OPDX Bulletin 980 October 11, 2010

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 980
BID: $OPDX.980
October 11, 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, NG3K & ADXO, W3HNK, N4AA & QRZ DX, K8YSE, KG8P, NE8Z, W8GEX (60m News), AT International, DL1SBF, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, DX World.Net, F5PFP, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, HA0HW, I1JQJ/ IK1ADH & 425 DX News, JA7RPC, LU8ADX/AY8A, OK1MU, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's- DX-Newsdesk, RSGB IOTA Web Site, SP5DRH, VA3RJ & ICPO, VHF-DX- Portal (MMMonVHF) and VK4LDX for the following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 3rd-October, through Sunday, 10th-October there were 226 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D6, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FR, FS, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J6, J8, JA, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OJ0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ5, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, R1FJ, S2, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TR, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2V, VP6, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZD9, 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).

2M, SCOTLAND (Satellite Op)
Paul, 2E1EUB, will once again be active as 2M1EUB between October 9-23rd. He will be active on all the satellites from northeast Scotland in the Cairngorms National Park. Also, look for him on 160 and 80 meters. During the the last 7 days, Paul will be active from the northwest coast, activating a new Grid Square. Checkout (QRZ.com) under 2M1EUB for more info.

2U1/GU3/MU3, GUERNSEY
Operators Dave/G1OCN (GU1OCN), David/M3IOP (MU3IOP) and Carol/2E1DQZ (2U1DQZ) will be active from the Island of Alderney (EU-114) between October 29th and November 5th. QSL via G1OCN.

4L, GEORGIA
Operator Andi, UU0JM, will be active as 4L0A from Obcha during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st) a Single-Op/All-Band/ High-Power entry. QSL via LoTW.

5Z4, KENYA
Sam, G4OHX, is currently active as 5Z4/G4OHX near Mombasa. His length of stay is not known. Activity has been mainly CW on 20 and 17 meters. QSL via his home callsign.

9M2, WESTERN MALAYSIA
Operator Rich, G4ZFE, will be active as 9M2CNC from Kuala Lumpur during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 27-28th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m) entry. QSL via G4ZFE, by the Bureau or direct. All QSOs will be confirmed via eQSL and LoTW.

9Q50, DEM. REPUBLIC OF CONGO
Patrick/ON4HIL will once again return but with Theo/ON4ATW, Marc/ON6CC, Luc/ON4IA, Wim/ON4CIT and Ron/PA3EWP and activate 9Q50ON from Kinshasa between December 3-13th. The special event callsign is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the independence of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via ON4BR, by the Bureau or direct. For more details, updates and suggested frequencies, visit:

http://www.9q50on.be

AT10, ANTARCTICA
Time is running out to work Bhagwati, VU3BPZ, the communications manager of the 29th Indian Expedition at the Antarctic Maitri Base station, as AT10BP. Bhagwati and his team have less than 2 months remaining at Maitri. Activity by AT10BP is SSB only usually on the air around 1700z between 14276-14280 kHz. QSL direct only via I1HYW. For more info, visit the Worldwide Antarctic Program (WAP) Web page at:

http://www.waponline.it
Also, Michel/F6DWQ and Mehdi/F5PFP have put together a nice slideshow with music depicting the Maitri Base station at:
http://www.french-polar-team.fr/VU_Maitri_Station_Antarctica.php

CE4, CHILE
Operators Pedro/CE3FZ, Roberto/CE4CT, Fabian/LU1AEE, Ramon/ XE1KK and Diego/LU8ADX will be active as CE4CT during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via EA5KB. Look for operations before and after the contest between October 29th and November 3rd by operators CE3/LU1AEE, CE3/LU8ADX and CE3/XE1KK. QSL via their home callsigns (QRZ.com).

CE0Y, EASTER ISLAND
Operators Rolf/DK2ZF and Martin/DK7ZB are now active as CE0Y/DK2ZF and CE0Y/DK7ZB from Easter Island (SA-001) until October 23rd. They plan to focus on the 50 MHz, 144 MHz and 432 MHz EME, but also look for them on 30/20/17/15 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via their home callsigns. After they are done on Easter Island, they will move to main- land Chile and be active as as CE2/DK2ZF and CE2/DK7ZB.

CX, URUGUAY
Dale, N3BNA, will be active again as CX/N3BNA between October 22nd and November 13th. He plans to be active on 60 meters this trip using a sloping dipole off a tall tower. He may also try a half-square wave antenna for more gain. QSL via KA2AEV.

FSDXA ANNOUNCES THEIR PLANS FOR 2011 (Update)
Members of the Five Star DXers Association (FSDXA) finally announced their plans for 2011 at the RSGB Convention this past week. The FSDXA will be heading to the Pacific Ocean like they mentioned earlier. Their plans are to activate Christmas Island (T32) using 24 (or more) operators, with 15 FT-5000s and 15 VL-1000 amps. More details are forthcoming. Remember, this is the same group who is well known for their great operations to: Comoros (D68C), St. Brandon Island (3B7C), Rodriguez Island (3B9C) and Spratley Islands (9M0C).

H40, TEMOTU PROVINCE (H40KJ and H40BQ Op Cancelled!)
Jacek, SP5DRH, informs OPDX readers: "I regret to inform the DX Community about the cancellation of our Temotu DX-pedition. The cancellation is the effect of a dramatic plane delay that caused total destruction of our trip planner. We have lost all our booked and already paid connections to Solomon and Pigeon Island. Carrier has not been able to establish new and suitable for us booking to continue our trip. What we have been offered was far beyond the time we could spend on this dx-pedition. Therefore, we have decided to go back to Warsaw.

Under these circumstances, we feel obliged to refund the donations that we received, however, as we have suffered substantial financial loss, we suggest to transfer these funds for the expedition to come - Kiribati T30RH/T30AQ. Should any of donators disagree with our suggestion, please email us, and we will try to refund his donation as soon as possible." For more details, see:

http://www.sp5drh.com/h40

H40, TEMOTU PROVINCE
German operators Peter/DG1FK and Sigi/DK9FN will once again return to Temotu Province and be active as H40FK and H40FN, respectively, this time from Nendo Island (OC-100) between December 21st and January 3rd (2011). Activity will be on CW, PSK and RTTY. Operations will probably be on 160-6 meters depending on the band conditions. QSL H40FN via HA8FW, and H40FK via DG1FK. More details should be forthcoming.

HQ2, HONDURAS
Dan, HR2DMR, will be active as HQ2W during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. He will be using monobanders and a new 40 meters 2 element beam. He will also be in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 27-28th) as a Single- Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL both contests via HR2DMR (QRZ.com) or LoTW.

IOTA NEWS
AS-015. Richard, PA0RRS, is now active as 9M2MRS from Penang Island until April 2011. Activity has been on 20 and 17 meters CW. QSL via: Richard Smeets, Constance Gerlingsstraat 60, 5121 ZR Rijen, The Netherlands.

AS-154. Operators Pavel/OK1MU/TA2ZAF, Honza/OK2ZAW and Dan/OK1HRA will be active using the special callsign TC03W from the Turkish Island of Giresun in the Black Sea, between October 15-18th. Activity will be mainly on 30 and 20 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via OK2GZ, by the Bureau or direct. For more info, updates, photos and an online log, visit the following Web page at:

http://www.okdxf.eu/expedice/en/tc03w/www

EU-012. Chris, GM3WOJ/ZL1CT, will be active as GZ7V from Shetland Island during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 27-28th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via N3SL. For updates, check the Web page at:

http://www.gm7v.com

EU-125. Michael, DL4ABO, is active as OZ/DL4ABO from Romo Island (DIA NS-001) between now and October 16th. Activity will be holiday style mostly on 40 and 30 meters CW only, using a TS-570 w/100 watts into a ground-plane antenna. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

EU-171. Mic, DG5LAC, is active as OZ/DG5LAC from Vendsyssel-Thy (DIA NJ-001, WW Loc. JO47GA) between now and October 15th. Activity will be holiday style on 80-10 meters SSB using FT-450AT, an Ameritron AL-811H amp and a DX-Wire Windom 42m antenna. QSL via his home callsign, the Bureau is preferred. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW and eQSL.

NA-091. Rob, VE7RSV, will be active as homecall/p from Broughton Island (CISA BC026) during the W/VE Islands Contest (October 23-24th). Activity will be on all bands, SSB only. QSL direct to VE7RSV (QRZ.com).

OC-066. Hiro, JI1JKW, will again return to French Polynesia, but this time to activate Tikehau Atoll (OC-066), Tuamotu Archipelago, as FO/JI1JKW between October 10-14th. Activity will be on 40-6 meters ( mostly 20m) using CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign.

OC-172. (Update) Just a reminder that Craig, VK4LDX, will be active as VK4LDX/P from Fitzroy Island between October 16-22nd. This IOTA hasn't been on the air since 2003. He will be on the island with his wife, so his activity will be holiday style. Craig will be running 100 watts into verticals and/or dipoles for 40/20/15 meters, using SSB, PSK31 and RTTY. He will have a beach side cabin and will be setting up the antennas right on the beach. Craig mentions that "considering the high level of activity with PJ DXpeditions" during his stay on OC-172, he has announced his operating schedule (on his Blog page) to avoid as much pile-up QRM as possible and give people the chance to work this IOTA. QSL info is available on (QRZ.com), visit the following Blog page for more details and updates at:

http://vk4ldxoc172.blogspot.com

KH2, GUAM (Update)
Operators Kiyoshi/JA7RPC and Mitsuru/JH7DFZ will be active as KH2/JA7RPC and KH2/JH7DFZ between November 5-7th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL OK via Bureau or direct.

KH6BZF PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (For October 11-17th)


 Oct  11    HN          SOLAR REFERENCE KEYS
 Oct  12    HN          --------------------
 Oct  13    HN          BN - Below Normal
 Oct  14    HN          AN - Above Normal/Geomagnetic Level is QUIET
 Oct  15    AN          LN - Low Normal
 Oct  16    AN          HN - High Normal/Geomagnetic Level is UNSETTLED
 Oct  17    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
SPECIAL NOTE (Updated) FROM LEE, KH6BZF: On "Radio Havana", there is an interesting DX and propagation program, hosted by Senor Arie Coro Antich, CO2KK, every Monday at:
        0600 kHz EASTERN North AMERICA from 0100-0500z
        9820 kHz CENTRAL North AMERICA from 0100-0700z
        9550 kHz WESTERN North AMERICA from 0500-0700z

KP4, PUERTO RICO
Operators James/KH2RU, Rene/NP3O and Javier/NP4JA will be active as KP4/KH2RU during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st) as a Multi-? entry. QSL via NP3O.

OH0, ALAND ISLAND
Look for OH0Z to be active once again in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st), but as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. Operator will be Tomi/OH6EI. QSL via W0MM.

PJ STATIONS LIST (UPDATED) EXPECTED TO BE ON THE AIR NOW AND IN THE COMING WEEKS:


     PJ2T       - Curacao Island; October 10th-November 2nd; QSL via
                  N9AG or LoTW.
     PJ2/OH1VR  - Curacao Island; now through October 13th; QSL via
                  his home callsign.
     PJ4B       - Bonaire Island; October 10-22nd; QSL via PA8A.
     PJ4D       - Bonaire Island; October 10-22nd; QSL via W3HNK.
     PJ4I       - Bonaire Island; October 10-22nd; QSL via DL9USA (this
                  may change).
     PJ4N       - Bonaire Island; October 10-22nd; QSL via W3HNK.
     PJ4W       - Bonaire Island; October 10-22nd; QSL via W3HNK
     PJ4/W9NJY  - Bonaire Island; October 16-29th; QSL via W9NJY or LoTW
                  after the January 1st (2011).
     PJ5/K1XM   - St. Eustatius; now through October 17th; QSL via KQ1F.
     PJ5/AH6DX  - St. Eustatius; now through October 15th; QSL via AH6DX,
                  direct or by the Bureau.
     PJ5/AA4NC  - St. Eustatius; October 9-15th; QSL via AA4NC direct
                  only. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW. NO BUREAU QSLs.
     PJ6A       - Saba Island; October 10-22nd; QSL direct only to N4NX,
                  or use the online OQRS system for direct and Bureau
                  QSLing.
     PJ6/K4LMY  - Saba Island; length of stay unknown; QSL via K4LMY.
     PJ7E       - Sint Maarten; October 10-20th; QSL via LoTW, OQSL (see
                  Web page) or direct to: Sint Maarten 2010, Box 333,
                  Bethlehem, Georgia 30620-9989 USA
     PJ7/AA4NC  - Sint Maarten; October 15-18th; QSL via AA4NC, direct
                  only. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW. NO BUREAU QSLs.
     PJ7/AH6DX  - Sint Maarten; October 15-22nd; QSL via AH6DX, direct
                  or by the Bureau.
PJ2, CURACAO
Seppo, OH1VR, is now active as PJ2/OH1VR from Curacao Island (SA-006, WLOTA LH-0942) until October 13th. Activity has been CW, mainly on 40/15/12 meters. QSL via his home callsign. Visit his Web page at:
http://www.oh1vr.net

PJ4, BONAIRE (Correction)
Operators Peter/PA8A, Fred/PA8F and Rob/PA3GVI will be active as PJ4B (not PJ4N as mentioned in OPDX.979) from Bonaire (SA-006, WLOTA L1279) between October 10-22nd. Activity will be on all bands using the regular DX frequencies, if not in use. QSL via PA8A (SAE+ 2 USDs). The following Web pages will be used during their operation to update, livestream video and log search:

Web Blog - http://sitekreator.com/pa3gvi/pj4b-weblog.html
Livestream - http://www.livestream.com/pj4b
Online Log - http://www.clublog.org/charts/?c=pj4b

PJ4, BONAIRE
A USA team and a Dutch team will operate from two different locations (QTH 5 and QTH 6) on Bonaire (SA-006, WLOTA L1279) using the callsign PJ4D between October 10-22nd. Operators mentioned are:
QTH 5 (USA Team) John/K6AM, Ken/W0LSD, Kelly/N0VD and Scott/W4PA.
QTH 6 (Dutch Team) Bert/PE2KY, Marco/PE2MC, Michiel/PG4M and Peter/PJ4NX.
The operators listed above are also expected to operate from "Radio Netherlands" as PJ4W. Listen for the QSL info.

PJ4, BONAIRE
Andy, W9NJY, will be active as PJ4/W9NJY from Bonaire (SA-006) between October 16-29th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using all modes. QSL via WD9DZV. Log will be uploaded to LoTW on January 1st (2011).

PJ5, ST. EUSTATIUS
Paul, K1XM, is now active as PJ5/K1XM from Sint Eustatius (NA-145) between now and October 17th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via KQ1F.

PJ7, SINT MAARTEN
Team leaders of the PJ7E report that some of their equipment is stuck on a boat due to tropical storm OTTO, which ended up becoming a hurricane after turning back into the Atlantic. This made it impossible for the boat to approach and land on St. Maarten on Friday due to high seas. The boat had to travel to Barbados, but is expected to return to St. Maarten on Sunday, Oct 10th. The editor of QRZ DX, Carl/N4AA, reports that team co-leader Joe, W8GEX, states: "The weather today (Saturday) is clear and sunny. The boat with our equipment is due in here at 7-PM SUNDAY (Oct. 11th) evening. We will meet them, off-load the equipment and separate it for the two operating sites (SSB & CW).

They will deliver the two loads to us early MONDAY morning (Oct. 12th). Our plan is to set up one station and one antenna as soon as possible so someone can get on the air right away. As the other stations are assembled and antennas put up, they will be put on the air as quickly as possible. As for Saturday night (Oct 10th-0400z), PJ7E will have one station on SSB (IC706 with a dipole for 40/20m). The CW crew has already been on the air with CW/RTTY (using PJ7/homecalls). They are running an IC7000 and a vertical antenna, and have been worked on bands from 40 to 17 today (Saturday)." JUST A REMINDER. Contact made before 0400z, October 10th, will not count for a new one! The PJ7E Web site is expected to be updated regularly at:

http://www.stmaarten2010.com
They also have set up accounts on FaceBook - PJ7E, and a Twitter account - http://twitter.com/PJ7E. Once they are on the air, they plan to upload their logs twice daily, around 8 am and 8 pm.

QSL INFO AND NEWS


  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (dated October 10th)
  -----------------------------------------------------------------------
  3Z200CHOPIN via SP9W     FJ/TO7ZG via DL7AFS     PA100EXPLO via PC2S
  4B1B via EB7DX           GC2UG via G2UG          PJ5/K1XM via KQ1F
  4O50A via 4O3A           HB9SPACE via HB9ACA     PJ7/K9ZO via K9ZO
  4X0WFF via 4X4JU         HH2/OH2TA via OH2TA     SN50KSP via SP9PSJ
  5B50AIF via EB7DX        HK1RRL via EA5KB        SO3BASF via SP3PKC
  5B50AIV via LZ3CQ        HL07CJF via HL4CEL      SQ200CHOPIN via SP3GVX
  5N7M via OM3CGN          IA5/IV3JLK via IV3JLK   T88CQ via JA0DCQ
  9A/DL1SAX/M via DL1SAX   IR7WFF via IK7JWX       TM50KOU via F5KOU
  A41OO via NI5DX          KP2B via K2DER          V73QQ via N7RO
  CE0Y/DK2ZF via DK2ZF     LM1K00Y via LA1K        V85/UA4WHX via UA4WHX
  CE0Y/DK7ZB via DK7ZB     N4OE/BY1TTY via N4OE    VE1OMI via K3OMI (direct)
  CS4ODX via CU3HY         NH2T via W2YC               or VE1-Bureau
  CT3/DL9MWG via DL9MWG    NL8F via K8NA           VU0WFF via VU2JHM
  EA6/DL5DSM via DL5DSM    NP2KW via EB7DX         WH2D via K3UOC
  EA8/DF2PD via DF2PD      OE3DIA via OE1DIA       WP3A via K2DER
  EG3ESR via EA3GUM        OH0YY via OH2YY         YP0WFF via YO2KQT
  EI/MI0ADX via MI0ADX     OJ0B via OH2BH          ZM4M via ZL4PW
  EI0RTS via EI4GXB        OK/SP6FHU via SP6FHU
  ER8C via ER1DA           OK4U via OK1DVM
  FJ/DL7AFS via DL7AFS     OZ/DO5MCL via DO5MCL
QSLS VIA LoTW: 8P9NX, CR6K, EA6NB, F6GCP, IT9HLR, K5K, MU0GSY, PY3VK, R6YY, TG9AJR and ZP6CW

QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3B8DB, A33A, A41LD, AO5GL, AT10BP, FG8AR, FW5X, JA1NLX/VK4, JT1DA, KH0/KT3Q, KH2/KT3Q, VP9/N4SF, XU7ATM and XX9LT

QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: NONE reported this week!

SILENT KEY
Rick, NE8Z, informs OPDX that Ken Schang, W8LU, became a Silent Key (SK) on October 7th, with his family present in the University of Michigan Hospital ICU Unit. He was admitted to the hospital 2 weeks ago and his condition progressively deteriorated. Ken was on the top of the DXCC Honor Roll and also operated from many DX locations. He was also a member of the ARRL and SEMDXA. OPDX and its readers would like to send out our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of W8LU.

SU, EGYPT
Gab, HA3JB, who was recently active as SU/HA3JB in September and is now back in Hungary, is expected to return at the end of November for 10 days. However, this may change because he states that his "radio and power supply is ruined". He is looking for a sponsor to help him buy an ICOM IC-7000. If you can help, Gab's E-mail address is: ha3jb@t-email.hu

For more details and updates, visit: http://www.ha3jb.com

SU8, EGYPT
Members of the Egyptian Radio Amateurs Society (ERASD) will be active as SU8JOTA from the Cairo International Scout Center between October 16-17th. Activity is to celebrate the 53rd Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) and will be on all amateur bands, 160-10 meters, near the world scout frequencies, using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. The ERASD will be introducing the scouts and girl guides to HF Digital communications (RTTY and PSK31). For more information, visit the new ERASD activities page at:

http://erasd.net/activety.aspx

TI0, COSTA RICA
Members of the Radio Club of Costa Rica (TI0RC) and a U.S team plan to be active as TI0RC from San Jose during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st) as a Multi-2 entry. Activity will be on 160-10 meters. Operators mentioned are: Carlos/TI2KAC, Juan/TI2JCY, Mauricio/ TI4ZM, Eddie/K4UN, Bob/W4BW and Lex/W4XO. QSL via the Bureau to TI2KAC.

TG, GUATEMALA
Martin, DL5RMH, will be active as TG9/DL5RMH from Guatemala City between December 16th and January 13th (2011). Activity will be on 40-10 meters CW. Martin favors 30m. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct.

TY, BENIN
Mario, DL2UX, is now active as TY1JB from Cotonou until October 28th. Activity currently has been mainly on 15 meters, but he is using a Butternut HF9V-X and a ZS6BKW antenna for 40-10 meters. QSL via his home callsign.

V7, MARSHAL ISLANDS
Just a reminder that Yuri, N3QQ, will be active as V73QQ from Enewetak between October 12-15th. Operations from the uninhabited Ujelang Atoll (OC-278), which has never been activated before, will be between October 16-19th. Callsign will be V73RRC from Ujelang Island. Yuri plans to be active on 40-6 meters using CW and SSB. He will use an IC-7600 w/600w amp, vertical dipoles and a 1/4 wave for 40m. QSL via N7RO. For updates and more info, see:

http://oc-278.ucoz.com

VK9N, NORFOLK ISLAND (Update)
Operators Alan/VK3XPD, Kevin/VK4UH and Mike/VK3KH, will once again be active as VK9NA between January 7-21st, 2011. This is the same group that did a VHF, UHF and Microwave DXpedition earlier this year. The group plans again to be operational on 50 MHz through to 10 GHz using CW, SSB and WSJT. QSL Manager is VK3KH: Michael Coleman, 44 Rosserdale Cres, Mount Eliza Victoria 3930, AUSTRALIA. Look for more details and updates to be forthcoming at:

http://www.vk9na.com/index.html

VP2M, MONTSERRAT
Operators George, K2DM, will be active as VP2MDG during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High- Power entry. QSL via K2DM. He is expected to be there from October 27th through November 2nd. Activity outside of the contest will be on 160-6 meters.

YJ, VANUATU (IOTA Op)
Operators George/HA5UK and Pista/HA5AO will be active as YJ0HA from Efate Island (OC-035) between November 1-15th. Activity is planned for 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK and SSTV modes. More details, like station setup, antennas, etc. are available on the Web site at:

http://ha5ao.novolab.hu
They are also planning a one-day operation from Emae Island (OC-111), in the Shepherd Islands group. They state, "We will do our best to organize this trip, but it highly depends on the local circumstances and possibilities, as well as, the weather conditions. We will keep you informed on our Web site." A survey is available for band/mode needs and also an online log will be available on this site. QSL via HA5UK, direct, by the Bureau and LoTW.

ZD8, ACENSION ISLAND (Change)
Tom, K7ZZ, will be active as ZD8ZZ from an elevation of 2300 ft. on Green Mountain between October 12-26th. 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.

ZD9, TRISTAN DA CUNHA ISLAND
By the time you read this, Ulli, DL2AH, is expected to be active as ZD9AH until December 6th. Activity will be "holiday style" (not a DXpedition) and mainly on SSB. However, the last two weeks in November he plans to use RTTY. His equipment consists of a Yaesu FT897 (barefoot) and a simple Windom antenna. Ulli plans to partic- ipate in the WAG, CQWWDX and JADX contests. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct (QRZ.com address - He will answer QSLs when he return home in early January). Please be patient and sorry NO eQSL.

ZD9, TRISTAN DA CUNHA ISLAND
Two members of the Chiltern DX Club (CDXC), Rob/M0VFC and Martin/G3ZAY have recently received permission from the "Tristan da Cunha Island Council" for a DXpedition to take place in September 2012 for 2-3 weeks. They are on the provisional passenger list of the "MV Agulhas" (or possibly its replacement by then). The exact dates/bands/etc will be forthcoming.

ZL7, CHATHAM ISLAND
Hiro Miyake, JF1OCQ/W1VX, will once again (after 8 years) be active as ZL1WY/ZL7 from the Chatham Island (OC-038) between December 2-9th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. There will be an emphasis on 160 and 6 meters (for the Pacific). He will operate a breakable Beacon on 50.117 MHz for DX around the clock. QSL via JF1OCQ only: Hiro Miyake, 1-3-6 Asakura, Maebashi, 371-0811 Japan. Do NOT send QSLs to the New Zealand Bureau.

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