ARRL DX Bulletin 029: June 13, 1996

DX Bulletin 29 ARLD029
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT June 13, 1996
To all radio amateurs

ARLD029 DX news

This bulletin was made possible with info provided by the Yankee Clipper Contest Club PacketCluster network Tedd, KB8NW, the OPDX Bulletin, Floyd, N5FG, and Contest Corral from QST. Thanks to all.

TOGO, 5V. Roy, DL7UBA, and Lars, DL7ALM, have been busy as 5V7HR and 5V7ML, respectively, mainly on CW and a little SSB. Operations should continue until June 18. QSL 5V7HR via DL7UBA. QSL 5V7ML via DL7ALM.

SABLE ISLAND, CY0AA. Preparations continue on schedule with on the air action, starting June 18. A total of three stations will eventually be up and running through the early morning hours of July 3. 432 MHz has been added to the band line-up. Look for them on the standard HF split frequencies. 6 meter operations will be on 50.110 MHz, and 50.225 MHz with a second rig if conditions warrant. QSL contacts made on 160 through 10 meters via WD8SDL. QSL VHF/UHF/satellite contacts via VE9AA. Cards sent direct including SASE, or SAE and postage, as appropriate, will be handled first. Bureau cards will be the last to be done.

MALTA, 9H. Listen for the holiday/DXpedition by PA0BEA as 9H3IE, PA3BIZ as 9H3ON, PA0TPM as 9H3TD, PE1NZA as 9H3TE, PA3CRA as 9H3UJ, PA3DES as 9H3UK, PA3EPV as 9H3WA, and PA0JR as 9H3WH from June 23 to July 6. They will active on 80 through 2 meters, 70 cm and satellites. For VHF types, their grid square will be JM75fv and for IOTA types, the designator is EU-023. QSL direct, home CBA, Dutch QSL Bureau or via their club PI4KGL.

MINAMI TORISHIMA, JD1. JG8NQJ/JD1 will return to the airwaves starting July 15 for a 3 month period. QSL via JA8CJY.

SCARBOROUGH REEF, BS7. Though starting date and other particulars vary according to the source, there is supposed to be a DXpedition to this rare one after typhoon season ends, sometime this fall.

PALMYRA/JARVIS ISLAND, KH5, AND KINGMAN REEF, KH5K. The Northern Portugal DX Group reports rumblings from Hawaii of a possible DXpedition being in the works for Palmyra or Jarvis Island, KH5, and Kingman Reef, KH5K. Early planning stages involve a very difficult obstacle in obtaining landing permission for Kingman Reef.

CAYMAN ISLANDS, ZF. Mike, W5ZPA, and friends will operate ZF2PA, ZF2KR and ZF2MP, all signing /ZF8, as they will be on Little Cayman Island. Plans are for CW, SSB and RTTY, with CW 30 kHz up from the band edges.

BERMUDA, VP9. Paul, N1LJA, is active as N1LJA/VP9 until June 15. Try 7260, 14260, 21360, 24960 and 28460 kHz. QSL via N1LJA.

IRISH BEACON ON THE AIR. EI3DP/P was put on the air Sunday, June 9, for a transatlantic VHF propagation study to last approximately 3 months. Listen on 144.480 MHz CW for TEST DE EI3DP/P EI3DP/P EI3DP/P QTH IO41xp. The beacon, located on the southwest coast of Ireland, runs 25 watts to an 8 element quagi at 20 feet beamed at the United States and Canada, with transmissions every 60 seconds. Station op Jim Ryan, EI3DP, solicites reports from stations who may monitor his beacon. Contact him at home at 353 21 632365, work at 353 21 504744, or for attempting a two way QSO when the band is open at 353 1 2032371, which is a pager number.

PREFIX HUNTERS. To celebrate the 400th anniversary of the transfer of capital city status from Cracow to Warsaw, 3Z0WAW has been on most bands daily, both CW and SSB. QSL via SP6PBE.

The 80th anniversary of the World War One battle of Verdun is marked by the operation of stations TM1V and TM8OV through June 16. QSL TM1V via F5NPS. QSL TM8OV via F5REQ.

IOTA NOTES. Vitto, I3BQC, will be on the air from Samos Island, EU-049, and possibly others in the Aegean Island group of Greece, June 20 through July 5. Listen for SV8/I3BQC. QSL via I3BQC.

16 Venezuelan ops will activate Los Roques Island, SA-35, as 4M5LR July 18 to 21 to celebrate Venezuelan Navy Day. They will operate CW, SSB and RTTY on HF, as well as some VHF packet, 6 and 2 meter work and satellite. QSL via WS4E.

John, N6JM, will be active from several Canadian islands on 80 through 10 meters. Listen for him on Anticosti, NA-077, July 1, 2 and 3, from the Newfoundlands Coast Group, NA-198, July 9 and 10, and La Madeleine Island, NA-038, July 20 and 21.

GOOD THINGS IN A SMALL PACKAGE. A recent DXpedition provided important field, or perhaps more appropriately stated, island testing of a new amplifier design. The brainchild of two amateur radio operators, the amplifier uses two MRF154 power MOSFETs and requires only 12 watts drive for 1KW output. A standard airline cabin case, which is carry-on luggage size, housed the whopping 16 pounds of equipment comprised of an FT-900 transceiver, the custom amp and advanced switching power supply.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. Take your pick from the All Asian DX Contest on CW, the SMIRK and West Virginia QSO Parties. Rules for these on the air events appear in June QST on page 99.