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OPDX Bulletin 1155 March 24, 2014
The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1155
BID: $OPDX.1155
March 24, 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, NC1L, NJ1Q & W1AW, W2VU, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, W4DN, K5GS, K6VVA, WB6RSE, K8GI, K8YSE, NE8Z, W8BBQ, W8GEX & 60m News, W9ILY, N0JK, AT International, DK8JB & The DX News Letter, DL1SBF, DxCoffee.com, DX-World.Net, ES1CW, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, G3XTT, HA8KW, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, JI5RPT, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, PA3GEO, Pete's DX-Newsdesk, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, SV1JG, SWL-PA3249, TA1HZ, VA3RJ & ICPO, VE2EBK 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, 16th-March, through Sunday, 23rd-March there were 232 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, C9, CE, 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, FO/a, FP, FR, FS, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, 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, PJ7, PY, PZ, S0, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T32, 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, VK9N, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VR, VU, VU4, XE, XT, XU, XZ, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZD9, ZF, ZL, ZL7, 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".
5J0, SAN ANDRES
Tim, LW9EOC, will be active as 5J0T from San Andres Island (NA-033) between April 18-25th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via his home callsign.
6W, SENEGAL (Early Announcement)
Jeff, N6GQ, is planning to be active from Senegal starting October 21st. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW and SSB. He will also be in the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via LoTW. More details will be forthcoming.
8P, BARBADOS
Tom, W2SC, will be active as 8P5A during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th) as Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via LoTW or direct to NN1N.
A5, BHUTAN (Correction)
Ryo, JH7EQW (not JH3AEF), will once again be active as A52EQW from Dochula Resort at the end of August and/or early September. He mentions that he will be there with his friends who are probably Junichi/JH3AEF (A52AEF) and Jusei/JA3IVU (A52IVU). Look for more details to be forthcoming. QSL via their home callsign.
A7, QATAR
Members of Qatar Amateur Radio Association and Kumar/VU2BZY along with Alex/OZ7AM and Jan/OZ1ADL from Danish Contest Academy, will be active as A73A during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th) from the new QARS HQ in Doha, Qatar. QSL via A71A.
BH1, CHINA
A group of Chinese operators will be active as BH1CXR during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th) as a Multi-Single/Multi-2 entry. QSL via BH1CXR, by the Bureau, direct or LoTW. Operators mentioned are BH1IOT, MingXia/BH1HUK, Yusong/BH1CXR, Lei/BH1DDU, Du/BH1BOQ, Xiaoyi/ BH1IGB, Hui/BH1CKM, Ma/BG1QQT, BG1HAS, Yu/BD1LT, BD1TT and Yuan/BD1IIJ.
C2, NAURU
Stan, LZ1GC (3D2GC), is planning to be active as C21GC (call- sign requested) from the Menen Hotel, Meneng District, Republic of Nauru (OC-031), between September 29th and October 19th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and some RTTY. Logs will be uploaded to ClubLog during his activity if possible. Look for more details to be forthcoming and a Web site to be announced.
CQ PRESS RELEASE
Rich, W2VU, sent out the following on March 19th:
Tony Emanuele, WA8RJF, has been named VHF Editor of CQ Amateur Radio magazine, Editor Rich Moseson, W2VU, announced today.Emanuele succeeds Joe Lynch, N6CL, who stepped down after 22 years as VHF Editor to devote his full energies to his new position as Director of Religious Education for the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. Lynch's final column appears in the March/April, 2014, issue of CQ. Emanuele will begin writing the "VHF Plus" column as of the June issue.
A ham for nearly 50 years, Emanuele has been active on VHF and above for the past 30 years, enjoys building equipment and has operated on all bands from 6 meters to 47 GHz. His overriding goal for the column, he says, will be to "help promote activity on 2 meters and above."
"The hobby is undergoing a change," notes Tony. " As much as we enjoy the activities and methods that we employ today and in the past, we must be mindful of what will attract new people to amateur radio and speci- fically to VHF and above."
"I am looking forward to working with Tony," says Moseson. "We share very similar philosophies about the importance of VHF and UHF in the overall ham radio hobby, and about the role of CQ's VHF Plus column in promoting activity on the higher frequencies."
Professionally, Emanuele is Sales Engineer/Sales Manager for a specialty LCD company. He lives in Painesville, Ohio.
CR3, MADEIRA
Members of the Madeira Contest Team will be active as CR3A during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th) as a Multi-? entry. Operators mentioned are Tony/CT1FFU, Nuno/CT1FJO, Joe/CT3BD, Luis/CT3DL, Joe/CT3DZ, Luis/CT3EE, Duarte/CT3EN, Jose/CT3IA, Tiago/CT3KU, Jose/CT3KY and Jose/CT3NT (CT1BOH). QSL via LoTW or EA5GL.
CV3, URUGUAY
Members of the "Radiogrupo Sur" (Southern Radio Group), celebrating their 30th anniversary of the club, will be active as CV3D during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th) as a Mutli-Single entry. Operators mentioned are Gonzalo/CX1CAK, Oscar/CX1CW, Daniel/CX1FU, Lupo/ CX2ABC and Jorge/CX6DAP. QSL direct via CX2ABC.
DXCC NEWS
Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL Awards Branch Manager, reports that the following operation is approved for DXCC credit:
T6DD ­ Afghanistan; Current operation
EI, IRELAND
Olivier, ON4EI, will once again be active as EI8GQB and EI1A between March 22nd and April 2nd. He plans to operate from his caravan using green energy. Olivier will activate the EI1A callsign during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. You can follow his activities and antenna experimentation on:
http://www.qrz.com/db/EI8GQB
This is a very interesting QRZ.com page. There you will find a live information banner with on air frequencies and information. His equipment will consist of:
18m top loaded vertical monopole for 160-80m-40m bands + 32 radials.
3 elements East-West directional inverted V beam for 40m band.
200m long beverage RX antenna East-West directional.
2 Spiderbeam antennas for 20/15/10m bands.
Rigs are Elecraft K3+P3 & Kenwood TS2000 100W.
500Ah battery bank + 180W solar panel and 400W wind generator.
Also, live video streaming will be provided on:
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ei8gqb
QSL via PA3249, direct or by the Bureau.
H27, CYPRUS
Tony, RT9T/5B4ALB, will once again be active as H27A during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th), but this time as a Single-Op entry. QSL via RT9T.
HC, ECUADOR
Rick, KK4GV, will be active for 2 weeks starting March 20th from Ecuador as HC1GVT. He will use 100 watts into dipole antennas. Rick will also be operating as HC1GVT/HC2-HC7. His activity will include the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th) as HC1GVT/HC3 from Vilcabamba (rare HC zone). QSL via KK4GV (LoTW after the trip). VIEW the HC/Ecuador and HC8/Galapagos DX-Diplomas on the Web page:
http://webpages.charter.net/ne8z
IOTA NEWS
AS-007. A group of JAs will be using the special callsign 8J1MTD from Honshu Island during CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th) as a Multi-Multi entry. QSL via LoTW or direct (see QRZ.com). The special callsign is to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Matsudo City.
AS-134. Operators Zhang/BA3AX and Lu/BD3AEO have postponed their B3/BA3AX and B3/BD3AEO trip to Yuetuo Island between March 21-24th. No reason given.
EU-008. Gil, F4FET, will be active as MM/F4FET/p from the Isle of Mull (IOSA NH15, SCOTIA CN10, WLOTA 2485) between May 12-18th. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or ClubLog's OQRS. Visit his Web site at:
http://www.f4fet.net
EU-108. Gil, F4FET, will be active as MM/F4FET/p from the Island of Lunga (IOSA FL07, SCOTIA CS37), Trenish Isles, in the Firth of Lorn, in Argyll and Bute, Scotland, between May 14-18th. Activity will be limited to a few hours on the HF bands. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or ClubLog's OQRS. Visit his Web site at:
http://www.f4fet.net
EU-127. A large group of operators will be active as DA0HEL from Helgoland Island between April 3-12th. They plan to have 3-4 stations on the air. QSL via DF6QC, by the Bureau is preferred.
EU-147. Lars, SM6CUK, will be active as SA6G/7 from Ven Island (WLOTA 0780) between June 9-16th. Activity will be on the HF bands on, or near, the usual IOTA frequencies. QSL via SM6CUK, direct or by the Bureau.
OC-016. (Reminder) Jeff, K0UU, will be active as 3D2FJ from Beqa Island between March 23-31st, 2014. Activity will be holiday style on 80-10 meters CW only. QSL via K0UU, by LoTW (preferred) or direct.
OC-084. Tov, T32TV, who was previously on Christmas Island, is now active from the rare IOTA Washington Island. His length of stay was not mentioned. Tov is 100% on solar power at this time. Not enough power to run his linear amp. If anyone has any ideas how he can get more power out of the solar setup, please let Stan, KH6CG, know. Stan is Tov QSL Manager. He states,
"I am hoping we can possibly get some necessary solar equipment donated to him to increase his storage capacity and total power. Tov is running a Yaesu FT-450D and a Hygain AV-640 vertical. 6-40meters. Presently running only 100 watts, but does have a linear amp that can run as much as 600w if he can get the power to run it."
Activity so far has been on 20 and 10 meters SSB.
JD1, OGASAWARA
Makoto, JI5RPT, will once again be active as JD1BLY from Chichijima Island (AS-031), Ogasawara, between April 27th and May 5th. Activity will be on 40-6 meters, including the satellites, using CW, SSB and the Digital modes (NO 6m EME). QSL via his home callsign JI5RPT. His log search will be available on his Web site at:
http://www.ji5rpt.com/jd1
He will also use Twitter to inform his real-time activities at:
http://twitter.com/jd1bly
KH0, MARIANA ISLANDS
Several sources are reporting that Jacek, SP5APW, will be active as KH0/SP5APW from Saipan (OC-086) between March 23-30th. QSL via his home callsign.
KH2, GUAM
Operators Nori/JA1OZK/W6LJ, Rio/JG1ITH/NY8A, Aki/JR3QFB/W3JH, Kazuo/JH8PHT/AH0KT and Masatoshi/AH6KY/JA1MFR will be active as KH2KY (Guam Japanese DXer Club callsign) during the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via JA1MFR. Also via LoTW or eQSL.
KH6, HAWAII
Jon, N0JK, will be active as KH6/N0JK from Oahu between March 24th and April 4th. He plans to be active on 6 meters with a 3 element yagi and 100 watts. He may enter the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (10m) entry. QSL via his home callsign.
P3, CYPRUS
Jack, R2AA, will be active as P3N during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via RW3RN.
P4, ARUBA (SA-036)
Andy, AE6Y, will once again be active as P49Y during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via AE6Y or LoTW.
P5/K6VVA IOTA AS-197 INFO UPDATE #3
On March 20th, Rick, K6VVA, posted the following update which includes his decision to use a "BLACKLIST" if his operation becomes a reality:
http://www.k6vva.com/p5/p5infoupdates.html
He mentions that "with 5 competing groups in the quest", along with the recent "Anti-Social Pileup Behavior" during the FT5ZM and 3C0BYP pileups, he made a final decision implementing a "Blacklist". Several hours after his above post, Rick sent out the following:
"Everyone is entitled to their opinions, and everyone is free to plan their own Expeditions based upon their own objectives and operational procedures. This will further clarify my recent decision that was a long time in very serious deliber- ation.http://www.k6vva.com/dnq2 As stated in the .pdf. --...those who play-by-the-rules of 'GOOD SPORTSMANLIKE' conduct in ALL on-air pileups have nothing to fear."
PA6, THE NETHERLANDS (Special Event)
Look for special event station PA6USA to be active between March 24th and April. Activity is taking place because of the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) in The Hague, during March 24th and 25th, where President Obama and a U.S. delegation will be attending. QSL via PA7DA by the Dutch Bureau. For more details, see:
http://pa7da.jouwweb.nl/pa6usa
PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (March 24-30th)
 Mar/24th AN      Mar/27th  HN      Mar/29th  AN
 Mar/25th An      Mar/28th  AN      Mar/30th  AN
 Mar/26th LN


   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 AND NEWS
  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (March 23rd)
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  4S7KKG via DC0KK            J8/UA4CC via UA4CC     UP44WFF via UN6QC (L/B/d)
  9M2/JA1XXI via JA1XXI (B/d) K5B via N5BL           VK2/DJ7JC via DJ5BWD
  C91KHN via ZS6ALB (d)       LU1FAM via AC7DX       VP2V/SP6CIK via SP6CIK
  CW30A via CX2ABC            OD5/EA1CYK via EA7LS   VP2V/SP9FIH via SP9FIH
  EH7PDL via EA7URA           OZ/KH6DXX via DF3XX    VP2V/SP9WZS via SP9WZS
  FO4BM via F4FJH             P40R via JS6RRR        VU4K via W4VKU
  FR/F5MNW via F5MNW          PJ4NX via M0URX        W1AW/KH2 via W1AW
  FW5JJ via F5RXL             R155AP via RK9CL       XF1T via IT9EJW
  HI8/HB9EMR via HB9EMR       RS80KEDR via RA3CW     XZ1Z via JH1AJT
  HS0ZKX via W2EN             T10UVL via ER1UVL      YU0RCS via YU1BBV
  J8/LY2IJ via LY2IJ          TX6G via G3TXF         ZL7AAA via VE7NY
    (e) eQSL only  (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (L) LoTW only
    (O) OQRS only
QSL the current 3W1D via SP5PB only: Piotr Brydak, ul.Okólnik 9a / 16, 00-368 Warszawa, Poland. See QRZ.com for more details. LoTW logs will be uploaded in several months after DXpedition. No eQSL.
QSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 3A2MW, 9J2T, 3V8BB, 9M6XRO, AL1G, CO2VE, CP1FF, D2QR, DH7LF, DJ3IW, EA1VT, EI3GC, F4GBW, JA3EGE, JA7BME, JO7KMB, LI7CL, LW5EE, OH0Z, OK2PCL, OS8A, P40L, PJ7AA, VE7SJ, VK9X/K7CO and YT2T
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3B9/OE4AAC, 6W/G3TXF, 7O2A, 8Q7KB, 9Y4/VE3EY, A63RI, A92HK, C37SBX, NH4DX, IA0MZ, JG8NQJ/JD1, PJ4LS, VU7AG, XR0ZR, XZ1J and ZF2XF
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: NONE REPORTED THIS WEEK!
SILENT KEY
OPDX was informed that Selim Canbeken, TA2DS, became a Silent Key (SK) on March 17th, after a sudden illness at his home. He was one of the prominent hams of Turkey with 333 DXCC confirmed. OPDX and its readers would like to send out our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of TA2DS.
SX5, DODECANESE (EU-001)
Operators Cliff/SV1JG, George/SV1RP, Spyros/ SV1RC, John/SV1GE, Takis/SV2FWV, Theodoros/SV1GRM, Manos/SV1PMR, Mike/ SV8GKE and Emmanuel/SV1ME will be active with the special callsign SX5LA from Levitha Islet between May 3-11th. Activity will be on all bands, 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. The group plans to use beam antennas for 30-6m, Phased Vertical for 40m, Vertical for 80m, Inverted L for 160m and only 100 watts! QSL via SV2FWV.
SX9, CRETE (EU-015)
Members of the Cretan SV9 DX Team will be on air with the special callsign SX9C during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th). Operators mentioned are Dimis/SV9COL, Georgios/SV9DJO, Giannis/ SV9FBG, Yiannis/SV9FBK, George/SV9GPV, Manolis/SV9IOI and Konstantinos/ SV9OFS. All QSOs will be uploaded to LoTW. Visit the SV9 DX Team's Blog page at:
http://www.sv9dxteam.blogspot.com
T6, AFGHANISTAN
Dragan, 4O4A, is now active as T6DD from Mazar Village in the Badakhshan Province until September 15th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters using mainly CW. QSL via 404A, LoTW or ClubLog.
TC3, TURKEY
Yasar, TA3D, from Izmir, will be active with the special callsign TC3D during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th) as a Single- Op/Low-Power entry. QSL via TA3D.
TJ, CAMEROON
Thomas, DL8SEQ (7J1AIJ, AA8NN), working for German Foreign Service, and presently in Yaounde until the summer of 2015, is now active as TJ3TS. He is currently using an Icom IC-720, but will have a Yaesu FT-897 and Kenwood TL922 during the first week of May 2014. Antennas are a Spiderbeam (20/15/10m) and a homebrew dipole for 80/40/30m. Modes will be SSB and the Digimodes (PSK, JT-65, JT9). He will attempt to be active on the Oscars, and next month he hope to be active on 6 meters as well. His QSL Manager is SWL PA3249 (only direct with SAE and 2 GS). At the moment, Thomas is working on QSL design. The QRZ.com page is not up-to- date yet. Thomas has an aviation Web site page at:
http://www.n81eu.eu
(aero-mobile operations have been performed during his first Atlantic- crossing on 20 meter with a magloop [built from a bicycle rim] aboard.) He informed OPDX that his previous DXpeditions have been from Guam, Palau and Ogasawara in the early 1990s.
TO5, MAYOTTE
Pierre-Louis, F5NED, will be active as TO5NED from Mayotte Island (AF-027) between March 29th and April 2nd. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign.
TO7/FH, MAYOTTE (Reminder)
Hartwig, DL7BC, is once again be active as FH/DL7BC from Mayotte (AF-027) until April 4th. Activity will be from Bruno's, DH1BL/FH4VOS, QTH. Operations will be on 20-10 meters (40m possibly) plus participation in CQWW WPX SSB Contest signing TO7BC. He will use 100 watts into a SpiderBeam. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. For more details, visit his Web site at:
http://www.qslnet.de/member/dl7bc/en_TO7BC.htm
TX6, AUSTRAL ISLANDS
Don, G3XTT, informed OPDX on Thursday:
"We have arrived safely on Raivavae and have spent the morning building antennas. Although this will take a couple of days, we do hope to be QRV for a few hours from around 0600z Thursday, probably on 30 and 40 CW, to cover European dawn. We will then have a good night's sleep before completing installation work Thursday Australs time. The weather forecast is good and we are all looking forward to the pile-ups!"
The six operators from the UK will operate as TX6G from the Island of Raivavae in the Australs (OC-114) until April 1st. Activity will be on 160-10 meters (no 6m or 60m) using CW, SSB and RTTY. An OQRS will be available on ClubLog. For more details and updates, see:
http://www.tx6g.com
V3, BELIZE
Dennis, KT5S, is planning to be active as V31NX from Belize starting at the end September. Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL via his home callsign.
VE2, CANADA (Zone 2)
Steve, VE2TKH, will be back to Zone 2 and he will operate as VE2CSI during the upcoming months. Activity will be from Sept-Iles. QSL is via MOURX and LoTW.
VIDEOS FROM CHARLOTTE HAMFEST
DXers may want to view the following videos recorded March 8th from the Charlotte Hamfest forums and posted on YouTube provided by "HamRadioNow -- Episode 137" HamRadioNow.tv. Videos are in two parts --
Wake Atoll K9W Commemorative DXpedtion, narrated by Lou Dietrich, N2TU: Part I --
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HegNedh70PU
Amaterdam Island FT5ZM DXpedition, narrated by Bob Allphin, K4UEE:
Part II --
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZtPwVME0iA
VK9M, MELLISH REEF (Update #2)
On March 20th, the following was posted from Mackay Australia [edited]:
VK9MT Update #2 -- Please use as you require:
1. The Advance Team arrived in Mackay on March 18th - 19th. After many connections and over 30 hours of plane / layover time from EU and US we finally arrived at hotel.
2. Next morning we met the owner of the receiving firm and began the task of inventorying the shipments and opening the crates and barrels.
3. We spent the better part of two days at shops around Mackay buying items we thought too expensive to ship round trip from the US and EU.
4. The boat arrived from Dunedin, New Zealand, on the 17th and we visited with the skipper and crew. We have a parking pass and access key for the marina so we're loading the the boat in small loads rather than hiring a trucking firm to bring everything at once. The crew has been very helpful with the loading process.
5. Other team members will be arriving over the next few days.
6. Today, in between rain showers, we will test the generators, assemble antennas that we received directly from SteppIR and make final tuning adjustments to the folding hex beams that we were unable to do in the US because of the cold and snow.
The people we've met in Mackay at the various firms we visited have all be very helpful, offering us assistance as we require.
Next update in a few days..... 73, Team Mellish 2014"
Just a reminder that the VK9MT Mellish Reef DXpedition is scheduled to arrive on March 28th and be active between March 29th and April 9th. The VK9MT Web page is:
http://www.vk9mt.com
VU4, ANDAMAN ISLANDS (Reminder)
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. See OPDX.1153 for suggested frequencies. QSL via W4VKU (OQRS will be open in early April 2014). Logs: Realtime logs will be available via ClubLog.
W9DXCC - NEW LOCATION (Press Release)[edited]
Schaumburg, IL ­ The Northern Illinois DX Association, sponsor of the annual W9DXCC DX Convention and Banquet, announces several exciting new changes to reflect the growth of the convention and the continuing support from amateurs. W9DXCC 2014 will be held September 19-20th, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 1800 East Golf Road, Schaumburg, IL. The Hyatt Hotel is a larger venue and is well suited for W9DXCC's continued expansion. It is located in the heart of Schaumburg's Woodfield region, close to a large variety of restaurant and entertainment options. The hotel is located minutes from Chicago's O'Hare airport and has on-site Avis and Budget car rental. The Hyatt is located across from the world famous Woodfield Shopping Center, one of the largest indoor shopping malls in the United States ­ perfect for accompanying spouses!
The 2014 convention will feature a full day of DX University sessions on Friday and an expanded convention setting on Saturday. Commercial exhibit areas have been expanded and are closer to the main convention activity. Many other exciting changes are being planned.
Mark your calendars NOW for September 19-20th! We recommend arrival on Thursday as the Friday sessions will start early Friday morning. To make your Hyatt hotel room reservation, call 1-888-421-1442. Be sure to identify yourself as part of the W9DXCC group in order to obtain our special rate of $89 plus tax per night.
For more details on W9DXCC, please go to http://w9dxcc.com/.
WP3, PUERTO RICO (NA-099)
Alfredo, WP3C, will be active during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. His activity will also count for the WLOTA as LH-2802. QSL via W3HNK, direct preferred, but Bureau is OK. Visit his web page at:
http://www.wp3c.comule.com/index.htm


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