The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1310
March 27, 2017
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Written/Sent from Strongsville, OH
Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX
Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB5K & the AR TelNet Clusters
Network, NJ1Q & W1AW, K3BEQ, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ
DX, WB6RSE, K8GI, K8YSE, KO8SCA, W8GEX & 60m DX News, DL1SBF, DL7UXG & The
DX News Letter, DxCoffee.com, DXNews.com, DX-World.Net, F6AJA & Les Nouvell=
DX, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX
News, Pete Rayer & ISWL, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, VA3QSL, VA3RJ
& ICPO, and VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) for the following DX information.
** EDITOR'S SPECIAL NOTICE: This week's bulletin was sent out earlier
than normal to accommodate the late CQWW WPX SSB Contest announcements.
Also, we wanted to provide the readers with a consolidated listing
of the CQWW WPX SSB Contest participants.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
week of Friday, 17th/March, through Friday, 24th/March there were 233
countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 3X,
4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W,
6Y, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A2, A3,
A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C6, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU,
CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E4, E5/n, E5/s, E6, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL,
EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FH, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FS, FY, G,
GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, H40, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL,
HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, J7, J8, JA, 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, PJ7, PY, PZ, S0, S2, S5, SM,
SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T2, T30, T32, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK,
TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE,
VK, VK9X, VP5, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS,
YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD8, 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'.
3V, TUNISIA. Operators Ash (3V/KF5EYY), Ludovic/HB9EOU, Ali (3V/F4HJD),
Ahmed (3V/KG5OUE) and Oussama (3V/KD2LQM) will be active as 3V8SS from
the 'Radio Club Station of Tunisian Scouts' in Sousse, during the CQWW
WPX SSB Contest (March 25-26th) as a Multi-Single/Low-Power entry. QSL
via LoTW or to LX1NO.
4M, VENEZUELA. Julio, YV1KK, will be active as 4M1K during the CQWW WPX
SSB Contest (March 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (40m) entry. QSL
via OH0XX, direct, by the Bureau, LoTW or ClubLog's OQRS. For more info,
60M DX ACTIVITY. The 60 meter band has seen an abundance of DX this past
several weeks. The following stations were spotted operating Data, CW or
SSB: 3D2AG, 4Z4DX, 5U5R, 9A2KD, C31LK, CT9/OH2BTB, CT9/L3KWF, CX9AU, DM4IM,
EA9CD, EA9/DL7UFN, EW1HF, F4CXO, G3SED, GD3YUM, GI8SKN, HB9BIN, HB0/HB9RB,
KL7J, LA5YG, ON4DM, PA2JWN, PJ4/NA2AA, PJ4LS, S57C, S52NR, SO1WS, UN7DB,
UT9LI, V21ZG, V47JA, YJ8CW, YL2SM, WL7E, WP4L and ZF1EJ.
8Q, MALDIVES. John, G4IRN, will be active as 8Q7RN from Maldive Islands
(AS-013) sometime in June 2017. Activity will be holiday style on various
HF bands. QSL via his home callsign or OQRS.
9K, KUWAIT. Abdallah, 9K2GS, will be active as 9K2K during the CQWW WPX SSB
Contest (March 26-27th) and the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 27-28th) as a
Single-Op/All-Band entries. QSL via LoTW.
A7, QATAR. Members of Qatar Amateur Radio Association and others will be
active as A73A from QARS club station in Doha city during the CQWW WPX
SSB Contest (March 25-26th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via M0OXO. Operators
mentioned are Saif/A71AM, Aziz/A71GO, Ali/A71BX, Ali/A71BZ, Jimmy/A71FJ,
Jose/A75GE, Vikas/A75GT, Kumar/A75GM, Seid/E76AA, Becir/E78AA and Juma/
CT3, MADEIRA. Operators Vitor/CT1AGS, Joao/CT1BWU, Jose/CT3BD, Luis/CT3DL,
Jose/CT3DZ, Antonio/CT3EN, Jose/CT3IA, Jose/CT3KY and Eusebio/CT3KU will
be active as CT3EE from the CR3A contest station on Madeira Island (AF-014)
during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 25-26th) as a Multi-Single entry.
D4, CAPE VERDE. Pete, SQ9D, will be active as D4C from Cape Verde Island
during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 25-26th) as Single-Op/Single-Band
(20m)/High-Power entry. QSL info: d4c.cc/?page_id=3D10
D4, CAPE VERDE. Max, IZ4DPV, will activate the special callsign D41CV
from Cape Verde Island during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 25-26th)
as Single-Op/Single-Band (15m)/High-Power entry. The special callsign
is in celebration of th 41st Anniversary of Independence of Cape Verde.
QSL info: d4c.cc/?page_id=3D10
E5, SOUTh COOK ISLANDS. Shirley, VK5YL, will be active as E51XYL from
Rarotonga Island (OC-013) between June 10-17th. Activity will be on 20
meters SSB. QSL via her home callsign.
E7, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA. Operators Ranko/E70R, Vlado/E70T, Luka/E74W,
Zoran/E76C, Braco/E77DX, Robert/E77E, Adi/S55M, Davor/9A1UN, Richard/9A1TT,
Patrik/9A5CW, Kresimir/9A5K and Vedran/9A7DX will be active as E7DX from
Prijedor during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 25-26th) as a Multi-Single
entry. QSL via E77E.
EA6, BALEARIC ISLANDS. Jean-Marc, F5SGI, will be active as EA6/F5SGI from
Minorque Island (EU-004) between April 9-15th. Activity will be CW only
on all HF bands. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
EA8, CANARY ISLANDS. Manolo, EA8DO, will be active from La Palma Island
(IOTA AF-004, DIE S-012, WLOTA 1276, EAA TF) during the CQWW WPX SSB
Contest (March 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band or Single-Band (160m)
entry. QSL via LoTW.
HR, HONDURAS. Dan, HR2DMR, will be active as HR2WW during the CQWW WPX
SSB Contest (March 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry.
QSL via KD4POJ.
OC-130. Marc, ON5SM, will once again be active as DU9/ON5SM from
Mindanao Island, Philippines, between April 4th and May 24th.
Activity will be on 80-6 meters using SSB and the Digital
modes. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
SA-030. Members of Radiogrupo Sur will be active as CV5A from Flores
Island (RGS CX-014, WLOTA LH-0528, ARLHS URU-001) between
March 30-April 2nd. Activity will be on all HF bands and modes.
QSL via CX2ABC or CX1FU. Visit their Web page at:
ISWL CALLSIGNS (For April). The following ISWL club callsigns will be
used throughout the month of April 2017:
GX4BJC/A - Operated from Bream, in Gloucestershire, by Chris, G0SDD
(/A WAB Square SO60 - England, IOTA EU-005, WLOTA 1841).
MX1SWL/A - Operated from Clacton-on-Sea, in Essex, by George, G1IPU
(/A WAB Square TM11 - 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 their awards.
J2, DJIBOUTI. Dane, S53T, reports, 'I got my J28ND license valid till
end of 2019. For now only LP and home made vertical antennas. QSL info
via my QSL manager Slavko - S57DX.'
J6, ST. LUCIA. Operators Stephen/WF2S and Ralph/K1ZZI will once again be
active as J6/WF2S and J6/K1ZZI from the Bay Guesthouse in Gros Islet, St.
Lucia (NA-108, WLOTA L-1336), between April 18-27th. Activity will be on
various HF bands using K3S into a vertical antenna over salt water, plus
other antennas. Operations will probably be on SSB, the Digital modes
(RTTY, PSK, JT65) and some CW. QSL via their home callsigns, direct or
KC0W DXPEDITIONS. Tom, KC0W, posted the following on his QRZ.com page:
'My next multi continent DXpedition will start 17 April, 2017. Unfortu-
nately it WON'T include Equatorial Guinea & Annob=F3n due to not being
issued the licenses. Regardless, these upcoming DXpeditions should still
generate good interest. I'm also considering (gasp, wheeze) operating
RTTY & PSK due to high need. No SSB operation will take place. CW #1.
..........Full information soon.'
NP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS. Yuriy, N2TTA, will once again be active from
here as NP2P during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 25-26th) as a Single-
Op/All-Band entry. QSL via LoTW.
OX, GREENLAND. Roger, SM7RYR, will be active as OX/SM7RYR from Kanger-
lussuaq, Greenlad (NA-018), between April 6-10th. Activity will be on
20/17/15 meters with an Elecraft KX2 with 10w into a GP. QSL only via
PJ7, ST. MAARTEN. Jeff, VA3QSL, will be active again as PJ7/VA3QSL from
Sint Maarten Island (NA-105, WLOTA 0711) between April 2-8th. Activity
will be holiday style 40-6 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes.
He has with him an IC-7000 w/100w, Buddipole or 20m dipole. QSL via his
callsign, by the Bureau, direct (see info on QRZ.com) or LoTW.
PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (March 27th-April 2nd).......
Mar/27th AN Mar/30th LN Apr/01st AN
Mar/28th BN Mar/31st LN Apr/02nd 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:
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.. (March 24th) <www.qslinfo.eu>
5B/SQ2MGM via SQ2MGM (d/e) OE2017HTL via OE5HTL PJ7PL via WA1ZAM
EA8/DF7XE via DF7XE OE2017LRO via OE2LRO R12APR via R3LO
EA9/DJ6TF via DJ6TF OE2017SFG via OE6SFG S21ZEE via YL2GN (O=
EA9/JA0JHQ via JA0JHQ OE2017XFF via OE6AXG (O/e) SN1D via SP1RKT
ED4W via EA4LI OE2017YTA via OE3YTA SP/DJ1AA/M via DJ1AA
EH7FCM via EA7URM OK/DJ1AA/M via DJ1AA TC102GP via TA3AHJ
HB2T via HB9EE (L) P4/JS3LSQ via JS3LSQ TC18GL via TC18GL (=
OE11SO via OE6WIG PJ2/PT2IC via PT2IC YN2MF via N5ET
OE2017BKC via OE3BKC PJ2/PY4LH via PY4LH (d/L) ZF2CJ via JJ2RCJ (O=
(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: EL2BG, OK2PF, V73NS, S01WS, T88XH, VY2RU and
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: E51WL (OC-082), TL8TT, XX9TKB and XX9TXN
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 3D2RJ, 9K2HN, FH/F2DX, H8IL, JA0JHQ/VK9C,
S79C, T2TT, TK/IW5ELA and V73A
RI1, FRANZ JOSEF LAND. Members of the Russian Robinson Club (RRC) are
planning their next Arctic operation. Look for RI1F to be active from
Victoria Island (EU-190) sometime late September (26th or 27th was
mentioned). This island group has never been activated before. Activity
will be on various HF bands. They plan to have up to 12 operators. QSL
via ClubLog's OQRS or by the Bureau. Their Web page is still under con-
struction. Watch QRZ.com for updates.
V4, ST. KITTS AND NEVIS ISLANDS. Alex, W1CDC, will be active as V4/W1CDC
from Saint Kitts Island (NA-104) between April 24th and May 7th. Activity
will be holiday style on 160-10 meters including the 30/17/12 meters using
mainly CW. QSL via his home callsign direct. NO Bureau, LoTW or ClubLog.
V5, NAMIBIA. Tev, TA1HZ, will be active as V51/TA1HZ from the Swakopmund
Beach Hotel between March 22-28th. Activity will include the CQWW WPX SSB
Contest (March 25-26th) as a Single-Op entry. He will use a Yaesu FT-991
running 100w to a windom antenna. QSL via LZ3HI or LoTW.
VP9, BERMUDA. Adrian, KO8SCA, is planning a 3-day holiday style DXpedition
to Bermuda between March 24-26th. Look for him to be using the callsign
KO8SCA/VP9. Equipment is a K3 transceiver running 100w into 160/80/40m
dipole and 20/15/10m Cushcraft A4S Triband working SSB, CW and the Digital
modes. There will be ClubLog uploads during DXpedition. LoTW after the
DXpedition. For more details, see the KO8SCA/VP9 on the QRZ.com page.
ADDED NOTE: During the CQWW WPX SSB Contest he will be using the call-
VR, HONG KONG. Look for VR2HKS to be active during the CQWW WPX SSB
Contest (March 25-26th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via VR2HKS direct.
Main operators will be HAM & Ex-Scouts (VR2ZLI, VR2XNG, VR2UNG) with
young Scout members (ages 13-19) earning their Communications Badges.
YJ, VANUATU. Chung, VA7YM, will be active as YJ0YM from Port Vila, Efate
Island (OC-035) between April 6-17th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters
using SSB, RTTY and PSK31. He will have a Elecraft KX3 w/PX3 into an
Ultralight Hexbeam (from MW0JZE) and End Fed Wire antennas. QSL via EA5GL.
YW4, VENEZUELA. Paolo, YV1DIG, will be active as YW4D during the CQWW WPX
SSB Contest (March 25-26th) a Single-Op/Single-Band (???) entry. QSL via
LoTW. He states that he will be on before and after the contest on 160m.
The following stations are expected to be active in the
CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 25-26th, 2017)
Contest Rules: www.cqwpx.com/rules.htm
Thanks to Bill, NG3K, for providing OPDX readers with the following
consolidated listing of the participants in the 2017 CQWW WPX SSB 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/wpxs2017.html (By callsign)
www.ng3k.com/Misc/wpxsd2017.html (By entity)
Contest DXCC Class QSL
Callsign Entity Route
3V8SS Tunisia M/S LoTW; QSL via LX1NO
3Z6V Poland SO LP LoTW; QSL via SP6DVP or (C)
4M1K Venezuela SOSB 40M LoTW; QSL via OH0XX
5J0NA San Andres & Providencia SOAB LW9EOC
8P1W Barbados SOAB LP KU9C
8P5A Barbados SOAB HP LoTW
9K2K Kuwait SOAB LoTW
A73A Qatar M/2 M0OXO
BP0P Taiwan M/2 BP0P
BW/JL3RDC Taiwan SOAB JL3RDC
BW/JN3MXT Taiwan SOAB JN3MXT
BW/JP3PZG Taiwan SOAB JP3PZG
CQ3W Madeira M/? ClubLog
CR6K Portugal SOAB =
CT3EE Madeira M/S
D4C Cape Verde SOSB 20M LoTW
D4CV Cape Verde SOSB 15M LoTW
E2A Thailand SOAB LP LoTW; QSL via E21EIC =
E51DWC South Cook Islands SOAB HP LoTW
E7DX Bosnia & Herzegovina M/S E77E
EA8DO Canary Islands SOSB 160M LoTW
EA9KB Ceuta & Melilla SOSB 20M EA7FTR
ED8W Canary Islands SO LoTW
EF9R Ceuta & Melilla SO LoTW; QSL EA5KB (d)
HR2WW Honduras SOAB LP KD4POJ
IE9K Italy M/? IT9DSZ
IF9A Italy SOSB 15M IT9WDC
IO9R Italy M/2 ON3AR
IY4FGM Italy M/? IZ4AFW
KP3H Puerto Rico SOSB 15M LoTW
KP4RV Puerto Rico SOSB 15M KP4RV
LY27A Lithuania M/2 LY5A
M1E England SOSB LoTW; QSL via ClubLog =
M1U England SOSB LoTW; QSL via ClubLog
NP2P US Virgin Islands SO LoTW
OF5Z Finland M/2 LoTW
PA10A Netherlands M/S LoTW
PJ7PL Sint Maarten SO LP WA1ZAM
RK90DR Russia (Asia) M/S R9XC
S21KW Bangladesh M/? YL2GN
S21L Bangladesh M/? S21L (B)
SI9AM Sweden M/S ON3UN
T22TT Tuvalu SOSB 80M N7RO
T40A Cuba M/S (d)
T42A Cuba M/? LoTW; QSL via RW6HS
TI5M Costa Rica M/2 TI2KAC
TM3Z France SOAB HP F4DSK =
V31VP Belize SOAB HP WB0TEV
V47JA St Kitts & Nevis SOAB LoTW; QSLvia W5JON (d)
V51/TA1HZ Namibia SO LoTW; QSL via LZ3HI
VC2W Canada SOAB HP LoTW
VC3T Canada SOAB HP VE3DZ =
VP5P Turks & Caicos M/2 LoTW; QSL via W2TT (d)
VP9I Bermuda SOSB LP KO8SCA =
VR2HKS Hong Kong M/S VR2HKS (d)
WX3B USA M/M WX3B
XO1X Canada M/S KC1CWF
YD3RJL Indonesia SOSB 80M
YD3VRY Indonesia SOSB 40M
YN2KW Nicaragua M/S N5ET
YV1YL Venezuela SOSB 10M LoTW; QSL via OH0XX =
YW4D Venezuela SOSB LoTW
Z60A Kosovo SO HP Z60A
ZA/PA2LS Albania M/? PA2LS (PA-B/d)
ZX5J Brazil SOAB NZ4DX =
(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
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