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16 March 2024                                             A.R.I. DX Bulletin
                                   No 1715

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                         ****  DX  INFORMATION  ****
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                          Edited by  I1JQJ & IK1ADH
                        Direttore Responsabile  I2VGW

7P     - The  confirmed dates  for the  EI DX Group's DXpedition  to Maseru,
         Lesotho [425DXN 1701] are 20-29 March.  A large team will be active
         as 7P8EI  on  160-10 metres  CW, SSB and digital modes  with  up to
         eight stations.  QSL via  M0OXO's OQRS.  Updates will be posted  to
         https://www.facebook.com/groups/185038478993063/
CO     - The Camaguey DX Group will be active as  T47C and CO9JAB  from Cayo
         Romano (NA-086) on 29-31 March.  Nine operators will be QRV  on 80,
         40, 20, 15 and 10 metres SSB, CW and digital modes.  QSLs direct to
         IK2DUW; QSOs will be uploaded to LoTW. [TNX DX World]
F      - Celebrating the  135th anniversary  of the official inauguration of
         the Eiffel Tower (31 March 1889),  Michel, F8GGZ will be active  as
         TM135TE on 24-31 March. QSL via the bureau.
F      - Philippe, EA4NF and Jerome, F4DXV will be active as TM4J from Noir-
         moutier Island (EU-064) on 1-4 April. This will be a satellite only
         operation (https://twitter.com/TM4J_SAT). QSL via EA4NF and LoTW.
FG     - Jean-Luc, F1ULQ  will be active again TO1Q from Guadeloupe (NA-102)
         from 25 March to 7 April.  He will operate  SSB and FT8  on the  HF
         bands and 6 metres, and will possibly be QRV on satellites as well.
         QSL via home call, Club Log's OQRS and LoTW. [TNX DX World]
FY     - Starting on 6 April,  members of the  Radio Amateurs Club de Kourou
         (FY5KE), French Guiana will be active as TO60CSG for eight weekends
         in April,  May and  July  (see qrz.com for the  actual dates).  The
         special callsign celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Centre Spa-
         tial Guyanais (Guiana Space Centre),  Europe's Spaceport  based  in
         Kourou since 1964. QSL via LoTW, or direct to Laurent Haas,  19 rue
         de la Duee, BP 11, 75020 Paris, France.
HD8    - Rick, HC1MD (NE8Z) and  Maria, HC1MM  will be active again from the
         Galapagos Islands (SA-004)  on  20-29  March.  Look  for  HD8MD  to
         operate CW, SSB, FT4 and FT8 (sometimes MSHV) on 40-6 metres,  with
         "extra  attention  for 6 meter  openings  in all directions  24/7",
         while HD8MM will operate SSB "occasionally".  QSOs will be uploaded
         to LoTW on a daily basis;  direct or bureau  QSL cards via K8LJG or
         NE8Z.
HS     - Members of the Red Star Contest Club  will be active  holiday style
         as E28AM/p  from  Chang Island (AS-125) on  22-25 March.  They will
         operate CW, SSB and FT8 on 40-10 metres. QSL via E21LLR.
I      - Members of ARI Sondrio (IQ2UL)  will operate  special event station
         II2AUT from 25 March to 7 May  for the  World Autism Awareness Day.
         QSL via  the bureau and eQSL;  QSOs will be  uploaded to  Club Log.
         Back in 2007 the  United Nations General Assembly  declared 2 April
         as World Autism Awareness Day to highlight the need to help improve
         the quality  of life of autistic individuals  so they can lead full
         and meaningful lives as an integral part of society.
I      - Special callsign II4CLM will be active on 1-30 April in celebration
         of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Guglielmo Marconi. QSL via
         the bureau.  Joining the celebrations will be  IY4FGM  (the amateur
         radio station at the  Guglielmo Marconi Foundation)  and  the  club
         stations  of the  17  ARI branches  in  the  Emilia-Romagna  region
         (namely IQ4AD,  IQ4AX, IQ4BQ,  IQ4DJ, IQ4FA,  IQ4FC,  IQ4FD, IQ4FE,
         IQ4FH, IQ4FJ, IQ4HI, IQ4LH, IQ4PI,  IQ4RA, IQ4RE, IQ4RN and IQ4SC).
         Further information,  including real time log search,  can be found
         on https://www.150marconi.org/.
J8     - Look for Kevin, W1DED to be active as  J8NKI  from Bequia (NA-025),
         St. Vincent and the Grenadines, from 23 March to 1 April, including
         an entry in the  CQ WW WPX SSB Contest.  QSL via LoTW, or direct to
         home call.
OE     - Special event station  OE100RADIO  is active  until 31 December  to
         celebrate the 100th anniversary  since regular  radio transmissions
         began in Austria (1 October 1924). QSL via the bureau.
OK     – In celebration of World Amateur Radio Day (18 April), Martin, OK1RR
         and Slavek, OK1TN will be active as  OL1WARD  on  1-30 April.  They
         will operate  CW only  on the HF bands.  QSL via LoTW;  paper cards
         will not be available. [TNX OK1RR]
ON     - Special event stations OR24WARD and OP24WARD  will be active on all
         bands and modes on 1-30 April in celebration of World Amateur Radio
         Day (18 April). QSL via Club Log's OQRS, or via eQSL. A certificate
         will be available, see https://www.uba.be/en/hf/awards/uba-awards.
SP     - SN55DIG is the special callsign that Adam, SQ9S will be using until
         the end of the year to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the Diplom
         Interessen Gruppe. All QSOs will be confirmed automatically via the
         bureau. See https://diplom-interessen-gruppe.info/  for information
         about the DIG.
TA     - Once again members of the TC Special Wireless Activity Team and the
         Giresun Wireless Radio Amateurs Association will be active as TC18M
         on 15-22 March  to commemorate the anniversary  of the naval battle
         of 18 March 1915 during the Dardanelles Campaign.  QSL via LoTW;  a
         certificate will be available on https://tadx.org/awards.

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

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3Y0K: BOUVET ISLAND 2025 ---> Ken, LA7GIA reports that plans for the January
2025  trip  are firm  and all  necessary  contracts,  including  the vessel,
logistics, and landing contracts, have been secured.  3Y0K is the only group
with a valid DXpedition license for that period.
The fundraising  is encountering some challenges, though,  particularly with
major  US clubs.  To ensure the success  of the  DXpedition,  the  following
decisions  have been  taken:  the vessel inspection  and  deposit  have been
postponed until May; all purchases have been postponed until May; the remote
RIB operation  has been cancelled  (a 7-man team will operate  on the island
with six radios  and amplifiers);  the budget has been reduced  to the  bare
minimum of USD 400,000.
However, the team still needs a minimum of $85,000 to make it to the island:
https://3y0k.com/#supportus. Bouvet is the top priority: if the operation is
postponed or cancelled due to insufficient donations, the 2026 DXpedition to
Peter I will be similarly affected.  A decision will be made in May based on
the funds raised during March and April.

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QSLs received direct or through  managers: 3B8/OK6DJ, 3C3CA, 3X1A, 4W/VK1AO,
4W6RU, 5W0LM, 7O73T, 9J2NK, 9K2NO, 9L5M, D2EB, DP1POL,  EK6TA, EP4HR, FW2CW,
H44WA, HI3/IK4QJF, HZ0YL, J62K, JG8NQJ/JD1, PR0T, SU1SK, T42T, TJ9MD, TK5MH,
TO9W,  V62P (OC-155),  V62S (OC-299), VP6MW,  VU4N,  VU7A,  XF3RAM (NA-135),
XW0LP, XW3DT, XW4DX, YI1SAL, ZF2NQ, ZL7DX, ZL7IO.

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