DX Bulletin No. 1216
May 29, 2015
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, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, W4FC, N6PSE, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m News, 9M2PJU, DL1SBF, DL7UXG & The DX News Letter, DxCoffee.com, DXNews.com, DX-World.Net, ES1CW, F5NQL, F5PFP, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, HS0ZCW, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, OH2BH, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete Rayer (ISWL), PS7AB, PY3DF, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, VA3RJ & ICPO, VHF-DX- Portal (MMMonVHF), VE3OP and YF1AR for the following DX information.
EDITOR'S SPECIAL NOTICE
This week's bulletin was sent out earlier than normal to accommodate the late CQWW WPX CW Contest announcements. Also, we wanted to provide the readers with a consolidated listing of the CQWW WPX CW Contest participants.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Friday, 22nd/May, through Friday, 29th/May there were 222 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, CY0, D2, D4, DL, DU, E4, E5/s, E6, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FR, FS, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OJ0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ7, PY, PZ, S0, S2, S5, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TN, TR, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2M, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, 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".
Just a reminder that Chris, F4WBN/TL0A, will once again be active as 5U5U from Niger between May 30th and June 16th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-6 meters using SSB and some RTTY. QSL via his home callsign direct.
Armin, DK9PY, is now active as 6Y6N from Saint Elizabeth until June 2nd. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands using his FT-857 into an inverted L. Look for him to be in the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 30-31st) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry using Josh's, 6Y5WJ, station. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
Members of the Royal Omani Amateur Radio Society (ROARS) [A47RS] will be participating in the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 30-31st) using the callsign A42A as a Multi-Op/Single-Transmitter/High-Power entry. QSL via A47RS, by the Bureau or direct. Operators mentioned are Sageeth (SAN)/A45WH, Mohib/ A41JZ, Fahad/A41LK and Aziz/A41RO.
C5, THE GAMBIA (Update)
Luc, F5RAV, will once again be active as as C5LT from Kololi between October 20-27th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using SSB, RTTY and possibly CW. Operations will also include the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th) using the shorter callsign C5C. It was reported this week that Gerard, F5NVF, will be joining Luc, but will be active as C5C on CW only. Also, Mustapha, C5MF, their guide in the Gambia and a new ham, will be making his first QSOs with you. QSL via C5LT, C5C and C5MF only direct to F5RAV.
CT3, MADEIRA ISLAND
Ricardo, CT3KN, will be active from Madeira Island during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 30-31st) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (15m) entry. QSL via his home callsign, LoTW, direct or by the Bureau.
CU4, AZORES (Rare IOTA)
Operators Dave/K1ZZ, Linda/KA1ZD and Azores operators Manuel/CU2CE, Francisco/CU2DX and Martti/OH2BH/CU2KG will activate the rare IOTA Graciosa Island in the Azores Group as CU4DX on IOTA frequency 14260 kHz, May 28-29th (two nights prior of the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 30-31st). They are hosted by CU4AB. Dave will run the actual CQWW WPX CW Contest as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via CU2DX.
E5/S, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS
Operators Tatsuo/JA3ARJ, Masumi/JA3AVO, Jusei/ JA3IVU, Nakasako/JA3UJR, Noriaki/JF3HPN, Kunio/JH3LSS and Hiroko/JH3PBL will be active from the Kii Kii Motel on Rarotonga between January 12-21st, 2016. The group has applied for a E5*J callsign. For more details and updates, see:
Operators Mohammad/EP3MIR, Mohammad/EP2LMA and Saeed/EP2LSH are planning their first Iranian DXpedition starting June 7th, using the callsign EP2C. Details of the location has not been released. Stay tuned!
Bob, HS0ZIA, will be active during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (July 25-26th) this weekend. Reportedly, he has a multi element yagi at 200 ft. for 80 meters. Thailand radio rules continue to limit hams to the bottom 25 kHz of 80m. This will be a good chance to get HS on 80m, but you have to look for ZIA all hours in the contest, not just the last hour. QSL via LoTW.
AS-046. Members of the 9M2SE Malaysian Special Expedition team will once again be on another Islands On The Air (IOTA) DXpedition. They plan to activate Tioman Island between June 5-7th. Tioman Island is a small island which is located 32 kilometers from the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia in the state of Pahang. The highest point on this island is mount Kajang. Activity will be on 80/40/20/15/10 meter bands. Operators mentioned are Piju/9M2PJU, Wak Mid/9M2TPT, Dak Mie/9M2MDX, Rosli/9M2RHQ, Keropok/9W2JDY, Weerut/9W2RUT, Norzam/9W2WWW, Ikmal/9W2EDU, Prof. Noh/9W2MNW and Ahmad Ameran (AM)/9W2VVN. Look for updates and any latest news regarding their upcoming DXpedition on:
QSL via 9M2RDX (email@example.com). AS-147. Taka, JA8COE, will be active as JA8COE/8 from Rebun Island, between June 20-22nd. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via his home callsign, direct, ClubLog's OQRS or by the JARL Bureau.
EU-129. Frank, DH0JAE, will be active as DH0JAE/p from Usedom Island between July 20-31st. Activity will be on 80-10 meters QRP. He will also be in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/QRP entry. QSL via his home callsign (see QRZ.com).
NA-142. Larry, K4KGG, will activate Santa Rosa Island [aka Okaloosa] (USI FL-003S, Florida) between May 29-31st. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW, RTTY, SSB, PSK. He will have 500w and a vertical antenna near the salt water. Suggested operating days and times: May 29th - 2000-2359Z; May 30th - 0000-0001z, 1400-1600z and 1900-2359z; and May 31st - 0000-0100z and 1400-1700z. QSL via K4KGG direct.
NA-248. (Update/New IOTA) Cezar, VE3LYC, is planning to activate Melville Island from the Arctic Watershed Observatory sometime between the period of August 3-10th (Exact dates TBA). Landing permission and logistics have been granted. This will be a new entry on the Arctic Challenge Directory. On May 8th, Cezar announced, "Industry Canada have just approved the special callsign I have requested for this operation. My plan is to operate from the east part of the island, which is administered by the province of Nunavut, and the callsign will be VY0M. All contacts will count for CQ Zone 1." Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via VE3LYC, direct or by the Bureau. An OQRS will be available via ClubLog for both direct and Bureau QSL. There is now a Web page available at:
OC-194. Members of the Hellenic Amateur Radio Association of Australia (HARAOA) will be activating South Solitary Island for the first time ever between July 26-28th.
OC-268. Budi, YF1AR, will be activating the following Laut Kecil Islands sometime between May 30th and June 2nd: Payongpayongan Island (Payongpayongan LightHouse IDO-384) and Marabatua aka Moresa Island. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using mainly SSB with some CW and Digital modes. QSL via N2OO or via ClubLog's OQRS. For more details, see:
Keith, G3TTC, has announced that he "hopes to activate some French IOTAs (Callsign F/G3TTC/P) while on holiday between May 30th- July 4th." IOTAs mentioned are: EU-094 (May 31st?), EU-058 (June 9th?), EU-070 (June 12th?), EU-095 (June 16th?), EU-148?? (June 21st?), EU-159? (June 27th/28th?), EU-107 (2nd July?) and EU-157 (July 4th?), and possibly Monaco on 6th June also. None of the activations are definite, he will try his best, and all dates are 'best guess'. He has antennas for 20/17 meters. Try looking around 14260 and 18140 plus/minus. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct. Alternatively, send an E-mail to him at firstname.lastname@example.org with QSO details, and he will send a card via the Bureau. Please be patient! Keith is a stamp collector, so he would be pleased to receive stamps for his collection.
ISWL CALLSIGNS (For May)
The following ISWL club callsigns will be used throughout the month of June 2015:
GX4BJC/A - Operated from Walton-on-the Naze, in Essex, by Herbie/G6XOU. (/A WAB Square TM22 - England, IOTA EU-005, WLOTA 1841). MX1SWL/A - Operated from Towcester, in Northamptonshire, by Phil/G4DMS. (/A WAB Square SP65 - England, IOTA EU-005, WLOTA 1841).ALL QSLs will be handled by Herbie, G6XOU, and NOT the individual operator. The I.S.W.L. is a member of the European PSK Club. All QSL info is on
Jean, F5LCI (ex-FO/F5LCI) will be active as J20JM starting sometime in mid-July through mid-September. Activity will be on the HF bands (bands will depend on the antenna possibilities), operating QRP using CW and JT65. No SSB. QSL via his home callsign or eQSL.
KP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS
Craig, VE3OP, will be active as KP2/VE3OP from the Radio Reef DX'ers KP2M Station/QTH (St. Croix) between July 11-26th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and some RTTY. Also, look for him to be active as KP2M -- probably in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th). QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.
Bo, OZ1DJJ, will once again be active as OX3LX from Simiutaq Island Station (NA-220) between June 12-19th. Activity will be on the HF bands. This is good for Arctic Challenge. QSL via OZ1PIF direct (see QRZ.com). Logs get uploaded to LoTW, ClubLog and sometimes eQSL.
PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (May 25-31st)
Jun/01st DIS Jun/04th AN Jun/06th AN Jun/02nd AN Jun/05th AN Jun/07th LN Jun/03rd 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=6-9 100-400REALTIME BAND CONDITIONS WEB SITE
Rony, PS7AB, will activate special event station PT70FEB between June 1-30th. Activity is to celebrate the 70th anniversary of World War II and to remember the importance of PEACE. The special callsign is also in honor to all who participated in the war, especially the Brazilian Expeditionary Force - FEB, on the battlefields in Italy. Operations will be on 40/20/17/15/10 meters using SSB and CW/ Digital. QSL via PS7AB, direct (2 USDs), by the Bureau, eQSL or LoTW.
A special certificate will be sent in 2016 via E-mail to stations who made contacts with at least 10 Special Event Stations by mode (SSB, CW or Digital), or mixed (3 modes). Each month in 2015, Ronaldo will activate a different callsign and also send 12 different QSLs. PU70FEB is the sixth special event station to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in 2015. For more details, see:
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (May 29th) ------------------------------------------------------------------------- 5T0ITU via ON8RA IQ9XD via (I-B) SP0VD via SP5KAB 9A4MX/P via DJ2MX LX/ON4REM via ON7DM SV5/DJ5AA via DJ5AA 9A8VI via OE4VIE LX1HD via LX1NJ SV8/DH7IF via DH7IF EA8/SQ9UM via SQ9UM OL750CB via OK1KCB SX2AUCPT via SV2HXV EH8DDC via EA8RKL (d/e) P4/W1XP via W1XP TA4/PH2M/MM via PH2M (B) EN150ITU via UT5UIA P4/W9ORW via W9ORW TM08CRD via ON4CRD GB800MC via G0BPK P40FN via M0OXO ZA/IK2RLM via IK2RLM (e/L) HA45KHW via HA0KHW PD45FREE via PD7YY ZA/OU2I via OZ1BII HP0CC via IZ4SUC RM30SM via RL3O II5COTA via IZ4SUC SE90IARU via (SM-B) (e) eQSL only (d) direct only (B) Bureau only (*-B) DX's- Bureau (O) OQRS only (C) ClubLog only (L) LoTW onlyQSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 5W0JY (OC-097), 9A5W, 9N7MD, AT150ITU, DM8T, EA5ATK, EF3EGB, FK8DD, FW1JG (OC-054), G3VXR, G4YBU, GM0WED, HA3MN, HB9AMQ, HC2ANT/8, HE200GE, J48TSL, JE7CJL, JH5RXS, LA8UL, LY7A, N7ET/DU7, OE6Z, OM3AG, PA4WM, PQ0T (SA-010), PY2KPY, RA9YN, TA1/PA4WM, UA3DK, UP120R, US2IQ, VI2ANZAC, W1YRC, YU1EW and YU5A QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 9N7FD, E51UFF, GS6PYE/P (EU-112), H42NT, H44NT, JA6TBE/5 (AS-200), JA6TBE/6 (AS-037), RI1ANR, VK5CE/p (OC-220), VK7FG (OC-195), YB4IR/8 (OC-249) and YJ0XG
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 3W1D, 3D2GC, 3A2MW, 3V8BCC, 4W/G3ZEM, 4K9W, 5U6E, 5H3EE, 5W1SA, 6V7D, 7T9A, 7Z1HL, 9X0W, 9Q6AL, 9J3A, 9K53NLD, 9M2TO, 9N7MD, 9V1LX, 9V1SV, 9V1XX, A52JO, AH0BT, C21DL, CE0/DL8LR, CE0Y/DK5VP, D44TBE, D44TXT, E51AIU, FO/KH0PR, FO8WBB, FW5JJ, FY/G3SNW, HB0/DF5AU, J28NC, J38XX, PJ4/EA1PP, SV5/SM8C, SV5/DL3DRN, SW8YY, TM4U, TO2M, TT8PK, TZ5A, TZ6RF, V31TF, V5/DJ2SO, XT2FCJ, XW2CW, Z21DXI, ZA/ON6NB, ZD8D and ZK3T
By the time you read this, Bob, VK2RG, should or will be active as T2RG from Funafuti for 7 days. However, activity will be limited to his spare time because of his work. Operations will be with a Yaesu FT-857D and a multiband dipole for 30-10 meters, possibly 40m. using SSB, JT65 and WSPR. QSL via his home callsign direct.
VP8SGI/VP8STI DXPEDITION NEWS (A request for funding!)
The following was received from Paul, N6PSE [edited]: The last major operations from South Sandwich and South Georgia Islands were in 2002. Since that time, these islands have steadily climbed the most wanted list. South Sandwich is currently the #3 most wanted DXCC entity, while South Georgia is the #8 most wanted entity.
Our goal is to conduct two 8-10 day DXpeditions to each of these top ten entities. To effectively do that, we need your support.
The fourteen members of the VP8STI/VP8SGI team have committed to paying $210,000 of the $425,000 needed to carry out this Dxpedition. To date, we have raised $315,000 which includes our team contribution. We still have a significant deficit of $110,000. The VP8STI/VP8SGI team needs the support of the worldwide DX Community to help us make this Dxpedition a success.
While donations from North America were strong initially, we would greatly appreciate more support from North America, Europe, Asia and South America. To date, North America Clubs & Foundations have provided 87% of our support, while 12% comes from Europe and less than one percent from Asia.
Both David (K3LP-Co Team Leader) and I think our plans for the low bands, which include a four-square for 40 meters, 2 phased verticals for 80 meters and 2 phased verticals on 160 meters plus a robust 4 station beverage system warrants a higher level of commitment from the DX community in general.
A dual rare Dxpedition like this warrants the same level of financial contribution as other recent major DXpeditions. We are all in financially at this point and need your assistance no matter what level of donation you can make.
So, please consider a generous contribution to this project. To have your club or organization’s logo included with the QSL card, please contribute $250 or more. Individual contributions of $150 or more will be listed with the QSL card. All donors of $25 or more will receive an early LoTW upload. Everyone who supports the Dxpedition will be listed and properly recognized on our website.
Our plans are moving forward in all aspects. We have just made our second installment of $113,000 to the Braveheart. Next month, we will ship a container to Auckland, New Zealand where its contents will be loaded aboard the Braveheart in October. In March, we will ship our equipment home when the Braveheart arrives in Cape Town, South Africa. The shipping of our equipment is our second greatest cost behind the vessel charter.
We encourage you to visit our website
Payable to: Intrepid-DX GroupThank you, The Intrepid-DX Group VP8 Team XU, CAMBODIA
C/O David Jorgensen-WD5COV, CFO/Treasurer
18645 Cortez Rd SE, Deming, NM 88030 USA
Jarrad, VK3HXT, has recently received his XU7AGA callsign and has moved to Sihanoukville on Koh Rong Island to be with his brother. He has two HF radio - Icom IC-7200 HF/6M Transceiver and Yaesu FT-817ND QRP Transceiver (which he is currently using). At some stage in the future, he hopes to be able to offer visiting hams the chance to rent his Sihanouk- ville Shack, and provide advice (and equipment). QSL via VK3HXT. For more details and possible updates, see QRZ.com (under XU7AGA). ClubLog's OQRS is available and LoTW will be available soon.
------------------------------------------------------------------------ Contest DXCC Class QSL Callsign Entity Route ------------------------------------------------------------------------ 3V8SS Tunisia M/S LoTW; QSL via LX1NO 4X7R Israel SOAB 15M 4X6OM 5C5T Morocco M/S EA5YU; QSL OK via (EA-B/d) 6Y6N Jamaica LoTW; QSL via DK9PY (DARC-B/d) 9M2M West Malaysia M/M 9M2GET A42A Oman M/S A47RS (B/d) BD1IIJ China SOAB LP LoTW; QSL via BD1IIJ C56XA Gambia G3SWH C6AYM Bahamas SO LP LoTW; QSL via K9GY CE3AA Chile SOSB 20M CE3AA CR6K Portugal SOAB LoTW; QSL via CT1ILT (d) CT3KN Madeira SOSB 15M LoTW; QSL via CT3KN (B/d) CU4DX Azores SOAB CU2DX DL3YM/VP9 Bermuda SOAB LP DL3YM E2X Thailand M/S E20GMY EE3X Spain SOSB 80M EF2A Spain SOAB LP LoTW; QSL via EA2OT (B/d) G2F England SOAB G4MKP HS0ZIA Thailand M/S LoTW J38MM Grenada LoTW; QSL via KE1B (B/d) J42T Greece M/S SV2DCD LX/OO9O Luxembourg SOAB LP LoTW; QSL via (e) LY4A Lithuania M/2 LY4A LY7A Lithuania M/M LoTW LX/OO9O Luxembourg SO LoTW MJ5Z Jersey SOAB LP LoTW M6W England SOSB 40M LoTW NP2P U.S. Virgin Islands SOAB LoTW OH5Z Finland SOSB LoTW OH0X Aland Island SOAB HP OH2TA P4/N4QS Aruba LoTW; QSL (d) P4/NU4N Aruba LoTW; QSL (d) P49Y Aruba SO AE6Y; possibly SB 40m PR5W Brazil SOAB HP LoTW; QSL via PY5FB R90IARU Russia (Europe) SOAB HP UA6YW RT0F Russia (Asia) M/S LoTW; QSL via RT0F (B/d) SN6O Poland SO LoTW; QSL via SP6PAZ (B) SW8WW Greece SOAB LP HA0HW OQRS T48K Cuba SO LP DK1WI T49A Cuba SO LP TO5Y Martinique SOAB HP VC2W Canada SOAB HP VA2WA VO1TTT Canada SOAB VE3IKV VP2MDG Montserrat M/? K2DM XW1IC Laos SOAB LoTW; QSL via E21EIC ZA/OU2I Albania SOAB LP LoTW; QSL via OZ1BII (B/d) ZP9MCE Paraguay SOSB 20M EA5ZD (e) eQSL only (d) direct only (B) Bureau only (*-B) DX's- Bureau (O) OQRS only (C) ClubLog only (L) LoTW only
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