Ducie Island 2018 DXpedition Plans Coming Together for this Fall

The Perseverance DX Group (PDXG) reports that its plans to activate the protected marine area of Ducie Island from October 20 to November 3, 2018 are starting to jell. The last Ducie Island DXpedition was VP6DX in 2008. Ducie is currently the 21st most-wanted DXCC entity according to Club Log. The 2018 DXpedition would operate as VP6D. A team of 15 operators will be on the island for up to 14 d…

Es’hail 2 Geostationary Satellite Set to Launch Soon

According to the SatBeams website, the estimated launch date for the Es’hail 2 satellite is March 28. Es’hail 2 will carry the world’s first geostationary Amateur Radio S-band and X-band payload capable of linking amateurs from Brazil to Thailand. The satellite will be positioned at 25.5° E. Es’hail 2 will carry two “Phase 4” Amateur Radio transponders operating in a 2.4 GHz uplink/10.45 GHz dow…

Nominations Now Open for CQ Amateur Radio, Contest, and DX Halls of Fame

Nominations will be accepted until March 1 for membership in the CQ Amateur Radio, DX, and CQ Contest halls of fame. The DX and Contest halls of fame recognize radio amateurs who have made major contributions to DXing and contesting, respectively. The CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame recognizes those who have made major contributions to Amateur Radio generally, and radio amateurs who have made maj…