The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1231
September 14, 2015
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Written/Sent From Strongsville, OH
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DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
week of Sunday, 6th/September, through Sunday, 13th/September there were
211 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W,
4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4W, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6Y, 7Q, 7X,
8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A2, A4, A5, A6, A7,
A9, BV, BY, C2, C3, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, CY0, D2,
D4, DL, DU, E4, E5/s, E6, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES,
ET, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, 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, J5, J6, JA, JT, JW, JY, K, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA,
LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2,
PJ4, PY, PZ, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T2, T32, T7, TA, TF,
TG, TI, TK, TL, TT, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8,
VE, VK, VP2E, VP5, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XW, YA, YB, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YU,
YV, 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'.
3B7, ST. BRANDON. Pat, 3B8FA, informs OPDX that he will be active as 3B7FA
from St. Brandon (AF-015) sometime between October 26-30th. Activity will
be limited to his spare time with operations on 20/15/10 meters using SSB
and the Digital modes (SSTV and PSK93). Equipment: Yaesu FT857/897 with
100 watts into a vertical antenna. Pat states, 'I will operate when time
permits and try to make as many QSOs as possible.' QSL via his home
callsign or LoTW.
9Y, TRINDAD AND TOBAGO. Dave, WJ2O, will be active as 9Y4/WJ2O from
Trinidad Island (SA-011) between November 25-30th. He will be there with
his wife during the American Thanksgiving holiday. Activity will include
the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th) as Single-Op/All-Band entry.
Dave states, 'We will put a small antenna on the top of this hotel located
in the capital city of Port of Spain.' QSL via N2ZN. Dave states, 'I no
longer upload QSOs to LoTW.' For more details/updates and the reason why
he does not use the LoTW, go to: www.wj2o.com
C9, MOZAMBIQUE. Daniel, ZS6JR, will once again be active from here. This
time as C92JR from a beach resort in Chidenguele between now and September
22nd. Activity will be holiday style and operating mostly RTTY or PSK with
100 watts into a vertical antenna. QSL via GI4FUM. Look for more details
and possible updates on: www.3da0ss.net
CO8, CUBA. Carlos, CO8CML, will be active from Las Tunas (FL10mw) during
the CQWW RTTY Contest (September 26-27th) as a Single Operator/Single-Band
(20m)/Low-Power entry. QSL info is available at QRZ.com.
D6, COMOROS. Just a reminder that Ken, LA7GIA, will be active as D67GIA
from Grande Comores Island (Ngazidja) [AF-007] between September 14-23rd.
Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. Equipment will
be a TS-480SAT with an Ameritron ALS 500m into a Mosley Mini 32 ASP (2
element beam 20/15/10m), Mosley TW 22 M (2 element beam 17/12m), Hygain
AV640 and wire antennas (backup). QSL via LA7GIA direct ONLY (SAE + 3
USDs). Please note, NO IRC, NO Bureau QSL. Bureau QSL will not be answered.
For updates, check: la7gia.com/d67gia-2/index.html
E5, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS (Update). Jacek, SP5EAQ, will be active as E51EAQ
from Rarotonga (OC-013, WLOTA 0971) between October 19th and November 1st.
Activity will be on 80-10 meters SSB only. He will also be in the CQWW DX
SSB Contest (October 24-25th). QSL via SP7DQR, by the Bureau, direct or an
OQRS on the following Web page. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW. For more
details and updates, see: e5.sp5drh.com/index.html
FJ, ST. BARTHELEMY (Early Announcement). Operators Dave/W9DR and Tom/W9AEB
will be active as FJ/W9DR and FJ/W9AEB from Saint Barthelemy Island
(NA-146, DIFO FJ-001, WLOTA 0377) between June 17-29th (2016). Look for
W9DR as FJ/W9DR on 6 meters only (50.115 MHz), CW/SSB with a 6m Beacon
(50.115.7 MHz). Look for W9AEB as FJ/W9AEB on 40-10 meters CW/SSB. QSL
via their home callsigns.
FM/TO2, MARTINIQUE (Update). Kostyantyn 'Ken', VE3LA, will be active as
FM/VE8DX from Martinique (NA-107) between October 17-27th. He will also
be active as TO2M during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th) as a
Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. Activity outside of the contest will
be on CW and SSB on all bands. Ken tells OPDX, 'Prior and after contest
activity will be limited as this will be also my family vacation. But
I'll try to accommodate SKEDs if somebody needs a new country. I'm trying
to pay back to the society as a DXCC HR#1 holder. There were a lot of
SKEDs to get it. I'm celebrating 10th anniversary of my DXCC HR#1 and 30
years on the radio. This year's first satisfactory result was All-Time
World Record in SOU HP category in ARRL DX Contest. I'm looking forward
to meeting all my friends on the radio during WWDX as well.' QSL both
callsigns via LY5W. PLEASE NOTE: The TO2M callsign was used before by
Sam, F6AML, from Mayotte, so be careful when you QSL.
GB2, ENGLAND (Special Event). Look for special event station GB2QLR to
be active until September 15th. Activity is to celebrate Queen Elizabeth
II becoming the longest reigning British Head of State, and the longest
reigning female monarch in history, surpassing Queen Victoria. Activity
will be on the HF and VHF bands using SSB. QSL via operators' instructions.
INAUGURATION OF KOSOVAR AMATEUR RADIO ASSOCIATION (SHRAK) RADIO STATION.
Press Release from Pristina, Kosovo, dated September 10th, 2015: With the
start of a new academic year, Amateur Radio has reached a major milestone
in Pristina, capital of the Republic of Kosovo, as the faculty of the
Technical University of Pristina has assigned a facility to this year's
Amateur Radio graduates (40), making an attached radio station and a
library available to the new licensees. The HQ station Z60A will be
activated for the next several days and occasionally from now on.
Following the inauguration, SHRAK will organize their first DX activity
from neighboring Albania for the weekend of September 18-21st. More
details will follow...... Vjollca Caka, Z61VB
AS-043. Operators Suehiro/JI1PLF, Mitsuo/JA1UNS, Hisashi/7N1GMK,
Takeo/7L4PVR and Kazuhiko/7N4VPS will once again be active as
homecall/1 from Hachijo Island in the JA1 South Izu Group,
between October 15-19th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using
CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via their home callsigns, direct or by
EU-105. A group of 6 Belgian operators will be active as TM6NB from
Batz Island between September 14-18th. Operators mentioned
are Walter/ON8CW (Digital Op), Erik/ON4ANN (Team leader & SSB
Op), Philippe/ON4ACP (CW Op), Erik/ON4CCV (SSB Op), Francois/
ON4LO (SSB Op) and Paul/ON5PDV (SSB & Digital Op). Activity
will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB, PSK and RTTY. QSL via
ON4ANN, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.
EU-124. Operators Steve/G4EDG, Jeff/G4ELZ and Pete/G4GSA will be
active from Flat Holm Island between September 12-16th. Their
callsigns will be GW4EDG/P, GW4ELZ/P and GW4GSA/P. Activity
will be on 40-17 meters using CW, RTTY and PSK. QSL via their
home callsigns direct or LoTW.
EU-125. Rene, DL2JRM, will once again be active as OZ/DL2JRM/p from
Romo Island (DIA NS-001), September 19-20th. Activity will be
on 80-10 meters, mainly CW. QSL via his home callsign, direct
or by the Bureau.
OC-177. Budi, YF1AR, was expected to be active as YF1AR/0 from Tidung
Island, Seribu Islands (New Island), this past week between
September 12-13th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using
mainly SSB as well as on CW and the Digital modes. QSL via N2OO
or by ClubLog's OQRS. For more details, see Budi's Web page at:
J8, THE GRENADINES. Ken, WA4SQM, will be active as J8/WA4SQM from Palm
Island in The Grenadines (NA-025) between September 13-18th. Activity
will be holiday style and mainly on the QRP CW frequencies (mainly 40/20
meters) mostly during local evening hours. ?QSL via LoTW or direct to his
home callsign with a SASE.
JW, SVALBARD. Jacek, SQ5BPF, will once again be active as JW/SQ5BPF from
the Polish Polar Station in Hornsund, Spitsbergen Island (EU-063), between
September 19-27th. Activity will be on the HF bands when time permits. QSL
via SQ5BPF by the Bureau (preferred).
KG4, GUANTANAMO BAY. Jim, KG9LB, will be active as KG4AW from Guantanamo
Bay [GTMO] (NA-015) between October 9-16th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters
using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK. QSL via his home callsign direct. ADDED NOTES:
'The Daily DX' reports that Bill/W4WV (KG4WV) and Keith/KE4KDY (KG4DY)
will also be there with Jim. The group will activate Over the Windward
Point Lighthouse (GTM-001) over October 10-11th weekend. Keith and Jim
will depart GTMO on October 16th, while Bill will remain until October 23rd.
LU, ARGENTINA. Operators Hoc/LU5BE (CW), Henry/LU8EFF and Leo/LU3AAL will
be active as homecalls/GR from Herradura, Province of Formosa (Grid Locator
GG03UM), a Region in Argentina, between September 24-27th. There has been
very little activity and almost no CW operations from this area. They
plan to have 3 stations active and 1 station on 50 MHz. Activity will be
on 80/40/20/17/15/10 meters using CW, SSB, PSK31, JT65 and SSTV. QSL via
their home callsigns (see QRZ.com).
OJ0, MARKET REEF (Update). Operators Dietmar/DL3DXX, Thomas/DL5LYM, Robert/
SP5XVY and Roman/US5WDX will be active as OJ0DX from Market Reef (EU-053)
between September 19-28th (depending on the WX for boat transfer to/from
the island). Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.
Look for them to be active during the CW Scandinavian Activity Contest
(September 19-20th) and CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 26-27th). QSL via
P5, NORTH KOREA (Update). Rick, K6VVA, has posted another update to his
possible P5CW (P5/K6VVA) 'CW ONLY' operation at: www.p5cw.com
Update is titled 'PETITION FOR DPRK AUTHORITIES' and states:
Automated PETITION STATISTICS by AGE and AREA Participation can be
viewed in realtime at: www.p5cw.com/petitionstats.php
Tnx to the DX'ers, Contesters and well known DX-Peditioners who have
If this 'long shot' assist to the current proposal ends up paying off,
there will be some very 'Special Recognition' for all those who have
supported this effort. More detailed info at: www.p5cw.com
PACIFIC TOUR. Members of the 'RF Junkie DXpedition Group' are planning
trips to Tuvalu (OC-015) and Viti Levu Island (OC-016) in the Fiji Island
group during November and December. Operators are Tim/NL8F, Dean/KW7XX,
YL Paula/NX1P, Dick/N7RO and Paul/W7IV. Plans are as follows:
* November 24th-December 2nd -- Tuvalu; callsign T2TT; activity will be
on 160-10 meters; with two stations (possibly three);
mainly CW and SSB with some Digital; QTH is the Vaiaku
Lagi Hotel in Funafuti. Direct and Bureau QSLs for T2TT
will go to K8NA. They will also be offering OQRS from
ClubLog starting on December 3rd. Also, they will upload
to LoTW approximately 4 months after the DXpedition ends. =
* December 3-10th -- Fiji; callsign 3D2RJ (pending); activity will be on
160-10 meters; one less operator (NL8F), so 4 operators
and 2 stations; mainly CW and SSB with some Digital; QTH
is Rakiraki from a beach house located on the peninsula
on the northern coast. Direct or Bureau cards for 3D2RJ
will go to Dick N7RO. Also, they will upload to LoTW
approximately 4 months after the DXpedition ends. NO
mention of a OQRS.
It is recommended to look for them on the IOTA frequencies. If these
become too crowded, they will drop lower in the bands to more traditional
DX windows. The team is mostly the same operators they had during the
T32RC operation from Eastern Kiribati back in 2013. For more details and
updates, check the following Web pages:
PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (September 14-20th)....
Sep/14th AN Sep/17th AN Sep/19th LN
Sep/15th HN Sep/18th AN Sep/20th 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.
PY0F, FERNANDO DE NORONHA (Update). Three of the five member 1992 Navassa
DXpedition Team, Ron/AA4NC, Will/AA4VK, and Murray/WA4DAN are planning a
'reunion' DXpedition to PY0F, Fernando de Noronha (SA-003) between October
18-27th, including operating in the CQWW Phone Contest. Look for operators
to sign PY0F/homecall on all-bands on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.
Elecraft has generously provided a complete station, including K3S and
KPA500 amp. AA4NC will be the operator for the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October
24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry signing PY0F/AA4NC. A multi-card
color QSL with island scenes similar to the QSLs for their recent CY0
operations is planned. WA4DAN will handle 'Direct' QSLs. An OQRS service
will be available on the Web page at:
Until a dedicated PY0F website is created, updates will be posted at
<www.AA4VK.com> and at the various DX bulletins.
QSL INFO AND NEWS.....................
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (September 13th)
5B/DJ8OG via DJ8OG HZ1BL via IZ8CLM SO1RE via DK8RE
5B/DL7BC via DL7BC II0IABH via IZ0EUX SV5/G0TSM via G0TSM
5B/G3RWF via G3RWF IR0ROMA via IK0LZR SV8/DK7TX via DK7TX
8Q7AM via IW0HBY LN1V via LA4LN (d) SW8WW via HA0HW
9A/PH2A via PH2A OE/DF9GU/P via DF9GU TK/DL4FF via DL4FF
9A8DX via 9A3JB OM/DL7AU/P via DL7AU TM50URA via F5ANZ
9K2OD via EA7FTR PX8Z via PY8WW VO2/DJ8QP via DJ8QP
9M2/JA6GMC via JA6GMC R101TW via RA4DR W3B via W3LIF
AN7ONU via EA7NL RI0BV via UA4WHX YT90IARU via YU1SRS
C4I via DJ8OG (*) S50AU via YT5FD Z3/DL1CW via DL1CW
CP1XRM via EA5RM SD3F via SM3AKW Z312HST via Z3-Bureau
CT9/DL1RNT via DL1RNT SN2SONDA via SP4PKM Z60A via OH2BH
HF0WFF via SP5ZIM SN76BHO via SP8ONU
(e) eQSL only (d) direct only (B) Bureau only (*-B) DX's- Bureau
(O) OQRS only (C) ClubLog only (L) LoTW only (*) WAE-SSB 2015 only
K1ZZI/J6 QSL ROUTE. Please note that Ralph, K1ZZ, who will be active
as K1ZZI/J6 from St. Lucia with Steve, WF2S, between October 7-18th,
states, 'QSL info is LoTW Only. I don=92t plan to have QSL cards made
for this very casual trip.'
QSLS RECEIVED VIA LoTW: CE2AWW, DK7MD, HK3W, LA2LI, MO5BFL, UT2GW,
VE3AXW, YF1DO, ZD8D and ZZ80RJ
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3D2AG/P (OC-060), 6Y5WJ, JY4CI (via K2AX; QSL
sent direct on Oct. 4th, 2014), SN0RX and VA2NQ/2
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 4K7Z, 4X0W, 5B/RV1CC, 7O2A, 8Q7SN, 9G5LF,
A25CE, A65BP, CT3/LA9DL, CT9/DK7YY, DE1KKG, DF3IS, DG2FDE, DJ6OZ, DJ6OZ,
DK2GZ, DK3WW, DK5AX, DK5XG, DL0MFL, DL1JDT, DL2ARD, DL2VWR, DL3AMI,
DL3AR, DL3BVA, DL3JJ, DL4MCF, DL4TJ, DL5JRA, DM5TS, DO4MTB, E51HDJ,
EA5KA, F1SMV, F5JLV, F6BYZ, FR5DZ, FT5ZM, HA7XL, HB0/DL3TU/p, HB0/HB9AON,
HB9HTC, HB9SI, HC8AO, HC8RCT/8, IK2VFR, JA9GLW, JW4PM, JW5E, JW5X,
JW6VJA, JW7QIA, JW8DW, JW8HGA, JW9DFA, JW9HH, LB4CD, LB9N, LG5LG, LI2IZ,
LI3NUA, LI7VK, LJ2T, LN8W, LZ1164SIM, OE3MCS/m, OE5CYL, OE5ROM, OK1FLK,
OK1MZO, OK2BWJ, OM5OA, ON5RO, OP2A, PA0MIR, PJ2/DL5AXX, PT2CSM, PY2FN,
R1ANA/MM, R1ANF, R1ANR, R20RRC/1, RAEM, RT110RAEM, RW110RAEM, S54X,
SM6BZV, SQ7B, TJ3AY, UA3XAC, UT5XS and Z81X
S0, WESTERN SAHARA. Operators Roberto/EA2CNU and Arseli/EA2JG will be
active as S01WS from the Sahrawi Amateur Radio Union Club Station in
Tifariti, Western Sahara, between October 22-28th. Activity will be on
the HF bands, especially the lower bands, using CW and SSB. They also
plan to be active in the CQWW SSB DX Contest (October 24-25th) using the
special callsign S0S. QSL via EA2JG and OQRS system. For more details
and updates, watch: saharadx.jimdo.com
SPECIAL EVENT (Highway to a DX Party!). The Citrus Belt Amateur Radio
Club of San Bernardino, California, is once again hosting (probably one
of the most fun special event activities) the 16th annual 'Route 66 On
The Air' special event between September 12-20th. The purpose of this event
is to offer amateur radio operators a fun way to 'Relive the Ride' of their
own memories of Route 66, and to celebrate the highway's 85th anniversary.
The U.S. Highway 66 established in 1926, was the first major improved
highway to link the west coast with the nations heartland. Through stories,
songs, and TV shows, the highway came to symbolize the spirit of the
freedom of the open road, inspiring many to see America. Look for the
following 21 stations (two are rovers) operating in or around the major
cities along the old 'Route 66' from Santa Monica, California, to Chicago,
Stations City Clubs/Individuals
-------- -------------------- -------------------------
W6A Santa Monica, CA Westside Amateur Radio Club
W6B Los Angeles, CA Westside Amateur Radio Club
W6C San Bernardino, CA Citrus Belt Amateur Radio Club
W6D Victorville, CA Victor Valley Amateur Radio Club
W6E Barstow, CA Barstow Amateur Radio Club
W6F Kingman, AZ Mojave Amateur Radio Club
W6G Flagstaff, AZ Northern Arizona DX Association
W6H Albuquerque, NM Albuquerque DX Association
W6I Amarillo, TX Chapter 141, QCWA
W6J Elk City, OK Marvin Gorden, KC9VF
W6K Oklahoma City, OK W6K Oklahoma City
W6L Tulsa, OK Tulsa Amateur Radio Club
W6M Riverton, KS Jim Cochran, K0RH
W6N Joplin, MO Joplin Amateur Radio Club
W6O Lebanon, MO Lebanon Amateur Radio Club
W6P St. Louis, MO St. Louis Amateur Radio Club
W6Q Chicago, IL Six Meter Club of Chicago
W6R Springfield, MO Southwest Missouri Amateur RC
W6U Joliet, IL Illinois Radio League
W6S ROVER 1 Northern Arizona DX Association
W6T ROVER 2 Northern Arizona DX Association
Special event stations are expected to be found in the vicinity of the
following frequencies. (Look for digital modes in the standard band segments
for such mode) All frequencies +/- QRM:
CW - 3533, 7033, 10110, 14033, 18080, 21033, 24900, 28033 and 50033 kHz
SSB - 3866, 7266, 14266, 18164, 21366, 24966, 28466 and 50166 kHz
Digi - 3580, 7070, 10140, 14070, 18100, 21070, 24920 and 28120 kHz
R66 MOBILE Operations - Any amateurs operating while actually driving
along Route 66 during the special event period are encouraged to
take part in 'Route 66 On The Air', by using the designation
'mobile 66' for SSB or '/m66' for CW after their callsigns. All
other amateur radio operators are welcome to contact these mobile
REPEATERS - Some of the participating clubs will also be operating this
event from their local VHF/UHF repeaters. Check the ARRL repeater
guide for possible repeater frequencies, if your in the local area.
Each participating club will issue their own QSL card commemorating
this event. QSL information is available on the Web at:
For more details about the event and the certificate that is available,
please visit the 'Route 66 OTA Site' at:
SV, GREECE. Nicolas, F1RAF, will once again be active as SV8/F1RAF from
Poros Island (not IOTA) between October 25-31st. Activity will be on SSB
only on 20/17/15/12/10 meters. QSL via F1RAF, direct or by the Bureau.
T8, PALAU. Frank, I2DMI, and his wife Giovanna will once again be on
Palau for the Christmas holidays between December 22-29th. Activity will
be holiday style on 80-10 meters using RTTY only. QSL via I2DMI direct
to: P.O.Box 55, 22063 CANTU', Italy.
TA3, TURKEY. Ariel, NY4G, will be active as TA3/NY4G sometime around
October 11th for approx. 2-3 weeks. Activity will be limited because
he is there in Izmir on a work assignment. Operations will be on 40-10
meters using mainly CW with 100 watts into an end-fed dipole. QSL via
his home callsign, direct or LoTW. Look for log to be uploaded to ClubLog
and LoTW on a regular basis.
TR, GABON. Alain, F6BCL, informs OPDX that he will once again be active
as TR8CA from Gabon starting on September 15th, and normally for a period
of 4 years, until retirement. He states, 'After I'll see if I will stay
in Gabon or in France. This trip Alain will bring a tuning box MFJ 1.5 kW
and a HAM4 rotator for his 3 element beam. He also intends to improve his
antennas 80-160 meters. He adds that his projects for this trip:
* Amplifier 50 MHz to make some contacts via the moon.
* Getting ready to traffic via Phase3E and the future geostationary
satellite funded by some countries of the Persian Gulf. Otherwise,
he will continue his activities via FO29 and AO7 satellites.
* He has little hope to make QSO on 28 MHz and 50 MHz following the
degradation of solar activity.
* He will be active on 20/17/15 meters in the afternoon (1/3 time CW,
1/3 SSB and 1/3 Digital modes (JT65/RTTY/PSK and others like Contestia,
MFSK, Domino ...). =
QSL via F6CBC.
TX3X CHESTERFIELD ISLANDS DXPEDITION (Update #1). After a year of heads
down project planning, budgeting and equipment procurement TX3X will soon
be on the air. Chesterfield Island is now Clublog's Most Wanted #21. As
of Thursday, Sept. 10th, the Advance Team is either in New Zealand, or
en route. Evohe's skipper, Steve Kafka, is at Auckland's Bayswater Marina
preparing to load our equipment between Sept. 13-15th. His position is
visible at: <TX3X.com> or at <marinetraffic.com> by searching on Evohe,
New Zealand. It's not too late to make a donation through the 'Donate'
button at <TX3X.com>. For those processing a donation through <TX3X.com>
before we sail on Sept. 28th. - LoTW uploads will be processed while we're
on the island. All other donors will receive their LoTW upload on a priority
basis. OQRS will be available shortly after the DX-pedition is completed.
73, Chesterfield Islands 2015 Team....
TY, BENIN. Nicolas, F8FQX (ex-TJ3SN, TN5SN, 5T5SN), who recently went
QRT from Cameroon in July, will be moving to Benin later this year and
will be active as TY2SN for next three years. Activity will be on 160-6
meters using CW and SSB. QSL via IZ1BZV or LoTW.
UNITED STATES SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS (Press Release by the Holmesburg
Amateur Radio Club) [edited]. Pope Francis will be visiting the United
States between September 22-27th, and amateur radio will be part of the
celebration. Throughout the 5 day event (September 23rd, 0000z =96 September
28th, 0000z) 6 special event amateur radio stations will be on the air
to commemorate the event. Callsigns from the Washington DC area will be
K3P and N4P. From New York and New Jersey the callsign will be K2P.
W3FRC/WMF will be on the air from southeastern Pennsylvania and W3P will
be on the air in Philadelphia. WM3PEN, also of Philadelphia, will join
in Thursday evening at 8:00 PM EST (Friday 0000 GMT). Four unique QSL
cards will be available along with a certificate to mark this special
and historic event. Additional information can be found at 'Papal Visit
Amateur Radio Special Event' Web page at:
The Washington DC operations are being coordinated by Jim Nitzberg, WX3B,
of the Potomac Valley Radio Club. The southeastern Pennsylvania and New
Jersey operations are under the direction of Ron Sigismonti, N3RS, of the
Frankford Radio Club. The New York activity is being coordinated by John
Melfi, W2HCB, of the Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club. W3P efforts on
the air are being coordinated by Joe Leone, KA3LKM. WM3PEN operations are
being coordinated by Bob Josuweit, WA3PZO, and the Holmesburg Amateur
We are privileged to be able to represent our region of the USA via
Amateur Radio. Every three years there is a 'World Meeting of Families'.
In 2012 amateur radio operators in Italy had the call II2POPE on the air.
This year amateur radio operators in 5 states will be on the air to
commemorate the event. This year with the 'World Meeting of Families' in
Philadelphia and the second time a Pope has visited Philadelphia, Ron
Sigismonti, says having several special event stations on the air by
members of a club that originated in Philadelphia, then expanded to en-
compass the entire region out to 175 miles of Philadelphia; another club
whose members will be on the air in the same section of Philadelphia that
the Pope is visiting; and another group of Philadelphia operators who are
excited about the 'World Meeting of Families' being held in the City will
really make this a special event. Additionally, operations from the Greater
Washington D.C. metropolitan area, metropolitan New York City, and parts
of New Jersey will encompass the entire region visited by Pope Francis in
the United States. It will allow those who can=92t be in the various cities
that he is visiting to participate in this event by talking to those who
are. In essence this will be a world family meeting of amateur radio
The Pope arrives at Joint Base Andrews on September 22nd, and begins
his visit in Washington D.C. with a meeting with President Obama on
Wednesday, September 23rd. He delivers a speech to a joint session of
Congress on Thursday, September 24th. On Friday he attends a meeting of
the United Nations General Assembly in New York and participates in a
multi-religious service at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum at the World
Trade Center. On Saturday he gives a speech at Independence Hall in
Philadelphia and concludes his visit to the U.S. with an outdoor mass
in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Sunday, September 27th.
Certificate and QSL information can be found on the 'Papal Visit
Amateur Radio Special Event' Web site (listed above).
For a certificate, please send $5.00 plus a return address label
(if you can) to Nick Clevenger, KK4ODQ, 3910 Gibbs Street, Alexandria,
VA 22309. Please indicate on your request the callsigns you made contact
A Facebook group has been established for the event:
Four unique QSL cards will be available.
* QSL info for W3FRC/WMF. Please send SASE or $1 to Nick Clevenger, KK4ODQ,
3910 Gibbs Street, Alexandria, VA 22309. International cards please
enclose $2 if you are able.
* QSL info for K2P, K3P and N4P. Please send SASE or $1 to Nick Clevenger,
KK4ODQ, 3910 Gibbs Street, Alexandria, VA 22309. International cards
please enclose $2 if you are able.
* QSL info can be found here for W3P - www.qrz.com/db/w3p
* QSL info for WM3PEN - https://www.qrz.com/db/wm3pen
V2, ANTIGUA. Bud, AA3B, will once again be active as V26K from Antigua
(NA-100) between September 13-18th. He is there working on the V26B Team
Antigua contest station. He states that this will be an all CW operation.
Please QSL via AA3B.
V4, ST. KITTS AND NEVIS. Just a reminder that Al, W6HGF, will once again
head to the Caribbean, but this time from St. Kitts over the CQWW RTTY
Contest this year. He will be there between September 24th and October
4th. Al states, 'As usual I plan to concentrate on the data modes, with
RTTY being my favorite, but I also like to operate PSK125 when I can find
some activity. My callsign will be V4/W6HGF. My son Ed, KK4PHP, will also
be going and will operate as V4/KK4PHP.' QSL via his home callsign direct,
Clublog, LoTW or by the Bureau.
VE2/VE3, CANADA (Grids Op on the Birds!). Bob, K8BL, reports [edited],
'I plan to leave for my Fall Grid Trip on Thursday, September 17th, which
will take me through northern Ontario and Quebec. The first day will take
me from my home QTH in EN91 to North Bay, ON, FN06. On Friday, September
18th, I'll go through FN07 on my way to Timmins, ON, EN98. On Saturday,
September 19th, I'll operate more EN98 and hopefully get up to EN99. On
Sunday, September 19th, I will travel through FN08 and over to Val d'Or,
QC, in FN18. On Monday, September 21st, I'll go through FN17 and 16 and
end up in Mont Tremblat, QC, FN26. On Tuesday, September 22nd, I go to
Watertown, NY, FN24, and home to EN91 on Wednesday, September 23rd. I
usually work FO29 10-15 kHz up from center-band and SO50, if I can squeeze
my callsign into the fray. Not ever knowing what Mode AO7 will be in, I
might give it a try. Never been on AO73. My hope is to give as many new
Grids out to everyone as possible while seeing things few people see.
Check out my QRZ.com info... 73/GL, Bob K8BL'
VK0EK DXPEDITION NEWS (Heard Island Expedition Newsletter Vol. 1 No. 5).
The current Heard Island Expedition Newsletter (Vol. 1, No. 5 -- dated
September 10th) is now out. Individuals may have already received this
because they subscribed to it, or they made a donation to the expedition,
or they are a team member or a corporate sponsor, or Bob, KK6EK, just
happens to know you and think you would like to have it. This issue goes
to 1116 different people.
Bob also informs [edited], 'There is no charge or obligation for this
=AD 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, you can find a link
on p. 4 <www.heardisland.org/HD_pages/HD_newsletter_back_issues.html>
to download the back issue.
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:
VK9N, LORD HOWE ISLAND (Update). Leszek 'Les', NI1L (ex-JX5O, XR0Y),
will be active as VK9LN from Lord Howe Island (OC-004) between September
22-29th. Activity will be a light-weight holiday style operation on 40-10
meters using mostly CW. Due to weight restrictions on flights to/from the
island it is going to be a low power operation. QSL via NI1L, direct, by
the Bureau or LoTW.
VP2M, MONTSERRAT. Operators Scott/NE9U, Ron/KK9K and Jim/WI9WI will be
active from Montserrat Island (NA-103) during the ARRL DX CW Contest
(February 20-21st). Callsign(s), Operating Class and QSL routes TBA.
VP2V, BRITISH VIGRIN ISLANDS. Operators Art/N3DXX and Steven/AA7V will
once again be active as VP2V/homecall from Virgin Gorda (Tortola) during
the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th) as a Multi-Single entry signing
as VP2V/N3DXX. QSL VP2V/N3DXX and VP2V/AA7V via NR6M. NO BUREAU CARDS OR
CARDS SENT TO HOME ADDRESSES. THEY WILL NOT BE ANSWERED!!
VP8SGI/VP8STI DXPEDITION NEWS (Press Release from the Intrepid-DX Group
VP8 Team). Paul, N6PSE, sent out the following: We are pleased to report
that our VP8STI/VP8SGI equipment has arrived in Tauranga, New Zealand.
It has been fumigated and has cleared Customs. It is now being stored by
the RV Braveheart crew in preparation for their long voyage to the Falkland
Islands to meet the team in January. You can see photos at:
Or on our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Intrepid-DX-=
Let the voyage begin! ... Paul, N6PSE
XE719, MEXICO (Special Event). Members of the Federaci=F3n Mexicana de Radio
Experimetadores (FMRE) will activate special event stations XE719SEP on
September 19-20th. Activity is to commemorate the earthquakes that hit
Mexico City on those dates in 1985. The '719' in the callsign represents
the local time of the first earthquake, 7:19 am on September 19, 1985.
The official start of this activity will begin at 7:19 am (time of Mexico
City - 12:19 UTC) on Saturday, September 19th, and will end at 19:40 pm
on Sunday, September 20th (local time of Mexico City, 00:40 UTC Monday,
September 21st) this year. Bands and modes of transmission are published
PLEASE NOTE: The 'XE Time' in this chart is the same as Central Daylight
Time in the USA and Canada, corresponding to UTC -5.
Activity is planned for 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital
modes. Omar, XE1AO, will be operating as XE719SEP on the satellites
during these dates. Other operators will use XE719SEP on the other bands =
and modes during this weekend. More information about XE719SEP, in English
and Spanish, is available at: qrz.com/db/XE719SEP
XW, LAOS. Champ, E21EIC, is once again active as XW1IC (ex-XW0YJY) since
September 11th, from Vientiane until September 15th. Activity included
an entry in this past weekend's WAE SSB Contest. QSLs must be requested
via the OQRS on ClubLog or via E21EIC and LoTW. NO PAPER QSL IS NEEDED.
YJ, VANUATU. Daniel, VK4AFU, will be active as YJ0AFU from Port Vila,
Efate Island (OC-035, WLOTA 1051), between January 2-10th (2016). Activity
will be on 160-6 meters using JT65, JT9, RTTY, CW, SSB and some WSPR. Look
for him on 6m using JT65 on 50090 kHz and CW/SSB on 50160 kHz +5 kHz. QSL
via LoTW or NA5U direct. LoTW uploads will be done when he returns home.
Check QRZ.com for updates.
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