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.
This is already old news but it is now official. Following the new national radio band plan published in november 2013 and signed by the president, several changes are noticeable. Band plan table starts on page 27.
Vietnamese HAM operators can now operate between 7100 KHz and 7200 KHz (in addition to 7000-7100 KHz previously) and also have the full 30 meters band allocated for amateur service (10100 KHz to 10150 KHz). 80 meters band is also allocated from 3500 to 3900 KHz (instead of 3800 KHz). More remarkably, the MF are also authorized on 472-479 KHz (600 meters) in addition to 1800-2000 KHz.
Please note that each band must be applied independently when you request your license.
A very strong typhoon with winds up to force 17 is now approaching Philippines and heading to Vietnam. Last forecasts give it going to the central part of the country but there is a high probability of it going souther. Currently a lot of rain is pouring over Hồ Chí Minh City and the Mekong Delta. The tide level being high because of the new moon, many streets are flooded.
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).
XV4Y will be the HQ station for the VARC during the 2013 IARU HF Championship this week-end.
Entry will be as Single Operator Low Power station.
Mode will be mainly CW, and bands 20 meters, 15 meters and 40 meters.
The VTT-8988 is military radio transceiver built by Viettel, a vietnamese military ran company. No specification are available concerning this new device.