OPDX Bulletin 974 August 30, 2010

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 974
BID: $OPDX.974
Augst 30, 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, W2VU, WB2REM, NG3K & ADXO, N4AA & QRZ DX, W4OTN, K5XK, N5FF, K6AM, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX (60m News), N0TG, AT Inter- national, DK8JB, DL1SBF, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, DX World.Net, EA3GHZ, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, HP1AC, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, IK2QPR, JY4SK, LA9VDA, OE5OHO, ON5NT, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's- DX-Newsdesk, RSGB IOTA Web Site, SP5UAF, TA1HZ, TA3J, VA3RJ & ICPO and VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) for the following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 22nd-August, through Sunday, 29th-August there were 207 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C9, 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, FH, FJ, 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, JA, JT, 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, S2, S5, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TN, TR, TT, TU, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2M, VP2V, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, VU4, XE, XU, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, 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).

3B9, RODRIGUEZ ISLAND (Update/Reminder)
By the time you read this, Giorgio, IZ4AKS, will be active as 3B9/IZ4AKS from Rodrigues Island (AF-017) between now and September 4th. Activity will be limited to his free time as this is a holiday style operation and not a dedicated DXpedition. Look for activity on 10-40 meters, mainly SSB, but possibly RTTY and CW. He will use a FT-897D with 100 watts into a vertical antenna placed near the ocean. QSL only direct with SAE and 2 USDs (NO IRC, NO BUREAU QSLs). He now has a Web page available at:

http://www.iz4aks.com/3b8-3b9

9H, MALTA
Ariel, LU4OO, will be active as 9H3OO between August 30th and September 4th. Activity will be on the HF bands using SSB. QSL via his home callsign.

9X, RWANDA (Update)
Tom, DL2RUM, in Kigali, has announced that he will be extending his stay through September, and will continue to be active as 9X0TL through the following weeks:
          August 29th through September 9th
          September 19th through September 28th
Remember, he is here on business, so activity will be limited to his spare time. Operations will be on 80-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. Equipment: K3 w/600 watt solid state PA, Butternut HF-9V, HB9CV (6m) and wire antennas. QSL via DL2RUM. More info and an online log will be available at:

http://dl2rum.de

B7, CHINA
Operators Terry/BA7NQ, JinQuan/BA7JC, Wu/BA7IA, Yang/BA7JA, Yan/BA7JG, BA7IAG, David/VR2YDC, Yang/BD7IXG, BD7IBS, Lv/BD7MFB and Paul/BA7JS will be active as B7P during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st) as a Multi-Multi entry. QSL via BD7IXG.

BV, TAIWAN
Dennis, KT8X, will be active as BW/KT8X from Taiwan (AS-020, WLOTA L-0022) between now and September 6th. QSL via his home callsign or by the LoTW.

CQ COMMUNICATIONS PRESS RELEASE
Richard Moseson/W2VU, Editorial Director, sent out the following on August 26th: "Monitoring Gulf Oil Spill Response Highlights September Pop'Comm -- Highlights of the September issue of Popular Communications magazine have been posted on the magazine's website, http://www.popular-communications.com, including a QuickTime preview of an upcoming October feature!

September's cover story is on monitoring the ongoing response to the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Scanner monitors and shortwave listeners in a large part of the U.S. will be able to tune in to at least some portion of related radio activity. The article includes six full pages of suggested frequencies to monitor in different areas.

Additional features of the September Pop'Comm include a guide to finding and eliminating radio frequency interference and a 'First Look' at Uniden's revolutionary 'Home Patrol' scanner (including a link to a video preview).

The complete table of contents and full-page samples from inside the magazine are on the website as well, along with an audio sample of pirate radio airchecks, previewing a feature in the October Pop'Comm. To see - and hear - all this and more, just go to http://www.popular-communications.com, where you may also subscribe onine.

Popular Communications is published monthly by CQ Communications, Inc., publishers of CQ Amateur Radio, CQ VHF and WorldRadio Online."

CY0, SABLE ISLAND (Update)
Randy, N0TG, reports: "Operation dates have been modified slightly due to logistics matters: October 2129th, 2010. Unfortunately, Murray, WA4DAN, has had to withdraw from the DXpedition, due to business conflicts. He was the original organizer and has been involved with all of the planning since early in 2009. Gary Bartlett, VE1RGB, has been recruited as the 4th operator. Gary is a skilled CW operator, active competitor in contests, experienced in handling pileups, and a great technical background. In addition, a plus is that Gary has previously operated from Sable Island. Callsigns are: CY0/AA4VK, CY0/AI5P, CY0/N0TG and CY0/VE1RGB. QSL 'all' callsigns DIRECT via N0TG or the preferred QSL route is VIA the 'ONLINE QSL REQUEST Service'. QSL instruc- tions and options are listed on our Web site: http://www.CY0dxpedition.com (Click on How to QSL)."

DX0, SPRATLY ISLANDS (Update/Operators Needed)
Chris, VK3FY, Team Leader of DX0DX, reports: "As we have had a number of operators unfortunately withdraw from the forthcoming Spratly Islands DXpedition, either due to work commitments or health reasons, we still have places available if any operator wishes to join us on DX0DX. If interested, please E-mail Chris at:

chris@vk3fy.com
For more details about the 2011 January DX0DX DXpedition to Thitu Island in the Spratlys, visit:
http://www.dx0dx.net

DXCC NEWS
Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL Awards Branch Manager, reports that the following operation is approved for DXCC credit:

9X0TL Rwanda; 2010 Operation

ED8, CANARY ISLANDS
Luis, EA8AY, will be active as ED8T from Tenerife Island (AF-004) during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 27-28th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via LoTW. Visit Luis's Web page at:

http://www.ea8ay.com/cw4evr/index.html

EG3, SPAIN (Lighthouse/WFF/FEA Op)
Members of the URE, LYNX and DXCITING from the EA3 and EA5 districts will activate EG3LH from the Faro el Galacho, Punta Corballera Lighthouse between September 4-5th. This Lighthouses is valid for the following awards programs: ARLHS SPA-058, FEA (Diploma faros de Espana) FEA E-0371.2 and the WFF EAFF-116 Delta de l'Ebre, and is located in Punta de la Banya Area, ALFACS BAY, Sant Carles de la Rapita, TARRAGONA, SPAIN.

This is the first time a DXpedition has operated there, and it took 3-4 years to prepare for it. It is almost impossible to gain access/permission to the Delta de l'Ebre Natural Park, and also very difficult to get a license. They will travel there by ship. Activity will be on all HF bands using CW, SSB and RTTY. The team of operators are: Javi/EA3AGB, Gabriel/EA3AKA, Manel/EA3EGB, Joan/EA3ESZ, John/EA3GHZ, EA5EOR, Juan/EA5KA, Francisco/EA5RU and Jose/EA5WP. QSL via EA3GHZ, by the Bureau or direct. For more details, see:

http://eg3lh.blogspot.com

INDEPENDENCE DAY BRAZIL BPSK3 CDX Contest
The Cantareira DX Group (CDX) has the honor to invite the radio amateurs all over the world to parti- cipate in the "Independence Day Brazil Contest (BPSK3) between 1200z, September 4th and 1200z, September 5th. The contest is to establish as many contacts as possible between radio amateurs around the world and radio amateurs in the South America. Everybody can work everybody. Complete details are available at:

http://brcontest.com/modules/tinyd0/content/RULES2010INGL.htm

IOTA NEWS
EU-051. Raul, IC8ATA, will be active as IE9/IC8ATA from Ustica Island between now and September 4th. Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

EU-079. Members of the QLF DX-Team will be active as LA6Q from Gurskoy Island (WLOTA LH 2397) and other islands in the EU-079 IOTA group between September 9-14th. Operators mentioned are: Bjorn/LA5UKA and Trond/LA9VDA. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via LA9VDA (be sure to see details on (QRZ.com)).

EU-105. Operators Jean-Claude/F5IL, Christophe/F5UBH, Luis/F5THW and Juan/F5IRC will be active as TM5BATZ from Batz Island (DIFM MA018, WLOTA 0680) between September 10-12th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB, PSK31 and RTTY. QSL via F5IRC, direct or by the Bureau.

NA-026. Yigal, K2EFG, will be active as K2EFG/p from Fire Island (USI NY013S, Suffolk County, New York) and the lighthouse (ARLHS USA-286, TWLHD WLH K-060, WLOTA LH 1922) between September 9-12th. Activity will be mainly on 40/20 meters, but he may go to 15/10 meters if the conditions allow. Yigal will use a FT-857 (w/75-100 watts) into a Buddipole antenna on the eastern part of the island. There may be a time when Yigal will be directing a YP3 Yagi to the west (in-land). He will only be able to operate for 3-4 hours, as there is no power available at the dunes where he can set up an antenna. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

NA-092. Operators Buzz/NI5DX and Al/WD5IQR will be active as NI5DX/P from Mustang Island (USI TX-011S, Nueces County, Texas) between September 17-19th. Activity will be on CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31. QSL via NI5DX.

OC-133. Operators John/9M6XRO, Steve/9M6DXX and Gordon/G3USR, will be active as 9M6XRO/p, 9M6DXX/p and 9M6/G3USR, respectively, from Labuan Island between October 5-8th, and possibly between 0000-0200z October 9th. Activity will be on all bands 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. They will have two stations with amplifiers on the air using a Hexbeam, verticals and a 160m Inverted-L very close to the ocean. QSL 9M6XRO/p and 9M6DXX/p via M0URX, and 9M6/G3USR via his home callsign.

J45/SX5, DODECANESE
Operators Michel/ON4MW and Martin/ON4PO will be active as J45MW and J45PO, respectively, from Rhodes Island (EU-001) between October 26th and November 2nd. Activity will include the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st) using the callsign SX5P. QSL via their home callsigns. All QSOs will be confirmed by the end of 2010.

JT1 MONGOLIA
Zsolt, HA8PX, will be operating as JT1PX from Ulaanbaatar for only a few days between August 30th and September 1st. However, he will return to the air waves at the end of September/beginning October. He will use a Yaesu FT-897D into a MP-1 small mobile vertical and an Inverted "L" antenna. QSL direct to his home callsign.

JY7, JORDAN (Special Event)
Members of the Royal Jordanian Radio Amateurs Society (RJRAS) will activate special event station JY7P between September 1719th. The suffix "P" stands for "Petra" the "Rose-Red City" of the ancient Nabataean civilization which is situated in the southern part of Jordan. The RJRAS will be celebrating this special weekend to dedicate the city of PETRA. This event is also designed to promote the city as well as promoting tourism to Jordan and PETRA in particular. QSL via the address on (QRZ.com). Also, vist the special JY7P Web page at:

http://www.jy7p.com

KG4, GUANTANAMO BAY (Correction)
Members of the Virginia DX Century Club will be active from here between October 5-19th. Operators mentioned are Tip/N4SIA (KG4AS), Clyde/K4CQW (KG4QW), Stu/K4MIL (KG4SS) and Bill/W4WV (KG4WV)[not W4VW or KG4VW as reported in OPDX.973]. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via their home callsigns.

KH6BZF PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (For August 30th-September 5th)


 Aug  30    AN          SOLAR REFERENCE KEYS
 Aug  31    AN          --------------------
 Sept  1    AN          BN - Below Normal
 Sept  2    AN          AN - Above Normal/Geomagnetic Level is QUIET
 Sept  3    AN          LN - Low Normal
 Sept  4    AN          HN - High Normal/Geomagnetic Level is UNSETTLED
 Sept  5    AN          DIS  - Disturbed
                        VDIS - Very Disturbed


   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 less
M, ENGLAND
Berkin, TA3J, will be active as M/TA3J from various locations between September 9-20th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters, including the newer bands, using SSB and FM. QSL via his home callsign.

MD, ISLE OF MAN
Operators Oliver/OE5OHO, Henry/OE5HDN and Gerhard/OE3GEA will be active as MD/homecall from the Isle of Man (EU-116) between September 7-13th. Activity will be holiday style on all HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL via the Bureau to their home callsigns.

PD55, THE NETHERLANDS (Specil Event)
Operators Peter/PD1AJJ and Elmar/ PD3EM, members of the "Lowlands 5x5 Rapid Deployment Amateur Radio Group", will activate the special event callsign PD55RADAR between September 4-14th. The "RaDAR" is short for "Rapid Deployment Amateur Radio", and this is an international concept of Radio Amateurs being able to operate anywhere under all circumstances. The goal is to set up an Amateur Radio station quickly on remote sites anywhere using only battery power. Any- where means not only sites reachable by car but also on locations after a few miles walk. The 55 concept means being able to communicate by Amateur Radio within 5 minutes after arriving with the QRP power of 5 watts maximum. The "Lowlands 5x5 RaDAR Group" is not a club with payed membership. It's the concept that brings these Dutch Radio Amateurs together. For more info, check Elmar/PD3EM Web site at:

http://www.pd3em.com
Also, try the YouTube Channel at:
http://www.youtube.com/PD3EM

PJ2, NETHERLANDS ANTILLES (Press Release)
The following press release was received by John Barcroft, K6AM, dated August 26th:

"NEW DXCC OPERATIONS ON CURACAO STARTING 10-10-10 -- As many of you know by now, the Netherlands Antilles will likely be dissolved as a country on October 10, 2010. Several new DXCC entities will result from this change including the addition of the island of Curacao (PJ2) as a new DXCC entity separate from Bonaire (PJ4).

Since this will meet the criteria for a new DXCC entity, we expect all operations to be accepted as of 10/10/10. While ARRL approval is not 100% guaranteed, and may not be officially announced until all DXCC requirements are documented, plans are in place to mount several operations from the Signal Point super-station, PJ2T on Curacao beginning on day one.

The first operation runs from Oct 10 until Oct 18 with a group led by K8ND. They will be followed closely by a team of nine operators from the U.S. and Germany who will be there through November 2nd including a M/M entry in the CQWW SSB contest. We will be using both PJ2/homecall and PJ2T during the 3-week run. We will be on all bands before the contest, including 6 meters, running CW, SSB and RTTY. Considering the number of simultaneous new entity operations, frequencies will be selected to avoid interference.

The GAREC conference (http://www.garec.net/) is being held on Curacao October 11-12th, and we will be opening the PJ2T station to any of the participating amateurs from around the world who wish to operate in their free time before or after the conference. The station will also be open to any local Curacao amateurs who wish to operate from Signal Point during the post 10-10-10 week.

These will not be sponsored expeditions nor are donations being solic- ited. The operators involved are covering all costs. QSL as instructed on (QRZ.com)"

PJ5 & PJ7, NETHERLANDS ANTILLES
With the strong possibility of two new DXCC entities to be created on October 10th, Bill, AA4NC, plans to activate St. Eustatius (NA-145) between October 9-15th, as PJ5/AA4NC, followed by Sint Maarten (NA-105) between October 15-18th, as PJ7/AA4NC. QSL route will be announced.

PJ5, NETHERLANDS ANTILLES
Operators Janusz/SP6IXF and Wlodek/SP6EQZ will be active from St.Eustatius (NA-145) starting on November 18th. They plan to be active for two weeks and will go QRT on December 3rd. Callsigns will be PJ5/SP6IXF and PJ5/SP6EQZ. Activity is expected to be on all HF bands (160-10m) using CW, SSB and RTTY. Their location on the island seems to be favorable to Europe. QSL via their home callsigns. A Web site will be available soon. Also, online logs will be available during or right after the DXpedition.

PJ7, SINT MAARTEN (Press Release)
Co-leaders Joe Pater/W8GEX and Craig Thompson/K9CT sent out the following press release on August 26th:

"The PJ7 team going to Sint Maarten on 10-10-10 for the new county activation reports that plans are coming together very nicely. The team is in the process of gathering and testing equipment and antennas before shipping to the staging area where they will be put in a container for sea shipment to the island.

We are happy to report that not only is RF Concepts/Alpha a proud sponsor for our Sint Maarten Dxpedition beginning 10-10-10, they have a great promotion in conjunction with our trip.

In addition to providing six new Alpha 8410 amps, and one Alpha 8406 six meter amplifier, RF Concepts will make a cash donation to the DXpediton for anyone who purchases a new 9500, 8410, or 8406 between now and the end of September and specifies the Sint Maarten trip.

The company will donate 150 USDs for the purchase of an Alpha 9500 and 100 USDs for the purchase of an Alpha 8410 or Alpha 8406. This offer is for any new orders (not trade-ins) ordered and shipped between now and the end of September.

For further information, contact Molly Hardman, W0MOM, VP Sales at:

molly@rfconcepts.com Phone 303 473-9232
http://www.rfconcepts.com F A X 303-473-9660

The team has received emails asking about when it will count as a new one. We do not know yet, but do know that the ARRL DXCC committee is working on this matter and hopefully will have a news release soon.

The team is working diligently to get everything ready, and is anxious to get on the air to hand out a new one."

QSL INFO AND NEWS
  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (dated August 29th)
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  3D2II via DK1II          EI/G4WSB/P via G4WSB       RI1FJ via UA2FM
  9A/DH7KU via DH7KU    EI/SP6ICW via SP6ICW (direct) RZ4FA via RG4F (new Call)
  9A/DL4DCW via DL4DCW     EM0BSCC via UU0JM    SI0TA/2 via DL5ME (direct only)
  9A/DL6NDW via DL6NDW     EM300M via UR4MZM          SM6/DH1DX via DH1DX
  9A/OK1WZM via OK1WZM     EM75LWY via UR4LWY         SP/DL5WW/P via DL5WW
  9A5LO/P via OK1LO        EO5MAF via UR5MM           SP2010FC via SP4GHL
  A61TT via IZ8CLM         EY8MM via K1BV             SP85IARU via SP9PNB
  AO8GLH via EA8AKN        GB4SH via G4DFI            SQ2010FC via SQ5WAA
  BG6AHU via BA4EG         GH4LAB via G4IAR           SV5/HB9IQB via HB9IQB
  BW1/KT8X via KT8X        GX1WRS via M3ZYZ           SV5/SM8C via SM0CMH
  CB2T via CE-Bureau       HF155KRG via SP6ZJP        SV8/OK1MBZ/P via OK1MBZ
  CN8VO via EA7FTR         HF25NHV via DL3KDC         T55C via K3RA
  CR5WFF via CT1EJB        HI3WL via DK8OJ            TC2010WBC via TA1HZ
  CT7/G7PAF/P via G7PAF    IH9/IZ5JMX via IZ5JMX      TC9KLH via TA1HZ
  CU3H via CT1AHU          IN3/DL5RMH via DL5RMH      TM0LHG via PA0HEL
  CU3X via IZ8CCW          IQ2X via IK2GZU            UA3BS is now RW2A
  D2EB via IZ3ETU (direct) IS0/DL8SBX via DL8SBX      UE0ZFF via UA0ZV
  DR888PL via DL5JAN       IS0/I0JX via I0JX          UE3XFF via RN3DDR
  E7/9A2AA via 9A2AA       IS0/IW0UWF via IW0UWF  UK8IF via RW6HS (direct only)
  EA5/DL5EO via DL5EO      MM/DL1BSN via DL1BSN   UK8OM via 4Z5OG (direct only)
  EA6AM via EA6AZ          NL8F via K8NA              V48M via W2OX
  EA8/EI6DX/P via RX3RC    OZ/DH8WW via DH8WW         W1A via N1IW
  EC1DR via M0OXO (Bureau) OZ/DL4AMK via DL4AMK       W6A via W6STI
  EG1FAV via EA1RCI        PA100SRS via PD9RAY        YR9F via YO9FNP
NEW QSL MANAGER. Paolo, IK2QPR, informs OPDX that he is now the new QSL Manager for Sergey, UA0FUA, on Iturup Island (AS-025). QSL via IK2QPR: Paolo Fava, via Bertani 8, Mantova 46100 ITALY.

V48M QSLS. The following was received in a V48M QSL envolpe: "We apologize for the delay in QSL response. K2SB has been our QSL mgr for 20 yrs & over 220,000 QSOs. He has been ill lately and has not responded in a timely fashion. Please note that the QSL MGR will be: A.AIMETTE, W2OX, PO BOX 64436, SOUDERTON, PA 18964. PLEASE LET OTHER RADIO CONTESTERS & RADIO AMATEURS KNOW OF THIS CHANGE!!! IF you have not received your QSL by 1st January 2011 (esp by Bureau route), let us know details (no $) by mail or w2ox@verizon.net ".

QSLS VIA LoTW: 5N50K, 9A5ZM, BH4QAK, F1TMY, IK8JVG, MW0ZZK/P, PA/OQ4T, PY2DEL, SN3S, UA0AGI, UA0FM, UA4LCH and ZL6LH

QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 6Y1LZ, A61E, E4X, E71A, EX8MLE, JA1YUC/6, NP2N, T32SI, TL0A, V47KP, V48M, V51AS, VQ9RD and ZK3X

QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 9A2X, A62ER, CX4ACH, DG0OBU, DQ4W, E75DX, EA2RKO, EI4CF, EK3SA, ES2Q, F4FEP/P, FG/DK5AL, G0VXE, G3UAS, G4RRA, GX0SRC/P, IO5O, IZ4IRJ,IZ5IPA, LY755A, LZ10ARDF, M0VKY, M6T, RA1AG, TI5/OH0NOA and UA3AKO

RI1, FRANZ JOSEF LAND (New Prefix)
Eugene, UA4RX, is currently active from here as RI1FJ (ex-R1FJT, between 2006-2008). It seems in Russia most island operations are using the RI prefix now. Eugene started operating on August 24th, and will be on a new 1 year tour at the Weather Station on Heiss Island, Franz Josef Land. Activity has been on 20 and 17 meters CW at various times (0130-0200z and 0900-1200z). QSL to: Eugene Chepur, P.O Box 1122, Kaliningrad, 236019 Russia. PLEASE NOTE: Ghis, ON5NT, informs OPDX that "R1FJT QSLs used to be via UA4RC who became a 'SK' in 2009. There were a lot of questions on the DXcluster on how to get a QSL from R1FJT after UA4RC became a 'SK'. QSL cards for R1FJT's 2006-2008 operation can now be obtained from UA2FM."

RSGB COVENTION 2010
Just a reminder that the "RSGB Convention 2010" (formerly know as HFC) will be held between October 8-10th, and held for the first time at the Horwood House near Milton Keynes. For complete details about the convention and the programs available, visit:

http://www.rsgb.org/rsgbconvention

TC2010, TURKEY (Special Event)
The Turkish group called TCSWAT (TC Special Wireless Activity Team) will be active as TC2010WBC for the FIBA 2010 World Basketball Championship to be held in Istanbul, Antalya, Kayseri and Ankara. Activity will take place between now and September 5th. There will only be one station on the air on all HF bands using CW, SSB and PSK. This time there will not be an award available for working this station. QSL via Bureau is "OK" and no need to QSL direct, as at the end of December all QSL cards will be sent to each country's QSL Bureaus (100%).

TK, CORSICA (IOTA and LH Op)
Operators Jim/F5MCC and Gilles/F4FGJ will be active as TK/homecall between September 4-24th. They plan to activate as few IOTAs and lighthouses while there. Some of the IOTAs mentioned are: EU-014, EU-104 and EU-164. Some of the lighthouses mentioned are: DPLF + WLOTA LH 1390, LH 0098, LH 0755, LH 2562, LH 4089 and a new reference number (a surprise!). Also, some DFCF, DMF and perhaps a SOTA reference number will be activated too. QSL via their home callsigns, direct or by the Bureau.

TK11, CORSICA
Laurent, F8BBL, who was active this year as TK10B from different islands around Corsica, is expected to return to southern Corsica in 2011 between July 23rd and August 6th. He will be active as TK11OTA from Olmeto Plage on Sanguinaires Island (EU- 014, DIFM TK-001). Activity will be on 80-10 meters, mainly on CW with some SSB and Digital operations.He will use a FT857D with a MP-1 vertical antenna. QSL via LoTW or to F8BBL, direct or by the REF Bureau.

TL0, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
Christian, (ex-TZ9A and 5U5U) is currently on holiday in France at the moment and is expected to head back to Bangui on September 8th. He is expected to be in TL-land until the end of 2010 or early 2011. QSL only to: Christian Saint-Arroman, Chemin de Mousteguy, 64990 Urcuit, France.

TO2, REUNION ISLAND
Olivier, F4FLF, will be active as TO2Z on Reunion Island (AF-016) next year between April 922nd, 2011. He states that this is a holiday style operation and not a DXpedition. He does mention that he will be on every evening operating on SSB, PSK and RTTY. QSL via his home callsign.

V3, BELIZE
Operators Jim/WB2REM, Paul/W4PGM and Glenn/KD2JA will be operating from Placentia, Belize, as V31MM, V31PM and V31GB between March 23-30th, 2011. During the 2011 CQ WPX SSB Contest (March 26-27th), they will use the callsign V31MM. Prior to the contest and after the contest, they will be operating under their own individual callsigns. QSL direct only to each operator's callsign. QSL V31MM via Jim/WB2REM, V31GB via Glenn/KD2JA and V31PM via Paul/W4PGM. Operators will be on both SSB and CW, 160-6 meters with a concentration on the 30/17/12 meter bands and 6 meters. When QSLing, please supply a SASE (from stateside) or (Overseas) Self Addressed Envelope (SAE) with either a green stamp depending on the U.S. Air Mail Rate at the time or an IRC. This will ensure you will receive a response to your QSL request.

V6, MICRONESIA
Takuto, JE1SCJ, will be active as V63YT from Pohnpei Islands (OC-010) between November 24-28th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using mostly CW with some SSB, RTTY and PSK31. He does plan to participate in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 27-28th), but he will go QRT around 0900z on the 28th due to his flight schedule. Outside of the contest he will focus on 160/30/17/12 meters bands. The suggested frequencies are: 1824 (QSX up/down), 3510 (QSX up), 7010, 10110, 14010, 18080, 21010, 24900, 28010 and 50090 kHz. He plans to use 100 watts into wire antennas and a yagi for 6 meters. He states that dupe QSOs during the contest and outside of the contest are OK. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct (w/SASE - see (QRZ.com)).

WH7, HAWAII
Jim, N6TJ, will be active as WH7V from Hawaiian Islands during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st) as a Single-Op/Single- Band (40m) entry. QSL via WA6WPG.

YI9, IRAQ
Tim, KB2RLB, is currently active as YI9RLB and is living and working in Iraq with an international security company. Activity has been on 40/20 meters using SSB, RTTY and PSK31. QSL via his home callsign, direct or eQSL.

YI9, IRAQ
Eric, KG4GYS, is currently active as YI9GYS from Tikrit. His length of stay is unknown. Activity has been mainly on 20 meters SSB the past few weeks usually around 14200 kHz between 0300-0500z or 1400-1600z. QSL via his home callsign.

YK, SYRIA
Saad, N5FF/YK1BA, informs OPDX that he will once again be active as YK1BA from Damascus starting September 6th. He mentions that his tearing down will be on September 17th. Saad's priority is to work everyone that needs YK for a new country/band/mode, and he asks to help him by following the guidelines on (QRZ.com). Saad states that his operating hours will be spotty but will try to put in as much radio time as possible.

He suggests that his probable operating hours will be between 2000-2300z or between 0200-0500z and possibly some occasional activities between 1200-1400z. He will work any band that is open, but will try to focus on the high bands (including 30/17/12m) on this trip. Saad will be active on CW, SSB and RTTY. PLEASE NOTE: ALL QSLs should go direct to N5FF. The mailing address is Saad Mahaini, 428 Brook Glen Drive. Richardson, TX 75080, USA.

Saad states, "I prefer the self adhesive type of envelopes not the ones that you have to lick. Also, please use International mail envelopes for international requests. These are the ones with red and blue markings and that say 'Air Mail' on them..... My turn around is usually less than a month. Please only Green Stamps. I'm ok with two, but more will be much appreciated to help offset my overall QSLing cost. Remember, I reply to about 3000 QSOs a year on average. Direct QSL requests that don't have a self addressed return envelope and 2 GS for return postage will be returned via the Bureau."

ZD8, ACENSION ISLAND
Tom, K7ZZ, will be active as ZD8ZZ from an elevation of 2300 ft. on Green Mountain between October 6-19th. This will be a "micro-lite" operation on 160-10 meters using CW and SSB. His antennas will be two element phased vertical array. QSL via LoTW or direct to K7ZZ.

ZL7, CHATHAM ISLAND
Kaz, JH1HRJ/ZL3JP, will be once again be active as ZL7J between September 17-21st. Activity will be on all bands including 30/17/12 meters using CW, SSB and possibly RTTY. He will focus on 160/80 meters using a new antenna system. QSL via JH1HRJ, by the Bureau or direct (w/SASE).

ZL8, KERMADEC
Chris, DL1MGB, from the ZL8X DXpedition team, informs OPDX that "Some time has gone since the last news. But meanwhile we were not inactive, a lot of things happened:
          - Sea cargo ready for shipment
          - Operator change "
In a press release written by Chris on the ZL8X Web page he mentions that over half of the team met on the last weekend in July, at the QTH of DR1A, and collected all the material/equipment to pack and ship by sea cargo. Chris also states that Markus, DJ7EO, had to cancel his participation for this DXpedtion due to private and business reasons. With the loss of Markus, the DXpedition added a new team member -- YL Vicky, SV2KBS. To read the complete press release on the ZL8X Web page, go to:

http://www.kermadec.de/news/news_archives/index.php?task=shownews&id=16
For more details on becoming a sponsor or information about this DXpedition, visit the ZL8X Web page at:
http://www.kermadec.de

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