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425 DX News #1303
23 Apr 2016

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

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The deadline is 12 UTC on Fridays

DL     - Mike, DG5LAC will be active as DG5LAC/p from Amrum Island  (EU-042)
         from 30 April to 6 May. He will operate SSB on  80-10  metres.  QSL
         via  home  call,  direct  or  bureau; OQRS  on  Club   Log.    [TNX]
FM     - Gerd, DL7VOG (  will  be  active  as  FM/DL7VOG  from
         Martinique (NA-107) from 6-11 May and again from 23 May to 6  June,
         with a side trip to St Lucia in between (see J6 below). He will  be
         QRV on 80-6 metres mainly CW and RTTY, and will participate in  the
         CQ WPX CW Contest. QSL via home call (bureau  preferred);  OQRS  on
         Club Log.
G      - Nigel G0GDA, Mark G0GQT and Keith M0KJA will be  active  as  MX0VRC
         from Lundy Island (EU-120) on 2-7 May. They will be QRV on SSB,  CW
         and digital modes between 6 and midnight (local  time)  daily.  All
         logs will be uploaded to eQSL  and  Club  Log,  but  apparently  no
         paper cards will be available.
GJ     - ON4LEM, ON5TC, ON6QO, ON7GLF, ON7WZ and ON8VP  will  be  active  as
         MJ/ON4RSX from St. Brelade, Jersey (EU-013) on 5-8 May.  They  will
         operate SSB, CW and digital modes on 40-6 metres.  QSL  via  bureau
         to ON4RSX or direct to ON8VP. [TNX The Daily DX]
GM     - M1LOL and M1REK will be active as MM1LOL  from  the  Isle  of  Muck
         (EU-008) on  1-6  May.  QSL  via  M1REK,  direct  or  bureau.  [TNX]
GM     - A team from the Grantham ARC (2E0FYQ, G0RCI, G4IAQ,  G4IAR,  G4VUA,
         G6SSN, M0USY and maybe a  couple  of  others)  will  be  active  as
         GM0GRC and GM7GRC from the Isle of Arran (EU-123) on 13-21  August.
         They will operate SSB and digital modes on all  bands.  QSL  direct
         only to G0RCI; the logs will be uploaded to Club Log. [TNX G0RCI]
I      - IY0GA  (from  Sardinia),  IY0IMD,  IY0ORP,  IY0TC,  IY1MR,   IY1SP,
         IY4FGM,  IY5PIS,  IY6GM  and  IY7M  will   participate    in    the
         International  Marconi  Day  on  23  April.  QSL  via   operators's
         instructions. [TNX IS0JMA]
JA     - Look for Tak, JR1LZK/6  and  Mitsu,  JE1HXZ/6  to  be  active  from
         Yonaguni Island (AS-024) from 23 April to 1 May. They will  operate
         CW, SSB and digital modes on  40-6  metres.  QSL  via  home  calls,
         direct or bureau, and LoTW. [TNX JN6RZM]
J6     - Gerd, DL7VOG will be active as J68GU from  St.  Lucia  (NA-108)  on
         12-22 May. He operate mainly CW and RTTY 80-6 metres. QSL via  home
         call (bureau preferred); OQRS on Club Log.
KL     - Rick, K6VVA plans to be  active  as  K6VVA/KL7  from  several  IOTA
         groups in Alaska between 1 June and 31 August. The  island  name  &
         IOTA group "will remain a mystery until  after  the  expedition  is
         completed". Details  -  including  specific  date(s)  of  activity,
         locations  and  QSLling  instructions  -  will  be  published    on You can also follow Rick on Twitter (@K6VVA).
OZ     - Rene, DL2JRM will be active as  OZ/DL2JRM  from  Bornholm  (EU-030)
         and other nearby islands on 5-8 May.  QSL  via  DL2JRM,  direct  or
         bureau. [TNX]
PA     - PI35ETL  is  the  special  callsign  for  VERON's  Section   54  to
         celebrate its 35th anniversary. It will be used on the HF  and  VHF
         bands on 1-28 May and again on 1-28 December. Special QSLs will  be
         sent automatically via the bureau; the QSL route for  direct  cards
         is via PA1CPA.  An award  will be available:
         for information.

PJ7    - Laurent, FM5BH will be active holiday  style  as  PJ7BH  from  Sint
         Marteen (NA-105) on 1-8 May. He will operate  mainly  CW  on  40-10
         metres. QSL via FM5BH (direct); logsearch and  OQRS  on  Club  Log.
         [TNX NG3K]
SM     - Frank, DL2SWW and Gaby, DF9TM will  be  active  as  SD7W  and  SD7M
         respectively from Oland Island (EU-037) on  21-26  April.  QSL  via
         home calls. [TNX]
T2     - John, KK7L and Jared, N7SMI will  be  active  as  T2R  from  Tuvalu
         (OC-015) from 27 September to 4 October.  They  will  operate  SSB,
         CW, and RTTY on 80-10 metres. QSL via N7SMI; the use of Club  Log's
         OQRS for direct and bureau cards is strongly recommended. All  QSOs
         will be uploaded to LoTW and  eQSL  shortly  after  the  operation.
         "This is not  a  typical  DXpedition",  as  John  and  Jared  "will
         provide training to the local amateurs and ensure equipment  is  in
         place with intentions to establish a permanent  and  active  Tuvalu
         Amateur Radio Club. Your donations go directly to supporting  local
         amateurs getting on  the  air".  See  for  further
T8     - Kan, JJ2RCJ will be active as T88RF from Koror (OC-009),  Palau  on
         1-5 May. He will focus on the digital modes, mainly RTTY.  QSL  via
         JJ2RCJ (direct), LoTW and eQSL; logsearch on Club Log. [TNX NG3K]
UA     - Five Russian Robinson Club's memebrs (namely  R6MG,  R7MR,  RA6ABC,
         UA0FAM and UA3EDP) will be active as  RI0FS  from  Shikotan  Island
         (AS-062) for a few days indicatively between 5 and 15 August.  They
         plan to operate on all bands and modes with two stations.  Bookmark for updates. [TNX]
V6     - Kou, JR2GAG will be active again as V63GG from Micronesia on  20-26
         April. This time he will operate from Yap (OC-012).  QSL  via  home
         call, direct or bureau, preferably through Club  Log's  OQRS.  [TNX
VK     - John, VK6AG and  Pavel,  VK6NAX  will  be  active  as  VK6AG/p  and
         VK6NAX/p from Garden Island (OC-164) during ANZAC Day (from 16  UTC
         on 24  April  until  15.59  UTC  on  the  25th).  Australian  radio
         amateurs may use the alternative AX callsign prefix instead  of  VK
         on this day.  See for  updates and  QSLling
         instructions. [TNX DX News]
W      - A team of five (K4JTT,  K4NHW,  KD0DTS,  W0QH  and  WK4U)  will  be
         active as  K4T  from  Garden  Key  (NA-079)  in  the  Dry  Tortugas
         National Park from 16 UTC on 6 May until around 16 UTC on the  9th.
         They will operate CW and SSB on 80-10 metres, plus 6m  (50130  kHz)
         and via satellite SO-50. QSL via  eQSL,  LoTW  or  direct  only  to
         K4JTT. Updates will be posted to
XT     - Jusei, JA3IVU and Junichi, JH3AEF will be active  again  as  XT2IVU
         and XT2AEF from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso from 27 April to  4  May.
         They will operate CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31 on 80-6 metres.  QSL  via
         home calls, direct or bureau. [TNX DX World]
XU     - IZ8CCW, I2VGW and a large multi-national team from the Mediterraneo
         DX Club  will be active as XU7MDC  from  Sihanoukville, Cambodia on
         4-14 November. They will operate  several stations on 160-10 metres
         CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via IK2VUC (direct or  bureau); the logs will
         be  uploaded to LoTW a few months  after the DXpedition.  Logsearch
         and OQRS will be available on
YJ     - Chris, HB9LCA will be active holiday style as  YJ0CS  from  Vanuatu
         on 1-27 May. He will operate mainly CW with some SSB  and  JT65  on
         the HF bands. QSL via home call.
ZD7    - Subject  to  the  airport  final   certification  and   operational
         readiness, Bill, G0VDE expects to go to St. Helena Island  (AF-022)
         on one of the first commercial flights. He plans to  be  active  as
         ZD7VDE from 23 May to 5 June, and to operate SSB,  with  some  RTTY
         and PSK31 and maybe just "a little CW", on 40-10 metres.  Logsearch
         and OQRS on Club Log. See for  more  information
         and updates. [TNX DX World]

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                          Edited by  I1JQJ & IK1ADH
                        Direttore Responsabile  I2VGW

1U4UN ---> This was Dima, RA9USU, who  on  19-20  April  operated  from  Bir
Tawil, a no man's land located along the border  between  Egypt  and  Sudan.
QSL via UA3DX. Bir Tawil's terra nullius  status  prevents  this  area  from
being considered by DXCC  under  the  current  rules:  "Any  area  which  is
unclaimed or not owned by any recognized  government  is  not  eligible  for
inclusion on the DXCC List and will  not  count  for  DXCC  purposes"  (DXCC
Rules, Section II.4.b).

50 MHZ MARATHON ---> The seventh edition of the 50 MHz  Marathon,  organized
by ARI Firenze in memory of Roberto Rossi (I5RRE), will take  place  from  1
May through 31 August. Direct link to the rules (also  in  English)  can  be
found at [TNX IZ5HQB]

EMERGENCY TRAFFIC --->  In  the  wake  of  the  catastrophic  earthquake  in
Ecuador, the Amateur Radio community is being asked to keep 7.060 MHz  clear
for Cadena HC emergency traffic. DXpeditions operating  RTTY  on  40  meters
are requested to keep pileups below 7.060 MHz. [TNX ARRL]

QSL  D4C,  D4Z  &  D41CV  --->  If  you  plan  to  attend   Ham  Radio  2016
(Friedrichshafen, 24-26 June), you will be able to collect  your  cards  for
D4C, D4Z and D41CV at the Monteverde Contest Team's booth (A1-664). The  QSL
request forms can be  found  at  The  service
expires on 15 June. [TNX HB9DUR]

HC2GRC/P ---> Alexey, HC2AO and Vasily R7AA were  active  as  HC2GRC/p  from
Isla Puna (SA-034) [425DXN 1301], and made 1,001 QSOs between 21:52  UTC  on
16 April and 15:08 UTC on the 17th. While they were on the island, the  most
devastating earthquake in decades struck Ecuador, and they had to return  to
the mainland as soon as was possible. The QSL route for  this  operation  is
via R7AA, direct or bureau, preferably by using the OQRS  provided  by  Club

INTREPID SPIRIT AWARD ---> The Intrepid-DX  Group  (  is
pleased to announce that Yasuo "Zorro" Miyazawa, JH1AJT is the recipient  of
the 4th annual Intrepid Spirit Award, made in memory  of  James  McLaughlin,
WA2EWE/T6AF (killed in Kabul Afghanistan, on 27 April  2011).  The  award  -
presented at the International DX Convention (Visalia) on 16 April -  is  to
recognize Zorro's outstanding efforts to activate rare and  often  difficult
entities such as Eritrea, Myanmar and Bangladesh.

IOTA DIRECTORY 2016 ---> The 17th edition of the IOTA Directory,  edited  by
Roger Balister (G3KMA) and Steve Telenius-Lowe (9M6DXX),  is  now  available
at the  RSGB Shop (
This 128-page book contains the  complete, official listing of IOTA  islands
as well as everything you need to  participate  in  IOTA.  Also included are
reports of rare and costly IOTA operation - S79C (Coetivy  Island,  AF119),
VY0M (Melville Island, NA-248) and ZL9A  (Antipodes  Island,  OC-286).  [TNX

IOTA HONOUR ROLL ---> "The 2016 Honour Roll and Annual  Listings  have  been
posted on the  IOTA  website  (  186  record-holders
have scores of 1000 or more IOTA groups and  519  of  at  least  750  groups
which is the  number  required  for  the  IOTA  Plaque.  Amateurs  from  100
countries now have the starter 100 Islands certificate.  Congratulations  to
all who have joined the IOTA family or  updated  in  the  last  year".  [TNX

IOTA LTD ---> "Following agreement with the RSGB,  management  of  the  IOTA
Programme  has  now  moved  to  Islands  on  the  Air  (IOTA)   Ltd,  a  new
not-for-profit company, limited by guarantee in UK law. This  body  now  has
full responsibility for all  aspects  of  the  programme,  its  day  to  day
management,  strategy,  policy,   finance,    development,    promotion  and
marketing. The company has been registered in the names of  Roger  Balister,
G3KMA and Stan Lee, G4XXI who are its current directors but a full Board  of
Directors will be formed shortly.
The new IOTA Directory, published by the RSGB  this  month,  refers  to  the
newly set-up company under a different name but this has  now  been  changed
in the way always intended. It will take a little time to carry through  all
aspects of the changed governance but IOTA  enthusiasts  should  be  assured
that the new company is fully committed to completing the  paperless  QSLing
project that will allow electronic confirmation of contacts. No  significant
change of policy is otherwise envisaged.  More  information  shortly".  [TNX

IOTA RULE CHANGES ---> The new Directory introduces some fairly  significant
rule changes, made in the  interests  of  simplification,  which  will  take
effect from 1 June 2016:
a. The discontinuation of the issue of paper certificates.
b. The discontinuation of giving credit  for  VHF  /  UHF  contacts  in  the
   Standard Category of Application.
c. Charges have been increased and the charging regime has been simplified.
d. The threshold figure defining a "rare" IOTA  group  has  been  raised  to
   cover those groups which 20% (previously 15%)  or fewer participants have
   credited to their scores.
Read the complete press release on [TNX G3KMA]

OPERATING FROM BRAZIL ---> Foreign amateur radio operators  visiting  Brazil
for  the  Olympic  and  Paralympics  Games  this  summer  (1  August  to  30
September) will be able "to operate in Brazil, whether or not  a  reciprocal
agreement between the respective countries exists. No IARP or  CEPT  license
is necessary, and no fees are required. The Brazilian Amateur  Radio  League
(LABRE)  has   obtained    permission    from    ANATEL,    the    Brazilian
telecommunications regulator, to handle authorizations.  Amateurs  who  want
to operate in Brazil should send LABRE (executiva[@] a copy  of
a valid passport (identification pages), a copy  of the applicant's  Amateur
Radio license, a list of cities in which the radio amateur plans to  operate
and the respective dates and an e-mail address". [TNX ARRL]

SWODXA DX DINNER  --->  The  SouthWest  Ohio  DX  Association  (SWODXA)  has
announced that Martin F. Jue (K5FLU) will be the keynote speaker  discussing
"The Early Days of MFJ" at their 31st annual DX dinner. The dinner, held  in
conjunction with the 2016 Dayton Hamvention, will be on Friday,  20  May  at
the Marriott Hotel in Dayton. The newest inductee(s) in to the  CQ  Hall  of
Fame will be announced as well as the much  anticipated  DXpedition  of  the
Year. For more  information  and  to  order  dinner  tickets,  please  visit [TNX W8GEX]


QSLs received direct or through managers:  3B8HD,  3XY1T  (AF-051),  4J20RO,
4S7GWG, 4V1TL, 4X429DS, 5E7R, 5V7FMD,  8Q7NC,  8R1AK,  9X0PY,  A35T,  A52NH,
B7/BD7IHN (AS-129),  CN40AM,  CN40KD,  CN40MAA,  CN40VO,  CN40ZG,  CN90IARU,
J62DX, J79XF, J8/UA4CC, JY4CI, N5WR/4 (NA-213),  PJ2T,  PJ6/GM3YTS,  RI1ANR,
S79C (AF-119), T32SB, T32TR, T32WW, T41C, TR8CA, TZ9A,  V44KAI,  V6Z,  V73D,
VK5CE/6 (OC-243),  VK5MAV/6  (OC-243),  VP8IDX  (SA-002),  VP8RHF  (SA-002),
VP8SGI (AN-007),  VP8STI  (AN-009),  W1AW/KG4,  W1AW/KP2,  W1AW/KP4,  YB5QZ,
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