20.04.2018 currently : April 18 : 2018: VP6D[1] T31[2] 3Y Info[3]
Date EU AF AS NA/SA OC
20. Apr 18 Fr Z66D   9N7WA   FJ/**   E51BCP[4] YJ0AG T88** V63DX VK9X/**  
21. Apr 18 Sa Z66D[5]   9N7WA   FJ/** J88PI     YJ0AG T88** V63DX VK9X/**[6]  
22. Apr 18 So     9N7WA   FJ/** J88PI   H44R YJ0AG T88** V63DX    
23. Apr 18 Mo     9N7WA   FJ/** J88PI   H44R YJ0AG T88** V63DX    
24. Apr 18 Di     9N7WA   FJ/** J88PI   H44R YJ0AG T88** V63DX[7]    
25. Apr 18 Mi     9N7WA   FJ/** J88PI   H44R[8] YJ0AG T88**[9]    
26. Apr 18 Do     9N7WA   FJ/** J88PI     YJ0AG    
27. Apr 18 Fr OJ0W   9N7WA[10]   FJ/**[11] J88PI     YJ0AG    
28. Apr 18 Sa OJ0W       PJ6/AI5P J88PI     YJ0AG    
29. Apr 18 So OJ0W C9*RRC   A52*** JD1BMH   PJ6/AI5P J88PI[12] 6Y5IDX   YJ0AG[13]    
30. Apr 18 Mo OJ0W C9*RRC   A52*** JD1BMH   PJ6/AI5P   6Y5IDX      
01. Mai 18 Di OJ0W C9*RRC   A52*** JD1BMH   PJ6/AI5P   6Y5IDX      
02. Mai 18 Mi OJ0W C9*RRC C8T   A52*** JD1BMH JD1BLY PJ6/AI5P   6Y5IDX      
03. Mai 18 Do OJ0W C9*RRC C8T   A52*** JD1BMH JD1BLY PJ6/AI5P   6Y5IDX      
04. Mai 18 Fr OJ0W[14] C9*RRC C8T   A52*** JD1BMH[15] JD1BLY[16] PJ6/AI5P   6Y5IDX      
05. Mai 18 Sa   C9*RRC C8T   A52***   PJ6/AI5P[17]   6Y5IDX      
06. Mai 18 So   C9*RRC C8T   A52***[18]       6Y5IDX[19] E51OTC    
07. Mai 18 Mo   C9*RRC C8T           E51OTC    
08. Mai 18 Di   C9*RRC C8T           E51OTC E51KMR    
09. Mai 18 Mi   C9*RRC[20] C8T           E51OTC E51KMR    
10. Mai 18 Do     C8T           E51OTC E51KMR    
11. Mai 18 Fr   3B9RUN C8T           E51OTC E51KMR[21] VK9LI    
12. Mai 18 Sa   3B9RUN C8T           E51OTC   VK9LI    
13. Mai 18 So   3B9RUN C8T           E51OTC E51BAS VK9LI E51NCQ    
14. Mai 18 Mo   3B9RUN C8T           E51OTC E51BAS VK9LI E51NCQ    
15. Mai 18 Di   3B9RUN C8T[22]           E51OTC E51BAS VK9LI E51NCQ    
16. Mai 18 Mi   3B9RUN[23]           E51OTC E51BAS VK9LI E51NCQ    
17. Mai 18 Do ZB2/DF8AN           E51OTC[24] E51BAS VK9LI E51NCQ    
18. Mai 18 Fr ZB2/DF8AN             E51BAS VK9LI[25] E51NCQ    
19. Mai 18 Sa ZB2/DF8AN             E51BAS   E51NCQ    
20. Mai 18 So ZB2/DF8AN             E51BAS   E51NCQ    
21. Mai 18 Mo ZB2/DF8AN             E51BAS   E51NCQ    
22. Mai 18 Di ZB2/DF8AN[26]             E51BAS   E51NCQ    
23. Mai 18 Mi         6Y6N     E51BAS   E51NCQ    
24. Mai 18 Do   A25VR       6Y6N     E51BAS   E51NCQ    
25. Mai 18 Fr   A25VR       6Y6N     E51BAS[27]   E51NCQ[28]    
26. Mai 18 Sa   A25VR       6Y6N        

[1]
Press Release #1
Dec 1, 2017
VP6D Ducie Island 2018 DXpedition (OC-182)

The Perseverance DX Group (pdxg.net) is pleased to announce their planned activation of Ducie Island (a Marine Protected Area), currently Clublog #29 most wanted. Planning has begun for an expedition in Oct/Nov, 2018.

Landing permission, visas and radio license have been issued. A team of 14 operators will be on the island for up to 14 days. The team will depart from Mangareva, French Polynesia aboard the expedition ship Braveheart. Seven (7) operating positions are planned for 160-10 meters, SSB/CW/Digital, including FT8.

The team includes: Dave K3EL, Pista HA5AO, Les W2LK, Heye DJ9RR, Mike WA6O, Jacky ZL3CW, Arnie N6HC, Steve W1SRD, Chris N6WM, Laci HA0NAR, Ricardo PY2PT, Walt N6XG, Gene K5GS, currently one open position to be filled.

Watch the usual DX sources – we will announce additional details as they develop.

Website:  vp6d.com, Twitter and Facebook will also be available.

Please direct questions to:  info@vp6d.com

73,
Team Ducie – 2018
[2]
Members of the Polish Rebel DX Group launch an extended transoceanic project called “Travel Cheap to Top DXCCs” in early May 2018.  They plan to activate interesting and difficult-to-reach rare DXCC entities in the coming years – both on the Northern and Southern hemisphere.

The “Travel Cheap to Top DXCCs” project is a private and independent venture open to radio amateurs from all over the world – both individual participants and larger groups willing to charter our services exclusively.  We administer private advanced boats allowed to sail on every waters.  All paper works done like landing/entrance permissions, radio licenses are included in a package.  Participants may also count on our advisory in finding cheaper flights.

At the very beginning, we invite all interested hams to join our second expedition to Kanton Island (T31) in May this year.  A team of up to 10 operators will leave for Kanton from Samoa Island.  There are still 5 seats left.  Afterwards, another group will leave for Tokelau and Swains Island.  But that’s just a beginning – later this year we will regroup and head for South Africa for another epic adventure!

Join the Bouvet Island Expedition 2018

There were seats initially reserved for members of the 3Y0Z expedition.  To our surprise we’ve received absolutely no response to our courtesy and invitation.  Since then… are you ready for an adventure of your lifetime?  We offer a unique opportunity to join an international, interdisciplinary team of expeditioneers – scientists, TV crew and ham radio operators who will set foot at Bouvet Island in 2018.  Since the expedition demands certain skills and preparations, our offer is addressed only to experienced ham radio travelers.  We require full time availability, resistance to harsh, polar stormy sea conditions and being fully aware of decision-making to join the expedition.  We will accept only serious applicants submitting their CV and a letter of application via email sent to dom@rebeldxgroup.com.

We invite all interested hams to join our extraordinary project.

The Rebel DX Group Team
[3]
DX-World just received info from a Norwegian contact that the 3Y0I license has been renewed. A landing permit has also been issued by the Norwegian Polar Institute.

No dates of activity are mentioned but the permit is good until February 2019. However, DX-World contact suggests activity could be sometime this year. (see new info below)

For info, this website has recently been updated.

    Our trip, planned originally at the end of 2017, was cancelled at the request of the organizers of the “3YŘZ” expedition. Due to their cancellation, we are now returning to the implementation of our project and preparations for our trip as a matter of urgency.

Furthermore, from the above website:

The first ever Polish expedition to the subantarctic Bouvet Island by 3Z9DX, SQ8X, SP3DOI, YU4DX and J69DS.

For the purpose of the expedition, a 24m-high seagoing yacht with PowerSail sails and 2 engines of 250 HP was chartered. The unit is adapted to move in extreme weather conditions. During the stay on the island, before the bad weather, we will be protected by proper construction of expedition tents. The whole trip is financed from the private resources of the participants.

Our expedition will start in South Africa, from where we will sail to Bouvet Island. We will cover over 2,800 nautical miles in the far South Atlantic. (It’s over 5200 km!)

After landing on Bouvet, we will install a camp and shortwave radio on the glacier plateau (it covers 93% of the island’s surface. In good weather, we will get to Olavtoppen – the highest peak of the island rising 760m above sea level.

Our expedition will take place during the subantarctic summer in the Southern Hemisphere. A sea journey in stormy conditions will take about 12 days one way. If the weather is favourable for us, we will spend about two weeks on the island. With successful winds, the expedition plan will close in about a month and a half.


Tom, LA4LN, the Norwegian Radio Relay
League (NRRL) HF Traffic Manager, informed OPDX the following in an E-mail:
  Dear DX friends,
    There has been some confusion about what amateur radio calls have
  been licensed for use from the Bouvet Island (2nd Most Wanted DXCC
  Entity; IOTA AN-002) for the year to come.
    The Norwegian Communications Authority informs me that the following
  licenses are valid as of 25 January 2017:
    3Y0G  Granted to ON4WW, valid from 1 January 2017 to 30 April 2017.
    3Y0Z  Granted to LA6VM, valid from 1 December 2017 to 30 April 2018.
    3Y0H  Granted to RA9USU, valid from 1 January 2018 to 28 February 2018.
    3Y0I  Granted to 3Z9DX, valid from 13 January 2017 to 31 December 2017.


  EDITOR'S NOTE: So far the 3Y0Z operation is the only DXpedition scheduled
  to hit the airwaves sometime in early 2018.
[4]
Oleh, UR5BVP will be active from Rarotonga, South Cooks as E51BCP between April 15-20, 2018. QRV on HF bands including SOTA activities. QSL via KD7WPJ.
[5]
Petr OK1BOA, Palo OK1CRM, David OK6DJ, Petr OK1FCJ, Pavel OK1GK, Ruda OK2ZA, Karel OK2ZI and Ludek OK2ZC will be active from Kosovo as Z66D between April 15-21, 2018.

Limited activity / building up on April 15 & 16th, full operation planned from 17th to 21st, limited/dismantling on 22nd.

QRV: SSB, CW, RTTY & FT8. QSL via OK6DJ
[6]
James, 9V1YC and Wilbert, PE7T are currently active from Christmas Island as VK9X/N1YC & VK9X/PE7T until April 21. QRV on HF, CW.

    VK9X/N1YC via W5UE
    VK9X/PE7T via LoTW
[7]
Sho, JA7HMZ will be active again from Pohnpei (OC-010), F.S.M as V63DX between April 18-24, 2018. QRV on HF bands. QSL only direct via HC
[8]
Cezar, VE3LYC and Bernhard, DL2GAC/H44MS will be active from Mbanika Island (Russell Islands, OC-168) as H44R during April 22-25, 2018. QSL via VE3LYC direct, Club Log OQRS.
[9]
Kazuhiro/JA7WFT (T88FT) and Shinichi/JI6IHG (T88IH) will once again be active from the VIP Guest Hotel (Free Radio Room) on
    Koror Island (OC-009) between April 17-25th. Activity will be on
    160-6 meters using CW, SSB, JT65 and JT9. QSL T88IH via JI6IHG. QSL
    T88FT via JA7WFT.
[10]
Sergei, R4WAA will be active from Nepal as 9N7WA between April 20 to 27, 2018. QRV on HF bands. CW & Digi. QSL via HC
[11]
AI5P, N0KV, W0ZA and WD0E to be active from St Barts as FJ/AI5P & FJ/N0KV between April 18-27, 2018. QRV on 80-10m CW, SSB, RTTY and Satellites. QSL via HC (AI5P / N0KV).
[12]
Brian GW4DVB will again be casually operating as J88PI from Palm Island NA-025 (Grenadines) between April 21-29, 2018. QRV 40-6m, mainly SSB. QSL via HC
[13]
Hello! I am planning another holiday style DXPedition for 2018. This time me and my family are off to Vanuatu, staying on Efate (IOTA OC-035) about 20min from Port Vila. We depart Australia on the 16th of April 2018 and should be on air by sometime on the 17th. The operation will end on the 29th. I will be active with QRO on 80-10m with a digital modes focus. I am looking to particularly work unique stations and will be where possible targetting Europe Short Path where YJ is high on the ClubLog most wanted list. Operation will of course be intermittent as again family comes first but I will attempt to operate during the main openings (EU SP at night will be a feature).

The station will be a K3/KPA500 combination with a G3TXQ UltraLight HexBeam for 20-10m plus a multi-band vertical for 80-10m (with water access along the EU SP and NA LP paths). Operation will be on RTTY, FT8, PSK, Olivia and SSB. An SSTV activity day will be planned (details TBA). Some CW operation may occur (depends how I am going wih my CW training). I also hope to operate in the SPDX RTTY Contest.

QSL will again be managed for me by Charles M0OXO through his OQRS service for electronically requested cards delivered to you either direct or via bureau. If you do want to send me a card via the bureau however do not send it via M0OXO as it wont reach me. To send me a bureau card, mark it via VK5GR so that it is routed via the VK QSL bureau.

NOTE: When I am calling for EU or NA, I will also accept calls from OC, AF and SA at any time. I will also issue particular instructions for working me on FT8 that aim to get the QSO rate to around 60/hr to try and make that mode more productive than it was from Niue last year.

I will be creating a website shortly with more details so stay tuned!

Finally: for now, the callsign is agreed with TRR Vanuatu but the final license has not yet been issued. The callsign may change as a result (not expected but you never know until you have the paper in your hand).

73 Grant, VK5GR
[14]
Pasi, OH3WS will again be active from Market Reef as OJ0W between April 27 to May 4, 2018. QRV during spare time, mostly CW. QSL via HC
[15]
Harry, JG7PSJ will again be active as JD1BMH from Ogasawara between April 29 to May 4, 2018. QRV on 40-10m CW, SSB & RTTY. QSL via HC
[16]
Makoto JI5RPT will again be active from Chichijima, Ogasawara as JD1BLY between May 2-4, 2018. Activity on 30m to 10m. CW/SSB/Digi. QSL via HC
[17]
Rick, AI5P will be active from Saba as PJ6/AI5P during April 28 to May 5, 2018. QRV on HF. QSL via HC
[18]
Joe, JH3AEF and Jusei, JA3IVU will be active from the Dochula Eco Resort, Bhutan as A52AEF and A52IVU during April 29 – May 6, 2018. QRV on 80 – 6m SSB, CW, Digi. QSL via HC
Mio, JR3MVF and Kay, WA0WOF will be active from the Dochula Eco Resort (Alt: 3150m) Bhutan as A52YL between April 29 to May 5, 2018. QRV on 80-6m SSB, CW & Digi. QSL via WA0WOF.
[19]
Chris, VO1IDX will be active from Negril, Jamaica as 6Y5IDX between April 29 to May 6, 2018. QRV on HF. QSL via HC
[20]
Vasily R7AL, Vasily RA1ZZ, Al RZ3K and Vlad RK8A (members of the Russian Robinson Club) will be active as C96RRC and C98RRC from Mozambique Island, AF-088 and Inhaca Island, AF-066 during the period April 29 to May 9, 2018.
QRV on 40-10m CW, SSB, Digi. QSL via R7AL, Club Log OQRS.
[21]
Jim, KM7R will be active from Rarotonga as E51KMR during May 8-11, 2018. He will be operating from the QTH of E51JD. QRV on HF. QSL via HC
[22]
The Belgian Lions DX-Team (OT8T) are proud to announce
their new adventure/DXpedition to Mozambique between May 2-15th. Their
planning has been completed, and the preparations are well advanced.
The location is ready for them and their flight tickets have been booked.
The team of 14 operators has been selected and are all hungry to work
the pile-ups! Their callsign and full license has arrived and it is C8T.
Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and possibly other
Digital modes (PSK, FT8). The team will also do 2m-EME(ATNO) and 60m(ATNO).
They have the permission to do 60m by the IARU-Region1-bandplan(15W EIRP).
Their setup will consist of 4 stations operating 24/7 and a fifth station
for 2m EME and extra Digi-modes on all bands. Operators mentioned are
Kurt/ON8KW (Team Leader), Roger/ON7TQ (Co-leader), Bruno/CS8ABG (Co-leader),
Paulo/CU2CO, Emil/DL8JJ, Ron/ON1DX, Philippe/ON4ACP, Marc/ON4AMX, Erik/
ON4CCV, Olivier/ON4EI (EI8GQB/EI1A), Herman/ON4QX, Ivo/ON5CD, Cis/ON6LY
and Franky/ON7RU. QSL route TBD, but ClubLog will be used. For more details
and updates, see:          https://mozambique2018.wordpress.com
   Members of the Lions DX Team will be active as C8T from
Bilene-Macia, Gaza, Mozambique, between May 2-15th. Operators mentioned
are Kurt/ON8KW (Team Leader), Roger/ON7TQ (Co-Leader), Bruno/CS7ABG (Co-
Leader), Paulo/CU2CO, Emil/DL8JJ, Ron/ON1DX, Philippe/ON4ACP, Marc/ON4AMX,
Erik/ON4CCV, Olivier/ON4EI, Herman/ON4QX, Ivo/ON5CD, Cis/ON6LY and Franky/
ON7RU. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.  They
will also operate on 60m and 2m EME. QSL via ON1DX. QSL via ON1DX.             
[23]
FR4NP, FR4PF, FR4PM, FR5CB and FR5FC will be active from Rodrigues Island as 3B9RUN between May 11-16, 2018. QRV on 80-10m, SSB/FT8
[24]
Bruce, WB7TOC will be active as E51OTC from the islands of Rarotonga, Aitutaki and Atiu during May 6-17, 2018. QRP operation.
[25]
Dxpedition by VK team of Chris VK3QB, Brenton VK3YB and Luke VK3HJ from 11th – 18th of May 2018.

Operating on 160-17m on CW, SSB and FT8. No VHF is planned and there will be limited Internet available.
[26]
Mike, DF8AN will be active from Gibraltar as ZB2/DF8AN during May 17-21, 2018. QRV on 6m to 70cm. QSL via HC
[27]
Bruce, AD7MM will again be active from Rarotonga as E51BAS during May 13-25, 2018. QRV mostly holiday-style. QSL via H/c, LoTW.
[28]
Bob, NC6Q will be active from Rarotonga as E51NCQ during May 13-25, 2018. QRV on HF, CW (100 watts & wire antennas). QSL via HC