The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1243
December 7, 2015
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Written 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, K1XN & GoList, NJ1Q & W1AW, K2HVN, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily
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DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, JS6RRR/JI3DST, M0RCX, ON7WP, OZ6OM & 50
MHz DX News, PS7AB, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, TY2CD, VA3RJ &
ICPO, 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, 29th/November, through Sunday, 6th/December there were 225
countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W,
4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5T, 5W, 6W, 6Y, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R,
9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY,
C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, CY0, D2, D4,
D6, DL, DU, E3, E4, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES,
ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FR, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU,
GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J3,
J5, J6, J7, J8, 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,
P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ5, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, S0, S5, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU,
SV, SV5, SV9, T2, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TN, TR, TY, TZ, UA, UA2,
UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V,
VP5, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VR, VU, XE, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2,
Z3, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD8, 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'.
3B8, MAURITIUS. Robert, M0RCX, will once again be active as 3B8/M0RCX from
Mauritius sometime between June 15th and July 14th. Like last time, he
will be more of a tourist (DX vacation, with family obligations) and not
seen as a 'full core' DXpedition. His power will be limited to 100 watts,
using a Yaesu FT 991 and Kenwood 480, into a hexbeam, a wire beam for 6m
(possibly made from the island's bamboo), as well as a delta loop and long
wire available for his activity. Frequencies will appear on QRZ.com and
will be updated shortly. His operating position will be close to the city
center of Port Louis in the North West of the Island. Activity will be at
least 3 hours a day on the following HF Phone bands: 40/20/17/15/12/10
meters. He is also planning to operate on some PSK31, RTTY and JT65A making
some contacts with low to modest power levels (NO amp). There will be no EM=
Robert told OPDX last year, 'I plan to live over there in about four years
so hopefully I'll get a feel for it. QTH is inland about a mile from the
ocean, but there is a mountain behind me (east) this is why I wish to push
my signals over to the west.' Look for more details/updates on his QRZ.com
page. QSL via EB7DX and eQSL go to 3B8/M0RCX. For his 2014 operation,
checkout the pictures on his FaceBook and Twitter pages:
3D2/P, ROTUMA (Update). Antoine, 3D2AG, will once again be active as
3D2AG/P from Rotuma Island between December 20th and January 20th (2016),
pending shipping schedule. Activity will be on 80-6 meters using CW, SSB,
RTTY and PSK31. Operations will be entirely Solar-Powered using Sustain-
able Renewable Energy! Running barefoot with 100 watts into a Spiderbeam
and wire antennas. He mentions, 'This will be a one-man DXpedition so not
on the air at all times :-). As I will have no internet or phone connection
while in Rotuma, please check cluster for spots. Operating at or close
to the usual DX frequencies; also will try and cater for novice station
band restrictions by listening split above xx.025 for CW. QSL via his
home callsign direct only. Also, watch QRZ.com for update by Antoine.
4S, SRI LANKA. Operators Josep/EA3BT and N=FAria/EA3WL will be active as
4S7JTO and 4S7NTS, respectively, from Beruwala, Sri Lanka (AS-003),
between January 3-8th (2016). Activity will be on 40-10 meters using
mainly SSB, CW and RTTY. Equipment is an Icom IC-7000 and a Ameritron
AL-600S (600w) amp. QSL both callsigns via EA3BT (by the Bureau, ClubLog's
OQRS or direct). ADDED NOTE: They are also expected to activate Berberyn
Island (AS-171) 'as much time as possible'.
5K3/HK0, SAN ANDRES AND PROVIDENCIA (Update). Carlos, N4THW, recently
back from Iraq (YI9HW), informs OPDX that a new DXpedition is being planned
for 2016 to Roncador Island (NA-133) and Quita Sue=F1o Bank in the Colombian
Caribbean Sea. Activity will take place sometime between March or April
2016 for 2 weeks. Possible callsigns will have the prefix 5K3 or HK0
[currently waiting to hear from the Colombian Minister of Communications].
He reported this week that there will be 10 operators (6 from Colombia,
2 from the U.S., 2 from Europe and Japan). They are now getting a permit
from the Colombian Navy, and started the process of licenses from the
Colombian Minister of Communications. Felix, HK0PPY, is helping in San
Andres and Ernesto, HK7IPT, in Bogota. Carlos is in the USA getting the
donations and contacting the company the do the logistics from Miami to
San Andres. They are still looking for funds. Look for more details to
60 METERS NEWS (From W8GEX's 60 Meter DX Letter)...........
EA stations: 'Spanish 5 MHz users go QRT at 23:00 GMT on November 30th.
The Spanish regulator will decide the future allocations of frequencies
in the wake of the WRC at Geneva and indeed look into permissible power
levels. Until we have the new structure in place, just expect 5 MHz SWL
The Netherlands (PA) are back on the air. PA Permission (From Bram, PH9B):
Today we received the news that we can operate 60M. Our frequency sheet
has been adjusted and published in the state newspaper. From 0000z local
time, 2300z time we may operate on 60M. The link below shows the frequency
sheet. <https://www.officielebekendmakingen.nl/stcrt-2015-44086.html> =
8T, ANTARCTICA (Update). Bhagwati, VU3BPZ, is active as 8T2BH until mid-
December 2016 at the Bharati Research Station (WAP IND-04). Activity will
be on 20/17/15/10 meters using SSB. QSL via I1HYW.
A9, BAHRAIN (Special Event). Special event stations A93AR/45 and A92AA/45
are now active until December 18th. Activity is to celebrate Bahrain's
National Day. QSL for both callsign via A92AA direct.
CQ90, MADEIRA ISLAND (Special Event). To celebrate the 90th anniversary
of the founding of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) in 1925,
the REP=96Delegation in Madeira Island will be joining this celebration
between December 17-23rd, to mark this prestigious occasion. They will
use the special callsign CQ90IARU. QSL via Bureau, or direct (see QRZ.com).
The log will be uploaded to LoTW as well.
CY0, SABLE ISLAND. Aaron, VA1AXC, is once again active as CY0/VA1AXC
on Sable Island (NA-063) until the end of January. Activity is SSB only
and mainly on 20 meters usually around 2300z. QSL via JE1LET DIRECT ONLY.
E4, PALESTINE. It seems that the E44Y 2016 March DXpedition has been
canceled. The Web page and other URLs (FaceBook/Twitter) are down or
have not been updated.
E5, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS (Reminder). By the time you read this, Haru, JA1XGI,
will be active as E51XGI from Rarotonga Islands (OC-013, WAZ - 32) until
December 11th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and
PSK. Equipment is a ICOM IC7000 into a Trap Vertical (7/10/14/21/28 MHz)
only 6.8m long and a VDA (Vertical Dipole Array) (18/24Mhz). QSL via JA1XGI,
direct, by the Bureau (about a year wait!) or the OQRS (ClubLog). For more
details and updates, watch his Web page at:
E5, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS. Magnus, SM6WET, will be active as E51WET from both
Aitutaki Island (OC-013) and Rarotonga Island (OC-083) between December 14th
and January 8th (2016). Most of the activity will be from Aitutaki Island.
Operations will be on 160-6 meters (pending cyclone season) using CW, SSB,
RTTY and JT65. QSL via his home callsign direct.
EA8, CANARY ISLANDS. After his operation in Turkey, Rieder, HB9FIH, will
be active as EA8/HB9FIH from El Hierro Island (AF-004)[is the smallest
and farthest south and west of the Canary Islands] between December 16th
and March 10th (2016). Activity will be 80-10 meters (possibly 6m) using
100 watts, and mainly on CW, RTTY, PSK and some SSB. When he operates
portable (SOTA HI-001) activity will be on 40/30/20 meters using CW. QSL
via LoTW, eQSL or by the Bureau.
FOUR-WHEEL-DRIVE TRIP FROM ONE CONTINENT TO THE NEXT (ON to C5 -- 'not
the ordinary DX-pedition, but a unique merging of amateur radio and
charity'). The following is an edited press release from Pedro, ON7WP/AA9HX:
'Pedro ON7WP/AA9HX will be driving a Nissan Patrol Jeep, a donation to
serve as local utility vehicle in Buntung, from Belgium to The Gambia with
amateur radio on board. He will leave Brussels on early morning December
12th, first crossing France and Germany to take a ferry to Ceuta where he
will sign as EA9/ON7WP. He applied for licenses for all countries on his way
to the Gambia, starting from Morocco as CN9WP, later operating as S0WP from
Western Sahara and 5T0WP from Mauritania and maybe also from Senegal if they
read their mail...
Mobile equipment will be a Codan SRX2012 with Codan 9350 antenna and a
Kenwood TS480 for 6 meter operations. Evenings on campsites he will deploy
a Butternut Vertical. Frequencies will be centered around 7145, 14200,
18150, 21300, 24950, 28500 and 50150 non-split while mobile as the Codan rig
does not really allow smooth split operation.
Arriving finally end of December, Pedro, ON7WP, will be active from his
second home 'Kerr Pedro' in Buntung, The Gambia, using his other callsign
C5WP. Kerr means 'house of' in local Pular language. Pedro is actively
involved in a private charity organization <www.SmileGambia.org> that
supports a small Village called 'Buntung' inland central Gambia. It is a
remote town with no water or electricity. During the past years, Pedro and
his family installed a water well, solar power, grinders for the pearl
millet crop, a fuel powered kilowatt generator, a few laptops on solar
power, a small school and some guest houses to accept other philanthropists.
Last year he installed a Spiderbeam antenna that greatly improved his
signal. Due to an almost non-existent noise level he can hear all the weak
ones, and this year he is going to do some extra efforts for the lower
bands, not easy on the savanna grounds. Plenty of space to put antennas
but no towers apart from the palm trees, and serious restrictions on any
hardware that all has to be flown in by plane. Since August, he has a
vertically polarized delta loop for 40 meter that gave outstanding world-
wide coverage from just the barefoot solar powered TS480 Kenwood rig.
Active from around Christmas onwards, he will focus on WARC band operation
but also try some 6 meter traffic. Plans exist to put up apart from the
delta loop for 40 meter a Butternut vertical for 40 and 80 meters. After
a week of solar powered operations, he will move to the coastal area where
he will focus on low bands, having possibilities for sea-side traveling
wave antennas that proved to be good last year. End of the operations will
be January 9th. Another period op operations is planned later this year
when Pedro will be driving a Nissan Patrol Jeep, to serve as local utility
vehicle in Buntu, from Belgium to The Gambia with amateur radio on board.
There are currently only two permanent licenses issued in the Gambia,
being C5WP and C5YK. C5YK will depart for good beginning 2016 so Pedro
will be the only one left at the time being.
As charity work comes on the first place, Pedro=92s operations will be
limited to his free time. QSL will be only direct to his home address in
Belgium, and the 3 Euro asked for will be awarded with a full color QSL
card showing the Buntu Village guest houses. Payment can be included with
the card, but alternatively also paid online using Paypal using the 'donate'
button on the <www.SmileGambia.org> website. The small profit goes entirely
into the charity project.
Amateurs interested in operating from the Buntu village facilities are
invited to contact Pedro <firstname.lastname@example.org> for details. Last year they
had a visit of MD Dirk, ON5OF, who did some outstanding work dealing with
the health of the population. Most people never went to see a doctor in
their whole life! This road trip Pedro gets company from Kurt Adams, a
solar power specialist who will improve the little power plant in Buntung
with fresh panels. The trailer with help goods he helped build uses
solar panels as fences and roof.
If you dreamed of operating from a remote African location and you are
ready to bring some donations for the people or improve their life by your
expertise, whatever it may be, this might be an experience of a lifetime.
HB0, SWITZERLAND. Jose, EA5IDQ, will be active as HB0/EA5IDQ between April
15-18th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using SSB and RTTY. His focus
will be on RTTY and the 30/17/12 meter bands. QSL via EA5IDQ, direct (pre-
ferred), by the Bureau or the OQRS on ClubLog. For more details and updates,
AS-079. (Update) Take, JS6RRR/JI3DST, will once again be active as
JS6RRR (sometime as JI3DST/6) from Miyako Island between 0900z,
December 26th and 0000z, January 4th. Activity will be on
160/80/40/30/20/17/15/12/10 meters using CW, SSB, FM and RTTY.
Operations may vary in case of heavy rains or other conditions.
QSL routes are as follows: QSL JS6RRR via JS6RRR and JI3DST/6
via JI3DST. Via the Bureau is best. Please check QRZ.com for
more details or his Web page at: blog.goo.ne.jp/ji3dst
ADDED NOTE: Take will use the special callsign 8N3KCJ/6 from
Miyako Island at various time between December 26-31st. This
activity is to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 'Keymen's
Club of Japan'. QSL via JO3OMA. =
AS-153. Members of West Bengal Radio Club (VU2MQT) from Sodepur, Kolkata,
India <wbradioclub.in> will be active as 8T5GSM from
Sagar Island between January 9-16th. Activity will be on the
HF bands. QSL via info on QRZ.com.
SA-071. (Update) Operators Murilo/PY2DS, Joao Carlos/PU2KKE (newly
added op), Joao Paulo/PU2POP and William/PU2XIZ will be active
as ZY2QG from Queimada Grande Island [Snake Island] (DIB SP-17
[NEW!]) and lighthouse (DFB SP-11, ARLHS BRA-086, WLOTA 0242)
between 1500z, December 10th and 1800z, December 11th (depending
on the WX for a good landing). This operation is labeled as the
'deadliest island in the world' because of snakes. Activity will
be on 40/20/15/10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via PY2DS, (direct
& 2 USDs+SAE) or by the Bureau. See QRZ.com for more details
J6, ST. LUCIA. Once again, 'Buddies in the Caribbean Suitcase DXpedition'
team will activate St. Lucia (NA-108) between December 6-14th. This 'Suit-
case DXpedition' will operate QRP to 100-watt radio stations using back-
packable Buddipole antennas to make contacts from a villa, the surrounding
mountains, and (of course) from St. Lucia's superb beaches. The eight
operators are Budd/W3FF (J68FF), Rick/AA4W (J68RL), Chris/W6HFP (J68HF),
and Tom/K4ZGB, Bryan/N8WD, David/W2LNX, Larry/W7DGP and Jack/WB9OTX an
will be signing their own callsign with a 'J6/'. QSL via the operators'
instructions. With several stations on the air, operations will be on CW,
SSB, and/or the Digital modes on 160-10 meters. There will also be satellite
P5CW (P5/K6VVA) PROJECT UPDATE. Rick, K6VVA, has posted another 'Project
Update' on his possible North Korean (P5) CW only DXpedition at:
PACIFIC TOUR. Dave, G4BUO, is once again going on a Pacific tour for his
holiday. Activity will start at Maui, Hawaii (KH6), between December 26th
and January 1st. No callsign was mentioned. From KH6, Dave will head to
Samoa (5W) and be active as 5W0UO. Length of stay unknown. Activity will
be holiday style, CW only, using a FT-857 into a doublet or vertical for
40-10 meters. QSL via G4BUO.
PACIFIC TOUR. Bob, W7YAQ, will be activating two islands in the Pacific
during February 2016. His tentative schedule is as follows:
February 6-7th -- Moorea Island (OC-046), French Polynesia, using
the callsign FO/W7YAQ.
February 10-14th -- Easter Island 9SA-001) between February 10-14th,
using the callsign CE0Y/W7YAQ.
Activity from both islands will be holiday style on 40-15 meters using
CW and RTTY. Equipment will be an Elecraft K3 into a vertical antenna.
QSL via LoTW.
PJ6, SABA. Nigel, G3TXF, will be active as PJ6/G3TXF from Saba Island
(NA-145) between December 9-13th. Look for him to be active during the
ARRL 10m Contest (December 12-13th). QSL via G3TXF, or the OQRS on
ClubLog for both direct or Bureau QSLs.
PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (December 7-13th)....
Dec/07th BN Dec/10th HN Dec/12th AN
Dec/08th LN Dec/11th AN Dec/13th HN
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 (December 6th) <www.qslinfo.eu>
3D2RJ via N7RO HP90IARU via HP2BWJ PD15XMAS via PD7DX
7T150LH via IK2DUW HS90IARU via E21EIC PD6YOTA via OM2FY
7X2YOTA via OM2FY II3VVF via 9A8ARS R18KDR/9 via RQ7L
CT9/DL5AXX via DL5AXX II5YOTA via OM2FY SP3YOTA via OM2FY
DQ0YOTA via OM2FY IT9/PB8DX via PB8DX SW9AA via LZ1PM
E20AX via E21EIC IV3FIV via 9A8ARS SX90IARU via SV-Bureau
EA7/PE1DMH via PE1DMH J6/K9AW via K9AW TK0C via S56ZZZ & (L/e)
EA8/YP9W via YO9WF J62YOTA via OM2FY TM4TLT via F4KIP
EE9AA via EA7FKH JD1BON via JA1UII TM900HAG via F8CRS
EF8O via DJ1OJ LZ362MT via LZ1KCP TX90IARU via NI5DX
EG5ERC via EA5HJY OE0YOTA via OM2FY UN7TX via RW6HS (d)
EG9YOTA via OM2FY OE15YOTA via OM2FY UW7M via UR3MP
EI/SQ9C via SQ9C OH2YOTA via OM2FY VP2EAR via KE1B & (L)
FM/DL7VOG via DL7VOG OM15YOTA via OM2FY YT15YOTA via OM2FY
GW15YOTA via OM2FY OM9YOTA via OM2FY
HG30CW via HA3NU OP7CK via ON7CK
(e) eQSL only (d) direct only (B) Bureau only (*-B) DX's- Bureau
(O) OQRS only (C) ClubLog only (L) LoTW only
QSL INFORMATION CHANGE. Wynand, TY2CD, reports, 'My QSL information
for TY2CD (B=E9nin) has changed. I continue to prefer LoTW, but also
now have the services of a QSL Manager for TY2CD QSL cards.' His QSL
Manager is N4GNR - DIRECT ONLY: Dan Cisson, 12 Hancock Drive, Toccoa,
Georgia, USA 30577-9388. U.S. stations send a self-addressed STAMPED
envelope (SASE). Out of the U.S. send a SAE and 2 USDs for postage.
S79OWZ QSL STATUS. Roman, RA3R, reports that 'All direct QSL cards for
S79OWZ have been sent.'
QSLS RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 5Z0L, C31MF, DL5DC, DL1NRC, DL1ZU, DL5FU,
EA1DR, F6CSR, F6GCI, GW4OGO, HB9CIC, HZ1TT, J3/KO8SCA, JJ0NCC, LX1NO,
OE1PMU, R7AL/0 (AS-172), R7DA, S79C (AF-119), SP3CGK, SP4AXU, SV5/OM3AG/P,
TT8AMO, VE3XN, VP2EAQ and XE1RBV
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3G0ZC, 3W4VX, 6Y9X, 9G5XA, E51DWC, FY5FY,
HC1PF, HI3TT, K1ZT/KH6, LX9YL, R7AL/0 (AS-172), S01WS, S79SP, T46BC,
TZ4AM, UA0ZC/p (AS-203), UA2F, YB4IR/3 (OC-217) and YS1YS
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 2E1RAF, 3A/EA5IDQ, 3B9FR, 3DA0CF, 3G3P,
4B3DX, 4X1DF, 4X1IM, 4X4PG, 4XREM, 4X4YM, 4X6FR, 4X6HP, 4X6RA, 4X6ZM,
4X0T, 4X67VF, 4Z1WP, 4Z4BS, 4Z4IW/P, 4Z4KM, 4Z4UT, 4Z5AG, 4Z5JO, 4Z5LA,
4Z5LV, 4Z5MR, 4Z5MX, 4Z5NX/M, 4Z5PJ, 4Z5TT, 4Z65TT, 5B/G3RWF, 5R8IC,
5U6E, 5X1NH, 5X8C, 9A1WFF, 9H3JA, A25HQ, A65BD, AM01AST, AM03NN, AM04DUT,
AM07ZY, AM590IDQ, AN03FLY, AO05JC, C6AGU, C31CT, C37AC, C5X, C91CF,
CM2CCA, EA6/EA7AAW, EA6AIF, EA6AIS, EA6AZ, EA6ALW, EA6ES, EA6SX, EA6TS,
EA6VQ, EA6WU, EA6ZS, EA8AB, EA8AF, EA8AHM, EA8AMY, EA8BZH, EA8CP, EA8CRX,
EA8CSD, EA8CSG, EA8DQ, EA8DBQ, EA8KL, EA8OV, EA8QP, EA9BO, EB8AIU,
ED8B, EE6K, EF9O, EG8TT, FM/F5MCC, FR1GV, FW5JJ, FY/F5UII, G100C, GR2HQ,
GR4RCG, H7H, HG0VBD, HP0INT/3, J28NC, J28UC, MD/EB1BSV/P, T6AG, TC7V,
TF/EA5IDQ, TJ3AY, TK5AE, TK5NJ, TO2R, TO5BR, TM57YL, TM75FOC, TT8CY,
TU5XV, VK5PAS, PY4KS, ZA/F4DTO, ZY4C and ZZ80TO
S9, SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE (Update OPDX.1240). Bruno, HB9BEI, who is
currently in Brazil and is active as PY7ZBK during the winter months,
informs OPDX that he will be active as S9BK (requested) from Sao Tome
(AF-023) between February 25th and March 25th (2016). During this period
he will also travel to Principe (AF-044) between March 7-12th. Activity
from both islands will be holiday style on 40-10 meters using mainly SSB
and the Digital modes. QSL via his home callsign.
TO2, ST. BARTHELEMY (Update). Bill, K2HVN, will be active using the special
callsign TO2EE from Saint Barthelemy Island (NA-146, DIFO FJ-001, WLOTA
0377) between December 12-19th. Activity will be on 'all bands CW and SSB
accept 80 meters' using 100 watts into Buddipole Vertical. QSL via his
home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
TZ, MALI. Operators Christian/F4WBN and Rene/F5DUX will be active as TZ9A
from Mali between December 7-19th. Activity will be on the HF bands with
a focus on RTTY. QSL via F4WBN direct only.
V4, ST. KITTS AND NEVIS. David, K1KA, announced that he will be active
as V47KA from Calypso Bay, St. Kitts (NA-104), in February 2016. Details
of activity were not provided. QSL via his home callsign, direct or LoTW.
VK0EK DXPEDITION NEWS (Heard Island Expedition Newsletter Vol. 1 No. 7).
The current Heard Island Expedition Newsletter (Vol. 1, No. 7 -- dated
November 28th) 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 1369 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'
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W1, UNITED STATES (Special Event). Look for special event station W1Q to
be active until December 15th. Activity is to commemorating the 100th
anniversary of 'QST', the ARRL's monthly magazine. Operators will be on
the air on various bands and modes. One of the operators is Harold Kramer,
WJ1B, QST Publisher and ARRL COO. Also, a number of ARRL staff and volun-
teers will be operating: Martin/AA6E, Chuck/K0BOG, Sean/KX9X, Joe/NJ1Q,
John/NP2B, David/WA1OUI and Rick/WW1ME. QSL via WJ1B, direct, by the
Bureau, and LoTW. Watch QRZ.com (under WJ1B) for more details. Also,
ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS. Pete, K8PGJ, will be active as ZF2PG on the Sunny
Grand Cayman Islands (NA-016) during the week of January 9-17th (2016).
Activity when not diving will occur on 20-10 meters SSB on the week-
days and the evening of the 14th on 160-40 meters. He will activate the
Caymans during the NAQP SSB Contest (January 9-10th) on 160-10 meters.
LoTW will be utilized and direct QSL go via his home callsign. Schedule
will be posted on QRZ.com.
ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS. Fred, WW4LL, will be active as ZF2LL from Grand Cayman
Island (NA-016) between December 31st and January 5th. Activity seems to
be focused on the ARRL RTTY Round Up (January 2-3rd), but there will be
some limited SSB and RTTY before and after the contest. QSL via LoTW.
ZY70, BRAZIL (Special Event). Rony, PS7AB, will activate special event
station ZY70FEB between December 1-30th. Activity is to celebrate the 70th
anniversary of World War II and to remember the importance of PEACE. The
special callsign is also in honor to all who participated in the war,
especially the Brazilian Expeditionary Force - FEB, on the battlefields
in Italy. Operations will be on 40/20/17/15/10 meters using SSB and CW/
Digital. QSL via PS7AB, direct (2 USDs), by the Bureau, eQSL or LoTW. A
special certificate will be sent in 2016 via E-mail to stations who made
contacts with at least 10 Special Event Stations by mode (SSB, CW or
Digital), or mixed (3 modes). Each month in 2015, Ronaldo will activate
a different callsign and also send 12 different QSLs. ZY70FEB is the
12th special event station to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the
end of World War II in 2015. For more details, visit the following Web
pages at: www.radioamador.org.br/certificate_70th_world_war.htmqrz.com/db/zy70feb
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