[UPDATE]: The team will be composed by the following operators: N4XP , N1DG , ZS6P, ZS6EZ, ZS6RI, WB4JTT, DJ9ZB, W6OAT, I8NHJ, N6MZ and CT1EEB.
There are no details at the moment, but for sure we will have them soon.
We’re talking about a DXpedition led by Don, N1DG to Mozambique. This African country is in 148th place in the most wanted clublog’s list.
During the weekend (May 18th-19th) you’ll have the opportunity to compete in the King of Spain CW Contest starting Saturday at 1200 UTC and finishing on Sunday at 1200 UTC.
Allowed bands range from 160 to 10 meters and the categories are: single operator single band, single operator all bands and multioperator. You’ll get 3 points for each QSO with EA stations and 1 point with non EA stations. The multipliers are: the number of Spanish provinces worked (see list below), the number of DXCC entities worked (also counting: GM3-Shetland, JW-Bear, IT9-Sicily and 4UVIC-ONU Vienna International Center). As exchange, EA stations will give their RST report and the province code:
A – Alicante AB – Albacete AL – Almería AV – Ávila B – Barcelona
BA – Badajoz BI – Vizcaya BU – Burgos C – Coruña CA – Cádiz
CC – Cáceres CE – Ceuta CO – Córdoba CR – Ciudad Real CS – Castellón
CU – Cuenca GC – Las Palmas GI – Girona GR – Granada GU – Guadalajara
H – Huelva HU – Huesca IB – I. Baleares J – Jaén L – Lleida
LE – León LO – La Rioja LU – Lugo M – Madrid MA – Málaga
ML – Melilla MU – Murcia NA – Navarra O – Asturias OU – Ourense
P – Palencia PO – Pontevedra S – Cantabria SA – Salamanca SE – Sevilla
SG – Segovia SO – Soria SS – Guipúzcoa T – Tarragona TE – Teruel
TF – SC Tenerife TO – Toledo V – Valencia VA – Valladolid VI – Álava
Z – Zaragoza ZA – Zamora
Also happening this weekend, is the Greek RTTY contest and the EU PSK DX contest in BPSK63 mode. They are both taking place in the same time frame as the King of Spain, that is from Saturday 19th, 1200 UTC to Sunday 20th, 1200 UTC.
Concerning Dxpedition activity, ZL2AGY is active from Rarotonga, South Cook Islands, as E51FOC or E51AGY in CW until May 29th.
HD2A and HC2AQ are active as HD8A, Galapagos with Yagi and wire aerials from May 15th through 19th.
Harry OJ0VM ANNOUNCEMENT:
“I will be QRV next time in Market Reef 2.6.-7.6.2013
QSL info: Please DO NOT send your QSL card direct if you are not in my log. I will return your QSL card and you loose your money or IRC!
QSL status: I have uploaded my logbook to LoTW and sent direct QSL cards which I have received until 31.12.2011
If you still need my QSL card PSE contact me!
I am working here in Market Reef with other members of The Finnish Lighthouse Society. We are repairing lighthouse buildings, so I have very limited time to work QSOs”.
Nice announcement from QRZ.com. We can not but share it with our readers (DxCoffee):
“Each summer, the founder of QRZ, Fred Lloyd (AA7BQ) and his lovely wife Robin hop into “The Zed,” a 45 foot long tour bus, to zig-zag across the US visiting hamfests and special events. This summer we’re enlisting your help to decide where The Zed will turn up next! If you are a member of a club or are planning a hamfest or special event, we’d love to hear from you.
The first leg of the Summer 2013 tour will begin in the Pacific Northwest. Fred and Robin will start by attending SEAPAC in Seaside, Oregon during the first week of June. They plan to be in the Seattle area from June 3-9 followed by Northern Washington between June 10 and 16. Fred will also celebrate Field Day at Ft. Flagler. If your club meets in or near any of these areas during the dates specified and you’d like to hear about the history of QRZ, we’d love to hear from you!
On the second leg of the tour, The Zed will be adventuring from Washington all the way south to Arizona and could plan a stop to speak to your club anywhere along the way. Potential routes include stops in Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, California, and Utah.
If your club is interested in booking Fred for a speaking engagement or you have an idea about a hamfest or special event that Fred and Robin shouldn’t miss, let us know! Send a detailed e-mail noting the location, dates, and type of event to QRZ’s general manager, Jaime Jeffries at KF7WIS@QRZ.com.
If your state or region isn’t mentioned in this posting, never fear! Fred, Robin, and The Zed are also considering a 2nd Summer Tour. If your club is interested in hearing more about QRZ, send us an e-mail. Who knows where you’ll find us next!”
Jaime Jeffries KF7WIS, QRZ / General Manager
Following the announcement by the team of the Cordell expedition to Heard Island planned for 2014 and rescheduled for 2015:
We wish to announce that the expedition to Heard Island has been rescheduled for January, 2015. The primary reason for this decision was the cost of using the preferred vessel, the Marion Dufresne to put the team on Heard Island for the required time. In spite of extensive negotiations and rescheduling of the cruise, it became clear that the cost of using this vessel will exceed $1 million, and therefore the total cost for the project would be about $1.5 million, as we noted earlier. In spite of our plan to increase the team size to 50 (which the M-D can accommodate) to partially cover this cost, we reluctantly concluded that sponsorship at this level would be impossible. We have therefore decided to delay the expedition to January, 2015, to allow more time to restructure the project, locate a more suitable vessel, and bring the cost more in line with projected available resources.
One benefit of this rescheduling will be to enable the mountain science team to carry out the exploration of Big Ben on the 50th anniversary of the first ascent (in 1965). The 3000 meter volcano on Mawson Peak is currently erupting, and study of the changes brought by this eruption will be safe and significant during the 2015 season. A major component of the expedition will be to document the effects of the eruption, the state and condition of the flanking glaciers, and the changes in evanescent lagoons on the east slopes of the mountain.
A second benefit of the restructuring is that we will plan for amateur radio operations to be carried out over a longer time, up to 30 or more days. Furthermore, the campsite will be located on the east side of Heard Island, enabling paths to areas of the world that were not accessible in the last operation (in 1997). With the requirement of the longer stay on Heard Island, we will be assembling a new radio team with operators who are highly experienced and dedicated to the challenge of activating Heard Island with the new project requirements.
The third benefit of rescheduling is to have the time to develop sophisticated instrumentation and systems for state-of-the-art real-time communications with the expedition. We will have satellite links to enable real-time reporting of the radio log (using a new version of DXA, which was successfully used on previous DXpeditions (K7C and TX5K). In addition, we plan to implement real-time interactive communications and reporting from the mountaineering team as they explore the volcano, and to enable scientific and educational groups to work interactively with the onsite team.
The budget for the restructured project will likely be significantly less than $500k. We plan for a total team of 12-15 persons, and we will solicit team members with experience, motivation, and multiple skills. Except for the organizing principals, we are starting anew to build the team for this very different mission. We will work to keep the cost to participants below $15k, and will expect the team to work together to find support and make the appropriate preparations. Safety will be paramount.
We will post an update on 15 June 2013, including an updated Project Description (under DOCUMENTS). For more information, please contact Dr. Robert Schmieder, KK6EK Organizer and Expedition leader, Schmieder (a) cordell.org, or Rich Holoch, KY6R, Co-planner rholoch (a) comcast.com.We have posted updates on the expedition website www.heardisland.org.
Laci, HA0HW will be active from Thassos Island, IOTA EU-174, from May 23 to June 5 with the callsign SW8WW.
Other references: GIOTA NAS-037, MIA MG-124 and WLOTA 4186 will be participating at the CQ WPX CW (25/26 May) category SOAB.
QSL info: qrz.com
Having returned and to operate until May 26 from the Maldives, Jim, G3VDB is on the air with the usual callsign 8Q7EJ. Operation is taking place from the island of Komandoo.
IOTA reference AS-013.
Holiday style operation on HF, SSB and CW.
More info on QRZ.com
QSL via G3VDB
We express our thanks to Charles, KD8JZR, General Chairman of the Dayton Hamvention which will take place May 17 to 19, 2013:
“It’s my belief that every amateur radio operator in the world probably dreams about making it to the Dayton Hamvention at least once in their lifetime. Possibly nowhere on earth can one experience first-hand the incredible diversity and worldwide reach of amateur radio as during this event. From the hundreds of exhibits featuring the latest equipment and technology, to booths sponsored by national and international organizations, the incredible variety of items brought to the extensive flea market, or just the chance to meet in person a friend first met on the air, it is truly an incredible event and offers something for everyone.
As the general chairman for Hamvention 2013, I’d like to take this opportunity to offer a special early invitation for you to attend this year’s event to be held May 17-19 2013, and assure you that many of the nearly 400 volunteers involved in supporting the annual gathering are already hard at to work to make this yet another outstanding event sponsored by the Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA.) And whether you’re a first-timer or a regular, I hope to see you there!”
Charles – KD8JZR General Chairman
Vlad, RK4FF returns to Senegal with the callsign 6V7S. Planned activations:
From 13 May to 30 May
From 1 July to 16 July
From October 22 until November 27
Vlad will have good equipment that will allow us to receive good signals throughout the day, as has been the case in the past for other activations by Le Calao.
QSL via RK4FF
Radio Club Vendéen, F6KUF will be active from 18 to 20 May from the island of Noirmoutier, IOTA EU064, with the callsign F6KUF/p.
They will be active on the HF bands with a station dedicated to SSB, a station to CW on the HF bands and yet another for digital modes on 6 meters and 2 meters.
QSL via bureau or direct.
Again this week we are focusing our attention on a contest organized in Italy: the Volta RTTY, managed by the “Como SSB and RTTY Club” and A.R.I. (the Italian Radio League).
Date and time: from 12:00 GMT Saturday May 11, 2013 until 12:00 GMT Sunday May 12, 2013.
BANDS: 3.5 – 7 – 14 -21 – 28 MHz Amateur bands, RTTY only.
Single Operator, All Bands.
Single Operator, Single Band(Single band entrants who also operate on other bands are encouraged to submit their logs to aid in the log-checking process. QSOs on other bands are counted: 0 points, 0 multipliers, 0 QSOs.
Multi Operator Single or Multi Transmitter
‘‘SWL’’ – Short Wave Listeners.
‘‘CHECKLOG’’ – logs for QSO checking
ALL CATEGORIES: Single Band or All Band, Single Operator or Multi Operators, only one signal allowed at any one time; the operator may change bands at any time. No power subcategories. Use of DX spotting nets is allowed (self- spotting not allowed).
CONTACTS: Station can be worked only once for each band. Additional contacts may be made with the same station only if a different band is used.
COUNTRIES: ARRL DXCC Country list plus each call-area in Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and the USA will be counted as a separate country. In those cases, the ‘‘main’’ Country multiplier (JA-VE-VK-W-ZL) DOES NOT COUNT and ONLY each worked call-area (JA1..0, VE1…0, VK1..8, W1…0, ZL1…ZL4) can be considered.
MESSAGE: Must consist of: RST – QSO progressive numbers starting from 001 – Your CQ Zone number. (es.: 599-001-15)
SCORING: All two way RTTY contacts will score in accordance with the exchange POINTS TABLE. Contacts between stations within the same DXCC Country or call area (for Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and USA ) will not be valid. (e.g.: A W2 station can work W1, W3, W4 etc, but not W2). Contacts made outside one’s own continent on 3.5 or 28 MHz are worth double points.
The table can be found at www.contestvolta.it/point%20table.htm
MULTIPLIERS: A multiplier of 1 (one) is given for each different DXCC Country worked. The same Country may be claimed again if a different band is used. An additional multiplier is given for each INTERCONTINENTAL COUNTRY (DX) worked on at least in 4 bands. A contact with a station which would count as multiplier will only be valid if that station appears at least in 4 other logs, or if a contest log is received from that station.
POINTS: Total exchange points multiplied by the total number of multiplier multiplied by the total number of QSOs. [Points x Multipliers x QSOs = Final score].
SWL: The same scoring rules will apply but based on stations and message copied. Use one CABRILLO record for each station heard. If you hear both stations in QSO you have to log two hearings.
LOGS: ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION: you can use one of the following options
• E-MAIL: Send log (VOLTA CABRILLO file format) via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
• UPLOAD: use link in main page of our site and follow instructions.
Regarding DXpeditions underway this weekend, we remind you that VK9NT is expected to go QRT on Sunday. Follow the updates on http://vk9nt.odxg.org.
JJ8DEN is active from Austral islands (FO/A) as FO/KH0PR from Raivavae (OC-114) in CW, RTTY, PSK; actual dates depend on flight availability, but he is supposed to be on the air from May 8 through 15.
The TM5FrioulIslands will be active with the callsign TM5FI 15 to 22 May 2013 from Ratonneau Island, IOTA EU-095 other references DIFM ME003 – DFCF 13-061.
QSL via F5XX.
This DXpedition is dedicated to the memory of our friend Jean-Claude F5PU.
Piju, 9M2PJU lets us know about his website ( http://9m2pju.blogspot.it/2013/05/9m2se-perhentian-island-iota-as-073.html ) where you’ll learn all about the 9M2SE Perhentian Island IOTA AS-073 activation.
TNX to 9M2PJU.
Press Release from Team FT5ZM / Amsterdam Island 2014 (TNX to Ralph Fedor K0IR):
“Since our last Press release early last month, we have a great deal of news to report.
We have received the call sign FT5ZM. It is a good call sign and we thank TAAF for their cooperation. Two new team members have joined the team of fourteen. They are Neil, VA7DX and Andy, UA3AB. Both men are veterans of many DXpedtions and add expertise to the list of operators.
Several more sponsors have joined in with their support, Spiderbeam, Cycle 24 Antennas, and Array Solutions. Array Solutions will be providing the new OM Power amplifiers for our low band operations.
The team will assemble in Perth, Australia on January 10/11, 2014. The DXpedition vessel Braveheart will arrive on January 12th and loading of equipment and personal items will begin. The North Coast Radio Group of Western Australia, along with Alek, VK6APK, will be offering logistical support to the FT5ZM Amsterdam Island DXpedition Team. The VK6’s will assist in obtaining masts, ground rods, electrical hardware, and some medical supplies. This will result in a substantial decrease in the bulk and weight of material that the team has to ship from the U.S. We plan to depart for the 9 day trip to Amsterdam Island on January 15th.
We are grateful to the growing list of DX Foundations, DX Clubs and individual DXers who have contributed toward the DXpeditions expenses. NCDXF, INDEXA, ARRL/Colvin and several European based DX Foundations have made unusually large commitments. They are aware of the extreme cost of the venture at over $400,000. (see our budget on the website.)
However, thus far, we have only raised just over 53% of the money that we need to complete this DXpedition. As payments on the vessel begin next month, we must ask the world-wide DX community for their support. Visit our website at: www.amsterdamdx.org and contribute whatever you can. We need your help.
Thanks…we will update you monthly until departure.”