DX-nieuws van week 51 - 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...

 DXcalender 2020Dec

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4S - Amateur radio operators from Sri Lanka have been authorized to append /70 to their callsigns (e.g. 4S7VK/70) during the month of December to mark the 70th anniversary since the founding of the Radio Society of Sri Lanka (formerly known as the Radio Society of Ceylon).

4X - Members of the Holy Land DX Group will be active as 4X7T from the UNESCO World Heritage site of Tel Be'er Sheva (square F23BS for the Holyland Award) on 25-26 December. They will operate CW, FT8 and SSB on 80-10 metres with three stations. QSL via 4Z5LA.

4X/4Z, ISRAEL (Reminder/Special Event). During the week of Chanukah celebrations, special Israeli radio amateur stations will be active on the air with a special callsigns ending in letters from the word "Chanukah", (4X1C, 4X2H, 4Z3A, 4X4N, 4X5U, 4X6K, 4Z7A, 4X8H and 4X0NER). "Ner" means candle in Hebrew. The number in the callsign indicates the number of the candles lit that day. Activity began on the evening of December 10th where the first candle was lit on (1400 UTC). The special event stations will operate for 9 days in row and new special event stations will join the activity every day on Chanukah Holiday until the close of the event on December 19th (2159 UTC). Special event stations will be activated as follows; on the evening of (*already happened):
*December 10th -- From the historical city of Hashmonaim when the 1st candle of the Chanukah Holiday will be lit on; the event activity will start with the 4X1C crew.
*December 11th -- From the city of Haifa when the 2nd candle will be lit on; the activity will start with the 4X2H crew.
*December 12th -- From the city of Tel Aviv when the 3rd candle will be lit on; the activity will start with the 4Z3A crew.
*December 13th -- From the city of Netanya when the 4th candle will be lit on; the activity will start with the 4X4N crew.
*December 14th -- From the city of Beer Sheva when the 5th candle will be lit on; the activity will start with the 4X5U crew.
*December 15th -- From the city of Kiryat Shmona when the 6th candle will be lit on; the activity will start with the 4X6K crew.
*December 16th -- From the city of Ashkelon when the 7th candle will be lit on; the activity will start with the 4Z7A crew.
*December 17th -- From the city of Jerusalem when the 8th and the last candle will be lit on; the activity will start with the 4X8H crew.
The crew of the station 4X0NER will be active every day during the 9 days of activity and will be used as Joker for the missing letters.
Important: All the new and previous day's event stations (letters) will continue to be active on the air to the end of operation on the 19th of December (2159 UTC).
Activity will be on all radio amateur bands, WARC and the QO-100 Satellite using all modes.
A special award will be available. The eligibility for a special certificate "Chanukah-2020" is as specified:
* For Israeli amateurs: 1 QSO with all the 8 special event stations (letters). Any band or mode. Contact with the special 4X0NER callsign is a replacement for a missing letter (only once).
* For European amateurs: 1 QSO with all 8 special event stations (letters). Any band or mode. Contact with the special 4X0NER callsign is a replacement for a missing letter (can be used twice).
* For amateurs outside Europe: to contact only 4 of 8 special event stations (letters). Any band or mode. Contact with the special 4X0NER callsign is a replacement for a missing letter (can be used twice). The special certificates will be available for download independently from the Israeli Amateur Radio Club (IARC) Web site at: https://www.iarc.org/iarc/
The certificates will be digital in PDF format and not numbered. QSL Manager: Paper cards-Slava, 4Z5MU. All contacts will be uploaded on LoTW after the end of activity. Amateurs in Israel and around the World are kindly asked to send them pictures with Menorah's in their own city of residence!
Special prize for the winning picture!
E-mail pictures to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

5T - Tom, DL7BO is expected to be active as 5T7OO from Mauritania until around 20 December. He will operate CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8 on various bands, provided the airline can find the antenna mast that was missing when he arrived in Nouakchott. QSL via DJ6TF (direct or bureau) and LoTW.

5Z4, KENYA. Cato, LA9PF, will once again be active as 5Z4/LA9PF from Malindi for 2-3 months, sometime between January and May, and possibly between October and December. Activity is mainly on SSB and the Digital modes, with some CW. His equipment in 5Z4-land is an IC-7200 with a 300 watt PA, with either a 3 element beam at 9 meters or vertical loop, or horizontal 70m no-resonant loop. He states, "Give me a shout on Skype for a sked at: LA9PF-cato. QSL only direct to: Cato B. De Savigny, POB 5642 Malindi, 80200 Malindi, Kenya.

7S60, SWEDEN (Special Event). Members of the Kristianstad Radioamateur Club (SK7BQ) will activate special event station 7S60BW throughout 2021.
Activity is to celebrate 60th anniversary of their radio club. QSL via SM7BHM.

8Q, MALDIVES (Update). Nobby, G0VJG, will once again be active as 8Q7CQ (now confirmed) between January 14-29th. Operations this time will be from Reethi Faru, Filaidhoo Island (AS-013). Activity will be on 80-10 meters (possibly 60m) using SSB and the Digital modes. His equipment will
be a FT-450D with a 400 watt amp into a small 6m beam, Butternut vertical for the HF bands and possibly a 3 element tri-bander. QSL via M0OXO OQRS, direct or ClubLog's OQRS.

AO50, SPAIN (Special Event). Members of the Escola d'Enginyeria de Telecomunicació i Aeroespacial de Castelldefels (EETAC), along with the collaboration of the Territorial Council URE Catalunya, will activate the special callsign AO50UPC from Castelldefels, Spain, between December 15-30th. Activity is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (Polytechnic University of Catalonia). Operations will be on all authorized bands using CW, SSB, EME and the satellites. Trophies and three different awards are available for download at:
For complete details, see their QRZ.com page.

CP - Once again Antonio, EA5RM will be working on a non-governmental Organization's project in Bolivia on 9-26 January. In his spare time he will operate SSB and digital modes as CP1XRM. QSL via LoTW.

DR165, GERMANY (Special Event). Members of the DARC OV Mainz K07 club will activate the special event station DR165TESLA throughout 2021 to celebrate the 165th birthday of Nikola Tesla.
QSL via DK8ZZ.

EA - Special callsign AO50UPC will be active on 15-30 December to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (Polytechnic University of Catalonia). A certificate will be
available for download: http://50aniversario-upc.dxfun.com.

GB100, ENGLAND (Special Event). Members of Hull and District Amateur Radio Society (HADARS) will be active as GB1OOH (GOLF BRAVO ONE OSCAR OSCAR HOTEL) from Hull starting January 1st throughout the new year in 2021. The special callsign will be activated from multiple QTHs, and be
on all HF bands plus VHF and UHF. Activity is to celebrate 100th anniversary of the HADARS.
QSL via M0GPN.

HF2021, POLAND (Special Event). Members of the Klub Krótkofalowców "Enigma" (SP2PBM) will activate special event station HF2021HY from Bydgoszcz between December 19th, 2020, and January 10th, 2021, to celebrate the New Year. QSL via SP2PBM by the Bureau, Clublog's OQRS (Bureau/direct) or LoTW.

HZ - HZ18SAT is a special callsign for the Saudi Amateur Radio Society (HZ1SAR) to celebrate the 18th anniversary of the launch of the Saudi satellite 1C SO-50 (20 December 2002). Look for activity on SO-50 on 17-27 December; see qrz.com for more information.

JA - Kenji, JA4GXS will be active as JA4GXS/4 from Otsu Island (AS-117) on 25-26 December. He will operate CW, SSB and FT8 on 40, 30 and 20 metres. QSL via home call.

JD1_oga- Once again Harry, JG7PSJ will be active as JD1BMH from Chichijima (AS-031), Ogasawara from 14 December to 9 January 2021. He will operate CW, SSB and RTTY on 40-10 metres. QSL via JD1BMH (bureau) or JG7PSJ (direct). He does not use LoTW or PayPal.
Logsearch on http://jd1bmh.webcrow.jp/.

OH - OH9SCL is once again active from Finnish Lapland ("Santa Claus Land") during the month of December. QSL via LoTW, eQSL, or direct to OH9FKJ.

PH20/PH21, THE NETHERLANDS (Special Event). Members of the Radio Scouting Fellowship of the PA3EFR/J-Plusscouts will activate two special callsigns:
PH20XMAS - Between December 6th, 2020, until January 3rd, 2021 (owner PA3EFR)
PH21HNY - Between December 10th, 2020, until January 31st, 2021 (owner PE2PVD)
These callsigns will operate on all frequencies from different QTH's around The Netherlands. They hope to be able to work everyday on SSB and the Digital modes.

PJ5, ST. EUSTATIUS. In the middle of his 2021 October trip to St. Kitts (V4) [see below], John, W5JON/V47JA, will be going to St. Eustatius between October 25th and November 1st, 2021, and be active as PJ5/W5JON. His radio equipment is a Yaesu FT-450D, Amplifier and dipoles. Activity will be on 40-6 meters using SSB and FT8, including an entry in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st). ALL QSLs go to W5JON direct or via LoTW. NO Bureau QSLs.

S5 - S520SAFE is a special callsign for members of Radioklub Elektron Brezice (S59ACP) to promote the "Be Safe Stay Safe" campaign in order to stop the spread of Covid-19. Look for activity between 8 December and 31 January 2021. QSL via LoTW, eQSL, or direct only to S56IPS.

V4, ST. KITTS. John, W5JON, will once again be active as V47JA from his Calypso Bay, St. Kitts, West Indies vacation home, located 200 feet from the Caribbean Sea, between October 16th and November 12th, 2021. Activity will be on 160-6 meters (incl. 60m) using SSB and FT8, with emphasis on 6m and 160m - FT8. Equipment is a Yaesu FT1000MP, FT450D and an Elecraft KPA500 Amplifier. John states his antennas are a Mosley Mini32A 10/15/20m, 33' Vertical 10-40m, 35' Top Loaded 80m Vertical, 160m Vertical and 6m 5 element Yagi. ALL QSLs go to W5JON direct or via LoTW. NO Bureau QSLs. ADDED NOTE: John will make a side trip to Saint Eustatius Island (PJ5). See PJ5 above.

W - Brad, N9EN will be active as W4A on 18-20 December. He will operate CW only mainly on 40 and 20 metres. This activity is to commemorate the 130th anniversary since the birth of Edwin H. Armstrong (189-1954), the inventor who laid the foundation for much of modern radio and electronic circuitry, including the regenerative and superheterodyne circuits and the frequency modulation (FM) system.
QSL via N9EN, direct or bureau.

YB - Members of ORARI Polewali Mandar and the Tipalayo DX Club will be active as 7C8M from Gusung Toraja Island (OC-236) on 26-30 December. QSL direct to YB8BRI (see qrz.com for PayPal instructions).

Z8, SOUTH SUDAN (Update). Diya, YI1DZ, is expected to return to Juba after his holiday on December 16th, and continues to be active as Z81D after the inspection at his workplaces (under the UN-WFP) and antennas. He should reappear on the bands before the end of this year. 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.


Iota News

AF-045. A group of Senegalese operators, who were expected to be active as 6V1A from Goree Island between December 18-20th, have postponed their operation due to the Convid-19 pandemic.

AS-117. Kenji, JA4GXS, will be active as JA4GXS/4 from Otsu Island between December 25-26th. Activity will be on 40/30/20 meters using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL via his home callsign.

AS-152. (Update) Members of the Arctic Legends Team (RT9K), who plan to be active as RI0Q from Bolshoj Begichev Island sometime in early 2021, are looking for funds (15,000 USDs was mentioned) to conduct this operation. To achieve their goal to operate from Bolshoj Begichev Island, the team will have to travel 3624 km (by snowmobiles 1812 km*2). The latest info indicates that the team will start their snowmobile trip on March 10th, 2021, from Norway, and will start their RI0Q operation possiblyon March 17th (depending on the weather). For more details, https://www.qrz.com/DB/RI0Q

OC-236. Members of the ORARI of Polewali Mandar Tipalayo DX Club will be active as 7C8M from Gusung Toraja Island, in the Celebes Coastal Islands, between December 26-30th. Activity will be on various HF bands. QSL via YB8BRI direct.

OC-298. There is another great article (with pictures) online of Cezar's, VE3LYC, DXpedition to Tatakoto Atoll as TX0T on the Clipperton DX Club Web site at:

Qsl Info
EA5GL Handles (now) Qsl for: 9J2BO, D73A, LU1HHT, KP4RV, NP3XF, V51LZ, XE1IM, YC8FXI, ZF2LZ

QSL VK9NC, VK9NE & VK9NG ---> "Unfortunately, due to the ongoing serious restrictions on the delivery of letters sent abroad (due to COVID) by Polish Post Office, and the fact that our cards sent to many countries returned with the words 'no delivery' (and stamps cancelled), our manager SP7VC had to resign from sending QSL cards from Poland", Jacek, SP5EAQ (ex VK9NE) says. "In this situation, Willi, DL8MAN came to our aid by successively sending cards from Mainburg. Willi always ensures delivery after making sure the country is served by the German Post Office. Previously, some cards could be delivered in bulk by road transport according to lists provided by the main sponsors". VK9NC, VK9NE and VK9NG were active from Norfolk Island
in October-November 2019.

VA6/VE6: NEW QSL BUREAU MANAGER ---> Jerry, VE6TL is the new manager of the Incoming QSL Bureau (http://www.buro.ve6hams.com) for the Canadian province of Alberta (VA6/VE6). The mailing address is Jerry Spring, 206 Hampstead PL NW, Calgary AB T3A 5J2, Canada.

No Info received

DX-World is very sorry to hear of the passing of Dani, YB2TJV.
Dani was IARU R3 Disaster Chairman and also the designer of some super logos made for major DXpeditions over the years.



2021 IOTA HONOUR ROLL & ANNUAL LISTING ---> The last date for sending score updates to checkpoints, both online or by QSL cards, for inclusion in the 2021 Honour Roll and Annual Listings is 31 January 2021. If cards are postmarked after that date, they will be processed in the normal way, but the scores will be held over to the following year's listing. The current disruption to postal services as a result of coronavirus suggests that, where cards are to be sent, they should be sent in good time to enable credit to be given. Participants who have not updated since the 2016 annual listings and wish to remain listed should make a submission before 31 January 2021. Furthermore, those who have not logged into their record for more than two years, will need to revalidate their registration through info[@]iota-world.org. Do not leave it to the last moment as you may run out of time.


6V1A: POSTPONED ---> The 18-20 December 6V1A operation from Goree Island (AF-045) has been postponed to a later date TBA owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.

IOTA NEWS: OC-298 ---> "New IOTA OC-298, Tatakoto Atoll has now been confirmed following the opening up of QSO matching on LoTW for contacts with Cezar, VE3LYC's recent TX0T operation (30 October-5 November 2020)", IOTA General Manager Roger Balister (G3KMA) posted to the IOTA website on 10 December (https://iota-world.org/management-news.html). "This has enabled credits made previously with the island by FO5RH, FO0CLA and TX5TES and credited to OC-066 to be transferred to the new number OC-298 where the evidence is clear. Record holders may wish to check if they now need to restore credit for OC-066 with a replacement card. Requests arising from this change of group number should be made using the normal update procedure
through checkpoints".


LOTW QUICK START GUIDES ---> The "New User Guide" and "Quick Start Guides - Submitting QSOs to LoTW" (from Windows, MacOS & OS X, Linux) are available:
http://www.arrl.org/quick-start and http://www.arrl.org/logbook-of-the-world
"There are a lot of updates that are still needed to Logbook Help", Greg Widin, K0GW (ARRL Logbook of The World Committee, Chair) says. "However, the Guides are likely to attract the attention and use of exactly those who can most benefit from them".


SOLAR CYCLE 25 ---> "In direct contradiction to the official forecast, a team of scientists led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is predicting that the Sunspot Cycle that started this fall could be one of the strongest since record-keeping began": see