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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.

    Frank, K3TRM is QRV as K3TRM/6Y5 from Lucea, IOTA NA-097, until March 23. 
    Activity is on 80 to 10 meters, including 60 meters, using CW, SSB and RTTY.
                                                              QSL to home call.

    Stig, LA7JO is QRV as 8Q7JO until March 24.  His activity is limited. 
                                                              QSL to home call.
    Look for amateur radio operators of Lipik to be active using the special
    callsign 9A70LPC. Activity is to celebrate the return of and the 70th
    anniversary of Lipik stud horses. The Lippizaner horses were taken during
    the war in 1991 by Serbia and were recently returned to Lipik in October 2007.
    For details, please see:
   The special event station was active this past week on 40/30 meters CW.
                                            QSL via 9A7KM, by the bureau or direct.

    Operator Ed/N1UR and his xyl Christine/ KB1PQN (her first DXpedition) are still
    expected to be active from Layang- Layang Island Resort, Spratly Islands (AS-051)
    between 0800z, March 22nd and 0000z, March 30th. Ed (now in BY-land) informed 
    this past week that both operators now have permission from the Navy to use the
    callsign 9M6/N1UR. He is also looking for any donations (if possible) to help
    defray the significant "Extra Baggage" charges to Spratly. There are lots of coax
    and wire going over to the island to put up the best TX and RX antennas possible
    with their limited budget. Ed mentioned that he will be updating their Web site
    regularly as it gets closer to their arrival on Spratly. He is not sure if they
    will be able to post updates from Spratly itself, but they will try. QSL via K2RET:
    Bob Tomkovich, Jr., 405 Hemlock Dr., Lanoka Harbor, NJ 08734 USA. More information,
    as well as a "needs and wants" mode/band survey can be found at:
    A multinational team of Roberto EA2RY, Gerard EA3EXV, Manuel EA7AJR,Javi EA5KM,
    Toni EA5RM, Ruben EB5ESX/EA5BZ, Javi EC4DX, Bernard F9IE, Massimo I8NHJ,
    Fabrizio IN3ZNR, and Dimitri UY7CW, plans to show up as 9X0R from Mar 16-27.
    They want to run at least three stations in CW, SSB and RTTY on 10-160m at the
    same time. QSLs via Toni,EA5RM.
    This is the frequency plan they announced (in MHz):
       BAND       CW      SSB     RTTY
        10m   28.024   28.495   28.080
        12m   24.894   24.945   24.920
        15m   21.024   21.295   21.080
        17m   18.074   18.145   18.100
        20m   14.024   14.195   14.080
        30m   10.104      ---      10.140
        40m     7.004     7.065    7.035
        80m     3.504     3.795      ---
       160m    1.824     1.845      ---
     More details about their DXpedition can be found at http://www.9x0r.com

    Red,W6ALC, will stay in China for three weeks starting on Mar 17.Red has the
    permission to operate from the contest station B7P. He also plans to visit
    the new clubstation BY7OK in Foshan.

    Rodrigo, CT1BXT is QRV as C91R from Maputo until August 1.  Activity is on
    80 to 10 meters, with an emphasis on the lower bands.       QSL to home call.

    Ulli, DL2AH will be QRV as CE0Z/DL2AH from Robinson Crusoe Island, IOTA SA-005,
    from March 18 to April 7 while on holiday.  Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters
    using mostly SSB and RTTY.                                     QSL via bureau.

    Until - 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 or respectively.Their web site is at http://www.mydarc.de/dl3kwr

    Look for I4UFH, IZ4DPV and CT1DVV to be QRV as D4C from March 20 to April 2.
    This includes an entry in the upcoming CQ WPX SSB contest.    QSL via IZ4DPV.

    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.

    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.

    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.
    Rick, AI5P will be QRV as AI5P/KH2 from March 15 to April 16.QSL to home call.

    KL5O is the special event callsign the Alaska DX Club will be using to celebrate
    Alaska's  50th anniversary  of admission  as the  49th state of
    the United States of America.                                   QSL via AC7DX.

    The radio club OSA in Antwerp will be active as ON70REDSTAR for the rest of
    the year. This special  callsign commemorates the Red  Star Line, a  ship 
    company that  operated  between  Belgium  and  North America from 1873 to 1934
   (http://www.redstarlinememorial.be/).                            QSL via ON4OSA.

    Gene, R1FJT has been active on 20 and 30 meters using PSK and RTTY at various
    times.                                                        QSL via UA4RC.

    Mahafud, S01MZ has been active on 40 meters around 2300z.      QSL via EA1BT.

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

    With the commencement of the new PGA Award (Polish Gminy Award) program, look
    for special event station SP0PGA to be active from March 11th to May 15th, 2008.
    Activity will be on the HF bands,CW and SSB.                    QSL via SP9YJC.
    For more information, please go to the following Web pages:
     http://www.qrz.com/callsign/SN0PGA        http://www.skjkc.pl/pga

    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.

    Special event station TC18M will be QRV from March 15 to 19 in commemoration of
    the Battle of Gallipoli which took place during World War One.  Activity will
    be mostly on 40, 20 and 17 meters using CW and SSB.  

    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
    Masa, VK1ANU plans to be QRV as VK9ANU from March 19 to April 2.Activity will be
    on 80 to 10 meters. He plans to be an entry in the upcoming CQ WPX SSB contest. 
                                                                     QSL via JO2SLZ.
    Bruce, XW1B has been active using RTTY on 20 meters around 1100 to 1300z.
                                                                     QSL via E21EIC.
    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:

    George, EC2ADN and Kepa, EA2DCF will be QRV as ZA/homecalls from March 15 to 22.
    Activity will be on 40, 20 and 10 meters and possibly 30 and 17 meters. 
                                                                    QSL to home calls.
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.
AF-048  Kerguelen
   OM Gildas,TU5KG, plans to become QRV as FT5XR from Port aux Francais on Kerguelen
   around Mar 15.                                                        QSL via F4EFI.

AS-079 Miyako-Jima      
   Look for JS6RRR/JS6  and JI3DST/JS6 to  be active from  Miyako-Jima (AS-079) on
   18-24 March. Side trips  to Ikema-jima and  Kurima-jimaare also being planned.
                                                                      QSL via bureau.

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.

EU-014  Corsica
   YL Anne,TK/OH2YL,will be active in CW/SSB on all bands from Mar 16-22. QSL via OH2YL.

EU-125 Romo Island
    Look for DK9LO to be QRV as OZ/DK9LO from Romo Island, IOTA EU-125, until Mar 21.
                                                                QSL to home call.
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.

   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
   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

   Babs,J8/DL7AFS, and Lot,J8/DJ7ZG, are working in RTTY/PSK/SSB on 80-6m  from
   St. Vincent (NA-109) until Mar 20. As usual QSLs are confirmed very reliably direct
   or via bureau by Babs,DL7AFS.
   Check their website with logs and more at: http://www.qsl.net/dl7afs

   Naturally the youngest DXCC entity is very attractive not only to the belles and
   the rich but also to the DXpeditioners community. Patrick,FJ/F6CMH, will be QRV
   mainly in SSB on 20m/40m from Mar 13-22.                            QSL via F6CMH.

   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.

   Rick,AI5P, will be travelling through the South Pacific during March/April 2008.
   He confirms QSLs also via the bureau to his homecall.
   And this is his travel plan:
   OC-026   Guam         Mar 15-Mar 23  AI5P/KH2  Guam      
   OC-028   Kwajalein    Mar 24-Apr 5   V73PX    
   OC-028   Rota          Apr 7 -Apr 16  AI5P/KH0        

   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.
Jari, OH2BU, has put together and maintained an interesting Excel spreadsheet over
the last 12 years called - The "Mega DX Peditions Honor Roll". This Honor Roll listing
currently includes data of 114 DXpeditions that have worked 30,000 or more QSOs
since 1979. This unique listing includes data on:
- A summary on the DXpedition (dates, length, QSOs, stations..etc.)
- Information on Logs, Web site, QSL routes and if it is in LoTW
- List of operators of the DXpedition
- QSO statistics per continents, modes and bands
- Also continental, band and mode records
The whole purpose of this listing is to help future DXpeditions in planning their next
operation, and to understand the possibilities in making QSOs to different continents
and to optimize their efforts.
  The following is the currently "TOP TEN DXPEDITIONS ON THE HONOR ROLL":
                              Length                      QSO total
  Pos.  Call    DXCC Entity            (days)  Dates           Year  with dupes     Stns
    1   VP6DX   Ducie I.                    17    Feb 11-27      2008  183,686         7                     
    2   D68C    Comoros Is.              20    Feb  8-28       2001  168,722       10
    3   3B9C    Rodrigues I.              24    Mar 19-Apr 12 2004  153,113      10-12
    4   3B7C    St. Brandon               15    Sep  9-24       2007  137,500
    5   4O3T    Montenegro               24    Jul 20-Aug 13 2006  120,000
    6   N8S      Swains I.                   11    Apr  4-15        2007  117,205        7
    7   5A7A    Libya                        14    Nov 16-29       2006  112,232     7+1(6m)
    8 VU7RG/VU7MY Lakshadweep Is.14   Jan 15-29        2007  110,201       13
    9   ZL9CI   Campbell Is.              17   Jan  7-24        1999    96,004      6+(1)
   10   K1B     Baker & Howland          9   Apr 28-May 7    2002   95,127        6
The above is just a very small sample of this unique listing. If you are interested in
the complete Excel spreadsheet (4 MB), contact Jari, OH2BU at:
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SPECIAL EVENT (Attention PFX-Hunters)
The European Soccer Championship will be held in Austria and Switzerland during June 2008.
Special event stations are expected to be on the air from April 26th to June 30th (2008)
using special callsigns and prefixes ranging from HB2008AAA-ZZZ and OE2008AAA-ZZZ.
A special limited time award is available. Please visit the following Web page for details:
Glorioso Islands DXpedition
Jean-Michel, F6AJA, editor of Les Nouvelles DX, informed OPDX on Monday last week that
after many years of effort, the permission has finally been received and an operation to
Glorioso (Glorieuses) Islands will take place, probably early May (possibly between
May 5-9th) for some weeks. At the moment, operators mentioned are Pascal F5PTM,
Freddy F5IRO, Stephane F6KIN, David F8CRS, Yves-Michel F5PRU and possibly 3 others.
The team plans to have 3 or 4 stations on the air. They are currently looking for sponsors,
and if you would like to help, please contact Didier, F5OGL.
Presently, Glorioso is ranked 4th in "DX Magazine's 2007 Most Wanted Countries World-Wide"
in the mixed modes (EU 7th, Asia 9th and NA 4th). There is no Web page currently available
for this operation, but details from the 2005/2006 planned operation Web page (which did
not take place) states:
"The Glorioso Archipelago consists of two coral islands: Grande Glorieuse (3 km in its
larger diameter) where the human installations are, and Ile du Lys (circular island,
600 metres in diameter) which is desert. The archipelago also includes two rock islets -
Roches Vertes and l'Ile aux Crabes - as well as a sand bank more or less above water at
high tide. At the east and northeast of Grande Glorieuse are a series of dunes reaching a
maximum elevation of 12 m. The islands and rocks are surrounded by a reef and a lagoon
which is drained dry at low tide. The Glorioso islands are situated 220km northwest of
Diego Suarez (Madagascar).
The island became French territory in 1930. Around 1912, a French came from the Comoros and
planted a fine coconut palm plantation there. Exploited until 1958 by people from the
Seychelles, it is currently abandoned. There are also filaos. Fauna consists exclusively of
a rather large colony of terns.
The meteorological service of the French colony in Madagascar installed on the island a
rather primitive weather station in 1955 which was opened only during the hurricane season
from October to April. Since 1960 the the station is open all year round. The importance of
this station is clear. It predicts cyclones for the North Madagascar and
Comoros area. It ensures safe navigation on the Madagascar-Djibouti-Madagascar and
Kenya-Mauritius-Kenya air and maritime routes.(From minister for the French overseas Web site)"
ADDED NOTE: Jean-Michel, F6AJA, provides DXers with an interesting Web page that (probably)
has the most complete QSL collection (28 different QSL) from Glorioso.
Take a look at: http://lesnouvellesdx.fr/galerie/galerie2.php?page=topten&pfx=FRG
He still needs some cards for his collection:    FR5ES/G, FR5HG/G and FR5KH/G.
10 tips for the PSK31 digital mode
The ARRL has published tips for using the popular digital mode PSK31.
The article by Frank Ravenswood, K2NCC can be read at:
Amateur Radio PSK31 Tutorial Videos on YouTube
TF4Y - Понякога журналистите сериозно ни разсмиват :
Наши телевизионщики из Ярославля круто прикололись после нашего визита в мэрию перед
поездкой. Вчера был сюжет в эфире Городского Телеканала:
Приводим текст без купюр: "Десятки тысяч сильнейших радиолюбителей планеты собрались в эти
дни на состязания в столице Исландии Рейкьявике. В составе российской команды из шести
человек четверо ярославцы. Все они входят в десятку лучших в мире радиооператоров эфира.
Последний раз ярославцы защищали честь страны в мае прошлого года в Гренландии.
Нынешние состязания - главное событие в радиолюбительском мире. Российская команда работает
в Рейкьявике разбившись на три группы - так растёт вероятность добиться победы.
Свою экспедицию в Исландию ярославцы посвящают грядущему юбилею родного города."
Артемий Абрамов, член регионального отделения Союза радиолюбителей России: «Десятого числа
мы прибываем в Рейк-Явик. Два с половиной дня будем в столице Исландии и затем вылетаем на
западное побережье Исландии. Оттуда будем готовиться к соревнованиям.
15-16 - непосредственное участие в соревнованиях. В связи с грядущим 1000-летием имеем цель
не только выйти в эфир,но всему миру рассказать,что мы из такого древнего города - Ярославля
Обязательно расскажем о нем и фильм берем с собой и флаг - обязательно повесим на мачте -
чтобы его видно было. Постараемся сделать рекорд».   http://gtk.yar.ru/news/7973.ns




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