OPDX Bulletin 963 June 14, 2010

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 963
BID: $OPDX.963
June 14, 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, NJ1Q, WV2B, NG3K & ADXO, K4RT, N4AA & QRZ DX, W5TFW, AC8G, K8YSE, W8GEX (60m News), NK0S, AT International, DL1SBF, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, DX World.Net, EI7CC, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, HP1AC, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, JA1ELY, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, RSGB IOTA Web Site, SV1JG, VA3RJ & ICPO, VA7CIP, VE1VOX, VE3ZIK, VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF), VK3PC, VK4FW, VK4LDX and YO3JW for the following DX information.

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 6th-June, through Sunday, 13th-June there were 214 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B9, 3C0, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FS, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ7, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T31, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TN, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, 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" (WFWL).

Operators Elmo/EA5BYP (SSB and RTTY) and Javi/EA5KM (CW and SSB) are now active as 3C0C from Annobon Island (AF-039) until June 20th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY, with an emphasis on the lower bands and CW. They will try to have two stations on the air, but remember that they are only two operators, so please be patient. On their Web page they reported on June 13th, that due to strong storms some antennas were destroyed. On Monday, June 14th, 3C0C will not be active, and the team will be standby to repair all the antennas once again.

They state, "....many QRM on top bands, so was not possible be on the air on 80 and 160m. Anyway they will try next days. A couple of days ago they have some problems with one of the power generators... as you can see this is not a Resort and they are tired. In next days they will try to work more for NA, at the moment the propagation was not very strong. They are making a big effort to be on the air." For more details and updates on the 3C0C DXpedition, visit their Web page at:


Zik, VE3ZIK/DO7ZZ, will be once again active from Bilice (Croatian coast) between July 1st and September 27th, as 9A/VE3ZIK. He will try to activate several IOTA/IOCA Islands in the EU-170 IOTA group, and also be in the RSGB IOTA Contest. Also, there is a chance he will activate several WFF area from Croatia. QSL via DO7ZZ, Bureau is OK, eQSL and LoTW. Also, E-mail Bureau request for QSL cards can be sent to:


CY0, SABLE ISLAND (A visit to the island!)
Duane, WV2B (VA1ZZ), states, "I am arranging a day-trip to Sable Island in mid-August. No ham radio involved, just a visit to see the station, horses, etc. At this time there are 2 seats remaining on the charter flight. If seriously interested, please contact me ASAP for details at: wv2b@juno.com "

Gerard, F2JD, is back to Manilla for 6 months or more. He will be signing DU1/G0SHN and plans to be active on all bands and modes. He will also try to activate some of the IOTA islands while there. QSL via F6AJA. The log will be available online at:


Jim Linton/VK3PC, DX0DX Public Affairs, reported to OPDX on June 13th (edited): "Team Leader Chris Dimitrijevic, VK3FY, has just returned from The Philippines where he held high level discussions related to the DX0DX DXPedition being held in January 2011.

A series of meetings included one with the current Municipal Mayor of Paga-Asa (Thitu Island) where the DXpedition will be mounted. Later he met with the Mayor-Designate who will take office in September, and at that time current Mayor becomes the Vice-Mayor.

Other discussions were held with military authorities plus officials of the IARU member radio society, Philippines Amateur Radio Association (PARA) which is strongly in support of the DXpedition.

Chris VK3FY said, 'Those face-to-face discussions enabled the amateur radio and humanitarian aims of the DXpedition to be fully explained and agreed, and also clarified the requirements of both local and federal authorities.

The result has been universal support for the activity. The next step is to complete the necessary immigration procedures for each non-Filipino national radio amateur that will be part of the DXpedition. Once that is completed a formal letter of approval is to be issued.

The team is mindful that it not only has to meet the requirements of The Philippines authorities but also those of the DXCC Committee to have the DXpedition accredited.'

At the 2010 PARA Hamvention & 17th International Grand Eyeball June 4-6th, Ed Valdez, DU1EV, who will on the DX0DX team, made a presentation on the two previous DXpedition to the island (DX0K 2005 and DX0JP 2007), and finished off by announcing the January 2011 DXpedition.

The announcement of such a major proposed activation, in terms of numbers of operators (30) and duration (3 weeks) resulted in a standing ovation being given to that news.

Ed/DU1EV and Chris/VK3FY spent a lot of time talking to some of the 300 delegates who were keenly interested to learn all they could about it. The next few months will be extremely busy with further work on arranging supplies, logistics, customs clearances, and finalizing sponsorship and funding support.

A multi-nation team of 30 radio amateurs will operate ten HF stations ­ CW (4), SSB (4) and RTTY (2), plus a VHF-UHF Station on 6m/2m /70cm and 23cm. That range of stations appears best suited in response to the known demands of the DX community. Sponsorship support has so far come

from ICOM America, Ham Radio Outlet, Spiderbeam, WX0B Array Solutions, Heil Sound and DX Engineering. Individual donations via PayPal are welcome.

'The team is highly motivated with each individual member preparing themselves for the trip to the Philippines and then on to island for this major DXpedition,' concluded Chris VK3FY." For more details visit:


Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL Awards Branch Manager, reports that the following operation is approved for DXCC credit:
      E4X - Palestine; 2010 Operation
Cards for this operation will now be accepted for DXCC credit.

Reports have been coming out that individuals are receiving their DXCC year in the mail.

Nikola, VE3EY, will once again be active as FJ/VE3EY from St.Barthelemy Island (NA-146, DIFO FJ-001. It also counts for WLOTA LH-0377) between November 22-30th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. He will also be in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 27-28th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via VE3EY.

EU-031. Gian, IC8WIC, will be active from Capri Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 24-25th) as a Single-Op entry. QSL via his home callsign or by the Bureau.

EU-052. Mike, OE3MZC, will be active as SV8/OE3MZC/p from Corfu Island (GRE-117, GRE-156, GRE-159, GRE-170 and GRE-179) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 24-25th). QSL via OE3YCB by the Bureau.

EU-052. David, OK6DJ, will be active as SV8/OK6DJ from Zakyntosh Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 24-25th). He will be there between July 20-30th. QSL via OK1DRQ. LoTW in 2011. Visit his Web page at:


EU-114. Kevan, 2E0WMG, will be active as 2U0WMG/p from Herm Island, Guernsey, until June 17th. Activity will be on 80/40/20/17 meters using SSB. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

EU-118. RARE IOTA (Just a Reminder)! Look for operators Oscar/EA1DR, George/EA2TA, Christian/EA3NT, Col/MM0NDX, Vincent/F4BKV and Bjorn/SM0MDG to activate Flannan Isles (an extremely difficult island to land on) between June 18-21st. Last activation was in 2002 (also in 1989 and 1995). Callsign will be MS0INT. Their main target will be working as many JA stations as possible and giving everyone a fair chance of working the EU-118 IOTA reference. Therefore, they aim to be active on 80-10 meters trying to get advantage on the best bands, with 2 simultaneous stations on the air (possibly 3 stations in daylight), one on CW and another on SSB. They state, "Since our stay on the island is limited, please remember that 1 QSO will be enough, no matter the band." QSL Manager will be M0URX. The team is still looking for sponsors. For updates, visit their Web page at:


EU-121. Members of the Dalkey Island Contest Group will again take part in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 24-25th) as a Multi-Op/ Low-Power entry, from Clare Island using the callsign EJ1DD. Operators mentioned are: Paul/EI2CA, Peter/EI7CC, Sean/EI7CD, Jim/EI8BP, Ger/EI8CC and Aidan/EI8CE. QSL via EI7CC. The WLOTA reference number is 1935.

EU-125. German operators Robert/DH8HD, Hans/DO3HJW, Olaf/DL4HG, Andreas/DG3XA and Andreas/DL7AT will be active as OZ0TX and OZ/DA0T/P from Mando Island between July 22­27th. Activity will include a RSGB IOTA Contest entry. QSL via DL7AT.

EU-158. A group of Greek operators will activate Proti Island between June 22-26th. Activity will take part before, after and during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 24-25th). During the contest, the group will use the callsign SX8PR, and outside of the contest operators will sign homecall/SV8. Operators mentioned are: Cliff/SV1JG, George/SV1QN, Spyros/SV1RC and John/SV1GYG. QSL via SV1JG.

EU-163. Operators Simon/DJ4MZ, Luise/DL2MLU, Ben/DL6RAI, Hrvoje/9A6XX and Marko/9A8MM will be active as 4O1OTA from Sveti Nikola Island, Montenegro, during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 24-25th). QSL via IK2ILH.

EU-172. Eight members of the Grantham Amateur Radio Club will be active as OZ/G0GRC from Fyn Island (DIA FY-001) between June 18-23rd. All of the QSOs will be confirmed automatically via the Bureau. QSL route for direct requests go via G0RCI.

NA-126. Look for VB1H to be on the air from Harris Island, "New C.IS.A.", between August 11-15th. There should be 2 HF stations on the air operating both CW and SSB. Operators will be Don/ VE1AOE, Paul/VE1MPM, and Dana/VE1VOX. QSL via VE3EXY.

NA-160. A team of Honduran operators will be active as HQ3C from Cayo Pequeno in the Cayos Cochinos marine reserve between June 18-20th. Activity will be on all HF bands using SSB and some Digital modes, if conditions allow. Operators mentioned are: Jorge/HR2AW,Carlos/HR2CSB, Tony/HR2DX, Henry/HR2H, Javier/HR2J, Marco/HR2MD and Pedro/HR2PAC. QSL via HR2RCH, direct (w/SAE + 2 IRCs) or by the Bureau.

OC-012. Hase, JK1EBA, will be active as V63AKA from Yap Island in the Federated States of Micronesia between June 22-30th. Activity will be on the HF bands, as well as 6 meters, using CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign.

OC-171. Craig, VK4LDX/VK8PDX, will be active as VK4LDX/P for a short term DXpedition to Magnetic Island between July 24-25th. His main purpose for this activity is the RSGB IOTA Contest (between 1200z, July 24th to 1200z, July 25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/ Low-Power/24H entry. Craig will use 100 watts into verticals for 40/20/15/10 meters. He hopes to set up early on Saturday, July 24th, to operate from 0000z using PSK on 20/15 meters. Later on the Saturday, Craig hopes to be available on the ANZA DX Net which starts at 0515z on 14183 kHz. After that he will go on 20/15 meters PSK until around 1100z and then prepare for the contest. QSL via direct. You don't need to send any USDs or IRCs for return postage, just send a self-addressed envelope. He does not do LoTW or eQSL. If you do not wish to send a card direct you can send it to him via the Bureau. Visit his Blog at:


OC-171. Akira, JA1NLX, will be active as JA1NLX/VK4 from Dunk Island in the Queensland State (North Coast) South IOTA Group in Australia between September 17­24th. Activity will be on 80/40/30/20/17/15/12/10 meters using CW. Suggested frequencies are: 3505, 7015, 10115, 14035, 18075, 21035, 24895 and 28035 kHz (QSX up 1-3 kHz). Equipment will be under 50 pounds! His transceiver: K2 or FT857 with microHAM CWKeyer. Antenna will be: 5m long Buddistick with a lots of radials for 80-10m. QSL via JA1NLX, by the Bureau, direct w/SASE or LoTW. Online log (on his Web page) and LoTW will be uploaded when he returns home. Visit his Web page at:


SA-060. Operators Orlando/PT2OP and Fred/PY2XB will be active as ZX8C from Cotejuba Island between July 1­5th. Activity will include an entry in the WLOTA Contest. More details will be forthcoming.

Nikola, VE3EY, will once again be active as FJ/VE3EY between November 22­30th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. He plans to be in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 27-28th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via his home callsign.

Vincent, F5MJV (ex-FM5JV, FO5RN and FO0/F8UFT), and current "Union Francaise des Telegraphistes" (UFT) President has been assigned to Djibouti. The length of his stay is currently unknown, but indications are to be at least until 2011 and more likely until 2012. Vincent has received a license, and his callsign is J28JV. His activity will be limited at first from his military location on just the weekends (Friday and Saturday). However, he is expected to set up an antenna at his home, so he will be on the air during the evenings. Activity will be on the HF bands, including the 30/17/12 meter bands. He will be mainly on CW and the Digital modes, and possibly SSB. QSL via F5NQL.

ADDED NOTES: Vincent plans to make numerous trips to the IOTA "Gulf of Tadjoura Group" (AF-053), especially to Mucha Island (WLOTA 1596), during the weekends. He is also picking up gear necessary to set up a portable station to go to. Vincent also indicates that he will not be able to activate Saaoubia Islands (aka Sept-Freres, AF-059) because the Djiboutian regulations forbid him to go there. During his stay, Vincent will be active with/joined sometimes by Darko/E70A (J28AA) and in July (around the 15th) with Freddy/F5IRO (J28RO).

Harry, AC8G (J37K), is planning a 5 night stay in Grenada for the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st -- Contest callsign will be J3A) with considerable operating the two days before with emphasis on non-contest bands and modes. He states that additional operators can be added. If interested, AC8G (Harry) can be contacted via hflasher@dayton.net or 937-434-9616. QSL J3A via WA1S.

Tony, JA6CNL, will be active as KH0N from Saipan (OC-086) between June 18-22nd. Activity will include the All-Asian DX CW Contest (June 19-20th). Outside the contest, he will spend some time on the 80/30/17/12m bands on CW. QSL via his home callsign or to: NKDXC, P.O. Box 11, Yahata, Kitakyushu, 805-8691 Japan.


 Jun  14    AN          SOLAR REFERENCE KEYS
 Jun  15    AN          --------------------
 Jun  16    HN-AN       BN - Below Normal
 Jun  17    AN          AN - Above Normal/Geomagnetic Level is QUIET
 Jun  18    AN          LN - Low Normal
 Jun  19    AN          HN - High Normal/Geomagnetic Level is UNSETTLED
 Jun  20    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
NWR 2010
The 2010 National Wildlife Refuge Week is set for October 10-16th, and Amateur Radio will again be helping to mark this event. The National Wildlife Refuge System, managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, spans our nation. This year, the refuge system celebrates 107 years of conservation and quality recreation. Amateur Radio operators are helping spread the word about the National Wildlife Refuge System by operating within a refuge during National Wildlife Refuge Week. Only authorized, responsible access to refuges is sanctioned by this event.

Amateur Radio observation will take place between Saturday, October 9th and Sunday, October 17th. Amateur Radio stations are expected to operate from several national wildlife refuges during 2010 NWR Week. Contact 5 special refuge stations listed as active sites to earn a certificate. For more information, contact the NWR Week Amateur Radio coordinator at: info@nwrweek-radio.info For more details, visit the NWR Web page at:



  QSL-Infos from DB0SDX: June 11th
  4J9M via DL7EDH (direct only) FJ/DL1DA via DL1DA    R300FF via UA2FFX/1
  6Y2X via DL2AAZ               GB0EPC via MM0DFV     R300P via RN1AN
  8Q7TB via PF4T                HF2010FC via SP4OZ    R7LV via UA6LV
  9A1EPC via 9A5ABH             HF35KRF via SP1KRF    SM3/EA8CN via EA8CN
  9K2YM via EA5KB               HI7/DM1DZ via DM1DZ   SN0EPC via SP5BHY
  9M2GCN/6 via JH3GCN           II8EPC via IW8CGX     SP45BCA via SP7BCA
  AN5VFU via EA5FL              J41EPC via SV8GXC     SQ9YFF/6 via SQ9IDG
  AO5FUV via EA5FL              JT5DX via JT1CO       ST26ASC via ST2M (direct)
  CF3NAVY via VE3RCN            KL7/KB7Q via KB7Q     SV0LR via HB9LDR
  CQ7OA via CT1FMX              LW3DN via EA5KB       SX1EPC via SV8GXC
  CQ0ODX via CT2GZE             LY10EPC via LY3W      SY1EPC via SV8GXC
  CT9/DJ0JE via DJ0JE           LY04EPC via LY3BY     TM1EJ via F5YD
  EA5/G0MGA via eQSL only       LZ/HA0HW via HA0HW    TM2Z via F4FLF
  EE5RKX via EA5KB              OK8FK/P via DK7FK     TM30PB via F8BUO
  EG4EPC via EC2AMN             PA50AT via PA1AT      TM5BBC via F2UW
  EG5FUV via EA5FL              PB04EPC via PA9CC     TM8TOC via F4FEE
  EI10GPC via EI8DD             PQ7S via PR7JP        UE3EPC via RZ3EC
  EN90ALK via UY5AX             PV7EPC via PS7DX      YI9GYS via KG4GYS
  EO90LKV via UT2LY             R2SRR via RV3YR       ZP5KO via PY4KL
9M2HB LOGS. Hutch, NK0S, reports that he has "finished converting the logs for 9M2HB, and they have been sent to NN3W for uploading to LoTW. The logs cover from 3rd June 1987 through 4th August 1994. Any questions related to contacts should be made to me. I still have the paper logs and if I made a mistake or two (probably) I will be glad to research and correct as/if necessary." His E-mail address is: nk0s@ec.rr.com

Alain, F6BFH, recently active from the Caribbean as FG/F6BFH, TO5SM and TO5SM/P, informs that all direct requests are being answered and sent out.

Florentin, F4DYW (ex-FT5WO), reports that the documentation about his Crozet license and his radio equipment is all packaged up and is being sent home first. Documentation will be forwarded to the DXCC Desk once he returns home. Be patient!

V44KAI LOGS. Joey, W5TFW, reports that he has "started" to put Joel's, V44KAI QSOs on LoTW and eQSL. He states, ".... this is going to be a slow,..... process, so bear with me." His QSL cards are supposed to be delivered by UPS to Joey on June 7th (again,... bear with him).




Members of the Pacific Odyssey DXpedition Team made a safe return to Apia, Samoa, on June 5th. The team was active as 5W0OX until June 8th. Complete details on what happened is available on their Web page at:

The Ukrainian team states that they are persistent people and want to activate Kanton Island. They report that they have found a new vessel, and on September 8th, 2010, they will be going again to activate Kanton.

Mirek, SP8UFB, is active as T6MB from the "Bagram Air Base" for the next six more months. Activity has been mainly on 20 meters using RTTY and PSK, but also look for activity on CW and SSB. Taking into account the local restrictions, it can not be active on 80 and 30m. QSL via SP8UFB. He will answer QSLs upon his return.

Terence, K5TLL, will be on a "tactical DXpedition" here between October 2010 and May 2011. His callsign will be T6TL. He will be using an old Icom 706 and a dipole antenna. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using SSB and the Digital modes. Frequencies will be listed on (QRZ.com) when the time comes. QSL via his home callsign.

ADDED NOTE: Terence's friend, John, KD5NOI, will also be on a "tactical DXpedition", but from Kandahar Airfield. Activity will also start in October using the callign T6JC. QSL via his home callsign.

Four members of Yamakto ARC (JA1ZEK) will be active from Yap Island (OC-012) between June 22-29th. This is their 19th DXpedition since 1993. In April of 2008, they had visited Yap Island, but their QTH was very poor for DX operation. This time they found a good hotel. Operators mentioned are: Sasi/JA1KJW, Hase/JK1EBA, Karl/JA3MCA, Kund/JA8VE and Mat/JA1JQY. Their callsign and QSL information are V63JQ (via JA1KJW), V63AKA (via JK1EBA), V63MCA (via JA3MCA), V63VE (via JF1OCQ) and V63JY via JA1JQY). The team will brings five transmitters and one 500W amp, and plans to operate 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. They will be on the air 24 hours, operating at least two bands and a 6m beacon, but with a maximum five bands operating. Operators mail addresses provided are:

JA1KJW - Satoshi Nakayama, 1-17-8 Sibuya, Yamato, 242-0023 JAPAN
JK1EBA - Akira Hasegawa, 3702-3 Fukuda, Yamato, 242-0024 JAPAN
JA3MCA - Kaoru Tachibana, 385-21 Ohba-cho, Yokohama, 225-0023 JAPAN
JF1OCQ - Hiroyuki Miyake, 1-3-6 Asakura, Maebashi, 371-0811 JAPAN

Members of the "VHF DX Gang" will be active as XT2EME from an orphanage (La Maison du Coeur) in Ouagadougou between July 15th and August 2nd. Operators mentioned are: Andre/HB9CVC, Peter/HB9HLV and Ludovic/HB9EOU. The founder, Mrs. Josette Boegli, is from Switerland and Peter, HB9HLV, has been involved in the activities of the orphanage for more than ten years. The group's goal is to make 20,000 QSOs on CW, SSB and PSK. QSL via HB9HLV. The group will be announcing a XT2EME Web page for details about their activities in XT2-land, as well as sponsors and donations for the orphanage (via a PayPal account) very soon. The "VHF DX Gang's" Web page is available at:


Mal, VK6LC, will once again be returning to Vietnam between August 12th and September 10th. He is calling this "DX-Vocation". His trip is to do remedial repair work on the antennas in Ho Chi Minh City and to activate his old station XV2LC again. He also states, "As a special from the deep south, I will operate from the majestic tropical Mekong Delta as XV4LC." Activity will take place from two different locations:

     1) First QTH will be near the famous floating Mekong River "Cai Rang" floating markets in Can Tho (pronounced as "con kur"). Here he will use a Delta Loop for 40/20/15m and a Quad Loop for 17m. Operating CW and SSB.

     2) Mal will then operate from a farm near Soc Trang located on the Mekong River Plains. This operation will be predominately CW with some SSB using all portable equipment and antennas. He states, "Space being not a problem here, I will try for 160m."

QSL both operations via VK6LC. For some pictures, see XV2LC and XV4LC on (QRZ.com).

Bill Horner, VK4FW, President of the ODXG (Oceania Amateur Radio DX Group Inc.), is looking at the viability of running a 7 day DXpedition to Vanuatu (YJ0). Chris, VK3QB, will be the DXpedition leader and is in the process of finalizing a viability study. The emphasis will be on having fun, working some DX and handing out QSOs for what is still a reasonably sought after entity. Depending on how many people are on this DXpedition, the plan will be to run 2 stations using wire dipoles and verticals. They are aiming to make about 5,000 to 7,000 QSOs over the five days and nights of the operation. At this stage, they are looking at running this DXpedition in the 2nd half of August or first week of September.

Final details and stations/bands/modes will not be announced until they get to the next phase of planning ­ and this won’t commence until Bill has at least 4 people on the list. This expedition will be limited to 6 people, so if you are interested please contact Chris, VK3QB, as soon as possible at vk3qb@wia.org.au or phone 0429 187 593.

A group of Romanian hams will again activate Danube Delta (YOFF-021) between June 23-29th. They will use the callsign YP1WFF/MM because the expedition will be on a boat on the second biggest European river delta. After traveling on each of Danube's Arms, they will also try to activate local lighthouses, so be alert on DXClusters! QSL via YO3JW. For more info, visit the Romanian WFF Web page at:


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