DX Bulletin No. 1254
February 22, 2016
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, K2LE, NA2U, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, K8GG, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m DX News, K0NR, DL1SBF, DL7UXG & The DX News Letter, DxCoffee.com, DXNews.com, DX-World.Net, E21EIC, ES1CW, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, G3BJ, I1HYW, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, MM0NDX, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, VA3RJ & ICPO, and VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) for the following DX information.
EDITOR'S SPECIAL NOTICE
This week's bulletin was sent out earlier than normal to accommodate the late ARRL DX CW Contest announcements. Also, we wanted to provide the readers with a consolidated listing of the ARRL DX CW Contest participants.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Friday, 12th/February, through Friday, 19th/February there were 234 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4W, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, CY0, D2, D4, DL, DU, E4, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FS, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J3, J6, J7, JA, JD/m, JD/o, JT, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ5, PJ7, PY, PZ, S0, S5, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T32, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TN, TR, TT, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2M, VP5, VP8, VP8/h, VP8/o, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XW, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD8, 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".
Operators Arkady/UA4CC and Arunas/LY2IJ will be active as 3DA0CC and 3DA0IJ, respectively, from Mozambique between March 8-15th. Activity will be on the HF bands but with focus on the low bands. QSL 3DA0CC via UA4CC, ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW. QSL 3DA0IJ via LY2IJ, ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW.
SWL Ashraf "Ash", 3V4-002 (KF5EYY), will once again be active as 3V8SS from the "Radio Club Station of Tunisian Scouts" in Sousse, during the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 20-21st) as a Single-Op/All- Band entry. QSL via LoTW or to LX1NO. Read about Ashraf on the following Web page at:
Dick, DJ2EH, Dick, is now active as 4W/DJ2EH. The length of his stay is unknown at this time. Activity has been on 160/80/40/30/ 20/17/15/12/10 meters using CW only. QSL via his home callsign.
Roly, ZL1BQD, is now active as 5W0RR until February 23rd. Activity will be limited depending on his workload. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using mostly JT65 with some CW. He uses a KX3 with 10 watts. QSL via his home callsign.
Alan, G3XAQ, will once again be active as 5X1XA from a new QTH between March 4-16th. Activity is usually on 80-10 meters CW only, but his primary focus will be on the RSGB Commonwealth (BERU) Contest (March 12-13th). QSL via G3SWH, OQRS or LoTW.
Hiro, JA6WFM, who will be i Tonga for the next two years, will be active as A31MM during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 20-21st) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via EA5GL or LoTW.
A31T TONGA DXPEDITION NEWS
Tony, K2SG, A31T Pilot, reports on Friday: The team on Tonga is encountering some bad weather from Cyclone Winston. Winds are 40+ knots, too high to get 160/80 verticals up. http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/pacific/296916/all-of-fiji-urged-to-prepare-for-tropical-cyclone-winston When I receive some additional information I will try to pass it along.
Atsuo, JE6HIB, is now active as AH2EG from the AH2R contest station located on Guam Island until February 22nd. Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL via his home callsign.
Operators Arkady/UA4CC and Arunas/LY2IJ will be active as C92CC and C91IJ, respectively, from Mozambique between February 28th and March 7th. Activity will be on the HF bands but with focus on the low bands. QSL C91CC via UA4CC, ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW. QSL C91IJ via LY2IJ, ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW.
CY9C, ST. PAUL ISLAND
With the CY9C St. Paul Island DXpedition coming in August (between August 19-29th), there is an interesting fly-by video on YouTube.com at:
Paulo, CT1ITE, is now active as D2/CT1ITE from Luanda until the end of March. Activity will be limited to spare time on 80-10 meters (possibly 160m) using CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign.
EF8, CANARY ISLANDS
Juan, EA8RM (ex-EA8CAC), will be active as EF8R during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 20-21st) as a Single-Op/All- Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via LoTW or EB7DX.
Robby, AC2OV/VY2SS, currently on assignment and living in Volcan in the Chiriqui Province, is now active as HP3/VY2SS. Activity has been on 40-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. He states that he is putting up a Yagi as well as dipoles for lower bands. QSL via AC2OV only (LoTW and eQSL soon).
HU, EL SALVADOR
Members of the "Club de Radioaficionados de El Salvador" (C.R.A.S.) in San Salvador will be active as HU1A during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via YS1GMV. Operators mentioned are Mario/YS1GMV, Mario/YS1MAE, Roberto/YS1RS, Federico/YS1FEA, YS1CL and Jose/YS1MS.
AS-133. Jacek, SP5APW, will be active as XU7AKC from Rong Sanloem Island between April 13-19th. No other details were provided. Watch his Blog page for updates at: http://as-133.blogspot.co.uk
AS-142. Members of the Russian Robinson Club (RRC) will be active as UE23RRC from the very remote Kambalnyy Island (Toporkov, RR-13-14) between August 9-14th. Operators mentioned are Vasily/R7AL and his XYL Anastasia/R7AL, Vasily/RA1ZZ, Alexandr/ RA3AV and Yuri/UD0XAA. Last time this island was activated was in 1999. Activity will be on 40/30/20/17/15/10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via the Bureau or direct. Log will be uploaded to ClubLog during the operation. For more details, see:
AS-202. PRESS RELEASE:
On January 8, 2016, we released news of an up- coming IOTA DXpedition to Hawar Island AS-202NEW. Six weeks later we’re happy to confirm that plans are running smoothly and everything is now on schedule. Our callsign A91HI is confirmed!
Our QTH has been carefully chosen on the North side of the island overlooking salt water with magnificent take-off views to all corners of the globe. Input 25° 43' 5” N / 50° 47' 7” E on Google Earth and you will see our exact QTH.
An experienced team (7Z1OO, 9K2RR, A41OO, A61DJ, A93LT, EI5GM, EI9FBB & MM0NDX) led by Fawaz A92AA (team leader) will be QRV with 4 high power stations from 40m through 10 meters CW, SSB and DIGI. We will use a combination of SP7IDX Technology Hexbeams and VDAs at the water’s edge to ensure good signals into all Continents.
Administration costs are very high for this expedition. No fewer than six different departments are required to give us clearance to operate amateur radio on Hawar Island. This is why it has taken almost 2 years for the first AS-202 activity to happen. Now that we have all necessary permits in hand, we aim to give this ‘New One’ to as many IOTA Hunters as possible.
We thank all recent donors and sponsors who understand this activation is not as easy as it may appear. Please consider making a small donation to help offset our growing costs and we will be happy to list your call on our website:
vy 73 de A91HI Team
NA-060. Daniel, DL5YWM, will be active as HR4/DL5YWM from Isla del Tigre (Tiger Island), Honduras, from March 25-27th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-6 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign.
NA-190. Daniel, DL5YWM, will be active as YS3/DL5YWM from Isla Meanguera, El Salvador, from March 27-31st. Activity will be holiday style on 40-6 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign.
J6, ST. LUCIA
Bill, W5SJ, will be active as J6/W5SJ from St. Lucia (NA-108, WLOTA L-1336) betwee February 23-29th. Activity will be holiday style and QRP on 20 meters CW only. QSL via W5JAY.
Helge, LB5WB, will be active as JW/LB5WB from Spitsbergen (EU-026) between July 29th and August 1st. Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.
By the time you read this, Fred, NA2U, will be operating from Volcano on the Big Island through March 6th. He will operate as KH6/NA2U prior to the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 20-21st) and the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 5-6th). In the ARRL DX CW and SSB Contests he will operate as KH7M. QSLs for KH6/NA2U are via LoTW (preferable), or direct with SASE or IRC/greenstamps. All other cards are via Bureau. QSLs for KH7M are direct ONLY via KH6ZM.
NP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS
Fred, K9VV, will once again be active as NP2X from the "Caribbean Friends United By Amateur Radio" Gallows Bay Club Station on St. Croix, but this time during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 20-21st) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via K5WW. Look for Fred to be active outside of the contest probably as K9VV/KP2. QSL K9VV/KP2 only direct to K9VV.
Daniel, DL5YWM, will once again be active as OA4/DL5YWM from Lima between March 12-25th. Activity will be limited to his free time. As in the past, Daniel may possibly travel to a different part of Peru and be active as OA*/homecall. Activity will be holiday style on 40-6 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign.
P4, ARUBA (Update)
Operators Andreas/DL5CW (P4/DL5CW), Thomas/DL5LYM P40XM) and Olli/DH8BQA (P40FA) are now active from Carl's, P49V (SK), "Cook's Radio Retreat" http://www.p49v.com on Aruba (SA-036) until February 25th. The retreat is now owned by Ben Buettner, DL6RAI. The operators are expected to be in the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 20-21st). The callsign/category has not yet been announced. Watch Olli's Web page for possible updates at http://www.dh8bqa.de/. QSL P4/DL5CW via DL5CW), P40XM via DL3XM and P40FA via DH8BQA.
Andy, K2LE, will once again be active as P40LE during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 20-21st) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (15m)/ Low-Power entry. Activity outside of the contest will be on 20/17/15/12/10 meters on mostly CW with some SSB. He will also be in the CWops Contest (CWT) on the 24th. QSL via K2LE.
Operators John/W6LD, Mike/K9NW, Paul/K9PG and Paul/WE9V will be active as P40L during the ARRL DX CW Contest (March 5-6th) as a Multi/2 entry. QSL via WA3FRP. Look for operators to be active before and after the contest.
PJ2, CURACAO (Update)
Andy, W9NJY, is once again active as PJ2/W9NJY from Curacao (SA-099, WLOTA LH-0942) until February 24th. Also, Rudy, NF9V, will be active as PJ2/NF9V until February 23rd. Both operators are there as team members to help put the Caribbean Contesting Consortium's (CCC) Signal Point Station PJ2T on the air for the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 20-21st). The other team members are Martin/K2PLF, Mal/NP2L, Bill/W9VA, Geoff/W0CG, Daniel/N1ZZ and Christian/HB9BJL. Their activity outside of the contest will be mainly on CW on 160-10 meters. QSL PJ2/W9NJY via WD9DZV or LoTW. QSL PJ2/NF9V via NF9V or LoTW. QSL PJ2T via LoTW or W3HNK.
Charles, K1XX, is now active as PJ4/K1XX from Bonaire (SA-006. His length of stay is unknown. Activity will be on 80/40/20/15/10 meters mainly on CW. QSL via his home callsign.
PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (February 22-28th)
Feb/22nd AN Feb/25th AN Feb/27th AN Feb/23rd AN Feb/26th AN Feb/28th AN Feb/24th 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=6-9 100-400REALTIME 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. Also, checkout the VOACAP predication Web page at:
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (February 19th) ------------------------------------------------------------------------- A62A via IZ8CLM OH70AG via OH6AG PA8ZB via LZ1OT AO3WRD via EA4URE OZ11A via OZ6ABA (d) PI4DX via PD1DX HF31ROT via SP9KJU PA16TSS via PD2RKG PJ2/HB9BJL via HB9BJL II2V via IK2AQZ PA55A via PD7YY SO35RTTY via SP1O LY98O via LY8O PA6NB via PA7JWC & (L) (e) eQSL only (d) direct only (B) Bureau only (*-B) DX's- Bureau (O) OQRS only (C) ClubLog only (L) LoTW onlyQSLS RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 3B8/HB9ARY, 3B8HC, 3V8SS, 9A8M, C5YK, CE2MVF, DS5USH, E77DX, EA8/RW3DO, F5NMK, FG4NN, HI0C, HI3CCP, I1WXK, IS0GQX, J6/DL7VOG, J79WTA, KL7RST, MC0SHL, OA4TT, ON4RO, PB5X, S52WW, SV1ACL, XP3A, YW2AJ, YW4AJ and YW8AJ QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3XY5M, 5E2E, 6Y4K, 7Q7BP, AY7X, C92ZO, CE0Y/R4WAA, CE0Y/RZ3FW, JD1BMH, K5P, LT5X, M0YCM/6Y5, P40MA, PJ4/OH1MA, PJ4/OH2BAD ST90IARU, SV2ASP/A, SV5BYR, TX3X, V73D, YT90NS, YU1JW and YW5Z (SA-059)
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: A92IO, DS2GOO, DS4AOW, DS5TOS, DS0AHQ, EI30T, HL1IBG, HL2BM, HL2CFY, HL2ZBD/3, HL4CHH, HL5YI, HZ1DS, TF2RR, TF3CY, TF3IG, TF3IRA, TF3JB, TF3ML, TF3RF, TF3PPN, TF3VS, TF3W, VA2BAE, VA2QR, VA2TY, VE2PZ and VE2TRC
TI, COSTA RICA (Update)
Operators Kamal/N3KS, Chris/KL9A and Jim/WX3B will be active as TI5W from Alajuela during the ARRL International DX SSB Contest (March 5-6th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via N3YIM direct. The operators will be signing TI5/homecalls before and after the contest.
TO1, FRENCH GUYANA (Update)
Herve, F5HRY, will be active as TO1A during the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 20-21st) as a Single-Op/ Single-Band (10m, not 15m as first announced) entry. QSL via his home callsign or LoTW.
V2, ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA
Bob, K0NR, is now active as V29RW from Antigua (NA-100) until February 20th. Activity will be holiday style 40-10 meters using SSB. QSL via K0NR or LoTW.
V7, MARSHALL ISLANDS
A few sources are reporting that Jim, AH6OY, will be active from Majuro Island (OC-029) between March 1-7th. His callsign is pending. He plans to participate in the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 5-6th). "The Daily DX" states, "He'll be taking an IC-7000, and maybe an amplifier. Two spiderpoles or a 5 band Spiderbeam will be used for activity on 40-10 meters and possibly 80 meters for operations on SSB, CW, RTTY and JT65." Listen for QSL instructions.
VP8, FALKLAND ISLANDS
It was announced that Friday night (February 19th)will be the last night for the VP8STI/VP8SGI team to be active from the Falkland Islands (SA-002). It was reported that the team was leaving to go home on Saturday. VP8 Stations activated were VP8IDX (QSL via N2OO), VP8DRC (QSL via N2OO), VP8KVA(QSL via DL6KVA), VP8RHF (QSL via OE1ZKC) and VP8DXU (QSL via W7XU).
VP8, FALKLAND ISLANDS (Update/Correction)
Gerard, G3WIP/VK4BGL, will be active as VP8DPD (not VP8PDP as earlier announced) from Falkland Islands (SA-002) until April 1st. He will be there working as a doctor. Activity will be limited to when he is not working or spare time. Watch for oper- ations on 20/17/15/10 meters using a FT-897D. NO QSNs have been reported yet. QSL via G3WIP by the RSGB Bureau.
Mike, G3VYI, will once again be active as G3VYI/VP9 from Ed/VP9GE's Hamilton Parish QTH (NA-005, WLOTA 0201)on Bermuda between March 11-15th. Activity will be holiday style on 160-10 meters using CW, but with a focus on low bands (160/80/40 in the evenings). He will also be in the RSGB Commonwealth (BERU) Contest (March 12-13th). QSL via his home callsign.
YS, EL SALVADOR
Members of the Club de Radio Aficionados de El Salvador (CRAS), will be active as YS1YS during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 5-6th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via YS1GMV. Operators mentioned are Mario/YS1GMV, Mario/YS1MAE, Roberto/YS1RS, Federico/YS1FEA, YS1CL and Jose/YS1MS.
Julio, YV1KK, in the Trujillo State, western part of Venezuela, will be active during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 20-21st) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (160m) entry. QSL via LoTW.
Z8, SOUTH SUDAN
Olli, OH0XX, is now active as Z81X from Juba, South Sudan, between February 17-22nd. Activity will be on 80-10 meters (NO 160m) on CW only. He will also be in the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 20-21st) as a Singe-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via OH0XX, direct, by the Bureau, LoTW or ClubLog's OQRS.
ZL7, CHATHAM ISLANDS
A press release by Don, G3BJ/G5W, states: The "6G" team that operated from TX6G (Australs 2014) and E6GG (Niue 2015) will be on Chatham Island from 27 October to 10 November 2016. The location has excellent short and long path take off towards Europe where Chatham Island is still high on the wanted list. As in previous expeditions, operation will be 160-10m CW, SSB and RTTY, with up to four stations active at any one time. More information, callsign details and a web site will be available soon.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------- The following stations are expected to be active in the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 20-21st, 2016) -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thanks to Bill, NG3K, for providing OPDX readers with the following consolidated listing of the participants in the 2016 ARRL DX CW Contest. For a more detailed listing (and up-to-date changes/corrections) in HTML format, please visit Bill's Web page at: http://www.ng3k.com/Misc/adxc2016.html (By callsign) http://www.ng3k.com/Misc/adxcd2016.html (By entity) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Contest DXCC Class QSL Callsign Entity Route ------------------------------------------------------------------------ 3V8SS Tunisia SOAB LP LoTW; QSL via LX1NO 8P5A Barbados SOAB HP LoTW; QSL via NN1N A31MM Tonga SOAB LP LoTW; QSL via EA5GL A35T Tonga M/? M0URX AH2R Guam M/S LoTW C6AKQ Bahamas SOSB 80M N4BP Direct C6AQL Bahamas SOSB 20M LoTW D4C Cape Verde SOAB LoTW EF8R Canary Islands SOAB LP LoTW FY5KE French Guiana SOSB 20M LoTW HI3/ND3F Dominican Republic SOAB LP ND3F J79E Dominica SOAB N2ZN KG4HF Guantanamo LoTW; QSL via ClubLog KH7M Hawaii KH6ZM NP2P US Virgin Islands SOAB LoTW NP2X US Virgin Islands SOAB LoTW; QSL via K5WW P40LE Aruba SOSB 15M LoTW P40W Aruba SOAB LoTW; QSL via N2MM PJ6A Saba & St Eustatius M/? N4NX PT5A Brazil M/2 T48K Cuba M/2 DK1WI TI5W Costa Rica M/S N3YIM TO1A French Guiana SOSB LoTW; QSL via F5HRY UA2F Kaliningrad SOAB V31TP Belize M/S WC0W V6A Micronesia SOAB JA7HMZ Direct VP2MWA Montserrat M/? LoTW; QSL via KK9K VP9/W6PH Bermuda SOAB LP W6PH Direct YV1KK Venezuela SOSB 160M LoTW Z81X South Sudan SOAB HP LoTW; QSL via OH0XX (B/d/C) ZF1A Cayman Island M/S LoTW; QSL via K6AM (B/d) ZL3X New Zealand M/S LoTW; QSL via (C) (e) eQSL only (d) direct only (B) Bureau only (L) LoTW only (O) OQRS only (C) ClubLog only
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