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Friday, January 3, 2014

04 January 2014 A.R.I. DX Bulletin
No 1183
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Edited by I1JQJ & IK1ADH
Direttore Responsabile I2VGW

8Q - Mike, OE1SSS will be active as 8Q7SM from the Maldives (AS-013) on
4-11 January. He will operate holiday style on 40, 30, 20 and 10
metres. QSL via home call.
C5 - Pedro, ON7WP will be active again as C5WP from The Gambia. On
11-15 January he will operate from the village of Buntu, where he
will set up a permanent station. On 16-22 January he will move to
Kololi, with plans for "some serious low band stuff". QSL via home
call, direct only. QSLling instructions on
C6 - Tim, AF1G is now living and working on Andros Island (NA-001),
Bahamas until 20 November. He is QRV as AF1G/C6A on 80-6 metres
SSB. QSL via LoTW, or direct to Tim Hardy, PSC 1012 Box 593, FPO
AA 34058-9998, USA. [TNX NG3K]
CN - Ruggero, IK2PZC will be active as 5C2P from Morocco on 6-9
February. He will operate SSB and RTTY on the HF bands, and will
participate in the CQ WPX RTTY Contest (8-9 February). QSL via
home call. [TNX NG3K]
CX - Founded in 1984, Radiogrupo Sur (
will use CW30A and CV3D during 2014 to celebrate their 30th
anniversary. QSL direct to CX2ABC.
F - Francois F8DVD will be active as TM11AAW between 1 and 23 February,
including the 11th Antarctic Activity Week (17-23 February). He
will operate on 40-10 metres mostly SSB from his home QTH in
Macon, France. QSL via home call, direct or bureau, and logsearch
on Club Log. [TNX F8DVD]
OH0 - Mari OH2FPK (YL), Rami OH2BCI, Martti OH2BH, Pertti OH2PM and
Pekka OH2TA will be active as OG0A from the Aland Islands (EU-002)
on 3-13 January. They will concentrate on 160 and 80 metres, as
well as on 30, 17 and 12 metres. Main activity will be on CW, but
SSB and RTTY will also be used occasionally. QSL via OH2BH. This
operation is dedicated to the Youth On The Air (YOTA) summer camp
organized by the Finnish Radio Amateur League on 15-22 July (see for further information). All OQRS QSL requests
for OG0A and OF9X with donations will be directed to cover the
costs of this healthy youth activity. You can OQRS OF9X and OG0A
via their respective pages. [TNX OH2BN]
UA - About 160 special callsigns (R2014x, R2014xx, R22xxx, R22xx,
R11xxx, Rx22xxx, Rx11xx, R0000x, R7378TM, R7975TM, R7979TM) will
be in use until 31 March [425DXN 1178] to celebrate the XXII
Olympic Winter Games and the XI Paralympic Winter Games to be held
in Sochi. See for further information, including
log search and details on various awards.
VK - Andy, VK5MAV will be active as VK5MAV/p from Kangaroo Island
(OC-139) on 3-10 February. He will operate holiday style on 40,
20, 15 and 10 metres, mainly CW. QSL via home call, logsearch and
OQRS on Club Log. [TNX]
VU - The Daily DX reports that members of the West Bengal Radio Club
(VU2MQT) will be active as AU2MQT from Sagar Island (AS-153) on
9-16 January. QSL via VU2JFA.
XU - Alex, M6CFW will be active as XU7AEU from Cambodia on 9-14
January. He will operate PSK and some SSB on the HF bands, mainly
during his evenings. QSL direct to M6CFW (OQRS on Club Log) and
YU - Radio Club "Mihajlo Pupin" (YU7AAA) will use special callsign
YT0PUPIN until 31 December to mark the 160th anniversary of the
birth of the noted scientist. QSL via YT7WA. [TNX YT7WA]
ZF - Pete, K8PGJ will be active holiday style as ZF2PG from the Cayman
Islands (NA-016) on 11-19 January. He plans to concentrate on 17,
12 and 10 metres during his morning and early afternoon hours, and
to participate in the North American QSO Party (18 January). He
might also get a chance to work some 160, 80 and 40m before the
contest. QSL via K8PGJ and LoTW.

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


This is the latest Press Release, sent on 3 January by K0IR & the Amsterdam
Island DXpedition Team:

We are now 6 days from departure from the U.S. The Braveheart is making
its way across the Great Australian Bight and the North Corridor Radio
Group of Western Australia has a stockpile of supplies queued up and
waiting for us. Momentum has taken over now and there is no turning back.
Upon arrival in Fremantle, the Braveheart will re-provision and refuel to
90,000 to 100,000 liters of fuel. We will load the materials we've
obtained from the NCRG, do a little shopping for personal supplies, set up
our maritime mobile station, take our sea sickness pills and patches, and
be prepared to sail on January 15th.
We'll be passing through some rare grids on the way to Amsterdam Island
and we are anxious to hand out QSO's from them. Be sure to look for us on
the bands and track us on our website in near real time. Landing on
Amsterdam can be "exciting." Wish us good luck with this. We'll have some
heavy work to do upon landing and expect our set up time to take at least a
full day. We'll let you know when we get there.
This will be our last press release. It has been a long time of
preparation and a great deal of work, but that is behind us now. The next
time you hear from us, it will be a signal from the Braveheart or from
Amsterdam Island.
As you can see from our financial status on our home page
(, we still need help. If you haven't helped us yet,
please consider doing so. If you've supported us, thank you - you've kept
us afloat to date.

AS-143 ---> Che, BA7CK was active from the Paracel Islands (AS-143) from 31
December to 3 January. This was a reconnaissance trip in preparation for a
group DXpedition planned for April. QSL this operation only via BA4TB. [TNX
DX World]

CHAGOS & WAKE ---> "Sometime during 2014" (actual dates "are currently
unknown because of scheduling") Bob, N7XR will be active as VQ9XR from
Diego Garcia, Chagos Archipelago (two 3-week trips, the second time with
Mike, N6MZ) and as NH9/N7XR from Wake Island (one 3-week trip). While on
Wake, he will also be QRV as WH9/W1AW for one week to commemorate the ARRL
Centennial. Plans for both locations are to operate SSB, CW and RTTY on
160-6 metres. QSLs via NN1N (direct only) and LoTW "after 6-12 months".
Bookmark for updates. [TNX NG3K]

DX SOUND CLIPS ---> Tom's (K8CX) DX sound clips for 2013 can be found at; the collection of 156 clips covers the major
DXpeditions, plus rare and semi-rare DX. This makes 16 full years of sound
clips available. There are also some recordings on the site from the 1960s
and 1970s. Tom is looking for "old or interesting DX recordings" to be
added to the site; please contact him (k8cx[@] if you have
any. [TNX K8CX]

DXCC NEWS ---> ZD9KX (Tristan Da Cunha & Gough Is, 2012 and 2103
operations) has been approved for DXCC credit. [TNX NC1L]

INTREPID-SPIRIT AWARD ---> Made in memory of James McLaughlin, WA2EWE/T6AF
(killed in Kabul Afghanistan, on 27 April 2011), the 2012 Intrepid-Spirit
Award was awarded to Silvano Borsa, I2YSB, leader of the Italian Dxpedition
Team. Now the Intrepid-DX Group ( is seeking
nominations for the individual or group that most displayed their "Intrepid
Spirit" in 2013, by expressing an unshakable commitment to the Amateur
Radio DX Community. Intrepid Spirits for purposes of this award is defined
as being "bold, courageous, dedicated, innovative, fearless, generous,
resolute and visionary in their approach to Amateur Radio". Nominations may
be submitted via email to intrepiddxgroup[@] and must be received
by 31 January 2014. The Board of Directors of the Intrepid-DX Group will
evaluate the nominations and the award will be presented at the
International DX Convention in Visalia on 5 April. [TNX N6PSE]

IOTA 50TH ANNIVERSARY CONVENTION ---> Bookings are now being accepted for
the IOTA's Golden Jubilee Convention that will be held at Beaumont House,
Windsor over the weekend of 4-6 July. Go to where you
will find the booking module. A website is under construction at, which is expected to be fully operational during

IOTA ANNUAL UPDATE ---> Updates for the Honour Roll and other annual
listings must be sent on or before 31 January. IOTA rules limit inclusion
in the listings to those participants who have updated their scores at
least once in the preceding five years and have opted to have their scores
published. Listing in the 2014 tables will be restricted to those
participants who have updated their scores since February 2009.

IOTA BASH ---> The 10th annual IOTA Bash will be held on 14-15 March in
Boerne, Texas, about 20 miles northwest of San Antonio. The agenda will
include presentations on some of the most recent IOTA expeditions and a
nice social programme. Email AB5EB or AD5A with any questions; details will
be available on the IREF website ( [TNX AB5EB]

IOTA CONTEST ---> The 2013 IOTA Contest logs have now been uploaded to the
IOTA database. This means that credit can be obtained for IOTA QSOs where
participants submit matching contact details. Cards for these QSOs are not
required. Dom, M0BLF reminds island chasers that the criteria for a match
- the other station must have submitted a log for the IOTA Contest
- your QSO must be in the other station's log
- the band and mode must match exactly
- the time must be within +/- 15 minutes
- the QSO was not rejected by the IOTA Contest Adjudicators
If there are any problems, please email[@]

IOTA MARATHON ---> The 2012-13 IOTA Marathon finished at 2359 UTC on 31
December 2013. IOTA Management has appointed Cezar, VE3LYC to chair the
Marathon Referee Board. He is joined by Dan, W4DKS, and Bob, K3EST as Board
The website over which electronic logs for the CHASERS MARATHON should be
submitted is being finalised, and details will be announced shortly.
Entrants' logs should contain only contacts with IOTA stations, and each
QSO must include a full IOTA reference number (such as EU-001). It is
recommended that logs be uploaded in ADIF (.adi) format; a log prepared as
an Excel spreadsheet will be accepted, but paper logs will not be
processed. Applications need to be submitted by 28 February at the latest.
Any questions should be sent to iota.chaser[@] Entry arrangements
for the concurrent ACTIVATORS MARATHON on

MOST WANTED SURVEY ---> The DX Magazine's annual Most Wanted Survey was
conducted in August-October 2013 [425DXN 1163]. The top 10 DXCC Entities
1. P5 North Korea
2. KP1 Navassa Island
3. 3Y Bouvet Island
4. FT5Z Amsterdam & St. Paul Isls
5. VK0 Heard Island
6. FT5W Crozet Isls
7. BS7H Scarborough Reef
8. VP8 South Sandwich Isls
9. ZS8 Marion Island
10. FT5T Tromelin Island
"It is interesting to note that the same ten places are there for both 2012
and 2013", Carl, N4AA remarks. "There are a few slight changes in ranking,
but it is the same ten. That should change somewhat for 2014 with Tromelin
and Amsterdam both scheduled for major DXpeditions". The 100 Most Wanted
listing will be posted soon to; the complete breakdown by
continent is published in the January/February 2014 issue of "The DX
Magazine", while the band/mode breakdowns will be published in the
March/April issue.

POSTAL RATES (USA) ---> Effective 26 January the U.S. Postal Service
( will implement another postage rate increase. The rate for
First-Class Mail letters up to 1 oz (28 grams) to all international
destinations will be 1.15 USD.

QSL RA9LI/9 & RA9LI/0 ---> Serge Abyshev, UA9LP has uploaded the logs for
RA9LI/9 (AS-083, 28718 QSOs up to 15 November 2009) and RA9LI/0 (AS-086,
4585 QSOs to 11 June 2010) to Club Log, and has enabled the OQRS for both

QSL VIA IK1TTD ---> Gianpi still has logs and cards for his past IOTA
activations: DL/IK1TTD (EU-047: October 2004), F/IK1TTD (EU-070: July and
September 1999, June 2000, July 2001, May 2005), IA5/IK1TTD (EU-028: August
1996), IM0/IK1TTD (EU-165: July 2004). See for QSL information, or
contact Gianpi info[@]

SOLVING THE IOTA QSL PROBLEMS ---> This is another 18-minute presentation by
Rick, K6VVA: The title says it all!

SOUTH SHETLANDS ---> Vlad, UA4WHX is currently active from King George
Island, South Shetlands (AN-010). He operates as RI44ANT from the Russian
Bellingshausen Station and as XR9H2O from the nearby Chilean Base Frei.

W1AW WAS ---> Look for ARRL Centennial stations W1AW/7 from Utah and W1AW/4
from South Carolina to be on the air starting at 00.00 UTC on 8 January
until 23.59 UTC on the 14th. Complete information on the ARRL Centennial
QSO Party [425DXN 1179] can be found at

+ SILENT KEYS + Max de Henseler, HB9RS, the founder and president emeritus
of 4U1UN at United Nations headquarters in New York, died on 30 December at
80 years of age. In 1976 he reactivated the UN Radio Club station (K2UN),
and introduced the new call sign 4U1UN on 4 February 1978. During his UN
career he operated under various call signs, including 3D2RS, 5W1BK, 9Y4RS,
As for the current status of 4U1UN, The Daily DX repots that the station
"was dismantled in early 2010 due to the massive renovation project on the
Secretariat Building. All of the antennas were removed from the roof and
all of the equipment packed up and are being stored in the UN. The club is
seriously looking at several options in order to get 4U1UN back on the air
as quickly as possible. Some of the options being considered include
remoting the station, putting the station on the ground floor and running
some 400-500 feet of coax to the top of the building or moving the station
to another sovereign UN building".
Other recently reported Silent Keys include Hans Rexin (DJ6QP), Miloslav
Bartos (OM3FZ) and Jerry Pittenger (K8RA), well-known manufacturer of a
line of iambic and single-lever CW keys.


QSLs received direct or through managers: 3B9EME, 3B9FR, 3D2GC, 3D2GC/p,
3W2DK, 4X1FQ , 5A1AL, 5J0R , 5R8IC, 5W7X, 5Z4/EA4ATI, 6V7T , 9J2BO, 9L1JT,
BA5CJ/5 (AS-141), BP0A (AS-103), C5DXC , CN2FF, CR5CW (EU-145), CY0P,
D44TXT, E6AY, EF3EGB (EU-078) , EG3INT/7 (EU-152), FO/KH0PR (OC-094 and
HP0INT/2 (NA-202 and NA-170), HP0INT/3 (NA-071), HP0INT/4 (NA-088),
HP0INT/9 (NA-203), HQ4W (NA-060), J3/WJ7R, J34J, J8/DH5FS, J87GU (NA-025),
JX9JKA, K4S (NA-058), K5T (NA-119), KG4HF, LX2A, MM0XAU, N1LI (NA-137),
TM0SM (EU-081), TN2MS, TO2TT, TX5D, UE50VT, VK6ARI (OC-164), VO2NS,
VP5//NY0V, VP8LP, VP9/DJ4EL, VY0/VE3VID, XW0YJY, YB3MM/2 (OC-186), YB3MM/4
(OC-262), YB3MM/p (OC-217), YB8BRI/p (OC-236), YE5PQM (OC-075), YE5R
(OC-108), YF1AR/9 (OC-275), YJ0VK, Z21DXI, Z81X, ZD8JR, ZD8O, ZK2V, ZM90DX.




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