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22 June 2024                                              A.R.I. DX Bulletin
                                   No 1729

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

9M2    - 9M4TOTA is the callsign used for "Terengganu On The Air", a special
         activity  designed  to introduce  noteworthy  tourism  destinations
         throughout the state of Terengganu (West Malaysia). The first oper-
         ation will take place on 28-29 June from  Teluk Gadung Beach.  Look
         for activity on  80-10 metres  SSB, CW and FT8.  QSL via operator's
         instructions.
DU     - Christian, F4EBK is active as DU3/F4EBK from  Luzon Island (OC-042)
         until  early 2025.  He is QRV on  20, 15 and  10 metres,  typically
         around 9 UTC and after 21 UTC. QSL via F4EUO. [TNX F6AJA]
E7     - E7100RADIO  is  the  special callsign for  ARAuBiH,  the Bosnia and
         Herzegovina IARU member society, to celebrate "100 years of amateur
         radio innovation, community and advocacy". A printable QSL card can
         be requested at https://arabih.ba/request-e7100radio-qsl/.
F      - TM111TDF  is a  French special callsign  to be activated  for  this
         year's 111th edition of the Tour de France. Look for activity on 29
         June, 1-2, 6, 9-11, 13-14 and 17-21 July. QSL via F8GGZ.
FP     - Once again  Eric, KV1J will  be  active as  FP/KV1J  from  Miquelon
         Island (NA-032) on 2-16 July,  including activity the IARU HF World
         Championship (13-14 July).  Plans are to operate primarily SSB  and
         FT8, plus some CW, RTTY and FT4, on 80-6 metres,  "generally on the
         highest frequency band open" with a focus on 12, 10 and 6m. QSL via
         LoTW, Club Log's OQRS,  eQSL,  or via home call (direct or bureau).
         See http://www.kv1j.com/fp/July24.html for more information.
FS     - Gregg, W6IZT  and Hal, W8HC will be active as  FS/W6IZT and FS/W8HC
         from St Martin (NA-105) from 25 June to 2 July. They will be QRV on
         40-6 metres. Gregg will be taking one or two of his NexGenRiBs; his
         "tentative plans are to identify a suitable location for the RIB on
         the Dutch (PJ7)  side of the island  while operating simultaneously
         from the French (FS) side". [TNX DX World]
HL     - Team DT0IP  (namely  6K2CFI,  6K2GRX, DS1TUW  and DS1UDN)  will  be
         active from  Munyo Island (AS-148)  on  26-27 July,  including part
         time participation in the IOTA Contest (27 July). They will operate
         SSB, CW, FT8 on 40-6 metres  with two or three high power stations.
         Club Log's Livestream  will be enabled.  QSL  via  Club Log's OQRS,
         LoTW, or direct to 6K2CFI.
I      - Members of ARI Genova  will activate special event station  II1IALA
         from La Lanterna (the lighthouse of Genoa)  from 29 June to 3 July,
         approximately between 7 and 16 UTC on a daily basis. QSL via IQ1GE,
         direct or bureau.  The International Association of Marine Aids  to
         Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA)  has selected  La Lan-
         terna as Heritage Lighthouse of the Year 2024.
I      - Giovanni, IZ7FLP will be active as IC8K from Ischia Island (EU-031)
         from  30 June to 7 July.  He will operate  SSB, CW and  FT8/FT4  on
         various bands. QSL direct to home call, or via LoTW in due course.
I      - Members of  ARI Marsala  (namely IT9BYS, IT9FUN, IT9FXY, IT9JLF and
         IW9APP) will be active as IQ9VG/p  from La Scuola,  one of the Sta-
         gnone Islands (EU-166), on 13-14 July.  They will be QRV on 40, 20,
         15, 10 and 6 metres. QSL via Club Log's OQRS, or via IT9FUN (direct
         or bureau). [TNX IT9FUN]
JA     - Moto, JA1GZV  will be active again as JS6UKY/6  from various cities
         and villages  on  Okinawa Island (AS-017)  on  20-27 June. He  will
         operate CW on or around 7011, 10123, 14011, 18075, 21011, 24897 and
         28011 kHz. QSL via JS6UKY (bureau), eQSL, or direct to JA1GZV. [TNX
         DX World]
OE     - OE70VIE  is a  special callsign  marking  the  70th anniversary  of
         Vienna International Airport (IATA code VIE)  from  21 June  to  30
         September. QSL via Club Log's OQRS (preferred), LoTW in due course,
         or via OE6VIE.
TR     - Roland, F8EN has been unable to be very active as TR8CR  because of
         "problems  with his amplifier".  He is going back to France  in the
         next few days for a family event",but expects to return to Gabon in
         early July with a new amplifier for at least a month. [TNX F6AJA]
UR     - EM100WJZ is the special callsign  commemorating the  100th anniver-
         sary of the first  amateur radio activity from the  ancient city of
         Lwow, nowadays Lviv. It was conducted by 15-year-old  Jan Zembicki,
         LW3  (then SP3AR, SP1AR, and  finally SP6FZ),  a founding member of
         the  Lviv Shortwave Club (LKK)  and  an outstanding  figure  in the
         history of  Polish amateur radio.  EM100WJZ will be active  from  1
         July to 31 December. QSL via UR4WWE.
VE     - The Club Radio Amateur de Quebec (VE2CQ) will be active as  VC2TQSM
         From  29 June  to 7 July  for  the  Transat Quebec-Saint-Malo,  the
         sailing  transoceanic  race  taking place every  four  years,  from
         Quebec City (Canada) to Saint-Malo (France). QSL via the bureau.
         This radio activity will be done jointly  with the  Association des
         Radio Amateurs  de  la Cote d'Emeraude,  which  will  be active  as
         TM0QSM on 7-14 July (QSL via F5BNJ).
VE     - The fourth  Youth on the Air  summer camp  for young radio amateurs
         aged 15-25 in the Americas will be held on  7-12 July  in  Halifax,
         Nova Scotia (https://youthontheair.org/halifax2024/). Campers  will
         operate  special event station  VE1YOTA  during breaks between ses-
         sions. In addition, there will be dedicated operating times  on the
         HF bands and satellites  (see qrz.com for the details),  as well as
         for a  POTA activation  (10 July between 13 and  19 UTC).  QSL  via
         KC3UII (direct or bureau) and LoTW.
W      - The following stations will be active during  the 16th  annual  "13
         Colonies Special Event", which will be held from 13 UTC on  1  July
         until 4 UTC on 8 July: K2A (New York),  K2B (Virginia),  K2C (Rhode
         Island), K2D (Connecticut), K2E  (Delaware),  K2F  (Maryland),  K2G
         (Georgia),  K2H  (Massachusetts),  K2I  (New  Jersey),  K2J  (North
         Carolina),  K2K (New  Hampshire),  K2L  (South  Carolina), and  K2M
         (Pennsylvania), plus 'bonus stations' WM3PEN from Philadelphia (the
         city where the US independence was declared),  GB13COL from England
         (QSL direct, see qrz.com for instructions) and  TM13COL from France
         (QSL via F5OGL). Information about the award programme can be found
         on http://www.13colonies.us/.
YB     - Team 7E4K  will be active  from  Ketawai Island (OC-144)  on  26-29
         July. They will operate "all mode" on various bands (80m excluded).
         During the  IOTA Contest (27-28 July)  they will use  the  callsign
         7E4C on 40, 20, 15 and 10 metres SSB and CW.  QSLs via YE4FNN, eQSL
         and LoTW.
ZC4    - Adrian, G0KOM  will be active as  ZC4MK  from the UK Sovereign Base
         Areas on Cyprus (AS-004)  on  10-17 July.  He will concentrate on 6
         metres,  "with other bands a secondary consideration  if 6m is  not
         open". QSL via Club Log's OQRS, or via home call.

BALTIC  SUMMER TOUR ---> Timo,  OH1NOA  (https://thehamradio.com/)  will  be
active from Saaremaa Island (EU-034) from 30 June to 2 July.  He will be QRV
as ES0NO from the base station at Karala (grid KO08), as well as ES9EFF from
the World Wide Flora & Fauna (WWFF)  parks  and  protected nature areas. Be-
tween 3 and 11 July  he will be active  from WWFF sites  on mainland Estonia
(ES1NOA/#), Latvia (YL/OH1NOA) and Lithuania (LY/OH1NOA). QSL via Club Log's
OQRS, LoTW in due course, or via OH1NOA.

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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 2026 ---> "We are negotiating the  vessel contract for a
DXpedition  to Bouvet Island  in the period  November 2025 to February 2026.
Exact dates TBD.
The  DXpedition team  will consist of  up  to 20+  operators  with extensive
experience in DXpedition and contesting.
The plan is to stay  3 weeks around  Bouvet Island,  and we will use a large
vessel and a helicopter to go to Bouvet.
The overall expedition budget is estimated to be in the order of  $1,600,000
where we will team up with a  small private group  who  will share the cost.
The trip will be fully financed upfront,  but we will continue to seek dona-
tions from clubs  and  individuals to recover  some of our expenses.  At the
time  of signing the contract  we will launch a fundraising campaign,  until
then we will not seek donations.
We are considering  to setup two camps,  one camp at  Cape Fie  and one camp
further west. The second QTH will be dedicated to give better conditions for
North America and can be as far west as Larsoya on the southwest side of the
island". Bookmark https://3y0k.com/ for updates.

CY9C: ST PAUL ISLAND ---> Preparations are underway for the  CY9C DXpedition
to St. Paul Island (26 August-5 September).  The team has secured a  million
dollar liability insurance policy;  they have tested equipment,  packed gear
including antennas, tents and generators.  Operators have made  the first of
two financial commitments  for what is anticipated to be the most costly CY9
DXpedition to date.  Donations are always welcome  to help off-set this cost
and  can  be  made  through https://t-rexsoftware.com/cy9c.  Also,  bookmark
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1455659374986029/ for updates.

ARRL SYSTEMS SERVICE DISRUPTION ---> "We are continuing to make progress  on
restoring the  ARRL network  and many  related systems  and databases",  the
latest update  (14 June)  reports.  "While the  Logbook of The World  (LoTW)
server,  Online DXCC, and related user data  are  secure and unaffected,  we
have taken the precautionary measure  of keeping the services offline  until
we can ensure the security and integrity of our networks". Read the complete
update on https://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-systems- ... disruption.

FT4GL ---> Marek, FH4VVK shut down his operation from Glorioso a few minutes
before 20 UTC on 18 June.  He,  the support team and all the pilots,  led by
F8FKI,  faced significant challenges throughout  this endeavour.  "We regret
that, as is often the case  when  radio activities  take place in rare coun-
tries, we have seen a negative spirit spread by some, such as unfounded com-
ments made anonymously,  pirates and other music broadcasters on the  trans-
mission frequencies...  all these acts  in no way reflect  the  ham spirit".
Nevertheless,  most of the objectives  have been achieved:  more than 61,000
QSOs were made with nearly 15200 unique calls (25%), all the announced modes
and bands were used, only 160 metres was unsatisfactory.  The statistics are
published on Club Log: https://clublog.org/charts/?c=FT4GL

J62K: YOUNG CONTEST OPERATORS WANTED ---> Team J62K  promotes  the  Youth on
the Air (YOTA) programme, and  is looking for  "young team players that  are
hams from the age of 18-30  for a  'first time'  experience  operating  in a
Multi category environment".  The trip  will take place  from  25 March to 1
April 2025, and will include participation in the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest. See
https://j62k.com/youth-on-the-air/ for more information  and the application
form. The deadline for applications is 15 July.

PETER I ISLAND 2027 ---> "We plan  to activate  Peter I Island  in  February
2027 with a team of 19 operators.  We have signed a financial agreement with
a private group about sharing  the cost for this DXpedition.  The DXpedition
budget and our share is around $825,000,  of which we must deposit  $340,000
in 2024". The landing permit from the Norwegian Polar Institute was received
in April;  the callsign  (3Y0L)  will be confirmed later.  The expedition is
expected to run  from 28 January to 26 February 2027,  including  the voyage
from King George Island (South Shetlands) to Peter I and back. Plans are for
the team to go ashore with two helicopters and stay on the island for 14-18
days. Bookmark https://3y0l.com/ for updates.

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QSLs received direct or through managers: 3D2AY, 3G0YA, 3W9T, 4A5D (NA-244),
4L2M,  4W8X,  7P8EI,  7Q7EMH, A31DL, A52CI, A52P, A8OK, C31LK, CN8SG,  D2EB,
D2UY, DT0IP (AS-080), EP5TJS,  EX0M, FG/F6HMQ,  FK/LZ1GC,  FK/LZ5QZ,  FO5QS,
FW8GC, FY5KE, H40WA, HD8MD, HV0A, J38R,  J68HZ, JD1BMH, JD1BQP,  K8R (Swains
Island RIB DXpedition), OZ24KING,  P3X,  PJ5/SP9FIH, PX8AMA,  PY0FR,  S21PL,
T32EU, T44DX (NA-056), TX5S, TX7W,  TX8GC, V31DJ,  VE5RCAF, VE7RCAF,  VK5FIL
(OC-261), VP6G, W8S, XU7GNY, Z68BB, ZB2KX, ZF1A, ZY8AM.

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