sexta-feira, 22 de fevereiro de 2019

ARLD008 DX news

ARLD008 DX news

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
AA4NC, F4EBK, W2AIV, W3UR, WB2REM, The Daily DX, The OPDX Bulletin,
425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest
Calendar and WA7BNM web sites.  Thanks to all.

MAURITANIA, 5T.  Johannes, PA5X is QRV as 5T5PA from Nouadhibou and
is here for six months.  Activity is in his spare time on 160 to 6
meters using SSB, RTTY and FT8.  QSL via LoTW.

SENEGAL, 6W.  Willy, ON4AVT is QRV as 6W7/ON4AVT from Warang until
March 30.  Activity is on the HF bands, including 60 meters, using
CW, PSK, and possibly FT8.  QSL to home call.

PHILIPPINES, DU.  Christian, F4EBK is QRV as DU3/F4EBK from Luzon
Island, IOTA OC-042, until March 31.  Activity is on 20, 15 and 10
meters using SSB.  QSL to home call.

NEW CALEDONIA, GK.  Arnaud, JG1XMV will be QRV as FK/JG1XMV from
Grand Terre Island, IOTA OC-032, from February 23 to March 10.  This
also includes a visit to Mare Island, IOTA OC-033, and a few other
islands as well.  Activity will be on 40, 20, 17 and 15 meters using
only SSB.  QSL to home call.

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, HC8.  A group of operators will be QRV as HD8M
from Santa Cruz Island, IOTA SA-004, from February 27 to March 6.
Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters, including 60 meters, using CW,
SSB, and FT8 in DXpedition mode.  This includes being active in the
upcoming ARRL International DX SSB contest.  QSL via WB2REM.

SAN ANDRES AND PROVIDENCIA, HK0.  Jean, VE2FDJ is QRV as 5J0JC from
San Andres Island, IOTA NA-049, until February 27.  Activity is on
80, 40, 20 and 6 meters using only SSB.  QSL to home call.

PANAMA, HP.  Special event station H31A is QRV until August 15 in
celebration of the 500th anniversary of the founding of Panama City.
Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using mostly RTTY, PSK31 and FT8 with
some SSB.  QSL via HP1AVS.

HONDURAS, HR.  Dennis, W1UE is QRV as either HQ9X or W1UE/HR9 from
Roatan Island, IOTA NA 057, until February 26.  He is QRV as HQ9X in
the CQ World Wide 160 Meter SSB contest.  Activity includes being on
160 and 80 meters during his evening hours, as well as 60 meters.
QSL via KQ1F.

TUVALU, T2.  Tony, 3D2AG is QRV as T2AR until February 27.  He is
active in his spare time on 160, 80, 60 and 40 meters using CW, with
some SSB, RTTY and FT8.  Tili, T2AT is also active during these days
using FT8.  QSL T2AR to home call and T2AT via N7MSI.

EAST KIRIBATI, T32.  Ken, KH6QJ will be QRV as T32AZ from Kirimati
Island, IOTA OC-024, from February 28 to March 5.  Activity will be
on the HF bands.  This includes being an entry in the upcoming ARRL
International DX SSB contest.  QSL to home call.

TURKEY, TA.  Members of the Giresun Radio Amateur and Sports Club
are QRV with special event call TC10GITRAD until the end of 2019 to
celebrate the club's 10th anniversary.  QSL via bureau.

BELIZE, V3.  Will, AA4NC is QRV as V31NC from Placencia until March
13.  Activity is holiday style on 80 to 6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY
and possibly FT8.  This includes being a Single Op/All Band entry in
the upcoming ARRL International DX SSB contest.  QSL via EA5GL.  In
addition, George, W2AIV will also be QRV as V31GF from Placencia
from February 23 to March 2.  Activity will be on 40 and 20 meters,
and possibly 15 and 10 meters, using SSB with some CW and PSK31.
QSL via LoTW.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  The CQ 160-Meter SSB Contest, North
American RTTY QSO Party, North American Collegiate RTTY
Championship, NCCC RTTY Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC
Sprint CW Ladder, REF SSB Contest, UBA DX CW Contest, South Carolina
QSO Party, High Speed Club CW Contest, Classic Phone Exchange, SARL
Digital Contest and North Carolina QSO Party are all on tap for this
weekend.

The SKCC CW Sprint, UKEICC 80-Meter CW Contest, CWops Mini-CWT CW
Test, Phone Fray and The QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt are scheduled for
February 27.

The Canadian National Parks on the Air, CNPOTA, operating event runs
for the entire year of 2019, with special stations active from
Canada's parks and historic sites.

Please see February 2019 QST, page 91, and the ARRL and WA7BNM
Contest Web Sites for details.
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DX Bulletin 8  ARLD008
From ARRL Headquarters 
Newington CT  February 21, 2019
To all radio amateurs    

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[HCDX] Glenn Hauser logs February 20-21, 2019

** CUBA. 6100, Feb 21 at 0632, RHC English is S9+30 but modulation
spikes only, totally useless; wiggle that patchcord! // 6165 is S9+10,
OK modulation but with CCI, presumably NHK Arabic via France until
0630 not turned off yet; 6000 somewhat distorted; 6060 overmodulated
distorted. Somethings are always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX
LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 15700, Feb 21 at 1527, CRI Plus English relay is S9+30 of
dead air except for some lite crackle. Something`s always wrong at
RadioCuba (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GERMANY [non]. 15215, Feb 21 at *1600, annual broadcast of ``Radio
Amrum, the Frisian Voice`` via FRANCE, carrier on and soon sign-on in
English mentioning 500 kW, the edition for 2019 --- but the ``19`` was
clearly edited in, replacing ``18``, or even earlier! This is the
``tenth issue`` -- or was that referring to a previous year now being
played back? The following content certainly sounds familiar. It would
be nice if they could come up with new stuff, perhaps even some local
music breaks. The date is coordinated with a celebration on ??mrang
every Feb 21 at 5-6 pm, a bonfire of non-toxic, non-plastic materials
collected over previous months. Live coverage of this would be more
exciting!

Host introduces ``latest news`` at 1603 but then switches to German.
Several English bits interspersed are only brief, so for those not
fluent in German, much less Frisian, little is comprehensible, but
since this is such a special occasion I monitor the entire hour.

Mostly it`s an informal conversation among a woman and one or two men,
except at 1611 they seem to be reading a script. Apparently the host
only speaks (high) German and English, while most of the hour is in
the Frisian dialect. I wonder how well standard German speakers can
understand Frisian?

1604 English something about a ``special game`` and back to Frisian.
1625 English about happy birthday to a Mr. Peters who has been married
for 15 years. 1633 English about having made a trip to New York, also
in German about Australia, New Zealand; in Frisian about Las Vegas.

1639 break ID as on 15215 k-h-z from J?lich! How many years now has
the original DW site been kaput?? And times as 11 in NY, 17 M-E-Z;
``welcome from Amrum to New York``. 1645 talking about schnee (snow).

1659 apologizes for interrupting the conversation, but promises to be
back on Feb 21, 2020, 500 kW on 15215, ``to all Amrum exiles all over
the world, especially New York``. Also said earlier that more of them
live elsewhere in Germany than on the islands. Credits those
responsible for this annual broadcast, Ian (Eien?) Kursel? at 25946
Niebel, and two contact phone numbers repeated in English and German:
046822688 and 01704425007; inviting donations. 1659 dead air and 1700*

VG S9+20 signal here in deep North America, fading to S9. Simul-
monitoring via UTwente found it much weaker/poorer, too close to
Issoudun, skipping over, and worsening by 1642 check.

Via UTwente only, from the outset and further chex, there is scratchy
intermittent SSB ACI from some INTRUDERS. I do not manage to isolate
it, but seems to be USB, slightly from the lower side.

There is also constant tone-pulsing QRM underneath for the entire
hour, at the rate of approx. 7X per second. What is this? At times it
seems to fade independently, so jamming? Toward the end I find it
peaking about 0.5 kHz above and below 15215.0; it continues during the
brief dead air at conclusion, and goes off at exactly the same time as
carrier. So I conclude it`s a defect at Issoudun, not external
jamming, and not on the Amrum program audio either. Other monitors
were also hearing it. I alerted the WOR iog, British DX Club and Hard
-Core-DX an hour earlier, and will round up several resulting reports
in next DXLD.

Wolfgang Bueschel recorded most of it and also wonders about the
source of pulsing: ``steht auf der Box zum Anh?ren:
https://app.box.com/s/dlolfr18x2wr311e13qm800v6rvpeh6b
Kann mir mal jemand erl?utern woher dieses Bubble-Ger?usch pulsend
herkommt? 73 wb  df5sx``

This fine reception into deep North America demonstrates that even at
solarmin, any European broadcaster could serve us successfully on 19m
at our mid-mornings, but not a single station is willing to do so.
Remember when, sesquidecades ago, London Calling had a separate North
American service? I think it was on 11 metres then during solarmax
circa 1958!

15215 also had a JBA carrier before Amrum, at 1530 Feb 21 check, and
after it went off at 1700; nothing else whatsoever listed so maybe of
local origin (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** IVORY COAST [non]. 7375, Feb 21 at 0627, S9-S7 music and French ID
as ``Radio Mondiale Adventiste, La Voix de l`Esp?rance`` with Abidjan
postal address, also e-mail like lavoixdelesperance@yahoo.com then AWR
theme and plug Bible-par-correspondence course until 0630*.

HFCC shows 0600-0630, 250 kW, 162 degrees via FRANCE. Amusingly,
sandwiched between two imaginary entries on 7375: 0500-0600 Nauen in
Croatian; 0600-0800 Thumrait, Oman RSO in Arabic. Hey, how about
another imaginary 7375 entry in memory of RFPI Costa Rica? (Glenn
Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1970 monitoring: missed the 2200
openings, so unknown if WRMI made it on air in time this week, caught
the endings: Wednesday February 20 at 2227, S9+10 fading to S7 on WBCQ
7490+, now better than WRMI 9955, which is running 15 seconds ahead of
WBCQ. Also confirmed UT Thu Feb 21 at 0100 on WRMI 7780, poor S9-S7 vs
noise level. As usual, I hope that the 7780 emissions arrive much
better further east on 44 degree azimuth. Next:

0930 UT Friday    Unique  5045-LSB NSW ND
0729 UT Saturday  HLR     6190-CUSB Germany to WSW
1200 UT Saturday  Unique  5045-LSB NSW ND [alt weeks: March 2]
1230 UT Saturday  WRMI   *9955 to SSE
1531 UT Saturday  HLR     9485-CUSB Germany to WSW
2030vUT Saturday  WA0RCR  1860-AM MO non-direxional
2200 UT Saturday  WRMI   *9955 to SSE
0400vUT Sunday    WA0RCR  1860-AM [nominal 0415], ND
0830 UT Sunday    WRMI    5850 to NW, 5950 to WNW, 7730 to WNW
1130 UT Sunday    HLR     7265-CUSB Germany to WSW
2130 UT Sunday    WRMI    7780 to NE
0230 UT Monday    WRMI    5950 to WNW, 9395 to NNW
0400vUT Monday    WBCQ   *5130v Area 51 to WSW
0430 UT Monday    WRMI   *9955 to SSE
0930 UT Monday    Unique  5045-LSB NSW ND
2330 UT Monday    WRMI   *9955 to SSE
* also webcast; direct linx to these and many others at:

Complete WOR sked, all affiliates, satellite, webcast, AM&FM, podcast:
http://www.worldofradio.com/radioskd.html
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 13750-13755-13760, Feb 21 at 1421, WINB DRM on new
frequency, ex-13685-13695, why? Neither was on yesterday. Got to be
WINB with distinctive hybrid of DRM noise on the top half, multiple
non-DRM carriers on bottom half, which no one else seems to notice or
explain. 13690 was close, but not too close to Cuba 13700. 13755
center looks like a clear choice, but may be too close to Cuban FM
spurs when they surely resume. HFCC has nothing on 13755 but imaginary
English from Jakarta at 0800-0900; but adjacent 13750 could bear
something from MBR Nauen at 1330-1530, plus IBB Kuwait at 1630-1700 in
Swahili; and on adjacent 13760, imaginary VOR Moskva in Russian at
1200-1500 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1120, Feb 21 at 0008 UT, I`m trying again for definite
reception of KCRN, Limon CO now with 50 kW day power. On the DX-398,
KMOX is nulled and hearing English religious talk, but that could be
Austin. Simulmonitoring on R-75 with E-W longwire on 1060, I get //
audio just a reverb apart, i.e. KRCN Longmont CO, the sibling Catholic
Radio Network station. KRCN is also 50 kW day power but unlike KCRN
may continue at night with 111 or 105 watts, but none of that matters
since it also has a puny 92.1 FM translator. Paul Walker says 1120
also has a new 102.3 translator in Black Forest, which is near
Colorado Springs. 1120 should be putting equally bigsig into Denver
and CS, less so Pueblo further south.

Not enough 11520 signal to // WEWN. At 0013, 1120 fades in better when
I can tell it`s a Catholic Radio fundraiser, phone 888-447-2425 --- so
KCRN for sure, way out of their broad major lobe westward, here to the
SE (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1480, Feb 20 at 2218 UT on caradio, already hearing
Vietnamese from presumed KBXD Dallas QRMing closer KQAM Wichita
English talker. At 2229-2230+ Vietnamese talk now on DX-398, same slow
SAH between them as before; 2255 during Viet mentions ``C?mara de
Diputados``, i.e. Spanish name about the Mexican House of Reps!; 2257
break for legal English ID as ``KBXD, 1480-AM, Dallas`` and back to
VV.

Tim Hendel in AL had been trying to confirm via webcast, KBXD in
Vietnamese instead of ng??i T?y Ban Nha (espa?ol), but was hearing
Banda Trece programming. I too found a webcast attributed to KBXD but
with Banda Trece, so not really what was on the 1480 air! Tim agrees
this was probably the case. Meanwhile, I was wondering if the Viet I
had been hearing could have been from KLVL Houston market, which has
had Vietnamese in past, mainly Spanish now? But the bigsig vs KQAM has
been typical of KBXD, whatever the programming language.

2359 recheck, Vietnamese still audible in mix on 1480. Feb official
SR/SS times are 1315/0015 UT; March: 1245/0030. At night KBXD must cut
from 50 to 1.9 kW on a similar pattern with major lobe to NW, but a
notch NNW toward us. We are still wondering if KBXD now be 100%
Vietnamese, or what? Someones in The Metroplex could easily check this
out (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 17775, Thu Feb 21 at 1530, 1616 & 1700 chex, still no signal
from KVOH now off the air for a week, awaiting a replacement part
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 1922 UT February 21
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quinta-feira, 21 de fevereiro de 2019

[HCDX] Glenn Hauser logs February 19-20, 2019

** CUBA. 6100, Feb 20 at 0648, RHC English continues reactive here,
but distorted; undermodulated on 6000 & 6165, and just right on 6060.
Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING
DIGEST)

** CUBA. 13671.713, Feb 20 at 1437, JBA music, first suspect being RHC
13700 spur, 28.3 kHz away, but not //. Is there one on the opposite
side? 13728.294, also close to 28.3 with no modulation audible. Can
such a spur contain different audio from source? Or maybe on a single
receiver, music stopped as I retuned. These are not the huge FM spurs
which are sporadically provided by 13700. Nearest fundamental is 13670
CRI French via Albania, but not much heard of that. At 1514 I check
again, finding JBA carriers on 13671.7 and 13727.7, not matching
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 13779.289, Feb 20 at 1445, RHC S9+10 knocked way off-
frequency again today. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser,
OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUATEMALA.
4055, Feb 20 at 0656, S9+10 open carrier/dead air as
TGAV must not have turned off transmitter after normal sign-off circa
0612 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** ROMANIA. 9485-9490-9495, Feb 19 at 2245, DRM noise, scheduled 22-23
as RRI in Spanish, 90 kW at 247 degrees from Tsiganeshti site to CIRAF
14 = northern Argentina & Chile, southern Bolivia. I never see DX
reports from anyone in the Southern Cone listening in DRM, so how many
listeners can RRI possibly count on? Not to be confused with Cuban
jamming often extending beyond the later Radio Rep?blica hours via
France on 9490 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 12035.0, Feb 20 at 1428, VOT not very off-frequency, but
still on air following English, with IS and ID break in presumed
Kazakh. Keeps going past 1430 timesignal, opening presumed Kazakh,
finally cut off circa 1431. I then swoop to 9785 where Kazakh should
have been already and do hear a JBA carrier there (Glenn Hauser, OK,
DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K. 3950-3955-3960, Feb 20 at 0658, DRM noise at S9+10 usurping a
stretch of our ``80 meter`` hamband, which is of course BBCWS in
English, scheduled 0559-0700 only, 100 kW, 114 degrees from Woofferton
for Western Europe, but plenty signal back this way (Glenn Hauser, OK,
DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 13565-CW, Feb 20 at 1433, K6FRC beacon, Patterson CA, is
JBA, but quite stronger at 1515. I patrol the 13550-13570 ISM/HIFER
band almost every day, but K6FRC not heard since Dec 19; even longer
since I`ve heard any others (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1970 monitoring: barely confirmed
first SW broadcast, Tuesday February 19 at 2033 on WRMI 7780, JBA via
PL-880 portable. Slept thru as usual the Wed 0930 & 1030 airings.
Next:

2200 UT Wednesday WRMI   *9955 to SSE
2200 UT Wednesday WBCQ   *7490v to WSW
0100 UT Thursday  WRMI    7780 to NE
0930 UT Friday    Unique  5045-LSB NSW ND
0729 UT Saturday  HLR     6190-CUSB Germany to WSW
1200 UT Saturday  Unique  5045-LSB NSW ND [alt weeks: March 2]
1230 UT Saturday  WRMI   *9955 to SSE
1531 UT Saturday  HLR     9485-CUSB Germany to WSW
2030vUT Saturday  WA0RCR  1860-AM MO non-direxional
2200 UT Saturday  WRMI   *9955 to SSE
0400vUT Sunday    WA0RCR  1860-AM [nominal 0415], ND
0830 UT Sunday    WRMI    5850 to NW, 5950 to WNW, 7730 to WNW
1130 UT Sunday    HLR     7265-CUSB Germany to WSW
2130 UT Sunday    WRMI    7780 to NE
0230 UT Monday    WRMI    5950 to WNW, 9395 to NNW
0400vUT Monday    WBCQ   *5130v Area 51 to WSW
0430 UT Monday    WRMI   *9955 to SSE
0930 UT Monday    Unique  5045-LSB NSW ND
2330 UT Monday    WRMI   *9955 to SSE
* also webcast; direct linx to these and many others at:

Complete WOR sked, all affiliates, satellite, webcast, AM&FM, podcast:
http://www.worldofradio.com/radioskd.html
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 13685-13690-13695, Wed Feb 20 at 1430, no WINB DRM today,
missing again (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15555-USB, Feb 20 at 1445, WJHR manages S8 signal of gospel
huxter, best heard in a while (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 17775, Feb 20 at 1507 & 1545, still no signal from KVOH, at
midweek. (Nor any from 17780 BBC Ascension) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX
LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 660, KCRO Omaha: Paul Walker explains why I did not hear
them mentioning 106.5 translator: ``They are moving the fm translator
on 106.5 for KCRO to 106.7 in Lincoln as K294DJ where it?ll still
rebroadcast KCRO`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1120, Feb 20 at 0027 UT, I`m seeking the new 50 kW daytimer
in Limon CO, KCRN, ex-KLIM, which Paul Walker in Laramie reported
finally activating CP a few days ago at quarter-power for starters.
Official FCC sunset for Feb is 0030 UT, so this should be my best
chance for it, after the 10 kW Okie KETU is off; and it`s close to a
right angle from KMOX for easy nulling. However, KCRN pattern is broad
to the west, null to the east; and there is another 1120 normally
audible here around SR/SS, KTXW Manor TX (Austin).

In fact that`s what I mainly hear with KMOX nulled, ``Austin`s
Christian talk, The Bridge`` --- alluding to the one that`s batty?? By
0029 underneath I hear a song, maybe hymn, so quickly compare on same
DX-398 to 1060 where there is KRCN Longmont (Denver), 50 kW daytimer,
another Catholic station, but will they really be simulcasting? Could
be // in brief bit. And nothing more from it after 0030.

KCRN is also designed to reach Denver past sparsely-populated eastern
CO plains. I will have an even worse chance at KCRN sunrise *1345 vs
KETU, KMOX et al. In March, KRCN span will be 1315-0100 UT (which of
course must stay the same UT after DST start already March 10). KRCN &
KCRN are in fact sibling stations, as the related calls imply, both
licensed to Catholic Radio Network --- so why do they need two 50 kW
Denver-market stations?? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 2394-, Feb 20 at 0703 UT, sounds like CW negative keying
in repeating pattern, but I can`t invert my brain to copy it. I.e.,
tone during pauses, no tone during dits or dahs. Or possibly a local
device cycling (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 2940.14, Feb 20 at 0700 UT, JBA carrier seems to be real
rather than receiver overload. Merits further pursuit, possibly second
harmonic from an off-frequency MW 1470+ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX
LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 5010-USB, Feb 20 at 0654, very poor 2-way in French,
certainly an unusual language for such (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING
DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 13618-13640, Feb 20 at 1435, rapid over-the-horizon
radar clicking, wonder from where? Seldom hear these any more,
probably primarily due to pitiful propagation (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX
LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1742 UT February 20
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segunda-feira, 18 de fevereiro de 2019

OPDX Bulletin 1403 February 18, 2019

OPDX Bulletin 1403 February 18, 2019
The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1403
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February 18, 2019
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Written/Sent from Strongsville, Ohio

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F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, G3XTT, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News,
I2MQP & DX Italia News, JH1NBN, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Sixitalia Weekly,
TA1HZ and VA3RJ & ICPO for the following DX information.

** EDITOR'S SPECIAL NOTICE: This week's bulletin was sent out earlier
   than normal to accommodate the late ARRL DX CW Contest announcements.
   Also, we wanted to provide the readers with a consolidated listing
   of the ARRL DX CW Contest participants.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
week of Friday, 8th/February, through Friday, 15th/February there were
211 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3C, 3D2, 3DA, 3V,
3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5X, 5Z, 6Y, 7X, 8P, 8Q,
9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A2, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY,
C3, C5, C6, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D4, DL, DU, E4,
E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ,
F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH,
HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J7, 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, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ5, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, S0, S5,
S7, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TY, TZ, UA, UA2,
UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK0M, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V,
VP5, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XW, XX9, XZ, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV,
Z2, Z3, Z6, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS

* PLEASE NOTE: The report "could" contain "Pirate/SLIM" operations or
  more likely a "BUSTED CALLSIGN". As always, you never know - "Work
  First Worry Later".

2019 AAW. The 16th Antarctic Activity Week (AAW) takes place between
February 16-24th. For more details and a complete list of participating
stations see:  http://www.waponline.it/antarctic-activity-week/aaw-2019

3D2, FIJI. Heli, DD0VR, (along with XYL Bigi, DE3BWR) who was active as
C6A/DD0VR from the Bahamas during January and February 2nd, informed OPDX
that he has received his Fiji license. Look for Heli to sign as 3D2VR
between September 2-9th, and September 23-27th. Activity will be on
various HF bands (80-6m). QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the
Bureau. ADDED NOTE: Heli will also be active from Samoa (5W) between
September 9-16th and Tonga (A3) between September 16-21st. They are
currently waiting for the licenses.

3W, VIETNAM (Reminder). Jean-Pierre, F6CTF, will be active as 3W9JF from
two different locations in Vietnam between February 19th and April 6th.
His schedule is as follows:
      February 19th-March 6th -- From Phu Quoc Island (AS-128)
      March 16th-April 6th    -- From Hoi An
Activity will be on 80/40/20/17 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via EA5GL
or eQSL.

3Y0I BOUVET DXPEDITION NEWS. Again nothing has been posted on any of the
3Y0I media Web pages during the past three weeks. Last post was on January
25th. It has been very quiet.
  The DX community continues to be anxious for this DXpedition to take
place. Nothing else to report this week and no other details. Departure
dates are still not known. It is still a mystery... 
  If things change, we will send out a special bulletin. Remember, it
takes 12 days to get to Bouvet from South Africa, and they plan to stay
on the island for at least 2 weeks if the weather cooperates. The 3Y0I
DXpedition's band plan ­ frequencies (160-6m) and modes (CW/SSB/FT8)
can be found at:       https://www.rebeldxgroup.com
                       https://bouvetoya.org/3yoi-bandplan
  QSL via ClubLog's OQRS (preferred), LoTW or via 3Z9DX. For more details
and updates, we suggest to watch the following Web pages:
                              https://bouvetoya.org
                           https://www.rebeldxgroup.com
                      http://jouban.jp/3y0i_ja (For JA stations)
                      https://www.facebook.com/bouvetoya.org
                      https://www.facebook.com/rebeldxgroup
                         https://twitter.com/Bouvetoyaorg

9U, BURUNDI (Reminder/Update). Shabu, M0KRI, is now in Burundi and is
expected to be on the air as 9U4RI until February 25th. He will be in
Bujumbura City until February 18th and spend the remaining 7 days away
from the civilization in the Heha Mountains. Activity will be on 40-10
meters, including the WARC-79 bands, using CW, SSB, and PSK31. His equip-
ment consists of an ICOM 706Mk2G & a Kenwood TS480SAT into Spiderbeam.
QSL via M0KRI, direct, LoTW and ClubLog.

9U, BURUNDI. Shabu, M0KRI, will be active as 9U4RI from Burundi between
February 15-25th, 2019. Activity will be on 40/30/20/17/15/10 meters
using CW, SSB and PSK31. Shabu states, "Look out mostly around 14.222
kHz for voice and very lower end of 40m and 20m for CW. I will be more
active on CW than on voice." QSL via M0KRI direct.

C5, THE GAMBIA (Update). Don, G3XTT, will be in The Gambia from March
5-12th. He will mainly operate in the RSGB Commonwealth Contest over the
weekend of March 9-10th. The callsign will be C56DF, and Don hopes to do
some operating before and after the contest. This will be a CW only oper-
ation, low power (IC-7300 and wires) from a rooftop apartment. It is
unlikely there will be space for 80 or 160m antennas, but Don hopes to
use the trip to recce possible opportunities for a larger operation
later in the year or early next year. He will, of course, upload logs
to LoTW and ClubLog, but possibly only after his return to the UK. QSL
direct to Don's home callsign or via ClubLog's OQRS.

C6, BAHAMAS. Operators Tom/N1GN and William/NE1B will be active as C6ANM
from Nassau (NA-001, FL15) during the ARRL International DX CW Contest
(February 16-17th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via LoTW.

CR3/CT9, MADEIRA ISLANDS. Operators Ulrich/DJ2YA, Tom/DL5LYM, Hans/DL5WS
and Frank/DL8WAA will be active as CR3W from Santana, Madeira Island
(AF-014) during the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 16-17th)
as a Multi-Single entry. QSL CR3W via DL5AXX, OQRS (see QRZ.com) or LoTW.
Look for operators to be active outside of the contest as CT9/homecall
on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via their home callsigns.

D4, CAPE VERDE. Operators Helmut/DF7EE, Andrea/HB9DUR, Marco/IK2LFF,
Kris/YL3JA and Ljubomir/YU5EEA will be active as D4C from Cape Verde
Island during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 30-31st) as Multi-Op entry.
Operators HB9DUR and YU5EEA are YOTA members. QSL info: http://d4c.cc/qsl

DU, PHILIPPINES. Press, N6SS, will be active as DU6/N6SS during the CQWW
WPX SSB Contest (March 30-31st) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (80m) entry.
QSL via his home callsign.

E5, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS (Update). Hans-Martin, DK2HM, will be active as
E51HMK from Rarotonga Island (OC-013) [on the north-west side of the
island], South Cook Islands between March 14-22nd. Activity will be
holiday style on 80-10 meters using mainly SSB, but also Digital modes
(FT8). Equipment will be an Icom IC-706MK2G with a HLA300+PA into a
Windom Dipole (80-10m) and an EFHW 80-10 longwire by "MyAntennas". QSL
via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau, LoTW, ClubLog's OQRS or
eQSL. For more details and updates, see:  http://southcook2019.com
Also watch Twitter at:     https://twitter.com/@e51hmk

E5, NORTH AND SOUTH COOK ISLANDS. Operators Dagmar/DM7PQ, and Rainer/DL1AUZ
will be active as E51NPQ and E51AUZ, respectively, during March and April.
Activity will be from the following scheduled islands:
       March  9-11th -- Rarotonga Island (OC-013), South Cook Islands
       March 13-25th -- Manihiki Island (OC-014), North Cook Islands
       March 27-31st -- Aitutaki Island (OC-083), South Cook Islands
       April  2-11th -- Rarotonga Island (OC-013), South Cook Islands
  Activity will be holiday style on various HF bands. QSL via their
home callsigns. Watch QRZ.com for possible updates.

FK, NEW CALEDONIA (Reminder). Arnaud, JG1XMV, will once again be active
as FK/JG1XMV from New Caledonia between February 23rd and March 10th. He
will have his friend Yves, FK4RD, again with him. His activity will be
from Grand Terre Island (OC-032), but may also visit Lifou (OC-033) and
Mare (OC-033) islands during his stay. Operations will be on 40/20/17/15
meters SSB. QSL via home call direct, LoTW and eQSL.

FR, REUNION ISLAND. As this was being written, Vlad, UA4WHX, was active
as FR/UA4WHX from Reunion Island (AF-016). He says his QTH is a remote
site (1500m ASL) in the Belouve National Park (Gite de Belouve). As
always, the length of his stay is unknown. Look for activity to be on
40/30/20/17 meters using mostly CW with some SSB. QSL via UA4WHX.

FY, FRENCH GUIANA. Operators Didier/FY5FY, Herve/F5HRY and Laurent/F6FVY
will be active as FY5KE from French Guiana during the ARRL International
DX CW Contest (February 16-17th) as a Multi-Single/Low-Power entry. QSL
via LoTW or direct via FY1FL.

HB0, LIECHTENSTEIN. Two members of the AFVL (Amateurfunk Verein Liechten-
stein) will be active as HB0A from a mountain location 1500m ASL (which
is covered with more than one meter of snow) in Liechtenstein during the
ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 16-17th) as a Multi-Single/
High-Power entry. Operators mentioned are Rens/PA3FGA and Aurelio/PC5A.
QSL via LoTW.

HI, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. David, WJ2O, is now active as WJ2O/HI3 from Puerta
Plata in the Dominican Republic (NA-096) until February 20th. Activity
will be on various HF bands, including an entry in the ARRL International
DX CW Contest (February 16-17th). QSL via N2ZN or LoTW.

HQ/HR, HONDURAS. Dennis, W1UE, will be active as HQ9X during the ARRL
International DX CW Contest (February 16-17th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/
High-Power/Assisted entry. Also, operators Dennis/W1UE and Radoslav/N2WQ
will be active  as HQ9X during the CQWW 160m SSB Contest (February 22-24th).
QSL HQ9X via KQ1F or W1UE. Operators will be active outside of the contest
signing homecall/HR9, and will be there between February 13-26th. QSL via
their home callsigns.

IOTA NEWS..............
  NA-049.  Jean, VE2FDJ, will be active as 5J0JC from Providencia Island,
           Colombia, between February 15-27th. Activity will be on 80/40/
           20/6 meters using SSB. QSL via VE2FDJ, direct or by the Bureau.

  SA-071.  Junior, PY2ZA, who was expected to be active as ZY2FM from
           Moela Island (DIB SP-06 and DFB SP-07) and the Lighthouse
           (ARLHS BRA-043 and WLOTA 1335) during the American Lighthouses
           Weekend (February 14-17th), had to cancel his operation due to
           "Conditions for approaching the island remain dangerous and
           have not been authorized.."

  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......

MJ, JERSEY. Kazu, JK3GAD, will once again be active as MJ0CFW from Jersey
(EA-013) between March 15-17th. Look for activity in the Russian DX Contest
(March 16-17th). In the contest he will sign MJ5Z. QSL via LoTW, M0CFW or
via the OQRS (ClubLog).

OPDX MAILING LIST (Reminder). The "new" OPDX Mailing List is back up and
running! Details on how to subscribe/unsubscribe are at the bottom of
this bulletin. PLEASE pass the word around.... Thanks and 73 de Tedd KB8NW

PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (February 18-24th).......
 Feb/18th AN      Feb/21st  HN     Feb/23rd  AN
 Feb/19th HN      Feb/22nd  AN     Feb/24th  AN
 Feb/20th HN

   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

    Meanwhile, check out the following Web sites:
     * VOACAP predication Web page at:  http://www.voacap.com/hf
           and      http://www.voacap.com/prediction.html
     * 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
     * Graphic propagation tool by DR2W: http://www.dr2w.de/dx-propagation
     * Point to point propagation at: http://www.predtest.uk/p2p.html
     * Realtime propagation at: http://www.predtest.uk
     * Also on Twitter: https://twitter.com/@GiellaW4hm
 QSL INFO AND NEWS...................
  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX by Lothar, DL1SBF  
  -------------------------------------------------------------------------
  AO8WRD via EA3RKF (d/e)   EA5/PA7LEO via PA7LEO     PY0F via PY7RP (O/L)
  C6AGU via HA7RY           ED2C via EA2CJ            R30AFC via R1AC
  CT9/DL5WS via DL5WS       FM/OE3GEA via OE3GEA      RI1ANX via RK1PWA
  CT9/OM7LW via OM7LW (e)   FR/UA4WHX via UA4WHX      V31HE via DL1DA
  DM775FLD via DM6RAC       JD1BOW via JA0JHQ & (L)   VP2MKG via K5KG & (L)
  DR70BAL via DC2CW         OE3LZA via OE1LZA         YR0WL via YO9KPB
  DR7B via DL2AGB           OO5Z via ON5AZ
  EA5/G3XGS via G3XGS (d)   PJ2/WI9WI via WI9WI

  (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        (NB) No Bureau

  QSLS RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 9G5AR, 9LY1JM, AH7C, CT1BWU, DK1WU, DL8SCG,
  H33J, HC1MD/2, HH2AA, JH1LZU, P49X, PD1BHZ, PJ4P, RA3RKA, SN7Q, SP7AID,
  SP7HOV, TA2K, TK0C, TM16AAW, VK0AI, VO2AAA, XE1EE and ZS6BQI

  QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 5Z4LS, D41CV, ET3AA, FG8OJ, HV0A, J8NY, OD5ZZ,
  R18GER, R18TUN, RC18RO, RI0B (AS-121), TZ4AM, VP6D, XF1F (NA-124),
  YI3WHR and Z81D

  QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: NONE TO REPORT THIS WEEK!!!
  --- We would like to see more QSL Bureaus (such as AS/US/SA/AF.. etc)
       send in their info....

T2, TUVALU (Update). Antoine, 3D2AG, will be active as T2AR from Funafuti
Island (OC-015) between February 22-27th. Activity will be focused on
the low bands (including 160m). QSL via 3D2AG (PayPal). Only paper logs
will be used. NO LoTW or eQSL please. Digimode QSOs will be uploaded to
QRZ.com after the expedition. Watch QRZ.com for updates. ADDED NOTE:
Antoine states, "We have setup Tili, T2AT, to be active on FT8 mode,
so please look out for his call on the bands!"

T31EU KANTON ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS. Just a reminder that the T31EU team
from Kanton Island (OC-043) will be active between February 16th and
March 5th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and some FT8.
QSL via DL2AWG or ClubLog's OQRS. For more details and updates, see:
                          http://www.kanton2019.de

TC10, TURKEY (Special Event). Members of the Giresun Amateur Radio Society
(GITRAD - Giresun Telsiz Radyo Amatorleri ve Doga Sporlari Dernegi) are
celebrating its 10th anniversary with the special callsign TC10GITRAD.
It will be on the air until December 31st, 2019. The log will be uploaded
to eQSL and LoTW regularly. For any mis-copied callsigns, please send an
E-mail to TA7AZC (QRZ.com recorded). No cards are required at this end
and if you need a hardcopy QSL card, please send it direct to TA7AZC
(w/SASE+3GS).

VP9, BERMUDA. Kurt, W6PH, will once again be active as VP9/W6PH for the
ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 16-17th) as a Single-Op/All-
Band/Low-Power entry. He will leave the island on February 19th. Activity
outside of the contest will only be on CW on all bands (except WARC) with
100 watts (IC7000) and low antennas (25 feet). QSL only direct to his
home callsign W6PH.

XQ, CHILE. Nicolas, XQ1KZ, will be active from Antofagasta during the
ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 16-17th) as a Single-Op/
Single-Band (40m) entry. QSL via XQ1KZ.

XX9D MACAO DXPEDITION NEWS. The XX9D team is once again active from Grand
Coloane Resort, Macao (AS-075), until February 26th. Activity will be on
160-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL via DL4SVA, LoTW or Club-
Log's OQRS. For more details and updates, see:   http://xx9d.mydx.de
  The following Press Release was posted on February 13th [edited]:
XX9D is QRV! -- This DXpedition was possible by the great help of the
management and staff of Grand Coloane Resort, the CTT authorities and
Bom, XX9LT.
  All team members including the baggage arrived well in Macau at Sunday-
afternoon, February 10th. The team has fixed the complete station setup
and all antennas within 24 hours. The successful inspection of CTT was
on February 11th. So we were able to be on the air around 10 UTC the same
day. After 48 hours of operation we have around 6500 QSOs in the log. So,
this is a good starting point.  A first log update to club log was made
today. Still a few FT8-QSOs from F/H-mode are missing in the log. Sorry
about the confusion with the pile-ups of V84SAA sometimes.
  Remember it is difficult to find a good place for ham radio in Macau.
We had to follow the restrictions of the hotel and the nearby golf-rang.
That means limited space for antennas. All antennas were installed above
the 8th store of the hotel-building. We are able to use only 30m length
of the railing there. (see picture on our homepage)
  For 160 and 80 m we are using wire verticals on 18 m high Spiderbeam
poles with elevated radials. On 40 m we have a vertical as well, on 30m
we are using a delta-loop. Unfortunately there are no receiving antennas
possible. Noise level is high on all low bands.  Our new wire beam from
LZ-Antennas works fine on all five higher bands 20 ­ 10 m.
  We have made a detailed propagation tool for the difficult parts of the
world via SP and LP from here. On FT8 we are also using the F/H-mode.
Please check our new actual frequencies. (7070, 14079, 18105, 21079,
24920 …)
  In CW we recommend for outside US stations 1-3 kHz up and for US stations
2-3 kHz up splitting. Please don’t call only 1 up. North America has by
the way our highest priority. On 160m the highest allowed transmit -
frequency for us is 1825 kHz.
  Macau has an interesting Portuguese history and also the status as an
world culture heritage. As You know we have 6 wives of operators with us.
They take the opportunity to visit the places of interest of this tourist
crowded city. Next days they plan to visit HongKong and probably China-
mainland.

XZ, MYANMAR. Yuki, JH1NBN, informs OPDX that he makes frequent trips back
and forth from Myanmar and Japan but they are unpredictable. By the time
you read this, he will be back in Japan, but will be back very soon.
However, Yuki has received a license, XZ2C, which will let him operate
on 15/12/10/6 meters on all modes but must run QRP (25w). QSL via his
home callsign. ADDED NOTE: He also mentioned that he hopes to activate
Nepal (9N7BN) and Mongolia (JT) within the next 2-3 months. Stay tuned!

YASME NEWS (Press Release, dated February 13th). THE YASME FOUNDATION
ANNOUNCES ELECTION OF A NEW DIRECTOR -- The Board of Directors of The
Yasme Foundation is pleased to announce that it has elected James Brooks,
9V1YC, as the newest Yasme Foundation Director.
  James was first licensed in the United States in September 1978 but
has been active for the last 30 years as 9V1YC in Singapore. A BSEE
graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, James owns a television
post-production company based in Singapore that produces for networks
such as Discovery, National Geographic, and HBO Asia. He's been a com-
petitor at WRTC and led several DXpeditions to remote areas of the world,
some of which are documented in a series of videos he's been making since
1997. James is on the council of the Singapore Amateur Radio Transmitting
Society, a co-founder of the Asia-Pacific Sprint, and a member of the
CQ DX Hall of Fame.
  The Yasme Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation organized to
support scientific and educational projects related to amateur radio,
including DXing (long distance communication) and the introduction and
promotion of amateur radio in developing countries. For additional infor-
mation about The Yasme Foundation, visit our website at www.yasme.org.
  Ward Silver, N0AX, President
  The Yasme Foundation

  Board of Directors:
  Ward Silver, N0AX, President and Director
  Ken Claerbout, K4ZW, Vice President, Secretary, Director
  Rusty Epps, W6OAT, Director and Treasurer
  Fred Laun, K3ZO, Director
  Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T, Director
  Martti Laine, OH2BH, Director
  Bob Vallio, W6RGG, Director
  Marty Woll, N6VI, Director

ZL, NEW ZEALAND. Operators Mark/ZL3AB, Geoff/ZL3GA and Phil/ZL3PAH will
use the "Quake Contesters" callsign ZL3X during the ARRL International
CW Contest (February 16-17th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via LoTW, ClubLog
or direct to ZL3PAH. No Bureau.

ZR2, SOUTH AFRICA. Uli, DM5EE, will be active as ZR2A from Port Elizabeth
during the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 16-17thth) as a
Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via LoTW or DM5EE.

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       The following stations are expected to be active in the
       ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 16-17th, 2019)
--------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Thanks to Bill, NG3K, for providing OPDX readers with the following
consolidated listing of the participants in the 2019 ARRL DX CW 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/adxc2019.html  (By callsign)
          http://www.ng3k.com/Misc/adxcd2019.html (By entity)
For the complete set of rules, see:  http://www.arrl.org/arrl-dx
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 Contest        DXCC          Class         QSL
Callsign       Entity                       Route
------------------------------------------------------------------------
3V8SF          Tunisia        SOSB 160M     LoTW; QSL via LX1NO
8P1W           Barbados       SOAB          KU9C
8P5A           Barbados       SOAB HP       LoTW; QSL via HA1AG
AH2R           Guam           M/?           LoTW
C6ANM          Bahamas        M/S           LoTW
CO9AAA         Cuba           SO            CM1WM
CR3DX          Madeira        M/2           OM2VL; QSL via (OM-B/d)
CR3W           Madeira        M/S           DL5AXX
CT9ABR         Madeira        SO LP         OZ2I
EF9Z          Ceuta & Melilla SO            LoTW; QSL via EA5KB
FY/DK9PY       French Guiana  SO            DK9PY
FY5KE          French Guiana  M/S           LoTW; QSL via FY1FL (d)
GM5A           Scotland       M/2           LoTW
HB0A           Liechtenstein  M/S           LoTW
HC1DW          Ecuador        SO            W0OR
HH2AA          Haiti          SOAB LP       LoTW
HQ9X           Honduras       SOAB          KQ1F or W1UE
JD1BOW         Ogasawara      SO            JA0JHQ
KL2A           USA            SOAB HP       KL2A
KP2B        US Virgin Islands SO LP         EB7DX
KP4/N5NHJ      Puerto Rico    SO
LN8W           Norway         M/?           LoTW; QSL via LA9VDA
MM1E           Scotland       SOAB HP       MM1E
NP4Z           Puerto Rico    SO HP
P40E           Aruba          M/2           TBA
P40W           Aruba          SOAB          LoTW; QSL via N2MM (d)(NB)
PJ4A           Bonaire        M/2           K4BAI
PJ5/N6YEU Saba & St Eustatius SO
PJ6A      Saba & St Eustatius M/S           LoTW; QSL via N4NX
PY0F      Fernando de Noronha M/2           LoTW; QSL via PY7RP (d/C)
SN6O           Poland         SO            LoTW; QSL via SP6PAZ (B)
T48K           Cuba           M/2           DK1WI
TI7W           Costa Rica     SOAB HP       W4FS
TO8T           Martinique     SOAB HP       LoTW; QSL via K8BKM (d/C)
V26M        Antigua & Barbuda SO            W3HNK
V31FO          Belize         SO            (C)
V3T            Belize         M/S           LoTW; QSL via WC0W
V4/W3UL     St. Kitts & Nevis SO LP         LoTW; QSL ia W3UL (B/d)
VE3VSM/HR9     Honduras       SO            LoTW; QSL via VE3VSM
VP2MSS         Montserrat     M/?           K1QX
VP5K           Turks & Caicos M/?           LoTW; QSL via K0PC
VP9/W6PH       Bermuda        SOAB LP       LoTW; QSL via W6PH (d)
WJ2O/HI3   Dominican Republic               LoTW; QSL via N2ZN
XQ1KZ          Chile          SOSB 40M      XQ1KZ
YS1/AA4NC      El Salvador    SO            LoTW; QSL via EA5GL
YV1KK          Venezuela      SOAB HP       LoTW
ZF1A           Cayman Islands M/S           LoTW; QSL via K6AM (B/d)
ZL3X           New Zealand    M/2           (C)
ZR2A           South Africa   SOAB          LoTW; QSL via DM5EE
  (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        (NB) No Bureau

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sexta-feira, 15 de fevereiro de 2019

ARLD007 DX news


ARLD007 DX news

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
CO3JK, EA4NF, W1UE, The Daily DX, The OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News,
DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and
WA7BNM web sites.  Thanks to all.

MONACO, 3A.  Philippe, EA4NF is QRV as 3A/EA4NF until February 18.
Activity is on 20 meters, and mainly on various FM and SSB
satellites.  QSL via LoTW.

BURUNDI, 9U
.  Shabu, M0KRI is QRV as 9U4RI until February 25. 
Activity is on 40 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and PSK31.  QSL direct
to home call.

TAIWAN, BV.  Yosuke, JJ1DQR will be QRV as BW/JJ1DQR from Taipei,
IOTA AS-020, until February 19.  Activity is on the HF bands.  QSL
to home call.

THE GAMBIA, C5.  Alan, G4DJX will be QRV as C5DX from February 16 to
23 while here with a group of students.  Activity will be in his
spare time on 40 to 10 meters using only CW.  QSL direct to home
call.

CUBA, CO.  Members of the Group CW of Cuba will be QRV as CO9AAA
from Pinar del Rio in the ARRL International DX CW contest.  QSL via
CM1WM.

CAPE VERDE, D4.  Philip, HB9HFD will be QRV as D44TAQ from Sao
Vicente, IOTA AF-086, from February 17 to 22.  Activity will be on
40 to 10 meters using various digital modes.  QSL via LoTW.

CEUTA AND MELILLA, EA9.  Jorge, EA9LZ will be QRV as EF9Z from Ceuta
during the ARRL International DX CW contest as a Single Op entry.
QSL via LoTW.

HONDURAS, HR.  Dennis, W1UE is QRV as either HQ9X or W1UE/HR9 from
Roatan Island, IOTA NA-057, until February 26.  He will be active as
HQ9X in the ARRL International DX CW contest and the upcoming CQ
World Wide 160 Meter SSB contest.  Activity includes being on 160
and 80 meters during his evening hours, as well as 60 meters.  QSL
via KQ1F.

OGASAWARA, JD1.  Nobu, JA0JHQ is QRV as JD1BOW from Chichijima, IOTA
AS-031, until February 18, with a focus on the ARRL International DX
CW contest.  QSL to home call.

SABA, ST. EUSTATIUS, PJ5.  Operators K4UEE, K5AC, NM1Y and WC4X are
QRV as PJ6/home calls from Jolieville, Saba Island, IOTA NA-145,
until February 18.  Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB,
RTTY and possibly FT8.  They will be active as PJ6A in the ARRL
International DX CW contest as a Multi Single/Low Power entry.  QSL
to home calls, and PJ6A via N4NX.

FERNANDO DE NORONHA, PY0F.  A group of operators are QRV as PY0F
until February 18.  Activity is mainly on the low bands using CW,
SSB and FT8.  This includes being an entry in the ARRL International
DX CW contest.  QSL direct to PY7RP.

CENTRAL KIRIBATI, T31.  A group of operators will be QRV as T31EU
from Kanton Island, IOTA OC-043, from February 16 to March 5.
Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various
digital modes with three stations active.  QSL via DL2AWG.

VIET NAM, XV.  Andy, DL3YM plans to be QRV as XV9YM from Ho Chi Minh
City from February 16 to March 18.  Activity will be in his spare
time on 40 to 10 meters using only CW.  QSL to home call.

NEW ZEALAND, ZL.  Jacky, ZL3CW will be QRV as ZM1A from Tauranga in
the ARRL International DX CW contest as a Single Op entry.  QSL to
home call.

SOUTH AFRICA, ZS.  Uli, DM5EE plans to be QRV as ZR2A from Port
Elizabeth in the ARRL International DX CW contest as a Single Op/All
Band entry.  QSL to home call.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  The ARRL International DX CW Contest,
NCCC RTTY Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC Sprint CW Ladder,
SARL Youth Day 40-Meter SSB Sprint, Russian PSK World Wide Contest,
Feld Hell Sprint and the AWA Amplitude Modulation QSO Party will
certainly keep contesters busy this weekend.

The Run for the Bacon QRP CW Contest is scheduled for February 18.

The CWops Mini-CWT Test, Phone Fray and QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt are
scheduled for February 20.

The AGCW 80-Meter Semi-Automatic CW Key Evening is scheduled for
February 21.

The Canadian National Parks on the Air, CNPOTA, operating event runs
for the entire year of 2019, with special stations active from
Canada's parks and historic sites.

Please see February 2019 QST, page 91, and the ARRL and WA7BNM
Contest Web Sites for details.
_______________________________________________
ZCZC AE07
QST de W1AW 
DX Bulletin 7  ARLD007
From ARRL Headquarters 
Newington CT  February 14, 2019
To all radio amateurs  

ARRL Web site memberlist@www.arrl.org

ARLP007 Propagation de K7RA

ARLP007 Propagation de K7RA

Another week passed with no sunspots, and as of February 14 it has
been over two weeks since any sunspots were observed, the last on
January 30. February 7 through 13 saw average daily solar flux
decline from 71.1 to 70.4, compared to the previous seven days.
Geomagnetic indices were lower, with average daily planetary A index
declining from 11.6 to 8.1, and average mid-latitude A index going
from 8 to 6.1. Lower geomagnetic activity is generally good for HF
propagation.

Predicted solar flux over the next 45 days is 70 on February 15-21,
72 on February 22-25, 71 on February 26 through March 9, 70 and 71
on March 10-11, 72 on March 12-24, and 71 on March 25-31.

Predicted planetary A index is 12 and 8 on February 14-15, 5 on
February 16-18, then 12, 20, 12 and 8 on February 19-22, 5 on
February 23-26, then 12, 15, 15 and 10 on February 27 through March
2, 5 on March 3-4, then 8, 5, 8, 10, 8 and 5 on March 5-10, 8 on
March 11-12, 5 on March 13-17, then 12, 20, 12 and 8 on March 18-21,
5 on March 22-25, 12 on March 26, 15 on March 27-28, 10 and 5 on
March 29-30.

The prediction of solar flux always at 70 or above over the next 45
days is a positive sign for HF propagation, and also the Spring
Equinox returns on March 20, indicating gradually improving HF
propagation.

Geomagnetic activity forecast for the period February 15 until March
13, 2019 from F.K. Janda, OK1HH.

"Geomagnetic field will be:
Quiet on February 16-17, 24-26
Quiet to unsettled on February 18, 27, March 3-4, 6-7, 10-11
Quiet to active on February 15, 23, March 5, 8-9, 13
Unsettled to active on February 19, 22, March 1-2, 12
Active to disturbed on February 20 (- 21), 28

"Solar wind will intensify on February (19,) 20-21, (22, 28) March
(1-3, 6-9, 13). Parenthesis means lower probability of activity
enhancement."

Jon Jones, N0JK writes to us from Lawrence, Kansas, where he
operates on 6 meters with a very modest antenna and low power.

"A set of rare off season 6 meter sporadic-E openings appeared on
the evening of February 7, and again the morning of February 8.

"February 7 sporadic-E appeared suddenly on 6 meters starting around
2300z from W2, W3 to W4, and W4 to W0.

"The next morning February 8, there was strong sporadic-E on 50 MHz
across the eastern United States and Canada. N0LL (EM09) worked
short Es (high MUF) to W4HLR (EM56) at 1450z. The opening finished
around 1845z with K9MU (EN44) working VE1JF (FN74).

"The only months with less sporadic-E than February in North America
are: March, September and October."

The latest video from Dr. Tamitha Skov, WX6SWW:

https://youtu.be/H2jDNtUvZkI

Reader Ken Miller, K6CTW has an interesting and informative article
in the current February 2019 issue of Electric Radio magazine titled
"DX'ing During Periods of Low Sunspot Activity." Ken and the
publisher of Electric Radio have generously offered to share this
article with our readers. For a PDF copy of the article, email a
request to k7ra@arrl.net, and title the message "K6CTW article."

If you would like to make a comment or have a tip for our readers,
email the author at, k7ra@arrl.net.

For more information concerning radio propagation, see the ARRL
Technical Information Service web page at,
http://arrl.org/propagation-of-rf-signals. For an explanation of
numbers used in this bulletin, see
http://arrl.org/the-sun-the-earth-the-ionosphere.

An archive of past propagation bulletins is at
http://arrl.org/w1aw-bulletins-archive-propagation. More good
information and tutorials on propagation are at http://k9la.us/.

Monthly propagation charts between four USA regions and twelve
overseas locations are at http://arrl.org/propagation.

Instructions for starting or ending email distribution of ARRL
bulletins are at http://arrl.org/bulletins.

Sunspot numbers for February 7 through 13, 2019 were 0, 0, 0, 0, 0,
0, and 0, with a mean of 0. 10.7 cm flux was 70.2, 71.8, 70.3, 70,
69.9, 70.2, and 70.4, with a mean of 70.4. Estimated planetary A
indices were 4, 9, 10, 6, 9, 6, and 13, with a mean of 8.1.
Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 3, 7, 6, 4, 7, 5, and 11, with
a mean of 6.1.

quinta-feira, 14 de fevereiro de 2019

ARLS002 ARISS Plans Do-Over of Slow-Scan TV Transmissions over February 15 - 17 Weekend

ARLS002 ARISS Plans Do-Over of Slow-Scan TV Transmissions over
February 15 - 17 Weekend

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is planning
another popular slow-scan television (SSTV) event in the wake of an
SSTV experiment last weekend, during which signals were reported to
have been weak. Even so, more than 5,500 images were submitted.
Transmissions are scheduled to begin on Friday, February 15, at 0845
UTC and run through Sunday, February 17, at 1725 UTC.

"The ARISS team wanted to give the community another opportunity to
download the SSTV images we developed for you, given the weak-signal
situation that occurred last weekend," said ARISS-International
President Frank Bauer, KA3HDO. He clarified that the same 12 images
transmitted last weekend will be used for this weekend's experiment.

Bauer said it's not entirely clear what caused the low-signal issue
last weekend. "We believe it may have been either a loose feed-line
cable or an antenna switch that did not fully engage," he said.
"Once the crew reset the system and checked the cabling and
switches, the radio system started to perform nominally."

ARISS-Russia team member Sergey Samburov, RV3DR, worked with flight
controllers to schedule ISS crew time to configure the JVC Kenwood
radio to support SSTV operations, which take place from the Service
Module. SSTV images will be transmitted on 145.80 MHz using
SSTV-mode PD120. These can be received using equipment as simple as
a 2-meter handheld radio, a scanner that covers that band, or even
an online WebSDR receiver. Copying the images is as simple as
connecting the receiver's audio output to the audio input of a
computer running free software such as MMSSTV.

Transmissions will consist of eight images from the NASA On The Air
(NOTA) celebration and four ARISS commemorative images. Received
images can be posted and viewed online. ARISS offers an ARISS SSTV
Award for those who receive and decode at least one SSTV image in
the session.

As always, this SSTV event is dependent on other activities,
schedules, and crew responsibilities on the ISS and are subject to
change at any time. Check for updates on the ARISS or AMSAT
websites, the AMSAT-BB reflector, the ARISS SSTV blog at,
http://ariss-sstv.blogspot.com/ , and the ARISS Facebook page, as
well as Twitter at, @ARISS_status .
__________________________________________
SB SPACE @ ARL $ARLS002
ARLS002 ARISS Plans Do-Over of Slow-Scan TV Transmissions over
February 15 - 17 Weekend
ZCZC AS02 
QST de W1AW 
Space Bulletin 002  ARLS002
From ARRL Headquarters 
Newington, CT  February 14, 2019
To all radio amateurs
ARRL Web site memberlist@www.arrl.org

ARLS001 AO-85 Turned Off due to Return of Eclipse Periods and Poor Battery Condition

ARLS001 AO-85 Turned Off due to Return of Eclipse Periods and Poor
Battery Condition

The Fox-1A (AO-85) CubeSat has been turned off until further notice
due to return of eclipses and poor battery condition, control
operator Mark Hammond, N8MH, has announced. In December, AO-85
experienced precarious battery voltage drops during eclipse periods;
it's believed that the batteries suffered degradation due to heat
during previous no-eclipse periods, making it difficult to keep the
satellite available without risking battery damage.

To extend the satellite's usable life, both the internal
housekeeping unit (IHU) and the transmitter were shut down, ceasing
all transmissions. This included the beacons running every 2 minutes
during times of sunlight and eclipse. AO-85 was turned back on
during the next full-sun illumination period that began on January
24 and enabled for regular use. AO-85 occasionally reset due to low
battery voltage and operated in safe mode.

With AO-85 leaving full illumination and encountering periodic
eclipses, its battery condition again began to deteriorate again.
The satellite's health will be tracked with periodic telemetry
transmissions when commanded by a control operator.

AMSAT asks satellite enthusiasts to continue tracking AO-85 in
FoxTelem and post to the AMSAT-BB or contact Drew Glasbrenner,
KO4MA, via email at, ko4ma@amsat.org .
________________________________________________
ZCZC AS01 
QST de W1AW 
Space Bulletin 001  ARLS001
From ARRL Headquarters 
Newington, CT  February 13, 2019
To all radio amateurs 

ARRL Web site memberlist@www.arrl.org

ARLB004 FCC Invites Comments on Amateur Radio-Related Petition for Rule Making

ARLB004 FCC Invites Comments on Amateur Radio-Related Petition for
Rule Making


The FCC has invited public comments on a Petition for Rule
Making (RM-11826) from an Ohio radio amateur seeking to amend the
Part 97 station identification rules to better accommodate and
simplify station identification during an emergency net, drill, or
activation.

The Petition can be found in PDF format online at,
https://ecfsapi.fcc.gov/file/1020726398395/18013004-1.pdf .

ARRL member Robert A. Dukish, KK8DX, filed the petition in December,
and the FCC put it on public notice this week. Dukish seeks a change
to Section 97.119(a) of the rules, which requires an amateur station
to transmit its ''assigned call sign on its transmitting channel at
the end of each communication, and at least every 10 minutes during
a communication.''

He noted that during emergency networks, requiring participating
stations ''often portable'' to use their assigned call signs during
each transmission could prove ''burdensome and can hinder the flow of
emergency traffic on the channel.''

Specifically, he is suggesting that a simple approach would be to
permit the net control station or other designated participant to
announce from a single point the call signs of every station taking
part in the net or exercise, when tactical call signs often are in
use, at 10-minute intervals, using automatic CW identification.

Dukish suggested amending Section 97.119(a) to add, ''except during a
local emergency network activation or drill,'' and providing that in
such situations, a net control or designations station would be
''authorized to announce all participating stations' assigned call
signs at no more than 10-minute intervals while the net is in
progress.''

The amendment would provide that participating stations ''be within a
50-mile distance of the identifying station, and each individual
station must self-identify by transmitting its assigned call sign at
least once per hour.'' CW transmission could be no faster than 25 WPM
if sent automatically to satisfy the suggested amendment.

In his petition, Dukish noted petitions filed in 2005 and 2006
seeking changes to the Amateur Radio station identification rules.
The FCC did not adopt either proposal.

Interested parties may comment via the FCC Electronic Comment Filing
Service (ECFS) at, https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/ .
____________________________________________
ZCZC AG04
QST de W1AW 
ARRL Bulletin 4  ARLB004
From ARRL Headquarters 
Newington CT  February 13, 2019
To all radio amateurs   

ARRL Web site memberlist@www.arrl.org

WORLDWIDE DX CLUB Top News #1372

The latest edition (14 February 2019) of the WORLDWIDE DX CLUB "Top News",
compiled by Wolfgang Bueschel, has been posted:
http://topnews.wwdxc.de
(or http://www.wwdxc.de/topnews.shtml / https://www.wwdxc.de/topnews.shtml)
Best regards,
Michael Bethge
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terça-feira, 12 de fevereiro de 2019

IOTA News from OPDX

IOTA News from OPDX

11 FebruaryS, 2019

Island activities:
AS-063/AS-152 Members of the Russian Robinson Club (RRC) activate two IOTAs in the Khatanga Bay region during a two week period in July.
Operators mentioned are Vasily/R7AA, Eugene/UA6EX and Leonid/UA7A. They will operate from Popigay-Ary Island (AS-063) first, signing as R63RRC between July 24-28th. They will also operate from Bol’shoy Begichev Island (AS-152) signing as RQ73QQ between July 30th and August 2nd. Activity will be on 40-17 meters.
QSL via R7AA (OQRS after expedition – preferable), via the Bureau.
For more details and updates, see:
https://dxpedition.wixsite.com/r63rrc/en
EU-192. (NEW IOTA) If you missed the special OPDX.1401.1 bulletin,
operators Martti/OH2BH, Nigel/G3TXF, Niko/OH2GEK and Gerben/PG5M are currently activating Inakari Island as OH10X until February 11th. Conditions are very cold with local temperatures on the island dropping to around -20C (-4F). Kataja/Inakari Island has been added to the list by the IOTA Committee in October 2018 as EU-192.
The team travelled by snow mobiles several kilometers out over the frozen seas of the Bothnian Bay to set up camp on Inakari Island, using a Finnish abandoned fisherman's refuge. As Inakari Island is part of the Bothnian Bay National Park, the party needs to obey several related restrictions, but they have been successful in dealing with them all.
https://julkaisut.metsa.fi/assets/pdf/lp/Esitteet/peramerieng.pdf
They will be running two stations simultaneously across 80-40- 30-20-17-15 meters, operating CW and SSB. QSL via PG5M and using ClubLog. Log search is available on ClubLog. They will provide daily posts on (www.dx.to) to keep you updated on progress and on the conditions on the island.
NA-057. Dave, VE3VSM, will once again be active as VE3VSM/HR9 from
Roatan Island between February 12-17th. Activity will be on 40/20/15 meters using mainly CW with possibly some SSB and RTTY, and an entry in the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 16-17th). QSL via his home callsign and LoTW.
PLEASE NOTE: Since the Webmasters of the new <www.iota-world.org> 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......

Check-out the latest IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club
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SOUTHGATE AMATEUR RADIO NEWS


 

sexta-feira, 8 de fevereiro de 2019

ARLD006 DX news


ARLD006 DX news

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
AA4NC, CO3JK, F8DVD, KD7WPJ, PP2BT, The Daily DX, 425 DX News, DXNL,
Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web
sites.  Thanks to all.

BAHAMAS, C6.  Operators KN4EEI, N6MZ and AA7JV are QRV as C6AGU from
Water Cay, IOTA NA-001, until February 18.  Activity is mainly on
160, 80 and 40 meters using mostly CW and FT8.  QSL via HA7RY.

CUBA, CO.  Members of the Mayabeque Contest Group will be QRV as
T43MY from Mayabeque in the CQ World Wide RTTY WPX contest.  QSL via
CO3JK.

FRANCE, F.  Special event station TM16AAW will be QRV from February
10 to 24 from Macon during the 16th Antarctic Activity Week.
Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using mostly SSB.  QSL via
F8DVD.

FRENCH GUIANA, FY.  Armin, DK9PY is QRV as FY/DK9PY until February
17.  Activity is on the HF bands.  This includes being an entry in
the upcoming ARRL International DX CW contest.  QSL to home call.

DOMINICA, J7
.  David, KK4WW and Gaynell, KK4WWW will be QRV as
J79WW, J79WWW, and J79USA, respectively, from February 12 to 19.
Activity will be holiday style on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and
various digital modes.  QSL via N4USA.

SVALBARD, JW.  Jon, LA1QH is QRV as JW1QH from Spitsbergen, IOTA
EU-026, until February 11.  Activity is on 80 and 20 meters using
only SSB.  QSL to home call.

FINLAND, OH.  A group of operators are QRV as OH10X from Inakari
Island, IOTA EU-192, a new IOTA, until February 11.  Activity is on
80 to 15 meters using CW and SSB with two stations active.  QSL via
PG5M.

GREENLAND, OX.  Nils, SM3UQK will be QRV as OX/SE3A from Ilulissat
from February 9 to 21.  Activity will be on 40 and 20 meters as a
portable station.  QSL to home call.

BONAIRE, PJ4.  Fred, WW4LL and Michael, NN9DD are QRV as PJ4/home
calls until February 10.  Activity is on the HF bands using SSB,
RTTY and FT8.  They will be QRV as PJ4Z in the CQ World Wide WPX
RTTY contest.  QSL via K4BAI.

SABA, ST. EUSTATIUS, PJ5/6.  Fred, N6YEU will be QRV as PJ5/N6YEU
from St. Eustatius, IOTA NA-145, from February 11 to 19.  Activity
will be on 40 to 15 meters using CW and SSB.  This includes being an
entry in the upcoming ARRL International DX CW contest.  QSL to home
call.

FERNANDO DE NORONHA, PY0F.  A group of operators will be QRV as PY0F
from February 13 to 18.  Activity will be mainly on the low bands
using CW, SSB and FT8.  QSL direct to PY7RP.

UKRAINE, UR
.  Special event station EM16UAP is QRV until February 28
to commemorate the Academic Vernadsky Ukrainian Antarctic station.
QSL via UT1KY.

MACAO, XX9.  A large group of operators will be QRV as XX9D from
February 11 to 26.  Activity will be on 160 to 6 meters using CW,
SSB, RTTY and FT8 with several stations active.  QSL via DL4SVA.

EL SALVADOR, YS.  Will, AA4NC will be QRV as YS1/AA4NC from San
Salvador from February 13 to 20.  Activity will be all HF bands
using CW, SSB, RTTY and possibly FT8.  This includes being an entry
in the upcoming ARRL International DX CW contest as a Single Op/All
Band entry.  QSL to home call.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  The CQ World Wide RTTY WPX Contest, NCCC
RTTY Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC Sprint CW Ladder, SARL
Field Day Contest, Asia-Pacific Spring CW Sprint, SKCC Weekend CW
Sprintathon, KCJ Topband CW Contest, Dutch PACC Contest, YLRL YL-OM
Contest, OMISS SSB QSO Party, FISTS Winter Unlimited CW Sprint, RSGB
1.8 MHz CW Contest and the Balkan HF Contest will certainly keep
contesters busy this upcoming weekend.

The ARRL School Club Roundup runs from February 11 to 15.

The 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint and CQC Winter CW QSO
Party are scheduled for February 11.

The CWops Mini-CWT Test, RSGB 80-Meter Club Data Championship, QRP
40-Meter CW Fox Hunt, Phone Fray and NAQCC CW Sprint are scheduled
for February 13.

The Canadian National Parks on the Air, CNPOTA, operating event runs
for the entire year of 2019, with special stations active from
Canada's parks and historic sites.

Please see February 2019 QST, page 91, and the ARRL and WA7BNM
Contest Web Sites for details.
__________________________________________________
ZCZC AE06
QST de W1AW 
DX Bulletin 6  ARLD006
From ARRL Headquarters 
Newington CT  February 7, 2019
To all radio amateurs    

ARRL Web site memberlist@www.arrl.org

[HCDX] Glenn Hauser logs February 6-7, 2019

DX/SWL/MEDIA PROGRAMS updated Feb 7:
http://www.worldofradio.com/dxpgms.html

** ANGUILLA. 11775, Feb 7 at 1455, PMS is S9+20 but with squeal and
hum, not the clear signal someone else credited her with; at least on
the air at the moment, sporadically (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING
DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6100, Feb 7 at 0606, no signal from RHC English, so
apparently totally off from previous 05-07 UT sked. Something`s always
wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 12300, Feb 7 at 1239, RHC is suptorted at S7-S8, checking
second harmonic right after 6150 at 1238, equally suptorted at S9+10;
wiggle that patchcord! Still the same at 1304 but weakened to S4-S6 on
the double; 1355 S6-S7 before off circa 1400. Something`s always wrong
at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 9640 // 9535, Feb 7 at 1251, RHC in portunhol -- a Brazilian
trying to speak Spanish, among other interviewees about solidarity
issues such as the bloqueo (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 9570, Feb 7 at 1301, CRI Plus English news relay is suptorted
but readable, S9+20. Something`s always wrong at RadioCuba (Glenn
Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 15140, Feb 7 at 1448, no 28.6 kHz spurgalaxy audible, but
close-in hash out to 3.5 kHz above and below; unlike // 15230.
Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING
DIGEST)

** GUATEMALA. 4055, Feb 7 at 0615, brief Spanish and English sign-off
announcements from Radio Verdad/Truth, into lengthy multiverse NA
until 0620 when open carrier remains on. S9+10/20 good signal now.
1232 recheck is S9+10, good with song, hymn vs lightning crashes from
central/eastern Oklahoma storms, which started yesterday after a quiet
winter, really impacting LW, MW and lower SW, but when close enough
within 2 miles, also audible against OKC FM stations (Glenn Hauser,
OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA. 7255-, Feb 7 at 0602, VON is on for a change, Hausa.

9689.92 approx., Thu Feb 7 at 1727-1738+, VON in English with news
about Nigeria, fair via UTwente SDR, and since it`s a weekday, no QRM
yet from Spain. Apparently new transmission intends to be daily, altho
missing last Sunday. Via WOR Hitlist, website https://www.von.gov.ng/
has no obvious link to a plain old SW transmission or program schedule.

Dave Kenny, UK, bdxc-news iog has just reported: ``Voice of Nigeria
heard on 9690 kHz this afternoon via the Tenerife SDR as follows:

1600-1615 in Arabic
1615-1630 in a vernacular, possibly Igbo or Yoruba ?
1630 - Sign-on in English, announced as the start of "two and a half
hours of the English service" So English should continue until 1900.

It looks as though this is a revised schedule with the extra broadcast
between 1600-1800 UT. Further checking needed to establish the evening
schedule after 1900 - but reception is difficult with co-channel Spain
at that time.

At the moment (1645) the signal is weak here, much better on the Kiwi
SDR in Tenerife. Dave`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. UNIDENTIFIED.
6925-AM, Feb 7 at 1309, S4-S6 rock
music with heavy beat, screaming, or is it soul? First thought is RCW,
Radio Compa??a Worldwide, the Chilean pirate mostly reported by
Claudio Galaz in Chile. But no, it`s too late for that, way after
sunrise there.

Must be North American, unusual activity in the morning or possibly
trans-Pacific. Still there at 1330 talk or rap? 1340 thumping. Still
JBA carrier at 1456. Two more unID logs of it between 1437 and 1641:
https://www.hfunderground.com/board/index.php/topic,50802.0.html
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PALAU. 10035, Feb 7 at 1245, VP signal with music. Has to be
spurious from 31m SWBC band here in the aero band. First check for
Cuba, of course! but no match on 9640. Then start tuning down and soon
find // on 9965, good signal, 70 kHz away. Clinched with an equally
weak spur on 9895, 70 kHz below 9965, all with praise music in
English. 1259 `Onward Christian Soldiers` theme and 1300 chimes, into
Korean. Aoki shows T8WH with WHR music before 1300 M-F, then Nippon no
Kaze daily. HFCC shows HBN 9965 not the air before 1300, then
Encompass brokering something in Korean.

EiBi agrees about 9965 before and after 1300, but also shows PLW on
9960 at 12-13 daily with Khmer Post Radio --- really, 5 kHz adjacent
from same site? I noticed nothing between 9965 and 9955 WRMI with RAE
in Brazuguese before 1255 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH CAROLINA [non]. 4840, Feb 7 at 1235, TOMBS, creeping takeover
of more and more time on WWCR-3, now scheduled M-F 07-13 and Sat 10-
13. Guess what, at tune-in he`s pushing for phonecalls as he spends an
incredible amount of time doing --- but if even 1% of those give him
money, it`s worth it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 9690, Wed Feb 6 at 2318, REE English segment, blues music,
then interview with musician Steve Groves (?), who has stopped over in
Spain to talk with Justin Coe, more music, 2323 ``All Trumped Up``.
Excellent reception S9+20/30 with no QRM or transmission problems.
2330 timesignal and into French which is M-F unlike English M/W/F. But
0101 Feb 7 recheck in Spanish, has faded to S9-S6 (Glenn Hauser, OK,
DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1968 monitoring: confirmed Wednesday February
6 at 2200 on WRMI 9955, but opening is upcut after my first words with
the program number, S9 to S9+10; and 10 seconds later on WBCQ
7490.13v, S9 to S7. Also confirmed UT Thursday Feb 7 at 0100 on WRMI
7780, poor S7-S5. Next:

0930 UT Friday    Unique  5045-LSB NSW ND
0729 UT Saturday  HLR     6190-CUSB Germany to WSW
1200 UT Saturday  Unique  5045-LSB NSW ND [alt weeks: Feb 16]
1230 UT Saturday  WRMI   *9955 to SSE
1531 UT Saturday  HLR     9485-CUSB Germany to WSW
2030vUT Saturday  WA0RCR  1860-AM MO non-direxional
2200 UT Saturday  WRMI   *9955 to SSE
0400vUT Sunday    WA0RCR  1860-AM [nominal 0415], ND
0830 UT Sunday    WRMI    5850 to NW, 5950 to WNW, 7730 to WNW
1130 UT Sunday    HLR     7265-CUSB Germany to WSW
2130 UT Sunday    WRMI    7780 to NE
0230 UT Monday    WRMI    5950 to WNW, 9395 to NNW
0400vUT Monday    WBCQ   *5130v Area 51 to WSW
0430 UT Monday    WRMI   *9955 to SSE
0930 UT Monday    Unique  5045-LSB NSW ND
2330 UT Monday    WRMI   *9955 to SSE
* also webcast; direct linx to these and many others at:

Complete WOR sked, all affiliates, satellite, webcast, AM&FM, podcast:
http://www.worldofradio.com/radioskd.html
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9387-9388 & 9402-9403, Feb 7 at 1255, wobbly distorted
spurblobs from 9395 WRMI transmitter during TOMBS. Very unusual for
any WRMI to have such a problem. Still so at 1451 recheck, at least
the lower one (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9470, Feb 7 at 1253, WEWN in English poor with flutter S6-
S4. This obscure transmission at 09-13 is at 335 degrees polar route
to Asia. Doubt it is heard any better overthere (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX
LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 860, Feb 7 at 1412 UT, KKOW Pittsburg KS is unusually weak,
and nulling that I have anotherstation playing ``Hey Jude``; 1418
``Greatest Hits of the 60s & 70s on your smartphone --- Kono-land``,
so KONO San Antonio TX, 5000/900 watts U2, still rockin`. NRC AM Log
slogan reads ``70s & 80s`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 1480, Feb 7 at 1405 UT, lively W&M conversation in
Vietnamese, lots of laughter. Got to be KBXD Dallas, 50 kW direxional
day power, which easily overcomes KQAM Wichita while skywave lingers.
Its major daytime lobe aims right at us. Listed in NRC AM Log as
religious/brokered, Spanish, so how much of it is in Vietnamese or
otherlangs? Radio-locator claims it has no website. It`s not the only
Vietnamese in The Metroplex (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. RE: KRZD-1550 mentioned in gh log of KAPE-1550 also in MO:
Hi Glenn. This still isn't on -- I drive by their tower site at Kansas
Expressway and Grand St. every day on my way to work [at KSMU] and
there is definitely no local signal here. As you would expect this
time of year, 1550 is a mess of skywave around 7:45 am and 5 pm
Central. 73, (Randy Stewart, Springfield (Battlefield) MO, Feb 4, DX
LISTENING DIGEST) Station is or was nothing but a continuous TIS-like
barker for the nearby Branson tourist trap (Glenn Hauser, DXLD)

** U S A. 1580, Feb 7 at 1358 UT, with KOKB Blackwell OK to the NE
nulled as much as possible, I have something else: Colorado Springs is
the largest city of the state in area (well, OK, but nevermind greater
Denver with all its surrounding suburbs). Missed ID but 1400 UT into
USA Radio News, 1403 Chuck Swindle show. So it`s KFCS The Trumpet as
the latest CO 1580 incarnation, 10 kW ND day power (Glenn Hauser, OK,
DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN [non]. 9695, Feb 7 circa 1245, strong and steady open
carrier. O, of course, it`s Greenville-B, not turned off yet after
Vatican`s morning relay in Spanish curtailed to only 15 minutes from
1230; violating Separation of Church & State (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX
LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 880, Feb 7 at 1408 UT, with KRVN nulled as much as
possible, Spanish M&W chat, bits of norte?a music, mentions Nuevo
Le?n, 1412 fading, 1417 back with ID mentioning 880. Loops approx.
SW/NE and my first thought is XEV Chihuahua2, but IRCA Mexican Log
says: XEV has finished moving to FM, but from 2017 there has been a CP
for another station there, XECHEP, 5000/250 watts, Esc?pate al
Paraiso. Unless that`s started up, the only other likely N/W Mexican
this late would be XEPNK, Los Mochis, Sinaloa.

Rather I suspect being faked out again by WIJR Highland IL, which per
NRC AM Log is 1700/160/500 U4 from an address in Overland MO (St Louis
market), as ``La Primera 880 AM, La Raza``. The only other USA SS
possibilities would be WMDB in Nashville TN, rather late for that
further east; and KJOZ Conroe TX but religious in the wrong direxion
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 6159-USB, Feb 7 at 0604, 2-way in colloquial Spanish,
INTRUDERS (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 9354-USB, Feb 7 at 1259, VP 2-way in Spanish? vs carrier
on 9355, i.e. VOA Thailand about to start Deewa Radio to Afghanistan
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 1802 UT February 7
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