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Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin #958
Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 958
The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 958
BID: $OPDX.958
May 3, 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, NJ1Q, K2PF, W2VU, NG3K & ADXO, KY4P, N4AA & QRZ
DX, KH6BZF, K8YSE, NE8Z, W8GEX (60m News), N0TG, W0GJ, 2E0XLG, AT Inter-
national, CT2FPE, DF5AU, DK8JB, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, DX World.Net,
F5NQL & UFT, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, HA0HW, I1HYW, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX
News, IK7JWX, LZ1BJ, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, PS8RF,
(MMMonVHF) and ZS1HF for the following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
week of Sunday, 25th-April, through Sunday, 2nd-May there were 213
countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O,
4S, 4X, 5B, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5V, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H,
9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9U, 9V, 9Y, A4, A5, 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, FK,
FM, FO, FR, FS, FW, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI,
HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J6, J7, JA, JT, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2,
KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON,
OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ7, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S2, S5, S7, 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, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9W, VP2E, VP2V,
VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN,
YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, 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).

3B8, MAURITIUS. Jan-Willem, PA7JWC, will be active as 3B8/PA7JWC from
Pereybere, Mauritius Island (AF-049) between May 5-22nd. Activity will
be on the HF bands and 6 meters, using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31. His
equipment is an ICOM IC-7000 into end-fed antenna for 20m and dipoles
for 40m and 15m, and a vertical for 6m. QSL via the LoTW or to his home
callsign direct or by the Dutch QSL Bureau. For more info and updates,

9V, SINGAPORE. Loren, AD6ZJ, will be active as 9V1/AD6ZJ between June
6-28th. Activity will be limited because this is a business trip. Look
for him mainly on the weekends and nights on any open bands, but he will
focus on 30/17/12 meter bands using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via LoTW or to
his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct.

CQ NEWS. Richard Moseson, W2VU, Editor CQ Amateur Radio, sent out the
following press release (Thursday, April 29th): Dayton Forums to Feature
11 CQ Communications Columnists -- Eleven columnists and editors for CQ
Communications publications will be among the many forum moderators and
presenters at the 2010 Dayton Hamvention™. Six are forum moderators,
seven are panelists (several are involved with more than one forum). CQ
Communications publishes "CQ Amateur Radio," "CQ VHF," "Popular Communica-
tions" and "WorldRadio Online" magazines.
  Listed alphabetically, the writers are: Rich Arland, K7SZ, Contributing
Editor for both "CQ" and "CQ VHF," panelist on QRP forum; Kent Britain,
WA5VJB, Antennas Editor for "CQ," "CQ VHF" and "Popular Communications,"
panelist on VHF/UHF/Microwave forum; Bill Brown, WB8ELK, "CQ VHF's" "Up
in the Air" columnist, moderator of BalloonSat forum, panelist on amateur
television forum; "CQ" Kit-Building Editor Joe Eisenberg, K0NEB, moderator
of Kit-Building forum; John Johnston, W3BE, "Rules & Regs" columnist for
"WorldRadio Online," panelist on QCWA forum; "CQ" Editor and CQ Communica-
tions Editorial Director Rich Moseson, W2VU, panelist on the Newsline
Town Hall forum; "WorldRadio Online" YL editor Cheryl Muhr, N0WBV,
moderator of YLRL forum; Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, FM & Repeaters Editor
of "WorldRadio Online," moderator of Newsline Town Hall forum, panelist on
QCWA forum; Carole Perry, WB2MGP, "Hams with Class" editor for "WorldRadio
Online," moderator of Teacher Workshop, moderator of Youth forum; CQ VHF
Digital Editor Mark Thompson, WB9QZB, as moderator of the TAPR forum; and
Gordon West, WB6NOA, Contributing Editor for "CQ," "CQ VHF" and "Popular
Communications," moderator of Add-on DSP Speakers forum and panelist on
the Teacher Workshop.
  In addition, CQ Communications President and Publisher Dick Ross, K2MGA,
is being honored with the Dayton Amateur Radio Association's 2010 Special
Achievement Award, in recognition of his 50th anniversary with CQ and his
ongoing leadership in the amateur radio industry and hobby.
  "Dayton forums generally bring out recognized experts in each of their
subject areas as speakers," noted Editorial Director Rich Moseson, W2VU.
"This broad level of participation by our magazines' columnists and
editors as forum moderators and panelists demonstrates their expertise
in sometimes more than one subject area, as well as our ongoing commitment
to having top people as columnists in all of our publications."
  The 2010 Dayton Hamvention™ will be held May 14-16 at Hara Arena in
Dayton, Ohio. It is sponsored by the Dayton Amateur Radio Association,
which is solely responsible for selecting and approving forum participants."

CQ3/CT3, MADEIRA ISLANDS. Operators Diethelm/DJ2YE, Norbert/DJ7JC, Dieter/
DJ8DS, Ulrich/DJ9IE, Detlef/DK3QZ, Hans/DL1XW, Kai/DL3HAH, Joerg/DL3QQ
and Wil/PA0BWL will be active as CQ3L during the CQWW WPX CW Contest
(May 29-30th) as a Multi-? entry. QSL via DJ6QT. Look for operators to
be active before the contest between May 25-29th, as CT3/homecall. QSL
via Bureau.

CS2, PORTUGAL (Special Event). Look for special event station CS2HD to
hit the air waves between May 12-16th. Activity is to celebrate the
International Harley Davidson meeting in Tavira on May 15th and 16th.
This (HOG) event will take place in the gardens in front of the old
market between "Rua Doutor Jose Pires Padinha" and "Rua dos Cais" in
the center of Tavira. All contacts will receive a QSL card from this
activity via the Bureau or direct if requested (via CT2FPE), SWLs are
always welcome. This activity will not use eQSL nor LoTW, only paper
QSL. Check out the QSL on

CY0, SABLE ISLAND (Update). Operational dates have been set for October
22nd – November 1st, 2010. There will be a minimal effort during their
operation to supply a mulitiplier for the CQWW DX SSB Contest. ALL QSL
requests via N0TG. An ONLINE QSL Request service will be established as
an optional method. Look for updates on the Web site as details develop

EO5, UKRAINE (Special Event). Look for special event station EO65JM to
be active between May 1-15th. Activity is to commemorate the 65th anni-
versary of the victory in the great Patriotic War. QSL Manager for this
event is Ralph, K2PF.

ET3, ETHIOPIA. Sid, ET3SID, was active this past weekend on 20 meters
SSB (14180 kHz) between 0330-0600z. QSL direct to his home callsign.

GB2, ENGLAND (Special Event). Operators Andy/M0GGR and Chris/2E0XLG
will activate special event station GB2HFF from the Holmfirth Festival
of Folk, in Holmfirth, Yorkshire, (Locator IO93cn, WAB-SE10) between
May 6-9th. The event is an annual celebration of traditional music,
dance and arts and features live music, dance performances and sessions
throughout the town and in the local public houses of Holmfirth over
the event weekend. Activity will be mainly on the lower bands, on 160,
80 and 40 meters. QSL Manager is Chris, 2E0XLG. Please send direct
QSLs only at the moment. Please include return postage, IRC, etc for
direct QSL.

HB0, LIECHTENSTEIN. Johannes, DF5AU, will be active as HB0/DF5AU from
May 8-12th. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW and SSB. His focus
will be on 80 meters. QSL via his home callsign.

IOTA NEWS....................
  EU-010.  Members of Camb-Hams (G3PYE) are once again active from the
           Isle of Harris, this time as GS3PYE/P (and some possible
           operations as GM3PYE/P), between May 1-14th. The group states,
           "We have decided on operating 2 voice stations on HF from the
           start, one HF data mode station, 6m and 4m SSB/data (JT6m)
           and 2m, 70cm and 23cm satellites. We will have limited tropo
           capability on 2m, 70cm and 23cm but will try and work anyone
           interested. There will be some portable operations around the
           islands (possible interest to WAB chasers), but for the first
           time we have limited SOTA activity. A few operators are planning
           to operate from the Monach Islands EU-111 for a few nights,
           this is weather permitting but only has 33% claimed by IOTA
           participants." Operators mentioned are: Bob/G1SAA, Geoff/G0DDX,
           Rob/M0VFC, Voi/G0BOE, Gavin/M1BXF, Adam/G1UAF, Mark/M0MJH,
           Terry/G3VFC, Fred/M0RFD, Colin/G4ERO, Lawrence/M0LCM and
           Martin/G3ZAY. Listen for QSL info. For more details, update,
           DXpedition dairy and log search, go to:

  EU-045.  Luigi, IK8HCG, will be active as IB0R from Ventotene Island
           during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 24-25th) as a Single-Op
           entry. QSL via his home callsign direct.

  EU-150.  Operators Antonio/CU8AS, Arlindo/CT1EGW, Jose/CT1END, Goncalo/
           CT1GPQ, Luis/CT1EEQ, Luis/CT4NH and Hermann/HB9CRV will be
           active as CR6W from Insua Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest
           (July 24-25th) as a Multi-Op entry. QSL via CS1GDX.

  NA-029.  Gregg, VE3ZZ, will be active as VE3ZZ/VY2 from Prince Edward
           Island between July 21-26th. His activity will also include
           an entry in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 24-25th) as VY2X.
           QSL via his home callsign.

  NA-138.  John, K8LJG, will be active as K8LJG/4 from Amelia Island,
           Florida (Florida State North East Group) between May 1-25th.
           He will use a TS-50s into a Cushcraft R-5 vertical, operating
           on 20-10 meters using CW and SSB, on the IOTA frequencies.
           QSL via K8LJG: John C. Kroll, 3528 Craig Drive, Flint, MI
           48506 USA.

  NA-182.  DXPEDITION STORY. John, VE8EV, who was active as CK8G from
           Greens Island in the Northwest Territories (NWT) in the Inuvik
           Region East Group towards the end of April, has written an
           interesting story called the "Perfect Storm" which can be
           read online at:

  NA-213.  Lindy, WW5AA, will be active as WW5AA/4 from Dauphin Island
           between May 9-10th. Activity will be on 160/80/40/20/17/15
           meters, and possibly 12/10 meters as time and propagation
           permits. QSL direct to WW5AA.

  OC-137.  Gerard, VK4TGL, will activate Moreton Island in the Queensland
           State (South Coast) South Group between May 8-15th. Activity
           will be holiday style on 40/30/20/17 meters around the QRP
           frequencies using a light weight QRP CW rig. QSL via his home

KH5, JARVIS ISLAND. Several sources reported this past that the Radio
Expeditions Inc., the organizer of the record-breaking VP6DX 2008 DX-
pedition to Ducie Island, is planning a DXpedition to Jarvis Island (KH5)
in 2010 November. The approximate dates for this operation are between
November 17th and December 1st (depending on weather and sea conditions).
Dates were chosen to maximize propagation openings on both the lower bands
(160-80m) and the high bands (12-10m long and short path) to Europe, where
demand for KH5 is extremely high. Planning for this project began over one
year ago. Organizers state that applications for the required government
permits have been submitted to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. However,
the final approval has not yet been received. The DXpedition team plans
to have 24-25 operators to man 12 stations on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB
and RTTY (No 60m operations are planned). An entry in the CQ World-Wide
CW Contest is also included in the operations. Sea transportation and
support services will be provided by the "MV Braveheart" and its crew --
the same group who helped make the 2008 VP6DX expedition a success. No
individual contributions are being solicited until the required government
permits have been received. Radio Expeditions Inc. is a permanent, non-
profit organization of volunteers founded by Eric Scace/K3NA and Carsten
Esch/DL6LAU in 2007. Radio Expeditions Inc. first project was the 2008
Ducie Island VP6DX expedition which shattered many DXpedition records.
The 2010 Jarvis Island project is the second project of Radio Expeditions.
A third project will be announced at the 2010 Dayton Hamvention's DX Forum.

May   4    HN-AN       --------------------
May   5    AN          BN - Below Normal
May   6    AN          AN - Above Normal/Geomagnetic Level is QUIET
May   7    AN          LN - Low Normal
May   8    AN          HN - High Normal/Geomagnetic Level is UNSETTLED
May   9    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

LZ2010, BULGARIA (Special Event). Look for special event station LZ2010KM
to be active between May 1-31st. Activity is to celebrate St. Kiril and
Methodius' Day. Operations will be on all bands and modes. QSL via LZ1BJ,
by the Bureau (preferred). Logs will be uploaded to LoTW.

MMAA CW CONTEST. Ed, PY4WAS, President of CWJF, wants to remind everyone
that the 2010 Manchester Mineira All America CW Contest will take place
on May 15-16th. It's the "BIGGEST CW" contest conducted only among the
Americas. It will be the "LAST" year to be carried out only between the
Americas; therefore, from 2011 and on, it will be WORLD-WIDE. For complete
details, see:

NCDXF PRESS RELEASE. Glenn Johnson, W0GJ, Vice President of NCDXF, reports:
"The Northern California DX Foundation is pleased to announce a major
contribution to the VP8ORK South Orkney DXpedition by the MicroLite Penguin
DXpedition team in early 2011. DXpeditions to these rare remote areas are
extremely expensive. One of the purposes of NCDXF is to support such
DXpeditions for the worldwide amateur community. Your valued membership
helps make these DXpeditions possible. More information can be seen at the
following websites:     

NEW DX BOOK BY BOB, W9KNI. A press release by Idiom Press states: "Can a
DX'er from a small town in southwest Oregon hope to compete in the Big
Leagues of DX'ing?  Bob Locher, W9KNI, author of the best selling DX Book
ever, 'The Complete DX'er', set out on a mission to prove it was possible.
'A Year of DX' is Bob's personal account of the challenges, joys and
sorrows in pursuit of the Holy Grail -- winning the CQ DX Marathon. Look
over Bob's shoulder as he works country after country, yes, and missing
a few along the way, but always trying to optimize his chances and the
hope of logging the next one. Mixed in is a wealth of other material,
some dealing with equipment optimization, some thoughtful, some humorous.
Anyone who enjoyed 'The Complete DX'er' will surely be delighted with
this book. 280 pages. Includes chapters on linear amplifiers, transmitter
audio optimization, and propagation in a time of low sunspots." Cost of
the book is 20.00 USDs (plus SH) is available at:

OH, ALAND. Hans, DK3PZ, will be active as OH0/DK3PZ from Aland Islands
(EU-002) between May 1-8th. Activity will be on all HF bands. QSL via
his home callsign.

PG6, THE NETHERLANDS (Special Event). Look for special event station
PG6N to be active during the Dutch National Lifesafeboat Day from the
KNRM Lifeboat Station in Noordwijk on May 8th. Activity will also take
place during the International Lighthouse Weekend in August. PLEASE
QSL via the Bureau. For more details see: --or--

PS8/ZV8/ZW8, BRAZIL (LH and IOTA Op!). Members of the Teresina DX Group
and Labre - PI are preparing a DXpedition to the Santa Isabel Island
(IOTA SA-025, DIB PI-01) and Pedra do Sal Lighthouse (ARLHS BRA-070,
DFB PI-03) on the coast of the state of Piaui in northeastern Brazil,
between June 2-6th. Their callsign will be ZW8B. Grid Locator: GI97de.
Activity will be on 160-10 meters (SSB, PSK31 and RTTY), including 6
meters, 144 MHz (SSB, FM and CW) and the satellites (SSB, FM and CW):
AO-7 (A and B), FO-29, AO-51, VO-52, SO-50, HO-68,  SO-67 (if active)
and ISS in repeater mode if active. QSL via PS8HF: Milton Lima Ribeiro,
Rua Mazerine Cruz, 2673, 64076-040 Teresina - PI, Brazil. Operators
mentioned are: Flavio/PS8BBC, Raimundo/PS8DX, Jose/PS8ET, Milton/PS8HF,
Nelson/PS8NF, Joao/PS8PY, Luiz/PS8RF and Dalton/PS8TV. Visit the group's
Blog page at: 
  ADDED NOTE: Orlando, PT2OP, informs that he will also activate Santa
Isabel Island and two Brazilian lighthouses in separate operations
between June 3-7th. Activity will include the following:
  ZV8S   - Priority operation will be Pedra do Sal Lighthouse (ARLHS
           BRA-070, DFB PI-03) on the Santa Isabel Island (IOTA SA-025,
           DIB PI-01), in the Piaui state, northeast of Brazil. The Grid
           Locator is: GI97de

PS8/PY2TJ - During this trip, Orlando will activate the Luiz Correia
           Lighthouse (ARLHS BRA-061, DFB PI-02). Its is near/on the
           mainland. The Grid Locator is: GI97fc. Even though priority
           is given to activate the Pedra do Sal Lighthouse on Santa
           Isabel island, he states that he will activate the Luiz
           Correia Lighthouse when the weather and transportation
           conditions permit.
   QSL ZV8S and PS8/PY2TJ via PT2OP. Orlando mentions that he will be
traveling with the Teresina DX Group on this trip.  Orlando adds, "We're
Scouts operators and all QSOs will be valid for the BP Award (PR7JP
manager) and Diploma Baden-Powell the Radio (manager PY2AA). Also to be
valid: IOTA Diploma, Diplomas of ARLHS, DIB Brazilian Islands Award,
DFB Brazilians Lighthouses Award, South American Lighthouses Award,
in addition to diplomas WAA (such as Brazil), WAB (as Piaui), WAO (such
Brazil) and DBDX (as Brasile if worked on 160, 80 or 40m) from the LABRE,

QSL INFO AND NEWS.....................
  PIRATE ALERT. Charles, KY4P (ex-S9SS), reports that a station using
  the callsign S9SS and using the name Charles over the past few days
  is definitely a pirate.

  Logs for the recent Southern Line Islands IOTA DXpedition (T32CI,
  T32MI, T32SI and T32VI) are now available online at:

  V85TX, YO8RAA and ZY0T

  VU2RBI and XW3DT

  UE1CBB and YT3MA

RP3/RP65, RUSSIA. Members of the "Michurinsk Contest Group" will activate
the special event stations RP3RQ, RP3RTG, RP65RTK and RP3RZK between May
1-10th (including the "ARI DX" and "CQ-M" Contests). Activity is to
celebrate of the 65th anniversary of the end of World War II.
If you make contacts with these stations (CIS stations - 15 QSOs, EU
stations - 7 QSOs and DX stations 5 QSOs; dupes are valid on different
bands) you will receive a full colored award free of charge. QSLs for
all stations and award applications are via RN3RQ, by the Bureau, or direct
to: Jack Yatskiv, P.O.Box 30, Michurinsk 393760, Russia. Also, Bureau
E-mail requests <> and LoTW are "OK".

SILENT KEY. Members of the Northern Ohio DX Association are sad to
report that Paul "Tom" Varney, K8PV (ex-KD8V, "King Dog"), became a
Silent Key (SK) on Monday, April 26th. Tom's signal on the air will
be surely missed. OPDX and its readers would like to send out our
deepest sympathy to the family and friends of K8PV.

T8, PALAU. Mike, KM9D (ex-V63MY), is now active as T88CF from Bablomekang
Island (OC-009). Length of stay is unknown. Activity over the past weekend
has been on 80/30/17 meters CW between 1045-1500z and 2030-2330z. QSL via

TC150, TURKEY (Update/LH Activity). Look for special event station
TC150SLH to be active to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Sile
Lighthouse between May 1-9th, July 24-25th and August 21-22nd (Lighthouse
weekend). A special Sile Lighthouse award will be available. For details
on the award go to:

TYRRHENIAN SEA TOUR (IOTA Op!). Tomi, HA4DX, will take part in a sailing
trip on the Tyrrhenian Sea, which is part of the Mediterranean Sea off the
western coast of Italy, on a yacht between May 15-22nd. While on the seas,
he will operate as HA4DX/mm, otherwise look for him to use the callsigns
on the following islands:
   May 15th -  Elba Island (EU-028); callsign IA5/HA4DX
   May 16th -  Capraia Island (EU-028); callsign IA5/HA4DX
   May 17-18th - Corsica Island (EU-014); callsign TK/HA4DX
   May 19th -  Giraglia Island (EU-164); callsign TK/HA4DX
   May 20th -  Elba Island (EU-028); callsign IA5/HA4DX
He will use a TS450SAT and vertical antennas.

UPCOMING SOUTH AFRICAN OPERATIONS. A group of UK operators, who are
dedicated enthusiasts and specialists that offer DX Tours and Safaris
to Southern Africa, announced the following operations planned for 2010:
       Swaziland (3DA) - August / September
       Namibia (V5)    - October (CQWW DX SSB Contest)
       Mozambique (C9) - November (CQWW DX CW Contest)
  The group states on their Web page: "We are looking for groups of
individuals to participate in these proposed DXpeditions. All tours to
include Southern African transfers, accommodations, meals and equipment.
Dates to be announced closer to the Events. Final pricing dependant on
number in the group." If interested in one of these operations, visit
the following Web page for more details:

V8, BRUNEI. Yoshi, JJ8DEN, is active as V85/JJ8DEN from Brunei (OC-088)
until May 10th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, RTTY, PSK31
and JT65A (14076 kHz). Yoshi was also spotted operating as V84PMB from
the Brunei Darussalam Amateur Radio Association (BDARA) on Palau Muara
Besar (OC-184). QSL both callsign via his home callsign.

VK100, AUSTRALIA (Special Event/Award). A limited issue amateur radio
operating award is available to celebrate the 100th year of the Wireless
Institute of Australia (WIA), the world's oldest national radio society.
To qualify for an award, certificate contact is required with the Centenary
of Organized Amateur Radio in Australia special event station VK100WIA.
The WIA, through its 130 affiliated radio clubs, will operate a unique
and expected to be highly sought after callsign between May 1st and
October 31st, 2010. The callsign will also be used in Australia's capital
city, Canberra, where the WIA Annual General Meeting and associated
events will be held in May. The unique VK100WIA callsign to be operated
on all amateur bands, amateur satellite may be used, but contacts via
terrestrial repeaters are not eligible for the award. It is certain to
be very popular on air, and this one-off award is expected to also be
well sought after. For more details, the rules and picture of the award,

VK9C, LORD HOWE ISLAND (Update/Callsign Change). Tomas, VK2CCC (aka LY1F),
will be active as VK9LL (not VK9CLH as first announced) between May
24-31st. Activity will be limited to his spare time on 160/80 meters,
and he plans to participate in CQ WPX CW Contest (May 29-30th). QSL cards
will be available via an "Online QSL Request System" at the following Web
page. QSL by other methods such as LoTW and by the Bureau or direct are
via VK2CCC. For updates and possibly more details, visit:

YJ, VANUATU. John, ZL1GWE, will be active as YJ0AWE from Pango, Port
Villa, on Efate Island (IOTA OC-035) until May 9th. Activity will be on
30-10 meters. However, most of his operations have been on 20 meters SSB
using a FT-897 and Buddistick. QSL via his home callsign.

YJ, VANUATU. Operators George/HA5UK and Pista/HA5AO will be active as
YJ0HA from Efate Island (OC-035) between November 1-15th. Activity is
planned for 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK and SSTV modes. More
details, like station setup, antennas, etc. will be forthcoming in due
time. A Web site is now active at:
A survey is available for band and mode needs. Also an online log will
be available on this site. QSL via HA5UK, direct, by the Bureau and

ZS8M, MARION ISLAND (Update). Pierre, ZS1HF, on Marion Island (AF-021),
has hit the air waves, but as ZS1HF/ZS8 and mainly working South African
operators during his work schedule off times. No QSL cards will be issued
under the ZS1HF/8 callsign. Pierre informs OPDX that he will activate
the ZS8M callsign in the region of May 12-15th, or once the "SA Agulhas"
returns to Cape Town. He states, "The base is heavily populated with
scientists, researchers, old and new team members. Trying to run a
DXpedition under these conditions will be unprofessional." Pierre has
not updated his ZS8M page recently <>, but check out
the "S.A. Weather and Disaster Information Service" (SAWDIS) Web page
Pierre has written some info and post pictures of the island and his
radio equipment on the above URL.

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