domingo, 30 de julho de 2017

OPDX Bulletin 1324 July 31, 2017

OPDX Bulletin 1324 July 31, 2017
The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1324
BID: $OPDX.1324
July 31, 2017
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Written/Sent From Strongsville, Oh
EDITOR'S SPECIAL NOTICE
This week's bulletin was sent out earlier than normal to accommodate the late RSGB IOTA Contest announcements. Also, we wanted to provide the readers with a consolidated listing of the RSGB IOTA Contest participants.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Friday, 21st/July, through Friday, 28th/July there were 199 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5U, 5V, 5W, 6Y, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CU, CX, D2, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J3, J5, J6, J8, JA, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PY, PY0F, PZ, S0, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TN, TR, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9X, VP2E, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VR, VU, XE, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YU, YV, 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".
7P, LESOTHO. Operators Quintus/ZS2KU and Vaughan/ZS2VR will be active as
7P8QM and 7P8VRR, respectively, from the Sani Stone Lodge (WW Loc. KG40PK)
in the Sani Pass region between August 18-21st. Activity will be on 40/20/15
meters. QSL via their home callsigns. ZS2KU has applied for a 7P8QM LoTW
account.

9X, RWANDA. Alan, KE4TA, reports, "I have just received my callsign
(9X0TA) information from the RURA. I am still awaiting shipment of my
permanent operating station, but with any luck I will be QRO in the next
two weeks. QSL Manager is N4GNR. Radio will be Yaesu FT-991, antenna
will be a Hexbeam on a push up tower. I'll be here for a total of three
years, so plenty of time to work 9X. I will be active primarily be on
20 and 17 meters, but I will attempt an 80m loop antenna as well. If it
works, I will be able to work 80 and 40 as well. Noise levels here are
extremely high. Please don't be offended if I'm not answering your call,
I likely can't hear you."

CARIBBEAN TOUR. John, WV0CQ, will be on a Caribbean cruise (Carnival Magic)
between July 29th and August 6th, and plans to be active from the following
locations:
   WV0CQ/KP2  -- St. Thomas, USVI (he states hopefully) on August 1st,
                 between 1430-1530z and again at 2330z
   WV0CQ/KP4  -- Puerto Rico (he states hopefully) on August 2nd, between
                 1230-1330z and again at 2300z
   WV0CQ/MM   -- Maritime Mobile; "various dates" between July 29th and
                 August 6th, 1000-1200z; states, "I will try to have coords.
                 available during our exchange, I may or may not have grid
                 square location done, you may need to do this yourself based
                 on the coords. I give.
"This schedule is subject to change, depending on the XYL ", John states.
  John, will be working on 20m SSB, somewhere between 14320-14347 kHz,
and will be monitoring local repeaters and 147.52 MHz during his cruise.
QSL via his home callsign, eQSL or LoTW. 

FS, ST. MARTIN. John, K9EL, will once again be active as FS/homecall from
St. Martin Island (NA-105, DIFO FS-001, WLOTA 0383, WW Loc. FK88) near
the Orient Beach between November 30th and December 8th. Activity will
be on 160-10 meters but will mainly be focused on the lower bands (160 and
80m). Operations will be on CW, SSB, RTTY and possibly PSK63. John usually
will operate on 60m if there is interest. There will be daily uploads to
ClubLog and LoTW. QSL via his home callsign or on ClubLog's OQRS. His
operating frequencies (except during contests) will be announced in real
time via Twitter at:           https://twitter.com/FSK9EL
Requests for schedules can be sent via his QRZ.com E-mail address or his
Twitter account @FSK9EL.

GREEN PARTY AND WWFF ACTIVITIES.......
  VKFF-1164  -- By VK2JNG/P; August 1-2nd; Burral Yurrul Coordinated
                Conservation Area; 7144 kHz SSB; around 11:00am; this
                is a N/P, NOT a conservation area
  Z3FF-0011  -- By Z31NA/P; August 3-10th 10:00 (UTC); Simeon, Z31NA,
                are going to work as Z31NA/P in holiday style from Ohrid
                Lake; 40-10m (depends of condition and propagation)
  PAFF-0037  -- By PA/ON8WR; August 4-8th; camp site
  VKFF-0587  -- By VK2JNG/P; August 4-5th; Dthinna Dthinnwan Coordinated
                Conservation Area; 7144 kHz SSB; around 11:00am; this is
                a N/P, NOT a conservation area
  VEFF-0446  -- By VE2GT; August 5-6th; MONT-MEGANTIC NATIONAL PARK
  KFF-1540   -- By W8MSC; August 5th; 1700-1900z; Sleepy Hollow SP, MI;
                on 20/40m SSB mostly. PSK and JTx digital modes possibly
                if time allows; casual camping vacation, operating mostly
                after dinner, maybe other times if weather and schedule
                permits
  OZFF-0004  -- By OZ/DF2SD; now until August 4th; many bands/modes; more
                info at:        http://www.qrz.com/db/oz/df2sd
  YLFF-155   -- By YL/LA9TKA; between now and August 1st; from Latvian
                summer cottage; active on SSB only and 20, 40 and 80m;
                info at:       http://www.la9tka.com
  VKFF-1875  -- By VK3TKK; July 31st; 0300-0700z; Point Cook Coastal Park;
                7144 kHz SSB; on 80, 20 and 15 meters for about 60 mins max
  RFF-0314   -- By R2017F; July 31st; 1100- 1500z; RN3ANT will active from
                “Meshchersky” Nature Park; on 20-30-40m bands mostly CW
  PAFF-xxxx  -- By PA/ON4BB/p; August 1-4th; from the PAFF areas 0028,
                0029, 0038 and 0039; day and time depending on local weather
                conditions; usual bands and modes
  VEFF-0345  -- By VE/KB0IBI; August 4-5th; Polar Bear Provincial Park on
                the Sutton River esturary at Hudson Bay, northern Ontario,
                Canada; on 20m, QRP, in the evening, as time and weather
                permits
  KFF-0671   -- By KC3HRB; August 5-6th; at the Assateague Island National
                Seashore Oceanside Campground for the week; doing several
                activations while there; operating QRP
  VKFF-0605  -- By VK2JNG/P; August 7-8th; Scone Mountain National Park;
                7144 kHz SSB; starting around 11:00am
  KFF-0671   -- By KC3HRB; August 8-9th; at the Assateague Island National
                Seashore Oceanside Campground for the week; doing several
                activations while there; will be operating QRP
  VKFF-0585  -- By VK2JNG/P; August 8-9th; Dowe Coordinated Conservation
                Area; 7144 kHz SSB; around 11:00am; this is a N/P, NOT a
                conservation area
  VKFF-1397  -- By VK2JNG/P; August 9-10th; Wondoba Coordinated Conservation
                Area; 7144 kHz SSB; around 11:00am; weather permitting
                (2 hours max)
  VKFF-0518  -- By VK2JNG/P; August 11-12th; Warrabah National Park; 7144
                kHz SSB; around 11:00 am
  VKFF-0607  -- By VK2JNG/P; August 12th; 0300-0700z; Somerton Coordinated
                Conservation Area; 7144 kHz SSB; starting noon or a bit
                earlier; weather permitting
  KFF-2895   -- By N4EE; August 12th; 1200-2000z; GIVANS FERRY STATE PARK;
                MULTI-OPS; PSK/CW/SSB/FM

  For more information about WWFF upcoming operations, see:
                           http://wwff.co/agenda
  Also suggest URLs: 
         World-Wide -- https://www.facebook.com/groups/WWFF44
           USA      -- https://www.facebook.com/groups/parksontheair
  A special DXCluster for WWFF is available at: http://wwff.co/dx-cluster

IOTA NEWS..............
  AF-064.  (Update) Look for a group of 6 operators from South Africa
           to activate once again Robben Island, in the Western Cape
           Province South West Group, as ZS9V between August 9-13th.
           Operators mentioned are Paul/ZS1V, Jan/ZS1VDV, Andre/ZS1AN,
           Johan/ZS1A, Pierre/ZS6A and Oleg/ZS1ANF. This is the weekend
           BEFORE ILLW (lighthouse weekend). Activity will be on 160-10
           meters using CW, SSB and possible the Digital modes. QSL via
           M0OXO or OQRS. For more details, see:   http://zs9v.org.za

  AS-040.  Yasu, JA6WJL, will be active from Fukue Island during the
           RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) as a Single-Op/Mixed-Mode/
           High-Power entry. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the
           Bureau or LoTW.

  AS-053.  Haw, HS8HEX, will be active from Phuket Island during the
           RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th), where he has a permanent
           station. QSL via HS8HEX, by the Bureau or direct.

  AS-126.  Operators "X"/HS8JCV, HS9JZT and Chayakorn/HS9STL will be
           active as HS8JCV/P from Lipe Island during the RSGB IOTA
           Contest (July 29-30th) as a Multi-Op/Mixed-Mode entry, operating
           on 40-10 meters. QSL via HS8JCV, direct, by the Bureau or eQSL.

  AS-129.  Xianyu, BD7PCA, will be active from Nan'ao Island during the
           RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th). QSL via BD7PCA.

  AS-145.  Noi, HS3NBR, will be active as HS3NBR/P from Maeo Island during
           the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) as a Single-Op/Mixed-Mode
           entry; operating on 40-10 meters. QSL via HS3NBR, direct or by
           the Bureau.

  EU-005.  Look for G6XX from Great Britain to be active during the RSGB
           IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) as a Single-Op entry. QSL via LoTW.
           G6XX is an historic RSGB callsign which has been reissued to
           the RSGB in 2017 after 90 years. See QRZ.com for details.

  EU-013.  members of the Jersey Contest Group and guest operator, Norbert,
           LX1NO, will be active as GJ2A from Jersey Island during the
           RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) as a Multi-Op/Mixed-Mode
           entry. QSL via LoTW.

  EU-020.  Bjorn, SM0MDG, will be active as SM0MDG/1 from Gotland Island
           during (some casual operations) in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July
           29-30th) as a Single-Op/Low-Power entry. QSL only via LoTW.

  EU-025.  Alf, IT9MUO, will be active from Sicily Island during the RSGB
           IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) as a Single-Op/UnAssisted/CW-Mode/
           12-HRs/Low-Power entry. QSL via IT9MUO, LoTW, by the Bureau
           or direct.

  EU-034.  Igor, ES0IA, will be active from Kassaar Island during the
           RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) as a Single-Op/SSB-Mode/
           Low-Power/12-HRs entry. QSL via ES0IA by the Bureau.

  EU-049.  Operators Makis/SV8AJN, Panos/SV8JNL and Tony/PY2DY/SY8APQ
           will be active as SZ8LES from Lesvos Island during "select
           appropriate contest" as a Multi-Op entry. QSL via SZ8LES.

  EU-057.  Operators Hardy/DL3KWF, Roland/DL9GMN and Gun/DF2TG will be
           active as DF5A from Kap Arkona, Ruegen Island, during the
           RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th). QSL via DL9GMN.

  EU-075.  Operators Manos/SV1PMR, George/SV1RP and Paul/SY1AKF will be
           active as SX8B from Salamina Island during the RSGB IOTA
           Contest (July 29-30th).

  EU-083.  Members of the ARI La Spezia, will once again be active as
           IP1T from Isola del Tino (IFF IFF-218, IIA SP-002, MIA MI-114,
           ITA ITA-058, WLOTA 0645) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July
           29-30th) as a Multi-Op/1-Stn/Low-Power entry. Activity will
           be on 80-10 meters using low power, with antennas: Windom
           (80-10m) and a vertical 1/4 wave on 40 meters. QSL via I1ANP,
           direct or by the Bureau (preferred). Operators mentioned are
           Jul/I1SAF, Marco/IK1IXF, Mirco/IK1WVR, Antonio/IK8XVA, Enzo/
           IU1AAH, Felix/IK1ZVJ and Riccardo/IZ1JOE.

  EU-084.  Rune, SM5BAX, will once again be active as SM0S from Ornoe
           Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) as a Single-
           Op/High-Power entry. QSL via SM5BAX.

  EU-096.  Tony, OH1TD, will be active as OF1TD from Korpo Island during
           the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) as a Single-Op/SSB-Mode/
           12-Hrs entry. QSL via LoTW, or via his home callsign by the
           Bureau or direct.

  EU-101.  Teemu, SM0W, will once again be active as OH/SM0W from Berggrund
           Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30st) as a Single-
           Op/Island-DXpedition/Low-Power entry. QSL via SM0W.

  EU-105.  Operators Didier/F6DXE, Christophe/F4ELI and Andy/F4ELK have
           cancelled their trip to Vierge Island as TM5VI for the RSGB
           IOTA contest. 

  EU-120.  Members of the Addiscombe Amateur Radio Club will once again
           be active as G4ALE/P from the Isle of Wight during the RSGB IOTA
           Contest (July 29-30th) as a Multi-1/DXpedition/Low-Power entry.
           Operators mentioned are Peter/G3SJX, Steve/G3UFY, Mike/G3VYI,
           and Steve/G4SDM. They will be using wire antennas. QSL via G3VYI.

  EU-121.  Members of the Stockport Radio Society will be active as EJ8KO
           from Arranmore Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th)
           as a Multi-2 entry. QSL by the Bureau to G0SYP or LoTW. Operators
           mentioned are YL Sarah/2E0KUH, Carsten/G0SYP, Bernard/G3SHF,
           Tom/M0DCG, Evan/M0TJU, Pete/M1PTR and Kieron/M5KJM.

  EU-126.  Operators Pekka/OH8NR, Ulla-maija/OH8ZZ, Jarmo/OH8JK and Marko/
           OH8KVY will be active as OH8AA from Selkasarvi Island during
           the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) as a Multi-1/Island-DX-
           pedition entry. QSL via OH8AA.

  EU-131.  Sergio, IZ3NXC, will be active as IZ3NXC/P from Pellestrina
           Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest as a Single-Op/SSB-Mode
           entry. QSL via IK3GES, direct or by the Bureau. NO eQSL.

  EU-131.  Giulio, IW3HVB, will be active as IW3HVB/P from Fisolo Island
           during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) as a Single-Op/
           Unassisted/SSB-Mode/24-Hrs/Island-Dxpedition/Low-Power entry.
           QSL via IW3HVB.

  EU-132.  Przemek, SP7VC, will once again be active as SP7VC/1 from
           Wolin Island between July 28-30th. Activity will include the
           RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/SSB-
           Mode entry. QSL via LoTW.

  EU-146.  Maarten, PA3EYC, will be active as PI4AMF/p from Goeree Over-
           flakkee during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) as a
           Multi-2 entry. Operators are PA3EYC, PA2LO and PD0PIW. QSL
           via PA3EYC.

  EU-170.  Mauro, IV3AZV, will be active as 9A/IV3AZV from Pag Island
           during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) as a Single-
           Op/CW-Mode/Low-Power entry. QSL via his home callsign.

  EU-172.  Dan, DL5SE, will be active as 5P5CW from Langeland Island
           during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) as a Single-Op/
           CW-Mode/Island-DXpedition/12-Hrs/High-Power entry. QSL via
           DL5SE.

  NA-026.  Mike, N2GC, will be active as N2GC from Long Island, NY,
           during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) as a Single-Op
           entry. QSL via LoTW or direct to N2GC.

  NA-029.  Operator Ken, K6LA, will once again  operate from Prince
           Edward Island in eastern Canada using the VY2TT superstation
           (Grid Square FN76vs, CISA PE-001) during the RSGB IOTA Contest
           (July 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Mixed-Mode/24-Hrs/High-
           Power entry. QSL via K6LA direct.
           
  NA-034.  Dennis, W2DEN, will be active from City Island (Peninsula
           of Lido) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) as a
           Single-Op/SSB-Mode (Saturday only)/Non-Assist entry. QSL
           via W2DEN.

  NA-042.  Mikhail, VE7ACN, will be active as AL3/AA7CH from Hinchinbrook
           Island, Alaska, between August 9-15th. Activity will be on
           160-10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign or
           LoTW.

  NA-055.  Operators Bert/N4CW and Jim/W4TMO will be active as K1IMI [the
           Al Michaud Memorial Club callsign] from Little Deer Isle, Maine,
           during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) as a Multi-1 entry.
           QSL via LoTW or direct to N4CW. NO Bureau.

  NA-058.  Jeff, KU8E, will be active as a portable from Jekyll Island,
           GA, during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) as a Single-
           Op/CW-Mode entry. QSL via KU8E.

  NA-065.  Yuri, N3QQ, will be active as N3QQ/p from Whidbey Island during
           the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) as a Single-Op/Mixed-Mode/
           High-Power entry. QSL via N7RO.

  NA-067.  Nathan, N4YDU, will be active as NR3X/4 from Pea Island, NC,
           during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) as a Single-Op/
           Mixed-Mode/Low-Power entry. Activity will be part-time, battery
           power and vertical antenna. QSL via N4YDU direct.

  NA-068.  Jean, VE2VIA, will be active as VE2VIA/VE9 from Lameque Island
           during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th). QSL via VE2VIA.

  NA-111.  Steve, AG2J, will be active from Seven Mile Island during the
           RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th). QSL via his home callsign,
           direct, by the Bureau, LoTW or eQSL.

  NA-157.  Mikhail, VE7ACN, will be active as NL6/AA7CH from Kayak Island,
           Alaska, between August 18-28th. Activity will be on 160-10
           meters using CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign or LoTW.

  OC-016.  Wes, ZL3TE, will once again be active as 3D2SE from Viti Levu
           (OC-016) while on a business trip. Activity will include the
           RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) as a Single-Op/CW-Mode/24-
           Hrs/Low-Power entry. Operations outside the contest will mainly
           be casual on CW, with some Digital modes. QSL via LoTW or ZL3TE.

  OC-042.  Mike, W6QT, will be active as DU3/W6QT from Luzon Island in
           the Philippines between September 1st and December 31st. Activity
           will be on 80-10 meters using various modes. QSL via his home
           callsign, direct, by the Bureau, LoTW or eQSL.

ISLAND HOPPING (Update/Change). "The DAILY DX" reports that Randy, WW6RG,
has a schedule change while visiting some of the four islands during July
and August. He will operate some short SSB QRP operations. Look for him
to be on the following islands:
   KH9 - Wake Island; WW6RG/KH9; propagation was very poor during his last
         visit; he worked only 4 stations -- next visit August 18th; watch
         around 0330z and 0730z on 14205 kHz; and  again around 0545z; US
         General ops listen for him around 14235 after 0600z.

   V7 - Marshall Islands (from Kwajalein Atoll); V73/WW6RG; next visit will
        be August 22nd and 24th; watch for him on 14205 kHz between 0330z
        and 0800z; and again at 0545z around 14235 kHz; this time he will
        be running 100 watts

   V2 - Antigua & Barbuda; V25RA; on August 5th and 6th; watch around
        14230 kHz; SSB running 5 watts

  ZD8 - Ascension Island; ZD8RA; on August 8th; watch between about 0800z
        and 1030Z around 14205 kHz; and again between 1530z and 2000Z;
        running QRP

  QSL all operations via his home callsign WW6RG. He does not use LoTW or
  eQSL.

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

  GX4BJC/A - Operated from Lambourn, in Berkshire, by John, G0GWK
             (/A WAB Square SU37 - England, IOTA EU-005, WLOTA 1841).

  MX1SWL/A - Operated from Lydney, in Gloucestershire, by Chris, G0SDD
             (/A WAB Square SO60 - 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. eQSL.cc cards ARE welcomed for
their awards.

PACIFIC TOUR (5W and YJ). Bert, CX3AN, will be signing 5W0HA from Upolu
Island (OC-097), Samoa, between August 19-26th. Activity will be holiday
style using 100 watts into dipoles. QSL via his home address. The week
after, Bert will be visiting Efate Island (OC-035) in Vanuatu. He has
applied for a temporary license, but still has no answer from the YJ
authorities.

PJ7, SINT MAARTEN. Ed, WA1ZAM, will once again be active as PJ7PL from
the Royal Palm's between October 20th and November 5th. Activity will
include operations in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 28-29th) as a
Single-Op/Low-Power entry. Outside of the contest, activity will be
holiday style on 30-10 meters using SSB and RTTY, possibly CW --
depending on what he brings down. QSL WA1ZAM.

PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (July 31st-August 6th).......
 Jul/31st HN      Aug/03rd  HN     Aug/05th  BN
 Aug/01st AN      Aug/04th  HN     Aug/06th  BN
 Aug/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
  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... 
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4O/US0VA via US0VA        HG17WWW via (HA-B)       P40X via DL8UD
4X/EA3HSO via N4GNR (d/L) II2FIST via IZ2FME       R1591M via RK3AW
8Q7PW via G4PWO           IS0/G4DJX via G4DJX      R17CWB via R17CWB (L/e)
9A/S59A via S59A          IS0/IK2QEI via IK2QEI    R17CWC via RD9CX
9M2/IK2PFL via IK2PFL     IS0/OE9HRV/P via OE9HRV  R17CWD via (L/e)
AM625VQ via EA6VQ         IT9/IZ2ZTR via IZ2ZTR    R280TLT via R4IT
AM725QL via EA7QL       JW/ON6FDP/P via ON6FDP & (L) RA17CW via RA17CW (L/e)
BG4/IK7YTT via IW7EGQ     K1T via W7UUU & (L)      RD17CW via RD17CW (L/e)
CS7/DO3HK via DO3HK       KP2/N5PV via N5PV & (L)  RG50SP via RC3M (d)
DL/OZ1KAH via OZ1KAH      LA/DL3YDX via DL3YDX     RJ17CW via RJ17CW (L/e)
DR1517LU via DK1DSA       LA/OK1XC via OK1XC       RK17CW via RK17CW (L/e)
EI/EA6SX via EA6SX        LY/SN0WFF via SP5C       RU17CW via RU17CW (L/e)
GB5GHT via M0XIG          LZ114RF via LZ1YE (d)    SC40VIC via SM6JSM
HF100LZ via SP4FIY        OE/DJ1AA/M via DJ1AA     SV9/DK9PY via DK9PY
HG17BF via (HA-B)         OE/DJ1AA/M via DJ1AA     SV9/WB2GAI/P via WB2GAI 
HG17BT via (HA-B)         OH0JV via DL7RV          T88GA via JA7XBG (d/L)
HG17DA via (HA-B)         P4/DF4XX via DF4XX (L/C) TF/SM6YOR via SM6YOR
HG17HA via (HA-B)         P4/DL7AC via DL7AC       TM5GTW via F5KFL
HG17SW via (HA-B)         P4/DL8UD via DL8UD       ZL2/2E0UGO via 2E0UGO
    (e) eQSL only  (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (*-B) DX's- Bureau
    (O) OQRS only  (C) ClubLog only  (L) LoTW only  **Your QSL is not needed

  *** WOW... Slow week again for QSL info!!!!

  QSLS RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 5B4VL, B7CRA (AS-143), CN8YZ, DA3X, DJ5MW,
  EA8CDJ, EA7DIU, F4GGJ, F5BZB, G6RC, HD2RRC (SA-034), IZ4JUK, JE2PMC,
  LW5DD, MI0M, PA0HWB, PU2SDX, PY2TTE, RW9UB, TA1CM, VK4HG, XX9D, YT4A,
  ZS1BHJ and ZS8Z

  QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3DA0FA, C6ADX, C6AJR, FO/JI1JKW, GB13COL,
  JW2US, LB1AH/p (EU-055), PJ2BR, VU4YC and VY2SS

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

SILENT KEY. Murray Adams WA4DAN, informs OPDX, "It is with great sadness
that I must report that Gary Bartlett, VE1RGB, passed away Saturday evening
(July 22nd) surrounded by his loving family. Gary was an avid contester
and had participated in four Sable Island DXpeditions, including the 2013
CYOP and 2014 CY0C operations. Gary was a CW purist and had commented
many times that he didn't own a microphone. Gary was very instrumental
in providing logistical support for all of the recent CY0 DXpeditions.
He will be sorely missed by the Amateur Radio community, Contesters and
his CY0 DXpedition team mates". OPDX and its readers would like to send
out our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of VE1RGB.

T41, CUBA. A large team of operators from the Pinar del Rio filial of the
FRC (Federación de Radioaficionados de Cuba) will be active from Faro
Roncali (ILLW CU-0002) located in the most western point of the island,
during next ILLW using the callsign T41FR. The activity will be on all
HF bands using CW, SSB and PSK-31. QSL only via direct including SASE
to: P.O. BOX # 253, Pinar del Rio, 20100, Cuba.

T48, CUBA (LH Op). Look for a team of Cuban hams from coastal town of
Gibara in Holguin Province to operate during the International Lighthouse
and Lightship Week End [ILLW] (August 18-20th) as T48LHH from Punta Rasa
Lighthouse, 3 km North off Gibara. Activity will be 160/80/40/20/10/2
meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. Operators mentioned are CO8HH,
CO8YWK, CO8FS, CM8MLK, CM8AY, CL8CSV and possibly others.

V3, BELIZE. Robert, DL7VOA, and his XYL will be following the tracks of
the Maya in Central America with their final recreational stay in Belize.
Robert plans to be active as V34AO from Hopkins in Belize between November
18-30th. The QTH will be directly on the beach of Hopkins with every QSO
made viewing over the Caribbean Sea. As usual, operating will take place
in "holiday style" mainly on CW during the local evening and night hours
(maybe some SSB, no digital). Robert will have his little Elecraft K2 with
him running 100 watts into a 10m fiberglass pole with vertical dipoles on
10/12/15/17/20m, ground-planes for 30m/40m or an Inverted L for 80m. He
will join the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-
Band/Low-Power, with the only focus on having fun in pile-ups. He states,
"The contest weekend will be (mostly) mine, but during the rest of the
time please understand that during day time there are other important
holiday activities to be undertaken with my wife like relaxing, snorkeling,
flying my drone, etc. instead of conducting a 100% DXpedition (which
does not mean that I never show up on the bands during day time). I already
have a license for the regular callsign V31EO, but I have also applied
for the short term special callsign V34AO, and I am very optimistic that
it will be issued to me as well. Depending on the limitations I am planning
to use the special call V34AO not only during the CQWW CW Contest, but
also throughout my stay." All information (including a link with exact
GPS coordinates and maybe later also some drone videos) can be found on
the Web site:                 http://www.qrz.com/db/dl7voa
QSLs for both V34AO (or V31EO) are via DL7VOA, by the Bureau or direct.

V4, ST. KITTS AND NEVIS (Update/On the Bird). John, V47JA/W5JON, reports
that his FT857 failed yesterday (July 23rd) during a SO-50 pass when he
was about to call N8HM. He will be looking to borrow a UHF receiver from
someone on the island to get back on SO-50.  He will also be returning to
St. Kitts in October if that fails.

VK9X & VK9C, CHRISTMAS AND COCOS (KEELING) ISLANDS (Update). Operators
Peter/VK3FN, Chris/VK3FY, Lee/VK3GK, Luke/VK3HJ, Tony/VK3TZ and David/K3LP
will activate both Christmas  Island (OC-002) and Cocos (Keeling) Island
(OC-003) in the month of October 2017. The team will start on Christmas
Island as VK9XI between October 3-10th. During this time, they will be
active during the Oceania DX SSB  Contest (October 7-8th). The team will
then move to Cocos (Keeling) Island and be active as VK9CI between October
10-17th. During this time, they will be active during the Oceania DX CW
Contest (October 14-15th). For activity outside of the contest, operators
will be active on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY, plus they will be
running a 6m beacon. QSL via M0OXO - Bureau requests ONLY via M0OXO's OQRS.
The operation now as a Web page at: 
      http://christmascocos2017.vkdxg.com/index.php/category/news

W9DXCC (Registration discount ends soon!). The July 31st deadline for
discounted registration for the 2017 W9DXCC DX Convention and Banquet
in suburban Chicago is rapidly approaching, so don't delay in ordering
tickets. Discounted hotel rooms can also be booked now. The prize pool
commitments now exceed $12,000, including a Yaesu FT DX 3000, Icom IC-7300
and many more. A partial list is posted at .
  The 65th annual convention is Sept. 15-16th, 2017. The ARRL has approved
the gathering as an "Operating Specialty Convention" and league President
Rick Roderick, K5UR, will be the keynote speaker. Sponsored by the Northern
Illinois DX Association, W9DXCC will also offer Contest University and DX
University programs on Friday, with presentations for new and veteran
DXers and contest operators. The day long session on Saturday will feature
speakers, exhibits, QSL card checking and a CW pileup contest. The evening
banquet is a time to relax and enjoy our keynote speaker. For non-ham
family members, Woodfield Mall, which offers a wide array of shopping,
is one traffic light south of the convention site at the Hyatt Regency
Schaumburg, 1800 East Golf Road. Updates at  for new
developments. For more information, contact: John McCormick, 

XT2, BURKINA FASO (Update). Harald, DF2WO, will once again be active as
XT2AW from Burkina Faso between September 28th and October 30th. Activity
will be holiday style on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes.
He states that he works mostly on the Digital modes (PSK31, JT65 and RTTY)
and slow CW. Equipment is a FT-450D into a home-made HEX BEAM and a dipole
for 40 meters. QSL via M0OXO, direct or OQRS .
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        The following stations are expected to be active in the
                   RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th, 2017)
               For rules for the contest are available at:
               http://www.rsgbcc.org/hf/rules/2017/riota.shtml
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       Thanks to Bill, NG3K, for providing OPDX readers with the following
consolidated listing of the participants in the 2017 RSGB IOTA 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/iota2017.html  (By Callsign)
              http://www.ng3k.com/Misc/iotad2017.html (By DXCC Entity)
              http://www.ng3k.com/Misc/iotai2017.html (By IOTA)
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  Contest      DXCC       IOTA   Island       QSL Route-(B)Bureau/(C)ClubLog/
 Callsign     Entity                           (e)eQSL/(L)LoTW/(d)direct
------------------------------------------------------------------------
3D2SE         Fiji        OC-016 Viti Levu    LoTW; QSL via ZL3TE
5P5CW         Denmark     EU-172 Langeland    DL5SE
5P7LSO        Denmark     EU-088 Laesoe       OZ1KZX
9A/IV3AZV     Croatia     EU-170 Pag
9A/OM2ZZ      Croatia     EU-170 Pag          OM2FY
9A/OM6NM      Croatia     EU-016 Korcula      OM2FY
9A8CV         Croatia     EU-136 Krk          eQSL
9A8DV         Croatia     EU-016 Drvenik Veli IK6VXO
9A0AA         Croatia     EU-016 Vis          S59A
AA4V          USA         NA-110 Isle of Palms
AG2J          USA         NA-111 Seven Mile
AM625VQ  Balearic Islands EU-004 Mallorca     LoTW; QSL via EA6VQ
B5C           China       AS-137 Qingbang     BA4TB
BG4TMC        China       AS-136 Chongming    BG4TMC
BD5UDN        China       AS-138 Pingtan      M0OXO
BD7PCA        China       AS-129 Nan'ao       BD7PCA
CF2NDX        Canada      NA-128 Ile d'Orleans VE2TLH
CG2I          Canada      NA-128 Ile aux Coudres LoTW; QSL via VE2EBK (d/C)
CR2V          Azores      EU-089 Flores       LoTW; QSL via HB9CRV
CR2G          Madeira     AF-014 Madeira      LoTW; QSL via (C)
CR5CW         Portugal    EU-145 Culatra      LoTW; QSL via CT7ACG
DF5A          Germany     EU-057 Ruegen       DL9GMN
DG5LAC/p      Germany     EU-042 Hooge        DG5LAC
DJ6OI/p       Germany     EU-127 Helgoland    DJ6OI
DJ7MH/p       Germany     EU-047 Spiekeroog   LoTW; QSL via (e)
DL5KUD        Germany     EU-057 Ruegen       ClubLog
DL5KVV/p      Germany     EU-129 Usedom       DL5KVV
DL6DQW/p      Germany     EU-129 Usedom       DL6DQW
DL0KWH/p      Germany     EU-129 Usedom       DL0KWH; QSL via (DARC-B/d/C)
DO7ES         Germany     EU-057 Ruegen       DO7ES; QSL via (e)
DR0F          Germany     EU-127 Neuwerk      DM4DL; QSL via (DARC-B/d)
E2T           Thailand    AS-125 Chang        LoTW; QSL via E21IZC (d)
E2X           Thailand    AS-107 Si Chang     LoTW; QSL via E20GMY
EA5HPX        Spain       EU-093 Tabarca      EA5HPX
EA6/DK5ON Balearic Island EU-004 Mallorca     LoTW; QSL via DK5ON (Bu/d/C)
EA8AQV     Canary Islands AF-004 Gran Canaria EA8AQV (d/e)
EA8CNR     Canary Islands AF-004 Gran Canaria LoTW; QSL via EA8CNR (d/e)
EI/ON6QR      Ireland     EU-121 Tory         ON6QR
EJ3HB         Ireland     EU-121 Bere         M0OXO
EJ8KO         Ireland     EU-121 Arranmore    LoTW; QSL via G0SYP (B)
ES0DJ         Estonia     EU-034 Muhu
ES0GP         Estonia     EU-178 Manilaid     ES8GP
ES0IA         Estonia     EU-034 Kassaar      ES0IA
ES0V          Estonia     EU-034 Saaremaa     ES3VI
G4ALE/p       England     EU-120 Isle of Wight G3VYI
G5XV          England     EU-120 Isle of Wight G5XV
G6LD          England     EU-120 Lindisfarne  G0BWB
GB9IOW        England     EU-120 Isle of Wight ON3UN
GJ2A          Jersey      EU-013 Jersey       LoTW
GM1J          Scotland    EU-092 Tanera Mor   MM0BQI
GM2T          Scotland    EU-008 Isle of Tiree LoTW; QSL via GM4UYZ (Bu/d/C)
GM4U/p        Scotland    EU-008 Jura         G4SGX
GM7A          Scotland    EU-008 Lismore      GM7WCO
GM7V          Scotland    EU-010 Benbecula    N3SL
GU3HFN/p      Guernsey    EU-114 Guernsey     GU8ITE
GW6W          Wales       EU-124 Holy         LoTW; QSL via GW0ETF (d/email)
HS3NBR/p      Thailand    EU-145 Maeo         HS3NBR (d/B)
HS8HEX        Thailand    AS-053 Phuket       HS8HEX
HS8JCV/P      Thailand    AS-126 Lipe         HSJCV (d/B/e)
IF9A          Italy       EU-054 Favignana    IT9PPG
II3Y          Italy       EU-130 Barbana      IV3OSC
IM0/I0PNM     Italy       EU-165 S Peter
IN3EQD/IA5    Italy       EU-028 Isola d'Elba IN3EQD
IO7TA         Italy       EU-091 Pedagna Grande IZ8EGM; QSL via (C)
IO9Z          Italy       EU-025 Sicily       IT9DSZ (B)
IP1T          Italy       EU-083 Tino         I1ANP (d)
IS0/G4DJX     Sardinia    EU-024 Sardinia     LoTW; QSL via G4DJX (d)
IS0/OM8A      Sardinia    EU-024 Sardinia     OM2VL
IT9MUO        Italy       EU-025 Sicily       IT9MUO
IT9RZU        Italy       EU-025 Sicily       LoTW; QSL via IT9RZU (B/d)
IW3HVB/p      Italy       EU-131 Fisolo       IW3HVB
IZ3NXC/p      Italy       EU-131 Pellestrina  IZ3NXC
JA6WJL        Japan       AS-040 Fukue        JA6WJL; QSL via (JARL-B/d)
JI3DST        Japan       AS-008 Shikine      JI3DS; QSL via (B/d)
K1IMI         USA         NA-055 Little Deer  N4CW
K4P           USA         NA-083 Chincoteague N3JS
K5KUA/5       USA         NA-143 Galveston    K5KUA
KF5VDX        USA         NA-092 Padre        KF5VDX; QSL via (B/d)
KI4GGJ/p      USA         NA-213 Dauphin      LoTW; QSL via KI4GGJ and (e)
KN4Y/p        USA         NA-085 St George    LoTW
KS4YT/p       USA         NA-213 Dauphin      LoTW; QSL via KS4YT and (e)
KU8E          USA         NA-058 Jekyll       KU8E  
KV4T/p        USA         NA-213 Dauphin      LoTW; QSL via KV4T and (e)
LA/OK1DBS     Norway      EU-056 Longva
LA/OL7X       Norway      EU-056 Flemsoya     OK1XC
LA7XK         Norway      EU-061 Spjaeroy     LoTW; QSL via LA7XK (B/di/C)
MD/OO4O       Isle of Man EU-116 Isle of Man  LoTW; QSL via ON4APU (B)
MM1E          Scotland    EU-123 Great Cumbrae MM1E
MM0TFU/p      Scotland    EU-123 Isle of Arran LoTW
N2GC          USA         NA-026 Long         LoTW
N3QQ/p        USA         NA-065 Whidbey      N7RO
NR3X/4        USA         NA-067 Pea          N4YDU (d)
OF1TD         Finland     EU-096 Korpo        LoTW; QSL via OH1TD (B/d)
OG5A          Finland     EU-140 Nuokot       OH5AD; QSL via (B/d)
OH/SM0W       Sweden      EU-101 Berggrund    SM0W
OH5TS         Finland     EU-140 Kuorsalo     LoTW; QSL via OH5TS (d)
OH8AA         Finland     EU-126 Selkasarvi   OH8AA
OH0X         Aland Island EU-002 Brando       OH2TA
OZ/DF2SD      Denmark     EU-125 Fano         DF2SD
OZ/DJ4MF      Denmark     EU-172 Hjarno       DJ4MF; QSL via (DARC-B/d)
OZ/DL8MF      Denmark     EU-172 Samso
OZ2PBS        Denmark     EU-029 Zealand      OZ2PBS
OZ8SW         Denmark     EU-029 Sjaelland    OZ8SW
OZ9V/p        Denmark     EU-172 Aero         LoTW
P40X          Aruba       SA-036 Aruba        DL8UD (d)
PA38EU        Netherlands EU-038 Terschelling PH9GFB (B)
PA5TT         Netherlands EU-146 Schouwen Duiveland
PI4AMF        Netherlands EU-146 Goeree Overflakkee PA3EYC
PW7I          Brazil      SA-046 Itamaraca    PY7RP (d)
PX8I          Brazil      SA-060 Itarana      PY8WW
PX8Z          Brazil      SA-060 Cotijuba     PX8Z
R66IOTA     Russia (Asia) AS-066 Popov        UA0LCZ
RU6DX/p   Russia (Europe) EU-185 Sudzhuk      RU6DX
S79NH         Seychelles  AF-024 Praslin      LoTW
SM5CKV/p      Sweden      EU-177 Harstena     M0OXO
SM0MDG/1      Sweden      EU-020 Gotland      SM0MDG
SM0S          Sweden      EU-084 Orno         SM5BAX
SN0RX         Poland      EU-132 Wolin        SP8BXL
SP7VC/1       Poland      EU-132 Wolin        LoTW
SV0XAF        Greece      EU-067 Paros
SX5R          Dodecanese  EU-001 Rhodes       SV5DKL
SX8B          Greece      EU-075 Salamina
SZ8LES        Greece      EU-049 Lesvos
TX5EG         Marquesas   OC-027 Hiva Oa      F6BCW
UR1G          Ukraine     EU-179 Kalanch      UR8GX
V47JA    St Kitts & Nevis NA-104 St Kitts     LoTW
VC1G          Canada      NA-126 Bon Portage  VA1YL
VC7A          Canada      NA-036 Vancouver
VE2VIA/VE9    Canada      NA-068 Lameque      VE2VIA
VY2TT         Canada      NA-029 Prince Edward K6LA
VY0/VA2NDX    Canada      NA-173 Charlton     F4BHW
W2DEN         USA         NA-034 Lido         W2DEN
W2IY          USA         NA-055 Mt Desert    W2IY
W2KV/2        USA         NA-111 Long Beach   W2KV
W4KAZ         USA         NA-067 Great        W4KAZ
ZY8D          Brazil      SA-072 Canarias     PS8RV (d)

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