DX Bulletin No. 1153
March 10, 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, N2ZN, W2GB, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, WK3N, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4JF, N5JR, N7UN, W7EJ, K8GI, K8YC,K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m News, AT International, BA3AX, DK8JB & The DX News Letter, DL1SBF, DxCoffee.com, DX-World.Net, ES1CW, F5MVB, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, HA7UW, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, IK1SOW, LY3BY, OD5NJ, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's DX-Newsdesk, RSGB IOTA Web Site, S59M, Sixitalia Weekly, VA3RJ & ICPO, the VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) and XE1AY for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 2nd-March, through Sunday, 9th-March, there were 235 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3C0, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9U, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, CE, CE0Y, CE9, 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, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FS, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KG4, 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, PZ, S5, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9X, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, 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".
3C4, EQUATORIAL GUINEA (Update)
By the time you read this, Elmo, EA5BYP, will be QRT (March 7th) as 3C0BYP from Annobon Island (AF-039), and is expected to make a trip to Bioko Island (AF-010), Equatorial Guinea, to be active as 3C4BYP. The length of his stay will only be 1 or 2 days. Activity will be on SSB, RTTY and some CW. QSL via his home callsign (see QRZ.com).
ADDED NOTE: Gabriel, OD5NJ, (Elmo's pilot station) informed OPDX during the past week that Elmo (on March 2nd) was on 20m when a storm hit his antennas. The 3 elements Yagi fell down and 1 element was broken, so he had to stop operating to take care of the rest of the antennas. The storm lasted for about 4 hours leaving a big mess! The Yagi was fixed temporarily as no tools are available for a permanent fix.
4S, SRI LANKA (Update/Reminder)
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. The callsigns have now been announced and are 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:
Operators Robert/N7QT, Melanie/AB1UH, Hugh/W4VAB and Guy/N7UN will be active as 5J0X from San Andres Island (NA-033) between April 2-14th. Activity will be primarily holiday style (suitcase mini- DXpedition) on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and PSK. Elecraft transceivers and amplifiers will be used. Portable antennas will be used from the Villa location and /p from nearby beaches. QSL direct to N7QT. No eQSLs. IRCs are acceptable. ARRL Bureau cards are acceptable. Direct QSLs with 2 USDs will be returned via international postage otherwise via the ARRL Bureau. Logs will be uploaded during the operation to Clublog and to LoTW shortly after the mini-DXpedition.
Franco, I1FQH, is once again active as 5V7DX from Kpalime Village in central Togo until late March. Activity will be on the top bands, 12 and 10 meters using mostly CW with some SSB. He will use an ICOM 7000 with a small KL500 solid state amplifier into a Spiderbeam (20-10m), home brew vertical for 40/30m (1/4 wave long with 32 radials). QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW (he will upload his log during his stay).
5V, TOGO (Update)
Operators Phil/F5MVB and Joel/F5AOW are planning to be active as 5V7MP and 5V7BJ, respectively, from Avepozo between March 23-31st. Activity will be holiday style on 40-10 meters. Joël (5V7BJ) will be on SSB only and Phil (5V7MP) will be on both SSB and CW. QSL via their home callsigns, direct or by the Bureau.
Peter, EI7CC, will once again be active as 7P8PB from Maseru between March 14th and April 3rd. Activity will be limited because he will be on a family holiday and will operate when circumstances permit. He will be operating from his brother-in-law Gerry's station, 7P8CC (home callsign EI8CC). QSL via EI7CC, by the Bureau or direct. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW immediately upon his return to Ireland. If possible, Peter may try to upload them while in Lesotho.
Members of the Black Mamba Contest & DXpedition Team will be active as 7QAA (yep, that is the callsign) and plan to be active this November and December (specific dates not announced yet). Operators currently mentioned are Chris/DL2MDU, Emil/DL8JJ, Jo/DJ3CQ, Frosty/K5LBU, Neil/VA7DX, Don/VE7DS, Keith/VE7KW, Sam/ZS6BRZ and Roger ZS6RJ. The ZS pilot station is Hal, ZS6WB. The team plans to be in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Multi-2 entry in CQ Zone 37. Look for more details to be forthcoming. A Web page is currently under construction at:
Andy, UA3AA, is now active as 9N7AA from Nepal until May 23rd. He states, "My present QTH has some serious RFI issues that affect my ability to hear the calling stations. The noise is 59+, so please be patient with me and forgive me if I don't answer. I do not participate in LoTW or e-QSLing. Direct QSLs only, no Bureau cards. No IRCs. U.S. stations - SASE + 1 USD, all others - SAE + 2 USDs. Donations welcome. NT2X is not my QSL Manager, he only administers the QRZ.com page on my behalf. My sincere 'thanks' to Satish, 9N1AA, and his assistant Uttam for assistance in obtaining my 9N7AA license." Activity has been on 160/80/30/20/12/10 meters CW.
CE0Y, EASTER ISLAND
Victor, CE1WFN, will be active as CE0Y/CE1WFN from Easter Island between April 5-17th. Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL via his home callsign direct.
Bernd, DL2DXA, is now active as CN2XA from Agadir until March 14th. Most of his activity has been on 30/17/12/10 meters CW. QSL via his home callsign.
Jim, W7EJ, will once again be active as CN2R during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th) as a Multi-Single entry. Look for him to be active before and after the contest between March 12th and April 2nd. Activity will be on all HF bands using CW and SSB. Jim informs OPDX that he will also to be in the Russian DX Contest [RDXC] (March 15-16). QSL via W7EJ. See the station from CN2R at:
Rich, W2VU, CQ's Editorial Director, sent out the following on March 5th [edited]:
Dave Chartock Named CQ Advertising ManagerChartock may be reached by e-mail at email@example.com.
CQ Communications President Richard Ross, K2MGA, today announced the appointment of David Chartock to head the company's advertising depart- ment, effective immediately. Dave will guide CQ magazine's advertising sales as the magazine charts new ground as a part-print, part-digital "hybrid" publication covering the entire communications hobby."The main print and digital edition of CQ continues to focus on amateur radio," explained Editorial Director Rich Moseson, W2VU, "while the online- only CQ Plus supplement to the digital edition of CQ covers the full spectrum of hobby radio communications, from shortwave listening and scanning to broadcast band DXing and more."
Chartock has more than 25 years' experience in publishing, both in editorial and sales positions. From 1989 to 2002, he was Editor-in-Chief and Web Content Editor of the trade magazine, New York Construction News. Since 2002, Chartock has been an independent sales representative, working with start-up publications and the annual journal of New York's Concrete Industry Board. He lives in Flushing, New York.
"We welcome Dave to our staff," said CQ Publisher Dick Ross, K2MGA, "and look forward to what he can accomplish as he applies his knowledge and experience from other segments of the publishing industry to the hobby radio marketplace."
D4, CAPE VERDE
Lukas, HB9EBT, will be active as D44TEG from Tarrafal, located in the northern part of the island of Santiago (AF-005), in the Sotavento Islands group of Cape Verde, between March 29th and April 5th. Activity will be on 20-10 meters using CW, PSK and RTTY. QSL via HB9EBT, direct or by the Bureau.
DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME (DST)
Did you remember to change your clocks?
Countries in the Northern Hemisphere (most of N. American and some of the Caribbean) who observe Daylight Saving Time should have changed their clocks on Sunday, March 9th at 2:00 AM, and should have moved 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:
DAYTON NEWS (SWODXA DX Dinner Press Release) [edited]
The SouthWest Ohio DX Association (SWODXA) has announced that David Collingham, K3LP, will be the featured speaker for their 29th annual SWODXA DX dinner. The dinner, held in conjunction with the 2014 Dayton Hamvention®, will be on Friday, May 16th, at the Marriott Hotel in Dayton.
Dave first obtained his Novice license, WN6KTF, when he was 15 years old. He currently holds an amateur Extra Class License and a Commercial Operators License. His Elmer and High School Teacher was Louis P. Mallory (WA6DVK) who he met in the 10th grade, at Fontana High School in Fontana, California and still visits during trips to S. California. His prior USA callsigns were: WN6KTF, WB6KTF and AA6DC. Dave has been on over 65 DX- peditions, visited 76 different DXCC entities while operating from 51 of them. He enjoys contesting, DXing, travelling and working with youth. He is a member of INDEXA, ARRL, NCDXF, SWODXA, Potomac Valley ARC and the National Capital DX Association. Dave will have an informative and enter- taining presentation on the Humanitarian Side of DXing and DXPeditions. For more information and to order dinner tickets, visit
George, OK2KG, is now active as FR/OK2KG from Reunion Island (AF-016) until March 15th. Activity is holiday style on 40-10 meters using CW and SSB. He is using an IC-7000 with 100w into a home made vertical antenna 7m high (40-10m). QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or eQSL. Log will be posted on ClubLog.
FT4T, TROMELIN (Press Release #2) [edited]
"The Amsterdam DXpedition has been the focus of many DXers in the last few weeks. Our friends are now back home with more than 170,000 contacts in the log. Congratulations! While waiting for the update of their website you can find some superb pictures and a short article on the TAAF's Web site:FT5ZM PICTURES AND VIDEO
http://www.taaf.fr/Actualites-de-la-mission-de-radio-amateurs-FT5ZM-sur-l-ile-d-AmsterdamConcerning Tromelin 2014, a lot of work has been done since our previous press release.First of all, we are extremely proud and grateful of the mobilization of the amateur radio community. We want to thank the major sponsors who joined our project. In the same way, a large number of smaller clubs have shown much generosity. You can find all our contributors on the dedicated page.
http://www.tromelin2014.com/en/how-to-help-us/The budget is not balanced yet and all kinds of help will be necessary to make this expedition possible.It is important to understand how logistical constraints related to transport are the major element in the organization of our operation. A few days ago, a member of the team met with our plane pilot who showed him the aircraft that we will be using. Together, they dealt with the problems of the transportation of the team and equipment. As of today, all is in order from a material and administrative point of view.
Also, in the next few weeks, we will reach for certain suppliers, manufacturers in order to provide us with equipment offering the best weight, reliability and performance ratio.
Work also continues with the TAAF authorities. The list of the topics to deal with is relatively long, but since day one all our interlocutors have been very receptive, reactive, and have provided an invaluable help.
The hamradio callsigns used on the territories managed by the TAAF are issued by their services on the Reunion Island.
FT4TA (Fox Tango Four Tango Alpha) has been issued to us for our operation from October 30th to November 10th, 2014.
The pilot stations setup is being organized and will be revealed very soon. Schedules are being tweaked thanks to the forecasts and contributions of all.
We are waiting for the return of Michel, FM5CD, member of FT5ZM,
http://www.amsterdamdx.org/in order to use his input from his last operation.New communications will follow, more specifically on the 'radio' aspects of the expedition. At the same time, we are preparing a series of articles for our website which will help you discover the Scattered Islands (Iles Eparses in French) and more particularly our final destination.
More than ever, stay tuned…
The Tromelin 2014 team"
A short video (about 4 minutes) and 105 photos of the FT5ZM Amsterdam Island DXpedition are now available by Nodir, EY8MM, at:
Operators John/N5JC and Joel/N5JR will be active as HH2/homecall from Haiti between March 25th and April 1st. Activity will be on 160-6 meters with a focus on CW, RTTY and the 30/17/12 meter bands. QSL both callsigns via N5JR, LoTW, by the Bureau, or direct. They will be joined by Jean-Robert, HH2JR, to operate in the CQ WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th) with the special callsign 4V1JR as "issued to the Radio Club D'Haiti for this occasion." QSL 4V1JR via W3HNK.
John Scott, K8YC, INDEXA Editor, reports that the International DX Association has posted two newsletters with articles about the recent K9W, T33A and H44G/H40T DXpeditions on their Web page
AF-019. (Update/Need Ops!) An international team of operators will be active as IG9Y from Lampedusa Island during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) and CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Multi-Multi 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. They are still looking for operators. 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: http://ig9y.com ADDED NOTE: IG9Y is a lone African Entity that counts in the CQDX Marathon!!!
AF-109. The "DX-World.net" is reporting that a team from the ERASD (The Egyptian Radio Amateurs Society For Development) will once again activate Nelson's Island between June 13-20th. Callsign mentioned is SU8N. Look for more info to be forth- coming. Also, watch the ERASD's Web page at:
NA-092. Members of the "Project X Contest Team" will be activating Mustang Island (USI TX-011S, Nueces County, Texas) as N5T between April 5-6th, and during the "Texas State Parks on the Air". The "Project X Contest Team" does have a Twitter and Web page at:
NA-189. (Update) Operators Benjamín/XE2AU, Juán Manue/XE2AI, Ismael/ XE1AY, Jorge/XE2AMS, Juán/XE2AY, David/XE1REW, Gustavo/XE1KKK and Enrique/XE2AA will be active as XF1T from Cocinas Island, in front of Punta Perula, Jalisco (GRID DK79tc), between March 14-17th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31. Focus will be on the IOTA frequencies. There will also be Satellite and 6m operations. QSL via IT9EJW. An OQRS and log search will be available on ClubLog after the DXpedition.
J3, GRENADA (6m Op!)
Dave, W9DR, will be active as J38DR from Grenada (NA-024) between June 19th and July 1st. This will be a 6 meter only DXpedition. Dave will be on the north shore of the island (Grid Square FK92EF) for a great launch angle to North America and Europe over the Atlantic Ocean. Also, South America will be workable too. Operating frequencies will be 50.115 MHz SSB, 50.115.6 MHz CW and a breakable Beacon on 50.115.6 MHz running during no stations heard. He states, "Again, I will be using a FlexRadio SDR-1500 driving my HB solid state water-cooled amplifier into a 5 element 6 meter Yagi. Please submit your confirmation request (QSL) to W9DR home address. I hope to work many 6 meter operators."
LY24, LITHUANIA (Special Event)
Jonas, LY5A, will operate as LY24A between March 11th and April 11th. Activity is to commemorate the 24th anniversary of Lithuanian independence restoration. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
Just a reminder that operators Aki/JR3QFB/W3JH and Take/ JI3DST/JS6RRR will be active as P40JH and P40R, respectively, from Aruba (SA-036) between March 12-18th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters, including the 30/17/12 meter bands, using CW, SSB, FM and the Digital modes (RTTY/ PSK31/PSK63/JT65A/JT9). QSL via their home callsigns, by the Bureau or direct (SASE with 2-GC or 1-IRC). Please check QRZ.com for details.
John, W2GD, will be active as P40W from Aruba (SA-036) during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th). He will be there between March 25-31st. Operations outside of the contest are usually on 160/80m and 30/17/12 meters as time permits. Watch 160m on the hour and 80m on the half hour. QSL via LoTW or direct to N2MM, Bureau cards are no longer accepted. Logs will be loaded on LoTW upon his return to the USA.
Just a reminder that Andy, DK5ON, will once again be active as PJ2/DK5ON from Curacao (SA-099, WLOTA 0942) between March 12-29th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters including the 17/12 meter bands using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK. QSL via his home callsign (see QRZ.com). NO eQSL.
PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (March 10-16th)
Mar/10th AN Mar/13th AN Mar/15th LN Mar/11th AN Mar/14th HN Mar/16th AN Mar/12th 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=6-9 100-400QSL INFO AND NEWS
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (March 2nd & 9th) -------------------------------------------------------------------------- 9J2T via I2YSB EX8VZ via RW6HS (d) PJ2/PA0VDV via PA0VDV AT5LH via NI5DX GP0STH via G4DIY (d) PJ6A via N4NX AY2H via LU7HN (d) HK1/AL4Q via DJ8QP R1934G via R3LC BV0PC via BV2DQ HK4/AL4Q via DJ8QP RO80KEDR via RN1ON C56LH via OZ1IIL HK7/AL4Q via DJ8QP SN5X via SP5GRM CO6LC via CO6LC (d) II0IDP via IS0IGV SP/DJ1AA/M via DJ1AA CR2T via CU2AF II1IGG via I2AZ T42R via EA7FTR CT9/DL3KWF via DL3KWF II9IGA via IT9YEM (d) TA2/BA4DW via BA4DW CT9/DL3KWR via DL3KWR IR4M via I4IFL TM4L via F8ARK EA8/DL1JEF via DL1JEF IZ0FEJ via I0WTD TM5E via F8KGS EA8/OH1LEG via OH1LEG KH6/VE7AHA via VE7AHA UE80HS via RW6HS (d) ED1T via EC1DBO LI8OM via LA8OM UE80YG via RK3LO ED2V via EA2CJ LY10NATO via LY5W VK0JJJ via K7CO ED5T via EA5ELT LZ1246SIT via LZ1KCP VK9X/K7CO via K7CO (d/O) ED7W via EA7OT LZ60KSP via LZ1JZ VP5/N0AT via N0AT EE8T via EA8MT (L/e) M4D via G4ATA VP8ROT via GM0HCQ (d/L) EF7X via EA7PP N7SDW via DL3SDW VU2VON via VU2MLQ (d) EG1FDA via EA1HDD NH7O via EA5GL W7SW via W3HNK EG4DER via EA4RK OA4/XQ3SA via XQ3SA XV9NPS via JA2NPS (B) EM200ST via UW5SW OA7/UA4WHX via UA4WHX YE1NZ via NI5DX EN200RT via UT3RS OE6Z via OE6CLD YL2014C via YL3DQ EO200CN via UR5CN OG2F via OH2NC YL2014E via YL2GN EO200RK via UT1RT OR0A via ON6ZK YO5/DJ1AA/M via DJ1AA EO200TARAS via US5CCO OT7J via ON7ZJ ZF35LC via W2SM (L) EO200UT via UR4UWZ P4/WA2NHA via WA2NHA ZZ2T via PY2MNL (e) eQSL only (d) direct only (B) Bureau only (L) LoTW only (O) OQRS onlyPY5GA. The ANATEL has granted a special license to Araucaria DX Group (ADXG) to use the callsign PY5GA. Olavo Scherrer, PY5GA, who became a Silent Ket (SK) in 2010, was an elmer, great friend and one of the founders of the ADXG, as well as worldwide DX and Contest operator.
W5IJU/KP1 QSLS. Ken, N2ZN, reports: "Thanks to the efforts of Dave, WJ2O, we believe that we have a complete set of logs for the 1993 W5IJU/KP1 Navassa operation. New cards have been printed and a number of requests have been responded to already. These logs are searchable on WJ2O.com. QSOs already in electronic form will be accessible through the log search app on the website. QSOs still on the original paper logs can be viewed there as well. QSLs can be obtained via N2ZN (CBA) via bureau or direct. Direct requests should include SAE and appropriate return postage. No LoTW at this time, although this may be a possibility in the future."
QSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 2E0SQL, 4U1ITU, 5P1KZX, 9A286T, A61ZX, A92AA, C6AKQ, DS4GKF, DV1JM, E7DX, F5ISY, FY5KE, G4CUS, GD/DL5LYM/P, HC6PE, HK1NA, JW2US, JX7DFA, LA3ZH, LA7HJA, LT0H, LX7I, LZ9W, M0PNN, NP2P, OH5KW, OQ5M, PJ2/W8WTS, PJ2T, PJ4X, PJ5/K6NAO, PY2UN, PZ5RO, R22ICH, RA6HJA, RI1ANC, RI1ANR, RN3ZIC, RU3GV, RV3AB, RZ3DJ, S21ZBC, S513YOTA, S57WJ, S58N, SK3W, SM5CEU, T77C, TF3GB, TF3IRA, TO7CC, UA1ORK, V44KAI, V5/DL3DXX, V73NS, VK0TH, VP9/G3ZAY, VP9/G7VGR, WL7E, XR0ZR, XW0YJY, YJ0OU, YL2KF, YS1/NP3J, ZL1BYZ, ZL1BYZ and ZM90DX
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3DA0ET, 5H1Z/5, 6W2SC, 7O2A, BY4IB/4, C91B, C91J, CY0P, ES3AX, FO4BM, H40T, H44G, HL5IVL, HS0ZCW, J5UAP, LY23A, OK2RZ, ON4KEP, VU7AG, W8A, XR0YY and YB4IR/8
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 3D2GC, 5B/LZ3FN, EA8/LA9DL, HL5/LA8JKA, JW3TR, JW4GHA, JW6ZFA, JW7QIA, JW8AJA, JW8HGA, JW9VDA, JW/LB9UE, OJ0LA, SV9/LZ3FN and Z6/LZ1BJ
S0, WESTERN SAHARA
A few media sources are reporting that a new operator named Azman Hafed "Man" will be active as S01AH from Bir Lehlu (WW. Loc. IL56HB) soon. QSL via EA2JG. It was also mentioned on "Twitter": "Naama, S01A will operate 60 mts, 5403.5 kHz in March." Reportedly, Naama has a license to operate on 60m and will be looking for states. It is suggested to watch the following for updates and news:
A JA team is planning to be active from Christmas Island (VK9X) and Cocos-Keeling Island (VK9C) sometime between late July and early August. Operators mentioned are Masa/JA3FVJ, JA3QWN, Ikuo/JA3TJA, Masato/JF3PLF and Taka/JH3FUK. Currently, callsigns have not been announced. Their tentative schedule is as followings:
VK9C (Cocos Keeling) - between July 29th and August 2nd; IOTA OC-002 VK9X (Christmas Island) - between August 2-8th; IOTA OC-003Activity will be holiday style on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB, FM, RTTY and PSK31. QSL via JF3PLF, direct or by the Bureau (within one year of operation!). Uploads to LoTW or ClubLog will be available after their operation (Highly recommended). A Web page is available, but is still under construction at:
Krish, W4VKU, will be active as VU4K from Port Blair between March 23-30th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using SSB and RTTY. Suggested frequencies are:
SSB - 3680*, 7095, 14180, 18145, 21280, 24945 and 28480 kHz
RTTY - 3584*, 7044, 10142, 10142, 14084, 18104, 21084, 24922 and 28084 kHz
*80m is a possibility depending on the type of vertical antenna in use.
He will have a 2 element SteppIR + 30/40m, Acom 1000 and may be a Butter- nut Vertical antenna (equipment in use is subject to change, should there be any change to the location plans). Krish informed Carl, N4AA, of "QRZ DX" that he plans on "traveling to other islands including Nicobar for some logistics" before he starts the VU4K operations. Krish also posted on "DX-World.net" the following: "We will call the following categories from time to time.
a) Folks needing VU4 and are 65 years and older
b) ATNO callers
c) QRP callers
We will also periodically call for geographies to maximize the band openings. Now for (a) above, I assume folks will stick to the HONOR SYSTEM. If I suspect abuse, I will need a proof of age for a QSL and will not do OQRS for those contacts and will only do paper mail. The reason I chose to call for (a) is because there are several folks that are in the 70's and all the way to 90's that want VU4 for their last few. Some have written to me about their need, and I want to help them out. So I hope the DXer community understands. If you believe there can be an issue, please drop me a note. Will try to not encourage bandfills as much as possible. Please reserve Bandfills for a larger operation down the road."
QSL via W4VKU (OQRS will be open in early April 2014). Logs: Realtime logs will be available via ClubLog.
WP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS (NA-106)
Bob, WP2XX, and possibly others will be active from the Island Villa Contest Club WP2Z superstation on St. Croix during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th). QSL via KU9C.
YS, EL SALVADOR
Hiro, JA6WFM, is now active as YS1/NP3J from San Salvador until the end of 2014. Activity has been on 80-6 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via EA5GL.
Members of the Campina Amataeur Radio DX Group (CARDX) will activate Serra do Jatobá Summit (750m, Grid Locator: HI12pm) as ZY7J for only 24 hours, starting on March 15th and ending on March 16th. Activity will be on all HF bands including the WARC bands. Operation is valid for the SOTA Award. Operators mentioned are Alamo/PR7VX, Nicolas/PR7DX, Ramiro/ PR7RC, Fernando/PR7DB, Humberto/PR7HBA, Reno/PR7RBA, Christian/PR7ZAJ and Renner/PU7EGC. QSL via PR7VX, direct or by the Bureau. For more details, see:
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