Het DX-nieuws van week 29 - 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 2020June 

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DL - Markus, DJ4EL will be active as DJ4EL/p from Juist Island (EU-047) on 10-13 July. He will operate SSB on 40-10 metres. QSL via LoTW, Club Log's OQRS, or via home call.
EM44 - UKRAINE (WFF Op). Look for EM44L to be active from the Regional Landscape Park "Feldman Ecopark" (URFF-0194; New One) between July 18-19th.
QSL via UT5LU. No other details provided.

HS - Look for E20WXA/p (QSL direct to home call), HS0YNM/p (QSL via home call, direct or bureau, and LoTW), HS1OLQ/p (QSL via home call) and HS2JQC/p (QSL via Club Log's OQRS, LoTW, or direct to home call) to be active from Si Chang Island (AS-107) between around 6 UTC on 11 July until around 8 UTC on the 12th. They will operate SSB, CW, FT8 and FT4 on 40, 20, 15 and 10 metres.

I - Michele, IU2NKC will be active as IA5/IU2NKC from Isola del Giglio (EU-028) on 12-25 July.
QSL via home call (bureau), LoTW and eQSL.
JW - SVALBARD. Erwann, LB1QI, will be active as JW/LB1QI from the JW5E club station (www.jw5e.com) in Lonyearbyen, Spitsbergen Island, Svalbard (EU-026), between September 24-27th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW and SSB, with a Yaesu FT857d and a JUMA PA1000 Amplifier. QSL via LB1QI, direct, by the Bureau, LoTW or ClubLog.

LZ - During the IARU HF World Championship, LZ0AA will be the Bulgarian Federation of Radio Amateurs' HQ station on 80 metres. It will use the tallest antenna (215 metres) at the Vakarel Transmitter broadcasting facility, inaugurated in 1937 and shut down on 31 December 2014. The antenna will be taken down shortly after the contest. QSL via the bureau to LZ1BJ. The other BFRA HQ stations are likely to use LZ0HQ.

PA75 - THE NETHERLANDS (Special Event). Dutch special event station PA75WSN will be active until the end of the year. It was 75 years ago that the allied forces liberated The Netherlands from the Nazi regime, ending the second World War five years after it started. The southern part of The
Netherlands was liberated in the autumn of 1944, while the northern part was only liberated in the spring of 1945. On May 4, 1945, the German forces formally capitulated to the British Field Marshall Montgomery.
The capitulation was effective the next day. The village Wassenaar also was liberated in May 1945. Their QSL card pictures the residents welcoming the Canadian soldiers after liberation the village of Wassenaar. Activity will be on various HF and UHF bands using SSB and the Digital modes.
QSL via the Bureau or direct (see QRZ.com).

PI75 - THE NETHERLANDS (Special Event). Look for special event station PI75VERON (Vereniging voor Experimenteel Radio Onderzoek in Nederland) to be on the air between August 1st and December 31st). Activity is to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the VERON (The Netherlands Ham Radio Society - https://www.veron.nl/ ). QSL via PA1AW.

PZ - Markus, DJ4EL expects to be active as PZ5G from Papegaaien Island (SA-092) on 16-19 October. He will operate CW and SSB on 80-10 metres. Before and after that, between 11 and 25 October, he will be active as PZ5GE from Houttuin (mainland Suriname) on 40-10m SSB.
QSLs via LoTW, Club Log's OQRS, or via home call, direct or bureau.
Follow him on Twitter (https://twitter.com/rapanuiman) for the latest news.

SM - Kjell, SM4DDS will be active again as 7S5A from Stora Alo/Boko Island (EU-177) on 19-24 July. He will operate CW, SSB and FT8 on 80-6 metres. QSL via Club Log's OQRS, LoTW, or via home call (direct or bureau).

SV - Markus, DJ4EL, will be active as SV8/DJ4EL from Kythira Island (EU-113) on 26-30 July. He will operate SSB on 40-10 metres. QSL via LoTW, Club Log's OQRS, or via home call.

UA - Look for Mikhail R1MJ/p, Yuliya R1CBL/p and Vitaly RA1AGJ/p to be active from Gogland Island (EU-133) on 23-28 July. They plan to operate mainly SSB on 160-15m. QSL via home calls.

UE45 - RUSSIA. Members of the "Fifth Ocean" Club are now active as UE45SA until July 19th. Activity is to celebrate 45th anniversary of USSR Fly "Soyuz" - USA "Apollo" in Space. Operators mentioned are Victor/RV3YR, Viktor/RN3YN and R3YC. QSL via RV3YR, direct, by the Bureau or Clublog.
A diploma is available. For more details, see QRZ.com.

VE - Len, VE9MY/p and Linda, VE9GLF/p will be active from Grand Manan Island (NA-014) on 12-18 July. They plan to operate from six World Wide Flora & Fauna references on 80, 40, 20 and 17 metres SSB. QSL via home calls, bureau preferred.

VK - Andy, VK5MAV will be active as VK5MAV/p from Granite Island (OC-228) on 12 July between 1 and 6 UTC. He will operate CW on 20 and 15 metres with 100 watts (battery powered) and a ground plane. This is intended to be a "test visit", as he expects to be QRV again on
25 and 26 July. Access is limited to daytime hours only, and he will not be able to overnight on the island. QSL via Club Log's OQRS.

VK - "Preparations are almost complete for the VK5KI mini DXpedition to Kangaroo Island
(OC-139)" , Grant VK5GR posted to https://vk5gr-iota.net/ on 5 July. He and Andrew VK5AKH will operate SSB, CW and "multiple digital modes" using a HexBeam on 20-10m, a dedicated 40m vertical and a multi-band vertical for 160-10m.
They expect to have the station operational by 7 UTC on 13 July and to QRT most likely before 22 UTC on the 17th. QSL via M0OXO's OQRS; the logs will be available for Club Log and LoTW IOTA matching once the direct QSL cards have been posted.

W - Joe, K5KUA will participate in the IOTA Contest from his home QTH on Galveston Island
(NA-143). He will operate mainly CW with some SSB. QSL via home call, direct or bureau, and Lotw.

Iota News
AF-018. Operator Raffaele, IH9YMC, will be active from Pantelleria Island (IIA TP-001, MIA MI-124, WW Loc. JM56XT), African Italy, during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) Single-Op entry.
QSL via LoTW or eQSL.

AS-107. A team of Thailand operators were expected to be active this past weekend as HS2JQC/p (Kim), HS0YNM/p (Mod), E20WXA/p (Chai) and HS1OLQ/p (Phatcharadet) from Ko Si Chang Island in the northern Gulf of Thailand. Their activity was to be on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB and FT8/FT4. QSL via their home callsign.

AS-150. Members of the One Partner DX Club (OPDXC) will be active as BG4OP Lingshan Island, July 25-26th. However, operator Ma, BA4MY, will be in the RSGB IOTA Contest as a Single-Op/
All-Band/Mixed-Mode/High-Power entry. QSL via BI4IIZ, direct or by the Bureau.

EU-001. Claudio, HB9OAU, will once again be active as SV5/HB9OAU from Karpathos Island, Dodecanese, between September 12-25th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using SSB, RTTY and possibly FT8. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau, ClubLog, eQSL and LoTW.

EU-028. Michele, IU2NKC, will be active as IA5/IU2NKC from Isola del Giglio, located in the Tuscan Archipelago, between July 12-25th. Activity will be holiday style on various HF bands. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau, LoTW and eQSL.

EU-042. Operators Joerg "Joe"/DJ1JB, Markus/DJ4EL, Thorsten/DJ5TM and possibly others are planning to be active as homecall/p from Pellworm Island (as well as some other surrounding islands;
in the same IOTA group) between August 27th and September 3rd. Activity be on 40-10 meters using SSB with verticals and quad antennas. QSL via LoTW or their home callsigns. Look for more details to be forthcoming.

EU-055. Tom, LA4LN, is now active as LN1V from Stord Island (WW Loc. JO29QS), Norway, mainly on 6 meters using digital until mid-August. However, Tom does mention he does have antennas for 160m-70cm and can operate on all modes. The special callsign (LN1V = «Liberation Norway One Victory») is being used in celebration of the 75 years since the liberation from the 5 year long Nazi occupation in 1945 after World War 2. QSL via LA4LN.

EU-055. Operators Holger/DH3RN and Benny/DH7RG will once again be active as LA/DH3RN and LA/DH7RG from Bomlo Island (WW Loc. JO29PS), Norway, between August 14-24th. PLEASE NOTE that due to the current COVID-19 situation changes can happen (watch QRZ.com for updates). Activity will be on 80-10 meters using SSB and FT8/FT4. QSL via their home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or ClubLog.

EU-057. Jo, DL5KUD, will be active from Ruegen Island (German Island Award: O-07, WLOTA: LH 1712. DOK: V01) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as Single-Op/CW-Mode/12-Hrs/Low-Power entry. QSL via ClubLog.

EU-107. Operators Gil/F4FET, Antoine/F5RAB and friends, who were expected to be active as TM7P from Petite Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th), have canceled their operation
"Due to the fact (COVID-19) that no multi station can be on air." (See note about the contest below)

EU-111. Members of the Cray Valley Radio Society (G3RCV), who were expected to be active as GM3RCV and MM8C (IOTA Contest) from Ceann Ear in the Monach Islands between July 20-26th, have postponed their operation until 2021's RSGB IOTA Contest.

EU-117. Vasily, RA1ZZ, who was expected to be active as RA1ZZ/P from Bolshoy Berezovyy Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest, had to cancel his operation.

EU-133. Members of the Russian Robinson Club will be active from Gogland Island between July 23-28th. Operators mentioned are Mikhail/R1MJ, Yulia/R1CBL and Vitaliy/RA1AGJ, and will sign as homecall/P. They plan to be active in the RSGB IOTA Contest weekend (July 25-26th). Activity will be on 160-15 meters. QSL via their home callsigns.

EU-147. Vasily, R7AL, was heard active as R7AL/1 from Pezhostrov Island (RDA KL-14, RRA RR-02-96) this past week for a few days. The length of his stay is supposed to be several days and may be QRT by the time you read this. Activity is holiday style on 20/15 meters using CW with 100 watts and vertical antennas. QSL via his home callsign or ClubLog (preferable).
ADDED NOTE: Vasily was also heard on Oleniy Island (EU-162) on July 9th.

EU-165. Emil, DL8JJ, will be active as IS0/DL8JJ from Foradada Island on July 18th. This will be the first activation ever. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW. ADDED NOTE: Emil will also operate as IS0/DL8JJ/M from Sardinia Island (EU-024) between July 16-25th.

EU-172. Poul, OZ9V, will be active as OZ9V/P from Årø Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th). QSL via LoTW.

EU-177. Kjell, SM4DDS, will once again be active as 7S5A from Boko Island between July 19-24th. Activity wil be on 80-6 meters using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL via ClubLog's OQRS, LoTW, or via his home callsign (direct or by the Bureau).

NA-014. Operators Len/VE9MY and XYL Linda/VE9GLF will be active as VE9MY/p and VE9GLF/p from Grand Manan Island between July 12-18th. The duo plans to activate 6 World-Wide Flora & Fauna
(WFF) references. Activity will be on 80/40/20/17 meters using SSB. QSL via their home callsigns, direct or by the Bureau (preferred).

OC-139. Grant, VK5GR, on July 12th, updated the following on his upcoming VK5KI Expedition to Kangaroo Island between July 13-18th [edited]: "Final preparations for the VK5KI expedition are complete. We have confirmed with the owner and the weather for the ferry crossing looks excellent. With luck we will have fine weather in the afternoon and get all of the antennas up tomorrow. If all goes well we should appear on air, most likely on 40m first sometime tomorrow night our time. Watch the DX Clusters and out Clublog live feed for details." For more updates/details, see Grant's Web page at: https://vk5gr-iota.net

OC-228. Andy, VK5MAV, reported on July 8th, that he is completely disappointed with the position of the Department of Nature for South Australia, which manages/controls access to the south
Australian islands. However, Andy stated that he has "only one last option - very light, time and conditions limited, no night activity from Granite Island." So during this past weekend (on July 12th), Andy planned to do a test visit on Granite Island sometime between 0100-0600z on 20/15 meters using CW with 100 watts into a GP and on battery power. He hopes to give someone a new island contact. Remember, Andy plans to activate Granite Island as VK5MAV/p for the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th). Activity will be CW only. QSL via ClubLog's OQRS.
NEW FLASH: Just before going to print, Andy sent out the following on July 12th, 8:02 AM (EDT): "If you tried to contact me but with no success - it's still a hope. If the weather will let me - I will try again next Saturday or Sunday. Participation in IOTA Contest would be pointless as today's activity demonstrated. My signal was very weak with such setup, especially during daytime.
But in general - it was sad event. 7 hours, 150 approximately QSO - not important (for me, but for someone who has got a new island - completely different:-)) Tomorrow I will upload the log to ClubLog and IOTA Committee. As already written – there will be no cards. Well, if anyone needs it badly - my usual card with a sticker. However, I didn't expect anything else, GP 20/15, 'radials' -
copper wire into the water. 100 watts, battery powered. No tent, no shelter, no normal table/chair. The toilet is far away. Ward tea - in a thermos brought by me. Temp was + 12, windy with drizzle. I was lucky at least the rain did not happen.
That's it for now, folks :-) .... Cheers. Andy VK5MAV."

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ADDED NOTE ABOUT THE RSGB CONTEST (July 25-26th): Per the RSGB Contest Committee, the IOTA Contest this year is exclusively for Single-Operators using their home stations, and only "Single Operator Fixed Island" stations and "Single Operator Fixed World" stations will be eligible to enter. Full details of the IOTA Contest, including the rules, can be obtained from the RSGB at:

FT8DMC ANNIVERSARY ---> Further special callsigns celebrating the 3rd anniversary of the FT8 Digital Mode Club until 31 July include CB3DMC, XR3DMC and XR3FT8 from Chile (QSL direct to CE3GCA); GB8DMC from England (operated by G8LIY, QSL via qrz.com and possibly LoTW), and OZ8FTDM from Denmark (operated by OZ1KZX, QSL via LoTW and eQSL). Information about
the FTDMC Anniversary Award can be found on https://www.ft8dmc.eu.

KH6VV/KH4 ---> The DXpedition to Midway Island has been postponed. "We've all seen the latest pandemic news. It's not progressing in a good direction, or anything like the earlier predictions", Ron KH6DV posted to qrz.com on 9 July. "We have encountered a strong and understandable pushback related to the original operation date of October 2020. Once there was the possibility of moving the operation to the second half of February 2021 the conversation turned more positive. The application for the Special Use Permit for Midway has now been edited, and now proposes a period of the second half of February and will be submitted this week. Two things now need to happen: (1) we need more operator interest, and (2) we need more donations to the expedition PayPal page This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


KH9, WAKE ISLAND. Randy, WW6RG, informed OPDX of the following an hour after last week's bulletin went out [edited]: "Right now due to the Covid19 restrictions, operations on Kwajalein Atoll (V73) will not be happening this month. Or for the foreseeable future. My latest schedule has me
stopping in Kwajalein then continuing on to KH9 Wake Island on July 14th. (All times and dates GMT) I hope to be setup and on the air sometime around 0400z and operate until 0730z with a short break for dinner around 0500z. I will be operating QRP 5w, 20 meters, SSB." QSL via his home
callsign WW6RG. PLEASE NOTE: Randy informs that he has no means of communication from Wake Island, and if there is a flight delay or cancelation he will not be able to inform us.

QSO TODAY VIRTUAL HAM EXPO ---> The first QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo (8-9 August) has now confirmed a packed lineup of over 70 speakers for the event. After each speaker finishes his talk, there will be a virtual live Q&A so participants can get immediate answers to their questions. For
more information and to register, go to https://www.qsotodayhamexpo.com/.
Attendance is free and there are early bird prize incentives (donated by sponsors) for registering by 24 July. The QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo will run for 48 hours as a live event, then will be available as an on-demand event for another 30 days.

WWFF SUMMER TOUR ---> Timo, OH1NOA (http://thehamradio.com/) is going on a "WWFF Summer Tour" to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. He plans to operate CW and SSB as ES1NOA/# (12-13 and 22-26 July), YL/OH1NOA (14-17 and 21 July) and LY/OH1NOA (17-20 July) from 25-30 different protected areas.
Updates will be posted to the World Wide Flora & Fauna programme's website:
http://wwff.co/agenda/. QSL via the bureau and LOTW.

YASME SUPPORTING GRANT TO RBN ---> The Yasme Foundation has allocated funds to purchase equipment needed to add 15 nodes to the Reverse Beacon Network.
These new nodes will be added in regions where there is a need for reception reports to support amateur radio operation and where those reports will also have scientific value for geophysical research. Yasme was assisted in this effort by supporting grants from the Amateur Radio Digital Communications team (https://www.ampr.org/), and by scientific advice from the HamSCI (https://hamsci.org/) researchers. Information on the node locations will be available after a final list of hosts is available.