OPDX Bulletin 1111 May 6, 2013

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1111
BID: $OPDX.1111
May 6, 2013
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, ARRL Letter & Web Page, K1XN & GoList, NJ1Q & W1AW, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4JF, W5JON, AB6QM, KH6BZF, AC7DX, K8AV, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m News, W9ILY, K0IR, 4J5T, 9M2PJU, AT International, CS5CRE, DK8JB & The DX News Letter, DL1SBF, DL5YWM, DxCoffee.com, DX-World.Net, ES1CW, F5NQL, F5PHW, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, G3SWH, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, OO4O, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, PB2JJ, Pete's DX-Newsdesk, PS7AB, PY3DF, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, VA3RJ & ICPO, the VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) and the XR0ZR Team for the following DX information.

According to the AR-Cluster Network for 231 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FH, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, 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, PJ5, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S5, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TN, TR, TT, TU, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, VU7, XE, XU, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZK3, ZL, ZP, ZS, ZS8

* PLEASE NOTE: The report "could" contain "Pirate/SLIM" operations or more likely a "BUSTED CALLSIGN". As always, you never know - "Work First Worry Later" (WFWL).

2013 AFD
In celebration of the 63rd anniversary of Armed Forces Day (AFD), the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard are co-sponsoring the annual Military/Amateur Radio Crossband Communications Test. Although Armed Forces Day is traditionally celebrated on the third Saturday in May -- May 18th -- the AFD Military/Amateur Crossband Communications Test will be conducted on May 11th to prevent conflict with the Dayton Hamvention, scheduled for May 17-19th.

The annual celebration features traditional military-to-amateur crossband communications SSB voice and Morse code tests. These tests give Amateur Radio operators and short wave listeners an opportunity to demonstrate their individual technical skills and to receive recognition from the appropriate military radio station for their proven expertise. QSL cards will be provided to stations making contact with the military stations. Military-to-amateur crossband operations will take place on the dates and time in UTC on the frequencies listed for the Army, Air Force and Navy/Marine Corps and Coast Guard MARS stations. Voice contacts will include operations in single sideband voice (SSB); some stations will use CW to provide the opportunity to check in by Morse code.

Depending on propagation and staffing, some stations may not operate the entire period. Participating military stations will transmit on selected military MARS frequencies and listen for Amateur Radio stations in the amateur bands. The military station operator will announce the specific amateur band frequency being monitored. Duration of each voice contact should be limited to 1-2 minutes. The annual Secretary of Defense message will be transmitted via digital modes, including RTTY, PACTOR, AMTOR, PSK-31, MFSK and MT63 from certain stations. Check the MARS Armed Forces Crossband Test website for schedules and frequencies of participating military stations, including a list of stations that will be transmitting the annual Secretary of Defense message at:

Instructions on how to copy and submit the message are also included.

Laci, HA0NAR, will be active as 3D2AR from Viti Levu Island (OC-016, WLOTA 0055), in the Fiji Island group, sometime in October. Activity will probably be on all HF bands, 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via his home callsign. For updates, watch:


4J, AZERBAIJAN (Special Event)
Look for special event callsigns 4J20RO and 4K20RO to be active until the end of the year. Operations seems to be mainly CW so far on 30-10 meters. Activity is to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the "Russian Centre of Science and Culture" in Baku. QSL via 4J6RO.

Members of the "Safari DX-Activators Club" are planning to conduct a DXpedition to the Pirgulu Natural Reserve (WFF reference ­ 4JFF-012, coordinates - 40°47'14"N / 48°34'43"E) between May 9-10th. This will be a first time activation (i.e. "new one"). Activity will be on 40-20 meters; possibly other bands - depending on local and propagation conditions. Two callsigns will be used for this operation:
4J0SFR - CW mostly (QSL via 4J5T)
4K6AE - PSK31 and RTTY mostly
Updated QSL info will be posted on QRZ.com.

9H25, MALTA (Update to OPDX.1110 - Callsign Change)
Members of the Dutch Society of Radio Amateurs (VRZA Afd. Kagerland )club station (PI4KGL) will be active as 9H25Y (not 9H25 as first announced) from Qawra between May 20th and June 4th. The VRZA DXpedition Group had been issued the special callsign 9H25 by the MCA Malta Communications Authority's originally, but they changed their minds and gave them 9H25Y instead! They were not happy at all by this! The group also had to change their Web site! Please note the change:


Just a reminder that Masato "Masa", JA0RQV, will be active as A35JP from Tongatapu Island (OC-049) between May 5-22nd. Activity will be limited as Masa is there working for the Tongan government, so look for him possibly every night (local time) after his work. Operations will be on 80-10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct. For more info, visit Masa new Web page at:


CQ DX MARATHON (Announcing Version 13.1 - ADIF to DX Marathon Conversion Program)
John, K9EL, DX Marathon Manager, reports on April 28th: "Today we are announcing a completely new version of the ADIF to CQ Marathon Conversion Program written by Jim, AD1C. Version 13.1, which is now available for download, is a significant enhancement of the previous ADIF conversion program. Version 13.1 creates a completed DX Marathon score sheet from your ADIF file ­ no more copy/paste required.

Version 13.1 will only work with the Excel version of the DX Marathon Score Sheet version 2013.5 or later, so please delete any copies of earlier score sheets you may have. The latest scoresheet can be down- loaded here:


Although this new program has been thoroughly tested, there may still be bugs and we would appreciate hearing about any issues. As always, this program is a tool to assist you in submitting your DX Marathon score ­ you must review the final output and the author assumes no responsibility for any errors or omissions in your submission.

Version 13.1 of the program can be downloaded here:


I wish to recognize the superb efforts by Jim, AD1C, in creating this excellent DX Marathon tool......
73, John K9EL DX Marathon Manager" Join the DXMarathon Group on Yahoo Groups!

CR5, PORTUGAL (Castle Op)
Members of the "Clube Radioamadores do Entron- camento" (CRE) will use the special callsign CR5AT on May 18th from Amieira do Tejo Castel (WCA reference CT-0086, DCFP reference C-086, DMHP reference PG-010 and DMP reference 1212 for the Portuguese Castles Award). Operation will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB and Digital modes. Amieira do Tejo Castel is located in the Province of Portalegre. QSL via CS5CRE.

CRE Web Page: https://sites.google.com/site/radioamadoresentroncamento
CRE FACEBOOK Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/cs5cre

The ARRL Letter reports this week:

"The ARRL will present a variety of DX activities as part of the ARRL EXPO -- the ARRL's 'show within a show' at the 2013 Dayton Hamvention, to be held May 17-19th at Hara Arena, near Dayton, Ohio. Activities will include DXCC card checking and the opportunity to drop off QSL cards for the ARRL Outgoing QSL Bureau, as well as to apply for awards, such as the IARU Worked All Continents Award, the IARU Region 3 Operating Award and several awards administered by the Japan Amateur Radio League. In addition, representatives from the International Amateur Radio Union and several IARU Member Societies will be on hand within the EXPO area."
For complete details, see:

Tony, ZL2AGY, who will once again be active as E51AGY from Rarotonga Island (OC-013) starting May 7th for about 24 days, announced on May 5th [edited]:

"I may be active with this callsign [E51FOC] during the period May 9-29th, from Matavera, Rarotonga. This will be a holiday style operation, CW only, running my K3 barefoot. Note, I am a member of the 'First Class CW Operator's Club', which is currently celebrating its 75th anniversary during May. A QSO with an 'FOC' suffixed call will give you extra points for the award commemorating this event. See www.g4foc.org for details. My 'normal' Cook Islands call is E51AGY, which I may also be using. Hoping to see you on the bands....73, Tony"
By the time you read this, Al, KZ3AB, aboard the "MS Paul Gauguin", is expected to activate some of the Polynesian Islands as a portable set up on 40/20/15/10 meters SSB until May 13th. The islands mentioned are Moorea (OC-046, DIFO FO-010, WLOTA 0465), Tahiti (OC-046, DIFO FO-002, WLOTA 0885), Bora Bora (OC-067, DIFO FO-003, WLOTA 0430), Raiatea (OC-067, DIFO FO-012, WLOTA 1977) and Taha'a (OC-067, DIFO FO-013, WLOTA 3909). QSL via WA3EOP.

The following press release was sent out by Ralph Fedor, K0IR, team leader of the January 2014 Amsterdam Island (FT5ZM) DXpedition, on May 3rd [edited]:

"Since our last Press release early last month, we have a great deal of news to report. We have received the callsign FT5ZM. It is a good callsign and we thank the TAAF for their cooperation. Two new team members have joined the team of fourteen. They are Neil, VA7DX and Andy, UA3AB. Both men are veterans of many DXpedtions and add expertise to the list of operators.

Several more sponsors have joined in with their support, Spiderbeam, Cycle 24 Antennas, and Array Solutions. Array Solutions will be providing the new OM Power amplifiers for our low band operations.

The team will assemble in Perth, Australia, on January 10/11, 2014. The DXpedition vessel Braveheart will arrive on January 12th, and loading of equipment and personal items will begin. The North Coast Radio Group of Western Australia, along with Alek, VK6APK, will be offering logistical support to the FT5ZM Amsterdam Island DXpedition Team. The VK6's will assist in obtaining masts, ground rods, electrical hardware, and some medical supplies. This will result in a substantial decrease in the bulk and weight of material that the team has to ship from the U.S. We plan to depart for the 9 day trip to Amsterdam Island on January 15th.

We are grateful to the growing list of DX Foundations, DX Clubs and individual DXers who have contributed toward the DXpeditions expenses. NCDXF, INDEXA, ARRL/Colvin and several European based DX Foundations have made unusually large commitments. They are aware of the extreme cost of the venture at over 400,000 USDs. (see our budget on the website.)

However, thus far, we have only raised just over 53% of the money that we need to complete this DXpedition. As payments on the vessel begin next month, we must ask the world-wide DX community for their support. Visit our website at:

and contribute whatever you can. We need your help.

Thanks... we will update you monthly until departure."

Members of the Jersey Contest Group from GJ2A contest station will activate the special callsign GH3IT between May 11-12th. The GH3IT callsign will be used for pile-up training purposes prior to major contests. Activity will be on all HF bands, with a focus on the the lower bands and 30/17/12 meter bands using CW and SSB. Operators mentioned are Paul/MJ0PMA, Mathieu/MJ0ASP, Phil/GJ4CBQ and Steve/MJ0ULE. The log will be uploaded promptly to LoTW and Clublog after each operation. Use the OQRS for direct and Bureau cards (Your QSL is not needed) at:

By the time you read this, Daniel, DL5YWM, who was active as HC3/DL5YWM from Isla Jambeli (SA-034) this past week, should be active as HC2IWM/8 from Santa Cruz Island (SA-004) in the Galapagos Island group until May 11th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-6 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign.

HD8, GALAPAGOS ISLAND (A Rare Prefix To Be Activated!)
Operators Alex/HD2A and Alberto/HC2AQ will be active as HD8A from Santa Cruz Islands (SA-004, WLOTA 1667, WWFF HCFF-004), Galapagos Islands, for 4 days starting May 15th. Activity will be on the HF bands using a TS-590 with an amp into a TH6 beam and wire antennas. QSL via HD2A, direct only (QRZ.com).

Dan, HM2DMR, plans to activate the following Honduran IOTA Islands between late May to July (dates depend on Navy permission: NA-223 ­ Vivorillos (callsign HQ8D), NA-035 ­ Santanilla (callsign HQ8S) and NA-160 ­ Cochinos (callsign HQ3W). He states, "It's likely that Cochinos NA-160 will be activated first, around the period May 28-31st. Callsigns have been requested and currently tentative. Activity will be on 160-10 meters. For more details and updates, watch:


AS-073. A Web page, with pictures, video and wrap-up of the recent Malaysian Special Expedition Team's activity as 9M2SE from Perhentian Besar Island between May 1-3rd, is now available at: http://9m2pju.blogspot.com/2013/05/9m2se-perhentian-island-iota-as-073.html

AF-109. (New IOTA) The DX-World.net reported on Sunday, May 5th: "FLASH NEWS @ 0830z ­ The SU8N [Nelson's Island] team are currently QRT due to a broken generator. They plan to return to the island but no firm time-frame has been set. Update to follow.."

EU-009. Operators Pierre/ON7PC and Fred/ON6QR will be active as MM/ON6QR from Orkney Islands, West Mainland, during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as a Multi-Op/All-Band/All-Modes/Low-Power entry. QSL via the home callsign.

EU-010. Paul, M3KBU, will be active as MM3KBU/p from South Uist Island (IOSA OH03, SCOTIA HI06, WLOTA 2972), Outer Hebrides, between July 26th and August 2nd. Activivty will include the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th). QSL via M3KBU, direct only (QRZ.com).

EU-023. Bruno, F4CZU, will be active as 9H3ZU from Gozo Island, Malta, between May 11-18th. Activity will be on the HF bands, probably 40-10 meters. QSL via his home callsign.

EU-038. Roland, DL1EAL, will be active as PA/DL1EAL from Texel Island (WLOTA 0043) until May 15th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-10 meters using 100 watts into vertical antennas. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct.

EU-043. Joakim, SA7BGN, will be active as homecall/p from Krokholmen Island, an uninhabited island in the Skagerak Sea, between May 5-8th. Activity will be on 40/20/17 meters on SSB using a simple wire antenna and 100 watts. QSL via SM5DJZ.

EU-048. Members of the Club Radio Amateurs of Lanester [CRAL] (F6KPQ) will be active as TM2BI from Belle Ile en Mer Island between July 24-31st Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. They will also participate in the RSGB IOTA Contest. Operators mentioned are Michel/F1SRC, Jean-Yves/ F4EHM, Gwena/F4FHZ, Mickael/F4FFZ, David/F4FDA, Jean-François/ F6DZD, Philippe/F6AUP, Chris/F5CBQ and Philippe/F5PHW. QSL via F6KPQ, direct, by the Bureau and via LoTW. Visit their Web page at:


EU-107. Members of the Babaow Island Gang will be active as TM0BIG from Petite Island (DIFM MA055) between 0700z, June 4th and 1300z, June 5th. Operators mentioned are Gil/F4FET, Diego/ F4HAU and SWL Ludo. Activity will be on 40/20/17/15/10 meters. QSL via F4FET.

EU-172. Noel, OO4O, will be active again as OZ/OO4O from Langeland Island (WLOTA 0590) between May 19-25th. Activity will be mainly SSB/CW on the HF bands. QSL via LoTW and the Belgian QSL Bureau.

SA-060. (Update) Operators Renato/PY8WW, Ewerton/PY8AA, Fernando/PU8WZT, Ronaldo/PS8RV, Pedro/PR8ZX and Gabriel/PU8RGV will be active as PX8Z from Cotijuba Island (DIB PA-14, ARLHS-278, DFB PA-13, WLOTA 2855) between July 26-28th. Activity coincides with the RSGB IOTA Contest weekend. Operations will be on all bands using CW and SSB. QSL via PY8WW.


 May/06th AN      May/09th  AN      May/11th  AN
 May/07th AN      May/10th  AN      May/12th  AN
 May/08th 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
KH9, WAKE ISLAND (Press Release)
Joe, W8GEX, sent out the following press release on May 5th [edited]:
"Press Release #3 - Wake Atoll Commemorative DXpedition -- The Wake Atoll commemorative team's operation at the beginning of October, 2013 is progressing nicely.

The initial phase of the operation, planning, is essentially complete and the Team has moved into equipment procurement and staging operations. The equipment will be pre-staged in California and Hawaii prior to trans- port to Wake. Staging, pre-testing, packing, and shipping under the direction of Tom, ND2T, and Kimo, KH6U, are major undertakings for DX- peditions and are essential to assure equipment arriving on-time and safely on Wake.

Our support Team has been expanded to include these additional Pilot Stations: Hiroo, JA1WSX (Japan/Asia); Stan, KH6CG (Oceania) and Rich, KY6R (USA). Additionally, Val, NV9L, has agreed to be the chief pilot for the operation. As mentioned in the previous release, this support Team is an essential part of the DXpedition's operation. The information they gather from the DX communities' feedback during the event, allows the 'on island team' to adjust their activities to meet changing band conditions and optimize QSOs worldwide.

Stu, K6TU, will be developing in-depth propagation summaries which will be posted on our website and Don, N1DG, has been guiding the team on Logistical issues.

The Team wants to thank the DX Community, including generous worldwide Foundations and Clubs, equipment manufacturers and outlets for their outstanding support of the Wake Commemorative efforts. These DXpeditions are extremely expensive and could not be accomplished without the support of the entire DX Community. Please visit the

website to view our Sponsors and make your personal donation.

Please check our website often for updates.

73, K9W Wake Atoll Management Team"
DXer and World Traveller Vlad, UA4WHX, is currently active as OA4/UA4WHX from Peru. His length of stay is unknown at this time. Activity has been on 30/17/12m RTTY. QSL via details on QRZ.com.

OW75, FAROE ISLANDS (75th FOC Event)
Carsten, OY1CT, will be active as OW75FOC from Faroe Islands during the month of May, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the "First Class CW Operators' Club". Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL via OY1CT.


  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (For May 5th)
  3B8BAE via K5XK           HF55O via SP6PAZ          RP68TG via RK9DC
  5B75FOC via M0URX         HF2013MAJ via SP9PDG      RZ9ON/0 via UA9OA
  9H3XX via DJ2EH           HG7T via HA7TM            S545DSW via S51DSW
  9N7SZ via JA9LSZ          HG8C via HA8EK            SF3HF via SM3NXS
  A25JR via N5JR            IA5A via IK2AHB           SP0CFF via SP2FAP
  AH0J via JA1NVF           II9K via IT9HBT           SV9/OH1VR via OH1VR
  E7/OE1LIC via OE1LIC      JD1BLC via JP1IOF         TM0SI via F5LOW
  EA8/S55OO via S55OO       K4D via WB4OMM            TM02REF via F5BBD
  ED4DOC via EA4DOC         LZ110RF via LZ1YE         TM57M via F-11734
  EH2MEN via EG2MCK         LZ125VZ via LZ2KLR        TS8TI via IK2DUW
  EM2G via UR7GO            OA4/UA4WHX via UA4WHX     UN/R9DA via R9DA
  EM68U via UT4UZA          OH0/OI3V via OI3V         V6S via JH3AZC
  EN1IFF via UR3IQT         PH6KING via PD9ND         V25PM via KB4GYT
  EN68JK via UU4JDD         R27UFA via RM8W           VP2MRV via JA1HGY
  F/DL9SEP/P via DL9SEP     R1945HS via RW6HS (d)     YE90PK via YB1LZ
  GN4FOC via G3SWH          RP68FA via RK3FV          YN/IK2PFL via IK2PFL
  HC2/AL1O via DH1TW        RP68KA via RY3D           Z320T via DJ0LZ (d)
  HC2IWM/8 via DL5YWM       RP68MZ via R9AV
    (e) eQSL only  (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (L) LoTW only

  4X75FOC via 4Z4KX       HZ1FOC via 7Z1HL       PA75FOC via PA5V
  5B75FOC via 5B4AGN      II0FOC via IK0IXI      R75FOC via R6AF
  5T1FOC via 5T0JL        II6FOC via IK6BAK      S575FOC via S57WJ
  7Q7FOC via G3MRC        II7FOC via I7ALE       SW5FOC via G2JL 
  9J75FOC via G3TEV       IS0FOC via IS0AFM      TM75FOC via F6HKA
  A65FOC via G4BWP        K0FOC via W0ZR         V3FOC via V31JP
  DJ75FOC via DJ5IL       K2FOC via WB2YQH       VA3FOC via VE3BHZ
  DK75FOC via DJ6SI       K6FOC via W6IJ         VE6FOC via VE6BF
  EM75FOC via UU5JZ       K7FOC via AC2K         VQ975FOC via ND9M 
  EO75FOC via US9PA       KH6FOC via KH6LC       W1FOC via K1AJ
  GB75FOC via G3SWH       KM4FOC via K2SX        W2FOC via N2KW
  GC4FOC via G3SWH        LA5FOC via LA5HE       W3FOC via KR3E
  GH4FOC via G3SWH        LY75FOC via LY2PX      W5FOC via K5NA
  GN4FOC via G3SWH        LZ75FOC via LZ1AF      W6FOC via W6CYX 
  GP4FOC via G3SWH        N4FOC via W4CK         W9FOC via W9RGB
  GS4FOC via G3SWH        N8FOC via W8AV         WA1FOC via K1SA
  GT4FOC via G3SWH        OK7FOC via OK1TN       WG4FOC via K3TW
For more details about the FOC event, see OPDX.1110 or go to:

Ron, AC7DX, reports that he is now be the QSL manager for the "Six Stars Contest Station" - LP5D. QSL via AC7DX, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW. Please see mailing info QRZ.com.

VY0/VE3VID (NA-174) QSL STATUS. David, VE3VID, states, "QSL cards are being sent out, and he is half way through answering QSL requests that have arrived". Please hold you E-mail inquiries.




Just a reminder that Bob, K4UUK, will be active as V31RD from Belize until May 18th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters SSB. QSL via his home callsign, direct (preferred) or by the Bureau.

V4, ST. KITTS (New Contest Callsign)
John, W5JON/V47JA, informs OPDX that he has a new contest callsign for his vacation home in Calypso Bay, St. Kitts (NA-104, WW Loc. FK87SG). Look for him to sign V49J during the contests between July 9th and August 10th. His contest callsign is good until the end of the year, but he plans to renew it for two more years when he renews his V47JA and Cathy's, V47HAM for another two years this November. ALL QSLs go to W5JON direct or via LoTW. NO Bureau QSLs.

XR0, JUAN FERNANDEZ (Update/Press Release) [edited]

"After many months of careful planning, the XR0ZR team is pleased and proud to announce prepar- ations for a multi-national Dxpedition to Robinson Crusoe Island in the Juan Fernandez Archipelago (CE0Z), using the callsign XR0ZR. It is our privilege to activate this entity during the period November 8­20th, 2013.

The Juan Fernández Islands (Spanish: Archipiélago Juan Fernández) are a sparsely inhabited island group reliant on tourism and fishing in the South Pacific Ocean, situated about 600 kilometers off the coast of Chile, and is composed of three main volcanic islands; Robinson Crusoe Island, Alejandro Selkirk Island and Santa Clara Island.

On the Club-Log's most wanted DXCC list, Juan Fernandez, CE0Z ranks as #35 on the most wanted list for all amateur radio operators, #23 on the most wanted list for Asia, #27 on the most needed list for CW operations, and #18 on the most needed list for Digital Operations.

The Team is meeting in Santiago, Chile, and will depart by a chartered aircraft on November 7th. The Team expects become active on November 8th.

The main goals of this DXpedition are to work every amateur radio operator who needs Juan Fernandez, (CE0Z) for a new DXCC country. In addition, we will be active on all bands and modes from 1.8 MHz to 50 MHz with special attention to be made to accommodate distant stations during periods when propagation permits. We are planning to have 4 stations running simulta- neously and hope to make thousand contacts worldwide.

We are kindly seeking Club and Individual Sponsors to help us defray the costs of carrying out this important Dxpedition.

Our team will consist of the following Operators: Fabri-IW3SQY (Team Leader), Franco-IZ8GCE, Paolo-IV3DSH, Josep-EA3AKY, Les-SP3DOI, Dino-CE3PG, and Art-WA7NB.

We wish everyone good propagation and we hope that you enjoy working the XR0ZR Team.

Thank you for your assistance in helping make this a world class DXpedition. You can follow us on:

Website : http://www.juanfernandez2013.com
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/groups/xr0zr/
Twitter : @xr0zr
73 de XR0ZR Team"
YE30, INDONESIA (Special Event)
Members of the Organisasi Amateur Radio Indonesia (ORARI) will be active as YE30P from Merauke between 0000z, May 15th and 2400z, May 17th. Activity is to celebrate the 30th Anniver- sary and Provincial Congress of "ORARI Daerah Papua". Operations will be on all modes (CW/SSB/RTTY) by 2 stations on at the same time. QSL Manager is YB9WR. All qsl card should be addressed ONLY to: PO BOX 1096, Jakarta 10010 Indonesia (see details on QRZ.com). For more details, see their Web page at:

Operators John/YB5NOF, Anton/YB5QZ Anton and possibly two others will activate two IOTA islands in Indonesia. The tentative days, callsigns and IOTAs are as follows:

May 16-19th - Callsign YE8P; Banggai Island (OC-208), located at the far eastern end of Central Sulawesi, Indonesia.
May 22-26th - Callsign YB8P; Togian Island (OC-213), in the Gulf of Tomini, off the coast of Central Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Watch the IOTA frequencies. QSL Manager will be announced soon.

Z8, SOUTH SUDAN (Mission Goodwill To Juba)
Operators Olli/OH0XX and Martti/OH2BH posted a press release/update on May 3rd, about their operations in Juba on QRZ.com at:


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