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21 January 2023                                           A.R.I. DX Bulletin
                                   No 1655

                         *** 4 2 5  D X  N E W S ***
                         ****  DX  INFORMATION  ****
                          Edited by  I1JQJ & IK1ADH
                        Direttore Responsabile  I2VGW

3Y0J ---> Team 3Y0J departed Port Stanley, Falkland Islands around 17.30 UTC
on 17 January - later than planned, because part of their equipment had been
stuck in the UK  and they had to wait for it to arrive.  As of the UTC early
afternoon hours of 20 January, the "Marama"  had travelled  a bit more  than
half of the 1446 km (900 miles)  from Port Stanley to  South Georgia Island.
The speed has been 7-9 mph  so far,  as the skipper wants  to avoid  running
into the remains of a storm before going full sail.  The distance from South
Georgia to Bouvet Island is 2547 km (1583 miles).  The team does not operate
/mm during the voyage. Follow the "Marama" at https://share.garmin.com/3y0j.
DX World's dedicated page, featuring the latest official information, can be
found on https://www.dx-world.net/3y0j-bouvet-2023/.

5V     - Filippo, IK4ZHH is expected to be QRV as 5V22FF from Togo  starting
         on 23 January.  He will operate  mainly CW and some SSB  on 40, 30,
         20, 17, 15, 12 and 10 metres, with a focus on the higher bands.  He
         will upload his log to Club Log. [TNX The Daily DX]
GJ     - Bob, GU4YOX will participate in the CQ WW 160-Meter CW Contest (27-
         29 January) as  MJ5E  from Jersey  (EU-013).  QSL via LoTW,  or via
         GU4YOX (direct or bureau).
GW     - Depending on weather conditions, Ron, G4DIY  and Kev, M0TNX hope to
         be active as MC7DX from Holy Island (EU-124) on 21-22 January. They
         will operate  CW and SSB  on the HF bands.  QSL via LoTW.  [TNX The
         Daily DX]
HK0_sa - Francisco, HK3EA  as 5J01EA  and  Gabriel, W4GDV (HK3MKQ)  as 5K0VT
         will be active from Providencia Island (NA-049) from 27 February to
         5 March. They will operate SSB and  maybe some FT8  on  80, 40, 20,
         17, 15, 12 and 10 metres.  QSL both callsigns  via  LoTW,  eQSL  or
         Direct  to  W4GDV  (PO Box 1431, Greer SC 29652, USA);  see qrz.com
         under 5J01EA or 5K0VT for their QSLling policy.
HP     - Members of the Panama Canal Amateur Radio Association (HP1PCR) will
         be active as 3E30PCARA on  1-28 February  to celebrate the 30th an-
         niversary  since  their  club's  formation  (4 February 1993).  QSL
         direct  to  PCARA,  Apartado Postal  0843-03204,  Ciudad de Panama,
         Republic of Panama.
JA     - Take, JI3DST  will be active again from Miyakojima (AS-079) between
         24 January  and  7 March.  He will operate  SSB and CW  as  JS6RRR,
         JI3DST/6, JJ5RBH/6 and JR8YLY/6, as well as  JI3DST/p, JJ5RBH/p and
         JR8YLY/p on FT8.  The QSOs will be made available for Club Log  and
         LoTW Matching on the IOTA website.
LU     - AMSAT Argentina, LU7AA will celebrate the  33rd anniversary of  the
         LUSAT (LO-19) satellite on 21-29 January.  Activity on the HF bands
         will be on SSB, CW and digital modes. More information can be found
         at https://www.qrz.com/db/LU7AA.
LU_ant - Juan, LU8DBS is currently stationed at  Esperanza Base,  Antarctica
         (AN-016) for the Antarctic Summer.  In his spare time he is QRV  as
         LU1ZV on 40, 20 and 10 metres SSB; in February CW and digital modes
         will be added. QSL direct to LU4DXU.
PY     - Robson, PY6TV will operate  CW and SSB as  PT6D  from  Ilha da Mare
         (SA-023) on 2-5 February.  QSL direct to home call (see qrz.com for
         PayPal instructions). The log will be uploaded to Club Log.
TA     - 5H100TC is the special callsign that TA1HZ,  currently stationed in
         Tanzania and active as 5H8HZ,  has been granted  to use during 2023
         in celebration of the  100th anniversary  since the proclamation of
         the Republic of Turkey. QSL via LoTW, eQSL, or via M0OXO's OQRS.
V4     - Once again John, W5JON will be active as V47JA from  St. Kitts (NA-
         104) from 31 January to 15 February. He will operate SSB and FT8 on
         the HF bands and 6 metres.  QSL via LoTW,  or direct only to W5JON.
         [TNX The Daily DX]
VK     - Adam VK2YK, Chris VK5FR, Ivan VK5HS, Andy VK5LA, Marija VK5MAZ  and
         Paul VK5PAS  will be active as VK5TIL from  Troubridge Island  (OC-
         139) on 7-9 February.  They will operate CW, SSB and  digital modes
         on various bands.  See  https://www.troubridgeisland.com/  for more
         information. QSL via M0OXO's OQRS, LoTW and eQSL.
YJ     - Bob, W7YAQ and Al, K7AR will be active as YJ0A from Efate (OC-035),
         Vanuatu on 9-23 February,  including  an entry  in the  CQ WPX RTTY
         Contest (11-12 February)  and the  ARRL DX CW Contest (18-19 Febru-
         ary). QSL via Club Log's OQRS, LoTW, or via K7AR.

                         *** 4 2 5  D X  N E W S ***
                         ****  GOOD TO KNOW ... ****
                          Edited by  I1JQJ & IK1ADH
                        Direttore Responsabile  I2VGW

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CQ WW 160-METER CW CONTEST ---> Object of the contest is for amateurs around
the world  to  contact  other amateurs in  as  many  USA States  (CONUS plus
District  of  Columbia),  Canadian  provinces,  and  countries  as  possible
utilizing  the  160m band  (see https://www.cq160.com/ for complete  rules).
This year's  event will run on  27-29 January,  from 22:00 UTC to 22:00 UTC.

DAYTON TOP BAND AND CONTEST DINNERS ---> The  33rd  Top Band Dinner  will be
held  on 19 May,  followed by the 29th Contest Dinner on 20 May.  The events
will take place at the Hope Hotel near Dayton, Ohio. Details and tickets can
be found on https://www.topbanddinner.com and https://www.contestdinner.com,

FT8WW ---> Thierry went QRT on the HF bands around 17.30 UTC  on 14 January.
The  OQRS  is  now  up and  running  at https://clublog.org/logsearch/FT8WW.
Hopefully the permit to operate on the HF bands will be extended:  "since my
transmissions do not interfere with the geomagnetic measures taken every day
on the island", he says,  "I am very optimistic about getting the extension.
It depends on the French bureaucracy.  In the  very unlikely  event  that  I
would not get it,  I could either  go to the beach  (not for me, too cold!),
tour the island,  or have additional QO-100 schedules with schools in France
and Africa".
Thierry posted the following to http://crozet2022.r-e-f.org/news.html  on 15
  "I started the night of December 25.  My authorization for  HF traffic was
  valid for  3 weeks between  my arrival at the base and  January 21.  So it
  was from December 25 to January 14. About 21,000 QSOs were made.  I took a
  few decisions on purpose:
  * Traffic on few bands. Only 10, 14 and 21 MHz were used with an afternoon
    on 18 MHz for testing.  This is to concentrate my traffic  and  give  as
    much contact as possible to OM.
  * Traffic in CW and FT8, only. The remoteness of Crozet from the large ham
    radio populations  and  the inefficient propagation guided  this choice.
    Despite what some say,  FT8 is currently the most effective way  to make
    QSOs in difficult conditions.  Even in CW  when the bands were empty,  I
    was able, in FT8, to make contacts.  I was also able to eat on  a corner
    of the table  while watching  the traffic go by.  I've been active in CW
    whenever propagation allowed,  taking into account the time restrictions
    that the scientists imposed on me (one measure per day giving at least 5
    hours  of downtime for me  and  by being informed  of the hours  in  the
    mornings,  therefore without  any real planning).  If I had done SSB,  I
    would  undoubtedly have contacted  the best equipped stations,  but left
    out those with more limited means.
  I slept little to traffic at nights on 10 MHz and rested during the famous
  measurement. I faced very difficult weather conditions. Three times  I had
  to take the Levy down  with gusty winds  exceeding 100 km/h.  It was often
  necessary to repair in the rain, In short,  alone,  it was not always easy
  to stay as long as possible on the radio.  Finally, community life has its
  imperatives and obligations. I do not live on a desert island,  but with a
  group  of  people  and  some  tasks  have to be  performed.  Finally,  the
  difficulty of the pile-up must  also be taken into account.  Certainly you
  had trouble  making  yourself  heard,  but here,  it is  not  simpler,  be
  For those who remember, at first I was only allowed to install a  V-dipole
  against  the facade of a building.  You could see from the photos  that in
  fact I have an  8m Spiderbeam mast  with a Levy of 2 x 10m  and a vertical
  dipole currently on 21 MHz.
  The continuation  of  the project:  I am in contact  with  the  Paul Emile
  Victor Institute  which manages  the  scientific  work  on  the  base.  An
  analysis  of the magnetism measurements  is  in progress.  It is following
  this analysis that I will, I hope, have an extension  for the transmission
  authorization.  So I'm waiting for the decision. My departure is scheduled
  for the return of the boat around March 20.
  I know everyone is  impatient for me to continue,  but I can't do anything
  more at the moment on HF bands, but the QO-100 activity will continue  (no
  These are the outlines of the current situation.  Thank you to all  of you
  which, through my manager, have shown their confidence in me. Thank you to
  everyone who spent hours looking for me and trying to reach me.  Thank you
  all, I will try to continue to satisfy as many ham radios as possible".

QSO TODAY VIRTUAL HAM EXPO ---> The  sixth  Virtual Ham Expo  organized   by
"QSO Today"  will be held on 25-26 March on a virtual reality platform  that
simulates  a full  convention  experience. This Expo's theme is "New amateur
radio license: now what?". It will "showcase, through a weekend of presenta-
tions with  live video questions and answers,  the wide range  of ham  radio
activities, technology, and communities that exist,  not only in North Amer-
ica, but around the world".  This time the Expo will also introduce  "match-
making between attendees who need amateur radio mentoring and potential men-
tors who match skills,  expertise,  and the location  of hams needing help".
Tickets are on sale now -  see https://qsotodayhamexpo.com  for information.
The  Virtual Ham Expo will run  for 48 hours  as a live event,  and then on-
demand for 30 days afterwards.  

WRTC 2026 ---> The  World Radiosport Team Championship Sanctioning Committee
(WRTC-SC) is accepting proposals  for hosting the  2026 WRTC  event.  Groups
interested in hosting the 2026 event should submit a Letter of Intent,  with
a summary proposal. This should include the following items:
* Committee Organization,  identifying  each of the principals involved  and
  any relevant organizational  and  amateur radio experience  especially  in
* Competition Description,  including  planned  number of teams,  geographic
  location of operating sites, and competitor selection process
* Social  Aspects,  including  approximate  schedule,  travel,  and  housing
  arrangements for participants
* Financing, including an outline of the budget and fundraising approach  (a
  detailed budget is not required at this time)
* Expected Assistance and Involvement from  local and regional amateur radio
  organizations and regulatory authorities
* Public Exposure,  including  plans  to publicize  and  promote  the  event
  locally and worldwide.
The Letters of Intent should be sent to the Chairman of the WRTC Sanctioning
Committee  Tine Brajnik, S50A (tine.brajnik[@]gmail.com). The deadline is 31
March 2023 at 23.59 UTC.  The WRTC-SC will review all proposals received and
will respond by 30 April. Additional information may be requested.

WSJT-X 2.6.1 ---> The  WSJT  Development  Group  has announced  the  General
Availability release  of  WSJT-X Version 2.6.1.  This is  mostly  a  bug fix
release for Q65.  Direct links to installation packages  for Windows, Linux,
and macOS can be found on https://wsjt.sourceforge.io/wsjtx.html.

+ SILENT KEY + Malcolm Johnson, VK6LC has passed away.  He was best known in
the IOTA circle for his  many island operations  conducted between  1989 and
2002, notably  including  eight new ones:  VK8TI (OC-185),  VK6CHI (OC-193),
VK8ISL (OC-198), VK6ISL (OC-199),  VK6ISL (OC-206), VK6ISL (OC-214),  VK5ISL
(OC-220) and VK9RS (OC-230).  He was also very active from Vietnam  (3W2HCM,
3W2LC, 3W6LC, XV1LC, XV2LC, XV2VTC, XV4LC)  between 2000 and 2015,  and from
Cambodia as XU7AEO in 2011 and 2012.


QSLs received direct or through managers: 3D2EZ, 5R8MM, 5R8WG, 5R8WP, 7Q5RU,
9M2TO,  9N7AA,  C31MF,  CR3SI (AF-047),  D60AE, FJ/SP9FIH, FO/F6BCW,  HH2JR,
T77CX, TO9W (NA-105), TR8CA, TT8SN, TX7G (OC-027),YJ0CA, Z21RU, Z68XX.


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