OPDX Bulletin 1001 March 7, 2011

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1001
BID: $OPDX.1001
March 7, 2011
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)

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, KA2AEV, W2VU, NG3K & ADXO, N4AA & QRZ DX, AA5AU, KH6BZF, K8YSE, KG8P, W8GEX (60m News), 9K2HN, AT International, DK8ZZ, DL1SBF, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, DxCoffee.com, DX-World.Net, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, F6FQK, HP1AC, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, OH6LBW, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, PT7WA, PY4WAS, RSGB IOTA Web Site, VA3RJ & ICPO, VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF), VK2HV, VK3PC and VK6HZ for the following DX information.

SPECIAL NOTE FROM EDITOR
I want to thank the many individuals who sent E-mail congratulations on OPDX's 1000th bulletin and upcoming 20th anniversary. It was great to hear that I was able to help many achieve and increase their DXCC totals. I will try to continue to provide the DX information as long as I can and as long as there is info to pass on..... Again, thank you for the many kind comments...
73 de Tedd KB8NW

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 27th-Feb, through Sunday, 6th-Mar there were 227 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, CY0, D2, D4, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ5, PJ7, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S2, S5, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T30, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TR, TT, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK0M, VK9C, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XF4, XT, XU, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD9, 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" (WFWL).

4A, REVILLAGIGEDO (Update)
The 4A4A team is now on the air as of March 3rd, from Socorro Island (NA-030) and is expected to be there until March 20th. They will have 3 stations running simultaneously on CW, SSB and RTTY, as conditions permits. Suggested operation frequencies are:
     CW - 1824, 3514, 7014, 10114, 14014, 18084, 21014, 24904 and 28014 kHz
     SSB - 1850, 3790, 7065/7165, 14195, 18140, 21295, 24940 and 28475 kHz
     RTTY - 3582, 10140, 14082, 18102, 21082, 24922 and 28082 kHz
     6m - 50104/CW and 50140/SSB
As this was being typed, the 4A4A QSO count as of 2129z, March 5th, is 8409 with 4678 unique callsigns (5369/CW, 2698/SSB and 342/RTTY). QSL via EB7DX direct. All QSOs will be confirmed via LoTW automatically. The DXpedition's Web site is:

http://www.revillagigedo2011.com
Online log available at:
http://www.revillagigedo2011.com/en/log.html

9A, CROATIA
Zrinko (Zik), DK8ZZ/VE3ZIK/YT3ZZ, will be once again active from Croatia as 9A/VE3ZIK between March 13-30th. He also plans to be active in the Russian DX Contest and CQ WPX SSB Contest. Zik also mentions that there is a good chance he will be active from Vrana Lake (9AFF 019). QSL via DK8ZZ, by the Bureau, LoTW, eQSL or direct. E-mail Bureau request for QSLs can go to: ve3zik@gmail.com

A5, BHUTAN
Operators Shigeo/JA1JQY (A52JY), Nakayama/JA1KJW (A52KJ) and Kunio/JA8VE (A52VE) will be active from Thimphu between April 19-26th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.

CE0Y, EASTER ISLAND
Frank, I2DMI, will be active as CE0Y/I2DMI from Easter Island between July 30th and August 8th. Activity will be RTTY only. Bands of operation were not provided. QSL via his home callsign.

CN, MOROCCO
Hartwig, DL7BC, will be active as CN2BC during the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest (March 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via DL7BC. Visit his Web page at:

http://www.qslnet.de/dl7bc

CQ MM DX 2011 CONTEST
Members of the Juiz de Fora CW Group will sponsor the first ever CQ Manchester Mineira DX Contest, April 16-17th. For more details, please go to:

http://www.cwjf.com.br

CQ PRESS RELEASE

Richard Moseson, W2VU, Editorial Director for CQ Communications, Inc., reports on March 1st: "Richard Fisher, KI6SN, Named Editor of Popular Communications -- Veteran journalist and writer Richard Fisher, KI6SN, has been named Editor of Popular Communications magazine, effective with the June 2011 issue, Publisher Richard Ross, K2MGA, announced today. Fisher will succeed Edith Lennon, N2ZRW, who is stepping down to pursue freelance editing and writing projects and to work with a non-profit organization.

Lennon has been Editor of Popular Communications for the past four years, solidifying the magazine's editorial content and reader appeal. She has held a variety of positions with publisher CQ Communications, including Editor of the company's Amateur Radio Equipment Buyer's Guides and Radio magazine (a custom publishing project for RadioShack); and Managing Editor of CQ VHF, Communications Quarterly and the CQ Amateur Radio Almanac.

'Edith has been a tremendous asset to our company over the past two decades with the energy and integrity she has brought to every project,' said Ross. 'We will miss her greatly and wish her all the best in her new endeavors. At the same time, I am looking forward to working even more closely with Richard and gaining the additional benefits he will bring from his extensive experience in print and online journalism.'

Fisher, of Riverside, California, will continue in his current position as Editor of WorldRadio Online magazine and will continue to write his current columns in Popular Communications, WorldRadio Online and CQ magazines.

Fisher also manages three related Internet sites, including blog sites for WorldRadio Online, his 'Trail-Friendly Radio' column in that magazine, and his 'Public Service' column in CQ magazine. He is also an administrator of the Facebook pages for all four CQ Communications publications.

He thanked Lennon for giving him a solid foundation on which to continue building Popular Communications. 'Edith is a very talented editor with a great news sense who surprises readers with every new edition,' he noted. 'She has led and developed a tremendous staff and has wonderful rapport with the readers. The proof is the highly respected publication that Edith passes to us to carry forward.'

Fisher's interest in radio spans more than 50 years. 'A Hallicrafters S-38D multi-band receiver first opened the world of shortwave listening to me in 1957 as a kid in Goose Bay, Labrador,' he said. 'I'm thrilled beyond words with the opportunity to begin this new chapter in a life that has been so enriched by radio and journalism.' Fisher begins his new duties as Editor on March 7th.

Popular Communications is published monthly by CQ Communications, Inc., which also publishes CQ Amateur Radio, CQ VHF and WorldRadio Online magazines, as well as a variety of radio-related books and videos."

CT8, AZORES
Operators Roger/G3SXW and Lionel/G5LP will be active as CT8/homecall from San Miguel Island (EU-003) between March 16-17th. The duo has rented accommodations in Ponta Delgada at a working farm on the northside facing the coast and will have plenty of space for wire antennas. This is expected to be a fun trip including culinary pleasures, so they will be active for several hours each day using a Elecraft K2 on CW only. QSL via their home callsign and LoTW.

CY0, SABLE ISLAND (Update)
After a few postponements, the DXpedition to Sable Island (NA-063) is finally on the air and until March 15th. Look for operators Randy/N0TG, Jeff/N1NSB and Wayne/K8LEE to be active as homecall/CY0. They plan to run three stations simultaneously using CW, SSB and RTTY on 160-6 meters. The suggested updated frequencies are:
     CW - 1826, 3523, 7023, 10106, 14023, 18072, 21023, 24892 and 28023 kHz
     SSB - 1841, 3780, 7140, 14170, 18120, 21275, 24960 and 28450 kHz
     RTTY - 3589, 7050, 10130, 14089, 18092, 21075, 24910 and 28089 kHz
QSL all callsigns via N0TG, direct or by the Bureau. They will have an "Online QSL Request Service" (OQRS) on their Web site for both direct and Bureau QSLs (see "How to QSL") at:

http://www.CY0dxpedition.com

DX0, SPRATLY ISLANDS (DX0DX Update)
Jim Linton/VK3PC, Public Affairs for the DX0DX, reports (edited): "The DX0DX mission to the Spratly's has been postponed to April 2012, following the initial expedition attempt in January this year.

Team Leader Chris Dimitrijevic, VK3FY, said he was determined to recover as much of the costs as possible to put things right for all the Team members, sponsors, organizations and individuals involved.

'I have been thinking very long and hard about the Spratly's and to put DX0DX off until next year will allow me time to clean up the situation from the first attempt' (The DX entity was to have been activated from 6th January 2011 until 1st February 2011).

'It's better to concentrate on getting the best value for the assets so that I can recover the best return for the operators', said Chris, VK3FY.

'I will inform the DX Community and also the generous DX Foundations of the decision.'
'But I need to put things right for the operators that put their faith in me. That is of paramount importance at this time. Ongoing efforts are being made towards selling the assets.'
April is by far the best month for a DX expedition to Thitu Island in the Spratly's because the seas are far calmer for a sea voyage.
Apologies are made by Chris, VK3FY, to the DX community for the changes that have been outside his control.

Earlier on it was announced that difficulties with logistics and customs were the major problems, but were overcome.

Chris, VK3FY, has personally undertaken to post the contributions, foundations, and costs on the DX0DX Yahoo group and to foundations by Tuesday, 8th March 2011."

DXCC NEWS (From the DXCC Blog Page)[edited]
"Happy New Year DXCC! -
Bill Moore, NC1L, Awards Branch Manager, popped the cork on the champagne today (alcohol-free, of course...) and we spent 3 minutes celebrating the completion of 2010's DXCC processing and started-in on 2011.

The biggest changes include the deletions of the Netherlands Antilles entities and the addition of the four new entities (PJ2, PJ4, PJ5/6, and PJ7) to the system. It will take some time for all the changes to appear throughout the system. Already you might notice that your current entity totals have dropped because of the deletions. If you had both of the PJs confirmed on 10 bands, you will see your current entity total drop by 20.

The PJ operations have already started obtaining their certificates and will be entering their logs into LoTW shortly -- some may make it into the system by 00Z on 4 March. Attention PJ stations: You must download the new TQSL Configuration file before you can request a new certificate. This download can be found under Your Account, and then Your Certificates.

Congratulations to all the DXers who now have credit for their first Deleted Entities! Does that make everyone OTs?"

FJ, SAINT BARTHELEMY
Anne, OH2YL, will be active as FJ/OH2YL from Saint Barthelemy (NA-146) between April 15-27th. Activity will be on all HF bands, 160-10 meters and using CW only (on a lower edge of all bands). QSL via OH2YL or LoTW. More details are available at:

http://www.fjoh2yl.com

FO, FRENCH POLYNESIA
Phil, FO8RZ, from Tahiti, reports that the 160 meter season will finish soon, and it will be his last 160 meter season because he will be going back to France this next summer. So he is looking for "big gun" stations from the following states in order to finish his "LoTW WAS" on 160m: LA, RI, SC or SD. Please send him a E-mail for a sked at: f5phw@free.fr Phil states that he is on every evening on ON4KST's chat between 0530- 0630Z. More info about FO8RZ is on:

http://f5phw.hamlogs.net

FP, ST. PIERRE AND MIQUELON
Allan, W6HGF, will be on a one-man DXpedition as FP/W6HGF to Miquelon (NA-032) between March 14-22nd. Activity will be on all HF bands, 160-10 meters, and with a focus on the RTTY and Digital modes. QSL via LoTW. Look for more details and updates on:

http://www.qsl.net/w6hgf

HI, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC (Update)
Operators Yukon John/KL7JR and XYL Claire/WL7MY are now active as HI3/KL7JR and HI3/WL7MY from Hispaniola Island (NA-096) until June. Activity will be on 80-10 meters SSB using several different wire antennas from their beach location. Main antenna will be a 40-10m vertical loop. E-mail for skeds at: kl7jr@yahoo.com QSL via KL7JR (QRZ.com). QSLing will start until around July.

HR5, HONDURAS
Gerard F2JD will once again be active as HR5/F2JD from Copna starting mid-March to mid-May. Activity will be on all HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL via F6AJA.

IOTA DXPEDITION 2011
Members of the MS0INT team are once again planning IOTA DXpeditions to EU-010, EU-059 and EU-111. After the successful activation of the dangerous and rare Flannan Isles (EU-118) in June 2010, the MS0INT team has re-grouped, re-organized and strengthened in size for their next adventure. The team will once again be led by Col/ MM0NDX. The other 2011 IOTA team members includes the following highly experienced island activators: Christian/EA3NT, Ramon/EA3OR, Raul/EA5KA, Stan/EI6DX, Vincent/F4BKV and Simon/IZ7ATN. The tentative IOTAs to be activated are:

   EU-010          EU-059       EU-111
                -----------    ----------   ------------
                Benbecula      St. Kilda    Monach Isles
                South Uist
                Grimsay
                Baleshare
                North Uist
                Berneray
Activation is expected to take place between June 14-20th. They state that their plans could change quite suddenly due to weather/seas in the area. QSLs will be via M0URX. There are a few options to receive a QSL via direct and OQRS (direct or Bureau). NO eQSL. For more details and updates, visit the MS0INT Web page at:
http://www.ms0int.com

IOTA NEWS
AS-118. Members of the Kuwait Amateur Radio Society will be active as 9K2F from Failaka Island until they leave on March 7th. They plan to have two stations on the air. QSL via 9K2HN.

NA-221. Operators Ismael/XE1AY, Gustavo/XE1KKK, Francisco/XE1P, Ricardo/ XE1RZL, Ricardo/XE1SOV, Fernando/XE1VGC, Jose/XE1UYU, Martin/ XE1UZH, Modesto/XE1UZU, Juan/XE2IA, Jose/XE2IVG and Ricardo/ XE3NMC will be active as XF2P on from Lobos Island (ARLHS MEX-35), Veracruz, between April 29th and May 1st. Activity will be on the HF bands and 6 meters, using CW, SSB and RTTY, and also the satellites (AO27, AO51 and SO50). QSL via XE1AY. OC-091. Operators Ed/4F1OZ, Gus/4F1EAA, Nani/DU1COP and Gudo/4F3XX will be active as DZ1P from Polillo Islands between March 11-13th. Also, operators Gil/4F2KWT and Frank/VE7DP will be joining their operation. Plans of band and mode activities were not provided, so watch the IOTA frequencies. QSL via 4F1OZ or VE7DP.

OC-195. Operators Les/VK3MLM, Peter/VK3ADO, Mark/VK3FMGF, Lino/VK3EI, Luke/VK3HJ and John/VK3DQ will be active as VK7DI from Deal Island in the Furneaux IOTA Group between March 20-23rd. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB and SSTV. Their suggested frequencies are 3570, 7093 and 14195 kHz. The team will operate from Garden Cove which is located on the north side of Deal Island, and possibly have up to three stations on the air using a number of batteries with both solar charging and a small generator set. QSL via VK3DQ. For more details, check out (QRZ.com) under VK7DI.

OC-164. John, VK6HZ, will once again be visiting Rottnest Island this year. Dates of operation will be March 20-27th. Operation will be holiday style (he states "in between beer, swimming and, of course, quality time with my family!). Activity will be on 40-10 meters with a focus on 17-10 meters CW and RTTY. Equipment will be IC-7000 running 100w into a Buddipole. This year QSL via VK6IR. Details on (QRZ.com).

SA-029. Fred, PY2XB, will be active as PY2XB/1 from Grande Island (DIB RJ-02, WLOTA 0795) until March 9th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-10 meters, mainly CW and using 100 watts and wire antennas. QSL via PT7WA (Bureau OK).

J7, DOMINICA
Arno, DL1CW, is now active as J79ZZ from Salisbury until March 12th. Activity this past weekend has been on 15/12/10 meters CW. QSL via his home callsign.

KH6BZF PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (March 7-13th)

 Mar  07    AN          SOLAR REFERENCE KEYS
 Mar  08    HN-AN       --------------------
 Mar  09    HN-AN       BN - Below Normal
 Mar  10    HN-AN       AN - Above Normal/Geomagnetic Level is QUIET
 Mar  11    AN          LN - Low Normal
 Mar  12    AN          HN - High Normal/Geomagnetic Level is UNSETTLED
 Mar  13    AN-HN       DIS  - Disturbed
                        VDIS - Very Disturbed

   GEOMAGNETIC REFERENCE
   ---------------------
   QUIET - The "A" index is expected to be between
           0-7 and the "K" index will be 2 or less
   UNSETTLED - The "A" index is expected to be between
           7-16 and "K" index will be 3 or less
KH8, AMERICAN SAMOA
Rick, AI5P, will be active as AI5P/KH8 between April 8-18th. Activity will be holiday style. Bands and modes of operation were not provided. QSL via his home callsign.

NO8, UNITED STATES (Special Event)
Several members (including your editor) from the Northern Ohio DX Association (NODXA) will be on the air using the special callsign NO8DX/20 to celebrate the 20th anniversary (March 11th) of the Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin. Activity will take place between March 11-13th. Look for operation to be on the HF bands and the satellites. A special QSL card will be designed for this event. QSLs for this event only will be via KB8NW.

PY0, FERNANDO DE NORONHA
Marcello, PY2FN, will be active as PY0FO from Fernando de Noronha (SA-000) between July 29th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters but only on CW. Emphasis will be on 6 meters. QSL via his home callsign.

QSL INFO AND NEWS

  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (dated March 6th)
  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
  4X/K2LS via K2LS                IR2CUI via IQ2ER       TM1W via F5HRY
  5X1XA via G3SWH                 J7Y via K1LI           TM5E via F8KGS
  9K2F via 9K2HN                  J79ZZ via DL1CW        TM9FL via F5KFL
  9M6/VO1AU via VO1MX             KG4KL via KN4KL        V47KP via W2OX
  A65BD via G5LP                  OL1911VP via OK1DRQ    V85/9M6XRO via M0URX
  CE3/LU1FAM via AC7DX            OP4A via ON6LY         VP8DLM via F5PFP
  DV1/JO7KMB via JO7KMB (direct/LoTW)  P33W via UA3DX    VQ9ZZ via N1ZZZ
  EH5FAG via EA5GRN               P40YL via AI6YL        VU3LMS via VU2JOS
  FM/KL7WA via UT5UGR             PJ7B via W8EB          XE3MAYA via EA5KB
  HF40FO via SP2PMW               PJ7DX via I8NHJ        YB0ECT via W2FB
  HI3/KL7JR via KL7JR (direct)    T30AQ via SP5EAQ       YV7AJ via YV5AJ
  HP1DCP via EA5KB                T88TW via JE8NTJ       ZF2LC via W2SM
  IH9/I2YSB via I2YSB (direct)    TJ3AY via F5LGE        ZF2UL via K3UL
                                                         ZL3RG via 9A3JB
HQ5A QSL ROUTE
Mike, KA2AEV, reports that for this past ARRL CW oper- ation, to PLEASE QSL HQ5A via KA2AEV direct with a SASE/SAE and return postage. He suggests plenty of patience because he just received the logs but does not have any QSLs yet. ALSO PLEASE NOTE -- DO NOT SEND ANY QSLS TO HIM VIA REGISTERED MAIL. It's a waste of your money and his time. It's not needed!!!

PIRATE ALERT. The TJ9PF operation was over since February 20th. There were reports of PIRATE activity on February 23rd (80/RTTY) and March 1st (CW 30m).

PJ7E QSL STATUS. Co-leaders Craig/K9CT and Joe/W8GEX report, "We are doing very well getting out QSLs but still have about 5 mailing trays to confirm yet. Tom, N4XP, our QSL Manager, expects to complete those in the next three weeks. The OQSL will be shut down on March 4th. The OQSL service has been a huge success with certificates issued with the QSLs. All of the OQSLs received at this time have been mailed. ARRL has announced that they will soon be issuing the LOTW certificates to the new PJs. We are ready to upload the logs at that time. The PJ7E team thanks everyone for their QSOs."

QSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: CW5W, D44TBE, F5IN, FO8RZ, GB0ANT, HI8CJG, HK1N, HK1YR, HQ5A, HR9/WQ7R, KH2L, LZ170MDS, MD/PA3EWP, OE1A, P40L, PJ2/W5MPC, PJ2T, PJ4D, PJ4N, PJ4W, PJ5/K1XM, PJ5/AH6HY, PJ6A, PJ6N, PJ7/KC0VKN, PU8TEP, R750Y, RZ3FW, SA0AQT, T32OU, T32YA, US6EX, V31TF, V44KAI, VK9C/G6AY, XE7S and YV6BTF

QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3W6C, 5X0CW, A25BI, C5YK, CE3/VE7SV, CP4BT, DT8A, EP2MKO, ER8DX, IA7IPY, J6/K8EAB, JW7XM, KH7Y, MU/F4EGD, PJ2A, PJ2T, PJ4I, PJ6A, PJ7E, S21YX, T70A, T94MZ, TG9NX, V31YY, V73RRC, VP2MSC, VP8/LZ1UQ, XE2WWW, YI9PSE, ZD9AH and ZD9T

QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 9L7NS, 9Q/DK3MO, DA0HQ, DR5N, CR1M, HF2000TC, JD1BMH, P29/OE9SJI, TF/DJ2VO, TO8S, VP2ENK and ZK2DL

RTTY MOST WANTED SURVEY 2011
Don, AA5AU, reports: "All RTTY operators are invited to participate in the RTTY Most Wanted Survey 2011. This survey is being conducted by Larry/K8UT and myself. Larry has graciously offered to host the survey on the Southeast Michigan DX Association Web site. This makes perfect sense since Larry already had the form created and ready to go. This survey will be run for 3 weeks beginning now until midnight EST Monday, March 20, 2011. The results of the survey will be announced when they have been compiled. Please submit to the survey only once per callsign unless you have made a mistake or your "needs" list on RTTY has changed within the survey period. If more than one survey is submitted with your callsign, we will use the last one submitted. The survey can be found at:

http://rttysurvey2011.semdxa.org
Thank you for your participation. Thanks to Larry/K8UT and the Southeastern Michigan DX Association for hosting the survey. Please report any problems with the survey directly to Larry at: k8ut@k8ut.com "

T31, CENTRAL KIRIBATI (Update)
The W8GEX (60m News) states:

"It has been reported by the T31A team that the T31A DXpedition is planning a 60m operation if things run as expected. Time permitting, and if antennas can be properly placed so as to not interfere with other bands or take away from significant QSO rates on other bands, they will TRY to activate 60m. CW and SSB positioning is carefully being planned, and 60m will be squeezed in the site setups. Their sunset is 0548z and sunrise at 1736z." An international team will activate T31A from Kanton Island (OC-043) between April 17-28th. See OPDX.994 for more details. The T31A Web page is available at:
http://www.T31A.com
LAST MINUTE UPDATE: The T31A Web page states: "We delivered 6,981 pounds of equipment to the shipping company near Long Beach, California, on March 1st. We have 11 pallets of equipment being prepped for the sailing date of March 12th. The shipment should arrive in Apia, Samoa, around March 26th."
T6, AFGHANISTAN
Jim, WA2EWE, is currently active as T6AF from Kabul. His length of stay not known. According to his (QRZ.com) page, Jim states,

"Almost every day, I operate at around 1230-1430z. Sometimes I am QRV until around 1500z. On Thursday afternoon, sometimes, I am able to extend the hours to 1100-1630z. Recently, I have been on the air on Fridays at 0130-0230z too. YP-3 is set up for 20 meters, aimed north; also work 15, 20, 30, and 40 meters on the dipole." QSL via LoTW or eQSL. Paper QSL card Manager is via David, EB7DX (QSL Manager).

TO2, REUNION ISLAND
Olivier, F4FLF, will be active as TO2Z from Reunion Island (AF-016) between April 9-22nd. Activity will be holiday style with operations planned for every evening using SSB, PSK and RTTY. QSL via his home callsign.

TP50, FRANCE
The "Council of Europe Radio Amateur Club" (CERAC - TP2CE) will be active as TP50CE, March 11-13th and the 18th. Activity is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the European Social Charter. Operations are usually on all HF bands and modes, including the satellites. QSL via F5LGF. An online log search will be available at: http://ewwa.free.fr ADDED NOTE: The CERAC will also be present at the "Ham Radio in Friedrich- shaffen, June 24-25th. They will be checking the log for QSOs with TP2CE, TP20CE, 3A0CE, 40OCE, TP60CE and TP50CE.

V2, ANTIGUA (Update)
Three members of the Midwest 6 Meter DX Group will operate holiday style from Antigua (NA-100, Grid Square FK97BD) between June 14-28th. Operators mentioned are Dave/W9DR, Dave/K9UK and Tom/W9AEB. Look for W9DR to be active as V25DR and concentrate on 6 meters SSB/CW on 50.115 MHz. Look for K9UK to be active as V25DD and W9AEB as V25TP and operate on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and PSK31. QSL via their home callsigns. For more details, a Web link has been added to the Midwest 6 Meter DX Group Web page at:

http://www.6meterdxgroup.com/Antigua_DXpedition.html

VP5, TURKS AND CAICOS
Craig, VE3OP, will be active as VP5/VE3OP between March 9-18th. Activity will be on as many bands as possible using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK-31. QSL via his home calsign, direct or by the Bureau and also LoTW and eQSL.

V4, ST.KITTS & NEVIS
Hal, K5MV, will be active as V4/K5MV from St. Kitts (NA-104) between March 10-17th. Activity will be holiday style on 160-6 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via LoTW or direct to K5MV.

VP5/VQ5, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS
Dave, W5CW, will once again be active as VP5/W5CW from the VP5JM Hamlet on the Island of Providenciales (NA-002, WLOTA 1476) between March 23rd and April 20th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW and SSB. Dave also plans to be entries in the following contests using the special callsign VQ51V: SP DX Contest (April 2-3rd), JIDX CW Contest (April 9-10th) and the YU DX Contest (April 16-17th). QSL direct to his home callsign ((QRZ.com) address) at: PO Box 88, Morris, OK 74445-0088 U.S.A.

VQ9, CHAGOS ISLAND (QRT, For Now!)
Jeremy, N1ZZZ/VQ9ZZ, reports, "As of today, 5th March 2011, I will be leaving VQ9, leaving no active hams on the island. I should be back in late June, but my schedule is apt to change. So thanks to everyone who worked us over here, and hopefully we will be back on the air in the summer....73."

XV4, VIETNAM
Yannick, XV4Y (ex-XV4TUJ), who is located in Mekong Delta in southern Vietnam, has been on the air using his new callsign since the beginning of March. According to (QRZ.com), his main profession (with his wife) is tourism in Vietnam and is now running a "Bed & Breakfast" in the city of Can Tho, near the Cai Rang floating market. Since he runs a business, his activity is limited to his free time. He suggests to look for him in the early afternoon (0700-0900z) or evening (1330z-1500z), no matter if it is a week day or weekend. Suggested frequencies are around 14276, 18126, 21312 or 7080 kHz. His antennas are: a ground plane for 20m (also works on 17/15m), a 40m delta-loop (ok on 20m and 15m) and a sloper for 30m listening. QSL Manager is OK1DOT, but please be patient because QSL cards are not printed yet. An online logbook is available on:

http://www.clublog.org

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