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425 DX News #1315
16 Jul 2016

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Edited by I1JQJ &IK1ADH

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9A     - Janez, S53V will be active as 9A8CV from Krk Island  (EU-136)  from
         24 July to 3 August. He will operate CW only and  will  participate
         in the IOTA Contest. QSL via eQSL only. [TNX]
9A     - Once again Jan, PA4JJ will be  active  holiday  style  as  9A/PA4JJ
         from Croatia between 1 August  and  30  September.  Expect  him  to
         operate mainly digital modes. QSL via home call, direct or  bureau;
         see for the direct link to  Club
         Log’s OQRS. [TNX PA4JJ]
BY     - A large team from the Ji Nan  Amateur  Radio  Association  will  be
         active as BY4JN from Lingshan Island (AS-150) between 29  July  and
         1 August, IOTA Contest included. QSL via operator's instructions.
CY9    - CY9C, the 19-29 August  DXpedition  to  St.  Paul  Island  (NA-094)
         [425DXN 1297], will set up  two  operating  sites.  Five  operators
         (AA4NC, N2IEN, W2RE, WA4DAN and WW2DX) will  be  on  the  Northeast
         Point, a separate island  where  the  lighthouse  is  located;  the
         other six operators (K4ZLE, K5DHY, K8LEE,  N0TG,  N8AA  and  VA3QR)
         will at Atlantic Cove, the more traditional site  for  DXpeditions.
         They will be QRV on 160-6 metres SSB, CW, RTTY  (with  a  dedicated
         station) plus 2m EME and Satellite. Logsearch and OQRS  for  direct
         and bureau cards on Club Log;  traditional  QSL  cards  via  WA4DAN
         (direct  only).  All  pre-DXpedition  donors  who  work  CY9C  will
         receive a QSL automatically. The logs will be uploaded to LoTW  "no
         later than 3 months after the conclusion of  the  DXpedition".  The
         website for the DXpedition is at
GM     - Dave, GM0LVI  will be active as  GM0LVI/p  from  the  Summer  Isles
         (EU-092) on 23-29 July. QSL via home call, direct or  bureau.  [TNX]
GM     - Members of the Aberdeen Amateur Radio Society plan to be active  as
         GS3BSQ from the  Shetland  Islands  (EU-012)  from  29  July  to  1
         August, IOTA Contest included. QSL via GM3WIJ,  direct  or  bureau.
HS     - The HSDXA Team has been granted permission  to operate on 6  metres
         on 16-18 July. They will be QRV as E2X and will participate in  the
         CQ  WW  VHF Contest  (from 18 UTC on  16 July until  21 UTC  on the
         17th). QSL via E20GMY. Details of other HS/E2 stations operating on
         50 MHz can be found at
         The  special permission  granted to Thai amateurs covers the period
         from  17.01 UTC on  15 July  until  16.59 UTC on 18  July. [TNX The
         Daily DX]
I      - In remembrance of the devastating earthquake  that hit Friuli forty
         years ago, special callsign II3TF (Terremoto del  Friuli)  will  be
         active  again  on  4-22  September.  QSL  via   IV3IUM.    Complete
         information, including details  on  the  award,  can  be  found  at [TNX IV3IUM]
I      - Maria Rosaria, IZ8XOU  and  Gianni,  IK8MRA  will  be  active  from
         Cirella Island (EU-144) during the IOTA Contest weekend. They  will
         operate QRP.
JD1_mt - Take, JG8NQJ expects to be back to the weather  station  on  Minami
         Torishima (OC-073) for a couple of months starting on 19  July.  He
         operates CW and RTTY as JG8NQJ/JD1  in  his  spare  time.  QSL  via
         JA8CJY (direct) or JG8NQJ (bureau).
JW     - Paul, G4PVM will be active as JW/G4PVM from the JW5E  club  station
         in Longyearbyen (EU-026), Svalbard on  23-24  July.  Logs  will  be
         uploaded to LoTW and Club Log.
OY     - A Belgian team (ON4ACP, ON4ANN, ON4CCV, ON4CKM, ON4DTO, ON5PDV  and
         ON6MI) will be active as OY/ON6NB from the Faroe  Islands  (EU-018)
         on 15-21 September. They will operate SSB,  CW,  PSK  and  RTTY  on
         80-6 metres. QSL via M0URX (OQRS for direct  and  bureau  cards  on  and  LoTW;  logsearch  on  Club  Log.  See for more information.
OZ     - Frank, PC2D  will be active as OZ/PC2D/p from Mon  Island  (EU-029)
         on 17-30 July. He will operate CW and some  SSB  on  the  HF  bands
         with 10 watts. Paper QSL cards will not be available,  see
         for QSLing options.
OZ     - Look for OZ7BQ/p to be active from Fano  Island  (EU-125)  from  28
         July to 2 August, IOTA Contest included. He expects to operate  QRP
         CW on 40 and 20 metres only, "unless  conditions  on  higher  bands
         improve". QSL via home call and LoTW; he will  upload  his  log  to
         Club Log. [TNX]
OZ     - Immo, DL8MF will be active as OZ/DL8MF from Samso  Island  (EU-172)
         from 29 July to 2 August. QSL via  home  call,  direct  or  bureau.
S9     - Josep, EA3BT and Nuria, EA3WL  will be  active  as  S9BT  and  S9WL
         from Ilheu  das  Rolas  (AF-023),  Sao  Tome  &  Principe  from  26
         September to 1 October. They will operate SSB, RTTY and some CW  on
         40-6 metres. QSL both callsigns via EA3BT.
SP     - Special event station HF0F will be active on  25-31  July  to  mark
         the visit of Pope  Francis  to  Poland.  QSL  via  SP9BRP.  Special
         callsigns celebrating the concurrent  World  Youth  Day  that  will
         take place in Krakow include HF2SDM (QSL via SP9PKZ), HF31WYD  (QSL
         via SQ9T) and HF7SDM (QSL via SQ7PGW). [TNX Southgate ARC]
SP     - Eddy, DM5JBN  will  be  active  as  SP1/DM5JBN  from  Wolin  Island
         (EU-132) on 26-31 July, IOTA Contest included. QSL via  home  call,
         direct or bureau, LoTW and eQSL. [TNX]
SV     - Berkin,  TA3J  will  be  active  as  SV8/TA3J  from  Lesvos  Island
         (EU-049) on 21-24 July. He will be  QRV  on  the  HF  bands  and  6
         metres. QSL viahome call. [TNX TA3J]
SV     - Theodoros, SV1EJD will be active as SV8/SV1EJD  from  Syros  Island
         (EU-067) from 23 July to 11 August. He will operate  SSB  and  RTTY
         on 80-6 metres, including activity during  the  IOTA  Contest.  QSL
         via home call and LoTW.
SV     - Laci, HA0NAR  will  be  active  as  SV8/HG0R  from  Thassos  Island
         (EU-174) from 26 July to 2 August, IOTA Contest included.  He  will
         operate CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via HA0NAR, direct  or  bureau.  [TNX
         DX World]
SV5    - Igor, OH2FUW will be active as SV5/OH2FUW from  Rhodes,  Dodecanese
         (EU-001) from 19 July to 1 August. Main  activity  will  be  during
         the IOTA Contest (CQ QRP). QSL via bureau to OH5AB,  or  direct  to
         OH2FUW’s Russian address (see [TNX NG3K]
T8     - Ted, JA7XBG will be active as T88GA from Koror (OC-009),  Palau  on
         20-23 July. He plans to operate SSB, CW and digital  modes  on  the
         HF bands and 6 metres.  QSL  via  LoTW  (preferred)  or  direct  to
         JA7XBG. [TNX NG3K]
UA     - The RZ0ZWA/p DXpedition to Ptichiy Island  (AS-091)  [425DXN  1314]
         has been postponed; the team now expects to start the 3-day  voyage
         to the island on 18 July, weather permitting. [TNX EU7A]
UA     - Vlado, UA0LCZ will be active as R66IOTA from Popov Island  (AS-066)
         on 26-31 July. Look  for  him  around  3507,  7007,  10107,  14017,
         18077, 21017, 24897 and  28017 kHz;  during  the  IOTA  Contest  he
         will operate also SSB. QSL via home call, direct  or  bureau.  [TNX]
V3     - Jim, W2JHP will be active again as V31TA from the Turneffe  Islands
         (NA-123), Belize from 23 July to 12 August.  He  will  operate  SSB
         and "maybe some digital". QSL via EA5GL (direct only).
VE     - Mike, VE2XB ( is heading back to  Cape  Dorset
         on Dorset Island (NA-156) and expects to be  active  as  VY0BRR  on
         16-21 July. QSL via VE2XB, Club Log or LoTW. [TNX The Daily DX]
VE     - Pierre, VE3KTB will be active as VY0ERC  from  the  Eureka  Amateur
         Radio Club station at  the  weather  station  on  Ellesmere  Island
         (NA-008) from 22 July to 6 August. He will  be  QRV  in  his  spare
         time, but activity is planned to  include  the  IOTA  Contest.  QSL
         route TBA. [TNX]
W      - Scott, NE1RD will be active as NE1RD/1 from Lovell Island  (NA-148)
         [425DXN 1314] on 28-31 July. This will be a QRP operation, as there
         is no power  available on  the islands  and visitors  who ride  the
         ferry are limited to what they can carry. QSL via home call, direct
         or  bureau,  eQSL and LoTW;  logsearch and  OQRS on  Club Log. [TNX]
W      - Once again Joe, K5KUA will be  active  as  K5KUA/5  from  Galveston
         Island (NA-143) from 29 July to 1 August. Usually  he  operates  CW
         only on 40-10 metres. QSL via bureau to home call,  direct  to  his
         address on the island (Joe Gibson, 9220  Jamaica  Beach,  Galveston
         TX 77554, USA), or LoTW. Logsearch on Club Log. [TNX]
YJ     - Rod, YJ8RN will be working again on  Loh  Island  (OC-110).  "Plans
         are to be there starting about 25 July and staying until around  20
         August", The Daily DX reports. YJ8RN's new QSL route is via NZ4DX.

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                         ****  GOOD TO KNOW ... ****
                          Edited by  I1JQJ & IK1ADH
                        Direttore Responsabile  I2VGW

FT4JA: QSL STATUS ---> "Many of you are wondering about the QSL,  especially
when they read that some other stations get them already.  What's  going  on
exactly?". See

IOTA: FRIENDS OF IOTA UPDATE ---> During the first month of the  Friends  of
IOTA Appeal [425DXN 1311], "41 enthusiasts responded generously by  donating
GBP 7,000, an amount that takes us a quarter of the way towards our  initial
target", Roger Balister (G3KMA) reported on the IOTA  website  on  10  July.
"Once we reach our target we will not need to call on a promised  commercial
loan to fund IOTA’s new IT system and anything above  that  figure  will  go
towards promotion of IOTA in ways that we have not previously been  able  to
fund". Donations  are  gratefully  received  through  PayPal  to  the  email
address islandsontheair[@] (in the comments field add "Friends of
IOTA"  and  your callsign  to  identify you).  See for the
complete report.

IOTA: PAPERLESS QSLING ---> The following  was  posted  by  Roger  Balister,
G3KMA on the IOTA website on 10 July: "One of the first actions  of  Islands
on the Air (IOTA) Ltd., the new managers  of  the  programme,  has  been  to
expand the application routes on IOTA's existing software system to  include
Club  Log  QSO  Matches.  This  is  intended  as  the  first   step  to  the
introduction of a much broader system of Paperless QSLing that is  scheduled
to be launched in the late Spring of 2017. Only a  relatively  small  number
of IOTA operations have been added at this time, mainly  ones  from  islands
which satisfy the criterion of one DXCC entity equals just  one  IOTA.  This
action was intended to provide a test run  on  how  Club  Log  QSO  matching
would work in due course on the new IT system.   Even  so,  modest  as  this
approach is, more than 10,000 QSO matches were obtained in the  first  week,
and the first IOTA 100 Island applications have  been  received  using  this
option exclusively. As with all new IT enhancements there were a  number  of
bugs and queries raised which have now been resolved. Finally, to  make  use
of this  additional  feature,  sign  in  to  the  IOTA  website  and  go  to and click on Club Log QSO Matches.  Bear
in mind, this is not the full-blown system envisaged for  introduction  next
year. We will expand the list of accepted operations over the  coming  weeks
and months but, much as we would like to do more, it will be mainly  in  the
area of recent operations from the rarer IOTA groups and,  of  course,  ones
that have uploaded logs to Club Log and indicated that they do not  wish  to
delay or block IOTA QSO matching".

IOTAMAPS ---> "otamaps ( is a website  run  by,  and  for,
radio  amateurs  with  an  interest  in  the  Islands  On  The   Air  (IOTA)
Programme". The site is independent  from  the  Programme  itself,  "but  is
intended to  enhance  the  IOTA  'experience'  by  providing  graphical  and
mapping tools to enable users to quickly find IOTA activations sites on  the
world map. In this way, users will hopefully develop a better  understanding
of the conditions under which IOTA activations take place".

K6VVA/KL7: CANCELLED ---> K6VVA’s  "Mystery IOTA Project" [425DXN 1303]  has
been cancelled and "put in to QRX status until possibly 2017". One group had
"to be done between  13 July and 17 July",  and the operation was  cancelled
"due to poor solar  propagation, but also  a re-assessment  of the costs  of
extra safety precautions vs. the likely poor donations to actual IOTA Chaser
QSO ratio analysis". The remaining two activations have  also been cancelled
because  the NOAA 27-Day Forecast  shows that  "propagation will  not now be
suitable  for  working  the multitudes of  Little Pistol signal  IOTA Chaser
stations".  See for the  PDF

LKK-90 AWARD ---> Established to commemorate the  90th  anniversary  of  the
Lviv Shortwave Club (LKK), it is issued in both electronic (free of  charge)
and paper formats for contacts made with special stations with 90  in  their
prefix and  LKK  members  between  1  January  and  31  December  2016.  See for further information. [TNX UY5XE]

TX3X QSL & LOTW STATUS ---> The final press release  for  last  year's  TX3X
DXpedition to the  Chesterfield  Islands  is  dated 12  July.  "OQRS  direct
confirmation requests are processed weekly. Requests received  by  mail  are
processed immediately and queued for mailing in the next  weekly  cycle.  At
this time there are no pending direct card requests.  All  busted  call  and
Not in Log requests have been researched and answered.  The complete log was
uploaded to LoTW on April 16, 2016. OQRS bureau requests and cards  received
via the bureau system were processed and bulk mailed from the United Kingdom
to the worldwide QSL bureaus on July 11, 2016.
We will continue to process  OQRS,  direct,  bureau  requests  and  research
busted call / Not in Log requests as they are received.  If you requested  a
direct  card via OQRS or  mailed a direct request and have not received your
card(s) please email k5gs[@] with the  details of your QSO(s)". [TNX

+ SILENT KEY + Walter Skudlarek, DJ6QT passed away on 5 July at 77 years  of
age. A founding member and past President of the  Rhein-Ruhr-DX-Association,
he was inducted into the  CQ  Contest  Hall  of  Fame  in  2000.  He  was  a
competitor at the World Radiosport Team  Championships  in  Seattle  (1990),
San Francisco (1996) and Helsinki (2002), and served as  a  referee  at  the
WRTCs in Slovenia  (2000)  and  Brazil  (2006).  His  DXpedition  operations
started some fifty years ago, and included  activity  from  several  African
countries and from his contest station on Madeira (CR3L, CQ3L, CS9L, CT9L).


QSLs received direct or through managers:  3DA0IJ,  9G5GH,  9M4SI  (AS-074),
9N7NH,  A31MM,  BD2RJ/2 (AS-151 and AS-158),  C91IJ,  CN2CO,  E44QX,  E44YL,
E77DX,  EP2A,  ER5AL,  ET7L, EX9T,  FM/DL7VOG,  FT4JA, J68GU,  OH0BT,  PS1AI
(SA-029), PU0R/PU0FDN (SA-038), RI1PV  (EU-085), RP71NF, SQ65HSC,  TA0/DJ4EL
(AS-201),  UK9AA,  VK9OL,  VP8SGI,  VP8STI,  XR0YS,  YB4IR/3 (OC-197),  YB9Y
(OC-276), YV4KW/1 (SA-089), YV4KW/p (SA-058), ZB2JK, ZD7FT.
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