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    Carlos, EA1DVY, will be active as 3A/EA1DVY from February 23rd to March 3rd. Activity
    will be mainly on topband SSB, around 1843 kHz. Also, he will participate in
    the CQ WW 160 DX SSB Contest (February 23-24th) and ARRL International DX SSB Contest
    (March 1-2nd).                                                            QSL via EA1DVY.

    Remember to look for Nick, G3RWF, to once again be active as 5X1NH from February 23rd
    to March 22nd. Activity will be limited because he is on holiday. Activity will be on
    all bands except 160m and 6 meters. Modes will be CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK. He will use
    100 watts and wire antennas.                                                QSL via G3RWF.

    Just a reminder that operators Phil/G3SWH and Jim/G3RTE will be active from Georgetown,
    Guyana, between February 22-29th. The licence has already been issued and the callsign
    will be 8R1PW. As there have been two operations from Guyana in 2007 which used mainly
    SSB, their activity will be on CW only on all bands 160-10 meters. Propagation and QRN
    permitting, they plan to have two stations on the air for as many hours every day as
    possible. Their main objective is to work as many European, North American and ROTW
    stations on as many bands as possible.
    QSL via G3SWH, either direct with SAE and adequate return postage (recommended),
    or by Phil's Web site using the form for a bureau reply at:
    Also, QSL via the bureau. There is more information at:

  ---Two Belgium operators will be here next year. Andre, ON7YK, will once again be active
    as C56YK  through March 6th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters SSB. He will use a 80/40m FD4
    antenna and spiderbeam for all the other bands.          QSL C56YK via the info on QRZ.com.
            QSL Manager: Bourbon Andre, Route de Xhoffraix 30, B-4970 Hockai-Stavelot, Belgium.
  --- Also, look for Jose, ON4LAC, to be active as C56JC, until  March 5th. He will focus on the
    PSK and RTTY modes with some SSB.                                      Listen for QSL info.

    Jean Mary,  F8CHM  will  be active  as  FR5EZ  from  Reunion  Island (AF-016) between
    22 February and 21 March. Expect activity on the HF bands and 6 metres CW and SSB.
                                                                             QSL via home call.
    Luigi, IV3LNQ reports he will operate again as IA3GM during the year to commemorate
    Guglielmo  Marconi and  his ship  "Elettra".                             QSL via home call.


    Look for 11 special event stations to be active with the prefix LY90 from February 16th
    through March 16th, to celebrate the 90th anniversary of independence in the Lithuanian
    Republic. It was on February 16th, 1918, when Lithuania declared itself independent.
    The Act of Independence of Lithuania (Lithuanian: Lietuvos Nepriklausomybes Aktas) or
    Act of February 16 was signed by the Council of Lithuania proclaiming the restoration
    of an independent State of Lithuania, governed by democratic principles, with Vilnius
    as its capital. The following stations will be on the air:
  LY90A     Jonas(LY5A,LY2ZZ)      LY90MM  Albinas(LY2MM)
  LY90BFV  Vitas(LY2BFV)             LY90Q    Rolandas(LY4Q)
  LY90BY   Vilmantas(LY3BY)        LY90W    Rimantas(LY3W)
  LY90CM  Bronius(LY1CM)           LY90X    Tomas(LY3X)
  LY90FW  Giedrius(LY1FW)          LY90Y    Jurgis(LY9Y,LY2CY)
  LY90M    Vytautas(LY3M)

   Bill,PJ7/W8EB, and his XYL Dorothy,W8DVC, will be QRV in SSB/CW/RTTY/PSK on 160-10m between
   Feb 24 and Mar 23. He will sign PJ7B during the ARRL DX SSB Contest.     All QSLs via W8EB.

    Hugo,LA5YJ, is momentarily active as S21XF mainly in CW on 30m, 20m,17m and 15m until the
    beginning of April.                                                    QSL cards via LA5YJ.

     Willi, DJ7RJ, will be active as SV9/DJ7RJ between February 25th and March 15th.
     Activity will be on the low bands, 160-10 meters and CW/SSB.              QSL via his CBA.

     Sigfrido (ex-7Q7RS, -5H0RS) is now in Afghanistan and uses the callsign T6AB. Listen for him
     on 14200 kHz from 0615-0930 UTC and 1600-1700 UTC. He has also been spotted on 7067 kHz.
                                                                       His QSL manager is IT9YVO.
 -- TI2/F6FQX is still active until Feb 29. He can be found working on 10.123 or 14.023 MHz from
    1330-1400 UTC every day.                                                        QSLs via F6FQX.
 -- Timo, OH1NOA, will be active as TI5/OH0NOA from February 24-25th. Bands and modes of
    activity were not provided.                                                         QSL via LoTW.

     Rashad, 4J9M is still  in Kazakhstan   and has  extended his UN/4J9M licence through 23 April.
                                                                                    QSL via DL7EDH.
    Michael,DF8AN, will show up as V31MN from Feb 23 until Mar 9 from two different islands:
    from Caye Caulker (NA-073) during the first week and from Ambergris Caye (NA-073) during
    the second week. As usual Michael will work mainly in CW running 100 watts into a longwire.
                                                                                    QSL via DF8AN.
    Art Phillips,NN7A, is working from another island in Belize as V31JZ/p namely South Water Caye
    (NA-180). Art is also running 100 watts mostly in CW and some SSB on the IOTA frequencies on
    160-10m from Feb 22-26. This will be his seventh activity of this kind from a coral island only
     using a solar panel and a battery as power source.          QSLs direct to NN7A or via bureau.
    A group of operators are QRV as VP6DX until of February 28. Activity is on 160 to 6 meters
    using CW, SSB and RTTY with 7 stations active simultaneously 24 hours a day. 
                                                                               QSL direct to DL6LAU.
   These are the frequencies VP6DX announced to be QRV (MHz):
                 CW      SSB      RTTY
      160m    1.821,3  1.843,3       -
       80m     3.502    3.784**       -
       40m     7.002    7.099          -
       30m   10.104        -       10.139*
       20m   14.002   14.172   14.089*
       17m   18.072   18.165*        -
       15m   21.002   21.295         -
       12m   24.892   24.987*        -
       10m   28.002   28.495         -         *  QSX down!
         6m   50.105   50.105         -         ** +/- QRM
    The most likely times (in UTC) to work VP6DX from Central Europe are via short path:
     80m: 0430-0630;   40m: 0100-0800;   30m: 0730-1000;    20m: 1330-1630;
     17m: 1430-1530    and via long path on  20m: 0630-0830,1430-1730 UTC.

     Ulli,DL2AH, is going to travel again from Feb 26 until Mar 13. This time he is going to visit
     Pebble Island (SA-002) which belongs to the Falkland Islands. A callsign is not known yet.
     Ulli works mainly in SSB but also plans to try some RTTY using a FT-897 and a Windom antenna for
     40-10m.                                                         QSL cards via bureau to DL2AH.

     Ludwig, ZS6WLC is QRV as ZS7BYRD from Antarctic base SANAE IV until February 28.  Activity is
     generally on 20 meters using SSB and CW.                               QSL direct to home call.

    John, G3LZQ, will be QRV as ZS3/G3LZQ from McDougalls Bay from February 23 to March 15.  Activity
    will be on all bands, especially 160 and 80 meters, using CW.  He plans to be active in the
    CQ 160 Meter SSB contest and the upcoming ARRL DX contest.      QSL via operator's instructions.

Island activities:
     Gwyn, G4FKH, ще е QRV с инициал 3B8/G4FKH от MAURITIUS ISLAND (AF-049) до 14 март.
     Ще работи през свободното си време, използвайки малка мощност  100 вата и дипол за
     10-40 метра,само на CW.                                                     QSL via home call.

     JD1BLY "Koya" (JI5RPT), JD1BMO (JE1EKS) and JD1BMP (JM1WBB) are going to activate Chichijima Isl
     (AS-031) in CW/SSB/digital modes, via 2m EME and via satellites on 6-160m until Feb 28.
     Emphasis will be put on 80m and 160m.                 QSLs should be sent via their homecalls.
     See also: http://www.ji5rpt.com/jd1
NA-007  Southampton isl
     Mike, VE2XB, ще работи с инициал VE2XB/VY0 от о-в Southampton (NA-007) през следващите
     няколко месеца. Ще е активен на CW и SSB на 40,30 и 20 м  през свободното си време.
                                                                                QSL via home call.
  --- PJ2DX is the call of Geoff,W0CG,who works in all modes on all bands between Feb 4 an Apr 1.
      During the contests he will use the call PJ2T.  
    Rhynhardt, ZS6DXB, 3Y0E Pilot station and Media Officer, announced this past week that
    Petrus, ex-3Y0E but currently ZS6GCM/mm, will be a team leader for a new scientific
    team going to Marion Island for 1 year. The arrangements for his activity from ZS8 are
    in progress now. Rhynhardt states, "Currently we try to collect some equipment for
    Petrus to make his activity more complete, delivering another most wanted DXCC entity
    to you at high level." Look for a new ZS8 dedicated Web site to be activate (it is now
    under construction). Its Web address will be published soon and more news regarding any
    further activity of Petrus will be announced right there.
  (CQ Announces Expansion of WPX Award Program - Digital Modes Added Along with New Bands).
  Richard Moseson, W2VU, Editor, CQ Amateur Radio, provides the following press release
  dated February 14th:
  "CQ magazine and WPX Awards Manager Steve Bolia, N8BJQ, have announced several changes
  to the WPX Award program in response to feedback from program participants. The changes,
  effective immediately, add new bands and create a new Digital WPX Award.
  Under the new rules, contacts on all bands between 160 and 6 meters will count for WPX
  award credit. In addition, new band endorsements will now be available for 5 MHz, 10 MHz,
  18 MHz, 24 MHz and 50 MHz contacts. A separate Digital WPX Award has also been added for
  contacts made on RTTY, PSK and other keyboard modes, with 300 confirmed prefixes required
  for the basic level of the award. Digital-mode contacts will also count toward the
  existing Mixed award, as will those prefixes worked on the newly added bands.
  Details on these and other changes will be published in the March 2008 issue of
  CQ magazine and are posted along with the March issue highlights on the CQ magazine
  website at:  http://www.cq-amateur-radio.com/
  The WPX Award Program recognizes amateurs for making confirmed contacts with the many
  callsign prefixes used by radio amateurs around the world. Top achievers are eligible
  for the WPX Honor Roll and the WPX Award of Excellence. General information and complete
  rules are available on the CQ website at:   http://www.cq-amateur-radio.com/awards.html
  CQ magazine sponsors a variety of operating awards and on-air competitions to encourage
  amateur radio operators to sharpen their operating skills and to recognize those reaching
  high levels of achievement."
The Worldwide  Antarctic Program has  announced
that the fifth Antarctic Activity Week will  be held from 18 to 24  February.
The aim of this annual event is to promote worlwide interest in the Antarctic
continent. Several special event callsigns from around the world are expected
to take part in this year's  AAW. Participating stations (QSL via  operator's
instructions) are announced from the following countries:
              OE3SGA/AAW, OE3WWB/AAW
Bulgaria      LZ05ANT
Canada      VA2WAP, VA3AAO, VA3WAP, VA7AAW
England      GB0ANT, GB4IPY
France        TM5ICE, TM8ANT
Germany     DA0ANT
Indonesia   YB4IPY
Israel         4Z4DX/ANT
                 IP0ANT, IP0WAP, IR0ANT, IR1ANT, IR2WAP, IR6ANT, IR8PS, IR8WAP,
Romania     YQ2ANT
Russia        RK3DSW/ANT, UE6ANT
Spain          AO1WAP
Switzerland  HB9ICE
USA            K4A, N5T/ANT
Full information on the AAW can be found at http://www.waponline.it
 The XR7W team experienced horrible weather conditions  on
Wager Island (SA-053) They arrived around noon on 9 February and were  forced
to leave some 24 hours later, after  a dreadful stormy night spent trying  to
operate, communicate with the Chilean Navy and fight against gale force winds
and pouring rain. "I had  a last frenetic  hour on 17m  running EU at  5q/min
rates under a piece of plastic, hand keying on my knee and paperlogging until
the captain gave the final order to  leave", Zoli, HA1AG says. XR7W went  QRT
with some 2400 QSOs in the log.
Once on  the mainland,  the team  had  a serious  car  accident -  their  van
"slipped of the gravel road and hit a rock frontally and turned upside-down".
Zoli  and  his  friends  (Vlad/RV1CC,   Marco/CE6TBN  and  Yuri/RA0FU)   were
hospitalized at Coyhaique, were  they were diagnosed  with cuts, bruises  and
several broken bones.
Their first priority at the moment "is to get out from Coyhaique", Zoli says.
Damages and additional costs are estimated in excess of 11,000 euros, and "if
you can and want to contribute to  lessen these damages" please feel free  to
contact Zoli (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
     The special event station OL5COTA represents the "Castles on the Air"
     activities in OK and thus is the 2nd European call for COTA activities
     after DR1COTA. QSL via bureau.
     See also the DR1COTA homepage: http://www.cota-team-germany.com

     George Washington, the first president of the United States of America,
     was born on Feb 22, 1732. The Eastern Washington DX Club will celebrate
     his birthday by activating the special event station W7G from Feb 21-23
     The QSL manager is W7BJN.
Fancy a DXpedition to Mozambique?
Frosty, K5LBU/C91CF, reports that one of the operators from his group has dropped
out of the DXpedition to Mozambique for July, and they are looking for one or two
more operators to join them.
They plan on arriving in Maputo on the 16th of July and be picked up by the folks
from the Blue Anchor Inn where they will be operating from this July. The same group
 will take them back to the airport on the 31st of July for their return home.
A Web site is up now for the DXpedition at: http://www.tdxs.net/c9.html
If you might like to become a member of their group let Frosty know.
His E-mail address is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Rod Dinkins, AC6V, of Oceanside, California, passed away Saturday, February 16.
An ARRL member, he was 77. Many hams considered Dinkins, the author and developer
of the Web site www.ac6v.com, to be the final word on anything to do with ham radio.
His Web site has more than 130 pages covering thousands of Amateur Radio-related topics,
everything from amps (A) to impedance (Z); some hams have said that if a topic is not
found on or linked to Dinkins' Web site, it's safe to say that topic does not exist in
the Amateur Radio world. Dinkins was also the author of a number of ham radio books,
including FM101x: Using FM Repeaters and DX101x: HF + 6 Meters DXing. Dinkins started
in radio in the late 1940s with his Knight Kit Ocean Hopper receiver, listening in to
the ham bands. In 1977, he received his Amateur Radio license with call sign WA6WTO.
He served as an Aviation Electronics Technician from 1951-1955. Re-entering civilian life,
Dinkins spent four years as an electronics instructor, followed by two years as a vocational
electronics teacher at a junior college. For more than 30 years, Dinkins worked in the
aerospace industry as an electronics technical writer. He was a member of the San Diego
DX Club (SDDXC) and the Palomar Amateur Radio Club (PARC), and was the former newsletter
editor of the Northern California DX Club (NCDXC). Son Jeff has hosted his father's Web
site for the past five years and has plans to keep it up and running; Jeff plans on getting
his Amateur Radio license and applying for his father's call sign. Dinkins is survived by
his wife Karla, sons Jeff and Steve and two grandchildren, Rory and Ewan. A funeral with
full military honors will take place March 13 at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in
San Diego.
                                                                        Info from ARRL.

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