XT2, BURKINA FASO.

Harald, DF2WO, will once again be active as XT2AW from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, between January 8-22nd. Activity is usually holiday style on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. He states that he works mostly on the Digital modes (PSK31, JT65 and RTTY) and slow CW. Harald states, “As soon as the conditions go up to USA, I will work the US. Also, I will test 60m a little.” Radio is a FT-450D. QSL via M0OXO, direct or OQRS see http://www.m0oxo.com/oqrs/

VQ920, CHAGOS ISLANDS.

Jim, ND9M/VQ9JC, is once again active with a special callsign, VQ920JC. Watch for his activity on 17 meters using mainly CW. QSL via his home callsign.

V5, NAMIBIA.

Rudi, DK7PE, will be active as V5/DK7PE from Namibia by the end of January. The length of his stay is unknown. Activity will be on various HF bands but with a focus on 160/60 meters as well as the CQWW DX 160m Contest (January 27-29th). QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

FK, NEW CALEDONIA.

Alex, 5B4ALX/IZ4AMS, will bes active as FK/5B4ALX from New Caledonia between March 20th and April 4th. Activity will be on various HF bands (80-6m) using CW, SSB and RTTY. He will also be in the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 24-25th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (15m)/ Low-Power entry. QSL via IZ4AMS and “NOT NOT NOT CYPRUS QSL BUREAU”.
Also, ClubLog’s OQRS. For more details and updates, see: http://www.5b4alx.cloud

D6, COMOROS.

Operators IK5BCM, IK5CBE and IK5CRH will be active as D68I from Comoro Islands (AF-007) between January 28th and February 10th.
Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via IK5CRH.

C8, MOZAMBIQUE

Operators Johannes/PA5X (C93PA) and Gerben/PG5M will be active as C8X and C81G, respectively, from Ibu Island, Mozambique, between January 28th and February 4th. Ibu Island is in the Cabo Delgado District IOTA group and counts for AF-061. Activity will be on 80-10 meters, including 60 meters and using modes CW, SSB and FT8. Equipment will be FT-5000 and Elecraft K3, Acom1010 and Expert 1.3K-FA, 5-band Hexbeam with pentaplexer, 40/60/80m verticals and 30m VDA. They will upload logs several times a day (internet permitting) to ClubLog (the preferred method). QSL C8X via PA5X, and C81G via PG5M or his OQRS at http://www.dx.to/oqrs/
The Belgian Lions DX-Team (OT8T) are proud to announce their new adventure/DXpedition to Mozambique between May 2-15th. Their planning has been completed, and the preparations are well advanced.
The location is ready for them and their flight tickets have been booked.
The team of 14 operators has been selected and are all hungry to work the pile-ups! Their callsign and full license has arrived and it is C8T.
Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and possibly other
Digital modes (PSK, FT8). The team will also do 2m-EME(ATNO) and 60m(ATNO).
They have the permission to do 60m by the IARU-Region1-bandplan(15W EIRP).
Their setup will consist of 4 stations operating 24/7 and a fifth station for 2m EME and extra Digi-modes on all bands. Operators mentioned are Kurt/ON8KW (Team Leader), Roger/ON7TQ (Co-leader), Bruno/CS8ABG (Co-leader), Paulo/CU2CO, Emil/DL8JJ, Ron/ON1DX, Philippe/ON4ACP, Marc/ON4AMX, Erik/ON4CCV, Olivier/ON4EI (EI8GQB/EI1A), Herman/ON4QX, Ivo/ON5CD, Cis/ON6LY and Franky/ON7RU. QSL route TBD, but ClubLog will be used. For more details and updates, see: https://mozambique2018.wordpress.com https://youtu.be/STP0SN8HnvQ

Members of the Russian Robinson Club (RRC) will be active as C96RRC (AF-088) and C98RRC (AF-066). Operators mentioned are Vasily/R7AL, Vasily/RA1ZZ, Al/RZ3K and Vlad/RK8A. The pilot station will be Victor, UA3AKO. Their tentative schedule is as follows:
April 29th-May 3rd – From Mozambique Island (AF-088) as C96RRC
May 5-9th – From Inhaca Island (AF-066) as C98RRC
Activity will be on 40/30/20/17/15/10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via R7AL or ClubLog’s OQRS (preferred). ADDED NOTE: In 2018 the RRC is celebrating their 25th anniversary of “Russian Robinson Club”.

9Z4, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO.

Thomas, DL9OBQ, is now active as 9Z4/DL9OBQ from Saint Augustine, Trinidad Island (SA-011), until February 7th, 2018.
Activity will be on 30/17/15 meters using mostly CW. QSL via his home callsign by the Bureau.

5W20, SAMOA. Celebration

To celebrate his 20th anniversary for being on the air, look for Atsu, 5W1SA, to be active as 5W20SAMOA throughout 2018 on HF and 6 meters. He has been on Samoa (OC-097) since 1998 and has logged approximately 100K QSOs. QSL via LoTW (preferred), eQSL after confirm LoTW or ClubLog’s OQRS. Atsu states (about paper QSLs), “After 20 years operating and living in Samoa, there is not enough budget available for QSL card printing. If anyone offers me part of cost or actual printed card, please contact myself or my QSL manager JA1DXA (Katsu) for arrangement.”

3Y0Z BOUVET DXPEDITION NEWS (December 28th 2017).

“All Dressed Up and a Place to Go — Here she is, the Betanzos (see URL below), the ship on which we will begin our journey to Bouvet in just over two weeks. It’s been a busy year for this vessel. She’s been pulled from the water, inspected, refurbished and remodeled stem to stern to prepare her for new life as an Antarctic support vessel, and for our expedition to Bouvet.
During her previous life in commercial fishing, she was at sea for months at a time. Her captain of 8 years is still with her, and knows the Southern Ocean, the ice and his ship very well. Beneath that new coat of paint lies a rugged vessel manned by an able crew. We’ll climb aboard on January 13, 2018 to begin our voyage to Bouvet.
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3B7A ST. BRANDON Is. DXPEDITION

The dates for the 3B7A DXpedition to St. Brandon Islands (AF-015) have been announced — April 5-17th. Look for 8 operators (listed in OPDX.1330) to be active on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY, with five stations on the air. QSL via F5CWU (direct or by the Bureau), ClubLog’s OQRS or LoTW. For more information, see: http://www.saintbrandondx.com