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October or later.
Contest, Open / WW.
St. Martin, FS. Operators John/K9EL, Paul/K9NU, John/W9ILY
and Mike/W9MK will be active as FS/homecall from the FS/K9EL QTH
on St. Martin (WW Loc. FK88) near the Orient Beach between December
1-9th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters, but will mainly be focused
on the lower bands. Operations will be on CW, SSB, RTTY and possibly
PSK63. Equipment will include 2 K3s, a TS590 plus 3 amplifiers.
The 160 meter antenna will be an Inverted L plus a SAL20 for receive.
Announcements will be made on Twitter - #FSK9EL. Daily updates to
ClubLog and LoTW are planned. QSL via their home callsigns ClubLog's
OQRS preferred for direct and Bureau cards.
Cameroon, TJ. Update. Nicolas/F8FQX (ex 5T5SN,
TN5SN) will be staying in Cameroon during the next 3 to 4 years.
He hopes to get on the air as TJ3SN on HF and 6m. QSL via IZ1BZV
Tonga, A3. Update. Hiro, JA6WFM, is now active as
A31MM from Nuku 'alofa, the capital city of Tonga, until the end
of the year 2017. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using a TS-480
into a long-wire with ICOM AH-2 for 160-10m, HB9CV for 15m and a
4 element beam for 6m. Look for him to be in the CQWW WPX CW Contest
(May 28 - 29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via
EA5GL or LoTW.
Tonga, A3. Hiro, JA6WFM, is now active as A31MM from
Nuku 'alofa, the capital city of Tonga, until the end of the year
2017. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using a TS-480 into a long-wire
with ICOM AH-2 for 160-10m, HB9CV for 15m and a 4 element beam for
6m. He plans to be in contests. QSL via EA5GL.
2018 or later.
Bouvet Is., 3Y. Update. 3Y0Z. The following was added
to the http://www.bouvetdx.org Web page on May 1st: We have added a prop-
agation page to our website. It displays a series of videos showing
propagation predictions during our anticipated stay on Bouvet Island
January-February of 2018. Find the page in our header menu and
click on one of the videos to display time, frequency, and strength
of signals anticipated at your QTH. The predictions are based on
the average sunspot numbers predicted by the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for January of 2018.
Bouvet Is., 3Y. Press Release #5, dated May 5th [edited].
The Bouvet Island DXpedition team (3Y0Z), is pleased to make an
important announcement about our transportation plans to Bouvet
Island. From the beginning, we have worked with Nigel Jolly to secure
safe, reliable, and affordable transportation to Bouvet. We both
have struggled with the costs involved in getting Nigel's ship and
a helicopter from New Zealand to the tip of South America to begin
the voyage to Bouvet. Together, we have been working to find alternatives
while Nigel's vessel, the Claymore II stood ready for our use if
we could not find a suitable alternative. We are announcing today
that we have found an alternate vessel that eliminates the repositioning
costs and at the same time adds additional margins of safety for
our team. DAP, a Chilean maritime and aviation company that took
some of us to Peter I in 2006, recently acquired a vessel that is
perfect for our DX- pedition to Bouvet. This company also has a
fleet of 16 helicopters. Bob, K4UEE, and George, N4GRN, have just
returned from Punta Arenas, Chile, where they inspected the vessel,
the helicopters and discussed our require- ments with DAP. Nigel
Jolly supplied us with a checklist to be used while inspecting DAP's
vessel and helicopter capabilities. Based on our observations, and
our discussions, and based on DAP's reputation and our personal
history with DAP; we feel we have found a sound alternative and
optimum means of transportation to Bouvet. DAP's ship is somewhat
larger than Nigel's vessel, and they have offered us two helicopters
instead of only one. They are both medium duty, twin engine BO-105
helicopters. We will also have two pilots and mechanics with years
of Antarctic flying experience. The ship is being re-fitted with
a hanger to house those two helicopters during transit and poor
weather conditions.. The vessel's Captain and crew have sailed the
vessel for many years and have been retained by DAP. Interestingly,
one of the crew members that will accompany us to Bouvet is Alejo
Contreras Staeding. He is a well known Antarctic explorer, guide,
glaciologist and adventurer. We met him in 2006 on the way to Peter
I. We are extremely pleased to have him join us. We have signed
a Letter of Intent (LOI) with DAP and a formal contract is being
drafted. We will review that contract with Nigel, and expect to
sign it soon. This is an important step, as the new vessel and the
capabil- ities of DAP will fully complement our team. This is a
winning partnership that helps assure not only safety for our team,
but an excellent chance of a very successful DXpedition under the
extreme circumstances we are expecting. Our departure will be approximately
mid-January, 2018, possibly sailing to Bouvet from King George Island.
We expect 9-11 day voyage to Bouvet. When the weather allows, we
will land on the island by helicopter. Our first priority will be
to inspect the terrain, select a site clear of crevasses and establish
our shelters stocked with emergency supplies. Once secured, we will
bring the rest of our equipment ashore and commence radio operations
as soon as possible. We expect to be at Bouvet for 21 days, and
allowing for weather, hope to be on the air for 14-16 days. This
is likely the most expensive DXpedition ever attempted and the operating
team has committed to fund up to 50% of the costs. We are hopeful
the DX community will fund the remainder. You may follow our planning
progress and see our fund-raisings results on our website www.bouvetdx.org. 73, Ralph-K0IR Bob-K4UEE Erling-LA6VM
Mauritania, 5T. Ahmad, 9K2AI, will be active from Mauritania
for the coming two to three years with the call 5T2AI. So far he
uses an IC-7000, dipoles, and soon a yagi. QSL via NI5DX.
Spratly Isl., 9M0. The international amateur radio team has
postponed their December 2017 DXpedition and will be active from
Layang Layang Island (Swallow Reef), Spratly Islands, in March of
2018. Look for 9M0W to be active for 8-10 days between March 10-20th.
Operators mentioned are Hrane/YT1AD, Choi/HL5FUA, Dave/WD5COV, Dave/K3LP,
Jim/K9JM, Dragan/YT3W, Dusko/ZL3WW, Mike/K6MKF, Alan/K6SRZ, Douglas/N6TQS,
Chris/ VK3FY, Lee/VK3GK, Fred/PY2XB, and also 3-5 local amateurs
from Kota Konibalu (9M6). The team has two vacant positions. Activity
will be 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. The reason
for the delay of activity is because the Layang Layang resort is
closed during the period between December-February 2018.
Benin, TY. Nicolas, F8FQX (ex-TJ3SN, TN5SN, 5T5SN),
who recently went QRT from Cameroon in July, will be moving to Benin
later this year and will be active as TY2SN for next three years.
Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via IZ1BZV
Senegal, 6W. Ronald, VE3REV, recently moved to Dakar
in August, and plans to be active as 6W1SU for the next 2 to 3 years.
Activity will be on 80-6 meters, and he is currently operating SSB
only, but hoping to tackle CW later. His station is a Kenwood TS850S
with a Yaesu FL1200Z Amp into a MA5B three element yagi, a 6M 6JXXJ
6 element yagi and dipoles for 40/80m. QSL via M0URX direct or the
OQRS (direct or by the Bureau).
Congo, 9Q. Fernando, EA4BB has been in Goma, Democratic
Republic of the Congo for a few months and has now received his
9Q6BB licence. He expect to remain there for two or three years,
and to operate CW and other modes on all bands. QSL via W3HNK, LoTW
and eQSL; logsearch on Club Log.
Gabon, TR. Alain, F6BCL, informs OPDX that he will
once again be active as TR8CA from Gabon starting on September 15th,
and normally for a period of 4 years, until retirement. He states,
"After I'll see if I will stay in Gabon or in France. This
trip Alain will bring a tuning box MFJ 1.5 kW and a HAM4 rotator
for his 3 element beam. He also intends to improve his antennas
80-160 meters. He adds that his projects for this trip:
Djibouti, J2. Dane, S53T is licensed as J28ND while
on work assignment. His license is valid until 2019. Activity is
in his spare time on the HF bands and 6 meters using SSB and RTTY.
QSL via S57DX.
Djibouti, J2. Reident. Jean-Philippe, F1TMY, will be
active as J28PJ from Djibouti starting September 1st, for the next
3-5 years. Activity will be on the HF bands and 6 meters. QSL via
Chatham Isl., ZL7. Operators Chris/ZL2DX and XYL Catherine/ZL2QT
will be active as ZL7DX and ZL7QT, respectively, from Chatham Islands
sometime in May for the next 3 years or longer. Activity will be
on various HF bands plus 6m EME. QSL direct to: Chris Hannagan,
Waitangi, Chatham Islands 8013, New Zealand.