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10 February 2024                                          A.R.I. DX Bulletin
                                   No 1710

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

3B8    - David, OK6DJ will be active as 3B8/OK6DJ from Mauritius Island (AF-
         049) on 20-27 February. QSL via Club Log's OQRS.
5H     - Sysa, OM4AYL will be active as  5H4AYL  from Pemba Island (AF-063),
         Tanzania on 18-28 February.  Look for activity on 80-10 metres SSB,
         CW and FT8.  QSL via OM4AYL;  QSOs will be uploaded to Club Log and
         LoTW. [TNX The Daily DX]
5R     - Borut, S53BV  will be active  holiday style as  5R8BV  from Nosy Be
         (AF-057), Madagascar from  17 February to 3 March.  He will operate
         CW and SSB on 80 and 40 metres.  QSL via Club Log's OQRS, or direct
         to home call.
5X     - DJ6TF, DK1BT, DL4WK and DL7BO have been active as 5X7O from  Uganda
         since  7 February,  and will remain there  until 19 February.  They
         operate CW, SSB and digital modes on 160-10 metres.  QSL via DJ6TF,
         LoTW, Club Log's OQRS. [TNX DX World]
5X     - Dick, W6TK will be active as 5X2G on 12-29 February  while visiting
         family in  Uganda.  He will operate  CW and FT8/FT4,  and hopes  to
         participate in the ARRL DX CW Contest on a part time basis. QSL via
         LoTW.
7P     - Pista, HA5AO  has been back to Lesotho  since 5 February, and  will
         remain there  until 19 February.  In his spare he operates  CW, FT8
         and SSB  on  40-10 metres as 7P8AO.  QSL via LoTW,  or via his OQRS
         (https://www.ha5ao.com/index.php). [TNX DX World]
9Y     - 9Y24C is the special callsign to be used on various bands and modes
         on 10-13 February for the National Carnival Celebration in Trinidad
         and Tobago. QSL via LoTW only.
BY     - Look for B5/BH4FSK to be active from Daishan Island (AS-137) on 13-
         15 February. He will run 5-10 watts on 80, 40, 20, 17, 15, 10 and 6
         metres.
CE0Z   - The DXpedition to  Robinson Island (SA-005), Juan Fernandez  is set
         for 10-24 February. Three callsigns will be used:
         * CB0ZA    operated by the 7-member on-island team
         * CB0ZEW   operated remotely
         * CB0ZW    operated only during the ARRL DX CW Contest
         "Barring any unforeseen difficulties", the team anticipates arrival
         at their primary accommodation on  10 February  in the local after-
         noon.  They plan  to get  the remote station  on the air as soon as
         possible.  About fifty operators from around the world  have signed
         up to operate  CW or FT8  while the on-island team is busy the next
         couple of days setting up the stations on the mountain above within
         the National Park.  Once the two mountain top  operating camps  are
         established, the RIB  will be taken  up on top as well and added to
         the stations there.
         The DXpedition will enable Club Log's Live Stream.
         FT8: the CB0ZEW remote station will be running WSJT-X F/H mode; the
         CB0ZA on-island stations will be running MSHV multi-stream.
         6 metres: plans call for 6m EME using Q65A; if the terrestrial pro-
         pagation opens,  the station will QSY to 50300 or 50313 kHz and use
         FT8.
         Nathan, K4NHW will serve as the  CB0ZA DXpedition Pilot.  Inquiries
         (non-QSO  and  non-QSL related)  or  comments  should  be  sent  to
         cb0za[@]k4nhw.com.  See https://cb0za.com/ for the band plan,  more
         information  and  updates,  which will also  be posted to  Facebook
         (https://www.facebook.com/100093132288335).
         QSLs via Club Log's OQRS, or via N2OO;  full upload  to LoTW  after
         six months. 
DL     - DP9GLHN is the special callsign that members of  DARC's Ortsverband
         Norderney will be using from 1 February to 31 December  to mark the
         150th anniversary  since the  Norderney Island (EU-047)  lighthouse
         was put into service. QSL via the bureau.
EA     - Special callsigns  AO1WRD, AO2WRD, AO3WRD,  AO4WRD, AO5WRD,  AO6WRD
         (Balearic Islands),  AO7WRD,  AO8WRD  (Canary Islands)  and  AO9WRD
         (Ceuta and Melilla)  are expected to be active on 9-18 February  in
         celebration of  World Radio Day.  QSL for all callsigns  direct  to
         EA3RKF: Federacion Digital EA, Apartado Postal 3050, 08200 Sabadell
         (Barcelona), Spain.  World Radio Day was proclaimed in 2011  by the
         Member States of UNESCO,  and adopted by the United Nations General
         Assembly in 2012 as an International Day. This year's theme is "Ra-
         dio: A century informing, entertaining and educating".
F      - Celebrating World Radio Day, F8GGZ will be active as TM24JMR (Jour-
         nee Mondiale de la Radio) on  13 February.  Michel will operate SSB
         and CW on 80-10 metres. QSL via eQSL, or via the bureau.
FM     - Yuri, VE3DZ will be active as FM/VE3DZ from Martinique (NA-107)  on
         13-21 February.  He will participate in the  ARRL DX CW Contest  as
         TO4A. QSLs via Club Log's OQRS, or via home call. [TNX DX World]
HL     - 6K2BYF, 6K2CFI, 6K2GRX  and  DS1TUW  will be active as  DT0IP  from
         Anmyon Island (AS-080) on 17-19 February. They will operate CW, FT8
         and SSB on 40-10 metres with two stations.  QSL via LoTW, or direct
         to 6K2CFI.
HS     - Celebrating the  60th anniversary  of the  Radio Amateur Society of
         Thailand, RAST members will be active as HS60RAST from  10 February
         to 10 March. QSL via HS6MYW.
HZ     - HZ1WRD, 7Z1WRD and 8Z1WRD  are the special callsign  for the  Saudi
         Amateur Radio Society (HZ1SAR) to celebrate World Radio Day  on 11-
         13 February.
P4     - John, W2GD will be active again as P44W from Aruba (SA-036)  on 12-
         20 February, ARRL DX CW Contest included. Before and after the con-
         test he will operate SSB and CW  on 160-10 metres,  with a focus on
         30, 17 and 12m as time permits. QSL via LoTW, or direct to N2MM.
PJ7    - Fabian, DM7HG  and  Paul, DM2PF  will be active holiday style  from
         Sint Maarten (NA-105) on 15-28 February. They will be QRV on 20, 15
         and 10 metres as either PJ7/home call or a PJ7 callsign is they can
         get one. [TNX DX World]
PY     - Fabio, PY4YY  and  Marcio, PU4MDO  will  be  active as  ZW2FF  from
         Comprida Island (SA-028) on 11-14 February.  They will operate  SSB
         on 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 metres. QSL via PY4YY (direct);  QSOs will
         be uploaded to LoTW and Club Log.
TY     - Antonio, IK7WUL is active as TY2AA until 20 February while on a hu-
         manitarian mission to Benin.  In his  spare time  he  operates  SSB
         only. QSL via IZ8CCW and LoTW.
V4     - Once again John, W5JON will be active as V47JA from  St. Kitts (NA-
         104) on 17-27 February. He will operate SSB and FT8 on the HF bands
         and 6 metres. QSL via LoTW, or direct only to W5JON.
VK     - Celebrating the  60th anniversary  of the  Islands On The Air  pro-
         gramme, special event callsign  VI60IOTA will be in use across Aus-
         tralia  during 2024:  "whenever VI60IOTA is heard on the air",  the
         organizers say, "it will be from one of the VK IOTA entities",  in-
         cluding the main islands of  Australia (OC-001)  and  Tasmania (OC-
         007).  Andrey, VK5MAV is using the callsign during part of his cur-
         rent VK5MAV/4 activity from Magnetic Island (OC-171) [425DXN 1703],
         and team VK5FIL will also operate VI60IOTA during part of their 14-
         21 April expedition to Flinders Island (OC-261) [425DXN 1707]. QSOs
         will be made available for Club Log  and  LoTW Matching on the IOTA
         website; traditional QSLs via M0OXO's OQRS. Updates and information
         about the certificates  that will be available for working VI60IOTA
         will be posted to https://www.qrz.com/db/VI60IOTA.
VU     - Members of the Bengal Amateur Radio Society  expect to be active as
         AT8BRS  from one  or more islands  qualifying for the  AS-153  IOTA
         group on 17-22 February. [TNX The Daily DX]

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

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425 DX NEWS MAGAZINE ---> The January 2024 issue  is available for  download
at https://www.425dxn.org/. [TNX IZ3EBA]

ARRL INTERNATIONAL DX CONTEST ---> Object  of the contest  is for  W/VE ama-
teurs to work as many stations in as many DXCC Entities  as possible on 160,
80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 metres,  while DX stations work as many W/VE  amateurs
in  as many  of  the  48 contiguous states  and provinces  as possible  (see
https://www.arrl.org/arrl-dx for the rules).  This year's event will be held
on 17-18 February (CW)  and  2-3 March (SSB).  Give a look at the  Announced
Operations listings maintained by Bill, NG3K: https://www.ng3k.com/Contest/.

DX MENTOR RECOGNITION PROGRAM ---> The Southwest Ohio DX Association, SWODXA
in conjunction with ICOM America, Inc.  announces the  DX Mentor Recognition
Program  "to recognize and reward amateur radio operators  who have played a
key role  in helping other amateur radio operators achieve DXCC"  (note that
"those amateurs receiving the mentoring must be under 30 years of age during
the calendar year for the award"). The award will be presented at the SWODXA
DX Dinner,  held annually  in conjunction  with the  Dayton Hamvention.  The
judging  committee  will be staffed by SWODXA representatives,  as well as a
representative from both the  Northern California DX Foundation (NCDXF)  and
the  International  DX Association (INDEXA).
See https://www.swodxa.org/DX-Mentor-Program/  for more information  and the
application form. [TNX AJ8B]

IOTA GROUPS: FIVE-YEARLY REVIEW ---> "With a review due this year,  the IOTA
Board has decided not to delay the announcement of  Hans Island,  located in
the high Arctic between Canada and Greenland, as the new IOTA NA-251P.
This follows  the final stage of ratification  last December of an agreement
between  Canada and Denmark (representing Greenland)  to split  the island's
sovereignty equally between their two countries. IOTA Programme rules speci-
fy that  split sovereignty island groups  can qualify  for separate  listing
(IOTA Programme Structure B.1.7).
In  fairness  to all activators  who might consider  activating  what  is  a
demanding group, the Board has felt it necessary to insert a delay in imple-
mentation of the decision, and will only consider operations that take place
on or after 1 July 2024.
The Board has also considered  the whole review exercise.  Aware that due to
the pandemic in the last three years there has been a major absence of  IOTA
operations from the rarer IOTA groups, it has decided on a pause in creating
any further groups  in the immediate future  that might draw attention  away
from these.  The current tragic world political situation is also one factor
in this decision.  It is not clear how long this pause may last,  and  it is
best not to assume that it will end any time soon and what the decision will
be when it does". [G3KMA and the IOTA Board, 7 February 2024]

LIGHTHOUSE WEEKEND ---> The 16th  American Lighthouses Weekend  will be held
on 16-18  February.  Details, including a listing of participating stations,
can be found on https://www.grupodxbb.com.ar/.

QSL VIA EA5GL ---> Pedro is the  new QSL manager  for  YN9H (ex-YN9HAU)  and
OX3HI.  He is also  taking care  of the  QSL cards for 3C3CA,  and those who
still need a QSL can request it from him.  Ersoy, TA2OM was active as  3C3CA
from Bioco (AF-010), Equatorial Guinea from September 2022 to September 2023
and made nearly 196,000 QSOs.

+ SILENT KEY + Noted contestman and DXer Slavko Celarc, S57DX passed away on
4 February.  No later than  a couple of weeks ago  he was signing  IG9/S57DX
from Lampedusa Island during the CQ WW 160-Meter CW Contest.  First licenced
in 1973  and initially  active as  YU3EIJ and YT3T (club callsigns),  he was
issued personal callsigns YU3TUX (1978-1984)  and YU3BQ (1984-1992),  before
getting S57DX in  October 1992.  He was QRV on a daily basis,  and made more
han 984,000 QSOs over the past 31 years as either S57DX and S573DX. In 2007,
while working for  the United Nations' World Food Programme in Sudan, he was
active as ST2R.  He was also the QSL manager for several operations, includ-
ing the ongoing activity by 9N7AA from Nepal.  The QSL chores for  9N7AA are
now handled by Pavla, S56DX (Slavko's widow).

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                          Edited by  I1JQJ & IK1ADH
                        Direttore Responsabile  I2VGW

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CALL        MANAGER     CALL        MANAGER     CALL        MANAGER
===================================================================
3B9FR       M0OXO       E7CW        E73ESP      R81AWD      RX6LQH
3D2AD       YT1AD       EG1GOY      EA1URV      RI0SP       RN3RQ
3D2AY       YU3AA       EL2EF       N2OO        RI1ANE      RQ8K
3D2BT       AJ4BT       EN185UPP    UR4UWY      SN2WOSP     SP2UUU
4S7KKG      DC0KK       FR4AV       EA5GL       SN40RVG     SP2UUU
4U13FEB     9A2AA       HC1MD/2     K8LJG       SN7R        SP7RFF
4U1UN       HB9BOU      HF5WOSP     SQ5ABG      SN7T        SQ7OTK
5X7O        DJ6TF       HH2AA       EB7DX       TM1HR       F5OCL
7P8AO       HA5AO       HR5/F2JD    F6AJA       TM21AAW     F8DVD
7X3WPL      7X3DL       II0LOVE     IQ0TE       TM25JMC     F8GGZ
9J2BO       EA5GL       II4INTU     IQ4FE       TM4A        F1SUN
A2NEW       EA7FTR      J79WTA      HB9MFM      TM4K        F4EGZ
A44A        EC6DX       JG8NQJ/JD1  JA8CJY [d]  TM4S        F6HBI
A61Q        EA7FTR      JG8NQJ/JD1  JG8NQJ   TM4Y        F6KGL
A62A        EA7FTR      KH7XX       EB7DX       TM50KRK     F6KRK
A92GW       EA5GL       MU5E        GU4YOX      TM6C        F6KMB
AO100RADIO  EA4URE      NL8F        N7RO        V26CV       KG9N
CN2FPU      F6FPU       OD5ET       EB7DX       V26K        AA3B
CN2GS       EA5GL       OF60IRON    OH8DR       V31DJ       W0CP
CP4MG       EA5KB       OL4ACF      OK1AR       V31MA       M0OXO
CR3DX       OM2VL       OX3HI       EA5GL       VK5KI       M0OXO
CT9/F4IFF   EB7DX       OY1OF       M0URX       VP2MDX      W2APF
D4SAL       EA7KNT      PF88ANT     PA0RDY      VP6MW       W0VTT
D4X         OH5ZA       PJ4SON      M0URX       VY1JA       N3SL
DP0GVN      DL5EBE      PV2K        EA5GL       XU7AKU      JA1DXA
DP1POL      DL1ZBO      R101AE      RQ7L        YI3AA       IK2DUW
E77DX       E73Y        R101ME      RQ7L        YN9H        EA5GL

7Q6M     Don Jones, 3130 Wisconsin Ave NW #723, Washington DC 20016, USA
9N7AA    Pavla Celarc, Ob Igriscu 8, 1360 Vrhnika, Slovenia
HA5AO    Gaspar Istvan, Budapest, Rakoczi u. 85., 1196, Hungary
J52EC    Livio Pesavento, Via Antonio Bertoldi 19, 37141 Verona VR, Italy
JA8CJY   Susumu Sanada, 5-17 Shinei 5-Jo 4-Chome, Kiyota-ku, Sapporo-shi,
         Hokkaido, 004-0835, Japan
OH0Z     Laurent D. Thomin, 1615 Beaconshire Rd, Houston TX 77077-3817, USA
OZ11A    Leif Nielsen, Stenhoejvej 280, 9900 Frederikshavn, Denmark
P49X     Ed Muns, POB 1877, Los Gatos CA 95031-1877, USA
TR8CA    Jean Charron, 19 rue Gabriel Moussa, 33320 Eysines, France
YJ0AA    Takio Hata, 921-25 Roku Jo, Yasu-shi, Shiga, 520-2412, Japan
YJ0MN    Takio Hata, 921-25 Roku Jo, Yasu-shi, Shiga, 520-2412, Japan

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