DX News Letter 1233
February 26, 2001

DX-NL 1233 - February 26, 2001
DX News Letter

a free weekly service of
DARC Committee "DX and HF Contesting"

Editor: Karlfried Henrichs, DL1EK
(e-mail: dxmb@darc.de)

translation by: Bob, DL7VOA
(e-mail: dl7voa@darc.de)


BANGLADESH, S2 Stig, S21YJ, will be QRV until the beginning of March. QSL via SM4AIO.

BARBADOS, 8P9, NA-021 Steve, K2WE, will be on the air as 8P9AP from Mar 1-7 (single op/low power also during ARRL SSB DX Contest). QSL via K2WE.

CAYMAN ISLANDS, ZF, NA-016 Jim, K4BI, wants to be QRV again on 6m signing ZF2MU from the Caymans from Mar 6-13. He is often standby on 28885 kHz.

CUBA, CO Once again the No Name DX Group will sign T48RAC from Santiago de Cuba during the ARRL SSB Contest on Mar 3/4 but will be QRV also prior and after the contest. QSL via VE3ESE.

EASTER ISLANDS, CE0, SA-001 Alfredo,CE3WDD, Sergio,CE3WDH, Fred,DK1BT, Falk,DK7YY, Tom,DL2OAP, Mar,DL3DXX, Jan,DL7UFN, Norbert,DL9NEI, and Danilo,XQ3ZW, are planning a DXpedition to the Easter Islands for March 4-19. They will work as 3G0Y mainly in CW and RTTY on all HF bands but will put their emphasis on the low- and WARC bands. More information is available on their website: http://www.qsl.net/3g0y/. QSL via DK7YY.

FIJI, 3D2, OC-016 After activating Conway the team will be QRV from Fiji main island signing 3D2AB, 3D2AD, 3D2AU, 3D2AV, 3D2FW, 3D2NR, 3D2RR and 3D2ZM from Mar 2-8.

GALINEZ ISLAND, AN-006 Paul, UX2HO, is QRV again on all bands working as EM1HO from Vernadtsky Base since February. QSL via I2PJA, either direct or via bureau.

GEORGIA, 4L After activating R3/DL7BO for a while Tom, DL7BO, will work in Georgia for at least one year. He received the callsign 4L7O and is QRV mainly in SSB and RTTY. He plans to activate also 6m during the summer. QSLs via DL7BY, either bureau or direct.

GRANDE AND ITACURUCA ISLANDS, PY1, SA-029 Tom, PY1XP, is on the air as PY1XP/p from time to time usually when he is visiting his relatives and friends on the island. QSL via bureau (original statement: "No IRCs or green stamps accepted here, QSL ONLY!")

GREAT PEDAGNA ISLAND, EU-091 The Salento DX Team is activating IQ7J (IIA BR-001) on Mar 3/4. QSL via IK7JWX.

MARQUESAS ISLANDS, FO/m, OC-027 Wulf, DL1AWI, stays active as FO/DL1AWI until Feb 28. He is QRV mainly in CW on 30/40/80m, early birds have a good chance around 0300 UTC. QSL via homecall.

MOZAMBIQUE, C9 The JA DXpedition (see DXNL 1230) has been postponed to June 9-20. They will also activate Malawi afterwards.

MONACO, 3A After conducting a 30 day test (resulting in no interferences at all) the 6m band is open for all radio amateurs (in Monaco) from now.

MONTSERRAT ISLAND, VP2M, NA-103 Art, N2NB/VP2MDY, and Woody, K2UU, are QRV from Feb 22 till Mar 1. QSL via NW8F.

MOOREA, FO, OC-046 Dominique, F6EPY, will be QRV mainly in CW (SSB/RTTY/PSK31 possible) on 80-10m (018 kHz from the lower band edge, also on WARC) listening especially for Europeans from Mar 3-7. His next stop will be Rarotonga then. Visit: http://perso.wanadoo.fr/dominique.auprince/SP_DXPED.htm.

PRATAS, BQ9P, AS-110 AA4NN, BV2OO, BV4FH, BV5CR, BX2AE, JA1AYC, RK3DT and W4NZC will hit the airwaves as BQ9P in CW/SSB on 10/15/20m from Mar 6-15. They already got their landing permissions. QSL via KU9C.

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, W6 This one is a nice one for USI specialists. Willy, WC6DX, will visit three islands within the San Francisco Bay: Alcatraz Island (USI CA-05S WLH LH-0105) on Mar 10, 1800-2400 UTC; Yerba Buena Island (USI CA-19S) on Mar 11, 1700-2400 UTC and Angel Island (USI CA-06S, WLH LH-new) on Mar 17/18. These are no IOTA islands! Work him on 14260 or 21260 kHz. QSL direct or via bureau.

SABAH, 9M, OC-133 The Spratley team operates as 9M6DBT and 9M6MBT before and after their main DXpedition (see also Spratley). QSL via WN7J.

SPRATLEY, 9M0, AS-051 9M0M will hit the airwaves during the first week of March. Central Arizona DX Association members Darryl, AF7O, Dennis, AF7Y, Sally, KM5EP, Mike, N7MB, Dan, NA7DB, Jerry, WB9Z, and Luis, XE1L, will work in CW/SSB on 10-80m. More information at: http://www.xcvr.com/9M0M/. QSL via K7XN.

TAHITI, FO5 F5DYD is QRV especially on 28560 and 28480 kHz around 1630 or 1930 UTC for the next two years.

WAIHEKE ISLAND, ZL4, OC-201 Bob, G3PJT, will be on the air as ZL4CC mainly in CW from Mar 8-13. He intends also to participate in the RSGB Commonwealth CW Contest. QSL via G3PJT (direct or bureau).


The coral reef has a diameter of approximately 25 km and is mostly under water during high tide. It is situated some 320 km southeast of Hong Kong, 400 km south west of Taiwan and 840 km to the northwest of Manila in the northern part of the South China Sea at 20°43' North and 116°42' East. Only the horseshoe-shaped Dongsha- or Tung-Sha-Dao (like East Sand) is above the water all the time. It measures 900m (from east to west) and 2.8 km (from north to south) and reaches its maximum altitude at a height of about 300m. The reefs North and South Vereker Bank (Pei Wie Tan and Nan Wie Tan) belong to this island group, too. The climate is subtropical which means that the highest temperatures are 30° Celsius in June and 22° Celsius in December with a high humidity all the time.

The first people settled on the islands during the Ming dynasty founding the very first settlement in the South China Sea at all.

Pratas is under Taiwanese administration, they have stationed military per- sonnel on this strategically important island in the entry of the Taiwanese Strait for 40 years now. Barbed wire and concrete dugouts can be found all over the island between coconut trees. On June 30, 1989, a monument was erected claiming the posession of the island and a year later an airport was built. During March and April the islands are the destination of hundreds of fishermen who then enjoy some service opportunities there. There is practi- cally no tourism on Pratas.

Amateur radio: Prefix BV9P, own DXCC entity since Jan 1, 1994, IOTA AS-110, locator grid OL80. The first activity by Martti Laine, OH2BH, back in Jan 1994 lasted only two hours, other DXpeditions followed in 1994, 95 and 1998.


DATE             CALL            DXNL

May 5 -May 21    3B6RF           1226, 1227
Mar 2 -Mar 8     3D2AU..         1233 *
Feb 19-Feb 28    3D2CI           1232
Mar 4 -Mar 19    3G0Y            1233 *
Feb 17-Mar 6     3W2LWS          1232
NOW   -Mar 2     3Y0C            1228
NOW   -May       5T5YD           1222, 1224
Feb 27-Mar 12    5U???           1232
Feb 26-Mar 6     6Y8A            1232
Mar 1 -Mar 7     8P9/K2WE..      1233 *
Feb 11-Feb ??    9M6IPT..        1230
Feb 25-Mar 2     A35BQ           1232
Mar 6 -Mar 15    BQ9P            1233 *
Mar 2 -Mar 4     BV9L            1232
Feb 20-Mar 4     C56/DL2OE..     1228
Jun 9 -Jun 20    C9/JA..         1230/1233 *
NOW   -Feb ??    CE0YEH          1232
Feb 8 -Feb 28    D68C            1228
Jan 27-Mar 3     DU5/LatYX       1231
Feb 22-Feb 28    EA9/WX3P        1231
Feb 17-Feb ??    FG/DF4OR        1231
Oct/00-Mar       FM/F2JD         1207-08, 1220
NOW   -Feb 28    FO/DL1AWI       1233 *
Mar 3 -Mar 7     FO/F6EPY        1233 *
Dec/00-Jul/2001  FO0CLA          1225
NOW   -2002      FO5R            1230
NOW   -2001      HC2BEV..        1228
Jun 20-Jun/2001  HC4WW           1203
Mar 2 -Mar 16    HC5/AC3A        1232
Feb 2 -Feb 28    HP/F5PAC        1231
Mar 3 -Mar 4     IQ7J            1233 *
NOW   -Feb ??    J38A            1231
Feb 6 -Mar 30    JA6GXK          1231
Sep/00-Aug/2001  JD1BCK          1224
Nov 17-May/2001  JW3FL           1223
May 31-Jun 10    JW3OHA          1231
Dec 2 -Apr       P40MR           1226
Feb 27-Mar 5     PJ2R            1232
Feb 23-Mar 5     PY3DX           1232
NOW   -Mar       S21YJ           1233 *
Feb 11-Mar 4     T32RD           1230
Mar 3 -Mar 4     T48RAC          1233 *
Feb 13-Feb ??    V26EW           1231
Feb 22-Mar 1     VP2M..          1233 *
Feb 27-Mar 4     V26CY           1232
Feb 28-Mar 7     VP2EK           1232
Mar 6 -Mar 3     ZF2MU           1233 *
Mar 2 -Mar 9     ZK2BQI          1232
Mar 8 -Mar 13    ZL4CC           1233 *

 * = new
...= and other calls


arrived direct: 3B8/DL6UAA, 3D2NV, 3D2RW (OC-121), 3E1DX, 3W6DXI, 3W7CW, 4K8F, 4K54CW, 4M0I (NA-020), 4S7EA, 4W6GH (CT1EGH), 4W6MM, 5N0W, 5R8GQ, 5R8O, 5X1GS, 5X1P, 6Y5MM,7A32AR (YB0FMT),8P9HT, 8P9JR, 8P9JS, 8P9JT, 8P9JU, 8Q7CE, 9A0A (EU-170), 9H1FN, 9K2/XE1KK, 9K2ZZ, 9M0F, 9M2/JI1ETU (AS-097), 9N7MS, 9Y4SRR, 9U5/9X0A (DL5WM), 9Y4/DL2RVS

arrived bureau: 3A/SP9PT, 3B8/DL9GFB, 3C0R, 3D2RK (W7TSQ), 3E1DX, 3V8BB, 3V8DJ, 3W6KS (AS-128, JA8VE),4U1ITU (K1ZZ Sep/2000),4W/K7BV, 5B4/EU1AA, 5U7Z, 9A/DL2VFK (EU-016), 9M2TO, AH7C, BV2QM, C56JHF, C6AIE (WZ8D), CU1/DH3NB (EU-003),CY9AA,ER8C (ER1DA), DL4PM (EU-057), EM5UIA (EU-180), ER39MMZ (ER3DX), EU1FY, EM5UIA (UT8LL), ER1IM, ER2000F (ER1FF)

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