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DX Bulletin No. 1196

6W, SENEGAL (Reminder). Francis, F6BLP, will once again be active as 6W7SK from Saly Portudal, 80 kms south of Dakar on the coast, between January 10th and February 5th. Activity will be holiday style using the same station as last time (IC-7000 into G5RV antenna) operating mainly CW on 80-10 meters. If possible, he also hopes to be active on 160m with an Inverted L with a 300 watts solid state amplifier. Look for his low band activity during his local sunrise and sunset. QSL via F6BLP, direct or by the Bureau. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW and eQSL. For more details, logs and pictures of his last operation, visit: http://www.f6blp.org

 

C2, NAURU. Operators Ernoe/DK2AMM, Guenter/DL2AWG, Hans/DL6JGN and Ron/
PA3EWP will be active as C21EU (pending) from Nauru between March 25th
and April 4th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and
possibly PSK. They will have two K3 with two 600w amps into a 5 band
Spiderbeams and some verticals. QSL via DL2AWG. Look for a Web page in
the coming weeks.

C6, BAHAMAS. Jack, KB7HH, will be active as C6A/KB7HH from San Salvadore
Island (NA-001) until January 6th. Activity will be holiday style on
17/15/12 meters CW running 5 watts. QSL via KB7HH, by the Bureau or
direct.

CARIBBEAN TOUR CRUISE. Chuck, W7AUM, announces that he is going on a
cruise with his 90 year old father to the Caribbean and plans to operate
QRP and portable, with his Elecraft KX3 and a wire antenna, on the Holland
America "MS Ryndam" as PA/W7AUM/MM and, if all goes well, on the white sand
beaches from the following islands:
    January 30th - St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (NA-106) as KP2/W7AUM
    February 2nd - Curacao (SA-099) as PJ2/W7AUM
    February 6th - Cayman Islands (NA-016) as ZF2UM
  QSL to W7AUM, by the Bureau or direct (US-SASE or 2 green stamps/no IRC).

CQ HALL OF FAME AWARDS. Nominations for the Contest and DX Halls of Fame
are made by contesting or DX clubs or national organizations and must be
submitted by March 1 of each year to be considered. A maximum of two (2)
people may be inducted into each hall of fame each year. Nominations for
the CQ Contest and DX Halls of Fame should be directed to CQ (DX or Contest)
Hall of Fame, c/o CQ magazine, 25 Newbridge Rd., Hicksville, NY 11801 USA;
or via e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Be sure to specify for which
hall of fame the nomination is made.
  Nominations for the CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame (see recent January
issue of CQ for details) are due by March 1 of each year. They may be
submitted by individuals as well as radio clubs or national organizations
and should be sent to CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame, 25 Newbridge Rd.,
Hicksville, NY 11801 USA; or e-mailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
For more details, see:
http://www.cq-amateur-radio.com/cq_awards/cq_hall_of_fame_awards/cq_hall_of_fame_awards.html

CT, PORTUGAL (IOTA & SOTA). Laurent, F8BBL, will be active CT7/F8BBL
next summer from Portugal. Activity will be holiday style mainly CW, but
also SSB and Digital. His equipment will be a FT-857D, w/100w into MP1
dipole antenna. He also plans to be active as CT7/F8BBL/P from Ilha da
Insua (EU-150) and Alto Sao Bento (SOTA CT MN-046). QSL via F8BBL, direct
or by the Bureau. For more details and updates, see: http://rnb.dx-cw.net

DX SURVEY RESULTS (DX Magazine's 2014 Most Wanted Countries Survey).
DX Magazine's has published their Most Wanted Countries from a survey
that was conducted in September/October 2014 time frame. Here are the
"Top 20" in the overall World-Wide Results as per DX Magazine (Jan./Feb.
2015 issue):

2014                        2013    2014                            2013
Rank Prefix  Country        Rank    Rank Prefix     Country         Rank
---- ------ ------------    ----    ---- ------ -----------------   ----
 1    P5     North Korea     1       11   BV9P   Pratas Island       14
 2    KP1    Navassa Island  2       12   E3     Eritrea             15
 3    3Y/B   Bouvet          3       13   FR/JE  Juan de Nova/Europa 13
 4    FT5W   Crozet          4       14   CE0X   San Felix           19
 5    VK0/H  Heard Island    6       15   KH3    Johnston Island     18
 6    BS7H   Scarborough     7       16   VP8/G  South Georgia       17
 7    VP8/S  South Sandwich  9       17   KH1    Baker & Howland     25
 8    FT5T   Tromelin Island 10      18   KH7K   Kure Island         20
 9    KH5K   Kingman Reef    12      19   ZS8    Marion Island       8
10    KH5    Palmyra         11      20   VK0/M  Macqarie            22

  The full list of the top 100 Most Wanted, World-Wide, will soon be posted
to the DX Publishing Web site at:
               http://www.dxpub.net/MOST-WANTED-SURVEY.html

HR, HONDURAS. Will, AA4NC, will be active as HR5/AA4NC during the ARRL
International DX CW Contest (February 21-22nd) as a Single-Op entry.
QSL via LoTW.

EP6T IRAN DXPEDITION (Kish Island - AS-166). Press Release #4, dated
December 29th [edited]: With only 16 days to go before the EP6T DXpedition
will take place in the I.R of Iran, the Rockall DX Group is in the final
process of finalizing their newest set-up:
  5 High power stations, more than 6km of radials, new RX systems, filters,
combiners, verticals, phased arrays, a 4 SQ and 5 beams should make it
possible to get YOU in our log!
  Out of almost 4,800 voters who filled out our poll, it's obvious that
“the Low bands” will become the challenge of this expedition. Our Low
band (160/80/40) operators will be QRV from local sunset (1345Z) up until
our sunrise (0300Z) and will hopefully be able to pull out the weaker W6/W7
signals that will reach us on 160 meters via the long path.(27.000KM!)
During the first two days of the expedition, we encourage DX stations from
all corners of the world to listen to us on the Low bands and to keep our
pilots informed of your best times so we can focus based on the data we
receive. During these days we will also be doing our utmost to thin out
the EU pile.
  Propagation predictions show that almost all continents are within decent
signal range, with North America the only exception. The EP to NA path is
extremely difficult and of short duration. To give everyone a fair chance
and to obtain a leveled continental balance, we will have to use all
openings to NA to the fullest! The 10 meter antenna has been replaced by
a 5 element OWA Yagi. By doing so, our signal will be significantly
stronger, but we also hope to be able to log West Coast stations via LP.
  You will be able to find us on the frequencies listed on our website
at:           http://www.rockall.be/index.php/frequency-list
The website also provides a link to Stu, K6TU, that guarantees your
personal propagation prediction towards Kish Island at:
              <https://k6tu.net/?q=node/add/dx-prediction-ep6t>
We have put countless hours and tremendous efforts in trying to meet
everyone’s needs and hopes for your cooperation; because besides predic-
tions, the most important message “is the operators instructions”.
  During our stay it is likely that next to the experts from the C.R.A,
some local radio amateurs will come and visit us. Together, we will
share all our experiences and help them discover the fun of pile-ups.
Please be patient and help them to discover this wonderful hobby.
  Your QSL card is guaranteed, all information can be found on our
website and note that each individual sponsor in our log receives a
QSL card completely free of charge!
  The Rockall DX Group wishes you Happy Holidays, and a good EP6T hunt!
*For your convenience we have listed useful information below for you
to work us:
      Lowbands
   -----------------------------------------------------------------
   North America - West coast -- 1345-1630z (LP)
   North America - East coast -- 2200-0300z
   Australia                  -- 1900-2140z
   Pacific - New Zealand      -- 1700-1730z (SR - ZL)
   Japan                      -- 2030-220z (SR)
   Europe                     -- PSE avoid calling us on peak moments
                                 for other continents!!!

  For North America
  ------------------------------------------------------------------
  28 MHz  West coast   -- 1500-1800z (LP) * 0400-0600z (LP)
  24 MHz               -- 1300z - until band closing * 1500-1800z (LP)
  21 MHz               -- 1300z - until band closing * 0215-0500z (LP)
  18 MHz               -- 1200-1600z * 1500-1700z (LP)
  14 MHz               -- 1200-1700z

AS-130.  Jacek, SP5APW, will be active as 3W2JK from Con Son Island
           between March 11-17th. He states on his Blog page [edited]:
           "I am going to operate from Con Son Island during my next
           spring vacations. The island is not very remote and inaccessible.
           However, AS-130 group has been claimed by 17.1% IOTA chasers
           only... So, I expect to experience nice pile-up. My QTH will
           be on southeastern coast what causes that short path to NA and
           EU will not work well. Unfortunately all resorts are located
           in this part of the island. See you on air!" For updates,
           watch:             http://as-130.blogspot.it

  AS-200.  Kenji, JA4GXS, will once again be active as JA4GXS/5 from
           Shodo Island (Kagawa Prefecture) between January 23-25th.
           Activity will be on 40-15 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via
           JA4GXS, direct or by the Bureau.

  NA-178.  (Update) According to a post on their FaceBook page at:
                        <https://www.facebook.com/K6Fislands>
           "Hi All - so far, we are ON for 1/5 & 1/6 on the island. Some
           of you have heard, and I'll make it clear here now, that this
           trip to the island will likely not 'count' for IOTA credit.
           Paperwork and politics being what they are, we will likely
           not have certification from IOTA for these QSO'S next week.
           Please consider this a dry - run for a future trip. See you
           on the band's Monday evening  73"

  OC-236.  Operators Agus/YB8IAN, Salmin/YB8IBD, Asrat/YB8KGR, YB8KM,
           YC8IAI, Syahruddin/YC8KBY, YC8KLA and YC8KNW will be active
           as YB8K from Wowoni Island between January 10-11th. Activity
           will beon the HF bands using CW, SSB and Digital modes. QSL
           via YB8IBD direct only. An online log search will be available
           on ClubLog. More details and updates at: 
                         http://www.qrz.com/db/YB8K

J3, GRENADA. Bob, G3PJT, will once again be active as J34G from Grenada
(NA-024, WLOTA 0718) between March 12-25th. Activity will be holiday style
on 80-10 meters, mainly CW, using a K2 w/100 watts and vertical antennas.
He plans to also be in the RSGB's Commonwealth Contest (March 14-15th).
Look for him outside of the contest, especially on 80 and 30 meters. QSL
via his home callsign.

JW, SVALBARD. François, F8DVD, will once again be active as JW/F8DVD from
Longyearbyen located on Spitsbergen Island (EU-026) between April 9-15th.
His activity will be on HF bands. He will use the Longyearbyen Radio Club's
equipment which consists of an Kenwood TS870 and a 500 watts amp into an
optibeam antenna on a 30 meters high tower. The log will be uploaded on
Clublog and on LoTW. QSL via his home callsign, through the French REF
Bureau or direct, with SAE + 1 IRC or 2 USDs to: Francois Bergez, 6,
Rue de la Liberte,  71000 MACON, France. For more info, visit: 
                   http://www.qrz.com/db/JW/F8DVD

K1N NAVASSA DXPEDITION (Press Release - December 30th): It is now about
4 weeks before K1N goes on the air. The exact date of departure from the
staging area will be dependent upon a combination of the date U.S. FWS
transportation is available and upon weather windows. It is looking like
K1N will be QRV the first two weeks of February.
  Most of the team have their bags packed and are ready to go. Because
of the helicopter logistics, this will be a no-frills-minimum-comfort
operation for the team. Meals will be MRE's. The container has been
organized for a quick camp setup and quick radio/antenna setup to take
advantage of every moment. It is estimated there will be two full days
of helicopter shuttles to get everything needed to start operations. A
small team of FWS personnel will accompany us, including armed Federal
Law Enforcement Officers.
  Efficiency is not just for the team, but also for the DX community. It
has been over 22 years since Navassa was activated and USFWS will not
allow another operation for at least 10 more years. This is a ONCE IN
32 YEARS opportunity to work Navassa! Everyone can make the most of this
opportunity by LISTENING to the operator's instructions and following
the cadence of the operator. We will not be working all modes on all
bands, but limiting most bands to a specific mode, so that we can work
the pileups down to the last little pistol.
  Fund raising has been going well. The team has contributed about half
of the total budget. For those in the U.S., it is possible to make a
year-end tax-deductible donation, directed through the Northern California
DX Foundation. See <www.navassadx.com> and follow the instructions on
the DONATE tab.
  We have a Facebook page to watch and a Twitter feed (@navassa2015)
to follow along.
  For the KP1-5 Project,
     Bob Allphin K4UEE
     Glenn Johnson W0GJ
     Mike Thomas NA5U

OJ0, MARKET REEF. Operators Peter/ON8VP, Mike/ON6QQ and Ron/ON5TQ will
be active as OJ0V from Market Reef between June 28th and July 4th. Activity
will be on 40-10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via ON5TC.

PA70, THE NETHERLANDS (Special Event). For the second year in a row the
amateur society VERON, branch Nijmegen, will activate the special event
station PA70OV between February 6-8th. Activity is to commemorate Operation
Veritable, the successor of Operation Market Garden. Operation Veritable
is not known very well to most people. It was the battle which formed the
prelude to the leap across the Rhine after which the eventual defeat of
Germany soon followed. They would like us to commemorate and celebrate 70
years of freedom in the Gennep-Nijmegen region. During the 3 days, they
will activate the callsign PA70OV and try to work as many amateur radio
operators across the world. Whether you are an amateur radio operator
hoping to contact a new country or a casual visitor, they welcome you to
visit their website at: http://www.pa2p.nl/pa70ov

PP70, BRAZIL (Special Event). Ronaldo, PS7AB, will activate special event
station PP70FEB between January 6-31st. Activity is to celebrate 70th
anniversary of World War II and to remember the importance of PEACE.
The special callsign is also in honor to all who participated in the war,
especially the Brazilian Expeditionary Force - FEB, on the battlefields
in Italy. Operations will be on CW and SSB. QSL via PS7AB, direct (1 USD),
by the Bureau, eQSL or LoTW. Each month in 2015, Ronaldo will activate a
different callsign and also send 12 different QSLs. For more details, see:                           http://qrz.com/db/pp70feb

 

 SOLAR REFERENCE KEYS/INDEXES AND GEOMAGNETIC REFERENCE
   ======================================================
    NORMALITY               GEOMAG       K Values    Alpha
   -----------------        ------       --------    ------
   AN  - Above Normal       Quiet        K=0-1       0-7
   HN  - High Normal        Unsettled    K=2         8-15
   LN  - Low Normal         Active       K=3         16-29
   BN  - Below Normal       Minor Storm  K=4         30-49
   DIS - Disturbed          Major Storm  K=5         50-99
   VRY DIS - Very Disturbed Severe Storm K=6-9       100-400

  REALTIME BAND CONDITIONS WEB SITE <http://www.bandconditions.com>:
  The purpose of this experimental Web site is to provide 24-7-365 actual
  (REALTIME) band condition information to CW QRPp, QRPe and CW/SSB for
  Contesters interested in increasing their scores. It can also be of
  benefit to other Radio Amateurs to determine band conditions for Nets
  and casual QSO's. This information is NOT based on any software pre-
  dictions or any kind of satellite based readings. It is based on a
  new Ionospheric sounding method called "HF Ionospheric Interferometry"
  which operates very similarly to the PolSAR system used by NASA.

PY0F, FERNANDO DE NORONHA. Leo, PP1CZ, will once again be active as
PY0F/PP1CZ from Fernando de Noronha (SA-003, DIB OC-01, WLOTA 1208, WWFF
PYFF-016) between January 8-15th. Activity will be holiday style on 80-10
meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL him direct, by the Bureau
(Slow), LoTW or OQRS (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Check out the pictures of his
2013/2014 operations on QRZ.com.

PY0F, FERNANDO DE NORONHA (Early Announcement). Will, AA4NC, will be
active as PY0F/AA4NC from Fernando de Noronha between October 17-27th.
Activity will be holiday style on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.
He does plan to be active in the CQWW DX SSB Contest. QSL via LoTW.

QSL INFO AND NEWS.....................
  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (January 4th)
  --------------------------------------------------------------------------
  3Z2015NY via SP6IEQ       HF2014PRNF via SQ3BKH      RM3F via UA3DPX
  8P2K via KU9C             HF2015HNY via SP2ZAO       S507PMC via S59DCD
  AH2/AB2RF via JJ2RCJ (d)  HF7SIEMA via SP7PTK        SN5N via SP5KP
  AU1SV via VU2SMS          HF90IARU via SP1MGM        SN90IARU via SP1PMY
  C5YK via ON6EG            II2YOTA via OM2FY          SQ90IARU via SP7PTM
  DJ90IARU via DL2VFR       KP2/AG1LE via AG1LE        TC5OCK via TA5FA
  DK65DARC via DF1QR        LZ290MB via LZ1KCP         UN7JX via RW6HS (d)
  DL65DARC via DF1QR        OE2S via OE2GEN            YL5W via YL2GN
  EM90WF via UR5WA          OU2X via OZ1AXG
  HA60KWO via HA8LKM        RC3W via RW3WWW
    (e) eQSL only  (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (L) LoTW only
    (O) OQRS only  (C) ClubLog only

  FRANCE POSTAGE INCREASE. Patrick, TK5EP, informs: "FYI, starting January
  1st, the French postage will increase. For a 20g world letter the price
  will go up from 0.98 € to 1,20 €! That is a 23% increase... Receiving
  a QSL is getting a real luxury! Long life to LoTW!"

  QSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 7N4SJX, 9M2TO, AH2/AB2RF, CT3DZ, CO2RVA, DK5MO,
  DL1ZBO, DL9HO, HA5AGS, J6/DL7VOG, JA0EQL, JA0GJJ, JA4DND, JF2MBF, LA4OGA,
  LZ9W, ON8NT, PS7YL, SM0OEK, V5/DL3DXX, V63CX, VP5/G3SWH, VP8ROT, YC8ROP,
  YV5IAL, ZL1BYZ and ZS6RJ

  QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 5R8IC, 5V7TH, 5W0AG, 7O2A, B9/BY9GA, CE0Z/UA4WHX,
  CE7/UA4WHX, CE9/UA4WHX, DU7/JH1BXH, EG2INT, EI100T, EX8M, EX8MLE,
  HK0/UA4WHX, J79L, JY9FC, PJ7PK, PY22XB, SX8SA, T30D, VK9XSP, VQ9XR,
  VU4CB, YJ0X, YP0F, ZA/UA4WHX, ZA/YU7CM, ZK3E and ZK3Q

  QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 1A0KM, 3V8SM, 4O/HA3NU, 5B/HA5PP, 5B/IZ4AMS,
  5V7DX, 6O0CW, 6W/HA0NAR, 7P8AO, 9A/HA3HP, 9A/IV3TMM, 9N7MD, A25ZY, A61ZZ,
  C6AGU, D64K, EA9/HA3NU, ED9M, HA5MASAT, HA40KKC, HA100CGCDH, HA800LP,
  HB0/HA0HW, HB0/IN3YKS/P, HB0/IZ4DPV, HC2IOH, HG5FIRAC, HG0A, HG0HQ,
  HG0WFF,  HG19JASZ, HG20MAT, HG30LP, HG52FC, HG60VOTT, HG66MALEV, HG100VA,
  HG460EV, HG1912PTTT, HG2011U, HI9/IZ2KTE, HP2/I5OYY, HZ1TT, ID9/IW9FRB,
  IF9/IZ5JMX, IG9/IW5ELA, II9HY, IS0BOY, IS0BRD, IS0T, IS0UWX, J5NAR,
  J48HW, J48NAR, J48OV, J48P, J48XG, S79UN, SV8/IZ7ATN/P, SX8R, TK/IZ4BBF,
  TX3A, VK9GMW, XF2E, YJ0HA, Z38N, ZA/HA1DRR, ZL1BYZ, ZL2ATU, ZL3LF, ZL4AS
  and ZL6LH

RESULTS ARE IN (DXpedition of the Year 2014!). The DX-World.net has
announced the results of their "2014 DXpedition of the Year" survey.
The Top Five are:   1) FT5ZM - Amsterdam Island
                    2) FT4TA - Tromelin Island
                    3) VK9DLX - Lord Howe Island
                    4) VK9MT - Mellish Reef
                    5) ZD9XF - Tristan da Cunha

  DX-World.net and Northern California DX Club sponsored the survey. It
was reported that nearly 10,000 took part in this survey. For more details,
see: http://www.dx-world.net/result-dxpedition-of-the-year-2014/#more-56728

TX5, CHESTERFIELD ISLAND (Press Release dated January 3rd). Gene, K5GS,
sent out the following [edited]: Chesterfield Islands 2015 DX-pedition
(OC-176) -- 2015 / 2016 are shaping up to be one of the best ever DX-
pedition seasons. Along with the skipper of Evohe we developed our
tentative sailing schedule. We will ship equipment to Auckland, New
Zealand, where the boat will be loaded and sail for Noumea, New Caledonia.
  Sailing in the Coral Sea is always a challenge, avoiding the cyclone
season is a top priority. 
   1. Advance Team arrives in NZ                12 Sept, 2015
      Buy locally sourced items, Load Evohe     13 – 16 Sept
   2. Evohe departs for Noumea                       17 Sept
   3. Evohe arrives Noumea                           23 Sept
   4. Radio Team arrives in Noumea              25 - 26 Sept
   5. Sail to Chesterfield                      28 – 30 Sept
   6. Land on Chesterfield                            1 Oct
   7. Setup                                         1–2 Oct
   8. Radio operations                             2–12 Oct
   9. Tear down                                      12 Oct
  10. Sail to Noumea                              13–15 Oct
  11. Evohe arrives Noumea                           15 Oct
  12. Evohe sails for NZ                             17 Oct
      Radio team departs for home.                   18 Oct
      Several members return to NZ to meet Evohe
  13. Evohe arrives NZ                               23 Oct
  14. Offload boat in New Zealand               24 / 25 Oct
  15. Repack equipment for shipping               25-27 Oct

    The following individuals were added to the team: Steve Dyer/W1SRD,
  Ross Forbes/K6GFJ and Kevin Rowett/K6TD. Team members previously
  committed include: Pista/HA5AO, Les/W2LK, Mike/WA6O and Gene/K5GS.
    Additional team members will be added. Interested in joining the
  team? Please e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

  Landing Permit: After some initial confusion we confirmed that a
  landing permit is not required for DXCC purposes. We will provide the
  ARRL DXCC desk photos with GPS coordinates and a copy of the ship's
  log when we drop anchor.

  QSL Management: We will manage our own QSLs. Partnering with a well
  known QSL manager we wrote a fully integrated cloud based: Log Search
  – OQRS – QSO management application: that delivers the familiar user
  functions plus an integrated approach to QSL label management and
  LoTW management.  Working from a single cloud data base the QSL team's
  workload and manual tasks will be greatly reduced.

  TX3X License: Our license application for TX3X was submitted and received
  in New Caledonia. The process requires the application be forwarded to
  and processed by the ANFR in France. We are being assisted by New Cale-
  donia resident Remi Touzard FK8CP. We are well ahead of the usual license
  processing time which is typically months.  So, until the official
  license arrives we will refer to TX3X as “pending”.

  Equipment Consolidation Location: Our equipment will be shipped to
  Auckland, New Zealand and placed in secure storage. We‘ll load the
  boat at the Bayswater Marina which is located across the harbor between
  Auckland suburbs of Devonport and Takapuna.

  Project Cost: The preliminary budget for this DX-pedition is
  ~$150,000(USD). As with any DX-pedition that requires a boat charter
  team safety is the top priority. We are using a known boat and skipper.
  We encourage support from worldwide individual DXers, DX clubs and DX
  foundations.

  Our goal is to cover 50% of the total cost through donations. The team
  members will pay their own travel / living expenses and will cover the
  difference between total cost and donations received. At the end of the
  project we will provide club and foundation donors with a financial
  summary.

  Please direct any questions to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  Please see our website for additional information: 
            http://chesterfield2015.pdxg.net

  73, Team Chesterfield 2015

VK0EK HEARD DXPEDITION (Press Release - Dated December 31st): Team members,
support people, sponsors, and interested persons — We have official confir-
mation from the vessel for the dates of the expedition: Nov. 10th – Dec.
22nd, 2015.
  These dates mean depart/return Fremantle, Australia. The visit to
Kerguelen is not yet confirmed–the skipper is working on that, so we'll
update you when we have news.
  Thanks to Rodney Russ for arranging with the Shokalskiy for extra time
in Fremantle in order to accommodate this need. Some team members would
have been unable to participate had we not been able to return before
Christmas. This is a nice present, and ensures that the expedition can
make (and keep) the plans...... Bob, KK6EK (Cordell Expeditions)
  ADDED NOTE: A FAQ page has been added to the VK0EK Web site at:                          http://vk0ek.org/faq

VQ9, CHAGOS. Word has it that Bob, N7XR, is returning to Diego Garcia
(AF-006) again between January 15-28th, and will be active as VQ9XR.
Activity will be on 160-10 meters using SSB and RTTY. QSL via his home
callsign direct only. No Bureau or LoTW. Look for possible updates on:         http://www.wake-diego2014.org

YJ, VANUATU (Update). Haru, JA1XGI, will be active as YJ0XG from Port
Villa between April 13-19th. Activity will be on 40/30/20/17/15/12/10
meters, using CW (mainly), SSB and the Digital (RTTY/PSK). He will be
looking especially for EU by PSK mode. Suggested frequencies are:
  CW   - 7025, 10115, 14015, 18075, 21015, 24895 and 28015 kHz
  SSB  - 7145, 14200, 18140, 21260, 24945 and 28445 kHz
  Digi - 7035, 10140, 14088, 18110, 21088, 24920 and 28088 kHz
QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. Usually an OQRS
(Highly recommended) will be available on ClubLog. For more details,
visit:http://island.geocities.jp/vanuatuholiday

ZF, CAYMAN ISLNDS. Bob, K3UL, will once again be active as ZF2UL from
the Cayman Islands (NA-016) between March 14-20th. If like last time,
activity will be mainly CW, "holiday style" on 160/80/30 meters. QSL
via his home callsign.

ZF, CAYMAN ISLNDS. Col, MM0NDX, will be active from three different
Cayman Islands between April 25th and May 2nd. His callsign is pending,
but he plans to sign as ZF2CI from Grand Cayman, as ZF8/ZF2CI from
Little Cayman and ZF9/ZF2CI from Cayman Brac. Activity will be holiday
style on 160-10 meters, SSB only. QSL via IW7EGQ.

ZL7, CHATHAM ISLAND. Nobuaki "Nobu", JA0JHQ, will be on a short vacation
from the Chatham Islands as ZL7/JA0JHQ between January 30th and February
1st. Activity will be mainly on 17/15 meters CW and SSB. He will try 30
meters CW. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. For updates,
watch his home page at: http://pandasan.jimdo.com