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Главная » 2010 » Март » 16 » Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin #951
Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin #951
The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 951
BID: $OPDX.951
March 15, 2010
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, N2WB, NC1L, NJ1Q, K3LR, NG3K & ADXO, K4QD, N4AA &
QRZ DX, WD5AAM, K6AW, KH6BZF, K8YSE, W8GEX (60m News), K9OT, N0RC, 4J5T,
AT International, DL2VFR, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, DX World.Net,
50 MHz DX News, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, RSGB IOTA Web Site, SQ8X, TA1HZ,
for the following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
week of Sunday, 7th-March, through Sunday, 14th-March there were 232
countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L,
4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X,
8P, 8Q, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A4, 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, F,
FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA,
HB, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6,
J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4,
LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OJ0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4,
PA, PJ2, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, R1FJ, S5, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9,
T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TN, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK,
UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9C, VK9W, VP2M, VP5, VP6,
VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO,
YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZF, ZK2, ZK3, 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).

Club is pleased to host the 11th Annual Contest Dinner on Friday, April
16th, at the International DX Convention <> in
Visalia, CA. Contest Dinner tickets are on sale now at:
There will be no Contest Dinner tickets sold at the door. Order your
tickets early! The dinner will be held in the Oak room at the Holiday
Inn, Visalia. Dinner Speaker: The Return of Dr. Beldar. Cost and ticket
sales: * Dinner reservations are by pre-payment ONLY - no tickets will
         be sold at the door!
       * 38.00 USDs per person with random seating; or, 370.00 USDs for
         a full table for 10 people All 10 tickets must be purchased by
         ONE person. One table will then be reserved for that person.
         Location of the reserved table will be random.
  Seating is limited to 150, no tickets will be sold at the door. Ticket
orders MUST be placed by April 12th, 2010. Please direct any questions

3C0, ANNOBON ISLAND (Update/Delay). The following was announced on March
12th, about a delay for the April 3C0C DXpedition (edited): "Today we
received a statement from Equatorial Guinea where we are told that in the
coming days they will start some repairs on the runway on Annobon, and
therefore; np one can not enter or leave on any flights from the island.
It seems that there is hope that the work will last two to three months.
Although we are prepared to leave for Africa at any time, we are forced
to delay our stay at Annobon until work on the runway is completed. Access
to the island of Annobon is by air since the sea is of great difficulty,
slow and without regularity. All news and information will be posted on our
site; we hope you all understand these problems are beyond our control. We
want Annobon 3C0C to be activated as soon as possible. Thank you on behalf
of the entire 2010 3C0C Annobon Island Team." For more details and updates,
visit the 3C0C Web page at:

4J0, AZERBAIJAN (WFF Op). Look for 4J0WFF to be active from the National
Reserve "Yanar Dagh" (4JFF-016, New One), Burning Hill, starting March
20th, and be on the air no less than 3 days depending of local conditions.
Activity will be on 40-10 meters (including 30/17/12m) using CW, SSB and
PSK-31. Equipment will be a home-made transceiver by UW3DI (w/PA-3xGU-50)
into Inverted "V's" and a multi-band Loop with P=43m. QSL via: Box 86,
Baku, Az-1000, Azerbaijan.

4S7, SRI LANKA (AS-003). Alexander, UX4UL, is now active as 4S7ULG from
Colombo on the main island (AS-003) until April 7th. Activity has been
mainly on 20 and 17 meters PSK. QSL via UY5ZZ.

5C, MOROCCO (Reminder). Alfredo, IK7JWX, and a team of operators will
activate the city of Essaouira (Cap Sim Lighthouse ARLHS MOR-019, Grid
Square IM51), Agadir (Grande Jetee/Jetee Ouest Lighthouse ARLHS MOR-040,
Grid Square IM50) and Marrakech between March 16-23rd. Operators mentioned
(with callsigns) to be active are: Alfredo/IK7JWX (5C2J), Leo/I8LWL (5C2L),
Simon/IZ7ATN (5C2SG), Ruggero/IK2PZC (5C2P), AntoNello/IK2DUW (5C2W) and
Michele/IK2GPQ (5C2Q). Activity will be on all HF bands and 6 meters,
using CW, SSB, PSK31 and RTTY. QSL via their home callsign.

8P55, BARBADOS. Members of the Amateur Radio Society of Barbados (ARSB)
will be active as 8P55AW to celebrate their 55th anniversary in 2010.
Activity this past week has been on 40/17/10 meters using CW and SSB.
QSL via: Amateur Radio Society of Barbados, PO Box 814E, Bridgetown,

have been on the air as 9Q0AR/6 and 9Q0HQ/6, respectively, using the club
station's callsigns in South Kivu regoin. They plan to be there for about
another 10 days. Both are are currently working in the Democratic Republic
of Congo (DRC) with the organization "Doctors Without Borders" (Medecins
Sans Frontieres - <>) for about the past two weeks.
Activity has been mainly on 40 and 20 meters SSB using a FT-897 and wire
antennas. There is a possibility of some CW. It has been reported that
their workload includes setting up repeaters within the DRC. Over the
past weekend, they conducted classes for the locals who are interested
in Ham Radio, and the classrooms had about 20-25 individuals. QSL 9Q0AR/6
via ON6NL and 9Q0HQ/6 via ON4AHF.

A3, TONGA (Update/Pacific Tout Continues). Hugh, K6HFA, is on his second
leg of his South Pacific tour (see OPDX.948/950) and is now active as
A33A until April 2nd. Remember he plans to activate IOTAs OC-049, OC-064
and OC-123. He is now on OC-049. Activity will be on CW, SSB and possibly
RTTY using 100 watts into a multi-band vertical antenna (for 80-15m).
Look for him on the IOTA frequencies or possibly other frequencies. Hugh
plans to call by areas (EU, NA, SA, ASIA... etc..) per propagation. QSL
via K6HFA. His next stops will be:
            Wallis (FW)- April 6­12th; IOTA OC-054
            Tuvalu (T2)- April 13­21st; IOTA OC-015
            Fiji (3D2) - April 23­26th; IOTA OC-016 or OC-156

CE0Z, JUAN FERNANDEZ (Aid – Special Website Launched). Stan, SQ8X, has
circulated the following important information (*Please forward to all
DX bulletins and circulate as widely as possible.*): "I'd like to inform
the ham radio community about a *special website* dedicated to help
islanders of Archipelago Juan Fernandez, CE0Z. The site is intended to
inform people about what happened at the island and how to help collect
funds to restore the island's infrastructure and islanders' lives. We
really hope this will help them as they have helped so many times to
numerous hams visiting the island. In our opinion it's ham's turn to
help now. The website is available at:
IMPORTANT: Spanish version of the site will be added in a few days.
The idea was formed in my head right after the earthquake and has been
introduced and widely discussed with the president of Radio Club de Chile,
Dr. Galdino Besomi, CE3PG, who agreed to declare patronage over this aid
action. RCCh will be 100% responsible for collecting and transferring
funds to islanders. A monthly report will be published at the site +
RCCh’s website at:        
Please read the website to learn more about the idea and how to help.
We will be very helpful for sharing this info across ham bulletins,
club websites, radio leagues and other sources of information. If you
have any further questions different than website’s maintenance and
technical stuff, please feel free to contact Radio Club de Chile for
further news and details...... On behalf of Radio Club de Chile,
Stan Strzyzewski, Poland SQ8X"

CR1, AZORES. Polish operators Marcin/SP5ES and Tom/SP5UAF will be active
as CR1M and CR1Z, respectively, from Sao Miguel (EU-003) during the
CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 27-28th) as Single-Op (?) entries. QSL CR1M
via SP5ES. QSL CR1Z via SP5UAF.

CT9, MADEIRA ISLAND (AF-014). Operators Hardy/DL3KWF and Rosel/DL3KWR
(XYL) will once again be active as CT9/homecall from the Hotel Royal
Orchid between now and March 25th. Activity will be mainly CW on 30/17/12
meters. Hardy is expected to try some RTTY and PSK-31. QSL via their home
callsigns. E-mail requests for Bureau QSL cards can be sent to:
Visit their Web site at:

  * Tim, K3LR, announced that the North Coast Contesters are pleased to
    announce that Joel Harrison, W5ZN, will be the main speaker at the
    2010 Dayton Contest Dinner. An active contest operator, Joel just
    finished a four year term as President of the ARRL in January of
    this year. For more information on the 18th Annual Dayton Contest
    Dinner, visit: 

  * The SouthWest Ohio DX Association (SWODXA) has started to announced
    their line-up for their DX Forum at this year's HamVention. Don,
    N6JRL, will be this year's DX Forum Moderator, and so far, the forum's
    speaker/presenter for May 15th are:
      Tom Harrell, N4XP     - The K4M Midway Island 2009 DXpedition
      George Wallner, AA7JV - The TX3A Chesterfield Reef DXpedition
      Paul Ewing, N6PSE     - The YI9PSE Iraq DXpedition
    ADDED NOTE: At the end of DX Forum, SWODXA will be raffling off a
    Yaesu FT-2000!! Tickets will be sold during the Friday night DX
    Dinner and during the DX Forum. Tickets are 5.00 USDs or 5 for
    20.00 USDs.

  * The SouthWest Ohio DX Association (SWODXA) has announced that their
    speaker for the DX Dinner on May 14th, will be Dave Anderson, K4SV.
    Look for his bio to be posted soon on the SWODXA Web or BLOG page

DX0, SPRATLY ISLANDS (Update). In early February we reported that Chris,
VK3FY, was in the planning stages of a DXpedition to Spratly Islands to
take place sometime in January 2011. It was reported this past week that
permission from the Philippines has been granted to operate from Pagasa
Island (AS-051) for three weeks in January of 2011. The callsign of DX0DX
is pending. Chris states he is looking for good CW and or CW/Phone
operators who would like to participate in this operation. They can
contact Chris via his E-mail address at:
More details should be forthcoming.

E20, THAILAND. Members of the HSDXA (Thailand DX Association) will be
active as E20AS in the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 27-28th) from club's
HS0AC station as a Multi/Single entry. Operators mentioned are: John/
HS0ZDJ, Swen/HS0ZFZ, Nathan/HS0ZHG, Cy/HS0GBI, Winit/HS1CKC and Champ/

EE2, SPAIN. Members of the Ondarroa Group will be active as EE2W from
Ondarroa City (WW Loc. IN83SH, DME: 48073, Province of Biscay) during
the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 27-28th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL
via EB2BXL.

FP, ST. PIERRE & MIQUELON. Operators Paul/K9OT and Peg/KB9LIE will once
again activate Miquelon Island (NA-032) between July 5-14th. Callsigns
will be FP/homecall. Activity will include the IARU HF Championship
Contest (July 10-11th) as two Single-Operator entries. They will operate
CW and SSB on 80-10 meters with a possibility of 160m and 6m, if conditions
are good. They hope to have internet access from the Motel de Miquelon.
Visit their Web site at:
QSL via their home callsigns, direct (w/return postage), by the Bureau
or LoTW.

HH, HAITI. Operators Jan/K4QD and Don/AF4Z will once again be active as
HH4/homecall from the Northwest Haiti Christian Mission <>
between March 22nd and April 2nd. They will operate 160-10 meters on CW,
SSB and RTTY as time permits. Usually nighttime low band operations will
be limited to the availability of AC power. They will also participate
in the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 27-28th), along with Jean-Robert, HH2JR,
and the Radio Club of Haiti in an attempt to again obtain the special
prefix and callsign 4V4JR for the contest (like last year). QSL via their
home callsigns. Operators prefer direct or LoTW, but the Bureau is "OK".

HQ2, HONDURAS. Operator Dan/HR2DMR and his son Daniel(JR.)/HQ2DMR, will
be active as HQ2W during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 27-28th) as a
Multi-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. They will use monobander antennas on
20/15/10m and sloper antennas on 160/80/40m. QSL via HR2DMR. QSL via
address on

IOTA NEWS....................
  EU-127.  (IOTA/WFF Op) A German team will be activating Neuwerk Island
           and the National Park Hamburg Wadden Sea (WFF DLFF-005) between
           March 19-21st using the callsigns DA0GLH and DF0WFF. Their QTH
           will be from a building by the lighthouse on Neuwerk. This
           building is 700 years old (the oldest building of Hamburg City)
           – therefore the callsign DA0GLH will be used and a special DOK
           "700NWK" number will be provided. Access to the island is only
           possible during low tide. In case of bad weather, the German
           team will not be able to go to Neuwerk. Operations are expected
           to start very late on the 19th, and they will stay for about
           48 hours. Operators mentioned are: Matthias/DK7LV, Peter/DJ4RU,
           Friedrich/DL4BBH, Henning/DB5BZ, Helmut/DL1BGC, Ric/DL2VFR,
           Frank/DL2SWW and Gabi/DF9TM. Activity will be on all HF bands
           using CW, SSB and PSK, as well as 2m and 70cm on FM. QSL via
           the DARC Bureau for both callsigns. If necessary, direct via
           DL2VFR. They will upload the logs to the WFF log search Web
           page at:       

  EU-118.  RARE IOTA (Update)! Operators Oscar/EA1DR, George/EA2TA,
           Christian/EA3NT, Col/MM0NDX, Vincent/F4BKV and Bjorn/SM0MDG
           are planning a DXpedition to Flannan Isles (an extremely
           difficult island to land on) between June 18-21st. Last
           activation was in 2002 (also in 1989 and 1995). Callsign
           will be MS0INT. Their main target will be working as many JA
           stations as possible and giving everyone a fair chance of
           working the EU-118 IOTA reference. Therefore, they aim to be
           active on 80-10 meters trying to get advantage on the best
           bands, with 2 simultaneous stations on the air (possibly 3
           stations in daylight), one on CW and another on SSB. They
           state, "Since our stay on the island is limited, please
           remember that 1 QSO will be enough, no matter the band."
           QSL Manager will be M0URX. The team is still looking for
           sponsors. For updates, visit their Web page at:

  NA-182.  (Update) John, VE8EV, is planning to activate Greens Island
           in the Northwest Territories (NWT) in the Inuvik Region East
           Group between April 15-20th. As a SSB only operator, John
           would like to bring along a good CW operator too. He would
           also like to have the 2nd operator to be able to coordinate
           a fundraising campaign and not be afraid of a little winter
           Arctic camping. If interested in participating in this IOTA
           operation, please contact John at:
           Visit John's Blog page at:
           Online logs will be uploaded as soon as possible after the

JD1, OGASAWARA. Hiroyuki "Harry", JG7PSJ, will once again be active
as JD1BMH from Chichijima Island (AS-031) between May 2-14th. Activity
will be on 40-10 meters (possibly 80m) using CW, SSB and the Digital
modes. QSL via his home callsign. Visit his Web page for more details

Mar  16   LN-HN        --------------------
Mar  17    AN          BN - Below Normal
Mar  18    AN          AN - Above Normal/Geomagnetic Level is QUIET
Mar  19    AN          LN - Low Normal
Mar  20    AN          HN - High Normal/Geomagnetic Level is UNSETTLED
Mar  21    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

OA, PERU. Daniel, DL5YWM, will once again be active as OA4/DL5YWM from
Lima between March 20th and May 15th. Activity will be limited to his
free time. Daniel may possibly travel to a different part of Peru and
be active as OA*/homecall. He may also activate a Peruvian island, but
this depends on the local conditions. This will be a last minute decision.
QSL via his home callsign.

OX, GREENLAND (Update). Reid, N0RC, will be active as OX3/K0KU from
Thule, Greenland (NA-018), between March 23rd and April 24th. Activity
will be limited as work permits, but Reid plans to be on every other day
and try to get on the air for contest weekends, but he cannot guarantee
this. Reid informed OPDX this past week that there is a possibility his
trip will be extended for another 2 to 4 weeks after the stop date, so
operations past that date may be possible. He also informed that he will
make an effort to be on during the contest weekends including the CQ WPX
SSB Contest (March 27-28th). He will be using the callsign OX3RC if his
license arrives in time (he has been told it's in the mail), or OX/N0RC.
Reid plans on using 60 meters if his permit arrives with his license. He
will also be operating on the other HF bands, including 10m if it is open.
If 10m is open, Reid will be giving out his 10-10 number upon request.
Also, Reid plans to operate on the satellites, activating grid FQ56
during his time on Thule. He will be limited to FM birds with a VHF
uplink. Satellite operation is also dependent on the BMEWS radar system
not interfering with the UHF downlink. Michael, OX3MC, gave a listen to
the downlinks and thinks it won't be a problem, but he won't know for
sure until he gets up there. The second factor would be the weather.
While Reid wants to give QSOs, he states, "I'm not going to get frost-
bitten to do it!" Reid will upload his log to, LoTW and Eqsl.
QSL direct or by the Bureau via N0RC. ADDED NOTE BY REID: "Since I will
be operating in my spare time, I cannot give a predictable schedule. I
plan on sending out an announcement before I go on the air through a
google group page with planned times, bands and modes of operation for
that day. People can sign up by going to:

P3, CYPRUS. Operators Alex/5B8AD, Tony/RX9TL, Mike/RK3QS, Max/RV3BA,
Vadim/UA9SCX and Jack/RW3QC will be active as P3N during the CQWW WPX
SSB Contest (March 27-28th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via RW3RN.

PACIFIC ODYSSEY 2010 TOUR. Members of the Ukrainian DXpeditioners Team
(UDXT) have announced their new project "PACIFIC ODYSSEY 2010" to take
place between mid-May and early June. The UDXT members include the
following: Sergey/UX0HX (Team Leader), Oleg/RK3FA, Alex/UT5UY, Yuriy/
UT1HF, Oleg/US7UX, Leo/UR3HR and Yuriy Grushevskiy/SWL. Activity will
take place from the following islands on all bands and modes as:

  Samoa (5W)  -  Between May 18-19th; callsign 5W0OX; Reference numbers
                 are: CQ–32, ITU–62 and IOTA OC–097.

  Central Kiribati (T31) - Between May 22nd and June 1st; callsign T31X;
                 Reference numbers are: CQ–31, ITU–62 and IOTA OC–043.

  Tokelau (ZK3) - Between June 2-6th; callsign ZK3X; Reference numbers
                 are: CQ–31, ITU–62 and IOTA OC–048.

  Alex, UT5UY, co-leader, states (edited), "The main mission of this
DXpedition is activating Central Kiribati (T31), Kanton Island, in the
Phoenix Islands Group. This DXCC entity is ranked #7 in EU and #19 in
the 'Worlds Most Wanted List'. The next goal is activating Tokelau Islands
(ZK3), which is ranked #29 in EU and #35 in the 'World’s Most Wanted List'.
The running of the DXpedition to remote Pacific Islands is always very
expensive. We invite organizations and individuals to make the donation
towards the cost of this unique operation." For more information, please
visit their "Pacific Odyssey 2010" DXpedition Web site at:

PACIFIC (T31) TOUR CANCELLED. Dragan, YT3W, sent out the following press
release about the Sept./Oct. T31 DXpedition (edited): "It is with great
regret that David/K3LP (Co-Leader) and I (Hrane/YT1AD Leader) must inform
the DX Community that after 16 months of planning our DXpedition trip to
Canton Island (T31) <>, slated for 11 days in
October 2010, will be cancelled. We planned 6 stations fully equipped
for HF plus two additional stations for UHF/VHF/Satellite plus 13-14
operators. Our goal was to make 100,000 plus QSOs much like our N8S -
Swains Island DX-pedition in 2006.
  This decision is based on the March 7, 2010, announcement by the T31X
team planned for June 2010 <>.
Unfortunately, it is cheaper to send a smaller crew with three radios
and two amplifiers.
  In light of this recent announcement, the total cost of the trip
versus the uniqueness will evaporate prior to our arrival. For this
reason, we will pick another location for a future date. Minus some
team member partial cash contributions and planned equipment sponsors,
there were no cash donations made that need to be refunded. We will
forfeit our $40K cash deposit on the boat and seek other places in
2011........... Sincerely, T31F team 2010"

PJ6, NETHERLANDS ANTILLES. By the time you read this, three members of
the Southeastern DX Club (SEDXC) and the K5D team (Bob/K4UEE, Gregg/W6IZT
and George/N4GRN) should be finishing up their operation on the Island
of Saba (NA-145, Grid Square is FK87). Their last day was expected on
March 15th. Operators signed PJ6/homecall. The purpose of this operation
was to finalize plans and begin building a station for the anticipated
political realignment in the Netherlands Antilles later this year. QSL
via their home callsigns.
  ADDED INFORMATION: The dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles was
originally planned to occur in December 2008, but has been rescheduled to
happen October 10th, 2010. As of March 8th, the break-up of the Nether-
lands Antilles will happen as follows:
* Curacao (PJ2) and Sint Maarten (PJ7) will become two new constituent
   states within the Kingdom of the Netherlands (something like what
   happen to Aruba). (ed. For DXCC purposes, probably two deletions and
   two new entities.)

* Bonaire (PJ4), Saba (PJ6) and Sint Eustatius (PJ5) are expected to
   become a direct part of the Netherlands as special Dutch municipalities.
   (ed. For DXCC purposes.... not sure, but possibly three new entities.)

  For more information on the break-up, see "Dissolution of the Netherlands
Antilles" on Wikipedia at:

QSL INFO AND NEWS.....................
  NOT A QSL MANAGER. Khos, JT1CD, informs OPDX that he has been receiving
  QSLs for JT1BH. He wants everyone to know that he is NOT his QSL Manager
  and "IS NOT" a QSL Manager for any individual Mongolian (JT) amateur
  radio operator.

  DXpedition to Navassa are still available via the operator's home

  MM0DGR/p WRAP-UP. Photos and a video report about trip to Whitlaw
  Mosses GMFF-067 is now available at:

  MM0DGR/p via MM0DFV. urij, MM0DFV, was active this past Saturday,
  March 13th, from Kirkconnell Flow National Nature Reserve (GMFF-040).
  The station was located at the northwest side of the nature reserve
  (NX961701). WAB Square: NX97. QRA Locator: IO85EA. EU Area: SC06
  (Dumfries and Galloway). IOTA: EU-005. WLOTA: LH-1234. More information
  is available at:  

  NEW QSL MANAGER. Phil, G3SWH, announced that he was appointed the
  QSL Manager for G4FOC - the HQ callsign of the "First Class CW
  Operators’ Club".



  UA2FW and UE1OLH

S7, SEYCHELLES. Operators Gav/GM0GAV and Rob/GM3YTS will be active as
S79GM between March 21st and April 1st. Activity will be on all bands
with an emphasis on the lower bands. Operations will be mainly CW with
a possibility of some RTTY. They have tried to gain access to 7000-7050
kHz without any success, so look for them on 7050 or above and listening
around 7025 kHz. They do have full access to 80m. There is a S79GM blog
and the operators plan to update their QSX frequencies on that page. The
blog page is:    
All QSOs will be uploaded to LoTW immediately upon their return home and
they hope to be able to upload their logs during the DXpedition to:

T03, PRINCIPALITY OF SEBORGA (DXCC Status). Last week we mentioned that
Zoli, HA3HK, will be active as T03HK (Tango Zero Three Hotel Kilo) from
the Principality of Seborga between March 12–14th. Since then, OPDX has
contacted the DXCC and we were told that "T03HK" - "does not count for
anything" since the callsign they use was a T0. However, if they were
to use an Italian callsign it may be "OK" for Italy.

T32, EASTERN KIRIBATI (Update/Delay). Operators for the major DXpedition
to activate 4 uninhabited IOTAs in the Southern Line Islands group,
expected between March 17th and April 18th, have announced this past week
that their boat "S/V Kwai" will be diverting to Fanning Island to pick
up some passengers for Christmas Island. They expect a delay of 2 or 3
days. This will probably reduce the time on some islands. They also
announced this past week that Nils, SM6CAS, has withdrawn from the DX-
pedition due to his wife's health (severe lung problem which has still
not been diagnosed). Nils will still be the QSL Manager for all 4 islands.
The team requests, "Please be generous with your green stamps etc to help
him recover some of this major financial outlay." For more details, visit
the T32 Southern Line Islands DXpedition's Web page at:

TC18, TURKEY (Special Event). Members of the Turkish group called TCSWAT
(Special Wireless Activity Team) are proud to announce that special event
station TC18M will be active on the air between March 16-18th, to com-
memorate the Naval Victory of March 18, 1915. Operator Ahemt, TA3AX, will
be active from Canakkale - the Dardanelles to commemorate the Naval
Victory. He will be on the HF bands, mainly on CW. This is the third year
in a row that TCSWAT has been on the air to commemorate this historical
day. This year's QSL Manager is TA1HZ, and he may also be on the air using
BPSK31 and SSB. Detailed information is available at:

TG, GUATEMALA. Roberto, IV3IYH, will be active as TG9IRP between March
20th and April 1st. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB, and
RTTY. He will also be in the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 27-28th). QSL
via IK2ILH, by the Bureau or direct.

TO7, MARTINIQUE (NA-107). Dim, UT5UGR, will be active as FM/KL7WA between
March 19-29th. Activity will be on all bands except 30/17/12m and the
Digital modes. His activity will also include Russian DX Contest (March
20-21st) and the CQWW WPX SSB Contest March 27-28th) as a Single-Op/All-
Band/High-Power entry. During the CQWW WPX SSB Contest he will sign TO7A.

XR1, CHILE. Members of the Radio Club La Portada and the Atacama Desert
DX Group will be active as XR1A during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March
27-28th) as a Multi-? entry. QSL via XQ1IDM.

YI, IRAQ (Update). A group of multi-national operators are planning to
operate from Northern Iraq (Kurdistan) and will be active between April
2-12th. The team has received a ten day visa issued by the Government
of Kurdistan. A band/mode survey is available on their Web site at:
Suggested frequencies are also published on their Web page and OPDX.937.
The current updated YI9PSE Team consists of the following operators:
Paul/N6PSE (Team Leader), Bob/N6OX, David/AH6HY, Krassy/K1LZ, Bill/N2WB,
Dave/K3LP, Al/K3VN, Wayne/W5KDJ, Jack/W0UCE, Michel/FM5CD, Jun/JH4RHF,
Heathem/YI1UNH and Hrane/YT1AD. Pilot stations are: Don/N1DG (East Coast),
Chuck/AA6G (West Coast), Toshikazu/JA1ELY (JA) and Col/MM0NDX (EU). The
group is still looking for donations to help fund their DXpedition.
Donations can be made via PayPal or mail a check to: Kurdistan 2010
DXpedition, 3052 Wetmore Dr., San Jose, CA 95148, USA. Online logs
will be available during and after the DXpedition. QSL via N6NKT. For
more details and updates, visit:
Also, you can now follow their activities (as well as regular updates)
via Twitter at:     
ADDED UPDATE: Bill, N2WB, YI9PSE Team Coordinator, reports the following:
"Preparations continue for the multi-national YI9PSE, Kurdistan expedition,
with departure for Erbil on March 31st. Last operators have been added
to the team and the final pieces of equipment are being staged at their
West Coast and East Coast staging sites. Organizers say all the pieces
are falling into place very well and the schedule remains intact.
  The last shipment of gear being sent on ahead goes out early this month,
March. The team expects to be on the air April 2-12 with five stations
on '24/7', emphasizing the low bands and targeting North America and
Europe. Special attention will be done to beam to the US West Coast and
beyond to ZL and VK. The YI9PSE Website can be found at
  Lastly, YI9PSE will send twitter "tweets" to announce activity on the
General Class portions of the bands - so watch for YI9PSE on
All plans are moving ahead. Team is looking for additional Club and
Individual Sponsors. Thank you for your help and SUPPORT....."

ZK3, TOKELAU. Operators Bill/N7OU and Bob/W7YAQ are now active from
Nukunono, Tokelau Islands (OC-048), ZK3OU and ZK3YA. Their length of
stay is not sure (activity was to end March 17th), but we will try to
keep you updated.

ZS8M, MARION ISLAND (Update). Pierre, ZS1HF, will activate Marion Island
(AF-021) as ZS8M at the end of April. Activity will be mainly SSB and
Digital (He states, "Sorry, no CW".). He will be working on the island
for one year as a radio/electronics technician once the supply ship "SA
Agulha" returns to Cape Town. Pierre informs OPDX that he is currently
still very busy with some technical and team training. Training includes
maintenance on the Wx equipment and hydrogen generator, with team training
including fire fighting, cooking and first aid. The ship leaves Cape Town
on April 8th, and he will arrive on Marion Island some 6 days later. The
ship that take him there will unload food and cargo, and then leave 4
weeks later once the scientists have completed their work. Once the ship
and scientists leave, he will be on the air. Pierre tells OPDX that this
is his first long voyage. He has sailed before, but on some of the SA
Navy ships and usually on much shorter trips. On Marion Island, Pierre's
job will be the resident radio and electronics technician for; HF, VHF,
Wx station, Hydrogen generator, IT LAN, satellite system and all the
other smaller systems that use 12 or 220V. He will be assisting the
engineers with technical support. Pierre states, "One of the engineers
will be writing her exam on the island, which will be a first for the

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