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
St. Maarten, PJ7. Operators Dave/K9UK, Ken/KK9N, Tom/W9AEB,
Dave/W9DR and John/W9KXQ will be active as PJ7/homecall from St.
Maarten between June 14-20th or 28th. The group plans to have 3
stations on the air. Station 1: PJ7/W9DR will be on 6 meters with
a Beacon on 50.115.7 MHz. Stations 2 and 3 (PJ7/W9KXQ, PJ7/KK9N,
PJ7/K9UK and PJ7/W9AEB) will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and
the Digital modes. QSL via their home callsign.
Palau, T8. Chusuke, JR1FKR, will once again be active as T88TJ from
the VIP Guest Hotel (Free Radio Room) on Koror Island, between June
28th and July 2nd. Activity will be on 40/20/17/15/10/6 meters using
SSB and RTTY. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
DO NOT QSL via the T8 Bureau. For more details about the VIP Guest
Hotel (Free Radio Room), see: http://www.palau-radio.com/index.php?page=rr2014
Albania, ZA. Operators Alfredo/IK7JWX, Leopoldo/I8LWL,
Nicola/ I0SNY and YL Titti/IK8GQY will be active as ZA/IK7JWX from
Sazan Island between June 10-20th. Activity will be on various HF
bands and 6 meters. QSL via IK7JWX, direct, by the Bureau, LoTW
or ClubLog's OQRS.
Aruba, P4. Operators Kurt/DF4XX, Olaf/DL4HG, Andy/DL7AT and Uwe/DL8UD
will be active as P40X from Aruba between July 22nd and August 6th.
Activity will be on 160-6 meters, possibly 60m, using CW, SSB and
RTTY. QSL via DL8UD, direct, by the Bureau or ClubLog's OQRS. No
Christmas Isl., VK9X. Chae, HL1AHS, will be active as VK9AA
from Christmas Island between June 24th and July 1st. Activity will
be on 80-6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31. His equipment is
a Yaesu FT-991A transceiver with an Expert 1.3K amp into a VDA and
G5RV antennas. QSL via his home callsign, direct or LoTW.
Palenstine, E4. Janusz, SP9FIH, will be active as E44WE
from Bethlehem between May 16-30th. He states that this is a "reconnaissance"
operation and his license is good for a year - with more operations
to happen during the year. Activity will only be on 17/10/6 meters
using only 100 watts. QSL via SP9FIH or by ClubLog's OQRS (preferred).
For more details, updates and a online log-search, see: http://www.e4.dxpeditions.org
Quatar, A7. Martin, MW0BRO, will be active as A7/MW0BRO from the
QARS club station May 4-18th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using
mainly CW. He is not sure if the station has 160/80/6 capability
at this time. QSL via his home callsign, direct or eQSL.
Greece, SV. Laci, HA0HW, will once again be active from Thassos Island
(loc. KN20HS), as SW8WW (ex-J48HW) between May 24th and June 11th.
He will operate mainly CW, with some SSB and RTTY on the HF bands
and on 6 meters. QSL by the OQRS via ClubLog or via his home callsign
by the HA Bureau or direct. Please look at his QRZ.com page.
Guatemala, TG9. Dwight, VE7BV, will once again be active
as TG9BBV from Guatemala between April 21st and May 15th. Doug,
VE7VZ, will be accompanying him to Guatemala, and will be using
the callsign TG9/VE7VZ. Activity will be holiday style on 20/17/15/12
meters and possibly 6 meters, using CW and SSB. QSL via their home
callsign, direct, by the Bureau, LoTW or eQSL. ADDED NOTE: They
may also operate a few days from HR5.
St. Martin, FS. John, K9EL, will once again be active
as FS/K9EL from Orient Bay, St. Martin (WW Loc. FK88) between May
1-15th. Activity will be holiday style on 80-10 meters plus 6 meters
(if it is open) using CW, SSB and RTTY. His equipment will be an
IC-7000 with SPE 1.3 amplifier running 500 watts into a 3 element
yagi on 6m, dipoles for 10-30m and a vertical for 40-80m. John will
usually operate on 60m if there is interest. There will be daily
uploads to Club- Log and LoTW. QSL via his home callsign or on ClubLog's
OQRS (for direct and Bureau QSLs). His operating frequencies (except
during contests) will be announced in real time via Twitter at:
https://twitter.com/FSK9EL Requests for schedules can be sent via
his QRZ.com E-mail address or his Twitter account @FSK9EL. John
will also monitor the ON4KST 50MHz Region 2 chat room to watch for
6 meter openings.
Contest, Open / WW.
Philippines, DU. Marc, ON5SM, will once again be active
as DU9/ON5SM from Mindanao Island, Philippines, between April 4th
and May 24th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters using SSB and the
Digital modes. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
HC8. Update. Tim, LW9EOC,
will be active as HC8/LW9EOC from Isabela island, Galapagos Islands,
between May 15-29th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters, with a focus
on 30/17/12m, using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via his home callsign,
direct or LoTW.
HC8. Tim, LW9EOC, will
be active as HC8/LW9EOC from Galapagos Islands sometime in April
or May. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.
QSL via his home callsign, direct or LoTW. Look for more details
to be forthcoming.
HB0. Members from Stirling
District Amateur Radio Society (GM6NX) and the GMDX group will be
active as HB0/GM4UYE from Liechtenstein between June 1-6th. Operators
mentioned are Hugh/GM4UYE, Billy/GM0OBX, Jonathan/MM0OKG, John/2M0JHN
and newly licensed Ross (a 2M0 callsign to be issued). Activity
will be on 80/40/30/20/17/15/12/10/6 meters using CW, SSB and the
Digital modes. WW Locator is JN47SD. QSL via M0OXO direct or OQRS.
Costa Rica, TI. Operators Carlos/TI2CC, Charlie/TI2CDA,
Jeff/TI2JJF, Jim/KM4HI and Kamal/N3KS will be active as TE8DX from
Chira Island between June 8-12th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters
using CW and SSB, including an entry in the ARRL June VHF Contest.
QSL via TI2CDA.
Bahamas, C6. Operators Russell/K6KLY (C6ALY), Dave/K8CC
(C6ACC) and Ken/K2KW (C6ATA) will be active from Eleuthera Island
(WW Loc. FL15wc) between June 7-16th. The group plans to do a serious
VHF effort. Activity will be on 50, 144 and 432 MHz, with an entry
in the ARRL June VHF Contest as C6ATA. There will also be some HF
activity. QSL C6ALY via K6KLY. QSL C6ACC via K8CC or LoTW. QSL C6ATA
via K2KW or LoTW.
Palau, T8. Ryosei, JH0IXE, will once again be active
as T8CW from the VIP Guest Hotel (Free Radio Room) on Koror Island
between June 9-18th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters using CW, SSB,
RTTY, JT65 ad PSK31. QSL via JA0FOX by the Bureau, JH0IXE direct,
LoTW or eQSL. He now has a Web page at http://t8cw.idou.net
Montenegro, 4O. Giuseppe, IK5WWA will be active as 4O7GD
from Montenegro on 18-28 June. He will operate SSB on 80-6 metres,
possibly also on 2m. QSL via home call, direct or bureau.
Market Reef, OJ0. Operators Jean-Paul/ON2KMJ, Ronald/ON5TQ,
Mike/ON6QO and Peter/ON8VP will once again be active as OJ0V from
Market Reef between July 1-7th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters
with two stations on the air using CW, SSB and the Digital modes.
QSL via ON5TC, direct or by the Bureau. Log will be uploaded to
ClubLog during the DXpedition if they have a connection to the internet
or as soon as they return back in Belgium.
St. Pierre &
Miquelon, FP. Lefty, K1TOL
writes, Eric, KV1J will be active as FP/KV1J from Miquelon Island
on 4-18 July. Plans are to operate mainly SSB and RTTY on 160-10
metres, "generally on the highest frequency band open".
He will also "be checking 6m for indications of openings".
QSL via home call (direct or bureau), LoTW and eQSL. Logsearch on
Club Log. See http://www.kv1j.com/fp/July17.html for more information. Talked to Eric a
few weeks ago and he was keen on going at this optimum time for
EU stations on 6M. He said he planned to have a 3-ele beam up for
6M there with a K3. He also planned to be in the 6M CQ VHF Contest
the weekend of July 15-16, so there should be plenty of stations
in Eu for Eric to look for!!
JD1. Take, JG8NQJ, will
once again be active as JG8NQJ/JD1 from Marcus Island in the Minami
Torishima group between mid-May and mid-July. He is usually there
to work on the island's weather station. Activity will be limited
to his spare time. He will be mainly on 17 meters but will also
on 20/15/12/10/6 meters using CW and RTTY. QSL via JA8CJY or by
the Bureau via JG8NQJ.
August or later.
Botswana, A2. A Russia team will be active from Botswana
sometime in mid-September. Operators mentioned are Yuri/RM0F (A25BI),
Pavel/R2AD (A25SP) and YL Elena/RC5A (A25BE). Activity will be on
160-6 meters using CW and SSB. QSL all operators via ClubLog's OQRS
(direct and Bureau) or LoTW (except R2AD).
Galapagos, HC8. Operators YL Nancy/KG0YL, Ellis/N1MWJ,
Jim/WB2REM, Geoffrey/G8OFQ and Mike/VK2BXE will be active as HD8M
from Isabela Island between September 14-21st. Activity will be
on 160-6 meters on various modes. QSL via WB2REM or ClubLog's OQRS.
Added note: Geoffrey, G8OFQ, will actually be there between August
and October. Look for him to sign HC8/G8OFQ. QSL via LoTW.
Cocos Island, VK9C. Lance, W7GJ, will once again be active
from the Indian Ocean to focus on 6 meters EME QSOs. This time Lance
is planning a 6 Meter EME DXpedition (for the first time) to West
Island / Cocos Island as VK9CGJ between September 12-28th. All airline
tickets have been purchased, and lodging reservations have been
made. He informs OPDX this week of the following: "In order
to get the word out as soon as possible, preliminary information
on the upcoming 6m EME DXpedition is here: http://www.bigskyspaces.com/w7gj/Indian%20Ocean%202017.htm With the great increase in people capable
of using digital modes, I hope to be able to provide these rare
DXCC entities to many serious 6m DXers. Please check back for updated
information! GL and VY 73, Lance"
VK9X. Lance, W7GJ, will
once again be active from the Indian Ocean to focus on 6 meters
EME QSOs. This time Lance is planning a 6 Meter EME DXpedition to
Christmas Island as VK9XGJ between October 2-18th. All airline tickets
have been purchased, and lodging reservations have been made. He
informs OPDX this week of the following: "In order to get the
word out as soon as possible, preliminary information on the upcoming
6m EME DXpedition is here: http://www.bigskyspaces.com/w7gj/Indian%20Ocean%202017.htm With the great increase in people capable
of using digital modes, I hope to be able to provide these rare
DXCC entities to many serious 6m DXers. Please check back for updated
information! GL and VY 73, Lance"
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.
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.