DX-nieuws van week 53 - 2020, de laatste van dit jaar. 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 30/20/17/15 meters FT8, with some CW. Look for him to go QRT on January 8th, with him leaving the island on the 10th. QSL via 3D2AG using PayPal, ClubLog's OQRS or direct. He uses paper logs for CW, and ClubLog for FT8. NO LoTW.

5H, TANZANIA. Sergey, UT8UU, will be active as 5H3UU from Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, during the first half of August 2021. He does have permission to be active on most HF/VHF/UHF bands and modes, but has not announced which ones he will be using. More details will be forthcoming.
QSL via UT8UU, direct, by the Bureau, LoTW or eQSL.

5U - Adrien, F4IHM expects to be back in Niger and be active as 5UAIHM (not 5U4IHM as initially announced) early next year, possibly Between 7 January and 11 February, The Daily DX reports. He will operate CW using a straight key on 40 and 20 metres. QSL via home call, direct or bureau.

8Q, MALDIVES (Update/Change). Nobby, G0VJG, will once again be active as 8Q7CQ between March 6-22nd (not January 14-29th). He had to reschedule due to the Covid-19. Operations this time will be from Reethi Faru, Filaidhoo Island (AS-013). Activity will be on 80-10 meters (this now includes 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.

CN - A team from the Association Royale des Radio-Amateurs du Maroc (ARRAM) will be active as CN1M between 24 and 31 December while travelling from the city Casablanca to the outpost of Guerguerat through Moroccan Sahara. QSL direct to RW6HS.

D2, ANGOLA. Paulo, CT1FJZ, is now active D2FJZ from Menongue. The length of his stay is unknown at this time. Activity has been mainly on 20 meters SSB using a TS-480AT into a EZ-wire antenna. QSL via CT1FJZ direct.

DL - Members of DARC Ortsverband Mainz (DL0MZ) will be active as DR165TESLA throughout 2021 to commemorate the 165th anniversary of the birth of Nikola Tesla (10 July 1856). QSL via DK8ZZ.

DL - Celebrating DARC Ortsverband Traunstein's 70th anniversary, special callsign DL70TRS will be active from 1 January to 31 December. QSL via the bureau.

DL - Celebrating DARC Ortsverband Salzgitter-Lebenstedt's 60th anniversary, special callsign DR60SZL will be active from 1 January to 31 December. QSL via the bureau, or direct to DJ9PH.

F - Special callsign TM8AA will be active during the first weekends of January, February, March, April, May and June to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first officially assigned amateur radio callsign in France (8AA, issued to Andre Riss from Boulogne-sur-Mer). QSL via eQSL, or direct to F5SLD.

G - GB1OOH (Golf Bravo One Oscar Oscar Hotel) is a special callsign for the Hull and District Amateur Radio Society to celebrate its centenary throughout 2021. QSL via M0GPN.

GB0, ENGLAND (Special Event). Paul, M0XZT, will activate the "New Year" special event station GB0NY through January 7th. He will operate a few hours a day on 160-10m, 2m/70cm and 4m, using SSB, FT8/FT4, SSTV, FM, Dstar, DMR and C4FM modes. QSL is only via eQSL. Logs will be uploaded after January 7th.

HB40, SWITZERLAND (Special Event). To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the International Police Association Radio Club (IPARC) of Switzerland, look for special event station HB40POLICE to be active between January 1st and December 31st, 2021. Activity will be on 160-6 meters, and frequently
on VHF, UHF and SHF. For a sked please contact Roland, HB9GSO. QSL via the Bureau or eQSL. A QSO with HB40POLICE counts as a club callsign for the IPARC Switzerland and is valid for the Matterhorn Award.

I - II0MMI, II1MMI, II2MMI, II7MMI, II9MMI, IO0MMI (Sardinia), IO9MMI, IR0MMI, IR5MMI, IR7MMI, IR8MMI and IR9MMI will be active from 1 January to 31 December to celebrate the 160th anniversary of the Italian Navy (Marina Militare Italiana). QSL via operator's instructions. See http://www.assoradiomarinai.it/ for more information.

I - Defined by Gabriele D'Annunzio as "the white ship that sails through miracles and animates the ethereal silences of the world", the "Elettra" was Guglielmo Marconi's steam yacht, from which he conducted many experiments with wireless telegraphy, wireless telephony and other communication and direction-finding techniques. ARI Fidenza will use a series of special callsigns throughout 2021 to commemorate twelve major events related to the ship: II4BLD (January), II4BLY (February), II4RDF (March), II4DNZ (April), II4REG (May), II4SWE (June), II4DXS (July), II4MWS (August), II4SML (September), II4RDP (October), II4BLN (November) and II4DTH (December). See http://www.arifidenza.it/ for detailed information about the "Elettra. The Miracle Ship" award. QSLs via IQ4FE, bureau or direct.

OH - Special callsign OH100SRAL will be in use throughout 2021 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Finnish Amateur Radio League (SRAL), Finland's IARU member. QSL via LoTW; bureau cards will be sent in early 2022.

P44, ARUBA (Rare Prefix/Update). 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 between January 23rd and February 3rd with a focus on the low bands. QSL via DL4MM, direct
(via ClubLog), LoTW or by the Bureau.

PJ5, ST. EUSTATIUS. In the middle of his 2021 June trip to St. Kitts (V4) [see further], John, W5JON/V47JA, will be going to St. Eustatius between June 22-28th, 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. ALL QSLs go to W5JON direct or via LoTW. NO Bureau QSLs.

S521, SLOVENIA (Special Event). Members of the Radio Club "Slovenj Gradec" are now active as S521PMC to promote the WW PMC (Peace Messenger Cities) Contest and IAPMC (The International Association of Peace Messenger Cities of the United Nations) organization until January 3rd, 2021. Activity has been on 80-15 meters using CW, SSB and FT8/FT4. QSL is not needed. All QSLs will be sent out via the Bureau in 2021. For details on the WW PMC
Contest, see: http://www.s59dcd.si/index.php/sl/ww-pmc/ww-pmc-contest-rules

SF400, SWEDEN (Special Event). Members of the Borås Radioamatörer (SK6LK) will activate the special event callsign SF400B from Tranemo, Sweden, between January 1st and December 31st, 2021. Activity is to commemorate 400th anniversary of Boras City(29 June 1621). Operations will be on various HF bands. QSL via SK6LK by the Bureau or LoTW. Please visit their Web page at (www.sf400b.se) where they have a logbook and a map showing which countries they have been in contact with.

SM - 7S60BQ is the special callsign for the Kristianstad Radioamateur Club (SK7BQ) to celebrate its 60th anniversary throughout 2021. QSL via SM7BHM and LoTW.

TI - David, KM3A and Scott, N0OI will be active from Costa Rica on 3-9 January. Plans are to climb and be QRV as TI2/AB3G, TI3/AB3G and TI5/AB3G from several different summits. They will operate mainly CW on 40, 30, 20, 17 and 15 metres. QSL via LoTW and Club Log's OQRS (preferred), or direct to KM3A.

UA - Special callsigns R2021NY, R21HNY, RA21NY, RC21NY, RD21NY, RG21NY, RJ21NY, RK21NY, RL21NY, RM21NY, RN21NY, RO21NY, RQ21NY, RT21NY, RU21NY, RV21NY, RW21NY, RX21NY, RY21NY and RZ21NY will be active from 25 December to 14 January for the "Russian New Year 2021" radio marathon organized by the Miller DX Club (https://mdxc.ru/).
QSL via RQ7L. A number of certificates will be available, see https://hamlog.online/club/mdxc.

UR - EN50WZA is the special callsign for club station UT7WZA (ex UK5WBG and UB4WZA) to celebrate its 50th anniversary on 1-31 January. QSL via UT7WZA and LoTW.

V4, ST. KITTS. John, W5JON, has announced another operation besides his February-March/October-November 2021 operations. He 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 June 12th and July 10th, 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 also make a side trip to Saint Eustatius Island (PJ5). See PJ5 above.

W - The Straight Key Century Club's annual on-air event, commemorating the club's founding in 2006, will run on 2-31 January. Look for K3Y to be aired from the ten US call areas (K3Y/0 through K3Y/9), plus /KH6, /KL7 and /KP4. Information on the event and QSLing instructions can be found on https://skccgroup.com/k3y/k3y.php.

YB - Members of ORARI Nusa Tenggara Barat (https://ordantb.or.id/) are active as 7C9N until 31 December from the Ampenan lighthouse in the neighborhoods of Mataram on Lombok Island (OC-150). QSL direct to HA3JB. Recent activities conducted by the same regional branch of ORARI include 7C9B from Kolo Beach, Sumbawa Island (OC-150, QSL via DL3KZA), and 7C9T from Gili Maringkik, a small satellite of Lombok (OC-150, QSL via HA3JB).

ZD8 - Tev, TA1HZ will be on a working assignment on Ascension Island (AF-003) throughout 2021. He plans to be QRV as ZD8HZ on 80-10 metres in his spare time. QSL via LoTW, eQSL, or direct to home call (please refrain from mailing before 2022); he will also upload his log to Club Log.

Iota News
OC-139. Grant, VK5GR, posted the following on his Web page on December 17th [edited]: "As announced in October, I am heading back to Kangaroo Island over the summer holidays with the family. This time it will be more holiday and less radio, however I am taking the station down with me and will be down there for nearly 2 weeks as opposed to 5 nights. I hope to be active on 40/30m with a vertical, 20-6m with my Hex Beam and possibly 80m with a dipole. There is a chance 160m might get activated as well (depending on what gear I can fit into the car). This is a single op trip holiday style. I will be down there from the 11th to the 22nd of January. Most likely operating hours will be evenings and mornings. Daytime will be spent with the family and touring the island.
I will run the live logging into Clublog for the activity to help you find me. OQRS will be available via Charlies, M0OXO, and logs will be loaded to Charles at least daily. QSL cards are already available so there will be no waiting for this one. Activity will be a combination of CW, SSB and FT8, possibly with some RTTY and PSK thrown in for fun. I also hope to put VK5KI on air during the WIA Summer VHF/UHF field day on 6m/2m/70cm (and maybe 23cm). With the 90m elevation we will have I hope to be heard at least up in Adelaide. Worst case I will take some gear mobile up to Stokes Hill for the day (200m elevation). See you on the air from VK5KI Kangaroo Island - OC-139!"
Visit VK5GR Web page at: https://vk5gr-iota.net

OC-166. Ravie, YD7RV, is now active as YD7RV/p from Laut Island. Length of stay was not mentioned. Activity was on 40 meters FT8. QSL via his home callsign direct or EA5GL.

OC-236. Members of the Tipalayo DX Club are now active as 7C8M from Gusung Toraja Island, in the Celebes Coastal Islands, until December 30th. Activity has been on 40/20/17/15 meters using
CW and FT8. QSL via YB8BRI direct.


Qsl Info

EA5GL (now) qsl for: YD7RV
QSL EP2HAM ---> Charles, M0OXO is the new QSL manager for Arash, EP2HAM.
New, full colour QSL cards are being printed and will be available early next year. QSL via M0OXO's OQRS: https://www.m0oxo.com/oqrs/logsearch.php

No Info received

Franz Berndt, DL9GFB (ex Y25JA) passed away on 22 December, one day after his 68th birthday. The Chairman of DARC's Mecklenburg-Vorpommern District, over the past 25 years he participated in many DXpeditions, notably C56R & C53M (The Gambia 2002), 4S7FBG (Sri Lanka 2003),
ZD7F (St.Helena 2004), VU4AN/VU3RYE (Andamans 2006), VU7RG (Lakshadweeps 2007), VU7SJ
(Lakshadweeps 2008), VP2EFB (Anguilla 2008), 9N7AN (Nepal 2011), 5W0M (Samoa 2013), V73D (Marshall Islands 2015) and XX9D (Macao 2019). Most recently he was a team member of HU1DL (El Salvador, January-February 2020) and Z66DX (Kosovo, October 2020).



Allocation of 630 m and 60 m in OE
Dec 22, 2020 · HF · Tom, DF5JL

Thanks to the constant efforts on the part of the ÖVSV, the Austrian telecommunications authority has announced clearance for the 630 m band and for the 60 m band. The main provisions of the decree are:
The frequency ranges 472.0 — 479.0 kHz and 5351.3 — 5366.5 kHz are allocated for the amateur radio service on a secondary basis according to the Radio Regulations internationally and according to the FNV nationally for use with certain power restrictions to protect other radio services. Transmissions of the secondary radio service must not interfere with other radio services for which the frequency ranges are dedicated and are not themselves entitled to protection against interference.
Radio amateurs in licence class 1 are permitted to use the frequency ranges 472.0 — 479.0 kHz and 5351.3 — 5366.5 kHz in compliance with the provisions and conditions shown in the FNV:
Frequency range: 472.0 — 479.0 kHz
Dedication of the frequency range: secondary
Maximum radiated power: 1 Watt EIRP
Max. Bandwidth of transmission: The provisions of the AFV shall apply mutatis mutandis.
Frequency range: 5351.3 — 5366.5 kHz
Dedication of the frequency range: secondary
Maximum radiated power: 15 watts EIRP
Max. Transmission bandwidth: The provisions of the AFV shall apply mutatis mutandis.


DL: Temporary licence for the 160m band extended until the end of 2021
Dec 19, 2020 · HF, VHF/UHF/SHF · Tom, DF5JL

In agreement with the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) and the Federal Ministry of Defence (BMVg) and in accordance with Official Journal 24 of the BNetzA (published on Dezember 23, 2020), the following deviations from the usage regulations are permitted for the use of the frequency ranges 1850 — 1890 kHz and 1890 — 2000 kHz in amateur radio until December 31, 2021:
1. in the frequency ranges 1850 — 1890 kHz and 1890 — 2000 kHz, the use of a maximum transmit power of 750 watts PEP by holders of a licence to participate in the Class A amateur radio service shall be permitted at weekends.
2. in the frequency ranges 1850 — 1890 kHz and 1890 — 2000 kHz, the use of a maximum transmit power of 100 watts PEP by holders of a licence to participate in the Class E amateur radio service at weekends shall be permitted.
3. in the frequency ranges 1850 — 1890 kHz and 1890 — 2000 kHz, participation in amateur radio competitions (contest operation) is permitted on weekends.
The same Official Journal also contains extensions of temporary licences for the ranges 2320 — 2450 MHz, 5650 — 5850 MHz, 50 — 52 MHz and 70.150 — 70.200 MHz.


BANDS ALIVE: THE 2021 CW/SSB ULTRA-MARATHON ---> The True Blue DXers Club announces "Bands Alive", a year-long "ultra-marathon" to be run from 1 January through 31 December 2021. "As the new solar cycle is now under way and conditions on the HF bands are expected to gradually improve throughout 2021, this unprecedented initiative is launched to give DXers a further motivation to get on the air and therefore support, improve and promote amateur activity using person-to-person modes of communication such as CW and SSB. This initiative, which we call 'ultra-marathon' for a reason, is indeed unprecedented - its aim, reflected in its format, is to get people on the air and make as many unique contacts as possible over the duration of a full year, and not simply to work as many countries as possible". Participation is open to all amateurs: you do not need to sign up for TBDXC membership, but you have to register for the marathon on the dedicated section of the TBDXC website: https://www.tbdxc.net/marathon. Official registration will be opened on 31 December, so that starting at 00.00 UTC on 1 January 2021 everybody can start entering their results.


CQ DX MARATHON ---> The CQ DX Marathon is a year-long DX hunt, with participants competing to see who can work the greatest number of countries ("entities") and CQ zones during the calendar year. The 2021 edition will start at 00.00 UTC on 1 January and will end at 23.59 UTC on 31 December. Complete details can be found at http://www.dxmarathon.com/.


KH6VV/KH4 ---> "Recently the US Fish & Wildlife Service became uncomfortable with our proposed expedition date [second half of February 2021, Ed.] due to the forecast of a second virus wave", Ron, KH6DV posted to KH6VV's qrz.com page on 20 December. "We are now in that second wave, and the latest news is that Europe is seeing a new strain of the virus that is 70% more contagious.
We agreed to change the date to September 2021 and submit a new Supplemental Use Permit application. A new management team is expected on-island once the holidays are over. Once that team is in place, we will submit our revised application".


OH8X NODE ACTIVITY --> As part of the Yasme Foundation project to provide additional Reverse Beacon Network nodes in underserved areas, equipment has been provided to a team in northern Finland. The latest node to become active is currently hosted by Radio Arcala (OH8X), very close to the Lapland (OH9) Region.
A mysterious propagation mode called Polar Path exists in Northern Europe during the winter season. At and above the Arctic Circle in the middle of the night this propagation offers a footprint covering the entire North American continent for many hours. This occurs in spite of the stations being within the Aurora Oval. Only 100 miles to the south, there is no such propagation at all. Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA, has tentatively studied the Polar Path and expects that two independent propagation scenarios need to co-exist to create this interesting path. The OH8X RBN node would further help the study of the Polar Path in which Radio Arcala will be cooperating with the northern scientific community.
Launched on 22 December, the RBN node receiver is currently located at the Radio Arcala station, OH8X (65 11 03N - 26 14 53E), but may later move even farther north to be at the heart of this unique Auroral Region of the Arctic Circle.


CQ NEWS [Stever Molo, KI4KWR, Named CQ Awards Editor] (Press Release, by Richard, W2VU, dated December 21st). Steve Molo, KI4KWR, of Madison, Alabama, has been named CQ magazine Awards Editor, CQ Editor Rich Moseson, W2VU announced today. Steve has been active in radio communications for close to 30 years, starting in a REACT group in Pennsylvania. Following graduation from high school, he enlisted in the United States Navy as a Radioman, reaching the rank of Chief Petty Officer before returning to civilian life.
Steve discovered amateur radio in 2005 while in the Navy and living in Portsmouth, Virginia. In 2013, he moved to New Jersey, where became very active with the South Jersey DX Association and participated in 160-meter contests with both the N2CW and W2GD teams, placing in the top five several years straight and occasionally in first place.
Since January 2019, Steve has worked for GigaParts in Huntsville, Alabama, as Brand Ambassador for all brands offered by the company. After work, he can generally be found on HF, chasing contacts and rare DX. Steve is currently vice president of the North Alabama DX Club and a member of the Alabama Contest Group, Huntsville Amateur Radio Club and several others. He is currently focusing his award-chasing on the various FT8 awards that have recently become available.
"I look forward to the opportunity to keep CQ readers aware of the available awards in amateur radio," said Molo, "by highlighting longstanding awards that may not be well-known as well as focusing on newer offerings such as FT8 awards."
Molo's first column will appear in the February, 2021 issue of CQ.