Het DX-nieuws van week 21 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, FIJI (Operators NOT VALID For DXCC). It has been reported by a few sources that the ARRL DXCC Desk is saying operations by 3D2DOM, 3D2JK and 3D2ZK are NOT valid for DXCC. Also, Mike, G7VJR, author of ClubLog, reported on Twitter (https://twitter.com/g7vjr/) that "3D2ZK is now suspended from using the expedition mode and OQRS in ClubLog". There has also been a report that John, K9EL, CQ DX Marathon Manager, states "any QSOs with 3D2ZK will not count for the 2021 DX Marathon". For more details on why these actions have taken place, we suggest or refer you to the
following Web page: http://3z9dx-busted.com

 

5N - Jean-Louis, 5N7MSF (aka F5MAW, ZS6AAG, 3DA0MF, C91MSF and TT8JLH) is active from Abuja, Nigeria until 15 September. He works for Medecins Sans Frontiers (Doctors Without Borders), and will be QRV during his spare time and the weekends. QSL via eQSL.

 

5U - Adrien, F4IHM, who has been active again as 5UAIHM since 18 May, has extended his stay in Niger until 27 June. He operates SSB and CW on 40 and 30 metres. QSL via F4IHM, direct or
bureau.

 

8J, JAPAN (Special Event). Seiji, JA2ATE, is now active as 8J2I to celebrates the 100th anniversary of the founding of Ichinomiya City until the end of February 2022. Most of the activity has been on 160-12 meters using FT8/FT4. All QSOs will be confirmed automatically via the Bureau.

 

8Q, MALDIVES. Nobby, G0VJG, will once again be active as 8Q7CQ between September 28th and October 13th. This will be his third trip there, but this time he will be active from the Island of Innahura (AS-013). Activity will be on 80-10 meters (this now includes 60m) using SSB and the Digital
modes. His equipment will be a FT-450D or FT857 with a JUMA 1000 watt amp into HF6V Butternut vertical for the HF bands and a link dipole. QSL via M0OXO's OQRS or direct.

 

A9 - A91GCC is the special callsign for the Bahrain Amateur Radio Society to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Gulf Cooperation Council on 21-25 May. QSL via EC6DX. Established on 25 May 1981, GCC is a regional intergovernmental political and economic union that consists of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

 

EA - Special callsign AM5IP will be active from 28 May to 6 June to commemorate the 170th anniversary of the birth of Isaac Peral y Caballero. QSL via EA5CP, direct or bureau. An engineer and naval officer, Peral was the developer the first electric-powered submarine.

 

G - Special callsigns GB1ORC (24 May-20 June) and GB0ARC (28 May-24 June) will be active to celebrate the first anniversary of the Online Amateur Radio Community (M0OUK, https://www.oarc.uk/), an online based club affiliated with the RSGB.

 

HB0, LIECHTENSTEIN. Loick, HB9HBY, will once again be active as HB0/HB9HBY from the small village of Steg, Liechtenstein, between June 30th and July 4th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters, including 30/17/12m, using CW, SSB and FT8/FT4. QSL via EB7DX. Look for updates on the following media pages:
Facebook -- https://facebook.com/hb9hby
Twitter -- https://twitter.com/hb9hby

 

HC - Celebrating Ecuador's Independence Day (24 May), members of the Ecuador DX Club will be active as HD1ECU on 22-24 May. QSL via LoTW. See https://ecuadordxclub.org/independencia/ for the award.

 

HH - Peter, JK1UWY has been active as HH2JA since 15 May, and will stay remain in Haiti for three years. He operates CW, SSB and FT8 on 80-6 metres. QSL via LoTW and eQSL.

 

JA - Look for JI3DST/3, JR8YLY/3 and JR8YLY/p (FT8) to be active on 80-6 metres from Awaji Island (AS-117) on 22-24 May. All QSOs will be uploaded to Club Log and made available for Club Log Matching on the IOTA website.

 

JA - The correct dates for JI3DST's activity from Shodo Island (AS-200) are 19-21 June and 26-28 June. Take will be active as I3DST/5, JR8YLY/5 and JR8YLY/p on 40-6 metres SSB, CW and FT8. All QSOs will be uploaded to Club Log and made available for Club Log Matching on the IOTA website.

 

P4, ARUBA (Reminder). John, W2GD, will once again be active as P40W between May 25th and June 1st. 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 CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 29-30th) signing as P44W and as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via LoTW or N2MM. No bureau cards.

 

PA21, THE NETHERLANDS. Members of the Dutch VERON ARDF Committee have activated the special event station PA21ARDF to promote "Amateur Radio Direction Finding" (ARDF) until May 30th. Activity will be on various HF bands. All QSOs will be confirmed via the Bureau, but direct cards
may be requested via ClubLog's OQRS. For more details, see QRZ.com.

 

S7, SEYCHELLES. Ros, 4Z5LA, is now active as S79LA from Seychelles (AF-024) until May 27th. Activity will be on various HF bands. QSL via 4Z5LA, LoTW or eQSL.

 

TY - TY5AB is the callsign issued to Ian, ZS6JSI, who has been active as ZS6JSI/TY since late January. He is QRV in his spare time, mainly on 20 metres FT8. Ian expects to remain in Benin through June. QSL via LoTW and EC6DX.

 

UA - Special callsigns R800AN, R800ANG, R800ANL, R800ANN, R800ANV and R800RAN are active until 30 June to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the birth of Alexander Nevsky. Commonly regarded as a key figure of medieval Russia, he is best known for the victory over the Teutonic Knights in the Battle on the Ice (1242). The Radio Amateur Association of Sankt Peterburg is offering a commemorative award: https://hamlog.online/global/russia/r1a/149/. QSL via operator's instructions.

 

UA - Commemorating the 116th anniversary since the birth of Mikhail A. Sholokhov (the 1965 Nobel Prize in Literature), special callsigns R116MS, RO36MS, RT36MS and UE36MS will be active on 20-25 May during the 36th edition of the Sholokhov Spring Festival. A certificate will be available on https://hamlog.online/club/mdxc. QSLs via RQ7L.

 

UA - Special callsigns R18UGRA, R18JHM, R18JLA, R18JMG, R18JNR, R18JNV, R18JPK, R18JRA and R18JSV are expected to be active from 22 May to 6 June from the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug-Yugra (Tyumen Oblast) in support of the XVIII International Environmental Action "To Save and Preserve". QSL via operator's instructions.

 

UA - Special callsign R115MUSA will be active between 26 May and 25 August in celebration of the 115th anniversary of the birth of Musa Dzhalil (1906-1944), the eminent Soviet Tatar poet and resistance fighter.

 

VK - John, VK6NU will be active holiday style as VK6NU/p from Rottnest Island (OC-164) on 25-28 May. He will operate CW and SSB on 40-10 metres. Look for him at 6-10 UTC, 11.30-15 UTC and 22-1 UTC. QSL via home call.

 

VK9X - Steve, VK6SJ now plans to be active as VK9XX from Christmas Island (OC-002) from
28 May to 11 June. Expected hours of operation are 11-15 UTC and 22-00 UTC on a daily basis. "If I get ahead of schedule in my work", he says, "I may squeeze in a day off, in which I will see if I can tune up the dipole on 6, 10 and 15 metres during the day". He plans to operate a separate band each night, but if there is no propagation "I will change band rather than call into nothing":

Date ----- Band ----- QRG FT8 ----- QRG SSB
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28 May -- 20m ------ 14.090 ------- 14.280
29 May -- 40m ------- 7.056 --------- 7.180
30 May -- 30m ----- 10.131 --------- xxx
31 May -- 80m ------- 3.567 ---------- 3.625
01 June -- 20m ----- 14.090 --------- 14.280
02 June -- 40m ------ 7.056 ----------- 7.180
03 June -- 30m ----- 10.131 ------------ xxx
04 June -- 80m ------ 3.567 ----------- 3.625
05 June -- 20m ----- 14.090 --------- 14.280
06 June -- 40m ------ 7.056 ----------- 7.180
07 June -- 30m ----- 10.13 ------------- xxx
08 June -- 80m ------ 3.567 ---------- 3.625
09 June -- 20m ----- 14.090 -------- 14.280
10 June -- 40m ------ 7.056 ---------- 7.180
11 June -- 30m ----- 10.131 ---------- xxx
All FT8 operation will be Fox & Hound mode. "I will stop FT8 at the end of each hour and try SSB for 10 minutes minimum. If I get a run on SSB, I'll stay there until I don't, then return to FT8. SSB operation will be split frequency, listening 5KHz up and +/- QRM". During the CQ WW WPX CW Contest "I may answer a bunch of stations calling CQ test, but I don't think my CW is up to managing a pile-up". See VK6SJ on qrz.com for updates. QSL via EB7DX.

 

VP2V, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS. Gary, NC3Z, Gary, will be active as VP2V/NC3Z from Tortola, British Virgin Islands (NA-023), between June 3-14th. His activity will be on 40-6 meters using SSB and FT8/FT4; as propagation dictates. His equipment is a FT-891 with 100 watts into a SuperAntenna
MP1 on the beach and various wire antennas. QSL via LoTW (primary) and ClubLog.

 

VP5 - VP5/K2SX, VP5/K4BAI, VP5/K4QPL and VP5/KR4R will be active from Providenciales
(NA-002), Turks and Caicos, from 25 May through 1 June. They will participate in the CQ WW WPX CW Contest as VP5M (QSL via LoTW, or direct to K4QPL).

 

W - Allan, KV4T and his wife Bridget, KS4YT will be active from Grand Isle (NA-168) on 29 May-1 June. They will operate FT8 and FT4 on 40 and 20 metres, and will return to the island for the IOTA Contest (24-25 July). QSL via LoTW, eQSL, or direct to home calls.

 

YL - Special callsign YL21ICE will be active on all bands and modes for the Ice Hockey World Championship to be held in Latvia from 21 May to 6 June. See https://qsl.services/event/YL21ICE for information about the award.

 

Z2, ZIMBABWE. Peter, PA3CPI, seems to be back in Zimbabwe and is active again as Z21DX. The length of his stay is not known. He was heard on 20 meters SSB (14247.5 kHz between 1743 and 1757z). QSL via PA3CPI.

 

Iota News

EU-008. Paul, G4PVM, will be active as GM4PVM from the Isle of Lismore (WW Loc. IO76FM, WAB NM84) between June 29th and July 4th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-10 meters using CW and SSB, with 100 watts into a vertical antenna. QSL via LoTW, eQSL (no cards) or ClubLog for IOTA.

EU-090. Operators Mato/9A3SM, Miran/S50O, Silvo/S50X, Hubi/S53Z and Milan/S58MU will be active as 9A/homecall (except 9A3SM) or possibly a special callsign (pending) from the Velika Palagruza Island (EU-090, IOCA CI-084, WLOTA LH-0057 & CLH-100, ARLHS CRO-012 and WW Loc. JN82DJ) between July 7-31st. Milan informs OPDX, "There are not enough beds in the lighthouse, which makes us limited in the number of operators." Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW and SSB. Their activity will also include the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 24-25th). QSL info TBA.

EU-137. (Update) Last week we mentioned that Anders, OZ3ACB, will be active as SM7/OZ3ACB from Ven Island sometime during mid-May. Anders informed OPDX of the following this past week [edited]: "I will be active throughout the summer in my spare time (primarily weekends) from the Island of Ven located in the sound between Denmark and Sweden. I had hoped to be active during last weekend, but the weather is currently a bit unsettled here in Denmark and I need fairly good weather to take the boat to Ven and operate outside. Next weekend (May 22-23rd) looks better, so I'm crossing my fingers and the weather will surely improve in the coming weeks! I will be active on the HF bands (40-10m) depending on band conditions. Primarily with digimodes, but also a bit of SSB. The rig is an FT-991 and I'm using multiband EFHW antennas." QSL via LoTW and eQSL (preferred), or direct to his home callsign. There will be a log search on ClubLog.

EU-180. Russian operators Oleg/R7LP, Ivan/UA6MF, Tom/R6AW, Yuri/RX6CM, Sergey/RU3EG, Sergey/RX3F and Maxim/RU5D will be active as R24NEW from Bakal'skiy (Peschanyi) Island between June 22-27th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and FT8, with three stations on the air. Operators may also use their home callsigns and sign homecall/p. QSL R24NEW via UA6MF, direct,
by the Bureau or ClubLog's OQRS.

NA-018/ Bo, OZ1DJJ, will once again be active as OX3LX from Greenland,
NA-151/ (NA-018), Greenland's Coastal South East (NA-151) and Green-
NA-220. land's Coastal South West Island Groups between June 8th and July 10th. Dates can be changed; watch QRZ.com. Bo states,
"I plan to be QRV 8th of June from locator GP60XR. My QTH on Google maps (https://www.google.com/maps/@60.71574,-46.02133,121m/data=!3m1!1e3),
but will also be QRV from other locators GP70 and GP80 and maybe more. Main focus is 6m and 4m but you will find me on HF too." So as in the past, 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

NA-048. (Update) Operators Juan/AC6ZM, Richard/KN4CV, Linda/KN4KJC, Duane/N4RRR, Jack/K4KSW, Danuta/KK4PHD, Terry/N4QBS, Jack/NN2T and Steven/WA8Y will be active as C6AHA from Bimini Island (USI FL05) between July 14-21st. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and FT8. They expect to possibly have 5 radios using "beams - Hy-Gain TH3-MK4, Cushcraft MA5B, 40/80m Delta loops and Verticals. Their goal is to aim for Europe and Australia (for those who need them for the DXCC), and others that need the grid or island. DJ states, "I know it's not a Rare DX but it is a rare Island & grid. Great DxPedition for us Handi-hams and a vacation for the wife with the Covid
restrictions going on." ADDED NOTE: Jack, K4KSW, also mentions that "C6AHC is a temporary callsign assigned to K4KSW by the Bahamian Government. Our team will be on the Island of Bimini in July operating CW, SSB, and FT8 DXpedition mode. We plan to QSL via eQSL, ClubLog and LoTW. We plan to accecpt and mail QSL cards direct for a nominal fee to cover the cost of postage."

NA-112. Alex, AK4AM, will be active as AK4AM/P from Bogue Banks (WW Loc. FM14pq) between June 26th and July 3rd. Activity will be on 160-6 meters with a focus on 80/40/20m using SSB only with a Yaesu FT-991A into an Ultimax Antennas DX Extreme 124' End-Fed Halfwave antenna about 300' from the ocean waves. See his setup on QRZ.com. Alex also plans to be in the 2021 ARRL Field Day (June 26-27th). QSL via LoTW.

NA-168. Operators Allan/KV4T and XYL Bridget/KS4YT will once again be active from Grand Isle between May 29th and June 1st. Activity will be on 40/20 meters using FT8/FT4. QSL via their home callsigns, LoTW or eQSL.

OC-164. John, VK6NU, will be active as VK6NU/p from Rottnest Island between May 25-28th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-10 meters using CW and SSB, with a FT-857 and small amp into a vertical. Suggested times are 0600-1000z, 1130-1500z and 2200-0100z. QSL via VK6NU.

 

Qsl Info
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ZCZ Cluster
http://therightrequirement.com/sfar/ZCZCluster.html
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Small Garden HF Antennas – Vertical vs Horizontal
https://qrznow.com/small-garden-hf-antennas-vertical-vs-horizontal/
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Ultimate Raspberry Pi for your Ham Radio
https://qrznow.com/ultimate-raspberry-pi-for-your-ham-radio/
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Building a Windom HF Antenna
https://www.dxzone.com/qsy34349-build-your-own-windom-antenna
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Display Transplant into an Icom IC-756

https://wb4iuy.blogspot.com/2017/12/display-transplant-into-icom-ic-756-non.html
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JW0W SVALBARD DXPEDITION NEWS (Updates)......
* Ken, LA7GIA, posted the following on FaceBook, May 21st [edited]:
"Unfortunately 2 operators had to withdraw due to personal reasons but we have managed to replace those and hope to be 6 operators when departing in July. Going to Prins Karls Island in JW requires a dedicated expensive vessel that will transport us from Longyearbyen to the island located in the nature reserve at the west coast. Last activation of this island was in 2001. When arriving we will be doing dinghy landing with all equipment. The 3Y0J team members will do some additional practice runs with the dinghy ; )
We will focus on NA and Asia outside the IOTA contest, and we will do all modes CW, SSB and FTx. Our antennas will be VDAs and verticals at the shore close to saltwater with excellent take-off in all directions! Due to the high risk for polar bear all over the island, we will have mandatory 24/7 polar bear watch. We will have several rifles, flare guns and other protection. Safety is a high priority and all team members will do training at a local shooting range.
Our budget is roughly 13,000 USDs and we will appreciate donations
via PayPal to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Thank you for supporting this trip! All the support will go to offset the expensive vessel cost!
73, JW0J team"
* Erwann, LB1QI, posted the following on FaceBook, May 21st [edited]:
New members onboard -- We are very happy to welcome Allan Batievsky, EA3HSO, and Ronny onboard our Dxpedition to Prins Karls Forland (EU-063) between the 21st and the 26th of July 2021.
Allan, a well experienced contester and Dxpeditioner, will join the operators and Ronny will be in charge of our Security while on the island as the risk of being greeted by polar bears at some point of our stay is high. We will all have polar bears watch duties but he will keep the security at a high level while we concentrate on maintaining the antennas and contacting you! Both fellows are a great addition to the team. We have an internet website (still in construction) but helpful should you wish to learn more about the team or support us: http://www.jw0w.no
Best 73s, The JW0W Team"

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SWODXA NEWS (2021 DXpedition of the Year). The Southwest Ohio DX Association (SWODXA) has announced their 2021 DXpedition of the Year award. The award goes to VP8PJ South Orkney Island DXpedition (February-March 2020). The DX-pedition team consisted of: Dave/K3EL and Les/W2LK (Co-Leaders), Gene/K5GS, Arliss/W7XU, Heye/DJ9RR, Laci/HA0NAR, Vadym/UT6UD, Walt/N6XG, Rob/N7QT, Steve/W1SRD, Mike/WA6O, Ken/NG2H, Hans-Peter/HB9BXE and Alan/VK6CQ.
Usually, the Southwest Ohio DX Association presents their DXpedition of the Year Award each year at the annual DX Dinner during the Dayton HamVention.

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CQ AMATEUR RADIO HALL OF FAME ---> The CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame was established in January 2001 to recognize individuals - radio amateurs or not - who significantly affected the course of Amateur Radio, as well as radio amateurs who have made significant contributions either to amateur radio, to their professional careers or to some other aspect of life on our planet. This year's inductees, which bring the total number of members of the CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame to 339, are:
* Archibald Doty, W7ACD (SK), engineer, inventor, researcher into efficient radial systems for vertical antennas and pioneer of college radio; co-founded what is now WESU at Wesleyan University in Connecticut in 1939, the second-oldest college radio station in the U.S.; also served as a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II.
* Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF, founder of HAMSci (Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation), a collaboration between radio amateurs and ionospheric scientists; organizer of the 2017 Solar Eclipse QSO Party, which also served as a research project on the effects of a total solar eclipse on HF propagation.
* Lorin Hollander, WA1PGB, world-renowned classical concert pianist who has performed with virtually every major philharmonic orchestra in the United States, along with many others overseas; heavily involved in music and arts education and in relationships between music and medicine.
* Christopher Imlay, W3KD, ARRL Counsel and General Counsel from 1982-2018; represented the League before the FCC on a wide variety of issues, including PRB-1, now enshrined in FCC Rule 97.15 b), that requires state and local regulations to reasonably accommodate amateur radio antenna structures.
* Cathryn Mitchell, M0IBG, Academic Director of the University of Bath Doctoral College (UK) and recipient of the 2019 Edward Appleton Medal "for pioneering research in tomography and data assimilation revealing a completely new perspective on Earth's ionosphere in response to extreme
space weather".
* Admiral Charles "Chas"" Richard, W4HFZ, commander of the United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), one of eleven unified commands of the Department of Defense; served previously as Commander of U.S. submarine forces and Director of Undersea Warfare at the Pentagon.

CQ CONTEST HALL OF FAME ---> Established in 1986, the CQ Contest Hall of Fame honours those amateurs who have made major contributions to the art of radio contesting. The 2021 inductees are:
* Robert Wolbert, K6XX, a "renaissance man" of contesting, advancing the state of the art in designing amateur equipment at Elecraft, a participant in more than 1100 contests over 35 years and a many-time winner (he is a 9-time recipient of the Jim Maxwell Memorial Trophy for the highest-scoring California single-op unassisted station in the ARRL DX CW Contest); member of the organizing committee for the first WRTC in 1996 and a team leader in 2000 and 2014; has authored many articles for amateur contesting publications, presented at multiple conferences and is a longtime member and leader of the Northern California Contest Club (NCCC).
* David A. Pruett, K8CC (SK), author of the NA contest logging program as well as a log-checking program and host of many multi-multi operations from his Michigan contest station over 30 years; longtime chairman of the Michigan QSO Party; former editor of the National Contest Journal and longtime member and leader of the Mad River Contest Club.
This year's induction was conducted online once again, as a result of the the COVID-19-related cancellation of the Dayton Hamvention and associated Contest Dinner. CQ World Wide DX Contest Director John Dorr, K1AR, led the Contest Hall of Fame induction at the conclusion of Contest University's online seminar on 20 May.

CQ DX HALL OF FAME ---> Established in 1967, the CQ DX Hall of Fame honours those amateurs who have made major contributions to DXing and DXpeditioning. The 2021 inductees are:
* Jacky Calvo, ZL3CW/F2CW, a veteran of the French Air Force and the International Committee of the Red Cross, with postings that took him (and his ham station) to a dozen countries around the world; a participant in more than two dozen DXpeditions and WRTC (World Radiosport Team Championship) competitions from 2010-2018 and is a team leader for 2022.
* Francesco Valsecchi, IK0FVC, who has regularly activated Vatican City for the past 30 years using HV0A and other call signs, as well the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (SMOM) as 1A0KM. Along with fellow operators, Francesco has logged more than 300,000 QSOs for the two tiny entities, averaging roughly 10,000 contacts per year for hams around the world.
This year's induction will be conducted online once again, as a result of the COVID-19-related cancellation of the Dayton Hamvention and associated DX Dinner. CQ DX Editor Bob Schenck, N2OO, will conduct the DX Hall of Fame induction on 26 May during the "Ham Nation" podcast on the Ham Radio Crash Course YouTube channel.

DXPEDITION OF THE YEAR ---> The Southwest Ohio DX Association has announced their 2020/2021 DXpedition of the Year award, which regognizes "excellence in DXpedition planning and execution" from Most Wanted DXCC Entities. DXpeditions completed from March 2020 through February 2021 were eligible for this year's award, which has been presented to the VP8PJ DXpedition to the South Orkney Islands (February-March 2020).

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INTREPID SPIRIT AWARD ---> The Intrepid-DX Group is pleased to announce that this year's award goes to Johannes Hafkenscheid, PA5X, who was very active as 5T5PA while living and working in Mauritania throughout 2020. This award is to recognize "Johannes's outstanding efforts to activate Mauritania during the Covid-19 Pandemic", and acknowledges "Johannes's unselfish act to activate this challenging and much needed entity on behalf of a grateful Global DX Community. During 2020, Johannes made 35,000 contacts and made a total of 192,514 contacts during his years of activity from Mauritania". The award was presented on 16 May at the International DX Convention. Made in memory of James McLaughlin, WA2EWE/T6AF (killed in Kabul, Afghanistan, on 27 April 2011), the Intrepid Spirit Award "is intended to recognize and honor
those individuals or teams that boldly activate rare entities where their own personal safety is secondary to their pursuit of providing contacts to the DX Community".

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VISALIA 2021 ---> This year's International DX Convention was a virtual two-day meeting held on 15 and 16 May, with eight DX-related and eight exhibitor Zoom webinars. All presentations were recorded, and are expected to be available on https://ncdxc.org/idxc-info/ (the Northern California DX Club's website) on 21 May.

 

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