The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1223
July 20, 2015
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Written/Sent From Strongsville, OH
Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX
Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB5K & the AR TelNet Clusters
Network, ARRL Letter/Web Page, K1XN & GoList, NJ1Q & W1AW, W2VU, K3TRM,
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DX, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, LZ1ZF, OZ6OM & 50
MHz DX News, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, VA3RJ & ICPO, VE3EXY,
VE7TK and VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week
of Sunday, 12th/July, through Sunday, 19th/July there were 214 countries
active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O,
4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5V, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J,
9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9V, 9Y, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE9,
CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D4, D6, DL, DU, E4, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8,
EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO,
FP, FR, FS, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HH,
HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J7, J8, JA, JT,
JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD,
OE, OH, OH0, OJ0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PY, PZ,
S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T30, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI,
TJ, TK, TN, TR, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V8, VE, VK,
VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YJ, YL, YN,
YO, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD9, 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'.
4L, GEORGIA (News). Mamuka Kordzakhia, 4L2M, President of the National
Association Radioamateurs of Georgia (NARG), has informed OPDX of two
1) Please inform to all radio amateurs of the World, to not send QSL
cards to the following stations: 4L1AB, 4L4T, 4L4K, 4L4MM, 4L4TL
and 4L7FS because all of them are 'SILENT KEYS' (SK).
2) 4L1AN will be active on 50 MHz for July and August with a temporary
license. Normally in Georgia, 50 MHz is prohibited.
CQ NEWS (Press Release). Rich Moseson, W2VU, sent out the following on
July 16th: LAZAR, SIDDALL, JOIN CQ AS CONTRIBUTING EDITORS -- Two long-
time hams will be joining CQ magazine's staff of contributing editors,
CQ Editor Rich Moseson, W2VU, announced today. Dennis Lazar, W4DNN, has
been named interim QRP Editor, effective with the August issue; while
David Siddall, K3ZJ, takes over as Contest Editor as of the September
Lazar is a longtime devotee of QRP, or low-power, operating, with 50
years of experience in working the world with 5 watts or less. Originally
licensed in 1960 as K8TSQ, Dennis has enjoyed a long and varied career as
an electronic technician in the Coast Guard, working for a NASA subcon-
tractor on the Apollo moon missions, as a trade magazine editor, a community
newspaper publisher and a naturopath specializing in pain management. He
has also been a frequent contributor to CQ. Now retired and living in Port
Charlotte, Florida, Dennis and his wife, Ruth, K4KLQ, enjoy traveling the
country in an RV, with QRP always a part of their travels. Dennis is taking
on the role of QRP Editor on an interim basis while he sees how well a
column-writing schedule fits in with his travel schedule. His goal for the
column, he says, is to use it as a forum to share readers' 'QRP challenges
Siddall is a veteran contester and past president of the Potomac Valley
Radio Club, one of America's leading contesting groups. He lives in suburban
Washington,DC, but has a contest station on a mountaintop in West Virginia
(featured on the cover of the July 2000 issue of CQ) that may be operated
either locally or remotely. A communications attorney practicing in the
nation's capital, Dave worked for many years on Capitol Hill and at the
FCC before going into private practice in 1998. During his time working
for Congress, Dave was frequently active from the U.S. Senate ham station,
W3USS, and organized the 1986 BV0BG DXpedition in Taiwan for Arizona
Senator Barry Goldwater, K7UGA (SK). He is also a past member of the ARRL
Contest Advisory Committee and served on the ARRL's national task force
on radio frequency interference. Siddall says he hopes to use the CQ
contesting column 'to bring together tried-and-true contesting techniques'
with 'new ideas and technologies in a way that encourages contesters to
experiment and improve their results.'
'Both Dave and Dennis have written for CQ before and I have known each
of them for a long time,' said Moseson. 'I am looking forward to working
closely with them in the future.'
CY9, ST. PAUL ISLAND (Update). The St. Paul Island DXpedition scheduled
for August 19-29th, 2016, has added another new member/operator to the
team -- Phil, VA3QR. This completes their roster (9 operators). Phil has
been a ham since his teenage years, enjoys DXing, contesting, and
technical aspects of our hobby. This will be his first DXpedition.
'How Can You Help?' (per CY9 Web site) - The team is contributing most of
the funding for the DXpedition. Individual donations are very helpful and
appreciated. No amount is too small. The single most expensive item is the
cost for the transportation to access the island. While a contact cannot
be guaranteed, those who do 'work (QSO) us, that have made a donation, will
automatically receive a QSL card. No need for a request to be made, no
postage, no green stamps. It is a small way for us to say 'thank you''.
We will send your card as soon as possible upon completion of the DXpedition
Visit their Web site often for details as they develop at:
D4, CAPE VERDE. Operators Jose/EA1ACP, Charly/EA1DVY, Gen/EA5HPX, Francisco/
EA7FTR, Humberto/CX3AN, Gustavo/CX2AM, Mario/CX4CR and David/EB7DX will be
active as D4D from Boa Vista, Cape Verde (AF-086), between October 17-24th.
Activity will be on 80-6 meters using CW, SSB, and RTTY. It will not be a
24-HRs fully operation, but they will try their best. Support off-island
person is Jose, EB5BBM. QSL via EB7DX.
GJ, JERSEY. Members of the Bristol Contest Group will once again be active
as GJ6YB during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) from Jersey (EU-013,
WLOTA L-0818) as a Multi-Op/Island-DXpedition/Mixed-Mode entry. QSL via
G3SWH, direct or by the Bureau.
GJ/MJ, JERSEY. Operators Frederik/ON8ZL and Peter/ON8ZZ will be active
as MJ/OT9Z from Channel Islands, Jersey (EU-013), during their holiday
between July 23-28th. Activity will be on all HF bands (if time and
conditions permit, also 6 meters) using CW, SSB and the Digital modes.
Frederik will be participating in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th)
using the local contest callsign of the Jersey Amateur Radio Society,
GJ2A. QSL MJ/OT9Z via ON8ZL. QSL GJ2A via ClubLog's OQRS for Bureau
and direct cards. Also direct or LoTW.
HC & HC8, ECUADOR AND GALAPAGOS ISLANDS. Martin, LU9EFO, will be active
as HC2/LU9EFO from Guayaquil City, Ecuador, and HC8/LU9EFO from the
Galapagos Islands between August 3-24th. Activity will be on the HF
bands using SSB. QSL via F4BHW direct only or LU9EFO by the Bureau.
IARU NEWS (Second Kosovo Vote; Burundi Admitted). The ARRL Web page and
ARRL Letter (July 16th) reports: International Amateur Radio Union (IARU)
<www.iaru.org> member-societies are taking a second vote on whether to
admit Kosovo's national Amateur Radio association, Shoqata e Radio Amatoreve
te Kosoves (SHRAK) <www.shrak.org/en> to IARU membership.
'Many of you will recall that Kosovo was proposed for IARU membership
in IARU Proposal 251 in 2014,' IARU Secretary Rod Stafford, W6ROD, explained
in an e-mail to members. 'Fifty-one affirmative votes were required for
approval; 49 affirmative votes were received prior to the close of voting,
so the proposal failed.'
Stafford pointed out, however, that two more affirmative votes arrived
'very shortly after the close of voting' but could not be counted under
IARU rules. 'Under the circumstances, IARU Region 1 requested the Inter-
national Secretariat conduct a revote for the admission of Kosovo,' Stafford
said. He urged member-societies to return their ballots as soon as possible.
Amateur Radio was revived in Kosovo in 2012, and a training and licensing
program has been established there.
Stafford also announced that a vote on IARU Proposal 253 resulted in an
affirmative vote on the membership application of the Association Burundaise
des Amateurs Radio et T=E9l=E9vision (ABART). Sixty-seven votes were receiv=
in favor of admitting Burundi. 'It is a pleasure to welcome a new member
to the IARU,' Stafford said. -- Thanks to Rod Stafford, W6ROD, Secretary,
ICPO 'WEEKLY' BULLETIN GOING QRT. Dave, VA3RJ, has announced this past
week that the weekly ICPO (Islands, Castles & Portable Operations) Bulletin
will soon be ending and will only be available via Dave's Web site in a
DX Calendar format at: www.qsl.net/va3rj/icpo.html
Dave states, 'It is time to hang up my hat and have some time to play
radio, instead of writing about it.' Thanks, Dave, for your many years of
service to the DX Community, and your weekly bulletin will be surely missed.
AF-018. Operator Raffaele, IH9YMC, will be active from Pantelleria
Island (IIA TP-001, MIA MI-124, WW Loc. JM56XT), African Italy,
during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) Single-Op/Single-
Band (??) entry. QSL via eQSL.
AS-094. Operators Dale/BA4TB, Gu/BD4TS, Xingang/BH4TVU and Fu/BH4XAE
will be active as B7/homecall from Hainan Island between July
24th and August 1st. Look for Dale, B7/BA4TB, during the RSGB
IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Mixed-Mode/High-Power
entry. Dale mentions on his QRZ.com page, 'Due to high cost
of the expedition, any donations are appreciated!' QSL all
callsigns via the operator's home call.
AS-103. Operators Bruce/BV2KI, Lee/BV2NT, Lee/BX2AB, Chung/BX4AF,
Benny/BV9AAC, JH3GVJ, Yuji/JA3EIZ, Ryo/JG3DOR, YL Miyoko/
JO3LVG and Yasuo/ZL1JAP will be active as BV9A from Peng Hu
Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a
Multi-Op/All-Band/Mixed-Mode/High-Power entry. QSL via BV2KI.
AS-134. Zhishi, BD3QZ, will be active from Yuetou Island during the
RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Mixed-Mode/
Low-Power entry. QSL via BD3QZ.
AS-107. Operators Tana/E27EK and Capitan/HS7UCQ will be active as
E27EK/p from Samet Island, Thailand, during the RSGB IOTA
Contest (July 25-26th). QSL via E27EK.
EU-004. Noel, ON4APU/OO4O, will be active as EA6/OO4O from Majorca,
Balearic Islands, during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th)
as a Single-Op/All-Band/Mixed-Mode/Low-Power entry. QSL via
LoTW or by the Bureau.
EU-012. Operators Nigel/G3TXF and Ian/G3WVG will be active as GM4S
(not MZ5A as announced) from the Island of 'Papa Stour' in
the Shetland Island Group during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July
25-26th). QSL via G3TXF or LoTW.
EU-016. Operators Mate/9A4M, Braco/9A7R, Branko/9A7YY, Jozef/OM3BC,
Rastislav/OM3BH, Jozef/OM3GI and Tobor/OM3RM will be active
as 9A8RR from Vis Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July
25-26th) as a Multi-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via OM2VL.
EU-025. Alf, IT9MUO, will be active from Sicily Island during the RSGB
IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Assisted/CW-Mode/
12-HRs/High-Power entry. QSL via IT9MUO, LoTW, by the Bureau
EU-029. Allan, OZ8A, will be from Raagoe Island during the RSGB IOTA
Contest (July 25-26th) as a Single-Op/DXpedition/QRP/12 HRs
entry. QSL via the Bureau.
EU-030. Carten, OZ4CG, will be active from Bornholm Island during the
RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Low-Power
entry. QSL via LoTW.
EU-031. Tony, IC8FBU, will be active from Capri Island during the RSGB
IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Single-Op/CW-Mode/Low-Power/
12-HRS (Saturday 2000 UTC to Sunday 0800 UTC) entry. QSL via
his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct.
EU-031. Francesco, IK8TEO, will be active IC8/IK8TEO from IC8FBU's
radio shack on Capri Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July
25-26th) as a Single-Op/CW-Mode/Low-Power/12-HRS (Saturday
1200-2000 UTC and Sunday 0800-1200 UTC) entry. Equipment is
a FT-920 with 100w and dipoles. QSL via his home callsign by
EU-031. Marcus, DL3NCI, will be active as IC8/DL3NCI from Capri Island
during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Single-Op/CW-
Mode/QRP/12-HRS entry. QSL via the DARC Bureau.
EU-042. Operators Thomas/DK3EE and Louis/DO9EE will be active as
DK3T/p from Amrum Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July
25-26th) as a Multi-Op/DXpedition/Low-Power entry. =
EU-055. Operators LA6ZP, Morten/LA7XIA, LA9CSA, Knut/LA9RY, Gerald/LA0HK,
Vikingstad/LA9YGA and Nils/LA6IOA will be active as LA4C from
Utsira Island (WLOTA 0104, ARLHS NOR262) during the RSGB IOTA
Contest (July 25-26th) as a Multi-Op/High-Power/DXpedition
entry. QSL via LA4C.
EU-057. Joachim, DL5KUD, will once again be active from Ruegen Island
(O-07 for the German Islands Award) during the RSGB IOTA Contest
(July 25-26th) as a Single-Op/CW/12-HRS/Low-Power entry. QSL
via DL5KUD, by the Bureau or OQRS.
EU-061. Halvard, LA7XK, will be active from his vacation home on Spjaeroy
Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Single-
Op/High-Power entry. QSL via LA7XK.
EU-067. Theodoros, SV1EJD, will be active as SV8/SV1EJD from Syros
Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a
Single-Op/SSB-Mode/Low-Power/24-HRs entry. QSL via his home
callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
EU-092. Jim, MM0BQI, will be active from Tanera Mor, Summer Isles,
during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Single-Op
entry. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
EU-096. Tony, OH1TD, will be active from his summer home on Korpo Island
during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Single-Op/
All-Band entry. QSL via direct to OH1TD or LoTW.
EU-099. The F6KOP Team will be active from Les Minquiers between July
25-29th. They will have 4 stations on the air, operating 80-6
meters using CW and SSB. The station QTH will be based in
Ma=EEtresse-Ile (GJFF-011). QSL via Bureau, OQRS or direct
via F6KOP. =
EU-120. Operators Darran/G0BWB, Jim/G1MOZ, Gerald/G3SDY, Chris/G8PUT,
YL Barbara/M3CGP and David/M0RIU will be active as G6LD from
Lindisfarne Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th)
as a Multi-Op/Island-DXpedition enty. QSL via G6LD.
EU-120. Members of the Newbury and District Amateur Radio Society
(NADARS) will once again be active as G5XV from Isle of Wight
during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th), as a Multi-Op/
DXpedition entry. Operators mentioned are Ray/G4FON, Colin/M0DDT,
Richard/G3ZGC, Danny/G3XVR, Kevin/G6FOP, Steve/M0SEL, George/
2E0FEC, 2E0MJE, Nick/M0OJO and Rob/G4LMW. QSL via M0OXO.
EU-123. Doug, GM0ELP, will be active as MM3T from the Isle of Bute
(IOSA CL02, SCOTIA CS19, WLOTA 1883) during the RSGB IOTA
Contest (July 25-26th) as a Single-Op/CW-Mode/12-HRs entry.
QSL via MM3T.
EU-123. Iain, MM0TFU will be active as MM0TFU/p from Blackwaterfoot,
Isle of Arran (IOSA CL01, SCOTIA CS14), between July 22-27th.
Activity will include the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th).
QSL via LoTW (preferred) or direct to his home callsign.
EU-123. Members of the Stirling & District Amateur Radio Society
(GM6NX) will be active as GM9N from Great Cumbrae Island
(IOSA CL04, SCOTIA CS17), Clyde Islands, between July 24-27th.
Activity will include the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th).
Operators mentioned are Billy/GM0OBX, Jonathan/MM0OKG, John/
GM1BSG and Adam/MM0KFX. QSL via GM6NX or LoTW.
EU-124. Philip, MW0DHF, will once again be active as GW8K from Holy
Island, Northwest Wales, during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July
25-26th) as a Single-Op/SSB-Mode/Island-DXpedition/Low-Power
entry. QSL via MW0DHF, direct or by the Bureau.
EU-129. Members of the club station 'des OV Konigs Wusterhausen'
(DL0KWH) will be active as DL0KWH/p from Usedom Island (0-13
for the German Islands Award) during the RSGB IOTA Contest
(July 25-26th) as a Multi-Op/Island/High-Power entry. QSL via
DL0KWH; Bureau is preferred. Operators mentioned are Rainer/
DL2RVL, Bert/DL2RNS, Georg/DL4SVA and Olaf/DL7JOM.
EU-132. Operators Jarek/SP1C, Ted/SP1NQN, Piotr/SP1GZF, Janusz/SP1RKT,
YL Bozena/SQ2NQN, Hubert/SQ2PHG, Pawel/SQ2PHI and Darek/SQ1OD
will be active as SN1D from Wolin Island during the RSGB IOTA
Contest (July 25-26th). QSL via SP1RKT, by the Bureau and direct.
EU-136. Jozef, OM5AW, will be active as 9A/OM5AW from Cres Island during
the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/
DXpedition/Low-Power/12HRs entry. QSL via OM2FY.
EU-140. Kari, OH5TS, will be active from Kuorsalo Island during the
RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/
CW-Mode/High-Power entry. QSL via OH5TS.
EU-140. Members of the OH5AD group and possibly others will be active
as OG5A from Nuokot Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July
25-26th) as a Multi-Op/High-Power entry. QSL via OH5AD or OG5A
by the Bureau. Operators mentioned are Simo/OH5GIO, Timo/OH5GJZ,
Erno/OH5FVY and Vili/OH5GEV.
EU-142. Operators Garcia/EA1ASC, Fermin/EA1RC, Pablo/EA4TX, Jose/EA7KW,
Oscar/EC4TA and Fonsi/EC7AKV will be active as ED1M Mouro Island
during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Multi-Op/DX-
pedition/Mixed-Mode/Low-Power entry. QSL via EA1DR.
EU-146. Teun, PA5TT, will be active from Schouwen Duiveland during the
RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Single-Op entry. QSL via
EU-146. Peter, ON4TO, will once again be active as PA/OQ4T from Schouwen
Duiveland during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th). QSL via
LoTW or by the Bureau via ON4TO.
EU-172. Henning, OZ1BII, will be active as 5P2I/P from Endelave Island
during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-
Band/DXpedition/Low-Power entry. QSL via OZ1BII, direct, by
the Bureau or LoTW. He does frequently uploaded to LoTW,
ClubLog and eQSL.
EU-174. Oliver, DK7TX, will be heading back to Greece between September
3-16th, and will be active as SV8/DK7TX to activate 2-3 islands
in this IOTA group. Possible islands are Artemis, Ammouliani
and Diaporos. Activity will be holiday style mostly on 20/15/10
meters. He may also sign SV2/DK7TX from Nikiti-Chalkidiki. QSL
via his home callsign, by the Bureau or eQSL.
EU-181. Operators Boyan/LZ1BJ, Dechko/LZ1QV, Boyko/LZ1QN, Georgi/LZ1ZF,
Boris/LZ2JR, Plamen/LZ3BB and Nasko/LZ3YY will be active as
LZ0I from Sveti Ivan Island (WLOTA 0121, ARLHS BUL-022, WCA
LZ-00164) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a
Multi-Single/DX/High-Power entry. QSL via LZ0I (by the QRZ.com
address) or by the Bureau to LZ1BJ. The team will be on the
island between July 23-26th. Operations before the contest
will be mostly on the 30/17/12 meter bands. For more information
about the island, you can read at:
English - bulgariatravel.org/en/object/345/Ostrov_Sveti_I=
Russian - bulgariatravel.org/ru/obyekt/345/Ostrov_Sveti_I=
EU-191. Sandro, VE7NY, will be active as YP0H from Insula Fericirii
during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th).
EU-187. Operators Christo/LZ3FN, George/SV9GPV, Manos/SV9BMJ, Georgios/
SV9DJO, Giannis/SV9FBG, Yiannis/SV9FBK, Giannis/SV9RGI, Konstan-
tinos/SV9OFS and Antonis/SV9KIL will be active as J49G from
Crisi Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as
a Multi-Op entry. QSL via LoTW or to QSL Manager SV9GPV.
OC-201. Operators Wes/ZL3TE and John/ZL2DD will be active as ZL3TE/p
and ZL2DD/p from Rakino Island during the SGB IOTA Contest
(July 25-26th) with individual entries - CW and SSB. QSL via
their home callsigns, LoTW or direct.
OC-177. Budi, YF1AR, will be activating two islands in the Seribu Islands
group as YF1AR/0 between July 16-21st. Here are the reference
numbers and islands:
YBFF-0025 Seribu Islands Marine National Park, New WWFF
OC-177 Kelapa Island - Seribu Islands [New Island]
OC-177 Harapan Island - Seribu Islands [New Island]
Activity will be on 40-10 meters using mainly SSB. For more
details, see Budi's Web page at:
SA-029. Members of the Nilo Team will be active as ZV1M from Jurubaiba
Island (DIB RJ-22, DFB RJ-24, ARLHS BRA-225) between July
24-26th. Operators mentioned are Marcelo/PY1MT, Andre/PY1SG
and Hugo/PY1SB. Activity will be on the HF bands, including an
entry in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th). QSL via PY1MT,
direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.
NEW DIPLOMA DESIGN. It was announced that there is a new design for the
French YL Award. A big thanks goes to Lydie, F5MSS, for this beautiful
design. For more details and to view the new design, go to:
PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (July 20-26th)....
Jul/20th DIS Jul/23rd AN Jul/25th HN
Jul/21st HN Jul/24th AN Jul/26th 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.
QSL INFO AND NEWS.....................
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (July 16th)
5Q2M via OZ1PIF KB7OBU/KH2 via JA3VXH T40HQ via OH2TA
B1HQ via BA4EG LA/DJ4UF via DJ4UF T88CL via JA8CCL
CR6C via CT1EHX OL5HQ via OK2JS TC3HQ via TA3X
CU5/CU3DX via CU3EJ OP0HQ via ON7LX TM0HQ via F5CWU
DL/IK3GES via IK3GES OQ5M via ON5ZO V55HQ via DL9NDS
EG1ETG via EA1RCI OZ/DF2SD via DF2SD VE1/DJ8QP via DJ8QP
EI/IZ1DSJ via IZ1DSJ OZ0FR/P via DL2VFR W1V via WS1SM
EM3WFF via UT4WA P40HQ via P43JB W9L via K9TAL
EN90IARU via UT5UIA R2015KK via RA6XPG YF1AR/0 via N2OO
HB0/PA5MW via PA5MW R2015NS via RA6XTE YO6BZL via YO3KAA
HB9HQ via HB9JOE R98KPM via RW3YW ZA/IK2RLM via IK2RLM
HF690PMA via SP9KUP S50HQ via S54G ZW0HQ via PY2AA
II3MA via IK3GES SG2SOP via SM5EFX
K4C via N4HID SM7/IK3GES via IK3GES
(e) eQSL only (d) direct only (B) Bureau only (*-B) DX's- Bureau
(O) OQRS only (C) ClubLog only (L) LoTW only
4O90A QSLS. Nenad, VE3EXY, is the QSL Manager for 4O3A, and recently
has been starting to receive 4O90A requests. He states, 'I=92ll be managi=
4O90A once I get the cards from 4O3A. Estimated time is Sept. 2015.'
AT150HQ via LoTW or eQSL
TI9/3Z9DX QSL STATUS. Timothy, AA9RR, informs OPDX that Dom, 3Z9DX,
informed him early last week (via E-mail) that he has not answered
direct cards yet, but will soon. =
QSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 3B9FR, A35UD, C21EU, FO/UT6UD, H44UD, SV8IIR,
TF3T, VK0WR (1969) and ZS8MI
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 9N7WE, DV1UD (OC-093), E41WT, J6/SP7VC, JT1CO,
JT1DN, PQ0T, TK/IW5ELA (EU-014), TX5P, VE9IQ, VP2ETE, YB4IR/9 (OC-147),
YB4IR/9 (OC-239), YB8RW/P (OC-070), YB8RW/P (OC-246), YB8RW/P (OC-271),
YB8RW/P (OC-272), YB8RW/P (OC-273), YB8RW/P (OC-274) and ZA/Z35T
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: R8LAG, SW3FF, SW8SW, SW44FF, SX25C,
SX25C/P, SX70D, SX70L, TA1DX, TA2OTT, TA2AO/4 and YO2RR
RI1, FRANZ JOSEF LAND. Eugene, UA4RX, will be staying on Heiss Island
(EU-019) for one year starting early next month. If time permits, look
for Eugene to be active as RI1FJ. Activity will be on 160-10 meters
using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via UA2FM (see QRZ.com), OQRS
SOUTH AMERICAN TOUR. Toru, JH0CJH, has announced that he will be active
from Chile, Peru and Costa Rica between July 19-29th, as CE3/JH0CJH,
OA4/JH0CJH and TI (Callsign not yet assigned). Activity will be mainly
40-10 meters CW. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
Watch QRZ.com for updates.
SV5, DODECANESE. Igor, RD1AP, will once again be active as SV5/RD1AP
from Rhodes Island (EU-001) between July 19th and August 6th. Activity
will be holiday style using a FT-817ND and 'mini buddipole'. He plans
to be in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Single-Op/QRP entry.
QSL via RD1AP, direct or by the Bureau or via OH2FUW.
SV5, DODECANESE. Kim, ON4BCV, will be active as SV5/ON4BCV/p from Karpathos
Island (EU-001) between July 21-28th. Kim states, 'I'm working SO-50
Satellite with my Yaesu VX-7R and a hand-held Arrow (USA) antenna. All
other SSB SAT's with my portable radio FT-817 using also the Arrow antenna
with build in duplexer. I'm also working HF with the Yaesu FT-817 portable
QRP, 5 watts and a telescopic multiband antenna abt. 1.5 meter long. QSL
via ON4BCV. =
SV9, CRETE. Christo, LZ3FN, will again be active, but as SW9AA from two
different islands (Crete [main island, EU-015, GIOTA KRS-005, MIA MGC-005,
WLOTA 1400] and Dia Island [EU-187]) in the Crete Island chain between
July 19th and August 1st. Activity will be holiday style on all bands,
mainly CW. He will not use the callsign SW9AA in the RSGB IOTA Contest,
but will be part of the J49A team. QSL via LZ1PM.
SV9, CRETE. Alan, G4DJX, will be active as SV9/G4DJX from Crete (main
island, EU-015, GIOTA KRS-005, MIA MGC-005, WLOTA 1400) during the RSGB
IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Low-Power entry. Activity
will be holiday style - limited operations in the IOTA contest with 100W
to wire dipoles. QSL via LoTW.
V6, MICRONESIA. Operators Yuji/JH2BNL (V6AAA) and Minekazu/JA2NQG (V6WW)
will be active from Pohnpei Island (OC-010) between October 25-29th.
Activity will be on all bands, 160-6 meters, using CW, SSB, and RTTY
with 500 watts. They will take part in the CWWW DX SSB Contest during
the final several hours of the contest. QSL via their home callsign.
VK0EK DXPEDITION NEWS (Heard Island Expedition Newsletter Vol. 1 No. 2).
The current Heard Island Expedition Newsletter (Vol. 1, No. 2) is now
out. Individuals may have already received this because they subscribed
to it, or you made a donation to the expedition, or they are a team member
or a corporate sponsor, or Bob, KK6EK, just happen to know you and think
you would like to have it. This issue goes to 666 different people.
Bob also informs [edited], 'There is no charge or obligation for this
=96 we just want to help you make a QSO with VK0EK, or to collaborate in
the scientific work. Future Newsletters will be issued now and then,
when we have something to say, probably every few weeks. If you missed
a previous Newsletter and would like to have a copy, please send me a
The expedition is scheduled to begin in early March 2016, and end in
late April. You can see the current status of the project on the main
website <www.heardisland.org>, and on the blogsite <www.vk0ek.org>.
I hope you like this Newsletter and find it useful. If you have sugges-
tions, comments, subjects you would like to see addressed, etc., or wish
to be removed from the distribution list, please write to me.....
Bob, KK6EK -- Organizer/Expedition Leader'
For more details on the mailing list for the newsletter, go to:
VK9WA WILLIS ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS (Update). An international team will
activate an amateur radio DXpedition station VK9WA from Willis Islets
between November 14-23rd. They announced this past week on their Web
page <vk9wa.com> the following: 'Our eight man team <vk9wa.com/team>
is now complete. Fund-raising and planning continue. We're grateful for
significant sponsorships by INDEXA <www.indexa.org> and the German DX
Foundation <www.gdxf.de>. We're happy to announce a partnership with
Tangaroa Blue Foundation <www.tangaroablue.org> and the Australian Marine
Debris Initiative <www.tangaroablue.org>, in conjunction with Parks
Australia and the Department of the Environment, to conduct an island
cleanup and debris inventory of Middle Cay. This cleanup and our ecology
and animal reports will provide valuable data and help protect the many
sensitive and threatened species of Willis Island.'
ADDED DETAILS: The complete list of operators are now Robert/N7QT (Co-
team leader), Jared/N7SMI (Co-team leader), Sandro/VE7NY, Adam/K7EDX,
Hawk/SM5AQD, Gus/SM3SGP, Allan/VE7SZ, and Hal/W8HC. Pilot stations are
Mike/K4PI (NA), C=E9dric/F5UKW (EU) and Andre/V51B (AF). The on-air operati=
will last 10 days with high power CW, SSB, and RTTY on 160-10 meters
(possibly 6 meters). Their primary focus will be providing all time new
contacts with this highly demanded, rarely activated entity with an
emphasis on difficult paths - primarily US East Coast, Europe, and Africa.
VP2E, ANGUILLA. Frank, K3TRM, will once again be active as VP2ERM from
Anguilla (NA-022) between July 19th and August 2nd. Activity will be on
the HF bands using CW, SSB and RTTY. Real-time logging will be available on
ClubLog. QSL by direct or bureau to his home callsign, OQRS (via ClubLog)
and LoTW. Additional information will be available on his Web site at:
VP8SGI & VP8STI DXPEDITION NEWS (Press Release). Paul, N6PSE, sent out
the following press release on July 15th: The Intrepid DX Group is pleased
to announce that all of our plans are moving forward very well. We are
testing and re-testing our gear one last time before it goes into a
container next week and makes its voyage to meet the RV Braveheart in
This will be a 'Pure DX' event. We have assembled a team of World-Class
experienced operators, including two DX Hall of Fame members. We are not
doing any mountain climbing, creature collection or software development.
Our focus is on getting you in our logs!
At this time, we wish to announce that we are adding 6 meters as well as
60 meters to our plans. We will make a solid effort to be QRV and to give
out contacts on these bands as well as 10-160 meters.
We wish to clarify our operating strategy: We will be QRV on 6-160 meters
with six stations and we invite you to work us on all bands and modes. We
will also select a band that is propagating for the most hours of the day,
and we will be QRV on that band for the duration of our activity. This is
a means to increase the number of unique call signs in our logs and to give
everyone a chance to work us. We will be looking to give ATNO contacts at
Our goal is to conduct two 8-10 day DXpeditions to each of these top ten
entities. To effectively do that, we need your support.
The fourteen members of the VP8STI/VP8SGI team have committed to paying
$210,000 of the $425,000 needed to carry out this Dxpedition. To date, we
have raised $315,000 which includes our team contribution. We still have
a significant deficit of $110,000. The VP8STI/VP8SGI team needs the support
of the worldwide DX Community to help us make this Dxpedition a success.
While donations from North America were strong initially, we would greatly
appreciate more support from North America, Europe, Asia, South America and
the Middle East. To date, our donations by continent are as follows:
North America Clubs & Foundations: 84%
Middle East & Africa: 0%
South America: 0%
Japan will be our most challenging area to work and we are fully committed
to make a major effort to work all regions of the globe.
So, please consider a generous contribution to this project. To have your
club or organization=92s logo included with the QSL card, please contribute
$250 or more. Individual contributions of $150 or more will be listed with
the QSL card. Everyone who supports the Dxpedition will be listed and
properly recognized on our website.
We encourage you to visit our website <www.intrepid-dx.com/vp8> and
donate via the PayPal link. It=92s easy and free to donate. Alternatively,
you can mail a check or money order to the address listed below:
Payable to: Intrepid-DX Group
C/O David Jorgensen-WD5COV, CFO/Treasurer
18645 Cortez Rd SE, Deming, NM 88030 USA
The Intrepid-DX Group VP8 Team
YJ, VANUATU. Just a reminder that Geoff, ZL3GA, will once again be active
as YJ0GA from the Benjor Beach Club on Efate Island (OC-035) between July
21-27th. Activity will be on the beach in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July
24-25th) using 100 watts into a an End Fed Half Wave vertical and as a
Single-Op/Single-Band (20m)/Mixed-Mode entry. QSL via his home callsign,
direct, by the Bureau or LoTW (preferred).
YN, NICARAGUA. Scott, K7ZO, will once again be active from here, but this
time during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th) as a Single-Op/
All-Band/High-Power entry. He will again use his smaller callsign YN5Z
for the contest instead of his usual YN5ZO callsign. He usually operates
'Field Day Style' using a 5 band Spiderbeam and a 160-40m vertical. The
radio is a TS-590 driving a KPA-500 amp. QSL via LoTW and K7ZO, direct
or by the Bureau. Very little operation is expected outside the contest
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