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Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin #1033
The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1033
October 24, 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, K1XM, NC1L, NJ1Q & ARRL DX, KA2AEV, K3IRV, KD3CQ,
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AC7DX, K8GI, K8YSE, KU8E, W8GEX (60m News), N9GL, N0JK, AT International,
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Site, VA3RJ & ICPO, VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF), VE3DZ and VK4FW for the
following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
week of Sunday, 16th-October, through Sunday, 23rd-October there were 234
countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3D2/r, 3DA, 3V, 3W,
3X, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P,
7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A3, A4, A6,
A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, 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, FO/m, FP, FR, FW, FY, G, GD, GI,
GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, H40, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ,
I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, J7, J8, JA, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KH0, KH2, KH6, 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, PJ5, PJ7, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP,
ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T33, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TR,
TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK,
VK0M, VK9C, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XX9, YA, YB,
YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZK2, ZL,
* 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).
3D2R, ROTUMA. The Rotuma High School Amateur Radio Station, 3D2RI, was
heard active again this past week on 20/15 meters SSB. Their QSL Manager
Stan, KH6CG, reports on QRZ.com (under 3D2RI): "Dennis, who is 16 years
old, reports that his operating group will be active on Tuesdays and
Thursdays. His operating buddy will be a YL named Maggie. I spoke with
Maggie today and she is a very well spoken young lady and is anxious to
learn all about Ham radio and working DX. Joshua, who is 15 years old,
will be active with his operating group on Wednesdays and Fridays. His
operating partner will be a YL named Lesina. The school may allow oper-
ations on the weekends as well...... Look for 3D2RI starting around
0400z ON 15m SSB, on or near 21255 kHz until propagation fades, then
they will QSY to 20m SSB on 14253 kHz (+/- QRM) until around 0600z when
it is time for the students to head home. Hopefully they will be able to
expand hours and add other bands and modes." Read more details and see
some pictures on QRZ.com.
3XY, GUINEA. The 3XY1D team is now active until November 1st. Activity
will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. As of 0738z,
October 23rd, the 3XY1D operation has made 16984/QSOs (3316/SSB, 13443/CW,
77/PSK and 148/RTTY). Online logs are available at:
QSL via DL7DF, direct or by the Bureau.
4L, GEORGIA. Operator Gia, 4L4WW, will be active as 4L0A from Obcha
(Western Georgia) during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a
Single-Op/Single-Band (40m)/High-Power entry. QSL via LoTW or via EA7FTR.
He states, "PLEASE do not send QSL cards direct to him".
60M ACTIVITIES. The "60m DX Newsletter" reports that the following were
recently on 60 meters: 3D2R, 9K2YM, A92IO, CU3AK, G0HNW, I2VRN, KH7HBK,
LA9RY, OM1II, OZ1BCG, V47JA, VP9GE and YJ0VK. What to look for in the
coming weeks: PJ7/K4UWH, PJ7/W4BUW and ZK2V.
6V, SENEGAL. Just a reminder that Seb, F8IJV, will once again be active
as 6V7Q from Le Calao resort in Senegal between October 22nd and November
11th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters, operating mainly on SSB, possibly
some Digital and CW too. He plans to take an Acom 1011 amplifier with him
this time. Seb will also be active during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October
29-30th). QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. Log will be
uploaded to LoTW.
6O, SOMALIA. Darko, J28AA/E70A, will be active as 6O0DX from Somalia
between November 21-30th. He usually operates on CW, SSB and RTTY, and
on 80-10 meters. QSL via K2PF or E77E.
6Y, JAMAICA. Paul, K1XM, will be active as 6Y9X from Jamaica (NA-097,
WLOTA 0214) and plans to be in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th)
as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry (possibly Assisted too, if
there is a reliable InterNet connection). He will be there between October
25-30st. Activity outside the contest will be mostly CW, depending on what
antenna repairs are needed and how long they take to fix. QSL via KQ1F.
8Q, MALDIVES. Members of the Russian "Ural Contest Group" (UCG) will be
active as 8Q7DV during both the CQWW DX Contests (CW and SSB) as follows:
* Operator Vadim, R9DX, will operate the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October
29-30th) as a Single-Op entry. Activity outside of the contest will
be on 160-6 meters using a Elecraft K3, Acom 2000 and vertical antennas.
* Operators Vadim/R9DX, Igor/UA9CDC, Vitaly/RN4WA, Igor/RA9CMO and
Sergei/UA9CGA will operate during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November
26-27th) as a Multi-Op entry.
Activity outside of both contests will be mainly on 160/80 meters.
However, they also plan to be active on 30/17/12/6 meters bands. QSL
both operations via R9DX (ex-UA9CLB). Take a look at their previous
operations at: http://radio-8q7dv.narod.ru
9H, MALTA. John, ZB2JK, will be active as 9H3JK from Malta (EU-023)
between now and October 25th. His bands and modes of activity were not
provided, but he will be active mainly portable using a YAESU FT-857
and an ATAS 120 (Automatic Tuning Antenna) into a mobile antenna. QSL
via ZB2JK direct.
9V, SINGAPORE. Martin, F8UKP, a F6KOP member, will be working in Singapore
(AS-019) for the next three years and will be active as 9V1RM. Activity
will be limited to his spare time only. Operations will be on 40-10 meters
using CW, SSB and PSK. Currently he is using a skyloop antenna using the
maximum legal power in 9V-land (100 watts). He has the permission to set
up a hexbeam antenna in the near future. QSL via LoTW or direct to the
address on QRZ.com. There is a possibility to QSL by the Bureau in the
future (Information will be given in due time).
AH0, MARIANA ISLANDS. Operators Kuniyoshi/7L1FPU (W1FPU), Moto/W1NDE,
Danilo/AH0BM, Hajime/AH0BR, Naoyuki/NA8O, Makoto/W3FO and Hiroyuki/KW2X
will be active as AH0BT during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th)
as a Multi-2 entry. The team will try to be active on 160/17/12 meters
after the contest (November 1-2nd). QSL via 7L1FPU, by the Bureau or
direct (w/SAE and 2 USDs) to: Kuniyoshi NAKADA, PMR9292, 3-23-3, Minami-Oi,
Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, 140-0013, JAPAN.
AH2, GUAM. Members of the Guam Contest Club will be active as AH2R during
the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Multi-Single entry.
Operators mentioned are: Toshinobu/JI3ERV, Mikiawa/JR7OMD, Ohta/JO1DFG,
Miyazawa/JP7DKQ and Sato/JH7QXJ. QSL via JH7QXJ. ADDED NOTE: They suggest
to listen to 7075-7100 kHz. QSL via JH7QXJ.
B3, CHINA. Members of the TianJin Contest Club (BY3CQ) and Ben/DL8UI will
be active as B3C during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th). QSL
C37, ANDORRA. An international team (and members of "Tifariti Gang")
will take part in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as C37N from
the URA official station located at Naturlandia, the Thematic Pyrenee
mountains Ecologic Park. Operators mentioned are: Antonio/EA5RM (Team
Leader), Joan/C31US, Salvador/C31CT, Belisario/C31KC, Josep/C31JM, Michel/
C31MO, Marti/C31VM, Juan/EA1CJ, Carlos/EA1DVY, Alberto/EA1SA, Roberto/
EA2RY, Manuel/EA7AJR, Vincent/F4BKV, Flo/F5CWU, Fabrizio/IN3ZNR, Jun/
JH4RHF, Valery/RG8K, Dimitri/UY7CW/EA4CWW and Mike/UA9KGH. QSL C37N via
EA4URE: Spanish Amateur Radio Unión, P.O.Box: 220, E-28080 Madrid, Spain.
For more details and an online log, see: http://www.dxfriends.com/c37n
C5, THE GAMBIA. By the time you read this, the Czech-Slovak team (with
12 operators) should be active as C50C until November 1st, and again
between November 20-28th. Their main aim is to participate in both parts
of the CQWW DX Contests (SSB and CW) under the callsign C5A. QSL via
Brani, OM2FY. The complete details can be found at: http://www.om0c.com
C6, BAHAMAS. Members of "Team Vertical" will be active as C6AAW from
North Palmetto Point, Eleuthera, Bahamas, during the CQWW DX CW Contest
(November 26-27th) as a Multi-Multi entry. QSL via WA4WTG. Operators
mentioned are Gene/KB7Q, Fredrick/KE7X, Walter/N6XG, Jeffrey/N6XR,
Mike/WA6O and Ken/K2KW. Operators will be there between November 18-28th.
They will use their personal C6A callsigns outside of the contest. QSL
via the operator's instructions.
DXCC NEWS (Special "paper application offer" procedure for ST0R QSLs
-- please read carefully). Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL Awards Branch Manager,
reports: "The cards for the 2011 ST0R operation from the new DXCC entity
of South Sudan are now being received by DXers around the world. With
next year's publishing deadline for 2011 results fast approaching on
31 December, 2011, we will offer a special, reduced-price option for
those DXCC participants who have already made at least one application
* You MUST have already made a submission in the 2011 calendar year
via either LoTW or via a traditional, paper application. If you have
made an application already in 2011, then you may submit a paper
ST0R QSL (no other cards, just the ST0R South Sudan card) following
* Enclose 5.00 USDs (check, money order, CC#, or cash at your risk)
for USA amateurs;
* Enclose 6.00 USDs (check, money order, CC#, or cash at your risk)
for non-USA amateurs;
* Enclose an SASE for the return of the ST0R card;
* This special submission is ONLY for the ST0R card;
* If ANY other card(s) are included this will be considered a full sub-
mission subject to full fees, even if you already submitted in 2011;
* These submission conditions apply ONLY if you have already made a
submission in 2011; and
* This offer DOES NOT apply if you have not yet made your 2011 sub-
mission. All DXCC fees are in effect as you can include this card
with your regular submission;
* This special offer expires on December 31, 2011, and is NOT extended
EI8, IRELAND. Olivier, ON4EI, will be active as EI8GQB from Fethard
between October 24-31st. Activity will be on 160-10 meters. He plans
to be in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a SO2R (Single-
Op/2-Radio) entry, using 5 portable antennas (check out QRZ.com). QSL
via ON4EI by the Bureau.
EY, TAJIKISTAN (Update). Nodir, EY8MM, from Dushanbe, announced that
he will also be active during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th),
as well as the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th), as a Single-Op/
Single-Band (TBD) entry. QSL K1BV via direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.
Check out his home page at: http://www.ey8mm.com
GJ, JERSEY. Members of the Jersey Contest Group will be active as GJ2A
from Jersey Island (EU-013) during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October
29-30th) as Multi-Single entry. QSL via LoTW, or direct to GJ3DVC.
AS-191. Operators Abdul/7Z1CQ, Al/7Z1AQ, Suli/7Z1SJ, Ali/HZ1BT, Abdul/
HZ1BW, Abdul/HZ1DG, Daher/HZ1DS, Hani/HZ1HN, Mohamad/HZ1MD,
Ali/HZ1TT, Nhaw/HZ1TL and HZ2TT will be active as 7Z7AA from
Jabal Al Lith, Saudi Arabia, between November 17-25th. Details
of activity were not provided, but watch the IOTA frequencies.
This is a rare IOTA. QSL via 7Z1CQ.
EU-058. If you worked F/I2GPT this past Saturday, activity was from
Sainte Marguerite Island for a one day operation. The operators
were Vittorio/I2GPT, Roberto/IK2PGM, Antonello/IT9YVO, Paolo/
IW2HKW, Giorgio/IZ2BKP, Mauro/IZ2FLX and Marco/IZ2QCP. The
group planned to have two stations on the air between 0700-
1600z. QSL via I2GPT, direct or by the Bureau
(request by E-mail to i2gpt.@iyahoo.com ).
SA-040. Paco, EA7ATX, will be active as HK1/EA7ATX from Tierrabomba
Island (WLOTA 0296, ARLHS COL-052), Colombia, between November
17-20th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters SSB only. Paco has
a survey available (for band needs) on the following Web page
QSL via his home callsign. An online log will be available
via his Web page or from <http://www.clublog.org/>.
SA-088. A team of operators are being organized by Fabio, PP5BZ, to
activate Santana de Fora Island during early February 2012.
Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB and possibly
RTTY. More details are forthcoming.
J2, DJIBOUTI. Freddy, F5IRO, who has been active as J28RO since July
2010, is planning to be active in the upcoming CQWW DX SSB Contest
(October 29-30th) as a Single-Op entry. He is expected to stay here
until July 2012. His normal activity will be on the HF bands using CW,
SSB and the Digital modes. His QSL Manager is F8DFP. QSL direct (w/SAE
+ valid IRC PLEASE NO MONEY AT ALL), or by the French REF-Union Bureau.
The direct cards without the above mentioned will be answered by the
Bureau. For updates and more info, visit his Blog at:
KH6BZF PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (October 24-30th)....
Oct/24th AN* Oct/27th AN Oct/29th AN
Oct/25th AN Oct/28th AN Oct/30th AN
*LEONIDS MINORIDS METEOR SHOWER (MAX)
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
LX, LUXEMBOURG. Philippe/LX2A will be active as LX7I during the CQWW DX
SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via LX2A.
Visit the LX2A Web page at: http://www.lx2a.com
OH0, ALAND ISLAND. Operator Tomi, OH6EI, will once again be active as
OH0Z during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th) as a Single-Op/
All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via W0MM.
PJ'S ACTIVE, LISTEN CAREFULLY. There are a few PJs stations that will
be in the contest next weekend with callsign very similar (PJ2T, PJ4T
and PJ6T). PLEASE LISTEN CAREFULLY WHEN LOGGING YOUR QSO.
PJ4, BONAIRE (Contest Station Available). Jeff, KU8E, member of the PJ4A
Team, announced that there is a new Web site up and running for the "Radio
House" on Bonaire (SA-006, WLOTA L 1279). There are many "prime" contest
weekends open for the rest of this year and in 2012. Currently, there
are 3 world records that have been set from this location. Check it out
Look for PJ4T in CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th), and in a couple
of weeks later PJ4A in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th).
PJ4, BONAIRE. Members of "Team Tango" will be active as PJ4T from Bonaire
(SA-006, WLOTA L 1279) during the CQWW SSB DX Contest (October 29-30th).
The team will be lead by Dale, N3BNA. The other Team Tango operators
include Luc/LU1FAM, Roberto/LU2FA, Diego/LU8ADX, Katsuhiro/JH5GHM/1 and
Noah/K2NG. Some of the operators will be active before and after the
contest between October 24th and November 2nd. QSL PJ4T via KA2AEV direct
only. QSL PJ4/N3BNA via KA2AEV. QSL via PJ4/LU1FAM via LU2FE. All others
listen for QSL instructions.
PJ5, SABA AND ST. EUSTATIUS (Update). Operators Wlodek/SP6EQZ and Janusz/
SP6IXF will once again be active as PJ5/SP6EQZ (CW only) and PJ5/SP6IXF
(SSB and RTTY); from St. Eustatius (NA-145) between October 20th and
November 3rd. They will be active exactly from the same QTH (Grid Loc.
FK87ML) as last time. Activity will be on all HF bands, 160-10 meters
using CW, SSB and RTTY, running two high power stations using wire
antennas, verticals and a Spiderbeam. Also, look for Janusz to partic-
ipate in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as PJ5/SO6X. QSL via
their home callsigns, direct or by the Bureau. Logs will be uploaded to
<http://www.clublog.org/> during the DXpedition. The DXpedition's Web
site is now available at: http://pj5-2011.dxing.pl
PJ6, SABA ISLAND. Members of the Prairie DX Group will be active as PJ6T
from Saba Island (NA-145) between October 26th and November 1st. Activity
will be on 160-10 meters, including the 30/17/12 meter bands, using CW,
SSB and RTTY. They will have 2 stations operating simultaneously. The
group will also be an entry in the upcoming CQWW DX SSB Contest (October
29-30th). Operators mentioned are Greg/N9GL, Todd/W9YK, Rick/KF4ZZ,
Kay/KB9QYM, Gehl/KB9DVC and Bruce/K5WBM. QSL via LoTW or N9PD direct.
PJ7, SINT MAARTEN (Update to OPDX.998/Reminder). Operators Jan/DJ8NK,
Paul/F6EXV, Kan/JA1BK and Rich/K2WR will be active from Sint Maarten
(NA-105) between October 26th and November 9th. Callsigns to be used
are PJ7J, PJ7NK and PJ7X. Look for PJ7X to be active during the upcoming
CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Multi-Single entry. Outside
of the contest, look for PJ7J to be on 80/75 meters, PJ7NK on the Digital
modes, and PJ7X on other bands and modes. Activity will be on 80-10
meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK. Suggested frequencies are:
CW - 3512, 7015, 10105, 14028, 18073, 21028, 24895 and 28028 kHz
SSB - 3793, 7092, 14192, 18135, 21292, 24935 and 28492 kHz
PSK - 3588, 7038, 10138, 14078, 18098, 21078, 24918 and 28078 kHz
RTTY - 3582, 7042, 10142, 14088, 18102, 21088, 24922 and 28088 kHz
QSL PJ7J via JA1BK, PJ7NK via DJ8NK, PJ8X via F6EXV. For more details,
check the following Web pages at: http://www.pj7-2011.org
QSL INFO AND NEWS.....................
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (dated October 22nd)
1B/DH8WLA via DH8WLA ED5RKB via EA5RKB PJ2/K8LEE via K8LEE
3DA0GF via ZS6AYU (direct) EG5VOR via EA5KB PJ7/DB4BJ via DB4BJ
3W2BB via XW2A FY5LH via F5KDR PY2ZZZ via OZ1HHH
3XY1D via DL7DF HB0/DF5MA via DF5MA TX3T via RZ3EC
4C1JPG via XE1GZU HI8AAX via EA5GL TX7M via RZ3EC
5B4PRC/P via 5B4AHO HO1X via DK2KT UA9CUA via W3HNK
5T0JL via ON8RA KH7Y via EA5GL (new Manager) UN9GD via DL8KAC
7P8CC via EI7CC KL7/SP5EWX via SP5EWX VK6ANC via VK6IR
9H3IT via IK4ALM LA/DL3YDX via DL3YDX VK9CX via DL7AFS
C5YK via ON7YK LA/DL7URH via DL7URH ZA1E via I2MQP
C21UF via LA5UF LU1IV via W3HNK ZD8O via OH0XX
DA35HEB via DL4NWM NL8F via K8NA
DL/JO2SLZ via JO2SLZ OQ5A via ON4IG
NOT THE QSL MANAGER FOR 3D2EG. Lilah, KE6EHD, has been receiving several
direct QSL requests for a RTTY operation by 3D2EG during the contest on
September 25, 2011. However, KE6EHD is NOT the QSL Manager for that or
any other DX operation. The correct QSL route is via K3IRV, direct or
by the Bureau. The operator was PY5EG, one of the members of the 3D2R
ST0R QSL AND LOTW STATUS. Antonio, EA5RM, informs OPDX: "As you may
know, the distribution of ST0R QSL cards has begun. The Republic of
South Sudan was recently added to the DXCC entities list, so each QSO
confirmed by our manager will be the confirmation of a new one. Because
of this, the DXCC Desk has expressed the concern that they may be
overwhelmed by thousands of applications to credit the new entity.
Consequently, we have decided to make an exception, and upload to
the LOTW all the individual donor QSOs and OQRS ones, by 1st November.
U.S. POSTAGE TO INCREASE. It was announced this past week that the
price of the first-class stamp will go to 45 cents starting on January
22nd, 2012 (the first increase in more than two years). The cost to
mail a postcard will go up three cents to 32 cents, letters to Canada
or Mexico will increase five cents to 85 cents, and letters to other
international locations will increase seven cents to 1.05 USDs. Reason
given for the increase: "The Postal Service is facing a financial crisis
because mail volumes have declined as more people use electronic mail
or the services of private sector competitors such as FedEx and United
Parcel Service. For more info, go to:
VP9/N0JK QSL STATUS. Jon, N0JK, reports to OPDX, "I have just received
new QSL card stock and have answered all QSL requests received for the
July 2011 VP9/N0JK 6 meter activity. We moved several times during the
summer and my permanent address for QSL requests now is: Jon Jones,
5212 Eisenhower Place, Lawrence, KS 66049.
QSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 5V7CC, 9H1SP, BD4CQ, BD4FM, BX5AA, EA1DR,
EA5AR, EA9IE, FG5FR, HB9LCW, HI3A, J39BS, JN1GTG, JW5X, K7P, KH6MB, LN3Z,
LU5FZ, MM0AMW, NL7G, OH1XT, OK6DJ, PJ4LS, PY1KN, R0/KE5JA, RA0FU,
RA1QD, RD3BZ, RI1ANC, SM4OTI, SV9/GM3YOR, UA3AP, UT7UJ, VK6HD, VK7ZE,
YN2GA, YO3JF, YO9HP and Z21BB
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 8P9AA, 9H5BZ, 9A2N, A61ZX, C91KHN, CN8QY/p,
CU2AF, DU1GM, HI8SAR, HL3ERJ, HS0ZCW, KL7RRC, MD0CCE, MD9Y, RI1ANC,
ST0R, ST2AR, SV1CQN, VP2MNK, YL2BJ, ZK2A and ZK2AB
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 3C9B, 3C0C, 3W1M, 4K9W, 4K0W, 5K8T,
5Z4ES, 6Y5/WE9V, 7Z1HL, 9Y4W, A25KDJ, AP2TN, C5A, CN2BC, CN2SD, J3A,
HI7/EA7LS, HK3JJH, KH7AR, OX2A, OX3XR, P40Y, P49Y, PJ2/K2NV, TO5RZ,
VK9RR, VP2MDG, VP2V/K6VVA, XE2/K6PT, XV9DX, XX9TLX, YI9VCQ and ZP6/N3BNA
SILENT KEY. It has been reported that Dudley, Z22JE, became a Silent
Key (SK) on October 10th. Dudley was Vice President of the Zimbabwe
Amateur Radio Society (ZARS). OPDX and its reader would like to send
out our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Z22JE.
T2, TUVALU (T2T Press Press). Bill, VK4FW, sent out the following press
release on October 21st: "The Online QSL Request Service (OQRS) for the
3D2T and T2T is set up for people to use, BUT it is extremely important
for everyone to refrain from using it before I return home on the 11th
December 2011, so that the mailbox does not become full and E-mails
start bouncing. The URL for the online OQRS is <www.vk4fw.com/oqrs.php>.
The online log for T2T is also set up and ready to go. There will be no
online log available at this stage for 3D2T."
T32, CHRISTMAS ISLAND. With only a few days to go, the Five Star DXers
Association (FSDXA) group continues to be very active as T32C from
Kiritimati (Christmas Island) until October 26th. As of 0712z, October
23rd, the T32C operation has made 203360/QSOs with 47422 Unique Callsigns
(83670/SSB, 98479/CW, 686/PSK, 18805/RTTY and 1713/FM). Logs will be
uploaded to ClubLog <www.clublog.org/charts/?c=T32C&a=embed> on a daily
basis, and any news posted will be on the T32C website. For more details/
updates, visit their Web page at: http://www.t32c.com
* LEADERBOARD SCORING AT T32C: Michael/G7VJR and Marios/5B4WN from the
"Club Log" web page <http://www.clublog.org> report the following:
"During the T32C expedition, a large number of stations have succeeded
in working the maximum number of slots possible, or share the same number
of slots as a large number of other stations. Using the 'first past the
post' scoring system, those who worked these slots first are ranked
highest. Duplicates count negatively.
This scoring system has been manipulated by a small number of stations
operating illegally. They have determined that by using someone else's
callsign and working T32C, they can create duplicates and force that
callsign down the leaderboard.
Ranking changes -- In response to this problem, the scoring system for
the T32C is changing to a ranking that does not penalize duplicate QSOs.
This removes the loophole that is being exploited. This change will be
made live on 19th October, with the agreement of the T32C expedition
team, to improve the fairness of the scoring."
* OCTOBER 21ST WEB PAGE RELEASE: "The QSO count is currently at 188.75k
with 49% CW, 41% SSB and 9% RTTY. As you might guess we are working hard
to exceed 200k.
During the day (local time) we are running a 6m beacon on 50.102 MHz.
If you hear the beacon please put a note on the cluster and we will break
the beacon and try for QSOs. So far we have had 99 six meter QSOs, mainly
with the West Coast USA and Hawaii. The beacon has been heard in Japan
and South America. We have also completed a number of 6m EME QSOs.
With just a few days to go to the end of the DXpedition, we are beginning
to plan the station close down. There will be a phased shut down beginning
at 1600z on Monday 24th October, with the last station closing by 0100z
on Tuesday 25th. We will keep the 'high rate' stations running as long
If you look at the on line log and QSOs that were previously in there
appear to be missing, don't despair, query the log a little later, they
will be there." UPDATED NOTE: The T32C operation has surpassed the 200k
QSOs mark as of press time making the Christmas Island, Eastern Kiribati,
DXpedition the highest total for a DXpedition previously held by the VP6DX
T4, CUBA. Operators Luis/CO6LP, Orelvis/CO6LC, Yordany/CM6YAC, Jose/CO6EC,
Carlos/CO6CAC and Edor/CO7PH will be active as T46A during the CQWW DX
SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Multi-?e entry. QSL via CO6LC.
T6, AFGHANISTAN (Update). Les, WB8LES, who is active as T6LB from FOB
(Forward Operation Base) Shank, Loghar Province, states that he monitors
14315 kHz every day from 1230-1430z. Les will be posting updates on
QRZ.com. He is expected to be there until November 7th. QSL via WB8LES.
TK, CORSICA. Sal, IK8UND, will be active as TK5KP during the CQWW DX SSB
Contest (October 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power/(possibly
Assisted mode) entry. QSL via TK5EP. He states that he will be active
prior to the contest on CW and RTTY.
TL, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC. Remember to look for Rudi, DK7PE, to be
active as TL0CW from Bangui, CAR, on a "one-man DXpedition" between
October 26th and November 3rd. He states that CAR is not a real tourist
place and the accommodations are very expensive (see details on QRZ.com).
Activity will have an emphasis on 160/80 meters CW. QSL via DK7PE. For
more details and updates, visit Rudi's Web page at: http://www.rooody.de
TN, CONGO. It has been announced that an operation from Camp Brazzaville
in the Congo will take place sometime in 2012. No other details were
provided at this time. Look for more details to be forthcoming soon.
TU, IVORY COAST. Just a reminder that an Italian team consisting of
Alfeo/I1HJT, Silvano/I2YSB, Vinicio/IK2CIO, Angelo/IK2CKR, Marcello/
IK2DIA, Stefano/IK2HKT and Angelo/IK2RZP will be active as TU2T from
the Ivory Coast this week between October 27th and November 11th. Activity
will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. Suggested frequencies are:
CW - 1823, 3505, 7005, 10106, 14025, 18075, 21025, 24895 and 28025 kHz
SSB - 3780, 7056/7180, 14195, 18145, 21295, 24945 and 28495 kHz
RTTY - 10140, 14080, 18104, 21080, 24902 and 2808 kHz
6m - 50105 kHz - CW, SSB and Beacon
Pilot station will be Art, IK7JWY. QSL via I2YSB, direct (2 USDs Europe,
3 USDs outside Europe and SAE [NO IRCs and stamps) or via the OQRS.
QSL via the Bureau to IK2CIO. For more details and an online log, visit
the TU2T Web page at: http://www.i2ysb.com/joomla5
Also, join the TU2T forum at:
TX5, MARQUESAS ISLANDS (Update). The international team of operators
are now active as TX7M from Hatiheu, Nuku Hiva (OC-027) until November
1st. They plan to be active on 160-10 meters (including 30/17/12m) using
CW, SSB and RTTY, with 4 stations on at the same time on different bands
and modes. As of 0410z, October 23rd, the TX7M operation has made 28439/
QSOs with 10958 Unique Callsigns (13109/SSB and 15330/CW). For more
details, visit the TX7M Web page at: http://www.tx7m.com
V2, ANTIGUA (NA-100). A team of operators will once again activate the
V26B super station at Gunthroppes, during the CQ WW DX SSB Contest
(October 29-30th) as a Multi-Single entry. Activity will be on all
bands. Please QSL V26B direct to KA2AEV or LoTW. Visit Team Antigua's
Web page at: http://www.team-antigua.com
V5, NAMIBIA. Martin, DL1ZU, will be active as V5/DL1ZU between December
21st and January 13th (2012). During his trip through the Caprivi strip,
Martun will use an IC-706 with a vertical antenna and dipoles. In Windhoek,
he will use a 3 element beam. QSL is "OK" via his home callsign by the
V6, MICRONESIA. John, KH6DLK, will be working on Ulithi Atoll (OC-078)
and is expected to be active as V63JB during his free time. Length of
stay was not provided or plans of operations. QSL via KH6DLK (see QRZ.com).
Domestic QSL must be accompanied with a SASE and International QSL must
be accompanied with SAE plus IRCs or Greenbacks. No e-mail QSL, No Twitter,
and No facebook please.
VE2, CANADA (Zone 2). Operator Yuri, VE3DZ, will once again be active as
VE2IM from Sept-Iles, QC (Zone 2), during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October
29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. Yuri informs OPDX that
he will be there between October 25th and November 2nd. Activity before
and after the contest will be on CW, SSB and RTTY, and the 30/17/12 meter
bands. QSL via VE3DZ, direct or by the Bureau.
VK0M, MACQUARIE ISLAND. Kevin, VK0KEV, reports this week from Macquarie
Island (AN-005): "I am approaching my last weeks on Macquarie Island. In
this time I would like to give as many people as possible that 'new one'.
Unfortunately, there are many operators who are unaware of how to behave
in a pile up and behave so badly other amateurs lose the contact opportu-
nity. If you call incessantly, or call when another station or callsign
is being requested you will receive a zero by zero report. Hopefully,
this improves the opportunity of a contact for the polite and sometimes
less strong stations. Thanks to the many skilled and polite operators
who have taken the effort and time to make contact." QSL via JE1LET
direct only (see QRZ.com).
VP2, MONTSERRAT. Operators Ron/N0AT (VP2MTA), Bill/W0OR (VP2MOR), Vlad/
N0STL (VP2MTL) and Tom/K3WT (VP2MWT) will be active from Montserrat
(NA-103, WLOTA 1475) during the end of November and early December for
the contest season. Activity will include the CQWW DX CW Contest (November
26-27th) and the ARRL 160 Meter Contest (December 2-4th) using the callsign
VP2MWG. QSL voa N0AT.
W3, UNITED STATES (Haunted LH Op!). Look for Dan, KD3CQ, to activate
the special event station W3H (Whiskey 3 Haunted) on October 31st, from
Maryland's Lighthouses -- Point Lookout (ARLHS USA-628), listed as one
of the USA haunted lighthouses, along with Point Lookout Light (ARLHS
USA-1409), and possibly Solomon's Lump (ARLHS USA-767), if visible.
Point Lookout was a "Union Prisoner of War Camp" set up to hold Con-
federate prisoners after the "1863 Battle of Gettysburg"; the lighthouse
was used as the Infirmary. Activation will start at 1300z and end at
1345z, on 7270 kHZ +/-, then 14270 kHz +/- and possibly 18150 kHz +/-.
Please QSL direct only (no eQSL) to KD3CQ (QRZ.com address) w/SASE
(DX SAE w/1 USD or IRC).
WAP'S TOP TEN LIST. Gianni, I1HYW, informs OPDX that the Worldwide
Antarctic Program (WAP) is pleased to announce their "Top Ten List"
(updated as of Oct.16th) for the "WAP's 2011 TOP of the Honor Roll"
(HR) for both the WADA and WACA Antarctic Awards:
WADA (Worked Antarctic Directory Award) -- K4MZU-178 Bases, GM3ITN-124
Bases, VE7IG-122 Bases, I1HYW-121 Bases, VE3XN-120 Bases, F6ELE-115
Bases, IK1GPG-113 Bases and I2YDX-101 Bases. Top HR is achievable
when reaching 100 different Antarctic/Sub-Antarctic Settlements
(Bases, Huts, Camps) referenced on WAP Directory. So far, 160
WAP-WADA Awards have been issued
WACA (Worked Antarctic Callsigns Award) -- VE7IG-302 Calls, VE3XN-266
Calls, I1HYW-244 Calls, IK1GPG-234 Calls, OM3JW-230 Calls, I2YDX-210
Calls and OE3SGA-202 Calls. So far, 142 WAP-WACA Awards have been
The complete list of issued awards, can be seen at the WAP Web site. The
WAP-WACA Awards scores at:
WAP WADA Awards scores at:
Just to remind the chasers that HRs and Top HRs consist of a personalized
ceramic hand crafted plate, showing the Antarctic Continent. Those plates
are made at the Ceramic School of the city of Mondovì-Italy. Also, let's not
forget that the next "9th Antarctic Activity Week" (AAW) takes place between
February 20-26th, 2012. Join them! More details are available on the WAP
Web site at: http://www.waponline.it
XV, VIETNAM. Retu, OH4MDY (OX3RZ/XU7MDY/XV2MDY), will once again be active
as XV2RZ from Southeast Vietnam between November 1st and December 12th.
Activity will be on 80-6 meters using the "normal modes" (CW and SSB).
QSL only direct via OH4MDY with a SASE and 2 USDs. His log will be
available online at: http://www.clublog.org
Z3, MACEDONIA. Members of the Radio Club "Nikola Tesla" (Z37M) will be
active as Z37M during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a
Multi-Single entry. Operators mentioned are: Igor/Z32ID, Dimitar/Z33DGM,
Gogo/Z35GL, Ozren/Z35T, Chris/Z35X, Tone/Z36N and Venco/Z36W. QSL via
Z37M, by the Bureau or info on QRZ.com.
ZA, ALBANIA. Andrey, LZ2HM, will once again be active as ZA/LZ2HM from
here between October 25th and November 1st. Activity will be on 160-2
meters using all modes. He will also be in the CQWW DX SSB Contest. QSL
via his home callsign direct.
ZA, ALBANIA. Members of an Albanian contest team will be active as ZA3WW
during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th). QSL via LZ2HM.
ZD8, ASCENSION ISLAND. Steve, G3ZVW/AF6SU, will once again be active as
ZD8N from Ascension Island (AF-003) between November 21st and December
2nd. He has been off the island for almost three years. Activity will be
on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. He is also expected
to participate in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th). QSL via his
home callsign, by the Bureau or direct.
ZD8, ASCENSION ISLAND. Operators Jorma/OH2KI (ZD8X) and Oliver/W6NV (ZD8W)
will be active from Ascension Island (AF-003) during the CQWW DX CW
Contest (November 26-27th) as a Multi-Single entry using the callsign
ZD8W. They expect to be active on the low bands before the contest
weekend. QSL via their home callsigns.
ZK2, NIUE (Update to OPDX.1002 & OPDX.1007). By the time you read this,
operators Chris/GM3WOJ and Keith/GM4YXI will have arrived in Niue (as of
midday Friday (U.S. time). Chris will be active as ZK2V, and Keith has
obtained the callsign ZK2X. The operation will continue for 2 months
through to December 20th. They plan to participate in (CQWW) contests
as well. Activity on 160 meters will occur the first several weeks of
the operation. They will also focus on 12/10 meters to EU, both paths.
New for this trip will be an effort to provide "real time" logging on
the Internet (Last minute update: However, latest reports indicate that
poor WiFi signals are very weak in the shack, so they may not be able to
use their new ‘real-time’ logging system). More details are available at
<http://www.zk2v.com>. LoTW will be updated frequently, and card requests
are via N3SL.
ZONE 2 (Top-Band Op). Operators Toshi/JA8BMK and Keith/VE7MID plan to
activate CQ Zone 2 on 160 and 80 meters. They have arranged (through
Yuri VE3DZ/VE2IM) to use the VE2CSI clubhouse on Sept-Iles which is in
Zone 2 (50 Deg 12.33 Min N 66 Deg 21.85 Min W). Keith will pick up Toshi
in Montreal on October 30th, and drive him to Sept-Iles (1000km) on
October 31st, so they can be operational between November 1-9th. They
are planning on using a full size 80m vertical, 160m L (lots of radials!)
and two beverages, using Toshi's 600w amp and a new K3 (Dual RX). The
callsigns will be VE2/JA8BMK and VE7MID/VE2.
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