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Thursday, August 28, 2014

I.C.P.O. Bulletin (29 August - 05 September 2014)
"Islands, Castles & Portable Operations"
Listing is by calendar date (day/month/year)
29/08/2014:  A team formed by Nardo EC1DD, Alberto EA1IQM and Miguel EA1BP will active for the first time from Estela de fora Island (IOTA EU-080, DIE O-229) and lighthouse (ARLHS SPA-069) from 29-31 August 2014. They will be active as EG1EI (confirmation pending) mainly SSB on the HF bands, with two stations. QSL via EC1DD, direct or Bureau. Note: "We are waiting to confirm the callsign to be used on this activity. We will confirm the callsign shortly." [DX-World]

29/08/2014:  Marian, YO2MBU, is currently active as SV8/YO2MBU from Zakynthos [aka Zante] Island (EU-052, GIOTA INS-015, MIA MG-138, WLOTA 0209), National Marine Park Zakynthos (WWFF SVFF-082), until 1st September 2014. QRV on the HF bands using a QRP rig, CW and SSB. QSL direct or Bureau via home call. Log will be uploaded to LotW. [DX Newsletter]

30/08/2014:  Operators Karl-Heinrich DC5WW, Max DF2MX, Robert DK2RO, Anton DL8AW and Thilo DL9NBJ will be active as 5Q7Y from the island of Jegindoe (EU-171, DIA NJ-006) from 30th August to 6th September 2014. QRV on 80-6 metre CW, SSB and digimodes. QSL via ClubLog OQRS; Bureau and direct via DL8AW. All logs will be uploaded to LotW. Further information can be found at: []

30/08/2014:  Jack, AI4SV, will be active from Antananarivo, Madagascar (AF-013, WLOTA 2455), as 5R8SV for approx 3 years starting the end of August 2014. He will be active mainly on CW on the HF bands but does like to experiment with other modes. QSL via G3SWH, OQRS (preferred) and LotW. Website: [DX-World]

30/08/2014:  A group of Berlin hams are going to activate the island Riether Werder (Not IOTA, DID O-27, WW Loc. JO73dq) on 30th August (between 0700z and 1500z). QRV as DL0PBE/p on 40-2 metre SSB, CW, and PSK31. The island is a bird sanctuary (Naturpark am Stettiner Haff - WWFF DLFF-037) and may be entered only with proper permissions. QSL via DL0PBE, direct or Bureau. [DX Newsletter]

30/08/2014:  Operators Guenther DC2RK, Xaver DK4RM, and Manfred DF6EX plan to activate two WWFF references on 30th August 2014. First the Smradoch Reserve (WWFF OKFF-0943) from 0600z to 0900z, then the Vlcek Reserve (WWFF OKFF-1102) until about 1200z. QRV as OK8WFF/p and OK/homecalls on 40-10 metre SSB and CW with two stations. On their way back they will probably activate Protected Land Area CHKO Slavkovskyles (WWFF OKFF-0006). QSLs will be automatically sent via the Bureau for all contacts. Logs will be uploaded to the WWFF site. Website: [DX Newsletter]

30/08/2014:  Tom, DL4VM, once again plans activity as OZ/DL4VM from the island of Vendsyssel-Thy/Nordjylland (EU-171, DIA NJ-001), Thy National Park (WWFF OZFF-009) from 30th August until 20th September, 2014. QRV 80-10m, mainly CW. QSL via home call, bureau or direct. []

30/08/2014:  Operators Zdeno, OK1OM (also OK1DDR, former Y29AL) and XYL Renata, OK1GB (also OK1FYL, former Y29YL and 3V8BB) will be active as OZ/OK1DDR (MBR of DIG 2432, AGCW 1432 IPA) and OZ/OK1FYL (MBR OKDX Foundation - 005), respectively, from Bornholm Island (EU-030, DIA BO-001, WLOTA 2203) between 31 August and 12 September 2014. Their QTH will be in the Hammeren protected area (WWFF OZFF-030, WW Loc. JO75JG). They will also try to reactivate the Hammeren Lighthouse (WLOTA 2203). Activity will be on 80-10 metres (IOTA and WWFF frequencies) using mainly CW. QSL via their home calls. [OPDX Bulletin]

30/08/2014:  Marcel, PD5MVH, is going to work from Ameland Island (EU-038) and lighthouse (ARLHS NET-001, WLOTA 1059) as PD5MVH/p between 30th August and 13th September 2014. QRV on 40, 20, and 10 metre SSB. QSL via home call, direct or Bureau. [DX Newsletter]

01/09/2014:  Gert, ZS6AYU, will be visiting Botswana again and will be QRV on 6 metes only as A25GF from KH22od beaming North. He hopes to be on the air from 1300z until around 1900z on 50.097 MHz CW on 1, 2 and 3 Sep 2014. Gert will QAP and call CQ from time to time just in case there is a band opening. QSL via home call, Bureau or direct (Gerard Roux, PO Box 34393, Erasmia, 0023, South Africa). [NG3K]

02/09/2014:  Maurice, ZL2MF, will be active from Niue Island (OC-040, WLOTA 2139, WWFF ZLFF-021) as E6MF between 2-9 September 2014. QRV mostly on 20m SSB, will also try 40, 15 and 10m. QSL via home call, direct or Bureau. [DX-World]

02/09/2014:  Look for Joe, OZ0J, to be active as T88VW from the Palau Rental Shack, Koror Island, State of Koror, Republic of Palau (OC-009, WW Loc. PJ77FH), Western Caroline Islands. Joe plans to be QRV on all possible bands between 3.5 MHz and 50 MHz on Phone, CW and DIGI (RTTY or PSK). QSL via OZ0J, direct or Bureau. Further information and updates available at: [OZ0J]

03/09/2014:  Bruce, N9BX/4, will activate Marco Island (NA-052, USi FL025S), Collier county, Florida, from 3-9 September 2014. QRV all bands, SSB/CW. QSL via home call, OQRS/ClubLog. [DX-World]

04/09/2014:  Kunio, JH3LSS, will be active from Bhutan as A52LSS between 4-10th September. QRV on th HF bands using CW, SSB and Digital modes. Schedule: 4-8th September from Dochula Resort (Alt, 3150m); 8-10th September from Paro. QSL via JH3LSS direct or Bureau or LotW! [DX-World]

04/09/2014:  Oliver, DK7TX, reports: "I will stay from 4th to 16th September 2014 in Chalkidiki, Greece, as SV2/DK7TX. From there I plan to make sporadic activation, using the callsign SV8/DK7TX, from Amouliani island, Drenia island and, if time permits, from Diaporos island all in IOTA group EU-174." QSL via home call, direct or Bureau. [DxCoffee]

04/09/2014:  Look for SV8/PA3FBT/p to be active from Anaxos, island of Lesvos (EU-049, GIOTA NAS-014, MIA MG-064, WLOTA 0165, QRA KM39CE) between 4-10th September 2014. Plans are to be QRV only 20m or 10m band frequency around 14.250 MHz no split around 28.500 MHz no split with Yaesu FT-100 hyendfed 20 mtr. QSL via home call, direct or Bureau. Log will be uploaded to LotW and eQSL. []

04/09/2014:  Nobuaki, JA0JHQ (also JH1QJU, AH0CO), will be active as T88ZD between 4-8 September 2014 from the V.I.P. Guest Hotel, Koror Village, Koror Island, Republic of Palau (OC-009), Western Caroline Islands. QRV on all HF bands, using SSB, CW and Digital modes. QSL via JH1QJU, direct or Bureau. [DX-World]

04/09/2014:  Cezar, VE3LYC will be joined by Bob, KD1CT for the trip to activate Matthew Island (OC-218) as TX4A. They plan to be active from the island for four days between 4-7th September 2014, and to maintain one station on the air around the clock, operating on 40-10 metre CW and SSB. Dan, W4DKS, will be the pilot station for the operation. QSL via VE3LYC, direct or bureau; logsearch and OQRS on ClubLog. Further information and updates on their website at: [425 DX News]

04/09/2014:  Andy, IK7YTT, will be active from Coloane Island (AS-075), Macau, as XX9TYT between 4-8th September 2014. QRV also during the All Asian DX SSB Contest (6-7 September). QSL via IZ8CCW. [DX-World]

04/09/2014:  Paul, ZS1S (ZD9ZS) and a well known British operator (ZD9 call TBA) will visit and be QRV from Tristan da Cunha (AF-029) between early September and early October. They will travel on the South African Antarctic supply ship, the SA Agulhas II. She is due to leave Cape Town on 4 September and to arrive at Tristan da Cunha four to five days later, depending on weather and sea conditions. The return voyage is scheduled to start on 4 October. QSL ZD9ZS via ZS1S (see Details will be made known in the next coming days. Website: [425 DX News]

05/09/2014:  Sorin, YO2MSB, will be active as 3A/YO2MSB portable from Monte Carlo, mostly probable somewhere from the city's main harbor, between 5-12th September 2014. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau, direct or eQSL. [OPDX Bulletin]

05/09/2014:  Ryo JH3AEF plans to be active from Dochula resort, Bhutan, as A52EQW between 5-7th September 2014. Sked info: 5 Sept (Fri) 13:00-17:00 (UTC) at 21.250-260MHz / 18.150-160 / 24.500 MHz (SSB). 6 Sept (Sat) 01:00-17:00 (UTC) same as above. 7 Sept (Sun) 01:00-4:00 (UTC) same as above. QSL via home call. [DX-World]

05/09/2014:  Look for Fran, EA7FTR, to be active as D44KS from the island of Boa Vista (AF-086, WW Loc. HK86OC), Cape Verde, between 5th September and 10th October 2014. QRV in his spare time, due to work commitments, on 40-6 metre SSB and RTTY. QSL direct to EB7DX (David Lianez Fernandez, P.O. Box 163, Huelva 21080, Spain). [DxCoffee]

05/09/2014:  Nobuaki, JA0JHQ, will be active from the VIP-Guest hotel in Koror City (QRA PJ77FI), Koror Island, Republic of Palau (OC-009), between 5-8th September 2014 on all bands, SSB and CW. His main purpose is to join the All-Asian Phone Contest (6-7 September). QSL via JH0JHQ, Bureau preferred. [DX-World]


08/09/2014:  Frank, DH0JAE, plans activity as LA/DH0JAE from Donna Island (EU-062) between 8-10th September 2014. He will be QRV on 80-10 metre CW and SSB, using K3 and K2 QRP only. Frank also plans to activate IOTAs EU-036, EU-056 and EU-079 from 11-20th September. QSL via home call, Bureau or direct. ClubLog log search and OQRS will be available. []

12/09/2014:  Look for Nobuaki, JA0JHQ, to be active from the Himawari Hotel radio room, island of Saipan (USi NI002S, WLOTA 1333, QRA QK25UF), Northern Mariana Islands (OC-086) between 12-15th September 2014. Activity will be on 80-10 metres, mainly SSB with some CW, including an entry in the WAEDC SSB Contest (13-14 September). QSL via JH0JHQ, Bureau preferred. [JA0JHQ blog]

12/09/2014:  Four Australian operators will be active from Norfolk Island (OC-005, WLOTA 1469, WWFF VKFF-392, QRA RG30XX) between 12-21 September 2014. Chris VK3QB (team leader), Luke VK3HJ, Brenton VK3CBV and Lee VK3GK will be operating on 160-10 metre CW and SSB. Equipment will be 2 x TS-480HX, KX-3/KXPA-100, verticals and dipoles. Another KX-3 will be used portable and for some SOTA activity. Logs will be uploaded daily to ClubLog, and soon after the end of the activity to LotW. OQRS will also be active. Otherwise, QSL direct or Bureau via VK2CA is ok too. Further information and updates on their website at: [VK3HJ]

13/09/2014:  Operators Yung BU2BV, Ted BV2OO, Su BX2AI, Wu BX2AM, Lee BX2AN plan to activate TungYin Island, Matsu Islands (AS-113) as BO0D from 13-20th September 2014. QRV on all HF bands, CW, SSB, and Digital modes. QSL via the BV Bureau is preferred. Website:  and []

20/09/2014:  Take, JI3DST, will be active as JI3DST/5 from Shodo Island ["Island of Small Beans"] (AS-200, Grid Loc. PM74), Kagawa prefecture, Shozu district, Japan, from 20-22 September 2014. QRV on 40-6 metre CW and SSB (FM/RTTY). In case of heavy rain or other condition, the operation condition may vary. QSL via home call, Bureau or direct. Website: []

22/09/2014:  Bob, G4DBW (GQRP Club #11419), will once again be active as ZD8RH from Georgetown, Ascension Island (AF-003, WLOTA 1491), from 22-30 September 2014. QRV on the HF bands, mainly CW. Bob will focus on a Single-Op/Single-Band 21 or 28 MHz entry in the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (27-28 September) from CQ zone 36. QSL direct to G4DBW (RW Hammond, 51 Poplar Drive, Greenhill, Herne Bay CT6 7PY, England). [NG3K]

28/09/2014:  Andrea, IZ1MHY, will be active from Zanzibar [Unguja] Island (AF-032, WLOTA 1080), Semi-autonomous region of Tanzania, as 5H1MD between 28th September and 10th October 2014. QRV on the HF bands, using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via home call, Bureau or direct. [DX-World]

03/10/2014:  Ben, DO1BEN and Barbara DO1IQ plan to activate Texel Island (EU-038, WLOTA 0043) as PD/homecall from 3-12 October 2014. Their QTH on Texel Island will be the village of De Cocksdorp (QRA JO23KD). Texel is located in the northern part of The Netherlands in the Wadden Sea, province of North Holland. TRX is Yaesu FT2000. We use self made vertical antennas for 10 and 20 meters. For 40 meters we will set up a inverted V (wide space) dipole. Activities are on digimodes (RTTY and PSK31), and also in SSB mode. QSL Bureau or direct via DO1BEN. Website: []

06/10/2014:  Using XR2T, an IOTA DXpedition to Damas Island (SA-086, DICE ICE-201, WLOTA 0029, WW Loc. FG40FS) is being planned for 6-12th October 2014 time-frame. The main focus of the DXpedition will be to work the greatest possible number of unique calls, thus offering a possibility also to Little Pistols and QRP stations. Team members include Domingo CE1DY, Jose Luis CE1KR, Marco CE1TBN, Pablo CE1UMY, Dercel CE3KHZ, Julio CE3OP, Juan CE3RBJ, Chris CE3TAM, Sergio CE3WDH, Rodrigo CE4KCA, Juan CE5PHI, Claudio XQ1FM, Nick XQ1KZ, Alfredo XQ3WD and Dan XQ4CW. All bands will be activated using CW, SSB and Digital modes. Damas Island is part of the Humboldt Penguin National Reserve (WWFF CEFF-051). QSL via XQ4CW, direct or Bureau and LotW. Further information and updates at: [DX-World]

25/10/2014:  Andrea, IK7YTT, plans a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (25-26 October) as B4L from Zibo Shandong, China (CQ zone 24). QSL via BY4IIG, direct or Bureau. [NG3K]

25/10/2014:  Helmut, DF7ZS, and possibly others will participate in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (25-26 October) as either CR3L or CQ3L from Madeira Island (AF-014, DIP MA-001, PIP MD-001, WLOTA 0053, CQ zone 33). Entry category TBD. Pre contest operation as CT9/DF7ZS. QSL via DF7ZS, Bureau preferred. [NG3K]

25/10/2014:  Yuri, N2TTA, will once again activate NP2P in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (25-26 October) from Christiansted, island of Saint Croix (USi VI002S, WLOTA 2477), U.S. Virgin Islands (NA-106). He plans for a Single-Op/All-Band entry, CQ zone 8. QSL via LotW is preferred. [NG3K]

07/11/2014:  Look for Rene, DL2JRM, to be active holiday style as SV5/DL2JRM from the island of Rhodes [aka Rodos] (GIOTA DKS-006, MIA MGD-028, WLOTA 0045) Dodecanese (EU-001) from 7-10th November 2014. QRV on 80-10m, using 100 Watts and GP antenna. QSL direct or Bureau to DL2JRM. []

20/11/2014:  Look for John, K9EL, to again be active from the island of Saint Martin (NA-105, DIFO FS-001, WLOTA 0383) between 30th November and 2nd December 2014. QRV on 160-10m, including an entry in the CQWW DX CW Contest (29-30 November) from CQ zone 8. QSL via home call, direct or Bureau. [DX-World]

25/11/2014:  Operators Jeff KU8E, John K4BAI, Hans PJ4LS, Dennis K2SX and Leslie W2LK will be active from the village of Rincon, island of Bonaire (IOTA SA-006, WLOTA 1279, WWFF PAFF-024, QRA FK52TF), as PJ4/homecall from 25th November to 2nd December 2014. QRV on 160-10 metre CW, SSB and Digital modes. Their main focus will be a M/? entry in the CQWW DX CW Contest (29-30 November) using the callsign PJ4A from CQ zone 9. QSL PJ4/K4BAI and PJ4/KU8E via K4BAI. Others via their CBA. [NG3K]

27/11/2014:  Look for Olaf, DL4HG and Holger, DL5XAT to once again be active from Marsalforn village, Gozo Island (EU-032, MIA MM-004, WLOTA 0046, QRA JM76CB), from 27th November until 1st December 2014. QRV as 9H3TX on all HF bands, mainly CW, including a Multi-2 entry in the CQWW DX CW Contest (29-30 November) from CQ zone 15. All QSOs of 9H3TX will be uploaded to the LOTW shortly after their trip to Gozo. Paper QSLs will be sent through the Bureau automatically a few weeks later. ClubLog OQRS will also be available. [NG3K]

29/11/2014:  Look for Emilio, IZ1GAR, to be active in the CQWW DX CW Contest (29-30 November) as IH9R from Pantelleria Island (AF-018, IIA H001, MIA MI-124, WLOTA 0041). Plans are for a Single-Op/Single-Band (40m)/MT/QRP entry from CQ zone 33. QSL via IZ1GAR. [NG3K]

11/01/2015:  Tom, KC0W, will once again be active as HH5/KC0W from the extreme northern tip of the island of Haiti (NA-096, WLOTA 0343) from 11th January until 3rd February 2015. He plans to be QRV on 160, 80 and 40 metre CW only. Antennas Over Salt Water - 500 Watts - dedicated RX antennas. QSL Direct only via KC0W ( NO BUREAU, NO LoTW, NO eQSL. [DX-World]

14/01/2015:  Peter, PA8A, will be active again as PJ4B from Kralendijk, island of Bonaire (SA-006, WLOTA 1279, WWFF PAFF-024) between 14-29th January 2015. QRV holiday-style on the HF bands. QSL via PA8A, direct only (Peter Jelgersma, Noordzijde 14, Bodegraven 2411RA, Netherlands) with 2$ and SAE. [DX-World]


29/08/2014:  Electromagnetic Field EMF 2014 will have a dedicated amateur radio village and special event station GB2EMF. It is a festival for anyone interested in radio, electronics, space, homebrewing, robots, UAVs, 3D printing, DIYBio, Internet culture or pretty much anything else you can think of. EMF 2014 takes place from 29-31 August 2014 near Newton Longville, just South of Bletchley, Milton Keynes, MK17 0BU. QSL via operators' instructions. Website: [Southgate ARC News]

29/08/2014:  On 31st of August 2014, it will be 40 years ago the Dutch offshore radio stations stopped their transmissions due to changes in legislation. Arie PD0ARI from Giessenburg, The Netherlands, will be operating the special event station PD538RNI from 28th August until 19th September. He will be QRV on 40m, 20m and 10m. All operations will be in Phone. QSL via PD0ARI, direct or Bureau. Website: [Southgate ARC News]

29/08/2014:  Look for Jim, VE3DCX (FISTS #16447, NAQCC #6972), to be active using the special callsign VC3B. The station will be active during the 14th annual Warrior's Day in Coe Hill, 29th - 31st August 2014. This is the largest display and parade of current and vintage military equipment in Ontario. Plan is to operate an old fashioned wireless telegraph station and make contacts on 80 and 40 metre CW. Also operating will be a copy of an old WW2 Paraset spy radio. Contacts will also be made on SSB. QSL via VE3DCX, direct or Bureau and LoTW. Further info at: [IC]

30/08/2014:  Members of the Amateur Radio Union of Las Palmas (EA8URL) on Gran Canaria (AF-004, DIE S-012, WLOTA 0969) Island will use the special event callsign AO8BWC for the 17th Basketball World Championship. Las Palmas city is hosting this event. Activity will be on all bands and modes between 30th August and 14th September 2014. QSL via EA8URL, Bureau or direct. [EA8URL]

01/09/2014:  Special callsign 8J8RALLY will be active on all bands and modes from 1-28 September 2014 for the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship 2014 5th Stage / JAF All Japan Rally Championship 2014 7th Stage. "Rally Hokkaido" - island of Hokkaido (AS-078, WLOTA 2967), Japan. QSL via the Bureau. [JJ1WTL/AC6IM]

01/09/2014:  Look for Andrew, M0YMA (ex M6ADB/2E0GFF), operating as GB0CZ from Camp Z, Mytchett Place, (CASHOTA G-452, WAB SU85, WCA G-00452) during the CASHOTA UK and Ireland Heritage Month (lasting all September). QRV on 40-10 metre SSB and maybe digital modes. Rudolf Hess was imprisoned in Camp Z during WW II. QSL via M0YMA, direct or Bureau and eQSL. His log will be uploaded to the World Castle Award LogSearch. Website: [DX Newsletter]

01/09/2014:  I.S.W.L. CLUB CALLSIGNS -
The ISWL Club Callsigns in use throughout the month of September 2014 are:
GX4BJC /A - Operated from Ivybridge, in Devon, by Peter - G4VFG (/A WAB Square = SX65 - England, IOTA = EU-005, WLOTA = 1841).
MX1SWL /A - Operated from Clacton on Sea, in Essex, by George - G1IPU. (/A WAB Square = TM11 - England, IOTA = EU-005, WLOTA = 1841). George will also operate as GX4BJC /P throughout the month. He will give his /P location and WAB Square during the QSO.
ALL QSL's for BOTH Calls will be handled by Herbie G6XOU and NOT the individual Operator.
The I.S.W.L. is a member of the European PSK Club.
All QSL Info is on or or via NO LOTW.
I.S.W.L. Awards are available to all Hams and SWL's - see for full details. cards ARE welcomed for our awards.
Very best wishes to all,
Pete Rayer, ISWL Life Vice President, Bournemouth, UK.

01/09/2014:  Fred, PA0FAW (ISWL PA-11092), will be operating as PA44AH, from the 1st to 28th September 2014. Remembering the Battle of Arnhem. As usual Fred will operate mainly on CW and the Digi modes. With some SSB if he can find a good QTH to operate from. QSL via PA0FAW. SWL reports are very welcome. [Pete's-DX-Newsdesk]

01/09/2014:  PA70KP honours the memory of the resistance group KP Twente 1940-1945 during the entire month of September 2014 on all bands and modes. It is not nessasary to send your QSL-card (unless your a SWL), each QSO will be confirmed with our special QSL-card. If you want to receive a QSL-card direct, you can send your card direct to PA1TX (Please add a SASE + 2USD). Further information can be found at: [DX Newsletter]

01/09/2014:  PA70POLISH (on 80-10 metres digital modes) and PA70PARA (on 40 and 20 metres SSB) will be active on 1-28 September 2014 to commemorate the role played by the Polish 1st Independent Parachute Brigade during Operation Market Garden in September 1944. QSL via operators' instructions. [425 DX News]

03/09/2014:  Between 3rd and 9th September 2014 look for the following stations to be active to celebrate ARRL's centennial year: W1AW/4 will be operated by Ned K1GU, located in Friendsville, Blount County, State of Tennessee. W1AW/7 will be operated by Bill N7OU, located in Portland, Multnomah County, State of Oregon. QSLs preferred via LoTW. [ARRL]

U.S.A. Special Event Stations can be found at:


30/08-27/8/17 5R8SV: Madagascar Island WLOTA:2455 QSL G3SWH OQRS
30/08-14/09  AO8BWC: Isla de Gran Canaria WLOTA:0969 QSL EA8URL (d/B)
30/08-13/09  PD5MVH/P: Ameland WLOL:NET-001 WLOTA:1059 QSL H/c (d/B)
31/08-12/09  OZ/OK1DDR: Bornholm Island WLOTA:2203 QSL H/c (d/B)
31/08-12/09  OZ/OK1FYL: Bornholm Island WLOTA:2203 QSL H/c (d/B)
01/09-28/09  8J8RALLY: Hokkaido WLOTA:2967 QSL JARL Buro
02/09-09/09  E6MF: Niue Island WLOTA:2139 QSL ZL2MF (d/B)
04/09-10/09  SV8/PA3FBT/P: Nisos Lesvos WLOTA:0165 QSL H/c (d/B)
05/09-10/10  D44KS: Ilha da Boa Vista WLOTA:0972 QSL EB7DX (d)


30/08-31/08  Colorado QSO Party 6m-70cm classes  30 1200z-31 0400z
30/08  FISTS Two Metre Activity CW/SO/2m  1700z-1800z
30/08  Feld-Hell FDOH Sprint 6m class  0000z-2400z
31/08  Field Day Sicilia 50MHz CW/SSB/Portable  0700z-1500z
31/08  FISTS Two Metre Activity CW/SO/2m  0900z-1000z
01/09-30/09  EuCW Snakes & Ladders 6m/2m classes  01 0000z-31 2359z
02/09-09/09  T88VW: Palau OC-009 Grid:PJ77FH 6m Phone/CW QSL OZ0J (d/B)
05/09-10/10  D44KS: Boa Vista Isl AF-086 Grid:HK86 6m SSB QSL EB7DX (d)

Contest Calendars:

Information about current VHF activities can be found on the VHF DX portal "Make More Miles on VHF" at:

SOTA (Summits On The Air) Watch Alerts at:



QSLs via Direct: 6W/G3TXF (OQRS), J6/G0VJG (G4DFI), JA6TBE/5 [AS-200] (JS3CTQ OQRS), JW/KH0PR (JJ8DEN), TF/G3TXF (OQRS), TK1R (IK2DUW), YB0MWM (IK2DUW), YE5R [Siantan Is. OC-108] (YB4IR) and ZS8Z (



FT4TA, Tromelin 2014  PRESS RELEASE -
 We have just passed the 100 days mark before the beginning of our FT4TA operation to the island of Tromelin. Since the last official press release many things have evolved well; we are extremely fortunate.
 Thanks to the strong mobilization around our project, we are relatively trustful in the fact of being able to gather the necessary budget. If we do not meet last minute problems, and if individual donations continue to flow at the current rate, we should balance our budget (after the expedition). Some partners have not yet validated their assistance, and we definitively count on them!
 In addition, several people in Japan have mentioned to us they encountered problems with the Paypal button on our website. In order to circumvent this problem, we invite people who would be in this instance to use our address ( directly from their Paypal account.
 Almost all of the equipment was gathered by the team. This equipment was lent, purchased or taken from our personal stations. We want to express our thanks to Spiderbeam (masts), Elecraft (radios), OM Power (amplifiers), Microham (interfaces), Messi and Paolini (coaxial cables), DX Engineering (phasing 80m) and DX, which sponsors us the Internet access by satellite to let you use our on-line logbook and read daily news from the team during the operation.
 At the end of June, three pallets of equipment had been shipped to Reunion island. They have been transported last Sunday to Tromelin (by helicopter) by the logistics service of TAAF.
 This possibility was offered to us suddenly and was not in our initial plan. Although it induces very important expenditure, we could not let pass this opportunity because it will deeply modify the physiology of our operation. It would not have been possible for us to carry all this equipment on a small aircraft. This freighting marks the true point of no return!
 Our preliminary works with TAAF continue. Michel FM5CD and Seb F5UFX went at the end of May to Reunion to meet our interlocutors (TAAF, civil aviation, airline company). We want to highlight again the trusted relationship and the incommensurable assistance brought by TAAF.
 2014 marks the 60th birthday of the first amateur radio activity from Tromelin. Prepared in collaboration with the philatelic service of TAAF, and drawn by an artist, a special stamp will be put on sale at the time of the Autumn Philatelic Exhibition in Paris (November 6th to 9th). During this event, an amateur radio station will be set-up on the TAAF booth by the radio-club of Provins, F6KOP. They will proceed to demonstrate and make contacts with FT4TA team twice a day. It's very important to promote our activity in such an exhibition.
 Our website evolves constantly. The pages known as "classical" are available since the beginning (operators, pilots, QSL manager, sponsors) and news articles appeared lately (historical, bandplan..). Others are in preparation and should be published soon (interview of FR5ZU and F6JJX, two ex-"Tromelin" operators, PowerPoint presentation..).
 It is the ideal time to prepare your station to be ready. On October 30th point your antennas towards the Indian Ocean! In the meantime join us on Facebook & Twitter to follow our news and keep an eye on the Tromelin2014 website ( A surprise will be announced soon! [DX-World]

 December is IARU Region 1 Youngsters On The Air month and the RSGB has arranged for Clubs/Groups to use the special callsign G14YOTA, with regional variations, on a rota basis. An application form is available on the RSGB website. The main requirement is to use the callsign to put youngsters on the air, and, for this purpose, anyone under the age of 26 is considered to be a youngster. Applicants are encouraged to think about making the most out of the activation by including other activities, such as Morse demonstrations, ARDF hunts, WSPR beacon displays, listening to remote SDRs, use of Arduino/Raspberry Pi, and so on. Applications must be received by 22 September. [GB2RS]

 The Radio Club Blagovestnik (LZ1KCP) continues to honour Bulgarian orthodox saints. QRV during September with the call LZ37MP. QSOs count towards various awards. QSLs via bureau, LoTW. Website:

73 and Good DX!
Dave Raycroft, VA3RJ
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