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The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1364
BID: $OPDX.1364
May 14 2018
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Written/Sent From Strongsville, OH

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DX Chairman for the "Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society
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15 June 2018 A.R.I. DX Bulletin
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15 June 2018 A.R.I. DX Bulletin
No 1415
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15 June 2018 A.R.I. DX Bulletin
No 1415



4K - David DL7ZM, Boris 4K4K and others will be active as 4K6/DL7ZM from
the Shamakhi Astrophysical Observatory (1500m asl, grid LN40hs) on
1-10 July. They will operate CW, SSB and FT8 on 6 metres only. QSL
direct to AD0PY. [TNX NG3K]

6W - Dominic, ON4AZP will be active as 6W/ON4AZP from Senegal from 26
June to 5 July. He will operate SSB on 40, 20, 15 and 10 metres.
QSL via home call. [TNX DX World]

8Q - Daniel, SM0UDH will be active holiday style as 8Q7DT from the
Maldives (AS-013) from 24 June to 9 July . He will operate SSB and
digital modes (JT9, JT65, FT8) on the HF bands. QSL via LoTW, eQSL
or via home call. He will upload his log to Club Log.

CP - Once again Antonio, EA5RM will be working on a non-governmental
Organization's project in Bolivia between 18 June and 10 July. In
his spare time he will operate SSB and digital modes on 40-10m as
CP1XRM. QSL via EA5RM and LoTW. [TNX EA5RM]

E6 - The Quake DXpeditioners (ZL3AB, ZL3GA, ZL3PAH and ZL4TT) will be
active as E6Y from Niue (OC-040) on 6-16 October, including
participation in both legs of the Oceania DX Contest. They will
operate CW, SSB, RTTY and possibly FT8 on 160-10 metres with up to
four stations. QSL via LoTW, Club Log's OQRS, or via ZL3PAH (direct
or bureau). See https://quakedxpeditions.wordpress.com/ for more
information and updates; they will be using Twitter (@Niue_E6Y)
during the DXpedition.

EI - The 15-18 June EJ0DXG operation from Little Saltee Island (EU-103)
[425DXN 1412] has been postponed (new dates TBA) owing to rough
Seas preventing the team from a safe landing. Instead, the EIDX
Group will activate Bere Island (EU-121) this weekend, with
operations beginning on 16 June. This activation is in addition to
the already announced 24-26 August activity. QSL via M0OXO's OQRS.

EX - A team of twelve Polish operators will be active as EX0PL from
Kyrgyzstan (grid MN92ci) on 1-10 September. They will operate CW,
SSB and digital modes on 80-6 metres. QSL via SP9KAT (direct or
bureau); the log will be uploaded to Club Log and LoTW. See
http://ex.3sun.pl/ for more information and updates.

F - The Radio Club Vendeen (F6KUF) will be active as TM2GGR from 21
June to 5 July. The suffix stands for Golden Globe Race, the
sailing race that will start from Les Sables-d'Olonne, France on 1
July (http://goldengloberace.com/) to mark the 50th anniversary of
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston's historic world first solo non-stop
circumnavigation in the Sunday Times Golden Globe Yacht Race. QSL
via F6KUF (bureau) or F5OEV (direct). [TNX Les Nouvelles DX]

I - Special callsign II1PMM will be active on 16-24 June to celebrate
the 50th anniversary of PMM Costruzioni Elettroniche (today's Narda
Safety Test Solutions), founded by Salvatore Giulio Nicolosi
(I1PMM). Five operators (I1WSM, IK1HSL, IK1MHJ, IW1RCU and IZ2GAQ)
will be QRV on 80, 40, 20, 15, 10 and 6 metres SSB. QSL via the
bureau and eQSL; direct cards to IW1RCU.

I - Geo, HB9CPS will be active as IA5/HB9CPS from Elba Island (EU-028)
on 18-30 June. He will operate CW on 40-10 metres. [TNX The Daily
DX]

OX - Bo, OZ1DJJ (http://geronne.dk/index.php/ox3lx/ox3lx-dxped) will be
active again as OX3LX from the main island of Greenland (NA-018)
on 1-14 July. He might also operate for a few days from IOTA group
NA-243. Bo is QRV in his spare time, typically "around lunch and
after dinner". QSL via OZ0J, Club Log's OQRS and LoTW.

PY - PS8ACM, PS8NF, PS8RV, PT2OP, PU8PSF and PU8RBZ will be active as
ZV8FF from the Serra da Capivara National Park and UNESCO World
Heritage, in the Brazilian State of Piaui, on 20-23 June. QSL via
PS8RV (direct or bureau) and eQSL.

T8 - Tatsuko, JJ1BDT will be active holiday style as T88YL from Koror
(OC-009), Palau on 22-27 June. She will operate SSB on 40, 18 and
15 metres - "please speak slowly" as she is new to the HF bands.
QSL via JR1FKR, direct or bureau.

VK - Special callsign VI70MI
will be active from mainland Australia to
commemorate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the first
ANARE base at Macquarie Island in 1948. Look for activity on 160-10
metres SSB, CW, RTTY and possibly other digital modes from 12 June
to 31 August. QSL via M0OXO's OQRS and LoTW.

VK - Craig, VK5CE has adjusted his plans for his operations from Cheyne
Island (OC-193) and Woody Island (OC-170). The new dates are 15-19
June for OC-193,
and 20-22 June for OC-170. Further information on
https://vkiota.wordpress.com/vk5ce-6/.

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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!
DAYTON PHOTO GALLERY ---> The Dayton Hamvention 2018 Photo Gallery (392
pictures) can be found at http://hamgallery.com/dayton2018/. The Dayton
Photo Galleries contain 5,692 photos dating back to 1961. They are all
searchable by callsign from the HamGallery homepage. [TNX K8CX]
INTERNATIONAL MUSEUMS WEEKENDS ---> The International Museums Weekends (IMW)
will take place on the weekends of 16-17 and 23-24 June. Details about the
event, including a list of announced participating stations, can be found at
http://www.radio-amateur-events.org/IMW/index.htm.

KH1/KH7Z ---> For photos and daily news from the Baker Island team see
http://kh7z.net.
When they depart, it will be possibile to follow their
progress on https://share.garmin.com/K6TD
If you want to try and work KH1/KH7Z on FT8, you must upgrade to WSJT-X
Version 1.9.1. Links to installation packages for Windows, Linux,
Macintosh, and Raspbian Jessie are available here:
http://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/k1jt/wsjtx.html
FT8 DXpedition Mode should be used only in rare-entity circumstances in
which sustained QSO rates well above 100/hour are expected. The latest
revision of the "FT8 DXpedition Mode User Guide" can be found here:
http://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/k1jt/FT8_DXpedition_Mode.pdf
Make sure you read 'WORKING KH1/KH7Z USING THE FT8 DXPEDITION SUBMODE'
(http://www.baker2018.net/pages/plan.html) which describes how the team
intends to operate as the 'Fox' and how they recommend all the 'Hounds'
operate.

REVERSE BEACON NETWORK & FT8
---> A few weeks ago, several prolific RBN
nodes began spotting FT8 signals, using the combination of WSJT-X and an
unreleased Aggregator Vversion 5. The purpose of this limited Alpha test was
to get a feel for the load and other implications of carrying FT8 spots on
the RBN. The most striking characteristic of FT8 spots is their sheer
quantity, and it seems obvious that adding FT8 spots to the spot flow could
have a huge impact on the infrastructure of the RBN. "We frankly don't know
whether the RBN servers will be up to the task", the RBN Team says, "so we
decided we had better find out before the fall contest season is upon us".
Effective immediately, and on a Beta test basis, the RBN's current spot feed
(telnet.reversebeacon.net port 7000) will handle only CW and RTTY spots,
while telnet.reversebeacon.net port 7001 will be set up for FT8 spots only.
See http://www.reversebeacon.net/pages/FT8+Announcement+40 for more
information.

VP6D ---> "The Ducie Island 2018 project is on schedule", the team reported
on 14 June. Teenage DXer Mason Matrazzo, KM4SII has joined the Pilot Team,
and will assist the Chief and NA Pilot (KE4KY).
"Our current fundraising campaign is underway; you may see the progress at
our website. We appreciate the donations and equipment support we've already
received. Our final payment for the 'Braveheart' is due on 1 September". The
team members have booked - and paid from personal funds - their travel to
meet the ship at Mangareva (French Polynesia). "Financial transparency
allows the major sponsors to better understand the costs associated with a
DXpedition and how we spend their money. Consistent with our previous
DXpeditions, we will send club and foundation sponsors a VP6D financial
summary. We need your help to keep our DXpedition team's personal investment
to a reasonable level". Please visit https://www.vp6d.com/ and consider
making a donation. [TNX K5GS]


+ SILENT KEY + Shozo Hara, JA1AN passed away on 9 June. Born in 1926 and
first licensed in 1952, he served as the Japan Amateur Radio League's
president for 41 years (1970-2011). He was inducted into the CQ Amateur
Radio Hall of Fame in 2003 ("helped guide development of amateur radio in
Japan, which has more licensed amateurs than any other country" was the
motivation).
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QSLs received direct or through managers: 3C0W, 3C3W,3D2EU, 4S7BHG, 5C5AF
(AF-065), 5N3WQK, 7Q7EI, 8J60JARE, 9M0W, A52YL, C6AGU, D68I, FS/KH8Z, GR9RW,
J28PJ, J88PI, N1YC/VK9X, OY9JD, PJ8RV, PJ8Z, PU0FDN, RL5G/0 (AS-066),
TI5/N3KS, TJ2TT, VA7XW/VE2 (NA-038), VE7ACN/VE2 (NA-084), VK5MAV/9 (OC-265),
VU4G, XF1IM (NA-078), XR0YD, YJ0AG, Z60A, Z61DX, Z61KR, Z66D.
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Its contents may be used, reproduced and distributed
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Contributors are invited to send their DX information to
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Giornalista Professionista - Tessera n. 071675
Ordine Nazionale dei Giornalisti
Roma, Italia
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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!
3Y0I ---> The Rebel DX Group has secured more than a half of their
DXpedition's budget of USD 225,000, and is applying for grants from DX
foundations to cover the missing amount. An initial contract with the ship's
owner has been signed. A bigger ship stands for a bigger team to go to
Bouvet Island [425DXN 1409]. Read the latest news, dated 10 May, on
https://bouvetoya.org/.
IARU REGION III 50TH ANNIVERSARY ---> HL50IARU from Korea (1 May-31 October)
and VI50IARU3 from Australia (1 April-31 August), as well as YB50IARU from
Indonesia, are special callsigns celebrating the 50th anniversary of IARU
Region 3, established Sidney on 12 April 1968. See http://awards-iaru-r3.org
for information on the awards issued free of charge for working these and
other commemorative special callsigns.
LEBANON ON 6 METRES ---> IARU Region 1 reports that Lebanese amateur radio
operators have been granted permission to use the 6 metres band. The
Ministry of Telecommunications has approved operations to take place between
50.000 MHz and 51.975 MHz.
QSL HK3C ---> M0URX is the new QSL manager for John, HK3C. Tim will also be
looking after John's older callsigns of HK3AK and HK3OZ. The logs have been
uploaded to M0URX's OQRS (https://www.m0urx.com/oqrs/logsearch.php) and are
live. A new QSL card will be designed shortly.
ROYAL WEDDING SPECIAL PREFIXES ---> Subject to prior authorisation, amateur
radio operators in the United Kingdom may use special prefixes starting at
23 UTC on 18 May through 21 May to signify the marriage of H.R.H. Prince
Henry of Wales to Ms Meghan Markle. The Regional Secondary Locator (D, I, J,
M, U and W, plus E for Intermediate licences) in the existing call sign may
be replaced by the letter 'R'; where no Secondary Locator exists, the letter
'R' may be inserted as a Secondary Locator. For instance, MD0ABC (Isle of
Man), MI0ABC (Northern Ireland), MJ0ABC (Jersey), MM0ABC (Scotland), MU0ABC
(Guernsey), MW0ABC (Wales) and M0ABC (England) may all be amended to MR0ABC.
Alan, 5B4AHJ is maintaining a Club Log Helpdesk article to help clarify
which special calls are QRV from which DXCC Entity. The list does NOT
include stations operating from England (Club Log does not need an exception
for them): https://clublog.freshdesk.com/support/solutions/folders/98233 and
select "2R, GR & MR prefixes - Royal Wedding, 2018".
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Do also check "QSL ROUTE."

3W1T Eddy Visser, I.P.O BoxX 88, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
6Y5IDX Christopher Hillier, 29 Round Pond Rd, Portugal Cove-St Philips,
NL A1M 2Z4, Canada
AO8EU Federacion Digital EA, Apartado Postal 3050, 08200 Sabadell
(Barcelona), Spain
EV73DP Andrey S. Verutin, ul. Kirova 61-30, 246003 Gomel, Belarus
HP1AVS Victor Sierra Sanchez, Apartado Postal 0830-00338, Panama,
Republic of Panama
JG7PSJ Hiroyuki Kawanobe, 1-4-1 Mikamine, Taihaku-ku, Sendai-shi,
Miyagi-ken, 982-0826, Japan
K0FOC Minnesota FOC, 3677 Steele St, Minnetonka MN 55345, USA
K5FOC Cajun FOC, 108 Blaise St, New Iberia LA 70563, USA
KH9/N7NVK Philip S. Gairson, 1755 Hamstead Cir, Redlands CA 92374, USA
ON1DX Ronald Van Aken, Leopoldstraat 36 Bus 3, 2330 Merksplas, Belgium
ON8AZ Francis Balcaen, Heulebosstraat 33, 8501 Kortrijk, Belgium
RW6HS Vasiliy M. Kasyanenko, P.O. Box 8, g. Novopavlovsk,
Stavropolskiy kr., 357300, Russia
R7AL Vasily V. Pinchuk, ul. Krestianskaya 26/36, Anapa, 353445, Russia
VE3LYC Cezar Trifu, 4986 Bath Rd., Bath, ON K0H 1G0, Canada
W4FOC Florida FOC, 4439 Gatlin Grove Dr, Orlando FL 32812, USA
XV1X Eddy Visser, I.P.O BoxX 88, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
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Its contents may be used, reproduced and distributed
in part or full provided that
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Contributors are invited to send their DX information to
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The deadline is 12 UTC on Fridays
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Giornalista Professionista - Tessera n. 071675
Ordine Nazionale dei Giornalisti
Roma, Italia

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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 March 2018 issue is now available for download
at http://www.425dxn.org/index.php. [TNX IZ3EBA]

5C5AF ---> Logsearch and OQRS for the current operation from Mogador Island
(AF-065) [425DXN 1406] are available at https://clublog.org/logsearch/5C5AF.

FOC 80TH ANNIVERSARY CHALLENGE ---> Celebrating the 80th anniversary of the
First Class CW Operators' Club (FOC), a month-long event will be held on
1-31 May featuring a large number or special 'FOC' suffix callsigns, many of
them containing the number 80, from around the world:
Australia VI6FOC80
Canada VE2FOCW, VE3FOCW, VE5FOC, VE6FOC
Cyprus 5B80FOC
Czech Republic OL80FOC
Denamerk OZ80FOC
France TM80FOC
Germany DF80FOC, DJ80FOC, DK80FOC, DM80FOC, DP80FOC
Gibraltar ZB2FOC
Greece SX80FOC
Hungary HA80FOC
India VU8FOC
Italy II7FOC, IR0FOC (Sardinia)
Netherlands PA80FOC, PA80JLS, PF80FOC, PH80FOC
New Zealand ZL1FOC
Poland SP80FOC
Romania YR80FOC
Russia R80FOC, RA/SD80FOC
Slovenia S580FOC
South Africa ZS9FOC
Sweden SC80FOC, SF80FOC, SM80FOC
United Kingdom GB80FOC, GC4FOC, GH4FOC, GN4FOC, GP4FOC, GS4FOC, GT4FOC,
GX4FOC, M0RSE
USA K2FOC, K5FOC, K6FOC, K7FOC, KM4FOC, KT5FOC, N4FOC, N5FOC,
W1FOC, W2FOC, W5FOC, W9FOC, WA5FOC, WF1OC
Zambia 9J80FOC
QSL for G4FOC and its regional variants (GM4FOC etc), GB80FOC and M0RSE via
G3SWH's OQRS. For all other special stations, please observe their own QSL
policies by checking qrz.com or asking the operator over the air.
The FOC 80th Anniversary Challenge will be run as a leaderboard on Club Log
(see https://clublog.org/foc.php), and your ranking in the leaderboard will
determine the award level you achieve. Detailed information can be found at
https://www.g4foc.org/foc80.

LOTW ---> Operators from outside the US who are requesting an initial
callsign certificate to establish a new Logbook of The World (LoTW) user
account now may email the required documentation to LoTW-help[@]arrl.org.
They must provide a copy of their Amateur Radio license or authorization,
plus a copy of one other government-issued document showing the applicant's
name and address (sensitive information may be blacked out). When ARRL
receives the documentation, applicants will receive a reply message
containing their LoTW account password, with their callsign certificate
attached. ARRL does not retain any submitted documents, electronic or hard
copy; these are destroyed after they have been reviewed.

QSL VIA G3SWH ---> Phil, G3SWH has transferred all of the old paper logs for
9Q5MRC, 9Q5MRC/p, G3MRC/9Q5 and G3MRC/9U5 to an electronic format and
uploaded them to Club Log and LoTW. There is also a logsearch on Phil's own
web site (http://www.g3swh.org.uk). As with any such manual transfer,
transcription errors are possible. If you have a QSO that does not appear in
the on line log, please contact Phil, G3SWH and he will do a double check
(and amend if necessary). Paper QSLs via G3SWH's OQRS (direct only). [TNX
G3SWH]

QSL VK9X ---> James, 9V1YC (N1YC) and Wilbert, PE7T are active from
Christmas Island (OC-002) until approximately 21 April. QSL VK9X/N1YC via
LoTW or direct to W5UE (OQRS on http://w5ue.net/qsl-w5ue.html), QSL
VK9X/PE7T via LoTW or PE7T. Logsearch for both callsigns on Club Log.
VP6D ---> "We are now in the implementation phase of the project", the VP6D
Team reported on 16 April. "Equipment is being consolidated in Fremont,
California. Customs brokers in the USA and New Zealand have been selected,
and the New Zealand Government issued us an import/export license to ship
the equipment to and from the country". The budget for the Ducie Island
DXpedition Project is about USD 175,000, and the fundraising campaign is
underway. "With the final payment for the "Braveheart" due on 1 September,
the next most expensive line item is equipment shipping budgeted at USD
20,000. We need your help to keep our DXpedition team's investment at a
reasonable level". See https://www.vp6d.com/ for the latest information from
the team and details on how to contribute. [TNX K5GS]

Z60A DIRECT QSL MAILING ---> Following the LoTW upload of 1 April, the first
Z60A QSL card arrived in the U.S. during the past week to 92-year old Frank,
K4BVQ, allowing him to reach the DXCC sticker #385. Former INDEXA president
Gary Dixon, K4MQG made a special personal delivery. All other US direct
requests, whether ClubLog or through direct mail, will be released locally
in San Francisco at the end of this week. The donor QSLs for the rest of the
world are in process, while other direct requests will start surfacing
during the week of 1 May. The card is a 4-page full color affair, giving a
detailed description of this unique mission. TNX N7NG]
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QSLs received direct or through managers: 3C0L, 3C1L, 3D2TS, 3G9A/mm, 5A1AL,
6O6O, 8Q7HB, 9K2WA, 9X0TA, 9X9PJ, A5A, E31A, H40GC, HB0/GM4UYE, HH70A,
HL4/JA8COE/5 (AS-081), PJ4/NE9U, PU0FDN, ST2NH, SV2ASP/A, TI5/N4YDU, TN5R,
V26PD, V31MA, V47UR, VE7ACN/7 (NA-091), YE1K, Z2LA, Z60A, ZD7FT.
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425 DX News is a free of charge weekly bulletin
edited by Mauro Pregliasco, I1JQJ and Valeria Pregliasco, IK1ADH
Its contents may be used, reproduced and distributed
in part or full provided that
"425 DX News" or "425DXN" receive proper credit
Contributors are invited to send their DX information to
Mauro Pregliasco, I1JQJ (425dxn@alice.it)
The deadline is 12 UTC on Fridays
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Direttore Responsabile
Gabriele Villa, I2VGW
Giornalista Professionista - Tessera n. 071675
Ordine Nazionale dei Giornalisti
Roma, Italia
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Editor of the Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin (OPDX - DXer's Tool of Excellence)
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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]

Access to the main functions of www.425dxn.org is provided by the 425DXN App
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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 December 2017 issue is now available for
download at http://www.425dxn.org/index.php. [TNX IZ3EBA]

+ SILENT KEY + Neville Cheadle, G3NUG passed away unexpectedly on 14
January. Licensed since 1959, he served in the RSGB Council, Management
Committee, HF Committee and IOTA Committee; in 2015 he was made an Honorary
Life Member of the Chiltern DX Club - The UK DX Foundation, after serving as
Chairman (1994-2001) and President (2001-15). A serious DXer and IOTA chaser
himself, he conducted several IOTA DXpeditions to Malaysia as 9M2/G3NUG, and
led the Five Star DXers Association's 9M0C (Spratly Islands, 1998), D68C
(Comoros, 2001), 3B9C (Rodrigues, 2004), 3B7C (Saint Brandon, 2007) and T32C
(Kiritimati, 2011) DXpeditions. He also co-authored "Dxpeditioning. Behind
the Scenes" (2000), a comprehensive handbook on planning, setting up and
operating a successful DXpedition. In 2009 he was inducted into the CQ DX
Hall of Fame.

FT8 OPERATING GUIDE ---> Gary, ZL2IFB has published his "FT8 Operating
Guide", described as "a collection of pragmatic tips that takes over where
the WSJT-X help and installation notes leave off". It is "specifically aimed
at HF DXers": http://www.g4ifb.com/FT8_Hinson_tips_for_HF_DXers.pdf.
"It started out as my rough notes as I fumbled around with the new mode", he
Says. "Those grew steadily over the past few months, absorbing information,
advice and helpful hints from many sources including plenty of encouraging
comments on the web version. I've peppered it with screen shots, quotes,
comments and ideas, and given it a little structure. It's still not entirely
'finished' (partly because the operating techniques and software are still
evolving) but I wanted to get it out there ahead of Bouvet, so those who
intend to have a go at working 3Y0Z on FT8 have a chance to read and
practice their skills, honing their techniques before the Main Event.
Feedback welcome, especially corrections and further tips... such as how we
are going to cope with 3Y0Z's extra wide splits, and wall-to-wall continuous
callers".

QSL VIA OM3JW ---> Owing to health issues, OM2SA is no longer managing the
QSLing duties for the DXpeditions of Mike, KM9D and Janet, KF4TUG. The Daily
DX reports that now Steve, OM3JW has uploaded to Club Log the logs for their
2007 activities. He has the QSLs for these operations, and can confirm QSOs
made with:
E51QMA 11-25 May 2007 Suwarrow Atoll (OC-080), North Cook Islands
E51TUG 11-19 May 2007 Suwarrow Atoll (OC-080), North Cook Islands
FW0MO 27 Jul-12 Aug 2007 Nukutapu Island (OC-054), Wallis Islands
FW0YL 27 Jul-07 Aug 2007 Nukutapu Island (OC-054), Wallis Islands
H40MY 08-16 Oct 2007 Tikopia Island (OC-178), Temotu Province
T32MO 15 Jan-3 Feb 2007 Fanning Island (OC-084), East Kiribati

THE K3LP HUMANITARIAN AND SERVICE AWARD ---> "The Intrepid DX Group wishes
to memorialize our friend, Co-Founder and President, David R. Collingham
(K3LP). In recognition of David's humanitarian work as well as service to
mankind, we are creating an annual 'David R. Collingham - K3LP Humanitarian
and Service Award'. The purpose of this award is to recognize an individual
or group for their humanitarian or service for the previous year. The award
presentation will take place at the International DX Convention held in
April at Visalia, CA. To make a nomination for the award, please send an
email message to intrepiddxgroup@gmail.com. We will close the nomination
period on January 31st, 2018". [TNX N6PSE]

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).

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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