I.C.P.O. Bulletin (14-21 September 2012) "Islands, Castles & Portable Operations"

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14/09/2012: Larry K4KGG and some members of the Boca Raton Amateur Radio Association (N4BRF) plan to be active as K4KGG/1 from Martha's Vineyard (NA-046, USi MA-005S, WLOTA 2804), Dukes county, Massachusetts, from 14-18 September 2012. Primary activity on 20m SSB (14.260 MHz). They might also work 7.055 21.260, 28.460 MHz. QSL via K4KGG, direct or Bureau. [rsgbiota]

14/09/2012: Ulf, DL5AXX, will once again be going to the Republic of Palau as a combined dive-radio-holiday. Operation will take place from the Palau rental shack, West Plaza by the Sea Hotel, Koror Island, Palau (OC-009, WW Loc. PJ77FI), from 14-28th September 2012. Ulf will be QRV on 160-10m as T8XX (CW) and T88UE (RTTY). The preferred QSL-route is OQRS at www.dl5axx.de/dxlog, bureau and direct to the QRZ.com address is also ok, but NO LoTW or eQSL. [DL5AXX]

14/09/2012: Chab, YT7WA, will be active as YT7WA/4O from Buljarice, Montenegro, on 14-23 September 2012. He will operate BPSK and QPSK. QSL via home call. [425 DX News]

15/09/2012: The TC Special Wireless Activity Team and the Giresun Radio Amateurs and Nature Sports Club will be active as TC6GLH from Gerze Lighthouse [Kosk Burnu] (built in 1944, WW Loc. KN71OT), Sinop Province, on 15th and 16th September 2012. QSL via TA1HZ, direct or Bureau. Information on the Western Black Sea Lighthouses On The Air award can be found at: www.tcswat.org/awards/WEBLOTA/index.html[425 DX News]

16/09/2012: Andy, N8OFS/p (SMIRK #6737), QRV 2012-09-16 1300z till 2012-09-17 0700z from EN91or for the Classic 'CX' Phone Exchange. "I will once again be Broadcasting Live and Direct from the Big Caboose at the beloved AC&J Railroad for the 6M Sprint... This will be my last of Six trips to the Caboose for 2012... 50W from the Kenwood TS-60 to the 'DOMINATOR'(tm) at 28.5ft, parked and locked on 52.525 MHz FM..." QSL via home call, direct only or e-QSL. [N8OFS]

16/09/2012: Sadao JA1PBV will be active from Christmas Island (OC-002) as VK9XS from 16-20 September and 28-29 September 2012. A visit to Cocos Keeling (OC-003) as VK9CS is also planned from 21-28 September. Sadao will be QRV on HF CW, with focus on NA & SA. QSL both callsigns via JA1PBV, direct or to the JARL Bureau. Logsearch at: ito110.com/ [DX World]

17/09/2012: Look for Glenn, NY4NC, to be active as homecall/p from Ocracoke Island (NA-067, USi NC001S, WLOTA 0466), Hyde county, North Carolina, from 17-21 September 2012. Primary operation will be on 40 and 20 metre QRP CW. QSL direct to home call. [rsgbiota]

19/09/2012: Operators Philippe ON4ACP, Erik ON4ANN, Jose ON4CAU, Eric ON4CCV, Marc ON4CJY, Cedric ON4CKM and Walter ON8CW will be active as HB0/homecalls from Liechtenstein between 19-22 September, 2012. The aim is to be QRV from 80m to 10m, SSB and CW with emphasis on the higher bands, conditions permitting. QSL all calls via ON4ANN, direct or Bureau. Further information can be found at: users.telenet.be/on4ann/ [DX World]

20/09/2012: Look for operators Walter DJ6QT, Goetz DJ3IW, Kalle DM3BJ, Stefan DK1MM, Horst DK1QH, Dieter DK4QT, Hans-Juergen DL1YFF, Boris E73Y and Mario S56A to be active as CT9/homecalls from Santana, Ilha da Madeira (AF-014, DIP MA-001, PIP MD-001, DPRN FF-101, WFF CTFF-030, WLOTA 0053), between 20 September until 4 October 2012. This will include a Multi-Multi entry in the CQ WW RTTY Contest (29-30 September) from CQ zone 33. QSL via the operators home callsign. QSL CR3L via DJ6QT. [NG3K]

20/09/2012: From 20-24th September 2012, the Invoker Team will be active as EG5INT in the Columbretes Islands (EU-069). Team members include George EA2TA, Christian EA3NT, Ramon EA3OR, Raul EA5KA and Guillermo EA5MON. Plans are to be QRV on all HF bands and modes. QSL direct to EA5KA. They will try to upload the logs once per day to ClubLog. [DX World]

21/09/2012: Operators Friedrich DL4BBH, Matthias DK7LV, Klaus DL7UXG, Henning DB5BZ and Ric DL2VFR will be active from Fehmarn Island (EU-128, GIA O-001, WLOTA 0637) from 21-23 September 2012. Plans are to be QRV CW and SSB on all HF-bands + VHF. QSL direct or Bureau to DM50IOTA. Website: www.iota-expedition.com [rsgbiota]  


22/09/2012: South Lancs Amateur Radio Club will be on the air as GB1BAS from the site that was Bickershaw & Abram Station, which closed 48 years ago. On the air from 0000 UTC on 22 September until 1400 on 23 September 2012, they plan to use the 80, 40, 20, 10, 2m and 70cm bands. QSL via the RSGB Bureau. [GB2RS]

22/09/2012: The Mississauga Amateur Radio Club, VE3MIS, will be operating a special event station on 22 September 2012 from 1400-2000z from the Halton County Radial Railway Museum. QRV on 7.210 and 14.250 MHz SSB. For certificate send QSL request and $2 USD with a return envelope to: Michael Brickell, VE3TKI, 2801 Bucklepost Crescent, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada L5N 1X6. Please note you can not use US postage stamps in Canada. Further information can be found at the Mississauga ARC website (www.marc.on.ca) and the Halton County Radio Railway Museum website (www.hcry.org). [RAC]

22/09/2012: Gab, HA3JB, will be active from Turkey as TA/HA3JB between 22 September until 2 October 2012. This will include an entry in the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (29-30 September), as a Single-Op/Single-Band (?) entry from CQ zone 20. Outside the contest Gab will be QRV on 80-10m CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSO is valid for the IPA Award. QSL via OQRS: www.ha3jb.com/oqrs.html or CBA. [HA3JB]

26/09/2012: Steve, AA7V, will be active as VP2V/AA7V from the island of Virgin Gorda [aka Tortola] (NA-023, WLOTA 0347), British Virgin Islands, between 26 September and 1 October 2012. This will include a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry in the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (29-30 September). QSL via NR6M, direct only or LoTW. NO BUREAU QSLs. [NG3K]

27/09/2012: Club station BY1WXD will operate as BY1WXD/0 for ten days from the Tibet Autonomous Region between 27 September until 7 October 7, 2012. Their QTH will be near Lhasa, Chengguan District, Tibet Autonomous Region, People's Republic of China (WW Loc. NL59HI). Per the Chinese operators, this is "the first officially announced DXpedition activity in Tibet Autonomous Region of China by Chinese hams and they sincerely welcome DX chasers all over the world to work us." This period overlaps the "Worked All Provinces of China (WAPC) DX Contest" (6 October - 0000-2359z). Contest rules can be found at:www.mulandxc.org/?page_id=2 . They will be QRV on 40-6m, all modes. Operators include BA7CK, BA8IK, BA9TX, BD2FW, BD4TS, BD5FFK, BD5QDM, BD5SO, BD9GQ, BG0GE, BG3MTK, BG5TOW, BG6MA, BG9API and BG9XE. QSL via BA4TB, direct or Bureau and OQRS. [DX World]

29/09/2012: Look for Dave, N2NL, to be active in several contests from Yigo, island of Guam (OC-026, USi GU003S, WFF KFF-110, WLOTA 0064, CQ zone 27) using the callsign NH2T. He will be active in the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (29-30 September), the CQWW DX SSB Contest (27-28 October) and the CQWW DX CW Contest (24-25 November). Dave plans a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry in all three contests. QSL NH2T via LoTW or direct only to W2YC. [NG3K]

29/09/2012: The following operators will be active in the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (29-30 September) from Aland Island (EU-002, WFF OHFF-037, WLOTA 1373, CQ zone 15): Marko, OH8KVY, will be QRV as OH0I, as a Single-Op/Single-Band 20m entry (QSL via OH3BHL); Juha, OH9MM, will be a Single-Op/Single-Band 15m entry using the callsign OH0Z (QSL via W0MM); and Raimo, OH3BHL, will be a Single-Op/Single-Band 40m entry using the callsign OH0KAG (QSL via OH1KAG, direct). [NG3K]

29/09/2012: Look for the Quake Contesters Group, ZL3X, to be active from Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand (OC-134, WLOTA 0342, WW Loc. RE66JK), for the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (29-30 September). Plans are for a Multi-Single/Low-Power entry from CQ zone 32. Team members include Mark ZL3AB, Don ZL3DMC, Andrew ZL3DW, Geoff ZL3GA, Graeme ZL3GK and Phil ZL3PAH. QSL via ZL3PAH, direct and LoTW. [NG3K]

01/10/2012: Mike, G4IUF, will once again be active from Isle House, Windwardside, Saba Island (NA-145, WFF PAFF-027, WLOTA 2043) between 1 October until 1 November 2012. QRV on the HF bands, holiday style, using CW and SSB. QSL via home call, direct or email for Bureau request (see QRZ.com). [DXAT]

07/10/2012: From Sunday October 7, 2012 at 0000 UTC through Saturday October 13, 2012 at 2400 UTC the North American QRP CW Club (NAQCC) will be celebrating their 8th anniversary. Special event callsigns for earch of the 10 USA call areas will be used: N1A, N2A, N3A, N4A, N5A, N6A, N7A, N8A, N9A and N0A. QSL via the operators' instructions. Further information can be found on the NAQCC website at:http://naqcc.info/ [NAQCC]

08/10/2012: Alex PY2WAS (3D2AS), Orlando PT2OP (3D2OP), Rick PY2PT (3D2PT), Fred PY2XB (3D2XB) and Faria PY7XC (3D2XC) plan to be active from the island of Viti Levu, Fiji (OC-016, WLOTA 0055), from 8-14 October 2012 prior to the upcoming T30PY expedition. They will be QRV on the HF bands, holiday style. QSL via home calls, direct (preferred) or Bureau. Website: www.qrz.com/db/3D2OP [DX World]

13/10/2012: Operators Suehiro JI1PLF, Mitsuo JA1UNS, Hisashi 7N1GMK and Takeo 7L4PVR will be active as homecall/1 from Hachijo Island (AS-043, WLOTA 0436), Tokyo prefecture, from 13-16 October 2012. Activity will be on 160-6 metre CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via their home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. [DX World]

18/10/2012: The Egyptian Radio Amateur Society for Development (ERASD) announces a special event "Egypt 2012 with callsign SU55J". This event gathers the Radio Amateurs from all over the world to enjoy the Radio activity and the fabulous Egypt. We are waiting you from 18 - 22 October 2012 in Cairo. The Event is organized by ERASD in cooperation with the Arab Scout Region. The program includes the participation in the 55th World Scout Jamboree on the air (JOTA 55) and Egyptian Radio Amateur Station SU55J will working 24 hours day, during the event we make good programs to Exchange Experiences. And a lot of Amateur Radio Activities also very nice Touristy program in old Cairo and nice Surprises! QSL SU55J via SM5AQD, direct only. For more details visit:www.facebook.com/events/522556857770399/?context=create . To register please write to ERASD Secretary, Said Kamel SU1SK e-mail: su1sk[@]amsat.org [DX World]

27/10/2012: Members of the YinZhou Middle School Amateur Radio Club (BY5CD), Ningbo Zhejiang, China, will be active in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (27-28 October) as a Multi-Multi entry, CQ zone 24. Operators will be BA4ALC, BA7MG, BH1DYK, BD1QXU, BG4AHK, BA7NO, BA7MY, BD4FM, OH7WV, JE2LPC, BA1RB, BA5FB, BA5BJ, BD5CHU and BD4HF. They will be QRV all band RUN+AUX configured with staked antennas on 40m and above, 80m 4 SQ, 160m full size Slope with Beverage, legal limit power. QSL via BD4HF, direct or Bureau. [NG3K]

29/10/2012: Volkert, DL6BE, will be homecall/p from Oehe Island (EU-057, DID/GIA O-019) between 29 October and 4 November 2012. Look for activity on the HF bands on, or near, the usual island and IOTA frequencies. QSL via home call. [rsgbiota]

10/11/2012: Eric, F6ICX, will once again be active as 5R8IC between 10 November until 9 December 2012 from Nosy Boraha [aka Ile Sainte-Marie] (AF-090, WLOTA 0491). Holiday style operation, with no online log during activity. CW RTTY and PSK63 using 100w and various GP or Inv-L. Hexbeam for 20-10m. QSL via home call. [DX World]  


14/09/2012: The 39th match for the Ryder Cup will take place in the USA on 28th-30th September 2012. G3VSQ will be operating as GB39RC from Verulam Golf Club, in St. Albans (WW Loc. IO91UR), during the period 3rd - 30th September. Operation will take place on 10/
15/20 and 40m. CW will be the most used mode but RTTY will also be used. Radio Amateurs who are also golfers will be particularly welcome. Countries and American States who are providing players for the European and American teams will be welcomed. All QSO's will be uploaded to LoTW and eQSL. QSL's (direct to G3VSQ) will be answered provided that a SAE and sufficient postage is provided. QSL's via the Bureau will be answered via the Bureau. [GB2RS]

14/09/2012: Pontefract & District ARS are currently operating GB4BOB until 16 September 2012 to commemorate those who fought and died in the Battle of Britain. QSL cards will be sent out on receipt of a card, either direct to G0BPK or via the Bureau to the GB call. Full details are on QRZ.com. [GB2RS]

14/09/2012: British Railways Amateur Radio Society is holding an International Railway Radio Amateurs Congress between 13 and 17 September 2012 and will be operating GB5IFC on those dates from Top Band to 70cm. Currently nine European countries are attending. QSL via the RSGB Bureau. [GB2RS]

14/09/2012: Look for Bob/W3BTX and Roy/W3TEF to be active as P49T (P49Towers) / P41USA again from the island of Aruba (SA-036, WLOTA 0033) between 14-21 September 2012. This yearly special event is activated to keep the "Never Forget" memory alive of the September 11, 2001 attack on the USA. QSLing policy for P49T: 100% reply to QSL's received via 'Buro' or World-Wide with SASE + IRC or ONE GREEN STAMP ($1 US DOLLAR). Send to W3BTX DIRECT or via the USA W3 Bureau. (Don't use the P4 Bureau, it's a lot quicker). Sorry NO eQSL's. [OPDX Bulletin]

14/09/2012: The RNARS will put GB0CGT on the air during their social in Coventry, West Midlands, (WW Loc. IO92FK, WAB SP28) from 14 to 16 September. Using the HF bands, including WARC bands, from 80m to 10m as well as 2m and 70cm. The station will operating CW, SSB and FM. The RNARS operating frequencies will be used where possible. QSL via G0TOC QTHR. Website: www.rnars.org.uk/ [GB2RS]

15/09/2012: Special event station SI9AM from the King Chulalongkorn Memorial in Ragunda, Sweden, the largest Thai Pavilion in the world outside Thailand, will be active from 15-16th September 2012. Operators will be Lars SM3EAE, Joe SM3FJF and Goran SM5SIC. They plan to be an entry in the Scandinavian Activity Contest [CW] (15-16 September). Outside of the contest, activity will be on 160-10 metres. QSL via SM3CVM, direct or by the Bureau. Further information at the SI9AM website: www.si9am.se/ [OPDX Bulletin]

16/09/2012: On 16 September 2012, Grantham Fire Station will be holding an open day and GB0LFR has been allocated for this event. Listen out for them on all bands. QSL via the RSGB Bureau. [GB2RS]

U.S.A. Special Events can be found at: www.arrl.org/special-event-stations  


14/09-16/09 GB0CGT: England (main island) WLOTA:1941 QSL G0TOC (d)
14/09-18/09 K4KGG/1: Martha's Vineyard Island WLOTA:2804 QSL H/c (d/B)
14/09-21/09 P49T: Aruba Island WLOTA:0033 QSL W3BTX (d/B)
16/09 GB0LFR: England (main island) WLOTA 1841 QSL RSGB Buro
17/09-21/09 NY4NC/P: Ocracoke Island WLOTA:0466 QSL H/c (d)
20/09-04/10 CT9/DJ3IW: Isla da Maadeira WLOTA:0053 QSL H/c (d/B)
20/09-04/10 CT9/DJ6QT: Isla da Maadeira WLOTA:0053 QSL H/c (d/B)
20/09-04/10 CT9/DK1MM: Isla da Maadeira WLOTA:0053 QSL H/c (d/B)
20/09-04/10 CT9/DK1QH: Isla da Maadeira WLOTA:0053 QSL H/c (d/B)
20/09-04/10 CT9/DK4QT: Isla da Maadeira WLOTA:0053 QSL H/c (d/B)
20/09-04/10 CT9/DL1YFF: Isla da Maadeira WLOTA:0053 QSL H/c (d/B)
20/09-04/10 CT9/DM3BJ: Isla da Maadeira WLOTA:0053 QSL H/c (d/B)
20/09-04/10 CT9/E73Y: Isla da Maadeira WLOTA:0053 QSL H/c (d/B)
20/09-04/10 CT9/S56A: Isla da Maadeira WLOTA:0053 QSL H/c (d/B)
21/09-23/09 DM50IOTA: Fehmarn Island WLOTA:0637 QSL Direct/Buro  


14/09-16/09 GB0CGT: RNARS S.E.S. Coventry Grid:IO92FK 2m/70cm QSL G0TOC (d)
15/09 Connecticut QSO Party 6m/2m classes 0000z-2359z
15/09-16/09 South Carolina QSO Party 6m class 15 1400z-16 0300z
15/09-16/09 Washington State Salmon Run 6m/2m classes 15 1600z-16 2400z
15/09 N8OFS/P: EmComm Exercise Grid:EN91 6m 90W QSL N8CT (d/eQSL)
16/09 Belgian Mills Award Contest 2m SSB/FM 0600z-1000z
16/09 Contest Lario 50 MHz Digital SO/PSK31-JT6M 0800z-1200z
16/09-17/09 Classic Exchange 'CX' 6m/2m AM/FM/SSB 16 1300z-17 0700z
16/09-17/09 N8OFS/P: CX Phone Exchange Grid:EN91OR 52.525FM QSL H/c (d)
17/09 SVHF Fall Sprint 144MHz Fixed/Rover 1900-2300 Local Time
18/09 LY 1296 MHz Activity Contest CW/SSB/FM 1700z-2059z
18/09 NRAU 1.3GHz Activity Contest SO/MO/Open 1700z-2100z
18/09 RSGB 1.3GHz UKAC SO Fixed/Open 1900z-2130z

Contest Calendar: www.qsl.net/va3rj/con_sep.html

GOT6??? - Six Meter Information by Andy 'NEON' Sargent N8OFS at:http://noars.net/got6/GOT6.txt (Updated: 11 September 2012)

Information about current VHF activities can be found on the VHF DX portal "Make More Miles on VHF" at: www.MMMonVHF.de/

SMIRK: www.smirk.org/ SOTA (Summits On The Air) Watch Alerts at:www.sotawatch.org/   QSL INFO -

QSLs via Bureau: None to report! :o(

QSLs via Direct: 9M2/R6AF/p (H/c), A45WW/m [AS-014] (EA5ZD), FK8CP (QRZ.com), J68HZ (QRZ.com), R6AF/p (H/c) and VR2XLN (CBA).

QSLs via LoTW: CP6XE, CX9AU, D64K, E51M, F8GGD, FK8DD, K9JWI, LU5OM, OD5ZZ, OE3DIA, PR7AR, R5DT, S50R, SP1RKT, SV4FFK, UA6JDQ, YI9LZ and YU1AAV.   LINKS - IOTA (Islands On The Air) at:www.rsgbiota.org/ USi (U.S. Islands Award Program) at:www.usislands.org/ WCA (World Castles on the Air) at:www.wcagroup.org/ENG/wcag.html WFF (World Flora & Fauna) at:www.wff44.org/program/wff/ WLOTA (World Lighthouses On The Air at:www.wlota.com/  


3D2C - Conway Reef - Press Release #3

It is with great excitement, that we announce that our preparations for a large multi-national Dxpedition to Conway Reef are going according to plan. We now have 19 operators from all over the globe to participate in this tent and generator operation.

Conway Reef is located in the South Pacific Ocean and is #35 on Club Log’s most wanted DXCC list.

The bulk of our equipment has arrived and is staged in Suva, Fiji. ICOM is shipping the IC-7600 rigs to us this week, which will travel with the team to Suva. Our advance team is arriving in Suva on September 21 to commence with equipment testing and loading on our vessel, the venerable Island Dancer II.

The main Team is meeting in Lami Bay, Suva and departing by ship to Conway Reef on September 24th. The Team expects to arrive at Conway Reef and become active on September 26th. We will complete our Dxpedition on October 5th, 2012 and return to Suva.

The main goals of this DXpedition are to work every amateur radio operator who needs Conway Reef for a new DXCC country. In addition, we will be active on all bands from 1.8 MHz to 144 MHz, including the 5MHz and 50 MHz bands.

We will be active on CW, SSB and RTTY. Special attention will be made to work far away stations such as Europe and Africa during those periods when propagation permits. The propagation window for EU and Africa is very brief at times and signals may be weak, so we ask everyone in the honored HAM SPIRIT to stand by when asked so that we may fulfill this need. Our destination will have a wide range of options and possibilities.

We will use our Satellite phones to upload our logs on a daily basis to our on-line log. We will upload to LOTW approximately six months following the DXpedition.

Our team consists of these Operators: Hrane-YT1AD-Leader, Aleksej-UA4HOX-Co-Leader-Operations, Paul-N6PSE-Co-Leader-PR & Fundraising, David-WD5COV, Vasily-RW4NW, David-AH6HY, Alan-K6SRZ-Team Physician, Alan-AD6E, Sergej-RZ3FW, Craig-K9CT, Stan-LZ1GC, George-N6NKT, Peter-PY5CC, Mike-K6MKF, Jim-K9JM, Miguel-PY3MM, Luciano-PY5KD, Dragan-YT3W and Tevita-3D2TR.

Our Pilot Stations are: Aca-YU1AA, Toma-YU1AB and Andre-V51B.

We wish everyone good propagation and we hope that you enjoy working the 3D2C Team.

We are very grateful to INDEXA, NCDXF and all of the Clubs and individuals who have provided monetary support for this Dxpedition. We sincerely hope we can satisfy your needs!

At this time, we are seeking additional Club and Individual Sponsors to help us defray the costs of carrying out this DXpedition. Donations can be made via the 3D2C web page. OQRS will be available upon completion of the Dxpedition.

Our official website: http://www.yt1ad.info/3d2c/index.html

3D2C Team
DF6EX Activity - Manfred, DF6EX, will be active next week for a short time in Austria, if everything goes well. He will try to activate: Either on 19. or 20. September (at around 14.30 UTC) Kawendel (OEFF-217) with the call OE/OK8WFF. Either on 20. September (starting abt. 14.30 UTC) or 21. September morning DLFF-173 with the call DA0CW/p. Of course everything is weather-dependant. QSL for both calls via DL7RAG. Infos will follow also on http://blog.winqsl.com and www.qrz.com/db/da0cw[DF6EX]
DX0N - Bongao, Tawi Tawi OC-174 Cancelled - The DX0N DXpedition to Bongao Island, Tawi Tawi group (OC-174) by Gil, 4F2WT has been cancelled. [DX World]
Z81A & Z81D - Republic of South Sudan - * James Pratt (K7QI) and now (Z81A) - QSL via K7GSE. * Diya Al Sadi (YI1DZ) and now (Z81D) These are permanent callsigns given by the Ministry of Telecommunications and Postal Services. At present time, Diya is all setup and ready to go, and thanks to Diya’s kindness, both Z81A and Z81D will be using his station located at Nyakuron South, Juba. [DX World]

73 and Good DX!
Dave Raycroft, VA3RJ

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