Thursday, April 30, 2020

ARLD018 DX news

ARLD018 DX news

QST de W1AW 
DX Bulletin 18  ARLD018
From ARRL Headquarters 
Newington CT  April 30, 2020
To all radio amateurs  

ARLD018 DX news

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
The Daily DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral
from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites.  Thanks
to all.

BAHRAIN, A9.  Operators Fawaz, A92AA, Ahmed, A92AB and Ely, A93LT
will be active as A91WTIS from May 10 to 17 for World
Telecommunication and Information Society Day.  Activity will be on
various HF bands.  QSL via A92AA, direct.

ANTARCTICA, 8J.  Members of the Japanese Antarctic Research
Expedition team (JARE) will be active as 8J1RL from Showa Research
Station, Queen Maud Land (AN-015), until January 2021.  Listen for
operators Take, JA1AGS and Hiro, JH7JCX.  Activity will be on
various HF bands using CW and the digital modes.  QSL via JG2MLI or
the JARL Bureau.

CHILE, 3G2.  Stay-At-Home station 3G2HOME is now QRV.  Activity has
been mainly on 20 meter CW.  QSL via LoTW only.

ISRAEL, 4X2.  Isaac, 4Z1TL will activate Stay-At-Home station
4X2BESAFE until August 12.  Activity will be on various HF bands.
QSL via 4Z1TL, direct.  No IRCs.

JAMAICA, 6Y6.  Nigel, 6Y5HN is supporting the COVID-19 Stay-At-Home
event as 6Y6STAYHOME.  Activity has been on 40 meters.  QSL via

CHINA, B0-9.  Members of the Chinese Radio Amateurs Club (CRAC) will
activate 10 special event call signs (B0CRA - B9CRA) across their
country to make QSOs with hams all over the world.  Operations will
take place from May 1 to 7.  QSL via BA1GG.

CANADA, CH2.  Ian, VO2IR is active as CH2IR until June 20 to remind
everyone to Stay-At-Home.  Activity is on various HF bands.  QSL via

LEBANON, OD5/OD50.  Members of the Radio Amateurs of Lebanon (RAL)
will activate special event call signs OD50SH and OD5STAYHOME to
spread awareness and Stay-At-Home as part of social distancing
policies during the COVID-19 outbreak.  QSL via IZ8CLM.

BELARUS, EU.  The following special event stations will take part in
the Pobeda-75 commemoration of the end of World War II: EV75B,
EV75F, EV75GK, EV75K, EV75M and EV75PG.

ENGLAND, G.  Members of the RSGB Contest Club will put GB1945PE,
GB1945PJ and GB75PEACE on the air during May and August to mark
Victory in Europe and Victory in Japan Days.  QSL only via LoTW and
eQSL.  Also, The Royal Air Force Amateur Radio Society (RAFARS)
marks the end of World War II in Europe with the call sign GB75VED
from May 1 to 28.  QSL via 2E0NDZ.

ITALY, I.  The ARI Fidenza Club (IQ4FE) will put a number of special
event stations on the air during 2020 to commemorate the life and
achievements of Guglielmo Marconi.  During May, II4TEA commemorates
the first transatlantic transmission in 1903.  QSL via IQ4FE.

BULGARIA, LZ.  The Bulgarian Federation of Radio Amateurs (BFRA)
celebrates its 50th anniversary with the call sign LZ50BFRA until
the year's end.  QSL via bureau to LZ1BJ.

AUSTRIA, OE.  Alex, OE3DMA will be active with the call sign OE60IPA
on April 30 and May 1 for the 60th anniversary of the International
Police Association.  QSL to OE3DMA via bureau.

RUSSIA, RP.  A large number of special event call signs with the
prefix RP75 will be active from Russia celebrating the end of World
War II.

AUSTRALIA, VK.  Station VI250COOK commemorates Captain James Cook's
voyage on HMS Endeavour along Australia's east coast with activity
from May 1 to August 31.  For QSL information see

STAY AT HOME.  More stations in the stay at home effort:

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  The Araucaria World Wide VHF Contest,
10-10 International Spring Contest, CW, RCC Cup, Microwave Spring
Sprint, ARI International DX Contest, 7th Call Area QSO Party,
Indiana QSO Party, RTTYOPS Weekend Sprint, Delaware QSO Party, FISTS
Spring Slow Speed Sprint and the New England QSO Party are all on
tap for this weekend.  Please see May 2020 QST, page 69 and the ARRL
Contest Calendar and WA7BNM Contest Web Sites for details.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1462

SB DX @ WW < KB8NW $OPDX.1462
Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1462

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1462
BID: $OPDX.1462
April 27, 2020
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Written/Send From Strongsville, Ohio

Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX
Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, the AB5K's AR Cluster
Networks, NJ1Q & W1AW, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, K8YSE, W8GEX &
60m DX News, K9EL, 7L4IOU, BA1RB, DL1SBF, DL7UXG & The DX News Letter,, DX-World.Net, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425
DX News, Pete Rayer & ISWL, Sixitalia Weekly, and VA3RJ & ICPO for the
following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
week of Sunday, 19th/April, through Sunday, 26th/April there were 218
countries active. Countries available: 3B8, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S,
4U1U, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5T, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H,
9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY,
C3, C6, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU,
E3, E4, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY,
F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0,
HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J3, J5, J6, J7, JA, JD/o, JT,
JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD,
OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ,
S0, S5, S7, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TN,
TR, TT, TU, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK,
VK9N, VP2E, VP2M, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YL,
YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, Z6, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZL, ZL7, ZP, ZS

* PLEASE NOTE: The report "could" contain "Pirate/SLIM" operations or
  more likely a "BUSTED CALLSIGN". As always, you never know - "Work
  First Worry Later".

3G2, CHILE (Special Event). Special event "Stay-At-Home" station 3G2HOME
is now active. Length of activity is not known. Activity has been mainly
on 20 meters CW. QSL only via LoTW.

4U2, AUSTRIA (Special Event). Martti, OH2BH, on April 24th, reported the
  UN International Center in Vienna, Austria, is joining The STAYHOME
movement -- United Nations ARC President, James, K2QI in New York, has
approved the callsign 4U2STAYHOME to promote the amateur radio goodwill
and social networking over the air.
  Andy, RW3AH, opened up the stream of communication today, Thursday,
on 40M CW. QSL via UA3DX.
  4U2STAYHOME count for both CMA and SHA awards:

4X2, ISRAEL (Special Event). Isaac, 4Z1TL, will activate special event
"Stay-At-Home" station 4X2BESAFE from Herzliya between April 26th and
August 12th. Activity will be on various HF bands. QSL via 4Z1TL direct.

5W19, SAMOA (Special Event). Atsu, 5W1SA, is expected to be active as
5W19STAYSAFE from Apia during the pandemic COVID-19 lock-down. He states,
"I know everyone struggle with Covid-19 where as we Samoa has no positive
case so far. One of very rare Covid Free Island country that I'm trans-
mitting from. Yes, the Island is really isolated from any other land and
the Samoa Government decided close the boarder at the early stage. I wish
everybody Stay Safe at your places and we will see the end of pandemic
as soon as possible. I also wish I could help you kill time while calling
me or enjoy collect DXCC, WPX or any other award you are trying....
73 and Stay Safe all!!" QSL via LoTW (NO Paper Card).

6Y6, JAMAICA (Special Event). Nigel, 6Y5HN, is another station supporting
the COVID-19 Stay Home event by being active as 6Y6STAYHOME. Length of
activity is unknown. He states, "Our small Island is on the brink of some-
thing never before experienced. It pales in comparison to hurricanes and
other natural disasters." Activity was heard on 40 meters. QSL via EA5GL.

8J, ANTARCTICA. Member and operators of the Japanese Antarctic Research
Expedition team (JARE) will be active as 8J1RL from Showa Research Station,
Queen Maud Land (AN-015), until January 2021. Operators mentioned are
Take/JA1AGS and Hiro/JH7JCX. Activity will be on various HF bands using
CW and the Digital modes. QSL via JG2MLI or by the JARL Bureau.

A9, BAHRAIN (Special Event). Operators Fawaz/A92AA, Ahmed/A92AB and
Ely/A93LT will be active as A91WTIS from Bahrain between May 10-17th,
for World Telecommunication and Information Society Day event. Activity
will be on various HF bands. QSL via A92AA direct.

B0-9, CHINA (Special Event). Members of the Chinese Radio Amateurs Club
(CRAC) will activate 10 special event callsigns (B0CRA - B9CRA) across
their country make QSOs with amateur radio operators all over the world.
Operations will take place between 0000 UTC May 1st and 1200 UTC May 7th.
QSL via BA1GG. Log search entry:
  This activity/event takes place every year. It started on May 5th, 1940,
where Chinese amateur radio operators started  an "On air conference". On
May 5th, 1947, the conference covered all the regions in China, it was the
biggest on air event. In 1942 and 1944, there were 2 exhibitions associated
 with the "On air conference". In recent years, the CRAC organized several
events on May 5th every year and designated that day as a Chinese amateur
radio festival, called "5.5 Festival". Due to COVID-19, the CRAC called
for all amateur radio operators "Stay Home" to fight for the Conoravirus
situation. The 2020 "5.5 Festival" was shifted to the air waves.
  The CRAC provides special awards to whose who meet the criteria below.
Award application can be sent to (; indicate your call-
sign, award category and E-mail address to receive the award. The award
application deadline is September 30th, 2020.
  Award Rules: The award has three categories Bronze, Silver and Golden,
which will be measured by slots worked. One slots is a combination of a
special callsign, band and mode. For example, worked B1CRA in 20m, SSB,
model is 1 slot.
  For BY Applicants:
    Bronze Award: 10 slots
    Silver Award: 20 slots
    Golden Award: 40 slots -- Must consist of all 10 special callsigns

  For non-BY Applicants (XX9, BV, VR2 applicants applied in this category):
    Bronze Award: 8 slots
    Silver Award: 15 slots
    Golden Award: 30 slots -- Must consist of all 10 special callsigns

BORED WITH "STAY AT HOME" ORDERS? Although we are missing DXpeditions,
there is a tremendous amount of activity on the bands as every country
in the world seems to have stay at home orders. With no expeditions,
some may be experiencing a lack of motivation to get on the air. We have
the answer! CQ's annual DX Marathon!! Each year hams are invited to work
as many countries and CQ zones as possible. So far this year over 255
CQ countries have been active plus all 40 zones. That is a lot of DX
chasing to keep everyone busy! There are plenty of certificates and even
plaques for the top scores each year, but many hams simply compete against
themselves to improve their totals each year. This is a wonderful time
to participate in the DX Marathon and see how many countries and zones
you can work this year!!! Complete details on the DX Marathon are available
on the DX Marathon website - .
Come and join the fun! 73, John K9EL

CB3, CHILE (Special Event). Operators Cocke/CE3JBD, Juan/CE3BN, Sebas-
tian/CE3GCA, Alejandro/CE3VRT and Alejandro/CE3ARU will be active as
CB3SH from Santiago until September 30th. Their "Stay-Home" activity
will be on 40/30/20/17/15/10 meters using SSB, FT8 and PSK. QSL will
only be done in digital form and you must request it via E-mail to:
Also, QSL via ClubLog or LoTW. For more details, see

CB3, CHILE (Special Event). Jorge, CE3YP, will activating the special
event callsign CB3STAYHOME from Santiago, Chile. For SARL Finland Stay-
At-Home SAH awards please visit their Web site. Activity will be on 80-10
meters on FT-8. Look for some SSB operations on 14250-14270 kHz between
1200-1600 UTC. All QSO will be logged on LoTW.  QSL cards are via Pedro,
EA5GL, only. No direct, Bureau, eQSL, or ClubLog.

CF/CG/CH/CI, CANADA (Special Prefixes). As of April 20th, Canadian stations
are allowed to use the following special prefixes until June 20th. This
activity is to remind everyone to Stay-At-Home and help contain/stop the
spread of COVID-19. Look for the following stations to possibly to change
their prefixes from: VA to CF, VE to CG, VO to CH and VY to CI.

CH2, CANADA (Special Event). Ian, VO2IR, is now active as CH2IR from
Labrador City until June 20th. He is using this callsign during the
pandemic COVID-19 lock-down to remind everyone to Stay-At-Home. Activity
will be on various HF bands. QSL via VO2IR.

IOTA NEWS. Since no new IOTA announcements have been made during the past
week (probably because of many COVIN-19 travel restrictions), OPDX decided
to list the following IOTA operations that were active this past week
between April 20-25th (as per the DXCluster):
    IOTA     Callsign     Island/GROUP  Bands/Modes
   ------    ----------   ------------- ------------
   AF-004    AM6WARD      Canary        20/17/12/10m; FT8/CW/SSB
   AF-004    AM8WARD      Canary        160/40/20/15/10m; CW/Digi
   AF-004    AO895TH      Canary        20m; SSB
   AF-004    EA8JK        Canary        12m; SSB
   AF-004    EA8TH        Canary        20m; CW
   AF-004    EA8TL        Canary        10m
   AF-014    CT3HF        Madeira       20m
   AF-014    CT3MD        Madeira       30m; FT8
   AF-016    FR4PV        Reunion       17m; SSB
   AF-016    FR4QT        Reunion       15m; SSB
   AF-106    TU10EG       Cote D'lvoire 20m; SSB
   AS-002    A92GE        Bahrain       15m; CW
   AS-015    9M2TO        Penang        40m; FT8
   AS-017    8N6SHURI/6   Okinawa       20m; CW
   EU-003    CR2STAYHOME  Azores        20m; SSB
   EU-005    MW0ZZK       Wales         10m
   EU-009    GM8OFQ       Orkney        20m; SSB
   EU-015    SV9DJO       Crete         30/20/12m; CW
   EU-016    9A4W         Brac          20m; CW
   EU-023    9H5BZ        Malta         20m; SSB
   EU-023    9H5TS        Malta         17m; SSB
   EU-025    IT9CTG       Sicily        20m; Digi
   EU-025    IT9HRL       Sicily        40; SSB
   EU-029    OV1CDX       Sjaelland     30/17m; CW/SSB
   EU-042    DL6BEN       Wyk auf Föhr  20m; FT8
   EU-047    DA0IMD       Borkum        30m
   EU-089    CU8AI        Azores        17m; SSB
   EU-089    CT8/S51TA    Western       17m; CW
   EU-146    PA5TT Zuid Holland/Zeeland 20m; CW
   EU-175    CT8/S51TA    Central       40/30/20/6m; CW
   EU-186    TA4CS        Turkey        20m; SSB
   NA-015    CO7KD        Cuba          40m
   NA-015    KG4NE        Cuba          30m
   NA-021    8P6DR        Barbados      40/12m; CW
   NA-021    8P6NW        Barbados      20m; SSB
   NA-026    NY2PO        NY State      20m; CW
   NA-027    VO1AW        Newfoundland  20m; FT8
   NA-065    KF6PKG      WA State North 30m; FT8
   NA-099    KP4JRS       Puerto Rico   15m; CW
   NA-099    KP4TF        Puerto Rico   30m
   NA-099    NP4NC        Puerto Rico   40m; CW
   NA-108    J68HZ        St. Lucia     40/10m; FT8
   OC-001    VK2BY        Australia     17m; SSB
   OC-021    YB0AZ        Java          20m; SSB
   OC-036    ZM2AGY       NZ North      30m
   OC-049    A35JP        Tongatapu     40m
   OC-129    N7ET/DU7     Visayan       20m; CW
   OC-147    YG9WKB   W.Papua Coast (N) 40m; FT8
   SA-011    9Z4Y   Trinidad and Tobago 20/10m
   SA-018    CE7VPQ       Chiloe        20/15/10/6m; SSB

  PLEASE NOTE: Since the Webmasters of the new <> have
  decided NOT to post or dedicate a Web page to announce upcoming IOTA
  operations, PLEASE send your IOTA operations information to the OPDX,
  and we will post it here in an upcoming bulletin......

IMD CANCELED. It has been announced that the International Marconi Day
(IMD) amateur radio event is canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. IMD
is the celebration of wireless pioneer Guglielmo Marconi, who developed
radio technology, on a Saturday in April closest his birthday (April 25th,
1874). For more details, see:

ISWL CALLSIGNS (For May 2020). The following ISWL club callsigns will be
used throughout the month of May 2020:

  GX4BJC/A - Operated from Lambourn, in Berkshire, by John, G0GWK
             (WAB Square - SU37 - England, IOTA EU-005, WLOTA 1841)..   

  MN1SWL/A - Operated /A, from Belfast, in Northern Ireland, by Alan,
             GI0VWU (WAB Square - J36 - N. Ireland, IOTA EU-115,
             WLOTA 1439).

  ALL QSLs will be handled by Dick, M5DIK - The QSL Manager and NOT the
individual operator. The I.S.W.L. is a member of the European PSK Club.
All QSL info is on <> or <> or <>
or via <>. NO LoTW.

JA 160/80M NEWS (Update). Hisami, 7L4IOU, reports: Good news for the
Low-banders who seek Japan. The law was amended on April 21, 2020. The
new 160m and 80m bands in Japan are as follows:
 [Band whole]           [Modes details]          [Modes details]
  --- 160m ---        ----- 160m ---------      ----- 80m ------
  1800-1875 kHz       1800-1810 kHz: All        3500-3520 kHz: A1A
  1907.5-19125.5 kHz  1810-1825 kHz: A1A        3520-3535 kHz: A1A, F1B,
                      1825-1875 kHz: All               F1D, G1B, G1D 
  ---  80m ---        1907.5-19125.5 kHz: A1A,  3535-3575 kHz: All (Except
  3500-3580kHz              F1B, F1D, G1B, G1D           for JA-JA Digital)
  3599-3612kHz                                  3575-3580 kHz: All
  3662-3687kHz                                  3599-3612 kHz: All
                                                3662-3687 kHz: All
   "The small break is a still problem, but overall it's an improvement.
    In particular, a small RTTY-window was born at 3575-3580 kHz....
    73, Hisami 7L4IOU"

  EDITOR'S NOTE: Also read the ARRL Newsletter (dated April 23rd) and
  the following on the ARRL Web page at:

OD5/OD50, LEBANON (Special Event). Members of the Radio Amateurs of
Lebanon (RAL) will activate the special event callsigns OD50SH and
OD5STAYHOME to spread awareness and to Stay-At-Home as part of social
distancing policies during the COVID-19 outbreak. QSL via IZ8CLM.

OPDX MAILING LIST (Just A Reminder). Details on how to subscribe and
unsubscribe from the "OPDX Mailing List" are at the bottom of this
bulletin. PLEASE pass the word around.... Thanks and 73 de Tedd KB8NW

PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (April 27th-May 3rd).......
 Apr/27th HN      Apr/30th  AN     May/02nd  AN
 Apr/28th AN      May/01st  AN     May/03rd  AN
 Apr/29th AN

    NORMALITY               GEOMAG       K Values    Alpha
   -----------------        ------       --------    ------
   AN  - Above Normal       Quiet        K=0-1       0-7
   HN  - High Normal        Unsettled    K=2         8-15
   LN  - Low Normal         Active       K=3         16-29
   BN  - Below Normal       Minor Storm  K=4         30-49
   DIS - Disturbed          Major Storm  K=5         50-99
   VRY DIS - Very Disturbed Severe Storm K=6-9       100-400

    Meanwhile, check out the following Web sites for propagation:
     * VOACAP predication Web page at:
     * DX.QSL.NET Propagation page:
     * A daily HF radio wave propagation forecast can be found at:
     * SolarHam Web page:
     * Radio Propagation/Space Weather/Sunspot Cycle Information at:
     * News and Information About The Sun-Earth Environment:
     * Monthly propagation charts between four USA regions and twelve
       overseas locations are at:
     * Information and tutorials on propagation are at:
     * Graphic propagation tool by DR2W:
     * Point to point propagation at:
     * Real-time propagation at:
     * Also on Twitter:

QSL INFO AND NEWS...................
  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX by Lothar, DL1SBF ( (April 26th)
  4U2STAYHOME via UA3DX   EA8/HB9FIH via HB9FIH & (L) OG66X via OH8GDU (d/L)
  5P1W via OZ1HYI          EA8JK via EB7DX (d/e)      OR4LIFE via ON6YX
  6Y6STAYHOME via EA5GL    GB1HSC via GI7SBF & (L)    SF6F via SA6FOL (L)
  8N6SHURI/6 via (JA-B)    HA0STAY via HA0DX        SO80HUBAL via SP7AH (O/L)
  AN595AHA via EC5AHA      II5CNPP via IZ5RHU    SZ3STAYHOME via SV3GKU (L/e)
  AN595CSW via EC5CSW (L/e) L33M via LU3MAM (L/e)     V73NS via W3HNK & (L)
  AO395BOX via EA6B        OD50SH via IZ8CLM          ZA/IZ7PMQ via 9A8AOT
  AO795KZ via EA7KZ        OE20M via OE1WHC
  AO795URI via EA7URI (L)  OE60IPA via OE3DMA

  (e) eQSL only  (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (*-B) DX's- Bureau
  (O) OQRS only  (C) ClubLog only  (L) LoTW only    (N) No QSL needed
  (I) No IRC     (P) PayPal        (NB) No Bureau


  R207RRC IOTA STATUS. Andy, EU7A, reports that the R207RRC activation
  from Kosa Dvukh Pilotov Island (AS-207) has been accepted for the IOTA

  PJ2LA LOTW STATUS. Rune, LA7THA, reports that the upload of the full
  DXpedition log to LoTW will be available on June 18th.

  VK9NK (Correction - not VK9NS) QSL STATUS (Update). Janusz, SP9FIH,
  reports on April 18th: "I just made first upload to LoTW. QSOs requested
  as direct via OQRS ClubLog were uploaded. Please be patient - all QSOs
  will be uploaded when I am back home. Nobody knows when, but I hope
  before next year... My priority now is making QSOs with all who need
  Norfolk Island as ATNO. Contact confirmations will wait for some time."
  Janusz reported on April 24th, that he has had the worse propagation
  and has posted pictures on his Blog page at:

  VP8PJ QSL STATUS. On April 21st, Gene, K5GS, reported the following:
  "The VP8PJ QSL card proofs have been approved and the production started
  at ON5UR QSL Print Service. Being done over the Internet made the process
  easy and seamless during the Covid19 lock down. Thanks to Tim, M0URX, and
  Max, ON5UR, for their help with the process. There will be three full
  color cards, each designed by Dave K3EL."
   Picture links are from the M0URX Web page and the DXNEWS Web page ....
   - ZL1NA/MM - RV Braveheart anchored - Borge Bay - Signy Island.
   - VP8PJ folded card - various scenes of the island
   - VP8PJ Bureau and overflow card

      On April 23rd, Gene reported: "As promised, this is the primary QSL
    card for the project. Thanks to all who processed a request on OQRS
    or mailed their request to Tim, M0URX. The cards will be shipped from
    ON5UR Print Services in Belgium to the UK. Tim has already printed
    the QSO labels, address labels and printed the postage. As soon as
    Tim receives the cards he will stuff the envelops and take to the
    post office. With the Covid19 airline disruptions international mail
    is slower than normal, so please have patience. As a reminder, all
    VP8PJ confirmation processing is handled by Tim, M0URX, from the UK.
    Bureau cards will be placed in the bureau system in early 2021.
      73, GS K5GS"

  XR8RRC VIDEO. A video is now available on (as April 25th)
  on the recent XR8RRC IOTA DXpedition to Wellington Island (SA-032) by
  Russian Robinson Club (RRC) members (R7AL, RK8A, RW9JZ, UA3EDQ, OK8AU).
  The video (in Russian; length 6:27 min.) is available at:

  Z81D QSL STATUS ONLINE. It was reported on the that Z81D is
  now on ClubLog and LoTW as of April 23rd.

  RT0F, S01WS, TT8SN, UP2L, VP2ETE, XU7AMG and Z81D

  QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3W9CI (AS-162), CB0Z (SA-101), TA0/RM0F (AS-201),
  TC0F (AS-099), TO7DL and VP2VB (NA-023)

    --- We would like to see more QSL Bureaus (such as AS/US/SA/AF.. etc)
        send in their info....

special event stations have hit the airwaves (or soon will be) to promote
individuals to "STAY-AT-HOME" and raise awareness for the restrictions
necessary to fight the spread the coronavirus. List also includes special
event stations to thank all health and medical workers. Here is a checklist
of stations announced to be active:
    3G2HOME (Chile)                       OH1PYSYKOTONA (Finland)
    4J0STAYHOME (Azerbaijan)              OH2PYSYKOTONA (Finland)
    4K0STAYHOME (Azerbaijan)              OH3PYSYKOTONA (Finland)
    4MSTAYHOME (Venezuela)                OH4PYSYKOTONA (Finland)
    4U2STAYHOME (Austria)                 OH5PYSYKOTONA (Finland)
    4X2BESAFE (Israel)                    OH6PYSYKOTONA (Finland)
    5B4STAYHOME (Cyprus)                  OH7PYSYKOTONA (Finland)
    5W19STAYSAFE (Samoa)                  OH8PYSYKOTONA (Finland)
    6Y6STAYHOME (Jamaica)                 OH9PYSYKOTONA (Finland)
    8A1HOME (Indonesia)                   OH0STAYHOME (Aland Island)
    8A1STAYHOME (Indonesia)               OH1STAYHOME (Finland)
    8C2STAYHOME  (Indonesia)              OH2STAYHOME (Finland)
    9K9STAYHOME (Kuwait)                  OH3STAYHOME (Finland)
    A60SH/1 [SH=StayHome] (U.A.E.)        OH4STAYHOME (Finland)
    A60SH/2  (United Arab Emirates)       OH5STAYHOME (Finland)
    A60SH/3  (United Arab Emirates)       OH6STAYHOME (Finland)
    A60SH/4  (United Arab Emirates)       OH7STAYHOME (Finland)
    A60SH/5  (United Arab Emirates)       OH8STAYHOME (Finland)
    A60SH/6  (United Arab Emirates)       OH9STAYHOME (Finland)
    A60SH/7  (United Arab Emirates)       ON4HEROES (Belgium)
    A60SH/8  (United Arab Emirates)       ON4STAYSTRONG (Belgium)
    A60SH/9  (United Arab Emirates)       OO7STAYHOME (Belgium)
    A60SH/10 (United Arab Emirates)       OP2STAYHOME (Belgium)
    A60SH/11 (United Arab Emirates)       OP6STAYHOME (Belgium)
    A60SH/12 (United Arab Emirates)       OQ4ANGELS (Belgium)
    A60SH/13 (United Arab Emirates)       OR2STAYHOME (Belgium)
    A60STAYHOME (United Arab Emirates)    OR20STAYHOME (Belgium)
    A69STAYHOME (United Arab Emirates)    OR4LIFE (Belgium)
    AX2020STAYHOME (Australia)            OR4STAYHOME (Belgium)
    CB3SH  (Chile)                        OR7LIFE (Belgium)
    CB3STAYHOME (Chile)                   OR8STAYHOME (Belgium)
    CH2IR  (Cananda)                      OS0STAYHOME (Belgium)
    CN20SH (Morocco)                      OT2STAYHOME (Belgium)
    CQ8STAYHOME (Azores)                  OT20LIFE (Belgium)
    CR2STAYHOME (Azores)                  OT20STAYHOME (Belgium)
    CT1STAYHOME (Portugal)                OT4HOPE (Belgium)
    CV7STAYHOME (Uruguay)                 OT6STAYSAFE (Belgium)
    DX0STAYHOME (Philippine)              OT7STAYSAFE (Belgium)
    E2STAYHOME  (Thailand)                PC6STAYHOME (The Netherlands)
    E7STAYHOME (Bosnia & Herzegovina)     PE6STAYHOME (The Netherlands)
    GB0CCW (England)                      PR2STAYHOME (Brazil)
    GB0EDH (England)                      R3STAYHOME (European Russia)
    GB0KYD (England)                      SZ3STAYHOME (Greece)
    GB1HSC [Health & Social Care]         TC1STAYHOME (Turkey)
      (Northern Ireland)                  TC3STAYHOME (Turkey)
    GB2SH (England)                       VC2STAYHOM (Canada)
    GB4KW (England)                       VC3STAYHOM (Canada)
    GB4SAH [SAH=Stay-At-Home] (England)   VE9HOME (Canada)
    GB5NHS [NHS=National Health Service]  W4IPC/STAYHOME (United States)
      (England)                           VI2020STAYHOME (Australia)
    GB5KW (England)                       XM2STAYHOM (Canada)
    GB9KW (England)                       XR3STAYHOME (Chile)
    HA0HOME (Hungary)                     YO19STAYHOME (Romania)
    HA0STAY (Hungary)                     YS1STAYHOM1 (El Salvador)
    HA127STAY (Hungary)                   YS1STAYHOM2 (El Salvador)
    HZ1STAYHOME (Saudi Arabia)            YS1STAYHOM3 (El Salvador)
    IO6STAY (Italy)                       YS1STAYHOM4 (El Salvador)
    IX1HPN/STAYHOME (Italy)               YS1STAYHOM5 (El Salvador)
    K2H (United States)                   YS1STAYHOM6 (El Salvador)
    KC1KUG/STAYH (United States)          Z30STAYHOME (North Macedonia)
    OD50SH (Lebanon)                      Z39STAYHOME (North Macedonia)
    OD5STAYHOME (Lebanon)                 Z60STAYHOME (Kosovo)
    OE1STAYHOME (Austria)                 ZW5STAYHOME (Brazil)
    OH0PYSYKOTONA (Finland; "Pysy         ZW8THANKS   (Brazil)
     kotona" means StayHome in Finnish)  

  QSL via operator's instructions or check to see if the QSL info is
listed above or under "QSL INFO AND NEWS". ADDED NOTE: If you missed the
special bulletin OPDX.1459.1 (, the
Finnish Amateur Radio League (SRAL) is providing a number of special
awards during these Stay-At-Home "OH" operations (as well as other coun-
tries signing STAYHOME that qualified) which run through July 8th.
Complete details can be found in OPDX.1459.1 or on the SRAL Web page at:

VP5, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS. Mario, W4HBW, and formerly VP5VMA (also
I2HBW, 3A2NY), is now VP5MA as of February 1st, 2020. There was no mention
when his next activity will take place. QSLs for VP5MA can only be direct
or via ClubLog's OQRS.

TO BE ADDED TO THE OPDX MAILING LIST -- Click or send requests to:
   Subscribe:   (
   Unsubscribe: (

  Just a reminder, you can still obtain the OPDX Bulletins via the
OPDX Web page (provided by John, K8YSE) [], (under Forums; News; Special Events, Contests.. etc.), several
DX Mailing Lists, and two different UseNet Groups ( and The weekly bulletin (issue # from the OPDX Web
page URL) is also posted on the following Media pages:
 NODXA FaceBook --
 Twitter --

* All excerpts and distribution of "The OPDX Bulletin" are granted as
  long as KB8NW/OPDX/BARF80 receives credit.

** To contribute DX info, please send via InterNet Mail to:
             ( or (
   Information can now be faxed to the following phone line at:
                           1-419-828-7791 (F A X only!)
...... 73 de Tedd KB8NW


Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW - E-mail addresses:
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Editor of the Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin (OPDX - DXer's Tool of Excellence)
President of the "Northern Ohio DX Association" (NODXA)
DX Chairman for the "Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society
ARRL Assistant Director of the Great Lakes Division
Sysop of the "Basic Amateur Radio Frequency BBS" (BARF80.ORG)

Saturday, April 25, 2020

ANS-117 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins


The AMSAT News Service bulletins are a free, weekly news and infor-
mation service of AMSAT, The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation. ANS
publishes news related to Amateur Radio in Space including reports on
the activities of a worldwide group of Amateur Radio operators who
share an active interest in designing, building, launching and commun-
icating through analog and digital Amateur Radio satellites.

The news feed on publishes news of Amateur
Radio in Space as soon as our volunteers can post it.

Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to:
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You can sign up for free e-mail delivery of the AMSAT News Service
Bulletins via the ANS List; to join this list see:

In this edition:

* March/April 2020 Edition of Apogee View Posted
* Long-Lost U.S. Military Satellite Found By Amateur Radio Operator
* Let's Take Some Pictures
* Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution
* The W4AMI Award and How to Obtain One
* New OSCAR T-Shirt Available from AMSAT Zazzle Store
* Upcoming Satellite Operations
* ARISS News
* Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-117.01
ANS-117 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 117.01
DATE 2020 April 26
BID: $ANS-117.01

March/April 2020 Edition of Apogee View Posted

The March/April 2020 edition of Apogee View, a comprehensive update
on AMSAT's activities from AMSAT President Clayton Coleman, W5PFG,
has been posted to the AMSAT website.

[ANS thanks AMSAT the above information]


Long-Lost U.S. Military Satellite Found By Amateur Radio Operator

Scott Tilley, VE7TIL, has made the news once again for tracking down
yet another "zombie" satellite. Scott was the subject of a report
broadcast on National Public Radio on Friday, April 24.

This time, he managed to identify signals from LES-5, an experimental
military UHF communications satellite built by the Massachusetts Insti-
tute of Technology's Lincoln Laboratory and launched in 1967. Even
though the satellite was supposed to shut down in 1972, it's still go-
ing. As long as the solar panels are in the sun, the satellite's radio
continues to operate.

In 2018, Tilly found a signal from a NASA probe called IMAGE that the
space agency had lost track of in 2005. With Tilley's help, NASA was
able to reestablish contact. He has rediscovered several other long-
forgotten birds, including Transit 5B-5, a nuclear-powered U.S. Navy
navigation satellite launched in 1965.

Scott announced his findings on LES-5 through his Twitter account,
@coastal8049, on March 24. The full NPR story may be found at:

[ANS thanks for the above information]


         Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the AMSAT office
    is closed until further notice. For details, please visit


Let's Take Some Pictures

The command team has had a few requests for camera mode on AO-92 over
the last few weeks, and it’s been a while, so let’s take some pictures
 next week.

Next Tuesday morning, April 28th, we’ll attempt to command the camera
on at approximately 1440Z and 1612Z. We’ll also try the 1750Z pass.
If we can’t command on the 1750Z pass, we’ll find a suitable pass
later in the week for the west coast.

Take a look at
for a guide on how to set up FoxTelem, and for near-live images
as we go. Remember, the more stations submitting telemetry during
the event, the better the chance of complete images!

[ANS thanks Andrew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, AMSAT VP Operations,
for the above information]


           Purchase AMSAT Gear on our Zazzle storefront.
          25% of the purchase price of each product goes
            towards Keeping Amateur Radio in Space


Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution

Last week's AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletin (ANS-110.01) contained
a news item entitled "Receiving SMOG-P and ATL-1 Nano Satellites With
an RTL-SDR" from Zoltan Doczi, HA7DCD.

Please note that on December 19, 2019 AMSAT designated SMOG-P as
Magyar-OSCAR 105 (MO-105) and ATL-1 as Magyar-OSCAR 106 (MO-106).

In the AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution, the TLEs for these two Hungarian
satellites are shown as follows:

MO-105 is NORAD Cat ID 44832 (SMOG-P)
MO-106 is NORAD Cat ID 44830 (ATL-1)

[ANS thanks Ray Hoad, WA5QGD, AMSAT Orbital Elements Manager, for the
 above information]


The W4AMI Award and How to Obtain One

Just a little history, Robert W. Barbee Jr., W4AMI, was a very prolific
operator and in his honor this certificate was created and the first
certificate was issued to him on June 27, 1994. He has since become an
SK and his local club has taken over his call sign. The award was
originally the W4AMI Satellite Operator Achievement Award. The local
club asked me not to use their call sign for the award. I changed the
award to The Robert W. Barbee, Jr. W4AMI Satellite Operator Achievement
Award. And here we are today, finally having issued over 100
certificates and over 30 of the 5,000 certificates.

This award is for making 1,000 contacts with any station any time. You
can say hello to your friend on every satellite on every pass every day
and count those contacts. That being said, any contact you log counts.
The award has endorsements for making 1,000 more contacts up to 4,000.
Another 1,000 contacts will earn a special W4AMI 5,000 certificate.

To submit for the award, please email me an extract from your log either
in Microsoft Excel XLS(X) format or ADI(F) format. Either will work just
fine. Then wait for me to get back to you notifying you to go online and
make your payment. I need nothing from LoTW, confirmed contacts are not
an issue, this award is for simply making a contact.

[ANS thanks Bruce Paige, KK5DO, AMSAT Director Contests and Awards,
for the above information]


     Need new satellite antennas? Purchase Arrows, Alaskan Arrows,
    and M2 LEO-Packs from the AMSAT Store. When you purchase through
           AMSAT, a portion of the proceeds goes towards
                  Keeping Amateur Radio in Space.


New OSCAR T-Shirt Available from AMSAT Zazzle Store

Thanks to an post on Twitter from Michael Styne, K2MTS, AMSAT is
pleased to offer a new t-shirt on the AMSAT Zazzle Store. This t-
shirt design is available in variants suitable for printing on either
dark or lightly colored shirts.

The shirt features a representation of AMSAT-OSCAR 7 in orbit with the
tagline "OSCAR - Adventure and Excitement in Space Age Communication"
This image was used in advertisements for the 1978 ARRL book "Getting
to Know OSCAR." The ARRL has granted AMSAT permission to republish
this classic image as a t-shirt.

Get yours today! 25% of the purchase price goes towards Keeping
Amateur Radio in Space.

[ANS thanks Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, AMSAT Executive VP, for the above


Upcoming Satellite Operations

ZW8, BRAZIL (Special Event). Operators Freddy/PY3YD, Joselito/PS8BR,
Fernando/PS8CW, Raimundo/PS8DX, Jose/PS8ET, Milton/PS8HF, Nelson/PS8NF,
Pirajah/PS8RF, Dalton/PS8TV and Andre/PT9AL are using the special event
callsign ZW8THANKS as a tribute to health care professionals fighting
COVID-19. Activity will be on all bands and modes including the satel-
lites. QSL via direct, eQSL or LoTW.
(ANS thanks the Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin #1461 for the above information)

Due to COVID-19, there are no other announced satellite operations at
this moment. Any roving activity of which AMSAT becomes aware will be
posted at:

Until then, stay safe and keep making contacts from home.

Please submit any additions or corrections to ke4al (at)

[ANS thanks Robert Bankston, KE4AL, AMSAT VP-User Services for the
above information]


    AMSAT, along with our ARISS partners, is developing an amateur
    radio package, including two-way communication capability, to
            be carried on-board Gateway in lunar orbit.

   Support AMSAT's projects today at



ARISS lets students worldwide experience the excitement of talking
directly with crew members of the International Space Station, inspir-
ing them to pursue interests in careers in science, technology,
engineering and math, and engaging them with radio science technology
through amateur radio.

Northern Virginia Schools Group, Woodbridge VA, Multi-point telebridge
contact via AB1OC is scheduled for Thursday, April 30. The ISS call-
sign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS, and the scheduled astronaut
is Chris Cassidy, KF5KDR. The contact is go for 13:35:00 UTC at a max-
imum elevation of 62 degrees. Stations in the eastern U.S. should be
able to listen in on this contact on 145.80 MHz FM. A multi-point tele-
bridge contact means that each student will be on the telebridge from
their own home.

The ARISS team continues to test and firm up a plan to transform ARISS
contacts and how ARISS interacts with youth and education institutions.
ARISS will provide distance learning with every student and staff mem-
ber in their own homes (even quarantined).

[ANS thanks ARISS for the above information]


Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events

Want to see AMSAT in action or learn more about amateur radio in space?
AMSAT Ambassadors provide presentations, demonstrate communicating
through amateur satellites, and host information tables at club meet-
ings, hamfests, conventions, maker faires, and other events.

Due to COVID-19, many hamfest and events around the United States have
been canceled or postponed.  While we make every effort to ensure the
information contained below is correct, there may be some that we
missed. We wish all of you safekeeping and hope to be at a hamfest
near you soon.

Current schedule:
    June 12-13, 2020, Ham-Com, Plano, TX
    September 26, 2020 Arrowhead Radio Amateurs Club Hamfest, Superior, WI

The following events scheduled to have an AMSAT presence have been
    May 2, 2020, Cochise Amateur Radio Association Hamfest, Sierra
              Vista, AZ
    May 8-9, 2020 Prescott Hamfest, Prescott, AZ
    May 15-17, Hamvention, Xenia, OH

A copy of the AMSAT hamfest brochure is available for download from:  This color brochure is designed to be printed
double-sided and folded into a tri-fold handout.

To include your upcoming AMSAT presentation and/or demonstration,
please send an email to ambassadors (at) amsat (dot) org.

[ANS thanks Robert Bankston, KE4AL, AMSAT VP-User Services for the
above information]


Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ Diwata-2 (PO-101) has been active daily to provide emergency access
  during Covid-19 pandemic. Check
  For Daily activation schedule
  (ANS thanks DIWATA-2 Ground Team for the above information)

+ On this 50th anniversary of the flight of Apollo 13, the BBC has pro-
  duced a documentary video series, "13 Minutes to the Moon," along
  with associated web resources and podcasts. The documentary can be
  accessed worldwide at:
  (ANS thanks Peter Green, G0ABI, for the above information)

+ Happy 30th anniversary, Hubble! The Hubble Space Telescope was laun-
  ched into LEO on April 24th, 1990 aboard Space Shuttle Discovery
  STS-31 launch video). Featuring a 2.4 m mirror and optics that are
  smooth to 10 nanometers (but were in the wrong shape until corrected
  by the first of five servicing missions in 1993), Hubble takes images
  of the Universe with never-before-seen quality. The telescope may
  work into the 2040s, hopefully being joined by its more-advanced sib-
  ling, the JWST, next year. Take a moment to browse some of Hubble’s
  most stunning snapshots of the Universe at:
  (ANS thanks The Orbital Index for the above information)

+ Astronauts onboard the International Space Station have gotten a
  first good look at the controversial Starlink satellites. On April
  13th, they photographed a train of 16 Starlinks cutting through
  Southern Lights over the Antarctic. Learn more about their unique
  photo + corresponding ground-based sightings on
  (ANS thanks Southgate ARC for the above information)

+ SpaceX launched 60 more spacecraft Wednesday to join the Starlink
  fleet. The successful launch Wednesday marked the 84th flight of a
  Falcon 9 rocket since June 2010. That makes SpaceX’s Falcon 9 the
  most-flown orbital-class U.S. launcher currently in operation, ex-
  ceeding the 83 missions performed by the Atlas 5 rocket built by
  rival United Launch Alliance. With Wednesday’s launch, SpaceX has
  delivered 422 Starlink satellites to space. The company is seeking
  regulatory approval to fly 4,400 of the satellites in the project's
  first phase. SpaceX’s next Starlink launch after Wednesday could
  happen as soon as early May on another Falcon 9 rocket mission. That
  will be followed by SpaceX’s first launch with astronauts on-board —
  scheduled for May 27 — to begin a test flight of the company’s Crew
  Dragon spaceship to the International Space Station.
  (ANS thanks for the above information)

+ A series of unusually severe spring storms parading across the south-
  eastern USA had residents taking shelter this week from hail and tor-
  nadoes. High above the maelstrom, sprites were dancing. Sprites are
  a form of electricity in powerful storm clouds. While regular light-
  ning lances down, sprites leap up. They can reach all the way to the
  edge of space 90 km or more above Earth’s surface.
  (ANS thanks Southgate ARC and for the above



In addition to regular membership, AMSAT offers membership in the
President's Club. Members of the President's Club, as sustaining
donors to AMSAT Project Funds, will be eligible to receive addi-
tional benefits. Application forms are available from the AMSAT

Primary and secondary school students are eligible for membership
at one-half the standard yearly rate. Post-secondary school students
enrolled in at least half time status shall be eligible for the stu-
dent rate for a maximum of 6 post-secondary years in this status.
Contact Martha at the AMSAT Office for additional student membership

73 and Remember to help keep amateur radio in space,
This week's ANS Editor, Casey Tucker, KI7UNJ

ki7unj at amsat dot org
Sent via AMSAT-NA makes this open forum available
to all interested persons worldwide without requiring membership. Opinions expressed
are solely those of the author, and do not reflect the official views of AMSAT-NA.
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425 DX News #1512

25 April 2020                                             A.R.I. DX Bulletin
                                   No 1512

                         *** 4 2 5  D X  N E W S ***
                         ****  DX  INFORMATION  ****
                          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.

4W     - The Lagunaria DX Group's DXpedition  to  Timor Leste  (11 October-8
         November) [425DXN 1505] has been postponed  until sometime in 2021.
         "The current  situation  based  on  the  Corona pandemic  makes  it
         impossible to plan  anything  later  in this year",  the team says.
         "The uncertainty of  travel safety,  the not predictable impact  on
         the companies we have to rely on and the current restrictions  that
         prevent a solid preparation, forced us  to take this step.  We hope
         that we  can see clearer  by the end of  this year  what will be in
         2021". Updates will be posted to
EU     - Commemorating the end  of  World War II,  special callsigns  EV75M,
         EV75F, EV75K, EV75P, EV75GA, EV75GK and EV75PP  are expected  to be
         active  from  Belarus  on  2-9 May.  They will participate  in  the
         Memorial Pobeda-75 (see below). QSL via operator's instructions.
G      - This year the  Poldhu Amateur Radio Club (GB2GM)  will be unable to
         operate from the Marconi Centre on 25 April.  Another special call-
         sign, however, will celebrate  Marconi's birthday:  GB1GM, operated
         by Cliff, G3UYN (Chairman of PARC). "No QSL", he says.
G      - Even though  this  year's  International Marconi Day  has been can-
         cancelled, three  IMD stations  will be active from  England on  25
         April to celebrate  the birth of  Guglielmo Marconi:  GB5IMD (on 2m
         FM), GB6IMD (on the HF bands SSB) and GB8IMD (on the HF bands FT8).
         QSLs via eQSL only, but certificates  will be available: see  "2020
         Innovation  Awards"  on  the  Quantum  Amateur Radio  &  Technology
         Society's website (
HL     - Special callsigns HL40GDM and D73M  will be active on  1-31 May  to
         commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Gwangju Uprising (18-27 May
         1980), aka the  Gwangju Democratization Movement. QSLs  via HL4CCM,
         direct or bureau. In 2011, the Archives for the May 18th Democratic
         Uprising  against  Military  Regime  were inscribed  to the  UNESCO
         Memory of the World Register.
JA_ant - The  61st  Japanese Antarctic  Research Expedition's  overwintering
         team at the Syowa Station on East Ongul Island (AN-015), Antarctica
         includes  Taka, JA1AGS and  Hiro, JH7JCX.  In their spare time they
         are QRV from the 8J1RL club station,  with activity  on 40, 30, 20,
         17 and 15 metres mainly FT8. They will be there until January 2021.
         QSL via the bureau to 8J1RL, or direct to JG2MLI.
JA     - Special callsign 8J17CALL will be activated from  23 April until 22
         April 2021 by the 7-CALL Amateur Radio Club (JS1YEY), a Tokyo based
         club station that  gathers operators  with callsigns  in the  7K-7N
         prefix series -  "a symbol of  the golden age  of  Japanese amateur
         radio history". The first 7K call (7K1AAA) was issued  on  23 April
         1990, the last 7-Call was issued on 20 June 2003 (7N4XZZ). Over the
         years some 95% of the  7K-7N stations  lost interest  in the hobby,
         and  nowadays the  7-Callers  are only  17,583  out of the  402,180
         Japanese amateurs.  See for more information.
         All QSOs will be confirmed automatically via  the bureau, eQSL  and
LZ     - Special callsign LZ50BFRA  will be active from  26 April  until the
         end of the year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of  the Bulgarian
         Federation of Radio Amateurs.  Founded on  26 April 1970,  BFRA  is
         the national IARU member society. QSL via LZ1BJ (bureau).
OE     - 4U2STAYHOME is the special callsign for the  VIC Amateur Radio Con-
         test DX Club (4U1A, to join the Stay Home
         /Stay Safe campaign. This activity counts for Austria for DXCC, and
         for the Vienna International Centre for the CQ DX Marathon. QSL via
         UA3DX, direct or bureau.
OE     - Jo, OE4VIE will be active as OE50MHZ  (WWL JN87dc) from 1 May to 30
         June.  He will operate CW, SSB  and digital modes  on 6 metres,  to
         mark the  30th anniversary  of  the allocation - initially  subject
         to severe restrictions - of the Magic Band  to  Austrian  amateurs.
         QSL via LoTW and eQSL;  paper QSLs will be  sent automatically  via
         the bureau.
UA     - A very large number of Russian stations using special  prefix  RP75
         (where the letter P stands for 'pobeda', i.e.  'victory')  will  be
         active on 2-9 May to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the  end  of
         World War II.  See for more information, in-
         cluding the list of participating stations and their QSL routes.
VE     - Canadian licensees are allowed to use "special event" prefixes from
         20 April to 20 June as a reminder to stay at home and  help contain
         and limit  the  spread  of  COVID-19:  VA stations  can use CF,  VE
         stations  can use CG,  VO stations can use CH, and  VY stations can
         use CI.
W      - The  Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club  of Babylon, NY  is looking
         for amateurs  in each of  New York State's  62 counties to  operate
         their  home stations under the  special event callsign  K2H  (H for
         Heroes) between  1 and 31 May.  All operators will be signing  K2H/
         along with  the  county  abbreviation  as used in the  New York QSO
         Party (e.g.  K2H/SUF for Suffolk,  K2H/NAS for Nassau,  etc).  This
         special operation is intented to  express gratitude to  the men and
         women on the  front lines of the  COVID-19 pandemic.  "Confirmation
         certificates" will be available,  but QSL cards will not be issued.
         See for more information.

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

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COVID-19 PANDEMIC ---> Travel restrictions, self-isolation  and  social dis-
tancing requirements as well as  general health  and  safety issues  arising
from the coronavirus pandemic are affecting quite a number of operations and
amateur radio events, which have been postponed or cancelled:
Z68AN        Kosovo               27/04-30/04      cancelled
Z68EC        Kosovo               27/04-30/04      cancelled
ZV1C         SA-029               01/05-03/05      postponed later in 2020
8Q7KB        Maldives             04/05-12/05      cancelled
TM5IB        EU-105               16/05-23/05      cancelled
FM/OQ3R      Martinique           25/05-06/06      cancelled
TO3F         Martinique           CQ WW WPX CW     cancelled
Museum Ships Weekend              06/06-07/06      cancelled
VP2V/W9DR    British Virgin Isls  17/06-24/06      cancelled
ZA/HG2DX     Albania              21/06-03/07      cancelled
4W           Timor Leste          11/10-08/11      postponed to 2021

JAPAN: EXPANDED ACCESS TO  160 AND 80 METRES ---> As of  21 April,  Japanese
amateurs have gained  new privileges on  160 and 80m. The current band plan,
as summarized on the ARRL's website, is as follow:
  1800-1810 kHz      All modes (new assignment)
  1810-1825 kHz      CW only
  1825-1875 kHz      All modes (as secondary service, new assignment)
  1907.5-1912.5 kHz  CW and data (F1B, F1D, G1B, G1D)
  3500-3520 kHz      CW only
  3520-3535 kHz      CW and data (F1B, F1D, G1B, G1D)
  3535-3575 kHz      CW, phone, image; data only permitted for making
                     contacts with non-JA amateurs
  3575-3580 kHz      All modes (as secondary service, new assignment)
  3599-3612 kHz      CW, phone, image, data
  3662-3680 kHz      All modes (as secondary service, new assignment)
  3680-3687 kHz      CW, phone, image
  3702-3716 kHz      CW, phone, image
  3745-3770 kHz      CW, phone, image
  3791-3805 kHz      CW, phone, image

QSL EY8MM ---> Reportedly  Ted, K1BV  has been hospitalized since  September
and is unable to process QSL requests.  Please refrain from mailing cards to
him until further notice,  and do  not  mail cards  to EY8MM's home address.
Nodir uploads his log to LoTW on a regular basis.

QSL H33K ---> The QSL route for the 2-13 March operation has changed "due to
problems with  the  postal service in Panama  during the Covid-19 lockdown".
The  new  QSL manager  is  W4JS (direct only).  The logs  have been  already
uploaded to LoTW  and Club Log;  the QSL cards are expected  to be available
after 30 April.

STAY AT HOME ---> Other special callsign joining the Stay Home campaign and/
or  showing support  for  health care professionals  and  other  key workers
during the COVID-19 pandemic include:
Callsign      DXCC         QSL                                          
3G2HOME       Chile        LoTW only                                      
4U2STAYHOME   Austria      UA3DX                                          
4X2BESAFE     Israel       4Z1TL                                 26/04-12/08
5W19STAYSAFE  Samoa        LoTW only                                      
CB3STAYHOME   Chile        LoTW, or via EA5GL (direct)                    
GB0CCW        England      LoTW, or via M0LXD                              
GB0EDH        England                         operated by G0NQZ  21/04-18/05
GB0KYD        England                         operated by M0OWS  18/04-16/05
GB1HSC        No. Ireland  GI7SBF                                20/04-17/05
GB2SH         England      eQSL only                             20/04-17/05
GB4KW         England      eQSL only                                      
GB5KW         England                         operated by M0TXX            
GB9KW         England      eQSL only                                      
HA0HOME       Hungary      HA0DX                                          
HA0STAY       Hungary      HA0DX                                          
HA127STAY     Hungary      HA9BA                                          
IO6STAY       Italy        IK6QON (direct)                       22/04-20/07
K2H           USA            -                                   01/05-31/05
OD50SH        Lebanon      IZ8CLM                                          
OD5STAYHOME   Lebanon      IZ8CLM                                          
OE1STAYHOME   Austria      LoTW and eQSL only                              
OR4LIFE       Belgium      ON6YX                                          
OR7LIFE       Belgium      ON4OB                                          
PE6STAYHOME   Netherlands                     operated by PE1EVX          
TC3STAYHOME   Turkey       TA3X                                            
XR3STAYHOME   Chile        eQSL only                                      

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                         ******* QSL  ROUTES *******
                          Edited by  I1JQJ & IK1ADH
                        Direttore Responsabile  I2VGW

CALL        MANAGER     CALL        MANAGER     CALL        MANAGER
3Z50DVP     SP6DVP      CO6ABP      RW6HS       OE25TWA     OE3TWA
4J0STAYHOME DC9RI       CS5MAR      CT1REP      OE25XGM     OE5XGM
4L8A        M0OXO       D2EB        IZ3ETU      OE25YSC     OE3YSC
4O/E73A     9A2AA       DQ750KL     DL5KVV      OL1941FP    OK2CME
4U1A        UA3DX       DU9CA       IK2DUW      OL725PLZ    OK1DRQ
4X0T        4Z5FI       DZ1Z        DV1YAI      ON4STAYSTRONG ON4RCN
4X9A        4Z4OQ       E76C        E77E        OO7STAYHOME ON7SS
5B4AHL      M0URX       ED5URR      EA5URR      OP2STAYHOME ON6NB
5P0WHD      OZ1ACB      EK1915KE    EK1KE       OQ1HOPE     ON4ON
7X2GK       IK2DUW      EK1915MG    EK6MG       OQ4ANGELS   ON4CHT
7X5JF       DJ8QP       EK1915RR    EK1RR       OR20STAYHOME ON4RSX
8P2K        KU9C        EK1915SI    EK6SI       OR4STAYHOME ON3AR [d]
8P6DR       G3RWL       EL2DT       EL2FM       OR4STAYHOME ON4CP [b]
9K2WARD     9K2RA       EP2C        EA5GL       OR8STAYHOME ON4ATH
9M2TO       JA0DMV      EU5C        EW1I        OR95WARD    ON4CRD [b]
9N1AA       N4GNR       FY4VA       DL7BC       OR95WARD    ON4LBI [d]
A35JP       JA0RQV      GB4ARD      M0KPW       OT20LIFE    ON5AV
A60WARD/1   A61BK       GB4SAH      G4XEX       OT4HOPE     ON6SI
A60WARD/4   A61BK       H33K        W4JS        OT6STAYSAFE ON5YL
A91WARD     A92AA       HC1HC       NE8Z        OX80HM      OZ1ACB
AM1WARD     EA4URE      HC7AE       EA5GL       OZ80HM      OZ1ACB
AM2WARD     EA4URE      HF1J        SP1NEN      OZ80QUEEN   OZ1ACB
AM4WARD     EA4URE      HH2/N3BNA   KA2AEV      PH70PH      PA7HPH
AM5WARD     EA4URE      HI3MPC      W2CCW       PU0FDN      PY7RP
AM6WARD     EA4URE      HI8JSG      RW6HS       RG61PP      RZ3LC
AM795DX     EB7DX       HI8K        W2CCW       S50WAAD     S59DKS
AM7WARD     EA4URE      HP1XT       KU9C        S79VU       EA5GL
AM8WARD     EA4URE      HZ1WARD     HZ1SAR      SK9WARD     SM6JSM
AM95WARD    EA4URE      II5CNPP     IZ5RHU      SM7/OZ1AA   OZ1ACB
AM9WARD     EA4URE      II5LDV      IQ5LV       SN0KURP     SP5KVW
AN595AHA    EC5AHA      IO3RT       IQ3BM       SN0MD       SP1PNW
AO295EZ     EA2EZ       IQ8BI       IZ8CLM      SP0WL       SP5ZIP
AO395AKA    EA3AKA      J68HZ       K9HZ        TF3WARD     TF3MH
AO395NN     EA3NN       J73WA       ND3R        TI2VLM      EA5ZD
AO395PP     EA3PP       JY5HX       E73Y        TI5/N3KS    W4FS
AO495S      EA4S        KH2L        W3HNK       TM20PAQ     F4HZS
AO495SE     EA4SE       KL7J        N3SL        TM35UFT     F6EEQ
AO595BY     EA5BY       KP3H        NP3LT       TM5OIS/p    F5KRH
AO595HRT    EA5HRT      OD5KU       EB7DX       TM95WARD    F6BEE
AO595KA     EA5KA       OD5TX       W4JS        TT8SN       DL9USA
AO595XA     EA5XA       OE20M       OE1WHC      TZ4AM       W0SA
AO795IYF    EA7IYF      OE25BKC     OE3BKC      UK8FF       W3HNK
AO795TV     EA7TV       OE25DMT     OE7DMT      VP2ETE      W3HNK
BV50CYMC    BV4VR       OE25IGP     OE2IGP      XU7AMG      BD4HF
C91CCY      K3IRV       OE25JWD     OE6JWD      ZS6S        EA5GL
CM8BD       RW6HS       OE25LCR     OE3LCR      ZT4T        EA5GL
CN20SH      RW6HS       OE25PEN     OE5PEN      ZW5STAYHOME PY5EG

3W1T     Eddy Visser, I.P.O Box 88, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
4K2GG    Alexander Y. Frolov, P.O. Box 38, Volgograd, 400066, Russia
9G5GS    Matteo Ghirardini, Via Maggiore 77, 48121 Ravenna RA, Italy
DC9RI    Rashad Iskandarli, Postfach 600321, 60333 Frankfurt am Main,
DL2020R  Jamie Williams, 41 Overton Lane, Hammerwich, Burntwood, WS7 0LQ,
         United Kingdom
EL2FM    Joe Brown, 10 Oldhams Lane, Bolton, BL1 6PN, United Kingdom
OE20M    DokuFunk, An den Steinfeldern 4A, 1230 Wien, Austria
TR8CA    Jean Charron, 19 rue Gabriel Moussa, 33320 Eysines, France
V84SAR   Tamat Lampoh, P.O. Box 849, MPC Old Airport, Bandar Seri Begawan
         BB3577, Brunei Darussalam
XV1X     Eddy Visser, I.P.O Box 88, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
Z81S     Antonello Scauso, Via Tenente Minniti 105, 98057 Milazzo ME, Italy


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