DX Bulletin No. 1152
March 3, 2014
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, K3SWZ, N3BNA, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, N7OU, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m News, NK0S, AT International, DK8JB & The DX News Letter, DL1SBF, DxCoffee.com, DX-World.Net, EA4GHB, ES1CW, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, HP1AC, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, IK5RUN, OE1WHC, OH2BH, 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.
EDITOR'S SPECIAL NOTICE
This week's bulletin was sent out earlier than normal to accommodate the late ARRL DX SSB Contest announcements. Also, we wanted to provide the readers with a consolidated listing of the ARRL DX SSB Contest participants.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Friday, 21st-February, through Friday, 28th-February there were 239 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3C0, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CE00Y, 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, F, FG, FH, FK, FM, FO, FR, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J5, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KG4, KH2, KH6, KH8, KH9, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ5, PJ7, PY, PZ, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T2, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TN, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2M, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP8/h, VP8/s, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD8, ZD9, 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".
SWL Ashraf "Ash", 3V4-002 (KF5EYY), and members of the National Engineering School of Gabès RC will be active as 3V8BB from the "Institute Superieur de L'Animation Pour la Jeunesse et la Culture" station in Tunis, during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 1-2nd) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via LoTW or to LX1NO. Read about Ashraf on the following Web page at:
Sigi, DL7DF, will lead a team of operators to activate Sri Lanka (AS-003) between March 10-23rd. Operators mentioned are Manfred/DK1BT, Csaba/DH7KU, Tom/DJ6TF, Manfred/DK1BT, Georg/DK7LX, Wolf/DL4WK, Sigi/DL7DF, Juergen/DL7UFN, Frank/DL7UFR, Jan/SP3CYY and Leszek/SP3DOI. Pilot station for this DXpedition is Bernd, DF3CB. A callsign has not yet been announced (possibly 4S7DFG, 4S7FRG and 4S7LXG). Activity will be on 160-6 meters using several stations operating CW and SSB. One station will be exclusively dedicated to RTTY, PSK31 and SSTV. Equipment will consist of 4 transceivers (3 x K2, 1 x FT857D), 2 x 18 m lowband vertical, a delta-loop vertical for 40m, a delta-loop vertical for 30m, 2 spiderbeam for 20/17/15/12/10m, a 5 element yagi for 6m and some beverage antennas. QSL via DL7DF, direct or by the Bureau. They will upload the full logs of the DXpedition to LoTW within 6 months after the DXpedition. For more details and updates, visit:
Arne, OH2NNE, is once again active as 5H2DK from from Sanya Juu until March 23rd. He states that he will use the "same setup as last time. Hope for less QRN on 40m. If so, I will also try to be QRV on 80m." Activty will then be on 80-10 meters on SSB only. Suggested frequencies are: 3790, 7120, 14250, 18150, 21250, 24950 and 28450 kHz. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct. Log will be uploaded to ClubLog, LoTW and his Web page. For more details and updates, see:
Alex, DD5ZZ, is now active as 8P9BZ from Dover Beach until March 13th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-10 meters using mainly the Digital modes with an an IC-7000 and a MP1 mobile antenna. QSL via DD5ZZ, by the DARC QSL Bureau or direct.
Members of the Amateur Radio Taipei (ART) will be active from BU2AQ's QTH as BP0P during the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th) as a Multi-2 entry. Operators mentioned are: Tang/BM2AAV, Zhang/BV1ED, Eddie/BV2DD, Evan/BV2KS, Lee/BV2NT and Lee/BX2AB. QSL via BP0P. The team will be active between March 28-30th, on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL also OK via ART QSL Service.
Gerard, ZS6AYU, will once again be active as C91GR from Bilene between March 16-19th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-10 meters, usually CW only, using a Cushcraft R7000 vertical and 350 watts. QSL via ZS6AYU, direct or by the Bureau.
Mike, DF8AN, will once again be active from the Caribbean. Activity will be during most of April. His scheduled operations and callsigns are as follows:
Antigua - V26MN between April 15-16th; IOTA NA-015; WW. Grid FK97If like last time, look for him to be on all HF bands, 160-6 meters. He operates mainly on CW using 100 watts using an Alinco DX70 into a long wire and dipole antennas. QSL via DF8AN, direct or by the QSL Bureau.
Montserrat - VP2MMN between April 16-24th; IOTA NA-103; WW. Grid FK86
St. Kitts - V4/DF8AN between April 24-25th; IOTA NA-104 WW. Grid FK 87
Nevis - V4/DF8AN between April 25-29th; IOTA NA-104 WW. Grid FK 87
ADDED NOTE FROM DF8AN (last operation): Mike informs OPDX readers [edited], "If anyone hears me on a frequency, and if anyone needs me on another frequency or mode, you can contact me via SMS (text message) on this cellular P H O N E N O.: +491716232751 But please, no telephone calls. I will not answer any telephone call.
If anyone wants a sked: send me a SMS with callsign and QRG and mode, and I will QSY if possible. But please accept that I am not on the air 24/7 around the clock. If you hear me (for example on 14 CW) and need me (for example on 18 SSB), send me SMS like this example: DL1ABC 18165. I will QSY as soon as possible to that new frequency. Please only short SMS. I have NO internet at my location and can NOT check my E-mails.
I work only CW and SSB all bands include 6m. And PSE accept, that I am not there for amateur radio as a main reason. I work for the Civil Aviation Office and for that reason, I have to work some hours/day, hi... But if anyone hears me and needs me on another band - let me know."
CR2/CQ8, AZORES ISLAND (NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN)
The team of Martti/OH2BH, Juha/OH8NC and Jaakko/OH8NJ will activate 80m, 15m and 10m monobands using following callsigns: CQ8X, CR2A and CR2X. All QSLs are via OH2BH.
Jean-Marc, F5SGI, will be active as CT9/F5SGI from the Madeira Islands between April 5-12th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using mostly CW. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct.
Members of the "Radiogrupo Sur" (Southern Radio Group), celebrating their 30th anniversary of the club, will be active as CV3D during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 1-2nd) as a Mutli-Single entry. Operators mentioned are Gonzalo/CX1CAK, Daniel/CX1FU, Lupo/CX2ABC and Jorge/CX6DAP. QSL direct via CX2ABC.
DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME (DST)
Remember to change your clocks next weekend. Countries in the Northern Hemisphere (most of N. American and some of the Caribbean) who observe Daylight Saving Time, should change their clocks on Sunday, March 9th at 2:00 AM, and should move their "local clocks" forward 1 hour to 3:00:00 AM local time. Daylight Saving Time will end on Sunday, November 2nd at 2:00 AM. European countries will switch to DST on March 30th. For the history and details about DST, as well as an interesting map of the world (showing the countries who observe DST), see:
EF8, CANARY ISLANDS
Juan, EA8RM (ex-EA8CAC), will be active as EF8R during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 1-2nd) as a Single-Op/All-Band/ Low-Power entry. QSL via LoTW or EB7DX.
Gil, FM5FJ, from Le Marin will be active during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 1-2nd) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m) entry. QSL via KU9C.
You can read a French article about FT5ZM on the official web site of the TAAF (Terres Australes et Antarctiques Françaises) at:
Didier, FY5FY, will be active as FY5KE during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 1-2nd) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (15m)/ High-Power entry. QSL via FY1FL, by the Bureau or direct.
Steve, GW4BLE, will be active as GW7X during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 1-2nd) (part-time only) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. NO QSLs, LoTW ONLY. Audio available after the contest at:
Operators Joerg/DL4HTK and Torsten/DO5AD will be active as HB0DRK and HB0YRK, respectively, between May 4-18th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB, PSK and RTTY. QSL both callsigns via DL5DRK.
Dale, N3BNA, will be returning to Haiti in November to build a 240 foot AM broadcast tower. While there in December, he will also lead a small group of amateurs to participate in the ARRL 160 Meter Contest. (This of course is dependent on the tower being built).
Operators Sal/HK1T and Mark/LU8EOT will activate the "Jumanji Contest Station" (HK1R) as HK1NA during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 1-2nd) as a Multi-? QSL via K6IPM. Visit the DXARC Web page at:
Operators Simone/IK5RUN and Danio/I5OYY will arrive in Panama on March 14th, and depart on April 2nd. They will live aboard and sail the Caribbean Sea on the Catamaran "Cush", and plan to activate two Panamanian islands (possibly more). Simone informs OPDX that they will be active as HP2/IK5RUN and HP2/I5OYY from the San Blas Province IOTA Group (NA-170, San Blas Archipelago) and the Colon-Veraguas North Province IOTA Group (NA-202). The skipper of the "Cush" is also a ham radio operator (Claudio, IZ5VTC), but is not interested in operating. Activity will be holiday style on 80-6 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. They will use a TS-480 with 200w and an IC-7000 with an amp into vertical and wire antennas. They will also have a little yagi for 6m. QSL HP2/IK5RUN via IK5RUN direct with a SASE + 3 USDS or use the ClubLog OQRS (Preferred). QSL HP2/I5OYY via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW. For more details and updates, visit:
AF-019. An international team of operators will be active as IG9Y from Lampedusa Island during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multi-Op entry. Operators mentioned currently are Gabor/HA1YA, Marco/HB9OCR, Aurelio/PC5A, Peter/PD1RP, Mark/PA5MW, Marco/PE2MC, Miran/S50O, Silvo/S50X, Hubert/S51NZ, Romeo/S52RU, Renato/S57UN and Slavc/S57DX. Activity outside the contest will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB, and RTTY, with four stations on the air. QSL via ON4LG. An OQRS will be available for direct and Bureau cards. Visit their Web page at:
NA-085. Bruce, K5TEN, will be active from Dog Island between April 13-19th. Activity will be on 40-6 meters using CW, SSB and possibly RTTY, PSK31 and JT65A. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. NO eQSL or LoTW.
NA-213. Operators Steve/KI4GGJ, Allan/KV4T, Bridget/KS4YT, Robert/AJ4T, Tre/W4CCF, Nicholas/KJ4AVG and Gramlin/KD4QZR will be active fromDauphin Island (USI AL-002S, Mobile County, AL) between June 23-30th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW and SSB. Look for operators to sign homecall/p. QSL via their home callsigns.
OC-204. (Update/Date Change) Imam, YB4IR, will be active as YB4IR/P from Enggano Island between March 12-18th (not March 23-30th, as first announced). Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via LoTW or ClubLog's OQRS.
ISWL CALLSIGNS (For March)
The following ISWL club callsigns will be used throughout the month of March 2014:
GX4BJC/A & GX4BJC/P - Operated from Walton-on-the-Naze, in Essex, by Herbie, G6XOU. (/A WAB Square TM22 - England, IOTA EU-005).
MX1SWL/A & MX1SWL/P - Operated from Clacton on Sea, in Essex, by George, G1IPU. (/A WAB Square TM11 - 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
KH8, AMERICAN SAMOA
Masahiro, JH3PRR, will be active as KH8B from Pago Pago between October 21-27th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters with a focus on 10 meters CQ ZONE 14 and 80/160m for AS/EU LP. He also plans to be in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/ High-Power entry. Equipment: K3+2K-FA 1.5kW. 10-20m HEXBEAM and 30-160m VDP. QSL via JH3PRR or LoTW (preferred). OQRS via ClubLog will also be available too.
Hutch, NK0S (HL9HP, YS9HH, HP1XHH), will be active as OA4/NK0S from the Radio Club of Peru club station between March 12-25th. Activity will be holiday style primarily on SSB, but possibly some CW and Digital. He will upload his log to LoTW after his return. QSL via his home callsign.
OE14, AUSTRIA (Special Event)
The Amateur Radio Section of ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Corporation) and the Documentary Archives Radio Communications /QSL Collection will operate, for 72 hours only, a special event station with the callsign OE14M between 0000-2400z, Friday, April 25th and Sunday, April 27th. OE14M is an official "International Marconi Day" station. Contacts made on Saturday, April 26th, are valid for the IMD Award. The IMD information is available at: http://g4usb.net/IMD/imd-2014 Bureau QSLs are via OE1WHC. Direct QSL info, see:
Operators John/W6LD, Paul/K9PG, Chad/WE9V and Mike/K9NW will be active as P40L from Pos Chiquito during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 1-2nd) as a Mutli-Op ro Multi-? entry. QSL viA WA3FRP. All P40L logs are uploaded to ClubLog and Logbook of the World. For details about the station, see:
Mar/03rd AN Mar/06th AN Mar/08th AN Mar/04th AN Mar/07th AN Mar/09th AN Mar/05th 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
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (February 28th) -------------------------------------------------------------------------- 5H2DK via OH2NNE EG7DCA via EA7URS PA/DJ1AA/M via DJ1AA AH0CO/KH2 via JH1QJU GX8HRC/A via G3SVK SM6/V63YM via SM6FJY (d) C6ANA via N5NHJ HK3/AL4Q via DJ8QP SN7D via SQ7DQX CE0/W6NV via W6NV HP3/DL7EG via DL7EG T88XH via JA0EKI CP4WHX via UA4WHX II6ANT via IW6NZY TK/IK2UJS/P via IK2UJS CW5F via ON5NT II8IDXC via IZ8EDJ V21ZG via DL7AFS CX7CO via EA5GL (d) IP2ANT via IK2QPR VP5/W0GJ via W0GJ EA8/DJ6HP via DJ6HP (d) IY7M via IZ7XNB W1AW/KG4 via W1AW EA9/DL2RNS via DL2RNS LI8XRA via LA8XRA XR2V via N7RO ED4HV via EA4HV OL8M via OK1DRQ ZL7AAA via VE7NY EE3K via EA3GHZ OS8A via ON8VK EE4EA via EA4GHB (B/L) OT6V/p via ON6VI (e) eQSL only (d) direct only (B) Bureau only (L) LoTW only
XZ1J QSL STATUS. Nao, JA1HGY , reports, "I received new information from QSL MGR. He said, 'QSL is printing now, Pse QRX.'"
YJ0 OP QRT. Operators Bill/N7OU (YJ0OU) and Rocky/NE7D (YJ0ZZ) are now QRT with over 16,000 QSOs in the log. QSL via their home callsigns. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW soon after their return to the USA in a couple days.
QSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 4U1ITU, 7Q7BP, 9A5M, CO2JD, CT3/DL5LYM, CT3DZ, FR5FC, G0DBE, GD/DL5LYM/P, HC1MD, HK1NA, IT9BLB, IT9WKU, IW9HRZ,J79SB, J79SB, JD1BHA, K8WW, KP4ROS, M0PNN, M0PNN, MD/DL5LYM, MU0FAL, N8A,P40W, RA3QK, RW6YY, SV3DCX, TF3IRA, TM100SP, TM11AAW, TO7CC, V73NS, VP9/M0VFC, W1AW/4, W1AW/6, W1AW/8, W8A, XR0ZR, YB9WZJ and ZB2/DL7VEE
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 1A0KM, 3DA0ET, 7O2A, CY0P, FW5JJ, H40T, H44G, JY9FC, T33A, VK9IR, VU7AG, XR0ZR, YB4IR/8 and YW5X
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: CU3BR, CU3EM, CU3EQ, CU3HN, K5T, YB0DJ, Z81X, ZD8O and ZD8X
S0, WESTERN SAHARA (Update)
The DX-World.net reports: "Unfortunately, due to prohibitive cost of permit for one week, and the fact it now appears local activity from Western Sahara will soon occur, Dom, 3Z9DX, has decided to cancel his plans to be QRV in mid-March." Dom also informs DX World that he will have a 'very big surprise' by the end of the year, with updates to follow in due course.
2014 UPCOMING ISLAND DXPEDITIONS (Update to OPDX.1144)
Bob, N7XR, who announced in early January that he plans to activate Diego Garcia (Chagos Islands) and Wake Island in 2014 (specific dates still not announced), posted on his Web page
Charlie, K1XX, will be active a VP2MLL during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 1-2nd) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. His length of stay is unknown. QSL via N4OX.
Operators Iain/M0PCB and Steve/M0SPF will be active as VP2MXI (CW) and VP2MZR (SSB/RTTY), respectively, from Montserrat between March 5-10th. Activity will be holiday style. Iain plans to be an entry in the RSGB Commonwealth Contest (March 8-9th). QSL via LoTW, Clublog OQRS, direct via M0PCB or by the Bureau via their home callsigns.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------- The following stations are expected to be active in the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 1-2nd, 2014) -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thanks to Bill, NG3K, for providing OPDX readers with the following consolidated listing of the participants in the 2014 ARRL DX SSB Contest. For a more detailed listing (and up-to-date changes/corrections) in HTML format, please visit Bill's Web page at: http://www.ng3k.com/Misc/adxs2014.html (By callsign) http://www.ng3k.com/Misc/adxsd2014.html (By entity) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Contest DXCC Class QSL Callsign Entity Route ------------------------------------------------------------------------ 3G1B Chile M/? HA1AG 3V8BB Tunisia M/S LoTW; QSL via LX1NO 8P5A Barbados SOAB HP LoTW; QSL via NN1N C6ANA Bahamas N5NHJ C6AZZ Bahamas KQ8Z CN2AA Morocco M/2 LoTW; QSL via UA2FM CV3D Uruguay M/S CX2ABC EF8R Canary Islands SOAB LP LoTW; QSL via EB7DX FM5FJ Martinique SOSB 20M KU9C FY5FY French Guiana SOSB 15M FY5FY GW7X Wales SOAB LoTW HI3K Dominican Republic M/S KB2MS HK1NA Colombia M/? K6IPM IO5O Italy M/S LoTW J7Y Dominica K1LI KH2/N2NL Guam SOAB HP LoTW; QSL via W2YC LU8YE Argentina M/2 IK2DUW LX7I Luxembourg SOAB LX2A NP2P U.S. Virgin Islands SOAB LoTW OH5Z Finland M/2 LoTW P40L Aruba M/? WA3FRP P40P Aruba SOAB HP LoTW PJ2T Curacao M/S W3HNK PJ6A Saba & St. Eustatius M/S N4NX RG22RQ Russia (Europe) M/2 RN3RQ RT0F Russia (Asia) M/? LoTW TF/KT1K Iceland LP KT1K TI8M Costa Rica M/? TI8M TO22C Guadeloupe F6HMQ TO5A Martinique SOAB HP LoTW; QSL via F5VHJ (B/d) TO6D Guadeloupe LoTW V47JA St. Kitts & Nevis LoTW; QSL via W5JON (d) VP2MLL Br. Virgin Islands SOAB LP N4OX VP5H Turks & Caicos M/S W0GJ VP9/W6PH Bermuda SOAB LP W6PH Direct YN5Z Nicaragua SOAB HP LoTW ZD8D Ascension Island SOSB DL9HO (d) direct only (B) Bureau only (L) LoTW only (e) eQSL (C) ClubLog
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