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    Between 16 - 30 Mar  a German team is planning a DXpedition to Nouakchott,
    Mauritania. The current team of operators are: Rich/DK8YY, Rene/DL2JRM,
    Ralf/DL3JJ, Ingolf/DL4JS, Dan/DL5SE, DL2ARD and Andreas/DL7ZZ. They plan
    to have 3 stations on the air; 2 with amplifiers. For operations on the
    low bands 2 verticals (V160 and V80) will be erected, and on 40 m they will
    use 2 phased verticals. For 30-10 meters, they will set up  2 beams, and
    for the digital station there will be another groundplane. They will try
    to have an online log available that will be updated daily via I-net or pactor.
    A Web page will be updated with all informations about the DXpedition at
    http://www.5t2008.de/               QSL via DH7WW, by the bureau or direct.

    Remember to look for Nick, G3RWF, to once again be active as 5X1NH until
    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.

    Alessandro,IK4ALM will be active as 6W/IK4ALM from Senegal on 16-27 March.
    He plans to operate holiday style on 10-40 metres with 100 watts to a GP.
                                        QSL via home  call, direct or  bureau.
    Station 9Q1EK has been active on 160 meters around 0450z and 15 meters
    around 1000 to 1300z.                                      QSL via SM5DJZ

    16 - 27 Mar - 9XOR - The team (EA2RY, EA3EXV, EA5KM, EA5RM, EA7AJR, EB5ESX,
    EC4DX, I8NHJ, IN3ZNR and UY7CW) will be active on 10-160 metres CW, SSB and
    RTTY, with at least three stations operating simultaneously on different bands
    and modes. QSL via EA5RM. More information at  http://www.9x0r.com/

     Dick, C21DL has been active using RTTY on 20 meters around 2230 to 0130z.
                                                                  QSL via DJ2EH.
    6 - 20 Mar - CT3/DL3KWR and CT3/DL3KWF - AF-014
    They plan to operate mostly CW and on 12, 17 and 30 metres. Hardy will try
    also in RTTY and PSK-31. QSL via home calls. E-mail requests for bureau cards
    can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. respectively. Their web site
    is at http://www.mydarc.de/dl3kwr

    Operators Axel, DH8AK, Sebastian, DO6ELW, Dirk, DK4DJ and Henning, DK9LB
    will be QRV as homecalls/p from Fehmarn Island, IOTA EU-128, from March 14
    to 21. They will also activate Lighthouse Marienleuchte - Old Tower,
    ARLHS FED-151, and Lighthouse Marienleuchte - New Tower, ARLHS FED-016.
    Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters using SSB, PSK31 and SSB on 2 meters.
                                                             QSL to home calls.
    Sadegh, EP3HF has been QRV on 15 meters around 0930z and then 17 meters
    around 1000z.                                                    QSL direct.

    Rene, F5LGE, is now active FM/F5LGE until March 30th. Activity is 160 and
    80 meters only and on CW. Operations seem to take place between 2330-0730z.
                                     QSL via F5LGE, by the Bureau or direct to:
          Courgibet Rene, 13 Ruelle Crepion, 51240 ST Germain la Ville, FRANCE.

    Definitely TX5C will be the most sought after callsign from Mar 7-17.
     The experienced operators Bob,N6OX, John,N7CQQ, Dave,K4SV, Bill,N2WB,
     Arnie,N6HC, Paul,W8AEF, YL Ann,WA1S, Steve,K6SGH, Al,K3VN, Gerard,F2JD,
     Jean-Pierre,F5AHO, Joel,F5PAC, Neil,VA7DX, Alan,F6BFH (with his YL
     Danielle), Jim,F5JY, YL Maryse,F8FDN, Michel,FM5CD, Laurent,F6FVY,
     Wayne,K8LEE, and Jay,K4ZLE, promised to make many QSOs and band points.
     The demand is expected to be huge because Clipperton Island (NA-011) is
     ranking 24th on the "Most Wanted" list. This is the reason for the
     enormous efforts undertaken inlcuding almost 30 antennas like yagis
     for 40-6m, verticals for 80m/160m and a balloon antenna for 160m.
     On the DXpedititons website http://www.clipperton2008.org you will
     find not only an online log but also a webcam with live pictures. The
     sails were hoisted on Feb 28 around 0300 UTC and they are already
     active on the bands signing FO5A/mm during their journey there.
     Pilot stations will be K4SV, F6AJA and DL5NAM. The targets of the
     DXpedition are high: They want to log more than 100.000 QSOs! This is
     the frequency plan of TX5C (in MHz):
                  CW          SSB      RTTY
       160m    1.827    1.847     ---
        80m     3.507    3.797      3.577
        40m     7.007    7.057      7.037
        30m   10.107     ---       10.127
        20m   14.027   14.197   14.077
        17m   18.078   18.147   18.107
        15m   21.027   21.297   21.077
        12m   24.897   24.947   24.927
        10m   28.027   28.497   28.077
         6m    50.107   50.127     ---
     The QSL manager is N7CQQ. His address: John P Kennon, PO Box 31553,
     Laughlin, NV 89028, USA. John is known to confirm via bureau very
     reliably and also via LoTW.

    Untill 21 Mar QRV FR5EZ by F8CHM. Activity will be CW/SSB on the HF bands and
    6 meters.                                           QSL via his home callsign.

   J2OMB by F4FMI QRV until 31 Mar. Activity will be on 20/17/15 meters SSB.
                                                      QSL via his home callsign.

    Babs, DL7AFS and Lot, DJ7ZG are QRV as J8/homecalls until March 20.
    Activity is on 80 to 6 meters using mostly SSB, RTTY and PSK.
                                                     QSL both calls via DL7AFS.

    Members of the radio club OSA are active during 2008 as ON70REDSTAR in
    commemoration of the Red Star Line shipping company.       QSL via ON4OSA.

    Look for DK9LO to be QRV as OZ/DK9LO from Romo Island, IOTA EU-125, from
    March 8 to 21.                                         QSL to home call.
    Hugo,LA5YJ, is active as S21XF mainly in CW on 30m, 20m,17m and 15m until the
    beginning of April.                                      QSL cards via LA5YJ.

    Mustapha, DL1BDF plans to be QRV from the EARA club station SU0ARA from
    March 11 to 19. Activity will be on all HF bands. He hopes to obtain permission
    to operate on 80 meters as well.                                 QSL via SU1KM.

    Willi, DJ7RJ, will be active as SV9/DJ7RJ until 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.                              QSL manager is IT9YVO.
    Ross, ex-VK1UN/VK8UN, 4W6UN and EX1UN, is now active as T61AA from Faizabad for
    possibly 2 years. Reports indicate that he has been on 20 meters SSB
    (PLEASE SEND QSNs). It has also been reported by Mike, K6MYC, that Ross is
    expected to be active soon on 6/2 meters EME from Afghanistan (MM57). He is
    using an IC-7000 into a Tokyo Hi-Power HL-1.5KFx Amp for HF/6m and also a new
    Acom for HF/6m. Ross is currently using a 2x8 element antenna on 2 meters but
    plans to increase the size as weather premits. His operations are good for DXCC.
    QSL via T61AA: Ross Ballantyne, PO Box 99, World Trade Centre, Victoria 8005,
TA TURKEY (Special Event)
   Members of the Turkish group called SWAT (Special Wireless Activity Team) will be
   active as TC18M between March 15-19th. Activity is to commemorate the 93rd
   anniversary of the "Naval Victory in th Gelibolu Wars (World War I ). Operations
   will take place from the University of Canakkale grounds and on the Asiatic side
   of Dardanelles, overlooking the Straits where the Naval War took place. Look for
   activity to mainly be on the 17, 20 and 40 meter bands using SSB and CW. Operators
   will be TA3FB, TA2IJ, TA2RX, TA1FR and TA1HZ. For more detailed information, visit:
   Weather and antenna space permitting, possible 2m and 70cm activity towards SV and
   LZ stations will also be tried.

    Look for Alex, RA3MR, Artem, RD3MA, Dmitry, RA3MF, Helen, RV3ACA, Valery, RZ6AU
    and Serge, UA1ANA to be QRV as TF/homecalls and TF/RK3MWL from March 11 to 18.
    They will also use the special call TF4Y in the upcoming Russian DX Contest.
    Activity will be on all bands with an emphasis on the newer and low bands.
                                                            QSL all calls via RV3ACA.

    Alain,TR8CA has been active on 160 and 80 meters using CW from around 0500z
    to 0600z.                                                         QSL via F6CBC.

    Chris, M0AJT is QRV as V26CC until March 14. Activity is on the HF bands using
    mostly CW with some SSB.In addition, Bob, W4OWY and Mark, W9OP are QRV as V25WY
    and V25OP, respectively, until March 18. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using
    CW, SSB and RTTY, with an emphasis on 160 and 80 meters if conditions permit.
                                                                  QSL to home calls.

VK Norfolk Island                                                  
    Masa, VK1ANU plans on being QRV  as VK9ANU,from Norfolk Island during 19 March
    to 2 April. Activity will be 10-80m. Verticals for LF, wire for HF. 100w o/p.
    An entry in CQWW WPX is also expected.                          QSL via JO2SLZ.

    Members of 4M5DX Group (Alex/YV5SSB, Jose/YV5TX and possibly others) will be
    active as YN2YV from Granada between March 17-21st. Their goal is to have at
    least 2 stations on the air on different bands during all of the operation.
    They want to be active on 160-6 meters, as well as 60/30/17/12 meters and the
    lower bands. Modes mentioned are: SSB/RTTY/BPSK31/BPSK63 and possibly CW.
                                                                    QSL via IT9DAA.
    They plan to upload their log to the LoTW. The YN2YV Web page is available at:

    Udo, DL9HCU is QRV as ZK3HC until March 16. He has been active on 20 and
    17 meters at various times.                                    QSL to home call.

    John,G3LZQ,will be QRV as ZS3/G3LZQ from McDougalls Bay until March 15.Activity
    will be on all bands,especially 160 and 80 meters,using CW.
                                                   QSL via operator's instructions.

Island activities:
   Jean-Pierre,FR/F5HIJ, will be active from Bernica using his FT-897 with dipoles
   from Mar 3-31. The best time to work him is from 1800-2000 UTC.
   Jean Mary,  F8CHM  will  be active  as  FR5EZ  from  Reunion  Island (AF-016)
   until 21 March. Expect activity on the HF bands and 6 metres CW and SSB.
                                                               QSL via home call.
   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.

   Nelson,4S7NE,is now also active on 160m.Listen for him on 1.822 MHz around 0045 UTC
   When is 160m closed he usually makes QSY to 3.505 MHz.

AS-113  Matsu Islands 
   Operator BU2ATI/9 will be QRV from the Matsu Islands,IOTA AS-113,from March 1 to 20.
   Activity will be on the HF bands using CW and SSB in his spare time.QSL to home call.

   Members of the Radio Club Pazin (9A7P) will be active as TK/homecall between
   March 13-17th. Operators mentioned are Dragan/9A2SX, Igor/9A3AXX, Hrle/9A6XX and
   Marko/9A8MM. Activity will be on 80-10 meters and include an entry in the R DX C
   as TK/9A8MM. The group will be operating from Sisco valley in the north part of
   the island just outside Bastia. The equipment that they will be using is a TS-440S +
   FT-857D, SB-220, 2 laptops, Spiderbeam (20/15/10m) and an Inverted Vee for 80/40m.
   Other Corsica reference numbers are: DIFM TK-001, MIA MCO-001 and WLOTA LH-1390.
   All QSL cards will be sent via the bureau (per their other previous two operations).
   You don't have to send your QSL cards to them. For more info, visit:

EU-127  Helgoland Island
   Schleswig-Holstein State S.W. Group: A group of about 30 OMs is activating
   Helgoland Island (DID N14/special SDOK "HEL2008") signing DA0HEL and DL0IH in
   SSB/CW/RTTY/PSK31 on 160-20m from Mar 6-12. They also plan to activate
   Helgoland Dune (DID N15).
   For further details check their website at: http://www.df6qc.de
                                        QSLs for DA0HEL and DL0IH via bureau preferred.
EU-128 Fehmarn Island
   Operators Axel/DH8AK, Sebastian/DO6ELW, Dirk/DK4DJ and Henning/ DK9LB will be active
   as homecall/p from Fehmarn Island (O-01 for the German Islands Award) from March 14-21st.
   They will also activate two lighthouses: Marienleuchte - Old Tower (ARLHS FED-151)
   and Marienleuchte - New Tower (ARLHS FED-016, WLOTA LH-0637). Activity will be on
   80-10 meters, SSB, PSK31 and 2m SSB.  QSL via home callsigns, direct or via  bureau.

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.

   Operators Ray/WQ7R/HR9, Lane/KC4CD/HR2, Antonio/HR2DX, Daniel/HR2DMR, Ramon/HR7REA,
   Javier/HR2J, Pedro/HR2PAC, Vinicio/ HR2MD, Oscar/HR9OGS, Boyd/HR9BFS, Tom/W4JKC,
   Bill/NZ5N, Jim/W9GL, Ted/K9IMM and possibly more will activate Swan Island as HQ8R
   between March 15-23rd. They plan to be active on 160-10 meters with two stations on
   phone, one on CW and one on the Digital modes (RTTY and PSK31). They plan to have
   four stations with ten operators. Bill/NZ5N announced this past week that he will be
   active on the satellites from Swan Island (Grid EK87), using a FT-817 and an Arrow
   antenna. Time permitting, Bill will also try to make a few contacts before and after
   the expedition from the Honduran mainland, EK55, EK65 and EK75. Weather permitting,
   they may also try to give out EK76 from the boat on the way to and from the island.
   QSL via HR2RCH:
   Radio Club de Honduras, PO Box 273, San Pedro Sula, Cortes, HONDURAS .
   Visit their Web site at:  http://www.hondurasdx.com
    Mike,W1USN, Bob,AA1M, and Scott,W1SSR, will stay on St. Kitts (NA-104)between
    Feb 28 and Mar.Listen for V44/homecalls in CW/SSB/PSK on 160-10m.  QSL via HC. 
    Nick,V4/G4FAL, will also stay on St. Kitts from Mar 3-10. He will be QRV mainly
    in CW on 80/40/20/15/10m.                                QSLs via his homecall.

    Bill,PJ7/W8EB, and his XYL Dorothy,W8DVC, will be QRV in SSB/CW/RTTY/PSK on
    160-10m  until Mar 23.                                     All QSLs via W8EB

   Bernhard, DL2GAC will be QRV as H44MS from Honiara, IOTA OC-047, from March 5
   to April 27.He will also be active from Lighthouse WLOTA LH-0086. QSL DL2GAC.

OC-164 Rottnest Island
   Operator John,VK6HZ,will be active as VK6ARI from Rottnest Island (WLOTA LH-2197),
   March 27 to April-3rd. This will be a holiday style operation using an IC-7000 on
   SSB, PSK and RTTY, possibly CW. Antenna will be a Buddipole. Activity will be
   around the usual IOTA frequencies.He will also be active during the CQWW WPX SSB C
   Look for him to be active on the 17/12 meters bands before and after the contest.
   Online logs will be available during his operation at:   http://www.vk6hz.com
   Logs will also be uploaded to LoTW.                              QSL is via VK6NE.

   PJ2DX is the call of Geoff,W0CG,who works in all modes on all bands until Apr 1.
   During the contests he will use the call PJ2T. ========================================================
ZL9ANN ? ? ?
K6KII, Cliff, reports “Several of us worked a station signing ZL9ANN
on 40 CW claiming to be on Auckland Island working on a scientific
study of the flora and fauna of the island”. The operator gave the
name Anne. Cliff contacted Debby Morgan at NZART who “searched
the Ministry of Economic Development, Radio Spectrum database” and
could not find the ZL9ANN call sign allocated to anyone.
Again more radio amateurs in Germany
75,262 personal amateur radio calls were registered in Germany throughout 2007.
This is a tiny increase compared to the figures 2006, German Bundesnetzagentur
reported in its annual amateur radio statistics on Monday.
The recent figures also show that the overall amount of amateur radio callsigns
rose from 80,496 in the year 2006 to 80,927 in 2007. Whilst the number of members
within the DARC fell from 45,308 to 44,246 the General Manager of DARC,
Mrs. Gautsche, said.
For a more detailed statistics on amateur radio in Germany 2007 please take
a look on  http://www.darc.de/referate/ausland/new/englisch/statistics.html
Spratley Island DX news
The DXpedition will begin approximately 0800Z on March 22, 2008. Expected shutdown
will be 0000Z March 30, 2008.
There will be a station on 160M or 80M CW from 1030Z -- 1300Z and 2100 -- 2300Z daily.
At other times in darkness we will be varying bands and times.
Sunset in Spratly is 1040Z and Sunrise is 2240Z by the middle of that week.
Since omnidirectional verticals on the beach will be used, be sure to check long path
and short path for the strongest signals.
The operators will be moving bands frequently to take advantage of any shorter band
Specific transmit frequencies will be selected based on QRM/QRN at Spratly.
The typical DX slots will be used. General Class US frequencies when possible.
We will be using 100W so if you can hear us at all, give us a call.
     Due to bad weather VP6DX had to shut down earlier than scheduled on
     Feb 27 at 1359 UTC after logging more than 183.000 QSOs. This is not
     only the largest number of QSOs made during a DXpedition but several
     other records were broken as well.
     This is the fabulous band/mode-breakdown of VP6DX:
       Band       CW      SSB    RTTY    Total
       160m    5.097     1.574       0       6.671
        80m     9.756     8.592       0     18.348
        40m   14.487   14.935       1     29.423
        30m   10.576        0      3.699   14.275
        20m   12.852   17.205   3.479   33.536
        17m   11.813   16.603   3.073   31.489
        15m   12.366   15.526       0     27.892
        12m     6.046     7.215       0     13.261
        10m     4.301     4.490       0      8.791
         6m        0            0          0         0
       Mode   87.294   86.140  10.252  183.686
Clarification of the German DX Foundation Rwanda DXpedition (Feb 13-20,2008)
Antonio Gonzalez, EA5RM released an announcement to the press on 16 Feb 2008
with the title "Disappointment with the operation of DJ6SI, DK2WV and DJ9ZB
from Rwanda", in which he heavily criticized the operation from 13-20 Feb
2008 of the President of the GDXF, Franz Langner,DJ9ZB/9X0Z, GDXF member
Baldur Drobnica,DJ6SI/9X0X, and Karl Ilg,DK2WV/9X0W.
EA5RM, the team leader of the planned March 2008 DXpedition 9X0R, accused
the German DXpeditioners of pulling their DXpedition forward into February,
due to their knowledge of the timing of the planned multinational DXpedition
In addition, he accused them of only being able to acquire their licenses
due to the preparation he had done in advance with the responsible autho-
rities in Rwanda. Finally, the press announcement then called for a boycott
of the German DXpedition.
EA5RM points out that he was involved for 6 months in acquiring a license.
Indeed, DJ6SI had already placed his first applications for a 9X license on
24 September 2002 and 28 November 2002, then an additional application on
10 December 2002, due to a change in responsibilities at a new government
authority. In a letter dated 23 January 2003, more specific details were
requested on the planned location and equipment. In March 2003, DJ6SI
contacted the German Ambassador to Rwanda. A reply was received on
23 May 2003 that a license will be issued in the near future when the
expected legal basis has been set. DJ9ZB received notice on 31 March 2006
that the RURA (Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency) postponed the matter on
issuance of amateur radio licenses. After a lot of further correspondence in
the years 2004 and 2005, a new license application, this time including
DJ9ZB, was submitted to the authorities in Kigali. DJ9ZB discussed the
situation on 1 October 2007 with Rwanda's Ambassador to Germany in Berlin.
On 23 October 2007, the final answer was received: "Once on ground (Rwanda)
you will get the license as requested". This communication came from
Col. Diogene Mudenge,9X1AA, Vice-Chairman of Regulatory Board and Acting
Director General of the RURA. At this point, DK2WV was included as the RTTY
operator. Due to timing conflicts of the three participants, the only window
of opportunity was possible in February. These details clearly prove the
priority of the German DXpedition, without any advance preparation by a
third party.
The GXDF maintains that the allegations are absolutely unfounded that its
President did not act as a gentleman and broke the rules of the ham spirit.
Over many years and a number of joint DXpeditions, DJ9ZB and DJ6SI have won
high recognition by DXers across the world. It is now up to EA5RM to rethink
his untenable statements.
March 1, 2008
Franz Langner, DJ9ZB, President
Dr. Lutz D. Schmadel, DK8UH, Secretary



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