segunda-feira, 13 de março de 2017

OPDX Bulletin 1308 March 13, 2017

OPDX Bulletin 1308 March 13, 2017
The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1308
BID: $OPDX.1308
March 13, 2017
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Written/Sent From Strongsville, Oh
Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB5K & the AR TelNet Clusters Network, NJ1Q & W1AW, K3LR, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, K5GS, WC6DX, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m DX News, ND9M, W9ILY, 4Z4DX, DL1SBF, DL7UXG & The DX News Letter,,, DX-World.Net, EA3WL, ES1CW, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, OE1WHC, OH2BH, ON4ZD/OS0S, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, VA3RJ & ICPO, and VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) for the following DX information.
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 5th/March, through Sunday, 12th/March there were 237 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9U, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, CY0, D2, DL, DU, E5/n, E5/s, E6, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FO/a, FR, FS, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, H40, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/m, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ5, PJ7, PY, PZ, S0, S2, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T2, T32, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TN, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9X, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YL, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, 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".
3B8, MAURITIUS. Nigel, G3TXF, who was active as 3B8/G3TXF in this past
weekend's Commonwealth Contest (BERU), will continue to be active until
March 21st. Outside contests, Nigel will be mainly on CW on the 30/17/12
meters bands. Look for him to possibly be in the Russian DX Contest
(March 18-19th). QSL via ClubLog's OQRS for direct and Bureau QSLs.

3D2/P, ROTUMA. Antoine, 3D2AG, will once again be active as 3D2AG/P from
Rotuma Island between March 25th and April 22nd, pending shipping schedule.
Activity will be on 160-6 meters, including 60m, using CW, SSB, RTTY and
PSK31. Operations will be entirely Solar-Powered using Sustain-able Renewable
Energy while running barefoot with 100 watts into a Spider-beam and wire
antennas. He mentions, "This will be a one-man DXpedition so not on the
air at all times . As I will have no internet or phone connection while
in Rotuma, please check cluster for spots. Operating at or close to the
usual DX frequencies; also will try and cater for novice station band
restrictions by listening split above xx.025 for CW." QSL via his home
callsign direct only or PayPal (see Also, watch for
update by Antoine.

5X, UGANDA. Anton, ON6NL, is once again active as 5X8C from Entebbe. The
length of his stay is currently unknown. Activity will be on various HF
bands. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau, LoTW or ClubLog.

60 METERS NEWS......
 * Local telecommunication authority in Hong Kong has now allocated 5351.5-
   5366.5 kHz to amateur radio service on a secondary basis. The maximum
   EIP is 15 watts.

 * A new regulation by the local telecommunication authority in Uruguay
   as now allocated 5351.5-5366.5 kHz with a maximum power of 25 watts
   on the following modes:
     5351.5-5354 kHz -- CW and the Digital modes
     5354-5366 kHz   -- all modes
     5366-5366.5 kHz -- CW and the Digital modes
   The new regulation is in force since February 1, 2017.

BP0, TAIWAN. Members of the Amateur Radio Taipei (ART) will be active
from Taoyuan as BP0P during the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest (March 25-26th)
as a Multi-2 entry. Operators mentioned are: Tang/BM2AAV, Emily/BU2BE,
Adam/BU2BF, Zhong/BU2BO, Eddie/BV2DD, Yang/BV3UF, YaoJun/BV5OO, Hsin/
BX2AFF, Tzu/BX3ABQ and Ashun/BX3ABT. QSL via BP0P. QSL also OK via ART
QSL Service.

C5, THE GAMBIA. By the time you read this, you may have one more day to
work Jan, PA7X, as C5/PA7X from The Gambia. He goes QRT on March 13th.
Activity has been mainly in the afternoon hours on 20 meters. QSL via

C6, BAHAMAS. Operators Bob/K6UDA and Tyghe/W6TJR are now active as C6AKA
from Salvador Island (NA-001) until March 18th. Activity will be holiday
style and mostly limited to their afternoons and evenings, and on CW QRP
using 40/20/10 meters. QSL via LoTW or eQSL. PLEASE NOTE: Their C6AKA
callsign is a reissued callsign and was used by Gerd, DL7VOG.

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME (DST). Did you remember to change your clocks?
Countries in the Northern Hemisphere (most of N. American and some of
the Caribbean) who observe Daylight Saving Time should have changed their
clocks on Sunday, March 12th at 2:00 AM, and should have moved their "local
clocks" forward 1 hour to 3:00:00 AM local time. Daylight Saving Time
will end on Sunday, November 5th at 2:00 AM. European countries will
switch to DST on March 26th. For the history and details about DST,
as well as an interesting map of the world (showing the countries who
observe DST), see:
ADDED NOTES: Hopefully, all amateur radio operators know not to change
their GMT/UTC/ZULU clocks. However, since most operators usually set their
computers to local time, some may have to change their settings on "some"
ham radio software (ex. logging, propagation, DXTelnet, etc..) programs.

DAYTON HAMVENTION NEWS. Tim Duffy, K3LR, reports the following [edited]:
I am very proud to announce that Nodir, EY8MM, will be the keynote speaker
for the 28th Annual Topband dinner in Dayton on Friday, May 19th, at the
Crowne Plaza. Nodir will speak about Topband preparations associated with
the January 2018 DXpedition to Bouvet Island where he will lead the TopBand
operation for 3Y0Z. Nodir is a very accomplished Topband operator having
recently confirmed 300 DXCC countries on 160 meters. EY8MM also has con-
firmed all 50 US states and all 40 CQ zones on Topband. He has extensive
DXpedition Topband experience as well. Tickets for the Dayton Topband
dinner are still available by going to the Topband dinner Web site.
 ... 73, Tim K3LR

ED9/EG9, CEUTA AND MELILLA. Members of Tortugas CW Group will be active
as EG9TOR from Melilla between May 18-21st. The group is there for the
King of Spain CW Contest (May 20-21st) using the special callsign ED9T.
Team members are Toni/EA4PN, Dany/EA3NN, Xavi/EA3HSJ, Felipe/EA4GMX,
Juan Carlos/EA5UF, Jaume/EA5IHK, Jose Luis/EA4JJ, Kin/EA3CV, Gul/EA8ZT
and Mikel/EA2CW. Before the contest the group will operate mainly CW,
but with some SSB and Digital modes on the HF bands. QSL via EA4PN.

EF9, CEUTA AND MELILLA. Jorge, EA9LZ, will be active as EF9R from Ceuta
during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 25-26th). QSL via EA5KB direct
or LoTW.

EK, ARMENIA. Operators Dmitry/RZ3DJ, Pavel/R2DX, R2DY and Yury/R2DG will
be active as EK/RZ3DJ, EK/R2DX, EK/R2DY and EK/R2DG from Armenia between
March 12-21st. Activity will be on 160-10 meters. QSL via their home call-
sign or ClubLog's OQRS. An "Armenia Plaque" is available if you work them
on three different bands. See:

active as FO/IZ2ZTQ from the following French Polynesian Islands between
May 1st and July 31st (specific dates not known):
 OC-027 -- Fatu Hiva Island, Marquesas Islands; WW Loc. CH09pm; DXCC FO/M
 OC-046 -- Tahiti Island, Windward Society Islands; WW Loc. BH52ek; DXCC FO
 OC-066 -- Rangiroa Island, Tuamotu Archipelago; WW Loc. BH64hs; DXCC FO
 OC-067 -- Bora Bora Island, Leeward Society Islands; WW Loc. BH43dl; DXCC FO

  Activity will be on 40/30/20/17/15 meters using SSB, PSK, RTTY and JT65.
QSL via IZ2LSP direct, via IZ2ZTQ by the Bureau, LoTW or eQSL.

FS, ST. MARTIN. Serge, VE1KG, is now active as FS/VE1KG from Saint Martin
Island (NA-105) until April 30th. Activity will be holiday style on various
HF bands. QSL via VE1KG direct only. No Bureau, eQSL or LoTW.

H40, TEMOTU PROVINCE. Operators Sigi/DK9FN and Bernard/DL2GAC are now
active as H40FN and H40MS, respectively, from Lata, Nendo Island (OC-100),
until March 24th. Activity will be on various HF bands using CW (Sigi)
and SSB (Bernard). QSL H40FN via: S. Hari, P.O. Box 1224, D-63488 Seligen-
stadt, Germany. PLEASE NOTE (per "QSL requests for the 2017
expedition must arrive at the QSL Manager before December 31st, 2017,
latest." For more details see (especially for prior operations).
QSL H40MS via DL2GAC, direct or by the Bureau.

HC, ECUADOR. John, K7HV, is now active as HC1HB and often travels to
Ecuador for volunteer work and play. This time around, he will be in
Ecuador until April 13th. When he is not on the air in Quito, John will
be operating out of Puyo and indigenous communities in Ecuador's Pastaza
Province, operating as HC1HB/7. John will be using his Elecraft KX2 QRP
rig with solar powered batteries while in the field and will have his
Icom IC-718 while in locations with main power. His antenna will be an
end-fed wire and an ATU. QSL via K7HV (w/SASE). NON-US stations please
send 1 green stamp. John states, "IF I end up working a lot of stations,
I might stumble through the process of setting up on LoTW."

IARC HOLYLAND CONTEST. Dov, 4Z4DX, wants to remind everyone that the
2017 Holyland Contest starts on April 14th, at 2100z, to April 15th,
2100z. Complete details/rules can be found at: 

IOTA NEWS..............
  AS-126.  By the time you read this, a group of Thai operators will be
           close to going QRT (March 13th) as E20HHK/P from Lipe Island.
           Operators mentioned are E20HHK, HS3NBR, HS9HK, HS8JCV and
           HS9STL. QSL via E20HHK, direct or by the Bureau. Log search
           will be available on ClubLog.

  EU-048.  Members of Charente DX Group (CDXG) will be active as TM2H
           from Houat Island (DIFM AT16) between April 8-14th. Operators
           mentioned are Eric/F5LOW, Laurent/F5MNK, Fabrice/F5NBQ, Bertrand/
           F6HKA and Leon/ON4ZD. Activity will be on various HF bands.
           QSL via ON4ZD direct. All will be QSL automaticly via the
           Bureau. ClubLog's OQRS will be available. Visit the CDXG Web
           page at:

  NA-085.  Bruce, K5TEN, will activate Dog Island using the callsign K4D
           between June 3-10th. Dog Island, Florida, is an extremely rare
           IOTA because access is controlled by the 20 or so homeowners
           on the island. There are no hams on the island, and the only
           activations have been done by Bruce over the last 4 years.
           Access is by permission only and permission by one of the
           homeowners. It is only accessible by private charter or single
           engine fixed wing aircraft. The airstrip is overgrown so private
           charter is the only real choice. There are no streets, roads,
           stop signs, trendy cafes, or beachfront bars. If you need it
           you bring it. Activity will be both SSB and CW, on 40-6 meters.
           Bruce will be checking 10m and 6m often for Sporadic E. Look
           for him during daylight USA on 15 and 20 meters, nighttime 30
           and 40m. Possibly 80 meters as well, depending if he can safely
           get the 80m Doublet up. QSL via K5TEN, SASE REQUIRED for state-
           side and DX (DX 2 USDs REQUIRED). For more details, watch the
           discussion on at:

  NA-221.  (Update) Operators Ismael/XE1AY, Andres/XE1SGW, Ricardo/XE1SOV
           and YL Paty/XE1SPM (Team Leader) will be active as XF2L from
           Isla de Lobos (MEX-035) between March 24-26th and May 26-28th.
           All operators are members of the PueblaDX and AREPAC groups.
           Operations will also be during the CQWW WPX CW and SSB Contests.
           Activity will be on 40/20/17/15/12/10/6 meters using CW, SSB,
           PSK31 and RTTY. QSL requests are via PayPal account
            or via QSL Manager XE1SOV direct
           (no IRCs).

J5, GUINEA BISSAU (IOTA Op!). Operators Josep/EA3BT and YL Nuria/EA3WL will
be active as J5B and J5W, respectively, from Rubane Island, Bijagos Archi-
pelago (AF-020), between April 7-15th. Last operation from this IOTA refer-
ence was in 2010 (more than 7 years ago !!!!). Activity will be on 40-6
meters, possibly 80m, using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL both callsigns via EA3BT
or ClubLog's OQRS.

MJ, JERSEY. Kazu, JK3GAD, will once again be active as MJ0CFW from Jersey
(EA-013) between March 17-19th. Look for activity in the Russian DX Contest
(March 18-19th). In the contest he will sign MJ5Z. QSL via LoTW, M0CFW or
via the OQRS (ClubLog).

OE17, AUSTRIA (Special Event). The Amateur Radio Section of ORF (Austrian
Broadcasting Corporation) and the Documentary Archive Radio Communications/
QSL Collection will operate, for 72 hours only, a special event station
with the callsign OE17M on Friday, April 21st­Sunday, April 23rd (00:00-
24:00 UTC). OE17M is an official "International Marconi Day" station.
Contacts made on Saturday, April 22nd, are valid for the IMD Award.
QSL info available at:

 Mar/13th AN      Mar/16th  HN     Mar/18th  AN
 Mar/14th AN      Mar/17th  HN     Mar/19th  AN
 Mar/15th AN

    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.

  Also, check out the VOACAP predication Web page at:
  A daily HF radio wave propagation forecast can be found at:
      Also on Twitter:

QSL INFO AND NEWS...................
  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX by Lothar, DL1SBF.. (March 12th) 
  3V8CB via LX1NO         FY/F6CKD via F6CKD        LZ139LO via LZ1KCP
  4Z5FW via RW6HS (d)     GP0STH via G4DIY (d)      LZ303MA via LZ1KCP
  5B/G3VYI via G3VYI      GP0STH via G4DIY (d)      OM/IT9RGY via IT9RGY
  8P9AL via KG9N          H40FN via DK9FN           OR100LCI via ON8ZL
  8Q7LH via DK8ZZ         HH2AA via NR6M            PJ7TM via K2GSJ
  CQ7XYL via (CT-B)       HK0/WJ2O via N2ZN         R870O via RK3AW
  CS2YLS via CT2KJU (d/e) II0MPO via IQ0XV          TI5/M0DXR via M0DXR
  DL0DY via DL4DE         II1ICS via I1SAF          TM0CXX via F6FMT
  DP9A via DK4WA          II1IGG via I2AZ           TM7F via F6KRC
  EA8/G4BUD/M via G4BUD   II9ICF via IT9MRM         VR2USJ via JF1RCY
  EA8/IK1PMR via HB9FKK   IQ9MY via IT9CAR          XR5M via IK2DUW
  EE7P via EA7ATX         IQ9PA via IT9TQH          XT2SE via IK3GES
  EO25RAN via UZ1RR     KL7/VE7ACN via VE7ACN & (O) YO13IPA via YO3AS
  FS/VE1KG via VE1KG      LZ/DJ1AA/M via DJ1AA
   (e) eQSL only  (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (*-B) DX's- Bureau
   (O) OQRS only  (C) ClubLog only  (L) LoTW only    (*) No QSL Needed

  PDXG QSL MANAGEMENT PLATFORM (Press Release/Update, dated March 4th).
  Gene, K5GS, reports: "For over 2 years the Perseverance DX Group (PDXG)
  has been developing a 'QSL Management Platform' designed to simplify and
  automate the tasks QSL Managers perform to answer the thousands of con-
  firmation requests they receive." To see the complete details, see the
  following Web page:

  and VE5UA
    * - with error in IOTA nr confirmed; actual was NA-013, not AF-013

  and XX9TXN

  CP8MW, CT9/DL5CW, DJ60DXMB, DF50MUC, E71W, E71DX, E72GF, E72U, E73CV,
  E73DPR, E73R, E73W, E74EE, E74IW, E75DNJ, E75MC, E76MB, E76XL, E77CW,
  W1AW/1, W1AW/2, W1AW/3, W1AW/4, W1AW/5, W1AW/6, W1AW/7, W1AW/8, W1AW/9,
  W1AW/0, YB8/DL3KZA, YR85AA, ZL7G and ZL7/OE2SWL

S2, BANGLADESH (Callsigns Changed/Update to OPDX.1305/1306). The following
operators/team members, from the upcoming S21ZED and S21ZEE (not S21GM and
S21KW as previously announced) from Bangladesh DXpedition (March 15-27th),
have been announced to be active during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March
25-26th) as a Multi-Op entry and using the callsign S21ZEE. They also
plan to be in the Russian DX Contest. PLEASE NOTE: The S21ZED callsign
will be used during the first 7 days of the DXpedition, and the S21ZEE
callsign will be used during the remaining 5 days. Activity will be on
160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. Suggested frequencies are:
 CW  - 1826.5/1821, 3526, 7019, 10119, 14029, 18086, 21029, 24904 and 28029
 SSB - 3795, 7100, 14190, 18140, 21290, 24940 and 28490
 RTTY - 3583, 7043, 10136, 14083, 18103, 21083, 24923 and 28083 kHz
   QSX CW up 2 (160m dwn 2, JA 1810 - 1820).
   QSX SSB/RTTY up 5.

  Operators mentioned are Juris/YL2GM, Valery/YL3CW, Jack/YL2KA, Ingus/
YL2TW, Kaspars/YL3AIW, Dmitry/UT7UJ, Oleg/US7UX, Sasha/UT7UV, Igor/
UT5UJO, Andrey/UX1UF, Syed/S21ED and Anup/S21TV. QSL via YL2GN, direct,
by the Bureau, ClubLog's OQRS (for direct or Bureau) or E-mail requests
via . A full LoTW upload will be done in 3 months time
after the end of their trip. For more details and updates, see:

S9, SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE. Jose, EA5IDQ, will be active as S9CQ from
Santana, Sao Tome Island, between October 12-21st. Activity will be on
80-6 meters using SSB and RTTY. QSL via his home callsign.

T2, TUVALU. Operators Jacek/SP5EAQ and Marek/SP7DQR will be active as
T2AQ and T2QR, respectively, from Tuvalu between March 14th and April
4th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters. Jacek will operate only SSB,
while Marek will operate the Digital modes (mainly RTTY) and CW. Activity
dates may change due to the unpredictability of transport during the
season of cyclones. QSL both callsigns via SP7DQR, direct, by the Bureau
or LoTW (after the operation). Online logs with an OQRS for the Tuvalu
activities will be available on SP7DQR's Web page during the operation
at , and on ClubLog after the operation.
For more details and updates, see:

T2, TUVALU. Tim, NL8F, will once again be active as T2TT from Tuvalu
(OC-015) between March 23rd and April 13th. Activity will be on various
HF bands using SSB and the Digital modes. He also plans to be in the
CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 25-26th). QSL via N7RO.

TC18, TURKEY (special Event). Members of the TRAK, TAMAD and ANARAD Ham
Radio Clubs will be active as TC18GL between March 17-19th, on all HF
bands. This is a special event callsign in accordance of the anniversary
of Gallipoli Naval Victory and the memorial of those who lost their lives.
QSL via eQSL.

TG9, GUATEMALA (Update). Dwight, VE7BV, will once again be active as
TG9BBV from Guatemala between April 21st and May 15th. Doug, VE7VZ, will
be accompanying him to Guatemala, and will be using the callsign TG9/VE7VZ.
Activity will be holiday style on 20/17/15/12 meters and possibly 6 meters,
using CW and SSB. QSL via their home callsign, direct, by the Bureau,
LoTW or eQSL. ADDED NOTE: They may also operate a few days from HR5.

V3, BELIZE. Victor, WB0TEV, will once again be active as V31VP from
Blackman Eddy Village (west of Belmopan) between March 23-28th. Activity
will be on 80-10 meters using mostly SSB and RTTY, including operations
in the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/
Assisted/High-Power entry. He plans to focus on Asia before/after SSB
contest. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

VISALIA DX CONVENTION NEWS (IOTA Dinner). Will, WC6DX, reports: Registra-
tion for the 22nd IOTA DINNER at the 2017 Visalia International DX Con-
vention is now open! Instructions are on the Visalia Web site at:
                     (be sure to refresh your browser)
  Please note that this dinner is NOT covered in the Visalia Convention
registration, but is a separate payment. The dinner menu will be a buffet
of Italian food (Chicken Parmesan, Meat Lasagna, Ceasar salad, garlic
bread) with various flavors of cheesecake for dessert to wash down with
coffee or tea. Check in begins at 18:00 on Friday, April 21st. I'm sure
you will enjoy the IOTA presentations we will have from a wide geographical
area. See you in Visalia !.... 73 de Will WC6DX

from British Virgin Islands (NA-023) until March 16th. Activity will be
mainly 20 meters CW. Suggested frequency is 14050 kHz between 1800-2200z.
QSL via his home callsign direct or LoTW (not immediately).

VP2V, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS. Pat, N2IEN, will once again be active as
VP2V/N2IEN from Tortola Island (NA-023) between March 15-18th. Activity
will be on various HF bands, but with a focus on RTTY. QSL via NR6M.

VQ9, CHAGOS ISLANDS. Jim, ND9M, is once again active as VQ96JC from Diego
Garcia Island (AF-006). He informs OPDX, "I’m hoping to be back on the
air later this week..... First I have to make new antennas; the old ones
disappeared while I was gone. The operation will be the usual Field Day
portable style each evening my time (GMT +6 all year) (see OPDX.1283 for
details); that is take the boat to the island, lug everything to 'Fire
House Park' (where there's actually 110VAC!), set up the rig and antennas,
operate for 3 hours or so, break everything down, and pack it all back
to the ship [ed. this is because of no more club station on the island].
My VQ96JC license is still valid until July, but I'm trying to get in
touch with the licensing officer to see if I can change it to "VQ917JC".
I've been using year-specific special calls every year starting in 2007
when I started with VQ97JC; my current '96' call is the 10th and last in
the string of two-digit calls, so I figured I'd add a digit instead of
recycle a previous callsign. All calls here must start with VQ9, so '17'
for the year seems like the logical next step. There's no guarantee of the
callsign change happening until the ticket is in my hand, but they've
always been very cooperative with my special prefix requests." Look for
more details to be forthcoming.

W9WNV PRESS RELEASE. The following was sent out by Martti, OH2BH, on
March 3rd [edited]: Don Miller, W9WNV Interview by Martti Laine, OH2BH
-- We are all powered by dreams of distant lands, rare DX, and the urge
to compete and stand up at the podium. Those dreams are often inspired
by those whom we admire and want to be on par with ­ or even more.
  Don Miller, W9WNV, was once a DX hero and a CQWW Contest SOAB dual
record holder (CW/SSB), but suddenly left the industry. On DXpeditions,
Don was eagerly followed by most of the DXing world. Martti, OH2BH, wanted
to emulate his efforts and become of his kind. What did Don do to create
this following?
  It was Christmas 2016 when Don Miller, W9WNV, and Martti Laine, OH2BH,
gathered at Martti’s Finland home at his 70th anniversary party. This
meeting brought back reminiscences of the days when our industry was
still young and provided an interesting playing field for the evolution
of our great DX passion. For this visit, Finland was a new country for
  During this meeting in Finland, Don was caught on video talking about
his earlier operations and his operating methods. Many aspects of how we
operate now were pioneered by Don Miller. Split operation, “5NN,” pileup
management techniques; looking back, many of these techniques were first
implemented during Miller’s operations.
  Don talks about some of these issues in the following Youtube video.
Below is a link to "W9WNV -- Visiting Finland in 2016" a video in 5

XZ, MYANMAR. Simon, HS0ZIB, who is currently living and working in Naypyidaw,
has announced on March 5th, on "Close to getting permanent (5 year)
ham license in Myanmar... Just a heads up on my situation. I've been living
and working in Myanmar on and off since 2012. I previously applied for a
permanent ham license in 2012/2013, but this was not possible at that time
because the government Regulator was busy writing the telecoms laws for the
new mobile phone networks. Since last year, I have been working again in
Myanmar, first in the northern town of Mandalay, and now - more long-term,
in the administrative capital of Naypyidaw. I've been in contact with the
licensing authorities again and hope to soon be issued with a permanent XZ
license which I think will be the first license issued since the 1960's,
other than for DXpeditions. Living and working (teaching at an international
school) in Naypyidaw is quite a pleasant experience, since this modern city
is laid out over a wide footprint, more than 4 times that of New York City!
So there are plenty of green spaces, large lakes with cycle paths etc.
The downside is that there are very few foreigners living here, only some
who work for NGOs or the mobile phone companies. Shopping facilities are
very limited, and I often have to source everyday essentials from Bangkok.
Anyway, I'll update the forum if and when the license is issued."

ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS. John, AD8J, is once again active as ZF2AG from Grand
Cayman (NA-016) until March 18th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-15
meters using mostly CW. QSL via LoTW (preferred) or direct.

ZL7, CHATHAM ISLANDS. Operators Chris/ZL2DX and XYL Catherine/ZL2QT will
be active as ZL7DX and ZL7QT, respectively, from Chatham Islands (OC-038)
sometime in May for the next 3 years or longer. Activity will be on various
HF bands plus 6m EME. QSL direct to: Chris Hannagan, Waitangi, Chatham
Islands 8013, New Zealand.
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