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DX Bulletin No. 1023
August 15, 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
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DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
week of Sunday, 7th-August, through Sunday, 14th-August there were 211
countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O,
4S, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G,
9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3,
C6, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E5/s, E7,
EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FK, FM,
FO, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a,
HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4,
KH2, KH6, KH8, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OJ0,
OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ7, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S2, S5,
S7, SM, SP, ST, ST0, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T32, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL,
TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V8, VE, VK,
VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3,
ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, 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).
2 METER DXCC ACHIEVEMENT. Lee, ZL2AL, reports that Bob McQuarrie, ZL3TY,
has just achieved the first and only 2 Meter DXCC in ZL and the Oceania
region. Only 62 2M DXCCs have ever been awarded world-wide, so it is an
amazing achievement to confirm 102 countries on this band from this part
of the world. Lee had the pleasure of checking Bob's cards before sub-
mission and was astounded to see so many rare QSLs from AF and EU.
3D2R, ROTUMA. Excerpts from a press release from Acim, YT3W, informs
OPDX that "a team of experienced amateurs and friends prepared a serious
amateur expedition to the far island Rotuma, which belongs to the state
Fiji". Their goal is to activate the beautiful island of Rotuma on all
amateur frequencies from 1.8 MHz to 144 MHz and all amateur modes. Their
team will operate on CW, SSB, FM, RTTY, SSTV, PSK, etc... Operators
mentioned are: Hrane/YT1AD, David/K3LP, Krassimir/K1LZ, Aleksej/UA4HOX,
Atilano/PY5EG, David/WD5COV, Vangelis/SV2BFN, Joe/AA4NN, Paul/N6PSE,
Vel/YT3WW, Victor/UA4HBW, Victor/RU4SU, Chuck/JT1CO, Badruun/JT1DO,
Danail/LZ1VVV, Choi/HL5FUA, Vasily/RW4NW and Acim/YT3W. They have the
landing permit and the amateur radio license for the callsign 3D2R.
The team of experienced amateur and friends will gather in Fiji on
September 24th, and expect a departure from the port of Suva on the
25th of September around noon. The journey takes 36 hours. They expect
the first activity on the amateur radio frequencies on September 27th,
and will be active the next 10 days. Return to Fiji is expected on
October 8th, in the morning. QSL via YT1AD, direct or by the Bureau.
7P, LESOTHO. Peter, EI7CC, will once again be active as 7P8PB from Lesotho
between August 18-30th. Activity will be limited because he will be on a
family holiday and will operate when circumstances permit. QSL via EI7CC,
by the Bureau or direct. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW immediately upon
his return to Ireland. If possible, Peter may try to upload them while
9H, MALTA. Jasper, PB2JJ, will once again be active as 9H3JN from Maseru,
Malta (EU-023), between September 2-14th. Activity will take place during
the 24th "VRZA Malta Expedition" organized by the Dutch Society of Radio
Amateurs (VRZA). Operations will be on 80-10 meters using CW and SSB.
QSL via PB2JJ by the Bureau. Online log will be available at:
A2, BOTSWANA. Gert, ZS6AYU, will be active as A25/ZS6AYU from Jwaneng
between September 9-11th. Activity will probably be on 40-10 meters
including the 17/12 meters using CW only. QSL via ZS6AYU (see QRZ.com).
A3, TONGO. Craig, KI0SO, has been active as A35CT from Lifuka Island
in the Ha'apai IOTA group (OC-169, Grid Loc. AH20te). Activity will be
on 20-6 meters mostly SSB. He is using an Elecraft K3 and a Yaesu FT-450
into Force-12 C-3 antenna and an M2 6m antenna operating mostly 10 watts.
He has been heard on 20 meters SSB between 0830-1030z. The length of his
activity is unknown. QSL via KI0SO CBA (probably a lengthy delay in
CW, URUGUAY (Lighthouse Op). Members of the "Radio Club Uruguayo" will
be active as CW1R, the special event callsign for the Punta del Este
Lighthouse (ARLHS URU-008, ILLW UY0005, Grid Loc. GF25ma), during the
upcoming International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend (August 19-21st).
Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes
with at least two stations on the air. QSLs for this activity is via
Bureau or direct to: Radio Club Uruguayo, P.O.Box 37, 11000, Montevideo,
URUGUAY, SOUTH AMERICA, with a SAE and 1 new IRC or 2 green stamps.
DXCC NEWS. Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL Awards Branch Manager, reports "In
accordance with Minute 29 of the July 2011 ARRL Board of Directors
meeting, the DXCC award for RTTY is now changed to Digital. Digital
will now replace RTTY on these certificates effective July 25, 2011."
E5, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS. Andy/AB7FS (E51AND, ZK1AND and ZK2AND) and his
XYL Kathy/KB7SCH (ZK1SCH) will once again return to Arorangi Beach on
Rarotonga Island (OC-013) between August 15th and September 3rd, and
December 19-31st. Andy will be active as E51AND. As a member of the
Straight Key Century Club (SKCC #7723), he plans to operate straight
key CW at or around 14050 kHz, and he will be looking especially for
SKCC members. Andy states, "This is NOT a DXpedition - just a vaction
with some hamming -- so frenetic issuing of signal reports will be a
low priority :-) though I'll try to make contact with those who want
them. I often check into the ANZA net which meets at 0515z daily at
14183 kHz -- so that's a good place to find me for a sked or to QSY
down to the CW part of the band --- or you can try E-mailing me -
we'll have limited connectivity but I'll check at least every second
day...and..... band conditions are MUCH improved from last December."
QSL via AB7FS. Andy's E-mail address is: Kiaorana@minetfiber.com
E5, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS. Ron, ZL1AAO, will once again be active from
Rarotonga Island (IOTA OC-013), South Cook Islands, beginning August
19th, for 10 days. He will sign as E51AAO. Activity will be holiday
style, and he will be operational on SSB only, 40-10 meters, using 100w
to a dipole or 1/4 wave GP antennas. QSL via LoTW, eQSL and direct
only; sorry no Bureau cards. He will upload the log when he returns
HP, PANAMA (Lighthouse Op). Members of the "Radio Club de Panama" will
be active as HP2TP from Toro Point Lighthouse (PAN-021, Grid Loc. FJ09ai)
during International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend (ILLW), August 20-21st.
Activity will be on CW and SSB. QSL via HP1RCP. ADDED NOTE: Toro Point
Lighthouse was built by the French in 1894 and designed by Gustav Eiffel
and was called Pointe le Taureau. Today it still marking the Northside
entrance of the PANAMA CANAL in the Atlantic side of the Isthmus of PANAMA.
AF-040. By the time you read this, Simon, IZ7ATN, will be active as
5Z4/IZ7ATN/p from Lamu Island until August 15th. Activity
will be on SSB only. QSL via his home callsign, direct or
by the Bureau.
AF-068. (Update). Operators Ruggero/IK2PZC (5C2P), Leo/I8LWL (5C2L),
Fred/IK7JWX (5C2J), Simon/IZ7ATN (5C2SG), Ampelio/IS0AGY (5C2B),
Mounaim/CN8QY and Belkaid/CN8QX will be active from Herne
Island between September 22-29th. Activity will be on all HF
bands and modes and 6 meters.
EU-020. Hans, DK3PZ, will be active as SM1/DK3PZ from Gotland Island
(WLOTA 2969) between now and August 20th. QSL via his home
callsign, by the Bureau or direct.
OC-223. Members of the Hellenic Amateur Radio Association of Australia
(HARAOA) will be active as VK2CL from Montague Island's light-
house (ILLW AU0071, Grid QF53CR) during the 2011 International
Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend (August 19-22nd). Operators
mentioned are Tom/VK2IR, Raffy/VK2RF, Binu/VK2BNG, Al/VK2VEC
and possibly others. QSL via VK2IR. Visit the HARAOA Web page
SA-045. (Update) A press release by Fred, PY2XB, states that the
Brazilian team will start their trip to Macapa, capital city
of Amapa State, on Sunday, May 14th, to head towards Parazinho
Island in the Balilique archipelago to activate it. Fred/PY2XB
and Orlando/PT2OP will use PQ8XB and PQ8OP callsigns, respec-
tively, between August 17-25th. They plan to be active on
40-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. The island is located
in the mouth of the Amazon River where it encounters the sea.
Life in this region is governed by tides; and therefore, dates
and boat schedules are tide dependent. They will stay at the
Parazinho Environmental Reserve. There are links for 2 shorts
videos about the reserve at: http://www.qrz.com/db/pq8xb
Logistics are complicated to accomplish their task. Orlando
had to fly to Macapa a few months ago to check all priors
before their departure. They will carry fuel, food, water,
batteries, a spare generator, etc... in a 12 hours boat trip
from Macapa to Vila Progresso, a fishermen village, plus a
30-40 minutes small boat trip to the Reserve, all tide de-
pendent. There are very few operators in PQ8 land, so they
will be glad to give everyone a first contact to this rare
Brazilian spot and callsign. Contacts will be valid for IOTA,
DIB, DFB, WLOTA and ARLHS awards. When returning home, they
will stop over in Macapa for a couple of days. They may activate
São José de Macapá fortress using their callsigns /PQ8, if
possible. QSLs for PQ8XB will be handled by PT7WA and for
PQ8OP by PT2OP. Additional information when available will
be posted at: http://www.qrz.com/db/pq8xb
Fred states, "We would like to thank everyone who helped us
to put this operation together. Special thanks to Mr. Manoel
Reinaldo from Amapa Environmental Office, Policarpo/PY8JPS,
and Sandro/PQ8SL, Luciano/PT7WA, and Ed/PY4WAS and Alex/PY2WAS."
KH5, JARVIS ISLAND (Update to OPDX.974.1). It was reported this week -
"Due to a scheduling conflict with the Braveheart, the Jarvis DXpedition
has been postponed to 2012 November-December." For updates, visit the N3E
Web page at: http://dxinsight.org/expeditions/current/news.php?dxid=6
KH6BZF PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (August 15-21st)....
Aug 15 HN SOLAR REFERENCE KEYS
Aug 16 HN --------------------
Aug 17 HN BN - Below Normal
Aug 18 HN AN - Above Normal/Geomagnetic Level is QUIET
Aug 19 HN LN - Low Normal
Aug 20 AN HN - High Normal/Geomagnetic Level is UNSETTLED
Aug 21 HN 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
OJ, MARKET REEF (Update/Reminder). Just a reminder that the "United
Radio DX Team" will be active from Market Reef between now and August
20th. Operators Max/ON5UR, Marc/ON8AK, Jelmer/PA5R and Dervin/PD9DX will
be active as OJ0UR from Market Reef (IOTA EU-053, ARLHS MAR-001, TWLHD
WLH OJ0-001, WLOTA LH-0542 and Admiralty C4472). Activity will be on the
HF bands using a Stepp-IR Big Vertical and a Stepp-IR 2 element beam. QSL
via M0URX, direct (w/SAE plus 1 IRC/2 USDs), by the Bureau, or LoTW.
Alternatively, QSLs may be requested using M0URX's OQRS form at:
For more info, visit their Web page at:
P2, PAPUA GUINEA. Renzo, I2KRR, a volunteering technical support person
to the Catholic mission in Vanimo, on the north coast of the main island,
will be active as P29FR in Papua New Guinea (PNG) until March 2012.
Activity will be on 40/20/15 meters SSB. Operations will be limited
to the local evenings, plus Saturday and Sunday afternoons. QSL via
I2RFJ, direct or by by the Bureau. PLEASE no IRCs. For more details
about P29FR, see QRZ.com.
QSL INFO AND NEWS.....................
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (dated August 14th)
3V/9A1MB via 9A1MB HS0ZEX via DL9MDZ PA2011DYK via PA3RGH
4J8VHF via RW6HS (direct) IC8L via IZ8EGM PF29CAVENTE via PA7HPH
4O/YU1EA via YU1EA IG9/IZ0FYL via IZ0FYL PJ7/AF6WU via AF6WU
5B/RV1AW via RU1AE IH9/I0KLV via I0KLV R10RTRS/0 via R7AA
5Z4/IZ7ATN/P via IZ7ATN II1L via IQ1GE RA/JA8BMK via JA8BMK
9A/DL9BBE/P via DL9BBE II4LXV via IZ4OUL RI1FJA via RX3MM
9A/IZ2OAR via IZ2OAR IM0/I2KQE via I2KQE SM/PE1BTV via PE1BTV
9A/OK1DSM via OK1DSM IR1DCI/P via IK1QFM SM1/DK3PZ via DK3PZ
9A/S51JS via S51JS IS0/IW1RGS via IW1RGS SN9Y via SP9UOP
9A/SQ6NLN via SQ6NLN J8/PE1IGM via PA3C SQ8SET via SP8WQX
A61K via EA7FTR J48AL via DM3CW SV8/DM3CW via DM3CW
A71CT via EA7FTR JW/OE9SDV via OE9SDV TC2X via OH2BH
CO8LY via EA7ADH (direct) KH2/N2NL via W2YC TF/G4ODA via G4ODA
CP6/DF9GR via DF9GR KH6/OE6MBG via OE6MBG or NR1R (Bureau)
CT9/IZ2DPX via IZ2DPX LU/IW1FC via IZ1MLQ TK/DL2RMC via DL2RMC
CW5W via CX6VM (direct) LY/RU5A via RU5A TK/F5OZF via F5OZF
DL/HB9AGO/P via HB9AGO LY2011USCARS via ES2TT TK/F5RXL via F5RXL
EA9/EC7DZZ via EC7DZZ LZ/HA0HW via HA0HW TK/IZ5NFD via IZ5NFD
ED4FXF via EA4FXF MJ0CTR via M0CTR TM0COL via F6FMT
EN1IFF via UR3IBV N0B via N7UN TM5SM via F5RJM
EO18IKF via US6IKF N6L via K6LSN TM89YON via F5KCC
EO60RUL via UZ9RR OE/DJ5RE/P via DJ5RE TY1KS via IZ7KHR
HB0/DJ9CB via DJ9CB OH0/WS4T via WS4T UA1PBA/0 via RK1PWA
HB0/HB3YDL via HB3YDL OH5/DG2SBL/P via DG2SBL UP1ASTR via UN0GL
HB0/PA3FYG/P via PA3FYG OJ0UR via M0URX W2T via N2OO
HI3/KB2MS via KB2MS ON18CS via ON4RSX YB0ECT via W2FB
HI3/W1JNZ via W1JNZ OZ/AL3T via DL7ET YE50S via YF0JZS
YP2WFF via YO2MAB (Bureau)
ZP6VLA via EA5KB
QSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 4O3A, D2SG, FJ/OS1T, J7A, J45K, JT1DX, R1MVA,
R1MVI, SV9CVY, V47KP, V48M, VK9HR, VK9LA, VP6BR, YJ0HA, Z2/UA4WHX,
Z21BB, ZD8D, ZP6CW and ZS8MI
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3D2A, 5N6/YL2SW, 5Z4KI, 8R1AK/P, 9H4JX, 9H5PF,
9Y4D, C6AGU, CN8SG, CO2WF, FJ/OH2YL, HA5JI, HK4CZE, LA4UOA, LY2SA,
PJ2/N0VD, S21YZ, SV2ASP/A, TE8X, UK8UWG, VK9NN, YB0AKM, YL2UZ, YU3AA,
YW5M and ZD7XF
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: NONE REPORTED THIS WEEK!
RI1, FRANZ JOSEF LAND. Victor, RI1FJL (ex-R1FJM, UA3ME), will be the new
replacement for the August 2011- September 2012 research season at Kheysa
Island in the Franz Josef Land Island group (EU-019). Victor replaces
Eugeny, RI1FJ (ex-R1FJT, UA4RX), who left FJL on August 9th, onboard the
"MV Somov". QSL RIFJL via RX3MM only direct (see QRZ.com for details).
By the way, RX3MM is also the QSL Manager for Andrey, RI1FJA, (also on
S7, SEYCHELLES. Sam, DL5RDO, will be active as S79DO from the Seychelles
(AF-024) between August 21st and September 6th. Activity will be on 40-10
meter mainly on CW using a Elecraft K2 w/100 watts and a vertical, and
possibly some dipoles, depending on the location. Sam states, "Please
note, that on Seychelles, 40m starts at 7050 kHz. So please look for me
at 7055 kHz +/- on CW, somewhat higher in SSB." QSL via DL5RDO, by the
Bureau or direct. Also via LoTW.
ST0, SOUTH SUDAN (Wrap-up). The ST0R team is now QRT (as of August 10th).
Totals as of 0701z, August 10th, are 121,286/QSOs with 27,994/Unique
callsigns. The breakdown is: 55458/CW, 47696/SSB and 18,1320/RTTY (New
world Record). By continent: 15.52%/AF, 20.11%/AS, 34.48%/EU, 14.94%/NA,
5.75%/OC and 9.20%/SA. For more details and updates watch:
QSL via EA5RM direct. Online log is available on the Web page at:
The OQRS (Online QSL Request System) is now up and running at:
SV9, CRETE. Christo, LZ3FN, will be active as SV9/LZ3FN from Crete (EU-015,
GIOTA KRS-005, MIA MGC-005, WLOTA 1400) between September 15-24th. Activity
will be on all bands using CW and SSB. QSL via LZ1PM.
TC2, TURKEY. Only a few more days to work TC2X from the Asiatic side of
Istanbul until August 16th. The operator is Pertti, OH2PM. He did partic-
ipate in the WAE DX CW Contest this past weekend. QSL via OH2BH.
UM20, UZBEKISTAN (Special Event). Look for special event station UM20Y
between August 25th and September 10th. Activity is to celebrate the
20th anniversary of the Republic of Uzbekistan's independence. Activity
wil be on the HF bands using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via UK8AR.
V4, ST. KITTS. Jon, W5JON, will once again be active as V47JA from the
Calypso Bay, St. Kitts (NA-104, WW Loc. FK87SG), hillside QTH located
300 feet from overlooking the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean, between
October 10th and November 5th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters (including
60m) using a Kenwood TS-590S, Yaesu FT-857D, and SB200 Amplifier. Antennas
include: a 80-10m Multi-band Dipole, and metal roof mounted S9, 18' and
31' Verticals and 3 element Yagi for 6m. His operations will include the
CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry.
XYL Cathy (W5HAM) will occasionally operate as V47HAM. ALL QSLs go to
V5, NAMIBIA. A German team of operators will activate Namibia between
early December and mid-January (2012) as V5/homecall. Operators mentioned
are Mathias/DJ2HD, Wolfgang/DH3WO, Ulmar/DK1CE and Ewald/DJ2BQ. Their
tentative schedule is as follows:
V5/DJ2BQ – Decemeber 2nd-January 16th (2012)
V5/DJ2HD – December 26th-Janusry 16th (2012)
V5/DH3WO – December 26th-January 5th (2012)
V5/DK1CE - December 26th-January 5th (2012)
Activity will be on all bands 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.
Mathias, DJ2HD, states that he will focus on 160/80/40m and on RTTY
on each band as well. QSL via the operator's home callsign, except
QSL both V5/DH3WO and V5/DK1CE via DH3WO.
VU9, INDIA (Lighthouse Op). Members of the Bangalore Amateur Radio Club
(VU2ARC) and Lions Clubs International Amateur Radio Club Station (VU2LCI)
will be active as VU9LHA from the Alleppey Lighthouse (F 0706, WLOL 071,
ILLW IN0004, Grid Loc. MJ89dl) in Alappuzha - Kerala between now and
August 22nd, during the International Lighthouse/Lightship Week. Their
activity is also celebrating the 150th anniversary of the lighthouse.
QSL info and more details about the event can be found on QRZ.com.
ZA, ALBANIA. Ignatius, IW7DZJ, will be active as ZA/IW7DZJ between
now and August 22nd. Activity will be on the HF bands, and he plans
to activate a few lighthouses. QSL via IW7DZJ.
ZD8, ASCENSION ISLAND (Early Contest Announcement). Jim, N6TJ, will once
again be active from Ascension Island (AF-003) as ZD8Z next year. Activity
will be during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 18-19th, 2012) as a
Single-Op entry. QSL via his new manager AI4U, direct or by the Bureau.
ZF, CAYMAN ISLAND. Bill, K9HZ, will be active as ZF2HZ from Rum Point,
Grand Cayman Island (NA-016, WLOTA 1042, WW Loc. EK99II) in December.
QSL via his home callsign.
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