OPDX Bulletin 1270 June 20, 2016

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Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB5K & the AR TelNet Clusters Network, K1XN & GoList, NJ1Q & W1AW, NG3K & ADXO, W3AWU, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, W4FC, W4VQ, W6SZN, WB6RSE, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m DX News, 9M2PJU, DF2WO, DL1SBF, DL7UXG & The DX News Letter, DxCoffee.com, DXNews.com, DX-World.Net, ES1CW, F5CWU, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, I1JQJ/ IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, IZ8IYX, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, VA3RJ & ICPO, VE2BR, VE2EBK and VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) for the following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 12th/June, through Sunday, 19th/June there were 210 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5T, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E4, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FS, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, JA, JD/o, JT, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ7, PY, PZ, S0, S2, S5, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TR, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2V, VP9, VR, VU, XE, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS
* PLEASE NOTE: The report "could" contain "Pirate/SLIM" operations or more likely a "BUSTED CALLSIGN". As always, you never know - "Work First Worry Later".

60 METERS ACTIVITY (Provided by W8GEX & 60m DX News)
These are stations that were active or made a SWL spot on the DX Watch Cluster Network: 9K2YM, EA4BDJ, G3KEV, G3SES, GM4WSB/B, LA0NK, LA1DHA, LA9IX, OZ3K and TF1EIN

6V, SENEGAL (IOTA Op)
A team of Italian operators will be active as 6V1IS from Ngor and Gorée Islands (AF-045), Senegal, between November 6-16th. This is a Humanitarian DXpedition. Activity will be on various HF bands and modes. Operators and Team members mentioned are Leopoldo/ I8LWL (Organizer), Alfredo/IK7JWX (Team leader/QSL Manager), Ampelia/ IS0AGY, Christian/IS0BWM, Loredana/IS0FFR, Patrick/IS0FQK, Simon/IZ7ATN, Vincenzo/IZ8FRH, Enzo/IZ8LFI and Michele/IW7EGQ. Log will be available on ClubLog. The operation does have a FaceBook page at:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1707060236221730
 
8Q, MALDIVES (Reminder)
Wolfgang, DK1HW, will be active as 8Q7HW from Safari Island Resort on Mushimasgali Island (AS-013) between June 20-28th. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands using CW, SSB and PSK31, and running 100 watts into verticals in the seawater. QSL via DK1HW.

8Q, MALDIVES
James, 9V1YC, is currently active as 8Q7YC from Dharavandhoo Island, Baa Atoll, Maldives (AS-013) until June 21st. Activity is on various HF bands. QSL via W5UE.

9A, CROATIA (IOTA Op)
Adrian, YO4HHP, will be active as 9A/YO4HHP from Cres Island (EU-136) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 30-31st) as a Single-Op/Mixed-Mode/12-Hrs/DXpedition entry. Activity will be on 20/15/10 meters. QSL via YO4HHP.

BCA PRESS RELEASE (Best Communication Award 2015). [edited]
DxCoffee and the DXUniversity assign the 2015 Best Communication Award to K1N, Navassa -- The 2015 Best Communication Award is assigned to K1N, the DxPedition to Navassa, that took place in February 2015.
This Dxpedition deserved our recognition for having captived the ham community in the difficult task to activate this very rare entity after many years' attempts. The Dxpedition's website, www.navassadx.com, got us involved in many details. Just see the amount of daily updates during the operation's days, with directions and advices to increase one's chances of a QSO. We have appreciated a lot the several pictures and especially the video, made with a GoPro camera, mounted on Jerry WB9Z's head.
Not just the website, also social media played a role, with an excellent use of Facebook (a lot of news and pictures) and some Tweets.
In addition to the proper award, we have once again considered a few "special mentions" for those Dxpeditions who have stand out as far as communication is concerned. These special mentions will be announced shortly on these pages.
The Best Communication Award, rules:
http://www.dxcoffee.com/eng/communication-award/
http://www.dxcoffee.com/eng/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/dxcoffee_commaward.jpg
Fabrizio IU0BMP -- Award Manager

CY9C ST. PAUL ISLAND DXPEDITION (Update, dated June 18th)
Randy, N0TG, reports: The countdown is on; just 60 days ‘til activation. Procurement of final materials and supplies is in process and being shipped to team member K8LEE ­ Wayne. Wayne and Jay-K4ZLE will rent a cargo van for trans- port of most of the gear to our staging area in Canada departing their homes around 12 August. Phil, VA3QR, will be driving to the staging area with the generators and several other items. And, lastly Murray, WA4DAN, will also drive to Dingwall, Canada, with several yagi’s. Other team members will be flying.
The team is excited and looking forward to a very inclusive operation, i.e, satellite, 2 meter EME, RTTY, CW, SSB. We also have plans to include working Tech and General Class. We appreciate the visits to our website and those who have taken the “NEED SURVEY”. We are gearing up to assure we meet the band and mode needs expressed, as well as, concentrating on successful contacts on the long and difficult propagation paths to various locations in Oceania, Japan, India, Asiatic Russia, western USA and VE, etc.
Our thanks for the financial support; that helps greatly on the upfront cost of the dxpedition. Website: http://www.CY9DXpedition.com

D4, CAPE VERDE
By the time you read this, Harald, DF2WO, will once again be active as D44TWO from Praia, Santiago Island (AF-005) until July 13th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. He states that he works mostly on the Digital modes (PSK31, JT65 and RTTY) and slow CW. Equipment is a FT-450D into a home-made HEX BEAM and a dipole for 40 meters. QSL via M0OXO (OQRS available).

D6, DOMOROS
Operators Pavel/OK1FPS, David/OK6DJ, Pavel/OK1GK, Ruda/OK2ZA and Petr/OK1BOA will be active as D66D from Comoro Islands (AF-007) between mid-September and begin-October (September 18-30th). Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. Antenna/radio setup is 3x Elecraft K3, 2x PA, Antennas 2 x Spiderbeam including WARC, 1x vertical 40/30m, 1 vertical 160/80m + special RX antenna for low bands. QSL via OK6DJ, LoTW or eQSL. For more details and update, see:
http://www.cdxp.cz/?page_id=512
 
FJ, ST. BARTHELEMY (Reminder)
Operators Dave/W9DR and Tom/W9AEB are now active as FJ/W9DR and FJ/W9AEB from Saint Barthelemy Island (NA-146, DIFO FJ-001, WLOTA 0377) until June 29th. Look for W9DR as FJ/W9DR on 6 meters only (50.115 MHz), CW/SSB with a 6m Beacon (50.115.7 MHz). Look for W9AEB as FJ/W9AEB on 40-10 meters CW/SSB. QSL via their home callsigns.

I0/S53R GOING SILENT
Robert, I0/S53R, posted on the FOC mail reflector, "I am off from I0 tomorrow (June 14th) to a land that is very high on the most wanted list (within 10%), but as you can imagine licensing is a problem. Hence, I0/S53R is off the air for the next two years. Wonder if I should give in my FOC credentials... I will have a fairly strict schedule, meaning 4 weeks in and 1-2 weeks out so I may pop up occasion- ally. Of course some contest activities from other countries are being planned so see you on the bands."

IOTA NEWS
AS-070. Members of the Russian Robinson Club (RRC) will be active as R70ASIA from Gusmp Island between July 29th and August 2nd. Operators mentioned are Vasily/R7AA and Yuri/R2DG. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW and SSB. Their activity will also include the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 30-31st). The team is looking for funds. QSL via R7AA or OQRS.
EU-076. Martin, DL5RMH, is now active as LA/DL5RMH from Lofoten Island until June 25th. Activity will be holiday style on various HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.
EU-076. Ad, PB3A, is now active as LA/PB3A/p from Lofoten Island until June 25th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW and SSB. He plans to activate one or more SOTA references. QSL via PB3A, direct or by the Bureau.
EU-102. Operators Vladimir/RV1CC and Mike/UA1QV will be active as RV1CC/P and UA1QV/P, respectively from Kashin Island between June 23-27th. They will also use the Russian St. Petersburg University club callsign -- RC1M/p. Activity will be on 40-15 meters with a focus on NA, OC and Far-East. QSL via operator's home callsign.
EU-120. Operators 2E0HDG, Bryant/G3NVB, Colin/G4GBP, Andy/G4JNT, Brian/G0UKB, Liz/M0ACL, Rhodri/M0RHO and M1ENU will be active as G0IVR/p from Lundy Island between July 27th and August 1st. Their activities will include the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 30-31st). For more details and updates, see:
http://www.g4gbp.co.uk/lundy2016.html
EU-127. Operators Axel/DB1WA, Marc/DL1MRD, Joe/DM4DL and Christoph/ DM5HF will be active as DR0F from Neuwerk Island between July 28th and August 1st. QSL via DM4DL by the Bureau.
NA-035. Dan, HR2DMR, is once again active as HQ8S from Swans Island until about June 30th. Activity will be limited to his spare time (there working) on 80-10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via KD4POJ
. NA-067. Operators Nathan/N4YDU and Keith/W4KAZ will be active as K4C from Core Banks Island, NC, between July 29-31st. Activity will include the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 30-31st) as a Multi- Single/High-Power entry. QSL via N4YDU, direct or LoTW.
NA-128. The NA128 Contest Group will be active again this year as XL2I (Multi-Single) from Ile-aux-Coudres, Quebec, Canada, between July 28th and July 31st for the RSGB IOTA Contest. QSL via VE2CQ and LoTW few days after the contest. For more details and updates, see:
http://qsl.net/na128cg
NA-134. Al, F6ACH, will be active as OX/F6ACH from Uummannaq Island between July 21-27th. Activity will be on 20-10 meters using SSB. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or eQSL.
SA-045. Operators Daniel/PT7BI, Roberto/PT2GTI, Nicolas/PT7MM, PQ8UA and Regis/PY2POL will be active as ZY8M from Maraca Island between July 12-17th. Activity will be on various HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL via PT7BI.
SA-069. Members of the Chilean DXpedition team will once again be active as XR1T from Santa Maria Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 30-31st) as a Multi-Single/All-Band/DXpedition entry. Activity will be on all bands using CW and SSB. Operators mentioned are Domingo/CE1DY, Erik/CE1OEB, Marco/CE1TBN, Pablo/ CE1BF, Marco/CE1TBN, Dercel/CE3KHZ, Cristian/CE3PDF, Luis/ CD1LEW and Julio/CE3OP. QSL via CE3OP (see QRZ.com).
SA-072. (Update) Operators Ronaldo/PS8RV, Anselmo/PS8AB, João/PS8PY, Fernando/PU8PSF and Natan/PU8RZB will be active as ZY8D from Canarias Island (DIB-MA03) between July 29-31st. Activity will be on 40/20/15/10 meters using SSB and 100 watts. Operations will also include the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 30-31st). QSL via PS8RV direct.
SA-100. Operators Nando/IT9YRE and Claudio/I1SNW were expected to be active as CE1/IT9YRE and CE1/I1SNW from Pajaros Rocks (Huaira) this past week (June 14-18th), but had to postpone their operation due to bad sea conditions.

J2, DJIBOUTI
Jean-Philippe, F1TMY, will be active as J28PJ from Djibouti starting September 1st, for the next 3-5 years. Activity will be on the HF bands and 6 meters. QSL via F1TMY.

J6, ST. LUCIA
Steve, NY3B, will be active as J6/NY3B from St. Lucia between June 22nd and July 4th. Activity will be on 40/20/15 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via LoTW.

KL7, ALASKA (IOTA Op)
John, KG4FJC, will be active as KG4FJC/KL7 from Adak Island (NA-039), Alaska, between August 30-31st. Activity will be on 40 and 20 meters using mostly SSB with some CW. Operations will be with 100w into PAC-12 antenna. QSL via his home callsign, direct or LoTW after his return.

OY, FAROE ISLANDS
Roger, SM7RYR, will be active as OY/SM7RYR from Faroe Islands (EU-018) between June 19-27th. Activity will be holiday style on 20-10 meters using CW only. His equipment will be a KX3 with 10 watts into a ground plane (GP). QSL via LoTW or direct to his home callsign with 2 USDs and an SAE. NO Bureau.

P5, NORTH KOREA
Earlier in the week Dom, 3Z9DX, has received confirmation from the North Korean government to make a return trip to P5 and operate amateur radio with equipment for up to 5 days. The dates of activity are not yet known, but he will receive a very short notice. When Dom receives the short notice, he will have just a few days beforehand to gather his luggage and radio equipment for his stay in P5 land. Dom was told that this would be a single band SSB only operation (possibly on 20/15/10m).
ADDED NOTE: Also, read the article on the ARRL Web page at:
http://www.arrl.org/news/polish-dxer-3z9dx-reported-ready-to-return-to-north-korea-on-a-moment-s-notice
PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (June 19-25th).... Jun/19th AN Jun/22nd AN Jun/24th HN Jun/20th AN Jun/23rd AN Jun/25th AN Jun/21st AN SOLAR REFERENCE KEYS/INDEXES AND GEOMAGNETIC REFERENCE

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    NORMALITY               GEOMAG       K Values    Alpha
   -----------------        ------       --------    ------
   AN  - Above Normal       Quiet        K=0-1       0-7
   HN  - High Normal        Unsettled    K=2         8-15
   LN  - Low Normal         Active       K=3         16-29
   BN  - Below Normal       Minor Storm  K=4         30-49
   DIS - Disturbed          Major Storm  K=5         50-99
   VRY DIS - Very Disturbed Severe Storm K=6-9       100-400
 
REALTIME BAND CONDITIONS WEB SITE http://www.bandconditions.com:
The purpose of this experimental Web site is to provide 24-7-365 actual (REALTIME) band condition information to CW QRPp, QRPe and CW/SSB for Contesters interested in increasing their scores. It can also be of benefit to other Radio Amateurs to determine band conditions for Nets and casual QSO's. This information is NOT based on any software pre- dictions or any kind of satellite based readings. It is based on a new Ionospheric sounding method called "HF Ionospheric Interferometry" which operates very similarly to the PolSAR system used by NASA. Also, check out the VOACAP predication Web page at:
http://www.voacap.com/prediction.html
 
QSL INFO AND NEWS

  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (June 19th) 
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  3Z0MCI via SQ9MCI       GB2OWM via GM3IBU        OM4X via OM4SX
  3Z0MK via SP7PZS        GB90QB via GB90QB (L)    ON25CRD via ON4CRD
  4JF1BAKU via 4J4K       GB90QBD via M0KRI        OT4S via ON8SI
  4JF1EU via 4J3DJ        H44LG via JE1LGY         OZ/DL1DAQ via DL1DAQ
  5Q7DX via PA7JWC        HB9/IW2OBX/P via IW2OBX  P3X via 5B4AMM
  5W0COW via KC0W         HF06PSH via SP6TGI       R15EURO via RQ7L
  9A701CRJ via 9A1CRJ     HF16URSA via SP5PPK      R20CSKR via RD2D
  B7M via BG7LHY          HF25ZIR via SP3ZIR       R60KZI via R5EO
  CR5U via CR7AJL         HF35PBW via SP1DPA       R80GYR via RC3M
  D44TWO via M0OXO        HG0HEXV via HA5GY        RT73HL via RL5G (d)
  DA200FGK via DL2JES     HG2DX via HA8DM          SK3W via SM5DJZ
  DL/HB9FIH via HB9FIH    HP3/VY2SS via AC2OV      SM7/DJ2RG via DJ2RG
  DL0MFM via DF7PM        ID9/IK3ITV via IK3ITV    SN16UM via SP5PPK
  DL50MUC via DF2NU       II3WW via IQ3BM          SP/VE4EA via VE4EA (d/L)
  DL800JE via DK4WA       IO1DCI via IK1GPG        SP9/DJ7ZO via DJ7ZO
  DP5V via DL5DSB         IS0/I4WCK via I4WCK      SV/PB5T via PB5T (d/L)
  DR160TESLA via DK8ZZ    J42OSE via SZ2T (SV-B/d) SV8/OE2LCM/P via OE2LCM
  DR777RI via DL8OBQ      JT5DX via JT1CO          T88AN via EB7DX
  E20AX via E21EIC & (L)  K5A via K5DB (d)         TA2/DL2JRM via DL2JRM
  E7C via E77AR           KH0R/KH2 via JE6DND  TI3/N8JAJ via N8JAJ (d TI-Adr)
  EA6/DK5IR via DK5IR     KP2/N5PV via N5PV & (L)  TM16EFC via F8ATS
  EE5M via EA5GF          LA/DL5RMH via DL5RMH     TM2C via F8BON
  EH4MCG via EA4DCU       LX8RTTY via LX1DA        TM8FDA via F4KJP
  EI1916E via EI3GC       LX8SAR via DK4XC         W3H via K6ZO
  EM0I via UT2IZ          MD2C via MD0CCE          YB8O via YB8RW
  EM25S via UW8SM         MM/DL9FBF via DL9FBF     YP0C via YO3CZW
  ES0/DL5CW via DL5CW     OE/OH6MCZ/P via OH6MCZ   YR8V via YO8CT
  ES0UG via DL3BQA        OE2016EM via OE6HLF      YT5C via YU7BPQ
  EX9T via EX8MLE         OG3077F via OH3JF        Z3A via Z30A
  FJ/W9AEB via W9AEB      OH/HB9CPD via HB9CPD     ZA/HA2SG via HA2SG
  GB100DSC via G7OCK      OL1B via OK1FMJ          ZM1A via ZL3CW (d)
  GB2MOF via GM4UYZ       OM41KYSUCE via OM3CND
    (e) eQSL only  (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (*-B) DX's- Bureau
    (O) OQRS only  (C) ClubLog only  (L) LoTW only
 
ET7L QSL STATUS. Gary, US0LW, QSL Manager for ET7L, reports [edited]: "On June 13th, I received cards from the printing house. Now I sent 80% of paper requests and the termination will be on Monday. On Tuesday, I will begin to process OQRS. LoTW: We sent documents to ARRL for DXCC. After that we will get access to LoTW. We expect.... 73" FT4JA QSL STATUS. Flo, F5CWU, QSL Manager for FT4JA, reported, "We just received the cards this week from the printer and we just started to proceed the QSL. Once processed, the QSL with special envelopes will be sent using the French Overseas Territories post office. This is a bit longer than classic post office service, but it is part of our agree- ment with French administration. You’ll received the special envelope FT4JA with special stamps and the QSL. I think the QSL will come in July. Sorry for the delay. 73...."
QSLS RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 8K2RA, E73Y, JA7XBG, SV1EBV, TG9ADO, TG9AJR, TG9ANF, SA5K, VP8BTU, XR0YS and XW1IC
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 9M2AX, E44YL, EP2A, UE40SA, VK0EK, VP8STI and XU7AKC
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: NONE REPORTED THIS WEEK!!!

SILENT KEY
It was reported tha Rizal, 9M2RDX, became a Silent Key (SK) on June 12th. Piju, 9M2PJU, informs OPDX, "He was a good guy, very down to earth humble, passionated with ham radio, especially on HF operations. Active scouts leader, teacher and instructors to many including his work- mates in hospital. He also was a good and motivated QSL manager for 9M2SE. I will be missing him after this." OPDX and its readers would like to send out our deepest sympathy to 9M2RDX's family and friends.

V7, MARSHALL ISLANDS
By the time you read this Randy, WW6RG, should be active V73/WW6RG from Kwajalein Atoll (OC-028) in the Marshall Islands between June 20-22nd. Activity will be on 40/20/15 meters using SSB. QSL via his home callsign.

VP2E, ANGUILLA
Operators Henri/OH3JR and Seppo/OH1VR will be active from Anguilla between November 21st and December 1st. Callsigns will be announced later. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. They plan to be an entry in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th). QSL cards will only be direct CBA.
XT, BURKINA FASO. Harald, DF2WO, will once again be active as XT2AW from Ouagadougou sometime in/between October/November. Activity will be holiday style on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. He states that he works mostly on the Digital modes (PSK31, JT65 and RTTY) and slow CW. Equipment is a FT-450D into a home-made HEX BEAM and a dipole for 40 meters. QSL via M0OXO, direct or OQRS . XW, LAOS
Bruce, 3W3B (HS0ZCY/XU7ADF/XW1B/AA4XR), who lives in Da Nang, will once again be active as XW4XR from Vientiane between June 30th and July 12th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters. He informed OPDX several weeks ago, "I will be active as much as possible on CW and, mainly, RTTY and JT65 as there seems to be more of a demand on digital." QSL via E21EIC and LoTW.

YASME NEWS (Press Release dated June 15th)
THE YASME FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES GRANTS TO SUPPORT YOUTH INVOLVEMENT IN AMATEUR RADIO --
The Board of Directors of the Yasme Foundation is pleased to announce three grants in furtherance of Yasme's goal of encouraging youth participation in amateur radio and operating activities. The Yasme Foundation encourages amateurs to support activities that promote amateur radio and result in new licensees around the world.
The sixth edition of the Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) conference will take place in July 2016 in Wagrain, Austria . Over 100 young amateurs from all IARU regions will gather in the Austrian Alps to participate in a series of programs and workshops about amateur radio as well as inter-cultural exchanges and social interaction. Gatherings such as YOTA exemplify the ability of amateurs to work together across national borders and ethnicities in the best "ham spirit" of friendship. The Yasme Board is pleased to assist in helping young amateurs attend this meeting that otherwise would be unable to attend.
1. Amateur Radio Association of the Republic of Kosovo (SHRAK)
The Yasme grant will enable two youth amateur radio operators from Kosovo to attend the YOTA conference. This will be the first time these amateurs will have travelled outside their home country. SHRAK was recently admitted to the IARU as a member society, an additional step toward enabling Kosovo to be added to the ARRL DXCC entity list.
2. Ethiopian Amateur Radio Society (EARS)
Two youth operators from EARS will also be attending the YOTA conference. This extends Yasme’s support of the ET3AA station and the previous grant enabling travel by EARS members to participate in the 2016 ARI Inter- national DX Contest from Estonia. EARS member participation furthers amateur radio activity from eastern Africa and encourages interest in amateur radio by other African youth.
3. North American Participants
Three young amateurs from the United States will also attend the YOTA meeting with the assistance of the Yasme grant and a similar grant from the Northern California DX Foundation. As invited members of IARU in ITU Region 2, it is the hope of both Boards that they will return with ideas for extending the successes of YOTA to young North American amateurs.
The Yasme Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation organized to support scientific and educational projects related to amateur radio, including DXing (long distance communication) and the introduction and promotion of amateur radio in developing countries. For additional information about The Yasme Foundation, visit our website at www.yasme.org.
Ward Silver, N0AX, President
The Yasme Foundation
Board of Directors: Ward Silver, N0AX, President and Director
Fred Laun, K3ZO, Director and Vice-President
Rusty Epps, W6OAT, Director and Treasurer
Kip Edwards, W6SZN, Director and Secretary
Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T, Director
Ken Claerbout, K4ZW, Director
Martti Laine, OH2BH, Director
Bob Vallio, W6RGG, Director

ZONE 2 (Update)
A team of nine members of the VE2UMS Amateur Radio Club will put four stations on the air from "North of 50" CQ zone 2, between July 25th and August 1st. Their DXpedition will use the special callsign VC2Q. Operators mentioned are Normand/VA2NQ, Gabriel/VA2QA, Jacques/VE2CYJ, Vittorio/VE2HAY, Serge/VE2HLS, Julian/VE2AWW, Mike/VE2OV, Normand/VE2GKL and Jacques/VE2ESM. QSLs will be issued for every QSO. Activity will be on all bands, 160-6 meters, including 30/17/12 meters, and one 60 meter channel if conditions are favorable. Operations will be CW, SSB and the Digital modes. There are more details on QRZ.com.

ZL7, CHATHAM ISLAND (Update)
Haru, JA1XGI, will be active as ZL7/W1XGI (not ZL7/JA1XGI as first announced) from Chatham Islands (OC-038) between November 24th and December 1st. Activity will probably be on 160-10 meters, including the 30/17/12m bands, using mainly CW with some RTTY, JT65 and PSK. Equipment is an IC-7300 into two different verticals. He also plans to be in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th). QSL via JA1XGI, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW. For more details and updates, watch:
http://island.geocities.jp/chathamholiday


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