OPDX Bulletin 1020 July 25, 2011

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1020
BID: $OPDX.1020
July 25, 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, W1ASB, NG3K & ADXO, W3ON, AA4GA, N4AA & QRZ DX, N5ER, W5UE, KH6BZF, N7US, K8YSE, W8GEX (60m News), AT International, DL1SBF, DG8KAD & The DX News Letter, DxCoffee.com, DX-World.Net, EI7CC, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, G0DHZ, GW0ANA, HA0HW, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I1RBJ, IK7XIV, IT9EJW, JI5RPT, LZ1BJ, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, PA2LO, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, RSGB IOTA Web Site and VA3RJ & ICPO, VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) for the following DX information.

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 17th-July, through Sunday, 24th-July there were 211 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5T, 5X, 5Z, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, 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, FP, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J3, J5, J6, J7, JA, JD/o, JT, JX, JY, K, KH0, KH2, KH4, 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, S5, SM, SP, ST, ST0, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T32, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TR, TT, TU, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V8, VE, VK, VK9L, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, 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" (WFWL).

Chuck, W3ON, informs OPDX and its readers: "I just received an E-mail from the Laura at the FCC regarding the CW transmissions heard on 18085 kHz over the last several weeks, that the issue has been resolved. The FCC received a request from the ARRL, and others such as me, to investigate the transmissions. It found that the transmissions were from a transmitter operating in the state of California. The FCC visited the radio site, and the transmissions ceased. Laura stated that the transmissions were inadvertent. No further details were furnished. When I checked this morning, July 22nd, the strange CW signals are gone. On a personal note, I am glad to hear that the FCC does react to requests sent by email. In my case, I received an E-mail within a few hours from Laura, at the FCC, that they had been contacted about the matter and were investigating the incident. This was my first attempt at writing to the FCC about anything. : ) "

Only a few more days to work Stewart, GM4AFF, as 5X1SF from Kampala. He will be going QRT on July 29th. Activity has been mainly on 20 meters at various times using CW and SSB. QSL via GM4FDM.

Arnold, WB6OJB, will once again be active as 7P8JK from here between September 15-22nd. Activity last time was on the HF bands, 40-10 meters using mostly SSB with some CW. QSL direct to his home callsign.

9H, MALTA (Update)
Jasper, PB2JJ, will be active as 9H3JN from Malta between September 2-14th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters, mostly CW and some SSB also. QSL via his home callsign.

Jordi, EA3PT, will be active as EA6/EA3PT from Menorca Island (EU-004) between August 8-21st. Activity will be holiday style (at least 1 hour of the day) on 40/20/17/15/12/10 meters SSB only. He really likes 17 meters. QSL via LoTW or to his home callsign.

Members of the Dalkey Island Contest Group will be active as EI1DD from the Main island of Ireland (EU-115) during the RSGB IOTA Contest. Operators mentioned are Paul/EI2CA, Peter/EI7CC, Sean/EI7CD, Sťamus/EI8BP, Ger/EI8CC, Aidan/EI8CE and Norbert/EI8KD/LX1NO. QSL only via the EI Bureau.

Members of the Barry Amateur Radio Society (B.A.R.S.) will be on Flat Holm Island (EU-124) for the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 30-31st). The B.A.R.S. group will on the island Thursday, July 28th, for 5 days. Prior to the contest, the callsign will be GB5FI. During the IOTA Contest they will use GW8K. QSL via GW0ANA.
HISTORICAL NOTE: Glyn, GW0ANA, Chairman of B.A.R.S., informs OPDX that it was this island that Marconi came to in May 1897. He successfully transmitted a CW signal between Flat Holm in Wales to Brean Down in Somerset, England. Thus making this transmission the world's first DX and first IOTA DXpedition (as Marconi came from Italy to Wales).

Operators Declan/EI9HQ, Ger/EI4GXB, Rory/EI4DJB, Peter/GI4VIV, GI0WHO and Victor/GI4ONL will be active as GI8P from Rathlin Island (EU-122) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 30-31st).

Members of the Jersey Contest Group will be active as GJ2A from Jersey Island (EU-013) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 30-31st). QSL via LoTW, or direct to GJ3DVC.

Andre, GM3VLB, will once again try to activate some of the SCOTIA islands (SCOTtish Island Award) he missed last year during a 3 week DXpedition in September to the two IOTA groups -- Orkney (IOTA EU-009, SCOTIA OI14) and Shetland (IOAT EU-012, SCOTIA SI11) Islands. Here is his proposed "plan of action" in relation to Shetland. Andre only has 6 of the 26 designated SCOTIA islands still to activate. XYL Veronica and Andre will be in Shetland from early morning July 28th to late evening August 5th. It is his plan to attempt to activate all 6 islands. His proposed, "ideal" plan of action is as follows, but we must add that all will depend on the WX and availability of boatmen.

As in previous attempts, there will almost certainly be changes to the plan. It is naturally impossible to suggest proposed start/finish times. Andre suggests that the best solution is to monitor 14257.5 kHz +/- QRM. He states, "There will be NO overnight/camping operation...I consider that at 73+, and after 15 years and 271 islands, I have "done my bit" in that respect...Where are the keen, young, activators ??!!" Planned schedule for Shetland is as follows:
July 28th - Papa Little (SI14); his 3 or 4th attempt!! Willing boatman, but no chance if winds come from a southerly direction.
July 29th - Balta (SI25); Friendly, willing boatman [took Alex and Andre to Linga (SI23) last year]... has to fit us into his working day..hopeful.
July 30th - Hascosay (SI21); Again, a willing boatman...skipper of an inter-island ferry... he'll do what he can to help..hopeful.
July 31st - Bigga (SI19); This is the big unknown...have seen no boats in the area, have no contacts, but will try everything. Andre may end up doing this one before SI21, if he sees an opportunity.
August 1st - West Linga (SI16); This needs to be tackled from Whalsay (SI15)...No problems (other than WX) anticipated...friendly fishermen on Whalsay...only WX dependent..Fairly certain he will spend Sunday and Monday nights on Whalsay in the old campervan, so Andre may well activate SI15 also, although this is not a prime target, as he has previously activated this one with Alex G(M)0DHZ.
August 2nd - Linga (SI17); No problem with this one. Willing fisherman; only WX-dependent, as ever...If not this day, then another. Certain!

These six are the main and final targets in SHETLAND (EU-012). Andre has allowed 3 extra days before sailing onwards to ORKNEY (EU-009), early evening on Friday, August 5th. WX-permitting, he hopes to take a short flight over to OUT SKERRIES on Thursday, August 4th (out at 0800z, back in at 1530z) - not a SCOTIA island, but (Andre hasn't told his XYL Veronica), he will take a rig and the "Islander" antenna, and beg for power...).

ORKNEY (EU-009): Andre's current plan is to be on Orkney from very late evening August 5th, until early morning August 18th. He has 9 SCOTIA "OI" islands on his "wanted" list - the last 9 to complete all 200 SCOTIA islands (assuming he is successful in Shetland). All, Andre can say is that he will attempt as many as possible. At the time of writing, Andre does not even have a proposed "plan of action" yet. He will be working on this over the next few days. As Andre says, "I will try to activate as many as possible in the time available... Andre needs, and will target, Swona (OI01), Switha (OI03), Copinsay (OI12), Muckle Green Holm (OI20), Linga Holm (OI21), Eynhallow (OI24), Holm of Scockness (OI26), Faray (OI28) and Calf of Eday (OI29).

HK0/M, MALPELO ISLAND (Update OPDX.1010 & OPDX.1016)
According to the HK0NA Web page three new members have been added to the DXpedition, and the team is now complete. The "Colombian Flora and Fauna" has approved the increase to 15 operators. The three new members are John/VE7CT, Manu/LU9ESD and Jerry/WB9Z, and they will join the team of Jorge/HK1R (Team Leader), Jahm/HK1T, Pedro/HK1X, Franz/DJ8ZB, Bolmar/ HK1MW, Jaime/HK1N, Alexis/YV5SSB/6, Olli/OH0XX, Pedro/HK3JJH, Gregg/W6IZT, Dr.San/K5YY and Bob/K4UEE. Also approved this week is the start date of the DXpedition to begin on January 22nd, 2012, unless nothing extraordinary happens, as well as a list of equipment and all activities that will be realized on the island by the DXpedition team.

During the second week of August (2011), there will be a final meeting between the "Colombian Flora and Fauna", Fundacion Malpelo, SEA WOLF vessel and the "Dxcolombia Amateur Radio Club" (DXARC) to workout the final details. They hope that they will have the written permit at the end of August or beginning of September. Also mentioned on the Webpage is that ELECRAFT Radios is a new sponsor for their DXpedition. For more details and updates, visit the HK0NA Web page at:


IOTA NEWS (Remember the RSGB IOTA Contest is July 30-31st)
IOTA CONTEST -- Complete details and can be found at:


EU-011. Paul, I1RBJ, will be active as M/I1RBJ from Ynys Skaw Island during the whole month of August. Activity will be on all bands and SSB only. He may try to operate from the other Scilly Islets while there. QSL via F/I1RBJ: Gian Carlo Bavassano, 24 RUE SAINTE BRIGITTE, 83440 MONTAUROUX, FRANCE.

EU-017. Alex, IK8YFU, will be active as ID9/IK8YFU from Stromboli Island (WLOTA 1996, IIA ME-016, Grid JM78KN) between now and July 30th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters and 6 meters. QSL via IK8YFU. Log will be uploaded to LoTW. For more details, see:


EU-031. (Cancelled) Activity by the Italian team to activate IC8L from Licosa Island (IIA SA 001, ARLHS ITA 089, WAIL CA 020, WLOTA LH 3342) on July 24th, had to cancel due to adverse sea conditions. They hope to try again on August 8th. For updates and details, see:


. Alex, IZ4AMS, will be active from the following two islands in August:
Helgoland Island (EU-127) - DL/IZ4AMS between August 11-14th
Texel Island (EU-038) - Possibly PA/IZ4AMS between August 14-17th
Activity will be only on 20 meters SSB using just 100 watts and a vertical antenna.

EU-055. Christian, LA8OM, will be active from FinnÝy Island between July 28-31st. Activity will include the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 30-31st) as a Single-Op/CW-Mode/24-Hrs entry. QSL via the Bureau.

EU-064. Operators Geoffrey/F4FVI and Chris/HB9ELV will be active as TM0NOI from Noirmoutier Island between August 12-14th. Activity will be on 40/20/10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via F4FVI for a Bureau QSL, and via HB9ELV for a direct QSL.

EU-068. Operators Bastien/F4EYQ, Jean-Francois/F4EYR and possibly others will be active as F5KKD Sein Island (French Brittany) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 30-31st).

EU-073. A group of Italian operators will be active as IJ7A from San Pietro Island (Grid JN80NK)between July 29-31st. Operators mentioned are Vin/IK7IMO, Roby/IK7VJX and Roberto/IK7XIV. The team will be active on all HF bands except 160m using CW and SSB. The activity will also include the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 30-31st) as a Multi-Op entry. QSL via IK7IMO, by the Bureau or direct. For more datails and updates, watch:


EU-095. Antoine, F5RAB, will be active as F5RAB/P from Ratonneau Island (DIFM ME003) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 30-31st). He will use 100w into a dipole. QSL via F5RAB.

EU-149. Juri, ES5GP, will be active possibly as ES4GP or ES4WK from Island of Vaindloo (ARLHS EST 057) between July 27th and August 3rd. Activity will be on 80-10 meters, as well as 6 and 2 meters, using SSB and the Digital modes. He will also be on during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 30-31st) as a Single- Op/DXpedition/High-Power entry. QSL via the ES Bureau.

EU-166. Operators Giuseppe/IT9ATQ, Afio/IT9EJW, Giovanni/IT9GAC, Andrea/IT9RKR, Sebastiano/IT9RYJ, Eugenio/IT9VKY, Dario/ IT9ZZO, Eugenio/IW9BCW, Davide/IW9GUR, Marcello/IW9HLI and Andrea/IW9HQP will be active as IT9EJW/P from Lachea Island (IIA CT-002) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 30-31st). QSL via IT9EJW, direct or by the Bureau. For more detailed information (about their 2010 op), go to:


EU-174. Laci/HA6NL will lead a Hungarian group to take part in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 30-31st) from Thassos Island, Greece, this year. They will be in the village of Astris on the south point of the island between July 27th and August 1st. Operators and callsigns mentioned are Laci/HA6NL (J48NL), Sanyi/HA7JJS (J48JJ), Laci/HA7PL (J48P) and Andor, SV8/HA5AOP. QSL via their home callsigns, by the HA Bureau or direct.

EU-174. Laci, HA0NAR, will be active as SV8/HA0NAR on Thassos Island between July 25th and August 1st. His QTH is on Skala Rachoni which is situated on the north-west "corner" of the island. Activity will include the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 30-31st) using the callsign SX8R. QSL via HA0NAR.

EU-181. Operators Stan/LZ1GC, Dechko/LZ1QV, Boyko/LZ1QN, Boris/LZ2JR, Nasko/LZ3YY and Todor/LZ5TS will be active as LZ0I from Sveti Ivan Island between July 29-31st. Activity will include the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 30-31st). QSL via LZ0I (by the (QRZ.com) address) or by the Bureau to LZ1BJ.

EU-185. Victor, R6AF, will be active as R6AF/P from Sudzhuk Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 30-31st) as a Single-Op/ All-Band/DXpedition/High-Power entry. QSL via his home callsign.

NA-126. Operators Helen/VA1YL, Rich/VA1CHP, Bill/VE1MR, Lynn/VE1ENT, Lowell/VY2OX, Bill/VE3NNQ, Al/VO1NO and Fred/VE1FA will be active as VX1D from Bon Portage (Outer) Island (CISA NS-128) between July 26th and August 1st. This is a special event callsign issued to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the first lighting of the Cape Sable Island lighthouse in 1861. Activity will be on 80-6 meters using CW, SSB and possibly RTTY. During the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 30-31st), look for the team to use the callsign VC1D. QSL both callsigns via VE1DHD.

NA-136. Adam, W1ASB, will be active as W1ASB/P RaM (Shea) Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 30-31st). Activity will be on 80-10 meters. QSL via W1ASB, For more info, see (QRZ.com).

NA-152. (Op Cancelled!) Chuck, KL7OH, planned to activate Sarichef Island between August 1-15th, "due to lack of funds & pro- pagation". Chuck states, "a valiant effort will be made for 2012".

SA-046. Members of Casa do Radioamador de Pernambuco (CRAPE) will once again be active as PY7CRA/p from Itamaraca Island (DIB-018) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 30-31st). Activity will be on all HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL via PY7CRA, direct or by the Bureau. Visit their Web page at:


SA-095. (Update) Operators Cezar/VE3LYC and Dino/CE3PG have embarked on a project to activate Pupuya Islands as CE4A at less three days during the second half of November (dates mentioned - between Novembver 20-23rd. Please note that these days can slip in case of bad weather conditions). The operation will take place under the auspices of the Radio Club de Chile. Given the difficulties associated with operating from Pupuya Islands, various contingencies will be considered, including radio equipment, power, transportation, landing, and camping. Activity will be on 40/30/20/17 meters using CW and SSB. The team will attempt to operate around the clock, looking for propagation windows to every region of the world. They are looking intensely for interested groups and enthusiastic individuals willing to support this project. QSL via VE3LYC, PLEASE see the Web page for details. The DXpedition's Web is at:


Take, JG8NQJ, is now active as JG8NQJ/JD1 from Marcus Island in the Minami Torishima (OC-073) group until mid-October 2011, but will return again in December. Present activity has been only 30 and 17 meters. However, when Take returns to the island at the end of the year, he will be active on all bands. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct to JA8CJY: Susumu 'Sin' Sanada, 5-17, 5-4, Shin-Ei, Toyohira, Sapporo 004, Japan. Online log is available at:


Makoto, JI5RPT, will once again be active as JD1BLY from Chichijima Island (AS-031), Ogasawara, between August 1-7th. Activity will be on 40-6 meters, including the satellites, using CW, SSB and the Digital modes (NO 6m EME). QSL via his home callsign JI5RPT. His log search will be available on his Web site at:

He will also use Twitter to inform his real-time activities at:

Jim, N6TJ, will be active as KH6LC from Keaau (Hawaii County, Grid Square: BK29), during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via LoTW or direct to QSL Manager WA6WPG.

Dave, WJ2O, will be active as KH6/WJ2O between November 23-30th. Activity will be in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th). Outside the contest, look for Dave on the 30/17/12 meter bands. QSL via WJ2O.


 Jul  25    AN          SOLAR REFERENCE KEYS
 Jul  26    AN          --------------------
 Jul  27    AN          BN - Below Normal
 Jul  28    HN          AN - Above Normal/Geomagnetic Level is QUIET
 Jul  29    HN          LN - Low Normal
 Jul  30    HN          HN - High Normal/Geomagnetic Level is UNSETTLED
 Jul  31    HN-AN       DIS  - Disturbed
                        VDIS - Very Disturbed

   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
GS2UG - Geoff, G0PFH, will activate three lighthouses this week as GS2UG in Scotland. His updated itinerary for this coming week is as follows:
July 26th - Southerness Lighthouse (SCO-223)
July 27th - Killantringan (or Black Head) Lighthouse (SCO-111)
July 28th - Port Patrick Lighthouse (SCO-177)
Geoff will be on the air between 1100-1600z all three days. Suggested frequency will be 14255 khz or above, depending on the QRM. QSL via G0PFH, by the Bureau or direct (see (QRZ.com)). Watch QRZ.com under GS2UG for more information and updates.

KD4QIT/LH - Jeff, KD4QIT, will be active from the New Point Comfort Lighthouse (USA 543) in Matthews County, VA, for 6 hours between 1300-1900z on August 4th. Activity will be on 40/20/15 meters using SSB and PSK31. All QSOs will be uploaded to LoTW and eQSL. Paper QSL are available direct.

PG6HK - During the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend (August 20-21st) the special callsign PG6HK will be on the air and will be active from the old lighthouse in Harderwijk [aka De Vischpoort](NL0038, NET-162), Netherlands. The team will be active on several modes on HF and VHF. Operators mentioned are Cil/PA1RBZ, Gert/PA2LO, Michel/PD0JMB, Ben/ PD0PDB and Jack/PD2J. QSL via PA2LO. For more details, see:


W7KXB - Bill, W7KXB, will activate Patos Island Lighthouse Station (ARLHS USA-584, ILLW USA-123) in Washington for the first time ever August 6-7th. QSL via his home callsign.

Members of the Dutch Contest and Expedition team (PA6Z) will be active as MU/PA9M from Guernsey (EU-114) between October 23-30th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW and SSB. Operators mentioned are Marcel/PA9M, Frank/PA4N, Jelmer/PA5R, Dervin/PD9DX, Arbo/ PH0AS, Arend/PA2AWU and Dick PA4VHF. QSL via PA9M, direct or by the Bureau. For more details and updates, go to:


Sergio, NP3QE, will be active during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 30-31st) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m)/SSB-Mode/ Low-Power/12-Hrs entry. QSL via his home callsign.

Carsten, OY1CT, will be active during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 30-31st). QSL via direct (see (QRZ.com) for details).

Isao, JH1ROJ, will be active possibly as PJ7ROJ from Sint Maarten (NA-105) between August 18-25th. Activity will be on all HF bands using CW and SSB. He will use a FT-450 with a 500w amp into a HF6V and 2 element beam for the higher bands. QSL via his home callsign. Log will be uploaded to LoTW after the operation.

Lee Hiers, AA4GA, states, "Since the ARRL only issues QRP DXCC certificates, but does not maintain official standings boxes for QRP, and because I couldn't find such a standings box elsewhere, I've decided to maintain a list on my Web site at:

Interested QRP DXers are invited to click on the 'QRP DXCC' link on my site and submit their information to me for inclusion. Hopefully over time, it will serve as valuable inspiration for other QRP ops."

QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (dated July 24th)
Lothar, DL1SBF - is back from his holiday in Liechtenstein

  5T0JL via ON8RA              IL3A via IK3HHX
  9A/DH1NAX via DH1NAX         PC06M via PE1ITR
  EG7FPR via EA7HFS            PJ7TM via K2GSJ
  EN5R via UY2RA               ST0R via EA5RM
  HG0WFF via HA0HW             TC2BK via TA7EB
  ID9/IK8YFU/P via IK8YFU      TK11QRP via F8BBL
9V1YC QSL STATUS/UPDATE. QSL Manager Randy, W5UE, reports, "I received log updates from James for QSOs between 17 April and 22 July today. I am processing the backlog received since mid-April this weekend. Should be in the mail Monday. Sorry for the delay."

NEED A QSL MANAGER? John, N5ER, is willing to serve as a QSL Manager for a DXPEDITION or a couple of DX Stations in need. If interested, feel free to ask him him by dropping an E-mail to: n5er@arrl.net --or-- jclark@brownjanitorsupply.com

OLD QSLS AVAILABLE. Jean-Michel, F6AJA, reports, "Maybe someone still wants a card for FT5ZB, FT0ZB and/or FT2XE from 1988. The LNDX has printed a small batch of cards and you can send a request (direct or by the Bureau) to F3CJ: Joel Cathelain, 4 hameau des Tilleuls, Les Antennes, F-62118 Pelves, France.




Amateur radio is now active in the South Sudan, the world's newest country, as well as the 193rd member of the United Nations and new DXCC entity. First signals were heard on July 22nd. Co-leader Paul, N6PSE, reported on July 23rd, that the teams arrived in Juba on July 22nd. He states (edited),

"We have now been QRV for 23 hours on CW and SSB. We are putting more antennas and stations on the air today. Our hotel's internet is broken so it is difficult to communicate to the outside world at this time other than via radio. More information to follow. All stations should be QRV tomorrow (July 24th) until August 10th. They hope to have five stations on the air operating simultaneously in the coming days. They announced on the 24th that the a new TX frequency for 20 meters is 14145 kHz, RX from 14200 kHz and up. For more details and updates watch:
As this was being prepared, their logs showed (at 1112z, July 24th): 9695 QSOs with 4796 unique callsigns. QSL via EA5RM direct. Their OQRS will be activated after the DXpedition. Online log is available on the Web page.

Stathis, SV5DKL, will be active from Rhodes Island (EU-001) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 30-31st) as a Single-Op/ CW-Mode/24-Hrs entry. QSL via LoTW or direct (QRZ.com).

Francesco, IZ8NWA, an Italian soldier stationed in southern Afghanistan until November 2011, is expected to be active as T6FR. Activity will be on 20/17/15/10 meters using SSB and PSK31. QSL via IZ8OJG only. Visit his Web page at:


Members of the Hellenic Amateur Radio Association of Australia are now active from Lord Howe Island (OC-004) as VK9HR until August 2nd. Activity by the international team of operators will operate CW, SSB and RTTY, and on 160-6 meters. QSL via EB7DX. The operation's Web site is:


The Midwest's best known DX convention, W9DXCC, will be held this year on Friday and Saturday, September 16-17th, at the Holiday Inn in Elk Grove Village, IL. The hotel is conveniently located just west of O'Hare International Airport and just off Interstate 90 and offers a free airport shuttle and a low room rate of $89 plus tax. This year's programs includes VP8ORK South Orkney, CY0 Sable Island, a report on K9CT's new 11-tower contest station, propagation by K9LA, and the banquet speaker is ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN. The audio/visual setup is top notch, making it easy to see and hear the programs.

The convention opens at 7:30 PM Friday evening with registration/packet pick-up and a welcome reception, followed by a hospitality suite hosted by the Northern Illinois DX Association. The Saturday activities run from registration at 8:00 AM through the banquet at 6:30 PM and another hospitality suite hosted by the Greater Milwaukee DX Association. Complete details are available on the Web site at:

PLEASE NOTE: They will not be mailing flyers and registration forms this year. Please save a copy of this announcement and register on the Web site. You can pay by check or, new this year, by PayPal for your convenience. Ticket discounts are available for registrations received by September 10th.

Astronaut Edmondo, VA3ITA/IW0GVP, will be active as ZB2/VA3ITA from Gibraltar between August 8-11th. Activity will be on 6 and 2 meters only, using CW, SSB, the Digital modes and the satellites. Edmondo is willing to make skeds. Please check his (QRZ.com) page for his E-mail address and updated information. QSL via VA3ITA, direct or by the Bureau.

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