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DX Bulletin No. 1073

>5X, UGANDA (Pirate!). Nick, G3RWF, reports, "Someone is currently pirating my Ugandan call (G3RWF) - he/she/it was on 20m today (August 1st) at about 1215 UTC - also on 40m a few days ago (and also last March fwiw). I hope to return to Uganda in October, but no dates yet fixed." Nick told OPDX, "Current plans are for a return to Uganda in mid-October for 8 weeks - taking in CQWWCW (maybe SSB too if I can find my mic) and the ARRL 10m contest (if 10m wakes up again properly!)."

9M, SPRATLY ISLANDS (Reminder). Just a reminder that operators John/9M6XRO
and Steve/9M6DXX will be active as 9M4SLL from Pulau Layang Layang, Spratly
Islands (AS-051) this week between August 7-13th. Activity will be on all
bands from 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY, using two stations with
linear amplifiers to vertical antennas on the edge of the ocean. Spratly
Islands are ranked 29th in the current The DX Magazine ‘100 Most Needed
Countries’ survey (world-wide, mixed modes), up from number 32 last year.
The QSL Manager for 9M4SLL is Tim Beaumont, M0URX. QSL direct with SAE +
2 USDs or 1 new IRC, OQRS (see <http://m0urx.com/oqrs>) or via the RSGB
bureau (all bureau cards MUST be marked "via M0URX"). Logs will be uploaded
to LoTW as soon as possible after the end of the operation (within a few
days), but there will be NO online log during the DXpedition itself. (Note
for users of computer logging programs: The 9M4 prefix is issued to special
event stations that may be anywhere on Malaysian territory; this includes
the DXCC entities of West Malaysia, East Malaysia or, as in this case,
Malaysian islands in the Spratly group.)

CORRECTION DEPARTMENT. In OPDX.1072, under "VK0H, HEARD ISLAND (Update)",
The callsign for Joe Taylor (Nobel physics) was incorrect and should be
K1JT (not N1JT). We have been informed by Bob, KK6EK, that it is now
corrected on the Heard Island Web page.

CQ NEWS. Rich, W2VU, sent out the following press release on August 1st:
"CQ TO REVAMP PUBLICATION SCHEDULE FOR CONTEST RESULTS; MAJOR RESULTS TO
APPEAR FOUR MONTHS EARLIER -- CQ magazine will embark on a major reorgani-
zation of its editorial content in order to publish contest results signif-
icantly sooner, Editor Rich Moseson, W2VU, announced today. On average,
contest results will appear four months sooner than at present. The new
schedule will be phased in over the course of 2013 and will be fully in
place by 2014.
 'The phase-in is necessary because of new and old dates overlapping,'
Moseson explained, 'as well as scheduling needs for non-contest articles
including our special focus issues and Dayton new product reports. As a
result, some contest results will be temporarily relocated in 2013 and
some specials will be rearranged as well.'
  'In addition, there will be two sets of CQ WPX Contest results published
in 2013 -- the 2012 scores in January (SSB) and February (CW), followed
by the 2013 results in September (SSB) and November (CW). The CQ World
Wide DX Contest results, which currently appear in the August (SSB) and
September (CW) issues, will be published as of 2013 in the April and May
issues, respectively. For one year only (2013), the CQ World Wide VHF
Contest results will be published in CQ VHF magazine, and will return to
CQ as of 2014, appearing in the January issue.'
  This schedule change has been made possible by the fact that the vast
majority of contest entrants submit their logs online, as well as advance-
ments in technology for log-checking, earlier log submission deadlines
announced last month and advances in publishing technology.
  'For years, both participants and contest directors have been asking us
to publish the results sooner,' Moseson explained, 'and at last, all of
the pieces have fallen into place to make it possible. The new schedule
represents the minimum amount of time needed to not only collect and
process the logs, but to resolve issues with problem logs and take the
necessary steps to assure the ongoing integrity of our contest results.'
  A complete calendar of contest results issues for 2013 and 2014 will be
posted on the CQ website at < www.cq-amateur-radio.com>."      

CY9, ST. PAUL ISLAND (QRT). The CY9M St. Paul Island DXpedition went QRT
earlier then expected on July 31st, around 1625z due to a forecast of
poor weather conditions and at the request of the skipper. They departed
from St. Paul Island at 1900z. In 4.5 days of operating, the team made
over 33k QSOs. All contacts will be verified via LoTW once they return
home, and for those who want paper QSLs, Tim Beaumont, M0URX, will be
the QSL Manager. The log is now available on ClubLog. The final totals
are as follows: 33219/QSOs and 12715/Unique Calls. Mode breakdown is:
15561/CW, 16143/SSB, 62/PSK, 705/RTTY and 748/PSK63F. Continent breakdown
is: 441/AF, 0/AN, 514/AS, 17438/EU, 13548/NA, 233/OC and 1045/SA.

D6, COMOROS (Reminder/Update). A team of Europeon operators will be active
as D64K from Ngazidja (Grande Comore), Comoros Islands (IOTA AF-007),
between August 8-20th. The current list of operators mentioned are
Salvador C31CT/EA3QS, Sigi/DL7DF, Josep/EA3AKY, Fabrizio/IW3SQY, Paolo/
IV3DSH, Franco/IZ8GCE and Les/SP3DOI. The team has already obtained all
permissions, and the license has been sent to the DXCC Desk. Pilot station
is Stan/KH6CG. Their license covers from 160 to 6 meters, so the guys will
be active on all bands and modes, and they are even considering the possi-
bility of working on 60m and 6m. They will have four stations on the air
using 2x Elecraft K3, 2x Elecraft K2 all with amps, into 2x Spiderbeams,
2 element vertical array (80/40/30) and HF vertical Multi-band. Suggested
frequencies are:
  CW   ­ 1826, 3506, 7006, 10106, 14026, 18076, 21026, 24896 and 28026 kHz
  SSB  ­ 1845, 3780, 7060/7150, 14150, 18140, 21270, 24940 and 28470 kHz
  RTTY ­ 7035, 10142, 14080, 18100, 21080, 24920 and 28080 kHz
   6m  - 50130/CW-SSB and 50193/EME

  The QSL Manager will be Paolo, IV3DSH. Watch the following Web sites
for updates:                     http://www.d64k.net
                              https://twitter.com/#!/D64K

DXCC NEWS. Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL Awards Branch Manager, reports that
the following operation is approved for DXCC credit:
        H44UD – Solomon Islands; 2012 Operation