OPDX Bulletin 1228 August 24, 2015

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1228
BID: $OPDX.1228
August 24, 2015
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, N2OO, WB2YQH, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, K4SV, AA5AU, K5GS, WB6RSE, K8GI, K8YSE, KO8SCA, W8GEX & 60m News, DL1SBF, DL7UXG & The DX News Letter, DL9GFB, DxCoffee.com, DXNews.com, DX-World.Net, EA5GL, EA5RM, ES1CW, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, G3BJ, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, IK7JWX, JR1EFG, OE7PGI, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, PS7DX, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, TA3J, VA3RJ & ICPO and VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) for the following DX information.

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 16th/August, through Sunday, 23rd/August there were 200 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5R, 5X, 5Z, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9U, 9V, 9Y, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, CY0, D2, DL, DU, E4, E5/s, E6, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FR, FS, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J6, JA, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, 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, PY, PZ, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YU, YV, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZF, 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".

Matthias, DF6LO, will be active as 3B9/DF6LO from Rodrigues Island (AF-017) some- time in November, followed by an operation from Mauritius Island (AF-049) as 3B8/DF6LO in December. He did not provide specific dates. He will use a FT-857D with 30 watts on JT65 and occasionally 100 watts on CW. QSL via LoTW and eQSL only. Watch QRZ.com for updates.

Robert, 3B9FR, reportedly is back on RTTY now using FSK from his Icom IC-756 PRO III. He has been working Europe and looks forward to working North America and Japan when conditions are better.

Mal, VK6LC, will once again return to Vietnam on a "DX Vacation" during the months of September and October. His schedule is as follows:

XV2VTC - from Vung Tau City between September 24-30th
3W2HCM - from Ho Chi Minh City between October 16-23rd
Activity is to celebrate 15 years operating in Vietnam. If like last time, Mel will be mainly on 20 meters with some 17/12 meters using mostly CW with some SSB. QSL via his home callsign, only direct. He does NOT use the QSL Bureau. Check out QRZ.com for some more details and pictures under VK6LC.

Members of the Italian DXpedition Team will be active as 3XY1T from the Los Islands (AF-051, WW Loc. IJ39cl) sometime in February 2016 (TBA). The official DXpedition's Web site http://www.i2ysb.com/idt has a dedicated 3XY1T "Needs & Wants Survey" form just added to it. The results will be used in the planning of activity on the various bands. However, activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. Their suggested frequencies are:

CW - 1826, 3530, 7025, 10115, 14030, 18068, 21030, 24893 and 28030 kHz
SSB - 14270, 18155, 21310, 24975 and 28420 kHz
RTTY - 21083 kHz
6m - 50102/CW and 50123/SSB
Current list of operators are Silvano/I2YSB, Vinicio/IK2CIO, Angelo/ IK2CKR, Marcello/IK2DIA, Stefano/IK2HKT, Mac/JA3USA, Gino/IK2RZP and Alfeo/I1HJT. The team is looking for funds (see Web page for details). QSL via I2YSB direct only. An OQRS will be available on their Web site.

Alex, UN7PCZ, the coordinator of the 3Y0F DXpedition to Bouvet Island, announced that "some logistical issues remain open and unresolved. People in charge of Antarctic expeditions RAE (r/v "Ak. Fedorov") and SANAP (r/v "S.A.Agulhas II") are currently away on summer holidays." He believes that since things cannot be resolved until the governmental authorities return from their summer holiday, the 3Y0F operation will probably be delayed until 2016-2017. However, the team continues collect gear and antennas, and plans to put up a Web page soon to help collect donation pledges. It is suggested to watch the QRZ.com for news and updates.

Eric, F6ICX, will once again be active as 5R8IC from Saint Marie Island (AF-090, WLOTA LH-0491) between November 1st and December 12th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-10 meters, mainly CW, but some SSB, RTTY, and PSK63, 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). Logs will be uploaded to ClubLog and LoTW.

Marco, IK2CLB, is now active as 8Q7DX from Fihalhohi Island Resort, South Mahe Atoll (AS-013) until August 29th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-10 meters (possibly 80m) using mainly CW. Equipment is a Kenwood TS480 HX into vertical antennas. QSL via his home callsign.

Andy, G8MLQ, will once again be active as 9H3AF from Malta sometime in September. Specific dates were not provided. QSL via his home callsign.

Hans, SM6CVX, will be active as A52CVX from Bhutan between October 27-29th. Activity will be holiday style and mostly on CW. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or eQSL.

Nikola "Nick", VE3EY, will be active as C6ANT from the Bahamas between September 13-20th. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands using a K3+KPA500 and verticals on the beach. QSL via his home callsign.

Klaus, DK1AX, will be active as CT9/DK1AX from Madeira Island (AF-014, WFF CTFF-0030) between August 27th and September 10th. Activity will be holiday style. QSL via DK1AX, direct, by the Bureau.

CT9, MADEIRA ISLANDS (Early Announcement)
Operators Hardy/DL3KWF and YL Rosel/DL3KWR will be active as CT9/DL3KWF and CT9/DL3KWR from the Hotel Royal Orchid between March 11th and April 7th (2016). Preferred activity will be on 30/17/12 meters and CW. QSL via their home callsign, direct, by the Bureau, eQSL or LoTW. Visit their Madeira page at:


Operators Tatsuo/JA3ARJ (E51ARJ), Jusei/JA3IVU (E51IVU), Tsuguya/JA3UJR (E51UJR), Noriaki/JF3HPN (E51SSS), Kumio/JH3LSS (E51LSS), Masumi/JA3AVO (E51AVO) and YL Hiroko/JH3PBL (E51PBL) will be active as E51J (Group callsign) from the Kii Kii Motel on Rarotonga Islands (OC-013, WAZ-32) between January 12-21st (2016). Activity will be on 80-6 meters (possibly 160m) using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL E51J and E51AVO via JA3AVO. QSL all other callsigns via their home callsigns. For more details and updates, watch:


E6, NIUE (Update)
Don, G3BJ/G5W, reports on the upcoming E6GG September operation [edited]:

All logistics arrangements are now complete for the E6GG operation to Niue between September 16-29th. The first team members leave for the South Pacific in late August, and the whole team meets in Auckland two days before the departure for Niue. All antennas are complete and tested, as are all the stations and computing equipment. The team expects some limited operation on September 15th, with all stations oper- ational on the 16th. The Web site is at www.e6gg.com and includes a propagation analysis.

The team will be listening exclusively for Europe during the relatively short European openings on LF, and hopes to work as many European stations as possible on all bands, where Niue is at #61 on the most wanted list. Whilst we are listening for Europe, we ask the rest of the world to stand-by, to give Europeans a chance on this very marginal LF path.

The team is taking some 400 kg of equipment by air, including four complete high power stations, and will be using antennas at the water’s edge and cliff-top optimized for low angle high gain. They will also use a beverage directed to Europe for LF receiving. E6GG will always use split frequency operation and will announce listening frequencies regularly. For RTTY they will deploy multi-channel receive, so your best chance of an early RTTY QSO is to choose a calling frequency and stay on that frequency until the team finds you. RTTY is likely to be only on a maximum of two bands.

Zoltan, HA5PP, will be active as EA8/HA5PP from the Canary Islands during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band or Single-Band entry. QSL via HA5PP.

FS, ST. MARTIN (Update)
Operators John/K9EL, Paul/K9NU, John/W9ILY and Guy/VE2BWL will be active as TO1E during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via K9EL. All four operators will be active as FS/homecall for 3 days before and 3 days after the contest.

AS-149. Vladimir, UA0LCZ, and three other operators will be active as RI0F from the Natural Park on Moneron Island between September 2-10th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using mainly CW.

AS-203. (NEW IOTA) By the time you read this, operators Artem/UA9KAM, Serge/UA9KB, Igor/UA9KDF, Vlad/RA9LR, Vladimir/RA0ZJ, Victor/ RW0BG, Valery/UA0ZC and Sergey/UA0ZFW should be on their way or still waiting (0-7 days) in Petropavlovsk-Kam-chatsky for a ship to take them to Dobrzhanskogo Island (RR-13-18 and RDA KT-13). This is 1500 km trip which can take 1-2 weeks. They expected arrival/activity sometime in the beginning of September. The group plans to have 3 station sites and will be active on 40/30/20/17/15/12/10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL Manager is RX9KM. The team is expected to stay for at least 7 days. For more details and updates, watch:


EU-031. Giovanni "John", IZ2DPX, will be active as IC8/IZ2DPX from Ischia Island for ONLY ONE day during the first week in Sep- tember. QSL via IK2DUW, direct or by the Bureau. For updates, watch:


EU-169. Fred, IK7JWX, Team leader of the ZA0I DXpedition to Sazan Island (ZAFF-10), informs with much regret that the September operation was canceled for logistical and other problems. "Maybe" the activation will be in July or September 2016.

SA-059. Members of Grupo DX Caracas will be active as YW5Z from Isla Los Testigos (ARLHS VEN-049, WLOTA 771) between August 27-31st. Activity will be on 160-2 meters using CW, SSB, FM and the Digital modes. QSL via DM4TI. Suggested frequencies are: CW - 1825, 3515, 7010, 10106, 14025, 18075, 21023, 24905 and 28030
SSB - 1848, 3790, 7155, 14190, 18157, 21285, 24975 and 2840 kHz
Digi - 3585, 7040, 10145, 14088, 18103, 21085, 24937 and 28085 kHz
6m - 50090/CW and 50125/SSB
FM - 146.520 and 29.600 MHz IY7, ITALY (Special Event)
Members of the ARI Lecce will activate the special callsign IY7LE between October 1st and December 31st. They will also use IY7LE/P from different locations for the different Italian diplomas, in particular QSOs for the LTO diploma (Lecce Terra d'Otranto = Municipalities Leccesi CL -...) and the SIA (Salento Islands Award). Details on these awards and diplomas can be found on

under "Contest and Diplomas". Activity is to commemorate Guglielmo Marconi's 120th anniversary of his first wireless message sent in 1895. QSL via by the Bureau, direct or LoTW.

Steve, WF2S, will be operating holiday style as J6/WF2S from the Bay Guesthouse in Gros Islet, St. Lucia (NA-108, WLOTA L-1336), between October 7-18th. Joining him will be Ralph, J6/K1ZZI. They will be using a Ten Tec Eagle and KX3, and thanks to the local J6 Portable Group for "an assortment of antennas". The plan is to operate portable from multiple beaches as well. Activity will be on CW, SSB, RTTY and some JT65 and JT9 is planned as well on whatever band is open. QSL via QRZ.com with OQRS for direct and Bureau cards (no paper bureau cards needed). Log will be uploaded to LoTW as well.

KH2, GUAM. Tak, JR1EFG, will be active from Guam as KH2/KU0Q between September 24-28th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign (direct only). KH9, WAKE ISLAND (Update)
Mike, AG6IP, who was planning a DXpedition to Wake Island (OC-053) in September for 2 weeks, announced this past week that due to a family member undergoing medical treatment, his K6W Wake Island DXpedition has been postponed until sometime next year.

YL Rosel, DL3KWR, will be active using the special callsign OZ6SYL from Danish club of SYLRA (Scandinavian YL Radio Amateurs) near Faxe between September 6-25th. She will also be in the CW Scandinavian Activity Contest (SAC) [September 19-20th]. QSL via OZ7AGR by the Bureau.

John, KK9A, will once again be active as P40A from Aruba (SA-036) between October 18-25th. Activity will include the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. Outside of the contest, activity will be on 160-10 meters, including 30/17/12m, using CW and SSB. QSL via WD9DZV.

P5, NORTH KOREA (Another Possible Operation!)
The following is listed as "D.P.R.K. Project (Press Release I)" [edited]:

During June 2013, Manuel German, EA7AJR, and I had our first meeting with a D.P.R.K. Government official. After our meeting, we gave him a Ham Radio project for D.P.R.K. One year later, April 2014, we had our second meeting, and we gave him a new project. On April 2015, we had our third meeting, and a new project was sent to Pyongyang. Just few days later after our project was received at the Ministry, the D.P.R.K. Government sent us an official invitation to visit the country looking to discuss our project details in person.

Today, August 17th, 2015, we had a meeting with high level officials from Telecom Ministry. They were very kind, receptive and cooperative. They knew every- thing about Ham Radio, so it was really easy to talk with them about our Ham Radio operation project. If everything goes as it is going up today, I can tell that we are very close to get permission to realize the first legal Ham Radio operation from D.P.R.K. So let's keep our fingers crossed because we are also in front of a real and historical possibility to an opening to future Ham Radio operations from this nice country.
Pyongyang August 17th, 2015
Antonio González EA5RM

ADDED NOTES: * The above was also posted with pictures at: http://www.dxfriends.com/p5
* On August 20th, the ARRL posted an article titled "Talk of Pending P5 Operations So Far Remains Just Talks" on their Web page which you might want to also read at:

Philipp, OE7PGI, will be active as PJ4/OE7PGI from Kralendijk, Bonaire, sometime in November. Dates will be announced in September or October. Activity will be on 20-10 meters SSB (possibly RTTY). Rig will be a FT-897 with 100w, possibly into a Hexbeam and Wire Antennas. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW. NO eQSL!

Operators John/K5AC, Jeff/NM1Y and Victor/WB0TEV will be active as PJ6A from Saba Island (NA-145, WFF PAFF-027, WLOTA 2043) during the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 26-27th). QSL via PJ6A or N4NX direct. QSLs are available via the OQRS on ClubLog for direct or Bureau cards. DO NOT QSL via the Bureau. More QSL info is available at:



 Aug/24th AN      Aug/27th  HN      Aug/29th  HN
 Aug/25th AN      Aug/28th  AN      Aug/30th  AN
 Aug/26th 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
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.


  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (August 20th)
  3A/IZ8EGM via IZ8EGM     IF9/IT9PPG via IT9PPG    SN3ENIGMA via SQ2KLU
  4X90IARU via (4X-B)      LM90IARU via (LA-B)      SV8/PD0ARI via PD0ARI
  5Z4/DL7FER via DL7FER    LZ250MM via LZ1KCP       SV9/SP1NQN via SP1NQN
  9A/IK3UNA via IK3UNA     OH0/DL3SEM via DL3SEM    T41C via N2OO
  DP7BVBG via DF7AA        OM2015TITANIC via OM2FY  T46LC via CO6RR
  E7/YT3X/P via YT3X       R15CWC/2 via RM4C        TM17HR via F8FZC
  EM9WFF/P via EA5HPX (d)  R2015GV via RG3B         TM31SNA via F4FYU
  EN1000U via UR4UWY       R2015NN via RK2M         TM36CMVA via F4BGZ
  F/G6AY via G3SWH         S79DPX via IK2DUW        YU45AF via YU7AF
  HF15TMZC via SP2ZCI      SN1ENIGMA via SQ2KLU     YU65GMN via YU7GMN
  IC8ATA via 9A8ARS        SN2ENIGMA via SQ2KLU
    (e) eQSL only  (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (*-B) DX's- Bureau
    (O) OQRS only  (C) ClubLog only  (L) LoTW only
ET3AA QSL ROUTE CLARIFICATION. Bob, N2OO, reports and clarifies the QSL route for ET3AA operations. The current QSL info for the ET3AA operation by the Ukrainian team (July-August as previously announced) is via US0LW, but Bob will also have the logs and can answer QSL requests. He remains as the overall primary QSL Manager for ET3AA.

TA3J QSL SERVICE. Berkin, TA3J, reports the following [edited]:
I send my QSL cards myself directly to the QSL bureaus with regular intervals. If it isn't a problem on your side, could you please send the QSL cards of the callsigns which I’m the QSL Manager directly to my address. For the callsigns which I'm the QSL Manager, you can find the information for the incoming/outgoing direct and via bureau QSL cards at TA3J QSL Service:

I'm QSL Manager for the following: G/TA3J, HA/TA3J, LZ1/TA3J, LZ2/TA3J, OE/TA3J, OK/TA3J, ON/TA3J, SV1/TA3J, SV4/TA3J, TA3CEH, TA3J, TA3J/0 (IOTA#AS099) ALIBEY ISLAND, TA3J/0 (IOTA#AS099) YASSICA ISLAND, TA3J/0 (IOTA#AS115) RATE ISLAND, TA3J/1, TA3J/3, TA3J/3 LIGHTHOUSE (ARLHS #TUR006), TA3J/4, TA3J/4 LIGHTHOUSE (ARLHS#TUR065), TA3J/7, TA3J/60, TA3PI, TA7KI (ARI2009), TA7KI (WPX2009CW), TC2K4J, YM125ATA, YM125ATA/4, YM1907FB, YM21TA, YM3ATA, YM3BU, YM3LZ (WAE2000SSB), YM3LZ (WPX2000SSB), YM3SV and YM75TA.

For direct [only SASE and 1 IRC with your QSL card, no green stamp please] or via bureau. SWL QSL cards are OK. No eQSL. You can see the results of the QSL cards you had sent, direct and via bureau, for the callsigns which I’m the QSL Manager at TA3J QSL Service. My Address: Berkin AYDOGMUS, P.O. Box 987, Pasaport 35214, Izmir - TURKEY

ZZ56A via PS7AW. Special callsign in the CVADX Contest (August 22-23rd).




TX3X CHESTERFIELD ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS (Press Release 6 - dated August 23rd) [edited]
TX3X - Chesterfield Islands 2015 DX-pedition (OC-176)

The equipment, ~2,400 pounds (1,090kg) on 4 pallets is on the way to New Zealand, scheduled delivery August 26th, and the Advance Team will soon begin their journey to Auckland. They’ll meet the boat at Bayswater Marina and transfer equipment from storage to the boat. On September 16th the boat sails for Noumea, New Caledonia, to collect the team and will sail for Chesterfield Island on September 28th. We expect to land on Oct. 1st and begin setting up the operating camps. On August 5th the skipper reviewed and approved our dates and landing plan.

New Corporate Sponsor: We thank Bob Hardie W5UQ of Expert Linears America, LLC (http://expertlinears.com/) for his support of TX3X. Bob is providing the new, lightweight, SPE EXPERT 1K-FA solid state amplifier. Meeting Bob and his wife Elva at Friedrichshafen, Germany, they immediately offered their support to TX3X.

The Boat: Evohe recently underwent inspection and overhaul. A new generator was installed as well as other systems updated. She’s back in the water with her Class B transponder transmitting position reports, currently in Dunedin, New Zealand. You can follow our journey at TX3X.com.

Operating Principles: As previously announced, we’ll be operating 10-160, SSB, CW and RTTY. We’ll have 6 meter capability, conditions permitting we will try to allocate time to that band. Martti Laine/OH2BH and Wayne Mills/N7NG are providing advice on operating plans and recommending techniques for pile-up management.

North Cook and Tuvalu DX-peditions: E51MQT & E51MKW ­ North Cooks DX- pedition and the T2GC - Tuvalu DX-pedition will be operating during TX3X. Please see our operating frequencies listed at TX3X.com to minimize confusion, make sure you know which team you are calling. Listen to the operator’s instructions.

Getting in the log: Follow the DX Code of Conduct and the operating guidelines posted at TX3X.com and getting in the log should be relatively easy.

Global Pilot Team: After we sail for the island we’ll have limited access to the Internet. Please direct your questions, concerns or comments to the pilot for your geography listed on TX3X.com. Chief Pilot, Ralph, W4HK, will consolidate, summarize and forward your comments to the team. Look to the DX bulletins for regular updates from the island.

And finally, so many people have helped us throughout the project that it's impossible to thank everyone here. However, we owe a special THANKS to our financial supporters the: clubs, foundations and individuals. Thanks for your continued support of our projects; we'll see you in the pile-ups.

And for those that would like to support us your contribution to PayPal: donate@tx3x.com is appreciated.

73,TX3X Team Chesterfield and the Perseverance DX Group

V3, BELIZE (QSL Update)
Jim, W2JHP, will be active as V31TA from the Turneffe Flats Lodge, Blackbird Caye, Turneffe Atoll (NA-123), between August 23rd and September 4th. Activity will be limited on the HF bands using SSB only. QSL via EA5GL direct only.

Al, W6HGF, will once again head to the Caribbean, but this time from St. Kitts and Nevis over the CQWW RTTY Contest this year. He will be there between September 24th and October 4th. Al states, "As usual I plan to concentrate on the data modes, with RTTY being my favorite, but I also like to operate PSK125 when I can find some activity. My callsign will be V4/W6HGF. My son Ed, KK4PHP, will also be going and will operate as V4/KK4PHP." QSL via his home callsign direct, Clublog, LoTW or by the Bureau.

Naoki, JS3LSQ, will once again be active as V63WJ from Pohnpei Island (OC-010) between September 28th and October 4th. Activity will be mainly on 15 and 10 meters using RTTY. QSL via JS3LSQ, direct (w/SAE and 1 IRC or 2 GSs) or by the Bureau.

Adrian, KO8SCA, is planning a 5-day holiday style DXpedition to VP5-land between September 3-8th. The VP5SCA special call- sign was assigned to KO8SCA for the "All Asia SSB DX contest 2015". He will also be using the call VP5/KO8SCA outside the contest. Equipment is a K3 transceiver running 100W into a Spiderbeam antenna working SSB and CW. QSL direct to KO8SCA. LoTW after the DXpedition.

After their T30D DXpedition to Tarawa in 2014, a German team is prepared for another DXpedition. The destination will be to the Republic of the Marshall Islands. They state,

"It was a long and complicated paperwork with countless emails, but we have now all the confirmations. In the last years there were only a few single OP DXpeditions on these islands, and V73NS is active on CW from 40m and up. So we know about the special needs on the lower bands and on SSB and RTTY modes."
The German team will be active as V73D from Majuro Island (OC-029) between October 13-28th. The following 12 operators are highly experienced by various contests and DXpeditions: Rolf/DL7VEE (Initiator and team leader), Werner/DJ9KH, Heye/DJ9RR, Rudolf/DK3CG, Joe/DK5WL, Guenter/DL2AWG, Norbert/DL2RNS, Georg/DL4SVA, Hans/DL6JGN, Franz/DL9GFB, Wolf/DM2AUJ and Sid/DM2AYO. They will have 4 500-watts- stations simultaneously on the air 24/7, on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. Suggested frequencies are:
CW - 1814.5, 3526, 7026, 10119, 14026, 18086, 21026, 24906 and 28026 kHz
SSB - 1849, 3805, 7095/7182, 14210, 18120, 21275, 24955 and 28465 kHz
RTTY - 3595, 7046, 10137, 14090, 18099, 21090, 24918 and 28090 kHz
6m - 50120/CW and 50120/SSB
Rolf, DL7VEE, states, "Hopefully we have enough place for all planned antennas…" An OQRS will be used from ClubLog for both direct or Bureau QSLs (Preferred). QSL via DL4SVA, direct or by the Bureau. Log will be uploaded 6 months after DXpedition. There is now a Web page available at:

W4DXCC DX/Contest CONVENTION 2015 (Press Release #2 - Date Aug. 20th) [edited]

The W4DXCC DX and Contest Convention is the South East's largest and best attended ham radio event for 10 years running. Located at the MainStay Suites in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, September 25-26th, 2015. We are 35 days away from the convention, but it is not too late for you to attend this year. The convention is within driving distance from 2/3rds of the country. Load up your ham friends and come down for the convention. There is plenty of hotel rooms at the SEDCO rate.

This year we have a day long Ham Radio Bootcamp to Elmer New hams which has caused quite a stir. We have had an overwhelming response to the Boot- camp. Finally, an Elmering session for the new ham is available to all W4DXCC attendees included in the convention registration fee. Please pass the word to the New hams in your area about the Bootcamp, it's a Must See event. Saturday we have FCC license testing, so you can upgrade if you like.

We have three QSL card checkers who can check all bands, bring your QSL cards!

A full range of shopping for the family is located nearby along with water parks, go cart tracks and Dollywood for the kids. Bring the family for a wonderful weekend full of Fun.

Check out the WEB site for more details, filling fast, book early www.W4DXCC.com.

Karsono, YB0NDT, will once again be active during the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 26-27th) as a Single-Op entry. QSL via YB0NDT, direct or LoTW. No Bureau.

Robert, DL7VOA, will be active as YJ4AO from the Eratap Beach Resort, Port Vila, Efate Island (OC-035, WLOTA 1051), between December 27th and January 13th (2016). Activity will be holiday style mainly during the evening and night hours. Equipment is an Elecraft K2 plus amplifier with about 500 watts into a Vertical dipoles (20-10m) and Lambda/4 Ground-planes for 30/40m.

QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. Robert states on QRZ.com: This will be a special DXpedition celebrating my 40th birthday, my 10th wedding anniversary and my 25th anniversary on the air (a little late because it was already in 2013). For this reason I obtained the special callsign YJ4AO which is a reminiscence to my very first callsign Y24AO. My wife and I always dreamed of visiting the South Pacific only once in our lifetime, and we are very happy to be able to do this trip. Please come back later to this page (QRZ.com) for more information about the DXpedition.

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