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Thursday, April 9, 2015

I.C.P.O. Bulletin (10-17 April 2015) "Islands, Castles & Portable Operations" Listing is by calendar date (day/month/year) ============================================ 11/04/2015: Wes, ZL3TE will return to Viti Levu Island (IOTA OC-016, WLOTA 0055), Fiji, on 10th April 2015. Operation will be near Nadi from 10-13th April and for the JIDX CW Contest (11-12 April). Activity before and after the contest, mainly CW with some Digi modes possible. Very limited Internet access. QSL via home call LoTW or direct. [DxCoffee] 11/04/2015: On Saturday, 11th April, Francois, F5JNE/p will activate the Castle Penhouet (DFCF 56-091), located in the commune of Grand Champ (CP 56390, WW Loc. IN87NS). QRV on 80-20 metres, mainly SSB. Other bands possible depending on conditions. QSL via home call, bureau or direct. [] 11/04/2015: Saturday morning, 11th April, Lionel F5NEP/p will activate the Castle of Trangis (DFCF 27-051) as well as the Cathedral Notre Dame d'Evreux (DCF-034). QRV mainly 40 and 20m, mainly SSB. Other bands might be possible. QSL via home call, direct or bureau. [F6FNA] 11/04/2015: Weather permitting, Patrick F8DYD/p plans to activate the Tower of Naintra Castle (DFCF 86-121, WCA F-06202) on 11th April. QRV mainly 80 and 40 metre SSB. QSL via home call, direct or bureau and LoTW. [F8DYD] 11/04/2015: A team from the PI4RAZ Radio Club will be active from Steg, Liechtenstein, on 11-18 April. Look for Mans HB0/PA2HGJ, Hugo HB0/PA2HW, Robert HB0/PA2RDK, Frank HB0/PA3CNO, Paul HB0/PA3DFR, Henry HB0/PA3HK, Gert HB0/PE0MGB and Piet HB0/PE1FLO to be active on 160-10 metre CW, SSB and PSK31. During this week, a couple of SOTA's will be activated as well if WX allows. QSL via PE1FLO. [425 DX News] 11/04/2015: Take, JI3DST/JS6RRR will once again be active from Shodo Island (AS-200) from 11th until 13th April. Look for him to be QRV on 40-10 metre CW and SSB using the callsign JI3DST/5. Take will also be active on 40-10 metre RTTY and FM using the callsign JS6RRR/5. Note: "in case of heavy rain or other condition, the operation condition may vary..". QSL both JI3DST/5 and JS6RRR/5 via home call by the bureau, or direct (by OQRS). Website: [] 11/04/2015: Fred, SM7DAY will be active as SM7DAY/p and as SK7DX from Senoren Island (EU-138) on 11-18th April, 2015. He will operate CW, SSB and PSK on the HF bands. QSL SM7DAY/p via home call, direct or bureau (OQRS on Club Log); QSL SK7DX via SM7DXQ. [425 DX News] 11/04/2015: Steve, VP5/VE3OC will once again be active from the island of Providenciales (NA-002, WLOTA 2003) between 11-16th April. Between scuba dives, he will be operating in vacation mode. His equipment will consist of a Icom IC-7000, Buddiepole antenna, Lithium-Ion battery for portable use on the beach and cliff sides. Steve will confirm QSO's via LoTW and eQSL, or direct... he will not QSL via the Bureau. Direct QSLing goes to VE3OC (Stephen Gordon Woo, 56 Kerrigan Cres., Markham, ON L3R 7T9, Canada) with $3US + SAE, to cover postage and printing. [VE3OC] 11/04/2015: Paulo, PY2WZR and others will be active as ZV2VS from Ilha da Vitoria (SA-028, DIB SP-12, WW Loc. GG76LF), Sao Paulo State, Brazil, on 11-12 April. The amateur radio activity is within a solidarity project aimed at providing basic necessities baskets for about twenty destitute families living on the island. Activity also counts for the Vitoria island lighthouse (DFB SP-03, ARLHS BRA-208 and WLOTA 0871). QSL via PY2WZR. [425 DX News] 12/04/2015: Mark, ZL3AB will be active as 3D2XT between 12-17 April, 2015. QRV holiday style from Malolo Lailai (Little Malolo) Island [aka Plantation Island], Mamanuca Islands (IOTA OC-121, WW Loc. RH82of), using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via home call and LoTW. [DX-World] 12/04/2015: On their way back from Seigy, France, Sunday 12th and Monday 13th April Denis F4GTT/p and Sylvie F4HJC/p plan to reactivate the following castles: Departement Indre et Loire (DDFM 37) - Castle of Villandry (DFCF 37-031, WCA F-01630), Castle of Chenonceau (DFCF 37-005, WCA F-01604), Castle d'Amboise (DFCF 37-025, WCA F-01624), and Castle of Clos Lucet (DFCF 37-066, WCA F-01664). Departement Loir et Cher (DDFM 41) - Castle of Beauregard (DFCF 41-012, WCA F-01761) and Castle of Blois (DFCF 41-007, WCA F-01756). QSL via home calls, bureau or direct. [F6FNA] 12/04/2015: Jeff, N3JS if going to give Assateague Island (NA-139, USi VA-024S, WLOTA 4206) another try this Sunday, April 12, signing N3JS/4. Starting around 1600 UTC and continuing 3-4 hours. Planning on 20m (14.254 +/- QRM) - if condx on 20m are bad will try 17m. QSL via home call, direct or bureau. [N3JS] 12/04/2015: Dino, VE7NX will be on vacation from 12-24th April 2015 in Aruba (IOTA SA-036, WLOTA 0033). That will be a holiday style Dx-ing for a few hours a day only. The equipment is Icom IC706MKIIG, LDG200 Pro tuner, Mini Buddipole antenna and 5 band dipole. Will be working mostly CW but may switch to SSB if needed. He will not have internet access from the hotel. QSL via home call, direct or bureau and LoTW. [DxCoffee] 12/04/2015: Doug, K4DBR will be active from the island of Sint Maarten (NA-105, WLOTA 0711) as PJ7/K4DBR between 12-17th April 2015. QRV on 40-10 metre SSB and Digital modes. QSL via LoTW preferred. [DX-World] 13/04/2015: Brian, GW4DVB, informs I.C.P.O. readers: "I will be operating a small Dx-Expedition again in April 2015, from Palm Island [aka Prune Island] (IOTA NA-025) - St. Vincent and the Grenadines), QRA Locator FK92HO. Dates 13th thru 21st April 2015 as J88PI. Bands: 40, 20, 17, 15, 10 and 6 metre, SSB, using Elecraft KX3 and KXPA100 Power Amp. QSL via homecall, direct (PO Box 20:20, Llanharan, Pontyclun, Wales - UK CF72 9ZA) or via the bureau." Website: [DxCoffee] 13/04/2015: John, PA1PJ/p will be operating QRP from Terschelling Island (EU-038, WLOTA 0943, WWFF PAFF-0072), West Frisian Islands, Dutch Wadden Sea, on 13-16 April 2015. Activity will be on 40 and 20 metres, on or near the usual island and IOTA frequencies. QSL via home call, bureau preferred. [] 14/04/2015: Gert, ZS6AYU will once again be signing 7P8GF from Katse Dam, Lesotho (WW Loc. KG40fp), between 14-17 April 2015. QRV holiday style on HF 40 to 10m and 6m. He hopes to be on the air from afternoon 14 Apr 15. Will QAP 50.097 MHz between 1500z and 1700z calling CQ from time to time just in case there is a TEP opening. QSL via home call, direct or bureau. [DX-World] 14/04/2015: Operators Doc Joey DU1BP, Joe DU2BOQ, RJ DU7RJA, Jun DV1JM, Bernard K6BF, Alex K6BG, Leo WA6LOS (leader), Billy WE6DX, Joel WJ1P and Chito WW6CP will be active from Pagasa [Pag-asa] Island [aka Thitu], Spratly Islands (IOTA AS-051, Grid Loc. OK71), 14-20th April 2015 as DX0P. RIGS: Elecraft (3) K3-100, (1) KX3 ORP radio. POWER AMPLIFIERS: Elecraft KPA-500. ANTENNAS: N6BT 160m-80m, N6BT Bravo co-phased 2 element Bravo, N6BT EVA-220 two element asymetric 2 element yagi. StepIR CrankIR for QRP. A3S Yagi 20m-10m. Plans are to be QRV on 160-6 metre, may include WARC bands, SSB, CW, RTTY and JT-65. QSL via WA6LOS. [DxCoffee] 15/04/2015: Kuni, JO1AEC plans activity as KH0YB from the Saipan rental shack (Himawari Hotel), island of Saipan (USi NI-002S, WLOTA 1333), Northern Mariana Islands (OC-086). Look for activity on the HF bands using SSB, CW and Digital modes. QSL via home call, direct or bureau. [Saipan rental shack] 15/04/2015: Haru, JA1XGI plans to be active from Port-Vila (WW Loc. RH42CH), Efate Island, Shefa Province, Vanuatu (OC-035) as YJ0XG during the middle of April 2015. QRV holiday style on the HF bands using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via JA1XGI, direct or Bureau. Further information and updates at: [DX-World] 16/04/2015: Patrick, 4F1TDT and Gil, 4F2KWT plan activity as 4G0PUP from Mindoro Island (OC-244, WLOTA 0794) on 16-19th April, 2015. QRV on the HF bands, propagation allowing. QSL direct or Bureau to DX1PUP or 4F2KWT. [] 16/04/2015: Alexander, HB9FDT will be active from Sal Island (AF-086, WLOTA 0610), Cape Verde, as D44TDK between 16-24th April. QRV on 20, 15 and 10 metres from Santa Maria village. QSL via home call, direct or bureau. [DX-World] 16/04/2015: Michel, F5PLC will be active as FR/F5PLC from Reunion Island (AF-016, DIFO FR-001, WLOTA 1812, WWFF FFF-011) from 16 April to 16 June. He will operate QRP CW mainly on 20 metres and possibly 30 metres. QSL via home call. [425 DX News] 17/04/2015: Jean, 5T0JL (F3JL/ON8RA), will use the special call 5T2MM from Nouakchott, Islamic Republic of Mauritania between 17-20th April 2015. He will also participate in the CWJF CQ Manchester Mineira Contest (18-19 April). QSL via PY4KL. Website: [DX-World] 17/04/2015: Operating from the island of Rarotonga (OC-013, WLOTA 0971), South Cook Islands, look for Doug W6HB and Brad W0VFT to be active as E51DLD and E51VFT, respectively, between 17-23 May 2015. QRV on 160-10m using the shacks of Andy E51AND and Jim E51JD. QSL E51DLD via W6HB with SASE for USA; SAE + $2USD for non-USA. QSL E51VFT via W0VFT with SASE for USA; SAE + $2USD for non-USA.. [DX-World] 17/04/2015: Sho, JA7HMZ, will again be active from the island of Pohnpei (OC-010, WW Loc. QJ96CX), Federated States of Micronesia, as V63DX between 17-25th April, 2015. QRV on 80-6 metres, all modes. QSL via home call, direct only (Shoji Igawa, 17 Shirogane-Cho Yokobori, Yuzawa-City, Akita, 019-0204, Japan). [ATDX] LOOKING AHEAD - 18/04/2015: The members of Portuguese Navy Hamradio Group will be active on the 18th of April 2015 and participate in International Day of Monuments and Sites from the Fortress of Sagres (WCA CT-00230, DCFP F-054, DMHP FR-037). They plan to work as CR5PS on all bands, CW and SSB. QSL via CS5NRA, info on [RN1CW] 18/04/2015: Bert, PD1SA will be active on the HF bands as YB1/PD1SA from the island of Java (OC-021, WLOTA 1660) from 18th April until 18th May, 2015. QSL via home call, "ONLY VIA THE BUREAU (NO E-QSL!)". [] 18/04/2015: In commemorating of 60 years of Asian-African Conference, ORARI West Java will organize a Special Event Station YE60AA starting from 00.00Z April 18, 2015 until 23.59Z April 19, 2015. QRV on all bands permitted by the Indonesian government, using Phone, RTTY and CW. Operators will be members of ORARI West Java (ORARI Daerah Jawa Barat / Call Area 1) and Guest Operator from other Call Area member (being prepared). QTH will be the Merdeka Building, Bandung, West Java province, Java Island (OC-021, WW Loc. OI33TB), Indonesia. QSL Info: PO. Box 1090 Bandung 40010 Indonesia. Log will be uploaded to HRDLog, Club Log, eQSL and LoTW. Further details, plus information on the relevant award (Asian-African Conference Award), can be found at: [DxCoffee] 19/04/2015: Dragan, YT2KID will be active on the 19th of April 2015 from the Petrus Fortress (WCA YU-00031). He plans to work as YT2KID/P only SSB on 7.131, 14.251 and 18.131 MHz. QSL via home call, bureau or direct. [RN1CW] 01/05/2015: Murilo PY2DS (leader/Manager), Marcelo PY2AE, Joao PU2KKE, Flavio PU2KFL and William PU2XIZ will be active from Cambriu Island (IOTA SA-024, DIB SP-15), on 1-3 May 2015, as PW2C. QRV on all bands using SSB and CW. QSL via PY2DS. [DxCoffee] 10/05/2015: Sascha, DG4ABE will be active holiday style as 8Q7BI from the Republic of Maldives (AS-013) between 10-17 May, 2015. QRV on 20-10m, mostly Digi-modes, with some SSB. QSL via home call, bureau or direct. [DX-World] 10/05/2015: Mike, DG5LAC (DOK: E38 Sued Stormarn) plans activity as EA8/DG5LAC from Isla de Fuerteventura (DIE S-006, WLOTA 0883, WWFF EAFF-0191), Canary Islands (AF-004) from 10-24th May. Expect activity on 40, 20, 15 and 10 metre SSB, using low power. QSL via bureau, direct or OQRS via DG5LAC. [] 14/05/2015: Eddy ON6EF, Jan ON6VJ and Bruno ON1CH will be active from Jersey Island (EU-013, WLOTA 0818, Grid Loc. IN89) as MJ/homecalls between 14-18 May, 2015. They will use a TS-2000 with FD4 and some other dipoles working from 160-6 metre, including the WARC bands. Eddy, ON6EF will also make a short iota trip to Sark Island (EU-114, WLOTA 0944) using the call MU/ON6EF/p with a TS-50S and FD3 dipole, external car battery and 100W. QSL via home calls, direct or bureau. [] 16/05/2015: Marcel, PD2MZ will be active on the 16th and 17th of May 2015 from the Castle Loevestein (WCA/COTA-PA PA-00164). He plans to work as special callsign PC6LC on all bands. QSL info via PA9F, bureau or direct. [RN1CW] 18/05/2015: James, KG4JSZ (SMIRK # 6551, 10-10 # 74882) will be stopping off on Santa Rosa [aka Okaloosa] Island (NA-142, USi FL-003S), Florida, on his return trip from the Hamvention in Dayton, OH. QRV as KG4JSZ/p for one day only on 18th May (01:00 - 17:00 UTC) on, or near, the usual HF IOTA and island frequencies. QSL to home call, direct with SASE/SAE + sufficient postage or LoTW. [] 23/05/2015: Look for Tom, DL7UZO to once again be active from Romo [Roemoe] Island (EU-125, OZI/DIA NS-001) from 23 until 31 May, 2015. QRV on the HF bands with focus on RTTY and CW. QSL via DL7UZO by the bureau, direct or OQRS. Website: [] 23/05/2015: Operators Gunni DL9BCP, Gaby DM1CG, Matze DL9BQ, Ray DH6DAO, Roland DG1DPN and possibly others will be active using the Scout clubstation callsign OZ1RDP from Romo [Roemoe] Island (EU-125, OZI/DIA NS-001) on 23-26 May. QRV on the HF bands using SSB, CW and Digital modes. QSL goes via DL9BCP, direct or bureau. Website: [] 15/07/2015: During the second half of July 2015, members of Russian Robinson Club plan an IOTA DXpedition to the Barent's Sea islands of Korga, or Chaichij and Timanets. These islands have not been on air for a long time because the area is very remote and hard to access. The team must do an 8-day journey (abt 1700 km) by sea. QRV as RI1PC from Chaichiy Island (EU-160, RR-03-24); RI1PK from Korga Island (EU-160, RR-03-04); and RI1PT from Timanets Island (EU-188, RR-03-27 (new one), RLHA RLE-new, WLOTA LH-new). Full details including team and plans can be found at: [DX-World] 24/07/2015: Look for Keith, G3TTC to be active on all bands as GW3TTC/p from Holy Island (EU-124, WLOTA 3338), Wales, from 24-27th July 2015. Activity will include an entry in the RSGB IOTA Contest (25-26 July). QSL direct or bureau to G3TTC [] 22/08/2015: Focusing on 6m EME, Lance W7GJ will be active as V6M from the Ulithi Adventure Lodge (WW Loc. PK90va), Falalop Island, Ulithi Atoll (OC-078), Yap State, Federated States of Micronesia, from 26th August until 3rd September, 2015. Main CQ frequency will be 50.190 MHz using JT65A. Sorry, no LoTW, eQSL or other newfangled ways of confirmation. Please QSL DIRECT with SASE (foreign stations include a current IRC or $USD for postage) direct to: Lance Collister W7GJ, P.O. Box 73, Frenchtown, MT 59834-0073, USA. Full information and updates at: [DX-World] 23/09/2015: Aki, JA1NLX will be active again from Yangeta Island, Yasawa group (IOTA OC-156), Republic of Fiji, as 3D2YA between 23-28 September, 2015. QRV on 40-10 metre CW, SSB and RTTY (TBD), using KX3/KXPA100 100W, Bravo-5 vertical dipole, vertical. QSL via Club Log OQRS (preferred), home call direct only and LoTW. Log will be uploaded to Club Log everyday if good internet connection is available, otherwise when he returns home. Log will be uploaded to LoTW when he returns home. Aki is no longer a member of JARL. Do not send your QSL card to JA Buro. Further information and updates at: [DX-World] SPECIAL EVENTS - 13/04/2015: Special callsign CS2015WARD will be active on 13-19 April from various locations around Portugal. QSL via CT1REP. The suffix stands for World Amateur Radio Day, which is celebrated every 18 April (the day when the International Amateur Radio Union was formed in 1925). [425 DX News] U.S.A. Special Event Stations can be found at: LIGHTHOUSE CALENDAR - 10/04-13/04 3D2SE: Viti Levu Island WLOTA:0055 QSL ZL3TE (d) 11/04-16/04 VP5/VE3OC: Providenciales Island WLOTA:2003 QSL H/c (d) 11/04-12/04 ZV2VS: Vitoria DFB:SP-03 BRA-208 WLOTA:0871 QSL PY2WZR (d/B) 12/04 N3JS/4: Assateague Island WLOTA:4206 QSL H/c (d/B) 12/04-24/04 P4/VE7NX: Aruba Island WLOTA:0033 QSL H/c (d/B) 12/04-17/04 PJ7/K4BDR: St. Maarten WLOTA:0711 QSL LoTW 13/04-16/04 PA1PJ/P: Terschelling Island WLOTA:0943 QSL H/c (B) 16/04-19/04 4G0PUP: Mindoro Island WLOTA:0794 QSL DX1PUP (d/B) 16/04-24/04 D44TDK: Ilha do Sal WLOTA:0610 QSL HB9FDT (d/B) 16/04-16/06 FR/F5PLC: La Reunion Island WLOTA:1812 QSL H/c (d/B) 6 METRES & UP - 11/04-12/04 SKCC Weekend Sprintathon 6m class 11 1200z-12 2359z 11/04-12/04 New Mexico QSO Party 6m class CW/SSB 11 1400z-12 0200z 11/04 FISTS Two Metre Activitiy FISTS/NON-FISTS 1500z-1600z 11/04-12/04 Georgia QSO Party 6m class Ph/CW 11 1800z-12 2359z 12/04 RSGB First 50MHz Contest SO/Fixed/Open 0900z-1200z 12/04 FISTS Two Metre Activitiy FISTS/NON-FISTS 1000z-1100z 13/04 Spring VHF/UHF 144MHz Sprint 1900-2300 Local time 13/04-21/04 J88PI: Palm Island NA-025 Grid:FK92 6m SSB QSL GW4DVB (d/B) 14/04 LY 432MHz Activity Contest CW/SSB/FM 1700z-2059z 14/04 NRAU 432MHz Activity Contest SO/MO/Open 1700z-2100z 14/04 SPAC 432MHz Contest CW/Phone/Open 1800z-2200z 14/04 RSGB 432Hz UKAC SO/Fixed/Open 1900z-2130z 14/04-17/04 7P8GF: Lesotho Grid:KG40fp 6m casual QSL ZS6AYU (d/B) 14/04-20/04 DX0P: Spratly AS-051 Grid:OK71 6m all mode QSL WA6LOS (d) 16/04 NRAU 70MHz Activity Contest SO/MO/Open 1700z-2100z 16/04 SPAC 70MHz Contest CW/Phone/Open 1800z-2200z 17/04-25/04 V63DX: Pohnpei OC-010 Grid:QJ96cx 6m QSL JA7HMZ (d) Contest Calendar: Information about current VHF activities can be found on the VHF DX portal "Make More Miles on VHF" at: SMIRK: SOTA (Summits On The Air) Watch Alerts at: QSL INFO - QSL Status - 5W0UU & A35UU: Hans, DF2UU informs DX-World that QSL cards have now been printed and he will send out soon. [DX-World] QSLs via Bureau: 3B8/DK9PY, 9Y4W, AH7C, FG/DK9PY, KB3CTX, OM8KT and VE7JH. QSLs via Direct: 9Q0HQ (OQRS), E20HHK/P [AS-145 Nu Island] (, FO4BM/P [Mangareva OC-063] (H/c), FT4TA (OQRS), TX7G (MDXC), ZK3E (MDXC) and ZK3Q (MDXC). QSLs via LoTW: 6Y2M, 9Q0HQ, EF8S, SN7O, SN7Q, SO2O, SO9T, SP3PWL and VK4KW. BITS & PIECES - CONTEST UNIVERSITY 2015 (Dayton, OH) - Contest University will be held on Thursday May 14, 2015, from 7:00am to 5:00pm, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dayton, Ohio. This is the day before the Dayton Hamvention officially opens. Don't miss this rare opportunity to gain knowledge that may take you years of practice, trial and error or lost time to learn otherwise. Get the edge to improve your scores and put your station in the winners circle today! F, FRANCE - Our good friend Ivan PASTTRE, F3AT, turned 101 years young and a ham since 1931. Still member of FOC, ARRL, Clipperton DX Club, UFT, EUDXF and F6KOP. Top of the Honor Roll of the DXCC. Congratulations may be sent to: ivanf3at[@] P4, ARUBA - IV3YIH is currently active from Aruba as P4/IV3YIH. [ATDX] VE8/VY0, Activation of Melville Island, NA-248NEW - During the period 3-10 August 2015, an activation of NA-248NEW [NWT (Melville Island) Group] is planned by Cezar, VE3LYC. Permission and logistics are in place. A website with full details will be announced soon. Exact dates to be confirmed. [DX-World] WORLD CASTLES WEEKEND 2015 - Mark your calendars! World Castles Weekend will be held on the 20th and 21st of June 2015, from 00:00 UTC Saturday till 23:59 UTC Sunday. Work on the air from historical places, monuments and the architectural constructions relating to fortification to rise of interest to historical and architectural heritage as well as visiting extant historical monuments. During the World Castles Weekend there is a good possibility to fulfil a conditions of various award programs and increase your collection by beautiful QSL-cards. Radio hams of all countries and territories are invited. Full information can be found at: WCAG - World Castles Activity Group ============================================ 73 and Good DX! Dave Raycroft, VA3RJ Home of I.C.P.O. & VEFF Program: Note: My website is constantly updated and will often show activity that did not make it in time for the I.C.P.O. Bulletin, and last minute announcements. My DX Calendar page is a good place to start to find updated information between bulletins. 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