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Главная » 2011 » Апрель » 4 » Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin #1005
Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin #1005
The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1005
BID: $OPDX.1005
April 4, 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, NG3K & ADXO, N4AA & QRZ DX, WP3GW, N5ER,
KH6BZF, K8GI, K8JP/V31JP, K8YSE, W8GEX (60m News), 9M6DXX, AT International,
DL1SBF, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter,,, DX-World.Net,
F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, JI5RPT,
LA9VDA, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, RSGB IOTA Web Site,
for the following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
week of Sunday, 27th-March, through Sunday, 3rd-April there were 238
countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L,
4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4W, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q,
7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9U, 9V, 9Y, A4,
A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3,
CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER,
ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FW, FY, G, GD, GI,
GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV,
HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, J7, J8, JA, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6,
KH9, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON,
OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ5, PJ7, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S2, S5, S7, SM,
SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TR, TT, TU,
TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK,
VK0M, VK9C, VP2E, VP5, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, VU4, XE, XT, XU, XX9, YA,
YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD9, ZF, ZK2,

* 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).

4W6, TIMOR-LESTE (Update/Press Release #2 - Callsign/Web Site Announced):
"The September 2011 Timor-Leste DXpedition has now received its callsign
- 4W6A - from ARCOM, the licensing authority in Dili. The team is very
grateful to ARCOM for issuing this special one-letter callsign for use
on the DXpedition.
The DXpedition has a Web site, at , which includes
profiles of the team members, propagation predictions and lots of inform-
ation about Timor-Leste and Atauro Island, the location of the DXpedition.
Unfortunately, Franck, VK8FNCY, has had to withdraw from the DXpedition
due to health reasons. His place has been taken by Tim/M0URX and Ant/
MW0JZE. Oliver, MW0JRX, is now resident in Darwin and has recently
received his Australian callsign, VK8DX. The other team members remain
Stuart/VK8NSB, Steve/9M6DXX and John/9M6XRO. As the team now comprises of
six operators, we have increased the number of stations from three to four.
The group is requesting donations from DX clubs and individuals who wish
to help in order to cover the high cost of generator hire, fuel for the
generators and the boat charter to and from the island. There is a
"Donations" page on the 4W6A Web site. Payments may be made by credit
or debit card (you do not need to have a PayPal account yourself in
order to make a donation).
4W6A will be QRV from Atauro Island (IOTA OC-232), Timor-Leste (East
Timor), from September 16-26th, 2011. Activity will be on all bands
160-10 meters, using CW, SSB and RTTY. The QSL manager is M0URX, direct
(SAE plus 1 IRC/2 USDs), via the Bureau, or LoTW. The entire log will
be uploaded to LoTW as soon as possible after the end of the operation
or, if possible, even during the DXpedition. QSLs may also be requested
using the QSL request form on the Web site.....
73, Steve, 9M6DXX (4W6A Team Member)"

5M, LIBERIA. The I2YSB DXpedition team is now active as 5M2TT from Liberia
until April 13th. The team consists of Silvano/I2YSB, Vinicio/IK2CIO,
Angelo/IK2CKR, Marcello/IK2DIA and Stefano/IK2HKT. The pilot station will
be Art/IK7JWY. The group plans to use 3 stations for the HF bands and one
other for the 50 MHz band (w/beacon and cubical quad antenna). Activity
will be on 80-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via I2YSB (A OQRS is
available -- See Web page for details). An online log (provided by IH9GPI)
is available at:
The official Web site is at:
Official forum (for any comment, suggestion or to contact the pilot) is
available at:
The current QSO count as of April 3rd, at 1556z is: 12871 QSOs with 6245
unique callsigns (5317/SSB, 7327/CW and 227/RTTY).

9L, SIERRA LEON (Update/Change - 9L5MS DXpedition). The members of the
Dutch 9L5MS DXpedition (and in close cooporation between the DAGOE Found-
ation and Mercy Ships) sent out the following press release on March 26th:
"There is a major change in the planning of the DXpedition. Here's the
We expect that our first radio operations will start a couple of days
later than expected. Hopefully during the weekend of April 2nd. Reason
for this is that the container that carries our antenna's and other
stuff that we need for the station (our food & water supplies and gen-
erators), is still in the customs-process. We expect that the customs
will not release the container until 4th of April! Last Thursday, March
24th, we evaluated the situation and the team decided to go for plan B.
So what's plan B? Plan B is that on Friday, March 25th we redesigned a
new minimal antenna-farm that we can take with us on the plane. We decided
that we will take 3 fiberglass verticals that will bring us on the air on
40m-10m. Sorry, no verticals available for the low bands and no RX-antennas
during the first phase., water and electricity are a problem.
We will have to figure this out when we are in Freetown on the hospital
ship Africa Mercy next week. During that week we will also work on Mercy
Ships projects as volunteers. As soon as the material arrives we will
concentrate on the Low Bands, using beams and Receiving arrays.
So we will be on the air from Sierra Leone soon, but the exact starting
date is still unknown. We will inform you about our proceedings via our
website, Twitter and the DX-cluster. Stay tuned!
73, 9L5MS - Sierra Leone DXpedition team."
ADDED NOTES/UPDATE: The 9L5MS team is on the air since April 2nd. They have
limited antennas, power and Internet. As of 1200z, April 3rd, the first
upload from the log was processed. For more details, updates and their log,
visit their Web page at:
You can also follow the team on Twitter: @DXpedition

A5, BHUTAN (Op Cancelled!). Hiromichi, JA1IFB, informs that operators
Shigeo/JA1JQY (A52JY), Nakayama/JA1KJW (A52KJ) and Kunio/JA8VE (A52VE)
have cancelled their operation from Thimphu between April 19-26th, due
to the big earthquake and tsunami hitting the JA7 district on March 11th.
Look for this operation to possibly be rescheduled.

B7, CHINA. A Chinese team of operators, along with some operators from
Hong Kong, will activate B7P from Foshan City (WW. Grid OL63NA), nearby
Guangzhou City, during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 28-29th) as a Multi-2
entry. Operators mentioned are Terry/BA7NQ (leader), JinQuan/BD7JC, Yang/
BD7IXG, Paul/BA7JS, BD7IBS, BD7KS, Wong/VR2KW, Nelson/VR2AAW and Lam/
VR2XZK. All QSLs will be sent via Bureau. For direct cards, please QSL
via their manager BD7IXG.

on a holiday style DXpedition on the FM satellites from various Caribbean
locations this coming week starting Sunday, April 3rd. Bryan states that
he will start at /KP4 from San Juan, and then operate /MM from as many
grids as he can, followed by J6/ from St. Lucia, then as V25CN from
Antigua, then as a very special FS/PJ7/ operation from the border monument
on St. Martin, then /KP2 from St. Croix, and finally again as /KP4. If
you are on the ASMAT-BB mailing list, Bryan states, "I will attempt to
send a note at the beginning of each day indicating if, when, and how
operation will occur."

CARIBBEAN TOUR. Operators Torsten/DL1THM and Anja/DH2AK will be active
as ZF2TH and ZF2AT respectively, from Grand Cayman Island (NA-016, WLOTA
LH-1042) between May 6-13th. Activity will be holiday style and mostly
on 20 meters SSB. Most of the operation will be from the beach using a
LiPo battery pack, IC-7000 and Buddipole. The two operators will also
be active from New Providence Island (NA-001), Bahamas, as DL1THM/C6A
and DH2AK/C6A. QSL ZF2TH and DL1THM/C6A via DL1THM, by the Bureau or
direct. QSL ZF2AT and DH2AK/C6A via DH2AK, by the Bureau or direct.

CR6, PORTUGAL (Special Event). Members of the Algarve STAR DX Team will
be on air as CR6A from "The Submerged Fortress" in the sea near Olhao
city in the southern part of Portugal inside the CTFF-07 Natural Park,
April 17th. This fortress is only accessible via boats and on very low
tide. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW and SSB. Operators
mentioned are Arlindo/CT1EGW, Jose/CT1EHX, Antonio/CT1GFK, Goncalo/CT1GPQ
and Miguel/CT1IUA. All info and award references are available on:
PLEASE NOTE: This activity is possible only in very good weather con-
ditions. If not, it will be delayed again.

CS2, PORTUGAL (Harley-Davidson Special Event). Operators Nuno/CT2FPE,
Joao/CT1EVE, Jose/CT1EUB and Virgilio/CT1ETX will be active once again
as CS2HD between May 23-29th. Activity is to celebrate the 2nd Harley-
Davidson meeting in Tavira-Algarve. Look for operations to be on all
modes and bands. QSL via CT2FPE. More info to become available soon

EB8, CANARY ISLANDS. Operators Pekka/EA8AH, Juan/EA8CAC, Manuel/EA8ZS,
Sal/EA5DY, Jose/EA5DFV and Jussi-Pekka/OH6RX will be active as EB8AH
during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Multi/2 entry.
QSL via LoTW.

FRENCH POLYNESIAN TOUR (FO, FO/A and FO/M). Yves, F6CTL, will once again
be in French Polynesia as FO/F6CTL and plans to activate some of its
islands between June and July. His activity will be somewhat holiday
style, mainly on SSB and the Digital modes, with some possible CW, using
an IC-7000 into a vertical or wire antenna. The following islands and
dates were announced:
June 19-22nd - Ua Pou (OC-027); Counts for DXCC as Marquesas
June 22-26th - Ua Huka (OC-027); Counts for DXCC as Marquesas
June 27-29th - Raita (OC-067); Counts for DXCC as French Polynesia
June 30th-July 3rd – Bora Bora (OC-067); Counts for DXCC as F. Polynesia
July 3-7th - Rangiroa (OC-066); Counts for DXCC as French Polynesia
July 7-10th - Tahiti (OC-046); Counts for DXCC as French Polynesia
July 11-14th - Rimatara (OC-050); Counts for DXCC as Austral Islands
QSL via his home callsign.

HR, HONDURAS (Update). The "DX-World.Net" reports that "Wild Bill",
N2WB, is planning to be active HR5/N2WB from Honduras between April
20th and May 4th. QSL via N2OO.

IOTA NEWS...............................
EU-001. (Update) Members of the "DX Plus" Hellenic Amateur Radio Team
will be active as SX5F from Pharmakonisi Island between May
14-22nd. Operators mentioned are Theodoros/SV1GRM, Sotirios/
SV1HER, George/SV1RP, Spiros/SV1RC, George/SV1QN, Giannis/
SV1GYG and Takis/SV2FWV. Activity will be on all HF bands
using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via the RAAG Bureau.
For more details, see Web site at:

EU-079. Members of the QLF DX Team will be active as LA6Q from More
Og Romsdal County South IOTA Group between April 8-11th.
Operators mentioned are Bjorn/LA5UKA and Trond/LA9VDA. Activity
will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL cards can
be requested via E-mail to For a direct QSL,
please add 3 USDs or 1 new and stamped IRC and SAE. Send it
to: Trond Johannessen, Helgedalen 13, N-1528 Moss, NORWAY.
Cards without the right postage will be sent through the

EU-094. A team of French and Belgian operators will activate a few
different islands in the Glenan Island chain located in the
Bretagne (Finistere South) Region IOTA Group as TM1G between
July 27th and August 3rd. The French operators mentioned are
Didier/F1LLV, Didier/F4ELJ, Jef/F6CNM, Pierre/F8DHM and Nicolas/
F8FKD. The Belgian operators mentioned are Robert/ON4LRG,
Luc/ON4LUC, Nicolas/ON4VK, Janny/ON5PO, Paul/ON6DP, Pierre/ON7PC
and Eric/ON7RN. The team plans to be active during the RSGB
IOTA Contest (July 30-31st) from St. Nicolas Island (DIFM
AT-010, FFF-200 [new one for the World Fauna and Flora Award]).
After the contest, the team will split into two groups and
activate a few different reference numbers for the DFCF, DIFM
and ARLHS awards. While one group continues to operate from St.
Nicolas Island, the second group will move to the following
islands within the Glenan Island chain: Bananec Island (DIFM
AT-064), Cigogne Island (DFCF 29-004, DIFM AT-061) and Penfret
Island (DIFM AT-059, ARLHS FRA-047). QSL via ON6DP, by the
Bureau, LoTW or e-QSL. More details and a log search are
available on the

EU-110. Operators Gus/IK4RQJ, Sergio/IZ4BBF, Luca/IK3AES and Alex/
9A8AMS/IZ4AMS will be active as 9A/homecall and 9A8AMS from
Sveti Nikola (ACIA IC-016, IOCA CI-118, MIA MC-414, ARLHS
CRO-164, CLH-153, WLOTA 3152) between May 7-15th. Alex, 9A8AMS,
will focus on 160/80/6 meters using all modes while the
others operators will be active on 40-10 meters using all
modes. QSL via their home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
QSL 9A8AMS via the address on

OC-195. (Op Postponed!) The late March operation to Deal Island as
VK7DI had to be postponed due to high seas (which caused some
delays and some of the crew had work commitments looming making
the time line too tight to attempt to continue the expedition).

ISWL CELEBRATES 65! (Special Event) The International Short Wave League
(ISWL) is celebrating its 65th anniversary in 2011. Look for the following
special event stations to be on the air:
GB65ISWL - Will be on the air for the weekend of April 16-17th. Activity
will start around 1800 hours on Friday, April 15th. Modes will
be SSB and the PSK modes. Main operator will be Herbie, G6XOU.

PC65ISWL - Fred, PA0FAW, will operate as PC65ISWL between May 1-28th.
Activity will be mainly on the Digital modes and CW, with
some SSB from his home QTH, but most SSB will be from
WFF-PA-005. Fred will apply for a new EPC-number for this

QSL information for both callsigns will be on All ISWL QSL
info is available on or or via

JD1, OGASAWARA (Update). Operators Makoto/JI5RPT (JD1BLY), Harry/JG7PSJ
(JD1BMH) and Masaru/JE4SMQ (JD1BMT) are scheduled once again to be active
from Chichijima Island (AS-031), Ogasawara, between April 30th and May
13th. Look for the operators during the following dates:
JD1BLY: April 30th to May 7th
JD1BMT: April 30th to May 4th
JD1BMH: May 4-13th
Activity will be on 160-6 meters and the Satellites, using CW, SSB and
the Digital modes. No 6m EME. QSL via their home callsigns. Check
for QSL info. A logsearch will be available on the operators' Web site:
They also will use Twitter to inform stations of their real time
activities at: JD1BLY:

JW, SVALBARD. Morten, LA9DFA, will be active as JW9DFA from Spitsbergen
(EU-026) between September 14-19th. Activity will be on the HF bands and
possibly 6 meters using mainly CW with some SSB and RTTY. He also plans
to be active during the Scandinavian Activity CW Contest (September
17-18th) as JW3C. QSL both callsigns via LA9DFA.

Apr 05 AN --------------------
Apr 06 AN BN - Below Normal
Apr 07 AN AN - Above Normal/Geomagnetic Level is QUIET
Apr 08 AN LN - Low Normal
Apr 09 AN HN - High Normal/Geomagnetic Level is UNSETTLED
Apr 10 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

KH7, HAWAII. Mike, KH6ND, will be active as KH7X from Radio Pupukea
(KH6YY) during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 28-29th) as a Single-Op/
All-Band entry. QSL via K2PF.

KP4, PUERTO RICO (Special Event). To commemorate the 50th anniversary of
the First Man in Space (Russian pilot Yuri Gagarin who in April 12, 1961,
was the first human being to go into space on an 108 minute flight), and
the first flight of the Space Shuttle Columbia (Sunday morning on April
12th, 1981, known as mission STS-1, opening what is called the Shuttle
era), look for special event station, N4S, to be on the air in remembrance
of these two events: One which changed the course of history, and the
other helped expand our knowledge of the space sciences and in the
construction of the International Space Station (ISS). The special event
will be active on the HF bands, 80-10 meters on SSB. The KP4IA-R (145.370
MHz) and the simplex frequency 147.480 MHz will be used for local contacts
in Puerto Rico. A special electronic certificate will be issued for this
occasion. For information go to or write to . They also want to remind everyone that the Arissat-1
satellite inside the ISS will be activated that same day and will send
voice messages and Slow Scan TV images, plus CW and data from the new
PSK1000 mode on the frequency 145.950 MHz. For more info go to
and .

P2, PAPUA NEW GUINEA. The "DX-World.Net" reports that Tim, KD5SSF, is now
in Ukarumpa, PNG, as an American volunteering for a of couple years as
an electronics technician with a translation and literacy organization.
Tim has a license to operate as P29ZL and is currently getting his station
set up. He mentions, "I work Monday through Friday, so my Amateur Radio
activity will be restricted to evenings and Saturday/Sunday. My wife and
I have other interests, so we do not spend all our spare time on the radio.
My modes will be PSK31 and SSB. My radio is capable of maximum power of
100 W. I am just now getting my antennas up. I will be operating using
inverted V antennas. I will be here for a while, so I am not hurrying
about setting things up. I plan to try out a makeshift 20m antenna later
today, and eventually put up a multi-band with 10, 15, 20, and 40 m."
Going through the DXCluster spots, no QSNs have been reported yet on

PP0T, TRINDADE ISLAND. Members of the Cantareira DX Group are in the
planning stages of a DXpedition to Trindade Island (SA-010) sometime
this year. Specific dates have not been mentioned, but the callsign PP0T
has been announced. Junior, PY2ZA, states on, "I'm looking for
sponsors to help the DXpedition. There is the possibility of a long
period of activity. We also need equipment for installation of a beacon
on the island." He also mentions that if they don't find sponsors, there
will not be a DXpedition. Trindade Island is ranked number 53 on the "DX
Magazine's 2010 Most Wanted List". If interested in sponsoring this
DXpedition, please contact Junior, PY2ZA, at:
For updates, watch:

QSL INFO AND NEWS.....................
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (dated April 3rd)
3V1A via YT1AD HB0/SP7VC via SP7VC PV7M via PT7ZT
3Z100MSC via SP8AQA HG200LST via HA5GY PX2V via PY2KJ
4J0LH via 4J5T II5P via IZ5ICH PY5/SP7ASZ via SP7ASZ
5F6SIA via G5XW IO4C via IZ4DPV R1961G via RV3LZ
5M2TT via I2YSB IQ1RY via IK1HXN RG50D via UA3FA
5P3A via OZ3ABE IR3Y via IZ3EOU RG50K via RW4HB
5W1SA via JH7OHF IR4C via IZ4NIC SI3A via SM3LIV
5X1VJ via UV5EVJ IR4X via I4EAT SN2B via SP2PI
7S0X via SM0MDG J45PO via ON4PO SN3S via SQ3LVO
A61K via EA7FTR KP2TM via AI4U SO100MSC via SP2FAP
A71BX via EA7FTR LT1F via EA5KB SV0XCC/9 via LZ1YE
CD5546 via EA7AQL (eQSL) MW5A via G3TXF TC3C via TA3HM
CE4CT via EA5KB OG0Z via W0MM TL8CG via IK1APO
CR3A via CS3MAD OH10X via OH2BH UP2L via UA9AB
EA6/DL5NUA via DL5NUA OK6Y via OK2PTZ UP9L via RW6HS (direct only)
ED2T via EA2ASY OL4A via OK1DSX XU7ACY via W2EN (direct/preferred)
ED5K via EA5RKB OL8W via OK2BGW XV2W via W6NWS
ED5RC via EA5RC OL2011VP via OK1DRQ YI9NS via W3HNK
EE3T via EA3DTD OT5A via ON7LR YP7P via YO7LFV
EE5F via EA5GI OU5A via YT2T YT8A via YU1EA
EI4VXX via UA1OMX PI4W via PA8F ZW4O via PY4OG
EI7M via EI6HB PR5B via PY2BW ZW5B via K3IRV
EO3Q via UR3QCW PT5O via PP5KR ZW8T via PS8HF

KP1 LOGS NOW AVAILABLE. Jun, OE1ZKC/JH4RHF/KH2S, one of the members of
the 1993 Navassa DXpedition team, reported this past week that he
believes he now has all of the logs of the 1993 Navassa DXpedition
in hand. He is now ready to confirm any of the QSOs made by Navassa 93.
If you still need to confirm QSOs with Navassa 93 DXpedition, namely
W6IJU/KP1, NF6S/KP1, KH2S/KP1, KH2W/KP1 and KH2Y/KP1, by paper QSL,
kindly send him your QSL (or QSO data) with SASE to his OE address
(OE1ZKC address in or at: Jun Tanaka, Box 1200, Vienna,
A-1400 Austria. Meanwhile, Jun will try to put all of the log data into
an electric format and upload to LoTW. He will also circulate the set
of electric log data to all of the team members and they will also be
able to confirm their contacts if they want.

NO8DX/20 QSL STATUS. The QSL cards for the special event are now being
sent out. However, it hard to believe that there are still individuals
who do not send SASE (Where is the Elmering for these people?). Sad to
say, these QSLs will be moved to the back of the pack and mailed after
all others. A special thanks to those who sent a little extra, those
who did not send postage will still receive their cards in the mail.

SU1SK QSL CARDS. Hawk, SM5AQD, informs OPDX reader, "I am Said's QSL
Manager. I only COLLECT his QSL cards and further the QSL information
to Said via the InterNet. I have NO LOGS and NO QSL cards. Said himself
is sending out QSL cards from Cairo, Egypt, after receiving my inform-
ation. I do this service only because Said is a very old and nice
friend, on the other hand it gives you a chance to get a QSL card
from SU land. I am very sorry but a QSL card via bureau is impossible
to arrange for me and him. Please follow my information on ..
...GD DX 73 / Hawk SM5AQD"




S7, SEYCHELLES. Operators Norbert/F6AXX, Romain/F8DSI and Bernard/F5HEW,
active as S79UFT from Mahe, Seychelles Islands (AF-024), will continue
to be on the air until April 15th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using
CW and some PSK. Suggested CW frequencies are: 3524, 7013, 10115, 14025,
18083, 21025, 24903 and 28025 kHz. PSK will be on the usual PSK fre-
quencies. QSL via F6AXX, direct ( or by the French REF-Union
Bureau. An online log is now available at:

SV5, DODECANESE (Correction). John, N5ER, will be active as SV5/N5ER between
May 15-20th, 2012 (not this year as reported). Activity will be holiday
style, mainly on the lower bands in the evening and early mornings. Also,
20 meters and lower will be CW only. QSL via N5ER.

T31, CENTRAL KIRIBATI (Update). An international team will activate T31A
from Kanton Island (OC-043) between April 17-28th. See OPDX.994 for more
details. The latest update states, "Three team members will arrive in Apia
on April 6th, to inspect the equipment shipped from California and operate
from 5W as time allows. The team will leave Apia on April 13th, and sail
approximately 4 days. Upon arrival at Kanton, we'll set up 2 sites and
begin operation. We plan 11-12 days of operation. We'll depart Kanton
and arrive back in Apia on May 2nd." The T31A Web page is available at:

T8, PALAU. Operators Masumi/JA3AVO (T88MB), Hiro/JH3PBL (T88MP) and
Shota/W7AED (T88SR) will be active from Palau (OC-009) between July
20-24th. Their activity of bands and modes were not provided. QSL T88MB
and T88SR via LoTW or direct to JA3AVO. QSL T88MP via JH3PBL.

TC2, TURKEY (Special Event). Members of the Turkish group called TCSWAT
(Special Wireless Activity Team), in collaboration with the Giresun Radio
Amateurs and Nature Sports Club (GITRAD) and the TRAC Giresun Branch,
will be operating as TC2J, between April 7-10th, to commemorate the 5th
anniversary of S. Fazil Turkan, TA2J (1950-2006), becoming SK. He was
noted as a knowledgeable/experienced elmer and a keen CW operator (see
TC2J on for more info). Activity will be on HF/VHF/UHF bands
with an award to be available at the end. An award will be issued to
those who contact this station in a minimum of three different bands or
modes. The award will be issued in PDF format in electronic medium.
Please send your log extract, together with your E-mail address to if you are eligible (no need to send in any IRC or GSs).
Award info is available at:

TO8, MARTINIQUE. Valeriy, R5GA/KM8W, will be active as TO8A from Martinique
(NA-107) during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-
Band/High-Power entry. He will be operating from the QTH of Laurent, FM5BH.

V3, BELIZE (He is Back!). Your editor received an E-mail from a long
time friend Joe, K8JP, who he has not heard from in 3 years. Joe informs
OPDX, "I am finally getting back on the air after 3 years of QRT. I lost
my house down here to a fire and everything in it. Then 3 weeks later,
someone broke into my house in Indiana and cleaned me out. Fortunately,
good friends in the FOC helped me, and I now have an IC-765 down here in
Belize and an OMNI 6 in Texas at my daughter's place when I go up there
to go to the VA hospital in Shreveport, LA, for medical check ups and
treatments. So, I am active on 80 through 10 meters now, mainly CW, with
this modest station." Joe states that he is only using 100 watts and
dipoles at 30 feet/10 meters, but he is only 100 meters from the sea and
that helps. He mentions, "My biggest handicap now is a bad noise on the
lower bands, but I am working on a cure for the noise." QSL via KA9WON.
Searching the DXCluster, Joe has been active on 30/20/17/12 meters CW.
ADDED NOTE: Joe states that he will not be able to make Dayton this year,
but he will try and make next year. (ed. Good to have you back Joe!)

V6, MICRONESIA. Operators Sho/JA7HMZ (V63DX), Takao/JA7AGO (V63GO) and
Akio/JA7ZP (V63ZP) will be active from Pohnpei Island (OC-010) between
May 22-28th. Activity will be on all bands and modes. QSL via their home
callsigns. LATEST MINUTE UPDATE: DXpedition is cancelled. No reason given.

VU4, ANDAMAN ISLANDS (Update). Members of the Amateur Radio Society of
India (ARSI) active as VU4PB from Port Blair went QRT at 1829z on March
31st. The team was expected to return to the mainland on April 2nd.
Their last press release states, "As earlier reported we have had several
instances of pirate operators masquerading as VU4PB which has spoilt the
fun for numerous DXers, a real pity and one is not sure what joy it brings
to those 'radio amateurs' who indulge in such activities." Remember to
QSL via W3HNK. The VU4PB does have an "Online QSL Request System" (OQRS)
available at:
Any QSL cards received via any IARU recognized QSL Bureau will be answered
in due course of time. An online log search is available at:
For more details and updates, visit the VU4PB Web apge at:

XV9, VIETNAM. Ken, JA2LLK, will be active as XV9LL from the Hotel Nikko
in Hanoi starting at the end of April. Specific dates and length of stay
were not provided. Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL via his home

YN, NICARAGUA. Operators Bob/N5ET (YN2ET), Keith/NM5G (YN2MG) and Eddy/
K5WQG (YN2ER) will be active as YN2ET during the CQWW WPX CW Contest
(May 28-29th) as a Multi-Single entry. Look for activity by the operators
outside of the contest. QSL all callsigns via N5ET. QSOs will be uploaded
to LoTW after the operation is finished.

ZA, ALBANIA. Franck, F4DTO, will once again be active as ZA/F4DTO from
Elbasan between now and April 16th. Activity will be mostly SSB on 40-10
meters. He will use 100 watts into monoband antennas. QSL via his home
callsign, direct or by the REF Bureau. Visit Franck's Web page at:

ZD8, ASCENSION ISLAND. Mike, M0PRL, who was recently active from Rothera
Station in the Antarctica as VP8DMH, is expected to be active this week
as ZD8PRL from Garden Cottage on Ascension Island for about a week before
heading back to the UK. QSL ZD8PRL via M0PRL. For updates, watch Mike's
Twitter page at:!/VP8DMH

ZS8, MARION ISLAND (Update). Pierre, ZS1HF/ZS8M, reports in his latest
and final newletter from Marion Island: "Sadly, the 'ZS8M Dxpedition' has
come to an end and we are now busy packing our belongings into containers.
Sadly I was not able to work everyone, simply being restricted to a dipole
(which worked extremely well), weak propagation conditions and restricted
operating hours. Sadly as well, I was not able to test my SteppIR vertical
due to the construction that took place, as well as the severe RFI in the
new base. Will I return? I am not sure, but I will be keeping this callsign
just in case I do get the chance again. I would be keen to do a trip to
Gough Island, but it would be better if Louise could spend the year there
with me. We need to discus this prospect. Who knows?" He also mentions,
"Our supply ship, SA Agulhas, will be arriving on 11 April with the new
team and... yes, there are two hams on the new team.... sadly they are
NOT active. The new base will have a state of the art commercial Icom HF
communications system which I specified and installed. The antenna system
is a professional broadband dipole with very good specifications, so
whoever operates from here in the future will be able to operate with
ease." His complete newsletter (with pictures) can be found online at:

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