Het DX-nieuws van week 26 - 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...

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DL - Special callsign DL0SOP will be active on 1-31 July for the 62nd edition of the Sea Of Peace Award (see http://www.dl0sop.darc.de/ for full details). QSL via Club Log's OQRS and eQSL; direct cards via DL4SVA.

EA - Once again EF4HQ will represent URE (Union de Radioaficionados Espanoles) during the IARU HF World Championship (11-12 July). See https://concursos.ure.es/en/iaru-hf-world-championship/ for information about the Sprint URE HQ 2020 award programme, including certificates and special prizes. QSL via EA4URE.

EA6 - BALEARIC ISLANDS. Andy, DK5ON, will once again be active as EA6/DK5ON from Mallorca Island (EU-004, ARLHS BAL-010 Cap de Pera Light, WLOTA 1902) between July 1-11th. Activity will be holiday style with some possible EAFF and SOTA/GMA activities. Operations will be on 40-6 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes (JT65, RTTY, PSK31, FT4, FT8). He will be using an Elecraft KX3 (QRP 5 watts) and ICOM IC-7300 into Buddstick and Buddipole antenna system. QSL via DK5ON, direct, by the Bureau, ClubLog or LoTW.

G - Operated by G0FHT, G0FKF, G3PLE, M0AFJ and M0GEB between 19 and 28 June, special callsign GB125NT will celebrate the 125th anniversary of the National Trust (the organisation for environmental and heritage conservation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland). Operation will be on 80-6m and 2m using CW, SSB, FM and FT8/FT4. QSL via the bureau and eQSL.

JA - The following HQ stations representing JARL will be active from various regions of Japan for the IARU HF World Championship:
160m--CW---8N1HQ---Minato, Tokyo
80m---CW----8N1HQ---Hachioji, Tokyo
80m---SSB---8N8HQ----Sapporo, Hokkaido
40m---SSB---8N2HQ----Higashiura, Aichi
20m---SSB---8N1HQ----Hachioji, Tokyo
15m---CW---8N6HQ----Minamiaso, Kumamoto
15m---SSB---8N1HQ----Hachioji, Tokyo
10m---CW---8N1HQ----Haga, Tochigi

All QSOs will be confirmed automatically via the JARL QSL bureau.

JW - Peter, LA7QIA will be active again as JW7QIA from Isfjord Radio
(grid square JQ68), on the west side of Spitsbergen (EU-026), Svalbard starting on 27 June
"for at least 7 days". He will be QRV on 6m and 4m. "I will most likely be QRV from JQ78 (Longyearbyen) before and after my trip to JQ68", he adds. QSL via home call.

KH8S - The W8S DXpedition to Swains Island has been postponed once again because of the restrictions imposed by the Department of Public Health of American Samoa as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. "Due to the COVID-19 pandemic it is still impossible to travel to Swains Island", the team reported on 16 June. "This means that we have to postpone our DXpedition until spring 2021 at the earliest". Planning will be resumed as soon as the restrictions - such as the 14-day quarantine - are lifted. "All equipment already purchased is waiting for us in Pago Pago. We are very disappointed with this postponement, but if we look at it from a positive angle, propagation will be better next year! We continue our DXpedition project and keep you informed via our mailing list, website (https://swains2020.lldxt.eu/) and the social media channels such
as Facebook and Twitter".

KH9 & V7 - WAKE ISLAND AND MARSHALL ISLANDS (Change of plans again!). Randy, WW6RG, was expected to be active as KH9/WW6RG from Wake Island this past week (June 16-18th), but "due to Covid-19" restrictions on Kwajalein Island, he has been notified by the airline that Thursday's flight to Wake has been canceled (things have been changing rapidly in the airline business)." He informs OPDX [edited], "I was supposed to be operating down to Diego Garcia next week; that has been changed due to restrictions and now I am operating between Los Angeles and Honolulu. I should know by the 4th of July the schedule for the next trip to Kwajalein and Wake Island again; things have been changing rapidly. Just so you know, all of my operations International are QRP 5w SSB. As I have to pack everything between one bag and my flight bag. I travel light, I carry a FT-817 with an Alex loop antenna and a 6 amp lithium-iron battery.
That being said I do not do any Digital or CW operations and I'm pretty much restricted between 10 and 40 m.. My setup works best on 20 and 17m. And needless to say, working QRP I am normally working the Gray line. I do this for fun I am not a contester, I do not do LoTW or eQSL, but if someone needs a contact I am more than willing to pre schedule a contact and will exchange QSL cards. All QSLs are to home callsign WW6RG; NO Bureau."

OZ - Carsten, OZ4CG from Bornholm Island (EU-030) will be active again as OZ4SOP for the Sea Of Peace Award on 1-31 July. He operates CW only. QSL via Club Log's OQRS, LoTW and eQSL.

RI1 - ANTARCTICA. Alexander, RX3ABI, has bee active as RI1ANM from the Mirny Antarctica Base Station (AN-016) and will be there until early 2021. Activity will be limited to spare time on various HF bands, but it seems he likes mostly 40 and 20 meters FT8 between 0200-1530z. QSL via his home callsign.

W - Oleh, KD7WPJ, will be active again from Santa Rosa Island (NA-144) on 24-26 June. He will operate CW and SSB on 30-17 metres. QSL via home call.


YJ40 - VANUATU (Special Event). Operators Colin/YJ8CW, Estelle/YJ8ED and Rod/YJ8RN will be active as YJ40IND between July 1-30th. Activity is to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Independence of Vanuatu. It was 40 years ago on July 30th, 1980, Vanuatu formerly known as New Hebrides, was granted its Independence. Operations will be mainly on 40/20/15 meters using CW, SSB and FT8. Most of their activity will be on the weekends. Listen for QSL info.

Qsl Info
QSL PJ4 ---> John, K4BAI has taken over QSLing responsibilities for PJ4G,
PJ4NG and PJ4/K2NG, previously managed by the late Howard Messing, WA2NHA
(SK on 31 March). At the moment he has all the logs for PJ4G and PJ4NG, and
most of the logs for PJ4/K2NG. QSL direct or via the bureau, including email
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9J2LA QSL STATUS We are getting first reports that direct QSL cards have reached their targets worldwide. Also the complete log upload to LoTW has taken place! A huge thanks to our QSL Manager Charles, M0OXO for taking care of it.

Iota News

AS-152. Members of the Arctic Legends team (RT9K) will be planning to activate the Island of Big Begichev (Bol?shoy Begichev) sometime in early 2021. The team recently received the callsign
RI0Q for the DXpedition. Watch for update on Twitter by Igor, UA9KDF. (https://twitter.com/ua9kdf)

NA-079. Operators Matt/AE4MQ, Grace/KE3G, Zachary/KN4KVC, Michael/N3KPU, Connor/W4IPC and James/WX4TV will be active as N4T from the Dry Tortugas National Park (Grid Square EL84np, POTA K-0023, ARLHS USA-316), Florida, between July 21-24th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters using CW, SSB, FT8 and the Satellites. Planned FT8 frequencies: 3567, 7056, 10131, 14090, 18095, 21091, 24911, 28091 and 50323 kHz. QSL via LoTW. For more details, see:

NA-144. Oleh, KD7WPJ, will once again be active from Santa Rosa Island between June 24-26th. Activity will be on 30-17 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign.



3Y0I ---> The latest information about the planned DXpedition to Bouvet can be found on the Rebel DX Group's website: https://rebeldxgroup.com/.


KL7/KC1KUG ---> Brayden, KC1KUG has had to cancel his 2-27 June operation from IOTA group NA-158.

VISALIA 2021 ---> This year's International DX Convention (IDXC) had to be cancelled owing to health and safety issues arising from the coronavirus pandemic.
Next year it will become the International DX & Contesting Convention (IDXCC), as the new name "more accurately reflects what the convention has actually become over the years: a gathering of both avid DXers and contesters from around the world".
More importantly, "after consultation with a few medical experts, epidemiologists epidemiologists and long-time attendees", the organizers have concluded that for 2021 "the right choice - and the safest choice - is to have a Virtual Convention instead of an in-person meeting".
IDXCC 2021 will be held on 16-18 April and 23-25 April, and each weekend will be a unique 3-day event, not duplicates. Online registration will be opened early next year. Bookmark https://www.dxconvention.com/ for more announcements in the coming weeks.