Dxing.Today Issue 11, 4th January 2018
Editor: Nick VK2DX Co-Editor: Dragan 4O4A
If you haven't had time to play radios then here is the good news: you didn't miss much on 80m. There were no major DXpeditions, the band was rather average and overall activity was low. Probably the only highlight was VP8LP - the Falkland's Beacon. Bob was busy working US stations almost every night. By the way: his QRZ page counter ticked over 764,000 hits.
Europeans were busy chasing 3V8SS and quite a few worked 9L/KW4XJ. In the middle of week, for 2 days, North Europe was hit by winds blasting up to 110 Km/h, so urban DXers were much more worried about their antennas than chasing DX. The activity from down-under was modest: the first week in January is the bottom of the DXing hole. Apart from obvious- non-stop QRN - the openings to US are almost non-existent with only the strongest stations making their way to Australia. Likewise, there were hardly any sunrise openings to Europe either. The only DX to chase in the middle of summer are Japanese, South East Asian stations and Scandinavian which appear around 1-2 am local time. For more details, check WAZ zone reports, below.
We are eagerly looking forward to the equinox when 80m will flare up again. Name of the game: to survive January!
With its pristine white plumage and striking, bright yellow crest, the sulphur-crested cockatoo is one of Australasia's most recognisable parrot species. An average bird weights over 1 kg and has a wing span of over 1 meter- and it is urban DXer's worst nightmare! It only takes 5 or 6 birds to snap the lightweight 80m antenna. Even worse, cockatoo will do anything to detach and clip off antenna wire rendering antenna useless. To say that they drive me nuts would be an understatement.
2018 gave has given us a perfect excuse to level the playing-field. At DXingToday, we've decided to add 33 Chinese provinces to our list of 'things to chase'. But why China you may rightly ask? As my dx mentor would say - why not? The amateur activity from China continues to grow so there are plenty of stations to log on all bands. But beyond that, China simply deserves our attention. It is so big, so bold, so young and so enthusiastic that it can no longer be ignored. It is still a very foreign place for Westerners. It is mysterious, controversial, ancient, traditional- and it spends 500 billion dollars per year on research and development! And quite frankly we know so little about this hugely populated country.
When we announced the addition of China to our chaser's rank list to Facebook users, we were surprised with amount of interest. Many commented that working China from East Coast of US is next to impossible; others even said than in 20 years of ham radio they only have one or two contacts with BY. One fellow amateur asked if Chinese stations are even legally on air? Our goal this year is to crash prejudices and open our mind; learn, meet new friends and have fun.
I also believe that those who are serious about DXing will have no problem working many of the 33 provinces by the end of this year, regardless of their location. Yes it is going to be tough for East Coast of NA, but hey - DXing IS not meant to be easy. Give it a go. Check out our log sample page DXing.Today/China with the list of provinces. Also, for your convenience, we have worked out which postal code corresponds with which province, so identifying individual stations is going to be piece of cake. The next step: download our China xls sheet logbook and start logging! At this stage, we collect data for 80m contacts and all band contacts. Keep those two separately. You can report your totals (wkd / cfmd) via email to mail@DXing.Today and your rank list standing will be updated by the number of provinces worked. REMEMBER: JT mode QSOs ONLY!
And one final tip: B*0G block is reserved for Tibet. So far and in recent times, there was only one activity from Tibet ( BY1WDX/0, September 2012 on CW) so at this stage Tibet is not on air. B*0A Xinjiang province is probably the most difficult one to work, but there are at least 5 or more stations being reported on JT modes. For the rest: good luck to all, and stay tuned for more details!
|17||UN2E, UK8LCK, UN9FF, UN9GGH,|
|19||UA0NL, RW0LT, RN0JT|
|24||BG2AUE, BG3ATI, BA1PK, BG4DRL, BG6SNJ, BV2FB, BV1EK|
|26||HS0ZEE, HS0ZGV, E20FSF|
|28||YB0COU, YC2YIZ, YC4CHP, YC6JRT, YC9CT, YC2VOC|
|32||3D2AG, 3D2TS, ZL2RJ, ZL2DD, ZL4OL
|AK||AL4Y, WL7SJ, NL7S
|AZ||K7NN, WB7VYN, W7WRJ
|CA||NU6O, WA5VGI, W6RR
|FL||KD4BEE, KA1DJ, WA6POZ
|GA||N4HU, K4OY, KA4DOC
|MO||KD0NEO, KN4JX, K0DEQ
|NC||WD4HAM, KN4LOL, W4HHN
|WA||KZ1W, KE7W, N7DED
|WI||W9JLF, NQ9RP, W9JN
by Branko, YU1FW
Top Ten most wonted DXCCs (10 of 339) according to the latest
ClubLog list are:
1. P5 - North Korea
2. 3Y - Bouvet isl.
3. FT5W - Crozet isl.
4. KH1 - Baker isl
5. BS7H - Scaroborugh reef
6. CE0X - San Felix isl.
7. BV9P - Pratas isl.
8. KH3 - Johnston isl.
9. VK0M - Macquarie isl.
10. KH7 - Kure isl.
In this year, there will be changes on the list, for sure. So far, announced
1. 03 JAN - 16 JAN - 6O6O Somalia
2. 14 JAN - 23 JAN - E31A Eritrea
3. 25 JAN - 14 FEB - 3Y0Z Bouvet isl.
4. 23 FEB - 17 MAR - 3D2EU Rotuma isl.
5. 01 MAR - 15 MAR - 4B4B Revilagigedo isl.
6. 02 MAR - 15 MAR - XR0YD Easter isl.
7. 09 MAR - 17 MAR - XX9B Macao
8. 10 MAR - 20 MAR - 9M0W Spratly isl.
9. 21 MAR - 03 APR - 7Q7EI Malawi
10. 10 APR - 24 APR - 3B7A Agalega isl.
11. 17 JUN - 23 JUN - KH1/KH7Z Baker isl.
12. 01 AUG - 09 AUG - CY9C St Paul isl.
13. 20 OCT - 03 NOV - VP6D Ducie isl.
There were rummors about VK0M activation, so far there is no official announcement.
Pat, N2IEN will be active from Buthan as A52D from 02 JAN till 14
JAN 2018. He carries FT-991A and buddipole antenna, and will be active
mostly CW and DIGI. Depending on his location, there is possibility to
be active on 80M, too.
QSL via NR6M
Few operators from Haiti will use special call HH70A celebrating
70th anniversary of the Radio Club d' Haiti, from 01 JAN to 30 JUN.
QSL via W3HNK.
Alan, F6BFH expects to get
his licence for operations from Quatar, during his visit 01 JAN - 12
JAN. Also, he plans to spend a couple of days with A70X team who
started with operations from Al-Safliayah isl (AS-088) which is located
close to the capital Doha.
P29DA, Papua New Guinea
Darren, VK4FEDX is currently in Papua New Guinea and he will be
active as P29DA using FT-950 and 4L home-made Moxon beam / dipoles for
80-40m. He operates mostly SSB on 40, 20, 15 and 10M (7175, 14210,
21288, 28490 kHz). Darrel's occupation is rather colorful: he is
teacher in secondary school, higher rugby coach, coast guard
radio-communication employee, former writer for CB Action, ESR and Radio & Communications magazines. As he
says, he likes travels, adventures and radio-communications. He was active
as C21DA, H40DA and H44DX from numerous of IOTAs. During his stay on PNG
he plans to activate Coastal isl (OC-240).
From 01 FEB - 07 FEB JA1XGI will be active as P29VXG, from New Britain island.
Celebrating 70th anniversary of the first ANARE expedition to Heard
isl on December 29147, VI70HI will be active on all HF bands 160-10M,
all modes, till 28 FEB 2018.
A very interesting story about first visit and first QSOs from Heard isl can be found on their QRZ.com page.
Please note that this is activity from Australia mainland, not Heard isl itself.
QSL via M0OXO.
Chris, VK2YUS will be
again active from Port Vila as YJ0CA, from 09 JAN - 17 JAN. Mostly 40
and 20M SSB.
QSL via home call.
John, KB4FB will visit
Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand early this year. He will be active as
- 01 JAN - 09 JAN - 3W9FB
- 09 JAN - 22 JAN - XW4FB
- 23 JAN - beginning of FEB - HS0ZEG
- FEB - again 3W9FB
QSL via LoTW by the beginning of MAR 2018.
Rumors are that Vladimir will be QRV soon again- from .... yet to be announced location!
I look forward to a new QSO, but knowing Vladimir, I can say that he rarely announces his operations, his plans for trip, travel, stay, etc. Before every trip he carefully analyses each particular country to see which mode or band is the most demanding. After he arrives, the most important thing is to find a good location, preferably wide open to all directions. Then, to find affordable accommodation, modest, but with Internet connection. He always carries a radio with a built-in antenna tuner (this time it's FT-890AT) and lots of dipoles. When he operates, he's running no more than 100W, which is the reason for his weak signal from time to time. Sometimes he announces frequency changes on cluster. He likes photography and mostly all the images on his QSL cards he took himself. He has a strict but fair QSL policy, please check his QRZ.com page.
A25VB, A35VB, C50VB, C91VB, CN2VB, CP4WHX, D20VB, D44TVB, D60VB, E40VB,
ER0VB, ES0VB/5, FW/AC4LN, H40VB, H44VB, HC8ART, J20VB, JT1FDC, JY9VB,
O19VB, ON9VB, P29VVB, R00QVB, RI0BV, RI0KV, RI0POL, RI0QV/P, R11PVB,
RI44ANT, ST2VB, SU9VB, PZ5VB, T20VB, T10VB, T30VB, T88VB, AC4LN/TI2,
V31BV, V51VV, V63MB, V73VV, VK8VB, ZK2VB, YJ0VB, YU9VB, Z38VB3D2VB,
3DA0VB, 4L0B, 4K0VB, 4O7VB, 4S7VBG, 4W0VB, 5H3VMB, 5R8VB, 5T9VB, 5X1VB,
7P8VB, 7Q7VB, 7V7V, 8Q7VB, 9A8VB, 9H3WHX, 9J2VB, 9U0VB, 9X0VB
Chatam island - ZL7"New Year has already arrived to the small Pacific island of Chatam..." is a typical European January 1 headline.Which is hardly a news to any avid DX-er or IOTA chaser. Chatam archipelago is part of New Zealand, located about 800 km eastern of South island. It comprises of two bigger islands: Chatam and Pitt, and eight smaller islets. Out of 600 inhabitants, three of them are licensed: ZL7DX, ZL7BJE (YL) and ZL7TKI. Easily reachable by air-plane, ZL7 is a popular ham destination and claimed by 46.7% of IOTA Chasers. Still, always a 'good catch', on any band.
By Peca, YT7DX and Dragan, K0AP
Once again, our IOTA gurus have crunched the numbers and have done the hard work for you by separating activities into 3 distinctive categories: A - ones which simply cannot be missed because they are rarely activated islands, B - 'do your best to get them' but it's not the end of the world if you don't work them this time and C - frequently activated, well within the reach of urban DXers like ourselves. GL !
SA-072 ZX8TI & ZX8NO Paulino
island (Claimed by: 22.4% of participants)
OC-210 YB8RBI Sangihe island
(Claimed by: 25.4% of participants)
AS-031 JD1BMH Chichijima island
(Claimed by: 46.2% of participants)
EU-128 DR8M Fehmarn island (Claimed
by: 40.1% of participants).
OC-028 V73NS Roi - Namur island
(Claimed by: 40.6% of participants)
AF-020 J5/SP7VC Bubaque island
(Claimed by: 32.8% of participants).
Not much to say except CONGRATS and keep up the good work!
Remember: this listing is "WORKED ONLY" so no confirmation is required
at this stage. Whether you're competitive or not, it makes no
difference: do let us know your 80m totals and we'll list you.
Talk is cheap. Urban or rural DXer, show the world what you're made
of. Submissions: mail@DXing.Today
Over to you!