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March 3, 2021

Editor: Brian Moran, N9ADG

IN THIS ISSUE
NEW HF OPERATORS — THINGS TO DO

In the upcoming weekend of March 6, the SSB side of the ARRL International DX Contest will be the main event. If SSB is not your thing, there’s the Open Ukraine RTTY Championship. March 13 – What’s NOT happening on the March 13 weekend? There are at least 20 events, spanning 160 meters to UHF, with CW, RTTY, SSB, PSK… but no FTx mode contest. Stations participating in the RSGB Commonwealth (BERU) contest don’t get any points for working a US station, so they may not answer your call. The QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo on March 12-14 includes a number of contesting related presentations. See the Sights and Sounds section for more information.

BUSTED QSOS

Dale, WC7S, notes:” The QRP FOX HUNTS are held on 40 and 80 meters during the winter, through April 1. The Summer season is on 20 meters only. For more information and rules, see QRPFOXHUNTL.ORG.”

In the last issue, who was that smiling guy operating from W8UM, the University of Michigan Amateur Radio Club, during the North American Collegiate Championship? Michael, KE8AQW, that’s who! Michael is the W8UM President / W8AXZ Trustee.

CONTEST SUMMARY

Complete information for all contests follows the Conversation section

3 Mar – 17 Mar 2021

March 4

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March 16

March 17

NEWS, PRESS RELEASES, AND GENERAL INTEREST

The ARRL International DX Contest, SSB, is the weekend of March 6. Like the CW event previously, due to COVID-19 there’s a temporary accommodation for multi-operator stations.

Tree, N6TR, has posted the 2021 dates for the four Stew Perry 160 meter contests. This year’s “Main Stew” in December will occur one week earlier than normal, on 12/18, to avoid a conflict with 12/25. The dates are as follows: March 13, June 19, October 23, and December 18.

In the last issue, the Operating Tip stated that it’s generally unnecessary to include the call area with your call sign when operating outside the traditional call area boundaries. Bob, N7WY, writes that for some contests, the contest rules require you to include call area with your call sign. “The rules for BARTG RTTY contests require appending the true call area.” Bob is N7WY/0 for BARTG contests in January, but N7WY when he’s operating from Wyoming.

The CQ WPX SSB Contest is coming up on the March 27 weekend. You can find some excellent pointers on strategy and how to maximize your score by reading the CQ WPX RTTY Contest (completed) pointers in the Northern California Contest Club’s February JUG. David, WD6T, starts off with location, location, location, then heads into antennas, pointing out that contacts on 160 through 40 meters are worth double those on the higher bands. Then, strategy. Prefixes are the multipliers, so if you have a unique one, or access to a unique one, use it! He also points out that part-time contesters could maximize their contribution by throwing in with a distributed multi-multi effort. David points out that knowing the rules, and the changes in the rules, is important, and should influence where you point your antennas and what bands you are on to maximize QSO values.

N1MM Logger+ added a new feature that will be of interest to Sprint contest participants: “Silent” macros that can be included in messages to automatically change the operating frequency after a QSO. Here’s the description of the feature added in version 1.0.8990 and later by N2IC: “Added {FREQUP} and {FREQDN} macros. These are used after an {END} macro to shift the active radio frequency by the frequency increment in the Configurer->Other tab. Useful in Sprint-like contests to automatically change the frequency after a QSO, as required by the rules.” The North American Sprint, RTTY on March 13 would be a fine time to try this out!

Neil, WB9VPG, writes that the Youth on the Air Camp is still on for Summer 2021: “We know that changes in the COVID-19 pandemic status between now and July will have an impact on our decision to host the camp. At this time, we are still hopeful that hosting the camp safely July 11-16, 2021 will be possible. Should we not be able to host the camp, we will let everyone know with as much notice as possible, and postpone it to 2022. Our plan is to make the final decision in the month of April.” For more information, see the YouthOnTheAir website.

KB6NU’s blog notes that Amazon is going to require sellers to provide FCC certification information to “create new listings or update existing listings of radio frequency devices” starting in April 2021.

WORD TO THE WISE

BIC, B-I-C.

“Butt In Chair” radio contests have a defined start time and end time. If an operator is not at the radio and making contacts, they’re losing points. “I didn’t do as well in the contest as last year – too many weekend distractions, not enough B-I-C.”

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS

Randy, K5ZD, presented “Tips on How to Be a Better Contester” as part of HAM-CON, the Vermont Ham Radio Convention. More HAM-CON videos can be found here.

Mike, VA3MW, of FlexRadio, presented a video on how to set up N1MM Logger+ with FlexRadio transceivers for RTTY contests using MMTTY. Though his video was targeted to the CQ WPX, the radio setup information is applicable to any RTTY contest.

The QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo on March 12 – 14 includes a number of contest-relevant presentations, including:

“D4C – You Call, We Answer” – Marco, IK2LFF

“Underdog Contesting” – Fred, K4IU

“K9CT Tour and a Peek at 2021 Enhancements” – Craig, K9CT

“Low Band Receive Antennas for All Yards” – Gary, W9XT

“FlexRadio with IBM’s Node-RED in the Ham Shack” – Dave, WO2X

“The State QSO Party Challenge” – Anthony, K8ZT

“Another Look At Verticals” – Tom, N6BT

“VHF Contesting” – Jim, K5ND

Check out the website for more information and the schedule of this event that starts at 1800 PST on March 12.

This short video from IEEE is not contest related, but does involve radio and how technology can impact society. A member of the New Jersey Antique Radio Club demonstrates an early Westinghouse receiver, and discusses how radio was launched to compete with print media for the home audience.

RESULTS AND RECORDS

The 2020 FT Roundup Results have been published. The 2020 contest had a 17% increase in participation vs. 2019, with 1,058 logs submitted. The cumulative number of contacts submitted increased by 23%, while the overall error rate decreased from 5.5% to 4.5%. The contest results article notes that this error rate is approximately twice that of an SSB or CW contest. FTx modes can make for easy remoting, since it’s possible to use one of the many desktop sharing software products for a contest. The top three multi-operator scores were all achieved with remote operation. The 2021 contest will be December 4-5.

Raw scores for the 2021 CQ WPX RTTY contest have been posted. “Raw Scores are calculated by the log check software, before any reductions for errors, not the Claimed score, if any, submitted in the Cabrillo log file header by the submitter’s logging software. The OOF (Order Of Finish) may change after log check errors are determined.” (Ed, W0YK)

Raw scores for the 2021 CQ 160 Meter CW Contest have been posted. These are the scores before any log checking.

OPERATING TIP

Grounding and Bonding

According to Ward, N0AX, the “best time to do grounding and bonding work is before any equipment is installed.” Starting with a clean slate, it’s easier to define your protective zones and ensure all of your gear is within them.

TECHNICAL TOPICS AND INFORMATION

Gary, NA6O, tackled some RFI issues he had with Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPSs) at his remote location. He found that both normal-mode noise and common-mode noise were being generated, which required different strategies to solve. You can read about it in the February 2021 Northern California Contesting Club (NCCC) JUG.

Using surface mount components is a necessity for most modern electronic projects. Commercial board houses use automation to pick and place parts onto printed circuit boards prepared with solder paste, which are then precisely heated to melt the solder and affix the parts. At the hobby level it can be challenging to find and use tools to effectively deal with the small components and small build quantities. Rather than using masks, solder paste can be applied by hand, parts added, then the boards reflowed (baked) in modified toaster ovens. Some small designs can be carefully heated using hot air, with care taken not to blow the small components off the board. Applying the solder paste can be messy and frustrating, but here’s a more controllable syringe-style dispenser that has been developed with hand assembly in mind.

VK4GHZ provides information on how to find interface boards for use with a popular surplus server power supply, the Eltek Flatpack 2 HE. The Eltek power supply is capable of 2000 watts at between 48 and 60 volts, perfect for many of the modern solid-state PAs.

Ward, N0AX, noticed a workbench vice built by Frank, K4FMH: “A very flexible design that looks like it can hold all sorts of stuff like connectors and cables and PC boards alike.” Using a device like this can help get hot solder where it belongs, and not on the floor, in your lap, or between your toes when you happen to be soldering in sandals. So a friend tells me.

CONVERSATION

Demographics and Dormancy

Frank’s, K4FMH blog post “Lemmings Over A Demographic Cliff?” is a follow-up to his two-part series in the July/August and September/October 2020 National Contest Journal (NCJ) entitled “The Demographics of Contesting.” Frank’s observations include that the data show radio contesters are older than the average ARRL member. Taking into account information from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics on Leisure Time Use, he opines that this should be expected: “Leisure pursuits are highest during youth and young adulthood but dramatically taper off about ages 25-34 until age 55 and over. This hollowing out of leisure and sport time is a predictable outcome of competing and more important activities.”

We should just expect during the course of someone’s life they will not have a consistent level of involvement with the amateur radio hobby. Such an expectation makes it even more important that the early impression of the hobby one may get through a school activity, social organization, radio club, and so on be relevant, memorable, favorable, and pave the way for a return after a period of dormancy.

Frank argues that the format of the major radio contests may serve the leisure interests of established contesters — those on the other end of the demographic spectrum from the beginners. They may not provide the best experience for radio contesting beginners. He might have something there: To be able to compete at a high level in a major contest as a single operator requires time, equipment, and skill that are probably beyond many in the “caterpillar” stage. Most school-age operators don’t have the time for the all-important B-I-C on weekends. Those fortunate to be able to join seasoned teams of multi-operators at well-equipped stations have a different contesting experience than those plugging away solo. With the opportunity for mentorship, camaraderie of a group effort, and a chance to be part of something bigger, they’ll be more likely to emerge from their expected dormancy period as a contest butterfly.

That’s all for this time. Remember to send contesting related stories, book reviews, tips, techniques, press releases, errata, schematics, club information, pictures, stories, blog links, and predictions to contest-update@arrl.org

73, Brian N9ADG

CONTESTS

3 Mar – 17 Mar 2021

An expanded, downloadable version of QST’Contest Corral is available as a PDF. Check the sponsors’ website for information on operating time restrictions and other instructions.

HF CONTESTS

CWops Mini-CWT Test, Mar 4, 0300z to Mar 4, 0400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: March 6.

RTTYOPS Weeksprint, Mar 4, 1700z to Mar 4, 1900z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20m; [other station’s call] + [your call] + [serial no.] + [your name]; Logs due: March 9.

NRAU 10m Activity Contest, Mar 4, 1800z to Mar 4, 1900z (cw) and, Mar 4, 1900z to Mar 4, 2000z (ssb) and, Mar 4, 2000z to Mar 4, 2100z (fm) and, Mar 4, 2100z to Mar 4, 2200z (dig); CW, SSB, FM, Digital; Bands: 10m Only; RS(T) + 6-character grid square; Logs due: March 18.

SKCC Sprint Europe, Mar 4, 2000z to Mar 4, 2200z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6m; RST + (state/province/country) + Name + (SKCC No./”NONE”); Logs due: March 11.

NCCC RTTY Sprint, Mar 5, 0145z to Mar 5, 0215z; RTTY; Bands: (see rules); Serial No. + Name + QTH; Logs due: March 7.

QRP Fox Hunt, Mar 5, 0200z to Mar 5, 0330z; CW; Bands: 20m Only; RST + (state/province/country) + name + power output; Logs due: March 11.

NCCC Sprint, Mar 5, 0230z to Mar 5, 0300z; CW; Bands: (see rules); Serial No. + Name + QTH; Logs due: March 7.

K1USN Slow Speed Test, Mar 5, 2000z to Mar 5, 2100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20m; Maximum 20 wpm, Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: March 7.

Novice Rig Roundup, Mar 6, 0000z to Mar 14, 2359z; CW; Bands: 80, 40, 15, 10, 2m; Name + QTH + Optional (Rig, NRR number); Logs due: April 13.

ARRL International DX Contest, SSB, Mar 6, 0000z to Mar 8, 0000z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m; W/VE: RS + (state/province), non-W/VE: RS + power; Logs due: March 14.

Wake-Up! QRP Sprint, Mar 6, 0600z to Mar 6, 0629z and, Mar 6, 0630z to Mar 6, 0659z and, Mar 6, 0700z to Mar 6, 0729z and, Mar 6, 0730z to Mar 6, 0800z; CW; Bands: 40, 20m; RST + Serial No. + suffix of previous QSO (“QRP” for 1st QSO); Logs due: March 13.

Open Ukraine RTTY Championship, Mar 6, 1800z to Mar 6, 2059z (low band) and, Mar 6, 2100z to Mar 6, 2359z (low band) and, Mar 7, 0800z to Mar 7, 1059z (high band) and, Mar 7, 1100z to Mar 7, 1359z (high band); RTTY; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m; 2-letter regional abbrev. (state/province/canton, etc.) + Serial No.(restart serial no. for high band); Logs due: March 22.

UBA Spring Contest, CW, Mar 7, 0700z to Mar 7, 1100z; CW; Bands: 80m Only; ON: RST + Serial No. + UBA Section, non-ON: RST + Serial No.; Logs due: March 21.

NSARA Contest, Mar 7, 1200z to Mar 7, 1600z and, Mar 7, 1800z to Mar 7, 2200z; CW, SSB, Digital; Bands: 80m Only; Nova Scotia: RS(T) + county, non-NS: RS(T) + QSO No.; Logs due: April 6.

SARL Hamnet 40m Simulated Emerg Contest, Mar 7, 1200z to Mar 7, 1400z; SSB; Bands: 40m Only; Class A: RS + Serial No. (starting with 201), Class B: RS + Serial No. (starting with 401), Class C: RS + Serial No. (starting with 601), Class D: RS + Serial No. (starting with 801), Non-participants: RS + Serial No. (starting with 001); Logs due: March 14.

WAB 3.5 MHz Phone, Mar 7, 1800z to Mar 7, 2200z; SSB; Bands: 80m Only; British Isles: RS + serial no. + WAB square, Other: RS + serial no. + country; Logs due: March 17.

K1USN Slow Speed Test, Mar 8, 0000z to Mar 8, 0100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20m; Maximum 20 wpm, Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: March 14.

OK1WC Memorial (MWC), Mar 8, 1630z to Mar 8, 1729z; CW; Bands: 80, 40m; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: March 12.

Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest, Mar 9, 0100z to Mar 9, 0159z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6m; RS + age group (OM, YL, Youth YL or Youth); Logs due: March 10.

RTTYOPS Weeksprint, Mar 9, 1700z to Mar 9, 1900z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20m; [other station’s call] + [your call] + [serial no.] + [your name]; Logs due: March 9.

QRP Fox Hunt, Mar 10, 0200z to Mar 10, 0330z; CW; Bands: 20m Only; RST + (state/province/country) + name + power output; Logs due: March 11.

Phone Weekly Test – Fray, Mar 10, 0230z to Mar 10, 0300z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15m; NA: Name + (state/province/country), non-NA: Name; Logs due: March 12.

CWops Mini-CWT Test, Mar 10, 1300z to Mar 10, 1400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: March 13.

VHF-UHF FT8 Activity Contest, Mar 10, 1700z to Mar 10, 2000z; FT8; Bands: (see rules); 4-character grid square; Logs due: March 15.

CWops Mini-CWT Test, Mar 10, 1900z to Mar 10, 2000z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: March 13.

RSGB 80m Club Championship, CW, Mar 10, 2000z to Mar 10, 2130z; CW; Bands: 80m Only; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: March 11.

AWA John Rollins Memorial DX Contest, Mar 10, 2300z to Mar 11, 2300z and, Mar 13, 2300z to Mar 14, 2300z; CW; Bands: 80, 40, 20m; RST + Eqpt Type + Eqpt Year; Logs due: April 1.

CWops Mini-CWT Test, Mar 11, 0300z to Mar 11, 0400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: March 13.

RTTYOPS Weeksprint, Mar 11, 1700z to Mar 11, 1900z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20m; [other station’s call] + [your call] + [serial no.] + [your name]; Logs due: March 16.

NCCC RTTY Sprint, Mar 12, 0145z to Mar 12, 0215z; RTTY; Bands: (see rules); Serial No. + Name + QTH; Logs due: March 14.

QRP Fox Hunt, Mar 12, 0200z to Mar 12, 0330z; CW; Bands: 20m Only; RST + (state/province/country) + name + power output; Logs due: March 18.

NCCC Sprint, Mar 12, 0230z to Mar 12, 0300z; CW; Bands: (see rules); Serial No. + Name + QTH; Logs due: March 14.

K1USN Slow Speed Test, Mar 12, 2000z to Mar 12, 2100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20m; Maximum 20 wpm, Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: March 14.

YB DX RTTY Contest, Mar 13, 0000z to Mar 13, 2359z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: March 20.

SARL Field Day Contest, Mar 13, 0800z to Mar 14, 0800z; CW, SSB, Digital; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m; RS(T) + Number of transmitters + Category (see rules) + Province (or “DX”); Logs due: March 22.

RSGB Commonwealth (BERU) Contest, Mar 13, 1000z to Mar 14, 1000z; CW; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: March 19.

DIG QSO Party, SSB, Mar 13, 1200z to Mar 13, 1700z (20m-10m) and, Mar 14, 0700z to Mar 14, 0900z (80m) and, Mar 14, 0900z to Mar 14, 1100z (40m); SSB; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m; DIG Member: RS + Member No., non-Member: RS; Logs due: May 31.

South America 10 Meter Contest, Mar 13, 1200z to Mar 14, 1200z; CW, SSB; Bands: 10m Only; RS(T) + CQ zone; Logs due: March 28.

SKCC Weekend Sprintathon, Mar 13, 1200z to Mar 15, 0000z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6m; RST + (state/province/country) + Name + (SKCC No./”NONE”); Logs due: March 21.

F9AA Cup, SSB, Mar 13, 1200z to Mar 14, 1200z; SSB; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 2m; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: April 13.

Oklahoma QSO Party, Mar 13, 1400z to Mar 14, 0200z and, Mar 14, 1500z to Mar 14, 2200z; CW, Phone, Digital (no FT8); Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6m; OK: RS(T) + County, non-OK: RS(T) + (state/province/country); Logs due: April 4.

AGCW QRP Contest, Mar 13, 1400z to Mar 13, 2000z; CW; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m; RST + QSO No. + class(pwr) + (AGCW Member No./”NM” if not member); Logs due: March 31.

Stew Perry Topband Challenge, Mar 13, 1500z to Mar 14, 1500z; CW; Bands: 160m Only; 4-Character grid square; Logs due: March 29.

EA PSK63 Contest, Mar 13, 1600z to Mar 14, 1600z; PSK63; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m; EA: RSQ + province code, non-EA: RSQ + Serial no.; Logs due: March 29.

TESLA Memorial HF CW Contest, Mar 13, 1800z to Mar 14, 0559z; CW; Bands: 80, 40m; RST + Serial No. + 4-character grid square; Logs due: March 19.

QCWA QSO Party, Mar 13, 1800z to Mar 14, 1800z; CW/Digital, Phone; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6m; last 2 digits of year first licensed + name + (state/province/country or QCWA chapter); Logs due: April 13.

Idaho QSO Party, Mar 13, 1900z to Mar 14, 1900z; CW, Phone, Digital (no FT8); Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m; ID: County, non-ID: (state/province/country); Logs due: March 24.

QRP ARCI Spring Thaw SSB Shootout, Mar 13, 2200z to Mar 13, 2300z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m; RS + (state/province/country) + (ARCI number/power); Logs due: see rules.

North American Sprint, RTTY, Mar 13, 2300z to Mar 14, 0300z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20m; [other station’s call] + [your call] + [serial no.] + [your name] + [your state/DC/province/country]; Logs due: March 21.

Classic Exchange, Phone, Mar 14, 1400z to Mar 15, 0800z and, Mar 16, 1400z to Mar 17, 0800z; AM, SSB, FM; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6, 2m; Name + RS + (state/province/country) + rcvr/xmtr manuf/model; Logs due: April 30.

Wisconsin QSO Party, Mar 14, 1800z to Mar 15, 0100z; CW/Digital, Phone; Bands: All, except WARC; WI: county, non-WI: (state/province/country); Logs due: March 28.

K1USN Slow Speed Test, Mar 15, 0000z to Mar 15, 0100z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20m; Maximum 20 wpm, Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: March 21.

4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint, Mar 15, 0000z to Mar 15, 0200z; CW, SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m; Member: RS(T) + (State/Province/Country) + Member No., Non-member: RS(T) + (State/Province/Country) + Power; Logs due: March 17.

OK1WC Memorial (MWC), Mar 15, 1630z to Mar 15, 1729z; CW; Bands: 80, 40m; RST + Serial No.; Logs due: March 19.

Bucharest Digital Contest, Mar 15, 1800z to Mar 15, 2059z; FT4; Bands: 80, 40m; RST + QSO No.; Logs due: March 22.

RSGB FT4 Contest Series, Mar 15, 2000z to Mar 15, 2130z; FT4; Bands: 80, 40, 20m; 4-character grid square; Logs due: March 16.

Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest, Mar 16, 0100z to Mar 16, 0159z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6m; RS + age group (OM, YL, Youth YL or Youth); Logs due: March 17.

CLARA Chatter Party, Mar 16, 1700z to Mar 17, 1700z and, Mar 20, 1700z to Mar 21, 1700z; CW, Phone; Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m; RS(T) + Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: April 15.

RTTYOPS Weeksprint, Mar 16, 1700z to Mar 16, 1900z; RTTY; Bands: 80, 40, 20m; [other station’s call] + [your call] + [serial no.] + [your name]; Logs due: March 16.

QRP Fox Hunt, Mar 17, 0100z to Mar 17, 0230z; CW; Bands: 20m Only; RST + (state/province/country) + name + power output; Logs due: March 18.

Phone Weekly Test – Fray, Mar 17, 0230z to Mar 17, 0300z; SSB; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15m; NA: Name + (state/province/country), non-NA: Name; Logs due: March 19.

CWops Mini-CWT Test, Mar 17, 1300z to Mar 17, 1400z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: March 20.

CWops Mini-CWT Test, Mar 17, 1900z to Mar 17, 2000z; CW; Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m; Member: Name + Member No./”CWA”, non-Member: Name + (state/province/country); Logs due: March 20.

VHF+ CONTESTS

SARL VHF/UHF Analogue Contest, Mar 13, 0500z to Mar 13, 0700z (6m) and, Mar 13, 0700z to Mar 13, 0900z (2m) and, Mar 13, 0900z to Mar 13, 1100z (70cm) and, Mar 14, 0500z to Mar 14, 0700z (6m) and, Mar 14, 0700z to Mar 14, 0900z (2m) and, Mar 14, 0900z to Mar 14, 1100z (70cm); Analog (CW/SSB/AM/FM); Bands: 50 MHz, 70 MHz, 144 MHz, 432 MHz, 1296 MHz; RS(T) + 6-character grid locator; Logs due: March 21.

UBA Spring Contest, 2m, Mar 14, 0700z to Mar 14, 1100z; CW, Phone; Bands: 2m Only; ON: RS(T) + Serial No. + UBA Section, non-ON: RS(T) + Serial No.; Logs due: March 28.

Also, see SKCC Sprint EuropeNovice Rig RoundupWorldwide Sideband Activity ContestSKCC Weekend SprintathonF9AA Cup, SSBOklahoma QSO PartyQCWA QSO PartyClassic Exchange, Phone, above.

LOG DUE DATES

Mar – 17 Mar 2021

March 4, 2021

March 5, 2021

March 6, 2021

March 7, 2021

March 8, 2021

March 9, 2021

March 10, 2021

March 11, 2021

March 12, 2021

March 13, 2021

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March 17, 2021

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Southgate Amateur Radio Club News

Here’s the latest Amateur/Ham Radio news compiled by the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.

Views expressed in this post are those of the reporters and correspondents.

Content supplied by the Southgate Amateur Radio Club.

Accessed on 01 March 2021, 1309 UTC, Post 1904.

Source:  http://www.southgatearc.org/

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News for Monday 1 March

Problems with ham radio licensing in Brazil
Brazil’s amateur radio society LABRE has written to the communications regulator ANATEL expressing their concern about the bureaucratic problems in becoming a radio amateur

New Zealand regulator’s view of RF pollution
New Zealand’s Radio Spectrum Management (RSM) says the RF spectrum ‘has become an important economic resource, but its usefulness is diminished by pollution’

International Women’s Day contest on Monday, March 8
Finland’s SRAL reports International Women’s Day will be celebrated in the spirit of a relaxed race. The contest will take place on March 8 from 0000-2359 Finnish Time (2200-2159 GMT)

Hacking a transmitter – 1920s style
Back in the 1920s, when electronic breadboading often used a real wood breadboard, swiped from the kitchen in the dark of night, a limited supply of commercial electronic components inspired ham radio hobbyists to roll their own capacitors, inductors, switches, and whatever else was needed to build a transmitter

Tim Hunkin rides again with The Secret Life Of Components
Long-time readers may remember one of the occasional Engineering Heroes series that focused on the British engineer, inventor and sometime TV presenter Tim Hunkin, known for his intricate creations, unusual arcade machines, and Secret Life Of Machines TV series’ from the years around 1990. It seems we’re now in for a fresh treat as he’s returning to our screens via YouTube with a new series

ICQPodcast – Progressive changes at the ARRL
In this episode, Martin (M1MRB) is joined by Leslie Butterfield G0CIB, Dan Romanchik KB6NU and Edmund Spicer M0MNG to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin (M6BOY) rounds up the news in brief and in this episode’s features is in an interview with ARRL David Minster NA2AA, and the President, Rick Roderick K5UR as they discuss changes for the ARRL with Frank Howell K4FMH

Scotland Special Event
Look for special event station GB2CR to be active from Invergordon, Scotland, between March 4-18th. The special callsign’s suffix stands for ‘Collins Radio

South Eastern Amateur Radio Group
The 2021 AGM of the South Eastern Amateur Radio Group took place on Monday the 22nd of February and, due to the current Covid pandemic, this year’s AGM had to take place on the Zoom platform. Club Chairman Mark EI4FNB welcomed the members online and thanked them for attending

DXCC Country/Entity report
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 21st/February, through Sunday, 28th/February there were 214 countries active

IOTA news from OPDX
Weekly IOTA News – compiled by Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW

 

News for Sunday 28 February

QSO Today – John Ackermann, N8UR
John Ackermann, N8UR, was my guest almost 200 episodes ago and is a speaker in the upcoming QSO Today Virtual ham Expo

Radio Emma Toc World Service – schedule
A look at the value of radio, Scandinavian Weekend Radio, Radio Sweden’s ‘The Saturday Show’, lots of hellos to listeners, – followed by a 30 minute trial vintage music programme ‘The Wireless Years’

MoU between Radio Society of Kenya and South African Radio League
The Radio Society of Kenya (RSK) approached the (SARL) around six months ago and following successful discussions a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed during February 2021 with full approval from the Regulator – the Communication Authority of Kenya (CAK)

French stores selling and / or repairing Amateur Radio equipment
Ludovic Vuillermet F5PBG has posted a handy list of stores known to sell and / or repair amateur radio equipment in France

Guinea and Sierra Leone
Jean-Phillipe, F1TMY, currently active as J28PJ from Djibouti, has announced via Twitter (https://twitter.com/J28Pj) that he will be active from Guinea (3X) and Sierra Leone (9L) sometime in September 2021

SARL Contests
News of two upcoming contests in South Africa

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News for Saturday 27 February

Foundations of Amateur Radio
Amateur radio lives and dies with the ionosphere. It’s drilled into you when you get your license, it’s talked about endlessly, the sun impacts on it, life is bad when the solar cycle is low and great when it’s not

ACMA licence consultation: WIA Poll
In last weeks broadcast, I spoke about the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) having recently issued a consultation document which details 3 licensing options concerning the future of Amateur Radio in Australia. The ACMAs preferred option is to transition to a Class Licence instead of the current apparatus licence this option effectively deregulates the radio amateur service

TV show looks at disappearance of radio ham
On Monday, March 1, at 9pm AEDT (1000 GMT) the Channel 9 TV show Under Investigation covers the unexplained disappearance of both radio amateur Russell Hill VK3VZP and a friend missing since March 20, 2020

How to Grow Ham Radio – video part 1
Tom (WA9TDD) interviews communication expert Quin (K8QS) about how we can grow Amateur Radio

MacLoggerDX Version 6.32 released
Dog Park Software is pleased to announce that version 6.32 of MacLoggerDX has been released

Free online Amateur Radio training course starts soon
The next free amateur radio Foundation Online training course run by volunteers from Essex Ham starts on March 7 – Register Now

VK6WIA NewsWest
NewsWest for Sunday 28th February is the Club Focus edition, and we have several items from Clubs for you today

ARISS contact is scheduled with students at Newcastle High School, Newcastle, Wyoming, USA
This will be a Multipoint Telebridge Contact via Amateur Radio between the ISS and students from Newcastle High School. Students will take turns asking their questions of ISS astronaut Mike Hopkins, amateur radio call sign KF5LJG, during the ARISS radio contact. The downlink frequency for this contact is 145.800 MHz. Since the first ARISS contact on December 21, 2000, this will be the first ARISS-sponsored contact to a Wyoming school

VERON PACCdigi contest
We would like to invite you to take part in the first Dutch PACCdigi contest

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP
Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the solar activity is expected to be at low levels. There is one sunspot region visible and minor C-class solar flaring is possible

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Most Wanted DX Countries

Here are the “Most Wanted DX Countries” compiled by “DXnews.com.”

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DXCC Most wanted countries 2021 Club Log version. Updated 21 February 2021.

 

1. P5 DPRK (NORTH KOREA)
2. 3Y/B BOUVET ISLAND
3. FT5/W CROZET ISLAND
4. BS7H SCARBOROUGH REEF
5. CE0X SAN FELIX ISLANDS
6. BV9P PRATAS ISLAND
7. KH7K KURE ISLAND
8. KH3 JOHNSTON ISLAND
9. 3Y/P PETER 1 ISLAND
10. FT5/X KERGUELEN ISLAND
11. FT/G GLORIOSO ISLAND
12. VK0M MACQUARIE ISLAND
13. YV0 AVES ISLAND
14. KH4 MIDWAY ISLAND
15. ZS8 PRINCE EDWARD & MARION ISLANDS
16. PY0S SAINT PETER AND PAUL ROCKS
17. PY0T TRINDADE & MARTIM VAZ ISLANDS
18. KP5 DESECHEO ISLAND
19. SV/A MOUNT ATHOS
20. VP8S SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS
21. KH5 PALMYRA & JARVIS ISLANDS
22. ZL9 NEW ZEALAND SUBANTARCTIC ISLANDS
23. JD/M MINAMI TORISHIMA
24. EZ TURKMENISTAN
25. YK SYRIA
26. FK/C CHESTERFIELD IS.
27. VK0H HEARD ISLAND
28. FT/T TROMELIN ISLAND
29. ZL8 KERMADEC ISLAND
30. KH1 BAKER HOWLAND ISLANDS
31. KH8/S SWAINS ISLAND
32. XF4 REVILLAGIGEDO
33. VP8G SOUTH GEORGIA ISLAND
34. KH9 WAKE ISLAND
35. T33 BANABA ISLAND
36. VK9M MELLISH REEF
37. T31 CENTRAL KIRIBATI
38. VK9W WILLIS ISLAND
39. 3D2/C CONWAY REEF
40. FO/C CLIPPERTON ISLAND
41. FT/J JUAN DE NOVA, EUROPA
42. TI9 COCOS ISLAND
43. HK0/M MALPELO ISLAND
44. KP1 NAVASSA ISLAND
45. VP8O SOUTH ORKNEY ISLANDS
46. 7O YEMEN
47. FT5Z AMSTERDAM & ST PAUL ISLANDS
48. ZD9 TRISTAN DA CUNHA & GOUGH ISLANDS
49. H40 TEMOTU PROVINCE
50. VU4 ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLANDS
51. XZ MYANMAR
52. 1S SPRATLY ISLANDS
53. 4U1UN UNITED NATIONS HQ
54. CY0 SABLE ISLAND
55. VU7 LAKSHADWEEP ISLANDS
56. ZK3 TOKELAU ISLANDS
57. 3B7 AGALEGA & ST BRANDON ISLANDS
58. 3C0 ANNOBON
59. 3C EQUATORIAL GUINEA
60. 3D2/R ROTUMA
61. T5 SOMALIA
62. E5/N NORTH COOK ISLANDS
63. VP6/D DUCIE ISLAND
64. FO/A AUSTRAL ISLANDS
65. FO/M MARQUESAS ISLANDS
66. C21 NAURU
67. R1F FRANZ JOSEF LAND
68. 4W TIMOR-LESTE
69. 9U BURUNDI
70. VK9C COCOS (KEELING) ISLAND
71. FW WALLIS & FUTUNA ISLANDS
72. T2 TUVALU
73. T30 WESTERN KIRIBATI
74. KH8 AMERICAN SAMOA
75. CE0Z JUAN FERNANDEZ ISLANDS
76. VK9L LORD HOWE ISLAND
77. ZL7 CHATHAM ISLAND
78. CY9 SAINT PAUL ISLAND
79. JX JAN MAYEN
80. S2 BANGLADESH
81. H4 SOLOMON ISLANDS
82. 5A LIBYA
83. VK9X CHRISTMAS ISLAND
84. VP6 PITCAIRN ISLAND
85. E3 ERITREA
86. TT CHAD
87. YJ VANUATU
88. TL CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
89. TN REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO
90. 5U NIGER
91. T32 EASTERN KIRIBATI
92. Z8 REPUBLIC OF SOUTH SUDAN
93. D6 COMOROS
94. E6 NIUE
95. VQ9 CHAGOS ISLANDS
96. Z6 REPUBLIC OF KOSOVO
97. V6 MICRONESIA
98. 1A0 SOV MILITARY ORDER OF MALTA
99. CE0Y EASTER ISLAND
100. XX9 MACAO
101. FH MAYOTTE
102. A5 BHUTAN
103. A3 TONGA
104. V7 MARSHALL ISLANDS
105. 3XA GUINEA
106. 9N NEPAL
107. A2 BOTSWANA
108. 9L SIERRA LEONE
109. 7P LESOTHO
110. HV VATICAN CITY
111. TJ CAMEROON
112. ET ETHIOPIA
113. J5 GUINEA-BISSAU
114. FJ SAINT BARTHELEMY
115. ST SUDAN
116. VP8H SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS
117. XU CAMBODIA
118. JD/O OGASAWARA
119. 8R GUYANA
120. XW LAOS
121. 9Q DEM. REP. OF THE CONGO
122. J2 DJIBOUTI
123. VK9N NORFOLK ISLAND
124. EP IRAN
125. ZC4 UK BASES ON CYPRUS
126. 3DA KINGDOM OF ESWATINI
127. PY0F FERNANDO DE NORONHA
128. TU COTE D’IVOIRE
129. 5V7 TOGO
130. TY BENIN
131. C9 MOZAMBIQUE
132. P2 PAPUA NEW GUINEA
133. Z2 ZIMBABWE
134. 5X UGANDA
135. YI IRAQ
136. 7Q MALAWI
137. 9X RWANDA
138. T8 PALAU
139. VP2V BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
140. PJ7 SINT MAARTEN
141. XT BURKINA FASO
142. PJ5 SABA & ST EUSTATIUS
143. FP SAINT PIERRE & MIQUELON
144. 5W SAMOA
145. E4 PALESTINE
146. 8Q MALDIVES
147. J8 SAINT VINCENT
148. TZ MALI
149. HC8 GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
150. 4U1ITU ITU HQ
151. HK0S SAN ANDRES ISLAND
152. KG4 GUANTANAMO BAY
153. AP PAKISTAN
154. 5N NIGERIA
155. S9 SAO TOME & PRINCIPE
156. EL LIBERIA
157. V8 BRUNEI
158. ZD8 ASCENSION ISLAND
159. D2 ANGOLA
160. HH HAITI
161. FO FRENCH POLYNESIA
162. 3D2 FIJI ISLANDS
163. 3A MONACO
164. S7 SEYCHELLES ISLANDS
165. FS SAINT MARTIN
166. 3B9 RODRIGUEZ ISLAND
167. 9J ZAMBIA
168. E5/S SOUTH COOK ISLANDS
169. KH0 MARIANA ISLANDS
170. YA AFGHANISTAN
171. VP2M MONTSERRAT
172. OJ0 MARKET REEF
173. J3 GRENADA
174. YS EL SALVADOR
175. 5H TANZANIA
176. 5R MADAGASCAR
177. C5 THE GAMBIA
178. 3W VIET NAM
179. S0 WESTERN SAHARA
180. VP9 BERMUDA
181. 9G GHANA
182. 3V TUNISIA
183. SU EGYPT
184. EY TAJIKISTAN
185. CP BOLIVIA
186. 9V SINGAPORE
187. 4S SRI LANKA
188. C6A BAHAMAS
189. V2 ANTIGUA & BARBUDA
190. YN NICARAGUA
191. TR GABON
192. ZD7 SAINT HELENA
193. VP2E ANGUILLA
194. HR HONDURAS
195. V4 SAINT KITTS & NEVIS
196. 5Z KENYA
197. VP5 TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS
198. 9M6 EAST MALAYSIA
199. J7 DOMINICA
200. 6W SENEGAL
201. 3B8 MAURITIUS ISLAND
202. JY JORDAN
203. VP8 FALKLAND ISLANDS
204. JW SVALBARD
205. FK NEW CALEDONIA
206. OY FAROE ISLANDS
207. CE9 ANTARCTICA
208. ZA ALBANIA
209. KH2 GUAM
210. 6Y JAMAICA
211. ZB2 GIBRALTAR
212. FY FRENCH GUIANA
213. 5T MAURITANIA
214. FR REUNION ISLAND
215. T7 SAN MARINO
216. C31 ANDORRA
217. A9 BAHRAIN
218. EX KYRGYZSTAN
219. OX GREENLAND
220. JT MONGOLIA
221. TG GUATEMALA
222. V5 NAMIBIA
223. V3 BELIZE
224. PZ SURINAME
225. ZF CAYMAN ISLANDS
226. OA PERU
227. D4 CAPE VERDE
228. HB0 LIECHTENSTEIN
229. UJ UZBEKISTAN
230. 9M2 WEST MALAYSIA
231. J6 SAINT LUCIA
232. A7 QATAR
233. PJ4 BONAIRE
234. BU TAIWAN
235. 4J AZERBAIJAN
236. EK ARMENIA
237. PJ2 CURACAO
238. VR HONG KONG
239. HP PANAMA
240. DU PHILIPPINES
241. FM MARTINIQUE
242. 7X ALGERIA
243. ZP PARAGUAY
244. 8P BARBADOS
245. 9Y TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
246. OH0 ALAND ISLANDS
247. GU GUERNSEY
248. FG GUADELOUPE
249. GJ JERSEY
250. OD LEBANON
251. P4 ARUBA
252. SV5 DODECANESE
253. GD ISLE OF MAN
254. 4L GEORGIA
255. KP2 US VIRGIN ISLANDS
256. TI COSTA RICA
257. HC ECUADOR
258. 4O MONTENEGRO
259. HZ SAUDI ARABIA
260. HS THAILAND
261. TK CORSICA
262. VU INDIA
263. HI DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
264. HL REPUBLIC OF KOREA
265. A4 OMAN
266. 9H MALTA
267. EA9 CEUTA & MELILLA
268. KH6 HAWAII
269. KL7 ALASKA
270. 9K KUWAIT
271. A6 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
272. CN MOROCCO
273. XE MEXICO
274. BY CHINA
275. TF ICELAND
276. CX URUGUAY
277. SV9 CRETE
278. HK COLOMBIA
279. CE CHILE
280. Z3 NORTH MACEDONIA
281. CT3 MADEIRA ISLANDS
282. CO CUBA
283. ZL NEW ZEALAND
284. YB INDONESIA
285. UA2 KALININGRAD
286. ZS REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA
287. IS0 SARDINIA
288. TA TURKEY
289. ER MOLDOVA
290. 5B CYPRUS
291. LX LUXEMBOURG
292. CU AZORES
293. YV VENEZUELA
294. KP4 PUERTO RICO
295. EA6 BALEARIC ISLANDS
296. GI NORTHERN IRELAND
297. UN KAZAKHSTAN
298. 4X ISRAEL
299. VK AUSTRALIA
300. LU ARGENTINA
301. GW WALES
302. YL LATVIA
303. ES ESTONIA
304. E7 BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA
305. EI IRELAND
306. GM SCOTLAND
307. EU BELARUS
308. EA8 CANARY ISLANDS
309. LA NORWAY
310. CT PORTUGAL
311. OZ DENMARK
312. LY LITHUANIA
313. YT SERBIA
314. PY BRAZIL
315. SV GREECE
316. YO ROMANIA
317. OM SLOVAK REPUBLIC
318. JA JAPAN
319. HB SWITZERLAND
320. LZ BULGARIA
321. OE AUSTRIA
322. SM SWEDEN
323. UA0 ASIATIC RUSSIA
324. OH FINLAND
325. 9A CROATIA
326. VE CANADA
327. PA NETHERLANDS
328. OK CZECH REPUBLIC
329. ON BELGIUM
330. S5 SLOVENIA
331. HA HUNGARY
332. G ENGLAND
333. SP POLAND
334. UR UKRAINE
335. EA SPAIN
336. F FRANCE
337. UA EUROPEAN RUSSIA
338. DL FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY
339. I ITALY
340. K UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by
F6AJA, W2GD, The Daily DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL,
Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web
sites.  Thanks to all.

MONACO, 3A.  Mireille, F4FRL and Patrice, F5RBB will be QRV as home
calls/3A from February 24 to March 2.  Activity will be on 40 and 20
meters using SSB and various digital modes.  QSL via LoTW.

TUNISIA, 3V.  Ash, KF5EYY plans to be QRV as 3V8SS in the ARRL
International DX CW contest as a Single Op/All Band/Low Power entry.
QSL to home call.

TOGO, 5V.  Daniel, HB9EHD is QRV as 5V7DE until February 20.
Activity is on 40 and 20 meters using FT8, and on Satellite QO-100.
QSL direct to home call.

CROATIA, 9A.  Members of the Croatian Flora Fauna ARC are QRV with
special event call 9A10FF during all of 2021 to celebrate the club’s
10th anniversary.  QSL via 9A2MF.

ZAMBIA, 9J.  Brad, 9J2RS is currently QRV on 20, 17 and 15 meters.
QSL direct.

MOZAMBIQUE, C9.  Bruno, CS7AMN is QRV as C91BVA from Maputo.
Activity is on the HF bands using SSB and various digital modes.
QSL to home call.

CHILE, CE.  Members of the Radio Club Melipulli are QRV as CB7FT
from Tabon Island, IOTA SA-018, until February 21.  This includes
being active from the Lighthouse ARLHS CHI-049 during the American
Lighthouses Weekend.  Activity is on the HF bands using SSB and
various digital modes.  QSL via EA5GL.

CUBA, CO.  Reinaldo, CO6RD is QRV from Lighthouse ARLHS CUB-045 on
Cayo Blanco de Zaza, possibly IOTA NA-204, until February 21.
Activity is on the HF bands using CW, RTTY, BPSK, FT8 and FT4.  This
includes being active during the American Lighthouses Weekend.  QSL
direct to EA5GL.

MARTINIQUE, FM.  Look for FM5BH to be a Single Op/All Band/High
Power entry in the ARRL International DX CW contest.  QSL via W3HNK.

HAITI, HH.  Bill, KO7SS will be QRV as HH2AA from Obleon as a Single
Op/Low Power/Assisted entry in the ARRL International DX contest.
QSL via LoTW.

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS, KP2.  Dan, K8RF will be QRV as NP2J in the ARRL
International DX CW contest as a Single Band on 160 meters entry.
QSL direct to home call.

PUERTO RICO, KP4.  A group of operators are QRV as NP4DX on 80 to 10
meters using CW.  This includes being a Multi/Single/Low Power entry
in the ARRL International DX CW contest.  This activity will also
count for the WLOTA as LH-2802.  QSL via M0OXO.

ARUBA, P4.  John, W2GD is QRV as P44W until February 23.  He is
active on all bands as time permits with a focus on the ARRL
International DX CW contest.  QSL via N2MM.

BRAZIL, PY.  Members of the Grupo Escoteiro Marechal Rondon are QRV
as ZW2I from Comprida Island, IOTA SA-024, and the Rio Claro
Lighthouse, LH BRA-135, until February 22 during the American
Lighthouses Weekend.  QSL via operators’ instructions.

BENIN, TY.  Johannes, ZS6JSI is QRV as ZS6JSI/TY until June 2021.
Activity is mobile on 80, 40 and 20 meters using SSB and FT8.  QSL
to home call.

AUSTRALIA, VK.  Members of the Pride Radio Group are QRV as
VI2021PRIDE until March 7 during Sydney Mardi Gras.  QSL direct to
VK3FUR.

TURKS AND CAICOS, VP5.  Jim, K4QPL plans to be QRV as VP5M during
the ARRL International DX CW contest.  QSL to home call.

MEXICO, XE.  Members of the Radio Experimentadores of Campeche are
QRV with special call sign 4A3G from Faro de Champolon until
February 21 during the American Lighthouses Weekend.  QSL via XE3AA.

INDONESIA, YB.  Yohanes, YB2DX will be QRV in the ARRL International
DX CW contest as a Single Op/All Band entry.  QSL direct to home
call.

ROMANIA, YO.  Members of the Sport Club Pandurii Tirgu-Jiu are QRV
with special call YP145B from Tirgu-Jiu until March 3 to celebrate
the 145th anniversary of the birth of the great sculptor Constantin
Brancusi.  Activity is on the HF bands.  QSL direct to YO7CKQ.

CAYMAN ISLANDS, ZF.  Bruce, K0BJ will be QRV as ZF2BJ from Savannah,
Grand Cayman, IOTA NA-016, from February 20 to March 5.  Activity
will be on the HF bands with a focus on the newer bands and CW.  QSL
to home call.

NEW ZEALAND, ZL.  A group of operators will be QRV as ZL3X in the
ARRL International DX CW contest as a Multi-2 entry.  QSL via LoTW.

PARAGUAY, ZP.  Manu, ZP9MCE plans to be QRV on 80 meters in the ARRL
International DX CW contest.  QSL via EA5ZD.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  The ARRL International DX CW Contest,
13th American Lighthouses Weekend, NCCC RTTY Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW
Fox Hunt, NCCC CW Sprint, K1USN Slow Speed Test, Russian PSK World
Wide Contest, RTTYOPS Weekend Sprint, Feld Hell Sprint, FISTS Sunday
Sprint and the Run for the Bacon QRP CW Contest will certainly keep
contesters busy this upcoming weekend.

The QCX CW Challenge and OK1WC Memorial are scheduled for February
22.

The RTTYOPS Weeksprint and Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest are
scheduled for February 23.

The CWops Mini-CWT Test, UKEICC 80-Meter CW Contest, Phone Fray,
SKCC Sprint and QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt are scheduled for February
24.

Please see February 2021 QST, page 73, and the ARRL and WA7BNM
contest web sites for details.
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