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425 DX News #1337
17 Dic 2016

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

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4X     - Four speciall callsigns are  expected to be  QRV on  23-25 December
         from  different  locations  in  the  Galilee region:  4X2XMAS  from
         Yardenit, 4X3XMAS from the Church  of the Beatitudes,  4X7XMAS from
         Kursi and 4X9XMAS from Tabgha. QSL via  LoTW and eQSL.  See
         for information about the "Holyland Christianity On The Air" award.
5Z     - Sila, AK0SK will be active as 5Z4/AK0SK from Taveta,  Kenya between
         22 December and 6 January. He will operate SSB on 80-10 metres. QSL
         via home call and LoTW; logsearch on Club Log. [TNX The Daily DX]
6W     - Vlad, UA4WHX has  left  The Gambia (C50VB) and  has been active  as
         6W/UA4WHX/p  from  Senegal's IOTA group  AF-078 since  16 December.
         Length  of  stay  and  future  plans  unknown.  QSL via UA4WHX, see for instructions.
8Q     - Forthcoming holiday style  activities  from  the  Maldives (AS-013)
         include  8Q7ND between  30 December and 5 January  (QSL via LZ1COM)
         and 8Q7AZ on 2-11 January (40-10 metres SSB, QSL via DL8AZ).
CE     - A Chilean  team (CA5GRF, CE1DY, CE1TBN,  CE7KF and CE7PGO) will  be
         active as XR7T from Isla Ascension (SA-043) next moth. Likely dates
         are 10-17 January. They will operate SSB and digital modes. QSL via
         CE3OP, direct or bureau, and LoTW. Check Club Log for OQRS.
DU     - Robert, DU7ET will be active as 4F7OC from his QTH on Negros Island
         (OC-129)  from  15 December to 15 January.  He operates 99% CW, and
         the special callsign is "to celebrate the honor  of being nominated
         and accepted into FOC". QSL direct only  to home call; he  does not
         use LoTW or Club Log.
FG     - Jean-Pierre, F6ITD will  be  active as  FG/F6ITD  and TO7D from  La
         Desirade, Guadeloupe (NA-102) from  19 January to 9 March.  He will
         operate SSB, CW and digital modes on the HF bands and 6 metres. QSL
         via LoTW (preferred) or direct to home call. [TNX Les Nouvelles DX]
FT_ant - Owing to his busy schedule, Francois, F4HLT  does not expect to  be
         QRV as FT3YL [425DXN 1334] before February. He will operate SSB and
         digital modes  on 10, 15 and 20 metres  from  the  Dumont d'Urville
         Station  on   Petrels  Island  (AN-017),  Antarctica.  He  is   not
         experienced in pile-up techniques, so be patient with him.  QSL via
         F6KPQ,  Club Log's  OQRS  and  LoTW.  Updates  will  be  posted  to [TNX F1NGP]
HC     - Emanuele, IK2OHG has been in Ecuador since 6 December and will stay
         there until 10 January.  He is  QRV as  HC2HGT on  40-10 metres CW,
         RTTY and SSB. QSL via IK2OHG (bureau preferred), LoTW and eQSL.
HI     - Ez, NK4DX will be  active as  HI3AA from the  Dominican Republic on
         20-30 December. He will operate CW only. QSL via LoTW or home call.
J6     - Steve, NY3B will be active either as J6/NY3B or with a J6  callsign
         From  Rodney Bay,  St. Lucia (NA-108)  on  24-31 December.  He will
         operate holiday style mainly on 40 and 20 metres CW  with some SSB.
         [TNX NY3B]
LA     - Special callsigns LM80REX  and LM80Q ( will  used
         in 2017 to celebrate the 80th birthdays of King Harald V  and Queen
         Sonja. QSL via  Club Log's  OQRS and LoTW; traditional  paper cards
         via LA9VDA.
OH     - Santa  Radio, OF9X  (Old Father Nine Xmas)  [425DXN 1335]  will  be
         looking specifically for  North America  contacts on  20 metres SSB
         (somewhere between 14200-14240 kHz) starting  on 16 December at  19
         UTC. These operations will be streamed on OF9X's page: "if
         you tell  Santa  that you  see him, he will  wave his hand  to  you
         personally. After your  first QSO  with Santa, you are eligible  to
         ask for a live video/audio appointment, during which the Old Father
         can speak with  your  children or  grandchildren.  The appointments
         will  be  scheduled  for  17, 19,  21,  23  and  25 December".  See for instructions. [TNX OH2BH]
OH     - Taking part in the celebrations of  Finland's 100th anniversary  as
         an independent state, amateur radio clubs around  the country  will
         activate special callsign OF100FI/#  (where # is the number of  the
         call area, from 0 to 9) from 1 January to 31 December.  QSL via the
         Finnish Amateur Radio League's (SRAL) bureau.
OZ     - Special  callsign  OZ100DVI  will  be  active from  1 January to 31
         December 2017 for the 100th anniversary of the Treaty of the Danish
         West Indies. In 1917 the Dansk Vest-Indien were sold to the  United
         States and renamed the U.S. Virgin Islands.  QSL via OZ1IVA, direct
         or bureau.
PJ2    - Steve, PJ4DX will be active as PJ2/KH0UN from Curacao  (SA-099)  on
         28-31 December. QSL via LoTW, as he  does  not  plan  to  have  any
         cards printed for this part-time and short-duration operation.
PY     - A Brazilian  team (PS8DX, PS8ET, PS8JIF, PT2GTI and PT7BI) will  be
         active as  ZZ8P from  Ilha dos Poldros  (SA-072) on  14-18 January.
         They will  operate SSB, CW and digital modes on all bands.  QSL via
         PT2GTI, direct or bureau, and LoTW; check Club Log for OQRS.
S5     - Special callsign S557E will be active from 1 January to 31 December
         to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Radio Club Cerkno (S50E).  All
         contacts will be  confirmed automatically via the  bureau (in early
         2018) and LoTW (on a regular basis); direct cards should be sent to
         S50O. [TNX S50U]
T8     - Ted, JA7XBG will be active as  T88GA from  Koror (OC-009), Palau on
         25-29 December. He will operate  CW, SSB and digital modes,  with a
         focus on  Europe  and  North America.  QSL via LoTW, or  direct  to
         JA7XBG. [TNX The Daily DX]
UA     - Special  callsigns RA17NY, RC17NY, RK17NY, RM17NY, RO17NY,  RT17NY,
         RU17NY, RW17NY  and  RZ17NY  will be  active  from all the  Russian
         Federal  Districts  between  25 December  and 14  January  for  the
         "Russian New Year 2017" marathon organized  by the  Miller DX Club.
         QSL via RQ7L (bureau) or direct using Club Log's OQRS.
UA_ant - Oleg, ZS1OIN will be working at the Molodezhnaya  research station,
         Antarctica from late December through March 2017. He will be active
         as RI1ANA, but  the station  has been closed for  two years and  it
         might take a  while before  Oleg can be QRV.  QSL via ZS1OIN.  [TNX]
XE     - XF2L is the callsign that Grupo Puebla DX and AREPAC (Asociacion de
         Radio Experimentadores  de Puebla A.C.) will  use  in December 2016
         and throughout 2017 from IOTA groups NA-221 and NA-224.  Operations
         will be "on weekends and holidays". QSL via XE1SOV.
XW     - Forthcoming operations  from Laos  include  XW1IC on 16-20 December
         (80-6 metres;  QSL via Club Log's OQRS,  LoTW or E21EIC),  XW4XR on
         3-21 January (160-10 metres  CW, RTTY and JT65;  QSL via E21EIC and
         LoTW) and XW4ZW on  6-16 January (focus  on the low bands;  QSL via
         K1SE and LoTW, logsearch on Club Log).
XX9    - Bom, XX9LT and a large  team  from Germany  (DJ9KH, DL2AWG, DL2HWA,
         DL2RNS, DL3HRH, DL4SVA, DL5CW,  DL7VEE, DM2AUJ and DM2AYO) will  be
         active as XX9D from Coloane (AS-075), Macau on 13-26 February. They
         will operate CW, RTTY and SSB on 80-10 metres (possibly also on 160
         and 6m) with three stations  around  the clock.  QSL via Club Log's
         OQRS and eventually LoTW; traditional  cards via  DL4SVA (direct or
         or  bureau). See for more information. [TNX DX
YB     - Adhi, YB3MM will  be  active as  YB3MM/1 or  YB3MM/p from  Sangiang
         Island (OC-237) on 17-18 December. QSL via Club Log's OQRS.
ZF     - Jeff, K5WE will be active as ZF2WE from the Cayman Islands (NA-016)
         on  21-30 December.  He will operate  CW and  some RTTY on  160-10
         metres. QSL via Club Log's OQRS, LoTW or via K5WE.
ZS8    - David, ZS1BCE  will  be  working  again on  Marion  Island (AF-021)
         between late December and May 2018.  He plans to be active as  ZS8Z
         in his spare time. He will operate SSB and digital modes  on the HF
         bands. QSL via ZS1LS and LoTW; logsearch and OQRS on Club Log. [TNX
         DX World]

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                          Edited by  I1JQJ & IK1ADH
                        Direttore Responsabile  I2VGW

INTREPID SPIRIT AWARD ---> The Intrepid-DX Group is seeking nominations  for
the individual or group that  most  displayed  their  "Intrepid  Spirit"  in
2016, by expressing  an  unshakable  commitment  to  the  Amateur  Radio  DX
Community. The  award  (  is  made  in
memory of James McLaughlin, WA2EWE/T6AF (killed in Kabul Afghanistan, on  27
April 2011). Intrepid Spirits for purposes of  this  award  are  defined  as
being  "bold,  courageous,  dedicated,  innovative,   fearless,    generous,
resolute and visionary in their approach to Amateur Radio". Nominations  may
be submitted via email to intrepiddxgroup[@] and must  be  received
by 31 December 2016. The Board of Directors of the  Intrepid-DX  Group  will
evaluate  the  nominations  and  the  award  will   be    presented  at  the
International DX Convention in Visalia on 22 April 2017. [TNX N6PSE]

IOTA: INCREASES IN CHARGES ---> "Although  increases  in  charges are  never
welcome", Roger Balister (G3KMA) posted to on  13 December,
"we have come to the conclusion that  we have no  alternative but  to revise
some of them upwards to cover  increased  costs that we are  having to meet,
following recent significant  currency exchange variations  in the financial
markets". The list of charges applying  from 1 January 2017 can  be found at

QSL VIA M0OXO ---> Charles, M0OXO  is the  new QSL manager  for  Saif, A71AM
(aka A71SS and A73A). All logs have now been uploaded to M0OXO's Logsearch &
OQRS, and QSL cards  will be  available in the  next few weeks.  Traditional
Cards  should  be sent  direct  only  to  Charles Wilmott,  60 Church  Hill,
Royston, Barnsley, S71 4NG, United Kingdom.


QSLs received direct or through managers:  5H3EE, 5H3MB, 5W7X,  6V7S,  7T7T,
AD8J/HR9, AT2SL (AS-176), CX6VM, CY9C, E44YL, EK7DX, GB5RC,  H84JK (NA-088),
K1W (NA-217), KD6WW/VY0 (NA-159 and NA-196), LU1ZI, MD/DL1RTL,  OJ0JR, OX3LX
(NA-134),  PJ2/PA1CC,  PS8NF/p (SA-025),  R23RRC (AS-091),  R3CA/0 (AS-163),
T30JY, T30KJ,  T30MA, T32FS,  T88QR, TY2AC,  UE23RRC (AS-142),  V26K,  V47T,
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