425 DX News #1697

11 November 2023 A.R.I. DX Bulletin
No 1697
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Edited by I1JQJ & IK1ADH
Direttore Responsabile I2VGW

3W - Jacek, SP5APW will be active as 3W9C from Con Son Island (AS-130)
from 30 November to 9 December. He is allowed to operate on five
bands; he will use SSB and FT8 on 20, 17, 15 and 10m with wire an-
tennas, and FT8 on 6 metres with a 3-element yagi. "I am not a CW
operator", he says. "However, if somebody hates FT8 and wants to
try CW with me, I should be able to manage it as a sked when there
is no pile-up". His licence for 6m is limited to 53-54 MHz, so he
plans to operate split: listening on 50.313 or 50.323 and transmit-
ting on 53.313 or 53.323. I haven't tried yet to work FT8 with such
a wide split, but this is the only option to try to work IARU Re-
gion 1. If it doesn't work, I will simply work 53.313 MHz for Re-
gions 2 and 3, where the 6m band is wider".
4S7 - Peter, DC0KK is active again as 4S7KKG from Sri Lanka (AS-003, grid
MJ96xk) until 30 March 2024. He operates FT8, FT4, RTTY and possi-
bly CW on 20-6 metres. QSL via LoTW, Club Log's OQRS, or direct to
home call.
8P - Bob, GU4YOX will enter the CQ WW DX CW Contest (25-26 November) as
8P9A (SOSB 20 metres) from Barbados (NA-021). Before the contest he
will be QRV as 8P9OX to test his set up. QSL via LoTW, or via
GU4YOX (direct and bureau).
A4 - A43ND is the special callsign for the Royal Omani Amateur Radio So-
ciety to celebrate Oman National Day (18 November). QSL via EC6DX,
Also taking part in the celebrations will be
* the Emirates Amateur Radio Society as A60OMA on 12-18 November
(QSL via EA7FTR); individual operators may append a serial number
to the special callsign, and be QRV as A60OMA/0, A60OMA/1, etc.
(see qrz.com for the QSL routes);
* the Bahrain Amateur Radio Society as A91OMA on 12-18 November
(QSL via EC6DX and LoTW); and
* possibly other national societies of Gulf Cooperation Council's
neighbouring countries (HZ1OMAN, 9K9OMAN, A71OMAN).
F - Michel, F8GGZ will be active as TM100LTB from 25 November to 3 De-
cember. QSL via the bureau. The special callsign commemorates the
100th anniversary of the first transatlantic amateur two-way
contact between Leon Deloy, F8AB and Fred Schnell, 1MO (28 November
1923). QSL via the bureau.
FJ - KB9DVB as FJ/KB9DVB and KC9SNM & KB9DVC as TO0T will be active from
St. Barthelemy (NA-146) on 22-29 November. They will operate CW and
SSB (no FT8), and will participate in the CQ WW DX CW Contest as
FS - Team TO9W (K9EL, K9NU, N9EP, W9AP and FS4WBS) will be active again
from Saint Martin (NA-105) from 26 November to 8 December. They
will operate CW, SSB, FT8, FT4 and RTTY on 160-6 metres with three
stations: "our goal is to make as many QSOs as possible on all
bands and modes, with special emphasis on CW", they say. "We nor-
mally give priority to the 160, 80, 40 bands in that order, but
with the increased sunspot activity, we will establish band priori-
ties based on conditions at that time". Two operators will arrive
late on 25 November, and will be QRV during the CQ WW DX CW Contest
as time allows. QSL via LoTW, Club Log's OQRS, or via W9ILY. See
https://www.k9el.com/TO9W/TO9W.htm for more information; updates
will be posted to https://www.facebook.com/groups/539588070673287/.
LU_ant - L36Z is the special callsign for amateur radio activities taking
place from the facilities of the LRA 36 Radio Nacional Arcangel San
Gabriel at Esperanza Base, Antarctica (AN-016). QSL via LoTW, or
direct to LU4DXU,
P4 - John, W2GD will be active again as P40W from Aruba (SA-036) on 20-
28 November. Main activity will be during the CQ WW DX CW Contest;
outside the contest he will be QRV on 160, 30, 17 and 12 metres as
time permits. QSL via LoTW, or direct to N2MM. [TNX NG3K]
PJ4 - Look for PJ4/K4BAI, PJ4/KU8E and PJ4/N8VW to be active from Bonaire
(SA-006) on 21-28 November. They will participate in the CQ WW DX
CW Contest as PJ4A. QSL PJ4/K4BAI, PJ4/KU8E and PJ4A via K4BAI.
PJ7 - Gary, KC9EE will be active again as PJ7EE from Sint Maarten (NA-
105) on 20-29 November, including an entry in the CQ WW DX CW Con-
test. QSL via LoTW, Club Log's OQRS, or direct to home call.
T32 - The Rebel DX Group will be active as T32TT from Kiritimati/Christ-
mas Island (OC-024), East Kiribati "starting from the first week of
December 2023 for 3 or more weeks". Plans are to operate digital
Modes, plus CW and SSB, on 160-6 metres. QSL via Club Log's OQRS.
Bookmark https://www.facebook.com/rebeldxgroup/ for updates.
UA - Special callsigns R2023DX and UE33DX will be active on 17-30 Novem-
ber to celebrate the 33th anniversary of the Miller DX Club. QSLs
via RQ7L.
V4 - Bob, WX4G will be active as V47RB from St. Kitts (NA-104) from 20
November to 1 December. He will operate CW, FT4, FT8 and SSB on 80-
6 metres, and will participate in the CQ WW DX CW Contest as V48A
on 40 metres. QSLs via LoTW, Club Log's OQRS, eQSL, or via WX4G.
V5 - Gunter, DK2WH will be active again as V51WH and V55Y in contests
from Namibia starting on 16 November through April 2024. He oper-
ates SSB, CW and FT8 on 160-10 metres. QSL via home call; he does
not use LoTW.
VK9 - Yuris, YL2GM and Eugene, EA5EL will be active as VK9XY from Christ-
mas Island (OC-002) on 14-27 November, and as VK9CY from the Cocos
(Keeling) Islands (OC-003) from 29 November to 7 December. They
will operate CW, SSB and FT8 on 160-6 metres with two stations.
QSLs via Club Log's OQRS (direct and bureau), or direct to YL2GN.
See https://www.lral.lv/vk9xy_vk9cy/index.html for information.
VP9 - Darrell, AB2E will be active as AB2E/VP9 from VP9GE's rent-a-shack
on 23-27 November. Main activity will be during the CQ WW DX CW
Contest; outside the contest he will operate mostly CW and some FT8
on 30, 17 and 12 metres, as well as on the low bands. QSL via LoTW,
or direct to home call. [TNX NG3K]
VU - A team from the West Bengal Radio Club (VU2WB) will be active as
AT23JCB from Mousuni (Mahisani) Island (AS-153) from around 10.30
UTC on 18 November until around 3 UTC on 19 November. Look for
activity on 40, 20 metres and 10 metres. RW6HS will be the QSL
manager "for Russia & CIS countries".
VU - Datta, VU2DSI will be active once again as AU2JCB from 23 November
to 11 December to commemorate the birthdate (30 November 1858) of
Indian physicist and radio pioneer Jagadish Chandra Bose. He will
operate SSB on 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 metres, and FM on 50800, 51500
and 29700 Khz. QSL direct to home call. Also QRV are expected to be
AU3JCB (operated by VU2EVU) and AU5JCB (operated by VU2XPN).
YB - Burkhard, DL3KZA is currently active as YB9/DL3KZA from Flores
Island (OC-151) until 17 November. QSL via home call, direct or
bureau. Along with him are YB9IPY, YB9HF, YB9JAJ and YC9GBO. [TNX
The Daily DX]
ZL7 - Team ZL7A's flight to Chatham Island has been delayed by two days
because of fog, and it is now scheduled for 11 November (check
https://www.qrz.com/db/ZL7A for updates. Three operators expect to
be QRV until 22 November using SSB, CW, FT8 and FT4 on 160-6m. QSL
via LoTW (preferred), Club Log's OQRS, eQSL, or direct to JF1OCQ.

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Edited by I1JQJ & IK1ADH
Direttore Responsabile I2VGW

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425 DX NEWS MAGAZINE ---> The October 2023 issue is available for download
at https://www.425dxn.org/. [TNX IZ3EBA]

H44WA: FT8 SPOOF PREVENTION ---> The upcoming DXpedition to the Solomon Is-
lands [425DXN 1695] will operate FT8 using WSJT-X in Fox/Hound mode. In an
effort to combat piracy, the team will be beta-testing a new anti-spoofing
technology for FT8 developed by Brian Moran (N9ADG). H44WA will transmit CQ
and work stations, and every few cycles will send a callsign followed by a
6-digit verification number, e.g.
010200 -3 0.1 300 - H44WA 695243
010200 -3 0.1 360 - CQ H44WA QI90
Only the genuine H44WA will be able to send the right code for a particular
timestamp, which can be verified here: https://www.9dx.cc/verify/H44WA. 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/H44WA.

T2C ---> According to the final log (https://clublog.org/charts/?c=T2C), the
10-30 October DXpedition to Tuvalu made 112,914 QSOs (47475 FT8, 39935 CW,
21946 SSB, 3558 RTTY) with 31,062 unique callsigns. The QSL manager (DL4SVA)
has removed "a significant amount" of dupe FT8 QSOs that were made within
the same 3-minute time window, and "his decision is final". The QSL cards
are expected from the printer in early December.

TX5S ---> Francesco, IK0FVC has joined the operating team of the DXpedition
to Clipperton Island (18 January - 1 February 2024) [425DXN 1692].
Clipperton is now #26 Most Wanted in Europe, and remains #37 Most Wanted
globally. "Our team is well balanced with experienced CW, SSB and digital
DXpedition and contest operators, with an operating schedule that will keep
them busy".
An account has been created at Groups.io for interested people to post com-
ments about the operation and to communicate with the Pilots; they will con-
solidate the information from their region and send it to the Chief Pilot,
who will be in touch with the team on the island. The team will not be moni-
toring Groups.io, nor will the Pilots have access to the log - so no re-
quests for log checks, busted calls, not in log, or schedules should be
submitted: https://groups.io/g/Clipperton-2024.
The fundraising campaign is underway, but donations so far are only at about
44% of the goal: "the cash flow challenge is real, we must pay the bills
before we sail, we need your help", the team's Press Release #7 states. "We
ask those of you who have not yet processed a donation to consider support-
ing the project before we sail on 11 January 2024": https://clip.pdxg.net/.
You can also follow TX5S on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tx5s2024.

TX7L ---> Direct and bureau cards for the current operation from Hiva Oa,
Marquesas Islands (https://tx7l.com/) should be requested exclusively via
Club Log's OQRS, which will be enabled immediately after the end of the
operation. This is "to avoid situations where people work them, request a
card, work them again somewhere else, and send email saying please include
that card with the initial request". [TNX F6EXV]

VK9XGM: CANCELLED ---> "We have taken the very difficult decision to cancel
our DXpedition to VK9X", Chris, GM3WOJ and Keith, GM4YXI announced on 6 No-
vember (https://www.vk9xgm.com/) They were expected to be QRV from Christmas
Island from 21 November to 5 December, including an entry in the CQ WW DX CW

V62S & V62P ---> The "North Star" was scheduled to leave Weno at 7 UTC (17
local time) on 8 November, but departure has been postponed for one day
owing to unfavourable weather forecast. The voyage will take quite a while,
as passengers and cargo have to be dropped off at five different islands
before the ship can head straight for Satawal (OC-299). The captain "will
try his best to arrive by 13 November", Cezar says, but "to be on the safe
side, I should count on arriving to Satawal on 14 November".
The plan is to stay on Satawal (V62S) for six full days, followed by four
full days on Puluwat (V62P, OC-155).
"Once I depart Weno", Cezar says, "I was clearly told that I won't have
Internet anywhere, on any island. The only communication between Weno and
the islands is via SAT phone at the admin office. I am not fully convinced
that this is correct, but I have been warned, and so I am prepared for it.
While on the boat, the captain has HF communication with Weno and SAT phone
as well, for emergency".


QSLs received direct or through managers: 1A0C, 6W/IV3FSG, 7Q5RU, 9A8DV,
9Q1AA, 9Q1ZZ, 9Q2WX, AT7SJ (AS-177), C21TS, CT9/OM3RG, DS1TUW/2 (AS-090),
FT8WW, LY787A, OH0Z, P43A, PJ4DX, RI0Z (AS-039), S79VU, SJ9WL, T32AZ,


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