OPDX Bulletin 1079 September 17, 2012

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1079
BID: $OPDX.1079
September 17, 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, N1SV, NJ1Q & W1AW, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4II, K5WE, K5YY, KH6BZF, KM6HB, WC6DX, N7CQQ, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m News, W9ILY, WB0VGI, AT International, DF7ZS,, DK8JB & The DX News Letter, DL1SBF, DxCoffee.com, DX-World.Net, ES1CW, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, IARU Region 1 Web Site, N6PSE, OH2BH, ON5NT, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's DX-Newsdesk, PY2XB, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, UA4WHX, VA3RJ & ICPO, the VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) and the YBDXC for the following DX information.

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 9th-September, through Sunday, 16th-September there were 219 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C5, C6, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, D6, DL, DU, E5/n, E5/s, E6, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FH, 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, J2, J3, J5, J6, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH8/s, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ4, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S2, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T30, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, 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).

3A, MONACO (Update)
Nobby, G0VJG, will be active as 3A/G0VJG between October 1-5th. Activity will be on the HF bands using 100 watts and SSB only. QSL via G4DFI (not G0VJG).

3D2C, CONWAY REEF (Press Release #3)
Paul, N6PSE, sent out the following on September 10th [edited]:

"DXpedition to Conway Reef as 3D2C -- It is with great excitement that we announce that our preparations for a large multi- national DXpedition to Conway Reef are going according to plan. We now have 19 operators from all over the globe to participate in this tent and generator operation.

Conway Reef is located in the South Pacific Ocean and is #35 on Club Log's most wanted DXCC list.

The bulk of our equipment has arrived and is staged in Suva, Fiji. ICOM is shipping the IC-7600 rigs to us this week, and they will travel with the team to Suva. Our advance team is arriving in Suva on September 21st to commence with equipment testing and loading on our vessel, the venerable Island Dancer II.

The main Team is meeting in Lami Bay, Suva, and departing by ship to Conway Reef on September 24th. The Team expects to arrive at Conway Reef and become active on September 26th. We will complete our Dxpedition on October 5th, 2012, and return to Suva.

The main goals of this DXpedition are to work every amateur radio operator who needs Conway Reef for a new DXCC country. In addition, we will be active on all bands from 1.8 MHz to 144 MHz, including the 5 MHz and 50 MHz bands.

We will be active on CW, SSB and RTTY. Special attention will be made to work far away stations such as Europe and Africa during those periods when propagation permits. The propagation window for EU and Africa is very brief at times and signals may be weak, so we ask everyone in the honored HAM SPIRIT to stand by when asked so that we may fulfill this need. Our destination will have a wide range of options and possibilities.

We will use our Satellite phones to upload our logs on a daily basis to our on-line log. We will upload to LOTW approximately six months following the DXpedition.

Our team consists of these Operators: Hrane/YT1AD (Leader), Aleksej/ UA4HOX (Co-Leader-Operations), Paul/N6PSE (Co-Leader-PR & Fundraising), David/WD5COV, Vasily/RW4NW, David/AH6HY, Alan/K6SRZ (Team Physician), Alan/AD6E, Sergej/RZ3FW, Craig/K9CT, Stan/LZ1GC, George/N6NKT, Peter/ PY5CC, Mike/K6MKF, Jim/K9JM, Miguel/PY3MM, Luciano/PY5KD, Dragan/YT3W and Tevita/3D2TR. Our Pilot Stations are: Aca/YU1AA, Toma/YU1AB and Andre/V51B.

We wish everyone good propagation, and we hope that you enjoy working the 3D2C Team.

We are very grateful to INDEXA, NCDXF and all of the Clubs and in- dividuals who have provided monetary support for this Dxpedition. We sincerely hope we can satisfy your needs!

At this time, we are seeking additional Club and Individual Sponsors to help us defray the costs of carrying out this DXpedition. Donations can be made via the 3D2C web page. OQRS will be available upon completion of the DXpedition.

Our official website is

3D2C Team"
Chab, YT7WA, will be active as 4O/homecall from the Village of Buljarice between now and September 23rd. Activity will be on BPSK and QPSK.

A group of JA operators are now active from Trincomalee in eastern Sri Lanka using individual callsigns until September 20th. Activity will be on all bands and modes. Operators mentioned are Hiroshi/ JA3HBF (4S7HBG), Toru/JR3QHQ (4S7QHG), Nakasako/JA3UJR (4S7UJG), Ryo/ JG3DOG (4S7DOG), Ikuo/JA3TJA (4S7TAG), 7M3FMR (4S7TEG), Kunio/JH3LSS (4S7LSG) and Tatsuo/JA3ARJ (4S7ARG). By the way, the JA team also activated Pigeon Island in the Sri Lanka's Coastal Island IOTA Group (AS-171) this past Sunday for a few hours. QSL via their home callsigns or via the instructions of the operator.

Noel, WB0VGI, informs OPDX that he will arrive in Tanzania on September 18th. However, he will be settling in and touring the country first before operating. He suspects that he will not be able to operate until at least October 8th, and will be active as 5H3NP from Iringa until December 15th. His plan is to operate 20/15/10 meters initially. Noel will have to build a WARC band antenna if he can find the room. Operations will be on CW, SSB and PSK. QSL via his home callsign.

John, N7CQQ, sent out the following press release on September 12th [edited]:

"We plan to depart Western Samoa (5W) on or about the 18th of September and join the party at a Trade Winds hotel in American Samoa. The gang from Swains should be arriving a day or two following our arrival back in American Samoa [AS] (KH8). Party will begin. We will see them off from the airport.

N7CQQ (5W0QQ) and N6XT (5W0XT) will continue to operate from AS until our planned departure on October 1st. We expect (or will try to) setup our station at the Trade Winds hotel for the remainder of our stay. We might also have access to the AH8LG station for QRO operation. We will set up for 60 meter operation from Western Samoa (WS) also. As soon as we set up a schedule for 60 meters, it will be posted here on your favorite DX news source.

PS: A special thank you to Atsuo, 5W1SA, for opening his home/ham station and very generous support while in Western Samoa. He drove us around and showed us the ropes here until we felt comfortable to do it on our own. Atsuo has a computer and wireless internet business here in Samoa.

Atsuo is forming a Ham Club here for visiting hams from around the world. We have contributed a donation to get him started. His plan, on the one acre hill top, is to get the property surveyed, the weeds cut, haul in some crushed rock and then obtain a 20 foot shipping container. I offered to purchase half of a shipping container to help get Atsuo started. (I might get my Call Sign on the side of the container?)

We have made plans to return to Western Samoa next year to build antennas and work on the site. This is an aggressive schedule for Samoa; I will keep you posted on the progress.

Atsuo will be putting up a Web page to post pictures and progress notes. The Web site will have suggested lodging sites, logistic information, car rental info, licensing info, and a list of the Charter Members of the Samoa Ham Club. I will add a section to the Web site to give details of our attempt to visit Tokelau, ZK3.

So here is your chance to make the DXCC program stronger by getting a world class ham site going on Samoa.

N7CQQ (n7cqq@msn.com) (atsuo@5w1sa.com)
Gus, ON6KE, will be active as 9H3AK from Gozo (EU-023) between September 22-28th. Activity will be holiday style on 40/30/20 meters operating QRP (2-5 watts) CW. Suggested frequencies are 7030/7040, 10106/10116 and 14060 kHz. QSL only via LoTW and eQSL and LoTW. He states, "NO Bureau" and "no printed QSL, sorry".

Members of the Qatar Amateur Radio Society are heading for the beach again for a Multi-Operator/Multi-Transmitter entry in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th). This year the A73A team will include Ali/A71BX, Rashid/A71AD, Abdulla/A71CV, Khalid/A71CO, Mohammad/A71EL, Saif/A71AM, Ali/A71BZ, Ibrahim/A61ZX, Khalid/A61BK, Dave/K5GN,N5OT, David/N6AN, Larry/N6TR and Aoli/HA1AG. QSL via EA7FTR.

Press Release from Martti, OH2BH, dated September 14, 2012:

"While this special activity will feature a hunt to work the maximum number of Azores islands, the Organizing Committee has today released the copy of a beautiful certificate available to all who manage to contact all 9 islands during the weekend of September 28-30th, 2012. The certificate will be sent by E-mail to those eligible for the Certificate of Merit presented as part of this release and shown at

This new element will add to the grand prizes (2) of free travel to the Azores that are to be given out on October 15 as part of a lucky draw.

Also, the renowned Club Log will be featured as a window to all 9 islands logs almost real-time with special software combining all nine islands logs into one overview.

We kindly ask you to pass the Nine Islands banner to your favorite webmaster and ask him to link it to

ADDED NOTE: The certificate can also be seen on the Northern Ohio DX Association's FaceBook page http://www.facebook.com/NorthernOhioDxAssociation.

BX5, TAIWAN (AS-020)
Jimmy, BX5AA, from Changhua City, Taiwan (WLOTA 0022), will be active during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) as a Single-Op/Single-All/High-Power entry. Jimmy states that BX5 is a rare prefix for Taiwan (CQ 24). QSL via BX5AA, direct (see (QRZ.com)). Visit his Web page at:


Look for the YinZhou Middle School Amateur Radio Club Station, located in NingBo City, Zhejiang Province, to be active as BY5CD during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) as a Multi-Op/All-Band entry. Their station consists of 2x Yaesu FT-2000 with stacked antennas for 40m and above. They also have 80m 4 SQ, 160m full size Slope with Beverage, and will use legal limit power. QSL via BD4HF, direct or by the Bureau (May take a long time!). OM and YL operators mentioned are Jack/BA4ALC, Ding/BA7MG, Bai/BH1DYK, Wei/BD1QXU, BG4AHK, Chen/BA7NO, Jordan/BA7MY, Mark/BD4FM, Esa/OH7WV, Takao/JE2LPC, Fan/BA1RB, Lu/BA5FB, Bojan/BA5BJ, Robin Le/BD5CHU and Chenxing/BD4HF.

Alain, F4GYP, will be active as FO/F4GYP from several French Polynesian Islands between October 19th and November 6th. The islands mentioned are Tahiti (OC-046, DIFO FO002), Mehetia (OC-046, DIFO FO009), Moorea (OC-046, DIFO FO010) and Raiatea (OC-067, DIFO FO012) [probably during the weekend of October 27-28th for Raiatea]. He will be also be active on Motu Nono (OC-046, DIFO FO131) with the special callsign TX4FO. No specific date; it depends on the weather conditions. Activity will be on SSB and on 40/20 meters possibly 10 meters also. QSL via F4GYP, direct or by the Bureau.

AS-025. Valery, RA0SS, is now active as RA0SS/0 from Kunashir Island possibly for one month depending on transport. Activity has been mainly on 30 and 20 meters.

AS-043. Operators Suehiro/JI1PLF, Mitsuo/JA1UNS, Hisashi/7N1GMK and Takeo/7L4PVR will be active as homecall/1 from Hachijo Island between October 13-16th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via their home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

EU-054. Operators Raffaello/IT9ATF, Sal/IT9BXR, Renato/IT9NPR, Pippo/ IT9PPG, Antonino/IT9RDG and Pino/IT9WDC will be active as IF9A from Favignana Island (IIA TP-011, MIA MI-025, WLOTA LH-1545) for the CQWW DX SSB Contest as (October 27-28th) as a Multi- Single entry. Activity will be on all bands and modes outside of the contest. QSL via IT9ATF, direct or by the Bureau.

EU-057. Volkert, DL6BE, will be active as homecall/p from Oehe Island (DID/GIA O-019) between October 29th and November 4th. Activity will be on the HF bands on, or near, the usual island and IOTA frequencies. QSL via his home callsign.

NA-046. Larry, K4KGG, is now active as K4KGG/1 on Martha's Vineyard Island until September 18th. Look for him around 2200z on primary on 14260 kHz SSB, but he may also work the other IOTA SSB frequencies on 10, 15, and 40m. QSL via K4KGG, direct or by the Bureau.

NA-067. Glenn, NY4NC, will be active as homecall/p from Ocracoke Island (USI NC001S, WLOTA 0466, Hyde County), North Carolina, between September 17-21st. Activity will be mainly on 40/20 meters operating QRP CW. QSL via direct to his home callsign.

OC-160. Aki, JA1NLX, will be active as homecall/VK4 from Hamilton between October 18-23rd. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via JA1NLX. There is a OQRS on:


Operators Kjell/LA9HH and Karl/LA8DW will be active as JW9HH and JW8DW, respectively, from Svalbard Islands until September 19th. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW and SSB. They were both active this past weekend as JW5E during the SAC Contest. QSL JW8DW via LA8DW and JW9HH via LA9HH, direct or by the Bureau. QSL via JW5E (see (QRZ.com)).

K6, UNITED STATES (Special Event)
Mark, KM6HB, for the 8th straight year, will operate as special event station, K6P, between September 21-23rd. Activity is to commemorate "National POW-MIA Recognition Day" (Every 3rd Friday in September as stipulated by the Congress) and "Honor and remember those that have served and are still waiting to come home". Mark states, "Please stop by on the air and help us remember and honor those that having given so much for freedom." Suggested SSB frequencies are: 7250, 14253 and 18150 kHz (+/- QRM). They will operate from the Southern California area. QSL for a two sided picture QSL card via KM6HB: Mark McMullen, P.O. Box 27271, Santa Ana, California 92799, USA. Logs will be uploaded to EQSL and LoTW.

Dave, N2NL, will once again be active as NH2T from Guam (OC-026) during the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 29-30th) and both the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) and CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Bnad/High-Power entry. He is expected to be here until the summer of 2013. Dave will be active (outside of contests) as KH2/N2NL and during all contests as NH2T. QSL via LoTW or via W2YC. For more information, including a station description, you can visit his Blog Page at:



 Sep/17th  AN-HN   Sep/20th  HN      Sep/22nd  HN
 Sep/18th  HN-AN   Sep/21st  HN      Sep/23rd  AN
 Sep/19th  AN

    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       100-400
Jeff, K5WE, will be active as KP2/K5WE from St. Croix beginning September 17th until 26th. Activity will be on all bands, mostly CW, maybe some RTTY. QSL via his home callsign.

By the time you read this, the NH8S team on Swains Island is now QRT and in the process of tearing down their camp for a possible early departure. They were expected to be active until September 18th. However, San, K5YY, Swaim's 60m pilot, informs us on Saturday that the team has had "much bad weather conditions, antennas down, operators sick and tired and dehydrated and with some wounds requiring medical care."

The NH8S team has made a total of 105455 QSOs with 26010 Unique callsigns (43126/SSB, 54128/CW and 8201/RTTY). Breakdown by Continent: 522/AF, 2/AN, 28620/AS, 29509/EU, 43091/NA, 2663/OC and 1048/SA. The NH8S team recommends to QSL via OQRS by ClubLog for both direct or Bureau QSLs.

PLEASE NOTE: They will activate the OQRS system after the DXpeditions ends -- on or about Saturday, 22-September-2012. Complete instructions will be provided on the NH8S QSL page. Direct QSLs can be mailed to: Swains Island DXpedition, P.O. Box 5005, Lake Wylie, SC 29710, USA. Bureau QSLs go to AA4NN (but use the OQRS - it is faster). QSL via LoTW (Logs will be posted 6 months after the conclusion of the DXpedition).

There will not be any QSLs via eQSL.
For more details on the NH8S operation, see the Web site at:


Raimo, OH3BHL, will be active as OH0KAG during the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 29-30th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (40m) entry. QSL via LoTW. There will be part time operations if 10m is not open.

Helmut, DF7ZS, will once again be active from Aruba (SA-036) (probably from P40V's QTH), possibly as P40Z between October 17-21st. He plans to be active in the Worked All German Contest [WAG] (October 20-21st). Helmut informs OPDX that outside of the contest he will be active on 17/12 meters. QSL via DF7ZS.

Mike, G4IUF (ISWL Member), will once again be active as PJ6/G4IUF from Isle House, Windwardside, Saba Island (NA-145, WFF PAFF-027, WLOTA 2043) between October 1st and November 1st. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign, direct or E-mail for Bureau request (see (QRZ.com)).


  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (dated Setember 16th)
  3V8BB via LX1NO (WAE SSB 2012) NH7O via EA5GL         UA9FAR via EA7FTR
  4L0G via EA7FTR              OE/DK1AX/P via DK1AX     UN7MMM via EA7FTR
  5P1EBR via DL1EBR            OF150M via OH8DR         UN8GV via RD3AY
  AY8A via LU8ADX              OH/DJ9DZ via DJ9DZ       UT/R100SG via RN3FY
  CE2/CX1EK via CX1EK (d US ad) OH0V via OH6LI          V5/DL3ZAD via DL3ZAD
  CR5DBOSCO via CT1EPE         ON68POL via ON4AZD       V5/HB9PHJ via HB9PHJ
  EG3SBD via EA3URS            OX/OZ0J via OZ0J         V55V via DJ8VC
  EH2HJ via EA2CJW             PR1T via LoTW only       V63MJ via W5MJ
  EX8VM via RW6HS (d)          PW2D via M0OXO           V73AX via WH0AI
  HK1NA via K6IPM              PW2T via PY2MN           YU/UR8UA via UR8UA
  IR2L via IW2LLH              R20SRR via RK3A          YY2CAR via EA7HBC
  JW9HH via LA9HH              R100RW via UA9OA         ZA/OK2BOB via OK2BOB
  JX9JKA via LA9JKA            SB6HL via SM5YRA         ZY5Y via PP5BS
  LT0H via EA7FTR              TK/DL4FF via DL4FF

             (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (L) LoTW only
         --  PLEASE NOTE: No QSL-Infos from DL1SBF next Sunday --
E40VB QSL STATUS. Vladimir, UA4WHX, informs OPDX that the E40VB QSLs will be in the mail on September 13th. However, he also mentions that he has not heard from Bill Moore, NC1L, and the ARRL on the approval yet. He submitted all the documents to them at the end of July.

VP2V/AA7V QSL ROUTE. Rex, NR6M, will be the QSL Manager for VP2V/AA7V starting with the operation which begins September 26, 2012. QSL policy is as follows: U.S. stations send SASE and DX stations must send SAE with 2 USDs or 1 IRC with a current date. No Bureau cards for this operation.




Excerpts from the IARU Region 1 Web page reports:

"Monday, September 10, 2012 marked the end of supervised independence of the Republic of Kosovo, a European country with a population of 2 million, and the beginning of its status as a fully sovereign state." It also states, "Kosovo is now an independent country, which must be honored as such. As of today, a total of 91 countries, including most of the industrialized world, such as USA, Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom and France along with the Benelux and Nordic countries, have recognized the Republic of Kosovo. These powers have endorsed the final settlement, the fulfilment of which is now celebrated in Kosovo's capital Prishtina.

An Amateur Radio working group headed by IARU Region 1 President Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T, and including IARU Region 1 Executive Committee Member Nikola Percin, 9A5W and Mission Goodwill Kosovo Coordinator Martti Laine, OH2BH, together with their associates are in the final stages of assisting Kosovo's Telecom Authorities in drafting regulations governing Amateur Radio in Kosovo, to bring the original Kosovar operators and their re-vitalized Amateur Radio Association back to the international community.

The IARU Region 1 Web page is at:

SU55, EGYPT (Special Event)
Members of the Egyptian Radio Amateur Society for Development (ERASD) will activate special event station SU55J from Cairo between October 18-22nd. The ERASD will be celebrating 55th World Scout Jamboree On The Air (JOTA 55) and also participate in the event. QSL only direct to SM5AQD. Visit the Egyptian Radio Amateurs Society Facebook page to learn of upcoming activities and all news about ERASD at:


Melody, T30MK, is a native living on Tarawa Atoll (OC-017) in Western Kiribati. He states on QRZ.com, "I will be pleased to contact colleagues from all over the world. Please, be patient when contacting me as T30 is a highly requested entity. I will try to offer all colleagues the chance to confirm a contact with Western Kiribati." So far, we have not seen any QSNs on the DXClusters, but we will keep you informed.

T30, WESTERN KIRIBATI (3rd Press Release - T30PY/T30SIX)

"We are working on the last minute logistic issues as well as on final preparation of our operation. Although Air Pacific has changed our flight schedule multiple times, we are confident that we can keep up with the announced schedule. The first station should be on the air in the first GMT hours of October 16th. Then we will gradually have all 4 stations running. The quality and even the availability of local Internet need to be confirmed. Our goal is to upload logs in Clublog daily as well as send news to the community periodically. The current DXpeditions in the Pacific area give us additional information about the likely local propagation behavior on HF. We emphasize that we plan to have Low Band stations in every SR/SS as well as the 6m station on EME on every MR/MS. We are grateful for the support received from many individuals, clubs and companies. Support is key for the success of this enterprise.
73, T30PY / T30SIX Team http://www.mdxc.org/t30py"
A 14 member team of operators led by Jay/W2IJ and David/N1EMC is being planned for a DXpedition to Banaba for March/April 2013. A license has been issued (T33A), landing permission obtained and charter boat organized. The team's plan is to have 6 active stations on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY for approximately 12 days (including two weekends) returning to Tarawa on April 10, 2013. Operators mentioned are Jay/W2IJ, David/N1EMC, Arnold/N6HC, John/N7CQQ, Charlie/W6KK, Mike/N9NS, Paul/W8AEF, Cliff/KD6XH, Jay/AA4FL, Franz/DK1II and Carlos/EA1IR. They have 3 places remaining for interested operators. For more details in joining the DXpedition, drop an E-mail to Banaba[at]T33A.com. Look for more details to be forthcoming.

Hisashi, JF2SKV, will be active as T88KV from Koror Island (OC-009) between October 26-30th. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. He will also be in the CQWW DX SSB Contest October 27-28th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via his home callsign. For more info, visit the following URLs: http://www.facebook.com/jf2skv


Gab, HA3JB, will be active as TA/HA3JB from Turkey between September 22nd and October 2nd. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. He will also be in the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 29-30th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (??) entry. QSO is valid for the IPA Award. QSL via the CBA or his OQRS at:


Sadao "Dan", JA1PBV, will once again be active as VK9XS from Christmas Island (OC-002) between now and September 20th. Activity will be on the HF bands, 80-6 meters using CW and RTTY, with a focus on NA and SA. Dan will use a IC-7000, DM-330MV, X200PC and wire antenna. See his setup from last operation at: http://ito110.com He is expected to move to Cocos Keeling Island (OC-003) and be active as VK9CS between September 21-28th. QSL via his home callsign.

Martin, G4XUM, will be active as VP2MXU between October 23-30th. He should be active in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th). QSL via G3NKC.

Les, N1SV, will once again be active as VP9I for the 2012 CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th). Before the contest, look for VP9/N1SV starting on October 24th on all bands. QSL VP9I via N1HRA and VP9/N1SV via his home callsign.

YB, INDONESIA (Special Certificate)
To commemorate the one year anniversary of the YB Land DX Club, a special short term certificate of merit will be issued for contacting YBDXC members as well as other amateurs from YB land between September 13th and October 31st, 2012. Members of YBDXC and non member YB amateur radio stations are assigned points, and you must obtain a minimum 50 points to qualify for the certificate. The award in PDF electronic form which you can download and print is FREE. QSL cards are not required, but you will need to send log entries by E-mail to sponsor. For further details, please check out their Web site at the following URLs:


Z8, SOUTH SUDAN (Update)
Jim, K7QI, reports on QRZ.com that he has received his callsign, as well as Diya, YI1DZ. Their callsigns are Z81A (Jim) and Z81D (Diya) and are good for one year. Jim is now living and working in Juba, while Diya is a UN WFP telecom worker there. The two operators will soon meet and pool their resources together to help bring Amateur radio to South Sudan. Jim states on QRZ.com that "most all of Juba has no electricity and the house I've rented is the same. My company is in the process of ordering 2 generators. I am scheduled to fly back home on 25th of September 2012, and will return to Juba around late October or early November.

I still need to select HF equipment and VHF equipment, and will bring the equipment back with me once I've selected the equip- ment. I am a member of AMSAT back home, and am planning on becoming active on AMSAT from here. Once I am set up and operating, I plan on being highly active, and will be on just about everyday. So please be patient, and I will be on very soon."

Meanwhile, Diya, Z81D, has a station already set up and ready to go. Jim states, "Thanks to his kindness, we both will be using his station until I can get my station set up." By the way, Diya was heard on the air for the first time on September 13th, around 1745z operating 17 meters SSB. The QSL Manager for Z81A is Frank Remington, K7GSE. Please send S.A.S.E. with 2 green stamps or 1 valid IRC to Frank. The QSL Manager for Diya, YI1DZ (Z81D), is Stefan, OM3JW. To see pictures of both licenses and Diya's radio shack located at Nyakuron South, Juba, see "DX-World.net" at:

ADDED NOTE: Both operators are now active and have been on 20, 17 and 15 meters SSB.

Hiro, JF1OCQ/W1VX/ZL1WY, will be active as ZL7A from the Chatham Islands (OC-038) between November 1-9th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes, with an emphasis on 80 and 6 meters. A beacon will be on 50.117 MHz around the clock. Hiro will use a TS-590S w/ACOM1000 into a Husler vertical for HF, and a FT-100 without a Linear Amp into 4 element yagi for 6 meters. QSL via JF1OCQ, direct (see (QRZ.com)) or by the Bureau (E-mail requests available) or LoTW. NO eQSL. For more details, see:


ZL9, CAMPBELL ISLAND (Update/Press Release)[edited]
The following was released by Ed, VK2ARE, Australian publicity Officer for ZL9HR, on Sunday, September 9th:

"MONSTER ANTENNA! - The HARAOA president and DX'Pedition leader Tommy, VK2IR, has just finished construction of a 40 meters, 2 element Moxon antenna yes that's right a two element 40 meters beam is gong on the ZL9HR DX'Pedition to Campbell Island (IOTA OC-037) for the activation between November 28th and December 9th. The element length is 15 metres long! To see the construction of this monster simply search for ZL9HR on Youtube:

The fitting out of the four shipping containers to take all the equipment has also been finished, and they are being packed. All of this is on schedule to be ready to be shipped out of Sydney in just a few days around the 15th of September.

The team is also delighted to have received several more sponsors, both commercial, associations and clubs and individuals all of which are listed on the web site at ZL9HR.com. Again a great vote of thanks to all of the sponsors without whom this DX'Pedition could not take place.

So where will ZL9HR operate? On which bands and which modes? While the aim is to operate on as many bands as possible and try to give as many amateurs as possible the chance to work this rare DX location, your vote on the website will affect some of the plans so if you haven't already done so, please go and vote for your preferred mode and band by going to ZL9HR.com and clicking on the survey button at the top of the home page. Presently 10m is by far the most requested band followed by 160m, as for modes CW leads Digital followed by Sideband.

Please refer to the web site ZL9HR.COM for the full, up-to-date infor- mation about this major DX'Pedition to the Great Southern Ocean.
73 from Ed VK2ARE Australian publicity Officer for ZL9HR"

The ZL9HR DXpedition Web page is at: http://www.campbell2012.com

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