The Contest´s of winter 2016.
The 50MHz Open
UKSMG Winter Marathon
Greenland, OX. New OX6M beacon. Bo OZ2M reports that
the new OX6M beacon is now operating on 50.047 MHz and OZ7IGY has
had an overhaul OX6M Monday, October 17 saw a new 6 m beacon
on the air. Bo, OZ1DJJ/OX3LX, installed the new beacon in HQ90AL
running PI4 + CW + carrier in a one minute cycle on 50.047 MHz.
The power is 25 W and the antenna is a dipole radiating North/South.
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.
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).
Pacific & Asian
tour. (Update). Tom, KC0W,
and his all-CW "Cows Over the World" DXpeditions has posted
(on QRZ.com) the following update, dated October 22nd: I will be
in the Philippines from 26 October - 25 November. The callsign will
be 4I7COW. This unique prefix has never been issued before so it
should generate some interest. I have not operated any CW since
Kiribati so 4I7COW should get me back into the CW groove.
San Andres &
Providencia. HK0. Will,
AA4NC, will be active as HK0/AA4NC from San Andres Island between
February 13th and March 7th, 2017. Activity will be on various HF
bands and modes, probably on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.
He also plans to be active in the ARRL International DX CW Contest
(February 18-19th) and ARRL International DX SSB Contest (March
4-5th) as a Single-Op / Low-Power entries and signing with a 5K0
callsign (pending). QSL via AA4NC.
St. Kitts, V4. John, W5JON/V47JA, informs OPDX that he
will once again be active as V47JA from his vacation home in Calypso
Bay, St. Kitts (WW Loc. FK87SG), located 200 feet from the Caribbean
Sea, between November 15th and December 15th. Activity will be on
160-6 meters (incl. 60m) using SSB. Equipment is a Kenwood TS-590S
and Elecraft KPA500 Amplifier. Antennas include: 31', 10-40m Vertical,
and 35', 40/80m Top Loaded Vertical; and newly added, shortened
160m dipole and 3 element Yagi for 6m. Also, XYL Cathy, W5HAM, will
occasionally operate as V47HAM. ALL QSLs go to W5JON direct or via
LoTW. NO Bureau QSLs.
Cayman Isl., ZF2. Kan, JJ2RCJ, will be active as ZF2CJ from
the ZF1A Amateur Radio Club Station on Grand Cayman Island between
March 20-24th, 2017. Activity will be on 80-6 meters, but with a
focus on RTTY. QSL via his home callsign, direct (only GS no IRCs),
OQRS or LoTW.
ZD8. Oliver, W6NV, will
once again be active as ZD8W from Ascension Island between October
and November. Activity will include the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October
29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry, and the CQWW DX CW Contest
(November 26-27th) as a Multi-Op/All-Band entry with other operators
to be announced later. Look for activity before and after
the contests on 160-6 meters. QSL via his home callsign.
December or later.
St. Martin, FS. John, K9EL, will once again be active
as FS/K9EL from Orient Bay, St. Martin WW Loc. FK88, between December
1-11th. Activity will be holiday style on 80-6 meters (with an emphasis
on 6m when the band is open) using CW, SSB and RTTY. He will be
running 500 watts into a 3 element yagi on 6m, dipoles for 10-30m
and a vertical for 40-80m. John usually will operate on 60m if there
is interest. There will be daily uploads to ClubLog and LoTW. QSL
via his home callsign or on ClubLog's OQRS. His operating frequencies
Contest, Open / WW.
Ukraine, UT. Nikolay, UX0FF is QRV using special contest
call EO25F during all of 2016 to celebrate the 25th anniversary
of the independence of Ukraine. This includes an entry in the CQ
World Wide WPX CW contest. QSL to home call.
UA. Andrei, UB7K (ex UU0JM)
has been authorized to operate on 6 metres (50080 - 50280 kHz) through
31 December 2016. He is located in the Crimean village
of Zavetnoe (KN85ec). QSL via LoTW, bureau and direct.
South Cook Islands,
E5. Andy, E51AND, will
be active with the call E5SKCC from Rarotonga Island during January,
marking the founding of the Straight Key Century Club in 2006. QSL
via E51AND (d), LoTW. http://www.skccgroup.com/
2017 or later.
San Felix, CE0. Felipe, CE5WQO, announced that there will
be a DXpedition to San Felix Island next year, April 2017. He states,
"What began as a 3 man effort earlier this summer has now become
a 10 man effort, and all the operators are experienced DXpedition
operators." Activity will be on 160/80/40/30/20/17/15/12/10/6
meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. This will also include
6m EME. Look for more info to be forthcoming.
Mali, TZ. Laurent, F5IXR will be active again as
TZ5XR from Mali between 1 August and February 2017. He will be QRV
on 160-6 metres during his spare time. QSL via F5MXH and LoTW.
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
J5. Posponed! Members of the Italian DXPedition Team will be active
as J5T from Guinea Bissau in November 2016. Operators mentioned
are Silvano/I2YSB, Vinicio/IK2CIO, Angelo/IK2CKR, Marcello/IK2DIA,
Stefano/IK2HKT and Mac/JA3USA. The pilot stations are Art/IK7JWY
(HF) and Sergio/IK0FTA (6m). Activity will be on 160-6 meters using
CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via I2YSB, direct or the OQRS
on their Web page at http://www.i2ysb.com/idt Logs will be posted on LoTW about 6 months
after the conclusion of the DXpedition. For News and Forum, see:
J5. Posponed! The Italian Dxpedition Team informs that
the J5T Dxpedition to Guinea Bissau IOTA AF020, scheduled for the
month of November, will be delayed to the second half of 2017. For
the Italian Dxpedition Team, 73 de Silvano, I2YSB.
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.
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.
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
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. 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