Jamboree on the Air and CQ Hou Koers. These two events will be on the air over the weekend of 17, 18 and 19 October and hopefully you and your club have made contact with the local Scout Group, Guide Company or Voortrekker Commando and started the arrangements. If you are looking for a Scout Group near you, visit http://scouts.org.za/scouts-near-you/, for Girl Guide Companies, visit www.girlguides.org.za/old/index.php/regions and for the Voortrekkers, visit www.voortrekkers.org.za/Gebiede.htm or contact Andries, ZS6VL, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Do something special for the youth of our country. If you would like a special JOTA or CQ Hou Koers call sign, complete the ICASA application form, add a motivation and submit it via the South African Radio League.
7Q, Malawi (Update/Postponed). Roger, ZS6RJ, and members of the Black Mamba Contest & DXpedition Team, have informed OPDX the following [edited]: "Due to work commitments, the team has changed the original timing of the 7QAA DXpedition from November 2014 to the following fixed dates in March 2015: 10 member CW team active between 11 and 21 March, and 10 member- SSB/RTTY team active between 22 March and 1 April.
Each team will operate 4 stations on the air together. Equipment will be 2x Elecraft K3's, 2x Kenwood TS-590's and 4x Expert 1K or 1.3K FA linear amplifiers. Antennas are 4x NA4RR hexbeams at 40 feet each with Yaesu rotators, 2x inverted L's with remote MFJ 1.5Kw tuners for 40 through 160 meters and K9AY receiving antennas. The SSB team will also participate in the CQWW WPX SSB Contest, and also operate some additional CW and PSK.
Both teams will be active from 160 through 10 meters. Daily free LoTW and Clublog uploads will be provided, and we will use the band-slot tracking feature in Clublog to promote a competitive spirit amongst the DX fraternity. They feel due to the extended 20 day operating period there will be ample time to work the "little pistols" as well as the band-slot chasers. QSL cards will be available after the event too - details of QSL manager route to follow.
9X, Rwanda. Gordon, K7TRB, will be active as 9X0VA until October 2014. Bands and modes of activity were not provided, but he will use a Yaesu 757GX into a wire antenna. QSL via his home callsign.
VQ9, Chagos Islands (Reminder). By the time you read this, Bob, N7XR, should be active as VQ9XR from Diego Garcia (AF-006) for the next 3 weeks as of 25 August. This operation will be followed up by a 1 week trip in October or November. Activity will be focused on CW and RTTY (some SSB) during these trips. Operations will be on 160-10 meters using an IC7600 with an amp into a SteppIR-BigIR, Spiderbeam and dipoles for 80/160m. No 6 meters this trip (no antenna). QSL via NN1N, direct only (No Bureau or LoTW). Look for possible updates on http://www.wake-diego2014.org.
ZD8, Ascension Island (Reminder). Steve, G3ZVW, will once again be active as ZD8N from Georgetown between 21 and 29 August. Activity will be on 80 to 10 metres using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. Look for him during the evenings, early mornings, and over the weekend. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct.
ZD9, Tristan da Cunha and Gough Islands. Paul, ZS1S (ZD9ZS), and possibly another operator will be visiting Tristan da Cunha in September/October (the ZD9 callsigns will be announced in due course). Operators will be traveling to and from Cape Town on the South African Antarctic supply ship, the "SA Agulhas II". The ship is scheduled to depart on 4 September, arrive at Tristan da Cunha four to five days later depending on the weather and sea conditions. It will depart for Gough Island after a few days and return to Tristan da Cunha ready for the scheduled departure on 4 October. The duration of the return trip to Cape Town will again be four or five days. There may be an opportunity to operate as /MM. A six meter propagation beacon, ZD9SIX, will be installed during the time on the island. The complete details will be made known in the next two weeks.