3B8 & 3B9, Mauritius and Rodriguez Islands. Olof, G0CKV, will be active from both Mauritius (AF-049) and Rodrigues Islands (AF-017) starting mid-week through late November. His tentative schedule is as follows: 22 October to 12 November - Mauritius; call sign 3B8HA 16 to 22 November -
Rodrigues Island; call sign 3B9HA- Olof will use a basic setup (dipoles for 20/15/10 m) at Mauritius, operating mainly CW, but will be active in the CQ WW DX SSB Contest (25 and 26 October) as a Single-Op entry before he heads to Rodrigues Island. QSL via G0CKV, direct, LoTW or eQSL. On Rodrigues Island, he will take a different approach and use his K3 radio into SpiderBeam poles and beverages for the lower bands. Activity will be holiday style. He will return to Mauritius to be part of the 3B8MU team for the CQ WW DX CW Contest (29 and 30 November) in a Multi-Op entry. The 3B9MU operators mentioned are Olof, G0CKV, Kazu, JK3GAD, Seppo, OH1VR, Jorma, OH2KI andOlive, W6NV.
3Y/B, Bouvet. The DX-WORLD.net is reporting, "Last Wednesday (a well known op) received word from the Norwegian Polar Institute, that, 'It's a go for a one man DXpedition for 3 months, time frame half January 2016 through half April 2016 to Bouvet Island." Bouvet Island (AN-002) is ranked number 3 in the DX Magazine's 2013 Most Wanted Countries Survey (the results of the 2014 survey will not be known until January 2015). The last two operations from Bouvet took place - December 2007 - by Petrus, ZS6GCM, as 3Y0E and December 2000 - Chuck, N4BQW, as 3Y0C. Both operations were one man operations. The last large DXpedition that took place there was 3Y5X (December 1989). Stay Tuned For Updates!
5R, Madagascar (5R8M Press Release #001). Mediterraneo DX Club reported on Friday 17 October [edited]: "In less than few days, 5R8M, Nosy Be Island (AF-057) the DXpedition organized by the Mediterraneo DX Club, in Madagascar from 21 October to 4 November, will be on air. Recently we have had new great arrivals and now our complete team, with so many well know and experienced guys, is the following - Antonio, IZ8CCW (Team Leader); Jean-Jacques, F5NKX; Gabriele, I2VGW (co Team Leader); Marco, IZ2GNQ; Francois, ON4LO; Michele, IK5ZUI; Eric, ON7RN; Mario, IK4MTK; Alain, F6ENO; Fabio, IK4QJF; Patrick, F2DX; Karl, OE3JAG; Michel, F5EOT; Ovidio, YO9XC; Henri, F1HRE, and Feri, YO5OED
The whole team is very motivated and so ready to work hard 24/24 hours each day to give the greatest number possible of DXers from all over the world the greatest number of possible new ones, bands/modes, with four stations (2 CW; 1 SSB and 1 RTTY) plus maybe a mixed station more and really daily time monitoring Six metre propagation. If, as all of us wish, the internet connection will allow it on our official Web-site www.mdxc.org/5r8m/, we'll keep in touch every day with the DX community and we'll update our log in real time. During our permanence on Nosy Be, we kindly ask you to send any question only to our pilots IK7JTF (for Europe), N1DG (for USA) and IK0FTA for Six metres.
African Tours (Update). As mentioned last week, Nick, G3RWF, is heading back to Southern Africa for a 5-week holiday starting in Lesotho and being active as 7P8NH between 11 and 14 December. Nick informs OPDX that this is "real holiday" with the entire family coming to Southern African between Christmas and the New Year. However, he will be there longer with his wife, Liz. Nick states [edited], "I shall be on the air from South Africa from about 18 December to 5 January as ZS1/G3RWF, and then from Namibia from about 6 to 13 January as V5/G3RWF. All CW only (taking my K2)." Listen for him on the higher bands on CW (no SSB). He "doesn't anticipate any 80 or 160 m (and not 6 m for those who always ask)." Nick also mentioned one other thing to OPDX that his 7P8 license is good for a year and he may well return there sometime not too far off. QSL via G3RWF.