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6 January 2018 A.R.I. DX Bulletin
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>>> 3Y0Z: BOUVET ISLAND <<<

"We are happy to report that we are on schedule for a January 13 departure
to Bouvet Island, the World's most isolated island and the number two most
wanted DX entity", the 3Y0Z Team announced on 29 December. "All team members
will meet in Punta Arenas, Chile no later than January 10. We will attend a
one and one-half day marine safety course, purchase last minute supplies and
then fly across the Drake Passage to King George Island in the South
Shetlands. There, we will board the newly refurbished Chilean vessel M/V
Betanzos, and begin our 9 to 11-day voyage to Bouvet".
Their plans remain unchanged: "we will have two stations on every open band
whenever humanly possible, gain and directional antennas where possible,
high power stations and a propagation-driven operation. The primary modes
will be CW, SSB and RTTY. FT8 will be utilized if it is the only productive
mode. Anyone preparing to utilize FT8 must read the 3Y0Z FT8 protocol on the
Band Plan page of the DXpedition website ( www.bouvetdx.org )".
QSL via Club Log's OQRS ( https://secure.clublog.org/logsearch/3Y0Z ) for
either direct or bureau requests; traditional cards go via N2OO, direct (Bob
Schenck, P.O. Box 345, Tuckerton NJ 08087-0345, USA) or bureau. You may
include a donation with your OQRS QSL request on Club Log (via PayPal), or
you may include additional funds with your direct mailed QSL card. As for
LoTW, "we will be uploading to LOTW for everyone who requests a direct QSL
card. These will be done in batches during our QSL card processing, as time
allows. A full LOTW upload will be made about 6 months after the end of the
DXpedition".

3B7 - 5-17 April are the dates for the 3B7A DXpedition to the Saint
Brandon Islands (AF-015) [425DXN 1387]. Eight experienced operators
will be QRV on 160-10 metres CW, SSB and RTTY with five stations.
QSL via Club Log's OQRS, LoTW or via F5CWU (direct or bureau). See
http://www.saintbrandondx.com for more information.

5W - Atsu, 5W1SA has been active from Samoa (OC-097) since 1998 (100,000
QSOs so far), and has received special callsign 5W20SAMOA for him
to use throughout 2018 to celebrate his 20th anniversary. QSL via
LoTW and eQSL; paper QSLs "maybe available later" through Club
Log's OQRS if he finds a sponsor.

6Y - JA3AVO, JA3HJI, JA3UJR, JH3LSS and JI3DNN will be active as 6Y6J
from Jamaica (NA-097) on 11-22 January. They will operate CW, SSB
and digital modes on 160-6 metres from the QTH of Josh, 6Y5WJ. QSL
via Club Log's OQRS, LoTW or via JA3AVO.

C9 - Russian Robinson Club's members Vasily R7AL, Vasily RA1ZZ, Al RZ3K
and Vlad RK8A will be active as C96RRC from Mozambique Island
(AF-088) from 29 April to 3 May, and as C98RRC from Inhaca Island
(AF-066) on 5-9 May. They will operate CW, SSB and digital modes on
40-10 metres with three stations. QSL via Club Log's OQRS, or via
R7AL. See https://dxpedition.wixsite.com/mozambique for more
information. [TNX RA1ZZ]

DU - Brian, DU1MS and a large group of operators will be active as DU0DM
from Corregidor Island (OC-244) on 13-14 January. They will operate
SSB, CW and digital modes on 40, 20, 15 and 10m. QSL via DU1MS
(direct). [TNX The Daily DX]

HL - To promote and support the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games, all
authorized amateur radio stations in the Republic of Korea are
allowed to change the call area number in their callsign to "23"
until 28 February. For example, HL0HQ can be operated as HL23HQ,
HL1VAU as HL23VAU, DS4NYE as DS23NYE/4, D70LW as D723LW. Special
callsigns HL0WOP and DT23WOP will not change. [TNX HL1VAU]

HP - Will, AA4NC will be active holiday style as HP1/AA4NC from Panama
on 10-24 January. He will operate SSB, CW and digital modes on the
HF bands and 6m. QSL via LoTW or direct to home call. [TNX The
Daily DX]

HS - John, ZB2JK has been active again as HS0ZIQ from Phuket Island
(AS-053) since 18 December. He will remain there until 10 January.
QSL via home call, direct only.

LZ - Once again Radio Club Blagovestnik (LZ1KCP) will use twelve special
callsigns throughout 2018 to honour as many different Bulgarian
saints: LZ1883PSS (January), LZ250MT (February), LZ40MS (March),
LZ362ME (April), LZ110SAE (May), LZ430PPW (June), LZ380PM (July),
LZ1146SPS (August), LZ920MLC (September), LZ1545POA (October),
LZ33MM (November) and LZ532PSO (December). QSL via bureau or direct
to P.O. Box 36, 4300 Karlovo, Bulgaria. Details on the "All Saints
2018" award can be found at http://www.lz1kcp.com/.

PJ2 - Joeke, PA0VDV will be active again as PJ2/PA0VDV from Curacao
(SA-099) between 16 January and 8 February. He will operate only
CW, with a focus on 80 metres. QSL via home call, bureau or direct.
[TNX PA0VDV]

V3 - Jim , W2JHP has been active again as V31TA from the Turneffe
Islands (NA-123), Belize since 4 January, and will remain there
until the 10th. QSL via EA5GL (direct only).

VQ9 - Jim, ND9M (VQ9JC) is now active from Diego Garcia (AF-006), Chagos
Islands [425DXN 1386] with his new special callsign: VQ920JC. His
operating hours are still limited to 13-16 UTC, as he has to
commute between his ship and his operating location on the island,
then set up and break down each time. Usually he operates mainly CW
on 30, 20 and 17 metres. QSL via home call.

YJ - Chris, VK2YUS will be active again as YJ0CA from Efate (OC-035),
Vanuatu on 14-21 January. He will operate SSB on 40 and 20 metres.
QSL direct to home call. [TNX The Daily DX]

ZF - Pete, K8PGJ will be active again as ZF2PG from the Cayman Islands
(NA-016) on 13-21 January. He will operate SSB on the HF bands,
with holiday style activity except during the North American QSO
Party (from 18 UTC on 20 January to 6 UTC on the 21st). QSL via
LoTW or direct to home call.

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Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites.
Thanks to all.

FIJI, 3D2. Jim, WB2TJO is QRV as 3D2JS from Taveuni Island, IOTA
OC-016, until March 13. Activity is on 80 to 6 meters using CW, SSB
and some digital modes. QSL to home call.

VIET NAM, 3W. Trung, W6TN is QRV as 3W9T until January 11.
Activity is on 40 and 20 meters using CW. QSL via LoTW.

SAMOA, 5W. Atsu, 5W1SA is QRV with special call 5W20SAMOA during
all of 2018. QSL via LoTW.

SOMALIA, 6O. Operators Ken, LA7GIA and Adrian, KO8SCA are QRV as
6O6O until January 16. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW,
SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL via M0OXO.

BHUTAN, A5. Pat, N2IEN is QRV as A52PD until January 14. Activity
is on 80 to 10 meters using mostly CW and various digital modes.
QSL via NR6M.

MOZAMBIQUE, C9. Daniel, CT2GXZ is QRV as C81DL from Maputo. His
activity of late has been on 40 and 20 meters using SSB. QSL via
operator's instructions.

FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, DA. Special event station DQ800HRO is
QRV until July 31, and then from September 1 to December 31, during
the celebration of the founding 800 years ago of the Hanseatic city
Rostock. QSL via DL5KVV.

GUADELOUPE, FG. Burt, FG8OJ is now QRV on 160, 80 and 40 meters.
QSL via F4AVX.

REPUBLIC OF KOREA, HL. During the Winter Olympic Games, until
February 28 all South Korean licensed stations and operators may
change the number in their callsigns to 23.

PANAMA, HP. Will, AA4NC will be QRV as HP1/AA4NC from January 10 to
24. Activity will be holiday style on 160 to 6 meters using CW,
SSB, RTTY and possibly other digital modes. QSL direct to home
call. In addition, look for operators HP1MAC, HP1RIS, HP1YLS and
HP1DRK to be QRV as H91IT from Taboga Island, IOTA NA-072, from
January 6 to 9. QSL via HP1RCP.

THAILAND, HS. John, ZB2JK is QRV as HS0ZIQ from Phuket Island, IOTA
AS-053, until January 10. Activity is on the HF bands. QSL to home
call.

JAPAN, JA. Take, JA8DKJ is QRV as 8J8SSF from Hokkaido, IOTA
AS-078, until February 12 during the Sapporo Snow Festival. QSL via
bureau.

PERU, OA. Members of the Radio Club Peruano are QRV with special
event callsign 4T18PAX during all of January to commemorate the
Apostolic visit of Pope Francis. Activity is on all HF bands using
CW, SSB, CW, RTTY, PSK31 and FT8. QSL via OA4O.

ANTIGUA, V2. Randy, WW6RG will be QRV as V25RA from January 8 to
10. Activity will be holiday style with QRP power on 20 meters
using SSB. QSL to home call.

BELIZE, V3. Jim, W2JHP is QRV as V31TA from Turneffe Atoll, IOTA
NA-123, until January 10. Activity is in his spare time on the HF
bands using mostly SSB, and possibly some digital modes. QSL direct
to EA5GL.

CHAGOS ISLANDS, VQ9. Jim, ND9M is QRV with special call VQ920JC.
He is generally active on 17 meters using CW. QSL to home call.

LAOS, XW. John, KK4FB is QRV as XW4FB from January 9 to 23. QSL
via LoTW.

COUNTRY NAME CORRECTION. As reported in 2017 DX News Bulletin
ARLD052, the correct country for the RI50ANO operation from
Bellingshausen Base on King George Island, IOTA AN-010 is South
Shetlands, not Antarctica.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The ARRL RTTY Roundup, Kid's Day SSB
Contest, NCCC RTTY Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC CW Sprint,
PODXS 070 Club PSKFest, World Wide PMC Contest and EUCW 160-Meter CW
Contest are all on tap for this upcoming weekend.

The CWops Mini-CWT Test, Phone Fray and QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt are
scheduled for January 10.

The ARRL International Grid Chase runs during all of 2018.

Please see January 2018 QST, page 89, and the ARRL and WA7BNM
Contest Web Sites for details.
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December 29, 2017

Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Written/Sent From Murfreesboro, TN

Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX
Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB5K & the AR TelNet
Clusters Network, E21EIC, K0IR and OH2BH for the following
DX information.

3Y0Z BOUVET ISLAND DXPEDITION (Press Release # 10, dated December 29th).
We recently reached yet another milestone in our quest to activate Bouvet
Island. DAP, the Chilean company that owns and operates the M/V Betanzos
and the helicopters has satisfied the last contractual requirements, prior
to departure. We submitted to them a "fit for purpose" checklist with 120
items as part of our contract. They have satisfied all the checklist items,
and we will be transferring almost ½ million US dollars to them in the next
few days.
So, we are happy to report that we are on schedule for a January 13, 2018,
departure to Bouvet Island, the World’s most isolated island and the number
two most wanted DX entity. All team members will meet in Punta Arenas,
Chile no later than January 10, 2018. We will attend a one and one-half
day marine safety course, purchase last minute supplies and then fly across
the Drake Passage to King George Island in the South Shetlands. There, we
will board the newly refurbished Chilean vessel M/V Betanzos, and begin our
9 to 11-day voyage to Bouvet. The team feels confident knowing that the
ship’s captain and many of the crew have been with the vessel for eight
years, and have extensive Southern Ocean experience. The Captain reports he
has previously been to Bouvet.
Sea ice has been reported along a direct route to Bouvet, and that may
dictate we take a more northerly course, before turning East to approach
Bouvet. That may add day or two to our transit time.
Our two helicopters have completed their 100-hour inspections, and are
ready for service. There has been a thorough review of landing procedures
and shelter and antenna layouts. We have three alternative anchoring
systems to secure the shelters and antennas to the ice on the surface of
Bouvet.
So, the plan remains unchanged. We will have two stations on every open
band whenever humanly possible, gain and directional antennas where possible,
high power stations and a propagation-driven operation. The primary modes
will be CW, SSB and RTTY. FT8 will be utilized if it is the only productive
mode. Anyone preparing to utilize FT8 must read the 3Y0Z FT8 protocol on
the Band Plan page of the DXpedition website.
Complete information on band plans and frequencies, propagation pre-
dictions and QSL procedures are available on the DXpedition website:
http://www.bouvetdx.org
You will find strategically placed "donate" buttons if you want to help
with our substantial costs. I hope you share in the excitement of this
great undertaking. We anxious to get underway!

73,
Bob-K4UEE
Ralph-K0IR
Erling-LA6VM

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ERITREA 2018 DXPEDITION (Press Release). [edited] "E31A The FGC Radio
Team will active from Eritrea between 14-23 JAN 2018" -- Operators Zorro,
JH1AJT, will travel to Asmara, Eritrea, with Franz/DJ9ZB, Dima/RA9USU,
Yan/RZ3FW and Champ/E21EIC. They will be on CW, SSB and RTTY on 160m-6m.
Main purpose of this trip is to support the Eritrea National Olympic
Committee (E.N.O.C). The SEISA's group will "coordinate pre-game training
camp" for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and select students for a
scholarship program at the SEISA Kokusai Junior High School and University.
QSL via JH1AJT: Y. Zorro Miyazawa
P.O. Box 8 Oiso
Naka-Gun Kanagawa 259-0111
Japan
A OQRS will be available at ClubLog after his return to Japan.
Support : FGC - Foundation for Global Children
http://www.fgc.or.jp/english/
73 Champ, E21EIC
FGC Radio Team

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FROM THE OFFICES OF SANTA RADIO, FINLAND (Press Release,
dated December 26th). [edited] SANTA RUN 10,000 -- LAST WEEK OF SANTA
RADIO ACTIVITY – OJ9X -- The major activity featuring Finland’s 100-year
independent anniversary and the Christmas Santa Claus, originating from
Finland, is now turning to its last 6-days. More than 42.000 QSOs are
achieved by a large group of OH operators in the Far North of Europe.
A special first-ever OJ9 callsign will expire Dec.31. when Santa stations
fade down to the noise with Finland’s second century beginning.
See www.qrz.com/db/OJ9X
As the group wish to claim OJ9X for 50,000 QSOS they will look for all
folks on all-bands for another 6-days.
This includes 2M MS and EME plus 5MHz. If any issues you can communicate
to the offices of Santa Radio at <oj9x@sral.fi>.
You can find multiple CW stations by using RBN (Reverse Beacon Network)
while the SSB stations plan to be in the vicinity of 1850, 3750, 7150,
14200 (14235 USA) 18140, 21300 and 28500 kHz.
You can view their mission in numbers:
https://secure.clublog.org/charts/?c=OJ9X
All QSOs will be confirmed by ClubLog, LOTW and via bureaus.
Santa Radio folks wish everyone a Happy 2018.

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Access to the main functions of www.425dxn.org is provided by the 425DXN App
for Android. It is available on Google Play - free of charge, no ads. Enjoy!

425 DX NEWS MAGAZINE ---> The November 2017 issue is now available for
download at http://www.425dxn.org/index.php. [TNX IZ3EBA]

+ SILENT KEY + John Plenderleith, 9M6XRO passed away on 4 December, after
battling cancer for several years. First licensed in 1960 as GM3OOK, he
operated as 9V1RS from Singapore for about ten years; then he moved to the
Isle of Man (GD3OOK), England (G3OOK) and finally retired to Kota Kinabalu,
Sabah (East Malaysia), where after one year as 9M6/G3OOK became 9M6XRO in
May 2006. John logged over 250 thousand QSOs with his personal call signs,
which included 3DA0OK, 7P8OK, A25OOK, C91XO, CU2/G3OOK/p, EL0A, V8FRO,
V85/9M6XRO, XU7XRO, YB9/GM3OOK, ZL/GD3OOK, ZS6/GM3OOK. He was a team member
of 4W6A (Atauro Island, Timor Leste 2011), 9M4SLL (Spratly Islands 2012 and
2013), ZL9HR (Campbell Island 2012), N8A & W8A (American Samoa 2013) and
5W8A (Samoa 2013). John was also active in the IOTA Programme, and operated
as 9M6XRO/p from OC-133 (five times bewteen 2008 and 2014) and OC-295
(2010), and as 9M6XRO/8 from OC-165 (2011). A keen contester, he also chased
DXCC (CW, Phone and Digital). "John's favourite mode was CW, but was
comfortable on any mode", his QSL manager (M0URX) recalls. His CW "was so
accurate that over the last ten years I rarely had any busted call
enquiries".

+ SILENT KEY + Carl Smith, N4AA passed away on 20 October. He was 77 years
old and had been an amateur radio operator, DXer and contester for more than
sixty years. He was the Editor and Publisher of the weekly "QRZ DX"
newsletter and the bimonthly "DX Magazine", and for many years compiled the
annual "Most Wanted Survey" of DXCC Entities needed by DXers around the
world. He also was CQ Magazine's DX columnist for 13 years, and authored the
"Year in Review" for the ARRL DXCC Yearbook. In 2012 Carl was inducted into
the CQ DX Hall of Fame.

Access to the main functions of www.425dxn.org is provided by the 425DXN App
for Android. It is available on Google Play - free of charge, no ads. Enjoy!

ARRL INTERNATIONAL GRID CHASE ---> The Leader Board is now up and running at
https://igc.arrl.org/index.php. The event started at 00.00 UTC on 1 January
and will run through 23.59 UTC on 31 December. It is open to all amateurs,
regardless of location or license class. Any operating mode is eligible as
well as every band, except 60 metres. The objective is to work stations in
as many different Maidenhead grid squares as possible, and then upload your
log data to LoTW. See http://www.arrl.org/aigc2018 for complete details.

CLUB LOG'S MOST WANTED LIST ---> The latest Most Wanted List, generated on
31 December is available at https://secure.clublog.org/mostwanted.php. The
information is derived from QSOs uploaded to Club Log (currently 467.7
million log entries available for analysis) and, to improve quality, only
QSOs that have QSLs confirmed are considered to be worked. The most wanted
charts are rebuilt once per month, on average.

CQ DX MARATHON ---> The CQ DX Marathon is a year-long DX hunt, with
participants competing to see who can work the greatest number of countries
("entities") and CQ zones during the calendar year. The 2018 edition started
at 00.00 UTC on 1 January and will end at 23.59 UTC on 31 December. The
deadline for log submission for the 2017 DX Marathon is 10 January at 2359Z.
Complete details can be found at http://www.dxmarathon.com/.

CX3AL ON LOTW ---> Leo, CX3AL has uploaded to LoTW his handwritten logs
covering the period from 28 April 2006 to present (some 19,000 QSOs). This
year he will upload the logs from 2001 onwards. His paper logs collection
goes back to 1970. If anyone cannot match a QSO, or wants a LoTW
confirmation for an old contact, can write to Leo (leocorreag[@]gmail.com).
[TNX CX3AL]

DAYTON TOPBAND AND CONTEST DINNERS ---> The 29th Top Band Dinner will be
held on 18 May, followed by the 26th Contest Dinner on the 19th. Both the
events will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Dayton, Ohio.
See https://www.topbanddinner.com/ and https://www.contestdinner.com/ for
tickets and other information.

DX SOUND CLIPS ---> Tom's (K8CX) DX sound clips for 2017 can be found at
http://hamgallery.com/dx2017/. The collection of 118 clips (MP3 format)
covers the major DXpeditions, plus rare and semi-rare DX. This makes 20
full years of sound clips available.

INTREPID SPIRIT AWARD ---> The Intrepid-DX Group is seeking nominations for
the individual or group that most displayed their "Intrepid Spirit" in
2017, "by expressing an unshakable commitment to the Amateur Radio DX
Community". The award (http://www.intrepid-dx.com/awards.php) is made in
memory of James McLaughlin, WA2EWE/T6AF (killed in Kabul Afghanistan, on 27
April 2011). Intrepid Spirits for purposes of this award are defined as
being "bold, courageous, dedicated, innovative, fearless, generous,
resolute and visionary in their approach to Amateur Radio". Nominations may
be submitted via email to intrepiddxgroup[@]gmail.com and must be received
by 15 January. The Board of Directors of the Intrepid-DX Group will evaluate
the nominations and the award will be presented at the International DX
Convention in Visalia on 21 April. [TNX N6PSE]

IOTA DXPEDITIONER OF THE YEAR AWARD ---> The inaugural Island Radio
Expedition Foundation's (IREF) "IOTA DXpeditioner of the Year" Award will be
presented at the 2019 Dayton DX Dinner. The Southwest Ohio DX Association
(SWODXA) has agreed to present the award at their annual DX Dinner, which -
in the words of IREF President Mike Crownover AD5A - "will add prestige and
visibility to the award and will provide the appropriate recognition for
IOTA Expeditioners". The new award from IREF will join the list of awards
presented annually at SWODXA DX Dinner including DXpedition of the Year,
DXpeditioner of the Year (DXCC) and the presentation of the CQ DX Hall of
Fame inductees. Details on the "IOTA DXpeditioner of the Year" award can be
found at https://irefradio.com/activator-award/.

QSL GALLERY ---> The large collection of QSL cards on Les Nouvelles DX's
website has been updated. Sixteen different galleries include 15,340 cards
for the ten Most Wanted DXCC Entities (2004-16), the 62 deleted DXCC
Entities, obsolete prefixes, stations from Maghreb from 1945 to 1962,
Allied Forces stations in Germany (1945-70), special stations commemorating
ITU and IARU, stations using the United Nations prefix (4U), Antarctic bases
and TAAF (Terres Australes and Antarctiques Francaises), the various French
DXCC island Entities in the Pacific Ocean, the Indian Ocean and the Americas
(from 1945 to 1970), pre-1945 countries, French Departments and CONUS, plus
a gallery for cards not accepted by DXCC. Your participation is encouraged:
http://www.lesnouvellesdx.fr/galerieqsl.php. [TNX F6AJA].

LOTW & WAZ AWARD ---> ARRL and CQ Magazine announced on 14 December that
"participants in the Worked All Zones (WAZ) award program will soon be able
to use the Logbook of the World (LoTW) system to apply for the WAZ award and
its endorsements". It will be possible "to use LoTW logs to generate lists
of confirmed contacts to be submitted for WAZ credit. Standard LoTW credit
fees and separate CQ award fees will apply. Implementation, documentation,
and internal testing of the link between LoTW and WAZ is complete. ARRL and
CQ are now assembling a team of external 'beta testers' to assure that the
link is ready for widespread use. A separate announcement will be made when
LOTW's support for CQ WAZ is available to everyone".

QSL HR2J ---> Javier Pinel, HR2J passed away in late November. Mike, AJ9C
used the callsign HR2J in 2016 during the CQ WW DX CW Contest: he has the
log and will answer direct requests (no bureau cards) for QSLs from that
contest only. HR2J used LoTW, and his latest upload was on 21 November. [TNX
OPDX Bulletin]

QSL VK9AR ---> Craig, VK5CE has received the blank cards for VK9AR (OC-216)
and VK9AR/6 (OC-234), and will process them in a few days' time. Those who
want to get their cards in time for the January 2018 IOTA Annual Update
should use Club Log's OQRS by 17 December, as that will be Craig's "QSLing
cutoff before xmas break".

QSL VIA UA1QV ---> Mike, UA1QV has uploaded to Club Log and enabled the OQRS
for a large number of logs. Search for D3AA, D3AM, 8Q7QV, RI1PA (this was
from EU-085), R1QAP, RA1QKI/1/EU-102, RA1QKI/1/EU-160, UA1QV/1/EU-085,
UA1QV/1/EU-102, UA1QV/1/EU-160, UA1QV/1/EU-188, UE1QAA/1 (this was from
EU-102), UE1RCV/1/EU-188, UE1RFF/1/EU-086, UE1RFF/1/EU-102. See UA1QV on
qrz.com for traditional QSLling (direct only) instructions.
YOTA 2018 ---> The South African Radio League (SARL) will host the 8th
edition of the Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) Camp in August 2018. This annual
event brings together young people from IARU Region 1 member societies for a
week, creating an opportunity to learn all about different nationalities and
cultures, foster international friendships and goodwill, and learn new
amateur radio skills.
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3Y0Z: BOUVET 2018 ---> While "the sea container should now be between the
ports of San Antonio, Chile and its destination, Punta Arenas, Chile", the
Team posted on 22 November, "the most recent propagation predictions
continue to support the patterns shown in the videos on our propagation page
(http://www.bouvetdx.org/propagation/)". The band plan has been published,
and it includes FT8. It will not be a primary mode for 3Y0Z, but it will be
used only "when we cannot use the standard, higher rate modes", i.e. "when
the band dies, or before it opens". Detailed guidelines are available at
http://www.bouvetdx.org/band-plan-frequencies/ ("Ten Steps on How to Work
3Y0Z (Bouvet) With FT8").

5L3BI --- > The 5L3BI team are now able to share the actual difficulties
they encountered during their attempt of activating Baiyah Island (AF-111):
"Had we failed? Yes. Had we escaped without any injuries or harm? Yes. Did
we make the right decision? Yes. Will we attempt it again in the future?
No", they say, because "after experiencing and witnessing so much of local
customs, none of the team are prepared to put themselves into this situation
again". The full story is well worth a reading, and can be found on
https://dx-world.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/5L3BI-story-pdf.pdf.
"We are ever so thankful to those DX Groups, Foundations and individuals who
have already requested for us to keep their donations and to use towards the
expense of this project. We also invite anyone who has made a donation and
would like it returned to please contact us (dxer59[@]gmail.com) in the
first instance so we can make arrangements to repay it as soon as possible".

EL2EF --- > Eric, EL2EF (the nephew of Dickson, EL2DT) is a new amateur
radio operator from Liberia. "So far he has limited operating experience and
basic equipment", DX World reports. "For the time being he is paper-logging,
but hopes to have a laptop soon. Thereafter, he will use the services of a
QSL manager who will look after his log and QSLs".

IREF ---> The Island Radio Expedition Foundation (IREF) was founded in 1999
for the purpose of providing financial assistance for expeditions to rare
IOTA groups (i.e. confirmed by less than 15% of island chasers). Now the
Board believes "that the time has come for IREF to find other, non-financial
ways, to encourage IOTA expeditions to less rare destinations". Therefore
IREF will be sponsoring the "IOTA Expeditioner of the Year" award, which
"will encourage expeditioners, through friendly competition, to activate
islands that won't necessarily meet IREF funding guidelines, but are needed
by many of the newer chasers". For information and rules please visit the
IREF's new website: https://irefnew.wordpress.com.

OC-175 ---> The logs for both DU9/RZ3FW and DU9/R4WAA have been uploaded to
Club Log (search for DU9/R4WAA_OC175 and DU9/RZ3FW_OC175), and the OQRS has
been activated. They were QRV on 21-28 November and totalled 5000 QSOs.

ZA1WW --- > The logs for the recent activity (according to Club Log, 13971
QSOs were made between 24 November and 4 December) have not been uploaded to
LoTW. "A difficulty in obtaining the certificate for ZA1WW resulted in one
test QSO being listed, which is why an upload shows in 'Find Call'. The logs
will be uploaded in due course". [TNX N7NG]

YOTA MONTH ---> The Youngsters On The Air group will be active again during
the entire month of December. The idea for this event is to show the amateur
radio hobby to youth and to encourage youngsters to be active on the ham
radio waves. Announced participating stations include 3V8YOTA, 6V1YOTA,
9A0YOTA, 9A17YOTA, DQ17YOTA, DR0YOTA, E71YOTA, EG2YOTA, ET3AA, GB17YOTA,
HB9YOTA, II2YOTA, II5YOTA, LZ17YOTA, OF2YOTA, OL17YOTA, OM9YOTA, ON4YOTA,
PD6YOTA, R17YOTA, SH9YOTA, YO0YOTA, YT17YOTA, Z60YOTA and ZS9YOTA. QSLs via
Club Log's OQRS or direct to M0SDV. See https://events.ham-yota.com/ for
information on the event and the award.

425 DX NEWS MAGAZINE ---> The October 2017 issue is now available for
download at . [TNX IZ3EBA]


QSL VIA SM4VPZ ---> Lily, SM4VPZ is the QSL manager for 5X1JM, 7R7R, 7U9C,
7X2JV, 7X2WEK, 7Y9GH, 7Y9LI, 7Y9OU, 7Y9SE, 7Y9TH and 9N7ZK. QSL direct only
(Liliana Aspelin, Hertig Karlsgatan 21B lgh 1201, SE-682 30 Filipstad,
Sweden), as she does not use the bureau. See qrz.com for PayPal details.

VK9AR --- > Mike AB5EB (CW), Mike AD5A (CW) and Craig VK5CE (SSB) operated
as VK9AR (https://ashmorereef.wordpress.com/) from Ashmore Reef (OC-216) for
two days and a half, and logged 8173 QSOs with Asia (50%), Europe (33%) and
North America (13%). On the return journey to Broome, there was an
opportunity for the bird researchers they were travelling with to do a quick
visit to Browse Island (OC-234). The IOTA team "had no choice of the arrival
/departure time or length of stay" on the island, but "made the effort to
get it on the air with 2 stations for as long as we could". 720 QSOs were
logged on 20 and 17 metres between 21.31 UTC on 11 November and 00.40 UTC on
12 November. Unfortunately is was too late in the local morning for Europe,
and "only some got in the log". Logsearch and OQRS for VK9AR and VK9AR/6 are
now available on Club Log. Both the operations have been approved for IOTA
credit.

ARRL INTERNATIONAL GRID CHASE ---> This new year-long operating event will
run from 00.00 UTC on 1 January through 23.59 UTC on 31 December 2018. It is
open to all amateurs, regardless of location or license class. Any operating
mode is eligible as well as every band, except 60 metres. The objective is
to work stations in as many different Maidenhead grid squares as possible,
and then upload your log data to ARRL's Logbook of The World (LoTW).
Each new grid square contact confirmed through LoTW will count toward your
monthly total. At the end of each month, the monthly scores will be reset to
zero to begin the new month of competition. The online scoring system will
maintain your monthly totals for a grand total at the end of the year, when
an annual summary will be released and awards given to top finishers in
various categories. See http://www.arrl.org/aigc2018 for complete details.

QSL 9N1AA ---> Dan, N4GNR is the new QSL manager for Satish, 9N1AA. "I
understand that N4AA had a sack full of unanswered cards at his home up to
the time of his death", Dan says. "I will be getting those cards this week,
and I hope to have them answered within two weeks. Any cards that come in
hereafter will be answered same day". QSL direct only to Dan Cisson, 12
Hancock Drive, Toccoa GA 30577, USA.

NEW IRC ---> The Universal Postal Union's newest model of the International
Reply Coupon (IRC) is the 'Istanbul model', which features a pair of hands
and a dove against an Arctic backdrop. It is valid for exchange until the
end of 2021. The current 'Doha model' remains valid until 31 December 2017.
Old out of date IRCs can be donated to M0OXO or M0URX, who will use expired
coupons to fund their outgoing Bureau service ("just 300 old out of date
International Reply Coupons is enough to post 20,000 Bureau cards to world
IARU Bureaux", Tim says).

ST BRANDON (3B7) 2018 --- > Logistics planning for the April 2018 DXpedition
to the Saint Brandon Islands (AF-015) [425DXN 1361] is being finalized.

Eight experienced operators will be active for two weeks with seven stations
on 160-6 metres CW, SSB and RTTY. "We already made important expenses and
time has come to request assistance from the DX community", they said in
their latest Press Release issued on 20 October. "As usual, we are extremely
careful with each expenditure, but such project remains expensive. The team
will provide more than 50% of the budget, but we need your assistance to
balance it". See http://www.saintbrandondx.com for more information.

3Y0Z: BOUVET 2018 ---> "After weeks of  inventorying, packing, padding,  and
weighing supplies and equipment", the 3Y0Z team reported on  10 October (see
http://www.bouvetdx.org/
),  "we  have  sealed our container  and  loaded  it aboard
a truck bound for the port of Savannah.  The container will go by sea to  Manzanillo
(Mexico); by  rail  to  Balboa (Panama); then by sea  to  San Antonio (Chile),  Copihue 
(Chile)  and  finally  Punta Arenas (Chile).  The contents will be taken aboard our ship
in Punta Arenas and meet our team  at King George Island in the South Shetlands on 13 January 2018".

3Y0Z: BOUVET 2018 ---> Eighteen team members gathered in Atlanta, GA on 7-10
September for planning meetings, safety briefings, equipment packing,
inventorying, container packing and getting to know each other. A highlight
was testing the 2m EME setup ("it worked! We completed a QSO with our pilot,
PA2CHR").
The sea container leaves Atlanta in early October, and hopefully it will
reach Punta Arenas (Chile) no later than 1 December. "Our team members have
all purchased their airline tickets to Punta Arenas for a couple days of
meetings and orientation", the team reported on 21 September. "Then we will
fly across the Drake Passage on the morning of 13 January to board our ship
at King George Island in the South Shetland Islands. We plan to sail for
Bouvet that same afternoon. We will arrive at Bouvet sometime between 23 and
25 January. Our actual landing date is weather dependent. We will be lucky
to be on the air within a few days. Every detail of our landing sequence,
shelter construction, antenna layout, equipment setup and radio operations
is well thought out. Also, our emergency evacuation routes and plans have
been identified".
Over 100 clubs and foundations and over 1550 individuals have already
supported the DXpedition financially. "While our operators are prepared to
dig deeper into their pockets to make this DXpedition happen", if you
"have yet to contribute, we ask for your consideration". You may visit
http://www.bouvetdx.org and click on a 'donate' button.

FT5XT ---> Gildas, F4HQZ (ex TU5KG) usually operates /mm when in  the Crozet (FT5WQ)
and  Kerguelen (FT5XT) waters  during  his fishing campaigns in  the Southern Indian Ocean. 
On 11 October, however, he was able  to land and  be QRV from the Kerguelen Islands (AF-084)
for a couple of hours on  20 and  15 metres SSB. QSL direct to F4DXW; logsearch will be available
on Club Log.

INDEXA NEWS ---> The International DX Association's officers for the 2018
and 2019 fiscal years are Bob Schenck N2OO (President), John Scott K8YC
(Vice-President) and Dick Williams W3OA (Secretary-Treasurer). The directors
are Roberto Ramirez CE3CT (2018), Franz Langner DJ9ZB (2018-19), Joe Aoki
JJ3PRT (2018), Ralph Fedor K0IR (2018-20 and Fiscal Year 2018 Chairman),
Mary Hobart K1MMH (2017-19), Gary Dixon K4MQG (2018-19), Bob Allphin K4UEE
(2018-20), Lou Dietrich N2TU (2018) and Jerry Rosalius WB9Z (2018-19).
INDEXA (http://www.indexa.org) is an amateur radio organization dedicated to
working DX and making DX possible. Over the years, it has supported over 240
DXpeditions to rare and semi-rare entities. [TNX W3OA]

IREF NEWS ---> The Island Radio Expedition Foundation, Inc. (IREF) has
announced that Charles Wilmott, M0OXO, is now a member of the IREF Board of
Directors. Charles fills the vacancy left by the resignation of Neville
Cheadle, G3NUG, who has been on the IREF Board since its inception. The IREF
Board ultimately decides on IREF sponsorship of an IOTA Expedition and is an
internationally diverse group. In addition to Charles, M0OXO, the Board
consists of Jim (JA9IFF), Buzz (N5UR), Don (W9DC), Jose (CT1EEB), Mike
(K9AJ) and Buzz (NI5DX).
IREF is funded solely through donations and is a 501(c)(3) organization
which allows for contributions by US hams to be tax deductible. The website
is www.islandradio.org and contributions can be made by clicking on the
"Join" tab. [TNX AD5A]

QSL VIA UA4FCJ ---> The logs for UZ4FWD/UH8W (Turkmenistan 1989), UZ4FWD/
UI8U (Turkmenistan 1989) and UZ4FWD/UH0Y (Turkmenistan 1990) are still open,
and QSL cards are available via UA4FCJ (Evgenij S. Krivulin, pr. Stroitelej
130-232, Penza, 440071, Russia). [TNX RG4F]

YASME EXCELLENCE AWARDS ---> In 2008 The Yasme Foundation (www.yasme.org)
established the Yasme Excellence Awards, to be presented to individuals and
groups who, through their own service, creativity, effort and dedication,
have made a significant contribution to amateur radio. The contribution may
be in recognition of technical, operating or organizational achievement, as
all three are necessary for amateur radio to grow and prosper. The Yasme
Excellence Award is in the form of a cash grant and an individually-
engraved crystal globe. The latest recipients, announced on 6 November, are:
- Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA) - to pick up the world's largest
amateur radio event on a few months notice and move it to a completely
different facility is a daunting task. That it went so smoothly was a
testament to the extraordinary efforts of the 600 volunteers and event
leadership.
- Paul Verhage, KD4STH and Bill Brown, WB8ELK - for their leadership and
continued technical innovation in amateur radio high-altitude ballooning
(ARHAB - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-altitude_balloon). While not
the traditional means of introduction, ARHAB is exposing hundreds of
students to amateur radio through an interest in science experimentation.
Both have written extensively about ARHAB and have contributed material to
the ARRL Handbook.
- Nathaniel Frissel, W2NAF and Magda Moses, KM4EGE - for creating and
leading the HamSCI (Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation) organization
that sponsored the Solar Eclipse QSO Party (SEQP). The SEQP was the
largest amateur radio experiment ever devised and generated the world's
most extensive set of HF propagation observations during an eclipse.
Beyond the SEQP, HamSCI is attracting the interest of professional/
academic researchers such as from numerous universities, the Arecibo Radio
Observatory in Puerto Rico, MIT's Haystack Observatory, and HAARP facility
in Alaska.
- The WSJT Development Team - initially the work of Joe Taylor, K1JT, the
WSJT software is now maintained and extended by a team of developers led
by Bill Somerville (G4WJS), Steve Franke (K9AN), Greg Beam (KI7MT),
Michael Black (W9MDB), Edson Pereira (PY2SDR) and Nico Palermo (IV3NWV),
along with Joe Taylor. Their latest digital mode, FT8, combines the
extraordinary low-SNR performance of JT9 and JT65 with a much faster
decoding and exchange process.
- Dale Hughes, VK1DSH - for his excellent work as Chairman of the Amateur
Working Group in ITU-R Working Party 5A and as Chairman of the sub Working
Group dealing with a worldwide 60 meter amateur allocation during World
Radiocommunication Conference 2015.
Additionally, the Board of Directors of The Yasme Foundation also made a
grant to Gary Pearce, KN4AQ, for his production and distribution of videos
of interest to the amateur radio community through Ham Radio Now and
YouTube. [TNX W6SZN]

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IOTA: DATABASE HOUSEKEEPING ---> "Parallel with launching the new IOTA
website and operating programme we are carrying out some long overdue
housekeeping on user records on our database. We have migrated all these
from the previous RSGB IOTA website to our new site. The following will
affect chasers who have not entered a score or updated an existing one on
their record since August 2007, the date we went online. We have several
thousand records falling into this category and it does not make sense to
retain them. We have with immediate effect moved them to Archives where they
will no longer be visible to their 'owners'. Queries about this notice
should be sent to info[@]iota-world.org".

IOTA: REPORTING PROGRAMME GROWTH ---> "In July we celebrated the first
anniversary of the introduction of crediting QSO matches with logs on Club
Log", G3KMA reported on 12 September. "Introduced on the existing software,
it has already been hugely successful in increasing the volume of credits
given by 70%, providing evidence that it meets the wishes of a significant
part of the IOTA community for this kind of development. Needless to say, it
has boosted the financial viability of the programme. Currently some 54% of
all credits given so far in 2017 were for QSO matches, a figure that we
believe will increase once participants get used to the new software. Paper
cards submitted are down 20% suggesting replacement with electronic
confirmations which from a very low figure for IOTA Contest matches has
spiralled from 4,036 to 32,878 credits. This is just the beginning".

PDXG QSL MANAGEMENT PLATFORM ---> Developed over the past three years, the
Perseverance DX Group's project (http://www.pdxg.net/index.php/news) aims at
simplifying the QSL manager's job by automating the back end processes. The
platform's exclusive users are Tim M0URX, Charles M0OXO, Pista HA5AO and
Gene K5GS, who have uploaded 5,018,167 QSOs from some 800 logs (DXpeditions,
contests, active DX stations handled by M0URX, M0OXO and HA5AO) so far. "A
QSL manager with one helper can process OQRS requests for the largest
DXpedition in one day, an amazing 75% reduction in time and labor. Today the
only time consuming OQRS confirmation tasks are stuffing envelopes and
affixing labels, a bulk mail franking machine eliminated postage stamps.
Other automated tasks include matching donors to the log for special
handling and busted call management. A new feature controls sending
duplicate QSL cards to the same DXer. Many DXers request a card through OQRS
or direct and also send a buro card. The software will not respond to the
buro request if a card was previously sent for the same contact(s). With all
this extra time on their hands M0URX and M0OXO are available to handle
additional DX callsigns and DXpeditions". [TNX K5GS]

WRTC-2022 --- > The 8th edition of the World Radiosport Team Championship
(WRTC) will be held in Germany in July 2018. Like the Olympic Games,
however, "it is important to provide continuity for the WRTC program and
give the radiosport community as much time as possible to prepare for each
event. Thus, it is appropriate at this time to begin the process of
considering where WRTC-2022 will be held and who will make up the organizing
committee. The WRTC Sanctioning Committee is responsible for evaluating
requests to host a WRTC event and selecting the winning applicant.
In order to begin the evaluation process, the WRTC Sanctioning Committee
requests any potential sponsor to send a written letter of intent to our
chairman, S50A (Tine Brajnik, Velike Lipljene 24, 1311 Turjak, Slovenia).
The letter should identify the group's primary leaders and contact
information, along with the general time frame and location for the event.
We will then respond with the WRTC requirements document from which a formal
proposal can be created. The deadline for submitting the letter of intent is
December 31, 2017. Formal proposals will then be accepted until March 1,
2018.
The WRTC Sanctioning Committee stands ready to answer questions and provide
whatever information we can to assist potential hosts in expressing interest
and making an application. It is our plan to announce the selected hosts for
WRTC-2022 during the closing ceremonies of WRTC-2018". [TNX S50A]

IOTA HONOUR ROLL ---> "The 2017 Honour Roll and Annual Listings have been
posted on the IOTA website (http://www.rsgbiota.org/info/). Together the two
main listings show growth of 8.4% over the same listings in 2016. 207
record-holders have scores of 1000 or more IOTA groups, an increase of
11.3%, and 552 have scores of at least 750 groups, the number required for
the IOTA Plaque, up by 6.4%. Scores at the top continue to close with 35
record-holders breaking through the 1100 mark. Congratulations to joint
leaders 9A2AA, I2YDX and I8ACB on 1118 groups out of a possible 1123 and
indeed to all who have joined the IOTA family or updated in the last year".
[TNX G3KMA]

IREF ---> The Island Radio Expedition Foundation (IREF) was founded in 1999
for the sole purpose of providing financial assistance for expeditions to
rare IOTA groups (i.e. confirmed by 15% or less of island chasers). The
organization is truly international in scope and a seven person Board (N5UR,
NI5DX, W9DC, K9AJ, G3NUG, CT1EEB and JA9IFF) decides on grants. IREF has
provided about $75,000 in funding since its inception. "IREF hasn't had to
solicit support in over a decade, but the contribution landscape seems to be
changing", IREF President Mike Crownover (AD5A) says, and the Foundation
"has recently had to reduce our grant amounts because of a shrinking
treasury". With the advent of OQRS, "it is much easier for individuals to
direct their dollars specifically to expeditions they work", but when using
OQRS, "you only support expeditions you work, contributing to IREF who
supports rare expeditions might provide enough support for expeditioners to
go to that next one you need". To contribute via PayPal, go to
www.islandradio.org and click on the "Join" tab. IREF is also in need of a
webmaster: "if you are so inclined and have the expertise", please contact
AD5A or AB5EB.

QSL GALLERY ---> The large collection of QSL cards on Les Nouvelles DX's
web site has been updated. Fifteen different galleries include 14,507 cards
for the ten Most Wanted DXCC Entities (2004-16), the 62 deleted DXCC
Entities, obsolete prefixes, stations from Maghreb from 1945 to 1962,
Allied Forces stations in Germany (1945-70), special stations commemorating
ITU and IARU, Antarctic bases and TAAF (Terres Australes and Antarctiques
Francaises), the various French DXCC island Entities in the Pacific Ocean,
the Indian Ocean and the Americas (from 1945 to 1970), pre-1945 countries,
French Departments and CONUS, plus a gallery for cards not accepted by
DXCC. Your participation is encouraged: www.LesNouvellesdx.fr. [TNX F6AJA].

INDIAN OCEAN TRIP ---> Chris VK3FY, Lee VK3GK, Tony VK3TZ and Dindo DU1UD
will be active as VK9XI from Christmas Island (OC-002) on 2-10 October
(Oceania DX SSB Contest included), and as VK9CI from the Cocos (Keeling)
Islands (OC-003) on 10-17 October (Oceania DX CW Contest included). They
will operate SSB, CW and RTTY on 160-10 metres, with two stations and a
focus on the lower bands. There may be some 6m activity as well. QSL via
M0OXO's OQRS (www.m0oxo.com/oqrs/). [TNX M0OXO]

425 DX NEWS MAGAZINE ---> The January 2017 issue is now available for
download at www.425dxn.org/monthly/index.html.

QSL 5A1AL & 5A1A ---> Abubaker (5A1AL) has announced that "the QSL process
for both call signs 5A1AL and 5A1A will be taken over by myself starting
from 11th of February 2017". Abubaker is going to upload his log to Club Log
and enable the OQRS.
W5UE will forward to Abubaker all direct QSL requests received after 10 February.

CLUB LOG & IOTA ---> "I have made Club Log's first IOTA feature live",
Michael G7VJR announced on 27 January. "The Call Tester is now capable of
identifying IOTA islands (groups and island names), with time frames, maps
of the locations and comments added by the RSGB IOTA team to help with any
ambiguities". Please note that "none of the research for these IOTA
definitions originated in Club Log", and that "the only way an IOTA
definition will be added is when the IOTA Validation Team choose to do
that".

CLUB LOG'S MOST WANTED LIST ---> The latest Most Wanted List, generated on
31 January, is available at https://secure.clublog.org/mostwanted.php. The
information is derived from QSOs uploaded to Club Log (currently 407
million log entries available for analysis) and, to improve quality, only
QSOs that have QSLs confirmed are considered to be worked. The most wanted
charts are rebuilt once per month, on average.

E51PT ---> After being QRT since 1984, Pia Taraeka ("Papa Pia"), E51PT is
back on the air from Manihiki (OC-014), North Cook Islands "thanks to the
generosity of members of the Western Washington DX Club". He can operate CW
and SSB on 80-10 metres "running 100 watts into an all band dipole". QSL via
N7BX, direct only (no LoTW). [TNX The Daily DX]

HAMALERT ---> Created by Manuel Kasper (HB9DQM), HamAlert "is a system that
allows you to get notifications when a desired station appears on the
Reverse Beacon Network, SOTAwatch or the DX cluster". You can receive alerts
via Email, Push notification, SMS or URL GET/POST; spots can be filtered and
the number of alerts can be limited. See https://hamalert.org/aboutfor
complete information.

INDEXA NEWSLETTER ---> The Winter 2017 edition of the International DX
Association's Newsletter (INDEXA) is now available for download at
www.indexa.org/newsletters.html. This issue contains the story of CY9C (St.
Paul Island 2016). [TNX K8YC]

WRTC 2022 ---> Italy is stepping forward as a potential candidate country to
host the World Radiosport Team Championship 2022: http://wrtc2022.it. The
petition has gathered 350+ signatures from 25 different countries so far.

CWOPS AWARD ---> The "CWops Award for Advancing the Art of CW" recognizes
individuals, groups or organizations that have made the greatest
contributions toward advancing the art or practice of radio communication by
Morse code. Nominations must be received by 15 April. Details can be found
at www.cwops.org/awards.html.

ITURHFPROP PROPAGATION PREDICTION
--> Gwyn Williams' (G4FKH) new project's
aim is "to produce a propagation prediction tool that uses the new ITU-
produced program ITURHFProp, which has been shown to be more accurate than
older prediction methods": see www.predtest.uk [TNX RSGB]

DX SOUND CLIPS ---> Tom's (K8CX) DX sound clips for 2016 can be found at
http://hamgallery.com/dx2016/. The collection of 226 clips (MP3 format)
covers the major DXpeditions, plus rare and semi-rare DX. This makes 19
full years of sound clips available.

IOTA NEWS ---> "This message is for you if you are one of the many chasers
who keep an IOTA score in a 'pending application' on the IOTA database and
have never made a submission", Roger Balister (G3KMA) wrote on the IOTA
website on 30 December. "The Board of IOTA Ltd has decided that it is not in
the best interest of the IOTA Programme to continue with a situation where
people in this category exceed by a wide margin the number of participants
shown in the annual Honour Roll and Annual Listing". Read the complete
notice on www.rsgbiota.org, along with the latest progress report (2
January) on the Friends of IOTA appeal ("Half a year after our Appeal, 223
IOTA enthusiasts from 41 DXCCs responded generously by donating £20,423,
putting us at 82% of the first goal of GBP 25,000 we need to achieve").

YASME EXCELLENCE AWARDS & SUPPORTING GRANTS --->
In 2008 The Yasme Foundation established the Yasme Excellence Awards,
to be presented to Individuals who, through their own service, creativity, effort
and dedication, have made a significant contribution to amateur radio. The
contribution may be in recognition of technical, operating or organizational
achievement, as all three are necessary for amateur radio to grow and
prosper. The latest recipients, announced on 2 January, are:
* Pekka Ketonen, OH1TV, in recognition of his many innovations, such as the
Opposite Voltage Feed concept for amateur radio antennas, and for
documenting his work in English to make it widely available.
* Hani Raad, OD5TE, in recognition of his work advancing amateur radio in
Lebanon and the Arabic Region and his efforts related to the re-
introduction of amateur radio examinations in Lebanon.
The Board of Directors of the Yasme Foundation has also announced a number
of supporting grants in furtherance of its goal of supporting the
development of amateur radio:
* A further grant to the Radio Club d'Haiti for the acquisition of radios to
be used for emergency communications
* A grant to the Mongolian Radio Sports Federation for the acquisition of
laptop computers for use in the Federation's High Speed Telegraphy
competition
* A grant to the Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired for the
acquisition of amateur radio equipment for the station at the new
headquarters in San Francisco, California
* A grant to the Amateur Radio Society of Dominica for the acquisition of
amateur radio training materials and the donation of a transceiver, power
supply, tuner and headset
* A grant to WRTC 2018 for the sponsorship of the Ham Widows' Ball
* A grant to the Radio Amateur Society of Thailand for support of the HS0AC
club station
A substantial revision of the YASME Foundation's website (www.yasme.org)
has been completed. The new website contains information on Yasme's history,
past recipients of the Yasme Excellence Award, prior grants, the Yasme
Awards and an updated listing of eligible call signs. The website also makes
available complete copies of "The Yasme News" published in the late 1950s by
Dick Spenceley, KV4AA (SK), all prior Yasme press releases and information
about the Yasme book authored by Jim Cain, K1TN. [TNX W6SZN

INTREPID SPIRIT AWARD ---> The Intrepid-DX Group is seeking nominations for
the individual or group that most displayed their "Intrepid Spirit" in
2016, by expressing an unshakable commitment to the Amateur Radio DX
Community. The award (http://www.intrepid-dx.com/awards.php) is made in
memory of James McLaughlin, WA2EWE/T6AF (killed in Kabul Afghanistan, on 27
April 2011). Intrepid Spirits for purposes of this award are defined as
being "bold, courageous, dedicated, innovative, fearless, generous,
resolute and visionary in their approach to Amateur Radio". Nominations may
be submitted via email to intrepiddxgroup[@]gmail.com and must be received
by 31 December 2016. The Board of Directors of the Intrepid-DX Group will
evaluate the nominations and the award will be presented at the
International DX Convention in Visalia on 22 April 2017. [TNX N6PSE]

IOTA: INCREASES IN CHARGES ---> "Although increases in charges are never
welcome", Roger Balister (G3KMA) posted to www.rsgbiota.org on 13 December,
"we have come to the conclusion that we have no alternative but to revise
some of them upwards to cover increased costs that we are having to meet,
following recent significant currency exchange variations in the financial
markets". The list of charges applying from 1 January 2017 can be found at
https://www.rsgbiota.org/info/charges-en.pdf.

QSL VIA M0OXO ---> Charles, M0OXO is the new QSL manager for Saif, A71AM
(aka A71SS and A73A). All logs have now been uploaded to M0OXO's Logsearch &
OQRS, and QSL cards will be available in the next few weeks. Traditional
Cards should be sent direct only to Charles Wilmott, 60 Church Hill,
Royston, Barnsley, S71 4NG, United Kingdom.

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FRIENDS OF IOTA UPDATE ---> The Friends of IOTA appeal "has now reached GBP
19,360", Roger Balister (G3KMA) reported on the IOTA website on 1 December.
"We have to thank 206 contributors in 38 countries for their generosity. We
are still short of meeting our initial target of GBP 25,000 specifically for
the IT project". Donations are still gratefully received through PayPal to
the email address islandsontheair[@]outlook.com (in the comments field add
"Friends of IOTA" and your callsign to identify you). See www.rsgbiota.org
for the complete report.

QSL YOTA STATIONS ---> Use Club Log's OQRS for either direct or bureau cards
requests for all special callsign participating in this year's YOTA Month

( www.ham-yota.com/december-yota-month/ ). Traditional paper cards should be
sent direct only to Jamie, 2E0SDV.

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INDEXA NEWSLETTER

---> The International DX Association's (INDEXA) Newsletter
is available for download:
www.indexa.org/newsletters.html . This issue contains the story of VK9WA
(Willis Island, November 2015) and a report by Roger Western (G3SXW) on
some recent efforts in Europe to track down a source of deliberate QRM
(DQRM). [TNX K8YC]

 

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IOTA NEWS ---> Record-holders who have made IOTA contacts in an IOTA
contest after 2003, can claim credit for them without submitting QSLs,
provided that the contact details match, either by manually entering the
QSO information on the input form or by uploading a Cabrillo format log.
The 2016 IOTA Contest data has now been uploaded to the IOTA database and
is available for QSO matching. "Some users have experienced issues with
their contest QSOs being rejected", PA3EXX reported on 2 November. "This has
been fixed now and users are invited to upload their logs one more time".
Please note that "logs of 12 operations out of 718 which participated have
been excluded from being uploaded as the IOTA Validation Team (VT) is
awaiting documentation", G3KMA said on 30 October. "It should be noted that
if an operation is asked by VT (not the same as the RSGB Contest Committee)
for validation and this is not sent in good time, QSO matching will not be
allowed and a warning that the operation will not be accepted for IOTA will
be posted on the database for applicants to note. In certain circumstances
this could affect contest results".

QSL GALLERY ---> The large collection of QSL cards on Les Nouvelles DX's
web site has been updated. Fifteen different galleries include 14,238 cards
for the ten Most Wanted DXCC Entities (2004-15), the 62 deleted DXCC
Entities, obsolete prefixes, stations from Maghreb from 1945 to 1962,
Allied Forces stations in Germany (1945-70), special stations commemorating
ITU and IARU, Antarctic bases and TAAF (Terres Australes and Antarctiques
Francaises), the various French DXCC island Entities in the Pacific Ocean,
the Indian Ocean and the Americas (from 1945 to 1970), pre-1945 countries,
French Departments and CONUS, plus a gallery for cards not accepted by
DXCC. Your participation is encouraged: www.LesNouvellesdx.fr. [TNX F6AJA].

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