Het DX-nieuws van week 8- 2020. Ook nu weer verzameld door Henk - PD3H.

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

4UNR - AUSTRIA (Special Event). Members of the Amateur Radio Contest DX Club (ARCDXC, http://www.cqdx.ru/4u1a ) are active using the special callsign 4UNR during the month of February from the 4U1A station at the United Nations Vienna International Center. Activity is celebrating World Radio Day and will usually be on 80/40/20/15 meters using CW and SSB.
QSL Manager is UA3DX (via the Bureau or direct). For more details, see:
http://www.cqdx.ru/4u1a/special-event/4unr-un-radio
ADDED NOTE: Just a reminder that this counts for Austria for DXCC purposes.

5H - TANZANIA. Chas, NK8O/VE3ISD, will once again be active as 5H3DX from Zinga, Tanzania, sometime between February 23rd and March 23rd. Activity will be from the pediatric hospital at Zinga. He will be joined by his brother-in-law, Fred, to enhance their station's operation. Fred, N8AX, will be issued the callsign, 5H3AX, if all goes according to plan. Usual operations will be holiday style. Power output will be the legal limit for Tanzania at 100w and the primary antenna
should be a Hexbeam configured for 40-6 meters, including the WARC bands and phased verticals for 40/30/20 meters. Operations will be primarily CW, with PSK31, FT8 and possibly SSB and 60m. He states that he will use a simple wire antenna and his KX3 with a KXPA100 amp. See QSL info on
QRZ.com. Also, QSL via LoTW and eQSL. NO Bureau. Watch QRZ.com for updates.

6W - SENEGAL (Update/Reminder). Willy, ON4AVT, will once again be active as 6W7/ON4AVT between February 16th and March 27th. His main activity will be on 60/40/20/10 meters using mostly FT8/FT4, with some CW and SSB, with a FT-891 with 100 watts into a HyEndFed antenna. QSL via the Bureau. For more details and updates, watch:
https://www.on4avt.be/trip_to_senegal.htm

6W - SENEGAL. Dani, EA4ATI, Dani, is once again active as 6W1/EA4ATI from Dakar until February 26th. Activity will be on 40/20/15/10 meters using SSB with a FT-857D w/100 watt into a vertical antenna. QSL via EA4R or LoTW.

8Q - MALDIVES (Satellite Op). Juan, A65GC/HK4SNU, will be active as 8Q7AR from Maldive Islands (AS-013) between February 14-17th. Activity will be mainly FM Satellites from WW Loc. MJ64. The operation will be a joint effort between the Liga Colombiana de Radioaficionados and the Maldivian Amateur Radio Club to teach local hams how to operate SATS and activate the grid on a permanent basis. QSL via ClubLog's OQRS, LoTW or eQSL.

C6A & YS - BAHAMAS AND EL SALVADOR Gerhard, OE3GEA, will be active as C6AGE (possibly from Nassau) between February 20-23rd (not 20-25th) and as YS/OE3GEA from El Salvador between February 26-28th. He informed OPDX, "Had to change dates a little in order to meet several friends on my Route, as this is a trip to see friends, of course in combination with some radio activity...hi; so I am looking forward to a numbers of nice CW contacts." Activity will be on CW and on 40-10 meters using a TS-480SAT with 100 watts into an Outbacker and dipole. QSL via OE3GEA, by the Bureau or direct. Logs will not be uploaded to LoTW or ClubLog.

CN - MOROCCO. A group of several operators will be active as CN4M from Casablanca between February 22-23rd. No other details were provided. QSL via RW6HS.

CN - MOROCCO. Guy, F8ALU, is once again active as CN2BG until early March. Look for him on SSB generally on 14115 or 14130 kHz. QSL via his home callsign.

FJ - ST. BARTHEMELY (Reminder/Update). Operators Pat/N2IEN, Lee/WW2DX, Rock/ WW1X and Ray/W2RE will be active as FJ/N2IEN, FJ/WW2DX, FJ/WW1X and FJ/W2RE, respectively, from St. Barthemely (NA-146) between February 15-22nd. Activity will be holiday style on various HF (160 6m)/VHF/UHF bands using CW, SSB, RTTY, EME and satellites. QSL via their home call-signs. The group will also be in the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 15-16th)[possibly as FJ/N2IEN].

FJ - ST. BARTHELEMY. Operators Thierry/F6CUK and Gerard/F6EHJ will be active as FJ/F6CUK and FJ/F6EHJ, respectively, from the QTH of FJ5AB, between May 4-16th. Activity will be on various HF bands using CW and SSB. The duo and FJ5AB are planning to operate from Tintamarre Island
(NA-199), St. Martin, sometime during their stay using a special call-sign. Look for more details to be forthcoming.

HR - Dennis, W1UE is active as W1UE/HR9 and HQ9X (QSL via KQ1F and LoTW) from Roatan Island (NA-057) until 28 February, including an entry in the ARRL DX CW Contest.

I - IO3RT and IO3AF are two special callsigns for ARI Thiene to commemorate 100th anniversary of Arturo Ferrarin's epic flight from Rome to Tokyo. Look for activity on 80-6 metres SSB, CW and digital modes between 14 February and 31 May. QSL via IQ3BM.

KL - Henry, NL0H has been active as NL0H/p from St. Lawrence Island (NA-040) since 14 February, length of stay unknown. Look for him on 80, 40, 30 and 20 metres FT8 and SSB.
QSL direct to home call.

KP4 - The Vieques Island Amateur Radio Club, NP3VI will be active from the Fortin Conde de Mirasol Museum on Vieques Island (NA-249) from 00.00 UTC on 21 February until 16 UTC on 23 February. They will operate SSB, FT8 and possibly CW on 80-10 metres. QSL via EA5GL.

OE - 4UNR is the special callsign for the VIC Amateur Radio Contest DX Club (4U1A) to celebrate World Radio Day on 13-29 February. This activity counts for Austria for DXCC, and for the Vienna International Centre for the CQ DX Marathon. QSL via UA3DX, direct or bureau.

PJ7 - Tom, AA9A will be active again as PJ7AA from Sint Maarten (NA-105) from 29 February to 28 March. He will operate CW, FT8 and SSB on 80-10 metres. QSL via Club Log's OQRS, LoTW or direct to AA9A.
TU - CÔTE D'IVOIRE (Reminder/Update). Operators Petr/OK1BOA, Petr/OK1FCJ, and David/OK6DJ will be active as TU5PCT from the Radio Club ADRASEC RCI in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), between February 24-29th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL via
OK6DJ, ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW. For more details and updates, see: https://www.cdxp.cz

V4 - Once again John, W5JON will be active as V47JA from St. Kitts (NA-104) from 21 February to 5 March. He will operate SSB and FT8 on 160-6 metres. QSL via W5JON (direct only) and LoTW.

V8 - BRUNEI. Hajime, JO1RUR, will once again be active as V85RH from Brunei. The length of his stay is not known. Activity will be during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 15-16th) as a Single-Op entry. QSL via LoTW only.

V84 - BRUNEI (Special Event). Look for special event station V84SHK to be active between February 23rd and March 2nd. Activity is to commemorate the 36th anniversary of the Brunei Darussalam National Day in the year 2020. Operations will be on various HF bands using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via: P.O.BOX 849, MPC OLD AIRPORT, BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN BB 3577, BRUNEI. See QRZ.com for more details.

W - Oleh, KD7WPJ, will be active as KD7WPJ/6 from Santa Catalina Island (NA-066) on 15-17 February. He will operate FT8, FT4, CW and SSB on 60-6 metres. QSL via home call.

W - Look for W1JXN/4 to be active holiday style from Gasparilla Island (NA-069) from 25 February to 4 March. He will operate mainly CW on 40, 30 and 20 metres.

YB - YB8RW, YE8XBN, YE8XW and YF8XAT will be active as 7I8X from the Widi Islands (OC-145) and Mayu Island (OC-145) between 21 and 29 February. QSL via Club Log's OQRS, or direct to YB8RW.

ZZ2 - BRAZIL (Special Event). During February, look for special event station ZZ2DC to be active. Station is commemorating the 44th anniversary of the Civil Defense of the State of São Paulo. They will be operating on several frequencies, including TG 724193 in DMR, Brandmeister network.
Also, look for them to be in the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 15-16th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m)/High-Power entry. A commemorative QSL will be available. QSL via PY2CGE.

 

IOTA NEWS..............

EU-123. Gordon, MM0GOR, will once again be active as MM1E from Great Cumbrae Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Bands/SSB-Mode/DXpedition/High-Power entry. QSL via MM1E, by the Bureau, ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW.

NA-040. Henry, NL0H, is once again active as NL0H/P from St. Lawrence Island, Alaska. His length of stay was not provided. Activity is limited to his spare time on 80/40/30/20 meters using mainly FT8, possibly some SSB. QSL only direct to his QRZ.com address (see details). NO Bureau.

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60 METERS NEWS. W8GEX & 60m DX News reports the following: Amateurs in all French territories now have access to the new WRC-15 60m Secondary Allocation of 5351.5-5366.5 kHz at a maximum power of 15W EIRP following the publication in the French Official Journal of the order establishing
it.
https://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/affichTexte.do;jsessionid=517BE924C82826153E8C43316191C330.tplgfr42s_2?cidTexte=JORFTEXT000041567594&dateTexte=&oldAction=rechJO&categorieLien=id&idJO=JORFCONT000041566809

The French national amateur radio society, REF, advocates the use of the IARU 60m Bandplan. https://www.r-e-f.org

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5Z4/G3AB LOGS ---> Tim, M0URX has received "the 5Z4/G3AB log update for the most recent FT8 QSOs. Andy was not able to send me the CW log at the same time. So if you have made a CW QSO since January 18th please stand by until we have been able to upload the full log. Due to Andy's workload the log updates will be sporadic, so please be patient".

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9J2LA - ZAMBIA DXPEDITION NEWS (Press Release, dated February 8th). Some good news have to be shared today. After an endless long process to get our Zambian license we are finally there. A big thanks to Mario/9J2MYT (IK1MYT) and Brian/9J2BO in Lusaka who helped us achieving this important
goal. The license has been received just before the weekend. We are concentrating on our “boy scout trip” now. Our QTH in Zambia is secured, bus transportation from Lusaka airport to the lodge is booked and flight tickets are purchased. We are still working on customs clearance details, but we hope that we have it sorted out soon. We will leave Oslo the 4th of March at 18:45 with a scheduled arrival at Lusaka airport the day after at 12:30 local time. Let’s hope that the customs clearance will go smooth and don’t make too much of a headache ... however, you never know. The bus ride to the QTH is short of 2 hours, depending on traffic. Furthermore there is an ongoing power shedding through the whole country right now as it has been over the last few months. The reason is that the country has some issues with one of the main power electricity generators. According to our last conversation with the lodge owner, they suffer 4 hours of power cut each evening. For this reason, we are also in the process of purchasing a portable electricity generator as a backup. The
rainy season that comes late this year, has been rather dry as well.Stay tuned for more updates coming up soon!
73 de Rune LA7THA, 9J2LA Team Leader

The 9J2LA team is planning to be active from Zambia between March 5-15th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. The update suggested frequencies are:
CW - 1826.5*, 3524, 7024, 10124, 14024, 18074, 21024, 24894 and 28024
SSB - 7082, 14185, 18140, 21295, 24955 and 28495
RTTY - 7045, 10142, 14082, 18096, 21082, 24912 and 28082
FT8 - 1844/1908**, 3590, 7060, 10140, 14086, 18104, 21095, 24918 and 28095
6m - 50104/CW and 50313/FT8
(*) 160m: 1826.5 kHz lsn dwn for JA, up for EU, NA and other continents.
(**) 160m: FT8, QSX 1908 for JA
TEAM plans to use FT8 as the primary data mode. They will use FT8 DXpedition mode, operating as the Fox. If you hear them on the normal FT8 frequencies, they will not be using DXpedition mode and only work one station at the time. If the number of callers is high, they will announce a QSY to their DXpedition frequencies. QSOs will be uploaded to ClubLog if internet access is available. QSL via M0OXO QSL service. The 9J2LA Web page is available at: https://9j2la.com Facebook and Twitter will be used for “Breaking News” the weeks before departure and during the Expedition. The media Web pages are:
FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/9j2la
Twitter: https://twitter.com/9J2LA

 

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GERMAN NORTH POLE DXPEDITION. Operators Martina/DF3TS and Thomas/DC8TM will activate Svalbard as JW/homecalls to start their DXpedition between April 10-13th. They will then be active from a Russian "Severnyi Polyus" the Scientific Polar Drifting Base (enclave by RFF) approx. 80kms from the North Pole on the Arctic Ocean where they will activate the WWFF area RFF-0176. Operators will use their special callsigns DP0LE (like POLE) and as RA/DC8TM/P and RA/DF3TS/P to represent the Russian flag of the camp between April 14-17th. Activity will be on 40/30/20/17 meters using SSB and FT8. Activity from the North Pole (90 Degrees North) – under DP0LE and DC8TM/P together with Martina DF3TS/P will take place sometime during this time (The exact schedule will depend very much on weather conditions) on 20 meters [14244 kHz (+/-)]. !! Activity is limited to approx. 30 minutes!! For more details and updates, watch: https://www.qrz.com/db/DC8TM

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PACIFIC TOUR Operators Will/AA4NC and Ron/AA4VK will be active from 8 different islands during this year. Their updated schedule is as follows:
French Polynesia -- As TX4N and TX4VK between now and February 17th.
New Zealand ------- As ZL/AA4NC and ZL/AA4VK between February 18-20th
Norfolk Island ---- As VK9NR and VK9NN between February 21-24th
Australia --------- As VK/AA4NC and VK/AA4VK between February 24-27th
Papua New Guinea -- As P29NC and P29VK; between February 28th & March 1st
Solomon Islands --- As H44NC and H44VK between March 1-3rd
Vanuatu ----------- As YJ0NC and YJ0VK between March 3-6th
Fiji -------------- As 3D2AA and 3D2VK (callsign tentative); Look for Will to be active as 3D2AA during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 7-8th) as a Single-Op-Low-Power entry.
Activity on most islands will be holiday style on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and FT8/FT4, with 100 watts and wire antennas. QSL routes have been changed. QSL all callsigns via EA5GL.

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PQ0 - ST. PETER AND ST. PAUL ROCKS (Now on Hold). Last week it was reported that some operators were planning be active as PQ0S from Saint Peter and Saint Paul Rocks (SA-014, DIB OC-03) sometime in March (possibly 14-16th). It has now been reported that a larger team is planning to activate Saint Peter and Saint Paul Rocks (details and dates are unknown), and now the PQ0S team has decided to take "a standby and let the others progress."

 

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VP8_so - Announced frequencies for the forthcoming VP8PJ DXpedition to SignyIsland, South Orkneys (https://sorkney.com/) are:
CW 1826.5 3523 7010 10105 14023 18069 21023 24891 28023
SSB - 3790 7090 - 14185 18130 21285 24955 28485
RTTY - - 7045 10142 14080 18105 21080 24910 28080
FT8 1836 3567 7056 10131 14090 18095 21091 24911 28091
Special QSX instructions for Japan: 160m CW QSX down 2, 160m FT8 QSX 1908, 80m SSB QSX 3795-3805 kHz. VP8PJ will always operate FT8 Fox & Hound mode, except or 60m (5357 kHz, normal mode). Any station located in Africa or Oceania may call regardless of the region the expedition is currently calling for.
The "Braveheart" is expected to depart on 15 February - follow her on https://sorkney.com/garmin-inreach/. During the voyage, which is expected to take six days depending on weather conditions, look for the team to be QRV as ZL1NA/mm.
QSL via M0URX's OQRS, direct or bureau (www.m0urx.com/oqrs/), or direct to M0URX. The logs will be uploaded to LoTW six months after the DXpedition (but early donors will receive their LoTW confirmation while the team is on the island).
EDITOR NOTES: VP8PJ will be active from the South Orkney Islands (AN-008)
from approximately February 21st, through March 5th. South Orkney Island
is currently #16 most wanted on Clublog. QSL via M0URX, direct or OQRS
(direct and Bureau). LoTW will be uploaded 6 months after DX-pedition.
The following are media pages to watch:
The VP8PJ Web page is at: https://sorkney.com
The VP8PJ Twitter page is at: https://twitter.com/SouthOrkneyDX
The VP8PJ Groups.io group is at: https://groups.io/g/VP8PJ

 

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TI9A ---> The OQRS for the recent DXpedition to Coco's Island is now up and running on Club Log. The team made 29,139 QSO with 10,245 unique calls on 2-7 February. Read the TI9A story on https://dx-world.net/ti9a-cocos-island/

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SPAIN: 2x1 CALLSIGNS ---> The following is the first batch of 2x1 callsigns
issued in Spain, listed alphabetically and divided up by call areas. These
are PERMANENT callsigns (not temporary contest or special event calls), and
they have replaced their owners' old callsigns.
* Call Area 1:
EA1A EA1B EA1C EA1D EA1E EA1F EA1G EA1I EA1J EA1K EA1L EA1M EA1N
EA1O EA1P EA1Q EA1R EA1S EA1T EA1U EA1V EA1W EA1X EA1Y EA1Z EB1A
EB1B EB1Y EC1A EC1D EC1R EC1T
* Call Area 2:
EA2A EA2B EA2J EA2K EA2R EA2T EA2W EA2Z
* Call Area 3:
EA3A EA3B EA3C EA3D EA3E EA3F EA3J EA3L EA3M EA3O EA3R EA3T EA3V
EA3W EA3X EA3Y EB3A EC3A EC3E EC3J
* Call Area 4:
EA4A EA4B EA4C EA4D EA4E EA4I EA4K EA4L EA4M EA4R EA4S EA4T EA4U
EA4W EA4Z EB4A EB4B EB4Z EC4A EC4C EC4T
* Call Area 5:
EA5A EA5B EA5C EA5D EA5E EA5F EA5G EA5H EA5I EA5J EA5K EA5L EA5M
EA5N EA5O EA5P EA5Q EA5R EA5S EA5T EA5U EA5V EA5W EA5X EA5Y EA5Z
EB5A EB5F EB5R EC5A EC5C EC5E EC5K EC5M EC5P EC5R EC5T EC5V EC5W
EC5Y
* Call Area 6 (Balearic Islands):
EA6A EA6B EA6C EA6R EA6T EA6Y
* Call Area 7:
EA7A EA7B EA7C EA7D EA7E EA7F EA7G EA7H EA7I EA7J EA7K EA7L EA7M
EA7N EA7O EA7P EA7Q EA7R EA7T EA7W EA7X EA7Y EA7Z EB7A EB7R EC7A
EC7B EC7C EC7D EC7E EC7K EC7R
* Call Area 8 (Canary Islands):
EA8A EA8B EA8C EA8D EA8F EA8J EA8K EA8L EA8M EA8T EA8W EA8Y
* Call Area 9 (Ceuta & Melilla):
EA9E