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OPDX Bulletin 1108 April 15, 2013
The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1108
BID: $OPDX.1108
April 15, 2013
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB5K & the AR TelNet Clusters Network, K1XN & GoList, NJ1Q & W1AW, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, WP3GW, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4JF, KH6BZF, W6VW, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m News, K9GY, W9ILY, K0IR, 9M2PJU, 9M6DXX, AT International, DK8JB & The DX News Letter, DL1SBF, DxCoffee.com, DX-World.Net, EA3BDE, ES1CW, F5JYD, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, Green Russia, HA0HW, HP1AC, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, IK2XDE, JQ2GYU, ON4ZD, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's DX-Newsdesk, PY4WAS, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, UN6QC, VA3RJ & ICPO, VE1BVD, the VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) and YO3JW for the following DX information.
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 7th-April, through Sunday, 14th-April there were 229 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FH, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JY, K, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH9, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OJ0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ5, PJ7, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TN, TR, TT, TU, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9C, VK9L, VP2E, VP2V, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZF, ZL, ZL9, ZP, ZS
* PLEASE NOTE: The report "could" contain "Pirate/SLIM" operations or more likely a "BUSTED CALLSIGN". As always, you never know - "Work First Worry Later" (WFWL).
NODXA member Byron, KF8UN, will be active as 5H3BB from here between August 2-20th. He will be there on a safari with his YL Sandy, K8FUN. Activity is possible on 40-15 meters, but mostly 20 meters and on SSB with some CW. He will use an IC-706 into a mag mount vertical and/or dipole. QSL via his home callsign direct.
5T1, MAURITANIA (Special Event)
Look for Jean, 5T0JL (ON8RA), to be active as 5T1FOC during the month of May. Activity is to celebrate the 75th anniversary of FOC (First Class CW Operators' Club). The special license was issued by the l'Autorité de Régulation, National Council of Regulation in Mauritania (ARE) on March 10th. For more details on the FOC, visit:
There will be other special FOC callsigns on during the month of May, as well as a special award available. See the Web page above for more details. 8Q, MALDIVES
Jim, G3VDB, will be once again active as 8Q7EJ, but this time from Komandoo Island (AS-013) between May 13-26th. Activity will be holiday style mainly on 20 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign. The 2009/2010/2011/2012 8Q7EJ logs are available on the Clublog Web page at:
Operators Olaf/DL4HG and Holger/DL5XAT will once again be active as 9H3OG and 9H3TX, respectively, from Gozo Island (EU-023) between November 17-25th. Activity will be on the 30/17/12 meters using CW and RTTY. Operations will also include the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 23-24th) as a Multi-2 entry using the callsign 9H3TX. QSL 9H3OG via DL4HG, by the Bureau or direct. QSL 9H3TX via DL5XAT, by the Bureau, direct or LoTW.
A3, TONGA (Update to OPDX.1107)
As mentioned last week, Masato "Masa", JA0RQV, a member of a DX group in region zero of JA known as JA0-DX-GANG, will be active as A35JP from Tongatapu Island (OC-049) between May 5-22nd. Activity will be limited as Masa is there working for the Tongan govern- ment, so look for him possibly every night (local time) after his work. Operations will be on 80-10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct. For more info, see OPDX.1107 or visit Masa new Web page at:
Roger, LA4GHA, is now in Africa on work assignment for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in East Africa, until December 2014. He has been active as 5Z4/LA4GHA from Nairobi, Kenya, and is expected to be active as 6O0LA sometimes from Garowe, Somalia. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes, as time permits. QSL via LA4GHA, by the Bureau or direct.
CQMM DX CONTEST/2013 (Reminder)!
Ed, PY4WAS, CWJF President, wants to invite everyone to participate in the CQMM DX Contest which is held April 20-21st. For more details, see:
Operators Costantino/IW2NXD and Antonio/IK2ZJR will be active as CT9/homecall from Madeira Island (AF-014) between May 12-20th. Activity will be "holiday style". If time permits, they will operate CW, SSB and PSK31. QSL via the Bureau to their home callsign.
Luis, EA8AY, will be active as EE8X from Tenerife Island (IOTA AF-004, DIE S-012, WLOTA 1276, EAA TF) during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-band entry. QSL via W2GR. Visit his Web site at:
EG3, SPAIN (Special Event)
Members of local section of URE ( Union Radioaficionados Españoles) in Tarragona, together with the Radio Club del Tarragones, will activate the special event callsign EG3FTV between May 13-26th. Activity will take during the "Festival Tarraco Viva" (see http://www.tarracoviva.com). QSL Manager is EA3BDE. QSL via Bureau.
The Amsterdam Island DXpedition Web site is now active and available on-line at:
Rick, K6VVA, reports:
"For any folks making late reservations for the Visalia DX Convention, there may still be a few a few seats left for 'walk-ins' at the IOTA Dinner on Friday evening, April 19th. Tnx to Phil Parton (National Sales Manager) and Kenwood Communications, I am thrilled to announce that the Grand Prize for the IOTA Dinner Raffle will now be a new Kenwood TS-480HX (200 Watt) TXRX. This is the perfect IOTA Expeditioner rig, and I now carry two of these on all my IOTA Expeditions. Having the extra 3dB signal gain from a 200 Watt radio can sometimes make the difference between a QSO being made or not when it is not possible to take along an amplifier."
AS-073. Members of the Malaysian Special Expedition Team will be active as 9M2SE from Perhentian Besar Island between May 1-3rd, to promote Malaysia's beautiful island and also IOTA activities. Operators mentioned are Piju/9M2PJU, Khairul/9M2KRZ, Rizal/ 9M2RDX and their special guest from Poland, Jacek/SP5APW. Jacek will continue to operate until May 7th, as 9M2/SP5APW. Their operating equipment will be two 100 watts transceivers, a vertical antenna and a tribander yagi. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes.
For QSL information, please read info carefully on (QRZ.com).
ADDED NOTES: The Perhentian Islands (Pulau Perhentian in Malay) lie approximately 10 nautical miles (19 km) off the northeastern coast of West Malaysia in the state of Terengganu, approx- imately 40 miles (64 km) south of the Thai border. The name "Perhentian" means "stopping point" in Malay, referring to the islands' traditional role as a waypoint for traders between Bangkok and Malaysia. The islands were sparsely inhabited by fishermen for centuries, although tourism now accounts for most economic activity. The Perhentian Islands appear on many maps of the nineteenth and twentieth century as 'The Station Islands'. This arises from the British colonial period, as an English translation of "stopping point".
EU-068. Members of the Charente DX Group (CDXG) will be active as TM0SI from Ile de Sein between April 27th and May 4th. They will operate on CW, SSB and the Digital modes on 80-10 meters. Operators mentioned are Eric/F5LOW, Laurent/F5MNK, Alain/F6ANA, Bertrand/F6HKA and Leon/ON4ZD/OS0S. All QSOs will be confirmed automatically via the Bureau. QSL route for direct cards are via F5LOW. A log search will be available on ClubLog.
EU-088. Operators Harry/PA1H and Nico/PA7PA will be active as OZ/homecall from Laeso Island (DIA NK-003, WLOTA 2820) between now and April 26th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters, if possible also on 160m, using SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
EU-127. German operators have once again activated the special callsign DM50IOTA from Neuwerk this past week between April 12-14th. This opertaion also counts for the World-Wide Flora and Fauna (WWFF) as DLFF-005 and for lighthouse chasers as ARLHS FED-165. QSL via DL2VFR, by the Bureau or direct. For more details and updates, visit the Web site at: http://www.iota-expedition.com
ADDED NOTE: This is the fourth German Island group activated by DM50IOTA during the 50th IOTA Marathon. DM50IOTA will activate all German IOTAs during that time. If you have worked DM50IOTA from all German IOTA by the end of 2013, you can apply for a special award.
EU-136. Three Hungarian operators will once again activate Rab Island (CI-096), Croatia, starting on April 21st, signing 9A/homecall. Operators mentioned are Pista/HA5AUC, Karl/HA7PC and Ed/HA5BWW. They will stay there for a week and operate on the HF bands and 6 meters using mainly CW. Their rigs are an IC-746 and IC-756PRO with vertical antennas and a FD-4. QSL via the HA Bureau or direct.
OC-186. Only a few more days to work YB3MM/2 (Adhi) and YB2TET/P (Teti) from Karimunjawa Island. They are expected to go QRT on April 16th. Activity is between 1700-0600 local time on 15 meters SSB using low power and a ground-plane. QSL via IZ8CCW.
Brian, GW4DVB, will be active as J8/G4DVB from Palm Island (NA-025) between now and April 20th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters using a Elecraft KX-3 and HLA300 amp into a HW-40HP dipole. QSL via GW4DVB. For more details, see the Web site at:
 Apr/15th AN      Apr/18th  AN      Apr/20th  AN
 Apr/16th AN      Apr/19th  AN      Apr/21st  AN
 Apr/17th 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
Yuriy, N2TTA, will once again be active as KP2MM during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 25-26th) and the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 23-24th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via LoTW. For more details, see:
Members of the Puerto Rico Field Day Group will be on the air April 18th to celebrate "World Amateur Radio Day 2013" from the Municipal Emergency Management Agency of the city of Cataño, to make echo of this year's theme: "Amateur Radio: entering its Second Century of Disaster Communications". They will use the callsign KP4FD on the HF bands. Confirmations will be via LoTW and there will be an electronic certificate per request. More info on (QRZ.com).
Kazunori, M0CFW/JK3GAD, will be active as MJ5Z during the CQ WPX CW Contest (May 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via LoTW or via M0CFW. Look for activity before and after the contest using the callsign MJ0CFW.
A Belgium team will be active as MJ/OT9Z from the "Jersey Amateur Radio Society" (JARS) Headquarter on Jersey (EU-013) between August 2-9th., 2013. Activity will be on all HF bands and 6 meters using CW, SSB, PSK and RTTY. They plan to have two stations on during the day (Not at night but late in the evening). Operators mentioned are Frederik/ ON8ZL (Team Leader, CW/SSB/6m), Peter/ON8ZZ (PSK/RTTY) and Frank/ON5NQ (SSB). QSL Manager is ON8ZL. For more details, see:
Operators Yutaka/JQ2GYU/WS2Y and his wife Miho/ JJ2VLY/WS2M will be active as NH0J from Tinian Island (OC-086), Northern Mariana Islands, the special commemorative Tinian station of the "J-Tinian Radio Space Club, between April 27th and May 1st. Activity will be on 80-10 meters including the 30/17/12 meter bands, using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via JJ2VLY, direct (SAE + 2 USDs) or by the Bureau. Please don't send your QSL request to Tinian Island. For more details and updates, see:
  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (For April 14th)
  3D2SE via ZL3TE            II1MGY via IW1EHL          PJ4/SQ9CNN via SQ9CNN
  3Z0WARD via SP6IEQ         II3VVF via IV3FIV          R3K via RN3DK
  5Z4/LA4GHA via LA4GHA      J6/N7QT via N7QT           RG16PP via RZ3LC
  C98RF via DL6DQW           LW5ER via M0OXO or LU (B)  S79VJG via G4DFI
  CT9/DK7YY via DK7YY        LW6EGE via EA7HBC          SE6Y via SM6DED
  CV1DP via CX8DL            LZ20TRC via LZ1YE          SU9AF via UA3DX
  DL0A via DL1OI             LZ833MBB via LZ1KCP        T6T via RW6HS (d)
  DL75KUE via DL7MFK         MD/DL4DXF via DL4DXF       TM80C via F6FMT
  DP50IPAHB via DK3EU        MD/DM5DM via DM5DM         TZ6BB via W3HNK
  DX8DX via M0OXO            OE7WJJ via DK8UZ           UN9L via LZ1YE
  E77DX via OE1EMS           OK8DCC via DL3DCC          V31MV via IT9EJW
  EH4FCF via EA4DOC          PA150BA via PA0FAW         VK9CZ via N3SL
  EH7DMR via EA7KZ           PB13ROYAL via PB5X         XR86PL via CE3OEV
  GB1PC via GM0OBX           PB200KING via PA1TX        YB8BYL via EA7FTR
  H70ORO via TI4SU           PH600NYK via PA0RSM        ZP9EH via K5WW
  IF9/IT9PPG via IT9PPG      PJ4/SP6AXW via SP9FIH
  IF9/IT9WRZ via IT9WRZ      PJ4/SP9FIH via SP9FIH
    (e) eQSL only  (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (L) LoTW only
VP2V/KE2VB QSL/LoTW STATUS. Rex, NR6M, reported on April 7th: "QSL cards for VP2V/KE2VB arrived yesterday. All QSL request I have received will be in Monday's, April 8th, outgoing mail. Also logs have been uploaded to LoTW. I am looking for more DX stations to manage." QSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: CT8/PA4N, CU2CE, DL3GD, EH7H, HZ1SK, JA1LZR, T2T, T46RRC, T48RRC, V31WA, VE3VHB, VK9CZ and Z21BB QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3D2MF, 4L8A, 5B8AD, A5A, A63HI, CT9/DL5AXX, CW5X, E51E, E51WL, EX/UA4WHX, EY8/UA4WHX, HA30S, HC2/UA4WHX, HG1S, JX5O, L22D, LX1HD, T6LG, TT8TT, UK/UAWHX, VP2V/KE2VB, VP8ROT, YB26SEAG and ZL9HR
A group of Russian operators will activate the special callsign R40AST during a complex WAO, RAO and TV DXpedition in the Astronomical Observatory of the North Caucasus. Activity will take place between April 18-22nd, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the "International Day of Astronomy" (April 19th), one of the oldest scientific disciplines of the Earth, in the framework of the world diploma program Astronomical Observatories (WAO) and National diploma program Astronomical Observatories of Russia (RAO) from the following Astronomical Observatories of the North Caucasus:
April 19th - Remote astronomical Observatory of the Scientific Centre (Ka-Dar); RAO-041.
April 19th - BTA (Big Telescope Alt-Azimuthal); RAO-007.
April 20th - Caucasian mountain Observatory astronomical Institute, Moscow University; RAO-042.
April 20th - Radio astronomy Observatory, (Zelenchukskaya); RAO-027.
April 20th - RATAN-600 - Special astrophysical Observatory; RAO-011.
April 21st - North-Caucasus astronomical station KFU; RAO-028
April 21st - Station optical observations of the satellites of the Earth (Arkhyz); RAO-044.
April 22nd - The Kislovodsk mountain astronomical station; RAO-022.
Operations will be on various HF bands using CW and SSB. Watch around the WFF frequencies. Operators mentioned are Oleg/UA6GG, R7TU, Andy/RN7G, Yuri/RA6EE, Andrei/RK7A, Oleg/R3FA, Valery/RW3GW and TV-operator. Awards are available with 5 QSOs with different RAO expeditions making it possible to automatically fulfill the terms of the WAO EU 3 class
(5 QSO, more details: at http://www.wff44.org/program/wsp/wao/rules)
and RAO class 3
(5 QSO, more details http://www.greenrussia.travel/RAO)
. You may receive an e-Diploma for WAO and RAO. The expedition will be filmed for a documentary (Green Russia) showing the participation by radio amateurs. A special QSL can be obtained via UA6GG (direct, by the Bureau or Green LogSearch). SILENT KEYS
VE1AL - Alan Leith, became a Silent Key (SK) on the afternoon of April 11th, of an apparent heart attack. His daughter found him when she came home from work in his shack. Al achieved the ARRL DXCC #1 Honor Roll before North Korea (P5) was added to the DXCC list, but was waiting for a chance to work that elusive P5. He had 334/353 confirmed on the ARRL DXCC Mixed standings. Col, MM0NDX, states, "CY9M 2012 would not have happened without Al's enthusiasm and help. All the team is shocked and saddened at Al's passing. On behalf of the CY9M team, it was a pleasure to meet Al and spend some time with him."
See: http://www.cy9m.com/al-leith-ve1al-silent-key
VK6HD - Mike Bazley became a Silent Key (SK) on April 12th, after a long fight with cancer. He was noted for being many station's first 160 and 80 meter contact. Mike was the top Australian operator on the current DXCC Honor Roll.
OPDX and its readers would like to send out our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the above mentioned.
Look for the Marconi special event station TM114M to be on the air during the weekend of April 20th. The station is celebrating the 114th anniversary of the first wireless radio link between Wimereux, France, and South Foreland, England, on March 27th, 1899. QSL via F5JYD, by the Bureau or direct.
Operators Paul/FM5AM, Jean-Baptiste/FM5GI, Valere/FM5CW, Claude/FM5CY and Henri/F6FLO (all members of the Inter- national Police Association [IPA]) will use the special callsign TO4IPA from St. Pierre between April 18th and May 2nd. Activity will be on CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK. QSL via HA3JB. QSOs are valid for IPA Award.
UP44, KAZAKHSTAN (WFF/UNFF expedition)
Members of the "Traveling Radio Amateurs Group" plan to travel to the area of Tian-Shan Astronomical Observatory between April 20-21st. During the group's expedition, they plan to take part in the "International Astronomy Day" celebration and activate the following reference numbers as UP44WFF:
•WAO/UNAO-01 - Tien-Shan Observatory (2700 m)
•WMA/UNM-037 - Tien-Shan Observatory (2700 m)
•WFF/UNFF-005 Ile-Alatau national Park
•KDA: Q - 13 (Talgar region)
•WW Loc.: MN83LB.
Operators mentioned are Arthur/UN6QC, Sergey/UN6GAO and Victor/UN7GIT. Activity will be on 40-10 meters including the WARC bands using SSB and the Digital modes. Suggested SSB frequencies are: 7144, 14144, 14244, 18144, 21244, 24944 and 28544 kHz (+/- QRM). Digital frequencies will be on the "Band Plan 1 Region". QSL via info and details on special awards is available on (QRZ.com). VE3, CANADA (CISA Op/OQP)
Team VE3ZF will be active from Twilight Island (CISA ON-018), Manitoulin Island district, on April 20th and 21st, in the Ontario QSO Party. The team will consist of Pat/VE3HZQ, Ron/VE3NDI and Igor/VE3ZF. QSL via the Bureau or direct. Rules for the Ontario QSO Party contest are posted at:
Operators Rich/KE1B and YL Anna/W6NN will be active as VP2EAQ and VP2EAR, respectively, from Anguilla between May 9-16th. Activity will be "holiday-style" using a single station with 100w and a Buddipole antenna system directly adjacent to the sea. Operations will be on all bands 40-10 meters (including 30/17/12m), and all modes (CW/SSB/RTTY). They expect to have Internet access, and plan to upload logs to ClubLog daily. You can check your QSO status and request a QSL card via the Online QSL Request System (OQRS). Direct QSLs are via their home callsign (see (QRZ.com) for details).
VQ9/VQ93/VQ975, CHAGOS (Special Event)
Jim, ND9M, is once again active as VQ9JC from Diego Garcia until sometime in July. He is expected to use the special callsign VQ975FOC during the month of May to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the FOC (First Class CW Operators' Club). Also, look for Jim to be active as VQ93JC between June 22nd and July 7th. He usually activates a unique/special prefix each year (last year it was VQ92JC). As mentioned several months ago, Jim is operating Field Day style from a recreational park using a FT-857 at 100 watts to a dipole at a height of 10 meters because the VQ9 club station has been shut down. Jim reports that he has to set up the station each time and then break it down each day which further limits his operating time typically to 1230-1615z on most days. Sometimes he is on Fridays starting as early as 0830Z. QSL via ND9M.
For those who participate during the "World Amateur Radio Day" on April 18th, 2013, and make a minimum of 200 QSOs, can obtain a certificate. It is issued free of charge if requested in electronic format (pdf). To get this certificate, you must send by May 18th, 2013, a log in ADIF format with 200 QSOs to: fenyo3jw (at) yahoo.com More info is available at:
Steve, 9M6DXX, informs OPDX that a multi-national, multi-operator, DXpedition to Vientiane, Laos, is being planned for September 6-16th, 2013. Team members are Steve/9M6DXX, James/9V1YC, George/EA2TA, Christian/EA3NT, Raul/EA5KA, Vincent/F4BKV, Don/G3XTT and Col/MM0NDX. They plan to operate five stations from 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. A Web site is currently under construction and will be available soon. The callsign and more details will be announced later.
ZK3, TOKELAU (Reminder)
Operators Hans/DL6JGN and Guenter/DL2AWG will be active as ZK3N from Nukunonu Atoll (OC-048) between April 15-30th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. They will be using a TS590 with a Tokyo Hy-Power solid state amp; K3 with a 500 watt solid state amp; AV640 and Tripod Leg for 40-10 and GP for 80m. QSL via DL2AWG. Subject to a reliable Internet connection, they will upload their log to ClubLog on a daily basis. Otherwise, the complete log will be uploaded upon their return. There is a ZK3N Web page available at:
ZS8, MARION ISLAND (More Ops Possible)
Operators Carson/ZR6CWI (ZS8C) and David/ZS1BCE (ZS8Z) reportedly have departed Cape Town on April 10th, to head to Marion Island. It was announced this week that there may be two more operators onboard the ship to Marion. Nadia (Carson's girlfriend) and Marius (the team's diesel mechanic) are writing to the "Independent Communications Authority of South Africa" (ICASA) for a RAE (Radio Amateur Examination) to obtain a licence. Pierre, ZS1HF/ZS8M, has arranged with the South African Radio League (SARL) to invigilate ['proctor'] the exam.
This means there will eventually be four active hams on Marion Island during the next year. Carson and David are expected to be active around mid-May once the ship departs with the old team back to Cape Town. As mentioned in previous bulletins, activity will be on 40-10 meters (NO 160/80m) using mainly SSB and the Digital modes. QSL Manager is ZS1HF.

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