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Friday, December 20, 2013

21 December 2013 A.R.I. DX Bulletin
No 1181
*** 4 2 5 D X N E W S ***
Edited by I1JQJ & IK1ADH
Direttore Responsabile I2VGW


1A - Currently signed up for the 2-7 January 1A0KM activity from SMOM
and VE7NY. QSL via IK0FTA and LoTW, logsearch on Club Log and
website at [TNX I0JBL]
9Q - The Daily DX reports that Pascal, 9Q1CFC (ON4CFC) expects to
activate 9Q0AR, the Amateur Radio Association of the Democratic
Republic of Congo's club station, "next week, probably around
23-27 December".
A6 - Members of the Emirates Amateur Radio Society (EARS) were expected
to be active as A63RI ( from Dibba Rock
(AS-124) on 19-23 December, with planned CW and SSB operations on
all bands. However on 20 December, after a series of unsuccessful
attempts (strong winds and rough seas), the team will still on the
mainland and active as A62A/p from the shore of the Indian Ocean
opposite Dibba Rock. Attempts at landing will continue on 21
December, A65BR reports, but due to the "extremely dangerous"
nature of the rock, the "main goal is just to get small spot at
the sea level". QSL via IZ8CLM.
DL - Stefan, DF8HS will be active from Fehmarn Island (EU-128) from 20
December to 16 January. QSL via home call, bureau preferred. [TNX]
J7 - John, AD8J will be active as J79JG from Dominica (NA-101) from 29
January to 7 February. He will operate mainly CW "when not scuba
diving". QSL via home call and LoTW. [TNX AD8J]
OH - Once again OF9X (Old Father 9 Xmas) is active from the heart of
Santa Claus Land, in the Lapland region of Finland. The main
activity will be over this coming weekend (21-22 December) "to
remind you of the fun period of Christmas and to create the right
spirit for families with children throughout the world". QSL via
OH2BH. Look for OF9X around 25kHz up the band edge (CW) and 14225
kHz or thereabout. In addition to SSB QSOs from a year ago or this
year, you should now contact Santa also on CW to qualify for the
2013 Santa Cold Winter (CW) Award. You should track your two QSOs
on Club Log and send your request by email to of9x[@] One
of the QSOs should be from this year. Further information on the
award and how to compensate for a missing QSO can be found at
OZ - Special event station 5P14EHC will be active on 1-31 January to
bring attention to the European Men's Handball Championship, which
will take place in Denmark between the 12th and the 26th. QSL via
OZ0J (direct only: please use the OQRS on Club Log for bureau
cards), LoTW and eQSL. Information on the relevant award can be
found at [TNX OZ4FF]
PJ4 - William, K9HZ will be active as PJ4/K9HZ from Bonaire (SA-006)
from 20 December to 4 January. He will be QRV on 80-6 metres using
portable beam antennas and wires. QSL via K9HZ (direct only), LoTW
and eQSL. [TNX]
PY - Raimundo, PT7CG and and Renner, PY7RP will be active as ZX8DX from
Ilha Grande de Santa Isabel (SA-025) on 26-30 December [425DXN
1180]. They plan to operate SSB, CW and digital modes on 80-10
metres. QSL via PT7CG. [TNX PT7CG]
SP - Special stations HF110RAEM (15-22 December, QSL via SP2FAP) and
SO110RAEM (23-31 December, QSL via SP2FAP) are/will be active to
commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Ernst T. Krenkel
(RAEM). On 23-31 December HF110RAEM will be operated by SP3GVX,
who will handle the QSL cards for contacts made during that time
SP - Several special event stations are expected to be active to
commemorate the 120th anniversary of the birth of St. Maximilian
Maria Kolbe (SP3RN) and the 75th anniversary of Radio
Niepokalanow: 3Z120SMK will be QRV on 8-28 January 2014, while
HF0RN, HF120MK, SN0MMK, SN0RN, SN120MK, SN120MMK and SN75RN will
be active from 8 January to 14 August. In addition, II2SMK
(operated by IZ2SOG) will also be active on 8-28 January. Further
information can be found at
YB - The IOTA expedition to Pulau Kisar (OC-272, new one for IOTA)
[425DXN 1179] has been delayed by bad weather, and the new flight
schedule is for Budi, YF1AR and Imam, YB4IR to depart Ambon on 22
December at 10.30 local time (01.00 UTC). The return flight is
still confirmed on 25 December at 13.00 local time (04.00 UTC).
Look for YF1AR/8 and YB4IR/8 to be active on 40-10 metres SSB, CW
and the digital modes with two transceivers running 100 watts. QSL
YF1AR/8 via N2OO (logsearch on Club Log and OQRS on, QSL YB4IR/8 via home call (OQRS on
Club Log). [TNX YF1AR]
YV - Roberto, YV5IAL will be active as CE2/YV5IAL from Chile on 2-30
January. He plans to operate PSK31 daily on 14070.15 and
occasionally on 10, 15 and 40 metres PSK31 and SSB. QSL via home
call, direct or bureau. [TNX YV5IAL]
ZD9 - Silvano, I2YSB and the Italian DXpedition Team (
announce that they will be active on all bands and modes as ZD9TT
from Tristan da Cunha for three weeks in the period September-
October 2015. Further information will be vailable in due course.

CARIBBEAN TOUR ---> Ted SP3IPB, Mek SP7VC and Kate SQ7OYL will visit and
operate CW and SSB on the HF bands and 6 metres from the Caribbean between
11 and 30 January:
11-12 January Martinique FM/SP7VC, FM/SP3IPB, FM/SQ7OYL
15-16 January Dominica J79VC, J79PB
17-18 January Guadeloupe FG/SP7VC, FG/SP3IPB, FG/SQ7OYL
18-22 January Montserrat VP2MPG, VP2MTK
21 January Antigua V26/SP7VC, V26/SP3IPB
23-29 January Dominica J79VC, J79PB
A beacon from Dominica (J79VC/B) and Montserrat (VP2MPG/B) will be active
On 50095 kHz. QSL via home calls. Further information can be found at [TNX SP7VC]

*** 4 2 5 D X N E W S ***
**** GOOD TO KNOW ... ****
Edited by I1JQJ & IK1ADH
Direttore Responsabile I2VGW

CDXC DX MARATHON CHALLENGE ---> Starting in 2014, and running from 1
January to 31 December each year the Chiltern DX Club DX Marathon Challenge
is an annual competition open to any licensed amateur world-wide. However,
only fully paid up members of the Chiltern DX Club ( are
eligible to receive Awards. Its purposes are to promote DXing and recognize
achievement in DXing over the year, and to promote the uploading of logs to
Club Log (which leads to better statistical information for us all).
Detailed information can be found on the Chiltern DX Club's website
(navigate from Home page > CDXC Awards > DX Marathon).

CE9/UA4WHX ---> Vlad is currently active from Isla Navarino (SA-050), which
DXCC wise counts for Chile (neither for South Shetlands nor for
Antarctica). Length of stay unknown. See for
QSLling instructions.

DXPEDITION OF THE YEAR POLL ---> The DX 2013 DXpedition of the
Year poll is now open at "What a great 2013 it's been
for DXpeditions. The team at DX World found it incredibly difficult to
agree and list the final 25 DXpeditions. Also, this year, unlike the last
two years, we are limiting the votes to only two per person. We believe
this to be fair considering it could be that you have an absolute favourite
DXpedition, followed by a second, which perhaps helped fill those important
band points". The outcome will be available immediately after the poll
closes, i.e. at 21 UTC on 6 January 2014 - cast your votes!

HEARD ISLAND EXPEDITION DEFINED ---> Following his visit to the Australian
Antarctic Division offices in Hobart, Tasmania, Expediton Organizer Dr.
Robert Schmieder (KK6EK) made the final decisions that will define the
The expedition is scheduled for January 2015. It will use the Belgian
vessel "Cdt. Fourcault", taking a team of 35 persons. The entire journey
will take about 50 days, with one month at the island.
The team will be made up of several sub-teams (mountaineering,
cryptobiology, marine science, communications, documentation), each with
its own goals. Their activities will be presented on separate real-time
interactive websites. The communications team will use amateur radio to
make up to 150,000 individual contacts worldwide using the callsign VK0EK,
and provide real-time reporting of data and images to the Internet,
including automatically updating websites that display the activities of
the team. For further information, please visit the expedition website

KOSOVO ---> On 14 December 52 young Kosovars aged between 18-21 years took
the first ever Amateur Radio exam under the new laws of the Republic of
Kosovo. Fifty of them walked away as new Amateur Radio operators qualifying
for a U.S. General level license (procedures are now in place only to take
the equivalent of U.S. General or CEPT Novice exams). As the exam/license
cost is 50 EUR (70 USD) per person, a major expense for today's youth in
Kosovo, radio amateurs worldwide are invited to help the new hams with this
entry level cost. See for further information - "you
have the option of giving a personal gift to catch the Christmas spirit and
to become a godfather in Amateur Radio". Please inform Hans, PB2T
(president[@] or Martti, OH2BH (oh2bh[@] of your desire to

QSL ZS2DL ---> As of 1 January 2014, NI5DX will no longer be the QSL
manager for ZS2DL, as Donovan has decided that he will handle his own
QSLing. NI5DX will continue to answer any QSL requests for contacts prior
to 1 January 2014 until 1 March. At that time, ALL requests for a ZS2DL
card must go direct to ZS2DL. All bureau cards must go to ZS2DL as NI5DX
will no longer reply to bureau cards after 1 January. [TNX Golist]

QSL VIA RN3RQ ---> Sergey "Jack", RN3RQ is the new QSL manager for RA2FDX,
N4AF and NY4A. QSL direct (Sergey B. Yatskiv, P.O. Box 87, Krasnogorsk,
143406, Russia) or bureau and LoTW; OQRS on Club Log. Jack will also be the
QSL manager for RJ22DX (Kaliningrad) and RG22RQ (European Russia), which
will be active from 1 January to 31 March 2014 to celebrate the Sochi
Winter Olympics.

reports that "a group of three operators plan to be active from Starbuck
Island (OC-280) and Flint Island (OC-282) next March 2014. The cost of the
ship is $50,000 for a journey of about 20 days including 1-2 days
activation in Starbuck and 3 days in Flint. In order to reduce costs the
team are looking for two more hams who are willing to join them". If
interested in participating in this IOTA adventure, please contact DX World.

WRTC2014: ONSITE REFEREES ANNOUNCED ---> WRTC2014, Inc., host of the 2014
World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC), is pleased to announce the
fifty-nine referees that will be monitoring the competing teams during the
competition (12-13 July 2014):
9A4M Mate Botica OH1RX Jouko Hayrynen
CX7TT Tom Morton PA3AAV Gert Meinen
DL2OBF Heinrich Langkopf PY8AZT Luc Moreira
EA5RS Juan M. Chazarra RA3AUU Igor "Harry" Booklan
ES5RY Toomas Soomets RA9USU Dmitry Zhikharev
F6BEE Jacques Saget RW4WR Alex Orlov
G3SXW Roger Western S50XX Kristjan Kodermac
G4BUO Dave Lawley S53R Robert Kasca
GM4AFF Stewart Cooper SM6LRR Mats Strandberg
HA1AG Zoli Pitman SP4Z Wieslaw Kosinski
HA3NU Lazlo Weisz UA9MA Gennady I Kolmakov
HA6ND Gyorgy Valoczi UT5UGR Dmitry Stashuk
HB9CAT Marco Zollinger UT7QF Igor Syerikov
IT9GSF Fabio Grisafi VA2WA Victor Androsov
JH4RHF Jun Tanaka VE3EY Nick Lekic
K4BAI John T. Laney III VE3RA Ed Kulchenko
K4RO Kirk Pickering VE3XB Yuri Romanov
K5GN David McCarty VK2IA Bernd Laenger
K5GO Stan Stockton VK4EMM John Loftus
K5WA Bob Evans W0YK Ed Muns
K6NA Glenn Rattmann W4PA Scott E. Robbins
K7GK Denis Pochuev W6OAT Charles K. "Rusty" Epps
KC7V Mike Fulcher YL2KL Girts Budis
LY7Z Andrius Ignotas YO9GZU Tiberiu "Tibi" Tebeica
LZ1CNN/T6LG Ilian Lazarov Gadzhev YU1EA/YT8A Dusan Ceha
LZ2HM Andrey Stefanov Sachkov YU1LA Ivan Mastilovic
N3RD David Hawes ZL3CW/F2CW Jacques Calvo
N5AW Marvin Bloomquist ZS4TX Bernie van der Walt
NF4A Charles Wooten ZS6EZ Chris R. Burger
OE6MBG Michael S. Schwab
See for an explanation of
the referee qualifications and application process.

YASME EXCELLENCE AWARDS ---> In 2008 The Yasme Foundation (
established the Yasme Excellence Awards, to be awarded to individuals who,
through their own service, creativity, effort and dedication, have made a
significant contribution to amateur radio. The contribution may be in
recognition of technical, operating or organizational achievement, as all
three are necessary for amateur radio to grow and prosper. The Yasme
Excellence Award is in the form of a cash grant and an
individually-engraved crystal globe. The latest recipients, announced on 19
December, are:
* Tom Roscoe, K8CX: Tom is recognized for his dedication to collecting and
publishing current and historical photos and other documents on his
Hamgallery web site at Hamgallery is an excellent
amateur radio resource provided free of charge to the online community.
Tom is also the manager of the W3 QSL Bureau, contributing many hours to
ensuring cards are delivered properly and promptly.
* Lee Sawkins, VE7CC: Lee's software is widely used to manage and filter DX
cluster spotting output. Without such filters, the output of the spotting
network would be overwhelming and unusable. Lee's filtering software
enables logging programs to integrate with the spotting network for
contesting and general-purpose operation around the world. Lee supports
the local DX and contesting community in British Columbia and will be
representing Canada in WRTC 2014 as the Team Leader from the NA-12 region.
* John Devoldere, ON4UN: Along with building one of the premier amateur
stations in the world, John's contributions to the DXing community have
been extensive. Beginning with "80 Meter DXing," published in 1978, his
book expanded to "Low-Band DXing," which in its fifth edition has become
the most widely used handbook for operating and building antenna systems
on the bands at 7 MHz and lower frequencies. The book contains important
advances in HF amateur technology and encourages operation on these bands.
* Michael Carroll, N4MC; Eldon Lewis, K7LS; Dean Gibson, AE7Q; and Joseph
Speroni, AH0A: these gentlemen have been instrumental in providing
convenient access by amateurs to information maintained in FCC databases.
In the case of N4MC, his Vanity HQ site became the single most popular
resource for U.S. amateurs seeking to obtain a desired call sign,
on-the-air identity being a fundamental element of amateur radio. He
continues to maintain the National Silent Key Archive at K7LS and AE7Q have created similar online services
that can be found at and AH0A was a pioneer
in accessing the FCC databases and providing useful summaries of licensing
information. The services made freely available by these four individuals
have greatly enriched and educated U.S. amateurs.
* Ken Claerbout, K4ZW: Ken is recognized for his work in support of the
series of video seminars and lectures produced in association with the
Potomac Valley Radio Club. Initially focused on contesting, the scope has
broadened to include a variety of operating and technical topics. More
importantly, the videos have encouraged others to publish similar
"webinars" and archive them for viewing at any time.
* Ashraf Chaabane, 3V/KF5EYY: Ashraf has become an energetic representative
on all fronts of amateur radio in Northern Africa and globally. He
presents a positive role model for amateur radio across the entire Arab
world with his enthusiasm and competitive spirit. His mission is to see
the day when the administration in Tunisia issues him the first personal
license in that country. Ashraf will also be representing Africa as the
Team Leader for the African team in WRTC 2014.


QSLs received direct or through managers: 3B9FR, 3DA0PW, 5A1AL, 5B4AJC,
5H1DX, 5H3EE, 5J0R, 5X8EW, 6Y5/G3SWH, 7X2RD, 8R1A, 9L1BTB, A92HK, BY7RA/7
(AS-139)CM5FZ, CN8IG, CP1/UA4WHX, CY0P, D44AC, D44TS, D44TXT, E44PM,
EG3INT/7 (EU-152), EK7DX, EX8M, FO/KH0PR (OC-094, OC-131, OC-238, and
OC-114), FR4NT, FS/AA4VK, FS/N0TG, FW5JJ, G100C, GB75FOC, GC4FOC/p, GJ100C,
GN4FOC, GS4FOC, GT4FOC, GU4CHY, H44KW, HP0INT/1 (NA-072), HP0INT/2 (NA-170
and NA-202), HP0INT/3 (NA-071), HP0INT/4 (NA-088), HP0INT/9 (NA-203),
PJ2/NT5V, PJ4/K4BAI, PJ4A, SU9VB, T32AU, T6T, T77C, TF4X, TM0SM (EU-081),
VP2MMM, VP8DMN, XV2V40J, YB3MM/2 (OC-186), YB3MM/4 (OC-262), YB3MM/p
(OC-197), YD1NAA/5, YE30P (OC-034), YE3J, YN2PX, YS1/AI5P, ZA/UA4WHX,




425 DX News is a free of charge weekly bulletin
edited by Mauro Pregliasco, I1JQJ and Valeria Pregliasco, IK1ADH

Its contents may be used, reproduced and distributed
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Gabriele Villa, I2VGW
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