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Bouvet, 3Y0I. "The entire 3Y0I Bouvet Team is home and all are resting after the Rebel attempt at Bouvet," they posted to www.rebeldxgroup.com on 18 April. "Our license is renewed, our equipment stored in Cape Town", they added, “and we're already making plans for Bouvet in the Spring."
Liberia, EL. Silvano, I2YSB and the Italian DXpedition Team will be active from Liberia from 28 September to 11 October. Announced callsigns are A82X (for CW and SSB) and A82Z (for digital modes). QSL via I2YSB. Bookmark http://www.i2ysb.com/idt/ for updates.
Intrepid Spirit Award. The Intrepid-DX Group is pleased to announce that Kenneth Opskar, LA7GIA is the recipient of this year's Intrepid Spirit Award for his "outstanding efforts to activate Malawi (7Q7GIA), Comoros (D67GIA), Equatorial Guinea (3C7A), Central African Republic (TL8AO), Congo (TN5E), Somalia (6O6O) and Chad (TT8KO)". The Intrepid-DX Group recognizes "Ken's unselfish acts to activate these challenging and much needed entities on behalf of a grateful Global DX Community", and acknowledges his "pursuit of operating excellence in making these difficult activations". The Intrepid Spirit Award, in memory of James McLaughlin, WA2EWE/T6AF (who was killed in Kabul, Afghanistan on 27 April 2011), "is intended to recognize and honour 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".
International Marconi Day. Organized by the Cornish Radio Amateur Club, the International Marconi Day (IMD) is a 24-hour amateur radio event held annually to celebrate the birth of Guglielmo Marconi (25 April 1874). It is not a contest, but an opportunity for amateurs around the world to make contacts with historic Marconi sites using HF communications techniques. This year's event will be held on 27 April, from 00.00 UTC to 23.59 UTC. Details, including information on the Award Certificates and the listing of participating stations, can be found at http://gx4crc.com/.
Italy, I. Italian stations participating in this year's International Marconi Day on 27 April include IY0GA (from Sardinia), IY0IMD, IY0ORP, IY0TC, IY1MR, IY1SM, IY1SP, IY4FGM, IY5PIS, IY6GM and IY7M. QSL via operator's instructions.
Austria, OE. Austrian special event station OE19M will be active on 26 to 28 April. This is an official International Marconi Day station and contacts made on 27 April will count for the IMD Award. QSL via OE1WHC (bureau) or direct to DokuFunk, OE19M, An den Steinfeldern 4A, 1230 Wien, Austria.
USA, W. The Long Island CW Club (W2LCW) and the Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club (W2GSB) will participate in the International Marconi Day (27 April) from the Lewis Pond Marina, Babylon (NY). Marconi had a training school in 1901 nearby and the house is still there today.
Czech Republic, OK. Special call sign OL75CLAY marks the 75th anniversary of Operation Clay, executed during World War II in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia by Czech paratroopers trained in England. Activity started on 12 April and will continue until 31 July. QSL via OK2PXJ.
Djibouti, J20DX --- > Col, MM0NDX and Jonathan, MM0OKG reported on 16 April that their "radio equipment was impounded by customs at the Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport upon arrival", despite the fact that the third operator (Christian, EA3NT/J20NT) had cleared customs "smoothly" two days earlier. On 17 April, being still unable to retrieve their bags, the team decided to cancel their planned activity from Sept-Freres (AF-059) "due to time constraints", and to use Christian's equipment from Moucha Island (AF-053).
On 18 April "at 0700 local we departed the mainland for the 40 minute crossing to Moucha Island", they posted to the DXpedition's website (https://j20dx.com/news/). "We identified an excellent location for radio upon arrival and immediately assembled a 15 m VDA and 17 m & 20 m vertical dipoles. Our intention was to add more antennas as the day progressed.
Literally 5 minutes before the first CQ from AF-053 we received a phone-call from National Security saying signatures were needed for the authorization letter to permit us to collect our impounded gear. This same letter would also allow us to depart Djibouti without any more issues at airport customs.
However, we had to return to the mainland to get the letter. The weekend is Friday and Saturday here in Djibouti meaning this would likely be our final chance of obtaining the important authorization letter prior to heading home. Before we had even started, teardown begun. Yes, we left the island 2 hours after arriving. AF-053 is now also cancelled. Upon returning to the mainland we headed straight to the National Security offices. Yes, you guessed it - no authorized letter to be seen. We had basically been told fake news. We've now had enough of this country and look forward to heading home".