The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1214
May 11, 2015
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Written/Sent from Strongsville, OH
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** SPECIAL NOTE FROM EDITOR (By KB8NW): There will not be an OPDX Bulletin
next week and 'possibly the week after'. I will be attending the Dayton
HamVention. 'IF' I receive a major announcement, I will probably send
out a special bulletin. However, PLEASE continue to send your DX
information. You never know what I might do.... =
See you in Dayton! 73 de Tedd KB8NW
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
week of Sunday, 3rd/May, through Sunday, 10th/May there were 219 countries
active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3DA, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S,
4U1I, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5R, 5U, 5V, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J,
9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2,
C3, C5, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, CY0, D2, D6, DL,
DU, E4, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY,
F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FR, FS, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB,
HB0, HC, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, J7, JA,
JD/m, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX,
LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4,
PJ5, PY, PY0F, PZ, S0, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, TA, TF,
TG, TI, TJ, TK, TN, TR, TT, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V6,
V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VK9X, VP5, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XX9, YA,
YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YU, YV, Z3, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZL, ZL7, 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. Juergen, DL1HRN, is currently active as 3W9HRN from Hanoi.
His length of stay is not known, but activity is mainly CW on the HF
bands. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. All QSOs
are uploaded to ClubLog.
3W, VIETNAM (3W3MD - Press Release #2)[edited]. As already announced Da
Nang City, Vietnam, will be the next destination of the Mediterraneo
International Dx ClubTeam and so it will be soon on air any mode/any band.
With the call-sign: 3W3MD. Antonio, IZ8CCW, the leader and the co-leader
Gabriele, I2VGW, will share this new adventure with 24 DX operators coming
from 9 countries. Save the dates because from October 31st to November 10th,
they will be on air from the beach of Da Nang.
According to the evaluations that they have done, they are confident to
give to a lot of DXers the possibility to work this country in the Low
Bands, WARC and especially in the Digital modes.
Any donation will be very very appreciated by the team.
For any further news and updates, please visit the official Web site of
this new great adventure at: www.mdxc.org/3w3md/
73's MDXC H.Q.
3Y/B, BOUVET 2016 (Final Update). Mark, ON4WW, sent out the following
[edited]: Dear DXer -- Before sending out a press release, I wanted to
share the following with those fellow hams who generously pledged to
financially support the Bouvet Island 'one-man three-month concept'.
After press release #3, I was optimistic in terms of securing the re-
quired funding for my expedition. Thanks to so many of you, the necessary
up-front expenses were getting close to being covered by the pledges
received at that time. I was also hopeful that the larger DX associations
and foundations would step forward to contribute as we were getting close
At this point in time, I have no other choice than to report that the
funding is not sufficient to move forward. As I am sure you know, there
are a number of large DXpeditions being arranged for late 2015 and early
2016, and they are more or less competing for the same resources. I didn't
manage to create sufficient interest among potential external (non-ham)
donors, and my one-man concept is of course somewhat controversial by
nature. Though, I am still convinced that - even if my particular approach
is not necessarily the solution - future DXpeditioning has to find other
forms in order to remain sustainable.
After having received permission for Bouvet from NPI (Norwegian Polar
Institute), my wife (!), my employer (5 months leave without pay) and
getting close to the sufficient up-front funding (you), this is a bitter
pill to swallow. But I am extremely grateful to all of you for having
lived this dream with me. And not the least to my angel sponsor who kept
As I stated from the beginning, don't be sad, someone else will activate
Thank you again for your enthusiasm and devotion to our wonderful hobby.
73 - Mark - ON4WW
5V, TOGO. Mike, SQ3PMM/9G5AG, will be active as 5V7MI from Togo. This is
not a DXpedition, but a trip with a camper across Africa. Activity will
probably be the same as his Ghana operation on 40-6 meters using CW and
SSB. He will be using a FT-857 into a multi-band antenna. QSL via SQ3PMM.
5Z, KENYA. Scott, WA5A, will be active as 5Z4/WA5A from Ruaka between
May 13th and June 11th. He is there with is XYL to celebrate the first
birthday of their new granddaughter 'Karimi'. Activity will be holiday
style on 40/20/15 meters using an IC-735 into resonant dipoles at about
80 ft. Mode will be mainly SSB, but if he can fit it in, Scott will take
a key and try a little CW. QSL via his home callsign.
5Z, KENYA. Members of the Italian DXpedition Team (IDT) are pleased to
announce its next DXpedition to the Republic of Kenya. Unlike its previous
activities, this trip is dedicated to a specific event: The recent authori-
zation for the usage of 6 meter band in Kenya. Activity will take place
between May 21-31st and the team will use the callsign 5Z0L. Operators
mentioned are Silvano/I2YSB, Vinicio/IK2CIO, Angelo/IK2CKR, Marcello/IK2DIA
and Stefano/IK2HKT. Pilot stations is Art/IK7JWY and Sergio/IK0FTA (for 6m).
The suggested operating frequencies are:
CW - 3530, 7025, 10115, 14030, 18068, 21030, 24893 and 28030 kHz
SSB - 14270, 18155, 21310, 24975 and 28420 kHz =
6m - 50102/CW and 50123/SSB
RTTY - 14083 kHz
QSL via I2YSB. The IDT will leave in Kenya the 5JXX6 5 elements antenna
to Daniel, 5Z4/EA4ATI, to continue the activities on 6m after the end
of the DXpedition. An OQRS will be available on their Web page. For more
details and update, see: www.i2ysb.com/joomla5
8Q, MALDIVES. Just a reminder that Sascha, DG4ABE, will be active as 8Q7BI
from the Maldives (AS-013) between May 10-17th. Activity will be holiday
style on 20-10 meters using mostly the Digital modes, but with some SSB.
QSL via his home callsign.
9N, NEPAL. It has been reported that operators Dale/BA4TB and Ni/BD4TR
are now active as 9N7TB and 9N7TR. They are members of the Chinese earth-
quake rescue team in Kathmandu. Activity will take place when they are
not doing emergency traffic operations. QSL via their home callsigns.
C5, GAMBIA. Alan, G3XAQ, will once again be active as C56XA from The Gambia
between May 16th and June 4th. Activity will be holiday style on the HF
bands using CW. Also, look for Alan to participation in the CQWW WPX CW
Contest (May 30-31st). QSL via G3SWH.
CR2, AZORES. Operators Antonio/CU8AS, Hermann/CU8FN, Hans/DF5AN, Siggi/
DL2HYH and Lutz/DL8MLD will be active as CR2W from Graciosa Island (EU-175)
during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Multi-Op/High-Power entry.
QSL via HB9CRV, by the Bureau or LoTW. =
CW150, URUGUAY (Special Event). Members of the Radio Club Uruguayo will
be on the air with special event station CW150ITU between May 15-30th.
Various stations will operate on all modes and bands celebrating the ITU's
150th anniversary. QSL via CX1AA, direct or by the Bureau.
D4, CAPE VERDE. Jos, PA3FYC, will be active as D44TCA from Boa Vista
between May 10-22nd. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands.
QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
DAYTON HAMVENTION NEWS......................
* Tim Duffy, K3LR, has put together a short video detailing Contest
University 2015 and Contest activities at the 2015 Dayton Hamvention.
It can be viewed at:
* Topband: Dayton Hamvention activity update - See Special Bulletins Below
* HamVention Program - If you are going to Dayton, the HamVention program=
now available online (in PDF format) to print or view at: =
* VK0EK Heard Island News (ANGEL FUND WILL WORK AT DAYTON) - Rich, KY6R,
reports: During the International DX Convention in Visalia, California,
in April, the Angel Matching Fund received $5050 from direct donations.
Doubled by the Matching Fund, this raised $10,100 for the DXpedition.
The administrator of the Fund, Dr. Anders Jepsen, now reports that the
Angel has agreed to repeat the offer: Any donations of $100 or more made
at the Hamvention in Dayton, Ohio, during May 15-17, 2015, will be
elegible for dollar-for-dollar matching.
To be eligible for matching by the Angel Fund, the donation must be
received at the convention. You can make your donation in cash or check,
or if you are caught short, make it by PayPal or bank transfer (see
instructions here <www.heardisland.org/HD_pages/HD_donations.htm=
* NCDXF Press Release (May 9th) [edited] - For immediate release
NCDXF =96 Northern California DX Foundation at Dayton Hamvention --
ICOM America has agreed to generously donate an IC-7100 for NCDXF
to raffle off at the Dayton Hamvention again. NCDXF will be at Booth
This is an excellent chance to renew your support or become a new
contributor to our organization. All new and renewing contributors
at Dayton will also receive special gifts, courtesy of 9V1YC and the
estate of Vince Thompson (while supplies last).
In the past 12 months NCDXF has granted over $175,000 to the DX-
peditions going to the most needed entities. Now in our 42nd year
NCDXF has granted close to $2,000,000 to hundreds of rare DXpeditions.
Come by and say hello. If you cannot attend the Dayton Hamvention,
please visit our website, <www.ncdxf.org>.
Your gifts and support make rare DX happen!!!
Glenn Johnson W0GJ - NCDXF Vice President =
* DAYTON HAMVENTION DX HOSPITALITY SUITE. The Northern Ohio DX Association
(along with Janeen Hire, W8ZET) will once again sponsor a Hospitality
Suite (19th year) at this year's Dayton Hamvention. It will be in Suite
1011 on the 10th floor of the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Thursday, Friday and
Saturday evenings (Look for signs!). All DXers/Contesters are welcome.
Munchies and refreshments will be available. Come and meet the members
and friends of NODXA.
HA45, HUNGARY (special Event). The members of The Regionalis Radios
Sportklub Puspokladany (HA0KHW) will activate the special callsign HA45KHW
until the end of this year. Activity is to celebrate the club's 45th
anniversary. Operations will be on all HF bands, using CW, SSB, RTTY,
PSK and SSTV modes. QSL via OQRS, via HA Bureau or direct via QRZ.COM
EU-009. Members of the Orkney Amateur Radio Club (OARC) will be active
as MM0MWW from Flotta Island (IOSA OR13) in the Orkney Island
Group between July 17-19th. No other details were provided.
Visit the OARC Web page at: www.eu009.com
EU-029. Ric, DL2VFR, will be active as OZ0FR/P from Mon Island between
July 11-31st. He plans to be in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July
25-26th) using the callsign OZ0FR as a Single-Op/CW-Mode/High-
Power entry. QSL via DL2VFR. He also mentions that he will be
active before and after the contest using the callsign OU0POLIO
EU-047. Mario, DJ7MH, will be active as DJ7MH/p from Baltrum Island
(DID/GIA N-06) between May 22-24th. Activity will be on
40/30/20 meters CW, using QRP. QSL via his home callsign, by
the Bureau (preferred). QSL via eQSL and LoTW.
EU-051. Just a reminder to look for operators Giovanni/IK5BCM and
Andrea/IU5BLZ to be active as IE9B from Ustica Island between
now and May 16th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW,
SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via IU5BLZ, direct, by the
Bureau, LoTW or eQSL.
EU-073. Vin, IK7IMO, will be active as IJ7V from San Pietro Island
during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Single-Op/
SSB-Mode/24 Hrs/High-Power/DXpedition entry. QSL via IK7IMO.
EU-074. Just a reminder to look for operators Francis/ON8AZ, Geert/
ON7USB, Tim/ON5HC, Lieven/ON4PQ and Pat/ON7PQ to be active
as TM5U from Ile Brehat, France, between May 10-16th. Activity
will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via ON8AZ.
For more details, see their Web site at: www.eu074.be
EU-174. Laci, HA0HW, will once again be active from Thassos Island
(GIOTA NAS-037, MIA MG-124, WLOTA LH-4186, QRA KN20HS), as
SW8WW (ex-J48HW) between May 29th and June 8th. He will operate
mainly CW, with some SSB and RTTY, on the HF bands (usually on
40/30/20/17/12/10 meters) and on 6 meters. He will enter the
CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 30-31st) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-
Power entry. His rigs are usually a FT-840 with a MOS-FET amp-
lifier (300-400 watts) and an IC-706 (for 6m only). Antennas
are a monoband Gps, dipoles on SPIDER, and dipoles on fishing
poles. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the HA Bureau,
or by the OQRS via ClubLog is 'OK' as well.
NA-248. (Update/New IOTA) Cezar, VE3LYC, who is planning to activate
Melville Island sometime between the period August 3-10th (Exact
dates TBA). Landing permission and logistics have been granted.
On May 8th, Cezar announced, 'Industry Canada have just approved
the special callsign I have requested for this operation. My
plan is to operate from the east part of the island, which is
administered by the province of Nunavut, and the callsign will
be VY0M. All contacts will count for CQ Zone 1.' Activity will
be on 40-10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via VE3LYC, direct or
by the Bureau. An OQRS will be available via ClubLog for both
direct and Bureau QSL. There is now a Web page available at:
KH5, PALMYRA (DXpedition 2016). 'Rumors' surfaced this past week that the
callsign for the January 2016 operation is to be K5E.
KH8, AMERICAN SAMOA (Cancelled). Masahiro, JH3PRR, announced that he has
cancelled his KH8B activity from the Turtle & Shark Lodge in Pago Pago
during the CQWW DX SSB and CW Contests. The reason give - 'the QTH is no
longer available to rent.'
NP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS. Yuriy, N2TTA, will once again be active from
here as NP2P during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 30-31st) as a Single-
Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via LoTW.
OX, GREENLAND. Michael, OZ1KZX, will be active as OX/5P1KZX from Greenland
(NA-018) between May 15-25th. Activity will be limited to spare-time after
his work duties, on 40/20/15 meters on the Digital modes. Radio will be an
IC-706Mk2g with 10-20 watts into a G5RV or End-feed long-wire. QSL only via
LoTW or eQSL. NO PAPER QSL.
PJ7, SINT MAARTEN. Ed, WA1ZAM, will once again be active as PJ7PL from
the Royal Palms Beach Resort between October 17-31st. Activity will include
some operations in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th) as a Single-
Op/Low-Power entry [look for him in the morning most of the time]. Outside
of the contest, activity will be holiday style using SSB and RTTY, possibly
CW -- depending on what he brings down. QSL WA1ZAM.
PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (May 11-17th)....
May/11th HN May/14th LN May/16th AN
May/12th LN May/15th HN May/17th 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 is based on a
new Ionospheric sounding method called 'HF Ionospheric Interferometry'
which operates very similarly to the PolSAR system used by NASA.
PW0, FERNANDO DE NORONHA. Ville, PY2ZEA (OH1MM), will once again be active
as PW0F from Fernando de Noronha between May 12-20th. Activity will be on
40-10 meters using CW and SSB. He mentions that he is sorry but no RTTY
this time or 6 meters. He also adds, '80 and 160 not sure due to the high
noise level and limited space available at the QTH. Furthermore, it is
almost summer in the Northern hemisphere, thus the propagation on the low
bands is not optimal.' QSL via OH2BH only. The logs will be merged with
previous PW0F logs in due time (ClubLog and LoTW).
PY0, FERNANDO DE NORONHA. If you worked PY0NY this past week, it was
Janio, PY4NY, from Fernando de Noronha. The special callsign PY0NY was
used to celebrate the anniversary of the Airspace Control Unit of Fernando
de Noronha and also Janio's 35 years of activities as a radio amateur.
Activity was to end on May 9th. QSL via eQSL and LoTW. For more details,
QSL INFO AND NEWS.....................
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (May 10th)
4K9W via DL6KVA JG8NQJ/JD1 via JA8CJY RP70O via R2EA
4X/G3TXF via G3TXF LZ70VZ via LZ1ZF RP70RO via RU3DM
9N7TB via BA4TB OL2015O via OK2JS RP70TM via UA9LDD
CT9/DF5AU via DF5AU OZ5MAY via OZ1ACB RP70VG via RA1QJR
DL3YM/VP9 via DL3YM PA45AH via PA0FAW SL7BT via SM7GUY
EV70GA via RW6HS (d) PA45FREE via PA1WBU TM4JD via F8KGS
EV70M via EW2M PA600TEXEL via PE1ODY TN/D2FJZ via CT1FJZ (d)
HS0ZKG via F6AXX R120O via UA4HTT VK100ANZAC via VK1WIA
IQ6TC/P via Bureau RP70DS via UA3RA YT90IARU via YU1SRS
JA0JHQ/VK9X via JA0JHQ RP70GR via RK9CYA YU90IARU via YU1SRS
(e) eQSL only (d) direct only (B) Bureau only (*-B) DX's- Bureau
(O) OQRS only (C) ClubLog only (L) LoTW only
E41MT & E41WT QSL ROUTE CHANGE. Mai, E41MT, informs OPDX that both her
and husband have changed their QSL route, and KB9GSY is no longer their
QSL Manager. She states, 'We accept our QSL Cards direct to the address:
Al Nasser neighborhood Khalid al Hassani St
P.O. Box 1323
K4C (WAP-253) QSL STATUS. Bob, K4MZU, reports: All K4C QSL card requests
received so far were sent out this morning (May 6th). Several late QSL
requests for last year's K4K (WAP-176) went sent out as well.
The LNDX reports: After ten years in Thailand on Koh Sami Island
(AS-101), and only had a license for 3 years, Alain F6HBR/HS0ZKG is
back in Europe. He has logged 16,200 QSOs (78% in CW, 12% RTTY and
QSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 4K9W, 7QAA, 7X3FG, 8P6DR, A61CK, DL1NRS, E30FB,
EA2AAZ, EA3NW, F4ELI, HA7GN, HR5/F2JD, HS7BHK, LA2MOA (EU-141), K1N,
LZ1MS, OA4O, OE8TLK, PD3JAG, PJ4LS, PQ0T, SK3W, SV1CEI/8/P, UA6LCH,
VK9NT, YB3MM/9 (OC-241), YD4IRS (OC-143), YF1AR/7 (OC-166) and YV5EAH
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3W2JK (AS-130), 5W0KJ, 5Z4/DF3FS, CX6VM, FJ/NN2DX,
FJ/WW2DX, OX3LX (NA-220), K1N, P40CX, V31AT, YB200T (OC-150), YB4IR/7
(OC-252), YB7AM/P (OC-269) and YB8RW/3 (OC-250)
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 3DA0ET, 3Z4EASTER, 4L5O, 4S7DFG, 6W/G3TXF,
6Y9X, 8P8T, 8Q7KB, 9M6/KM0O, A35X, AL7CE, CQ7P, CY0P, DG150ZRS, DJ60DXMB,
DM20KIDS, DM700LSW, DQ0HARZ, DR60INN, EA6/AA5UK, EA8/DF8NY, EY8MM, FO8WBB,
FS/DL7DF, H40FN, HB0/DL5YM, HC1WDT, HF50WLA, HK1NA, J38XX, J7A, JW/DL2JRM,
K9W, KH6MD, KH6/K1YR, KH6/AA4V, K9W, KL2ZZ, KL7IWC, K5KG/KP2, LX2SM, MZ5A,
N7ET/DU7, NH8S, NP2B, NP3K, NU1AW/3, OA4/K6ZH, P43T, P4/DL6RAI, PJ2/N0YY,
PJ2/W1ASB, PJ4H, PJ5/N5WR, PJ7/AF6WU, PJ7/G3TXF, SN110RAEM, SN2012GD,
T30YA, T31A, T33A, TG7WW, TI8/AA1M, TF/DL2JRM, TX6G, UN0LL, V51WH, VK9CZ,
VP5T, VP9/N1SV, VQ975FOC, W4T, WH0/K0BBC, WL7E, XE/K6PT, XO2C, ZD9XF,
ZF1AA and ZF2AH
T2, TUVALU. Stan, LZ1GC (C21GC, 3D2GC), will be active as T2GC from the
Vaiaku Lagi Hotel in Funafuti between September 24th and October 14th.
Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via his
home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW. The preferred method for
a QSL or LoTW requests is via his PayPal. There will probably be a OQRS
on ClubLog. Look for more details and Web page to be forthcoming.
T6/YI, IRAQ. Moustafa, F4HGL, will be in Baghdad, for six months starting
at the end of June. He is currently awaiting his license, and he will
be active during his free time mostly on SSB. QSL via F5OWK.
TN, REPUBLIC OF CONGO. Paulo, CT1FJZ/D2FJZ, is now active as TN/CT1FJS
from the Republic of Congo. Activity has been mainly on 20 meters SSB,
Paulo informed OPDX that he will be working on all bands for voice every
day commencing at 1900z. He also mentioned that he is 90 km of the National
d'Odzala Park. All QSLs will be sent after July 19th, when he returns to
CT. For any information check QRZ.com under CT1FJZ. QSL card is ONLY
direct via CT1FJZ.
TO5, MARTINIQUE. Martin, OL5Y, will be active as TO5Y from Martinique
(NA-107) between May 22nd and June 1st. Activity will include partici-
pation in CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 30-31st) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-
Power entry from FM5BH station. QSL TO5Y via OL5Y.
V4, ST. KITTS. John, W5JON/V47JA, informs OPDX that he will once again
be active as V47JA from his vacation home in Calypso Bay, St. Kitts
(NA-104, WW Loc. FK87SG), located 200 feet from the Caribbean Sea, between
June 13th and July 22nd. Activity will be on 160-6 meters (incl. 60m)
using SSB. He will also be active during the IARU HF World Championship
Contest (July 11-12th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. Equipment is
a Kenwood TS-590S and Elecraft KPA500 Amplifier. Antennas include: a
80-10m Multi-band Dipole, and metal roof mounted S9, 18' and 31' Verticals
and 3 element Yagi for 6m. ALL QSLs go to W5JON direct or via LoTW. NO
VP2M, MONTSERRAT. Operators Barry/N0KV, Ken/W0ETT, Greg/W0ZA and Jim/WD0E
will be active as VP2MKV from Gingerbread Hill, St. Peters (grid square
FK86), between June 10-18th. Activity will be on 80-2 meters using CW,
SSB and RTTY. They will also participate in the ARRL VHF Contest and some
satellite operations (FO-29 only on selected passes). The two primary radios
will be Elecraft K3's with 500 watt amplifiers. Antennas include a Mosley
Classic 33 on 10/15/20, a folding hexbeam by Folding Antennas (Germany) on
20-10 meters, verticals on 30 and 40 meters, a dipole on 75-80 meters, and
an M2 5 element 6 meter beam. They will run 500 watts on 6m SSB/CW and
FSK441. A 6 meter beacon is planned and will be on 50.102 MHz when the
station is not manned, and receive will be active between beacon trans-
missions to listen for calls.
The primary callsign for the operation will be VP2MKV, and VP2MTT will
probably be used on 6 meters. Near 24 hour operation is planned. Logs
will be uploaded to LoTW soon after the group returns to the US. Paper
QSLs via N0KV, direct or via the bureau. US addressees send SASE; addressees
outside the US send SASE plus 2 USDs for return postage. Use of ClubLog
has not been finalized at this time. Additional information will be posted
under VP2MKV on QRZ.com.
XT, BURKINA FASO (Reminder). Harald, DF2WO, will once again be active as
XT2AW from Ouagadougou between May 20th and June 25th. Activity will be
holiday style on CW and SSB. QSL via M0OXO.
ZL7, CHATHAM ISLANDS (Reminder). You only have a few more days to work
Alain 'Al', F8FUA (5U7NU, 9J2AE, TZ6NU, XT2BR, Z21KM), as ZL7/F8FUA from
Chatham Islands (OC-038) until May 13th. Activity will be on the HF bands
using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via F8FUA, direct (w/SAE + 2 USDs or 1 IRC
[new one!]), by the Bureau or LoTW. NO eQSL!
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Additional Bulletins for OPDX InterNet Subscribers.
The popular internet TV show Ham Nation with Bob, K9EID will be live at the
Crowne Plaza Dayton on Wednesday evening May 13 (starts at 9 PM EDT) in the
Contest Super Suite. Go to live.twit.tv to watch the show live on
Wednesday night. The Contest Super Suite is here:
Four days of Dayton 2015 contester activities are outlined here
There is a WWROF Webinar about 2015 Dayton activities here:
Selected segments of Dayton Contest University (CTU) will be live streamed
(and recorded) on the Internet all day Thursday May 14 from 8 AM to 5 PM
EDT. Seats are still available for students at Dayton CTU. Go to
contestuniversity.com for late registration. There is already a
'button' on the CTU home page to connect to the live stream thanks to Icom
The Hamvention Antenna Forum will be held in Room one at HARA on Friday
afternoon, May 15. This will be the first year there is a live stream
available (and recorded). Go to the Icom America web site on Friday, May 15
for the link to watch the presentations:
You can see Dr. Tamitha Skov's May 7th (latest) propagation forecast here:
2015 ANTENNA FORUM - live stream thanks to Icom America
=95 =93A behind the Scenes Tour =96 The World=92s Largest Antenna at Arecib=
Vazquez, WP3R =
=95 =93A Look at Antenna Analyzers=94, Joel R. Hallas, W1ZR =
=95 =93The Science of Predicting Space Weather and How it Affects Propagati=
Dr. Tamitha Skov =
=95 =93Quadcopter Drone Assisted Real World Antenna Pattern Measurements=94=
Bob, K4UEE will speak about 160 meter operations from K1N Navassa Island at
the 26th Annual Top Band Dinner on Friday night, May 15. Tickets are still
The Spurious Emissions Band will play a live concert starting at 10 PM
Friday (May 15) at the Dayton Crowne Plaza Presidential Ball room. Members
of the band are all Ham radio musicians. Come early - as the place was
packed last year. Here is one of their songs from 2014:
Noted contester and ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN will speak at the 23rd
Annual Contest Dinner on Saturday May 16 at the Crowne Plaza. A few tickets
are still available:
Thanks to Scott KA9FOX at QTH.com for all you do to make these websites
73 and see you in Dayton,
For your consideration or posting to websites and/or local/regional/
association e-mail lists. Thanks and 73, John/N0FCD
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(May 3, 2015) =96 The 63rd annual W9DXCC DX Convention and Banquet will be
held September 11-12, 2015, in Schaumburg, Illinois. Sponsored by the
Northern Illinois DX Association, the event is an ARRL-approved operating
specialty convention. One new addition this year is a Contest University
program that will join the DX University on Friday. Both tracks will have
presentation for new and veteran DXers and contest operators. The daylong
convention on Saturday will feature a full program of speakers, exhibits,
QSL card checking, a CW pileup contest and many prizes. The Banquet on
Saturday evening is a time to relax with keynote speaker Riley Hollings-
worth, K4ZDH, former FCC Special Counsel for Spectrum Enforcement, as
well as the DX Countdown and grand prizes. The convention is scheduled
one week earlier than normal because of hotel availability. Woodfield
Mall, which offers a wide array of shopping, is one traffic light south
of the convention site.
Hyatt Regency Schaumburg
1800 East Golf Road
Schaumburg, Illinois 60173
DX University and Contest University =96 Friday
=B7 Contesting Basics: What is radio sport? Why do it? Why should you do
it? The language of contesting. Ethics.
=B7 Types and conduct of contests: A discussion of the various types of
contests, examples, contest exchanges and contest scoring.
=B7 Hardware and software for the new contester: differences in hardware
and ergonomics for contesting, antennas, logging software and on-line
=B7 RTTY contesting: How to setup for RTTY, sample exchanges, how to
operate and demos.
=B7 Low Band DXing
=B7 DX Seminar discussion
=B7 Antennas and transmission lines
=B7 Portable DXing
=B7 Daily DXing: The road to multi-band DXCC and tools to improve efficiency
(These sessions will be led by some of the best DX=92ers and contest operat=
in the Midwest, including K9CT, K9DX, K9IR, K9EL, N9EP, W9MU, WO9S, K3WA and
Main Convention =96 Saturday (as of now, with more being added)
=B7 K1N Navassa Island DXpedition (W0GJ)
=B7 Operating from Kuwait (W6RGG)
=B7 YK9A February 2001 - What's Happened Since (AE9YL)
=B7 Cycle 24 Update (K9LA)
=B7 ARRL Roundtable Discussion
Registration: Go to <w9dxcc.com/> and click Registration.
Registration is open now via PayPal or download the form and send a check.
Early registration ends August 1. Banquet orders must be received by
Sept. 4. Click Location & Lodging for hotel reservations.
Updates: w9dxcc.com/ for new developments.
For more information: John McCormick, N0FCD@yahoo.com
Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW - E-mail addresses:
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Editor of the Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin (OPDX - DXer's Tool of Excellence)
President of the 'Northern Ohio DX Association' (NODXA)
DX Chairman for the 'Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society
ARRL Assistant Director of the Great Lakes Division
Sysop of the 'Basic Amateur Radio Frequency BBS' (BARF80.ORG) =
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