Republic of Kosovo - New DXCC

K1600 Z60K-Kosovo-MarttiREPUBLIC OF KOSOVO ACTIVE TODAY -- Z60A TEAM ALREADY ON THE GROUND

Kosovo’s IARU Society SHARK, and its president Vjollca Caka, Z61VB are hosting a tenth anniversary activation celebrating Kosovo’s independence, February, 2008.

The activation has already started, with Z60A being found on several bands.
Adding to their HQ location is a semi-permanent low-band site. Both sites have beam antennas plus four K3s and SPE 1.3KW amps. Olli, OH0XX has been testing the propagation over the past two days with good -- but narrow -- U.S openings.

An international team has been invited to Kosovo and is partially on the ground at this time. The team consists of DL3DXX, OH0XX, OH1MA, OH2BH, OH3JR, OZ1IKY, S50A and S51F, along with locals Z61DX, Z61FF, Z61VB, Z62FB and Z63DBB. Additional locals are behind this activity as well, and a new 2nd week team will be announced soon.

Jim, K9JF, ARRL Hon. Vice-President and Hans, PB2T, IARU R1 secretary will add to the party.

The ARRL Rocky Mountain Division director, Dwayne Allen, WY7FD has informed the team that the LoTW and the other ARRL structures are being put into place to receive this new DXCC country contacts. Already, “Republic of Kosovo” is listed in the DXCC Challenge pages.

ClubLog will be used for this activation, while QSLs will go via OH2BH.

 

3B7A St Brandon 2018

An updated most wanted list has been published on Clublog. It now shows Saint Brandon as the 27th most wanted entity worldwide (#19 NA, #17 SA, #33 AS, #28 OC, #34 AF, #48 EU). This statistic clearly confirms the relevance of our DXpedition. We knew the demand to be high more than 10 years after 3B7C.

3B7A-logo-512x512Same as with our previous projects, we know a flawless preparation is the key of the success. We are now working carefully on propagation forecast. Of course our experience of this area is a big advantage, we know some specific tips, possible openings, etc. These forecasts will drive our operations from the first to the very last day, giving priority to the areas with the shortest and most difficult conditions.

We would like to thanks our pilot team: Bjorn ON9CFG, Paul N6PSE, Javi LU5FF, Joe JJ3PRT, and our "chief pilot" Michel F6AGM (ex-FM5CD). Please share your experience and all interesting information with your local pilot during the expedition. We will be in touch with them on a daily basis thanks to our satellite phone.

The pilots will NOT have access to the logs! Questions related to your QSOs should be submitted to our QSL manager through the online form on our website. Do not expect answer until we are back in France.

We would like to take advantage of this communication to wish good luck to our 3Y0Z friends on the way to Bouvet.

Please keep on supporting our project on our website http://www.saintbrandondx.com/en/how-to-help-us/ and follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SaintBrandonDX/ and Twitter @SaintBrandonDX

 

Jupiter Our Largest Planet

JupOur solar system’s largest inhabitant – Jupiter – is so colossal that 11 Earths could fit across its clouded disk.

Here's the planet’s striking south polar region, viewed by our Juno spacecraft as it performed its 10th close flyby on Dec. 16, 2017:

http://go.nasa.gov/2Dy2qC1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7Q7EI Malawi update

7Q7EIThe 7Q7EI Website has been updated with new information regarding their trip in a few weeks time.

Radio Amateurs members of EIDX Group will be active as 7Q7EI from Malawi 21 March - 3 April 2018.
They will operate on 160 - 10m CW, SSB, RTTY including activity in CQ WW WPX SSB Contest.

Qsl via M0OXO OQRS or Direct Post Mail

 

 

 

 

 

 

E31A QRT

E31AThe E31A Team are now qrt from Eritrea.

Zorro will not now activate IOTA AF-038 on this trip but they may be able to do it in one of their future operations.


Zorro did intend to use E39DI as a Callsign from Dahlak Island but this is now cancelled for the time being.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VY0ERC NA-008 (2018)

VY0ERC 9VE1RUS anticipates arriving at the VY0ERC station in Eureka, Nunavut (NA-008) on February 3rd. A few weeks later VE3KTB will arrive.

Expect activity on 40 and 20 Meters on SSB, Digital (FT8) and some very slow CW in their spare time through April 1st

The Club is located in the environs of the Eureka Weather Station which is itself located at 79 degrees 59 minutes N, 85 degrees 56 minutes W on Ellesmere Island (IOTA NA-008), Nunavut. VY0ERC is currently operating out of the Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory (PEARL) Ridge Laboratory (RidgeLab) located approximately 11 km as the crow flies from the weather station (http://www.candac.ca). The RidgeLab is set on top of the hill at 80 degrees 3 minutes N and 86 degrees 25 minutes W at 600 m.a.s.l. The separation is significant as Eureka is in grid square EQ79 and the RidgeLab is in grid square ER60, and as the RidgeLab is above 80 degrees N, it is in ITU zone 75 rather than ITU zone 4. Both are located in CQ zone 2.

We are opening membership in the Club to all interested amateurs.

There are no dues associated with becoming a member, although donations would be gratefully accepted, whether they are monetary or equipment. QSL via M0OXO.

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

6O6O QRT

6O6A 66O6O Somalia (Doctors Without Borders Fundraising)

Full log received and all busted call enquiries have been resolved one way or another. The full log is now on M0OXO Logsearch & OQRS. The amended Clublog and LOTW files will be uploaded later so please don't email me asking for Clublog updates they will be done in due course.

Thanks to Kenneth Opskar & Adrian Ciuperca fior a fanteastic job.

Please also remember all donations for this trip will go to the Doctors Without Borders Charity (DWOB). Ken will uodate his website with the amounts raised in due course so please be generous ;-)

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

 

G3NUG SK

NEVIVery sad this morning to hear of the passing of Neville Cheadle G3NUG.

An all round fantastic and inspiring gentleman who will be sadly missed. There will be fond memories Worldwide of Neville from his time in CDXC and indeed the FSDXA Dxpeditions.

Thoughts with Trish his wife and all his family today

 

 

 

 

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

A70X 2018 ob

 

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

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