DX-nieuws van week 52 - 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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3D2/R, ROTUMA (Reminder). Tony, 3D2AG, is once again active as 3D2AG/p from Rotuma Island (OC-060). Most of his activity has been on 30 meters FT8. He posts on QRZ.com: The "Rehanisi Memorial DXpedition" appears on track, with boat tickets in hand. Departure is scheduled for the 12th of December 2020, and return sometime mid-January 2021. Following a family function to remember our dear late son Rehanisi and put a tombstone on the grave, as time allows radio operations will take place 160m to 6m. Currently in process of securing some equipment, including a generator to take on the boat. QSL via 3D2AG using PayPal, ClubLog's OQRS or direct.
He uses paper logs for CW, and ClubLog for FT8. NO LoTW.

9H, CROATIA. Ray, W2RE, will activate his new callsign and station 9A5USA remotely (RHR - REMOTE HAM RADIO). QSL direct to EB7DX

AT8, INDIA (Special Event). Members of Society of Radio Amateurs (SORA, https://www.sora.co.in/) will be active with the special callsign AT8GFD from Gaya city, south-central Bihar state, northeastern India, December 24-25th. Activity will be on various HF bands.

C4, CYPRUS (Special Event). Alex, 5B4ALX, will once again be active as C4XMAS between now and December 31st. Activity is to celebrate the Christmas season. Operations will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via IZ4AMS, direct, by the Bureau or ClubLog.
Checkout this year's QSL card: http://www.5b4alx.cloud/c4xmas

CN, MOROCCO. QSL Manager Vasiliy, RW6HS, informs OPDX that he is organizing an expedition in the southern zone of Morocco with a special event ARRAM callsign CN1M between December 24-31st. QSL via RW6HS direct only.

CT9, MADERIRA. Operators Georg/DD8ZX and Klaus/DJ9KM will once again be active as CT9/DD8ZX and CT9/DJ9KM from Madeira Island (AF-014) between February 27th and March 6th (depending on the Covid-19 situation). Activity will be holiday style on 40-10 meters using mostly the Digital modes (FT8 and RTTY). QSL via their home callsigns, by the Bureau, direct or LoTW.

DB100, GERMANY (Special Event). Uwe, DO2PZ, will activate special event station DB100AVUS to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the AVUS (Automobile Traffic and Exercise Road) located in the south-west of Berlin and is the northern section of the A 115 motorway. It opened on September 24th, 1921. The AVUS was the world's first exclusive car road. The 8.3 kilometer long and chargeable route served as a racing and test track and was not for public transport until 1940. Activity will be throughout 2021. QSL via DO2PZ, direct or by the Bureau. QSL cards are expected to be dispatched between January/February 2022.

DL_ant - Felix, DL5XL will be a member of the Antarctic summer season’s team at Neumayer III station. The RV Polarstern will be leaving Bremerhaven, Germany on 20 December, and during the long voyage Felix will operate mainly CW and digital modes as DP0POL/mm (QSL via DL5EBE). From mid-January to mid-March 2021, he expects to be QRV as DP1POL (QSL via DL1ZBO) from Neumayer III. The club call DP0GVN (QSL via DL5EBE) may also be used by other operators: in particular Theresa, DC1TH, who will be part of the 2021-22 overwintering crew and will operate DP0GVN via the QO100 satellite.

EN50, UKRAINE (Special Event). Members of the "7-DX-Club" [UT7WZA (ex-UK5WBG 1971-1984) and ex-UB4WZA 1984-1994)] will activate the special event special EN50WZA between January 1-31st, 2021. Activity is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding (January 19, 1971) of their club. QSL via UT7WZA.

HK - Due to Covid-19 restrictions, Lothar, DK8LRF (HK3JCL) is remaining in Colombia until late April 2021. QSL via the bureau to home call.

HS, THAILAND. Chris, GM8NMM, is now active as HS0ZJB from Bang Saray, Bang Sare, Thailand. His length of stay is unknown. Activity will be on various HF bands, but was heard on 20 meters SSB December 20th. QSL via LoTW or eQSL.

OH9, FINLAND (Special Event). Once again Santa Claus Land (OH9SCL) is active until December 31st. OH9SCL has been active every December since 1986, operating in Finnish Lapland at the Arctic Circle. Activity will be mostly on the HF bands using all modes. QSL direct to OH9FKJ, LoTW or eQSL.

ON - The Belgian regulator has extended the expiry date for Covid-19 special callsigns OO7STAYHOME, OP19MSF, OQ5BECLEVER, OR20STAYHOME, OT4LIFE and OT6SAFE until 31 January. Also active until 31 December 2020 is OR20STAYSAFE.

PC19, THE NETHERLANDS (Special Event). Hans, PA7HPH, will activate the special event station PC19HOPE from Vaassen between January 15th and March 10th, 2021. Activity is to commemorate (not forget) the economic, social problems, and the many people who have died (lost of their loved
ones or were left in solitude) as of the result of the pandemic.
QSL via PA7HPH, by the Bureau or eQSL.

R2021/RA21/RC21/RD21/RG21/RJ21/RK21/RL21/RM21, RUSSIA (Special Event). Members of the Miller DX Club will activate the several special event stations to celebrate the "International Radio Marathon Russian New Year 2021" between December 25th, 2020, and January 14th, 2021. Look for
the following to be active:
*R2021NY -- Operators are RC7M, UI6L, UA6L, R7NZ, RZ6LY, R6MR, R6NZ, R7LB, RV6LCY, UA6LQZ, R6LJO, UA6LCT, R6LHL and RO7N
*RA21NY -- Operators are RQ7L, RU7N, R6LD, R7MG, UA6NT, R7NO, RC7LX, UA6LET and R6MI
*RC21NY -- Operators are R2DX, R2DY, R2DD, RX3DFU, R2DRE, RW3FB, R5AV, UA5D, RL3F, R3AP and RX3F
*RD21NY -- Operators are RD7D, R6CW, R6AF, R6DX, RN6DZ, RC6AC and RW6A
*RG21NY -- Operators are RV3FF, RY3D, R2DNW, RT5C, R3LA, R3LD, R2DA, R2HM and R5FQ
*RJ21NY -- Operators are RK6K, R7KO, RU6K, RT7KM, RL6K and RA7KW
*RK21NY -- Operators are UA6HML, UA6HLN, RV6HV, R7GM, RV6HFA, UD7G, UA6GO, R7TW, RK6FA, RV6F and UA7G
*RM21NY -- Operators are RM9RZ, RW9QA, UB8QAR, RA9QBR, UA9R, RA9RR, R8QAK, UB8QBA, RA9QAT, RW9QC and UA9QFF
QSL Manager is RQ7L, by the Bureau or direct (payment only via PayPal). For more details, see QRZ.com. The request for a plaque and pennant can be sent to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SP - Celebrating the New Year, members of the Radio Club Enigma (SP2PBM) will be active as HF2021HY between 19 December and 10 January. QSL via Club log's OQRS, LoTW, or via SP2PBM.

SX1-9, CRETE [SV9], DODECANESE [SV5] AND GREECE [SV] (Update Reminder/Now
Active/Special Event). Look for nine special stations to be active from these three DXCC entities as of December 16th, 2020, until March 25th, 2021. Activity is to celebrate the 200th anniversary of "Greece’s War of Independence" against Ottoman Turks. See:
Look for the following callsigns to be on the air with a serial number
(* count down days until the actual celebration day of March 25th, 2021) to be appended to each special callsign:
*SX9A/* -- Crete Island (Counts as SV9 DXCC)
as SX9A/99 to SX9A/90; between December 16-25th, 2020
as SX9A/9 on March 16th, 2021
as SX9A on March 25th, 2021 (***joker***)
Operators mentioned are Dimitrios/SV9COL (pilot), Nikos/SV9ANK, John/SV9CJO, Michael/SV9CVY, Georgios/SV9DJO, Giannis/SV9FBG, Yannis/SV9FBK, George/SV9GPV, Manolis/SV9IOI, John/SV9IOQ,
Manos/SV9JI, Konstantinos/SV9OFS and Giannis/SV9RGI.
*SX8A/* -- Aegean & Ionian Islands (counts as SV for DXCC)
as SX8A/89 to SX8A/80; December 26th, 2020 to January 4th, 2021
as SX8A/8 on March 17th, 2021
as SX8A on March 25th, 2021 (***joker***)
Operators mentioned are Dimitris/SV8LMQ (pilot), Alexander/SV8CYR, Pantelis/SV8DCY, Periklis/SV8DTD and Panos/SV8JNL.
*SX7A/* -- Thrace & East Macedonia Region (counts as SV DXCC)
as SX7A/79 to SX7A/70; January 5-14th, 2021
as SX7A/7 on March 18th, 2021
as SX7A on March 25th, 2021 (***joker***)
Operators mentioned are Babis/SV7BAY (pilot), Stayros/SV7BVM, Akis/SV7CLI, Teo/SV7JAR and Dimitris/SV7RAV.
*SX6A/* -- Epirus Region (Counts as SV for DXCC)
as SX6A/69 to SX6A/60; January 15-24th, 2021
as SX6A/6 on March 19th, 2021
as SX6A on March 25th, 2021 (***joker***)
Operators mentioned are Crhistos/SV6JHA (pilot), Thomas/SV6EBQ and George/SV6KRW.
*SX5A/* -- Dodecanese Region (Counts as SV5 for DXCC)
as SX5A/59 to SX5A/50; January 25th and February 3rd, 2021
as SX5A/5 on March 20th, 2021
as SX5A on March 25th, 2021 (***joker***)
Operators mentioned are Panos/SV5AZK (pilot), Pantelis/SV5AZP, Stathis/SV5DKL and Athanasios/SV5SKI.
*SX4A/* -- Thessaly Region (Counts as SV for DXCC)
as SX4A/49 to SX4A/40; February 4-13th, 2021
as SX4A/4 on March 21st, 2021
as SX4A on March 25th, 2021 (***joker***)
Operators mentioned are John/SV4RRK (pilot), Thanasis/SV4DCQ, Spyros/SV4DDM, Costas/SV4FFL, Chris/SV4MLF, Panos/SV4QNP, Konstantinos/SV4RTG and Panos/SV4RXA.
*SX3A/* -- Peloponnese Region (Counts as SV for DXCC)
as SX3A/39 to SX3A/30; February 14-23rd, 2021
as SX3A/3 on March 22nd, 2021
as SX3A on March 25th, 2021 (***joker***)
Operators mentioned are Panos/SV3DCX (pilot), Sotiris/SV1BDO, Joseph/SV3AQN, Takis/SV3AUW, Babis/SV3CKF, Zac/SV3GLL, George/SV3QUP, Nikos/SV3SCW, Dimitris/SV3SKM, George/SV3SFK and Nick/SV0LU.
*SX2A/* -- Central & Eastern Macedonia Region (counts as SV for DXCC)
as SX2A/29 to SX2A/20; February 24th and March 5th, 2021
as SX2A/2 on March 23rd, 2021
as SX2A on March 25th, 2021 (***joker***)
Operators mentioned are Michael/SV2HJQ (pilot), Nikos/SV2WT, Fotis/SV2BXZ, George/SV2CNE, Antonis/SV2CSV, Demetreos/SV2GWY, Sakis/SV2FPI and Dimitris/SV2RCN.
*SX1A/* -- Sterea Hellas Region (counts as SV for DXCC)
as SX1A/19 to SX1A/10; March 6-15th, 2021
as SX1A/1 on March 24th, 2021
as SX1A on March 25th, 2021 (***joker***)
Operators mentioned are Chris/SV1IYA (pilot), Nikos/SV1AJO, Vassilis/SV1CNS, Manos/SV1DZB, Kostas/SV1DPI, Christos/SV1EEM, Kostas/SV1SAX and Takis/SV2FWV.

UA_ant - Alexei, RX6A will be active as RI01ANT from Progress Station and Vostok Station, Antarctica approximately between 25 December and 30 May 2021. He will operate mainly CW and FT8 on 40 metres "and higher". QSL via RX6A.

Z8 - Diya, YI1DZ expected to be back in Juba, South Sudan on 16 December. Hopefully he will be QRV again in his spare time as Z81D before the end of the year. He will operate SSB and FT8 on 80-6 metres. QSL via Club Log's OQRS, LoTW, eQSL, or via OM3JW.


Iota News
*NA-041. Phil, KC3CIB, will be active as KC3CIB/KL7 from Shelter Island between May 29-31st, 2021. He will be there on a fishing trip, but will be activating Shelter Island for IOTA purposes. Activity will be limited, and QRP with an Icom IC-705 most likely using a Digital mode. QSL via eQSL or direct. Look for more details to be forthcoming.

*OC-150. Members of the West Nusa Tenggara Regional ORARI are now active as 7C9N from Mataram City on Lombok Island (ARLHS IDO-099) until December 31st. Activity will be on various HF bands. QSL 7C9N via HA3JB.

Qsl Info
EA5GL (now) qsl manager for: 6Y5HM, HC1HN, PJ2CF

TX0T QSL STATUS. Cezar, VE3LYC, reports on December 17th: All direct QSLs for stations from United States and overseas were mailed late afternoon today from Spring Brook, NY. Direct cards for Canadian stations were mailed yesterday from Kingston, ON.
Any direct requests received after Dec 14 were and will be mailed from Canada.


6O1OO-----Ali Solhjoo, Weimarer Str. 29, 10625 Berlin, Germany
7C9T--------Kutasi Gabor, Siofok, Koch R. utca 10/A I/4, 8600, Hungary
9M2TO-----Tex Izumo, 827 Nakanojo, Ueda-shi, Nagano, 386-0034, Japan
9M4DXX----Tex Izumo, 827 Nakanojo, Ueda-shi, Nagano, 386-0034, Japan
CO7OJ-------Antonello Passarella, Via Melchiorre Gioia 6, 20812 Limbiate MB, Italy
CS5SS-------Jamie Williams, 41 Overton Lane, Hammerwich, Burntwood, WS7 0LQ, United Kingdom
CX5UA-----Antonello Passarella, Via Melchiorre Gioia 6, 20812 Limbiate MB, Italy
D2FJZ------Paulo Mira, Apartado 603, EC Paivas, 2846-909 Amora, Portugal
DU3ZM----Matthias Zapatka, 514 Americas Way #5322, Box Elder SD 57719, USA
EF4YOTA--Jamie Williams, 41 Overton Lane, Hammerwich, Burntwood, WS7 0LQ, United Kingdom
FY5KE------Jacques Mazzoni, 678 route de l'Egalite, 74290 Talloires Montmin, France
HG0YOTA--Jamie Williams, 41 Overton Lane, Hammerwich, Burntwood, WS7 0LQ, United Kingdom
HL0YOTA---Jamie Williams, 41 Overton Lane, Hammerwich, Burntwood, WS7 0LQ, United Kingdom
OH9SCL----Anssi Puuronen, Kemijoen itapuolentie 1577, FI-97110 Rautiosaari, Finland
OL20YOTA--Jamie Williams, 41 Overton Lane, Hammerwich, Burntwood, WS7 0LQ, United Kingdom
ON4YOTA---Jamie Williams, 41 Overton Lane, Hammerwich, Burntwood, WS7 0LQ, United Kingdom
OZ11A-------Leif Nielsen, Stenhoejvej 280, 9900 Frederikshavn, Denmark
PA6YOTA---Jamie Williams, 41 Overton Lane, Hammerwich, Burntwood, WS7 0LQ, United Kingdom
PT4A--------Alex Sandro Sousa Alfenas, Rua Dona Osmira Muniz 500, Caratinga-MG, 35300-138, Brazil
PX2A-------Carlos Adalberto Carareto, Estrada de Santo Amaro 201, Sao Paulo-SP 05544-000, Brazil
R20YOTA--Jamie Williams, 41 Overton Lane, Hammerwich, Burntwood, WS7 0LQ, United Kingdom
S520SAFE--Samo Petelinc, Mostec 12, 8257 Mostec, Slovenia
SV2GWY---Dimitrios Anastasiadis, 28 Oktobrioy 3, 570 01 Tagarades, Greece
TM20YOTA--Jamie Williams, 41 Overton Lane, Hammerwich, Burntwood, WS7 0LQ, United Kingdom
TR8CA--------Jean Charron, 19 rue Gabriel Moussa, 33320 Eysines, France
VR2XAN-----Alberto Annesi, 1/F 7A Nam Shan Road, Peng Chau, Hong Kong
Z30YOTA----Jamie Williams, 41 Overton Lane, Hammerwich, Burntwood, WS7 0LQ, United Kingdom
Z39YOTA----Jamie Williams, 41 Overton Lane, Hammerwich, Burntwood, WS7 0LQ, United Kingdom
Z81S----------Antonello Scauso, Via Tenente Minniti 105, 98057 Milazzo ME, Italy
ZL6YOTA----Jamie Williams, 41 Overton Lane, Hammerwich, Burntwood, WS7 0LQ, United Kingdom
ZS9YOTA----Jamie Williams, 41 Overton Lane, Hammerwich, Burntwood, WS7 0LQ, United Kingdom

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Halim Dani Hidayat, YB2CW passed away on 12 December. Born in 1963, he was first licensed as YD2DVM in 1982, then switched to YC2DVM (1984), YC2TJV (2003), YB2TJV (2007) and finally YB2CW in December 2018. He served as President of ORARI Lokal Kebumen and Chairman of the IARU Region 3 Disaster Communication Committee, and gave his services also to the Scout
movement and the Indonesian Red Cross. Dani was renowned for producing logos for many major DXpeditions (e.g. K1N, Navassa 2015) and IOTA operations, as well as for organizations and individuals (e.g. the M0OXO QSL Manager and OQRS logos).


RAEM CONTEST ---> This year's RAEM Contest (https://raem.srr.ru/) will be held on 27 December, from 00.00 UTC until 11.59 UTC, on 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 metres CW. Organized by the Russian Amateur Radio Union (SRR), the annual event memorializes Ernst T. Krenkel (1903-1971), the legendary Arctic explorer and radioman (callsign RAEM) on various polar stations and on the
first drifting ice station North Pole-1.

1ST EUDX CONTEST 2021. Francesco, IK6QON, announced that that the European DX Contest Club has the honor to present the first European Union DX Contest ("EUDX CONTEST"). The objective is to establish as many contacts as possible between radio amateurs around the world and radio amateurs
in European Union countries and regions. The EUDX Contest is from 1200 UTC on February 6th, until 1200 UTC on February 7th, 2021. For more details, visit the EUDX Contest Web page for the rules at:

CARIBBEAN, SOUTH ATLANIC AND INDIAN OCEAN TOUR. Randy, WW6RG, informs OPDX that on Sunday evening, January 3rd, around 2100z, he will be arriving in Antigua (V25), and hopes to be set up by 0000z to operate holiday style as V25RA until 1400z Monday, January 4th.
Then on Tuesday, January 5th, at 2100z, he will operate from Ascension Island (ZD8) as ZD8RA. His planned activity will be between 0800-1000z, and then again between 1700-1900z. His equipment will be a new Icom IC-705(10w)and into a AlexLoop antenna. His planned operations will be on 20 and 17 meters SSB only. Randy states, "I am open to setup special times and frequencies for both locations within or close to the times noted above. All times and dates in UTC." QSL via WW6RG, No EQSL or LoTW. Randy also mentions, "I am 9 months from retirement, and my access to these remote locations will cease, so if anyone needs ZD8 or any other of the locations I will be traveling to, Now Is The Time!"
Randy also informs [edited], "I hope to operate from Diego Garcia (VQ9) later in the month around January 18th. More information is to follow."
ELETTRA: THE MIRACLE SHIP AWARD (From January 1st to December 31st, 2021). The "ELETTRA: THE MIRACLE SHIP" is an international amateur radio award organized by A.R.I. Fidenza (www.arifidenza.it), a Italian Radio Club affiliated to A.R.I., Associazione Radioamatori Italiani (Italian Amateur Radio League) with the sponsorship and the historical consultancy and supervision of "Guglielmo Marconi Foundation" (www.fgm.it) and "Marconi Museum" (www.museomarconi.it).
As is well known, on board the yacht "ELETTRA" Guglielmo Marconi conducted numerous and revolutionary scientific experiments related to wireless communications, in a continuous succession of exciting successes that the public opinion of the time often interpreted as real prodigies.
Just think of when the great scientist, from the radio room of the Elettra, anchored in the port of Genoa, turned on the lights of the Sydney Town Hall, on the other side of the planet, using a radio signal. Or again, blind navigation in the Gulf of Tigullio, carried out by means of a radio beacon; without forgetting the radar experiments and microwave transmissions.
It is no coincidence, therefore, that the poet Gabriele D'Annunzio defined Elettra "White ship that sails in the miracle and animates the silences of the world."
"Elettra: the miracle ship" award therefore intends to commemorate the prodigious events that saw the yacht as the protagonist, in the centenary of the ship's official registration in the Italian Naval Register with the new name of "ELETTRA", which took place in 1921.
The name (the original one was "Rovenska") was expressly chosen by Marconi, who some years later also gave it to one of his daughters, Princess Elettra.
The award period lasts the whole year 2021: every month of the year is dedicated to one specific event concerning "Elettra"ship, and is associated to a different special callsign.
Further details visiting our official website: http://www.arifidenza.it We believe that is mainly interest all Ham Radio operators, so please notify it to your associated OM and /or your webmaster/website.
Best regards and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and QRA.
-- Cristiano Cornini, IW4CLV A.R.I. Fidenza Radio Club President

The ARRL reports: Logbook of The World (LoTW), ARRL's online
QSO confirmation system, will undergo scheduled maintenance beginning
Monday, December 21st, at 2300 UTC (6 PM EST) for approximately 6 hours.
LoTW will be offline and unavailable while the system?s server is upgraded to new hardware.