DX-nieuws van week 48 - 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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3V8, TUNISIA. Operator SWL Ashraf "Ash", 3V4-002 (KF5EYY) will be active as 3V8SS from the "Radio Club Station of Tunisian Scouts" in Sousse during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Powerentry. QSL via LoTW or LX1NO. Read about Ashraf on the following Web page at: http://www.kf5eyy.info
4X7, ISRAEL (Special Event). Members of the "Holy land DX Group" will operate from the heart of Tel Beersheba's site between December 25-26th, 2020, using the callsign 4X7T. Operators Ruben/4Z5FI, Mark/4Z4KX, Ros/4Z5LA, Yuli/4X6HP, Valdimir/4Z5IW, Alex/4Z4AK, Amir/4X6YA, Arthur/4X1MM
and Jan/4X1VF will operate from the site which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site (https://www.biblewalks.com/telbeersheba). The team will start on Friday, December 25th at 0800 UTC, and end on Saturday, December 26th at 1300 UTC. They will have 3 running stations on 80-10
meters using CW, SSB and FT-8. Reference numbers are: Holy Land Square - F23BS and WFF - 4XFF-035. QSL Manager is Ros, 4Z5LA.
5T7, MAURITANIA. Tom, DL7BO, is expected to be active as 5T7OO from Mauritania soon and plans to be there for a long time. Activity will be on various HF bands. QSL via DJ6TF.
7Q - Originally expected to QRT on 19 November, the 7Q7RU team is now QRV until 24 November at least. QSL via Club Log'OQRS (preferred) and LoTW, or via R7AL.
8Q, MALDIVES. Operators Marko/N5ZO and Oliver/W6NV will be active as 8Q7ZO and 8Q7NV, respectively, from the Maldives (AS-013) between November 22nd and December 2nd (time permitting from station set-up). Both operators will be active as 8Q7ZO during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th) as a Multi-Op entry. Outside of the contest operators will be on various HF bands (working the low bands). QSL 8Q7ZO via OH0XX direct or LoTW. QSL 8Q7NV via W6NV direct.
9M6 - Saty, JE1JKL will be active again as 9M6NA (East Malaysia) during the CQ WW DX CW. He will be QRV on 40-10 metres; the station will be remotely operated, thus this activity will not be eligible for IOTA credit. QSL via LoTW and Club Log's OQRS.
CN - In celebration of the 65th anniversary of Morocco’s independence (18 November 1955), CN amateur radio operators are allowed to use the CN65 prefix on 17-22 November.
CO - The Radio Club de Caibarien (https://cqcaibarien.cubava.cu/) will be active again as T46W on 26-29 November to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first transmissions of Manuel 'Manolin' Alvarez Alvarez (1891-1986), a pioneer of radio in Cuba and an amateur radio operator (CO6MA) for seventy years. Look for activity on 160-10 metres CW, SSB and digital modes. QSL via LoTW.
D6, COMOROS (Update). Don, K6ZO/7Q6M (ex-D68GA), is now active as D60AB from Comoro Islands (AF-007) as of November 17th. He has permission to be active on 160/40/20/17/15/12/10 meters. He has been spotted on 40/20/17/15 meters CW after 1700z and again after 2300z. Length of his stay possibly ends November 24th. He will head back to Malawi on the 26th to join the 7Q7WW team (Don/N6ZO and Junior/7Q7JN) for the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th), and then return to Washington D.C. on December 5th.
F - Members of the Radio Club du Val d'Issole (F8KGH) will be active again as TM1SAFE between 20 November and 4 December. QSL via eQSL, LoTW, Club Log, or via F4GPB.
HS, THAILAND (SAT Op). The Thailand's Amateur Radio Satellite group (AMSAT-HS) has requested permission to establish a temporary station (DX portable) with the northern office of the NBTC, Thailand's regulator, in Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son (grid NK99) provinces in the north part of Thailand during the period from November 26-28th, 2020, to communicate via all LEO and MEO amateur radio satellites (including QO-100 NB) that pass over Thailand using the callsign HS0AJ/P of the Radio Amateur Society of Thailand under the Royal Patronage of His Majesty the King.
- Operators Kob/E21EJC and Tanan/HS1JAN state [editedhttps://www.si9am.com), which is to permanently close down on 1 December.
SP - Special callsigns 3Z20ARISS, HF20ISS, HF7ISS, HF8ISS, HF9ISS, SN20ISS, SN3ISS and SO1SS will be active between 13 November and 21 December to celebrate the 20th anniversary of continuous operations of the ARISS amateur radio system on the International Space Station. QSL via operator's instructions. A certificate will
be available; see https://ariss.pzk.org.pl/20yHAMonISS/ for more information. Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (https://www.ariss.org/) inspires students worldwide to pursue interests and careers in science, technology, engineering and math through amateur radio communications opportunities with the ISS onorbit crew.
T6, AFGHANISTAN. Robert, S53R, who has been active from Kabul since early September 2019 and will be there for another year, has been active as T6AA and T6A during major contests. He is there working for the World Food Program (WFP). QSL via his home callsign or LoTW. He posted the
following on QRZ.com about his low band activity this past week on November 20th: Unfortunately, I have to report that the QRM from many different sources at my QTH now makes 160m operation next to impossible. While it was already very bad during the last season, it has now gone beyond repair. I have installed 3 different RX systems, to no avail. The last nail in the coffin was the installation of an array of large LED flood lights.
The whole spectrum is affected, but 160 at the bottom and 10 & 6m at the other end, are worst off. I will continue trying, although I'm afraid the best times for these bands, for as much as they were, are gone.
TF, ICELAND. Siggi, TF3CW, will be active as TF3W Single-Op/Single-Band (20m) entry. QSL via LoTW or direct to TF3MHN.
V3, BELIZE (Canceled). Jeff, N1SNB, who was expected to be active as V31AZ from Belize during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th), has canceled his operation. He states, "Unfortunately, if I go - my kids will have to stay home from school for two weeks when I get back until they are in the 'clear'."
VE2, CANADA (Zone 2). Operator Yuri, VE3DZ, will once again be active as VE2IM from Sept-Iles, QC (Zone 2), during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power. Yuri states he will be there between November 24-30th. Activity (usually) before and after the contest will be on CW, SSB and RTTY, and all HF bands including the 30/17/12 meter bands.
QSL via VE3DZ, direct or by the VE3DZ OQRS. He usually uploads to the LoTW.
VE2, CANADA (Zone 2). Nicolas, VE2NCG, will be active in Zone 2 from Sept-Îles, Quebec, during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (15m) entry. He states that he will be there between November 26th and December 1st, and will on 40/80m when the bands close. QSL via his home callsign, ClubLog or LoTW.
VK, AUSTRALIA. Operators Bernd/VK2IA, Patrick/VK2PN and John/VK4CT will be active as VK2IA during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via DK2BJ.
VP5, TURKS AND CAICOS (Update). Jim, K4QPL, will once again be active as VP5M from Providenciales Island (NA-002) during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/"Probably 24-Hrs Classic Overlay" entry. QSL via K4QPL or LoTW. PLEASE, NO BUREAU QSLS. Outside of the contest, he will sign as VP5/K4QPL.
WP3, PUERTO RICO. Operators Al/WP3C, Paul/WP3TT and Edgar/N2GK will be active as WP3C during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th) as a Multi-Single/Low-Power entry. QSL via W3HNK. Visit the WP3C station Web page at: http://wp3c73.wixsite.com/wp3c
XP/OX, GREENLAND (Canceled). Henning, OZ2I/OZ1BII, who was expected to be active as XP2I from Black Ridge, Kangerlussuaq (WW Loc. GP47PA) in November and during the CQWW DXCW Contest, has canceled his operation due to the COVID-19. Instead, he will be joining the Multi-Op Team at
OZ5E from Aarhus (see OZ above).
XW, LAOS (Update). Simon, G6JFY/HS0ZIB/XZ2A, who is active as XW0LP (Suffix "LP" stands for Luang Prabang, the town in north Laos where he now lives), has updated his QRZ.com page. He states that he can now be active on 160/80/40/30/20/17/15/12/10 meters using FT8 and on SSTV (14230 kHz). He isn't authorized to use 60 meters. Simon currently uses an Icom IC-718, with an inverted L antenna for top band and quarter wave fan antennas for all the other bands. He has been spotted on 40/17/15 meters around 0413z and 1000z. All QSL requests for QSOs should be made via ClubLog. Note however, that the postal service in Laos was suspended in March 2020, due to Covid-19, and he cannot currently send out QSL cards by postal. Any ClubLog QSL card requests will be sent out when the postal service starts again! Please DO NOT request Bureau cards – there is no QSL bureau in Lao PDR.
ZL, NEW ZEALAND. Operators Geoff/ZL3GA, Phil/ZL3PAH and Paul/ZL4TT will use the "Quake Contesters" callsign ZL3X during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via LoTW. No Bureau.
SA-055. Hernan, LU7EHR, will be active as LU7EHR/E from Martin Garcia Island (ARLHS ARG-045, ARLHS ARG-152, LUFF-0064, WW Loc. GF05) between December 5-8th. Activity will be on 80-2 meters using SSB (80/60/40m) and FT8. QSL via LU7EHR, LoTW or eQSL.
AM3DDN-----Juan Jose Martinez Gonzalez, C/Foixa 21, 17412 Macanet de la Selva (Girona), Spain
AM3DIN------Manel Carrasco Serra, C/Ciutadans 4, 08490 Tordera (Barcelona), Spain
CO6HLP-------Gherardo Pannoli, Via Dante Alighieri 13, 14035 Grazzano Badoglio AT, Italy
D60AB---------Don Jones, PO Box 21500, Washington DC 20009-1500, USA
FY5KE----------Jacques Mazzoni, 678 route de l'Egalite, 74290 Talloires Montmin, France
HZ1SAR-------Saudi Amateur Radio Society, P.O. Box 12251, Riyadh 11473, Saudi Arabia
JA8CJY--------Susumu Sanada, 5-17 Shinei 5-Jo 4-Chome, Kiyota-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido, 004-0835, Japan
KH0W---------Thomas M. Callas, P.O. Box 1058, Minnetonka MN 55345, USA
OG66X--------Jouni Mehtomaa, Kylmalantie 1, FI-92140 Pattijoki, Finland
OK7T----------Radek Stolfa, Polevsko 187, 471 16 Polevsko, Czech Republic
T6AA----------Robert Kasca, Govejk 11C, 5281 Spodnja Idrija, Slovenia
VK4DX-------Mirza Sivcevic, 82 Snowy River Circuit, Forest Lake, QLD 4078, Australia
VQ9T--------Robert M. Wright, P.O. Box 7, 6215 Valencia, Philippines
W0VTT------Michael G. Cizek, PO Box 616, St Charles MN 55972, USA
XE2X---------Jorge F. Rios Alvarado, 116 E Coma Ave, PMB #426, Hidalgo TX 78557, USA
NEW QSL ROUTE. Vasiliy, RW6HS, informs OPDX that he is now the QSL
Manager for: CN8AMI, CO2VDD and CO6HCL
U.S. POSTAL STOPPAGE (Updated as November 13th).
The U.S. Postal Service is temporarily suspending international mail acceptance for certain destinations due to service impacts related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Suspension Due to Foreign Postal Operator Service Suspension
Suspension Due to Unavailability of Transportation
Angola-----Guadeloupe-----Republic of Congo------South Sudan
Chad------Martinique-------St. Pierre & Miquelon--Timor-Leste
French Guiana—Niger-----Sierra Leone
Customers: Please refrain from mailing items addressed to the countries listed above, until further notice. For more details, see:
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Both Mike Mills, G3TEV and Emir Mahmutovic, 9A6AA passed away on 13 November.
Aged 87, Mike was the QSL manager for Brian, 9J2BO: "I can't thank enough for the excellent job he did for me putting in many hours of work to ensure that QSLs are answered as promptly as possible. We had a daily sched for this purpose", he says. Brian asks to refrain from sending QSL cards until further notice.
An active DXer, contestman and enthusiastic island activator, Emir was a founding member of the Croatian Flora & Fauna Programme, and President of the Radioklub Hrvatska Flora Fauna. In 2019 he was one of the operators of the D68CCC DXpedition to the Comoros.
ON4UN ---> The digital farewell ceremony for John, ON4UN will be held on 21 November at 14 UTC: https://cmore.be/afscheid-john-devoldere/. For those who wish to be present but are unable to attend, the link will be accessible for a couple more days afterward.
CQ WW WPX CONTESTS: NEW RULES ---> A new "Multi-Transmitter Distributed" category is being added to the CQ World Wide WPX RTTY, SSB and CW contests to better accommodate operators who wish to compete as a team without all being in the same physical location. The new category w ill permit up to six separate stations in different locations to operate as a single contest
entry. All equipment, including remotely-controlled equipment, must be located in same DXCC Entity and CQ Zone. Although inspired by innovations being made in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, this new, stand-alone category will be permanent. It is not intended to replace, or compete with, other multi-operator categories.
In addition, QSO alerting systems will now be permitted in all CQ WW WPX SSB and CW Single Operator categories, except the Single Operator Classic Overlay categories. There will no longer be separate listings or recognition for "Assisted" vs. "Unassisted" categories, and all Classic overlay entries must be unassisted. This step further aligns CQ WW WPX SSB and CW contests
with CQ WW WPX RTTY, where the use of QSO alerting systems has been permitted since the mid-nineties. Also, the maximum operating time for Single Operator Classic Overlay participants has been reduced from 36 to 24 hours.
Finally, the Multi-Operator Single Transmitter High and Low Power Classic Overlay categories have been removed from the rules. The rule changes take effect with the 2021 running of the WPX contests (RTTY on 13-14 February, SSB on 27-28 March and CW on 29-30 May). These changes do
not apply to the CQ World Wide (CQWW) DX contests. The full rules for CQ WW WPX SSB and CW 2021 will be posted on https://www.cqwpx.com/ in early 2021.
YASME EXCELLENCE AWARDS ---> In 2008 The Yasme Foundation (www.yasme.org) established the Yasme Excellence Award, to be presented to individuals and groups who, through their own service, creativity, effort and dedication, have made a significant contribution to amateur radio. The contribution may be in recognition of technical, operating or organizational achievement, as all three are necessary for amateur radio to grow and prosper. The Yasme Excellence Award is in the form of a cash grant and an individually-engraved crystal globe. The latest recipients, announced on 19 November, are:
- Brett Ruiz, PJ2BR and Helena Ruiz, PJ2ZZ Brett and Helena have been active leaders of VERONA for more than twenty years, including technical activities, disaster preparedness and relief, as well as training potential licensees. They act as liaisons to government and international organizations, as well as contributing to important events such as GAREC and IARU assemblies and meetings. Brett is also active in pursuing long-distance VHF propagation and digital communications.
- Bob Wilson, N6TV Yasme recognizes Bob's technical support to literally hundreds of hams through various radio manufacturer's user groups, to logging software communities, and the detailed assistance he provides to Reverse Beacon Network hosts, keeping their equipment configured and running. Bob also provides invaluable support to traveling hams worldwide when they most need help. Along with being technically talented he is exceptionally selfless in using that talent to help others, quick to encourage others inmany areas.
- Jari Perkiomaki, OH6BG Jari has supported the online VOACAP software and website (www.voacap.com) for almost twenty years, without compensation, making world-class HF propagation prediction and modeling services available to any radio amateur. He believes in team work, acknowledging the contributions and ideas from all of the ham community for further development of the service, but especially from James Watson (M0DNS/HZ1JW) and Juho Juopperi (OH8GLV). He estimates that today VOACAP Online serves thousands of users, with visits from more than 100 countries every month, including integration with the DX Summit and Club Log services. He is part of the Radio Arcala, OH8X team and acts as a propagation specialist, assisting the WRTC community, RSGB and others.
- Jim Brown K9YC Amateurs worldwide have benefited from his extensive contributions to amateur radio regarding ferrite materials and their use in combating RF interference, feed line applications, and transformers. His efforts to improve transmitter performance and operating practices are also greatly appreciated, as are the extensive set of personal publications available
to the public and performing reviews of technical material for amateur radio publishers.