Republic of South Sudan, Z81X

A multinational group of Dietmar, DL3DXX; Wayne, N7NG; Hans, PB2T; Olli, OH0XX; Martti, OH2BH; Pertti, OH2PM and Veijo, OH6KN and Tevfik, TA1HZ (team doctor) will be in Juba, South Sudan from November 14 to 28, 2013 and will activate Z81X with an emphasis on low bands, 160m and 80m. The period includes the CQWW CW contest with some single-band entries and low-band SSB focus during the contest weekend.

Hosted by the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, the group led by Hans, PB2T, President of IARU R1, will conduct a series of workshops and establish a sound amateur radio spectrum management regime and related regulations. It will also introduce Amateur Radio to Ministry of Education. Also participating in these efforts are two local amateurs; Massimo, Z81B (IZ0EGB) and Diya, Z81D (YI1DZ). This part of the program is supported by Yasme Foundation Inc.

The plan is to activate three FTDx3000 stations & amps and low-band verticals and beverage antennas. Two different radio locations may be used. The operation will be generator based. Z81X team will use their QRZ.com pages for providing further updates and recognizing their supporters with Vlad, UA6JD as their webmaster.

The Z81X Project Goodwill South Sudan is organized jointly by Radio Arcala, DX University, IARU Region 1 and Rock City Investments Co., and the equipment sponsor is Yaesu Musen Co. Ltd of Japan.

In support of the DX University we will observe specific relationships between pileup behavior and operator technique. Additional information will be available before the expedition begins.

The highest cost item is equipment transport, with courier service the only reliable means of transportation. The group welcomes support from individuals, clubs and foundations to offset some of the high equipment transport expenses. You may contact any of the group members for your potential support or use Paypal at Z81X QRZ.com.

EUDXF Life Members at Tokyo Hamfair

While the AGM took place in Bad-Bentheim your President met with two of our four Japanese Life members at the Tokyo Hamfair.

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Our newest Life Member Martti OH2BH was also spotted at the Hamfair. Martti is in the Yaesu stand handing out memorial cards in honor to his farewell for DXpeditioning after 50-years of service. I can’t believe this is his last farewell. Martti we are proud to have you as EUDXF Life Member.

Martti OH2BH

Martti OH2BH

Kosovo a DXCC entity?

flag_of_kosovoYou may remember the statement I made in September 2012 when I visited Kosovo: “This is not about DXCC but to reintroduce amateur radio in Kosovo after more than 20 years”. The reintroduction of amateur radio in Kosovo is a fact and we hear Kosovar amateurs on the air often. We saw Z61FF and Z61VB alive in Friedrichshafen, where I invited them for a most enjoyable dinner and where they were introduced to several important players in our amateur radio community.

Kosovo as a DXCC entity is what DX-ers are really waiting for of course. The DXCC program is run by ARRL and under the current rules it is not possible to recognize Kosovo as a separate entity. I am pleased to notice that the ARLL Board of Directors at its July 2013 meeting asked that the DX Advisory Committee (DXAC) study and and if warranted, recommend changes to the DXCC rules. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.