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Midway and Kure Islands Reinstated as DXCC Entities (ARRL News)
11-05-2017
Submitted by: ON7TK
On March 31, 2017, the DXCC desk announced the deletion of Midway Island and Kure Island from the DXCC entities list. The stated reason for this action was because of changes in the administration resulting from changes in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, formerly known as the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument, of which the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and the Battle of Midway National Memorial, the Hawaii State Seabird Sanctuary at Kure Atoll, and the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands State Marine Refuge, of which they are all included.

After further review it has been found that the deletion of these two entities is not supported by the changes that were made to the relevant administrations. Therefore, the deletions from the DXCC list should not have occurred and the two entities, Midway Island KH4 and Kure Island KH7K, will return to the DXCC list as separate entities.
TM2H - Houat island
08-04-2017
Submitted by: ON4ZD
From April 8th to 14th, the Charente DX Group (CDXG) will sign TM2H from Houat island EU-048. Activity on all HF bands in CW-RTTY-SSB.

The team members are F5LOW (Eric), F5MNK (Laurent), F5NBQ (Fabrice), F6HKA (Bertrand), ON4ZD/OS0S (Léon).

QSL via ON4ZD, infos on QRZ.COM.
ON4CRD/P - Club Radio Durnal
02-04-2017
Submitted by: ON4DG
The  'Exceptional Caves of Namur' award is presented to the ham community by members of the Club Radio Durnal.

They are eager to promote the extraordinary natural heritage of their province, and to do so, they will activate 5 exceptional caves on April 2-9-16-23 & 30, 8:30 to 12:30 on 40 and 20m.

You can acquire this magnificent award by working ON4CRD/P on four occasions, any mode.

The award request is to be mailed to AWARD [dot] CRD [at] gmail [dot] com. Award price is € 10, payment by bank transfer to  CLUB RADIOAMATEUR DURNAL, IBAN: BE61 0688 9398 9817, BIC : GKCCBEBB. Please mention 'AWARD' and your call sign.
VE100VMY - Vimy memorial park
31-03-2017
Submitted by: ON7TK
A commemorative amateur radio station with the call sign VE100VIMY, will operate from April 1 to April 9, 2017 from Vimy memorial park during the ceremonies marking the centenary of the WW1 battle.  There will be two stations and appropriate antennas working on a 24 hour basis.

There is a website http://ve100vimy.ca/ that contains more information on the project. The event is being organized by the Vimy Commemorative Station Society, a registered in British Columbia Society, in coordination with a number of leading Canadian amateurs.


 
IO9R - Sicily
25-03-2017
Submitted by: ON5EN
Operators from Radio Club Leuven will participate as IO9R from Sicily island (EU-025) during the CQ WW WPX SSB contest on 25 & 26 March 2017.

Participants will be : IT9BTI IT9YAO ON4FG ON4LN ON4CU ON5EN ON6NG ON7JB ON7PX ON8PL.

QSL manager is ON3AR.
VK5CE - IOTA Tour 2017
07-03-2017
Submitted by: ON7TK
Dear IOTA chasers,

When I close my eyes at night I hear music, it’s the Sirens song calling for me to visit a remote Australian island. This Sirens song is a choir of thousands of IOTA chasers all singing the same tune, it’s a serenade seducing me to throw off the bow lines and set sail into the raging seas. Life should be an adventure, but it won’t be an adventure worth telling if there are no islands being activated. 2017 will be an exciting year and I’m pleased to present this menu to satisfy your insatiable hunger for IOTA:

Champagne at midnight OC-228     Granite Island Jan 1
Pre-dinner drinks OC-196     Gabo Island Jan 31 - Feb 1
Entrée OC-233     Bruny Island Apr 22 - 23
Main course OC-198     North Island Oct 12 -16
Dessert OC-230     Rowley Shoals Early Nov
After dinner drinks OC-216     Ashmore Reef Early Nov

Logic and common sense tells me that the cost of time and money is too high a price for me to pay. But the joy I get from bringing you that “new rare one” is overwhelming and so the island must be conquered. But the fight can be tough. There are strong winds, searing heat and stifling humidity when trying to put up antennas and build a station, I’m responsible for life support in a remote environment with dangerous wildlife, and I’m trying to fight fatigue and sleep deprivation to be on the air all hours of the day and night. It can be overwhelming trying to conquer the island by myself. In moments of fear, hopelessness, exhaustion or doubt I close my eyes, they sting with sweat and sand. But then a smile washes over my face as I realise that I’m not alone on the island. You’re here with me. I have a passionate and loyal army of IOTA chasers by my side. Your support either on the air, with positive DX cluster comments, supportive emails or financial sponsorship makes me fight harder and harder to get you in the log.

It is an absolute honour and privilege to activate these IOTA’s for you in this adventurous year of a lifetime. But I do need your help. The cost of Ashmore Reef is very high, over $10,000. Thank you so much to the clubs, organisations and generous individuals who have already sent in sponsorship. I know November is a long time away but early sponsorship is so important. If you are able to help then I would truly appreciate it. Remember all people who send in sponsorship prior to the DXpedition automatically get a QSL card at no further cost or need to use OQRS. If you are able to help, please visit https://ashmorereef.wordpress.com/support/

73s de Craig VK5CE
International YL-Activity
05-03-2017
Submitted by: ON7TK
For the fourth time, the DARC’s YL group and Sophie F4DHQ are organizing an international YL-Activity at the International Women’s Day on Sunday, March 5th, 2017 from 08:00 until 12:00 MET (07:00 until 11:00 UTC) on 40m and 80m in SSB & CW.
 

We wish all participants good luck and many successful contacts!

33 + 73 + 55 de Sophie, F4DHQ, and Christiane, DL4CR 73 88 Sophie - F4DHQ 
OT6V/P - ONFF activations
16-01-2017
Submitted by: ON6OM
Maandag 16 januari: ONFF 327 Fort Haasdonk Start 09.00 utc 40-20m ssb
Dinsdag 17 januari: ONFF 262 Fort Steendorp Start 09.00 utc 40-20m ssb
Donderdag 19 januari: ONFF 468 De Gavers Start 09.00 utc 40-20m ssb

Hope to meet you all on Freq
OT6V/P René
EI11WAW through to EI99WAW
12-01-2017
Submitted by: ON7SS
The Wild Atlantic Way (Irish Slí an Atlantaigh Fhiáin) is a tourism route on the west coast of  Ireland that runs for 2,500 km (1553 miles) passing through nine Counties and three provinces. Stretching from County Donegal in the North to County Cork in the south and running through Leitrim, Sligo, Mayo, Galway. Clare, Limerick and Kerry - all on the rugged west coast of Ireland overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
From 1st January to 31st December 2017 Irish Radio Amateurs will be on air with nine special calls - EI11WAW through to EI99WAW.  Each call will be associated with one of the counties making up the Wild Atlantic Way.  Each call will have its own distinctive QSL card depicting a highlight of the county linked to the call.
QSL requests via Clublog or the Buro.  Requests for a Direct QSL via Clublog or to EI6AL enclosing $2, or €2 via paypal to payments [at] irts [dot] ie
A Certificate will be made available for download to any station that works all nine calls, any band any mode. Sample below. Apply by email to QSL manager EI6AL giving name and call.  A certificate can also be sent by post - send €5 ($5) to cover postage either direct to EI6AL or via paypal to payments [at] irts [dot] ie

OZ100DVI - Treaty of Danish West Indies
01-01-2017
Submitted by: ON7TK
OZ100DVI will be on the air from 1st of January 2017 until the 31st of December 2017.

Crew consists of members of EDR HAM Radio Club of Skanderborg, club call OZ7SKB. This Special Event Station is commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Treaty of the Danish West Indies sold to the USA – thereafter named United States Virgin Islands.

The call will be activated in connection to various city events and aim to interact among others with the local sailing club and Scout groups. Will be working portable from “our” local Saint Thomas Island, in the Lake Skanderborg - hiking trips/working SOTA from the near-by Danish Lake Lands, and being on air from Flora Fauna area. You may hear us in contest, fielddays etc We look forward working you on the bands, please look see qrz.com for further information or visit our web page http://oz100dvi.oz7skb.dk/.