The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1311
April 3, 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
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& QRZ DX, WB6RSE, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m DX News, K9EL, W9ILY, DL1SBF,
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& 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, 26th/March, through Sunday, 2nd/April there were 229
countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L,
4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4W, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7X, 8P,
8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7,
A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4,
DL, DU, E5/n, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU,
EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4,
HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS,
J2, J3, J5, J6, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KH2, KH6, KH9, 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, S7, S9, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T2,
T32, T5, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TR, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN,
UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9X, VP2V, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP9,
VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z8,
ZA, ZB, ZD7, 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'.
3D2/P, ROTUMA (Reminder/Update). By the time you read this, Antoine,
3D2AG, will once again be active as 3D2AG/P from Rotuma Island until
possibly April 22-25th, pending shipping schedule. Activity will be on
160-6 meters, including 60m, using CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK31 and JT65. Suggested
frequencies and times are posted on QRZ.com. Operations will be entirely
Solar-Powered using Sustain-able Renewable Energy while running barefoot
with 100 watts into a Spider-beam 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 or
PayPal (see QRZ.com). Also, watch QRZ.com for update by Antoine.
3W, VIETNAM. Peter, DF7DQ, will be active as 3W9DQ from Vietnam between
May 1-10th. Activity will be on various HF bands. QSL via his home call-
sign or ClubLog.
3Y0Z BOUVET DXPEDITION UPDATE. It was announced on the 3Y0Z Web page
<www.bouvetdx.org>, March 27th: Franz, DJ9ZB, will be unable to
join us in the Bouvet DXpedition. We enjoyed working with Franz on Malpelo
and regret loosing him. Many of you know Pista, HA5AO, who will now be
joining our team. Pista is well know for his previous DXpeditions, inno-
vative talents, humanitarian projects, problem solving abilities, and
operating skills. It is a pleasure to have him with us on the Bouvet
ADDED NOTE: The is an interesting article about Bouvet Island on the
the Norwegian Polar Institute Web page at: =
4U1UN REACTIVATION COTINUES. It was reported this past week on QRZNOW.com:
United Nations Headquarters Amateur Radio club station 4U1UN (*) repre-
sentatives are still in talks with the UN Department of Public Information
with an eye toward permanently reactivating the station. Although within
the geographical confines of New York City, 4U1UN qualifies as a separate
=93Hopefully we=92ll have an opportunity to plead our case to the new adm=
istration as well. Keep your fingers crossed,=94 said a post this week on
the club's Facebook page (**). =934U1UN might be back on the air soon!=94
Earlier in March, the club alerted its Facebook page visitors to reports
that a pirate identifying as 4U1UN was operating on RTTY. The station was
on the air for real in 2015. To commemorate the UN=92s 70th anniversary that
fall, 4U1UN operated as 4U70UN from a station set up at a ground-level
garden area within the UN Headquarters complex.
4W, TIMOR LESTE. Operators Bimbo/YB3MM and Hen/YB3LZ are now active as
4W/YB3MM and 4W/YB3LZ, respectively, from Dili, Timor Leste (OC-148),
until April 5th. Activity will be holiday style on various HF bands using
mainly Digital modes (JT65). QSL via YB3MM or IZ8CCW direct, or ClubLog's
OQRS. NO Bureau QSLs.
5T, MAURITANIA. Jean, 5T0JL, will be using the special callsign 5T3MM
between April 12-18th. Activity will include the CQ Manchester Mineira
DX Contest (April 15-16th). QSL via PY4KL.
6Y5, JAMAICA. Helmut, DJ7CF, is now active as 6Y5/DJ7CF from Jamaica
(NA-097) until April 28th. Activity has been on various HF bands using
CW, SSB and the Digital modes (PSK31). He prefers the 20 and 17 meter
bands. Rig is a IC706 into vertical antenna. QSL via his home callsign
by the Bureau.
A2, BOTSWANA. Alessandro, IW5ELA, will be active as A25AL from the Okavango
Area in Botswana sometime in September 2017. Activity will be on various
HF bands. QSL via his home callsign. Look for more details to be forth-
C6, BAHAMAS. Operators Russell/K6KLY (C6ALY), Dave/K8CC (C6ACC) and
Ken/K2KW (C6ATA) will be active from Eleuthera Island (NA-001, WW Loc.
FL15wc) between June 7-16th. The group plans to do a serious VHF effort.
Activity will be on 50, 144 and 432 MHz, with an entry in the ARRL June
VHF Contest as C6ATA. There will also be some HF activity. QSL C6ALY
via K6KLY. QSL C6ACC via K8CC or LoTW. QSL C6ATA via K2KW or LoTW.
CE0Y, EASTER ISLAND. Eliot, W1MJ, is now active as CE0Y/W1MJ from Easter
Island (SA-001) until April 6th. Activity is holiday style and a QRP
battery-powered setup, with the KX3 and MFJ-2286 on 40/30/20/15 meters
using CW and possibly PSK31. QSL via his home callsign direct or LoTW.
CLUBLOG'S MOST WANTED LIST was updated on March 31st, and can be viewed
The top ten most wanted DXCC entities 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 =
ADDED NOTE: Rich, KY6R, Co-organizer of the 2016 VK0EK Heard Island
DXpedition, sent out the following press release after the new ClubLog
List was posted: =
Heard Island Drops to #25 on the Clublog Most Wanted List!
When I asked an NCDXF Board Member what he thought the biggest measure
of success was for a DXpedition, he said 'A significant achievement is
for a DXpedition to work Uniques in the 20 =96 something percentile range'.
I am also very glad to see that the drop in the position on the Most
Wanted List =96 curated by Clublog, (the de-facto standard) is now 25,
which is 20 positions lower than a year ago. That is something that I
hoped to see =96 to drop to #25 or lower.
CR6, PORTUGAL. Filipe, CT1ILT, will be active as CR6K during the CQWW
WPX CW Contest (May 27-28th) as a Single-Op entry. QSL via CT1ILT.
D4, CAPE VERDE. Harald, DF2WO, will once again be active as D44TWO from
Praia, Santiago Island (AF-005) between May 3rd and June 8th. Activity
will be holiday style on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes.
He states that he works mostly on the Digital modes (PSK31, JT65 and RTTY)
and slow CW. Equipment is a FT-450D into a home-made HEX BEAM and a dipole
for 40 meters. QSL via M0OXO (OQRS available). ADDED NOTE: Harald announced
the following DXpedition for 2017:
October (TBA) -- He returns to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, to be
active as XT2AW
November 15-30th -- He returns to Kigali, Rwanda, to be active as 9X2AW
DXCC NEWS (No April Fooling!!!). On Friday, March 31st, the ARRL Web page
posted the following: 'Midway and Kure Islands are Now Deleted DXCC Entitie=
Yep, it is true and effective August 26, 2016. Read the complete press
FS, ST. MARTIN. John, K9EL, will once again be active as FS/K9EL from
Orient Bay, St. Martin (NA-105, DIFO FS-001, WLOTA 0383, WW Loc. FK88)
between May 1-15th. Activity will be holiday style on 80-10 meters plus
6 meters (if it is open) using CW, SSB and RTTY. His equipment will be
an IC-7000 with SPE 1.3 amplifier running 500 watts into a 3 element yagi
on 6m, dipoles for 10-30m and a vertical for 40-80m. John will usually
operate on 60m if there is interest. There will be daily uploads to Club-
Log and LoTW. QSL via his home callsign or on ClubLog's OQRS (for direct
and Bureau QSLs). His operating frequencies (except during contests) will
be announced in real time via Twitter at: https://twitter.com/FSK9EL
Requests for schedules can be sent via his QRZ.com E-mail address or his
Twitter account @FSK9EL. John will also monitor the ON4KST 50MHz Region 2
chat room to watch for 6 meter openings.
FS, ST. MARTIN. Operators John/K9EL, Paul/K9NU, John/W9ILY and Mike/W9MK
will be active as FS/homecall from the FS/K9EL QTH on St. Martin (NA-105,
DIFO FS-001, WLOTA 0383, WW Loc. FK88) near the Orient Beach between
December 1-9th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters, but will mainly be
focused on the lower bands. Operations will be on CW, SSB, RTTY and
possibly PSK63. Equipment will include 2 K3=92s, a TS590 plus 3 amplifiers.
The 160 meter antenna will be an Inverted L plus a SAL20 for receive.
Announcements will be made on Twitter - #FSK9EL. Daily updates to ClubLog
and LoTW are planned. QSL via their home callsigns =96 ClubLog's OQRS
preferred for direct and Bureau cards.
HC8, GALAPAGOS ISLANDS. Tim, LW9EOC, will be active as HC8/LW9EOC from
Galapagos Islands (SA-004) sometime in April or May. Activity will be on
160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via his home callsign, direct
or LoTW. Look for more details to be forthcoming.
NA-069. Operators Jim/K1JNW, John/K1JRM, Zachary/K1ZK and Willow/W1LLW
will be active as W1JXN from Gasparilla Island between April
9-15th. Activity will be on various HF bands. QSL via W1JXN or
NA-116. Operators Carlos/TI2CC, Charlie/TI2CDA, Jeff/TI2JJF, Jim/KM4HI
and Kamal/N3KS will be active as TE8DX from Chira Island between
June 8-12th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters using CW and SSB,
including an entry in the ARRL June VHF Contest. QSL via TI2CDA.
OC-235. Operators Arvin/DU8AS, Eric/DU8BRS, Boy/DU8EB, Roy/DV8BQI, Chris/
VK3FY and possibly others will be active as DX8ZWC from Mindanao
Islands sometime in April. Activity will be on various HF bands
and modes. QSL via M0OXO or OQRS.
KH9, WAKE ISLAND (Also V73). Randy, WW6RG, was heard active as WW6RG/KH9
from Wake Island (OC-053) on Friday, March 31st. This is not a DXpedition,
but a work assignment and the length of his stay is not known at this
time (see added note below). Activity will be limited and on 20 and 40
meters using 5 watts SSB. Suggested frequencies are 14190 and 7180 kHz.
Also, listen to the ANZA Net on 14183 kHz after 0500z. QSL via his home
callsign. ADDED NOTE: Randy is also expected to be active as V73/WW6RG
from Kwajalein Atoll (OC-029), Marshall Islands, between April 4-6th.
Activity is expected to be the same as above using SSB and QRP power.
Also, QSL via his home callsign.
OY, FAROE ISLANDS. Paul, MM0ZBH, is now active as OY/MM0ZBH from Faroe
Islands (EU-018) until April 6th. Activity will be on various HF bands
including 160m (but not 60m). Operations will be CW and SSB using a KX3
and 200W amplifier with Spiderpole and wire antennas. Paul will update
LoTW and eQSL during the trip, internet access permitting. QSL LoTW and
eQSL only. NO BUREAU or DIRECT QSLs.
PA, THE NETHERLANDS (60m). As of April 1st, the Telecommunication regu-
lators in The Netherlands has scaled back considerably the liberal 60
meter privileges announced for radio amateurs in that country just days
after the conclusion of World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15).
Since December 2015, amateurs in The Netherlands have had access to a
100 kHz wide amateur band at 5 MHz, with a maximum power of 100w. Dutch
radio amateurs will now have to be content with the global secondary 15
kHz wide allocation of 5351.5 kHz to 5366.5 kHz at up to 15w effective
isotropic radiated power that was agreed to at WRC-15. For more details,
PJ4, BONAIRE. Gordon, G3USR, will be active as PJ4/G3USR from Bonaire
Island (SA-006) sometime during April (specific dates were not provide).
Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands. QSL via his home call-
sign direct only.
PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (April 3-9th).......
Apr/03rd HN Apr/06th HN Apr/08th AN
Apr/04th HN Apr/07th AN Apr/09th 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.. (April 2nd) <www.qslinfo.eu>
4Z20MDC via IZ1BZV IB9A via IZ2WFL RO25RO via RQ7L & (O)
5K3MDC via IZ1BZV II0SPQR via IQ0RM S5100LIONS via S53DOX
5Z4/DL2RMC via DL2RMC(B)/DL1RTL (d) II2MDC via IZ1BZV T2AT via N7SMI or(L)
AH2P via EA4AK IO2X via IK2NCJ TM100VIMY via N7RO
CP6CL via W3HNK IQ1BP via IK1GPG TM10SOTA via F5HTR (L/e)
DA0WCA via DF6EX (*) J28ND via S57DX TM20MDC via IZ1BZV
DL20MDXC via IZ1BZV OL75SILVERA via OK1MOW (L) TM32UFT via F6ICG
EN7P via UT1PG (d/L) OY/MM0ZBH via MM0ZBH (L/e) TM62VIMY via F4HTO
GI4T via MI0SMK OZ100DVI via OZ1IVA UE25FO via RZ5D
HB20MDC via IZ1BZV R100MSZ via RA3D V633KS via JA6REX
HF0H via SP9KGC R1611M via RK3AW W0M via W0MB
HG17EYOF via HG1S (d) R25SRR via RN3RQ XX9O via XX9AU
(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: 4M1K, 5H1WW, 5U5R, 7P8EUDXF, 7Z1SJ, 9G5X, 9V1YC,
A5A, D66D, E51Q, EL2BG, GM7TUD, HI3K, HV0A, JA7QVI, JH4UYB, OK1NP, OK2PF,
OT6M, P33W, PJ4DX, RM0F, RW0CR, S9YY, SV1NJA, TU5MH, TU7C, V633KS, VP6EU,
VY2RU, XE1EE, XX9D and ZP5BVK
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 9G5X, 9H3YY, 9X2AW, E51ADD, E51AMF, HR5/F2JD,
P4/JS3LSQ, S01WS, XR7T, ZA/ZA1P, and ZF2CJ
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 5J0P, 570SP, 9H3PA, 9K2/SP4R, 9M8DX/2,
9N7CC, A92IO, C5GCJ, E7/SP5UUD, E44M, EA6/SP7VC, EI90IARU, EI150ITU,
FM/SP7VC, HF90LKK, HF2014DK, J3/SP7TF, J6/SP7VC, J79L, PJ5/SP6EQZ,
S79SP, SN2ENIGMA, SN0WFF, SN90IARU, SX9PL, VK9XSP and Z21DXI
TG9, GUATEMALA. Douglas, VE7VZ, will be active as TG9/VE7VZ from Antigua,
Guatemala, between April 21st and May 15th. Activity will be on various
HF bands. All contacts will be uploaded to 'Logbook of the World' (LoTW),
on a daily basis if possible. Douglas states that he may be active as
HR5/VE7VZ from Honduras for a few days during this period if time permits.
QSL both TG9/VE7VZ and HR5/VE7VZ via VE7BV, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.
V5, NAMIBIA. Stefan, HB9JAB, will be active as V51/HB9JAB from Namibia
between April 18th and May 8th. Activity will be holiday style on the
HF bands using a Yaesu FT-891 HF transceiver and ATAS Antenna installed
on the bush camper. QSL via eQSL or LoTW.
VK0M, MACQUARIE ISLAND. John, VK3YP, announced on April 1st, 'I would
like to announce the planning for a DXpedition to Macquarie Island (#9
on Clublog most wanted DXCC) in early 2018 with a total of 5 VK operators.
More details to follow as we get closer to the date.'
VP2E, ANGUILLA. Ira, KD4SLM, is now active as VP2EIH from 'The Valley'.
The length of his stay is not known at this time. He was heard on the
satellites which is rare from VP2E-land. Ira informed OPDX that he is
'currently working on getting the Satellite station up and running' and
'has been testing using a dis-cone omni-directional for both uplink &
downlink'. He states, 'This isn't the best setup. :( ' Ira adds, 'I'm
also on HF and not a big DX or Contester ;) . I'm available as Net control
Fri 0600-0700 on 7.188 -- 'The friendly Net'. Sometimes I take up the
1830-1900 Thursday, Caribbean Wx net 3.815 MHz.' His rig is a Yaesu FT-857
with 100 watts using a Off Center Fed home brewed wire antenna. The N.E
leg is 40 ft. sloping down to center 30 ft. and S. Leg is 15 ft. into a
nearby tree. He is also using MFJ tuner. QSL via his home callsign.
VP2M, MONTSERRANT. Steve, JS6TMW/AI6KX, will be active as VP2MKX from
Montserrat Island (NA-103) between April 2-7th. Activity will be mainly
on 20/17/15 meters, operating CW QRP. He will spot himself, but will
stick to the 'QRP frequencies' mainly. QSL only via eQSL.
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