- Category: DX Bulletin
- Published on Monday, 18 March 2013 16:15
- Written by Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
8Q, MALDIVES. Noel, F6BGC, will be active as 8Q7NC from Rihiveli, South Male Atoll, in the Maldives Islands (AS-013) between March 19-29th. He plans to operate holiday style on 40-6 meters with 100w and a vertical, using mostly SSB with some CW and RTTY. He states, "The island is isolated in the Indian Ocean, it's motto is 'No News, No Shoes'. There is no InterNet, cell phone ... so no DXA and no Cluster!" QSL via F6BGC, direct or by the Bureau and LoTW. More information can be found at: http://f8kcf.free.fr
Kiyoshi "KIYO", JR1IZM (ex-V31IZ, 7P8ZM), has been in Kigali since February and announced that he finally received his license/callsign 9X0ZM. He will be there until March of 2014 and expects to be active soon. Activity will be limited to his free time. He will use an IC-7200 with ATU/AH-4 and Loop antenna. Operations will be mainly 20 meters on the Digital mode JT65), CW and SSB. QSL via JO1CRA, direct (SASE) or by the Bureau.
Yuki, JH1NBN, is expected to be active as A52W through March 26th. He is in Bhutan on business, so his activity will only be during his spare time. There has been no QSN reported as this was being written. QSL via JH1NBN direct.
Operators Ali/A71BX, Khalid/A71CO, Abdulla/A71CV, Saif/A71AM and Andrey/RA9CKQ will be active as A71AM from Dukhan during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 30-31st) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via A71AM, direct or by the Bureau.
E5, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS (Update/New 'Resident' Operator/QSL INFO & Change)
Andy, AB7FS/E51AND, informs OPDX that he is moving to Rarotonga (OC-013). Edited excerpts from his long E-mail, Andy writes, "My wife Kat and I are moving to Rarotonga -- she arrives there on March 25th and I will be there on April 29th. We are moving into a house in the part of Arorangi Beach called Inave (say ee-nah-vay) -- about 100 meters inland from the back road -- and probably about 1/2 mile inland from the beach roughly in line with the Crown Beach or Manuia Beach "resorts" (There are no street addresses in Rarotonga). We would rather be inland to moderate the impact of cyclones and to stay away from the storm surges. Arorangi is on the West side of Rarotonga, and we will have a range of volcanic mountains up to 2,500 feet to the East -- which may limit operations in that direction. I hope to be operating using a 43 ft vertical and 100 watts from a Yaesu FT 857D by the end of the first week of May.
The container with the tower and yagis will likely not arrive until early June -- so it will be July or August before I have the tower up and the yagis in the air. Once it's up we should have a 5 element KLM monobander at 70 feet for 20m and a Tennadyne T7 at 80 feet for the higher bands. Not sure yet how we will handle 30 meters and below though we do have an OCF dipole and I can drive the tower.
We'll be using a Icom 756Pro and have an Ameritron AL1200 - though I prefer to operate using as little power as possible. I'm a ragchewer at heart -- NOT a DXer -- and with several active hams on Raro I'm hoping to avoid some of the rapid fire 5 and 9 contacts and ACTUALLY talk to people. LOL. I got back into CW a while back and although I'm still plodding along at 10 wpm, I enjoy CW and will likely hang out at the Straight Key Century Club frequencies and exchange SKCC numbers with other members. On SSB, the place to find me will be on the ANZA DX net (14183 kHz daily starting at 0515z). And if you are looking for esoteric VK and NZ -- and Tahiti, Fiji, the Cooks, New Caledonia, Kiribati, etc.. -- and the occasional African Station -- it's a good net to check in to. Kat is also a licensed Ham (ZK1SCH/KB7SCH) and I'm hoping that being in a 'rare' location will prompt her to get on the air .
Other active hams on Rarotonga include: Jim Ditchburn, E51JD, in the village of Tupapa (North side of the Island) who is on almost daily on 20 meters SSB; Victor Rivera, E51CG (or E51USA), in Nikao (NW corner) who tends to work the highest band open and has a 6m beacon; and Bob Walker, E51BQ, in Muri in the SE corner of the Island... I'll keep the E51AND page on QRZ.com updated." Andy announced on March 11th, on (QRZ.com), that there is a change in the QSL route (address) and he has responded to all cards received to date!! After April 15th, he states, "Please QSL DIRECT to P.O. Box 618, Avarua, Rarotonga, Cook Islands". He also states, "If there are problems/issues with your QSL -- Please E-mail me with all the QSO info and your mailing address - I have a paper log and CANNOT find you without date, time and callsign Thanks". Andy also mentions, "If all goes as planned I should have a good gain antenna system on Rarotonga, and I may try for Palmerston [OC-124] (or possibly PukaPuka [OC-098]) again in July or August . This time with better preparation and hopefully a Hex Beam at 30+ feet. ". Take a look at his (QRZ.com) page for some great pictures.
E6, NIUE (Reminder)
Look for operators Alan/VK4WR and Graeme/VK4FI to be active as E6RQ and E6SG, respectively, from Niue (OC-040) between March 22-29th. Their activity will focus on 6 meters as well as some HF operations. QSL both callsigns via VK4FI
FR, REUNION ISLAND
Guy, F5MNW, will be active as FR/F5MNW from Reunion Island (AF-016) between April 6-29th. Activity will be on the HF bands using only CW. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
H40 & H44, TEMOTU AND SOLOMON ISLANDS (Update)
The "Two Entities DX- pedition - Solomon 2013" continues with both operations on the air as this was being written. The first group signing H44G fromGuadalcandal (OC-047), Solomon Islands will operate until March 25th. The second group finally hit the air waves as H40T on March 16th (after a flight delay of 4 days due to bad weather), from Santa Cruz Island (OC-100) [Temotu Island], and will operate until March 23rd. Activity from both locations will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. See OPDX.1103 for suggested frequencies. QSL route is via DL7DF, direct or by the Bureau. For more details and updates, visit:
H44, SOLOMON ISLANDS (IOTA Op/Update to OPDX.1103)
Operators Ralph, 5W0W/H44RK, Dom/SQ9KWW, Tom/WL7HP and Maggie/H44MK (the only local YL Ham from Sikiana) are planning an upcoming IOTA tour which will start during the first week of June. The callsign will be H44IOTA (not H40IOTA as mentioned earlier). The group now has a Web, Twitter and FaceBook page at:
Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW and SSB. The suggested frequencies are:
CW - 3530, 7030, 10115, 14040, 18098, 21040, 24920 and 28040 kHz
SSB - 3755, 7055, 14260, 18128, 21260, 24950, 28460 and 28560 kHz
All QSL requests are via QSL Manager Rex Turvin, NR6M. For updates, it is suggested to watch:
Member of the Tera Radio Club (HB9OK) will celebrate their 30th anniversary by using the callsign HB30OK until the end of the year. Look for operators Marco/HB9OCR, Luigi/HB9CXZ, Claudio/HB9OAU and Marco/HB9EUY to use the special callsign during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via HB9OCR, director by the Bureau.
Dr. Rick, NE8Z/HC1MD, will once again be active from here between March 21st and April 11th. Activity will be from Tumbaco on 40-10 meters operating CW, SSB and RTTY, using a TS-850s with a Heath SB-200 into a Carolina Windom (40-10m) antenna. QSL via K8LJG. View the HC DX-Diplomas at:
Ray, WQ7R, will once again be active as HQ9R from Honduras, but this time during the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest (March 30-31st) as Single- Op/Single-Band (10m)/Low-Power entry. QSL via K5WW or LoTW.
B33, NETHERLANDS (Special Event)
Jaap, PA7DA, will be active with the special callsign PB33Q (Princess Beatrix 33 years Queen) between April 20th and May 1st. On April 30th, Queen Beatrix will hand over the throne to her eldest son Prince Willem Alexander. On April 30th, 1980, she took over the throne of her mother Juliana. When she abdicates her throne, she has been the Queen for almost 33 years. Activity will be on the HF bands, as well as 6 and 2 meters. QSL please via the Bureau. For more details, see:
PA33KBX in Zeeuws Vlaanderen (QSL PA0ABM) PD6KING -> PD9ND PB2013KING -> PA9LUC PE6KING -> PE1KFC PB6KING -> PB2JJ PA200KING -> PD5ROB PC6KING -> PC7C PC13KING -> PA1DVPJ4, BONAIRE (Update to OPDX.1103)
Operators Steven/W1SRD and Dean/N6DE will be active as PJ4/homecall from the "Radio House" on Bonaire (SA-006, WLOTA LH-1279) between March 26th and April 1st. They plan to be active as PJ4D in the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 30-31st) as a Multi-2 entry. Operation before and after the contest will be focused on RTTY. QSL via LoTW is preferred. Direct to W1SRD with SASE/return postage for the contest callsign. QSL the QSOs to their homecalls for contacts outside of the contest.
PJ7, SINT MAARTEN
Operators Randy/N0TG, Ron/AA4VK and Jeff/N1SNB will be active as PJ7/homecall from Dutch Sint Maarten (NA-105, WLOTA 0711, DIFO FS-001) between March 15-23rd. Activity will be a suitcase operation on 40-10 meters using CW and SSB, with wire antennas and 100 watts. QSL "ALL" callsigns via AA4VK.
T2, TUVALU (Back on again and now active!)
No sooner than OPDX.1103 was sent out, word came out that operators Gavin/GM0GAV, Robert/GM3YTS and Tom/GM4FDM had to change their operating plans to Tuvalu because their outward flight from Glasgow was cancelled due to an undercarriage problem. This effected all their others flights they were due to catch, especially the connection from Fiji to Tuvalu. However when this happened, their fourth operator Clive, GM3POI, was already on route to Fiji and did continue onto Tuvalu while the other three operators were making plans to operate from Fiji. By Tuesday, Clive, GM3POI, made it to Tuvalu and was planning to operate using a rig (w/100 watts) and wire antennas. Then on Wednesday, their Blog reported that Gav/GM0GAV, Rob/GM3YTS and Tom/ GM4FDM were booked on a Saturday flight to Tuvalu. They were initially booked on a Thursday flight, however, since arriving in Fiji Monday, their luggage did not arrived and was still missing. The Saturday flight was their last chance of going to Tuvalu, but if no luggage by then they would return home. Then on March 14th, their luggage finally showed up. The three Scots were able to leave on Saturday, and by the time you read this, they should be on the air from Funafuti Atoll (OC-015). For updates, watch the Web Blog page at:
Activity should be 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. See suggested frequencies in OPDX.1103. If the InterNet is available, logs will be uploaded to ClubLog and LoTW. QSL Manager will be GM4FDM (QRZ.com), direct or by the Bureau. A OQRS will be available via ClubLog.
LAST MINUTE UPDATE: Activity from T2GM may be limited. Operators report, "On the flight to Tuvalu from Suva, Fiji, Rob's (GM3YTS) luggage was again lost. This bag contained band pass filters and coax, so antenna choice until Tuesday will be limited. (It's expected the missing luggage will arrive on the Tuesday flight). The team will QRT on Friday, March 22nd. at 1830z."
A German team consisting of Rich/DK8YY, Detlef/DL3ALI and Ingolf/DL4JS will be active from the "Hideaway Guesthouse" on Funafuti Atoll (OC-015), the capital of the island nation of Tuvalu, between March 23rd and April 4th. They have requested the callsign T2YY and will receive the license upon their arrival. Activity will be on 80-10 meters, possibly 160m, using CW, SSB and RTTY. They plan on having two stations with amps using a Hexbeam for the HF bands and verticals for 80/40/30m. QSL via DH7WW.
T2, TUVALU (Reminder)
Tim, NL8F, is expected to be active from Tuvalu between March 19th and April 2nd. His callsign is not yet known, but he will obtain his license upon his arrival on Tuvalu. Activity will probably be mostly SSB. QSL via K8NA.
Hartwig, DL7BC, will once agin be active as FH/DL7BC from Mayotte (AF-027) between March 26th and April 12th. Activity will be from Bruno's, DH1BL/FH4VOS, QTH. Operations will be on 80-10 meters plus par- ticipation in CQWW WPX SSB Contest signing TO7BC. QSL via his home call- sign, direct or by the Bureau. For more details, visit it his Web site at:
XR0, EASTER ISLAND (Reminder)
Just a reminder that a UK DXpedition team will be active as XR0YG from Easter Island (SA-001) between March 20-27th (see OPDX.1090). Activity will be on all bands 160-10 meters, mainly CW. Even though the operations will be on the HF bands, they also plan to work challenging paths on the low bands and with an emphasis on Europe. ClubLog and LoTW uploads will occur daily. The log search on ClubLog will be available at:
There will also be OQRS available. QSL via G3TXF and LoTW. Visit their Web page at:
Team members of the Bekasi Club Station (YE1ZAT) and the Jakarta Contest DX Team (YE0X) will be active as YE1K from Bekasi (OC-021, WLOTA 1660) during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 30-31st) as a Multi- Multi entry. QSL via YE1ZAT.
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