The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1137
November 18, 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, K6VVA, K8GI, K8YSE, ND8X, NL8F, W8GEX & 60m News, AJ9C, N9AW, AT International, DK8JB & The DX News Letter, DL1SBF, DxCoffee.com, DX-World.Net, EA5RM, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, FK8DD, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, OH2BH, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's DX-Newsdesk, RSGB IOTA Web Site, S57S, Sixitalia Weekly, VA3RJ & ICPO, the VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF), YL1ZF and ZS6RJ for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 10th-November, through Sunday, 17th-November there were 236 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A2, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, CE, CE0Y, CE0Z, 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, F, FG, FH, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FS, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH8, KH9, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ5, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T33, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XZ, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z8, ZA, ZB, 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).
3D2/R, ROTUMA (Reminder)
Operators Hrane/YT1AD, David/WD5COV, Wasiliy/ RW4NW, Sergey/ RZ3FW and Dragos/YU1AKV will be active as 3D2R between November 22-29th. QSL via YT1AD. The team will be active in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 23-24th) as a Multi-Single or Multi-2 with the 3D2R callsign.
ADDED NOTE: The team above will be active from Fiji (3D2) before and after the 3D2R operation. Activity will take place between November 20-22th and November 29-December 4th. Operators will have their own personal Fiji callsign: YT1AD (3D2AD), WD5COV (3D2OV), RZ3FW (3D2FW) and RW4NW (3D2NW); QSL via their home callsigns.
3DA, SWAZILAND (Press Release) [edited]
"The 3DA0ET Dxpedition is due to get under-way late on the 16th November or on the 17th November, depend- ing on if we have time to get any of the antennas up on the first day. As a new feature, we have installed a 'Dxpedition Hot-line' phone number which connects to our pilot. The number is listed on our Web site at:4L, GEORGIA
http://www.swazidx.orgThe purpose of this hot-line is primarily for sending SMS messages about any copy on our new six meter beacon which will be running 24/7 on 50.450 MHz FM (primarily for Es as part of the Southern Africa Es beacon initi- ative), and for sending us any reports re RX of our low-band activities.
Details about how we will handle any six meter openings are also on our Web site. The first of our team members arrives in South Africa on the 12th November, with the rest of the team assembling in ZS-land prior to departing for 3DA0ET by the morning of the 16th November. A reminder that we'll have a strong focus on RTTY with a 24/7 RTTY operation alongside our CW and SSB activity. We are also QRV in the CQ WW CW contest as an M2 effort. We're running 5 stations with 4 hexbeams, 3 mono-band verticals for 40, 80 and 160, dedicated low band RX antennas and a selection of dipoles. We hope to see you in the pile-ups!
....... Vy 73, Roger, ZS6RJ, on behalf of the 3DA0ET crew"
4S, SIR LANKA
Peter, DC0KK, will once again be active as 4S7KKG from Moragalla, Sri Lanka (AS-003, WLOTA 0762), between November 17th and April 15th, 2014. Activity will be mainly on CW and the Digital modes. QSL via DC0KK, by the Bureau (preferred) or direct (see QRZ.com). LoTW on request. All QSLs for all QSOs will be sent via the QSL Bureau.
Tony, RT9T, will once again be active as 5B4ALB from Pachyammos (AS-004, MIA MCI-002, WLOTA 0051) between November 17-26th. Activity will be on all bands and modes. QSL via RT9T direct only. ADDED NOTE: Tony will be one of operators in the P3N team (Multi-Single) during the CQWW DX CW Contest.
Members of the URE Cartagena team will be active from the ARRAM HQ club station CN8MC in Rabat as 5C5T during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 23-24th) as a Multi-Single/Low-Power entry. QSL via EA5YU, by the Spanish Bureau or direct. Operators mentioned are: Juan/EA5BLJ, Jose/EA5CP and Jose/EA5YU. The operators will be there between November 21-24th, and plan to be active outside of the contest on 80-10 meters using 100 watts, CW only.
5J0R QRT. Antonio, EA5RM, reports to OPDX [edited]: "After our return to
home, the 5J0R Web site is being updated with pictures from the San Andres
operation and new donors and sponsors. The OQRS is already working. Bureau
QSL should be requested through the Bureau OQRS when available on our Web
site. Thank you to all who did help us to reach our aim.... 73! EA5RM"
5R, MADAGASCAR (Reminder/Update)
By the time you read this, Eric, F6ICX, will once again be active as 5R8IC from Saint Marie Island (AF-090) until December 15th. Activity will be holiday style operating CW, RTTY, and PSK63, and using a FT450 with 100 watts into various GPs or Inverted-Ls and a Hexbeam for 20-10 meters. There will be no online log 'during' his activity. QSL via his home callsign (QRZ.com). To see pictures of his previous activity and an online log search from ClubLog, go to:
Tom, W2SC, will be active as 8P5A during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 23-24th) as Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via LoTW or direct to NN1N.
Niko, S53A, will once again be active as 9J3A from the Kafue National Park (WFF-9JFF-003, WWL KH35) between November 18-26th (approx). This is his sixth operation from Zambia. Activity will be mostly during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 23-24th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low- Power/Unassisted entry. His QSL Manager informs OPDX that Niko will also be active as 9J3A/m, before and maybe little after the contest, from the Land Rover (out just for the fun) with a small whip antenna and 5 watts. Activity will be on 80-10 meters (no 160m). QSL via S57S (not S53A, not S57A), direct, by the Bureau (a very long wait, see details on QRZ.com) or LoTW.
Members of the Guam Contest Club will be active as AH2R during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 23-24th) as a Multi-Single entry. Operators mentioned are: Noriyuki/7N2JZT (NH2KO), Nozomu/JE8KKX (AH2K), Hajime/KH0G, Toshinobu/JI3ERV (NH2C), Toshimasa/WI3O. QSL via LoTW or direct to JH7QXJ. PLEASE DO NOT QSL via the KH2 Bureau.
Dave, WJ2O, has announced that he has booked three trips to the Caribbean over the next several months and plans to be active from the following:
November 20-29th: Saint Martin (FS);His QSL Manager is Ken, N2ZN, for all operations. For more details and updates, visit Dave's Web page at:
IOTA NA-105; Callsign FS/WJ2O; Low Power and whip antennas; 40-10 meters, CW only; and he will be in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 23-24th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry.
February 12-19th: Cayman Island (ZF); IOTA NA-016; Callsign pending; Low Power vertical and wires; 160-10 meters, CW only; and he will be in the ARRL International CW Contest (February 15-16th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry.
May 21-28th: Bonaire (PJ4); IOTA SA-006; Callsign pending; from the PJ4G Contest Station; and he will be in the CQ WPX CW Contest (May 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/ High-Power entry.
CR3, MADEIRA ISLANDS
Jose, CT1BOH, will be using the special callsign CR3E during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 23-24th) as a Single-Op/ All-Band entry. All QSOs will be uploaded into LoTW. QSL Manager, Joe, W3HNK. See his Web page and station at:
CT9, MADEIRA ISLAND
Vadim, R9DX, will be active as CT9/R9DX during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 23-24th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (10m)/ Low-Power entry. QSL via R9DX.
DB50, GERMANY (Special Event)
Look for special event station DB50FIRAC to be active between January 1st and December 31st, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of "Fédération Internationale des RadioAmateurs Cheminots". QSL via LoTW, by the Bureau or eQSL.
* Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL Awards Branch Manager, reports that the following operation is approved for DXCC credit:
K9W – Wake Island; 2013 Operation
* WHY 5A1AL IS BEING REJECTED FOR DXCC? Sharon Taratula, Administrative Manager, states:
"The DXCC Department hasn't received complete documen- tation for the 5A1AL operation. DXCC operations require the license of the operation, evidence of authorization for landing, and/or proof of transportation and/or entry. A landing permit is generally issued by a government agency, and grants the person or group permission to enter certain areas for purposes including the operation of an Amateur Radio station. Proof of transportation and/or entry may be a statement by a boat captain or aircraft pilot, certifying that the persons involved were transported to the entity in question."E5, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS
EG5, SPAIN (Special Event)
Operators Jose/EA5FL, Sal/EA5DY, Nando/EA5GVZ and Juan/EC5JC will activate special event station EG5MM on December 11th to celebrate "International Mountain Day" (See QRZ.com for details). QSL via EA5FL.
FIELD DAY RESULTS (2013) ARE POSTED
The 2013 ARRL Field Day Results are now posted at:
FJ, ST. BARTHELEMY
By the time you read this, Georg, DK7LX, should be active as FJ/DK7LX from St. Barthelemy (NA-146) until the beginning of December. Activity will be holiday style and mainly on CW, with some RTTY (no SSB). He will not participate in the CQWW DX CW Contest. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.
FY, FRENCH GUIANA
Operator Didier, FY5FY, will be active during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 23-24th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (15m)/Low-Power entry. QSL via FY5FY.
FY, FRENCH GUIANA
Larry, F6FVY, will be active as FY5KE during the CQ WW DX CW Contest (November 23-24th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (10m) entry. QSL via FY5KE, by the Bureau, direct or LoTW.
HI, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Members of the Lomadeltoro Contest Team will be active as HI3A in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 23-24th) as a Multi-Op entry. Operators mentioned are Julio/AD4Z, Ez/HI3EPR, Lorenzo/HI3LFE and Franky/HI3TT. QSL via ON4IQ or Lotw. Visi the Lomadeltoro Contest Team's Web page at:
AF-019. (Early Announcement) An international team of operators will be active as IG9Y from Lampedusa Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as a Multi-Op entry. Look for more details to be forthcoming. QSL via ON4LG. An OQRS will be available for direct and Bureau cards. Visit their Web page at:
EU-012. Stewart, GM4AFF, will be active as GZ3F from the Shetland Islands during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 23-24th) as Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via GM4FDM.
OC-108. (Reminder) By the time you read this, 9 operators will be active as YE5R from Anambas Island until November 20th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via YB4IR.
SA-027. Jose, PU5IKE, will be active as ZW5AAA from Remedios Island (ARLHS BRA-137) between December 7-8th. Activity will be on 10 meters SSB. QSL via PU5IKE, via LoTW, direct (sase), eQSL or Bureau (QSLs from SWLs are welcome).
J6, ST. LUCIA (Press Release: 5th St. Lucia Buddies in the Caribbean Suitcase DXpedition) [edited]:
"Travel plans are set for the fifth 'Buddies in the Caribbean' (BIC) mini-DXpedition to St Lucia (J6). Eight operators, some of whom have never experienced the 'other side' of a pileup, will be operating from Chateau Devaux on the NE side of St. Lucia from December 1st through 9th, 2013. This 'Suitcase DXpedition' will operate QRP to 100-watt radio stations using backpackable Buddipole antennas to make contacts from the villa, the surrounding mountains, and (of course) from St. Lucia's superb beaches.J8, ST. VINCENT (Update)
The eight operators are Jerry/N9AW, Craig/NM4T, John/W5EXJ, Joe/K3JDB, Rick/AA4W, Jim/W4QO, Chris/W6HFP, and Budd/W3FF (J68FF). Ops will preface their own calls with 'J6/'. Team members will operate several CW, SSB, and/or Digital Mode stations on 160-10 meters from the villa while others make contacts with portable set-ups from other J6 locations. Per tradition, meeting and operating with local hams while on J6 is one of our key goals. QSO confirmation and QSLs will be available via LoTW, Bureau or direct via information on each operator's QRZ.com page."
There will not be a team effort during the CQWW DX CW Contest, but possibly one operator will take part in the contest as a Single-Op/ All-Band entry while the others operate outside the contest on the WARC bands or SSB and digital modes. QSL via SP3CYY, direct or by the Bureau. Using the OQRS is strongly recommended. For more details and updates, visit their Web Page at:
KH8, AMERICAN SAMOA (Reminder)
Operators John/9M6XRO, Masa/JH3PRR, Kip/W6SZN, Aki/ZL1GO and Jacky/ZL3CW, are now active from the Turtle and Shark Lodge, Village of Vaitogi, on the south-east coast of Tutuila Island (OC-045, USI AS007S, WLOTA 4385) and using the special event callsign W8A between now and November 26th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. Suggested frequencies are available online at:
KH9, WAKE ISLAND
The "K9W Wake Atoll Commemorative DXpedition" is now QRT as of November 15th. Via their Web page:
"The K9W DXpedition to Wake Atoll has now ended. All equipment has been taken off-line and prepared for shipment to the U.S. Final upload to ClubLog will take place within the next 24-48 hours. The K9W team wishes to thank the DXpedition community for their tremendous support. We put over 100,000 QSOs in the log from 186 discrete DXCC entities. The K9W operators are grateful for the oppor- tunity to have honored the Forgotten 98 during our DXpedition. More photos and video footage will be posted to the website very soon.....The log is posted on their Web page below and on the ClubLog Web page at:
73 from Wake Atoll."
An OQRS will be available by ClubLog (Highly Recommended). This is the preferred method to use for your QSL confirmation. After the DXpedition ends you can order either a direct or Bureau QSL card using the OQRS online QSL service provided by ClubLog. For sending direct QSL requests, the mailing address is: Wake Island DXpedition, P.O. Box 5005, Lake Wylie, SC 29710 USA (See detail on their Web page). QSLing by the Bureau is via AA4NN. Logs will be posted on LoTW 6 months after the conclusion of the DXpedition. NO eQSL. For more details and updates, visit the K9W Web page at:
A team of operators will be active as LX7I during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 23-24th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via LX2A. Operators mentioned are Mike/DF3VM, Frank/PA4N, Daniel/DL5SE, Rene/DL2JRM, Aurelio/PC5A, Ron/DL3BPC, Wolf/OE2VEL and Oliver/OE5OHO. Also, visit the following Web page at:
Operators Bud/N7CW, Jim/K6ZH and Jack/OA4TT will be active as OC4CW during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 23-24th). All QSOs will be uploaded to LoTW on their return to the USA or sooner. Direct or Bureau cards should be available via an OQRS. Look for more QSL information to follow on QRZ.com. Outside the contest, Bud will be active as OA4/N7CW from approximately November 16-21st. See QSL info on QRZ.com.
Sylvain, F5TLN, who has been active as OD5/F5TLN since September, will be there until April 2014. Activity has been mainly on 15 meters SSB. QSL via his home callsign direct only. Visit his Web page at:
PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (November 118-24th)
Nov/18th AN Nov/21st AN Nov/23rd AN Nov/19th AN Nov/22nd AN Nov/24th AN Nov/20th AN 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=6-9 100-400QSL INFO AND NEWS
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (November 17th) -------------------------------------------------------------------------- 5H3CJ via SM6CPY KH8/WD5COV via WD5COV SX101JG via eQSL only 5K1C via EA3DUF LZ0M via LZ2SX (L/e) T33FL via AA4FL A92IO via EI3IO (B/d) LZ8E via LZ2BE T33KV via DL6KVA A93LT via IZ8CLM LZ9R via LZ3YY T33PT via PY2PT CM2CCA via EA7TV OH8WW via OH8GDU (d/L) TA4/DL9USA via DL9USA CO0SS via EA5GL OL4W via OK1IF TA4/KP2I via DL9USA EA8/DL2DXA via DL2DXA OP7V via ON7VA TC301B via TA1HZ EG1MOU via EA1URO PJ2/DL2EVB via DL2EVB VP8DNY via M1AYI (B) EM70U via UT7UU PJ6/N7QT via N7QT W8A via ZL3CW (d) FJ/DK7LX via DK7LX PY0FF via W9VA XF1P via XE2HUQ GB1T via M0DOL RP3Z via RN3Z XZ1J via JH1AJT J87GU via DL7VOG S21ZBC via IK2VUC YB8V via YB9BU J88HL via SP3CYY S5300TP via S59DAP YE5R via YB4IR K5C via WB5UDA S79WDX via I0WDX Z81X via OH0XX KH8/N7AFW via RZ3FW SN21RN via SP3PGR ZV7O via PY7JN KH8/N9YU via YT1AD SN640OKA via SP5KVW (e) eQSL only (d) direct only (B) Bureau only (L) LoTW onlyJ73A QSL MANAGER UPDATE. George, K5KG, reports: "We have a last minute volunteer to handle the direct cards for J73A. It is Steve, KU9C."
QSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 7P8US, 9Q5MO, A61BK, DM5TI, DP0I, EA3EZD, EI3GC, ES9C, G0WRE, G7VJR, HG7T, HV0A, I8QJU, IO5O, IT9PQJ, J3/WX7E, KG4WV, KL7RA, KM4DR, KP2/K3CT, M0BJL, MM0AMW, NL7G, OE2E, OK1SL, OP4A, PA3DZM, PA8F, PI4DX, PY2CX, RG9A, V47JA, VK3TDX, VU2NXM and XV2JJ
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3B8DB, 3D2MP, 5Z4/EA4ATI, CE2MVF, CN2XN, DF7EF, DL6MHG, G100RSGB, GW100RSGB, HA0NAR, OY/DL3UB, OY9R, PJ6A, T48K and V63PR
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: NONE REPORTED THIS WEEK!
R0, RUSSIA (NEW REGION TO BE ACTIVATED)
Operators Vasily/RA1ZZ, Aleksandr/ RA3AV, Natalia/R9OOO and Yuri/UA9KW will activate the last new Russian region for the Russian's District Award Program (RDA: YA-38 and very rare GRID LOC: PP57et) as homecall/0 between November 26th and December 3rd. The QTH is Batagay-Alyta, village in the north part of the republic of Sakha, Yakutia. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via the Bureau. For more details, see:
By the time you read this, members of the Mediterraneo DX Club should be active as S21ZBC between November 16-22nd. Activity will be 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. They plan to have 6 stations on the air. The team plans to be in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 23-24th) as S21ZBB and as a Multi-2 entry. QSL Manager is Giuliano, IK2VUC; direct, by the Bureau or use the OQRS. LoTW files will be uploaded by the end of May 2014. For more info, see:
S9, SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE
Operators Giovanni/IK5BCM, Giuseppe/IK5CBE and Giovanni/IK5CRH will be active as S9TF from Principe Island (AF-044) between February 1-13th (2014). Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via IK5CRH.
T32, EAST KIRIBATI (Update)
Members of the Russian Robinson Club are expected to be active as T32RC between December 4-11th. Tim, NL8F (T32TM), who will be there before the T32RC crew arrives, informs OPDX on Saturday [edited]:
"Hi Guys.... Well T32TM is ready to depart. All radios, amps, antennas and trinkets are packed and ready for things to start. I leave Dutch Harbor, Alaska, in the morning Sunday at 10am local time heading to Seattle to take part in the North Pacific Fishing Trade show, and then depart to Honolulu on Sunday, the 23rd, spend a day or two catching up with some of the KH6 guys before departing on the 26th to Kiramati. I will then set up the radio equipment, and then it is on from the Captain Cook Hotel. Band conditions are great so will be operating the high bands during the day light and low bands at night. The rest of the crew T32RC are also almost packed up, and we have some very good antennas for the low bands with us, especially for the 160m contest and the rest of the time. Remember, this is not a huge DXpedition and any small amount of donation to the Web siteT33, BANABA ISLAND (Update)
will be very much appreciated to help with the excess baggage costs of the antennas and radios. Thanks in advance.
......T32TM and T32RC crew Tim NL8F"
The OQRS by ClubLog is available and will be the preferred method to use for your QSL confirmation. Logs will be posted to Logbook Of The World (LoTW) approximately 6 months after the conclusion of the DXpedition. Direct QSLs are via W2IJ. QSLs will also be available direct by the Bureau. The log shows (as of print time) as of 0917z, November 14th, that they have worked a total of 67967 QSOs and 19309 Unique Callsigns.
Breakdown is 43200/CW, 20259/SSB and 4508/RTTY. Breakdown by Continent is 353/AF, 3/AN, 22865/AS, 14196/EU, 25661/NA, 3287/OC and 1602/SA. For more details, visit the T33A Web page at:
Elmar, PD3EM, is now active as TF/PD3EM as he travels across the Southern part of Iceland until November 26th. He is using a Yaesu FT-450D into a HyEndFed (10-20-40m) on a Spiderbeam fiberglass mast. QSL via his home callsign. Visit his Web page at:
THE BIG PICTURE (Of Expedition Operating ...)
With the unspeakable behavior by amateur radio operators over the last fews weeks trying to work the many DXpeditions on the air, Rick, K6VVA, (aka The Locust), well known IOTA DXer, has put together an interesting video. He writes to OPDX about the video, " 'The BIG PICTURE Of Expedition Operating And The Direct Relationship To Anti-Social Pileup Behavior' describes the problems and also solutions to the dysfunctional behavior we unfortunately hear in DX and IOTA Pileups on the Amateur Radio bands these days." The 45 minute video can be viewed at:
Members of the KOP team (The Provins ARC/F6KOP) will enter the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 23-24th) as TM1A in a Multi/Multi effort. Operators mentioned are Kenneth/OZ1IKY, Laurent/F5PBM, Francis/F5QF, Antoine/F5RAB, Mat/F5PED, Xavier/F5NTZ, Serge/F6DZS, Stephane/F5UOW, Bruno/F5AGB, Bernard/F9IE, Tony/F8ATS, Bernard/F5LPY, Maurice/F5IYU and Maurice/F5NQL. QSL via F6KOP, French Ref Union Bureau only.
Rich, M5RIC, will be active as TO4C from Martinique (NA-107, DIFO FM-001, WLOTA 1041, DDFM 97) between March 26th and April 1st. Activity is usually on 80-10 meters, especially 30/17/12 meters, using SSB and RTTY. He plans to participate during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All Band entry. QSL via M0OXO.
TU, COTE D'LVOIRE (Reminder/Update)
Operators Chris/F4WBN (ex-TL0A), Paul/F6EXV and Jan/DJ8NK will be active as TU5AX, TU5XV and TU5NK, respectively, for a solidarity radio operation which will take place between November 17-30th. Activity will be on SSB, CW and RTTY, with operations on 160-6 meters (including 60m). Suggested frequencies are:
CW - 1826.5, 3524, 7024, 10104, 14024, 18084, 21024, 24894 and 28024
SSB - 3799, 5371.5/5403.5, 7070, 14190, 18150, 2190, 24950 and 28490
RTTY - 7050, 10138, 14080, 18100, 21080, 24920 and 28080 kHz
6m - 50104/CW amd 50150/SSB
QSL via their home callsigns, by the Bureau, direct or the OQRS on Clublog. The logs for TU5NK and TU5XV will be posted on LoTW shortly after the DXpedition ends. Jan informs OPDX,
"The 3 operators will support the club station TU2CI and will leave equipment behind (radios and antennas), install it and train the local operators to use it in order to revive the Abidjan radio club, and assist some local hams who have strongly suffered from the civil war that hit the country sometime ago."The group's Web page is available at:
TX5, NEW CALEDONIA (Update)
Freddy, F5IRO, continues to be active as FK8RO from Plum, New Caledonia (OC-032, DIFO FK-001, WLOTA 1280, DDFM 988), until February 2014. Activity has been on 80-10 meters using mostly CW and some PSK, with a Elecraft K3 and dipoles and long wire antennas. Freddy will team up with Mic/FK8IK and Sam/FK8DD, in Noumea using the special callsign TX8B (confirmed as November 14th) for the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 23-24th). QSL TX8B via FK8DD: Box 3040 Noumea, 98846 New-Caledonia.
Sometime after the contest, Freddy and Mic are looking into possibly activating some FK IOTAs. Look for details to be posted on QRZ.com and Freddy's Blog page at:
V4, ST. KITTS (Update)
Tony, N3ME, reports on QRZ.com:
"Originally licensed as V47AJ in 1999 and pleased to be returning to St. Kitts (NA-104) again on January 21, 2014, for a one month vacation and holiday style operation. Our son, Bernie (W3UR) and his wife, Becky, our daughter, Kristina, and her husband Dan will be with us for part of our vacation. We will use my Elecraft K3 on 160 through 10 meters via CW, RTTY and SSB with heavy emphasis on RTTY, and I plan to operate in the CQ WPX RTTY Contest in February. QSL via Bureau, direct (please include return envelope & postage), or LOTW. Please be patient, if QSLing direct as QSL will be ordered upon return as we will take pictures for the card while in St. Kitts."XR0, JUAN FERNANDEZ
XT2/XT26, BURKINA FASO (Reminder)
Operators David/OK6DJ and Petr/OK1FCJ will be active as XT26DJ and XT2FCJ between November 17-26th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters including the 30/17/12 meters using CW and SSB. They also will be in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 23-24th) as XT2FCJ. Their set up will be Elecraft K3 and Kenwood TS-480 into a Spiderbeam antenna (20/15/10m - including the WARC), a vertical (40-10m), 80m dipole and LW for 160m. QSL via OK6DJ for both callsigns. QSL methods are: the ClubLog OQRS (for LoTW - confirmed every day), direct (minimum 2 USDs or new IRC (accepted IRC that expire in 2017; QSO confirmed to LoTW every day), OQRS by the Bureau, LoTW and eQSL (confirmed 6 months) and paper QSL via the Bureau (confirmed 12 months). Their Web page is now avilable, at:
Ishida, JA4AGA, who is part of the XV2V40J team to commemor- ation 40 years of the Japan-Vietnam establishment of diplomatic relations (QSL via JF1HJZ), was heard active as XV2AG. He plans to be active until November 30th. QSL via his home callsign.
XZ, MYANMAR (Update)
By the time you read this, Zorro, JH1AJT, and a group of operators should be on the air as XZ1J from Nay Pyi Taw until November 26th. This will be the third and final run for 2013 from XZ-land. They plan to set up three to four stations, run 24/7 on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, and RTTY. QSL: OQRS preferable. The XZ1J Web site is available at:
YL95, LATVIA (Special Prefix)
In honor of the 95th anniversary of the establishment of the Republic of Latvia in November and December 2013, members of the Latvian Contest Club will use the special prefix YL95. Expect YL95AIW, YL95AJA, YL95CI, YL95CW, YL95DQ, YL95DW, YL95GQT, YL95GY, YL95KF, YL95KL and YL95UI to be on the bands. For QSL info, follow the operators' instructions, but in most of cases use LoTW, eQSL, by the Bureau or direct to their home callsign is OK.
YN, NICARAGUA (Update)
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 Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via LoTW or direct and by the Bureau to his home callsign. He will activate an OQRS on ClubLog.
Z8, SOUTH SUDAN (Press Release by OH2BH; dated November 12th) [edited]:
"THE Z81X GROUP IS DEPARTING TODAY, WEDNESDAY AT 1100 UTC -- The group consists of DL3DXX, N7NG, PB2T, OH0XX, OH2BH, OH2PM and OH6KN. Upon their arrival they will team up with Z81B and Z81D and start doing two projects simultaneously. They will set up their low-band antenna field and start a series of workshops for the government of South Sudan. At least on one station should be operational by late Friday evening.ZL7, CHATHAM ISLAND
Their selected low-band operating frequencies are 1826.5 KHz and 3523 KHz. On the other house-hold bands 7 MHz thru 28 MHz you can find them at suitable portions of those bands. Check Internet spotting for current frequencies. As the operation will be running for two-weeks, SSB operation on low-bands will come on-line later during the stay – specifically during the 2nd weekend with CQWW on CW. During the contest there may be as many as three single- band stations activated. OQRS is functional at Z81X at QRZ.com. All support for the high freight cost of the equipment will be highly appreciated. Z81X via OH0XX."
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Subject : 8th EPC BPSK63 QSO Party 2013
Dear Fellow Radio Amateurs,
The European PSK Club has the honour to invite the radio amateurs all over the world to participate in the 8th EPC BSK63 QSO Party 2013. The objective of the competition is to establish as many contacts as possible between radio amateurs around the world by using the BPSK63 mode. Every- body can work everybody for QSO and multiplier credit. The Contest is annually held at the third weekend in November on 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters bands.
Starting time is at 00:00 UTC, and ending time is at 24:00 UTC on Sunday 17 November, 2013.
There are no separate entrant categories in the competition; all partic- ipants work as SINGLE-OP ALL (Single Operator - All Bands). All stations at which one performs do all of the operating, logging, and spotting functions. Only one signal is allowed at any one time. The operator may change bands at any time. The output power shall not exceed 100 watts.
EPC members should send signal report plus EPC membership number (example – 599 EPC00001). Please make sure that you don't separate «EPC» from the «Number», and you don't use any characters between. Please make sure that your EPC number consists of 5 digits. Other stations should send signal report plus QSO number, starting 001 (example – 599 001).
First, second and third place certificates will be awarded in the World and every continent. First place certificates will be awarded in every participating DXCC country. All scores will be published on the EPC website. All certificates will be issued to the licensee of the station used. All certificates will be issued in a PDF format. If you are interested in sponsoring a special trophy for the EPC BPSK63 QSO Party, please contact the Committee.
The required MixW contest setup files for easy and correct operation in the event are listed at website: http://www.digitalrus.ru All logs must be sent no later than 5 days after the contest (23:59 UTC 22 November 2013). You should send your log upload via the Web interface:
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