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OPDX Bulletin 1259 March 28, 2016

OPDX Bulletin 1259 March 28, 2016
The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1259
BID: $OPDX.1259
March 28, 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, K3LR, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, WC6DX, KL7SB, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m DX News, DL1SBF, DL7UXG & The DX News Letter, DxCoffee.com, DXNews.com, DX-World.Net, E21EIC, ES1CW, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, OH2BH, ON4ZD, 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 CQWW WPX SSB Contest announcements. Also, we wanted to provide the readers with a consolidated listing of the CQWW WPX SSB Contest participants.
P.S. Good Luck in the contest and have a great Easter Holiday with the Family...... 73 de Tedd KB8NW
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Friday, 18th/March, through Friday, 25th/March there were 230 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3C, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5W, 5Z, 6Y, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E4, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FH, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FS, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, 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, PY0F, PZ, S0, S5, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T32, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK0H, VK9C, VP2E, VP5, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, 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".
3V, TUNISIA
SWL Ashraf "Ash", 3V4-002 (KF5EYY), will be active as 3V8SS from the "Radio Club Station of Tunisian Scouts" in Sousse, during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via LoTW or to LX1NO. Read about Ashraf on the following Web page at:
http://www.kf5eyy.info
4L, GEORGIA
Operator Vaho, 4L8A, will be active during the CQWW WPX SSB Contests (March 26-27th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m) entry. QSL via K1BV or LoTW.
5T, MAURITANIA
Ahmad, 9K2AI, who is currently active as 5T2AI from Nouakchott for the next 2 or 3 years, will be in the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 26-27th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (40m) entry signing the special callsign 5T4C. QSL via NI5DX.
7U9, ALGERIA
Noury, 7X2JV, will be active as 7U9C from Blida during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via SM4VPZ direct.
9K, KUWAIT
Faisal, 9K2RR, will be active as 9K9K during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-band/Lower-Power entry. QSL via 9K2RA.
9M4, WEST MALAYSIA
Members of Persatuan Radio Amatur (MUAR) will be active as 9M4PB from Parit Penyengat Laut Beach between April 1-2nd. This is a special callsign for the Beaches On The Air (BOTA 9M2-JHR-001). Activity will be on 40-2 meters. Operators mentioned are Deen/9M2DA, Syamsul/9M2ESM, Mohamad/9W2JMW, Sharizan/9W2BYX, 9W2OBL, Mohd/9W2KHH, Amanshah/9W2FYX and possibly others. QSL via 9M2ESM direct or ClubLog's OQRS.
9N, NEPAL
Navaraj, 9N3DX (ex-9N1NE), will be active during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 26-27th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m) entry. QSL via his home callsign.
C4, CYPRUS
Operators Stavros/5B4AFM, Nestor/5B4AHZ, George/5B4KH, Spyros/ 5B4MF, Philip/5B4ZN and Andreas/5B8AP will be active as C4A during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 26-27th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via LoTW, direct via 5B4KH or ClubLog's OQRS.
BW, TAIWAN
Koji, JL3RDC, will be active as BW/JL3RDC from Taipei between March 25-28th. Activity will include the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via JL3RDC.
C5, THE GAMBIA
Pedro, ON7WP, will once again be active as C5WP from his second home "Kerr Pedro" in Buntung Village between March 29th and April 2nd. He hopes to leave on Monday, March 28th, from Brussels airport but is unsure if the airport will be open again and may have to depart from another airport. Activity will be on 80-6 meters including 60m. QSL via his home callsign direct only (see QRZ.com for details).
CE0X, SAN FELIX
Three sources are reporting that Felipe, CE5WQO, is planning to operate from San Felix once he obtains the official Chilean license and authorization to land on the island. It was announced this past week that Dima, RA9USU, will be joining Felipe as the CW operator. San Felix is ranked #12 on ClubLog's most wanted list. Felpie hopes to activate San Felix sometime between July and September in 2016 for up to 3 weeks. The dates will be confirmed by the Chilean Maritime Authority. Look for more details to be forthcoming in a press release.
DAYTON HAMVENTION NEWS
(2016 Dayton Contest University (CTU) Update
Their 10th Anniversary!). Tim, K3LR, reports: "Celebrating TEN years of Dayton Contest University! The 2016 CTU Professors and 2016 CTU Dayton topics have been posted. You can see them here: http://contestuniversity.com
The 2016 Dayton CTU Course Outline is posted here:
http://www.contestuniversity.com/attachments/2016_CTU_CLASSES.pdf
Student slots are filling up fast. Registration will close when all seats are filled. Hope to see you at CTU." EB8, CANARY ISLANDS
Juan, EA8RM, will be active as EB8AH from Magic Mountain on Gran Canaria Island (AF-004, DIE S-005, WLOTA L 0969) during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via LoTW.
EP, IRAN
Operators Yuris/YL2GM (Team Leader), Valery/YL3CW, Jack/YL2KA, Dmitry/UT7UJ, Oleg/US7UX, Sasha/UT7UV, Alex/UX0LL, Mohammad/EP3MIR, Mohammad/EP2LMA and Herbert/K7GEX (Team Supporter) will be active as EP2A from the Gilan Province in Iran between April 16-25th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters (no 60m) using CW, SSB and RTTY. They will have four stations on the air. QSL via YL2GM or by ClubLog's OQRS (direct or Bureau). Log will be uploaded to LoTW 3 months after operation. For more details and updates, see:
http://www.lral.lv/exped/ep2a/index.html
FT4JA JUAN DE NOVA DXPEDITION NEWS
The following was sent out on March 23rd [edited]: After more than a year of work, we are happy to finally get into the thick of it. The team will be complete in Mayotte on Thursday, March 24th, around noon! The schedule for the coming days is pretty full, with the last purchases and technical checks and the loading of the boat. We will sail away on Saturday, March 26th.
Our chief pilot will communicate updated information on the unloading and installation. At this time, we hope to be on the air on the evening of March 29 after a full day spent assembling.
A page displaying in real time the progress of the team has been set up:
http://www.juandenovadx.com/en/track-us-in-real-time
As a reminder, we will use the band plan shared with our friends at VK0EK. Some windows are very narrow and we will have to live together in all understanding, without departing from the intended plan, at the risk of generating confusion and disruption between the two activities. The band plan is available on both websites. Our different pilots are available to transit informations to the team (JJ3PRT, ON9CFG, N5FG).
The 10 operators will not have access to their personal emails and because of a lack of internet connection we will not be watching the DX-Cluster. No need to transit messages for us through that medium.
http://www.juandenovadx.com/en/pilots
Every day, we will transmit via satellite our logs to our chief pilot F5UKW who will upload them to ClubLog. However, the “leader board” feature will not be activated. No modification or search of the log will be made by our pilots. If in doubt, work us again.
http://www.juandenovadx.com/en/online-log
The QSL Manager is Flo, F5CWU. He will process OQRS and the direct QSL requests as well as the cards received via the Bureau. The ClubLog's OQRS will be active by the end of the operation. We strongly recommend its use. Later, the logs will be loaded on LoTW and eQSL.
http://www.juandenovadx.com/en/qsl-infos
As part of our expedition on Juan de Nova Island, we are pleased to announce that a stamp set will be issued by T.A.A.F. QSL cards sent direct will automatically have the envelope/stamp. We will unveil this commemor- ative object later. Everyone connected to the FT4JA project would like to thank all of you ho have already contributed in one way or another to the project. It would not be at this stage without the tremendous mobilization of clubs, foun- dations and individual donors.
The early donation program will be closed on Friday 25th at 1200z. The "donors" page of our website will not be updated further after that specific time.
http://www.juandenovadx.com/en/how-to-help-us
73 and we’ll see you on the air in a few days
FT4JA ­ Juan de Nova 2016
http://www.juandenovadx.com Reminder for 6m & EME:
http://www.juandenovadx.com/en/6m-tep-eme-plan-for-ft4ja/
HH, HAITI
James, VA3MPG, is active as HH2/VA3MPG from Port-au-Prince, Island of Hispaniola, until November 17th, 2016. Activity will be limited, but he will operate on HF, VHF and UHF. QSL via VE3NLS. For more details, see QRZ.com.
HS, THAILAND
Members of the Radio Amateur Society of Thailand (RAST) from Asia Institute of Technology and Club Station in Bangkok will be active as HS0AC during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 26-27th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via HS5NMF. Operators mentioned are Jack/HS1FVL, Nikorn/HS5NMF, Wanlop/HS6MYW, Nuk/HS7BHK, Karn/E20ZFD, Ray/E23PKO, E23NEZ, Chanut/E22MCU, Tom/E23PKQ, Thanawat/E29THF, Sathitpong/E21SNN, Prachuab/ E22ULT, E21SP and Ukrit/E20YTI.
IDXC NEWS (IOTA Dinner at Visalia Int'l DX Convention)
Will, WC6DX, 2016 Visalia IOTA Dinner Coordinator, sent out the following: 21st Annual IOTA Dinner at Visalia Int'l DX Convention, Friday, April 15, 2016, 6:00 PM --
http://www.dxconvention.org/news.html#iota
Official registration for the Visalia IOTA Dinner is now in progress. Attendance is NOT part of the main Convention Registration and ADVANCE PAYMENT is required. Please DO NOT expect to be able to purchase tickets at the door, as the number of dinners has to be confirmed and paid for in advance with the Marriott Convention Center. As a courtesy to the Marriott wait staff, there will be no seating for non-dinner guests for the program; ONLY DINNER ATTENDEES will be seated.
Check-in will start at 6:00 PM, with dinner at 6:30 PM in the Charter Oak C-D Ballroom.
Dinner tickets are 40 USDs. Paypal will be the primary means to purchase the ticket. Paypal address: wc6dx@sbcglobal.net When prompted, "sending to a friend" should avoid fees. For questions and other inquiries, e-mail Will WC6DX at:
wc6dx@sbcglobal.net
See you in Visalia!
Also, for details, go to: http://www.dxconvention.org/news.html#iota IOTA NEWS
AF-018. Operator Gianfranco, IT9SPB, will be active as IH9A from Pantelleria Island (IIA TP-001, MIA MI-124, WW Loc. JM56XT), African Italy, during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 26-27th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (40m)/High-Power entry. QSL via LoTW. His antenna system will be a 4 Sq. and 2 element Yagi at 25m above the ground.
AS-201. Operators Ben/DL7UCX, and Bernd/DL7VBJ will be active as TA0/DL7UCX from Marmara Island between April 1-11th. Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau, direct or LoTW. For possible updates, see:
http://www.dl7ucx.de
AF-064. Operators Anthony/ZS1AB, Ashley/ZS1ASH, Grant/ZS1GS, Mari/ ZS1MW and Elizabeth/ZS1XS are expected to be active as ZS1FUN from Dassen Island until March 28th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using mainly SSB. QSL via the Bureau or requests via E-mail at info(@)zs1fun.co.za.
LAST MINUTE UPDATE: (March 25th) Sadly, AF-064 will not be activated due to deteriorating weather and will be too risky for the return trip.
EU-013. Once again, the CDXG (Charente DX Groupe) will be on an IOTA expedition, this year from Jersey Island (Locator IN89WE). Activity will take place between April 23-30th, using the callsign MJ0KUC. Team members are Eric/F5LOW, Laurent/F5MNK, Fabrice/F5NBQ, Bertrand/F6HKA, Mathieu/MJ0ASP and Leon/ON4ZD/ OS0S. QSL via ON4ZD, preferred via OQRS. For more info, see QRZ.com and http://www.charentedxgroupe.fr.
KL7, ALASKA (Memorial Op)
Steve, KL7SB, reports [edited], "The Family of Rich, KL7RA, thought that it would be a fitting Memorial for some of the regulars and long time friends of Rich to do a final contest from his station, and we of course agree ..so we will be on with a Multi/Multi effort for WPX SSB. Wigi, AL7IF (a lead op @ KL7RA since Fairbanks days), was able to get KL7RA assigned as a club call. I wanted to alert folks, so they would know what was going on when they heard us."
OH0, ALAND ISLAND
Kim, OH6KZP, will be active as OH0X during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via LoTW or to OH2TA.
P4, ARUBA
Art, N3DXX, will be active as P4??? from Aruba during the the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High- Power entry. QSL via AA7V. No other QSL methods (BUREAU, LoTW, eQSL,.. etc etc) for N3DXX at this time.
PJ2, CURACAO
David, VA7AM, is once again active as PJ2/VA7AM from Curacao Island (SA-099) until March 30th. Activity is mainly SSB. He is a member of the PJ2T team for the CQWW WPX SSB Contest. QSL via VA7AM and LoTW.
PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (March 28th-April 3rd)
 Mar/28th AN      Mar/31st  AN     Apr/02nd  BN
 Mar/29th AN      Apr/01st  AN     Apr/03rd  BN
 Mar/30th AN


   SOLAR REFERENCE KEYS/INDEXES AND GEOMAGNETIC REFERENCE
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    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. Also, checkout the VOACAP predication Web page at:
http://www.voacap.com/prediction.html
PS2, BRAZIL
Operators Marco/HB9OCR, Ville/OH2MM, Rodrigo/PY2KC, Evandro/ PY2DJ, Dan/PU2RSD and Vitor/PY2NY will be active as PS2T from Araraquara during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 26-27th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via K3IRV.
QSL INFO AND NEWS
  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (March 24th) 
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  5V7D via DL9MBI           ET7L via US0LW            PW0FN via OH0XX
  C5FUD via SP2FUD          FP/KV1J via KV1J & (L)    R1566O via R2EA
  C5GCJ via SP2GCJ          J8/WW2DX via NR6M & (L)   R4FAA/8 via R4FAA
  CE2AWW via N7RO (d)       OK7M via OK1DVM (d)       RT73EA via RL5G (d)
  CO8LY via EA7ADH (d)      OL9R via OK1WMV (d)       S9BK via HB9BEI
  CT9/DL3KWR via DL3KWR     OM2Y via OM2IB            SN1050JPM via SP1JPM
  CX7SS via CX7SS (L)       OY1DZ via F5CWU           T88IR via JF1DIR & (L)
  DU1/A61DJ via A61BK       PJ2P via DL8OBQ           UP55F via UN7FW
  E44YL via IK3GES (SSB/Digi) or IK2CKR (CW)          ZL/ZS9HI/MM via K2ARB
    (e) eQSL only  (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (*-B) DX's- Bureau
    (O) OQRS only  (C) ClubLog only  (L) LoTW only
PIRATE ALERT. Champ, E21EIC, informs OPDX that on March 18, 2016, at 1515-1530z, RAST was monitoring and found a pirate station using the callsign HS/VA7UR operating on 14241 kHz. Op name was Yuriy Ostroverkh. QSLS RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 3C7A, 3D2RJ, 6D0F, A31MM, E7DX, EB5WC, EI1Y, FP/KV1J, G3TKK, G3VGZ, HA9WG, HB9DQL, JA7AUM, LZ2JA, NP2P, OH2N, ON6ZK, OT4A, PD1B, PD9Z, R7CD, S51MA, S59N, SC5L, SV9RGI, T88IR, TA1IFY, TI5/N3KS, TI5W, UA9FBC, V21ZG, V31ME (NA-073), V31ME (NA-123), VE6AO, VK9CK, VP8RHF, XP3A, XU7VK and YV5KG
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 4J6RO, 5J0B, 9G5TT, 9J2T, BX5AA, FS/K4ZGB, KL7RA, TK5EP, TO2TT, TR8CA, TT8TT, TY1AA, UK9AA, VP8LP (SA-002), W1AW/KH2, W1AW/KH6, W1AW/KL7, W1AW/KP4, XT2TT and ZL9A (OC-286)
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: BH1BOQ, BH1CXR, BH1EBF, BH1HUK, BH1JGA, BH1MHI, BH1NNN, BG1QQT, BG3UPA, BG9MFY, BY1WJ, BY3MM, BY5HB, EA8/SM6FKF, J73CCM, SC90SSA, SE2T, TM1INT, TM5BBC, TM0L, TM75FOC, TP2CE, TP50CE, YV1CJW, YV1FM, YV1LBB, YV4KW, YV4YC, YV5KG, YV6BXN, YV5IAL/7, YV8AD, YV8ER, YW5PAZ, YW5RYL, YW50AA, YY4ALT and YY5RAO
RUSSIAN ARCTIC'S LEGENT DXPEDITION
Looks like the members of the Club Station Yang-Inform Ltd. are planning a DXpedition to the Arctic to activate two rare IOTAs as RT9K/9. QSL via the Bureau or direct. The islands to be activate are:
IOTA AS-068 -- Skott-Gansena Islands in the Kara Sea Coast Centre Group. Last activated in November of 2010. IOTA AS-104 -- Nansena Island in the Kara Sea Coast East Group
Look for more details to be forthcoming. Also watch the QRZ.com page. Some pictures and maps have been posted there. T40, CUBA
Raul, CO8ZZ, will be active as T40A during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 26-27th) as a Single-Op/Low-Power entry. QSL via QRZ.com instructions.
TO5, ST. PIERREAND MIQUELON
Operators Nicolas/F1RAF, Freddy/F4HEC, Lee/ F5MUX and Mic/FK8IK will be active TO5FP from Ile Aux Marins, Saint Pierre and Miquelon Islands (NA-032) between September 10-20th. More details will be forthcoming.
VK0EK HEARD ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS
The VK0EK team is now active from Heard Island as of March 23rd. They were heard only on 40 and 30 meters that night. BEWARE! There were SLIM operations before that date. According to one of the press releases about their setup on March 23rd:
"The team worked very hard and basically set up a little city which will be home for almost 3 weeks. With cooperative weather, the team ­ with superb help from the crew of the Braveheart followed a very well crafted plan and put up just about everything in one day. They had to transport all gear 1/2 mile using one ATV and two carts."
Look for photographs in their press releases on the VK0EK Web page. The press release on March 24th, reported: The day of landing, the team was able to get the 30 and 40 m 4-squares erected, and partially completed a tri-band yagi. We opened with two stations, on 30 and 40 meters. This morning there was still a lot of work to be done on additional antennas, stations, and camp facilities. With no propagation on 30 and 40, radio operations went on hold and all hands went toward further setup. Around 1300 UTC the 30m station was activated again. A few kinks with the IT system were worked out, and we now have more antennas and positions up. Only 40 and 30 are currently open (no 80 or 160 yet). We hope to be on all bands in the next few days. After a few technical difficulties on- island, DXA is working properly and you can check that you are in the log at http://dxa3.org. The team members are all well, but very tired from long hours and tough work. We have mostly had good weather, and appreciate all the thoughts and support from our partners in the ham radio and scientific community.
Just a reminder that QSOs are now being logged almost instantly on the DXA Web page at: http://dxa3.org
Several press releases were again sent out and posted on their Web page over past week. This includes many pictures being posted. All press releases can be viewed at: http://vk0ek.org
The dates and titles of the press releases are as follows:
March 20th: MD07 ­ Getting Close!
March 20th: Roughly 35 Hours Away
March 21st: Current ETA: March 22nd (and set up plans)
March 22nd: 20 Miles Away And Latest Photo’s
March 22nd: Hello Heard Island!
March 22nd: A Short Message from VK0EK Co-Organizer, KY6R
March 22nd: A Reconnaissance Team is on Heard Island Right Now!
March 22nd: SLIM ALERT!
March 22nd: Bill, AE0EE’s First Impressions of Heard Island
March 22nd: Nice ARRL News Item
March 23rd: Bob, KK6EK on W5KUB and WBCQ Shortwave Live from Heard Island! -- Recording on: http://tmedlin.com/wordpress1/archives-5
March 23rd: We Will Announce When They Go QRV . . . .
March 23rd: Tents are Up ­ All Gear on Island: Perfectly Clear Weather!
March 23rd: VK0EK QRV!
March 23rd: We Want Your Stories!
March 23rd: Team Continues Antenna Setup, DXA and Solar Conditions
March 24th: DXA
March 24th: First Pictures from the Island!
March 24th: More Fantastic Photos from Adam, K2ARB
March 24th: More Great Pictures from Adam, K2ARB
March 24th: Status Update ­ 3/24/2016 @ 17:47
March 25th: Todays Work Plan [25-MAR-2016 0400z]
March 25th: 3/25/2016 @ 11:35z Noon update -- We are presently running on 17, 20, and 30 CW. Within the next hour or two, the number of stations on the air will be reduced to provide more hands to get the remaining antennas (especially 80 and 160 m) ready. Our hope is to be on 80 and 160 tonight, but that will depend on the weather. Presently the weather at Atlas Cove is 6 C (43 F), wind NE at 6 m/s (12 kts), under mostly cloudy skies.
by ky6r
Status Update ­ 3/25/2016 @ 13:16z -- Presently we have stations running on 17 m SSB, 30 m CW, and the 20 m SSB station is firing up. IT status on the island is nominal. This afternoon we raised an 80 m vertical and made progress on the 160 m vertical, but high winds prevented us from raising it, even with a few king penguins coming over to help. Weather: Foggy, 5.5 C (42 F), wind NNE at 6 m/s (12 kts) gusting to 10 m/s (20 kts).
Status Updates provide by Bill, AE0EE
March 25th: The Diablo DXers “Tech Stack”
VP2E, ANGUILLA
Joseph, N1VIV, will be active as VP2EAU from Anguilla (NA-022) until March 27th. Activity will be mainly on 20/17 meters in the morning and evening. QSL via his home callsign or eQSL. Watch QRZ.com for updates.
YV, VENEZUELA
Operators Tomas/YV1CTE, Jose/YV1JGT, Grecia/YY1YLY Julio/YV1KK and Alejandro/YY1ALE will be active as YV1KK from Trujillo during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 26-27th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via LoTW.
Z6, KOSOVO (Press Release)
Martti, OH2BH, sent out the following from Pristina, Kosovo, March 23rd [edited]:
New IARU Society of Kosovo, Z60A will be active during this week & WPX Contest -- Vjollca Caka, Z61VB, president of the association announces that their HQ station Z60A and other Kosovo prefixes, such as Z61DX, Driton, Z62FB, Fehmi, Z63ESC, youth team, Z64EEF, University Club and Z68BH, Martti, totally six of them, will be active during this weekend's WPX-SSB contest. This on- the-air activity will be used as part of a training process for new Kosovar hams while they prepare for the forthcoming IARU YOTA gathering in Austria along with other European youth. The association, SHRAK, is proud to have a new Yaesu/Acom station with Force 12 beams hoisted high up the hills at the Technical University of Pristina where their Z60A HQ is located. The association wishes to express its gratitude to the ARRL Goodwill Fund, International DX Association (INDEXA), Force 12, OH-DX-Foundation and to CDXC, the UK DX Foundation, for their valuable support.[ Martti, OH2BH, will be there this week while Nigel, G3TXF, will be there in May, assisting SHRAK as well as activating Z60A in the respective WPX SSB/CW contests
Today marked a farewell meeting for David Meadows, Z63MED, from the U.N. fame who was the first foreigner who took the local Z6 license under the SHRAK auspices and is now heading back to U.S. after three years of service and 34.364 QSOs under his belt.
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       The following stations are expected to be active in the
                 CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 26-27th, 2016)
               Contest Rules: http://www.cqwpx.com/rules.htm
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      Thanks to Bill, NG3K, for providing OPDX readers with the following
consolidated listing of the participants in the 2016 CQWW WPX SSB 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/wpxs2016.html  (By callsign)
          http://www.ng3k.com/Misc/wpxsd2016.html (By entity)
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 Contest        DXCC          Class         QSL
 Callsign       Entity                      Route
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3V8SS           Tunisia       SOAB LP       LoTW; QSL via LX1NO
3Z6O            Poland        SOAB LP       LoTW
4L8A            Georgia       SOSB 20M      LoTW; QSL via K1BV 
5E5E            Morocco       M/2           W7EJ
5T4C            Mauritania    SOSB 40M      NI5DX
5Z4/TA1HZ       Kenya         SO            LZ3HI
7U9C            Algeria       SOAB          SM4VPZ (d)
8P1W            Barbados      SOAB LP       KU9C
8P5A            Barbados      SOAB HP       LoTW; QSL via NN1N
9K2K            Kuwait        SOAB          LoTW
9K9K            Kuwait        SOAB
9N3DX           Nepal         SOSB  20M
A31MM           Tonga         SOAB LP       LoTW; QSL via EA5GL
AT5R            India         M/2           LoTW
BG3ITB          China                       BG9GXM (d)
BP0P            Taiwan        M/2           BP0P
BW/JL3RDC       Taiwan        SOAB          JL3RDC
C4A             Cyprus        M/2           5B4KH or (C)
CB1H            Chile         M/?           CE1DY
CN2AA           Morocco       M/2           LoTW; QSL via UA2FM
CQ9T            Madeira       M/S           CT3KN
D41CV       Cape Verde Island M/M           IZ4DPV
E44YL           Palestine     M/S           IK3GES
EB8AH          Canary Islands SOAB LP       LoTW 
FP/KV1J  St Pierre & Miquelon               LoTW; QSL via KV1J
FY5FY           French Guiana SOAB HP       FY5FY
HB20AA          Switzerland   M/S           HB9ARF; QSL via (B/d)
HC0E            Ecuador       M/M           HC1QRC
HS0AC           Thailand      M/2           HS5NMF
IH9A            Italy         SOSB 40M 
KH2KY           Guam          M/?           LoTW; QSL via JA1MFR (B/d)
KL7RA           Alaska        M/?
KP3Z            Puerto Rico   SOAB LP
LY26A           Lithuania     M/2           LY5A
LY7A            Lithuania     M/M           LoTW
NP2P        US Virgin Islands SOAB          LoTW
OH0X            Aland Island  SOAB HP       OH2TA
OP4K            Belgium       M/S           OP4K 
P4              Aruba         SOAB HP       N3DXX By N3DXX; callsign TBD
PD9X            Netherlands   M/2           LoTW
PJ2/DD5ZZ       Curacao                     DD5ZZ; QSL via DARC (B) or (d)
PJ6E      Saba & St Eustatius M/?           LoTW; QSL via (C) & homecall (B/d)
PJ7/F5RAV       Sint Maarten                F5RAV (d)
PS2T            Brazil        M/2           K3IRV
PV7M            Brazil        SOSB 20M      PT7ZT
PY41WPX         Brazil        SOAB HP       PS7AB 
RT73AS        Russia (Europe) SOSB 20M      RG3B (d)
SX9C            Crete         M/M           LoTW; QSL via SV9COL (d/C)
T40A            Cuba          SO LP
TO972M          Martinique    SOAB HP       FM5BH (d)
V47JA        St Kitts & Nevis SOAB          LoTW; QSL via W5JON (d)
VC2A            Canada        SOAB HP       VA2WA 
VK4TS           Australia     M/2 
VQ5E           Turks & Caicos M/?           LoTW; QSL via W6RI (d)
WP2Z        US Virgin Islands SOAB          KU9C
YV1KK           Venezuela     M/S           LoTW
Z60A            Kosovo                      OH2BH
    (e) eQSL only  (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (*-B) DX's- Bureau
    (O) OQRS only  (C) ClubLog only  (L) LoTW only
 

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