OPDX Bulletin 970 August 2, 2010

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 970
BID: $OPDX.970
August 2, 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, AA1M, K1XN & GoList, NJ1Q, W2VU, WA2HMM, NG3K & ADXO, N4AA & QRZ DX, K5MK, N7UN, K8YSE, W8GEX (60m News), N0TG, AT International, DL1SBF, DK8JB, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, DX World.Net, EB7AEY, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, I1HYW, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, IK7JWX, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, PS7AB, RSGB IOTA Web Site, S52RU, SM7BHM, VA3RJ & ICPO, VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) and VK3QB for the following DX information.

First I want to thank the many who sent get well wishes last week. This week was a much better week than last week. I was lucky to only spend two days in the hospital because of the blood clot. However, they did sent me home with a package of Lovenox (blood thinner) to inject into my belly twice a day and Coumadin (also a blood thinner). The good news is I am off the Lovenox as of Wednesday last week. I am still on crutches, but can put a little weight on my right leg (just on my toes to balance). I am expected to go to REHAB for the knee later in the week. Should be interesting instead of sitting around.... p73 de Tedd KB8NW

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 25th-July, through Sunday, 1st-August there were 212 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5V, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A3, A4, 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, FH, FK, FM, FO, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, 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, PY, PY0F, PZ, R1FJ, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TN, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, 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).

3D2, FIJI (Possibly Rotuma [3D2/R])
Seb, F8IJV, is making plans to be in Fiji during 2011 in October (dates are not final yet). Activity will be limited to his free time (this will not be a DXpedition). He has received his license and will use the callsign 3D2JV. Seb will be active from the QTH of Tony, 3D2AG, on Liti Levu (OC-016). He plans to be active on 160-6 meters, mainly on SSB and FM on 10 meters, and possibly some Digital modes. Seb also plans to participate to the 2011 CQWW DX SSB Contest while there. If it is possible he may go to Rotuma by plane, if it is not too expensive. He would like to operate a few days from there. The equipment to be used will be an Yaesu FT-450, 5 band Spiderbeam, and three vertical antennas for the 160/80/40 meter bands (possibly a K9AY for reception). QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct, and also LoTW. More details will be forthcoming.

Yannick, F6FYD, will once again be here between August 3-20th. He will be active from the club station, 4K7Z, with his new callsign 4J6FR (previously 4J0FR). QSL via F6FYD.

Tony, G0WFV, will be active from Cyprus between August 3-15th using the callsigns ZC4WFV and 5B/G0WFV. Activity will be sporadic using a Yaesu FT-817 and a homebrew vertical. Operations will be mainly 20 meters SSB, but other bands and modes are possible too.

Simon, IZ7ATN, is now active as 5Z4/IZ7ATN from Malindi on the coast of the Indian Ocean until August 2nd. Activity will be holiday style. He was active on 20m SSB this past week. QSL via his home callsign.

Enrico, IK2FIL, will be active as 6V7X from Le Calao during the last two weeks in September. Main activity will be for the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. Operations will be on 80-10 meters. Outside of the contest, Enrico will be on 30 meters RTTY only. QSL via LoTW, eQSL, by the BUREAU or direct to IK2FIL. Visit his Web page at:


Arnold, WB6OJB, will be active as 7P8JK from here between now and August 6th. Activity will be on the HF bands, 40-10 meters using mostly SSB with some CW. QSL direct to his home callsign.

Stephen, IZ0IWM, will be active as 9H3VY from here between August 11-20th. Activity will be QRP on the HF bands. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct.

Roger, G3SXW, reports that the members of the VooDoo Contest Group will operate as 9L5VT in CQWW DX CW Contest (November 27-28th) as a Multi/? entry. This year's operation will be dedicated to Vince, K5VT, who became SK recently in April. QSL via LoTW or direct to G3SXW. More details should be forthcoming.

9L, SIERRA LEON (2011 DXpedition - Dedicated to the work of Mercy Ships)
Once again in close cooporation between the DAGOE Foundation, Mercy Ships and 4 Dutch radio amateurs, planning is being done for a DXpedition to Sierra Leone. The Team will stay in Sierra Leone for 3 weeks in March 2011 and foresee to participate in the Russian DX Contest. The location will be in the area of the capital Freetown. The team hopes to be able to use the callsign 9L5MS. Operators mentioned are: Arie/PA3A (CW/SSB), Bas/PD0CAV (SSB/RTTY), Ad/PA8AD (CW/SSB) and Arie/PA3AN (SSB/RTTY). The Team is supported by Mercy Ships crew members and staff. The team set the following goals and will be able to reach these goals with help of the radio amateur community worldwide:
     1.Activate the DXCC-entity Sierra Leone on the HF bands
     2.Provide support for a Mercy Ships Charity Project
     3.Raise funds for the Mercy Ships Charity Project
All donations and surplus from the QSL will be transferred to the Mercy Ships Charity Project. QSL via PA3AWW, by the Bureau or direct (see info on the Web page). Also, QSLs can be requested with a donation via the OQSL request service on the Web page. For more details and updates, visit their Web page at:


Yoshihiro, JK2VOC, will be active as 9M6/JK2VOC between September 2-6th. Activity will include the All Asia DX Phone Contest (September 4-5th). QSL via JK2VOC.

Loren, AD6ZJ, may once again be active as 9V1/AD6ZJ during September. Activity will be limited as time permits, mostly during weekends and nights. Operations will be on any open bands, but he will focus on the 30/17/12 meter bands using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via LoTW, by the Bureau or direct to his home callsign.

Jim, N6TJ, will be active as 9Y4W during the CQ World-Wide DX CW Contest (November 27-28th) as Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL route was not provided.

Just a reminder that OPDX's Webmaster John, K8YSE, will be activating multiple grids around Lake Superior on the FM and Linear satellites beginning around August 2nd. He plans to operate from the following grids: EN28-29-36-37-38-39-46-47-48-49-56-57-58-59- 63-64-65-66-67-68-69-73-74-75-76-77-78-79-83-84-86-87 and EO30 in both the US and Canada. An APRS beacon (K8YSE-8) will be on during the trip and also the via ISS digi when there are no local digi's in range. There will be some operations on 6 meters including an all day effort from Brockway Mountain, Copper Harbor, MI, in EN67. See John's (QRZ.com) page for more details and grid map. It may be a little late, but if you have specific requests, E-mail John at his (QRZ.com) E-mail address. QSLs will be sent to everyone in the log. Requests/SASEs are not necessary. If you want to send an SASE, please wait until the trip has ended and include all requests in one envelope. Cards or simply a listing of the QSOs will be fine.

CQ COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PRESS RELEASE (CQ Facebook "Fans" Top 3500 Mark - Majority Under Age 45)
Richard Moseson/W2VU, Editor of CQ Amateur Radio, reports on July 30th: "More than 3,500 Facebook users have signed up as 'fans' of CQ magazine on the popular internet social networking site. Plus, they represent a considerably younger group of ham radio operators than organized ham radio has been reaching through traditional means.

'According to Facebook's own demographics, the majority of CQ's fans on the site are age 45 or younger,' according to CQ Editor Rich Moseson, W2VU. ' This is significant because it means we have opened up an important avenue of communication with these younger hams by making the effort to go where they 'hang out,' rather than expecting them to find us. This is essential if we are going to make sure that younger hams are connected to the main- stream of the hobby.'

Facebook statistics also show that CQ's fans are drawn from all over the world, with more than 20 countries represented and members in the U.S. accounting for only a little more than one-third of CQ's Facebook fans.

CQ Amateur Radio magazine

is the world's leading independent amateur radio publication, with readers in over 100 countries. CQ sponsors more than a dozen amateur radio contests and operating awards, including the world's most popular participation sport, the CQ World Wide DX Contest, which has drawn more than 10,000 competitors in each of the past two years. Thousands of additional stations partici- pated but did not submit logs. CQ is a publication of CQ Communications, Inc., which also publishes
Popular Communications http://www.popular-communications.com
CQ VHF http://www.cq-vhf.com
WorldRadio Online http://www.worldradiomagazine.com

Randy, N0TG, reports: "We are pleased to announce the addition of Gary Bartlett, VE1RGB, to the Sable Island DXpedition team. We are very fortunate to have successfully recruited Gary; a skilled CW operator, active competitor in contests, experienced in handling pileups, a great technical background, an active member of the Halifax Amateur Radio Club (HARC) and all round nice guy. In addition, a plus, is that he has previously operated from Sable. Gary makes his home in Wellington, Nova Scotia. He will be an asset in assuring that the DXpedition team meets its objectives. Everything remains on track for October 22≠31st. Callsigns are: CY0/AA4VK, CY0/AI5P, CY0/N0TG, CY0/VE1RGB and CY0/WA4DAN. The preferred QSL route is via the 'ONLINE QSL REQUEST Service'." QSL instructions and options are listed on their Web site at:


Fazlay, S21RC, has received his amateur radio license to operate as HH2/S21RC from Port-Au-Prince until the end of September. He reports that last week, Roberto, YS1RS, helped him "install a mast and a 40m inverted V in the office space which is in a big container - we have plans to install a 20m antenna during the weekend." Starting August 2nd, look for HH2/S21RC to be active during the weekday evenings. He also hopes HH2/YS1RS will be active too. For updates, watch Fazlay's Web page at:

He is also on Twitter at:

Voravut, HS8JYX, is planning to be in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (??)/Low-Power entry. QSL via HS8JYX, LoTW or eQSL. Visit his Web page at:


Willi, DJ7RJ, will be active as FR/DJ7RJ from Reunion Island (FR) between September 23rd and October 3rd. He will then operate as 5R8RJ from Madagascar between October 4-29th. He hopes to operate 160-10 meters using CW and SSB, as well as possibly 6 meters. QSL via his CBA.

AF-019. Francesco, IZ8GCE, will be active as IG9S from Lampedusa Island (African Italy) during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st) as a Single-Op entry. QSL via IZ8GCE.

AS-007. Look for special event station 8J1M6O to be active from Honshu Island (WLOTA L-2376) between September 1st and December 31st. Activity is to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Mitaka City (Tokyo Prefecture, Kanto region). QSL via the JARL Bureau.

AS-025. Alex, UA3DLD, will be active as RI0FKD from Kunashir Island, in the Kuril Islands group, between August 8th and Septemeber 3rd. He may also activate other islands within the Kuril Island group during this period, possibly using the callsigns RI0FKD/P and RI0FKD/FF. QSL via UA3DLD.

EU-038. Frank, DK5FT, will be active as PA/homecall from Texel Island (WLOTA L-0043) on August 16-22nd. Activity will be on all HF bands. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

EU-091. Fred, IK7JWX, reports that the IZ7ATN team was not active during the IOTA Contest from Isolotto Traversa (IIA BR-009, LH WAIL PU-028, ARLHS ITA-175, WLOTA L-005 and Grid Loc. JN80xp) in the Pedagne IOTA Group due to many problems.

EU-113. Fred, PA1FJ, will be active as SV8/PA1FJ/p from Kythira Island (GIOTA INS-004, MIA MG-062, WLOTA L-1703) on August 23-30th. Activity will be on 20/15/10 meters using CW and SSB, possibly using a Yaesu FT-817 QRP transceiver (when it is repaired!) or his Kenwood TS-480 Buddistick and 20m dipole antenna. QSL via the Dutch QSL Bureau or eQSL.

NA-041. Rick, K6VVA, has tentative plans to activate this IOTA group again in June of 2011, as well as several other KL7 IOTAs in July or August of 2011.

NA-044. Juergen, NF6J, will once again be active as VO2/NF6J from Battle Island (CISA NF-049) between September 3-10th. Activity will be on 30/20/17/15/12 meters CW only. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

NA-091. Rick, K6VVA, is planning a trip to Quadra Island between September 27-30th. His callsign will be K6VVA/VE7. Activity will be mostly CW, with some SSB, on 40-15 meters. QSL via N6AWD.

NA-134. Michael, DB5MH, is active as OX/DB5MH from Disko Island until August 8th. Activity will be a QRP operation only. Look for Michael on 14310 kHz, daily at 0000z. QSL via DJ9KH.

NA-208. (Update) Cezar, VE3LYC, has announced that the Industry Canada has approved his request for the VY0X callsign. He also reports that there is no change in the schedule for this operation to Pelly Bay Island, and intends to be active for 3 days between August 11-15th. Details on the QSL information is available on the QRZ.com under VY0X.

OC-295. Operators John/9M6XRO, Steve/9M6DXX, 9W6AMC, Lee/9W6LEE and Gordon/G3USR plan to activate the rare IOTA island of Pulau Sebatik between September 24-27th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters, but with an emphasis on 40-15 meters. They will have two stations on the air with amplifiers using a HexBeam and verticals located directly above the sea water. Callsigns will be 9M6XRO/P on CW and 9M6DXX/P on SSB, and they hope to have both stations on the air during all the major openings to Europe and North America. OC-295 has only been claimed by 14.2% of IOTA participants having been activated just once before in July 2006. QSL both callsigns via M0URX, direct, by the Bureau, or LoTW. For more details and for a link to M0URX's online QSL request form for both direct and Bureau cards, go to:


SA-009. Jim, N6TJ, will be active as 9Y4W from Scarborough, Tobago Island (WLOTA L-0412) during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 27-28th) as a Single-Op entry. QSL via the address on (QRZ.com).

SA-080. Six Brazilian operators will be active as ZY6Z from Morro de Sao Paulo and Tinhare (DIB BA-04, DFB BA-06, DFH BA-11, ARLHS BRA-157 and WLOTA 1624) between September 3-7th. The Brazilian Navy schedule could affect the dates. Operators mentioned are Jose/PY6HD, Roberto/PY6RT, Nilzo/PY6AWU, Ramon/ PY6KY, Cristovao/PY7GK and Fernando/PY2JY. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW and SSB. Suggested frequencies are: CW - 3530, 7030, 14040, 18098 and 21040 kHz SSB - 3755, 7060, 14260, 18128, 21260, 24950 and 28560 kHz QSL via PY6HD direct only. Also QSL via LoTW (no eQSL).

The "Buddies in the Caribbean" DXpedition group which specializes in 100 watt or less low power radios and the Buddipole portable antenna systems is back again to the Island of St. Lucia (J6) between December 8≠13th. The north shore Villa location was magnificent during their first visit in February 2010. The group wants to demonstrate "Ultralite DXpeditioning" into these magnificent "vista" locations, by operating a field portable battery-only radio with backpackable and lightweight antennas, but most of all "having fun" with a new group of operators. The eight operators are: Budd/W3FF, Guy/N7UN, Wey/K8EAB, Bill/W7ZT, Todd/N4LA, Kent/K4MK, Gary/NX8L, and Tom/W4OKW. There will be 3 villa stations in operation on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, and RTTY. At the same time, several teams will be battery-only and field portable either from St. Lucia's beaches or scenic mountain tops. The group is applying for a unique J6BP callsign for the ARRL 10m Contest on December 11-12th. QSL via LoTW, eQSL, or mail to the operatorís home callsign (SASE required). For more details, see the following Web page at:



 Aug   2    AN          SOLAR REFERENCE KEYS
 Aug   3    AN          --------------------
 Aug   4    AN          BN - Below Normal
 Aug   5    AN          AN - Above Normal/Geomagnetic Level is QUIET
 Aug   6    AN          LN - Low Normal
 Aug   7    AN          HN - High Normal/Geomagnetic Level is UNSETTLED
 Aug   8    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
N1, UNITED STATES (Special Event)
Members of the Symbol Technologies Amateur Radio Club will sponsor a special event station honoring those who lost their lives during the horrific terrorist attacks on U.S. soil of 9/11/2001. Club station W2SBL will be multi-operated as N1Y on Saturday 1500z, September 11th, through 1500z Sunday,September 12th. Operations will be from grid FN22 in Delaware County, NY. Activity will be on the HF bands using SSB/CW/PSK31/SSTV, and on 70cm/2m/6m SSB. QSL is 100% via a SASE or by the Bureau via W2SBL.

Przemek, SP7VC, will be active as OH0/SP7VC during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High- Power entry. QSL via SP7VC or the LoTW.

Members of the Scandinavian Amateur Radio Teleprinter Group (SARTG) will activate the special callsign OJ0SARTG during the 40th SARTG WW-RTTY Contest (August 21-22nd) as a Multi-Single entry. Current operators mentioned are Kari/OH2BP, Vaino/OH9GIT, Charlie/ SM4RGD, Jan/SM5FUG and Ewe/SM7BHM. Look for activity the day before and after the contest (also possibly during contest rest periods) on CW and SSB with operators signing OJ0/homecall. QSL OJ0SARTG via SM7BHM, direct (2 USDs, 2 Euro or 1 IRC) or by the Bureau.

Joe, W8GEX, reports the following in a press release: "The Sint Maarten 2010 team is proud to announce that they are in high gear with the planning for the celebration of the new country status on 10-Oct-10. They have a 12 member international team assembled, including: Franz/DJ9ZB, Max/I8NHJ, John/K6MM, Dave/K4SV, Kevin/K6TD, Craig/K9CT, Ralph/K9ZO, Bill/N2WB, Charlie/NF4A, Charlie/ K6KK, Bruce/W6OSP, and Joe/W8GEX. This is a team of highly experienced, hard workers and some of the nicest people you could meet.

In addition to the operators, Tom Harrell/N4XP is the team treasurer and Janet Pater/W8CAA is helping in the organization. John/K6MM has done an outstanding job as Web master. The Web site, which is nearly complete, can be viewed at:

The website will feature OQSL and accept donations by PayPal.

The group plans to have four stations on the air 24/7, and will have two additional stations that can be activated if needed. They will work all bands, and on CW, SSB and RTTY.

Equipment sponsors are ICOM, Alpha, Tennadyne, DX Engineering, Acer and M2.

Leaders Joe/W8GEX and Craig/K9CT were on the Sint Maarten for a week and have secured two operating locations on opposite ends of the island. They were very happy with all of the cooperation received from local residents.

Below is our frequency plan for the operation:
CW - 1826.5, 3524, 7024, 10104, 14024, 18074, 21024, 24894 and 28024
SSB - 3799, 7078, 14240, 18145, 21295, 24945 and 28475
RTTY - 7048, 10140, 14080, 18100, 21088 and 28080 kHz
6m - 50115 kHz"

PJ4, NETHERLANDS ANTILLES (Very Early Announcement)
Members of the South East Europe Contest Club (SEECC) are planning to be active from Bonaire (SA-006 and WLOTA L1279) for the "2011" CQWW DX SSB Contest. It is expected that this will be a new DXCC entity by then. Operators mentioned are: Romeo/S52RU, Dale/N3BNA, Marko/YT2T, Maurizio/IV3ZXQ, Zvonko/Z35W, Fabrizio/IW3SQY, Acim/YU1YV and Noah/K2NG. Activity will be on 160/80/40/20/15/10/6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL Manager is YU1YV. More details and updates are available at:



  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (dated July 25th)
  3A/IW1RBI via IW1RBI   EN1IFF via UR3IBV        LY600DZ via LY2DZ
  5P2OU/P via DF2OU      EO2FFF via UT2FA         LZ1100SN via LZ1ZF
  7X5AV via EA5FL        ER240C via ER5AA         MJ/OH8CA via RV3ACA
  7X5JF via DJ8QP        FWD2A via JH2BNL         MJ/PA1AW via PA1AW
  A65BD via G5LP         GD/EB1BSV via EB1BSV     MJ/PA9JO via PA9JO
  AM5CS via EB5CS        HF200CHOPIN via SQ1DWR   OH0/DK1MAX via DK1MAX
  AM5KB via EA5KB        HF600OM via SP7PRA       OH0/OH2BEN via OH2BEN
  AO1HLW via EA1HLW      IB0/IV3DSH via IV3DSH    OH0/OH3XR via OH3XR
  AO1URF via EA1URF      IB0/IW3SQY via IW3SQY    OH0/OM5RW via OM5RW
  C5YK via ON7YK         IS0E via EA5KA           OL500PLA via OK1VRF
  DU9/PA3GZU via PA3GZU  JT1FDB/7 via DD0CW       ON66CLM via ON7PP
  EA6AM via EA6AZ        KL7RRC/P via N7RO        OT65L/P via ON-Bureau
  EI/DG5SDQ via DG5SDQ   LA/OK2BOB via OK2BOB     OZ/DD8ZJ via DD8ZJ
  EI/DK2AT via DK2AT     LM2010TSR via LA9K       OZ/DL2JRM/P via DL2JRM
  EJ8GQB via EI4II       LY600CM via LY1CM        PA/DL1SBF via DL1SBF

               R160NA via UA0CHE         TF/DL9DAN via DL9DAN
               R3ARC/6 via RA3AKF        TK10B via F8BBL
               RW2L via RN3LA            TM3FFI via F8JZR
               SI5Y via SM5BKK           TM70TC via F6CNM
               SM0/PA3DAT via PA3DAT     TM7C via F5CWU
               SO200FCM via SP5PB        TX5TES via FO5RH
               SP0CFF via SP2FAP         UE6MCA via RA6LW
               SP8RX/1 via DJ0IF         UX1BZZ/P via UY5BC
               SQ600G via SP9ZHR         XL2I via VE2CQ
               SV5/DF4IE/P via DF4IE     XT2EME via EA7FTR
               SV8/OK6DJ via OK1FJD      YL/DL5WW/P via DL5WW
               SV9/DL6FBL via DL6FBL     YU40AA via YU1AA
               SY9M via SV9CVY           YW2RVR via YV2BBE
               TA4/DJ0XL via DJ0XL       YW5AJ via YV5AJ
               TC150SLH via TA1HZ        ZC4VJ via M0URX
               TF/DF6QV via DF6QV        ZF2JT via K9NW
               TF/DJ2VO via DJ2VO        ZX8W via PT7WA
GJ4FDM QSL STATUS. Tom, GM4FDM, reports: "The good news is that the GJ4FDM cards have arrived from the printer. The BAD news is that whilst I was hill walking with my grandchildren 2 weeks ago, I fell off a mountain and smashed my right leg. I had to be winched out by rescue chopper. I have a plaster cast from toe to hip and am pretty well immobile. I cannot negotiate the stairs/steps to my garage shack! I have another hospital appointment this week - let's keep our fingers crossed....... I missed the IOTA Contest and have been pretty well confined to home/bed so am pretty downbeat at the moment, but I'll get to it, as soon as I am physically able..... I have received a few E-mails enquiring about 'not in LOTW log' or 'where's the cards'. When I can, I will answer all the queries."

QSL CORRECTION/TYPO. QSL A43MI from Masirah Island during the 2010 RSGB IOTA Contest (July 24-25th) via A47RS (not A47RO as listed in OPDX.968).

J88CFQ QSL STATUS. David, EB7AEY, reports that QSLs should be received during the past week from the printer, and he expects that cards will be answered next week.

TS8P QSL STATUS. Fred, IK7JWX, states that he has begun sending QSLs out for this operation.




Members of the Amateur Radio Club of Lanester will activate the special callsign TM40FIL between now and 2359z, August 15th. Activity is to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Festival Interceltique Lorient. Operations will be on CW, SSB, PSK and RTTY, and on 160m through 23cm. QSL via F6KPQ.

Colin/KU5B will be active as V31UB between July 31st and August 7th. Activity will be 80-6 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via LoTW.

After their operation from ZK2AA (see ZK2 listed below), operators Andrea/IK1PMR, YL Claudia/PA3LEO, Al/LA9SN, Doug/N6TQS and possibly others will be active from here between December 5-12th. Plans of activity were not provided but will probably be the same as their operation from ZK2AA. QSL via PA3LEO.

Art, N3DXX, will be active as VP2V/N3DXX from Tortola during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 27-28th) as a Single-Op entry. QSL via KN5H.

YJ0, VANUATU (Update to OPDX.964)
The YJ0VK Team is pleased to confirm that their plans are now finalized and the callsign has been approved. They plan to operate 6 full days from the Island of Efate (OC-035) and their schedule is as follows:
     August 27th ≠ Commence operations approx. 0000z
     September 2nd ≠ Close operations approx. 0100z
The team will be focusing on the HF bands (with special attention to the 30/17/12 meter bands) and hopes to hand out a QSO to everyone they hear. Their stations will be fairly simple with power limited to 100 watts and antennas being verticals and dipoles. For more information, please refer to their Web site which will be updated regularly between now and the trip at:

Depending on the InterNet availability on the island, they hope to update their online log at least once per day.

Look for 6-8 operators to be active as ZK2AA between November 20th and December 3rd. Operators mentioned are: Andrea/IK1PMR, YL Claudia/ PA3LEO, Al/LA9SN, Doug/N6TQS, Alan/K6SRZ, Tom/SP5UAF and possibly others. Activity will be focused on Europe, 160-40 meters, 30/17/12 meters, CW and RTTY using four Elecraft with solid state amps with RX antennas. QSL via PA3LEO. A Web site is currently under construction.
ADDED NOTE: Some of the operators of this operation will go on to operate from Norfolk Island; see VK9N listed above.

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