3 October 2020 A.R.I. DX Bulletin
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**** DX INFORMATION ****
Edited by I1JQJ & IK1ADH
Direttore Responsabile I2VGW
4U_UN - The United Nations Amateur Radio Club will be active as 4U75UN to
celebrate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. "Currently
there is no set operations schedule", The Daily DX reports, but the
QSL manager (HB9BOU) "already has QSL cards ready". Located at the
42nd floor of the UN Headquarters in New York City, the station has
its control point on the ground floor and can be operated remotely
CE - Members of the Grupo de DX Pacifico Chileno (https://www.cpdxg.cl/)
will be active as XR500M on 1-31 October to commemorate the 500th
anniversary of the discovery of the Strait of Magellan during the
first global circumnavigation voyage. QSL via Club Log's OQRS,
LoTW, eQSL, or via XQ7UP.
EA - URE San Fernando (EA7URF) is participating in the official celebra-
tions for the 500th anniversary of the first circumnavigation of
the Earth [425DXN 1467]. The fourth in a series of AM500 special
event stations representing a milestone of the voyage will be
AM500ETS, to be active from 31 October to 8 November to memorialize
Ferdinand Magellan's discovery of the Estrecho de Todos los Santos,
later named after Magellan himself. QSL via EA7URF (bureau or
direct), LoTW and eQSL. Previously active were AM500SEV (August
2019), AM500SAN (September 2019) and AM500ISJ (June 2020).
F - Guillaume, F1IEH will be active as TM72WOW at various times between
3 October and 22 November. He will operate SSB, RTTY, FT8/FT4. QSL
via home call. The special callsign memorializes the flights of
Wilbur and Orville Wright at Camp d'Auvours near Le Mans in late
1908. [TNX F1IEH]
F - Jerry, F4HJO will be active as F4HJO/p from Brehat Island (EU-074)
on 17-24 October. He will operate mainly SSB on 80, 40, 20 and 17
metres. QSL via Club Log's OQRS (preferred), LoTW, or via home call
(direct or bureau).
F - Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the creation of the United
Nations, Franck, F4FHM and Dany, F0GFI will be active as TM75ONU on
17-31 October. They will operate SSB and FT8 on the HF bands and 2
metres. QSL via eQSL only.
F - Members of the Radio Club de Cestas (F6KUQ) will be active as
TM30CDR on 14-22 November. They will operate CW, SSB and FT8/FT4 on
80-6 metres. QSL via F6KUQ. The special callsign marks World Chil-
dren's Day, celebrated annually on 20 November. [TNX F6AJA]
HC - Promoting the biodiversity of Ecuador, the HC DX Group will be
active as HD1X from the Choco ecoregion (WWL FI09iv) from 31 Octo-
ber to 3 November. Look for activity on the HF bands SSB, SSTV, FT4
and FT8. QSL direct to EC5R. [TNX EA5RM]
I - The stations affiliated to the "Coordinamento Stazioni Marconiane
Italiane", which gathers amateur radio stations operating from
historic Marconi sites located in Italy, will be active on 3
October to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the invention of
radio. Weather and Covid-19 restrictions permitting, twelve sta-
tions are expected to be QRV: IY0CG, IY0GA (Sardinia), IY0IMD,
IY0ORP, IY0TC, IY1MR, IY1SM, IY1SP, IY4FGM, IY5PIS, IY6GM and IY7M.
A certificate will be available for working at least six stations;
just send your QSO details to Pier Luigi Anzini, IK2UVR, ARI HF
Award Manager (ik2uvr[@]ari.it).
JD1_mt - Take, JG8NQJ will be back to the weather station on Minami Tori-
shima (OC-073) from 14 October until mid-January 2021, his QSL
manager reports. Take will operate CW as JG8NQJ/JD1 in his spare
time. QSL via JA8CJY (direct) or JG8NQJ (bureau).
JW - Look for JW7XK (QSL via LA7XK and LoTW), JW9DL (QSL via LA9DL and
LoTW) and JW6VM (QSL via LA6VM) to be active from Longyearbyen (EU-
026), Svalbard on 7-12 October. They will participate in the SSB
leg of the Scandinavian Activity Contest (10-11 October). Outside
the contest JW7XK will operate via satellite, mainly on RS-44 using
SSB and CW.
OE - 4U75A is the special callsign for the VIC Amateur Radio Contest DX
Club in Vienna, Austria (4U1A, http://www.cqdx.ru/4u1a/) to cele-
brate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations until 31 December.
QSL via UA3DX.
OX - OZ1DJJ's flight to Tasiilaq Island (NA-151) [425DXN 1534] was
delayed, so on 26-28 September Bo was active as OX3LX from the main
island of Greenland (NA-018). He now expects to be QRV from NA-151
until 3 October. QSL via Club Log's OQRS, LoTW, or via OZ0J.
PJ2 - Curacao is one of the four new DXCC Entities born out of the disso-
lution of the Netherlands Antilles on 10 October 2010. To commemo-
rate the 10th anniversary of "10/10/10", PJ2AFM, PJ2CF and PJ2SM
will be active as PJ2C on 10 October. Main activity will be on 20
metres SSB. QSL direct to EC5AHA. [TNX NG3K]
PY - Carlos PY1CG, Marcelo PY1MT and Renato PY8WW plan to be active as
ZV1M from Ilha das Palmas (SA-079) from 29 October to 1 November.
They will operate CW, SSB and digital modes on 80, 40, 20, 15 and
10 metres. QSL via PY1MT.
SM - Palle, SA0BYP and Johan, SA3BYC will be active from SI9AM (the King
Chulalongkorn Memorial Amateur Radio Society's station) in Ragunda,
Sweden on 10-11 October for the SSB leg of the Scandianavian Activ-
ity Contest. QSL via SM3FJF, direct or bureau.
SP - Special callsigns 3Z40RY, HF40RY, SN40RY, SO40RY, SP40RY and SQ40RY
will be active from 1 October to 31 December for the 40th anniver-
sary of the first RTTY QSO from Poland, made between SR1PBW and
Y23NE (currently DM2CNE) on 19 December 1980. QSL via operators'
instructions. A certificate will be available; details can be found
TA - Members of the Tango Alpha Ham Radio Club (YM1KE) will operate
special event station TC6EKM on 3-7 October in commemoration of
Liberation Day (6 October 1923, which marked the end of the Allied
occupation and military administration of Constantinople/Istanbul
after World War I). QSL via eQSL.
VK - Mike, VK4DX will be active as VK4DX/p from Russell Island (OC-137)
on 19-24 November. He will operate SSB and CW on 40-15 metres using
100 watts and wire antennas at the waterfront. QSL via Club Log's
OQRS, LoTW, or via home call (direct or bureau). [TNX VK4DX]
VQ9 - VQ9T is the callsign that Bob, DU7ET (WT3A) will be using while
operating from Diego Garcia (AF-006), Chagos Islands [425DXN 1531].
This is a reissued callsign, previously used by N1TO in 2001 and
2002. Bob will be working as radio officer on a ship for 4-5 months
and hopes to have opportunities to go ashore and be QRV. [TNX The
W - Special event stations N0F, N1F, N2F, N3F, N4F, N5F, N6F, N7F, N8F
and N9F, plus KF2IRE and VE3FIRE (Canada) will be active on 4-10
October for the Fire Prevention Week 2020. QSL cards for all of the
FPW stations should be sent direct to Fire Prevention Week Special
Event, c/o Siemens Fire Safety USA, 8 Fernwood Road, Florham Park
NJ 07932, USA. See http://hamfire.com/ for more information on the
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**** GOOD TO KNOW ... ****
Edited by I1JQJ & IK1ADH
Direttore Responsabile I2VGW
Access to the main functions of www.425dxn.org is provided by the 425DXN App
for Android. It is available on Google Play - free of charge, no ads. Enjoy!
425 DX NEWS MAGAZINE ---> The September 2020 issue is now available for
download at http://www.425dxn.org/index.php. [TNX IZ3EBA]
BANDS ALIVE: THE 2021 CW/SSB ULTRA-MARATHON ---> The True Blue DXers Club
announces "Bands Alive", a year-long "ultra-marathon" to be run from 1 Janu-
ary through 31 December 20212. "As the new solar cycle is now under way and
conditions on the HF bands are expected to gradually improve throughout
2021, this unprecedented initiative is launched to give DXers a further mo-
tivation to get on the air and therefore support, improve and promote ama-
teur activity using person-to-person modes of communication such as CW and
SSB. This initiative, which we call 'ultra-marathon' for a reason, is indeed
unprecedented - its aim, reflected in its format, is to get people on the
air and make as many unique contacts as possible over the duration of a full
year, and not simply to work as many countries as possible". Participation
is open to all amateurs: you do not need to sign up for TBDXC membership,
but you have to register for the marathon on the dedicated section of the
TBDXC website: https://www.tbdxc.net/marathon.
GYPO ---> K5G, K6G, K7G, K8P, N0G, N2G, N3G, N4G, N5G, N9G and W3G are
special event stations expected to participate in the third annual "Get Your
Park ON!" operating event on 10-18 October. Sponsored by the US affiliate of
World Wide Flora and Fauna, GYPO is open to amateur radio operators around
the world. A complete list of the special event stations will be provided at
the start of GYPO, see https://wwffkff.wordpress.com/.
JX0X 2021 ---> The final decision to go to Jan Mayen (http://jx0x.com/) will
be taken in a couple of weeks' time. "This decision will depend heavily on
if we think we have enough support from the individual DXers", the team
says. "We depend on upfront support to sign the vessel contract", and dona-
tions are needed NOW. "We have been working on this project since April
2019, we have invested much time in planning and preparing this trip with
all the permits and negotiations - and we feel we're so close. If you
support us you will of course receive a QSL card and express LoTW as part of
the donation. In addition we guarantee a 100% refund of all donations if we
decide to cancel the trip". JX0X will focus on 160-30 metres CW and digital,
with vertical antennas close to saltwater, and an excellent take-off for
North America and Japan. They will also have beams for 20-10 metres. PayPal
donations can be sent to jx0x[@]la7gia.com.
WSJT-X 2.3.0-rc1 ---> Candidate releases are intended for beta testers: in-
dividuals interested in testing the programme's new features and providing
feedback to the WSJT Development Team. The first candidate release for
WSJT-X 2.3.0 introduces FST4 and FST4W, two new modes designed for use on
the LF and MF bands. FST4 is optimized for two-way QSOs, while FST4W is for
quasi-beacon transmissions of WSPR-style messages. Further details and
operating hints can be found in the "Quick-Start Guide to FST4 and FST4W":
https://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/k1jt/FST4_Quick_Start.pdf. Links to in-
stallation packages for Windows, Linux, and Macintosh are available on
QSLs received direct or through managers: 5X2S, 8P6DR, BA5CJ/5 (AS-141),
D2EB, E50J, E51JD, EA8AQV, FS/VA7XW (NA-105), HL4CBX, JA8ISO, JT5DX, JW7QIA,
KP4/AA7CH (NA-249), VK5KI (OC-139), ZB2GI.