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DX Bulletin No.1069

1A, SOVEREIGN MILITARY ORDER OF MALTA (Wrap-up). The 1A0C operation went QRT on July 5th. As per their Web page, the 1A0C operation made 40957 QSOs with 14479 unique callsigns (14735/CW, 20268/SSB, 5950/RTTY and 4/FM). Breakdown by continent is as follows: 427/AF, 3226/AS, 27142/EU, 9320/NA, 288/OC and 554/SA. QSL via OQRS or LoTW. The OQRS is now available online at:

3B9, RODRIGUES ISLAND. A team of operators from Switerland known as the
"Radio 7 Team" will be active as 3B9SP from Rodrigues Island (AF-017)
between October 16-23rd. Operators currently mentioned are Manfred/HB9ACA,
Michel/HB9BOI, Herbert/HB9BOU, Eugen/HB9BQP, Nicolas/HB9CYF, Cedric/
HB9HFN, Bertrand/HB9SLO, Fritz/HB9TNA and Alain/HB9TYJ. The pilot station
will be Sebastien/HB9ICC and the coordination in Mauritius is Jacky,
3B8CF. Their goal is to set up three amateur radio stations that can be
run together on different Amateur Radio bands. Mostly one on CW, one on
SSB and the third running special modes like RTTY and PSK31. They hope
to use small 400 watt solid state amplifiers for the CW and SSB stations.
Activity will be on 160-6 meters using two 3 element Spiderbeams (20/17/
15/12/10m), verticals for 40/30/20m, a Butternut HF2V for 160/80/40m and
a Slim Jim for 6 meters. QSL via HB9ACA direct or use the OQRS on ClubLog.
The logs will be uploaded to LotW within 6 months after the DX Operation.

7T50/7U50/7V50/7W50/7Y50, ALGERIA. Members of the "Amateurs Radio Algeriens"
(ARA - 7X2ARA) will be active using special prefixes to celebrate the 50th
anniversary of the Algerian Independence between now and December 31st. A
special award/diploma is available for obtaining 50 points by working
the following stations:
   7T50I - Official Station (RC Algiers); 10 points; QSL via 7X2ARA
   7W50I - Radio Club Station from East and South East area (RC Bou-Saada);
           5 points; QSL via 7X2ARA
   7V50I & 7U50I - Radio Club Stations from the south zone (RC Laghouat);
           5 points; QSL via 7X2ARA
   7Y50I - Radio Club Station from the West and South West area (RC Mos-
           taganem; 5 points; QSL via 7X2ARA
   7X ordinary Algerian stations; 3 points

  Complete details about the award are available on under any of
the above special callsigns.

9A20, CROATIA (Special Event/Contest). This year the Croatian Radio Amateur
Association team will participate in the IARU HF World Championship (July
14-15th) using the special callsign 9A20HQ. They shall be active on all
six bands and both modes. QSOs with 9A20HQ are valid for the "20th Anni-
versary of the 9A prefix" award and will be automatically confirmed via
the Bureau - no need to send your cards. Details/rules for the "20th
Anniversary of 9A prefix" can be found on:

9H, MALTA. Giammario, IK0PEA, will be active as 9H3EA from Bugibba near
La Valletta between August 5-17th. Activity will be holiday style on the
HF bands plus 6 meters. He will be using a Kenwood TS 480-SAT with a
vertical antenna. He may also use a dipole antenna for better performance
on 30 and 40 meters. Focus will be on the Digital modes and SSB. QSL via
his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct.

AFRICAN TOUR (6W & C5). Dom, M1TKA, will activate two African countries
during the month of August. His tentative schedule is as follows:
      August 15-22nd - Senegal; Callsign 6W/M1KTA
      August 22-29th - Gambia; Callsign C5/M1KTA
Activity will be on most HF bands using SSB, PSK and CW (in that order).
He also mentions that he will use 6 meters if open from Senegal. For
more information and updates, visit his Blog page at:

AP, PAKISTAN. Operators Asad/AP2AUM, Muhammad/AP2MF and Khalid/AP2MKS
will be active as AP2ARS from Swat District between 1300z July 14th and
1900z July 15th. They will operate from an elevation of 2300m ASL using
frequencies 7050 and 14150 kHz, and the satellites. Power output will be
150 watts to an Inverted V dipole for HF and an egg beater for the
satellite communications (Grid Locater: MM65HH). QSL via: PARS AP2ARS,
P.O.BOX 1450, Islamabad, 44000, Pakistan.

CY9, ST. PAUL ISLAND (Update). The CY9M Team posted the following press
release (#3) on July 6th [edited]: "Very soon it's time for an inter-
national team of 10 amateur radio operators to board their flights to
Nova Scotia, Canada, to participate in the expedition to St. Paul Island,
a top-40 'most wanted' DXCC.

  Quick Facts: CY9M St. Paul Island, July 26th-August 1st, 160-6 meters,
QSL via M0URX.
  Once the team arrives at St. Paul, in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, we plan
to unpack and prepare six Elecraft K3 transceivers, four amplifiers, raise
three Hex Beams and a number of other antennas in order to be active all
bands from 160 through 6 meters CW, SSB and Digital.
  The power station consists of three generators that will constantly
charge three large battery tanks for maximum efficiency. We plan to consume
more that 500 litres of fuel, large amounts of camping food and other
'necessities', including several hundred litres of water – all of which
are not found on the island.
  The team, together with 2 tons of equipment and supplies, head out to
sea on a 42 foot motor vessel on the evening of 25th July or on the morning
of the 26th depending on weather. We expect to be active starting July 26th
and continuously rock the bands until August 1st, weather permitting.
Participation throughout the IOTA contest.
  After the activity, all contacts will be verified via LoTW and for those
who want paper QSL, Tim Beaumont, M0URX, lends us his excellent manager
services. The log will be available through ClubLog, likely after the
  The activity is supported both financially and through the loan of
equipment by several large clubs such as NCDXF, GDXF, ARRL and companies
like Elecraft, Acom and DX Engineering. But we are most proud that so
many individual amateur operators and DX chasers contribute to the activity
out of their own pocket.
  If you would like to donate any amount to the CY9M St. Paul Island
Dxpedition, please click here:
  Feel free to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest news
  We look forward to working you from St. Paul Island, a top 40 most
wanted DXCC.
  73, CY9M Team, St. Paul Island DXpedition
   Bill, N2WB           Kevin, VE3EN
   George, EA2TA        Steve, VA3FM
   Christian, EA3NT     Victoria, SV2KBS
   Simon, IZ7ATN        Bjorn, SM0MDG
   Col, MM0NDX          Mike, AB5EB"

  The following media pages are available for this operation at:

DIAMOND DXCC (Additional Diamond DXCC Tools and Reports Now Available).
The ARRL Web page reports, "The Diamond DXCC Award, celebrating the 75th
anniversary of DXCC, has proven to be popular around the world. Nearly
700 applications have been filed, with K3RA presently sitting atop the
list with 200 of the 231 possible entities in the log. Some incredibly
rare places have been on the air in 2012 so far, including Tibet and
Socotra Island! Recently ARRL has been able to add some additional tools
and reports to the Diamond DXCC system. An online form has been added that
is similar to the Online DXCC application. The Diamond DXCC application
works the same way, except it is tailored to work for just the Diamond
DXCC entities." For the complete report and more details, visit:

DXPEDITION VIDEOS OF THE WEEK. With more and more DXpeditions putting
their videos on YouTube and other Web services, we decided to list them
(possibly) each week. For this week's listings:
  1993 - AH1A Howland Island DXpedition:
  2006 - 5A7A Libya DXpedition:
  2011 - A71DLH Qatar DXpediiton:

  If you have a DXpedition 'video' available on the Web and would like to
have it listed in the OPDX, PLEASE send the URL to use and we will publish

E5, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS (Update). Norman, 5B4AIF, will be active as E51E
from a villa in Tautu Village on Aitutaki Island (OC-083) between December
10th and January 5th (2013). Activity will be holiday style using just basic
antennas. Norman states, "I hope to have the HF2V for 40/80m. Shipped in
advance everything else will travel with us. Inverted V's will be used
for other bands unless I can get something 2nd hand to leave there. The
radio will be a IC-7000, the amp will have the full legal power of 400
watts. I would like to operate at least SSB and RTTY, I am learning CW
so if I am feeling able I will do some slow morse, but if no one sends
slowly I will have to try another mode." Suggested frequencies are:
  CW   - 1825, 3525, 7020, 10105, 14025, 18075, 21025, 24895 and 28025 kHz
  SSB  - 1840, 3793, 7185, 14215, 18160, 21295, 24950 and 28485 kHz
  RTTY - 3630, 7035, 10145, 14090, 18105, 21090, 24925 and 28090 kHz
   6m  - 50105/CW and 50130/SSB

  QSL via EB7DX only. He is a ClubLog user. He now has a Web page up
and running with a "bands/modes" needs survey available at:

EF8, CANARY ISLANDS. Luis, EA8AY, will be active as EF8X from Tenerife
Island (IOTA AF-004, DIE S-012, WLOTA 1276, EAA TF) during the RSGB IOTA
Contest (July 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-band entry. QSL via W2GR.
Visit his Web site at:

EI1/EI8/EI80, IRELAND. Olivier, EI8GQB/EI1A/ON4EI, will operate as EI8GQB
between July 7-31st, from a caravan with green energy. He will take part
in the IARU HF World Championship (July 14-15th) and RSGB IOTA Contest
(July 28-29th). He will operate as a Single-Op/2R (2 radios) with 5
different antennas in a portable condition like disaster/emergency
situation. Follow his activities on <>
where you will find a "Live Information Banner" with message and live
frequencies as well as daily information with photo and video. Between
July 28-29th, look for Olivier to use his new special contest callsign
EI1A during the RSGB IOTA Contest. He plans to use a solar panel and
a wind generator only. QSL EI8GQB and EI1A ONLY via the Bureau to ON4EI.
ADDED SPECIAL ACTIVITIES: Between July 14-15th, look for EI80IRTS to be
activated by Olivier/ON4EI and Bernard/EI4II from the Irish Radio Trans-
mitters Society (IRTS) HQ (Headquarter) station during the IARU HF World
Championship. Also, look for EI80IRTS to be active on July 21st. This is
a special callsign celebrating the 80th anniversary of the Irish Radio
Transmitters Society.

GO2, ENGLAND. The RSGB IARU UK HQ team (GR2HQ) will be active during the
IARU HF World Championship (July 14-15th) with the special callsign GO2HQ
to celebrate the London Olympics this year. Other UK stations will also
start using the GO prefix on July 21st. Please QSL GO2HQ via M0OXO - see
<> for more details.

H4, SOLOMON ISLANDS (IOTA Op). Vadym, UT6UD, will be active as H44UD from
New Georgia Island (OC-149), Western Province of Solomon Islands, between
July 10-17th. Activity will be holiday style, and he will work mainly on
CW during his evening and morning. If conditions permit, Vadym will try to
find time to activate the IOTA groups OC-047 and OC-158. QSL via his home
callsign, by the Bureau or direct.