SILENT KEY Jan “John” L. Hallenberg, SM5DJZ

SM5DJZ passed away on 11 December. He was 71. A serious DXer with 3024 points in the ARRL DXCC Challenge and 1096 points in the IOTA Honour Roll, he “also gave back to the DX community as a card checker for both the DXCC and IOTA programs. He was part of several DXpeditions with the great SM0AGD, Erik. In addition, for many decades Jan ran the SSA outgoing QSL bureau and was a QSL manager for multiple DX operations”. [TNX The Daily DX]

With thanks to 425 DX News.


A new version (v2.4.3) of LoTW’s Trusted QSL (TQSL) is now available: It has new features as well as corrections for defects found since TQSL 2.4.1 and 2.4.2 were released. It also includes an update to the most recent TQSL configuration file.

With thanks to 425 DX News.


At its Board meeting on 17 November 2018 IOTA Ltd appointed a number of IOTA enthusiasts to serve as Directors on an enlarged Board. The full Board is Roger Balister G3KMA, Cezar Trifu VE3LYC, Charles Wilmott M0OXO, Dan Sullivan W4DKS, Hans-Georg Goebel DK1RV, Jim Nakajima JA9IFF and Ghis Penny, ON5NT. We thank Dr Jeff Cantor K1ZN who stepped down as  Director in early November for his help and support during his period of
service on the Board. We welcome the new appointees and look forward to the added strength they bring to the programme’s management.

With thanks to 425 DX News.

Z66DH Kosovo

A group of “four enthusiastic young amateur radio operators aged
between 20 and 25 years old” – namely Philipp DK6SP, Tomi HA8RT,
Flo OE3FTA and Horia YO3IMD – has been active as Z66DH from Kosovo
since 10 December, and will remain QRV until 22 December. They have
three stations operating CW, SSB and digital modes (mainly FT8
DXpedition mode) on all bands. QSL via LoTW, Club Logs’ OQRS or
direct to M0SDV. [TNX DK6SP]

With thanks to 425 DX News.

E51DWC Rarotonga

Milan, OK1DWC has been active again as E51DWC from Rarotonga (OC-013), South Cook Islands since 10 December. Length of stay not known (but in 2016-17 he remained there for about five months and a half). He operates CW, SSB and RTTY on 160-10 metres. QSL via Club Log’s OQRS (preferred), LoTW and eQSL.

With thanks to 425 DX News.

9X2AW Kigali, Rwanda

Harald, DF2WO will be active again as 9X2AW from Kigali, Rwanda from 18 January to 14 February 2019. He will operate CW, SSB, FT8 and RTTY with a focus on 160, 80 and 60m. QSL via M0OXO’s OQRS and LoTW.

With thanks to 425 DX News.

LHS Episode #264: The Weekender XXI


Welcome to the 21st Weekender episode of Linux in the Ham Shack. This time around, we talk about the few contests and special event stations that are around for December. We also touch on Linux distros to try, things to do in the amateur radio and open source world and then we dive straight into hedonism, discussing good food, good music and good spirits. Thank you for listening and Happy Holidays.

73 de The LHS Crew.

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SAQ to transmit on Christmas Eve

Sweden’s Alexanderson alternator station SAQ has planned a Christmas Eve transmission on 17.2kHz. The transmitter will be tuned up starting at around 0730UTC, and a message will be transmitted at 0800UTC. The 200kW Alexanderson alternator is an electromechanical transmitter dating back to 1924. The event will be streamed live on the Alexanderson site YouTube Channel. […] Read the Original Article