OPDX Bulletin 1262 April 18, 2016

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1262
BID: $OPDX.1262
April 18, 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, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, W4DN, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m DX News, W9ILY, N0FCD, CO3JK, 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, IZ5HQB, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, VA3RJ & ICPO, VHF-DX-Portal(MMMonVHF) and VU2DSI for the following DX information.

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 10th/April, through Sunday, 17th/April there were 224 countries active. Countries available: 1S, 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4W, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5W, 5Z, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, DL, DU, E4, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FH, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FT/j, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, 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, PY, PZ, S0, S2, S5, S9, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T2, T32, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TN, TT, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK0H, VK9L, VP2E, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, Z8, 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".

Olof, G0CKV, will once again be active as 3B9HA from Rodrigues Islands (AF-017) during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via LoTW.

Operators Aki/JA1NLX and Iko/JI1CNA will be active as 3D2YA from Mana Island (OC-121) between October 21-25th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using mainly CW, but also SSB and RTTY with a 100W rig and Vertical antennas. Suggested frequencies are:
CW - 7015, 10115, 14040, 18085, 21040, 24905 and 28040 kHz
SSB - 14260, 18125, 21260, 24950 and 28460 kHz
QSL via JA1NLX, OQRS_Bureau/Direct, SASE or LoTW. For more details, see:


Mike, N0ODK, will once again be active as 3W2DK from Ho Chi Minh City between October 20th and November 5th. Activity will be on 40/20/17/15/10 meters using SSB, with some CW and the Digital modes. Also, look for him to be in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Single-Op/Low-Power entry. QSL via N0ODK, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW. He states on QRZ.com, "If you have different contacts with me as 3W6DK, 3W2DK, XV4MN, or N0ODK, please QSL in one package to save you time and money and I can QSL all in one time. I collect QSL cards so if we QSL, please QSL even if you do not need my QSL card. I will QSL if in logbook."

Operators Anna/W6NN and Rich/KE1B will be active as 8P6NN and 8P6MM, respectively, from Barbados (NA-021) between July 11-16th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using a K3S running 100 watts into a Buddipole antenna. QSL all callsigns via KE1B, direct, by the Bureau, LoTW, eQSL or Club's OQRS.

9K, KUWAIT (Early Announcement)
Abdallah, 9K2GS, will be active as 9K2K during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via LoTW or ClubLog.

YL Elvira, IV3FSG, will be active from two different locations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo signing 9Q0HQ/1 between April 22-30th, and as 9Q0HQ between May 1-22nd. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using SSB, RTTY and PSK31 using 100 watts into a dipole antenna. QSL via IK3GES.

AU6, INDIA (Special Event)
Operators Datta/VU2DSI, Jagadev/VU3WON, Omprakssh/VU2KOC, Bhaskar/VU2BRJ, Puranik/VU3KOD, Siddhu/VU3NXU and Suhas/SWL are now active as AU6HAP from Hampi, the capital of the great "Vijayanagar Empire" during the period 1336-1556 AD, until April 20th. Hampi is situated on the southern bank of river Tungabhadra in Karnataka state in India. Hampi has many hundreds of monuments, temples, ancient irrigation projects, palaces & buildings spread over 26 sq.kms. The reason for their activity is to tell the world the glory & the prosperity of this great "forgotten kingdom" of "VIJAYANAGAR". Suggesedt frequencies of operation are 7035, 7150, 14210, 14250, 21235, 21350, 28450 and 28545 kHz (depending on the propagation). QSL via VU2DSI. See QRZ.com for more details about this operation.

EP, IRAN (Reminder)
By the time you read this, operators Yuris/YL2GM (Team Leader), Valery/YL3CW, Jack/YL2KA, Dmitry/UT7UJ, Oleg/US7UX, Sasha/ T7UV, Alex/UX0LL, Mohammad/EP3MIR, Mohammad/EP2LMA and Herbert/K7GEX (Team Supporter) should be active as EP2A from the Gilan Province in Iran until April 25th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters (no 60m) using CW, SSB and RTTY. They will have four stations on the air. QSL via YL2GM or by ClubLog's OQRS (direct or Bureau). Log will be uploaded to LoTW 3 months after operation. For more details and updates, see:


Press Release April 15th (We were ready!):
The entire FT4JA team is now safe back in Mayotte after 2 days on the sea.

Just a bit more than 2 weeks ago we were arriving on Juan de Nova. A French island in the middle of the Mozambique Channel. It took us one and a half day to set-up our camp: shelters, generators, antennas, stations. We started our operations in the afternoon of March 30th.

Immediately, all stations were on the air and the pileups were big, as expected!

As planned, we did not waste one minute and we started following the propagation plan to give everyone a chance. Orienting the pileup by area was not too difficult and almost everyone was collaborating, understanding the propagation rules.

With only 10 op to manage radios and the life at the camp, we achieved to keep a 10 000 qsos per day rate! We did not slept much!

Thanks to a good setup, and been on right frequency at the right time, even the most difficult areas to contact got their chances. We had long runs with NA west coast with huge signals on many bands, as well as VK/ZL area. It was not a surprise to get the longer and stronger openings with EU and JA. People in AF and SA got also opportunities.

The home-made VDA antennas on high band performed very well one more time, giving us excellent signals. They were even over performing at high tide!

The low band setup performed pretty well. As usual finding a good com- promise for receiving on 80-160 required a couple of days. We spent hours trying to improve the systems and make changes up to a reliable solution. The noise level is this areas was often very high, with lightnings over the ocean every nights. It seams that the top band signal was quite strong everywhere that everyone thought he should be heard easily by FT4JA. Keep in mind that its a two way radio contact and that your signal should reach the DX station too ! By the way, 2331 qso on 160 and 3523 on 80 seams a good result.

Conditions on Juan de Nova have been very difficult, sometimes dangerous for the health of ops. Temperature were incredibly high, sometimes with no wind at all. Even the water of the lagoon was so hot that is was useless to refresh ops! Swimming sessions were very limited due to the presence of sharks that are never very far from the shore. We had quite a long walk between the radio and life camp, involving 12 hours shifts. Some days we had to face storms that damage antennas or generators shelter, requiring lot of work by ops to fix things without interrupting the operation.

All the equipment ran under hard conditions but we didnt got a single failure. Once more, we have been impressed by the Elecraft K3. The addition of the new SPE Expert 1.3 amplifiers appears to be an excellent choice. None of them even turn on protection once. All others parts and accessories supplied by Spiderbeam, Messi & Paolini, Dx Engineening/KD9SV, Microham, Modmic, SunSDR, GM0OBX cables did a wonderful job and have contributed to the success of the operation.

We managed to keep good rates, and stay focused on the propagation to give a chance to everyone. 25 156 unique calls is a satisfaction even if we regret that some of you have not been able to come through. Even stations with a very small setup have been able to make a contact.

In addition to the amateur radio aspects, we were concerned by the pre- servation of the nature and environment. We will explain later all the actions conducted all along the operation. The island was left exactly like it was when we arrived. That should be, and that is really a priority is our hamradio DXpeditions.

As you know, the OQRS system has been turned on. We highly recommend you to use it for your qsl cards request. As a reminder, we will use a special envelop and stamps, like we did for Tromelin. Do not hesitate to add a donation, even a small one, to help us to balance the cost of the project. We will design the card in the coming days and print it as soon as pos- sible. LoTW upload will be done after the first batch of corrections.

FT4JA is now QRT with 105,570 is the log. We sincerely hope you had the same pleasure as us in that adventure. Thank you for all your kind emails and comments. Well probably not be able to reply to all of them but let us tell you THANK YOU!

This is not over, we still have to get all the equipment back in France, work on articles, video. Team members will try to come and tell you our story in different conventions, meetings, etc.

This project was made possible thanks to TAAF. Not only for all author- izations, but also for all the help and support provided from the begin- ning to the end of the project. They have a very important mission in protecting this islands. Lets hope, that through our amateur radio ex- peditions we can continue to support their actions.

See you soon! Where are we going next?

QSL FT4JA via F5CWU, ClubLog's OQRS (recommended) or LoTW. The OQRS is now active on ClubLog and you can order either a Bureau or direct QSL card. 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 final total for the FT4JA team is 105570 QSOs with 25126 Unique callsigns per ClubLog as of 2057z, April 10th:

Breakdown by modes are 50309/CW, 45251/SSB, and 10010/RTTY. Break- down by percentage by Continents are 1.0/AF, 0.0/AN, 16.1/AS, 60.5/EU, 20.9/NA, 0.9/OC and 0.6/SA. For more detailed information, see:

AS-062. Members of Russian Robinson Club (RRC) will be active as RI0FS from Shikotan Island, Kuril Islands, between August 4-16th. Activity will be on the HF bands. Look for more details to be forthcoming.

AS-200. Operators Take/JI3DST and Nao/JA5DCH will be active from Shodo Island (Shikoku's Coastal Islands) between 0700z, April 29th and 0000z, May 5th. Activity will be on 40/30/20/17/15/12/10 meters using CW, SSB, FM and RTTY. There will be two different callsigns used:
A) JA5DCH/5 (Op. Nao)
B) JI3DST/5 (Op. Take)
C) 8J1JAG/5

PLEASE NOTE: The special callsign 8J1JAG is to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the "Japan Award Hunters Group". This operation is subject to change because of bad WX or other conditions. QSL via the following:

* 8J1JAG/5 and 8J1JAG via JR1DTN, the Bureau or direct
Log search. see: http://pxl02521.org/kcj/log_search.php
* JA5DCH/5 by the Bureau or see QRZ.com
* JI3DST/5 via the Bureau (preferred) or see QRZ.com

OC-165. Operators Alfa/9M8ADX, Wat/9M8WAT, Dennis/9W8DEN and Keith/ 9W8KIF will be active as 9M8RC from Satang Besar Island between April 29th and May 1st. Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL via 9W8KIF direct.

OC-215. Robby, YD4IRS, will be active as YD4IRS/5 from North Pagai Island, Mentawai, West Sumatra, between April 19-23rd. He will be there to attend the 2016 Mentawai Festival. Activity will be on 80/40/15/10 meters using mainly CW. However, there may be a chance of 80/40 meters SSB (since his license allows him to use SSB at those bands). Equipment will be a Yaesu FT-857D and Vertical Diamond KV-5. All QSOs will be uploaded to eQSL, LoTW, ClubLog and maybe some other online logbook as soon as possible. If you need the QSL Card, simply send your QSL card direct to his home address and include an IRC (avoid sending dollar bill, send it via PayPal to robby@sandes.us), or you can request it online via ClubLog or let him know the best route for you via E-mail to robby@sandes.us.

Operators Ann/W6NN and Rich/KE1B will be active as J8/W6NN and J8/KE1B from Bequia Island, (NA-025) between July 4-10th. Part of their activity is to be an entry during the IARU HF World Cham- pionship (July 9-10th) as a Multi-Op using the callsign J87HQ as a IARU HQ multiplier station for the St. Vincent & the Grenadines Amateur Radio Club (SVGARC) for the first time ever. QSL all callsigns via KE1B, direct, by the Bureau, LoTW, eQSL or Club's OQRS.

Gabriele, IZ5HQB, informs OPDX readers, "The ARI Florence organizes a marathon dedicated to the 50 MHz band which is open to all amateurs. To participate simply request the user ID and password by sending an e-mail to maratona50mhz@gmail.com containing the following information: CALL, operator name, and WWLocator the category of participation. All of the regulations and the details are aavailable at:


Laurent, FM5BH, will be active as PJ7BH from Sint Maarten between May 1-8th. Activity will be on the HF bands but mainly on CW. QSL via his home callsign, direct or OQRS.


 Apr/18th AN      Apr/21st  AN     Apr/23rd  HN
 Apr/19th AN      Apr/22nd  AN     Apr/24th  AN
 Apr/20th 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 is based on a new Ionospheric sounding method called "HF Ionospheric Interferometry" which operates very similarly to the PolSAR system used by NASA.

Also, check out the VOACAP predication Web page at:


Janio, PY4NY, will once again be active from Fernando de Noronha Island as PY0NY between May 13-23rd. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via his home callsign, direct, LoTW or eQSL.


  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (April 17th) 
  3B8MM via DL6UAA         HB9/EA5IDQ via EA5IDQ (L) SN1050PGK via SP7PGK
  3D2SE via ZL3TE          HG225E via HA5AGP         SN1050PMY via SP1PMY
  4W/JJ2VLY via JJ2VLY (d) HG225L via HA5AGP         SN1050SLU via SP3SLU
  9G5GH via EA5ZD & (L)    HG225M via HA5AGP         SN966CHP via SP3ZAC
  A25UK via M0OXO          HG225MSE via HA5AGP       SN966W via SP9W
  A31MM via EA5GL & (L)    HG225O via HA5AGP         SP1050CHR via SP7PCA
  AO7URM via EA7URM        HG225R via HA5AGP         TC101SO via TA3AER
  DF90KWTJ via DL2APJ      HG225U via HA5AGP         TC4A via TA4CS (e)
  DL1516BIER via DK2HM     HT7AAA via TI4SU (d)      TM31UFT via F6ICG
  DU7/PA0HIP via PA0HIP    J88PI via GW4DVB (B/d)    TM6CCAE via F6FMT
  E79D via E77E            OG9W via OH2BCI (d)       UP55F via UN7FW
  EM10UFF via UR7UT        OR5T via ON4ALY           VK9L/G7VJR via M0OXO (L)
  EV3OM via EW8OM          PA65DUIN via PI4DHG       W4E via K4JOP
  FH/EA3NT/P via EA3NT & (L) R30CHA via RZ5D         XV9NPS via JA2NPS (B)
  H2X via IZ4AMS           SN1050KJU via SP9KJU      YM1KD via TA1BX
  HB0/DJ1AA/M via DJ1AA    SN1050PBW via SP1PBW      ZY83BJO via PY2AA
  HB0/EA5IDQ via EA5IDQ    SN1050PDL via SP7PDL
    (e) eQSL only  (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (*-B) DX's- Bureau
    (O) OQRS only  (C) ClubLog only  (L) LoTW only



Operators John/KK7L and Jared/N7SMI will be active as T2R from Funafuti Atoll, Tuvalu, between September 27th and October 4th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via N7SMI or by Club- Log's OQRS (recommended). For more details, see: http://t2radio.com ADDED NOTE: This is not a typical DXpedition. Through the efforts of many before them, including Bob (VK2RG), Dean (KW7XX) and the RF Junkies team, and others, there are currently several licensed amateurs in Tuvalu. They will provide training to the local amateurs and ensure equipment is in place with intentions to establish a permanent and active Tuvalu Amateur Radio Club. Your donations go directly to supporting local amateurs getting on the air.

T4, CUBA. (IOTA NA-015)
To commemorate the 225th anniversary of the birth of Samuel Finley Breese Morse, the Group of Special Activities Telegraphy Cuba (GCWC) will activate special event station T47GCWC for 4 hours on CW starting at 2200z on April 27th on the 40 meters band. A special QSL will be awarded to stations that make a contact. The QSL will be sent via the Bureau.

Operators Mike/JA6EGL and Ichy/JH7IPR, are once again active as T88SM and T88UW, respectively, from the VIP Guest Hotel (Free Radio Room) on Koror Island (OC-009) until April 19th. Activity will be on the HF bands and 6 meters. QSL T88SM via his home callsign direct. QSL T88UW via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct. He will upload his log to LoTW and ClubLog.

Philippe, F5MVB, is reporting that he and another French operator, Joel, F5AOW, will be active from Brazzaville sometime in April-May as TN2MP and TN2BJ. Stay tuned for more information.

Operators Andre/DL1AS, Martin/DM4IM and Erwin/DK4BX will be active as V31DL, V31IM and V31BX, respectively, from Belize between April 20th and May 20th. They will also use the Belize Amateur Radio Club's (BARC) contest callsign V3V. Activity will be on 160-6 meters on all modes. QSL V3V via V31BZ. QSL all others via their home callsigns or LoTW.

Operators Sho/JA7HMZ and Masahiko/JA7EPO will be active as V63DX and V63IX, respectively, from Pohnpei Island (OC-010) between June 17-25th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters using PSK and JT65 modes. QSL via their home callsigns, direct or LoTW.

The VK0EK DXpedition is QRT as of April 11th, departure was on the 12th. 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 simplest way to proceed without having to send your own paper QSL!

As this was being written Sunday morning, the VK0EK team's final total is 75156 QSOs with 21032 Unique callsigns per ClubLog as of 0027z, April 11th:

Breakdown by modes are 55973/CW, 15785/SSB, 3392/RTTY and 6/FM. Break- down by percentage by Continents are 1.3/AF, 0.1/AN, 22.9/AS, 52.5/EU, 19.4/NA, 2.7/OC and 1.1/SA. For more detailed information, see:

VK0LD HEARD ISLAND??? (The Other Heard Island DXpedition VK0LD)
Read about the other Heard Island station that was active on the ARRL Web page at:


Doug, VK4ADC, will be active as VK9NU from Norfolk Island (OC-005) between April 23rd and May 2nd. Activity will be holiday style/limited on 80/40/20/15/10 meters and possibly 6m using an Icom IC-7000 transceiver with 100 watts into multiband dipole/inverted V or a vertical wire. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau and after the operation on LoTW and eQSL. For more details, see:


(FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE) (April. 16, 2016) The 64th annual W9DXCC DX Convention and Banquet will be held September 16-17th, 2016, in Schaumburg, Illinois. Sponsored by the Northern Illinois DX Association, the event is an ARRL-approved operating specialty convention. Contest University and DX University programs will both be held on Friday, with presentations for new and veteran DXers and contest operators. The daylong session on Saturday will feature speakers, exhibits, QSL card checking, a CW pileup contest and many prizes. The evening banquet is a time to relax with keynote speaker Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, the new ARRL CEO. For family members, Woodfield Mall, which offers a wide array of shopping, is one traffic light south of the convention site at the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg, 1800 East Golf Road.

Main Convention Saturday (as of now, with more being added)
* VP8STI/SGI Sandwich Island/South Georgia Island by K3LP
* VK0EK Heard Island by KK6EK
* K5P Palmyra Island by K9CT
* Cycle 24 Update by K9LA
* DXing During Declining Conditions by K9ZO
* Flex 6000 for Contesting & DXing by N5AC

Registration: Go to http://w9dxcc.com/ for more information. Hotel registration is now open, with special convention rates available. Updates: http://w9dxcc.com/ for new developments. For more information: John McCormick, N0FCD@yahoo.com

Bruce, 3W3B (HS0ZCY/XU7ADF/XW1B/AA4XR), who lives in Da Nang, is once again active as XW4XR from Vientiane until April 26th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters. He informed OPDX a few weeks ago, "I will be active as much as possible on CW and, mainly, RTTY as there seems to be more of a demand on digital." QSL via E21EIC and LoTW.

John, 2M0JMN, will be active as ZF2MN from Cayman Islands (NA-016) between June 3-17th. Activity will be on the HF Bands. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.

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