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OPDX Bulletin 1193 December 15, 2014

OPDX Bulletin 1193 December 15, 2014
The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1193
BID: $OPDX.1193
December 15, 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, NG3K & ADXO, W3TN, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, K5KV, N6AR, N6PSE, N7XR, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m News, W9ILY, CO8ZZ, DL7UXG & The DX News Letter, DL1SBF, DxCoffee.com, DXNews.com, DX-World.Net, ES1CW, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, IK7JWY, JG7PSJ, M0OXO, PA0RRS, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, VA3RJ & ICPO, snd 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, 7th-December, through Sunday, 14th-December there were 218 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9V, 9Y, A2, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE0Z, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, CY0, D4, DL, DU, E5/n, E5/s, E6, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, J7, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH8, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ5, PJ7, PY, PZ, S0, S5, S7, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T2, T30, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2V, VP6, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, YA, YB, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZF, ZL, 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".
3D2, FIJI
Udo, DL9HCU, is once again active as 3D2HC from Nadi, Viti Levu Island (OC-016, WLOTA 0055), until the next few weeks. He was heard this past week on 20 meters (14183 kHz at 0603z) on the ANZA DX Net. He usually runs QRP on 30-15 meters on CW. QSL via DL9HCU, by the Bureau or direct.
9M2, WEST MALAYSIA
Richard, PA0RRS, who was expected to once again be active as 9M2MRS from Penang Island (AS-015) between January 1st and February 3rd (2015), has informed OPDX that 3 weeks ago he suddenly suffered 2 heart attacks. He states,
"...it is very sure that I have to cancel or postpone the trip. If the hospital decides that I may fly, I will leave the equipment at home to avoid extra stress . Probably I will do the trip again some time later or at least end of 2015 (like every year)."
OPDX and its readers wish Richard a speedy recovery. 9Q, DEM. REP. OF CONGO
The "Radioamateur Association of the Democratic Republic of Congo" (ARAC) has invited the "Italian DXpedition Team" for a short stay in Kinshasa during March 2015. The purpose of the activity will be theoretical and practical training and refresher courses for the Amateurs of the DR of Congo. The callsign of the operation will be 9Q0HQ. Operators mentioned are Silvano/I2YSB, Vinicio/IK2CIO, Angelo/IK2CKR, Marcello/IK2DIA, Stefano/IK2HKT, Mac/JA3USA (one week only) and Alfeo/ I1HJTK. The HF pilot station will be Art, IK7JWY, and the 50 Mhz pilot station will be Sergio, IK0FTA. Software Management (log in real time) will be run by Giacomo, IH9GPI. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. Suggested frequencies are:
CW - 1826, 3530, 7025, 10115, 14030, 18068, 21030, 24893 and 28030 kHz
SSB - 3780, 7103, 14270, 18155, 21310, 24975 and 28420 kHz
RTTY - 14087 kHz
6m - 50102/CW and 50123/SSB
QSL route was not announced, but is usually via 9Q0AR (but stay tuned). As usual, the official Web site will be http://www.i2ysb.com/idt and the official forum will be http://www.hamradioweb.net. CE0, JUAN FERNANDEZ ISLAND
Members of the Provins ARC (F6KOP), who were recently active from Tromelin, will activate Robinson Crusoë Island (SA-005, aka Juan Fernandez Archipelago) between February 24th and March 4th (2015). Callsign has not be announced as this was being written, but a team of 22 operators from 7 different countries will be active on 160-6 meters. Team Leader is Alain/F5JTV and Co-leaders are Tony/F8ATS and Jean Luc/F1ULQ. QSLs will be direct, by the Bureau or by LoTW. Look for a Web site to be online soon. A FaceBook page is now available at:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/JuanFernandez2015/747628888649765
More details will be forthcoming. CN, MOROCCO
By the time you read this, Vincent, F4BKV, should be active as CN2KV from Morocco until December 19th. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands using SSB. QSL via his OQRS at: http://www.f4bkv.net/oqrs
D4, CAPE VERDE
By the time you read this Harald, DF2WO, who was recently active as XT2AW from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, will once again be active as D44TWO from Praia, Santiago Island (AF-005) until January 8th. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL via M0OXO (OQRS available).
DX0, SPRATY ISLANDS
Members of the Mabuhay DX Group (made up of Filipino- American-Canadian and Filipino DXers/Contests) will activate Pag Asa Island (AS-051, Kalayaan Island Group) as DX0P in April 2015. Operators mentioned are Ernesto/AD5MD, Jose/DU1BP, Bern/K6BF, Alex/K6BG, Leo/WA6LOS, Billy/ WE6DX, Joel/WJ1P, Chito/WW6CP, Rey/K6ZRH, Ven/DV3KWM and RJ/DU7RJA. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via WJ1P. Visit their FaceBook page at:
https://www.facebook.com/DX0P2015
E4, PALESTINE (Update)
Members of the "PALESTINE 2016 TEAM" will be active as E44Y from the village of Sebastia in the Mosaic Guesthouse sometime during March of 2016. Operators listed are Santos/EA4AK, Rodrigo/ EA7JX, Marco/HB9OCR (Co-Leader), Mark/LU8EOT, Col/MM0NDX, Romeo/S59M (Co-Leader), Miran/S50O and Kaspars/YL1ZF. West Coast Pilot Station is Jonathan/W6GX, Europe Pilot Station is Mike/IW7EGQ and the VK/ZL Pilot Station is Lee/ZL2AL. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. Suggested frequencies are available on their Web page (ed. we will publish them closer to operation), as well as a survey for band needs. QSL via direct, by the Bureau, LoTW or the OQRS; direct cards via EB7DX (not S59M as first announced; see their Web page for details). Visit the following URLs for more details and updates:
Web page -- http://palestine.ig9y.com
FaceBook -- https://www.facebook.com/pages/Palestine-Dxpedition-2016/729525207130528
Twitter -- https://twitter.com/PALESTINE_DXped
FJ, ST. BARTHELEMY
Gene, N9SW, will once again be active as FJ/N9SW from St. Barthelemy (NA-146) between January 17-25th (2015). Activity will be holiday style on 40-6 meters (possibly 80m) and mainly CW. QSL via his home callsign.
IOTA NEWS
EU-009. Col, MM0NDX, will be active as MM0NDX/P from the Orkney Islands between January 16-18th (2015). Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL via IW7EGQ.
OC-157. Imam, YB4IR, will be active as YB4IR/8 from Bandaneira Island between December 22-25th. Online log and OQRS will be available on ClubLog. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau, LoTW or OQRS.
OC-224. Imam, YB4IR, will be active as YB4IR/8 from Yamdena Island between December 27-31st. Online log and OQRS will be available on ClubLog. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau, LoTW or OQRS.
SA-026. João, PU2KKE, will be active with the special callsign ZV5WSC from Matadeiro Beach, Santa Catarina Island, between December 27-31st. Santa Catarina is the largest and most populated island in Brazil. The purpose of this DXpedition is to spend most of his time on the isolated and deserted beaches, combining hiking, camping and ham radio. He will be hiking approximately 70 km. QSL via the address on QRZ.com.
IOTA NEWS (de G3KMA)
* November 11th - IOTA Management has received a number of complaints that QSL card requests sent to Kadek, YB9BU, in accordance with his QSLing instructions on QRZ.com have not received a reply and similarly that email inquiries are not being answered. Emails from the IOTA Manager and mutual friends have also gone unanswered. In the circum- stances it can only be assumed that there is an interruption in the QSL manager service for all the many operations for which YB9BU acts as QSL manager and people would be well advised not to send further cards. We would also advise YB island operators for whom YB9BU acts or normally acts as manager to make other arrangements to ensure satisfactory QSLing. Acceptance by IOTA Management of further IOTA operations by YB9BU must be regarded as on hold until and unless the matter is resolved.
* November 30th - The IOTA Committee has been made aware that Dino Island no longer meets the requirements laid down for qualification for IOTA and has decided that it should be withdrawn from EU-144 with effect from 1 January 2015. The distance separating the island from the mainland has reduced as the beach area gradually encroached into the channel and is now significantly less than the required 200 meters. Credit will continue to be given for contacts with Dino made before 1 January 2015. The Committee has agreed to regard the following additional islets as counting for EU-144: Isca Maggiore, Isca Minore, Furmiculi Rocks, Godano and Mantineo - see the Italian Islands Award (IIA) list at http://www.ari.it for the exact locations.
JD1, OGASAWARA
Harry, JG7PSJ, will once again be active as JD1BMH from Chichijima Island (AS-031) between December 28th and January 10th (2015). Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via the Bureau to JD1BMH or direct to JG7PSJ. Visit his Web page for more details at:
http://sapphire.es.tohoku.ac.jp/jd1bmh
Also, on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jd1bmh JW, SVALBARD
Rene, DL2JRM, will once again be active as JW/homecall from the club station in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen Island (EU-026, WLOTA 0125), between February 18-25th (2015). Activity will be on all HF bands using CW, SSB and RTTY. He will also be an entry in the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 21-22nd). QSL via his home callsign.
K1N NAVASSA ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS
* An interesting article by Ralph Fedor, K0IR, and Glenn Johnson, W0GJ, for European DXers can be found on the DxCoffee Web page at:
http://www.dxcoffee.com/eng/2014/12/06/a-note-to-european-dxers-about-k1n-navassa-in-english-deutsch-spanish-french-greek-italian/
* The Navassa Island DXpedition now has a FaceBook page with interesting details, photos and updates at: https://www.facebook.com/2015Navassa
* The Navassa Island DXpedition now has a Twitter page at: https://twitter.com/Navassa2015
KH8, AMERICAN SAMOA
Nobu, JA0JHQ, will be active as AH0CO/KH8 from American Samoa between January 7-12th (2015). Activity will be mainly on 30/17/15 meters using mainly SSB with some CW. QSL via JA0JHQ, direct or by the Bureau.
KX9X, UNITED STATES (Satellite and USI Op)
Sean, KX9X, will be operating QRP portable from Cudjoe Key, Florida, (Grid EL94) between December 13-18th, as KX9X/4. During this time, Sean will be on for part of the ARRL 10 Meter Contest, and activate a few new Keys for the U.S. Islands awards program that have never been on the air before. He will hand out the EL94 grid on the SO-50 FM satellite (He was on Saturday!!). Sean is also looking into the possibility of analog satellites while there, but he cannot promise that at this time. All logs will be uploaded to LoTW upon his return home and paper QSLs with SASE will be answered promptly.
LA, NORWAY (Satellite Op)
Tor, DJ8MS, is now active as LA/DJ8MS from the northern part of Norway (Grid JP89) until December 18th. Look for him on the FM and linear satellites. Operating will be as his schedule permits.
LOTW NEWS
The ARRL Web page reported last week: The ARRL's Logbook of The World (LoTW) online "card-less" contact-confirmation service this week recorded a new milestone : 100 million QSL records out of some 630 million uploaded contacts. To read the complete press release, go to:
http://www.arrl.org/news/view/arrl-s-logbook-of-the-world-tops-100-million-qsl-records
PJ2, CURACAO
Herbert, HK4RB, will be active from Curacao (SA-099) between December 21-28th. Callsign not provided. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
POST TROMELIN FT4TA (Philatelic Souvenirs)
FT4TA, TROMELIN 2014, is over. Seven Hams made more 71,000 contacts in 9 days and a half offering for the most part of those who contacted them, a new one in their countries hunting. Now Tromelin dropped from 8th to 17th place in the Most Wanted Countries list. At the same time, the other goals of this adventure were organized around three points:
1) Enhancing of the human rapports between the TAAF community (French Austral and Antarctic Territories Authorities) and radio amateurs. To study the impact of the ham installations on the flora and the fauna of Tromelin was also part of the goal.
2) Making various radio contacts between the radio amateurs of the island of Tromelin and pupils in some schools on the Reunion Island.
3) Making radio contact between the radio amateurs of the island of Tromelin and the team F6KOP (RC Provins) at the Philatelic Meeting, in the Espace Champerret/à Paris.
All the participants of TROMELIN 2014 are very satisfied. To continue and end Tromelin 2014, and especially for those who want a Philatelic souvenir, they can offer both FT4TA Postal issued stamps and envelopes as follow:
1) TAAF (French Austral and Antarctic Territories Postal Administration) issued envelope covered by the FT4TA Official stamp sheet, obliterated from Tromelin island (6 months delay).
2) TAAF issued envelope covered by the FT4TA Official stamp sheet, obli- terated from Tromelin island and 4 collector stamps (6 months delay)
3) Normal envelope and 5 FT4TA stamp sheets (mini order) by mail, from Metropolitan France.
4) Postal card of operators on Tromelin Island.
Send an E-mail to Tony/F8ATS f8ats@yahoo.fr. Tell him what you want to order and by return he will indicate the amount of your order including Paypal fees.
From outside of France and French overseas departments, Paypal is preferred to: f8ats@yahoo.fr
Mail address is: Tony LUIS, 10 CHEMIN DE LA CROIX BOISEE, 91620 NOZAY, FRANCE PRESS RELEASE (Seeking Nominations for the 2014 Intrepid Spirit Award)
The Intrepid-DX Group is seeking nominations for the individual or group that most displayed their "Intrepid Spirit" this past year. The Intrepid Spirit for purposes of this award is defined as:
An Intrepid Spirit is bold, courageous, dedicated, innovative, fearless, generous, resolute and visionary in their approach to Amateur Radio. We are seeking to make this award to the group or individual that most displayed their intrepid spirit in 2014, by expressing an unshakable commitment to the Amateur Radio DX Community.
This award is made in memory of our friend, James McLaughlin, WA2EWE/T6AF (SK), Kabul Afghanistan, April 27th, 2011.
Nominations may be submitted via email to: intrepiddxgroup@gmail.com
All nominations must be received by January 15th, 2015. The Board of Directors of the Intrepid-DX Group will evaluate the nominations and the award will be presented at the International DX Convention in Visalia, California on April 18th, 2015.
The Intrepid-DX Group was formed in 2010 following our successful DXpedition to Iraq.
The 2013 Intrepid-Spirit Award was awarded to Eric Hall K9GY/T6MO. You can view our website at http://www.intrepid-dx.com.
Thank you, Paul Ewing-N6PSE -- President, The Intrepid-DX Group
PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (December 15-21st)
 Dec/15th AN      Dec/18th  AN      Dec/20th  AN
 Dec/16th HN      Dec/19th  AN      Dec/21st  AN
 Dec/17th 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       100-400
REALTIME BAND CONDITIONS WEB SITE http://www.bandconditions.com: The purpose of this experimental Web site is to provide 24-7-365 actual (REALTIME) band condition information to CW QRPp, QRPe and CW/SSB for Contesters interested in increasing their scores. It can also be of benefit to other Radio Amateurs to determine band conditions for Nets and casual QSO's. This information is NOT based on any software pre- dictions or any kind of satellite based readings. It is based on a new Ionospheric sounding method called "HF Ionospheric Interferometry" which operates very similarly to the PolSAR system used by NASA.
QSL INFO AND NEWS
  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (December 14th)
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  7P8NH via G3RWF          IY1GMS via IK1SPR      R90WJV via RA9WJV
  9H9NC via 9H1SP          LZ1748SMH via LZ1KCP   RV90WB via RV9WB
  CO6LE via RW6HS (d)      NH2B/KH0 via JA1BAN    SN0P via SP5IOU
  CR6K via CT1ILT (d)      OG6N via OH6NIO        TG9GJG via EA5GL
  EA8/OH1LEG via OH1LEG    OG90AA via OH8AA       TM0R via F5GGL
  EA8AH via OH1RY          OP14N via ON4CRD       TM2B via F8CIL (d)
  GW4J via GW0ETF          OR0A via ON6ZK         TM7XX via F5MUX
  HZ1HZ via N7RO or OE1LZA P40CX via K8CX         UE55RW via RA4DR
  II1ICC via IZ1GAR        R100DA via GM0WRR
    (e) eQSL only  (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (L) LoTW only
    (O) OQRS only  (C) ClubLog only 
KG4LB QSL STATUS. Larry, N6AR, reports, "Please note that all 4032 of the QSOs I made while at KG4LB have now been uploaded onto LoTW and eQSL. Eventually, I will have paper QSLs printed, but they won't be available until sometime in 2015." QSL MANAGER WANTED. Raul, CO8ZZ, informs OPDX that his friend José, CO8AV, is looking for a QSL Manager service. If anyone is interested in offering their services to Jose, please send an E-mail to Raul at co8zz@frcuba.co.cu. José does not have an E-mail service, but Raul can help with that...
QSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 3B8HA, 3B9HA, 3B8/UU5WW, 3C0BYP, 5H1MD, 5R8M, 5W1SA, 6W1RW, 8P6SH, 9K2HN, DK2GZ, DL1A, EA5HRV, EA8CN, EA8CPN, ET3AA, F1MLN, F5IN, F6FZG, F8FUA, FY5KE, G0FUV, G3TXF, G3WPH, G4FOC, GA4AFF, GJ2A, GU4YOX, HC2AO/8, HC2WDT, HI3A, JF2MBF, KG4LB, KH6LC, KH7M, KH8B, LX7I, MU0FAL, N9KX/KH4, NN1N/NL1, OH0X, OK5W, OZ8SW, P40C, PJ2/KY7M, PJ2T, PJ4/W2LK, PJ4A, R7MA, RK3ER, S53F, TC0A, UA0DM, UA0SC, V25K, VE3EJ, VE3KI, VE7AHA, VK8PDX, VP2MDX, VP8SGK, VP9/UU5WW, W1AW/KH8 and ZD8O
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 7X4RJ, EX8M, FK8DD, HG3IPA, KG4RX, OZ8X, P40JW, PJ5/OL8R, RI0X, YB9/HA3JB and ZL7X
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 3V8ST, 9A/VE3ZIK, 9M2TO, 9N7AD, A25KW, BU2AW, BV7GC, CF3A, CF7AAW, CJ3T, CK3AT, CK6S, CN2XN, CP6/DF9GR, CQ3L, CR3L, CT9/DL3KWF, CT9/DJ6KS, D2NX, DF0DLFF, DR20RAFG, DR800BI, E73DX, EA8/DM3HZN, HB0/DL2JRM, HR9/VE7BV, J37T, J79WE, JD1BMH, JT1RF, K6/VE6LB, KH8/DL6JGN, VA7AQ/NL5, OY/DL3UB, R3/VE3DZ, RA/VE7MID, SV5/DL3DRN, V29SH, VA3NQ, VB3E, VC1D, VC3M, VC3S, VC6X, VE3/W9CQG, VO1BB, VO1BQ, VO1DGP, VO1GAM, VO1HP, VO1LM, VO1SA, VO1TK, VX7MID, VY1EI, VY2TT, VY2X, XJ1SO, XL3A, XL3T, XM3AT and YO900AIR
TY, BENIN
Wynand, ZS6ARF, is now active as TY2CD until 2018. He is there as a South African diplomat in Cotonou and will be active on CW, SSB and the Digital modes. Wynand has been heard on 10 meters SSB. QSL via LoTW (preferred) or direct to ZS6ARF.
V5, NAMIBIA
Operators Werner/DC8QT, Georg/DD8ZX and Klaus/DJ9KM will once again be active as V5/homecalls from V52W's QTH in Omaruru between February 9-20th (2015). Activity will be on 160-6 meters using SSB, RTTY and PSK. QSL via their home callsigns. They also plan to be active as V55V during CQ WPX RTTY Contest (February 14-15th). QSL V55V via DJ8VC, direct or by the Bureau.
V6, MICRONESIA
Madison, W5MJ, will once again be active as V63MJ from a new location, Kosrae Island (OC-059), between February 16-24th (2015). Activity will be on 160-10 meters CW only using a K3 and KPA500 amp. QSL via his home callsign.
VP8/SG & VP8/SS, SOUTH GEORGIA ISLAND AND SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS
(Press Release #1, by Paul Ewing, N6PSE) [edited]

The Intrepid-DX Group, led by Paul Ewing-N6PSE and David Collingham-K3LP, is pleased to announce our next Dxpedition. In January 2016, a multi-national team of fourteen operators will converge in Stanley, the Falkland Islands, and start a 34 day voyage aboard the R/V Braveheart to the #4 most wanted DXCC, South Sandwich Island and the #9 most wanted DXCC, South Georgia Island. The team will set up and operate from each island for approximately eight days, weather and sea conditions permitting.
Our primary objective is to activate South Sandwich and South Georgia with a goal of providing as many Dxers as possible a "new one" with these rare DXCC entities and, as a secondary objective; we will focus on low- band contacts.
The team consists of fourteen operators including: Paul Ewing/N6PSE (Co-Leader), David Collingham/K3LP (Co-Leader), Bill Beyer/N2WB, Arnie Shatz/N6HC (Team Physician), Dmitri Zhikharev/RA9USU, Jun Tanaka/JH4RHF, Krassimir Petkov/K1LZ, David Jorgensen/WD5COV, Al Hernandez/K3VN, Craig Thompson/K9CT, Jay Slough/K4ZLE, Kevin Rowett/K6TD, Stephen Wright/VE7CT, and Mark Stennett/NA6M.
The group plans to have six stations on the air from 10 through 160 meters with SSB, CW and RTTY. The radios will be the venerable Elecraft K3 while the amplifiers will be the Elecraft KPA500, 600 watt amplifiers. We will also use an Acom 1500 on the low bands. There will be low band receive antennas and every effort will be made to utilize the propagation on all bands to all population areas.
Our QSL Managers will be Bob Schenck, N2OO, and Steve Wheatley, KU9C, working with the QSL team from the South Jersey DX Association. We will have OQRS, we will accept direct and bureau QSL cards. We plan to upload our logs to Club Log on a daily basis where conditions permit. The Club Log Leaderboard feature will not be activated for this Dxpedition. You can find out more about our plans at our website:
http://www.intrepid-dx.com/vp8
Thank you, Paul N6PSE and David K3LP
VQ9, CHAGOS (Update/160m)
Bob, N7XR, who is now active as VQ9XR from Diego Garcia Island (AF-006), informs OPDX that he put up his 160m antenna on Thursday (TX 1823 and RX 1824), but the local QRM was way too bad to operate so he stuck the 80m antennas back up. He states that the antenna works great, but no takers at my sunset. However, Bob was very active this past weekend on 30/20/17/12 meters RTTY and 17 meters SSB. QSL via his home callsign direct only. No Bureau or LoTW.
ADDED NOTE: Robert may use the callsign V92XR instead, which gives the prefix hunters a new prefix. Look for possible updates on:
http://www.wake-diego2014.org
XW, LAOS
Bruce, 3W3B (HS0ZCY/XU7ADF/XW1B/AA4XR), who lives in Da Nang, announced that he will be active as XW4XR from Vientiane between December 15th and January 2nd (2015). Activity will be on 80-10 meters using only CW and RTTY. He is expected to return again to Laos during late January, between the 15-23rd. QSL via E21EIC and LoTW.

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