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Главная » 2012 » Март » 19 » Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin #1054
Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin #1054
09:54
The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1054
BID: $OPDX.1054
March 19, 2012
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, NC1L and ARRL Web Page, NJ1Q & ARRL DX, NG3K &
ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, K4FW, N4AA & QRZ DX, W5CW, KH6BZF, K8YSE,
N8KOL, W8GEX & 60m News, W8XD, K9MM, W9ILY, AT International, CX3AL, DK8JB
& The DX News Letter, DL1SBF, DL2SBY, DL7UFR, DxCoffee.com, DX-World.Net,
ES1CW, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, IZ8BGY,
OH2YY, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's DX-Newsdesk, PE1NCP, RSGB IOTA
Web Site, S50U, SA0AAZ, TA1HZ, VA3RJ & ICPO, VHF-DX-Portal, VE3ZZ, YO3JW
and ZS1HF for the following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
week of Sunday, 11th-March, through Sunday, 18th-March there were 226
countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3C0, 3D2, 3D2/r, 3DA, 3V,
3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q,
7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4,
A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, 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, FK, FM, FO, FR, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU,
GW, HA, HB, HC, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J7, J8,
JA, JD/o, JT, JW, 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, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ5,
PJ7, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T32, T7, T8, TA,
TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TR, TT, TU, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5,
V7, V8, VE, VK, VK0M, VK9C, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE,
XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4,
ZD7, ZD8, ZD9, ZF, ZL, ZL7, 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).

5T, MAURITANIA. Jean, ON8RA/5T0JL, at the age of 84, will once again be
active from Nouakchott starting possible March 21st. Activity will be
on 80/40/20/15/12 meters and mainly on CW. QSL via ON8RA (see QRZ.com
for new QSLing practices).

7U50, ALGERIA (Special Event). Members of the Djelfa Radio Club (7X2VFK)
will activate 7U50ND to celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Algerian
independence and the 20th anniversary of the Djelfa Radio Club. Activity
will take place between May 20-26th, during the 4th International Ham
Meeting in Djelfa. Details are available on <QRZ.com>.

8Y, GUYANA (Update). Operators Anderson/PY2TNT and Alex/PY2WAS will be
active as 8R1PY from Lethem, Guyana, between April 5-8th. Activity will
be on 80-10 meters, including 30/17/12 meters, using CW and SSB. QSL via
PY2WAS, direct or by the Bureau, and a OQRS will be available. The
Mediterraneo DX Club (MDXC) is supporting the 8R1PY DXpedition and has
activated a Web site (with updated news, log search and propagation
charts - TNX to IK8LOV) at:      http://www.mdxc.org/8r1py

9M6, EAST MALAYSIA. Pekka, OH2YY, will activate the Hillview Gardens
club station 9M6AAC between March 21-22nd. Activity will be on 40-10
meters SSB. Bands will depend on the antennas available. QSL via N2OO.

A3, TONGA. There is less than a week to work A35YZ DXpedition. The A35YZ
team is expected to be on until March 24th. Many have been asking where
is the SSB. Operator Frank, DL7UFR, informs OPDX that they will operate
on SBB when it is possible, but the conditions currently are so bad that
SSB is very difficult. All the signals they hear are very weak there.
Their SSB ops hope that the conditions will approve so they can make more
SSB QSOs. QSL via DL7DF, direct or by the Bureau.

C5, THE GAMBIA. Jan, OZ1IIL, is now active as C56LH until March 26th.
Activity this past week has been mainly on 20/17/10 meters SSB, but
can operate on 80-10 meters using a G5RV and an IC-746. QSL via OZ1IIL.

DXCC NEWS.........
* Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL Awards Branch Manager, reports that the following
  operations are approved for DXCC credit:
        XW1A  - Laos; Current Operations
        XW0ZJZ - Laos; Current Operations

* (ARRL Announces New DXCC Fee Structure!) Effective Monday, April 2nd,
  the way DXCC fees are assessed will change. These changes will include
  both rate increases and rate decreases. There are several reasons for
  the fee change:
      -  Promoting more frequent applications
      -  Removing the "hybrid application" problem
      -  Simplifying the price structure for DXCC
      -  Raising the rates slightly to help offset ARRL's increased costs
      -  Improving customer service
  Here are "some" of the interesting changes to take place:
      - There are no limits on the number of applications that can be
        submitted. There will be no more surcharges added to the second
        or subsequent applications.
      - A DXCC application submitted using LoTW will have an application
        fee of 5 USDs for ARRL members and 10 USDs for non-members. There
        are no limits on the number of QSOs that can be included as part
        of a LoTW application. Each QSO used in LoTW for an award will cost
        12 cents, down from a minimum of 15 cents in 2011. They will no
        longer sell LoTW "credits" in bulk. If you have credits stored,
        you will still be able to use them.
      - The free DXCC Yearbook that was sent to ARRL members will now be
        made available electronically, and it will appear in an edition
        of Digital QST. For those who want a League-printed Yearbook, it
        will still be available at a modest cost.

    To read the complete press release and details of all the changes,
    go to: http://www.arrl.org/news/view/arrl-announces-new-dxcc-fee-structure

DXCC ONLINE (Web Tool!). Over the past several years, the DXCC has been
working on a system where applicants would enter QSO data from their QSLs
into a digital DXCC application. With DXCC staff's data entry time reduced,
they could charge less than a traditional application, process more
applications in the same time, and provide better customer service. Well
word has come out that their programmers are near completion and are
currently beta-testing the system which will be called "Online DXCC".
The following is a brief description of this system and the Card Checker's
role: "For the most part, the DXCC Card Checker's job hasn't changed much.
After the applicant has typed-in the QSO data from the QSLs (or loaded-in
an ADIF file that comes from a logging program), he/she will print the
application and either bring it to a DXCC Card Checker or mail it and the
cards to HQ, like normal. They will still heavily rely on a DXCC Card
Checker's expertise and knowledge to inspect the QSL cards and ensure that
the data that has been entered and printed by the applicant is correct.
The DXCC Card Checker will still need to carefully mark changes on the
printout. When all is done, the DXCC Card Checker will sign-off on the
application and mail it to HQ, as before."
  What is different is that the applicant will not have to organize cards
by band and mode, but instead can simply enter the data from each card
in any order they are found. The applicant must leave the cards in the
same order in which they are entered, as it obviously that makes it easy
for the DXCC Card Checker to work through the cards and compare against
the record sheet. If a QSL has two or more QSOs listed, and the applicant
needs them all, he/she no longer must put these cards at the back of the
application.
  Also new is that there is an option for the applicant to pay for the
application with a credit card inside "Online DXCC". Unfortunately, there
is no easy way to have the applicant pay electronically for the DXCC Card
Checker's mailing expense, so they will still have to collect cash for
mailing in the same manner as they do now. The "Online DXCC" forms them-
selves are representations of the paper forms to which everyone is
currently accustomed too. The "Online DXCC" is expected to possibly be
available in less than a month. Be looking for more details to be forth-
coming.

ED9, CEUTA AND MELILLA. Operators Jorge/EA7HZ, Al/EA7JR, Manolo/EA7LL,
Chris/EA7RU, Pedro/EA7IZJ, Jorge/EA9LZ and possibly others will be active
as ED9Z during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 24-25th) as a Multi-?
entry. The group will be using Spiderbeam antennas. QSL via EA9LZ.

HB0, LIECHTENSTEIN (HF and EME). Operators Kasimir/DL2SBY and Georg/DF1SR
will be active from Liechtenstein between April 25th and May 5th. Activity
will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. Their HF equipment includes
a TS2000, FT900AT, Acom1010, HF9V vertical and a Spiderbeam for 10/12/15/
17/20m. There will be EME activity. On April 28-29th, the Dubus EME Contest
will take place, and they will be on 13cm. Between April 30th and May 3rd,
they will be active on EME on 9cm and 6cm (this would be a first-ever EME
activity on both bands from Liechtenstein!). They state, "You will find
us in the HB9Q-Chat room." EME equipment will be a FT726R, Dish 3, 7m and
2m amplifier for both bands. They will use two separate callsigns for this
operation. For the HF bands, they will use HB0/DL2SBY, and for the EME
activity they will sign HB0/DF1SR. QSL via their home callsigns by the
Bureau or direct.

II9, ITALY. The II9K Contest Team will be active from Sicily (EU-025,
IIA SC-001, MIA MI-107, WLOTA 1362) during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest
(March 24-25th) as a Multi-Single/High-Power entry. They will be using
a new antenna setup improvement for the contest. Operators mentioned
are Giuseppe/IT9HBT, Girolamo/IT9GNG, Rino/IT9FXY, Vincenzo/IT9ECQ,
Mike/IF9ZWA, Maria/IT9FRA, Domenico/IW9GTD, Antonino/IW9HII and Dario/
IT9RDZ. QSL via IT9HBT.

IOTA NEWS..............
  EU-008.  Operators Ray/M1REK, Mark/M0UTD and Tom/M0DCG will be active
          as GM6TW from The Isle of Jura between March 31st and April
          6th. Activity will be on the HF bands. The trio also plans to
          be active from Islay and Colonsay; also all EU-008. For more
          details, see:    http://www.m1rek.co.uk/jura-2012

  EU-012.  A group of YL operators will be active as GB2YLS from Fair
          Isle between August 16-22nd. Activity will also be during the
          International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend (August 18-19th)
          from the Southern Lighthouse (UK0127). Operators mentioned
          are Unni/LA6RHA, Chantal/PA5YL, Ruth/IT9ESZ, Nicky/MM5YLO,
          Elaine/2E1BVS and Denise/MM6ZDW. Activity will be on CW and
          SSB. QSL via MM5YLO.

  EU-017.  Members of the "RadioAmatori Siciliani nel Mondo" (RASM) will
          be active as ID9Z from Lipari Island between May 17-20th.
          Operators mentioned are Carmelo/IT9TFX, Fabio/IT9AHI, Antonino/
          IT9YMM, Sergio/IW9FSG, Max/IT9AKC and Gino/IZ8MWG. QSL via
          LoTW.

  EU-042.  Klaus, DL7UXG, will be active as DL7UXG/p from Foehr Island
          (GIA N-017, WFF DLFF-013, WLOTA 4067) between April 10-12th.
          Activity will be on the HF bands on/or near the usual island
          and IOTA frequencies. QSL via his home callsign, direct or
          by the Bureau.

  EU-114.  The Martello Tower Group will be active as GP0PKT from Herm
          Island between October 5-7th. Operators mentioned are Keith/
          G6NHU, Tony/G0MBA, Yan/M0YNK, Colin/M1EAK, Chris/M6GSD and
          Richard/G7HJK. Activity will be on all HF bands and modes.
          QSL via G6NHU, by the Bureau or direct.

  NA-240.  (Update/NEW IOTA!) Members of the Russian Robinson Club (RRC)
          with the support of the Bethel Amateur Radio Club (BARK) will
          activate the last new IOTA in Alaska in the Bethel County
          IOTA Group possibly around May 9-16th (they postponed their
          January 5-8th operation due to weather earlier in the year).
          The callsign will be KL7RRC/p. The group's main reason for
          this activation is to participate in the RSGB IOTA Marathon.
          See details at:  http://www.rsgbiota.org/marathon/index.php
          The current team members are: Yuri N3QQ and Tim/NL8F. QSL via
          UA9OBA (Europe/Russia) and N7RO; either manager can confirm
          any contact. More details, updates and "real time team's
          location" can be seen at:  http://www.na-234.com

  OC-156.  Aki, JA1NLX, is now active as 3D2YA from Yageta Island until
          March 21st. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using mainly CW
          with some SSB and RTTY. He will QSL all QSOs via the Bureau.
          Log will be uploaded to LoTW. For more details, check his
          Blog Page at:      http://ja1nlx-aki.blogspot.com

  SA-039.  Members of the "RADIO CLUB URUGUAYO" will activate the special
          event callsign CW4R for the first time from Isla Gorriti (WW
          Loc. GF25ma) between March 23-25th. Activity will be on all
          HF bands using CW, SSB and te Digital modes. Also, look for
          CW4R to be in the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 24-25th) as a
          Multi-Op entry. QSL this activity by the Bureau or direct to:
          Radio Club Uruguayo, P.O.Box 37, 11000, Montevideo, URUGUAY,
          SOUTH AMERICA (w/SAE and 1 new IRC or 2 green stamps).

JW, SVALBARD. Magne, LA2XNA, is now active as JW2XNA from the JW5E club
station in Longyearbyen on Spitsbergen Island (EU-026) until March 20th.
Activity is on SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via LA2XNA.

JW, SVALBARD. Torkel, LA6VJA, will once again be active as JW6VJA from
the JW5E club station in Longyearbyen on Spitsbergen Island (EU-026)
between August 10-12th. Fredrik, LA6TMA, will also join him and be active
as JW6TMA. Activity by JW6VJA will mainly be CW with some SSB, while
JW6TMA will be active mostly on the Digital modes. QSL via their home
callsigns, direct or by the Bureau. Also, JW6VJA will upload his log to
LoTW. For more details, visit: http://www.bitwrap.no/web/index.php?id=6

JX, JAN MAYEN. Svein, LA9JKA, will once again be active as JX9JKA from
Jan Mayen (EU-022) between March 29th through approx. March 20th, 2013.
He plans to operate SSB and the digital modes on 160-6 meters. QSL via
his home callsign direct only (see QRZ.com).

KH6BZF PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (March 19-25th)....
Mar/19th  HN      Mar/22nd  AN      Mar/24th  AN
Mar/20th  AN-HN  Mar/23rd  AN      Mar/25th  AN
Mar/21st  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

NEW OFFICERS FOR 2012. The members of the Northern Illinois DX Association
(NIDXA) have elected the following officers for 2012:
  President: Jim O'Connell, W9WU      Directors: Joe Schroeder, W9JUV
  Vice-President: John Becker, K9MM              Howie Huntington, K9KM
  Secretary: Randy Brothers, K9OR                Gary Hornbuckle, K9MMS
  Treasurer: Don Whiteman, KK9H

    For more information about NIDXA, go to at:    http://www.nidxa.org

PH, NETHERLANDS (Special Event). A group of operators will be active as
PH4RTM/WHE between April 5-13th. Activity is taking place during the
World Horticultural Expo, THE FLORIADE <http://www.floriade.com>, in
Venlo. Operations will be on all bands and modes. QSLs will be returned
100% via the Bureau by PH4RTM.

QSL INFO AND NEWS.....................
  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (dated March 18th)
  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
  3Z45HBW via SP5ZRW      DV1/JO7KMB via JO7KMB    MW2I via WW2R
  4J3DF via RW6HS (d)    EA8/DL7JTZ via DL7JTZ    OJ0VM via OH6VM
  4K0CW via DL6KVA        EB5BBM/BA7PI via EB5BBM  OK/OE5HCE/P via OE5HCE
  5A2FHE via IN3FHE      EE3CME via EB3JP          OK7T via OK1FHI
  7Z1HB via DE1ZHB (B)    EY8DX via UA4LCH          OZ/DL4LAX via DL4LAX
  A41CK via A47RS        FK8CE via LZ1JZ          P3N via RW3RN
  C56LH via OZ1IIL        HD91CM via W7SE          PJ2/DK5ON via DK5ON
  CM8RRM via EA5KB        HF4KUMURADOJO via SP9PDG  PJ2/DL5RDP via DL5RDP
  CT9/RC5A via RC5A      KH0WW via JP1IOF          SM7CRW via W3HNK
  DK3UZ via G6XOU (B)    LX/DL5AXX via DL5AXX      TM0X via F4BKV (L)
  DU6/JJ1LQG via JI0PFZ  LZ1784SIB via LZ1KCP      UN/RT9T via RT9T
                                                    XF1AA via IT9EJW
  (B) Bureau Only    (L) LoTW
  (d) direct Only

  QSL MANAGER OF THE YEAR. The Golist QSL Manager Data Service is reviving
  its "QSL Manager of the Year Award". The purpose of this award is to
  recognize the service of QSL Managers world wide for the service they
  provide to the World-Wide DX Community. Nominations for this award will
  be accepted by the Golist from DX and Contest clubs, world-wide, for the
  year of 2012. Ending Date: August 1, 2012. Each DX club and Contest club
  is encouraged to poll their members for their nominations for the "Top 5
  QSL Managers for 2012". The definition of a QSL Manager for this award
  is any person who confirms contacts via printed QSL Card for any station
  other than their Primary Callsign. Each club should tabulate the votes
  of their members and submit to the Golist the Top 5 vote getters as
  voted by members of their club. Votes should be tabulated and sent to
  the Golist by August 1, 2012, to be eligible for the QSL Manager of the
  Year award. Each club world-wide may only send one submission for voting
  purposes. Records of submission will be maintained by the Golist. A
  plaque, donated by DX Publishing, Inc., publisher of "QRZ-DX and THE DX
  MAGAZINE", will be awarded to the selected "QSL Manager of the Year" at
  the W4DXCC Convention held in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee in September 2012.
  The recognized format for your club's submission is as follows: Club
  Name; Club Officer (Name, Call Sign, club office and E-mail address);
  Top 5 QSL Manager Nominees (list name and callsign). In the subject line
  of your official E-mail put "QSL Manager of the Year-2012" and send it
  to:                          golist@gmail.com

  TC18M VIA TA1HZ. Members of the Special Wireless Activity Team (TCSWAT)
  were active as TC18M this past week to commemorate the Naval Victory of
  March 18, 1915. QSL Manager is again TA1HZ, and information is available
  at <QRZ.com> and <www.tcswat.org>. The QSL cards will be ready for the
  Friedrichshafen Messe (end of June) distribution; therefore, please do
  not hurry for sending in your QSL cards direct (unless you need them
  for DXCC).

  TO3J QSL STATUS. QSL Manager Nao, JA1HGY, reports that all direct and
  OQRS TO3J QSLs were answered as of March 12th.

  UA4WHX QSLS STATUS. According to Vlad, UA4WHX, QRZ.com page:
    1. By now there are no direct African QSLs left unanswered.
    2. If you sent your QSLs directly but you have not received them,
      then it probably is that your cards have been lost either way.
      Contact me <ua4whx@udm.ru> to check their status.
  If you need a paper QSL, request it directly, not via the bureau. All
  QSOs have been LoTW uploaded.

  QSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 3G3M, 4U1ITU, C6ANM, CR6K, CW5W, E74AA, E7DX,
  EF8R, EO3Q, F5BZB, FY5KE, GM7R, HK1T, HK3JJB, I5HOR, II2E, J38A, J7Y,
  JQ2VVH, KH6LC, KH7Y, LS1D, OA4SS, P40L, PI4DX, PJ2T, PJ4X, PT5T, PW7T,
  PY1MK, PY1ZV, PY2LED, PY2MTV, PY4OG, PY4RGS, S53M, S58A, S57AL, TF3W,
  TG7/N6HD, TM6M, TO5A, TO5X, UV5U, UW5Q, V25WY, V31RR, VE3EY, VK7ZE,
  VP5B, VP5OU, VP9I, WH7Y, XE1MM, XE2S, XW3DT, YW4D, YW5T and ZF2AM

  QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3D2R, 4W0VB, 5W1SA, 8Q7DV, A31IO, AP2IA, C37N,
  EY7AD, GJ6UW, H40FK, H40KJ, J8/JA7SGV, PJ4/WA1Z, TL0CW, TN2T, TO3J,
  V25RV, VU3BPZ/mm and ZL1RS (6m)

  QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 3C0C, 5R8IC, 8P9NX, 9H3KX, AO8GLH, C37NL,
  EA9AK, ES0/F5BLC/P, EY8/F4EGS, FG4NO, FK8CP, FK/F5NHJ, FM/F5IRO, FR1LB,
  H44AS, IS0/DL8JJ/M, J27JUIN, J28CDX, J28RO, MJ/EA1SA, TK5EP, TK0WT,
  TK/F5MCC, TA4CW, TT8PK, TT8ZZ and V55DLH

S55, SLOVENIA (Special Event). Members of the Radio Club Cerkno (S50E)
will activate the special event callsigns S555E and S55CERKNO throughout
2012. Activity is to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the Club's foun-
dation. A special full colored four page folded QSL card will be confirmed
automatically by the Bureau sometime in early 2013. The logs for S555E
and S55CERKNO will also be uploaded to the ARRL's LoTW on a regular basis.
Online logs will be available on the Club's Web site at: http://www.s50e.si
For those who want to send card direct, please send SASE with 2 USDs to
cover return postage to Radioclub Cerkno, P.O. BOX 16, 5282 Cerkno,
Slovenia, with priority return when getting cards from the printer.
Cards with insufficient postage or no return envelope will be returned
via the QSL Bureau.

SG, SWEDEN (Special Event). Richard, SM2TOS, and some other operators
will be active as SG2SNF from Porjus between June 16-17th. Activity will
be from the Lancaster bomber "Easy Elsie", which crashed at Porjus in
Sweden on October 29th, 1944. For more details, pictures and QSL info,
see QRZ.com.

TO5, MARTINIQUE. Vlad, RC0F, will be active as FM/RC0F from Martinique
(NA-107) between March 20-28th. Activity will also include the CQWW WPX
SSB Contest (March 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry
using the callsign TO5K. QSL via RC0F or LoTW.

V5, NAMIBIA (Update). A group of German operators will be active as V55V
from V52W's QTH in Omaruru during CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 24-25th)
as a Multi-? entry. QSL via DJ8VC. Operators currently mentioned are
Winfried/DK9IP, Suad/DK6XZ, Tobias/DH1TW, Uwe/DL9NDS, Dietmar/DL3DXX
and Mathew/DJ2HD. Look for operators to be active before and after the
contest (as early as March 16th, and until the 27th) as V5/homecall.
Activity will probably be on all bands 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and
RTTY, but with a focus on 160/80/40m and RTTY. QSL via their home callsign
(see QRZ.com).

V6, MICRONESIA. Swedish couple Jonas/SA0AAZ, and Carin/SA0BAC will be
active as V63AAZ and V63BAC from the Truk Stop Hotel on Weno Island
(OC-011) [a municipality and capital of Chuuk State of the Federated
States of Micronesia (FSM)] between March 26th and April 10th. Jonas
tells OPDX that this is a diving holiday trip, and all radio work will
be limited. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW and SSB. Equipment
is an IC-7000 with 100w into some wire type antenna with ladder feed.
Jonas also suggests to please go easy on them because they are "only
ordinary hams with ordinary standards, so please adjust operation technique
and speed accordingly." QSL both via SA0AAZ.

V7, MARSHALL ISLANDS (Update). By the time you read this, Jim, K4FW, will
once again be on Kwajalein Island (OC-028) between March 19-26th, because
of his job with the Orbital Sciences Corporation. He works with the Pegasus
launch vehicle. More specifically, as the Launch Panel Operator (LPO) and
is part of the flight crew on the Orbital's L-1011. Jim informs OPDX that
the launch is scheduled for March 26th, and he plans to be active as much
as he can between the time he arrives and the launch. Activity will be
from the Kwajalein club station (V73AX) on the southern most side of the
island, and he hopes to once again sign V73FW (application was sent in),
if not then he will probably use V7/K4FW and not the club callsign.
Activity will be after his work hours for the day on Kwajalein. He states,
"I'm taking a Ten Tec Eagle out with me to use and plan to do SSB on any
band that's open and use whatever V73AX has for antennas." QSL via K4FW,
direct or by the Bureau.

VC2, CANADA. Operators Noel/VE2BR and Gregg/VE3ZZ will once again be
active as VC2G during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 24-25th) as a
Multi-Single entry. The QTH will be from Mercier, Quebec (Zone 5, Grid
Loc. FN35ch). QSL via VE2BR, direct or by the Bureau.

VP2V, BRITISH VIGRIN ISLANDS. Operators Art/N3DXX and Steven/AA7V will
be active as VP2V/homecall from Virgin Gorda (Tortola) between November
21st and December 1st. Activity will be focused on 160 meters and the
CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Multi-Single entry signing
as VP2V/N3DXX. QSL via K2PF.

VP5/VP52, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS. Dave, W5CW, will once again be active
as VP5/W5CW from the VP5JM Hamlet QTH on the Island of Providenciales
(NA-002, WLOTA 1476) between March 20th and April 11th. Activity will
be on 160-6 meters using CW and SSB. Dave also plans to be in the CQWW
WPX SSB Contest (March 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry
and using the callsign VP52V. QSL direct to his home callsign (QRZ.com
address) at:      PO Box 88, Morris, OK 74445-0088 U.S.A.

WORLD-WIDE IRON HAM CONTEST (Dates Changes). The Araucaria DX Group
(GADX) has moved the dates of their "World-Wide Iron Ham Contest" (WWIH)
to avoid having two South American contests on the same day. They decided
to move their competition to: The last full weekend of December. So,
this year's WWIH contest will be from 12:00 GMT Saturday, Dec. 29th,
to 11:59 GMT, Sunday the 30th. Complete details and rules are available at:
                      http://www.araucariadx.com/site

XU, CAMBODIA. Operators Seihachi/JA7LU and Hiroo/JA2VWG will once again
be active as XU7NPC and XU7DDD, respectively, from Sihanoukville between
March 16-26th. Activity will be on 40-6 meters using SSB and the Digital
modes. They also plan to be active from Koh Rong Samloem Island (AS-133)
between March 26-28th. QSL XU7NPC via JA7LU, direct or by the Bureau. QSL
XU7DDD via JA2VWG direct only.

XV, VIETNAM. Mal, VK6LC, will once again be active as XV4LC from Vinh
Long, Vietnam, between April 19-24th. Activity will be on 17/20 meters
only, using CW and SSB (portable station and experimental new Mekong
Delta site). QSL via VK6LC only direct. He does NOT use the QSL Bureau.

YJ, VANUATU. Chris, VK3QB, from the Oceania DX Group Inc. (ODXG), will
once again lead a team of operators to Port Vila on Efate Island (OC-035),
Vanuatu, and be active as YJ0VK between April 21st and May 5th. Operators
mentioned are Chris/VK3QB (team leader), Luke/VK3HJ, Lee/VK3GK, Mike/
VK3GHM, Benton/VK3CBV and Allan/VK2CA. Activity will be on all HF bands
160-10 meters, with an emphasis on 30/17/12 meter bands using CW, SSB,
and RTTY/PSK31. They do plan to have three stations on the air as often
as possible. QSL via VK2CA, direct or by the Bureau. LoTW log upload will
be available on completion of operation. For updates, visit the YJ0VK Web
page at:        http://yj0vk.odxg.org/yj0vk2012/default.html

YO WEEKDAY CONTEST. Members of "The Romanian Society of Radio Amateur"
(YO3KSR) have organized the 35th Edition of the HF International Contest
"Bucuresti" to be held on 19th of March, between 1800-2059z, and on both
80m and 40m bands, using CW, SSB and PSK. Complete details are available
on the YO3KSR Web page at:        http://www.yo3ksr.ro

ZS8, MARION ISLAND. Pierre, ZS1HF/ZS8M, informs OPDX that he is in the
planning stages to lead a DXpedition to Marion Island, hopefully in
April 2014. He states [edited], "This all depends on permission granted
for a DXpedition team by the Dept. of Environmental Affairs (Antarctic
Islands). South Africa is receiving its new polar supply ship, the 'SA
Agulhas II (number 2)', on the 3rd of May this year. The old/original
'SA Agulhas' will be doing her last trip to Marion Island in April this
year, and then she will be transferred to another state department."
At this stage, Pierre will only consider contacting the Director General
(DG) of the Department early next year once the new ship has completed
her maiden voyage to Gough Island (ZD9) in September and has returned
from their Antarctica base in December. This will give all the hype and
excitement of the new ship some time to sink in and subside. A team of
between 4-10 operators is a possibility, but this depends on how many beds
will be available for them on the ship. The hunt for operators is now
on its way. The operators must be able to have six weeks of free time,
in which fours weeks will be spent on the island. Pierre also mentions:
"Permission to erect Yagi's, vertical or dipoles will have to be negotiated.
HF antennas on Marion Island have a history of injuring and killing many
birds in the past, so there is an automatic tendency to be against ham
radio and HF antennas." Pierre states that he has many challenges to
consider in the coming year to plan for this DXpediton. He is looking for
any comments and support as well as names of potential DXers who would
be interested in joining his operation. Look for more details to be
forthcoming.

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