OPDX Bulletin 1260 April 4, 2016

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1260
BID: $OPDX.1260
April 4, 2016
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, NN1N, N3TG, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, WV6E, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m DX News, DH4JQ, DL1SBF, DL7UXG & The DX News Letter, DxCoffee.com, DXNews.com, DX-World.Net, ES1CW, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, IW4CLV, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, PA5M, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, VA3RJ & ICPO, and VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) for the following DX information.

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 27th/March, through Sunday, 3rd/April there were 224 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D4, DL, DU, E4, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FS, FT/j, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J3, J5, J6, 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, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T32, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TR, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK0H, VK9X, VP2E, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD8, 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".

Just a reminder that operators Tack/JE1CKA, Hide/JI1AVY, Jim/7K4QOK, Yutaka/JQ2GYU and Miho/JJ2VLY will be active from Timor Leste between April 5-11th. Operators will sign 4W/homecall or use a special 4W callsign. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. They will participate in the Japan International DX CW Contest [JIDX] (April 9-10th). Non-JA stations are welcome to call them. Look for more details (callsign[s] and QSL info) to be forthcoming.

Ben, DL1RNT, will once again be active as 8Q7NT from Embudu Island, South Male Atoll (AS-013), between April 5-17th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-10 meters using mostly CW with some RTTY and PSK. Radio is an IC-7100 with 100 watts into a vertical. QSL via his home callsign.

9M4, SPRATLY ISLAND (Reminder)
Operators Pekka/OH2YY and Pekka/OH1TV will activate Spratly Islands from Pulau Layang Layang Island (AS-051) between April 5-9th. They will have two K3 stations with verticals for 80-20 meters and a 2-element antennas for 17-6 meters. The callsign will be released on April 4th. They will try to get the logs to ClubLog daily and also inform daily the band/frequency-plan for the next day. SSB will be the main mode, but they plan to do some CW as well. QSL via OH2YY or by the SRAL Bureau.

Mike, SQ3PMM, and XYL are currently backpacking from various locations throughout Rwanda. He is active as 9X9MM on 80-10 meters using CW and SSB with a FT-857D and 100 watts. Most of his operations have been on 20/15 meters SSB and some slow CW. See QSL info on QRZ.com. Also visit their "Rainbow Truck" Web page at: >http://www.rainbowtruck.pl

C5, THE GAMBIA (Update)
QRZ DX reports Pedro, ON7WP, has cancelled his C5WP operation because Brussels Airlines could not warrant the transport of all his luggage of their charity project on the feeder flight from Liege-Belgium to Frankfurt-Germany, where his Gambia flight was relocated because Brussels airport is still closed after the brutal massacre by ISIS Muslim fundamentalist. Brussels Airlines also did not allow him to take along his extra Pelicase with radio equipment. Pedro will keep us updated on his new trip. In the meantime, he will be active from Belgium on 60 meter as ON7WP.

If you have not heard, ARRL Membership and Volunteer Programs Manager/DXAC Staff Liaison, Dave, NN1N, (as well as ARRL DX Bulletin 13 ARLD013) informs OPDX that: The ARRL Awards Committee has voted to delete Kingman Reef (KH5K) from the DXCC List, effective 29 March, 2016. Kingman Reef will be added to the Deleted Entities List on 29 March, 2016. The total number of entities on the List will drop from 340 to 339.

The deletion process is described in DXCC Rules Section II DXCC List Criteria, Part 5(a) Deletion Criteria: "An entity may be deleted from the List if it no longer satisfies the criteria under which it was added. However, if the entity continues to meet one or more currently existing rules, it will remain on the List."

With respect to the previous paragraph's text, Kingman Reef's original addition by virtue of separate administration has changed (separate administration by the U.S. Navy has been removed), and the reef does not meet any current criteria to remain on the list. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service administers Kingman Reef and Palmyra Island. The reef is too close to Palmyra Island to count as a separate entity. The reef is now considered part of the Palmyra/Jarvis DXCC entity.

DXCC members who have affirmed credit with Kingman Reef will see their current entity totals drop by one on their DXCC awards -- including on the bands and modes where Kingman Reef credit is given. They will also see their DXCC Challenge totals drop commensurately. Honor Roll status will now be attainable after confirming 330 entities on the DXCC List.

Dave, NN1N, ARRL Membership and Volunteer Programs Manager/DXAC Staff Liaison, reports that the following have been approved for DXCC credit:

P5/3Z9DX * -- Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea; 2015 operation
ZA/IW2JOP -- Albania; All operations
* For more details on the P5/3Z9DX approval, see the following on the ARRL Web Page:

The following press releases were posted by the FT4JA team:

* March 31st [edited]: "Hello from Juan de Nova! -- After our trip by boat the finally anchored nearby the lagoon entrance. It took a complete day to bring all equipment ashore, dealing with low and high tides in the lagoon.

We built the radio camp and antennas under extreme conditions. No wind at all during those first days. On night time, the temperature doesn't really decrease and we have thousands of mosquitoes showing up, looking for fresh meat. Hopefully the two tents are well done. The sea is close but very warm, with sharks coming very close to the sea shore.

Prior to the expedition, we worked with satellite pictures. We met on the island a configuration slightly different than expected but we have been able to set-up all antennas as planned. The field around the camp is not a soccer field but rather a place with high bushes (arbustes, broussailles in French) that makes any move a challenge! In addition, there's spider as big a man hand everywhere. That's Juan de Nova! Mean- while, the lagoon and sky colors are just amazing!

We started the operation yesterday around 1230 utc. We worked with as many station as possible around the clock, depending of the operators shifts. The life camp is located a mile away from the shacks. During the first 24h, we did a bit more than 10K qso. The first batch has been send to Clublog and should be visible on the online-log soon.

Conditions are not too bad. We are meting a propagation close to our predictions. We always keep an eye on the planning not to miss any opening toward the "difficult regions of the globe". We ran on 160 and 80m without any RX antennas but we should have them tonight to cover all parts of the world. The 6m beacon is active.

Do not hesitate to drop a mail to our pilot if you have informations to forward to the team. We are in touch through the BGAN terminal or via radio.

The team is now focused on the pile-up. Thanks for your co-operation, see you on the bands! .... 73, FT4JA Team"

April 2nd: "New report from Juan de Nova:
lifestyle, pileup and RX" -- Day 4 and first week-end. We have now entered in the daily routine of the dxpedition : operating, eating, sleeping. During the 3 first days we kept a daily rate over the 10K QSO.

Up to seven stations are on the air simultaneously. It is not possible of course to keep them all the time active with 10 ops. We are managing operator’s shifts to activate as many of them during best propagation period.

Like Tromelin in 2014, the best band seems to be the 15m. We try to keep one station on SSB and one on CW to maximize the chances and increase the number of unique callsigns. As expected, Europe is the most simple continent to work from here. We are doing our best to listen for Asia, Océania and Americas every time the propagation allows contacts. Please do not hesitate to report informations to our pilots if needed.

We improved a bit the RX system for 80/160m but there’s still an issue in EU/NA direction. 2 phased pennants and reversible beverages have been installed. The one in direction of Japan is working fine. Already 800 stations have been logged on Top Band. We moved slightly our TX frequency because many reports have been received to complain about « fishing beacons » on 1820.5. Check around 1821 kHz

. Few words about the life on the island. The radio camp consists of two tents on the north beach. The life camp is 25 minutes walk away on the southern part of the island. We are trying to minimize our moves as much as possible because with heat and mosquitoes, all is complicated!"

Just a reminder, operations will continue until April 11th. QSL FT4JA via F5CWU, ClubLog's OQRS (recommended) or LoTW. After the end of the operation, you can order either a Bureau or direct QSL card using the OQRS provided by ClubLog. This method is by far the most simple way to proceed without having to send your own paper QSL!

As this was being written Sunday morning, the FT4JA team made 40597 QSOs with 13090 Unique callsigns per ClubLog as of 0448z, April 3rd:

Breakdown by modes are 18364/CW, 18275/SSB, and 3958/RTTY. Break- down by percentage by Continents are 1.0/AF, 0.0/AN, 13.4/AS, 59.7/EU, 24.3/NA, 1.0/OC and 0.5/SA. For more detailed information, see:

AF-083. By the time you read this, operators Ash/KF5EYY (3V/KF5EYY), Ali/3V8SM, Ali/F4HJD (3V/F4HJD) and Ahmed/3V8CB will be finishing their activity as 3V8SM from Djerba Island (QRT on April 3rd). Activity will be on all HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL via LX1NO or LoTW.

EU-010. Operators Bob/M0KLO, Glenn/G0SBN and Chris/GM3WOJ will be active as GS0NWM from Isle Of Barra in the Outer Hebrides between April 24-30th. Activity will be 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via M0URX or his OQRS. EU-028. Members of the ARI Verona DX Team will be active as IA5J from Giglio Island (IIA T002, ARLHS 130, WLOTA T012, WW Loc. JN52ki) between April 21-25th. This DXpedition will try to promote the activities on the 6m band via Meteor Scatter and off (EME Earth- Moon-Earth) as well as other modes, but also on the HF bands 80-10 meters. The main frequency will be 14260 kHz. The other SSB freqs. are 28560, 28460, 24950, 21260, 18128, 7055 and 3755 kHz. The CW freqs are 28040, 24920, 21040, 18098, 14040, 10115 and 3530 kHz. Operators mentioned are I3VJW, IK3JBP, I3LDP, IK3SCB, IZ3JKI, IW3ICK and IU3BXI. QSL via IU3BXI or ClubLog's OQRS. For more info and QSL request see:


EU-175. (Late Report) On April 2nd, operators CU3GQ/P (SSB) and CU3AA/P (CW) were to be active from Pico do Facho, Terceira Island, SOTA reference CU/TE-004. This place is located within Reserva Flore- stal de Recreio do Monte Brasil with references numbers WWFF CTFF-0204 and AFFA CUFF-143. Activity was to be mostly on 20m. QSL via their home callsign.

OC-150. Operators Adi/YB9GV, Amiruddin/YB9IPY, Kardi/YB9KA, YL Rosita/ YC9JAJ and Didi/YC9HF will be active using the special callsign YB9K from Satonda Island between April 12-16th. The callsign is to celebrate the 2016 Tambora Charm Festival. Activity will be on 20/15/10 meters. QSL via DL3KZA.

SA-030. Operators Daniel/CX1FU, Lupo/CX2ABC, Bano/CX3ABC, Daniel/CX3DDO, Enrique/CX4BAN, Luis/CX5AJ, Nelson/CX6ACY, Jorge/CX6DAP and Ruben/CX8DQ will be active as CV5A from Flores Island (ARLHS URU-001) between April 14-18th. QSL only directly via CX2ABC or CX1FU. See Web page: http://cv5a.cx.uy

IQ4FE, ITALY (Special Event)
Members of the A.R.I. Fidenza Radio Club will be on the air as IQ4FE between April 18-28th. Activity will be on the HF bands to commemorate the World War II event "Fornovo's Sack Battle" which occurred near Parma, Italy, at the end of April 1945, with the con- tribution of the Brazilian forces supporting the allied troups: "Força Expedicionária Brasileira" (FEB). To receive a special commemorative QSL, send your card via the Bureau to IQ4FE. For further information see: www.arifidenza.it and IQ4FE on QRZ.com.

The following ISWL club callsigns will be used throughout the month of April 2016:

GX4BJC/A - Operated from Bream, in Gloucestershire, by Chris, G0SDD. (/A WAB Square SO60 - England, IOTA EU-005, WLOTA 1841).

MX1SWL/A - Operated from Walton on the Naze, in Essex, by Herbie, G6XOU. (/A WAB Square TM22 - England, IOTA EU-005, WLOTA 1841). Herbie will also operate as MX1SWL/P from various locations. His WAB information will be given if requested.

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 or or via . NO LoTW. I.S.W.L. Awards are available to all Hams and SWLs, see for full details. The eQSL.cc cards ARE welcomed for their awards.

Svein, LA9JKA, will once again be active as JX9JKA from Jan Mayen Island (EU-022) starting April 12th and will be there for at least 6 months (October 4th). Activity will be limited to his spare-time on the HF bands (usually 160-4 meters), using SSB and the Digital modes. Svein mentions this time he will be active first on lowbands: 160/80/60/ 40/30 meters. He will later focus on the higher bands: 20-10 meters. The summer months will be specially focused on 6m and 4m Digital and SSB modes. QSL via his home callsign direct only. Also see QRZ.com (under JX9JKA).

Alex, F4GHS, will be active as KH6/F4GHS from three different island in the Hawaiian Islands (OC-019) between August 5-26th. Look for him to activate the following islands:

August 5-10th -- Oahu Island August 10-17th -- Kauai Island August 17-26th -- Big Island
Activity will be holiday style on 80-10 meters using SSB. QSL via his home callsign direct with SAE+ 2 USDs.


 Apr/04th AN      Apr/07th  LN     Apr/09th  AN
 Apr/05th AN      Apr/08th  HN     Apr/10th  HN
 Apr/06th 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
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.

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  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (April 3rd) 
  8T2BH via I1HYW (d)       OE90AAW via OE3SGA      RZ55YG via RQ7L
  A96A via A92AA            OE90OVSV via OE6HLF     S5/PA3BHF via M0MPM
  DL65TRS via DG2MEL        OP0PPY via ON7LX        SN1050M via SP6IEQ
  DR2016KIDS via DJ9PH      PX36C via PY1MT         SN1050PL via SP2PBM (B)
  ED5M via EA5FL            RA55YG via RQ7L         SN1X via SP1KQR
  EM30UC via UR7UC          RC55YG via RQ7L         SO9C via SQ9CNN
  EM90LUR via UX3LF         RG55YG via RQ7L         TA0/DL7VBJ via DL7VBJ
  FT4JA via F5CWU           RJ55YG via RQ7L         UK/JE1RZR via (L)
  FW5JJ via F5RXL (d)       RQ55YG via RQ7L         UN55G via UN0GL (L/e)
  HF6FIRAC via SP6IEQ (B/L) RT55YG via RQ7L         UO55G via UN0GL (L/e)
  J42AGM via SZ2TSL         RT73AP via RL5G (d)     ZV2K via PY2SHF
  JW/DL7DF via DL7DF        RW55YG via RQ7L
  N0S via NW0M (d/L)        RX55YG via RQ7L
    (e) eQSL only  (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (*-B) DX's- Bureau
    (O) OQRS only  (C) ClubLog only  (L) LoTW only
3XY5M QSL ISSUED SOLVED! Michael, PA5M, informs OPDX readers: "To all HAM radio stations who have worked 3XY5M and have sent an OQRS request but still haven't got their cards. Would you be so kind to contact me by e-mail. pa5m@chello.nl

I am now the sole QSL manager for my operations. OQRS can still be requested and in the meantime buro cards will be continue to be answered. The turnaround for all 3XY5M OQRS and direct QSL requests is 1 day (from 19 March until 18 April 2016 we will not be able to answer your requests due to work and holidays).

Please make sure you add your postal address for quick reply!

PIRATE ALERT! Henry, 6Y5JH, whose station has been down since April of 2015, reports that a PIRATE has been using his callsign and making QSOs on 30/17/12 meters. He is in the process of putting his station back on the air in about 2 months or so. He will make an announcement when he is back on the air.




Akira, JH0CKF/DU1CKF/AF1Y, is once again active as T88MZ from the VIP Guest Hotel (Free Radio Room) on Koror Island (OC-009) between April 5-8th. He is there on business, so activity will be limited to his spare time on the HF bands. QSL via DU1CKF, direct or by the Bureau, eQSL, LoTW or ClubLog's OQRS. For more details about the VIP Guest Hotel (Free Radio Room), see:


Members of the Valle Brembana DX & Contest Team (VBDXC) will be active as TK9C from Corsica Island (EU-014) between April 22-25th. Operators mentioned are Ezio/IK2AHB, Diego/IW2MZX, Romano/IW2NAP, Ales- sandro/IW5ELA, Andrea/IZ2AJE and Fabio/IZ2GMT. Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL via IK2AHB, by the Bureau, direct or ClubLog's OQRS. Visit their Web page for possible updates at:


TS60, TUNISIA (Special Event)
Members of the ASTRA (ASsociation Tunisienne des Radio Amateurs) are now active as TS60ID to celebrate Tunisia's 60th anniversary of independence. Activity has been on 20 meters SSB. QSL via address on QRZ.com.

Bernhard, OE9SBD will be active as V85/OE9SBD from Bandar Seri Begawan between April 18-22nd. Activity will be on 40/30/20 meters using CW. QSL via OE9SBD or V85AVE.

As of March 31st, the VK0EK team has reported that they have 6 stations on the air from Atlas Cove. However, the team reported on April 2nd: "From early in the conception of this project we planned to activate two sites, a main location with all bands at Atlas Cove, and a limited operation for a short period from Spit Bay on the other side of Heard Island. The Spit Bay operation was designed to improve our ability to make contacts to western and central North America, which from Atlas Cove is the other side of Big Ben, the 9000-foot volcano in the center of Heard Island. However, now that the operation from Atlas Cove is well underway, we are finding good openings to the west coast on many bands. We are VERY aware of the areas that still have a huge need ­ and will work hard to work you in these areas. Furthermore, Matt, the captain of the Braveheart, has been looking for a reasonably safe weather opportunity to land and deploy a radio team at Spit Bay, but so far we have not had one. As we enter the second half of the expedition, we have to consider what will be the most productive strategy, and it seems to us that continuing the operation with a full complement of operators from the Atlas Cove location will be more effective than dispatching part of the team to Spit with uncertain weather openings. Please use our support team to inform us of propagation windows we might be missing so that you can get your ATNO. They will analyze this input and where they see trends they will pass it on to the operating team."

Here is a list of several important/interesting press releases that were again sent out and posted on their Web page over past week. This includes many pictures being posted. All of the press releases can be viewed at:

The dates and titles of the press releases are as follows: March 29th: PLEASE HELP YOUR FELLOW DXers!
March 30th: Bob, KK6EK on W5KUB Amateur Radio Roundtable
March 30th: Huge Thanks to HDT Global for AWESOME Tents and Flooring . .
March 30th: Big Ben and The Camp
April 2nd: The Word on Spit
April 2nd: 50 THOUSAND QSO’s With More Than a Week to GO!
April 2nd: Heard Island
Just a reminder, operations will continue until April 10th and that QSOs are now being logged almost instantly on the DXA Web page at: http://dxa3.org QSL VK0EK via M0URX, direct or the OQRS (recommended) or LoTW. After the end of the operation, you can order either a Bureau or direct QSL card using the OQRS which will be processed by the QSL Manager (Tim Beaumont, M0URX). This method is by far the most simple way to proceed without having to send your own paper QSL!

As this was being written Sunday morning, the VK0EK team has made 51536 QSOs with 16211 Unique callsigns per ClubLog as of 1105z, April 3rd:

Breakdown by modes are 39477/CW, 10568/SSB, 1489/RTTY and 2/FM. Break- down by percentage by Continents are 1.5/AF, 0.0/AN, 21.9/AS, 50.9/EU, 21.1/NA, 3.3/OC and 1.3/SA. For more detailed information, see:

Joe, KA3CNC, will once again be active as VP5/KA3CNC from Turks and Caicos Islands between April 16-24th. Activity will be on all HF bands (his favor bands are 40/30/17m using CW and SSB). QSL via his home callsign.

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