425 DX News #1459

20 April 2019 A.R.I. DX Bulletin
No 1459

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Edited by I1JQJ & IK1ADH
Direttore Responsabile I2VGW

9M6 - Saty, JE1JKL will be active again as 9M6NA from Labuan Island
(OC-133), East Malaysia on 23-28 May, including participation in
the CQ WW WPX CW Contest. Outside the contest he will focus on 6m
FT8 (50313 and 50323 kHz, and Fox & Hound mode on 50318 kHz). QSL
via LoTW and Club Log's OQRS. [TNX NG3K]
CE - Mike, DL2OE has been touring South America since late March, and
will be visiting "various places in LU, CE and CX" until 31 May. So
far he was QRV as LU/DL2OE and CE8/DL2OE from both sides of Tierra
del Fuego (SA-008), and as CE7/DL2OE from Chiloe Island (SA-018).
He has been active as CE7/DL2OE from a San Pedro Island since 18
April, an reportedly he will remain there over the Easter weekend.
QSL via home call; he will upload his logs to LoTW and Club Log
when is back home.
CO - Celebrating its first anniversary, T43A - the Grupo Especial de
Expediciones y Concursos - will be QRV on 16-20 May. Look for
activity on 80-10 metres SSB, CW, RTTY and FT8. QSL via RW6HS
(direct) and LoTW.
EL - Silvano, I2YSB and the Italian DXpedition Team will be active from
Liberia from 28 September to 11 October. Announced callsigns are
A82X (for CW and SSB) and A82Z (for digital modes). QSL via I2YSB.
Bookmark http://www.i2ysb.com/idt/ for updates. [TNX I2YSB]
F - Jean-Marc, F5SGI will be active again as TM6ILE from Groix Island
(EU-048) from 27 April to 4 May. He will operate CW only. All QSOs
will be confirmed automatically via the bureau. [TNX Les Nouvelles
F - Members of the F6KOP Radio Club (namely F4EYQ, F4FCE, F4GYM, F5NQL
and F6DVH) will participate in the IOTA Contest (27-28 July) as
TM5S from Sein Island (EU-068). QSL via F5MFV (direct or bureau),
or Club Log, eQSL or LoTW. [TNX NG3K]
FO - Rich, KE1B and Anna, W6NN will be active as FO/KE1B from French
Polynesia in late Apri-early May. Their first stop will be Moorea
(OC-046) on 22-27 April, followed by Bora Bora (OC-067) from 27
April through 2 May. They will mainly be QRV on 20 metres FT8
running QRP. QSL via Club Log's OQRS, LoTW, eQSL or via home call.
[TNX The Daily DX]
GD - Hiro JF1OSL as MD0HWX, Toru JH0CJH as MD0ITP, and Shin JR1NHD as
MD0IUX will be active holiday style from the Isle of Man (EU-116)
from 27 April to 1 May. They will operate SSB, CW and digital modes
on 40-10 metres. QSL MD0ITP via JH0CJH (direct or bureau); QSL
MD0IUX via JJ2VLY (direct only). Plans are to upload the logs to
LoTW and Club Log.
GJ - A team of eight Belgian operators will be active as GJ6EFW from
Jersey Island (EU-013) from 30 April to 5 May. They will operate
mainly SSB with some CW and FT8 on the HF bands and 6 metres. QSL
via ON6EF (direct or bureau) and eQSL; they will not use LoTW.
I - Italian stations participating in this year's International Marconi
Day (27 April) include IY0GA (from Sardinia), IY0IMD, IY0ORP,
operator's instructions. [TNX IS0JMA]
J7 - Thomas, SM0CXU (SM2U) and Tore, SM0DZB (SM0T) will be active as
J79U and J79TA respectively from Dominica (NA-101) on 7-15 May.
J8 - Brian, GW4DVB will be active again as J88PI from Palm Island
(NA-025) on 7-14 May. He hopes "to work SSB, FT8, SSTV and if
anyone is willing to give it a go CW as well". QSL via home call,
direct only (PayPal information on https://www.g4dvb.co.uk/).
KL - The Russian Robinson Club is organizing a DXpedition to take place
from Sledge Island (NA-210) in late August-early September. Plans
are for a team of 4-6 operators to be active as KL7RRC/p on 40-6m
for 5-7 days. Details are expected in due course. [TNX qrz.ru]
LX - Members of the GMDX Group (https://www.gmdx.org.uk/) will be active
as LX/GM0OBX from Luxembourg from 25 May to 1 June. The team
(GM0OBX, MM0JZB, MM0OBT, MM0OKG and MM0VPY) will operate SSB, CW,
FT8 and RTTY on 40-6 metres with three stations. QSL via M0OXO's
OE - Austrian special event station OE19M will be active on 26-28
April. This is an official International Marconi Day station and
contacts made on 27 April will count for the IMD Award. QSL via
OE1WHC (bureau) or direct to DokuFunk, OE19M, An den Steinfeldern
4A, 1230 Wien, Austria.
OJ0 - Pasi, OH3WS will be active again as OJ0W from Market Reef (EU-053)
between 27 April and 4 May. Activity will be limited to his spare
time. QSL via home call, direct or bureau. [TNX The Daily DX]
OK - Special callsign OL75CLAY marks the 75th anniversary of Operation
Clay, executed during World War II in the Protectorate of Bohemia
and Moravia by Czech paratroopers trained in England. Activity
started on 12 April and will continue until 31 July. QSL via
SV9 - Sepp, OH1VR will be active as SV9/OH1VR from Crete (EU-015) from 25
April to 1 May. Activity will be on 80-10 metres using mostly CW
with some SSB. QSL direct to home call. [TNX The Daily DX]
VK9C - Chris, GM3WOJ and Keith GM4YXI will be active again as VK9CZ from
the Cocos (Keeling) Islands (OC-003) on 12-29 November. They will
operate SSB, CW and FT8 ("we will run a third station on FT8 for as
many hours per day as possible, using MSHV, JTDX or WSJT-X") on
160-10 metres, and will participate in the CQ WW DX CW Contest. The
logs will be uploaded to LoTW and Club Log; traditional QSL cards
via N3SL. See http://www.vk9cz2019.com/ for more information and
VU7 - Shabu, M0KRI and other two operators expect to be active as VU7RI
from the Lakshadweep Islands (AS-011) on 19-31 October. Plans are
to operate SSB, CW and FT8 on 80, 40, 30, 20, 15 and 6 metres. QSL
via M0KRI, Club Log's OQRS and LoTW. Bookmark https://vu7ri.com/
for updates.
W - The Long Island CW Club (W2LCW) and the Great South Bay Amateur
Radio Club (W2GSB) will participate in the International Marconi
Day (27 April) from the Lewis Pond Marina, Babylon (NY). Marconi
had a training school in 1901 near by and the house is still there
today. [TNX WB2UZE]
ZA - Mike, DF8AN will be active as ZA/DF8AN from Albania on 18-22 April.
He will operate mainly CW and FT8 on the HF bands and 6 metres. QSL
via home call (direct or bureau); he does not use LoTW. [TNX The
Daily DX]

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Edited by I1JQJ & IK1ADH
Direttore Responsabile I2VGW

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3Y0I ---> "The entire 3Y0I Bouvet Team is home and all are resting after the
Rebel attempt at Bouvet", they posted to https://www.rebeldxgroup.com on 18
April. "Our license is renewed, our equipment stored in Cape Town", they
add, and "we're already making plans for Bouvet in the Fall".

425 DX NEWS MAGAZINE ---> The March 2019 issue is now available for download
at http://www.425dxn.org/index.php. [TNX IZ3EBA]

INTERNATIONAL MARCONI DAY ---> Organized by the Cornish Radio Amateur Club,
the International Marconi Day (IMD) is a 24-hour amateur radio event held
annually to celebrate the birth of Guglielmo Marconi (25 April 1874). It is
not a contest, but an opportunity for amateurs around the world to make
contacts with historic Marconi sites using HF communications techniques.
This year's event will be held on 27 April, from 00.00 UTC to 23.59 UTC.
Details, including information on the Award Certificates and the listing of
participating stations, can be found at http://gx4crc.com/.

INTREPID SPIRIT AWARD ---> The Intrepid-DX Group is pleased to announce that
Kenneth Opskar, LA7GIA is the recipient of this year's Intrepid Spirit Award
for his "outstanding efforts to activate Malawi (7Q7GIA), Comoros (D67GIA),
Equatorial Guinea (3C7A), Central African Republic (TL8AO), Congo (TN5E),
Somalia (6O6O) and Chad (TT8KO)". The Intrepid-DX Group recognizes "Ken's
unselfish acts to activate these challenging and much needed entities on
behalf of a grateful Global DX Community", and acknowledges his "pursuit of
operating excellence in making these difficult activations". Made in memory
of James McLaughlin, WA2EWE/T6AF (killed in Kabul, Afghanistan, on 27 April
2011), the Intrepid Spirit Award "is intended to recognize and honor those
individuals or teams that boldly activate rare entities where their own
personal safety is secondary to their pursuit of providing contacts to the
DX Community".

J20DX --- > Col, MM0NDX and Jonathan, MM0OKG reported on 16 April that their
"radio equipment was impounded by customs at the Djibouti-Ambouli
International Airport upon arrival", despite the fact that the third
operator (Christian, EA3NT/J20NT) had cleared customs "smoothly" two days
earlier. On 17 April, being still unable to retrieve their bags, the team
decided to cancel their planned activity from Sept-Freres (AF-059) "due to
time constraints", and to use Christian's equipment from Moucha Island
On 18 April "at 0700 local we departed the mainland for the 40 minute
crossing to Moucha Island", they posted to the DXpedition's website
(https://j20dx.com/news/). "We identified an excellent location for radio
upon arrival and immediately assembled a 15m VDA and 17m & 20m vertical
dipoles. Our intention was to add more antennas as the day progressed.
Literally 5 minutes before the first CQ from AF-053 we received a phone-call
from National Security saying signatures were needed for the authorization
letter to permit us to collect our impounded gear. This same letter would
also allow us to depart Djibouti without anymore issues at airport customs.
However, we had to return to the mainland to get the letter. The weekend is
Friday and Saturday here in Djibouti meaning this would likely be our final
chance of obtaining the important authorization letter prior to heading
home. Before we had even started, teardown begun. Yes, we left the island 2
hours after arriving. AF-053 is now also cancelled. Upon returning to the
mainland we headed straight to the National Security offices. Yes, you
guessed it - no authorized letter to be seen. We had basically been told
fake news. We've now had enough of this country and look forward to heading

QSL VIA M0OXO ---> In addition to TL8AO (November 2016), TN5E (May 2017),
6O6O (January 2018) and TT8KO (October 2018), M0OXO is taking over the
QSLling duties for LA7GIA's past expeditions to Malawi (7Q7GIA, June 2014
and February 2015), Comoros Islands (D67GIA, September 2015) and Bioko
Island (AF-010), Equatorial Guinea (3C7A, March 2016). QSL via M0OXO's OQRS
for direct and bureau cards (https://www.m0oxo.com/oqrs/logsearch.php).

VP6D ---> Gene, K5GS reports that "as announced at the International DX
Convention, Visalia on 14 April, the entire VP6D log has been uploaded to
LoTW. Please direct any questions about your QSOs to Tim, M0URX".

XR1RRC ---> The IOTA expedition to Santa Maria Island (SA-069) [425DXN 1458]
made 3,900 QSOs on 7-10 April; the log has been uploaded to Club Log and the
OQRS has been enabled: https://clublog.org/logsearch/XR1RRC_SA069. Please
contact R7AL (rv6ali[@]yandex[dot]ru) for any log issue. QSL via Club Log's
OQRS (preferred); those who want to go direct in a traditional way should
mail their request to EU7A (maildrop): Andrey N. Teterukov, P.O. Box 13,
212030 Mogilev-30, Belarus. Club Log's IOTA Matching function will be
enabled after one month for those who request a direct card, and after one
year for all others.

+ SILENT KEY + Astronaut Owen Garriott, W5LFL passed away on 15 April at 88
years of age. "A passionate amateur radio operator and ionospheric physics
researcher, Owen inspired the amateur radio community to reach for the
stars. His multi-decade vision to bring amateur radio with him as part of
his journey in space was realized in 1983 on the STS-9 Space Shuttle
Columbia mission, where hams the world over for the first time heard a
fellow ham call CQ from space". The complete obituary can be found on


QSLs received direct or through managers: 5A0YL, 5T2AI, 5W0GC, 9J2BO, 9Q6BB,
(EU-192), OX/OZ1LXJ, OX7AM, P29VCX (OC-025), PJ4/NE9U, PJ4P, RI0B, RI1ANL,
ZB2CM, ZY6C (SA-023).


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