OPDX Bulletin 1342 December 4, 2017

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1342
BID: $OPDX.1342
Dece,ber 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, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, K5GS, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m DX News, NA9Q, W0GJ, DL1SBF, DL7UXG & The DX News Letter, DxCoffee.com, DXNews.com, DX-World.Net, ES1CW, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, HK3CW, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, PA3EWP, Sixitalia Weekly, and VA3RJ & ICPO for the following DX information.

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 26th/November, through Sunday, 3rd/December there were 232 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J3, J5, J6, J7, J8, JA, 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, PY0F, PZ, S0, S2, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T2, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TN, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9L, VK9N, VK9X, VP2E, VP2M, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YU, YV, Z3, Z8, 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".

3B7A ST. BRANDON ISLAND DXPEDITION (Press Release #4, date November 28th). 
  This week two major events occurred and we are very happy to share both
of them with you. First of all, we received all papers from the Mauritius
authorities and our callsign has been confirmed. You will listen for us
as 3B7A next April in your radios! Then, we are very proud to announce that
the Northern California DX Foundation (NCDXF) has joined our project as a
major sponsor. By reiterating the trust relationship with our team a great
step has been made to reach the overall budget.
  This is not yet a closed matter and we hope to receive many supports
until our departure. Talking about this, we would like to greet our friends
JJ3PRT, JA4BUA, JA4DND and JK1KSB. They are a very efficient relay in Japan
for our team and thanks to them a Japanese section of our website is now
Our next communications will focus on logistics and radio operations. So
stay tuned and follow us on Facebook 
and Twitter <@SaintBrandonDX>.

3B8, MAURITIUS. Nigel, G3TXF, will be active as 3B8XF from Mauritius (AF-049)
during the 2018 Commonwealth Contest (BERU) [March 10-11th, 2018]. QSL via
G3TXF or ClubLog's OQRS (for both Bureau or direct QSLs).

3D2/R, ROTUMA. Operators Ernoe/DK2AMM (Treasurer/QSL manager), Hans/DL6JGN
(Team Leader), Heye/DJ9RR and Ronald/PA3EWP will be active as 3D2EU from
Rotuma (OC-060) between February 23rd and March 16th, 2018. Operations
will be from two different locations on the Island: Maftoa and Fapufa.
Activity will be on 160-10 meters, including 30/17/12m, using CW, SSB
and Digital modes. Their goal is to make over 30k QSOs (Of course, it
depends also on the propagation on the higher bands). They will use Club-
Log for online logging (if internet is available) and OQRS (QSL requests).
A short time after the DXpedition, the logs will be uploaded by their QSL
Manager (DK2AMM) to LoTW. All QSLs via the OQRS, by the Bureau and direct
will be answered as usual. For more details and updates, see their Web
page at:                    http://www.rotuma2018.de

3Y0X BOUVET DXPEDITION NEWS. The following was posted on the 3Y0X Web
 and FaceBook pages December 2nd, [edited]:
                    Our DXpeditions Biggest Unknown:
               How much will our helicopter flights cost us?
  Helicopters are at once our wings and our Achilles' heel; a godsend for
safety and access to the best operating site on Bouvet, but devilishly
expensive to operate. They are essential to our success, safety, and
making lots of QSO's from Bouvet. The more gear they can bring ashore,
the more contacts we can make. Therefore, helicopters directly impact
the number of all time new contacts we will deliver to you, the number
of new band modes we can give you,  and the overall number of contacts
we make.
  Our team members will underwrite the cost of getting all the basic and
essential equipment ashore to enable us to do a good job on this DX-
pedition. Whatever this costs us, we will do it. However, to do a great
job and get ashore two antennas for every band, adequate fuel and gen-
erators for full power 24/7, an amp on every radio, and a second shelter
for operating, we must dig a little deeper to pay for those extra flying
  If you can help us buy a few more hours of flying time, you will put
doing the best job possible firmly within our grasp. Please go to our
website:  click on the News and Updates tab and help
us if you can.
                               The 3Y0Z DXpedition Team

4X0, ISRAEL (More On Special Event). In OPDX.1341 we mentioned that the
UNESCO World Heritage Committee has declared Shivta to be a World Heritage
Site. The Shivta National Park is on the list of confirmed WFF Israel
National Parks Award (4XFF-032), and has a very long and interesting
history (see the Web page at .
Members of the "The Holy land DX Group" (Shalom/4Z4BS, Mark/4Z4KX, Ruben/
4Z5FI, Yulik/4X6HP, Ros/4Z5LA, Vlad/4Z5IW, Arthur/4X4DZ, Alex/4Z4AK and
Jan/4X1VF) are going to operate from this location between 0800 UTC Friday,
December 22nd, through December 24th, noon-time. It will be the first time
operating from this QTH (Holy land Square D27BS). They will use the callsign
4X0XMAS, and will be running three stations using CW and SSB on the WFF
frequencies. (For details, please visit QRZ.com under 4X9XMAS). QSL via
LoTW and eQSL. This operation will also participate in the "Christianity
On The Air" event (December 22-24th) for the HOCOTA award. Look for the
following stations to be on the air from the following locations: 4X2XMAS
from Mount Tabor, 4X3XMAS from Caesarea, 4X4XMAS from Nazareth, 4X6XMAS
from Arbel, 4X7XMAS from Be'er Sheva and 4X9XMAS from Nitzana.

4Y1, AUSTRIA. Members of the International Amateur Radio Contest DX Club
(ARCDXC) [4U1A] will activate 4Y1A from the International Civil Aviation
Organization (ICAO) Amateur Radio Club celebrating the International Civil
Aviation Day (December 7th). Activity will take place between December
7-14th, with operations on various HF and VHF bands using CW, SSB and
the Digital modes. QSL via UA3DX. This station counts as Austria for
DXCC purposes.

5R, MADAGASCAR. Marco, ON8XB, is once again active as 5R8XB from Mad-
agascar (AF-013). The length of his stay is unknown at this time. Most
of his activities have been on 20 meters SSB. QSL via his home callsign.

5W, SAMOA. By the time you read this Katsu, JA1DXA, will be active as
5W0DXA from Apia, Samoa (OC-097), until December 6th. Activity will be
on various HF bands using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via JA1DXA, direct,
ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW.

6W, SENEGAL. Jacques, F6HMJ, will be active as 6W7/F6HMJ from Senegal
between December 21st and January 15th. Activity will be mostly on CW
with some SSB on 20-10 meters. There may be also some lower band oper-
ations if he can put up antennas. QSL via his home callsign.

6Y, JAMAICA. Lester, W8YCM, is once again active as 6Y6Y from the Westmor-
land Parish, on The Beach, Negril Jamaica (NA-0097), until January 2018.
Activity will be holiday style on various HF bands. Check out the pictures
on QRZ.com. QSL via W8YCM direct only. NO BUREAU or IRCs.

CARIBBEAN/PACIFIC TOURS. Operators Helmut/DD0VR and YL Bigi/DE3BW will be
traveling throughout the Caribbean at the end of December and the beginning
of the new year. Their tentative schedule is as followings:
   December 17-31st -- From Barbados (NA-021); signing 8P0VR (pending)
   December 31st-January 10th -- From Martinique (NA-107); signing FM/DD0VR
   January 10th     -- possible quick visit to St. Lucia
   January 10-14th  -- From Dominica (NA-101); signing J70VR
   January 14-20th  -- From Guadeloupe (NA-102); signing FG/DD0VR

  Look for them to be active on 40-10 meters (IOTA freqs.) using CW and
SSB; mainly QRP. QSL via DD0VR, direct or by the Bureau. ADDED NOTE:
Helmut has mentioned that they are making plans to go to South Pacific
in 2018. Islands mentioned are Fiji (3D2), Samoa (5W), Tonga (A3) and
Aitutaki Island (E5, OC-083), South Cook Islands.

DXCANDY (Another Tool for DXers!). This little Web site is a HF CW DX-
Cluster Spotting tool with some interesting features, but still in the
experimental stage. Give it a look see at:    http://dxcandy.com

DXCC'S MOST WANTED (ClubLog). The "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list has
been updated on ClubLog as of December 1st. The list contain 339 entities
and the top 10 entities still remain the same and they 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:

EL, LIBERIA. Eric, EL2EF, is a new ham radio operator from Liberia, and
is the nephew of Dickson, EL2DT. DX-World reports: "Eric is now active
and has been making a few QSOs using an old Kenwood TS-120 and vertical.
At the moment he is paper-logging but hopes to have a laptop soon. There-
after, he will use the services of a QSL manager who will look after his
log and QSLs. Remember, Eric is a new op and is still learning." 

IOTA NEWS..............
  AF-045.  (Update/Reminder) Operators John/6W7JX, Ouzin/6W1PZ, Tafa/6W1KI
           and Jul/6W1QL will be active as 6V1A from Goree Island between
           December 15-17th. Activity will be on CW and SSB on all HF
           bands using two stations: a FT-1000 and Icom 7300 with 150
           watts into dipoles G5RV/Kelemen. QSL info TBA (watch QRZ.com).

  AS-015.  Rich, PA0RRS, is once again active as 9M2MRS from Penang
           Island until January 31st, 2018. Activity will be on 40-10
           meters using CW, RTTY and PSK. QSL via his home callsign,
           ClubLog's OQRS, LoTW or eQSL.

  PLEASE NOTE: Since the Webmasters of the new  have
  decided NOT to post or dedicate a Web page to announce upcoming IOTA
  operations, PLEASE send your IOTA operations information to the OPDX
  and we will post it here in an upcoming bulletin......

NCDXF NEWS (Press Release: New Record Set -- WOW! $200,000+ in grants
in 2017 !!!). Hats off to our NCDXF contributors!!! -- The primary purpose
of Northern California DX Foundation is to help fund well-organized DX-
peditions to rare, difficult and expensive entities. Even though the
current solar cycle is winding down, the NCDXF has been seeing more
activity than ever in its history. Recently, two large grants were given
to the 2018 Bouvet  and
Baker Island  DXpeditions, both currently ranked
in the Top 5  Most Wanted DXCC
entities. We have also contributed to WRTC 2018 
, the ARRL Ham Aid
Fund, provided tuition for youth at DX and Contest Universities, and
partnered with IARU to operate a worldwide Beacon system 
  In 2017, so far, well over $200,000 has been granted to DXpeditions
and other projects. Before this, the highest calendar year grant total
was $131,000 in 2005.
  The NCDXF Board of Directors wants to thank our generous donors who
ultimately deserve credit for these grants over the past 45 years! You
are the backbone of NCDXF.
  Our Cycle 25 Project is an endowment project for those wishing to leave
behind a legacy contribution for our hobby. Please consider NCDXF in your
estate planning. The earnings of the Cycle 25 Project 
 fund will be used to help support
future DXpeditions.
  And as the end of the year approaches, please consider a renewed con-
tribution to NCDXF.  For those who file United States income tax returns,
contributions are tax-deductible, as NCDXF is a Section 501(c)(3) entity
with the IRS. With your continued financial support, we'll continue to
make DX happen for DXers worldwide.
  Visit our website, , for more information about our
projects and how you can help.
    Thank you once again!
    With warmest Holiday wishes,
    The NCDXF Board of Directors

PJ4, BONAIRE. Mike, NA9Q, is once again active as PJ4/NA9Q from Bonaire
(SA-006) until December 10th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-10
meters using primarily SSB with some FT8 and CW, with 100 watts and
portable/temporary antennas. Depending upon band conditions, an effort
will be made in the ARRL 10 Meter Contest (December 9-10th). Logs will
be uploaded to LoTW upon his return. QSL via his home callsign. 

PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (December 4-10th).......
 Dec/04th BN      Dec/07th  LN     Dec/09th  AN
 Dec/05th DIS     Dec/08th  AN     Dec/10th  AN
 Dec/06th HN

    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
  (November 26th & December 3rd) 
  5P1KZX via OZ1KZX & (L)  E71YOTA via E71YOTA (C/N)  OK2RJC via OK2RZ
  5P3WW via DL1YAW         EA5/DK5IM via DK5IM        OM50SPSEKE via OM8AND
  5T1R via A92AA           EA8/LZ1ABC via LZ1ABC      OP70BFS via ON2KFJ
  6Y0AE via LZ4AE          EA8/SM7BUA via SM7BUA    PJ4/AD4ES via AD4ES & (L)
  6Y0D via TA3D            EA8JK via EB7DX (d/e)      PX2A via PY2VM
  7Q6M via K6ZO            EF5T via EA5HT             R164S via R6CF
  9H1XT via 9H1BT (d)      EF8R via EB7DX (d/L)      R17YOTA via R17YOTA (CN)
  9M6/NR1J via NR1J (**)   EF8U via EA8URL (L)        R1853S via R6CF
  AC2CX/KH2 via JE1JAC     EH2EUS via EA2TP (O)       SM0S via SM5BAX
  B4/DL1MGB via DL1MGB     ES5/IU2FQW via IU2FQW      SO4R via SP4PND
  CR2M via W6NV & (L)      FY/DL7BC/P via DL7BC & (L) SP20ZIP via SP5ZIP
  CR3OO via W3HNK & (L)    G6T via M0URX (O)          SW9AA via LZ1PM
  CR3W via DL5AXX          HF800PT via SP7PPT         TM4K via F4EGZ
  CR5T via CS5ARC          HG4FA via HA4BM            TO1A via F5HRY (L)
  CT8/K0AV via K0AV & (L)  KL7KY via S56ZZZ           UN9GD via DL8KAC
  CT8/LZ2PE via LZ2PE      LN8W via LA9VDA            V5/DK1CE via DK1CE
  CT8/W6NV via W6NV        M2G via M0OXO (O)          VK9/PH7Y via PH7Y
  CT9/OM3GI via OM3GI      NE9U/KP2 via NE9U          YB9/DL3KZA via DL3KZA
  CT9/OM3RM via OM3RM      OE/DJ1AA/M via DJ1AA       YN2CC via AJ9C
  CW4MAX via EA5GL (d)  OE0YOTA via OE0YOTA (C/N)  YT17YOTA via YT17YOTA (C/N)
  DT23WOP via HL1IWD (N)   OK/LX1UN via OK/LX1UN (***)  ZW5B via K3IRV
  (e) eQSL only  (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (*-B) DX's- Bureau
  (O) OQRS only  (C) ClubLog only  (L) LoTW only    (N) No QSL needed

  (**) QSL only via the address to Singapore -- NR1J:
       Jun Muto, 89 Rangoon Road #02-04, Singapore, 218375, Singapore
 (***) OK/LX1UN: Alain Kieffer, Klimkovicka 2358/17, 70800 Ostrava-Poruba,
       Czech Republic


  3C0L/3C1L QSL STATUS. On November 30th, it was reported: QSL cards are
  in printing. Soon QSLs for direct OQRS and sponsor QSOs will be mailed.
  On 10th of December priority LoTW upload will be done for sponsor and
  direct OQRS QSOs.

  PIRATE ALERT. The Daily DX reports: Leen, PD0LK, reports someone has
  been pirating his call as V73/PD0LK.

  QSL BUREAU REBUTTAL. A few weeks ago in OPDX.1238, we reported that
  Siso, HK3W, informed OPDX that he uses the URE's QSL Bureau system
  instead of the Colombia (HK) QSL Bureau. He stated, "because it won't
  arrive, your cards will disappear. So, don't waste your time and money,
  use Clublog.org OQRS systems, LoTW or EA4URE QSL Bureau to get your
  card or confirmation."
    Since then, Rob, HK3CW, President of the Colombian Ham Radio Associ-
  ation, LCRA - HK3LR- the Official IARU representative in Colombia, has
  contacted OPDX and wants to publish their rebuttal on the HK3W state-
  ments. PLEASE REMEMBER: The following statements are from HK3CW and not
  from the OPDX:
    1) The incoming and outgoing HK bureau system works fine as has been
       since 1930 without fail, any issues are with the postal system not
       with the LCRA.
    2) Mr. HK3W is NOT a member of the LCRA and has a systematic campaign
       against the LCRA as he was kicked out for unethical practices both
       in QSLing and pirate radio contacts. He has a conflicting personality
       and had many confrontations with HK hams for many years.
    3) Mr. Hennessey has and will continue to receive his QSLs cards through
       the HK system as he has during his whole ham radio career.
    4) The LCRA has a letter which we requested to the Liga Radio Bogotá
       (LRB) where we submit all zone 3 QSLs, stating that Mr. Hennessey
       has been receiving QSL cards without issues for many, many years.
    5) Mr. Hennesey is a disgruntled ex-LCRA member who only seeks revenge
       for being dishonorably dismissed from the LCRA and the LRB.
       **  Direct all comments and questions to HK3CW (not the OPDX) at:
                         Roberto Rey 

  DL1NKS, J5T, OH0JV, PZ5V, S79K, T77C, VE3VEE, VQ917JC and ZL9BQD

  VU2GSM and Z21HS

  EM20WOC,  EM25HQ, EM80EM, EM300WCP, EN90W, EN200RT, EO23I, EO25F, EO90US,
  TF/OK4MM and TO7A

RI50, SOUTH SHETLANDS ISLANDS (Special Event).- Alex, UA1OJL/RI1ANO, will
be active with the special callsign, RI50ANO, from Kinge George Island
(AN-010) between January 1st and March 31st, 2018. The special callsign
is to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Bellingshausen station.
Activity will be limited to his spare time and on various HF bands using
CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via RN1ON, direct, by the Bureau,
ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW. ADDED NOTE: A special diploma is planned...

T8 PALAU...........
  * Ryosei, JH0IXE, will once again be active as T8CW from the VIP Guest
    Hotel (Free Radio Room) on Koror Island (OC-009) between December
    27th and January 5th, 2018. Activity will be on 80-6 meters using
    CW, SSB, RTTY, JT65 ad PSK31. QSL via JA2KCT by the Bureau, JH0IXE
    direct, LoTW or eQSL. He now has a Web page at: http://t8cw.idou.net

  * Nobuaki, JA0JHQ, will once again be active as T88PB from the VIP-
    Guest Hotel in Koror City, Palau, between January 27-31st. Activity
    will be on  various HF bands using SSB. QSL via JA0JHQ. For more
    details and updates, see his Web page at: http://pandasan.jimdo.com

  * Mitsuhiko, JL3WXS, will be active as T88XS from the VIP Guest Hotel
    (Free Radio Room) on Koror Island (OC-009), between February 1-5th.
    No other details available. QSL via JL3WXS.

  * Ichiro, JH7IPR, will once again be active as T88UW from the VIP Guest
    Hotel (Free Radio Room) on Koror Island (OC-009), between April
    13-19th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, AM,
    FT8, JT65 and JT9. QSL T88UW via JH7IPR, direct, by the Bureau, eQSL,
    LoTW or ClubLog.

  * Operators Kazuhiro/JA7WFT (T88FT) and Shinichi/JI6IHG (T88IH) will
    once again be active from the VIP Guest Hotel (Free Radio Room) on
    Koror Island (OC-009) between April 17-25th. Activity will be on
    160-6 meters using CW, SSB, JT65 and JT9. QSL T88IH via JI6IHG. QSL
    T88FT via JA7WFT. 

  ** For more details about the VIP Guest Hotel (Free Radio Room), see:

TZ, MALI. Fox, PD0FOX, has been active as TZ/PD0FOX since June from Gao,
Mali. He is there working for the UN until January 2018. Look for him
daily on +/- 14195 kHz  between 1400-1700z, and +/- 7095 kHz between
1800-1900z. He is using only 20 watts into a vertical antenna. Look for
QSLs to be sent out after May 2018.

V4, ST. KITTS AND NEVIS. Bernie, W3UR, editor of the Daily DX and Weekly
DX, and his wife Becky, N3OSH, will be celebrating their 30th wedding
anniversary from John's, W5JON/V47JA, Calypso Bay QTH, on St. Kitts,
between January 29th and February 12th. Activity will be limited during
Bernie's spare time as V47UR on 160-6 meters using CW and SSB.

V5, NAMIBIA. Ulmar, DK1CE, is once again active as V5/DK1CE near Omaruru
until December 15th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters (he prefers 40/30m
between 1800-2200z) using CW. QSL via DK1CE, direct or by the Bureau.

V8, BRUNEI. Tom, KC0W, continues to be active as V85/KC0W from Brunei
around December 10th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters using CW. Tom
states, "I have given up on working FT8 after making 67 QSOs. Too many
idiots who have no clue what they are doing drove me to the brink of
insanity....... Local Electrical Noise on 40/30 meters is S7 - S9++.
Unlicensed SSB QRM on 40/30 Meters is Even Worse. Operate QRO if you
can." He is using a Yaesu FT-857d at 80 watts and 100% CW. QSL via his
home callsign direct. No LoTW. No Bureau.

VP5, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS. John, N9EAJ, will be active as VP5/N9EAJ
from Grand Turk Island (NA-003) between December 27th and February 4th,
2018. He states, "Please be patient with me as I am not a skilled contester
nor DXpeditioner, just an average operator that does not have much ex-
perience with pileups, but enjoys 'playing radio'. This is not a DXpedition
- I will be balancing radio along with snorkeling, diving, fishing, and
relaxing with friends and family." Activity will be on 40-10 meters,
possibly 80m, using CW and SSB. He will (if all goes according to plan)
have a Kenwood 590 with an Elecraft KPA500 amp into a CrankIR close to
the waters edge. He hopes to post his logs to LoTW and ClubLog, "IF"
internet access has been restored to the villa - it was knocked out with
the passing of hurricane Irma. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by
the Bureau (slow).

VP6/D, DUCIE ISLAND (Press Release #1, dated December 1st)[edited].
VP6D Ducie Island 2018 DXpedition (OC-182) -- The Perseverance DX Group
 is pleased to announce their planned activation of Ducie Island
(a Marine Protected Area), currently ClubLog #29 most wanted. Planning
has begun for an expedition in Oct/Nov, 2018.
  Landing permission, visas and radio license have been issued. A team
of 14 operators will be on the island for up to 14 days. The team will
depart from Mangareva, French Polynesia, aboard the expedition ship
Braveheart. Seven (7) operating positions are planned for 160-10 meters,
SSB/CW/Digital, including FT8.
  The team includes: Dave/K3EL, Pista/HA5AO, Les/W2LK, Heye/DJ9RR, Mike/
WA6O, Jacky/ZL3CW, Arnie/N6HC, Steve/W1SRD, Chris/N6WM, Laci/HA0NAR,
Ricardo/PY2PT, Walt/N6XG and Gene/K5GS, currently one open position to
be filled.
  Watch the usual DX sources we will announce additional details as they 
  Website , Twitter  and 
  will also be available.
  Please direct questions to:  info@vp6d.com
  73, Team Ducie ­ 2018

XR0Y, EASTER ISLANDS (Update). A German team has announced their next
DXpedition will be to Hanga Roa, Easter Island (CE0Y). This time the
group consists of experienced team members Andy/DH8WR, Werner/DJ9KH,
Guenter/DL2AWG, Norbert/DL2RNS, Georg/DL4SVA, Paul/DL5CW, Olaf/DL7JOM,
Wolf/DM2AUJ, Kalle/DM3BJ and Rolf/DL7VEE (Team Leader). Their callsign,
XR0YD, has been confirmed and the dates of activities are between March
2-15th, 2018. They will have three well equipped stations on the air
24/7 on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. Suggested frequencies
  CW   - 1825, 3526, 7026, 10102, 14026, 18086, 21026, 24906 and 28026 kHz
  SSB  - 1848, 3805, 7095/7182, 14210, 18120, 21275, 24955 and 28465 kHz
  RTTY - 3595, 7046, 10144, 14090, 18096, 21090, 24919 and 28090 kHz
  FT8  - 1840, 3573, 7074, 10136, 14075, 18100, 21074, 24915 and 28074 kHz

  QSL via Manager DL4SVA, ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW 6 months later. Their
Web page is now online at:         http://xr0yd.mydx.de

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