The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1298
January 2, 2017
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Written mainly from Murfreesboro, TN
Finished/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, NJ1Q & W1AW, N2OO, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX,
KK6EK, WB6RSE, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m DX News, W9ILY, DL1SBF, DL7UXG &
The DX News Letter, DL7VEE, DxCoffee.com, DXNews.com, DX-World.Net, ES1CW,
F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, F8DVD, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX
Italia News, LB1GB, OZ4AAL, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete Rayer & ISWL, RSGB
IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, VA3RJ & ICPO, and VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF)
for the following DX information.
*** SPECIAL NOTE FROM EDITOR (Tedd, KB8NW): My family (wife/OPDX's chief
proof-reader Linda, son Teddy [TJ] and his wife Jessi, daughter Katie and
her husband Kevin and son Lliam & daughter Lilly Grace), and I (KB8NW)
would like to wish all DXers, Contesters and OPDX readers a very 'Happy
New Year'. Thanks to the many individuals who have provided DX information
over the past year. Without them there would not be an OPDX Bulletin. Also,
thanks to the individuals who sent holiday wishes to my family and me.....
73 and Have a Great/Safe/Healthy New Year de Tedd KB8NW
P.S. Sorry for the small content this week. Things should be back to
normal next week....
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
week of Sunday, 25th/December, through Sunday, 1st/January there were 216
countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J,
4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5T, 5W, 5Z, 6Y, 7P, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R,
9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV,
BY, C2, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D4,
DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX,
EY, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, 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, 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,
PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, S0, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T30, T5, T7, T8,
TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TT, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5,
V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP6, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XW, XX9, YA,
YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS
* PLEASE NOTE: The report 'could' contain 'Pirate/SLIM' operations or
more likely a 'BUSTED CALLSIGN'. As always, you never know - 'Work
First Worry Later'.
5K6, COLOMBIA (Special Event). Members of the Liga Radioaficionados
Manizales - DX Group will be active as 5K6RM between January 1-9th.
This special callsign is to commemorate the special event 'Feria de
Manizales'. Activity will be on 80-2 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, and
SSTV. QSL via the Bureau, eQSL or direct. Operators mentioned are HK6JIL,
HK6BRK, HK6JCF, HK6F, HK6KDJ, HK6NVV, HJ6FSL, HK6PVA, HK3PSA, HK6KDK,
HK4JCC, HK4GOO, HK4LIS, HJ6CMC and HJ6ERU.
5R, MADAGASCAR. Operators Frank/DL2SWW, Gaby/DF9TM and Baldur/DJ6SI will
be active as 5R8UR, 5R8UJ and 5R8GC, respectively, from Nosy Be Island
(AF-057) until January 12th. Activity will be on various bands using CW,
SSB and RTTY. They will use 100 watts into wire antennas. QSL 5R8UR via
DL2SWW, 5R8UJ via DF9TM and 5R8GC via DJ6SI.
6Y, JAMAICA. Yuri, VE3DZ, is once again active as 6Y2T from Jamaica
(NA-097) between February 17-21st. Activity will include the ARRL Inter-
national DX CW Contest (February 18-19th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-
Power entry. Operations outside of the contest will be on 160-10 meters,
including the 30/17/12 meter bands and using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via
D4, CAPE VERDE. Per-Olof ('PeO'), SM5EPO, is now active as D44TBT from
Santa Maria, Sal Island (AF-086), Cape Verde, until January 12th. Activity
will be on various HF bands. QSL via his home callsign. =
E5, NORTH AND SOUTH COOK ISLANDS (Update). Bengt-Erik/K7ADD, who will be
active as E51AMF from Manihiki Island (OC-014) between January 11th and
February 6th, announced that he will also be active as E51ADD from Rarotonga
(OC-13) in the South Cook Islands between January 5-9th, and again between
February 8-18th. As with the North Cooks, he will also focus on EU, ATNO,
and rates. Activity will be on 80-10 meters (160m possible, not guaranteed)
on SSB, and RTTY (other high-rate Digital modes possible) using 1500w into
vertical and wire antennas near salt water. There will be no operations on
CW. This DXpedition commemorates the launch of a new non-profit supporting
charitable works by DXpeditions. The Amateur Foundation's Web site is
located at: amateurfoundation.org
QSL both callsigns via LoTW or by ClubLog's OQRS (the highly recommended
methods). They will also eQSL upon their return home. QSL both callsigns
via K7ADD for direct mail. Stay up-to-date on their preparations and other
news at: e51amf.amateurfoundation.org
EA8, CANARY ISLANDS. Vlad, UA4WHX, continues his African tour and is now
active EA8/UA4WHX from the Canary Islands. As this was being written,
activity has been on 80/40/30 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. As always,
the length of his stay is not known. QSL via his home callsign.
HEARD ISLAND (Special Issue of DX Magazine). Bob, KK6EK, reports: Team
and Friends -- If you subscribe to DX Magazine, you probably have received
your Jan/Feb 2017 copy, and see that it is a special issue devoted (almost)
entirely to VK0EK, the 2016 expedition to Heard Island.
We thank the Editor (for 20 years!) Carl N4AA for this honor. As you
will see, the six articles cover more than the radio operation; they also
describe the spectacular field observations on Heard Island and the infotech
we developed and deployed (the other two major parts of the project). I also
took the opportunity to opine on the past and future of DXing and DX-
peditions. I think the issue will stand as an historical documentary of an
historic project, and I again congratulate and thank everyone who had a
hand in making it happen.
If you do not subscribe to DX Magazine, I will be happy to send you a
printed copy (the publisher supplied me with 100). If you have names or
radio callsigns of other deserving people, let me know and I=92ll send them
a copy as well. Just reply and provide me with mailing addresses.
BTW, you can download the entire Final Report (264 pp) at
<www.heardisland.org> [click /DOCUMENTS/], or directly HERE:
Happy New Year!
IOTA NEWS.............. (None reported this week!!!)
ISWL CALLSIGNS (For January). The following ISWL club callsigns will be
used throughout the month of January 2017:
GX4BJC/A - Operated from Great Sutton, in Cheshire, by Geof, M0BAU.
(/A WAB Square SJ37 - England, IOTA EU-005, WLOTA 1841).
MX1SWL/A - Operated from Skegby, in Nottinghamshire, by Merv, G0UJD.
(/A WAB Square SK56 - England, IOTA EU-005, WLOTA 1841).
ALL QSLs will be handled by Herbie, G6XOU, and NOT the individual
operator. The I.S.W.L. is a member of the European PSK Club. All QSL
info is on <www.iswl.org.uk> or <www.qrz.com> or via <www.eQSL.cc>.
NO LoTW. I.S.W.L. Awards are available to all Hams and SWLs, see
<www.iswl.org.uk> for full details. The eQSL.cc cards ARE welcomed for
KP2/NP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS. Operators Dick/K4XU, David/N3RD and George/
W2VJN will be active as NP2/homecall from the rental Mountain Breeze
Villa on St. Croix <www.MyMountainBreeze.com> during February.
Activity will be on all HF bands using CW, SSB and possibly RTTY. QSL
via their home callsigns. Also, look for them in the ARRL International
DX CW Contest (February 18-19th) as a Multi-2 signing as NP2N. QSL via
LoTW or NP2N, direct (USA address) or by the KP2 Bureau.
LM80, NORWAY (Special Event). Look for special event stations, LM80Q
and LM80REX, to be active throughout 2017. Activity is to celebrate the
birthdays of the Norwegians royal couple Queen Sonja and King Harald V.
Both are turning 80 years old. QSL for both callsign go to LA9VDA. For
more details, see: lm80rex.no
MOST WANTED UPDATED. The ClubLog announces its last 2016 'Most Wanted
List'. See: secure.clublog.org/mostwanted.php
Top 10 are:
1. P5 DPRK (NORTH KOREA) 6. CE0X SAN FELIX ISLANDS
2. 3Y/B BOUVET ISLAND 7. BV9P PRATAS ISLAND =
3. FT5/W CROZET ISLAND 8. KH3 JOHNSTON ISLAND =
4. KH1 BAKER HOWLAND ISLANDS 9. VK0M MACQUARIE ISLAND =
5. BS7H SCARBOROUGH REEF 10. KH7K KURE ISLAND =
NP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS. Operators George/K5KG, Fred/K9VV and possibly
others will be active as NP2X from the 'Caribbean Friends United By Amateur
Radio' Gallows Bay Club Station on St. Croix (NA-106), during the ARRL
International DX CW Contest (February 18-19th) as a Multi-? entry. QSL
via K5WW or LoTW. Look for Fred to be active outside of the contest
probably as K9VV/KP2. QSL K9VV/KP2 only direct to K9VV.
OA0, SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS. Members of the Peruano Radio Club of Peru
will be active OA0MP the Machu Picchu Antartic Base on King George Island,
South Shetland Islands (AN-010), sometime soon. QSL via OA4O. More details
will be forthcoming.
OFFICERS FOR 2017. Members of the South Jersey DX Association (SJDXA)
have elected the following officers for 2017. They are:
President: Bob Schenck, N2OO
V. President: Steve Sullivan, KZ2I
Secretary: Steve Molo, KI4KWR
Treasurer: Bob Pantazes, W2ARP
OZ100, DENMARK (Special Event). Members of the EDR Skanderborg Club
Station (OZ7SKB) will be active as OZ100DVI from Skanderborg throughout
2017. Activity is to commemorate and celebrate the 100th anniversary of
the 'Treaty of the Danish West Indies' sold to the USA =96 thereafter
named United States Virgin Islands. In Danish they are called 'Dansk
Vest-Indien' or 'De vestindiske =F8er'. They are composed of the main
islands Saint Croix, Saint John, and Saint Thomas, and many other neigh-
bouring minor islands. For details, please see:
Operations will be on various bands and modes. Operators mentioned are
Peter/OZ8CTH, Kaj/OZ1EDD, Frank/5P2BA, Soeren/OZ1RE, Arnth/OZ0AP and
Lars/OZ1IVA (QSL Manager). For more details, see QRZ.com.
P4, ARUBA. Ed, W0YK, will once again be active as P49X from Pos Chiquito
between January 2-9th, including the ARRL RTTY Roundup. All 26 HF band-
modes will be worked. During the Roundup, of course, only 5 band-modes
will be active (80/40/20/15/10 RTTY). Outside of Roundup, those 5 band-
modes will be lower in priority than the other 21. ClubLog and LoTW will
be updated at least daily throughout this week. ClubLog's P49X log will
temporarily show only the QSOs during this week. The current 145K QSOs
will be cleared with the first upload on January 2nd and then restored
on January 10th. Note that the Roundup log will not be uploaded to LoTW
until after the log submittal deadline of February 7th.
PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (January 2-8th).......
Jan/02nd AN Jan/05th LN Jan/07th HN
Jan/03rd HN Jan/06th HN Jan/08th 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.
Also, check out the VOACAP predication Web page at:
QSL INFO AND NEWS...................
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX by Lothar, DL1SBF.. (January 1st) <www.qslinfo.eu>
3Z17HNY via SP6IEQ EF2AKZ via EA2URC RO17NY via RQ7L
5B/SQ2MGM via SQ2MGM (d/L) EO25F via UX0FF RT17NY via RQ7L
5T0JL via ON8RA FY5KE via FY1FL (d/L) RU17NY via RQ7L
7X4AN via EA3GSS (d) H44MS via DL2GAC SK50BP via SM3TLG
9J2BO via G3TEV (d) HF17NY via HF17NY (L) SN0ALFA via SP5KAB
9M2/R6AF/P via R6AF IQ5JA via 9A8MDC SN3WOSP via SP3CGK
A61SM via A61BK (d) JW2US via LA2US (O/L/e) T88FY via JK2VOC
CT7/DJ7PR via DJ7PR K4C via KK4ODQ (d) T88GA via JA7XBG (d/=
CT8/SP7VC via SP7VC (d/L) LZ552SGO via LZ1KCP TM17PGM via F4FCE
CU2/SP7VC via SP7VC (d/L) OE/DJ6OI via DJ6OI TM1CEZ via M0OXO
DJ7R via DF7RT OF100FI via OH2BAD UA4S via RU4SU
DL60NEU via DC1MAS OG55W via OH2OT UT/VA7UR via UR3LTE
DM60KJN via DL3VU OH20TAR via OH1HS UT5C via UX7CQ
DR25MDK via DL8NBM OK/AI4SV via AI4SV V51WH via DK2WH
DR60SAL via DK8VR OK8DCC via DL3DCC XF2L via XE1SOV
E51DWC via OK1DWC OM685RADOLA via OM3CND XW3DT via RK3DT
EA6/S50P via S50P OX3XR via PA3249 (d/L/e) ZF2WE via K5WE
EA8/IV3HAX via IV3HAX (O/L) PG150N via PA7DA
EA8/UA4HWX via UA4HWX PJ2/SM4KYN via SM4KYN
(e) eQSL only (d) direct only (B) Bureau only (*-B) DX's- Bureau
(O) OQRS only (C) ClubLog only (L) LoTW only (*) No QSL Needed
QSLS RECEIVED VIA LoTW: CE1TT, FG1JS, GW4SKA, OH4LRP, RU3ZX, S01WS,
UX5UO and XZ1A =
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3W4XX, 4U0ITU, 9Y4/VE3EY, A5A, CR3W, H40GC,
H44GC, TL0A and VP2EGR
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 8J1RL, E44QX, CW5R, EA7/LA9DL, EK/DK7AO,
FM5CD, HK3TK, JW8HGA, JW9VKA, JW/DF8DX, LB8IG/P (EU-076), P43E, TK5EP,
UN7BBD, UN7BDU, UN7BEW, UN7FU, UN7GQ, UN7ID, UN7JZ,UN7QCC, UN7QE and
TM14, FRANCE (Special Event). Look for special event station TM14AAW to
be on air on February 2017. Activity is to celebrate the 14th Antarctic
Activity Week. Find all info on this event on <www.waponline.it>. Operation
will be made by Fran=E7ois, F8DVD, from his QTH of M=E2con in the east part
of France, 60 km North of Lyon. The new reference for WAP program is 275.
Operations will be from 10 to 40 meters, mostly SSB. QSL via F8DVD, direct
(SAE + 1 IRC or 2 USD) or via Bureau. For more information, have a look
at <www.qrz.com/db/TM14AAW> or contact Fran=E7ois at: a.pole@laposte=
W2, UNITED STATES (Special Event). Look for special event station W2HRU
to be on the air to mark the 18th annual Ham Radio University educational
conference and 2017 ARRL NLI Section Convention, between January 1-8th.
Operations from January 1st through January 7th will be at various times
on 7.250 and 14.250 +/- QRM. Day-of-event operating on January 8th is
planned for 1400-1930Z using psk31 on 14.070 @ 1000Hz center +/- QRM.
QSL via W2 QSL Bureau, eQSL, LoTW or direct w/SASE to: Phil Lewis, N2MUN,
22 Belle Terre West, Lindenhurst, NY 11757. Ham Radio University is a day
of education, sharing knowledge and friendship at Briarcliffe College in
Bethpage, Long Island, New York, with more than two-dozen ham-related forums
and workshops, and keynote address by Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, Chief Executive
Officer of ARRL. Further information is on line at:
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