segunda-feira, 18 de março de 2019

OPDX Bulletin 1406 March 18, 2019

OPDX Bulletin 1406 March 18, 2019
The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1406
BID: $OPDX.1406
March 18, 2019
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Written/Sent from Strongsville, Ohio

Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX
Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, the AB5K's AR Cluster
Networks, NJ1Q & W1AW, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, WB6RSE, K8GG, K8YSE,
W8GEX & 60m DX News, DL1SBF, DL7UXG & The DX News Letter, DxCoffee.com,
DXNews.com, DX-World.Net, EA4NF, ES1CW, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX,
I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, ON4ZD, OZ6OM & 50
MHz DX News, Sixitalia Weekly, and VA3RJ & ICPO for the following DX
information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
week of Sunday, 10th/March, through Sunday, 17th/March there were 226
countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3C, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 3X,
4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X,
8P, 8Q, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5,
A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE0Z, 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, FH, FK, FM, FO, FR, FS, FY, G,
GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV,
HZ, I, IS, 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, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY,
OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ5, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, S0, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP,
SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T31, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ,
UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK0M, VP2E, VP2M, VP8,
VP8/h, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XW, XX9, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, Z6,
Z8, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD9, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS

* PLEASE NOTE: The report "could" contain "Pirate/SLIM" operations or
  more likely a "BUSTED CALLSIGN". As always, you never know - "Work
  First Worry Later".

3Y0I BOUVET DXPEDITION NEWS. The following was posted on the 3Y0I Web
page, dated March 14th: "3Y0I INITIAL PLANS EXTENDED -- A short but
essential update this time. An important decision to our DXpedition plans
has been taken today, which will reflect in extending the initial 3Y0I
plans. We decided to take more provisions than initially planned. So did
we regarding the fuel.
  More than 90,000 diesel liters has been fueled up (approx. 1 liter =
U$1 = $90,000 we paid from our private money). That's all because if
weather permits, we plan to stay up to 3-4 weeks at the island itself
(excluding sailing and landing time), giving much more chances for ATNOs
all over the world. We are loading very list gear to the vessel.
  We have already installed and tested our maritime station from our ship.
We'll be signing as E51DOM/mm on way to and from the island on HF bands.
As these preparations are bringing to a close, we will announce our de-
parture and estimated on-the-air dates very soon.
  Stay tuned and cross fingers, please! 73!"

    ----------------------------------------------------------
  Currently, no dates have been announced yet, and as of print time we are
not sure if the "Atlantic Tuna" has done their sea trial yet, but we have
been watching the tracking Web sites daily. Again, the Web sites to track
the Atlantic Tuna are:  
                    https://www.vesselfinder.com/?imo=7225051
https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ships/shipid:5786633/mmsi:601070100
  For more details and updates, we suggest to watch the following
Web pages:                   https://bouvetoya.org
                      https://www.rebeldxgroup.com (seems to be back online)
                      http://jouban.jp/3y0i_ja (For JA stations)
                      https://www.facebook.com/bouvetoya.org
                      https://www.facebook.com/rebeldxgroup
                         https://twitter.com/Bouvetoyaorg

4A/4B/4C/6E/6F, MEXICO. A group of Ham Radio operators from Southern
Mexico will once again be operating from some Mayan archaeological sites
from the Mexican States of Merida/Yucatan (4B3MAYA), Champoton/Campeche
(4C3MAYA), Museo de Antropologia Regional/Tabasco (4A3MAYA), Chiapas
(6F3MAYA) and Quintana Roo (6E3MAYA), between March 21-24th. Activity is
to commemorate the Spring Equinox which was so important for the Mayan
culture. Activity will be on 80-6 meters on CW, SSB, the satellites and
the Digital modes. QSL via info on QRZ.com (some are by XE3N, the FMRE
Bureau or LoTW).

5V, TOGO (Update). Members of EIDX Group are now active as 5V7EI from
Main Street, Togo, until March 26th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters
using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. Suggested frequencies were listed
in OPDX.1405. QSL via M0OXO OQRS, direct, by the Bureau (OQRS) or LoTW
(3 months after operation). For more info and updates, watch:
                            https://5v7ei.com

5X, UGANDA (Reminder). The Italian Dxpedition Team (IDT) is now active
using the following callsigns for their DXpedition to Uganda until March
25th:                5X3C (not 5X0T) for CW,SSB and RTTY
                           5X3E (not 5X0X) for FT8
Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL via
I2YSB, direct, OQRS or LoTW. For more details on the IDT team and an
online survey for "needs/wants", see their Web page at:
                             http://www.i2ysb.com/idt

6W, SENEGAL. YL Elvira, IV3FSG, is now active as 6W/IV3FSG from Thies,
near Dakar until April 16th. She works for the Informatici Senza Frontiere
organization. Activity will be limited to her spare time on 80-10 meters.
Look for Elvira to operate SSB and possibly the Digital modes. QSL all SSB
and Digital mode QSOs via IK3GES. Logs will be uploaded to both LoTW and
ClubLog after the operation.

6W, SENEGAL. Giovanni, IK5BSC, is now active as 6W/IK5BSC from Senegal
until April 14th. Activity will be on various HF bands. No other details
were provided. QSL via IK2DUW.

A4, OMAN. Operators Khalid/A41CK, Hamed/A41KT, Mohammed/A41NN, Mudhfer/
A41RN, Khalid/A41ZZ, San/A45TT, A45VB and A45VJ will be active as A42K
from Muscat, Oman, during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 30-31st) as a
Multi-2 entry. QSL via LoTW.

E5, NORTH AND SOUTH COOK ISLANDS (Reminder). By the time you read this,
operators Dagmar/DM7PQ, and Rainer/DL1AUZ will be active as E51NPQ and
E51AUZ, respectively, from Manihiki Island (OC-014), North Cook Islands
until March 25th. Next activity will be from the following scheduled
islands:
       March 27-31st -- Aitutaki Island (OC-083), South Cook Islands
       April  2-11th -- Rarotonga Island (OC-013), South Cook Islands
  Activity will be holiday style on various HF bands and CW only. QSL
via their home callsigns. Watch QRZ.com for possible updates.

E5, NORTH COOK ISLANDS. Before heading to Western Kiribati, operators
Stan/LZ1GC and Mitko/LZ3NY will be active as E51GC from Manihiki Atoll
(OC-014), North Cook Islands, between October 10-28th. Activity will be
on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via LZ1GC, LoTW or ClubLog's
OQRS.

E6, NIUE (Update to OPDX.1405). Janusz, SP9FIH, will fly to Niue Island
(OC-040) on March 16th, and will probably stay in Mutalau village on the
northern coast of Niue until April 25th. He will be active as E6AF and
his activity will be on 160/80/40/30/20/17/15 meters using SSB, RTTY and
FT8. QSL via SP9FIH or by ClubLog's OQRS (preferred). For more details
and updates, see:         http://www.e6.dxpeditions.org

ED9, CEUTA AND MELILLA. Members of the Amateur Radio Union of Ceuta will
be active as ED9E during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 30-31st) as a
Multi-Op entry. QSL via EA9ACD direct only.

HB0, LIECHTENSTEIN (Sat Op). Philippe, EA4NF, will be active as HB9/EA4NF
from the Principality of Liechtenstein between April 17-19th. Activity
will be on the FM and SSB satellites. During this trip, the Grid Locator
JN47(sk) will also be activated. Equipment is 2X Yaesu FT817ND (5W) into
an Arrow II 146/437 (Portable) antenna. QSL via LoTW. For updated info
and satellite pass announcements (Time+Frequencies) on Twitter: EA4NF_SAT

IOTA NEWS..............
  EU-038.  Marcel, PD5MVH, will once again be active as PD5MVH/p from
           Ameland Island between March 16-30th. Activity will be on
           40/20/10 meters using CW, SSB and JT65. He also plans to be
           in the UK/EI DX CW Contest (March 23-24th) using the callsign
           PD38EU. QSL for both callsigns via PD5MVH, direct or by the
           Bureau. Check out QRZ.com for more details.

  EU-048.  Christian, F5OHH, will be active as F5OHH/p from Groix Island
           between now and March 23rd. He plans to activate from various
           locations (3 lighthouses, 4 WWFF references, 2 castles).
           Operations will be on 80/40/20/15 meters. QSL via F5OHH,
           direct, by the Bureau or eQSL. For more details, updates and
           his complete schedule of operations, see: https://headlight44.fr

  EU-048.  The Charente DX Group (CDXG) will be active as TM4G from Groix
           Island (DIFM AT 012) between April 13-20th. Team members are
           Franck/F4GBD, Eric/F5LOW, Laurent/F5MNK, Fabrice/F5NBQ, Bertrand/
           F6HKA and Leon/ON4ZD/OS0S. Activity will be on various HF bands
           using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via ON4ZD, direct, by
           the Bureau or use as much as possible Clublog's OQRS. 

  NA-150.  (Reminder) Cezar, VE3LYC, will be active as VE3LYC/KL7 from
           Little Diomede Island, Alaska, between March 18-26th. Activity
           will be on 40-17 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via VE3LYC,
           direct or ClubLog's OQRS. For more details and updates, see:
                      https://ve3lyc-kl7-na150.weebly.com

  SA-005.  (Reminder/Update) The RRC operators Vasily/R7AL, Vladimir/RK8A,
           Aleksei/RL5F, Leonid/RW9JZ and Wlodek/SP6EQZ are now active
           as XR0ZRC from Robinson Crusoe Island (WW Loc. FF06oi), in
           the Juan Fernandez Islands (CE0Z) group, until April 3rd.
           The DXpedition Pilot will be Victor, UA3AKO. Activity will
           be on 160/80/40/30/20/17/15/12/10 meters using CW, SSB and
           FT8. QSL via R7AL, direct, ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW. For more
           details and updates, see: https://dxpedition.wixsite.com/xr0zrc

  PLEASE NOTE: Since the Webmasters of the new  have
  decided NOT to post or dedicate a Web page to announce upcoming IOTA
  operations, PLEASE send your IOTA operations information to the OPDX,
  and we will post it here in an upcoming bulletin......

KH8, SAMOA (Update). Operators Palle/OZ1RH and Joergen/OZ0J will be active
as KH8/OZ1RH and KH8/OZ0J from American Samoa (OC-045) between April
15-22nd. Activity will be on 80-12 meters, including using CW, SSB
and the Digital modes (FT8, maybe RTTY). QSL via their home callsign,
LoTW, ClubLog's OQRS or eQSL. For more details and updates, see:
                             http://kh8.oz0j.dk

OPDX MAILING LIST (Reminder). The "new" OPDX Mailing List is back up and
running! Details on how to subscribe/unsubscribe are at the bottom of
this bulletin. PLEASE pass the word around.... Thanks and 73 de Tedd KB8NW

OT40, BELGIUM (Special Event). Look for special event station OT40THN to
be active throughout the month of April. Activity is to commemorate the
40th anniversary of the Thuin UBA (ON6TN) section. A special QSL card will
be sent through the UBA Bureau. Operations will be on 80/40/20/15/10 meters
on SSB, CW, RTTY and the Digital modes.

PJ2, CURACAO (Reminder). Andy, DK5ON, is once again active as PJ2/DK5ON
from Curacao (SA-099, WLOTA 0942) until March 30th. Activity will be on
80-6 meters including the 17/12 meter bands using CW, SSB, RTTY and
the Digital modes (RTTY/PSK/JT65/FT8). QSL via his home callsign, direct,
by the Bureau, LoTW or ClubLog's OQRS. NO eQSL.

PJ4, BONAIRE. John, KK9A, will once again be active as PJ4/KK9A from the
"Radio House"  on Bonaire (SA-006, WLOTA LH-1279)
between March 24-31st. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW and
SSB. He plans to be in the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 30-31st) signing
PJ4R as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via WD9DZV.

PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (March 18-24th).......
 Mar/18th AN      Mar/21st  AN     Mar/23rd  AN
 Mar/19th AN      Mar/22nd  AN     Mar/24th  AN
 Mar/20th HN

   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

    Meanwhile, check out the following Web sites:
     * VOACAP predication Web page at:  http://www.voacap.com/hf
           and      http://www.voacap.com/prediction.html
     * DX.QSL.NET Propagation page: https://dx.qsl.net/propagation
     * A daily HF radio wave propagation forecast can be found at:
             https://www.facebook.com/thomasfranklingiellaw4hm
     * SolarHam Web page:   http://www.solarham.net
     * Radio Propagation/Space Weather/Sunspot Cycle Information at:
                           http://sunspotwatch.com
     * Graphic propagation tool by DR2W: http://www.dr2w.de/dx-propagation
     * Point to point propagation at: http://www.predtest.uk/p2p.html
     * Realtime propagation at: http://www.predtest.uk
     * Also on Twitter: https://twitter.com/@GiellaW4hm

QSL INFO AND NEWS...................
  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX by Lothar, DL1SBF   
  -------------------------------------------------------------------------
  4S7KKG via DC0KK         EA9/G4ONL via GI4ONL (d/L)  LZ19ECC via LZ1KSP
  5X3E via I2YSB           ED3D via EA3RCB             OE/DJ8QP via DJ8QP
  C56DF via G3XTT          EH8URT via EA8URT           R100WD via RZ9WU
  CO6RD via EA5GL (d)      EI100YXQ via EI9FVB         R100WW via RM8W
  CT9/DL3KWR via DL3KWR & (L) EM3N via UR5NLA          R160PM via RA9FDR
  DR19SID via DM2RM & (L)  FG8OJ via F4AVX & (L)       W9W via N0HJZ
  E51NPQ via DM7PQ         GP0STH via G4DIY (d/L)      XR0ZRC via R7AL (O/L)
  EA/CT1EEC via CT1EEC     I3/OE6MBG/P via EB7DX       YO3IPA via YO3AAS

  (e) eQSL only  (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (*-B) DX's- Bureau
  (O) OQRS only  (C) ClubLog only  (L) LoTW only    (N) No QSL needed
  (I) No IRC     (P) PayPal        (NB) No Bureau

  LOGS ONLINE AT CLUBLOG.ORG THIS WEEK......
  https://clublog.org/logsearch/A5A *now available for the latest operation
  https://clublog.org/logsearch/A52IC
  https://clublog.org/logsearch/XV9JK

  * PLEASE NOTE: The ClubLog DX Report (https://clublog.org/dxreport.html)
    is updated every 7 days and contains a summary of band conditions and
    activity, based on the data that you and other ClubLog users have
    uploaded. Also, it now includes a breakdown of modes logged in the
    last week. Check it out.......

  QSLS RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 5X2B, 9G2HO, 9G5AR, 9M6ZAE, A45XR, A5A, EW8W,
  FR4NT, HB9NBG, HD8M, HQ9X, IB4A, IZ2GTS, MJ0LEL, OK7W, OO9A, PU2OIP,
  S79AA, S79KW, TG9ANF, TI7W, VK0AI, ZL3GAV and ZL3JT

  QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3B9FR, HD8M, LX1JX, OA1F and TR8CR

  QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: NONE TO REPORT THIS WEEK!!!
  --- We would like to see more QSL Bureaus (such as AS/US/SA/AF.. etc)
       send in their info....

SU, EGYPT. During the past week, Vlad, UA4WHX, was active as SU9VB from
Egypt, but seems to have gone QRT on March 12th. QSL via UA4WHX.

T30, WESTERN KIRIBATI. Operators Stan/LZ1GC and Mitko/LZ3NY will be active
as T30GC from Tarawa Atoll (OC-017), Western Kiribati, between October
30th and November 15th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB
and RTTY. QSL via LZ1GC, LoTW or ClubLog's OQRS.

V8, BRUNEI. Hajime, JO1RUR, will once again be active as V85RH from Brunei.
Activity will be during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 30-31st) as a
Single-Op entry. QSL via LoTW.

VK9C, COCOS-KEELING ISLANDS. Operators Chris/GM3WOJ and Keith/GM4YXI will
once again be active as VK9CZ from Cocos Keeling Islands (OC-003) between
November 12-29th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and some
FT8. Two stations will be on the air. They will also be in the CQWW DX CW
Contest (November 23-24th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via N3SL. Look for a
new Web page to be activated in the next few weeks with more details and
updates.

VP6 PITCAIRN ISLAND DXPEDITION (Update). The October Pitcairn Island DX-
pedition team has now posted their callsign, VP6R, for their operation
which will take place between October 18th and November 1st. Visit the
Pitcairn Island DXpedition Web page at:    https://pitcairndx.com
Their Pitcairn Island FaceBook page is at:
                    https://www.facebook.com/groups/580069859103416
Also, their Twitter page is at:  https://twitter.com/2019Island

VP8/OS, SOUTH ORKENY ISLANDS (Press Release, dated March 15th). [edited]
"South Orkney Islands DX-pedition (AN-008) -- After their successful VP6D
Ducie Island 2018 DX-pedition, the Perseverance DX Group (pdxg.net) is
pleased to announce their intention to activate South Orkney Islands,
currently ClubLog #16 most wanted.
  Planning has begun for an expedition in Feb/Mar, 2020. A team of expe-
rienced DX and Contest operators will operate from Signy Island for up
to 15 days. The process of obtaining landing permission is underway. The
callsign will be announced at a later date. The team will sail from Punta
Arenas, Chile, aboard RV Braveheart. Seven operating positions are planned
for 160-10 meters, SSB/CW/Digital.
  The team includes: Dave/K3EL, Les/W2LK, Steve/W1SRD, Ricardo/PY2PT,
Gene/K5GS, Arliss/W7XU, Heye/DJ9RR, Laci/HA0NAR, Mike/WA6O, Vadym/UT6UD,
Walt/N6XG and Rob/N7QT. 
  Additional details will be released as they develop.
  Donations may be made via the website. 
  Website: https://sorkney.com/
  Please direct your questions to: info@sorkney.com
  73, South Orkney 2020 Team"

YB, INDONESIA. Hans, YB2DX, will once again be active during the CQWW
WPX SSB Contest (March 30-31st) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via
LoTW or direct to his home callsign.

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ARLD011 DX news

ARLD011 DX news

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
5B4ALX, The Daily DX, The OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest
Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites.
Thanks to all.

VIET NAM, 3W.  Jean-Pierre, F6CTF will be QRV as 3W9JF from Hoi An
from March 16 to April 6.  Activity will be on 80, 40, 20 and 17
meters using CW and SSB.  QSL direct to EA5GL.

TOGO, 5V.  Members of the EI DX Group are QRV as 5V7EI until March
26.  Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various
digital modes with five stations active.  QSL via M0OXO.

UGANDA, 5X.  Members of the Italian DXpedition Team are QRV as 5X3C
until March 25.  Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB and RTTY.
They are active as 5X3E using FT8.  QSL direct to I2YSB.

SENEGAL, 6W
.  Jacques, F6HMJ will be QRV as 6W7/F6HMJ from March 19
to April 28.  Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters using mostly CW
with some SSB.  QSL to home call.

LESOTHO, 7P.  A group of operators are QRV as 7P8LB until March 16.
Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB and FT8 with two to three
stations active.  QSL via M0OXO.

TONGA, A3.  Masa, JA0RQV will be QRV as A35JP from Tongatapu Island,
IOTA OC-049, from March 16 to 27.  Activity will be on 80 to 6
meters using CW, SSB and FT8.  QSL to home call.

MOZAMBIQUE, C9.  Pedro, CT7AHV is QRV as C91AHV from Matola Rio
until March 17.  Activity is on 80, 40, 20 and 15 meters using SSB,
WSPR and FT8.  QSL to home call.

PHILIPPINES, DU.  Press, N6SS is QRV as DU6/N6SS from Panay Island,
IOTA OC-129, until April 17.  Activity is on 160, 80 and 40 meters
using CW, SSB and FT8.  This includes being an entry in the upcoming
CQ World Wide WPX SSB contest.  QSL to home call.

NIUE, E6.  Alex, 5B4ALX will be QRV as E6ET from Niue, IOTA OC-040,
from March 19 to April 2.  Activity will be on 160 to 6 meters,
except 80 meters, but including 60 meters, using CW, SSB, RTTY and
FT8.  This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide WPX
SSB contest.  QSL to home call.

SPAIN, EA.  Special event station EE100V is QRV during all of March
to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the Valencia Football
Club.  QSL direct to EA5YJ.

JERSEY, GJ.  Kazu, JK3GAD is QRV as MJ0CFW until March 17.  He will
be active as MJ5Z in the Russian DX contest.  QSL via LoTW.

CURACAO, PJ2.  Andreas, DK5ON is QRV as PJ2/DK5ON until March 30.
Activity is on 80 to 6 meters, including 60 meters, using CW, SSB,
RTTY and FT8.  This includes being active in the Russian DX contest.
QSL to home call.

INDIA, VU.  Members of the Bangalore Amateur Radio Club are QRV with
special call sign AU60BARC until May 13 to celebrate the club's 60th
anniversary.  QSL via Club Log.

MYANMAR, XZ.  Yuki, JH1NBN will be QRV as XZ2C from March 20 to 28.
Activity will be on 15, 12, 10 and 6 meters using all modes and QRP
power.  QSL to home call.

OPERATION APPROVED FOR DXCC CREDIT.  The following operation is
approved for DXCC credit:  Tristan da Cunha and Gough Island, ZD9CW,
2018 operation.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  The BARTG HF RTTY Contest, Russian DX
Contest, AWA John Rollins Memorial DX CW Contest, QRP 80-Meter CW
Fox Hunt, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, AGCW VHF/UHF Contest,
Louisiana QSO Party, Virginia QSO Party, Feld Hell Sprint and the
UBA Spring 80-Meter SSB Contest are all on tap for this weekend.

The Bucharest Contest and Run for the Bacon QRP CW Contest are
scheduled for March 18.

The CLARA Chatter Party is scheduled for March 19.

The CWops Mini-CWT Test, QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt and Phone Fray are
scheduled for March 20.

The Canadian National Parks on the Air, CNPOTA, operating event runs
for the entire year of 2019, with special stations active from
Canada's parks and historic sites.

Please see March 2019 QST, page 88, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest
Web Sites for details.
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The latest edition (15 March 2019) of the WORLDWIDE DX CLUB "Top News",
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quinta-feira, 14 de março de 2019

LilacSat-1 (LO-90) Commemorative Competition

LilacSat-1 (LO-90) Commemorative Competition

The amateur radio satellite LilacSat-1 is expected to re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere and burn-up later this month.
WEI Mingchuan BG2BHC reports a competition is being held to collect telemetry data and make contacts via the satellite

Contest Period:

March 16, 2019 UTC 00:00 to LilacSat-1 re-entry

Competition Categories:
• Amateur Radio Telemetry Group
• Amateur Radio Communication Group

Competition Goals:

Amateur Radio Telemetry Group:
• Receive and upload as many telemetry packets as possible within a specified time.

Amateur Radio Communication Group:
• Make as many bidirectional QSO as possible and as many grid locator as possible within a specified time.

Scoring strategy:

Amateur Radio Telemetry Group:
• For each successfully uploaded telemetry packet (The score would be count at HIT server), counts 1 point

Amateur Radio Communication Group:
• Exchange information: callsigns and grid locator
• For each bidirectional QSO, counts 1 point. (Dupe QSO with same callsign is not counted as the number of successful QSO)
• For each different number of grids, counts 1 multiplier.

Final results:
• Amateur Radio Telemetry Group: final score = basic point
• Amateur Radio Communication Group: final score = basic point * multiplier

Awards:
• All telemetry data uploader and participants could get a LilacSat-1 QSL card.
• China: top 3 certificates issued.
• World: Top 10 certificates issued.
• For the ham who receive the last downlink signal in the world and successfully uploaded it to the server, they will receive a special gift.

Honor stickers:
• For all those portable stations or receivers set up and operated in the field for this contest, a ” Field ” sticker is affixed to the certificate, and the applicant is required to attach the operating photo as evidence.

Log submissions:

Amateur Radio Telemetry Group:
• After the satellite re-entry, we will advertise the telemetry package list received from March 16, 2019 UTC 00:00 to LilacSat-1 re-entry.
• The participants should send an e-mail with your callsign and the address to locc@lilacsat.online. (no later than April 30, 2019 UTC 00:00)

Amateur Radio Communication Group:
• After the satellite re-entry, the participants should send an e-mail with the communication log and the address to locc@lilacsat.online. (no later than April 30, 2019 UTC 00:00)
• The log is in Cabrillo or Excel XLS format and needs to contain UTC time, send and receive exchange information.
• For Field/Portable radio stations and receivers, the photo must be sent together.

WEI Mingchuan BG2BHC

LilacSat-1
https://amsat-uk.org/satellites/communications/lilacsat-1/
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SOUTHGATE AMATEUR RADIO NEWS
 

 

[HCDX] Glenn Hauser logs March 13, 2019

** CUBA. In previous report, even I was confused in assessing the RHC
situation. Let`s try again with this graf corrected to replace it:

9720, Tuesday March 12 at 2145, is NOT on the air, despite Sunday
having moved English-allegedly-to-Africa into the 21-22 hour instead
of 22-23. But today at *2154 the RHC IS starts playing, until 2201
morphing into theme and opening --- French! Then at 2245 check the
second half of this hour is back in --- Brazuguese! i.e. both an hour
*later* than they had been until March 10. 9720 at 2317 check is in -
-- English! also an hour *later* rather than earlier, which would be
the *logical* change when DST start, and now // 5040 which has
logically shifted an hour earlier. So now English starts at 1 am in
RSA where 9720 is supposedly aimed, 23-24 UT, instead of only midnight
local. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING
DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6100 & 6060 & 5040, March 13 at 0610, the final? RHC English
hour is running on these frequencies, all with loud enough modulation,
while the other pair of The Cuban Five are OFF tonight: 6000 & 6165,
the latter bearing weak NHK Arabic via FRANCE instead. Something`s
always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 13628.295, March 13 at 1426, RHC spur with some music
audible, and weaker match on the opposite side of source 13700-AM, at
13671.69 or so; second order at twice the distance, 56.60 below, JJBBA
on 13643.40. Its match on the plus side computed circa 13756.60 is
totally blown away by WINB DRM noise! Come on, WINB, give the RHC
spurs a chance! Maybe we can hear that one on a weekend. But when, o
when, will RHC resume huge FM spurblobs all over the 13 MHz band? That
would give WINB a run for its money. Something`s always wrong at RHC
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 101.5-WBFM, March 13 at 1723 UT check, KOCD Okeene is
*still* cutting on the air for 7 seconds of modulation, 25 seconds off
the air, over & over; now in its ninth day at least of doing this
since I first noticed March 5, but probably considerably previous. Any
listeners they had before must have abandoned them by now; but did not
a one of them inform HQ of the problem? This non-LP transmitter ought
to be audible at source KWDW-LP, SW OKC. I`m certainly not going to,
as tracking this incompetence is a lot more fun than listening to
gospel-huxtering in Spanish (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7340, March 13 at 1745, Radio Mart? on surprise new daytime
frequency, fair and // much stronger 11860, 11930 and 13820, all of
which are atop jamming but none yet on 7340. Maybe a test? Tnx to tip
by Ethan Best, KC9YDN to the WOR iogroup at 1722:

``During a midday band scan I noted at 1710z Radio Marti on the
unusual frequency of 7340 kHz. ID heard at 1715z. SINPO 55555 here in
central Indiana. The transmission is still on at time of posting``

But Steve McGreevy, CA, was hearing nothing on 7340; intermittent or
just not propagating that far? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1972 monitoring: Richard Langley
reports: ``Glenn: I think you missed confirming the airing on Monday
[March 11] at 1900 UT on 7290 kHz via IRRS and Romania. I can confirm
that WoR 1972 was indeed broadcast as monitored using the U. Twente SD
receiver``

WORLD OF RADIO 1973 monitoring: confirmed Wednesday March 13 at 1030
on WRMI 5950, as I happen to awaken, after double Biermann IDs during
1029-1030. S6-S7 on indoor longwire. Next:
2100 UT Wednesday WRMI 9955
2100 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v
0000 UT Thursday  WRMI 7730
0100 UT Thursday  WRMI 7780
0930 UT Friday    Unique Radio 5045-LSB NSW
0729 UT Saturday  HLR 6190-CUSB Germany
1130 UT Saturday  WRMI 9955
1200 UT Saturday  Unique Radio 5045-LSB NSW [March 16/30, alt weeks]
1531 UT Saturday  HLR 9485-CUSB Germany
1930vUT Saturday  WA0RCR 1860-AM
2100 UT Saturday  WRMI 9955
0030 UT Sunday    WRMI 7730
0300vUT Sunday    WA0RCR 1860-AM [nominal 0315]
0830 UT Sunday    WRMI 5850 5950 7730
1130 UT Sunday    HLR 7265-CUSB Germany
2130 UT Sunday    WRMI 7780
0130 UT Monday    WRMI 5950, 9395
0230 UT Monday    WRMI 7780 [NEW]
0300vUT Monday    WBCQ 5130v Area 51
0330 UT Monday    WRMI 9955
0930 UT Monday    Unique Radio 5045-LSB NSW
1900 UT Monday    IRRS 7290 Romania
0030 UT Tuesday   WRMI 7730 [or preferably new 1974]
0900 UT Tuesday   Unique Radio 5045-LSB NSW [2 editions]

Full schedule including AM, FM, webcasts, satellite, podcast access:
http://www.worldofradio.com/radioskd.html
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5830, March 13 at 1508, WTWW-1 night frequency is still
running at S9+20, not yet on 9475 past 10 am local; it all depends on
when Ted gets around to QSYing that transmitter. Strangely, no daytime
signal today from 5085 WTWW-2 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7490, March 13 at 1512, no signal from WWCR-2; already
changed to 12160 at S9-S6 with flutter and vs CODAR. EiBi still shows
WWCR 7490 until 1600 Mon-Sat, -1500 Sunday, but he`s still not updated
since pre-DST March 5. WWCR`s own program sked as of March 11 shows
the transition daily at 1500 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1480, March 13 at 0556-0606 UT, Vietnamese still being the
main language audible here, i.e. KBXD Dallas. I decide to compare it
to the Vietnamese always on 1560 from KGOW Houston market, which is
now dominant and easily heard thanx to STA of ND(?) instead of
strictly direxional nights SE into the Gulf (of Mexico, not Tonkin)
toward S America where it used to be a common DX catch when
desportive. By golly, sounds like the same programming on both, M&W
chatting with lots of laughter, bits of music, and no ToH ID from
either. But far out of synch; listening with two sets of headphones
upon my head from the DX-398 and the R-75, I can`t decide which is
delayed, as recognizing keywords in VV is not that easy, and it`s high
time to snooze (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 7332-USB, March 3 at 0606-0607, random bandscanning
finds something akin to what I logged 5+ hours earlier on 6903-USB:
this time it`s a YL voice with fonetik alfanumeric message, and I just
catch the last part of it: ``OTOLSOBRAVL6 --- this concludes a message
of 30 characters --- this is C8W --- out``

As for 6903, Ron Howard replies with research from Russia:

Hi Glenn, Found via online search, for your consideration:
http://www.wunclub.narod.ru/files/eam.html

". . . or concatenated with additional alpha-numeric characters to
produce alpha-numeric strings that total 28 characters (the most
common length; 30-characters prior to 01 Oct 2000; 26-characters prior
to 01 Oct 1998) . . ."  "EAM" is Emergency Action Message.

Below is also something to consider, via HFU HF Underground.
https://www.hfunderground.com/board/index.php?topic=37742.0

6903 USB, October 03, 2017, 2111 UTC --- I've been hearing what sounds
like EAM broadcast on 6903 USB starting 2029z on 6903 USB. While these
messages were being broadcast I tuned in 11175; 8992; and 6988; the
messages on 6903 were not simulcast on those other frequencies
(nothing at all heard on 8008). Other sources indicate that these are
transmissions for a Skymaster exercise. Logged - Northeast Ohio

Re: 6903 USB, October 04, 2017, 1517 UTC --- Several logs for this
frequency and 6988 kHz USB in the Other and Utility forums. Both 6903
and 6988 kHz have been logged in the past with EAMs - radio operator
training as well as 68xx kHz frequencies``

There`s more: the EAM training season must be in full swing: 5074-USB,
March 13 at 0613, just hear the end of what sounds like another EAM:
``November, Oscar, out`` by OM voice; squeezed in between WTWW 5072+
spur and 5085 fundamental. I assume these messages once decoded will
be inconsequential in a non-emergency; one-time pads, or what? (Glenn
Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 7575-USB, March 13 at 1511, 2-way in Spanish, ``cambio``
but no reply heard. A good choice as NO broadcasters are now listed
anywhen on 7575 (but not good during 7570 WRMI usage). EiBi, however
shows something intriguing nearby from Spain we are not likely to
hear: ``7572 0840-0850 Mo-Fr E Ejercito del Aire S E to`` = Toledo? A
net or broadcast, USB or what? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 9985.035V, March 13 at 1502, S9+10 of Korean from RFA
via disputed site; wobbles slightly so hard to measure exactly. This
bigsig is typical of what we get from Tinang, Philippines, when on the
21 degree azimuth antennas toward North Korea, beam which carries on
across the USA: northern edge of Alaska, Michigan to South Carolina;
while the approx. azimuth from NMI to P`yongyang is 335 degrees. The
registered Az. on record for Tinian 9985 were 325 and 329 degrees,
resulting in much weaker sig here, not to mention power disparity of
nominal 100 kW vs 250 from Tinang (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING
DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1757 UT March 13
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segunda-feira, 11 de março de 2019

OPDX Bulletin 1405 March 11, 2019

OPDX Bulletin 1405 March 11, 2019
The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1405
BID: $OPDX.1405
March 11, 2019
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Written/Sent from Strongsville, Ohio

Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX
Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, the AB5K's AR Clusters
Network, NJ1Q & W1AW, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, N6SS, WB6RSE,
K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m DX News, W9ILY, DL1SBF, DL1MGB, DL7UXG & The
DX News Letter, DxCoffee.com, DXNews.com, DX-World.Net, EP3CQ, ES1CW,
F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, G4FAL, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News,
I2MQP & DX Italia News, JH1NBN, JL8AQH, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Sixitalia
Weekly, VA3RJ & ICPO and VE9MY for the following DX information.

**** EDITOR'S COMMENT: Did you remember to change your clocks?
                       See below "Daylight Saving Time".

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
week of Sunday, 3rd/March, through Sunday, 10th/March there were 227
countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L,
4O, 4S, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5R, 5T, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 9A, 9G, 9H,
9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A2, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV,
BY, C2, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2,
DL, DU, E3, E5/s, E6, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET,
EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FH, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FS, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ,
GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I,
IS, J2, J3, J6, J7, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, 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, PJ4, PJ5, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, S0, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5,
SV9, T2, T31, T32, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TT, TZ, UA, UA2,
UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK0M, VP2E, VP2M,
VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XW, XX9, XZ, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU,
YV, Z3, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS

* PLEASE NOTE: The report "could" contain "Pirate/SLIM" operations or
  more likely a "BUSTED CALLSIGN". As always, you never know - "Work
  First Worry Later".

2018 WRTC MOVIE ONLINE. Chris, DL1MGB, reports that the official WRTC
2018 movie is now available online. You can watch the movie here:
         https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwf-2f0cbjk&t=807s
         https://vimeo.com/317408827
He states, "Feel free to watch or to download it. Show it at home or
at your club meeting. Many thanks to DM6WAN and his team for producing
this beautiful piece of documentation of an unforgettable event!"

3D2, FIJI. Oleh, KD7WPJ/UR5BCP, will be active from Viti Levu Island
(OC-016) between May 11-16th. Callsign is pending. Activity will be on
40-12 meters using CW and SSB, with 100w into dipoles and verticals.
QSL via KD7WPJ or LoTW.

3Y0I BOUVET DXPEDITION NEWS. The following was posted on the 3Y0I Web
pages, dated March 7th: "The 3Y0I Team re-assembles in Cape Town, while
operators return to South Africa. Meanwhile, the rest of the team members
who are currently in ZS, finalize the very last vessel preparations. Stay
tuned for further news coming soon."
  Also posted on March 8th, on (Bouvetoya.org): "A COUPLE OF BITTER WORDS --
[edited] Important update regarding information sources regarding the 3Y0I
DXpedition. Since now on, the only website providing direct information
about our mission is (https://bouvetoya.org) ­ our DXpedition website.
Wayne, N0UN, responsible for managing our (rebeldxgroup.com) website had
to step back due to personal reasons. He has recently been deliberately
attacked by a number of American hams using words 'scammer' and other
offensive terms and we do all agree he didn't deserve such behavior. Due
to the above, we will not update that website anymore. The updates on 3Y0I
will also be available at our Facebook pages: (facebook.com/bouvetoya.org)
and (facebook.com/rebeldxgroup) + at Twitter: (twitter.com/Bouvetoyaorg)
  To all those individuals calling names and calling our project a 'scam'
­ we kindly remind a couple of facts.
  Our expedition is covered by private funds and it's been a very indepen-
dent, personal project. Unlike other major DXpedition, for instance, 3Y0Z,
we did not receive any foundation sponsorship and WE WILL not ask nor
accept ANY. The only third party money we received up to date (less 5%
of our total budget, the entire rest is covered by private funds) come
from 100% VOLUNTARY donations of individual supporters ­ we are very
grateful for their trust in our enterprise! Unlike those organizers, we
will not accept any unclear rules of funding DXpeditions by foundations’
board members who are participants of the same DXpeditions applying for
grants! As for us, the lack of transparency, twisted rules and sponsoring
themselves with other foundations’ and individual sponsors’ funds is
simply unacceptable.
  Yes, we are in Cape Town for over 4 months now, and according to our
plan, this has been a good decision making. Unlike 3Y0Z leaders, asking
for almost $1 mln donations for over 2 years of preparations, but at the
same time not being able to inspect their vessel in full in prior of
departure (which outcome we all know), we are able to examine each and
every bolt and screw at our ship and we personally helped to fix past
technical problems and we got involved in preparations to obtain full
SAMSA’s strict and difficult to pass certification by end of February.
Note: Nobody rebuked their 2 years of preparations and asking for more
and more money that as final result ­ landed into a bin. We are being
criticized for staying and working in Cape Town for our own money, although
we do that on purpose: we want to take a closer look at the preparations
in person ­ to make things more than twice sure we don’t miss something.
  These bitter words of ours may hurt, but we feel like being deliberately
criticized and attacked on purpose ­ just because we’ve been brave enough
to be solitude standing, independent, willing to activate top DXCC #2 and
being able to do that. Unfortunately, it’s so clear that there are other
competitive DXpeditions’ participants among those individuals who attack
us and our friends. They are generally speaking ­ the ones who didn’t
succeed recently, and now trying to torpedo our plans, using some tricks
and methods not only among hams, but also here in South Africa. Actually,
we consider that once back to Cape Town from Bouvet, we will write a long
story about all backstage events and will address them to those rude
troublemakers.
  As bringing to a close, we fully guarantee we will NOT read all comments
like those anymore and they will all be totally ignored by the 3Y0I Team.
They bring absolutely no input to our plans and their authors may keep
their thoughts for themselves ­ we don’t need you! Moreover, we will
continue our independent plans and projects. We devote our private time,
resources, knowledge, family time and money in something that is not their
invention and they have absolutely no rights to impact our plans. They may
feel free to get started with their own, separate DX projects ­ nobody,
including us, will stop them, too. Good luck!
  As a bottom line: if you belong to that group of individuals not wishing
us best of luck ­ please do not call us while 3Y0I will be on the air. We
don’t need you nor your support. Your QSL card neither. We will enjoy the
trip ­ regardless of its final outcome ­ much more than you, and we’ll
have nothing to regret. Activating Bouvet Island our goal and sacrifice,
not yours."
    ----------------------------------------------------------
  Currently, no dates have been announced yet, and as of print time we are
not sure if the "Atlantic Tuna" has done their sea trial yet, but we have
been watching the tracking Web sites daily. Again, the Web sites to track
the Atlantic Tuna are:  
                    https://www.vesselfinder.com/?imo=7225051
https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ships/shipid:5786633/mmsi:601070100
  For more details and updates, we suggest to watch the following
Web pages:                   https://bouvetoya.org
                      http://jouban.jp/3y0i_ja (For JA stations)
                      https://www.facebook.com/bouvetoya.org
                      https://www.facebook.com/rebeldxgroup
                         https://twitter.com/Bouvetoyaorg

5V, TOGO (Reminder/Update). Members of EIDX Group will be active as 5V7EI
from Main Street, Togo, between March 14-26th. Operators mentioned are
Dave/EI9FBB (Team Leader), Jeremy/EI5GM (Co-Leader), Declan/EI9HQ, Pat/
EI9HX, Enda/EI2II, Thos/EI2JD, Alain/EI2KM, Niall/EI4CF, Jim/EI4HH,
Norbert/DJ7JC, Heye/DJ9RR, Alain/F5JTV, John/F5VHQ, Jamie/M0SDV and
Gabi/YO8WW. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and the
Digital modes. Suggested frquenices are:
  CW   - 1818, 3518, 7018, 10118, 14018, 18078, 21018, 24898 and 28018 kHz
  SSB  - 3768 (QSX Dw/3800+NA), 7118, 14218, 18158, 21218, 24958 and 28518
  RTTY - 14088, 18108 and 21088
  FT8* - 1840 (QSX 1908 for JA), 3577, 7053, 10133, 14083, 18108, 21088,
         24918 and 28078
    * F&H mode, except 160m
  They plan to have up to 5 stations on the air. This is the same group
that activated 9N7EI and 7Q7EI earlier in 2018. QSL via M0OXO OQRS,
direct, by the Bureau (OQRS) or LoTW (3 months after operation). For
more info and updates, watch:        https://5v7ei.com

6O, SOMALIA (Update). Ali, EP3CQ, who works for the UN Department of
Safety and Security (UNDSS) and not the United Nations in African Union
Mission to Somalia [AMISOM] (as we reported), in Mogadishu, is once again
active as 6O1OO until March 24th. Activity will be limited to his spare
time on 80/40/30/20/17/15/10 meters using SSB and FT8. Last time he
suggested everyday between 1800-2000 East Africa Time (EAT) and on the
weekend (Friday and Saturday) between 1400-1800. Equipment is a Yaesu
857D into a Tarheel Little II (currently active), and Sandpiper MV-10.
He informed OPDX that he has updated his information including new QSL
information on QRZ.com.  QSL direct to: Ali Solhjoo, C/O Dr. de Vivanco,
Schnackenburgstr. 3, Berlin 12159, Germany. QSL cards will be replied to
on a bi-monthly basis. IRC's are not accepted. See QRZ.com for more info
and picture of his station. Flash news will be posted via Twitter: @ep3cq

6W, SENEGAL. Jacques, F6HMJ, will once again be active as 6W7/F6HMJ from
Senegal between March 19th and April 28th. Activity will be mostly on CW
with some SSB on 80-10 meters with a dipole and IC-706MKIIG. QSL via his
home callsign.

7P, LESOTHO (Reminder). Operators Svein/LA3BO, Piotr/LA7RRA, Rune/LA7THA
(Team Leader), Arne/LA7WCA, Svein Jarle/LA9KKA, Thor/LA9VPA, Harald/LB2HG,
Chris/OE5CWO and Phillipp/OE7PGI are now active as 7P8LB from Molengoane
Lodge (WW Loc. KG30VO), Lesotho, until March 16th. They plan to have 2-3
stations running 24/7 on all HF bands using CW, SSB, with the focus on
low bands and FT8. QSL Manager is Charles, M0OXO. QSL is via M0OXO's OQRS:
               https://www.m0oxo.com/oqrs/logsearch.php
Logsearch can be found on Clublog:  https://clublog.org/logsearch/7P8LB
Not in log: Use the busted callsign facility on the OQRS page. For more
details and updates, see:    http://www.la9vpa.com/7p8lb/index.html

8Q, MALDIVES. Darek, SP3DX, will be active as 8Q7DM from Lankanfinolhu
Island (AS-013) between April 1-7th. Activity will be on 20/17/15/12/10
meters using SSB and FT8. QSL via SP3DX.

A3, TONGA. Masa, JA0RQV, will once again be active as A35JP from Tonga.
This time he will activate Tongatapu Island (OC-049) between March 16-27th.
The QTH is Nuku'alofa (from a seaside cottage), in the capital of Kingdom
of Tonga. As it is a business trip, Masa will enjoy ham radio during his
spare time. Activity will be on 80-6 meters using CW, SSB and FT8. His
equipment is an IC-7300 (w/100W) into a vertical antenna. QSL via his home
callsign, by the Bureau, direct (SASE w/1 IRC), ClubLog or LoTW. For more
details and updates, visit his Blog page at:  http://blog.goo.ne.jp/rqv

JA0RQV, Masa, will be QRV as A35JP from Tongatapu Island (OC-049) 
starting March 16th.He will be operating from a seaside cottage in 
Nuku'alofa until March 27. Activity will be on CW, SSB and FT8 on 3.5 
through 50 MHz, using an IC-7300 running 100 watts into a vertical. He 
prefers QSL requests be made using Club Log. Logs will also be 
uploaded to LoTW. You can also QSL via the JA QSL bureau or direct to 
his CBA.

C5, THE GAMBIA. Operators Sigi/DL7DF (& XYL Sabine), Csaba/DH7KU, Manfred/
DK1BT, Annette/DL6SAK, Frank/DL7UFR and Jan/SP3CYY will be active as C5DL
from The Gambia (WW Loc. IK13PJ) between April 1-15th. They will have
three stations on the air on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digitals
modes. Their equipment consists of a Elecraft K2 transceiver, two Icom
IC7300 transceivers, two OX1000 power amplifiers, one other power amp-
lifier, a vertical for 160 and 80m, a 40m loop, a 30m loop, a Spiderbeam
for 20m through 10m, Loop antennas for 20/15/10m and a vertical for 60m.
Pilot for this DXpedition is Bernd, DF3CB. QSL via DL7DF, direct or by
the German DARC Bureau. They will upload the full logs of the DXpedition
to LoTW within 6 months after the DXpedition. For more details and updates,
see:                         http://www.dl7df.com/c5

C9, MOZAMBIQUE. Pedro, CT7AHV, is now active as C91AHV from Matola Rio
until March 17th. Activity is on 80/40/20/15 meters using SSB, WSPR and
FT8. Equioment is an IC-7300 with 100 watts into a 4 monoband quarter
wave verticals. QSL via CT7AHV, direct, by the Bureau, ClubLog or LoTW.

CT9, MADEIRA ISLANDS. Operators Hardy/DL3KWF and YL Rosel/DL3KWR are once
again active as CT9/DL3KWF and CT9/DL3KWR from Madeira (AF-014) until
April 3rd. Preferred activity will be on 30/17/12 meters and CW. Also
watch 60 meters (5351.5-5366.5 kHz, QSX 5405 kHz). Equipment is an IC-7000
+ AH-4 into a vertical 7m. QSL via their home callsign, direct, by the
Bureau (also via E-mail request), eQSL or LoTW. Visit their Web page
at:                           http://www.dl3kwf.com

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME (DST). Did you remember to change your clocks?
Countries in the Northern Hemisphere (most of N. American and some of
the Caribbean, except Hawaii and most of Arizona) who observe Daylight
Saving Time (DST) should have changed their clocks on Sunday, March 10th
at 2:00 AM, and should have moved their "local clocks" forward 1 hour to
3:00:00 AM local time. DST does not affect Universal Coordinated Time
(UTC), also known as Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) or simply Zulu (Z). DST
will end on Sunday, November 3rd at 2:00 AM. European countries will
switch to DST on March 31st. For the history and details about DST, as
well as an interesting map of the world (showing the countries who observe
DST), see:      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daylight_saving_time
                http://www.timeanddate.com/time/dst/2019.html
ADDED NOTES: Hopefully, all amateur radio operators know not to change
their GMT/UTC/ZULU clocks. However, since most operators usually set their
computers to local time, some may have to change their settings on "some"
ham radio software (ex. logging, propagation, DXTelnet, etc..) programs.

DU, PHILIPPINES (Update). Press, N6SS, who is currently active as DU6/N6SS
from Panay Island (OC-129), near the town of Sibalom, Antique Province,
until April 17th, informs OPDX of the following update [edited]: "DU6/N6SS
attempted an 80m Single band entry in the ARRL SSB Contest. However the
over the horizon radar was S9 from as low as 3650 to 3850. Not a single
NA was even detected, totally inaudible here. Did hear a few JA calling
CQ during the contest. The radar is audible a couple hours before sunset
til after sunrise and was on continuously during nighttime contest hours
here. The radar is operational daily on 80m and I don't foresee any change
during the next contest. Consequently please revise info for CQWPX SSB
to a 40m single band entry." Activity outside of the contest will be on
160/80/40 meters using CW, FT8 and SSB. Remember, activity during the
CQWW WPX SSB Contests (March 30-31st) will now be a Single-Op/Single-Band
(40m) entry. His rig is a K3 with a KPA500 into the following antennas:
80/40m crossed Inverted Ves that serve as toploading for a 160m vertical.
QSL via his home callsign.

DXCC NEWS. ARRL Field Services and Radiosport Manager Norm Fusaro, W3IZ,
reports that the 2018 ZD9CW DXpedition to Tristan da Cunha Island has
been approved for DXCC credit.

E5, NORTH AND SOUTH COOK ISLANDS (News). The Cook Islands are looking to
formally change their name and drop the reference to the British explorer
Captain James Cook in favor of a title that reflects its "Polynesian
nature".... Read the following article:
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/03/05/cook-islands-change-name-remove-association-
captain-cook/?fbclid=IwAR3I_6if-nZfEfS64xeOsM39ogFCb83ECxNg4sno_03UTq9d_fXE_ulxNvk

E5, NORTH AND SOUTH COOK ISLANDS (Reminder). By the time you read this,
operators Dagmar/DM7PQ, and Rainer/DL1AUZ will be active as E51NPQ and
E51AUZ, respectively, and finishing up their first leg in the Soth Cooks.
Activity will be from the following scheduled islands:
       March  9-11th -- Rarotonga Island (OC-013), South Cook Islands
       March 13-25th -- Manihiki Island (OC-014), North Cook Islands
       March 27-31st -- Aitutaki Island (OC-083), South Cook Islands
       April  2-11th -- Rarotonga Island (OC-013), South Cook Islands
  Activity will be holiday style on various HF bands and CW only. QSL
via their home callsigns. Watch QRZ.com for possible updates.

E6, NIUE. Janusz, SP9FIH, will fly to Niue Island (OC-040) on March 16th,
and will probably stay in Mutalau village on the northern coast of Niue. He
will be active as E6AF and his activity will be on 160/80/40/30/20/17/15
meters using SSB, RTTY and FT8. Suggested frequencies are:
  SSB  - 7095, 14195, 18140 and 21295 kHz
  RTTY - 1845, 3585, 7045, 10145, 14095, 18095 and 21095 kHz
  FT8 (F/H mode) - 1845*, 3585, 7045, 10145, 14095, 18095 and 21095 kHz
     * listening for JA - 1908
  The length of his stay is not known yet, but he states that it "should
be few weeks long". QSL via SP9FIH or by ClubLog's OQRS (preferred). For
more details and updates, see:      http://www.e6.dxpeditions.org

E6, NIUE (Update/Warning). Alex, 5B4ALX, will be active as E6ET from Niue
Island (OC-040) between March 19th and April 2nd. Activity will be on
160/60/40/30/20/17/15/10/6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. Suggested
frequencies are:
  CW   - 1818, 7008, 10106, 14010, 18065, 21012 and 28022 kHz
  SSB  - 7120, 14285, 18136, 21285 and 28470 kHz
  RTTY - 7055, 10140, 14080, 18106, 21090 and 28070 kHz
  FT8  - 1842/1908, 5358, 7055, 10140, 18106, 21090, 28070 and 50300 kHz
     * More details (suggested time/modes/bands/FT8) available on the
       Web page below.
  He will also be in the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 30-31st) as a Single-
Op/Single-Band (20m)/Low-Power entry. QSL via 5B4ALX, ClubLog's OQRS or
LoTW. For more details and updates, see: 
                   http://www.5b4alx.cloud/e6et-niue-2019
WARNING (From Alex): During my DXpedition I always have a notepad and a pen
next to me; those who think to work the DXpedition from remote stations in
other continents with the intent to take advantage of it without specifying
the real prefix/homecall will be marked, logged and then I will delete any
QSO in my log from that station, even if some were lawful. I’m smart enough
to understand when a station calls remotely and properly enough not to allow
anyone to be clever at the expense of others.
  If you care about your QSOs in the log, avoid using remote stations !!

HS, THAILAND. Yuki, JH1NBN, who was active from Nepal last week, informed
OPDX that he will be in Thailand this week before he goes to Vietnam as
XZ2C (between March 20-28th). It is not sure if he will operate from
Thailand because he did not provide a callsign, but listen just in case.

IOTA NEWS..............
  EU-016.  Operators Zeljko/9A3DF, Branko/9A3ST, Kiko/9A4WY, Marin/9A5M,
           Neven/9A5YY and Emir/9A6AA will be active as 9A2L from Susac
           Island (Croatian Island reference CI-109, Lighthouse Kanula
           CLH-047 and ARLHS CRO 064) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July
           27-28th). QSL via 9A3DF.

  EU-067.  Jacques, F6HMJ, will be active as SV8/F6HMJ from Ios Island
           between May 14-28th. Activity will be mostly on CW with some
           SSB on 80-10 meters with a dipole and IC-706MKIIG. QSL via his
           home callsign.

  EU-123.  Gordon, MM0GOR, will once again be active as MM1E from Great
           Cumbrae Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as
           a Single-Op/All-Bands/SSB-Mode/DXpedition/High-Power entry.
           QSL via MM1E, by the Bureau, ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW.

  NA-077.  Mikhail "Mike", VE7ACN, will be active as VE7ACN/VE2 from
           Anticosti Island (CISA QC-001, GRID FN79tt or FN79ru), Quebec,
           Canada, between August 21-31st. Activity will be holiday style
           on 80-15 meters (depending on the propagation) using mostly
           CW with some SSB. QSL via ClubLog's OQRS (preferred), LoTW,
           direct or bureau to VE7ACN. For more details and updates,
           watch:                https://www.ve7acn.com

  OC-130.  Operator Ireneo/DU9XL, Roldan/DU9XM, Ernesto/DU9CA, Ronnel/
           DU9WH, DU9YS and DW9DDX will be active as DX9EVM from Mindanao
           Island, Philippines, during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th)
           as a Multi-Single/Mixed-Mode entry. QSL via DU9CA.

  PLEASE NOTE: Since the Webmasters of the new  have
  decided NOT to post or dedicate a Web page to announce upcoming IOTA
  operations, PLEASE send your IOTA operations information to the OPDX,
  and we will post it here in an upcoming bulletin......

KH0, MARIANA ISLANDS. Tom, KC0W, has recently applied for a job on Saipan
(OC-086). It was announced that he will be active as KH0/KC0W possibly
on/near April 15th. Activity will be on various HF bands, including 60m,
using mainly CW and FT8. QSL via direct to his home callsign. NO LoTW,
NO BUREAU. For more details, read the following on QRZ.com or eHam.net at:
https://forums.qrz.com/index.php?threads/just-heard-great-news-from-tom-kc%C3%98w-da-cow-hes-back-and-
soon-qrv-from-some-exotic-place.649304
https://www.eham.net/ehamforum/smf/index.php/topic,124259.0.html

KH2, GUAM. Aki, W3JH/JR3QJB, along with some other operators will be
active as KH2KY from Guam between March 29th and April 1st. Activity
will be active on 80-10 meters, possibly 160m, using SSB. The team will
participate in the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 30-31st). QSL via JA1MFR,
eQSL, ClubLog or LoTW.

OPDX MAILING LIST (Reminder). The "new" OPDX Mailing List is back up and
running! Details on how to subscribe/unsubscribe are at the bottom of
this bulletin. PLEASE pass the word around.... Thanks and 73 de Tedd KB8NW

PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (March 11-17th).......
 Mar/11th AN      Mar/14th  AN     Mar/16th  AN
 Mar/12th HN      Mar/15th  AN     Mar/17th  AN
 Mar/13th 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

    Meanwhile, check out the following Web sites:
     * VOACAP predication Web page at:  http://www.voacap.com/hf
           and      http://www.voacap.com/prediction.html
     * DX.QSL.NET Propagation page: https://dx.qsl.net/propagation
     * A daily HF radio wave propagation forecast can be found at:
             https://www.facebook.com/thomasfranklingiellaw4hm
     * SolarHam Web page:   http://www.solarham.net
     * Radio Propagation/Space Weather/Sunspot Cycle Information at:
                           http://sunspotwatch.com
     * Graphic propagation tool by DR2W: http://www.dr2w.de/dx-propagation
     * Point to point propagation at: http://www.predtest.uk/p2p.html
     * Realtime propagation at: http://www.predtest.uk
     * Also on Twitter: https://twitter.com/@GiellaW4hm

QSL INFO AND NEWS...................
  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX by Lothar, DL1SBF   
  -------------------------------------------------------------------------
  4M1F via YV1JGT (d)      F/ON4IE via ON4IE     PJ4/AF4Z via AF4Z (d/L)
  7P8LB via M0OXO (O/d)    F5PTA (e) via IM0SDX  S01WS via EA2JG (O)
  7X0AD via EA5KB          FO/OK2ZI via OK2ZI    T42T via WB2REM
  AO3MWC via EA3RKB (d)    G6XX via M0OXO (O)    T46A via CO6LC
  AU60BARC via VU2LU       GB5CC via (RSGB-B)    T88XH via JA0EKI
  C91/CT7AHV via CT7AHV    HF0SEA/MM via SP1G    TA4/LB6OH via LB6OH
  CJ3A via VE3AT           HG3R via HA3NU        TM10WCA via F5NLX
  CM8NMN via EB7DX (d/L)   II1IGG via I2AZ & (L) TM1USA via F5PTA (e)
  CQ8M via EA5GL           IO2O via IQ2MG        W5MIL/HR9 via W5MIL & (L)
  CR6K via CT1ILT (O)  IU7FBC/VE3 via IU7FBC & (L) XR6N via CE6VMO
  CR6T via CT1ESV          LX/DC2CL via DC2CL    YR0UCRR via YO5KDV
  DF13BUD via DL1RUN       LY11LY via LY2QT      YU125VS via YU1BBV or (e)
  DL/OK8GG/M via OK8GG     LZ818PT via LZ1KCP    Z81D via OM3JW (O/L)
  DL70AIR via DL2VFR & (e) M2L via M0OXO (O)     ZW8T via PS8HF (d)
  EA8/OZ7BQ via OZ7BQ & (L) OH8AA via OH8JK      ZX5J via NZ4DX
  EF7X via EA7PP           OL3Y via OK1CRM       ZZ2T via PY2MNL (d/L)
  EG7JQS via EA7URM        OS4U via ON4DN
  ET3AA via N2OO           PA40UNIFIL via PC9C

  (e) eQSL only  (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (*-B) DX's- Bureau
  (O) OQRS only  (C) ClubLog only  (L) LoTW only    (N) No QSL needed
  (I) No IRC     (P) PayPal        (NB) No Bureau

  LOGS ONLINE AT CLUBLOG.ORG THIS WEEK......
  https://clublog.org/logsearch/3B8XF
  https://clublog.org/logsearch/7P8LB
  https://clublog.org/logsearch/C5DX
  https://clublog.org/logsearch/JD1BLY
  https://clublog.org/logsearch/PJ6A
  https://clublog.org/logsearch/PJ7AA
  https://clublog.org/logsearch/TO19A

  9N7BN via JH1NBN. Yuki, JH1NBN, was active as 9N7BN from Nepal between
  March 7-9th. Direct address: Yuki Yosuke Uchiyama, 924-4, Yokokawa-cho,
  Hachioji, Tokyo, 193-0823, Japan.

  RAC NATIONAL INCOMING QSL BUREAU (Change of address). Len Morgan, VE9MY,
  RAC Incoming QSL Bureau Manager, informs: Effective May 1st, 2019, the
  address for the RAC National Incoming QSL Bureau for Canada will be as
  follows:      RAC NATIONAL INCOMING QSL BUREAU
                MANAGER, ED SPINGOLA, VA3TPV
                P.O. BOX 83. STREETSVILLE, ONTARIO,
                L5M 1L5, CANADA
    The Incoming Box 51 at Saint John, NB, will be forwarded for a few
  months to allow for the bureau change notifications to be received by
  worldwide bureau's.

  OLD QSL COLLECTION (Update). Jean Michel, F6AJA, wants to remind every-
  one to visit the Les Nouvelles DX (LNDX) Web page to see more than
  16,600 old QSL cards in several different albums/galleries. This site
  contains:
    - The ten most wanted DXCC entities (2007 to 2016) with more than
      500 QSLs
    - At least one card for each 62 deleted DXCC countries (more than
      1900+ QSLs)
    - Nearest the totality of current prefixes, disappeared now (more
      than 5500+ QSLs)
    - Album for stations from North Africa 1945-1962 (500+ QSLs)
    - More than 1000 QSLs from the Antarctic bases.
    - With 270 QSLs from the TAAF (Terres Australes and Antarctiques
      Francaises).
    - More than 100 cards from Eparses Islands such as FR/B/E/G/J/T
    - More than 500 QSLs for the rare French Pacific Islands such as
      FK, FK/C, FO/C, FO/A, FO/M, FO/C and FW
    - The FG, FM, FP, FS, FY stations from 1945 to 1969
    - Commemoratives stations for ITU and IARU with more than 800 QSL.
    - More than 3000 cards for the old timer with more than 150 countries
      before 1945.
    - Cards from the French Department before 1945.
    - At least one card from each of the states in the U.S. before 1945.

    The URL address for the Web site is:  http://LesNouvellesDX.free.fr
  Some cards are still needed for the collection, and your particip-
  ation is welcome. Only a ".jpg" file (both sides of the card) is required.
  Please visit the site and give them your comments by sending an E-mail
  to:                          LesNouvellesDX@free.fr

  QSLS RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 5T5PA, 8P5A, 9G2HO, C37NL, ET3AA, ET3YOTA, G5W,
  JG8NQJ/JD1, M7T, SV2DSJ, V73NS, VK4CAG, VP9/DK7LX and XE2V

  QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: KL7RA, RI0B (AS-054, AS-087, AS-104 and AS-121),
  TX0A (OC-113), TX0M (OC-297), VP2MUW and Z32MD

  QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: NONE TO REPORT THIS WEEK!!!
  --- We would like to see more QSL Bureaus (such as AS/US/SA/AF.. etc)
       send in their info....

ST, SUDAN. Arik, EK6DO, who works for the United Nations World Food Program
as Telecommunications and IT Officer, is now in Khartoum, and is active as
ST2/EK6DO for the next 3-4 years. He has requested the callsign ST2DO and
hopes to have approval by the local TRA soon. Activity will be on 40/20/
15/10 meters using CW and SSB. Reportedly, he has an Icom IC-756Pro III
running 100 watts into a Hustler 6BTV. QSL via K6EID. Look for for more
details and updates, at:          https://www.qsl.net/ek6do

T32, EASTERN KIRIBATI. Ken, KH6QJ, will once again be active as T32AZ
from Crystal Lodge, Kiritimati Island [Christmas Island](OC-024) between
April 16-23rd. Activity will be on 80/40/20/15 meters, but will focus on
40 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via his home call, direct or by the Bureau.

WW0, UNITED STATES (WWV Special Event). The National Institute of Standards
and Technology (NIST) and members of the Northern Colorado Amateur Radio
Club (NCARC) have teamed up to organize 100th anniversary events. Look
for special event station, WW0WWV, which was granted on February 23rd to
the WWV Amateur Radio Club for use during the event between September 28th
and October 2nd. For more details, see the ARRL Web page:
http://www.arrl.org/news/view/wwv-centennial-special-event-will-use-ww0wwv

XV, VIETNAM. Jun, JL8AQH, is expected to be active as XV9XX from Hue,
Vietnam, between April 27th and May 4th. Activity will be on 40/30/20/17
meters, but with a focus on 30 meters CW. His equipment is a TS-50s with
100 watts into Vertical array (over salt water). He will pay special
attention to work as many NA stations as possible. QSL via JL8AQH,
direct, NO BUREAU, ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW. Jun states to OPDX, "This
is an old fashioned single operator DXpedition with light weight gears.
Barefoot with directional vertical array beaming to NA/EU. Always listening
up."

XZ, MYANMAR (Update). Yuki, JH1NBN, who makes frequent trips back and
forth from Myanmar and Japan, will be active as XZ2C between March 20-28th.
Activity will be on 15/12/10/6 meters on all modes but must run QRP (25w).
QSL via his home callsign.

YJ, VANUATU. Geoff, ZL3GA, will once again be active as YJ0GA from a new
beachfront location in the North of Efate, Efate Island (OC-035), between
July 21st and August 3rd. Activity will be holiday style on 80-10 meters
using a FT-450D and a AL811H amp (which should improve the signals). Modes
will be predominately CW and FT8 with some SSB as well. He will also have
a CrankIR and an End Fed Half Wave vertical. QSL via his home callsign,
direct, ClubLog's OQRS (Bureau & direct) or LoTW (preferred). For more
details, especially from his past operations (with pictures), see his
QRZ.com page.

Z6, KOSOVO. In a first joint activity of Kosovon and Turkish operators,
look for Z66Y to be active during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 30-31st)
as a Mutli-Single entry. QSL via Z62FB. Operators mentioned are Ahmet/
Z63CAB, YL Donjeta/Z63DBB, Dardan/Z63DBM, Furkan/TA7AOF and Golkem/TA7AZC.
This is a YOTA (Youth on the Air) and all operators are Young!!

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[HCDX] Glenn Hauser logs March 9-10, 2019

DX/SWL/MEDIA PROGRAMS updated for DST scheduling:
http://www.worldofradio.com/dxpgms.html

** CHAD [non]. 12050, March 9 at 1938, song in language? Not Spanish!
Yes, WEWN is AWOL again, clearing frequency for R. Ndarason
International. 1941 announcement and ID in French, then song in
French; 1954 into presumed Kanuri, mentions Nig?ria, Cameroun, Tchad,
Boko Haram, terrorisme; S9 with deep fades to S6; more music, 1959 ID
and talk mixed in French and Kanuri.

This 19-21 transmission via ASCENSION was reported by Ivo Ivanov as
missing Feb 27-28, but heard again March 5. Note: since its western
language is French, not English, this RNI certainly pertains to Chad,
apparently originating in Ndjamena, rather than Nigeria (Glenn Hauser,
OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 5025, March 10 at 0706, R. Rebelde is S9+30 but
overmodulated/distorted. Something`s always wrong at RadioCuba (Glenn
Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6100, Sunday March 10 at 0710, RHC S9+20 in undermodoulated
Esperanto, only frequency still running. 0700 should have been the DST
timing, instead of 0800 as they have kept announcing all winter. Now
that EDT has just started, will they stay at 0700 UT?

15140, Sunday March 10 at 1501, RHC Esperanto is just starting, now
one UT hour earlier for this emission, and suptorted; then I check //
11760 and find it`s already running about a minute ahead of 15140, so
separate playouts, an anomaly not noted previously. Could not stay
with it to copy sign-on schedule announcement, but will be a miraklo
if they get everything right (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 11760, Sunday March 10 at 1350, RHC medical show is just
starting, after pre-emption last week, so Arnie`s `En Contacto` DX
show just missed was also probably back at 1335-1350, both shifted one
UT hour earlier since as a running dog of Yanqui imperialism, Cuba
adopted EDT same time as the gusanos in Miami, shifting all(?) Spanish
programming an hour earlier. The other times for E.C. on various
frequencies should now be Sunday 2245? and UT Monday 0140.

As for English, we expect the first airing to be at 19-20 instead of
20-21 UT, still on 15140; big question is what happen to the
``Africa`` service which after a lot of confusion when DST went off
last November, finally settled into 22-23 (usually) on 9720. Will it
go back to 23 UT, and/or change frequency yet? Next airing at 00-01 on
5040 normally shifts an hour earlier to 23-24 whether or not the other
frequency start matching it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA.
15700, March 10 at 1443, China Plus relay in English is still
here, and still defective: this time S9+30 and suptorted. Something`s
always wrong at RadioCuba (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUATEMALA. 4055, March 10 at 0705, harmonious hymnody, S9/+10, as
TGAV Radio Verdad must be on very late, an hour past usual sign-off.
Are they or am I confused by imminent imposition of DST? Not me; my
watch stays on 24-hour UT (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. 11570.040, March 10 at 1448, VOA Korean is off-
frequency, soon playing a song in English; off by 1500 recheck. HFCC,
EiBi and Aoki/NDXC all list 11570 as PHT Tinang site but at 1200-1400
only, nowhere later. Saipan is more likely to be off-frequency. So at
this hour is it really NMI?

9985.036, March 10 at 1502, Korean at S9, off-frequency, presumably
RFA. Once again, Saipan more likely than Tinang to be askew, altho
Thailand is capable of that too. This was not on before 1500.

As for previous doubts that 9985 was really reactivated Saipan,
Wolfgang Bueschel forwarded a bunch of IBB auto-monitoring captures
labeled SAI for that, so apparently is, if we are willing to take
their word for it. Maybe one transmitter was not so destroyed after
all, retaining and resuming signature capability of offfrequenciness
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1972 monitoring: NO WRMI, Saturday
March 9 at 2209 tune-in 9955, rather fluttery JBA carrier: see
UNIDENTIFIED. 9395 WRMI is on OK at S8. But as I listen, WRMI with WOR
cuts 9955 on at *2211, S6-S8; unknown if a momentary break or no start
at all until now; recheck at 2229, still on as WOR has just ended.

Confirmed newish airing UT Sunday March 10 at 0030 on WRMI 7730, VG
S9+20, after a few notes of unneeded intrusive music between the WRMI
ID and start of WOR, as happens too often by this automation.

Also confirmed UT Sunday March 10 at 0430 on WA0RCR, 1860-AM, MO,
S9+20 as I comment on ``irrational DST`` about 6 minutes into so
started circa 0424 (and due to CDT, nominal start from next week will
be 0315 UT!)

Ivo Ivanov, Bulgaria, confirms: ``GERMANY, Reception of World of Radio
via HLR on 7265 CUSB, March 10
https://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.com/2019/03/reception-of-world-of-radio-via-hlr-on_10.html
``1130-1200 7265 GOH 001 kW / 230 deg CeEu English Sun, fair signal``

Next:
2130 UT Sun WRMI    7780 to NE
0130 UT Mon WRMI    5950 to WNW, 9395 to NNW [probably; or 0230??]
0230 UT Mon WRMI    7780 [NEW; unconfirmed]
0300vUT Mon WBCQ   *5130v Area 51 to WSW [ex-0400v]
0330 UT Mon WRMI   *9955 to SSE [ex-0430]
0930 UT Mon Unique  5045-LSB NSW ND
1900 UT Mon IRRS/NEXUS-IBA/IPAR 7290 Romania
0030 UT Tue WRMI    7730 to WNW [or new 1973?]
0100 UT Tue WRMI    7780 to NE [NEW; unconfirmed]
0900 UT Tue Unique  5045-LSB NSW ND [-1000 two episodes] [NEW]
* also webcast; direct linx to these and many others at:

Complete WOR sked, all affiliates, satellite, webcast, AM&FM, podcast:
http://www.worldofradio.com/radioskd.html
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WRMI schedule has been partially updated for DST, effective
March 10:
http://www.tinyurl.com/WRMIfqs

The frequency grid shows 9955 ending at 1400 UT instead of 1500,
except on Sat & Sun when `Full Gospel Hour` huxtergasms are appended.
Other 9955 hours are: 1100-1400, 2100-0400, but also 1000-1100 Sundays
only. See also UNIDENTIFIED 9955 below.

Argentina and Albania English relays have moved an hour earlier to
0100-0200 instead of 0200-0300; RAE is UT Tue-Sat, and Tirana UT Tue-
Sun, on 9395 & 5950, so we assume filling the gap on UT Mon will still
be WORLD OF RADIO at 0130 instead of 0230; while other non-9955
airings should stay at same UT.

But some additional changes have been made concerning WORLD OF RADIO:

NEW UT Mon 0230 on 7780; Still UT Tuesday 0030 on 7730 but then NEW
0100 Tue on 7780; Tue at 2030 & 2130 on 7780 & 5950; Wed & Thu at 2100
on 7780 & 5950; The last two sets of four WOR airings have previously
been disproven, except for Tue 2030 on 5950, as otherstuff such as RAE
relays in German have continued running instead at 2100. But it`s time
to reunconfirm them, just in case (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 3445-AM, March 10 at 0027, VP carrier, pirate? Nothing
reported here at HF Underground, and I can`t figure out any local
AM/SW mixture (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 9955, Saturday March 9 at 2209, fluttery JBA carrier, as
WRMI is OFF until *2210 joining WOR in progress. What could this
othersig be?

EiBi appears to list every single WRMI program on 9955 separately, but
as of 1555 UT March 10, still showing obsolete EST scheduling; aside
from permanent changes/updates, everything should now be one real UT
hour earlier on this frequency. It was last updated March 5. And shows
absolutely no other station on 9955.
http://eibispace.de/dx/freq-b18.txt

Ditto Aoki/NDXC, unusually not updated since March 8:
http://www1.m2.mediacat.ne.jp/binews/ut/userlist1.txt

But HFCC has a B-18 registration at 18-22 for HBN = T8WH PALAU due
west in Mandarin/English --- would that really be Radio Free Asia? Not
on their known schedule, nor VOA`s. And no part of China is due west
from Palau, rather Mindanao and Malaya! Maybe it`s a jammer against
nothing, and running overtime to boot. Fortunately, when active, WRMI
easily overcomes it here. But with WOR now earlied to 2100 Wed & Sat,
this could become a CCI problem (Glenn Hauser, OK, March 10, DX
LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1756 UT March 10
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sexta-feira, 8 de março de 2019

ARLP010 Propagation de K7RA

ARLP010 Propagation de K7RA

After no sunspots over the entire month of February, sunspot group
2734 appeared on March 5. So far the new sunspot numbers are 14, 17,
and 14 on March 5-7. I believe this was the longest consecutive
period (33 days) with no sunspots on this declining side of Cycle
24. The polarity of the new sunspot group identifies it as being
from Cycle 24, not the upcoming Cycle 25.

Frank Donovan, W3LPL sent a link from the Royal Observatory in
Belgium showing brief sunspot appearances on February 13 and 21:

http://www.sidc.be/products/ri/

But numbers from NOAA do not show these:

ftp://ftp.swpc.noaa.gov/pub/indices/DSD.txt

ftp://ftp.swpc.noaa.gov/pub/indices/quar_DSD.txt

It is interesting to note that we are currently seeing the lowest
sunspot activity since August 2008 during the last solar cycle
minimum, between Cycles 23 and 24.

Frank also sent this link, concerning spotless days:

http://www.sidc.be/silso/spotless

And a newsletter:

http://www.stce.be/newsletter/pdf/2019/STCEnews20190307.pdf

Average daily sunspot numbers for the week increased from 0 to 4.4,
compared to the previous seven days. Average daily solar flux was
unchanged at 70.6

Average daily planetary A index rose from 4.9 to 12.6, and average
mid-latitude A index increased from 4 to 9.7. These geomagnetic
indicators were higher due to effects of a solar wind stream on
February 28 and March 1.

Predicted solar flux is 71 on March 8-12, and 70 on March 13 through
April 21.

Predicted planetary A index is 12, 10 and 8 on March 8-10, 5 on
March 11-13, 10 on March 14-15, 5 on March 16-25, then 12, 30, 28,
14, 8 and 10 on March 26-31, then 8, 5, 10, 15, 12, 12 and 8 on
April 1-7, then 5 on April 8-15, 10 on April 16, and 5 on April
17-21.

In reference to the predicted planetary A index, here is the
geomagnetic activity forecast for the period March 8 until April 6,
2019 from F.K. Janda, OK1HH.

"Geomagnetic field will be:
Quiet on March 14-15, 23-24
Quiet to unsettled on March 9, 17-18, 22, 25
Quiet to active on March 8, 10-13, 19-21, 31, April 1-2
Unsettled to active on March 16, 26, 29-30
Active to disturbed on March 27-28

"Solar wind will intensify on March (8-9,) 13-14, (15,) 21-22,
25-28, April 1, (2, 5)

"Parenthesis means lower probability of activity enhancement."

Dr. Tamitha Skov, WX6SWW sent this video and report:

https://youtu.be/eq_r4st7Sy8

"Dear Tad,

"We have been enjoying an unusual increase in activity over the past
week. First, the Sun launched a solar storm that grazed Earth. Nice
to see our solar minimum Sun can still launch storms every now and
again! This solar storm enhanced a relatively weak period of fast
solar wind and caused aurora to drop down to mid-latitudes, lasting
for nearly two days. We haven't seen a storm that engaging since
2018!

"As if that wasn't enough fun, two new hot spots have emerged in
Earth view alongside a third bright region that was already visible.
Three active regions on the Earth-facing Sun? We haven't seen that
since 2017!

"Additionally, the biggest and brightest of these hotspots has now
grown into a 'rogue' sunspot. This means it clearly shows an
influence from the coming Solar Cycle 25! Although we cannot
officially designate this region, numbered 2734, as a sunspot from
the new cycle, its magnetic signature is very peculiar. Its magnetic
poles sit one on top of the other instead of side by side. This is
unusual and point to the region being a bit confused as to which
cycle it belongs. I will be sure to report on it in more detail
during my Solar Storm forecast that I'll finish late this week.

"As for the current forecast, expect solar flux to remain in the low
to mid 70s due to the new active regions. This will give radio
propagation a nice boost on Earth's day side. Also, as the solar
storm continues to wane, GPS reception should continue to improve on
Earth's night side and at high latitudes. However, satellite
operators and users should be aware of an increase in anomalies over
the next few days due to the enhanced near-Earth radiation
environment right now. This is especially true for those satellites
in geosynchronous orbits (GEO) like Direct TV and SIRIUS-XM Radio.
So, if your satellite radio glitches while you're listening to your
favorite song, you'll know why.

"Cheers, Tamitha."

In last week's Propagation Forecast Bulletin ARLP009 -
https://bit.ly/2EM3b8K - I expressed my confusion over the numbers
in FT8 reports. Thanks to N6KW, N5UWY and others for clearing this
up.  Here is N6KW's missive:

"The FT8 QSO, left to right, is Zulu time, signal/noise ratio in dB,
time deviation in seconds, audio frequency in the passband.

"So JA4FKX's signal was 13 dB below the noise at the time of copy."

N5UWY wrote:

"That's a cut/paste from WSJT-X (K1JT's software package for all the
modes he and his colleagues have developed). Fields are 'UTC, signal
strength in dB relative to the noise level in a 2500-Hz bandwidth,
delta in seconds between received station's clock and UTC, the
number of Hertz above the dial frequency, then the message from the
other station' Japan (or 'JA') is tacked on after the message by the
software to indicate the DXCC entity by name or prefix.

"'343' here means that JA4FKX was transmitting on 10136.343 kHz.
Further, his clock was 0.3 s off UTC (according to the receiving
station's clock which could be off itself!) and the JA's signal was
13 dB DOWN from the noise level that the software was seeing at the
receiver.

"I am totally an expert now on FT8. I started using it on January 28
and by February 27 or so, I had WAS on 30 m and FT8! Made about 350
QSOs. Got some DX, too. 30 meters is an interesting band and I'm
glad I stuck it out there as I'd never really operated on the band
before. I'm kidding - I am in no way an expert. I didn't even stay
at a Holiday Inn.

"FT8 is kind of addicting but it's fun. Even got an ATNO on 30 -
Reunion Island my 2nd best DX ever. I think I'm running about 50 W
to a trap dipole at about 25-30."

On March 7 NN4X wrote:

"FT8 is a fantastic tool for monitoring prop. It allowed me to
document a fascinating but short 30 minute opening to Africa from
Florida, resulting in RF being expended from my side, but no QSOs.
My antenna: JK Antennas JK-WARC 121730 (3 elements on 17M) at 113
feet.

"17M 2019-Mar-07
EA9AK 1502Z
5X2S  1516Z
Z81D  1530Z"

On March 6, Steve wrote:

"Due to dreadful conditions, I seriously did not want to suffer
through the ARRL DX contest last week, but did want to play on the
radio. I've only been on 12M since December 2018, so have been
making a point to check it frequently.

"Just to show that there is propagation, here's a selection of what
I've worked from Florida recently:

"VK3BDX February 28
LU, PY, YV, T31EU, YN, FY, EA8/DL9XJ, CE, CX, EA7DT, HK, HD8M (HC8)
March 2, 3
CE0YHO March 3,
T31EU March 2, 3
EA8AXT, EA8AKN, EA9ACD March 5

"So, the moral of the story is, 'Never Give Up Hope.'"

If you would like to make a comment or have a tip for our readers,
email the author at, k7ra@arrl.net.

For more information concerning radio propagation, see the ARRL
Technical Information Service web page at,
http://arrl.org/propagation-of-rf-signals. For an explanation of
numbers used in this bulletin, see
http://arrl.org/the-sun-the-earth-the-ionosphere.

An archive of past propagation bulletins is at
http://arrl.org/w1aw-bulletins-archive-propagation. More good
information and tutorials on propagation are at http://k9la.us/.

Monthly propagation charts between four USA regions and twelve
overseas locations are at http://arrl.org/propagation.

Instructions for starting or ending email distribution of ARRL
bulletins are at http://arrl.org/bulletins.

Sunspot numbers for February 28 through March 6, 2019 were 0, 0, 0,
0, 0, 14, and 17, with a mean of 4.4. 10.7 cm flux was 70.1, 69.9,
69.4, 69.5, 70.9, 72, and 72.5, with a mean of 70.6. Estimated
planetary A indices were 26, 24, 12, 6, 7, 5, and 8, with a mean of
12.6. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 17, 18, 9, 6, 7, 4, and
7, with a mean of 9.7.
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