Late DX News Saturday Feb. 25th AM

Attention PCARS DXers:

I just received these separately this AM. Thought I’d pass them on.

Wake Island KH9
Listen for Tom, KH9/NL7RR operating from Wake Island.
On air, when time is available, around 06:00 to 08:00 UTC
AL7JX, Glen, tells us: “We hope he will have time this weekend to operate.
He will try to use these frequencies: 14.243, 21.243, 28.343 SSB

TZ1CE – Mali
From DK1CE, Ulmar – My current activity is planned from February 25, 2023 to March 16, 2023.
Please note:
• On FT8, DX stations outside of EU have precedence at all times.
• Based on my experience, there is not advantage to F/H mode.
I use only normal FT8 mode.
• I will mostly operate on FT8 and SSB.
• The log will be updated daily on ClubLog; the LOTW log will
only be available after the end of my operations in Mali.
• In Mali operation on 60m is not permitted.

73 – Chuck W8PT

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PCARS March Newsletter

Here’s the March issue of The RADIOGRAM

Greetings PCARS Members, ARRL Officials, Amateur Radio Clubs and other interested people,

The March 2023 issue of The RADIOGRAM has been published and is ready for you to enjoy.

Here is the link:

Hope you enjoy this issue – FYAO 2023 Contest Results – Tech Tips-Component Testing – W8NET On The Air from St. Croix – Internet Archive & PCARS –  Something for everyone!

Feel free to pass this newsletter on to anyone interested in ham radio or PCARS.

Take care & 73,

Tom “Parky”, KB8UUZ
PCARS Newsletter Editor

Any mistakes found in the newsletter are there on purpose so some of you can have fun finding them…. The Radiogram is the monthly newsletter of PCARS. Every month, we bring you news, events, DX listings, articles, and lots of fun. All of the issues, dating back to the very first, are on the club website ( for you to download and read. Amateur Radio articles are welcome. Send your submission in .txt (text) format to the editor:

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Latest DX Reports


Some late DX news.

PHILIPPINES, DU. David, VE3OI is QRV as DU2WAA near Currimao,
Ilocos Norte. Activity is on 20 to 10 meters. QSL via LoTW.

KYRGYZSTAN, EX. Bob, DU7ET is QRV as EX0ET from Bishkek until the
end of March. QSL direct to home call.

GUINEA-BISSAU, J5. Livio, IZ3BUR is QRV as J52EC. Activity is on
15 and 10 meters using mostly SSB. His length of stay is unknown.
QSL direct to home call.

MICRONESIA, V6. John, V63JB is QRV from Ulithi Atoll, IOTA OC-078.
He is a staff member at a local school here. Activity is currently
on 30 meters using FT8 but hopes to expand to 20 meters, and use
SSB. QSL via operator’s instructions.

73 – Chuck W8PT

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K3LR Interviews

PCARS Members

Yesterday, Feb 23, K3LR, Tim Duffy, from DX Engineering interviewed NP4G, Otis, one of the 3Y0J team members, who was on the Marama heading to Cape Town.

Today, Friday, Feb 24, at 2100Z K3LR, Tim Duffy, from DX Engineering, will be
interviewing W0GJ, Glenn Johnson, about the upcoming CY0S DXpedition
to Sable Island –

73 – Chuck W8PT

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St. Brandon DXpedition – 3B7M

This is from contributor, Patrice Momple

Here is the last info about the 3B7M team:-
The 3B7M team will leave Port Louis for 3B7 at 11:00 today (23.2.23)and
will reach St Brandon South Island tomorrow late afternoon.They expect
to be QRV on HF Friday night and Sunday on QO-100 satellite.
You can follow Albatross here

73 – Chuck W8PT

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Gridding Across The Pacific


FO/M – Marquesas Islands
After departing Cocos Island (TI9), around March 1, the Magnet (see
yesterday’s issue) will then set sail for the Marquesas Islands
(FO/M). Once they find “a suitable spot to land” their equipment
AA7JV, George, and KN4EEI, Mike, along with some remote operators will
be QRV as FO/AA7JV from about March 18 to 25. This will include three
NCDXF sponsored RIB stations from either Nuku Hiva or Hiva Oa, both
are part of IOTA OC-027. While there they will concentrate “a strong
effort on 160 and 80 meters, as well as on 6 using FT8.”

In an effort to find “ways to make more DX happen, and happen to more
people” the farsighted Northern California DX Foundation (NCDXF)
supported all the development behind the RIB’s.

FO – French Polynesia
After completing their operation from the Marquesas Islands Magnet
will then be sailed to Tuamotu Archipelago, where they expect to be
active from approximately March 28 to April 5. This is part of IOTA
OC-066. Next they will sail to the Society Islands to operate from
various island between approximately April 10 and July 10. This will
include the Windward Islands (OC-046) and the Leeward Islands (OC-
067). More details of Magnet’s voyage westward across the Pacific will
be announced in the future.

I will continue to keep PCARS members informed of their progress. This is a big undertaking and I hope that we all will be able to work these stations as they cross the Pacific.

73 – Chuck W8PT

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Night at the Clubsite, Thursday, February 23th

Thursday February 23 is Net Night AT the Clubsite! Come on out around 6:30 to 10:00. Check into the PCARS net, have some fellowship with other PCARS members!
Bring some Pizza, bring some snacks. We’ve got plenty of beverages.
Hope to see you there.
Tom wb8lcd
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Gridding Across The Pacific, (Addendum to the Addendum)


Magnet’s first stop is Cocos Island (TI9) and they expect to be there
from February 23 to March 1. Unfortunately they will not be operating
from Cocos Island. As a reminder, Maritime Mobile operations will not
count for DXCC. They will be QRV using callsigns AA7JV/MM, KE4EEI/MM
and KH7Z/MM “at various times”. More to follow in the coming days as
Magnet sails across the Pacific over the next two years.

73 – Chuck W8PT

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Gridding Across The Pacific (addendum)


Just a little something extra.

Gridding across the Pacific
Following up on yesterday’s announcement “Gridding across the Pacific”
we have a few more details. The Magnet, owned by AA7JV, George
Wallner, along with KN4EEI, Michael Snow, on board is heading on a two
year journey across the Pacific. Yesterday Magnet departed Golfito,
Costa Rica. They will have a 6 meter FT8 station QRV “throughout the
entire journey”. For those collecting grids on 50 MHz this will be a
great opportunity as they will be sailing through some rare grid
squares. “When we stop at any rare or semi-rare DXCC entity, this
station will be moved onto land to allow it to also generate DXCC
credits”, says George. In addition they will have a second Rig in a
Box (RIB) for activity on other bands. The two RIB stations will be
“remotely controlled via Starlink, by a number of operators in the
US”. At all times a control operator will be on the Magnet. While
sailing the callsign will be KH7Z/MM and when on land they will use
the appropriate assigned callsign for that island. “This is an
experiment to prove the viability of remotely operating a station via
a satellite link”, adds George. The eventual goal is to have remote
operators, operating from their homes, operating DXpeditions.

73 – Chuck W8PT

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PCARS Thursday Net, Thursday, February 23th

Please join us for some good conversation on the world famous PCARS Thursday Night Net. It is held at 8:00 PM local time on the 146.895 repeater with a negative offset and a PL tone of 118.8. Contact is also available via the K8BF-L EchoLink node. We always have interesting club and other amateur radio news.
Remember you can get a good looking certificate if you attend 10 consecutive Thursday Night Nets.
I am always looking for net control operators. It is not as hard as you think and we have a very forgiving crowd of hams that visit our nets. If interested, let me know.
For now 73’s and hope to hear you on the net.
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