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425 DX News #449
11 December 1999
Edited by I1JQJ &IK1ADH

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3B8    - Giovanni, I5JHW  will be  on Mauritius  Island (AF-049)  between  31
         December and 14 January and will operate (including the RTTY Roundup
         on 8-9 January) as 3B8/I5JHW. QSL via home call. [TNX I5JHW]
3W     - Mal, VK6LC will be working in the South China Sea area for the  next
         four months. He reports he might operate from Con Son and Cu Lao Thu
         islands in  his  leisure days  off,  "but will  not  be  considering
         DXpedition style operating,  social 3W6 contacts  only". [TNX  VE6VK
         and I1HYW]
5H     - John, IN3GNV will be active  (SSB and RTTY)  as 5H3MG from  Tanzania
         between 10 December and 15 January. QSL via IN3YYQ. (Bruno Prospero,
         Via Roma 76/12, 39100 Bolzano - BZ, Italy). [TNX IN3VRR]
9G     - Derek, F5VCR and others will be active from Abokwa Island  (NO-REF),
         Ghana for six  days including the  first weekend  of April.  Further
         information is expected in due course. [TNX F5VCR]
BY     - A group of Chinese amateurs will operate (on SSB, CW, SSTV, RTTY and
         PSK31) special Millennium station BT2000 between  25 December and  2
         January. The activity will take place  from Qushan Island,  Zhoushan
         Archipelago (AS-137).  QSL direct  to No.  39 Room  502, Zao  Zhuang
         Road, Shanghai 200135,  People's Republic of  China, or through  the
         bureau. [TNX The Daily DX]
C6     - Pete, K2PS will participate in the ARRL 10 Meter Contest as C6A/K2PS
         from Nassau (NA-001), Bahamas. QSL via home call. [TNX The Daily DX]
C6     - Wolf, DL2SCQ and  Ann, DL1SCQ will  be active  as homecall/C6A  from
         North Bimini (NA-048)  between 24 December  and 4  January. QSL  via
         DL6DK. [TNX DL2SCQ and Islands On The Web]
CO     - According to Tito, LU7EE the 9-13  December IOTA operation from  Cay
         Breton (NA-201) [425DXN 448] has been cancelled. [TNX The Daily DX]
CT     - A group of amateurs from Portugal and France will participate in the
         ARRL 10 Meter Contest as CT8W. QSL route to be announced later. [TNX
ER     - Special station ER2000A will  be active between  15 December and  20
         January to celebrate  the Millennium.  QSL via  ER1DA either  direct
         (Valery Metaxa,  P.  O. Box  9537,  Kishinev,  MD-2071  Moldova)  or
         through the bureau. [TNX ER1DA]
FG     - Phil, ON4LCE will be active (10-80 metres WARC included on SSB, RTTY
         and PSK31)  as  TO2OOO (Tango  Oscar  Two Oscar  Oscar  Oscar)  from
         Guadeloupe (NA-102) between 20 December and 3 January. He will  also
         try to  operate from  Les Saintes  (NA-114).  QSL via  ON4LCE.  [TNX
FM     - Look for Ralph, K2PF and Steve,  KU9C to participate in the ARRL  10
         Meter Contest  as FM5DN  from Martinique  (NA-107). They  expect  to
         operate before and after the contest as either FM5DN (QSL via  KU9C)
         or FM/K2PF (QSL via K2PF). [TNX The Daily DX]
G      - UK radio amateurs  have been allowed  to use the  suffix /2K  during
         January to celebrate the Millennium. This means that anyone can  add
         /2K to their callsign, club callsign  or whilst operating a  special
         event station. [TNX RSGB RadCom]
HI     - Steve, K8WK will  be active (mostly  on WARC bands  CW) as  HI8/K8WK
         from the  Dominican  Republic (NA-096)  between  23 December  and  2
         January. QSL via K8WK (Steve Litwins, 2398 Woodbine Dr.,  Crestview,
         FL 32536, USA). [TNX K8WK]
HR     - Gerard, F2JD/HK3JBR will be active as HR5/F2JD from Honduras between
         mid-December and early January. [TNX F6AJA and Les Nouvelles DX]
HS     - Champ, E21EIC reports the following Thai stations are expected to be
         active during the  ARRL 10  Meter Contest:  E20GMY, E21EIC,  HS0GBI,
         HS0/G3NOM, HS4BPQ, HS9EQY (YL), HS72A (QSL via HS1CKC).
JA     - Takeshi, JI3DST/3 plans  to be  active on  from Awajishima  (AS-117)
         between 00.00 UTC on 11 December and 3  UTC on the 13th. He will  be
         active during the 10 Meter Contest. QSL via JI3DST (Takeshi  Funaki,
         2-18-26 Hannan-Cho  Abeno-Ku,  Osaka-City, Osaka,  545-0021  Japan).
         [TNX JI3DST]
JA     - Look for  members of  the Ehime  DX Gang  to activate  club  station
         JH5ZCP/4 from  Ikuchi Island  (AS-117) on  18-19 December.  QSL  via
         JARL. [TNX JI6KVR]
KP2    - Dave, AG8L and  Mike, KC8NJA  will be  active as  KP2/AG8L (QSL  via
         NN6C) and  KP2/KC8NJA  (QSL via  NN6C)  from  the  Windwood  contest
         station on 9-15 December. Dave will participate in the ARRL 10 Meter
         Contest as WP2Z (QSL via KU9C). [TNX AG8L]
LU     - Tony, LU2FFD and Hernan, LU3FP will participate in the ARRL 10 Meter
         Contest as LU4FM from Radio Club Rosario. QSL to P. O. Box 263, 2000
         Rosario, Argentina.  Also  look  for  Martin/LU3VED,  Rafael/LU7VCH,
         Sergio/LU7YS and ALex/LU8VCC to participate in  the contest as  LT5V
         (QSL via LU8VCC:  Alex Rocca, P.O.  Box 37, 8332  General Roca,  Rio
         Negro, Argentina) and for Seba/LU4FPZ, Ariel/LU6FUQ and Bob/LU2FA to
         be active (CW and SSB) as  LT5F (QSL via LU4FPZ: Sebastian Rubio,  1
         de Mayo  2128,  2000 Rosario,  Argentina).  [TNX LU3FP,  LU4FPZ  and
ON     - ON stations  have  been granted  permission  to use  the  prefix  OT
         between 23 UTC on 3 December  and 23 UTC on  5 January to  celebrate
         the wedding of Prince Philip and Princess Mathilde. Look for  OT4ATW
         (ON4ATW), OT4AYM (ON4AYM) and OT4MA (ON4MA) to be active during  the
         ARRL 10 Meter Contest (special QSLs via the bureau). [TNX ON4UN  and
PJ2    - Ernest, ON4CFD will participate  in the ARRL  10 Meter Contest  from
         Curacao (SA-006) as either PJ9I or PJ9/ON4CFD. QSL via ON4CFD either
         direct (Ernest Lichtert, Wolvenstraat  101, 1070 Brussels,  Belgium)
         or through the bureau. [TNX ON4CFD]
PY     - PY1KS and PY1NX  will participate in  the ARRL 10  Meter Contest  as
         PY1NX (Multi-Single, Mixed). QSL via PY1NX.
PY0_fer- Iwao, PY7FT and Nori, JA1WSK will be active as  PY0FT from  Fernando
         de  Noronha  (SA-003)  between  21  and  28 December.  Nori plans to
         concentrate  on  RTTY  and  PSK31  (look for him on 14084, 21084 and
         28084 kHz), while  Iwao  will  operate  SSB as well as SSTV. QSL via
         JA1ELY. [TNX JA1ELY]
SM_ant - Dominik, DL5EBE reports  that Victor Karassev  will not  be able  to
         operate  from  Norwegian  Antarctic  base  "Troll"  on  his  way  to
         Novolazarevskaya [425DXN 445]. If he can be active from Swedish base
         "Wasa", he will operate as R1AND/A (QSL via DL5EBE).
SV     - Olda, OK1YM reports  to be active  from Athens as  SV/OK1YM for  one
         year at least. Look for him on CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL cards the OK DX
         Foundation (P.O. Box 73,  Bradlec 293 06,  Czech Republic). The  web
         sites for Olda  and the  OKDXF are  at  and
R1A_ant- Evgenij, was active as R1ANB/A from Russian Antarctic  base  "Vostok
         I" [425DXN 447]  on 10  December and is expected to remain there for
         one  more  day  only. Look for him around 16 UTC on 14.160 MHz. Next
         stop  will  be  at  "Komsomolskaya" base.  QSL direct to RU1ZC. [TNX
V2     - Tom, K8CX  will be  active as  V26X from  Antigua (NA-100)  on  7-13
         December. He will operate on all 9 HF bands and will participate  in
         the ARRL 10 Meter Contest. QSL via K8CX. [TNX K8CX]
V3     - Bert, PA3GIO will be  active as V31GI  from Southwest Caye,  Glovers
         Reef (NA-180)  on  19-24  March 2000  and  from  Little  Water  Caye
         (NA-180) on 26-29 March. Look for  him on 10-80 metres SSB. QSL  via
         PA3GIO either  direct  (Bert v.d.  Berg,  Parklaan  38,  NL-3931  KK
         Woudenberg,The Netherlands) or  preferably through  the bureau.  His
         web site is at [TNX PA3GIO]
V3     - Art, NN7A will be  active as V31JZ  from Turneffe Islands  (NA-123),
         Belize between  26 and  31 March  2000. Look  for him  on all  bands
         mostly CW with some SSB on  or around 21260 and  14260 kHz. QSL  via
         NN7A either direct (Arthur M. Phillips, P. O. Box 201, Flagstaff, AZ
         86002, USA) or through the bureau. [TNX NN7A]
VK0_ant- According to Dominik/DL5EBE, Tom, VK0TS  will be leaving  Antarctica
         in about  four  weeks.  He has  already  packed  his  amateur  radio
         equipment, but some activity is still possible using the  commercial
         equipment at the base.
VP6    - Jukka, OH2BR  confirms  he  will  be  active  from  Pitcairn  Island
         (OC-044) for  some three  months starting  in January  2000  [425DXN
         435]. He will leave Finland on 9 January and arrive to Auckland, New
         Zealand on the 11th. Departure from Auckland to Pitcairn will be  on
         or around 19 January, while  the return voyage  is planned in  early
         May. Jukka will be operating (on  6-160 metres CW, SSB and RTTY)  as
         VP6BR from either Tom's (VP6TC) QTH  and/or the VP6PAC club site  up
         on the hill. Jukka is seriously considering side trips to rare  IOTA
         Henderson (OC-056)  and  Ducie (OC-182)  islands  transportation  is
         available at reasonable cost. QSL via OH2BR (Jukka Heikinheimo, P.O.
         Box 37,  FI-01361  Vantaa,  Finland).  Latest  information  will  be
         available    on     Jukka's    newly     born    web     site     at [TNX OH2BR]
VP9    - Gene, W2FXA will be active (on 10-40 metres SSB and CW) as W2FXA/VP9
         from Devonshire Parish, Bermuda (NA-005) between  27 December and  4
         January. QSL via home call. [TNX W2FXA]
VR2    - The     Hong     Kong      Amateur     Radio     DX      Association
         ( has been granted the special  Millennium
         call VR2K. Look for activity on all bands from now until 31 January,
         and again on 1-31 March and 1 May-31 July. QSL via VR2XRW. [TNX OPDX
VU_ant - Bob, K4MZU reports that Mike, R1AND/RW1A still plans to operate from
         Indian Antarctic base "Maitri" [425DXN 435], but as "they only  have
         the Base transmitter, he will not have the opportunity to go on when
         he wishes".
W      - The Old Barney Amateur Radio Club will operate special event station
         W1K to celebrate the end of the Millennium from 19 December  through
         2 January. QSL via N2OO  (Bob Schenck, P.O.  Box 345, Tuckerton,  NJ
         08087, USA). For a special  certificate in addition  to a QSL  card,
         include a 9x12  SAE with appropriate  return postage  or IRCs.  [TNX
W      - Members  of  the  Carolina  DX  and  Roswell  DX  Associations  will
         celebrate the Millennium operating on all bands as WY2OOO during the
         month of January starting at 00.00 UTC on the 1st. QSL via K4MQG.
W      - Frank, N5VT will be active as N5T to celebrate the Millennium.  Look
         for him on all bands and modes, including RTTY and PSK31, between  1
         and 15 January. Special QSL card via N5VT. [TNX N5VT]
XE     - Neil, G0JHC and Lee, G0ULN will be active (on 10-80 and 6 metres) as
         XE1/home call from Mexico  between 22 December  and 10 January.  QSL
         via home calls. [TNX G0ULN]
XU     - Mauro, IN3QBR and Fabri,  IN3ZNR will operate  as XU7AAZ and  XU7AAY
         from Cambodia between 24 December  and 3 January.  Look for them  on
         all bands  WARC  included  on  SSB, CW  and  RTTY  during  the  ARRL
         Round-up. QSL via IN3ZNR (Fabrizio Vedovelli, Via Gramsci 27,  38100
         Trento - TN, Italy). [TNX IN3ZNR]
XX9    - Moto, JK2PNY will be active (on 6-40 metres SSB and CW)  from  Macau
         on  15-26  December. Moto's call is XX9TSS, but this time he will be
         operating  as  XX9SAR,  which  will be used by all Macau stations to
         celebrate the handover of Macau (for this reason it is  important to
         pay  attention  to  the operator's  instructions for QSLlling). Moto
         will  confirm  his  XX9SAR QSOs automatically through the bureau; if
         you need a  direct  card  his  address  is  Motoi Kawatsu, 17-15-205
         Nishisugamo 3, Tokyo, 170-0001 Japan. [TNX JA1ELY]
YB     - Special station  YE2K will  be active  on 10-80  metres SSB  and  CW
         between 18 and 23 December. QSL via YB2PBX either direct (P. O.  Box
         337, Surakarta 57103, Indonesia) or through the bureau. [TNX YB2ERL]
YS     - Markus, HB9KNA has been in El  Salvador since 6 December and  should
         be active until 12 January. The  call was not mentioned, however  he
         plans to  operate  on 80-6  metres,  WARC bands  included.  QSL  via
         HB9KNA. [TNX DX News Letter]
ZL5_ant- Dominik, DL5EBE reports that Geoff, ZL5PX [425DXN 442] has been  QRT
         for several weeks now. His last day on the air was 19 October and he
         is believed to have left Scott Base.

PACIFIC TRIP --->  Adriano, IK2GNW will  be active from  the Pacific for  six
weeks starting on 20 January 2000. He will  operate (on CW, SSB and RTTY  for
one week from each location) from French Polynesia and the Austral Islands as
FO0PRE (call to  be confirmed), from  the North Cook  Islands as ZK1NW,  from
Tonga as A35NW, from Wallis & Futuna as FW/IK2GNW and finally from Hawaii  as
KH6/IK2GNW. Actual dates depend on local flights. QSL via I2YSB either direct
(Silvano Borsa, Viale Capettini 1, 27036 Mortara - PV, Italy) or through  the
bureau. [TNX I2YSB]

                         *** 4 2 5  D X  N E W S ***
                         ****  GOOD TO KNOW ... ****
                          Edited by  I1JQJ & IK1ADH

NA-056 ---> Eduardo, CO8LY was active  as CO8LY/CO4 from Cayo Largo  (NA-056)
for a few hours on 9 December. QSL direct only to EA7ADH.

QSL 9G5AA ---> Please note that the QSL manager for the 9G5AA *1999* CQWW  CW
operation is Tom,  GM4FDM (Roger, G3SXW  was the  manager in  charge for  the
*1994* operation). Tom expects the cards  from the printer before  Christmas.
Bureau QSLs can be requested via e-mail at (do not  follow
up e-mail requests  with a  bureau card!)  Otherwise send  your cards  either
direct (Tom  Wylie,  3 King's  Crescent,  Elderslie,  Renfrewshire  PA5  9AD,
Scotland, UK) or through the RSGB bureau.

QSL AH2R ---> The QSL manager  is JI3ERV (not JI1ERV  as mentioned in  425DXN
448,  apologies  for   the  typo)  either   direct  (Toshinobu  Aki,   1-9-26
Ikuno-higashi, Ikuno, Osaka 544-0025, Japan) or through the JARL bureau.

QSL P29BI ---> Steve, VK4EMS made 6733 QSOs (3285 SSB, 3448 CW) operating  in
his spare time as P29BI from  Bougainville (OC-135). His QSL manager  (VK4EJ)
reports he now has all the logs and  can guarantee same day return for  QSLs.
Please send your cards to Bernie  McIvor, 30 Brennan Parade, Strathpine,  QLD
4500, Australia. [TNX VK4EJ]

QSL P29VHX ---> Uwe, DJ9HX reports all of direct and bureau cards received so
far for  P29VHX (OC-008,  OC-025, OC-034  and  OC-153) have  been  processed.
Incoming requests are now being answered within one week.

QSL R1ANF & R1ANF/A ---> Oleg, R1ANF says that "his change of QSL address for
the R1ANF/A operations  caused much confusion".  Contrary to what  previously
reported [425DXN 446], cards for both  R1ANF (Russian base  "Bellingshausen",
South Shetlands) and R1ANF/A (Chinese base "Great Wall" and Korean base "King
Sejong", both on South Shetlands)  should therefore be  sent to RK1PWA  (Nick
Shapkin, P.O.Box 73, 164744 Amderma, Arkhangelskaja, Russia). [TNX DL5EBE]

QSL TM0Y --->  Jean-Pierre, ON4BBA  reports the  cards for  TM0Y (18-25  July
activity from Yeu Island, EU-064) will are being be processed and it is hoped
to send them  before the new  year. QSL  via ON4AMM  either direct  (Mary-Lou
Moons, Oudestraat 9, B-3560 Lummen, Belgium) or through the bureau.

QSL VO2CQ ---> Chris, VE3FU (Chris  Allingham, 3417 Torwood Drive,  Dunrobin,
ON K0A 1T0, Canada) reports to be in  the process of having new colour  photo
QSLs printed, so it will take a few months before they are ready. There is no
need to resend your QSL. [TNX IK7WUJ]

QSL VIA I0MWI ---> I0MWI is  the QSL manager *only*  for M1Y (1978-82,  never
active as  T77Y), T77CD,  T77E, T77G  (1985-92, never  active on  CW),  T77GM
(1989-96, pirated since 1997). Bureau cards are processed for A.R.I.  members
only, others  should send  their requests  direct  to Stefano  Cipriani,  Via
Taranto 60, 00055 Ladispoli - RM, Italy. Cards for other San Marino  stations
should be routed through their QSL  managers or through the ARRSM QSL  Bureau
(P.O.Box 77, 47031 Repubblica di San Marino). [TNX I0MWI,]

QSL VIA W3HC ---> Mac reports  he has ogs  and cards for  HS0E for the  years
1989 (5 April-31 December), 1990 (1 January-31 December), 1991 (1  January-31
December) and 1992 (1 January-25 December). Mac also reports he is no  longer
the QSL manager for J73JT.

QSL VIA  W6/G0AZT --->  "All  requests received  for  TY1RY cards  have  been
processed and are in the  mail. Further requests  for confirmation should  be
sent direct only  to Eddie Schneider,  Box 5194, Richmond,  CA 94805, USA.  I
only have 30 requests for GU0AZT cards. If anyone still needs GU confirmed on
RTTY, pse send  your requests as  soon as  possible, so  that I  can order  a
specific number of cards". Finally, please note that Eddie is NOT the general
QSL manager for 3V8BB. He can only  confirm RTTY contacts he made from  3V8BB
on 9-13 October 1996. [TNX W6/G0AZT]

YA4A ---> It was active during the CQWW CW Contest, but it is believed it was
a pirate. Neither Jan, K5MA ("I worked him",  he says, "and have no idea  why
he picked my callsign to 'nominate' as QSL manager") nor Dick, K4UTE are  the
QSL manager for this station (however Dick  still has logs and cards for  his
own genuine YA4A activity back in 1963-65). [TNX OPDX Bulletin and IV3TMM]

+ SILENT KEYS + Former ARRL HQ staffer, "CQ Magazine" DX columnist,  original
editor  of  "DX Magazine"  and  "The DX Bulletin",  active contester and DXer
Charles J. "Chod" Harris, WB2CHO/VP2ML, of Santa Rosa, California, died at 50
years of age on 8 December of complications from a severe heart attack he had
suffered in early November.
Tiit Praks, ES7RE, President of ERAU, died on 7 December in a car accident in
Finland. [TNX ARRL and ES2NA]

                         *** 4 2 5  D X  N E W S ***
                         ***  NEWS FROM THE WEB  ***
                          Edited by  I1JQJ & IK1ADH

LOGS:       Logs for Steve, G4UOL recent operation as GD4UOL are available at
    (some  10,100  CW
            QSOs) [TNX G4UOL]
LOGS:       Doug,  N6RT  reports  the  following  new/updated  logs  are  now
            available at
            DS5DNO     (through 14 November)
            DU1ODX     (through 29 November)
            HL5FUA     (through 5 December)
            ID8/IK8VRH (IOTA EU-144, August 1999)
            KP4AH      (through 28 November)
            NH0E       (through 28 November)
            T32PO      (through 30 November)
            VQ9CV      (through 26 November)
            WL7M       (through 4 December)
            XX9TDX     (through 1 December)
            YC0LOW     (through 27 November)
R1MV:       The R1MV  site  is  under construction  and  may  be  visited  at
   [TNX OH2BR]
WLH:        A FAQ page for the  World Lighthouses award  is now available  at
   [TNX F5OGG]

QSL received via direct:  3C2JJ (AF-082), 3D2RR, 3V8BB, 3XY1BO, 4J9RI,  4M7A,
6V6U, 9A2000B (EU-110),  9G1MR, 9G5MF,  9M6NA (OC-133),  9U5D, 9V1BG,  A35SO,
E41/OK1DTP, E41/OK1FHI, F5SNY/P  (EU-074, EU-105),  F5SNY/P (EU-157),  FG5EY,
FK/F6BUM (OC-032,  OC-033), FO0SUC  (OC-066), FT5YG  (AN-017), FT5ZH,  FT5ZJ,
GD3AHV, GJ3YHU, H76C, HK3JBR, HL0IHQ/2 (AS-122), HL2WA, HS9AL (AS-126), HU4U,
IK7VJX/7 (IIA LE-037), IL7/IK7VJX (EU-050), IQ7T, IZ7CFF/7 (IIA LE-004,  017,
025, 041,  031),  JA6LCJ/6  (AS-037),  JA8BGR,  JF6WTY/6  (AS-067),  JI3DST/3
(AS-117), JL1KFR/JD1, JL6UBM/6  (AS-032), JW4CJA  (EU-027), JY9NX,  K7IL/KH0,
KH0T, KH2/N2NL, LU1ZC,  LX2DX, LY7A,  N6IC (NA-066),  OD5SB, P29BI  (OC-135),
P3A, P40HQ, PZ5JR,  R1MVA, RM6A, S57J,  S79ZG, S92YN,  SV9ANH, T24DX,  T33RD,
T33VU, T88II,  TG9IGI, TI1C,  TJ1GD, TY1RY,  TY8A, TZ6YV,  UA0ZY/p  (AS-142),
V26B,  VE8YEV/VY1  (NA-193),  VK8AN/8  (OC-229),  VO2WL,  VP2MHJ,  VP5/WB8VTK
(NA-003), VU2PAI, WL7EM (NA-019), XE3VD, XF4MX, XX9TRR, YI1HK, YM7PA,  ZA0IS,
ZC4RAF, ZL4IR/7, ZS5NK, ZV0SB, ZV0SW, ZV8A (SA-016).

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