The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1048
February 6, 2012
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 & ARRL DX, W1XB, N2KW, W2VU, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4JF, W4VQ, KH6BZF, K8BL, K8GI, K8YSE, KG8P, W8GEX (60m News), W9ILY, AT International, DK8JB & The DX News Letter, DL1SBF, DxCoffee.com, DX-World.Net, EB7AEY, ES1CW, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, HA5PP, HP1AC, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, JA1IST, JA1XGI, OH2BN, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, RSGB IOTA Web Site, TA1HZ, VA3RJ & ICPO, VE3EXY and VHF-DX-Portal for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 29th-January, through Sunday, 5th-February there were 229 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3C, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4W, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C5, C6, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, DL, DU, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FH, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FR, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/m, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, J8, JA, JD/m, JT, 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, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S2, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T2, T32, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TN, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK0M, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZK2, ZK3, 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).
1006 GRIDS ON THE BIRDS
A special congratulations goes out to OPDX's Webmaster John Papay, K8YSE, for reaching 1006 confirmed grids for his satellite VUCC award!
Jacek, SP5APW, is expected to visit Phu Quoc Island (AS-128) between March 7-12th. He has applied for the callsign 3W4JK. Activity will be holiday style on 40-10 meters using SSB, PSK31 and RTTY, with possible operations on 6 meters. He mentions that he will use a Elecraft K3 with microKEYER II and Buddipole antennas. For updates, watch Jacek's Blog page at:
Chas, NK8O/VE3ISD, has traveled to Mwanza on Lake Victoria for several years working there but has never operated any amateur radio from Tanzania. Look for him for the first time to operate as 5H9CP between June 11-22nd. Chas states, "I am primarily a CW operator. QRP and straight key operators, please be ready! After fighting through pile-ups with my QRP station at home, I understand the challenges. The rig on this trip will be an Elecraft KX3 and antenna arrays will depend on the trees, how high I can get the ropes to go, and whether a dipole, loop, or vertical will be the best for the site from which I choose to operate. Times and frequencies will be published (QRZ.com) before my departure for Tanzania, but they definitely will not be written in stone. Operating times will depend entirely on my responsibilities and schedule at the Nyakato Health Center." QSL via NK8O.
Franco, I1FQH, will once again be active from Kpalime Village in central Togo, but this time as 5V7V (last year he was 5V7DX). Activity will be between February 5-17th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using a 20-10 meters Spiderbeam, and on 160-80m and 40-30m using a homebrew vertical. There was mention that he will have an emphasis on lower bands. His rig will be a K3 w/KL500 solid state amplifier and a Yaesu FT-817 for 6 meters. QSL via the LoTW (preferred) or via his home callsign, direct (w/SASE) or by the Bureau. Visit the 5V7V Web page (with an online log check) at:
Allen, N2KW, will be active as 6Y0A between March 5-23rd, with as much fishing as radio. He tells OPDXX that he will be a serious entry in the Commonwealth Contest [BERU] (March 10-11th). Outside of the contest, his preference is CW, and he will try to work areas that are "propagation challenged" to the Caribbean. QSL via Kappy, WA4WTG. Kappy is a stamp collector, so please put your unwanted stamps in the envelope. Allen will also upload his log to LoTW.
7P, LESOTHO (Early Announcement)
Gert, ZS6AYU, will be active as 7P8GF during next year between February 5-7th and sometime in May in 2013. Activity will be holiday style on 40-10 meters, CW only and using just
100 watts into a vertical. QSL via ZS6AYU (see (QRZ.com)).
Zoltan, HA5PP, will be active as 9H3PP during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 26-27th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (possibly 15 or 10m) entry. Activity outside of the contest will be on 6 and 12 meters, and possibly 17 meters. Zoli informs OPDX that this will be a short operation (3-4 days), and he will leave the Thursday after the contest. QSL via HA5PP.
A3, TONGA (Update)
Haru, JA1XGI, will be active as A35XG from Tonga between April 2-9th, 2012. Activity will be on 20-6 meters (especially 30/17/12m) using mainly CW, with some SSB and the Digital modes. Suggested frequencies are:
CW - 10115, 14015, 18080, 21015, 24895 and 28015 kHz
SSB - 14175, 18135, 21260, 24940 and 28450 kHz
DATA - 10140, 14088, 18102, 21088, 24920 and 28088 kHz
He is expected to use a IC 7000 into a 2 element beam and a fishing rod antenna system on the HF bands. QSL via JA1XGI, direct or by the Bureau. QSOs will be uploaded to LoTW. Haru informs OPDX that he now has a Web page up for his A35XG operation at:
AFRICAN TOUR (Update)
Luc, F5RAV, is expected to be active as 6V7T from 6W7RV's QTH in Somone, Senegal, between February 24th and March 7th. During his stay, Luc plans to be in the REF and ARRL contests. After his operation in Senegal, look for him to be active as C5LT (not C56/F5RAV as first announced) from Kololi, The Gambia, between February 27th and March 2, 2012. Original announcement stated that Francisco, EA1BT, is expected to be with him. Activity from both locations should be on SSB and PSK. QSL via his home callsign only direct with 2 USDs or IRC with a SAE. NO BUREAU QSLS, and PLEASE do not QSL via Africa.
Operators Bob/N4BP (C6AKQ), Kevin/K4PG (C6APG) and Brian/ K7RE (C6ALK) will be in Freeport, Lucaya, Bahamas (NA-080, WLOTA 0527), for the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 18-19th) as a Multi- Single entry signing C6AKQ. QSL via N4BP direct. They will arrive on February 13th and depart on February 20th. Prior to the contest, they will be operating on the 30/17/12 meter bands, HF bands using CW and probably the Digital modes. QSL via operator's home callsign. All QSOs will be uploaded to LoTW.
Operators George, K4IIO/GM0IIO, will be active as C6AZZ between March 1-8th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters, mainly CW with some SSB. His activity will also include the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 24-25th). QSL via K4IIO.
Richard, F8FGU, will be active as CN2RN from High Atlas, Morocco (IM72ER), between April 3-30th. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct.
Luis, CO6LP, will be active during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 18-19th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (160m) entry. QSL via CO6LP.
From the CQ Newsroom... "Armond Noble, N6WR, founder and publisher of WorldRadio magazine for 37 years, died February 1st in Sacramento, California after a short illness.
Noble, publisher of Sacramento-based International Travel News magazine, was hospitalized about two months ago, according to Editor David Tykol,
Noble had a long and distinguished career in communications. From 1953 to 1955 he served in the U.S. Army with a VHF radio relay unit. He went on to positions at commercial radio and TV stations around the United States, including: KTWO-TV and KATI in Casper, Wyoming; KOOK-TV, Billings, Montana; KTVB, Boise, Idaho; KERO-TV, Bakersfield, California, WOOD-TV, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and KCRA Radio in Sacramento.
During the Vietnam War, Noble was a reporter-photographer for TIME magazine and the Milwaukee Journal. He also served in the TIME-LIFE bureau in Sacramento."
CR3/CT9, MADEIRA ISLANDS
Operators Adam/DJ0IF and Mek/SP7VC will be active as CR3L from Santana, Madeira Island (AF-014) during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 3-4th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via DJ6QT. Operators will be active as CT9/homecall before and after the contest. They are expected to be there between February 29th and March 7th. QSL via their home callsigns. Checkout the CR3L station's Web page at:
CY9, ST. PAUL ISLAND
Reports indicate that an international group of 10 operators will activate St. Paul Island (NA-094) during the middle part of 2012. More details are forthcoming.
DIAMOND DXCC Challenge
Some have noticed that the current operation from the entity Nauru (C21HA) can not be found on the 1937 ARRL Diamond DXCC entity list -- that is because it is NOT there and will not count toward the award. If you go to the bottom of the January 3, 2012, entity list for the Diamond DXCC Challenge Award, it states - "Note: The intent of this 75th anniversary award is to capture the essence and spirit of the first DXCC List with a fun operating activity that allows us to look back and appreciate the wonderful geography of Amateur Radio. We don't intend to try to fit every existing scrap of land into one of the 1937 entities. Some stations we work today will not count towards any entity from 1937. Nor do some of the places we have chosen to represent a certain entity fully match what existed in 1937." The few glitches initially found were corrected on their January 3, 2012, list. It looks like anything after that will just be ignored. If you can't find it specifically on the January 3, 2012, list, it doesn't count, period.
E5, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS
John, N5JB, will be active as E51NJB from the South Cook Islands (specific island was not provided) between February 13-21st (possibly through the 25th). Activity will be mainly CW and he plans to be in the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 18-19th) as a Single-Op/ All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via LoTW or N5JB.
. Jean-Pierre, F6ITD, will once again be active as FG/F6ITD from Guadeloupe and two islands between February 9th and March 13th. Activity will be on SSB and the Digital modes. He plans to visit the following two islands in the IOTA NA-102 group: Basse Terre Island (February 9-20th) and La Desirade Island (February 20th-March 13th). QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct.
Valery, R5GA, will be active as FM/R5GA between February 13-20th. Activity will probably be on CW mainly and on 160-10 meters, especially on the 30/17/12 meters. His activity will also include the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 18-19th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High- Power entry and using the callsign TO5X. QSL via LoTW or via UA3DX.
FR/TO2, REUNION ISLAND (Update)
Stephane "Stef", F5UOW, will once again be active as FR/F5UOW from Reunion Island (AF-016) between March 24th and April 14th. During this period he will also use the callsign TO2R between March 26th and April 9th. Activity will be limited to his free time on 40-10 meters mostly on CW. QSL via F5UOW, direct or by the Bureau.
FROZEN NEWS FROM RADIO ARCALA, CR2X, OH8X AND OH0X
Jarmo, OH2BN, sent out the following press release on February 1st: "It is today, February 1st, when the Northern Village of Arcala is gripped by an arctic frost weighing down on the massive antenna structures. The thermometer has hit a 2012 low - an icy reading of minus 27 C (minus 16.6 F) which makes the towers turn rather slowly. Slow are the movements of those frozen people as well.
Radio Arcala has decided to send the Frozen Four (FF) of OH2BH, OH2MM, OH2PM and OH8NC to more southerly latitudes as their balancing act. FF will soon embark on a three week long operating stint taking them to the Azores to activate CR2A and CR2X along with CU2KG and CU2KH in a variety of con- figurations in the ARRL CW & SSB Contests, in addition to the CQWW 160M SSB Contest.
Up in the Frozen North, their mothership OH8X will be piloted by OH6KZP in the ARRL CW Contest and by OH6UM in the ARRL SSB Contest. Moreover, the team of OH6CT, OH8WW, OH8KTN and OH8GDU will be at the controls in the WPX RTTY Contest on February 11-12. Please note that Kim, OH6KZP, 33, is the latest addition to the team at Radio Arcala. See
Additionally, their associate station OH0X from Aland Islands will be activated by Pekka, OH2TA, in the ARRL CW Contest.
As Radio Arcala is now celebrating their 5th anniversary, the WPX SSB Contest of March 24-25 is scheduled to be featured as an all-out team effort when OH8X members, local and overseas, will be gathering at the Northern Village of Arcala to set their strategy for the next few years, using a special callsign to be released at a later date. OH8/CU2CE and OH8/CU2DX will also be activated.
Please note that Radio Arcala is in the process of including a remote station section along with discussing the future of Amateur Radio through their Mission X, both tentatively presented at their website.
FW0/TW0, WALLIS & FUTUNA (Update)
Laci, HA0NAR, and his wife Susanne, HA0SR, are currently active as FW0NAR from Uvea Island (aka Wallis, OC-054, DIFO FW-001, WLOTA 0389, WW Loc. AH16VS). It seems that they will be able to reach Futuna Island (OC-118) for a few days during the next week. As their baggage is very limited, they report that they will only run 100 watts and use a multiband wire antenna from there. Activity is planned for 40-10 meters, mainly on CW. Due to the very limited condition there, they request that only one QSO for each station will be accepted. No multiply contacts with the Futuna Island station please! Also, online log updating will be also provided daily from there. QSL for both FW0NAR and TW0F via Laci HA0NAR. For updates, watch the FW0NAR Blog page at:
H44, SOLOMON ISLANDS
Noel, W1XB, will be active as H44XB from the Solomon Islands between February 7-28th. Activity is expected to be limited to his spare time and from Guadalcanal Island (OC-047). Operations will be QRP (5 watts) on 20/15/10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign.
HK0, MALPELO ISLAND (Update)
By the time you read this, the HK0NA DXpedition should be QRT (UPDATE - QRTed at 1647z, Feb. 5th). They were expected to dismantle the last four stations mid-day on Sunday and planned for a sunset departure on the boat back to Buenaventura. The DXpedition team expected to break the record set by VP6DX of 183,686 QSOs by a comfortable margin at the end of their operation. As of print time, the final comments by the HK0NA team state that they have worked over 190k QSO.
The HK0NA log shows (per ClubLOG dated Feb. 5th, at 1646z): 192089 Total QSOs and 43176 with Unique Calls. Mode breakdown: 85229/CW, 90775/SSB and 16082/RTTY. Continent breakdown: 1554/AF, 6/ANT, 14207/AS, 78909/EU, 89088/NA, 1480/OC and 6845/SA. Remember, QSL cards will be available four ways:
OQRS DIRECT DIRECT MAIL W/SASE/GS/IRC(s) OQRS BUREAU QSL BUREAUUse only ONE of the above ways to save them a lot of extra work. Should you choose to QSL directly to N2OO via direct mail, send your QSO inform- ation and SASE/GS/IRC(s) to: Bob Schenck, N2OO, QSL Manager for HK0NA, PO Box 345, Tuckerton, NJ 08087-0345, USA. The DXpedition team intends to upload the HK0NA log to "Logbook of the World" (LoTW) about 6 months after the conclusion of the DXpedition.
AF-018. Operator Raffaele, IH9YMC, will be active from Pantelleria Island (IIA TP-001, MIA MI-124, WW Loc. JM56XT), African Italy, during the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest (March 24-25th) as a Single- Op/Single-Band (??) entry. QSL via eQSL.
NA-189. Look for a team of ten operators to be active as XF1AA from Isla Isabel between March 16-21th. Activity will be on CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via IT9EJW.
Operators Bill/K4LTA and XYL Ruby/K4UPS will be active as J38A and J37RO, respectively, from Grenada Island between February 8th and March 7th. Activity will be active on 160-10 meters. Look for Bill to be active as J38A during the ARRL DX CW Contests (February 18-19th) as a Single-Op entry. QSL via LoTW or direct to their home callsign. NO Bureau.
J8, ST. VINCENT
Dave, G3TBK, will once again be active as J88DR between February 15th and March 14th. Activity will include the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 18-19th) and the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 3-4th) as a Single- Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. He will also be in the RSGB's 74rd Common- wealth Contest (March 11-12th). Activity outside of the contest will be on all HF bands, especially 30/17/12 meters, using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via G3TBK, direct or by the RSGB Bureau.
KH6BZF PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (January 30th-February 5th)
Feb/06th AN Feb/09th HN-AN Feb/11th HN-AN Feb/07th AN Feb/10th HN-AN Feb/12th AN-HN Feb/08th 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=6-9 100-400KH0, MARIANA ISLANDS
NP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS
Operators Randy/N0TG and Jeff/N1SNB will be active as NP2/N0TG and NP2/N1SNB, respectively, from St. Croix (NA-106) between March 7-14th. Activity will be on all bands and modes including 60 meters. QSL via N0TG, direct or Online Request
Andy, AE6Y, will be active as P49Y from Aruba (SA-036) during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 18-19th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via LoTW or AE6Y.
PA100, THE NETHERLANDS (Special Event)
Fred, PA0FAW, will activate special event station PA100NOM between March 1-28th. Activity is to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Open Air Museum in Arnhem. QSL via PA0FAW. (Direct, Bureau and eQSL.cc - No LoTW).
Operators Jan-Willem/PA7JWC and YL Monique/PD7DB will be active as PJ2/homecall from Curacao (SA-099, WLOTA LH-0942) between April 2-9th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK. QSL via LoTW or to their home callsigns. More details and updates are available at:
QSL INFO AND NEWS
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (dated January 29th and February 5th) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4U1WRC via 4U1ITU ED9NA via EA9GW OD5PY via KU9C 5H3CMG via ZR6CMG EK3GM via IK2QPR OP1V via ON4UDO 5P6Q/P via OZ7ADZ EK85GM via EK7DX OX/K8GU via K8GU 5P12EU via OZ0J EK85TA via EK7DX PJ2/K8ND via K8ND 6V7S via UA1OMX EK85ZZ via EK7DX PJ4M via DJ7JC 9A201CTL via 9A1CTL EM0BSCC via UU0JM PP1AAA via PT2AA 9Q0HQ/7 via UV5EVJ EM0UBC via UR4UXD PS5F via PP5BZ AH0J via JA1NVF EM4IFF via US5IQ RK3FWD via RD3FI AX8NSB via M0URX EZ7V via RW6HS T88ME via 7N1RTO CE2/VE7SV via VE7WY GB0PLB via MWORHD TM9AAW via F8DVD CE8/DJ8QP via DJ8QP HB9/RV3DH via RV3DH TN2T via M0URX CT8/HB9CQL via HB9CQL HF8J via SQ8JLA UP2L via UA9AB CX7CO via WB3CDX HF15SRKJ via SP8KLJ V5/DK2WH via DK2WH D2EB via IZ3ETU HG7SNOW via HA7PL VK/VA7DIN/MM via VA7DIN DM800ANH via DM7DX (Bureau) IP2ANT via IK2QPR VQ9JC via ND9M DR950RZ via DL5HAQ J38AZ via 8P6AZ ZS1FZ via DJ3VV EA5URO via EA5HOX KP2/KC5WXA via KC5WXA ZV5AJT via JH1AJT ED1R via EA4RCH NA1AA/KH2 via JL3LSFPLEASE NO GS! Mike, UK8OM, requests that DXers "not" send green stamps (GS) to Uzbekistan -- they will just be stolen. If anyone would like to send a QSL to Uzbekistan direct, they should send only IRCs.
QSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: AP2IA, DG5LAC, DH3MIT, ES3ACV, JA0FVU, LS1D, LU4FM, MU/F5CWU, OK1FIM, RA2FF, T32C, TN2T, UA9CGL, V44KAI, VE5KS, VP6T and ZL1ALZ
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3A2LF, 3D2SJ, 3XY1D, 5N6/YL2SW, 5V7TT, 8R1AK, 9A1P, 9H1SP, 9N7MD, 9Y4LAS, E51MAN, E51NOU, EK3GM, EK6TA, EU1UN, JD1BLY, JY4CI, KC4/K2ARB, KC4/WA2DKJ, RI1FJA, T32C, TG9ANF, TU2T, UK9AA, UN9GD, VE8EV, VP2MTA, VP2MWG, VP2V/K6TOP, W1M, ZA1G and ZD7JC
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 4B1MW, 5J0A, 5V7SI, 6V7Z, 8Q7SV, 9G5SI, 9L7NS, 9U0A, CT8/DL7JAN, DR1A, FJ/W2VQ, FJ/WQ2N, FO8RZ, H7/AJ9C, HQ3Z, JV1A, JV5A, OD5/DL6SN, P40W, OS3XR, PJ2/DL8OBQ, RA2FF, SX24VIO, SY9VHF, T32AJ, TI7KK, TO7ZG, TY2SI, V31MD, VP2MUM, XE1AJ, XE1IH, XE1REW, XZ1DB, YK9SV, YV200ARV and ZL7NV
Operators Tom/DL5NEN and XYL Claudia/DO5NEN will be active as S79NEN from Mahe (AF-024) and La Digue Islands (AF-024) between March 12-28th. They are calling this a "Honeymoon Dxpedition". Look for activity to be in the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 24-25th). QSL via DO5NEN.
Operators Kazu/JA1IST and Masami/JA9BFM will be active as T88ZO and T88ZT, respectively, from Koror Island (OC-009) between February 10-20th. Activity will be on all HF bands using CW, SSB and RTTY. Kazu informs that he will listen 3-10 kHz UP. He also states,
"Please always call me with your FULL CALLSIGN and please follow my instructions other- wise your call will be in the BLACK LIST."
QSL T88ZT via JA3HZT. QSL T88ZO via JA1IST, by the Bureau or direct. All QSLs will be sent via the Bureau, but if you need his QSL directly, please send your QSL with a SAE and 1 IRC or 2 USDs or 2 Euros to: K. Naguro, 2620-1-711 Nijyo-Fukui, Itoshima, Fukuoka 819-1631, JAPAN. Kazu will upload his log to LoTW, eQSL and Clublog after returning to home.
Operators Bob/W4OWY and Tom/AA9A will be active as V25WY and V25AA, respectively, from Antigua (NA-100) between February 14-22nd. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and possibly RTTY. Look for V25AA to be active during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 18-19th). QSL via their home callsigns, by the Bureau or direct.
Mathew, DJ2HD, will once again be active as V5/DJ2HD between March 17-27th. Activity will probably be on all bands 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY, but with a focus on 160/80/40m and RTTY. QSL via his home callsign (see (QRZ.com)).
ADDED NOTE: Operators Winfried/DK9IP, Suad/ DK6XZ and Tobias/DH1TW will join Mathew and be active as V55V during the CQ WPX SSB Contest (March 24-25th). QSL V55V via DJ8VC.
V7, MARSHALL ISLANDS
Jim, K4FW, will once again be heading to Kwajalein Island (OC-028) in March because of his job with the Orbital Sciences Corporation. He works with the Pegasus launch vehicle. More specifically, as the Launch Panel Operator (LPO) and is part of the flight crew on the Orbital's L-1011. Jim will be using the Kwajalein club station on the island and will once again sign V73FW. QSL via K4FW.
VP6, PITCAIRN ISLAND (VP6T QRT)
After 11.5 days of continuous operations, the VP6T team went QRT on February 1st, at 1640z. The final upload of logs to CLUBLOG and LoTW were expected before they set sail to Mangareva (OC-063) where they are planning to give out more QSOs as TX6T/p. The operations from Mangareva are expected by the time you read this, weather dependent.
QSO count for VP6T (per ClubLOG) are: 56287 Total QSOs and 17049 with Unique Calls. Mode breakdown: 33095/CW, 18897/SSB and 4295/RTTY. Continent breakdown: 476/AF, 3/ANT, 9801/AS, 16091/EU, 27185/NA, 1015/OC and 1716/SA. QSL via G3TXF, direct or by the Bureau, LoTW and OQRS. More details are available on their Web site at:
Nine members of the "A DX Group" (ADXG) will be active from Coloane Island (AS-075, WW Grid OL62SC) between May 17-23rd. Operators mentioned are Ruben/EA5BZ (Team leader), Jose/EA1ACP, Jose/EB5BBM, Pasqua/EA5CEE, Fernando/EA5FX, Biel/EA6DD, Francoisco/EA7FTR, David/EB7DX and Adrian/F5VLY. Activity will be on 160-6 meters, including the 30/17/12 meter bands, using CW, SSB and RTTY, with at least 3 stations on the air at the same time on different bands and modes. Suggested frequencies are:
CW - 1823, 3523, 7023, 10103, 14023, 18073, 21023, 24893 and 28023 kHz
SSB - 1825, 3780, 7065/7160, 14145, 18145, 21295, 24945 and 28495 kHz
RTTY - 7035, 10140, 14080, 18100, 21080, 24921 and 28080 kHz
6M - 50103/CW and 50115/SSB kHz
A survey is available on their Web page for most wanted bands/modes. The group's callsign will not be announced until the beginning of their DXpedition. QSL via EB7DX, direct or by the Spanish Bureau. All QSOs will be confirmed via LoTW. For more details and updates, visit the ADXG Web page at:
Tevfik, TA1HZ, will once again be active as ZA1TC from Durres (thanks to Fatos/ZA1FD) between March 23-26th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using a Kenwood TS570D, FD-4 Multi-Band Windom antenna and 80m dipole. Operations also include an entry in CQWW WPX SSB Contest. During his spare time from the contest, he will try to work some PSK31, especially on 30 meters. More details and QSL info are available on (QRZ.com) and the TCSWAT Web page.
ZK2, NIUE (Reminder/Update)
A group of German operators will be active as ZK2C from Namukulu, Niue (OC-040, WFF ZLFF-021, WLOTA 2139), between February 5/6-17th. Operators mentioned are Heidi/DK1MA, Sid/DM2AYO, Rolf/ DL7VEE, Jan/DL7JAN, Klaus-Dieter/DK1AX, Jürgen/DF1AL, Heye/DJ9RR, Dietmar/ DL2HWA and Uwe/DJ9HX. Activity will be on all bands 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY, with three stations on air simultaneously using 500 watt solid state amplifiers and various antennas. QSL via DL7JAN, by the Bureau or direct or OQRS. Online log will be available at ClubLog. For more information and updates, visit their Web site at:
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