Bemin, TY. Update. Wim, ON6DX (ex-ON4CIT), who was
active as 5V7TH recently from Togo, announced this past week he
finally received his Benin callsign TY1TT from the telecom authorities.
He states, "Was not easy, took me the longest time and most
expensive ever to get a callsign. Now I can plan flights and lodging
beginning 2014 in Benin." No specific dates were mentioned
yet. Activity will be from Grand PoPo and operations will be on
20/17/15/12/10/6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. Wim did mention,
"Clublog is a fine tool, but this year: OQRS QSL: Yes, but...
But no more clublog leaderboards." Read his reason and look
for updates at: http://www.dxpedition.be/Benin.html
Mozambique, C9. Karel, ZS6ALB, informs OPDX that he is
now permanently based in Mozambique and is active as C91KHN (C91C
during contest) from Matola, Mozambiue (Grid locater KG64fa). He
has been busy upgrading his station, changing the current Hygain
tri-bander for a Mosley 67B 6-bander. However, Karel informed OPDX
on Christmas Eve that he "will be away for the festive season
and will be back in C9 country on 13 January 2014." After the
upgrades, he states that he will be active on the following bands
Sri Lanka, 4S. A new beacon is now operative on 6m is
4S7B/b 50.009MHZ using a moxon antenna beamed to JA land.
D.R. Congo, 9Q. Henk, ON4AHF, reports that after 3 years
of negotiations the Congolese government has finally permitted the
operation of the national club station 9Q0AR and its special call
9Q0HQ. It is believed that this permit will also allow DXCC credit
in the near future.
Lesotho, 7P. There have been some reports stating that
Bernie, ZS4TX, is now active as 7P8Z from Lesotho until November
30th. This is NOT true according to Bernie. He informs OPDX, "It
was only a one day [afternoon] operation to make use of a rare late
season 6m opening we had to Europe for 2 days in a row. I worked
about 50 Southern EU stations in the 2 hour opening. I am back in
ZS4. Lesotho is only a 120km drive from here." QSL via ZS4TX.
Contest. The UK Six Metre Group has decided to
introduce a new contest for the Winter season which we are calling
the “UKSMG Winter Marathon". The contest has been introduced
this year to promote activity during the Northern Hemisphere winter
months, but of course we hope that stations South of the equator
during their Summer will also enter the contest as well.
South Africa, ZS. Hal, ZS6WB, wrote: "ZS6WB/B on 50.450
FM will be in operation for the next few days on a test basis.
ID (callsign & grid) are transmitted briefly approximately every
flight London - Sydney. G-ATYS have reached Sydney YSBK.
Sudan, ST. Members of the "Boy Scouts of Sudan"
(ST2BSS) will participate and operate from the Khartoum Sea Scout
Amateur Radio Club (ST2KKS) for the 56th Jamboree On The Air (JOTA)
activities. Operations are expected to be on all bands and modes.
QSL via ST2M. For more details, see www.qrz.com.
Analoge TV transmitters
Kosovo, Z6. ITU
radio in the former Serbian province Kosovo has made progress on
its way back into the regular ham community. A first class of new
hams (students at the Technical University of Pristina) will complete
their ham radio course within short time. The course has been held
with support of the IARU Region 1. Kosovo's national ham radio organisation
SHRAK has set up a station on the university's premises. Furthermore,
Kosovo might be one step closer to DXCC recognition. Under current
DXCC rules it needs either an official prefix assigned by ITU or
join the UN as a member state. Serbia has finally lifted its objection
against Kosovo receiving its own international country code for
telephone numbers from the ITU. An assignation of such a code is
usually followed by an assignation of an official ITU prefix.
Wallis and Fortuna
Isl., FW. Jean-Jacques,
TK5JJ, will leave Corsica for 2 years and travel to Wallis Island
where he will be active as FW5JJ. He hopes to be active very soon
after his arrival with an Icom 756PRO and G5RV antenna. The rest
of his equipement will arrive later. He will be active on SSB, CW
and the Digital modes on all HF bands, 6m and 2m EME. QSL via F5RXL.
Philippines, DU. Al, DU1KA, (DU1WGA, DU1/W7XA, W7XA), has
relocated to a place about 50km south of Manila on Luzon. QRV mainly
in CW on 20-6m. with a K3, amplifier, and a hex beam, mostly between
22z-02z and 08z-12z. Antennas for 30, 40, and 80m will be added
until about mid-October. QSL via NR6M.
Namibia, V5. Beacon. V51YJ is running a personal beacon
on 50028 with call V51YJ/b.
South Africa, ZS. Beacon. ZS6TWB/b QRV again from KG46rc
on 50.044 30 w into 5/8 vertical antenna. 73 de Paul ZS6NK.
Somalia, 6O. Roger, LA4GHA is now active from Somalia
on 6m as 6O0LA. QSL via LA4GHA.
Greenland, OX. Mia , OZ5MD and Bjorn OZ5BD will be active
from Sisimiut, Greenland for at least the next two years as OX5M
and OX5T. QRV mainly on 40-6m CW, SSB. QSL via OZ0J.
New IRCs. The Universal Postal Union has unveiled
the new "Doha" IRC model, valid from the 1st of July until
2017. The current "Nairobi" model remains valid until
the end of 2013. http://www.arrl.org/news/new-international-reply-coupon-introduced
Korea S., HL. A QSP from Kei, HL2UVH says, 6m Beacon HL1LUA,
PM37MO band for test 6m propagation QRA : HL1LUA/B Loc: PM37MO
(Seoul , South Korea) Mode : CW (A1/A1A) QRG: 50066 KHz ANT: 3ELE
CQ (Beam to EU & NA) Transmimitting message : VVV VVV DE
HL1LUA/B HL1LUA/B HL1LUA/B PM37MO SEOUL AR.
Marshall Islands, V7. Beacon. Neil, V73NS,
reports that members of the "Roi-Namur Amateur Radio Club"
have set up a 6m beacon (V73SIX/B) on Roi-Namur (WW Loc. RJ3rj).
QRG is 50.014 http://www.qsl.net/v73ns/v73six.htm
Martinique, FM. A new beacon is now operational from Martinique: FM1ZAC; QRG: 50.069 MHz, loc. FK94NL in a Turnstile antenna. Info on www.qrz.com/db/FM1ZAC (Sixitalia Weekly) 22 Apr. 2013
Band conduct. In the past days we have seen some scheduled
dxpedition in Europe (thus we can't consider them really dxpedition
because they won't be in uninhabited areas) that intend to use some
"beacons" to promote their activities. That is not a bad
thing but, until now, some of those dxspeditions declared to be
in beacon mode in the INTER-CONTINENTAL window. Probably the operators
never read a 6m BP or never understood the importance to keep the
window 50100-50130 free for real DX (or better as IARU says for
Diamond DXCC. (Did anyone make one at Six? e.d.) ARRL will continue to accept applications for this award until the end of the year. The objective of the award was to work, during 2012, as many DXCC entities as possible according to the first DXCC country list dating from 1937. No QSLs are needed for the application process, which can also be done completely online. Furthermore, the ARRL webpage offers various hints and helps to match up current prefixes and entities with their 1937 counterparts. http://www.arrl.org/diamond-dxcc (DXNL 1826) 7 Apr. 2013
Honduras, HR. Hiro, JA6WFM, a well knowed 6m fellows, is again active from San Pedro Sula ad he will be here until January 2014 so, probably, he will be on 6m band vy soon. QSL via EA5GL or LoTW. (Sixitalia Weekly) 7 Apr. 2013
Sudan, ST. From UKSMG website, posted by Dave G8FXM. Dennis PA7FM will be active again in Sudan for QRL and he will be soon active with his previous call ST2DX. 7 Apr. 2013
France, F. Robin F/M5AEF, writes; Hi all, As far
as I can tell the previous geographic and power restrictions on
the use of 50 Mhz have been lifted. I have looked at the band
plan and it would seem that maximum pep would now be 120W,
with no Departmental restrictions. Previously some departments
had been limited to 5W and a handful to 100W.
Rwanda, 9X. A QSP from Arne SM7AED based on info from Jose EA7KW says, Kiyo, JR1IZM, has just got license in Rwanda, 9X0ZM. Yesterday (March 16 th. e.d.) on his first night he managed to work some stations on Six in southern Europe and Venezuela. His set up was a m.m. long wire loop through an ATU from the porch of the second floor of his apartment. Maybe the UKSMG could offer help for a proper 6m aerial if he's interested? He plans to stay there for one whole year. 28 Mar. 2013
Pacific ConDX, Jon N0JK reports Wake beacon, he writes; I am in Maui, HI through March 23. I heard the Wake Is. 6 meter beacon KH9/WA2YUN/b March 19. 23 Mar. 2013
Antarctica, VK0. Craig is on the air as VK0JJJ from the "Australian Antarctic Division" (AAD) station Mawson and recently put a 6m beacon into operation, using the call VK0RTM on 50.300 MHz. http://www.southgatearc.org/news/february2013/vk0rtm_6m_beacon_on_air.htm (DXNL 1822) 11 Mar. 2013
South Sudan, Z8. Massimo, IZ0EGB (ex-9L1MS, EL2GB), informs OPDX that he is now living in Juba, South Sudan, and plans to be on the air as Z81B soon. He will be using 600 watts into wire antennas for 40-6 meters, and operate on SSB and the Digital modes. Massimo adds that the equipment is installed already and was expected to be on the air this past week. Occasionally, Massimo will operate from other locations using only 100 watts into a T2FD (a terminated, tilted and folded dipole) operating SSB only. QSL via IZ0EGB: Alessandro Colasanti, Via Pia Nalli 30, 00134 Rome, Italy. Massimo states, "Colleagues should please avoid sending IRC coupons. Alessandro will periodically upload my log onto LoTW and ClubLog." (Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin #1098) 14 Feb. 2013
Rotuma, 3D2. Antoine, 3D2AG, will once again be active as 3D2AG/p from Rotuma between late March/April. He states, "Now looking for spare parts for my 14-years-old ICOM 706-MKII, which is faulty (no TX). If anyone can help please contact me, so that I can be operational on 6m from Rotuma. Thanks in advance." His E-amil address is on QRZ.com. He also mentions, "QSL direct only to Fiji address. Please include at least two green stamps or one IRC with AIRMAIL SAE for first class return postage. After intense lobbying by 3D2AG, IRCs are now exchangeable at the normal UPU rate in Fiji. Please don't forget to put an airmail label on your return envelope, and write your country name clearly." (Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin #1098) 14 Feb. 2013
Cuba, CO. QSP de Maurice, F5NQL. CO8DM on LOTW member CO8DM is now on LOTW have confirmed many past QSO, on 6M too. If you await LOTW credit or need info, send a message to Doug or to Steven, KU9C, Doug's QSL Manager. 14 Feb. 2013
South Africa, ZS.
Beacon. ZS6SJV/B is a new
beacon from South Africa. It Is running on 50070 MHz, 24/24h, with
10w. It is located in KG54NI (90km form C91 and 40 km form 3DA).
(Sixitalia Weekly Info)
30 Jan. 2013
Laos, XW. Larry is now QRV as XW1A. Activity
is on 160 to 2 meters using CW and SSB. This will eventually
include RTTY. QSL via E21EIC. (Sixitalia Weekly) 11 Jan. 2013
Djibouti, J2. Christian, F5MBF is arrived Djibouti in July and will be staying there for at least two years. He received the call J28NC. He was worked this week on 6m in CW. QSL via F5RQQ. (Sixitalia Weekly) 29 Oct. 2012
South Sudan, Z8. It’s official, the first two amateur radio operators in The Republic of South Sudan are: James Pratt (K7QI) and now (Z81A) – QSL via K7GSE. & Diya Al Sadi (YI1DZ) and now (Z81D) – QSL via OM3JW. These are permanent callsigns given by the Ministry of Telecommunications and Postal Services. At present time, Diya is all setup and ready to go, and thanks to Diya’s kindness, both Z81A and Z81D will be using his station located at Nyakuron South, Juba. Diya (Z81D) has just started his activity also on 6m using a wire antenna and his ic7000. (Sixitalia Weekly) 29 Oct. 2012
Denmark, OZ. Odense JO55EI. Amateur Meeting Fyn (ATF) 2012. November 4 th.
Kosovo, Z6. Excerpts from the IARU Region 1 Web page
reports: "Monday, September 10, 2012 marked the end of supervised
independence of the Republic of Kosovo, a European country with
a population of 2 million, and the beginning of its status as a
fully sovereign state." It also states, "Kosovo is now
an independent country, which must be honored as such. As of today,
a total of 91 countries, including most of the industrialized world,
such as USA, Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom and France along
with the Benelux and Nordic countries, have recognized the Republic
of Kosovo. These powers have endorsed the final settlement, the
fulfilment of which is now celebrated in Kosovo's capital Prishtina.
An Amateur Radio working group headed by IARU Region 1 President
Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T, and including IARU Region 1 Executive
Committee Member Nikola Percin, 9A5W and Mission Goodwill Kosovo
Coordinator Martti Laine, OH2BH, together with their associates
are in the final stages of assisting Kosovo's Telecom Authorities
in drafting regulations governing Amateur Radio in Kosovo, to bring
the original Kosovar operators and their re-vitalized Amateur Radio
Association back to the international community. http://www.voanews.com/content/supervised-independence-ends-in-kosovo/1505339.html
Silent Key. Bryn G4DEZ. We have just recieved the
sad news that, Bryn G4DEZ
passed away Friday 17th
August 2012. Bryn was very well known and respected VHF/UHF Operator
and very active on 6 Metres, he will be missed by many. Should anyone
wish to send a condolence card to his family please post to Andy,
M1IFT QTHR. (UKSMG) 29 Aug. 2012
Niue, E6. New Prefix. On August 3rd, the ITU updated its "Table of International Callsign Series" to reflect a callsign change for Niue. The island will now have the entire E6 prefix block (E6A-E6Z). Niue is an island approximately 1700 miles northeast of New Zealand, and is a self-governing island nation that has been in free association with New Zealand since 1974. Prior to the change, the island used ZK2. (Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin #1074) 29 Aug. 2012
Silent Key. Gene Zimmerman, W3ZZ, passed away at the age of 71 on June 3. He was responsible for the QST column "The World Above 50 MHz" from 2002 to 2011. He was a member of the "ARRL Contest Advisory Committee", editor of the "VHF Contesting Column" in CQ Contest magazine, Director of the CQ VHF Contestes from 2000-02 and an early adopter and advocate of aggressive contestlog checking. (DXNL 1784) 18 Jun. 2012
in Greece. Amateur Radio
NewslineT reported an update this week, and that well-known DXer/World-Traveller
Baldur Drobnika, DJ6SI, stated that "I wasn't charged with
espionage. As a reason of my arrest it was stated that:
St. Helena, ZD7. Bruce, ZD7VC, is usually working on 20m/17m/15m/6m
from 1700-2200 UTC. QSLs unfortunately only direct. (DXNL 1783)
18 Jun. 2012
Portugal, CT. QSP de Chris Deacon, G4IFX. 50 to 52 MHz
full extended band in Portugal from next April 26th 2012. The National
Communications Authority of Portugal (ICP-ANACOM) welcomes the proposal
of 2 amateur radio colleagues, José Carlos (CT1DHM) and João
Costa (CT1FBF), in order to amend the upper range limit of 50.5
MHz on the 6 metres band, from next April 26th 2012; the date of
the complete switch-off of the analogue TV broadcasting transmissions
to digital terrestrial television.
South Sudan, Z8. Prefix Allocation – South Sudan – Z8 As per the Table of International Call Sign Series, the prefix block Z8A-Z8Z has been allocated to the Republic of South Sudan. (Sixitalia Weekly) 6 Mar. 2012
Senegal, 6W. 6m allocation to Senegal. email from François, 6W7RT says; ADRASEC Senegal is proud to announce that following its application to the Regulatory Agency for Telecommunications and Posts (ARTP), the band 50-51 MHz has just been officially allocated at WRC-12 to the amateur service on a primary basis in Senegal. ADRASEC Senegal takes this opportunity to thank ARTP for their unconditional support. This allocation will only be effective when the new ITU Radio Regulations come into force and therefore all contacts made on 6m before that date have to be considered as unauthorized. François Normant, 6W7RT - President of ADRASEC Senegal IARU R1 National EmComm Coordinator for Senegal 73 de Francois, 6W7RT. 6 Mar. 2012
Malyj Vysotskij, R1/MV. By Jari OH2BU: "The day of deletion has now been confirmed: Finnish and Russian ambassadors met January 17th and exchanged the documents signed by the presidents of both countries. The new agreement of the lease of Saimaa Channel will be in force one month from today – February 17th. As the new agreement does not include Malyj Vysotskij, the island will be deleted from the DXCC-list the day before, February 16th 2012. This is, of course, subject to the decision of ARRL DXCC Committee. It’s unlikely that any DXpedition will come on from the island before the deletion, although our Russian friends would have a possibility to do it." (Sixitalia Weekly) 30 Jan. 2012
Special achievement. Spiros,
SV8CS. Today 5 July 2011 at 20:03 I had a EME qso on 50.190 with
Lance W7GJ. This was NOT my first but I made this qso from my remote
site with my Ecological - Green powered station. I am using a Kenwwod
TS-480 (without external preamplifier), Linear amplifier by TE-Systems
at 150W and 7 elements LFA-1 WOS antenna, without elevation. This
set-up is powered by solar and wind energy (ECO station) using 4
bateries 12v 200A/h each (total 800A/h).Thai is my first EME qso
with Green power station. Tnx to Lance and 73 to all de Spiros SV8CS.
Silent Key. Peter, HB9PL, informs OPDX that Pierre
Pasteur, HB9QQ, became a "Silent Key" (SK) on Saturday,
June 11th, after a short but ferocious illness at the age of 80.
Peter states, "Pierre was a multi-faceted Ham who was not only
a seasoned DX'er but a highly regarded expert in VHF/UHF work and
the 'magic band'. He was author of numerous technical papers and
a book about VHF/UHF 'Operating Modes and Techniques'. Unforgettable
were his VHF and EME expeditions to HB0, 8Q7, V51 and lectures of
these adventures at many conventions and other Ham gatherings. Pierre
achieved the WAC on 144 mc EME in 1984 and the DXCC on 50 MHz in
2002. An ex-Maritime Radio Operator, he was an Honorary Member of
USKA (Union of Swiss Short Wave Amateurs) and a number of other
Peru, OA. A QSP from Per LA7DFA says; OA4TT 8 May 2011 on ON4KST chat: I am QRT for a month...my beacon is running on 50077 pointed at EU 50 W 8 el while I am gone. 16 May 2011
Angola, C9. I have recently started working in Mozambique
- grid KG64fb - and am slowly getting a 6m station together - every
piece of equipment has to be smuggled in over many trips :) . In
the coming week starting 1/5/2011 I will be transmitting low power
PSK31 during the evenings and during weekends when not at work.
50w into dipole. At this stage there is no allocation for 50Mhz
in Mozambique so will
United Kingdom, G. Ian G6GTO writes; Hi, GB3BUX Beacon which could be found on 50.000 and 70.000 Mhz is off the air, and has been since late March 2011. I have not been able to find the reason so far for this but I do have an idea! When I find out anymore information or the Beacon becomes active I will announce it via Email and online. 73 de Ian. G6TGO IO83. 5 May 2011
Spain, EA. Beacon. A new beacon is now active from Spain. The call is EA7URC/b and is located in IM78ie. (Sixitalia Weekly) 5 May 2011
Mauritius, 3B8. Mart, DL6UAA, is again active as 3B8MM and is trying to do some 6m qso. Look for him on HF band (mostly on CW) and on 6m. Time to time he'll be on beacon mode around 50110. (IK0FTA Sixitalia) 7 Apr. 2011
QSL info. SU1SK QSL. Hawk, SM5AQD, informs OPDX reader, "I am Said's QSL Manager. I only COLLECT his QSL cards and further the QSL information to Said via the InterNet. I have NO LOGS and NO QSL cards. Said himself is sending out QSL cards from Cairo, Egypt, after receiving my information. I do this service only because Said is a very old and nice friend, on the other hand it gives you a chance to get a QSL card from SU land. I am very sorry but a QSL card via bureau is impossible to arrange for me and him. Please follow my information on QRZ.com ... GD DX 73 / Hawk SM5AQD" (Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin #1005) 7 Apr. 2011
ST0. Antonio, EA5RM reports
that "after a long way, a lot of hard work and several successful
meetings with Southern Sudan Government officials of various Ministries",
the first amateur radio license was issued by the new government
on 18 March. "Our DXpedition will start on July 9th from
Juba so please stay tuned". Bookmark www.dxfriends.com/SouthernSudan2011/ for updates. (Sixitalia Weekly) 30 Mar. 2011
Sked tool. ON4KST has created additional logger pages now on his excellent ON4KST chat site for us in Region 3: www.on4kst.org/chat/index.php look for 50 MHz Region 3 and 144/432 Region 3 logger pages. Plenty of ZL and VK's already registered and uing the site. All welcome on this excellent site thats been running successfully for many years. 73 (MMMonVHF Newsletter 2011-02-24) 8 Mar. 2011
Malawi, 7Q. Harry, 7Q7HB is back in Malawi for at
least a couple of months. He is QRV in his spare time, mostly on
digital modes and CW, plus some SSB "if asked". QSL via
G0IAS, direct only. [G0IAS via 425dxn #1034]
3B8. 3B8DB will be soon
also on 6m. Tnx to a wide support of Sixitalia Group that have provided
to him an ICOM 706 and some other individual italian hams as IZ5EME
and IK5MEJ, that have provided a beam and pay the costs of spedition,
Taher, 3B8DB, will be active, as resident ham on the island, on
6m from Mauritius Is we hope during this week. (3B8DB via Sixitalia.org)
8 Mar. 2011
Angola, D2. QSL Manager Mike, CT1IUA, informs OPDX that Paulo, D2CQ (aka CT1ITZ), will be back on the air very soon from Porto Amboim. He was off the air for almost 1 year after some equipment was stolen from his QTH (power supply, coax, PL's, windom). Paulo will be on the air with a G3TXQ Hexbeam and for now he will only be active on 20-6 meters SSB. He plans to put a dipole up for 40m and 80m soon. Mike mentions that sometimes the electricity goes down for 2 or 3 hours, so it is normal that Paulo suddenly disappears once in a while! (Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin #996) 12 Feb. 2011
Band report from Australia, VK. VK3OT Steve writes;
On Tuesday NOV 11th had the pelasure of partipating in my first
2 way 6M QSOs with USA. The opening commenced for me with the chance
observation on the vklogger that Norm VK3DUT has hearing the K6FV
6M beacon weakly and Zl1RS was working N5JEH. I tuned over Eds CW
call on 50.105 at 0041 utc and was unable to break him so tunign
up the band I heard a CQ call on 50.125 and was able to exchange
a two way report with W0OGH at 00:41 in DM43ii AZ, then proceeded
to work and log ( due to a very high qrm and confusion on 125 with
the sudden appearance of VK amongst mid winter US Es). K7TNT W7KNT
in MT, WA7JTM AZ, N7CW for sure in DM34 and K9HMB an incredible
link over 2/3 of USA in En52 (5,500km) and finally AA7A at 0123.
it was 20 years since last workign K9HMB in Illinois.
United Arab Emirates, A6. By the time you read this Don, N1DG, is expected to leave Qatar (where he was active as A71A) to arrive in U.A.E on December 5th, for three days because of his job. However, his activity will be limited due to his work; he is expected to operate from the A61AD station once again, possibly on 12 and 17 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. The A61AD station does have a 4 element SteppIR for 20-6 meters, so Don's activity will be limited to those bands. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW upon conclusion of his trip. (Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin #988) 6 Dec. 2010
Guadeloupe, FG. Jules,ex-FR1AN, is now staying on Guadeloupe, the home of his XYL. His new callsign is FG4NN. He started building antennas a few days ago so you can expect activity soon, also on 6m. The QSL manager of Jules is Buzz, NI5DX. (DXNL 1703) 30 Nov. 2010
Cameroon, TJ. Henri, F6EAY, who is in Cameroon for professional
reasons and the duration of his stay is uncertain, just received
his license to operate as TJ3AY. Activity will be on 40-6 meters
using RTTY and SSB. Equipment at the moment is a R6000 vertical
antenna and a dipole for 40 meters. He was heard this past week
on 20/15/12/10 meters at various times. QSL is via F5LGE. It is
suggested to be patient on the QSLs. QSL printing is not yet done;
not until February 2011. (Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin #984) 13 Nov.
St Kitts, V4. A QSP from Andy N8OFS says; We just returned from Calypso Bay, St Kitts, after purchasing our vacation/retirement home. Our applications for St. Kitts residency have been submitted and will soon be approved. The antennas will be going up in Feb. when we return for an extended stay. 73, John W5JON - V47JA 13 Nov. - 2011.
Antilles. New entities. Bill
Moore, NC1L, ARRL Awards Branch Manager, reports: "ARRL Awards
Committee Statement on Dissolution of the Netherlands Antillies:
To clarify the administrative process by which the anticipated changes
to the two existing Netherlands Antilles DXCC entities will be made,
the ARRL Awards Committee has determined that at 0400Z (12:00 AM
local time in the islands) on 10 October 2010, the two Netherland
Antilles DXCC entities will be deleted. Commencing at 0400Z (12:00
AM local time) on 10 October, 2010, operation from the islands of
Curacao, Bonaire, Sint Maarten, Saba, and St Eustatius will count
for a yet-to-be-determined number of new entities under the DXCC
List Criteria, and Political Entities, Rule 1 and/or Rule 2 Geographic
Separation Entities. When the Awards Committee determines what Rule
1 or Rule 2 actions apply, it will announce the final disposition
of the entities on the DXCC list. The
DXCC desk will not accept confirmations for these new entities until
after 1 January, 2011." (QSP from Arne SM7AED, cut from OPDX 978) 29 Sep. 2010
Nigeria, 5N. Ivan, OM3CGN/5N7M, from Abuja, will be
active during the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 25-26th) as a
Single-Op/All-Band entry. Ivan informs OPDX that he will probably
be here for another 2-3 years. He also mentions that he hopes to
fix his 160/80 meters vertical soon because in the winter season
he prefers the lower bands. He is active on all HF bands, 160-6
meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. However, currently he has a problem
with his Ham II rotor, the windings are bad, so he has his antenna
fixed to the north. Ivan states that he is active almost everyday
between 0600-0700z before he goes to work, during lunch time around
1100-1200z and after 1500z (possibly till 2300z) when he is at home.
QSL via OM3CGN. His log is available at: http://www.clublog.org/charts/?c=5N7M#r
Digimode. A beta release of WSJT 9.0 is now available
for free download on the WSJT Home Page. Briefly stated, WSJT 9.0
India, VU. Amateur Radio operators from India have once again been allocated use on 6 meters. The new allocation on 50-54 MHz includes activity on the following modes: F1B, F2B, F3E and F3C. "We will be trying to get clarifications on why A1A and J3E are missing but more importantly J2B for AFSK modes", says VU2PTT, Prasad. VU operators with General Class license can now operate with 400 watts on HF, which is up from the previous 150 watt limit. (The Daily DX via anonymous source) 19 Aug. 2010
Kuwait, 9K. 9K2YM (Kuwait) is installaing a 5el LFA Yagi after the fantastic results of his good friend A92GR. Yasser will be QRV on 6 within the next few days and said he will mail me to tell me he is now active. I will post here to let you all know to listen out for him. (Justin G0KSC via UKSMG ann.) 27 Jun. 2010
Oman on 6 meters. Abdalla Darwish Al Qasmi (A41KB), IARU Liaison Officer for the Royal Omani Amateur Radio Society, reports that "the Omani Telecommunications Regulatory Authority has allocated the band 50-52 MHz to the amateur service on a secondary basis". (425 DX News #999) 26 Jun. 2010
Annobón Isl., 3C0. Sadly http://www.3c0c-annobon.com/logs/3c0c.php show that the expedition did not succeed with QSO´s at 6 meters. 18 Jun. 2010
DXCC news. The recent E4X operation from Palestine has been approved for DXCC credit. (425 DX News #998) 18 Jun. 2010
Isl., R1MV. A press release
from Jarmo, OH2BN, dated June 5th, states: On May 27, 2010, an agreement
on the lease of the Russian part of the Saimaa Canal zone to Finland
was signed in Lappeenranta, Finland, by the Prime Ministers of the
Republic of Finland and the Russian Federation. The new 50 year
agreement supersedes the initial lease of 1963 which is due to expire
in 2013. The new lease
no longer includes Malyj Vysotskij Island, the present R1MV DXCC
entity. The coming
into effect of the agreement is subject to ratification by the parliament
of Finland and the Russian duma later this year. (Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin
#962) 11 Jun. 2010
Mauritius, 3B. 3B8CF, Jacky, tells The Daily DX that 6 meters is now authorized for Mauritius and he has purchased a new FT897. He's running 50 watts into a 3 element yagi and plans to build a bigger yagi in the near future. Listen for him to CQ on 50.110 in beacon mode. He listens for 10 seconds after each CQ. (Peter G3ZSS) 3 Jun. 2010
Bahrain, A9. A92GR Mohamed and A92IO Dave keep using
every opportunity to make Bahrian available to the Six meter DX´ers.
Latest A92GR Mohamad was heard working Scandinavia, Scotland and
Faroes Thursday evening (27th.) - Well done guys!
Sudan, ST. Arne SM7AED has found the following report
from ST2AR -and added the comment, What an operator! (Well is hard not to agree e.d. OZ6OM)
UFT DX mail list
now QRT. OPDX is sad to
report that Maurice, F5NQL, Editor/Manager of the Union Francaise
des Telegraphistes (UFT) DX Mailing List for the last ten year,
has announced that he can no longer maintain the list "due
to some personal reasons". The UFT Mailing List ended effective
on May 4th. OPDX and its readers would like to thank Maurice for
all his years of devotion and info to the DX community.
Sudan, ST. Arne SM7AED has found this report from ST2AR, after his was audibele for more than an hour in SM7 (JO65) May 12 th. Finally some action on 50Mhz! Had a solid opening from 15:50 – 17:15Z yesterday and made over 150 QSOs on CW. It only worked in one rather narrow direction though. Looking at the contacts, I can see that the opening “window” was between 335 and 350 degrees which yielded many LZ, YO, YU, S5, 9A, DL, some SV and a few Scandinavian (SM&OH) contacts. Everything else further West or East was basically non-existent! I’ll be checking the band daily from now on. More information can be found at http://www.qrz.com/db/ST2AR 13 May 2010
UKSMG Presentation. The link shown below has been available since late March. The presentation has been produced by David Dix, G8LZE (G4JZS) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcLUp1RgM1Q It seam that this presentation have caught some viewers attention, Andy N8OFS for one have spread the link to this one. 1 May 2010
2010 Report Norbreck Exhibition, Blackpool U.K.
The highlight of the day was a visit by RSGB President Dave Wilson M0OBW, himself a frequent user of 50MHz. The UKSMG would like to thank the RSGB President and the NARSA team for putting on a great show and making the group very welcome. This was a Team event and extra thanks to UKSMG Secretary Chris G4IFX for his assistance, and Committee member Robin M1DUD for his assistance in sending the Banners and also to David G8LZE for the work with the UKSMG Presentation DVD and all the Members who visited the stand and signed the guest book also a special welcome to those who joined the UKSMG on the day. 73 From all the Team. (Ian, G6TGO via UKSMG ann.) 25 Apr. 2010
Lebanon, OD. QSP From Lance W7GJ: I just heard from OD5KU that effective immediately they are no longer allowed to operate any 6m from Lebanon. It is now totally allocated to the military. Very sad news. (Nick 5B4FL via UKSMG ann.) 17 Apr. 2010
QSL business. Uzbekistan, UK8. OPDX received a report that Mike, UK8OM, states "DO NOT" send greens stamps to Uzbekistan because envelopes will be opened and they will be taken. Also, don't send envelopes. Just send an address label if you have one. Since January, only envelopes produced in Uzbekistan can be used there. (Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin #950) 6 Mar. 2010
Reverse Beacon Net / CW-Skimmer: Testing a 6m SDR receiver (50.010 MHz to 50.202 MHz) with CW-Skimmer. All identified/verified callsigns received here are pushed to www.reversebeacon.net. There is also a telnet server running: dk1max.dyndns.org 7300. I wonder what you think? Is this useful to get an activity overview or as a monitoring tool for band openings? It runs unattended at my 6m yagi when my station is not in use. Max DK1MAX (UKSMG ann.) 4 Mar. 2010
England, G. "Review".
‘Bawdsey Research Station’ GB75BRS Special Event Station, have been quite
active over the weekend (Feb. 27th. & 28th.), at Six meters
and HF. If You live within Flat ConDX, Tropo or Meteor Scatter distance,
You have had a fair chance to work them. Here a couple of "shots"
of the operators at Six #1 M1DUD and 2E0IAF #2 2E0IAF (relaxed) and #3 M1DUD & 2E0IAF (in dual mode).
Silent Key.Trev, G3ZYY writes at the UKSMG website; I have the sad duty to report that YV4DDK became SK 'some days ago'. He was a prolific operator on 6m and will be sadly missed. Source YV5TX. Trev, G3ZYY (UKSMG ann.) 15 Dec. 2009
Bahrain, A9. Breaking News...Bahrain (A9) Give privilege
on 6 meter ! Good day to all hams..
Finland, OH. 50 & 70 MHz News All Finnish coastal areas are now free for 50 MHz operations (there were forbidden areas due to former Swedish CH2-TV activity) The big news is that as of today 70 MHz is released as legal for transmitting. The Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority (FICORA) [http://www.ficora.fi/en/index.html] will release the new regulatory document 6H/2009M on the Finnish/Swedish web pages tomorrow (11-05) 73, "Zaba" OH1ZAA/OHoMZA (MMMonVHF Newsletter 2009-11-06) 6 Nov. 2009
Tragic accident. QSP from G3ZYY, M1DUD, F5NQL a.o. says;
Software. GJTRACKER Version 2.0.4 Howdy! I am grateful for such prompt feedback on Version 2.0.3! It seems everyone uses the program a little differently ;-) There were some errors in how the program handled real time mode calculations when a user's computer clock was not set to UTC. The program now works correctly with any local time offset from UTC (including fractional hours, where applicable). As always, the correct current version is available in the complete distribution package with associated files at bigskyspaces.com/w7gj/GJTRACKER.zip If you are already a user of GJTRACKER and only need the updated application file, it also is available at http://www.bigskyspaces.com/w7gj/GJTRACKER.exe Good luck and DX to all! See you off the moon! VY 73 Lance, W7GJ (MMMonVHF Newsletter 2009-10-09) 10 Oct. 2009
Unique Logsystem. UcxLog - Freeware Log and Contest Program. As well as the own UcxLog DATABASE the new issue of UcxLog (from up 6.41 - download at: http://www.ucxlog.org/ ) which was mostly based on contest entries, Ben, DL7UCX, decide to include also the MMMonVHF VHF-DATABASE for a total of now 75000 call/locator entries at UcxLog. The UcxLog from up issue 6.41 include the VHF-DATABASE 2.20 and can be easily updated by the USER himself. Find details about the latest issue at: www.mmmonvhf.de/dbaseexport.php (Guido DL8EBW, on behalf of the MMMonVHF Team) 3 Jul. 2009
Corsica, TK. No Go area. Maurice F5NQL, writes; Summer holidays are coming. A lot of you may have scheduled a trip to Corsica which is a touristic goal for numerous.
The French know, but to all of you let us inform about the local radio regulation.
For 6 meters:
The 6 meters band use is strictly forbidden in Corsica.
By them are the Sanguinaires, Lavezzi , Girolata and so on. For 40m, the extension from 7100 to 7200 is not yet granted.
So have fun on other bands and on our sunny beaches. 2 Jun. 2009
Portugal, CT. CEPT valid in Portugal for 50mhz and 70mhz. From today on 1/6/2009 any Class 1 CEPT licence holder is alowd to operate 50mhz and 70mhz in any Portuguese territory. However conditions still the same has before. 50mhz - 25W ERP 70mhz - 100W ERP the callsing must be: ex: CT7/G0KSC or CT7/EA7KW CT1 prefix no longer the primary. Band plan still the same. best 73's all have nice vacations in CT. Tony, CT1FFU (UKSMG ann.) 2 Jun. 2009
United Nations, 4U. HB9BOU is now the single, official, coordinated source for 4U1UN QSL. He has ALL available log books, both the old manual and more recent computer logs. He (and his team) provide a very conscientious QSL service. 73, Henry, KT1J (Andy N8OFS GOT6???) 10 May 2009
Portugal, CT. As far as I understand the new CT law that will be effective from April 29th 2009 6m operation will be permitted for all CEPT class 1 licence holders. QRG range 50.0 to 50.5 MHz.! chat 73 and GD DX to and from CT Joe, CT1HZE/DL8HCZ (UKSMG ann.) 3 Apr. 2009
Sweden, SM. A mail from Arne SM7AED translates into
English as; New amateur radio band in Sweden from today (29 January
Singapore, 9V. Hi everyone, I just wanted to let all
of you know that today, after a lengthy process, I was able to obtain
6M privileges for Singapore. This will mean that there are 2 operators
in Singapore currently, the other being Selva 9V1UV. Some of you
may have worked me under my old call of VK8AH from Darwin. Hoping
to apply the little knowledge I have obtained to a slightly different
latitude! I will be very limited in capacity due to the regulations
applied (6M is not normally allowed in Singapore) and as such I
only have 50-50.2 at low power. However, its a start! Whilst the
rig etc is all ready to go (IC-7800) the antenna will go up on the
weekend. First stage will be AR-6, but when I have approval (rented
accomodation etc) M2 6M3. So.... very modest station I am sorry
and a far cry from 9EL and 400W in Darwin, but I hope I can give
you guys 9V when the propogation returns!
Swiss, HB9. The Swiss authorities will allocate the 50 MHz band to amateur radio on a secondary basis by Jan 1, 2009. All Swiss and foreign CEPT class licensees may send with 100 watts PEP on 50-52 MHz without any antenna restrictions. Primary users may not be disturbed which includes the Ticino since there are still some TV stations active in the VHF band I in Northern Italy. (DXNL 1601) 16 Dec. 2008 -
Angola, D2. Father Gabriele, D2EB is back to Angola
after five years. He will be active on the HF bands and
6 metres, SSB and CW. QSL via IZ3ETU (direct only) or LoTW.
(425 DX News #905) 11 Sep.
Bosnia-Herzegovina, E7A-E7Z. Back in August 2007 the ITU allocated the new prefix block E7A-E7Z to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), replacing T9A-T9Z. Amateur radio operators will begin using their new callsigns (E7#xx or E7#xxx, for the time being) on 22 March at 23 UTC. (Arne SM7AED´s notebook) 21 Mar. 2008
Spain EA. The spanish government has given authorisation to use the full 50 to 52 Mhz band to ham radio stations beginning on Nov 24th. It's the end of the 50 to 51 Mhz limit. Also, now it's possible to operate from the previously forbidden zone, but with a 10W power limitation and maximum antenna gain of 6db, and at a maximum height of 35 m a.g.l. Restrictitions will be automatically removed when no more TV repeaters remain in service. Xavier, EB3CZS (UKSMG ann.) 28 Nov. 2007
Saudi Arabia, HZ. No go area. Currently there are around 100 Amateur Radio operators in Saudi Arabia after the mid 2004 opening of the hobby in this country. First Class licensees (HF/VHF/UHF) are using the 7Z1 and HZ1 prefixes. Class 2 licensees (VHF/UHF) are assigned 7Z2 and HZ2 prefixes. As of this time operations on 6, 30 and 80 meters are prohibited in Saudi Arabia. QSOs prior to the changes in 2004 on these bands do count for DXCC. Currently there is no Amateur Radio society or QSL bureau. (The Daily DX Vol. 11 No. 127) 2 Jul. 2007
Definition of valid
QSO. IARU Region 1: The
definition for a valid QSO. Excerpt from Region 1 VHF -UHF -MW Newsletter,
Edition 45 / 06. March 2007 Michael Kastelic, OE1MCU, Sub Working
Group, Vienna 24/25 February 2007 (http://www.iaru-r1.org/Newsletter_45.pdf)
Alaska. KL7. Trans-northern pole opening. Last week, on June 21st, NL7Z, Kevin, made six-meter history by working Europe from Alaska. Kevin says, "Working Europe on 6M from [Wasilla] Alaska was a real thrill. I have been watching several indicators since the beginning of June, and this time it paid off. Starting at about 1130Z (3:30 in the morning local time) I first heard a very weak beacon, but I couldn't get the call. Come to find out it was OZ7IGY running 30 watts! Also, being 3:30 AM and I wasn't quite awake yet, I had to fumble for a few seconds before I realized that what I was hearing was the "other side" of the FSK keying on it. Shortly thereafter I called CQ and about fell out of my chair when I heard PA4PA (Netherlands) coming up out of the noise. After working Ray, I worked the following stations over a 35-minute period: DL9USA, OZ1DJJ, OZ1LO, OZ8RW, DL3DXX, DL2DXA, SM6CMU and DL7CM. After the opening, and after the adrenaline was out of my system, it reminded me of a 160M opening.which by the way is still exciting. I did not hear any polar flutter, no aurora, just QSB at a fairly steady rate. I was battling some noise at the time, and I know I missed several stations. I made some MP3 recordings of some of the stations, which can be found on my website, http://www.mtaonline.net/~nl7z. (The Daily DX Vol. 10 No. 119) 26 Jun. 2006
Alaska. KL7. Trans-northern pole opening. Yesterday an historic 6 meter opening took place between Alaska (KL7) and Europe. The band opened up between 1130 and 1230Z with seven EU QSOs in NL7Z's, Kevin, log. "PA4PA was first to work Kevin, other contacts followed with SM, OZ & DL", reports 6 meter enthusiast G0LCS, Kerry. All of the QSOs were on CW. You can hear OZ1DJJ's, Bo, QSO at http://oz1djj.geronne.dk/oz1djj%20to%20NL7.mp3. (The Daily DX Vol. 10 No. 117) 26 Jun. 2006
Greece, SV. Some good news: since 12th May 2006 6m (50-52Mhz) and 4m (70.20-70.25Mhz) bands are open for ALL SV's, as well for CEPT licensees, for experimental (mainly) purposes. Max O/P 100W PEP and narrowband modes only allowed (No FM), for all HAREC level A licensees. 73 Costas, SV1DH (UKSMG ann.) 16 Jun. 2006
Monaco, 3A. Effective January 26, 2006 Amateur Radio
operators from the Principality of Monaco have the following new
frequency allocations reports 3A2LF, Claude Passet, Secretary of
the Association des Radioamateurs de Monaco (ARM).