Category: DX

via the ARRL: Djibouti J20DX IOTA DXpedition Thwarted by Bureaucracy

Djibouti J20DX IOTA DXpedition operators Col McGowan, MM0NDX; Jonathan Bowes, MM0OKG, and Christian Cabre, EA3NT, have thrown in the towel on their efforts to operate from two infrequently activated African islands — Moucha Island (AF-053) and the very rare Sept-Frères (AF-059). Their J20DX operation was set to run from April 16 – April 21, but […]

via the ARRL: Djibouti J20DX IOTA DXpedition Equipment Impounded

Two of the J20DX operators, Col McGowan, MM0NDX, and Jonathan Bowes, MM0OKG, report that all of their radio equipment was impounded by customs at the airport upon arrival, despite the fact that the third operator, Christian Cabre, EA3NT, cleared customs smoothly 2 days earlier. “This remains the case today despite our official radio licenses being […]

via the ARRL: 3Y0I Bouvet Island DXpedition “Postponed, Not Canceled”

The 3Y0I DXpedition to Bouvet Island (Bouvetøya) is off, at least for now. The skipper of the MV Atlantic Tuna determined it was not safe to continue its voyage to the remote Antarctic island after the vessel suffered some damage from severe storm conditions. The DXpedition had expected to arrive on the island on March 26 and be on […]

via the ARRL: Norfolk Island Special Event DX Operation Set to Start on April 1

A four-operator team will activate special event station VI9NI on April 1 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Norfolk Island Act. The Act granted limited self-government to the Australian external territory of Norfolk Island. The Act formally established the Norfolk Island Legislative Assembly and gave the Assembly powers to pass, amend, […]

via the ARRL: OH10X IOTA “Ice DXpedition” to Inakari Island Logs More Than 8,000 Contacts

A new Islands On The Air (IOTA) island — Inakari Island (EU192) — was activated for the first time in February by a small international team. Kataja/Inakari Island was added to the official IOTA list last fall. Martti Laine, OH2BH; Nigel Cawthorne, G3TXF; Niko Halminen, OH2GEK, and Gerben Menting, PG5M, traveled by snowmobile over the […]

via the ARRL: XR0ZRC Update from Robinson Crusoe Island

The XR0ZRC DXpedition team on Robinson Crusoe Island (Juan Fernandez Islands) reports that a very slow internet connection has hampered its ability to upload logs. Operators report that severe local noise on the low bands is making reception difficult. “The team is looking for another QTH for the low-band position,” an announcement on the group’s website said. […]

via the ARRL: 3Y0I DXpedition Team Reports It has Departed for Bouvet Island

The 3Y0I Bouvet Island DXpedition website has announced that the team of operators — led by Polish DXpeditioner Dom Grzyb, 3Z9DX — set sail on March 19 from Cape Town, South Africa, for the remote Antarctic island on board the MV Atlantic Tuna. “The 3YØI Bouvet Island Expedition has officially begun,” the announcement said. “If everything goes well, we should […]

via the ARRL: VP6R will be Call Sign for October DXpedition to Pitcairn Island

The multinational team heading to Pitcairn Island in October has been issued the call sign VP6R. Anticipated dates are October 18 – November 1. Organizers have promised an “exceptional and memorable” event. “We are near the bottom of our solar cycle. This makes good, efficient low-band operation a must for every DXpedition,” team member Nodir Tursun-Zade, EY8MM, said. […]

via the ARRL: The Dave Kalter Youth DX Adventure Returning to Curacao

The 2019 Dave Kalter Youth DX Adventure (YDXA) will return to the PJ2T station in Curacao this summer, with Uli Thielke, DL8OBQ, hosting. The trip is set for July 14 – 19. The application for three youth and accompanying parent(s) is now open. Jim Storms, AB8YK, will serve as the team leader. “At this time there does not […]

via the ARRL: V84SAA DXpedition is Front-Page News in Brunei

The V84SAA DXpedition February 6 – 18 received a great deal of positive attention in Brunei — a tiny nation surrounded by Malaysia on the South China Sea. The arrival of the DXpedition team not only merited coverage on the local evening newscast, but a front-page newspaper article. According to the article, the DXpedition aimed “to increase […]

via the ARRL: Russian “Sunflower” Coastal Radar Showing Up on 60, 40, and 75 Meters

The January issue of the IARU Region 1 Monitoring System (IARUMS) newsletter reports the Russian “Sunflower” coastal radar, located east of Vladivostok, is being heard at nights on 3,716 kHz and 6,860 – 7,005 kHz, as well as on several 60-meter frequencies. A Chinese wideband over-the-horizon (OTH) radar also appeared on 7.000 MHz in early January. While 60 […]

via the ARRL: Listen for 4U1ITU during ITU Conference Preparatory Meeting

This week and next week, a number of radio amateurs from around the globe are attending the ITU Conference Preparatory Meeting (CPM) in Geneva, in advance of World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) this fall. Already, there has been a lot of activity from the International Radio Club, 4U1ITU, including a casual effort in the ARRL […]