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Главная » 2012 » Август » 8 » Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin #1074
Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin #1074
07:21
The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1074
BID: $OPDX.1074
August 13, 2012
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Prepared in Murfreesboro, TN, and Strongsville, OH

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 & W1AW, N2OO, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily
DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4JF, AA5UL, KH6BZF, N6PSE, N7US, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX
& 60m News, ND9M, W9ILY, AT International, CX3AL, DK8JB & The DX News
Letter, DL1SBF, DxCoffee.com, DX-World.Net, ES1CW, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les
Nouvelles DX, G3SWH, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, OH2YY, OZ6OM & 50 MHz
DX News, Pete's DX-Newsdesk, PT7WA, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly,
TA1HZ, UT7UT, VA3RJ & ICPO, VE7DP, the VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) and VK2ARE
for the following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
week of Sunday, 5th-August, through Sunday, 12th-August there were 216
countries active. Countries available: 1S, 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3D2/r, 3DA, 3V,
3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4W, 4X, 5B, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X,
8P, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9V, 9Y, A2, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP,
BV, BY, C3, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, D6, DL, DU,
E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F,
FG, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB,
HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J8, JA,
JD/o, JT, JW, JX, 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, P2, PA, PJ2,
PJ5, PJ7, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T32, T5,
T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TN, TT, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5,
V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9C, VK9N, VP2E, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR,
VU, VU7, XE,  XU, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4,
ZD7, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS

* 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).

3D2C, CONWAY REEF (Press Release). Paul, N6PSE, sent out the following
on August 7th: "After many months of careful planning, we are pleased to
announce that our preparations for a large multi-national Dxpedition to
Conway Reef are going according to plan.
  Conway Reef is located in the South Pacific Ocean and is #35 on Club-
Log's most wanted DXCC list.
  The Team is meeting in Lami Bay, Suva and departing by ship to Conway
Reef on September 24th. The Team expects to arrive at Conway Reef and
become active on September 26th. We will complete our Dxpedition on
October 5th, 2012.
  The main goals of this DXpedition are to work every amateur radio
operator who needs Conway Reef for a new DXCC country. In addition, we
will be active on all bands from 1.8 MHz to 144 MHz, including the 5 MHz
and 50 MHz bands.
  We will be active on CW, SSB and RTTY. Special attention will be made
to work far away stations such as Europe and Africa during those periods
when propagation permits. The propagation window for EU and Africa is
very brief at times and signals may be weak, so we ask everyone in the
honored HAM SPIRIT to stand by when asked so that we may fulfill this
need. Our destination will have a wide range of options and possibilities.
  We plan to upload our logs on a daily basis to our on-line log. We will
upload to LOTW approximately six months following the DXpedition.
  Our team consists of these Operators: Hrane-YT1AD-Leader, Aleksej-UA4HOX-
Co-Leader-Operations, Paul-N6PSE-Co-Leader-PR & Fundraising, David-WD5COV,
Vasily-RW4NW, David-AH6HY, Alan-K6SRZ-Team Physician, Alan-AD6E, Sergej-
RZ3FW, Craig-K9CT, Stan-LZ1GC, George-N6NKT, Peter-PY5CC, Mike-K6MKF,
Jim-K9JM, Miguel-PY3MM and Luciano-PY5KD.
  We wish everyone good propagation and we hope that you enjoy working the 3D2C Team.

At this time, we are seeking additional Club and Individual Sponsors to
help us defray the costs of carrying out this DXpedition. Our official
website is:            http://www.yt1ad.info/3d2c/index.html
  3D2C Team"

5T0, MAURITANIA. A group of Polish radio amateurs (SP2EBG, SP3CYY, SP3GEM,
SP6EQZ, SP3FXY and SP6IXF) with the special participation of Jean, 5T0JL,
will be active as 5T0SP between November 24th and December 10th, from
Mauritania. Activity will be on all HF bands, 160-10 meters using CW,
SSB an RTTY. There will be a focus on JA and Far East. A Web page is
currently under construction at:     http://www.5t0sp.dxing.pl

C6, BAHAMAS. Bob, W9XY, will be active as C6AXY between November 4-9th.
Activity will be holiday style on 40-10 meters using mostly CW and SSB,
with maybe some RTTY or PSK31 thrown in. QSL via W9XY.

CW, URUGUAY (LH Op!). Members of the "RADIO CLUB URUGUAYO" will be active
as CW1R (ILLW Special Event Callsign) from Punta del Este Lighthouse
(ARLHS URU 008, ILLW UY0005, Grid Locator GF25ma) during the upcoming
International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend (August 17-19th). Activity
will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL by the
Bureau or direct to: Radio Club Uruguayo, P.O.Box 37, 11000, Montevideo,
URUGUAY, SOUTH AMERICA (with SAEand 1 new IRC or 2 green stamps).

DXPEDITION VIDEOS OF THE WEEK. With more and more DXpeditions putting
their videos on YouTube and other Web services, we decided to list them
(possibly) each week. For this week's listings:
  2008 - KL7DX NA-234 Cleveland Volcano DXpedition: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=026fW4rYcwg
  2007 - C6ARI DXpeditions: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wTkbywWcdk
  2002 - VP6DI Ducie Island DXpedition:
         http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAWSMeeSf7Q (Part 1)
         http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1P2K8kcaiA4 (Part 2)

  If you have a DXpedition 'video' available on the Web and would like to
have it listed in the OPDX, PLEASE send the URL to use and we will publish
it.

E6, NIUE (New Prefix). On August 3rd, the ITU updated its "Table of
International Callsign Series" to reflect a callsign change for Niue.
The island will now have the entire E6 prefix block (E6A-E6Z). Niue
is an island approximately 1700 miles northeast of New Zealand, and
is a self-governing island nation that has been in free association
with New Zealand since 1974. Prior to the change, the island used ZK2.

EA6, BALEARIC ISLANDS. Adrian, AA5UK, will be operating again from Ibiza,
Balearic Islands (EU-004), between October 20-31st as EA6/AA5UK. Activity
will be holiday style on 80-10 meters using SSB, RTTY and PSK31. He will
also operate in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) as a Single-Op/
All-Band/Assisted entry. Adrian informs OPDX, "I got back into RTTY big
time last year and found there was a big demand of EA6. I will be con-
centrating heavily on RTTY with some SSB during my non-contest period."
QSL direct via his home callsign, by the Bureau, LoTW or eQSL.

IOTA NEWS..............
  AS-008.  Takeshi "TAKE", JI3DST, will once again be active as JI3DST/JI1 from
           Shikine Island (North Izu Island) between 0500z, September 12th
           and 2400z, September 16th. Operations will be on 40/30/20/17/15/
           12/10 meters using CW, SSB, FM, RTTY and PSK31. Activity will
           also be during the Scandinavian Activity Contest [SAC] (Sep-
           tember 15-16th). In case of heavy rain or other conditions,
           the operation condition may vary. QSL info for JI3DST/JI1 is
           available on QRZ.com. Also, visit his Blog Page at:
                       http://blog.goo.ne.jp/ji3dst

  AS-060.  Members of Gwangju DX Club will be active as D7G from Kogum
           Island between August 17-19th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters
           using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via HL4CEL.

  EU-136.  Vincenzo, IZ2WMW, will be active as 9A/IZ2WMW from Krk Island
           (ACIA IC-105, CIA-22, IOCA CI-046, MIA MC-185, WLOTA 1342)
           between August 18-25th. Activity will be holiday style on
           the HF bands. QSL via hs home callsign, direct or by the
           Bureau.

  NA-161.  Operators Doc/KL7XK/p, Chuck/WL7CSJ/p, Heinz/VA7AQ/NL5 and
           Frank/VE7DP/WL9 will activate Pleasant Island between August
           17-19/th. Activity will be on 30/20/17/15 meters using CW
           and SSB. QSL to operator's home callsign, by the Bureau or
           direct.

  OC-174.  Gil, 4F2KWT, will be active as DX0N from the rare Bongao
           Island located in the province of Tawi-Tawi, Philippines,
           sometime in September. Look for more details o be forthcoming
           at:            http://www.qrz.com/db/DX0N

K4, UNITED STATES (LH/IOTA Op!). A team of eight operators, lead by
Rick, K4JTT, from the Atlanta area, will again activate a rare light-
house from Sand Island Lighthouse (ARLHS USA-723), on Dauphin Island
(NA-213), in Alabama, between September 26-30th. The callsign will be
K4D. Sponsors for this year's activation include Yaesu who will supply
the radios, the anchor sponsor Alpha Delta Antenna's who will provide
the antennas and the Kennehoochee Amateur Radio Club, Marietta, Georgia.
This is the group 3rd annual activation. For more details and updates,
visit:                        http://www.w4bti.org

KH6BZF PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (August 13-19th)....
Aug/13th  AN      Aug/16th  AN      Aug/18th  AN
Aug/14th  AN      Aug/17th  AN      Aug/19th  AN
Aug/15th  AN

   SOLAR REFERENCE KEYS/INDEXES AND GEOMAGNETIC REFERENCE
   ======================================================
    NORMALITY               GEOMAG       K Values    Alpha
   -----------------        ------       --------    ------
   AN  - Above Normal       Quiet        K=0-1       0-7
   HN  - High Normal        Unsettled    K=2         8-15
   LN  - Low Normal         Active       K=3         16-29
   BN  - Below Normal       Minor Storm  K=4         30-49
   DIS - Disturbed          Major Storm  K=5         50-99
   VRY DIS - Very Disturbed Severe Storm K=6-9       100-400

   ADDED NOTE: Lee states, "An estimated 50 meteors per hour may streak
   across the Northeast sky on August 12-13th, with the best viewing
   between 11 PM local until just before sunrise (BEST VIEWING)."
   Also, visit: http://www.amsmeteors.org/2012/08/viewing-the-2012-perseid-meteor-shower

NH7, HAWAII. Ji, N6TJ, will be active as NH7A from KH6LC's QTH
during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) as a Single-Op/
All-Band entry. QSL via F5VHJ.

OH0, ALANDS. Normunds, YL3DQ, will be active as OH0/YL3DQ from Eckero,
Aland Island, between August 12-20th. Activity will be holiday style
on 80-10 meters using CW and RTTY. QSL via YL3DQ. The log will be uploaded
to LoTW.

P4, ARUBA. John, W2GD, will be active as P40W from Santa Cruz, Aruba
(SA-036, WLOTA 0033), during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th)
and the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/
High-Power entry. QSL via LoTW or N2MM (QRZ.com). Look for some 30/17/12
meters and 160 meters operations before the contest as time permits.
PLEASE NOTE: 60m operation is NOT authorized on Aruba. Log will be posted
to LoTW within two weeks. ALSO, John plans to end responding to P40W
QSL card requests by the end of 2013. Confirmations for P40W only via
LoTW thereafter.

PT7, BRAZIL (LH Op!). Luciano, PT7ZT/p, will be active from two valid
Lighthouses for the Brazilian Lighthouse Award (DFB) and Ceará State
Lighthouse Award (DFCE): Between now and August 14th, Pontal das Almas
Lighthouse (BRA-179, CE-03), and August 16-19th, Itapagé Lighthouse
(BRA-057 andd CE-02). Activity will be SSB only. QSL via his home callsign.

PT0S, ST. PETER AND ST. PAUL ROCKS (Update). As mentioned last week,
George, AA7JV, was on a recon trip to St. Peter and Paul Rocks for the
PT0S operation coming up in November, and has returned home. George used
an Elecraft KX3 with a whip on the recon trip to determine the quietest
location for the low band receiving antennas: 300 ft. away on another
island. You can read about  on the PT0S Web page under "News Updates"
at:                    http://pt0s.com/news.html

QSL INFO AND NEWS.....................
  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (dated August 12th)
  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
  2O0CGT via 2E0CGT          CU3YLA via CU3BL          HT9H via TI4SU
  4L0CR via DL8KAC           DL/9A2WJ via 9A2WJ        IT9/ON4ENL via ON4ENL
  4X/DK7CM via DK7CM         DL/PA4ARP via PA4ARP      LA/DH0JAE via DH0JAE
  4X130RISHON via 4Z4KX      DM50KSJ via DL2VM         OE/DJ5RE/p via DJ5RE
  5B/G4MKP via M0URX         DR50DTANGO via DG5MPQ     OE/OK1NOR via OK1NOR
  5B/RV1AW via RU1AE         EA6/DF2DD via DF2DD       OL8M via OK1DRQ
  5B/RV1AW via RU1AE         EA6/DL7MX via DL7MX       ON40KS via ON7MFY
  5Q0PI via OZ6PI            EM200L via UT3LI          ON50HC via ON3AIM
  8S7SIX via SM7FJE          EO5UFF via US5UFF         OZ/DH0JAE via DH0JAE
  9A/S54O via S54O           EY8/UA4WHX via UA4WHX     OZ/DL3JJ via DL3JJ
  9A/S57SU via S57SU         F/PA2M via PA2M           P29FR via I2RFJ
  9A8WTV via IZ5WTV          FG4NO via F4AVX           R200BB via RK3CQ
  9K2/A92KT via 9K2KH        FK8GX via W3HNK           RI1FJA via RX3MM
  9M2IDJ via JA6IDJ          GO2MP via N3SL            SP2/DK2ZF via DK2ZF
  CO6LE via EA5GL            GO7BTA via G7BTA          UN/UA4WHX via UA4WHX
  CT7/DL1IAL via DL1IAL      HA/ON6UU/P via ON6UU      XE1REF/XF1 via XE1REF
  CT7/G3SED via G3SED        HB0/IK1AIL via IK1AIL     ZA1/YO2MBU via YO2MBU
  CT9/OM7JG via OM7JG        HL5/DL2DUA via DL2DUA     ZA1TC via TA1HZ
                (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (L) LoTW

  5R8FL QSL ROUTE CHANGE. Phil, G3SWH , reports: "It is with great regret
  that I have to announce that Andreas, 5R8FL, has terminated my QSL
  managership of his station with effect from the end of July 2012. I have
  his logs up to the end of June 2012 and am awaiting the log for July. I
  will be uploading the latest logs to LoTW and to the search facility on
  my web site in the next few weeks. I have plenty of proper QSL cards
  left. I have been given no reason for the termination and have no infor-
  mation as to whether Andreas has made any alternative arrangements for
  confirming his future QSOs."

  CY9M LOTW NOTICE. The following note is on M0URX's Web page at:
        http://m0urx.com/3-M0URX/369-cy9m-lotw-upload.html
  "The CY9M log has been uploaded to Logbook of The World, LoTW. It has
  become clear that one of the laptops used for logging was + one hour
  out of UTC. If you are missing a match on LoTW please reload your QSO
  adding ONE HOUR to your log time."

  QSL H44USMC via H44RK. Special event station to commemorate 70th anni-
  versary of the U.S. Marines landings on Guadalcanal.

  HK0NA LoTW. Bob, N2OO, reports that he has begun to upload QSOs to
  LoTW. However, he mentions that for some reason some 15,000 QSOs
  are missing from the HK0NA LoTW upload. He states, "Will work it
  all out with ARRL next week. PLEASE don't deluge me with emails!
  ;-) I'm on it."

  UT1FG/MM QSL UPDATE. OPDX has been informed with the following updated
  info concerning the status of QSL requests for contacts made by UT1FG/MM
  after April, 2012: "Yuri, UT1FG, has been on a well deserved vacation
  in Russia following his 6 month long voyage as Captain of the M/V
  Barnacle. Logs for the April-May 2012 timeframe have just now become
  available to his QSL Manager Eugene, UX0FY. Yuri was only home for a
  few days, but he managed to write many QSL cards which will be returned
  by mail (if postage was provided), or by the Bureau (if no postage was
  enclosed).  Eugene will have the bureau cards out in September and
  said that the Ukraine Bureau is working very well.  Direct cards are
  going out daily. Eugene has all of Yuri's logs now and can answer all
  requests. Eugene responds to all requests (with sufficient postage) on
  a direct basis. He encloses an insert that requests that the recipient
  send an E-mail to him when they receive their card(s).  This insures
  that the process is complete. If no E-mail is received then the card
  is possibly lost or stolen in the mail. So, let him know if you received
  your UT1FG/MM cards that you requested or not. If you did not receive
  the cards, he will work something out with you to get them. This goes
  for the 6 meter as well as the satellite contacts.

  QSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 1A0C, 5B4AHK, 5B4AIF, 6D0LM, 9A5K, 9A8ZRS,
  9K2MU, 9M6XRO, AK1W, CE2/VE7SV, CN4P,CO2JD, CQ7A, CY9M, DF4WC, DK1BX,
  DL1IAI, DL1QQ, DL3XM, DL4YBP, DL5FU, DL7URH, DU1IST, DU1JI, EI6HW,
  EA1XT, F4BKV, FM5CD, FP/VA2WA, G4IIY, G7SSE, GJ6YB, GM2T, GM5X, H2T,
  HA0HW, HK0NA, HR9/WQ7R, HS0ZIV, IR2M, IW1QN, IZ8GCE, JA3EGY, K4NC,
  K6MM, K9BTQ, LY200NB, LY2MM, LZ1BJ, MI0AYR, MJ0CFW, MO0FAL, OE7FMH,
  OG5N, OJ0R, OK2DL, OL2HQ, OK5T, OL2HQ, PA1NHZ, PA1PE, PA3C, PA3GND,
  PA9JO, PJ4/K5KG, PY1SX, R6AF/P, R7NA, RN4LP, RZ3EC, S57L, SP1MWK,
  SP5IT, SQ2NNN, SV0XCC/9, SV9AHZ, UA2FL, UA3ON, UA4HBW, UN5J, UR5LCZ,
  UX0HO, UX2KA, V55V/P, V73NS, VA7PX, VE3XB, VK1DI, VK2DX, VK4AFU,
  W0EWD, W4AS, WH7Z, XE1KK, YO9IKW and ZP9MCE

  QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 6V7Z, DP1POL, ES3AX, EY7AD, HH4/W3CMP, HK1MW,
  J52HF, K5N, N5K, MO0OXO, OD5NH, OM3CAQ, PJ7DX, SV2ASP/A, TO5T, UA9MA,
  VP2MFF, WE8A/KH0, XV9MA, YB8Y and YT1E

  QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 4JA3USA, 4O/S56C, 5B4AJC, 5X1VJ, 6W/UA0SE,
  6W/RZ0SR, 7U1MA, 9M2TO, A65BU, AH0BT, C31MO, DU1IST, ES4X, EA6ES, EA6SK,
  EA6TS, EA7AAW/EA6, EA8AB, EA8AJO, EA8CBJ, EA8IK, EA8MT, EA8QP, EA8UP,
  EA8ZS, EC8ADS, EH8RHG, ET3AA, JD1BMH, KB7OBU/KH2, P3N, P33W, P4/RG5A,
  PP0T, PY0/CT1BWW, R1ANC, T2XG, T6AG, T88NA, TX3T, TX7M, UK/JA0VSH,
  VK9ANU and VK9HR

TC2, TURKEY (LH Op!). As a part of WEBLOTA (Western Black Sea Lighthouses
On The Air Award) scheme, look for TC2ELH to be on the air between August
18-20th. Detailed information about WEBLOTA and the lighthouse is available
on <www.qrz.com> and <www.tcswat.org>. Activity will be on all HF bands,
and they will also try VHF-UHF. QSL via TCSWAT. (As they also QSL 100% via
the Bureau, please do not QSL direct unless you are in a hurry!). Unfortun-
ately, TC6LHW, also planned for the same weekend from the Civaburnu Light-
house at Çarsamba, Samsun, but it had to be cancelled. It will be activated
in the future.

V4, ST. KITTS AND NEVIS . John, W5JON, will once again be operating
as V47JA from his Calypso Bay, St. Kitts, W.I., hillside vacation home
(CQZ 8, IOTA NA-104, Grid FK87pg) between October 12th and November 1st.
Activity will be on 160-6 meters, including 60m and using SSB. His activity
will also include CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) as a Single-Op/
All-Band entry. Equipment will be: Kenwood TS-590S and a SB200 Amplifier
and a 80-10m Multiband Dipole and S9 Vertical (18' and 31'); 6m will be
a 3 element yagi. His XYL Cathy, W5HAM, will occasionally operate as
V47HAM. ALL QSLs go to his home callsign W5JON. Also via LoTW.

VK9C, COCOS (KEELING) ISLAND. A surprise activation last week by Allen,
VK3BF, from here as VK3BF/VK9C will end very quickly (possibly on August
12th. Activity seems to be mainly on 20 meters SSB. QSL via VK3BF.

VK9X, CHRISTMAS ISLANDS. Pekka, OH2YY, reports, "Last November a re-
scheduling of flights, caused by bad weather, cut my operation at
Christmas Island very short. I have now decided to return to Christmas
and re-activate VK9XM in early October this year. The schedule for the
operation is from Oct. 6th (ca. 12Z) to Oct. 12th (ca. 24Z). I will be
active on frequencies 7-28 MHz. I will QSL 100% either direct or via
SRAL QSL bureau. Direct QSL's to my home address: Pekka Ahlqvist OH2YY,
Vapaalanpolku 8B, 01650 Vantaa, Finland."

VP9, BERMUDA (NA-005). Paul, W4/VP9KF (G4BKI),will once again be active as
VP9KF from Baileys Bay, Hamilton Parish, between November 5-19th. Activity
will only be CW on all bands and the JA greyline. QSL via W4/VP9KF:
Paul Evans, 6809 River Road, Tampa, FL 33615. Please, DO NOT send to
the VP9 bureau. Visit his Web page for more information, including logs,
propagation and operating times, at:        http://vp9kf.com

VQ9, CHAGOS ISLANDS. Jim, VQ9JC/ND9M, informs OPDX, "I'm back on Diego
Garcia until mid November. The ham shack was closed for maintenance
during my absence from the island, and I don't know yet when it will be
re-opened. Hopefully, the closure is only temporary. In the meantime, I'm
operating from two different locations on the island, both of which are
in recreational parks. All of my operating is currently Field Day style
in that I bring all my gear (rig, power supply, antennas, power and coax
cables, keyer, laptop, and tools - about 40 pounds) with me in two back-
packs. (I wear one and hand carry the other.) Being a tropical island,
there's no shortage of trees, but I can only get the antenna up about 25
feet because of the density of the palms. I get the supporting lines into
the trees using fishing line and lead weights and throwing them up by
hand. (Think David and Goliath.) I'd be able to get the antennas up higher
if I could use a slingshot or bow and arrow, but those are considered
weapons here and are illegal under BIOT law. Since my two operating spots
are outside in public areas, I have to set up the station and then break
it down each day, which further limits my operating time to 1230-1615z on
most days typically. My HF rig is an FT-897D (barefoot at 100W) and single-
band dipoles. Most of my operating will be on CW, but I'll do SSB on
occasion. I don't have a Rigblaster with me yet, so digital modes aren't
available for the time being. My CW operating is normally with a keyer,
but I have a retired shipboard hand key with me at all times and can easily
switch to manual keying for SKCC contacts. I also operate through the LEO
satellites with an FT-857 (TX) and FT-817 (RX) for duplex comms. The
antenna is a 5-element Elk log periodic. All of my HF operating is from
the island, so contacts are valid for DXCC and other awards that require
that QSOs be made between land-based stations. My satellite operating is
from both the island as well as the ship I work on. All QSOs that I make
from the ship will be clearly identified as '/MM' or 'maritime mobile',
and the QSLs will indicate that as well. QSL via ND9M."

VQ9, CHAGOS ISLANDS. Chuck, W4XP, will be active as VQ9XP from the club
station VQ9X from Diego Garcia Atoll (AF-006, WLOTA 1645, LOC MI62) between
now and August 25th. His activity will be focused on 6 meters, but he will
also be on the HF bands. QSL direct via W4XP and LoTW.

VU7, LAKSHADWEEP ISLAND (Reminder)[IOTA/Lighthouse/WFF Op]. Remember to
look for members of the Bangalore Amateur Radio Club (VU2ARC) and a small
group of amateur radio volunteers to be active as VU7M from Minicoy Island
(AS-106, WFF VU-103, ARLHS LAK009 and also IND017 [to be deleted!!])
between August 13-22nd. Details on QRZ.com state that they will be "setting
up humble HF station" and the QSL route is "DIRECT to the QSL Manager
VU2JHM or through the Bureau". For more details (plently of URLs to look
at) and updates, watch QRZ.com under VU7M.

W4DXCC DX CONVENTION. Mark your activities calendar for September 28-29th,
for the Annual W4DXCC DX Convention held in Pigeon Forge, TN, at the
Mainstay Conference Center. Ten Tec also sponsors a outdoor Hamfest at
their plant in Sevierville, TN, on the same weekend. These two events
are just a couple of miles apart. The Hamfest is during the morning/
afternoon and the W4DXCC Convention is during the evening hours. For
additional information about the W4DXCC DX CONVENTION, visit their
Web site at:               http://www.w4dxcc.com

W9DXCC DX CONVENTION (September 14-15th). Jim, N7US, reports: "This is a
reminder of the 60th annual W9DXCC DX Convention which is a little more
than a month away. We always have a great time. The presentations are
interesting and focused on DXing. The prize drawings are fun. Several
vendors and organizations will be exhibitors, and you can operate an
FT DX 5000 which Yaesu has furnished for special event station W9D.
  We'll have QSL card checking for CQ and ARRL awards, including 160M
and deleted countries. The CW copying contest will let you compete against
the best, especially if our banquet speaker, Fred Laun, K3ZO, participates.
  The optional Friday afternoon class will get aspiring DXers up to speed
(well, maybe not 35 wpm) in four hours. Our master of ceremonies, Jim
O'Connell, W9MU, will keep us on track and entertained.
  The hotel is conveniently located near major highways and O'Hare, so the
convention is easy to get to locally or from anywhere else. But the best
part of the convention is seeing old friends and making new ones. The
Friday and Saturday night hospitality suites are a good opportunity to do
that.
  By registering now instead of the last minute or at the door, you save
a few bucks and you enable us to plan for the right number of attendees.
Registering is easy on our website, http://www.w9dxcc.com , and you can
pay using PayPal for your convenience. Everyone attending the convention
is expected to register, as the registration fees cover the costs of the
convention, so please do the right thing and register.
  You may receive an individual mailing as well as one or more from your
reflectors, so sorry for any dupes.  Please pass on the word to your local
club and friends. We look forward to seeing you at W9DXCC....
73, Jim N7US"

ZL9, CAMPBELL ISLAND (Update/Press Release). Ed, VK2ARE, Australian
Publicity Officer for the ZL9HR, sent out the following press release
[edited]: "The team at the Hellenic Amateur Radio Association of Australia
have all permissions including the landing permit to Campbell Island
(OC-037) and are in the process of building out three shipping containers
in Sydney, Australia, to be used for transport of all equipment and
supplies required. The DX'Pedition will be on Campbell Island between
the 28th of November and the 9th of December.
  An international team of operators has been assembled for this event
on the sub-Antartic Campbell Island which is located 650 km or 400 miles
south of New Zealand in the Southern Ocean. This is the biggest DX'Pedition
by an Australian club in 25 years and the promises to be the most sought
after DX'Pedition in 2012 overall. The complete crew of 10 operators is
as follows: Tommy/VK2IR, John/VK3YP, Les/W2LK, Gene/K5GS, Don/VE7DS,
Istvan/HA5AO, John/9M6XRO, David/K3EL, Jacky/ZL3CW and Tom/KE4KY.
  Keen DX-ers who may be looking to get ZL9 on a particular band and mode
to move towards a DXCC or other award, should go to the survey on the
website at ZL9HR.com and vote for which bands and modes they would like
to hear ZL9HR operating on!
  When people think of DX'Peditions, they think of operators sitting under
palm trees on exotic islands with the world of amateur radio enthusiasts
trying to talk to them. While this is where every DX'Pedition tries to get
to, there is a LOT of work that has to happen before this is possible!
Months or even years before, the event planning starts and permits are
requested, equipment assembled and transport both of equipment and
operators arranged. Accommodation organized and all red-tape worked
through. All of this requires a lot of work from the organizers and also
requires finance in the form of contributions from those taking part in
the event and from sponsors. Without sponsors no DX'Pedition can take
place and the ZL9HR DX'Pedition is no exception.
  This DX'Pedition is rightly being billed as one of the most important
DXPeditions in 2012 and the HARAOA is very happy to announce that many
of the sponsors that supported earlier DXPeditions are helping again with
ZL9HR. There will be additional sponsors 'signing up' over the next few
weeks, but we would like to thank those who have already committed to
support the DX'Pedition. These are as follows (in alphabetical order);
  Commercial sponsors: RF Solutions and Spiderbeam

  Club & Organisations: British Colombia & Northwest Washington – ORCA
  DX & Contest club, Clipperton DX Club, Danish DX Group, European DX
  Foundation, German DX Foundation, Lone Star DX Association, Long Island
  DX Association, Lynx DX Club, Mediterraneo DX Club, Northern California
  DX Club, Northern Illinois DX Association, Oklahoma DX Association,
  Pacific DXers, West Tennessee DX Association and 599 DX Association.

  There are also currently 33 individuals who are sponsoring the event.

  In addition to these sponsorships, the HARAOA ZL9HR DX'Pedition is
delighted to have been granted an award from the prestigious ARRL Colvin
foundation. The Colvin Award is conferred in the form of grants in support
of Amateur Radio projects that promote international goodwill in the field
of DX and the HARAOA are honoured to have received this award.
  Please keep monitoring the DX'Pedition's website - ZL9HR.com for all
updates as the preparations keep progressing."

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