DX News Letter 1277
January 17, 2002

DX-NL 1277 January 17, 2002
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)


ANTARCTICA, VP8, AN-016 UA6CW is operating as CE9/R3RRC from the multinational scientific base "Patriot Hills" (WABA reference MN-01). QSL via RW3GW.

BHUTAN, A5 Ray, G3NOM, and his XYL E21UHL left Bangkok on Sunday to accept an invitation of the Department of Telecommunications in Bhutan. During the next four weeks they will prepare 20 local HAMs for their amateur radio licence exams. Perhaps they can put a clubstation on air. Nothing is known about radio activities during the seminar itself.

BRAZIL, PY ZX2F is the special event call during the Fig Festival in Valinhos/SP. This event lasts from Jan 12 until Feb 12. QSL via PY2AE.

FERNANDO DE NORONHA, PY0F, SA-003 Bill, W5SJ, intends to operate from the shack of Andre, PY0FF, during the CQWW 160m CW Contest from Jan 23-29. The callsign is not sure yet. Bill will work on the usual DX frequencies, if requested he will also QSY to the WARC bands not to forget that he is monitoring the 6m band all the time. Short term activities will be published on the website: http://www.noronha.com.br/py0ffcam.htm.

HUNGARY, HA The special event station HG80ST can be found on all bands in CW/SSB/ RTTY until Feb 28. They are celebrating the 80th anniversary of the city Salgotarjan. QSL via HA6KNB, bureau ok.

MALDIVES, 8Q7, AS-013 YL Denise, F6HWU, will be active mostly in CW between Jan 23 and Feb 7.

NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS, KH0, OC-086 Kazu, JA1RJU, is signing KH2K/AH0 on 1827.5 kHz especially for Europe and North America. --- KH0WW and K1HP/KH0 are the calls of Toshi, JP1IOF, and Yoshi, JE2EHP. They will operate from Saipan (OC-086) in CW/SSB/RTTY on 160-6m from Jan 25-28. QSL via homecalls.

SACRIFICE ROCK, VU VU2PAI and a few other amateurs will activate this island in the Kerala Group for the first time on Jan 26/27. Look for them in CW and SSB on 160-6m. This island has no IOTA reference number yet. QSL via VU2PAI.

SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS, VP8/ssh Oleg, UA1PBA, is momentarily active as from the Chilean base "". The base is situated on and has the WABA reference number CE-10. Usually Oleg can be found on 21275 kHz around 1700 UTC.

SVALBARD, JW, EU-026 LA5QFA and LA8AJA are hitting the airwaves as JW5QFA and JW8AJA in CW/ SSB/RTTY on 160-6m from Jan 14-20. On 6m they are using the special callsign JW4X! QSL ok via the bureau.

WESTERN KRIBATI, T30, OC-017 After returning from his holiday Eric, N1JSY, is active again as T30ES. He is working from Butaritari Island powered by a battery and using wire antennae. Normally you can find him on saturdays around 1400 and 1830 UTC.


The Northern Marianas are situated at 15 degrees 8'North and 145 degrees 43' East about 200km Northeast of Guam. They consist of the three main islands Saipan (with the capital Susupe), Rota and Tinian which are all of volcanic origin. The climate is tropical wet and hot, the temperatures fluctuate between 22 and 28 degrees centigrade throughout the year and the raining period is between July and September.

The Portuguese sailor Fernao de Magalhaes (aka Magellan when serving for the Spanish) discovered this island group in 1520/1521. He called them Islas de Ladones (in English: Thieves Island). This unattractive name is based on the fact that many things vanished from the ships while they traded with locals from the island. After the islands were handed over to Spain in the 17th century the island group was named after Queen Maria Ana.

During WW1 German soldiers built a lighthouse and a church with the ruins still being visited. More than 70.000 US Marines landed on the islands in June 1944 during WW2. Only a few weeks later the Japanese commanders Nagumo and Saito committed Harakiri after losing a battle on July 9, 1944. Only 2.000 of 32.000 Japanese soldiers survived! The Japanese propaganda was cause for several thousand inhabitants to jump off the 'suicidal cliff' 300m a.s.l. Today the Marianas belong to the US Commonwealth Territories and the residents are US citizens with no right to vote.

The main island Saipan has the most beautiful sand beaches thus making the tourism the most important source of income avant selling kopra or fishing.

Amateur radio: prefix KH0, IOTA reference OC-086, Time difference UTC +10h


QSL direct: 5R8DL, AH2R, E29AAL (AS-101), EK7PP, FO0FLA, H40DX, H44RD,J69AZ, KH4/K5PZ, P29IO, VK9KNE, VP2VU, VP5G, WH2DX ZD8R, ZF2AM


(d) = direct only
(B) = bureau ok
* = new manager


DATE            CALL          DXNL

Jan 18-Jan 26   3D2/VK2IR     1275
NOW   -Apr 9    3W2XK         1273
Jan 26-???      7X/SP5IXI     1276
Jan 23-Feb 7    8Q/F6HWU      1277 *
NOW   -Sep/2002 9L1BTB        1268
Nov 15-Mar/2002 9U5D          1268

Jan 11-Jan 20   BV/BA4DW      1276
Dec 17-Dec 22   CE7HJO/8..    1272
NOW             CE9/R1ANF     1277 *
NOW             CE9/R3RRC     1277 *
Jan 22-Feb 14   CT3FN         1275
May 31-Jun 30   DT0FWC..      1275
Dec 21-Dec 22   E4/OE1GZA     1273
January 2002    EA5KB/p       1275
Jan 16-Feb 7    FG/F6FXS      1275
NOW   -2002     HF0POL        1271
NOW   -Feb 28   HG80ST        1277 *
Jan 1 -May 30   HL17FWC       1275

Jan 14-Jan 20   JW4X..        1277 *
NOW   -Apr/2002 JX7DFA        1266
NOW   -Mar/2002 KC4/N3SIG     1267
Jan 11-Jan 19   KG4DX..       1276
Jan 25-Jan 28   KH0WW         1277 *
NOW             KH2K/AH0      1276, 1277 *
Jan 19-Jan 21   KH3/KX6RTG    1276
NOW             P29NB         1276
NOW   -Apr/2002 P43MR         1274
NOW   -2002     P5/4L4FN      1270, 1271
Mar 5 -???      P5/YT1AD ..   1276
Jan 23-Jan 29   PY0/W5SJ      1277 *

Feb 4 -Feb 16   TI9M          1272
Jan 5 -Feb 5    V31YN         1275
Jan 16-Feb 6    V5/DJ4SO      1276
Jan 18-Jan 22   V63RF         1276
Nov 8 -Mar/2002 VK3FEI/p      1267
NOW   -Jan 26   VK3TZ         1275
Jan 20-Feb 2    VP5/G4RCG     1276
NOW   -Jan 22   VU2BMS        1274
NOW   -Sep/2002 ZC4BS         1260
Jan 14-Jan 30   ZF2LM         1276
Jan 12-Feb 12   ZX2F          1277 *

 * = new
.. = and other calls

Bob,W7MAE, still has the logbook of John, C91JM (August 97 until June 1998).

The logbook of the TA0/IZ7ATN IOTA expedition to AS-159 is available online at: http://www.qsl.net/iz0ckj/.

The logbook of HP1/DL7CM is also available at the first place to look for online logs: http://dx.qsl.net/logs/.

TNX: DJ5AV, DL1SBF, DL2BQV, DL2VFR, DL3BQA, DL5EBE, DL7VOA, F6AJA, PY2MDV, 425 DX News, ARRL DX Bulletin, Crazy DX Group, F6AJA (Les Nouvelles DX), KB8NW (OPDX Bulletin), N4AA (QRZ DX), W3UR (Daily DX), Islands On The Web.