DX Bulletin No. 1089
December 3, 2012
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB5K & the AR TelNet Clusters Network, K1XN & GoList, NJ1Q & W1AW, K3IRV, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, KH6BZF, K8CX, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m News, AT International, DJ2BQ, DK8JB & The DX News Letter, DL1SBF, DxCoffee.com, DX-World.Net, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, I1HYW, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, IK1SOW, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's DX-Newsdesk, PS7AB, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, TA3J, VA3RJ & ICPO and the VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 25th-November, through Sunday, 2nd-December there were 242 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 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, CY0, 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, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, J7, J8, JA, JT, JW, JX, 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, R1FJ, S2, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T30, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP8/h, VP8/o, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZD9, ZF, ZL, ZL9, 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).
5W, SAMOA (Update)
Ralph, H44RK, will be active as 5W0RK from Apia between December 8th and March 3rd (2013) from Samoa. Activity will be on 20-10 meters using SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via NR6M.
Lester, W8YCM, is currently on his annual trip to Negril, Jamaica (NA-097), and will be active as 6Y5/W8YCM until the new year. Activity has been on 17-10 meters using SSB. QSL via his home callsign.
Chris, ZS6RI (ex-9J2RI, ZD9IR, 5H9IR, EL8RI), will be active as 7P8RI from Lesotho beginning December 17th for 20 weeks - with a two week on and two week off rotation (similar to his 9J2RI activities). Activity will be on all HF bands using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via details on (QRZ.com). For updates, visit his Blog page at:
Steve, 9M6DXX, informs OPDX and its readers: "Hi all, Disappointed with the current poor conditions and high noise level at my home QTH, I have booked two night's accommodation at a seaside hotel where I am able to put up vertical antennas by the sea. I plan to be active (SSB only) as 9M6DXX (IOTA OC-088) on 8 and 9 December, using 400 watts to an 80m quarter-wave inverted-L with 50 ft vertical section and feedpoint just inches above the sea at high tide. On 10m I will use a vertical dipole, again right on the ocean, and will participate part-time in the ARRL 10m Contest (Single-Op, HP, SSB).
On the other bands I will use a Butternut HF6V-X with 12/17m add-on kit, elevated about 15 feet above the sea. I will be checking 80m SSB around the greyline for Brazil, northern South America, the Caribbean and eastern USA and Canada around 1000-1050 UTC and 2130-2215 UTC on both days. I will also look for northern and western Europe on 80m SSB between 1500 and 1800 UTC. If propagation is no good on 80m I will try 40m instead. QSL 9M6DXX via M0URX, direct or Bureau.
Bharati Station (WAP IND-04)
is now QRT. After a bit of pain (at the beginning of the season, propagation wasn't good), on the last 20 days of activity, Bhagwati, VU3BPZ/P, had made over 400 QSOs bringing his total to nearly 1500, even if with several dupes. Yesterday (Nov. 26th) his "Inverted V" antenna (RFI HFX400-ST, donated by Oleg Sakharov, ZS1ANF/RI1ANF) has been taken down and packed with his RTX, ready to be moved on board of "P/S Ivan Papanin", from where Bhagwati thinks he will be active between/around December 5-6th, as VU3BPZ/MM.
The daily sked which was set up (on 14180 & 14243 kHz +/- 2 kHz between 1630-1745z) did allow several EU stations, as well as NA, VK/ZL, JA and VU stations, to work this brand new "Indian Bharati Station" (WAP IND-04), located at Larsemaan Hills 69 °S, 76° E in Antarctica. Thanks to those who put spots on the Packet Cluster and made contacts with Bhagwati, encouraging him to be on even if it cut hours of sleep to his rest time.
There won't be any Ham activities from Bharati Base for the next couple of years, so those who did take advantage from this 2012 activation were lucky. On the way home, a stop is planned at the Maitri Base (WAP IND-03) where it will be possible for Bhagwati to do a short operation (2-3 days) from there as well. QSLs for VU3BPZ/P have just arrived from the printer, and the QSL Manager I1HYW, is starting immediately to answer the cards received directly. Information on the next activity by VU3BPZ will be on WAP website www.waponline.it in due course.
Novo Runway-Antarctica (WAP MNB-06)
Alex, RI1ANR, is currently active from Novo Runway (located few miles away the Novolazarevskaya Station WAP RUS-09). Since he was able to get little more free time, Alex did some checking on his antenna and other radio equipment and all is working fine now. During the evening of Nov. 26th, he made 60 QSOs. This is a very busy time for him now as there are a lot of flights bringing personnel to the base for the turn-over. Alex will be there until March 2013. QSL for RI1ANR goes via RK1PWA.
Gil, N2GG, will be active as C6AGG from Grand Bahama Island (NA-001) between now and December 13th. Activity will be holiday style on 80-10 meters using mostly SSB with some CW. QSL via N2GG.
Drew, N2RFA, will once again be active as C6ABB from Nassau, Providence Island (NA-001, WLOTA 1115) between February 10-21st (2013). Activity will be on 80/40/20/17 meters. He plans to operate on some of the Digital modes (PSK31, RTTY and possibly SSTV). QSL via his home callsign direct or LoTW and also eQSL.
EU-009. Russell, G5XW, will once again be active as GM5XW from the mainland Orkney Islands (IOSA OR01, SCOTIA OI14, WLOTA 1652) between December 7-11th. QSL via G5XW, direct only (QRZ.com).
SA-049. Members of the Ushuaia Radio Club are planning a DXpedition to Redonda Island sometime in February 2013. Callsign is expected to be LU8XW/X. More details will be forthcoming.
KH6BZF PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (December 3-9th)
Dec/03rd H Dec/06th AN Dec/08th AN Dec/04th LN Dec/07th AN Dec/09th AN Dec/05th LN-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=6-9 100-400ISWL CALLSIGNS (For December)
The following ISWL club callsigns will be used throughout the month of December:
GX4BJC/A - Operated from Bude, in Cornwall, by Mike, M0SMJ.
(/A WAB Square = SS20 - England & IOTA = EU-005 ). MX1SWL/A - Operated from Hartford, in Cambridgeshire, by Tom, G3RPV.
(/A WAB Square = TL27 - England & IOTA = EU-005 ).
ALL QSLs will be handled by Herbie, G6XOU, and NOT the individual operator. The I.S.W.L. is a member of the European PSK Club. All QSL info is on
Berkin, TA3J, will be active as ON/TA3J from various locations in Belgium between December 7-11th. Activity will be on 160-2 meters using SSB and FM. QSL via his home callsign; Bureau is preferred.
Tom, K8CX, will be active as P40CX from Aruba between December 3-10th. Activity will be on all bands, but he will also enter the ARRL 10 Meter Contest (December 8-9th), and is leaning towards (but is not sure) as a Single-Op/Mix-Mode/High-Power entry. QSL via K8CX.
PT0S, ST. PETER AND ST. PAUL ROCKS (Update)
It was reported on the PT0S Web page,
"The PT0S team has landed in Natal the afternoon of Nov. 26th, after a 3 day long sea voyage on the not-too-comfortable fishing vessel Transmar II. Everybody is safe and well. We are now catching up on food and sleep. Lots of sleep." They also mentioned, "The logs of the last 20 hours of operation were uploaded. Please note that these logs do not contain corrections. (Please also note that it may take several days for LoTW to post the uploaded QSOs)."For more details, please see their Web page. Also, a summary of the PT0S expedition, written by George, AA7JV, is now available for download at: http://pt0s.com/PT0S_Summary.pdf Remember to QSL via HA7RY. The PT0S's log is available on their Web page and ClubLog at:
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (dated November 25th & December 2nd) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4J3M via DL7EDH (d) EA8/UA5C via UA5C (d) PQ125GBA via PR7AYE 4L1MA via ON4RU EE8L via EC8AFM R25MSB via RA9WJV 4L6DL via LZ1OT EG1VCV via EA1RCI SV0XCC/9 via LZ1YE 4X/UA9CTT via UA9CTT EG8AOP via EA8AP SX9S via SV9AUE 5T0SP via SP6FXY EN290L via UR9LD TA2/LZ2UW via LZ2UW 7P8D via ZS2DL G5D via G3UJE TC7X via UA4LL 8Q7AU via HB9OAU H44RK via NR6M V63EPO via JA7EPO A41OO via NI5DX HB0/HB3YDL via HB3YDL V63JX via JH1DVG A61LL/ND via EA5ZD II5TNA via IZ5JLW VK2012TDF via VK3HF A61QQ via IZ8CLM J43J via DJ5JH WP4NQR via RW6HS (d) A92IO via EI3IO (B) J79WTA via HB9MFM YD0LOU via YB0JZS AU2JCB via VU2DSI KC8RUD/KH0 via JF2SDR YU175SB via YU1KN BW/DJ3KR via DJ3KR KH0/JH1BXH via JH1BXH Z38/HA7UI via HA7UI CM2YI via EA4GJU KH7X via K2PF Z81D via OM3JW CR6T via CT1ESV LU8YE via IK2DUW ZF1A via K6AM CT3AS via DL3BK OH0V via OH6LI ZF2AH via W6VNR CT7/DJ5YQ via DJ5YQ ON85RCL via ON3AR ZM1A via ZL3CW CT9/DL7JV via DL7JV OP200HC via ON4AZD ZP9GBC via ZP5DBC CT9/UA9ONJ via UA9ONJ PF35OLM via PE1OLM ZZ100FC via PS7YL CW5W via CX6VM (d) PJ4/KU8E via K4BAI E7/OE2VEL via OE2VEL PJ5J via JA1HGY EA8/DK5AN via DK5AN PJ7TM via K2GSJ (d) direct only (B) Bureau only (L) LoTW onlyNEW QSL MANAGER. Rex, NR6M, is reportedly now the new QSL Manager for H44USMC, the special event callsign commemorating 70th anniversary since the landing by U.S. Marine Corps troops on Guadalcanal. NH8S QSL STATUS/UPDATE. OPDX was informed [edited]:
"Joe, AA4NN, our QSL Manager has processed all QSL requests from OQRS and direct mail. Envelopes and QSO labels are prepared for the QSL cards. The cards were shipped from Italy and we await their arrival. As soon as they arrive, all cards will be mailed. LOTW confirmations have been uploaded for those that have donated more than 10 USDs to the DXpedition. Remaining QSOs will be uploaded in batches starting December 1st.QSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 4Z5MU, 5B4AJC, 5C5W, 5R8IC, 5U6E, 5X1NH, 9J2CA, 9J3A, A92IO, AP2IA, BD7LMD, CO2JD, CR3A, CT9/CT1FFU, D4C, D2QV, D64K, E51M, E77DX, EA8/DL3KVR, EM1KY, FP/VA2WA, HC6EP, HH2B, HK3TY, JW0HR, NH2T, OD5ZZ, PJ2T, PJ7PT, PT0S, PZ5RA, S52OP, TI2HAS, TL0CW, UY5AR, VE8EV/P, VP2V/AA7V, XV2KK and YI1RZ QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3D2C, 3D2GC, 4S7LSG, 4S7NE, 5T5BV, 5U5U, 7O6T, AP2IA, D3AA, D64K, OA7/DF7NX, HB0/E77QJ, KH8/JA2ZL, RI1ANF, RI1FJ, T6LG, TK/DL4FF, TT8TT, XU7AFU, XX9THX, Z30U, Z81D and ZL7A QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: BD1BYV, BD1ISI, DU1UGZ, FM5CD, PP0T, RN0SRR, SP2Y, T70A, T77NC, TT8PK, UK6AC, UK7AZ, UK8AKK, XU7TZG, YI1RZ, ZM2AGY, ZP4KFX and ZS1TMJ
Thanks for all for your NH8S QSOs and financial support of the DX- pedition. It is greatly appreciated.
73 and Best DX....Joe/W8GEX and Craig/K9CT co-leaders"
Jean-Paul, F8BJI, will be active as TM101O (Tango Mike One Zero One Oscar) between now and December 15th. Activity will be on RTTY (till 250 bauds), Thor4 and Thor8. QSL via his home callsign.
Operators John/AD8J and Doug/W3NO will be active as V31NO in the ARRL 10M Contest (December 8-9th) as a Multi-Single entry. Outside the contest (before and after), they will be on all bands 160-10 meters on CW and SSB. QSL via W3NO.
A German group will be active as V5/homecall starting early December and with some operators being active until the first weeks of 2013. Look for the following stations to be active:
V5/DJ2BQ - Operator Ewald; January 4-18th; 80-10 meters using RTTY; QSL via DJ2BQ.XT, BURKINA FASO (Update to OPDX.1088)
V5/DJ2HD - Operator Mathew; December 22nd-January 12th; 160-10 meters using SSB and RTTY; QSL via DJ2HD.
V5/DL3DXX - Operator Dietmar; December 22nd-January 2nd; 160-10 meters using CW and SSB; QSL via DL3DXX.
V5/DK1CE - Operator Ulmar; December 22nd-January 2nd; 160-10 meters using CW; QSL via DH3WO.
Members of the "Italian DXpedition Team", who announced last week that their next DXpedition would be to Burkina Faso between February and March 2013 (dates are approx.), reported that they received the callsign XT1T. This will be a 15 day operation on all bands and all modes. Also mentioned are the operators who are Alfeo/ I1HJT, Silvano/I2YSB, Vinicio/IK2CIO, Angelo/IK2CKR, Marcello/IK2DIA, Stefano/IK2HKT, Gino/IK2RZP and Mac/JA3USA. The pilot station is IK7JWY, and the pilot station for the 6m band is IK0FTA. Software Management (real-time log online) will be by IH9GPI. Now available on their Web page is a survey for both bands and modes needs. The official Web site is:
Members of the "Foundation for Global Children" (FGC) will be on another DXpedition to the "Kingdom of Cambodia" (XU) to support a vocational training center for persons with disabilities, especially tragic landmine victims. The center teaches skills such as repairing radio, TV and motorcycles so that they can become an active member of society and can be self-supported.
The FGC will once again use the callsign XU1A between December 5-17th. This DXpedition will also reunite some of the 1998 XU1A operators/members. Operators mentioned are Zorro/JH1AJT (Team Leader), Jay/JA1TRC, Aki/JA4EKO, Masaru/JA5AQC, Champ/E21EIC, Kazu/JH1OGX and possibly some other operators. Activity will be on 16010 meters (hopefully 6m also) with a focus on 160/80/75 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. They plan to have three stations operating simultaneously using 2x Yagis, DP and GPs.
QSL via JH1AJT: P.O. Box 8, Oiso, Naka, Kanagawa 259-0111, Japan (or via JA Bureau). ClubLog and OQRS will be available later.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the Water Festival activities between November 27-29th in Cambodia, they may have some delays in customs to clear their equipment shipped beforehand. However, they will bring one set including antennas with them to start their operation as scheduled.
Scott, K7ZO, will once again be active as YN5ZO between December 4-10th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters, including 30/17/12m, using SSB and RTTY. He plans to be in the ARRL 10M Contest (December 8-9th) as a Single-Op/Mode-SSB/High-Power entry. Antennas are a Spiderbeam for 20-10m and a 40m dipole. QSL via K7ZO and LoTW.
ZL9, CAMPBELL ISLAND (Update)
Members of the Hellenic Amateur Radio of Association of Australia (HARAOA) are now active as ZL9HR from Campbell Island (OC-037, WFF ZLFF-019) as of 0500z, December 1st, and will operate until December 9th. The team had a bumpy ride getting to the island, but landed on November 30th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using all modes. Before going to print, it was reported on DX-World.net (on Sunday),
"The whole team have been given permission to stay overnight on the island. So far unknown if this will be a regular occurrence. Furthermore, it's come to light that four of the team were slightly injured during the voyage to the island and a Spiderbeam antenna has been lost/broken."Remember QSL via EB7DX direct, LoTW or use the OQRS for Bureau and direct requests. Also, the first set of ZL9HR logs are now available through 0331z, December 2nd, and have been posted on their Web page and ClubLog at:
Operators Hans/DL6JGN and Guenter/DL2AWG will be active as ZK3N from Nukunonu Atoll (OC-048) between April 23rd and May 8th (2013). Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. They will be using a TS590 with a Tokyo Hy-Power solid state amp; K3 with a 500 watt solid state amp; AV640 and Tripod Leg for 40-10 and GP for 80m. QSL via DL2AWG. Watch (QRZ.com) for possible updates.
ZZ100, BRAZIL (Special Event)
Look for special event station ZZ100FC from Calcanhar Lighthouse to be active between now and December 3rd. Activity is to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the construction of the light- house. Operations will be on CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via PS7YL (info on (QRZ.com)).
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