Het DX-nieuws van week 31 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...


 DXcalender 2021Mei

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4X - Originally scheduled during the IOTA Contest, the 4X100AI operation from the Akhziv Islands (AS-100) has had to be postponed due to bad weather conditions. The team now expects to operate SSB, CW, FT8 and on QO100 on 7 August (5-15 UTC). QSL via 4X6ZM; the log will be uploaded to LoTW, Club Log and eQSL.

 

5E/CN22, MOROCCO (Special Event). Look for some Moroccan operators to use the special prefixes "CN22" until August 8th, and "5E" between August 20-29th, for the celebration of the 22nd anniversary of the enthronement of "His Majesty the King of Morocco Mohammed VI." The following stations have been metioned on QRZ.com:
5E8CE via CN8CE
CN22ATM via CN8ATM (d)
CN22CE via CN8CE
CN22NIL via RW6HS
CN22PA via CN8PA
CN22PG via EA7FTR
CN22QR via (B)
CN22SG via EA7FTR
CN22ZG via CN8ZG

5V, TOGO. A few sources are reporting that Andy, KB9IJI, will be active as 5VJA (callsign correct) as of August through June 2023. Activity will be with a FT-818ND, IC-735, into a MP-1 Super Antenna and homemade 40m dipole.

 

5X, UGANDA. Paolo "Paul", IZ3QFD, has once again returned to be active as 5X4E from Moroto, Uganda. Paolo works as a volunteer at St. Jude Children's Care Home. The length of his stay is not known at this time. Activity will be limited to his spare time. This past week was on 20 meters
(14235 kHz, between 1800-1930z). PLEASE TAKE NOTE: One report states Paolo does not QSL. Another report states QSL via his ARI Club AGNO-Chiampo - IQ3CO.

 

9X, RWANDA. Members of the Holy Land DX Group (HDXG) will operate from Rwanda signing 9X4X between November 24th and December 1st. Operators mentioned are Mark/4Z4KX, Hilik/4X6YA, Ruben/4Z5FI, Ruslan/4Z5LA, Hanan/4Z1DZ and Jan/4X1VF. They will run 3 stations on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8 (maybe SAT also). They will also participate in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 27-28th). QSL via Ruben, 4Z5FI. Special thanks to Harald, DF2WO, for his outstanding support.

 

AT8, INDIA (LH Op). Operators Ramesh/VU2LU, Sridhar/VU3GLS, Madhu/VU3NPI, Lion/VU2JHM, Krishnakumar/VU3UNO, Girish/VU3GDS, Murthy/VU2MTT (VU2VTI), Mahesh/VU3FDT, Srikanth/VU2SBJ and possibly many others will be active as AT8KLH from the Kapu Light House "Kapu" (ARLHS WLOL IND-091) during the 24th Annual International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend (ILLW) between August 21-22nd (48 hours). QSL via VU2JHM.

 

CN - Taking part in the annual Throne Day's celebrations, members of the Association Royale des Radioamateurs du Maroc (ARRAM) will be using the special prefix CN22 between 28 July and 8 August. Throne Day is a public holiday in Morocco that commemorates the enthronement of the incumbent monarch. Since 1999, it has been celebrated on 30 July.

 

CN - Bruno, IW5BBV will be active as CN2BBV while touring Morocco on 5-30 August. He will operate SSB mainly on 40 and 20 metres. QSL via home call.

 

CT8, AZORES. Giovanni, IZ2DPX, will be active as CT8/IZ2DPX from three different locations in the Azores Islands (AF-003) between August 14-29th. His schedule is as follows: Terceira Island [WW Loc. HM68jr] (August 14-19th), Faial Island [WW Loc. HM68po] and São Miguel Island [WW Loc. HM77gs] (August 19-23rd). Activity will be on various HF bands using SSB and the Digital modes. QSL CT8/IZ2DPX via IK2DUW or ClubLog.

 

DL - Members of DARC's Ortsverband Greifswald (DL0HGW) will be active as DL70GREIF from
1 August to 31 December. The special callsign marks the 70th anniversary of the "Greif", a brigantine owned by the town of Greifswald and used as a training ship for maritime youth education. All QSOs will be confirmed automatically via the bureau.
See https://hamlog.online/club/germany/189 for the certificate.

 

E5_sc - Bruce, ZL1AAO will be active holiday style as E51AAO from the South Cook Islands: first from Atiu (OC-083) on 6-9 August, and then from Rarotonga (OC-013) until 19 August. He will operate SSB on 40 and 20 metres. QSL via home call and LoTW.

 

EA8, CANARY ISLANDS (SAT/Grid Sq. Op). Philippe, EA4NF, will be active as EA8/EA4NF from the Canary Islands (AF-004) between August 1-14th. Operations will be from Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria Islands. This will be a satellite DXpedition to activate Grid Sq. IL27, IL28 and IL38 on both FM and Linear satellites. QSL via LoTW. For updates, watch Twitter: https://twitter.com/EA4NF_SAT

 

EM8, UKRAINE (Special Event). Dima, UT8LN, from Kharkiv, will activate special event station EM30L to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Independence of Ukraine. Length of activity is not known. QSL via UR6LF.

 

ES - Look for Sergei, ES1LL/0 and Andrei, ES4AW/0 to be active from the islands of Muhu, Saaremaa and Hiiumaa (all counts for IOTA group EU-034) on 5-8 August.

 

F - For the 69th year the Association des Radioamateurs de la Sarthe (F6KFI) will operate a special event station for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Look for TM24H on 8-22 August, with activity on various bands and modes (SSB, CW, RTTY, PSK, FT8). QSL via F6KFI.

 

FO, FRENCH POLYNESIA (Reminder/Update). Yann, F1SMB, will be active as FO/F1SMB from several different islands and locations between August 2-23rd. His schedule is as followings:
August 2-6th -- Moorea (OC-046)
August 6-10th -- Tahaa (OC-067)
August 10-12th -- Bora Bora (OC-067)
August 12-15th -- Tikehau (OC-066)
August 15-17th -- Rangiroa (OC-066)
August 17-20th -- Kaharava (OC-066)
August 20-23rd -- Tahiti (OC-046)
Yann will be using an Icom IC-705 and a Yaesu FT-817ND into a HF Kits mini end-fed antennas. This is primarily a QRP operation that will be on SSB and FT8 using mostly 40m (7055, 7074, 7090 kHz) and 20m (14074, 14260, 14285 kHz). QSL via F1SMB, direct, by the Bureau, LoTW or eQSL.

 

FR, REUNION. Laurent, F1UCM, reports on QRZ.com that he is leaving Martinique Island, where he was signing FM4QH a fews week ago, and is now heading to Reunion Island. He is expected to be active as FR4UB from St. Paul.

 

FS, ST. MARTIN. Operators Gregg/W6IZT and Hal/W8HC are now active as FS/W6IZT and FS/W8HC from Saint Martin Island (NA-105) until August 6th. Activity will be on 60-6 meters using CW and FT8. Suggested FT8 (F/H) frequencies are 7056, 10131, 14090, 18095, 21091, 24911 and 28081 kHz.
QSL via LoTW (preferred) or direct.

 

GB75ISWL - Operated by Herbie, G6XOU, located in Walton on the Naze, Essex. (IOTA EU-005, WAB-TM22, WLOTA-1841). Please QSL GB75ISWL via Herbie G6XOU.
All callsigns via the Bureau, eQSL.cc, or direct with return postage. (No IRCs in the UK). The I.S.W.L. is a member of the European PSK Club. All QSL info is on (www.iswl.org.uk) or (www.qrzcq.com) or <www.qrz.com> or via <www.eQSL.cc>. NO LoTW.

 

HC - Members of the Ecuador DX Club will be active as HD1O on 7-8 August to commemorate Ecuador's "First Cry for Independence" from Spain (10 August 1809). QSL via LOTW. A certificate will be available for downoload: https://ecuadordxclub.org/10-de-agosto/

 

HS18, THAILAND (Special Event). Look for special event station HS18IARU to be active through September 30th. Reason for activity is to celebrate the 18th IARU Region 3 Conference (https://www.iarur3conf2021.org/) being held in Bangkok between September 20-23rd. There is a lot of excitement surrounding the opportunity of holding this innovative virtual conference for the first time. Operators mentioned are HS1FVL, HS1JZT, HS2KWO, HS3NBR, HS6MYW, HS8HEX, HS8NKB, HS0ONI, E20EHQ, E20MDN, E21EIC, E22UYH, E24OYI, E25CRF, E25ETT and E29TGW. QSL via E21EIC or LoTW. QSL will automatically be sent to all QSL Bureau. https://www.iarur3conf2021.org

 

JW, SVALBARD. Operators Mikhail/LB8CG and Lauris/LB1RH will be active as JW/LB8CG and JW/LB1RH from Svalbard between August 5-8th. The main purpose for this DXpedition is to activate 3 SOTA summits (depending on weather) on August 5th and 7th. On August 6th and 8th, they will be active from Longyearbyen. Activity will be on 40-17 meters using CW and SSB (possibly other bands and modes). QSL via the Bureau.

 

K4, UNITED STATES (Special Event). Members of the Alabama Contest Group (ACG) will be active as K4A between 0000z, September 5th, 2021, and 2359z, September 12th, 2021, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9-11. Activity will be on various bands using CW, SSB and the Digital modes (RTTY/FT8). For more details and updates, see Alabama Contest Group's Web site at:
https://alabamacontestgroup.org

 

KH9, WAKE ISLAND. Several sources are reporting that Stacy, KK4WZI, will be active as KH9/KK4WZI from Wake Island (OC-053) in a few weeks (no specific dates). Length of stay was not mentioned. He is going there to work and is expected to return every 6 months. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using mostly FT8/FT4 (possibly SSB) with a Yaesu FT-891 transceiver, Yaesu ATAS 25 antenna, and possibly vertical for 40-10m. Hopefully, more details will be forthcoming.

 

OA7, PERU (Reminder). Alex, DD5ZZ, will be active as OA7/DD5ZZ from the Cusco region in Peru between now and September 17th. Activity will be on various HF bands (40-10m) using SSB and FT8/FT4, maybe some CW, with High-Power into wire antennas. He mentions that he "might" use the callsign OA7/5P6G in the WAE CW/SSB (August 14-15th and September 11-12th) and the WW Digi DX (August 28-29th) Contests. QSL via DD5ZZ, ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW.

 

OY - Michael, DF8AN will be active as OY/DF8AN from the Faroe Islands (EU-018) from 31 July to 8 August. He will operate CW and digital modes. QSL via DF8AN, direct or bureau; he does not use LoTW.

 

R950, ASIATIC RUSSIA (Special Event). Look for special event station R950A to be active from Troitsk, Chelyabinskaya oblast, Russia, until September 30th. Activity is to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Troitsk Amateur Radio Club.

 

TK - Frans, DJ0TP will be active as TK/DJ0TP from Corsica (EU-014) between 6 August and 14 September. QSL via LoTW, or via the bureau to home call.

 

UA - Mikhail, RA1ALA will be active as RA1ALA/p from Volostrov Island (RRA RR-02-49, claimed to count for IOTA group EU-162) from 31 July to 7 August. He will operate SSB and FT8. QSL direct to RA1ALA.

 

UA - Special callsigns R20RTA, R20RTM, R20RTP, R20RTRN and R20RTT will be active on 1-31 August to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Russian Television and Radio Broadcasting Network (RTRN), created on 13 August 2001. QSL via operator's instructions.

 

UA - Special callsigns R1961GT and UE60GT will be active on 2-8 August to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Gherman S. Titov’s flight aboard Vostok 2 (6-7 August 1961). QSL via operator's instructions. Titov was the second human to orbit the Earth, but the first to orbit multiple times, the first to pilot a spaceship and to spend more than a day in space.

 

YB0, INDONESIA. Pri, YB0ECT, from Jakarta, will be active during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 27-28th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m)/ High-Power entry. QSL via W2FB only!

 

Z6, KOSOVO. Rene, DL2JRM, will be active as Z68XX from Kosovo between September 10-13th. Activity will be mainly on CW on various HF bands, but he will also be in the Worked All Europe DX SSB Contest [WAE] (September 11-12th). QSL via DL2JRM.

 

Iota News

*AS-014. (Canceled) Last week's operations by A44M/A43MI were canceled.

*AS-018/ By the time you read this, Russian Robinsons Club operators
*AS-025. will be active as RI0FF from Iturup Island (AS-025) until August 3rd. The team will then move to Sakhali Island (AS-018) on August 3rd, and then be active on the air between August 4-6th. Operators mentioned are Eugene/RZ3EC, Andrey/R6MG, Sergey/M0MSV, Sergey/RX3F, Vladimir/RN3BL and Daniil/R6LGT. QSL via ClubLog's OQRS (preferred) or RZ3EC (direct or Bureau).
For more details and updates, see: https://ri0ff.com/en

*AS-100. (Canceled/Rescheduled) Last weekend's operation by 4X100AI from Akhziv Island was canceled due to bad weather. Operators Dov/4Z4DX, Hanan/4Z1DZ, Udi/4X6ZM, Eyal/4X1RE, Eli/4Z1NB, Eran/4X5KE, Dan/4Z5SL, Moshe/4X1DX, Jürgen/4Z5OI, Zvika/4Z1ZV and Zeev/4X5ZS have rescheduled their activity for August 7th, between 0500-1500z. Operations will be on CW, SSB, FT8 and QO100 satellite. QSL via 4X6ZM, eQSL, ClubLog and LoTW.

*EU-083. Operators Mauri/IU1LCZ, Tony/IK1QBT, Mauro/IK1CJO, Claudio/ I1NVU, Joe/I1WXY and Gabriele/IK1NEG will be active as IP1X from Gallinara Island (IIA L-018, IFFA 0285, WW Loc. JN44ca) on September 11th. They plan to have two stations active during the daylight hours on 40/20 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via the ARI Bureau or direct to IU1LCZ: Maurizio Vignola, Via Pineta 52 fr.Cenesi, 17035 Cisano sul Neva (SV), ITALY.

*EU-121. Members of the WestNet DX Group will be active as EJ7NET from Gola Island (WW Loc. IO55TC) between August 21-25th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL via EI6FR.

*EU-153. Operators Anatoly/RM2P, Gleb/RM5P and Peter/RQ3P will be active as RC3P/1 from Kiy Island between August 9-14th. Their main activity will be on 144 MHz during the Perseid meteor shower, but they also plan to be on the HF bands (mainly 40/20m). QSL via RM2P. Logs will be uploaded to (https://mydx.eu/) HamLog or LoTW. ADDED NOTE: As this was being written,
DX-WORLD.net reports that Vasily, R7AL, is active from Kiy Island as R7AL/1 on August 1-2nd. Activity will be on 40/30 meters using CW with 100 watts into a vertical. QSL via ClubLog's OQRS.

*EU-162. Mikhail, RA1ALA, is now active as RA1ALA/p from Volostrov Island (Murmanskaya Oblast, RRA RR-02-49, RLE-053, RDA MU-20, WW Loc. KP76EO) until August 7th. QSL via RA1ALA only direct or use PayPal.

*NA-096. (Reminder) Massimo, HB9TUZ, will be active as HI9/HB9TUZ from Las Terransa, Dominican Republic, between August 1-30th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters SSB. QSL only via eQSL.

*OC-139. Grant, VK5GR, reports that Tony, VK5AVB, is on the air with his new Foundation Class operator license (but expects he will upgrade soon), and is a permanent resident of Kangaroo Island. Tony, VK5AVB, reports on QRZ.com on July 28th: "I am the only current operator on Kangaroo Island and just set up my station a few days ago. There have been no permanent operators here for at least 20 years, and the DX here is amazing with very little QRM. I can work from the East to the West and love my DX as I'm on a hill with a 16m tower and plenty of ocean around me."
QSL via the address on QRZ.com.

*SA-046. Members of the Pernamuco Expeditionary Amateur Radio Group will be active as ZW7I from the Santa Cruz Environmental Protection Area (WWFF PYFF-0373) on Itamaraca Island between 2100z, September 17th, and 2100z, September 19th. The team mentioned is Fernando/PS8PL, Ronaldo/PS8RV, James/PU8ROT, Lucas/PY7AN, Jose/PY7BC, Jean/PY7BR, Ricardo/PY7RL and Wagner/PY7WM. Activity will be on 80/40/20/17/15/12/10 meters using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL via PY7WM, LoTW, eQSL and E-mail.

 

Qsl Info
EA5GL (now) Qsl manager for: AP2MS (Op. Salman)

W6JPL QSL ROUTE. QSL via Joshua M Miller, Jet Propulsion Laboratory Amateur Radio Club (JPLARC), PO BOX 842, La Canada Flintridge, CA 91012, USA. Special event station W6JPL was active to commemorate the Apollo 15 mission's 50th anniversary this past weekend.

CO2WL ------ Kutasi Gabor, Siofok, Koch R. utca 10/A I/4, 8600, Hungary
CT1FMX ----- Jorge M. Santos, Rua do Moinho 3, Seixal, 2530-267 Lourinha, Portugal
D2FJZ -------- Paulo Mira, Apartado 603, EC Paivas, 2846-909 Amora, Portugal
DL5KUD ----- Joachim Zillmann, Ruegen Radio 14, 18551 Glowe, Germany
GJ8A --------- Alan Hydes, Woodcroft, Bath Road, Langford, Bristol, BS40 5EB, United Kingdom
GM3C ------- Ed Holt, Ashwell, St. Ola, Kirkwall, KW15 1SX, United Kingdom
J88PI --------- Brian Price, PO Box 2020, Llanharan, Pontyclun, CF72 9ZA, United Kingdom
K1IMI -------- Bertrand R. Michaud, 10808 Marthas Way, Raleigh NC 27614, USA
KH6LC ------- Tom Thomas, 1149 Gentle Dr. Corona, CA 92880, USA
MM0T ------- Terry Robinson, 82 Albert Road, Glasgow, G42 8DR, United Kingdom
OH0V -------- Jukka Klemola, Aarontie 5, FI-31400 Somero, Finland
OX3LX ------- Joergen Roemming, Brandelev Stationsvej 9, 4700 Naestved, Denmark
PU0FDN -----Renner Pedroza, Rua Waldemar Nery Carneiro Monteiro 475 Apt 602, Boa Viagem, Recife - PE, 51030-140, Brazil
S58MU ------ Milan Pivk, Vareja 48b, 2284 Videm pri Ptuju, Slovenia
SV1RP ------- George K. Vlachopoulos, Panselinou 26, 11 141 Athens, Greece
SW8YA ------ Draskovits Gabor, Szombathely, Karpati K. u. 43, 9700, Hungary
SX8T --------- Thomas Misirgis, Ipolochagou Angelaki 57, 561 22 Menemeni, Greece
SY8APQ ------Antonio Nicola Belekas, Rua Visconde de Inhomerim 1093 Ap.162, Sao Paulo - SP, 03120-001, Brazil
V84SKP ----- BDARA, P.O. Box 849, MPC Old Airport, Bandar Seri Begawan BB3577, Brunei Darussalam
YN2RP ------ Rafael A. Pena, 740 Kenyon Street NW, Washington DC 20010, USA

PIRATE ALERT.
HB0/HB9HBY 31-July-2021 operations
I always put information on Qrz.com and Facebook, when i am active

+ SILENT KEY +
No info received

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Dedicated 80m Vertical
https://www.m0mcx.co.uk/dedicated-80m-vertical/

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Building a VHF Contest Station
https://www.dxzone.com/qsy34468-building-a-vhf-contest-station

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Attaching Coax to a Dipole
https://qrznow.com/attaching-coax-to-a-dipole/
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A Simple Spectrum Analyser
https://www.qsl.net/g4aon/ssa/

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Transformers for low-bands antennas
https://www.qsl.net/in3otd/ham_radio/160m_transformers/160m_trafos.html

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To Resonate or Not to Resonate?

https://qrznow.com/to-resonate-or-not-to-resonate/
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N-Type Connector on Cellflex Cable
http://www.kk4ice.com/?p=842

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Ham Radio EMP Kit, The Tactical Trash Can
https://qrznow.com/ham-radio-emp-kit-the-tactical-trash-can/

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Automatic Position Reporting System for HF
https://www.sarcnet.org/aprs-for-hf.html

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6M-F Magnetic Loop
https://qrznow.com/6m-f-magnetic-loop/

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USB Rig Interface
https://www.sarcnet.org/usb-rig-interface.html

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Icom RS-BA1 IP Remote Control Software
https://qrznow.com/icom-rs-ba1-ip-remote-control-software/

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New super power aplifier with BLF189XRB
https://qrznow.com/new-super-power-aplifier-with-blf189xrb-from-1mw-to-up-to-1500w-50vdc-on-all-the-fm-broadcast-band/

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ARCO Smart Antenna Rotator Controller
https://qrznow.com/arco-smart-antenna-rotator-controller-microham/

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Beverage switch-box
http://www.db9ex.de/html/beverage.html

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Measure length of coax, etc. with your scope, a battery and a resistor
https://qrznow.com/measure-length-of-coax-etc-with-your-scope-a-battery-and-a-resistor-simple-tdr/
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FT8DMC ANNIVERSARY ---> Several special event callsigns are expected to be activated on 2-15 August to celebrate the 4th anniversary of the FT8 Digital Mode Club: 4J8FTDM and 4K8FTDM (Azerbaijan), 8B1FTDM (Indonesia), A60FTDMC(United Arab Emirates), A91FTDMC (Bahrain), GB0DMC (Wales), HZ8FTDMC (Saudi Arabia) II2FTDM and II8FTDM (Italy), LR8FTDMC (Argentina), LX8FTDM (Luxembourg), OE21FTDMC (Austria), OZ8FTDM (Denmark), PF21FTDMC (Netherlands), TM8FTDM (France), YL3FTDM (Latvia), YQ6FTDMC (Romania), Z3FTDMC (North Macedonia), ZL6FTDMC (New Zealand) and ZY2FTDMC (Brazil). QSL via operator's instructions. See https://ft8dmc.eu/anniversary/ for information about the
FTDMC Anniversary Award.

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VK5AVB ---> Grant, VK5GR reports that Tony, VK5AVB is a new operator who is a permanent resident on Kangaroo Island (OC-139). He currently holds a Foundation Lincence with limited privileges on 80, 40, 14 and 10m; Grant says he is "extremely keen" and believes Tony will upgrade soon. In the meanwhile Grant is "in the process of explaining IOTA to him".

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WW DIGI DX CONTEST ---> The third edition of the World Wide Digi DX Contest ("WW Digi") will take place on 28-29 August (from 12:00 UTC to 11:59 UTC). The objective is for amateurs around the world to contact as many other amateurs in as many Maidenhead Grid Fields (used for multipliers on each band) and Grid Squares (used in the exchange and for determining QSO points) as possible using the FT4 and FT8 modes on 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10m. See https://ww-digi.com/ for complete information. WW Digi is a collaboration between the World Wide Radio Operators Foundation (WWROF) and the Slovenia Contest Club (SCC).

 

DEFUNCT CARIBBEAN PREFIX PROPOSED (For South Orkneys, South Shetlands, South Georgia & South Sandwich). Alan, VK6CQ (VK0LD, VP8PJ), reports the following: Due to an oversight in the new communications legislation recently introduced in the Falkland Islands, the VP8 prefix no longer applies to the former Falkland Islands Dependencies (Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetlands, South Orkneys, South Georgia, South Sandwich Islands).
This impasse has been ongoing since 2017 when the Falklands government abruptly stopped issuing VP8 licenses to DXpeditions and other amateurs wishing to operate from the Antarctic, South Georgia etc. The logical solution would be to allocate new prefixes to the former Dependencies and the strongest candidates would be VP0 for British Antarctic Territory (BAT) because several nations already use 0 to indicate an Antarctic station e.g. VK0, DP0, HF0 etc. and ZD0 for South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands (SGSSI) because it is the southernmost of Britain's Mid Atlantic territories (the others being ZD7, ZD8 & ZD9).
Both these prefixes are available and have never been allocated before. They are eminently suitable for these locations and are probably what most DXers would prefer. Note that BAT and SGSSI are separate British Overseas Territories and therefore each requires its own separate prefix.
The Falkland Islands Communications Regulator has never invited any public consultation on this matter, nevertheless VP0 and ZD0 have been previously suggested to him as the logical choices for these rare DX locations. Unfortunately, these suggestions seem to have fallen on deaf ears.
Instead, it is now rumored that the Falklands Government is about to revive a defunct Caribbean prefix (VP4, formerly Trinidad & Tobago) and apply it to two separate British territories in the Antarctic by subdividing the suffix e.g. VP4 Axx for SGSSI (South Georgia and South Sandwich) and VP4 Bxx for BAT (Antarctic Peninsula, South Orkneys & South Shetlands).
For more details, see the various posts on https://www.openfalklands.com/
If you think that resurrecting a defunct Caribbean prefix for use in the Antarctic and subdividing the suffix is a really bad idea and wish to lobby for a proper solution with new prefixes to be implemented you should contact the following Falkland Islands government officials as soon as possible and make your sentiments known:
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If the worldwide amateur radio community shouts loudly enough, we just might get a couple of new prefixes and a satisfactory resolution to this ongoing five year old stalemate.
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JW0W SVALBARD DXPEDITION NEWS (Wrap-Up). Kenneth, LA7GIA, posted the following on FaceBook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/288876866220488), July 28th
[edited]: JW0W log has been uploaded to M0OXO OQRS system today as well as ClubLog (no OQRS). Thanks to Charles for taking on this job! The complete log will be uploaded to LoTW ASAP.
We made more than 16,000 Qs from this Arctic QTH in 4 days with 6 operators which we are satisfied with. Signals were sometimes S9+ especially on the 20m VDA while signals were weak from time to time on other bands, also with flutter and difficult conditions. 40m had disappointing conditions, and 20m was our best band as predicted. 60m the last day was excellent! 17m and also 30m showed to be good bands. 5% of QSOs were with Zone 3, and 15% with Zone 25.
We made 63% CW QSOs and 27% SSB and 10% FT8. Our antennas performed well, but during bad wx several antennas also fell down and the team were busy keeping the antenna farm up. Some team members also made individual QSOs with their own callsigns the last day JW7GIA, JW7THA and JW8OM - QSL for those callsigns via homecalls.
We have received abt $1600 in donations while our budget was $16,000 due to expensive vessel cost. Our paypal is (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you want to contribute to cover some of the expenses. If you made an upfront donation, you will receive a direct card - no need to OQRS.
Thanks for being in the pileup - we hade great fun working you!
73 JW0W team
ADDED NOTE (From Editor): If you go to their FaceBook page, there are some great photos to be viewed.....

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NEW FEATURE ON CLUBLOG (Grid Square Maps): Michael, G7VJR, has announced the following on July 24th and 27th:
24th: Hi folks -- Back in April when the satellite features of ClubLog went live, I started planning the grid square map feature too. This is basically aimed at VHF/UHF and satellite users, but it's available for all QSOs: https://clublog.org/gridsquares.php
Please remember that ClubLog only started collecting locators in April! The locators provided by ClubLog users are used to Fill in, but for best results (if have locator squares in your ADIF file) you might like to clear, and upload in full. Have fun! The maps are pretty!
27th: Hi folks -- A few small changes:
1) ClubLog can now read in extra grids from the VUCC_GRIDS field, allowing more than one grid per QSO. This is to support crossing grids (i.e. QSOs where a station is on the exact boundary of grids).
2) Merging now works. If you upload an ADIF which contains grids etc. then they are merged in. No need to clear your log anymore.
3) Real time logging now returns "Updated" rather than "Dupe" when updates are made to an existing QSO.
Thanks to Dave, AA6YQ, for the tip about VUCC_GRIDS and Dave, N9FN, for his (amazing) test log which helped immeasurably with this.

 

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