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17 February 2024                                          A.R.I. DX Bulletin
                                   No 1711

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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

3B8    - Timo, OH1NA will be active holiday style as  3B8/OH1NA  from Mauri-
         tius (AF-049) from 25 February to 7 March. He will operate CW, SSB,
         FT8 and FT4. QSL via LoTW, Club Log's OQRS, or via home call.
5H     - Nobby, G0VJG will be active holiday style as  5H3VJG  from Zanzibar
         Island (AF-032), Tanzania on 7-20 March. He will operate mainly SSB
         with some CW and FT8,  and will try to be QRV for the  RSGB Common-
         wealth (BERU) Contest (9-10 March). QSL via M0OXO's OQRS; QSOs will
         be uploaded to LoTW and Club Log.
9K     - 9K9NLD is the  special callsign  for members of the  Kuwait Amateur
         Radio Society  to celebrate both  Kuwait National Day (25 February)
         and Liberation Day (26 February). QSL via EC6DX.
         Also joining the celebrations are expected to be the  Saudi Amateur
         Radio Society as  HZ1KWT  on  19-25 February;  the Emirates Amateur
         Radio Society  as  A60KWT (QSL via EA7FTR)  on 19-27 February;  the
         Bahrain Amateur Radio Society as  A91KWT  (QSL via EC6DX)  on 20-26
         February.
CO     - Team T44DX  (namely CO1CB,  CO1ND, CO2LKY,  CO2ROD,  CO5MK,  CM1YC,
         CM2ARY, CM3EFM and CL1MAC) will be active from  Isla de la Juventud
         (NA-056) on 21-25 March.  They will operate SSB, CW, FT8 (F/H)  and
         FT4 on 160-10 metres, as well as via satellite. QSL via RW6HS; QSOs
         will be uploaded to LoTW.
FO/A   - Jeff, K5WE  and Craig, W5CCP will be active as  TX7W  from Raivavae
         (OC-114), Austral Islands on 16-30 April.  They will operate mainly
         CW and FT8  (multi stream mode, not F/H),  with some SSB, RTTY  and
         FT4, on 160-6 metres. QSL via Club Log's OQRS (preferred), LoTW, or
         direct to K5WE. Depending upon a reliable Internet connection, logs
         will be uploaded to Club Log daily, and Club Log's Livestream  will
         be enabled.  See  https://k5we.com/tx7w/  for more information  and
         updates.
H40    - The Intrepid DX Group's DXpedition to Pigeon Island (OC-065), Temo-
         tu Province is set to take place from 22 February to 7 March.  Look
         for team  H40WA  (Rob N7QT, Paul N6PSE, Scott NE9U,  Jay K4ZLE, Jay
         AC7DC, Bruce K3NQ, Don N6JRL  and David AH6HY)  to operate CW,  SSB
         and FT8 (F/H) on 160-6 metres with up to 5-6 stations. While on the
         island, the team will post frequent updates to their Facebook group
         (https://www.facebook.com/groups/h40wa).  QSL via M0URX's OQRS (see
         https://intrepid-dx.com/h40wa/ for the detailed QSLling policy).
HZ     - Members of the  Saudi Amateur Radio Society (HZ1SAR)  are active as
         7Z3FD, 8Z3FD and  HZ3FD on  14-22 February.  The special  callsigns
         celebrate Saudi Arabia's Founding Day (22 February).
PJ7    - Gary, KC9EE  will be active again as  PJ7EE  from Sint Maarten (NA-
         105) from 21 February to 6 March.  He will operate mainly CW,  with
         SSB during the ARRL DX SSB Contest. He will be looking for openings
         towards Asia especially  on 17-10 metres.  QSL via LoTW, Club Log's
         OQRS, or direct to home call.
PY     - Team ZY5A  will be active from  Ilha do Arvoredo (SA-027) on  16-18
         February during the American Lighthouses Weekend. They will operate
         SSB, CW and FT8  on various bands  from 160 to  10 metres.  QSL via
         PP5EI.
TF     - Chuck, KC4KQE  will be active as  TF/KC4KQE  from Iceland on  17-26
         February. He will operate SSB and FT8, with plans  "to attempt mul-
         tiple POTA  and SOTA activations"  during the local  daylight hours
         (09.30-18.00 UTC).
VP6    - Gerben PG5M will be active as VP6G from Pitcairn Island (OC-044) on
         4-14 April. He will operate CW and FT8 on 40-10 metres: "I will run
         two stations (if antenna situation permits), primarily CW and addi-
         tionally FT8 using MSHV",  he says.  QSL via M0OXO's OQRS and LoTW.
         See https://dx.to/vp6g/ for more information.
V4     - Jeff, K1ZN will be active holiday style as V44/K1ZN from  St. Kitts
         (NA-104) from  27 February to 6 March.  He will operate mainly  FT8
         and SSB on 40-10 metres. QSL via home call. [TNX NG3K]
VU     - Members of the Bengal Amateur Radio Society (namely VU2AES, VU2DLU,
         VU2GMT, VU2GOR, VU2SFM, VU2ZOC, VU3DBA, VU3UEP, VU3XCR  and VU3ZHZ)
         will be active as AT8BRS [425DXN 1710]  from a few islands in  IOTA
         group AS-153  between 17 and 21 February as follows:  Ghoramara (17
         February),  Agnimari Char and Suparbhanga (18 February),  Jambudwip
         (19 February), Lothian (20 February) and Bulcherry (21 February, if
         time permits).They will operate SSB on or around 7140, 14240, 24280
         and 28485 kHz, as well as FT8 on 14074 and 21074 kHz.
W      - Team N4T will be active from  Garden Key , Dry Tortugas (NA-079) on
         23-26 February. They plan to be QRV on 80-6 metres with up to three
         stations during the day and at least one station overnight. Updates
         will be posted to https://www.drytortugas.info/.  The same callsign
         will be used between 19 February and 1 March  from various POTAs in
         the Florida Keys. QSL direct to W3NY; QSOs will be uploaded to Club
         Log and LoTW. 
YJ     - Matt K0BBC, Luke VK3HJ, Chris VK3QB and  Alan VK6CQ  will be active
         as YJ0VK from  Efate (OC-035), Vanuatu  from  29 March to 11 April.
         They will be QRV on 40-6 metres,  with a focus on SSB and CW during
         the first week, while during the second week  they will concentrate
         on CW and FT8. QSL via M0OXO's OQRS; QSOs will be uploaded to Club
         Log. Bookmark https://www.qrz.com/db/YJ0VK for updates.
YO     - Celebrating the 95th anniversary of the first amateur radio associ-
         ation in Romania's Arad County,  special callsigns  YR95AR, YR95CC,
         YR95CH, YR95IN, YR95LI,  YR95PE and YR95SE  will be active from  16
         February until 31 May.  The event is being organised by C.S. Radio-
         club Admira  (YO2KBQ),  the successor of  the club that  was estab-
         lished almost a century ago.  See https://www.qrz.com/db/YR95AR for
         more information.
ZD7    - Oliver, W6NV has been active again as  ZD7W  from St. Helena Island
         (AF-022) since 15 February and will remain there until 23 February.
         He will participate in the ARRL DX CW Contest,  after which he will
         be available for DX contacts  with a focus on 160, 80 and 40 metres
         CW. QSL direct to W6NV.  Information on the operating schedule will
         be posted to https://www.qrz.com/db/ZD7W..

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                         *** 4 2 5  D X  N E W S ***
                         ****  GOOD TO KNOW ... ****
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                          Edited by  I1JQJ & IK1ADH
                        Direttore Responsabile  I2VGW

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ANTARCTIC ACTIVITY WEEK ---> The Worldwide Antarctic Program  has  announced
that the 21st Antarctic Activity Week will be held on  18-25  February.  The
aim of this annual event is to promote worldwide interest in  the  Antarctic
continent. Special callsigns (QSL via operator's instructions) are  expected
to be aired during this year's AAW from  Algeria (7T22ANT),  France (TM1ANT,
TM21AAW),  Italy (II2ANT,  II5ANT,  IR1ANT),  Netherlands (PA6ANT, PF88ANT),
Poland (SP0ANT),  Spain (EH3ANT, EH5AAW, EH5ANT),  USA (K4K, N5T).  Complete
information on the AAW can be found on http://www.waponline.it/.

H40WA: FT8 SPOOF PREVENTION ---> The upcoming DXpedition to Temotu  will op-
erate FT8 using WSJT-X in Fox/Hound mode. In an effort to combat piracy, the
team will be testing the anti-spoofing technology for FT8 developed by Brian
Moran (N9ADG).  H40WA will transmit CQ and work stations,  and every few cy-
cles will send a callsign followed by a 6-digit verification number, e.g.
010200 -3 0.1 300 - H40WA 695243
010200 -3 0.1 360 - CQ H40WA RH29
Only the genuine H40WA will be able to send the right code  for a particular
timestamp, which can be verified here: https://www.9dx.cc/verify/H40WA. This
should help  calling stations  have confidence  that they are not copying  a
pirate. In addition, Club Log's Live Stream feature will be enabled for QSOs
in all modes: https://clublog.org/livestream/H40WA.

YOTA CONTEST 2024 ---> Organized by the IARU R1 Youth Working Group  in  co-
operation with the  Hungarian Amateur Radio Society (MRASZ),  the aim of the
YOTA Contest is  to increase youngsters activity on the air,  strengthen the
reputation of the  YOTA programme, and  demonstrate  support  for youngsters
across the world.  The three sessions  of this year's  YOTA Contest  will be
held on  10 March (1000-2159 UTC),  20 July (1000-2159 UTC), and 30 December
(1000-2159 UTC),  on the five classic bands  CW and SSB.  Everyone  can work
everyone. The complete rules can be found on https://ham-yota.com/contest.

+ SILENT KEY + Bob Allphin, K4UEE  passed away on 10 February, and the radio
amateur community mourns the loss of one of the giants of DXing.  Bob was an
organizer of  and/or participant  in several expeditions  that have made  DX
history over the past forty years or so, notably XF4DX (Revillagigedo 1987),
AH1A (Howland Island 1993),  XR0Y (Easter Island 1995),  VK0IR (Heard Island
1997),  A52A (Bhutan 2000),  FO0AAA (Clipperton Island 2000),  K5K  (Kingman
Reef 2000), VP8GEO (South Georgia 2002), VP8THU (South Sandwich 2002), VU7RG
(Lakshadweeps 2007), 3Y0X (Peter I Island 2006), K5D (Desecheo Island 2009),
PJ6A (Saba 2010), HK0NA (Malpelo Island 2012), FT5ZM (Amsterdam Island 2014)
and K1N (Navassa Island 2015). Inducted into the CQ DX Hall of Fame in 2001,
Bob was also an active contester who participated in some 40 contest DXpedi-
tions, and competed in two World Radio Team Championships events in 1996 and
2000. His "Adventures in Ham Radio" are on https://t-rexsoftware.com/k4uee/.

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QSLs received direct  or  through managers: 3W9C (AS-130), 4L8A,  5Z4PA, 6Y/
NP4Z, 6Y/VY2MA, 6Y1V, 6Y5HN, 6Y9V, 7O8AD, 7O8AE, 7X5CY, 9K2GR, 9X5RU, A41DX,
CT9/UR9IDX, D2UY, E6AM, EI4II, EI80MB, EI9HX, EX0M, FK8DD, FM5BH, FR8UA, FS/
AC4LN, FY5KE,  H40RH,  H44WA, HH220Y,  JD1BMH,  KH0/DL2AH,  KL7RRC (NA-028),
PJ7PL, PR0T, S79KW, S79VU, T2C, T88HS, TG9ADM, TJ9MD,  TO8FH (AF-007),  TO9W
(NA-105), TR8CA, TX7L, TZ4AM, V26EI, V6EU, V85T, VP2V/W1DED, VP8FLY,  VP8LP,
VP9KF,  VU7A,  W1DED/C6A,  W8S (OC-200),  XF3RAM (NA-135),  XT2MAX,  XV9BPO,
XW3DT, YT3M, Z81D, ZB2R, ZD7CA, ZD7Z, ZL7IO.

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