DX Bulletin No. 1059
April 23, 2012
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB5K & the AR TelNet Clusters Network, ARRL Web Page, K1XN & GoList, KH2AR/W4, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, KH6BZF, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m News, W9DC, W9ILY, 4J5T, AT International, DK8JB & The DX News Letter, DL1SBF, DxCoffee.com, DX-World.Net, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, Mediterraneo DX Club, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's DX- Newsdesk, PY2YP, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, VA3RJ & ICPO and the VHF-DX-Portal for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 15th-April, through Sunday, 22nd-April there were 224 countries active. Countries available: 1S, 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3D2/r, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, CY0, D2, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ7, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T32, T5, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TR, TT, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK0M, VK9X, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, 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" (WFWL).
3B8, MAURITIUS (AF-049)
Mart, DL6UAA, will once again be back on Mauritius as 3B8MM, but the length of his stay is unknown at this time. Activity is usually on 160-10 meters using mostly CW. Some SSB and Digital will be possible. QSL via DL6UAA, by the Bureau or direct.
4J, AZERBAIJAN (Special Event)
The Ministry of Communications of Azerbaijan has approved the uses of the following special callsigns dedicated to and during the "Eurovision Song Contest" between April 15th and June 15th. Look for the special callsigns listed below using the suffixes SONG or S0NG:
Individual or Special Individual or Special Club Callsign Callsign Club Callsign Callsign ------------- -------- ------------- -------- Safari Club/4J4K 4JS0NG Oktay/4J7A 4J7SONG Gen. Aslanov Morita/4JR0HYT 4JR0SONG Club/4K7Z 4KS0NG Andrey/4K6DI 4J1SONG Leonid/4K8F 4K2012SONG Mehdi/4J7FM 4K1SONG Serqey/4J5A 4J12SONG Rashad/4J9M 4J9SONG Vladimir/4K9W 4K9SONG Asif/4K6AL 4K4SONG Boris/4K4K 4K12SONG Mixail/4K8M 4K8SONG Vladimir/4K6C 4K6SONG Denis/4J9NM 4J4SONG Natig/4J5T 4J5SONG5X, UGANDA
Freddy, F5IRO, is expected to be here on a work assignment starting early May through June (exact days are not yet known). With the help of David, 5X1D (KH9AE), and some others, he is hoping to get a license during the first week of his arrival. On his arrival Freddy plans on setting up his Elecraft K3 and DIY antennas, probably verticals or dipoles, space permitting at the location. Activity will be on CW on the upper HF bands, especially on 10 MHz in the evening (5X = GMT + 3) and possibly some PSK operations. Watch the DXClusters for spots. QSL is via Michel, F8DFP, by the French Cureau or direct (w/SAE and IRC). For more updates and info, watch Freddy's Blog page at:
Andy, RN3AKK, reports that Darko, J28AA/E70A, will once again be active as 6O3A from Hargeisa between May 25-31st. Activity will be on SSB, RTTY and 50 MHz. QSL via K2PF. For possible updates (under news), online log, and pictures, check out the Bosnia and Herzegovina Contest Club's Web page [BHCC] at:
Al, F5VHJ, will once again be active as 6W1RY during the CQ WW DX SSB Contest (October 17-28th) as a Single-Op/ All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via F5VHJ, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.
Dick, DJ2EH, is currently active as 9H3XX from Malta. The length of his stay is not known at this time. Activity this past week has been on 30/17/12/6 meters CW. QSL via DJ2EH.
C6, BAHAMAS (Update to OPDX.1056)
MDXC C6AGW PRESS RELEASE #2 (TESTING IN THE RAIN) [edited]:
"During the [past] weekend, under the Italian rains (cats and dogs raining, hi), Gabriele, I2VGW, has tested all the antennas and the equipments for his Bahamas round trip. As announced, he plans to be operating as C6AGW starting April 26th through May 6th from Biminis Islands (NA-048) and/or Berry Islands (NA-054) quite rare IOTA references and, of course, also from New Providence and Long Island, Great Bahama Bank (NA-001). Following also the requests of many lighthouses chasers, Gabriele would like to confirm that all these references will be printed on his QSL card. That's meaning: New Providence (main) Island is LH 1115 and NA-001; Long Island is LH 1898 and NA-001; Bimini Island (South) is LH 2467 and NA-048; and Berry Island (Gr. Stirrup Cay) is LH 1903 and NA-054. We remind you that this new Gabriele adventure will be a holiday style operation. In any case Gabriele, as usual, will give great emphasis to the Digital modes and the WARC bands, but he'll keep in his mind SSB too. He'll take with him his Icom 7200, a Hampole, a KW5 and a Buddipole. For more info and any updates, visit the DXpedition's Web site at:C9, MOZAMBIQUE
http://www.mdxc.org/c6agwGabriele will be supported by the MDXC with an online log, news in real- time, pictures and videos."
Daniel, ZS6JR, will once again be active as C91JR from the coastal resort of Bilene between April 22nd and May 10th. Activity will be holiday style and operating mostly RTTY or PSK with 100 watts into a vertical antenna. QSL via GI4FUM. Look for more details and updates on:
Al, VE1AWW, is once again active as CY0/VE1AWW as of April 17th, and will be there for the next three months. He is an assigned worker on the island and his schedule is 3 months ON and 3 Months OFF. His activity will be limited to his spare time. Al mentions on QRZ.com, "I need to replace the feedline for the the 40/80m antenna, but up and running on 20/17/15/12/10 and 6m." He was heard this past week on 15 meters SSB - 21336 kHz between 2230-0000z. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
DT12, SOUTH KOREA
Special event station DT12AWC is now active until April 30th. Activity is taking place during the 2012 Asian Weightlifting Championships being held in Pyeongtaek. Activity is expected on 80-10 meters, as well as 6 and 2 meters, using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31. QSL via DS2GOO.
EM350, UKRAINE (Special Event)
Look for special event station EM350S to be active between May 1st and June 30th. Activity is to celebrate the 350th anniversary of Ivano-Frankivsk City [1662-2012]. Operations will be on all HF bands and 6 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via UW8SM, direct, by the Bureau, LoTW and eQSL.
FO, FRENCH POLYNESIA (IOTA Op)
Pat, F4EBT, will be active as FO/F4EBT between June 1-24th, and plans to activate the following French Polynesia IOTA Islands: Tahiti (OC-046), Moorea (OC-046), Raiatea (OC-067), Huaine (OC-067), Bora-Bora (OC-067) and Maupiti (OC-067). Activity will be holiday style, usually SSB only on 80/40/20/17/15/12/10 meters using a TS-50 w/100 watts into a FD4 Multiband antenna. QSL via his home callsign, direct (1 IRC or 2 USDs) or by the Bureau.
GM, SCOTLAND (IOTA/SCOTIA Op!)
Andre, GM3VLB, will once again try to activate some of the SCOTIA islands (SCOTtish Island Award) he missed last year in the Orkney IOTA Group (EU-009, SCOTIA OI14). He states,
"In the hope of completing what I now call the 'SCOTIA Challenge', which in my own case means activating the last five of the program's 200 islands which I haven't yet activated, I am returning to the Orkney (EU-009) group, arriving there May 21st. I have a return booking on June 7th, but I am prepared to remain in EU-009 longer, if necessary. Having been dogged by high winds in late summer/early autumn on previous expeditions to the Northern Isles, I am trying the earlier part of 'activating season' this time. The 5 remaining islands are Muckle Green Holm (OI20), Linga Holm (OI21), Eynhallow (OI24), Faray (OI28) and Calf of Eday (OI29). Some are quite difficult to approach and to land on (steep rocky shores) as well as being subject to very strong tidal current (the waters off Eday are in fact the chosen location for testing the latest tidal generators, so near-perfect weather conditions will be required. I believe most may be first-time activations. This will be a 'solo' operation (XYL Veronica having decided discretion was the better part of valour!). If successful, I hope to continue activating islands, this season, in a more relaxed way, hopefully teaming up with regular 'island buddy' Alex, G(M)0DHZ, to re-activate some less remote islands, which even some of the high-scoring SCOTIA chasers may have missed - I will be doing an analysis of the records to determine the 'most wanted'."HB0, LIECHTENSTEIN
Operators Nicola/IN3ADW and Luca/IN3HUU will be active as HB0/homecall from Liechtenstein between May 8-12th. Activity will be mainly on 40/20/17/12 meters, as well as 15/10 meters propaga- tion permitting, using SSB and some RTTY. Suggested frequencies are: 7110-7130, 18125-18135, 14215-14225 and 24945-24955 kHz. QSL via their home callsigns. IOTA NEWS
AS-138. Dale, BA4TB, will lead a team of operators and be active as as BY1WXD/5 from Gulangyu Island between May 4-7th. QSL via BA4TB.
AS-146. Operators JunJian/BD4KYA, Zhigang/BD4KRB and Yongwei/BG4KLA will be active as homecall/4 from Jiming Island (WLOTA 2489), Chengshan Jiao area, Weihai Prefecture, Shandong Province, China, between April 23rd and May 3rd. Activity will be on all HF bands and modes. QSL via their home callsign, by the Bureau or via BA4EG ((QRZ.com) QSL forward service).
EU-008. Members of the Kilmarnock and Loudoun Amateur Radio Club will once again be active as MS0KLR from the Isle of Muck (IOSA NH06, SCOTIA DI18), Inner Hebrides, between April 24-28th. Activity will be on all HF bands and modes. QSL by the Bureau to MM0KLR, or direct to MM0GHM. More details at:
EU-039. Members of the Charente DX Group (CDXG) will be active as TM0CI from Chausey Island (DIFM MA 004) between May 19-25th. QSL via F5EOT, by the Bureau and direct (Postage or Mail with Paypal). For updates, watch the CDXG Web page at:
EU-172. Noel, OO4O, will be active as OZ/OO4O from Hou Fyr, on Langeland Island (WLOTA 0590) between April 29th and May 5th. Activity will mainly be CW/SSB on the HF bands. QSL via LoTW and the Belgian QSL bureau.
NA-143. Leslie, AD5WB, will once again be active from Galveston Island (USI TX001s) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 28-29th) as a Single-Op/Fixed-Island/High-Power entry. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau, LoTW or eQSL.
SA-048. (Update/Callsign Change) A team of Venezuelan operators from the Grupo DX Caracas (GDXC) were active as YW5PI (not YX5P) from the rare Patos Island between April 19-23rd. QSL via DM4TI.
KH6BZF PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (April 23-29th)
Apr/23rd AN Apr/26th AN Apr/28th AN Apr/24th AN Apr/27th AN Apr/29th AN Apr/25th 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=6-9 100-400KP4, PUERTO RICO
Jeff, VA3QSL, will be active as KP4/VA3QSL from Puerto Rico (NA-099, USI PR006S, WLOTA 2802) between April 22nd and May 4th. Activity will be holiday style but will include two days on the Island of Vieques (USI PR-007S, WLOTA 4042). Operations will be near the IOTA frequencies on 40/20/6 meters using CW and SSB. Jeff hopes to activate some lighthouses too. He will be using 100 watts into a dipole and hamsticks. QSL via his home callsign, direct (w/ SASE/SAE and sufficient postage) or by the Bureau. MJ, JERSEY
Operators Peter/ON8ZZ, Dominiek/ON3JA and Frederik/ON3NT will be active as MJ/OT9Z from La Moye, Jersey (EU-013, WLOTA 0818), between July 20-27th. Activity will be on all HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL via OT9Z, by the UBA QSL Bureau.
Luigi, IV3XNF, will be on a United Nations Interim Force (UNIFIL) mission in Lebanon between May and October. He will be staying on a military base but plans to be active during his free time and operate as a QRP station using the callsign OD5/IV3XNF/QRP. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using a Yaesu FT-817ND into a Carolina Windom 80 antenna or an End-Fed Half-Wavelength Antenna (EFHWA - fishing pole). Preferred modes are CW and Digital. QSL via direct to his home callsign. For more update and info, see:
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (dated April 22nd) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4J9SONG via DL7EDH EH1ARD via EA1AST GB100MUC via MM1BHO 4K12SONG via 4K4K EH5MAV via EA5FJL GS4MWS via M0PAI 4X02T via 4Z5FI EH8WDX via EA8ADL HB9WARD via HB9JOE 5P4LO/P via ON4LO EI/NG7M via NG7M (L) HH2/9A7GAE via 9A2TN 5P4MG via DJ4MG EI0IMD via EI1NC IY0TC via IZ0KAT (B) 5Q4B via OZ5EV (d) ES6/OH5LID via OH5LID J88LE via J88NEF 7Q7PRO via W4PRO GB0CMS via G-Bureau LZ1WARD via LZ1BFR 7S3F via SM3AF GB0NAW via MW1CFN ON150VAART via ON6UB 8S50BQ via SM7BHM GB1HMGY via G3SOU PR3A via PY3OZ A43WARD via A47RS GB1OOC via MW0DHF PW7T via PT7WA A60WARD via NI5DX GB2MB via M1OOO (d) R150SPA via RK4CYW CO8TW via HB9SVT GB2MT via G-Bureau SK87WARD via SM-(B)(L) CW1GM via CX2ABC GB4MDI via GW0ANA SK100MGY via SK6RM DL/N2WB via N2OO GB4M via M0DOL TG0IARU via TG0AA E77AW via E77E GB5CQD via G0OKF VP2MQR via N7QR EA8/DL2DXA via DL2DXA GB8MD via M0PNN W3HF/KH2 via W3HF EA8/HB9BIN/P via HB9BIN GB25IMD via G0FIC YJ0VK via VK2CA ED5URI via EA5URI GB40HMSB via G0TOC YW5PI via DM4TI EG1DCL via EA1URV GB50RSARS via G0SWY ZP9MCE via EA5ZD EG2ISN via EA2DXR GB100MPA via G3PLE ZW7MGY via PR7ZAJ (d) direct (B) Bureau (L) LoTWME51M QSL STATUS. As of April 19th, the QSL cards are ready to send. The Online QSL Request Service (OQRS) is now available online at:
QSL EH8WDX via EA8ADL. Special callsign used from the Island of Gran Canaria (AF-004), Canary Islands, during the World Amateur Radio Day celebration.
QSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 5B4AJC, 5H3MB, 5K3R, 5V7CC, 7Z7AA, 8P5A, 9U0A, A25KW, CO2WF, CQ7OA, CX4ACH, DQ4W, EB3JT, GW9T, HK1MW, HP1/IZ6BRN, JA0FVU, JA1VND, JA6LCJ, KH2L, KH7Y, MJ/K8PT, OK2WMC, OS8A, OZ1TMK, P49Y, PJ4/W9MNJY, PJ4Z, PJ5Z, PS2T, R3LA, SM5ELV, SP3FCO, UA3KW, UA9MA, UU7J, UX7QV, V21ZG, V25AA, V73NS, VK0BP, VK1HBB, VK3BRW, XE1/DL3DUE, YU8NU, ZP6CW, ZM4T, ZX2B and ZZ2T
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3D2T, 4S7NE, 6Y0A, 8P5A, 8P5Y, 8P9WH, 9M6/OH2YY, 9Y4LAS, 9Y4NW, A45XR, A71BU, CP4BT, EX2T, FM/F6AUS, HI3K, OA4SS, P40L, P40W, P49Y, PJ2T, PJ4Z, PJ7PT, RI1FJA, T2T, TI5W, TL0CW, TO4M, TX6T/P, V21ZG, V31RR, V31TP, V55V, VP6T, VK0TH, XT2IVU, XU7DLH and ZD7XF
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: R750Y and YU4NC
Robert, S53R, will be active as ST2AR from Khartoum during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band (TB) entry. QSL via S53R or LoTW.
T30, WESTERN KIRIBATI (Update)
The T30PY and T30SIX DXpedition to Tarawa Island (OC-017), Western Kiribati, between October 16-25th, now has their Web page up and running at:
SSB - 3798, 7085, 14190, 18145, 21295, 24945 and 28495 kHz
RTTY - 3580, 7038, 14080, 18102, 21080, 24920 and 28080 kHz
6M - 50102/CW and Beacon 50110-50120/SSB
1] The CW listening frequency will always be up (except on 160m), starting at just 1 kHz or 2 kHz up depending on the pile-up size. On 160m, they will be listening 1823 and UP for WW and 1818 and UP for Japan. QSX will be announced.
2] They may use alternative frequencies depending on QRM, if necessary.
3] On 6m, 50110 kHz will be used for propagation checking calls. They will move to 50120 SSB and 50102 CW as soon as activity peeks up. The beacon is breakable. If you hear it, please break in and/or advise HF operators.
4] EME: The frequency will be 50.198 MHz using WSJT-JT65A. T30SIX will transmitt the first sequence. Important -- EME operations are not confirmed at this time.
Considering the high cost of logistics, donations are welcome to help the team to support all related costs. There is a donation button on their site for which the donor may click and use Paypal. QSL via PY2PT, direct, by the Bureau ("Estimation to reply: at last, 3 years."), or by their OQRS on the Web page.
Darrell, AB2E, will once again be active as V26E from Antigua (NA-100) between May 23-30th. Activity will include the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 26-27th) as Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power (A) entry, the same as last year which resulted in #2 World and #1 North America for the category. All operations before and after the contests will be either on the 30/17/12 meter bands or the lower bands. Also, for the first time, he will attempt RTTY on all bands. QSL direct via AB2E for any and all operations from 1993 to present. Be sure to include an SASE, green stamp, or new IRC or you won't get a card. Sorry, no Bureau cards at this time, and no eQSL. All logs from all V26E operations have been uploaded to LoTW.
V4, ST. KITTS AND NEVIS
John, W5JON, will once again be operating as V47JA from his Calypso Bay, St. Kitts, W.I., hillside vacation home (CQZ 8, IOTA NA-104, Grid FK87pg) between July 12th and August 2nd. Activity will be on 80-6 meters using SSB. His activity will also include RSGB IOTA (SSB) Contest as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. Equipment will be: Kenwood TS-590S and a SB200 Amplifier and a 80-10m Multiband Dipole and S9 Vertical; 6m will be a 3 element yagi. His XYL Cathy, W5HAM, will occasionally operate as V47HAM. ALL QSLs go to his home callsign W5JON. Also via LoTW.
VK0, MACQUARIE ISLAND (Update)
Trevor, VK0TH, is now QRT. He went QRT earlier than expected due to "2 hours of EU Jamming, Tuning and Mayhem". Trevor states, "Thank you everyone for all the contacts it was great fun in the main. I was disappointed by stations that operated outside the Amateur Radio Code of Conduct. However, I guess that's just human nature. Certainly a lot of you were very passionate to make that VK0/mm contact, and the last few days were quite over whelming as the frenzy increased with people aware it was final days." QSL via JE1LET direct ONLY.
John, KB4CRT, will once again be active as VP2MRT from Gingerbread Hill, St. Peters Parish, Montserrat (NA-103, WLOTA 1475, WW Loc. FK86VS) between June 6-12th. Activity will be on 80-2 meters using SSB, some CW, possibly PSK, and be in the June VHF Contest. He will be looking for AS and OC stations. QSL via KB4CRT, direct (w/SASE or DX 2GS). NO Bureau QSL. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW within a week of his returning home.
VY0, CANADA (IOTA Op)
Operators Dick/AH6EZ and Harry/K9DXA plan to be active as YV0/homecall from Rankin Inlet, Nunavut Province[Canada's largest and newest federal territory], between June 21st and July 2nd. Activity will be on 80-6 meters, with a focus on 30/17/12 meter bands using CW, SSB and RTTY. The duo plans to make a side trip to Marble Island (NA-185) for a few hours sometime between June 25-29th. On July 1st, during Radio Canada Day Contest, both Dick and Harry will be active as VY0RAC. Listen for QSL instructions. For more details and updates, go to:
Members of the Oceania DX Group Inc. (ODXG), will once again be active as YJ0VK from Port Vila on Efate Island (OC-035), Vanuatu, between April 21st and May 5th. Operators mentioned are Chris/ VK3QB (team leader), Luke/VK3HJ, Lee/VK3GK, Mike/VK3GHM, Benton/VK3CBV and Allan/VK2CA. Activity will be on all HF bands 160-10 meters, with an emphasis on 30/17/12 meter bands using CW, SSB, and RTTY/PSK31. They do plan to have three stations on the air as often as possible. QSL via VK2CA, direct or by the Bureau. For updates, visit the YJ0VK Web page at:
ZA100, ALBANIA (Reminder/Update)
Operators Franck/F4DTO and Patrick/F4GFE will once again be active from Albania, but as ZA100I between April 22-29th. Activity with their special callsign is in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Albania's independence. Operations will be on 40-10 meters SSB only using a Yaesu FT-450 into a dipole and vertical for 10m. QSL via F4DTO, direct (w/1 IRC, 1 Euro or 2 USDs) or by the Bureau. No eQSL.
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