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9 December 2023                                           A.R.I. DX Bulletin
                                   No 1701
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                         *** 4 2 5  D X  N E W S ***
                         ****  DX  INFORMATION  ****
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                          Edited by  I1JQJ & IK1ADH
                        Direttore Responsabile  I2VGW

3W     - Effective 1 December, 3W9T and XV9T are the new callsigns issued to
         Eddy Visser (ex 3W1T and XV1X). See https://www.qrz.com/db/XV1X for
         QSLling instructions.
9N     - Hoping for "some decent low band runs", Robert, 9N7AA  has rented a
         bungalow  over the  winter period.  It is located  "at the edge  of
         Kathmandu valley but much higher,  with a  clear shot  from  270-90
         degrees, and far enough not to suffer from the crazy man made noise
         I have in Kathmandu". He will be there on 8 December for two nights
         and  then  during  "selected weekends"  until the end of  February.
         Bookmark https://www.qrz.com/db/9N7AA for updates.
A9     - Members  of the  Bahrain Amateur Radio Society  will be  active  as
         A91CD on 12-18 December. QSL via QSL via EC6DX and LoTW.  Bahrain's
         Commemoration Day (17 December)  honours Bahraini fallen servicemen
         in military, civil, and humanitarian fields.
D4     - Marcus, OE3MCS will be active as  D44MCS from  Sal Island (AF-086),
         Cape Verde on 11-22 December.  He will operate SSB, CW and possibly
         FT8 and RTTY  "holiday style from the beach"  on  40-10 metres  and
         maybe 6 metres. QSL via OE3MCS; he will upload his log to Club Log,
         LoTW and eQSL.
7P     - The dates for the EI DX Group's DXpedition to Lesotho [425DXN 1689]
         are 19-30 March 2024. A large multi-national team will be active as
         7P8EI on all bands and modes.  QSL via M0OXO's OQRS.  More informa-
         tion is expected in due course.
HK     - Members of the  Liga de Radioaficionados de Medellin (HK4LRM)  will
         be active as 5K4YTA (Youth on The Air) on 9-10 December.  They will
         operate  SSB and FT8 on  40-10 metres.  QSOs will be confirmed  via
         qrz.com.
CE0Z   - After the  unexpected death  of their  team leader,  Marco  Quijada
         (CE1EW) [425DXN 1698],  a few of the remaining  CB0ZA  team members
         have resolved  to proceed  with  the expedition to  Robinson Crusoe
         Island (SA-005), Juan Fernandez. It is now their goal  "to make his
         passion,  expertise,  and  contributions  to  the  team  be forever
         remembered as the cornerstone of this  - Marcos' last -  DXpedition
         project". Some changes have been made to the original plan: the new
         operation dates are  10-24 February 2024,  the team now consists of
         seven  experienced operators (AB5EB, AD5A, HI3R/NK4DX, N2IC,  NP4G,
         W8HC and XQ3SK), and the  new QSL manager is N2OO.  Updates will be
         Posted  to  https://www.qrz.com/db/CB0ZA,  as with Marco's passing,
         the team is unable to access the CB0ZA website.
OH     - Once again Santa Radio, OF9X (Old Father Nine Xmas)  will be active
         on 11-31 December on all amateur radio bands  CW, SSB and FT8.  QSL
         via Club Log's OQRS, or via OH2BH.
         The activity is organized by Radio Club of Pusula (OH9W)  and Radio
         Arcala  (OH8X).  The  operating  team  includes  Timo OH1NX,  Raimo
         OH2BCI,  Martti OH2BH, Niko OH2GEK,  Arto OH2KW, Erik OH2LAK, Pekka
         OH2TA,  Pauli OH5BQ,  Anne OH2YL,  Jukka OH2MA,  Jorma OH2KI,  Jyri
         OH2KM,  Juha OH2LQ,  Henri OH3JR, Risto OH3UU,  Tapani OH5BM,  Alex
         OH5UY/UT5UY, Veijo OH6KN, Mika OH6NVC and Esa OH8KTN.
ON     - OR100LGE is the  special callsign for members of the  Radio-Club de
         Liege (ON5VL) to celebrate their club's 100th anniversary  through-
         out 2024.  Look for activity on 160-6 metres  CW, SSB, FT8 and FT4.
         QSL via LoTW, eQSL or via ON6YH; QSOs will also be uploaded to Club
         Log, with plans to enable the Live Stream feature.
PA     - Look for PC100II to be active throughout December  to celebrate the
         centenary  of the third  2-way  contact between  Europe and America
         conducted by Henk Jesse, PCII in the Netherlands and 2AGB in the US
         during the night of  26-27 December 1923.  QSL via Club Log's OQRS,
         LoTW, or via PA1AW.
PA     - Several PA0#MIL special stations (e.g. PA01MIL,  PA02MIL,  PA03MIL,
         etc) will be activated on 14 December starting at  17 UTC  by teams
         consisting of one amateur  and  two military radio operators.  They
         will operate SSB on the HF bands.
TR     - Roland, F8EN  will be active again as  TR8CR  from Gabon between 28
         December and the end of February. He will operate CW on 30-10m. QSL
         via F6AJA, logsearch on http://LesNouvellesDX.fr/voirlogs.php. [TNX
         F6AJA]
W      - He cannot provide specific dates, however Matt, AF2F will be visit-
         ing  Long  Beach  Island  (NA-111)  "quite  frequently  on business
         throughout the month of December,  probably extending into  January
         with a week long break for holidays".  He will be active as  AF2F/2
         on 10 and 12 metres CW, possibly with some FT8 later.  QSL via Club
         Log's OQRS.
W      - K4Z is  the callsign  that  five CB0ZA team members  (namely AB5EB,
         AD5A, NK4DX, NP4G and W8HC) will use on 7-10 December while testing
         the equipment they will use during the  February 2024 expedition to
         Robinson Crusoe Island,  Juan Fernandez  (see CE0Z above).  QSL via
         N2OO.
W      - Brad, N9EN will be active again as W4A on 16-18 December,  commemo-
         rating the birthdate of Edwin H. Armstrong, the electrical engineer
         and inventor who developed FM radio and the superheterodyne receiv-
         er system. He will operate CW only  on 160-10 meters.  QSL via home
         call, direct or bureau.
XW     - Vincent, F4BKV (one of the XW4DX team members) is still in Laos and
         will remain there for some time.  He is  QRV as XW4KV  on 15 and 10
         metres FT8 and SSB. He also plans some QO-100 activity from differ-
         ent grids (details to  be announced on https://qo100dx.club/).  QSL
         via LoTW, Club Log's OQRS, or via F4BKV. [TNX The Daily DX]
Z6     - Gab, HB9TSW  has been active as Z68BG from the  Slatina Air Base in
         Kosovo since 5 December.  He will operate CW only in his spare time
         until 19 December. QSL via LoTW, eQSL, or via home call.
ZD7    - Chris, HB9FIY will be active again as ZD7CA from  St. Helena Island
         (AF-022) from 16 December to 13 January.  Expect activity on 40-10m
         SSB and digital modes. QSL via EA5GL.

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

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4W8X ---> The DXpedition shut down for good  on 4 December at 04:59 UTC.  As
for Club Log and OQRS,  "we tried  our best  to find  all missing contacts",
DL6FBL says.  "If you still miss contacts with 4W8X,  please use the contact
form on our website (http://www.timor-leste-dx.de/about/contact/contact.php)
to let us know.  Despite our huge networking problems,  please note that our
callsign  4W8X  has been  pirated  every now and then.  Thus  it  might have
happened that you didn't work us,  but the pirate(s).  However,  if you once
'saw' your contact in Club Log,  and later it had disappeared,  of course we
should know that and have a look again".  As for EME contacts,  "there is an
issue between Club Log and LotW", and they are working on it.

BOUVET ISLAND 2025 ---> 3Y0K will be active from  Bouvet Island (AN-002)  in
January 2025. A few key points:
- All permits are in hand.
- A contract for 30 days around the island has been signed with a ship owner
  with proven experience in Arctic and Antarctic waters.
- Plans are for three operators (LA7GIA, WD5COV and DL8JJ) to stay on Bouvet
  for up to 21 days, assisted by a support crew of four people.
- In addition to the on-site operators,  there will be a remote team;  AA7JV
  will design, test, and provide a  remote radio system tailored to Bouvet's
  environment.
- There will be  five stations  for the  local operators,  and  four  remote
  stations.
- Plans for 3Y0K are based on the lessons learned during the 2023 operation.
  This will be a lightweight DXpedition,  but will still include  some yagis
  and amplifiers.
- Budget is USD 440,000, with two-thirds already secured;  an additional USD
  150,000 in support is needed.
- M0OXO and N2AJ will once again fulfil their roles as QSL Manager and Media
  Officer & WW Pilot, respectively.
- Bookmark  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1787070508410564  for  the  time
  being.

NCDXF NEWSLETTER ---> The Autumn 2023 issue  of the  Northern California  DX
Foundation's Newsletter is  now available for download on the  NCDXF website
(https://ncdxf.org/pages/newsletter.html). Highlights include "Crozet Island
FT8WW.  Amateur Radio  in the  Middle of Nowhere"  by Thierry Mazel (F6CUK),
"VP6A.  RIB DXpedition to Ducie Island"  by  George Wallner (AA7JV)  and  "A
Remote Operator's Perspective on VP6A"  by Don Greenbaum (N1DG),  as well as
trip reports of VU7W (Lakshadweeps, April and June 2023)  by Yuris Petersons
(YL2GM), CY0S (Sable Island, March 2023) by Jay Slough (K4ZLE),  3B7M (Saint
Brandon Island,  February-March 2023)  by  Lubo Martiska  (OM5ZW)  and  TN8K
(Republic of the Congo, January 2023).

PETER I ISLAND 2026 ---> Plans are also underway for a DXpedition to Peter I
Island (AN-004).  "A proper Antarctic vessel"  equipped with two helicopters
has been secured,  and plans are for 19 operators  to stay on the island for
14 days  in  February 2026.  LA7GIA will be  the team leader,  with  KO8SCA,
VE3LYC and WD5COV as co-leaders.

V62P & V62S ---> Back home after being away for almost 40 days and seriously
weakened physically,  Cezar's priority is to  "recover first, get back on my
feet".  As for the QSLs, he has to digitise the paper logs (about 85% of the
V62S log and the entire V62P log are on paper), and order the cards from Al-
fio (IT9EJW).  He is unsure whether IOTA chasers will receive cards  in time
for the annual update deadline of 31 January. Therefore, as soon as the logs
are up in Club Log and the OQRS is enabled,  all contacts  for which  direct
QSL requests are made  will be uploaded  to LoTW for QSO matching.  "I don't
think that I will be able to publish the logs prior to Christmas",  he says,
"but I'll give it a try".

YOTA MONTH ---> Additional stations participating in this year's  YOTA Month
[425DXN 1700] include  8I0YOTA  (Indonesia),  9A0YOTA & 9A23YOTA  (Croatia),
9K9YOTA (Kuwait), AP23YOTA (Pakistan), EM7YOTA (Ukraine), II0YOTA, II1YOTA &
II5YOTA (Italy),  LY5YOTA (Lithuania),  Z30YOTA & Z39YOTA (North Macedonia).
QSLs via Club Log's OQRS (direct or bureau). Information about the event and
the awards can be found on https://events.ham-yota.com/.

YOUTH ON THE AIR SUMMER CAMP ---> The fourth Youth on the Air (YOTA)  summer
camp for young  radio amateurs  from the Americas will be held on  7-12 July
2024 at  Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Online ap-
plications are being accepted now at  https://youthontheair.org/halifax2024/
through 31 May. Applicants must be licensed amateur radio operators aged 15-
25 and residing in North, Central, or South America.

+ SILENT KEY + Alain Claverie, FO5RH (F2HE, ex FO0CLA)  passed away on 3 De-
cember in Tahiti.  Born in 1935, over the years  he was active  from  French
Polynesia  as well as from the  Marquesas and the  Austral Islands,  and had
been a resident on Tatakoto Atoll (OC-298) since 2004.  A life member of the
Clipperton DX Club, in 2010 he was awarded the CDXC Medal of Merit.

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QSLs received direct or through  managers: 3D2AG, 3D2BJ, 4L7T, 4O1OK, 5W0LM,
5W1SA, 5X3K, 6W1NQ, 6Y1V, 7Q7CT,  9M4KI (AS-058), 9Q2WX, A52AA, A60A, AP2HA,
E6AF, ES3AX, FK8HA, FO/F6BCW, FR4PJ, HD1A, HH2RCH, HL4CJG, JW/G3YBO, KH8RRC,
OA4SS, PD38EU, PJ2MAN, S01WS,  SU9VB, T2C, T32AZ, T33T,  T88RR, T88UW, TX6D,
V31XX, V73ML,  VK4KW, VK9LAA,  VP6A, VP8LP, WP4U, YJ0CA, Z21NRT, ZL7/SP5EAQ,
ZL7A, ZS7ANF.

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