Baker Island Press Release

Dated January 16, 2018 For Immediate Release:

The Dateline DX Association is pleased to announce major equipment support from Elecraft, DX Engineering, and SteppIR Communications Systems for its KH1/KH7Z Baker Island 2018 DXpedition.

BakerFor the KH1/KH7Z operation, Elecraft will supply the highly reliable K3S transceivers and their matching KPA500 amplifiers. These radios are veterans of several highly successful major DXpeditions and will greatly aid our goal of many ATNO contacts.

Our use permit for access to the Baker National Wildlife Refuge restricts the type and height of antennas we can use for KH1/KH7Z. SteppIR Communications Systems is working with team member George Wallner, AA7JV, with antennas that are acceptable to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Every operation of this size needs a large number of critical equipment items suitable for island operation. DX Engineering has stepped up to offer those items on an as needed basis. DX Engineering continues to support major DXpeditions, and is a quality supplier of everything needed for the Amateur Radio community.

KH1 is the 4th most wanted entity. Our plans are to bring the KH1 entity to as many operators, and countries as we can. Support from these equipment vendors is appreciated and helps us meet our QSO goals. As with any DXpedition to the really rare ones, this will be another large budget operation. The operator team will contribute over 50% of the expected budget of $400,000. You can help make this DXpedition happen by visiting our website, and contributing today.

http://www.baker2018.net/pages/donate.html

Thank you in advance for your support. The Baker Island 2018 Team

 

IOTA 2018 Updates

IOTAIOTA enthusiasts are reminded that the last date for mailing applications or score updates to checkpoints for inclusion in the 2018 Honour Roll and other performance tables is 31 January 2018.

If postmarked after that date, they will be processed in the normal way but the scores will be held over to the following year's listing. It is important that participants who have not updated since the 2013 annual listings and wish to remain listed should make a submission on or before 31 January 2018.

Of interest this year is that in addition to the 2017 IOTA Contest logs a much larger number of logs of IOTA operations on Club Log have recently been made available for QSO matching. Experience to date shows the increased opportunity this offers for building a larger score.

G3KMA, 20 December 2017

 

A70X (2018) QSL Cards

A70X 2018Qsl Cards for the 2018 operation from Al-Safliyah Island by the Qatar Amateur Radio Society (QARS) are now at the print Shop and will arrive here and be dispatched in around two weeks time.

QSL Cards for the 2017 previous activation are also still available. OQRS is open for both activations.

https://www.m0oxo.com/oqrs/logsearch.php

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3B9FR AF-017 FT8

3B9FR2Robert can be foundon FT8 mode from today.

He is a learner on this the newest of the Digital Modes so if you see any mistakes or maybe dupes in the logs, please remember your first time on the mode may have been equally as scary!

Think before you post comments on the DX Clusters!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

'YJ0AG'' Vanuatu

YJ0AGFrom Grant VK5GR;

''"I am planning another holiday style DXPedition for 2018" says VK5GR (E6AG), Grant. Plans are to stay with his family on Efate (OC-035) from April 17 to 29 operating intermittently as YJ0AG.

Grant is awaiting for a copy of his license. He'll be mostly on digital modes running QRO on 80 through 10 Meters. Those modes include RTTY, FT8, PSK Olivia as well as SSB and some SSTV. He could also do some CW, depending on his "CW training". Grant says, "I am looking to particularly work unique stations and will be where possible targetting Europe Short Path where YJ is high on the ClubLog most wanted list". Equipment will include a K3 and KPA500 transmitting into a "G3TXQ UltraLight HexBeam" on 20-10 Meters and a multi-band vertical for 80-10 Meters. While there, Grant hopes to get in the SPDX RTTY Contest.

M0OXO, Charles, will be handling the QSLing duties and prefers requests go through his OQRS for both direct and bureau QSL cards. For DX stations from OC, AF and SA he will "accept calls" at"any time".

 

A70X Al-Safliyah Island

as088 BESTA70X are now qrt from Al-Safliyah Island in Qatar.

Thanks to the Team from Qatar Amateur Radio Society (QARS) who, for the second year running have provided many with the new IOTA (AS-088) and/or needed Band slots with A7.

The full log has now been uploaded both to Clublog and to M0OXO Logsearch where OQRS is now open.

https://secure.clublog.org/charts/?c=A70X

http://www.m0oxo.com/oqrs/logsearch.php

Qsl Cards are being designed for this years event and will be out in due course.

 

XT2AW - Harald returning to Ouagadougou

xt2aw 3Harald (DF2WO) will be returning to Burkina Faso next week.

He reports that he now has his Visa and will be qrv from XT2 between the 8th and 22nd January 2018.

As usual he will be using a Hexbeam and Dipole Antennas running CW, SSB and FT8 Modes mainly on 80, 60 , 40 and 30 Meters.

 He also hopes to replace the Hexbeam of local Ham Ibrahim XT2AGI who's antenna was lost in a big storm over 12 months ago. Ibrahim has been off air ever since.

Qsl via M0OXO OQRS or Direct Post Mail

 

 

VI70HI Heard Island Dxpedition Commemorative Station

VI70HIVI70HI is a special Callsign issued to Commemorate the first ANARE Expedition to Heard Island in December 1947.

It will be active from December 19th until Feburary 28th 2018.

All HF bands 160m-10m, SSB, CW, RTTY and possibly digital modes als

The party from the Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition (ANARE) arrived at Heard Island in December 1947. The 14 men spent 15 months at Atlas Cove, and constructed an entire small city, complete with a small power station, food store, mess, workshops, shower, toilet, electrical and plumbing stores, medical annex, biology lab, science lab, hen coop, dog run, and a large tractor. These men carried out meteorological, geophysical, upper atmosphere, and biological research, a program that continued for 7 years until the base was abandoned. Since 1969, ANARE has visited Heard Island every few years, mostly to check up on the ruins of the original encampment.

The first amateur radio contact was made in 1947 by Arthur Campbell-Drury who signed VK3ACD/Heard. During the following 3 years, a total of only 36 contacts was made.

A special commemorative QSL card will be available after completion of the activation via M0OXO our QSL manager.

OQRS will be available and LOTW.

*Please note this station is run from mainland Australian and not Heard Island*
 

6O6O - Somalia

6O6A 66O6A will be a DXpedition to Somalia next month. LA7GIA, Ken, says it will be in conjunction with Doctors Without Borders. The Somali government invited hams to bring in an Amateur Radio operation.  

The ops, LA7GIA and KO8SCA (Adrian) travel January 3rd hoping to be QRV by that evening local time and continue for 12 full days of operating on all modes and bands, 160 through 10.  

Ken says that, however, it will be mostly a CW operation.  He will have a pair of K3 rigs to a pair of KPA500 amps, two-element Yagis for 20-10, a BigIR SteppIR vertical for 40-10, for 80 a full-size vertical, an inverted L for 160, and 200-meter-long Beverages for receive, oriented towards North America, Europe, Australia, Asia and South America. There will also be K9AY and "BOG" backup antennas.  

A fundraising effort is being organized with Doctors Without Borders. Donations received will be designated for "DWOB in Somalia."  Ken says no donations are being sought for the ham side of the activity, but donations to the Doctors group are encouraged.  You can use PayPal for that, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or when doing your OQRS through the M0OXO website.  If the internet connection is good, they will have instant Club Log and LoTW online logs. www.la7gia.com.

Qsl via M0OXO OQRS or Direct Post Mail

 

VP6D Ducie Island OC-182

VP6D DucieThe Perseverance DX Group (pdxg.net) is pleased to announce their planned activation of Ducie Island (a Marine Protected Area), currently Clublog #29 most wanted. Planning has begun for an expedition in Oct/Nov, 2018.


Landing permission, visas and radio license have been issued. A team of 14 operators will be on the island for up to 14 days. The team will depart from Mangareva, French Polynesia aboard the expedition ship Braveheart. Seven (7) operating positions are planned for 160-10 meters, SSB/ CW/ Digital, including FT8.

The team includes: Dave K3EL, Pista HA5AO, Les W2LK, Heye DJ9RR, Mike WA6O, Jacky ZL3CW, Arnie N6HC, Steve W1SRD, Chris N6WM, Laci HA0NAR, Ricardo PY2PT, Walt N6XG, Gene K5GS, currently one open position to be filled.

 

DU1UD/8 OC-105 & OC-174

Mapun Island 1Dindo DU1UD has announced his intention to activate the Most-Wanted IOTA in DU, OC-105.

He will activate Mapun Island, part of the Cagayan De Sulu Group of Islands in the Philippines during the ''First or Second quarter of 2018'' This Group is currently shown as 3.4% (0.3%) claimed by IOTA chasers.

He will also make a return visit to the Tawi Tawi Group OC-174 (claimed by 13.4% of chasers) during the same period.

Dindo with be using an Elecraft K3 and a KPA500 Amplifier. He has VDA and vertical Antennas with him and his duration of stay is as always dependant on local conditions and safety of course.

Mapun, also called Cagayan Sulu, island, southwestern Sulu Sea, Philippines. Low-lying and surrounded by 13 small islets and coral reefs, it has an area of 26 square miles (67 square km). Mapun was a centre of pirate activity by Muslims (Moros) in the 19th century. The island (together with Sibutu island) was inadvertently omitted when the United States acquired the Philippine islands from Spain in 1898, but it was purchased from Spain in 1900 and was part of the Philippines when independence was granted in 1935. Dry-rice agriculture, copra production, and trading are the principal economic activities. The Jama Mapun people constitute the great majority of the island’s population. They speak a Sama-Bajau language of the Austronesian language family, and most are adherents of Islam.

Further information will be announced in due course.

 Qsl via M0OXO OQRS or Direct Post Mail

 

A70X AS-088 QARS

A70X BQatar Amateur Radio Society members A71AM, A71EM, A71GO AND A75GM are confirmed operators who are planning to operate from Al Safliya Island (IOTA AS-088) as A70X from January 1-6, 2018. They might be joined by some foreign operators.

They will be on CW, SSB and Digital modes running power into a three band Yagi, 5 band Yagi and verticals for activity
on 160 through 10 Meters and they will be checking 6 Meters as well.

 

Qsl via M0OXO OQRS or Direct Post Mail

 

3B7A Updates

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Last January, we revealed our new project: a DX expedition to St Brandon archipelago – 3B7. Initially planned on October 2017, it is finally the period of March-April 2018 which was selected. It presents a maximum of favorable conditions.

Since the announcement, we have worked on many subjects by following our usual roadmap. Although we’re already familiar with this kind of preparation, it is far from being a routine because each project is different. This new adventure does not make exception, and has its batch of characteristics. That’s all these preparatory tasks achieved during months which will condition success once on the air. Read more here....

Read more: 3B7A Updates

LOTW to Add Support for CQ WAZ Award

cq waz mapParticipants in CQ magazine’s Worked All Zones (WAZ) award program will soon be able to use the Logbook of the World (LoTW) system of ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio, to apply for the WAZ award and its endorsements, both ARRL and CQ announced on December 14.

Amateur Radio operators will be able to use LoTW logs to generate lists of confirmed contacts to be submitted for WAZ credit. Standard LoTW credit fees and separate CQ award fees will apply.

Implementation, documentation, and internal testing of the link between LoTW and WAZ is complete. ARRL and CQ are now assembling a team of external “beta testers” to assure that the link is ready for widespread use. A separate announcement will be made when LOTW’s support for CQ WAZ is available to everyone.

Logbook of the World is ARRL’s electronic confirmation system for Amateur Radio contacts. It provides a confirmation when both stations in a contact submit their logs to the system and a match between the logs is confirmed. LoTW has supported the CQ WPX Award program since 2012. Read More here....

Read more: LOTW to Add Support for CQ WAZ Award

New IREF Website launched

IREFThe new IREF Website has now been launched and can be viewed here.

https://irefnew.wordpress.com/

Please take a look at the new ''IOTA Expeditioner of the Year'' Award too, an exciting new aspect from the IREF Board.

https://irefnew.wordpress.com/activator-award

 

 

 

 

 

VK9XI & VK9CI QSL Card preview

VK9XI 20171After a delay, the QSL Cards for the recent trips from Christmas Island and the Cocos Keeling Islands are now printing at the UX5UO Print Shop.

Cards should be here and mailed in around two weeks time.

Again I apologise for the delay.

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 Around 8000 QSO's were made from eacjh of the Islands during the operation in October 2017. The Team included;

Tony Burt VK3TZ, Chris Dimitrijevic VK3FY, Lee Moyle VK3GK, Peter Dernokos VK3FN, Luke Steel VK3HJ, Adrian Ciuperca KO8SCA and Cliff Tindall VK9VKL

 

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9X2AW arrived in Kigali

9X2AWHarald (DF2WO) has landed in Kigali, Rwanda and is currently setting antennas up ready to be qrv later today or early tomorrow (16th November).

He expects to be on air for approximately 2 weeks before he returns home to Germany for Christmas. Again he will be qrv on CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8 modes.

M0OXO OQRS or Direct Post Mail

 

 

 

 

New Digi Modes Changing Complexion of Bands & Perhaps of Ham Radio

 

DigiInteresting read courtesy of the ARRL;

The wave of software-based digital modes over the past several years has altered the atmosphere of the HF bands. Some suggest the popularity of modes that make it possible to contact stations neither operator can even hear has resulted in fewer CW and SSB signals on bands like 6 meters and 160 meters. Traditional modes require far more interaction and effort on the part of the operator; the newer digital modes not so much. The recent advent of the still-beta “quick” FT8 mode, developed by Steve Franke, K9AN, and Joe Taylor, K1JT — the “F” and the “T” in the mode’s moniker — has brought this to a head. Some now wonder if FT8 marks the end of an era and the start of a new, more minimalist age.

“We’ve been as surprised as anyone about the rapid uptake of FT8 for making QSOs on the HF bands,” Taylor told ARRL this week. Rather than viewing FT8 as a total game-changer, he sees a dividing line between such digital modes and more traditional modes.

“SSB and CW are general-purpose modes,” Taylor asserted. “They are good for ragchewing, DXing, contesting, emergency communications, or whatever. FT8 and the other modes in WSJT-X are special-purpose modes. They are designed for making reliable, error-free contacts using very weak signals — in particular, signals that may be too weak for the more traditional modes to be usable, or even too weak to hear.”

Taylor notes that the information exchanged in most FT8, JT65, and other digital-mode contacts “is little more than the bare minimum for what’s considered to be a valid contact.” In addition to call signs and signal reports, stations may exchange grid squares and acknowledgments.

Radio amateurs recently commented in response to a Top Band Reflector post, in which Steve Ireland, VK6VZ, averred that because of FT8, “160-meter DXing has changed, perhaps forever” in recent weeks. Ireland said he downloaded FT8 but just couldn’t bring himself to use it on the air. “My heart isn’t in it,” he wrote. “My computer will be talking to someone else’s computer, and there will be no sense of either a particular person’s way of sending CW or the tone of their voice. The human in radio has somehow been lost.”

In his blog, Steve McDonald, VE7SL, compiled not only Ireland’s posts, but some responses to it, although not identified by name or call sign. One commenter suggested that the game-changing aspect of FT8 is that those who typically operate CW or SSB will gravitate to FT8. “The amount of activity on the FT8 frequency of any band is phenomenal,” the commenter observed. A few complained that no skill is involved in making contacts using computer-based digital modes.

Another suggested that FT8 is already falling victim to its own success, with too many stations crowding around the designated FT8 frequencies. Others were more philosophical, with remarks along the lines of this one: “It is allowing people who have smaller stations the opportunity to get on and use their radios and a computer to make contacts they never would have been able to make. This is great for ham radio!”

Taylor would agree. As he sees it, FT8 won’t replace modes such as CW or SSB. “Nevertheless, it’s clear that — at least in the short term — many hams enjoy making rapid-fire minimal QSOs with other hams, all over the world, using modest ham equipment,” he said. “For this purpose, FT8 shines.”

In a related “lightning talk” at the 2017 ARRL-TAPR Digital Communications Conference (DCC) earlier this year, ARRL Contributing Editor Ward Silver, N0AX, challenged his savvy audience to develop a keyboard-to-keyboard mode “between FT8 and PSK31” that would support casual and competitive operating, be more interference and noise tolerant, and be usable by those with “compromised” stations and antennas. He also challenged his listeners to develop a “smart” spectrum display that would identify signals by mode, so Amateur Radio could move away from the practice of setting aside specific frequencies for digital modes.

 

9N1DX & 9N1MM

Tejaswita 9N1DXQsl Cards are currently being printed for both Kalpana (9N1MM) and her daughter Tejaswita (9N1DX). Both YL's are currently QRV on HF (Mainly RTTY, FT8 etc) from their homes in Kathmandu, Nepal.
 
Kalpana is first female ham radio operator of Nepal and Tejaswita was the youngest in Nepal to obtain her Licence.
Please listen out for them on air and give them the encouragement needed to continue activity from NePAL.
 

 

 

 

 

New IRC now in circulation

2021 IRCThe new International Reply Coupon (expires 2021) has started appearing in circulation.  

To choose a new IRC, the UPU holds an international design competition open to all member countries. This is a great way of discovering hidden artistic talents among the general public.

 

The theme for the new IRC illustration for 2017–2021 is "the Post and sustainable development".
IRC 2017–2021

Viet Nam emerged victorious from the ten countries participating in the latest competition, held on 7 October 2016 during the UPU Congress for the 2017–2021 period in Istanbul (hence the new IRC name "Istanbul model"). Graphic artist Nguyen Du's design featured a pair of hands and a dove against an Arctic backdrop to represent sustainable development in the postal sector. The image of the yellow stamp on blue represents the future of the Post.

Anyone holding onto old IRC's or ones due to expire in 2017 can contact me if they wish to dispose of them. I can use expired ones to fund my outgoing Bureau Postal Rates so if you feel you can help, please get in touch by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Thank you!

 

5K1B SA-038

5K1BAfter the great success of our last operations from Corn Island (NA-013) in Nicaragua as H74B & H74W, and Bijagos Islands (AF-020) in Guinea-Bissau as J5B & J5W we are please to finally announce our next operation:
Callsign: 5K1B
Operators: Josep (EA3BT) & Núria (EA3WL – YL)
Dates: From 21ST to 28th November 2017
QTH: Mucura Island (San Bernardo islands) *  IOTA SA-078 * Last operation from this reference in 2008 (more than 9 years ago !!!!).
1 full station:
  • Equipment: Icom IC-7300 
  • Linear Amplifier: Expert 1.3 FA
  • Antennas: EAxbeam (6-20 m) & wire dipole (30 & 40 & 80m) 

Bands: 6-40 and will also try 80 m.

Modes: SSB, CW, RTTY
Website: at QRZ.com. Also available the QSO Director tool for checking the online logs direct in real time (www.qsodirector.com), if internet works properly, of course
QSL via: EA3BT. We'll use Clublog OQRS (preferred)
Any other details? We’ll be on the air as many as possible. Hope propagation helps us. Logs will be online through QSO Director tool and also Clublog

Hope you can include this information in your next bulletin.

73 & 88 Núria, EA3WL & Josep, EA3BT

 

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