425 DX News #1545

12 December 2020 A.R.I. DX Bulletin
No 1545

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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.

4S - Amateur radio operators from Sri Lanka have been authorized to
append /70 to their callsigns (e.g. 4S7VK/70) during the month of
December to mark the 70th anniversary since the founding of the
Radio Society of Sri Lanka (formerly known as the Radio Society of
Ceylon). [TNX DX World]
4X - Members of the Holy Land DX Group will be active as 4X7T from the
UNESCO World Heritage site of Tel Be'er Sheva (square F23BS for the
Holyland Award) on 25-26 December. They will operate CW, FT8 and
SSB on 80-10 metres with three stations. QSL via 4Z5LA.
5T - Tom, DL7BO is expected to be active as 5T7OO from Mauritania until
around 20 December. He will operate CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8 on vari-
ous bands, provided the airline can find the antenna mast that was
missing when he arrived in Nouakchott. QSL via DJ6TF (direct or
bureau) and LoTW. [TNX The Daily DX]
CP - Once again Antonio, EA5RM will be working on a non-governmental
Organization's project in Bolivia on 9-26 January. In his spare
time he will operate SSB and digital modes as CP1XRM. QSL via LoTW.
[TNX OPDX Bulletin]
EA - Special callsign AO50UPC will be active on 15-30 December to cele-
brate the 50th anniversary of the Universitat Politecnica de Cata-
lunya (Polytechnic University of Catalonia). A certificate will be
available for download: http://50aniversario-upc.dxfun.com.
HZ - HZ18SAT is a special callsign for the Saudi Amateur Radio Society
(HZ1SAR) to celebrate the 18th anniversary of the launch of the
Saudi satellite 1C SO-50 (20 December 2002). Look for activity on
SO-50 on 17-27 December; see qrz.com for more information.
JA - Kenji, JA4GXS will be active as JA4GXS/4 from Otsu Island (AS-117)
on 25-26 December. He will operate CW, SSB and FT8 on 40, 30 and 20
metres. QSL via home call. [TNX DX World]
JD1_oga- Once again Harry, JG7PSJ will be active as JD1BMH from Chichijima
(AS-031), Ogasawara from 14 December to 9 January 2021. He will
operate CW, SSB and RTTY on 40-10 metres. QSL via JD1BMH (bureau)
or JG7PSJ (direct). He does not use LoTW or PayPal. Logsearch on
OH - OH9SCL is once again active from Finnish Lapland ("Santa Claus
Land") during the month of December. QSL via LoTW, eQSL, or direct
to OH9FKJ.
S5 - S520SAFE is a special callsign for members of Radioklub Elektron
Brezice (S59ACP) to promote the "Be Safe Stay Safe" campaign in
order to stop the spread of Covid-19. Look for activity between 8
December and 31 January 2021. QSL via LoTW, eQSL, or direct only to
W - Brad, N9EN will be active as W4A on 18-20 December. He will operate
CW only mainly on 40 and 20 metres. This activity is to commemorate
the 130th anniversary since the birth of Edwin H. Armstrong (1890-
1954), the inventor who laid the foundation for much of modern
radio and electronic circuitry, including the regenerative and
superheterodyne circuits and the frequency modulation (FM) system.
QSL via N9EN, direct or bureau.
YB - Members of ORARI Polewali Mandar and the Tipalayo DX Club will be
active as 7C8M from Gusung Toraja Island (OC-236) on 26-30 Decem-
ber. QSL direct to YB8BRI (see qrz.com for PayPal instructions).

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Edited by I1JQJ & IK1ADH
Direttore Responsabile I2VGW

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2021 IOTA HONOUR ROLL & ANNUAL LISTING ---> The last date for sending score
updates to checkpoints, both online or by QSL cards, for inclusion in the
2021 Honour Roll and Annual Listings is 31 January 2021. If cards are post-
marked after that date, they will be processed in the normal way, but the
scores will be held over to the following year's listing. The current
disruption to postal services as a result of coronavirus suggests that,
where cards are to be sent, they should be sent in good time to enable
credit to be given. Participants who have not updated since the 2016 annual
listings and wish to remain listed should make a submission before 31 Janu-
ary 2021. Furthermore, those who have not logged into their record for more
than two years, will need to revalidate their registration through
info[@]iota-world.org. Do not leave it to the last moment as you may run out
of time. [[TNX G3KMA]

6V1A: POSTPONED ---> The 18-20 December 6V1A operation from Goree Island
(AF-045) [425DXN 1544] has been postponed to a later date TBA owing to the
Covid-19 pandemic.

IOTA NEWS: OC-298 ---> "New IOTA OC-298, Tatakoto Atoll has now been con-
firmed following the opening up of QSO matching on LoTW for contacts with
Cezar, VE3LYC's recent TX0T operation (30 October-5 November 2020)", IOTA
General Manager Roger Balister (G3KMA) posted to the IOTA website on 10 De-
cember (https://iota-world.org/management-news.html). "This has enabled
credits made previously with the island by FO5RH, FO0CLA and TX5TES and
credited to OC-066 to be transferred to the new number OC-298 where the
evidence is clear. Record holders may wish to check if they now need to
restore credit for OC-066 with a replacement card. Requests arising from
this change of group number should be made using the normal update procedure
through checkpoints".

LOTW QUICK START GUIDES ---> The "New User Guide" and "Quick Start Guides -
Submitting QSOs to LoTW" (from Windows, MacOS & OS X, Linux) are available:
http://www.arrl.org/quick-start and http://www.arrl.org/logbook-of-the-world
"There are a lot of updates that are still needed to Logbook Help", Greg
Widin, K0GW (ARRL Logbook of The World Committee, Chair) says. "However, the
Guides are likely to attract the attention and use of exactly those who can
most benefit from them".

QSL VK9NC, VK9NE & VK9NG ---> "Unfortunately, due to the ongoing serious
restrictions on the delivery of letters sent abroad (due to COVID) by Polish
Post Office, and the fact that our cards sent to many countries returned
with the words 'no delivery' (and stamps cancelled), our manager SP7VC had
to resign from sending QSL cards from Poland", Jacek, SP5EAQ (ex VK9NE)
says. "In this situation, Willi, DL8MAN came to our aid by successively
sending cards from Mainburg. Willi always ensures delivery after making sure
the country is served by the German Post Office. Previously, some cards
could be delivered in bulk by road transport according to lists provided by
the main sponsors". VK9NC, VK9NE and VK9NG were active from Norfolk Island
in October-November 2019. [TNX DX World]

SOLAR CYCLE 25 ---> "In direct contradiction to the official forecast, a
team of scientists led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research
(NCAR) is predicting that the Sunspot Cycle that started this fall
could be one of the strongest since record-keeping began": see

VA6/VE6: NEW QSL BUREAU MANAGER ---> Jerry, VE6TL is the new manager of the
Incoming QSL Bureau (http://www.buro.ve6hams.com) for the Canadian province
of Alberta (VA6/VE6). The mailing address is Jerry Spring, 206 Hampstead
PL NW, Calgary AB T3A 5J2, Canada. [TNX OPDX Bulletin]


QSLs received direct or through managers: 4F2KWT, 4U1UN, 5E1EC, 5H3EE,
6Y6STAYHOME, 6Y6Y, 7H9H (OC-275), 9N1CA, AD5A/p (NA-092), CT3MD, E51WL,
(EU-017), IM0DTF (EU-041), K0AP/4 (NA-052), NL7V, NP4Z, OE8/DL1MKW, PU0FDN,
PY0F, PY0FR, R9AB, RA0FF (AS-018), RI0B (AS-068), UA0CW, VK4DX/p (OC-137),


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