OPDX Bulletin 1286 October 10, 2016

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1286
BID: $OPDX.1286
October 10, 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, W1RM, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, KK6EK, N6MJ, WB6RSE, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m DX News, CO8ZZ, 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, LZ3FN, OH2BH, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, RSGB IOTA Web Site, OH1VR, Sixitalia Weekly, VA3RJ & ICPO, VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) and VU2CDP for the following DX information.

Sorry for the small content this week. I was on vacation visiting my daughter's family and having fun with the grandkids in Murfreesboro and Sevierville/Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg, TN, in the Great Smoky Mountains.... 73 de Tedd KB8NW

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 2nd/October, through Sunday, 9th/October there were 222 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5V, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 7P, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, CY0, 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, FO, FP, FR, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, H40, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J6, JA, JD/m, JD/o, JT, 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, PY, PZ, S0, S2, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T2, T31, T32, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9L, VK9N, VP2E, VP2M, VP6, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XX9, YB, YI, YK, 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".

9N, NEPAL (Update/Reminer). Operators Zenon/SP2GCJ, Bogdan/SP2FUD, Kazimierz
/SP6AXW and Janusz/SP9FIH will once again be active 9N7ZT, 9N7FD, 9N7XW and
9N7WE, respectively, from Chengu Narayan, Nepal, between October. Activity
is usually on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL 9N7WE via SP9FIH.
QSL 9N7FD via SP2FUD. QSL 9N7ZT via SP2GCJ. QSL 9N7XW via SP6AXW. For more
details and updates, watch:      http://9n.dxpeditions.org

AH2, GUAM. Santos, EA4AK, will be active as AH2P from Guam Island (OC-026)
between March 29th and April 17th. Activity will be on various bands and
modes where Guam is most needed. QSL AH2P primarily via LoTW, eQSL or by
ClubLog's OQRS. Later all QSLs will be sent by the bureau. Please, no
direct QSLing to neither AH2P/Guam or EA4AK.

BOTA (Birthday-On-The-Air/Excerpts from a Press Release by OH2BH). The
following are all BOTA (Birthday-On-The-Air) activities/DXCC counters by
Martti, OH2BH, with his close friends. He says: "have once gotten excited
over and made them active with a major frequent presence. OH0 for more
than 40 years, OJ0 now for 48 years, and even the Azores Islands, as of
today for 16 years." Here is his schedule:
  THIS PAST WEEK -- Activity was from Aland Island as OH0B (via OH2BH).
  Operators were Juha/OH1ND,  Martti/OH2BH and Ville/OH2MM/PY2ZEA. Activity
  included the Scandinavian Activity Contest (SSB).

  OJ0, MARKET REEF. Operators Toivo/ES2RR, Martti/OH2BH and Pertti/OH2PM
  will be active as OJ0B from Market Reef, West of the Aland, starting on
  October 23rd, for a 7-day operation. Activity will be focused on the low
  bands and RTTY. This outing is targeted to cover the CQWW DX SSB Contest.
  QSL via OH2BH.

  CR2, AZORE ISLANDS. Martti, OH2BH/CU2KG, will be active as CR2BH between
  October 12-17th. He plans to put his signal on the air specifically for
  the October 15-16th, weekend while converting the world renown CR2X site
  to its new application. QSL via OH2BH.

  CARIBBEAN BOTA TOUR. Martti states, "In November the party will continue
  to the Caribbean for the actual 70th birthday in Antigua, as V26BH, con-
  tinuing to Dominica, as J70BH, for the week of the CQWW DX CW Contest.
  More information on the Caribbean activities will follow. Special nostalgia
  QSLs are via OH2BH.

DXCC NEWS. The ARRL DXCC Desk has approved the 2015/2016 operations by
E44QX in Palestine for DXCC credit.

E2, THAILAND. Members of the Thailand DX Association (HSDXA) will be
active as E2X during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) and the
CQWW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th) as a Multi-Single/High-Power entry.
QSL via LoTW. Visit the HSDXA FaceBook page or Web page at:

EE8, CANARY ISLANDS. Operator Dan, N6MJ, will be active as EE8Z from
the Los Chachos Contest Club during the CQ WW DX SSB Contest (October
29-30th) as Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL info TBD. Dan will
be on the island between October 26th and November 1st. Activity outside
of the contest Dan will sign as EA8/N6MJ. QSL EA8/N6MJ via W6TMD.

EP2A VIDEO. There is a video/slide-show available on the April 2016 EP2A
DXpeition to Iran. It is about 41 minutes long on YouTube at: 

FO, FRENCH POLYNESIA (Reminder). Heinz, DF1YP, will once again be active
as FO/DF1YP from Moorea Island (OC-046, ARLHS FRP 004, WLOTA 0465, WWFF
FFF-178) between October 10th and November 2nd. Activity will be holiday
style on various HF bands. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the
Bureau (preferred).

IOTA NEWS..............
  AS-176.  Operators YL Sarla/VU2SWS, Nandu/VU2NKS, Rajesh/VU2EXP and
           Deepak/VU2CDP are to announce the first activation of Shiyal
           Bet Island in the Gujarat State East IOTA Group between October
           12-17th. The callsign will be AT2SL. Activity will be on 40-15
           meters using CW, SSB and RTYY with 2-3 stations. from 40-15m
           on CW, SSB, and RTTY. QSL via VU2CDP or Clublog's OQRS. No
           incoming Bureau QSLs. More details at: 

  NA-088.  Jacek, SP5APW, will be active as H84JK from Colon Island
           between October 13-19th. Activity will be holiday style on
           20-10 meters using SSB and, maybe the Digital modes (RTTY,
           PSK). Equipment is an Icom 7300 and SP7IDX hexbeam. QSL direct
           or by the Bureau to SP5APW. OQQRS via Clublog. More details
           on the Web site at:      http://na-088.blogspot.com

KH6/KH7, HAWAII. Operators  Walt/DJ0FX and Kuno/DF1SD will be active as
KH6FX and KH7SD, respectively, from Honolulu, Hawaii (OC-019, USi HI-008S,
WLOTA 1227), between now and October 23rd. Activity will be on 160-10
meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via their home callsigns.

PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (October 10-16th).......
 Oct/10th AN      Oct/13th  AN     Oct/15th  AN
 Oct/11th AN      Oct/14th  AN     Oct/16th  AN
 Oct/12th 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...................
  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX by Lothar, DL1SBF, (October 9th) 
  4O7TC via UA3TCJ (d)     H44LG via JE1LGY        OZ11A via OZ6ABA (d)
  5B4AGN via M0URX         HB9SPACE via HB9ACA     P3X via 5B4AMM
  5N/PA3TG via PA3TG       HF6FIRAC via SP6IEQ     PD/DO1BEN via DO1BEN
  5P6PI via OZ6PI          HG0HEXV via HA5GY       PF30EUDXF via PA1AW
  5T2AI via NI5DX          HP1RN via IZ8CLM        PW7M via PS7HD
  AO5GCE via EA5GUQ        IB2VIG via I2MYF        S51STWW via S59DAJ
  C91CCY via K3IRV         K6C via W1RH            SN730MA via SP2ZFT
  DM16RRV via DL6MOG       KD2IRA/KP2 via KD2IRA   SV9/UW7LL via UW7LL
  DX2R via W3HNK or (L)    KH0UA via JF1UCV (d)    T2J via JA2FJP
  EA6/DF7XE via DF7XE      LT0H via EA7FTR         T31T via 3Z9DX (d/O)
  ED1DST via EA1DST (B)    N6G via W6TCP (d)       TM300CCAE via F6FMT
  ED5HFD via EA5HFD        OE30EUDXF via OE4VIE    TM51LP via F6AJM
  EG1RGC via EA1SV         OG9W via OH2BCI (d)     VI50CC via VI50CC (O)
  EG3PLE via EA3FNI        OH0B via OH2BH          VP2ETE via W3HNK
  EH1RGC via EA1DST        OT40METRO via ON4CRD    W8/DL9SEP/P via DL9SEP
    (e) eQSL only  (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (*-B) DX's- Bureau
    (O) OQRS only  (C) ClubLog only  (L) LoTW only



  A52AEF, C21EU, JD1BLY, P40R, RI1ANF, T32DX, TX6A, UN3M, V55HQ, V73YL,

SILENT KEY. OPDX is sad to report that former ARRL DXCC and Awards Manager
Bill Moore, NC1L, became a Silent Key on the morning of October 6th. The
ARRL Special Bulletin Nr 13 (ARLX013) states: "Former ARRL DXCC and Awards
Manager Bill Moore, NC1L (ex-KA1MRR, KB1UN), of Newington, Connecticut,
died on October 6. He was 64. Moore was seriously injured in a motor
vehicle accident in July 2014 that left him paralyzed from the chest down.
He was never able to return to work at ARRL Headquarters and retired in
2015. An ARRL member, Moore had worked at League Headquarters for 23 years,
starting in 1992. His friend Pete Chamalian, W1RM, said that a memorial
service would be held "in the coming weeks."

SW9, CRETE. Christo, LZ3FN, will once again be active as SW9AA from Crete
(EU-015, GIOTA KRS-005, MIA MGC-005, WLOTA 1400) between November 24-30th.
Activity will be holiday style on all bands, mainly CW. He also plans to
be in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band
entry. QSL via LZ1PM.

T48, CUBA. Members of the Las Tunas Contest Crew (T48K) will be active
during the next CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Multi-2 entry.
Operators will be Mirek/VE3XIN, Kirill/VE3AXC, Van/W2DLT, Ed/K1EP, Bill/
K1MM, Douglas/CO8DM and Raul/CO8ZZ). All radios will be ICOMs and vertical
antennas as usual. They are planning to be active as soon as station setup
permits starting October 26th until October 30th, including contest entry.
QSL via DK1WI.

TM85, FRANCE. For the "Vendee Globe" (round-the-world single-handed yacht
race), look for the special event callsign, TM85VGC, to be on the air
between October 30th and November 13th. The activity will be on all bands.
QSL via F6KUF by the Bureau or direct via F5OEV. 

T31, CENTRAL KIRIBATI. Operators Dom/3Z9DX, Leszek/SP3DOI and Przemy/SP7VC
are now active as T31T from Kanton Island (OC-043) for about 6 weeks.
Activity is expected to be on 160-10 meters and probably be on CW, SSB
and with some Digital modes. They will use Icom 7300 transceivers with
amplifiers. QSL via 3Z9DX direct (see QRZ.com) or ClubLog's OQRS (pre-
ferred). For more details or updates, see QRZ.com under T31T or 

V4, ST. KITTS. Operators Andy/N2NT, Doug/K1DG and Dave/K1TO will be active
as V47T from the QTH of V47KP on St. Kitts (NA-104) during the CQWW DX SSB
Contest (October 29-30th) as a Multi-Single/High-Power entry. QSL via W2RQ
direct or LoTW. ADDED NOTE: Look for Andy, N2NT, to be active as V47NT
before and after the contest.

VK0EK DXPEDITION NEWS (Heard Island Expedition Newsletter Vol. 2 No. 7).
  The current Heard Island Expedition Newsletter (Vol. 2, No. 7) is now
available at: 
  This Newsletter is dated September 30, 2016 [LAST ISSUE!]. Individuals may
have already received this because they subscribed to it, or they made a
donation to the expedition, or they are a team member or a corporate
sponsor, or Bob, KK6EK, just happens to know you and think you would like
to have it. This issue goes to 7181 different people.
  Bob also informs [edited], "There is no charge or obligation for this­we
just want to keep you informed about the Heard Island Expedition VK0EK, or
to collaborate in the scientific work. This is the last Newsletter­?we do
not plan to issue any more­?the project is complete, although the work
  THE SPONSORS -- This issue contains the names and/or callsigns of every
sponsor we know about: people who made a cash donation, bought a souvenir,
or ordered a QSL card, and organizations that provided cash contributions
and/or equipment as a donation or on loan. Inside this newsletter are the
18 pages that list every single sponsor. You might enjoy scanning the lists
to find yourself, and your friends."
  PLEASE NOTE: Recommended way to view this Newsletter:
    1. Download the PDF file to your browser.
    2. Save the PDF file from your browser to your desktop or to a folder.
    3. Open the PDF file (typically by double-clicking)
    4. On the main menu of your PDF viewer:
        a. Select View/Page Display/
        b. Select Two-page scrolling
        c. Select Show Cover Page in Two-Page View
     Now you can view it full-screen using the Page Up and Page Down keys.
  If you missed a previous Newsletter and would like to have a copy, you
can find a link on p. 4 
to download the back issue.

VP2, ANGUILLA (Update). Operators Manfred/DK1BT, Wolf/DL4WK, Sigi/DL7DF,
Juergen/DL7UFN and Frank/DL7UFR will be active as VP2EGR from Anguilla
between October 25th and November 7th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters
using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31. They plan to have two stations on the air
using 2x K2 transceivers, with 2x OX1000 power amps, a 18m lowband vertical,
a 40m and a 30m loop, and Spiderbeam for 20-10m. Bernd, DF3CB, is their
pilot station. QSL via DL7DF, direct or by the DARC Bureau. An OQRS will
be available on the following Web page. They will upload the full logs of
the DXpedition to LoTW within 6 months after the DXpedition. For more
details and updates, see:            http://www.dl7df.com/vp2e

VP2E, ANGUILLA (Update). Operators Henri/OH3JR and Seppo/OH1VR will be
active as VP2EHC and VP2ESM, respectively, from Anguilla between November
22nd and December 1st. Activity will be on 160-10 meters, especially the
30/17/12m bands, using CW, SSB and RTTY. They plan to be an entry in the
CQWW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th). Look for VP2ESM to operate as a
Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry and VP2EHC as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-
Power entry. QSL cards will only be direct to CBA.

ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS. Dan, N6MJ, will once again be active as ZF2MJ from
ZF1A QTH on Grand Cayman Islands (NA-016) during the CQWW DX CW Contest
(November 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. He will be on the island
between November 22-29th. Activity outside of the contest will be on
160-10 meters including 30/17/12 meters. QSL via W6TMD.

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