DX Bulletin No. 1386
October 22, 2018
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Sent/Written in Strongsville, OH
Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB5K & the AR TelNet Clusters Network, AF1G/C6ATH, NJ1Q & W1AW, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, K6VVA, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m DX News, W9ILY, DL1SBF, DL7UXG & The DX News Letter, DxCoffee.com, DXNews.com, DX-World.Net, ES1CW, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, HA1AG, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, JI1LET, OZ1ADL, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Sixitalia Weekly, and VA3RJ & ICPO for the following DX information. DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 14th/October, through Sunday, 21st/October there were 222 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5R, 5T, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9U, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A2, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E5/n, E5/s, E6, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FK, FM, FP, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J3, J6, J7, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH9, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PY, PZ, S0, S2, S5, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9X, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP6, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XX9, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z6, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD8, ZD9, ZF, ZL, ZL7, 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". 3Y0I BOUVET DXPEDITION NEWS. This past week the Rebel DX Group announced their 3Y0I band plan frequencies and modes they will use while operating from Bouvet Island. The information can be found at: https://www.rebeldxgroup.com https://bouvetoya.org/3yoi-bandplan As this was being written, there are no specific days announced other than "the southern hemisphere’s summer is coming soon." For more details and updates, watch: https://bouvetoya.org https://www.facebook.com/bouvetoya.org https://twitter.com/Bouvetoyaorg 4S, SIR LANKA. Peter, DC0KK, will once again be active as 4S7KKG from Moragalla, Sri Lanka (AS-003, WLOTA 0762) between November 1st and April 1st. He states that he preferably likes to be active on the Digital modes and CW. QSL via his home callsign, direct and by the Bureau. All QSOs will be uploaded to LoTW and ClubLog. 5W, SAMOA. Steve, WB2IQU, will be active as 5W2IQ from Apia, Samoa, starting October 21st, for 6 days. Activity will be holiday style on 20 meters. QSL via WB2IQU. 5Z, KENYA. Scott, WA5A, is once again active as 5Z4/WA5A from Ruaka until November 7th. Activity will be holiday style on 40/20/15 meters using mainly SSB. QSL via his home callsign. 7Q, MALAWI. Susan, W7KFI, will be joining Don, K6ZO, to be active as 7Q7M and 7Q6M, respectively, from Embangweni Mission Hospital, in Northern Malawi, late November for the CQWW DX CW Contest. Susan told OPDX that she will be there for 8 days (specific days were not mentioned). She also mentioned that Don will put up a 6 element 20 meter beam on top of 65 ft. tower while there, and hopes to build a world class contest station for future use. Activity will be on 160-10 meters, but they will concentrating on 20m (14036 kHz) and 40m (7036 kHz) outside the CQWW DX CW Contest (October 24-25th). Remember to look for them in the contest. QSL 7Q6M via K6ZO. QSL 7Q7M via Susan's instructions. ADDED NOTE: You may remember Susan, W7KFI, who is about 83, and was the Skipper of her own sailboat called "USSV DHARMA" stationed in Hawaii. She planned to activate Johnston Island (KH3) in 2011, but had engine problems and then some health issues. She is now living in Gulfport, Ms. A5, BHUTAN. Operators Zorro/JH1AJT (A5A), Martti/OH2BH (A52BH), Franz/ DJ9ZB (A52ZB), Jin/JF1IST (A52IST) and Champ/E21EIC (A52C) will be active from Thimphu, Bhutan, between October 24-30th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters. The main purpose for Zorro is to meet with the Foreign Ministry to continue discussions on outcomes and progress on the collaborative project for youth development program SEISA working for BOC. He will meet the official of the Ministry of Health, meet sports federations and will have meetings with BOC National Olympic committee. The team will also be on the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) signing as A5A and as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via JH1AJT. Before and after the contest Zorro JH1AJT/A5A and Jin JF1IST/A52IST will focus on the FT8 DXpedition mode using the following frequencies: 7056, 10131, 14090, 18095, 21091, 24911 and 28091 kHz. Operators will operate with their own Bhutan call- signs outside of the contest. QSL routes are as follows: QSL A5A via JH1AJT QSL A52BH via OH2BH QSL A52ZB via DJ9ZB QSL A52IST via JA1HGY QSL A52C via E21EIC A7, QATAR. Once again, a joint team with members from the Qatar Amateur Radio Society (QARS) and others, will be active from the beautiful Katara Cultural village on the east coast of Doha, as A73A in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) as a Multi-Multi entry. Operators mentioned are Mubarak/A71AE, Ibrahim/A71BI, Ali/A71BX, Abdulla/A71CV, Juma/A71EM, Jameel/A71FJ, Aziz/A71GO, Jose/A75GE, Seid/A75GN, Vikas/A75GT, Ali/F4HJD, Alessandro/IV3KKW, Silvio/IZ5DIY, Mindaugas/LY4L, Jay/LY4Y, Flo/OE3FTA, Michael/OE3MZC, Max/ON5UR, Jan/OZ1ADL, and possibly more members of QARS. QSL via M0OXO or OQRS. C4, CYPRUS. Operators Tamer/5B4AHE, Stavros/5B4AFM, Nestor/5B4AHZ, George/ 5B4KH, Spyros/5B4MF, Philip/5B4ZN and Andreas/5B8AP will be active as C4A from Nicosia during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) as a Multi-? entry. QSL via LoTW, direct via 5B4KH or ClubLog's OQRS. C6, BAHAMAS. Tim, C6ATH, a resident of Andros Island, will be in the USA for most of the rest of this year for cancer treatment. Look for him on the bands using his home call, AF1G. CR3, MADEIRA. Members of the Slovak Contest Group (OM8A Contest Team) will be active as CR3DX from Madeira Island during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) as a Multi-Single/High-Power entry. QSL via OM2VL, direct or by the Bureau. Operators mentioned are Rastislav/OM3BH, Jozef/ OM3GI, Branislav/OM2KW and Tibor/OM3RM. CR3, MADEIRA. Operators David/CT1DRB, Laszlo/HA3NU, Rastislav/OM3BH, Jozef/OM3GI, Tibor/OM3RM and Peter/OM7LW will be active as CR3DX from Porto Moniz, Madeira Island, during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Multi-? entry. QSL via OM2VL. ED8, CANARY ISLANDS. Operators Salvador/EA7FQB, Al/EA7JR, Cristobal/EA7RU, Manolo/EA7LL, Maria/EA8LF, Santiago/EA8DFB, Manuel/EA8DO and Miroslav/OM5RW will be active as ED8W from La Palma Island (AF-004) during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) Multi-? entry. QSL via EA8DO or LoTW. IOTA NEWS.............. AS-045. Members of the Korean Amateur Radio League will be active as HL0DOK from Ullung Island on October 20th, and depending on the weather from the Dok Islands between October 21-22nd. Both islands are IOTA AS-045. Activity will be on 80/40/30/ 20/2 meters using CW, SSB, FM and FT8. QSL via HL0DOK, by the Bureau or direct. AS-173. (Update) A group of VU operators are planning to activate Pamban Island (Dhanushkodi) as AT4DK between November 3-4th. The team, led by Madhu, VU3NPI, is calling themselves "Manic Monkeys", are planning to be active on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and FT8. Look for more details to be forthcoming. EU-143. Markus, DJ4EL, will be active as EA7/DJ4EL from Sancti Petri Island between October 19-24th. QSL via his home callsign. He requests that you use LoTW or ClubLog. Follow him on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/rapanuiman EU-192. NEW IOTA!! A group of five Swedish operators, members of the Invoker Team will be active as 8S2K from Kataja Island possibly late May or the first week of June 2019. Activity could possibly be sooner depending on the ice conditions and transportation. The group plans to have 4 stations active for 5 days using 200 watts and vertical antennas. Look for more details to be forthcoming. NA-004. Rick, K6VVA, will be active as K6VVA/KL7 from Endicott Island between 2200z, November 8th, and 1800z, November 11th. Activity will be primarily CW (possibly some SSB)on 40/30/20 meters, using a TS-480HX (200w) and Vertical w/16 sloping radials, plus backup radio, power supply, computer and antenna parts. No QSLs. IOTA credit only via . For more details and updates, especially for QSL details, see: http://www.k6vva.com/iota/na-004 Rick also has a Twitter page at: http://twitter.com/k6vva NA-077. Eric, VA2IDX, will be active as VA2IDX/p from Anticosti Island between November 2-7th. Activity will be sporadic around 1500z and 2300z. Operations will be on 40/20 meters using QRP SSB and maybe CW. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau eQSL. PLEASE NOTE: Since the Webmasters of the new have decided NOT to post or dedicate a Web page to announce upcoming IOTA operations, PLEASE send your IOTA operations information to the OPDX, and we will post it here in an upcoming bulletin...... JD1, OGASAWARA. Operators Koji/JI1LET, Takeshi/JA1UII, Masatoshi/JH1HHC and Hideo/JI1CRM will be active as JD1BOI, JD1BON, JD1BPH and JI1CRM/JD1, respectively, from Komagari, Chichijima Island (AS-031), between November 22nd and December 7th. Activity will be on 160/80/40/30/20/17/15/12/10/6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL via their home callsigns, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW. KH6, HAWAII. Operators Richard/N0HJZ, JA7OHF, Eran/WH6R, John/KH6U, Stuart/NH6N, Kimo/KH7U, Dan/W0CN and possibly others will be active as KH6J during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) as a Multi-? entry. QSL via LoTW. KP3, PUERTO RICO. Felipe, NP4Z/KP3Z, will be active as KP3Z during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via N4AO. KP4, PUERTO RICO. Rafael, KP4RV, is back on the air after Hurricane Maria 2017 from Luquillo, will be active during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m - fixed antenna system) entry. QSL via LoTW or ClubLog. PJ2, CURACAO. Operators David/VA7AM, Tom/VE3CX, Ed/VE4VT, Brad/VE3MXJ, Cary/VE4EA, Stanley/VE3TW, Geoff/W0CG, Peter/K8PGJ, Rich/W3ACO and Egon/ KF4DX will be active as PT2T from the Caribbean Contesting Consortium's (CCC) Signal Point contest station on Curacao Island (SA-099, WLOTA 0942) during the CQWW DX SBB Contest (October 27-28th) as a Multi-Multi entry. QSL PJ2T via W3HNK. Outside the contest, operators will probably be signing PJ2/homecall or their own personal PJ2 callsign. QSL via their home callsigns. PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (October 22-28th)....... Oct/22nd HN Oct/25th AN Oct/27th AN Oct/23rd AN Oct/26th AN Oct/28th AN Oct/24th 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 : We are sad to report that the (REALTIME) Band Condition Web page is down or no more!! It seems that the Web page went down sometime in late September, after reading the messages on the site's Yahoo group . Your editor has been trying to contact the author of the site, but hasn't heard anything back yet. Let's hope that it comes back up again. Meanwhile, check out the following Web sites: * VOACAP predication Web page at: http://www.voacap.com/hf * DX.QSL.NET Propagation page: https://dx.qsl.net/propagation * A daily HF radio wave propagation forecast can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/thomasfranklingiellaw4hm * SolarHam Web page: http://www.solarham.net * Radio Propagation/Space Weather/Sunspot Cycle Information at: http://sunspotwatch.com * Also on Twitter: https://twitter.com/@GiellaW4hm QSL INFO AND NEWS................... QSL-INFO from DB0SDX by Lothar, DL1SBF ------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3Z100M via SP6IEQ & (L) EA8/RA5A via RA5A OH/DK4ZC via DK4ZC 4K0KRB via 4J6RO EH3JAM via EA3URE OV1CDX via OZ1GML (d) 4K7Z via RU3SD EM75QM via UR7QM OZ/DJ1AA/M via DJ1AA 5P1KZX via OZ1KZX & (L) EM7U via UR7UT or (e) PD/DO1BEN via DO1BEN 8S0DX via SM0DSG (B) GM9C via MM0GHM PF2018WOR via PA0MBD & (L) 9L1YXJ via KW4XJ (d) HA44FF via HA5OKE SN100TR via SP9PGE A43JOTA via A47OS HF100SCI via SP9SCI SN740BAR via SP1KRF AM5BCP via EA5GUQ HH2AA via NR6M & (L) SP100ZCF via SP9ZCF AM7JAM via EB7FLW HK3JCL via DK8LRF T88SM via JA6EGL (d) CT9/DF6QV via DF6QV HL06NWPF via HL5BJU TM220BP via F4GFE DL0CW via DK2KT II0BP via IW0GOA TM2EMC via TM2EMC (L) DP5N via DJ0ACA II7JOTA via IK7YZI TM63CDP via F6BDE EA6/DK5IR via DK5IR KG4HF via W6HGF & (L) V55JOTA via V51Q (d) EA7/DJ4EL via DJ4EL (O/L) OG3P/P via OH3P XW1IC via E21EIC (O/L) >> >>> Sorry, no QSL-Infos Sunday Oct. 28, 2018 << (e) eQSL only (d) direct only (B) Bureau only (*-B) DX's- Bureau (O) OQRS only (C) ClubLog only (L) LoTW only (N) No QSL needed (I) No IRC (P) PayPal LOGS ONLINE AT CLUBLOG.ORG THIS WEEK...... https://clublog.org/logsearch/KG4WV https://clublog.org/logsearch/VK9XG QSLS RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 8Q7PE, FR5CB, H40D, H44R, H44R/P, KG4HF, T88UW, TR8CA and ZD9CW QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: KD6WW/VY0 (NA-207), KH1/KH7Z, K9AJ/VY0 and ZS9V (AF-064) QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 3C0L, 6Y0ND, 6Y0W, A71AM, H40GC, J5B, P29VXG (OC-008), PJ4/K4BAI, PJ4/NE9U, PJ4V, PJ4Y, TG9IRP, TO2BC, VK9MA, VY0ERC and ZC4A S9, SAO TOME. Jorge, CT1BOL, will once again be active as S9CT, but from Principe Island (AF-044) between October 24-29th. Activity will be holiday style on various HF bands with 100 watts. He also plans to be in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via his home callsign, LoTW or ClubLog's OQRS. T31, CENTRAL KIRIBATI ISLANDS. Operators Guenter/DL2AWG, Hans/DL6JGN, Heye/DJ9RR, Wolf/DM2AUJ, Joe/DK5WL and RonaldPA3EWP will be active as T31EU from Kanton Island (OC-043) between February 16th and March 5th, 2019. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and some FT8. QSL via DL2AWG or ClubLog's OQRS. ADDED NOTE: Before and after the DXpedition, the T31EU team will be active from Tarawa (T30), (holiday style). For more details and updates (still under construction), see: http://www.kanton2019.de T32, EAST KIRIBATI ISLANDS. Nobuaki, JA0JHQ, will be active as T32NH from Captain Cook Hotel on Kiritimati Island (OC-024) between December 5-11th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW and FT8. He also plans to be in the ARRL 10m Contest [December 8-9th] (CW, if possible SSB). Equipment is a TS-480HX w/200w into a MV or Vertical antenna. (Using Linear Amp is not permitted at Kiribati , because of the interference to the AM Radio) QSL via JA0JHQ direct or LoTW (preferred). For more details and updates, see: https://pandasan.jimdo.com/t32nh TC29, TURKEY (Special Event). Several Turkism ham radio clubs [ANARAD (YM2KW), ATRO (YM1KTR), TANGO ALFA (YM1KE) and TAMAD (YM1KAD)] will be on the air as TC29OCT between October 26-29th, to celebrate Turkey's anniversary of becoming a republic. Many people in Turkey celebrate "Republic Day" on October 29th, by attending performances and partici- pating in traditional processions with flags and musical bands. The Turkish Republic's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk proclaimed "Republic Day" as Turkey's most important holiday. TK, CORSICA. Look for "Team Charlie" (TeamC) to be active again as TK0C from Sant Ambroggio, Corsica, during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via S50C, direct, eQSL and LoTW. The list of operators was not provided. For details and updates, watch: https://www.facebook.com/TK0CHARLIE TT8KO DXPEDITION NEWS. Last week we told you that Ken, LA7GIA, had his TT8KO operation shut-down by the national security police, and has since been waiting for his equipment to be inspected. This past week, Ken was planning to leave Chad on Thursday, October 18th. In the meantime, Ken was also told that he was still not allowed to disassemble the equipment until inspection was completed, everything must remain as is. Then on Friday, Ken posted the following on FaceBook: "Finally I got this working. No social media for 1 week. Last night I was informed that a police order has been issued preventing me from leaving TT, even w/o equipment. Status of my return flight has changed to "open". The Norwegian embassy and foreign ministry are now working on the issue. I get many emails every day from DXers around the world with kind words, it keeps the spirit up - thanks! Hotel staff also very supportive. Still waiting." V3, BELIZE. Victor, WB0TEV, has cancelled his V31VP operation between October 24-31st, for the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th). He states, "I was advised by the station owner in Belize that the rent a shack equip- ment was damaged in a recent lightning storm. As a result I'm cancelling my trip down there. Hopefully things will be fixed by Feb 2019 when I hope to go down for WPX RTTY and possibly ARRL Int DX CW." VP6, PITCAIRN ISLAND. Word has it that operators Ned/AA7A, Nodir/EY8MM, Harumi/JR4OZR, Ralph/K0IR, Pat/K0PC, Craig/K9CT, Louis/N2TU, George/N4GRN, Arnold/N6HC, Glenn/W0GJ, Mike/W0VTT, Gregg/W6IZT, Hal/W8HC and Jerry/WB9Z will activate Pitcairn Island in October of 2019. The team will travel there by the way of RV Braveheart. This will be a two-week operation on all bands and all modes. Look for more details and an announcement of a DXpedition Web page in the coming days. VP6D DUCIE ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS. The VP6D team arrived at Ducie Island (OC-182) on Friday, October 19th, and are now active until November 3rd. The first VP6D station hit the airwaves on October 20th, around 0418z on 40 meters CW followed by a 20 meters SSB station Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and various Digital modes which includes FT8. Suggested frequencies are: CW - 1826.5, 3523, 7010, 10105, 14023, 18069, 21023, 24891 and 28023 SSB - 7090, 14185, 18130, 21285, 24955 and 28485 RTTY - 7045, 10142, 14080, 18100, 21080, 24910 and 28080 FT8 - 1840, 3567, 10131, 14090, 18095, 21091, 24911 and 28091 6m - 50323/FT8 and 50200/JT65A They will be working SPLIT only! Please pay attention to the SPLIT MODE! CW : UP 2-10 SSB : UP 5-15 RTTY : UP 2-10 Listen for the operator's instructions. They will listen for U.S. Generals (only) on 14.280 and UP. They will listen for JA stations DOWN 5-6 kHz on 160 m. On 160m their FT8 frequency for JA is 1908 kHz. The VP6D team will be using the DXA written Bob Schmieder, KK6EK, of Cordell Expeditions. By pointing your browser to DXA allows anyone with an ordinary browser to see VP6D activity in near real time. Within 60 seconds of your contact with VP6D, the browser page is auto- matically updated to show your callsign, this confirms that your contact is in the log (DXA reads the VP6D log). This process eliminates the need for duplicate contacts on the same band / mode and minimizes the confusion caused by pirates or other DX-peditions operating at the same time. Also, they will upload the log every day to the VP6D.com - Log Search tab. They will not use ClubLog and there is no Leaderboard. QSL via operators' instructions. For more details and updates, see the following URLs: VP6D Web page: https://www.vp6d.com VP6D FaceBook page: https://www.facebook.com/VP6D-Ducie-2018-1470984209616170 VP6D Twitter page : https://twitter.com/VP6D_2018 XT2, BURKINA FASO (Reminder). Operators Peter/S54W, Janko/S57L, Robert/S58Y, Rado/S59ZZ and Tine/S50A will be active as XT2SZZ from Bobo Dioulasso between October 22-30th. Activity will be on various HF bands and 6 meters as well. The Slovenian team will also participate in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) as a Multi-Single/Low-Power entry. QSL via S59ZZ. YS, EL SALVADOR (Update). Tom, KC0W, will be active as YS/KC0W from El Salvador sometime between February 16-22nd, 2019. Activity will be on 80-6 meters using CW only. QSL via his home callsign. NO LoTW or NO Bureau.
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