DX Bulletin No. 1139
December 2, 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, W3PV, N4AA & QRZ DX, WA4DAN, K5GS, K8GI, K8ND, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m News, AA9A, W9ILY, KF0RQ, 9A2AA, AT International, DK8JB & The DX News Letter, DL1SBF, DxCoffee.com, DX-World.Net, ES1CW, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, OH2BH, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's DX-Newsdesk, PY2SEX/DL1NX, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, SP3IPB, VA3RJ & ICPO, the VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) and VK2HV for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 24th-November, through Sunday, 1st-December there were 239 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3D2/r, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E5/s, E6, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FH, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FS, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH8, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T30, T32, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TN, TR, TT, TU, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VR, VU, VU7, XE, XT, XU, XX9, XZ, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZL, ZL7, 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).
Members of the Monaco Ham Radio Society (ARM) will celebrate their 60th anniversary by signing 3A60ARM between now and December 31st. Activity will be on all bands and modes. QSL via the Bureau (preferred). A special QSL card to confirm all contacts will be sent after March 2014 via bureau. For QSLs direct (SAE + 2 US dollars, NO IRC ending 31 December 2013). NO eQSL, NO LoTW. Log will be posted (ASAP) on ClubLog.
Just a reminder that Robert, DL7VOA, is now active as 6V7D from Toubab Dialaw until December 7th. Activity will be mainly on CW, with some SSB, on 40-10 meters. QSL via DL7VOA. ADDED NOTE: Please be advised to only QSL this operation to DL7VOA. A Russian group used this callsign back in March of 2011.
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 will be mostly 17 meters using SSB. QSL via his home callsign.
Peter, G0KOK, is currently active as 8P9CC from Barbados until the middle of December (about two weeks). This is his annual trip there. He uses a FT897D into a dipole antenna. QSL via G0KOK.
9L, SIERRA LEONE
Ivo, 9A3A, is now active as 9L1A from Sierra Leone for at least until February, but he informs OPDX "most likely I will extend my stay until end of May 2014". Activity will be mainly CW, some SSB, on 40-10 meters with wire verticals mounted on a Spiderbeam pole, but he will try to install a 5 band Spiderbeam if Ivo can find a suitable position and mast. His rig is a K3 plus RM 300w amplifier. QSL via 9A2AA.
CARIBBEAN TOUR (Update)
As mentioned last week, Ted, SP3IPB, is once again active as VP2V/SP3IPB from British Virgin Islands (NA-023) and is travelling with his wife Agnieszka, SQ3WN, on a yacht for the next three weeks. He informs OPDX that his VP2V/SP3IPB is good for the next 3 years and has rented a Bitter End Saba Rock Virgin Gorda bungalow. Activity will be on 40/30/20 meters using CW and SSB. He is using a TS-50 into fishing rod GP wire antennas. He also tells OPDX that he will be back on Montserrat about January 15th, and active as VP2MTK. QSL via his home callsign.
EA8, CANARY ISLANDS
Christophe, ON6ZQ, is now active as EA8/ON6ZQ/p from Isla de Gran Canaria (AF-004, DIE S-005, WLOTA 0969, WWFF EAFF-078) until December 7th. Activity will be holiday style on all the HF bands, depending on the propagation. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. Visit his Web site at:
Jim, F5MCC, will be active as FM/F5MCC from Martinique Island (NA-107, DIFO FM-001, WLOTA 1041, DDFM 97) between December 3-21st. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via the Bureau to his home callsign. Jim will also activate 4 lighthouses on the island.
FR, REUNION ISLAND
Mike, F5PLC, is currently active as FR/F5PLC from Reunion Island. The length of his stay is not known. Activity will be on the HF bands using a KX1 with 7m vertical on a fishing-rod. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the REF Bureau.
FS, ST. MARTIN (Early Announcement)
John, K9EL, will once again activate FS/K9EL from St. Martin (NA-105, DIFO FS-001, WLOTA 0383, WW Loc. FK88) between June 8-27th (2014). Activity is usually on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and possibly RTTY. Daily uploads to ClubLog and LoTW are planned. QSL via his home callsign.
FT5Z, AMSTERDAM ISLAND (Update/Press Release
Our Equipment Has Arrived In New Zealand):
Col, MM0NDX, posted on the FT5ZM Web page (November 26th) [edited]:
"Our sea container loaded with our pallets of equipment has arrived in New Zealand. The container had been unloaded and its contents placed in a bonded customs warehouse. It is ready for transportation by truck to the port of Tauranga.The Braveheart will return from a mission to Raoul Island on December 6th, and be prepared to load our cargo shortly thereafter. Between December 9th and 14th the ship will be provisioned, undergo routine maintenance, and a main engine oil change. The Braveheart staff will fill our shopping list and put all dry provisions aboard the vessel.IOTA NEWS
The ship’s crew will have been at sea or working for a long time, so they will take a vacation during the week of the 15th to the 21st. On December 23rd the Braveheart will take on fuel. On the 24th fresh produce (eggs, milk, fruits, vegetables) will be put aboard. The crew will spend Christmas day with their families.
On December 26th, at 1400 the Braveheart will depart Tauranga via New Zealand's North Cape, cross the Tasman Sea south of Tasmania, cross the Great Australian Bight past Albany, and then sail north up the western coast of Australia to Fremantle. This is a 3440 nautical mile voyage that will take 17 days.
The Braveheart is scheduled to enter the port of Fremantle on Monday, January 13th. The vessel will take on fuel and provisions on January 14th. She will clear customs and depart for Amsterdam Island on January 15th with our 14 team members and lots of radio equipment aboard."
OC-033. Freddy, F5IRO, will be active as FK8RO/P from Ouvea Island between December 9-13th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters, mainly CW and and some PSK, with a Elecraft K3 and dipoles and long wire antennas. QSL via F5IRO. Look for details to be posted on QRZ.com and Freddy's Blog page at:
ISWL CALLSIGNS (For December)
The following ISWL club callsigns will be used throughout the month of December 2013:
GX4BJC/A - Operated from Near Bude in Cornwall, by Mike, M0SMJ. (/A WAB Square SS20 - England, and IOTA EU-005).
MX1SWL/A - Operated from Walton on the Naze, in Essex, by Herbie, G6XOU. (/A WAB Square TM22 - England; IOTA EU-005 and WLOTA LH-1841).
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
J6, ST. LUCIA
By the time you read this, the 5th St. Lucia Buddies in the Caribbean Suitcase DXpedition should be active until December 9th. Eight operators will be operating from Chateau Devaux on the NE side of St. Lucia.
This 'Suitcase DXpedition' will operate QRP to 100-watt radio stations using backpackable Buddipole antennas to make contacts from the villa, the surrounding mountains, and (of course) from St. Lucia's superb beaches. The eight operators are Jerry/N9AW, Craig/NM4T, John/W5EXJ, Joe/K3JDB, Rick/AA4W, Jim/W4QO, Chris/W6HFP, and Budd/W3FF (J68FF). The operators will sign with their own callsign with 'J6/'.
With several stations on the air, operations will be on CW, SSB, and/or Digital Modes on 160-10 meters from the villa while others make contacts with portable set-ups from other J6 locations. QSO confirmation and QSLs will be available via LoTW, Bureau or direct via information on each operator's QRZ.com page.
JD1, MINAMI TORISHIMA
Take, JG8NQJ, will once again be active as JG8NQJ/JD1 from Marcus Island in the Minami Torishima (OC-073, JCG 10007) group between December 16th and March 18th (2014). He is usually there to work on the island's weather station. Activity will be limited to his spare time. He will be mainly on 17 meters but also on 15/12/10 meters CW. QSL via JA8CJY, by the Bureau or direct to: Susumu 'Sin' Sanada, 5-17, 5-4, Shin-Ei, Toyohira, Sapporo 004, Japan. Online log is available at:
Alex, PY2SEX/DL1NX, informs OPDX that he expects to be active from Svalbard (EU-026) during Christmas (December 24-25th) for only two days, but will be there for 7 days. Activity will be on all HF bands, as well as 6 meters, using mainly CW, but with some SSB. It sounds like he will spend a lot of time of the lower bands because now in Svalbard there is no daylight until the end of January. He believes that the lower bands will be easier to work and easier to make some DX, of course if no Aurora comes up. He states,
"I'm going there exactly to try to watch the Aurora,...... so if Aurora happens, no QSOs, I will be happy anyway. :) "He will try to upload his log to ClubLog and LoTW if possible, and if there is an InterNet connection. Callsign has not yet been issued, but could be JW/DL1NX (not JW/PY2SEX because Brazil does not have an agreement with Norway) or possibly a JW*** callsign. QSL via DL1NX with SAE and a valid IRC or 2 green stamps.
Erik, LA2US, will once again be active as JW2US on Bear Island (EU-027) for a 6 months period between December 2013 through May 2014. He states,
"Again, this is not a Dxpedition - I'll be on the air as time and work schedule permit. Last time I worked 80% SSB - this time I'll mostly work CW. Contact confirmation will be uploaded to eQSL and LoTW. QSL via Bureau will be answered after June 2014."Equipment is a FTDX5000MP into a Carolina Windom 80-10m antenna.
Jeff, K8ND, was once again active from Curacao Island (SA-099, WLOTA LH-0942) to activate the Signal Point Station (PJ2T) as PJ2/K8ND, this past week/weekend, but will be leaving early Monday morning, December 2nd. However, he informs OPDX that he will be returning in January for the CQWW 160M CW Contest with Jim, W8WTS. Jeff also mentioned to OPDX to look for the following stations (at PJ2T):
* Marty, PJ2/K2PLF - Will be there until Thursday, December 5th. He has been on all sort of bands on CW, and is trying to get RTTY set up.PJ7, SINT MAARTEN
* Mike, PJ2/VE7ACY (also RW0CN) - Will be there until Tuesday, December 3rd. He has been on all bands, on CW (mostly) and SSB.
* A "fresh crew" will operate the ARRL 10 Meter Contest during the weekend of December 14-15th. Operators Mark/N5OT, Dave/W6DR, Yin/N9YS, Mike/ NT6X and Geoff/W0CG will mostly arrive on December 11th. While Anders, SM4KYN, will be arriving December 15th.
Tom, AA9A, will once again be active as PJ7AA from Sint Maarten (NA-105) between February 22nd and March 16th (2014). He informs OPDX that this is his yearly trip to Simpson Bay, and his activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW and SSB. Tom mentions, "I may be able to spend a few hours in the ARRL SSB Contest (March 2-3rd) like last year. We have family there that week and have time planned with them so contest time is very limited." Operations will be with 100 watts with a K3 and Buddipole. QSL via AA9A or LoTW.
PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (December 2-8th)
Dec/02nd AN Dec/05th AN Dec/07th AN Dec/03rd AN Dec/06th HN Dec/08th HN Dec/04th 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=6-9 100-400QSL INFO AND NEWS
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (December 1st) -------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3D2FW via RZ3FW FG4NN via NI5DX R200SB via RN4ABD (B) 5B4ALB via RT9T (d) HB0/DF4SA via DF4SA RJ110RAEM via RT2Y 5W8A via YT1AD HC1WDT via N0AT S21B via KX7YT 9Y4/VE3EY via VE3EY HD2T via VE3DZ SN7Q via SP7GIQ A65BP via UA6MF HI3RST/KP4 via HI3RST; T40BS via CO2WL AE2W via YT6W (d-US address/HI-B) TA4/DL2DXA via DL2DXA B7M via BG7LHY HS0ZEF via OE2ASL TA4/LA9DAA via LA9DAA CR3E via W3HNK HS0ZJF/9 via ON4AFU TM2Y via F6BEE EA6/DK9TN via DK9TN IR8IDXC via IK8WEJ V47T via W2RQ EA6/DL6RAI via DL6RAI IZ2MIL via IW2ODY (B) V63ZF via JA7ZF EA8/G7COD via G7COD K2QXI/KH0 via JJ2QXI VK0JJJ via K7CO ED1BP via EA1BP KH0/JH1BXH via JH1BXH VP2V/SP3IPB via SP3IPB ED5URR via EA5URR KH2X via EA5GL XV2YLK via JQ1YLK EF5R via EA5BWR OE8Q via OE8SKQ (d/L) YR8D via YO8KRR EG7NVG via EA7URI OL9Z via OK2PVF YS1/HB9KNA via HB9KNA EI/W5GN via W5GN PJ2/W8WTS via W8WTS ZD8M via G0CKV EO110RAEM via US5IQ R1980L via RX1CQ ZS6TQ via K3IRV (e) eQSL only (d) direct only (B) Bureau only (L) LoTW onlyCY0P QSL CARD STATUS. Murray, WA4DAN, reports: "The CY0P QSL cards have arrived and Gary, VE1RGB, reports that the QSL process has begun. Please be patient as we have received thousands of requests to date. The CY0P cards will be worth the wait. There are eight (8) different, full-color photo cards that really capture the essence of Sable Island. Rick, AI5P, did an outstanding job with his professional photography techniques that made these beautiful cards possible."
HL1ZCF QSLS. Ron, W3PV, reports: "I have just concluded my operation from Seoul as HL1ZCF and QSLs may be sent direct to my W3PV address (PO Box 3003, Boynton Beach, FL 33424), by the Bureau, via LoTW or eQSL.
IRC NEWS (UK). The UK Post office has confirmed that IRCs will not be sold in the UK. However, they are under an international obligation to redeem an IRC, provided that it is in date and stamped in the correct position by the issuing Country.
IRC NEWS (World). Just a reminder that time is running out to redeem your Nairobi model IRCs because they will expire on December 31st.
K2QXI/KH0 via JJ2QXI. Mack, JJ2QXI/K2QXI, states, "I will accept SASE/SAE + sufficient postage/IRC/GSs, via the Bureau and via E-mail. For details, please see K2QXI on the QRZ.com."
QSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 3DA0ET, 6W2SC, 7K1CPT, BG8UPA, C31BO, C6AUM, CE7PGO, DK1MAX, DK6IM, DM5BB, EA1GHA, F5FLU, FS/K9EL, G0HDB, G3UAS, G7SSE, HA5VZ, HB9ACA, HP1IBF, HR2DMR, HZ1PS, J5UAP, J79WI, JA1SKE, JA8COE, JE1HRC, JE4CIL, JH0INP, JM1XCW, JN3SAC, KL7RA, LU4ECN, OD5PY, PA1BR, PY2PRB, PY2TIM, PY4OY, R6JY, SP6NVN, SQ3JPA, UD3T, UR1MI, UX3IW, V31MA, VA7ST, VE4DXR, VE7ON, SE2K, YE5R, YO5NY and YR1A
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 6V7Q, 9X0ZM, E6AK, E6AY, E51AAR, ER5LL, K4YT/3B9, SV5PFC, T01A, TI5W, TM0SM, UK8ZC, Z21DXI and ZS8C
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 3B7C, 3DA0PW, 5X1NH, 8Q7UY, 9H3XV, 9M2CNC, CT3/DF8AA, CT3FT, EA9/EC7DZZ, ES9BLJ, EA9BO, EA9CD, EA9PD, EA9PY, FM/KL7WA, KP2ZZ, P29NI, S79K, SV5/DL7YS, T32C, TF/M0BLF, TK/DL1RTL, TO7A, VK9X/G6AY, ZD8RH and ZQ2EO
T32, EAST KIRIBATI (Reminder)
Tim, NL8F, is currently active as T32TM from Christmas Island (OC-024) until December 4th. After the 4th, a team of operators will join Tim, and the group will then use the callsign T32RC until December 11th. Activity is to celebrate the 12th anniversary of the Russian Robinson Club. Look for operations to be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. The T32RC team plans to be in the ARRL 160 Meter Contest (December 6-8th). QSL via ClubLog's OQRS (preferred) or LoTW (6 months after operation). Also QSL via N7RO, direct or by the Bureau. No eQSL. QSL T32TN via K8NA, direct or by the Bureau. For more details and updates, visit:
Operators Uwe/DL9NDS and Ewald/DJ2BQ will once again be active as V5/homecall from Namibia between Janaury 2-18th. Activity will probably be on all bands 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY, but with a focus on 160/80/40m and RTTY. QSL via their home callsign (see QRZ.com).
Haru, JA1XGI will once again be active as V63XG from Weno Island, Chuuk Islands (OC-011), between December 4-12th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters, including the 30/17/12m, using CW, SSB and RTTY. His operation will be focused on Europe on the lower bands (160/80m). He also plans to be in the ARRL 160 Meter Contest (December 6-8th). QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. An OQRS will be available on ClubLog. For more details and updates, visit his Web page or Blog at:
Team Mellish 2014 sent out a press release (#4) on November 30th. Excerpts from the release state, "Many activities are underway as planning continues for the Mellish Reef DXpedition scheduled for March 28, 2014, to April 9, 2014.
" The team is happy to announce that Mike Shapiro, WA6O, joined the team. Mike, originally from Moscow, Russia, has lived in the USA for the past 22 years. First licensed as UA3AIW, he operated mostly from UK3ABF, UK3ACL, and other club stations in Moscow. In 1998, he received AD6GY and WA6O in 1999. He's a member of Northern California Contest Club, and 40m captain in N6RO contest team.Also, joining the Pilot Team as the South American pilot Luciano Sampaio De Souza, PT7WA. Luciano entered ham radio in 1966, his first call was PY7VNY, and in 1977 he received PT7WA. He operates CW/SSB and has worked all but one DXCC entity on CW, the elusive P5. Luciano is also an IOTA enthusiast having over 975 islands confirmed. He is also the QSL Manager for several DXpeditions.VP5, TURKS AND CAICOS
Many have asked, including the ARRL and most all major sponsors: "Do you have landing permission?" They have written approval to land on Mellish Reef from the Australian government. In July, they contacted the appropriate agency and asked for permission to use the reef. After about 5 weeks, and a few rounds of "Questions and Answers", the agency concluded (in writing) that they do not need a permit.
Signing on as a corporate sponsor is FoldingAntennas.Com whose "folding (hex) beam antenna" will join their antenna lineup. They are also happy to have both Elecraft and SteppIR as corporate sponsors.
They mention that they began actively raising funds in October. The team is honored to have received significant recognition from: The Northern California DX Foundation (NCDXF), Oceania DX Group Australia (ODXG), International DX Association (INDEXA), The Mediterraneo DX Association (MDXA), The Carolina DX Association (CDXA), Chiltern DX Association (CDXA), The German DX Foundation (GDXF), The European DX Foundation (EUDXF), The Lone Star DX Association (LSDXA), Southwest Ohio DX Association (SODXA), Northern California DX Club (NCDXC), and other organizations. They also began receiving assistance from individual DXers. With a total budget of 127,000(USDs), they certainly appreciate the recognition and look forward to hear from interested DXers, especially those that need Mellish Reef for an "All Time New One".
Donations are welcomed through the Web site vk9mt.com or by check / money order in US dollars to: Mellish Reef 2014 DX-pedition, Gene Spinelli, Treasurer, PO Box 189, Divide, CO, USA 80814.
For their friends outside the USA please use PayPal or E-mail for wire transfer instructions at: email@example.com
Also, for additional information about the DXpedition, please send E-mail to the above address.
The complete text of press release #4 will not be on their Web page until on or about December 8th, because their Webmaster is on holiday and does not have Internet access.
Steve, VE3OC, will be active as VP5/VE3OC from the Island of Providenciales (NA-002) between December 19-26th. Activity will be limited (between scuba dives) and holiday style. His equipment consists of an Icom IC-7000, Buddiepole antenna, Lithium-Ion battery for portable use on the beach and cliff sides. He will try his best to load log via eQSL. NO QSLs via the Bureau. If you would like an actual QSL card, please QSL direct via VE3OC (address on QRZ.com) with 5 USDs to cover postage and printing.
VU7, LAKSHADWEEP ISLANDS (Update)
Operators active as VU7AG from Agatti Island (AS-011) will continue until December 10th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. Remember, another callsign has been issued for demonstration purposes on Kavaratti Island VU7KA. This would be used only briefly when team members make presentations to the local administration in Kavaratti and educate them on amateur radio. QSL Manager is Krish, W4VKU, direct or by the Bureau (see details on the Web page). An Online QSL Request System (OQRS) will be available for all your QSL requests. OQRS will be enabled soon after the DXpedition. For Logbook of The World (LoTW): QSOs would be uploaded to LoTW in approximately 6 months time. The VU7AG Web page, with QSL details and frequencies is available at:
John, KF0RQ, will once again be active as XU7ACQ from Phnom Penh between February 25th and March 21st. Activity will be holiday style (he is there to visit his daughter and family) on 40-10 meters using SSB and the Digital modes (RTTY/PSK31). He informs OPDX that he will be using a broadband 5 band Hex beam at 35 feet for 20-10 meters and a trapped vertical for 40m. John is still looking for South Dakota and Delaware QSOs for his WAS from XU. QSL via KF0RQ. Online log search is available at ClubLog.
Just a reminder that Mats, SM6LRR (RM2D), is now active as XV2LRR from Phan Tiet until December 14th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-10 meters using CW and SSB. He will use a TS-590s with 100w into a vertical (40/30/15m) and Inverted Vee dipoles (20/17/12/10m). QSL is via LoTW only (possibly some cards may be printed at a future date).
Scott, K7ZO, will once again be active as YN5ZO between December 11-18th. Activity will be on 20-10 meters, using SSB and possibly RTTY. He plans to be in the ARRL 10M Contest (December 14-15th) as a Single-Op/Mode-SSB/High-Power entry. Antenna is a Spiderbeam for 20-10m. QSL via K7ZO and LoTW.
Z8, SOUTH SUDAN (Press Release from Juba, dated November 25th)
Martti, OH2BH, writes [edited]:
"LIFE IS GOOD IN SOUTH SUDAN AFTER CONTEST WEEKEND -- Now that the CQWW CW contest is over, life is getting back to normal in this African Republic. The two local hosts, Z81B and Z81D, have embarked on trips abroad, leaving the Missionary team in charge of wrapping up their duties before heading home tomorrow Tuesday.As a thunderstorm hit the area yesterday at dawn, there went their beverages for the night. The wires were running outside the guarded area and thus there was no way to repair them last night. Apologies for last night with no RX antennas and with high atmospheric noise which left many calling in vain... So, with a fresh mind the team has now repaired the western beverage and will reappear tonight still with three stations - 160, 80 and 30M.ZD8, ASCENSION ISLAND (AF-003)
The contest effort on four bands resulted in 9000 QSOs. Kindly follow the individual QRZ.com sites for Z81R and Z81Z for further QSLing instruc- tions. The plan is to have ClubLog updated before 0000 UTC tonight.
The team is healthy and in high spirits but also looking forward to returning home for a reunion with their dear ones ahead of a well deserved Christmas Season.
The team will depart tomorrow at 1500 UTC flying to Nairobi, Kenya, and back to Europe. Diya, Z81D, is left with an 80M vertical plus a new FTdx3000 and Acom 1000 to boost his activity on all bands but specifically on 80M. DX will be plentiful from South Sudan."
Five members of the Cambridge University Wireless Society will be active as ZD8UW from Green Mountain on Ascension Island between December 2-6th. Activity will be on the HF bands, 40-10 meters including the 30/17/12 using CW and SSB. Operators mentioned are: Terry/G3VFC, Martin/G3ZAY, Dominic/M0BLF, Robert/M0VFC and Gavin/M1BXF. They will be operating with Elecraft K3s. They won’t have internet access at the QTH, but logs should be uploaded roughly daily to Clublog. The logs will also go on LoTW once they return home, but they can't apply for the LoTW certificate in advance as they won't be collecting their radio licence until they get to Ascension. QSL will be via M0OXO. For updates, watch:
Operators Adam/ZS7V and Philip/ZS7PHM are now at the South African National Antarctic Exploration (Sanae) IV Base Antarctica (AN-016, WAP ZAF-03) until the end of February 2014. Activity will be on the HF bands. Watch 15 and 20 meters. QSL via ZS1HF. For updates, watch the WAP Web Page at:
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