OPDX Bulletin 1186 October 27, 2014

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1186
BID: $OPDX.1186
October 27, 2014
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, NJ1Q & W1AW, W2VU, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, K4UEE, N4AA & QRZ DX, W4DN, K6VVA, WB6RSE, K8GI, K8YSE, NE8Z/HC1MD, W8GEX & 60m News, WD8IOU, W0GJ, 5B4MF, 9M2PJU, AT International, DL7UXG & The DX News Letter, DL1SBF, DxCoffee.com, DX-World.Net, ES1CW, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, G7VJR, HA0HW, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, IK0FUX, IK1QBT, LA7QIA, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, PS7AB, RSGB IOTA Web Site, RW6HS, S50U, Sixitalia Weekly, VA3RJ & ICPO, the VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) and YU1EA for the following DX information.

This week's bulletin was sent out earlier than normal to accommodate the late CQWW DX SSB Contest announcements. Also, we wanted to provide the readers with a consolidated listing of the CQWW DX SSB Contest participants.

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Friday, 17th-October, through Friday, 24th-October there were 225 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4W, 4X, 5B, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE0Y, 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, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FO/m, FP, FR, FS, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, 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, PJ4, PJ5, PJ7, PY, PZ, S0, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T30, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9L, VK9N, VK9X, VP2E, VP5, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZK3, ZL, ZP, ZS

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

Dervin "Derk", PD9DX, is now active as 3W2LI/PD9DX from Ho Chi Minh City until October 29th. Activity has been on SSB and on 15 meters. QSL via PD9DX, direct or by the Bureau. NO IRCS.

Tony, KM0O, will be active as 3W3O from Danang between November 25th and December 24th. His main activity will be the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. Tony likes 80 and 160 meters, so he will probably be emphasizing those bands before and after the contest. QSL via LoTW, by the Bureau or KM0O (see QRZ.com). He will upload his logs to LoTW as promptly as possible. QSLs will not go out until summer of 2015.

Alejandro, XE1EE, will use the special callsign 4A5XX (to celebrate his 20 yrs in amateur radio) during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Band entry. QSL via LoTW, LZ3HI, eQSL, by the Bureau and direct to his home callsign. ADDED NOTE: Callsign is valid for one year. See:


Operators Zvi/4X6FR and Moshe/4X1DX will be active as 4X7R from Herzliya during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multi-Single/All-Band entry. QSL via 4X6FR.

Francesco, IK0FUX, will be active as 8Q7UX from Maayafushi Island (AS-013) between December 1-9th. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands, mainly CW. His equipment is an Icom IC-7000 into a Big stick MFJ-2286 and dipole. QSL via his home callsign.

Operators Hamad/9K2HN, Essa/9K2HQ, Yasser/9K2MY, Muhammad/ 9K2NO, Osama/9K2OD, Ahmad/9K2QA, Basil/9K2RX and Nick/HB9EFK will be active as 9K2HN during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multi/Single or Multi-2 entry. QSL via 9K2HN, by the Bureau, direct or LoTW. Visit the home page at:


Members of the Malaysian Special Expedition Team will be active as 9M2SE from Pangkor (AS-072) during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multi-Single/Low-Power entry. QSL via 9M2RDX. Operators mentioned are Piju/9M2PJU, Rahmat/9M2RMT, Khairul/ 9M2KRZ, Weerut/9W2RUT and Mohd/9W2EDU. For more details, visit the following Blog page at:

Also, see below: IOTA NEWS - AS-072.

Members of the Guam Contest Club will be active as AH2R during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multi-Single entry. Operators mentioned are: Nozomu/JE8KKX (AH2K), Toshinobu/JI3ERV (NH2C), Tad/JA3XOG, Kazumasa/JG3RPL, Sato/JH7QXJ and Mikawa/JR7OMD. QSL via LoTW or direct to JH7QXJ. PLEASE DO NOT QSL via the KH2 Bureau.

Toshi, JA8BMK, plans to be active over the next month and into the new year. Activity will be focused mainly on the lower bands (160-80m) with better receive antennas and locations. His tentative schedule is as follows:

October 31st-November 20th - Nagarkot, Nepal; callsign 9N7BM; set up a vertical in stead of a inverted V with RX antennas.

January 10-25th (2015) - Antananarivo, Madagascar; callsign 5R8DX; operators Toshi/JA8BMK and Ken/JN1THL; focusing on the low bands.

February 5-25th (2015) - Vientiane, Laos; callsign; from a new QTH with lower noise and wider area and with RX antennas.

March 1-31st (2015) - Nha Trang, Vietnam; callsign XV7BM; with improved RX antennas.

QSL all callsigns via JA8BMK.

Look for the BV2A club station of China Radio Association (C.R.A.) in Taipei to be active during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via BV2A. Operators mentioned are Tang/BM2AAV, Eddie/BV2DD, Evan/BV2KS and YaoJun/BV5OO.

Spyros, 5B4MF, will be active as C45T during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Assisted/All-Band/High- Power entry. QSL via his address on QRZ.com.

Gerben, PG5M, has announced that he will be active as CE0Y/PG5M from Easter Island (SA-001) between November 23-28th. This will be a holiday-style operation. Further details will be forthcoming. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau, direct or the OQRS on his Web page. Important: Don't use IRCs as they can't be exchanged at his post office. For updates, watch his Web page and Twitter account at:


CQ NEWS (CQ Reconsiders Policy on Crimea in CQ Contests)
The following was announced Tuesday, October 21st:

"In response to requests from a large number of contesters around the world, CQ has reconsidered its decision regarding the acceptance of logs from stations in Crimea in CQ-sponsored contests.

As CQ Publisher Dick Ross, K2MGA, explained, 'a large portion of the contesting community felt that we were unfairly denying our fellow amateurs in Crimea of the opportunity to fully participate in our contests. Since the country list for CQ contests is based on a combination of the Worked All Europe (WAE) and ARRL DXCC lists, and the ARRL has already adopted a policy regarding Crimean stations in its award and contest programs, we will amend our policy to be consistent with the ARRL's DXCC policy.'

'Therefore, the listings of Crimean stations submitting logs for CQ contests will be based on the call sign under which they have operated. If they used Russian-issued calls in the contest, they will be listed under Russia; if they used Ukrainian-issued calls in the contest, they will be listed under Ukraine. This change reflects not only the desire of many contesters around the world, but also of a large majority of members of the CQ World Wide DX Contest Committee.'"

The DXCC desk is now accepting ZS8A QSLs for DXCC. If youve submitted a card that was rejected for lack of documentation, send a note to dxccadmin@arrl.org to have your record updated.

Members of the Thailand DX Association (HSDXA) will be active as E2X during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multi-Single/High-Power entry. QSL via E20GMY. Operators mentioned are Phot/E20GMY, Kriangkrai/E20HHK, Wat/E20MDN, First/E22WWZ, Paul/HS4DDQ, HS4HLW, Art/HS4LKW, Apiwat/HS4SCI, Wanlop/HS6MYW, Son/HS6NDK and Bunknite/ HS6RMY. Visit the HSDXA FaceBook page at:


Operators Andrea/IK1PMR and YL Claudia/PA3LEO will once again be active as EA8/homecall from Tenerife Island (AF-004) between December 9th and January 8th (2015). Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via HB9FKK (preferred) or their home callsigns, by the Bureau, direct, or E-mail requests for Bureau cards. Also via LoTW and Clublog. For more details and updates, see:


Members of the Ceuta Legion Contest Team will be active as ED9K during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as Multi-2 entry. Operators mentioned are Jose/EA7BJ, Salvador/EA7FQB, Jorge/EA7HZ, David/EA7IVN, Julio/EA7JB, Manolo/EA7LL, Jose/EA7LS, Cris/EA7RU, and Jose/EA9CD. QSL via EA7LS, only direct (NO BUREAU - NO IRCs). Visit the ED9K Team's FaceBook page at:


Jaime, WP3A, will be active as EF8U from the Las Palmas Contest Club radio station (EA8URL) on Gran Canaria Island (AF-004) during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/ All-Band/Low-Power/Assisted entry. Before and after the contest he will sign EA8/WP3A. QSL direct only via NP3O. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW after he returns to Puerto Rico.

Just a reminder that members of the F6KOP Team and Lyon DX Gang will be activating FT4TA from Tromelin Island between October 30th and November 10th. They plan to have 4 stations on the air for 10 days, on 160-10 meters using SSB, CW and RTTY. Suggested frequencies are

CW - 1826.5, 3523, 7023, 10115, 14023, 18079, 21023, 24894 and 28023 kHz
SSB - 3790, 7082, 14185, 18130, 21285, 24955 and 28485 kHz
RTTY - 10142, 18099, 21080, 24912 and 28080 kHz
6m - 50105/CW and 50105/SSB

An online log will be available during the DXpedition. An OQRS will be available by ClubLog. QSL via F1NGP. QSLing details can be seen at:

For more details, visit: http://www.tromelin2014.com

Eugene, EW3LK, will activate Prostyr (EWFF-024) for the World Wide Flora & Fauna Award (WWF) between November 1-4th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW and SSB.

Members of the Quito Radio Club (HC1QRC) will be active as HC0E from Quito during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via HC1QRC or HC1JQ.

Ezequiel, HI3EPR, will be active during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m)/Low- Power entry. QSL via LoTW or direct (see QRZ.com).

Tino, HI3CC, will be active during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (160m)/Low- Power entry. QSL via W2CCW.

Members of the Colon DX Group will be active as HO1C from Panama during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multi-Op entry. Operators mentioned are Emilio/HP2NG, Jose/HP2BWJ, Manolis/HP1CQ, Dorian/HP2DB, Roger/HP2ROC and max/HP2EK. QSL via HP1CQ.

AF-019. (Update) Dan, S50U, reports, "On Thursday night strong winds caused by Gonzalo hurricane destroyed almost all antennas at IO9Y M/M Lampedusa Contest Team station. There will be only sporadic operation from IG9/CALL stations in low-power category during CQWW SSB contest. All transportations from the Island are canceled because of bad weather and team will return home when ferries start to run."

AS-072. Members of the 9M2SE Malaysian Special Expedition Team will be active from Pangkor Island between 0800z, November 7th and 0100z, November 9th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using SSB and CW. Operators mentioned are Piju/9M2PJU, Rizal/9M2RDX, Khairul/9M2KRZ, Wak Mit/9M2TPT, Rosli/9M2RHQ, Zamri/9W2NMX, Ikmal/9W2EDU, Mat Meran/9W2VVN, Weerut/9W2RUT, Kopok/9W2JDY and Izat/9W2RI. They will have 2 transceivers with 100 watts on the air using 2 element 3 bands yagi (20/15/10m), EFHW vertical (40-10m) and G5RV junior (40-10m). Piju informs OPDX, "Please support our activity. We are promoting our country, heritage, culture, beautiful islands and beaches to the world. Malaysia has many beautiful beaches and islands, lots of city excitement, nature and adventure, also cultural attractions. It is time to explore Malaysia. Spread the words."

EU-025. The II9K Contest Team will once again be active as II9K from Sicily Island during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multi-2 entry. Operators mentioned are Giuseppe/IT9HBT, Girolamo/IT9GNG, Rino/IT9FXY, Vincenzo/IT9ECQ, Sal/IW9FRA, Mike/IF9ZWA, Domenico/IW9GTD, Salvatore/DH7SA and Josep/EA3KS. The II9K ContestTeam will be active with an improved setup and new Momobeam stacked Yagis. QSL via IT9HBT.

EU-174. Operators Peter/HA5OV, Kki/YT7DQ, Barichek/YU7CM and YZ7ZZ are now active as SV8/HA5OV from Thassos Island (GIOTA NAS-037, MIA MG-124, WLOTA LH-4186, QRA KN20HS) until October 29th. Look for operators to use their own callsigns outside of the contest as SV8/homecall. QSL via their home callsigns.

IOTA and Crimea - "IOTA Management has decided that, given the unresolved political situation in Crimea, it has no course open to it except, for a period initially of one year, to freeze certain actions connected with Crimea that it would normally take in the routine management of the IOTA programme. This means that it will not accept or issue credit for EU-180 operations taking place after 17 March 2014 that use a non-Ukrainian callsign, or accede to any requests from programme participants for update of their records or changes of callsign and/or checkpoint that involve a change of DXCC entity. The Committee will review the situation after one year in the light of developments. IOTA Management regrets taking this action but it accords with practice adopted elsewhere..... G3KMA, 21 Oct 2014"

SA-024. Operators Marcelo/PY2AE, Murilo/PY2DS, Joo/PU2KKE, Willian/ PU2XIZ and Fbio/PU2KFL will be active as ZX2CA from Cardoso Island (DIB SP-07), and as PW2BA from Bom Abrigo Island and Lighthouse (ARLHS-BRA-013, DIB-SP-05, DFB-SP-03) between November 21-24th. Operators will spend two days on each island (Cardoso Island should be first depending on the sea conditions). Activity will be on 80/40/20/15/10/6/2 meters using CW and SSB. QSL ZX2CA via PY2DS direct. QSL PW2BA via PY2AE direct.

IY, ITALY (Special Prefix)
Look for special event station IY1EY to be active between November 1st and December 31st, from Loano to commemorate the experiments conducted by Gugliemo Marconi from his yacht 'Elettra' in the Ligurian Sea between 1919 and 1936. Expect activity on CW and SSB, and on all bands including 30/17/12m. Receive a special QSL card via IK1QBT direct.

Look for JW5E, Svalbardgruppen Av NRRL Clubstation on Longyearbyen, to be in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) possibly as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via JW5E. List of operators were not mentioned. Visit the JW5E Web page at:


Alexander, UA3IPL, will be once again active as JW/UA3IPL from Spitsbergen Island (EU-026) for 4 months starting October 30th. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW (slow speed), SSB, RTTY, PSK31 and JT65. Equipment will be a Yaesu FT-857D with FC30 tuner into a G5RV antenna. QSL via RW6HS direct.

Once again the members of the "Coconut Wireless Contest Club" (formerly AH6XX) will be active as KH7CW from Aiea, on the Island of Oahu (USI HI008S, WLOTA 1227, WW Loc. BL11bj, Honolulu county), Hawaii (OC-019) in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multi-Single entry. Operators mentioned are: Tetsuo/AH7C, Soi/JH1ECG, Rich/K2WR, Akira/KH6BU and possibly 2 others. QSL via LoTW, or direct to K2WR.

KP1, NAVASSA (Press Release)
From the The KP1-5 Project, dated October 22nd:

"The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has notified the KP1-5 Project that they will be the team to activate Navassa Island (KP1) in January 2015.

The DXpedition will be a maximum of fourteen days. The exact dates in January will be determined by USFWS mission requirements and weather windows.

Our experienced team of fifteen is complete and is ready for the challenge. The weeks ahead will be extremely busy as the team has less than 90 days before the DXpedition comes on the air.

January is the month of minimum bird nesting activity and this is the primary reason USFWS is asking that the operation be completed during that month. However, the weather is unpredictable in January and because Navassa is surrounded by cliffs, this may preclude a safe landing by boat. For safety reasons and in order to maximize our time on the Island and on the air, a helicopter operation is planned. Navassa is over 100 miles (160 km) from the nearest helicopter staging point and as many as ten round trips will be required at the beginning and end of the operation. Obviously, this means that there will be a significant cost for activating this #1 ranked DXCC entity.

In the next few weeks, we be working with USFWS and as details firm up, we will issue periodic press releases. Check our webpage, http://www.kp1-5.com for more details of the operation and how you may financially support this DXpedition.

The KP1-5 Project team has committed to fund 50% of the total costs. We are hopeful the DX community at large will fund the remainder. for The KP1-5 Project,

Bob Allphin, K4UEE, President
Glenn Johnson, W0GJ, Vice-president
Mike Thomas, NA5U, Secretary"

ADDED NOTES: OPDX was informed that the callsign they will use on the island will be "K1N".

Press Release:

"INDEXA Supports Navassa Island DXpedition -- Hello fellow DXers and INDEXA Members:
INDEXA is pleased to announce that we are generously supporting the just announced major DXpedition to Navassa Island, KP1. The official team announcement says this will occur in January, 2015. The DXpedition call will be announced later. Navassa Island is currently ranked #2 on the DX Magazine's "Most Wanted list".

The Navassa Island DXpedition Team leader is Bob Allphin, K4UEE, and he has assembled an extraordinary team of DXpeditioners with the know-how to plan, implement and activate the rarest of the rare DX entities. The team includes AA7JV, HA7RY, K0IR, K4UEE, K5AC, K9CT, N2TU, N4GRN, NA5U, NM1Y, VE7CT, W0GJ, W6IZT, and WB9Z.

INDEXA is the first DXpedition support group to announce financial support for this DXpedition. This support is possible because of your membership in INDEXA and the many prior donations. Interestingly, over half of the DXpedition team is made up of INDEXA officers, directors and members. INDEXA has provided support that is over and above what is customary; so if you would like to help replenish our reserves you might consider an additional contribution via the web page

This DXpedition should provide many of you with an all-time new DXCC entity as well as new band/mode countries for various ARRL, CQ and IOTA awards.

Gary Dixon, K4MQG - INDEXA President
John Scott, K8YC - VP-Newsletter Editor
Dick Williams, W3OA - Secretary-Treasurer"

NH2, GUAM (OC-026)
Joel, KG6DX, will be active as NH2DX in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (15m)/High-Power entry. QSL via NH2DX, CBA or QRZ.com address. NO Bureau QSLs.

Operators Juha/OH1JT, Jouko/OH1RX, Kari/OH2XX, Ari/ OH5DX, Tomi/OH6EI and Pasi/OH6UM will be active as OH0Z during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via W0MM.

Pekka, OH2YY, will be active as OH0YY from Aland Island during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/ All-Band (only 40-10m) entry. He states, "I will not have time to install antennas for 75 and 160." QSL via OH2YY.

OP, BELGIUM (Special Prefixes)
Belgian Telecom authorities (BIPT) granted to all Belgian stations the privilege to use the OP prefix to commemorate the Great War between November 1-30th of each year and until 2018 (included).

Operators Elza/K4ISV, Ray/K9RS and Art/N3DXX will be active as P40S from the P49Y rental station in Pos Chiquito (WW Loc. FK52AL), Aruba (SA-036, WLOTA 0033), during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multi-Single/High-Power entry. QSL via K9QVB.

P5, NORTH KOREA (Update On The P5/K6VVA Quest)
Rick, K6VVA, posted the following on October 20th:

"In just a few months will begin Year #9 of my quest for approval to operate from P5. There have been many, MANY different proposals made to the D.P.R.K. Authorities during the past 8 Years. Recently, my primary Advocate and Envoy to P5 has left the NGO to a new position with a different organization not involved with Humanitarian work in the D.P.R.K. I am pursuing alternative new pathways to success in this project to be able to fulfill the intended Humanitarian goal, and the objective to provide an equal opportunity for all DXCC Program participants in need of ONE "CW" QSO credit with North Korea.

ADDITIONAL CHANGES & INFORMATION -- An original purpose of the P5/K6VVA Expedition was to operate from at least one IOTA (AS-197), with background plans to hopefully QRV from all 4 of the P5 IOTAs. However, based on data Results of my K6VVA IOTA SURVEY and a very detailed analysis of almost 100,000 QSOs made by 25 different "IOTA-ONLY" Expeditions, plans have now changed. The previous expressions of interest in donations for Humanitarian work in the D.P.R.K. were astonishing for which I am grateful. Yet, LESS than 5% (Five Percent) of Callsigns from the serious IOTA Community in the combined 2010 + 2014 Honor Roll and Annual Listing Reports participated. The overwhelming level of support for the Humanitarian goal in the D.P.R.K. came from the DXCC Community. Accordingly, IOTA is no longer a primary objective in my P5/K6VVA plans due to lack of IOTA support."

To read the complete update by Rick, go to: http://www.k6vva.com/p5

PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (October 27th-November 2nd)

 Oct/27th HN      Oct/30th  AN      Nov/01st  AN
 Oct/28th AN      Oct/31st  AN      Nov/02nd  AN
 Oct/29th 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
REALTIME BAND CONDITIONS WEB SITE http://www.bandconditions.com:

The purpose of this experimental Web site is to provide 24-7-365 actual (REALTIME) band condition information to CW QRPp, QRPe and CW/SSB for Contesters interested in increasing their scores. It can also be of benefit to other Radio Amateurs to determine band conditions for Nets and casual QSO's. This information is NOT based on any software pre- dictions or any kind of satellite based readings. It's is based on a new Ionospheric sounding method called "HF Ionospheric Interferometry" which operates very similarly to the PolSAR system used by NASA.

PS43, BRAZIL (Special Event)
Look for special event station PS43GPB to be on the air because of the Grand Prix Brasil F1 Race, Interlagos Circuit, from So Paulo between November 1-10th. Activity will be SSB only, and on 20/17/15/10 meters. QSL via PS7AB, direct (SASE + USD), by the Bureau, LoTW, and eQSL. SWL QSL cards are welcome. For more informations, see:



  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (October 24th)
  3W2LI/PD9DX via PD9DX      IT9/VE8DX via VE3FDX     SN1956PW via SP3PGR
  5T0ITU via ON8RA           J43TR via SV3DCX         SN650B via SQ9CAQ
  8P5A via NN1N              JV5A via WV6E            SP/DJ9ZZZ via DJ9ZZZ
  9A/DJ8QP via DJ8QP         JW1ENA via LA1ENA        SP/DL1EKO via DL1EKO
  9M2TO via JA0DMV           K3K via K3TW             SV0GU via DL4SV
  EA8/UY5ZZ via UY5ZZ        KH7Y via EA5GL           SV3/DF9ZV via DF9ZV
  EA9KB via EA7FTR           N8M via KD8HNF           TG9AJR via NR6M
  EG5PO via EA5HOX           OP14Z via ON4GI          TJ3SN via IZ1BZV
  FR5DZ via F6CXV            OR3A via ON6CC           TT8/F5RQP via F5RQP
  GB1BGS via GW1IOT          P40L via WA3FRP          V31SW via W3HNK
  GW3TTC/P via G3TTC         PH146EU via PD7YY        V5/OE6GLD via OE6GLD (d)
  IG9/S59M via W3HNK         R14CWC/0 via UA0C        VI3RVAC via VK3CAM
  II8RJP via IK8PXZ          R14CWC/7 via RK6HG
    (e) eQSL only  (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (L) LoTW only
    (O) OQRS only  (C) ClubLog only 



Marko, N5ZO, will be active as RU9CZD from R9DX QTH during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/ High-Power entry. QSL via LoTW or by the Bureau.

Roberto, EA2CNU, will be active as S0S from Western Sahara during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th). Outside of the contest, he will sign S01WS. QSL both callsigns via EA2JG.

Remember to change your clocks next week? Countries who observe Daylight Saving Time (DST), which took place on Sunday, March 9th, are now expected to move their "local clocks" backward 1 hour on Sunday, November 2nd, from 2:00 AM local time to 1:00 AM. In 2015, Day- light Saving Time (DST) will again go into effect on Sunday, March 8th, at 2:00 AM local time. For the history and details about ST and DST, as well as an interesting map of the world (showing the countries who observe DST), see:

ADDED NOTE: Hopefully, all amateur radio operators know not to change their GMT/UTC/ZULU clocks. However, since most operators usually set their computers to local time, some may have to change their settings on "some" ham radio software (ex. logging, propagation, DXTelnet, etc..) programs.

Operators Eddie/K4UN, Juan/TI2JCY, Carlos/TI2KAC and Mauricio/TI4ZM will be active as TI5M from Poas Alajuela during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via TI2KAC. The TI5M callsign is the new callsign for the TI8M Contest Group due to a location change.

VI6, AUSTRALIA (Special Event)
Members of the Southern Electronics Group (VK6SR) will be active as VI6ANZAC between October 31st and November 2nd. Activity is to mark the 100th anniversary of the departure of the first convoy of ships carrying ANZAC troops and the significant role Albany has played in Australia's ANZAC history. Operations will primarily focus on the HF bands SSB, 80/40/20/15/10 meters including 30/17/12 meter bands, possibly 160 meters, and depending on the propagation. Also, if they can find some interested operators, there is some possibility of Digital modes and CW. QSL via VK3CAM or by the address on QRZ.com.

October 22nd:

"Yesterday our last team member Bernd, VK2IA, arrived on the island. Due to business commitments he was not able to stay with us the full length of the DXpedition.

QSOs are running good on all bands, though we observe a decrease of daily QSO numbers. Due to the relative low ranking in the Most Wanted list (#59 clublog.org), we expected this. And the latest solar flare doesn't really help. We will see how conditions develop until the CQWW SSB.

Of course we are also preparing ourselves and the stations for the CQWW SSB contest. We are planning to participate as a Multi-Multi effort with the callsign VK9LM. Even if you already worked VK9DLX, please call us in the contest. Many thanks!

We made some good progress of finding local noise sources which make life very hard on the low bands. One main source was a small power supply of a TV distribution network amplifier. Fortunately we could replace it by one of our notebook power supplies and the noise has almost gone. But mean- while we have a new noise source, showing up at North America prime time on 160m. We try everything possible to find the source to get a better RX situation on the low bands.

On 80m we are aware that South America is looking for a 80m QSO with us at their sunrise. We try to be QRV just before Lord Howe sunset (around 0700z to 0730z) the next days.

6m was definitely a highlight the last two days. With a 5 Element Yagi on a 10m mast, pointed to JA, we were able to make about 260 QSOs. Mainly with Japan and some VK's. We also observed the opening from North America to FK, but heard absolutely nothing from them. It is still 1200km from FK8CP to VK9DLX. We will continue to observe Magic Band on DX-Cluster. We will also temporarily operate a beacon on 50.114 with antenna directed to Japan. If you notice anything please send the info to the DX cluster net- work or to our contact form on our homepage.

We still get e-mails and guest-book entries to change this or that callsign in the onlinelog. We definitely will not do that during the DXpedition. If the onlinelog doesn't show your callsign, just work us again. Regarding LoTW: We will upload our log to the Logbook Of The World within 3 months after the DXpedition.

Please also have a look at the picture gallery http://www.lordhowe2014.org/service/gallery/index.php for new impres- sions from Lord Howe Island."

October 24th:
"This is to inform the contest community that there will be a Multi-Multi operation from Lord Howe Island in the CQWW SSB 2014. Our callsign will be VK9LM. We will operate all six contest bands from 160m to 10m and man the stations when there is propagation from Lord Howe Island to anywhere in the world. Normally you will get DXcluster spots where we are on each band. But especially on the low bands it may be possible that we will not always find a running frequency (especially when we have to compete against European stations). But don't be shy to contact us to ask for a QSY frequency on 160m, 80m or 40m. In most cases not only we are the multiplier, but also you!

There will be no CW operation on the contest bands during the contest. But we will have two stations which can be operated on 17m and 12m during the contest.

Please note and understand that there will be no upload to Club Log for the contest log as long as the official log checking takes place. Of course we will also upload the QSOs with VK9LM to LOTW later.

Feel free to visit the DXpedition website on http://www.lordhowe2014.org and subscribe to our newsletter to stay informed. No idea who the Lagunaria DX Group is? Just visit http://www.lagunaria-dx-group.org and learn more about the group, the people behind it and their goals."

Michael, G7VJR, (author of ClubLog) will be active as VK9/G7VJR from Norfolk Island (OC-005) between December 26th and January 2nd (2015). Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands using CW with an Elecraft K3 and 100 watts. QSL via M0OXO or LoTW.

It was announced on QRZ.com a few weeks ago that Rod, VK6MH/GM4AWB, would be active as VK0MH from Macquarie Island (AN-005) between early or starting November 2014 and April 2015. However, this week it was announced on October 15th by Rod,

"Alas, my ship L'Astro- labe sailed yesterday to Macquarie and I was not on it. After all the weeks of training were complete I cannot go. On Friday I had a small innocent mole cut off my arm. Late on Monday, I was told it was a Melanoma and so that meant no travel on the ship. I had an op to remove it yesterday an although gutted that I cannot go, feel uplifted by support of friends and family and am focused on future adventures :0)"
Operators Charlie/VR2XMT, Yau/VR2UBC, Solo/VR2CO, Oscar/ VR2ZLI, Calvin/VR2ZCL, Brian/VR2ZXM, Dawood/VR2XNG and Farid/VR2UNG will be active as VR2S (Region Scout Special Station by the HKIR IT Club) during the CQWW DX SSB Contest as a Multi-Single entry. QSL direct via VR2HKS or the address on QRZ.comQRZ.com YS, EL SALVADOR. Hiro, JA6WFM, will be active as YS1/NP3J during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (10m)/ Low-Power entry. QSL via EA5GL or LoTW.

Mario, YS1GMV, member of the Club de Radio Aficionados de El Salvador (CRAS), will be active as YS1YS during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Single-Transmitter entry. QSL via YS1GMV.

        The following stations are expected to be active in the
         CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th, 2014)
       Thanks to Bill, NG3K, for providing OPDX readers with the following
consolidated listing of the participants in the 2014 CQWW DX SSB 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/cqs2014.html (By call sign)
           http://www.ng3k.com/Misc/cqsd2014.html (By entity)
           http://www.ng3k.com/Misc/cqsz2014.html (By zone)
  Contest        DXCC       CQZ     Class         QSL
  Callsign       Entity                           Route
3B8HA            Mauritius  39      SO            LoTW
3G1B             Chile      12      M/?           HA1AG
3G3W             Chile      12      M/2           XQ4CW
3Z6O             Poland     15                    LoTW; QSL via SP6NVK (B)
4L8A             Georgia    21      SOSB 20M      LoTW; QLS via K1BV
4L0A             Georgia    21      SOAB HP       LoTW
4O3A             Montenegro 15      M/S           LoTW
4W/K7CO         Timor Leste 28      M/?           OQRS MM0NDX
4X2M             Israel     20      SOSB 80M      4X4DZ
4X7R             Israel     20      M/S           4X6OM
5R8C             Madagascar 39      M/?           LoTW
5W0EF            Samoa      32      SO            W8AEF
5W0QQ            Samoa      32      SO            N7CQQ
5W0XH            Samoa      32                    LoTW; QSL via KD6XH (d)
6Y4K             Jamaica    08                    LoTW; QSL via VE3NE (B/d)
9A1P             Croatia    15      M/S           9A2RD
9K2GS            Kuwait     21      SOAB HP       LoTW; QSL via EA5KB
9K2HN            Kuwait     21      M/?           9K2HN
9M2SE         West Malaysia 28      M/S           9M2RDX
9Y4D      Trinidad & Tobago 09      SOSB 15M      LoTW
A73A             Qatar      21      M/2           A71A
AH2R             Guam       27      M/S           LoTW; QSL via JH7QXJ
AH0K        Mariana Islands 27      M/2           OH6GDX
B4L              China      24      SOAB HP       BY4IIG
BH1IOT           China      24      M/?           BH1IOT
BV2A             Taiwan     24      M/S           BV2A
C37NL            Andorra    14      M/2           C37URA
CE3CT            Chile      12      SOAB          LoTW
CN2R             Morocco    33      M/S           W7EJ
CO2IR            Cuba       08      SOSB 20M      CO2IR
CR3L or CQ3L     Madeira    33      TBD           DJ6QT
CR3A             Madeira    33      M/S           LoTW
CR6K             Portugal   14      M/S           CT1CJJ
D70LW           South Korea 25      M/S           LoTW; QSL via DS4NYE
E2X              Thailand   26      M/S           E20GMY
E78T   Bosnia & Herzegovina 15      SOSB 15M      E78T (B)
EA6/GM0EGI Balearic Islands 14      M/2           TBD
EA8/RA1A     Canary Islands 33      SOSB 15M      LoTW; QSL via RN3RQ
ED1R             Spain      14      M/2           EC1KR
ED9K        Ceuta & Melilla 33      M/2           EA7LS
EF8S         Canary Islands 33      SOSB 80M      OH2BYS
EF8U         Canary Islands 33      SOAB LP       EA8URE
FR/F4FET         Reunion    39                    MM0NDX
FY5FY         French Guiana 09      SOSB          FY5FY
FY5KE         French Guiana 09      SOSB          LoTW
GJ2A             Jersey     14      M/S           LoTW; QSL via (C)
HB9H            Switzerland 14      M/S           HB9CXZ
HB9OK           Switzerland 14      M/S           HB9OCR
HC0E             Ecuador    10      M/2           HC1JQ
HI3CC    Dominican Republic 08      SOSB 160M     W2CCW
HI3EPR   Dominican Republic 08      SOSB 20M      LoTW; QSL via HI3EPR (d)
HK1NA            Colombia   09      M/M           K6IPM
HO1C             Panama     07      M/?           HP1CQ 
HR2WW            Honduras   07      SOAB LP       KD4POJ
IG9R          African Italy 33      SOSB          IK8HCG
IH9YMC        African Italy 33      SOSB          eQSL
II9K             Sicily     15      M/2           IT9HBT
IO4W             Italy      15      SOSB 15M      LoTW
IR5A             Italy      15      M/S           LoTW; QSL via (e) and IK5AFJ
J43TR            Greece     20      M/S           SV3DCX
J3A              Grenada    08      SO HP         WA1S
J42T             Greece     20      M/2           LoTW
J79L             Dominica   08      SOSB          SP9FIH
J79X             Dominica   08      SOSB          SP9FIH
JW5E             Svalbard   40      M/2           JW5E
KH2RU/KP4       Puerto Rico 08      SOAB          NP3O
KH6LC            Hawaii     31      SOAB          LoTW; QSL via WA6WPG
KH7CW            Hawaii     31      M/S           K2WR
KH8B         American Samoa 32      SOAB HP       LoTW; QSL via (C)
LT7H             Argentina  13      SOAB LP       EA5GL
LU8YE            Argentina  13      M/2           IK2DUW
LX7I             Luxembourg 14      SO            LX2A
LY4A             Lithuania  15      M/2           LY4A
LY7A             Lithuania  15      M/M           LoTW
NH2DX            Guam       27      SOSB 15M      NH2DX
NH0DX       Mariana Islands 27      SOAB LP       JL3RDC
NP2P         Virgin Islands 08      SOAB          LoTW
NP4Z            Puerto Rico 08      M/2           N4AO
OA4O             Peru       10      SOAB HP       OA4O
OH5Z             Finland    15      M/S           LoTW
OH0JFP         Aland Island 15      SOSB 10M
OH0YY          Aland Island 15      SOAB          OH2YY
OH0Z           Aland Island 15      M/S           W0MM
OL4A         Czech Republic 15      M/2           OK1DSX
P3F              Cyprus     20      SOAB HP
P40L             Aruba      09      M/2           WA3FRP
P40S             Aruba      09      M/S           K9QVB
P40W             Aruba      09      SOAB LP       LoTW; QSL via N2MM (d)
PJ2T             Curacao    09      M/?           LoTW
PJ4X             Bonaire    09      M/?           LoTW; QSL via W1MD (d)
PJ7/K5WE       Sint Maarten 08                    K5WE; QSL via (C)
PW2D             Brazil     11      M/?           M0OXO
RA0R          Russia (Asia) 18      SOAB HP       LoTW
RK0LWW        Russia (Asia) 19      M/S           RK0LWW (d)
RM3F        Russia (Europe) 16      SOSB 15M      UA3DPX
RU9CZD        Russia (Asia) 17      SOAB HP       LoTW; QSL via RU9CZD (B)
S0S          Western Sahara 33                    EA2JG
SI9AM            Sweden     14      M/S           SM3TIR
SJ2W             Sweden     14      M/S           LoTW; QSL via SM2LIY (d)
SV8/HA5OV        Greece     20      M/S           HA5OV
SX9C             Crete      20      M/S           LoTW
T42R             Cuba       08      M/S           EA7FTR
T48K             Cuba       08      M/?           DK1WI
T88H             Palau      27      SO            LoTW; QSL via TA1HZ
T88WJ            Palau      27      SO            JS3LSQ
TC2BC            Turkey     20      SOAB LP       DL7BC
TC7V             Turkey     20      SOAB HP       M0OXO
TI5M             Costa Rica 07      M/S           TI2KAC
TK9R             Corsica    15      SOAB HP       IK8UND
TO1A          French Guiana 09      SOSB          LoTW
TO2A          French Guiana 09                    KU9C
TO5A             Martinique 08      SOAB          LoTW; QSL via F5VHJ (B/d)
TO0X             Mayotte    39      SOSB HP       LoTW
TX7G             Marquesas  31      M/S           LoTW; QSL via (C)
UB7K        Russia (Europe) 16      M/M           UB7K
V47JA     St. Kitts & Nevis 08      SOAB          LoTW; QSL via W5JON (d)
VE2IM            Canada     02      SOAB HP     VE3DZ OQRS; QSL viaa VE3DZ (d)
VK9LM      Lord Howe Island 30      M/?           OQRS DL1MGB; QSL via DJ2MX
VK9XSP     Christmas Island 29      M/?           LoTW; QSL via SP6IXF
VP5T         Turks & Caicos 08      M/?           LoTW; QSL via WA3RHW (B/d)
VP9I             Bermuda    05      SOAB LP       WW3S
VR2S             Hong Kong  24      M/S
VR2XAN           Hong Kong  24      SOSB 15M
WP3C            Puerto Rico 08      SOSB 40M      W3HNK
XW1IC            Laos       26      SOAB HP       E21EIC OQRS
XX9R             Macao      24      M/S           EB7DX
YB0NDT           Indonesia  28      SOSB 40M      LoTW; QSL via YB0NDT (d)
YC8ROP           Indonesia  28      SOSB 15M      LoTW; QSL via YC8ROP (d)
YE2C             Indonesia  28      M/2           LoTW
YF1AR/8          Indonesia  28      SOAB LP       ClubLog; QSL via N2OO (B/d)
YN5Z             Nicaragua  07      SOAB HP       LoTW
YS1/NP3J        El Salvador 07      SOSB 10M      EA5GL
YS1YS           El Salvador 07                    YS1GMV
ZA/F4DTO         Albania    15                    F4DTO
ZA/F4GFE         Albania    15                    F4GFE
ZD8R       Ascension Island 36      SOSB          OH0XX
ZD8W       Ascension Island 36      SOSB          W6NV
ZD8X       Ascension Island 36      SOSB          OH2KI
ZM1A            New Zealand 32      M/?           LoTW 
    (e) eQSL only  (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (L) LoTW only
    (O) OQRS only  (C) ClubLog only 

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