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May 16, 2013
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
CS5CRE, F5TRO, NC1L, The Weekly DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News,
The Daily DX, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest
Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.
CYPRUS, 5B. Tony, RT9T is QRV as 5B4ALB until May 28. Activity is
on all HF bands and modes. This includes being an entry in the
upcoming CQ WPX CW contest, possibly with a different call sign.
QSL direct to home call.
SENEGAL, 6V. Vlad, RK4FF is QRV as 6V7S from Le Calao in Ngaparou
until May 30. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and
RTTY. QSL to home call.
PORTUGAL, CT. Special event station CS25ARVM will be QRV from May
20 to 26 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of ARVM. Activity will
be on 80 to 10 meters, as well as 2 meters and 70 cm, using CW and
SSB. QSL via CT1VM. In addition, special call sign CR5AT will be
QRV on May 18 from the castle Amieira do Tejo. QSL via CS5CRE.
FRANCE, F. A group of operators will be QRV as F6KUF/p from May 18
to 20 from the Ile de Noirmoutier. Activity will be on 80 to 6
meters using CW, SSB and RTTY with three stations. QSL via F6KUF/p.
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA, E7. Special event station E720SRRS is QRV
until the end of 2013 in celebration of 20 years of the Savez
radio-amatera Republike Srpske. QSL via bureau.
BELARUS, EW. Special event station EV196VTAP is used to commemorate
the 70th anniversary of a military regiment. QSL via EW8LL.
GALAPAGOS, HC8. Alex, HD2A and Alberto, HC2AQ are QRV as HD8A from
Isla de Santa Cruz, IOTA SA-004, until May 20. Activity is on the
HF bands. QSL direct via HD2A.
COLOMBIA, HK. A large group of women operators will be QRV as 5K3YL
on May 18 during the Days of YLs contest. Activity will be on 40
and 20 meters using SSB. QSL via EA3DUF.
REPUBLIC OF KOREA, HL. Kang, DS4DRE/5, will be active from Hajo
Island, IOTA AS-060, until December. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters
using CW and SSB. QSL via home call.
US VIRGIN ISLANDS, KP2. Look for Fred, K9VV to be QRV as NP2X and
Bob, WP2XX to be QRV from May 21 to 28 from the Radio Reef DXers
Super-Station on St. Croix Island, IOTA NA-106. During the upcoming
CQ WPX CW contest, they will be active as KP2M. QSL KP2M direct to
AI4U, NP2X direct via K5WW and WP2XX direct.
BONAIRE, PJ4. John, K4BAI will be QRV as PJ4/K4BAI from May 22 to
27. Activity will be on the HF bands. He plans to be active as
PJ4A in the upcoming CQ WPX CW contest. QSL both calls via K4BAI.
SLOVENIA, S5. Special event station S545DSW is QRV until May 31 in
celebration of the founding of Radio Club Mozirje 45 years ago.
Activity is on the HF bands using mainly SSB and digital modes. QSL
GREECE, SV. A group of operators are QRV as SZ8S from Samos Island,
IOTA EU-049, until May 30. Activity is holiday style on the HF
bands. QSL direct via G1LAT.
TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS, VP5. Dave, W5CW is QRV as VP5/W5CW from
Caicos Island, until June 11. Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using
CW and SSB. QSL to home call.
FALKLAND ISLANDS, VP8. Andy, M0HLT is QRV as VP8DOH while on work
assignment for the coming two years. He is active on the higher
bands using SSB in his spare time. QSL via operator's instructions.
OPERATIONS APPROVED FOR DXCC CREDIT. The following operations have
been approved for DXCC credit: Ghana, 9G5EME, 2013 operation; Cocos
Island, TI9CCC, February 15 through February 28, 1984 operation.
THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO:
The NCCC RTTY Sprint,
NCCC Sprint, The
Day of YLs,
UN DX Contest,
EU BPSK63 DX Contest,
Aegean RTTY Contest,
His Majesty King of Spain CW Contest,
Feld Hell Sprint,
UA2 QSO Party
The Run for the Bacon QRP CW Contest is scheduled for May
20. The SKCC CW Sprint and CWops Mini-CWT CW Test are scheduled for
After much testing, the ARRL will release a new version of Trusted QSL, the open-source development project responsible for developing and maintaining the three Logbook of the World (LoTW )( http://www.arrl.org/logbook-of-the-world ) client-side applications: TQSL, TQSLCert and the TrustedQSL library. After six weeks of public beta testing, version 1.14 is ready for official release and will be available for download from the ARRL website beginning Monday, May 20.
The initial release in this sequence -- version 1.14 -- includes these new features:
Log files can be signed and uploaded over the internet to LoTW in one operation.
Errors in Station Locations are reported (for example, incorrect CQ and ITU zones).
QSOs that need not be re-submitted ("duplicates") are brought to the user's attention.
Error reporting has been improved.
Installation on Windows has been improved.
Users are notified when a new version becomes available.
Documentation has been improved.
Upgrading to version 1.14 is not mandatory, but is encouraged. Users who choose not to upgrade will not be able to access the new features in version 1.14, but they will still be able to upload logs into the LoTW system.
The ARRL has created a new informational page ( http://www.arrl.org/logbook-of-the-world ) to issue daily status updates and information of interest to the Logbook of The World (LoTW) user community.These updates will include planned downtime and changes that will impact LoTW operations. In addition, LoTW’s processing queue is now updated hourly, telling how many logs and QSOs have been uploaded to the LoTW system and are awaiting processing. New hardware that will improve LoTW’s throughput is on order and is expected to be running in six to eight weeks.
Rick Murphy, K1MU, and Dave Bernstein, AA6YQ, have been charged with rebooting the Trusted QSL open source project. If you have demonstrably strong C++ development skills that you’re interested in applying toward improving LoTW’s usability and efficiency, please contact Bernstein via e-mail: aa6yq(at)ambersoft(dot)com.
We appreciate the user community’s patience while we while work to bring LoTW’s performance to an acceptable level.
A new Yahoogroup has just been launched which is designed specifically for those interested in working special event stations.
Its purpose is to enable users to post any information about special event stations that are on the air or will be on air, as I think there are a lot of people like myself who enjoy collecting the QSL cards, etc.
The address to subscribe is
Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) is pleased to announce that we are seeking applications for grants from Amateurs across Canada in the following categories:
*Scholastic Grants for deserving Amateur Radio Operators
*Research Grants for research and development related to Amateur Radio
*Community Grants for charitable institutions, senior homes, and youth centres
*Emergency Grants for radio equipment for emergency service groups
The Board of Directors is especially interested in awarding grants to deserving young Amateur Radio operators who are furthering their education at the College or University level in an Electrical Engineering course. If you are enrolled in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) program we also encourage you to submit a request. Send your College / University name, recent transcript, Amateur Radio Certificate and a brief biography to RAC. Further details and application forms are available at the RAC web site: http://www.rac.ca/en/rac/donations/foundation/grant-info.php
If you have a child or grandchild in college or university this would be a great way to assist them furthering their education in the technology fields. Using the knowledge obtained from their Amateur Radio skills to further their engineering ability.
The Board of Directors is pleased to thank all the Amateurs across Canada who have generously donated to this program. If you wish to contribute please contact RAC HQ for further details.
I will be the contact person for this round (2013) of grant applications.
Bill Unger, VE3XT
RAC Director - Ontario North East
Vernon Ikeda - VE2MBS/VE2QQ
RAC Blog Editor/RAC E-News/Web News Bulletin Editor
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