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5 Dec 2015

A.R.I. Dx Bulletin
Edited by I1JQJ &IK1ADH

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The deadline is 12 UTC on Fridays


                                                               
3D2_rot- Tony, 3D2AG will be active again  as  3D2AG/p  from  Rotuma  Island
        (OC-060) between 20 December and 20 January 2016. He  will  operate
        CW, SSB and RTTY/PSK31 on  80-6  metres,  using  solar  power.  QSL
        direct to 3D2AG.
4S     - Josep, EA3BT and Nuria, EA3WL will be active as 4S7JTO and  4S7NTS,
        respectively, from Beruwala, Sri Lanka  (AS-003)  on  3-8  January.
        They also expect to operate from nearby  Berberyn  Island  (AS-171)
        "as much time as possible".  They  will  be  QRV  on  40-10  metres
        mainly SSB, with some CW and RTTY. QSL via EA3BT, direct or  bureau
        (OQRS on Club Log). Updates will be posted to qrz.com.
A2     - Gopan, M0XXU will be active holiday style as  A25GR  from  Botswana
        on 22-30 December. He expects to  be  QRV  in  his  morning  and/or
        evening hours on 40, 30, 20 and 17  metres  CW  and  SSB.  QSL  via
        M0XUU.
A4     - A41MA, A41LP, A41OJ and others will be active as A43SI from  Suwadi
        Island (AS-112) on 10-12 December. They plan to operate SSB and  CW
        on 40, 20, 15, 10 and possibly 6 metres. QSL via  A47RS.  [TNX  The
        Daily DX]
C5     - Leaving Brussels on 12 December, Pedro, ON7WP  will  be  driving  a
        Nissan Patrol 4WD, a donation to serve as local utility vehicle  at
        the village of Buntung (The Gambia). While in Ceuta he will be  QRV
        as EA9/ON7WP, and he has applied for licenses for the countries  on
        his way to his final destination: CN9WP  from  Morocco,  S0WP  from
        Western Sahara, 5T0WP from Mauritania,  and  hopefully  a  callsign
        TBA from Senegal. He will be QRV around 7145, 14200, 18150,  21300,
        24950, 28500 and 50150 kHz. In late December he will arrive and  be
        active as C5WP from Buntung for one week, with a focus on the  WARC
        bands. He will then move to the coastal area, where he  will  focus
        on the low bands until 9 January. Pedro is actively involved  in  a
        private  charity  organization  (www.SmileGambia.org),   and    his
        operations will be limited  to  his  spare  time.  QSL  via  ON7WP,
        direct only. [TNX DX Coffee]
CY0    - Aaron, VA1AXC is once again active as CY0/VA1AXC from Sable  Island
        (NA-063) until the end of January 2016. In his limited  spare  time
        he operates SSB only mainly on 20 metres. QSL  via  JE1LET,  direct
        only. [TNX The Daily DX]
EA8    - Andrea, IK1PMR and Claudia, PA3LEO will  be  active  as  EA8/IK1PMR
        and EA8/PA3LEO  from  Tenerife,  Canary  Islands  (AF-004)  from  9
        December to 10 January 2016. They will operate CW, RTTY and SSB  on
        160-6 metres. QSLs via HB9FKK,  direct  or  bureau  (OQRS  on  Club
        Log), and LoTW. [TNX NG3K]
FJ     - Bill, K2HVN will be active as TO2EE from  St.  Barthelemy  (NA-146)
        on 12-19 December. He will operate CW and SSB on 40-10 metres.  QSL
        via home call. [TNX DX World]
G      - Special event station GB200ADA will be active on 10-13 December  to
        mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of  Ada  Lovelace.  She  is
        recognised as the author of the first  'computer  algorithm'  which
        was written for the 'Analytical Engine'  designed  around  1837  by
        Charles  Babbage  to  improve  the   accuracy    of    astronomical
        calculations. The  station  will  be  located  at  Newstead  Abbey,
        Nottinghamshire (England) and operate mainly on 40 and  20  metres.
        QSL via operator's instructions.
J6     - The Buddies in the Caribbean DXpedition  group,  which  specializes
        in 100 watt or less low power radios  and  the  Buddipole  portable
        antenna systems, will be active again from  St  Lucia  (NA-108)  on
        6-14 December.  The  operators  are  J6/K4ZGB,  J6/N8WD,  J6/W2LNX,
        J6/W7DGP, J6/WB9OTX, J68FF (W3FF), J68HF (W6HFP) and J68RL  (AA4W).
        QSL via operator's instructions. [TNX The Daily DX]
PJ6    - Nigel, G3TXF will be active as  PJ6/G3TXF  from  Saba  (NA-145)  on
        9-13 December, including an entry in the  ARRL  10  Meter  Contest.
        QSL via G3TXF, preferably through the OQRS provided  by  Club  Log.
        [TNX DX World]
VE     - Jean, VE2JCW will be active as VY0JCW from Baffin  Island  (NA-047)
        on 13-20 December. He will operate QRP on 40, 20 and 10  metres  CW
        and SSB. QSL via VE2JCW. [TNX The Daily DX]
VU     - Once again members of the West  Bengal  Radio  Club  (VU2MQT)  will
        provide assistance and emergency communications during  the  annual
        Gangasagar Mela on Sagar Island  (AS-153)  on  9-16  January.  They
        will also be active on the HF bands  as  8T5GSM.  QSL  via  VU2NRO.
        [TNX DX World]
W     -  Commemorating the 100th anniversary  of "QST", the monthly  journal
        of ARRL, special callsign W1Q will be active until 15 December. QSL
        via WJ1B, direct or bureau, and LoTW.

AFRICA TOUR ---> Heli, DD0VR will be active  as  V5/DD0VR  while  travelling
throughout Namibia  between 11 and 29 December. On 4-7 January 2016 he  will
be  QRV  as 7P8VR  from Lesotho.  While in South Africa  he will  be signing
ZS/DD0VR. He will operate SSB and  QRP  CW on 40, 20, 15 and 10 metres. [TNX
The Daily DX]

IARU 90 ---> Special callsign SX90IARU will be operated by  members  of  the
Radio Amateur Association of Greece (RAAG)  until  31  December to celebrate
the 90th anniversary of the International Amateur Radio Union. QSL via LoTW,
Club Log's OQRS, direct or bureau.
Also  celebrating  IARU's anniversary in December are 6Y90IARU from Jamaica,
9M90IARU from West Malaysia (QSL via bureau),  CQ90IARU from Madeira (on 17-
23 December, QSL via CT3KN and  LoTW),  EK90IARU from Armenia,  HB0IARU from
Liechtenstein (no QSL), HD90IARU from Ecuador (QSL via HC2AQ), HP90IARU from
Panama, HS90IARU from Thailand (QSL via E21EIC and LoTW),  TX90IARU from New
Caledonia  (QSL via NI5DX),  V890IARU from Brunei (QSL via V85TL),  YL90IARU
from Latvia  (QSL  via YL2GN  and LoTW),  YW90IARU from  Venezuela (QSL  via
YV5AJ, Club Log's OQRS and LoTW) and  ZL90IARU from New Zeland (QSL via Club
Log's OQRS). See  http://iaru90.hamlogs.net for free of  charge certificates
For  contacts  made  with jubilee  stations from 10  different  IARU  member
countries.

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                         Edited by  I1JQJ & IK1ADH
                       Direttore Responsabile  I2VGW

NORTH KOREA ---> "Shortly  before  Christmas",  DX-World.net  reports,  "Dom
3Z9DX arrives in North  Korea  for  high  level  talks  with  officials  and
inspectors with regards his upcoming P5  activity  which,  all  going  well,
will take place January or February 2016. Dom is taking all radio  equipment
with him on this visit (as it needs to stay there  until  the  activity  and
will not be returning home with him). He will be staying for 3-5 days.  It's
not expected he will operate this time, but rather discuss with the  various
departments about his future activity".

QSL TY2CD ---> "I continue to prefer LOTW",  Wynand,  TY2CD  (ZS6ARF)  says,
but now he also has a QSL manager for those  who  need  a  paper  card.  QSL
direct only to N4GNR (SASE for  US  stations,  SAE  and  2  US  dollars  for
stations outside the US, no IRCs): Dan Cisson, 12 Hancock Drive,  Toccoa  GA
30577-9388, USA. [TNX TY2CD]

THE P5/K6VVA QUEST ---> Rick's latest update (27 November)  on  his  "P5  CW
Only Project" can be found at www.p5cw.com.

VK0EK NEWSLETTER ---> The seventh  issue  of  the  Heard  Island  Expedition
Newsletter, published on  28  November,  contains  excerpts  from  the  book
written by KK6EK about the January 1997 DXpedition to Heard Island.  "Twenty
men, supported by hundreds of others, spent two weeks at the bottom  of  the
world and the bottom of the sunspot cycle, making a world-record  number  of
two-way radio contacts using the callsign VK0IR. For those of  us  who  were
participants, it was an amazing journey  to  the  edge  of  our  planet  and
beyond the edge of our experience. But it was much more than that: it was  a
new kind of journey for amateur radio: a shared,  collective  experience  in
which  thousands  worldwide  use  advanced  technology  to    become  nearly
real-time participants in this extraordinary adventure".
Go  to www.heardisland.org/HD_pages/HD_newsletter.php and  subscribe  to the
Newsletter for free (there is also a link to download back issues).

ZL9A ---> The ZL9A operation is expected to take place  from  the  Antipodes
Islands (OC-286, new one for IOTA)  on  7-11  January  2016  [425DXN  1281].
"Team Antipodes would like to thank all of you who have already  joined  our
project and provided us with invaluable financial  support",  Cezar,  VE3LYC
reported on 1 December. "Since our project was approved  by  the  Department
of Conservation of NZ as a partnership, we have been working  very  hard  to
prepare all the logistics and build in the necessary contingencies  for  the
very difficult tasks ahead. In the following I would like to share with  you
briefly some of the aspects involved:
- The team will meet in Invercargill on Jan 2 and  spend  the  evening/night
 treating all their clothing, boots, sleeping bags, backpacks, etc. with an
 antibacterial and disinfectant approved by DoC for quarantine.
- A comprehensive  quarantine is scheduled on Jan 3, which  will  additional
 include a careful spraying and treatment of all  equipment  (which we must
 bring and carry in waterproof pelican cases).
- All food provisions must  be  purchased  from  a  specially  approved  DoC
 quarantine depot to comply with their regulations.
- Following the quarantine, we will rent a van and drive to Dunedin  on  Jan
 4, where we will board the boat.
- It will take 3 days to sail to the Antipodes. Landing is only possible  in
 cold, southerly winds. There are  only  two  landing spots, both  of  them
 involving wet landing, one more dangerous than the other.
- Unless the sea conditions are perfect, landing can only be done away  from
 the vertical cliffs on top of which the research hut is  located, and will
 involve more than a couple of miles of steep  hiking  through boulders and
 slippery terrain.
- All equipment, personal effects and provisions will  have  to  be  carried
 out by our backs. It will take several trips back and forth to finish this
 work.
- We expect rainy, misty and foggy weather,  with  temperatures  of  13-14C,
 hopefully with some sunny breaks.  Same time  last year, the DoC team  was
 hit after landing by a strong hailstorm while the temperature plummeted to
 3C.
- Please keep in mind that delays can occur at any step of this project!
We regret to inform that we have already incurred additional expenses  as  a
result  of  higher  cost  of  plane  tickets  over  the   holidays,  baggage
surcharges, and quarantine requirements. Any delays will obviously  lead  to
yet additional costs.
Over the last few days we received several messages in  which  IOTA  chasers
expressed doubts that they will be able to make it through,  either  because
of the propagation path (western EU), the anticipated pile-ups (ZL9 being  a
relatively rare DXCC), etc. While we cannot possibly guarantee that we  will
be able to log every single station which will be calling  us,  we  wish  to
assure the IOTA chasers that  our  operators  are  familiar  with  the  IOTA
community, and that we will do every possible effort to provide  it  with  a
satisfactory service world-wide.
Meanwhile, as we continue to look for financial  support  from  the  amateur
radio community, we will have to divide our attention to satisfy  the  needs
and expectations of all groups and individuals who will step in and  support
this project. We would like to use this opportunity to ask  once  again  the
IOTA chasers who haven't yet committed to this project to come on board!
We  do  need  your  help  now,  so  please,  please  support   our  team  at
http://iotahunter.org/donate/!".

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QSLs received direct or through  managers:  3DA0TM,  3W4VX,  4L1MA,  4U70UN,
5H1MD (AF-032), 6Y9X, 9F2SH, 9G5XA,  9M4KI  (AS-058),  9X0NH,  C21EU,  C5LT,
E51DWC, EG2INT (EU-134), ER1OO, FW5JJ  (OC-054),  FY5FY,  HC1PF,  HC8/G8OFQ,
HH5/KC0W,  HI3TT,  HP1/S54ZZ,  HS3NBR/p   (AS-145),    HT7C,    JA0HHQ/VK9C,
JG8NQJ/JD1, K1ZT/KH6, KL7NWR (NA-070),  LX9YL,  OY1CT,  P29FR,  PJ7PT,  PQ5M
(SA-027), PX8K (SA-042), R7AL/0 (AS-172), RA1QQ/1  (EU-102),  S01WS,  S79SP,
SU9IG,  T42US,  T46BC,  TF3CW,  TI9/3Z9DX  (NA-012),  TM48B  (EU-048),  TO4K
(NA-146),  TZ4AM,  UA0ZC/p  (AS-203),  UA2F,  VE7ACN/7   (NA-075),   VK6BP/P
(OC-071), XE1ZW, YB3MM/0 (OC-177), YB4IR/3  (OC-217),  YB8RW/5  (OC-106  and
OC-109), YE3B (OC-197), YP0F (EU-191), YS1YS, YW6X (SA-090),  Z21MG,  ZD7FT,
ZF2AH.
 
 
 
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       	
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