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Contacts with stations on the African continent count towards the SARL’s All Africa Award www.sarl.org.za/public/awards/awards.asp
Rwanda, 9X. Harald, DF2WO is active as 9X2AW from Kigali until 14 February. Activity is on 160 to 10 metres using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL via M0OXO.
Canary Islands, EA8. Erich, HB9FIH is active as EA8/ HB9FIH from El Hierro (IOTA AF-004) until the end of March. Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB, and various digital modes. QSL to home call.
African Italy, IG9 or is it Italian Africa? A Slovenian team - Silvo, S50X, Krajcar, S52P, Peter, S54W, Pavla, S56DX, Slavko, S57DX, and Drago, S59A plans to activate Lampedusa Island (IOTA AF-019) holiday-style between 21 and 31 January signing IG9/home calls. QSL via home call.
Burundi, 9U. Shabu, M0KRI will be active as 9U4RI from Burundi between 15 and 25 February. He will operate CW, SSB and PSK31 on 40 to 10 metres. QSL via LoTW or direct to M0KRI; log search on Club Log.
Germany, DL. Special call sign DR50DIG is active throughout 2019 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Diplom Interessen Gruppe. QSL via the bureau to DH1PAL. See https://diplom-interessen-gruppe.info/ for information about the DIG.
Myanmar, XZ. Akio, JE2QIZ (AC7XZ) has been in Myanmar for the last couple of years, and finally received his license and call sign, XZ2B on 11 January. He is allowed to operate between 20 - 300 MHz with 25 watts and within "only 20 kHz from the band edge.” So “I operate only CW," he says. The license is valid for 150 days only. A QSL manager is in the process of being appointed. The licence fee in Myanmar depends on how much spectrum you use!
Indonesia, YB. Emmanuel, F5LIT will be active again as YB9/F5LIT from Bali Island (IOTA OC-022) from 27 January to 6 February. QSL via home call (direct only) and LoTW.
El Salvador. YS. Tom, KC0W will be active as YS2/KC0W from El Salvador between 15 and 22 February. He will operate CW only on 80 to 6 metres. QSL via home call, direct only. He does not use LoTW.
Martinique, FM. Tom, K8BKM will be active as TO8T from Martinique (IOTA NA-107) between 12 and 19 February, including an entry in the ARRL DX CW Contest. QSL via LoTW, Club Log or direct to K8BKM.
Bonaire, PJ4. Look for PJ4/WW4LL and PJ4/NN9DD to be active from Bonaire (IOTA SA-006) between 4 and 10 February. They will operate FT8, RTTY and SSB on all bands and will participate in the CQ WPX RTTY Contest (9 and 10 February) as PJ4Z. QSLs via LoTW, or via K4BAI.
Vietnam, 3W. Andy, DL3YM will be on a job-related trip to Ho Chi Minh City between 16 February and 18 March. He hopes to get on the air during his spare time on 40 – 10 m (CW) with the callsign XV9YM. All QSOs will be confirmed with a card and uploaded to LoTW.
The 2019 Worked Zone 38 Award. According to the CQ Magazine’s Worked all Zones award programme, Zone 38 is known as the South African Zone. The following entities are in Zone 38: Eswatini (Swaziland), Bouvet Island, Lesotho; Botswana, Namibia, Tristan da Cunha and Gough Island, Zimbabwe; South Africa; Marion Island and some Antarctic stations. To obtain the 2019 Zone 38 Award, radio amateurs must provide evidence of working 38 stations in Zone 38 starting from 1 January 2019. Get all the information at https://zone38award.wordpress.com/.