Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Blog Logs

Example of monitoring via Airspy HF Discovery
Monitoring 10-18 August, 2020


All times UTC/ SDR units as indicated

Chile
Radio Cooperative, 760 kHz from 1715 tune-in. News-talk format in Spanish with national news items and brief references to station. Confirmed via parallel audio at station’s website http://www.cooperativa.cl . Station operates on 24-hour schedule. Chile’s Radio Nacional Santiago on 1140 kHz from 1725-1740. News topics and announcer’s friendly conversations about Santiago. Station ID, frequency and local Santiago time check to station jingles. (Chile SDR)

Clandestine
Denge Welat via Moldova relay on 11530 kHz. Tune-in 1305-1335. Kurdish news, references to station and lengthy commentary. Slight fades, but overall good signal. (Poland SDR).

Eswatini (ex Swaziland)
TWR Africa, 6130 kHz (100 kW) Religious text cadence from 1835, listed as Umbunbu ethnic language (Mon-Fri) in GRG Summer 2020 edition. Format continued to 1842. Noted on-frequency digital signal interference, likely ANDVT every 24-25 second intervals. Religious chorus, sermon’s text as signal intermittently fades. (SIO 322.Vocal segments to 1903. (S Africa SDR)

Ethiopia
Amhara Radio 6090 kHz. Tune-in 1905 to news script format in presumed Amharic. Ethiopian music with announcer’s voice-overs. Fair signal SIO 322. (Qatar SDR)


Germany
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty via Lampertheim relay; 11850 kHz. Tune-in 1400 (SIO 323) // 15450 (SIO 222) Announcer’s Tajik service schedule to 1600. Udon, Thailand relay with excellent signal on 15255 from 1420 with Turkmen text. Kuwait relay audible from 1425 ID on 11790. Uzbek service via Woofferton, UK relay from 1428 on 11790 // 15310 kHz. NLD & Qatar SDR)

Iran
VOIRI/Pars Today 6060 kHz. Arabic service covering items about Iran into program intros. Islamic feature with commentary. SIO 433. Opening instrumentals on 7235 kHz at 1920. Station ID, station frequency quote into French service. (Qatar SDR)

Kuwait
Radio Kuwait Classical Arabic Music Channel, 1269 kHz (100 kW). Arabic vocals to classical music and intermittent Arabic text over music segments. Schedule listed to 0000 UTC. Enjoyable Arabic music. Kuwait’s Quran Prgm in Arabic noted on 630 kHz (24 hour schedule) with SIO 434. (Qatar SDR)




Malaysia
RTM Sarawak WAI FM 9835 kHz at 1225 tune-in. Lady’s Malay item to Asian rap vocals and jingle format. Station ID at 1230 Additional Asian pops, and PSA’s about Covid. Mentions of Malaysia to additional pop tunes. Parallel frequency 11665 not heard. (Philippine SDR)


ORTM Mali signal on 9635 kHz
Mali 
ORTM Mali, 9635 kHz. Tune-in 1755 to mbira music, followed by ethnic vocals to 1759. Time tips signal tones to drum instrumental segment, closing on 9635. Shifted to 5995 kHz from 1800. Very weak (SIO 222) ethnic vocals to announcer’s French items at 1815. (Sevilla, Spain SDR)



Philippines
FEBC Philippines, 9275 // 9400. Good signals from 1243 tune-in. Chinese religious text format. This schedule to 1600 and 2230-0000 UTC. Khmer service on 13870;  1100-1300 UTC.  Occasional ID breaks and station info. (Philippine SDR)

Poland
Polskie Radio 1, 225 kHz LW. Tune-in 1253 with Polish announcements. PSA formats and several “Polski” references. Station ID to time ticks at 1300 UTC. Additional ID into national news format. At 1301. (NLD SDR)

United States
USAGM-Radio Farda in Persian from 1445 tune-in on 12005 (300 kW) via Woofferton, UK relay. (NLD SDR)

USAGM-Radio Martí 11930 kHz via Greenville, NC // 11860 // 13605 from 1420-1445. Persistent jamming from Cuba on three frequencies. (Airspy HF Discovery/W6LVP, Brasstown, NC)


Uruguay
Radio Clasica/Rdif Nacional, 650 kHz (25 kW) from 1510-1520. Spanish announcers occasional “canned” ID to classical music programs Radio el Espectador on 810 kHz from 1520. Station’s slogan and items on Uruguay, ads with phone numbers and ID breaks. (50 kW). Radio Monte Carlo 930 kHz (50 kW) from 1525 tune-in. Spanish pop vocals and easy-listening tunes. ID, station promo and singing slogans. Audio parallel with station’s online streaming at http://www.radiomontecarlo.com.uyRadio Oriental on 770 (50 kW) with promos, and slogans from 1530 tune-in. Program for morning greetings to listener’s, promo for the news and ID. Audio parallel with station’s online streaming at http://www.oriental770.com/ (Montevideo, UR SDR)
(Gayle Van Horn, Teak Publishing, Brasstown, NC)


Monday, August 10, 2020

Blog Logs

Monitoring 28 July - August 5, 2020

All times UTC / frequencies in kilohertz (kHz) SDR units as indicated

Algeria
Radio Algerienne Chaine 1, 558 kHz in Arabic, from 1835 tune-in. Parallel Quran noted on 693, 873, 1026, 1071 kHz. (Qatar SDR) Chaine 3, (Tipaza, Algeria-1500 kW) French on 252 LW from 1510. Male/female phone-conversations to 1524. Instrumental Algerian music to 1527. Additional brief phone-in to 1530. Station ID over Arabic music to extended Arabic vocals. SIO 434. Jil FM (F'Kirina and Sidi Hamadouche, Algeria-600 kW) Noted on 531 // 549 with fair signal SIO 333; Multichaine-Radio UFC, Ouled Fayet, Algeria-50 kW) Tune-in 1422 amid Arabic vocals to intro to a Quran program. All Algerian station's via Sardinia SDR. http://www.radioalgerie.dz

Cuba
Radio Habana Cuba, 1830 sign-on for Creole service on 15140 (Bauta-100 kW). Opening station melody to announcer's  Creole station ID. Musical intro to items about Cuba.Target to western North America 444 SIO. (Airspy SDR) Interval signal 1857 to Spanish ID, info and web address. English service program preview into national news. SIO 434. French service heard 2000-2030 on 15140 per schedule; Portuguese service, fair signal  to Europe 2005 tune-in on 15370 kHz (Bauta) No show for Spanish 2100 check on 15370; Spanish 2100 on 9640 (Bejucal) with fair (SIO 333) All over the place on 11760 in Spanish from 2305 check. Muddled audio and drifting. No sign of the following listed on the latest schedule: 11800 from 2300, 13740, 11670 kHz; 7390 in English 2300-2330; 15730 2300-2330. Audible 2300-0000 on 9640 (Bejucal) in Spanish to the Antilles, with Cuban music program with over mod. (Airspy HF Discovery, Brasstown, NC)

Estonia
Radio Eli from Tartu on 1035 kHz (100 kW). Russian religious text format from 1820 tune-in. Just barely audible, but religious vocals heard from 1829. Published schedule as 0300-0700 and 1500-2200 UTC. (Karuse, Estonia SDR).

Radio Fana via Qatar SDR
Ethiopia
FBC Radio Fana, 6110 kHz (!00 kW). Good signal for several days monitoring, in listed as Afar/Amharic. Tune in's from 1725-1830. Ethnic African music, text for news format, announcer's talk and special presentations. SIO 434. (Qatar SDR) http://www.fanabc.com Tentative on Ethiopia's OBN/Radio Oromia on 6030 kHz 1804-1820. African ethnics for announcer's text but very poor signal throughout. (Qatar SDR)

Hong Kong
MBC Metro Plus, 1044 kHz. English service from 1835 tune-in. U.S. and world news headlines, into Asian pops and "Metro Plus" jingles. SIO 444. Additional Hong Kong station's audible; RTHK Radio 3, English on 567 kHz (20 kWW and // 1584 (1 kW) very poor from 1845. Rod Stewart classic pops, followed with jingles and additional pops. RTHK Radio 5 on 783 at 1851-1855. Cantonese/Mandarin service to U.S. pops and 'voice'over' slogans. RTHK Radio 6 at 1855. Cantonese/Mandarin jingles and easy-listening vocals. All of the HK station's checked basically have a similar program format. (Honk Kong SDR)

Kosovo
RTK Radio Kosovo 1, 549 kHz. Weak signal from 1837-1845. (SIO 232) Presumed Albanian text including a mention of Pristina. Subsequent check from 1445. Pope music, including Euro and U.S. pops from lady announcer to 1500 routine as signal deteriorates. Nice catch once again. (Romanian and Slovenian SDSR)


Kuwait
Radio Kuwait-Main Prgrm, 540 kHz (600 kW). Tune-in from 1805 during program of male/female Arabic newscript to fanfare music between segments. Items on Saudi Arabia and heard mentions of Hajj. Audible on // 963 and 1134 kHz, though both latter freqs very poor. Good signal for 540 kHz. Radio Kuwait's Quran Prgrm loud and clear on 630 kHz, for 24 hour schedule. (Qatar SDR)

Kyrgzstan
KTRK Birinchi Radio-Prgm 1, 4010 kHz. Tune-in 1502 as female/male trade news topics in Kyrgyz. Signal tips at 1506 to announcer's clear station identification. Continued text and announcer chat to 1523. Fanfare instrumental to "Birinchi" ID. Two males conversing to 1529. Additional fanfare and extended station information and frequency quote. Local interference from SDR location from 1532. Slight signal fades, SIO 333. Monitored on subsequent day from 1535-1545, with similar format. http://www.ktrk.kg (Kyrgzstan SDR)

Romania
Radio Timisoara, 630 kHz. Tune-in 1847 to Romanian folk music to 1850. Brief station mention, back to music. Noted interference from'presumed Italian station on frequency. Station website: http://www.radiotimisoara.ro/ Romania's longwave station Radio Antena Satelor on 153 kHz always has interesting programs and Romanian music. Numerous ID's and specials about Romania. Enjoy this station's music, and have it programmed on my Logitech Squeezebox Radio. http://www.antenasatelor.ro (NLD SDR)

Radio Romania Actualitati, 1152 kHz. Romanian programming from 1910 including news topics.  Noted parallels on 756, 1179 kHz  (poor) and 1458 (poor). No sign of // 855 kHz. Lady's newscript to the sports update. http://www.radioromania.ro Radio Romania International also audible in Romanian for afternoon programming on 9500 kHz to Europe and // 11975 (very poor). Programs of station ID,  chats, and music. Time ticks 1859 to full ID at 1900. http://www.rri.ro (NLD SDR)

Saudi Arabia
SBA Quran 11820, 2015 tune-in to Arabic text on Quran, followed by recitations at 2020. (SIO 444); audible on // 11915 to Asia. Schedule to 0000 UTC. 'lSBA Saudi Radio International in Turkish on 9675 kHz. Monitored from 2025. Turkish service is 1800-2057 UTC. Turkish instrumentals introduced special programming at 2028 to 2100*. (AirSpy HF Discovery/Brasstown, NC)

SRTC Sudan Radio signal on 7205 kHz
Sudan
SRTC Sudan Radio, 7205 kHz. Announcer reading script in ethnic language for presumed newscast, from 1802 tune-in. Very poor, weak signal for martial style music. Recheck next day 1710 to lady's Arabic text, followed by extended Arabic conversations, past 1730. Did manage a few "Amerikas" during chats. Qatar SDR vastly improves reception.

Voice of Turkey via Airspy HF Discovery
Turkey
Voice of Turkey 9830 kHz, Sign-on at 2200. English service with world news. Station ID's and Turkish pop tunes to Letterbox program 2230-2240 closing with postal address, email and the website URL. Noted closing ID's, info, frequency schedules into Turkish music loop. to 2258 sign-off. (Airspy HF Discovery, Brasstown, NC)

United States
WRMI-Overcomer Ministry 9455 kHz from 1905 tune-in. Usual banter on the end times with breaks for phone-in calls. "Canned" ID, address and website reference. (SIO 434). Also heard from 1930 on 7490 kHz via WBCQ with usual programming. WJHR-Milton, Florida from 1910 on 15555 kHz USB. Just barely there, but what sounded like biblical text from tune-in. Scheduled to 2200 UTC. WINB from 1920 tune-in on 9265 kHz. Bible verses to text about Apostle Paul. (SIO 444). World's Last Chance Radio via WBCQ on 9330 kHz for 1925 German tune-in. Plenty of ID's and station info. Schedule listed to 2157 UTC. (Airspy HF Discovery, Brasstown, NC)
(Gayle Van Horn W4GVH)

Friday, August 07, 2020

Icom to release the ID-52A/E Amateur Handheld Transceiver

 

Icom Incorporated (Headquarters: Hirano, Osaka, Japan/President: Masataka Harima) releases the ID-52A/E*, VHF/UHF dual-band digital transceiver that supports D-STAR (Digital Smart Technologies for Amateur Radio).
* ID-52A is the USA version, ID-52E is the European version

The ID-52A/E is equipped with a color display. The display size is increased to 2.3 inches (1.7 inches for the ID-51A/E), and a transflective display is used to achieve excellent visibility, even in bright sunlight. The transceiver also supports Bluetooth® communication as standard. Wirelessly connect to Android™ devices with ST-4001A/ST-4001I Picture Utility Software and RS-MS1A Remote Control Software installed, the optional VS-3 Bluetooth® headset is also available, for hands-free operation.

And the following features are enhanced from the previous ID-51A/E models. Simultaneous reception in V/V, U/U, V/U as well as DV/DV. Airband reception is expanded from VHF to UHF (225 to 374.995 MHz). The new model can be charged via a micro USB connector. Audio output is significantly increased from 400 mW to 750 mW. The latest function of D-STAR enables you to send, receive, and view saved photos on an installed microSD card using only the ID-52A/E.

In addition to the above, the ID-52A/E has a variety of attractive features such as the DR function with easy set-up, built-in GPS receiver, micro SD card slot, IPX7* waterproof construction, and Terminal/Access Point modes. The ID-52A/E is a product that leads the amateur radio digital communications with enriched features that satisfy any users, from beginners to even heavy users who want to fully enjoy D-STAR.
* 1m depth of water for 30 minutes.

MAIN FEATURES

  • 2.3" large transflective color display that is easy to see outdoors
  • Bluetooth® communication as standard
  • Simultaneous reception in V/V, U/U, V/U and DV/DV
  • Enriched D-STAR® features including the terminal mode/access point mode
  • UHF(225~374.995MHz) airband reception
  • Significantly increased audio output power to 750 mW (400 mW for ID-51 series)
  • Accessories for the ID-51A/E such as battery packs and microphones can be used 

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Newer Solar Cycle 25 Forecast Runs Counter to Consensus

From the July 9, 2020, ARRL Newsletter

Scientists associated with the National Center for Atmospheric Research, the University of Maryland, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and other institutions are offering a "bold prediction" on how Solar Cycle 25 will play out. In a paper, "Overlapping Magnetic Activity Cycles and the Sunspot Number: Forecasting Sunspot Cycle 25 Amplitude," they assert that the next sunspot cycle will be of major proportions. The forecast stands in stark contrast to the consensus of forecasters who predict that the magnitude of the nascent Cycle 25 may not be much different from the current unremarkable solar cycle, which appears to have reach its low point.

"From the dawn of modern observational astronomy, sunspots have presented a challenge to understanding -- their quasi-periodic variation in number, first noted 160 years ago, stimulates community-wide interest to this day," the abstract points out. "A large number of techniques are able to explain the temporal landmarks, (geometric) shape, and amplitude of sunspot 'cycles,' however, forecasting these features accurately in advance remains elusive."

Monthly sunspot numbers since 1749. The data values are represented by dots, and the 12-month running average values are illustrated as a red shaded area. Vertical blue dashed lines signify the magnetic activity cycle termination times that trigger the rapid growth of sunspot activity.

The paper notes that recent studies have illustrated a relationship between the sun's 22-year Hale magnetic cycle and the production of sunspot cycle landmarks and patterns, but not the amplitude of the cycle.

"Using discrete Hilbert transforms on 270 years of monthly sunspot numbers to robustly identify the so-called 'termination' events -- landmarks marking the start and end of sunspot and magnetic activity cycles -- we extract a relationship between the temporal spacing of terminators and the magnitude of sunspot cycles," the abstract explains. "Given this relationship and our prediction of a terminator event in 2020, we deduce that Sunspot Cycle 25 will have a magnitude that rivals the top few since records began. This outcome would be in stark contrast to the community consensus estimate of Sunspot Cycle 25 magnitude."

NASA's Solar Dynamic Observatory captured this image of a sunspot, with a core larger than Earth.

According to the paper, low-amplitude solar cycles appear to correspond with widely separated terminators, while larger-amplitude cycles correspond to more narrowly separated terminators.

"[O]ur best estimate for the [sunspot number] amplitude of Solar Cycle 25 is 233 spots, with a 68% confidence that the amplitude will fall between 204 and 254 spots," the paper posits. "We predict with 95% confidence that the Cycle 25 amplitude will fall between 153 and 305 spots."

The researchers concede that their forecast is outside of the scientific consensus, based on different paradigms. "Over the coming months, as [Solar Cycle] 25 matures, it will become evident which of these paradigms is most relevant," the paper says. "Very early indications of the spot pattern are appearing at higher-than-average latitudes (∼40°). Historically, high-latitude spot emergence has been associated with the development of large amplitude sunspot cycles -- only time will tell."

Friday, June 26, 2020

ARRL Field 2020 N5FPW Style

Welcome to the shack of N5FPW - Larry at the controls. This is my 2020 ARRL Field Day Operation running North Carolina 1D. All digital ops running FT4/FT8. See you on the bands from Clay County NC



Saturday, May 16, 2020

Propagation de K7RA

SB PROP @ ARL $ARLP020
ARLP020 Propagation de K7RA

ZCZC AP20
QST de W1AW 
Propagation Forecast Bulletin 20  ARLP020
From Tad Cook, K7RA
Seattle, WA  May 16, 2020
To all radio amateurs

SB PROP ARL ARLP020
ARLP020 Propagation de K7RA

No sunspots appeared last week. The previous seven days had only one
big sunspot group on one day, with a sunspot number of 35. Over the
seven day period this averaged out to a sunspot number of 5, so
average daily sunspot numbers declined from 5 to 0 this week.

Average daily solar flux also declined, by one point from 69.5 to
68.5.

Geomagnetic indicators were quiet, with average daily planetary A
index declining from 5.1 to 4.1, and mid-latitude A index from 5 to
4.7.

Spaceweather.com reports that the percentage of days with no
sunspots so far in 2020 (76%) is very close to 2019 (77%).

Every day I look at STEREO https://stereo.gsfc.nasa.gov/ to see if
there are any hints of activity over the horizon. Each 30 degree
division on that display represents about 55 hours, and currently on
May 14 I see a bright possibly active area about 30 degrees over the
solar horizon.

Predicted solar flux is 68 on May 15 to 21, 69 on May 22, 70 on May
23 to 31, 68 on June 1 to 13, 70 on June 14 to 27 and 68 on June 28.

Predicted planetary A index is 5 on May 15 to 18, 8 on May 19 and
20, 5 on May 21 to June 8, 8 on June 9 and 10, 5 on June 11 to 13,
then 10 and 8 on June 14 and 15, and 5 on June 16 to 28.

Geomagnetic activity forecast for the period May 15 til June 9, 2020
from F.K. Janda, OK1HH.

"Geomagnetic field will be
quiet on: May 26, June 2 to 5
quiet to unsettled on: May 16, 25, 27 to 31
quiet to active on: (May 15, 20 to 22, 24, June 1, 6 to 8)
unsettled to active on: (May 17 to 19, 23)
active to disturbed: no disturbances predicted

Solar wind will intensify on: May (18 to 21, 23,) 24, June (6 and 7)

- Parenthesis means lower probability of activity enhancement.
- The predictability of changes remains lower as there are no
indicators."

I've noticed recently that even with very little sunspot activity,
there is plenty of activity on the air. Checking FT8 communications
on https://www.pskreporter.info/pskmap.html I can see lots of weak
signal communication over marginal paths, even on 12, 10 and 6
meters. I also get reports from readers, and see reports on a local
DXer email list, and everyone seems more active of late.

I suspect much of this activity is related to the COVID-19 pandemic,
and the great number of operators isolating at home.

The May 7 ARRL Eclectic Tech podcast (listen at
https://bit.ly/2zCjRRu) features a story (starting at minute 10:57)
about a medical research project using distributed computing
employing idle microprocessor cycles in volunteer's personal
computers to aid in medical research. Called Folding at Home
(https://foldingathome.org/start-folding/) participants can form
teams to do the work, and keep score. It has recently been
re-positioned to aid research on COVID-19.

Twenty years ago I started a folding team, dedicated to the memory
of the former holder of my call sign, K7RA. You can view the stats
on our team at https://stats.foldingathome.org/team/10566. If you
can join us, download the software from https://foldingathome.org/
and during installation please dedicate your work to team number
10566.

I was aware of the Carrington Event (see https://bit.ly/35YRadA),
the huge solar storm of 1859, but there was another big one, 99
years ago this week, that also set fire to telegraph offices and
caused general mayhem. See https://bit.ly/3fVaywK and
https://bit.ly/2Z5muG3.

Ken Brown, N4SO (EM50) in Grand Bay, Alabama reports unusual 15
meter propagation at an odd time, after midnight where he is. On May
11, using FT8 he heard VE7SKY (CN89) at 0602 UTC and then 8C2WFH,
(OI53) in Indonesia at 0649 UTC.

Mark Bell, K3MSB of Airville, Pennsylvania wrote on May 8: "10M Has
been open the past few days. I've worked stations in TX and CA on
Thursday May 7th, and stations in MN and WA on May 8th, using CW and
100 watts. It was classic Es propagation. I had no RBN reports for
the 7th, but very nice ones on the 8th. Several other stations were
calling me on the 8th but I was unable to work them."

On May 11 Mark wrote:

"Here's an update to my update. Between May 7-10, I worked 10 states
on 10M CW. Single hop sporadic-E into TX, MN, FL, TN, MO, LA, and WI
and double hop into CA, WA and ID, all CW. I heard quite a few more
stations calling me but I was unable to work them."

Marked mentioned RBN. More info: http://www.reversebeacon.net/

Jon Jones, N0JK wrote from Kansas: "Es May 11. Caught J68HZ (St.
Lucia) on 50.313 MHz at 2345z on 2x Es. Note the report, -24 dB! So
far no major openings like on April 15, but overall Es season
starting to pick up."

Danny Miller, KB8W wrote: "There was a nice Es opening on 6 meters
during the afternoon and evening of May 8 from my UP of Michigan QTH
(EN57) to Idaho, western Montana, Alberta and Saskatchewan. Es is
common in the central USA during the summer months but it is very
early to have it happen so far north in early May, the Es cloud
appeared to be over North and South Dakota.

I worked 12 stations over about ten hours, using FT8 on 50.313 MHz.
I run only 50 W to a 5 element Yagi on 6 meters, so it is great to
have some extended propagation to help me work those western grid
squares!"

K0ZN wrote from De Soto, Kansas: "May 7th had some exceptional HF
conditions. I have not heard things this good in several years. What
got my attention was when I turned the radio on about 11 PM, WWV was
pounding in at 35 db over S-9 on 10 and 15 MHz and S-9 on 20 and S-7
on 25 MHz here in Kansas City; that is only a 550 mile path, quite
short for 20 and 25 MHz at 11 PM CST! I got on 10M and heard strong
west coast signals and worked a KH6 running 30 W to a vertical with
good signals both ways. The impressive thing was hearing a UA6 who
was S-9 working a Polish station! 30 M was clearly wide open to a
large part of the world... at midnight CST. One can only hope this
is an omen of better things coming on HF."

If you would like to make a comment or have a tip for our readers,
email the author at, k7ra@arrl.net.

For more information concerning radio propagation, see
http://www.arrl.org/propagation and the ARRL Technical Information
Service at http://arrl.org/propagation-of-rf-signals. For an
explanation of numbers used in this bulletin, see
http://arrl.org/the-sun-the-earth-the-ionosphere.

An archive of past propagation bulletins is at
http://arrl.org/w1aw-bulletins-archive-propagation. More good
information and tutorials on propagation are at http://k9la.us/.

Monthly propagation charts between four USA regions and twelve
overseas locations are at http://arrl.org/propagation.

Instructions for starting or ending email distribution of ARRL
bulletins are at http://arrl.org/bulletins.

Sunspot numbers for May 7 through 13, 2020 were 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0,
and 0, with a mean of 0.  10.7 cm flux was 68.7, 67.9, 71, 67.9,
66.2, 68.9, and 68.8, with a mean of 68.5.  Estimated planetary A
indices were 4, 4, 3, 5, 5, 4, and 4, with a mean of 4.1.  Middle
latitude A index was 5, 4, 3, 5, 7, 5, and 4, with a mean of 4.7.
NNNN
/EX

425 DX News #1515 [Calendar]

16 May 2020                                              A.R.I. DX Bulletin
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                           Edited by  I1JQJ & IK1ADH
                         Direttore  Responsabile I2VGW

Owing to the ongoing and fluid nature  of the  COVID-19  situation globally,
announced  activities  might  be  cut short,  postponed,  cancelled  or even
extended at any time and without notice.

PERIOD           CALL                                                   REF
till  16/05      GB0KYD: special callsign (England)                    1512
till  16/05      GB0VER: special callsign (England)                    1514
till  17/05      5C1WTIS: special callsign                             1515
till  17/05      A91WTIS: special callsign                             1513
till  17/05      GB1HSC: special callsign (Northern Ireland)           1512
till  17/05      GB2SH: special callsign (England)                     1512
till  17/05      HZ1WTIS: special callsign                             1515
till  18/05      GB0EDH: special callsign (England)                    1512
till  19/05      8C2WFH: special callsign (Indonesia)                  1511
till  19/05      GB0VED: special callsign (England)                    1514
till  19/05      ZW5STAYHOME: special callsign                         1511
till  21/05      GB4VED: special callsign (England)                    1514
till  21/05      OX3LX: Aasiaat Island (NA-134)                        1514
till  22/05      GB6NHS: special callsign (England)                    1511
till  24/05      GB2SHS: special callsign (England)                    1513
till  25/05      TC1STAYHOME: special callsign                         1508
till  25/05      XN1BOA: special callsign                              1511
till  26/05      GB8NHS: special callsign (Northern Ireland)           1509
till  28/05      GB0GIG: special callsign (Wales)                      1513
till  28/05      GB1KEY: special callsign (Wales)                      1513
till  28/05      GB5SAH: special callsign (England)                    1513
till  28/05      GB75VED: special callsign (England)                   1511
till  28/05      GB75VET: special callsign (England)                   1513
till  28/05      KG4NE: Guantanamo Bay                                 1514
till  29/05      GB9SH: special callsign (England)                     1514
till  29/05      TC19MED: special callsign                             1511
till  31/05      3Z100KW: special callsign                             1515
till  31/05      8J1ITU: special callsign                              1513
till  31/05      AM40LAR: special callsign                             1515
till  31/05      AU2STH: special callsign                              1513
till  31/05      E7STAYHOME: special callsign                          1510
till  31/05      EM30UCC: special callsign                             1499
till  31/05      GB1945PE, GB1945PJ, GB75PEACE: special callsigns      1511
till  31/05      GB2CCW: special callsign (England)                    1513
till  31/05      GB2HOM: special callsign (England)                    1514
till  31/05      GB9KS: special callsign (England)                     1514
till  31/05      HL40GDM and D73M: special callsigns                   1512
till  31/05      IO3RT and IO3AF: special callsigns                    1502
till  31/05      K2H/xxx: New York State Heroes special event          1512
till  31/05      LI8MAI: special callsign                              1513
till  31/05      PA75FREE, PB75FREE, PC75FREE, PD75FREE: special calls 1505
till  31/05      PA75FREEDOM and PD75FREEDOM: special callsigns        1505
till  31/05      PE75FREE, PF75FREE, PG75FREE, PH75FREE: special calls 1505
till  31/05      SN0KURP: special callsign                             1509
till  31/05      SN100KW: special callsign                             1508
till  31/05      WW0WWV: 100 Years of WWV Broadcasts                   1514
till  31/05      ZW75FEB: special callsign                             1509
till  02/06      GB4DLS: special callsign (England)                    1515
till  06/06      CF2T: special callsign                                1513
till  15/06      4U9STAYHOME: special callsign (Italy)                 1515
till  20/06      CF, CG, CH, CI: special prefixes (Canada)             1512
till  23/06      TC3STAYHOME: special callsign                         1512
till  30/06      9V1STAYHOME: special callsign                         1514
till  30/06      GB60ATG: special callsign                             1473
till  30/06      OE30MAGICBAND: special callsign                       1514
till  30/06      OE50MHZ: special callsign                             1512
till  03/07      OH#PYSYKOTONA: special callsigns                      1510
till  06/07      VI20SH: special callsign                              1513
till  06/07      VI2020STAYHOME: special callsign                      1510
till  08/07      5B4STAYHOME: special callsign                         1510
till  08/07      OH#STAYHOME: special callsigns                        1510
till  14/07      CB2HOME: special callsign                             1513
till  15/07      E2STAYHOME: special callsign                          1514
till  20/07      IO6STAY: special callsign                             1512
till  26/07      4A60A, 4A60C, 4A60E, 4A60F, 4A60I: special callsigns  1508
till  26/07      4A60M, 4A60N, 4A60O, 4A60S, 4A60X: special callsigns  1508
till  27/07      5JSTAYHOME: special callsign                          1515
till  28/07      AT9SS: special callsign                               1513
till  01/08      AT2THC: special callsign                              1514
till  12/08      4X2BESAFE: special callsign                           1512
till  15/08      9M4STAYHOME: special callsign (W/E Malaysia)          1514
till  15/08      9M4DUDUKRUMAH: special callsign (W/E Malaysia)        1514
till  15/08      9M4COVID: special callsign (W/E Malaysia)             1514
till  31/08      4U25B: special callsign (Italy)                       1486
till  31/08      VI250COOK: special callsign                           1511
till  31/08      VI50AWS: special callsign                             1508
till  15/09      YO1STAYHOME: special callsign                         1513
till  15/09      YO19STAYHOME: special callsign                        1511
till  02/10      DM30RSV: special callsign                             1505
till  17/10      VI110WIA: special callsign                            1511
till  17/12      DL250BTHVN: special callsign                          1492
till  31/12      4A15DXXE: special callsign                            1498
till  31/12      5B60: special prefix (Cyprus)                         1494
till  31/12      8N6SHURI: special callsign                            1496
till  31/12      9A63AA: special callsign                              1497
till  31/12      DF70DARC and DP70DARC: special callsigns              1495
till  31/12      DL100BKW: special callsign                            1493
till  31/12      DL2020R: special callsign                             1500
till  31/12      DL250BEETH: special callsign                          1500
till  31/12      DL30GER: special callsign                             1494
till  31/12      DL35SDR: special callsign                             1498
till  31/12      HB40HTC and HB40HC: special callsigns (Switzerland)   1495
till  31/12      HF90TPAR, HF90TPBB, HF90TPBF: special callsigns       1495
till  31/12      HF90TPBG, HF90TPCF, HF90TPCG: special callsigns       1495
till  31/12      II3STAY: special callsign                             1515
till  31/12      LN1V: special callsign                                1511
till  31/12      LX20I: special callsign                               1498
till  31/12      LZ50BFRA: special callsign                            1512
till  31/12      OE1970WWL: special callsign                           1495
till  31/12      OE25: special prefix                                  1504
till  31/12      OL30DXC: special callsign                             1507
till  31/12      OL700CO, OL700DKO, OL700LTV: special callsigns        1508
till  31/12      PA75OV: special callsign                              1495
till  31/12      PA75VERON: special callsign                           1495
till  31/12      S500E: special callsign                               1505
till  31/12      YT50SCWC: special callsign                            1496
till  31/12      ZS1820S: special callsign                             1515
till  31/12      ZS95SARL: special callsign                            1499
till  31/01/2021 8J1RL: East Ongul Island (AN-015), Antarctica         1512
till  31/01/2021 DA2025C: special callsign                             1500
till  04/04/2021 PE75BORNE: special callsign                           1511
till  22/04/2021 8J17CALL: special callsign                            1512
16/05-24/05      TM0BEE: special callsign (France)
17/05            A60WTIS/#: special callsigns                          1515
18/05-24/05      R115MS, RM35MS, UE35MS: special callsigns             1515
18/05-24/05      DG5LAC/p: Amrum Island (EU-042)                       1515
19/05-31/05      OL901AA, OL901AB, OL901AF: special callsigns          1515
19/05-31/05      OL901AH, OL902AC, OL902AG: special callsigns          1515
19/05-31/05      OL90CAV, OL90CRK, OL90KVAC: special callsigns         1515
19/05-31/05      OL90ROH, OL90SKEC, OL90SVAZARM: special callsigns     1515
from  21/05      PC19STAYSAFE: special callsign                        1513
22/05-25/05      KV4T and KS4YT: Grand Isle (NA-168)                   1514
23/05-24/05      TM18JUIN: special callsign (France)                   1511
30/05-31/05      TM18JUIN: special callsign (France)                   1511
May              3G2HOME: special callsign                             1512
May              4J0STAYHOME and 4K0STAYHOME: special callsigns        1511
May              4U1UN: United Nations HQ                              1511
May              4U2STAYHOME: Vienna International Centre (Austria)    1512
May              5H3DX: Tanzania                                       1510
May              5W1STAYSAFE: special callsign                         1512
May              5Z4STAYHOME: special callsign                         1514
May              6Y6STAYHOME: special callsign                         1513
May              9K9STAYHOME:special callsign                          1509
May              A60NMT/#: special callsigns                           1515
May              A60SH/#: special "StayHome" callsigns                 1509
May              AT20SH: special callsign                              1513
May              AT2SH: special callsign                               1515
May              AT2SHI: special callsign                              1513
May              AT2TNX: special callsign                              1513
May              CB3SH: special callsign                               1511
May              CB3STAYHOME: special callsign                         1512
May              CQ8STAYHOME: special callsign (Azores)                1511
May              CQ8THANKS: special callsign (Azores)                  1514
May              CR2STAYHOME: special callsign                         1510
May              CV7STAYHOME: special callsign                         1511
May              DX0STAYHOME: special callsign                         1510
May              EH7STAYHOME: special callsign                         1513
May              GB0CCW: special callsign (England)                    1512
May              GB0FLW: special callsign (England)                    1514
May              GB1COR: special callsign (Shetland Isls, Scotland)    1510
May              GB1VED: special callsign (England)                    1514
May              GB2VE: special callsign (England)                     1514
May              GB4KW: special callsign (England)                     1512
May              GB5KW: special callsign (England)                     1512
May              GB5NHS: special callsign (Northern Ireland)           1509
May              GB5VEP: special callsign (Wales)                      1514
May              GB6VED: special callsign (England)                    1514
May              GB75VEC: special callsign (Northern Ireland)          1513
May              GB9CLD: special callsign (England)                    1511
May              GB9KW: special callsign (England)                     1512
May              HA0HOME: special callsign                             1512
May              HA0STAY: special callsign                             1512
May              HA127STAY: special callsign                           1512
May              HZ1STAYHOME: special callsign                         1509
May              II4TEA: special callsign                              1495
May              II9SH: special callsign                               1511
May              LZ177GL: special callsign                             1496
May              OD50SH: special callsign                              1512
May              OD5STAYHOME: special callsign                         1512
May              ON4HEROES: special callsign                           1511
May              ON4STAYSTRONG: special callsign                       1511
May              OO7STAYHOME: special callsign                         1511
May              OP2STAYHOME: special callsign                         1511
May              OP6STAYHOME: special callsign                         1511
May              OQ1HOPE: special callsign                             1511
May              OQ4ANGELS: special callsign                           1511
May              OR20STAYHOME: special callsign                        1511
May              OR2STAYHOME: special callsign                         1510
May              OR4LIFE: special callsign                             1512
May              OR4STAYHOME: special callsign                         1511
May              OR7LIFE: special callsign                             1512
May              OR8STAYHOME: special callsign                         1511
May              OS0STAYHOME: special callsign                         1511
May              OT20LIFE: special callsign                            1511
May              OT20STAYHOME: special callsign                        1510
May              OT2STAYHOME: special callsign                         1510
May              OT4HOPE: special callsign                             1511
May              OT4LIFE: special callsign                             1511
May              OT6STAYSAFE: special callsign                         1510
May              OT7STAYSAFE: special callsign                         1511
May              OZ7STAYHOME: special callsign                         1513
May              PE6STAYHOME: special callsign                         1512
May              PR2STAYHOME: special callsign                         1511
May              SZ3STAYHOME: special callsign                         1511
May              VK9NK: Norfolk Island (OC-005)                        1508
May              XR3STAYHOME: special callsign                         1512
May              Z30STAYHOME: special callsign                         1510
May              Z39STAYHOME: special callsign                         1510
May              Z60STAYHOME: special callsign                         1511
01/06-10/06      K4D: Dog Island (NA-085)                              1515
01/06-01/07      EM100ALK, EM100LK, EO100A: special callsigns          1515
06/06-07/06      OE25EU: special callsign                              1505
06/06-07/06      TM18JUIN: special callsign (France)                   1511
06/06-20/06      TM80CDG: special callsign (France)                    1499
13/06-14/06      TM18JUIN: special callsign (France)                   1511
18/06-21/06      TM18JUIN: special callsign (France)                   1511
21/06-22/06      OE25EU: special callsign                              1505
27/06            TM18JUIN: special callsign (France)                   1511
30/06-14/07      FP/KV1J: Miquelon Island (NA-032)                     1501
June             II4REP: special callsign                              1495
June             LZ734PA: special callsign                             1496
01/07-31/12      II2EMCA: special callsign                             1515
04/07-05/07      OE25EU: special callsign                              1505
11/07-19/07      UE45SA: special callsign                              1503
July             II4NBL: special callsign                              1495
July             LZ551MS: special callsign                             1496
01/08-02/08      OE25EU: special callsign                              1505
01/08-31/08      GB1945PE, GB1945PJ, GB75PEACE: special callsigns      1511
10/08-17/08      TO5T: St Pierre & Miquelon (NA-032)                   1503
22/08-23/08      International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend            1482
27/08-07/09      XR0YHM: Easter Island (SA-001)                        1511
August           II4CLT: special callsign                              1495
August           LZ662MI: special callsign                             1496
05/09-06/09      OE25EU: special callsign                              1505
05/09-10/09      KL7RRC/p: Kiska Island (NA-070)                       1515
11/09-18/09      KL7RRC: Adak Island (NA-039)                          1515
15/09-30/09      XR0YSP: Easter Island (SA-001)                        1507
23/09-06/10      W8S: Swains Island (OC-200)                           1504
28/09-17/10      E6AM: Niue (OC-040)                                   1511
29/09-12/10      TT8RR and TT8XX: Chad                                 1505
September        7Q7AO: Malawi                                         1503
September        II4PTN: special callsign                              1495
September        LZ595IP: special callsign                             1496
03/10-04/10      OE25EU: special callsign                              1505
19/10-28/10      CY0C: Sable Island (NA-063)                           1503
19/10-02/11      A35GC: Tonga (OC-049)                                 1511
October          II4LGH: special callsign                              1495
October          KH6VV/KH4: Midway Island (OC-030)                     1476
October          LZ1891AO: special callsign                            1496
October          T30ET: Tarawa (OC-017), West Kiribati                 1504
07/11-08/11      OE25EU: special callsign                              1505
November         II4RVT: special callsign                              1495
November         LZ350PI: special callsign                             1496
December         3Y0I: Bouvet Island                                   1514
December         II4MDY: special callsign                              1495
December         LZ1263AN: special callsign                            1496
TBA              FW/KC0W: Wallis Island (OC-054)                       1515
TBA              ZL9: Campbell Island (OC-037)                         1515

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425 DX News #1515

16 May 2020                                               A.R.I. DX Bulletin
                                   No 1515

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                        Direttore Responsabile  I2VGW

A6     - Celebrating  World Telecommunication & Information Society Day  (17
         May) from the United Arab Emirates will be:
         A60WTIS/1  operated by A61BK  QSL via A61BK
         A60WTIS/2  operated by A61Q   QSL via EA7FTR
         A60WTIS/3  operated by A61NN  QSL via A61NN
         A60WTIS/4  operated by A61FK  QSL via A61BK
         A60WTIS/5  operated by A61DD  QSL via A92AA
         A60WTIS/6  operated by A61QQ  QSL via A61BK
         A60WTIS/7  operated by A61FJ  QSL via A61FJ
         A60WTIS/8  operated by A61RJ  QSL via A61RJ
         A60WTIS/9  operated by A61HA  QSL via A61BK
         A60WTIS/10 operated by A65GC  QSL via A65GC
         A60WTIS/11 operated by A61AY  QSL via A61AY
         Also taking part in the celebrations are  5C1WTIS from Morocco (QSL
         via RW6HS),  A91WTIS from Bahrein (QSL via Club Log's OQRS,  or via
         A92AA) and HZ1WTIS from  Saudi Arabia (QSL via LoTW).  In addition,
         Australian amateurs may use the prefix AX on 17 May to mark WTIS.
A6     - The Emirates Amateur Radio Society (EARS) will see several stations
         active  in  recognition  and  support  for  the  "National  Medical
         Taskforce" during the COVID-19 pandemic:
         A60NMT/1   operated by A61M   QSL via A61BK
         A60NMT/2   operated by A61Q   QSL via EA7FTR
         A60NMT/3   operated by A61NN  QSL via A61NN
         A60NMT/4   operated by A61FK  QSL via A61BK
         A60NMT/5   operated by A61DD  QSL via A92AA
         A60NMT/6   operated by A61QQ  QSL via A61BK
         A60NMT/7   operated by A61FJ  QSL via A61FJ
         A60NMT/8   operated by A61RJ  QSL via A61RJ
         A60NMT/9   operated by A61HA  QSL via A61BK
         A60NMT/10  operated by A61GC  QSL via A61GC
         A60NMT/11  operated by A61AY  QSL via A61AY
         A60NMT/12  operated by A61BK  QSL via A61BK
DL     - Mike, DG5LAC will be active as DG5LAC/p from  Amrum Island (EU-042)
         on 18-24 May. He will operate SSB, FT8 and FT4.  QSL via Club Log's
         OQRS, or via DG5LAC. [TNX NG3K]
EA     - Special callsign AM40LAR will be active  on  14-31 May for the 40th
         anniversary of  "L'altra radio"  (The Other Radio),  a weekly radio
         programme specialized in telecommunications and audiovisual culture
         broadcast  on  Radio Nacional de Espana's  channel  in  the Catalan
         language.  QSL via LoTW and eQSL.  A certificate will be available,
         see https://am40lar.mikedeltavictor.com for information.
F      - The Radio Club de Cestas (F6KUQ) will be actiive as TM0BEE on 16-24
         May to mark World Bee Day. Look for activity on 80-6 metres CW, SSB
         and digital modes.  QSL via F6KUQ or eQSL.  Pollination is a funda-
         mental process for the  survival  of our ecosystems,  but bees  and
         other pollinators are increasingly under threat  from human activi-
         ties.  To raise  awareness of  the  importance of  pollinators, the
         threats they face  and  their contribution to  sustainable develop-
         ment, the UN designated 20 May as World Bee Day.
FW     - As soon as travel restrictions  are  lifted  and  "everything opens
         up", Tom, KH0/KC0W will  be active as  FW/KC0W  from  Wallis Island
         (OC-054) for two weeks. He will operate CW only on 40-6 metres;  he
         is "seriously contemplating FT8 on 160  and  80m only,  but it  all
         depends how much room the 160/80 meter verticals will take up". QSL
         direct only to KC0W, log search on Club Log. [TNX DX World]
G      - David, G4YVM will be active as  GB4DLS until 2 June to  commemorate
         the  80th anniversary of the  pivotal role  played by the  "Dunkirk
         Little Ships" during Operation Dynamo (26 May and 4 June 1940).  He
         will operate mainly CW, but "will try to run some SSB as well". QSL
         via G4YVM.  The Little Ships of Dunkirk were a flotilla of hundreds
         of  private  boats  that sailed  from  Ramsgate  (England)  to help
         evacuate  338,000 Allied soldiers  from the beaches and harbour  of
         Dunkirk in northern France.
HK     - The  Ministry of Information Technologies  and  Communications  has
         granted a special "stay home"  callsign for the  Liga Colombiana de
         Radioaficionados'  members to use.  Look for  5JSTAYHOME  (only one
         digit) to be active  on all bands and modes from  12 May to 27 July
         QSL via LoTW and eQSL.
I      - II3STAY is another "stay home" callsign,  to be used  by members of
         ARI Bruneck/Brunico (IQ3ED) between 12 May and 31 December. QSL via
         the bureau, or direct to IN3ZWF.
I      - 4U9STAYHOME is  the  special  callsign  for  the  UN Global Service
         Center's Amateur Radio Club (4U1GSC) to join the Stay Home campaign
         from 15 May to 15 June.  DXCC wise, this activity counts for Italy.
         QSL via 9A2AA, direct or bureau.
I      - Michele, IZ2FME will operate CW only as II2EMCA between  1 July and
         31 December. The special callsign's suffix stands for  Emilio Caimi
         (1876-1963),  the straight key manufacturer  whose company supplied
         the  Italian Royal Air Force  in the  Thirties.   QSL via LoTW,  or
         direct to IZ2FME.
KL     - Originally expected to take place  in June [425DXN 1507],  the Rus-
         sian Robinson Club's IOTA DXpedition to Alaska  has been postponed.
         The new schedule (subject to change due to travel restrictions)  is
         for N3QQ, N7QT, OK8AU, UA9OBA and possibly a couple of other opera-
         tors to be active as  KL7RRC/p from  Kiska Island (NA-070) on  5-10
         September, and as KL7RRC from Adak Island (NA-039) on 11-18 Septem-
         ber.  They will operate  CW, SSB and FT8  (Fox & Hound)  with three
         stations.  QSLs  via  N7RO.  Bookmark  https://www.na-234.com/  for
         updates.
OK     - Amateur radio became fully legal in Czechoslovakia on  19 May 1930,
         when  the first examinations  for a licence  were administered.  To
         celebrate the 100th anniversary  of this milestone,  twelve special
         callsigns  will be active  on  19-31 May.  Six callsigns  (OL901AA,
         OL901AB, OL902AC, OL901AF, OL902AG and  OL901AH)  will be in memory
         of  the  first licencees,  while  other  six  callsigns  (OL90SKEC,
         OL90KVAC, OL90CAV, OL90ROH,  OL90SVAZARM  and  OL90CRK)  will memo-
         rialize the historic and current amateur radio organizations in the
         Czech Republic. QSL via the bureau, LoTW and eQSL.  Complete infor-
         mation on the OK-90 Award can be found on https://ok90.hamqth.com/.
SP     - Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the birth of  Pope John Paul
         II, born Karol Wojtyla (1920-2005), special callsign  3Z100KW  will
         be active from his hometown on 15-31 May. QSL via SP9ZKN.
UA     - Commemorating the 115th anniversary  since the birth of  Mikhail A.
         Sholokhov  (the 1965 Nobel Prize in Literature),  special callsigns
         R115MS, RM35MS and UE35MS  will be active on  18-24 May  during the
         35th edition of the Sholokhov Spring Festival.  QSLs via Club Log's
         OQRS.
UR     - Special callsigns EM100ALK, EM100LK and EO100A will be active  from
         1 June  to  1 July  to memorialize  Ivan Nikitovich Kozhedub (1920-
         1991).  QSL  via  operator's  instructions.  A certificate  will be
         available,  see https://www.qrz.com/db/EM100ALK for information.  A
         Marshal of Aviation, Ivan Nikitovich  was a flying ace,  attributed
         with the highest number of air combat victories of any Soviet pilot
         during World War II.
VU     - AT2SH is another "stay home" special callsign  from India, operated
         by  VU2RBI, VU2RS, VU3OPD, VU3UFE  and VU3WEW  "to create awareness
         about COVID-19  across  the world through  Amateur Radio".  QSL via
         M0OXO's OQRS.
W      - Bruce, K5TEN will be active again as K4D  from  Dog Island (NA-085)
         on 1-10 June.  He will operate SSB and FT8 on 40 and 20 metres. QSL
         QSL direct to home call; he will upload his log to LoTW and eQSL.
ZS     - ZS1820S is a special callsign celebrating the  200th anniversary of
         the arrival of the  1820 British Settlers in the  Eastern Cape area
         of South Africa.  The callsign  will be active  for the rest of the
         year on various bands and modes. QSL via LoTW and logsearch on Club
         Log; electronic QSLs can be requested from ZS2EC by email.

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CAMPBELL  ISLAND  (ZL9) ---> "The  Perseverance  DX  Group (PDXG)  has  some
unfinished business".  Several PDXG members participated  in the  2012 ZL9HR
DXpedition to  Campbell Island  that was cut short by weather.  "After their
Successful  VP8PJ South Orkney Islands  2020 DXpedition,  PDXG is pleased to
announce their intention to activate  the  New Zealand Sub Antarctic Islands
(ZL9), Clublog #24 Most Wanted, in the 2021-2022 timeframe.
The plan includes  160-10m operation,  CW/SSB/RTTY/FT8,  with an emphasis on
160, 80, 60, 40  and,  propagation dependent, 12 and 10 metres.  The landing
permit process is pending and discussions  with transportation partners have
begun.  However, the Covid-19 lock down  has caused  significant delays  and
uncertainty.  Additional information will be published as it develops". [TNX
K5GS]

CQ CONTEST HALL OF FAME ---> Established  in  1986,  the  CQ Contest Hall of
Fame honours those contesters who not only excel in personal performance but
who also "give back" to the hobby in outstanding ways.  CQ Contesting Editor
David Siddall (K3ZJ) conducted a  virtual induction ceremony  at the conclu-
sion of the daylong 2020 Contest University webinar  on 14 May.  This is the
37th  annual  induction  and  the first  to be  conducted  online.  The 2020
inductees to the CQ Contest Hall of Fame are:
* Geoffrey Howard, W0CG/PJ2DX, who purchased and restored the PJ9JT  contest
  station  in 2000  that  had been owned  by  CQ Contest Hall of Famer  John
  Thompson, W1BIH/PJ9JT.  The location was named "Signal Point" and the PJ2T
  callsign pays homage to PJ9JT.  Geoff  established  the  Caribbean Contest
  Consortium to help manage and  maintain the station,  and has consistently
  made the  station available to  guest operators over the years,  including
  serving as host station several times for young operators participating in
  the  Dave Kalter Youth DX Adventure  program.  He has also worked  closely
  with VERONA, Curacao's national ham radio society.  Geoff served  for more
  than 25 years  in  the  United States Air Force,  retiring  as a  colonel;
  worked for RCA and the Federal Aviation Administration, and taught in  the
  Graduate School of Management at Kent State University in Ohio.
* Willard "Bill" Myers, K1GQ,  a pioneer of  computer-based systems  for de-
  signing and switching antennas at contest stations, designed the Cushcraft
  "Skywalker" series of monoband Yagis, helped build the early PacketCluster
  network  and served  as mentor  to several of today's  most prominent con-
  testers, including  K1AR, K1DG, K1JX,  and others.  Bill was also a  major
  behind-the-scenes  force  at the  2014  World Radiosport Team Championship
  (WRTC) competition in Massachusetts,  and is currently  providing  support
  and refinement  of the  SkookumLogger  contest  logging program for  Apple
  computers.
* Gene Zimmerman, W3ZZ (SK), was a major force in VHF contesting as well  as
  an accomplished HF contester. He was a member of both ARRL's and CQ's con-
  test committees at various times between 1972 and 2012, was QST magazine's
  VHF Editor for nearly a decade, and was  CQ Contest magazine's VHF  colum-
  nist as well. Gene took over the struggling  CQ World Wide VHF Contest  in
  1999, reinvented it as a 6- and 2-meter only event and sparked its  growth
  into a truly worldwide competition. He was also instrumental in organizing
  the mid-Atlantic VHF contesting group that  became known as the  K8GP Grid
  Pirates.
Registered participants in the virtual Contest University webinar  were able
to view the induction ceremony live.  It was also "simulcast"  on  DX  Engi-
neering's   YouTube  channel,  where  it  is   stored  for  later   viewing:
https://www.youtube.com/user/DXEngineering/featured  (the recording  of  the
ceremony starts at 09:15:30).
CQ is issuing a separate news release  this year  -  with  separate  release
times - for each of the CQ Halls of Fame (Amateur Radio, Contest and DX) due
to disparities in scheduling induction events. The DX Hall of Fame induction
is planned to air live on  Ham Nation (https://twit.tv/shows/ham-nation)  on
20 May at 21 EDT (1 UTC on 21 May),  with the  on demand  download available
within 24 hours.

DXPEDITION OF THE YEAR ---> On  14 May  the  Southwest Ohio  DX  Association
announced  their  2019/2020  DXpedition of the Year award,  which regognizes
"excellence  in  DXpedition  planning and execution"  from  Most Wanted DXCC
Entities. DXpeditions completed from  March 2019 through  February 2020 were
eligible for this year's award, which has been presented to the TI9A DXpedi-
tion to Coco's Island (February 2020).  Watch the video of  the announcement
on https://www.swodxa.org/dxpedition-of-the-year/.

QSL 9J2LA ---> "I am still waiting for the 9J2LA cards to arrive from  UX5UO
QSL Print", Charles (M0OXO) reported on 12 May. A certain delay was expected
"due to Covid-19 issues", but apparently "there are more restrictions on the
route between Ukraine and the UK. Labels and envelopes are all ready here, I
just need the cards  to arrive  and  they will be mailed within  48 hours of
receipt". Please be patient and  "stop emailing me asking about the position
of the cards and LoTW".

QSL EY8MM ---> Mike Cizek, W0VTT is the  new QSL manager  for  Nodir, EY8MM.
Mike will have all logs dating back to 1 January 1994.  A batch of new cards
has been ordered, but it might take some time before Mike receives them.

QSL VP8PJ ---> The  QSL  cards  arrived  from  ON5UR QSL Print Service,  Tim
(M0URX) reported on  12 May,  "so the job of labeling the cards and stuffing
the envelopes begins. ALL cards requested up to the mailing date will all be
sent in the mailing and a press release from  the VP8PJ team will inform you
when the job  is done"  The OQRS on https://www.m0urx.com/ is open,  "so you
still have time to make your QSL request"

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QSLs received direct or through managers: 4A2L (NA-135), 5H3EME, 5H3UA, 6F3A
(NA-153), 7X4AN, 8R1/AG6UT, 9M8PSB, CB0Z (SA-101), HU1DL, LA/CT1BWW (EU-076)
PJ4/NE9U, SU8WRC, SU8X,  TK/S57VW,  TO7DL (AF-016),  TT8SN,  TU5PCT,  TZ4AM,
UN9GD, VP2VB, VP6R, XV1X, XZ1Z, Z81D, ZF5T.

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