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This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
AA3B, AJ9C, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral
from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks
to all.

VIET NAM, 3W. Tom, KC0W is QRV as 3W9CW from Con Son Island, IOTA
AS-130, until November 28. QSL direct to home call.

MAURITANIA, 5T. Operators A92AA and A61M will be QRV as 5T1A and
5T1R, respectively, from Nouakchott from November 20 to December 20.
Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using SSB and FT8. QSL via
operators' instructions.

GHANA, 9G. A group of operators will be QRV as 9G5W from Kokrobite
from November 20 to 29. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW,
SSB and RTTY. This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World
Wide DX CW contest. QSL via S59ZZ.

SIERRA LEONE, 9L. Mark, KW4XJ is QRV as 9L/KW4XJ in Freetown while
on work assignment. Activity is on the HF bands in his spare time
using CW and various digital modes. QSL to home call.

RWANDA, 9X. Harald, DF2WO is QRV as 9X2AW from Kigali until
November 30. Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB, RTTY and
FT8. QSL via M0OXO.

PHILIPPINES, DU. Serge, RZ3FW and Sergei, R4WAA will be QRV as
DU9/home calls from Sarangani Island, IOTA OC-175, from November 21
to 29. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and
various digital modes. QSL to home calls.

SAINT BARTHELEMY, FJ. A group of operators are QRV as TO2SP until
November 30. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and
RTTY. This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX
CW contest. QSL via SP6IXF.

SAN ANDRES AND PROVIDENCIA, HK0. Members of the Yaguarete DXers
Group are QRV as 5K0T from San Andres Island, IOTA NA-033, until
November 25. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and
various digital modes. QSL via LU1FM.

GUINEA-BISSAU, J5. A group of operators are QRV as J5T from Bubaque
Island, IOTA AF-020, until November 26. Activity is on 160 to 10
meters using CW, SSB and RTTY with three stations active. QSL via
I2YSB.

CURACAO, PJ2. Alex, KU1CW is QRV as PJ2/KU1CW until November 20.
Activity is on the HF bands. QSL via LoTW.

SURINAME, PZ. Members of the Voodoo Contest Group will be QRV as
PZ5V from November 19 to 28. This includes being a Multi/2 entry in
the upcoming CQ World Wide DX CW contest. QSL via M0URX.

SUDAN, ST. Sergey, R4PBW is QRV as ST/R4PBW from Khartoum.
Activity is on the HF bands. His length of stay is unknown. QSL
via operator's instructions.

ANTIGUA, V2. Bud, AA3B will be QRV as V26K from November 22 to 27.
Activity will be on the HF bands using primarily CW and possibly
RTTY on November 27. This includes being a Single Op/All Band/Low
Power entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX CW contest. QSL direct
to home call.

FALKLAND ISLANDS, VP8. Eberhard, DL7JLL is QRV as VP8JLL until
November 25. QSL to home call.

CHAGOS, VQ9. Yasu, JO1GWT is QRV as VQ9KA. Activity is on 40 to 10
meters using CW and SSB. His length of stay is unknown. QSL to
home call.

INDIA, VU. Special event station AU2JCB will be QRV from November
23 to December 11 to celebrate the 159th anniversary of the birth of
India's great scientist and inventor Sir Jagadeesh Chandra Bose.
Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using SSB, and FM on 10 and 6
meters as well. QSL direct to VU2DSI.

VANUATU, YJ. Tom, JA1VND is QRV as YJ0JA from Efate Island, IOTA
OC-035, until November 20. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using
CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL to home call.

NICARAGUA, YN. Mike, AJ9C will be QRV as YN2CC from November 21 to
29. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.
This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX CW
contest. QSL direct to home call.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The ARRL SSB Sweepstakes Contest, NCCC
RTTY Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC CW Sprint, YO
International 80-Meter PSK31 Contest, LZ DX Contest, All Austrian
160-Meter CW Contest, REF 160-Meter CW Contest, Homebrew and Oldtime
Equipment CW Party, Feld Hell Sprint and the RSGB 2nd 1.8 MHz CW
Contest are all on tap for this weekend.

The Run for the Bacon QRP CW Contest is scheduled for November 20.

The CWops Mini-CWT CW Test, RSGB 80-Meter Autumn SSB Series, QRP
40-Meter CW Fox Hunt, Phone Fray and SKCC CW Sprint are scheduled
for November 22.

Please see November QST, page 93, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest
Web Sites for details.
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OPDX Bulletin 1339 November 13 2017

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11 November 2017 A.R.I. DX Bulletin
No 1384

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Edited by I1JQJ & IK1ADH
Direttore Responsabile I2VGW

+ SILENT KEY + ARI President and former Secretary General Mario Ambrosi,
I2MQP passed away unexpectedly on 6 November at 74 years of age. Licensed
since 1975, he was an accomplished DXer with 339/356 (current/total) in the
DXCC Honor Roll Standings; he also gained DXCC on 9 bands (80-6m) and the CQ
WPX Award of Excellence. A CQ Awards Checkpoint and DXCC Card Checker, in
2005 he was inducted into the CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame as a "prominent
Italian amateur, author of many radio books, QSL manager, top official of
Italian national amateur radio association and Editor of its magazine,
RadioRivista". Above all, he was a personal friend of your Editors' for
thirty years, and we will sorely miss him.

5B - Alex, SQ9UM will be active holiday style as 5B/SQ9UM from Cyprus
(AS-004) on 10-17 November. He will operate CW, RTTY, PSK and FT8
on 40-6 metres. QSL via home call. [TNX SQ9UM]

5N - Bodo, DF8DX will be active again as 5N7Q from Nigeria on 12-16
November 2017. In his spare time he will operate mainly CW on 80-10
metres. QSL via Club Log's OQRS and LoTW, or via home call (direct
or bureau). [TNX The Daily DX]

5X - Jonathan, KK7PW will be active again as 5X1O from Uganda on 8-20
November. He expects to be QRV during his early morning and evening
hours on 40, 20, 17, 15 and 10 metres CW, SSB, WSPR, and possibly
FT8 and JT65. QSL via EA5GL. [TNX DX World]

5X - Nick, G3RWF will be active again as 5X1NH from Uganda on 20-30
November, with main activity during the CQ WW DX CW Contest. QSL
via Club Log's OQRS, LoTW, or via home call. [TNX The Daily DX]

6Y - LZ4AE, LZ2BE, LZ2HM, LZ3ND, LZ1NK, TA3D and TA2TX will be active as
6Y0AE, 6Y0BE, 6Y0HM, 6Y0ND, 6Y0W and 6Y0D from Jamaica (NA-097) on
23-29 November. QSL via operator's instructions. They will
participate in the CQ WW DX CW Contest as 6Y0W (QSL direct to
LZ1NK). Outside the contest they will concentrate on the low bands.
[TNX NG3K]

9L - Mark, KW4XJ is currently active as 9L/KW4XJ from Freetown, Sierra
Leone while waiting for a permanent 9L callsign. He operates CW and
digital modes. QSL via home call. [TNX DX World]

9M6 - Once again Saty, JE1JKL will participate in the CQ WW DX CW Contest
as 9M6NA from Labuan Island (OC-133), East Malaysia. It will be a
single-operator all-band high power entry. QSL via Club Log's OQRS,
LoTW or via JE1JKL. [TNX NG3K]

9X - Harald, DF2WO will be active again as 9X2AW from Kigali, Rwanda
between 15 and 30 November. He will operate CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8.
QSL via M0OXO's OQRS and LoTW. [TNX M0OXO]

9Y - Nick, VE3EY will be active again as 9Y4/VE3EY from Trinidad
(SA-011) on 22-27 November, including an entry in the CQ WW DX CW
Contest. Before the contest he will concentrate on the low bands.
QSL via VE3EY. [TNX NG3K]

HR - HQ9X is the callsign that W1UE, K1XM and KQ1F will be using during
the CQ WW DX CW Contest from Roatan Island (NA-057) [425DXN 1383].
QSL via KQ1F. Outside the contest they will operate as HR9/W1UE,
HR9/K1XM and HR9/KQ1F (QSL via home calls). [TNX NG3K]

JW - Erik, LA2US will be back to Bear Island (EU-027), Svalbard in early
December for a 6-month stay. In his spare time he will be active as
JW2US and operate CW and digital modes (RTTY, FT8, BPSK). QSL via
LoTW, eQSL and Club Log's OQRS (the bureau request service will be
open while Erik is on the island, the direct request service will
be available when he returns home in June).

SP - Special callsigns HF7ASQ, HF7CKF, HF7DTP, HF7EX, HF7HB, HF7HX,
HF7JX, HF7LA, HF7LB, HF7LW and HF7NJX are active on 10-12 November
to honour the memory of eleven SKs (SP7ASQ, SP7CKF, SP7DTP, SP7EX,
SP7HB, SP7HX, SP7JX, SP7LA, SP7LB, SP7LW and SP7NJX) who
contributed to the development of amateur radio in the Polish
region of Lodz. QSLs via SP7VC, direct or bureau.

V2 - Frank, N2FF will be active holiday style as V26FF from Antigua
(NA-100) from 15 November to 7 December. He will operate digital
modes (RTTY and FT8), CW and SSB. QSL via LoTW or via home call.
[TNX The Daily DX]

VE - Yuri, VE3DZ will be active as VE2IM from Zone 2 on 21-28 November,
including an entry in the CQ WW DX CW Contest. QSL via LoTW or
VE3DZ. [TNX NG3K]

VP8 - Eberhard, DL7JLL will be active as VP8JLL from the Falkland Islands
(SA-002) between 15 and 25 November. QSL via home call. [TNX
DL1SBF]

VP9 - Tony, VE3RZ will be active as VE3RZ/VP9 from Bermuda (NA-005) on
19-28 November, including participation in the CQ WW DX CW Contest.
Outside the contest he will operate mainly CW (especially on 160
and 80 metres), FT8 and possibly some RTTY. QSL via M0URX's OQRS
and LoTW. [TNX M0URX]

ZF - Dan, N6MJ will be active again as ZF2MJ from the Cayman Islands
(NA-016) on 20-28 November, including an entry in the CQ WW DX CW
Contest. QSL via LoTW or via N6MJ. [TNX NG3K]

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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.

+ 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.

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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OPDX Bulletin 1338 November 6 2017

http://www.papays.com/opdx1338.html

SB DX @ WW < KB8NW $OPDX.1337
Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1337

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SOLAR REFERENCE KEYS/INDEXES AND GEOMAGNETIC REFERENCE
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NORMALITY GEOMAG K Values Alpha
----------------- ------ -------- ------
AN - Above Normal Quiet K=0-1 0-7
HN - High Normal Unsettled K=2 8-15
LN - Low Normal Active K=3 16-29
BN - Below Normal Minor Storm K=4 30-49
DIS - Disturbed Major Storm K=5 50-99
VRY DIS - Very Disturbed Severe Storm K=6-9 100-400

REALTIME BAND CONDITIONS WEB SITE <http://www.bandconditions.com>:
The purpose of this experimental Web site is to provide 24-7-365 actual
(REALTIME) band condition information to CW QRPp, QRPe and CW/SSB for
Contesters interested in increasing their scores. It can also be of
benefit to other Radio Amateurs to determine band conditions for Nets
and casual QSO's. This information is NOT based on any software pre-
dictions or any kind of satellite based readings. It is based on a
new Ionospheric sounding method called "HF Ionospheric Interferometry"
which operates very similarly to the PolSAR system used by NASA.

Also, check out the VOACAP predication Web page at:
http://www.voacap.com/prediction.html
A daily HF radio wave propagation forecast can be found at:
https://www.facebook.com/thomasfranklingiellaw4hm
Also on Twitter: https://twitter.com/@GiellaW4hm

QSL INFO AND NEWS...................
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX by Lothar, DL1SBF... < www.qslinfo.eu>
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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.

ENIGMA RELOADED ---> The 4th "Enigma Reloaded" event is taking place until
30 September. Participating stations include II0ENG, II1ENG, II1MTN, II2ENG,
II3ENG, II3ENI, II4ENG, II9ENG, IO3ENG, IO3ENI, IQ8XS, IQ9PA and LX9LARU.
Complete information on the event and the associated award is available at
http://www.enigma-reloaded.it/.

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]

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

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]

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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].

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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/about for
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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QSL GALLERY ---> The large collection of QSL cards on Les Nouvelles DX's
web site has been updated. Fifteen different galleries include 14,341 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].

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3Y0Z: BOUVET 2018 ---> "After extensive examination, we have found a
suitable landing zone on Bouvet Island and have identified what appears to
be the best operating location in the area", the 3Y0Z DXPedition Team
reported on 7 December.
"Our proposed site is at 54 degrees 24' 23" South and 3 degrees 24'
39" East at approximately 600 ft. ASL. This is on the Slakhallet Glacier
on the northeast quadrant of Bouvet. It is relatively flat with areas of
maximum slope not exceeding 8 degrees. This is well below slope levels
that are prone to avalanches. We have less information on the presence of
crevasses, but do not detect any on the highest resolution images that we
have. Of course, an on-site inspection upon our initial helicopter
landing will determine our actual operating location.
We have researched and selected our Antarctic shelters. These four
shelters will house our stations, our sleeping quarters, and our eating
and meeting facility (the MEG tent). These were selected to survive the
high winds, precipitation, and temperatures expected on Bouvet. We will
heat our operating shelter and the MEG tent. Our sleeping shelters will
not be heated for safety reasons.
The ten HF beams that served us so well on Amsterdam Island (FT5ZM) will
accompany us to Bouvet. We intend to deploy them on a line along 240
degrees to 60 degrees. This will keep the antennas from beaming into each
other when aimed at Europe, Japan, and North America. Our verticals for
160, 80, 60, 40, and 30 meters will be placed to minimize interaction.
Images of our antenna plans, shelter layouts, and shelter interiors are
on our website (www.bouvetdx.org).
The apanese support team has reorganized and will be led by Hiro,
JA4DND. Joe, JJ3PRT, will be our new pilot for Japan. Kuwa, JA4BUA will
Be in charge of web and IT duties, and Oku, JK1KSB will do our public
relations. In addition, we've added a VK-ZL-Oceania pilot, VK6VZ.
Our on-line store has opened! You can now shop at Café Press for 3Y0Z
souvenirs - mugs, hats, cups, T-shirts, etc (www.cafepress.com/3y0z). You
can purchase fun and usable products and at the same time support the
3Y0Z team.
Our Facebook page (3Y0Z-Bouvet Island Dxpedition) now has over 1500
followers. Stop by for photos, articles, updates, and meeting fellow
DXers.
Fundraising is an on-going process for us. This is a demanding and
expensive project; possibly the most expensive DXpedition ever. We ask
for your financial support. Please click on our "Donate" buttons on our
website and help us make this happen.
The Bouvet Island DXpedition 2018 Team wishes you and your families a
wonderful Holiday season and a New Year filled with DX!" [TNX K4UEE]

A70X ---> The website for the 1-7 January IOTA DXpedition to Al-Safliyah
Island (AS-088) [425DXN 1334] is now up and running at https://asia088.com/.
A large team will be QRV on 160-10 metres SSB, CW and digital modes with 3-4
stations. QSL via M0OXO (http://www.m0oxo.com/oqrs/) and LoTW. Updates will
also be posted to Twitter (@AS088_IOTA). [TNX DX World]

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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