The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1186
October 27, 2014
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
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*** EDITOR'S SPECIAL NOTES (by Tedd, KB8NW): This week's bulletin was
sent out earlier than normal to accommodate the late CQWW DX SSB
Contest announcements. Also, we wanted to provide the readers with
a consolidated listing of the CQWW DX SSB Contest participants.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
week of Friday, 17th-October, through Friday, 24th-October there were 225
countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L,
4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4W, 4X, 5B, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A,
9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3,
C5, C6, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU,
E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F,
FG, FK, FM, FO, FO/m, FP, FR, FS, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA,
HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, J7,
J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY,
LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4,
PJ5, PJ7, PY, PZ, S0, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T30, T7, TA,
TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3,
V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9L, VK9N, VK9X, VP2E, VP5, VP8, VP8/h, VP9,
VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3,
ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZK3, ZL, ZP, ZS
* PLEASE NOTE: The report 'could' contain 'Pirate/SLIM' operations or
more likely a 'BUSTED CALLSIGN'. As always, you never know - 'Work
First Worry Later'.
3W, VIETNAM. Dervin 'Derk', PD9DX, is now active as 3W2LI/PD9DX from
Ho Chi Minh City until October 29th. Activity has been on SSB and on
15 meters. QSL via PD9DX, direct or by the Bureau. NO IRCS.
3W, VIETNAM. Tony, KM0O, will be active as 3W3O from Danang between
November 25th and December 24th. His main activity will be the CQWW DX
CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. Tony likes
80 and 160 meters, so he will probably be emphasizing those bands before
and after the contest. QSL via LoTW, by the Bureau or KM0O (see QRZ.com).
He will upload his logs to LoTW as promptly as possible. QSLs will not
go out until summer of 2015.
4A, MEXICO. Alejandro, XE1EE, will use the special callsign 4A5XX (to
celebrate his 20 yrs in amateur radio) during the CQWW DX CW Contest
(November 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Band entry. QSL via
LoTW, LZ3HI, eQSL, by the Bureau and direct to his home callsign.
ADDED NOTE: Callsign is valid for one year. See: www.qrz.com/db/4A5XX
4X, ISRAEL. Operators Zvi/4X6FR and Moshe/4X1DX will be active as 4X7R
from Herzliya during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a
Multi-Single/All-Band entry. QSL via 4X6FR.
8Q, MALDIVES. Francesco, IK0FUX, will be active as 8Q7UX from Maayafushi
Island (AS-013) between December 1-9th. Activity will be holiday style
on the HF bands, mainly CW. His equipment is an Icom IC-7000 into a Big
stick MFJ-2286 and dipole. QSL via his home callsign.
9K, KUWAIT. Operators Hamad/9K2HN, Essa/9K2HQ, Yasser/9K2MY, Muhammad/
9K2NO, Osama/9K2OD, Ahmad/9K2QA, Basil/9K2RX and Nick/HB9EFK will be
active as 9K2HN during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a
Multi/Single or Multi-2 entry. QSL via 9K2HN, by the Bureau, direct or =
LoTW. Visit the home page at: www.9k2hn.com
9M2, WEST MALAYSIA. Members of the Malaysian Special Expedition Team
will be active as 9M2SE from Pangkor (AS-072) during the CQWW DX SSB
Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multi-Single/Low-Power entry. QSL via
9M2RDX. Operators mentioned are Piju/9M2PJU, Rahmat/9M2RMT, Khairul/
9M2KRZ, Weerut/9W2RUT and Mohd/9W2EDU. For more details, visit the
following Blog page at: 9m2se.blogspot.com
Also, see below: IOTA NEWS - AS-072.
AH2, GUAM. Members of the Guam Contest Club will be active as AH2R during
the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multi-Single entry. Operators
mentioned are: Nozomu/JE8KKX (AH2K), Toshinobu/JI3ERV (NH2C), Tad/JA3XOG,
Kazumasa/JG3RPL, Sato/JH7QXJ and Mikawa/JR7OMD. QSL via LoTW or direct to
JH7QXJ. PLEASE DO NOT QSL via the KH2 Bureau.
ASIAN AND AFRICAN TOUR. Toshi, JA8BMK, plans to be active over the next
month and into the new year. Activity will be focused mainly on the lower
bands (160-80m) with better receive antennas and locations. His tentative
schedule is as follows:
October 31st-November 20th - Nagarkot, Nepal; callsign 9N7BM; set up
a vertical in stead of a inverted V with RX antennas.
January 10-25th (2015) - Antananarivo, Madagascar; callsign 5R8DX;
operators Toshi/JA8BMK and Ken/JN1THL; focusing on
the low bands.
February 5-25th (2015) - Vientiane, Laos; callsign; from a new QTH
with lower noise and wider area and with RX antennas.
March 1-31st (2015) - Nha Trang, Vietnam; callsign XV7BM; with improved
QSL all callsigns via JA8BMK.
BV, TAIWAN. Look for the BV2A club station of China Radio Association
(C.R.A.) in Taipei to be active during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October
25-26th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via BV2A. Operators mentioned are
Tang/BM2AAV, Eddie/BV2DD, Evan/BV2KS and YaoJun/BV5OO.
C45, CYPRUS. Spyros, 5B4MF, will be active as C45T during the CQWW DX
SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Assisted/All-Band/High-
Power entry. QSL via his address on QRZ.com.
CE0Y, EASTER ISLAND. Gerben, PG5M, has announced that he will be active
as CE0Y/PG5M from Easter Island (SA-001) between November 23-28th. This
will be a holiday-style operation. Further details will be forthcoming.
QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau, direct or the OQRS on his Web
page. Important: Don't use IRCs as they can't be exchanged at his post
office. For updates, watch his Web page and Twitter account at:
CQ NEWS (CQ Reconsiders Policy on Crimea in CQ Contests). The following
was announced Tuesday, October 21st: 'In response to requests from a large
number of contesters around the world, CQ has reconsidered its decision
regarding the acceptance of logs from stations in Crimea in CQ-sponsored
As CQ Publisher Dick Ross, K2MGA, explained, 'a large portion of the
contesting community felt that we were unfairly denying our fellow amateurs
in Crimea of the opportunity to fully participate in our contests. Since
the country list for CQ contests is based on a combination of the Worked
All Europe (WAE) and ARRL DXCC lists, and the ARRL has already adopted a
policy regarding Crimean stations in its award and contest programs, we
will amend our policy to be consistent with the ARRL's DXCC policy.'
'Therefore, the listings of Crimean stations submitting logs for CQ
contests will be based on the call sign under which they have operated.
If they used Russian-issued calls in the contest, they will be listed
under Russia; if they used Ukrainian-issued calls in the contest, they
will be listed under Ukraine. This change reflects not only the desire
of many contesters around the world, but also of a large majority of
members of the CQ World Wide DX Contest Committee.''
DXCC NEWS. The DXCC desk is now accepting ZS8A QSLs for DXCC. If you=92ve
submitted a card that was rejected for lack of documentation, send a note
to <email@example.com> to have your record updated.
E2, THAILAND. Members of the Thailand DX Association (HSDXA) will be
active as E2X during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a
Multi-Single/High-Power entry. QSL via E20GMY. Operators mentioned are
Phot/E20GMY, Kriangkrai/E20HHK, Wat/E20MDN, First/E22WWZ, Paul/HS4DDQ,
HS4HLW, Art/HS4LKW, Apiwat/HS4SCI, Wanlop/HS6MYW, Son/HS6NDK and Bunknite/
HS6RMY. Visit the HSDXA FaceBook page at: www.facebook.com/hsdxa
EA8, CANARY ISLANDS. Operators Andrea/IK1PMR and YL Claudia/PA3LEO will
once again be active as EA8/homecall from Tenerife Island (AF-004) between
December 9th and January 8th (2015). Activity will be on 160-6 meters
using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via HB9FKK (preferred) or their home callsigns,
by the Bureau, direct, or E-mail requests for Bureau cards. Also via LoTW
and Clublog. For more details and updates, see: www.ik1pmr.com
ED9, CEUTA AND MELILLA. Members of the Ceuta Legion Contest Team will be
active as ED9K during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as Multi-2
entry. Operators mentioned are Jose/EA7BJ, Salvador/EA7FQB, Jorge/EA7HZ,
David/EA7IVN, Julio/EA7JB, Manolo/EA7LL, Jose/EA7LS, Cris/EA7RU, and
Jose/EA9CD. QSL via EA7LS, only direct (NO BUREAU - NO IRCs). Visit
the ED9K Team's FaceBook page at: www.facebook.com/ed9kteam
EF8, CANARY ISLANDS (Update). Jaime, WP3A, will be active as EF8U from
the Las Palmas Contest Club radio station (EA8URL) on Gran Canaria Island
(AF-004) during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/
All-Band/Low-Power/Assisted entry. Before and after the contest he will
sign EA8/WP3A. QSL direct only via NP3O. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW
after he returns to Puerto Rico.
FT4TA, TROMELIN ISLAND. Just a reminder that members of the F6KOP Team
and Lyon DX Gang will be activating FT4TA from Tromelin Island between
October 30th and November 10th. They plan to have 4 stations on the air
for 10 days, on 160-10 meters using SSB, CW and RTTY. Suggested frequencies
CW - 1826.5, 3523, 7023, 10115, 14023, 18079, 21023, 24894 and 28023 kHz
SSB - 3790, 7082, 14185, 18130, 21285, 24955 and 28485 kHz
RTTY - 10142, 18099, 21080, 24912 and 28080 kHz
6m - 50105/CW and 50105/SSB
An online log will be available during the DXpedition. An OQRS will be
available by ClubLog. QSL via F1NGP. QSLing details can be seen at:
For more details, visit: www.tromelin2014.com
EW3, BELARUS (WFF Op). Eugene, EW3LK, will activate Prostyr (EWFF-024)
for the World Wide Flora & Fauna Award (WWF) between November 1-4th.
Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW and SSB.
HC0, ECUADOR. Members of the Quito Radio Club (HC1QRC) will be active as
HC0E from Quito during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a
Multi-2 entry. QSL via HC1QRC or HC1JQ.
HI, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. Ezequiel, HI3EPR, will be active during the CQWW
DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m)/Low-
Power entry. QSL via LoTW or direct (see QRZ.com).
HI, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. Tino, HI3CC, will be active during the CQWW DX
SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (160m)/Low-
Power entry. QSL via W2CCW.
HO1, PANAMA. Members of the Colon DX Group will be active as HO1C from
Panama during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multi-Op
entry. Operators mentioned are Emilio/HP2NG, Jose/HP2BWJ, Manolis/HP1CQ,
Dorian/HP2DB, Roger/HP2ROC and max/HP2EK. QSL via HP1CQ.
AF-019. (Update) Dan, S50U, reports, 'On Thursday night strong winds
caused by Gonzalo hurricane destroyed almost all antennas at
IO9Y M/M Lampedusa Contest Team station. There will be only
sporadic operation from IG9/CALL stations in low-power category
during CQWW SSB contest. All transportations from the Island
are canceled because of bad weather and team will return home
when ferries start to run.'
AS-072. Members of the 9M2SE Malaysian Special Expedition Team will be
active from Pangkor Island between 0800z, November 7th and
0100z, November 9th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using
SSB and CW. Operators mentioned are Piju/9M2PJU, Rizal/9M2RDX,
Khairul/9M2KRZ, Wak Mit/9M2TPT, Rosli/9M2RHQ, Zamri/9W2NMX,
Ikmal/9W2EDU, Mat Meran/9W2VVN, Weerut/9W2RUT, Kopok/9W2JDY
and Izat/9W2RI. They will have 2 transceivers with 100 watts
on the air using 2 element 3 bands yagi (20/15/10m), EFHW
vertical (40-10m) and G5RV junior (40-10m). Piju informs OPDX,
'Please support our activity. We are promoting our country,
heritage, culture, beautiful islands and beaches to the world.
Malaysia has many beautiful beaches and islands, lots of city
excitement, nature and adventure, also cultural attractions.
It is time to explore Malaysia. Spread the words.'
EU-025. The II9K Contest Team will once again be active as II9K from
Sicily Island during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th)
as a Multi-2 entry. Operators mentioned are Giuseppe/IT9HBT,
Girolamo/IT9GNG, Rino/IT9FXY, Vincenzo/IT9ECQ, Sal/IW9FRA,
Mike/IF9ZWA, Domenico/IW9GTD, Salvatore/DH7SA and Josep/EA3KS.
The II9K ContestTeam will be active with an improved setup
and new Momobeam stacked Yagis. QSL via IT9HBT.
EU-174. Operators Peter/HA5OV, K=E9ki/YT7DQ, Barichek/YU7CM and YZ7ZZ
are now active as SV8/HA5OV from Thassos Island (GIOTA NAS-037,
MIA MG-124, WLOTA LH-4186, QRA KN20HS) until October 29th.
Look for operators to use their own callsigns outside of the
contest as SV8/homecall. QSL via their home callsigns.
IOTA and Crimea - 'IOTA Management has decided that, given the unresolved
political situation in Crimea, it has no course open to it
except, for a period initially of one year, to freeze certain
actions connected with Crimea that it would normally take in
the routine management of the IOTA programme. This means that
it will not accept or issue credit for EU-180 operations taking
place after 17 March 2014 that use a non-Ukrainian callsign,
or accede to any requests from programme participants for update
of their records or changes of callsign and/or checkpoint that
involve a change of DXCC entity. The Committee will review the
situation after one year in the light of developments. IOTA
Management regrets taking this action but it accords with
practice adopted elsewhere..... G3KMA, 21 Oct 2014'
SA-024. Operators Marcelo/PY2AE, Murilo/PY2DS, Jo=E3o/PU2KKE, Willian/
PU2XIZ and F=E1bio/PU2KFL will be active as ZX2CA from Cardoso
Island (DIB SP-07), and as PW2BA from Bom Abrigo Island and
Lighthouse (ARLHS-BRA-013, DIB-SP-05, DFB-SP-03) between
November 21-24th. Operators will spend two days on each island
(Cardoso Island should be first depending on the sea conditions).
Activity will be on 80/40/20/15/10/6/2 meters using CW and SSB.
QSL ZX2CA via PY2DS direct. QSL PW2BA via PY2AE direct.
IY, ITALY (Special Prefix). Look for special event station IY1EY to be
active between November 1st and December 31st, from Loano <www.ariloano.it>
to commemorate the experiments conducted by Gugliemo Marconi from his yacht
'Elettra' in the Ligurian Sea between 1919 and 1936. Expect activity on
CW and SSB, and on all bands including 30/17/12m. Receive a special QSL
card via IK1QBT direct.
JW, SVALBARD. Look for JW5E, Svalbardgruppen Av NRRL Clubstation on
Longyearbyen, to be in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) possibly
as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via JW5E. List of operators were not mentioned.
Visit the JW5E Web page at: jw5e.com
JW, SVALBARD. Alexander, UA3IPL, will be once again active as JW/UA3IPL
from Spitsbergen Island (EU-026) for 4 months starting October 30th.
Activity will be on the HF bands using CW (slow speed), SSB, RTTY, PSK31
and JT65. Equipment will be a Yaesu FT-857D with FC30 tuner into a G5RV
antenna. QSL via RW6HS direct.
KH7, HAWAII. Once again the members of the 'Coconut Wireless Contest
Club' (formerly AH6XX) will be active as KH7CW from Aiea, on the Island
of Oahu (USI HI008S, WLOTA 1227, WW Loc. BL11bj, Honolulu county), Hawaii
(OC-019) in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multi-Single
entry. Operators mentioned are: Tetsuo/AH7C, Soi/JH1ECG, Rich/K2WR,
Akira/KH6BU and possibly 2 others. QSL via LoTW, or direct to K2WR.
KP1, NAVASSA (Press Release). From the The KP1-5 Project, dated October
22nd: 'The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has notified the KP1-5 Project
that they will be the team to activate Navassa Island (KP1) in January 2015.
The DXpedition will be a maximum of fourteen days. The exact dates in
January will be determined by USFWS mission requirements and weather
Our experienced team of fifteen is complete and is ready for the
challenge. The weeks ahead will be extremely busy as the team has less
than 90 days before the DXpedition comes on the air.
January is the month of minimum bird nesting activity and this is the
primary reason USFWS is asking that the operation be completed during
that month. However, the weather is unpredictable in January and because
Navassa is surrounded by cliffs, this may preclude a safe landing by
boat. For safety reasons and in order to maximize our time on the Island
and on the air, a helicopter operation is planned. Navassa is over 100
miles (160 km) from the nearest helicopter staging point and as many as
ten round trips will be required at the beginning and end of the operation.
Obviously, this means that there will be a significant cost for activating
this #1 ranked DXCC entity.
In the next few weeks, we be working with USFWS and as details firm
up, we will issue periodic press releases. Check our webpage,
<www.kp1-5.com> for more details of the operation and how you may
financially support this DXpedition.
The KP1-5 Project team has committed to fund 50% of the total costs.
We are hopeful the DX community at large will fund the remainder.
for The KP1-5 Project,
Bob Allphin, K4UEE, President
Glenn Johnson, W0GJ, Vice-president
Mike Thomas, NA5U, Secretary'
ADDED NOTES: =
* OPDX was informed that the callsign they will use on the island will
* Press Release: 'INDEXA Supports Navassa Island DXpedition --
Hello fellow DXers and INDEXA Members:
INDEXA is pleased to announce that we are generously supporting the
just announced major DXpedition to Navassa Island, KP1. The official
team announcement says this will occur in January, 2015. The DXpedition
call will be announced later. Navassa Island is currently ranked #2 on
the DX Magazine's 'Most Wanted list'.
The Navassa Island DXpedition Team leader is Bob Allphin, K4UEE, and
he has assembled an extraordinary team of DXpeditioners with the know-how
to plan, implement and activate the rarest of the rare DX entities. The
team includes AA7JV, HA7RY, K0IR, K4UEE, K5AC, K9CT, N2TU, N4GRN, NA5U,
NM1Y, VE7CT, W0GJ, W6IZT, and WB9Z.
INDEXA is the first DXpedition support group to announce financial
support for this DXpedition. This support is possible because of your
membership in INDEXA and the many prior donations. Interestingly, over
half of the DXpedition team is made up of INDEXA officers, directors
and members. INDEXA has provided support that is over and above what is
customary; so if you would like to help replenish our reserves you might
consider an additional contribution via the web page
This DXpedition should provide many of you with an all-time new DXCC
entity as well as new band/mode countries for various ARRL, CQ and IOTA
Gary Dixon, K4MQG - INDEXA President
John Scott, K8YC - VP-Newsletter Editor
Dick Williams, W3OA - Secretary-Treasurer'
NH2, GUAM (OC-026). Joel, KG6DX, will be active as NH2DX in the CQWW DX
SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (15m)/High-Power
entry. QSL via NH2DX, CBA or QRZ.com address. NO Bureau QSLs.
OH0, ALAND ISLAND. Operators Juha/OH1JT, Jouko/OH1RX, Kari/OH2XX, Ari/
OH5DX, Tomi/OH6EI and Pasi/OH6UM will be active as OH0Z during the CQWW
DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via W0MM.
OH0, ALAND ISLAND. Pekka, OH2YY, will be active as OH0YY from Aland
Island during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/
All-Band (only 40-10m) entry. He states, 'I will not have time to install
antennas for 75 and 160.' QSL via OH2YY.
OP, BELGIUM (Special Prefixes). Belgian Telecom authorities (BIPT)
granted to all Belgian stations the privilege to use the OP prefix to
commemorate the Great War between November 1-30th of each year and until
P4, ARUBA. Operators Elza/K4ISV, Ray/K9RS and Art/N3DXX will be active
as P40S from the P49Y rental station in Pos Chiquito (WW Loc. FK52AL),
Aruba (SA-036, WLOTA 0033), during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October
25-26th) as a Multi-Single/High-Power entry. QSL via K9QVB.
P5, NORTH KOREA (Update On The P5/K6VVA Quest). Rick, K6VVA, posted the
following on October 20th: 'In just a few months will begin Year #9 of
my quest for approval to operate from P5. There have been many, MANY
different proposals made to the D.P.R.K. Authorities during the past 8
Years. Recently, my primary Advocate and Envoy to P5 has left the NGO to
a new position with a different organization not involved with Humanitarian
work in the D.P.R.K. I am pursuing alternative new pathways to success in
this project to be able to fulfill the intended Humanitarian goal, and the
objective to provide an equal opportunity for all DXCC Program participants
in need of ONE 'CW' QSO credit with North Korea.
ADDITIONAL CHANGES & INFORMATION -- An original purpose of the P5/K6VVA
Expedition was to operate from at least one IOTA (AS-197), with background
plans to hopefully QRV from all 4 of the P5 IOTAs. However, based on data
Results of my K6VVA IOTA SURVEY and a very detailed analysis of almost
100,000 QSOs made by 25 different 'IOTA-ONLY' Expeditions, plans have now
changed. The previous expressions of interest in donations for Humanitarian
work in the D.P.R.K. were astonishing for which I am grateful. Yet, LESS
than 5% (Five Percent) of Callsigns from the serious IOTA Community in the
combined 2010 + 2014 Honor Roll and Annual Listing Reports participated.
The overwhelming level of support for the Humanitarian goal in the D.P.R.K.
came from the DXCC Community. Accordingly, IOTA is no longer a primary
objective in my P5/K6VVA plans due to lack of IOTA support.'
To read the complete update by Rick, go to: www.k6vva.com/p5
PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (October 27th-November 2nd)....
Oct/27th HN Oct/30th AN Nov/01st AN
Oct/28th AN Oct/31st AN Nov/02nd AN
SOLAR REFERENCE KEYS/INDEXES AND GEOMAGNETIC REFERENCE
NORMALITY GEOMAG K Values Alpha
----------------- ------ -------- ------
AN - Above Normal Quiet K=3D0-1 0-7
HN - High Normal Unsettled K=3D2 8-15
LN - Low Normal Active K=3D3 16-29
BN - Below Normal Minor Storm K=3D4 30-49
DIS - Disturbed Major Storm K=3D5 50-99
VRY DIS - Very Disturbed Severe Storm K=3D6-9 100-400
REALTIME BAND CONDITIONS WEB SITE <www.bandconditions.com>:
The purpose of this experimental Web site is to provide 24-7-365 actual
(REALTIME) band condition information to CW QRPp, QRPe and CW/SSB for
Contesters interested in increasing their scores. It can also be of
benefit to other Radio Amateurs to determine band conditions for Nets
and casual QSO's. This information is NOT based on any software pre-
dictions or any kind of satellite based readings. It's is based on a
new Ionospheric sounding method called 'HF Ionospheric Interferometry'
which operates very similarly to the PolSAR system used by NASA.
PS43, BRAZIL (Special Event). Look for special event station PS43GPB
to be on the air because of the Grand Prix Brasil F1 Race, Interlagos
Circuit, from S=E3o Paulo between November 1-10th. Activity will be SSB
only, and on 20/17/15/10 meters. QSL via PS7AB, direct (SASE + USD),
by the Bureau, LoTW, and eQSL. SWL QSL cards are welcome. For more
informations, see: www.qrz.com/db/ps43gpb
QSL INFO AND NEWS.....................
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (October 24th)
3W2LI/PD9DX via PD9DX IT9/VE8DX via VE3FDX SN1956PW via SP3PGR
5T0ITU via ON8RA J43TR via SV3DCX SN650B via SQ9CAQ
8P5A via NN1N JV5A via WV6E SP/DJ9ZZZ via DJ9ZZZ
9A/DJ8QP via DJ8QP JW1ENA via LA1ENA SP/DL1EKO via DL1EKO
9M2TO via JA0DMV K3K via K3TW SV0GU via DL4SV
EA8/UY5ZZ via UY5ZZ KH7Y via EA5GL SV3/DF9ZV via DF9ZV
EA9KB via EA7FTR N8M via KD8HNF TG9AJR via NR6M
EG5PO via EA5HOX OP14Z via ON4GI TJ3SN via IZ1BZV
FR5DZ via F6CXV OR3A via ON6CC TT8/F5RQP via F5RQP
GB1BGS via GW1IOT P40L via WA3FRP V31SW via W3HNK
GW3TTC/P via G3TTC PH146EU via PD7YY V5/OE6GLD via OE6GLD =
IG9/S59M via W3HNK R14CWC/0 via UA0C VI3RVAC via VK3CAM
II8RJP via IK8PXZ R14CWC/7 via RK6HG
(e) eQSL only (d) direct only (B) Bureau only (L) LoTW only
(O) OQRS only (C) ClubLog only =
QSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 5Q2J, 8Q7SN, 9M6XRO, A61DD, EA3DUM, F6ATS, GM4WZL,
HA5AGS, HB9CVQ, JA1BJI, JE4JPQ, JG1TIV, JM1LRA, KH2L, KH6GMP, OO2T,
RA4CC, SV5/DL3DRN, SV5/G0TSM, SV9CVY, TG9ANF, TJ3SN, VK4UC, VP9I, YC1DOL,
ZA/ON4ANN, ZA/ON4CCV, ZA/ON6NB and ZA/S56A
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3W4DK, 9M2MI, BA4TB, CE0Z/UA4WHX, CT1CT, F8BEC,
HK0/UA4WHX, RI44ANT, RK9UN, TY1AA, VK2HSL/BW9 and VK5CE/8
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 9M6XRO, 9M6XRO/P, CO2ELS, DV1UD, JX5O,
MQ6EOW, PY5BLG, PY5DK, PY5UP, PY5ZHP and V31ZM
RU9, ASIATIC RUSSIA. Marko, N5ZO, will be active as RU9CZD from R9DX QTH
during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/
High-Power entry. QSL via LoTW or by the Bureau.
S0, WESTERN SAHARA. Roberto, EA2CNU, will be active as S0S from Western
Sahara during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th). Outside of the
contest, he will sign S01WS. QSL both callsigns via EA2JG.
STANDARD TIME. Remember to change your clocks next week? Countries who
observe Daylight Saving Time (DST), which took place on Sunday, March
9th, are now expected to move their 'local clocks' backward 1 hour on
Sunday, November 2nd, from 2:00 AM local time to 1:00 AM. In 2015, Day-
light Saving Time (DST) will again go into effect on Sunday, March 8th,
at 2:00 AM local time. For the history and details about ST and DST, as
well as an interesting map of the world (showing the countries who observe
DST), see: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standard_timeen.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daylight_saving_timewww.timeanddate.com/time/dst/2015.html
ADDED NOTE: Hopefully, all amateur radio operators know not to change
their GMT/UTC/ZULU clocks. However, since most operators usually set their
computers to local time, some may have to change their settings on 'some'
ham radio software (ex. logging, propagation, DXTelnet, etc..) programs.
TI, COSTA RICA. Operators Eddie/K4UN, Juan/TI2JCY, Carlos/TI2KAC and
Mauricio/TI4ZM will be active as TI5M from Poas Alajuela during the
CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via
TI2KAC. The TI5M callsign is the new callsign for the TI8M Contest Group
due to a location change.
VI6, AUSTRALIA (Special Event). Members of the Southern Electronics Group
(VK6SR) will be active as VI6ANZAC between October 31st and November 2nd.
Activity is to mark the 100th anniversary of the departure of the first
convoy of ships carrying ANZAC troops and the significant role Albany has
played in Australia's ANZAC history. Operations will primarily focus on
the HF bands SSB, 80/40/20/15/10 meters including 30/17/12 meter bands,
possibly 160 meters, and depending on the propagation. Also, if they can
find some interested operators, there is some possibility of Digital modes
and CW. QSL via VK3CAM or by the address on QRZ.com.
VK9DLX, LORD HOWE ISLAND (Updates)..................
October 22nd: 'Yesterday our last team member Bernd, VK2IA, arrived on the
island. Due to business commitments he was not able to stay with us the
full length of the DXpedition.
QSOs are running good on all bands, though we observe a decrease of
daily QSO numbers. Due to the relative low ranking in the Most Wanted
list (#59 clublog.org), we expected this. And the latest solar flare
doesn't really help. We will see how conditions develop until the CQWW
Of course we are also preparing ourselves and the stations for the CQWW
SSB contest. We are planning to participate as a Multi-Multi effort with
the callsign VK9LM. Even if you already worked VK9DLX, please call us in
the contest. Many thanks!
We made some good progress of finding local noise sources which make
life very hard on the low bands. One main source was a small power supply
of a TV distribution network amplifier. Fortunately we could replace it by
one of our notebook power supplies and the noise has almost gone. But mea=
while we have a new noise source, showing up at North America prime time
on 160m. We try everything possible to find the source to get a better RX
situation on the low bands.
On 80m we are aware that South America is looking for a 80m QSO with us
at their sunrise. We try to be QRV just before Lord Howe sunset (around
0700z to 0730z) the next days.
6m was definitely a highlight the last two days. With a 5 Element Yagi
on a 10m mast, pointed to JA, we were able to make about 260 QSOs. Mainly
with Japan and some VK's. We also observed the opening from North America
to FK, but heard absolutely nothing from them. It is still 1200km from
FK8CP to VK9DLX. We will continue to observe Magic Band on DX-Cluster. We
will also temporarily operate a beacon on 50.114 with antenna directed to
Japan. If you notice anything please send the info to the DX cluster net-
work or to our contact form on our homepage.
We still get e-mails and guest-book entries to change this or that
callsign in the onlinelog. We definitely will not do that during the
DXpedition. If the onlinelog doesn't show your callsign, just work us
again. Regarding LoTW: We will upload our log to the Logbook Of The World
within 3 months after the DXpedition.
Please also have a look at the picture gallery
(www.lordhowe2014.org/service/gallery/index.php) for new impres-
sions from Lord Howe Island.'
October 24th: 'This is to inform the contest community that there will be
a Multi-Multi operation from Lord Howe Island in the CQWW SSB 2014. Our
callsign will be VK9LM. We will operate all six contest bands from 160m
to 10m and man the stations when there is propagation from Lord Howe
Island to anywhere in the world. Normally you will get DXcluster spots
where we are on each band. But especially on the low bands it may be
possible that we will not always find a running frequency (especially
when we have to compete against European stations). But don't be shy to
contact us to ask for a QSY frequency on 160m, 80m or 40m. In most cases
not only we are the multiplier, but also you!
There will be no CW operation on the contest bands during the contest.
But we will have two stations which can be operated on 17m and 12m during
Please note and understand that there will be no upload to Club Log for
the contest log as long as the official log checking takes place. Of
course we will also upload the QSOs with VK9LM to LOTW later.
Feel free to visit the DXpedition website on www.lordhowe2014.org
and subscribe to our newsletter to stay informed.
No idea who the Lagunaria DX Group is? Just visit
www.lagunaria-dx-group.org and learn more about the group, the
people behind it and their goals.'
VK9N, NORFOLK ISLAND. Michael, G7VJR, (author of ClubLog) will be active
as VK9/G7VJR from Norfolk Island (OC-005) between December 26th and January
2nd (2015). Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands using CW with an
Elecraft K3 and 100 watts. QSL via M0OXO or LoTW.
VK0M, MACQUARIE ISLAND (Cancelled). It was announced on QRZ.com a few weeks
ago that Rod, VK6MH/GM4AWB, would be active as VK0MH from Macquarie Island
(AN-005) between early or starting November 2014 and April 2015. However,
this week it was announced on October 15th by Rod, 'Alas, my ship L'Astro-
labe sailed yesterday to Macquarie and I was not on it. After all the weeks
of training were complete I cannot go. On Friday I had a small innocent
mole cut off my arm. Late on Monday, I was told it was a Melanoma and so
that meant no travel on the ship. I had an op to remove it yesterday an
although gutted that I cannot go, feel uplifted by support of friends and
family and am focused on future adventures :0)'
VR, HONG KONG. Operators Charlie/VR2XMT, Yau/VR2UBC, Solo/VR2CO, Oscar/
VR2ZLI, Calvin/VR2ZCL, Brian/VR2ZXM, Dawood/VR2XNG and Farid/VR2UNG will
be active as VR2S (Region Scout Special Station by the HKIR IT Club)
during the CQWW DX SSB Contest as a Multi-Single entry. QSL direct via
VR2HKS or the address on QRZ.com.
YS, EL SALVADOR. Hiro, JA6WFM, will be active as YS1/NP3J during the
CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (10m)/
Low-Power entry. QSL via EA5GL or LoTW.
YS, EL SALVADOR. Mario, YS1GMV, member of the Club de Radio Aficionados
de El Salvador (CRAS), will be active as YS1YS during the CQWW DX SSB
Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Single-Transmitter entry. QSL
The following stations are expected to be active in the
CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th, 2014)
Thanks to Bill, NG3K, for providing OPDX readers with the following
consolidated listing of the participants in the 2014 CQWW DX SSB Contest.
For a more detailed listing (and up-to-date changes/corrections) in HTML
format, please visit Bill's Web page at:
www.ng3k.com/Misc/cqs2014.html (By call sign)
www.ng3k.com/Misc/cqsd2014.html (By entity)
www.ng3k.com/Misc/cqsz2014.html (By zone)
Contest DXCC CQZ Class QSL
Callsign Entity Route
3B8HA Mauritius 39 SO LoTW
3G1B Chile 12 M/? HA1AG
3G3W Chile 12 M/2 XQ4CW
3Z6O Poland 15 LoTW; QSL via SP6NVK (B)
4L8A Georgia 21 SOSB 20M LoTW; QLS via K1BV
4L0A Georgia 21 SOAB HP LoTW
4O3A Montenegro 15 M/S LoTW
4W/K7CO Timor Leste 28 M/? OQRS MM0NDX
4X2M Israel 20 SOSB 80M 4X4DZ
4X7R Israel 20 M/S 4X6OM
5R8C Madagascar 39 M/? LoTW
5W0EF Samoa 32 SO W8AEF
5W0QQ Samoa 32 SO N7CQQ
5W0XH Samoa 32 LoTW; QSL via KD6XH (d)
6Y4K Jamaica 08 LoTW; QSL via VE3NE (B/d)
9A1P Croatia 15 M/S 9A2RD
9K2GS Kuwait 21 SOAB HP LoTW; QSL via EA5KB
9K2HN Kuwait 21 M/? 9K2HN
9M2SE West Malaysia 28 M/S 9M2RDX
9Y4D Trinidad & Tobago 09 SOSB 15M LoTW
A73A Qatar 21 M/2 A71A
AH2R Guam 27 M/S LoTW; QSL via JH7QXJ
AH0K Mariana Islands 27 M/2 OH6GDX
B4L China 24 SOAB HP BY4IIG
BH1IOT China 24 M/? BH1IOT
BV2A Taiwan 24 M/S BV2A
C37NL Andorra 14 M/2 C37URA
CE3CT Chile 12 SOAB LoTW
CN2R Morocco 33 M/S W7EJ
CO2IR Cuba 08 SOSB 20M CO2IR
CR3L or CQ3L Madeira 33 TBD DJ6QT
CR3A Madeira 33 M/S LoTW
CR6K Portugal 14 M/S CT1CJJ
D70LW South Korea 25 M/S LoTW; QSL via DS4NYE
E2X Thailand 26 M/S E20GMY
E78T Bosnia & Herzegovina 15 SOSB 15M E78T (B)
EA6/GM0EGI Balearic Islands 14 M/2 TBD
EA8/RA1A Canary Islands 33 SOSB 15M LoTW; QSL via RN3RQ
ED1R Spain 14 M/2 EC1KR
ED9K Ceuta & Melilla 33 M/2 EA7LS
EF8S Canary Islands 33 SOSB 80M OH2BYS
EF8U Canary Islands 33 SOAB LP EA8URE
FR/F4FET Reunion 39 MM0NDX
FY5FY French Guiana 09 SOSB FY5FY
FY5KE French Guiana 09 SOSB LoTW
GJ2A Jersey 14 M/S LoTW; QSL via (C)
HB9H Switzerland 14 M/S HB9CXZ
HB9OK Switzerland 14 M/S HB9OCR
HC0E Ecuador 10 M/2 HC1JQ
HI3CC Dominican Republic 08 SOSB 160M W2CCW
HI3EPR Dominican Republic 08 SOSB 20M LoTW; QSL via HI3EPR (d)
HK1NA Colombia 09 M/M K6IPM
HO1C Panama 07 M/? HP1CQ =
HR2WW Honduras 07 SOAB LP KD4POJ
IG9R African Italy 33 SOSB IK8HCG
IH9YMC African Italy 33 SOSB eQSL
II9K Sicily 15 M/2 IT9HBT
IO4W Italy 15 SOSB 15M LoTW
IR5A Italy 15 M/S LoTW; QSL via (e) and IK5=
J43TR Greece 20 M/S SV3DCX
J3A Grenada 08 SO HP WA1S
J42T Greece 20 M/2 LoTW
J79L Dominica 08 SOSB SP9FIH
J79X Dominica 08 SOSB SP9FIH
JW5E Svalbard 40 M/2 JW5E
KH2RU/KP4 Puerto Rico 08 SOAB NP3O
KH6LC Hawaii 31 SOAB LoTW; QSL via WA6WPG
KH7CW Hawaii 31 M/S K2WR
KH8B American Samoa 32 SOAB HP LoTW; QSL via (C)
LT7H Argentina 13 SOAB LP EA5GL
LU8YE Argentina 13 M/2 IK2DUW
LX7I Luxembourg 14 SO LX2A
LY4A Lithuania 15 M/2 LY4A
LY7A Lithuania 15 M/M LoTW
NH2DX Guam 27 SOSB 15M NH2DX
NH0DX Mariana Islands 27 SOAB LP JL3RDC
NP2P Virgin Islands 08 SOAB LoTW
NP4Z Puerto Rico 08 M/2 N4AO
OA4O Peru 10 SOAB HP OA4O
OH5Z Finland 15 M/S LoTW
OH0JFP Aland Island 15 SOSB 10M
OH0YY Aland Island 15 SOAB OH2YY
OH0Z Aland Island 15 M/S W0MM
OL4A Czech Republic 15 M/2 OK1DSX
P3F Cyprus 20 SOAB HP
P40L Aruba 09 M/2 WA3FRP
P40S Aruba 09 M/S K9QVB
P40W Aruba 09 SOAB LP LoTW; QSL via N2MM (d)
PJ2T Curacao 09 M/? LoTW
PJ4X Bonaire 09 M/? LoTW; QSL via W1MD (d)
PJ7/K5WE Sint Maarten 08 K5WE; QSL via (C)
PW2D Brazil 11 M/? M0OXO
RA0R Russia (Asia) 18 SOAB HP LoTW
RK0LWW Russia (Asia) 19 M/S RK0LWW (d)
RM3F Russia (Europe) 16 SOSB 15M UA3DPX
RU9CZD Russia (Asia) 17 SOAB HP LoTW; QSL via RU9CZD (B)
S0S Western Sahara 33 EA2JG
SI9AM Sweden 14 M/S SM3TIR
SJ2W Sweden 14 M/S LoTW; QSL via SM2LIY (d)
SV8/HA5OV Greece 20 M/S HA5OV
SX9C Crete 20 M/S LoTW
T42R Cuba 08 M/S EA7FTR
T48K Cuba 08 M/? DK1WI
T88H Palau 27 SO LoTW; QSL via TA1HZ
T88WJ Palau 27 SO JS3LSQ
TC2BC Turkey 20 SOAB LP DL7BC
TC7V Turkey 20 SOAB HP M0OXO
TI5M Costa Rica 07 M/S TI2KAC
TK9R Corsica 15 SOAB HP IK8UND
TO1A French Guiana 09 SOSB LoTW
TO2A French Guiana 09 KU9C
TO5A Martinique 08 SOAB LoTW; QSL via F5VHJ (B/d)
TO0X Mayotte 39 SOSB HP LoTW
TX7G Marquesas 31 M/S LoTW; QSL via (C)
UB7K Russia (Europe) 16 M/M UB7K
V47JA St. Kitts & Nevis 08 SOAB LoTW; QSL via W5JON (d)
VE2IM Canada 02 SOAB HP VE3DZ OQRS; QSL viaa VE3DZ =
VK9LM Lord Howe Island 30 M/? OQRS DL1MGB; QSL via DJ2MX
VK9XSP Christmas Island 29 M/? LoTW; QSL via SP6IXF
VP5T Turks & Caicos 08 M/? LoTW; QSL via WA3RHW (B/d)
VP9I Bermuda 05 SOAB LP WW3S
VR2S Hong Kong 24 M/S
VR2XAN Hong Kong 24 SOSB 15M
WP3C Puerto Rico 08 SOSB 40M W3HNK
XW1IC Laos 26 SOAB HP E21EIC OQRS
XX9R Macao 24 M/S EB7DX
YB0NDT Indonesia 28 SOSB 40M LoTW; QSL via YB0NDT (d)
YC8ROP Indonesia 28 SOSB 15M LoTW; QSL via YC8ROP (d)
YE2C Indonesia 28 M/2 LoTW
YF1AR/8 Indonesia 28 SOAB LP ClubLog; QSL via N2OO (B/=
YN5Z Nicaragua 07 SOAB HP LoTW
YS1/NP3J El Salvador 07 SOSB 10M EA5GL
YS1YS El Salvador 07 YS1GMV
ZA/F4DTO Albania 15 F4DTO
ZA/F4GFE Albania 15 F4GFE
ZD8R Ascension Island 36 SOSB OH0XX
ZD8W Ascension Island 36 SOSB W6NV
ZD8X Ascension Island 36 SOSB OH2KI
ZM1A New Zealand 32 M/? LoTW =
(e) eQSL only (d) direct only (B) Bureau only (L) LoTW only
(O) OQRS only (C) ClubLog only =
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