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OPDX Bulletin 1231 September 14, 2015

OPDX Bulletin 1231 September 14, 2015
The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1231
BID: $OPDX.1231
September 14, 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, W2GB, AA3B, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, WA3PZO, N4AA & QRZ DX, K5GS, W5JON, K6VVA, KK6EK, N6PSE, K8BL, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m News, WD9EWK/VA7EWK, 3B8FA, CO8CML, DL1SBF, DL7UXG & The DX News Letter,,, DX-World.Net, E21EIC, ES1CW, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, F6BCL, G4EDG, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, LU5BE, OH2BN, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, VA3RJ & ICPO, VE3LA/VE8DX and VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) for the following DX information.
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 6th/September, through Sunday, 13th/September there were 211 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4W, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A2, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, BV, BY, C2, C3, C6, C9, CE, 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, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FR, FS, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, JA, JT, JW, JY, K, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PY, PZ, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T2, T32, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TT, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP5, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XW, YA, YB, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YU, YV, Z3, ZA, ZB, 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".
Pat, 3B8FA, informs OPDX that he will be active as 3B7FA from St. Brandon (AF-015) sometime between October 26-30th. Activity will be limited to his spare time with operations on 20/15/10 meters using SSB and the Digital modes (SSTV and PSK93). Equipment: Yaesu FT857/897 with 100 watts into a vertical antenna. Pat states, "I will operate when time permits and try to make as many QSOs as possible." QSL via his home callsign or LoTW.
Dave, WJ2O, will be active as 9Y4/WJ2O from Trinidad Island (SA-011) between November 25-30th. He will be there with his wife during the American Thanksgiving holiday. Activity will include the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th) as Single-Op/All-Band entry. Dave states, "We will put a small antenna on the top of this hotel located in the capital city of Port of Spain." QSL via N2ZN. Dave states, "I no longer upload QSOs to LoTW." For more details/updates and the reason why he does not use the LoTW, go to:
Daniel, ZS6JR, will once again be active from here. This time as C92JR from a beach resort in Chidenguele between now and September 22nd. 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 possible updates on:
Carlos, CO8CML, will be active from Las Tunas (FL10mw) during the CQWW RTTY Contest (September 26-27th) as a Single Operator/Single-Band (20m)/Low-Power entry. QSL info is available at
Just a reminder that Ken, LA7GIA, will be active as D67GIA from Grande Comores Island (Ngazidja) [AF-007] between September 14-23rd. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. Equipment will be a TS-480SAT with an Ameritron ALS 500m into a Mosley Mini 32 ASP (2 element beam 20/15/10m), Mosley TW 22 M (2 element beam 17/12m), Hygain AV640 and wire antennas (backup). QSL via LA7GIA direct ONLY (SAE + 3 USDs). Please note, NO IRC, NO Bureau QSL. Bureau QSL will not be answered. For updates, check:
Jacek, SP5EAQ, will be active as E51EAQ from Rarotonga (OC-013, WLOTA 0971) between October 19th and November 1st. Activity will be on 80-10 meters SSB only. He will also be in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th). QSL via SP7DQR, by the Bureau, direct or an OQRS on the following Web page. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW. For more details and updates, see:
FJ, ST. BARTHELEMY (Early Announcement)
Operators Dave/W9DR and Tom/W9AEB will be active as FJ/W9DR and FJ/W9AEB from Saint Barthelemy Island (NA-146, DIFO FJ-001, WLOTA 0377) between June 17-29th (2016). Look for W9DR as FJ/W9DR on 6 meters only (50.115 MHz), CW/SSB with a 6m Beacon (50.115.7 MHz). Look for W9AEB as FJ/W9AEB on 40-10 meters CW/SSB. QSL via their home callsigns.
Kostyantyn "Ken", VE3LA, will be active as FM/VE8DX from Martinique (NA-107) between October 17-27th. He will also be active as TO2M during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. Activity outside of the contest will be on CW and SSB on all bands. Ken tells OPDX, "Prior and after contest activity will be limited as this will be also my family vacation. But I'll try to accommodate SKEDs if somebody needs a new country. I'm trying to pay back to the society as a DXCC HR#1 holder. There were a lot of SKEDs to get it. I'm celebrating 10th anniversary of my DXCC HR#1 and 30 years on the radio.
This year's first satisfactory result was All-Time World Record in SOU HP category in ARRL DX Contest. I'm looking forward to meeting all my friends on the radio during WWDX as well." QSL both callsigns via LY5W. PLEASE NOTE: The TO2M callsign was used before by Sam, F6AML, from Mayotte, so be careful when you QSL.
GB2, ENGLAND (Special Event)
Look for special event station GB2QLR to be active until September 15th. Activity is to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II becoming the longest reigning British Head of State, and the longest reigning female monarch in history, surpassing Queen Victoria. Activity will be on the HF and VHF bands using SSB. QSL via operators' instructions.
Press Release from Pristina, Kosovo, dated September 10th, 2015:
With the start of a new academic year, Amateur Radio has reached a major milestone in Pristina, capital of the Republic of Kosovo, as the faculty of the Technical University of Pristina has assigned a facility to this year's Amateur Radio graduates (40), making an attached radio station and a library available to the new licensees. The HQ station Z60A will be activated for the next several days and occasionally from now on. Following the inauguration, SHRAK will organize their first DX activity from neighboring Albania for the weekend of September 18-21st. More details will follow...... Vjollca Caka, Z61VB
AS-043. Operators Suehiro/JI1PLF, Mitsuo/JA1UNS, Hisashi/7N1GMK, Takeo/7L4PVR and Kazuhiko/7N4VPS will once again be active as homecall/1 from Hachijo Island in the JA1 South Izu Group, between October 15-19th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via their home callsigns, direct or by the Bureau.
EU-105. A group of 6 Belgian operators will be active as TM6NB from Batz Island between September 14-18th. Operators mentioned are Walter/ON8CW (Digital Op), Erik/ON4ANN (Team leader & SSB Op), Philippe/ON4ACP (CW Op), Erik/ON4CCV (SSB Op), Francois/ ON4LO (SSB Op) and Paul/ON5PDV (SSB & Digital Op). Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB, PSK and RTTY. QSL via ON4ANN, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.
EU-124. Operators Steve/G4EDG, Jeff/G4ELZ and Pete/G4GSA will be active from Flat Holm Island between September 12-16th. Their callsigns will be GW4EDG/P, GW4ELZ/P and GW4GSA/P. Activity will be on 40-17 meters using CW, RTTY and PSK. QSL via their home callsigns direct or LoTW.
EU-125. Rene, DL2JRM, will once again be active as OZ/DL2JRM/p from Romo Island (DIA NS-001), September 19-20th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters, mainly CW. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
OC-177. Budi, YF1AR, was expected to be active as YF1AR/0 from Tidung Island, Seribu Islands (New Island), this past week between September 12-13th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using mainly SSB as well as on CW and the Digital modes. QSL via N2OO or by ClubLog's OQRS. For more details, see Budi's Web page at:
Ken, WA4SQM, will be active as J8/WA4SQM from Palm Island in The Grenadines (NA-025) between September 13-18th. Activity will be holiday style and mainly on the QRP CW frequencies (mainly 40/20 meters) mostly during local evening hours. ?QSL via LoTW or direct to his home callsign with a SASE.
Jacek, SQ5BPF, will once again be active as JW/SQ5BPF from the Polish Polar Station in Hornsund, Spitsbergen Island (EU-063), between September 19-27th. Activity will be on the HF bands when time permits. QSL via SQ5BPF by the Bureau (preferred).
Jim, KG9LB, will be active as KG4AW from Guantanamo Bay [GTMO] (NA-015) between October 9-16th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK. QSL via his home callsign direct.
ADDED NOTES: "The Daily DX" reports that Bill/W4WV (KG4WV) and Keith/KE4KDY (KG4DY) will also be there with Jim. The group will activate Over the Windward Point Lighthouse (GTM-001) over October 10-11th weekend. Keith and Jim will depart GTMO on October 16th, while Bill will remain until October 23rd.
Operators Hoc/LU5BE (CW), Henry/LU8EFF and Leo/LU3AAL will be active as homecalls/GR from Herradura, Province of Formosa (Grid Locator GG03UM), a Region in Argentina, between September 24-27th. There has been very little activity and almost no CW operations from this area. They plan to have 3 stations active and 1 station on 50 MHz. Activity will be on 80/40/20/17/15/10 meters using CW, SSB, PSK31, JT65 and SSTV. QSL via their home callsigns (see
Operators Dietmar/DL3DXX, Thomas/DL5LYM, Robert/ SP5XVY and Roman/US5WDX will be active as OJ0DX from Market Reef (EU-053) between September 19-28th (depending on the WX for boat transfer to/from the island). Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. Look for them to be active during the CW Scandinavian Activity Contest (September 19-20th) and CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 26-27th). QSL via DL3DXX.
P5, NORTH KOREA (Update)
Rick, K6VVA, has posted another update to his possible P5CW (P5/K6VVA) "CW ONLY" operation at:
Update is titled "PETITION FOR DPRK AUTHORITIES" and states:
Automated PETITION STATISTICS by AGE and AREA Participation can be viewed in realtime at:
Tnx to the DX'ers, Contesters and well known DX-Peditioners who have already participated! If this 'long shot' assist to the current proposal ends up paying off, there will be some very 'Special Recognition' for all those who have supported this effort. More detailed info at:
Members of the "RF Junkie DXpedition Group" are planning trips to Tuvalu (OC-015) and Viti Levu Island (OC-016) in the Fiji Island group during November and December. Operators are Tim/NL8F, Dean/KW7XX, YL Paula/NX1P, Dick/N7RO and Paul/W7IV. Plans are as follows:
* November 24th-December 2nd -- Tuvalu; callsign T2TT; activity will be on 160-10 meters; with two stations (possibly three); mainly CW and SSB with some Digital; QTH is the Vaiaku Lagi Hotel in Funafuti. Direct and Bureau QSLs for T2TT will go to K8NA. They will also be offering OQRS from ClubLog starting on December 3rd. Also, they will upload to LoTW approximately 4 months after the DXpedition ends. * December 3-10th -- Fiji; callsign 3D2RJ (pending); activity will be on 160-10 meters; one less operator (NL8F), so 4 operators and 2 stations; mainly CW and SSB with some Digital; QTH is Rakiraki from a beach house located on the peninsula on the northern coast. Direct or Bureau cards for 3D2RJ will go to Dick N7RO. Also, they will upload to LoTW approximately 4 months after the DXpedition ends. NO mention of a OQRS.
It is recommended to look for them on the IOTA frequencies. If these become too crowded, they will drop lower in the bands to more traditional DX windows. The team is mostly the same operators they had during the T32RC operation from Eastern Kiribati back in 2013. For more details and updates, check the following Web pages:
 Sep/14th AN      Sep/17th  AN      Sep/19th  LN
 Sep/15th HN      Sep/18th  AN      Sep/20th  AN
 Sep/16th HN

    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
The purpose of this experimental Web site is to provide 24-7-365 actual (REALTIME) band condition information to CW QRPp, QRPe and CW/SSB for Contesters interested in increasing their scores. It can also be of benefit to other Radio Amateurs to determine band conditions for Nets and casual QSO's. This information is NOT based on any software pre- dictions or any kind of satellite based readings. It is based on a new Ionospheric sounding method called "HF Ionospheric Interferometry" which operates very similarly to the PolSAR system used by NASA. PY0F, FERNANDO DE NORONHA (Update)
Three of the five member 1992 Navassa DXpedition Team, Ron/AA4NC, Will/AA4VK, and Murray/WA4DAN are planning a "reunion" DXpedition to PY0F, Fernando de Noronha (SA-003) between October 18-27th, including operating in the CQWW Phone Contest.
Look for operators to sign PY0F/homecall on all-bands on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. Elecraft has generously provided a complete station, including K3S and KPA500 amp. AA4NC will be the operator for the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry signing PY0F/AA4NC. A multi-card color QSL with island scenes similar to the QSLs for their recent CY0 operations is planned. WA4DAN will handle "Direct" QSLs. An OQRS service will be available on the Web page at:
Until a dedicated PY0F website is created, updates will be posted at and at the various DX bulletins. QSL INFO AND NEWS
  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (September 13th)
  5B/DJ8OG via DJ8OG        HZ1BL via IZ8CLM         SO1RE via DK8RE
  5B/DL7BC via DL7BC        II0IABH via IZ0EUX       SV5/G0TSM via G0TSM
  5B/G3RWF via G3RWF        IR0ROMA via IK0LZR       SV8/DK7TX via DK7TX
  8Q7AM via IW0HBY          LN1V via LA4LN (d)       SW8WW via HA0HW
  9A/PH2A via PH2A          OE/DF9GU/P via DF9GU     TK/DL4FF via DL4FF
  9A8DX via 9A3JB           OM/DL7AU/P via DL7AU     TM50URA via F5ANZ
  9K2OD via EA7FTR          PX8Z via PY8WW           VO2/DJ8QP via DJ8QP
  9M2/JA6GMC via JA6GMC     R101TW via RA4DR         W3B via W3LIF
  AN7ONU via EA7NL          RI0BV via UA4WHX         YT90IARU via YU1SRS
  C4I via DJ8OG (*)         S50AU via YT5FD          Z3/DL1CW via DL1CW
  CP1XRM via EA5RM          SD3F via SM3AKW          Z312HST via Z3-Bureau
  CT9/DL1RNT via DL1RNT     SN2SONDA via SP4PKM      Z60A via OH2BH
  HF0WFF via SP5ZIM         SN76BHO via SP8ONU
    (e) eQSL only  (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (*-B) DX's- Bureau

    (O) OQRS only  (C) ClubLog only  (L) LoTW only    (*) WAE-SSB 2015 only
K1ZZI/J6 QSL ROUTE. Please note that Ralph, K1ZZ, who will be active as K1ZZI/J6 from St. Lucia with Steve, WF2S, between October 7-18th, states, "QSL info is LoTW Only. I don’t plan to have QSL cards made for this very casual trip." QSLS RECEIVED VIA LoTW: CE2AWW, DK7MD, HK3W, LA2LI, MO5BFL, UT2GW, VE3AXW, YF1DO, ZD8D and ZZ80RJ
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3D2AG/P (OC-060), 6Y5WJ, JY4CI (via K2AX; QSL sent direct on Oct. 4th, 2014), SN0RX and VA2NQ/2
Operators Roberto/EA2CNU and Arseli/EA2JG will be active as S01WS from the Sahrawi Amateur Radio Union Club Station in Tifariti, Western Sahara, between October 22-28th. Activity will be on the HF bands, especially the lower bands, using CW and SSB. They also plan to be active in the CQWW SSB DX Contest (October 24-25th) using the special callsign S0S. QSL via EA2JG and OQRS system. For more details and updates, watch:
SPECIAL EVENT (Highway to a DX Party!)
The Citrus Belt Amateur Radio Club of San Bernardino, California, is once again hosting (probably one of the most fun special event activities) the 16th annual "Route 66 On The Air" special event between September 12-20th. The purpose of this event is to offer amateur radio operators a fun way to "Relive the Ride" of their own memories of Route 66, and to celebrate the highway's 85th anniversary. The U.S. Highway 66 established in 1926, was the first major improved highway to link the west coast with the nations heartland. Through stories, songs, and TV shows, the highway came to symbolize the spirit of the freedom of the open road, inspiring many to see America. Look for the following 21 stations (two are rovers) operating in or around the major cities along the old "Route 66" from Santa Monica, California, to Chicago, Illinois:
   Stations       City                   Clubs/Individuals
   --------      --------------------   -------------------------
     W6A         Santa Monica, CA       Westside Amateur Radio Club
     W6B         Los Angeles, CA        Westside Amateur Radio Club
     W6C         San Bernardino, CA     Citrus Belt Amateur Radio Club
     W6D         Victorville, CA        Victor Valley Amateur Radio Club
     W6E         Barstow, CA            Barstow Amateur Radio Club
     W6F         Kingman, AZ            Mojave Amateur Radio Club
     W6G         Flagstaff, AZ          Northern Arizona DX Association
     W6H         Albuquerque, NM        Albuquerque DX Association
     W6I         Amarillo, TX           Chapter 141, QCWA
     W6J         Elk City, OK           Marvin Gorden, KC9VF
     W6K         Oklahoma City, OK      W6K Oklahoma City
     W6L         Tulsa, OK              Tulsa Amateur Radio Club
     W6M         Riverton, KS           Jim Cochran, K0RH
     W6N         Joplin, MO             Joplin Amateur Radio Club
     W6O         Lebanon, MO            Lebanon Amateur Radio Club
     W6P         St. Louis, MO          St. Louis Amateur Radio Club
     W6Q         Chicago, IL            Six Meter Club of Chicago
     W6R         Springfield, MO        Southwest Missouri Amateur RC
     W6U         Joliet, IL             Illinois Radio League

     W6S         ROVER 1                Northern Arizona DX Association
     W6T         ROVER 2                Northern Arizona DX Association
Special event stations are expected to be found in the vicinity of the following frequencies. (Look for digital modes in the standard band segments for such mode) All frequencies +/- QRM:
CW - 3533, 7033, 10110, 14033, 18080, 21033, 24900, 28033 and 50033 kHz
SSB - 3866, 7266, 14266, 18164, 21366, 24966, 28466 and 50166 kHz
Digi - 3580, 7070, 10140, 14070, 18100, 21070, 24920 and 28120 kHz
R66 MOBILE Operations - Any amateurs operating while actually driving along Route 66 during the special event period are encouraged to take part in "Route 66 On The Air", by using the designation "mobile 66" for SSB or "/m66" for CW after their callsigns. All other amateur radio operators are welcome to contact these mobile operators. REPEATERS - Some of the participating clubs will also be operating this event from their local VHF/UHF repeaters. Check the ARRL repeater guide for possible repeater frequencies, if your in the local area.
Each participating club will issue their own QSL card commemorating this event. QSL information is available on the Web at:
For more details about the event and the certificate that is available, please visit the "Route 66 OTA Site" at:
Nicolas, F1RAF, will once again be active as SV8/F1RAF from Poros Island (not IOTA) between October 25-31st. Activity will be on SSB only on 20/17/15/12/10 meters. QSL via F1RAF, direct or by the Bureau.
Frank, I2DMI, and his wife Giovanna will once again be on Palau for the Christmas holidays between December 22-29th. Activity will be holiday style on 80-10 meters using RTTY only. QSL via I2DMI direct to: P.O.Box 55, 22063 CANTU', Italy.
Ariel, NY4G, will be active as TA3/NY4G sometime around October 11th for approx. 2-3 weeks. Activity will be limited because he is there in Izmir on a work assignment. Operations will be on 40-10 meters using mainly CW with 100 watts into an end-fed dipole. QSL via his home callsign, direct or LoTW. Look for log to be uploaded to ClubLog and LoTW on a regular basis.
Alain, F6BCL, informs OPDX that he will once again be active as TR8CA from Gabon starting on September 15th, and normally for a period of 4 years, until retirement. He states, "After I'll see if I will stay in Gabon or in France. This trip Alain will bring a tuning box MFJ 1.5 kW and a HAM4 rotator for his 3 element beam. He also intends to improve his antennas 80-160 meters. He adds that his projects for this trip:
* Amplifier 50 MHz to make some contacts via the moon. * Getting ready to traffic via Phase3E and the future geostationary satellite funded by some countries of the Persian Gulf. Otherwise, he will continue his activities via FO29 and AO7 satellites.
* He has little hope to make QSO on 28 MHz and 50 MHz following the degradation of solar activity.
* He will be active on 20/17/15 meters in the afternoon (1/3 time CW, 1/3 SSB and 1/3 Digital modes (JT65/RTTY/PSK and others like Contestia, MFSK, Domino ...).
After a year of heads down project planning, budgeting and equipment procurement TX3X will soon be on the air. Chesterfield Island is now Clublog's Most Wanted #21. As of Thursday, Sept. 10th, the Advance Team is either in New Zealand, or en route. Evohe's skipper, Steve Kafka, is at Auckland's Bayswater Marina preparing to load our equipment between Sept. 13-15th. His position is visible at: or at
by searching on Evohe, New Zealand. It's not too late to make a donation through the "Donate" button at For those processing a donation through before we sail on Sept. 28th. - LoTW uploads will be processed while we're on the island. All other donors will receive their LoTW upload on a priority basis. OQRS will be available shortly after the DX-pedition is completed. 73, Chesterfield Islands 2015 Team. TY, BENIN
Nicolas, F8FQX (ex-TJ3SN, TN5SN, 5T5SN), who recently went QRT from Cameroon in July, will be moving to Benin later this year and will be active as TY2SN for next three years. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via IZ1BZV or LoTW.
UNITED STATES SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS (Press Release by the Holmesburg Amateur Radio Club) [edited]
Pope Francis will be visiting the United States between September 22-27th, and amateur radio will be part of the celebration. Throughout the 5 day event (September 23rd, 0000z ­ September 28th, 0000z) 6 special event amateur radio stations will be on the air to commemorate the event. Callsigns from the Washington DC area will be K3P and N4P. From New York and New Jersey the callsign will be K2P. W3FRC/WMF will be on the air from southeastern Pennsylvania and W3P will be on the air in Philadelphia. WM3PEN, also of Philadelphia, will join in Thursday evening at 8:00 PM EST (Friday 0000 GMT). Four unique QSL cards will be available along with a certificate to mark this special and historic event. Additional information can be found at "Papal Visit Amateur Radio Special Event" Web page at:
The Washington DC operations are being coordinated by Jim Nitzberg, WX3B, of the Potomac Valley Radio Club. The southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey operations are under the direction of Ron Sigismonti, N3RS, of the Frankford Radio Club. The New York activity is being coordinated by John Melfi, W2HCB, of the Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club. W3P efforts on the air are being coordinated by Joe Leone, KA3LKM. WM3PEN operations are being coordinated by Bob Josuweit, WA3PZO, and the Holmesburg Amateur Radio Club. We are privileged to be able to represent our region of the USA via Amateur Radio. Every three years there is a "World Meeting of Families". In 2012 amateur radio operators in Italy had the call II2POPE on the air. This year amateur radio operators in 5 states will be on the air to commemorate the event. This year with the "World Meeting of Families" in Philadelphia and the second time a Pope has visited Philadelphia, Ron Sigismonti, says having several special event stations on the air by members of a club that originated in Philadelphia, then expanded to en- compass the entire region out to 175 miles of Philadelphia; another club whose members will be on the air in the same section of Philadelphia that the Pope is visiting; and another group of Philadelphia operators who are excited about the "World Meeting of Families" being held in the City will really make this a special event. Additionally, operations from the Greater Washington D.C. metropolitan area, metropolitan New York City, and parts of New Jersey will encompass the entire region visited by Pope Francis in the United States. It will allow those who can’t be in the various cities that he is visiting to participate in this event by talking to those who are. In essence this will be a world family meeting of amateur radio operators.
The Pope arrives at Joint Base Andrews on September 22nd, and begins his visit in Washington D.C. with a meeting with President Obama on Wednesday, September 23rd. He delivers a speech to a joint session of Congress on Thursday, September 24th. On Friday he attends a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly in New York and participates in a multi-religious service at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center. On Saturday he gives a speech at Independence Hall in Philadelphia and concludes his visit to the U.S. with an outdoor mass in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Sunday, September 27th. Certificate and QSL information can be found on the "Papal Visit Amateur Radio Special Event" Web site (listed above).
For a certificate, please send $5.00 plus a return address label (if you can) to Nick Clevenger, KK4ODQ, 3910 Gibbs Street, Alexandria, VA 22309. Please indicate on your request the callsigns you made contact with.
A Facebook group has been established for the event:
Four unique QSL cards will be available.
* QSL info for W3FRC/WMF. Please send SASE or $1 to Nick Clevenger, KK4ODQ, 3910 Gibbs Street, Alexandria, VA 22309. International cards please enclose $2 if you are able.
* QSL info for K2P, K3P and N4P. Please send SASE or $1 to Nick Clevenger, KK4ODQ, 3910 Gibbs Street, Alexandria, VA 22309. International cards please enclose $2 if you are able.
* QSL info can be found here for W3P -
* QSL info for WM3PEN -
Bud, AA3B, will once again be active as V26K from Antigua (NA-100) between September 13-18th. He is there working on the V26B Team Antigua contest station. He states that this will be an all CW operation. Please QSL via AA3B. V4, ST. KITTS AND NEVIS
Just a reminder that Al, W6HGF, will once again head to the Caribbean, but this time from St. Kitts over the CQWW RTTY Contest this year. He will be there between September 24th and October 4th. Al states, "As usual I plan to concentrate on the data modes, with RTTY being my favorite, but I also like to operate PSK125 when I can find some activity. My callsign will be V4/W6HGF. My son Ed, KK4PHP, will also be going and will operate as V4/KK4PHP." QSL via his home callsign direct, Clublog, LoTW or by the Bureau.
VE2/VE3, CANADA (Grids Op on the Birds!)
Bob, K8BL, reports [edited],
"I plan to leave for my Fall Grid Trip on Thursday, September 17th, which will take me through northern Ontario and Quebec. The first day will take me from my home QTH in EN91 to North Bay, ON, FN06. On Friday, September 18th, I'll go through FN07 on my way to Timmins, ON, EN98. On Saturday, September 19th, I'll operate more EN98 and hopefully get up to EN99. On Sunday, September 19th, I will travel through FN08 and over to Val d'Or, QC, in FN18. On Monday, September 21st, I'll go through FN17 and 16 and end up in Mont Tremblat, QC, FN26. On Tuesday, September 22nd, I go to Watertown, NY, FN24, and home to EN91 on Wednesday, September 23rd. I usually work FO29 10-15 kHz up from center-band and SO50, if I can squeeze my callsign into the fray. Not ever knowing what Mode AO7 will be in, I might give it a try. Never been on AO73. My hope is to give as many new Grids out to everyone as possible while seeing things few people see. Check out my info... 73/GL, Bob K8BL"
VK0EK DXPEDITION NEWS (Heard Island Expedition Newsletter Vol. 1 No. 5)
The current Heard Island Expedition Newsletter (Vol. 1, No. 5 -- dated September 10th) is now out. Individuals may have already received this because they subscribed to it, or they made a donation to the expedition, or they are a team member or a corporate sponsor, or Bob, KK6EK, just happens to know you and think you would like to have it. This issue goes to 1116 different people. Bob also informs [edited],
"There is no charge or obligation for this ­ we just want to help you make a QSO with VK0EK, or to collaborate in the scientific work. Future Newsletters will be issued now and then, when we have something to say, probably every few weeks. If you missed a previous Newsletter and would like to have a copy, you can find a link on p. 4
to download the back issue. The expedition is scheduled to begin in early March 2016, and end in late April. You can see the current status of the project on the main website and on the blogsite
I hope you like this Newsletter and find it useful. If you have sugges- tions, comments, subjects you would like to see addressed, etc., or wish to be removed from the distribution list, please write to me..... Bob, KK6EK -- Organizer/Expedition Leader"
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Leszek "Les", NI1L (ex-JX5O, XR0Y), will be active as VK9LN from Lord Howe Island (OC-004) between September 22-29th. Activity will be a light-weight holiday style operation on 40-10 meters using mostly CW. Due to weight restrictions on flights to/from the island it is going to be a low power operation. QSL via NI1L, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.
Operators Scott/NE9U, Ron/KK9K and Jim/WI9WI will be active from Montserrat Island (NA-103) during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 20-21st). Callsign(s), Operating Class and QSL routes TBA.
Operators Art/N3DXX and Steven/AA7V will once again be active as VP2V/homecall from Virgin Gorda (Tortola) during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th) as a Multi-Single entry signing as VP2V/N3DXX. QSL VP2V/N3DXX and VP2V/AA7V via NR6M. NO BUREAU CARDS OR CARDS SENT TO HOME ADDRESSES. THEY WILL NOT BE ANSWERED!!
VP8SGI/VP8STI DXPEDITION NEWS (Press Release from the Intrepid-DX Group VP8 Team)
Paul, N6PSE, sent out the following:
We are pleased to report that our VP8STI/VP8SGI equipment has arrived in Tauranga, New Zealand. It has been fumigated and has cleared Customs. It is now being stored by the RV Braveheart crew in preparation for their long voyage to the Falkland Islands to meet the team in January. You can see photos at:
Or on our Facebook page at:
Let the voyage begin! ... Paul, N6PSE XE719, MEXICO (Special Event)
Members of the Federación Mexicana de Radio Experimetadores (FMRE) will activate special event stations XE719SEP on September 19-20th. Activity is to commemorate the earthquakes that hit Mexico City on those dates in 1985. The "719" in the callsign represents the local time of the first earthquake, 7:19 am on September 19, 1985. The official start of this activity will begin at 7:19 am (time of Mexico City - 12:19 UTC) on Saturday, September 19th, and will end at 19:40 pm on Sunday, September 20th (local time of Mexico City, 00:40 UTC Monday, September 21st) this year. Bands and modes of transmission are published at:
PLEASE NOTE: The "XE Time" in this chart is the same as Central Daylight Time in the USA and Canada, corresponding to UTC -5. Activity is planned for 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. Omar, XE1AO, will be operating as XE719SEP on the satellites during these dates. Other operators will use XE719SEP on the other bands and modes during this weekend. More information about XE719SEP, in English and Spanish, is available at:
Champ, E21EIC, is once again active as XW1IC (ex-XW0YJY) since September 11th, from Vientiane until September 15th. Activity included an entry in this past weekend's WAE SSB Contest. QSLs must be requested via the OQRS on ClubLog or via E21EIC and LoTW. NO PAPER QSL IS NEEDED.
Daniel, VK4AFU, will be active as YJ0AFU from Port Vila, Efate Island (OC-035, WLOTA 1051), between January 2-10th (2016). Activity will be on 160-6 meters using JT65, JT9, RTTY, CW, SSB and some WSPR. Look for him on 6m using JT65 on 50090 kHz and CW/SSB on 50160 kHz +5 kHz. QSL via LoTW or NA5U direct. LoTW uploads will be done when he returns home. Check for updates.

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