OPDX Bulletin 946 February 8, 2010

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 946
BID: $OPDX.946
February 8, 2010
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, K1XN & GoList, NC1L, NJ1Q, NG3K & ADXO, AA4NC, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4XP, AA5AU, KH6BZF, N6VR, W7TSQ, AC8G, K8YSE, W8GEX (60m News), W8UVZ, KK9A, W9DX, ND9M/VQ9JC, AT International, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, DX World.Net, F5NQL & UFT, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, G3RAU, HP1AC, I1HYW, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, IK7JWX, ON4EI, ON7GZ, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, RSGB IOTA Web Site, VA3RJ & ICPO, VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) and VK4FW for the following DX information.

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 31st-January, through Sunday, 7th-February there were 222 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5V, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, DL, DU, E5/n, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FO/a, FP, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, H40, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HM, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/m, 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, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, R1FJ, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T30, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TR, TU, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2M, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS

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

Chris, VK3FY, is reportedly in the planning stages of a DXpedition to Spratly Islands to take place sometime in January 2011. Callsign has not been issued yet. More details should be forthcoming.

The 15th annual Islands On The Air (IOTA) Dinner will be held on Friday, April 16th, in the Plaza Room of the Holiday Inn Hotel, 9000 W. Airport Drive, Visalia, CA 93277, Phone: 559 651-5000, in conjunction with the 61st annual Visalia International DX Convention. See the DX Convention Web site for details on the Convention at:

This dinner is open to all who are interested or active in the IOTA program. If you do not desire dinner, you may sit and enjoy the IOTA program following the dinner. The program agenda is as follows:
  1730 - 1830 Doors open, socializing and eyeball QSOs (Drinks available on order)
   1830 - Dinner served, buffet style; Welcoming & Introductions
  1845 - IOTA Programs begin; IOTA Presentations TBD; Door prizes
  2200 - Closing
The dinner will be served buffet style in the Birch Room at a cost of 30 USDs per person (service charge and tax included). The buffet menu will contain entree choice of beef or chicken along with salad, vegetables, dinner rolls, dessert, and a beverage (coffee, ice water, or ice tea). Vegetarian meal is available with two weeks notice. Wine and liquor can be purchased separately.

Reservations are not required but they would like to know if you are attending. Please contact one of the two coordinators below. The buffet service is for 60 persons and seating for 75 persons. Attendees will pay as they enter at the door with cash. We are offering advanced payment by check (30 USDs per person) received at least two weeks prior to the dinner to N6VR's address below. Admission is free for those wishing to watch the programs without dinner. Seating will be "first come, first seated".

For additional information regarding this event, please contact:

       Ray Benny, N6VR                     Will Costello, WC6DX
       IOTA Dinner Coordinator             Phone: 831 375-8133
       Phone: 928 848-2158                 wc6dx@sbcglobal.net
       462 South Reed Road,
       Chino Valley, AZ 86323
As a note, the Holiday Inn has no rooms available. Check the SCDXC Web site for other motels. You may ask the SCDXC Convention coordinators if they have any rooms reserved for foreign guests.

John, G3LZQ, will be active as 3B9WR from Cotton Bay, Rodrigues Island (AF-017) between March 3rd and April 2nd. Activity will be on all bands 160-10 meters, probably and mainly CW, but with a focus on the lower band (QRN permitting). Look for him to be in the RSGB's 73rd Commonwealth Contest (March 13-14th). QSL via his home callsign.

A team of Lithuanian and Georgian operators will activate 4L3A during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 27-28th) as a Multi-? entry. QSL via LY4A.

Alfredo, IK7JWX, and a team of operators will activate the city of Essaouira (ARLHS MOR-019) and Agadir, between March 16-23rd. Operators mentioned (with callsigns) to be active are: Alfredo/IK7JWX (5C2J), Leo/I8LWL (5C2L), Simon/IZ7ATN (5C2SG), Ruggero/IK2PZC (5C2P), AntoNello/IK2DUW (5C2W) and Michele/IK2GPQ (5C2Q). Activity will be on all HF bands and 6 meters, using CW, SSB, PSK31 and RTTY. QSL via their home callsign.

Alan, G3XAQ, will once again be active (possibly as 9G5XA) during March (specific dates not provided). He plans to be an entry in the RSGB's 73rd Commonwealth Contest (March 13-14th) as a 12 hour category. Alan will use a K2 w/100 watts into an Inverted-L for 80m, Inverted-Vee doublet for 40m and a Moxon beam for 20/15m. QSL via G3SWH.


(PLEASE REMEMBER - Stations That Are Active May NOT Be In The Antarctic!)

Just a reminder that the Worldwide Antarctic Program's (WAP) 7th Antarctic Activity Week (AAW) will take place between 0000z, February 22nd and 2400z, February 28th. The AAW is an unique world- wide event where Hams are "celebrating and working to improve Worldwide interest around the Antarctic Continent and its related matters, to understand and share what the Nations and Organizations are doing to study and protect this still non-contaminated corner of the world and share from there, a message of peace world-wide." The following is a list of special callsigns which have been announced so far:

 Special Callsign    WAP Ref.#  Operator(s) Callsign  QSL Info
 ----------------    ---------  --------------------  -------------
 AO1ANT               WAP-180   EA1GHT, EA1HFM, EA1WX, EA1GHT
                                EC1KV, EA1CUB, EA1AUM,
                                EB1LA, EA1CS
 AO6ANT               WAP-189   EA6DD, EA6AEZ          EA6AEZ
 DA0ANT               WAP-128   DC2SF                  DC2SF
 GB0ANT               WAP-72    M0OXO & G4RCG          M0OXO
 HB9ICE               WAP-81    HB9BHY & Swissair      HB9BHY
                                Radio Club Team
 IA0AAW               WAP-183   IW0HLE                 IW0HLE
 IA0ANT               WAP-35    I0YKN                  I0YKN
 II0AAW               WAP-179   IK0TRV                 IK0TRV
 II0METEO             WAP-190  IK2IWU, IK1MDF, IK5DEZ, IK2IWU
                               IW2MNO, I1HYW, IZ8EWB
 II0WAP               WAP-178   IZ0PSA                 IZ0PSA
 II2ANT               WAP-30    I2JJR                  I2JJR
 II3ANT               WAP-131   IZ3DBA                 IZ3DBA
 II5ANT               WAP-25    IZ5BTC                 IZ5BTC
 IP3ANT               WAP-187   IN3UFW                 IN3UFW
 IR1ANT               WAP-02    I1HYW                  I1HYW
 IR2WAP               WAP-130   IK2FIQ                 IK2FIQ
 IU2ANT               WAP-52    IK2QPR                 IK2QPR
 IU8ANT               WAP-44    I8QJU                  I8QJU
 K4A                  WAP-73    K6EID                  K6EID
 K4K                  WAP-176   K4MZU                  K4MZU
 LZ07ANT              WAP-186   LZ3SM                  LZ3SM
 N5T/ANT              WAP-91    W5BOS                  W5BOS
 N8A                  WAP-184   K8PG                   K8PG
 OE3AGA/AAW           WAP-126   OE3AGA                 OE3SGA
 OE3AIS/AAW           WAP-89    OE3AIS                 OE3AIS
 OE3HM/AAW            WAP-125   OE3HM                  OE3HM
 OE3KKA/AAW           WAP-88    OE3KKA                 OE3KKA
 OE3RPB/AAW           WAP-86    OE3RPB                 OE3RPB
 OE3SGA/AAW           WAP-90    OE3SGA                 OE3SGA
 OE3WWB/AAW           WAP-85    OE3WWB                 OE3WWB
 S50ANT               WAP-182   S51RU                  S51RU
 TM7AAW               WAP-181   F8DVD                  F8DVD
 TM7WAP               WAP-185   F8DHE                  F8DHE
 UT1KY/WAP            WAP-162   UT1KY                  UT1KY
 VB3ANT               WAP-188   VA3ITA                 VA3ITA
 VG3AAO               WAP-148   VE3XN                  VE3XN
 VG3WAP               WAP-111   VA3NQ                  VA3NQ
 VG7AAW               WAP-70    VE7IG                  VE7IG
 YQ2ANT               WAP-75    YO2BP                  YO2BP
More than 40 callsigns representing 16 countries world-wide are participating in this year's event. Additional information is available at the WAP Web site:

BIRD ACTIVITY (Update and Many Grids To Be Activated!)
Jim, ND9M/VQ9JC, continues to activate many grids squares on the satellites AO-27 and AO-51 (and possibly VO-52) until February 14th (Refer to OPDX.939). Jim and his wife will be driving through 3 states (CO, NM and TX) that will provide the following grid squares:

  Sunday/Feb. 7th                    Wednesday/Feb. 10th (Carlsbad Caverns)
  ---------------                    --------------------------------
  DM87 / DM88
  DM76 / DM77 (CO/NM State Line)     Thursday/Feb. 11th
  Monday/Feb. 8th                    DM81 / DM82 (NM/TX State Line)
  ---------------                    DM70 / DM71
  DM85 / DM86
  DM74 / DM75                        Friday/Feb. 12th
  Tuesday/Feb. 9th                   DL79
  ----------------                   DL89 / DM80
  DM83 / DM84                        DL88 (Big Bend National Park)
  DM72 / DM73
                                     Saturday-Sunday/Feb. 13-14th
                                     DL88 QTH: End of Talley Road;
                                               Campsite TY-3
                                               28-59.0N 103-10.0W
Steve, K8QKY, will be active as BW1/K8QKY between April 1419th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW. QSL via his home callsign.

C2, NAURU (OC-031)
Operators Dieter/DJ2EH and his XYL Anneli/DL8NBH are once again active as C21DL and C21YL. Activity will last until February 14th. Activity is planned for 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. Look for the callsign C21YL to be used on RTTY. Their station includes a K3 with a 800 watt amplifier into the following antennas: a wirebeam at 15m, 20.5m vertical for 160/80m, a 2 element vertical dipole for 40/30m and a switchable LP/SP. It was reported that they have severe QRN and will try to build a beverage towards EU in order to work effectively on the lower bands. QSL via their home callsigns.

Marc, K1CTT, will be active as C6ALT from the south end of Eleuthera Island (NA-001) between February 26th and March 10th. He will be there with is XYL on holiday, so activity will be limited and inconsis- tent. Operations will be on 40-15 meters SSB. QSL via his home callsign.

Drew, N2RFA, will be active as C6ABB from Nassau (NA-001) between February 8-18th. Activity will be on 80/40/20/17 meters using PSK31, RTTY and SSTV. QSL via his home callsign.

Guy, F8ALU, is currently active as CN2BG until early March. Look for him on SSB generally on 14115 or 14130 kHz. QSL via his home callsign.

Top Band enthusiasts are cordially invited to the 21st annual Top-Band Gathering on Friday evening of the 2010 Dayton Hamvention weekend. This annual event brings together 160 meter operators from around the world for food, drink and camaraderie. The event takes place at "The Barnsider Restaurant"; their 5th year at this location. Here are the particulars (Thanks to George/K8GG and George/W8UVZ): Date - Friday, May 14, 2010

                Time - Social Hour 6:15 PM (Cash Bar), Dinner 7:30
                QTH  - The Barnsider Restaurant, 5202 N. Main St.,
                       (Hwy 48,  north of Needmore), Dayton, OH
                       (937) 277-1332
                Fare - Salad, rolls & butter, dinner entree, dessert
                       and dinner beverage. You may choose from 4
                       entrees: Grilled Chicken, Salmon, Pork Chop or
                       Sirloin Beef Tips. (Select from your server at
                Programs - George, AA7JV, will describe his extremely
                       successful DXpedition to Chesterfield Island (TX3A).
                       - And Carlos, N4IS will present info on his unique
                       receiving antenna installation.
                Cost - Again just 29 USDs, in advance.  Includes dinner,
                       taxes and gratuities.
                Reserve - Via E-mail to W8UVZ, w8uvz@voyager.net  or
                       w8uvz@arrl.net. For postal service, QRZ.com
                Payment - Due on or before April 17, 2010 to W8UVZ.
                       Checks payable to George Taft. Sorry, no payments
                       at the door. Overseas visitors can pay with U.S.
                       funds check or cash. They can also accept payment
                       of 20 Euros cash.
Restaurant space is limited, so please make your reservations ASAP to W8UVZ. They will confirm reservations and payments by E-mail. Reservations by postal methods should include a contact E-mail address. There are no printed tickets for this event. Your E-mail payment confirmation is your dinner reservation. They're looking forward to seeing many new faces and old timers at this 160 meter Gathering...... 73, the Georges, K8GG & W8UVZ

Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL Awards Branch Manager, reports that the following operations from Cape Verde (D4) are approved for DXCC credit:

       D44TXP   D44TXI   D44TXQ
       D44TXO   D44TXF   D44TXR
If you had one of these operations rejected on a recent application please send a note to dxcc@arrl.org to have your record updated.

Operators Curt/W3HQ and Don/VK2DON will be active as FK/W3HQ from Lifou, Loyalty Islands (OC-033), between May 1316th. Their activity will be on 40/30/20 meters using CW only. QSL via W3HQ.

By the time you read this, operators Siegfried/ DK9FN, Bernhard/DL2GAC and Hans-Peter/DG1FK should be active as H40FN (CW), H40MS (SSB) and H40FK (Digi-mode), respectively, from Ngarando/ Reef Islands (OC-065) until February 19th. Activity will be focused on 160/80m (using their famous LOBSTER 2-element multi-band vertical), but they will operate on 160-6 meters depending on the band conditions. QSL H40FN via HA8FW, H40MS via DL2GAC and H40FK via DG1FK. QSL cards will be sent out automatically via the Bureau. However, for those who want to receive their QSL cards directly, a minimum of 2 USDs for postage is requested. Donations are most welcome. For more details, updates and pictures/details of Siegfried's last visit to Temotu, please visit the following Web page at:


AS-058. Wolfgang, OE1WWL, will be active as 9M2/OE1WWL from Langkawi Island between February 24-28th. Look for activity on SSB (bands of operations were not provided). He will only be using 10 watts and a wire antenna. QSL via his home callsign; the Bureau is preferred.

EU-006. Operators Stan/EI6DX and Mike/UA1OMX will be active as EJ6DX from Aran Islands during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 27-28th) as a Multi-Single entry. They plan to use a 3 band yagi, HF2V for 80/40m and an Inverted V for the lower bands. The duo will be there between March 26-28th. QSL via RX3RC. Look for updates at:


EU-121. Olivier, ON4EI, will be active as EJ8GQB from Bere Island between March 21-29th. This is a solo DXpedition. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using SSB and RTTY. His activity will also include an entry in the CQ WPX SSB Contest (March 27-28th). Olivier will use a K3 with 100 watts into a Spider- beam for the high bands and an Inverted Vee and/or 18m top loaded mast vertical with 30 radials for the lower bands. For more details, visit the Web page at:


EU-156. Operators Francois/ON4LO and Kurt/ON4CB plan to activate Tombelaine Island (DIFM MA021, Grid Loc. IN89fp) as F/OR9W/P between July 23-25th. Activity will include an entry in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 24-25th). Tombelaine is an uninhabited island of granite in the Bay of the Mont-Saint-Michel, on the right bank of the See Channel, a few kilometers north of the Mont-Saint-Michel. The important lime properties of the bay allow them to reach the island (at foot) with dry feet at low tide. It's about 3.5 km from the coast of Cotentin in the north-east and the height of island is 45 meters. It is now part of the community of Genets and is an ornithological reserve. QSL is 100%: direct, by the Bureau or the EUROBUREAUQSL via FRA, PO Box 1630, B-1000 Brussels 1, Belgium. For more info on the island, visit:


OC-141. Bill Horner, VK4FW, President of the ODXG, will be active as VK8MM from Groote Eylandt starting February 14th for possibly 7 days. Activities will be mainly CW to compensate for the barefoot operation. Bill will evaluate a special purpose built vertical antenna for this operation which may well prove to be a great asset to any operation. QSL route is via VK4FW, direct by the Bureau or the ODXG's OQRS at:


OC-203. (Update/RARE IOTA). Operators Ray/ZL4TY (home callsign VK4DXA) and Paul/ZL4M (home callsign ZL4PW) have added Paul/ZL4PA to the team to activate Stewart Island between March 12-23rd. For more details, refer to OPDX.938 or visit their Web page at:


J3, GRENADA (Update)
Harry, AC8G, will once again be active as J37K beginning March 4th. Activity will include the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 6-7th) as a Single-Op/High-Power entry. Harry tells OPDX readers to look for him outside of the contest mid-mornings on March 4-5th. He expects most of his time will be on 15 or 17 meters SSB beaming EU during their openings. However, Harry will check 10 and 12 meters occasionally. There will be no operations after the contest due to his early departure on Monday morning. During the contest, Harry states that he doubts he'll be on 40, 80 and 160 meters other than the first few hours of the contest. QSL to AC8G, stateside direct with SASE. For others sending by the Bureau, please clearly mark for QSLs to go to AC8G.

Bob, G3PJT, will be active as J6/G3PJT from the north- east corner of St. Lucia (NA-108) between March 9-16th. Activity will be holiday style using a K2 w/100 watts and vertical antennas. He plans to also be in the RSGB's 73rd Commonwealth Contest (March 13-14th). Look for him outside of the contest especially on 80 and 30 meters. QSL via his home callsign.

Steve, KL7SB, will be active as J79SB between February 9-18th. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31. QSL via NI5DX.

Dave, G3TBK, will once again be active as J88DR between February 18th and March 15th. Activity will include the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 20-21st) and the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 6-7th) as a Single- Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. He will also be in the RSGB's 73rd Common- wealth Contest (March 13-14th). Activity outside of the contest will be on all HF bands, especially 30/17/12 meters, but mostly on CW. QSL via G3TBK, direct or by the RSGB Bureau.


 Feb   8    AN         SOLAR REFERENCE KEYS
 Feb   9    AN         --------------------
 Feb  10    AN          BN - Below Normal
 Feb  11    AN          AN - Above Normal/Geomagnetic Level is QUIET
 Feb  12    AN          LN - Low Normal
 Feb  13    AN          HN - High Normal/Geomagnetic Level is UNSETTLED
 Feb  14    AN          DIS  - Disturbed
                        VDIS - Very Disturbed

   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 less
P4, ARUBA (Update)
John, KK9A, will be active as P40A between February 28th and March 14th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW and SSB. He will also be in the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 6-7th) as a Single-Op/ All-Band entry. QSL via WD9DZV. John informs OPDX that his QSL Manager Tim, WD9DZV, will join him between March 7-14th. Tim will operate mostly CW using the callsign P40D.

Howard, WA2NHA, will be active as P4/WA2NHA between February 28th and March 14th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters mainly CW. QSL via his home callsign.

FT5WO QSLS. Florentin, F4DYW (aka FT5WO), has returned back home and has started to reply to all direct requests for his FT5WO activity.

LOGS ADDED TO LOTW. QSL Manager Bob, W7TSQ, reports that he has added the following logs he manages onto LoTW: 3D2SQ, A35SQ, W7TSQ, W7TSQ/HR6, W7TSQ/TI5, W7TSQ/TI7, YB3ASQ, YB3ASQ/9, ZK1ASQ (North and South Cooks) and ZK1MA which is North Cooks for CQWW SSB Contest in 2002. He now states, "LoTW is preferred route". Bob also mentions that the VP5W logs for the CQWW CW Contest for 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008, along with A35RK and A35A, and YB3OSE and YC3OSE are available. Bob is hopeful that YB0AZ will also be there as he has asked him to put his logs on LoTW. He adds that Paul, A35A, (Bob is his QSL Manager) has also put his 3D2RK, KH8/KK6H and KK6H logs on LoTW. Bob's next step is to try and get AH6PN/HR6 and N7QXQ/HR6 to add his logs on LoTW.

NOT THE QSL MANAGER. G3RMC is not the QSL Manager for 7Q7BP. All 7Q7BP QSL cards should go via his home callsign G3MRC. Please do not send cards via G3RMC. It appears G3RMC is a typo that shows up in many listings. QSL Listing Managers, "PLEASE" take note.

QSLS VIA LoTW: None reported this week!



Don, AA5AU, invites all RTTY contesters to participate in a new "RTTY Contesting Survey" located on rttycontesting.com at:

He thanks you for your participation. The survey will run until March 5th, 2010. The results will be published on rttycontesting.com some- time in mid-March 2010, and an announcement will be made over the various E-mail reflectors. Feel free to forward this invitation to other RTTY contesters.

Alan, F6BFH, and his XYL Danielle will be on the Island of Saint Martin (NA-105) between March 1124th. Look for Alan to be active as TO5SM on the HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL via F6BFH, direct or by the Bureau.

Following their activity from Morocco (see 5C above), Alfredo, IK7JWX, will lead a team of operators to activate two IOTA islands between April 27th and May 4th. Operators mentioned are: Alfredo/IK7JWX, Leo/I8LWL, Raul/IC8ATA, Titti/IK8GQY (YL), Armando/IK8BPY, Ampelio/IS0AGY, AntoNello/IK2DUW, Rosy/IW2NLC (YL), Michele/IK2GPQ, Simon/IZ7ATN, Ruggero/IK2PZC and Stanislav/IZ2GRG. The team will air (no specific dates were provided) Djerba Island (IOTA AF-083, ARLHS TUN-022, WLOTA L-1394) and Kuriat Island (IOTA AF-092, ARLHS TUN-002, WLOTA L-0974). They will used the callsigns TS8P and TS8P/p (3V8SM). Activity will be on all HF bands and 6 meters, using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31. QSL via IK7JWY.

Operators Bob/W4OWY and Mark/W9OP will once again be active as V25WY and V25OP, respecively, between March 9-18th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via their home callsign or by the Bureau. Logs will also be uploaded as before to LoTW and eQSL.

Will, AA4NC (W4MR) will be active as V31RR between February 17-23rd. Activity will be on CW, SSB, RTTY, and the 30/17/12 bands. His activity will include the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 20-21st). QSL via AI4U.

Ben, DL6RAI, will be active as V31RI from Consejo Beach between February 10th and March 2nd. Bands and modes of activity were not provided. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. His log will be uploaded to LoTW after his return home and operation.

Tom, N4XP, will be on Kwajalein between March 9-22nd. Look for him to be active as V7/N4XP on 160-10 meters using CW and SSB. Tom tells OPDX that he plans to be active on 60 meters this trip. QSL via his home callsign.

Kanji, JA4ENL, is active as V85NL from Ambran's (V85SS) Tungku Lodge until February 8th. Activity will be on all bands mostly on CW, especially 160, 80, 40 and 20 meters. He will be active also on 30/17/12m if the propagation allows. QSL via JA4ENL direct. View the V85SS Tungku Lodge at:


VL9L, LORD HOWE ISLAND. Chris, VK3FY, will try to activate Lord Howe Island (OC-004) as either VK9LHI or VK9FY during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st). VP5, TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS
Rick, K6VVA, will be active as VP5/K6VVA from Providenciales (NA-002) between February 1824th. Activity will be holiday style, but he plans to be active during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 20-21st) using the callsign VP5Z. This callsign is chosen in honor of his longtime friend Jim Neiger, N6TJ (ZD8Z). QSL this VP5 operation only via N6AWD. View Rick's Web page at:


Four members of the Texas DX Society will be operating from Nicaragua, March 4-9th. They plan to be active on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. During the ARRL International DX SSB Contest (March 6-7th), they will use the YN2EA callsign in the Multi-Single category. During non-contest periods, they will have two stations active on all modes and bands. Members included are: Cal/WF5W (YN2EA), Mike/K5UO (YN2UO), Keith/ NM5G (YN2MG) and Doug/WB5TKI (YN2TKI). The QSL Manager for all callsigns is Paul, W5PF. Online Log Search will be available, and all logs will be uploaded to ARRL's LoTW. For more information and news see their Web page at:


It was announced this past week that activity will take place from the #3 "Most Wanted DXCC Entity" (per the 2009 The DX Magazine survey) in April. Pierre, ZS1HF, will activate Marion Island (AF-021) as ZS8M at the end of April. He will be working on the island for one year as a radio/electronics technician once the supply ship "SA Agulha" returns to Cape Town. More details will be forthcoming from Pierre on operating frequencies, times, QSL info...etc. Watch (QRZ.com).

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