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Saturday, May 24, 2014

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IOTA News from OPDX

24 May, 2014

Island activities:
AS-023. Masato "MASA", JF3ELH, will be active as JF3ELH/6 from Amami Island (Amami O Island) between 0600z, May 30th, and 0000z, June 1st. QTH will be Amami-city, Kagashima (JCC#4623), or Tatsugou-cho, Ooshima-gun, Kagoshima(JCG#46005[K]). Please confrim QTH. Activity will be on 80/40/30/20/17/15/12/10/6
meters (160/80/75m maybe not QRV) mainly using CW and some SSB. QSL via JF3ELH (see ADDED NOTE: In case of heavy rain or other condition, the operation conditions may vary...
AS-062. A 6 member Russian team lead by Alez, RU0LM, are preparing to operate from South Kuril Islands (WWLoc: ON33AI), Island of Anuchina, Asiatic Russia, between June 16-26th. Callsign will be RI0F. Activity will be on all bands including the 30/17/12m bands using CW and SSB. Operators mentioned are Alex/RU0LM, Vlado/UA0LCZ, Serge/RX0F, Oleg/RK3AW, Andrey/R6MG and Yuri/R7MR. QSL Manager is Serge, RX3F.
EU-095. Members of the Castres DX Gang will once again be active as
TM5FI from Ratonneau Island (DIFM ME003, DFCF 13-061) between
May 28th and June 4th. Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL via F5XX.
EU-159. Members of the Invoker Team will try to activate Banc d' Arguin
(one of the rarest IOTAs in France) as TM1INT between May 30th and June 1st. Operators mentioned are Christian/EA3NT, Vincent/F4BKV, Gil/F4FET, Diego/F4HAU, Fabrice/F4FPG, Gabriel/EA3AKA and Ludo (a SWL). They plan to have 3-4 stations on the HF and 6 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via F5CWU, direct, by the Bureau or the F5CWU OQRS page at:
Weather and sea conditions will determine the activation of this island. They currently feel operations may only be during the daylight. The team will announce their activities or any potential changes on their Twitter page at:
OC-215. (Update/Change) Budi, YF1AR, has changed his Indian Ocean
IOTA Tour during the month of May because of bad weather.
Look for him to be active as YF1AR/5 from Sipora Island (ARLHS
IDO-379 Sipura LightHouse) in the Mentawai Islands IOTA Group between May 25th and June 1st. Budi states, "Sipora Island has never been activated before and more remote than Siberut Island from mainland Sumatra nearest city, Padang (capital west Sumatra province). It is 10.5% rare claimed." Activity will be on 40-10 meters using mainly SSB as well as some CW and Digital modes. Equipment is Yaesu FT 450D with tuner, 100 watts into a 40m vertical dipole and a HB9CV 20/15/10m
antenna. QSL via N2OO. For more details, see the following
Web page at:

SA-072. Ronaldo, PS8RV, will be active as ZY8D from Caju Island between July 25-27th. Activity will be on HF bands and an entry in the
RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th). QSL via the info on
IOTA AND WWFF TOUR. Operators Klaus/DL7UXG and Ric/DL2VFR will be leaving Germany on May 27th, by ferry and car (APRS on board) to activate the following IOTAs and WWFF during the end of May and early June.
Their tentative schedule is as follows:
May 28-29th -- Bjorkon Island (EU-101); their callsigns are OH6/DL7UXG
and OH6/DL2VFR. QSL via home callsigns.
May 29th-June 1st -- Seskaro Island (EU-139); their callsigns are SD3G/2
(QSL via DL7UXG) and SD7V/2 (QSL via DL2VFR).
June 1-5th -- Vardo Island (EU-141); their callsigns are LA/DL7UXG and
LA/DL2VFR. QSL via home callsigns. This operation will
include a one day first ever activation of LAFF-035
(Varangerhalfoya National Park).
On their way back home, they may stop and possibly activate the following between June 5-7th:
SMFF-013, (SD7V/2, SD3G/2)
SMFF-019, (SD3G, SD7V/3
Operators will be using high power from the islands. Bands and modes
were not provided, but it is suggested to watch the island and WFF
Compiled by Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW OPDX
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