OPDX Bulletin 1284 September 26, 2016

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1284
BID: $OPDX.1284
September 26, 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, AA1AC, K1XN & GoList, NJ1Q & W1AW, WB2YQH, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m DX News, K9NW, DL1SBF, DL7UXG & The DX News Letter, DxCoffee.com, DXNews.com, DX-World.Net, ES1CW, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX,? I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, PD2RKG, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, VA3RJ & ICPO, and VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) for the following DX information.

This week's bulletin was sent out earlier than normal to accommodate the late CQWW DX RTTY Contest announcements. Also, we wanted to provide the OPDX readers with a consolidated listing of the CQWW DX RTTY Contest participants.

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Friday, 16th/September, through Friday, 23rd/September there were 233 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4W, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, CY0, D2, D4, D6, DL, DU, E4, E5/s, E6, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J5, J6, J8, JA, JD/m, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH8, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OJ0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PY, PZ, S0, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T2, T30, T32, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9L, VP2E, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XW, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YU, YV, Z2, 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".

5W, SAMOA. Operators Leszek/SP3DOI, Mek/SP7VC and Dom/3Z9DX are now active
as 5W0DOI, 5W0VC and 5W9DX, respectively, from Samoa. These are team
members of the upcoming T31T Kanton Island DXpedition. Activity has been
on various HF bands using CW and SSB. The group will leave here on September
27th and make a 5-6 day voyage to Kanton Island (they will operate as /MM).
QSL 5W0DOI via SP3DOI. QSL 5W0VC via SP7VC. QSL 5W9DX via 3Z9DX.

8P, BARBADOS. Tim, 8P6ET, will be active as 8P1W during the CQWW DX RTTY
Contest (September 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry.
QSL via KU9C.

A3, TONGA (Update). Masa, JA0RQV, who was expected to be active from
Niuafo'ou Island (OC-123), has been delayed. His scheduled flight to
OC-123 on September 28th has been canceled due to equipment trouble,
and they are trying to reschedule. Rescheduled flight might be October
1st at the earliest. He states on his blog, "I will keep you updated
at this site, however, there is a possibility that I may change desti-
nation to OC-169 or OC-191 or OC-064 instead as my returning international
flight to JA is Fixed." For more details and updates, visit his Blog
page at:               http://blog.goo.ne.jp/rqv

BV, TAIWAN. Members of the China Radio Association (C.R.A.) [BV2A] in
Taipei will be active as BV2A/3 during the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September
24-25th) and the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Multi-2 entry.
QSL via BV2A. Operators mentioned are Tang/BM2AAV, Dennis/BM3IHD, Emily/
BU2BE, Adam/BU2BF, Zhong-Hong/BU2BO, Eddie/BV2DD, Evan/BV2KS, Jie/BV3UB,
Yang/BV3UF, YaoJun/BV5OO and Ariel/BX3ABP.

C3, ANDORRA. Members of the "Andorran Amateur Radio Union (URA)" will
once again be active as C37NL during the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September
24-25th) as a Multi-Op entry. QSL via C37URA, direct or by the Bureau.

CS2, PORTUGAL. Jim, N6TJ, will be active as CS2A from Portugal during
the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th) as a Single-Op entry. QSL via

CY0, SABLE ISLAND. Aaron, VA1AXC, is once again active as CY0/VA1AXC on
Sable Island (NA-063). Activity started on September 18th, and usually
lasts 8 weeks. He there on an 8 week work shift for the Parks Canada
coordinating logistics in new national park and will be active when
time permits. Usually activity is SSB only and mainly on 20 meters. QSL

E6, NIUE ISLAND. Operators Nob/JF2MBF and Ken/JA2FJP are now active as
E6AC from Niue Island (OC-040) until September 29th. PLEASE NOTE: The
E6AC is a reissued callsign and was used once by JA0JHQ. Activity will
be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via JF2KOZ, direct, by
ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW.

ED9, CEUTA AND MELILLA. Jorge, EA9LZ, will be active as ED9Z during the
CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All or Single-Band
entry. QSL via LoTW or EA5KB direct. No Bureau.

FG, GUADELOUPE. Philippe, F1DUZ, will once again be active as FG4KH from
Guadeloupe (NA-102) between October 17th and November 7th. Activity will
be on all HF bands as well as 6 meters using SSB, with 2m EME EME on
JT65B. He plans to participate in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th).
QSL via his home callsign. ADDED NOTE: If you miss Philippe this trip, he
will be returning to Guadeloupe next year between February 24th and March
26th, 2017.

FO/M, MARQUESAS ISLANDS. After living 17 years on Huahine Island, French
Polynesia, Patrick, FO5QS (ex-FO8DT, FR7CE, F6ESW), will move to Hiva Oa
Island, the second largest island in the Marquesas Islands (OC-027) and
will stay for many years. Activity will be on all HF bands using CW, SSB
and the Digital modes. QSL via his home callsign.

will be active from Temotu Province as H40GC and the Solomon Islands as
H44GC between September 24th and October 21st. Stan will be joined by
Emil, DL8JJ (LZ2EN), from Honiara, Guadalcanal Island (OC-047) as H44GC
between September 24th and October 3rd. Activity will be on 160-6 meters,
with a focus on the low bands, using CW, SSB and RTTY. Suggested fre-
quencies are:
 CW   - 1822.5, 3502, 5371.5, 7024, 10116, 14010, 18070, 21015, 24895
        and 28010 kHz [Listening 1-5 up]
 SSB  - 1850, 3790, 5403.5, 7164, 14170, 18135, 21265, 24940, 28470
        kHz [Listening 5-15 up]
 RTTY - 1838, 3585, 7038, 10138, 14088, 18098, 21088 and 28088 kHz
        [Listening 1-5 up]
  6m  - 50100 kHz

  Stan will then travel to Lata, Nendo Island (OC-100), in the Temotu
Province, and be active as H40GC between October 4-17th. He will return
to operate again as H44GC from Guadalcanal Island (OC-047) between October
18-21st. QSL via his home callsign, direct, LoTW or ClubLog's OQRS (the
preferred method). For more details and possible updates, see:

HK0, SAN ANDRES. Operators Cam/HK3TU, Faber/HK6F, Toribio/LW1DTZ and
Tim/LW9EOC are expected to be active during the CQWW DX SSB Contest
(October 29-30th) as a Multi-? entry. QSL and contest callsign was
not provided.

IOTA NEWS..............
  AN-017.  (Update) Francois, F4HLT, will be active as FT3YL from the
           French Dumont d'Urville Station, Geology Archipelago, on the
           Petrels Island, Antarctica. His licence is valid from December
           2016 to February 1st, 2018. Due to the workload he will not
           be on the air immediately. Activity will be on various HF bands.
           QSL via F6KPQ.

  OC-139.  Grant, VK5GR, will be active as VK5GR/P from Kangaroo Island
           between October 10-16th. Activity will be holiday style (family
           vacation) on 80-15 meters using mainly RTTY, PSK, MFSK and
           possibly other Digital mode and some SSB. If there is room,
           he may operate some 160m. A special QSL will be available.
           QSL via eQSL, QSL Bureau or LoTW or OQRS.

J6, ST. LUCIA. Operators Steve/WF2S (J68SL) and Bob/WB2YQH (J6/WB2YQH)
will be active from Gros Islet, St. Lucia, between October 18-27th. They
will use a K3S, and vertical antenna over salt water, plus other antennas
on all bands, 80-10 meters, including the WARC. Steve will operate on SSB,
the Digital modes (RTTY, PSK, JT65) and some CW. While Bob will be mainly
on CW and some SSB. Full QSL info is on QRZ.com under each callsign. Club-
Log is the preferred method for both direct and Bureau cards and is
accessible on their QRZ.com lookup. Logs will be uploaded upon their
return home. J68SL will also upload to LoTW. Full color QSLs will be
printed. Local support is provided by J69DS, J69MV, J66SJ, J66YMZ, and 
he J6 Portable Group.

JD1, OGASAWARA. Mitsuru, JE1HXZ, will be active as JD1BPG from Chichi-Jima
Island (AS-031) between September 23-30th. Activity will be on 40-6 meters
including 30/17/12m using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via JH1HXZ, direct, by the
Bureau and LoTW.

KH6, HAWAII. Jim, N6TJ, will be active as KH7M (the Pu'u O'o Radio Club
callsign) from Volcano during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th)
as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via KH6ZM.

P4, ARUBA. Ed, W0YK, who is now active as P49X from Pos Chiquito until
September 26th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters. He plans to be in the
CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry.
QSL via his home callsign. Reports indicate that if you work P49X on all
9 HF bands this trip, Ed will send you bottle of Pinot Noir or Syrah.

PA30-PI30, THE NETHERLANDS (Special Event/Update). Different operators
in the Netherlands will be activating special callsigns to celebrate
the 30th anniversary of the EUDXF European DX Foundation between October
1st through December 31st. The callsigns with the special prefixes are:
P*30EUDXF (*PA-PI). QSL all callsigns via Alex, PA1AW. Also, look for the
special callsign DL30EUDXF (QSL via DJ6SI) to be active until the end of
this year. For more information see their Web site at: http://www.eudxf.eu

PD75, THE NETHERLANDS (Special Event). Look for special event station
PD75JEEP to be active between November 3-30th. Activity is to celebrate
the 75th anniversary of the Jeep® brand. Operator Rene, PD2RKG, informs
OPDX that he will be on 40 and 20 meters using SSB. Suggested frequencies
    7054-7100 kHz (Monoband rotary dipole for 40m up 17 meters from ground)
    14130-14250 kHz (3 element lfa yagi for 20m up 20 meters from ground)
His radio is Yaesu FTDX3000. QSL only via the Bureau.

PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (September 26th- October 2nd).......
 Sep/26th HN      Sep/29th  BN     Oct/01st  HN
 Sep/27th AN      Sep/30th  BN     Oct/02nd  AN
 Sep/28th BN

    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...................
  LoTW NEWS (From ARRL). Logbook of The World (LoTW) will no longer accept
  contacts signed by TQSL versions earlier than 2.0. Read the details at:

  QSL BUREAU NEWS. The ARRL is raising outgoing QSL Bureau fees. Read
  about it at: http://www.arrl.org/news/view/arrl-outgoing-qsl-service-to-raise-rates

  TY2AC, UA0W, US2WU, VK5CE/8 (OC-173), XE1EE/TG9, YO7CVL, YV6BXN, Z31NA
  and ZS6RAE

  W3FOX/M (NA-139)

  5V7GD, 5Z4HW, 5Z4/DJ4EL, 9H3XX, 9H3YY, A6/DL9WVM, BW2/DL5OB, C21EU,

T2, TUVALU (Reminder). 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 ClubLog'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.

TI5, COSTA RICA (Correction). Chris, KL9A, will be active as TI5W from
Costa Rica during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th) as a Single-
Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL TI5W via the new QSL Manager W4FS (not
N3YIM as first announced). Outside of the contest he will use the callsign
TI5/KL9A. QSL TI5/KL9A via W2GR (not AC7DX[SK]).

TI5, COSTA RICA. Operators Bob/KE2D, Jim/WB2REM and Byron/WA8NJR will be
active as TI5/KE2D, TI5/WB2REM and TI5/WA8NJR from San Ramon Alajuela
between October 26th and November 2nd. Activity will be on 160-6 meters
using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. They also plan to be in the CQWW DX
SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as TI5/W4TTT. QSL TI5/W4TTT and TI5/WB2REM
via WB2REM, LoTW or ClubLog. QSL TI5/KE2D via KE2D, LoTW or eQSL. QSL

VB2, CANADA (Zone 2). Operators Martin/VA2AMH, Marc-Andre/VE2MBT, Pascal/
VE2WHZ and Rémi/VE2YAG will be active as VB2W from Zone 2 in Waskaganish,
Quebec, during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Multi-Op/All-
Band entry. QSL via LoTW or eQSL. For more details and updates, see:

VK9N, NORFOLK ISLAND. Peter, G0PWH, reportedly has moved, making his
permanent QTH now on Anson Bay, Norfolk Island (OC-005). His callsign
on the island is VK9PH. Current operations are on 20/15/10 meters SSB.

VK0M, MACQUARIE ISLAND (Reversal). Last week we announced that the research
station on Macquarie Island was closing in 2017. However, a decision by the
Australian Federal Government has reversed the closure. It was reported that
"After three days of outcry from the scientific community and state and
federal politicians, Federal Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg
said the 68-year-old station would continue year-round operations." Read
the complete story at:

VP2V, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS. Operators Peter/W1UU, Dennis/K2SX, Les/W2LK
and Mike/WA6O will be active as VP2V/homecall from Josiah's Bay B&B (run
by VP2VQ) near Road Town, Tortola, between November 22-29th. Their main
activity will be the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th) using the call-
sign "VP2VI" in honor of Bob Dennison's contributions to DXing and the
ARRL in general. The group will be operating the contest as either Multi-
Single or Multi/2. QSL info will be determined shortly. Prior to their
arrival in VP2V, they will all be staying in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin
Islands,  between November 18-22nd, but there are no current plans to be
active on the air from KP2. More details to follow.

VP9, BERMUDA. Mark, AA1AC, will once again be active as VP9/AA1AC from
the Hamilton Parish, Bermuda (NA-005), between October 10-15th. QSL via
his home callsign direct.

W7, UNITED STATES (Special Event). Members of Radio Club of Tacoma (RCT)
will be celebrating their 100th anniversary during October. The Radio
Club of Tacoma was founded in 1916 and is one of the oldest amateur radio
clubs in the United States. Every weekend in the month of October (five
weekends), they will be operating the Club's radio as W7DK/100. All
stations with whom they log at least one contact will receive a special
edition of the Club's QSL card. The first 10 Stations working W7DK/100
on 5 combinations of band and mode will be eligible to receive the Club's
centennial pin. Activity will be on 80/40/20/15/10/6 meters (as conditions
permit) using CW, SSB and Digital/RTTY. For more information, visit their
Web site at:                    http://www.w7dk.org

WP4, PUERTO RICO (Special Event). Members of the Western Amateur Radio
Club (NP3M) will activate the special event callsign, W4D, between November
16-21st. The event is to celebrate the "Discovery of Puerto Rico". Activity
will be on all bands. QSL via WP4DT.

XW, LAOS. Champ, E21EIC, will once again be active as XW1IC from Vientiane
between September 23-27th. Activity will be mainly in the CQWW DX RTTY
Contest as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSLs must be requested via the
OQRS on ClubLog or via E21EIC and LoTW. NO PAPER QSL IS NEEDED.

        The following stations are expected to be active in the
         CQ World Wide DX RTTY Contest (September 24-25th, 2016)
       Thanks to Bill, NG3K, for providing OPDX readers with the following
consolidated listing of the participants in the 2016 CQWW DX RTTY Contest.
For a more detailed listing (and up-to-date changes/corrections) in HTML
format, please visit Bill's Web page at:
           http://www.ng3k.com/Misc/cqr2016.html  (By call sign)
           http://www.ng3k.com/Misc/cqrd2016.html (By entity)
           http://www.ng3k.com/Misc/cqrz2016.html (By zone)

           The CQ World-Wide DX Contest Web page and rules:

  Contest        DXCC        CQZ     Class         QSL
  Callsign       Entity                            Route
5H1WW            Tanzania    37      M/S           RZ3FW
5Q2T             Denmark     14      SOAB HP       OZ0J
8P1W             Barbados    08      SOAB LP       KU9C 
8P50B            Barbados    08      SO LP         LoTW; QSL via KU9C 
BV2A/3           Taiwan      24      M/2           BV2A
C37NL            Andorra     14      M/?           C37NL
CB1H             Chile       12      M/?           CE1DY
DX2R            Philippines  27      M/S           LoTW
EA8DED       Canary Islands  33      M/S           OH2BP (d)
EA9LZ       Ceuta & Melilla  33      SO            LoTW; QSL via EA5KB
ES5RY            Estonia     15      SOSB 80M      ES5RY
GU0URR           Guernsey    14      SOAB
HB0/DL5YL     Liechtenstein  14      DL5YL; QSL via (DARC-B/d-w/SASE)
HB0/DL5YM     Liechtenstein  14      DL5YM; QSL via (DARC-B/d-w/SASE)
HI3/HA3JB Dominican Republic 08      HA3JB
JD1BON           Ogasawara   27      SOAB LP       Auto (B); QSL via JA1UII (B/d)
KG4SS            Guantanamo  08      LoTW; QSL via K4MIL (B/d)
MD/DL1RTL        Isle of Man 14      SOSB 20M      LoTW; QSL via DL1RTL (C)
MD/DL2AWG        Isle of Man 14      SOSB 15M      LoTW; QSL via DL2AWG (C)
MD/DL4SVA        Isle of Man 14      SOSB 40M      LoTW; QSL via DL4SVA (C)
MD/DL7VEE        Isle of Man 14      SOSB 80M      LoTW; QSL via DL7VEE (C)
MJ5Z             Jersey      14      SOAB LP       LoTW; QSL via M0CFW
OH2ET            Finland     15      M/2           OH2ET
OH0JWL          Aland Island 15                    DL5FF (B)
P49X             Aruba       09                    W0YK
PX0F     Fernando de Noronha 11                    LoTW; QSL via PP5BZ (B/d)
SW9XB            Crete       20      SOAB LP       LoTW
SZ1A             Greece      20      M/2           LoTW; QSL via SZ1A (B/d)
WH0RU        Mariana Islands 27                    LoTW; QSL via JG7PSJ (d)
WP3C             Puerto Ric  08      SOAB LP       W3HNK
XW1IC            Laos        26      SOAB          LoTW; QSL via E21EIC
YB0NDT           Indonesia   28      SOSB 15M      LoTW; QSL via YB0NDT (d)

    (e) eQSL only  (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (*-B) DX's- Bureau
    (O) OQRS only  (C) ClubLog only  (L) LoTW only

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