploaded to LoTW and Club Log on a regular basis, and all QSOs will be confirmed via the bureau early next year. Direct cards should be requested via Club Log’s OQRS (preferred), or via S50O. A special S500E T-shirt will be awarded to the stations scoring the highest number of QSOs (band/mode) from each continent and Slovenia.

TO7DL REUNION ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS : The DL7DF Team is now active as TO7DL from Reunion Island (AF-016) until March 16th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. After the recent permission of the 5 MHz band in France and the French territories, the
team will also activate 60m. Please check their "News Page" during the DXpedition: http://www.dl7df.com/fr/news.php
QSL via DL7DF, direct or by the DARC Bureau. They will upload the full logs of the DXpedition to LoTW within 6 months after the DXpedition. For more details and updates, see: http://www.dl7df.com/fr

UA9 - The Artic Legends Expedition 2020 is expected to be active as RI0B from Rastorguyev Island (AS-068) starting indicatively between 15 and 20 March. Plans are to operate CW, SSB and FT8 with three stations for four days. The whole trip depends on weather, as the team is using snowmobiles. As of 6 March, they were at Antipayuta waiting for weather conditions to improve. QSL via Club Log's OQRS (search for RI0B/AS-068). Updates can be found on

V3 - Iain, G4SGX will be active again as V31GX from Belize during the Commonwealth (BERU) Contest (14-15 March). Afterwards he will concentrate on 160 metres. QSL via LoTW and M0OXO's OQRS.

V5 - NAMIBIA. Ulrich, ZR2A (DM5EE), will be active as V55A from Namibia during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 7-8th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via LoTW or M0OXO's OQRS.

V5 - NAMIBIA. Pat, KI4SVM, will be active as V5/KI4SVM from Namibia between March 14-28th. Activity will be holiday style, primarily in the evenings (GMT+2). He states, "With any luck I might get in a Summits on the Air activation or two. Equipment in use will be an Elecraft KX2, Hardrock-50 Amp with either a 20/40 meter vertical or 88' doublet depending on conditions, running 50W on SSB and CW (please be kind and QRS ). [wink] Spots are much appreciated if you hear me and look for me on DXSummit and the ReverseBeaconNetwork." QSL via his home callsign, direct (NO SASE REQUIRED), LoTW or eQSL.

V8 - BRUNEI. Hajime, JO1RUR, will be active as V85RH during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 7-8th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via LoTW or V85RH direct: Rahman Hassan, P.O. Box 73, Gadong BE3919, Brunei.

VK - The Shepparton and District Amateur Radio Club (VK3SOL) will be active as VI3RA on 14-15 March. Look for activity on 40, 30, 20, 17 and 15 metres to take place from the Broadcast Australia site which was used by Radio Australia's shortwave service until 2017. A special QSL card will be sent out for all the QSOs made.

W - Originally part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Maine was granted statehood and admitted to the Union on 15 March 1820. The Maine Bicentennial Special Event will run on 16-22 March, with twelve 1x1 special callsigns representing Maine's original nine counties (K1C, K1H, K1K, K1L, K1O, K1P, K1S, K1W and K1Y) and three "special locations" (K1B, K1J and K1P). Look for activity on 80, 40 and 20 metres SSB and CW. See https://maine200specialevent.com/ for complete information about the event.

XM3 - CANADA. Yuri, VE3DZ, will be active as XM3T from Canada during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via VE3DZ. Activity with the special callsign (until April) is to celebrate 200 years of the discovering the Antarctica.

ZC4 - Adrian, G0KOM will be active as ZC4MK from Melanda Beach, UK Sovereign Base Area on Cyprus (AS-004) from 26 March to 1 April, including participation in the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest. QSL via Club Log's OQRS, LoTW, or via G0KOM.

ZF - Pete, K8PGJ will be active again as ZF2PG from the Cayman Islands (NA-016) on 25-30 March, including an entry in the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest. QSL via LoTW or direct to home call.

ZL - NEW ZEALAND. Operators Frank/ZL2BR, Geoff/ZL3GA, Phil/ZL3PAH and Paul/ZL4TT will use the "Quake Contesters" callsign ZL3X during the 2020 Commonwealth Contest (BERU) [March 14-15th]. QSL via LoTW, ClubLog or direct to ZL3PAH. No Bureau.

ZW - BRAZIL. Rodrigo, PY2KC, (member of the Araucaria DX Group) will be active as ZW5B from Curitiba during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 7-8th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via K3IRV.

IOTA NEWS..............

EU-010/ (Cancelled/Update) Fraser, G4BJM, was expected to be active
EU-012. as GM4BJM from Yell Island (EU-012) for the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th), but had to cancel because "their accommodation had fallen through and was unable to find an alternative that was acceptable to his XYL." (LAST MINUTE UPDATE): Fraser has found an alternative, and has booked the QTH and ferry to near North Uist, Outer Hebrides Islands. His activity will be CW only.

EU-127. Ralf, DK8FA, reports that 30 operators will be active as DA0HEL from Helgoland Island between March 19-29th. Activity will be on all bands/modes and activity on the QO100 satellite. There will be a side trip to Helgoland Dune signing as DL0IH. For safety reasons, activity from the Dune will only be between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. QSL via Bureau.

NA-249. By the time you read this, David, KN4ZKT, will be active as KP4/KN4ZKT from Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, until March 13th. Activity will be holiday style on the 40/20 meters, and possibly the 17/15 meters, mostly in the late afternoons (3-6pm local time) and sometimes in the morning (8-10am local time). David states, "I'll have a linked dipole for both bands (40/20m) and a vertical for 20m running QRP on SSB mode with a Yaesu FT-817. Please spot me (I may or may not have internet/cell service), or look for self-spots on http://dxsummit.fi " QSL via his home callsign. Check QRZ.com in the future for schedule updates.

OC-129. Lenny, N7MOT, is now active as DU6/N7MOT from Panay Island, which is part of the Visayan Islands, Philippines. He retired here (his XYL's homeland, DV6/N5CMG) in April 2019. Activity will be on 80-6 meters using SSB and FT8. It is suggested to listen for him on 20 meters between 2300-0300z and 80/40 meters between 1200-1600z. QSL via ClubLog, eQSL or LoTW. No direct
(Postal mail doesn't work in the Philippines).



4U1UN ---> The 4U1UN re-activation project took over four years to complete. James Sarte, K2QI and Adrian Ciuperca, KO8SCA are the key operators who worked on the project, which is based on "a slick in-house remote concept": the station is located at the 42nd floor of the UN Headquarters in New York City, while the control head is located on the ground floor. They are the
recipients of the Yasme Excellence Award 2020, which Ria Jairam, N2RJ (Director, ARRL Hudson Division) and Martti Laine, OH2BH (Director, Yasme Foundation) will present to them at the UN Headquarters on 6 March. "This ceremony will be topped with the first-ever FT8 QSO from 4U1UN - with its inventor Joe Taylor, K1JT at the controls. First twenty-five QSOs will be awarded by U.N special certificate signed by Joe". Following the ceremony the group of K2QI, G6CBR, N2RJ, OH2BH, KO8SCA and VE7NY will activate 4U1UN in the ARRL DX SSB Contest. QSL via HB9BOU and LoTW.


VP8PJ ---> Battling blowing snow and heavy winds that repeatedly damaged several of the verticals, on 5 March the VP8PJ team was approaching 70,000 QSOs in the log. They remained active on the bands throughout Thursday, and went QRT at 1 UTC on 6 March. Plans are to depart Signy Island on 7 March, and to attempt an upload of the log once aboard the "Braveheart". A successful upload is highly dependent on the weather and the position of the ship at that given time relative to the satellite.


PACIFIC TOUR (Update/Reminder). By the time you read this, operators Will/AA4NC and Ron/AA4VK should be finishing up their YJ0NC and YJ0VK Vanuatu operation and heading to Fiji. Look for them to sign 3D2AA and 3D2VK (callsign tentative). Look for Will to be active as 3D2AA during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 7-8th) as a Single-Op-Low-Power entry. They will be there until March 11th. Activity will be holiday style on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and FT8/FT4, with 100 watts and wire
antennas. QSL routes have been changed. QSL all callsigns via EA5GL.


+ QSL +

NEW QSL MANAGER. Pedro, EA5GL, is now the QSL Manager for Ujodha, 3B8BAL,
in Port Louis, Mauritius.

V47JA LOG. John, W5JON/V47JA, reports: All V47JA logs through March 4, 2020,
are now uploaded to LoTW.

YP0H QSLS (Paper). Adrian, KO8SCA, announced: All YP0H direct QSL requests
have been mailed out March 2nd, 2020. They should be delivered
in a week or two to all recipients.


Edward W. De Young, KS4AA passed away on 25 February. Born in 1941 and first licenced in 1955 as KN5COU in Texas, over the years he held several callsigns across the US (K5COU, K6CAA, AE7AE, AE7AA) and Hawaii (KH6GLU and NH7AA). Eddie migrated to Australia (1974-2011) and was QRV as
VK4LX, VK8XX, VK2KS, VK4EET and finally VK4AN. His first DX call was KX6BK (Kwajalein, Marshall Islands 1963) and his first DXpedition was to Fanning Island, Line Islands (nowadays East Kiribati) in 1968 as VR3DY. Other DX activities included FW8DY (Wallis Island 1969), 5W1AF (1970), VS5AA (Brunei 1972), C21XX (1987), VI0ANT (Davis Station, Antarctica 1994-95), VI9NI
(2006), 3D2EE (2007), 3D2A (2008, 2010 and 2011) and T2T & T2V (2011). He was also one of the operators of 3D2XX, the first DXpedition to Rotuma (1988)
A past National Awards Manager for the Wireless Institute of Australia, he recently stepped down as editor of CQ Amateur Radio's "Awards" column.

CQ Magazine Awards Editor Eddie De Young, KS4AA, is Silent Key -- Jim Houser, WA8JIM, Named to Succeed Him). The following was sent out on March 3rd, by Rich Moseson, W2VU: Just a few weeks after stepping down due to health issues, CQ Amateur Radio magazine Awards
Editor Eddie De Young, KS4AA, became a Silent Key on February 25. DeYoung had held the post for less than a year, according to CQ Editor
Rich Moseson, W2VU, who also announced the appointment of Jim Houser, WA8JIM, of Bartlett, Illinois, as the new Awards Editor. Houser’s first column will appear in the May 2020 issue.
"Eddie had let us know in late January that he would be unable to continue," Moseson explained, "so we were already looking for a successor and were about to announce WA8JIM's appointment when we learned of Eddie's passing. We extend our condolences to Eddie's wife and family."
Jim Houser has been licensed since 1998 and has held an Extra Class license since 1999. His main interests are award-hunting, county-hunting, state QSO parties, rag-chewing, home-brewing, collecting QSL cards and attending the Dayton Hamvention. Professionally, Jim is the lead radio
technician for Amtrak's Chicago Radio Department.
"Jim's perspective is likely to be a little different from that of his predecessors," noted Moseson, "since he is still actively in the hunt for new 'wallpaper,' holding Worked All Continents (WAC) and Worked All States (WAS), but still chasing other major awards, including DXCC/CQ DX and the USA-Counties Award. So he will bring to these pages a first-hand understanding of the challenges of award-chasing in today's ham radio." Houser says he plans to highlight some lesser-known awards that keep the hunt fun while chasing the major awards, along with tips and suggestions for successful award-chasing.