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OPDX Bulletin 1306 February 27, 2017

OPDX Bulletin 1306 February 27, 2017
The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1306
BID: $OPDX.1306
February 27, 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, N1ZZZ, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, K5GS, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m DX News, W9ILY, DL1SBF, DL2AAZ, DL7UXG & The DX News Letter, DxCoffee.com, DXNews.com, DX-World.Net, EI9FBB, ES1CW, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, GW0ANA, HK3W, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, JA1XGI, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete Rayer & ISWL, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, VA3RJ & ICPO, VE7TK 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, 19th/February, through Sunday, 26th/February there were 233 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5T, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7X, 8P, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE0Z, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D4, DL, DU, E4, E5/n, E5/s, E6, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FH, FK, FM, FO, FO/a, 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, J2, J3, J5, J6, J7, JA, JD/m, 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, PJ5, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, S0, S2, S5, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T31, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZD7, 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".
60 METERS NEWS (QSOs Not Valid). Francisco "Siso" Hennessey, HK3W, ARRL
DXCC Card Checker, reports the following [edited]: Operation on the 60
meter band is not allowed in Colombia (5J, 5K, HJ, HK), as well as San
Andrés Island (5J0, 5K0, HJ0, HK0). There's no permit to use that band
by any Ham Radio station transmitting from Colombia or San Andrés. The
Colombian Authorities have never issued the permit to use that band.
There are few DX Bulletins announcing 60 meter band operations from San
Andrés, and it is forbidden by Colombian Law. Please take note that if
someone transmits on that band, it will be illegal and not valid. 

7P8, LESOTHO (Update/QRT). Gene, K5GS, sent out the following press release
on February 22nd, for Pista, HA5AO, who was active as 7P8EUDXF from Lesotho
for humanitarian purposes during the month of February [edited]: Pista,
HA5AO, is operating from the Molangoane Lodge, near Ha Ntsi. The lodge is
located on a plateau with no high mountains nearby. The take off to the N
and NW it is clear. The NE to JA is slightly blocked by a mountain, but it
is far enough away to not cause too much of a problem. He is using a K3
with KPA 500. The antenna is a wire vertical on a 10 meter fiberglass pole
with a remote controlled SGC 250 auto tuner. There are 12 x 10.5 meter
radials with a copper ground rod. It can be tuned from 80 to 10 m, sorry
no TB capability this trip due to high noise levels. The noise is s6 s9
on the low bands making the copy impossible and s3 s5 on the higher bands
where copy is difficult. RFI is not a problem, at least no complaints from
the lodge management. He received a Busted call request claiming QSOs on
20th February between 15:10 and 16:27. He was not operating at that time,
probably a pirate. He is operating in his free time from the orphanage
project. The last operating time will be this Saturday morning when he
will disassemble the station. He departs for Budapest on Sunday morning.
The log is at:          http://ha5ao.com    Logsearch & OQRS

8P, BARBADOS. Tom, W2SC, will once again be active as 8P5A during the
ARRL International DX SSB Contest (March 4-5th) as Single-Op/All-Band/
High-Power entry. QSL via LoTW or direct to NN1N.

9N, NEPAL (Update). Dave, EI9FBB, sent the following update on February
21st: In just 2 weeks from now, 12 members from the EI DX Group will
begin their travels to Nepal for their 10 day operation from the hills
high above Kathmandu. The 9N7EI team reports that they have located a
different QTH which has truly spectacular views in all directions. Sited
at over 6,000' above sea level, "we now have the clear path we were
looking for towards NA/EU." The team is delighted to announce that
their requested 9N7 'Echo India' callsign is confirmed and our licenses
have now been issued. The packing of over half a ton of equipment has
already begun with final plans being well underway. For more information,
photos and latest news please visit their Web page at: https://9n7ei.com

C3, ANDORRA. Members of the "Andorran Amateur Radio Union (URA)" will
once again be active as C37NL during the ARRL International DX SSB Contest
(March 4-5th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via C37NL, C37URA, by the Bureau
or LoTW.

EA9, CEUTA AND MELILLA. Nobu, JA0JHQ, Nobu, will be active as EA9/JA0JHQ
from Melilla between March 20-21st. Activity will be on mainly on 17/15
meters, possibly 40/30 meters, on CW and RTTY, using a TS-480HX (w/100w)
into a Micro-vertical (2.5m pole on the balcony). Log will be posted to
ClubLog daily. QSL via JA0JHQ, direct, by the Bureau and LoTW (after his
return). For more details and updates, see:  http://pandasan.jimdo.com

ER, MOLDOVA. Members of the Radio Club Beskidzki (SP9KAT) from Bielsko-
Biala, Poland, are organizing the next low budget DXpedition to the
Republic of Moldova between April 23-28th. After their successful ex-
peditions to Crete (SX9PL) in 2015 and Georgia (4L9PL) in 2016, the
SP9KAT DX Team plans to be active as ER0PL from Donici (a small place
where the village people still live as they did 50-100 years ago in most
of Europe). They will also sign ER0PL/P and ER0PL/M from such places as:
Soroca by the Dniester River, Movila Magura (SOTA), Old Orhei, Milestii
Mici and Gagauzia. This will be a holiday style DXpedition as well as the
operators soaking up the local unique atmosphere lost in time, relaxing
and trying some good Moldavian wines. Operators mentioned are Mirek/SP9ONC,
Jacek/SP9OUV, Darek/SP9ETE, Mateusz/SQ9IWS, Tomasz/SP9NLT, Waldemar/SQ9OUK,
Marcin/SQ9ITA and Rafal/SQ9MCI. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using
CW, SSB and the Digital modes. Quite a lot of equipment will go by mini-
bus to the Republic of Moldova (approx. 1200 km from Bielsko-Biala,
Poland). They will have three transceivers (including QRP), rechargeable
batteries. Antennas include: Delta by MOPLK, home made Yagi 14-28 MHz,
Rybakov, Mini-Delta, Dipole for 80 meters band and tested mobile antenna
"Screwdriver RIG-9" type by SP9RIG. QSL via SP9KAT, by the Bureau or
direct. Look for ClubLog to be used, but not LoTW.

FG, GUADELOUPE. Reiner, DL2AAZ, will once again be active as FG/DL2AAZ
near Saint Rose (WW Loc. FK96di), on the Island Basse Terre (NA-102),
between May 22nd and June 7th. Activity will be holiday style (3-4 hours
a day) on 30-10 meters using CW and SSB, with a IC-706MK2G and small
300W-PA, into 2x GP-antennas. QSL via his home callsign, direct (NO
IRCs) or by the Bureau.

GT4, ISLE OF MAN. Members of Barry Amateur Radio Society (BARS) will be
going on a "Holiday Style Club DXpedition" to the Isle of Man (GD) between
April 15-22nd. The callsign will be GT4BRS. QSL via Manager DJ6OI. The
BARS team operators are as follows: Glyn/GW0ANA, Phil/MW0DHF, Ja/DJ8NK,
Franz/DL9GFB, Dr. Markus/DL9RCF, Thomas/MW0REN (DJ6OI) and Alois/DL8RBL.
Activity will be on CW, SSB, RTTY and JT65. They also plan to have some
activity on Top Band (160m) and a special efforts on 5 MHz (60m) to the
West Coast of the USA (CW, JT65 and SSB) for an ATNO on 60 meters. Visit
BARS Web page at:             http://www.bars.btik.com

IOTA NEWS..............
  AN-017.  (Update) Francois, F4HLT, is now active as FT3YL from the
           Dumont d'Urville Station Terre Adélie, Petrels Island, in the
           Antarctica. His license is valid  until February 1st, 2018.
           Activity will be limited to his free time, but he will be on
           20/15/10 meters using SSB and the Digital modes. Currently,
           he is only active on JT65, but will try to be active also on
           PSK31 and SSB later. He is mainly active between 0900-1100z
           after his work duties. Radio will be an Icom IC-706 trans-
           ceiver with an ACOM 1010 Amp into GPA 30 antenna. QSL via
           F6KPQ or ClubLog (OQRS will be available in a few weeks).
           LoTW will be available soon. For more details, see:
                           https://f4hlt.wordpress.com

  AS-013.  Members of the Frankfurt Lufthansa Amateur Radio Club (LARC)
           and the OV F44 Frankfurt (DL0DLH) will team-up to activate
           Himandhoo Island, Maldives, as 8Q7LH between March 2-9th.
           Activity will be on various HF bands. Operator mentioned are
           Bernd/DK7TF, Bernd/DL1FF, Jurgen/DH6ICE, Chris/DK2CL and
           Zik/DK8ZZ. QSL via DK8ZZ direct or ClubLog's OQRS for Bureau
           QSL or direct. PLEASE NOTE: This is a re-issued callsign.
           QSL 8Q7LH (for 2001 QSOs) goes via DL1LH.

  EU-120.  (Update) Operators Jef/DD2CW, Steve/MW0ZZK, Cis/ON6LY, Cel/
           ON6UQ and Dirk/ON3UN will be active as G/DD2CW/P from the Island
           of Wight. Their main activity will be in the RSGB IOTA Contest
           signing GB9IOW as a Multi-Op/Island entry. QSL via ON3UN.

  NA-057.  Dave, VE3VSM, will once again be active as VE3VSM/HR9 from
           Roatan Island between February 28th and March 5th. Activity
           will be on 40/20/15 meters using CW and SSB, including the
           ARRL International DX SSB Contest (March 4-5th). He will be
           using 100 watts this time (not QRP). QSL via his home call-
           sign or LoTW.

  OC-128.  Dale, KE0BRZ, will be active as DU1/KE0BRZ from Palawan Island
           between August 18-22nd. Activity will be holiday style and
           mainly on 20 meters QRP using SSB. QSL via his home callsign,
           direct, LoTW or eQSL.

  OC-216.  Craig, VK5CE, will be active as VK5CE/9 from Ashmore Reef
           sometime early November (possibly for 4 days between November
           6-12th). Activity will be mostly on 40/20 meters using SSB,
           with possibly some 17/15m. There will be some 30m PSK63. For
           more details and updates, watch the Web page at:
                        https://ashmorereef.wordpress.com
           QSL via his home callsign, direct (see QRZ.com), by the Bureau
           (VERY SLOW) or ClubLog's OQRS.

  OC-230.  Craig, VK5CE, will be active from from Rowley Shoals. Look
           for more details to be forthcoming.

  SA-028.  Operators Francisco/PY2ALC, Lucas/PY2HP, Flavio/PU2KFL, Leandro/
           PU2LEW, Willian/PY2XIZ and PY2GTA will be active as ZV2CV from
           Couves Island (DIB-SP022)between April 8-10th. Activity will be
           on 80/40/20/15/10/2 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes.
           QSL via PU2VCP, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.

ISWL CALLSIGNS (For March). The following ISWL club callsigns will be
used throughout the month of March 2017:

 GX4BJC/A - Operated from Stratton, in Cornwall, by Mike, M0SMJ,
            (/A WAB Square SS20 - England, IOTA EU-005, WLOTA 1841).

 MX1SWL/A - Operated from Walton-on-the-Naze, in Essex, by Herbie, G6XOU,
            (/A WAB Square TM22 - 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.

JW, SVALBARD. Kamil, SQ8KFH, is now active as JW/SQ8KFH from the Polish
Polar Station at Hornsund, Svalbard (EU-026), until May 20th. Activity
will be on 20 meters using SSB, PSK and RTTY. QSL via his home call-
sign, by the Bureau or LoTW.

JW, SVALBARD. Tom, OH6VDA/LA6VDA, will once again be active as JW6VDA
from the JW5E club station in Longyearbyen (JQ78tf) on Spitsbergen Island
(EU-026) between March 1-22nd. Activity will be on various HF bands
using SSB. QSL via LoTW, eQSL, ClubLog's OQRS or QRZ.com log.

NP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS. Yuriy, N2TTA, will once again be active from
here as NP2P during the ARRL International DX SSB Contest (March 4-5th)
as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via LoTW.

P2, PAPUA NEW GUINEA. Haru, JA1XGI, will be active as P29VXG from Rapopo,
New Britain Island (OC-008), between April 6-12th. Activity will be on
40-10 meters (no 30/17/12m) using CW, SSB and Digital modes. EU is his
main focus on JT65. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
For more details and updates, see: http://island.geocities.jp/P29vacation

P4, ARUBA. Robert, W5AJ, will once again be active as P40P for the ARRL
International DX SSB Contest (March 4-5th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry.
QSL via LoTW (preferred) or direct to W5AJ. NO BUREAU.

P4, ARUBA. Andy, AE6Y, will be active as P49Y from the P40L-P49Y station
at Pos Chiquito, Aruba (SA-036), during the ARRL International DX SSB
Contest (March 4-5th) as a Single-Op/All-band entry. QSL via AE6Y or LoTW.

PH00, THE NETHERLANDS (Special Event). Operators Tonny/PD1TV and Henri/
PA4HM will activate the special callsign, PH00GEVEEN, during the annual
"Wings and Wheels" event which is held at Hoogeveen Airfield between May
21st and June 6th. Activity will be on various HF bands using mostly on
SSB, but PD1TV will also activate this callsign on JT65. On Acsensions
Day (May 25th), operators will be active from the Hoogeveen Airfield.
Their shack will be in the Dutch Barnstormers hangar. That day they will
ONLY be active on 40 meters (SSB). QSL via the Bureau or direct to the
address listed on QRZ.com.

PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (February 27th-March 5th).......
 Feb/27th LN      Mar/02nd  LN     Mar/04th  HN
 Feb/28th LN      Mar/03rd  HN     Mar/05th  AN
 Mar/01st DIS

   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
  NEW!!! A daily HF radio wave propagation forecast can be found at:
             https://www.facebook.com/thomasfranklingiellaw4hm
      Also on Twitter: https://twitter.com/@GiellaW4hm

QSL INFO AND NEWS...................
  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX by Lothar, DL1SBF.. (February 26th) 
  -------------------------------------------------------------------------
  4L/4X6TT via N4GNR (d/L)    HC2AO via RC5A          PY0F/PY2QI via PY2QI
  4L/EA3HSO via N4GNR (d/L)   HG5F via HA8GZ          R2017WG via RQ7L
  4O/RL3BX via RL3BX          HG6C via HA6IAM         R75IAS via R1AC
  4V1TL via W3HNK             HI7/IU4FMR via IU4FMR   R80UPOL via RW3FS
  4X/EA3HSO via N4GNR (d/L)   II3CV via IK3HHX        RD17WG via RQ7L
  6E0C via XE1EE              II3MNA via IQ3TS        RG17WG via RQ7L
  8J60JARE via JG2MLI         II8POLE via IK8FIQ      RJ17WG via RQ7L
  9G1SD via AB0GC             IR1ANT via I1HYW        RL17WG via RQ7L
  AO3ANT via EA3EGB           IR2XIR via 9A8MDC       RN17WG via RQ7L
  AO4HAG via EA4GKV           J28PJ via F1TMY         RQ17WG via RQ7L
  CT7/OK4PA via OK4PA         J43TR via SV3DCX (d/L)  S21SM via OH6EAC (d)
  CT9/UA9CDC via G3SWH (d)    JW2US via LA2US (O/L/e) T42A via RW6HS (d)
  CX/N3BNA via KA2AEV         KC4/N2TA via RW1AI (d)  TA4/OH2KW via OH2KW
  DM500RT via 2E0SDV (O/d/L)  LM80REX via LA9VDA      TI8/AA8HH via K8DV (d/L)
  E75C via E73Y               LZ7D via LZ3RN & (L)    TM14WAP via F8DHE
  ED8URT via EA8URT           OF0RJ via OH0RJ         TO3Z via F6HMQ
  EG1RIO via EA1WD            OF8L via OH8LQ          V3T via WC0W (L)
  EG1WAP via EA1GIB           OR5T via ON4ALY         V43Z via NP4Z
  EG5ANT via EA5KB            PA2017BP via PA3EFR     VY2/F4ARU via F4ARU
  EH5ANT via EC5JC (2017)     PJ2/OE3GEA via OE3GEA   XT2SE via IK3GES
  EH7PDL via EA7URA           PJ4X via W1MD           ZV8SA via PY8WW (d)
  EX2V via RW6HS (d)        PJ7/OH2IS via OH2IS (O/L) ZV8V via ZV8V (L)
  G5W via G3BJ                PJ7AA via AA9A
   (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

  QSL REC'D VIA MANAGER. Rick, VE7TK, reports: "I just received a QSL for
  my 1999 QSO with EZ7ST via his manager UA9LM. It's a story unto itself
  and obtaining the card has taken months. It could not have been done
  without the help of many friends in Russia. Special thanks to Yevgeny
  (UA0CA) in Khabarovsk, Vlad (RA9JP) in Tyumen and, of course, UA9LM who
  still had the logs AND cards! Anyway, I just thought I'd share the info!
  Thanks for all your work on the Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin."

  QSLS RECEIVED VIA LOTW: 3B8HC, 6V7S, 9A3KS, 9A5CW, 9Q6BB, 9X2CW, A31MM,
  C31LK, C31MF, DF5EF, DJ9JG, DM5BB, E20HHK, E51ADD, E51AMF, EA1AF, F5BZB,
  F6BWJ, FK8IK, HB9ICC, IT9BLB, J79XBI, OD5ZZ, OK2ZDL, ON6DP, PE2LZ, SV2DSJ,
  TI5W, TX5T, VE2BR and YI3WHR

  QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 7P8GOZ, EZ7ST, H74B, TM1CEZ, YJ0WW and YV1KK

  QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 2R0BRR, 3A/G5LP, 3B9C, 3D2GC, 5B4ATJ,
  5R8SV, 8Q7EJ, 9G5XA, 9H/GM3NHQ, 9J2BO, 9M6/G3USR, 9X0NH, C4G, EA8/GU4YOX,
  EM75V, EO2012WZA, FM/KL7WA, FO/UT6UD, FP/M1BXF, G100RSGB, GB40HMSB,
  GB70DDAY, GB800MC, GD0OUD, GI2012MGY, GJ2A, GJ7LJJ (EU-013), GU3UOQ,
  GU0VPA, H44KW, J6/G0VJG, LZ18ARDF, LZ90IARU, LZ111RAEM, MD3YLX, MD0CCE,
  MJ0ASP (EU-013), MU0FAL, MU0RTI/P, MS0SCG (EU-123), ON75FOC (EU-018),
  P29NI (OC-258), PJ2/G3NKC, PJ4/G4IUF, S79K, SP100WTD, SV8/SV1EJD, T2GC,
  T32C, TF/G4IRN, V5/UT5UY, VK9X/G6AY, VP5/G3SWH and ZD8RH

S2, BANGLADESH. Operators Anwar/S21L, Manjurul/S21AM, Aminul/S21D, Rezaul/
S21K, Tutul/S21RC, Sohel/S21S, and possibly others will be active as S21L
during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 25-26th) as a Multi-? entry. QSL
via S21l by the Bureau.

S2, BANGLADESH (Update to OPDX.1305). The following operators/team members,
from the upcoming S21GM and S21KW from Bangladesh DXpedition (March
15-27th), have been announced to be active during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest
(March 25-26th) as a Multi-? entry and using the callsign S21KW. Operators
mentioned are Juris/YL2GM, Valery/YL3CW, Jack/YL2KA, Ingus/YL2TW, Dmitry/
UT7UJ, Oleg/US7UX, Sasha/UT7UV, Andrey/UX1UF and Kaspars/YL1ZF. QSL via
YL2GN, direct, by the Bureau, ClubLog's OQRS (for direct or Bureau) or
E-mail requests via . A full LoTW upload will be done in
3 months time after the end of their trip. For more details and updates,
see:                 http://www.lral.lv/s21gm/index.html

TI5, COSTA RICA. Operators Robert/W4BW, Alex/W4XO, Keith/W4KTR, Juan Carlos/
TI2JCY, Carlos/TI2KAC, Adrian/TI2LCO and Mauricio/TI4ZM will be active as
TI5M from Alajuela during then ARRL International DX SSB Contest (March
4-5th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via TI2KAC, direct or by the Bureau. Look
for U.S. operators to be active before the contest signing TI5/homecall
on 160-10 meters. QSL via their home callsigns.

TI7, COSTA RICA. Matt, K0BBC, will be active as TI7/K0BBC from Las Villas
del Guayabo between February 28th and March 7th. Activity will be on
various HF bands including the ARRL International DX SSB Contest (March
4-5th). QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.

UA2, KALININGRAD. Members of the UA2 Contest Club will be active as RW2F
during the ARRL International DX SSB Contest (March 4-5th) as a Multi-
Multi entry. QSL via RW2F, direct, by the Bureau or ClubLog's OQRS.

V2, ANTIGUA & BARBUDA. Alan, N3AD, will once again be active as V26M
during the ARRL International DX SSB Contest (March 4-5th) as a Single-Op/
All-Band entry. QSL via W3HNK.

V4, ST. KITTS AND NEVIS. Operators Rich/KE1B and Anna/W6NN will be active
as V4/KE1B and V4/W6NN from St. Kitts and Nevis Islands (NA-104) between
July 1-9th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-10 meters (including
30/17/12m), and all modes (CW/SSB/RTTY), using a K3S running 100 watts
into a Buddipole antenna. They will also be in the IARU HF World Champion-
ship Contest (July 8-9th) as V4/KE1B as a Multi-Single entry. If they
have Internet access, they will probably upload logs to ClubLog daily.
You can check your QSO status and request a QSL card via the Online QSL
Request System (OQRS). Direct QSLs are via their home callsign (see QRZ.com
for details). Also, by the Bureau, LoTW and eQSL.

VP2V, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS. Kevin, K6TOP, will once again be active
as VP2V/K6TOP from Tortola, British Virgin Islands (NA-023), between
now and March 3rd. Activity will be limited (family vacation) using
an ICOM 706 MKII with 100 watts into a End-Fed Half-Wave (EFHW) (for
40/30/20/17/15/10m). Operations will be CW almost exclusively. Operating
hours are typically 0100-0300z and 1000-1200z due to family commitments.
Kevin mentioned last time, "When the pileups get difficult, I listen to
the edges, so please spread your calls out." QSLs via LoTW (preferred)
or NR6M. NO Bureau cards. Log will be uploaded to LoTW and ClubLog upon
return.

VP2V, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS. Bill, K2WH, will be active as VP2V/K2WH
from Tortola, British Virgin Islands, between March 4-10th. He states
that he will be aboard the sailboat "Magic Carpet" and to please work
him and spot him. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or
LoTW. 

VP2V, BRITISH VIGRIN ISLANDS. Operators Art/N3DXX and Steven/AA7V will
once again be active as VP2V/homecall from Virgin Gorda (Tortola) between
November 23-29th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW and SSB.
They will also be in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 25-26th) as a
Multi-Single entry. Contest callsign has not be announced (it will probably
be VP2V/AA7V). QSL VP2V/N3DXX and VP2V/AA7V via NR6M. NO BUREAU CARDS OR
CARDS SENT TO HOME ADDRESSES. THEY WILL NOT BE ANSWERED!!
 
VP5, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS. Glenn, W0GJ, will be active as VP5H from
Providenciales Island (NA-002, WLOTA 2003) during the ARRL DX SSB Contest
(March 4-5th) as a Single-Op entry. QSL via W0CG. Look before and after
the contest because he will probably be active as VP5/homecall. QSL via
his home callsigns and LoTW. NO Bureau at Turks & Caicos (QSLs will be
tossed!).

VP5, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS. Operators Jim/K3NK and Joe/W3HNK will be
active as VP5/K3NK and VP5/W3HNK, respectively, from Providenciales Island
(NA-002, WLOTA 2003) between April 11-18th. Activity will be on 80-10
meters using CW and SSB. QSL VP5/K3NK via W3HNK, ClubLog or LoTW. QSL
VP5/W3HNK via W3HNK.

VQ9, CHAGOS. Jeremy, N1ZZZ, will once again try to be active as VQ9ZZ
from Diego Garcia (AF-006) sometime between late April and mid-June
(subject to change). He was there in December, but did not operate and
states, "I have renewed my VQ9ZZ license, but since the club shack is
gone, I didn't get to work from the island this trip. I am hoping to
bring the proper equipment for some 'field day' style operating in April
2017.... The club station (VQ9X) has dismantled a few years ago, so the
few of us left to operate there have to bring portable set ups ashore
which makes for challenging operating conditions, especially with the
bands such as they are." He informs OPDX that he will operate this time
on 20/17 meters, SSB and various low power Digital modes using a Icom
IC-7100 transceiver with wire vertical antenna. There may be some oper-
ations as VQ9ZZ/MM (not for DXCC credit) from the ship when underway
using same modes/bands and better antenna. QSL via his home callsign,
direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.

ZF2, CAYMAN ISLANDS (Update). Operators Royce/KE5TC (ZF2TC) and Fred/K5QBX
(ZF2FL) will be operating daily from Grand Cayman Island between March
21-26th. They state, "We will be operating SSB, CW, and Digital various
hours of the day and welcome DX style contacts or ragchew style as well."
QSL via their home callsigns.

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