LOW BANDS WITH THE UPCOMING BOUVET ISLAND, 3Y0I EXPEDITION
Now that the 3Y0I team is on their way for their true adventure, it is
time to look at some of the elements of their upcoming activity, specif-
ically on low-bands. On Monday, OH2BH had a detailed discussion with DX-
pedition leader Dom, 3Z9DX, and their low-band specialist Tack, JE1CKA,
to understand their location and their options to produce an efficient
160/80m signal while considering their challenging environment. Dom has
detailed experience on the zodiac landing on Bouvet while Tack, JE1CKA,
- a WRTC-rated contester and seasoned DXpedition operator - is now in
charge of the low-bands. Tack has excellent field knowledge for creating
powerful low-band signals.
Their camp will be located some on the glacier at 100 ft. next to their
landing area in the South-East corner of the Island with open view to
EU/JA but mountains to the NW (USA) at a distance of eight (8) kilometers.
They will be running 1.3KW with each of four (4) stations, CW, SSB, FT8
plus one for a CW/FT8 combo.
When dealing with several unknown factors including high wind situations,
they will have four options for 160/80m:
1: Running simple dipoles at the glacier,
2: Running slopers from the glacier edge to the landing beach, about
100 ft. lower,
3: Running 18m long fiber masts as verticals and Inverted-Ls and,
4: Three element wire beams for 160/80M slightly above glacier.
In general, with the current conditions, the high-volume bands are expected
to be 20/30/40 meters. It is assumed that 160/80 would bring a long awaited
opportunity to catch these much needed band-pointers. On high bands they
will have three fixed beams for EU, NA and Asia along with several multi-
JE1CKA himself will focus on 160/80 operations and will do CW exclusively
for most of the operation.
3Y0I will use specialized observers for the 160/80 operations from three
main focus areas. Martti, OH2BH (EU), Wayne, N7NG (NA) and Yasu, JR1AIB
(Asia), will carefully follow the proceedings, and Martti will communicate
potential adjustments via Satcom to the expedition venue.
This is a historical undertaking, likely under very severe conditions with
no DX Foundation support nor involvement.
Dear Fellow DXers: It’s time to include 3Y0I team in your prayers for their
safe landing and happy return. They are going late in the season but are
professionally prepared. Their success will be exclusively in the hands
of Mother Nature as always. We are all wishing the 3Y0I team and the M/S
Atlantic Tuna a safe journey.
For the 3Y0I team:
Martti, OH2BH, Wayne, N7NG, and Yasu, JR1AIB
3Y0I BOUVET ISLAND DXPEDITION (Update, dated March 19th). The following
was posted on the 3Y0I Web page [edited]: The 3Y0I DXPEDITION HAS BEGUN --
The 3Y0I Bouvet Island Expedition has officially begun. The MV Atlantic
Tuna, with the Team aboard, departed for Bouvet Island on March 19, 2019,
at approx. 6:00 UTC.
If everything goes well, we should reach Bouvet in 7 days around March
26th. Landing on the Island will be strictly dependent on weather con-
ditions met upon arrival. ***Estimated*** launch date of 3Y0I on the air
might be about last days or March. This information may be subject to
change (sea and weather conditions safety first!)
The Team plans to stay at the island at least for 2 weeks, with an option
to extend the stay to 3-4 weeks, if weather and other factors permit.
VIET NAM, 3W. Jean-Pierre, F6CTF will be QRV as 3W9JF from Hoi An
from March 16 to April 6. Activity will be on 80, 40, 20 and 17
meters using CW and SSB. QSL direct to EA5GL.
TOGO, 5V. Members of the EI DX Group are QRV as 5V7EI until March
26. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various
digital modes with five stations active. QSL via M0OXO.
UGANDA, 5X. Members of the Italian DXpedition Team are QRV as 5X3C
until March 25. Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB and RTTY.
They are active as 5X3E using FT8. QSL direct to I2YSB.
SENEGAL, 6W. Jacques, F6HMJ will be QRV as 6W7/F6HMJ from March 19
to April 28. Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters using mostly CW
with some SSB. QSL to home call.
LESOTHO, 7P. A group of operators are QRV as 7P8LB until March 16.
Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB and FT8 with two to three
stations active. QSL via M0OXO.
TONGA, A3. Masa, JA0RQV will be QRV as A35JP from Tongatapu Island,
IOTA OC-049, from March 16 to 27. Activity will be on 80 to 6
meters using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL to home call.
MOZAMBIQUE, C9. Pedro, CT7AHV is QRV as C91AHV from Matola Rio
until March 17. Activity is on 80, 40, 20 and 15 meters using SSB,
WSPR and FT8. QSL to home call.
PHILIPPINES, DU. Press, N6SS is QRV as DU6/N6SS from Panay Island,
IOTA OC-129, until April 17. Activity is on 160, 80 and 40 meters
using CW, SSB and FT8. This includes being an entry in the upcoming
CQ World Wide WPX SSB contest. QSL to home call.
NIUE, E6. Alex, 5B4ALX will be QRV as E6ET from Niue, IOTA OC-040,
from March 19 to April 2. Activity will be on 160 to 6 meters,
except 80 meters, but including 60 meters, using CW, SSB, RTTY and
FT8. This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide WPX
SSB contest. QSL to home call.
SPAIN, EA. Special event station EE100V is QRV during all of March
to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the Valencia Football
Club. QSL direct to EA5YJ.
JERSEY, GJ. Kazu, JK3GAD is QRV as MJ0CFW until March 17. He will
be active as MJ5Z in the Russian DX contest. QSL via LoTW.
CURACAO, PJ2. Andreas, DK5ON is QRV as PJ2/DK5ON until March 30.
Activity is on 80 to 6 meters, including 60 meters, using CW, SSB,
RTTY and FT8. This includes being active in the Russian DX contest.
QSL to home call.
INDIA, VU. Members of the Bangalore Amateur Radio Club are QRV with
special call sign AU60BARC until May 13 to celebrate the club's 60th
anniversary. QSL via Club Log.
MYANMAR, XZ. Yuki, JH1NBN will be QRV as XZ2C from March 20 to 28.
Activity will be on 15, 12, 10 and 6 meters using all modes and QRP
power. QSL to home call.
4L - Luc, F5RAV will be active as either 4L/F5RAV and/or 4L0GF from Zeda Tkhilnari, Georgia between 26 March and 2 April, including an entry in the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest. QSL direct to home call. [TNX F8REF]
6Y - Kasimir, DL2SBY will be active as 6Y5KB from Jamaica (NA-097) from 28 March to 10 April. He plans to operate CW, SSB, FT8 and possibly RTTY on 80-6 metres. QSL via LoTW, or direct only to home call. He no longer uses the bureau. [TNX The Daily DX]
9A - 9A62AA is the special callsign that Tom, 9A2AA is using until the the end of the year to mark his 62nd year in amateur radio. QSL via home call. [TNX 9A2AA]
G - Organised by the Radio Society of Great Britain, an International Amateur Radio Marathon will run from 30 May to 14 July during the Cricket World Cup to be held in England and Wales. Thirty-one special callsigns with the prefix GB19 will be activated from the United Kingdom (11 representing the venues, 10 representing the competing teams, and 10 Cricket HQ stations): England GB19AFG, GB19AUS, GB19BAN, GB19BG, GB19CWC, GB19EB, GB19ENG, GB19HL, GB19IND, GB19KO, GB19LL, GB19NZ, GB19OT, GB19PAK, GB19RB, GB19RG, GB19SA, GB19SL, GB19TB, GB19TG, GB19WI Guernsey GB19CG Isle of Man GB19CIM Jersey GB19CJ Northern Ireland GB19CGI, GB19CNI Scotland GB19CGM, GB19CS Wales GB19CGW, GB19CW, GB19SG Each special callsign has its own qrz.com page, with the schedule showing when the callsign will be used. QSL via LoTW only (no paper QSL cards). A series of award certificates will be offered, and participants will be able to track their progress towards the available awards on https://cricket2019.hamlogs.net/. Also check https://rsgb.org/cricket for complete details about the marathon. [TNX G4FAL]
KL - Cezar, VE3LYC will be active as VE3LYC/KL7 from Little Diomede Island (NA-150) on 18-26 March. Plans are to operate CW and SSB on 40-17 metres for 3-4 days from the village (which will offer an unobstructed path to Africa, Asia, Europe and Oceania), and for another 2-3 days from the northeastern corner of the island, which will provide an open path to North and South America. QSL via Club Log's OQRS, or via home call (direct or bureau). More information can be found at https://ve3lyc-kl7-na150.weebly.com/.
LU - Celebrating Radio Club QRM Belgrano's 51th anniversary, LU4AAO will be active on 1-3 March on various bands and modes. QSL via eQSL, or email lu4aao(@)gmail.com for a printable digital QSL; paper cards will not be available. [TNX LU5AG]
OH - OH8JK, OH8MWD, OH8NR and OH8ZZ will be active as OH8AA from Kataja/ Inakari Island (EU-192) on 1-5 March. They will operate SSB and FT8 on the HF bands. QSL via OH8JK.
PJ2 - Andy, DK5ON will be active again as PJ2/DK5ON from Curacao (SA-099) on 14-30 March. He will operate CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8 on 80-6 metres. QSL via LoTW, Club Log's OQRS, or via home call (direct or bureau). [TNX NG3K]
SM - Bodo, DF8DX is planning "some activity" as SM0/DF8DX from IOTA group EU-084 on 5-7 March. QSL via home call (direct or bureau), Club Log's OQRS or via LoTW.
TI - TI7/AE0EE, TI7/K0BBC and TI7/W6PNG are active from Costa Rica until 5 March, including participation in the ARRL DX SSB Contest as TI7/W6PNG. They operate CW, FT8 and SSB on 160-10 metres. QSL via LoTW, or via home calls. [TNX The Daily
DX VK - Owing to circumstances beyond his control, Vlad, ER1OO will be unable to participate in the April IOTA DXpedition to the Houtman Abrolhos (OC-211) and Favorite Island (OC-183) [425DXN 1449]. This will be a solo operation by Andy, VK5MAV. He plans to be QRV as VK5MAV/6 from OC-211 on 14 April in his evening (local time is UTC +8) and to return to the mainland on the 17th or 18th. Actual dates for OC-183 are still "a bit uncertain" because of Easter holidays, but he will have to return to the mainland on 22 April. Bookmark http://vk5mav.wixsite.com/dxpedition for updates. QSL via Club Log's OQRS, or via RN3RQ.
VK0/M - Norbert, VK5MQ has been QRV as VK0AI from Macquarie Island (AN-005) since late April 2018, and expects to go QRT sometime in March. He has operated mainly FT8 so far, but during his last couple of weeks on the air he will "start on SSB on 14.195, listening 14.210 and 7.050 MHz in his afternoons after work. If he does not get any responses he will go back to FT8". Macquarie Island is 11 hours ahead of UTC. QSL via LoTW, eQSL, or via VK5MQ (direct or bureau). [TNX The Daily DX]
Z8 - Ken, K4ZW might be active as Z81Z from Juba, South Sudan on 4-6 March. "If he is able to get on the air, operation will be very limited in time due to work schedules and tight travel restrictions in the city". QSL via K4ZW and LoTW, logsearch on Club Log. [TNX The Daily DX]
3W, VIETNAM. Wolfgang, DL5MAE, is once again active as 3W2MAE from Phan Thiet until March 8th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
3Y0I BOUVET DXPEDITION NEWS. The following was posted on the Rebel DX Group's Web page, dated February 20th, and "maybe" taking place now or oon: "Atlantic Tuna Sea Trial --- For those tracking our vessel; some-time in the next 10 days you will be tracking the two to three day sea trial of our ship the 'Atlantic Tuna' (formerly BYR). The SAMSA surveys are in their final stages, and after a complete refit of the Atlantic Tuna we’re now at the stage of proving the vessels sea worthiness. Remember, this is a sea trial so when you see the Atlantic Tuna leave theCape Town harbor don’t jump to the conclusion we’re on our way to Bouvet just yet. IF the sea trial goes as expected, we will announce our departure date on (RebelDXGroup.com) and (Bouvetoya.org), as well as our Twitter and Facebook pages.
5T, MAURITANIA. Johannes, PA5X, is once again is back in Africa after his Mozambique operation as of February 17th, and is now active as 5T5PA from Nouadhibou for the next 6 months. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using SSB, RTTY and FT8. His equipment is an IC-7800 with an amp into a KIO Hexbeam, dipoles and Inverted Vee antennas. QSL via LoTW, ClubLog or for a paper QSL via PA5X, by the Bureau or direct. He states, "Please be patient (for a QSL) due to working abroad". Watch QRZ.com for updates.
6O, SOMALIA (Update). Ali, EP3CQ, who works for United Nations in African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM), in Mogadishu, will once again be active as 6O1OO between February 26th and March 24th. Activity will be limited to his spare time on 40/30/20/17/15/10 meters using SSB and FT8. Last time he suggested everyday between 1800-2000 East Africa Time (EAT) and on the weekend (Friday and Saturday) between 1400-1800. Equipment is a Yaesu 857D into ATAS 120A, Tarheel Little II (currently active), and Sandpiper MV-10. QSL direct to: Ali Solhjoo, Via Siacci 12, Rome, 00197, Italy. QSL cards will be replied on a quarterly basis. IRC's are not accepted. Flash news will be posted via Twitter: @ep3cq
6W, SENEGAL. Jean-Louis, F5NHJ, is once again active as 6W7/F5NHJ from Saly until March 13th. Activity will be holiday style using mostly the Digital modes (PSK31/RTTY/FT8), possibly SSB with the a Vertical L and dipoles into a FT857d w/100 watts and a SignaLink. If like last time, operations will be on 20/17/15 meters. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau, ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW. For more details, see: http://f5nhj.fr
6Y, JAMAICA (Update). Kasimir, DL2SBY, will be active as 6Y5KB from Jamaica (NA-097) between March 28th and April 10th. Activity will usually be on 40-6 meters including 17/12 meters and possibly 30 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL 6Y5KB via DL2SBY, direct or the OQRS (Bureau/direct) via ClubLog ONLY. Do not send your QSL via the Bureau! His log will be uploaded to LoTW later.
8P, BARBADOS. Richard "Dick", G3RWL, will once again be active as 8P6DR from Barbados (NA-021) between March 13th and April 17th. Activity will be holiday style on 80-10 meters using CW and some RTTY. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau using ClubLog's OQRS. See QRZ.com for more QSL info.
8P, BARBADOS. Tom, W2SC, will once again be active as 8P5A during the ARRL International DX SSB Contest (March 2-3rd) as Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via LoTW or direct to HA1AG.
9G, GHANA (Update). Matteo, IZ4YGS, is once again back and active as 9G5GS from Sanzule, West Takoradi (Western Region), Ghana, until March 13th. Matt informed OPDX back in December that he travels to Ghana almost every month for work reasons. He states that he is on "almost every evening on 20/30/ 40/60/80m; Setup FT-891 and vertical antenna, mainly FT8 and other digital modes, if propagation helps also SSB." QSL via IZ4YGS, direct or eQSL.
9G, GHANA. Members of the Accra Amateur Radio Club from Israel, will be active as 9G2DX between March 9-20th. Operators mentioned are Dov/4Z4DX, Shimon/4Z1SH, Zvi/4Z1ZV, Zeev/4X5ZS and Haim/9G5AF (4Z9BDD). This is being called a WFF Israeli DXpedition to Ghana (9GFF-0007/0004). Activity will be various HF bands. QSL via LoTW or eQSL. Look for more details to be forthcoming.
9M19, WEST MALAYSIA. A team lead by Mansur/9M2VBC which will include operators Engku/9W2VWT, Jalee/9W2VGR, Khairil/9W2WPZ, Mohamad/9W2JMW, Abdul/9W2DQM and Herry/9W2HXP. They will be active using the special callsign, 9M19TEA, thanks to the support of Kelab Rekreasi & Komunikasi Radio Cameron Highlands crew. Team members will begin to arrive March 27th,and begin to set up the antennas and stations to operate between March 28-30th. Activity is to promote interesting places in Malaysia to the world radio amateurs of the world. This year the Cameron Highlands (WW Loc. OJ14CG) was chosen and is a highland area and resort in the state of Pahang, Malaysia. Cameron Highland is located at 1,829 meters above sea level and temperatures range from 10 ° C to 20 ° C. Operations will be focused on the low bands, but will also be on the WARC-79 and higher bands. All QSL cards are 100% sure via OQRS, direct or by the Bureau! The 9M19TEA log will be on ClubLog during the DXpedition. The DXpedition's Web site is at: http://9mdxc.com/chdx
A3, TONGA (Update). Operators David/VK3BDX, Grant/VK5GR and Oly/VK5XDX will be active as A35AG from Tonga between September 22nd and October 7th. Activity will be holiday style on 160-10 meters and will include entries in the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 28-29th) and Oceania DX SSB Contest (October 5-6th). Also, watch Grant/VK5GR's Web page for updates at: http://vk5gr-iota.net
A5, BHUTAN (Reminder). By the time you read this, look for A5A to be activate again as of February 27th until March 9th. Zorro/JH1AJT (A5A), will travel to Bhutan with Franz/DJ9ZB (A52ZB) and Champ/E21EIC (A52IC). The main purpose for Zorro is to meet with the Foreign Ministry to continue discussions on outcomes and progress of their collaborative Project for the youth development program SEISA working for BOC. He will also meet the official of the Ministry of Health, sports federations, BOC Olympic and Paralympic committees (also collaboration of sports, education and medical issues). Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and FT8. The team will focus on 160 meters and FT8 (See FT8 Frequencies/Modes in OPDX.1401). QSL via JH1AJT: P.O. Box 8, Oiso, Naka-gun, KANAGAWA 255-0003, Japan. An OQRS will be available at ClubLog after Zorro's return to Japan.
AH2, GUAM. Operators Toshinobu/JI3ERV and Hajime/JO1RUR will be active as AH2R during the ARRL International DX SSB Contest (March 2-3rd) as a Multi-? entry. QSL via LoTW
CY9C ST. PAUL ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS (Update from OPDX.1378). Randy, N0TG, informs [edited]: Detail planning in progress for August 1-11th. We invite all to visit the website and watch the YouTube (full screen) as we accessed the island via helicopter in 2016. 73, Randy N0TG
DXpedtion Team will be returning August 2019. We hope to fill many of the band/mode slots still in demand and for those that missed the DXpedition as a all time new one, we will work hard to fill that slot as well. Lots of EME, SAT, FT8 as well.
DAY-XENIA NEWS (Press Release, dated March 1st). The SWODXA DX DINNER ANNOUNCEMENT -- by Mindi Jones KC8CKW (firstname.lastname@example.org) - The South-West Ohio DX Association (SWODXA) has announced that Charles Wooten, NF4A, will be the keynote speaker at the 34th annual DX Dinner. The dinner, held in conjunction with the 2019 Dayton Hamvention, will be on Friday, May 17th, at the Marriott Hotel in Dayton. Charles Wooten, NF4A, has been licensed for over 56 years and has been a DXer from the start. Charlie has achieved the DXCC Honor Roll. He is the current Southeastern Division Representative on the ARRL Contest Advisory Committee. He was a referee for the WRTC-2006 international team champion-ship held in Brazil in July 2006, WRTC-2014 New England/USA, and WRTC-2018 Lutherstadt, Germany.
* Amateur call signs held: P4/WA4IMC (Aruba), HA/WA4IMC(Hungary), OK8EMC (first US ham to hold OK Callsign..1991), T9/NF4A(Bosnia), 9A/WA4IMC(Croatia), 9A/NF4A(Croatia), C92A (Mozambique). Currently holds Croatian callsign 9A5PC.
* Member of K4M DXpedition to Midway Island, 2009
* Member of PJ7E DXpedtion to St Maarten 2010
* Member of C82DX DXpedition to Mozambique 2013
Charlie was named Clear Channel Radio Small Market Engineer of the Year in 2003 and 2004 and the Clear Channel Radio National Engineer of the Year in 2005. For 14 years, Charlie was a Broadcast Engineering Consultant, building over 120 broadcast facilities (RF and Studio plants) including over 30 in Eastern Europe (Czechoslovakia…now Czech Republic and Slovakia, Hungary and Croatia) from 1991-1997 for the US State Department after the fall of communism. Charlie is a Senior Member, Society of Broadcast Engineers and is currently the Director of Engineering and IT, iHeart Media (formerly Clear Channel), Panama City, FL. For more information and to order dinner tickets, visit (WWW.SWODXAEVENTS.ORG) and follow us on Twitter (@SWODXA).
DU, PHILIPPINES (Update). Press, N6SS, will be active as DU6/N6SS from Panay Island (OC-129), near the town of Sibalom, Antique Province, between late February until April 17th. Activity will be on 160/80/40 meters using CW, FT8 and SSB during the ARRL International DX Contest (March 2-3rd) [Class not known] and also the CQWW WPX SSB Contests (March 30-31st) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (80m) entry. His rig is a K3 with a KPA500 into the following antennas: 80/40m crossed Inverted Ves that serve as toploading for a 160m vertical. QSL via his home callsign.
FG, GUADELOUPE (Reminder). Operators Gildas/F6HMQ and Michel/F6GWV are once again active as FG/F6HMQ and FG/F6GWV from Guadeloupe until March 10th. Activity will be holiday style on various HF bands using "light equipment". They will also be in the ARRL International DX SSB Contest (March 2-3rd) using the callsign TO3Z. QSL via F6HMQ. QSL FG/F6GWV and Gildas FG/F6HMQ via their home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
FH, REUNION ISLAND. By the time you read this, Vlad, UA4WHX, may be QRT as FH/UA4WHX from Mayotte Island (AF-027). As always, the length of his stay is unknown. Look for activity to be on 40/30/20/17/15/12/10 meters using mostly CW with some SSB. QSL via UA4WHX.
GB1, NORTHERN IRELAND (Special Event). Members of the West Tyrone Amateur Radio Club which is based in Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, will activate the special event station, GB1SPD, to celebrate St. Patrick's Day on the weekend of March 16th and 17th. The station will be operational from approximately 0930-1800 hrs Saturday and from 1000-1600 hrs on Sunday. Depending on band conditions, they will be operational on the following bands and modes: CW - 20m SSB - 17/20/40/80m PSK31 & FT8 (bands not provide) 2 meters & Echolink. QSL cards will be sent out to all contacts.
HC, ECUADOR. Members of Quito Radio Club will be active as HC0E from Ecuador during the ARRL International DX SSB Contest (March 2-3rd) as a Multi-Multi entry. QSL via HC1QRC or by the Bureau.
HD8, GALAPAGOS ISLANDS (Reminder/Update). The 7163 Group will once again activate their "Protect the Galapagos Islands Wildlife DXpediton" to Santa Cruz Island (SA-004). They will be active as HD8M from Santa Cruz Island between now and March 6th. Activity is planned for operations on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes (Primarily FT8). Suggested frequencies are:
CW - 1822, 3523, 7023, 10108, 14023, 18079, 21023, 24894 and 28023 kHz
SSB - 3785, 7163, 14210, 18130, 21285, 24955 and 28485 kHz
FT8 - 1846, 3567, 5357, 7056, 10131, 14090, 18095, 21091, 24911 and
28091 kHz --- PLEASE NOTE: All FT8 frqs. will be on the DXpedition Mode except 60
Operators mentioned are Jim/WB2REM, David/HC5DX, and Bill W2WCM. QSL via ClubLog's OQRS (LoTW & Bureau), direct to WB2REM (w/SASE) and via the Bureau only through ClubLog. DO NOT send any QSLs via the Bureau. An upload will be made to LoTW after the DX-pedition. For more information, go to or look on QRZ.com.
HR, HONDURAS. Gerard, F2JD, is once again active as HR5/F2JD from Copan Ruinas, Honduras, until May 15th. Activity will be on various HF bands using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via F6AJA, direct or via the French REF Bureau. The log will be posted on: http://lesnouvellesdx.fr/voirlogs.php
5V, TOGO (Reminder/Update). Members of EIDX Group will be active as 5V7EI
from Main Street, Togo, between March 14-26th. Operators mentioned are
Dave/EI9FBB (Team Leader), Jeremy/EI5GM (Co-Leader), Declan/EI9HQ, Pat/
EI9HX, Enda/EI2II, Thos/EI2JD, Alain/EI2KM, Niall/EI4CF, Jim/EI4HH,
Norbert/DJ7JC, Heye/DJ9RR, Alain/F5JTV, John/F5VHQ, Jamie/M0SDV and
Gabi/YO8WW. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and the
Digital modes. Suggested frquenices are:
CW - 1818, 3518, 7018, 10118, 14018, 18078, 21018, 24898 and 28018 kHz
SSB - 3768 (QSX Dw/3800+NA), 7118, 14218, 18158, 21218, 24958 and 28518
RTTY - 14088, 18108 and 21088
FT8* - 1840 (QSX 1908 for JA), 3577, 7053, 10133, 14083, 18108, 21088,
24918 and 28078
* F&H mode, except 160m
They plan to have up to 5 stations on the air. This is the same group
that activated 9N7EI and 7Q7EI earlier in 2018. QSL via M0OXO OQRS,
direct, by the Bureau (OQRS) or LoTW (3 months after operation).
6O, SOMALIA (Update). Ali, EP3CQ, who works for the UN Department of
Safety and Security (UNDSS) and not the United Nations in African Union
Mission to Somalia [AMISOM] (as we reported), in Mogadishu, is once again
active as 6O1OO until March 24th. Activity will be limited to his spare
time on 80/40/30/20/17/15/10 meters using SSB and FT8. Last time he
suggested everyday between 1800-2000 East Africa Time (EAT) and on the
weekend (Friday and Saturday) between 1400-1800. Equipment is a Yaesu
857D into a Tarheel Little II (currently active), and Sandpiper MV-10.
He informed OPDX that he has updated his information including new QSL
information on QRZ.com. QSL direct to: Ali Solhjoo, C/O Dr. de Vivanco,
Schnackenburgstr. 3, Berlin 12159, Germany. QSL cards will be replied to
on a bi-monthly basis. IRC's are not accepted. See QRZ.com for more info
and picture of his station. Flash news will be posted via Twitter: @ep3cq
6W, SENEGAL. Jacques, F6HMJ, will once again be active as 6W7/F6HMJ from
Senegal between March 19th and April 28th. Activity will be mostly on CW
with some SSB on 80-10 meters with a dipole and IC-706MKIIG. QSL via his
7P, LESOTHO (Reminder). Operators Svein/LA3BO, Piotr/LA7RRA, Rune/LA7THA
(Team Leader), Arne/LA7WCA, Svein Jarle/LA9KKA, Thor/LA9VPA, Harald/LB2HG,
Chris/OE5CWO and Phillipp/OE7PGI are now active as 7P8LB from Molengoane
Lodge (WW Loc. KG30VO), Lesotho, until March 16th. They plan to have 2-3
stations running 24/7 on all HF bands using CW, SSB, with the focus on
low bands and FT8.
Logsearch can be found on Clublog: https://clublog.org/logsearch/7P8LB
Not in log: Use the busted callsign facility on the OQRS page. For more
details and updates, see: http://www.la9vpa.com/7p8lb/index.html
8Q, MALDIVES. Darek, SP3DX, will be active as 8Q7DM from Lankanfinolhu
Island (AS-013) between April 1-7th. Activity will be on 20/17/15/12/10
meters using SSB and FT8. QSL via SP3DX.
A3, TONGA. Masa, JA0RQV, will once again be active as A35JP from Tonga.
This time he will activate Tongatapu Island (OC-049) between March 16-27th.
The QTH is Nuku'alofa (from a seaside cottage), in the capital of Kingdom
of Tonga. As it is a business trip, Masa will enjoy ham radio during his
spare time. Activity will be on 80-6 meters using CW, SSB and FT8. His
equipment is an IC-7300 (w/100W) into a vertical antenna. QSL via his home
callsign, by the Bureau, direct (SASE w/1 IRC), ClubLog or LoTW. For more
details and updates, visit his Blog page at: http://blog.goo.ne.jp/rqv
JA0RQV, Masa, will be QRV as A35JP from Tongatapu Island (OC-049)
starting March 16th.He will be operating from a seaside cottage in
Nuku'alofa until March 27. Activity will be on CW, SSB and FT8 on 3.5
through 50 MHz, using an IC-7300 running 100 watts into a vertical. He
prefers QSL requests be made using Club Log. Logs will also be
uploaded to LoTW. You can also QSL via the JA QSL bureau or direct to
C5, THE GAMBIA. Operators Sigi/DL7DF (& XYL Sabine), Csaba/DH7KU, Manfred/
DK1BT, Annette/DL6SAK, Frank/DL7UFR and Jan/SP3CYY will be active as C5DL
from The Gambia (WW Loc. IK13PJ) between April 1-15th. They will have
three stations on the air on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digitals
modes. Their equipment consists of a Elecraft K2 transceiver, two Icom
IC7300 transceivers, two OX1000 power amplifiers, one other power amp-
lifier, a vertical for 160 and 80m, a 40m loop, a 30m loop, a Spiderbeam
for 20m through 10m, Loop antennas for 20/15/10m and a vertical for 60m.
Pilot for this DXpedition is Bernd, DF3CB. QSL via DL7DF, direct or by
the German DARC Bureau. They will upload the full logs of the DXpedition
to LoTW within 6 months after the DXpedition.
C9, MOZAMBIQUE. Pedro, CT7AHV, is now active as C91AHV from Matola Rio
until March 17th. Activity is on 80/40/20/15 meters using SSB, WSPR and
FT8. Equioment is an IC-7300 with 100 watts into a 4 monoband quarter
wave verticals. QSL via CT7AHV, direct, by the Bureau, ClubLog or LoTW.
CT9, MADEIRA ISLANDS. Operators Hardy/DL3KWF and YL Rosel/DL3KWR are once
again active as CT9/DL3KWF and CT9/DL3KWR from Madeira (AF-014) until
April 3rd. Preferred activity will be on 30/17/12 meters and CW. Also
watch 60 meters (5351.5-5366.5 kHz, QSX 5405 kHz). Equipment is an IC-7000
+ AH-4 into a vertical 7m. QSL via their home callsign, direct, by the
Bureau (also via E-mail request), eQSL or LoTW.
DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME (DST). Did you remember to change your clocks?
Countries in the Northern Hemisphere (most of N. American and some of
the Caribbean, except Hawaii and most of Arizona) who observe Daylight
Saving Time (DST) should have changed their clocks on Sunday, March 10th
at 2:00 AM, and should have moved their "local clocks" forward 1 hour to
3:00:00 AM local time. DST does not affect Universal Coordinated Time
(UTC), also known as Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) or simply Zulu (Z). DST
will end on Sunday, November 3rd at 2:00 AM. European countries will
switch to DST on March 31st.
ADDED NOTES: Hopefully, all amateur radio operators know not to change
their GMT/UTC/ZULU clocks. However, since most operators usually set their
computers to local time, some may have to change their settings on "some"
ham radio software (ex. logging, propagation, DXTelnet, etc..) programs.
DU, PHILIPPINES (Update). Press, N6SS, who is currently active as DU6/N6SS
from Panay Island (OC-129), near the town of Sibalom, Antique Province,
until April 17th, informs OPDX of the following update [edited]: "DU6/N6SS
attempted an 80m Single band entry in the ARRL SSB Contest. However the
over the horizon radar was S9 from as low as 3650 to 3850. Not a single
NA was even detected, totally inaudible here. Did hear a few JA calling
CQ during the contest. The radar is audible a couple hours before sunset
til after sunrise and was on continuously during nighttime contest hours
here. The radar is operational daily on 80m and I don't foresee any change
during the next contest. Consequently please revise info for CQWPX SSB
to a 40m single band entry." Activity outside of the contest will be on
160/80/40 meters using CW, FT8 and SSB. Remember, activity during the
CQWW WPX SSB Contests (March 30-31st) will now be a Single-Op/Single-Band
(40m) entry. His rig is a K3 with a KPA500 into the following antennas:
80/40m crossed Inverted Ves that serve as toploading for a 160m vertical.
QSL via his home callsign.
DXCC NEWS. ARRL Field Services and Radiosport Manager Norm Fusaro, W3IZ,
reports that the 2018 ZD9CW DXpedition to Tristan da Cunha Island has
been approved for DXCC credit.
E5, NORTH AND SOUTH COOK ISLANDS (News). The Cook Islands are looking to
formally change their name and drop the reference to the British explorer
Captain James Cook in favor of a title that reflects its "Polynesian
E5, NORTH AND SOUTH COOK ISLANDS (Reminder). By the time you read this,
operators Dagmar/DM7PQ, and Rainer/DL1AUZ will be active as E51NPQ and
E51AUZ, respectively, and finishing up their first leg in the Soth Cooks.
Activity will be from the following scheduled islands:
March 9-11th -- Rarotonga Island (OC-013), South Cook Islands
March 13-25th -- Manihiki Island (OC-014), North Cook Islands
March 27-31st -- Aitutaki Island (OC-083), South Cook Islands
April 2-11th -- Rarotonga Island (OC-013), South Cook Islands
Activity will be holiday style on various HF bands and CW only. QSL
via their home callsigns. Watch QRZ.com for possible updates.
E6, NIUE. Janusz, SP9FIH, will fly to Niue Island (OC-040) on March 16th,
and will probably stay in Mutalau village on the northern coast of Niue. He
will be active as E6AF and his activity will be on 160/80/40/30/20/17/15
meters using SSB, RTTY and FT8. Suggested frequencies are:
SSB - 7095, 14195, 18140 and 21295 kHz
RTTY - 1845, 3585, 7045, 10145, 14095, 18095 and 21095 kHz
FT8 (F/H mode) - 1845*, 3585, 7045, 10145, 14095, 18095 and 21095 kHz
* listening for JA - 1908
The length of his stay is not known yet, but he states that it "should
be few weeks long". QSL via SP9FIH or by ClubLog's OQRS (preferred).
E6, NIUE (Update/Warning). Alex, 5B4ALX, will be active as E6ET from Niue
Island (OC-040) between March 19th and April 2nd. Activity will be on
160/60/40/30/20/17/15/10/6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8.
Suggested frequencies are:
CW - 1818, 7008, 10106, 14010, 18065, 21012 and 28022 kHz
SSB - 7120, 14285, 18136, 21285 and 28470 kHz
RTTY - 7055, 10140, 14080, 18106, 21090 and 28070 kHz
FT8 - 1842/1908, 5358, 7055, 10140, 18106, 21090, 28070 and 50300 kHz
He will also be in the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 30-31st) as a Single-
Op/Single-Band (20m)/Low-Power entry. QSL via 5B4ALX, ClubLog's OQRS or
WARNING (From Alex): During my DXpedition I always have a notepad and a pen
next to me; those who think to work the DXpedition from remote stations in
other continents with the intent to take advantage of it without specifying
the real prefix/homecall will be marked, logged and then I will delete any
QSO in my log from that station, even if some were lawful. I’m smart enough
to understand when a station calls remotely and properly enough not to allow
anyone to be clever at the expense of others.
If you care about your QSOs in the log, avoid using remote stations !!
HS, THAILAND. Yuki, JH1NBN, who was active from Nepal last week, informed
OPDX that he will be in Thailand this week before he goes to Vietnam as
XZ2C (between March 20-28th). It is not sure if he will operate from
Thailand because he did not provide a callsign, but listen just in case.
EU-016. Operators Zeljko/9A3DF, Branko/9A3ST, Kiko/9A4WY, Marin/9A5M,
Neven/9A5YY and Emir/9A6AA will be active as 9A2L from Susac
Island (Croatian Island reference CI-109, Lighthouse Kanula
CLH-047 and ARLHS CRO 064) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July
27-28th). QSL via 9A3DF.
EU-067. Jacques, F6HMJ, will be active as SV8/F6HMJ from Ios Island
between May 14-28th. Activity will be mostly on CW with some
SSB on 80-10 meters with a dipole and IC-706MKIIG. QSL via his
EU-123. Gordon, MM0GOR, will once again be active as MM1E from Great
Cumbrae Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as
a Single-Op/All-Bands/SSB-Mode/DXpedition/High-Power entry.
QSL via MM1E, by the Bureau, ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW.
NA-077. Mikhail "Mike", VE7ACN, will be active as VE7ACN/VE2 from
Anticosti Island (CISA QC-001, GRID FN79tt or FN79ru), Quebec,
Canada, between August 21-31st. Activity will be holiday style
on 80-15 meters (depending on the propagation) using mostly
CW with some SSB. QSL via ClubLog's OQRS (preferred), LoTW,
direct or bureau to VE7ACN. For more details and updates,
OC-130. Operator Ireneo/DU9XL, Roldan/DU9XM, Ernesto/DU9CA, Ronnel/
DU9WH, DU9YS and DW9DDX will be active as DX9EVM from Mindanao
Island, Philippines, during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th)
as a Multi-Single/Mixed-Mode entry. QSL via DU9CA.
PLEASE NOTE: Since the Webmasters of the new have
decided NOT to post or dedicate a Web page to announce upcoming IOTA
operations, PLEASE send your IOTA operations information to the OPDX,
and we will post it here in an upcoming bulletin......
KH0, MARIANA ISLANDS. Tom, KC0W, has recently applied for a job on Saipan
(OC-086). It was announced that he will be active as KH0/KC0W possibly
on/near April 15th. Activity will be on various HF bands, including 60m,
using mainly CW and FT8. QSL via direct to his home callsign. NO LoTW,
KH2, GUAM. Aki, W3JH/JR3QJB, along with some other operators will be
active as KH2KY from Guam between March 29th and April 1st. Activity
will be active on 80-10 meters, possibly 160m, using SSB. The team will
participate in the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 30-31st). QSL via JA1MFR,
eQSL, ClubLog or LoTW.
ST, SUDAN. Arik, EK6DO, who works for the United Nations World Food Program
as Telecommunications and IT Officer, is now in Khartoum, and is active as
ST2/EK6DO for the next 3-4 years. He has requested the callsign ST2DO and
hopes to have approval by the local TRA soon. Activity will be on 40/20/
15/10 meters using CW and SSB. Reportedly, he has an Icom IC-756Pro III
running 100 watts into a Hustler 6BTV. QSL via K6EID. Look for for more
details and updates, at: https://www.qsl.net/ek6do
T32, EASTERN KIRIBATI. Ken, KH6QJ, will once again be active as T32AZ
from Crystal Lodge, Kiritimati Island [Christmas Island](OC-024) between
April 16-23rd. Activity will be on 80/40/20/15 meters, but will focus on
40 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via his home call, direct or by the Bureau.
WW0, UNITED STATES (WWV Special Event). The National Institute of Standards
and Technology (NIST) and members of the Northern Colorado Amateur Radio
Club (NCARC) have teamed up to organize 100th anniversary events. Look
for special event station, WW0WWV, which was granted on February 23rd to
the WWV Amateur Radio Club for use during the event between September 28th
and October 2nd. For more details, see the ARRL Web page:
XV, VIETNAM. Jun, JL8AQH, is expected to be active as XV9XX from Hue,
Vietnam, between April 27th and May 4th. Activity will be on 40/30/20/17
meters, but with a focus on 30 meters CW. His equipment is a TS-50s with
100 watts into Vertical array (over salt water). He will pay special
attention to work as many NA stations as possible. QSL via JL8AQH,
direct, NO BUREAU, ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW. Jun states to OPDX, "This
is an old fashioned single operator DXpedition with light weight gears.
Barefoot with directional vertical array beaming to NA/EU. Always listening
XZ, MYANMAR (Update). Yuki, JH1NBN, who makes frequent trips back and
forth from Myanmar and Japan, will be active as XZ2C between March 20-28th.
Activity will be on 15/12/10/6 meters on all modes but must run QRP (25w).
QSL via his home callsign.
YJ, VANUATU. Geoff, ZL3GA, will once again be active as YJ0GA from a new
beachfront location in the North of Efate, Efate Island (OC-035), between
July 21st and August 3rd. Activity will be holiday style on 80-10 meters
using a FT-450D and a AL811H amp (which should improve the signals). Modes
will be predominately CW and FT8 with some SSB as well. He will also have
a CrankIR and an End Fed Half Wave vertical. QSL via his home callsign,
direct, ClubLog's OQRS (Bureau & direct) or LoTW (preferred). For more
details, especially from his past operations (with pictures), see his
Z6, KOSOVO. In a first joint activity of Kosovon and Turkish operators,
look for Z66Y to be active during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 30-31st)
as a Mutli-Single entry. QSL via Z62FB. Operators mentioned are Ahmet/
Z63CAB, YL Donjeta/Z63DBB, Dardan/Z63DBM, Furkan/TA7AOF and Golkem/TA7AZC.
This is a YOTA (Youth on the Air) and all operators are Young!!
Luc/F5RAV will be signing 4L/F5RAV between March 26 and April 2 on
HF and also during the CQ WPX SSB Contest. QSL via F5RAV (d).
Elvira/IV3FSG remains active as 6W/IV3FSG until April 16 on HF from
Thies. QSL via ClubLog or via IK3GES.
The special event station DA200TF (special DOK BRA) commemorates
the 200th birthday of the German writer Theodor Fontane until the
end of 2019. QSLs will arrive automagically via the bureau, eQSL,
Further on E6AF from Niue (see DXNL 2136): Janusz/SP9FIH has now
announced that his stay will last until April 25.
FY, French Guiana:
Hartwig/DL7BC plans to operate holiday-style as TO2BC between March
21 and April 2 on HF (high or low power, depending on TVI
conditions). Watch out for him also during the CQ WPX SSB Contest.
QSL via DL7BC (d/B), LoTW, ClubLog OQRS.
John/KK9A will be active again as PJ4/KK9A from Bonaire (SA-006)
between the 24th and 31st. QRV during the CQ WPX Contest as PJ4R.
QSL for both calls via WD9DZV.
The following special event stations continue to commemorate the
160th birthday of Alexander Popov until the end of March: R160ASP,
R160DMP, R160RP, R160PM, R160SE, R160IP, R160NN, RK1B, R1ASP, RF1A,
and UP160AP (Kazakhstan). An award is available as well.
Operators from the region around Smolensk are honouring Yuri
Gagarin's 85th birthday with the callsigns RG61PP, R1961G, and
R108M until the end of April. An award is available as well.
Jef/DD2CW, Francis/ON6LY, Nida/HS1NIV, and Dirk/ON3UN are going to
operate from the King Chulalongkorn Memorial-station SI9AM between
March 26 and April 1. QRV on 160 to 10m on SSB (also during the CQ
WPX Contest), CW, and FT8. QSL via ON3UN (d/B).
Mexican amateurs will operate the following special event stations
from the 21st to 24th to mark the Equinoccio Maya 2019: 4A3MAYA -
Museo de Antropologia Regional, Tabasco 4B3MAYA - Merida, Yucatan
4C3MAYA - Champoton, Campeche 6E3MAYA - Quintana Roo 6F3MAYA -
Chiapas QRV on HF, 6m, and via satellite. QSL via bureau.
Yuki/JH1NBN will be back on the air as XZ2C from the 20th to 28th.
QRV on 15, 12, 10, and 6m running 25W. QSL via JH1NBN (d).
Chris/VK2YUS is going to pay Efate Island (OC-035, WW Loc. RH42)
from March 26 until April 2. QRV holiday-style as YJ0CA on 40-15m
and also during the WPX Contest. QSL via VK2YUS (d).
60m in Greece:
Radio amateurs in Greece may now use the 60m band between 5351.5
and 5366.5kHz, based on a secondary user status and a power limit
of 15W EIRP.
Canada QSL Bureau:
Effective May 1st, the Canada Incoming QSL Bureau will have a new
postal address: RAC National Incoming QSL Bureau Manager Ed
Spingola VA3TPV PO BOX 83 Streetsville ON L5M 1L5 CANADA Mailings
directed at the old address will be forwarded for a few months.
VP6, Pitcairn Island:
The DXPedition scheduuled for October has now announced its
callsign: VP6R. For more information see: https://pitcairndx.com/
E5, North Cook Islands:
Stan/LZ1GC and Mitko/LZ3NY plan to activate Manihiki (OC-014)
between Oct. 10 and 28 as E51GC on 160 to 10m (CW, SSB, RTTY). QSL
via LZ1GC, LoTW, ClubLog OQRS.
T30, West Kiribati:
Moving on from Manihiki, Stan/LZ1GC and Mitko/LZ3NY will also
operate from Tarawa/West Kiribati (OC-017) as T30GC between Oct. 30
and Nov. 15. QSL via LZ1GC, LoTW, ClubLog OQRS.
VK9C, Cocos Keeling Islands:
Keith/GM4YXI and Chris/GM3WOJ plan to operate again as VK9CZ. QRV
from Nov. 12 to 29 on 160-10m on CW, SSB, FT8, and also during the
CQ WW DX CW Contest. A new website will go live shortly.