OPDX Bulletin 1329 September 4, 2017

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1329
BID: $OPDX.1329
September 4, 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, WB2YQH, K3KR, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, K4SV, N4AA & QRZ DX, WB6RSE, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m DX News, 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, ON5SWA, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, TA1HZ, VA3RJ & ICPO and VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) for the following DX information.

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 27th/August, through Sunday, 3rd/September there were 205 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5R, 5T, 5W, 5Z, 6Y, 7X, 8P, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C9, CE, CE0Y, 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, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FH, FK, FM, FO, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J6, JA, JT, JY, K, KG4, KH0, 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, PJ4, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S0, S5, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T2, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9X, VP2E, VP2M, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YO, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS, ZS8

PLEASE NOTE: The report "could" contain "Pirate/SLIM" operations or more likely a "BUSTED CALLSIGN". As always, you never know - "Work First Worry Later".

3B8, MAURITIUS. Hans, PA3HGT, will be active as 3B8/PA3HGT from Mauritius
(AF-049) between September 5-22nd. Activity will be holiday style on
40/20/10 meters using SSB and possibly some Digital modes. Equipment
will be an Icom IC7100 into an Endfed antenna. QSL via his home callsign,
direct or by the Bureau. Possibly LoTW (experimental).

3B8, MAURITIUS. Flavio, IW2NEF, will be active as 3B8/IW2NEF from the
Pearle Beach Resort, Flic en Flac, Mauritius (AF-049), between October
16-23rd. Activity will be holiday style on various HF bands. He usually
will be using an Yaesu FT-857 into a fishing rod antenna at 10 meters.

3Y0Z BOUVET DXPEDITION (More on the 160m Vertical). Tim Duffy, K3LR,
reports: The DX Engineering and Bouvet Island teams have worked together
to design an efficient 90 foot top loaded 160 meter vertical antenna that
can be installed quickly and safely on Bouvet Island by the 3Y0Z team
this January.
  With a good radial system the difference in gain between a 120 ft (full
quarter wavelength) vertical and this custom 90 foot top loaded vertical is
less than 0.5 dB.
  This vertical uses a custom designed heavy duty hinged pivot base with
base insulators to accommodate a 40 foot falling derrick 3 inch heavy duty
pipe for installation.
  The vertical is base fed using two inductors to match to 50 ohms. The
first 70 feet of the vertical is Universal Aluminum tower (12 inch face)
and the top 20 feet is 1.875 inch diameter aluminum tubing.
  There are guys at 30, 50 and 70 feet. There are also three 30 foot top
loading wires attached to the top of the tubing that are tied to anchors
60 feet out from the base.
  DXE is actually donating two of these vertical packages to the 3Y0Z team
in case one gets damaged (there are 300 storms per year on Bouvet).
  More details on the construction and the final test raising plus VSWR
measurements are shown in the video filmed and produced (in 4K Ultra) by
Greg, W8WWV. 

5K300, COLOMBIA (Special Event). A group of Colombian operators will be
active using the special callsign 5K300PF between September 1-15th, to
commemorate the visit of Pope Francis. Activity will be on all modes
and bands. Operators mentioned are HK3TU, HK3OEE, HK3DIO, HK5WI, HK7IPT,

5X, UGANDA. Anton, ON6NL, will once again be active  as 5X8C from Entebbe
sometime at the end of October 2017. The length of his stay is currently
unknown. Activity will be on various HF bands. He plans to be in the
CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 28-29th). QSL via his home callsign, direct,
by the Bureau, LoTW or ClubLog.

60 METERS NEWS. Both Kenya and Estonia now have access to the 60 meter
band as of September 1st. For more details on their privileges, see:

6W, SENEGAL (Update). Ronald, VE3REV, recently moved to Dakar in August
2016, and is expected to be active as 6W1SU for the next 2 to 3 years.
Activity will be on 80-6 meters, and he is currently operating SSB only,
but hoping to tackle CW later. His station has a new Yaesu FT DX 1200
with a Yaesu FL1200Z Amp into a MA5B three element yagi, a 6M 6JXXJ 6
element yagi and dipoles for 40/80m. Dave, VE9CB, announced this past
week he will be active as 6W1SU in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November
25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. No other details were
provided. QSL 6W1SU via M0URX direct or the OQRS (direct or by the Bureau).

7Y, ALGERIA. Bodo, DF8DX, will once again be active as 7Y0A from Bechar
between September 11-22nd. Activity will be on various HF bands using
CW and SSB. QSL via info on QRZ.com.

8P9, BARBADOS. Operators Bob/WB2YQH (8P9RN), Steve/WF2S (8P9SL) and Bob/
W2KKZ (8P9KZ) will be active from Christchurch, Barbados (NA-021), between
October 17-25th. They will use a K3S to an Acom 600s amplifier feeding a
S9-43 vertical antenna on 80-10 meters, including the WARC bands. Look
for 8P9RN to be active on CW and SSB; 8P9SL will be operating the Digital
modes (RTTY, PSK and JT65) plus some CW and SSB; and 8P9KZ will be on CW
ad SSB modes. A full color QSL card will be available via ClubLog's OQRS
or via their home callsigns for all callsigns. 8P9SL will also be uploaded
to LoTW. See QRZ.com pages for each call for complete information and
ClubLog search feature.

8P9, BARBADOS. Joseph, N7BF, will be active as 8P9BT from Barbado (NA-021)
between November 4-12th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-10 meters
using SSB. QSL via his home callsign direct.

8Q, MALDIVES. John, MM0VEG, will be active as 8Q7BI from Machchafushi,
South Ari Atoll (AS-013) between October 7-16th. Activity will be holiday
style on 20 meters using SSB, if propagation is good or PSK31 if poor.
QSL via LoTW, ClubLog's OQRS or request via E-mail. Log will be uploaded
to ClubLog and LoTW daily. BE ADVISED: The 8Q7BI callsign is a re-issued
callsign. It was used by Sascha, DG4ABE, in May 2015.

CN, MOROCCO. Operators Tev/TA1HZ and Golkem/TA7AZC will be active as
CN2HZ and CN2ZC, respectively, from Ksar es Sghir between September
6-13th. They plan to participate in the WAE DX SSB Contest (September
9-10th) with their CN callsigns. They will be sharing a Yaesu FT991
running 100w to a windom antenna. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW and
LZ3HI is the QSL Manager for CN2HZ. For CN2ZC, please QSL direct to

DXPEDITIONS PROGRESS REPORTS. On the ARRL Web page, there is a listing
of upcoming DXpeditions to rare DXCC entities with progress reports.
The DXpeditions listing includes 2018 Baker & Howland Islands (KH1),
2018 3Y0Z Bouvet Island and the 2017 VK9MA Mellish Reef operations.
To read the progress reports, go: 

DXCC'S MOST WANTED (ClubLog). The "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list has
been updated on ClubLog as of August 31st. The top 10 entities are:
     1. P5    DPRK (North Korea)           6. CE0X San Felix Islands
     2. 3Y/B  Bouvet Island                7. BV9P Pratas Island
     3. FT5/W Crozet Island                8. KH3  Johnston Island
     4. KH1   Baker Howland Islands        9. VK0M Macquarie Island
     5. BS7H  Scarborough Reef            10. KH7K Kure Island
  The complete "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list is available at:

FG/TO2, GUADELOUPE. Bill, K2HVN, will be active as FG/K2HVN or TO2E from
Grande Terre Island (NA-102) between November 5-10th. Activity will be
on 40-10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign. NO eQSL or

  CXFF-xxxx  -- By CX3ACS; between now and September 10th; operators
                will announce their activities on the DXCluster
  OZFF-0012  -- By OU7M/P; now and September 4th; the EDR Club Mors-Nordthy
                are doing the EDR HF Field day; at Mors Island EU-171; every-
                body is welcome in the log - Please RS(T) + a seriel  number;
                activity on 80/40/20/15/10m SSB + RTTY + PSK31 + CW; more
                info at 
  FFF 1687   -- By F5NLX/P; September 4th; between 0630-0930z; also DFCF
                73183; WCA F 06476 departement 73
  VKFF-1994  -- By VK2JNG; September 5th; between 0000-0400z; Seaham Swamp
                Nature Reserve; 7144 kHz SSB
  VKFF-1776  -- By VK2JNG/P; between September 5-6th; Khappinghat National
                Park; 7144 kHz SSB; FIRST ACTIVATION!; Around 12:00
  FFF-0178   -- By FO/DF1YP; between September 6th and October 1st; holiday
                style operation from Lagoon de Moorea; activity 20/17/15m
                using SSB and the Digital modes; All details on QRZ.com
  VKFF-2021  -- By VK2JNG/P; between September 6-7th; Wingham Brush Nature
                Reserve; 7144 kHz SSB; FIRST ACTIVATION!; Around 12:00
  KFF-2091   -- By WX2CIB/P; September 7-11th; 15th Annual K2P 2017
                Gathering at Kring Point State Park, NY; Please join them
                on-air and/or at the park if you can. All operating will be
                SSB, bands and times to come later; please watch for WX2CIB/P
                on DXclusters
  VKFF-0439  -- By VK2JNG/P; September 7-8th; Saltwater National Park;
                7144 kHz SSB; FIRST ACTIVATION!; around 12:00
  VKFF-1897  -- By VK2JNG/P; September 7-8th; Brimbin Nature Reserve;
                7144 kHz SSB; FIRST ACTIVATION!; around 12:00
  FFF-0048   -- By F/OO5G; September 10-12th; reactivation of FFF-048, from
                Parc Régional du Haut Languedoc; All bands, holiday style
  VKFF-0741  -- By VK4PF/P; September 10th; between 0300-0700z; from Lower
                Goulburn National Park; 7144 kHz SSB, usual caveats, Other
                bands likely
  OZFF-0001  -- By OZ0JD/P; September 10-14th; from EU-088; see webpage
                for more info:    http://oz0jd.dk/ozff-expeditions/
  IFF-1149   -- By IQ4FJ/4; September 10th; between 0800-1500z; Activation
                programmed on September 10th, if no rain; Locator: JN54QF;
                The IFF reference was introduced in IFF directory on
                July 1st, 2017; active band: HF (20m and 40m), 6m and 2m

  For more information about WWFF upcoming operations, see:
  Also suggest URLs: 
         World-Wide -- https://www.facebook.com/groups/WWFF44
           USA      -- https://www.facebook.com/groups/parksontheair
  A special DXCluster for WWFF is available at: http://wwff.co/dx-cluster

IOTA NEWS..............
  EU-191.  A group of Romanian operators are now active as YP0F from
           Insula Fericirii (Island of Happiness) until September 3rd.
           Activity is holiday style on 80-10 meters using mostly SSB.
           Operators mentioned are Stefan/YO3GA, Carnicianu/YO4GKP,
           Pet/YO9RIJ and Maria/YO9RYJ. QSL via YO9RIJ direct.

  OC-110.  Rodney, YJ8RN will once again be active as YJ8RN/P from Loh
           Island, Torres Islands, Vanuatu, between September 11-29th.
           Activity will be on 80/40/20 meters using SSB only. QSL via

IOTA TOUR (Rare Scottish). DX-World reports that John, G4LTH, has announced
that he will try to be active as GM4LTH/P from the rare Scottish islands
of St. Kilda, Flannan’s and Shiant’s during September 15-18th. All activity
is very weather dependent. Scheduled dates are as follows:
                Hirta, St. Kilda (EU-059) — September 15-16th
                Flannan Isles (EU-118)    — September 16th
                Shiant Islands (EU-112)   — September 18th
  Further activity from Outer Hebrides (EU-010) are also expected.

OJ0, MARKET REEF (Update/Cancelled). As mentioned last week, Jukka, OH2BR,
was expected to be active as OJ0/OH2BR from Market Reef for one week, but
due to family reasons he had to cancel his operation. However, Vladimir,
UA4WHX, is now there operating as OJ0/UA4WHX for about a week. Activity
will be on 160/80/60/40/30/17 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via UA4WHX.

P4, ARUBA. John, W2GD, will once again be active as P40W from Aruba
(SA-036) between October 23-31st. Activity will include the CQWW DX
SSB Contest (October 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. Operations
outside of the contest (before and after) are usually CW on 160/80m
and 30/17/12 meters as time permits. Watch 160m on the hour and 80m
on the half hour. QSL via LoTW or direct to N2MM, Bureau cards are no
longer accepted. Logs will be loaded on LoTW upon his return to the USA.

PJ4, BONAIRE. Ant, MW0JZE, will be active as PJ4/MW0JZE from Bonaire
(SA-006) between September 15-30th. Activity will be on various HF bands
using SSB, RTTY and FT8, with a TS-590 into a hexbeam. Operations will
include the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 23-24th).  QSL via M0OXO,
direct, the OQRS or LoTW.

PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (September 4-10th).......
 Sep/04th AN      Sep/07th  AN     Sep/09th  AN
 Sep/05th AN      Sep/08th  HN     Sep/10th  AN
 Sep/06th 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:
  A daily HF radio wave propagation forecast can be found at:
      Also on Twitter: https://twitter.com/@GiellaW4hm

PY0F, FERNANDO DE NORONHA. Leo, PP1CZ, will once again be active as
PY0F/PP1CZ from Fernando de Noronha (SA-003, DIB OC-01, WLOTA 1208, WWFF
PYFF-016) between September 22-27th. Activity will be holiday style on
80-10 meters with some tries on 6 meters (if he has propagation on this
band) and using CW, RTTY and some SSB, possibly JT65 and FT8. QSL him
direct or ClubLog's OQRS. NO Bureau or LoTW. Check out the pictures of
his 2013/2014/2015 operations on QRZ.com.

QSL INFO AND NEWS...................
  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX by Lothar, DL1SBF... (September 3rd) 
  3Z100ZIM via SP5ZIM      EG9SDC via EA1AUM       RK1A via RV1AQ
  4O7GXB via IZ7GXB (d/L)  EM0I via UT2IZ          SA5K via SM5ELV & (e)
  5K300PF via HK1X         EM60S via UW5SW         SD6M via SA6BGR  & (L)
  5P5T via OZ1FDH          EO25P via UT1PG (d/e)   SK6SYL via SM6KAT
  5P8Y/P via OZ1ACB        G8T via G4SHF           SM6/DL1HTW via DL1HTW (O/e)
  9A/DL1CW via DL1CW       HA/OM1WS/P via OM1WS    SN0ENI via SP0OTC & (L)
  9A/IZ3NXC via IK3GES     HA60KNA via HA3KNA      SN40SONDA via SP5IOU & (L)
  9A/OE5WIK via OE5WIK     HB0/OE5YYN/P via OE5YYN SN75PW via SP1PMY
  9M60MP via 9W2EYR (d)    HF0ARC via SQ1SGB       SN7L via SP7PGK
  A61FK via A61BK (d)      HG1Z via HA1XY          SV8/DF6MS via DF6MS
  A61M via A61BK           IA5/IW2MXY via IW2MXY   SV8/DL1MIA via DL1MIA
  A92AA via A92AA (d/O)    IJ7/IZ7LDC via IZ7LDC   T6/IZ1CCK via IZ1BWB
  DR60SAL via DK8VR        K0F via K0VBU (d)       TK/DL2SAX via DL2SAX
  ED2C via EA2CJ           KH6LC via WA6WPG & (L)  TK/DL3TU via DL3TU
  EE2R via EA2RCA          KH6TU via KH6TU (L)     TM0W via F2CT
  EG1SDC via EA1AUM        LZ02WFF via LZ1BJ       TM150ST via F6AST
  EG2SDC via EA1AUM        OJ0/UA4WHX via UA4WHX   TM8SRY via F5KCC (B)
  EG3SDC via EA1AUM        OK/DL2DXA/P via DL2DXA  TZ4PR via F1UIJ (d)
  EG4SDC via EA1AUM        OY1OF via M0URX         VP2ETE via W3HNK 
  EG5SDC via EA1AUM        OZ/PA4HM via PA4HM      YB0ECT via W2FB 
  EG5VCE via EB5AG & (L)   PI40BOZ via PD3JAG      YP0F via YO9RIJ
  EG6SDC via EA1AUM        PS2T via K3IRV          YR2017SIMPO via YO3KAA
  EG7SDC via EA1AUM        PT6B via PY6HD          ZS8Z via ZS1LS
  EG8SDC via EA1AUM        R460KB via UA6XT        ZV1WSA via PU1VFC (d)
    (e) eQSL only  (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (*-B) DX's- Bureau
    (O) OQRS only  (C) ClubLog only  (L) LoTW only

  P5/3Z9DX PIRATE continues to be active this past week. Reports from
  a few DX sources state that Dom, 3Z9DX, reports he has not talked to
  any DX source about his return trip  to P5. He adds, "All DX spots are
  fake and are made by local Polish guy who is not mentally well. If you
  worked P5/3Z9DX recently you worked a simple clown / pirate. There is
  still no more information for now from North Korean officials about my
  return visit. In addition, at the moment, I'm concentrating on other
  projects for later this year and 2018."


  (OC-098), FT3YL (AN-017) and IS0/OM8A

  DR1517LU, IS0SWW, K1L, K1T, LZ021SB, LZ1886PGS, LZ250MM, LZ386SKI,
  LZ429PS, LZ550SI, LZ883PI, N1G, N1M, N1T, OK2FD, PQ70FEB, PT155FD,
  YC2TDA, YD1DXP, YF1AR/5 (IOTA OC-270), YF1AR/6 (IOTA OC-215), YI4RZ,

RI1, FRANZ JOSEF LAND. Eugene, UA4RX, is now active as UA4RX/1 from Heiss
Island until possibly August 2018. He wanted to renew his RI1FJ callsign,
but word has it that he ran into a snag and will continue to use UA4RX/1
until the licensing problem is corrected. Activity will be on 160-10
meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via UA2FM direct or use
ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW.

SPECIAL EVENT (Highway to a DX Party!). The Citrus Belt Amateur Radio
Club of San Bernardino , California, is once again hosting
(probably one of the most fun special event activities) the 18th annual
"Route 66 On The Air" special event between September 9-17th. The purpose
of this event is to offer amateur radio operators a fun way to "Relive
the Ride" of their own memories of Route 66, and to celebrate the highway's
91st anniversary. The U.S. Highway 66 established in 1926, was the first
major improved highway to link the west coast with the nations heartland.
Through stories, songs, and TV shows, the highway came to symbolize the
spirit of the freedom of the open road, inspiring many to see America.
Look for the following 21 stations (two are rovers) operating in or around
the major cities along the old "Route 66" from Santa Monica, California,
to Chicago, Illinois:
   Stations       City                   Clubs/Individuals
   --------      --------------------   -------------------------
     W6A         Santa Monica, CA       Westside Amateur Radio Club
     W6B         Los Angeles, CA        Westside Amateur Radio Club
     W6C         San Bernardino, CA     Citrus Belt Amateur Radio Club
     W6D         Victorville, CA        Victor Valley Amateur Radio Club
     W6E         Barstow, CA            Barstow Amateur Radio Club
     W6F         Kingman, AZ            K2 Amateur Radio Society
     W6G         Flagstaff, AZ          Northern Arizona DX Association
     W6H         Albuquerque, NM        Albuquerque DX Association
     W6I         Amarillo, TX           Panhandle Amateur Radio Club
     W6J         Elk City, OK           Route 66 Amateur Radio Association
     W6K         Oklahoma City, OK      W6K Oklahoma City
     W6L         Tulsa, OK              Tulsa Amateur Radio Club
     W6M         Riverton, KS           Jim Cochran, K0RH
     W6N         Joplin, MO             Joplin Amateur Radio Club
     W6O         Lebanon, MO            Lebanon Amateur Radio Club
     W6P         St. Louis, MO          St. Louis Amateur Radio Club
     W6Q         Chicago, IL            Six Meter Club of Chicago
     W6R         Springfield, MO        Southwest Missouri Amateur RC
     W6U         Wilmington, IL         Wilmington Area Amateur Radio Club

     W6S         ROVER 1                Northern Arizona DX Association
     W6T         ROVER 2                Northern Arizona DX Association

   Special event stations are expected to be found in the vicinity of the
following frequencies. (Look for digital modes in the standard band segments
for such mode) All frequencies +/- QRM:
  CW  - 3533, 7033, 10110, 14033, 18080, 21033, 24900, 28033 and 50033 kHz
  SSB - 3866, 7266, 14266, 18164, 21366, 24966, 28466 and 50166 kHz
  Digi - 3580, 7070, 10140, 14070, 18100, 21070, 24920 and 28120 kHz
  R66 MOBILE Operations - Any amateurs operating while actually driving
        along Route 66 during the special event period are encouraged to
        take part in "Route 66 On The Air", by using the designation
        "mobile 66" for SSB or "/m66" for CW after their callsigns. All
        other amateur radio operators are welcome to contact these mobile
  REPEATERS - Some of the participating clubs will also be operating this
        event from their local VHF/UHF repeaters. Check the ARRL repeater
        guide for possible repeater frequencies, if you're in the local

   Each participating club will issue their own QSL card commemorating
this event. QSL information is available on the Web at:
   For more details about the event and the certificate that is available,
please visit the "Route 66 OTA Site" at:

SPECIAL EVENT (Military Vehicle Convoy On-The-Air Event Route 66). The
"2017 Military Vehicle Convoy On-The-Air Event Route 66 Event" will operate
the following callsigns during September and October:
     K4"M" Week #1 - K4M - September 16-22nd
     K4"V" Week #2 - K4V - September 23-29th
     K4"P" Week #3 - K4P - September 30th-October 6th
     K4"A" Week #4 - K4A - October 7-14th
  Each special callsign will ONLY be used during 1 of the 4 weeks the
MVPA Military Vehicle Convoy will be traveling along their month-long
journey. They will add a "Clean Sweep" marker for making contact with
ALL (4) callsigns. Visit  for operating details,
QSL information, and to follow the Convoy's 2,243 mile journey - equipped
with APRS tracking equipment.

V4, ST. KITTS. Gary, G0FWX, will once again be active as V4/G0FWX from
the QTH of John, V47JA, at Calypso Bay, St. Kitts (NA-104), between
November 8-15th. Activity will be holiday style (in between sunbathing
and the casino) on various HF bands. QSL via M0URX or the OQRS.

VK9C, COCOS-KEELING ISLANDS (Update). Operators Chris/GM3WOJ and Keith/
GM4YXI will once again be active as VK9CZ from Cocos Keeling Islands
(OC-003) between October 24th and November 7th. Activity will be on
160-10 meters using CW, SSB and some RTTY. Two stations will be on the
air. They will also be in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 28-29th) as
a Multi-2 entry. QSL via N3SL. For more details and updates, see:

VP8, FALKLAND ISLANDS. Dr. Eberhard Rizakowitz, DL7JLL, will be active
as VP8JLL from the Falklands between November 15-25th. No other details
were provided. QSL via the Bureau or direct to: Dr. Eberhard Rizakowitz,
Weissenburger Strasse 34, 13595 Berlin, Germany.

W4DXCC CONVENTION (Press Release #2). Dave Anderson, K4SV, sent out the
following on August 29th [edited]: The W4DXCC DX and Contest Convention
is located at the MainStay Suites in Pigeon Forge, TN, September 22-23rd,
2017. A full schedule of popular presenters speak on DX and Contest subjects
throughout the main convention with prize drawings between presenters,
drinks and snacks included. Equipment manufacturers are on hand to demon-
strate new products and answer your equipment questions face to face.
A banquet rounds out the day where the grand prizes are drawn.
  Do not forget the Ham Radio Bootcamp, the place for new and experienced
hams come to learn starting from the basics ending to how to setup and
use JT65 and FT8.
  Its time to make reservations and get your tickets. We look forward to
seeing everyone.
  Check out the WEB site for more details, filling fast, book now at:

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