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April 1, 2017



ROTUMA DXPEDITION 2017 NEWS (as of 27 Mar 17): Departure by boat for Rotuma Island (3D2AG/p) one-man DXpedition is imminent on March 28th midnight (48 hours journey)! Expecting to be QRV around April 1st-2nd to 25th 2017. Since shipping schedules change at any moment, updates shall be posted here, please stay tuned! Coverage will be 160m to 2m, including 60m. There will be NO internet / Email while on the island. QSL via PayPal; suggested $4 for DXpedition contacts and donations are most welcome to above Email address!

Tentative Rotuma Operating Schedule (please check DX clusters for exact spots) bands on a rostered basis depending on conditions. Please remember only one station on air at the time! Split: CW up 1 to 2; SSB up 3 to 4; RTTY up 1-2-3.

3D2R Rotuma:

Tony 3D2AG will be on the island from April 2, to April 23. He will be more active at his sunset as he feels propagation is better at that time. This is a one-man operation.


US: On CW he will TX on 5373 listening split on 5405. If simplex, stay on 5405.


Europe: At SS he will TX on 5405 and RX on 5360.


SSB:  If split, he will TX on 5371.5 and RX on 5403.5.  Simplex stay on 5403.5.


JT65: Simplex on 5357.  With propagation so low JT65 might be the best mode but you'll just have to see what signals sound like.


You can always check my sunset at this link: https://www.timeanddate.com/sun/fiji/suva


Best time for the US is between 1045z to 1100z.  QSL to his 3D2AG call. PayPal is highly recommended due to postal problems.


The Netherlands:


From April 1 as the allocation of the 60-meter band will be similar

to what has been decided at WRC-15. Netherlands is 100 kHz and 100 Watts

PEP back to the internationally agreed 15 kHz and 15 Watts EIRP.


Another change is the designation 'Cross Band and duplex are not allowed

"as they apply to the six-meter and 4-meter band. This arrangement has

been clarified. Cross Band connections are allowed (full) duplex not


73, Adriaan PE2K

Hello Joe , Some info about 60m in the Netherlands :

From april first it will be 5351,5 -> 5361,5 with max. 15 watt EIRP allmode.         73 René PA2RU


GUAM, KH2:  Santos, EA4AK and Tony, EA5BY are QRV as AH2P and KH2BY,

respectively, until April 10.  Activity is on 160 to 6 meters, including 60 meters, using CW, SSB and various digital modes.  They may focus on the low bands.  QSL to home call.

This is an extraction from today’s ARRL DX Bulletin


73, Bob, VE1YX




From April 1st onwards, we are restricted to WRC 15/15. The legal document was published on the 28th, but found it today.  Unfortunately, no appeal is possible, so we have to live with it.


Maybe you could spread this bad news, but encourage ops to listen on the 15/15 segment. In 10 minutes time, the 100/100 is gone.


No new entities recently, closing in on 100 but... currently 97.

Best 73,


Henk PA2S



Temotu H40FN: Sigi DK9FN update.


Hi Joe,


I'm back again in Germany after hard 10 days of sickness in Temotu. I have catched a fever, caused by a small damage at my leg's skin, which got seriously infected and only could survive with 20 antibiotic tablets with 40°C fever. At the moment I'm seeing several doctors including a tropical clinic here in Frankfurt. So far I feel much better and I lost 7 kg weight in 10 days. It was my last visit to Temotu after 8 visits in total in the past. Sorry for that inconvenient "happy end".


Best 73




Siegfried Hari


Namibia: V51WN Gunter reports:

News from Namibia: I will try to be active again on 60 meters in May. My QTH is on Farm Wustenquell in the Namib desert, two hours east of Swakopmund. Rig is an IC7400 with spiderbeam and a 40m-vertical. Will try to match the vertical for 60m.

vy 73, Gunter, V51WH


ST. Kitts: V47JA - I will again be operating from our Calypso Bay, St. Kitts, W.I. home, located 200 feet from the Caribbean Sea, from March 16 until April 5, 2017, and active on 6-160m (incl. 60m) SSB. Also operation in the, CQ WPX (March 25/26) Contest, SOAB, is planned. Radio: Kenwood TS-590S, and Elecraft KPA500 Amplifier. Antennas: 31' 10-40m Vertical, 35' 40/60/80m Top Loaded Vertical, and 6m/3el Yagi. ALL QSL's DIRECT ONLY, to my home call: W5JON or LoTW


73 and DX,

John Abbruscato  V47JA - W5JON



From Isle of Man: Jan DJ8NK will be arriving on 15 April and hope to get the 60M antenna up before darkness, so that I will have the chance to work during that night. Call sign will be GT4BRS.


I fly home on 22 April at 09:00. So most likely I have to take down the antennas on 21st before any evening opening on 60M to W land. Activity will be on CW, SSB, RTTY and JT65. They also plan to have some activity on Top Band (160m) and special efforts on 5 MHz (60m) to the West Coast of the USA (CW, JT65 and SSB) for an ATNO on 60 meters.


vy73 Jan DJ8NK


Upcoming DXpeditions:


3D2R Rotuma: 3D2AG Tony will be on the island until April 23, depending on boat schedules.

Isle of Man: GT4BRS April 17 - 21 by DJ8NK



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