DX Bulletin No. 1116
June 17, 2013
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, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4JF, K6VVA, KH6BZF, NR6M, K8CX, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m News, ND9M, W9ILY, AT International, DK8JB & The DX News Letter, DL1SBF, DxCoffee.com, DX-World.Net, EA5RM, ES1CW, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, IK7JWX, IK8YFU, IZ7AUH, JI1PLF, Mediterraneo DX Club, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's DX-Newsdesk, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, 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, 9th-June, through Sunday, 16th-June there were 222 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5W, 5Z, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, C9, CE, 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, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, 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, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JX, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OJ0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ7, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T31, T32, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TN, TR, TT, TU, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP5, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS, ZS8
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).
4O, MONTENEGRO (Also IOTA Op!)
Operators Alex/UA3RF and Nikolay/RK3RB will be active as 4O/UA3RF and 4O/RK3RB from Montenegro between July 21st August 2nd. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB, PSK and RTTY. They also plan to be active as 4O/UA3RF/P and 4O/RK3RB/P from Sveti Nikola Island (EU-163) between July 26-28th. Look for them to be an entry in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th). QSL via their home callsigns.
The "DX-World.net" reports that Bruno, VE2FTT, is active as 5Z4/VE2FTT from a hotel room in Nairobi until June 19th. It was also mentioned that he plans to be active from time to time throughout the year when on business trips to Kenya. Bruno operates mostly SSB and uses an FT-897 with 100 watts into a screwdriver antenna. QSL via his home callsign.
Gerard, ZS6AYU, will once again be active as C91GR from Bilene between 1600z, July 19th and 0400z, July 23rd. Activity will be holiday style on CW only using a Cushcraft R7000 vertical and 200-400 watts. QSL via ZS6AYU, direct or by the Bureau.
DXPEDITIONS TOUR (Update)
Yuki, JH1NBN, is currently on a business trip to Bhutan (Thimphu, central area and eastern area) until June 19th. His activity will be limited, but will sign A52W and states [edited], "I will establish and operate small station with wire and 100w output in several cities/villages in Bhutan - mainly SSB on 40/20/17/15 meters (I will check on 3.8m through 50m) during local night time. Yuki will continue to travel to various places through September, and plans to visit the following locations (specific dates were provided):
* Micronesia - Callsigns V63AQ and V6T. He may visit [operate 1 hour] from some small islands between Pohnpei and Woleai. The islands mentioned are: Pohnpei (OC-010), Kosrae(OC-059), Chuuk (OC-011) and Woleai (OC-132).Yuki apologizes for the delay in QSLing and is replying at a very slow rate. He suggests to "Please do not re-send QSL request twice". He will add a log search to his Web page when he has time at: http://1nbn.net
* Mongolia - He is not sure if he will operate; maybe a club operation.
* Bangladesh - He may not operate due to not enough time. August was mentioned.
* Japan - He will be at the "TOKYO HAM FAIR" (booth of foreign radio league/club), August 24-25th.
* Thailand - He will not operate, but will meet with local people. September was mentioned.
* Nauru - Callsign C21BN; he will be in Nauru for about 2 weeks; operation during local night time. September was mentioned.
FS & PJ7, ST. MARTIN AND SINT MAARTEN ISLANDS
By the time you read this, Mark, N1AFG, will be active as PJ7/N1AFG from Sint Maarten (NA-105, WLOTA 0711) [Dutch Side] until June 21st. Activity will be limited depending on the weather and other vacation activities, etc. Mark suggests, "Look for me near the top of the 20 and 15 meter Phone bands." There is also a French side of the island, St. Martin (NA-105, WLOTA 0383), and if Mark gets an opportunity as he did last year, he will operate from one of the beaches on the French side using the callsign FS/N1AFG.
PLEASE NOTE: Mark states, "The best way to get a QSL card is to send me one via direct mail. Return postage is appreciated, but it is not absolutely necessary. If you have sent a QSL card to me from one of my past trips to the Caribbean and have not received one, please E-mail me, and I will rectify the situation." QSL via his QRZ.com address.
FT/T, TROMELIN (Press Release)
Seb, F5UFX, Team Leader of the "Tromelin 2014", announced the following in a press release dated June 13th [edited]:
"After many successful DXpetitions in the past, the Radio Club de Provins (F6KOP) team and the Lyon DX Gang (F6KDF) are joining together in an effort to put Tromelin back on the air in 2014. In the last months we have exchanged many documents, E-mails with the authorities and we have also met them in their office. Today, we are working all together in a very efficient way, and, even if all papers are not finalized yet, we are very confident for our project. We hope to give you some good news as soon as possible..... Best 73s, de Seb, F5UFX."HI, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Juergen, DL4SDW, will be active as DL4SDW/HI3 from the Dominican Republic (NA-096, WLOTA 2974) between June 17th and July 26th. Activity will be limited to his spare time on the HF bands, using mainly CW, but some SSB and Digital modes. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau is preferred.
HK0/S, SAN ANDRES ISLAND (Update to OPDX.1114)
Members of the "DX Friends" will activate San Andres Island (NA-033) between November 1-10th. The current list of operators mentioned are Alberto/EA1SA, Toni/EA5RM (Team Leader), Roberto/EA2RY, Manolo/EA7AJR, Jose/EA7KW, Fabrizio/IN3ZNR, Alain/F6ENO, Tony/F8ATS, Faber/HK6F, Bernard/F9IE, Roberto/HK3CW and Valery/RG8K. As of press time, no callsign has been announced. QSL via EA5RM direct (see Web page). You can use the OQRS (see Web page) for direct and Bureau cards. More details should be forthcoming. Visit their Web page at:
Look for HS4AK, the club station of the Radio Amateur Association of Khon Kaen [R.A.K.K], to be active until June 17th. A team of operators will be operating and activating this callsign to celebrate the 22th anniversary until June 17th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK. HS4AK participated in this past weekend's 2013 All Asian DX CW Contest as M/S category. QSL via E20YLM.
II8, ITALY (LH Op!)
Alex, IK8YFU, and other Calabria DX Team members will be active as II8LH on June 22nd, from the Capo Suvero Lighthouse (WAIL CL-003, ARLHS ITA-045). QSL via the Bureau to HB9FHZ (USKA Bureau). QSL via IK8YFU direct. E-QSL Authenticity is guaranteed. Also LoTW. For more info, see:
AS-006. Kazuhiko, VR2KF, will be on during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) from his home QTH on Ma Wan Island. This is a good time to work him because he is leaving Ma Wan early 2014. He is the only station on Ma Wan. Kazuhiko's plan is only to be active on 20-10 meters. QSL only direct to QRZ.comaddress.
AS-043. Operators Suehiro/JI1PLF, Mitsuo/JA1UNS,Hisashi/7N1GMK, Takeo/7L4PVR and Kazuhiko/7N4VPS will be active as homecall/1 from Hachijo Island in the JA1 South Izu Group, between October 18-21st. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via their home callsigns, direct or by the Bureau.
AS-120. Operators Stavros/5B4AFM and Philip/5B4ZN will be active as homecall/p from Agios Georgios Island between 1600z, June 22nd and 0600z, June 23rd. Activity will be on 40/30/20 meters using mostly CW and with a focus on North America. QSL via their home callsigns, by the Bureau or direct.
EU-043. Bernd, DL8AAV, will once again be active as SD1B/6 from Orust Island between June 17-29th. Activity will be holiday style on, or near the usual island and IOTA frequencies. QSL via DL8AAV, direct or by the Bureau.
EU-073. Members of the Taranto ARMI section and the 599 DX Team will once again be active as IJ7T from San Pietro Isle (IIA TA-002) between July 26-28th. Activity will be on the HF bands, 6 and 2 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. They will par- ticipate in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th). QSL via IK7WDS, direct or by the Bureau. QSL cards can also be requested via the OQRS on ClubLog. For more information and updates, visit:
EU-123. Operators Doug/GM0ELP and Simon/M0GBK to be active as MM3T from the Isle of Bute (IOSA CL02, SCOTIA CS19, WLOTA 1883) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as a Multi-Op/ All-Band/Low-Power/Mixed/DXpedition entry. QSL via eQSL only.
EU-141. Hans, LA2MOA, will be active from Vardo Island in the Finnmark County East Group during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as a Single-Op/CW-Mode/Island-DXpedition entry. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau, eQSL or LoTW.
NA-035. By the time you read this, Dan, HM2DMR, should be active as HQ8S from the Honduran Island of SWAN. Activity could last until June 25th, depending on the Honduran Navy schedule. It is suggested to "Keep an eye on the clusters". Look for CW to start then followed by SSB. There will be no InterNet on the island, so please help Dan relay any info he may have. Activity will be on 160-10 meters. For more details and updates, watch: http://hriotas.com
ADDED NOTE: Next is NA-223 Vivorillos (callsign HQ8D); July 16-20th.
NA-213. Operators Allan/KV4T, Steve/KI4GGJ, John/AJ4T, Gaston/W4CCF and Nicholas/KJ4AVG will once again be active as homecall/p from Dauphin Island (USI AL002S, Mobile County, AL) between June 19-24th. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL via the operator's home callsign.
OC-129. Tim, KC5DCT, will be active as DU6/KC5DCT from Lakawon Island on June 22nd. Activity will be QRP on the HF bands with a Elecraft KX3 using CW and SSB [until batteries go dead]. QSL via his home callsign.
Karl, LA8DW, will once again be active as JW8DW from the JW5E club station in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen Island (EU-026), between September 25th and October 3rd. Activity will probably be on 80-10 meters using CW and SSB. Not sure about RTTY and PSK31. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or via LoTW. Visit the JW8DW Web page at:
Tom's, K8CX, 2013 Dayton Photo Gallery is now up at:
ADDED NOTE: There is also a recap of this year's HamVention at:
KH6BZF PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (June 17-23rd)
Jun/17th AN Jun/20th AN-HN Jun/22nd LN-HN Jun/18th AN Jun/21st LN-BN Jun/23rd LN-HN Jun/19th 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=6-9 100-400KH8, AMERICAN SAMOA (Update to OPDX.1110/1114; Callsign Added; Samoa Op Added)
The N8A operators announced that they have also reserved the callsign W8A. Operators John/9M6XRO, Aki/ZL1GO (JE4EKO), Masahiro/JH3PRR, Kip/W6SZN and Jacky/ZL3CW (F2CW/WE3B) are to be active using the special event callsign N8A from the Turtle and Shark Lodge, Village of Vaitogi, on the southeast coast of Tutuila Island (OC-045, USI AS007S, WLOTA 4385) between November 12-22nd (not through the 27th). QSL via ZL3CW.
The call- sign N8A will be used during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 23-24th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL route was not mentioned. Four of the five operators plan to be active as 5W8A from Samoa after their activities on American Samoa between November 27th and December 2nd. Operators mentioned are 9M6XRO, W6SZN, ZL1GO and ZL3CW. QSL route also was not mentioned. For more details and updates, watch the N8A Web page at:
Rick, K6VVA, announced this past week that he has been planning to activate the rare IOTA Sarichef Island (NA-152) for years, and now it looks like it will take place between June 25-27th. He will sign K6VVA/KL7. Activity will be on 40/30/20/17 meters primarily CW, but with some SSB. QSL via N6AWD, direct or by the Bureau. For more details, especially a special messages to CW operators, visit:
Members of the Cambridge University Wireless Society will be active as OY/homecall from the Faroe Islands (EU-018) between June 17-23rd. Operators mentioned are Martin/G3ZAY, Michael/M0GXM, Will/ M0ZXA, Gavin/M1BXF and Greg/MD0IGD. Activity will be on 40-6 meters using mostly SSB. It is suggested to listen for operator's QSL instruc- tions.
QSL INFO AND NEWS
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (For June 14th) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 9A8NXC via IK3GES (d/OQRS) HF50WLA via SP2YWL SN0HS via SP5KP 9K2KCBB via 9K2RA IG9/I2ADN via I2ADN TM5BBC via F2UW A61XX via EA5ZD II5MD via IZ5JLW XR80PDI via XQ7UP E7/9A9JZ via 9A9JZ IS0/DK7ZB via DK7ZB YW5PAZ via YV5AJ F/CT1ILT via F/CT1ILT (d) LR1A via LU1AS GC4BRS via GW0ANA OL800UNICOV via OK2ILD (e) eQSL only (d) direct only (B) Bureau only (L) LoTW onlyCO2HQ & H44RK (OC-149) QSL STATUS. Rex, NR6M, reports on June 15th: "QSL cards for CO2HQ and H44RK (OC-149) were received Friday 6/14/2013. All requests received were mailed out 6/15/2013."
LOG & PICTURES POSTED. The group of Indonesian operators, who activated YE3I from Gili Ketapang, have now posted their log and pictures at:
QSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 4A1TD, 9A7A, A35JP, F8VOE, FJ/N5WR, JH4UTP, KH2L, KH6ZM, PY1PDF, RM5P, SX5KL, T88AT, US4IQ, VU7KV and XE1GRR
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3B9DX, 5U9AMO, 9N7SZ, C98RF, FH/DL7BC, JX9JKA, PJ4/SP6AXW, PJ4/SP9FIH, PJ4/SQ9CNN, SX5KL, VK9/OH1VR VK9CZ and XX9TYT
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 4W6A, 5B75FOC, 9M4SLL, 9M6XRO, 9M8Z, CY9M, ES95A...Z, ZC4VJ and ZL/GD3OOK
Luc, ON6DSL, will once again be active as SV9/ON6DSL/P from the Island of CRETE (EU-015) between August 12- 21st. Activity will be holiday style, a SOTA portable, on 40-15 meters and SSB only operations He will use a FT817ND w/5w QRP into a homemade multiband dipole. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the UBA Bureau (preferred).
Jimmy, W6JKV, will once again be active as V31IV from San Pedro (WW Loc. EK67), Belize, between June 20th and July 1st. Activity will be on 80-6 meters. He will probably focus on 6 meters CW. QSL via his home callsign.
Operators Sho/JA7HMZ (V63DX) and Masayuki/JA7ZF (V63ZF) will once again be active from Pohnpei Island (OC-010) between November 22-30th. Activity will be on all HF bands and modes. QSL via their home callsigns.
VQ9/VQ93, CHAGOS (Reminder/Update)
Just a reminder that Jim, ND9M/VQ9JC, will once again be active with a special prefix, this time as VQ93JC from Diego Garcia between June 22nd and July 7th. He usually activates an unique/special prefix each year (last year it was VQ92JC). Jim informs OPDX on his current operating conditions:
"The rig (FT-857D) that I use normally for working from the island crapped out on me about half way through the VQ975FOC operation. I thought I was done for until I remembered that I'd rescued an Icom IC-760 from the ham shack when the Navy shut it down.The IC-760 had been donated by a former VQ9 years ago and did not belong to the Navy, so I snagged it. But there was no way I was going to lug that thing back and forth to the island every day just for a little operating, so I set up on the ship and operated from the Lagoon. I was still using dipoles, but now they were 110 feet above the waterline (and 40,000 tons of metal!) instead of just 30 feet above the ground.Just a reminder, when Jim states he is still operating, it is Field Day style from a recreational park using 100 watts to a dipole at a height of 10 meters because the VQ9 club station has been shut down. Jim reports that he has to set up the station each time and then break it down each day which further limits his operating time typically to 1230-1615z on most days. Sometimes he is on Fridays starting as early as 0830Z. QSL via ND9M.
Better still, the IC-760 and dipoles kept me on the air for the duration of the celebration. Overall, I made 3400 contacts as VQ975FOC. The first 1200 QSOs were from the island; the other 2200 on the ship. Of course, the QSOs made from the ship will not count for DXCC, and my QSL will be marked accordingly, but the spirit of this particular special callsign was to get the FOC callsign 'out there' to give extra points toward the FOC75 award which does not require contacts to be made with land-based stations.
When my FT-857D died, my XYL Cori (KK4CGA) shipped out my back up rig, a Yaesu FT-897D, it didn't arrive until after the special callsign expired, but it's here now, and I'm active from the island again. I'm still getting my radio teeth kicked in since I'm running barefoot into a low dipole, but VQ9 is back on the air! I'll continue operating from the ship and may put up a 6M dipole to use with my FT-857D for a beacon. I'll be here until about July 10th, which would bring me back in mid November."
Members from the Spanish Aitana DX Group (ADXG) will be active from Octavio, YN2N, radio shack in Nicaragua between October 1-16th. Callsign will be announced soon. Operators mentioned are Javi/ EA5KM (CW), Fer/EA5FX (CW), Eugen/EA5HPX (CW), Fran/EA7FTR (SSB/RTTY), Jose/EA1ACP (SSB/RTTY) and Carlos/EA1DVY (SSB/RTTY). Pilot station named is Ismael/EA1AZ. Activity will be on 160-6 meters. Suggested frequencies are:
CW - 1821, 3521, 7021, 10121, 14021, 18081, 21021, 24901 and 28021 kHz
SSB - 1840, 3795, 7185, 14250, 18145, 21295, 24965 and 28495 kHz
RTTY - 3580, 7035, 10145, 14080, 18105, 21080, 24925 and 28080 kHz
6m - 50101/CW and 50145/SSB
QSL via EB7DX, direct or by the Bureau. An OQRS will be available for direct and Bureau QSLs. All QSOs will be confirmed via LoTW. For more details and updates, visit:
It was announced that the 4M5DX Group is planning a DXpedition to Aves Island (NA-020) sometime between November 1st, 2013, and February 28th, 2014. Callsign mentioned is YW0A. It is suggested to watch the following media Web pages at: DXpedition's Web page - http://www.avesisland.info (under construction) 4M5DX Group's Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/4M5DX 4M5DX Group's Twitter page - https://twitter.com/4m5dxgroup
ZB54, GIBRALTAR (Special Event)
Ernest, ZB2FK, is now active as ZB54FK until June 27th. Activity is because the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has accepted Gibraltar as its 54th member. QSL via ZB2FK, direct only.
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