DX-nieuws van week 49 - 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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4X - Celebrating Chanukah, 4X0NER (the suffix stands for "candle" in Hebrew) and other eight special callsigns whose suffixes spell the word "Chanukah" (4X1C, 4X2H, 4Z3A, 4X4N, 4X5U, 4X6K, 4Z7A and 4X8H) will be active from 14 UTC on 10 December until 21.59 UTC on 19 December: https://www.iarc.org/iarc/Content/docs/Chanukah.pdf. QSL via LoTW, or via 4Z5MU. A "Chanukah-2020" certificate will be made available for download on the IARC website.

5T, MAURITANIA. Dima, RA9USU, will be active as 5T3WW from 5T5PA QTH in Nouadhibou during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th) as a Single-Op entry. Listen for QSL route.

7Q, MALAWI (Surprise, Still There!) Vasily, R7AL, reports that two of the 7Q7RU team have tested positive for COVID-19, and now must stay in Malawi for at least another week while self-isolating. They are currently running simple wire antennas at their new QTH and hope to be active during the CQWW DX CW Contest this weekend.

8Q - Marko, N5ZO (8Q7ZO) and Oliver, W6NV (8Q7NV) have been active from the Maldives (AS-013) since 22 November, and will remain there until 2 December. They will participate in the CQ WW DX CW Contest as 8Q7ZO as a Multi-Op entry. QSL 8Q7ZO via LoTW or direct to OH0XX; QSL 8Q7NV direct to W6NV.

8Q, MALDIVES. Juan, A65GC/HK4SNU, will be active as 8Q7AR from Saii Lagoon, Maldives (AS-013, WW Loc. MJ64), between November 28th and December 4th. Activity will be holiday style on the FM and SSB satellites during the morning and late evening to coincide with his satellite passes. QSL via LoTW, ClubLog or eQSL.

A91, BAHRAIN (Special Event). Members of the Bahrain Amateur Radio Society (BARS) are now active again as A91UAE from Bahrain until December 2nd. Activity is to celebrate their neighboring country United Arab Emirates's (U.A.E) 49th National Day. QSL via EC6DX or LoTW.

C6 - AA7JV, W6IZT, W8HC and KN4EEI have been active as C6AGU from Wood Cay (OC-001), Bahamas since 24 November. They "are testing a newly developed DXpedition system", and should like to get honest signal reports. QSL via LoTW, Club Log's OQRS, or via HA7RY.

CR3/CT9, MADEIRA ISLANDS. Operators Falk/DK7YY, Arno/DL1CW, Ulf/DL5AXX, Paul/DL5CW, Mike/DL7UGN and Emil/DL8JJ will be active as CR3W from Santana, Madeira Island (AF-014), during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL CR3W via DL5AXX's OQRS or LoTW. Look for operators to possibly sign as CT9/homecall before and after the contest on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via their home callsigns.

CT - Valdemar, CT7AQD will be active as CQ750RSI throughout 2021 to commemorate the 750th anniversary of the birth of Elizabeth of Aragon (1271-1336), queen consort of Portugal and patron saint of the city of Coimbra. QSL via home call.

EA - Special callsign EF42C will be active from 28 November to 13 December to commemorate the 42nd anniversary of the promulgation of the Spanish Constitution of 1978, which marked the culmination of the transition of Spain to democracy. QSL via LoTW, eQSL, or direct to EB5R.

EA - EA5BJ/p, EA5EL/p, EA5RM/p and EA5BCQ/p will be active from Tabarca Island (EU-093) on 2-6 December. They will operate CW and SSB on 80-10 metres with two stations. QSL via home calls.

EA6, BALEARIC ISLANDS. Roger, EA3M, will be active as EA6FO from Ibiza Island (EU-004) during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Assisted /High-Power entry.
QSL via LoTW.

F - TM63SC ("Santa Claus") is a special callsign for Jean-Pierre, F8DZU to use between 30 November and 30 December to celebrate this year's Christmas Holiday Season. QSL via home call, direct or bureau.

F - Special event station TM13TLT will be activated on 4-5 December for the annual French Telethon, the fund-raising event encouraging support for research on genetic diseases. QSL via eQSL, or direct to F5RIJ.

F - Celebrating Christmas and the New Year, the Radio Club du Val d'Issole (F8KGH) will be active as TM20XMAS and TM21HNY. QSL via eQSL.

G - During the month of December, the Welland Valley Amateur Radio Society will be running special callsigns GB1XMS (from the shack of G1IVG), GB2XMS (from the shack of G4ISN), GB5XMS (from the shack of G4XEX) and GB9XMS (from the shack of G0SFJ) to celebrate Christmas and say farewell to 2020. QSL via eQSL and LoTW.

GU, GUERNSEY (EU-114). Dick, GU4CHY, will once again be active during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m)/High-Power/Unassisted entry. QSL via his home callsign, direct (preferred) or by the Bureau (long QRX).

HB0, LIECHTENSTEIN. Operators Silvio/HB9LCW and Waldemar/HB0WR will be active as HB0A during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 228-29th) as a Multi-Op entry. QSL via LoTW or CBA.

HL_ssh - Lee, DS4NMJ is a member of the 34th overwintering team at the King Sejong Station on King George Island, South Shetlands (AN-010). The icebreaker "Araon" is expected to reach first the Jang Bogo Station in Terra Nova Bay (Antarctica) around 4 December, and then King George Island by mid-January 2021. Lee will be QRV as DT8A through the end of the year. QSL via DS5TOS. The log will be uploaded to LoTW and Club Log.

I - II1DCC ("Drake & Collins Collectors") is the special callsign for a "vintage activity" to be conducted from 1 December 2020 until 31 December 2021. Marco, IK1RAE and other operators will use exclusively Drake and Collins pieces of equipment, and will be QRV on the HF bands (30, 17 and 12 metres excluded) SSB, CW and maybe AM.
QSL via the bureau to IK1RAE. A certificate will be available;
see https://www.qrz.com/db/II1DCC for information.

I - The Italian Naval Old Rhythmers Club's station IQ1NM will be activated during the 40th edition of the INORC Contest (5-6 December). It will also commemorate the 10th anniversary of the death of Nicola Mastroviti, IT9XNM (1912-2010), who founded INORC back in October 1976. See https://www.qrz.com/db/iq1nm for complete information.

I - ARI Grosseto (IQ5GR) will be active as IO5CNPP on 6-20 December in remembrance of the Heroes of Chernobyl, the "liquidators" - whose Memorial Day Ukraine observes on 14 December - who were called upon to deal with consequences of the 1986 Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant
disaster. A certificate will be available, complete details can be found on https://www.qrz.com/db/IQ5GR.

JW7, SVALARD. Ken, LA7GIA, will be active as JW7GIA from Longyearbyen, Svalbard (EU-026) during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th) as a Single-Op entry on 80-40 meters. QSL via M0OXO or OQRS. ADDED NOTES: Ken stated, "Tuning the spiderpole in -8C and snow. A bit chilly...
Africa next." Pictures on FaceBook:

KH6, HAWAII. Alex, KU1CW, is now active as KH6/KU1CW from Oahu Island (OC-019) in the Hawaiian Islands. Length of stay is not known. Activity has been on various HF bands using mostly FT8 with some CW. Look for him to sign KH7Q, the "Oahu CQ Contesting Club" callsign, during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL KH6/KU1CW via LoTW. QSL KH7Q via LoTW or direct address on QRZ.com or AH6NF.

LU - Hernan, LU7EHR will be active as LU7EHR/E from Isla Martin Garcia (SA-055) on 5-8 December. He will operate FT8 on 80-2 metres, and SSB on 80, 60 and 40 metres. QSL via LoTW, eQSL, or via home call; logsearch on Club Log.

LZ - The radio club located at the elementary school "Aleko Konstantinov" in Dimitrovgrad will be active as LZ1XMAS on 1-31 December "to promote the hobby among young people and to share our Christmas spirit". Look for main activity to take place on 40 and 20 metres SSB between 12 and 14 UTC. "The operators will be students aged between 10 and 13, without much experience, so we ask for your patience and understanding". QSL via LZ1KAK.

LZ2020, BULGARIA (Special Event). Look for special event station LZ2020XMAS from Sliven to be active between December 1st, 2020, and January 1st, 2021.

OH0, ALAND ISLANDS. Pertti, OH2PM/OH0PM, will be active as OH0R from Brändö Island during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (80m) entry. QSL via OP2PM.

OY, FAROE ISLANDS. Carsten, OY1CT, will operate from Streymoy Island in the Faroe Islands (EU-018) during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via OY1CT direct, ClubLog or LoTW.

P44, ARUBA (Rare Prefix). Mathias, DL4MM, will be active as P44AA from Aruba (SA-036) during the CQ 160m CW Contest (January 29-31st, 2021) as a Single-Op/Assisted/High-Power entry. QSL P44AA via DL4MM. Look for him to sign P4/DL4MM before and after the contest with a focus on the low
bands. QSL via DL4MM, direct (via ClubLog), LoTW or by the Bureau.

PA - Special callsigns PA20XMAS, PB20CLAUS and PD20SANTA will be active on 1-31 December. QSL cards will not be issued, but a certificate will be available for download (https://www.qrz.com/db/PA20XMAS).

PJ4, BONAIRE. Martin, DL6KR, will be active as PJ4/DL6KR from Bonaire (SA-006, WW Loc. FK52UD) until November 29th. Activity will be on various HF bands using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. He will also participate in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th). QSL via DL6KR, direct, by the Bureau, LoTW or ClubLog. SWL cards are welcome.

S5 - Special event station S521PMC will be active from 4 December to 3 January 2021 to promote the PMC Contest, sponsored by the Radio Club Slovenj Gradec (S59DCD). All QSOs will be confirmed via the bureau. The International Association of Peace Messenger Cities was established in 1988 to recognize and encourage the role and responsibility cities have in creating a culture of peace. The PMC Contest, promoting contacts between stations located in the Peace Messenger Cities and the rest of the world, will be held on 2-3 January (see http://www.s59dcd.si/ for complete information).

SI9, SWEDEN. A contest team with Lars/SM3EAE and Göran/SM5SIC will be active as SI9AM during CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th). QSL via SM3FJF. REMINDER: The SI9AM from the "King Chulalongkorn Memorial", the largest Thai Pavilion in the world outside Thailand in Raganda, Sweden, will be closing down. See Web pages:

TI, COSTA RICA. Chris, KL9A, will be active as TI7W during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. Activity outside of the contest Chris will operate as TI5/KL9A. QSL via M0URX.

TM20/TM21, FRANCE (Special Event). Members of the "Radio Cluub du Val D'Issole" (F8KGH) located in the south of France on the Côte d'Azur near the Mediterranean Sea, 28 kilometers north of the port of Toulon, will be active with the special callsigns TM20XMAS and TM21HNY to celebrate the Christmas and New Year holidays. QSL Manager is F4GPB. Log will be uploaded to eQSL, QRZ.com, LoTW, ClubLog and HRDLOG for only a digital QSL.

XR50, CHILE (Special Event). Members of the Chilean Pacific DX Group are now active as XR50BA until November 30th. Activity is to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the "Escuadrilla de Paracaidismo Boinas Azules" of the Chilean Air Force (FACH). Activity will be on all HF bands with a focus on FT8. QSL via direct (see QRZ.com), LoTW or eQSL. SWLs reports are welcome.

YB - Ten operators, including a few newcomers, will be active as 7C9B from Sumbawa Island (OC-150) on 1-10 December. They will operate SSB and FT8 on 160-10 metres. QSL via DL3KZA.

YI - Giorgio, IU5HWS (previously active as YI/IU5HWS and YI9/IU5HWS) has received his licence and has been active as YI9WS since 25 November. He expects to remain in Iraq and be QRV in his spare time until around 20 January. QSL direct to Giorgio Toma, Via Settembrini 5, 57128 Livorno LI, Italy; the YI9WS log will be uploaded to LoTW.

ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS. Dan, N6MJ, will once again be active as ZF1A from Grand Cayman Islands (NA-016) during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL ZF1A via LoTW or K6AM. Activity outside of the contest, Dan usually will sign as ZF2MJ on 160-10 meters including 30/17/12 meters. QSL via ClubLog or LoTW.

ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS. Stan, ZF9CW, will be active as ZF5T from Cayman Brac during the CWWe DX CW Contest (November 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power/Assisted entry. QSL via K5GO direct or LoTW.

Iota News
EU-093. Operators Pedro/EA5BJ, Gen/EA5EL, Antonio/EA5RM and Jose/EA5BCQ will be active as EA5BJ/P, EA5EL/P, EA5RM/P and EA5BCQ/P from Tabarca Island between December 2-6th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW and SSB, with two stations on air.
QSL via their home callsigns.

NA-026. Bodo, DF8DX, will be active as KT3Q/2 from the New York State IOTA group between December 1st and 23rd. QSL via DF8DX only, direct or by the Bureau.

OC-150. Ten operators calling themselves the Bima DXpedition Team will be active as 7C9B from Sumbawa Island, Indonesia, between December 1-10th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using SSB and FT8. It is being suggested to PLEASE be patient to give these newcomers a chance for a successful QSO. QSL via DL3KZA.

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T6AA: LOW BAND ACTIVITY ---> "Unfortunately, I have to report that the QRM from many different sources at my QTH now makes 160m operation next to impossible", Robert S53R (T6AA and T6A) posted to qrz.com on 20 November. "While it was already very bad during the last season, it has now gone beyond repair. I have installed three 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".

YOTA MONTH ---> The Youngsters On The Air group will be active again during the entire month of December. The idea for this event is to show the amateur radio hobby to youth and to encourage youngsters to be active on the ham radio waves. Announced participating stations include 7X2YOTA, 7X3YOTA, 9A0YOTA, 9A20YOTA, AP20YOTA, CN8YOTA, DB0YOTA, E71YOTA, EI0YOTA, ES9YOTA, GB20YOTA, HA6YOTA, HG0YOTA, HL0YOTA, II1YOTA, II9YOTA, K8A, K8O, K8T, K8Y, LY5YOTA, LZ0YOTA, OD5YOTA, OH2YOTA, OL20YOTA, OM20YOTA, ON4YOTA, PA6YOTA, PB6YOTA, SH9YOTA, TC20YOTA, TF3YOTA, TM20YOTA, YL20YOTA, YT20YOTA, Z30YOTA and Z39YOTA. QSLs via LoTW. Paper cards via Club Log's OQRS (direct only) or via M0SDV (direct only). Information about the event and the awards can be found on https://events.ham-yota.com/.

SOLAR CYCLE 25 (Sudden Increase, As We Approach the CQWW CW DX Contest). Frank, W3LPL, posted the following (on November 26th) for the contesters on some interesting details about Solar Cycle 25 [edited]:
Sunspot activity has increased dramatically over the last two months. Most days this month have had multiple and more active sunspots resulting in the solar flux index exceeding 100 for the first time since September 2017. SFI is likely to remain above 100 during the CQWW CW DX Contest and
remain at 90 or above for at least another week.
But recall that both the sunspot number and the 2800 MHz solar flux index are proxies for the the actual source of F layer ionization that cannot be observed on the surface of the Earth: extreme ultraviolet radiation
We can't yet determine if this is a short term surge or a sustained increase in sunspot activity. We'll have a better understanding in about six months.
The first year of increased sunspot activity is a sweet spot in the solar cycle because:
- increased extreme ultraviolet radiation starts to open the 10 meter band, makes 15 meters more reliable including more frequent JA and long path openings keeps 20 meters open later into the night and opens it well before sunrise keeps the MUF into Europe above 7 MHz during most or all of the night
- coronal hole high speed streams that cause elevated K indices during the declining years of the solar cycle and during solar minimum are now less frequent and not as strong, keeping the K index consistently low for about the next year.
- fast coronal mass ejections (fast CMEs) that cause much more severe and more frequent geomagnetic disturbances won't start to occur regularly until at least late next year.
- daytime D layer absorption that affects 160 and 80 meters much more severely than 40 meters hasn't yet begun to increase significantly as it will when we get closer to solar maximum
- E layer ionization (not sporadic-E -- that's completely different) hasn't yet begun to increase significantly. As we get closer to solar maximum consistently higher E-layer MUFs will blanket 40 meter DX openings until later in the afternoon.

ULTRA-MARATHON (Less Than 6 Weeks To The Start). Pete, MM0TWX, Founder and CEO of the True Blue DXers Club (TBDXC), sent out the following press release on November 23rd [edited]: "300 pre-registered with six weeks to go" -- Dear fellow DXers,
We want to wholeheartedly thank all those who have pre-registered for the 2021 Ultra-Marathon "Bands Alive" organized by the True Blue DXers Club.
The level of interest and enthusiasm for this initiative is very high - so many have written saying that they find the format exciting and they cannot wait for the start of the operations on January 1st, 2021. Also, the Sun seems to be gracing us with a very good start of cycle 25, and this bodes extremely well for good levels of activity next year. Although having very nearly 300 people already pre-registered for this event is a major success, we think we all can do even better! I would like to appeal again to all of you to do what you can to raise the profile of this event even further. Talk to your friends, talk to your local Club, write to the DX editor of your national Ham Radio magazine, write a post on a discussion forum - any of these simple actions can result in more people participating. And remember: more people = more fun = bands more alive than ever! All you have to do is to point people to (www.tbdxc.net/marathon), where they will find all the information they need. I also wanted to give you feedback on a promise I had made in my first email. I did indeed contact about a dozen manufacturers of radiorelated products and accessories, asking for a sponsorship, in the form of a product or a discount voucher, for a prize to go to the winners of the CW and SSB categories. 9 of these had the courtesy of replying, wishing us luck with the initiative, but saying that - owing to the difficult economic situation - they cannot afford a sponsorship at the
moment. At least they responded, which I really appreciated and is more than many would have done... I still hope to be able to motivate potential sponsors to contribute next year, especially if we can show participation numbers in the high hundreds.
Meanwhile, everybody please stay safe, enjoy DXing and stay tuned for the next and last Marathon update before we actually begin. And don't forget to do your part for promotion! :-)
.... 73 to all, Pete, MM0TWX, TBDXC Founder and CEO