DX Bulletin No. 1289
October 31, 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, N4AA & QRZ DX, K5GS, N7NG, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m DX News, W9ILY, CO2KL, DL1SBF, DL7UXG & The DX News Letter, DxCoffee.com, DXNews.com, DX-World.Net, ES1CW, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, HS0ZIA, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, OH2BH, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete Rayer & ISWL, PY4WAS, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, VA3RJ & ICPO, and VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) for the following DX information.
EDITOR'S SPECIAL NOTES (by Tedd, KB8NW)
This week's bulletin was sent out earlier than normal to accommodate the late CQWW DX SSB Contest announcements. Also, we wanted to provide the readers with a consolidated listing of the CQWW DX SSB Contest participants.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Friday, 21st-October, through Friday, 28th-October there were 235 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, 5V, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9U, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C6, C9, CE, 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, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GM, GU, GW, H4, H40, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J5, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/m, 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, PJ7, 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, TR, TT, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2M, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, YB, YI, YK, 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".
3G, CHILE. Members of the Radio Club "Antofagasta DX Team" (CE1ANF) will be active as 3G1G from Port of Gatico (Zone 12, WW Loc. FG47vi) between November 25-27th. Activity will be on 40/20/17/15/12/10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK31 and JT65. Operators mentioned are Melo/XQ1TUW, Manuel/ CE1DFU, CE2NGN, Pedro/CE1WML, Jose/CA1JST, Jorge/CA1JOK, Fernando/CA1FAA, Iván/CA1IVL, Domingo/CA1DSA, CA1CMX, CD1CVS and CE3TVP. More details are available on QRZ.com. QSL ONLY VIA DIRECT. NO BUREAU, NO eQSL, NO LoTW. 4L, GEORGIA. Operator Gia, 4L4WW, will be active as 4L0A from Obcha (Western Georgia) during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (40m)/High-Power entry. QSL via LoTW or via EA7FTR. He states, "PLEASE do not send QSL cards direct to him". 4X, ISRAEL. Arthur, 4X4DZ, will be active as 4X2M during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (15m)/High-Power entry. QSL via his home callsign. 5T, MAURITANIA. Ahmad, 9K2AI/5T2AI, will be active as 5T4C from Mauritania during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Single-Op/Single- Band (40m) entry. QSL via NI5DX. 6Y, JAMAICA. Paul, K1XM, will once again be active as 6Y9X from Jamaica (NA-097, WLOTA 0214) during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Assisted entry. QSL via KQ1F. 9K, KUWAIT. Operators Hamad/9K2HN, Khalid/9K2HK, Ahmad/9K2QA, Ahmed/9K2QA, Faisal/9K2RR and Ali/9K2WA will be active as 9K2HN during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via Club's OQRS. Visit the home page at: http://www.9k2hn.com A2, BOTSWANA. Giles, M0TGV, states, look for A25UK to be reactivated in in the spring of 2017. A team of 10 individuals will be returning to Botswana for 10 days. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK. Some of the operators named are Nobby/G0VJG, Nick/G4FAL, Giles/M0TGV, Tony/G4LDL and Edd/GM0WED. QSL via M0OXO or via ClubLog's OQRS. Look for more details to be forthcoming. Also, visit their Web page at: https://www.prismembroidery.co.uk/dxexp/a25uk AH2, GUAM. Members of the Guam Contest Club will be active as AH2R during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Multi-2 entry. Operators mentioned are: JA1KSA, Atsuo/JE6HIB, Kazuma/JG3RPL, Toshinobu/JI3ERV (NH2C), Mikawa/JR7OMD and Danilo/KH2JU. QSL via LoTW. PLEASE DO NOT QSL via the KH2 Bureau. AT2, INDIA. Dennis, W1UE, will be active as AT2W from India during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via W1UE. B7, CHINA. Operators Terry/BA7NQ, Yang/BD7IXG, Zhi/BD7PUZ, Chen/BD7IT, Shiyu/BD7KSF, Lyu/BD7MFB, Rumei/BD7LMD and Wong/VR2KW will be active as B7P from Chen's, BG7KTA, QTH in Foshan City (OL63NA), south of CHINA, nearby Guangzhou City, during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Multi-Multi entry. QSL via BA4EG. BY, CHINA. Look for the BY5HB (the Gaoqiao Middle School callsign) in Hangzhou City to be activate during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via BG5EFD. Operators mentioned are Andy/IK7YTT, Feng/BG5EFD, Jack/BA4ALC, Wu/BG4AHK, Siqing/BG4HRM and Fara/BD5HST. CO, CUBA (Special Event). Members of the Holguin Radio Club will activate special event station CO0CB between October 28th and November 1st. Activity is to commemorate Christopher Columbus's arrival to the Cuban lands. Operations will be on 80/40/20/17/15/10/2 meters using various modes. QSL via CO8NDZ direct or LoTW. Operators mentioned are Álvaro/CO8OB, Idalmis/CO8ICA, Amaury/CO8AGE, Zulema/CO8MGY, Hernán/CO8HH, Esteban/CM8ECS, Pedro/CO8JNN, Eloy/CM8ETM and Enrique/CM8SE. 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 24th: 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 good interest. The TG/KC0W DXpedition to Guatemala has been cancelled due to the possibility of going to 3C0 and 3C. I'm currently planing DXpeditions to both Equatorial Guinea & Annobon after 4I7COW goes QRT. Fantastic progress is being made acquiring the 3C and 3C0 licenses. This would not have been possible without the VERY helpful assistance of the Equatorial Guinea licensing authorities....... .....Further information regarding these proposed 50-60 day long DX- peditions to Equatorial Guinea & Annobon will be posted soon. DX2, PHILIPPINES. Operators Patrick/4F1PH, Gil/4F2KWT, Jim/DU3JH, Edilberto/ DU3JA, Larry/DU3LA and Joshua/DW1ZCO will be active as DX2R from 4F2KWT's beach house at San Fernando City, LA Union, Philippines, during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Multi-Single/Low-Power entry. QSL via LoTW or W3HNK. E5, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS. Roly, ZL1BQD, will once again be active as E51RR from Rarotonga Island (EU-013) between October 29th and November 25th. Activity will be on 40/20/15 meters using mainly JT9, JT65 and some CW. QSL via his home callsign. EF8, CANARY ISLANDS. Operators Juan/EA8RM, Leonid/RA5A, Andrei/RA6LBS, Alexandr/UA5C, YL Elena/RC5A, Pavel/RU5A, Pekka/EA8AH, Mauri/EA8CMX, Mike/RU3UR, Alexei/UA4WW, UA3DJX, Igor/RN0CT, Carlos/EA8KW, Ruben/EA8AVJ and Jack/R2AA will be active as EF8R from Gran Canaria Island (AF-004) during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via the Bureau. Operators are calling themselves "The Magic Mauntain International Team". EI11-99, IRELAND. From January 1st through December 31st, 2017, Irish Radio Amateurs will be on air with nine special callsigns - EI11WAW through to EI99WAW. Each call will be associated with one of the counties making up the "Wild Atlantic Way". Each callsign will have its own distinctive QSL card depicting a highlight of the county linked to the callsign. QSL requests via ClubLog or the Bureau. For requests for a direct QSL via ClubLog or to EI6AL enclose $2, or €2 via paypal to . A Certificate will be made available for download to any station that works all nine calls, any band any mode. Apply by email to QSL manager EI6AL giving name and call. A certificate can also be sent by post - send €5 ($5) to cover postage either through ClubLog, direct to EI6AL or via paypal to . For more info, see QRZ.com under each special callsign. GU, GUERNSEY. Bob, GU4YOX, from Guernsey Island (EU-114), will be active during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (80m)/Assisted entry. QSL via GU4YOX direct or LoTW. HH2, HAITI. Jim, VA3MPG, who has been active as HH2/VA3MPG in Haiti since November 2015, will be ending his Mission work on November 27th. He states, [edited] "Due to the electoral process being a mess here in Haiti. I have some leave planned between Oct. 29th to Nov. 7th, and will be staying here in Haiti to play radio. Working all HF bands including digital modes. Will be on SSB Voice 10, 15, 20 and 40 meters as well as JT65 and PSK31. I have tried a little RTTY, but have not had much luck on that mode for some reason. QSL Direct via VE3NLS or e-QSL, LoTW, ClubLog, and QRZ.com. I'm still looking for DXCC SSB and Mixed so that is my goal before I finish here. We work 7 days a week so only have a few hours to operate in the evening after 2100z. I am hoping to spend most of my time off Oct 29 to November 7 on the air trying to meet those goals, but must admit I will set time aside to lay by the pool a couple of hours provided it doesn't rain. Been wet, damp since the Hurricane so I pick my openings to operate." IOTA NEWS.............. NA-057. John, AD8J, will once again be active as HR9/AD8J from Roatan Island between October 29th and November 12th. When not scuba diving, look for John on 80-10 meters using mostly CW. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW. SA-028. Members of the Cabreuva DX Team will be active as ZV2TA from Tamandua Island (New DIB-SP021) between November 19-20th. Activity will be on 80/40/20/15/10/2 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via PY2XIZ. ISWL CALLSIGNS (For November). The following ISWL club callsigns will be used throughout the month of November 2016: GX4BJC/A - Operated from Hartford, in Cambridgeshire, by Tom, G3RPV. (/A WAB Square TL27 - England, IOTA EU-005, WLOTA 1841). MX1SWL/A - Operated from Eastbourne, in East Sussex, by Peter, G0NQZ. (/A WAB Square TQ50 - England, IOTA EU-005, WLOTA 1841). ALL QSLs will be handled by Herbie, G6XOU, and NOT the individual operator. The I.S.W.L. is a member of the European PSK Club. All QSL info is on or or via . NO LoTW. I.S.W.L. Awards are available to all Hams and SWLs, see for full details. The eQSL.cc cards ARE welcomed for their awards. JT, MONGOLIA (Update). A team of operators are expected to be active as JT5DX from Ulaanbaatar (big farm by JT1CO) during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via JT1CO direct only. Operators mentioned are Choigonjav/JT1CO, Naran/JT1BV, Suhe/JT1BZ, Togtokhin/WV6E and Ken/K4ZW. KP4, PUERTO RICO. Daniel, KP4BD, will be active as KP4BD from Las Piedras during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via KP4BD or LoTW. LY60, LITHUANIA. Members of the Kaunas University of Technology Radio Club (celebrating their 60th anniversary) will be active as LY60KTU during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Multi-Multi entry. QSL via LoTW. NP3, PUERTO RICO (NA-099). Eric, NP3A, will be active during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via WD8CW or LoTW. NP3, PUERTO RICO (NA-099). Members of the El Combete Contest Team (WP3E) will be active as NP3U during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Multi-Multi entry. QSL via LoTW. Operators mentioned are Uris/NP4WW, Luis/NP4RA, Rafael/NP3RE, Carlos/KP4CPC, Carlos/WP4U, Angel/WP3GW, Edgardo/ NP4EG, Ernesto/KP4EC, Luis/WP4MLX and Rey/WP3HP. OA, PERU. Operators Tony/OA4DX, Guillermo/OA4/XQ3SA, Allan/OA4/EA3HSO and Diego/OA4DKN will be active as OA4O from the Peruano Club Station during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Multi-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via LoTW. OJ0B, MARKET REEF (GROUP STILL STRANDED ON ALAND ISLAND). As of Wednesday, evening, 2000 UTC, Wayne, N7NG, reports: It has been a long week of watching the WX developments and a changing low and high pressure. So the group is weary but yet committed to land on Market Reef to give a worthy CQWW multiplier to those who Deserve. ES2RR, OH2BH and OH2PM are hotel-based in the capital Mariehamn, still suffering from the rough seas. But they have decided to try landing tomorrow at their sunset, around 14 UTC. If they are not successful they will return to set up in OH0. The helicopter option would then only be used for their return pickup because of the weight limit. If you hear OJ0B in the contest remember this mult is worth its weight in gold. LAST MINUTE UPDATE FROM OH2BH (October 28th): The group found a short weather window late at night in darkness and landed safely on Market Reef. They wil try to get operational during the day with high winds bothering their antenna work - temperature 6 C.... OH0, ALAND ISLAND. Kim, OH6KZP, will be active as OH0X from Aland Island during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via OH2TA. PJ2, CURACAO. Maarten, PA3EYC, will once again be active as PJ2/PA3EYC from Curacao Island (SA-099, WLOTA 0942) between November 10-22nd. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using mainly CW. QSLs will via his home callsign, by the Bureau, direct, ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW. PJ7, ST. MAARTEN. Felix, HB9FLX, is now active as PJ7/HB9FLX from the Azure Hotel, Simpson Bay, on Sint Maarten (NA-105), until November 4th. Activity will be on 40/20/17/15/10 meters using SSB and the Digital modes. He plans to be in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th). His equipment is an Icom IC-7200 w/100w into a Hexbeam and HyEndFed Wire Antenna. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (October 31st-November 6th)....... Oct/31st HN Nov/03rd HN Nov/05th AN Nov/01st AN Nov/04th HN Nov/06th AN Nov/02nd 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=6-9 100-400 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 QSL INFO AND NEWS................... CWJF GROUP (QSL MANAGER!) Ed, PY4WAS, President of the CWJF Group, informs OPDX: The CWJF GROUP , was founded in 1985. It is 30 years of uninterrupted activity. We are the largest CW group in South America and one of the world's largest. We currently have 254 members, spread over 54 different countries. Since 2011, we are con- ducting a worldwide contest (CQMM DX CONTEST) and in just six years, we are already among the top 10 CW contests in the world. We are the QSL MANAGER of 29 stations (see below) and ask for your support in disseminating the indicative. In advance thank you for your valuable collaboration. STATIONS: 8R1PY (Nov/2007) PQ8KL PY4WAS/PU8 ZW4WAS 5T1MM (Apr/2014) PT8CWA PY4WAS/PV8 ZY8T 5T2MM (Apr/2015) PT8CW ZP5AJR ZZ4W CO6CAC PT9FH ZP5KO ZZ4WAS PP8CW PW7MM ZP5R ZZ8W PP8ZAC PY0FA ZP7NIA PQ4W PY0FZ ZV8WAS PQ7MM PY4WAS/PQ8 ZV92WAS We do not send QSL via bureau. QSL via PY4WAS or PY4KL Address: Rua Dr. Edgard Quinet, 35 apto 401 Bairro Morro da Glória 36036 - 080 Juiz de Fora - MG BRAZIL JUST A REMINDER (New QSL Service Fee Structure Effective Nov. 1, 2016): ARRL members — including foreign members, QSL Managers, or managers for DXpeditions — should enclose payment as follows: $1.15 per ounce, plus 7.00 USDs QSL Bureau service fee. For example, a package containing 1.5 pounds of cards — 24 ounces, or about 225 cards — will cost 34.60 USDs. Please see the information below for additional pricing details. The minimum charge is 8.15 USDs for one ounce or less. DXCC credits cannot be used towards the QSL Service fee. You should use an accurate scale to weigh your cards. Most post offices have scales that you may use. Please pay by check (or money order) and write your callsign on the check. Send cash at your own risk. DO NOT send postage stamps or IRCs. Please make checks payable to: "The ARRL Outgoing QSL Service." If you would like to know that your cards were received at the ARRL QSL Bureau, include your e-mail address and we will notify you. Notifications will only be made by e-mail. Packages received with insufficient payment will not be processed until the balance is paid in full. The outgoing QSL bureau does not keep money on account. Current Rates Until October 31, 2016. PIRATE ALERTS..... SV2ASP/A - "The Daily DX" reports: The SV2ASP/A callsign was pirated. DL5EBE reports that Apollo underwent major surgery last month and was hospitalized again all of last week. While he was laid up a phony was on 20 CW using his callsign. SV1DPI, Kostas, also confirms this news and in addition reports Monk Apollo is now back in Mount Athos. October 16-18th was a pirate. (Bernie notes: Most likely the October 22nd and 23rd operations were also bogus). Also pirated callsigns were: 4U1ITU, 5H3PM, HV0A, VU2TS and YI1H. QSLS RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 4Z5IW, 5A1AL (after PayPal), 7S5A, AT2SL (AS-176), D66D, CB1D, CE0Y/LU9VEA, FK8DD, G7OGX, HK1X, LX1NO, LY1G, LZ/IK3GES, OH0CO, RK6CI, RW9JZ, S9BT, SX1S, TK4LS, TR8CA, V6Z, VE2CQ, VK9LX, VK9NZ and ZB2TT QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 5W0JHQ, HB0/DL5YM, HB0/DL5YL, R70ASIA (AS-070), RK1O/P (EU-161), S9WL, S9WT, VE3LYC/KL7, VK5CE/P (OC-228), YJ0COW and YS3/DL5YWM (NA-190) QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 3B8/DJ7RJ, 3XY1D, 5H3EE, 5P4MG, 5V7D, 5Z4HW, CE1DY, DF90KWTJ, DL20GDXF, E6GG, EK/DL7UFR, ES9A, FM/DL7VOG, LX1CC, LX1RFJ, MU0REW/P, OH0/ES2TT, OU4ZZ, OX/DK1BT, OX/DL7DF, PJ6/G3TXF, TA0/DL7VBJ (AS-201), TK/DL4FF, TN6X, TT8DX, TX6G and V5/G3TXF STANDARD TIME. Remember to change your clocks next weekend! Countries who observe Daylight Saving Time (DST), which took place on Sunday, March 13th, are now expected to move their "local clocks" backward 1 hour on Sunday, November 6th, from 2:00 AM local time to 1:00 AM. In 2017, Day- light Saving Time (DST) will again go into effect on Sunday, March 12th, at 2:00 AM local time. For the history and details about ST and DST, as well as an interesting map of the world (showing the countries who observe DST), see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standard_time http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daylight_saving_time http://www.timeanddate.com/time/dst/2015.html ADDED NOTE: Hopefully, all amateur radio operators know NOT to change their GMT/UTC/ZULU clocks. However, since most operators usually set their computers to local time, some may have to change their settings on "some" ham radio software (ex. logging, propagation, DXTelnet, etc..) programs. T31W CENTRAL KIRIBATI (2017 DXpedition To Kanton Island -- CANCELED). The following press release was sent out on October 24th by Gene, K5GS: With the recent activation of T31 by a small European team the Per- severance DX Group (PDXG) and T31W team have canceled their planned 2017 T31W activation. Usually when a DX-pedition is canceled there is little to no explanation for the decision. We will be more open: As you may recall, we announced our intention to activate T31, Most Wanted Number 16, in March, 2016. We began building the team, applied for a license, secured a boat capable of safely transporting 12 operators and submitted documentation for visas. Additionally, banking arrangements were made, a Limited Liability Company was formed, we opened the website and documents were submitted by the team members. In other words, signi- ficant time and effort were expended by the team, including an outlay of money. Seven months after we announced T31W a 3 man team from Europe activated T31 and made a total of 30,000 QSOs. Of the total, 5,000 QSOs were with Europe where T31 is one of the most needed entities. Subsequently, they announced their intention to return to T31 in 2017 to finish the job. Based on these events it makes no sense for us to commit personal or donated funds to continue the project. When the news of this recent T31 activation became public we considered switching to one of two back-up DXCC entities. One that we've been in discussions with the governing agencies for over 2 years, and another that recently came into view. These alternatives are still under con- sideration. We thank the DX community for their past support of our projects; donations made to T31W will be refunded over the next 30 days. Questions may be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org T42, CUBA. Members of the Havana Contest Group will be active as T42A during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Multi-Single/ High-Power entry. Operators mentioned are Amed/CO2AME, Jorge/CO2II, Bob/CO2KL and Moises/CM2VT. They will use 3 elements mono band antennas for 10, 15 and 20m bands, 2 elements beam on 40m, an inverted V dipole on 80m and a Slopper for the Top Band. QSL via RW6HS. TC29, TURKEY (Special Event). Members of the Trak Ham Radio Club will activate the special event station TC29EKM between October 28-31st. Every year in Turkey and Northern Cyprus, on October 29th, they celebrate the national holiday called "National Day" of the Republic of Turkey Grand National Assembly (October 29, 1923) to commemorate the proclamation of management. QSL via info on QRZ.com. TI, COSTA RICA. Members of the North East Tarrant Amateur Radio Club (NETARC) are now active from Liberia (WW Loc. EK70jq), Costa Rica, signing TI7/homecall until October 31st. Operators mentioned are Tom/K4ZGB, Jason/ KC5HWB, YL Judy/KE5OYQ, Jim/W5AP, John/W5EXJ and Randall/WA0D. This is a "Buddipole DXpedition". The group plans to be in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th). Listen for the QSL info. UP2, KAZAKHSTAN. Operators Vladimir/R9IR, Oleg/RM9I, Sergey/RU9I, R9HBA, Gennady/UA9MA, Serge/RN9N, Sergey/RU9MX, Vladimir/UN6LN, Valery/UN7LZ and Grigory/UN9LG will be active as UP2L during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Multi-Multi entry. QSL via UA9AB. VP5, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS. Operators Jim/K4QPL and Will/AA4NC will be active as VP5M during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th) as as Multi-Single entry. QSL via K4QPL or LoTW. PLEASE, NO BUREAU QSLS. Outside of the contest, look for operators to sign as VP5/K4QPL and VP5/AA4NC. Will states that he will be there between November 21-30th. His activity will be holiday style on 160-10 meters (including 30/17/12m) using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via his home callsign (No Bureau). VP9, BERMUDA. George/GM0IIO/GM4O/KQ8Z will be active as VP9I from Ed/ VP9GE's Hamilton Parish QTH (NA-005, WLOTA 0201) for the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m)/Low-Power/Unassisted entry. Outside of the contest George will be active as VP9/KQ8Z between November 23-30th. QSL both callsigns via GM0IIO. VR, HONG KONG. Alberto, IV3TAN, will be active as VR2XAN during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (40m) entry. Activity outside of the contest is mostly on the Low Bands (40/80/160m on CW/SSB). He uses an Icom 756 Pro III with an Icom IC-2KL (400w) amp into a Crushcraft D4, rotary dipole 10-40 meters and Inverted V Kelman dipole 80/160 meters. QSL via: Alberto Annesi, 1/F, 7A Nam Shan Road, Peng Chau Island, Hong Kong. W9, UNITED STATES (Special Event). Look for special event station, W9C, to be active beginning on Monday, October 31st, at 1300z (0800 CDT) through Sunday, November 6th, at 2300z (1800 CDT). Activity is to commemorate the birth of an outstanding American - Walter Cronkite - "The Most Trusted Man in America". Check for the listing in November 2016 QST. Operations of W9C will occur on 80-10 meters (excluding 60 meters) using CW, SSB and RTTY at various times throughout the operation period. A nice certificate of accomplishment and QSL card for your contact is available. Please indicate your QSO date, time, frequency, mode and signal report. A certificate to be returned by E-mail may be requested by sending an E-mail to: email@example.com ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS. Yuki, JH1NBN, is now active as ZF2ZB from Cayman Islands (NA-016) until November 5th. Activity will be on various HF bands and an entry in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th). QSL via JH1NBN. PLEASE NOTE: The callsign ZF2ZB has been used before by K7WZB and K9WZB in April-May 2009. QSL via K9WZB direct. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- The following stations are expected to be active in the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th, 2016) -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thanks to Bill, NG3K, for providing OPDX readers with the following consolidated listing of the participants in the 2015 CQWW DX 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/cqs2016.html (By callsign) http://www.ng3k.com/Misc/cqsd2016.html (By entity) http://www.ng3k.com/Misc/cqsz2016.html (By zone) The CQ World-Wide DX Contest Web page and rules: http://www.cqww.com/rules.htm ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Contest DXCC CQZ Class QSL Callsign Entity Route ------------------------------------------------------------------------ 3V8SS Tunisia 33 SOAB LP LoTW; QSL via LX1NO 3W2DK Vietnam 26 SO LP LoTW; QSL via N0ODK (B/d) 4L0A Georgia 21 SOSB 40M LoTW 4X2M Israel 20 SOSB 15M 4X4DZ 5B/HA5PP Cyprus 20 SO HA5PP 5T4C Mauritania 35 SOSB 40M NI5DX 6W1RY Senegal 35 M/2 F5VHJ (d/REF-B/USA via WA6WPG) 6Y4V Jamaica 08 M/? LoTW; QSL via AA4V 8P1W Barbados 08 SOAB LP KU9C 8P5A Barbados 08 SOAB HP LoTW; QSL via NN1N 8P50B Barbados 08 SOAB LoTW; QSL via KU9C 9A1A Croatia 15 M/M LoTW 9K2HN Kuwait 21 M/S ClubLog 9K2K Kuwait 21 SOAB LoTW; QSL via ClubLog 9Y4D Trinidad & Tobago 09 9Y4D A73A Qatar 21 M/M A71A AH2R Guam 27 M/? LoTW AH0K Mariana Islands 27 M/2 OH6GDX AT2W India 22 SOAB LP W1UE B7P China 24 M/M BA4EG BV2A/3 Taiwan 24 M/2 BV2A BW/JL3RDC Taiwan 24 JL3RDC BW/JP3PZG Taiwan 24 JP3PZG BY5HB China 24 M/S BD4HF C37NL Andorra 14 M/2 LoTW; QSL via C37NL and C37URA (B) C4A Cyprus 20 M/2 LoTW; QSL via 5B4KH and ClubLog CB1H Chile 12 M/? CE1DY CB1W Chile 12 M/2 XQ4CW CE0Y/NO9E Easter Island 12 SO HP LoTW; QSL via NO9E (d) CN2AA Morocco 33 M/S LoTW; QSL via UA2FM CN2R Morocco 33 M/2 W7EJ CR2B Azores 14 TBD EA1BP CR5C Portugal 14 SOSB 20M LoTW; QSL via OK4PA (d) CR6K Portugal 14 SOAB D4C Cape Verde Island 35 M/? DX2R Philippines 27 M/S LoTW; QSL via W3HNK E2A Thailand 23 M/2 LoTW; QSL via (C-preferred) or E21EIC E2X Thailand 26 M/S LoTW EA9LZ Ceuta & Melilla 33 SO LoTW; QSL via EA5KB ED8W Canary Islands 33 M/? EA8DO EF8R Canary Islands 33 M/S EF8R (B) EF8U Canary Islands 33 SOAB HP LoTW; QSL via EA8URL FG4KH Guadeloupe 08 FM/WT4BT Martinique 08 SO LP WT4BT FY5KE French Guiana 09 M/S LoTW GJ2A Jersey 14 M/2 LoTW HC0E Ecuador 10 M/M LoTW; QSL via (B) HI3K Dominican Republic 08 M/2 KB2MS IH9YMC African Italy 33 SO eQSL IQ8BB/8 Italy 15 M/? LoTW IR7R Italy 15 M/S IZ7GXB IY1A Italy 15 M/S IW1ARB JT5DX Mongolia 23 M/S JT1CO (d) KH7M Hawaii 31 SOAB KH6ZM KP2M US Virgin Islands 08 M/? KP3Z Puerto Rico 08 SO N4AO KP4BD Puerto Rico 08 SOAB KP4BD or (L) KP4RV Puerto Rico 08 SOSB 15M LoTW KW4XC/HI9 Dominican Republic 08 OE3MZC (B) LU8YE Argentina 13 M/? LoTW; QSL via IK2DUW LY4A Lithuania 15 M/2 LoTW LY60KTU Lithuania 15 M/M LoTW MD1E Isle of Man 14 SO LoTW MD1U Isle of Man 14 SO LoTW MD7C Isle of Man 14 SOAB M0OXO NP2P US Virgin Islands 08 SO LoTW NP3A Puerto Rico 08 SOAB LP WD8CW or (L) NP3U Puerto Rico 08 M/M LoTW OA4O Peru 10 M/S LoTW OH5NQ Finland 15 M/M Auto (B); QSL via OH5CZ (d) OH0X Aland Island 15 SOAB OH2TA OJ0B Market Reef 15 M/? OH2BH P40A Aruba 09 WD9DZV P40L Aruba 09 M/S WA3FRP P40W Aruba 09 SOAB LP LoTW; QSL via N2MM (d)(no B) PJ2T Curacao 09 M/? W3HNK PJ4Q Bonaire 09 M/S W4PA PJ4X Bonaire 09 M/2 LoTW; QSL via W1MD PJ7/HB9FLX Sint Maarten 08 HB9FLX PJ7PL Sint Maarten 08 SO LP WA1ZAM PS2T Brazil 11 M/2 PZ5K Surinam 09 M/? G3NKC RM3F Russia (Europe) 16 M/S UA3DPX T32AZ East Kiribati 31 KH6QJ T42A Cuba 08 M/2 RW6HS T48K Cuba 08 M/2 DK1WI T8TH Palau 27 JR1GSE TF3CW Iceland 40 SOSB 20M LX1NO TI5/W4TTT Costa Rica 07 M/? LoTW; QSL via WB2REM TI5M Costa Rica 07 M/? TI5W Costa Rica 07 SOSB 40M W4FS TK2A Corsica 14 M/? LoTW; QSL via F5HNQ TK9R Corsica 14 SOAB HP IK8UND TO6ABM Martinique 08 SO LP W6ABM UI0L Russia (Asia) 19 M/S RW0MM UP2L Kazakhstan 17 M/M UA9AB V26B Aruba 08 M/? V3A Belize 07 SOAB LP M0OXO V47T St Kitts & Nevis 08 M/S W2RQ V6Z Micronesia 27 M/2 LoTW; QSL via N3SL VB2W Canada 02 M/? LoTW; QSL via eQSL VE2DXY Canada 02 M/2 LoTW; QSL via KD3RF VE2IM Canada 02 SOAB VE3DZ VP2MDG Montserrat 08 SOAB HP K2DM (d)(no B) VP5DX Turks & Caicos 08 M/? LoTW; QSL via NU4Y VP5S Turks & Caicos 08 M/S VP9/N3AD Bermuda 05 SOAB LP W3HNK VR2XAN Hong Kong 24 SOSB 40M VR2XAN VU* India 22 M/? VY0ERC Canada 02 M0OXO WP3C Puerto Rico 08 M/S W3HNK WP3E Puerto Rico 08 M/? LoTW; QSL via eQSL WP4PGY Puerto Rico 08 SOAB LoTW XR6N Chile 12 M/S CE6VMO (d) XW1IC Laos 26 SOAB LoTW; (C)(preferred) or E21EIC (B/d) YN5Z Nicaragua 07 SOAB HP LoTW ZD8W Ascension Island 36 SOAB W6NV ZF1A Cayman Islands 08 M/? ZF2ZB Cayman Islands 08 JH1NBN (e) eQSL only (d) direct only (B) Bureau only (*-B) DX's- Bureau (O) OQRS only (C) ClubLog only (L) LoTW only (*) special callsign