OPDX Bulletin 793 January 15, 2007

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 793
BID: $OPDX.793
January 15, 2007
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF-80 BBS Cleveland, Ohio

Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB5K & the AR TelNet Clusters Network, K1XN & GoList, NC1L, NJ1Q, N2OO, K3LR, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, K4ZLE, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4II, K6EID, AC7DX, N7NG, K8ND, K8YSE, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, 5B4MF, 5B4NC, 9A6JYL, DJ5AV & The DX News Letter, DJ7IK, DK8JB, F5NQL & UFT, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, G3SWH, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I1HYW, I2YSB, LZ1ZF, M5AAV, OH2BH, PA7FM, RSGB IOTA and VA3RJ & ICPO for the following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 7th/January, through Sunday, 14th/January there were 218 countries active. Countries available: 1A, 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5V, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C5, C6, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FW, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J6, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, 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, R1FJ, S2, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV9, T30, T7, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2V, VP8, VP8/h, VP8/o, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XW, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YU6, YV, Z2, Z3, Z7, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZD9, 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" (WFWL).

2006 MOST WANTED SURVEY RESULTS ARE IN!
Look for the complete results of the "2006 Most Wanted Countries" in the January/February issue of "The DX Magazine". From the top 100 world-wide listing/ranking, the most wanted top 10 are:


   1)  Scarborough Reef (BS7)      6)  Glorioso (FR/G)
   2)  Lakshadweep (VU7)           7)  Bouvet (3Y/B)
   3)  North Korea (P5)            8)  Desecheo (KP5)
   4)  Yemen (7O)                  9)  Marion Island (ZS8)
   5)  Navassa (KP1)              10)  Heard Island (VK0/H)
Editor Carl Smith, N4AA, does mention that this year's survey does have an error. Swains Island was NOT shown on the survey form by mistake and Carl apologizes for the error. Carl actually feels Swains Island is the number one most wanted country due to the "relatively small number of contacts" made by the KH8SI DXpedition and that "only one operation has ever taken place from Swains Island". He states, "Although it is not shown in the #1 spot on any of the reports, please consider it to be there." Carl usually posts (not there yet) the results of the survey on "DX Publishing, Inc." Web page at:
http://www.dxpub.com/

3B8 & 5R8, MAURITIUS AND MADAGASCAR
Karl, DK2WV (one of the XF4DL crew), is currently on holiday in Mauritius (AF-049) until January 20th and is expected to be active as 3B8/DK2WV. He has been there since January 6th, but we have not seen any QSNs on him yet. He is also expected to be active as 5R8HG from Madagascar (AF-013) between January 21-23rd. Activity will be on the HF bands using an amplifier and dipole antenna. QSL via his home callsign by the bureau.

4TH ANTARCTIC ACTIVITY WEEK (AAW Update)
The Worldwide Antarctic Program's (WAP) 4th Antarctic Activity Week (AAW) will take place between 0000z, February 19th and 2400z, February 25th.

* Stefan, DC2SF, will be active in the 4th AAW as DR27ANT (WAP-83) from Hochschule Ulm (JN58AK), Germany. QSL via the Bureau is preferred, direct with no problem via DC2SF. QSLs will be printed in Spring 2007. ADDED NOTE: DR27ANT will also be active during the International Polar Year starting March 1st. Activity will be from Michael's, DH8BM, QTH in Ertingen (JN48RC), Germany.

* Lanny, W5BOS, will be joining the 4th AAW be signing N5T/ANT from Texas, USA. His WAP reference is WAP-91.

* Operators Willy/OE3WWB, Reiner/OE3RPB, Karl/OE3KTA, Bert/OE3AIS, Karl/OE3KKA and Gus/OE3SGA will join the 4th AAW by signing their own callsigns/ANT. They wanted to apply for a club callsign but their regulation in Austria will only allow them to work from each operator's home station. The WAP reference number issued individually, is as follows:

	      OE3WWB/ANT   WAP-85        OE3KKA/ANT   WAP-88
               OE3RPB/ANT   WAP-86        OE3AIS/ANT   WAP-89
               OE3KTA/ANT   WAP-87        OE3SGA/ANT   WAP-90
They will be active mainly on SSB but also PSK and CW from February 19-25th.

* Correction. Last week, under "stations announced/lined" to be active for the AAW, had K4A's operator listed as K6IED and it should have been K6EID. Information was listed wrong on the WAP Web site.

For more details/updates on the WAP and the 4th AAW, please see the following Web page at:
http://www.ddxc.net/wap

5T, MAURITANIA
Benoit, F8PDR (ex-6W7/F8PDR), will be active as 5T5DY from Nouakchott, February 5-18th. Activity will be mainly CW on 80-10 meters, using only 100w into a vertical antenna and a G5RV antenna. Since amplifiers are not allowed, Benoit will try to focus on most evenings on the low bands (160/80m). Benoit says a great thanks to Jean, 5T0JL, for helping him with official formalities to get a 5T5 licence. QSL via the bureau (French REF-Union Bureau only) or direct to: Benoit Lebourgeois, Route de Chevry, F-50420 Tessy sur Vire, FRANCE.

6O, SOMALIA
Michael, PA5M, is currently in Kenya (he has applied for a 5Z license) and is expected to return to Somalia on the January 17th. He will stay for a short period (possibly 7-10 days or so) due to the safety situation; this schedule is subject to any changes at anytime. He will be activating his 6O0M callsign again. Most of his activity will be during his local evening hours while daytime is worktime. He will be using wire antennas (same as last year) and only 100w from a FT857. QSL via PA7FM: Dennis Robbemond, Loggerhof 11, 3181NS Rozenburg, The Netherland. Visit the following Web site with a log search at:

http://www.pa7fm.nl

8Q, MALDIVES
Andrew, G7COD, will be active for the second time as 8Q7AK from Embudu Island (AS-013) between January 21st and February 2nd. Activity will be on 30/20/17/15/12 meters mostly SSB with a little CW. QSL via G7COD, direct or by the bureau. However, if you use the Bureau system and do not have access to a QSL Manager or a bureau, please inform him on your QSL card, and instead he will send an eQSL.
ADDED NOTE: Andrew has announced the following schedule later in the week:

He will be transmitting at the following times every day on the designated frequencies +/- 10 kHz to allow for QRM.
0900-1000z - 18133 and 21253 kHz
1300-1515z - 14183, 18133 and 21253 kHz
1600-1700z - 10123 and 14183 kHz

9A60, CROATIA (Special Event)
Members of the Amateur Radio Club Koprivnica (9A8K) will be active with the special anniversary callsign 9A60K to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the ARC Koprivnica. This special callsign will be in use between January 10th and December 31st. Also, to celebrate this 60th event of the radio club of Koprivnica, the members will issue the "Koprivnica City Award" for the contacts with radio amateurs from the City of Koprivnica. The QSL and Award Manager for this activity is Kresimir, 9A7K. For more detailed information about this activity, please visit the following Web page at:

http://www.9a7k.com

C6, BAHAMAS
Foster, W1CGT, will be active as C6AWN from March 19-26th. During his stay, he will be active from the islands of South Andros (NA-001) and New Providence (NA-001, also counts for WLOTA LH-1115). His activity will mainly be on 40/20 meters, maybe some other bands. Look for him during his mid afternoons on 14260 or 14300 kHz.

CU2, AZORES
Operators Martti/OH2BH and Juha/OH8NC will be in the Azores from January 23-29th. They will be active using their portable callsigns on 160m and 80m. Martti will be operating in the CQ 160M CW Contest (January 27-28th) as CU2A. QSL via their home callsigns and CU2A via OH2BH.

DAYTON HAMVENTION ACTIVITIES
The SouthWest Ohio DX Association is pleased to sponsor the 22nd annual DX Dinner to be held in conjunction with the 2007 Dayton HamVention . The dinner will be Friday evening, May 18th, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, located in Dayton City Center. This is the same venue as in years past. The program details are not final yet, but they will have a good one. As in the past, there will be some nice attendance prizes - last year the main prize was an Icom IC-756 Pro III! They have upgraded the menu this year. Tickets are 36.00 USDs per meal, payable in U.S. funds to SWODXA. (Sorry, they do not process PayPal or Credit Card payments.) Please advise if you want a vegetarian meal when you order. You may order tickets from Jay Slough, K4ZLE, at his CBA. SASE would be appreciated. They attempt to honor group seating requests when tickets are ordered together. There is not a bad seat in the house, but seating is definitely limited. Come join them for an evening of fun and fellowship. Further information may be obtained from Jay at:

k4zle yahoo com
K4ZLE's CBA is: 8183 Woodward Dr., West Chester, OH 45069

Tim, K3LR, Dayton Contest Dinner Chairman, informs

"The North Coast Contesters are pleased to announce: "
The 15th Annual Dayton Contest Dinner

2007 Contest Dinner tickets are on sale now exclusively via the WEB this year!

Master of Ceremonies for the Contest Dinner is CQ Magazine Contest Editor John Dorr, K1AR

The 2007 Contest Hall of Fame Inductions will be formally announced by the CQ WorldWide Contest Director Bob Cox, K3EST.

We are thrilled to have Dr. Barry Merrill, W5GN as our keynote speaker.

The Contest Dinner will be held on Saturday night, May 19, 2007 at 6:30 PM Cash bar opens at 5:30 PM.

Located at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (Official Contest Hotel) 5th and Jefferson Streets (Next to the Convention Center) Dayton (Downtown), Ohio in the VAN CLEVE BALLROOM

Menu: Prime Rib of Beef, Potato, vegetables, rolls, chocolate fudge cake, choice of beverage, coffee, tea or iced tea.
Vegetarian menu available by request at the Contest dinner.

Price is $34.00 per person or $265.00 for a reserved table of 8.
SEATING IS LIMITED TO 300, SO PURCHASE YOUR CONTEST DINNER TICKETS EARLY

You must bring your WEB receipt to the dinner to get in. Seating is random. Tables are set in rounds of 8. Tickets are only available on

http://www.contestdinner.com
There will be no Contest dinner tickets for purchase at the door.

Many contest operators from around the world attend this event. If you enjoy radio contesting, you do not want to miss this Contest dinner. We expect a quick sell out just like past years. Go to the web and get your tickets early!

73! Tim K3LR - 15 years and going strong!"

DXCC NEWS
Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL DXCC Branch Manager, informs OPDX that the following operation is approved for DXCC credit:
5X1RI - Uganda; Operation from May 5th, 2005, to February 3rd, 2006.

N7NG E-MAIL. From Wayne Mills, N7NG: "Effective tomorrow, 15th, January, 2007, all personal email for N7NG should be sent to n7ng@arrl.net. This mail will be properly forwarded to my personal account.
Mail sent to n7ng@arrl.org or wmills@arrl.org will NOT necessarily be rejected or returned. It will likely be read and forwarded to the appropriate individuals.
Non-electronic mail can be sent to my Wyoming CBA or to my Bloomfield, CT address until late Spring...... 73, Wayne, N7NG"

EA8, CANARY ISLANDS
Leppala, OH2BYS, will be active as EA8/OH2BYS during the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 17-18th) as a Single-Op/ Single-Band (20m) entry. QSL via OH2BYS.

FM, MARTINIQUE (NA-107)
Patrick, F6CMH, will be active as FM/F6CMH from January 18-28th. Activity will be on 20/15 meters, on the usual IOTA frequencies. QSL via his home callsign.

G6, ENGLAND
Operators G6PZ, M0CLW, M0DXR and possibly others will be active in the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 17-18th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via M5AAV.

IOTA NEWS
AS-120. The Nicosia Amateur Radio Club (5B4NC) has decided to go on a DXpedition to Agios Georgios, one of the coastal islands of Cyprus. The DXpedition will take place at the end of July and the Club will operate in the IOTA Contest from AS-120. The team will probably operate there for an extra 1-2 days either before or after the contest. Callsign, QSL info and other details will be announced at a later date.

NA-123. Operators Frank/DL2SWW (V31FG), Gerd/DJ4KW (V31YN), Gisela/DK9GG (V31GW) and Gabi/DF9TM (V31DG) will be active February 8-13th from the Turneffe Islands, Belize. QSL via the operator's instructions.

NA-141. Members of the Motorola Amateur Radio Club (Florida Chapter), will operate from Key Biscayne, part of the Florida State South East group, as W4MOT/4 on February 3rd between 1400-2230z. This operation will also activate the Cape Florida lighthouse, ARLHS USA-118. Activity will be on CW, BPSK31, and SSB, on 40-10 meters on the usual IOTA frequencies. QSL via W4MOT, direct or by the bureau.

OC-066. Alain, F2HE/FO5RH, will once again be back on Tuamotu Island starting January 16th. He informs us that if he cannot receive the QSL cards from the FO QSL bureau, he will then reply through the bureau once a year when he is back in France.

OC-084. Operators Mike/KM9D and Jan/KF4TUG are expected to be active now as T32MO from Fanning Atoll (aka Tabuaeran), East Kiribati, possibly through this coming weekend. NO QSNs have been reported as this was being written. Activity will be on 160-10 meters. Look for Mike to be on CW while Jan will handle the SSB. QSL via OM2SA, including the LoTW.

SA-027. Bone, PP5VX, is currently active from Sao Francisco do Sul (DIB SC-02 for the Brazilian Islands Award) in the Santa Catarina State North Group until December 31st, 2010. Activity will be on all bands and all modes. QSL via the address on (QRZ.com). E-mail skeds are OK at: profsamy@gmail.com

J20, DJIBOUTI (Update/IOTA Op)
A group of Italians will be active from Moucha Island (AF-053), February 1-15th. Silvano, I2YSB, informs OPDX that the team has added another operator. Stefano, IK2HKT, will join operators Alfeo/I1HJT, Vinicio/IK2CIO, Angelo/IK2CKR, Carlo/IK1AOD, Marcello/IK2DIA and Silvano/I2YSB for the DXpedition. They expect to land in Djibouti on February 1st (early morning) then go straight to Moucha Island. The first station should be ready before sunset. Callsigns will be J20M and J20R. Activity will be on all bands 160-10 meters including the WARC bands, CW, SSB and RTTY. They plan to have three stations on the air. QSL is via I2YSB. Their Web page is available at:

http://www.i2ysb.com/j2/
Silvano informs OPDX: "Internet access is not available on the island. To update the online log it will be necessary to sail to the mainland. Furthermore, Internet connection is very slow in Djibouti, we will do our best to update the log online every 3-4 days."

J6, ST. LUCIA
Bill, WB5ZAM, will be here for his annual vaction/DXpedition between April 1-13th. Look for him to be active as J68WI on the HF bands, CW and SSB. He states, "Operations will be between the beach and enjoying the St/ Lucian hospitality." QSL via his home callsign.

KC4, ANTARCTICA
Adam, KC4/K2ARB, has been active from Patriot Hills Base (WAP MNB-02) in Antarctica since November 11th. He has been heard around 0600z on 14219.5 kHz using an Icom 746 and a 1000' V-Beam, 25 ft. above the Ice. Patriot Hills is a Logistics Base supporting expeditions to the South Pole and the Ellsworth Mountains and is privately funded. Location is 80S and 81W about 600 miles from the South Pole. The operation ends on January 27th. QSL to K2ARB. Visit the following Web site for more info and updates:

http://www.k2arb.blogspot.com
ADDED INFORMATION: Adam, K2ARB, reports that a group researchers/members of the KoreaMet are setting up a Field camp at the "Martin Hills Fields Camp". Location is: 82=B0 01' South, 88=B0 04' West. The 2006/2007 Korea Expedition for Antarctic Meteorites includes 2 Hams: Hankyoo Yoo/HL1TJF and Jongwoo Park/HL1TR who are both signing KC4/HL1TJF and KC4/HL1TR. Their operation will last until the end of January. Their setup is an HF rig and dipole, provided by Adam, KC4/K2ARB. Look for them to be active on 40/20 meters SSB (Check 7040 and 14188 after 2300z). Look for the "Martin Hills Fields Camp" to be added in the WAP Directory as WAP MNB-05.

OM, SLOVAK REPUBLIC
Members of the LBCC will be active as OM7M in the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 17-18th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via OM3PA.

PJ2, NETHERLANDS ANTILLES
Operator Jeff, K8ND, (Station Manager for PJ2T) and members of the Caribbean Contesting Consortium (CCC) will operate as PJ2T from Signal Point, Curacao (SA-006, WLOTA LH-0942) in the CQWW 160 CW Contest (January 27-28th). He states, "Everyone should note that we are at or very near the sunspot minimum, a GREAT time for Topband operations! The CQWW 160 CW Contest will be a great opportunity for a 160 meter 'newbie' to jump in and work some DX!" QSL PJ2T via N9AG or Logbook of the World (LOTW); be among the first to receive the *new* PJ2T QSL card design!

PJ7, ST. MAARTEN
Bil/W8EB and his wife Dorothy/W8DVC will be here between February 25th and March 25th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters, CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31 as PJ7/W8EB and PJ7/W8DVC. Bil will operate in the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 3-4th) as PJ7B. This will be Bil's 12th consecutive ARRL DX SSB Contest participation from St. Maarten. All QSL requests go to W8EB.

QSL INFO AND NEWS


  LY1FGW via LY3BV            LY2IN via LY2TX
  LY1FTG via LY2TG            LY3AV via LY3R
  LY1XM via LY4T              LY3NL via LY1KAT
  LY2BT via LY2BVB            LY3TL via LY2L
3Y0X QSLS QSLs via Bob, N2OO. Bob reports: "I am expecting a large crush of QSL mail once the VU7RG operation gets going. So, if you have been waiting to send for your 3Y0X, CE0Z, XR9A QSLs (or any other QSL I handle), right now is a GOOD time to send for it. Once the VU7 mail starts coming in, all other QSLs I handle COULD be delayed a bit. Remember! If you use IRCs, ONLY send the NEW current IRCs that expire Dec 31, 2009."

5A7A QSL STATUS. Andy, DJ7IK, informed OPDX on January 8th that some 38000 QSL cards were printed, and they are now starting to answer the 4400 direct QSL cards which they have received. There has been some reports that people are receiving their cards. Andy also mentions that there are two different QSL cards which and they can be viewed on the 5A7A Web page at:

http://5a7a.gmxhome.de/qsl.htm
Please remember that they can only accept the new valid IRCs for direct return. QSL cards sent with old IRCs will be answered via the bureau, but with the first batch.
ADDED NOTES: Several articles have been written about their DXpdedition for QST, ARRL and other ham magazines which will be published soon. Andy, DJ7IK, states that he is producing a powerpoint presentaion about 5A7A, and Rudi, DK7PE, is working hard on their DXpedition video. Meantime you can watch video samples on:
http://youtube.com
Just search for 5A7A. The team is happy to make Jari's, OH2BU, "Mega DXpedition List", listed in the 4th position after D68C, 3B9C and 4O3T, but they set two new records: Most QSOs of a DXpedition on 160m and 80m!

NOT THE QSL MANAGER. Ron, AC7DX, reports that he is no longer the QSL Manager for T93X and VK6JB.

Phil Whitchurch, G3SWH, is pleased to announce that he has recently acquired a copy of the log for the XU7ABC operation by G3XAQ between May 3-6th, 2001. Anyone still needing a card can apply for one via the usual channels, i.e. direct with adequate return postage and SAE, E-mail for a bureau reply or via the RSGB Bureau. His E-mail address is: Phil@g3swh.demon.co.uk

QSL STATUS FOR YX0A AND YX0LIX
QSL Manager Steve, KU9C, reported on January 10th, the following: "As of this morning, I've probably got about 25% of the card requests in the mail. Many more to do, so please be patient. The timing of the stuff I need to manage the QSL sending came at a bit of an inopportune time for me with other commitments, but I'm hammering them out. A few notes:

- There were a number of QSOs that DID NOT make it in the initial logs that are online. I've recently received a final update, and am checking the 'not in logs' thoroughly against these new logs. Unfortunately, this is going to slow me up a bit, but I want to make sure you get credit for as many QSOs as I can match!

- A number of you requested QSLs for other stations I manage. I've been able to finish many of these before the YX0 cards arrived, so that hasn't slowed me down...but for those of those I missed, this will slow the request down substantially. Please do not re-submit, as this just adds confusion.

- I'll be putting up the logs in LOTW, but this will be after I get the direct cards mailed, for a number of reasons.

I'll update as I get down the pile further. 73, and Happy New Year -- Steve KU9C"

S21, BANGLADESH (Update)
The "Bangladesh 2007 DXpedition" is now active until January 16th. The callsign is S21XA. The team reports that the "conditions are terribly poor and they try to take advantage of all the openings towards EU and NA since with JA there are better conditions." QSL via EA3BT (direct or by the bureau). Further information and updates will be available at:

http://www.ea3bt.com/s21xa.htm

SPECIAL EVENT
Look for the Balkan Contest Club (LZ1KZA) to use the special callsign LZ170VL from now until December 31st. Activity is to celebrate the 170th anniversary of the Bulgarian national hero Vasil Levski, who was born on July 18th, 1837, in Karlovo. For details, visit:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasil_Levski
http://www.iianthropology.org/vassillevski.html
QSOs with LZ170VL counts for 10 points towards the "St. Teodosii Tyrnovski Award". For details, please visit:
http://www.balkanclub.org
QSL via LZ1KZA, by the LZ QSL Bureau.

V7, MARSHALL ISLANDS (Kwajalein Atoll, OC-028)
Just a reminder that Neil, WD8CRT, will once again be active as V73NS as January 12th and will remain there for at least two years on the Island of Roi-Namur. Activity will be mostly CW (possibly some Digital) on 160-6 meters. He was spotted this past weekend on 40 meters CW after 0930z and 20 meters CW after 0000z. QSL by the Bureau or direct to: Neil Schwanitz, Box 8341, APO, AP 96557 (USA). QSLs for his 2003 to 2005 QSOs are "OK" to the same address. Visit his Web site at:

http://www.qsl.net/v73ns

VU7, LAKSHADWEEP ISLANDS (VU2RG News)

By the time you read this, the fun should begin to work the second VU7 operation. (CHECK THAT! Just before going to print, the VU7RG team is now up and active.) Remember, for up-to-date details, visit the VU7RG Web page at:
http://www.vu7.in/

PRESS RELEASES (dated January 9th) from the VU7RG Web page: - Special callsign for Minicoy Island (AS-106): The Minicoy operations will have a special callsign VU7MY granted by WPC (Indian Govt.) and will be active from January 15-31st. This will be an all Indian Amateur Radio operation station.

License extended for Indian Operators: Indian Radio Amateurs have given permission to operate until 31st January 2007.

VU7 Team: The Kadmat advance team is already on Kadmat to make preparations. Lots of the other team members are arriving in Cochin.

XT, BURKINA FASO (Update)
The F6KOP ARS of Provins group continues to be active as XT2C from Ouagadougou, the capital city of Burkina Faso. Activity will last until January 20th. The team reported Sunday morning that some of the operators are still ill, but they continue to operate. They are all close to their physical limits, and even the strongest team members are exhausted. However, they are still having fun and are in a good mood. The propagation is not as good as during their first days of operation. They also report that the low bands (160-40m) are now very noisy, and signals on the higher bands during daytime have a strong QSB. QSOs count as of Sunday's report is about 36,558. The QSL Manager for XT2C is F9IE, by the bureau or direct to: Bernard Chereau, BP 211, 85330 Noirmoutier en l'ile, France. If you wish to receive a QSL via bureau, you can speed up the process by sending a list of your QSOs by E-mail (with callsign, date, time, band and mode of each QSO) after January 21st to: xt2c@orange.fr By following this procedure, you do not need to send a paper QSL via bureau. All requests received via e-mail or bureau will be answered. Visit the XT2C Web page at:
http://xt2c.free.fr/

XU7, CAMBODIA (Update)
Operators Steve/9M6DXX, John/9M6XRO and Pete/SM5GMZ will be active as XU7DXX, XU7XRO and XU7ADI, respectively, from an established DX shack in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, between February 1-10th. Activity will be on CW, SSB and the digimodes with operations on all bands, depending on propogation, of course. Steve will primarily be on SSB and John will be on the key and RTTY. QSL XU7ADI via SM5GMZ, and for XU7DXX and XU7XRO via M5AAV: Graham Ridgeway, 6 Pilgrim Street, Nelson, Lancs, BB9 0JQ, England. ADDED NOTE: Please see the following interesting Web site at:

http://www.qth.com/dxshack/XU/XUtop.htm

XU7, CAMBODIA
Operators Yoko/JA3DFM, Yoshi/JA3EGZ and Tada/JA3PPH will be active as XU7DFM, XU7EGZ and XU7PPH, respectively, from Shihanoukville City, March 16-19th. Look for activity on all HF bands and modes. QSL via their home calls (QRZ.com).

XW, LAOS
Alex, RK3DT, is now active as XW3DT between now and January 20th. Activity seems to be on 40/30/20/17/15/12 meters, mostly CW with some SSB. QSL via: PO Box 11, GPO, Hong Kong (before May 2007).

ZK3, TOKELAU ISLANDS (Also, 5W)
Look for operators Sara/HA9SDA and Eli/HA9RE to be active as ZK3RE from February 3-21st (possibly 22nd). They plan to have two stations on the air operating CW, SSB and RTTY, and on 160-10 meters. The suggested frequencies are:

CW - 1815.5/1831.5, 3507/3511, 7007, 10117, 14040, 18084, 21040, 24914 and 28040 kHz
SSB - 3789, 7047/7080, 14240, 18114, 21255, 24940 and 28440 kHz
RTTY- 14075, 21100 and 28075 kHz
After their activity on the Tokelau Islands, they will head to Samoa and be active as 5W0RE possibly starting February 26-27th to March 11-12th. Activity will be the same as on the ZK3 operation. QSL via HA8IB.

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