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DX Bulletin No. 1095

9M4, SPRATLY ISLANDS Operators John/9M6XRO, Steve/9M6DXX, James/9V1YC, Ben/DJ0YI/N6MUF, Don/G3BJ, Christian/EA3NT and Tony/KM0O will be active as 9M4SLL from Layang-Layang Island (AS-051) between March 10-18th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. They will have several stations on the air with amplifiers into vertical antennas all within a few meters of the ocean. QSL Manager for this operation is Tim, M0URX (OQRS, direct, by the Bureau, LoTW). Logs will be uploaded to LoTW as quickly as possible after the DXpedition. More details will be forth- coming.

AAW NEWS (How may I register my station for 10th AAW?)
Gianni, I1HYW, reports: "Next month, February, will start the 10th Antarctic Activity Week; here below there is a brief explanation on how to join the Antarctica Activity Week (see

To enter the AAW, it's necessary to get a special callsign (not the home call) issued to celebrate the event, (just for example I have requested as every year, my IR1ANT call issued by the Ministry of Communication of my Country for the AAW event). In alternative, one can use his home callsign adding /AAW, or /ANT, or /WAP, or /A which stands for Antarctica to any special event callsign will be given a WAP reference number to be used during the event. I don't know the law/rules of foreign countries, but the applicant should get in any case an authorization to eventually use his own callsign /ANT or /A etc.... , since just a pure own call is not a special event call, but a classic home call which could not be given a WAP reference number.

Participation is open and hunters can try to contact as many as AAW SES which WAP reference number can be used when applying for WAP Antarctic Awards according to the Award’s rules. The list of participants already registered for the 10th AAW is available at WAP Web site at: "

Operators George/W4BUW (C6AGH), Joe/W8GEX (C6DX), Janet/ W8CAA and Joe/AA4NN will be active adjacent to the ocean on Great Exuma Island (NA-001), Bahamas, between January 20-27th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY, with three stations on the air. QSL C6AGH via W4BUW and C6DX via W8GEX.

George, KQ8Z/GM0IIO, will once again be active as C6AZZ from Grand Bahama Island (NA-080, WLOTA 0527, WW Loc. FL06UO). This time it will be for the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 16-17th) and the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 2-3rd) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m)/ Low-Power entries. He states that he will be on other bands for a few days before and after the contests. If like last time, activity will focus on 6 meters (CW, SSB, FM) if there are any band openings, other- wise on 80-10 meters, mainly CW with some SSB using his Icom 756 Pro3. George will use a 80m OCFD antenna at 40 feet. The 20m antenna will be a full sized 20m delta loop right on the beach vertically polarized with the apex at 40 feet. QSL via KQ8Z.

CQ NEWS (CQ Facebook "Fans" Top 10,000)
Richard, W2VU, Editor of CQ Amateur Radio, reports on January 9th:

"CQ Facebook 'Fans' Top 10,000 Mark - Nearly Half Under Age 45 -- As 2013 began, the number of 'likes' on the CQ Facebook page exceeded 10,000 for the first time. These fans of CQ continue to represent a considerably younger group of ham radio operators than organized ham radio has been reaching through traditional means. CQ has had a page on Facebook since 2010, and the demographics of its fans have remained consistent even at the numbers have grown.

'Over 46% of CQ's Facebook fans are under age 45,' said CQ Editor Rich Moseson, W2VU. 'In addition, fully three-quarters are under age 55 and 20% are under age 35. This is continued proof that there is a signifi- cantly higher number of younger hams 'out there' than we commonly see at club meetings and hamfests. It also shows that reaching these younger hams requires 'meeting them on their turf'.'

Facebook statistics show that CQ's fans are drawn from all over the world, with some 20 countries represented and members in the U.S. accounting for fewer than half of the total. CQ's Facebook page may be found at

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