From 12:00 UTC, Saturday, February 7, to 11:59 UTC on Sunday, February 8, the Black Sea Contest will be taking place on CW/SSB, organized by the Ukrainian Black Sea Contest Club. It’s a worldwide contest where all stations may contact one another. However, QSOs with stations from countries containing a river whose waters eventually end up in the Black sea will be rewarded with ten points, i.e., stations of Central and Eastern Europe.
The full list of countries consists of:
Austria, OE – Albania, ZA – Belarus, EU – Bulgaria, LZ – Bosnia and Herzegovina, E7 – Hungary, HA – Germany, DL – Georgia, 4L – Italy, I – Macedonia, Z3 – Moldova, ER – Poland, SP – Russia (European part), RA – Romania, YO – Slovakia, OM – Slovenia, S5 – Turkey, TA – Ukraine, UR – Croatia, 9A – Montenegro, 4O – Czech Republic, OK – Switzerland, HB – Serbia, YU.
QSOs with stations on other continents will be worth five points; those within the same continent, but in a different ITU zone will be worth three points and will be assigned one point per QSO within the same ITU zone. For complete rules refer to the official website: www.bscc.in/index/rules_black_sea_cup_international_eng/0-21.
In addition, the third edition of a contest from Greece that: the Triathlon DX Contest. This year it will be taking place on Saturday, February 7. It will be a 24 hour non-stop event divided in three sections, each one devoted to a different mode. The start is at 0000z with CW until 0759z. After that, from 0800z the contest continues with SSB until 1559z, and finally the RTTY part starting at 1600z until 2359z. You can find more info as well as the complete rules in several languages at: www.triathlon-dx-contest.gr.
Concerning Dxpeditions, of course the most important operation underway is K1N, Navassa.
Due to bad weather on the first days, the deployment of all the stations has been delayed, but now K1N is going “full DXpedition mode”, as they say on the website www.navassadx.com. Since this is such a rare entity, there is a lot of expection, a lot of demand and of course a lot of chaos on the air! However, day after day, all the stations have been installed and many OM’s are working the new one that they have awaited for many years. Hopefully, in the next few days, things will run smoothly and everyone will be able to work K1N without problems. See the updates on www.navassadx.com. This Dxpeditions should continue until around February 14.