Het DX-nieuws van week 32 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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5V - Andy, KB9IJI is a long-term resident in Mango, Togo. Previously granted a special permission to be QRV as 5V/KB9IJI, now he has been issued the callsign 5VJA (correct). Plans are to upload his log to both LoTW and eQSL.


5X - Paolo, IZ3QFD has been active again as 5X4E from Moroto, Uganda since late July, and plans to remain there for a long time. He works for a non-governmental organization, and in his spare time he operates SSB on the HF bands. Apparently he does not QSL.


6E0, MEXICO (Special Event). Members of the Radio Club Queretaro will be active using the special callsign 6E0CC to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Consummated Independence from Spain until September 30th. QSL via XE1EE, direct or LoTW.


6E0, MEXICO (Special Event). Members of the Radio Club Queretaro will be active using the special callsign 6E0D to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the fall of Tenochtitlan until August 31st. QSL via XE1EE, direct or LoTW.


9X, RWANDA (Update). 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, Slava/4Z5MU 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.


A3 - Masa, JA0RQV announced (https://blog.goo.ne.jp/rqv) that finally he was able to reach Tonga on 28 July. After completing a 21-day quarantine, he will move to a seaside small cottage and be QRV as A35JP from Nuku'alofa on Tongatapu Island (OC-049) from late August/early September until late October/early November. He will also try and be active from Niuatoputapu (OC-191), Niuafo'ou (OC-123), Vava'u (OC-064) and/or Ha'apai (OC-169). QSL via LoTW, Club Log's OQRS, or via the bureau to JA0RQV.


A9 - Look for members of the Bahrain Amateur Radio Society to participate in the International Youth Day and be active as A91IYD on 6-12 August. QSL via EC6DX and LoTW.


AM, SPAIN (Special Event). Members of the URE Burgos are now active with the special callsign AM1CCB to mark the 800th anniversary of the Burgos Cathedral of the laying of its first stone. In 1984, the Cathedral was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Activity actually started on July
20th, but will last until August 18th. Operators mentioned are EA1FE, EA1BHB, EA1GLY, EA1JAI, EA1EC, EA1XY, EA1FGJ, EA1IUM and EA1ARW. QSL via LoTW, by the Bureau, eQSL or direct to: UREBU, P.O. Box: 444, 09080 Burgos, Spain.


BX30, TAIWAN (Special Event). Kenichi "Ken", JP1RIW (BW2/JP1RIW, BM2JCC), and possibly others will be active as BX30ARL from New Taipei City (WW Loc. PL05RB) to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Chinese Taipei Amateur Radio League until the end of the year. Activity will be on 40-6 meters. Ken operates mainly on the Digital modes on weekends. QSL via BM2JCC.


CT8 - Giovanni, IZ2DPX will be active as CT8/IZ2DPX from the Azores between 14 and 29 August. He will operate SSB and digital modes on the HF bands from three islands:
Terceira (EU-175, 14-19 August), Faial (EU-175, 19-23 August) and Sao Miguel (EU-003,
23-29 August). QSL via IK2DUW.


D4, CAPE VERDE. Paco, EA7KNT, will be active as EA7KNT/D4 or D4ASL from Sal Island (AF-086) in Cape Verde between August 23rd and September 5th


DL - Special callsign DK80ZUSE will be active from 1 August to 31 October to memorialize the 80th anniversary of the Z3 machine, the world's first working programmable, fully automatic computer built by German pioneering computer scientist Konrad Zuse (1910-1995). QSL via the bureau or direct to DL5DSM; the log will be uploaded to LoTW, Club Log and eQSL.


DL - Markus, DJ4EL will be active as DJ4EL/p from Mellum Island (EU-047) on 14-15 August. QSL via Club Log's OQRS, LoTW or via home call.


ES - Ed, ES2TT will be active as ES2TT/1 from Aegna Island (EU-149) on 14 August. He will operate CW and SSB starting around 9 UTC until around 16 UTC. QSL via Club Log's OQRS, or via home call (direct and bureau).


EX, KYRGYZSTAN. Andrea, HB9DUR, is once again active as EX0DX from Bishkek. The length of his stay is not known at this time. Activity will be limited (as time permits) on various HF bands. QSL via his home callsign, LoTW, ClubLog's OQRS or eQSL.


F - Jean-Louis, F4FSY will be active as F4FSY/p from ile d'Oleron (EU-032) on 7-20 August. QSL via F4FSY (direct or bureau), LoTW and eQSL.


HB60, SWITZERLAND (Special Event - Activation HB60ANT in commemoration of 60 years of the Antarctic Treaty). Peter, HB9DAQ, Project Manager of HB60ANT Activation, informs OPDX that a small group of Enthusiastic USKA members (Union of Swiss Shortwave Radio Amateurs) will put the
special callsign HB60ANT on the airwaves beginning in mid-August through December 31st, 2021, in support and reminder that this Antarctic Treaty will be preserved. The initial activators are: HB9BXE, HB9DAQ, HB9DAX, HB9DQL, HB9LCW and HB9TNW. The activation was only possible thanks to
the support of the "Radio Amateur Club Swissair, HB9VC", and their president, HB9JOE, who provided the special callsign. More information can be found on the soon to be activated website on QRZ.com. Don't hesitate to ask your questions via (Dit e-mailadres wordt beveiligd tegen spambots. JavaScript dient ingeschakeld te zijn om het te bekijken.).


HL - Celebrating the 76th anniversary of the liberation of Korea (15 August 1945), members of the Korean Amateur Radio League (KARL) will be active as HL76V on 1-31 August. QSL via 6K0MF.


HK0, SAN ANDREA ISLAND. Pedro, HK3JJH (HK3X), is currently active as HK0/HK3X from San Andres Island (NA-033). The length of his stay is unknown. Activity has been mainly 20 meters on FT8 (F/H). QSL via JH1AJT.


HL, SOUTH KOREA (Special Event). Members of the Korean Amateur Radio League (KARL) Chungbuk HQ have activated special event station HL76V to celebrate 76th anniversary of South Korea's Liberation (national holiday on August 15th). Activity will last until August 31st. QSL via the Bureau.


I - A group of operators from ARI Genova (IQ1GE) will be active again as II1L from La Lanterna during the International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend (21-22 August). QSL via LoTW, Club Logìs OQRS, direct or bureau.


I - A team of six (I1NVU, I1WXY, IK1CJO, IK1NEG, IK1QBT and IU1LCZ) will be active as IP1X from Gallinara Island (EU-083) on 11 September. They will operate CW and SSB on 40 and 20 metres during the daylight hours with two stations. QSL via IU1JCZ, direct or bureau.


I - Alessandro IU3EDK, Andrea IU1LCU and Alvaro IU1DUB will be active holiday style as IA5D from Elba Island (EU-028) on 10-17 September. They will operate SSB, CW and digital modes on the HF bands. QSL via IU3EDK.


IS0 - Gianpaolo, IM0/IK1TTD will be QRV from Isola Cana (EU-024, N012 for the Italian Islands Award) and Isola Ruia di Porto Brandinchi (EU-165, N005 for the IIA) on 9 and 10 August. He will operate SSB on 40 and 20 metres.


KH4, MIDWAY ISLAND (KH6VV/KH4 DXPEDITION Update). Ron, KH6DV, posted the following on QRZ.com, August 2nd: The new management team is on island and trying to catch up with things the last team didn't do. The trick is to be on island when the albatross are gone. This year they are going
to do a rodent extermination project while the albatross are off island, so the expedition can't be there while that is underway. I will send a note to DX-World shortly, but now you know it first. Aloha and good DX...


KH9, WAKE ISLAND. "The Daily DX" is reporting that Stacy's, KK4WZI, trip to Wake Island (OC-053) "is not going to happen".


KL7, ALASKA (POTA Op). DeWayne/W4FDT and Doug/N4DJR will be flying up to Alaska on August 11th, to meet up with Jeramy/KL7EC and Eric/KL5BO for an 800 mile interior Alaska POTA (Parks On The Air) activation. They have a list of around 25 parks that they are going to attempt to activate.
However, the team suspects that they won't be able to activate all POTAs, but they will be able to activate a good majority of them, and will be focusing on those that haven't been activated before. Their callsigns that will be used are KL7EC, KL5BO, W4FDT/KL7 and N4DJR/KL7. Operators will be spotting themselves on the POTA spotting page at (http://pota.app), and will be using JS8 call and WinLink E-mail to get their spots out to the page. Operations will take place between August 13-15th. If you are a park hunter, this will be your time to get some parks in the log that may not ever be activated again or if you just need Alaska for your WAS, then they are going to be available for you also.


OA7, PERU. Arno, DL1CW, will be active as OA7/DL1CW from Urubamba, Peru, between now and September 1st. Activity will be on 40-10 meters. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or LoTW.


P4, ARUBA. John, W2GD, will once again be active as P40W between October 18-31st. Activity will be (when time permits) on the various HF bands, with some focus on the 30/17/12 meters and 160 meters mostly on CW (before the contest). His activity will also include an entry in the upcoming
CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via LoTW or N2MM. No bureau cards.


R20, EUROPEAN RUSSIA (Special Event). Look for the following special event stations to be active throughout the month of August: R20RTRN (Moscow, Romantsevo), R20RTA (Krasnodar), R20RTM (Maykop), R20RTT (Tambov) and R20RTP (Petrozavodsk). Activity is to celebrate the 20th anniversary
of the Radio Television and Radio Broadcasting Network (RTRN), which starting on August 13th, 2001. QSL via R7AA. A special QSL and Diploma is available. For details, see: https://moscow.rtrs.ru/upload/medialibrary/2ba/The-conditions-of-the-diploma-2021.pdf


RG60, EUROPEAN RUSSIA (Special Event). Start looking for special event station RG60ANT from Stavropol to be active to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Antarctic Treaty. Listen for QSL route.


RC90/RD90/RK90/RL90/RM90/RN90/RO90/RQ90/RT90/RU90/RW90/RY90/RZ90, ASIATIC AND EUROPEAN RUSSIA (Special Event). Look for these special prefixes to be active to celebrate the 90th birthday of Yakov (Jacob) S. Lapovok, UA1FA/SK. He was an outstanding radio amateur, famous Soviet-era HAM-radio designer and one of the founders of the Union of Radio Amateurs of Russia, SRR. Some of the stations are in European Russia and Asiatic Russia. Listen for QSL routes. Stations listed on QRZ.com are as follows:
Asiatic Russia -- RC90FA, RD90FA, RO90FA and RU90FA
European Russia -- RA90FA, RK90FA, RL90FA, RM90FA, RN90FA, RQ90FA, RT90FA, RW90FA, RY90FA and RZ90FA


SV - Francesco, IK6QON will be active holiday style as SV8/IK6QON from the islands of Lefkada (not IOTA) and Meganisi (EU-052) on 7-17 August. He will operate CW and SSB on the HF bands.


SV5, DODECANESE. Mort, G2JL, is once again active as SV5/G2JL from Lipsi Island (IOTA EU-001, GIOTA DKS-056, MIA MGD-017, WLOTA L-0766) for the next three months. Activity will be on all bands and modes, propagation permitting. Current operations have been on 20 meters CW. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.


SV5, DODECANESE. Reiner, DL2AAZ, will be active as SV5/DL2AAZ from Rhodes (EU-001) between September 5-19th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-10 meters including the QO-100 satellite using CW and SSB. QSL via DL2AAZ, direct or by the Bureau.


TA, TURKEY. René, DL2JRM, will be TA2/DL2JRM from Turkey between August 13-16th. Activity will be mainly on CW on various HF bands, but he will also be in the Worked All Europe DX CW Contest [WAE] (August 14-15th). QSL via DL2JRM.


TK, CORSICA. Frans, DJ0TP, is now active as TK/DJ0TP from Linguizetta until September 14th. QSL via LoTW and by the Bureau.


UA - RM2P, RM5P, RQ3P will be active as RC3P/1 from Kiy Island (EU-153) on 9-14 August. Main activity will be on 2m during the Perseid meteor shower, but they will be QRV also on 40 and 20 metres. QSL via RM2P and LoTW. Note that Vasily, R7AL was active as R7AL/1 (QSL via Club Log's OQRS) from the same island on 1-2 August.


VK - Look for VK2FM (operated by VK2LL, VK2TEZ, VK4NGN and VK2FM himself) to be active from South Solitary Island (OC-194) on 20-22 August. Main activity will take place during the International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend on 80, 40 and 20m. QSL direct to VK2FM.


VP6, PITCAIRN ISLAND. Ken, W8KL, informs OPDX that there has been some great South Pacific openings on 17 meters. He states that Meralda, VP6MW, was heard on 18145 kHz at 0032z with a 5x8 signal (for about an hour) into Cuyahoga Falls, Oh. QSL via W0VTT.


VP9 - Henning, OZ2I (https://oz2i.dk/wp/) will be active as VP9EE from the Bermuda Islands
(NA-005) on 11-16 August. He will operate CW only, and will participate in the Work All Europe DX Contest (14-15 August). QSL via Club Log's OQRS (preferred), LoTW, or via OZ2I.


W - Miguel, KC1LKO will be active holiday style as K1M from Monhegan Island (NA-137)
on 9-21 August. He will operate SSB and maybe some FT8 primarily on 40 and 20 metres.


W - Commemorating the 20th anniversary of 9/11, members of the Alabama Contest Group (http://www.alabamacontestgroup.org) will be active on all bands and modes as K4A
on 5-12 September. QSL direct to WA1FCN.


XE - Special callsign 6E0D will be active on 1-31 August to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Fall of Tenochtitlan (13 August 1521), the capital of the Aztec Empire. Three centuries later (27 September 1821), Mexico consummated the independence from Spain and special callsign 6E0CC will be active on 1-30 September to celebrate that bicentenary. QSL for both callsigns via LoTW, or direct to XE1EE.


Z6 - Rene, DL2JRM will be active as Z68XX from Kosovo on 10-13 September. He will operate mainly CW, but will also be active during the WAE DX SSB Contest (11-12 September). QSL via DL2JRM.


Z8, SOUTH SUDAN. Diya, YI1DZ, is expected to return to Juba after his holiday on August 9th, and continues to be active as Z81D after his inspection at his workplaces (under the UN-WFP) and antennas. Activity will be on 80-10 meters (including 60m) using SSB and FT8. No CW. If the space conditions allow it, Diya will make a 160m antenna. QSL via OM3JW. All QSOs will be uploaded to QRZ.com, ClubLog, eQSL and LoTW.


ZA, ALBANIA. Janos, HA7NB, will be active as ZA/HA7NB/P between August 7-15th. Activity will be limited because he is on vacation with family and friends. He mentions that there are no plans for daily activation and it will be random, but he will try to send info via the DXCluster. Activity will be on 40/20/15 meters (depending on the propagation), using SSB, FT4/FT8 and RTTY. Also on SHF: 2.4GHz/10GHz via QO-100 satellite. Janos states, "If I have the opportunity, I would like to activate two WFF districts as well; ZAFF-0017 Rrushkull JN91RK or ZAFF-0004 Divjake-Karavasta JN90RW. His equipment is listed on QRZ.com. QSL only via eQSL and LoTW (after he returns home and uploads his log).


ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS. Pete, K8PGJ, will be active as ZF2PG from the Sunny Isle of Grand Cayman
(NA-016) between August 15-21st. Activity will be on 160-10 meters. This includes being an entry in the upcoming North American SSB QSO Party (1800 UTC, August 21st to 0600 UTC, August 22nd).
QSL via LoTW.


Iota News
**AS-018. Sergey, RA3NAN, is active as RA3NAN/0 and R0/M0MSV from Sakhalin Island. Length of his stay is unknown. Activity was on 20m using SSB. QSL via home callsign or via RZ3EC.

**EU-024/ Gianpaolo "Gianpi", IK1TTD will be active as IM0/IK1TTD from
**EU-165. Isola Cana (EU-024, IIA N012) and Isola Ruia di Porto Bran- dinchi (EU-165, IIA N005) on August 9th and August 10th. Activity will be on 40/20 meters using SSB. QSL via IK1TTD, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.

**EU-032. Jean Louis, F4FSY, is now active as F4FSY/p from Ile de Oleron until August 20th. Activity will be on various HF bands using SSB and FT8. QSL via LoTW, eQSL, by the REF Buearu or direct.

**EU-037. Florian, DF2ET, is now active as SM/DF2ET near Köpingsvik (WW Loc. JO86iu) on Oland Island until August 14th. Activity will be holiday style on various HF bands and the QO-100 & LEO satellites. He might also activate JO87 grid. QSL via LoTW, eQSL, ClubLog, and the Bureau.

**EU-047. Markus, DJ4EL, will be active as DJ4EL/p from Mellum between August 14-15th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-10 meters using SSB. QSL via LoTW or ClubLog's OQRS.

**EU-052. Francesco, IK6QON, will be active as SV8/IK6QON from Lefkada and Meganisi Islands between August 7-17th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-6 meters using CW and SSB, with 100 watts into a multi-band vertical. QSL via IK6QON.

**EU-083. Operators Francis/ON8AZ, Patrick/ON7PQ, Tim/ON5HC and Kurt/ON5DZ will be active as TM3U from Ile Saint Marcouf between August 28th and September 9th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters using CW, SSB, Digital modes and QO-100 satellite. QSL via ON8AZ. For more details, see: https://www.eu081.be

**EU-083. (Correction) 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 IU1JCZ (not IU1LCZ):
Maurizio Vignola, Via Pineta 52 fr.Cenesi, 17035 Cisano sul Neva (SV), ITALY.

**NA-137. Will, WC6DX, reports [edited]: Miguel, KC1LKO, has informed me that he will be operating as K1M from Monhegan Island in the State of Maine (IOTA NA-137, USI ME-019S) during August 9-21st, 2021. From a cottage, he will use as a base station an ICOM IC7300 running 100w to vertical antennas primarily for 20m/40m on SSB (no CW). He also plans to operate portable while backpacking with his wife, especially from the lighthouse up on the hill and by the island cliffs using a lightweight radio, an ICOM IC705 with a mini PA50 to run 10-30w to a Buddipole or similar antenna. Due to the low power, he may use FT-8 if he doesn't make many SSB contacts with the portable equipment. He is expecting to have internet at the cottage and will spot when he gets on the air from the base station. He has operated from Monhegan back in June and last year holiday style. With the 1x1 callsign, he is hoping to work some island chasers. Hint: Miguel grew up in Madrid, Spain, so calling him in Spanish would get his attention.


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Ray Burlingame-Goff, G4FON passed away on 29 July. First licensed as G8HMH in 1973 and then as G4FON in 1976, he was the President of the First Class CW Operators' Club. He wrote the Koch method "CW Trainer" and "CW Contest Trainer" (https://www.g4fon.net/), which have been used by many to improve their Morse skills. Given at the 2018 RSGB convention, Ray's presentation "Improving your Morse Code skills from 5NN TU to effortless casual rag-chewing" is still available on the FOC website: https://www.g4foc.org/Improving-Your-CW


Wolf Harranth, OE1WHC passed away on 3 August after a short illness. He would have celebrated his 80th birthday on 19 August. An acclaimed author of children's book, an award-winning literary translator and a journalist, Harranth became known also for his work at Radio Oesterreich International, where he was in charge of popular programmes for shortwave amateurs from 1969 until the station was discontinued in 2000. Harranth was the founder and CEO of DokuFunk (https://www.dokufunk.org/), the non-profit "Documentation Archive for Research into the History of Radio Communications and Electronic Media" based in Vienna: started as a QSL card collection, today the archive contains about six million objects, including 1,500 bequests, making it the world's largest institution with archives and collections of all kinds on the history of radio, with a focus on broadcasting and amateur radio. In recognition of his commitment and dedication, in 2017 IARU Region 1 awarded the "Roy Stevens, G2BVN, Memorial Trophy" to him.
Also on: https://www.iaru-r1.org/2021/wolf-harranth-oe1whc-sk/


Watching Propagation with FT8 Spots
8-Meter Experimental Station on the Air from the US
RC WSJT-X 2.5.0-rc4 is now ready for download by beta testers
Elecraft K4 Hands-on (UK Sample)
The Finger Morse CW Straight Key
Repair or Replace Electrolytic Capacitors
Magnetic Loop Antenna for 2 meters
Universal Ham Radio Remote. Open source remote radio control.
Low Cost HF Portable Antennas
Internet-connected radio equipment and wearable radio equipment
Programma 40e HF Dag Eefde 18 september 2021


BOUVET 2023 ---> On 4 following announcement to the 3Y0J's Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/901378553769436/):
"On June 18th, we announced that we were continuing to seek new transportation to Bouvet in support of our Bouvet 2023 project. At the same time, we have refunded all donations as there was a high degree of uncertainty that we could move forward.
We are pleased to announce that we have found a suitable/affordable vessel willing to take us to Bouvet. We are negotiating the terms of that charter contract now. We have submitted a new application to the Norwegian Polar Institute. We have revised the Leadership of our team as follows: David Jorgensen (WD5COV) Co-Leader, Operations, Antennas; Kevin Rowett (K6TD) Co-Leader, Systems/Networks, Procurement, Logistics; Paul Ewing (N6PSE) Co-Leader, Planning, Public Relations, Tents, Logistics. Together, this leadership team will assemble twelve operators to make this vision a reality.
We are revising our website, and soon we will begin fundraising for this renewed effort. We are extremely grateful for all our past Sponsors and Donors and we hope that you can support this renewed effort".


CQ WW CONTEST RULES UPDATES ---> "Some exciting updates" to the CQ WW Contest, effective beginning in 2021, were announced on 1 August:
1) We have created a new YOUTH overlay that will be available to all competitors who are 25 years old or under, effective on the dates of the contest. The Cabrillo overlay format will be CATEGORY-OVERLAY: YOUTH. In support of this change, Youth overlay entries will be highlighted in the results (as is currently done for Classic and Rookies). In addition, plaques will be available for the winners.
2) A new EXPLORER category has been established to allow amateurs to participate in the CQ WW Contest while experimenting creatively with Internetlinked stations and other new technologies. The goal of this category is to encourage innovation in operating strategies, station design, and technology adaptation. This new category is only for the 2021 SSB and CW events. It does not apply to CQ WW DIGI or RTTY. Please review the detailed rules at https://cqww.com/explorer for more information.
3) As a reminder, audio recordings may be requested for your entry as part of the log checking process. Any single operator entrant competing for a top-five finish at the (a) World, (b) Continent, or (c) USA levels, including Classic Overlay, must record the transmitted and received audio as heard by the operator for the duration of the contest operation. Failure to respond to this request may result in your log being reclassified or disqualified. [Source: https://cqww.com/blog/2021-cqww-rules-updates/]


KH6VV/KH4 ---> The DXpedition to Midway Island, tentatively planned for September, has been postponed sine die. "The new management team is on island and trying to catch up with things the last team didn't do", Ron, KH6DV posted to KH6VV's qrz.com page 2 August . "The trick is to be on
island when the albatross are gone. This year they are going to do a rodent extermination project while the albatross are off island, so the expedition can't be there while that is underway".


SECOND DREAM RIG YOUTH ESSAY CONTEST ---> "The Intrepid-DX Group recognizes the importance of including Youth in our great hobby because they are our future. We are establishing an annual Dream Rig Youth Essay Contest to gather the views and suggestions of young people involved in Amateur Radio". The contest is for USA amateur radio license holders aged 19 or younger, see
https://www.facebook.com/The-Intrepid-DX-Group-180857615282553 for complete information.


UA1FA MEMORIAL ---> Several Russian special callsigns will be active on 9-16 August to celebrate the life and achievements of Yakov Semenovich Lapovok, UA1FA (1931-2014), a prominent figure in the history of Russian amateur radio who would have turned 90 on 16 August: RA90FA, RC90FA, RD90FA, RK90FA, RL90FA, RM90FA, RN90FA, RO90FA, RQ90FA, RT90FA, RU90FA, RW90FA, RY90FA and RZ90FA. Special callsigns that will be joining the celebration from other countries include 4X90FA (Israel), EM90AFA, EM90BFA, EM90IFA and EM90QFA (Ukraine), ER90FA (Moldova), ES90FA (Estonia), EV90FA (Belarus), UN90FA (Kazakstan) and W0L (USA). All QSOs will be confirmed automatically via the bureau; direct cards should be sent to RN3RQ (except RA90FA, which is via RV1CC). A certificate will be available on https://hamlog.online/.
EM90, UKRAINE (Special Event). Look for special event stations EM90IFA, EM90QFA and EM90BFA to be active to celebrate the 90th birthday of Yakov (Jacob) S. Lapovok, UA1FA/SK. Activity will be between August 9-16th. Jacob (UA1FA/SK) was an outstanding radio amateur, famous Soviet-era
HAM-radio designer and one of the founders of the Union of Radio Amateurs of Russia, SRR.
--EM90?FA operators are: UY5AX, UR7AL, UR5AB, UT4AA, UT1AN and UY5AB.
--EM90BFA and EM90IFA operators are: NOT LISTED....
A special electronic award is available as well as "Jacob Lapovok 90" plaque. Details can be found on the following Web pages:
https://dxnews.com/forum/forum/amateur-radio-awards/37290-ua1fa-jacob-lapovok commemorative-award
QSL info for EM90BFA and EM90IFA was not listed so listen for details. The QSLs for EM90?FA, EM90QFA and the majority of the stations listed below will be receive through your local QSL-Bureau, and there is no need to request or send your QSL-card. Upon completion of activity, all
QSL-cards will be generated according to the log and dispatched to the bureau of your country. If you prefer to receive your card directly, then mail it (with S.A.S.E.) to RN3RQ: Jack Yatskiv, P.O. Box 88, Moscow 119311 RUSSIA.
PLEASE NOTE: There will be other stations active between August 9-16th for this celebration from other countries. Here are some that were listed on QRZ.com:
--4U1A -- Activity from Vienna, United Nations; No other details were provided.
--4X90FA -- Activity from Israel. Operators are: 4Z4KX, 4X1IM, 4X1MM, 4X6DK, 4Z5JJ, 4Z5LY, 4Z5PN, 4Z5ML, 4Z5MU, 4X5JR, 4X5MT, 4X5MZ and 4X1VF. QSL info is the same as above for EM90QFA.
--EA8/N2TA -- Activity from Canary Islands; Operator is Anton, EA8DIG. QSL info is the same as above for EM90QFA.
--ER90FA -- Activity from the Republic of Moldova. Operators are: ER1BF, ER1CS, ER1OO, ER1PB, ER1FF, ER1JA, ER1MAX, ER1MM, ER1TAW, ER2OW, ER3AC, ER3CR, ER3DX, ER3OO and ER5LL. QSL info is the same as above for EM90QFA.
--ES90FA -- Activity from Estonia; QSL via RN3RQ; No other details were provided.
--EV90FA -- Activity from Belarus. Operators are: EW2A, EW1P, EW1I, EW2CC, EW8OM, EW2CU/p, EW1D, EU4BIC, EW8OO, EU7AG, EU8RO, EW1OK, EW7B, EW8BQ, EU7F, EW7DK, EW3EU and EW3AE. QSL info is the same as above for EM90QFA.
--RM90FA -- Activity from European Russia. Operators are: UA6LCT, RM6LA, RY6M, RQ6M, RO7N, RG7M, R6MM, RN6L, UB6LDB, RC7LX and R6NW. QSL info is the same as above for EM90QFA.
--RZ90FA -- Activity from European Russia. Operators are: RW3DD, RW3DY, R5AE, UA3AGW, UA3FQ, RA3FY, R2DX and RL2D. QSL info is the same as above for EM90QFA.
--UN90FA -- Activity from Kazakhstan. Operators are: UN1FZZ, UN9FWW, UN1F, UN7FW, UN7FGG, UN7FGZ and UN9FF. QSL info is the same as above for EM90QFA.
--UT/N2TA -- Activity from Ukraine. Operators are UX0FF and US5FFF. QSL via RN3RQ; No other details were provided.
--VK5/N2TA -- Activity from Australia; QSL via RN3RQ; No other details were provided.
--W0L -- Activity will be between August 9-16th. Operators from United States are: NT2X, NA3M, N3SY, K2PAL, WB2DHY, W3UA, K2BB, NC2Y. QSL info is the same as above for EM90QFA.
*** Also, check out the stations listed below under "ASIATIC AND EUROPEAN RUSSIA".
VP8, FALKLANDS (License Validity). Alan, VK6CQ (VP8PJ), reports: Anyone residing outside the Falklands with a VP8 license issued in the past who wishes it to remain current has until 31st August to apply for it to be revalidated (at no cost). For full details see:
The application must be lodged by email to the Regulator at:
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Note that the web page first states 31st August, then in the next paragraph states 13th August. This is probably a typo, but best to be on the safe side and apply before the 13th.