Het DX-nieuws van week 6 2021. 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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3A - Look for Mireille, 3A/F4FRL and Patrice, 3A/F5RBB to be active from Monaco between 24 February and 2 March. They will operate SSB and digital modes on 40-20 metres. QSL via LoTW and eQSL.
3W - 3W9FAR is the callsign that Sebastian, SP5FAR will be using from Vietnam. He has been in the city of Da Nang since 21 January, and will remain there until 21 March. In his spare time he will operate SSB and digital on 40, 20, 15 and 10 metres. QSL via eQSL.
8Q, MALDIVES. Sergei, RU3AN, will be active as 8Q7/RU3AN or a 8Q7 callsign (will pick-up his license upon arrival) from Makunudu Island until February 15th. Activity will be holiday style on various HF bands. QSL via the Bureau.
A60, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (Special Event). Members of the Emirates Amateur Radio Society (EARS) will activate the special callsign A60CV to promote the Covid Vaccine. Length of activity is currently unknown. QSL via EA7FTR.
A9 - Members of the Bahrain Amateur Radio Society will be active as A91SD on 5-9 February to promote Bahrain Sports Day (9 February). QSL via LoTW, or via EC6DX.
C9 - Bruno, CS7AMN will be active as C91BVA from Maputo, Mozambique starting on 18 February. He will operate SSB and digital modes on 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 metres. QSL via LoTW, eQSL, or via the bureau to CS7AMN. He will upload his log to Club Log.
CO - Once again special station T45FM will be QRV from the lighthouse at Punta Maya on 19-21 February for the American Lighthouses Weekend. Expect activity on 80-10 metres SSB, CW and digital. QSL via RW6HS.
DL - Commemorating the 220th anniversary of the birth of Friedrich Clemens Gerke, members of DARC Ortsverband Kerpen G29 will be active as DC220GERKE from 2 February to 30 April. QSL via DJ6SI (direct or bureau). Gerke (1801-1888) was the reformer of the Morse code; his improved version of the original code was adopted by the International Telegraph Union (the precursor of today's ITU) in 1865.
DR100/DQ100, GERMANY (Special Event). Look for special event stations DR100JL and DQ100JL to be active from Dessau-Rosslau City between March 1st and May 31st, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Junkers Luftverkehrs Aviation AG and Air Traffic. Activity will be on various HF bands with a focus on 80/40/20 meters using SSB. Also, they will be operating together with FFR Stations (Flieger-Funk-Runde e.V.) [DA0FFR, DB0FFR, DF0FFR and DK0FFR] on the air. A special diploma/award will be available. All QSOs will be automatically confirmed after June 15th, 2021, with QSL card via the Bureau. For more information, see: https://100julu.de
EM150/EN150/EO150, UKRAINE (Special Event). Look for special event station EM150PLU, EN150PLU and EO150PLU to be active from the Volyn region until December 31st. Activity is to celebrate 150th anniversary of the birth of Lesya Ukrainka one of Ukrainian literature's foremost writers, best known
for her poems and plays. Operations will be on various bands using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. A special "Lesya Ukrainka" diploma will be issued in electronic format. See QRZ.com for details. QSL via LoTW.
ET3AA ETHIOPIA DXPEDITION. During the 2021 February Central Arizona DX Association's (CADXA) meeting, Ken Claerboat, K4ZW, did a presentation on the "ET3AA Ethiopia DXpedition" which is about 35 minutes long and is now on YouTube.com at:
F - Alain, F6BFH has moved permanently on Oleron Island (EU-032) since 14 April 2020. IOTA chasers should be looking for him at 9 and 17 UTC on Saturdays (14040 kHz CW) and on Sundays (14260 kHz SSB). For the time being, as a number of bureaux are still closed, those who need a QSL card can email the QSO data to f6bfh[@]f6bfh.net, and Alain will send the card direct at his own expense.
F - Francois, F8DVD will be active as TM18AAW on 14-28 February, including the 18th Antarctic Activity Week (20-28 February). He will be QRV from his home QTH in Macon, France. QSL via LoTW, or via home call (direct or bureau).
GB4, ENGLAND (Special Event). Andy, G0SFJ, will be active with the special callsign GB4VAX from Market Harborough until February 28th, in "promoting the take-up of the COVID-19 Vaccine to the Amateur Community worldwide." QSL via eQSL.
I - Promoting World Radio Day (13 February), the UN Global Service Center ARC (4U1GSC) in Brindisi will be active as 4U13FEB on 2-28 February. DXCC wise, it counts for Italy. QSL via 9A2AA, direct or bureau. Also active on 13 February will be Michel, F8GGZ as TM23JMR from France (QSL via home call) and Radio Club Henares as EH4WRD from Spain (QSL via EA4RCH). World Radio Day was proclaimed in 2011 by the Member States of UNESCO, and adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012 as an International Day.
JA - Members of JARL Joetsu Club (JA0YMA) will be active as 8N0J until 30 April 2022 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the city of Joetsu, Niigata. All QSOs will be confirmed automatically via the bureau and eQSL, direct cards via JJ0AWX.
KH9 - Thomas, NL7RR plans to be back on Wake Island (OC-053) starting in mid-February for 90 days. Last time he was there (October 2020) he was active as NL7RR/KH9 on 40 and 20 metres SSB. QSL direct to AL7JX.
KP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS. Operators Julio/AD4Z, Ezekiel/NK4DX and Jaime/WP3A will be active as KP2B during the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 20-21st) as a Multi-Single/Low-Power entry. This operation depends on the new Convid-19 regulations for the island. QSL via EB7DX.
PJ4, BONAIRE. Marty, W1MD, will be active as PJ4A from the "PJ4G Radio House" on Bonaire (SA-006, WLOTA LH-1279) during ARRL DX CW Contest (February 20-21st) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m) entry. He states that he will use a 20m mono-band antenna, but will move and may pop-up
on the lower bands in the evening. Outside the contest, Marty will be active as PJ4/W1MD. QSL PJ4A via K4BAI or LoTW. QSL PJ4/W1MD via his home callsign. Check out the "PJ4G Radio House" at: http://www.pj4g.com
R115, RUSSIA (Special Event). Members of the "The Fifth Ocean" with the support of the "Union of Radio Amateurs of Russia" (SRR) will be active as R115AN from the Tyumen region to celebrate the 115th anniversary of the birth of Oleg Konstantinovich Antonov, a legendary aircraft designer
(the father of transport aviation), until February 14th. Operations will be on various HF bands (160-10m) and VHF bands. A special diploma, "Father of Transport Aviation", will be available. QSL via the address on QRZ.com.
RA98/RO98, RUSSIA (Special Event). Members of the Miller-DX-Club (M-DX-C) are now active as RA98AE and RO98AE until February 12th, to dedicate the 98th birthday of Air Force Marshal Alexander Efimov. Operators mentioned for RA98AE are R6LB, R6LD, R6MM, R6NZ, R7LY, R7NC, R7NF, RA6LIS, RU7N, UA6LET and UI6L. Operators mentioned for RO98AE are R9MM, RA9MI and UA9MA. QSL both callsigns via the Bureau or RQ7L direct (only PayPal).
SN70, POLAND (Special Event). Members of the Amateur Radio Club "LOK" of Warsaw (SP5KAB) are celebrating their 70th anniversary as a club and will be active as SN70KAB. QSL via SP5KAB.
TM150, FRANCE (Special Event). Nicolas, F4HZS, will be active as TM150PAR from Berlancourt, France, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the popular uprising of 1871 called Paris Commune (see QRZ.com for more details). Activity will take place on the following days: March 20-21st,
April 4th/10-11th/17-18th/24-25th, and May 1-2nd/8-9th/15-16th. QSL via F4HZS, direct or the REF Bureau.
TM23, FRANCE (Special Event). Michel, F8GGZ, will be active with the special callsign TM23JMR from Genouillac for "World Radio Day" on February 13th. Activity will be on 160/80/40/30/20 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via F8GGZ.
TT, CHAD. Nicolas, F8FQX (ex-TJ3SN, TN5SN, 5T5SN, TY2CA), is once again very active as TT8SN from N'Djamena. Activity can be on various HF bands and 6 meters. However, this past week he was on 160/40/30/12/10 meters CW. QSL via DL9USA and LoTW.
UR - Special callsign EM25VER has been active since 1 February to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Antarctic station "Akademik Vernadsky" (formerly a British research base that existed for nearly fifty years, it was handed over to Ukraine on 6 February 1996).
QSL via UT1KY.
VK - Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Royal Australian Air Force, special callsigns VI100AF and VK100AF will be active on 1 March-29 May and 1 March-31 August respectively. The special event callsigns will be used by amateurs from around Australia on a roster basis. QSLs via M0URX's OQRS (https://www.m0urx.com/oqrs/), or direct only to Tim Beaumont, 83 Limbrick Avenue, Coventry, CV4 9EX, United Kingdom.
W8S SWAINS ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS. Martin, PA4WM, from Holland, posted the following on the W8S Swains Island Web page on February 4th [edited]: Make a virtue of necessity.....
Almost a year ago we were fully equipped and packed. Ready to go to Swains. The unfortunate COVID pandemic caused this plan to be postponed. In the months before our planned operation, a 160m T loaded vertical was built. An 18m fiber pole from Spiderbeam will house the 16.5m vertical
wire. Matching is accomplished with a coil/hairpin match. Last year summer we have set it up to complete the tuning procedure and check for possible improvements. All was fine but the "on the air
and in real life" box had still to be ticked. So we decided to take part in the CQ160m CW contest to give the antenna a good work out. The goal was to test the antenna and have contest fun.
The vertical was set up at our local VERON club, the Dutch radio society. On a large abandoned soccer and athletics field the antenna was raised and a fair amount of radials were laid out. Just to be equipped with a RX antennas during the contest, an EWE to the west and a 120m long BOG to the east were rigged up as well. The antenna just worked great. Being a vertical, the high angle signals
from surrounding countries were OK, but where it really shined was on low angle and DX.
In 20 hours operating time, 875 QSO's were made into 66 DXCC counties and 25 states of the U.S. During the contest some Caribbean stations were active and they could be worked very well and I had no issues to break a contest pile up.
It even gave me 6 new countries on topband. All in all a good test for our antenna to be used on Swains. 73, Martin PA4WM
For more details and updates, see the following URLs pages:
Swains Island DXpedition Web page -- https://swains2020.lldxt.eu/
Facebook -- https://www.facebook.com/swains2020
Twitter -- https://twitter.com/swains2020
YB0, INDONESIA. Pri, YB0ECT, from Jakarta, will be active during the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 20-21st) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m)/High-Power entry. QSL via W2FB only!
YT165, SERBIA (Special Event). Members of the Serbian CW Club (ScwC) will be active as YT165TESLA during the year of 2021 to celebrate the 165th anniversary of Nikola Tesla's birth. QSL via the Bureau, LoTW or YU1MM direct.
YU - Members of the Serbian CW Club will be active as YT165TESLA until the end of the year to commemorate the 165th anniversary of the birth of Nikola Tesla (10 July 1856). QSL via the bureau, LoTW, or direct to YU1MM.
ZW3, BRAZIL (LH Op!). Operators Charles/PU3NVN, Douglas/PU3DPA and Gilberto/PY3GIL, will be active as ZW3CM from the Capão Brand Lighthouse (BRA-127) in Tavares, RS, Brazil, during the 13th American Lighthouses Weekend between February 19-23rd. QSL via PU3DPA, by the Bureau.
AS-080. Kim, DS3BBC, and possibly some other Korean hams will be active as D70EXPO from Pukkyongnyolbi Island between July 22-25th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters and participation in the RSGB IOTA Contest. QSL via DS3BBC, LoTW or ClubLog.
EU-012. Gareth, M0MOL, will be active as MM0MOL/p from Shetland Island while working there during the months of February and March. Activity will be mainly in the evenings after work, and QRP
with a typical portable setup. QSL via M0MOL.
EU-032. Alain, F6BFH, is now a resident on Oléron Island. He tries to be active regularly on Saturdays on 14040 kHz CW between 0900-1700z, and Sundays on 14260 kHz SSB between 0900-1700z.
QSL via address on QRZ.com or by the REF Bureau.
NA-096. Massimo, HB9TUZ, will be active as HI9/HB9TUZ from Las Terransa, Dominican Republic, between August 1-30th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters SSB. QSL only via eQSL.
SA-024. Operators Roger/PU2SDX and Fabio/PY2RMZ will be active as PR2IC from Comprida Island between February 19-21st. Activity will be on 80-10 meters. QSL via PY2RMZ.
EA5GL (now) QSl manager for: 3W9OK (April-May 2021), BA3AX
QSL XW0LP & XZ2A ---> Pedro, EA5GL is the newly appointed QSL manager for Simon Luttrell's current activity from Laos (XW0LP), as well as for his past operations from Myanmar (XZ2A). Those who have already sent for a QSL card do not need to put a second request in the mail, as Simon is sending all his materials (including some 100 envelopes for XZ2A) to Pedro.
He will also continue to upload his log to LoTW.
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LIGHTHOUSE WEEKEND ---> The 13th American Lighthouses Weekend will be held on
19-21 February. Details, including a listing of participating stations, can be found on http://www.grupodxbb.com.ar/.
VP8 LICENCES ---> "You may be aware that there have recently been some amateur radio licencing difficulties experienced in the Falkland Islands due to new communications legislation being implemented", Chris, G3WOS (VP8WOS) wrote on 1 February. "This involved all previous and existing VP8 licences issued under the old Falkland Islands Wireless Telegraphy Act being revoked en masse in early 2020. This included all existing VP8 Antarctic and South Georgia licences, resulting in no legal amateur radio operation in these Overseas Territories being permitted using a VP8 callsign. Licences were then revalidated and re-issued under the new Falkland Islands Communications Ordinance on a case-by-case basis for use in the Falkland Islands only. We now have some good news from the UK's regulatory body, OFCOM concerning this situation". Full details have been posted to https://www.openfalklands.com/ ("OFCOM update on VP8 amateur radio licences in British Antarctic Territory, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands").
WSJT-X 2.3.0 AND WSJT-X 2.4.0-RC1 ---> The WSJT Development Group has announced the general availability release of WSJT-X Version 2.3.0. It adds FST4 and FST4W, two new modes designed for use on the LF and MF bands. On the 2200 and 630m bands FST4 should replace JT9 for making 2-way QSOs, and FST4W should replace WSPR for propagation tests. Upgrading from earlier versions of WSJT-X should be seamless, and there is no need to uninstall a previous version or move any files. Links to installation packages for Windows, Linux, and Macintosh are available on
Also available is WSJT-X 2.4.0-rc1: this is a candidate release intended for beta testers, i.e. individuals interested in testing the program's new features and providing feedback to the WSJT Development Team. The first candidate release for WSJT-X 2.4.0 introduces a new digital mode called Q65 designed for minimal two-way QSOs over especially difficult propagation paths including EME and various types of scatter. Further details and operating hints can be found in the "Quick-Start Guide to Q65": https://physics.princeton.edu//pulsar/k1jt/Q65_Quick_Start.pdf
MDXC NEWS (Special ZOOM Program). Bob, W9EWZ, President of the Madison DX Club (MDXC) informs OPDX that there will be a special ZOOM guest speaker for their February 9th club meeting and program. All are welcome: "DXing on the Satellites" will be presented by Sean Kutzko, KX9X. See how the amateur satellites can help you pursue your DXing goals. Sean has worked at ARRL HQ as the Contest Branch Manager and Media & Public Relations Manager, and currently he blogs on satellite and portable operating topics for DX Engineering's "OnAllBands". Sean will be available to answer your questions, so please join them for an interesting evening. All are welcome.
Time: Their Zoom host and Program Chairman, Kevin Shea, N9JKP, will be online from 5:45 Central Standard Time to socialize before the business meeting begins and to provide time to work through any technical issues. In case of problems getting on, you can call or text Kevin at 608-444-4125.
A brief business meeting will begin at 6:15 Central Standard Time. The program will begin immediately following the meeting and no later than 6:30 Central Standard Time. All interested hams are welcome.
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