The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1198
January 19, 2015
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX
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(MMMonVHF) and ZL4PW for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
week of Sunday, 11th/January, through Sunday, 18th/January there were 217
countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 3X,
4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5W, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 9A, 9G, 9H,
9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9V, 9Y, A2, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9,
CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, CY0, D4, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA,
EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FK, FM,
FO, FO/a, FR, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI,
HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J7, J8, JA, JT, JW, JY, K,
KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH8, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH,
OH0, OJ0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, S0,
S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL,
TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK,
VK9N, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, YA, YB, YI,
YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZF, 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'.
3A, MONACO. Operators Patrice/F5RBB and his XYL Mireille/F4FRL will be
active as 3A/F5RBB and 3A/F4FRL, respectively, from Monaco between now
and January 24th. Activity will be on 20/15 meters RTTY and PSK31. QSL
via their home callsigns.
3G0, JUAN FERNANDEZ ISLAND (Update to OPDX.1193/1197). Members of the
Provins ARC (F6KOP) will activate Robinson Cruso=EB Island (SA-005, aka
Juan Fernandez Archipelago) as 3G0ZC between February 20th and March
8th. A team of 20 operators plan to be active with 8 stations on the
air on 160-6 meters, using SSB, CW and the Digital modes. A Web site
will be online soon. A FaceBook page is now available at:
More details will be forthcoming.
BILL MOORE, NC1L, UPDATE. Bernie, W3UR, from 'The Daily DX' put out on
January 18th the following update on NC1L:
'The following very important update on NC1L, Bill Moore, is from W1RM,
Pete Chamalian. It=92s sad news to DXers around the globe as Bill helped ma=
of us through his carrier running the ARRL DXCC Desk. Let=92s all shower Bi=
with words of encouragement at his email below and his callbook address. On
a personal note I am sure this was a very difficult decision to make and we
all need to support Bill as it wasn=92t easy to do. Bill Thanks for all you
did for the Amateur Radio DX Community!...... 73, Bernie'
'After much consultation with my family and as a result of the life
changing accident I suffered in July, 2014, I have decided to relinquish
my position as Awards Manager at ARRL HQ and focus my full effort on
physical therapy. I have enjoyed my years at ARRL and the countless friends
I have made within the ham radio community.
I hope to maintain contact as best I can via email and hope someday
I will be able to get back on the bands. Email can be sent to me at
<BillMooreNC1L@Gmail.com> and while I plan to read each and every one,
I cannot promise to reply in a timely manner.
With much gratitude and sincere thanks,
Wilfred (Bill) Moore, NC1L'
DAYTON HAMVENTION NEWS.............
* SWODXA DX DINNER ANNOUNCEMENT UPDATE -- Bill Salyers, AJ8B, reports on
January 9th [edited]: The SouthWest Ohio DX Association (SWODXA) has
announced that =91C82DX =96 Plan, Plan, and Plan again, Murphy still ma=
a visit!=94 will be the keynote topic for their 30th annual DX dinner.
The dinner, held in conjunction with the 2015 Dayton Hamvention=AE, will
be on Friday, May 15th, at the Marriott Hotel in Dayton. N1DG and N4XP
will be the presenters. Don Greenbaum, N1DG, grew up in New York City
and the NJ Shore. His father, WA2UDV, was his radio mentor and two other
siblings also had their licenses by the time Don became WN2DND at age
11 in 1962. Don has been on several major DXpeditions including VP8ORK,
K4M and A52A. He has also operated as A61AD, A51DG, C91DG, A73A, and
/KH9, /VP9, /VS6, /BV2, /4X and /9V. His latest DXpedition was to C82DX
which he co-led with N4XP.
He has been webmaster for over 50 DXpeditions. In 2005 Don was honored
at Dayton by CQ Magazine by being inducted into the CQ DX Hall of Fame.
In 2009 Don was one of the founding members of the CW Operators' Club
(member number 2). He is Treasurer of the Northern California DX Foun-
dation and has authored several articles on the rising costs and
financing of major DXpeditions.
Tom Harrell, N4XP, was first licensed in 1960 as KN4TSJ in Norfolk,
VA, but upgraded quickly to K4TSJ at the age of 15. After working a 'YU'
as a novice, DX was discovered and became a prime interest which is as
strong today as in those early years. Previous calls include V73XP,
OK8XP, ON9CXP, ZK1XXP, AL7EL, K4TSJ and W8FCI.
Tom, currently credited with 365 entities also holds DXCC #1 Honor
Roll; CW, Phone, and Mixed Honor Roll; 9 Band DXCC; 5BWAZ (190); CQ DX -
SSB & CW; WPX - CW, SSB and Mixed.
Tom has led DXpeditions to Wake Island as AL7EL/KH9, KH9/AL7EL, and
N4XP/KH9 and North Cook as ZK1XXP. He co-led DXpeditions to C82DX in
Mozambique and K4M on Midway with N1DG and K5K on Kingman Reef with
NI6T. In all Tom has either visited or operated from 41 countries.
In 2009 Tom was honored at the Dayton Hamvention by CQ Magazine by
being inducted into the CQ DX Hall of Fame. Tom also has been a member
of four DXpeditions of the Year. Tom has authored or co-authorized over
For more information and to order dinner tickets, visit
<WWW.SWODXAEVENTS.ORG> and follow us on Twitter (@SWODXA).
* CONTEST DINNER UPDATE -- Tim, K3LR, reports [edited]: North Coast
Contesters are proud to announce that ARRL President Kay Craigie,
N3KN, will be the main speaker for the 23rd annual Dayton Contest
Thanks to Icom America, the main door prize is a IC-7600 full
featured HF transceiver. Details and ticket information is available
EP, IRAN. Members of the Rockall DX Group are now active from Kish Island
(AS-166), Iran, until January 31st. The group arrived on Kish Island on
January 16th, and they reported that 'everything is going as planned'...
Activity will be on all bands and modes, having 5 stations on the air.
Suggested frequencies are available in OPDX.1197 or their Web page at:
For more information and updates, visit QRZ.com or <www.rockall.be>.
FJ, ST. BARTHELEMY (Reminder). By the time you read this Gene, N9SW, will
once again be active as FJ/N9SW from St. Barthelemy (NA-146, DIFO FJ-001,
WLOTA 0377) until January 25th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-6
meters (possibly 80m) and mainly CW. QSL via his home callsign.
FR, REUNION ISLAND. Guy, F5MNW, will once again be active as FR/F5MNW from
Saint Leu, Reunion Island (AF-016, DIFO FR-001, WLOTA 1812, WWFF FFF-011),
between March 19th and April 14th. Activity will be on the HF bands using
only CW. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. NO IRCs!
AS-200. (Reminder) Kenji, JA4GXS, will once again be active as JA4GXS/5
from Shodo Island (Kagawa Prefecture) between January 23-25th.
Activity will be on 40-15 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via
JA4GXS, direct or by the Bureau.
EU-059. Members of the Cray Valley Radio Society (G3RCV) will be active
as MM8C from the rare Hirta Island (St. Kilda) between July
22-28th. Dates may change due to weather. Their plan is to be
in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Low-Power entry.
QSL via G4DFI. The group plans to be active on the HF and VHF
bands (IO75RT) using CW and SSB. They will also attempt to
activate Conachair summit (GM/IS-098); which has yet to be
activated. Operators mentioned are Nobby/G0VJG (Team Leader),
Dave/G4BUO, Toby/M0TBS, Giles/M0TGV, Justin/G4TSH, Tony/G2NF
EU-177. Olaf, G0CKV, will once again be active as SM5CKV/P from Harstena
Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Single-
Op/All-Band entry. QSL via LoTW.
NA-027. Members of the 'Panama's Colon DX Group' plan to activate Taboga
Island between February 27th and March 1st. No callsign was
INTREPID DX NEWS (Press Release-The 2014 Intrepid Spirit Award): The
Intrepid-DX Group is pleased to announce the recipient of the 3rd annual
=93Intrepid Spirit Award=94. We are pleased to have received so many worthy
nominations to consider. This year=92s award goes to a notable Dxer and
DXpeditioner that we have come to respect and admire greatly, Mr. Dmitri
Zhikharev-RA9USU. This award is to recognize Dmitri=92s outstanding efforts
to activate Yemen from 2012 through 2014 as 7O6T and 7O2A. Dmitri is
largely responsible for fulfilling the need for 7O contacts since 2012.
Yemen is a place of much uncertainty and danger. We recognize Dmitri=92s
unselfish acts to activate this challenging and much needed entity.
We acknowledge Dmitri=92s pursuit of operating excellence and his quest to
activate the rare and often dangerous entities. It is for these reasons
that we honor him with our Intrepid Spirit Award, to be presented at the
International DX Convention, Visalia, California on April 18th, 2015.
This =93Intrepid-Spirit Award=94 is made in memory of our fallen friend and
member, James McLaughlin, T6AF who was killed in Kabul, Afghanistan in
April, 2011. The award is intended to recognize and honor those individuals
or teams that boldly activate rare entities where their own personal safety
is secondary to their pursuit of providing contacts to the DX Community.
While we do not encourage Dxers to go into harm=92s way, we recognize that
circumstances sometimes require that and we recognize those Intrepid Dxers
with the Intrepid Spirit Award. =
Thank you, Paul S. Ewing, N6PSE - President, The Intrepid-DX Group
K1N NAVASSA DXPEDITION NEWS. If you missed the recent special bulletin
OPDX.1197.2 sent out on January 17th, or were unable to see the propagation
prediction diagram for North America, Japan, India and Poland, go to the
OPDX Web page at: papays.com/opdx1197.2.html
K6VVA ANTI-PIRATE & K6VVA CO-PILOT EXPEDITION SOLUTIONS VIDEO. The K6VVA
Anti-Pirate & K6VVA Co-Pilot Expedition Solutions video was developed as
a part of the continued planning and preparation for a CW ONLY Expedition
to North Korea (P5). It can be viewed at:
NEW DXER'S HANDBOOK (Second Edition - Available For FREE!!!). Yes that is
right -- For FREE!!! Bryce, K7UA, informs OPDX: Four years ago I wrote a
series of short articles for our local DX club that came together as the
'New DXer's Handbook.' Much to my surprise it has turned into a fairly big
thing with thousands of copies of it out in the world. It was translated
into other languages too. The original has become outdated and wasn't
written for a broad audience in the first place. I am retired now and I
had some time to improve it. It is now available for download in the
revised second edition. It is still free of charge as my gift to the
world's new DXers. I will now be hosting it on my own Web site (which
just came online January 11th): www.k7ua.com
I have four overseas hams that have asked to translate it into their own
languages and those versions will also be on my site when they are
P4, ARUBA. Jack, WX3P, will be active as P40JP from Aruba between February
14-19th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-10 meters (no 30m) as
conditions allow. Operations will be QRP with a KX3 and AlexLoop (maybe
a wire OCD also). QSL via his home callsign.
PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (January 19-25th)....
Jan/19th HN Jan/22nd HN Jan/24th HN
Jan/20th HN Jan/23rd AN Jan/25th LN
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 is based on a
new Ionospheric sounding method called 'HF Ionospheric Interferometry'
which operates very similarly to the PolSAR system used by NASA.
QSL INFO AND NEWS.....................
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (January 18th)
5P7XJ via OZ7XJ GB4UAS via MN0VFW PS06J via PR7JP
8Q5MQT via VU2NRO HG4F via HA4FF R35ASK via R4AAS
C5X via M0OXO K3Y via K9JP T88HS via JA6KYU (d)
DA300CFG via DL3JRA LY19EURO via LY3BY XV9NPS via JA2NPS (B)
DQ70ELBE via DJ9ZZZ MX0WFF via G0WOU (d) YL20IARU via YL1UB
EA8/DL6RO via DL6RO OU0POLIO via OZ1ACB YL45GBC via YL3GBC
EN0U via UT7UT PJ7/VA3QSL via VA3QSL YP0C via YO3CZW
(e) eQSL only (d) direct only (B) Bureau only (L) LoTW only
(O) OQRS only (C) ClubLog only
QSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 1A0C, 5R8IC, 9A6TKS, EA5RU, HV0A, JA7AKH, PJ4/K5KG,
VE2GSO, VP2VGG, VU2JAB, YC8UTI and ZD9ZS
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: C21GC, P4/W6HGF, T30D, TO2A and V6T
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 4X0L, 5C5T, 5Z4/EA4ATI, 9K2/SP4R, AM04ENP,
AM04YTD, AM05AR, AM05LD, AM07ATE, AM07HY, C31AT, C31CT, C31KC, C31MO,
C79BWW, C98BWW, CO8CML, CR2T, CU2AF, CU2AAR, CU3BL, EA6AR, EA6AZ, EA6ACT,
EA6AIU, EA6ALH, EA6BB,EA6CA, EA6EJ, EA6FG, EA6LH, EA6LP, EA6OM, EA6SK,
EA6TT, EA6ZS, EA8AF, EA8AT, EA8AAW, EA8ADL, EA8AGF, EA8AHM, EA8AJO,
EA8AJY, EA8AMN, EA8AVK, EA8BMG, EA8BTM, EA8BTQ, EA8BLV, EA8BWL, EA8BXH,
EA8CBC, EA8CPN, EA8CQN, EA8CQW, EA8CSD, EA8CSG, EA8CVA, EA8CYQ, EA8CYR,
EA8DAJ, EA8GP, EA8KG, EA8KL, EA8KV, EA8OV, EA8PE, EA8QP, EA8MT, EA8TJ,
EA8UP, EA8URE, EA8YN, EA8YT, EA9BO, EA9UG, EA9PY, EA0JC, EA200URD, EB6VP,
EB9PH, EC8AFM, EC8AQQ, EC8AXS, ED8DD, ED6QY, ED8URE, ED9NA, EE8L, EF8F,
EF0JC, EG8CLP, EG8LP, EG8WFF, EH6ARD, EI9HQ, FG3INT/7, FR5DZ, J28RO,
LU7YS, MD/EB1BSV/P, MI0/EI9HQ, ON1RAFMOTA, OZ12SJ, TK5IH, S5300TP,
SV1PAS, SV2MAP, SV7BOT and VX6AO
SILENT KEY. It has been brought to OPDX's attention that Ruben Kun, C21RK,
became a Silent Key (SK) in September at the age of 73. OPDX has not been
able to find any announcements about him passing away other than QRZ.com
stating he is SK. John, K8YSE, one of the operators of the C21BH Martti
Lane Birthday operation on Nauru, is the one who informed OPDX about
Ruben's passing. He states, 'He (Ruben) was the most prominent op on
Nauru and had some sort of government position as I recall. He was there
when we landed and worked with the customs people to get all of our radio
equipment through. He was a very gracious host and just a very hospitable
guy.' Peter, ZL2VK (C21TA, VK3TAF), informed K8YSE [edited], 'There are
now only two hams left on Nauru, Darkie/C21DJ, who now has no antennas as
trees at his house have all been cleared, and Robbie/C21DX, who has no
equipment...... Dumas/C21DD and Norman/C21NJ, both passed away a few years
ago. Undoubtedly, Ruben was one of the finest gentleman I have ever met
and I will always remember him and his generosity. I managed to get to
know him well with my many trips to Nauru in a variety of roles.'
Even though this may be belated, OPDX and its readers would like to send
out our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of C21RK. His signal
and friendship will be missed......
T32, EASTERN KIRIBATI. Richard, AD7AF, will be active as T32RL from Captain
Cook Hotel, Kiritimati (OC-024), between January 22nd and February 9th.
Activity will be on 160-10 meters, including the 30/17/12m bands - not
60m, using CW, SSB and possibly some RTTY. His rig is a K3 with 110 watts
into 1/4 wave verticals on the beach (40-10m) and an inverted Ls for 160
and 80 meters. Activity on 160m will be dependent on conditions, but he
will be on during the CQWW 160 CW Contest (January 23-25th). Logs will be
posted on ClubLog if he has internet access, and he will upload the log
to LoTW when he returns home. QSL via AD7AF direct with SASE or SAE with
TG9, GUATEMALA (Reminder). Dwight, VE7BV, will once again be active as
TG9/VE7BV from Guatemala between January 22nd and February 17th. Activity
will be holiday style on 20/17/15 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via his
home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.
TI9, COCOS ISLAND (Update OPDX.1190/1191). Operator's list has grown for
the upcoming TI9/3Z9DX to Cocos Island (NA-012) to air between February
16-23rd. The current operators are now Dom/3Z9DX, Jorge/TI2HMJ, Przemek/
SP8SIW and Dmitri/RA9USU. Two stations will be on the air operating 160=9610
meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. There 'may be' some 6 meter activity. A
survey/vote for bands/modes needs is available at the following Web page,
as well as more details and updates, see: www.nielsen.net/ti9a
TO66, GUADELOUPE. Operators Gildas/F6HMQ and Michel/F6GWV will once again
be active from here between February 18th and March 8th. Look for them
to sign TO66R during the ARRL International DX SSB Contest (March 7-8th)
as a Multi-Single entry. QSL TO66R via F6HMQ. Outside of the contest
they will be active on all bands signing FG/homecall. QSL via their home
TX3X CHESTERFIELD ISLAND DXPEDITION (Press Release dated January 12th).
Gene, K5GS, reports [edited]: Joining the team last week were:
On-Island -- Tom Berson, ND2T. Tom is well known contest enthusiast and
DXpeditioner. He was licensed at age 11 as WV2ASJ. He is a member of
the Northern California Contest Club (President 2003-2004), the Stanford
Amateur Radio Club, and CWops. Tom is President of the Northern California
DX Foundation. He operates contest multi-ops from W6YX, K6IDX (W6OAT),
and K5RC (W7RN). A member of DXpeditions to Scarborough Reef (BS7H, 2007),
Midway Island (K4M, 2009), South Orkney Islands (VP8ORK, 2011), and
Swains Island (NH8S, 2012).
Pilot Team -- Alexander (Al) Teimurazov, 4L5A, Asia pilot (except JA).
Additionally, Al is the publisher of the website DXnews.com and was our
first committed corporate sponsor. Luke Steele, VK3HJ, Oceania pilot.
Also signing on as an early corporate sponsor is: =
V3, BELIZE. Gerd/DJ4KW and XYL Gisela/DK9GG are once again active as
V31YN and V31GW, respectively, from Consejo Shores until March 5th.
Activity will be on 160-10 meters including the 30/17/12m bands using
CW and RTTY. Gerd informs OPDX that they will stay on the mainland the
whole time and will not be visiting any IOTA-locations. Look for Gisela
to possibly be in the CQWW 160m SSB Contest (February 27-28th). They
will only operate with 100 watts max. See their equipment and QTH
QSL via their home callsigns, direct or by the Bureau or LoTW. For more
details about their operation, see:
V5, NAMIBIA (Update). For the third year in a row, operators Werner/DC8QT,
Georg/DD8ZX and Klaus/DJ9KM will be active again as V5/homecall from Namibia
between February 10-19th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB,
RTTY and PSK. QSL via their home callsigns. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW.
They also will take part in the CQ WPX RTTY Contest using V55V on February
14-15th. QSL V55V via DJ8VC, direct or by the Bureau. =
V6, MICRONESIA. Taka, JA8COE, will be active as V63CO from Falalop Island
(OC-078), Ulithi Atoll, between March 2-6th. Activity will be on the HF
bands. QSL via JA8COE, direct (2 USDs or IRCs) or ClubLog's OQRS. NO
Bureau QSLs. For more details, updates and pictures, see Taka Blog page:
VISALIA IDXC NEWS. Some details for the Top Band Dinner at the Visalia
66th International DX Convention (IDXC) have been announced. The dinner
will be held on April 17th, at the Marriott Hotel Ballroom =97 In the
Marriott Hotel immediately adjacent to the Visalia Convention Center.
Bob Allphin, K4UEE, will be the keynote speaker and will present: 'Top
Band from Navassa, K1N.' There will be a self-serve buffet dinner and
door prizes. Complete details and registration information can be found
VK0EK HEARD ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS (VK0EK Radio Team Leader and QSL
Manager Appointed): Rich, KY6R, reports on the VK0EK Web page on January
14th [edited]: We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dave Lloyd,
K3EL, as the Radio Team Leader. Dave is a PhD chemist, with experience
on major DXpeditions. He brings not only his skills as an operator and
team manager, but also his understanding of the project goals and strategy.
Dave is leading the radio team to define the requirements and make pre-
parations for the operation, and he will be the manager of the radio
operations on Heard Island.
QSL TEAM LEADER APPOINTED -- We are pleased to announce the selection
of the Diablo DX-ers, a coalition of local San Francisco Bay Area DX club
members led by co-organizer Rich, KY6R, to carry out the QSL service for
VK0EK. The group brings considerable IT experience that will enable the
operation to be accurate and efficient. The team will implement a variety
of innovations which will be documented on the <VK0EK.ORG> web site in
the near future. Stay tuned!
VK0EK DX-pedition Mentioned in Australian Travel Magazine! -- The Heard
Island Main Web site has a link in this excellent article:
A HUGE THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS! -- We owe everything to our wonderful
sponsors - now fully recognized on both of our sites - this DX-pedition
specific site: vk0ek.org/sponsors-3/
and our Main site: www.heardisland.org/HD_pages/HD_sponsors.html
Again - thank you so very much!
VP8/G, SOUTH GEORGIA ISLAND. Paul, ZL4PW, informs OPDX [edited]: Denis,
ZL4DB, is heading to VP8\G South Georgia (AN-007) in a few days. En route,
he hopes to collect his license and VP8\G callsign in Stanley, Falkland
Islands, around January 24th. He also hopes to meet Bob, VP8LP, who has
been very helpful in providing information on requirements and contacts
with the VP8 administration. Once on the South Georgia, he needs to obtain
permission to operate which could be late February as there are important
tasks to complete for the team he's working with. A QRZ.com page and
possibly Clublog will be set up when his call is confirmed.
Denis will arrive at King Edward Point, near Grytviken around January 27th
and will be tasked with providing comms for a helicopter operation as part
of the South Georgia Habitat Restoration Project. The helicopter team will
be rat-poisoning, with Denis setting up a global positioning warning system
to track the choppers and a repeater system between the main base and
forward operating positions. His time for ham radio will be largely dictated
by the weather. If its adverse for flying, then he'll be off to the shack.
The operation is scheduled to end late March/early April.
Denis is very inexperienced in using a computer logging program or pile-up
handling so may not be calling CQ initially, he may only S&P for a while
until his confidence increases. If you hear him, please be very patient.
He has been given some training using N1MM software with a simulated steady
stream of callers. He knows how to use split, but initially may be simplex
His rig is a TS-480 barefoot into a 17/20m GP. The TS-480 has auto-tuner
so he may appear on other bands. Unfortunately, he is not permitted to
operate from the main comms room on the base or use their antennas. He will
only be operating SSB.
From Grytviken, there is a tall mountain range to the North which will
largely block SP signals towards WEU, NA & SA. Fortunately, these is a
large bay right in front of him on the SP to ZL, VK & Asia.
Denis has been on Macquarie before and had hoped to operate from there,
but this never eventuated. There is a possibility he may not operate from
VP8\G either. With a large team planning to activate South Georgia and
South Sandwich in 2016, it won't be long before we get a crack at a
large-scale activation from these highly sought-after entities.
Denis will not be reachable by e-mail while at Grytviken. He hopes to
gain some internet time to send logs to his QSL manager (Paul, ZL4PW).
Please do not request skeds, different bands, different modes etc etc.
If he isn't too intimidated by the pile-ups and caller behavior he will
work more of the deserving. QSL information will be posted on QRZ.com at
a later date. Uploading to LoTW and eQSL is very unlikely.
VQ9, CHAGOS (Postponed). Bob, N7XR, who planned to be active as VQ9XR
from Diego Garcia Island (AF-006), had to postponed his operation again
due to logistics. Bob states, 'So whomever is using my call is indeed a
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