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11 Mar 2017

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3B8    - Nigel, G3TXF is active as  3B8/G3TXF from  Mauritius (AF-049) until
         21 March. He will participate in the  RSGB Commonwealth (BERU)  and
         the Russian DX contests. QSL via LoTW and Club Log's OQRS.
3D2/R  - Tony, 3D2AG expects to be  active  again  as  3D2AG/p  from  Rotuma
         (OC-060) between 30 March and 28 April. Actual dates will depend on
         the ship schedule.  He plans to operate  CW, SSB,  RTTY,  JT65  and
         FSK441  on 160-6 metres, 60m included.  QSL via 3D2AG;  see
         for updates and PayPal instructions. [TNX The Daily DX]
8P     - Dick, G3RWL will be active again as  8P6DR  from  Barbados (NA-021)
         from  23 March to 20 April.  He will operate  CW and RTTY on  80-10
         metres.  QSL via Club Log's OQRS (preferred) and  LoTW, or via home
         call.  Email  requests  (g3rwl[@]  for bureau  cards  are
9M2    - Rich, PA0RRS will be  active  again  as  9M2MRS from  Penang Island
         (AS-015), West Malaysia from 1 December to 30 January 2018. He will
         operate CW, RTTY, PSK, JT65 and JT9 plus SSB on  request on the  HF
         bands. QSL via PA0RRS, direct or  bureau, eQSL and LoTW.  Logsearch
         and OQRS on Club Log. [TNX PA0RRS]
9N     - Kazik, SP6AXW will be active holiday style as  9N7XW from Nepal  on
         15-31 March. QSL via home call. [TNX DX World]
C6     - Bob, K6UDA  will  be  active  as  C6AKA  from  San Salvador  Island
         (NA-001), Bahamas on 11-18 March.  Main activity will be on 40  and
         20 metres. QSL via LoTW. [TNX DX World]
EA     - For the  fourth  year in  a row, special  callsign  EH3DWN will  be
         active on 15-21 March to commemorate  the  World Down Syndrome Day.
         QSL via eQSL and LoTW.  See  for
         logsearch and other information.
F      - Charente   DX  Groupe's  (  members
         F5LOW, F5MNK, F5NBQ, F6HKA and ON4ZD will  be active  as  TM2H from
         Houat Island  (EU-048)  on 8-14 April.  QSL via  Club Log's OQRS or
         via ON4ZD.
FO     - Max, IZ2ZTQ will be QRV as FO/IZ2ZTQ from his  sailing  yacht 'Y2K'
         between 1 May and 31 July. He will be QRV on 40, 30, 20, 17, and 15
         metres SSB, PSK, RTTY  and JT65.  Port of calls  will  include Fatu
         Hiva  (Marquesas Islands,  OC-027),  Rangiroa  (OC-066),  Bora Bora
         (OC-067) and Tahiti (OC-046).  As  per IOTA rules,  'contacts  with
         maritime mobile stations near islands, whether or not they  operate
         with a /mm callsign, will  not  be  accepted.  This applies also to
         stations on board boat in harbour or anchored close to shore'.  QSL
         via IZ2ZTQ (bureau) or IZ2LSP (direct).
GJ     - Kazu, M0CFW will be  active  again  from  Jersey (EU-013) on  17-19
         March. He will participate  in the  Russian DX Contest  (from 12.00
         UTC on  18 March  to  11.59 UTC on the 19th)  as MJ5Z;  outside the
         contest he will be QRV as MJ0CFW. QSL via LoTW and Club Log's OQRS.
         [TNX NG3K]
GM     - Dave, GM0LVI will be  active as  GM0LVI/p  from  the  Isle of Barra
         (EU-010) on  16-22 April.  QSL  via GM0LVI, direct or bureau.  [TNX]
H40    - Sigi, DK9FN  is  active again as  H40FN from Nendo Island (OC-100),
         Temotu until 24 March.  QSL to Siegfried Hari, Postfach 1224, 63488
         Seligenstadt, Germany. The deadline for Sigi to receive your  cards
         is 31 December 2017, after that  he will  close the log  (as he has
         already done for his past H40FN operations from 1998 to 2014).
HP     - HP1RIS and HP1MAC  will  be  active  as  H91IT  from  Taboga Island
         (NA-072), Panama  on 14-16 April.  They will operate  SSB and CW on
         40-10 metres. QSL via HP1RCP, direct only. [TNX NG3K]
HS     - E20HHK, HS3NBR, HS8JCV, HS9HK and HS9STL will be active as E20HHK/p
         from Lipe Island (AS-126) on 10-13 March. QSL via E20HHK, direct or
         bureau; logsearch and OQRS on Club Log. [TNX]
I      - Special callsign II0CXX is in use  until 31 May in  remembrance  of
         the 30th anniversary  of the  death  of  Arthur A. Collins (W0CXX),
         founder of the Collins Radio Company. Activity will be on Saturdays
         during the  Collins Collectors Association of Europe (CCAE) Net, at
         10  UTC  on  7165 kHz.  QSL  direct  to  Fabio  Bonucci, Via  delle
         Sterlizie 10, 00053 Civitavecchia RM, Italy.
J5     - Josep, EA3BT  and  Nuria, EA3WL  will  be  active  as  J5B and  J5W
         respectively  from  Rubane Island (AF-020), Guinea-Bissau  on  7-15
         April.  They will operate SSB, CW and RTTY on 40-6 metres (possibly
         also 80m) with two stations. QSL via Club Log's OQRS, or via  EA3BT
         (for both calls); realtime logsearch on
OE     - Special event  stations  OE40SO, OE40WG, OE11WG and OE11SO will  be
         active on 14-26 March to  celebrate  the  40th anniversary  of  the
         Special Olympics World Winter Games, whose  11th edition will  take
         place in  Schladming, Ramsau and Graz.  Also, Austrian amateurs may
         use the OE2017 prefix during that time frame.  More information  on
         the event and the award can be found  on  The
         Special  Olympics  World   Games   are  an  international  sporting
         competition for athletes with intellectual disabilities.
PA     - Hans, PA7HPH will be  active as  PF38T  from  Texel Island (EU-038)
         from 31 March to 7 April. QSL via home call.
PJ7    - Ed, WA1ZAM will be active again as PJ7PL from Sint Maarten (NA-105)
         from 18 March to 3 April.  He will operate mainly  SSB and RTTY  on
         30-10 metres, and will  participate in the  CQ WW WPX SSB  Contest.
         QSL via WA1ZAM. [TNX NG3K]
S7     - OK1FFU, OK1JKT, OK1NY, OK1RI,  OK1VVT and  OM5AW will be active  as
         S79Z from Mahe (AF-024), Seychelles on 6-18 April. They will be QRV
         on 160-10 metres CW and SSB, as well as on 2m and 70cm EME. QSL via
         OM2FY and LotW. [TNX NG3K]
T2     - Tim, NL8F will be active again as T2TT from Tuvalu (OC-015) between
         23 March  and  13 April.  He  will operate  SSB and JT65  on  80-10
         metres, and will participate in the  CQ WW WPX SSB Contest  on 80m.
         QSL via N7RO. [TNX The Daily DX]
V3     - Victor, WB0TEV will be active again as V31VP  from  Belize on 24-28
         March.  He will  operate  mainly SSB  and RTTY on 80-10 metres, and
         will participate in the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest.  QSL via Club Log's
         OQRS or via home call (direct or bureau). [TNX DX World]
V4     - Thaire, W2APF will be  active holiday  style  as V47JR  from  Nevis
         Island (NA-104) from  19 March to 1 April.  He will operate CW  and
         SSB on 80-6 metres. QSL via home call. [TNX NG3K]
VK     - Chris, VK3FY will be active as VK3FY/p from Phillip Island (OC-136)
         on 11-13 March. QSL via M0OXO's OQRS.
VK9X   - Cliff,  VK9VKL  (   is  a  newly  licensed
         operator resident on  Christmas Island (OC-002).  He made his first
         QSO on 25 February.  Cliff  is  "still getting the hang of things",
         and needs "to spend time making a better DX antenna".  QSL via LoTW
         or direct to Cliff Tindall, P.O. Box 752, Christmas Island WA 6798,
VP5    - Look for  VP5/W9AV and  VP5/W6RI to be  active holiday  style  from
         Providenciales (NA-002) on  18-21 March.  They will operate CW  and
         SSB on 160-10 metres. QSL via LoTW or direct to home call. [TNX The
         Daily DX]
W      - Look for W0FK/4 to  be  active  holiday  style  from  Longboat  Key
         (NA-034) on 18-31 March.  QSL via home call, direct or bureau. [TNX]
YN     - Ken KD2KW (YN2KW), Marty W5MF (YN2MF), Keith NM5G (YN2MG)  and Bill
         K5WL (YN2WL) will be active from near  Granada, Nicaragua  on 20-27
         March. They will operate SSB, CW, RTTY and other digital modes, and
         they will also have "equipment to make some satellite  contacts  as
         time and weather permit". The trip will  include  participation  in
         the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest as  YN2KW (Multi-Single).  QSLs via N5ET.
         [TNX NG3K]
ZF     - John, AD8J will be active holiday style as  ZF2AG  from the  Cayman
         Islands (NA-016) on 11-18 March.  He will operate mainly  CW on 40,
         30, 20, 17 and 15 metres. QSL via LoTW or direct to home call. [TNX
         The Daily DX]
ZF     - Kan, JJ2RCJ will operate RTTY  as  ZF2CJ  from  Grand Cayman Island
         (NA-016) on 20-24 March. QSL via home call (direct) or LoTW.

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

AN INTERVIEW WITH W9WNV ---> "We are all powered by dreams of distant lands,
rare DX, and the urge  to compete and  stand up at the podium.  Those dreams
are often inspired by those whom we admire  and want to be  on par with - or
even more.
Don Miller, W9WNV, was once a  DX hero and a  CQWW Contest SOAB dual  record
holder (CW/SSB) but  suddenly  left  the industry.  On DXpeditions, Don  was
eagerly followed by most of the DXing world. Martti, OH2BH wanted to emulate
his  efforts a nd  become  of  his kind.  What did Don  do  to  create  this
It  was  Christmas  2016  when  Don Miller, W9WNV, and  Martti Laine, OH2BH,
Gathered  at  Martti's  Finland  home  at his 7 0th anniversary party.  This
meeting brought back reminiscences of the days when  our industry  was still
young and provided an interesting  playing field  for  the evolution  of our
great DX passion.
During this meeting in Finland, Don was caught  on video  talking about  his
earlier operations and his operating methods. Many aspects of how we operate
now were pioneered by Don Miller. Split operation, "5NN,"  pileup management
techniques; looking back, many of these  techniques  were first  implemented
during Miller's  operations".  Don talks  about some  of  these issues  in a
YouTube video  (5 parts): go  to  and  search  for
'W9WNV in Helsinki'. [TNX OH2BH]

PDXG  QSL  MANAGEMENT  PLATFORM ---> Members  of  the  Perseverance DX Group
(PDXG) are collaborating with M0URX and M0OXO to design and develop a  cloud
based QSL Management Platform  aimed at  simplifying the  QSL manager's job.
"The complexities  of handling  tens of thousands of QSL cards, e-mails, Not
in Log/busted calls  requests, returned  postal  mail pieces  and a host  of
other tasks which were done manually  for so many years  needed to  change".
The project began in September 2014 and now the system is fully operational:
see for a summary of information. [TNX K5GS]

RSGB COMMONWEALTH CONTEST ---> The 80th edition of the  Commonwealth  (BERU)
Contest (  will be held  on  11-12  March,
from 10 UTC to 10 UTC, on 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 metres  CW.  Only  operators
located within the United Kingdom and Crown  Dependencies,  Commonwealth  or
British Mandated Territories are eligible to enter.

RT9K/9 ---> After reaching  Dikson Island (AS-005), the RT9K/9 team has  had
to abandon their plans for activation of other four IOTA groups in the  Kara
Sea (AS-054, AS-121, AS-104, AS-068), as ice conditions  prevent  them  from
going further. The Arctic "showed its severity and unpredictability", UA9OBA
says. Another attempt should take place next year.

YE0S ---> The 20-27 March peration from Sebira Island (OC-177) [425DXN 1341]
has been cancelled.


QSLs received direct or through managers: 4J90HAM,  4U0WFP,  5T5TI (AF-050),
6Y4K,  7P8GOZ, C6AUX,  D66D, EI11WAW,  EI22WAW, EI33WAW,  EI44WAW,  EI55WAW,
EI66WAW,  EI77WAW,  EI88WAW,  EI99WAW,  H40GC,  H44GC,  H74B (NA-013),  H74W
(NA-013), JY9FC, OX3XR,  P4/DL4MM,  PY0F/PP1CZ,  PY0F/PY7RP,  RI0FS,  S01WS,
T31T, TL8TT, TM1CEZ (EU-157), TU5MH,  UK9AA,  V26M,  VE9AA,  VK9NZ,  VX2100,
XR18CE, XU7MDC, XX9TKB,  XX9TXN,  YB8O (OC-208),  YB8OUN/p (OC-213),  YJ0WW,
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