OPDX Bulletin 1125 August 26, 2013

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1125
BID: $OPDX.1125
August 26, 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, K1XN & GoList, NC1L, NJ1Q & W1AW, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4VA, KH6BZF, N7QT, WX7E, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m News, K9EL, W9ILY, W0GXA, 9M2PJU, 9M6DXX, AT International, DK8JB & The DX News Letter, DL1SBF, DxCoffee.com, DX-World.Net, E73Y, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, F6FQK, HP1AC, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's DX-Newsdesk, RN1CW, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, VA3RJ & ICPO and the VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) for the following DX information.

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 18th-August, through Sunday, 25th-August there were 224 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C5, C9, CE, CE0Z, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E5/s, E6, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FH, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FR, FS, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, H40, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J6, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH9, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PY, PY0F, PZ, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T5, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TR, TT, TU, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2V, VP6, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XZ, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD8, 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).

A few sources report that Darren, G0TSM, will be active as 3B8/G0TSM from between September 18-28th. Darren will be there on holiday, so activity will be limited to 2-3 hours per day on 40-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. His equipment is an IC-7000 with wire antennas for 40-10m and a 2 element Quad on 6m. Participation in the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 28-29th) will be very limited due to his return flight time. Darren states [edited], "Please do not send me any paper QSL cards, either direct or via the Bureau. Please use the OQRS feature on ClubLog to request Bureau or direct cards. Also, requests for Bureau QSL cards can be made via E-mail. The log will be uploaded to LoTW and ClubLog during the holiday."

5C0, MOROCCO (Special Event Cancelled)
The "Council of Europe Radio Amateur Club" (CERAC - TP2CE) was expected to team up with the "Associ- ation Royale des Radio Amateur du Maroc" (ARRAM) to activate the special callsign 5C0CE between August 20-21st, but the operation was cancelled by the ARRAM's President 16 hours before the CERAC team was to leave for Morocco. Francis, F6FQK, one of CERAC's Administrative Personal, informs OPDX that they received the Moroccan licence many months ago and the Radio Amateurs from Morocco have been preparing for this operation since last year with a lot of enthusiasm. There has been no direct details and/or motive received on behalf of the ARRAM's President about any problem. Francis believes that this incident is very damaging to the ham radio community. Also, the members of the CERAC team, who were expected to participate in the event, personally funded this expedition (train, fly etc…), and now it's too late to recover their paid expenses.

Steve, 9M6DXX, informs OPDX:

"After more than eight years in Malaysia, my wife Eva, 9M6EVA, and I have decided to move on to another part of the world. We leave Malaysia on November 1st; therefore, 9M6DXX will go QRT some time in October. 9M8Z has already closed down; the last QSO from that station was made in the RSGB IOTA Contest in July. We will be moving to Bonaire, and we hope to be active with PJ4 callsigns before the end of the year. Thanks for all the QSOs from 9M6DXX and 9M8Z (also 9M6DXX/P, 9M8Z/P, XU7DXX, V8FEO, V85/9M8Z, FK/G4JVG, T32MI / CI / VI / SI, 4W6A, GD4JVG and 9M4SLL) since 2005. It's been fun! 73, Steve, 9M6DXX"
Nick, G3RWF, has announced that he will once again be active as 5X1NH from the University of the Mountains of the Moon (MMU) in Fort Portal, Western Uganda and (occasionally) the capital, Kampala, between September 24th and November 16th. He is expected to join/meet with Alan, G3XAQ/5X1XA, later and both operators will travel to Rwanda to be active as 9X0NH between November 19-29th. The duo plan to participate in the CQ WW DX CW Contest (November 23-24th) from Rwanda. QSL 5X1NH and 9X0NH via G3RWF. QSL 5X1XA via G3SWH.

The "425 DX NEWS" reports that CAMSAT (AMSAT China) will hold "a big DX party" from the outskirts of the city of Dunhuang in northwestern China (Zone 23, WW Loc. NM79aw) between October 19-28th. Alan, BA1DU, and a very large group of operators coming from all over the country will be active with four well equipped stations: one for 2 and 6 meters, one for 70 centimeters and two for 160-10 meters. Meteor Scatter and EME activity will be emphasized (this will include participation in the ARRL EME Contest), as well activity on the low bands. Special callsign BJ9TA will be used for operating above 50 MHz and on the low bands, while BY9GA/9 will be used for the other bands and for participation in the CQ WW SSB Contest. QSL via BA1DU.

* Tumasch Fortress - The members of Radio Club "Delta" were expected to be active as EM7UT starting August 24th through the 27th. Reference numbers: WCA UR-00215, UCFA KO-010, URDA KO-22, URA 048, and WW Loc. KO50gd located near river of Stugn in Starye Bezradich, Obukhov area. Activity will be on all HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL via UR7UT, by the Bureau or direct.

* Chateau le Manor de La Croix Sainte Marthe - Operators Fabien/F4GYM and Denis/F4GTT will be active as F4GYM/P and F4GTT/p on August 28th with activity on 40 and 20 meters SSB. Reference numbers: WCA F-06046 and DFCF 77-188. QSL via their home callsigns, by the Bureau or direct.

* Schlos Waln - Eddy, ON6EF, was expected to be active as DL/ON6EF/P on August 25th. Reference numbers: WCA DL-03552 and COTA-RU KAB-036 located near Cologne. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct. Log will be uploaded to WCA E-Log.

* Caserma Cantine di Gandria - The members of Insubria Radio Club (IQ2IR) were expected to be active as HB9IRC/P on August 25th. Reference numbers: WCA HB-00910 and DCS-SSD TI-075 located in Lugano. QSL via HB9OCR, only by Bureau.

* Alexandrovsky Kremlin - Operators Dmitry/RA3VLD, Alexander/RA3VMD, Alexander/RA3VMX, Andrej/RW3VZ, Yuri/UA3VLO, Mikhail/UA3VLT and possibly others were expected to be active as R500AK on August 24th. Reference numbers: WCA UA-00078 and COTA-RU C-315 located near Vladimir City. The special callsign R500AK is to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Alexandrovsky Kremlin. QSL via RK3VWA, by the Bureau or direct.

Members of the various Rockwell Collins Amateur Radio Clubs in various locations will be active during the last to weekends of September (September 21-23rd and September 28-30th), to celebrate the 80th year anniversary of the incorporation of Collins Radio. Look for the following stations to will participate:

N0CXX Cedar Rapids, IA
W0CXX Cedar Rapids, IA
W5ROK Richardson, TX
W4CRC Melbourne, FL
W6CXX Tustin, CA
Operations will begin from 9:00 AM to Midnight "local time" for each station, based on operator availability. A special QSL card for the event is available for all stations (same design). A certificate is available for those who working 3 or more club stations on any combination of band/mode. All QSL and certificate requests for ALL stations will be handled through N3SL. Operations will be on non-WARC bands only. On CW, listen for "CQ CR80". On SSB, listen for "CQ Collins Radio 80th Anni- versary Special Event". For more details on the operation and QSL in- structions, see:

Barry, M0DGQ, will once again be active as D44TXP from Sal Island (AF-086) between August 27th and September 11th. Activity will be on 40 and 20 meters CW only. QSL via M0URX, direct, by the Bureau or via the OQRS

see: http://www.m0urx.com/oqrs

Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL Awards Branch Manager, reports that the following operation is approved for DXCC credit:
D2CT - Angola; 2013 Operation

John, K9EL, will once again activate FS/K9EL from St. Martin (NA-105, DIFO FS-001, WLOTA 0383, WW Loc. FK88) between November 19-28th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters, and he plans to participate in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 23-24th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/ High-Power entry. He informs OPDX that he will spend some time on 160m outside the contest and also do some RTTY on a couple of days outside the contest. Daily uploads to ClubLog and LoTW are planned. QSL via his home callsign.

Geoff, G8OFQ, is now active as HC8/G8OFQ from Isabella Island (SA-004) until the end of September. Activity is on 40-10 meters using SSB only. QSL via the info on QRZ.com.

Members of the Calabria DX Team were active as II8LH this past week from the Cape of Arms Lighthouse (ARLHS ITA-014, CL-008 WAIL) and the Cape Trionto Lighthouse (ARLHS ITA-191, CL-015 WAIL). Look for them again this coming weekend (August 31st) from the Scilla Light- house (ARLHS ITA-050, CL-006 WAIL). QSL via the Bureau to HB9FHZ (USKA Bureau). QSL via IK8YFU direct. E-QSL Authenticity is guaranteed. Also LoTW. For more info, see:


AS-037. Makoto, JI5RPT, will be active as JI5RPT/6 from (Kami & Shimo) Kamikoshiki Islands between September 7-8th. Activity will be on the HF bands (usually 40-6 meters) using CW and the Digital modes. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

EU-052. Operators Hansi/DL1AOB, Dieter/DL1AWD, Ralf/DL3JJ, Dan/DL5SE, Felix/DL6JF, Lu/DL8ALU, Eddy/DM5JBN and Rich/DK8YY will be active as SW8YY (especialy during the contest or possibly as SV8/homecall) from Zakynthos Island (GIOTA INS-015, MIA MG-138, WLOTA 0209) between October 17-29th. Their activity will include the Worked All Germany Contest [WAG] (October 19-20th) and the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 26-27th). Their operations will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL SW8YY via DH7WW, direct, by the DARC Bureau or LoTW and direct. ClubLog and its OQRS will also be used. Possible dates can be seen at:


AS-074. Members of the Malaysian Special Expedition Team will be active as 9M2SE from Pulau Indah, and will also celebrate 56th anni- versary of Malaysia's Independence Day between 0000z, August 31st and 0900z, September 1st. They will be looking for DX stations to share their anniversary's celebration and fun. Their operating equipment will be a 100 watts transceivers, a vertical antenna and a tribander yagi. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW and SSB. For details on QSLing, please visit their QRZ.com page.

EU-049. Just a reminder that Fred, PA1FJ, will once again be active as SV8/PA1FJ/p, but this time from the Chios Island (GIOTA NAS-002, MIA MG-025, WLOTA 4103) between August 29th and September 9th. Activity will be on 40-6 meters using CW and SSB and CW. Fred will operate QRP using a FT-817 with a Buddi- Stick/HighEndfed antenna. QSL is preferred via the Dutch QSL Bureau (Box 330, NL-6800 AH Arnhem, The Netherlands).

EU-078. Operators Manel/EA3EGB and Gabriel/EA3AKA will be active as EF3EGB from Medas Island (WFF EAFF-189, DIE E-001, FEA E-0472, WLOL SPA-161 and WLOTA-0793) between August 30th and September 2nd. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. Suggested frequencies are listed on QRZ.com. QSL via EA3EGB direct only; by the Bureau "ONE YEAR LATER".

EU-106. Operators Derek/G3KHZ and Steve/G4EDG will once again activate St. Tudwal's West Island (EU-106) sometime in September around the 6th, for 3-4 days. It was last activated in May of 2006. This is a privately own island, and the owner has not allowed anyone to visit. The expected callsign will be GW3KHZ/p, and this will be a CW operation only. QSL via G3KHZ.

NA-119. Operators Mike/AB5EB, Dragan/K0AP and Hector/XE2K/AD6D will be active as K5T from Timbalier Island, in the Louisiana State Centre (Terrebonne Parish) Group, between October 11-13th. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL via AB5EB, direct or by the Bureau.

OC-108. It has now be confirmed that a DXpedition to Anambas Island will take place between September 15-20th, after the YE5S/YE5T activity (see OPDX.1121). No other details have been provided.

OC-197. The plans of YB3MM/P from Bawean Island on August 24-25th has been CANCELLED due to weather problem (no ship).

OC-275. (New IOTA) Operators Budi/YF1AR, Fan/YB0AI, Bimbo/YB3MM and Joppy/YB8XM will be active as homecall/9, while operators YC9XOZ, Joni/YB9WZJ and Lucky/YD9RQX will be signing homecall/p from Kimaan Island (ARLHS IDO-148) in the South Papua Coastal IOTA group between September 10-16th. This island has never been activated before. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using mainly SSB, but with some CW and the Digital modes. A special QSL card will be designed. QSL YF1AR/9 via N2OO. QSL all others via their home callsign. For more details and updates, see:


Ralph, H44RK, continues to be active as H40IOTA from Temotu Province on Swallow Islands (OC-065). Activity has be on 40/20/15 meters SSB. Reports indicate that he hopes to be active from the "Vanikolo and Utupua Islands Group" (OC-163) during or within the next week once a suitable QTH is found. His length of stay is not known, but after his OC-163 operation, Ralph will head to Vanuatu (YJ) and operate as YJ0RK as well as activate a few more IOTAs. The "DX-World.net" reports that he will activate Torres (OC-110) and Banks (OC-104). No set dates on the YJ-IOTA activations, but the "SV Hafskip" will be sailing Vanuatu waters for the next 2 months, then heading to New Caledonia. QSL H40IOTA and YJ0RK via NR6M.

J3, GRENADA (Update)
Operators Clarence/WX7E, Ron/WJ7R, Mike/W7RIS, Mike/W7MJJ, Terence/KS5Z and possibly two more operators are planning to be active from Grenada (NA-024, WLOTA 0718) during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 26-27th) as a Multi-2 entry. They are still working on the callsigns and licensing. Clarence, WX7E, informs OPDX that they will be arriving on Wednesday evening, October 23rd, which gives them two days to get everything ready. They will be staying for three days after the contest to look around the island. The team will work 160-10 meters during the contest. Activity before the contest on Thursday and Friday will probably be on CW - most likely on 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters. QSL via LoTW.

Operators Takayuki/JA1MZL (Team Leader), Yutaka/JJ1LIB, Nao/JN1RVS, Masayuki/JN3NFQ and Isao/JH1ROJ will be active from Grenada (NA-024, WLOTA 0718) between November 21-29th. The callsign for the contest and non-contest activity to be determined. Activity will include the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 23-24th) as a Multi-? entry. Activity outside of the contest will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via JA1HGY. Log will be uploaded to ClubLog and a OQRS will be available after their DXpedition. Log will be uploaded at a later day for LoTW. Also, Web page is in the works and will be soon announced.

Jovica, E78A (ex-6W1SJ, 9K2/T94FC, ST0RM, ST2A, T94FC, T98A, TT8JT) is now active as JY9FC from Amman. Jovica has been working in Amman for the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) for almost two years but just received his license. Most likely he will stay there for another three years. As during his previous activities, activity will be during his free time mostly on CW with some SSB and Digital operations. QSL via E73Y: Boris Knezovic, P.O. Box 59, 71000 - Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, or via E7 bureau. Clublog OQRS will be activated after first logs are received from Jovica.

Sivano, IW1FC, is now active as PJ2/IW1FC from Curacao Island (SA-099) until August 30th. Activity so far has been on 20 and 10 meter SSB. QSL via IZ1MLQ.

PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (August 26th-September 1st)

 Aug/26th AN      Aug/29th  AN      Aug/31st  HN
 Aug/27th AN      Aug/30th  AN      Sep/01st  LN
 Aug/28th 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
*** ADDED NOTE: Has anyone heard or seen from Lee, KH6BZF? Your editor has been sending him E-mails for two weeks and has not received an answer


  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (For August 23rd)
  5B/LZ2HM via LZ2HM      HA21WFF via HA6PJ          OX/DF2UA via DF2UA
  7S5LH via SM5ZCI        HB0/DJ2IA via DJ2IA        PJ2/IW1FC via IZ1MLQ
  8S7GL via SK7CA         HC2AO via RC5A             R290ECH via RD9CX
  CE2SQE via EA5KB        HK6DOS via EA7FTR          RO70EL via RZ6LY
  CM3DSE via RW6HS (d)    JY9FC via E73Y             S539EB via S5-(B)
  CN2LW via HB9EOU        KH0/W5SEA via W5SEA (L/e)  SN0ROZ via SP2GCE
  CQ7GIL via CS1AAM       L33M via LU3MAM            SN330VW via SP9KJU
  CT7/RC2A via RC2A       LA/R9DA via R9DA           T6/K5WEJ via K5WEJ
  E720ZRHB via E77E       LV5V via LU5VV (d)         TM0LHG via PA0HEL
  EG8HKT via EA8RCK       LY777A via LY5A            XV9NPS via JA2NPS
    (e) eQSL only  (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (L) LoTW only
LoTW SOFTWARE UPGRADE. It was announced on August 21st, that the "Trusted QSL 1.14.3" is now publicly released and available at:
Also announced, "Trusted QSL 2.0" is now in Beta test and available at:
The "TQSL 2.0" release notes are available at:




Rana, S21R, is once again operating from Dhaka, but this time for one month. Activity so far has been on 20 meters SSB, but his QSL Manager will be encouraging him to operate on other bands as well. Rana will operate with 100 watts and an Inverted V. QSL via his manager Larry, N4VA.

Tim, NL8F, will be active as T32TM from East Kiribati between November 27th and December 11th. However, during his second week there he may possibly join up with the T32RRC team. More details on this is forthcoming. QSL via K8NA.

Operators Grant/KZ1W and Rob/N7QT will be operating as TX5D from Raivavae Island (OC-114) on an Elecraft/SteppIR/WWDXC sponsored DXpedition between October 2-14th. They will be using the new CrankIR portable antenna system from SteppIR, as well as Elecraft K3 transceivers and KPA500 amplifiers. Their operational base will be two bungalows located on the north side of Raivavae Island, and less than 20 feet from the Pacific Ocean. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK. Log will be updated daily to Clublog www.clublog.org with QSOs data/history; internet bandwidth permitting. QSL available via LoTW, eQSL, by the Bureau, or direct (SASE + IRC).

Operators Hiroo/JA2VWG and Seihachi/JA7LU will be active as V63DDD and V63LU, respectively, from Pohnpei Island (OC-010) between September 4-16th. Activity will be on 40-6 meters using SSB and RTTY. QSL direct only to their home callsigns (see QRZ.com for details). No Bureau QSLs.

Operators George/K3GP, Ray/ND8L and Jamie/WW3S will be active as VP9/homecall from Ed/VP9GE's QTH between September 26-30th. QSL via their home callsigns, direct or LoTW. Their activity will include an entry in the CQWW RTTY DX Contest (September 28-29th) as VP9I. QSL VP9I via WW3S only. Outside of the contest and conditions permitting, look for them on all bands, but with an emphasis on the 30/17/12 meter bands.

It was reported by a few sources that Zorro, JH1AJT, who was active as XZ1X from Nay Pyi Taw last week and was expected to return in September, has now postponed his return until October/November.

"DX-World.net" reports/indicates that "a 'multi-national DXpedition' to Myanmar is being planned. No firm word on dates yet, but an announcement will be made very soon."

Tug, JA2ZS, will lead a team of four JA operators and will be active as YJ0ZS from the Iririki Island Resort, Port Villa, between November 1-11th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via JA2ZS. No other details were provided.

Mike, AJ9C, will once again be active as YN2CC from Granada, Nicaragua, between November 19-27th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. Also, Mike will be in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 23-24th) as a Sinlge-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via LoTW or direct to his home callsign.

Operators Oliver/W6NV, Olof/G0CKV and Jorma/OK2KI will be active as ZD8W, ZD8M and ZD8X, respectively, from Ascension Island (AF-003) between November 19-21st. Activity will include the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) with each operator as a Single- Op/Single-Band entry: ZD8M on 40m, ZD8W on 15m and ZD8X on 10m. Look for activity outside of the contest on the HF bands and 6 meters. QSL via their home callsigns.

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