OPDX Bulletin 1310 March 27, 2017

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1310
BID: $OPDX.1310
March 27, 2017
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, NJ1Q & W1AW, K3BEQ, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, WB6RSE, K8GI, K8YSE, KO8SCA, W8GEX & 60m DX News, DL1SBF, DL7UXG & The DX News Letter, DxCoffee.com, DXNews.com, DX-World.Net, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete Rayer & ISWL, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, VA3QSL, 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 WPX SSB Contest announcements. Also, we wanted to provide the readers with a consolidated listing of the CQWW WPX SSB Contest participants.

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Friday, 17th/March, through Friday, 24th/March there were 233 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C6, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E4, E5/n, E5/s, E6, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FH, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, H40, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, 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, PJ7, PY, PZ, S0, S2, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T2, T30, T32, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9X, VP5, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD8, ZD9, 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".

3V, TUNISIA. Operators Ash (3V/KF5EYY), Ludovic/HB9EOU, Ali (3V/F4HJD),
Ahmed (3V/KG5OUE) and Oussama (3V/KD2LQM) will be active as 3V8SS from
the "Radio Club Station of Tunisian Scouts" in Sousse, during the CQWW
WPX SSB Contest (March 25-26th) as a Multi-Single/Low-Power entry. QSL
via LoTW or to LX1NO.

4M, VENEZUELA. Julio, YV1KK, will be active as 4M1K during the CQWW WPX
SSB Contest (March 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (40m) entry. QSL
via OH0XX, direct, by the Bureau, LoTW or ClubLog's OQRS. For more info,
see:                http://www.signalhillcontest.com.ve

60M DX ACTIVITY. The 60 meter band has seen an abundance of DX this past
several weeks. The following stations were spotted operating Data, CW or
UT9LI, V21ZG, V47JA, YJ8CW, YL2SM, WL7E, WP4L and ZF1EJ.

8Q, MALDIVES. John, G4IRN, will be active as 8Q7RN from Maldive Islands
(AS-013) sometime in June 2017. Activity will be holiday style on various
HF bands. QSL via his home callsign or OQRS.

9K, KUWAIT. Abdallah, 9K2GS, will be active as 9K2K during the CQWW WPX SSB
Contest (March 26-27th) and the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 27-28th) as a
Single-Op/All-Band entries. QSL via LoTW.

A7, QATAR. Members of Qatar Amateur Radio Association and others will be
active as A73A from QARS club station in Doha city during the CQWW WPX
SSB Contest (March 25-26th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via M0OXO. Operators
mentioned are Saif/A71AM, Aziz/A71GO, Ali/A71BX, Ali/A71BZ, Jimmy/A71FJ,
Jose/A75GE, Vikas/A75GT, Kumar/A75GM, Seid/E76AA, Becir/E78AA and Juma/

CT3, MADEIRA. Operators Vitor/CT1AGS, Joao/CT1BWU, Jose/CT3BD, Luis/CT3DL,
Jose/CT3DZ, Antonio/CT3EN, Jose/CT3IA, Jose/CT3KY and Eusebio/CT3KU will
be active as CT3EE from the CR3A contest station on Madeira Island (AF-014)
during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 25-26th) as a Multi-Single entry.

D4, CAPE VERDE. Pete, SQ9D, will be active as D4C from Cape Verde Island
during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 25-26th) as Single-Op/Single-Band
(20m)/High-Power entry. QSL info: http://d4c.cc/?page_id=10

D4, CAPE VERDE. Max, IZ4DPV, will activate the special callsign D41CV
from Cape Verde Island during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 25-26th)
as Single-Op/Single-Band (15m)/High-Power entry. The special callsign
is in celebration of th 41st Anniversary of Independence of Cape Verde.
QSL info: http://d4c.cc/?page_id=10

E5, SOUTh COOK ISLANDS. Shirley, VK5YL, will be active as E51XYL from
Rarotonga Island (OC-013) between June 10-17th. Activity will be on 20
meters SSB. QSL via her home callsign.

E7, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA. Operators Ranko/E70R, Vlado/E70T, Luka/E74W,
Zoran/E76C, Braco/E77DX, Robert/E77E, Adi/S55M, Davor/9A1UN, Richard/9A1TT,
Patrik/9A5CW, Kresimir/9A5K and Vedran/9A7DX will be active as E7DX from
Prijedor during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 25-26th) as a Multi-Single
entry. QSL via E77E.

EA6, BALEARIC ISLANDS. Jean-Marc, F5SGI, will be active as EA6/F5SGI from
Minorque Island (EU-004) between April 9-15th. Activity will be CW only
on all HF bands. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

EA8, CANARY ISLANDS. Manolo, EA8DO, will be active from La Palma Island
(IOTA AF-004, DIE S-012, WLOTA 1276, EAA TF) during the CQWW WPX SSB
Contest (March 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band or Single-Band (160m)
entry. QSL via LoTW.

HR, HONDURAS. Dan, HR2DMR, will be active as HR2WW during the CQWW WPX
SSB Contest (March 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry.

IOTA NEWS..............
  OC-130.  Marc, ON5SM, will once again be active as DU9/ON5SM from
           Mindanao Island, Philippines, between April 4th and May 24th.
           Activity will be on 80-6 meters using SSB and the Digital
           modes. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

  SA-030.  Members of Radiogrupo Sur will be active as CV5A from Flores
           Island (RGS CX-014, WLOTA LH-0528, ARLHS URU-001) between
           March 30-April 2nd. Activity will be on all HF bands and modes.
           QSL via CX2ABC or CX1FU. Visit their Web page at:

ISWL CALLSIGNS (For April). The following ISWL club callsigns will be
used throughout the month of April 2017:

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

 MX1SWL/A - Operated from Clacton-on-Sea, in Essex, by George, G1IPU
             (/A WAB Square TM11 - England, IOTA EU-005, WLOTA 1841).
  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.

J2, DJIBOUTI. Dane, S53T, reports, "I got my J28ND license valid till
end of 2019. For now only LP and home made vertical antennas. QSL info
via my QSL manager Slavko - S57DX."

J6, ST. LUCIA. Operators Stephen/WF2S and Ralph/K1ZZI will once again be
active as J6/WF2S and J6/K1ZZI from the Bay Guesthouse in Gros Islet, St.
Lucia (NA-108, WLOTA L-1336), between April 18-27th. Activity will be on
various HF bands using K3S into a vertical antenna over salt water, plus
other antennas. Operations will probably be on SSB, the Digital modes
(RTTY, PSK, JT65) and some CW. QSL via their home callsigns, direct or
LoTW (preferred).

KC0W DXPEDITIONS. Tom, KC0W, posted the following on his QRZ.com page:
"My next multi continent DXpedition will start 17 April, 2017. Unfortu-
nately it WON'T include Equatorial Guinea & Annobón due to not being
issued the licenses. Regardless, these upcoming DXpeditions should still
generate good interest. I'm also considering (gasp, wheeze) operating
RTTY & PSK due to high need. No SSB operation will take place. CW #1.
..........Full information soon."

NP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS. Yuriy, N2TTA, will once again be active from
here as NP2P during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 25-26th) as a Single-
Op/All-Band entry. QSL via LoTW.

OX, GREENLAND. Roger, SM7RYR, will be active as OX/SM7RYR from Kanger-
lussuaq, Greenlad (NA-018), between April 6-10th. Activity will be on
20/17/15 meters with an Elecraft KX2 with 10w into a GP. QSL only via

PJ7, ST. MAARTEN. Jeff, VA3QSL, will be active again as PJ7/VA3QSL from
Sint Maarten Island (NA-105, WLOTA 0711) between April 2-8th. Activity
will be holiday style 40-6 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes.
He has with him an IC-7000 w/100w, Buddipole or 20m dipole. QSL via his
callsign, by the Bureau, direct (see info on QRZ.com) or LoTW.

PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (March 27th-April 2nd).......
 Mar/27th AN      Mar/30th  LN     Apr/01st  AN
 Mar/28th BN      Mar/31st  LN     Apr/02nd  AN
 Mar/29th 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:
  A daily HF radio wave propagation forecast can be found at:
      Also on Twitter: https://twitter.com/@GiellaW4hm

QSL INFO AND NEWS...................
  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX by Lothar, DL1SBF.. (March 24th) 
  5B/SQ2MGM via SQ2MGM (d/e) OE2017HTL via OE5HTL       PJ7PL via WA1ZAM
  EA8/DF7XE via DF7XE        OE2017LRO via OE2LRO       R12APR via R3LO
  EA9/DJ6TF via DJ6TF        OE2017SFG via OE6SFG       S21ZEE via YL2GN (O/L)
  EA9/JA0JHQ via JA0JHQ      OE2017XFF via OE6AXG (O/e) SN1D via SP1RKT
  ED4W via EA4LI             OE2017YTA via OE3YTA       SP/DJ1AA/M via DJ1AA
  EH7FCM via EA7URM          OK/DJ1AA/M via DJ1AA       TC102GP via TA3AHJ
  HB2T via HB9EE (L)         P4/JS3LSQ via JS3LSQ       TC18GL via TC18GL (e)
  OE11SO via OE6WIG          PJ2/PT2IC via PT2IC        YN2MF via N5ET
  OE2017BKC via OE3BKC       PJ2/PY4LH via PY4LH (d/L)  ZF2CJ via JJ2RCJ (O/L)
   (e) eQSL only  (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (*-B) DX's- Bureau
   (O) OQRS only  (C) ClubLog only  (L) LoTW only    (*) No QSL Needed



  S79C, T2TT, TK/IW5ELA and V73A

RI1, FRANZ JOSEF LAND. Members of the Russian Robinson Club (RRC) are
planning their next Arctic operation. Look for RI1F to be active from
Victoria Island (EU-190) sometime late September (26th or 27th was
mentioned). This island group has never been activated before. Activity
will be on various HF bands. They plan to have up to 12 operators. QSL
via ClubLog's OQRS or by the Bureau. Their Web page is still under con-
struction. Watch QRZ.com for updates.

V4, ST. KITTS AND NEVIS ISLANDS. Alex, W1CDC, will be active as V4/W1CDC
from Saint Kitts Island (NA-104) between April 24th and May 7th. Activity
will be holiday style on 160-10 meters including the 30/17/12 meters using
mainly CW. QSL via his home callsign direct. NO Bureau, LoTW or ClubLog.

V5, NAMIBIA. Tev, TA1HZ, will be active as V51/TA1HZ from the Swakopmund
Beach Hotel between March 22-28th. Activity will include the CQWW WPX SSB
Contest (March 25-26th) as a Single-Op entry. He will use a Yaesu FT-991
running 100w to a windom antenna. QSL via LZ3HI or LoTW.

VP9, BERMUDA. Adrian, KO8SCA, is planning a 3-day holiday style DXpedition
to Bermuda between March 24-26th. Look for him to be using the callsign
KO8SCA/VP9. Equipment is a K3 transceiver running 100w into 160/80/40m
dipole and 20/15/10m Cushcraft A4S Triband working SSB, CW and the Digital
modes. There will be ClubLog uploads during DXpedition. LoTW after the
DXpedition. For more details, see the KO8SCA/VP9 on the QRZ.com page.
ADDED NOTE: During the CQWW WPX SSB Contest he will be using the call-
sign VP9I.

VR, HONG KONG. Look for VR2HKS to be active during the CQWW WPX SSB
Contest (March 25-26th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via VR2HKS direct.
Main operators will be HAM & Ex-Scouts (VR2ZLI, VR2XNG, VR2UNG) with
young Scout members (ages 13-19) earning their Communications Badges.

YJ, VANUATU. Chung, VA7YM, will be active as YJ0YM from Port Vila, Efate
Island (OC-035) between April 6-17th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters
using SSB, RTTY and PSK31. He will have a Elecraft KX3 w/PX3 into an
Ultralight Hexbeam (from MW0JZE) and End Fed Wire antennas. QSL via EA5GL.

YW4, VENEZUELA. Paolo, YV1DIG, will be active as YW4D during the CQWW WPX
SSB Contest (March 25-26th) a Single-Op/Single-Band (???) entry. QSL via
LoTW. He states that he will be on before and after the contest on 160m.

       The following stations are expected to be active in the
                 CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 25-26th, 2017)
               Contest Rules: http://www.cqwpx.com/rules.htm
      Thanks to Bill, NG3K, for providing OPDX readers with the following
consolidated listing of the participants in the 2017 CQWW WPX SSB 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/wpxs2017.html  (By callsign)
          http://www.ng3k.com/Misc/wpxsd2017.html (By entity)
 Contest        DXCC          Class         QSL
 Callsign       Entity                      Route
3V8SS           Tunisia       M/S           LoTW; QSL via LX1NO
3Z6V            Poland        SO LP         LoTW; QSL via SP6DVP or (C)
4M1K            Venezuela     SOSB 40M      LoTW; QSL via OH0XX
5J0NA San Andres & Providencia SOAB         LW9EOC
8P1W            Barbados      SOAB LP       KU9C
8P5A            Barbados      SOAB HP       LoTW
9K2K            Kuwait        SOAB          LoTW
A73A            Qatar         M/2           M0OXO
BP0P            Taiwan        M/2           BP0P
BW/JL3RDC       Taiwan        SOAB          JL3RDC
BW/JN3MXT       Taiwan        SOAB          JN3MXT
BW/JP3PZG       Taiwan        SOAB          JP3PZG
CQ3W            Madeira       M/?           ClubLog
CR6K            Portugal      SOAB 
CT3EE           Madeira       M/S
D4C             Cape Verde    SOSB 20M      LoTW
D4CV            Cape Verde    SOSB 15M      LoTW
E2A             Thailand      SOAB LP       LoTW; QSL via E21EIC 
E51DWC     South Cook Islands SOAB HP       LoTW
E7DX     Bosnia & Herzegovina M/S           E77E
EA8DO          Canary Islands SOSB 160M     LoTW
EA9KB         Ceuta & Melilla SOSB 20M      EA7FTR
ED8W           Canary Islands SO            LoTW
EF9R          Ceuta & Melilla SO            LoTW; QSL EA5KB (d)
HR2WW           Honduras      SOAB LP       KD4POJ
IE9K            Italy         M/?           IT9DSZ
IF9A            Italy         SOSB 15M      IT9WDC
IO9R            Italy         M/2           ON3AR
IY4FGM          Italy         M/?           IZ4AFW
KP3H            Puerto Rico   SOSB 15M      LoTW
KP4RV           Puerto Rico   SOSB 15M      KP4RV
LY27A           Lithuania     M/2           LY5A
M1E             England       SOSB          LoTW; QSL via ClubLog 
M1U             England       SOSB          LoTW; QSL via ClubLog
NP2P        US Virgin Islands SO            LoTW
OF5Z            Finland       M/2           LoTW
PA10A           Netherlands   M/S           LoTW
PJ7PL           Sint Maarten  SO LP         WA1ZAM
RK90DR          Russia (Asia) M/S           R9XC
S21KW           Bangladesh    M/?           YL2GN
S21L            Bangladesh    M/?           S21L (B)
SI9AM           Sweden        M/S           ON3UN
T22TT           Tuvalu        SOSB 80M      N7RO
T40A            Cuba          M/S           (d)
T42A            Cuba          M/?           LoTW; QSL via RW6HS
TI5M            Costa Rica    M/2           TI2KAC
TM3Z            France        SOAB HP       F4DSK 
V31VP           Belize        SOAB HP       WB0TEV
V47JA        St Kitts & Nevis SOAB          LoTW; QSLvia W5JON (d)
V51/TA1HZ       Namibia       SO            LoTW; QSL via LZ3HI
VC2W            Canada        SOAB HP       LoTW
VC3T            Canada        SOAB HP       VE3DZ  
VP5P           Turks & Caicos M/2           LoTW; QSL via W2TT (d)
VP9I            Bermuda       SOSB LP       KO8SCA 
VR2HKS          Hong Kong     M/S           VR2HKS (d)
WX3B            USA           M/M           WX3B
XO1X            Canada        M/S           KC1CWF
YD3RJL          Indonesia     SOSB 80M
YD3VRY          Indonesia     SOSB 40M
YN2KW           Nicaragua     M/S           N5ET
YV1YL           Venezuela     SOSB 10M      LoTW; QSL via OH0XX 
YW4D            Venezuela     SOSB          LoTW
Z60A            Kosovo        SO HP         Z60A
ZA/PA2LS        Albania       M/?           PA2LS (PA-B/d)
ZX5J            Brazil        SOAB          NZ4DX 
   (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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