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OPDX Bulletin 1288 October 24, 2016

OPDX Bulletin 1288 October 24, 2016
The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 12887
BID: $OPDX.1288
October 24, 2016
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Written/Sent From Strongsville, Oh
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, K4ZW, N4AA & QRZ DX, W4FOA, K5GS, N5JR, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m DX News, W9ILY, N0ODK, DL1SBF, DL7UXG & The DX News Letter, DxCoffee.com, DXNews.com, DX-World.Net, EA5GL, ES1CW, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, HS0ZIA, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, JA3MCA, I2YSB, OH2BH, OZ1ADL, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, VA3RJ & ICPO, VE3ZF 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, 16th/October, through Sunday, 23rd/October there were 230 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5Z, 6Y, 7P, 7X, 8P, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C6, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, CY0, D2, D4, DL, DU, E4, E5/s, E6, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, H40, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/m, JT, 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, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PY, PY0F, PZ, S0, S2, S5, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T2, T30, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TN, TR, TT, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2M, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, 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".
2017 DAYTON (XENIA) HAMVENTION SITE. A Quad-Copter touring of the Greene
County (Xenia, Ohio) Fairgrounds, the new home for 2017 Dayton Hamvention:
              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMLFWRyD4ZQ
The video (8:08 min.) was taken by Greg, W8WWV, on October 5th, 2016,
and is narrated by Tim Duffy, K3LR, from DX Engineering.

3B8, MAURITIUS. Willi, DJ7RJ, will once again be active as 3B8/DJ7RJ
between November 9th and December 6th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters
with a focus on 160m using CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign direct.

3W2, VIETNAM (Update/Change). Mike, N0ODK, informs OPDX that will be in
Vung Tau (not Ho Chi Minh City as first annonced), Vietnam, and will
operate starting between October 22-23rd through November 4th. There was
a problem getting his usual callsign 3W2DK license, so the first part of
his trip the callsign will be something like 3W2DK/3W2LI until his license
arrives in Vung Tau. After that it will be 3W2DK and during the CQWW DX
SSB Contest. So, maybe listen on the air and/or check later on QRZ.com for
updated info. He will use his regular callsign as soon as he gets it. The
third problem he has is that Mike was told the amp in Vung Tau does not
work, and he was not given enough time to find out what parts to bring
with him. He will look there to see what he can do to fix it. Otherwise,
the rest of his trip is good using an IC-7300, with 100 watts, a seven
element tri-bander with wire antennas for the low bands. Activity will
be on 40/20/17/15/10 meters using SSB, with some CW and the Digital modes.
Also, remember to look for him  in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th)
as a Single-Op/Low-Power entry. QSL via N0ODK, direct, by the Bureau or
LoTW. He states on QRZ.com, "If you have different contacts with me as
3W6DK, 3W2DK, XV4MN, or N0ODK, please QSL in one package to save you time
and  money and I can QSL all in one time. I collect QSL cards so if we QSL,
please QSL even if you do not need my QSL card. I will QSL if in logbook."

4X, ISRAEL. Dennis, W1UE, will be active as 4X0W during the CQWW DX CW
Contest (November 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. Look
for him to be active before and after the contest as 4X/W1UE. QSL via
W1UE.

5R, MADAGASCAR. Andy, OE7AJH, is now active as 5R8UP from Antananarivo.
The length of his stay is not known. Activity has been on 40/20 meters
using CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign.

5Z, KENYA. Operators Reiner/DL7KL and Tom/DJ6TF will be active as 5Z4/DL7KL
and 5Z4/DJ6TF from Diani Beach between November 16-30th. Activity will be
on 80-10 meters using mainly CW and the Digital modes with some SSB (spare
time). They will operate 5Z4/DJ6TF during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November
26-27th). Operations will be with 500 watts into a R7 and wire antenna for
80 meters. QSL via the Bureau or direct to their home callsigns.

60 METERS NEWS.....
  * As of October 10th, amateur radio operators in Luxembourg can now
    use frequencies between  5351.5 to 5366.5 kHz on a secondary basis
    with an "Effective radiated Power" of 15 watts.

  * New Country! Look for the current TL0A Central African Republic
    DXpedition to be active on 60m. QSL via F4WBN.

  * The recent CY9C DXpedition to St. Paul Island made a little over
    600 QSOs on 60m. They state, "We did well to Europe especially due
    to the location here." The QSL cards are being printed.

6W, SENEGAL. Ronald, VE3REV, recently moved to Dakar in August, and plans
to be active as 6W1SU for the next 2 to 3 years. Activity will be on 80-6
meters, and he is currently operating SSB only, but hoping to tackle CW
later. His station is a Kenwood TS850S with a Yaesu FL1200Z Amp into a
MA5B three element yagi, a 6M 6JXXJ 6 element yagi and dipoles for 40/80m.
QSL via M0URX direct or the OQRS (direct or by the Bureau).

7P8, LESOTHO (Press Release). Gene, K5GS, sent out the following updates
[edited] during the past week on Pista, HA5AO, special callsign, 7P8EUDXF,
operation to celebrate the 30th years anniversary of "European DX Foun-
dation" (EUDXF): By now you may have seen Pista, HA5AO, operating as
7P8EUDXF on the DXCluster network. 
  His Log is posted at:    Log Search / OQRS

  Thursday, Oct. 20th, Update: There have been heavy storms for two days,
  it started Wednesday afternoon. He's never seen so many lightening
  strikes within one minute.
    Today (Thursday) the afternoon was not bad on 15m, his most productive
  band. A storm is moving in as he's writing this update on Thursday after-
  noon. The noise level still very high below 17m.
    There is now a backup generator available, so power blackouts will
  be just a couple of seconds as he does need to restart the station.
    He is now on the air 2-3 hours a day, next week he will be on the
  radio more often

  Tuesday, October 18th, Update: He reports a very high noise level on all
  bands. On Monday, it was S7-9 on 20, 30 and 40M. Signals from EU were
  weak, almost impossible to copy in the noise.
    On Tuesday afternoon there was a nice opening on 15m but a power black-
  out shut him down. Later that evening he went to 20 m, but there was an-
  other blackout. He will continue trying 40 and 80m, hopefully he'll get
  a break in the noise.

  73... Gene, K5GS, for Pista 7P8EUDXF

8Q, MALDIVES (Update). A group of Polish operators will be active as
8Q7SP from Dhiffushi Island (AS-013) between November 20th and December
3rd. Operators mentioned are Jan/SP3CYY, Kaz/SP2FAX, Andy/SP3FZN, Mariusz/
SP3SLA, Wlodek/SP6EQZ (Team Leader), Ryszard/SP6FXY, Kris/SP6JIU and
Roman/SP9FOW. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.

Suggested frequencies are:
 CW   - 1822.5, 3515, 7015, 10115, 14015, 18085, 21015, 24900 and 28015 kHz
 SSB  - 1840, 3793, 7075/7175, 14265, 18125, 21273, 24970 and 28440 kHz
 RTTY - 7048, 10138, 14090, 18101, 21090, 24915 and 28090 kHz

  They will have 5 transceivers, beam antennas, vertical antennas, de-
dicated RX antennas for low bands etc. They plan to be active in the CQWW
DX CW Contest (November 26-27th) as a Multi-Op/All-Band entry. They state
that they will "try to pay the special attention to U.S.". QSL via SP6FXY,
by the Bureau, LoTW or ClubLog's OQRS. For more details and updates, visit
their Web page at:            http://www.8q7sp.dxing.pl

9H, MALTA. Zoltan, HA5PP, will once again be active as 9H3PP during the
CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Single-Op entry. Activity
outside of the contest will take place a few days before the contest and
will be on 17 and 12 meters. QSL via HA5PP.

9Q, DEM. REP. OF THE  CONGO. Fernando, EA4BB (ex-9Q5BB, D2BB, ST2BF, TU5JL,
Z21BB), will be active as 9Q6BB from Goma, DRC, for up to 3 years. Activity
will be on various HF bands (usually 80-10 meters) using mainly SSB with
some SSB. QSL via W3HNK.

A7, QATAR. Once again, a joint team with members from and Qatar Amateur
Radio Society (QARS), Danish Contest Academy and others, will be ( very )
active from an impressive UFB set up at the Disaster Management Camp com-
pound in Al Khor in northern Qatar, as A73A in the CQWW DX SSB Contest
(October 29-30th) as a Multi-Multi entry. Operators mentioned are several
newly Qatari licensees and more experienced operators:  Rashid/A71AD,
Saif/A71AM, Ibrahim/A71BI, Ali/A71BX, Abdulla/A71CV, Juma/A71EM, Jameel/
A71FJ, Aziz/A71GO, Hamed/A71HD, Abdulla/A71TA, Jose/A75GE, Vikas/A75GT,
Kumar/A75GM, Seid/E76AA, Becir/E78AA, Mindaugas/LY4L, Gediminas/LY9A,
Thomas/OZ1AA, Jan/OZ1ADL, Alex/OZ7AM and possibly more members of QARS.
They will be active from the --compound and at the same time use the oppor-
tunity to display Radio Sport to visitors. Members of the team will be
setting up the station in the days prior to the contest and will be
active with the regular club callsign A71A, with particular emphasis
on the low bands. QSL via A71A. ADDED NOTE: Mindis, LY4L, states, "Please
be ready to check Long Path directions to Qatar on 10 and 15 meters."

AH0, MARIANA ISLANDS. Look for the Mariana Intrepid Contest Club callsign,
AH0K, from Northern Mariana Islands, to be active during both CQWW DX
Contests this year. The following teams will be active:

  CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) -- Operators Chenxing/BG9XD,
                      Tack/JE1CKA, Ari/OH6DX, Jussi-Pekka/OH6RX and
                      Esa/OH7WV. Entry is a Multi-2. QSL via OH6GDX.
                      Some pre-contest activity expected.

  CQWW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th) -- Operators Jack/BA5CW, Joerg/
                     DF9LJ, Jussi-Pekka/OH6RX, Esa/OH7WV and Harry/WX8C.
                     QSL via OH6GDX. Entry is a Multi-2. Some pre-contest
                     and perhaps some post contest activity expected.

  ADDED NOTE: Esa, OH7WV, states that they are looking for one experienced
  op for each contest. Contact them through QRZ.com AH0K or OH7WV page.

C3, ANDORRA. Members of the "Andorran Amateur Radio Union (URA)" will
once again be active as C37NL during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October
29-30th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via C37NL, C37URA, by the Bureau or LoTW.

C4, CYPRUS. Operators Stavros/5B4AFM, Nestor/5B4AHZ, George/5B4KH, Spyros/
5B4MF, Philip/5B4ZN and Andreas/5B8AP will be active as C4A during the CQWW
DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via LoTW, direct
via 5B4KH or ClubLog's OQRS.

CN2, MOROCCO. A Russian/Canadian team is expected to be active as CN2AA
during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Multi-Single entry.
Operators mentioned are Dimitri/RA3CO, Yuri/RL3FT,  Alex/RN2FA, Roman/RN5M,
Sergey/RX3APM, Babayan/UA3ASZ, UA4Z and Kostyantyn/VE3LA. QSL via UA2FM
and LoTW. See more details and pictures at:   http://www.cn2aa.com

COWS OVER THE WORLD (Update). Tom, KC0W, and his all-CW "Cows Over the
World" DXpeditions has posted (on QRZ.com) the following update, dated
October 22nd: I will be in the Philippines from 26 October - 25 November.
The callsign will be 4I7COW. This unique prefix has never been issued
before so it should generate some interest. I have not operated any CW
since Kiribati so 4I7COW should get me back into the CW groove.
  The TG/KC0W DXpedition to Guatemala has been cancelled. This was scheduled
to take place immediately after the 4I7COW DXpedition. Perhaps TG/KC0W will
be QRV at a later date. My rental home on the east coast of Guatemala is 25
meters from the ocean. It's a 100% clear shot to Europe. (for whom this
DXpedition was/is primarily for) .
  My plans are now to visit Equatorial Guinea on a fact finding mission
after 4I7COW goes QRT. Licensing for Annobon Island and Equatorial Guinea
will be the sole purpose of this trip. Re-read my previous statement
about "my plans are" before getting too excited about any upcoming 3C0
and 3C DXpeditions.........I hope to share some good news regarding
Equatorial Guinea & Annobon in the near future..... Tom KC0W

EA8, CANARY ISLANDS. Andy, DK5ON, will be active as EA8/DK5ON from Teneriffe
Island (AF-004) between October 26th and November 5th. Activity will be on
40-6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and the Digital modes. Rig is an ICOM
IC-7300 into a Buddipole and Budstick. QSL via DK5ON, direct, by the 
Bureau or LoTW. NO E-QSL!

ED8, CANARY ISLANDS. An international contest team will be active as ED8X
from La Palma Island (IOTA AF-004, DIE S-012, WLOTA 1276, EAA TF) during
the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th) as a Multi-Single entry. Operators
mentioned are Kresimir/9A5K, Manolo/EA8DO, Krassimir/K1LZ, Jeff/K1ZM,
Velimir/K3JO, Andrey/LZ2HM, Alexey/RA1A, Alexey/RN1AM, Vladimir/RW1A,
Andrey/RW7K, Ionut/YO9WF and Tiberiu/YO9GZU. QSL via LoTW or RN3RQ.

EF8, CANARY ISLANDS (Update/Change). Operator Dan, N6MJ, will be active
as EF8U (not EE8Z as announced earlier) from the Los Chachos Contest Club
during the CQ WW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as Single-Op/All-Band/
High-Power entry. QSL via EA8URL or LOTW. Dan will be on the island between
October 26th and November 1st. Activity outside of the contest Dan will
sign as EA8/N6MJ. QSL EA8/N6MJ via W6TMD.

ED9, CEUTA AND MELILLA. Jorge, EA9LZ, will be active as ED9Z during the
CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All or Single-Band
entry. QSL via LoTW or EA5KB direct. No Bureau.

FH, MAYOTTE. Pierre, HB9AMO, will be active as FH/HB9AMO between November
23rd and December 4th. Activity will be holiday style on 80-10 meters
(possibly 160m) using mainly CW with some RTTY (no SSB). He plans to be
in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/
Low-Power/Unassisted entry. His setup will be a Yaesu FT-991 and MFJ-939
automatic tuner into: Two Spiderbeam 12 meters on telescopic masts, One
Spiderbeam 404-UL multiband antenna, Delta loop for the 30 meters band
and a Vertical & long wires antennas for the low bands. QSL via M0URX or
LoTW. For more details and updates, see:     http://www.hb9amo.net

FT4JA VIDEO AVAILABLE ONLINE. A video on the 2016 FT4JA Juan de Nova
DXpedition is now available on YouTube. The vidoe is a little over 17
minutes long and was recorded in HD (High-Definition). To view the video,
go to:          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2LeKWMTyIk

FY, FRENCH GUIANA. Operators Marc/F1HAR, Didier/FY5FY, Herve/F5HRY,
Christian/F5UII and Laurent/F6FVY will be active as FY5KE from the
"Radio club de Kourou" (RACK) radio club station in Kourou City during
the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL
via LoTW. ADDED NOTE: Operators Christian/F5UII and Laurent/F6FVY will
be active as FY/homecall from the FY5KE RACK Club station until October
31st. Activity will be on 40-10m and also maybe on 80m and 160m. QSL
via operator's instructions.

GD, ISLE OF MAN. Paul, G4PVM, will be active as GD4PVM from the Isle of
Man (EU-116, WAB SC26) between October 24-27th. Activity will be holiday
style. He states, "I will be QRV from the old coast guard station at
Scarlett Point, near Castletown, thanks to Ronnie MD0RLA. There is more
information on Ronnie's QRZ page and here . PLEASE
NOTE: I DO NOT plan to have any QSL cards printed - electronic con-
firmations only. I will upload my log to LoTW, eQSL and Club Log (for
IOTA credits)."

GJ, JERSEY. Members of the Jersey Contest Group will be active as GJ2A
from Jersey Island (EU-013) during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October
29-30th) as Multi-2 entry. QSL via LoTW, direct to GJ3DVC or the ClubLog's
OQRS.

HC0, ECUADOR. Members of the Quito Radio Club (HC1QRC) will be active as
HC0E from Quito during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a
Multi-Multi entry. QSL via the Bureau or LoTW.

HI9, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. Mike, OE3MZC (KW4XC), will be active as HI9/KW4XC
from Las Terrenas, DR (NA-096), between October 26th and November 6th.
Activity will be on all HF bands, but mainly on 40-10 meters SSB during
the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th). The equipment he will be using
is a YAESU FT-100 and Endfed antenna. Also, outside of the contest he will
be active on WSPR, PACTOR4, WINLINK and APRS. QSL via OE3MZC by the Bureau.

HP800, POLAND (Special Event). Members of the Polish Amateur Radio Club
(PIASTOWSKI KLUB KRÓTKOFALOWCÓW) will be active as HF800O from Opole
between January 1st and March 31st, 2017. Activity is to celebrate the
800th anniversary of Opole City. QSL via the Bureau or direct.

HS, THAILAND. Operators Bob/HS0ZIA and Peter/HS0ZKX plan to operator 80
meters SSB during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Multi-2
entry. Callsign will be HS0ZIA in the contest. Bob mentions that HS
stations are only allowed to operate between 3500-3540 kHz. He also
informed OPDX that starting this past weekend, he will be looking for
NA stations every evening from now through the contest on 80m. QSL via
LoTW.

IOTA NEWS..............
  NA-079.  Operators Rob/K2RWF and Craig/KD2INN will be active as W2LI
           from Dry Tortugas (NPOTA NP17, WW Grid EL84, WWF KFF-0023)
           between November 13-14th (1600z to 1700z). They will be operating
           from the Dry Tortugas National Park. Activity will be on 80-6
           meters using SSB and the Digital modes (PSK and JT65/9). They
           will also attempt to work applicable satellite passes of SO50,
           AO85, FO29, AO73, and XW satellites. The group plans to work
           off of simple wire antennas, barefoot at 100 watts. All logs
           will be uploaded to LoTW. QSL direct (please consider sending
           SASE that will fit a 4x6 card) for a special event QSL card via
           AJ2I. QSL via the Bureau for DX via AJ2I. For busted calls,
           please contact AJ2I direct.

  OC-104.  Rod, YJ8RN, will be active as YJ8RN/p from Gaua Island, Banks
           Islands sometime late November and early December. Activity
           will be on various HF bands. QSL via NZ4DX.

J5, GUINEA BISSAU (Update to OPDX.1287/Delayed). Members of the Italian
DXPedition Team were expected to be active as J5T from Guinea Bissau in
November 2016, but now will be delayed to the second half of 2017. Look
for updates on their Web page at:         http://www.i2ysb.com/idt
Also, for News and Forum, see:           http://www.hamradioweb.net

JT, MONGOLIA. A team of operators are expected to be active as JT5DX
from Ulaanbaatar during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as
a Multi-? entry. QSL via JT1CO direct only.

KP3, PUERTO RICO. Felipe, NP4Z/KP3Z, will be active as KP3Z during the
CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry.
QSL via N4AO.

OJ0, MARKET REEF (Update). Martti, OH2BH, sent out the following press
release on October 21st (edited): 

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
  FROM ALAND ISLANDS, OJ0B AND OH0B
  OCTOBER 21.2016

  MARKET REEF AND THE CQWW SSB CONTEST

    Current high winds are eliminating the weekend landing to Market
  Lighthouse. The team of ES2RR, OH2BH and OH2PM are stranded and on
  hold.
    Nope say our brave captain Mats Sjostrom as the sea is rough with
  high waves. Zodiac landing is opted out by already freezing seawater.
    Next calculated narrow weather window  would be  Wednesday this
  coming week where landing assumes favorable wind direction.  
    The group is determined to activate OJ0 in the CQWW. They are ever
  grateful to the Finnish Lighthouse Society, FLS, for keeping the Light-
  house manned until the finish of the contest.
    If the group fail in their attempt they will settle in Aland Islands
  and just swap one letter in their callsign.
    Follow the life at Market Reef Lighthouse // waiting for CQWW.
    http://majakkaseura.fi/fin/market/market_paivakirjadiary_2016/week_42

PJ7, ST. MAARTEN. Operators Chris/N0UK (G4JEC) and XYL Holly/K0HAC will be
active as PJ7/G4JEC and PJ7/K0HAC, respectively, from Sint Maarten Island
(NA-105) between November 26th and December 3rd. Activity will be on 40-10
meters using CW and SSB. QSL via N0UK direct or LoTW.

PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (October 24-30th).......
 Oct/24th BN      Oct/27th  BN     Oct/29th  HN
 Oct/25th BN      Oct/28th  BN     Oct/30th  HN
 Oct/26th BN

   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 :
  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, check out the VOACAP predication Web page at:
                 http://www.voacap.com/prediction.html

PZ, SURINAME. Look for operators from the UK will be active as PZ5K
during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th). Operators mentioned
are David/G3NKC, Roger/G4BVY, Stewart/GM4AFF and possibly others. Also
listen for activity before and after the contest, but mostly on CW. QSL
PZ5K via G3NKC.

QSL INFO AND NEWS...................
  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX by Lothar, DL1SBF, (October 22nd) 
  -------------------------------------------------------------------------
  7P8EUDXF via HA5AO      EN25FLF via UR5FLF      PE30EUDXF via PA1AW
  CR5ACE via CT1REP       IS0/OM2VL via OM2VL     PY0F/PV8IG via PV8AA
  DP9S via DK8ZM          KH0/JA1LPH via JA1LPH   TA4/OH2KW via OH2KW
  DR1D via DL3KO          LZ8E via LZ2BE          UW6M via UT4MWM
  ED3T via N4GNR (d)      OK2/DM2AXL via DM2AXL   V6Z via N3SL
  EH7SC via EA7URC        OP7M via ON4SA (d)      YM3KM via TA3CX
    (e) eQSL only  (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (*-B) DX's- Bureau
    (O) OQRS only  (C) ClubLog only  (L) LoTW only    (*) No Paper QSL Please

  TG9ADM NEW QSL ROUTE. Pedro, EA5GL, informs OPDX that he is the new QSL
  Manager for Dante, TG9ADM. He has his logs dating back to 2003. If any
  one still needs the QSL, they can send to him for the card.

  QSLS RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 3B9FR, C37MS, 5R8SV, CT2GQN, DJ0TP, DM2TS,
  DP65HSC, DS3CPL, E72A, EA3CZR, EA3GOM, EA8/RW3DO, FM5FJ, G3XAQ, GU4YOX,
  H84JK (NA-088), HB9BA, IK5IIS, IK6UBY, IT9CLX, IU2ABV, LX1NO, LY1G,
  M0MNV, OK1DWC, ON4AUC, OZ2U, PR7AB, PU1PJR, RW9JZ, S9BT, SN7Q, SP8LBK,
  UA9UDX, US3EW, UV5U, V47JA, VK5GR/P (OC-139), VK9LX, VP5/AA4FL, YO2DFA 
  and ZL4FZ

  QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 5J0JC (NA-049), 5R8SV, FT4JA, HR4/DL5YWM,
  R70ASIA (AS-070), RK1O/P (EU-161), S79KB, VE2FDJ/P (NA-176), VE3LYC/KL7
  (NA-172), VK5CE/p (OC-228) and  YS3/DL5YWM

  QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: NONE REPORTED THIS WEEK!!!!

T30, WEST KIRIBATI. Four members of the Yamato Amateur Radio Club will
be active from Tarawa Atoll (OC-017) with their own individual callsigns
between November 10-16th. Operators mentioned are Sasi/JA1KJW (T30KJ),
Kaoru/JA3MCA (T30MA), Kuni/JA8VE(T30VE) and Mat/JA1JQY(T30JY). Activity
will be on all bands from 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via
each operator's home callsign, SASE or by the Bureau.

T31T DXPETITION UPDATE. It has been reported by a few sources that the
T31T DXpedition team has arrived safely in Apia, Samoa, and have uploaded
the logs to ClubLog. Dom and his team are planning to be active from
Kanton Island again sometime between/in May-June 2017 for 4 weeks to
finish their work on the EMCOM system and repair the SAT Seismic station.

T8, PALAU. Junichi, JA3RAF, will once again be active as T88AX from the
VIP Guest Hotel (Free Radio Room) on Koror Island (OC-009) between October
21-27th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters using CW, SSB and JT65. QSL via
JA3RAF by the Bureau.

TY, BENIN. By the time you read this, Francois, F6AJL, will be active as
TY5AA from Parakou City until November 30th. Activity will be on 80-10
meters using SSB. QSL via his home callsign.

V5, NAMIBIA. Tev, TA1HZ, will be active from Namibia (callsign pending)
during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 25-26th, 2017) as a Single-Op
entry. QSL via LoTW and LZ3HI.

VE2, CANADA (ZONE 2). By the time you read this, Igor, VE3ZF, will be in
Zone 2 from Northern Quebec and should be active as VE2IDX on October 24th.
He is there for the upcoming CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th). He
informs OPDX, "Special attention will be taken to the low bands - for
this expedition I have prepared 4 SQ to 80 and 40 as well." QSL via VE3ZF:
Igor Slakva, 1 Wardrope Avenue, Suite #3, Stoney Creek, Ontario, L8G 1R9,
Canada.

VE2, CANADA (Zone 2). Operator Yuri, VE3DZ, will once again be active as
VE2IM from Sept-Iles, QC (Zone 2), during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October
29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power or Low-Power entry. Yuri states
he will be there between October 25-31st. Activity (usually) before and
after the contest will be on CW, SSB and RTTY, and all HF bands including
the 30/17/12 meter bands. QSL via VE3DZ, direct or by the VE3DZ OQRS. He
usually uploads to the LoTW.

VP2M, MONTSERRAT. George, K2DM, will be active as VP2MDG during the CQWW
DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry.
He will operate some CW before the contest. QSL via K2DM, direct only or
LoTW. NO Bureau QSLs.

VP5, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS. Members of the Minnesota Wireless Association
(MWA) will be active as VP5S from Jody's, VP5JM QTH on Providenciales Island
(NA-002), during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Multi-Single/
High-Power operation. Operations mentioned are Scott/K0MD, Fred/K4IU, Pat/W0BM
and Bill/AC0W. They will be on the air before the contest through Monday
using the callsigns VP5/homecall. Operators will be on the low bands
especially for Europeans and JAs who need VP5 confirmed. They will also
spend time on the 30/17/12 meters bands and on digital modes for any U.S.
operators who need the band/mode slot confirmed. In the past Scott suggests
that anyone can send him an E-mail  if they want
to try a schedule with one of them outside of the contest to specifically
work VP5 for band/mode slots.

XW, LAOS. Champ, E21EIC, will once again be active as XW1IC from Vientiane
between October 28th and November 1st. Activity will be mainly in the CQWW
DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSLs must
be requested via the OQRS on ClubLog or via E21EIC and LoTW. NO PAPER QSL
IS NEEDED.

XW, LAOS. Ken, K4ZW, will once again be active as XW4ZW from Laos sometime
during January 2017. Activity will be on all bands, but with a focus on
the lower bands and CW only. QSL via K1SE direct (with SAE/SASE). Log will
be uploaded to LoTW and ClubLog. Ken states, "All Bureau cards received
will be answered, but it is time consuming and expensive. Please note
that I receive cards from the Bureau on average once or twice per year.
It takes up to 1 year to answer the cards. You will need to be patient."
ADDED NOTE: Ken informs OPDX, "I will also be in Mongolia as part of the
JT5DX team for CQWW SSB. Outside of the contest I will be active as JT1ZW
and JT1ZW/5. QSLs go to K4ZW. Confirmations will also be available on LoTW."

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