OPDX Bulletin 1278 August 15, 2016

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1278
BID: $OPDX.1278
August 15, 2016
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Written/Sent From Strongsville, Oh

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, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m DX News, N0TG, DL1SBF, DL7UXG & The DX News Letter, DxCoffee.com, DXNews.com, DX-World.Net, ES1CW, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, HP1AC, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, SM0HPL, TA1HZ, VA3RJ & ICPO, and VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) for the following DX information.

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 7th/August, through Sunday, 14th/August there were 204 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7X, 8P, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E4, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FK, FM, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JY, K, KG4, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OJ0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ5, PY, PZ, S0, S2, S5, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T2, T30, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP5, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, 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".

3E, PANAMA (ILLW Op). Members of the Radio Club of Panama will activate
3E1L from the Miraflores Lighthouse (PAN 030) at the Miraflores Locks,
Panama Canal Pacific Entrance, during the 2016 International Lighthouse/
Lightship (ILLW) (August 20-21st). QSL via HP1RCP direct. NO Bureau or

3Y, BOUVET (Update). An international team of operators will be active
as 3Y0Z from Bouvet Island (AN-002) in early 2018. Operators mentioned
are Franz/DJ9ZB, Nodir/EY8MM, Jorge/HK1R, Ralph/K0IR, Bob/K4UEE, Craig/K9CT,
Erling/LA6VM, a second LA op (TBN), George/N4GRN, Arnie/N6HC, Jim/N9TK,
Jeff/NM1Y, Michael/PA5M, Andy/UA3AB, Neil/VA7DX, Steve/VE7CT, Glenn/W0GJ,
Gregg/W6IZT, Hal/W8HC and Jerry/WB9Z. Activity (TBA) will probably be on
160-10 meters on CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL Manager for the 3Y0Z DXpedition
will be Bob, N2OO. A Web page is now active at:  http://www.bouvetdx.org
  [Press Release #2 -- Bouvet DXpedition 2017-2018 -- dated August 11, 2016]
    We are pleased to announce that our website  is now
active. Now, you can see more about our plans to activate the #2 DXCC
"most wanted" entity. You will also meet the operating TEAM. You will
recognize most, if not all the call signs as these operators have given
out millions of DXpedition QSOs over the years.
  We plan to be QRV on Bouvet on all available bands using the common
modes with the very best antennas, radios, and amplifiers. The duration
of our visit to "the most remote island on Earth" may be as long as three
weeks, weather permitting of course. As with our many previous DXpeditions,
we expect to make tens of thousands of QSOs. That is our #1 goal, con-
sistent with the safety of the operating team.
  Now that the website is up, we are officially beginning our fund-raising
program. As with our other DXpeditions, the operating team is committed
to provide one half (50%) of the DXpedition costs. We are asking DX foun-
dations, DX clubs, individual DXers and equipment vendors to provide the
remainder. We believe this arrangement is fair and equitable. As always,
you have the option of using PayPal, a credit card or a personal/club
  We appreciate you becoming our partner in very expensive under taking.
  73, For the TEAM,

5X, UGANDA. Anders, SM0HPL, was active as 5X7W from Uganda this past week
on 20/17/15 meters running only 5 watts, but he will be QRT on August 14th
returning back home to Sweden by the time you read this. However, Anders
informs OPDX that he has been there for a week giving a workshop at the
Makerere University. He got his license from the UCC on August 11th. He
also stated that he will probably visit Uganda again and find a better
QTH and stay longer. He was living in an apartment at the university's
campus with just a 20 meters longwire to his K2. QSL via his home callsign.

5Z, KENYA. Franz, DC4CQ, is currently active as 5Z4/DC4CQ near Migori.
The length of his stay is unknown. Activity has been basically on 20/15
meters SSB. QSL via his home callsign.

6W, SENEGAL. Charles, KG4KCT, is now active as 6W4AA from Dahra Djoloff.
The length of his stay is unknown, but he is there working. He states
that he will be using "a FT-450D into a DXCC dipole at about 40 feet".
QSL via his home callsign direct.

7Y, ALGERIA (LH Ops). Operators from the Algerian Amateur Radio Union (ARU)
will be active from five lighthouses in the next coming months. They will
be using special callsigns whose suffixes form the word “LIGHTHOUSE” as
follows: 7Y9LI from Cap Ivi, 7Y9GH from Cap Tenes, 7Y9TH from Ras Afia,
7Y9OU from Cap Fer Marsa and 7Y9SE from Cap Sigli. QSL for all callsigns
are via SM4VPZ. Also, an electronic certificates and plaque are available.
Details on the rules and trophy can be read here: 
  The following callsigns and schedule of operations are as follows:

 CALLSIGN      Dates             Lighthouse/Ref #           QTH/WW Loc.
 --------   -------------    --------------------------   ----------------
  7Y9LI    August 17-22nd    Cap Ivi Lighthouse/ALG-013   Mostaganem/JM06CC
  7Y9GH    September 21-26th Cap Tenes Lighthouse/ALG-018 Chlef/JM06QN
  7Y9TH    October 27-31st   Ras Afia Lighthouse/ALG-029  Jijel/JM26UT 
  7Y9OU    November 15-21st  Cap Fer Marsa Lighthouse/ALG-011 Skikda/JM37NC
  7Y9SE    December 7-15th   Cap Sigil Lighthouse/ALG-016 Bejaia/JM26JV

  For more details and updates, watch:   http://www.aru-dz.org

8Q, MALDIVES. Haru, JA1XGI, will be active as 8Q7XG from Maldive Islands
(AS-013) sometime in October. He states, "The period is not fixed and
will be the middle of the month depending on my official work." Activity
will probably be on 160-10 meters, including the 30/17/12m bands, using
mainly CW with some RTTY, JT65 and PSK. Equipment is an IC-7300 into two
different verticals. QSL via JA1XGI, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.

A3, TONGA (Rare IOTA). Masa, JA0RQV, will once again be active from Tonga.
This time he will activate Niuafo'ou Island (OC-123) as A35JP/P between
September 28th and October 4th. It has been 6 years since last activation
of A33A (by K6HFA). OC-123 is currently claimed by 17.9% of participants
based on IOTA Web site (as of 11th August 2016). Operations will be on
80-6 meters using CW and SSB. His equipment is an IC-7300 (w/100W) into
a vertical antenna. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau, direct
(SASE w/1 IRC), LoTW or ClubLog. For more details and updates, visit his
Blog page at:              http://blog.goo.ne.jp/rqv

COWS OVER THE WORLD (Update). Tom, KC0W, and his all-CW "Cows Over the
World" DXpeditions still continues and is now active as T2COW from Tuvalu
until August 18th. Activity will be CW only on 160-6 meters using a K3
with a KPA500 amp (500 watts) into vertical antennas over salt water. He
will be in all major CW contests. He updates his activities on his upcoming
operations on QRZ.com. His tentative schedule is as follows:
     Tuvalu (T2)              : July 19th-August 18th
     Vanuatu (YJ)     (YJ0COW): August 20th-September 21st
     Western Kiribati (T30COW): September 24th-October 24th
     Solomon Islands  (H44COW): October 25th-November 26th
     Returns to Samoa (5W0COW): November 27th-???
     Tokelau (ZK3)            : ???
     Temotu Province (H40)    : (Depends on Tokelau)
     Bangladesh (S2)          : Exact dates unknown.
     Nepal (9N)               : Exact dates unknown.
     Bhutan (A5)              : Exact dates unknown.

  QSL via KC0W direct only. A log search will be available
on ClubLog. He does not use LoTW. See QRZ.com for more details
and updates. ADDED NOTE: Don't be BLACKLISTED! Read details under
YJ0COW on QRZ.com.

CP6, BOLIVIA. Rene, DF9GR, is now and once again active from Santa Cruz
de la Sierra, Bolivia, but signing as CP6XGR. The length of his stay is
unknown. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK.
He uses an IC-706 into various different antennas. QSL via his home call-

CY9C ST. PAUL ISLAND DXPEDITION (Update, dated August 13th). Randy, N0TG,
reports on the upcoming CY9C operation for August 19-29th [edited]: All
three U.S. vehicles will be on the road Sunday morning (14th) fully loaded
with all the DXpedition gear on the journey to our take-off point at
Dingwall, Nova Scotia. Tuesday, Phil, VA3QR, will be headed for Dingwall
also with a utility trailor full. Arrival is expected on Tuesday, August
16th for all the equipment and supplies. Thanks to all who have expressed
interest and for the those who have donated to the DXpedition. Dxpedition
contacts logged will be posted LIVE on the website for those who desire
to check if they are in the log. Also QSL information has been posted on
the website.    We are ON THE WAY!!

FM, MARTINIQUE (Update). Operators Bill/AA4OC, Joe/N7BF, Mac/WT4BT and
Ev/W6ABM will be active as TO4OC, FM/N7BF, FM/WT4BT and TO6ABM from
Martinique Island (NA-107) between October 29th and November 4th. Activity
will be holiday style on 80-10 meters (mostly on 40/20/15m depending on
the propagation) using SSB and the Digital modes. They will also put forth
a “moderate” effort in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th). QSL via
their home callsigns, ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW.

FR, REUNION ISLAND. Heye, DJ9RR, is now active as FR/DJ9RR from Reunion
Island (AF-016). The length of his stay is unknown. Activity has been on
10 meters SSB. QSL via his home callsign.

HB88, SWITZERLAND (Reminder). YLs from Switzerland, France and Germany
will meet in Hedingen, Switzerland, between August 19-21st and be active
as HB88YL. They plan to have 3 or 4 stations on the air, all bands, using
CW, SSB and the Digital modes. Dora, HB9EPE, has organized the following
operators (including herself): Mado/F1EOY, Christine/F4GDI, Evelyne/F5RPB,
Joana/DL5YL and Siggi/DK2YL. QSL via Dora, HB9EPE. See QRZ.com for more

IOTA NEWS..............
  AS-128.  Operators Eri/KM4DAY and Alex/LZ4AX will be active as 3W4DAY
           and 3W4XX, respectively, from an island in the Gulf of Thailand
           IOTA Group, Vietnam, until August 17th. Activity will be on
           various HF bands using CW and SSB. They were active in this
           past weekend's WAE CW Contest. QSL both callsigns via LZ3SM.

  EU-081.  Operators Tim/ON5HC, Pat/ON7PQ, Geert/ON7USB and Francis/ON8AZ
           will be active as TM6U from the most wanted IOTA Saint Marcouf
           Island between August 27th and September 3rd. They plan to have
           three stations on the air. Activity will be on 160-6 meters
           using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. Their Web site is available
           at:                   http://www.eu081.be

  EU-108.  Operators Jeremy/EI5GM, Declan/EI6FR, David/EI9FBB, Nobby/G0VJG,
           Scott/MM0LID and Col/MM0NDX will be active as MS0UKI from Lunga
           Island, Treshnish Islands, between September 3-6th. Activity
           will be on 40-6 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via M0OXO direct
           or ClubLog's OQRS. Visit their Web page at: 

  EU-182.  Operators Con/US5ETV and Mike/UR7EZ are now active as EM0E/P
           from Poludennyy Island (UIA DU-04, URFF-006, URDA OD-22, WW
           LOC. KN45tj) as of August 8th. The length of his stay is
           unknown. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW and SSB.
           QSL via UR7EZ.

  NA-029.  Operator Jeff, N6GQ, is now active as VY2/N6GQ from Prince
           Edward Island in eastern Canada until August 15th. He was
           active during the WAE Contest as VY2ZM. QSL via LoTW.

  NA-084.  Jean, VE2FDJ, will be active as VE2FDJ/P from Perroquets Island
           between August 15-18th. Activity will be on various HF bands.
           QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

  NA-122.  A group of operators from Dominican Republic will be active
           from Beata Island between January 25th and February 1st, 2017.
           Callsign has not been announced. Activity will be on various
           HF bands. QSL via W2CCW. Look for more details to be forth-

  NA-159/  Operators Mike/KD6WW and Bruce/K9AJ will be active as KD6WW/VY0
  NA-196.  and K9AJ/VY0 from Flaherty Island (King George Islands, NA-159)
           and Belcher Islands (NA-196) between August 26-29th. They will
           have two stations on the air and will be active during most of
           their awake hours. Activity will be focused on 30/20/17 meters
           using CW and SSB. There is the possibility of a brief operation
           from Sanikiluaq (capital of Belcher Islands) on August 29th.
           QSL via K9AJ, direct or by the Bureau. They plan to have online
           logs and OQRS after the operation.

  OC-228.  Craig, VK5CE, announced that he will be active as VK5CE/P
           from Granite Island at various times starting sometime this
           August and will continue through the year. Activity will be
           limited to only 10 hours maximum. He states, "I intend to visit
           and operate from Granite Island until the demand diminishes.
           I’ll be operating on 15m, 17m and mainly 20m." Read the complete
           details, and watch for updates on Craig's Blog page at:

J3, GRENADA. Mikhail, VE7ACN, will be active as J3/VE7ACN from Carriacou
Island (NA-147) between November 30th and December 8th.  Activity will
be on various HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign or

J6, ST. LUCIA. Operators Bill/AA4OC, Mac/WT4BT, Scott/AK5SD, Everett/W6ABM
(J68ABM), Joe/N7BF (J68KF) and Rex/NX8G will be active from Chateau Devaux
in Cap Estate on the northern tip of the island between November 6-11th.
Most of the operators will be signing J6/homecall, except for those who
have a J6 callsign. Activity will be holiday style with an emphasis on CW,
SSB and the Digital modes between 80-10 meters as band conditions permit.
Rex will be primarily on the Digital modes (RTTY, JT65 and JT9 and maybe
some experimentation with PSK31 and Hellschriber). QSL J68KF via N7BF
direct. QSL all others via LoTW or direct. Double check QRZ.com for QSL

JW, SVALBARD. Roger, SM7RYR, will be active as JW/SM7RYR from Svalbard
(EU-026) between September 7-12th. Activity will be holiday style on 20
meters CW only using an Elecraft KX2 (QRP 5w) radio into a GP on the
ground. QSL only via LoTW.

MD, ISLE OF MAN. Gordon, MM0GOR, will be active as MD1E from the Isle of
Man (EU-116) during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Single-
Op or Multi-1 entry. QSL via LoTW.

MD, ISLE OF MAN. Mark, M0UTD, will be active as MD1U from the Isle of
Man (EU-116) during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Single-
Op or Multi-1 entry. QSL via LoTW.

P4, ARUBA. Hans, DK3YD, is now active as P4/DK3YD from Aruba (SA-036).
The length of his stay is unknown. Activity has been on 20/15 meters
CW. QSL via his home callsign by the Bureau.

PJ4, BONAIRE. Operators John/K4BAI, Jeff/KU8E, Mike/W4EF and Hans/PJ4LS
will be active as PJ4A from the "PJ4G Radio House" on Bonaire (SA-006,
WLOTA LH-1279) during CQWW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th) as a Multi-?
entry. The team will be on the island between November 20-29th. Outside
the contest operators will be active as PJ4/homecall. QSL PJ4A, PJ4/K4BAI
and PJ4/KU8E via K4BAI. QSL all others via their home callsigns. Check
out the "PJ4G Radio House" at:        http://www.pj4g.com

PJ2, CURACAO. Mikhail, VE7ACN, will once again be active as PJ2/VE7ACN
from the Caribbean Contesting Consortium's (CCC) Signal Point Station
(PJ2T) on Curacao Island (SA-099) between November 21-29th. Activity
will be on various HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign
or LoTW.    

 Aug/15th AN      Aug/18th  AN     Aug/20th  HN
 Aug/16th LN      Aug/19th  AN     Aug/21st  HN
 Aug/17th 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.

  Also, check out the VOACAP predication Web page at:

QSL INFO AND NEWS.............(August 14th) 
  3W4XX via LZ3SM          EM0E/P via UR7EZ         SV0GU via DL4SV
  3Z2LR via SQ2WHH         EN25UARL via UT5UIA      SV0XCA/5 via SV0XCA (d)
  5X7W via SM0HPL          EO25UA via US8UA (d/L)   TM11FAJ via F5KHP
  9A/IZ3QHA via IZ3QHA     OG25YL via OH2YL         UE23RRC via UE23RRC (O)
  9A/OK2ZAW via OK2ZAW     OK/SP9DPM/P via SP9DPM   W1/DL4NAC via DL4NAC
  CN8NW via F4KJR          OZ/DJ1AA/M via DJ1AA     YO/PA3GTL via PA3GTL
  CT7/EA9CD via EA9CD      P33W via UA3DX           YP1WFF/P via YO3JW
  EA6/EI6DX via RA3R       R100WWS via RV3YR        ZY100AVN via PY1LU (d)
  EA8/YO7CKQ/P via YO7CKQ  R16CWC via RM4C
  EH1LHA via EA1RKA        S570ABC via S59ABC
    (e) eQSL only  (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (*-B) DX's- Bureau
    (O) OQRS only  (C) ClubLog only  (L) LoTW only

  YB71RI/2, YW0DX and ZD8O



TC1, TURKEY (ILLW Op). Members of the "TC Special Wireless Activity Team"
will be active with the special callsign TC1LHW, from the Terkos Karaburun
Lighthouse during the 2016 International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend (ILLW)
(August 20-21st, Saturday & Sunday). Operators mentioned are Deniz/TA1CQ,
Can/TA1CR, Leonardo/TA1FR, Mehmet/TA1PB and Bora/TA1UT. Activity will be
on various HF bands. QSL via LoTW only.

V4, ST. KITTS (Corrected). John, W5JON/V47JA, informs OPDX that he will
once again be active as V47JA from his vacation home in Calypso Bay,
St. Kitts (NA-104, WW Loc. FK87SG), located 200 feet from the Caribbean
Sea, between September 12-29th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters (incl.
60m) using SSB. Equipment is a Kenwood TS-590S and Elecraft KPA500 Am-
plifier. Antennas include: 31' 40-10m Vertical, 35' 40/80m Top Loaded
Vertical, shortened 160m Dipole, and a 6m/3elemnt Yagi. ALL QSLs go to
W5JON direct or via LoTW. NO Bureau QSLs.

VP5, TURKS AND CAICAOS ISLANDS. Mikhail, VE7ACN, will be active as
VP5/VE7ACN from Grand Turk Island (NA-003) between December 10-19th.
Activity will be on various HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL via his home
callsign or LoTW.

WESTERN PACIFIC 6M EME DXPEDITIONS. Lance, W7GJ, will once again be active
from the Pacific Ocean to focus on 6 meters EME QSOs. His schedule is as
  August 18-25th -- Callsign T8GJ; from Choll Village, Babeldaob Island
                    (OC-009), Ngaraard State, Republic of Palau
  August 29th and September 3rd -- Callsign V6M; from Falalop Island (WW
                    Loc. PK90va), Ulithi Atoll (OC-078), Yap State,

  More details, along with his tentative operating schedule and projected
moonrises and moonsets are available online at: 
QSL only via his home callsign direct.

WP3, PUERTO RICO. OPerators Rafael/KP4WW, Jamie/WP3A and Al/WP3C will be
active as WP3C during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Multi-
Single/Low-Power entry. QSL via W3HNK.

XU7, CAMBODIA. Rene, F6CTW, is once again active as XU7AEX from Phnom
Penh until August 19th. Activity is expected on 40-10 meters using mainly
CW. QSNs show 20/15 meters. QSL via F6CTW direct or LoTW. No Bureau.

YX0, AVES ISLAND. Steve, W4DTA/YV5DTA, announced that his "group (ARV,
Asociacion de Radioaficonados de Venezuela) back in Venezuela got an
invitation by the Navy to activate YV0 (Currently the #18 most wanted
in the world). The operation will be between August 31st and September
10th." Steve is going to be the QSL Manager for the operation. More
details to come soon! Follow the latest news at:
                   Twitter: https://twitter.com/yx0v2016
                   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/yx0v2016
Also, watch short videos on YouTube.com at: 

ZA, ALBANIA. Costa, IZ7GXB, will be active as ZA/IZ7GXB from Durres while
on holiday between August 26-30th. Activity will be focused on the 6
meters. QSL via his home callsign. For more details and updates, watch:

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