The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 932
November 2, 2009
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
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, NC1L, NJ1Q, W2YR, NG3K, WP3GW, N4AA & QRZ DX, KH6BZF, KL7JR, K8YSE, K0DEQ, W0GJ, Amateur Radio Victoria, AT Inter- national, CT1BOH, CX3ZAN, DJ8NK, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, DX World of Ham Radio Web Site, EA4BB, F5NQL & UFT, HA0HW, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, IK7JWX, OK1DOT, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, PS7YL, PT7WA, PV8DX, PY2SEX, RSGB IOTA Web Site, RW3AH, SM6DEC, UY7IQ, VA3RJ & ICPO, VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF), VK4FW, VK5AKH, YV5GRB and YV5IAL for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 25th-October, through Sunday, 1st-November there were 227 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE0Y, 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, F, FG, FH, FK, FM, FO, FR, FS, FT5W, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, JA, JD/m, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, 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, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, R1FJ, S2, S5, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TN, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP8/g, VP8/o, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XW, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZF, ZK2, 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" (WFWL).
4U1A, SWITZERLAND (Awareness about HIV/AIDS through Amateur Radio)
According to UNAIDS (the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS), estimates, there are now 33.2 million people living with HIV, including 2.5 million children. During 2008, some 2.5 million people became newly infected with the virus. Around half of all people who become infected with HIV do so before they are 25 and die of AIDS-related illnesses before they are 35. Around 95% of people living with HIV reside in developing countries. However, HIV today is a threat to men, women and children throughout the world. Started on December 1st, 1988, the aim of "World AIDS Day" is to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education. "World AIDS Day" is important in reminding people that HIV has not gone away, and that much still needs to be done.
A special amateur radio station will be operating at UNAIDS HQ in Geneva, Switzerland, from December 1-7th, 2009, with the special event callsign 4U1AIDS. They invite people to observe the "World AIDS Day" and demonstrate global HIV awareness.
International World Aids Day 2009 Amateur Radio Certificate: Those amateur radio stations which have a radio contact with 4U1AIDS on any 3 amateur radio bands, will awarded a special commemorative certificate “World AIDS Day Award”.
Amateur radio stations that have radio contact with 4U1AIDS on 5 amateur radio bands will be awarded a special commemorative UNAIDS pennant. Special QSL card: For each radio contact with 4U1AIDS, a special QSL card will be sent.
QSL information: For further information, please get in contact with: Andrey Fedorov, UNAIDS, 20 Avenue Appia, CH-1211, Geneva 27, Switzerland.
Harald, DL7VSN, is once again heading to Tanzania and will probably be active as 5H1HS, this time from the Kilimanjaro area, starting on November 1st. His length of stay was not mentioned. Activity will be 160-10 meters using mainly CW and RTTY. He will use various dipoles with 100 watts. If all plans go well, Harald may activate his 5th IOTA group from this DXCC entity for one or two days. Harald will also be in the Serengeti and Tarangire National Park starting November 18th, and hopes to be active from these areas. QSL via his home callsign.
5R, MADAGASCAR (Update/Also ZS5)
Sam, G4OHX, will be active as 5R8HX from Madagascar (IOTA AF-013 and WLOTA L2455) between December 28th and January 3rd (2010). Activity will be mainly CW. He will also be active from South Africa as ZS5/G4OHX between January 4-17th. QSL via his home callsign direct only.
8R, GUYANA (Update)
Paulo, PV8DX, a member/part of the "Amateur Brazilian Team", will be active as 8R1PY from Lethem, between now and November 4th. He states that he will try 160 meters. However, there is no electricity during the night, and he will use a generator, which is noisy. Other activity will be on 160-6 meters, including 30/17/12 meters, using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31. Other operators mentioned are: Edi/PU8TEP, Abilio/ PV8AZ, Ivan/PV8IG, Ivan/PY1YB, Anderson/PY2TNT and Alex/PY2WAS. QSL via PY2WAS.
Niko, S53A, will once again be active as 9J3A from The Hippo Lodge,
James, 9V1JP, is a new operator from here and has been active on 20 meters. He states on QRZ.com that he is "in a very challenging environment and is trying hard to put out a decent signal on HF." He also states, "If you need a QSL card, please be patient. I am in the process of designing them, and they should be good and ready in the spring of 2010."
Yoshihiro, JK2VOC, will be active from Dale's, BA4TB, QTH between November 27-30th. He will also be in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via JK2VOC.
Operators Andy/LZ2HM, Ken/G0ORH and possibly others will be active as C4I during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th). QSL via LZ2HM.
Mike, DF8AN, will once again be active from the Caribbean. This time from two DXCC entities. He should be on the air by the time you read this. His schedule is as follows:
Galapagos Islands (HC8) - HC8/DF8AN between now and November 7th
Netherlands Antilles (PJ4) - PJ4/DF8AN from the Island of Bonaire between November 7-16th.
Activity will be mainly CW. He will be using wire antennas. QSL via DF8AN, by the Bureay or direct.
CE0, EASTER ISLAND (SA-001)
Roberto, YV5IAL, will be active as CE0/YV5IAL between January 8-11th. This will be a QRP, portable, holiday style operation. Activity will be on PSK31 digital mode on 14070.15 kHz from 2200-0100z, and occasionally on 40/30/15 meters. QSL via his home callsign.
CR3/CT3, MADEIRA ISLANDS (Update/QSL Change)
Jose, CT1BOH, will be using the special callsign CR3E during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. He will use the callsign CT3NT before the contest starting November 24th. All QSOs will be uploaded into LoTW. QSL Manager, Joe, W3HNK, is now taking over QSL chores for CT3NT and CR3E. See his Web page and station at:
CR3/CT9, MADEIRA ISLANDS
Operators Ulrich/DJ2YA, Walter/DJ6QT, Arno/DL1CW, Ulf/DL5AXX and George/SV1RP will be active as CR3L during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via DJ6QT. Operators will be active as CT9/homecall between November 24th and December 3rd.
Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL Awards Branch Manager, reports that the following operations are approved for DXCC credit:
There is a E4X callsign listed on (QRZ.com), but no other details are provided. Stay tuned!
EA8, CANARY ISLANDS
Mauri, OH2BYS, will once again be active as EA8CMX from Galdar, Isla de Gran Canaria (AF-004, DIE S-005, WLOTA L0969), during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (???) entry. QSL via OH2BYS.
EF8, CANARY ISLANDS
Val, RD3AF, will be active as EF8M from Santa Maria de Guia, Las Palmas Gran Canaria (AF-004, DIE S-005, WLOTA L 0969) during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/ High- Power entry. QSL via UA3DX.
Chris, ZS6RI (aka-ZS8IR, ZD9IR, 5H9IR), is expected to be here for about six weeks starting at the beginning of November. His callsign will be EL8RI. Activity will be QRP on the HF bands (mentioned 40/20/30m) using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. After his 6 week stay, he will return home and then return to EL-land after 3 weeks. QSL EL8RI via ZS6RI.
GD/MD, ISLE OF MAN
Operators Ron/PA3EWP and Tom/GM4FDM will be active as MD/PA3EWP and GD4FDM, respectively, between November 7-9th. Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL MD/PA3EWP via PA7FM and GD4FDM via GM4FDM.
Bob, GU4YOX, will be active during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m)/Low-Power entry. QSL via GU4YOX, direct or LoTW.
Operators Kazik/DL2SBY, Tomi/HA4DX and Laci/HA0HW will once again operate from Masessa between November 6-13th. Their main focus will be to do as many QSOs as possible on the 160, 80 and 40 meter bands. They will have 3 radios (2 with amplifiers). On 160m, they will use a 18m Spiderpole inverted L; on 80m an inverted Vee and a loaded GP; and on 40m a GP on another 12m Spiderpole. For the upper bands they will have a Spider beam on top of a 11m mast. Operations will be mostly CW, but some SSB also expected. QSL by the Bureau to each appropriate operator.
HC8, GALAPAGOS ISLANDS (Update)
A group of the contesters from Quito Radio Club will be active as HC8N from Isla de San Cristobal (SA-004, WLOTA L0094) during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th) as a Multi-Multi entry. Some of the operators mentioned (and the bands that they will be on) are: Dave/N3RD (40m), Bob/W6RGG (20m), Dennis/K2SX (10m) and possibly others. QSL via W5UE.
HS, THAILAND (Good News)
John, W2YR (aka-HS0ZDJ), informs OPDX that he just received this information from the International Secretary of the Radio Amateur Society of Thailand: FYI - the NTC is the National Tele- communications Council akin to our FCC in the USA -- "Hi, Good news (just received from Narissara, HS1CHB): the NTC has approved the RAST request made recently for the expansion of the 7-MHz for amateur radio on a primary basis in Thailand from 7.0-7.1 to 7.0-7.2 MHz. (This had been approved internationally at the WRC-03 conference and was to be effective March 29 this year, pending approval on a country-by-country basis.) This becomes effective "next Friday," which I take to be November 6th, 2009."
EU-031. Operators Alfredo/IK7JWX, Alessandro/IW8EHK, Leopoldo/I8LWL and Titti/IK8GQY (YL) will join Raul/IC8ATA and be active as IC8/homecall from Procida Island (I.I.A. NA-002, Grid JN70BR) between November 68th. Activity will be on all HF bands and 6 meters using SSB, RTTY and PSK31. It is possible that the group may operate from Ischia (Grid JN60XR) and Vivara Islands (Grid JN70AR) also.
NA-062. (Update/Reminder) Mark, KG8DP, will once again activate Grassey Key between November 2-9th. Operations will be stationary at Grassey Key (on the beach) and mobile as he travels to Key West and all points on the ocean. He will use the callsigns KG8DP, KG8DP/M, NA8KD or NA8KD/m. This will be a week trip. QSL all callsigns via info on QRZ.com (w/SASE). Mark will be using an IC-7000, 1.2 kw amp mobile and GLA-1000B portable amp. Antenna will be Tarheel M-100's.
ADDED NOTES BY MARK: He states, "This trip will have plenty of ham radio, but he will be announcing an engagement of marriage to his future wife to be on 10/10/10. Look for him on the trip heading back as he will be activating different counties for the county hunters. Frequencies will be the county hunters, 14.336 and 7.188 MHz and the normal IOTA frequencies. Any scheds for needed IOTA QSOs can be made via E-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
SA-062. (Update) With the support of the Island Radio Expedition Foundation (IREF), the Araucaria DX Group and the ForDX, a group of operators will be activating Coroa Vermelha Island and Coroa Da Barra Island, including the Lighthouse (ARLHS BRA-029), as PW6C between November 11-18th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters, including 17 and 12 meters, using CW and SSB. The team members are Leo/PP1CZ, Andre/PY0FF, Renner/PY7RP, Jim/PY7XC, Ciro/PY7ZY and Mike/K9AJ. QSL via K9AJ. QSL is valid for the South American Lighthouses Award issued by the Radio Club Grupo DX Bahia Blanca. For more details, visit their Web site at:
SA-071. (RARE IOTA) Operators Fred/PY2XB and Alex/PY2WAS will activate Cabras Island between November 19-23rd. IOTA SA-071 continues to have a high demand among IOTA program participants. They will use the callsign PW2IO (PY2XB) and PW2TA (PY2WAS), operating two separate stations running 300w and 100w, respectively. The antennas will be a yagi for 20/17/15m, and a multi-band ZEP. The team guarantees that at least one station will be on the air around the clock. Both stations will work CW and SSB. The main bands to be used are 40/30/20/ 17/15 meters on the IOTA frequencies. Alternative frequencies may be used if necessary. As far as they know, Cabras Island has never been activated. The team will need to take a lot of supplies to the island, including fuel, generator and batteries for energy. The landing on the island is difficult and the operation may be postponed in case of bad sea. Updates will be forwarded through Luke, PT7WA. Additional information will be available at (QRZ.com). QSL routes are: PW2IO via PT7WA and PW2TA via PY2WAS.
Joao, CT2GQA, will be here for the next five years. He will be using two different callsigns (reason not given), but look for the following to be used:
J5GQZ - on 20/17 meters
J5JUA - on 80/40 meters
QSL both callsigns via his home callsign.
Kirk, JF3MYU, will be active as JD1BNN between March 28-31st (2010). He is expected to be there with three other operators who will be staying long (hopefully more details will be forthcoming). Kirk's activity will be focused on the WARC bands. QSL is "OK" via JARL Bureau, but write JD1BNN on your QSL (so it can be sorted easily).
Also, you can receive his QSL direct if you send your QSL to his address in Kobe, JAPAN: Kirk Itaya, 5-1-35, Daikaidori, KOBE, 652-0803 JAPAN. Please enclose SAE plus sufficient return postage. For NA, SA, EU and AF include one new IRC or 2 USDs. For Asia, one IRC or 1 USD.
K0,UNITED STATES (Special Event)
Members of the EARS (Emporia Amateur Radio Society - KB0SSR) will activate special event station K0V on November 7th and on Veterans Day, November 11th, to honor U.S. Veterans. The special event station will be located adjacent to the Emporia All Veterans Memorial. Operating times will be as follows:
November 7th - 1900-2300z (1-5PM CST)
November 11th - 1400-2400z (8AM-6PM CST); on Veterans Day
Suggested frequencies are: 14268, 7262 and 3920 kHz (+/- 20 kHz). Other frequencies may be used depending on QRM and/or propagation. They may also try some Digital QSOs, especially on Saturday, November 7th. Operating hours maybe extend on the 11th beyond 2400z (6PM CST), depending on various factors (such as operator fatigue, band conditions and the need for a QSO). Special QSL cards will be available and will require a SASE sent to:
EARS, c/o Connie Steinel/K0UER,
950 Oxford Drive,
Emporia, KS 66801-5439/.
Jim, N6TJ, will be active as KH6ZN (the Pu'u O'o Radio Club callsign), from Hawaii's Big Island, during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via QSL via AI4U.
KH6, HAWAII (Special Event)
Operators Claire/WL7MY and John/KL7JR will be operating special event station "N7I" from Honolulu (Oahu Island HI-008S), February 4-10th (2010). Activity is in celebration of the 16th anniversary of the U.S. Islands Awards program. Main frequency will be: 28460 or 14260 kHz. They use a TS-50 and a vertical on mag mount. QSL Manager is KL7JR. For additional info:
KH6BZF PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (For November 2-8th).... Nov 2 AN SOLAR REFERENCE Nov 3 AN --------------- Nov 4 AN AN - Above Normal/Geomagnetic Level is QUIET Nov 5 AN HN - High Normal/Geomagnetic Level is UNSETTLED Nov 6 AN LN - Low Normal Nov 7 AN Nov 8 AN GEOMAGNETIC REFERENCE --------------------- QUIET - The "A" index is expected to be between 0-7 and the "K" index will be 2 or less UNSETTLED - The "A" index is expected to be between 7-16 and "K" index will be 3 or lessMARCONI NOBEL 100 AWARD (Correction/Update)
OH0, ALAND ISLAND
Tomi, OH6EI, will once again be active as OH0Z. His activity will include the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th). He will be a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via W0MM.
Mar, ON4RU, will be using his contest callsign OQ3R in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via his home callsign.
Members of the Spanish "DX4DX Team" will be active as OX/EA7SB and OX/EA4NA from the main island (NA-018) between November 1219th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. The group will be using FT-857s w/amps into vertical antennas. Operators mentioned are: Paco/EA4NT (SSB/Digi), Emilio/EA7AAW (CW), Ramon/EA4NA (CW) and Salvador/EA7SB (SSB/Digi). Pilot stations will be Jose/EA4DB and Txema/EA5BWR. QSL via EA4BT, direct or by the Bureau. This is the same group who was active as TK9Z and C57R. Visit the group Web page at:
PW2, BRAZIL (Special Event)
Special event station PW2SIDC has been active (from several Brazilian states, including Fernando de Noronha Island) since October 22nd and will be on the air until November 22nd. Activity is in celebration of V DEFENCIL - V International Conference of Civil Defense - to be held between November 17-20th, at Anhembi - Meeting & Conventions of Sao Paulo City, with the participation of RENER - National Emergency Network Amateur Radio. QSL via PS7YL, by the Bureau, eQSL or direct to: Monica Freitas, Av. Sao Miguel dos Caribes 31, Natal, RN 59086-500 Brazil.
QSL INFO AND NEWS
3D20CR QSLS. From the 3D20CR Web page: "As promised, QSLs have already been mailed confirming Conway Reef QSOs with donors who made donations that were received on or before September 23, 2009."
4W6FR AND VK9LA OQRS PROBLEMS. QSL MANAGER Bill, VK4FW, announced this past weekend (October 31st): "Today, out of the blue, my faithful laptop has given up the ghost, worse is that the external backup stick drive has also collapsed (all suspected from an AC surge). So now all OQRS files for 4W6FR are at this time lost as well as any OQRS VK9LA files for the last 4 days..... if any of you have sent for QSL a request for the above, please kindly resend me full details to: email@example.com " His address is: Bill Horner, PO Box 612, Childers, 4660, Australia.
FT5GA ON LOTW. Didier, F5OGL, announced on Tuesday, October 27th, that the FT5GA log has been uploaded to the LoTW at 1235z. He states (edited), "Of course some stations will not find one or several of their QSOs on LoTW. To these hams I say 'don't worry!'. Every situation will be checked with big care. It had been possible, in the huge pile ups, that some mistakes happened. However, know also that FT5GA was pirated a lot of times, even on the scheduled DXpedition frequencies. These malevolences are not of our fact, and we ask the community to under- stand us if some QSOs will be rejected for having not be found in the log."
NCDXF PRESS RELEASE (K4M and LoTW). "NCDXF (Northern California DX Foundation) will be sending the K4M webmaster, Don, N1DG, a complete list of all contributors for K4M LoTW upload. Any NCDXF contributor in the last *eighteen* months will be included. This will be done as soon as we have booked October contributors which should be by November 4th. You *DO NOT* have to E-mail N1DG to make this happen, so please do not. 73, The Board of NCDXF"
NEW ADDRESS. QSL Manager Gene, UA9AB, who is a manager for several stations, says that his address has changed to: Gene Shcumat, PO Box 18527, Chelyabinsk 454021, RUSSIA Gene said that his old address is still valid for the immediate future.
DID YOU WORK KP4AO on November 1st? Special event station KP4AO was activated by the A.R.C. Arecibo Observatory. Activity was to celebrate 46th anniversary of operations at the Arecibo Observatory Radio Tele- scope (still the single largest radio telescope antenna in the world). Also, they will commemorate the 35th anniversary of the Arecibo Message, which was sent on November 16, 1974, in binary code and transmitted to the globular star cluster M13, for if it is received by intelligent life, it will let them know about our existence..... For every QSL received, a special certificate will be issued, so please include a #10 BUSINESS SIZE SASE with your QSL. QSL via W3HNK. Official Web site for the Arecibo Observatory is:
QSL KP4KE via OK1DOT (For the recent 2009 CQWW DX SSB Contest and older QSOs as well).
VK9GWM QSL CARDS. It has been reported by Chris, HA5X/HG5XA, that he hopes all of you have received your VK9GMW cards by now, especially direct and OQRS requests. He states, "Although designing and printing the cards took a bit longer than expected, the OQRS system helped a lot in processing the requests. Tomi, HA7RY, was very busy the past few months processing all remaining requests for VK9WWI, 5K0T and VK9GMW QSL cards, and even if somebody had sent a request for only one of the expeditions, he checked if the same callsign was there in the other expedition logs and automatically sent a card for that expedition as well. Cards and OQRS requests for VK9GMW are still coming in and they will be processed after Tomi has returned from the currently ongoing TX3A expedition."
QSLS VIA LOTW: FO/G3BJ, FT5GA and K4M
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 5B4AIF, TL0A, V51AS, VK9DWX, XU7TZG and ZB3B
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: E4/OM2DX, EY7AF, FG/OM3LA, FP/KV1J, T32OU, T32Z, TA2MW/0, TI50DX, V25OP, V73NS, VO1IMD, VP5T and VY1JA
The North American "Summits on the Air" (SOTA) activation day, is Saturday, November 14th. The four North American associations of "Summits on the Air" are planning a multi-summit activation spanning the North American continent. Portable, mountain top stations will be operating from the VE2, W1, W2, and W6 call areas. The operators will be using the extensive spotting and alerting system devised by the SOTA organization. Seasoned "summit chasers" all over Europe will have the opportunity to work expeditions on SOTA's western frontier, and a new group of North American chasers will get a chance to work multiple summits. To join in the fun, visit the SOTA Web site at
Pista, HA5AO, will once again be active as T88CI from the Island of Koror (OC-009) between November 25th and December 10th. This will be a holiday style operation, and his activity will be on the HF bands 80-10 meters, possibly 160m, mainly on CW. There is a chance he may also be on SSB and RTTY. Pista will also be in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. A log search will be available on his Web site at:
TM1, FRANCE (Special Event)
Members of the Havre Radio Club (F8KHN) will be active using the special callsign TM1TJV between November 4-8th. Activity will be on all HF bands using several different modes. The special event is to celebrate the departure of some 30 trans-Atlantic sailing ships during the "Transat Jacques Vabre 2009" race between Le Havre, France and Costa-Rica's Caribbean coast. QSL by the Bureau or direct to: Radio Club Havrais, BP101, 76050 Le Havre, Cedex, FRANCE. For more details on the race, visit the following Web page at:
TX3, CHESTERFIELD ISLAND
By the time you read this, TX3A should be close to Chesterfield Island (expected to arrive early Monday morning) and may be on the air possibly Monday or Tuesday. Operators George/AA7JV and Tomi/HA7RY have had to fight rough seas and had to anchor at Saumarez Reef on October 27th for a fews day, but left again on October 31st. Latest reports -- "2 to 3 meter seas, with the boat rolling heavily." The good news that was announced this past week was the TX3A license has been extended, and they will be able to use the callsign between November 2nd and December 6th. For more detailed information and updates, visit their Web page at:
UR, UKRAINE (Contest/Mountain Op)
Operators Alex/R7IRK, Vladimir/US5ID, Valery/UU1JN, Anatol/UU5JA, Elena/UV5ESZ and Roman/UY7IQ will be active as homecall/p from Crimea on Karaby Mountain (1000m high ASL) between November 2-9th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters, and the group will take part in the Ukrainian DX Contest as UU5JZA. Reference numbers for the Ukrainian Flora Fauna Award (UFF) is 201 and for the Ukrainian Regional Districts Award (URDA) is KR07. QSL UU5JZA via UY7IQ.
VI5, AUSTRALIA (Special Event)
Members of the Elizabeth Amateur Radio Club will activate the special event callsign VI50LZ between October 31st and November 8th. Activity is to celebrate the club's 50th anni- versary. Operations will be on all HF bands. Check out the club's Web site each day for exact operating times, frequencies and modes at:
Stuie, VK8NSB, will be active during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via VK6NE.
VK9 C, L, M, N, W & X DELETED FROM DX EQUATION
The Australian Communi- cations and Media Authority (ACMA) has decided to discontinue the use of a VK9 callsign suffix letter to denote each of the six Australian external territories, each a DX entity. The long-standing prefixes included VK9C for Cocos (Keeling) Island, VK9L Lord Howe Island, VK9M Mellish Reef, VK9N Norfolk Island, VK9W Willis Island and VK9X Christmas Island. For more details, please refer to the Amateur Radio Victoria Web page at:
VP2M, MONTSERRAT (Update)
Operators Tom/DL2RUM (as VP2MUM), Rudi/DM2XO (as VP2MXO) and 3D20CR op Jan/DJ8NK (as VP2MNK) will operate from here between November 3-16th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via their home callsigns per the QRZ.com address or by the Bureau.
VP8, FALKLAND ISLANDS (Update/Reminder)
Members of the CRAM and the Uruguay DX Group will be active from Port Stanley between November 14-21st. They hope to start operations at their local sunset on the 14th, starting on 40 meters, depending on transportation matters. The group will sign VP8BUH on SSB and VP8BUG on CW/Digital modes. Their activity will focus on the lower bands, Digital modes and the 30/17/12 meter bands. They plan to have 3 stations on around the clock. Operators mentioned include: Gus/CX2AM (CW), Gus/CX3CE (Low-Bander), Bert/CX3AN (CW/SSB), Mario/CX4CR (CW, SSB and Digital), Luis/CX4AAJ (Digital - CQWW RTTY Winner) and Horacio/CX3BH (who is 91 years young!). QSL Manager is David, EB7DX. Pilot and Web master: Carlos, CX8ABF. For more details, see:
Mark, AA1AC, will be operating from the Hamilton Parish, Bermuda, as VP9/AA1AC from December 6-12th. QSL via to his home callsign, direct or via the bureau.
XR0, EASTER ISLAND (Update/Reminder)
By the time you read this, an international team of operators will be active as XR0Y from Rapa Nui between now and November 15th. This will be a lite and small DXpedition with 6 operators. Operators are: Marco/CE6TBN, Leszek/NI1L, Aart/PA3C, Zbig/SP7HOV, Stan/SQ8X and Victoria/SV2KBS. Their priority will be working Europe on 30 meters CW (since there is an incredibly high demand on 30m), and also 40 and 80m during the first 7 days of the DXpedition. This means their focus will be on the European during the first half of their activity. The second part of the DXpedition will be dedicated to all continents (especially Africa and Asia [other than JA]). For more details, please see their Web page at:
BAND/MODES CW RTTY SSB ---------- --------------- ------ ------ 160m 1826 up 2-5 EU N/A 1843 up up 5-10 NA N/A 1843 up dwn 6-11 JA N/A 1843 up 80m 3505 up 2-5 3580 up 1-5 3725 up 40m 7005 up 7034 up 1-3 7075 up + 7145 RX NA 30m 10120 up N/A N/A 20m 14005 up 14091 up 14200 up 17m 18073 up 18102 up 1-5 18140 up 5-15 15m 21005 up 21083 up 21295 up 12m 24893 up 24923 up 1-5 24935 up 10m 28023 up 28085 up 1-5 28480 up QSL policy and routes as follows: * Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania: direct/bureau via Stan, SQ8X: Stan, P.O.Box 8, 38-600 Lesko, POLAND * North, Central & South America: direct/bureau via RCCh: Radio Club de Chile, P.O.Box 13630, 330996 Santiago, CHILE ------------------------------------------------------------------ They will have 2 QSL card types and 3 QSLing routes to chose voluntary from: 1] REGULAR QSL TYPE. Direct requests: Cards received with 2 USDs or 1 VALID IRC (NO COINS PSE) + SAE = returned via direct. ATTENTION: Your IRC must be a NEW TYPE IRC VALID UNTIL 2013 (cards will be replied in 2010) and must be stamped IN A COUNTRY OF DESTINATION. For instance they can't reply to a card received from Japan if the IRC received from Japan is stamped in the USA etc. Their Post Office refuses such IRCs. If coins, no SAE, invalid or incorrectly stamped 2010 IRC or insufficient funds to cover postage received = returned via bureau. KEEP IN MIND THE CORRECT QSL ROUTE DEPENDING ON YOUR LOCATION! Bureau requests: Cards received via bureau = returned via bureau. OQRS direct requests: 5 USDs or 4 EUROs via OQRS = returned via direct. OQRS will become available once XR0Y gets on the air. 2] SPECIAL, LIMITED EDITION QSL CARD. There will be an unique, extraordinary QSL card designed and printed in a very limited amount available on voluntary request only via OQRS. Due to special arrangements regarding printing this type of cards, rates for this OQRS will be announced as soon they arrange printing conditions. No doubt it will be something amazing in your QSL collection! --------------------------------------------------------------------- LoTW & eQSL - They will upload logs to LoTW and eQSL after the DXpedition in several months in 2010. ONLINE LOG - Once they upload their first log, it will become available at: http://www.clublog.org/charts/?c=XR0Y They plan to upload their logs at this subpage once a day around local midnight or morning hours (so approx. 6.00 or 12 UTC hours each day of the DXpedition). Online log is subject to change due to conditions they will meet at the island (Internet accessibility etc). -------------------------------------------------------------------- LAST MINUTE UPDATE: Reports indicate that the team is missing some of the radio equipment which did not arrive on the island with the team (an Icom 756 pro III and RTTY units). Refer to their Web page for updates.Z2, ZIMBABWE
Jorma, OH2KI, will be active as ZB2X during the CQ World Wide DX CW Contest (November 28-29th) possibly as a Single-Op/ Single-Band or Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via OH2KI.
ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS (NA-016)
John, K6AM, will be active as ZF2AM during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via K6AM, direct or by the Bureau or LoTW. ADDED NOTE: John will also be active during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 20-21st, 2010) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry.
ZL, NEW ZEALAND
Rick, AI5P, will once again be active as ZL/AI5P between November 1-6th. Activity will be from New Zealand's main island, North Island (OC-036). Rick usually works mostly CW on 40-17 meters running an IC-706 into wire antennas. QSL via AI5P.
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