OPDX Bulletin 1062 May 14, 2012

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1062
BID: $OPDX.1062
May 14, 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, W2VU, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4JF, KH6BZF, N6PSE, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m News, K9EL, W9ILY, AT International, DK8JB & The DX News Letter, DL1SBF, DxCoffee.com, DX-World.Net, EA5RM, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, HA0HW, HP1AC, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, IK7JWX, IZ2DPX, OK7MT, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's DX-Newsdesk, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, SM0DTK, UT7FP, VA3RJ & ICPO, VE2EBK, the VHF-DX-Portal and YO3JW for the following DX information.

There will not be an OPDX Bulletin next week and "possibly the week after". I will be attending the Dayton HamVention. "IF" I receive a major announcement, I will probably send out a special bulletin. However, PLEASE continue to send your DX information. You never know what I might do....
73 de Tedd KB8NW

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 6th-May, through Sunday, 13th-May there were 222 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5X, 5Z, 6Y, 7O, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, 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, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J7, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, P5, PA, PJ2, PJ5, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, R1FJ, S2, S5, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T32, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TR, TU, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, 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).

Dutch operators Jaap/PA7DA and Luc/PA9LUC will be active as 4X/homecall between May 16-30th. Activity will be mainly on 10, 6 and 2 meters. The WW-LOCs will be KM72nx and on May 22nd, KM71jw. Operations on the lower bands will be possible. QSL via the Dutch Bureau. For updates, check the Blog page:


5X, UGANDA (Update)
Freddy, F5IRO/J28RO, who is here on a work assignment through June, has applied for the callsign 5X5RO, with the help of David, 5X1D (KH9AE), and is now active. Freddy states, "The station is quite ready to be set up; just some work on the vertical antenna to finish it." His station is a Elecraft K3 using verticals or dipoles. Activity will be on CW on the upper HF bands, especially on 10 MHz in the evening (5X = GMT + 3) and possibly some PSK operations. Watch the DXClusters for spots. He was spotted on 30 and 15 meters this past week (21013 and 10131 kHz). QSL is via Michel, F8DFP, by the French Cureau or direct (w/SAE and IRC). For more updates and info, watch Freddy's Blog page at:


A team of Italian operators, active as 6O0CW from Galkayo will go QRT on May 18th. As of 2035z, May 12th, their log show that they have made a total of 33013 QSOs with 12808 unique callsigns (14135/SSB, 14824/CW and 4054/RTTY). QSL via I2YSB, direct or by the OQRS. For more details, visit their Web page at:

A forum for the 6O0CW operation is available at:

6O, SOMALIA (Update to OPDX.1059)
Darko, J28AA/E70A, will once again be active as 6O3A from Hargeisa between May 25-31st. Activity will be on SSB, RTTY and 50 MHz. He also plans to be in the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via K2PF or E77E. For possible updates (under news), online log, and pictures, check out the Bosnia and Herzegovina Contest Club's Web page [BHCC] at:

Also look on (QRZ.com) under 6O3A.

6O, SOMALIA (6O3A Press Release #2, dated May 12th)
Paul Ewing/N6PSE, from "The Intrepid-DX Group", reports:

"Due to the recent activation of Somalia by the 6O0CW group, the Intrepid-DX Group has decided to cancel our previously announced plans to conduct a DXpedition in November 2012, as 6O3A. We feel that the need for 6O contacts has been sufficiently diminished to make it worth-while to continue with our plans. In the coming days we will refund 100% of all donations made to us. We hope to make other rare activations for 2013. Our friend, Darko Rusman-E70A continues to hold the 6O3A license and will be active from time to time from Somaliland.... Thank you, Paul N6PSE, The Intrepid-DX Group"
The international team of operators active as 7O6T from Socotra Island (AF-028) will go QRT at 2100z, May 15th. New team members arrived on May 9th. They are Dave/K3LP, Jeff/K1ZM and Andrey/LZ2HM. On the same flight, operators Vlad/R7LV, Andrew/UA3AB, Paul/N6PSE and Harry/ RA3AUU returned back home. It was mentioned that the team does NOT have 6 meter privileges, so all 50 MHz operations are the work of a PIRATE. Also, on Sunday, May 13th, the 7O6T requests,
"We would like to ask Europeans not to make 3rd or 4th QSO on RTTY just to fill another Club Log band/mode spot. Give a chance to others!"
The 7O6T log shows (per ClubLOG dated May 13th, at 0236z): 136373 Total QSOs and 33401 with Unique Calls. Mode breakdown: 71151/CW, 61541/SSB and 3708/RTTY. Continent breakdown: 960/AF, 0/ANT, 18249/AS, 87701/EU, 27144/NA, 1127/OC and 1192/SA.

QSL via UA3DX. More details about OQRS/Direct/Bureau/LoTW will be available during the course of DXpedition. The 7O6T Web page and Twitter page are available at:


BBC reports, "Several hundred protesters waved flags and placards at the Chinese embassy in Manila, calling for China to withdraw its ships from a South China Sea shoal..... The two countries have been locked in a stand-off in disputed waters at the Scarborough Shoal since 8th April." Read the whole article at:


CQ Communi- cations, Inc., today announced the publication of the third edition of the DX World Guide, by Franz Langner, DJ9ZB. This 384-page DXer's guidebook is the first edition using color throughout and the first to be entirely in English. The book includes entries for well over 300 DX 'entities'. Information includes geographical information about each country, WAZ and ITU zones, ITU callsign allocations and amateur prefixes. Each listing also includes a map and flag, plus information on the country's licensing agency and national amateur radio society. In addition, as appropriate, listings include call areas, IOTA (Islands on the Air) information and representative QSL cards. The DX World Guide, 3rd edition, will be available in both print and digital (CD) formats. It will retail for 42.95 USDs in print and 22.95 USDs on CD. A limited number of print editions are expected to be available from the CQ booth at the 2012 Dayton Hamvention® (Main arena, booths 74 & 75), with general availability after Memorial Day. Advance orders are being accepted via the CQ Online Bookstore

or by phone at (800) 853-9797."

Al, VE1AWW, who has been active as CY0/VE1AWW as of April 17th, and will be there for about the next two months, reports on May 11th: "The 40-80-160 antenna is dead. I won't be replacing it anytime soon. I can work 30m (PSK 31) 20, 17, 15, 12 and 10m. I will soon have a 6m beam as well." Remember, his activity will be limited to his spare time as he is there to work. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

Craig, MM0SSG, is now active as D2SG from Luanda and will be there until around October 31st. Activity will be limited because he is there on a work assignment on an off-shore oil platform. Operations will only take place when he is on land. Reported QSNs show activity has been on 10 meters CW. QSL via GM4FDM, direct or by the Bureau.

The Northern Ohio DX Association (along with Janeen Hire, W8ZET) will once again sponsor a Hospitality Suite (16th year) at this year's Dayton Hamvention. It will be in Suite 1011 on the 10th floor of the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings (Look for signs!). All DXers/Contesters are welcome. Munchies and refreshments will be available. Come and meet the members and friends of NODXA.

DXCC NEWS (Card Checker and 160 Meters)
Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL Awards Branch Manager, reports:

"In order to facilitate retrieval of DXCC card checkers for the DXCC, WAS, VUCC and WAC programs besides the individual search feature on the DXCC web site, I have also posted a link to a file called DXCC Card Checker Master. This link will take you to the complete list of card checkers worldwide. In addition, an added purpose for this file is to help you locate a card checker near you that is authorized to check 160 Meters.

Remember, all checkers can now check deleted entities but certain restrictions still apply to 160 meters, as follows:
In the attached file you'll see entries that are in 'BOLD/RED'. These checkers are authorized to check 160 Meter cards. As per the new rule only card checkers with an active 160 Meter DXCC award account are authorized to verify 160 Meters. If your card checker is not noted in 'bold/red' please do not take 160 Meter cards for them to check. In addition to the 'bold/red' a notation of '160M' is noted next to their callsign in superscript which also notes this permission.

Please see this link which will take you to the master list:

The search feature to do a search by your state or country for your local card checker is still available, but at this time there is no note that indicates they are eligible to check 160 Meters:
As your editor was preparing this week's bulletin, well- known world traveller Vladimir, UA4WHX, who was recently in Jordan as JY8VB, surprised everyone Sunday morning showing up as E40VB from Palestine on 12 meters. As always, his length of stay is unknown. QSL via his home callsign.

EUFF GREEN PARTY 2012 (Field Day Operations)
The YOFF team of the SRR (Romanian Society of Radioamateurs) and the ARER (Romanian Association of Environmentalists Radioamateurs) invite all the radio amateurs to join them in the EUFF Green Party 2012. Purpose: To stimulate the ham operators to leave their house and be involved in portable/outdoor operations related to the nature and ecology, and to familiarize the world-wide radio amateurs with protected natural areas. Dates: 0600-1759z, June 9th. For complete details, see:


John, K9EL, will once again be active from French St. Martin (NA-105, DIFO FS-001, WLOTA 0383, Grid Loc. FK88) between June 8-24th. Activity will be holiday style (on a family vacation) and he will be operating as FS/K9EL whenever possible. He will be using an IC7000 and verticals for 80-10 meters, a 3 element yagi for 6 meters and will be operating on CW, SSB, and he plans to put an emphasis on RTTY this trip. He will also bring an amplifier with him to better his signal on 6 meters. John states,

"Schedules are welcome and QSL to my home call. I will also attempt to do daily uploads to Club Log and LoTW. Part of the trip will include planning for 160 meter antennas as I plan to operate 160 in November as part of my planned CQWW CW participation."
Rick, K6VVA, has announced that his "IOTA DXpedition (NA-175, NA-050 and NA-004) has now been rescheduled for hopefully better propagation during 2013. The far Northern Latitude has additional propagation factor complications, so in considering the total Big Picture involved, a QRX was deemed necessary to maximize possibilities for all IOTA Chasers to make QSOs." His new target date is in July 2013. Stay tuned for more details on his "KL7 North Slope IOTA EXTRAVAGANZA!!", by watching the Web page at:
Also, check TWITTER at:

Operators Peter OT9Z/ON8ZZ, Dominiek/ON3JA and Frederik/ON3NT will be active as MU/OT9Z from Guernsey (EU-114, WLOTA 0013) between July 16-20th. During their stay on Guernsey, they plan to activate the following islands (all EU-114): July 17th - Herm Island; July 18th - Sark Island (WLOTA 0944) and July 19th - Alderney Island (WLOTA 0198).

The group will then head south to France and be active as F/OT9Z from Chausey Island (EU-039, DIFM MA004, WLOTA 0424) between July 27-29th. They plan to be an entry in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 28-29th) using the special callsign TM7T. QSL all operations via OT9Z.

EU-008. Members of the Wessex Contest Group will be active as MS0WCB, MQ0WCB and possibly their own callsigns, from the Isle of Skye (IOSA NH07, SCOTIA CN14, WLOTA 1626, WAB NG47, WW Loc. IO67UQ) between now and May 19th. Operators mentioned are Steve/G0FUW, Simon/M0TTE, Dave/M0SFT and Dan/M0TGN. Activity will be on 80-15 meters SSB. QSL direct (see QRZ.com), eQSL or via M0WAY. More information is available at their Web site at:


EU-008. [Correction] Glyn, GW0ANA, will be operating as GM0ANA (not GW0ANA) during a "Micro DX-Pedition" from Gigha Island, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, between May 21-27th. Activity will be on SSB, RTTY, PSK and SSTV. QSL via GW0ANA, direct QTHR or by the Bureau.

EU-020. Tetsu, JH8SGR, will be active as SM1/JH8SGR from Gotland Island between June 11-13th. He will use 500 watts into wirebeam antennas. QSL via his home callsign.

EU-032. Members of the Beniteam DX Group will be on the air from Oleron Island using the special callsign TM12O (Tango Mike Twelve Oscar) between May 18-20th. Operators mentioned are Javier/EA2DXR, Javier/EA2JB, Julio/EA2KK, Juan/EA2RC, YL Merche/EA2TT and Antonio/EA2VE. Activity will be on 80-10 meters with three stations using SSB and RTTY. They will be ready to work also on 6 meters if the band is open. QSL via EA2TT.

EU-039. (Update) Members of the Charente DX Group (CDXG) will be active as TM0CI from Chausey Island (DIFM MA 004) between May 19-25th. Operators mentioned are F5MNK, F5LOW, F6HKA and ON4ZD (OS0S). Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. They will have three stations on the air. QSL via F5EOT, by the Bureau and direct (Postage or Mail with Paypal). For updates, watch the CDXG Web page at:


EU-043. Operators Sten/SM6MIS, Rick/SM6U, Bengt/SM6UQL, Tomas/SM6XMY, Pierre/SB6A, Christer/SM6V and Janne/SM6YOF will be active as 7S6W from Vinga Island (WLOTA 1517, SMFF-3495, SWA-163) between May 17-20th. Activity will begin during the afternoon of May 17th, through their departure at 1200z on Sunday, May 20th. They plan to have 3 stations, each with 1 kW amplifiers, using mostly SSB, with some CW and RTTY. QSL via info on (QRZ.com). For information and updates, visit:


EU-049. Fred, PA1FJ, is now active as SV8/PA1FJ/P from the Samos Island, Greece, until May 17th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters SSB. QSL via his home callsign.

EU-112. Members of the GMDX Group (Scotland's DX Association) plan to be active as GB5SI from Shiant Isles [House Island) (between Isles of Lewis and Skye on Scotland's NW Coast) between June 15-22nd. Operators mentioned are Jim/MM0BQI, Gordon/MM0GPZ, Doug/GM0ELP, Philip/GM0LIR, Iain/GM0OQV, Brian/GM0EGI, William/ GM4ZNC and possibly others. Activity will be on 80-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via MM0BQI.

EU-120. Operators Kev/M0TNX and Martin/M3POG will once again be active as GB2HI from Hilbre Island between May 17-20th. Kev states that they are there to celebrate his 45th birthday (May 18th), and to give out QSOs for the Island to anyone who needs it. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. If 80 meters is possible, it will be a full size kite supported vertical over 1.2 km of radials! This year's Digital activity will take place thanks to Alan, M0AQC, who donated one of his super, low cost interfaces. QSL via M0OXO. They will upload the log to LoTW and E-QSL. For more details and updates, watch:

Also, watch a short video on (QRZ.com) of their operation last year.

EU-141. Operators Helmut/DL5DSM and Bernhard/DL9UBF will be active as LA/homecall from Vardo Island (WLOTA 0106) between May 15-23rd. They also plan a side trip to Hornoya Island (EU-141, WLOTA 2751) using the callsigns LA/homecall/p. Activity will be on the HF bands using all modes and 100 watts and GP antennas. QSL via their home callsigns, by the Bureau or direct.

EU-157. Operators Gil/F4FET Gil, Vincent/F4BKV, Eric/F4FJH and Diego/ F4HAU Diégo will be active as TM0CEZ from islands in the Bretagne Region IOTA Group sometime between June 24th and July 7th. The dates will depend on the weather conditions. Islands mentioned are Cezembre Island (DIFM MA008), Harbour Island (DIFM MA025) and Agot Island (DIFM MA009). They will have antennas for 20/17/15/10 meters. They request that you only make one QSO. NO MULTIPLE BAND QSOs because they will only be on for 12-22 hours. QSL via F5CWU. For more details, see the TM0CEZ Web site at:


NA-092. Dave, AC0QG, will once again be active as AC0QG/5 from South Padre Island (USI TX007S, Cameron County, TX) between June 18th and July 13th. Activity will be on the HF bands, on or near the usual island and IOTA frequencies. QSL via his home callsign, direct, LoTW or eQSL.

NA-128. Members of the "NA-128 Contest Group" will activate the special callsign VX2I from Ile Verte (CISA QC-015, Grid FN58, ARLHS CAN-244, WLOTA 1404) between July 26-29th. The group will be a Multi-Single entry in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 28-29th), and will have many stations on from the lighthouse keeper's quarters. Activity will be on all bands using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK63 before and after the contest. A station will be dedicated on 6m. The group will operate ONLY on SSB and CW, and on 80/40/20/15/10 meters DURING the contest. QSL via VE2CQ. For more details, see:


NA-144. Operators Jeff/W6UX, Rich/AE6RS, Steven/K6SGH, Kenan/KR6J, John/KQ6ES and Tim/N6GP will be active as W6UX/p from Anacapa Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 28-29th). QSL via W6UX.

Laci, HA0HW, will once again be active as J48HW and SV8/HA0HW from Thassos Island (IOTA: EU-174, GIOTA: NAS-037, MIA: MG-124, WLOTA: LH-4186, QRA: KN20HS) between May 24th and June 3rd. He will operate mainly CW, with some SSB, RTTY and PSK31 as well, on the HF bands (mainly on 40/30/20/17 meters) and on 6 meters. He will enter the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power using the callsign J48HW. His rigs are a FT-840 with a MOS-FET amplifier (300-400 watts) and an IC-706 (for 6m only). Antennas are a monoband Gps and dipoles on fishing poles. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the HA Bureau.


 May/14th  AN-HN   May/17th  AN      May/19th  AN
   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       100-400
Operators Michal/OK7MT, Vit/OK5MM and Petr/OK2PP will be active as P4/homecall and P40H from Carl's, P49V, "Cook's Radio Retreat"
on Aruba (SA-036) between May 17-31st. Activity will include the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 26-27th). QSL via OK7MT, by the Bureau or direct. Later they will post logs on LoTW too.


  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (dated May 13th)
  2Q0IJK via M0OXO         ER52MOM via ER3BI           RP67GS via RK9JYY
  4O/OK1IEC via OK1IEC     GQ0BNR via G0BNR            RP67KK via RX1CQ
  4O/OK4ZW via OK1UZW      GQ0RPM via G0RPM            RP67LL via RA9LL
  5X5RO via F8DFP          GQ4GIR via G4GIR            RP67MB via RZ3FR
  AO3EU via EA3RKF         HB0/IN3ADW via IN3ADW       RP67M via UA4LU
  AO4EU via EA3RKF         HB0/IN3HUU via IN3HUU       RP67ON via RZ3LC
  AO5EU via EA3RKF         HB100FLP via HB9OCR         RP67TG via UA9APA
  AO6EU via EA3RKF         HS85RI via E21EIC           RP67W via RK3QWW
  AO7EU via EA3RKF         JY8VB via UA4WHX            RP67YM via UA3YAA
  AO8EU via EA3RKF         JY9ET via M0OXO             SD7N/6 via DL2RNS
  AX8NSB via M0URX         LZ67VZ via LZ1ZF            SN45CHBW via SP4OIP
  BD7ANX via BA4EG         MQ0CEF via DL2LFH           SP/CT1CJJ via CT1CJJ
  BW2/JP1RIW via BM2JCC    OH1ZAA/VP9 via OH1VR        TK1A via IT9YVO
  CS5FAT via CT6ARL        OV5T via M0TRN              VP5/KE1B via KE1B
  EF7NL via EA7NL          P4/JA3DFM via JA3DFM        W1B via NG1G
  EG5TC via EA5GUQ         PA/DK1YY via DK1YY          W3STX/KH0 via JR3STX
  EH6ITU via EA6AZ         PD6MILL via PD7BZ           W7F via AI4U
  EM80L/A via US0LW        PJ7AZ via DL2AAZ            XV4Y via OK1DOT (d)
  EO67JP via UU4JXI        R1945HS via RW6HS (d)       YP15ARDF via YO7KFX
  EO67J via UU2JT          RP67FA via RK3FWI

               (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (L) LoTW
NEW QSL MANAGER. As of May 9th, Buzz, NI5DX, is the new QSL Manager for Wayne, ZL2WL. Once the log file is transferred, Buzz will be able to confirm past contacts with ZL2WL, as well as any future QSOs. QSL cards will need to be printed, so please be patient and allow 6 weeks for the cards to be delivered. Wayne is very happy that his contacts will now be able to be confirmed with a QSL card. He has not sent out cards since his wife, ZL2MAB, became a SK last November, as she handled the QSL duties.

PR2I (SA-024 and SA-071) QSL STATUS. Fred, IK7JWX, informs that there are many problems and he hopes to send all QSLs out soon. He is sorry for the delay.

SU9VB AND LoTW. Vladimir, UA4WHX, announced on May 9th: "Important! LoTW -- I have currently indefinitely totally discontinued uploading any newer latest QSOs until the system is slightly more manageable and more user logical and friendly." For QSLs, see QRZ.com under SU9VB.




It is sad to report that Larry Gandy, AH8LG, became a Silent Key (SK) on May 8th. Tets, AH7C, reports, "He was one of the most active DXer and contester on the island. He also took care of very many DXers that were not only just visiting there but also going to other Pacific islands for DXpeditions. We lost a big star in the Pacific." OPDX and its readers would like to send out our deepest sympathy to his wife Uti/KS6FO, and the family and friends of AH6LG.

Operators Roberto/I2RNJ and Piero/IK2IHY will be active as SV5/homecall from Rhodes Island (EU-001) between August 4-11th. Activity will be holiday style but on SSB only. Bands of operations were not mentioned, but they will use an IC-706 w/100w into a Multi-band dipole. QSL via their home callsigns and by the Bureau.

Operators Bill/W4TAA and Pete/VE3IKV will be active as TF/VX3T from the south coast of Iceland between June 17-30th. Activity will be 6 meters CW and SSB from Grid HP83SU (and possibly some other grids) with 100 watts into a 8 element yagi. They will be looking for SSSP propagation to JA in the mornings and for Es or AuEs to North America at other times. The VX3T special callsign and prefix commemorates the 100th anniversary of the world-famous Calgary Stampede. QSL via VE3IKV direct.

TX5, CLIPPERTON ISLAND (Operation Back On)
The Cordell Expeditions is pleased to announce a DXpedition to Clipperton Island in early 2013. The team of 24 will sail from San Diego on February 19th (2013), and will be active from Clipperton for 10 days starting around March 1st. They will be active on all bands and all modes, and will use DXA, the satellite- linked system that displays near-real-time log data on any Web browser. They state, "We invite your participation in this project, as a team member, supporter, or callsign in our log!" The Clipperton Island Web page is at:


Members of the Mediterraneo DX Club will sponsor/plan another DXpedition, this time to Brunei (OC-088). The multi-national team (90% of the team operated during the 9N7MD DXpedition) will be active as V84SMD between November 13-22nd. Activity will be on 160-10 meters, including the 30/17/12 meter bands, using CW, SSB and RTTY. They plan to have 15 to 18 operators with 4 to 5 stations on the air 24 hours.

Their equipment will be Icom 7000s and Elecraft K2s. Antennas will be 3 Spiderbeam (5 bands), 80m vertical full size, inverted L for 160m, vertical for 40m, vertical dipole for 30m and beverages for receiving.

The operators mentioned are Henri/F1HRE, Michel/F5EOT, Jean-Luc/F6BIV, Gabriele/I2VGW, Pino/I8YGZ, Fabio/IK2LTR, Marco/IZ2GNQ, Antonio/IZ8CCW, Eric/ON7RN, UZ2HKC, Roslan/V85AVE, Nizam/V85AX, Mohammad/V85TX and Bimbo/YB3MM. QSL via IK2VUC, direct, by the Bureau or the OQRS. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW 4-5 months after the activity. A Web page is under construction and will be online soon at:


Operators Rich/KE1B and YL Anna/W6NN are now active as VP5/homecall from Providenciales (NA-002) unitl May 17th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. There will be 6 meter operations if the band is open. They are running 100 watts to a Buddipole. QSL via their home callsigns, direct or by the Bureau. All logs are uploaded to LoTW and eQSL.

XZ, MYANMAR (Update to OPDX.1037/1060)
Simon, HS0ZIB/G6JFY, announced that he will be in Myanmar this Monday. Activity will be on SSB, and possibly PSK. Simon states, "My current transmissions are very sporadic because I am still commuting back and forth between Thailand and Myanmar. I understand that free accommodation is being arranged for me in Kawthaung (better be atop the big hill), and once I have an established QTH I'll be able to bring in more radio gear and build some better antennas. QSL cards are almost at the printer (meaning that Gennady has my initial image files, but I haven't yet given him the go-ahead to print)." For more details, updates, an online log search and QSL info, please visit his Web and Twitter pages at:


Tevfik, TA1HZ, will once again be active as ZA1TC from Durres between August 1-7th. 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 the European HF Championship. During his spare time from the contest, he will may try to work some PSK31, especially on 30 meters. More details and QSL info are available on QRZ.com and the TCSWAT Web page.

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