A team of Spanish OMs is operating 3W2R from Tiền Giang province in the Mekong delta. They started their activities on the 20 October 2016 and will cease operations on the 28 October.
This is a DX and holidays style activity, and unfortunately they are not enjoying great propagation conditions right now.
Malcolm will visit me soon on next friday. So far condx have been very poor until recently and he only managed a few QSOs fighting against the solar weather. Things are improving slowly and there is still hope for good DX.
Here a picture he sent.
I had to wait until I had confirmation from the operators, and unfortunately they were busy travelling in Asia.
Alex LZ4AX (https://www NULL.qrz NULL.com/db/LZ4AX) and his fiancée were operating in central Vietnam as 3W3XX and 3W3DAY respectively. Operation was around IARU HF contest dates but it was more a tourist trip with a radio than a DXpedition. They nonetheless managed to log more than 1300 QSOs.
No QSL information by now, but you can contact him via homecall.
From Mal VK6LC (https://www NULL.qrz NULL.com/db/VK6LC):
DX Vacation Vietnam 2015
Mal. VK6LC will be Celebrating 15 years (2000-2015) service to Amateur Radio Vietnam and operating two special callsigns.
Year 2000, 3W6LC experienced spot frequency operating and setting up the (VARC) Vietnam Amateur Radio Club XV2A
in Ho Chi Minh City, including donating operational radio equipment for the event.
VARC is still operative today and available for use to all overseas visiting licensed operators.
A special reunion will take place linking many of the local Vietnamese Operator friends
and families. A trip down to the famous Mekong Delta, my favourite place is also scheduled.
I will be looking forward to short path conditions, working North and South America for first time Country entry.
My working conditions for both sites are well established DX Stations with multi-band beams.
XV2VTC (Vung Tau City) 24th. – 30th. September 2015.
3W2HCM (Ho Chi Minh City) 16th. – 23rd. October 2015.
Working SSB/CW on 15-17-20m.
3W2JK operation from Côn Đảo (AS-130) is now over. Jacek SP5APW has published his log online with statistics.
Keith G4FUF is XV4F operating XV4Y’s station in Cần Thơ. He will try to focus on 6 meters enjoying the sub-tropical DX automnal conditions.
More reports seems to indicate that some pirates used real XV or 3W callsigns without any relation with their true owners (of course). Some old callsigns have been spotted used for digimodes QSOs (PSK) but currently attributed and active callsigns has been spotted while their real operator was not operating at that time.
If you think you worked a pirated callsign, please check the station’s QRZ.com page, check his online logs if they are available or contact him by e-mail.
Huy de XV2B is actively monitoring the clusters and PSK Reporter website about this.
This if an information from OM Huy de XV2B (VARC secretary).
It seems that some unidentified stations (pirates) are operating CW and digimodes (PSK31 and JT65) with unauthorized and illegal callsigns. Of course these will not be valid for any award or diploma.
In recent days, there are some CW-JT65-PSK31 activities on radio amateur band with unknown 3W callsign.
– The ship callsign: 3Wxx without the zone number.
– Illegal callsign: 3W0xxx, zone zero is not use.
– Fake callsign (?): received on zone 1-2 not 3.
– Fake callsign (!): not authorized from owner (XVxx).
Many small and medium sized DXpeditions operators have chosen Viet-Nam for their winter trip. Among them you will be able to contact XV2LDH (5 german operators, QSL via DK8ZZ), XV4LU and XV4DDD by two japanese operators (from Phu Quoc IOTA AS-128), XV0VR (2 german operators from many places including AS-132 nd AS-128). Enjoy DX!
A team of 3 ukrainian operators is now active from Vung Tau. More details on their website.