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DX Bulletin No. 1097

5V, TOGO. Jackie, F8AEJ, will be active as 5V7JD from Lome between February 4th and March 15th. Activity will be holiday style (visiting his son), using a FT897D with a "AT-897 Plus Tuner" into a 6 band Conrad windom antenna (used at CN2CDJ; see QRZ.com). He informs OPDX that he will do mostly digital modes. QSL via his home callsign, direct or eQSL. Log will be posted on ClubLog.

6V, SENEGAL
Vladimir "Vlad", RK4FF, will once again be active as 6V7S from Le Calao in Ngaparou at least four times during 2013. His schedule is as follows: February 11th-April 3rd, May 13th-May 30th, July 1-16th and October 22nd-November 27th. Activity will probably be on 80/40/20/ 15/10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via RK4FF.

C6, BAHAMAS
Look for operators Tom/N1GN and William/NE1B to be active as C6ANM from Nassau (NA-001, FL15) during the CQ 160 Meter SSB Contest (February 22-24th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via LoTW. They will also be active before and after the contest. Also, operators Tom/N1GN, William/ NE1B, Mike/N1IW and Paul/K1VK will be active as C6ANM during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 2-3rd) as a Multi-Multi entry. QSL via LoTW and look for operations on all bands and modes before contest.

 

D4, CAPE VERDE
Mats, SM7GIB, will be active as D44TIB from Cape Verde (AF-086) between February 25th and March 8th. Activity will be holiday style using a wire vertical on 160-10 meters. QSL via his home callsign.

DX ACROSS AFRICA
In January 2013, Jon, TF3ZA, and a team of 15 ad- venturers will attempt to drive from Reykjavik, Iceland to Cape Town, South Africa on a heavy duty ex-military 4×4 Bedford MK truck. Their planned route through the African continent is approximately 20,000km, and they estimate it will take them 6 months to reach Cape Town. They will depart Reykjavik in early January 2013 and update their Web site with news of their DXpedition. The operation is to last for approximately six months from 20 DXCC entities in Africa. Jon is in the process of obtaining licenses to operate from the following DXCC entities: CN2ZA, 5T0ZA, 6W/TF3ZA, 3XY0ZA, TU2ZA (pending), 9G0ZA, 5V7ZA, TY0ZA (pending), TJ0ZA (pending), TR0ZA (pending), TN0ZA (pending), 9Q0ZA (pending), 9J0ZA, Z2/TF3ZA, A20ZA and ZS/TF3ZA. Activity will be active on 160-6 meters using CW and SSB. Suggested frequencies are:

CW - 1824, 3524, 7024, 10124, 18074, 21024, 24894 and 28024 kHz
SSB - 3780, 7080, 14180, 18140, 21280, 24940 and 28480 kHz
6m - 50094/CW and 50110/SSB

The preferred QSL method is via LoTW. All logs will be uploaded to LoTW as soon as possible. The usage of Logbook Of The World is strongly encouraged, it's free, easy to set up and the fastest way to confirm your QSOs. An alternative QSL method is via OQRS. The OQRS system will be embedded on the Web site AFTER the expedition in August 2013. Direct QSL cards is the 3rd option. Send your QSL card with a Self Addressed Envelope and sufficient return postage, 2 USD per 50gr. (IRC will NOT be accepted), to: Jón Ágúst Erlingsson, Álftamýri 14, 108 Reykjavík, Iceland. Bureau cards should be sent via TF3ZA. An online log search will be available on the Web page, as well as tracking the team and their complete route. The Web page is at:http://www.dxacrossafrica.com There is also a Twitter page:http://twitter.com/DXAcrossAfrica

EQ95, ESTONIA (Special Event/Contest)
. Toomas, ES5RY, will be active with the special callsign ES95Q during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 16-17th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via ES5RY. Activity will be from station ES6Q. The special callsign is to celebrate 95th anniversary of Estonia.

FK, NEW CALEDONIA
Seiji "OKU", JK1KSB, will be active as FK/JK1KSB from New Caledonia between January 29th and February 3rd. Activity will be holiday style on 80-10 meters using CW , RTTY and PSK31. Oku will use 100 watts into a ATU and long wire. He may only operate between 1300- 1830z during January 29th and February 1st due to limitation of the hotel. QSL via JK1KSB, by the address on (QRZ.com).

GREAT READS ON THE WEB (A Dream Come True!)
Read an interesting article called "ZL9HR Campbell Island DXpedition 2012: A DXer’s Dream Come True!" by Glenn, KE4KY, who was one of the ZL9HR operators at: http://www.ke4ky.net/p/zl9hr-campbell-island-dxpedition-2012.html

HC, ECUADOR
YL Elena, RC5A, will be active as HC2/RC5A between February 5th and March 9th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters, including 30/17/12 meters, using CW and SSB. Operation will also include the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 16-17th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via RC5A, direct or by the Bureau.

TZ, MALI
Fernando, EA4BB (ex-Z21BB), is now active as TZ6BB from Bamako. The length of his stay is not known. Most of his activity has been on 40/20/15/12/10 meters CW. QSL via W3HNK.

XT, BURKINA FASO (Update/Dates)
Members of the "Italian DXpedition Team" will be active as XT1T from Ouagadougou (Grid Loc. IK92fi), Burkina Faso, between February 21st and March 6th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. Suggested frequencies are:

CW - 1826.5, 3515, 7015, 10115, 14025, 18070, 21025, 24891 and 28025 kHz
SSB - 3760, 7145, 14220, 18145, 21295, 24945 and 28475 kHz
RTTY - 14081 kHz
6m - 50105/CW and 50125/SSB

Equipment will be 4x Elecraft K3 transceivers with 3x KPA500 amps and 1x ACOM 1000 amp into 2x Spiderbeams, 1x Yagi (20/17/15/12/10m), 1x vertical (80/40m), 1x vertical (30m), longwire (160m), 1x Cubical Quad (6m), 1x Diamond Loop RX (low bands) and 1x DHDL RX (low bands) antennas.

Operators mentioned are Alfeo/I1HJT, Silvano/I2YSB, Vinicio/IK2CIO, Angelo/IK2CKR, Marcello/IK2DIA, Stefano/IK2HKT, Gino/IK2RZP and Mac/ JA3USA. The pilot station is IK7JWY, and the pilot station for the 6m band is IK0FTA. Software Management (real-time log online) will be by IH9GPI. QSL I2YSB for direct QSLs and IK2CIO for Bureau QSLs (no E-mail request please). A OQRS will be available for direct cards only. Now available on their Web page is a survey for both bands and modes needs. The official Web site is: http://www.i2ysb.com/idt Official forum is: http://www.hamradioweb.org

Z8, SOUTH SUDAN
Massimo, IZ0EGB (ex-9L1MS, EL2GB), is now living in the South Sudan and hopes to be on the air as Z81B soon. QSL via IZ0EGB.

ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS (NA-016)
John, K6AM, will be active as ZF2AM during the CQ 160 Meter SSB Contest (February 22-24th) as a Single-Op/High-Power entry. QSL via K6AM, direct or by the Bureau or LoTW.

ZD8, ASCENSION ISLAND
As of January 24th, Steve, G3ZVW, is once again active as ZD8N from Georgetown until February 5th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct.

ZK3, TOKELAU
Dieter "Dick", DJ2EH (ex-ZD9T), is now active as ZK3T until February 20th. The DX.World.net" reports that "recent info received from the ZK3N team now confirms that ZK3T is indeed Dieter, DJ2EH", so the info on ZK3T on QRZ.com is old. Activity has been on 30/17/15 meters CW, but he is expected to focus on the low bands later. QSL via DJ2EH.

ZL, NEW ZEALAND
Members of the Quake Contesters Group will be active as ZL3X during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 30-31st) as a Multi-2/ High-Power entry. QSL via ZL3PAH or LoTW. Operators mentioned are Mark/ ZL3AB, Don/ZL3DMC, Byron/ZL3DXT, Geoff/ZL3GA, Chris/ZL3LF and Phil/ZL3PAH.