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ICPO Bulletin (04-11 November 2011)
|"Islands, Castles & Portable Operations"|
Listing is by calendar date (day/month/year)
VK7HVK/p - Bruny Island (IOTA OC-233, WLOTA 1829)
Scott, VK7HVK is currently active (as of 2-November-2011) from Bruny Island
OC-233. Details of his station and QSL info on QRZ.com. [dx-world.net]
04/11/2011: VK9X and VK9C expedition - Pekka, OH2YY, will be QRV on 4th
November and 8-11th November 2011 on Christmas Island (IOTA OC-002, WFF
VKFF-098). He has been allocated the callsign VK9XM. Pekka plans to operate SSB
on the 7-28 MHz bands with a 200W transceiver, but the antenna set-up is still
under consideration. Pekka will be QRV from Cocos (Keeling) Islands (IOTA
OC-003, WFF VKFF-577) from 5-7th November 2011, using the callsign VK9CM. Same
bands and equipment as on Christmas Island. He will QSL 100% either direct or
via the SRAL QSL bureau. Direct QSL's to his home call address: Pekka Ahlqvist
OH2YY, Vapaalanpolku 8B, 01650 Vantaa, Finland. [OH2YY/NG3K]
05/11/2011: Depending on ferry crossings, Ron G4DIY and Lee G0DBE will be QRV
5/6th of November for 4-5 days as GP0STH from Cobo Bay, isle of Guernsey (IOTA
EU 114, WLOTA 0013). Ron and Lee make an annual visit to the island, where they
have made many contacts over the last few years. Antennas will be verticals,
very close to or on the sea shore. QSL direct to G4DIY QTHR. [dx-world.net]
05/11/2011: Depending on weather, and if permission is granted by Makah Tribal
Council, Yuri N3QQ/p and Johnny KE7V/p will be active from Waadah Island (IOTA
NA-169, USi WA180S, WLOTA 4064), Clallam county, Washington, on 5-6 November,
2011. They will have two stations operating from 80m to 10m CW and SSB. QSL via
N7RO. Live location will be available from 3rd November at:
05/11/2011: Look for Cris, PY7GK and Ben, PY7VI to be active on 5-6 November
2011 from Itamaracá Island (IOTA SA-046, DIB PE-01), Pernambuco state, Brazil.
QRV on the HF bands, using SSB, CW and PSK31. QSL via home calls. [PY7XC]
06/11/2011: Armin, DK9PY, will be signing FG/DK9PY from Guadeloupe Island (IOTA
NA-102, DIFO FG-001, WFF FFF-004, WLOTA 0644) from 6-25 November, 2011. QRV on
the HF bands, CW only. Main frequencies will be in the lower CW area 15 kHz from
the band start. All bands except 160m due to antenna problems will be activated
with concentration on the WARC bands. QSL via home call, direct or by the
07/11/2011: Joachim DL9MS (8P9MS), Frank DL8YHR (8P9DL) and Hermann DL2NUD
(8P9HP) will be active holiday style from St. Peter Parish, island of Barbados
(IOTA NA-021, WLOTA 0999, Grid Loc. GK03), from 7-21 November, 2011. Plans are
to be QRV on the HF bands, plus 6 and 2 metre EME. The EME station will be TRX
and BEKO EME Power into 14 el XPol DF7KF (TX circular, RX all polarisations).
There is also the possibility of some 1.2 GHz EME using 62el Yagi, 400W at
Dipol, 0,35db DB6NT RX Amplifier, and QRG shall be 1296.120 MHz. QSL via their
home calls. Website: http://www.mmmonvhf.de/latest.php [MMMonVHF]
07/11/2011: Operators Manuel, XE2HUQ, Saul, XE2HQI and Jose, XE2HVF will be
active as XF1C from Coronados Island (IOTA NA-165), Loreto Bay, Baja California
Sur, Mexico, from 7-12 November, 2011. QRV on 80, 40, 20, 17, 15, 12 and 10
metre CW and SSB. QSL via XE2HUQ. [ODPX Bulletin]
07/11/2011: Tom, K7ZZ (ZD8ZZ) and Al, W6HGF (ZD8F) will be active from Green
Mountain, Garden Cottage (WW Loc. II22TB), Ascension Island (IOTA AF-003, WLOTA
1491), from 7-22 November, 2011. Tom will focus on CW, and Al will focus on
RTTY; both will operate SSB at times. There may be some 6 metre opening
opportunity. It appears that there is no internet available for us on the
mountain. QSL via home calls, direct only. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW.
Logsearch and QSL info available at: www.qsl.net/w6hgf/ZD8F-index.html [W6HGF]
08/11/2011: Bill, N7OU, will be active from Manihiki Atoll (IOTA OC-014, WFF
E5FF-001) on 8-22nd November 2011. Callsign to be announced. Plans are for a
single operator DXpedition, QRV 80-10m CW only, with focus on Europe. QSL via
N7OU. [ODPX Bulletin]
10/11/2011: C21AA - Nauru (IOTA OC-031, Grid Loc. RI39) Expedition - 10th
November thru to 6th December, 2011 - It is possible that he will be on the air
in a limited manner prior to the official launch date. They expect to have 6
operators and 3 stations active on all bands 160-6m, CW/SSB/RTTY/PSK31. A
dedicated station will be setup on 6 metres running in interupted beacon mode.
The team will participate in the CQ WW DX Contest as a M/M or M/2 entry.
Operators include Eddie VK4AN, Bill VK4FW, Eric VK4NEF, Art NJ7N, Jay W5SL and
Tim NL8F. QSLing will be handled by the Pacific DXers, or via bureau to VK4FW.
QSL's provided by VK4FW Print. The Pacific DXers DXpedition Kit will be used,
plus additional equipment provided by operators. No 'spot' frequencies will be
published. Watch the DX reflectors for their QRG's. An online log will be
updated on a regular basis (if possible). Website: pacific-dxers.com/C21AA.html
11/11/2011: Akira, JR1VAY, will be QRV as AH2J from the island of Guam (IOTA
OC-026, USi GU003S, WFF KFF-110, WLOTA 0064) from 11-14 November, 2011. He will
also participate in the JIDX SSB and WAE-RTTY Contests. QSL via JR1VAY, bureau
11/11/2011: With the Pacific DXers postponing their DXpedition to Nauru (see C2
above), the group has reorganzied their first DXpedition to Vaiaku, Fongafale
islet, Funafuti Atoll, Tuvalu Islands (IOTA OC-015, WW Loc. RI91OL) to take
place between 11 November and 8 December, 2011. Callsign will be T2T. Operators
include Eddie VK4AN, Bill VK4FW, Eric VK4NEF, Tim NL8F, Jay K4ZLE and Julian
W5SL. Plans are to be QRV on all HF bands, 160-6 metre CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31.
They expect to have at least 3 stations on the air with a dedicated station set
up on 6 metres running in an interrupted beacon mode. QSL Manager is the Pacific
DXers, or by the bureau via VK4FW. Bureau requests are also accepted by E-mail
to eliminate sending your QSL via the bureau (saves time!). PLEASE NOTE: VK4FW
is the current QSL Manager for Pacific DXers: Bill Horner, 13 McConnell Rd,
Maidenwell, QLD 4615, Australia --or-- via E-mail: QSL-Mgr@pacific-dxers.com .
LoTW and eQSL will be uploaded within 12 months after the operation finishes.
Further information and updates at: c21.pacific-dxers.com/T2T.html [OPDX
LOOKING AHEAD -
14/11/2011: Caddington Scout and Cub group is holding a communication week
starting on 14 November 2011 to be held at Scout HQ, Dunstable Road, Caddington,
Bedfordshire. They will be using the callsign GB1CSC. The station will be run by
Mark, G1AYH and he asks that if you hear the Scouts and Cubs, please give them a
call. Please use QSL.com to send your cards to the scouts. [GB2RS]
26/11/2011: Julio, EA3AIR, will be active as EA6URA during the CQWW DX CW
Contest (26-27 November) from Sant Josep, island of Ibiza (DIE E-023, MIA
MB-003, WLOTA 0958), Balearic Islands (IOTA EU-004, CQ zone 14). Plans are for a
Single-Op/Single-Band10m)/High-Power/Assisted entry. QSL via his home call.
01/12/2011: Fred, PA0FAW, will be running " PG65ISWL " to end the ISWL's 65th
Anniversary festivities. PG65ISWL will run from 1-28 December 2011. Mainly CW
and PSK with some SSB. There is the possibly of activity from the De Hoge Veluwe
National Park, Gelderland (WFF PAFF-005). QSL is ok by the usual methods. (not
via LoTW), and SWL reports are very welcome. QRZ.com will carry all the details
in due course. [Pete's-DX-Newsdesk]
08/12/2011: Krassy K1LZ, David K3LP, Al K3VN and Curt K7CU will be in Addis
Ababa, Ethiopia, from 8-13 December, 2011, operating from the ET3AA club
station. "Operating goals: Krassy Petkov (K1LZ) to operate 80 metres and 40
metres, and David Collingham (K3LP) to operate 160 metres and 30 metres to give
out QSOs during the evening to early morning hours (7:00 PM to 7:00 AM). In
addition, Al Hernandez (K3VN) and Curt Wilbur (K7CU) will operate during
day/early morning hours on all other bands using SSB." Full details, including
training sessions for university students and antenna installation, can be found
on K3LP's website at: www.k3lp.com/et3aa_december_2011.htm [dx-world.net]
05/01/2012: Russian Robinson Club members together with Bethel Amateur Radio
Club BARK are planning to activate the last new one IOTA in Alaska, NA-240,
Bethel County Group around 5-8 January, 2012, as KL7RRC. Main reason for winter
activation is to jump start the IOTA Marathon. As of 31st October 2011, team
members are: Tim NL8F, Alex RW3RN, Yuri UA9OBA and Yuri N3QQ. QSL via UA9OBA
(Europe/Russia) and N7RO. All plans subject to weather and transportation
availability. Visit www.na-234.com for latest updates. [dx-world.net]
03/02/2012: Operators Marcelo PP5BK, Fabio PP5BZ, Edson PP5VK, Roni PP5ZB, Jose
PU5ATX and Claudio PY3OZ will be active as PS5F from Ilha Santana de Fora (IOTA
SA-088, DIB SC-10), Santa Catarina state, Brazil, from 3-6 February, 2012. Plans
are to be QRV on 40-10m CW and SSB. QSL via PP5BZ. [dx-world.net]
16/02/2012: Will, AA4NC, will once again be QRV from Placencia Village (WW Loc.
EK56TM), Stann Creek District, Belize, from 16-26 February, 2012. He will also
participate as a Single-Op/All-Band entry in the ARRL DX CW Contest (18-19
February). Outside the contest activity will be on all HF bands, CW, RTTY and
SSB. He will also be monitoring 6 metres for any openings (50W; 4el wide spaced
beam). QSL via AI4U. [NG3K]
07/03/2012: Sigi DL7DF, and crew plan to be active from the Kingdom of Tonga
(IOTA OC-049) as A35YZ from 7-24 March, 2012. They will be active with several
stations on 160m to 6m - CW, SSB with one station exclusively dedicated to RTTY,
PSK31 and SSTV. Operators include Manfred DK1BT, Georg DK7LX, Wolf DL4WK, Reiner
DL7KL, Sigi DL7DF, Juergen DL7UFN Frank DL7UFR, Jan SP3CYY and Leszek SP3DOI.
Pilot for this DXpedition will be Bernd, DF3CB. QSL via DL7DF, direct or via the
German QSL bureau DARC to DL7DF. Website: www.dl7df.com/a35yz/index.php
24/03/2012: Look for Sig, NV7E, to be active as 5Z4EE in the CQWW WPX SSB
Contest (24-25 March), from Nairobi, Kenya (CQ zone 37). Plans are for a
Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via direct to NV7E, or via the W7 QSL
bureau to NV7E. [NG3K]
24/03/2012: Toni, OH2UA, will be active as CR2X, a
Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry in the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (24-25 March),
from Ribeira Grande, Ilha de Sao Miguel (IOTA EU-003, DIP AZ-002, PIP AC-002,
WLOTA 2016), Azores (CQ zone 14). QSL via OH2BH, direct or bureau. [NG3K]
SPECIAL EVENTS -
01/11/2011: The Team HB9ON Radio Group is pleased to announce the celebration
of the life of Steve Jobs, Apple founder. There are many celebration event
stations around the world and we are proud to represent Switzerland. He has, in
some way, touched many of our lives. Commemoration operation, using the callsign
HB9STEVE, will occur sporadically throughout the month of November 2011. Most of
the activity will be done in CW mode but we plan to operate SSB thanks to some
of our friends. CW: Fulvio HB9DHG, Fabio HB9FBM, Goran HB9FBS and Daniele
HB9CIP; SSB: Franco HB9EDG and Sascha HB9EDS. QSL via: HB9STEVE, c/o Fulvio
Galli, In Piancamara, Origlio 6945, SWITZERLAND. Website:
01/11/2011: Radioclub ONZ Knokke, Knokke-Heist, Belgium, will air special event
callsign ON30CLM to celebrate the 30th time they have a special event station on
air to celebrate the liberation of the town Knokke in 1944 by the Canadian Army.
CLM stands for Canadian Liberation March. QRV on all HF bands until 31 December,
2011. QSL via the bureau to ON3AIM. Ask for your FREE ON30CLM award at:
www.on4clm.be/ [UBA HF News]
04/11/2011: Special station TM44RT will be active on 4-6 November 2011 to
celebrate the 40th anniversary of the French Army's 44th Transmission Regiment.
QSL via F5KBB. [425 DX News]
05/11/2011: Puerto Rico's coat of arms was granted by the Spanish Crown in
1511, which makes it the oldest currently used in the Americas. Celebrating this
500th anniversary, the Puerto Rico Amateur Radio League (www.prarl.org) will
operate special event station K4E on 5-19 November 2011. QSL via KP4ES (direct).
[425 DX News]
05/11/2011: On 5th November, 2011, Wardenclyffe will be on the air as W3T (20
and 40 metres). Tesla's last residence, the New Yorker Hotel will be on the air
as N3Y via satellite. The Tesla Museum in Belgrade, Serbia, will be on the air
as YU0TESLA (20 metres). QSL cards will be mailed to all contacts. Full details
are available at: copaseticflows.appspot.com/teslaevent [dx-world.net]
11/11/2011: Members of the YB land DX Club (YBDXC) will activate special event
station YB26SEAG for the 26th South East Asia Games (SEAG), Jakarta - Palembang,
Java island (IOTA OC-021, WLOTA 1660), Indonesia. QRV from 11-17 November, 2011,
on all bands and modes. QSL via YB2DX, direct only (PO Box 123 - PW - 58100
Indonesia). Website: www.qrz.com/db/YB26SEAG [dx-world.net]
U.S.A. Special Events can be found at: www.arrl.org/special-event-stations
LIGHTHOUSE CALENDAR -
05/11-06/11 KE7V/P: Waadah Island WLOTA:4064 QSL N7RO (d)
05/11-06/11 N3QQ/P: Waadah Island WLOTA:4064 QSL N7RO (d)
06/11-25/11 FG/DK9PY: Guadeloupe Island WLOTA:0644 QSL HC (d/b)
07/11-21/11 8P9DL: Barbados Island WLOTA:0999 QSL DL8YHR (d/b)
07/11-21/11 8P9HP: Barbados Island WLOTA:0999 QSL DL2NUD (d/b)
07/11-21/11 8P9MS: Barbados Island WLOTA:0999 QSL DL9MS (d/b)
07/11-22/11 ZD8F: Ascension Island WLOTA:1491 QSL W6HGF (d)
07/11-22/11 ZD8ZZ: Ascension Island WLOTA:1491 QSL K7ZZ (d)
11/11-14/11 AH2J: Guam Island WLOTA:0064 QSL JR1VAY (b)
11/11-17/11 YB26SEAG: Java WLOTA:1660 QSL YB2DX (d)
6 METRES & UP -
05/11 Holzhammer Contest - 2m Phone 0900z-1100z
05/11 Holzhammer Contest - 70cm Phone 1100z-1200z
07/11-21/11 8P9DL: Barbados NA-021 Grid:GK03 6/2m EME QSL DL8YHR (d/b)
07/11-21/11 8P9HP: Barbados NA-021 Grid:GK03 6/2m EME QSL DL2NUD (d/b)
07/11-21/11 8P9MS: Barbados NA-021 Grid:GK03 6/2m EME QSL DL9MS (d/b)
08/11 LY 432MHz Activity Contest CW/SSB/FM 1800z-2159z
09/11 MOON Contest 432MHz CW/Digital/FM/SSB 1900z-2100z
10/11 LY 50MHz Activity Contest CW/SSB/FM 1800z-2159z
11/11-08/12 T2T: Tuvalu OC-015 Grid:RI91OL 6m+Beacon QSL VK4FW (d/b)
Contest Calendar: www.qsl.net/va3rj/con_nov.html
GOT6??? - Six Meter Information by Andy 'NEON' Sargent N8OFS at:
http://noars.net/got6/GOT6.txt (Updated 31 October, 2011)
Information about current VHF activities can be found on the VHF DX portal "Make
More Miles on VHF" at: www.MMMonVHF.de/
SOTA (Summits On The Air) Watch Alerts at: www.sotawatch.org/
QSL INFORMATION -
All cards for PJ4/LU1FAM goes to LU2FE for this special operation
Last week when in Bhutan, I met Pradhan, A51PN, who was very active from
1972 to 1983 when he worked in the Wireless Dept of the Bhutan government.
He gave me his stack of log books to digitize and upload to LOTW, about
30,000 estimated contacts. Pradhan is now 73 and in good health and
living a quiet retired life.
I will be able to answer QSL requests for anyone needing a card for A51PN.
He has meticulous notes in his logs about QSLs that were returned.
73! Glenn Johnson W0GJ / A51B
(QSL to CBA)
QSLs via Bureau: 3W1M, 5R8IC, 6W1RY, 7P8MM, 8P9FW, 9Q0AR/6, 9U1KI, C5ØC, C5A,
CO6WD, FG/F6AUS, J73CCM, NP4FW, OHØZ, PJ2/K2NV, PJ5/K1XM, PJ6A, V31GT, V31SJ,
V31UQ, V5/DJ2BQ, VP2MDG, WP4U, YW2ØØT and ZF2NN.
QSLs via Direct: 4O3A (AI4U), 4S7DXG (UR9IDX), 5N6/YL2SW (H/c), A92GR
(PayPal/eMail), C31CT (EA3QS), NHØZ (JJ2VLY), RI1FJA (RX3MM), STØR (EA5RM),
VKØTH (JE1LET) and VR2UW (cba).
QSLs via LoTW: 4O3A, ED1DAX, ER1MM, LN3Z, OH1XT, PJ2T, PZ5RA, TF4X and WP4SK.
IOTA (Islands On The Air) at: www.rsgbiota.org/
WCA (World Castles on the Air) at: www.wca.qrz.ru/ENG/main.html
WFF (World Flora & Fauna) at: www.wff44.org/program/wff/
WLOTA (World Lighthouses On The Air at: www.wlota.com/
BITS & PIECES -
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE-Malpelo DXpedition 2012
Nov. 2, 2011
Three members of the Malpelo 2012 team have just completed a seven day
reconnaissance visit to Malpelo.
To see a short written summary of their observations and view some very
revealing pictures, go to
This will be a very demanding DXpedition for several reasons. The terrain is
particularly difficult, near vertical at times. And in order to have a clear
radio view of Asia, the Pacific region and W6/W7; it will be necessary to
locate operating site(s) and antennas at the top of the mountain. This
further complicates the difficulties and physical risks to the team.
Team members vary in age from 25 to 73. But under the leadership and
constant urging of our team's medical doctors, K9SG and W0GJ, we have all
embarked on a physical training regimen. We should all be ready for the
challenges come early 2012.
Three members of the team K4UEE, N4GRN and W6IZT will travel to Colombia
Nov. 5-8 for a planning meeting with team leader, Jorge HK1R and other team
members. The purpose of the meeting is to review all the checklists and
responsibilities for each team member. With the information gained on the
recent reconnaissance visit, decisions can be finalized concerning
camp/operating sites, antenna types and placement, safety measures and other
critical decisions necessary to the ultimate success for the DXpedition.
One critical decision to be made concerns the duration of the operation. We
have permission to stay on site for 17 days versus the 14 days now planned.
We will be reviewing the DXpedition budget to determine if we can afford the
extra $15,000 expense for 3 additional days.
Contributions are gratefully accepted at: www.hk0na.com/sponsors
We plan periodic press releases with information of interest. Also, watch
the website for breaking news.
Jorge Prieto, HK1R
Bob Allphin, K4UEE-co-leader
Gregg Marco, W6IZT-co-leader
KH3/W7KFI - Johnston Atoll
UPDATE - Permission to land on Johnston Atoll has been approved by USAF. Once
active, Susan hopes to use Clublog for online log check.
August 22, 2011. Susan tells Stan KH6CG she will set sail for Johnston in late
November or early December, 2011. She sails solo aboard her private boat.
Sailing time from KH6 is approx 5-7 days. She expects to be operating with 100w
and a 43ft vertical and a tuner on SSB and CW. She’ll apply for landing
permission from the military and hopes to operate for a short time as KH3/W7KFI.
QSL via KH6CG. Johnston Atoll is planned to be one of many stops enroute to her
final destination of Borneo (V8). The full trip may take two years with
potentially new IOTA’s also being activated on the way. [dx-world.net]
VK0 - Macquarie Island - November 3, 2011
Kevin VK0KEV is QRT. Boat has departed for home.
Trevor VK0TH remains on Macquarie. [dx-world.net]
I.S.W.L. CLUB CALLSIGNS -
The International Short Wave League is celebrating it's 65th Anniversary
throughout 2011, so look out for GB65ISWL being QRV from several locations
throughout this month.
Additionally, the ISWL Club Callsigns in use during November 2011 will be:
GX4BJC /A - Operated /A from Tavistock, in Devonshire, by Bill - G4OJB. (/A
WAB Square = SX47 - England, IOTA = EU-005 & WLOTA = LH-1841).
MS1SWL /A & MS1SWL /P - Operated /A from Huntly, in Aberdeenshire, by Howard -
GM7ESM. (/A WAB Square = NJ44 - Scotland, IOTA = EU-005 & WLOTA = LH-1234).
Howard will give his /P locations during his QSO's.
The I.S.W.L. is a member of the European PSK Club.
All QSL Info is on www.iswl.org.uk/ or www.qrz.com/ or via www.eQSL.cc/ NO
I.S.W.L. Awards are available to all Hams and SWL's - see www.iswl.org.uk/ for
eQSL.cc cards ARE welcomed for our awards. [Pete's-DX-Newsdesk]
IARU Region 3 Operating Award
The award is available to licensed radio amateurs and SWLs.
Contacts made after April 5 1982 are eligible.
QSL cards NOT required. Send certified list of eligible contacts from Log
Cost is US $4.00.
Eligible countries are those in ITU Region 3 whose amateur societies are
members of IARU Region 3.
Australia Bangladesh Brunei China (PRC)Chinese Taipei (Taiwan)Fiji French
Polynesia (FO8 only)Hong Kong India Indonesia Japan Korea Macau Malaysia New
Caledonia New Zealand Pakistan Papua New Guinea Philippines Pitcain Islands
Samoa Singapore Solomon Islands Sri Lanka Thailand Tonga Vanuatu Vietnam.
ONE Country credit from US Territories in the Pacific from Guam Northern
Marianas American Samoa Wake Island Baker Howland Group as represented by
ONE Country credit from Chago Archipelago (VQ9) represented by RSGB.
Current total of available 'countries' is 34.
Requirements for Award as from January 1986:
Basic 7 areas.
Silver Endorsement 15 areas.
Gold Endorsement 20 areas.
These to be reviewed as considered necessary by the custodian who would
recommend appropriately to the Secretariat.
Awards may be endorsed for any mode or band.
Application to NZART Awards Manager.
Alan Chapman ZL3GX
PO Box 1733
awards @ nzart.org.nz
73 and Good DX!
Dave Raycroft, VA3RJ
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