Saturday, December 19, 2015

425 DX Bulletin No. 1285

19 December 2015                                          A.R.I. DX Bulletin
                                   No 1285
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                         ****  DX  INFORMATION  ****
                          Edited by  I1JQJ & IK1ADH
                        Direttore Responsabile  I2VGW

                    *        TO ALL  OUR READERS        *
                    * WARMEST THOUGHTS  AND BEST WISHES *
                    *     FOR  A  WONDERFUL HOLIDAY     *
                    *    AND A VERY  HAPPY NEW  YEAR    *

3V     - Special callsign TS4NP is being used by the Association  Tunisienne
         des Radio Amateurs (3V8HQ) until 9 January to celebrate  the  Nobel
         Peace Prize 2015, awarded to the  National  Dialoque  Quartet  "for
         its  decisive  contribution  to  the  building  of  a   pluralistic
         democracy in Tunisia in the  wake  of  the  Jasmine  Revolution  of
         2011". QSL via the bureau.
3W     - Bert, DK2BR will be active holiday style  as  3W2BR  from  Con  Son
         Island (AS-130) between 5 and 21 March 2016. He will run  60  watts
         into vertical antennas, and will operate SSB, RTTY and maybe  PSK31
         on 40-10 metres. QSL via DK2BR, direct only. [TNX DK2BR]
4X     - The Holy Land DX Group (4X1VF, 4X4DZ, 4X6HP, 4Z4BS,  4Z4KX,  4Z5FI,
         4Z5IW and 4Z5LA) will be active as 4X4WFF from around 7 UTC  on  25
         December until noon on the 26th. They will operate SSB and CW  with
         two stations from Israel National Park (4XFF-004) and UNESCO  World
         Heritage Site of Avdat. QSL via IK2DUW. [TNX IK2DUW]
5T     - 5T2AI is the callsign issued to Ahmad, 9K2AI,  who  is  working  in
         Mauritania for the next three  years  [425DXN  1269].  The  licence
         expires on 18 August 2018. Ahmad is a 99%  SSB  operator.  QSL  via
         NI5DX. [TNX 5T0JL]
6W     - Earl, WA3DX will be touring Senegal  between  26  December  and  12
         January and will be active holiday style as 6W1/WA3DX  from  Dakar,
         as 6W7/WA3DX from Mbao, as 6W6/WA3DX from Kaolack  and  the  Saloum
         Islands (not IOTA). He will operate mainly  SSB  on  40-10  metres.
         QSL direct to WA3DX. [TNX DX World]
9M2    - A large group from the Kuala Lumpur  DX  Team  will  be  active  as
         9M2SI from Indah Island (AS-074), West Malaysia on 25-27  December.
         They will operate SSB and CW on 40-10 metres. QSL direct to 9M2OOO.
CE     - Special callsign XR400AA will be in use until the  end  of  January
         to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the discovery of Cape  Horn
         (29 January 1616). QSL via XQ4CW. [TNX DX Newsletter]
DL     - Stefan, DF8HS will be active from his second QTH on Fehmarn  Island
         (EU-128) from 19 December to 11 January. QSL via the  bureau.  [TNX]
DL     - Volker,  DL1WH  will  be  active  holiday  style  as  DL1WH/p  from
         Norderney Island (EU-047) from 23 December to 2  January.  He  will
         operate CW and some SSB on 80-10 metres. QSL via home call,  bureau
         preferred. [TNX The Daily DX]
E5_sc  - Henrik,  OZ6TL  will  be  active  holiday  style  as  E51TLA   from
         Rarotonga (OC-013), South  Cook  Islands  from  19  December  to  9
         January. He will operate CW and  RTTY.  QSL  via  OZ6TL.  [TNX  The
         Daily DX]
G      - From 1 January to 31 December 2016 the  prefixes  GK,  MK,  and  2K
         will indicate a station operating from Cornwall and  the  Isles  of
         Scilly. The Regional Secondary Locator "K" stands for Kernow,  i.e.
         Cornwall in Cornish language, and has been  made  available  for  a
         period of up to  one  year  on  a  temporary  and  optional  basis.
         Information on "The Kernow Award", offered by  the  Poldhu  Amateur
         Radio Club, at
HL     - Han, DS2GOO will be active again as  DS2GOO/2  from  Taeijak Island
         (AS-090) on 26-28 December. He will operate  CW,  SSB  and  digital
         modes on 80-10 metres. QSL via home call. [TNX HL1VAU]
I      - Promoting the International Year of Light, special  station  II1IYL
         will be active from the Astronomical Observatory of Torino for  the
         last time on 20  Dicember.  All  of  the  QSOs  will  be  confirmed
         automatically via the bureau. Updated information  on  the  IYL2015
         Award programme for working  the  four  special  stations  (II0IYL,
         II1IYL, II3IYL and II8IYL) can be  found at
         [TNX IW1FGZ]
J6     - Bill, K9HZ  will be  active again  as J68HZ from St. Lucia (NA-108)
         from 19 December to 3 January. He will operate CW, SSB  and RTTY on
         160-2 metres. QSL via home  call  (direct  only),  LoTW  and  eQSL;
         logsearch on Club Log. [TNX]
J7     - Walter, HB9MFM has  been  active  again  as  J79WTA  from  Dominica
         (NA-101) since 28 November, and will remain there until 30  January
         2016. He operates SSB and digital modes on  all  bands,  60  metres
         included. QSL via home call, direct or bureau, and LoTW;  logsearch
         on Club Log.
JA     - Take, JI3DST will be active as from  the  Miyako  Islands  (AS-079)
         from 26 December to 4 January. Callsigns to  be  used  are  JS6RRR,
         8N5KCJ/6 (special callsign to mark  the  40th  anniversary  of  the
         Keymen's Club of Japan) and maybe also  JI3DST/6.  QSL  JS6RRR  and
         JI3DST/6 via  home  call  (bureaau  preferred),  QSL  8N5KCJ/6  via
         bureau, or direct to JO3OMA. [TNX JI3DST]
PZ     - Peter,  PA1LP  is  active  again  as  PZ5LP  from  Nieuw  Nickerie,
         Suriname until 5 March 2016. Activity will be on 80-10  metres  SSB
         and digital modes. QSL direct to PZ5LP at his Suriname address,  or
         (preferred)  through  Pay  Pal   (email    pz5lp[@]    for
T8     - Ryosei, JH0IXE will be active again as T8CW  from  Koror  (OC-009),
         Palau from 24 December to 7 January. He will operate mainly CW  and
         digital modes. QSL via JA0FOX (bureau) or JH0IXE (direct), LoTW  or
         eQSL. [TNX The Daily DX]
V2     - Laci, OM3AG will be active as V25LK from Antigua (NA-100)  from  23
         December to 10 January. He will operate mainly CW on  20,  17,  15,
         12 and 10 metres. QSL via home call,  direct  or  bureau.  [TNX  DX
VK     - Pavel, VK6NAX will be active again as VK6NAX/p from  Garden  Island
         (OC-164) on 19 December, between 2 and 10 UTC. He will  operate  CW
         on 20 and 15 metres. QSL direct (QSLling instructions on
         Pavel will be joined by John, VK6AG (QSL direct  or  bureau).  [TNX]
VK     - Andy, VK5MAV and Craig VK5CE will be active  from  Breaksea  Island
         (OC-243) for 4-6 days in early March 2016.  They  will  be  QRV  as
         VK5MAV/6 (CW) and VK5CE/6 (SSB), and hopefully they  will  be  able
         to run two stations. Donations are gratefully accepted through  Pay
         Pal - see, where  more  information  is
         expected to be posted in January. This  IOTA  group  was  activated
         only once (by VK6BSI back in January 2001).
VU     - Dani, EA4ATI is now stationed in India for the next two years,  and
         expects to be soon QRV as VU3WDN. QSL via EA4CWN. [TNX EA4CWN]
YJ     - Daniel, VK4AFU will be active as YJ0AFU from  Port  Vila  (OC-035),
         Vanuatu on 2-10 January. He will operate digital modes (JT65,  JT9,
         RTTY and some WSPR), CW and SSB on 160-6 metres. QSL via  NA5U  and
         LoTW. Updates will be posted to [TNX NG3K]
ZF     - Fred, WW4LL will be  active  holiday  style  as  ZF2LL  from  Grand
         Cayman Island (NA-016) from 31  December  to  5  January.  He  will
         operate SSB and RTTY on the HF bands,  with  main  activity  during
         the ARRL RTTY Roundup (2-3 January). QSL via LOTW. [TNX NG3K]

IARU 90 ---> Joining the  celebrations  for  the  90th  anniversary  of  the
International  Amateur Radio Union  are  CO90IARU from Cuba (QSL via W3HNK),
CQ790IARU  from  Portugal  (14-20  December, QSL  via bureau  or  direct  to
CT1REP), CQ890IARU from the Azores (17-23 December, QSL via bureau or direct
to CT1REP), OD90IARU  from Lebanon,  ON90IARU from Belgium  (11-31 December,
QSL  via  bureau  or  direct  to  ON7TK) and  TF90IARU  from   Iceland.  See for free of charge certificates for contacts  made
with jubilee stations from 10 different IARU member countries.

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                         ****  GOOD TO KNOW ... ****
                          Edited by  I1JQJ & IK1ADH
                        Direttore Responsabile  I2VGW

425 DX NEWS MAGAZINE ---> The November  2015  issue  is  now  available  for
download at [TNX IZ3EBA]

CQ WW DX CONTEST PARTICIPANT SURVEY ---> On 2-29  September  the  CQ  WW  DX Contest Committee conducted a survey to gather feedback  from  participants, and 5,117 responses were received from contest operators around  the  world. The first results are now available at

HAMS WITH HEARTS ---> The International DX  Association  has  announced  the
formation  of  a  new  fund  within  INDEXA   that    specifically  supports
humanitarian projects carried  out  by  DXpeditions.  The  generous  initial
contribution  by  Zorro  Miazawa  (JH1AJT)  will  enable  INDEXA   to  begin
humanitarian support grants beginning mid-January of 2016. The tag line  for
this fund is  "Hams  with  Hearts".  To  qualify  for  humanitarian  grants,
DXpeditions must  present  a  clear  plan  for  a  humanitarian  project  to
coincide with their DXpedition. The project must  provide  direct,  physical
benefit to the local population. See  for
further information. [TNX W3OA]

IOTA BASH 2016 ---> The  12th  annual  IOTA  Bash  will  be  held  on  26-27
February in Boerne, Texas. The agenda includes presentations  by  Mike  K9AJ
(VP8STI and VP8SGI), David EI9FBB (S79C and  PJ7PK)  and  Mike  AB5EB  (N5M, NA-120). For further  information,  please  contact  Mike  Crownover,  AB5EB

NPOTA --->  Celebrating  the  100th  anniversary  of  the  creation  of  the
National Park Service, the ARRL National Parks  on  the  Air  (NPOTA)  event
will run from 00.00 UTC on 1 January through 23.59 UTC on 31 December  2016,
with activity promoted and  encouraged  from  each  of  the  more  than  430
official NPS administrative units and affiliated areas across  the  US.  The
program will have two participation  tracks  (Chasers  and  Activators)  and
will  be  administered  entirely  through  LoTW.  Complete  details  on  the
National Parks on the Air event are available on

QSL YB9AY ---> Cards for YB9AY/7 (Temajo Island, OC-252),  as  well  as  for
Made's home callsigns (YC9AY and YB9AY), can be sent directly to  him:  Made
Sudarsana, Jl. Danau Tamblingan No.126, Sanur,  Denpasar  80228,  Indonesia.

RI1FJ  --->  Eugene,  UA4RX  has  been  stationed  at  the    Ernst  Krenkel
Observatory on Heiss Island, Franz Josef Land  since  early  August  [425DXN
1263]. The licence  for  RI1FJ  has  been  duly  renewe  and  expires  on  1
September 2017, but Eugene has not been active  so  far.  All  that  Victor,
UA2FM (RI1FJ's QSL manager) has been able to understand is that  Eugene  "is
alive and well,  he  carries  out  his  duties,  but  he  has  no  technical
possibilities to be QRV". He is expected  to  remain  on  the  island  until
August 2016. [TNX DX World]

TX3X LOTW & QSL CARD STATUS ---> The following update  was provided  by Gene Spinelli, K5GS on 12 December:
- Not in Log and busted call inquires have been researched and answered.  If
  you did not receive a reply to an inquiry  please send  only one e-mail to
  k5gs[@] with the details of the missing QSOs.
- Several "Not in Log" call signs were reported to be  found in the logs  of
  other DXpeditions or a Cuban Special Event station that were active at the
  same time as TX3X.
- The complete log will be uploaded to LoTW in May 2016.
- Individuals  that  donated  to the  project  at any  time - your LoTW  was
- OQRS  PayPal  requests are  processed daily, please  allow 24-48 hours for
  LoTW upload.
- If you made  a donation  or processed an OQRS using PayPal and are missing
  an LoTW send an e-mail to k5gs[@] All others, please wait for the
  complete log to be uploaded.
- Direct  cards should  be mailed to Chesterfield Expedition, P.O. Box 1100,
  Kenilworth, CV8 2YT, United Kingdom.  Those who  send direct  cards - your
  LoTW will be  uploaded  when  we enter  the contact  information into  the
  system. QSL requests received with insufficient funds will be sent via the
- We are finalizing the QSL card design and will  send to the printer  by 18
  December. Cards will be mailed from the UK in January.

YF1AR/8 ---> The direct links to Club Log's logsearch and OQRS  for  YF1AR's
recent "Moluccas IOTA Tour" are now up and running  on

+ SILENT KEY +  Isidro  Gabino  "Gabi"  San  Martin  Hernandez  died  on  11
December in a 9-hour shootout in Afghanistan. He was 48 and  the  father  of
four. Gabi was part of a police contingent guarding the Spanish  Embassy  in
Kabul when a car bomb exploded at the Embassy Guest House gate. The  bombers
then entered the compound, and a gun battle erupted. At least seven  members
of the diplomatic staff were killed. [TNX ARRL]


QSLs  received  direct  or  through  managers:  3DA0TM,   4U70UN,   6K2CEW/2
(AS-090), A35JP/P (OC-064),  B7/BA4TB  (AS-094),B7/BD7IHN  (AS-129),  BG9QM,
BG9XD, C31CT, C5YK, D8A (AN-016), E41WT,  E51MQT  (OC-014),  EK4IJ,  EM140Y,
EX8VZ, FW5JJ,  GB75BB,  HC8/G8OFQ,  JW2US  (EU-063),  KG4AW,  KG4WV,  KL7NWR
(NA-070), OJ0V, OM2015TITANIC,  OX1B,  P40BC,  PJ6/K4UEE,  R7AL/0  (AS-172),
S79SP, SI9AM, SV5/MW0JZE, SV5/SM8C, T2GC, T41C (NA-093), T46BC,  TI9/RA9USU,
TM73IE (EU-064), TO4GU,  TT8AMO,  UA0ZC/p  (AS-203),  V44KAI,  V47NT,  V6WW,
V73A, VE7ACN/7 (NA-075), VE7DP/7 (NA-181),  VO1/DJ8QP  (NA-198),  VY0/VE1RUS
(NA-008),  XR3MIN,  XR8MIN,  YB4IR/3  (OC-237),  YB4IR/5  (OC-075),  YB4IR/p
(OC-262),  YB8RW  (OC-146),  YB8RW/3  (OC-237,  OC-250),  YB8RW/5  (OC-106),
YB8RW/8 (OC-222), YB8RW/p (OC-208, OC-209, OC-210, OC-236, OC-271,  OC-272),
YB9/KF4EYY (OC-022), YE3IOTA (OC-237), YP0H (EU-191),  Z21MG,  Z38CE,  Z60A,
ZA/YT7DQ, ZD7VC,ZY8P (SA-072).


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