425 DX News #1543

28 November 2020 A.R.I. DX Bulletin
No 1543

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Edited by I1JQJ & IK1ADH
Direttore Responsabile I2VGW

Owing to the ongoing and fluid nature of the COVID-19 situation globally,
announced activities might be postponed or cancelled at any time and
without notice.

4X - Celebrating Chanukah, 4X0NER (the suffix stands for "candle" in
Hebrew) and other eight special callsigns whose suffixes spell the
word "Chanukah" (4X1C, 4X2H, 4Z3A, 4X4N, 4X5U, 4X6K, 4Z7A and 4X8H)
will be active from 14 UTC on 10 December until 21.59 UTC on 19
December: https://www.iarc.org/iarc/Content/docs/Chanukah.pdf. QSL
via LoTW, or via 4Z5MU. A "Chanukah-2020" certificate will be made
available for download on the IARC website.
8Q - Marko, N5ZO (8Q7ZO) and Oliver, W6NV (8Q7NV) have been active from
the Maldives (AS-013) since 22 November, and will remain there
until 2 December. They will participate in the CQ WW DX CW Contest
as 8Q7ZO as a Multi-Op entry. QSL 8Q7ZO via LoTW or direct to
OH0XX; QSL 8Q7NV direct to W6NV. [TNX NG3K]
C6 - AA7JV, W6IZT, W8HC and KN4EEI have been active as C6AGU from Wood
Cay (OC-001), Bahamas since 24 November. They "are testing a newly
developed DXpedition system", and should like to get honest signal
reports. QSL via LoTW, Club Log's OQRS, or via HA7RY. [TNX The
Daily DX]
CT - Valdemar, CT7AQD will be active as CQ750RSI throughout 2021 to
commemorate the 750th anniversary of the birth of Elizabeth of
Aragon (1271-1336), queen consort of Portugal and patron saint of
the city of Coimbra. QSL via home call. [TNX CT7AQD]
EA - Special callsign EF42C will be active from 28 November to 13 Decem-
ber to commemorate the 42nd anniversary of the promulgation of the
Spanish Constitution of 1978, which marked the culmination of the
transition of Spain to democracy. QSL via LoTW, eQSL, or direct to
EA - EA5BJ/p, EA5EL/p, EA5RM/p and EA5BCQ/p will be active from Tabarca
Island (EU-093) on 2-6 December. They will operate CW and SSB on
80-10 metres with two stations. QSL via home calls. [TNX DX World]
F - TM63SC ("Santa Claus") is a special callsign for Jean-Pierre, F8DZU
to use between 30 November and 30 December to celebrate this year's
Christmas Holiday Season. QSL via home call, direct or bureau. [TNX
F - Special event station TM13TLT will be activated on 4-5 December for
the annual French Telethon, the fund-raising event encouraging
support for research on genetic diseases. QSL via eQSL, or direct
to F5RIJ.
F - Celebrating Christmas and the New Year, the Radio Club du Val d'Is-
sole (F8KGH) will be active as TM20XMAS and TM21HNY. QSL via eQSL.
G - During the month of December, the Welland Valley Amateur Radio
Society will be running special callsigns GB1XMS (from the shack of
G1IVG), GB2XMS (from the shack of G4ISN), GB5XMS (from the shack of
G4XEX) and GB9XMS (from the shack of G0SFJ) to celebrate Christmas
and say farewell to 2020. QSL via eQSL and LoTW.
HL_ssh - Lee, DS4NMJ is a member of the 34th overwintering team at the King
Sejong Station on King George Island, South Shetlands (AN-010). The
icebreaker "Araon" is expected to reach first the Jang Bogo Station
in Terra Nova Bay (Antarctica) around 4 December, and then King
George Island by mid-January 2021. Lee will be QRV as DT8A through
the end of the year. QSL via DS5TOS. The log will be uploaded to
LoTW and Club Log.
I - II1DCC ("Drake & Collins Collectors") is the special callsign for a
"vintage activity" to be conducted from 1 December 2020 until 31
December 2021. Marco, IK1RAE and other operators will use exclu-
sively Drake and Collins pieces of equipment, and will be QRV on
the HF bands (30, 17 and 12 metres excluded) SSB, CW and maybe AM.
QSL via the bureau to IK1RAE. A certificate will be available; see
https://www.qrz.com/db/II1DCC for information. [TNX IK1RAE]
I - The Italian Naval Old Rhythmers Club's station IQ1NM will be acti-
vated during the 40th edition of the INORC Contest (5-6 December).
It will also commemorate the 10th anniversary of the death of Nico-
la Mastroviti, IT9XNM (1912-2010), who founded INORC back in
October 1976. See https://www.qrz.com/db/iq1nm for complete infor-
mation. [TNX IN3MDR]
I - ARI Grosseto (IQ5GR) will be active as IO5CNPP on 6-20 December in
remembrance of the Heroes of Chernobyl, the "liquidators" - whose
Memorial Day Ukraine observes on 14 December - who were called upon
to deal with consequences of the 1986 Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant
disaster. A certificate will be available, complete details can be
found on https://www.qrz.com/db/IQ5GR. [TNX IV3KKW]
LU - Hernan, LU7EHR will be active as LU7EHR/E from Isla Martin Garcia
(SA-055) on 5-8 December. He will operate FT8 on 80-2 metres, and
SSB on 80, 60 and 40 metres. QSL via LoTW, eQSL, or via home call;
logsearch on Club Log.
LZ - The radio club located at the elementary school "Aleko Konstanti-
nov" in Dimitrovgrad will be active as LZ1XMAS on 1-31 December "to
promote the hobby among young people and to share our Christmas
spirit". Look for main activity to take place on 40 and 20 metres
SSB between 12 and 14 UTC. "The operators will be students aged
between 10 and 13, without much experience, so we ask for your
patience and understanding". QSL via LZ1KAK.
PA - Special callsigns PA20XMAS, PB20CLAUS and PD20SANTA will be active
on 1-31 December. QSL cards will not be issued, but a certificate
will be available for download (https://www.qrz.com/db/PA20XMAS).
S5 - Special event station S521PMC will be active from 4 December to 3
January 2021 to promote the PMC Contest, sponsored by the Radio
Club Slovenj Gradec (S59DCD). All QSOs will be confirmed via the
bureau. The International Association of Peace Messenger Cities was
established in 1988 to recognize and encourage the role and
responsibility cities have in creating a culture of peace. The PMC
Contest, promoting contacts between stations located in the Peace
Messenger Cities and the rest of the world, will be held on 2-3
January (see http://www.s59dcd.si/ for complete information).
YB - Ten operators, including a few newcomers, will be active as 7C9B
from Sumbawa Island (OC-150) on 1-10 December. They will operate
SSB and FT8 on 160-10 metres. QSL via DL3KZA. [TNX DX World]
YI - Giorgio, IU5HWS (previously active as YI/IU5HWS and YI9/IU5HWS) has
received his licence [425DXN 1539] and has been active as YI9WS
since 25 November. He expects to remain in Iraq and be QRV in his
spare time until around 20 January. QSL direct to Giorgio Toma, Via
Settembrini 5, 57128 Livorno LI, Italy; the YI9WS log will be
uploaded to LoTW.

CQ WW DX CW CONTEST ---> The following stations have announced their par-
ticipation in this year's event (28-29 November):

02 VE2NCG SOSB 15m Canada LoTW
05 VP9I SOAB LP Bermuda LoTW/WW3S
07 TI7W SOAB HP Costa Rica M0URX
08 8P1W SOAB Barbados KU9C
08 J8/UR5BCP SO LP Saint Vincent KD7WPJ
08 KP2B SOSB 20m Virgin Isls EB7DX
08 KP3DX SOAB Puerto Rico N4AO
08 NP2J SOSB 160m Virgin Isls LoTW/K8RF
08 NP3X SO LP Puerto Rico EB7DX
08 VP5M SO Turks & Caicos Isls LoTW/K4QPL
08 WP3C M/S Puerto Rico W3HNK
08 ZF1A SOAB HP Cayman Isls LoTW/K7ZO
09 P40W SOAB Aruba LoTW/N2MM
09 PJ4/DL6KR SOSB Bonaire DL6KR
09 PJ4/KU8E SO HP Bonaire K4BAI
09 PJ4A SOSB 40m Bonaire LoTW/K4BAI
11 PQ3B Brazil PP5BZ
11 ZP9MCE SOAB Paraguay LoTW/EA5ZD
14 CR2X SOSB 15m Azores OH2BH
14 EA6FO SOAB HP Balearic Isls LoTW
14 GU4CHY SOSB 20m Guernsey GU4CHY
14 GU4YOX SOSB 40m Guernsey LoTW/GU4YOX
14 HB9CC M/S Switzerland LotW/HB9KNY
14 LN8W M/M Norway LoTW/LA6YEA
14 OY1CT SOAB Faroe Isls LoTW
14 OZ5E M/S Denmark OZ1ACB
14 SI9AM M/? Sweden SM3FJF
15 OH5Z M/2 Finland LoTW
15 OH0R SOSB 80m Aland Isls OH2PM
15 OH0Z M/S Aland Isls W0MM
15 YT5A M/M Serbia YT1AD
21 4L8A SOSB 20m Georgia LoTW/M0OXO
21 9K2K SOAB Kuwait LoTW/EC6DX
22 8Q7ZO M/? Maldives LotW/OH0XX
25 D73A Korea EA5GL
28 9M6NA SOAB LP East Malaysia LoTW
28 YB0ECT SOSB 20m Indonesia W2FB
28 YB2DX SOAB Indonesia LoTW/YB2DX
30 VK2IA M/S Australia DK2BJ
31 KH7Q Hawaii LoTW
32 ZL3X M/S New Zealand LoTW
32 ZM1A SO New Zealand LoTW/ZL3CW
32 ZM4T M/2 New Zealand LoTW
33 3V8SS SOAB LP Tunisia Lotw/LX1NO
33 CR3W M/? Madeira Isls LoTW/DL5AXX
33 EA8RM SOAB Canary Isls LoTW/EB7DX
33 IH9YMC SOSB African Italy LoTW
35 5T3WW Mauritania
40 JW7GIA SO Svalbard M0OXO
40 TF3W SOSB 20m Iceland LoTW/TF3MH

Do not forget to give a look at the Announced Operations listing maintained
by Bill, NG3K at https://www.ng3k.com/Misc/cqc2020.html - good contest to
you all!

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Edited by I1JQJ & IK1ADH
Direttore Responsabile I2VGW

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T6AA: LOW BAND ACTIVITY ---> "Unfortunately, I have to report that the QRM
from many different sources at my QTH now makes 160m operation next to
impossible", Robert S53R (T6AA and T6A) posted to qrz.com on 20 November.
"While it was already very bad during the last season, it has now gone
beyond repair. I have installed three different RX systems, to no avail. The
last nail in the coffin was the installation of an array of large LED flood
lights. The whole spectrum is affected, but 160 at the bottom and 10 & 6m at
the other end, are worst off. I will continue trying, although I'm afraid
the best times for these bands, for as much as they were, are gone".

YOTA MONTH ---> The Youngsters On The Air group will be active again during
the entire month of December. The idea for this event is to show the amateur
radio hobby to youth and to encourage youngsters to be active on the ham
radio waves. Announced participating stations include 7X2YOTA, 7X3YOTA,
and Z39YOTA. QSLs via LoTW. Paper cards via Club Log's OQRS (direct only) or
via M0SDV (direct only). Information about the event and the awards can be
found on https://events.ham-yota.com/.


QSLs received direct or through managers: 3D2TS, 4U25B, 5Z4PA, 6O1OO, 7V9A,
7X2HF, CQ3W, E51JD, ET3AA, ID9OSC (EU-017), J35X, LA9PJA/p (EU-033), LA9VFA,
MD0CCE, MD2C, OD5VB, PI75ZUT, R207RRC (AS-207), S79VU, TL0A, TO9W, TT8SN,
VP5/AA5UK, VP5P, WL7CG, XF3LL (NA-090), YB9YKI (OC-147), YS1AG, ZB2R, ZF2MJ.


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