OPDX Bulletin 1187 November 3, 2014

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1187
BID: $OPDX.1187
November 3, 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, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, K5XK, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m News, W0GJ, 9M2PJU, AT International, DL7UXG & The DX News Letter, DL1SBF, DxCoffee.com, DL4WO, DX-World.Net, ES1CW, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, LY5W, OE1WHC, ON4WW, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, PA3EWP, Pete Rayer (ISWL), RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, UT5UGR, VA3RJ & ICPO, the VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) and VU2CDP for the following DX information.

If you were on Daylight Saving Time (DST), did you remember to turn your clock back an hour? See below "Standard Time".

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 26th/October, through Sunday, 2ne/November there were 239 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4W, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E4, E5/s, E6, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FH, FK, FM, FO, FO/m, FR, FS, FT/t, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J7, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6 KH8, 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, PY0F, PZ, S0, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T32, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TN, TR, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9L, VK9N, VK9X, VP2V, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP8/o, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD8, ZD9, 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".

Mark Demeuleneere, ON4WW, has been granted permission by the Norwegian Polar Institute to land and reside on Bouvet Island during the mid-January until mid-April 2016 time frame.

This will be a ham radio DXpedition with the sole purpose of providing worldwide contacts with Bouvet Island, currently ranked #3 on the different DXCC Most Wanted Lists. This will be a 3 month DXpedition carried out by one person with a target to make 100,000 QSOs on CW, SSB and RTTY on all HF bands. (Note: Bouvet will move up to #2 after Navassa has been activated in 2015).

Whether or not this DXpedition will take place depends on the next big hurdle, funding. An interesting Web page has been designed which provides more background information and full details with some great pictures, as well as details on his funding approach at:

In regard to Bouvet, contact ON4WW via the following E-mail address: bouvet2016@telenet.be

Axel, DL6KVA, will once again be active as 4K0CW from Baku between November 26th and December 2nd. Activity will be CW only on all HF bands (depending on the band conditions) using 100 watts into a 84m long wire (from Vlad's, 4K9W, QTH). Axel also plans to participate in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Single-Op/Low-Power entry. QSL via DL6KVA (Bureau OK). Logs will also be uploaded to LoTW.

Alim, 4K6FO, will be active during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-BandLow-Power entry. QSL via LoTW or see QRZ.com.

By the time you read this, Sigi, DL7DF, will be on holiday with his XYL Sabine in Senegal between November 1-13th. He will operate as DL7DF/6W on all bands from 160-10 meters using CW, SBB, RTTY, PSK31 and SSTV as often as possible. The location is Somone at the coastline of Senegal near Dakar. He states, "But please do not forget. This time I'm on vacation with a little bit Ham Radio." QSL via DL7DF, direct or by the DARC Bureau. For more info and updates, see:


Klaus, DD1AY, will once again be active as 9H3GK (4th time) from the Dolemn Resort Hotel in Bugibba, St. Paul's Bay, Malta (EU-032, WLOTA 1113), as of October 31st, until November 16th. Activity will be holiday style as this is his "honeymoon" with XYL Jacky (married October 2nd). Operations will be on the HF bands, using a FT-100 into a DX Wire (10m). QSL via his home callsign.

Nick, VE3EY, will once again be active as 9Y4/VE3EY from Trinidad and Tobago between November 26th and December 1st. This will be a suitcase operation on 160-10 meters using a K3 and KPA500 amp into two verticals. His activity will include the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. Focus prior to the contest will be on 160 meters. QSL via VE3EY.

A Chinese team which includes Wang/BA1GM, Che/BA7CK, Terry/ BA7NQ, Fan/BA1RB, Bao/BD1GO, Shujiang/BD1RX, Wei/BD1TX, Bai/BH1DYK, Lichao/BH1GC, Steven/BH1MCM and Ding/BH3BBB will be active as B1Z from the Beijing DX Club Contesting station during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via BD1RX.

C5, THE GAMBIA (Update)
A group of UK DXers will operate as C5X from Ocean Villa Heights Lodge, on the coast at Brufut, southwest of Banjul, The Gambia, (not the old "MW Radio Syd" site as first announced) between January 15-26th (2015). Mark, M0DXR, had to drop out of the C5X team, but the group has added Don, G3XTT. Operators now are Steve/G3VMW, Alan/G3XAQ, Don/G3XTT and Iain/M0PCB. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and some PSK. The group also plans to do some activity in the CQWW 160m Contest. They will have two stations with Elecraft K3 radios with KPA-500 amplifiers using two Spiderbeams for HF, 160/80m verticals on an 18m Spiderpole and dipoles/verticals for 40/30m. QSL Manager is Charles, M0OXO. QSL via his OQRS

direct or by the Bureau. Logs will be uploaded daily to ClubLog and LoTW.

Roman, RV3MA, has been active as CN2MA from Morocco since sometime in October and will be active until December 1st. He built the CN2AA contest station near Rabat to participate in both CQWW DX SSB/CW Contests. QSL both callsigns via UA2FM. The CN2AA station can be seen on Roman's Facebook page at:


Juanlu, EA5BM, will be active as EA6FO from Ibiza Island (EU-004) during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Assisted /High-Power entry. QSL via EA5BM.

EP, IRAN (Update/IOTA Op)
A multi-national team of operators from Belgium, The Netherlands and Greece will be active as EP6T from Kish Island (AS-166), Islamic Republic of Iran, during the last 2 weeks of January 2015. This will be a "Rockall DX Group" DXpedition. Reportedly, it took nearly 3 years of negotiations and a reconnaissance trip by Patrick, ON4HIL, to Tehran which finally resulted in obtaining a legal license to operate with a team of ten people for fourteens days. The 10 operators mentioned are Marc/ON4AMX (Finance), Henk/ON4AFH (Travel and Logistics, Carlo/ON4BR (Logistics), Patrick/ON4HIL (Team Leader), Luc/ON4IA (Low Band Specialist), Marc/ON6CC (Webmaster), Wim/ON6DX (Propagation), Frank/ON7RU (Multi-Media), Ronald/PA3EWP (Sponsors/PR) and Kostas/SV1DPI (Shack Manager). Pilot stations are Theo/ON4ATW (E-mail:ep6t@rockall.be) and Bjorn/ON9CFG.

The group plans to have 4 (possibly 5) operating stations on the air around the clock for at least 10 days. Specific dates will be announced at a later date. Activity will be on all HF bands, 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. Some stations during the night time hours will be focusing on the low bands using separate receive antennas and quarter wave verticals near the beach. They expect to make around 85,000 QSOs. They will use ClubLog for online logging (if Internet is available) and OQRS (QSL requests). A few days after the DXpedition the logs will be uploaded by their QSL Manager to LOTW. QSL Manager is Tim Beaumont, M0URX: P.O. Box 17, Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 1SF, ENGLAND. All QSLs via the OQRS, by the Bureau and direct, will be answered as usual. The EP6T Website is now available with more information, as well as a EP "need" survey at:


They have also have a Twitter account:

From now on they will update their Web site and Twitter pages on a daily basis if there is some information to share.

Nobuaki, JA0JHQ, who is finishing up his JD1BOW operation from Chichijima, Ogasawara, will be active as FK/JA0JHQ from Noumea between November 21-24th. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign. Visit his Blog page at:


Dimitry, UT5UGR, will once again be active as FM/KL7WA from Martinique (NA-107) between November 24th and December 1st. Activity is usually on all HF bands except 30/17/12m and the Digital modes. Look for him to be active during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) signing as TO7A and as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL both callsigns via UT5UGR or OQRS.

Eric, KV1J, will once again be operating from the Island of Miquelon (NA-032, DIFO FP-002 WLOTA 1417, Grid GN17) as FP/KV1J between February 26th through March 10th (2015). Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY (but primarily SSB and RTTY). Also, some 160m and 6m but dependent on the WX conditions. He will generally be on the highest frequency band that is open. He will be active in the NAQP RTTY (Feb. 28th-Mar. 1st), possibly the CQ 160m SSB Contest, and the ARRL SSB DX (March 7-8th) Contests. QSL via KV1J, direct or by the Bureau and also LoTW. For more details and updates, check out his Web page at:

PLEASE NOTE: Eric mentions,
"I will not be talking any satellite gear since the WX is brutal that time of the year. I also am very limited in what I can carry there on this trip since two of the legs I take by car and boat are now by plane. That could change but I do not want to set any expectations."
The members of the F6KOP Team and Lyon DX Gang are now active as FT4TA from Tromelin Island until November 10th. They plan to have 4 stations on the air for 10 days, on 160-6 meters using SSB, CW and RTTY. An online log will be available during the DXpedition at:
An OQRS will be available by ClubLog. QSL via F1NGP. QSLing details can be seen at:
For more details, visit the following URLs:

Operators Alexey/HC2AO, Anton/OG2K, Sergey/R4WAA, Alexander/RA1AGL, YL Elena/RC5A, Yuri/RM0F and Sergey/UA1ANA will be active from the Galapagos Islands between November 22nd and December 6th. The callsign is pending. Activity will be on all HF bands, including 30/17/12m bands and 6 meters. The team will also be in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via RC5A.

Geoff, G8OFQ, will once again be active as HC8/G8OFQ from Isabella Island (SA-004) between July 1st and September 30th (2015). Activity will be on 160-6 meters using SSB only. Geoff is working as a volunteer for the Galapagos National Park at the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center (see pictures on QRZ.com) on Isabela Island. QSL via HA3JB.

Vittorio, DJ0ML, will be active as HI7/DJ0ML from Higuey until June 2015. Activity will be on 80/40/20/15/10/6 meters. QSL via home call direct.

Operators Fred/K3ZO (HS0ZAR), Stig/LA7JO (HS0ZGD), Sam/ SM3DYU (HS0ZDY), Champ/E21EIC, Tony/G4UAV (HS0ZDX) and Ljubisa/YU7EF will be active as HS0ZAR during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Multi-Op entry. QSL via HS0ZAR.

AF-019. (Ops Needed!) Sam, IT9/LY5W (at II9P), reports that they are looking for skillful operators for the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) from Lampedusa Island as possibly a Multi-2 or Multi/Multi entry. Contact Sam/LY5W or Carmelo/IT9AUG, Antonello/IT9EQO and Marcelo/IT9CJC directly. Sam states, "I can say, here is one of the best Contest QTH in South Europe." Visit their Web page at: http://ig9.ii9p.com

AS-072. (Update/Change) Members of the 9M2SE Malaysian Special Expedition Team will be active from Bayview Beach Resort on Pangkor Island between 0000z, November 8th and 0000z, November 9th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using SSB and CW. Current operators mentioned are Piju/9M2PJU, Rosli/9M2RHQ, Mat Meran/9W2VVN, Ikmal/9W2EDU, Kopok/9W2JDY, Zamri/9W2NMX and Prof Noh/9W2MNW. 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....... This will be 9M2SE last DXpedition and IOTA activation. After this activity, 9M2SE will be dissolved. Thanks to all supporters and contributors around the world."
NA-135. Bernardo, XE3AGM, will be active from Carmen Island (WLOTA 2191) between November 1-30th. Activity will be on 40 meters and 15 meters, mainly on SSB. QSL direct.

SA-090. (Reminder) Members of the "Grupo DX Caracas" radio club will be active as YW6X from Islas Piritu (ARLHS VEN-046, WLOTA LH3032) between November 7-9th. Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL via DM4TI.

The following ISWL club callsigns will be used throughout the month of November 2014:

GX4BJC/A - Operated from Near Towcester, in Northamptonshire, by Phil, G4DMS. (/A WAB Square SP65 - England, IOTA EU-005, WLOTA 1841).

MX1SWL/A - Operated from Bude, in Cornwall, by Mike, M0SMJ. (/A WAB Square SS20 - England, IOTA EU-005, WLOTA 1841).

ALL QSLs will be handled by Herbie, G6XOU, and NOT the individual operator. The I.S.W.L. is a member of the European PSK Club. All QSL info is on
www.iswl.org.uk or QRZ.com or via www.eQSL.cc
NO LoTW. I.S.W.L. Awards are available to all Hams and SWLs, see www.iswl.org.uk for full details. The eQSL.cc cards ARE welcomed for their awards.

Seth, SM0XBI, will once again be active as J79XBI (while on holiday) from Dominica (NA-101) between November 6th and March 5th (2015). Activity will be SSB only on all HF bands. QSL via LoTW (preferred) or to SM5DJZ, by the Bureau or direct. Also, log will be uploaded to ClubLog.

Larry, N6AR, will be spending Thanksgiving at Guan- tanamo Bay with his daughter and her family. He has been issued the callsign KG4LB, and plans to be active during the CQWW CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Bands entry. He will be using a TS1000 bare- foot -- there are no amplifiers available on the Island. He will load all logs on LoTW and e-QSL on his return.

KH8, AMERICAN SAMOA (Special Event)
Just a reminder that operators Cliff/KD6XH, John/N7CQQ, Mike/N9NS, Paul/W8AEF and possibly others will be active as W1AW/KH8 from American Samoa and as part of the ARRL Centen- nial celebrations between November 5-18th. Activity should be 160-10 meters. QSL via W1AW or LoTW. ADDED NOTE: Look for operators to possibly operate during their spare time or outside the W1AW dates as KH8Q or homecalls/KH8.

Masahiro, JH3PRR, will be active as KH8B from Pago Pago during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Single-Op/ All-Band/High-Power entry. Equipment: K3+2K-FA 1.5kW. 10-20m HEXBEAM and 30-160m VDP. He will be on the island between November 24th and December 1st (see schedule on QRZ.com). Outside of the contest, only 160m will be operated. QSL via JH3PRR or LoTW (preferred). OQRS via ClubLog will also be available too. Contest log will be uploaded after a week. OQRS Bureau will be available for only 4 months and closed after that. SASE will be handled by QSL Manager (to be announced later).

KP1, NAVASSA (Press Release from the "KP1-5 Project", dated October 28th)

"Navassa 2015 -- We are pleased to announce that the new Navassa 2015 DXpedition Web site is up and running. It can be found at:
Also, it is official...our call sign will be K1N. Team members are: AA7JV, K0IR, K4UEE, K5AC, K9CT, KT4TTT, N2OO, N2TU, N4GRN, N6MZ, NA5U, NM1Y, W0GJ, W6IZT and WB9Z.

We will update the Web site often as more information becomes available. We are working closely with the USFWS and are pleased with their 'can do' attitude. We should have specific dates shortly, but the team has cleared their schedules to be available for the two week operation starting in late January 2015.

Fundraising has begun. If able, we encourage you to financially support the project.

73, for the DXpedition team
Bob/K4UEE, Glenn/W0GJ and Mike/NA5U"

ADDED NOTE: K1N (Navassa) Packing Party Video from Atlanta, GA, on October 30th: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u86nglgw7Tg

KP1, NAVASSA (Press Release -- DokuFunk)
Wolf Harranth, OE1WHC, from the Amateur Radio Section of ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Corporation) and the Documentary Archives Radio Communications/QSL Collection, has informed OPDX [edited]:

"Special Web coverage on occasion of the forthcoming DXpedition to KP1, Navassa, in mid-January, 2015. Vienna-based _Documentary Archive Radio Communications_ (Dokumentationsarchiv Funk) added a compre- hensive Web page to its coverage of DXCC-Entities. The Navassa page offers ample background information of the island and all previous activations of this #1 ranked entity. The page will be updated before, during and after the expedition with interviews and other audio files.
English Version: http://www.dokufunk.org/navassa-e
German Version: http://www.dokufunk.org/navassa-d
Contact: office@dokufunk.org
N7, UNITED STATES (Special Event)
Members of the Yavapai Amateur Radio Club (YARC) of Prescott, AZ, will activate special event station K7NRA November 17th, between 1500-2400z. Activity is in celebration of the NRA's 143rd birthday. The special event station will operate from Gun- site Academy's 2,000-acre campus in Paulden, AZ, north of Prescott. Operations will be conducted on the following frequencies: 7250, 14050, 14250 and 21335 kHz. All amateur stations, especially those operated by NRA members and Gunsite alumni, are urged to participate. A special certificate will be awarded to those stations making contact during the event. QSL with a 9 x 12 SASE to: YARC, P.O. Box 11994, Prescott, AZ 86304. For more information, contact John Broughton, WB9VGJ: wb9vgj@arrl.net

Yuriy, N2TTA, will once again be active from here, but as NP2P during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via LoTW.

Look for members of the Czech Radio Club to activate special event station OL90OK between November 1-15th. Activity is to cele- brate the 90th anniversary of the first amateur radio contact in the Czech Republic (former Czechoslovakia). You can find more information at:

QSL via the Bureau or LoTW. A special electronic award will be available. See details at:

Sasha, DH6TJ, will be active as PJ2/DH6TJ from Curacao Island between February 2nd and March 31st (2015). Activity will be limited due to work on 20/15/10 meters SSB using an Icom IC-706MKIIG transceiver with a 300 watt amp. Listen for QSL instructions from the operator.


 Nov/03rd AN      Nov/06th  AN      Nov/08th  AN
 Nov/04th AN      Nov/07th  AN      Nov/09th  AN
 Nov/05th HN

    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 is based on a new Ionospheric sounding method called "HF Ionospheric Interferometry" which operates very similarly to the PolSAR system used by NASA.

Operators Hermann/DL2NUD and Wolfgang/DL4WO will be on a Moonbounce DXpedition from Suriname between November 26th and December 8th. Callsigns are PZ5UD and PZ5EME. Activity will be from WW. Loc. GJ25jt on 144, 432, 1296, 2320 ad 3400 MHz. Operation schedule is available on their Web page at:

QSL via DL4WO.

QSL ROUTE CHANGE. Effective immediately, K5XK is no longer the QSL Manager for 3B8FQ (+ 3B6FQ, 3B7FQ) and 3B8BAE. QSL both Rachid and Med direct to their home callsigns via updated info on QRZ.com.

QSL IT9/VE8DX via LY5W for his Silcily Island (EU-025 /Zone 15)operation/ activity in October 2014 which took place before and after the 2014 CQWW DX SSB Contest. Sam, LY5W, states he will first QSL direct requests and later the Bureau cards.




STANDARD TIME. Did you remember to change your clocks?
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.

Hidenari, JA0FKK, will once again be active as T88XC from the VIP Guest Hotel (Free Radio Room), Koror Island (OC-009), between November 7-16th. Activity will be on all HF bands, using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. For more details about the VIP Guest Hotel (Free Radio Room), see:


Tony, IZ2ESV, will be active as TK/IZ2ESV from Corsica during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Single-Op/Single- Band (20 or 15m) entry. QSL via his home callsign.

Look for members of the FG4KI Radio Club to activate special event station TO4R from Guadeloupe between November 2-16th. Operators mentioned are Burt/FG8OJ, Jean/FG8NY, Nicolas/FG4NO, Philippe/ FG1PP, Daniel/FG1JS and possibly others. Activity is to commemorate the "10th Sailing Transatlantic Race" called "The Route du Rhum" which takes place between Saint Malo, France, and Pointe a Pitre, Guadeloupe. Look for operations to be on all bands, 160-6 meters, and using CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK31-63, JT9 and JT65 modes. QSL via FG1PP direct, LoTW and eQSL. NO Bureau QSLs. ADDED NOTE: Currently, members of the Association des Radio Amateurs de la Cote d'Emeraude (ARACE) in Saint Malo, France, are operating a special event station for the race signing TM0RHUM and will be active until November 7th. QSL via F4AVX.

Rich, M5RIC, will once again be active as TO4C from Martinique (NA-107, DIFO FM-001, WLOTA 1041, DDFM 97) between March 22-29th (2015). 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 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All Band entry. QSL via M0OXO.

V4, ST. KITTS (NA-104)
Andy, N2NT, will once again be active as V47NT from the QTH of V47KP later this month. Activity will include the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) signing as V47T and as a Single-Op/ All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via W2RQ.

Operators Kazu/JF2XQP and Shiji/JF2SDR will be active as V63NK and V63PJ respectively, Pohnpei Island (OC-010) between November 7-10th. Activity will be on 40-6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and SSTV. QSL via their home callsign.

VO2, CANADA (Zone 2)
Gus, VO1MP, will be active as VO2CQ during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via details on QRZ.com. Look for activity on 30/17/12 meters prior to the contest as time permits, CW only. He plan to set up LoTW to make confirmations.

Operators Kei/KG2A (JJ1RJR), Aki/JK1PIU (AF6WX) and Masa/ JN3NFQ (K1GI) will be active as VP2ERJ, VP2EWX and VP2EIM respectively, from Anguilla (NA-022) between November 22-30th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. There will limited participation in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th). QSL VP2ERJ via KG2A direct (SAE with 2 USDs). QSL VP2EWX via AF6WX. QSL VP2EIM via JA1HGY (SAE with enough postage), OQRS via ClubLog or LoTW. All three operators plan to upload their logs to ClubLog. The operators have a "Team VP2E" Web page at:


Bill, K2HVN, will be active as VP9/K2HVN from Bermuda (NA-005) November 3-10th. Suggested frequencies are: CW 14040, 10115, 18085 kHz, and SBB 14260 and 18128 kHz. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

Deepak, VU2CDP, forward the following message from Krish, W4VKU, dated October 25th [edited]:

"You asked and we promised to deliver, and we are well on course!

While we have been caught up with the preparations as our travel dates approach, it has been a while since our last update. We apologize for the silence. But we want you to know that we have been very focused on putting VU4 on air ever since we got back home after VU7AG last December. Various emails and notes with QSLs requesting a VU4 operation resulted in taking up this project in earnest. Though the team had limited holiday time from work, they still committed to VU4. The VU4K trip in March was fruitful as it helped lay the groundwork for the upcoming operation. Despite uncertain- ties with various agencies that need to sign off papers for approval, we kept up the pressure and were rewarded with the permission in August.

VU4KV plans are on track. All the hardware is already in VU waiting to be shipped. The Cyclone ‘HudHud’ that passed over VU4 caused boat schedules to change thrice since late September. There is very little chance that we will get a seat on the inter-island helicopter (chopper).

For Campbell Bay (Great Nicobar Island), the team had decided not to pursue a separate callsign, as elsewhere reported, and instead focus on operation planning.

Expected QRV is anytime from Nov 4th to Nov 7th depending on the arrival of the boat at Campbell Bay. Timely updates will be published by the team members/pilots for the benefit of the DX community. CW & SSB will be the only modes used in the Nicobar activation on 3-4 bands.

Neil Island (Andaman) QRV plans are from Nov 16th until 30th November. Clublog Leader-board will remain disabled for both operations. Please keep checking the website www.vu4kv.info for details.

A big thank you to the Swan Island DX Association members (Bill K4CIA, Lou K4BYN, Keith N4XC, Karl W4CHX, Paul K5ESW, and Bill K4MWB) for helping with the processing of Bureau cards for past operations. This has allowed us to focus on planning with countless hours on the phone every day. Also, a big thank you to Sri, KJ4DAQ, for all the fabrication work for the antennas, and to Rusty, W3US, for lending a helping hand with the testing.

Here's a W3US approved design :).
We look forward to seeing you in the pileups.... 73 de Krish W4VKU"

November 1st:
"As you read this, Krish and Pai are en route to Nicobar from Port Blair in the Andamans. They expect to arrive in Campbell Bay, Great Nicobar Island late Sunday evening after more than a day's sailing. The callsign to be used for Nicobar will be VU4CB and expected QRV is Monday 3rd, November.

Krish had paid a visit to the authorities in New Delhi on Thursday to discuss matters related to reciprocal licensing (something Krish and the team are keen to help the dx fraternity with), and an inquiry on the request for a separate callsign resulted in instant approval. A few hours later the document authorizing VU4CB was in hand! A rather unexpected but very welcome development. This helps us tremendously as there was likely to be some confusion if the same callsign was used for both Nicobar and Andaman operations. Our sincere thanks to the staff at WPC, New Delhi for acceding to our request.

The Nicobar band plan is published on the page on our website and can be accessed here http://www.vu4kv.info/campbell-bay/. We would like to reiterate that this is an IOTA operation by a two man team and the focus would be handing out the rare IOTA entity, not DXCC band counters. So please respect the need of small pistol stations and IOTA chasers world- wide to log this entity. The larger operation from Neil Island will cater to all DXCC needs of DXers world-wide.

Thank you for your support and good luck in the pileups!" The following URL link is a picture of Pai/VU2PAI and Krish/W4VKU at Chennai airport this morning before boarding their flights to Port Blair, Andaman:

Vladimir, RN5A, will be active as XU7/RN5A from Sihanoukville between November 5-20th. Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL via RC3C.

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