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3D2CR Conway Reef – IOTA

3D2CR operation by Dominik Grzyb from Conway Reef, September 2021
IOTA Management regrets that it will not be able to accept for IOTA credit contacts made with the 3D2CR operation from Conway Reef between 18 and 25 September 2021.
Dominik has not been able to show that his FT4/FT8 activity complied with IOTA rule B.3.10 on which clarification was given in a Management News Item on 10 September. At Dominik’s request credit will also not be given for a small number of contacts made on SSB.
Management wishes to draw IOTA DXpeditioners’ attention to its policy of only accepting for IOTA credit contacts that result from contemporaneous direct initiation by the operators on both sides of the contact. Automated contacts, i.e. contacts not initiated and completed personally by both operators at the time of QSO are not acceptable in a programme founded on an ethos of recognising personal operating performance and skill.
Team IOTA, 23 October 2021

3Y0J Bouvet Island

Today we have finalized the procurement of all our 3Y0J antennas. All antennas will be supplied by our sponsors InnovAntenna, DX Engineering and Spiderbeam. We have run extensive HFTA analysis that shows our signals is predicated to be STRONG all over the planet. We will bring a mix of antennas with us with different material and technology. We have prepared a main antenna farm, backup antennas and a replacement strategy. We have focused on bringing quality products with us. You can expect our 160m toploaded vertical to be 21 m tall and our yagis will be 7 to 10m up on solid antenna masts that can withstand 35 to 44 m/s wind. We have various yagis with us. And we plan dedicated yagis for Asia, EU and NA/SA on a triplexer/diplexer system. We will run inband on 40-10m. All this will be visible on the antenna layout drawing. InnovAntenna will launch a new product DXR-3 Bouvet – a yagi designed for our DXpedition which you can soon buy at DX Engineering.

The antennas will soon be shipped to Norway for inspection and testing, we have a site off the west coast to test the equipment in harsh weather. Some low band verticals will be shipped to Arizona for assembling and testing, some yagis will be shipped to New York, and finally topband antennas will be sent to Hungary. This is truly an international project where all team members contribute with a common goal to activate Bouvet to give you that much needed QSO!

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3B8M Mauritius (2021)

3B8M will be QRV during CQWWCW 2021 and a few days before and after the contest. This will be a M/M operation by G0CKV (3B8HA, SM5CKV), JK3GAD (M0CFW), KX7M, M0SDV and W6NV.

The planned 2020 operation did not happen for well known reasons. Now for 2021 the licences and travel arrangements are all in hand. Travel bureaucrazy for covid is as challenging as LOTW certificates and not recommended for the cognitively handicapped or digital novices. We are working on it.

Charles M0OXO will handle QSLs for 3B8M and 3B8HA via OQRS or direct mail and logs will also be uploaded to ClubLog and LOTW. Read More

SV2ASP/A Mount Athos

If anyone needs a QSL for SV2ASP/A (SK), the late Monk Apollo from Mount Athos, now may be your last chance. Apollo was in the Docheiariou Monastery, whose Abbott says Monk Chariton has been taking care of direct QSL requests and is presently still doing so but that may end at some point. If you request your QSLs now it should still work. Mail to:
AG. OROS, GR-63087
Thanks to the Daily DX ( ) for this news.

3B8/G0VJG Mauritius

Nobby (G0VJG) will start his trip to Mauritius today as 3B8/G0VJG.
He will be qrv until the 16th October 2021.
QSL via M0OXO OQRS        

VY0ERC Ellesmere Island, Nunavut

VY0ERC Ellesmere Island, Nunavut & VE3KTB/VE8 Yellowknife, Canada
I was please to receive a message this morning from Pierre (VE3KTB) & Alex (VE1RUS) to say that they hope to be back at the Eureka site (IOTA NA-008) around the 11th October 2021.
Meanwhile they are isolating prior to their departure to Eureka in Yellowknife, Canada when they will be erecting antennas and hope to be on air as VE3KTB/VE8.
They will be qrv on all modes in particular FT8 and by Satellite and hope to be QRV in Contests such as CQWW and the ARRL Sweepstakes.
You may be interested to see the Weather Data from the PEARL Research Station at Eureka in the image below.

3B9FR Rodrigues Island

Today I have spoken with Robert who tells me that he is now active again within the hobby on HF.
For those that are relatively new to the hobby, Robert 3B9FR is a resident of Rodrigues Island (DXCC Entity and IOTA (AF-017). He is mainly a CW Op and he did do the occasional SSB and FT8 modes.
QRZ.Com is now up to date so please stop all the Cluster comments and let’s welcome Robert back in our Community.
*****Update – First Log now available