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.)

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:
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

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

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:
  2008 - T88CJ Palau Koror Island DXpedition: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbuSLKOiZsI
  2005/2007 - 6W/ HA7TM & J5UTM DXpeditions: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mwwbm0Vh36k
  1999 - 7A0K Semut Kecil Island DXpedition: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDfh4MAx_4k
  1998 - E30HA & E30GA Eritrea DXpedition: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeWXNC0jWhs

  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

FO, FRENCH POLYNESIA (IOTA Op!). Didier, F6BCW, will be active as FO/F6BCW
(or possibly a special callsign) from various French Polynesian Islands
between October 2nd and November 8th. Activity will be holiday style,
CW only, and using 100 watts into dipoles strung-up between coconut
trees on the following islands:
  October   2-6th - Tahiti Island (OC-046); no or very little activity
  October  6-15th - Huahine Island (OC-067); 40-10 meters
  October 15-19th - Raiatea Island (OC-067); 30/20/17 meters
  October 19-22nd - Tahaa Island (OC-067); 40/30/20/17 meters
  October 22-26th - Maupiti Island (OC-067); 30/20/17 meters
  October 22nd(?)-November 8th - Huahine Island (OC-067); 40-10 meters
QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

FR, REUNION ISLAND. Willi, DJ7RJ, will once again be active as FR/DJ7RJ
from Reunion Island between September 26th and October 21st. Activity
will be on all bands 160-10 meters using, CW and SSB, and will pay
special attention to the low bands for US and JA. QSL direct to his home

IOTA NEWS..............
  AF-018.  Operator Raffaele, IH9YMC, will be active from Pantelleria
           Island (IIA TP-001, MIA MI-124, WW Loc. JM56XT), African Italy,
           during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) as a Single-Op/
           Single-Band (??) entry. QSL via eQSL.

  AS-105.  Kim (Tia), DS2NMJ, will be active as DS2NMJ/2 from Yonghung
           Island between August 12-13th. Activity will be on 15 and 12
           meters SSB. QSL via his home callsign, direct (preferred) or
           by the Bureau.

  AS-190.  (Update/New IOTA) A team of Saudi operators will activate
           Al-Dhahrah Island as 7Z7AB between October 5-11th. Operators
           mentioned are Abdul/7Z1CQ, Suli/7Z1SJ, Abdullah/HZ1AR, Bader/
           HZ1BF, Abdullah/HZ1BW, Abdul/HZ1DG, Firas/HZ1FS, Hani/HZ1HN,
           Mohamad/HZ1MD and Nhaw/HZ1TL. More details and a Web page
           will be forthcoming. See their logo on QRZ.com.

  EU-012.  Look for a YL DXpedition to be active as GB2YLS from Fair Isle
           (IOSA SH-09, WLOTA 1319) between August 16-22nd. Operators
           mentioned are Unni/LA6RHA, Chantal/PA5YL, Ruth/IT9ESZ/HB9LFM,
           Nicky/MM5YLO, Elaine/2E1BVS and Denise/MM6ZDW. Activity will
           be on the HF bands using CW and SSB, as well as an entry in
           the International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend (August 18-19th)
           from Fair Isle South (Skaddan) Lighthouse (ILLW UK0127, ARLHS
           SCO-079, BARLS A3750, TWLHD WLH GM-028). QSL via MM5YLO, by
           the Bureau or direct. Visit their Web site at:

  EU-028.  Paolo, IZ5NFD, will be active as IA5/IZ5NFD from St. Andrea
           (WW Loc. JN52BT) in the north western part of Elba Island
           between August 6-12th. Activity will be holiday style on
           40-2 meters on CW during his early mornings (0500z) and his
           evenings (2100z). QSL via his home callsign, direct or by
           the Bureau.

  EU-042.  Mike, DG5LAC, will be active as homecall/p from Amrum Island
           (GIA N-018, WFF DLFF-013, WLOTA 2464) between August 11-24th.
           Activity will be holiday style on 80-10 meters SSB. QSL via
           his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. Log will be
           uploaded to LoTW, WFF and eQSL. 

  EU-064.  Members of the Radio Club Vendéen (F6KUF) will be active as
           F6KUF/p from the Sebastopol Polder (FFF-218) on Noirmoutier
           Island between August 20-21st. Operators mentioned are:
             CW Team  - Pat/F6ACD and Alain/F5OEV
             SSB Team - Phil/F5TRO and Seb/F4BHZ.
           Activity will be on the usual WFF frequencies, ± QRM permit-
           ting. QSL cards are via the Bureau; SWL cards are welcome.

  EU-84.  Operators Stefan/SA0AEK, Alexander/SA0AEX and Oskar/SA0ASG will
          be active as SC0UT/5 from the Scout Camp Boomerang on Vassaro
          [Vässarö] Island until August 10th. Activity will be on 80-12
          meters SSB. QSL SC0UT via the Bureau.

  EU-165.  Massimo, I0PNM, will once again be active as IM0/I0PNM from
           San Pietro Island (IIA CI-007, MIA MIS-050, WLOTA 2989) between
           August 10th and September 3rd. Activity will be mainly 20/15/10
           meters using SSB, RTTY and PSK31. QSL via his home callsign
           direct only.

  EU-182.  (Correction) One of the Russian-Ukrainian team's operator who
           was listed a R6LP in OPDX.1072 from their press release is
           actually Oleg, RL6LP, and was active as UT/RL6LP from Ankudinov
           Island during the IOTA Contest last weekend. QSL via LoTW or
  NA-124.  Manuel, XE2HUQ, will be active as XF1F from San Francisco
           Island sometime in October. Specific dates were not announced.
           Activity will probably be on 80/40/20/17/15/12/10 meters using
           SSB only. QSL via XE2HUQ.

JW, SVALBARD (Update). Torkel, LA6VJA, will once again be active as
JW6VJA from the JW5E club station in Longyearbyen on Spitsbergen Island
(EU-026) between August 10-12th. Fredrik, LA6TMA, will also join him
and be active as JW6TMA. Activity by JW6VJA will mainly be CW with some
SSB, while JW6TMA will be active mostly on the Digital modes. QSL via
their home callsigns, direct or by the Bureau. PLEASE NOTE the new postal
address for direct QSL cards. Also, JW6VJA will upload his log to LoTW.
For more details, visit:    http://www.bitwrap.no/web/index.php?id=6

 Aug/06th  AN      Aug/09th  AN      Aug/11th  AN
 Aug/07th  AN      Aug/10th  AN      Aug/12th  AN
 Aug/08th  AN

    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

KP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS (On the Birds!). Wyatt, AC0RA, reports that he
made a QSO on August 2nd with Rich, KP2CT, from St. Thomas on FO-29 for
his first satellite contact. For equipment he has a Icom 706 and an
arrow antenna. He is manually tuning for Doppler and still getting the
hang of it. Wyatt states, "He (Rich) is going to only be on the SSB 
satellites for now and probably only FO-29 due to the ease of working
semi duplex on mode J vs mode B. Though we might try on VO52 at some point.
He is still picking up on things that make it easier and need to trouble
shoot a few problems we found during our first QSO! He will try to be QRV
on fo29 during the next few week ends and possibly during the week 
depending on his free time due to his unpredictable work schedule. He 
also asked that people not try to contact him for skeds. If he knows he
can make a certain pass or passes I will try to make an effort to post 
to the AMSAT BB."

NCDXF PRESS RELEASE (Dated July 28th): "The Northern California DX
Foundation is the recipient of a 4000 USDs donation from the Northern
California DX Club. This is the largest donation ever received from a
club. More and more DX clubs are donating to NCDXF. NCDXF thoroughly
analyzes the financial needs of planned DXpeditions and helps provide
critical funding to DXpedtions high on the Most Wanted List. Often
without support such DXpeditions would not be possible. Several expensive
DXpeditions in the Top Ten Most Wanted are in the early or mid planning
stages. Contributions from individuals and from clubs to NCDXF will help
make these DXpeditions happen."

NCDXF PRESS RELEASE (Dated August 48th): "The Northern California DX
Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of two new Directors to
fill vacancies created by retiring board members. Tom Berson, ND2T, and
Glenn Rattmann, K6NA, were elected to fill these positions.
  Tom Berson, ND2T, became a ham at the age of 11. He has lived and worked
abroad for 7 ½ years. He is a past president and director of the Inter-
national Association for Cryptologic Research, Inc. Professionally, Tom
is an expert in cryptography, computer security, information conflict,
and high-tech business. Tom has been on several high profile DXpeditions
and will be headed to NH8S Swains Island very soon. Tom has lived in Palo
Alto, CA, since 1977.
  Glenn Rattmann, K6NA, has been DXing and contesting since age 14. He has
a degree in Marine Geology and has had successful careers in oceanographic
survey work, electronic sales and manufacturing and aerospace. He retired
from Northrop Grumman in 2007. He has participated in many DXpeditions and
is very active in contesting. He has worked all current DX entities and
loves the low bands. He has been very active in the San Diego DX Club.
Glenn lives in Valley Center, CA.
  More extensive biographies for Tom and Glenn can be seen at:
An eleven member Board of Directors oversees all of the Foundation's
business. These Directors and the volunteer advisors who assist them
have held responsible positions in the business or academic worlds. They
all are active DXers.  The Foundation does not have a paid staff, and no
Foundation officer, director or advisor receives a salary or compensation
in any form.
  In keeping with the original intent of the founders, NCDXF has supported
over 500 DXpeditions, large and small.  For the expensive "mega" DX-
peditions, NCDXF is usually the "anchor" sponsor and its grant often makes
the difference in whether the DXpedition goes forward. Since its founding
in 1972, NCDXF has donated in excess of $1 million to worthy DXpeditions.
NCDXF also supports the world-wide NCDXF/IARU Beacon Project and provides
for scholarships for worthy recipients in cooperation with the ARRL
  The Northern California DX Foundation relies heavily upon the generosity
of its contributors to fund various projects.  The NCDXF is an organization
described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and all con-
tributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law for U.S.
    73, Glenn W0GJ"

OD5, LEBANON. Members of the Lebanese Army Ham Radio (HAM RADIO DX GROUP)
will be active as OD5ARMY during the month of August. Activity is to
celebrate the founding of the Lebanese Army, and to "thank the Lebanese
Army for their effort and their faithfulness to the Land, to the Country,
to their parents, and the Lebanese people." Gabriel, ON5NJ, informs that
the following will be participants during this event: Joe/OD5TE, Raja/OD5MV,
Puzant/OD5NH, Gaby/OD5NJ, George/OD5QB, Maria/OD5QT and Anthy/OD5YY. QSL
via OD5NJ.

OJ0, MARKET REEF. Pasi, OH3WS/OG3A, who was active as OH0/OH3WS from
Eckerö, Aland Island (EU-002) on Friday, is now active as OJ0W from
Market Reef (EU-053, ARLHS MAR-001, WLOTA 0542) until August 10th.
Activity will take place during his spare time. QSL via OH3WS.

P3, CYPRUS (Update). Mark, M0DXR, will be active as P3F (not 5B/M0DXR
as first announced) during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) as
a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via his home callsign.

PT0, ST. PETER AND ST. PAUL ROCKS (Update). Members of the Araucaria DX
Group, in conjunction with the TX3A Team, will activate St. Peter and
St. Paul Rocks (PY0S), under the callsign PT0S  approximately between
November 10-22nd. They suggest on their Web page to please visit and
check their Web site regularly for news updates or announcements. (Like
all things maritime, the exact dates of their travel to the rocks will
be subject to the weather and issues related to the boat.) The Web page
also menitoned that two operators of the PT0S Team (PY2XB and AA7JV)
went out on a survey voyage to St. Peter and St. Paul Rocks this past
weekend to find a suitable site for a platform to hold their operating
and sleeping tent. This is necessary as there is no flat land available
on the rocks. They have only 5 hours on the rocks to complete their survey,
which, in addition to the platform site, will include surveying potential
antenna sites and generator location.
  Once again, operators for the PT0S operation will be Fred Carvalho/PY2XB
(PY2XB/PY0F, PQ0F, VP5/PY2XB, 8P9XB), Peter Sprengel/PP5XX/PY5CC (PY0FM,
PW0T, HK0NA). Tomi Pekarik/HA7RY and George Wallner/AA7JV. The operation
will have a strong low band focus. There will be a dedicated 160 meter
station operating on 160 meters from sunset to sunrise. A second station
will be on 80 and 40 meters at night. During the day they will operate
two stations on the higher bands -- and 6 meters -- based on conditions.
RTTY will also be supported. An "Online QSL Request Service" (OQRS) will
be set up on their Web site for both direct or Bureau QSLs. For direct
cards via the mail, QSL via HA7RY (read details on the Web page). The log
will be uploaded on LoTW, generally within 36 hours of the QSO taking
place. For further information, please visit:    http://pt0s.com

QSL INFO AND NEWS.....................
  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (dated July 29th and August 5th)
 6K13KJ via HL0CHD          HG3IPA via HA3JB           OH0/YL2GN via YL2GN
  8J2NDP/3 via JA (B)       HG460EV via HA6VA          OM100IG via OM3BY
  9A/OM8AA via OM8AA        HK2PMR via EA5GL (d)       ON12TRUDO via ON4TRC
  9A/VE3ZIK via DK8ZZ       HR2/NP3J via EA5GL         OZ3SDL via EI3IO
  D2QR via RW6HS (d)        I2/ON4ENL via ON4ENL       P3F via 5B4AHJ
  DP87SIXD via DL3VU        I6/IZ0MQN/P via IZ0MQN     PC25HR via PC2F
  ED5RKB via EA5RKB         ID8/IQ8CS via IQ8CS        R10RLHA/1 via RA1QY
  ED7YAD via EA7URM         II3PIC via IV3FIV          R35CZF via RV9CVA
  EH2DLG via EB2FAC         IK/AL3T via DL7ET          R1812SM via RV3LZ
  EI25DB via EI9HQ          IK2/DF5DN via DF5DN        SU1IE via HA3JB (d)
  EJ0PL via EI5JQ           IM0/I2KQE via I2KQE        SV2/OE5RTP via OE5RTP
  EJ3Z via EI6GUB           IN3/I3GNQ via I3GNQ        SV5/RD1AP via RD1AP
  EN5RFF via UT1RT          IS0/OM3BH via OM3BH        SZ6P via SV1BJW
  ES0W via SP7DPJ           JH1OGT/BY1RX via JH1OGT    V5/F5JWH via F5JWH
  ES7FHELL via ES7FU (B)    JX9JKA via LA9JKA          XV9NPS via JA2NPS
  EV140OP via EW7DK         KH0/WE0A via WE0A          YF1AR via N2OO
  EX2F via RW6HS (d)        LX/PA7AL via PA7AL         YV7/UA9YAB via UA9YAB
  F/M0CUL via M0CUL         LY/RA5FB via RA5FB         YV7/UA9YPS via UA9YPS
  F/OE5JKL via OE5JKL       LZ916SS via LZ1KCP         YV7BMZ via EA7FTR
  GB2012OLY via M0DOL       MW0ZZK via EB7DX           ZF2GG via W4SIG
  GI/EI7GEB/P via EI7GEB    MX0HFC via G1EYY           ZP0B via ZP5KO
  GO1VDP via M0URX          NP3CW via EB7DX            ZP5AJR via PY4KL
  GO3TXF via G3TXF          OD5ARMY via OD5NJ
                (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (L) LoTW

  NEW MANAGER. Buzz, NI5DX, is now serving as QSL Manager for Clive,
  3B8CW, on Mauritius Island. Buzz has Clive's past logs and will be
  able to confirm contacts made with 3B8CW from September 1, 2011,
  onward. Clive is using a Mosley TA-33 antenna at the present time,
  but is considering building/buying a HexBeam to improve his signal
  and allow operation on the 79-WARC bands. A QSL card is now being
  designed and will be printed soon. Please allow for a short delay
  in response if sending for a card before they arrive from the printer.
  This is generally 4-6 weeks after the order is placed.

  OJ0R LoTW. Nigel, G3TXF, reports that the OJ0R log will be uploaded
  to LoTW just as soon as the LoTW Cert arrives. He also states that
  both Don, G3XTT, and himself had a great time, and they are grateful
  to Teemu, SM0W, for setting it all up. Nigel has provided a few photos
  from last weekend's IOTA Contest trip to Market Reef (OJ0R) at:

  QSL STATUS S55CERKNO & S555E. Dan, S50U, reports, "All S55CERKNO &
  S555E direct QSL request (OQRS is preferred) will be honored by a
  special stamp released for the occasion! Please SASE with 2 USDs to:
  Radioclub Cerkno, P.O. BOX 16, 5282 Cerkno, Slovenia, with priority
  return when getting cards from the printer in early 2013. Request
  your direct QSL with special stamp at <http://www.s50e.si>. "

  TM0BI (EU-032) IS QRT. The complete log is uploaded on the OQRS provided
  by ClubLog. Direct and Bureau QSL are via ON4ZD and can be requested via
  this OQRS (the prefered way). OQRS access is also available directly on
  the Web page:              http://www.qrz.com/db/tm0bi 

  SA1A, SV0XCC/9, TK5EP, UY0ZG, V31MX, V31WH, V55V, VB6A, VK2DX, VU2PAI,

  XX9E and YI9EO


SILENT KEYS....................
  Well-known operator Paul Caboche, 3B8AD, became a Silent Key (SK) on
  July 25th. Paul is remembered as a communications pioneer and was
  active on many islands in the Indian Ocean. He was inactive in recent
  years due to illness. Older DXers may remember Paul as VQ8AD, etc.
  <http://hamgallery.com/qsl/country/Mauritius/vq8ad.htm>  He was 94.
  Jacky, 3B8CF, made the following announcement on the IARU Region 1
  Web site, "Paul was the oldest ham in Mauritius. His first call was
  VQ8AS in the Chagos back in 1937. Later he got the call VQ8AD, then
  in 1970 he became 3B8AD. He was the first chairman of MARS (Mauritius
  Amateur Radio Society) and held this post for many years, from 1967
  to 1993. He has done much to protect the interests of ham radio in
  Mauritius and to promote this hobby over the years. May he rest in
  Peace! Jacky, 3B8CF."

  OPDX was also informed that Sven Lutzen, OZ3SA/OX3SA, recently had a
  heart attack and is now a Silent Key (SK). No other details were

  OPDX and its readers would like to send out our deepest sympathy to
  the family and friends of the above Silent Keys.

TZ, MALI. "The Daily DX" reports this past week that Fernando, Z21BB/EA4BB
(ex-9Q5BB, D2BB, ST2BF, TU5JL), has left Zimbabwe and has taken a new
assignment in the Mali Republic. He is expected to receive a TZ6BB license
in a couple of week. QSL via W3HNK.

V5, NAMIBIA. Hans, DF2UU, informs OPDX that he will once again be active
from Namibia between the end of August to the middle of September as
V5/DF2UU. Activity will be on 160-6 meters. He will also be active during
some contests. In the SSB FD, September 1-2nd, he (and others) will be
active as V55V/P as a Multi-Single entry. In the WAE SSB, September 8-9th,
he states that the callsign is not sure, but if he works Single-Op it will
be V5/DF2UU and if it is Multi-Op then V55V.

VU7, LAKSHADWEEP ISLAND (aka Laccadive Islands)[IOTA/Lighthouse/WFF Op].
Members of the Bangalore Amateur Radio Club (VU2ARC) and a small group
of amateur radio volunteers will be active as VU7M from Minicoy Island
(AS-106, WFF VU-103, ARLHS LAK009 and also IND017 [to be deleted!!])
between August 13-22nd. The group received special permission from
Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, and the Government
of India on July 26th, to use the special callsign VU7M to represent
India during the 2012 International/Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend,
August 17-18th. Operators mentioned are Arasu/VU2UR, Laxmanan/VU2LX,
Srikantha/VU2GSM, Govind/VU2GGM, Ramesh/VU2LU and Lion/VU2JHM. Details
on QRZ.com state that they will be "setting up humble HF station" and
the QSL route is "DIRECT or through the Bureau". For more details
(plently of URLs to look at) and updates, watch QRZ.com under VU7M.

YN, NICARAGUA. Jeff, N6GQ, will once again be active as YN2AA from Grenada,
Nicaragua, between October 23-29th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters,
and he will participate in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) as
a Single-OP/All-Band/High-Power entry. Jeff will probably use a K3 radio
and 1 KW amp into the following antennas: a Tribander, 2 element 40m beam,
wires and beverages for 80/160m. QSL via NN3W, by the Bureau or direct. U.S.
stations, please send SASE; DX stations, please send SAE with GS or IRC.
Bureau service will take time. Logs will also be uploaded to LoTW.

ZL9, CAMPBELL ISLAND (Update). It was announced on August 5th: "The HARAOA
ZL9HR DX’Pedition to Campbell Island in the Great Southern Ocean (IOTA
OC-037) is delighted to have been granted an award from the prestigious
ARRL Colvin foundation.
 The Colvin Award is conferred in the form of grants in support of Amateur
Radio projects that promote international goodwill in the field of DX
and the HARAOA are honored to have received this award.
  Preparations for this major DX’Pedition are on schedule for the 
activation dates of November 28th. to December 9th, 2012."