The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1113
May 24, 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, NC1L, NJ1Q & W1AW, KH2AR/W4, N200, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4JF, K5WE, K6VVA, KH6BZF, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m News, W9ILY, 9M6DXX, ARVM, AT International, DK8JB & The DX News Letter, DK9IP, DL1MGB, DL1SBF, DxCoffee.com, DX-World.Net, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, HB9ASZ, HS0ZCW, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, IK1SOW, IK8YFU, NP4G, OZ1BII, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's DX-Newsdesk, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, SU1SK, VA3RJ & ICPO, the VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) and YO3JW for the following DX information.
EDITOR'S SPECIAL NOTICE
This week's bulletin was sent out earlier than normal to accommodate the late CQWW WPX CW Contest announcements. Also, we wanted to provide the readers with a consolidated listing of the CQWW WPX CW Contest participants.
SPECIAL NOTE FROM EDITOR (Short Dayton HamVention Wrap-Up By KB8NW)
It has been an interesting couple of weeks due to my health issues, but things seem to be better now since my heart procedure, and I was able to attend Dayton. It is always great to see the many DXers from all over the world. It is the special camaraderie I enjoy, visiting and talking to the DXers/Contesters of the world. The NODXA Hospitality Suite is a great place to share this camaraderie with well-known DXers.
Anyway, I did miss the DX Dinner Banquet because of my duties of helping to run the NODXA suite with our hostess Janeen Hire (W8ZET). We did hear, however, that the NH8S Swains Island operation received the "SWODXA (SouthWest Ohio DX Association) DXpedition of the Year for 2012-2013".
The weather was almost perfect for the flea market, but it did not fair too well for my bad knee (with all the walking). This year's DX Forum included talks on:
* DX legend Al Hix, W8AH (SK) - speaker Hal Turley, W8HCThe 2013 Dayton HamVention in all was a great time and experience.
* Interesting talk on propagation, Cycle 24 and a possible second peak - by Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA
* DXpedition to St. Peter & St. Paul Rocks - by George Wallner, AA7JV
* DXpedition to Yemen (Socotra Island) - by Dave Collingham, K3LP
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Saturday, 18th-May, through Saturday, 25th-May there were 217 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9U, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, BV, BY, C3, C6, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FH, FK, FM, FO, FR, FS, 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, J6, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, 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, PJ5, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S5, S7, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TR, TT, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, 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).
Alim, 4K6FO, Alim, will be active during the CQWW WPX CW Contest as a Single-Op entry. QSL via his home callsign.
Operator Vaho, 4L8A, will be active in the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m) entry. QSL via K1BV or LoTW.
Mark, G0MGX, is currently working and spending some of his time in the state of Qatar. After a long wait, he now has the appropriate permissions to operate as A71/G0MGX in accordance with the reciprocal licensing agreement between the Qatar and UK governments. Mark states,
"I will be operating casually during evenings and some weekends (Fri and Sat in the Middle East) primarily in RTTY and JT65 modes. So far I have experienced some very big pileups on RTTY so please be patient - I am not an experienced DXpedition operator! The Qatar Amateur Radio Society have made me very welcome and I am very grateful to them for the support and help they have given me."Mark's setup is a FT-450 and Buddypole. He has provided the ARRL with the necessary documents of licensing for all his callsigns and uploads to LoTW regularly. Visit his Blog page for updates and other details at:
C8, MOZAMBIQUE (Attention PFX Hunters!)
An international team of operators will be active as C82DX during mid-October. Operators mentioned are Doug/N1DG, Tom/N4XP, Jose/CT1EEB, Franz/DJ9ZB, Massimo/I8NHJ, Mike/N6MZ, Dave/WB4JTT, Charles/W6OAT, Chris/ZS6EZ, Tjerk/ZS6P and Christian/ZS6RI. Activity will be on 160-10 meters. More details are forthcoming, and a Web page is currently under construction at:
Gerard, ZS6AYU, will be active as C91GR from Bilene between May 28th and June 1st. Activity will be holiday style on CW only using a Cushcraft R7000 vertical and 350-400 watts. Operations will between 1600-0500z. QSL via ZS6AYU, direct or by the Bureau.
CQ3/CT9, MADEIRA ISLANDS
Operators Winfried/DK9IP, Andree/DL8LAS and Holger/DL9EE will be active as CQ3L during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 25-26th) as a Multi-? entry. QSL via DJ6QT. Look for operators to be active two days before the contest as CT9/homecall. Some activity on RTTY is planned. QSL via Bureau. Visit the CR3L Santana, Madeira Island (AF-014), Web page at:
Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL Awards Branch Manager, reports: "Over the years some applicants have had TI9CCC for Cocos Island rejected in their DXCC application mostly due to 'Incorrect Date Period'. The issue with the dates for this operation have been resolved. If you had this operation rejected, and your confirmation falls within the dates noted below, send an E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to be placed on the list for an update to your record.
TI9CCC Cocos Island; February 15 through February 28, 1984"
Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL Awards Branch Manager, reports that the following operations are approved for DXCC credit:
9G5EME - Ghana; 2013 operationE2, THAILAND
E51WL North Cook Island; PLEASE NOTE: The operator is a native there, and his callsign was previously ZK1WL which was approved for DXCC previously, so this is just a change in callsign. If anyone had this contact rejected in a recent submission send an E-mail to email@example.com for an update to your record.
EA6, BALEARIC ISLANDS
Tom, OK2BFN, will be active as EA6/OK2BFN/P from Mallorca Island (EU-004, DIE E-021, MIA MB-004, WLOTA 1902) during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Low-Power entry. QSL via his home callsign.
EUFF GREEN PARTY 2013 (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 2013. 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 8th. For complete details, see:
FJ, ST. BARTHELEMY
Father and son team, Jeff/K5WE and Erik/N5WR will be active as FJ/homecall from St. Barts (NA-146) beginning June 3rd and ending June 10th. Activity will be on all bands 80-6 meters, mostly CW, some RTTY and SSB. QSL to their home callsigns.
FS & PJ7, ST. MARTIN AND SINT MAARTEN
Operators YL Kjerstin/AF6KJ and Travis/AF6WU will once again be active as PJ7/homecall from Sint Maarten (NA-105, WLOTA 0711) between July 5-9th. Then both Kjerstin and Travis will move onto St. Martin (NA-105, WLOTA 0383) and be active as FS/homecall between July 10-14th. Activity from both islands will be on multi-bands and multi-modes on HF according to the best available propagation. QSL both callsigns via AF6WU, direct or by the Bureau. Also eQSL, LoTW and Clublog. For direct QSLs, U.S. stations send 1 US stamp, $0.33 does it. DX stations send $1 USD or 1 IRC. Don't send him a standard envelope, the card is large, 4" x 5.25", and it won't fit.
IK, ITALY (Lighthouse Op)
Members of the Calabria DX Team will be active from the Punta Stilo Lighthouse (ARLHS ITA-147, CL-010 WAIL) on May 26th. Callsign will be IK8YFU/p and possibly others. For more info, see:
AF-109. Photos and video are now available online for the recent SU8N Nelson's Island and World Lighthouse DXpedition (WLOTA 2694) by the Egyptian Radio Amateurs Society. Visit the ERASD Facebook Page at: https://www.facebook.com/erasdnet/photos_stream A short video on YouTube can be seen at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l600euAOeOw&feature=youtu.be QSL Manager is SM5AQD (see (QRZ.com)).
EU-047. Oliver, DK7TX, will be active as DK7TX/p from Wangerooge Island between June 5-10th. Activity will be holiday style 20-10 meters. QSL via hishome callsign.
EU-114. Members of the Martello Tower Group will once again be active as GP0PKT from Herm Island between October 4-9th. Operators mentioned are Keith/G6NHU/KB3WPE, Tony/G0MBA, Richard/G7HJK, Colin/M1EAK, Kevin/M0GWE, Yan/M0YNK and Chris/2E0DBY. The plans are to have three stations on the air: 2x TS-590 and 1x TS-2000. Activity will probably be on 80/40/20/15/10 meters using SSB and RTTY (same as last time). Herm is one of the smallest Channel Islands, and although it's part of the EU-114 IOTA group, it's not activated very often. QSL via G6NHU, direct or by the Bureau. For updates and details, see: http://martellotowergroup.com/gp0pkt
EU-123. William, GM0OBX, will be active as GM0OBX/P from Inchcolm Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as a Single- Op/Unassisted/SSB-Mode/QRP/DXpedition entry. QSL via his home callsign.
NA-029. Operator Ken, K6LA, will once again operate from Prince Edward Island in eastern Canada using the VY2TT superstation (Grid Square FN76vs, CISA PE-001) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Mixed/24H/High-Power entry. QSL by the Bureau.
NA-064. Jeff, KL2HD, will be active as KL7NWR on Attu Island, Aleutian Islands, Alaska, between June 2-5th. Actual dates depend on ship schedule and weather. This is a relatively rare IOTA that many would like to contact. Look for KL7NWR on 20, 17, and 15 meters as propagation allows. Details on QRZ.com under KL7NWR. Spotting assistance appreciated.
Svein, LA9JKA (ex-JX9JKA), will be active as JW9JKA from Bear Island (EU-027) between (Approx.) June 16th and December 15th. Activity will be limited to his sparetime, and Svein will be focusing on the bands from 160-4 meters. QSL only direct to his home address (see (QRZ.com)).
K6VVA/KL7 IOTA TOUR INFO UPDATE
Rick, K6VVA, informed OPDX on May 16th [edited]:
"I have received several inquiries as to the status of the K6VVA/KL7 - North Slope IOTA tour, which was QRX'd from 2012 (NA-172 QRX'd again from the NA-242 trip in 2011).KH6BZF PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (May 27th-June 2nd)
Here is the situation as of today, as I have continued to monitor solar condx and trends. If anyone wonders why, you can read my previous his- torical comments on the
website also relating to 70 Degree North Latitude HF operating, the Auroral Oval concerns, and that Mike, K9AJ, and I would have set foot on NA-172 right in the middle of a major solar X-Flare had we gone to NA-172 last Summer. This would NOT have resulted in a successful activation in spite of enormous expenses involved.
In less than a month now, on 3 different occasions the K Index has spiked to K=4. The prognosis for this summer from observations of solar trends and my perspective appears that things will likely be similar to last summer (2012). And, that escalated CME and X-Flare activity is more common near and at the peak of any sunspot cycle (if you can call this a peak).
Mike, K9AJ, has decided he is only interested in doing NA-172 with me, and NA-050 is pretty much a one-person activation anyway. So I am breaking up the 'Tour' into 3 separate chunks which may, or may not be done in one lengthy trip vs. separate ones (NA-172, NA-004 & NA-050). NA-004 is NOT the 'Drive-On' QTH many have worked in the past. It is a boat journey & Bear Guards venue like NA-172.
At this point, there is a 50-50 possibility that any of these activations will take place until 2014, and a final decision will not be made until mid June to possibly the first week in July. I am not going to make any official date changes at this point. Mainland lodging reservations will remain in place for NA-172 unless it may be determined to QSY that activa- tion plan again to Summer 2014. My personal NA-004 and NA-050 plans will remain fluid, and hope to at least make one or more quick attempts at least to NA-050 this year if solar condx coooperate (or in-between any CME's or X-Flares), because this one requires the least advance logistics beyond several airline leg seats and local lodging. I also have some other business to attend to in NA-050 when I finally get up there.
I have various other IOTA Projects on the back burner, one or more of which may occur without much advance notification, if any. As I am ready to push the send button on this Info Update, the solar K Index has spiked back up to K=5. No Bueno..... FYI & 73... Rick, K 6 V V A * The Locus"
. May/27th AN May/30th AN Jun/01st AN May/28th HN May/31st AN Jun/02nd AN May/29th HN 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=6-9 100-400KP4, PUERTO RICO (USI Op)
A team operators (not provided) will be active as LX7I during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 25-26th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via LX2A. Visit the following Web page at:
Operators Alex/5B8AD, Jack/R2AA, Valery/R2DA, Dimitri/RA3CO, Alexey/RN3TT, Dmitry/RT5K, Tony/RT9T and Max/RV3BA will be active as P3N during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 25-26th) as a Multi-Op/Single-Tran- smitter entry. QSL via RW3RN.
P5, NORTH KOREA (P5 Project)
Members of the Intrepid-DX Group (Paul/N6PSE and David/AH6HY) have received visas to visit the Democratic People's Republic of Korea sometime in June. Read the complete press release at:
Steve, 9M6DXX, plans to operate as PJ4V from Bonaire (SA-006) starting June 4th or 5th until June 16th. Activity will be "holiday-style" on SSB only using 100 watts to a Spiderbeam. QSL via M0URX, direct or by the Bureau, preferably using OQRS (see www.m0urx.com/oqrs). Logs will be uploaded to LoTW within a few days of the end of the operation at the latest.
QSL INFO AND NEWS
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (For May 19th and May 24th) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3B8CW via NI5DX F/DF3FS via DF3FS PJ2/WI9WI via WI9WI 5B/RT5K via RT5K F/G3TOE via G3TOE PJ4/NA2AA via NA2AA 5K0W via HK3W FO8WBB via N6JA R95PW via RW4PUG 8J1ITU via JA8CCL GB0HSM via G4LKW R155C via RZ0CWA 9A/DL1NEO/P via DL1NEO GB5PT via M0XIG R230CF/MM via RV6AWW 9A/DL4OCE/P via DL4OCE GB8CC via G0VXC RY9C via UA9CGA 9A13P via 9A1CBK (B) GB70BOA via M0BZZ SE5P via SA5BUM 9H3E via PA1FW GB70WA via G3UFO SF4J via SM4CJY A60ITU via IZ8CLM GM/DH5JBR via DH5JBR SG0U via SM3CXS AO6FOC via EA6BF (L) GM3WOJ via N3SL SM4R via SM4RGD C4Z via G3SWH GS5NB via GS5NB SM6E via SM6FUD CE3/UA4WHX via UA4WHX GW100RSGB via M0VFC SN100PSP via SP5YOW CO8LY via EA7ADH (d) HB0/OE9HBV/P via OE9HBV SV9/IK4ALM via IK4ALM CP6LA via HA3JB (d) HB0/PC5A via PC5A SX5KL via SV2FWV CR5AT via CS5CRE (d/e) HF2ZPM via SP7PRA SZ4SRM via SV4FFL (d) CR5CQK via CT1CQK HG8C via HA8EK SZ8S via M0SCG (B) CT7/DL4IAL via DL4IAL HR5/F2JD via F6AJA TC19MAY via YM4XA (d) CU2KG via OH2BH IH9YMC via IH9YMC (e) TC19MAY via YM4XA (d) DD0D via DK5AN IK1/DH2SAQ via DH2SAQ TC19MYS via YM6KA (d) DL0DSA via DH0BRO IQ9SY via IT9DAA TC1919ATA via TA6P EA1/DH1TW via DH1TW IZ2ZEX via DF5DN TM5FI via F5XX EA3/DF1ZA via DF1ZA K5N via W5TFW TM5JST via F4BTD EA7/G1WUU via G1WUU (e) KL7/SP7EWX via SP5EWX TM75FOC via F6HKA EA8/UA5C via UA5C (d) LT5D via LU2DT UA4WHX/CX via UA4WHX ED5T via EA5ELT LU/AI6V via AI6V UN3M via EA7FTR ED8RCP via EA8RCP LY605W via LY5W UN7QF via EX2A EE6R via EA6TS (L) LZ1876SMB via LZ1KCP UN9LBB via W3HNK EG1FPF via EB1FPF LZ2013KM via LZ1BJ VP5/W8RHM via W8RHM (d/L) EG3FTV via EA3BDE OE/S57MS/P via S57MS VU3RWP via OE1ZKC EH2WFF via EA2CTQ OE/S57NAD via S57NAD W2WSC/100 via W2WSC EH6ITU via EA6QY OE3KIDS via OE3CFC W7P via W7BBQ (d/L 2013) EH8DDC via EA8RKL OH0/SK3SN via SM3KIF YB8P via W2FB EH8ITU via EA8ED OK7GU via OK1FM YE30P via YB9WR EM40CU via UR5CJN OL2013DIG via OK1AR YL44WFF via YL2SW EM70LL via UX4LL ON44BLH via ON3EA YP7ARDF via YO7KFX EM100U via UT7UK OP7V via ON7VA YP100S via YO7HKR ER0ITU via ER1DA OS0C via ON7KC YR625RMV via YO7HKM EX20ARUK via EX2T PA/II7FOC via I7ALE ZP9SC via EA5KB (e) eQSL only (d) direct only (B) Bureau only (L) LoTW only3D2XX QSL INFO. Kip, W6SZN, reports: "I have the logs and blank cards for our 1988 3D2XX operation from Rotuma. Cards sent to Eddie, VK4AN, will eventually get to me."
NEW LoTW Software Available: Last week the ARRL Letter and Web page reports: "After much testing, the ARRL will release a new version of Trusted QSL, the open-source development project responsible for de- veloping and maintaining the three Logbook of the World (LoTW) client- side applications: TQSL, TQSLCert and the TrustedQSL library. After six weeks of public beta testing, version 1.14 is ready for official release and will be available for download from the ARRL website beginning Monday, May 20th." For details on improvements, see:
However, on May 21st, the League reported that they found three defects in the software:
•Incorrect behavior when the user specifies the wrong ITU zoneThese defects have been corrected, but they must test the corrected version before publicly releasing it. Expect the public release within the next 10 days (by the end of the month). For more details and the download for the fixed version, go to:
•Incorrect behavior when TQSL is invoked via command line without the l switch present
•Incorrect behavior when processing an ADIF file containing duplicate QSOs when TQSL is running on MacOS
QSL CORRECTION. The QSL Manager for the EJ7NET DXpedtion to the Aran Islands (EU-006) has been changed to HB9ASZ (not EI6FR), direct and/or by the Bureau. LoTW will be uploaded once HB9ASZ receives the log.
VK9NT OQRS is available/active now at: http://vk9nt.odxg.org
Z81X OQRS is available/active now at: http://www.qrz.com/db/Z81X
QSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 4O3A, 5B75FOC, 9A4PA, 8Q7EJ, 9A3W, 9A4KW, 9M2PJU, 9M2TO, 9M6YBG, BV1EL, CE2AWW, CO2HQ, CO2WF, CP4BT, CU3EQ, D3AA, D9K, DJ9RR, DS2XUM, E21EIC, EJ7NET, ER6A, EV50WB, FG4NO, FM5CD, GJ100C, GS3PYE/P, HB9BLQ, HC1MD, HC2/AL1O, HK1T, HK3JJH, IO5O, IV3BTY, J49C, J75PL, JA0EQL, JA1XMS, LA6XAA, LT6E, LZ833MBB, M0RSE, NH7O, OK1URO, OT4A, PA3PCV, PS2T, PY2GH, PY2WC, RK6CI, RY3D, RZ3FW, SU9AF, TM1W, TO2D, TS8TI, TZ6BB, UN5J, UN7AM, V44KAI, VK9IR, VK9NT, VP2EAQ, VP2MRV, YB4IR, YI1RZ, YY4DNN, YY4HAH, ZL3KQ, ZP9EH and ZW7MGY
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3B8/HB9ARY, 3D2NB, 3D2RX, 4J5A, 5C5W, 5Z4EE, 6W2SC, 9X0ZM, CS2F, H40T, H44G, J5NAR, J5UAP, JG8NQJ/JD1, JX9JKH, KP2/JS6RRR, PJ2/DL5AXX, PT0S, TO7BC, TT8TT, V63XG, VY0/VE3VID, WH7P/KP2, XT2TT and XV2DLH
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 8J1ING, 8J1RL, AH0BT, B3C, C31CT, FM5LD, HF2112UFC, HS0ZJU, IS0HFE, LX1NO, LZ916SS, LZ1500PNB, LZ1737SSS, SN2012JZU, SN2012WA, SV9COL, TJ3AY, TK5AE and TO4M
SPECIAL REQUEST FROM DL1MGB
"Hello DXers all over the world! This time I am not announcing a new DXpedition (don't worry, the planning for the next one has already started). This time I want to call your attention to a campaign a colleague of mine (Tobias Höher) and me initiated.V5, NAMIBIA
We are going to participate in the Dodentocht
http://www.dodentocht.be/which takes place on August 9th, 2013, around the city of Bornem in Belgium. The Dodentocht is a 100 km hike which has to be finished by foot in minimum 10 and maximum 24 hours.
100 km or 24 hours can get very long, and we will have definitely our lows. So we decided to find as many supporters as possible, who are willing to donate a pre-determined amount of money for every commenced kilometer. These donations will go 100% to the Kinderkrebshilfe Berchtesgadener Land und Traunstein e.V. (Childern's Cancer Aid), an incorporated society with a lot of voluntary helpers. They are giving advise, help and financial support not only to children having cancer but also to children and teenagers whose parents suffer from cancer or already died as a result of cancer.
What has it to do with DXing? -- At first glance nothing. I will not carry any radio with me giving out ON / Belgium to the deserving. At second glance maybe. Going on a DXpedition is not only taking a plane or boat, going to a remote place, sit there and work pile-ups. The work to around it (carrying equipment, building antennas and stations and even sitting in front of the radio with 45 °C inside the tent) can be physically demanding. So if you don't want to fail, you have to be fit. And my way to stay fit is: Walking.
What can you do? -- You may come to Belgium. We still need some cheer- leaders for the second 50 km But mainly you should support our campaign with your donations. The most interesting way is to make your donation dependent on how far we will go at the Dodentocht.
Just go to
http://www.100-km.org/and learn more about our campaign and register to commit your willingsness to donate.
Thank you very much for your support! .... 73 Chris DL1MGB"
V7, MARSHALL ISLANDS
Mike, KJ6MZ (ex-V73/KJ6BBP), will be active as V73MZ from Kwajalein Island (OC-028) starting June for a few months. Look for updates and more details on his (QRZ.com) page soon. QSL via: Mike Szelazek, P.O. Box 22409, San Diego, CA 92192, USA.
VK0H, HEARD ISLAND (Update)
If you missed the special OPDX Bulletin last week, it was announced that the DXpedition to Heard Island has been rescheduled for January, 2015. The primary reason for this decision was the cost of using the preferred vessel, the Marion Dufresne, to put the team on Heard Island for the required time. In spite of extensive negoti- ations and rescheduling of the cruise, it became clear that the cost of using this vessel will exceed $1 million, and, therefore, the total cost for the project would be about $1.5 million, as they noted earlier. In spite of their plan to increase the team size to 50 (which the M-D can accommodate) to partially cover this cost, they reluctantly concluded that sponsorship at this level would be impossible. They have therefore decided to delay the DXpedition to January 2015, to allow more time to restructure the project, locate a more suitable vessel, and bring the cost more in line with projected available resources.
By the time you read this, Yuri, VE3DZ, will be active as VP9FOC until May 30th, to celebrate FOC's 75th anniversary. Activity will include the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via VE3DZ.
VP9, BERMUDA (Early Announcement)
Michael, G7VJR, the author of ClubLog, will be active as VP9/G7VJR from Bermuda (NA-005) between February 19-27th, 2014. QSL via M0OXO.
W2, UNITED STATES (Special Event)
The South Jersey DX Association, Old Barney ARC and Tuckerton Wireless ARC will be operating W2WSC/WSC from the last active operating site of coastal marine station WSC (aka The Tuckerton Wireless) in West Creek, NJ, on Saturday, June 1st from 1300 to 2000 or later. Bands planned will be 80, 40, 20, 15, 10 CW and SSB. QSL VIA W2WSC.
XP, GREENLAND (Update/Cancelled)
Henning, OU2I/OZ1BII, who was expected to be active as XP2I from Kanger-lussuaq this week and during the contest, had to cancel do to an illness. He'll try again later this year.
YS, EL SALVADOR
Hiro, JA6WFM, will be active as YS1/NP3J during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (possibly 10m)/Low-Power entry. QSL via EA5GL or LoTW. Hiro will be here until January 2014.
ZD8, ASCENSION ISLAND
Oliver, W6NV, will once again be active as ZD8W from Ascension Island (AF-003) between November 19-21st. Activity will include the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) with two other operators to make it an international team. Look for activity outside of the contest on the HF bands and 6 meters. QSL via W6NV.
Manu, ZP9MCE, will be active from Hohenau-Itapúa during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (10m)/Low- Power entry. QSL only via EA5ZD.
ZS, SOUTH AFRICA (60m News)
The "60m News" reports that the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), South African's national telecommunications regulator, has approved two 5 MHz frequencies for the South African Radio League (SARL) to carry out propagation research.
The frequencies allocated are 5250 and 5260 kHz. These are 'center frequen- cies', the 'USB Dial' frequencies being 1.5 kHz below this (i.e. 5248.5 and 5258.5 kHz). All modes are permitted (USB/CW preferred) with 3 kHz maximum bandwidth. Maximum Power is 100W (400W PEP) measured at the output of the radio. No antenna restrictions. The 5250 kHz channel is intended for propagation experiments (e.g. SARL News Bulletin transmissions) and 5260 kHz for general contacts (this channel being common to a number of countries).
The licence is a pilot licence which has been purchased, so the channels are private and licensed to the SARL who allow their members to use the frequencies. Participating stations, who need to be SARL members, must register. For further information and a list of registrants, visit:
-------------------------------------------------------------------------- The following stations are expected to be active in the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 25-26th, 2013) -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thanks to Bill, NG3K, for providing OPDX readers with the following consolidated listing of the participants in the 2013 CQWW WPX CW Contest. For a more detailed listing (and up-to-date changes/corrections) in HTML format, please visit Bill's Web page at: http://www.ng3k.com/Misc/wpxc2013.html (By callsign) http://www.ng3k.com/Misc/wpxcd2013.html (By entity) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Contest DXCC Class QSL Callsign Entity Route ------------------------------------------------------------------------ 3V8BB Tunisia SO LoTW; QSL via LX1NO 4K6FO Azerbaijan SO 4K6FO 4L8A Georgia SOSB 20M LoTW 9A33P Croatia M/? 9A2NA AO2URD Spain M/S EA2URD CR2X Azores M/S OH2BH CR3L Madeira M/? DJ6QT E7DX Bosnia & Herzogovina M/? E77E EA6/OK2BFN/p Balearic Islands SO LP OK2BFN ED1R Spain M/2 LoTW EE8X Canary Islands SOAB W2GR GM9W Scotland SOAB HP M0DXR HF55O Poland SO SP6DVP HI3TT Dominical Republic SOAB HP ON4IQ IF9/IT9PPG Italy SO IT9PPG IO0T Italy M/S IK1RQT J47X Greece SOAB SV7BVM KP2M US Virgin Islands M/S AI4U (d) KP2MM US Virgin Islands SOAB LoTW LO5D Argentina SOSB 10M LoTW LP5D Argentina SOSB 80M AC7DX LS1D Argentina SOSB 20M AC7DX LX7I Luxembourg M/2 LX2A LY605W Lithuania SO LP LY5W LY7A Lithuania M/M LoTW MJ5Z Jersey SOAB LP LoTW; QSL via M0CFW OG0Z Aland Island SOAB HP W0MM P3N Cyprus M/S RW3RN P40A Aruba SOAB WD9DZV PJ4A Bonaire SOSB 40M LoTW PJ4G Bonaire SOSB WA2NHA PJ4R Bonaire SOSB 15M N4RR PJ6A Saba & St Eustatius M/? LoTW; QSL via N4NX PQ5FB Brazil SOAB HP LoTW; QSL via PY5FB RG3K Russia (Europe) M/S UA3QDX RT27WW Russia (Europe) SOAB HP RT4RO RW0A Russia (Asia) M/2 LoTW SW8LZ Greece M/? LZ1QN SW8WW Greece SOAB HP HA0HW TP2CE France M/2 F5LGF VP9FOC Bermuda SOAB VE3DZ XL3T Canada VA3RVK XP2I Greenland SO LP LoTW YJ0PO Vanuatu SOAB LoTW; QSL via K2PO YN2GY Nicaragua K9GY YS1/NP3J El Salvador SOSB LoTW; QSL via EA5GL ZL3IO New Zealand SOAB ZL3IO ZM4T New Zealand M/S ZL2AL; QSL (d) or (OC) ZP9MCE Paraguay SOSB 10M EA5ZD ZV2K Brazil SOAB HP ZV2K (e) eQSL only (d) direct only (B) Bureau only (L) LoTW only (OC - OQRS/Clublog only)
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