DX-nieuws van week 31 - 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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CT - Four members of the Portuguese DX Group (namely CT1EEQ, CT1EGW, CT1FPA and CT4NH) will be active holiday style as CS5DX from Ilha do Pessegueiro (EU-167) on 25-26 July. They will operate SSB, FT8 and slow CW mainly on 40, 20, 15 and 10 metres, plus 6m if the band opens. They will not participate in the IOTA Contest, but simply "give out EU-167 for those still in need". QSL via Club Log's OQRS, or direct to CS5DX.
F - Radio club F4KKE at Saint-Martin-des-Besaces (Normandy) will operate CW, SSB and digital modes as TM11AD from 31 July to 3 August to commemorate the role played by the British 11th Armoured Division during Operation Bluecoat (July-August 1944). QSL via Club Log's OQRS, LoTW, or via the bureau to F4KKE.
G - A number of Denby Dale Amateur Radio Society's members will each be running a special event station on 1 August to celebrate Yorkshire Day: GB2YD, GB4YD, GB5YD, GB6YD, GB8YD, GB8YDS and GB9YDS. Also taking part in the celebrations will be the Pontefract & District
Amateur Radio Society as GB0YD, and the Wakefield & District Radio Society as GB0YDS. QSL via operator's instructions.
G - Two special event stations will be active in August to mark the critical role that radar played in the Battle of Britain 80 years ago. GB80BRS will be operated to commemorate Bawdsey Radar Station in Suffolk, which was the location of the world's first operational radar station. GB80CH will be operated from Chelmsford in Essex, which has the most complete surviving radar tower from the Battle of Britain; the callsign's suffix stands for Chain Home, the codename for the ring of coastal early warning radar stations built by the Royal Air Force.
HB0 - LIECHTENSTEIN. Fred/DL5YM and his XYL Tina/DL5YL will once again be active as HB0/DL5YM and HB0/DL5YL, respectively, from Masescha (Chalet Wanni) between September 8th and October 2nd. Activity is usually limited because they will be hiking during the daytime hours. Operations will be on 160-6 meters using mostly CW, with some SSB and RTTY. Watch for some activity in the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 26-27th). QSL via their home callsigns, direct, by the DARC Bureau or ClubLog.
I - Ignazio, IT9AGZ is active as IT9AGZ/IE9 from Ustica Island (EU-051) until 31 July. He operates SSB on 40, 20 and 15 metres. QSL via home call.
LA - Nick, LB9LG is active as LM0POMOR for the annual Pomor Festival (22-26 July) on Vardo Island (EU-141). QSL via LB9LG (direct or bureau), and LoTW.
OH - Jukka, OH3OJ will be active as OH3OJ/1 from Kaurissalo Island (EU-096) from 30 July to 5 August. He will operate CW, FT8 and some SSB on 80-6 metres. QSL via Club Log's OQRS, LoTW, or via home call (bureau preferred).
OY - FAROE ISLANDS. Carsten, OY1CT, will be active from the Faroe Islands (EU-018) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Ball/CW-Mode/High-Power entry. QSL via OY1CT.
PA - Special event station PI75VERON will active from 1 August to 31 December to celebrate the 75th anniverary of Vereniging voor Experimenteel Radio Onderzoek in Nederland (VERON), the Dutch IARU society which was founded on 21 October 1945. QSL via PA1AW.
S0 - WESTERN SAHARA. John, K8YSE, reports that the Western Sahara special callsign S0S was on the QO-100 Geo Satellite July 20th. QSL via EA2JG,
ClubLog's OQRS - NO LoTW - NO BUREAU.
TO0 - ST. BARTHELEMY (Update/Callsign & Op Change). Operators Marco/FS4WBS, Claude/FS5GL and Franck/FG4ST are planning to be active as TO0Z (not FJ/FS4WBS and FJ/FS5GL as first reported) from Saint Barthelemy (NA-146) between September 14-17th. Activity will be on 40/20/17 meters using CW, SSB and FT8, with an IC-7300 into a multi-band dipoles and a CrankIR vertical. QSL will only be via LoTW.
UA - Victor, R6AF/p and Valery, RU6DX/p are once again active from Sudzhuk Island (EU-185) until 28 July. QSLs via Club Log's OQRS, or ia home calls.
V4 - ST. KITTS (Update/Change). John, W5JON/V47JA, reports, "I am sorry to say American Airlines has canceled my August 22nd - September 5th, 2020, flights to/from St Kitts. The dates have changed to October 13th - October 27, 2020, for my next trip to St Kitts. It appears the St. Kitts (SKB) airport will continue to remained closed, as there are currently no virus cases on St. Kitts, and I guess they want to be sure to keep it that way." So, hopefully John will once again be active as V47JA from
his Calypso Bay, St. Kitts, West Indies vacation home, located 200 feet from the Caribbean Sea, between the above dates. Activity usually will be on 160-6 meters (incl. 60m) using SSB and FT8, with emphasis on 6m and 160m - FT8. Equipment is a Yaesu FT1000MP, FT857D and an Elecraft KPA500 Amplifier. John states his antennas are a Mosley Mini32A 10/15/20m, 33' Vertical 10-40m, 35' Top Loaded 80m Vertical, 160m Vertical and 6m 5 element Yagi. ALL QSLs go to W5JON direct or via LoTW. NO Bureau QSLs.
XE - Once again special callsign 4A2MAX will be activated on 1-31 August in remembrance of St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe. Activity will be on 80-6 metres SSB, CW and digital modes. Born in 1894, Father Kolbe (SP3RN) was killed on 14 August 1941 at Auschwitz. QSL via LoTW, eQSL and Club Log's OQRS. A certificate will be available, see https://www.qrz.com/db/4a2max for information.
XR0 - EASTER ISLAND (Canceled). Hans-Martin, DK2HM, who was expected to be active as XR0YHM from Easter Island (SA-001) between August 27th and September 7th, announced on July 21st that he has canceled his operation. He posted the following on his QRZ.com page [edited]: "Unfortunately, the XR0YHM activity from Easter Island Rapa Nui (IOTA SA-001) by Hans-Martin,
DK2HM, planned for August/September 2020 is canceled. All flights have been canceled by the air company now and there is no chance at the moment to postpone the flight tickets or to get a safe new date for a future activity at the moment. As there is no possibility to change the tickets
to a future date so far, Hans-Martin, DK2HM, is now trying to get a full refund of the ticket money. Having started with the preparations already in October 2019 nobody would have ever thought, how things could change like this. No matter the cancellation, a big THANK YOU goes out to the Radio Club de Chile for all the assistance regarding the license, Wolfgang, DK7CY, for his great technical support in preparation of this and past activities, Alex, 5B4ALX, for the design of the logo and EUDXF European DX Foundation for giving background support and highly appreciated knowledge by all the members regarding dxpeditions all the time. Hopefully, there will come a new chance to put this radio activity from Easter Island Rapa Nui into practice. Stay safe. vy 73, Hans-Martin DK2HM"
XV9 - VIETNAM. Jesus, WP4JBG, is now active as XV9G (previously 3W9G) from Ho Chi Minh City. He now lives in Vietnam and operates from the 11th floor of an apartment that overlooks Tan Son Nhat International Airport. His equipment is a Yaesu FT-891 running barefoot with 100W with a modified
MFJ-1622 apartment antenna. Jesus states [edited], "I will confirm all QSOs via QRZ.com and/or eQSL. I can not confirm paper QSL cards in Vietnam due to postal service is not reliable and probably the card will not make it to my QTH. If you need a paper confirmation card, you can send it to my home country Puerto Rico (WP4JBG). It will take a few months for the confirmation due to I only go back every 4 months and return to Vietnam."
XW - Mike, XW2DX (ex-UA0XB) is currently active as XW2DX from Vientiane, and will be staying in Laos for the next few years. He is allowed to operate on 20, 15 and 10 metres. QSL via RM0L.
YB - Look for YB3MM/9 (22-29 July) and YC9DE/p (23-26 July) to be active from Nusa Ceningan, a small island close to Lembongan (OC-022). QSL YB3MM/9 via Club Log's OQRS or via IZ8CCW; QSL YC9DE/p via LoTW, eQSL, direct, or via YB3MM (see qrz.com for PayPal details).
AS-150. Bao, BH4LLP, will be active as BI4IX from Zhucha Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Mixed-Mode entry. QSL via BH4LLP.
EU-132. Kuba, SQ6NEJ, is now active from Wolin Island until July 27th. QSL via SQ6NEJ.
EU-136. Kordic, 9A4KJ, will once again be active as 9A4KJ from Rab Island (CI-096, WW Loc. JN74JS) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Mixed-Mode/12-HRs/Fixed/Low-Power entry. QSL via 9A2KJ or by the Bureau.
EU-146. Ivan, ON4IBM, who was expected to be active as PA/ON4IBM from Schouwen Duiveland during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th), has canceled his operation due to the new COVID-19 virus break-out and authorities guidelines.
EU-177. Waldi, SP7IDX, will be active as SM/SP7IDX from Stora Alo-Boko Island [Oostergotland County](depending on COVID-19 situation) between October 10-17th. Activity will be on 40/10 meters using SSB and FT8. QSL via LoTW or direct.
EU-185. Victor, R6AF, is once again active as R6AF/P from Sudzhuk Island until July 28th. Activity will be on various HF bands using CW, and he will probably be in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/DXpedition entry. QSL via his home callsign.
NA-026. Mike, N2GC, will be active from Long Island, NY, during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Single-Op/CW-Mode entry. QSL via his home callsign.
NA-031. Bill, W1WBB, will be active as AI1TT from Aquidneck Island, Rhode Island, during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Low-Power entry. QSL via ClubLog and LoTW only.
NA-036. Gabor, VE7JH, will be active from the VE7UF's contest station on Vancouver Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via VE7JH.
NA-046. Howard "Howie", K1VSJ, will once again be active from Martha's Vineyard during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Mixed-Mode/Low-Power entry. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
NA-054. Dragan, K0AP, will be active as K0AP/4 from Marco Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as time and propagation allows. He is currently on a family holiday and will be active as much as possible. He suggests to look for him on 20 meters only between 1200-1400z and 2200-0200z using CW, SSB and FT8. There may be a side trip to NA-069. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau, ClubLog, eQSL or LoTW.
NA-110. Steve, AA4V, will be active from Isle of Palms, South Carolina, during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Single-Op entry. QSL via AA4V.
OC-021. Asep, YD1JQM, will be active from Java Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Single-Op entry. QSL via LoTW.
OC-022. Operators Adhi (Bimbo)/YB3MM and I Made/YC9DE will be active as YB3MM/9 (July 22-29th) and YC9DE/P (23-26th) from Nusa Ceningan Island (near Nusa Lembongan). Activity will be mainly on 40/20/15 meters using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL YB3MM/9 via ClubLog's OQRS, direct or via Manager IZ8CCW. Bureau is OK, but it will take more than 3 years. QSL YC9DE/P via direct or via
YB3MM, eQSL, LoTW, QRZ or E-mail.
OC-034. Aerizal, YB9UA, will be active from New Guinea, Papua New Guinea, during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Assisted/24-Hrs/Low-Power entry. QSL via LoTW.
OC-139. (VK5KI KANGAROO ISLAND DXPEDITION WRAP UP) Grant, VK5GR, posted the following on July 23rd [edited]: Folks -- Firstly thanks to everyone who managed to work us from Kangaroo Island last week. While propagation was challenging, and we were only able to operate part time (as it was also a family holiday) we still managed to put over 1200 contacts in the log. I was quite surprised and pleased at how many comments we received back along the lines of "Thanks for the ATNI". While one tends to think of islands in the 40%+ counted for IOTA range as being of low interest, it seems that the IOTA program is still alive and well, and presumably attracting new interest from people who do still need already activated IOTAs for their tally. Its fair to say it has inspired me to plan a return to Kangaroo Island again, perhaps in the next 2 years, rather than leaving it for 4 years since my last activation as VK5GR/P.
OQRS is open through my manager Charles, M0OXO. Full details can be found on my website: https://vk5gr-iota.net From a statistics perspective - this was a two man operation.
We found the majority of openings on 30 and 40m, with less success on 20m (we presume due to the CME which hit on the first day of the trip coupled with it being mid winter here). We had over 84% unique contacts in the log and worked 80 DXCC for 41 hours on the air. We had two stations sharing ¼ verticals for 30 and 40m, a HexBeam for 20-10m and an inverted V for 80m - each capable of 400W. It's fair to say that my two favorite openings were the CW contacts on 30m on Wednesday night and CW on 40m on Saturday morning. About 50% of the total contacts were via FT8, 30% CW and 20% SSB. SSB was very hard as, despite our best efforts, international SSB to anywhere other than the US on 20m and a very small number of Europeans on 40m just didn't appear. Had 20m played ball at night or on Long Path in the afternoons we would have made more contacts I am sure – but the MUF struggled to climb above 12 MHz on several nights and the night it did get there we were asleep - mea culpa!
Anyway thanks again everyone who made contact. I look forward to bringing you all another "not so rare" IOTA from VK hopefully in the next 6-9 months or so. (as the chance for anything international is pretty much sunk until 2022 I fear).
Regards, Grant VK5GR
OC-148. Musa, YD9MBM, will be active from Timor Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Low-Power entry. QSL via LoTW.
NEW QSL ROUTE. With the passing of Gabriele, IK3GES/SK, the new QSL route for the following stations now go to Antonello, IK2DUW:
5H1ES, 6W/IV3FSG, 9Q0HQ, E44YL, TL8ES, TT8ES and XT2SE.
TI9A QSL STATUS. Dima, RA9USU, reports/updates on the TI9A Web page, July 9th, of the following [edited]: Unfortunately, we receiving disturbing messages that some of our recipients did not receive the cards yet.
Mail for US and Canada still stuck at VKO - there are no flights. EU getting the cards with one month delay. Parsel Post for members of our favorite sponsor - GDXF, three weeks ago went through the German Customs and stuck there with nothing happening to it. Russian Post stopped any shipping to South America. Few envelopes were returned with "no links to the country" written on them.
Anyway we are still processing new requests and hope that you'll enjoy your TI9A card soon!
9A20A ---> The 18-31 July operation from the Palagruza Islands (EU-090) has been cancelled owing to health and safety issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.
QSO TODAY VIRTUAL HAM EXPO ---> "The first QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo scheduled for 8-9 August has already registered over 11,000 hams", Eric Guth(4Z1UG) announced on 20 July, "and with almost 3 weeks before the event, the number of registrants continues to increase significantly every day". The event will be held on a live virtual reality platform that simulates a full convention experience with an exhibit hall and exhibit booths staffed by live attendants, speaker auditorium, lobby, and lounges. Attendance is free and there are early bird prize incentives (donated by sponsors) for registering by 24 July: https://www.qsotodayhamexpo.com/ The QSO Today Virtual
Ham Expo will run for 48 hours as a live event, then attendees will be able to access all speaker presentations and exhibitor booth content for another 30 days.
SABLE ISLAND 2021 ---> The CY0C DXpedition to Sable Island, originally scheduled for 17-26 October, has been postponed until October 2021 due to the ongoing pandemic. Foundations, clubs and individuals who have already contributed to the DXpedition can choose whether to get "a complete and total refund", or "to apply their donations to the 2021 Sable Island CY0C
DXpedition". See http://cy0dxpedition.net/index.html
XR0YHM ---> Hans-Martin, DK2HM has had to cancel his XR0YHM operation from Easter Island. He expected to be QRV from 27 August to 7 September, but "all flights have been cancelled by the air company now, and there is no chance at the moment to postpone the flight tickets or to get a
safe new date for a future activity".
YASME SUPPORTING GRANT TO OX3NUK ---> The Yasme Foundation has allocated funds for the purchase of equipment to upgrade the OX3NUK club station in Nuuk, Greenland. In addition to helping the club stay active on the air, the station can serve as a venue to promote amateur radio through outreach to local schools and the Scouts for their fall Jamboree.
The Yasme Foundation (http://www.yasme.org)is a not-for-profit corporation organized to support scientific and educational projects related to amateur radio, including DXing and the introduction and promotion of amateur radio in developing countries.