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22 May 2021                                               A.R.I. DX Bulletin
                                   No 1568

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                          Edited by  I1JQJ & IK1ADH
                        Direttore Responsabile  I2VGW

Owing to the ongoing and fluid nature  of the  COVID-19  situation globally,
announced  activities  might  be  cut short,  postponed,  cancelled  or even
extended at any time and without notice.

5N     - Jean-Louis, 5N7MSF  (aka F5MAW, ZS6AAG, 3DA0MF, C91MSF  and TT8JLH)
         is active  from  Abuja,  Nigeria  until 15 September.  He works for
         Medecins Sans Frontiers (Doctors Without Borders), and will  be QRV
         during  his spare time  and  the weekends.  QSL via eQSL.  [TNX The
         Daily DX]
5U     - Adrien, F4IHM,  who has been active again  as  5UAIHM [425DXN 1565]
         since 18 May,  has extended  his stay  in Niger  until 27 June.  He
         operates SSB and CW  on 40 and 30 metres.  QSL via F4IHM, direct or
         bureau. [TNX The Daily DX]
A9     - A91GCC is the special callsign for the  Bahrain Amateur Radio Soci-
         ety to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Gulf Cooperation Coun-
         cil on 21-25 May. QSL via EC6DX. Established on 25 May 1981, GCC is
         a regional intergovernmental political and economic union that con-
         sists of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia  and the United
         Arab Emirates.
EA     - Special callsign  AM5IP  will be active  from  28 May to 6 June  to
         commemorate the  170th anniversary  of the birth of  Isaac Peral  y
         Caballero. QSL via EA5CP, direct or bureau.  An engineer and  naval
         officer,  Peral  was  the  developer  the  first   electric-powered
G      - Special callsigns  GB1ORC  (24 May-20 June)  and GB0ARC  (28 May-24
         June) will be active to  celebrate  the  first  anniversary of  the
         Online Amateur Radio Community  (M0OUK,  https://www.oarc.uk/),  an
         online based club affiliated with the RSGB.
HC     - Celebrating  Ecuador's Independence Day  (24 May),  members of  the
         Ecuador DX Club  will be active  as  HD1ECU on  22-24 May.  QSL via
         LoTW. See https://ecuadordxclub.org/independencia/ for the award.
HH     - Peter, JK1UWY has been active as HH2JA since 15 May,  and will stay
         remain in Haiti for three years. He operates CW, SSB and FT8 on 80-
         6 metres. QSL via LoTW and eQSL. [TNX The Daily DX]
JA     - Look for JI3DST/3, JR8YLY/3 and JR8YLY/p (FT8) to be active on 80-6
         metres from Awaji Island (AS-117)  on  22-24 May.  All QSOs will be
         uploaded to Club Log and  made available for  Club Log Matching  on
         the IOTA website.
JA     - The correct dates for JI3DST's activity from  Shodo Island (AS-200)
         [425DXN 1567] are 19-21 June and 26-28 June. Take will be active as
         JI3DST/5, JR8YLY/5 and JR8YLY/p on 40-6 metres SSB, CW and FT8. All
         QSOs will be uploaded to  Club Log and made available  for Club Log
         Matching on the IOTA website.
TY     - TY5AB is the callsign issued to Ian, ZS6JSI, who has been active as
         ZS6JSI/TY since late January.  He is QRV in his spare time,  mainly
         on 20 metres FT8. Ian expects to remain in Benin through June.  QSL
         via LoTW and EC6DX.
UA     - Special callsigns  R800AN,  R800ANG, R800ANL, R800ANN, R800ANV  and
         R800RAN are active until 30 June to commemorate the 800th  anniver-
         sary of the birth of  Alexander Nevsky.  Commonly regarded as a key
         figure of  medieval Russia,  he is best known  for the victory over
         the  Teutonic Knights in the  Battle on the Ice  (1242).  The Radio
         Amateur Association of Sankt Peterburg is offering a  commemorative
         award: https://hamlog.online/global/russia/r1a/149/. QSL via opera-
         tor's instructions.
UA     - Commemorating the 116th anniversary  since the birth of  Mikhail A.
         Sholokhov  (the 1965 Nobel Prize in Literature),  special callsigns
         R116MS,  RO36MS,  RT36MS  and  UE36MS  will be active on  20-25 May
         during the  36th edition of the  Sholokhov Spring Festival.  A cer-
         tificate will be available on https://hamlog.online/club/mdxc. QSLs
         via RQ7L.
UA     - Special callsigns R18UGRA, R18JHM, R18JLA, R18JMG, R18JNR,  R18JNV,
         R18JPK, R18JRA and R18JSV are expected to be active from  22 May to
         6 June from the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug-Yugra (Tyumen Oblast)
         in support of the XVIII International Environmental Action "To Save
         and Preserve". QSL via operator's instructions.
UA     - Special callsign  R115MUSA  will be active  between  26 May and  25
         August in celebration of the 115th anniversary of the birth of Musa
         Dzhalil (1906-1944), the eminent Soviet Tatar poet  and  resistance
VK     - John, VK6NU will be active holiday style as  VK6NU/p from  Rottnest
         Island (OC-164) on 25-28 May.  He will operate CW and SSB on  40-10
         metres.  Look for him  at 6-10 UTC, 11.30-15 UTC and 22-1 UTC.  QSL
         via home call. [TNX DX World]
VK9X   - Steve, VK6SJ now plans to be active as VK9XX from  Christmas Island
         (OC-002) [425DXN 1566] from 28 May  to  11 June.  Expected hours of
         operation are  11-15 UTC and 22-00 UTC on a daily basis.  "If I get
         ahead of  schedule  in my work",  he says,  "I may squeeze in a day
         off, in which I will see if I can tune up the dipole on  6, 10  and
         15 metres during the day". He plans to operate a separate band each
         night,  but if there is  no propagation  "I will change band rather
         than call into nothing":
         Date    Band    QRG FT8   QRG SSB
         28 May   20m    14.090    14.280
         29 May   40m     7.056     7.180
         30 May   30m    10.131      -
         31 May   80m     3.567     3.625
         01 June  20m    14.090    14.280
         02 June  40m     7.056     7.180
         03 June  30m    10.131      -
         04 June  80m     3.567     3.625
         05 June  20m    14.090    14.280
         06 June  40m     7.056     7.180
         07 June  30m    10.131      -
         08 June  80m     3.567     3.625
         09 June  20m    14.090    14.280
         10 June  40m     7.056     7.180
         11 June  30m    10.131      -
         All FT8 operation will be Fox & Hound mode. "I will stop FT8 at the
         end of each hour and try SSB for 10 minutes minimum. If I get a run
         on SSB,  I'll stay there  until I don't,  then return to  FT8.  SSB
         operation will be split frequency, listening 5KHz up and  +/- QRM".
         During the CQ WW WPX CW Contest  "I may answer a bunch  of stations
         calling CQ test,  but I don't think my CW is up to managing a pile-
         up". See VK6SJ on qrz.com for updates. QSL via EB7DX.
VP5    - VP5/K2SX,  VP5/K4BAI,  VP5/K4QPL  and  VP5/KR4R will be active from
         Providenciales (NA-002),  Turks and Caicos, from  25 May  through 1
         June.  They will participate  in the  CQ WW WPX CW Contest as  VP5M
         (QSL via LoTW, or direct to K4QPL). [TNX NG3K]
W      - Allan, KV4T and  his wife Bridget, KS4YT will be active from  Grand
         Isle (NA-168) on 29 May-1 June. They will operate FT8 and FT4 on 40
         and 20 metres, and  will return to the island for the  IOTA Contest
         (24-25 July). QSL via LoTW, eQSL, or direct to home calls.  [TNX DX
YL     - Special callsign YL21ICE will be active on all bands and modes  for
         the Ice Hockey World Championship to be held in Latvia from  21 May
         to 6 June.  See https://qsl.services/event/YL21ICE  for information
         about the award.

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                          Edited by  I1JQJ & IK1ADH
                        Direttore Responsabile  I2VGW

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CQ AMATEUR RADIO HALL OF FAME ---> The CQ  Amateur  Radio  Hall of Fame  was
established in  January 2001 to  recognize  individuals - radio amateurs  or
not - who significantly affected  the  course of  Amateur Radio, as  well as
radio amateurs who have made  significant  contributions  either to  amateur
radio, to their professional careers or to some other aspect of life on  our
planet.  This year's inductees,  which bring the  total number of members of
the CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame to 339, are:
* Archibald Doty, W7ACD (SK),  engineer, inventor, researcher into efficient
  radial systems for  vertical antennas  and pioneer of  college radio;  co-
  founded  what is now WESU  at Wesleyan University  in Connecticut in 1939,
  the  second-oldest college  radio station  in the U.S.;  also served  as a
  pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II.
* Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF,  founder of  HAMSci  (Ham Radio Science Citizen
  Investigation),  a collaboration  between radio amateurs  and  ionospheric
  scientists; organizer  of  the  2017 Solar Eclipse QSO Party,  which  also
  served as a research project on the effects of a total solar eclipse on HF
* Lorin Hollander, WA1PGB,  world-renowned classical concert pianist who has
  performed with virtually every major philharmonic orchestra in the  United
  States,  along with many  others overseas;  heavily involved in music  and
  arts education and in relationships between music and medicine.
* Christopher Imlay, W3KD, ARRL Counsel and General Counsel from  1982-2018;
  represented the  League before the  FCC  on  a  wide  variety  of  issues,
  including PRB-1, now enshrined in  FCC Rule 97.15 b),  that requires state
  and  local  regulations  to reasonably accommodate  amateur radio  antenna
* Cathryn Mitchell, M0IBG,  Academic Director  of  the  University  of  Bath
  Doctoral College (UK) and recipient of the 2019 Edward Appleton Medal "for
  pioneering  research  in  tomography  and  data assimilation  revealing  a
  completely new perspective on  Earth's ionosphere  in response  to extreme
  space weather".
* Admiral Charles "Chas"" Richard, W4HFZ,  commander  of  the  United States
  Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM),  one  of  eleven  unified commands  of the
  Department of Defense;  served previously as  Commander of  U.S. submarine
  forces and Director of Undersea Warfare at the Pentagon.

CQ CONTEST HALL OF FAME ---> Established  in  1986,  the  CQ Contest Hall of
Fame honours those amateurs  who have made major contributions to the art of
radio contesting. The 2021 inductees are:
* Robert Wolbert, K6XX,  a "renaissance man"  of contesting,  advancing  the
  state of the art in designing amateur equipment at Elecraft, a participant
  in more than 1100 contests over  35 years and a many-time winner  (he is a
  9-time recipient  of  the  Jim Maxwell Memorial Trophy  for  the  highest-
  scoring  California  single-op  unassisted  station  in  the  ARRL  DX  CW
  Contest);  member of the organizing committee  for the first  WRTC in 1996
  and a team leader in 2000 and 2014; has authored many articles for amateur
  contesting  publications,  presented  at  multiple  conferences  and  is a
  longtime member and leader of the Northern California Contest Club (NCCC).
* David A. Pruett, K8CC (SK), author of the  NA contest  logging program  as
  well as a log-checking program and  host  of many  multi-multi  operations
  from his Michigan contest station over 30 years;  longtime chairman of the
  Michigan  QSO Party;  former editor  of the  National Contest Journal  and
  longtime member and leader of the Mad River Contest Club.
This year's induction  was conducted online once again,  as a result  of the
the COVID-19-related cancellation of the  Dayton Hamvention  and  associated
Contest Dinner.  CQ World Wide DX Contest Director John Dorr, K1AR,  led the
Contest Hall of Fame induction  at  the conclusion  of  Contest University's
online seminar on 20 May.

CQ DX HALL OF FAME ---> Established in 1967, the CQ DX Hall of Fame  honours
those amateurs who have made major contributions to DXing and DXpeditioning.
The 2021 inductees are:
* Jacky Calvo, ZL3CW/F2CW, a veteran  of the French Air Force and the Inter-
  national Committee of the Red Cross, with postings that took him  (and his
  ham station) to a dozen countries around the world;  a participant in more
  than two dozen  DXpeditions and WRTC  (World Radiosport Team Championship)
  competitions from 2010-2018 and is a team leader for 2022.
* Francesco Valsecchi, IK0FVC, who has regularly activated Vatican City  for
  the past 30 years using HV0A  and other call signs, as well the  Sovereign
  Military Order  of  Malta (SMOM)  as  1A0KM.  Along with fellow operators,
  Francesco  has logged  more than  300,000 QSOs for the  two tiny entities,
  averaging roughly 10,000 contacts per year for hams around the world.
This year's induction  will be conducted online  once again,  as a result of
the COVID-19-related cancellation of the Dayton Hamvention and associated DX
Dinner.  CQ DX Editor Bob Schenck, N2OO,  will conduct  the  DX Hall of Fame
induction on 26 May during the "Ham Nation"  podcast on the  Ham Radio Crash
Course YouTube channel.

DXPEDITION OF THE YEAR ---> The Southwest Ohio DX Association  has announced
their 2020/2021 DXpedition of the Year award,  which regognizes  "excellence
in  DXpedition  planning  and  execution"  from  Most Wanted DXCC  Entities.
DXpeditions  completed from  March 2020 through February 2021  were eligible
for this year's award,  which has been presented to the VP8PJ DXpedition  to
the South Orkney Islands (February-March 2020).

INTREPID SPIRIT AWARD ---> The Intrepid-DX Group is pleased to announce that
this year's award goes to  Johannes Hafkenscheid, PA5X,  who was very active
as 5T5PA while living and working in Mauritania throughout 2020.  This award
is  to recognize  "Johannes's  outstanding  efforts  to activate  Mauritania
during the Covid-19 Pandemic", and acknowledges "Johannes's unselfish act to
activate  this challenging and  much needed entity  on behalf of a  grateful
Global DX Community.  During 2020, Johannes made 35,000 contacts  and made a
total of 192,514 contacts during his years of activity from Mauritania". The
award was presented on  16 May at the  International DX Convention.  Made in
memory of James McLaughlin, WA2EWE/T6AF (killed in Kabul, Afghanistan, on 27
April 2011), the Intrepid Spirit Award  "is intended to recognize  and honor
those individuals or teams  that boldly activate  rare entities  where their
own personal safety is secondary to their pursuit  of providing contacts  to
the DX Community".

VISALIA 2021 ---> This year's International DX Convention was a virtual two-
day meeting held on 15 and 16 May, with eight DX-related and eight exhibitor
Zoom webinars.  All  presentations  were  recorded,  and are expected  to be
available on https://ncdxc.org/idxc-info/ (the Northern California DX Club's
website) on 21 May.

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                        Direttore Responsabile  I2VGW

CALL        MANAGER     CALL        MANAGER     CALL        MANAGER
3V8SS       LX1NO       ET3AA       N2OO        OM77PA      OM4MM
4K5RA       DC9RI       EY8MM       W0VTT       OS1WFF      ON1WFF
4L1MA       ON4RU       FK8GU       EA5GL       OS3VS       ON3VS
4S6RSP      EA5GL       GB5LIB      GU8ITE      OS4EM       ON4EM
5C1AR       RW6HS       GS8VL       M0OXO       OS7ET       ON7ET
5UAIHM      F4IHM       HC2EP       EA7FTR      PI75LDN     PI4LDN
5W1SA       JA1DXA      HC7AE/1     EA5GL       PJ2CF       EA5GL
5Z4VJ       M0URX       HF35BLP     SP7MJX      PJ2SM       EC5AHA
8P2K        KU9C        HF9MUZEUM   SP9KAG      PY5ZHP      SP7CVW
9J2BG       HB9EWU      HI8K        W2CCW       R116MS      RQ7L
A60WTIS/4   A61BK       HL2/F4AAR   6K2EJJ      R65KZI      R5EO
A60WTIS/5   A61BK       HL41GDM     HL4CCM      R800ANL     RV1AQ
A61QQ       A61BK       HP3AK       W4JS        R800ANV     RK3VWA
A62A        EA7FTR      J73ESL      EA5GL       RO10RT      RA4R
A91WTIS     EC6DX       JW7QIA      LA7QIA      RO36MS      RQ7L
C37AC       EA3QS       KL7SB       N4GNR       RT36MS      RQ7L
C6AFP       N4JQQ       KP2M        NZ4DX       S79LA       4Z5LA
CN18ZG      CN8ZG       L21RCA      LU4AA       SF400B      SK6LK
CN65FAR     RW6HS       LI8MAI      LA5YJ       SN7Q        SP7GIQ
CO7HH       RW6HS       LX9BSC      LX1RT       ST2NH       EA7FTR
CO7QC       IK2DUW      LZ100VARNA  LZ2VP       SU0ERA      SU1SK
CP4BT       IK2DUW      LZ1340B     LZ3SM       TM0BEE      F6KUQ
CP6CL       W3HNK       NL0H        M0OXO       TM100CLG    F8KGS
CR65PQ      CT1EHX      NL8F        N7RO        TY5AB       EC6DX
DT8A        DS5TOS      OA4EA       EA5GL       UE36MS      RQ7L
EF0F        EA4URE      OD5KU       EB7DX       YI3WHR      IK2DUW
EG1XA       EA1RCI      OE100CEN    OE4CEN      Z21DX       PA3CPI
EH1OLA      EA1UVR      OE100CHZ    OE4CHZ      ZC4GR       EB7DX
EP2HAM      M0OXO       OE100GTU    OE1GTU      ZL7DX       M0OXO
EP2LMA      EA5GL       OE60VHSC    OE1TKW      ZP4KFX      IK2DUW
EP2LSH      EA5GL       OM700MHZ    OM2FY       ZP5DNB      IK2DUW

AN5ITU   Alfredo Franco, Apartado Postal 60, 46900 Torrent (Valencia), Spain
AO1EU    Federacion Digital EA, Apartado Postal 3050, 08200 Sabadell
         (Barcelona), Spain
AO6EU    Federacion Digital EA, Apartado Postal 3050, 08200 Sabadell
         (Barcelona), Spain
AO7EU    Federacion Digital EA, Apartado Postal 3050, 08200 Sabadell
         (Barcelona), Spain
AO8EU    Federacion Digital EA, Apartado Postal 3050, 08200 Sabadell
         (Barcelona), Spain
GB2QM    Tony Marriott, Parkview, Dunrossness, Shetland, ZE2 9JG,
         United Kingdom
IG9OSC   Dario Rinzivillo, Via Valverde 9, 95125 Catania CT, Italy
II0BIKE  Erica Sanna, Via Bartolomeo Grazioli 26, 06132 Perugia PG, Italy
II6RI    Enzo Pinto, Via Colle Bianco 51, 66016 Guardiagrele CH, Italy
IK2DUW   Antonello Passarella, Via Melchiorre Gioia 6, 20812 Limbiate MB,
OH0CO    Bengt E. Karlsson, Laerkstigen 4, SE-546 33 Karlsborg, Sweden


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