DX Bulletin No. 1302
January 30, 2017
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, NJ1Q & W1AW, K3SWZ, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, WB6RSE, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m DX News, W9ILY, W9XF, K0BBC, North Country DX Association (NCDXA), 5B4AHJ, CO8ZZ, DL1SBF, DL7UXG & The DX News Letter, DxCoffee.com, DXNews.com, DX-World.Net, ES1CW, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, HP1AC, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, LA4LN, OK1DWC, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete Rayer & ISWL, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, VA3RJ & ICPO, VE3LYC, VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF), VK2XQ and YT3W for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 22nd/January, through Sunday, 29th/January there were 212 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5T, 5W, 5Z, 6Y, 7X, 8P, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, DL, DU, E4, E5/n, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, 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, PZ, S0, S2, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T2, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XX9, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS, ZS8
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 RST SPECIAL EVENT (Just A Reminder!). Members of the North Country DX Association (NCDXA) will be active the entire month of March 2017 from several different locations in Alaska, Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Greenland using all NCDXA “RST” fixed station calls KL7RST, VY1RST, VE8RST, VY0RST and OX7RST, to further promote Amateur Radio in northern North America. For more details, please refer to OPDX.1283: http://papays.com/opdx1283.html 3B8, MAURITIUS. Paul, G8AFC, will be active as 3B8HE from Mauritius Island (AF-049) between February 1st and April 5th. Activity will be on 40-6 meters. QSL via his home callsign. 3X, REPUBLIC OF GUINEA (IOTA Op). Operators Alain/F5OZC and Sébastien/F8DQZ will be active from Kassa Islands, Guinee-Maritime Province South IOTA Group (AF-051), during February 5-26th. Their callsign is pending. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using mainly CW. QSL via F5OZC. Look for more details to be forthcoming. 3Y0 BOUVET ISLAND ISSUED LICENSES. Tom, LA4LN, the Norwegian Radio Relay League (NRRL) HF Traffic Manager, informed OPDX the following in an E-mail: Dear DX friends, There has been some confusion about what amateur radio calls have been licensed for use from the Bouvet Island (2nd Most Wanted DXCC Entity; IOTA AN-002) for the year to come. The Norwegian Communications Authority informs me that the following licenses are valid as of 25 January 2017: 3Y0G Granted to ON4WW, valid from 1 January 2017 to 30 April 2017. 3Y0Z Granted to LA6VM, valid from 1 December 2017 to 30 April 2018. 3Y0H Granted to RA9USU, valid from 1 January 2018 to 28 February 2018. 3Y0I Granted to 3Z9DX, valid from 13 January 2017 to 31 December 2017. EDITOR'S NOTE: So far the 3Y0Z operation is the only DXpedition scheduled to hit the airwaves sometime in early 2018. 5A, LIBYA. OPDX was informed that Abubaker, 5A1AL, has reported the following [edited]: "...the situation here is bad and we still have hope that it will get better but no signs for such a hope till now. Yes, I am still using 5A1AL, but I live in very limited space so my signal is not that good. I am using base loaded vertical antenna so no space for dipoles, beside that I have high level noise and I guess propagation is also not that good. We can try to set up a sked on the bands, of course if we have electricity here. We are suffering from power outage; most times we are without electricity for 8-9 hours/very bad during the cold winter." 5K0, SAN ANDRES (Update). Operators Tim/LW9EOC, Will/AA4NC and Ron/AA4VK will be on San Andres between February 13th and March 29th, and will be active as 5J0NA. Activity will be on 160-6 meters and including 60 meters and possibly 2 meters. Modes will be CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via LW9EOC, ClubLog or LoTW. The trio will also be active in the ARRL International DX CW, CQ 160m, ARRL International DX SSB, Russian DX and CQWW WPX SSB Contests. 9G, GHANA. Members of "Six G Team" will be active as 9G5X from Sweet Mother Eco Resort, Aburi, about 30km north of Accra, in the Akwapim Mountain area (around 400m ASL), Ghana, between March 7-21st. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. Operators mentioned are Bob/5B4AGN, Alan/G3XAQ, Steve/G3VMW, Fred/G4BWP, Neil/G6MC and Iain/M0PCB. QSL via M0OXO, ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW. Visit their new Web page at: http://www.ossett.net/9G5X/index.html 9M0, SPRATLY ISLANDS. Hrane, YT1AD, will lead a international team on a DXpedition to the Spratly Island (Malaysian part). Operators mentioned are Hrane/YT1AD, Choi/HL5FUA, Alan/AD6E, Jim/K9JM, Dragan/YT3W, Dusko/ ZL3WW, Mike/K6MKF, K6SZR, Douglas/N6TQS, Chris/VK3FY, Lee/VK3GK and Dindo/DU1UD. The operation will take place during the first part of December 2017, and last for 8 days or 10 days. They expect to use the callsign 9M0W. Their team will include several amateurs from Kota Konibalu. The team will fly by plane from Kota Kinibalu to Pulau Layang Layang Island (AS-051). Look for more information and a Web page to be forth- coming. CO, CUBA. Raúl, CO8ZZ, will be active during next ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 18-19th) as Multi-Single entry. Raúl states, "The main goal will be to give the chance to operate to unexperienced operators in order to prepare them for future Las Tunas Contest Crew (T48K) oper- ations." E5, NORTH COOK ISLANDS (IOTA Op). DX-World reports that Andy, E51AND, will be traveling to Nassau Atoll (OC-098) and possibly operate on February 1-3rd. He will arrive at Nassau on Tuesday/Wednesday as part of a team to assess the damage to "MV Moana Nui" grounded on the reef at Nassau on January 27th. The primary focus will be the assessment of the vessel, but he hopes to operate during his spare time and in the evenings between 0500-0900z) on whichever bands are open. He is taking a Yaesu FT857D, LDG tuner and a 43 ft vertical that he hopes to mount in or near the lagoon. He is limited to 75 100watts SSB and QRS CW (very basic station). Log will be uploaded to LoTW, ClubLog and QRZ.com after his return around February 11th. There is no InterNet on the island. ADDED NOTE: He is attempting to secure the callsign E51AD or E51AN for this North Cooks operation to distinguish it (and future N. Cooks operations) from his regular South Cooks activities. E5, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS. Milan, OK1DWC, who is still active as E51DWC from the Rarotonga Islands (OC-013, WAZ-32), will be there at least until sometime in March. Milan is active every day on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. He was active during last weekend's CQWW 160m CW Contest and is expected to be in the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 18-19th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry, the CQWW 160m SSB Contest (February 24-26th) as a Single-Op/High-Power entry, the ARRL International DX SSB Contest (March 4-5th) and possibly (but not sure yet) CQWW WPX DX SSB Contest (March 25-26th). QSL via his home callsign. Confirmation is not a problem across all OQRS's and the information can be found on: http://QRZ.com/lookup/E51DWC http://QRZ.COM/lookup/OK1DWC http://www.hamqth.com/E51DWC EA9, CEUTA AND MELILLA. Operators Sigi/DL7DF, Tom/DJ6TF, Juergen/DL7UFN and Frank/DL7UFR will be active as EA9/DL7DF from Melilla between March 15-22nd. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31. They plan to have two stations on the air. QSL via DL7DF or via the OQRS (Web page). For more details and updates, see: http://www.dl7df.com/ea9 FM/TO5, MARTINIQUE (NA-107). Albert, F5VHJ, will once again be active as TO5A from FM5BH's QTH during the ARRL International DX SSB Contest (March 4-5th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL with SASE to WA6WPG. All others by F5VHJ, LoTW and REF Bureau. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW. An OQRS will be available via ClubLog. H2017, CYPRUS. Look for the special callsign, H2017PFO, to be active until December 30th, 2017. The callsign was issued to the Paphos Radio Club to celebrate Paphos sharing the honor of being the European Capital of Culture for 2017 with Aarhus, Denmark. QSL cards will be sent out in June and December 2017, then each month after that. If you wish to request a paper QSL, here are the options, in order of preference: * OQRS via ClubLog: For Bureau or direct QSLing * Direct via snail-mail: QSL via 5B4AIE (2 USDs & SAE please, no postage, no card) * Via Bureau: PLEASE try the OQRS for Bureau request in preference to sending your QSL via the Bureau. Send your card via the Bureau only as a last resort. HB0, LIECHTENSTEIN. Members from Stirling District Amateur Radio Society (GM6NX) and the GMDX group will be active as HB0/GM4UYE from Liechtenstein between June 1-6th. Operators mentioned are Hugh/GM4UYE, Billy/GM0OBX, Jonathan/MM0OKG, John/2M0JHN and newly licensed Ross (a 2M0 callsign to be issued). Activity will be on 80/40/30/20/17/15/12/10/6 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. WW Locator is JN47SD. QSL via M0OXO direct or OQRS. ADDED NOTE: Liechtenstein permits UK Intermediate licensee’s to operate under supervision OR on their own as HB0Y/2M0***. Also Liechtenstein authority stated that if the call is used on air as GM4UYE in the UK then to sign HB0/GM4UYE. While looking to give people an ATNO, ANY MONEY RAISED WILL BE DONATED to the Yorkhill Children’s Charity / Glasgow Children's Hospital Charity. So Please -- DONATE VIA PAYPAL or DONATE DURING M0OXO OQRS process. HP, PANAMA. Mek, SQ3RX, will be active as HP/SQ3RX from Volcan, Panama between February 12-15th. Activity will be on various HF bands using mainly CW. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or ClubLog's OQRS. HR, HONDURAS. By the time you read this, Gerard, F2JD, is once again active as HR5/F2JD from Honduras until April 24th. Activity will be on various HF bands using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via F6AJA, direct or via the French REF Bureau. The log will be posted on: http://lesnouvellesdx.fr/voirlogs.php I STAND CORRECTED (Editor)!!! Last week I titled Lance's, W7GJ, operation as "South Pacific 6m EME DXpedition", and it should have been "Indian Ocean 6m EME DXpedition" which would be more accurate. Thanks Jack, VK2XQ, for pointing it out to your editor.... IOTA NEWS.............. AS-039. A group of radio operators will be active as RI0Z from Medny (Copper) Island, Commander (Komandorski) Islands, Asiatic Russia (UA9/UA0), sometime between July and August. Look for more details and a Web page to be forthcoming. EU-008. Operators Glen/G0SBN, Tony/G8YFA, Chris/GM3WOJ, Graham/M0GAE and Bob/M0KLO will be active as GS0NWM from Mull Island between April 21-28th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via M0URX direct or via OQRS. EU-128. Operators Eddy/ON6ZV, Rene/ON6OM, Martin/ON7EG and Mike/ON4MW will be on a mini-expedition to Fehmarn Island between June 17-23rd. They will sign DL/OO6P and DL/ON4IPA. A QSOs with DL/OO6P and DL/ON4IPA is valid for all International Police Association (IPA) awards - See ON4IPA and/or ON6ZV for details. There will be two stations operating on SSB, RTTY and PSK31/PSK63. QSL via ON6ZV, direct or by the Bureau. For more details and suggested frequencies, see: http://www.qsl.net/on6om/EU-128 NA-221. Operators Andres/XE1SGW, Ricardo/XE1SOV and YL Paty/XE1SPM (Team Leader) will be active as XF2L from Isla de Lobos (MEX- 035)between March 24-26th and May 26-28th. Operations will also be during the CQWW WPX CW and SSB Contests. Activity will be on 40/20/17/15/12/10/6 meters using CW, SSB, PSK31 and RTTY. QSL requests are via PayPal account or via QSL Manager XE1SOV direct (no IRCs). NA-224. Operators Andres/XE1SGW, Ricardo/XE1SOV and YL Paty/XE1SPM (Team Leader) will be active as XF2L from Isla de Sacrificios (MEX-070) between February 17-19th. Activity will be on 40/ 20/17/15/12/10/6 meters using CW, SSB, PSK31 and RTTY. QSL requests are via PayPal account or via QSL Manager XE1SOV direct (no IRCs). ADDED NOTE: If you miss them during this operation, they may return during the International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend in August. OC-136. By the time you read this, Chris, VK3FY, now active as VK3FY/P from Philip Island, is expected to go QTH on January 29th. QSL via M0OXO or ClubLog's OQRS. OC-235. Operators Eric/DU8BRS, Boy/DU8EB and Chris/ VK3FY will activate Mindanao Coastal Islands in April 2017. The callsign will be DX8ZWC (Zamboanga West ARC callsign) and will comprise of 2-3 stations on the air, operating on 80-6 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via M0OXO OQRS or direct postal mail.. (Please use OQRS for all Bureau requests). SA-024. Operators Marcelo/PY2AE, Murilo/PY2DS, Ricardo/PY2VOX and João/ PU2POP will be active as PX2CA from Castilho Island (new DIB SP-020) sometime in March. Activity will be on 80/40/20/15/10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via PY2AE, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW. SA-039. Henry, LU4DXU, will be active as CX/LU4DXU from Lobos Island and Goritti Island between February 4-11th. Both islands count for IOTA SA-039. QSL via his home callsign, as per QRZ.com. SA-047. Operators Marcelo/PY2AE, Murilo/PY2DS, Ricardo/PY2VOX and João/ PU2POP will be active as ZZ5FI from Figueira Island (new DIB PR-003) sometime in March. Activity will be on 40/20/15/10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via PY2AE, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW. ISWL CALLSIGNS (For February). The following ISWL club callsigns will be used throughout the month of February 2017: GX4BJC/A - Operated from Clacton on Sea, in Essex, by George, G1IPU (/A WAB Square TM11 - England, IOTA EU-005, WLOTA 1841). MX1SWL/A - Operated from Greens Norton, in Northamptonshire, by Phil, G4DMS. (/A WAB Square SP65 - 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. P4, ARUBA. Mat, DL4MM, is now active as P4/DL4MM from the P40L contest QTH until January 30th. He participated in the CQ 160m CW Contest (this past weekend) as P40AA and a Single-Op entry. Activity outside of the contest, will be on both CW and SSB with a focus on the lower bands. He will pay special attention for EU, AS and JA. QSL via DL4MM. PA6, THE NETHERLANDS. Operators Laurens/PD9X and Bert/PA1BK will be active with the special callsign PA6FR from Luinjeberd (@ the PI4M contest station) in the Province Friesland during the Dutch PACC Contest (February 11-12th) as a Multi-2 entry. Activity will be mostly SSB with some CW. QSL via LoTW or by the Bureau. PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (January 30th-February 5th)....... Jan/30th HN Feb/02nd DIS Feb/04th HN Jan/31st HN Feb/03rd HN Feb/05th AN Feb/01st 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 PY0F, FERNANDO DE NORONHA. Leo, PP1CZ, will once again be active as PY0F/PP1CZ from Fernando de Noronha (SA-003, DIB OC-01, WLOTA 1208, WWFF PYFF-016) between February 3-8th. Activity will be holiday style on 80-10 meters with some tries on 6 meters (if he has propagation on this band) and using CW, RTTY and some SSB. QSL him direct or ClubLog's OQRS. NO Bureau or LoTW. Check out the pictures of his 2013/2014/2015 operations on QRZ.com. PZ, SURINAME. By the time you read this, Matt, K0BBC, will be ending his operation as PZ5W from the PZ5RA rental shack until January 30th. Activity will be on SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via N0AT. QSL INFO AND NEWS................... QSL-INFO from DB0SDX by Lothar, DL1SBF.. (January 29th) ------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3W1T via RW6HS (d/L) HG6Y via HA6OI TM1A via F6KOP EA5RKB/EA9 via EA5RKB IK2SGL/OA8 via IK2AQZ UP28USJ via DL8KAC (d) EG5PAZ via EG5PAZ (L/e) IY7GMB via IK7JVE(d)/HB9ARS (B) UR4Q via UR4QX (e) FY5KE via FY1FL (d) OT5X via ON4CRD ZP5KO via PY4KL GB2OL via GM0WED (d) R75PWO via RV3YR HG4F via HA4FF RI1ANR via RK1PWA or ZS1ANF (e) eQSL only (d) direct only (B) Bureau only (*-B) DX's- Bureau (O) OQRS only (C) ClubLog only (L) LoTW only (*) No QSL Needed GU4YOX via LoTW, direct or by the Bureau. Activity was during last weekend's CQWW CW 160M Contest. SZ8ARC via: Radio Amateur Association of Chios, Filippou Paspati 28, Chios Island, 82100, Greece. QSLS RECEIVED VIA LoTW: DJ5JD, DS1JFY, EA8CPN, LA1SNA, SP7ROZ and ZL7DK QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 4S7AB, 5T5TI (AF-050), 5Z4/DJ6TF, E51Q, FS/N9TK, H40GC, H44GC, T30COW, TO5FP, VK9LX, VP2EGR, VP6J, Z35M and ZA/ZA1P QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 6K5CMR, 6K5YIA, 6M6M, D73G, DS2NDD, DS3EXX, DS4AOW, DS5TOS, EA8ACW, EA8PT, EA8/SM7BUA, HL1AVS, HL2ST, HL3FRY, HL2ZBD/3, HL4CBI, HL5YI, HP0CC, J38MM, OA4CL, OE11M?, OE2013R, W1AW/1, W1AW/2, W1AW/3, W1AW/4, W1AW/5, W1AW/6, W1AW/7, W1AW/8, W1AW/9, W1AW/0, W1AW/KL7, W1AW/KP4, XE719SEP, YR95HMK, ZY14GO, ZX14MT, ZX14PB, ZX14PE, ZX14RJ and ZX14RS T8, PALAU (Update). Ichy, JH7IPR, who just finished his activity as T88UW on January 18th, will return to the VIP Guest Hotel (Free Radio Room) on Koror Island (OC-009) between April 14-21st. Activity will be focused this time on 6 meters and the Digital modes. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct. He will upload his log to LoTW and ClubLog. TI, COSTA RICA. Operators Chris HA5XA/HA5X and XYL Marta/HA9WM will be active as TI6/HA5X and TI6/HA9WM from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, and TI7/HA5X and TI7/HA9WM from Tilaran, Costa Rica, between February 15th and March 1st. Activity will be on various HF bands using CW, SSB and RTTY. Equipment will be a FT-991 and FT-817 transceivers into a 300 watt amp and wire antennas. Look for Chris to be active for a few hours in the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 18-19th). QSL via their home callsigns. V3, BELIZE. Uwe, DG8NCO, will be active as V31EME from Maya Hill Lodge, Belize between November 26th and December 10th. Activity will be on various HF bands, but mainly on the VHF bands EME. Also, look for him to be in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 25-26th). QSL via his home callsign. For more details see QRZ.com. V4, ST. KITTS AND NEVIS. Thaire, W2APF, will once again be active as V47JR from Nevis (NA-104) between March 18th and April 1st. Activity will be holiday style on 80-10 meters using CW and SSB. He will use an Elecraft KX3 w/100w into wire antennas. He states that he will try to self spot when on the air. QSL direct via W2APF. V6, MICRONESIA (Cancelled). Sho, JA7HMZ, who was expected to be active as V63DX from Pohnpei Island (OC-010) between February 17-24th, has cancelled his operation. No reason give. WP3, PUERTO RICO. Operators Al/WP3C, Hector/NP4R and Jaime/WP3A will be active as WP3C during the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 18-19th) as a Multi-Single/Low-Power entry. QSL via W3HNK.
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