425 DX News #1563

17 April 2021 A.R.I. DX Bulletin
No 1563

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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 cut short, postponed, cancelled or even
extended at any time and without notice.

4X - The "Land of Craters" programme will see four special stations
operate from the Makhteshim ("craters") in the Negev desert of
Israel. The first activity was conducted by 4X0ARF (November 2020).
Look for 4X0GDL to be QRV from Makhtesh Gadol ("The Big Crater") on
30 April-1 May. QSL via 4X6ZM, LoTW and eQSL. A certificate will
be available for working three out of four special stations: see
https://www.iarc.org/craters/. [TNX 4X6ZM]
6O - Ali, EP3CQ will be back to Mogadishu, Somalia from 25 April for two
months. In his spare time he will operate mainly FT8 on various
bands as 6O1OO. QSL direct to Ali Solhjoo, Freienwalderstr. 35,
13359 Berlin, Germany. [TNX The Daily DX]
G - GB0DOE, GB1PPP, GB2DOE and GB4RIP are four special callsigns (see
qrz.com for QSL information) commemorating the life of HRH The
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who passed away on 9 April aged
99. He had been the Radio Society of Great Britain's patron since
G - Celebrating Saint George, patron saint of England, the Welland
Valley ARS will be active as GB0SG on 22-24 April. QSL via G4XEX,
LoTW and eQSL.
HA - The Hungarian Amateur Radio Society (MRASZ) will commemorate the
230th anniversary of the birth of Samuel Morse with nine special
callsigns: HA230S, HA230A, HA230M, HA230U, HA230E, HA230L, HA230O,
HA230R and HA230MSE. Look for activity on CW and SSB on 17-27
April. QSL via LoTW; paper cards should be requested via Club Log's
OQRS. See https://www.mrasz.org/s-morse-award-230/award-rules for
information on the "Samuel F. B. Morse Award 2021".
HV - Special event station HV9SMG will be active on 24 April (Interna-
tional Marconi Day) from the Vatican Radio Broadcasting Centre at
Santa Maria di Galeria. Look for activity on 40, 20 and 10 metres
SSB, CW and digital modes from 6 to 12 UTC. QSL via IK0CNA. [TNX
I - II5RCH ("Remembering Chernobyl") is the special callsign for Loria-
no, IZ5RHU to memorialize the 35th anniversary of the Chernobyl Nu-
clear Power Plant disaster from 18 April to 9 May. QSL via IZ5RHU,
direct or bureau.
I - Members of ARI Belluno will be active as IB3CAI from 1 May to 30
September. QSL via IU3EDK. The special callsign memorializes the
130th anniversary of the local section of the glorious Club Alpino
Italiano (the Italian Alpine Club, founded in 1863), as well as the
70th anniversary of the alpine hut "VII Alpini at Pis Pilon",
operated by CAI Belluno since 1951.
JA - Operated by members of the Denpaken Club and the A1 Club, 8N1MORSE
is a special callsign celebrating the 230th anniversary of the
birth of Samuel Morse and other significant landmarks in the histo-
ry of CW until 28 February 2022. A website is under construction at
JA - Take, JI3DST will be active as JI3DST/5 (QSL via Club Log's OQRS,
or via home call) from Shodo Island (AS-200) from 29 April to 5
May. He will operate SSB, CW and FT8 on 40-6 metres, and will also
be QRV as JR8YLY/5 (QSL via Club Log's OQRS).
JW - Tom, OH6VDA (LA6VDA) expects to be active again as JW6VDA from the
JW5E station in Longyearbyen (EU-026), Svalbard from 26 April to 9
May. QSL via LoTW, Club Log's OQRS, eQSL, or via the bureau to
LA6VDA. [TNX DX World]
KH9 - Randy, WW6RG is scheduled to be on Wake Island on 20, 23, 27 and 29
April. He plans to operate QRP SSB as WW6RG/KH9 on 20 and 17 metres
between 4 and 7.30 UTC. This will be Randy's last trips to Wake
before he retires in September. QSL direct to WW6RG; he does not
use LoTW. [TNX The Daily DX]
OE - Austrian special event station OE21M will be active on 24-26
April to commemorate the anniversary of Guglielmo Marconi's birth
(25 April 1874). QSL via OE1WHC (bureau) or direct to DokuFunk,
OE21M, An den Steinfeldern 4A, 1230 Wien, Austria.
ON - OT30CRD is the special callsign for Club Radio Durnal (ON4CRD) to
celebrate its 30th anniversary until 18 May. All QSOs will be
confrmed automatically via the bureau.
OZ - Special callsign 5P0WARD will be active on 18 April in celebration
of World Amateur Radio Day. QSL via Club Log's OQRS, LoTW and eQSL,
or via OZ1ACB. A special award will be available for contacts made
with 5P0WARD/xx stations with different suffix extensions; further
information can be found on https://www.qrz.com/db/5p0ward.
SP - The Niepolomice Radio Club (SP9MOA) will operate special event sta-
tion SN0IMED on 19-25 April to celebrate International Mother Earth
Day (22 April). Established in 2009 by the UN General Assembly,
International Mother Earth Day promotes a view of the Earth as the
entity that sustains all living things found in nature.
SV - SZ200P is a special callsign for the Radio Amateur Association of
Western Peloponnese to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Greek
Revolution of 1821. Activity started on 9 April and will go through
the end of the year. QSL via LoTW and eQSL.
UA - R35CHA (QSL via RZ5D) and R35YCH (QSL via RW3YS) are two special
callsigns to be used between 17 and 30 April to memorialize the
35th anniversary of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant disaster (26
April 1986).
UA - A team of six operators (M0MSV/RA3NAN, R6LGT, R6MG, RN3BL, RX3F and
RZ3EC) will be active as RI0FF from Iturup Island (AS-025) on 28
July-3 August, and from Sakhalin Island (AS-018) on 4-6 August. QSL
via Club Log's OQRS (preferred), or via RZ3EC. More information can
be found on https://ri0ff.com/.
UA2F - Special callsigns RK75AK (UA2FAK), RK75FF (UF2F) and RK75FU (RA2FU)
will be in use between 14 April and 31 July to mark the 75th an-
niversary of Kaliningrad. In 1946 northern East Prussia was annexed
as part of the Russian SFSR by the Soviet Union and named the
Kaliningrad Oblast.
VK - Steve, VK6SJ will be active as VK6SJ/4 from the islands of Iama
(Yam), Thursday and Poruma (Coconut) in IOTA Group OC-138 between
26 April and 4 May. He will be there for work, and will be QRV
during the local evenings. "Most likely only be using FT8", he
says, "but if someone emails me separately and I have the time, I
could do the odd SSB and CW contact". QSLs will be electronic only
(LoTW, eQSL, QRZ).
VK9X - Steve, VK6SJ will be active as VK9XX from Christmas Island (OC-002)
on 7-28 May. He will be QRV "mostly outside working hours", with a
focus on 80, 40 and 30 metres "probably only FT8". QSL via EB7DX.
VP8 - Matthew, M0ZMS will be seconded to the RAF station at Mount
Pleasant, Falkland Islands (SA-002) from late April to late August.
He will be active as VP8ZMS, hopefully using the Royal Air Force
Amateur Radio Society's club station shack. He operates digital
modes, CW and some SSB. QSL via home call and LoTW; logsearch on
Club Log. See https://twitter.com/Vp8Zms for updates.
XE - Celebrating the 61st anniversary of the Asociacion de Radio Aficio-
nados de la Republica Mexicana (https://ararm.com.mx/), special
callsigns 6D1A, 6D2A and 6D3A will be active from 16 April to 16
May. QSLs via XE2T.

WORLD AMATEUR RADIO DAY 2021 ---> Every 18 April, radio amateurs worldwide
take to the airwaves in celebration of World Amateur Radio Day. It was on
this day in 1925 that the International Amateur Radio Union was formed in
Paris. The IARU Administrative Council has chosen "Amateur Radio: Home but
Never Alone" as the theme for this year's World Amateur Radio Day
(https://www.iaru.org/on-the-air/world-amateur-radio-day/): "Faced with a
pandemic that forced the adoption of extreme physical isolation to reduce
the spread of the virus, the worldwide amateur radio community responded
positively to overcome the resulting social isolation". Announced partici-
pants in WARD 2021 include stations from
Bahrain A91WARD
Belgium OS21WARD
Canada VA2RAC (Quebec), VA3RAC (Ontario), VE1RAC (Nova Scotia, VE4RAC
(Manitoba), VE5RAC (Saskatchewan), VE6RAC (Alberta), VE7RAC
(British Columbia, VE8RAC (Northwest Territories), VE9RAC (New
Brunswick, VO1RAC (Newfoundland), VO2RAC (Labrador), VY0RAC
(Nunavut), VY1RAC (Yukon), VY2RAC (Prince Edward Island)
Croatia 9A21WARD
Denmark 5P0WARD
England GB4ARD, GB6ARD
France TM96WARD
Germany DA21WARD
Italy II2OM
Luxembourg LX5WARD
Netherlands PA21WARD, PA96Q, PA96WARD, PB96WARD, PG96WARD
Poland 3Z0WARD
Romania YO21WARD
Saudi Arabia HZ1WARD
Switzerland HB9WARD
Uruguay CX1AA
Turkey TC18QRP

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Edited by I1JQJ & IK1ADH
Direttore Responsabile I2VGW

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CONTEST UNIVERSITY 2021 ---> The Dayton event has been cancelled, but CTU
2021 will still take place on 20 May. It will be held online free of charge
via Zoom, starting at 13.00 UTC. Registration opens on 21 April on the CTU
website (https://www.contestuniversity.com/), where the Course Outline page
is already up and running. CTU 2021 will end at 20.35 UTC with the presenta-
tion of this year's CQ Contest Hall of Fame.

CY0C: SABLE ISLAND 2022 ---> The CY0C team posted to the DXpedition's web-
site (http://cy0dxpedition.net/index.html) that their October 2021 operation
from Sable Island [425DXN 1554] has had to be postponed due to the ongoing
Covid-19 pandemic. "Furthermore, because of the pandemic, Parks Canada is
behind on their island maintenance projects and the Visitor Quarters will
not be available for the DXpedition team. The Sable Island manager did
extend an invitation to the team for October 2022, which the team unanimous-
ly accepted". Since the 2021 DXpedition is no longer possible, the team "is
offering a couple of options to the many foundations, clubs and individuals
who have already sent financial support. We are offering complete refunds to
those who request a refund. If you would like us to apply your contribution
to the 2022 CY0C DXpedition, that will be available as well. Any refund
requests should be directed to WA4DAN".

DANNY WEIL ---> "Join the Yasme Foundation in recognizing World Amateur Ra-
dio Day as we showcase our rich history and celebrate the legacy of a sto-
ried DXpeditioner". The Board of Directors of the Yasme Foundation is
pleased to announce the release of "Danny Weil. A Dreamer of Distant Lands
Who Took Amateur Radio on the Trip of a Lifetime" by Martti Laine (OH2BH).
The 21-page article is published at http://www.yasme.org/dw1/. The page also
contains a list of Danny Weil's expeditions, a collection of Danny's QSLs,
and an interview with Danny at age 80, with OE1WHC of Dokufunk. Along with
OH2BH's article, the book "Yasme. The Danny Weil and Colvin Radio Expedi-
tions" by James D. Cain (K1TN) is also now available for the first time as a
free downloadable PDF. [TNX K4ZW]

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 24 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/.

OH NORTHERN LIGHT 100-YEAR CERTIFICATE ---> The Finnish Amateur Radio League
(SRAL) is celebrating its 100th anniversary. To earn the "OH Northern Light
100-year Certificate" (OH-NL-100), contact fifty OH and fifty OF stations
during 2021 (a special OF prefix will be launched to all OH stations on 15
September), and ten "multipliers" [425DXN 1559]. Multiplying your QSO points
(maximum 100) by your multiplier value (max 10) will give you your score -
maximum of 1000 points.
On 17-18 April a minimum of five multipliers will be QRV: OG2B (operated by
OH2BH, OH2GEK and OH7EA), OH100SRAL (operated by OH2BCI and OH2KW), OH2A
(operated by OH2KI and OH3JR), OH6SRAL (operated by OH6ZS) and OI3AX oper-
ated by OH2LGW). For easy logging, please use the special activity sheet at
All who score 1000 points and the top-ten continental highest scorers will
receive their OH-NL-100 certificate signed by Santa Claus. A special lottery
will feature additional special prizes that will be announced later. Your
log extract should be sent to of9x[@]sral.fi during January 2022. The same
address will answer all questions relating to this centennial activity.

+ SILENT KEYS + Feco, HA8KW reports the sad news of the passing of Csaky
"Tami" Tamas, HA8EK (HG8C). A member of the HG8DX Contest Team, he passed
away on 6 April of Covid-19.
Edward "Eddy" M, Reynolds, K5WQG passed away on 9 April as the result of a
major heart attack. Many IOTA chasers worked him on his numerous trips to
Papua New Guinea, when he operated P29NI, P29VCX and P29VPB with Derek,
G3KHZ, and Hans, SM6CVX. [TNX W5PF]


QSLs received direct or through managers: 3E3E, 4U75UN, 5R8UI (AF-057),
5Z4VJ, 6Y5FS, 8Q7NV, 8Q7ZO, A25JR, A71YY, CB7FT (SA-018), CO7MLS, CU2DX,
NP3A, NP4DX, OA4SS, OH0V, P40A, P43A, PS2T, RI0Q (AS-152), S21VU, S79AM,


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