DX Bulletin No. 1170
July 7, 2014
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB5K & the AR TelNet Clusters Network, K1XN & GoList, NJ1Q & W1AW, W1YRC, W2GB, K3LR, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, WA3RHW, N4AA & QRZ DX, W4FC, WB6RSE, NN7A, K8GI, K8GG, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m News, W9ILY, W0GJ, 9A2CU, AT International, CO8ZZ, DK8JB & The DX News Letter, DL1SBF, DxCoffee.com, DX-World.Net, E21EIC, ES1CW, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, IK1QBT, OH2BH, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, VA3RJ & ICPO, and the VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 29th-June, through Sunday, 6th-July there were 203 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1U, 4W, 4X, 5B, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9V, 9Y, A2, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, 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, J2, J3, J6, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KH2, KH6, KH8, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ7, PY, PZ, S0, S5, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T5, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TR, TT, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP5, VP8, VR, VU, XE, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD9, 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".
Olof, G0CKV, will be active from here during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op entry. He will also return with some friends and be active during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Multi-? entry. Look for more details to be forthcoming.
4W, TIMOR LESTE (Update)
The same group who was active as VK9X/K7CO now plans to be active as 4W/K7CO between October 19-31st. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW and SSB, as well as participate in the CQWW SSB Contest (October 25-26th). The current team of operators are Jon/K7CO, Christian/K7CXN, Ed/VE4EAR and John/9M6XRO. Four other operators are checking their schedules and finalizing plans in order to commit to the team. QSLs will be available via an OQRS on ClubLog. For more details and updates, watch:
Tony, RT9T, will be active as 5B4ALB between July 6-16th. He will also join the P3N team during the IARU HF World Championship (July 12-13th). QSL 5B4ALB only direct via RT9T.
5W, SAMOA (Update)
Operators Jacek/SP5EAQ and Marcin/SP5ES have received their Samoa callsign -- 5W0AF and 5W0AG, respectively. They will use their 5W0 callsign while waiting in Apia for transport to Tokelau (see OPDX.1158) and after their return back (total operations is about 5 day - early October and early November). QSL via their home callsigns.
6M NEWS (Thailand)
Champ, E21EIC, informs OPDX that the RAST has received special permission/license from the National Broadcasting and Telecommuni- cations Commission (NBTC) for 6 meters again this year. Last activity was 4 years ago. This year the NBTC gave special permission to all HAMs in Thailand so they can operate on 6 meters. Back 4 years ago, the NBTC only gave permission to club stations to operate. This year they are allowing them to operate a total of 48 hours during July 19-20th, 2014 (during the CQWW VHF Contest). If there are any HF License stations in Thailand who would like to operate on 6m, send a copy of your license to the RAST's Secretary via E-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
ADDED NOTES: Champ also mentions other changes will be coming within 30 days, including new regulations (By Thai Law). Some of the changes mentioned for Thai HAMs are:
1. 2M. 144-146.5ASIA PACIFIC DX CONVENTION 2014
2. 6M 50-54 (Secondary); those who have HF license can operate.
3. VHF license can operate on 10M.
4. Will open an Advance license and allow to operate up to 1000w.
5. 2M license will allow up to 60w. Club station 100w.
6. Allow more club stations and contest callsigns.
7. Those who do not have a license and would like to operate can go to operate at any club station.
8. Reissued callsigns, if any callsign has expired for 2 year.
9. Can use radio HF+50 legally; also amplifier.
10. No Morse send test, only received test.
Fellow DXers and Contesters are cordially invited to attend the Asia Pacific DX Convention 2014 in Osaka, Japan, which will take place November 14-16th, 2014.
In addition to their usual presentations on recent DXpeditions, technical sessions, DX dinners and so forth, this convention offers something special. Japan is where most of the amateur radio equipment is developed, and you will have the opportunity to join a tour to the Icom factory, participate in a technical session led by the Icom HF radio design team, and more.
And don't forget, all of the programs at APDXC are conducted in English! They appreciate your introducing this convention to your DX/Contest club members. For more details, please visit the APDXC Web site at:
C5, THE GAMBIA
Operators Takao/JE1WVQ and Takasi/JA1UII have been active as C5JA and C5II, respectively, since July 3rd. They will be on the air until July 9th and are operating from the Senegambia Beach Hotel. Activity has been on the HF bands, mainly 20/17/15m using CW and SSB. QSL via their home callsigns.
Operators XYL Marilyn/WM2W and Terry/N0TW will be active as C6AMW and C6ATW, respectively, from the Bahamas between August 1-4th. They are there for the 10-10 Summer QSO Party. QSL via N0TW.
Daniel, ZS6JR, will once again be active as C91JR from the coastal resort of Bilene until July 12th. Activity will be holiday style and operating mostly RTTY or PSK with 100 watts into a vertical antenna. QSL via GI4FUM. Look for more details and updates on:
Tim Duffy, K3LR, reports:
For the first time in the last eight years there will be a second CTU offered in the USA during 2014. CTU Centennial will occur on Thursday, July 17, 2014, in Hartford, CT, as part of the ARRL Centennial celebration.More information and registration (the class is filling up fast) for CTU Centennial 2014 is available here:
Centennial Contest University - Hartford, CT.
Facilitator: Tim Duffy, K3LR - Contest University ChairmanSpeakers:
"Contesting Hints & Kinks" - Ward Silver, N0AX
"Ergonomics for Contest Stations" - Doug Grant, K1DG
"Low Band Receiving Antennas for Smaller Lots" - Frank Donovan W3LPL
"Multi Operator Contest Planning" - Tim Duffy, K3LR
"Tips for Being a Better Single Operator" - Randy Thompson, K5ZD
"The Essentials of RTTY Contesting" - Dennis Egan, W1UE
Operators Mahmoud/EL2CE, Dickson/EL2DT and Richmond/EL2BG will be active as EL2BEN during the IARU HF Championship Contest (July 12-13th). This is a special callsign to honor the LRAA's past President, Ben, EL2BA. QSL direct only to: I. Richmond W.K. Harding, 6141 Clifton Ave. Ext, Jacksonville, FL 32211, USA.
EUROPEAN RADIO TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP 2014 [ERTC 2014] Two Press Releases
Press Release June 24th:
SPECIAL EVENT STATION OF3ERTC ACTIVE STARTING THIS WEEKEND -
YOTA (Youngsters On The Air) is a youth movement inviting fifteen European national youth teams to a selected rotating EU location every year to get together, learn from each other and experience various aspects of Amateur Radio through meaningful and entertaining concepts emphasizing social, radio communication and technology skills. OF3ERTC is a special event Amateur Radio station active in conjunction with ERTC 2014 from July 18-20th, while OH2YOTA will be active from the actual event site in Virrat, Finland starting July 16th.
ERTC is a voice communication (VoIP) contest where two-member national youth teams try to make a maximum number of contacts with a maximum number of countries within a defined time period. ERTC uses a Virtual Amateur Radio platform (HamSphere) where amateur radio-like operating is conducted on the Internet with amateur radio-like bands and operating features such as current radio propagation together with beam antennas and amplifiers plus an online logbook, awards and QSLing backed up with learning material and an exam free entry gate. All this makes HamSphere a highly suitable application to learn about real Amateur Radio and help youth to discover Amateur Radio in their regular hangout, the Internet. See:
This weekend's OF3ERTC combo activity is courtesy of OH1RX, OH2BCI, OH2BH, OH2MM, OH2PM, OH2UA and OH6KZP on Real Amateur Radio while OH9MM will activate OF3ERTC on HamSphere. QSL OF3ERTC via OH2BH.
Press Release July, 3rd
EUROPEAN TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (ERTC) 2014 --- OF3ERTC
Many were probably wondering what last weekend's Special Event station OF3ERTC was all about. This weekend OF3ERTC will again hit the airwaves through the efforts of Pertti, OH2PM and Rami, OHJ2BCI on frequencies detailed in the OF3ERTC QRZ.com listing. www.qrz.com/db/of3ertc Also, OF3ERTC will take part in the IARU HF World Championship with Raimo, OH2BCI, former SRAL President, at the helm. This will be an addition to the OH2HQ group. Similarly, it is very likely that an OH0W multiplier will be activated during the IARU weekend.
ERTC is a Virtual World version of WRTC - to be held one week after the Boston event. Almost one-hundred youngsters will travel to Virrat, Finland, to compete under WRTC-like rules with their QSOs to all corners of the world to be made with real people on Virtual Amateur Radio bands! The event is financed by the European Union and the International Amateur Radio Union, Region 1.
Many real stations are also scheduled to enter this ground breaking event, among them Tim Duffy, K3LR who will bring his "real virtual" team to participate in ERTC 2014 as an "Exhibition Team". Make sure you can see the distinction between "real" and "virtual" and their variants "virtual- real" and "real-virtual".
You can keep up with the event as it evolves on QRZ.com. More details will be released soon about this unique virtual concept, involving thousands of soon-to-be hams all over the world. The current population on used virtual platform is passed 30,000.
FO, FRENCH POLYNESIA
Heinz, DF1YP, will once again be active as FO/DF1YP from Moorea Island (OC-046, WLOTA 0465) between September 12th and October 8th. Activity will be holiday style mainly on 20 meters on SSB. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
Members representing the Associazione Radioamatori Italiani (ARI), the Italian Headquarter team, will be active as II0HQ in the IARU HF World Championship, from 1200z on July 12th, until 1159z on July 13th. QSL via the Bureau or LoTW.
AF-040. Markus, DJ4EL, will be active as 5Z4/DJ4EL from Lamu Island, Kenya, between October 4-19th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using SSB. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. QSL also via the LoTW.
AS-081. Operators Sung/HL5YI, Ho-Jong/DS5ACV, Rho/DS5BRE, Kim/DS5DNO and Tae-Hong/DS5QLJ will be active as homecall/p from Kadok Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as a High- Power/24-HRS entry. QSL via their home callsigns, by the Bureau, direct or LoTW.
EU-016. Tom, 9A2CU, who lives in the city of Zagreb, the capital city of Croatia, is currently operating from the Island of Hvar in the Adriatic Sea (WW Loc. JN83HE and IOCA CI-028) and will stay there approximately until mid-July. He states, "I'm trying to be active on HF bands as the time permits (mostly CW on 40, 20 and 15 meters, depending on propagation conditions, mainly after 1900 UTC)." Operations is good towards the "Islands Of Croatia Award" (IOCA). Visit his Web page for more details and updates at:
EU-146. Louis, PA0LCE, and members of the UBA/WRC will be active as PF14A from Schouwen Duiveland, Netherlands, during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as a Multi-op entry. QSL via ON4ON.
EU-162. Operators RZ1ZZ, RA1ZZ, UA1ZZ, UA1ZKI, RD1A, R1AZ, RA3AV, RK3AW, RZ5D, RT2D, R3LA, RW3QNZ, RX3QP, RG3K and UA3QPA will be active as RI1N from the Glov Island, European Russia, during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as a Multi-Op/ DXpedition/24-HRS/High-Power entry. QSL via RT2D.
NA-069. Jens-Christian, DL2RMM, will be active as K2RMM/4 from Sanibel Island, Florida, between July 20th and August 1st. Activity will include the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th). QSL via DL2RMM only.
NA-083. Art, NN7A, will operate as NN7A/4 from Chincoteague Island between July 7-13th. Activity will be all CW and holiday style running 100 watts into a wire and vertical antennas. QSL via NN7A, direct or by the Bureau.
NA-083. Carroll, KS4TL, will be active as K4P from Chincoteague Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as a Single-Op/ Island entry. This is a special event station in honor of the Chincoteague's 89th Annual Pony Swim, July 21st- August 4th. QSL via KS4TL.
NA-092. Operators Ron/K5HM and Matt/K5NGU will be active as N5T from Mustang Island (USI TX-011S, Nueces County, Texas) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as a Multi-Op/Island entry. QSL via N5T.
NEW IOTAs ANNOUNCED
Several sources are reporting that 11 new IOTAs have been announced to coincide with the 50th anniversary IOTA con- vention. They are:
1) AF-118P - Los Farallones and Jaegerschmidt, Morocco (CN)N2, UNITED STATES (Special Event)
2) NA-247P - St. Maarten's Coastal Islands (PJ7)
3) AF-119P - Coetivy Island, Seychelles (S7)
4) EU-190P - Viktoriya Island, Franz Josef Land (RI1)
5) OC-296P - Tobi and Helen, Palau (T8)
6) AS-200P - Shikoku Coastal Islands, Japan (JA5)
7) AS-201P - Sea of Marmara Island, Turkey (TA)
8) AS-202P - Hawar Island, Bahrain (A9)
9) AS-203P - Sea of Okhotsk Coast Group, Asiatic Russia (UA0X)
10) EU-191P - Fericirii Island, Romania [split with Ukraine] (YO)
11) NA-248P - Nunavut (Devon) Island, Canada (VY0)
The Burlington County Radio Club (K2TD) will operate the Emilio Carranza Memorial special event station N2M from 1200z, July 7th, through 2200z, July 13th. The event commemorates Mexican aviator Captain Carranza's goodwill mission to New York City. During his return flight to Mexico, his plane crashed into the Pine Barrens of New Jersey during a furious electrical storm on July 12, 1928.
The American Legion has held a memorial service at the crash site every July 11th. Full details are available at
NCDXF PRESS RELEASE (June 30th)
At the June 29, 2014, quarterly board meeting, Craig Thompson, K9CT, was elected to the board of directors. In addition to normal director duties, Craig will help NCDXF develop and execute a program for significant contributions through estate giving and tax planning...... Glenn Johnson, W0GJ, Vice President
PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (July 7-13th)
Jul/07th AN Jul/10th AN Jul/12th AN Jul/08th AN Jul/11th AN Jul/13th AN Jul/09th 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=6-9 100-400QSL INFO AND NEWS
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (July 3rd) -------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3B8FA via NI5DX (d) HF70AK via SP8MMW PY22COY via PY2COY 4J0SFR via 4J5T (d) IA5/IK2GWH via IK2GWH SV5/PH2M/MM via PH2M (B) 5P2X via DL2DXA K2K via AB1OC T6EC via KF7WNX & (L) 9A/S51TA via S51TA LB1A via LA5ZV TM100LGG via F4GRW AM07AYF via EA7AYF LZ15EYAC via LZ1KAA TM800B via F60345 (B) AO07KW via EC7KW OH0/OH4SS via OH4SS (d) TM80GW via F5INJ DR50RRDXA via DJ6QT ON/K9PPY via K9PPY VK7BO via EA7FTR E72NATO via E73Y PA14SAIL via PE1CDA (B) W3T via N3WXW (d) EG5HSJ via EA5RKB PC200ZVL via PA0ABM W4J via W4JUP F/DK1AF via DK1AF PP22RON via PP2RON ZY14AP via PT2AA HF33WGC via SP3PKC PY11ZV via PY1ZV (e) eQSL only (d) direct only (B) Bureau only (L) LoTW only (O) OQRS only (C) ClubLog onlyQSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: A35JP/P, EA8OM, DS/K9EL, GM4WZL, HB9BIN, KH8/DL2AWG, KH8/DL6JGN, KH8/PA3EWP, PZ5RA, FK3AMA, W1AW/KL7 and ZA/ON6NB
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 9G5ZZ, BV2DQ, EP3HF, EX8M, HS0ZIN, J8/VA3MW, JT1AA, VP2V/SP6CIK and VR2UW
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 3A2MW, 3B9FR, 4K9W, 4U1VIC, 5Q7Y, 5W0M, 5Z4HW, 5W1SA, 5B/DJ7TO, 5N6/YL2SW, 5H2DK, 6Y9X, 6O0CW, 7X2ARA, 7U50I, 7X3WPL, 7Z1HL, 8R1RPN, 8P6T, 8P6IU, 9J2JA, 9M2/JE1SCJ, 9V1DR, 9H3YM, 407ML, A6/DL9WVM, A65CA, AH0BT, CN2XN, CR1X, CR2X, CT8/DF9WB, CT8/DK7LX, CT8/OM3BH, CT9/DK7YY, CT9/OM3RM, D44TXT, DJ6OZ, DM1813LEI, DU1/OE3SGU, E51M, EA6/DJ5GI, EB5CS, ED6A, EE8A, EH1LHA, F5GPE, F6AGM, FJ/DK7LX, FO/JI1JKW, FR/DJ7RJ, H44G, HB0/DL2JRM, HB0/OE9HRV/P, HB0WR, HZ0ZEA, IK6CSD, IM0/OE5FSM/P, IS0/OM3LA, J79TA, J79WE, J87GU, JD1BLY, JG8NQJ/JD1, JW/DL2JRM, LU1EZ, LU4DQ, LU5EP, LU6DOT, LU8DY, LU9DB, LW8DG, LX/OH2YL, LX1CW, LX2LA, OA6Q, OE200TH, OH0/OG2W, OH0/OI3V, OH2BH, OU1RAEM, P40X, PA0BWI, PJ7N, PW0F, SV5/OH2FUW, SV5/OK2ZV, SV8/DK6SX, SV9/DL7UCX, SW8YY, T32C, T46RRC, T70A, TI8/AA1M, TU5NK, TX5T, TX6G, TX7M, UY0ZG, V26MN, V31TF, V32EE, V4/DF8AN, V5/DD8ZX, V5/DJ9KM, V5/DL3DXX, V55A, V55B, V63XG, V6H, V73TS, VE6AO, VK1FOC, VK6AA, VK9MT, VP2MMM, VP2MNK, VP2MOM, VP9/DJ4EL, XF2E, XF3/IZ2LSC, XT2CJA, YTY0WFF, Z21LS, Z81X, ZD8O and ZS6/OE1ZKC
It has been reported that Tom Anderson, WW5L, became a Silent Key (SK) during the early morning of July 3rd in Grapevine, Texas. Tom was a member of the Lone Star DX Association, a DXCC Honor Roll member at 340/332 and very popular official at Ham-Com in Dallas. OPDX and its readers would like to send out our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of WW5L.
The Federación de Radioaficionados de Cuba (FRC) will be active as T49C a Headquarter entry during the next IARU HF World Cham- pionship (July 12-13th); this is the third time FRC is active in this category since 2009 when used the call T40C. Setup includes 10 different stations in eight cities from the western to eastern side of the island. Most of them will be using low power and wire antennas. QSL via K8SIX. Look for the following operators to be active on the following bands, modes and cities:
Juan/CO2JD; CO2RQ 10, 160 meters CW Habana Lázaro/CO2WL 80, 160 meters SSB Habana Matos/CO3IT 80 meters CW Santa Cruz del Norte Douglas/CO8DM 40 meters SSB Puerto Padre Eduardo/CO7EH 40 meters CW Camaguey Carlos/CO2CW 20 meter SSB Habana Oriol/CO8CY 20 meters CW Baracoa Raúl/CO8ZZ 15 meters SSB Las Tunas Rey/CO6RD 15 meters CW Sancti Spiritus Ale/CM8AKY 10 meters SSB ChaparraTA, TURKEY
Tsuyoshi, JJ2NYT, will be active from Turkey (TA1/TA3) between July 31st and August 5th. His schedule is as follows:
TA1/JJ2NYT - July 31st evening to August 4th morning (Local time)Activity will be on 40-10 meters (mainly QRV on 20/17m CW) operating CW and SSB using LW/DP and barefoot. QSL via his home callsign JJ2NYT.
TA3/JJ2NTT - August 4th evening to August 5th morning (Local time)
Jun, OE1ZKC/JH4RHF, will be active as TA7KA from the TRAC Club Station in Trabzon during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via OE1ZKC. He may possibly sign TA7/OE1ZKC before the contest.
By the time you read this, a German team will be active from Namibia using their own callsigns (V5/homecall) and preparing to activate the callsign V55HQ in the IARU HF World Championship (July 12-13th). Operators will be active until July 15th, and will be active on the following modes:
CW - V5/DJ5IW, V5/DJ7JC and V5/DJ9RRMartin, V51W, is the host and team leader of V55HQ, along with other team members Gunter/V51WH, Gerd/V51GB, Werner/V51JP, Andrew/V51YJ and Klaus/V51L. QSL V55HQ via DL9NDS, by the Bureau or direct (OQRS ClubLog).
SSB - V5/DJ2HD, V5/DJ2LS, V5/DJ8VC and V5/DL9NDS
QSL via their home callsigns.
VP9, BERMUDA (Update)
Members of the Radio Society of Bermuda will activate VP9HQ in the IARU HF World Championship (July 12-13th). QSL via OH1VR. Operators mentioned are Seppo/OH1VR, Oliver/W6NV and Denny/KX7M.
XR0, EASTER ISLAND
Operators Cristian/CE2WTF and Manuel/CE2NTT will be active as XR0YNTT from Isla de Pascua (SA-001) between August 2-3rd. Activity will be on 40-6 meters using SSB. Look for details and updates on:
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