Het DX-nieuws van week 2 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...

 DXcalender 2020Dec

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


3A, MONACO. Operators Mireille/F4FRL and Patrice/F5RBB will be active as 3A/homecall from Monaco between February 24th and March 2nd. Activity will be on 40-20 meters using SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via eQSL or LoTW.


3D2/R, ROTUMA (Extended). Tony, 3D2AG, continues to be active as 3D2AG/p from Rotuma Island (OC-060) possibly January 12th or 13th (not January 8th as reported last week) and will be leaving the island on the 15th. 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 - 4L1PJ is the callsign issued to Peter, 4L/G4ENL. He expects to operate SSB on various HF bands for the next few years while on work assignment. QSL via N4GNR.


4X - The "Land of Craters" programme will see four special stations operate from the Makhteshim ("craters") in the Negev desert of Israel. The first activity was conducted by 4X0ARF (November 2020). Look for 4X0RMN to be QRV from Makhtesh Ramon (Ramon Crater),
Israel's largest national park, on 30 January-1 February. QSL via 4X6ZM, LoTW and eQSL. A certificate will be available for working 3 out of 4 special stations:
see https://www.iarc.org/craters/.


AT2, INDIA (Special Event). To celebrate 100 years of amateur radio in India, look for special event callsign AT2YAR to be on the air through March 1st. Activity will be on various HF bands and modes. QSL via VU3ZHA. More expected special event callsigns are expected.


DR50, GERMANY (Special Event). Members of the German CW club Arbeitsgemeinschaft Telegraphie (AGCW) will activate the special event callsign DR50AGCW (Special DOK AGCW50) until December 31st, 2021. Activity is to celebrate the founding and its 50th anniversary. QSL via Bureau.


GB1-2/GB4-6/GB8-0, ENGLAND (Special Event). Members of the Denby Dale Amateur Radio Society are currently active with the following special callsigns until January 24th to celebrate the 2021 New Year. Look for the following:
GB0HNY -- Operator Brian/G0BFJ; WAB SE11 IO93CP
GB1HNY -- Operator Darran/G0BWB; WAB SE11 IO93CO
GB2HNY -- Operator Richard/M0RBG; WAB SE11 IO93CP
GB4HNY -- Operator Nick/G4IWO; WAB SE20 IO94EM
GB5HNY -- Operator Barry/G4TML; WAB SE11 IO93CP
GB6HNY -- Operator Roland/G0OUC; WAB SE31 IO93FO
GB8HNY -- Operator David/M0RIU; WAB SE12 IO93CQ
GB9HNY -- Operator Jerry/M5JB; WAB SE10 IO93CN
Activity will be on various HF/VHF bands using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. NO QSL cards are available, but some may use eQSL.


JW, SVALBARD. Erling, LB2PG, will once again be active as JW/LB2PG from Bear Island (EU-027) between now and June 1st. Activity will be on 80-20 meters using SSB with a FT-990 and 1KW amp into multi-band dipole antenna. QSL via LB2PG by the Bureau.


LU - AMSAT Argentina, LU7AA will celebrate the 31st anniversary of the LUSAT (LO-19) satellite on 16-24 January. Activity on the HF bands will be on SSB, CW and digital modes. More information can be found at http://lu4aao.org/lu7aa/cert_31_aniv_lusat_2021.htm.


LZ1340, BULGARIA (Special Event). Look for special event station LZ1340B to be on the air to celebrate the 1340th anniversary of the First Bulgarian Empire. See QRZ.com. QSL via LZ3SM or ClubLog's OQRS.


OX - Bo, OZ1DJJ will be active again in his spare time as OX3LX from Tasiilaq Island (NA-151) on 13-30 January. QSL via LoTW, Club Log's OQRS or direct to OZ0J.

OX, GREENLAND. Nils, SM3UQK, is once again active from Greenland, but in the southern part and in the city of Narsarsuaq as OX/SE3A (WW Loc. GP71GD) until January 28th. He will be using an IC-7300 into a 20 and 40 meter inverted V only around 5 meter over ground, and a 20 meter simple wire vertical with one radial around 1 m over ground.. QSL via SM3UQK, direct or by the Bureau.


PA - Roel, PD0OYF will be active as PD112MKNN until 14 February, and especially on 11 February. The special callsign's suffix stands for Meld Kamer Noord Nederland, the Control Center Northern Netherlands located in Drachten. 11 February is European 112 Day, when emergency services remind citizens of the importance of "112", the European emergency number available free of charge, 24/7, anywhere in the EU member states as well as other European countries
(https://eena.org/). QSL via the bureau.


PY - Alex, PY4AZ and others will be active as ZY4D from the Caparao National Park in the Brazilian State of Minas Gerais on 15-17 January. They plan to operate SSB, CW and FT8 on 80-10 metres. QSL via PS8RV and LoTW.


SQ0, POLAND (Special Event/Correction). Members of the SEDINA Contest Club will activate the special event station SQ0MORSE from Szczecin, Poland, between now and April 30th. Activity is to celebrate the 230th (not 220th as reported last week) anniversary of the birth of Samuel
F.B. Morse. Operations will be on various HF bands. Operators mentioned are Waldemar/SP1DPA, Wies/SP1EG, Krzysztof/SP1MGM, Janek/SQ1PSA and Waldemar/SQ3PMX.
QSL via SP1EG, direct or by the Bureau.


TM18, FRANCE (Special Event). Look for special event station TM18AAW to be on the air between February 14-28th. Activity is to celebrate the 18th Antarctic Activity Week (AAW). Operator will be François, F8DVD, from his QTH of Mâcon in the east part of France, 60 km North of Lyon (JN26JH). The new reference number for the WAP program is 310. Details on the WAP program can be found at: http://www.waponline.it
Activity will be on various HF bands between 40-40 meters. QSL via F8DVD, direct (SAE + 2 USDs) or via Bureau.


UA - Vasily, RA1ZZ expects to be active as RA1ZZ/p from Kildin Island (EU-082) on 9-11 January. He will operate CW and SSB on 40 and 20 metres. QSL via home call.


UA - Special callsigns R1991A, R2021A, R30ARCK, R30RCK, RA30KR, RC30KR, RD30KR, RG30KR, RJ30KR, RK30KR, RL30KR, RM30KR, RN30KR, RO30KR, RQ30KR, RT30KR, RU30KR, RV30KR, RW30KR and RZ30KR will be active on 15-25 January to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Amateur Radio Club Kristall. QSLs via operator's instructions. A number of certificates will be available on https://hamlog.online/.


VI100/VK100, AUSTRALIA (Special Event). Look for some Australian amateur radio operators to activate the following special event callsigns:
VI100AF -- 100 days; between March 1st and May 29th
VK100AF -- between March 1st and August 31st
Activity is to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Royal Australian Air Force on March 31st. Current operators listed are Stuart/VK8NSB, Lee/VK3GK, Paul/VK2HV, Alan/VK4SN, Bob/VK4BOB and Joe/VK2KJJ. QSL via M0URX's OQRS (direct or Bureau) or direct to M0URX (with 2 USDs).
NO incoming Bureau QSLs; use the OQRS.


VU - Once again the West Bengal Radio Club (VU2WB) will provide assistance during the Ganga Sagar Mela on Sagar Island (AS-153). This is the annual gathering of Hindu pilgrims to take a holy dip in the Ganges, where the river merges with the Bay of Bengal. Expect some activity on the HF bands as AT2GSI on 9-16 January.


VQ9, CHAGOS ISLANDS. Randy, WW6RG, informs OPDX of the following [edited]:
"Looks like I will be traveling to Diego Garcia arriving the evening of 01/19 and departing the following evening 01/20 (All times and dates UTC). I will be operating as VQ9/WW6RG. Allowing for any Covid-19 restrictions I hope to get a couple hours of operation starting about 03:00z then
again at 10:00z for about 2 hours. Again this is subject to me finding a suitable area to operate from under the current restrictions. I will operate on 20 and 17 meters QRP SSB, No Digital Modes. My equipment will be a Icom IC-705 and an AlexLoop magnetic loop antenna. Not the best of operating conditions down there but I'm going to give it a try. QSL to home call WW6RG. No EQSL or LoTW. As I have been assigned duty operating from LAX to Honolulu for a couple weeks after this trip it will be about 03/01 until my next 'Overseas' assignment."


VR2, HONG KONG. Zach, NC1W, states that he recently moved to Hong Kong, and is learning how to adapt his radio setup to living in a high rise apartment in a crowded city (no HF operations yet). He has the callsign VR2/NC1W and is expected to be there for several years.
No other details are available.


ZC4 - Garry, 2M1DHG is again active as ZC4GR from the UK Sovereign Base Area of Dhekelia for the next two and a half years. He operates SSB and digital modes such as FT8 ("please be patient, it's a new mode to me"), SSTV, PSK31, WSPR and on 40, 20 and 10 metres, typically between 17 and 19 UTC "a few nights a week". QSL via EB7DX.


ZF - Pete, K8PGJ will be active again as ZF2PG from the Cayman Islands (NA-016) on 10-17 January. He will operate SSB, and will take part in the North American QSO Party (from 18 UTC on 16 January to 6 UTC on the 17th). QSL via LoTW, or direct to home call.

ZY4, BRAZIL (WWFF Op). Operators Alex/PY4AZ, Ronaldo/PS8RV, Felipe/PP1KV, Antoni/PY1AX, Billy/PY2LCD, Fernando/PY1FR, Inácio/PU4ISA, Joselito/PY5OL Robson/PY4HI and Rafael (non-Ham) will be active as ZY4D from Caparaó National Park, Pico da Bandeira, Municipality of Alto Caparaó (MG) between January 15-17th. Reference Flora and Fauna number is WWFF-PYFF-0049.
Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB, FT8 and Satellite.
QSL via PS8RV by the Bureau, direct via PY4AZ or LoTW.


AS-152. (Update) Members of the Arctic Legends Team (RT9K), plan to be active as RI0Q from Bolshoj Begichev Island sometime in March. To achieve their goal to operate from Bolshoj Begichev Island, the team will have to travel 3624 km (by snowmobiles 1812 km*2). The latest info indicates: "A snowmobile expedition to Bolshoy Begichev Island will start on March 4, 2021, from the village of Tazovsky. This is the fifth expedition from the cycle "Legends of the Arctic". For more details, see https://www.qrz.com/DB/RI0Q

AS-153. Members of West Bengal Radio Club (VU2WB) will be active as AT2GSI from Sagar Island (also known as Gangasagar or Sagardwip), an island in the Ganges Delta, lying on the continental shelf of Bay of Bengal about 100 km South of Kolkata, West Bengal, India, between January 9-16th. QSL via eQSL.

EU-009. Dave, MM0EAX, will be the next operator to use the GMDX Group's (Scotland's DX Association) special callsign GS8VL from Orkney Island during January. QSL via M0OXO's OQRS (direct/Bureau or LoTW. DO NOT SEND ANY PAPER QSL CARDS via the BUREAU; they will not be answered.

EU-082. Vasily, RA1ZZ, will be finishing up his RA1ZZ/p from Kildin Island (WW Loc. KP79dh, RR-03-03, RDA MU-17), European Russia. He is expected to go QRT on January 11th. Activity will be on 40/20 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign or ClubLog's OQRS.

NA-151. Bo, OZ1DJJ, will once again be active as OX3LX from Tasiilaq Island Islands (WW Loc. HP15EO), Greenland, between January 13-30th. Dates can be changed; watch QRZ.com. Activity will be on 40-4 meters with a focus 50 and 70 MHz. When not active, he will run a WSPR beacon on 40-6 meters. He states this is NOT a DXpedition, and the best chance to work him will be around lunchtime and after dinner (his local time UTC-2), also during the weekend, possibly at night/morning. QSL via OZ0J direct (see QRZ.com). Logs get uploaded to LoTW, ClubLog and sometimes eQSL. For more details and updates, watch QRZ.com or
his Web page at: http://geronne.dk/index.php/ox3lx/ox3lx-dxped

OC-139. (Update) Grant, VK5GR, posted the following on his Web page on January 7th [edited]: "Final antenna packing lists are being drawn up today, and at this stage, I hope to also include an inverted L for 160m. Having tried to operate 160m at home recently I decided I was silly not to give it a go in a much more RF quiet location with a better antenna, a better ground plane. I will try and pay attention in particular to my morning grey-line into Europe, but will also do some activity during the NA morning grey-line as well. Only 4 days to go before we depart Adelaide and head down to IOTA OC-139. See you on the air!"
JUST REMINDER: Grant has stated, "This time it will be more holiday (with the family) and less radio..... Activity will be a combination of CW, SSB and FT8, possibly with some RTTY and PSK thrown in for fun. I also hope to put VK5KI on air during the WIA Summer VHF/UHF field day on 6m/2m/70cm (and maybe 23cm).
Visit VK5GR Web page at: https://vk5gr-iota.net

OC-210. Reportedly, Indra, YB8QT, has moved from Celebes Island [Sulawesi](OC-146) in early November to Sangihe Islands (OC-210) and is expected to be there until possibly 2025. He is there
for a government job. QSL via IK2DUW or LoTW.

2021 IOTA TOUR. Bodo, DF8DX, announced that he will be active from the following location during 2021. His next activities are:
NA-026 -- Callsign KT3Q/2; New York State IOTA Group; sometime in March
EU-024 -- Callsign IS0/DF8DX; Sardina Island; April 17-24th
EU-004 -- Callsign EA6/DF8DX; Balearic Island; October 7-13th


Qsl Info
QSL 4O1HQ ---> As of 1 January 2021, the QSL route for 4O1HQ (all QSOs) is via E77E. This is the HQ station of the the Montenegrin Amateur Radio Pool (Mreza za Afirmaciju Radioamaterskog Pokreta), the national member society representing Montenegro in the IARU (http://marp.org.me/).

No Info received

Farrell "Hoppy" Hopwood, VE7RD became a Silent Key on 8 December, aged 91. Licensed since 1955, he was instrumental in the founding of the Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC), formed in 1992 when the Canadian Radio Relay League (CRRL) and the Canadian Amateur Radio Federation (CARF)
merged to create one national society after several years of discussion. Hopwood was appointed RAC President and remained in that post for six years. In 2015 he was inducted into the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame.

Leslie A. Bannon, WF5E passed away in his sleep on 31 December. First licensed in 1952 as WN9ZTD, he was an accomplished DXer with a current/total count of 340/382 in the Mixed DXCC Honor Roll standings, 336/372 (Phone) and 331/340 (CW). He made a name for himself in the DX community worldwide thanks to the WF5E DX QSL Service, which he run for about twenty years until
October 2013.

Also reported SK is Julio Ramiro Braz Mateiro, CT1ZW, who passed away on 2 January after a long illness. An early IOTA enthusiast and former Checkpoint for Portugal, he had 340/363 (current/total) Entities in the DXCC Mixed Honor Roll standings.


3Y0I: BOUVET ---> "Some members of the Rebel DX Group have arrived in Cape Town, South Africa", the Rebel DX Group posted to Facebook on 4 January. "The Bouvet (3Y0I) trip is on track. Still some budget is missing but we are hoping to get some of the missing $$$. For your information, we will not apply for financial support to any DX Foundation or big Clubs as their conditions are not acceptable to us for a trip to one of the most wanted DXCC entities; and one o f hardest places to go on our planet". Bookmark https://www.facebook.com/rebeldxgroup/ for updates and more information, including the direct link to the 3Y0I Bouvet Island Expedition page on GoFundMe.

3Y0I BOUVET ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS (Update). The following was posted on the Rebel DX Group FaceBook page, January 4th [edited]: Some members of the Rebel DX Group have arrived in Cape Town, South Africa. After several Covid protocols we are in the good hands of our ZS friends and local
supporters. Just to remind you, the whole of our expedition equipment from the first Bouvet "attack" was secured at the QTH of Andre ZS1AN. What a great guy he is!! We will check again all our expedition gear during the coming days.
We had a very busy day yesterday with Shawn, ZS1SBW, working on important paperwork for upcoming projects. More info on that soon.
The Bouvet (3Y0I) trip is on track. Still some budget is missing but we are hoping to get some of the missing $$$. Our last attempt cost us over $250K private money (donations were just 7%) and sadly that went to the "vessel chimney" (for fuel). Let's hope, this time we will be
more lucky.
Here is a link if you are willing to help:
For your information, we will not apply for financial support to any DX Foundation or big Clubs as their conditions are not acceptable to us for a trip to one of the most wanted DXCC entities; and one of hardest places to go on our planet.
For more "possible" details and updates on the Bouvet Island DXpedition, watch the following Web page and Media sites at:
This is the main site where you can find more details on the project
and news: https://bouvetoya.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bouvetoya.org
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Bouvetoyaorg
Rebel DX Group: https://www.facebook.com/rebeldxgroup


EU DX CONTEST ---> The European DX Contest Club has announced that the first European Union DX Contest (EUDX Contest) will be held on 6 and 7 February (from 12 UTC to 12 UTC).
See https://eudxcc.altervista.org/eu-dx-contest/ for complete information.


QSO TODAY VIRTUAL HAM EXPO ---> "QSO Today" (the weekly podcast hosted by Eric Guth, 4Z1UG/WA6IGR, https://www.qsotoday.com/) is organizing the second Virtual Ham Expo, scheduled for 13-14 March. It will be held on a live virtual reality platform that simulates a full convention experience with an exhibit hall and exhibit booths, speaker auditorium, lobby, and lounges. The QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo will feature new speakers and presenters, panel discussions, and kit-building workshops among other activities. It will run for 48 hours as a live event, then it will be available on-demand until 12 April.
See https://www.qsotodayhamexpo.com/ for registration and other information.


Does Off-Grid Solar Energy Interfere With Ham Radio?

“A lot of viewers asked to see how bad the interference was on my receive when my RV is running off-grid with solar only. In this video I was actually only several feet away from the system, however I can see the noise even 300 yards away. It’s only this terrible when you are right next to it (or inside the RV) I have 1500+ watts on the roof of my RV, thats 1265 watts at 36 volts through an MPPT charge controller to a 500aH 24VDC battery plant, as well as 275 watts at 12 volts to another MPPT charge controller to a 12VDC 200aH battery plant. Check out the videos about it on my other channel at The Ponderosa, click below and subscribe”

6 METER NEWS. DX-WORLD.net reports: Russian Government Radio Frequency Commission meeting took place on December 30th. They didn't approve 6m band allocation for hams and this issue was postponed without dates. Don't expect any activities on the 6m band in 2021 (with the exception
of Crimea on whose territory a temporary permit is valid).


AAW 2021. The 18th Antarctic Activity Week will take place next month between February 20-28th. All Radio Amateurs (OMs & SWLs) around the world, Clubs and Organizations as well as other important groups and individual operators WW, to join and share with them, this initiative.
Apply your special AAW's callsign, get a WAP reference and jump into the competition. Some operators have already signed-up to participate. See the following Web page at:
The WAP's intention is to draw WW attention to the Antarctic Continent, and the AAW is a unique event World-Wide (WW) where Hams (in any corners of the world, and not necessarily in Antarctica) wish to celebrate and improve World-Wide interest around the Icy Continent.
Purpose of the A.A.W. is to increase world wide interest around Antarctic Continent and its related matters, with the aim of staying close to the researchers and personnel who are spending their time away from home and families, studying the Antarctic life and its secrets. Addition purpose is to share what Nations and Organizations are doing to protect this still non contaminated corner of the world, to share a WW message of peace.


JIDXM AWARDS ANNOUNCED. The ARRL Web page posted the following on January 6th: The Japan International DX Meeting (JIDXM) committee, in cooperation with CQ magazine, has announced awards to DXpedition teams and individuals who made outstanding contributions to the world's DX community. The 2020 JIDXM award program will recognize the VP8PJ South Orkney DXpedition Team
(February 2020), the VP2VB Yasme Memorial Expedition Team (March 2020), and the TO0Z St. Barthelemy Expedition Team (September 2020) as DXpeditions of the year.
"Despite the situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, these teams overcame all the difficulties and organized DXpeditions successfully with fine teamwork."
The JIDXM Contribution Award 2020 went to Joe Taylor, K1JT, for his development of WSJT-X software "with cutting-edge digital technology," and to ARRL Director of Operations Norm Fusaro, W3IZ, "for demonstrating brilliant leadership in managing the DXCC Award program" during the


SEA-PAC IN-PERSON CONVENTION CANCELED. The SEA-PAC, designated as the 2021 ARRL Northwestern Division Convention, will not take place as an in-person gathering this June. The SEA-PAC Committee is exploring alternative online and on-air activities and will announce further details as they become available. For the complete press release, see the ARRL Web
page at: http://www.arrl.org/news/sea-pac-cancels-in-person-convention