DX-NL 1291 May 2, 2002
DX News Letter
a free weekly service of
DARC Committee "DX and HF Contesting"
Editor: Karlfried Henrichs, DL1EK
translation by: Bob, DL7VOA
CAYMAN ISLANDS, NA-016, ZF Tim, G4VXE, is running his QRP station as ZF1VX until May 13.
FRANCE, F To celebrate the "International Festival of Arts and Technologies" the special event station TM0AR is QRV from May 1-13. QSL via F5TJC.
GOTLAND ISLAND, SM1, EU-020 Martin, SM0DTK/1, will be QRV mostly from 0300-0600 UTC on May 4-12.
JAPAN, JA6 The Japanese Amateur Radio League (JARL) will activate ten special event stations during the upcoming Soccer World Championships. 8J2C will be open to all visiting radio amateurs. More details are available via e-mail from Nob, JA1KSO: firstname.lastname@example.org.
KWAJALEIN ISLAND, V7 Mark, W4CK, intends to activate his old callsign V73BL from May 14-24.
MACQUARIE ISLAND, VK0/m, AN-005 Peter, VK0MQI, will stay on Macquarie for eleven more months. Usually he is showing up with a weak signal on 21210, 21295 and 28630 kHz between 0430 and 0600 UTC.
MALDIVE ISLANDS, 8Q7, AS-013 A group of Japanese HAMs will be active in CW/SSB/RTTY/PSK31/SSTV on 6-80m from May 10-15. QSL routes: 8Q7NK via JA2AAU, 8Q7FO via JR2FOR, 8Q7HS via JA2AZX, 8Q7IC via JA2AIC, 8Q7JA via JA2ALN, 8Q7MI via JJ2KYT and 8Q7TE via JA2ATE.
MARKET REEF, OJ0, EU-053 Seppo, OH1VR, will visit this Baltic Sea reef on May 8/9. He will be on the air as OJ0VR operating in CW and SSB on 6-80m for 12 hours. QSLs via OH1VR, unfortunately ONLY direct.
SOUTH AFRICA, ZS To remember the "Anglo Boer War" (1899-1902) the special event station ZS100ABW is on the air from May 3-5. ZS100ABW is QRV from Lancaster Hill, Vryheid in Kwa Zulu Natal.
ST LUCIA, J6, NA-108 Alan, J6/G3XAQ, will be active during the first week of May. He is also planning an one-day-trip to St. Vincent (J8/NA-109).
SYRIA, YK Saad, N5FF, is momentarily staying in Damascus and hopes to hit the airwaves as YK1BA from May 5-11.
TUVALU, T2, OC-015 After activating Baker Island Dave, KW4DA, will be in Tuvalu from May 11-16. Most likely his call will be T2DA again.
UKRAINE, UR EM11E is the call of a DXpedition to several islands in the river Dnjepr and the Black Sea from May 1-31. The exact schedule is unknown. QSLs via UR5EAW.
WAKE ISLAND, KH9, OC-053 Terry, K7ASU/KH9, plans to come on the air in his spare time during the four weeks of his stay on Wake in May. QSLs via K7ASU.
The island group Tuvalu is situated at 8 deg 30'South and 179 deg 12'East in the South Pacific. It consists of nine coral reefs and 129 more tiny islands with a land area of 25 sqkm: Nanumea, Nanumanga, Niutao, Nui, Vaitupu, Nukufetau, Nukulaelae, Funafuti with the capital Fongafale (population 2900) and Niulakita. Altogether there are about 10.000 inhabitants living on the island. The climate is typically tropical with constant temperatures all over the year. The raining period is from October till March.
The legend says that an eel and a flatfish were pulling a large rock to their home. After having a dispute the eel killed the flatfish and broke the rock into eight parts. Then he disappeared in the ocean. This is the origin of the name Tuvalu which means "group of eight" (the locals don't count the smallest atoll Niulakita).
The first settlers on Tuvalu were Polynesians from Samoa and Micronesians from Kiribati in the beginning of our calendar. In the 16th century the Spanish Mendana sighted a few islands but missed to land on them. The first Europeans set foot on the islands in 1820. In 1861 the shipwrecked Elekana was washed ashore from the Cook Islands and brought Christianity to Tuvalu. Some inhabitants became slaves and were kidnapped to the Peruvian guano islands in 1863. The Englishmen named the islands Ellice Islands in 1877 which became part of the 'Protectorate of the Gilbert (today: Kiribati) and
Ellice Islands' in 1892 and finally formed a British colony in 1915. During WW2 the US deployed B24 bombers on the islands. On Oct 1, 1978 Tuvalu became an independent monarchy (with Queen Elizabeth II being the head of state) and the 38th member of the Commonwealth.
The atolls are approximately 3-4 meters high, covered with coconut trees, bananas and papayas. Since there are no rivers or other streams the locals collect the rainfalls in cisterns and water tanks. There are only a few tourists, life on the islands is almost unaffected by western influences. The gross national product is the smallest of all independent countries.
Amateur radio: own DXCC entity, prefix: T2, CQ zone 31, ITU zone 65, IOTA reference: OC-015, Time difference: UTC+12h.
QSL direct: 6K5RPZ, 7Q7TB (G0IAS), 8P5A, 8P9JA, C31ILJ (VE3GEJ), CN8NK, CO8DM, CT7B, CT9M, EL7X (PA0WWW), GB90MGY, GD0TEP, GJ4JVP,J37LR, J68GS, JW1I (EU-027), OH0R, S21AR, T30AN (OC-017), T48RAC,TK5GT, VK9AA/9 (DL8YR), VP2EJ, VU2OXX, XE1VIC, XX9TEP (K8EP), XX9TFI, YB1HDF, ZD7MY
QSL bureau: 4I1P, 4Z4DX, 6K5REK, 7P8HH, 8P9JR, 9E1S (IV3TRK), A35MQ, AH6HY, AM6JMU (EU-004), C21AN,CM6QN,CN8YR,CT1EGW/p (EU-145),EA6/DL9GFB, EA5KB (EU-151), EC8AUZ (AF-004), ED6EIG (EU-004),EJ2HY (EU-007), EX8QB (IK2QPR), EY8JJ (LA5JX), F6KOP/p (EU-074), FG/F6HMJ, FG5FC (F6DZU), FW/G3SXW, HL3ERJ, HP2/F5PAC (NA-170), HS1GUW, IF9/IT9FXY (EU-054), J38PA (PA5ET), J3/PA3EWP (PA5ET), PB6X, J3/PA5ET (PA5ET), J3/PA7FM (PA5ET), K9AW/DU6 (WF5T), S50O, MM0BQI/p (EU-092), MU/ON4AUF, S79WB (DL4HBB), SU/DJ7ZX,TG/DB2TR, TM5B (EU-148), TT8JA (F5RWE), TX0DX (OH2EX), V47GS (VE3VFR), V47SS, V5/NU7J, VX9DXR, YJ0AJG, ZK1NNP (OC-013),ZL2CAT,ZL7/G3TXF
(d) = direct only
(B) = bureau ok
* = new manager
Again and again many QSLs are sent to the wrong QSL managers. This is a list of the most common wrong QSL routes published during the past weeks:
3B9R NOT via 3B9FR (3B9R  via K7ZD, 6m via AA7A [DXNL 1256, GOList]) 3D2IJ NOT via JM1LJS (1998) 4L4KW NOT via KE1HZ (4L4KW via K1WY [DXNL 1206]) EA5XX NOT via EA9PY EA9KB NOT via N0JT EP2AA NOT via W3HNK (EP2AA -> PIRATE [425DXNews 548]) ER3BAH NOT via W3HNK EX2A NOT via DF8OL FS9X NOT via N0JT J68DX NOT via N9AG KH0OEP NOT via N0JT XU7ABN NOT via F5JRY ZA1M NOT via IK2HTW (ZA1M via IK2HTW -> PIRATE)
DATE CALL DXNL NOW -Apr/2002 7Z1AC 1283 NOW -Jun/2002 8J2C 1291 * May 10-May 15 8Q7JA .. 1291 * NOW -Sep/2002 9L1BTB 1268 Apr 28-May 3 9M6/JA1WPX 1290 Apr 29-May 3 9N7WU 1290 NOW A35RK 1289 NOW -2004 D2U 1282 May 31-Jun 30 DT0FWC .. 1275 NOW -Jun/2002 ET3PMW 1290 Apr 17-May 16 FG/F6FXS 1288 NOW -2002 HF0POL 1271 Jan 1 -May 30 HL17FWC 1275 May 4 -May 5 IA5G 1290 NOW J6/G3XAQ 1291 * Apr 28-Apr 5 JD1/ .. 1290 NOW -May/2002 K7ASU/KH9 1289, 1291 * Apr 29-May 10 KH1/YT1AD 1289 NOW -Jun/2002 OD5/IW0GXY 1287 May 8 -May 9 OJ0VR 1291 * Apr 23-May 8 OX/OZ1EQZ 1289 NOW -Jul/2002 S21/OK1FWC 1287 May 4 -May 12 SM0DTK/1 1291 * May 11-May 16 T2DA 1291 * NOW -May/2002 T9/F5LPY 1287 May 1 -May 13 TM0AR 1291 * NOW -Dec/2002 TT8DX 1283 May 14-May 24 V73BL 1291 * NOW -Dec/2002 VK0MQI 1287, 1291 * NOW -Jul 31 XW3QBR 1286 Apr 24-May 4 XW3ZNR 1289 NOW YA/VK4KMT 1290 May 5 -May 11 YK1BA 1291 * NOW -Sep/2002 ZC4BS 1260 NOW -May 13 ZF1VX 1291 * May 3 -May 5 ZS100ABW 1291 * * = new .. = and other calls
TNX: DF5AU, DJ2UB, DJ5AV, DL1ECG, DL1SBF, DL2VFR, DL7VOA, IK1XDE, LU8XW, OH1VR, WF1N, 425 DX News, ARRL DX Bulletin, Crazy DX Group, N4AA (QRZ DX), F6AJA (Les Nouvelles DX), KB8NW (OPDX Bulletin), W3UR (Daily DX), Islands On The Web.