Het DX-nieuws van week 10- 2020. Ook nu weer verzameld door Henk - PD3H.
 

DXcalender 2020Mar

 *** D X N E W S by PD3H ***
*** Sources:                      ***
*** 425DXNews, DX-World ***
*** OPDX, OKDXA, Twitter ***

CT9 - Once again Rosel, DL3KWR and Hardy, DL3KWF will be active as CT9/DL3KWR and CT9/DL3KWF from Madeira (AF-014) from 6 March to 1 April. They will operate mainly CW and some FT8 on the HF bands.
QSL via home calls (bureau preferred), LoTW and eQSL.

FK - Moto, JA1GZV will be active as TX8A from Noumea (OC-032), New Caledonia on 10-18 March. He will operate CW on or around 7010, 10120, 14010, 18080 and kHz. QSL via JA1GZV (direct or bureau) and eQSL.

FR - DK1BT, DL4WK, DL6SAK, DL7DF and DL7UFR will be active as TO7DL from Reunion Island
(AF-016) on 4-16 March. They will operate CW, SSB and digital modes on 160-10 metres (60m included) with three stations. QSL via DL7DF (direct or bureau) and LoTW "within 6 months after the DXpedition". See http://www.dl7df.de/fr/ for logsearch and OQRS.

FS - TO0A is the callsign that FS4WBS and others will be using from St.Martin (NA-105) during the ARRL DX SSB Contest. QSL via LoTW.

J6 - Steven, NY3B will be active as J68SS from St Lucia (NA-108) on 4-11 March. He will be QRV from the QTH of J69DS, and will participate in the ARRL DX SSB Contest. QSL via LoTW.

OE - Several Austrian stations (OE25AVD, OE25BKC, OE25DMT, OE25JWC and OE25XOA to name a few) will be using the special prefix OE25 from 1 March to 31 December to mark the 25th anniversary since Austria acceded to the European Union. QSL via operator's instructions.

P4 - John, KK9A will be acyive as P40A from Aruba (SA-036) on 1-8 March. He will operate CW and SSB on 160-10m, and will participate in the ARRL DX SSB Contest. QSL direct to WD9DZV.

PJ4 - George, K5KG will be active as PJ4/K5KG from Bonaire (SA-006) on 2-9 March. QSL via LotW, or direct to home call. He will join the PJ4G (QSL via WA2NHA) team for the ARRL DX SSB Contest.

V4 - Matt, K0BBC and Paul, W6PNG will be active as V4/K0BBC and V4/W6PNG from St. Kitts
(NA-104) on 5-11 March, including an entry in the ARRL DX SSB Contest as V47P. Outside the contest they will operate SSB and FT8 on 80-6m. QSLs via LoTW; the logs will be uploaded to Club Log.

VP5 - VP5/K4BAI, VP5/K4QPL, VP5/N9NB and VP5/WU4V will be active from Providenciales (NA-002), Turks and Caicos Islands on 3-12 March. They will participate in the ARRL DX SSB Contest as VP5M (QSL via LoTW, or direct to K4QPL).

VP9 - Steve, K3SW will be active as VP9/K3SW from Bermuda (NA-005) on 5-10 March. He will participate in the ARRL DX SSB Contest as VP9I (QSL via WW3S); before and after the contest he will operate CW only. QSL VP9/K3SW via LoTW, or direct to home call.

YN - Gerhard, OE3GEA will be active as YN3GEA from mainland Nicaragua on 1-6 March, and from the Corn Islands (NA-013) on 7-8 March. He will operate CW on 40-10 metres. QSL via OE3GEA, direct or bureau. He does not use LoTW or Club Log.

Z8 - Sigfrido, IW9FMD (ex 5H0RS, T6AB, 7Q7RS) is a member of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, and has been in the country for a couple of months now. Length of stay unknown. He is QRV as Z81S on 20m SSB, typically around 16.30-17.30 UTC. QSL direct to IT9YVO.

ZF - Joel, NF3R will be active as ZF2RJ from the Cayman Islands (NA-016) on 3-10 March. Main activity will be during the ARRL DX SSB Contest; before and after the contest he will operate SSB and the WSJT-X modes on 40-6 metres. The log will be upoloaded to LoTW and Club Log.

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3B9FR--- > "I finally made contact with Robert a few days ago", his QSL manager (M0OXO) reported on 25 February. "Without going into detail, he is safe, well and in good health. He will however be taking a break from Amateur Radio for the time being, and isn't responding to email messages. Don't expect him back on air anytime soon, but never say never". Robert has not been active since May 2019.
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3D2AG/P ---> Thanks to the help provided by Danny, ON4VT, who volunteered to Convert the handwritten logs into ADIF, nearly 5700 QSOs made by 3D2AG/p from Rotuma between
21 December 2019 and 9 January 2020 have been uploaded to Club Log.
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IOTA HONOUR ROLL ---> The 2020 Honour Roll and Annual Listings have been posted on the IOTA website https://iota-world.org/: click on PERFORMANCE LISTINGS in the dropdown menu under PROGRAMME INFORMATION. They show the position as at 31 January 2020.
The Honour Roll lists the stations with a checked score equalling or exceeding 50% of the total of numbered IOTA groups, excluding those with provisional numbers, at the time of preparation. The Annual Listing lists the stations with a checked score of 100 or more IOTA groups but less than the qualifying threshold for entry into the Honour Roll. IOTA rules limit inclusion in the listings to those participants who have updated their scores at least once in the preceding five years (i.e. since February 2015) and have opted to have their scores published.

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ONLINE LOGS: The logs for the recent operations of 4A2L from Isla del Carmen (NA-135) and 6F3A from Isla Perez (NA-153) have been posted to
http://puebladx.org/spcall/spcall_log.php?spcall=4A2L and
http://puebladx.org/spcall/spcall_log.php?spcall=6F3A respectively.
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T30ET POSTPONED ---> Alex, 5B4ALX has been informed that, owing to the corona virus outbreak, he should undergo a 14-day quarantine in Honiara (Solomon Islands) and to obtain a medical clearance before travelling to Kiribati. His operation from Tarawa, which was expected to take place from 18 March to 6 April, is therefore postponed, "indicatively to October". He is also considering - if "Singapore Airlines does not agree to reprotect me in October, rather than losing 5000 EUR of tickets and baggage allowance - an alternative destination that can be reached from Brisbane without travel restrictions, but I don't see many alternatives at the moment".
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VP8PJ ---> The team has been on the air from Signy, South Orkney Islands (AN-008) since late 22 February, and is working hard to hand out as many QSOs as possible under very cold, windy and snowy weather conditions. Having a consistent and stable connection with the available satellites has shown to be a challenge. The terrain on the island blocks the path to the satellite, and the team can only send the logs from the "Braveheart", as and when they can. So far the online log includes 14067 QSOs made from 23.56 UTC on 22 February until 19.00 UTC on 25 February:
https://www.m0urx.com/oqrs/logsearch.php?dxcallsign=VP8PJ
As for FT8, "RR73, but not in log" is a known issue and a "historic problem for DXpeditions", the QSL manager (M0URX) says. "10% of all FT8 QSOs will be dropped and cannot be entered into the log until after the DXpedition". The operators are aware of this problem, so "please no email, phone calls, texts, WhatsApp", M0URX says. The "Not in Log?" form on his website will be enabled when the log is consolidated at the end of the DXpedition. "If you are not in the log, make a security QSO if you can, or wait until this function will be enabled".
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W8S: NEW DATES ---> The DXpedition to Swains Island has been postponed because of the travel restrictions imposed by the Department of Health of American Samoa as a result of the coronavirus outbreak . The team is now scheluded to be on the island from 23 September until 6 October. Bookmark https://swains2020.lldxt.eu/ for updates.