IOTA News from OPDX
30 June, 2014Island activities:
AS-008. Takeshi "TAKE", JI3DST, will be active as JI3DST/1 from Shikine Island (North Izu Island) between 0600z, July 21st and 2100z, July 28th. Activity will be on 40/30/20/17/15/12/10/6 meters
using CW, SSB, FM, RTTY, PSK31 and JT65A. QSL via JI3DST (see QRZ.com for details). ADDED NOTE: In case of heavy rain or other conditions, the operation condition may vary.
EU-008. Members of the West of Scotland Amateur Radio Society [WOSARS] (GM4AGG) will be active as GM4AGG/P from Iona Island (Where Saint Columba first landed in Scotland) in the Inner Hebrides
during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th). QSL via direct or by the Bureau.
EU-067. Norbert, OM6NM, will be active as SV8/OM6NM from Satorini
Island, Greece, during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th).
QSL via OM2FY.
EU-121. Operators Jerry/EI6BT, Dave/EI4BZ and Tim/EI2KA will be active
as EJ1C from Clear Island (aka Cape Clear) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as a Multi-Op/DXpedition entry. QSL via
EU-123. Tom, GM0FGI, will be active from the Isle of Bute (Scottish
Islands CL2, WW Loc IO75lr, WAB NS15) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as a Single-Op/SSB-Mode/High-Power entry. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW. Visit his Web page at: http://www.kilchattan-bay.co.uk
EU-171. By the time you read this, operators Bernd/DL2DXA and Joachim/DJ5AA will be active as 5P2X from Agger on the island of
Vendsyssel Thy until July 5th. QSL via DL2DXA.
EU-172. Marc, PD7YY, will be active as OZ/PD7YY from Langeland Island
(DIA FY-019, WLOTA 0590) between July 19-25th. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands. QSL via PD7YY, by the Bureau or direct. NO eQSL or LoTW.
NA-067. Jon, WB8YJF, will be active as WB8YJF/4 from Ocracoke Island
(USI NC001S), NC, between July 20-27th. Activity will be mostly CW then some SSB and RTTY. Possibly 6 meters. He will also be active during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th). QSL via his home callsign (see QRZ.com) - direct QSLs get a fast reply!
OC-133. By the time you read this, John, 9M6XRO, will be active as
9M6XRO/P from Labuan Island. Activity started June 26th and will end on June 30th. He will be using an IC-7000 with a IC-2KL Linear into a vertical antenna on 40-10 meters, using CW and SSB around the IOTA frequencies, possibly some RTTY also. QSL via Tim, M0URX, by his OQRS, direct, by the Bureau and LoTW. See <www.m0urx.com> for details.
SA-060. Members of the PARA DX Group will be active as PX8I from Itarana Island between July 23-28th. Operators mentioned are Fernando/
PU8WZT, Daniell/PY8DAN, Jaime/PY8FML, Ren/PY8WW and Jose/PY8ZE.
Activity will be on 80-10 meters and an entry in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th). QSL via PY8WW. For more details and updates, watch: http://paradxgroup.wordpress.com
PLEASE NOTE: Itarana is an island inhabited by fishermen, has no electricity, a true paradise in the Amazon coast. The last operation on the island occurred in 1992 when PT7BI, PY8EA and PY8FLC, operated in December 1992.
Compiled by Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW OPDX
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13 Colonies Special EventOnce again the annual '13 Colonies Special Event' will take place between 1300z, July 1st and 0400z July 7th.
The theme for 2014 will be "Revolution War Era Colonial Currency".
The certificate is printed on heavy card stock. Stations working one state or, as many as all 13, will be eligible for the certificate. A "Clean Sweep" indicator will be affixed, for those lucky enough to "Q" all 13.
A special endorsement will be attached for stations contacting their sister operation, WM3PEN, in Philadelphia, PA, where independence was declared.
New for 2014, the 13 Colonies have added a second sister event station W3FT from Baltimore, MD, commemorating the writing of our Nation Anthem, "The Star Spangled Banner in 1814". The 13 Colonies certificate will have a Liberty Bell added for a contact with WM3PEN, and a W3FT contact will have a special 15 star 1812 US flag of the period added to the 13 Colonies certificate. They will also offer a special QSL card printed just for this event.
There should be at least two stations from each on the 13 colonies on the air, as well as Super contest stations, multi-operator Club stations and OM and XYL teams.
The U.S. original 13 colonies are CT-DE- GA-MA-MD-NC-NH-NJ-NY-PA-RI-SC-VA. Special events stations mentioned are: K2A (NY), K2B (VA), K2C (RI), K2D (CT), K2E (DE), K2F (MD), K2G (GA), K2H (MA), K2I (NJ), K2J (NC), K2K (NH), K2L (SC), K2M (PA) and WM3PEN.
All HF bands will be in play except the WARC bands and 60 meters.
2 meters and 6 meter simplex are encouraged. All modes of operation should be represented - SSB, CW, RTTY, Digital, and the Satellites.
The mode of operation is up to the individual colony state station.
For more details on the stations, suggested frequencies, QSL info and on how to obtain the special certificate, see: http://www.13colonies.info