Het DX-nieuws van week 22- 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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EA8 - The Radio Club Laurilsiva (EA8RKL) from Gran Canaria (AF-004) will be active again as EH8DDC on 24-31 May. QSL via eQSL and logsearch on Club Log. Celebrating the anniversary of the local autonomous Parliament's first session back in 1983, the Canary Islands Day (Dia de Canarias) is held annually on 30 May.

F - TM1SAFE is the special callsign for the Radio Club du Val d'Issole (F8KGH) to participate in the "Stay Home" campaign. QSL via eQSL, LoTW, Club Log, or via F4GPB.

FP - Eric, KV1J has had to postpone his trip to Miquelon Island because of travel restrictions. He now plans to be QRV as FP/KV1J from 22 September to 6 October, "subject to restrictions at that time". He will operate SSB, RTTY, FT8, FT4 and some CW on 80-6 metres, with a focus on 60, 12, 10 and 6 metres. Activity on 160 metres will be limited. He will participate in the CQ WW RTTY DX Contest. QSL via home call (direct or bureau), LoTW and eQSL; logsearch on Club Log. Bookmark http://www.kv1j.com/fp/July20.html for updates.

JT - Special event station JU85UIA will be active through the end of the year in celebration of the 85th anniversary of the University of Internal Affairs in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. QSL direct to JT1CH.

KL - Brayden, KC1KUG will be active as KL7/KC1KUG from Fire Island (NA-158) on 2-27 June. He will operate SSB and CW ("although I may have to resort to FT8", he adds) on 40 and 20 metres; he might be QRV also on 30 and 17 metres, while the time frame he will be on the island "probably won't be great for 80". QSL direct to home call.

LY - LY56BC has been active since 14 May and will remain QRV until the 31st to promote and participate in the 56th edition of the Baltic Contest. Organized by the Lithuanian Radio Sports Federation, the contest will be held on 80 metres SSB and CW starting at 21 UTC on 23 May and ending at 2 UTC on 24 May. Complete information can be found on http://www.lrsf.lt/en/balticcontestrules/.

VU - A couple of other COVID-19 special callsigns from India are AT2SON ("Save Our Nation") operated by VU3ZIG, and AT0II ("Improve Immunity") operated by VU2DCT until 18 August. QSL via home calls.

W - Bruce, K5TEN now expects to be active as K4D from Dog Island (NA-085) on 9-18 September. He will operate SSB and FT8 on 40 and 20 metres. QSL direct to home call; he will upload his log to LoTW and eQSL.

Iota News
NA-039. (Rescheduled) Members of the Russian Robinson Club will be active as KL7RRC/P from Adak Island, Alaska, between September 11-18th (originally scheduled for June). Operators mentioned are Yuri/N3QQ, Robert/N7QT, Slav/OK8AU and Yuri/UA9OBA. Activity will be on various HF bands using CW, SSB and FT8 (F/H), with three stations on the air. QSL via N7RO.

NA-070. (Rescheduled) Members of the Russian Robinson Club will be active as KL7RRC/P from Kiska Island, Alaska, between September 5-10th (originally scheduled for June). Operators mentioned are Yuri/N3QQ, Robert/N7QT, Slav/OK8AU and Yuri/UA9OBA. Activity will be on various HF bands using CW, SSB and FT8 (F/H), with three stations on the air. QSL via N7RO.

NA-085. Bruce, K5TEN, who usually activates Dog Island (WW. Loc EL79) every year in June as K4D, has postponed his operation until September 9-18th. Dog Island, Florida, is an extremely rare IOTA because access is controlled by the 25 or so homeowners on the island. There are no hams on the island, and the only activations have been done by Bruce over the last 6 years. Access is by permission only and permission by one of the homeowners. It is only accessible by private charter or single engine fixed wing aircraft. The airstrip is overgrown so private charter is the only real choice. There are no streets, roads, stop signs, trendy cafes, or beach-front bars. If you need it, you bring it. This year's activity will only be on 40 and 20 meters primarily on SSB and FT8 Digital mode using 100 watts an ICOM 7100 into an off center fed dipole. QSL via K5TEN, SASE REQUIRED for stateside and DX (DX 2 USDs REQUIRED). Also, QSL via LoTW, eQSL and ClubLog.

NA-158. Bryden, KC1KUG, will be active as KL7/KC1KUG from Fire Island, Alaska, in the Cook Inlet Group, between June 2-27th. Activity will be mostly on 40/20 meters, possibly 80/30/17m, using mostly SSB, some CW or FT8. QSL via KC1KUG.
Qsl Info
Vasiliy, RW6HS, informs OPDX that he is now the QSL Manager for UA0APA and UP75B.
P5 PIRATES REPORTED (Save your Green Stamps).
P5DX (40m, May 22nd), P5/N0UN (20m, May 19th) and M0RH/P5 (15m, May 20th).

 

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7Q7AO ---> Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions, Pista, HA5AO has had to postpone until further notice his trip to Malawi, which was planned during the second half of September/early October
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COVID-19 RADIO COMMUNICATION EVENT ---> The Finnish Amateur Radio League (SRAL), in cooperation with the Araucaria DX Group (ADXG) of Brazil and Radio Arcala (OH8X) invite you to join them into a global special event featuring their STAYHOME radio campaign. The "COVID-19 Radio Communication Event" will be conducted in a contest-like framework on 6-7 June (from 10 UTC on Saturday until 09.59 UTC on Sunday), on 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 metres CW, SSB and digital modes (FT4/FT8 only). The direct link to the complete. Rules can be found on https://www.qrz.com/db/OH2STAYHOME.
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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 ofthe CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame to 333, are:

* Chet Atkins, W4CGP (SK), legendary musician known as "Mister Guitar", and music producer; ushered in "the Nashville sound" on RCA Records. (Note: Chet's call has subsequently been re-issued).

* Les Barclay, G3HTF (SK), propagation expert, leader of International Telecommunication Union propagation study groups and Chairman of the ITU's first Radiocommunication Assembly in 1993; top official in the UK's telecommunication regulatory agency.

* George Laurer, K4HZE (SK), developer of the UPC (Universal Product Code) or "bar code" on merchandise, permitting items purchased at stores to be scanned on checkout rather than manually rung up.

* Yasuo "Zorro" Miyazawa, JH1AJT, whose Foundation for Global Children helps fund educational and medical programs for children around the world; FGC also works with several countries to help them organize and train teams for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.

* Champ Muangamphun, E21EIC, is a DXer and DXpeditioner who has been a sparkplug for growing interest in ham radio in Thailand and throughout Southeast Asia; Champ also accompanies JH1AJT on many of his humanitarian missions and operates DXpedition-style ham stations while Zorro works with government officials and non-governmental organizations on behalf of the Foundation for Global Children.

* Sultan Qaboos bin Said, A41AA (SK), Sultan of Oman from 1970-2020; transformed impoverished country into a modern and prosperous state with influence throughout the Middle East.

* Tom Roscoe, K8CX, a champion of amateur radio history who collects and makes available online his "Ham Gallery" of old QSL cards and other historic photos.

CQ DX HALL OF FAME ---> Established in 1967, the CQ DX Hall of Fame honours those DXers who not only excel in personal performance, but who also "give back" to the hobby in outstanding ways. CQ DX Editor Bob Schenck, N2OO, made a virtual presentation on the Ham Nation podcast on 20 May. The 2020 inductees to the CQ DX Hall of Fame are:

* Tony Gonzalez, EA5RM - has been an active DXpeditioner for 20 years, often organizing and leading teams to operate from difficult and challenging locations. Tony and his teams have also helped establish or re-establish amateur radio activities in several countries, including Rwanda (where it had been banned for a decade due to civil war) and the newly-independent country of South Sudan. In addition, Tony has made ten trips to Bolivia to establish and maintain HF communication links between medical facilities and remote villages in the Amazon rain forest, and has operated as CP1XRM during his free time. Tony's work in South America earned him the ARRL International Humanitarian Award in 2015.

* Edward "Ned" Stearns, AA7A - is an accomplished DXer, DXpeditioner (he's been on 32 of them and led 8) and technical innovator. He introduced the use of switchable vertical dipole array antennas on island DXpeditions and designed "dual-band discone" antennas for use with the Northern California DX Foundation's worldwide beacon network. Ned also worked with 2019 DX Hall of Fame inductee Joe Taylor, K1JT, on developing the "Fox/Hound" mode for FT8 used by DXpeditions. Ned also maintains two remote stations in Arizona, has made presentations at many technical conferences and has served in a variety of leadership roles in the hobby. On the air, he is at the Top of the Honor Roll for DXCC Phone and Mixed , was the first recipient of 11-band DXCC and has worked over 160 countries via EME (Earth-Moon-Earth).
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IOTA AND LOTW QSO MATCHING ---> Islands On The Air (IOTA) Ltd has announced "the implementation of the ARRL application which allows the use of QSO matching via LoTW. This will allow IOTA chasers to obtain credits by matching their logs with those at LoTW in addition to those at Club Log. We have a lot of work ahead of us to identify the time windows of past IOTA operations and this will be phased in over the next few months. An initial list of operations arising from the link-up with LoTW has been added to the database and these will become available for QSO matching from 21 May. Further additions will be made on an ongoing basis". Instructions for LoTW QSO Matching are on https://iota-world.org/info/lotw_qso_matching-en.pdf, and notes on "Accepted Activations for QSO Matching" can be found on https://iota-world.org/info/accepted_activations-en.pdf.
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QSL VP8PJ ---> Tim, M0URX reports that all VP8PJ OQRS requests and direct mailed QSL cards received by 20 May were posted from the UK on 21 May. Depending on your country's COVID-19 situation, please allow 10-14 days for the cards to arrive, in some cases possibly longer. Bureau cards will be shipped directly to the worldwide bureaux early next year.
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TQSL: NEW VERSION ---> A new version (v2.5.4) of LoTW's Trusted QSL (TQSL) has been released: http://www.arrl.org/tqsl-download. This version has new features as well as corrections for defects found since TQSL 2.5.3 was released. This release also includes an update to the most recent TQSL configuration file. TQSL 2.5.4 can be installed to upgrade any older version.
On all three supported platforms (Windows, MacOS and Linux), installing TQSL 2.5.4 will replace older versions of Trusted QSL while preserving your Callsign Certificates, Station Locations, and preferences.