Het DX-nieuws van week 20- 2020. 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 2020May 

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5Z - Members of the Radio Society of Kenya will be active as 5Z4STAYHOME "in recognition of the extraordinary circumstances the current COVID-19 pandemic has wrought globally". All QSLs will be sent via the bureau.

9M - Members of the Malaysian Amateur Radio Transmitters Society will operate three special callsigns starting on 15 May for three months: 9M4STAYHOME, 9M4COVID and 9M4DUDUKRUMAH ("stay home" in Malay). Operations will take place from various locations all over Malaysia, with expected activity on the HF and VHF bands SSB, CW and digital modes. QSLs direct to 9W2PD, or via the MARTS bureau.

CN - In celebration of the 17th birthday of Prince Moulay Hassan, the heir apparent to the Moroccan throne, CN amateurs can use the special prefix CN17 on 8-10 May. Expected callsigns include CN17ANT, CN17ATM, CN17AV, CN17LR, CN17MC, CN17NIL, CN17PA, CN17QR, CN17VC, CN17WW and CN17XA (QSLs via RW6HS); CN17SG (QSL via EA7FTR); CN17AAD, CN17AM, CN17CE, CN17MAA, CN17NOA, CN17PG, CN17QY, CN17JQ, CN17HAN, CN17OY, CN17IT and CN17MM (QSLs via operators' instructions).
DL70 - GERMANY. To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the International Police Association (IPA), German radio amateurs of the IPARC (IPA-Radio-Club) will be active as DL70IPA with the main activity between August 2nd and 6th, November 7th (CW) and 8th (SSB) (IPARC-Contest 2020) and
various weekends. Therefore, QSOs will be on CW and SSB, every Sunday, starting on the August 2nd, from 0800 UTC until 1000 UTC on QRG 7080 kHz +/- QRM, and starting Thursday, August 6th, from 0600-0700 UTC on QRG 3680 kHz +/- QRM, followed by every Sunday/Thursday until the end of
2020. They will also try 20 meters, if the conditions are OK. For more details, see their QRZ.com page or (https://dl0ipa.darc.de/).

EM100/EO100 - UKRAINE (Special Event). Look for EO100A, EM100ALK and EM100LK from Sumy, Ukraine, special memorial stations to celebrate the 100th birthday anniversary of "Marshal Kozhedub", Ivan Nikitovitch Kozhedub. A Marshal of Aviation, Ivan Nykytovych Kozhedub was a Soviet military aviator and a WWII fighter ace. He is credited with 62 individual air victories! Activity
will be on various HF bands. Listen for the QSL route. A special diploma is available. See QRZ.com for details.

G - From England, further callsigns commemorating the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe (VE Day) include GB0VED (until 19 May, QSL via email: Dit e-mailadres wordt beveiligd tegen spambots. JavaScript dient ingeschakeld te zijn om het te bekijken.); GB0VER (until 16 May, QSL via eQSL or direct to M5ATR); GB1VE (until 10 May, QSL via eQSL); GB1VED (QSL via eQSL or direct to G4CIB); GB2VE (QSL via eQSL); GB4VED (until 21 May, QSL via eQSL); GB5VED (until 10 May, QSL via eQSL); GB6VED (QSL via the bureau); GB75BVE (until 10 May, QSL via eQSL)

GW - From Wales, further callsigns commemorating the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe (VE Day) include GB0VEE (until 9 May, QSL via eQSL) and GB5VEP (QSL via LoTW, eQSL or direct to MW1CFN).

HS - Members of the Radio Amateur Society of Thailand (RAST) will be active as E2STAYHOME from 2 May until 15 July. All QSOs will be confirmed via LoTW and the bureau; direct cards via E21EIC.

KG4 - Kelly, KG4NE will remain at Guantanamo Bay "till at least 28 May", or even longer as it all depends when his replacement arrives. QSL via NM7H, LoTW and eQSL.
KG4 - GUANTANAMO BAY. Miguel, W1SRR, is being deployed to Guantanamo Bay [WW. Loc: FK29kv (Shack) and FK29kw (House)] in mid-June 2020 for a year. He plans to be active as KG4MA. His current shack equipment: Elecraft KX3 with KXPA100. Activity will be on Digital and SSB on various HF bands; learning CW and will try and make contacts via CW once proficient. He states, "Will attempt QSL cards, please standby for further direction."

OE - Hannes, OE1SGU will be active as OE30MAGICBAND (WWL JN88eg) from 1 May to 30 June to mark the 30th anniversary of the allocation of the 6m band to Austrian amateurs. He will operate CW, SSB and digital modes. QSL via LoTW and eQSL.

OX - Bo, OZ1DJJ will be active again in his spare time as OX3LX from Aasiaat Island (NA-134) on 7-21 May. QSL via Club Log's OQRS, LoTW, or via OZ0J.

PY - Lyra, PY7RL is often active as PY7RL/7 from his island QTH on Itamaraca (SA-046). He operates mainly FT8 and SSB on 40-10 metres.
QSL via Club Log's OQRS, LoTW, or direct to Ricardo Lyra, Avenida Doutor Jose Augusto Moreira 2222, Torre Norte Apt 101, Olinda - PE, 53130-410, Brazil.

VU - AT2THC is a special callsign used until 1 August by the Tripura Ham Radio Club in Agartala to provide assistance during the COVID-19 emergency. QSL via VU2LJB.

W - On 2 November 1920 KDKA in Pittsburgh made the first ever commercial radio broadcast, but in May 1920 the National Bureau of Standards (callsign WWV) had already begun broadcasting weekly "experimental concerts". To commemorate these broadcasts, members of the WWV Amateur Radio Club will operate SSB, CW and digital modes as WW0WWV until 31 May. QSL via LoTW, Club Log's OQRS or direct.

W - Allan, KV4T and his wife Bridget, KS4YT expect to be active from Grand Isle (NA-168) on 22-25 May. They plan to operate SSB, CW, FT4 and FT8 on 80, 40, 30 and 20 metres with two stations. QSL direct to home calls, or via LoTW and eQSL.

Iota News

EU-034. Igor, ES0IA, will once again be active from Kassaar Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Single-Op/SSB-Mode/Fixed-Island entry. QSL via ES0IA, direct (3 USDs), by the Bureau, eQSL or LoTW.

NA-134. Bo, OZ1DJJ, will be active as OX3LX from Asiaat Island (WW Loc. GP38NQ), Greenland, between now and May 21st. Activity will be on various HF bands. When not active, he will run a WSPR beacon on 160 to 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, see: http://geronne.dk/index.php/ox3lx/ox3lx-dxped

NA-168. Operators Allan/KV4T and XYL Bridget/KS4YT will once again be active from Grand Isle between May 22-25th. Activity will be on 40/30/20 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes, with two stations. QSL via their home callsigns, LoTW or eQSL.

OC-130. Look for three stations to be active from Mindanao Island, Philippines, during the upcoming RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th). The announced stations are:
DV8VMI -- Op Renante, DV8VMI; Single-Op/Single-Band (40m); QSL via Bureau
DX8CAD -- Op DX8CAD; Single-Op/All-Band; QSL Bureau
DX9EVM -- Op Ernesto, DU9CA; Single-Op/All-Band/Mixed-Mode/Low-Power; QSL via IK2DUW


COVID-19 IMPACT ---> The 10th edition of the Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) Summer Camp, to be hosted by the Croatian Amateur Radio Association on 8-15 August, has been cancelled and postponed to 2021. Also postponed until the summer of 2021 is the first YOTA IARU Region 2 Summer Camp, which was expected to be held on 21-26 June.

GERMANY: EXPANDED ACCESS TO 6M ---> The German regulator (Bundesnetzagentur) "has made a first preliminary implementation of the WRC-19 results for the 6m band". Fixed amateur radio stations in Germany have now access to 50-52 MHz on a secondary basis, with a maximum bandwidth of 12 kHz for all modes and the use of horizontally polarized antennas. Contest operations are also permitted. In addition, on the 50,000-50,400 MHz sub-band holders of Class A licences can transmit with a maximum of 750W PEP, and Class E licencees can use a maximum of 100W PEP. The maximum permitted transmission power is still limited to 25W PEP elsewhere. These provisions will apply until 31 December 2020, or until a revised Frequency Ordinance comes into force - whichever is earlier.

IOTA CONTEST 2020: CHANGES ---> In line with "Stay at Home" guidance, to minimise the impact of COVID-19, the IOTA Contest 2020 will be exclusively for single operators using their home stations: only "Single Operator Fixed Island" stations, and "Single Operator Fixed World" stations will be eligible to enter. The RSGB will not be awarding trophies this year, but downloadable certificates will be available to winners. The IOTA Contest will be held from 12 UTC on 25 July until 11:59 UTC on 26 July. Complete rules can be found on https://www.rsgbcc.org/hf/rules/2020/riota.shtml.

QSL VP8PJ ---> "The cards are printed and were shipped from ON5UR QSL Print Services in Belgium to Tim M0URX in the UK", Gene (K5GS) announced on 7 May. "Tim has the tracking numbers and after Customs processing expects the cards to be delivered soon.
The envelopes, labels and pre-printed postage are prepared and awaiting the cards. Once in hand the 'stuffing' process will begin. Until the Covid-19 lock down in the UK is lifted, Tim will probably have to do this work alone, it will take longer than usual to complete.
The initial mailing will include all the VP8PJ confirmation requests in the system through the mailing date. Bureau cards will be bulk shipped directly to the inbound bureaux early next year".

REBEL DX GROUP'S PLANS ---> "Unfortunately, our plans regarding activating Banaba Island and Tuvalu has been affected by the current COVID-19 situation, just like in case of many other DXpeditions around the world", the Rebel DX Group posted to Facebook on 4 May. "We're forced to postpone the DXpedition, but it's not cancelled". The group had planned to operate as T33T from
Banaba in May, and as T22T from Tuvalu in June.
As for 3Y0I, "we keep an eye on any possibilities to continue our plans in terms of activation Bouvet Island at the end of this year". More information (including the direct link to the 3Y0I's GoFundMe page) can be found on https://www.facebook.com/rebeldxgroup/.

STAY AT HOME ---> Special callsign that have recently joined the Stay Home
campaign and/or show support for health care professionals and other key
workers during the COVID-19 pandemic include:

GB0FLW------------------------England----------------operated by M0CSI
GB2HOM-----------------------England----------------operated by M0TZX --05/05-31/05
GB9KS---------------------------England----------------eQSL only--------04/05-31/05
GB9SH---------------------------England----------------eQSL only--------04/05-29/05

FW, WALLIS AND FUTUNA. DX-World.net reports that Tom, KH0/KC0W informed them that he plans to be active from Wallis and Futuna in the near future. Tom stated [edited], "I have been given the OK by my employer for a two week DXpedition to FW land (Wallis & Futuna). This will be a CW only operation with a strong emphasis on Europe. Bands will be 40-6 meters. I'm seriously contemplating FT8 on 160/80 meters ONLY, but it all depends how much room the 160/80 meter verticals will take up. Unfortunately, Saipan airport has been closed for the past month so I can't leave KH0-land even if I wanted to. As soon as everything opens up I'm ready to be FW/KC0W."

WSJT-X 2.2.0-RC1 ---> The first candidate release of WSJT-X 2.2.0 is expected to be made available on 10 May. It will provide a number of new features and capabilities, including improvements to the decoders for five modes (FT4, FT8, JT4, JT65 and WSPR), a new format for "EU VHF Contest" Tx2 and Tx3 messages and improvements to accessibility, as well as other minor enhancements and bug fixes. Release candidate WSJT-X 2.2.0-rc1 will be available for beta-testing (not for long-term general use) for one month.

Vasiliy, RW6HS, informs OPDX that he is the QSL Manager for the following: D075AM, D075DB, D075DO, D075EN, D075HZ, D075IL, D075MK, D075P, D075SK, D075SN, D075SM, D075ST, D075TR, D075YS and D075ZG
NEW QSL ROUTE FOR EY8MM. There is a new QSL Manager for EY8MM. QSL via W0VTT. Mike, W0VTT, will have all logs for EY8MM starting back to Jan. 1, 1994.