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Sixitalia Weekly Info Page; Apr. 12-18, 2011


Daily Report (Opening reported in Italy, and some interesting reports from EU and North Africa)


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Apr. 11 - Afternoon - TEP: ZS6, 9J2BO, 5M2TT, 9L5MS, VP8MO. Evening - ES: CT/EA. TEP: South Italy: 9Q/b, ZD8/b.

Apr. 12 - Afternoon/evening - TEP/F2: CT/EA - FG, 6V, D4, KP4, ZD8/b.

Apr. 13 - Afternoon - TEP: 9J2BO. EA-9L. SV-ZS. Evening: South Italy: PY, ZD8/b, 9L5MS.

Apr. 14 - Afternoon - TEP: ZS6, 9J2BO, Z2/b, v5/b. Evening: South Italy: Z2/b, 9Q/b. EA-PY,ZD8/b, TR/b.

Apr. 15 - Afternoon - ES: TA, G, ES, YL, SM , SV, SV9, LZ. TEP/F2: VP8NO. TEP: TJ3AY, Z2/b. Spotty opening but most in South Italy and N.East) FR1GZ, 3B8DB. Evening. South Italy: TEP: 9L5MS, C5YK, TZ6TR

Apr. 16 - Afternoon - TEP: Z2/b, TR8CA. Evening - TEP: TR8, C5YK, S9/b, 9Q/b. IT9-PY.

Apr. 17 - Afternoon - TEP: TR/b, CE8/b. Evening - TEP: TR/b, 9Q/b. EA - TJ, C5, D4/b, J8, 9Z.


DX News about: 3D, 5W, EA, G, GU, K, PY, PY0, T3, V4, VE, VK9, VP9, XV, ZK2.


3D2C - Conway Reef - 4.16.11

The 3D2C activity from Conway Reef [425DXN 1007] is now planned to take place on 1-6 October. However, the team is considering  going to Rotuma instead. They already have  the  callsign 3D2R and are working on getting a landing permit. Bookmark www.yt1ad.info/3d2c/index.html for updates.
[SOURCE:  425dxn #1041]


5W - Samoa - 4.17.11

Lance, W7GJ, wrote:

Hello! In order to provide the most possible advance time for stations to get ready, I am  now announcing the upcoming 6m EME DXpedition from the northeast corner of Savai'i Island, Samoa during the final week of August, 2011.  License and airline tickets are now in hand.  The planned operation schedule, DXpedition details and Google Earth photo of the operating QTH are shown on my web page:
As you can see on the above website, any contributions are gratefully being accepted.  Last year's operation from 3D2LR resulted in contacts with 52 different stations via 6m EME (26,000,000 miles' worth of contacts), and there are more and larger stations QRV now, so I sure will do my best to try to better that record.
For European stations, I expect my mooonrises to be the best, since they are all over water, and take place in the middle of the night or early in the morning my local time, so there is little chance of any interference from ionization toward the east. However, I think I also may be able to accommodate some European stations during your moonrise early in the operation.  For North American stations, I will be elevating to match your moonsets during the last weekend in August when EME cndx are optimal.
If you still need Samoa on 6m, and have at least a 5 element beam and a 6m amplifier, I hope to be able to put you in the log and provide a nice photo QSL for you ;-)
All the operation will be on JT65A mode.  If you are not experienced with it yet, you have four full months to gear up ;-)  If you live in an area with high noise or lack ground gain due to "ground clutter" or interfering HF beams, think about adding elevation to reduce your local noise and let me take care of the extra gain during my moonrise out over the ocean!  As an example, W7CE added elevation to his single 6M9KHW and he was the third station I worked during my first moonrise over the water from 3D2LR last September (even though the Degradation was 5.1 dB at that time).
Please refer to my website for tips on how to set up JT65 for most successful operation on 6m EME:
As in my last two 6m EME DXpeditions, I don't expect to have real time access to the internet, but I will try to provide an updated list of stations worked and photos when I can get to a nearby location with internet access.  Let's make some half million mile Magic on the Magic Band next August ;-)
In the meantime, best wishes for a successful summer Es season!  GL and DX!  VY 73, Lance

[SOURCE: W7GJ in 50mhz reflector]


EA - Spain - 4 .16.11

Celebrating World Amateur Radio Day (WARD), special event station AO5WARD will be active on the HF bands and 6 metres on 17-18 April. QSL via EA4URE.
[SOURCE: EA5TW via 425dxn #1041]


GJ - GU - Jersey - Guernesey - 4.17.11


Channel Island DXpedition. Operators Silvia/EA1AP (YL) and Alberto/EA1SA planned to activate Jersey (EU-013) between June 12-17th, and Guernsey (EU-114) between June 17-21st. The callsigns to be used are MJ/EA1AP, MJ/EA1SA, MU/EA1AP and MU/EA1SA. Look for activity to be on 80-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. They plan to
participate in the IARU 50 MHz Contest from Guernsey. Suggested frequencies are (+/- QRM):
  CW   - 3504, 7004, 10104, 18074, 21024, 24894, 28024 and 50103 kHz
  SSB  - 3780, 7056/7180, 14195, 18145, 21295, 24945, 28495 and 50120 kHz
  RTTY - 3580, 7035, 10140, 14080, 18100, 21080, 24920 and 28080 kHz
QSL via their home callsign. For more details, updates and log search, visit the DXpedition Web page at: http://www.gdgdxc.net/channel_islands/index.php

[SOURCE: OPDX #1007]

K - U.S.A. - 4.13.11

Grid Trip DN00/01/02/03/04/11/12 by K7BV Friends, I am finalizing my schedule for a Grid Trip April 19-28 that will include operations in DN00-01-02-03-04-11-12. I will release the schedule tonight or tomorrow. I have noted that there have been a few Sporadic Es openings during this period in past years so I have my fingers crossed. I do believe, however, that this trip may have to rely heavily - if not totally - on scatter.... any mode. Some of these operations will be on grid borders out in Never Neverland. I sure could use some telephone numbers to call to request a spot being posted on PingJockey and elsewhere because Internet access will be out of the question.  If you are willing to volunteer to assist, please drop me a private message with the telephone number I can call and what days/hours are acceptable for those calls. I will keep the telephone numbers totally confidential.
[SOURCE: K7BV via VHF/WSJT Reflector via MMMonVHF]

PY - Brazil - 4.13.11

Araucaria VHF Contest 07 and May 8, 144MHz and 50MHz
Almost all of us have a VHF on home, car or on the field, in order to invite you to participate in this year's ARAUCARIA VHF CONTEST, and we closed new stamps will be an honor to a close contact ... It is a sport very interesting, as we have CW, SSB and FM, many people in the hills above the other 1000 meters to sea level, national and international stations. Participate and some close contacts because we were very happy to exchange some QSLs in a different mode of HF. We ask everyone  to publicize this event!

Site: http://www.avhfc.com/ - PW2C - DX VHF BRASIL - Campinas - SP - Brasil


PY0T - Trinidade Is. 4.11.11

With support from the Cantareira DX Group, Junior PY2ZA will be performing one of the The longest ever expeditions in Brazil. They will use the call PP0T.
The Garcia D’Ávila (Navy ship) is scheduled to leave for Trindade on April 18 at 0800h local time. It is planned a journey of four days across the Atlantic. Landing scheduled April 22 - ADD NOTE: DELAYED.
This expedition, due to the length of time on the island, has only PY2ZA – Junior, who wants to QRV on all HF bands & 6 meters, in SSB, CW, RTTY, PSK and maybe SSTV. There is also the possibility to participate in some contests. During the outward journey (April) and back (June) Junior plans to be active as PY2ZA/MM on 6m using a portable transceiver.
Ground personnel will make website updates, as per contact with the island. There is no contact via Internet; please follow the schedule of frequencies here.
If you want to contribute to the expedition, a donation may be made ​​via PayPal, account: Questo indirizzo e-mail è protetto dallo spam bot, abilitare Javascript per vederlo .

[SOURCE: dx-world.net]

UPDATE (from dxpedition web site http://trindade2011.com/):We report that Brasilian marine has scheduled  again the boarding to Trindade Island for the next 25th of april, 2011. The arrival is expected for the 29th of april, 2011.


T3 – Kanton Island (delayed) - 4.15.11

T31A - Dxpedition. The boat chartered for sailing to Kanton is delayed and will not arrive in Apia until late 14th or early 15th, so the departure is delayed until maybe as late as the 16th.
The boat captain arrived in Apia by plane. All operators are anxious about the delay as to how it may affect the T31A total operating days and also return flights to home QTHs beginning on May 2nd. aY UPDATE ON http://www.t31a.com/
[SOURCE: dX-world.net]


V4 - St. Christopher & Nevis - 4.13.11

John, W5JON (V47JA) and xyl Cathy, W5HAM (V47HAM) will once again  be active from their Calypso Bay, island of St. Kitts (IOTA NA-104) hill side vacation home (WW Loc. FK87PG) between 12 July and 2 Aug. 2011. Plans are to be QRV on 80-6 metre SSB, including both CQWW VHF Contest and RSGB IOTA (SSB) Contest. Equipment will be: Kenwood TS-590S, Yaesu FT-857D, KL-400 Amplifier (400 Watts) and 80-10m Multiband Dipole, and S9 Vert.; 6m - 3el Yagi. QSL both V47JA and V47HAM via W5JON (QRZ.com)
[SOURCE: NG3K & N8OFS via to MMMonVHF]


VE - Canada - 4.13.11

Members of the NA-128 Contest Group will activate the special call XM2I on 29-31 July 2011 from Ile-aux-Grues (IOTA NA-128, CIsA QC-038, Grid FN47RB, ARLHS CAN-973 [Historic]), Province of Quebec. They will also be QRV in the RSGB IOTA Contest (30-31 July) as a Multi-Single entry. After the contest, there may be a short operation from the Pointe aux Pins lighthouse (ARLHS CAN-1390, WW Loc. FN47RB) located on Ile-aux-Grues, and activation of Isle aux Oies (private island (CIsA QC-039, WW Loc. FN47SD). QRV on 80-6m SSB, CW and RTTY and PSK31, with one station dedicated to 6m. QSL via VE2CQ, bureau or direct. Website: www.qsl.net/na128cg/
[SOURCE: islandchaser.com via [DX-ENG] ICPO Bulletin on MMMonVHF]


VE - Canada - 4.17.11

VE9AA wrote: I will be active aprox May 7-16th from many grids all across VE9, VE1 and (mostly) Newfoundland, as VO1TTT/M using 100w and a large vertical (HS-1800/Pro). This will be holiday style and not a dedicated expedition, but I will probably call CQ beacon style while in motion.(QRG to be determined) QRV from 40m thru 2m, mostly CW and concentrating on 6m. May also monitor 28.885MHz when no 6m prop. No Internet access while mobile. 73 de Mike VE9AA/VO1TTT.

[SOURCE: UKSMG announcement page]


VP9 - Bermuda - 4.17.11


Paul, W4/VP9KF (G4BKI), is once again active as VP9KF from Baileys Bay, Hamilton Parish, between now and April 27th. Activity will only be CW on all bands. QSL via W4/VP9KF: Paul Evans, 6809 River Road, Tampa, FL 33615. Visit his Web page at: http://vp9kf.com/ Please, DO NOT send to the VP9 bureau.

[SOURCE: OPDX #1007]

VK9L - Lord Howe - 4.16.11
The new website for the 8-17 July DXpedition to Lord Howe Island [425DXN 1037] can be found at www.lordhowe2011.com. Plans are for VK9HR to be QRV on 160-6 metres CW, SSB and RTTY.  QSL via EB7DX (direct) and LoTW.
[SOURCE:  425dxn #1041]


XV – Vietnam - 4.15.11

From April 18th to 30th Sigi, DL8AKI, Udo, DL2AQI, Ingolf, DL4JS and Rich, DK8YY will be QRV as XV4YY from Phu Quoc Island (AS-128).
Operation will be with two stations plus PA, all bands and modes. Special attention given to the lowbands when the antenna facilities on site allow.
QSL is via DH7WW.
[SOURCE: dX-world.net]


ZK2 – Niue - 4.15.11

I am returning to Niue in October 2011, hoping to spend at least 2 months there. I will be at a new QTH, using new antennas on the LF bands to improve results (there is S9 QRN on 160m and 80m from the island – 11kV AC distribution system over most of the island).
I worked nearly 16000 stations in poor conditions at ZK2V 2009 – my target is 40000+ this time – hopefully with better conditions and a longer DXpedition. My friend Keith GM4YXI / GM5X is joining me for the first 2 weeks of the DXpedition and is hoping to be QRV as ZK2X in the CQ WW SSB contest – Single-Operator All-Band.
Please visit www.zk2v.com which will be updated periodically before the DXpedition.
[SOURCE: dX-world.net]


Pacific Tour - 4.17.11

Carlos EA1IR/5W0IR, along with two other team members, has withdrawn from the T31A expedition to Kanton Island.
He now plans to be active from Tonga, Fiji and American Samoa between April 22 to May 1, 2011.

    * A35 – from April 22 to 26.
    * 3D2 – from April 26 to 29.
    * KH8 – from Aril 29 to May 1.

Calls to be announced. QSL via EA1IR.
[SOURCE: dX-world.net]

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