OPDX Bulletin 994 January 17, 2011

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 994
BID: $OPDX.994
January 17, 2011
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, W1HEO, KH2AR/W4, K3LR, K3USC, NG3K & ADXO, KY4P, N4AA & QRZ DX, KH6BZF, K8YSE, KG8P, W8GEX (60m News), W0GJ, AT International, DL1SBF, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, DxCoffee.com, DX- World.Net, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, G3NKC, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2YSB, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, PU2TEA, PS7AB, RSGB IOTA Web Site, VA3RJ & ICPO and VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) for the following DX information.

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 9th-January, through Sunday, 16th-January there were 220 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, 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, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J7, J8, JA, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ7, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T33, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TR, TT, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V8, VE, VK, VK0M, VK9N, VK9X, VP2V, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, YA, YB, YI, YK, 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).

Ivan, UR9IDX, is once again active as 8Q7VR from Naifaru Island (AS-013). His length of stay not known at this time. Activity over the past few days have been on 80 and 12 meters CW. QSL via UR9IDX, only direct. Ivan has posted some pictures on his QRZ.com page.

Jimmy, BX5AA, will be active during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. Jimmy states that BX5 is a rare prefix for Taiwan (CQ 24). QSL via BX5AA. Visit his Web page at:


Salvador, C31CT, will be active during the CQWW 160m SSB Contest (February 25-27th) as a Single-Operator/Low-Power entry. QSL via EA3QS.

Laci, OM5AM, is now active as D2AM from Luanda until March 17th. Activity has been mainly 20 meters SSB with some RTTY. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

* Contest University 2011 - Tim Duffy, K3LR, announced that registration for the 2011 event is open. This will the 5th year of holding the event at Dayton. CTU USA will be held on Thursday, May 19th, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Dayton, OH.
For CTU USA 2011 details, registration and more information, go to:

Please make sure that you click on the registration page. They expect Dayton's CTU 2011 student registration slots will fill up fast. Space is limited. CTU 2011 registration fee:
* 75.00 USDs early bird sign up -- until 1/31/11
* 85.00 USDs between 2/1/10 and 2/28/11
* 90.00 USDs between 3/1/10 and 5/03/11
* No sign ups at the door!
* Sorry, no refunds.
Scholarships available for those 25 years old or younger - contact them for info.

* CONTEST DINNER BANQUET - Tim, K3LR, Dayton Contest Dinner Chairman for the North Coast Contesters, reports (edited): "The North Coast Contesters are proud to announce the 19th Annual Dayton Contest Dinner. The 2011 Contest Dinner tickets are on sale now exclusively via our Web site. Thanks to Scott, KA9FOX, and QTH.com for designing, building and running the Web site

Master of Ceremonies for the Dayton Contest Dinner is CQ Contest Hall of Fame member and World Wide Radio Foundation Chairman John Dorr, K1AR.

The 2011 CQ Contest Hall of Fame Inductions will be formally announced by the CQ WorldWide Contest Director Bob Cox, K3EST.

Our excellent keynote dinner speaker will be announced later. The Contest Dinner will be held on Saturday night, May 21, 2011, at 6:30 PM, cash bar opens at 5:30 PM, located at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (Official Contester Hotel), 5th and Jefferson Streets (Next to the Convention Center), Dayton (Downtown), Ohio, in the VAN CLEVE BALLROOM.

Seating is random. Tables are set in rounds of 10. You can purchase an entire table for your group. Tickets are only available on:

Many contest operators from around the world attend this event. If you enjoy radio contesting, you do not want to miss the Contest Dinner in Dayton, Ohio.

You are also invited to attend the Contest Super Suite (Beckel and Miami Ballrooms) which is open for FOUR nights.

for all of the nightly activities and details. We expect a quick sell out for the Contest dinner. Get your tickets early!..... 73! Tim K3LR"

* DX DINNER BANQUET. Joe Pater, W8GEX, Secretary for the SouthWest Ohio DX Association, reports (edited): "The SOUTHWEST OHIO DX Association (SWODXA) is pleased to again sponsor the DX Dinner ™, held in conjunc- tion with the 2011 Dayton Hamvention®. The dinner will be held on Friday, May 20th, 2011. This year the dinner will be at the Dayton Marriott, 1414 S. Patterson Blvd., Dayton, OH 45409.

We are excited about our new venue. It is less than five minutes from our previous location, has a much larger capacity, and the dining room is on the ground floor so there are no steps. There is ample, free, on-site parking.

As in the past, there will be some major door prizes. And there is always great anticipation as to who will be named the “DXpedition of the Year”. Program details and a list of the prizes will be available soon at


There will be a cash bar starting at 5:30 p.m., with dinner served at 7:00. Tickets are 40 USDs each, payable in U.S. funds. Sorry, we do not process Paypal or credit card payments. If a vegetarian meal is desired, it must be indicated when tickets are ordered. We attempt to honor group seating requests when tickets are ordered together. Each table seats ten, and seats are assigned as the requests are received. Check or money orders, payable to SWODXA, should be sent to Kirk Swallow, W8QID, at: 3137 Compton Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45251. Be sure to include a SASE for ticket return.

The Marriott is a large hotel with many room choices. Should you need accommodations, their phone number is 937 223-1000 or the Web site is:

Following the meal, there will be a separate room and cash bar available for more fellowship. This is an excellent opportunity to meet and renew old acquaintances. We look forward to seeing everyone at the DX Dinner™ at the Marriott and at Hamvention®. Good Dxing!"

Val, RD3AF, will be active as EF8M from Santa Maria de Guia, Las Palmas Gran Canaria (AF-004, DIE S-005, WLOTA L 0969), during the CQ 160-Meter CW Contest (January 28-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/ High-Power entry. QSL via UA3DX.

Vlad, RA4LW, will be active as ER4A during the CQ 160-Meter CW Contest (January 28-30th) as a Single-Op entry. QSL via RA4LW direct only.

Wim, OS1T/ON4CIT, will be active as FJ/OS1T from St. Barthelemy Island (NA-146, DIFO FJ-001, WLOTA LH-0377) between May 14-22nd. Activity will be on 40-6 meters using mainly SSB and RTTY.
The suggested frequencies are:
     SSB - 7072, 14192, 18132, 21292, 24972, 28492 and 50115 kHz
     RTTY - 7042, 10142, 18102, 21082, 24922 and 28082 kHz
QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct (see (QRZ.com)).
Visit his FJ/OS1T Web page at:


Darren, VK4FEAT, is now active as H44DX. His length of stay on the island was not provided. Activity over the past week has been on 40/20/10m SSB. QSL via VK4FEAT and not via OH2BN as listed on (QRZ.com).

AF-032. Sam, F6AML, is once again active from Jambiani on Zanzibar Island (WLOTA 1080) until January 24th. He is signing as 5H1Z and using a FT-857 into a HF9V vertical and dipole, so look for him on 80-10 meters using CW and SSB. Suggested frequencies are:
CW - 3525, 7025, 10120, 14005, 18085, 21005, 24905 and 28005
SSB - 3755, 7055, 14260, 18128, 21260, 24935 and 28460 kHz
QSL via his home callsign, by the bureau or direct (QRZ.com).

EU-012. Members of the "Worked All Britain" (WAB) are planning to activate Fair Isle, Scotland, using the callsign GS4WAB and GS7WAB between August 16-22nd. They plan to activate the rare WAB squares HZ16, HZ17, HZ26 and HZ27. Fair Isle is the only piece of land within the very rare HZ 100 km Ordnance Survey Grid Square. GS4WAB will be established at the South Lighthouse on the island, while GS7WAB will be used for portable activations on other parts of the island, including the North Lighthouse. QSL via G4IAR, by the Bureau, or direct. If direct (outside the UK), please enclose SAE and 2 USDs. UK stations use a SAE and 2x first class stamps please. If no or insufficient return postage is sent, cards will be acknowledged, but via the Bureau. More details are forthcoming. Also, visit the WAB Web page at:


NA-122. (Op Cancelled) Adriano, IK2GNW, who was expected to be active as HI9/IK2GNW from Levantado Island in the Dominican Republic for 2 months starting January 27th, has cancelled his operation.

. Craig, VK4LDX, will be on an IOTA DXpedition again starting in April. His next trip will be to Horn Island (OC-138) between April 22­27th. This will be followed by another trip to Magnetic Island (OC-171) [he was there in December] between on April 29th and May 2nd. Craig states that he has retired his old Butternut HF9V vertical and will now use a Spiderbeam for 20/15/10 meters mounted on a 10m aluminium pole using a tripod. Look for more details to be forthcoming.

SA-024. Members of the São Paulo Association of Radioamadores (APRE) along with some guest operators will be active as PR2R from Ilha Comprida (Comprida Island; DIB SP03), located in the southern state of Sao Paulo, between January 28-30th. Activity will be on 80/40/20/15/10/6/2 meters. Operators mentioned are: Paulo/PY2ZZ, Euclides/PY2EV, Claudio/PY3NZ, Cristiano/PY3UK, Ronan/PY2RAR, Marcelo/PY2OX, Filipe/PU2TEA and Rafael/PU2RFS. QSL via Manager PY2OP (see QRZ.com for details. The activation of this island corresponds to a project of more complex dimensions that consist of placing on the air all blockhouses, islands and lighthouses of the State of São Paulo. More detailed information will be available soon at:


SA-097. As this was being written, operators Cezar/VE3LYC and Johan/ PA3EXX are now active as CE9/VE3LYC and CE9/PA3EXX from Ganzolo Island, in the Diego Ramirez Islands chain. Activity will be on 40/30/20/17/15 meters using CW and SSB. The length of their stay is unknown at this time, but activity could last until January 22nd. QSL all QSOs via VE3LYC, by the Bureau or direct (mail or PAYPAL; see Web page for details). For updates, check the following Web page at:


Saulius, LY5W, will be active as IT9/LY5W from Sicily Island (EU-025, IIA SC-001, MIA MI-107, WLOTA 1362) during the CQ 160-Meter CW Contest (January 28-30th) as a Single-Op or Multi-Op entry. QSL via LY5W, by the Bureau or direct.

JX, JAN MAYEN (Update/Changes)
The Jan Mayen DXpedition set between July 6-14th, 2011, (see OPDX.949) and led by Stan, SQ8X, has announced their group callsign will be JX7VPA. Currently, the team consists of: Stan/SQ8X (team leader), Pete/SQ9DIE, Vicky/SV2KBS, Decan/EI6FR, Leszek/ NI1L, Tomek/SQ9C, Bernie/HB9ASZ, Pekka/OH2TA and Deon/K6WH Deon. The group plans to be on the air for 8 days with 2-3 stations.

Stan also states, "Due to polar summer season at Jan Mayen Island with broad day- light 24/7 the team will not operate on 160-80 meters ­ those bands will be totally dead at that time. The DXpedition will focus on 30-6 meters, and our main modes will be CW and RTTY/PSK, with some SSB if conditions will be good enough to operate as much as we wish to. The team will also check conditions on the 40m band, but the band may also be not usable at that time of the year. The team will have a professional TV crew on board that will prepare a broadcast documentary about the project and the island." Updated details such as operators and QSL route will be available soon on the following Web page (currently under construction) at:


Operators Nobu/JR3STX and Take/JS6RRR will be active as W3STX/KH2 and KH2/JS6RRR, respectively, from Guam (OC-026) between 2200z, February 10th and 0300z, February 15th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB, FM, RTTY and PSK31. QSL W3STX/KH2 via JR3STX and KH2/JS6RRR via JS6RRR, by the Bureau or direct (SASE).


 Jan  17    AN          SOLAR REFERENCE KEYS
 Jan  18    AN          --------------------
 Jan  19    AN          BN - Below Normal
 Jan  20    HN          AN - Above Normal/Geomagnetic Level is QUIET
 Jan  21    HN          LN - Low Normal
 Jan  22    AN          HN - High Normal/Geomagnetic Level is UNSETTLED
 Jan  23    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
Glenn Johnson, W0GJ, Vice President of NCDXF, sent out the following press release on January 14th: "ARRL & NCDXF Scholar- ships ­ Deadline February 1, 2011: This year the Northern California DX Foundation is proud to be sponsoring THREE scholarships for deserving young hams.
The ARRL Foundation administers the granting of over 60 scholarships each year, three of which are sponsored from the W6EEN Memorial NCDXF Scholarship Fund.

The deadline is fast approaching. All materials -- including trans- cripts -- are due February 1. Beginning this year, applicants must submit all material electronically. No paper forms will be accepted.

Each applicant must submit a transcript from their high school or college to complete their application. Applications must be submitted via the ARRL web site

and transcripts sent via E-mail to: foundation@arrl.org
If you have college bound children, grand children or know of a deserving young ham, get them to apply now. There are just two weeks before the deadline. Don't put this off until the last minute."

Dee, W1HEO, will be active as P4/W1HEO from the P49V contest station on Aruba (SA-036) between April 3-16th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters, using CW and SSB, with an emphasis on the higher HF and 30/17/12 meter bands. Although this is a semi-holiday outing, major effort will be devoted to maximizing on-air operating time. Operations on the IOTA frequencies will include: CW - 14040, 18098, 21040 and 28040 kHz; SSB - 14260, 18128, 21260 and 28460 kHz. A special color postcard/QSL will be available. QSL direct only to the W1HEO, by the (QRZ.com) address or by the Bureau.

PACIFIC TRIP (In Preparation For Conway Reef)
Hrane, YT1AD, will be heading to the South Pacific to make do some logistical preparations (boat and some equipment) for the 3D2C Conway Reef DXpedition later this year during September and October. According to the updated news on the 3D2C Web page

, Hrane plans to visit Samoa (5W) between January 18-22nd, and be active as 5W8A. He will also visit American Samoa (KH8), between January 22-25th, and be active as KH8/N9YU. His travels will end at Fiji (3D2) between January 26-29th, and he will also be active as 3D2AD. For updates, watch the above Web page.

POSSIBLE NEW ENTITY (Southern Sudan referendum)?
BBC is reporting that "early results from Southern Sudan's referendum indicate the region has voted overwhelmingly to split from the north and form a new country. Full results of the poll are not due until next month, but the region is widely expected to choose to secede." To read the complete report, go to:


PR150, BRAZIL (Special Event)
Look for special event station PR150PLM to be on the air between January 16-31st. Activity is to celebrate the 150th anniversary/birthday of the Brazilian scientist, inventor and radio pioneer, Roberto Landell de Moura. Operations will be on 80/40/30/ 20/17/15/10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via PR7AYE, direct (QRZ.com) or by the Bureau. For more details, see (QRZ.com). Also, see the Web page:

More informations: www.landelldemoura.com.br


  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (dated January 16th)
  4J7WMF via RX3RC             HK3JCL via DK8LRF      SQ0WOSP via SP7YLD
  4V1 via N3OS                 IA7MM via IZ7AUH       ST2BSS via ST2M (direct)
  5H1Z via F6AML               IR1C via IK1APO        SV8/DL8MCA via DL8MCA
  CE1/K7CA via NW7O            LY13A via LY5A         SV8/LZ1SMX via LZ1SMX
  CN2DJ via F8AEJ              LY13B via LY3BY  SV9/ON6WP via LoTW/eQSL only!
  CT7/DL2MEK via DL2MEK        LY13G via LY1G         T33/EA3NT via EA3NT
  CT9/OH2OT via OH2OT          LY13M via LY3M         T33/IZ2IPF via IZ2IPF
  DL5L via DL5ANS              LY13O via LY8O         T70A via I4ZQS
  DQ60SAAR via DK8VR           LY13V via LY2FN        T88ME via 7N1RTO
  DR11ITB via DK7FK            LY13Z via LY2GV        TA7/WK1S via JA1PBV
  DU1/GM0RLZ via GM0RLZ        OM/OK1GTH via OK1GTH   UN2E via DF6PB
  DU1/VK3GK via VK3GK          OY1OF via M0URX        UN6GAV/7 via UN6GAV
  DU1IST via JA1HGY            PA30EBP via PA3EBP     V31ME via DJ4EL
  DU6/EA3NT via EA3NT          PA65ISWL via PA0FAW    V31ML via DJ1JB
  E70YL via E77E               PI30ETL via PA1CPA     VE2CSI via M0URX
  EA6BB via EA6CA              PR5S via PR7JP         VK1GG/VK2 via VK1TX
  EA7/M0JAF via ZB2JK (direct) PS150PLM via PS7AB     VP9/WW3S via WW3S
  H44DX via OH2BN              R20RCK via RW0UM       YB1RGK via DL4NDV
  HK1X via EA7FTR              SN19WOSP via SQ8JCB    YN3M via W0MM
ARRL OUTGOING QSL SERVICE (New Rates). The ARRL announced that "Effective January 17, 2011, a new pricing structure will go into effect for the ARRL Outgoing QSL Service. With the new rate structure, amateurs will no longer need to count outgoing cards and then guess as to what to pay based upon a half-pound rate; a simple weighing of the cards is all that is necessary to determine what amount to send to the Bureau. This new structure also accommodates a small rate increase in response to recent postage, shipping and handling costs.

The last rate revision for the Outgoing QSL Service was in January 2007. Even though international shipping costs have remained flat over the last 4 years, domestic shipping costs have risen more than 16 percent since 2007, while material and handling costs continue to climb 1 to 2 percent each year.

The new rate will be:
* 2 USDs for 10 or fewer cards in one envelope.
* 3 USDs for 11-20 cards in one envelope, or
* 75 cents per ounce, for packages with 21 or more cards. For example, a package containing 1.5 pounds -- 24 ounces, or about 225 cards -- of cards will cost $18.
If you have any questions concerning the ARRL Outgoing QSL Service or the rates to use the service, please send them via E-mail to: buro@arrl.org ."

LOTW NOW SUPPORTS VUCC. It was announced this past week that the "ARRL's Logbook of the World (LoTW) -- an online system for amateurs to confirm two-way contacts that can be used for various ARRL awards -- has been upgraded to support awards based on Maidenhead grid squares, such as VUCC and the Fred Fish Memorial Award.

To take advantage of the new features, you need to log in to your LoTW account. (Don't have an LoTW account? It's easy to sign up. Go to:

VUCC is an open-ended award in that hams can work on throughout their lifetime, just like DXCC. But, like the Worked All States (WAS) award, the VUCC rules require all the contacts to be made from a defined area.

For VHF and UHF QSOs on 1296 MHz and below, this distance must be within 200 km on 1296 MHz and below. For SHF awards, contacts must be made from a single location, defined as within a 300 meter diameter circle. As such, the VUCC support in LoTW allows you to make the rule -- or rules -- necessary to find the QSLs in LoTW that satisfy the VUCC rules." For the complete announcement, go to:


S79K QSL STATUS. Dave, G3NKC, reports: "Following postal delays getting QSLs from the printer; I rapidly turned around all of the QSLs that had arrived to me (around 400). I am still getting a steady stream of requests, that I should turn around pretty fast. However, I am still seeing a large number of items arriving that were posted well before Christmas. The UK postal service (and in particular, my local sorting office!) is somewhat in disarray at present, and I have been told that they have a significant backlog to deal with. If anyone has applied for a card, but not received one, please QRX; it will come eventually. You can E-mail me to enquire if you are concerned! I will also accept PayPal to cover return postage which will cut down on half of the journey, but please send me an E-mail to confirm that you are doing this, and ensure that I receive sufficient funds to return a QSL to you." His E-mail address is: g3nkc@yahoo.co.uk

S92SS LOG NOW ON LOTW. Charles, KY4P, reports: "I have typed up my old S92SS paper log (quite a chore!) and have uploaded it to LoTW. That operation was way back in 1992 to 1997. The log contains 1,506 160M CW QSOs. There are many 160M log entries that bear no indication that QSLs were exchanged."




It was reported that Ken Stenback, W8KS (ex-AI8S), became a Silent Key (SK) on January 1st, at the age of 63. He was an avid DXer with 343 confirmed on the ARRL DXCC standings. Ken was the driving force behind the Ashtabula County Amateur Radio Club's many activities and served many terms as its President. OPDX and its readers would like to send out our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of W8KS.

Monk Apollo, SV2ASP/A, was heard active this past weekend on 40 and 17 meters SSB. QSL direct to his home callsign.

An international team will activate T31A from Kanton Island (OC-043) between April 17-28th. The transportation has been arranged, all licenses are assigned and the permit is in its final stages. They plan to have 6 stations on the air, operating on 160-10 meters. The following operators have been mentioned: Carlos/EA1IR, Jim/K6ZH, Dave/N1EMC, Arnie/N6HC, Bud/N7CW, John/N7CQQ, Mike/N9NS, Paul/UX2HO, Jay/W2IJ, Charlie/W6KK, Phil/W9IXX and Hrane/YT1AD. The pilot stations will be Eduardo/EA3NY and San/K5YY. Suggested frequencies are:
CW - 1826, 3504, 7004, 10104, 14024, 18074, 21024, 24894 and 28024 kHz
SSB - 1843, 3798, 7084, 14195, 18145, 21295, 24945 and 28495 kHz
RTTY - 3582, 7043, 10140, 14080, 18100, 21080, 24920 and 28080 kHz
6m - 50099/CW and 50120/SSB
IOTA Frequencies to be used are:
CW - 3530, 7030, 10113, 14040, 18098, 21040, 24920 and 28040 kHz
SSB - 3765, 7055, 14260, 18128, 21260, 24950 and 28460 kHz

QSL via QSL Manager W2IJ, by the Bureau or direct to: Jay Kobelin, 10628 Grandview Drive, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91701. Current plans are: "Two team members will arrive in Apia on April 6, 2011, to inspect the equipment shipped from California and operate from 5W as time allows. The team will leave Apia on April 13, 2011, and sail approximately 4 days. Upon arrival at Kanton, we'll setup 2 sites and begin operation. We plan 11-12 days of operation. We'll depart Kanton and arrive back in Apia on May 2, 2011. The T31A Web page is now active and available at:


Ivo, 9A3A/E73A, will activate the Amateurs Radio Republic of San Marino (A.R.R.S.M.) club station T70A during the CQ 160-Meter CW Contest (January 28-30th) as a Single-Op/High-Power entry. QSL via T70A.

Richard, K5NA, will activate the TF4M club station in Otradalur, using the callsign TF4X during the CQ 160-Meter CW Contest (January 28-30th) as a Single-Op/High-Power entry. QSL via G3SWH.

An international team composed of members of the Provins ARC (F6KOP) will be active as TJ3C from Kribi between February 10-20th (See OPDX.992). It was reported this past week that the TJ3C Web page is now active and online at:


Al, F5VHJ, will once again be active as TO5A, but this time during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 26-27th) as a Single- Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via F5VHJ, direct or by the Bureau. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW.

Baldur, DJ6SI, will once again return to Chad and operate as TT8DX between February 14­24th. Activity will be mainly CW. QSL via his home callsign.

Torsten, DG7RO, will be active as V31TF from Belize between February 9th and March 1st. Activity will be holiday style on 160-10 meters using mainly SSB and RTTY, and possibly CW. He will use a FT-857 w/100 watts into a dipole and longwire antenna. Also, look for him to be active in the CQ WPX RTTY Contest (February 12-13th), ARRL DX CW Contest (February 19-20th) and CQWW 160M SSB Contest (February 25-27th), possibly as V31GW.

Members of the Lufthansa Amateur Radio Club (LARC) will be active as V55DLH from Omaruru between February 5­12th. Operators mentioned are: Georg/DD8ZX, Bernd/DF1FF, Juergen/DH0RAK, Juergen/DH6ICE, Frank/DJ3FK, Rudi/DK7PE and Bernhard/DK7TF. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. Visit the V55DLH Web page at:


VK9X, CHRISTMAS ISLAND (Update/Reminder)
A group of JA operators on a DX holiday to Christmas Island (OC-002) is now active until January 20th. The updated operators list include the following (with their own VK9X callsign) are: Tatsuo/JA3ARJ (JA3ARJ/VK9), Takeo/JA3BZO (VK9XA), Hiroko/ JH3PBL (VK9XL), Shimatake/JI3DNN (VK9XN), Masumi/JA3AVO (VK9XO), Nakasako/ JA3UJR (VK9XJR), Kunio/JA1CJA (VK9XXY) and Nishimura/JA3HJI (VK9XJ). Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via the operator's home callsign. A Web site is currently available at:


Members of the Microlight Penguins have begun to head south to Argentina. This is where the team will start their trip on board the "RV Braveheart" to head to South Orkney Islands (AN-008) and be active as VP8ORK between January 27th and February 8th. They expect to be on the air with 7 stations on all HF bands 160-10 meters using SSB, CW and RTTY. If you want a QSL card, there are three ways available to receive one: OQRS direct (on the VP8O Web page), OQRS Bureau (on the VP8O Web page) and direct by mail via VE3XN [w/SASE/Green Stamps/IRC(s)]. For more details and updates, visit the VP8O Web page at:


Seppo, OH1VR, will once again be active as OH1VR/VP9 from Bermuda (NA-005) between January 27th and February 1st. Activity will include the CQWW 160m CW Contest (January 28-30th), probably as a Single- Op/Low-Power entry. QSL via his home callsign. Visit his home page at:


Pierre, ZS1HF/ZS8M, reports on QRZ.com and the ZS8M Web page

(edited): "The polar supply ship arrives on March 15th, 2011. This means the ZS8M SSB operation will most likely end on this date, BUT there is a possibility that PSK operations will continue until May 11th, 2011. If I am able to operate after this date, it will be a bonus. The ZS8M DXpedition will definitely end on May 5th, 2011. On this date our team departs Marion Island for Cape Town." Pierre suggests to keep monitoring the above Web sites for updates.

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