DXCC News- Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL Awards Branch Manager, reports on the Crimea and DXCC situation: Upon request of the CEO, the ARRL Awards committee evaluated the situation at present in Crimea against the DXCC rules. As the interpreter of the rules, the following is the Awards Committee's decision on how to "count" QSOs with stations operating from Crimea.
Crimea is not a DXCC entity. Neither Russia nor Ukraine is a rare entity and the vast majority of confirmations used for DXCC credit for either entity do not involve Crimea.
DXCC Rule 4 reads:
“Confirmation data for two-way communications must include the call signs of both stations, the entity name as shown in the DXCC List, mode, date, time and band. Except as permitted in Rule 1, cross-mode contacts are not permitted for DXCC credits. Confirmations not containing all required information may be rejected." A QSL with a call sign issued by the administration of Ukraine and showing the entity name as Ukraine counts as Ukraine. A QSL with a call sign issued by the administration of Russia and showing the entity name as Russia counts as Russia. A QSL that satisfies neither condition does not count for either entity.
ON, Belgium- Ten special Belgian call signs (OS10M to OS19M) will be in use from 15 April to 14 May to promote recognition of Morse Code as Intangible Cultural Heritage.
F, France- To commemorate the First World War (1914/1918) some special activity will take place during 2014. - TM02REF will be active today 13 April from 8 to 18 local time
- TM62PGM will be active from 14 to 15 April (8 to 18).
- Fred F5OZK, Paul F4DVT and Christian F8HJV will be F5KKD/P from Ile du Levant (IOTA EU070, DIFM ME012) from 1 to 4 May. QSL via F5KKD.
- Fred F4EIH will be F4EIH/P from Oleron Island (IOTA EU032) from 12 to 20 April with 100 watts and dipole on 40, 20 and 10 m SSB.
3B8, Mauritius Island- Bob, M0RCX will be active as 3B8/M0RCX from Mauritius Island (AF-049) on 2-27 May. He will operate SSB, CW and digital modes (RTTY, JT65 and PSK) on 40 - 6 metres. QSL via EB7DX and LoTW. Bureau cards will be sent automatically six months after the operation.
7Q, Malawi- A large multinational team of 20-24 operators is being assembled for a DXpedition to take place from Malawi between 10 November and 2 December. The call sign will be 7QAA (no second number in the prefix) and the team will be split into two sub-teams: Team One will operate only SSB and RTTY (160 - 6 metres) on 10 - 20 November, while Team Two will operate CW only from 21 November to 2 December, including a M/2 entry in the CQ WW DX CW Contest. The logs will be uploaded to Club Log and LoTW on a daily basis. Bookmark www.malawidx.org for further information and updates.
D4, Cape Verde- Jorg, DL3LUM/PA1MUC, will be active as D44TXU from Santa Maria, Sal Island (AF-086), between 19 to 25 April. Activity will be holiday style on 20 metres mainly (possibly higher bands), and operating QRP CW only using a KX3 (max 12 W from hotel) into a vertical (probably HF-P1 or larger). QSL via DL3LUM, direct (Dutch home address) or by the DARC QSL Bureau.
FT4T, Tromelin (Update)- The FT4TA DXpedition team to Tromelin Island, which takes place between 30 October and 10 November, have announced their pilot stations and posted a link on their Web site. The following pilot stations were named:
Chief Pilot - Col, MM0NDX; E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Asia/Japan - Harumi, JR4OZR; E-mail address: Jf1pjk@ybb.ne.jp
Europe/Africa - Bjorn, ON9CFG; E-mail address: email@example.com
Oceania - Al, ZL2AL; E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
North America (East Coast) / South America - Don, N1DG; email@example.com
North America (West Coast) - Rich, KY6R; E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
To read more detailed info on the pilot stations, see www.tromelin2014.com/pilotes