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Monday, April 21, 2014

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IOTA News from OPDX

21 April, 2014

Island activities:
AS-143. A group of Chinese hams will be active from the rare Yongxing Island, Paracel Islands, sometime between April 21st and May 10th. The actual operation period depends on the schedule of the ship. Only one radio is allowed to be on the air 24 hours around the clock due to the limit of operators by the local authority.
The assigned callsign will be B7CRA.
Operators mentioned are Terry/BA7NQ, Che/BA7CK, De/BA7JA, Dick/BD7YC, Lin/BI7IOB and Vange/BA7IO. Equipment listed: 2xICOM 756PRO3 with 2x1KFA, 2xSB and 1 GP. QSL via BA4EG.
EU-032. Didier, F4ELJ, will be active as F4ELJ/P from Oleron Island
(DIFM AT-025) between May 3-10th. Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.
EU-047. Oliver, DK7TX, will be active as DK7TX/P from Spiekeroog
Island between June 11-17th. Activity will be mostly on 20/15/10 meters. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or eQSL.
OC-218. Operators Cezar/VE3LYC and Johan/PA3EXX will attempt to
activate Matthew Island for a period of 4 days during the 10 days of September. The licensing authority of New Caledonia has approved for this operation the special callsign TX4A.
Last operation from this IOTA took place 17 years ago, and the group is in demand by 94% of the IOTA members. Due to the remote location of this island, sailing from Noumea to Matthew Island return is expected to take 5 days. This will be not only a very difficult, but also very expensive project.
The team is actively looking for financial support from groups and individuals who wish to assist in defraying some of the project costs. Donations can be sent to Cezar by PayPal at <> or by mail. All contributions will be acknowledged on the expedition Web site, which will be available in due course.
OC-122/OC-109 A team of four to five operators led by John/YB5NOF and Anton/YB5QZ are planning to activate Tambelan Islands as YE5T starting around May 10th for 10 days. Some of the team may also activate Natuna Selatan Islands (OC-109) during this time.
QSL via W2FB, direct or by the Bureau.
Compiled by Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW OPDX
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