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Friday, December 5, 2014

06 December 2014                                          A.R.I. DX Bulletin
                                   No 1231
                         *** 4 2 5  D X  N E W S ***
                         ****  DX  INFORMATION  ****
                          Edited by  I1JQJ & IK1ADH
                        Direttore Responsabile  I2VGW

A6     - A team from the Emirates Amateur Radio Society (EARS) is active  as
         A63DI from Dalma Island (AS-021) until 10  December.  They  operate
         CW, SSB and RTTY with three stations  (one  of  them  for  "outside
         Europe only"). QSL via IZ8CLM. [TNC Mediterraneo DX Club]
C6     - Saturady 6 December will be C6ATS' last  operating  day  from  from
         South Bimini (NA-048) [425DXN 1230]. He hopes to be QRV by 14  UTC,
         probably on 10 or 17 metres depending on band conditions.  QSL  via
         NI5DX (direct) and LoTW; logsearch and OQRS on Club Log. John  will
         be touring  the  through  the  end  of  April  2015,  with  planned
         activity from IOTA  groups  NA-001,  NA-113  and  NA-054.  Bookmark for updates.
CP     - Antonio, EA5RM will be active again as CP1XRM from San  Ignacio  de
         Moxos, Bolivia on 8-12 December. He will operate SSB  and  RTTY  in
         his limited spare time. QSL via home call. [TNX EA5RM]
D4     - Harald, DF2WO will be active  holiday  style  as  D44TWO  from  Sao
         Tiago (AF-086), Cape Verde from 12 December to 8 January.  He  will
         operate SSB and CW on 40, 20, 17, 15, 12 and  10  metres.  QSL  via
         M0OXO (OQRS preferred: [TNX The Daily DX]
EA8    - Andrea, IK1PMR and Claudia, PA3LEO will  be  active  as  EA8/IK1PMR
         and EA8/PA3LEO  from  Tenerife,  Canary  Islands  (AF-004)  from  9
         December to 8 January 2015. They will operate CW, RTTY and  SSB  on
         160-6 metres. QSL via HB9FKK  (direct  or  bureau)  or  home  calls
         (bureau only), and LoTW. [TNX NG3K]
F      - To promote QRP activity (max 5 watts) on  CW,  Dom  F5SJB  will  be
         active as TM5CW on the 5th day of the first five  months  of  2015.
         QSL via home call (direct). [TNX F5SJB]
FM     - Gerard, F2VX and Bernard, F9IE will be active as  FM/homecall  from
         Martinique (NA-107) from  11  December  to  8  January.  They  will
         operate CW and SSB on the HF bands from  FM5WD's  station.  A  side
         trip to St. Lucia (J6)  might  be  possible.  [TNX  F6AJA  and  Les
         Nouvelles DX]
KH2    - Kan, JJ2RCJ will be active  as  AH2/AB2RF  from  Guam  (OC-026)  on
         27-30 December. He will focus on RTTY on 30, 17 and 12 metres.  QSL
         via JJ2RCJ (direct preferred), eQSL and LoTW; log  search  on  Club
         Log. [TNX NG3K]
KP1    - The KP1-5 Project and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife  Service  have  been
         working together on preparations for their joint  14-day  visit  to
         Navassa Island [425DXN 1226]. Although the actual dates  may  still
         vary, it now appears transport to the island will begin during  the
         last week of January 2015. A team of fifteen operators will be  QRV
         as K1N with eight stations active 24/7, dedicated to giving out  as
         many contacts as possible over the two week period.
         For safety reasons, the USFWS  uses  helicopter  transport  to  the
         island and K1N will too. Consequently the costs of this  DXpedition
         are quite  high,  and  the  particulars  require  more  "up  front"
         payments than most DXpeditions.  "We  have  a  'cash  flow  timing'
         situation that needs to be  addressed",  the  team  reported  on  4
         December, as "the helicopter  contractual  agreement  requires  all
         charter costs to be paid prior to the conclusion of  the  project".
         Donations are still being sought and gratefully accepted:  "if  you
         plan to help support the DXpedition, we ask that  you  do  so  now,
         not later" (please visit for details). [TNX W0GJ]
P4     - Tom, K8CX will be active as  P40CX  from  Aruba  (SA-036)  on  9-16
         December. He will be QRV on 160-6 metres  and  participate  in  the
         ARRL  10  Meter  Contest  (    as    a
         mixed-mode entrant. QSL via home call, direct or burea. [TNX K8CX]
UA     - Celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Radio Club of Ufa,  special
         callsigns R90WGM, R90WJV, R90WO, R90WXK,  RM90WF,  RU90WZ,  RV90WB,
         RW90WC, RZ90W, RZ90WU and UF90W will be in use  on  5-25  December.
         Information on the relevant award at
  - Nobuaki, JA0JHQ  (  will  be  active  as
         JA0JHQ/VK9 from Norfolk Island (OC-005) on 20-22 December. He  will
         operate mainly on 17 and 15 metres SSB (12  and  10m  depending  on
         conditions), with some CW on 30 metres. QSL via home  call,  direct
         o bureau.
VU    -  The West Bengal Radio Club (VU2MQT, will be
         active as  8T5MQT from  Sagar Island (AS-153) on 9-16 January  2015
         during  the  annual Gangasagar Mela.  Expect main  activity to take
         place on 14260 kHz. QSL via VU2NRO.
W      - Once again Joe, K5KUA will be  active  as  K5KUA/5  from  Galveston
         Island (NA-143) on 12-14 December. Usually he operates CW  only  on
         40-10 metres. QSL via home call, direct  or  bureau.  Logsearch  on
         Club Log. [TNX]
W      - Sean, KX9X will operate QRP as KX9X/4 from Cudjoe Key (NA-062)  and
         possibly some nearby smaller islets  on  13-18  December.  QSL  via
         home call and LoTW. [TNX The Daily DX]
YB     - Look for Imam,  YB4IR/8  to  be  active  from  Banda  Neira  Island
         (OC-157) on 22-27 December. He will operate CW,  SSB  and  RTTY  on
         80-10 metres. QSL via home call (see for the link  to  Club
         Log's OQRS). [TNX DX World]

AFRICAN TOUR ---> Nick, G3RWF will be active holiday  style  as  7P8NH  from
Lesotho  on  11-14 December,  as  ZS1/G3RWF  from South  Africa  between  18
December and 5 January 2015, and as  V5/G3RWF  from Namibia on 6-13 January.
He  will  operate  CW only  on the  higher  bands. QSL  via G3RWF. [TNX OPDX

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

EP6T ---> "The Rockall DX Group has been very busy the past  few  weeks  and
by the looks of it you have  been  too!",  the  EP6T  Team  reported  on  29
November. "The individual sponsorlist is growing longer each day, that  made
us decide to send a direct QSL card for  contacts  made  with  EP6T  to  all
individual contributors without any cost. Meanwhile, Dr. Azim Fard,  General
Director of Radio Frequency Planning and Licensing of  the  C.R.A    in  the
Islamic Republic of  Iran  has  given  this  project  a  real  boost.  Sixty
students have already passed their hamradio exams  with  flying  colors  and
will be able to receive an EP call in the near future".
EP6T has been granted special permission to be active on 160 and  30  metres
(but not on 6 metres). The team is concerned about the  difficult  path  and
the expected short openings towards North America; in order to try and  "get
a fair continental balance", they will "prepare a plan and share  this  with
the DX community so everyone knows in advance what the appropriate  time  is
to contact us"(and to stand-by while EP6T is working other continents).  See for further information and updates.

IOTA BASH ---> The 11th annual IOTA Bash will be held on 27-28  February  in
Boerne, Texas. The agenda includes presentations  by  Krish  W4VKU  (VU4CB),
Cesar  VE3LYC  (TX4A  and  VK6ISL)  and   Imam    YB4IR    (Indonesian  IOTA
expeditions). Information for attending the Bash can be found  on  the  IREF
website ( [TNX AB5EB]

have been made aware that Dino Island no longer meets the requirements  laid
down for  qualification  for  IOTA  and  have  decided  that  it  should  be
withdrawn from  EU-144  with  effect  from  1  January  2015.  The  distance
separating the island from the  mainland  has  reduced  as  the  beach  area
gradually encroached into the channel and is  now  significantly  less  than
the required 200 metres. Credit will continue to be given for contacts  with
Dino made before 1 January 2015. The Committee  has  agreed  to  regard  the
following additional islets as counting  for  EU-144:  Isca  Maggiore,  Isca
Minore, Furmiculi Rocks, Godano and  Mantineo  -  see  the  Italian  Islands
Award (IIA) list at for the exact locations. [TNX G3KMA]

VP8SGK ---> Due to the weather it was not possible for the James Clark  Ross
to get alongside the  wharf  at  King  Edward  Point,  South  Georgia  on  3
December [425DXN 1230]. She did it on the 4th, for  ten  and  a  half  hours
only, and Mike, GM0HCQ/VP8CMH was able to get ashore and operate  as  VP8SGK
for a very short time. He made 35 QSOs on 15 metres  SSB;  "it  is  a  shame
that the ship did not stay for the two overnights that were  scheduled",  he
says, "otherwise I am sure that I would have managed  to  work  a  lot  more
stations". QSL via GM0HCQ (direct only), LoTW and eQSL.

QSL VIA F5NQL ---> Maurice, F5NQL is the QSL manager for FH/FM5CD,  FH/F5ROP
and FH/F4AJQ,  who  were  active  from  Mayotte  before  going  to  Tromelin
(FT4TA). The QSL cards are being printed,  and  all  of  the  QSOs  will  be
confirmed automatically via the bureau. [TNX F5NQL]

QSL VP5/G3SWH ---> "I am sorry to report  that,  apart  from  a  very  small
number of 'advance' cards, the first batch of cards have been  lost  in  the
mail between the printers in the Ukraine and the UK", Phil G3SWH says.  "The
second, replacement batch has yet to arrive. I will be travelling  for  most
of December and, assuming the cards arrive whilst I  am  away,  will  do  my
utmost to answer all direct cards over the Xmas  holidays  with  a  view  to
mailing them in early January, in time for the annual  IOTA  update.  Please
accept my apologies  for  any  inconvenience  caused  due  to  circumstances
beyond my control". VP5/G3SWH was operated by DK7LX  and  G3SWH  from  Grand
Turk Island (NA-003) on 1-9 October.

W1AW WAS ---> Look for ARRL Centennial  stations  W1AW/7  from  Montana  and
W1AW/9 from Indiana to be on the air starting at 00.00 UTC  on  10  December
until 23.59 UTC on the 16th. Complete information  on  the  ARRL  Centennial
QSO Party can be found at

WRTC2018: TEAM SELECTION CRITERIA --->  The  WRTC2018  Organizing  Committee
has announced the Team Selection Criteria  for  the  World  Radiosport  Team
Championship to be held in Germany in July  2018.  There  will  be  49  Team
Leaders selected through 32 qualifying events (30 for DL, 28  for  the  rest
of Europe and 26 for the rest  of  the  world)  between  February  2015  and
November 2016. Team Leaders will be selected on the basis of their  12  best
scores compared to others in their  Selection  Area.  The  first  qualifying
event will be the ARRL International DX Contest CW 2015. In addition,  there
will be up to 14 Special Teams, including the defending champions (N6MJ  and
KL9A), three Youth Teams (for applicants born after 14  July  1993),  up  to
five Sponsored Teams and up to five Wild Card Teams. The selection  criteria
are detailed at


QSLs received direct or through managers:  3B8/HB9ARY,  3B9FR,  4L8A,  4O4A,
4W/G3ZEM, 4W/PE7T, 4X1OM, 5R8UI, 5W0XH, 8P6SH,  8Q7KB,  8R1AE,  9A8VB,  BP0A
(AS-103), CE0Y/DK5VP, CE7/UA4WHX (SA-064), CE8/UA4WHX  (SA-091),  CE9/UA4WHX
(SA-050), CO8LY, CY0C, E30FB, E51AND (OC-013, OC-083  and  OC-159),  E51NOU,
E7/UA4WHX, EA1SB, EA2EEK/7 (EU-143),  EA6NB,  ED5EJ,  EJ0PL  (EU-007),  EJ1Y
(EU-007), EK3SA, EX/UA4WHX, FK8CE, FO/F4EBT  (OC-067),  FR/DJ2CW,  FR/F5UOW,
HK0/UA4WHX (NA-033 and NA-049), HL1VAU/2 (AS-122),  HP1AVS,  HQ4W  (NA-060),
HS0ZJF/9 (AS-126), JI3DST/5 (AS-200),  JI3DST/6  (AS-049),  JW2US  (EU-027),
JW9JKA (EU-027), KC4AAA, KC4USV (AN-011), KT3Q/6 (NA-066), MX0INT  (EU-109),
P29NI (OC-240 and OC-258), P29NI (OC-240 and OC-258), P29NO, P29VCX  (OC-008
and OC-115), PJ5/OL8R, PJ7/K5WE, PJ7PK  (NA-247),  PZ5AA,  R7AL/1  (EU-119),
RI0K (AS-061),  RI0X  (AS-064),  RI20ANT,  RI44ANT  (AN-010),  S79KB,  T30D,
TA0/DF8DX (AS-201),  TK/DL2SBY,  TX7G,  TY1AA  ,  UK/UA4WHX,  V63GW,  VK7FLI
(OC-195), VP5/W5CW,  VP9/ND8L,  VR2/IV3TAN,  VX9MOSKVA  (NA-068),  WP2/WQ6X,
XR0ZR, XV0VR  (AS-128),  XW1IC,  XX9TYT  (AS-075),  YB3MM  (OC-197,  OC-209,
OC-217, OC-219, OC-262), YB4IR (OC-143), YB4IR/5 (OC-107), YB4IR/8  (OC-076,
OC-109,  OC-222),  YB8RW/P  (OC-209,  OC-210,  OC-213,  OC-236),    YB8RXA/p
(OC-145), YB8V (OC-157), YB9/HA3JB (OC-022), YB9YFT, YD1DPM, YP0F  (EU-191),
YW5D (SA-044), Z63MED, ZA1G, ZD8X, ZF2DO, ZF2DX.


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