DX Bulletin No. 1230
September 7, 2015
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB5K & the AR TelNet Clusters Network, K1XN & GoList, NJ1Q & W1AW, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, K5GS, WB6RSE, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m News, DL1SBF, DL7UXG & The DX News Letter, DxCoffee.com, DXNews.com, DX-World.Net, EI9FBB, ES1CW, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, G4EDG, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, IK4CIE, JH3AZC, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, VA3RJ & ICPO and VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 30th/August, through Sunday, 6th/September there were 208 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4W, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5V, 5W, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9V, 9Y, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, BV, BY, C2, C3, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, CY0, D4, DL, DU, E4, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FR, FS, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J6, 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, PY, PY0F, PZ, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T32, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TI9, TJ, TK, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP5, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XW, YA, YB, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, 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".
3B7, ST. BRANDON
Pat, 3B8FA, will be active as 3B7FA from St. Brandon (AF-015) between October 26-31st. Activity will be limited and on 20/15/10 meters using mostly the Digital modes. QSL via LoTW, or via his home callsign.
A couple of sources report that Antoine, 3D2AG, will be active as 3D2AG/P from Rotuma Island sometime between December 6th and January 15th (2016). Activity will be on 40-6 meters using CW, SSB and possible PSK31. Another source (DXNews.com) states that he will also try 80 meters and will use an Icom IC-7000 and TS440S transceivers with 3 element yagis and an inverted V antenna and 6 element Yagi for 6m. Antoine is with the European Union Global Climate Change Alliance Project and Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development, plus the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji. QSL via his home callsign direct only. Also, watch QRZ.com for update by Antoine.
Sei, JA7LU, is now and once again be active as 4W/JA7LU from Timor-Leste (OC-148) until September 9th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters, but will be focused 20/15 meters using SSB and RTTY. QSL via his home callsign direct only.
Craig, VK2ACH, is currently active as 5W0CW from Aggie Grey Hotel, Apia, Upolu Island (OC-097). Length of stay not known. Activity has been on the HF Bands. QSL via his home callsign.
Masato, JA0RQV, will be active as 6Y5/JA0RQV mainly from a Hotel in Kingston, Jamaica (NA-097), from the middle of October for 2 months. Activity will be mostly on the weekend and spare time during his local time as he is on a business trip. He states that if situation allows, he might stay and operate from the station of Josh, 6Y5WJ, and to be an entry in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th) from his powerful station (1kw and Beam antennas). QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
BIRD DISTANCE RECORD! [Possible New Distance Record on the AO-7 Satellite]
Dave, KG5CCI, operating portable on a mountain in Grid EM24UQ worked EA5TT in Grid IM99SL on September 5th at approximately 1812 UTC on the AO-7 satellite in Mode B (U/V). The distance according to Tiny Locator was 7931km. The high elevation in EM24 made it possible to exceed the theoretical 7900km maximum range for AO-7. AO-7 was launched in 1974 and went silent in 1981. It came back to life in 2002 and now operates when in sunlight from its circular 1450km orbit. Congratulations to Dave and Manuel!
Randy, K5SL, is now active as C6ASL from Freeport, Grand Bahama Island (NA-080) until September 18th. Activity is holiday style on 40-17 meters using on CW and SSB, but focused on 30/17 meters. QSL via K5GS.
Members of the Antofagasta Contest Group will be active as CB1H during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th) as a Multi-? entry. QSL via CE1DY.
CE0Y, EASTER ISLAND
Operators Yan/RZ3FW and Sergey/R4WAA will be active as CE0Y/RZ3FW and CE0Y/R4WAA, respectively, from Easter Island (SA-001) between November 24th and December 2nd. QSL via their home callsigns.
D4, CAPE VERDE
Operators Chris/DL2MDU and YL Heike/DL3HD will be active as D44TUK and D44TUQ, respectively, from Boa Vista Island (AF-086) between September 11-25th. Activity will be holiday style on 80-10 meters using CW and the Digital modes. QSL via DL2MDU.
E5, NORTH COOK ISLANDS (Update)
Operators Rob/N7QT, YL Melanie "Mel"/N7BX, and Grant/KZ1W will be be active as E51MQT and E51MKW from Manihiki Atoll (OC-014) between September 29th and October 27th. KZ1W's operation as E51MKW will end on October 13th.
Activity has been updated to 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY, with a K3/KPA500 and a CrankIR vertical on the beach. Rob reports, "We are making progress on expedition planning. Lodging and airline tickets have been secured. K3/KPA500 and CrankIR verticals on the beach. We might be calling for EU/AF as well as NA/SA during their respec- tive sunrise and sunsets, and will work the rest of the world during the remaining time. QSL Manager for this expedition is N7BX." QSL available using LoTW, direct with SASE (IRC or 2 USDs for international), or by the Bureau.
EI1916, IRELAND (Special Event)
Look for special event station EI1916E to be active between January 2016 and Dec 2016. Activity will be on SSB, RTTY and PSK. This station commemorates the centenary of the 1916 "Easter Rising"
Members of the ARI Fidenza will be activating special callsigns IO4ENG and IQ4FE during the "Enigma Event". The Enigma Event consists of exchanging ham radio messages over the air encrypted with the Enigma code of WW II memory to commemorate its importance in the history of communications and encryption. The Event Enigma is one of the "European Researchers' Night" events on Sept 25th, when a number of initiatives will be organized by European research and cultural institutions. An Amateur Radio Award (ENIGMA AWARD) is associated with this event. The ham activity of the ENIGMA AWARD will start on Sept. 12th. All details and rules are available on the official Web site at:
Kostyantyn, VE3LA, will be active as FM/VE8DX from Martinique (NA-107) between October 17-27th. He will also be active as TO2M during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th) as a Single-Op/ All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL both callsigns via LY5W.
PLEASE NOTE: The TO2M callsign was used before by Sam, F6AML, from Mayotte, so be careful when you QSL.
FO, FRENCH POLYNESIA
Just a reminder that Heinz, DF1YP, will once again be active as FO/DF1YP from Moorea Island (OC-046, Pointe Aroa Light ARLHS FRP 004 and WLOTA 0465) between September 5th and October 1st. Activity will be holiday style mainly on 20 meters on SSB. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
FO, FRENCH POLYNESIA
Giulio, IW3HVB, will be active as TX7EME from Moorea Island (OC-046, Pointe Aroa Light ARLHS FRP 004 and WLOTA 0465) between September 3-10th. Activity will be a 2m moonbounce operation. For more details see:
S79C UPDATE/PRESS RELEASE (date September 4th):
Just over a month ago, the S79C team released information about their plans to activate brand new IOTA AF-119, Coetivy Island. With little over 2 months before our departure, we are de- lighted to confirm that plans are definite and large deposits have already been paid to the relevant departments. We have obtained all necessary permits both to visit and operate from Coetivy and are looking forward to bringing this new one to so many island chasers and DXers around the globe.
As of last week, all individual flights have now been booked. Departing from cities such as Adelaide, Paris, Dublin, Rome, Warsaw and Amsterdam, will see the whole team meet up in Mahe, capital of Seychelles, on November 14/15th. On November 16th we leave for Coetivy.
As private airplane charter is needed to access the island, costs are terrifically high, higher than staging a DXpedition to some rare entities! We kindly urge IOTA and DX chasers to support our activation.
Station design and antennas are currently being discussed. We aim to have 6 stations QRV at peak times to fulfill the demand for this first activation and will concentrate on all geograph- ical areas. We know many of you trust us to deliver a first class island activation. Please visit our webpage http://af119new.com/ for full information, updates and for latest Twitter feeds https://twitter.com/af119new' 73 de S79C team.
SA-060. Operators Renato/PY8WW, Fernando/PU8WZT, Renan/PU8WMM, Renner/ PY7RP, Jose/PY8ZE and Jaime/PY8FML will be active as PX8Z (same callsign used since 2013) from Cotijuba Island (DIB PA-14, ARLHS-278, DFB PA-13, WLOTA 2855) between September 17-20th. Activity will be on 40-6 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. Vertical antennas will be used on the beach. QSL via PY8WW. For more information, see:
Operators Miika/OH2BAD and Jaakko/OH1MA will be active as P40MH (CW/SSB) and P4/OH1MA (CW/SSB/RTTY), respectively, from Cook Rental Resort on Aruba (SA-036) between November 3-10th. QSL P40MH via OH2BAD, direct or by the Bureau. QSL P4/OH1MA via LoTW or OH2BAD.
P5, NORTH KOREA (Update)
Rick, K6VVA, has posted another update to his possible P5CW (P5/K6VVA) "CW ONLY" operation at:
Frank, PH2M, will once again be active as PJ4M from Kra- lendijk, Bonaire (SA-006), between September 26th and October 11th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using SSB only. QSL via his home callsign (only the 2013 and 2015 operations), preferred by the Bureau, direct or LoTW.
Operators Miika/OH2BAD and Jaakko/OH1MA will be active as PJ4/OH2BAD (CW/SSB) and PJ4/OH1MA (CW/SSB/RTTY), respectively, from the PJ4DX station on Bonaire (SA-006, WLOTA LH-1279) between November 10-18th. QSL PJ4/OH2BAD via OH2BAD, direct or by the Bureau. QSL PJ4/OH1MA via LoTW or OH2BAD.
PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (September 7-13th)
Sep/07th AN Sep/10th AN Sep/12th BN Sep/08th HN Sep/11th DIS Sep/13th LN Sep/09th 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=6-9 100-400REALTIME BAND CONDITIONS WEB SITE
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (September 6th) ------------------------------------------------------------------------- 5E2E via EB7DX (d) HC8/G8OFQ via G8OFQ (d) R100WWS via RV3YR 5H3DX via NK8O HF2015BASI via SQ3BKH R11PVB via UA4WHX 7U0ARU via SM4VPZ HF440W via SP7KED R2015BA via RZ3LC 9M4DX via JA6IDJ HG30CW via HA3NU RI0POL via UA4WHX DQ125ULM via DL2CC HS0ZBS via OE2REL (HS-B) RI1PV via UA4WHX DU9AQQ via EA5GL HT7C via TI4SU (d) SB0A via SM0LPO E2X via E20GMY IA5/IU0FBK via IU0FBK SN0S via SP5IOU EG1SDC via EA1AUM II90IARU via IW3RUA SO1CC via DL1CC EG2SDC via EA1AUM LZ129WNLS via LZ1KCP SV67FF via SV2GWY (d/e) EG3SDC via EA1AUM OG3A via OH3WS SZ8L via SV3DCX EG4SDC via EA1AUM OG9W via OH2BCI TC30AZB via (e/L) EG5SDC via EA1AUM OK/DL8RL/P via DL8RL TF/K2HVN via K2HVN EG6SDC via EA1AUM OK/OE5HFM/P via OE5HFM TK/PA2CHR via PA2CHR EG7SDC via EA1AUM OM760VRUTKY via OM3KFV TM300SK via F4GFE EG8SDC via EA1AUM ON44WAR via ON7RY TM37CDXC via F5CWU EG9SDC via EA1AUM OR90VL via ON5VL TM73IE via F9IE EM70A via UR3AHF P29LL via EA7FTR (d); EA4PL (B) VP5/KO8SCA via KO8SCA FK8CE via NI5DX (d) P40PX via AI5P XV4Y via OK1DOT (d) GX1RCD via G0DRC PC15SAIL via PA0RDY YJ0NH via JA0JHQ HB9/DG2RON/P via DG2RON PH2015GEES via PA-(B) Z36T via DJ0LZ (d) (e) eQSL only (d) direct only (B) Bureau only (*-B) DX's- Bureau (O) OQRS only (C) ClubLog only (L) LoTW onlyET3AA LoTW UDATE. The latest operation by the Ukrainian operators at ET3AA has just been uploaded to LoTW. OLD QSL COLLECTION (Update). Jean Michel, F6AJA, wants to remind everyone to visit the Les Nouvelles DX (LNDX) Web page to see more than 13000 old QSL cards in several different albums/galleries. This site contains:
- The ten most wanted DXCC entities (2004 to 2014) with more than 400 QSLsThe URL address for the Web site is:
- At least one card for each 60 deleted DXCC countries (more than 1600+ QSLs)
- Nearest the totality of current prefixes, disappeared now (more than 4500+ QSLs)
- Album for stations from North Africa 1945-1962 (400+ QSLs)
- More than 900 QSLs from the Antarctic bases.
- With 270 QSLs from the TAAF (Terres Australes and Antarctiques Francaises).
- More than 450 QSLs for the rare French Pacific Islands such as FK, FK/C, FO/C, FO/A, FO/M, FO/C and FW
- More than 100 cards from Eparses Islands such as FR/B/E/G/J/T
- The FG, FM, FP, FS, FY stations from 1945 to 1969
- Commemoratives stations for ITU and IARU with more than 400 QSL.
- More than 2000 cards for the old timer with more than 150 countries before 1945.
- Cards from the French Department before 1945.
- At least one card from each of the states in the U.S. before 1945.
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3W1T, ET3AA, EX2F, EX2V, PQ0T and T6T
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 3B9FR, 4W/G3ZEM, 5H1DX, 6Y6N, 9V1PW, AH0YL, CT9/DL2MRE, D44TWO, DJ90IARU, DM750FOR, DQ1200HI, DR125HLK, E51HDJ, EA8/DL3DRN, EP6T, GB1418WAR, HZ1FI, KH0/JH1BXH, LX9BSC, NH2KY, OY/DL3UB, S07X, SW9AG, V5/DL3DXX, VK5PAS and ZM9ODX
RUSSIAN ARCTIC COAST EXPEDITION
Vladimir "Vlad", UA4WHX, is currently aboard the ice-breaker "MSV Mikhail Somov", and is on a Russian Arctic Coast Expedition along the Arctic Northern Sea Route (Northeast Passage) within the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the Russian Federation. Vlad will be active using the following callsign from the various IOTA locations: RI0POL and RI1OV (EU-035 and EU-119), RI1PV (EU-085) and R11PVB. Look for up-to-date information on QRZ.com. QSL via UA4WHX.
T32, EAST KIRIBATI
Operators Stan/AC8W, Ted/K8AQM, Larry/K8MU, Stephen/ K8QKY, Brian/KG8CO, Lee/N8LJ and possibly more will be active from Kiriti- mati (Christmas Island) [OC-024] between March 2-15th (2016). Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. They also plan to be in the ARRL International DX SSB Contest (March 5-6th). The callsign(s) and QSL route(s) TBA. More details will be forthcoming.
TX3X CHESTERFIELD ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS
Gene, K5GS, reported this past week that [edited] "1,090 kg of TX3X equipment was processed through New Zealand's Customs on Monday, August 30th, and is now at our equipment consolidation point in Auckland. The gear was packed in Pelican cases and barrels, then wrapped in cardboard / plastic by the shipping agent.
Special thanks to Don Greenbaum, N1DG, for his help in arranging the shipping logistics for TX3X and Jim Sansoterra, K8JRK, for providing the Pelican cases.
Boat loading is scheduled for Sept 13-15th, 2015, at Bayswater Marina, Auckland, NZ."
TX6, FRENCH POLYNESIA
Moto, JA1GZV, is now active as TX6A from Tahiti Island (OC-046). Length of activity is unknown. Most of the activity has been on 20 meters CW. QSL only via JA1GZV.
PLEASE NOTE: The TX6A callsign was originally used in October 2006 operation by Sam, F6AML, who was on Mayotte.
Operators Sho, JA7HMZ, will once again be active as V63DX from Pohnpei Island (OC-010) between November 27th and December 5th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters, all modes and including the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry signing V6A. He will be looking for European stations on 160m before and after the contest. QSL via his home callsign. No Bureau QSLs.
V7, MARSHALL ISLANDS (Update)
A group of JA operators will be active from Majuro Island (OC-029) between September 24-28th. Operators are YL Mami/JP3AYQ (V73YL) and her husband Sanny/JJ3CIG (V73H), Team Leader Takio/JH3QFL (V73A) and Co-Leader Keizo "Kay"/JH3AZC (V7EME). Activity will be holiday style on 40-6 meters, satellite, EME, CW, SSB, RTTY and JT65A. Radios are a FT857 and FT847. Their antennas will be a homebrew 3 element full size beam (3 bands) and a SpiderBeam antenna (5 band). They will also have two Elecraft 500w amp for HF to use and 800w out station for EME. QSL all operators via their home callsigns, by the Bureau or direct (see QRZ.com for addresses).
* YL Mami, JP3AYQ, states (on QRZ.com), that her activity will be holiday style (she likes to scuba dive) on the HF bands using CW (be patient), SSB and the Digital mode (RTTY). Suggested frequencies are the IOTA frequencies, such as 14260, 14040, 21260 and 21040 kHz. QSL via JP3AYQ, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW. Log will be uploaded to LoTW and ClubLog. She does have a Blog page at: http://jp3ayq.269g.net * Hiro, JJ3CIG/KH0YA, states (on QRZ.com), that he plans to operate on the JT65 mode. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by eQSL.VK0EK DXPEDITION NEWS (Heard Island Expedition Newsletter Vol. 1 No. 4)
* Kay, JH3AZC/W2AZ, informs OPDX that V73EME will try to operate on 2m EME (JT65B only) and V7A is now preparing to QRV on Satellite(FO29). He states, "It may be the first time operation for EME from V7 land (also Satellite? not sure).
The current Heard Island Expedition Newsletter (Vol. 1, No. 4) is now out. Individuals may have already received this because they subscribed to it, or they made a donation to the expedition, or they are a team member or a corporate sponsor, or Bob, KK6EK, just happens to know you and think you would like to have it. This issue goes to 976 different people. Bob also informs [edited], "There is no charge or obligation for this we just want to help you make a QSO with VK0EK, or to collaborate in the scientific work. Future Newsletters will be issued now and then, when we have something to say, probably every few weeks. If you missed a previous Newsletter and would like to have a copy, you can find a link on p. 4
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-- On Tuesday, September 8th, on w5kub.com at 8 PM CT, Bob, KK6EK, gives us an update on planning for Heard Island DXpedition. This is part of a regular status “check in” from the VK0EK Heard Island Team.
During the DXpedition we will be bringing you live reports from Heard Island. You can also listen in on Shortwave WTWW on 5085 KHz.
The VK0EK Team would like to thank our sponsor, Tom Medlin and W5KUB.COM You can watch this interview live on http://www.w5kub.com.
VK0EK AND W4DXCC CONVENTION NEWS
Press Release date September 5th [edited]:
We are very pleased to announce that Fred Belton, KM4MXD, a member of the VK0EK Heard Island DXpedition team, will be attending the W4DXCC DX and Contest Convention in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, Sept. 25-26, 2015.
The administrator of the Heard Island Expedition Angel Matching Fund, Dr. Anders Jepsen, reports that the Angel has agreed to repeat the offer made at Visalia, Dayton, and Friedrichshafen: Any donations made at the W4DXCC Convention, will be eligible for dollar-for-dollar matching to benefit VK0EK.
To be eligible for matching, the donation must be received at the convention.You can make your donation in cash or check, or if you are caught short, make it by PayPal or bank transfer and give the receipt to Fred, but you must be at the W4DXCC convention to qualify for matching.
Andreas, DL9USA, will be active as VP2ECC from Island Harbour, Anguilla (A-022), between November 8-23rd. Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL via his home callsign (see QRZ.com).
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