The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1304
February 20, 2017
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Written/Sent from Strongsville, OH
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** EDITOR'S SPECIAL NOTICE: This week's bulletin was sent out earlier
than normal to accommodate the late ARRL DX CW Contest announcements.
Also, we wanted to provide the readers with a consolidated listing
of the ARRL DX CW Contest participants.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
week of Friday, 10th/February, through Friday, 17th/February there were
224 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 3X,
4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5T, 5W, 5Z, 6Y, 7P, 7X, 8P, 8R,
9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP,
BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2,
D4, DL, DU, E4, E5/n, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES,
ET, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FK, FM, FP, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4,
HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3,
J6, J7, JA, JD/m, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, 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, S2, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5,
SV9, T32, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TR, TT, TY, TZ, UA, UA2,
UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2M, VP2V, VP5,
VP6, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YL, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2,
Z3, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS, ZS8
* PLEASE NOTE: The report 'could' contain 'Pirate/SLIM' operations or
more likely a 'BUSTED CALLSIGN'. As always, you never know - 'Work
First Worry Later'.
3W, VIETNAM. Wolfgang, DL5MAE, is once again active as 3W2MAE from Mui
Ne between February 19-25th . Activity will be on 20-10 meters using
CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
3Y0Z BOUVET NEWS (Team Member Update). On February 12th, it was reported
on the 3Y0Z Web page <www.bouvetdx.org>: We regret that Jorge,
HK1R, will not be able to join us on the Bouvet DXpedition. Jorge was
with many of us on the Malpelo DXpedition and the Amsterdam Island DX-
pedition. We will miss him greatly on the upcoming Bouvet trip. Hopefully
Jorge will be able to join us on another adventure in the future. We look
forward to that and thank him for his help thus far.
Harumi Kukita “Hal,” JR4OZR, will be taking Jorge's place on the team.
Hal has past DXpedition experience and is a well know and competitive
contest operator. We welcome him to our team.
4M, VENEZUELA. Julio, YV1KK, will be active as 4M1K during the ARRL Inter-
national DX CW Contest (February 18-19th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (??)
entry. QSL via OH0XX.
A3, TONGA (Rare IOTA/Update). Masa, JA0RQV, will once again be active
from Tonga. This time he will activate Niuafo'ou Island (OC-123) as
A35JP/P between March 22-28th [He was originally schedule to go between
September 28th and October 4th, 2016, but had to postpone]. It has been
7 years since last activation of A33A (by K6HFA). OC-123 is currently
claimed by 17.9% of participants based on IOTA Web site (as of 17th
February 2017). Operations will be on 40-6 meters using CW and SSB. His
equipment is an IC-7300 (w/100W) into a vertical antenna. QSL via his
home callsign, by the Bureau, direct (SASE w/1 IRC), LoTW or ClubLog.
For more details and updates, visit his Blog page at:
AAW. The Worldwide Antarctic Program's (WAP) 14th Antarctic Activity Week
(AAW) will take place between February 20-26th. The real purpose of the
event is to foster interest in the Antarctic region/continent and its
matters. Look for special event stations world-wide to be available for
you to work. Each has its own super special QSL card available. Check
<www.waponline.it> for the list of stations, QSL routes and attractive
awards. As of press time, there were 37 stations listed to be on the air.
To commemorate the 14th International Antarctic Week, a very Special
Award will be issued to all Radio Amateurs worldwide who contact a number
of special event stations that will be active on the HF bands. The Special
Diploma will be sent free of charge in PDF format to all participants
that fulfill the required number of contacts on each category. For more
information on the AAW, see: www.waponline.it
AH2, GUAM. Operators Toshinobu/JI3ERV and Mikawa/JR7OMD will be active
as AH2R during the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 18-19th)
as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via LoTW.
C6, BAHAMAS. Drew, N2RFA, is once again active as C6ABB from Cable Beach,
Nassau, Providence Island (NA-001, WLOTA 1115), until February 23rd.
Activity will be on 75/40/20/17/12/10 meters. He plans to operate on some
of the Digital modes (JT65, PSK31, RTTY and possibly SSTV). QSL via his
home callsign, direct or LoTW and also eQSL.
C6, BAHAMAS (IOTA Op). Operators John/M0IDA, Rob/M0VFC and Steve/M1ACB
hope to be active as C6APY from Little Harbour Cay, Berry Islands (NA-054,
WW Locator FL15do). They will fly into the Bahamas on March 2nd, but it
will take them a couple of days to get to the island, so they hope to be
active around March 4th - but this is very much weather dependent, as is
the whole operation. They will fly back to the UK on March 12th, which
means they will need to de-rig on the 10th or 11th, again varying according
to the weather. Operation probably won't be 24/7 - they will do as much
operating as they can, but eating and sleeping is back on the boat, there's
only three of them, and they will probably want to go for the occasional
swim as well. They will be running up to three stations simultaneously,
all Elecraft K3s at 100W. They will be generator powered and have to carry
the full week's fuel with them on the boat, hence no amps. They are
expecting that most QSOs will be on 40-15 meters; they will monitor the
higher HF bands as well and may venture on to 10/12m if propagation favors
them; similarly they may throw up an 80m dipole, but don't expect to do
very much, if anything, there. There will definitely be CW (op M0VFC) and
SSB (ops M0IDA and M1ACB); they may also do some data if time permits.
They should be active on some satellite passes with hand-held antennas:
the FM birds will only cover parts of the USA, and not EU, so they will
attempt some FO-29 passes as well. They are not satellite experts though,
so be patient with them. QSL is via M0OXO's OQRS system. They will upload
the logs to ClubLog and LoTW regularly throughout the trip, assuming all
the kit plays nicely. Watch Twitter for any other updates:
CE, CHILE. Members of the Radio Club de Chile will be active as CE3AA
from Santiago during the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February
18-19th). Operators mentioned are Julio/CE3OP, Danilo/XQ4CW and Willy/
CE3KHZ (Team Leader). The support group for the operation (they will also
participate): Patricio/CE3PBT, Cristian/CA3BKN and Luis/CE3BMI. The
group has many experienced operators in competitions, island activation
and DX operation. They will be in the contest as a Multi-Op/Single-TX/
High-Power entry. QSL via CE3AA.
CQ NEWS RELEASE. Rich, W2VU, sent out the following press release on
February 15th [edited]: CQ to Introduce MF/LF Column; John Langridge,
KB5NJD/WG2XIQ, to be Column Editor -- As ham radio operators in the United
States await final FCC action to open new amateur bands at 630 meters
(472-479 kHz) and 2200 meters (135.7 kHz - 137.8 kHz), CQ magazine is
getting a head-start by introducing a column that will help interested
hams get ready to 'hit the ground running' once the FCC issues its final
rules. The new column - to be titled 'MF/LF Operating: Life Below the AM
Broadcast Band' - will appear quarterly, starting in the April 2017 issue,
and will be edited by John Langridge, KB5NJD/WG2XIQ.
Licensed as a high school student in 1989, John's interest in 'life
below the AM broadcast band' extends back even further, when, at age 11,
he read an article in Radio-Electronics magazine about the unlicensed
1750-meter band (160-190 kHz). He had to content himself with operating
on 160 meters until the opportunity arose in 2012 to join the ranks of
Part 5 experimental stations authorized by the FCC to conduct propagation
research in preparation for the new medium frequency (MF) and low frequency
(LF) bands at 630 and 2200 meters respectively. He was granted a con-
struction permit and station license for WG2XIQ and maintains a regular
schedule of beacon transmissions and two-way contacts on 630 meters. He also
shares tips and posts a 'grabber,' or bandscope view, of 472 kHz (which
updates every 5 minutes) on his website at <njdtechnologies.net/>.
In his column, John says he plans to cover a variety of topics, including
station building, propagation, news events affecting LF/MF, and operating
strategies. 'My goal,' he says, 'is to market the bands to people who know
nothing about them.' The title of his inaugural column in the April issue
is 'Ham Radio Below 500 kHz: What is All of This About and Where Should I
Professionally, John is a consultant in broadcast engineering and infor-
mation technology, working for a variety of clients. He has a degree in
physical chemistry and is currently working toward his Ph.D. in that field.
John and his wife, Paula, KD5YHI, live with their pets in the Dallas, Texas,
suburbs. John's column will appear in the January, April, July and October
issues of CQ.
'We are looking forward to sharing John's knowledge and experience with
our readers,' says CQ Editor Rich Moseson, W2VU. 'CQ has always been a
leader in promoting new bands and modes, and in helping hams use and enjoy
them. We are already seeing a growing interest in our soon-to-come MF and
LF bands and John's column will be here to help our readers get active on
them as soon as they become available for general use.'
FM/TO7, MARTINIQUE. Dimitry, UT5UGR, is once again active as FM/UT5UGR
from Martinique (NA-107). Look for him to sign TO7A during the ARRL Inter-
national DX CW Contest (February 18-19th) as a Single-Op/High-Power entry.
QSL via UT5UGR. See UT5UGR and TO7A listing at QRZ.com for log search
and OQRS QSL request.
HC, ECAUDOR. Bill, W0OR, will be active as HC1WBT (not HC1WDT as in the
past) from Cotacachi during the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February
18-19th) as a Single-Op/Low-Power entry. QSL via W0OR. Bill reports,
'In the past 3 or 4 years my temp call in Ecuador has been HC1WDT. But
this year they assigned the call HC1WBT. May have been a clerical error,
but for now the suffix is WBT not WDT.'
INDIAN OCEAN 6M EME DXPEDITIONS (Update). Lance, W7GJ, will once again
be active from the Indian Ocean to focus on 6 meters EME QSOs. This time
Lance is planning a 6 Meter EME DXpedition (for the first time) to West
Island/Cocos Island as VK9CGJ between September 12-28th, and Christmas
Island as VK9XGJ between October 2-18th. All airline tickets have been
purchased, and lodging reservations have been made. He informs OPDX this
week of the following: 'In order to get the word out as soon as possible,
preliminary information on the upcoming 6m EME DXpedition is here:
With the great increase in people capable of using digital modes, I
hope to be able to provide these rare DXCC entities to many serious 6m
DXers. Please check back for updated information! GL and VY 73, Lance'
AS-022. (Update) Operators Yuri/R2DG, Vasily/R7AA and Eugene/UA6EX will
be active as RI0LI from Leont'yeva Island, Medvezhyi (Bear)
Islands, in the East Siberia Sea, sometime during the third
week in July. Activity will be on various HF bands. They now
have a Web page up at: www.ri0li.com
AS-046. Members of the Kuala Lumpur DX Team (KLDX) will be active as
9M4IOTA from Tioman Island, West Malaysia, between March 3-5th.
Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital
modes. Operators who will be involved at this time are 9M2OOO,
9M2AIS, 9M2VDX, 9M2ZDX, 9M2ODX, 9M2ROL, 9M2UDE, 9M2JEP, 9W2NMX,
9W2FEL and 9W2NYO. QSL via address on QRZ.com.
EU-120. Operators Jef/DD2CW, Cis/ON6LY, Cel/ON6UQ and Dirk/ON3UN will
be active as G/DD2CW/P from the Island of Wight. Their main
activity will be in the RSGB IOTA Contest, using a special
callsign and as a Multi-Op/Island entry. QSL via ON3UN.
EU-187. Cliff, SV1JG, will be active as SX9VK from Gavdos Island
between July 1-10th. Activity will be on various HF bands.
QSL via his home callsign.
OC-093. Sadao, JA1PBV, is now active as DU2/JA1PBV from Batan Island.
The length of his stay is not known. Activity has been on 30/
20/15/12/10 meters. QSL via his home callsign.
K4, UNITED STATES (Special Event). On the weekend of February 18th-19th,
members of the Mount Vernon Amateur Radio Club will be hosting a special
event celebrating George Washington's Birthday. They will start operating
around 9:30 AM E.S.T on Saturday and go until about 3:00 PM E.S.T. On
Sunday morning, they will start operating around 8:00 AM and go until
about 1:00 P.M. The group will be operating on 20m SSB and also on 40m.
They have a nice QSL card (see QRZ.com). The callsign for the special
event will be K4US. QSL via KK4ODQ or P.O Box 7234, Alexandria, VA 22307.
KH0, MARIANA ISLANDS (Special Event). Look for special event station N0J
which is now active from Tinian's Hot Peppper Festival until February 20th.
Activity/operators will be by Radio Space Club of Tinian (NH0J) and Mariana
Intrepid Contest Club (AH0K). Activity will be on 80-10 meters using some
CW, but mainly on SSB (SSB by JA1NVF). They will not operate 24 hours a
day. QSL via JJ2VLY. Logs will be uploaded to ClubLog.
KH6, HAWAII. Look for a group of operators to be active as KH6LC from
Keaau (Hawaii County, Grid Square: BK29), during the ARRL International
DX CW Contest (February 18-19th) as a Multi/Multi entry. QSL via LoTW
or direct to QSL Manager WA6WPG.
MJ, JERSEY. The Low Land DX Team will return to the Island of Jersey
(EU-013) between May 5-11th. A small LLDXT team consisting of Alex/PA1AW,
Ron/PA3EWP, Jo/PA9JO and Bob/PB5X will be active from the JARS Signal
Point on Jersey. Like the previous visits in 2013 and 2010, the team
will activate all bands between 160 and 2 meters in as many as possible
modes. The teams focus will be “Demand driven” so they are open for any
requests. Each team member will sign MJ/homecall and individual stations
will enable maximum presence on the bands. QSL will be handled by Alex,
PA1AW, for all callsigns. The team will have (realtime) on-line logs
and OQRS using ClubLog and daily uploads to LoTW. For more details and
updates, see: www.lldxt.eu/mj2017-lldxt-goes-to-jersey-bci
NP3, PUERTO RICO (NA-099). Eric, NP3A, will be active during the ARRL
International DX CW Contest (February 18-19th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/
Low-Power entry. QSL via WD8CW or LoTW.
PJ4, BONAIRE. Kelly, N0VD, is once again active as PJ4D from Bonaire
Island (SA-006) until February 26th. Activity has been on 40-15 meters
using CW and SSB. QSL via W3HNK. Kelly is part of PJ4X contest team for
the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 18-19th).
PJ4, BONAIRE. Operators Noah/K2NG, Steve/K3SW, David/NA2AA, PJ4DX/PJ4DX
and Hans/PJ4LS will be active as PJ4G from Bonaire Island (SA-006) during
the ARRL International DX SSB Contest (March 4-5th) as a Multi-2 entry.
QSL PJ4G via WA2NHA or LoTW. Look for the U.S. operators to sign PJ4/
homecall before and after the contest. U.S. operators will be on the
island between February 25th and March 11th. David, NA2AA, is expected
to operate on the Digital modes, and skeds are accepted for ATNO with
PJ4 via NA2AA's E-mail address listed on QRZ.com. QSL all others via
their home callsigns or LoTW. Check out the 'PJ4G Radio House' at:
PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (February 20-26th).......
Feb/20th AN Feb/23rd LN Feb/25th AN
Feb/21st AN Feb/24th AN Feb/26th AN
SOLAR REFERENCE KEYS/INDEXES AND GEOMAGNETIC REFERENCE
NORMALITY GEOMAG K Values Alpha
----------------- ------ -------- ------
AN - Above Normal Quiet K=0-1 0-7
HN - High Normal Unsettled K=2 8-15
LN - Low Normal Active K=3 16-29
BN - Below Normal Minor Storm K=4 30-49
DIS - Disturbed Major Storm K=5 50-99
VRY DIS - Very Disturbed Severe Storm K=6-9 100-400
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:
NEW!!! A daily HF radio wave propagation forecast can be found at:
Also on Twitter: https://twitter.com/@GiellaW4hm
QSL INFO AND NEWS...................
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX by Lothar, DL1SBF.. (February 17th) <www.qslinfo.eu>
3Z6M via SP6IEQ FM/UT5UGR via UT5UGR PC55C via PD7YY
5J0NA via LW9EOC & (L) FY/F6CKD via F6CKD PC73X via PC1EMR
6W2SC via HA3AUI (d) HB9/DF2DD via DF2DD PH30NVRA via PI4HLM
6Y2T via VE3DZ II0LOVE via 9A8AOT PJ2/N1ZZ via N1ZZ
8P50B via KU9C IT9ADT/YI9 via IT9ADT PJ2/NF9V via NF9V
A31MM via EA5GL KG4AW via KG9LB (d) T77LA via T77LA (d/L)
CR3A via EA5GL KG4DX via W4WX T88DT via JH1OLB
CR5WWI via CT1EEB NP2/N3RD via N3RD TM40ULIS via F6CKE
CT9/DL5AXX via DL5AXX OP0PPY via ON7LX UE28AFG via RZ3QWW
CT9/DL5LYM via DL5LYM OZ100DVI via OZ1IVA VP9/VE3OP via VE3OP
D4Z via HB9DUR(d); IK2NCJ(B) OZ30EU via OZ8IE VX3100 via VE3XN
DL60NEU via DC1MAS P4/NE9U via NE9U XX9D via DL4SVA (O/*)
DR160TESLA via DK8ZZ P40W via N2MM (d/L) YB9K via HA3JB
EN90IWA via US4IWA & (e) PA1MUC via DL3LUM ZZ2T via PY2MNL (d/L)
EV90DOSAAF via EU1EU PA6X via PA7CW
(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: 3A/DF8DX, 5A1AL, 9Z4Y, C31KC, CG9NC, CU5AQ,
DJ8OP, DL9MS, EL2BG, HK3W, JA8COE, JH4GJR, OD5ZZ, OE3KKA, OJ0LA, PC2T,
SM0MPV/0, SP5GMM, SP6NIN, TA1PB, TL8TT, VA1SEA, VP2EGR and ZS1LS
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 4S7AB, A70X (AS-088), A71YY, T31T (OC-043),
TT8FC, VK5CE/P (OC-228) and ZD8V
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 3D2LJ (OC-016), 4O/UY5ZZ, 9M6/N2BB (OC-088),
BV2KI (AS-155), BV0WPX (AS-020), BV9A (AS-103), E51MQT, EY8MM, HK3W,
J39A, KG4HF, W1AW/KH2, W1AW/KH6, W1AW/KH0, PJ2/K2PLF, V25WY, V4/K5WA,
VA1SEA, VA2WDQ, VA3NQ, VA6SP, VA7CRZ, VE1JF, VE2JCW, VE3BZ, VE4DXP,
VE7BV, VK9AN (OC-002), VP2MQT (NA-103), VY2/K5WA, W1AW/1, W1AW/2,
W1AW/3, W1AW/4, W1AW/5, W1AW/7, W1AW/8, W1AW/0, XL3A and XR0YS (SA-001)
S2, BANGLADESH. Juris, YL2GM, will lead a team of operators to be active
as S21GM and S21KW from Bangladesh between March 15-27th. The S21GM call-
sign will be used in the first half of their DXpedition, and S21KW during
the second half. This is caused by the specifics of the regulations in
Bangladesh, and not because they want more duplicated QSOs in the log.
They state, 'Please do not attempt to make QSOs with both of these call-
signs on the same bands and modes. Please treat both callsigns as one,
thus giving other fellow HAMs better chance to make their QSO with us,
potentially All Time New One (ATNO).' Operators mentioned are Juris/YL2GM,
Valery/YL3CW, Jack/YL2KA, Kaspars/YL3AIW, Dmitry/UT7UJ, Oleg/US7UX,
Sasha/UT7UV, Andrey/UX1UF, Syed/S21ED, Anup/S21TV and possibly two other
operators. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.
Suggested frequencies are:
CW - 1826.5/1821, 3526, 7019, 10119, 14029, 18086, 21029, 24904 and 28029
SSB - 3795, 7100, 14190, 18140, 21290, 24940 and 28490
RTTY - 3583, 7043, 10136, 14083, 18103, 21083, 24923 and 28083 kHz
QSX CW up 2 (160m dwn 2, JA 1810 - 1820).
QSX SSB/RTTY up 5.
QSL via YL2GN, direct, by the Bureau, ClubLog's OQRS (for direct or
Bureau) or E-mail requests via <firstname.lastname@example.org>. A full LoTW upload will
be done in 3 months time after the end of their trip. For more details
and updates, see: www.lral.lv/s21gm/index.html
UA2, KALININGRAD. Members of the UA2 Contest Club will be active as RW2F
during the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 18-19th) as a Multi-
Multi entry. QSL via RW2F, direct, by the Bureau or ClubLog's OQRS.
V2, ANTIGUA. Bill, KG4ZXN, will be active as V21XN from Antigua Island
(NA-100) sometime in July. Activity is as follows per Bill: 'This is a
holiday style activation to Antigua. I will be located in the southeast
end of the island. My priorities for the trip are my wife, cigars, rum,
sun shine and some radio. Not always in that order and sometimes all
together.... As for actual operating plan, I will be attempting multiple
bands and modes. If you hear me on CW understand that this is a new mode
to me and I am going to make mistakes. I will be on in the early hours
of the morning while the XYL enjoys sleeping in and in the evenings,
provided the rum punch has not taken its toll. Other times will be on
a whim. Equipment will be primarily a FT857D, and a YouKits HB1B for
some QRP CW work is also making the trip, with an end feed or Buddistick
depending where my room is.' QSL via his home callsign, direct, eQSL, QRZ
VP2, MONTSERRAT. Charles, K1XX, will once again be active as VP2MMF from
Montserrat Island (NA-103) between February 25th and March 5th. Activity
will be on 160-10 meters using CW and SSB. He also plans to be in the
ARRL International DX SSB Contest (March 4-5th). QSL via his home call-
sign, direct or LoTW.
VP5, TURKS AND CAICOS. Operators John/AF3K and Ross/W2TT will be active
VP5/homecall from Turks and Caicos Island between March 23-30th. Activity
will be vacation style except for operation in the CQWW WPX SSB Contest
(March 25-26th) using the callsign VP5P as a Multi-2 entry. QSL VP5P and
VP5/W2TT via W2TT, direct or LoTW. QSL VP5/AF3K via LoTW.
VP9, BERMUDA. Kurt, W6PH, will once again be active as VP9/W6PH for the
ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 18-19th) as a Single-Op/All-
Band/Low-Power entry. QSL only direct to his home callsign W6PH.
XT2, BURKINA FASO. YL Elvira, IV3FSG, will be active as XT2SE from the
city of Ouagadouga between February 17th and March 13th. Activity will
be limited to her spare time on 80-10 meters using SSB, RTTY and PSK31.
She is there working on a project for the Informatici Senza Frontiere
ONLUS. QSL via IK3GES.
ZA, ALBANIA. Operators Kees/PE1KL, Lennart/PD5LKM and YL Lisa/PA2LS will
be active as ZA/PA2LS from Albania between March 22-29th. Activity will
be on 160-10 meters as well as 6m and 2m using CW, SSB, PSK and RTTY.
They will also be in the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 25-26th). QSL via
PA2LS, direct or by the Bureau.
ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS (Update/Change). Operators Dan/N6MJ and John/K6AM will
be active as ZF1A (not ZF2ZJ as first announced) on Grand Cayman Islands
(NA-016) during the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 18-19th)
as a Multi-Single/All-Band/High-Power entry. Look for activity outside
of the contest on 160-10 meters including 30/17/12 meters. QSL via K6AM,
direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.
ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS. Colin, G4CWH, will once again be active as ZF2CA
from the ZF1A club station on Grand Cayman Islands (NA-016) between
March 9-13th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW and SSB. His
activity will also include an entry in the 80th 2017 BERU (British Common-
wealth) Contest (March 11-12th). QSL via his home callsign direct.
The following stations are expected to be active in the
ARRL DX CW Contest (February 18-19th, 2017)
Thanks to Bill, NG3K, for providing OPDX readers with the following
consolidated listing of the participants in the 2017 ARRL DX CW Contest.
For a more detailed listing (and up-to-date changes/corrections) in HTML
format, please visit Bill's Web page at:
www.ng3k.com/Misc/adxc2017.html (By callsign)
www.ng3k.com/Misc/adxcd2017.html (By entity)
Contest DXCC Class QSL
Callsign Entity Route
3V8SS Tunisia SOAB LP LoTW; QSL via LX1NO
4M1K Venezuela SOSB OH0XX
5J0NA San Andres & Providencia LW9EOC
6Y2T Jamaica SOAB HP VE3DZ
8P1W Barbados SOAB LP KU9C
8P5A Barbados SOAB HP LoTW
AH2R Guam M/? LoTW
C6AKQ Bahamas SOSB 80M N4BP
C6ARU Bahamas SOSB 20M N4UM
C6AUM Bahamas SOSB 40M K4RUM
CO8ZZ Cuba M/S
D4C Cape Verde Island SOAB HP LoTW; QSL via IK2NCJ(B)/MCC (d)
E51DWC South Cook Island HP OK1DWC
FS/F8AAN St Martin F8AAN (d/C)
HC1WBT Ecuador SO LP W0OR
IS0/OM8A Sardinia SOAB HP OM2VL
KG4ZK Guantanamo W4ZYT
KH6LC Hawaii M/M WA6WPG
KH7Q Hawaii SOAB KH7Q(d); AH6NF (d)
LY4A Lithuania M/2 LoTW
NP2N US Virgin Islands M/2 LoTW
NP2P US Virgin Islands SO LoTW
NP2X US Virgin Islands M/? LoTW
NP3A Puerto Rico SOAB LP WD8CW
NP3X Puerto Rico SOAB LP EB7DX
P40L Aruba M/S WA3FRP
P40R Aruba M/2 LoTW
P40W Aruba SOAB LoTW; QSL via N2MM (d)
PJ4X Bonaire M/?
PJ6T St Eustatius & Saba LoTW; QSL via NM1Y (d)
PJ7AA Sint Maarten SO LoTW; QSL via AA9A
RW2F Kaliningrad M/M (d)
TI6/HA5X Costa Rica SO HA5XA
TI5W Costa Rica SOAB HP LoTW; QSL via W4FS
TO1A French Guiana SOSB 15M F5HRY
TO7A Martinique SO HP UT5UGR
V3M Belize M/S (C); QSL via W0MU
V3T Belize M/S LoTW; QSL via WC0W
V43Z St Kitts & Nevis SOAB QSL via <Ebabel.net>
V31JZ/p Belize SOAB LP NN7A; QSL via (B/d)
VP2M(??) Montserrat M/S By AI2N N2ZN WJ2O
VP5K Turks & Caicos M/? LoTW; QSL via K0PC & (C)
VP5M Turks & Caicos SO LP K4QPL
VP9/W6PH Bermuda SOAB LP W6PH (d)
YN2NB Nicaragua SOAB N1SNB
WP3C Puerto Rico M/S W3HNK
WP3R Puerto Rico W3HNK
ZF9CW Cayman Islands K5GO
ZF1A Cayman Islands M/S K6AM
ZL3X New Zealand M/S LoTW
(e) eQSL only (d) direct only (B) Bureau only (L) LoTW only
(O) OQRS only (C) ClubLog only
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