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OPDX Bulletin 1347 January 15, 2018

OPDX Bulletin 1347 January 15, 2018
The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1347
BID: $OPDX.1347
January 15, 2018
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Written and Sent from Strongsville, Ohio
Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB5K & the AR TelNet Clusters Network, NJ1Q & W1AW, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, KL7JR, K8CX, K8GI, K8YSE, NE8Z, W8GEX & 60m DX News, DK7LX, DL1SBF, DL7UXG & The DX News Letter,,, DX-World.Net, ES1CW, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, HB9PL, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, IT9MRM, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Sixitalia Weekly, VA3RJ & ICPO and VE3LYC for the following DX information.
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 7th/January, through Sunday, 14th/January there were 218 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5R, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FH, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J3, J6, J7, J8, JA, 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, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, S0, S5, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T5, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XW, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YU, YV, 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".

FOLLOW US [edited] -- The 3Y0Z team will be using a Garmin (formerly
DeLorme) InReach SE satellite tracking device that will enable you to
follow along with us and see our travel route on a near-real time map
as we journey to the "Most Remote Place on Earth."
  Hal, W8HC, will activate an InReach SE when he leaves his WV QTH January
9th and will leave it "on" during the trip (while moving) until the team
is on Bouvet Island.
  This device uses Iridium satellite technology and is set to send a
"way point" along the route every 30 minutes. These points will show up
on our Bouvet "MapShare" website, as we travel to Chile and eastward on
our vessel, the Betanzos on the 10-12 day journey across the South Atlantic,
and onto our ultimate destination — Bouvet Island.
  If all is working properly, and the device has good visibility with the
satellites, our MapShare viewers will be able to see our current position,
including GPS coordinates and speed.  You will be able to enjoy the full
resolution capabilities with Topo and Aerial view options provided and
can toggle-in and toggle-out of the website’s detailed Google map.
  In addition to the MapShare, we will be using the InReach device to
send messages along the way to provide updates and important information.
These messages will show up on the MapShare route as small blue rectangular
boxes, which viewers can click to read.
  We will also have the option to post messages to our social media outlets
­ Facebook  and Twitter
Please bookmark our Bouvet MapShare website:
Or, (on their Web page) click on the globe icon at the left, above.
  We cordially invite you to "journey" with the 3Y0Z Team... follow along
with us on this incredible DXpedition to Bouvet Island!

  ADDED NOTE: The 3Y0Z team will be active as 3G9A/mm during their voyage
  aboard the MV Betanzos from King George Island (South Shetlands) to
  Bouvet. QSL via N2OO.

3Y0Z BOUVET DXPEDITION NEWS (Press Release #11, dated January 13th).
  Heavy sea ice east and north of King George Island has made navigation
between King George Island and Bouvet slow and of increased risk.  We
will therefore depart from Punta Arenas and sail directly to Bouvet.
This has necessitated changes to preparations. That process is underway
and moving as fast as possible.
  Our sailing time to Bouvet is now estimated at 14 days. We estimate
that our sailing date and QRV date will move back 24 to 36 hours.  Our
QRT date will be extended as necessary to provide everyone with the best
possible chance of working Bouvet.

  K4UEE ­ Bob
  LA6VM - Erling
  K0IR  -  Ralph

4U0, AUSTRIA. Members of the International Amateur Radio Contest DX Club
(ARCDXC) [4U1A] will be active with special callsign 4U0R from the Vienna
International Center, Austria, for the "World Radio Day" (February 13th)
between February 13-20th. Activity will be on various HF bands using CW
and SSB. QSL via UA3DX, direct, by the Bureau or ClubLog's OQRS. For more
details, see:     
This station counts as Austria for DXCC purposes.

7Q, MALAWI. John, N6JW, is now (since January 4th) active as 7Q7JW. 
Length of his stay is not known at this time. Activity has be on 40/20
meters SSB. QSL via his home callsign.

A7, QATAR. Members of the Lufthansa Amateur Radio Club (LARC) in co-
operation with the Qatar Amateur Radio Society (QARS - A71A) are once
again active as A71DLH until January 17th. Their activity will be on
all bands using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. Operators for this year's
2018 operation are Mustapha/DL1BDF, Wolfgang/DK2DO and Michael/DF4HRT.
They will send their QSLs via the DARC Bureau or QSL via their QSL Manager
DL0LH. Online log will be available at:

C6, BAHAMAS. Steve, KG4LJB, is once again active as C6AJB from Eleuthera
Island (NA-001) until January 20th. Activity will be holiday style on
various HF bands most evenings and early mornings, as time permits. QSL
via his home callsign. ADDED NOTE: Check out Steve's page for
update and pictures.

DP0, ANTARCTICA. Matthias, DH5CW, will be active as DP0GVN from the
German Neumayer Station III (AN-016, WWFF DLFF-022, WW Loc. IB59UH)
between mid-February 2018 to mid-February 2019. Activity will be on
various HF bands during his spare time. QSL via DL5EBE.

ERITREA 2018 DXPEDITION NEWS. Zorro, JH1AJT, and the E31A FGC Radio Team
will commemorate the upcoming January 14-23rd operation in a memory of
Dave, K3LP/SK. See OPDX.1346 for more details.
  ADDED NOTES: See the following URLs for special tributes in a memory
  of Dave, K3LP/SK:
   By Tom, K8CX   --
   By Paul, N6PSE --
   By Valerie, NV9L --
   ARRL Web Page  --
   Great Interview by K3LP --

FG/TO7, GUADELOUPE. Jean-Pierre, F6ITD, will once again be active as
FG/F6ITD from Guadeloupe and one of its islands between January 29th
and March 15th. Island mentioned is La Desirade Island (IOTA NA-102,
Lighthouse GUA005 and French Flora Faune FFF 1000). Activity will be on
all HF bands (160-6m) using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. Look for him
to use the callsign TO7D during some contests. Radio equipment is a
FT-450D + Tokyo 550 Power 500w. QSL via his home callsign, direct or
LoTW (preferred). Logs will be uploaded to ClubLog and LoTW.

FG/TO3, GUADELOUPE. Operators Michel/F6GWV and Gildas/F6HMQ will be
active as FG/homecall between February 23rd and March 12th. Activity
will be holiday style on various HF bands using "light equipment". They
will also be in the ARRL Inter. DX SSB Contest (March 3-4th) using the
callsign TO3Z. QSL via F6HMQ. QSL FG/F6GWV and Gildas FG/F6HMQ via their
home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

(SWODXA) is pleased to announce that we will again sponsor the DX Dinner,
held in conjunction with the 2018 Dayton Hamvention. This, our 33rd
annual dinner, will be on Friday, May 18, 2018, at the Dayton Marriott,
1414 S. Patterson Blvd., Dayton, OH 45409. Among other great prizes,
Yaesu has generously donated an FT DX-3000 to the DX Dinner and an FT-DX1200
to the DX forum! There will be a cash bar starting at 5:30 p.m., with
dinner served at 7:00. Following the event, there will be a separate
room and cash bar available for more fellowship. This is an excellent
opportunity to meet new hams and to renew old acquaintances as well as
to learn about past DXpeditions and those in the planning stages. The
Marriott is very accommodating to a group our size. The dining room is
on the ground floor so there are no steps, the dining room is very large,
and there is ample free, on-site parking. This dinner is always well
attended by some of the most avid DXers in the world. The 2017 dinner
had over 400 attendees! As in the past, there will be some major door
prizes, and there is always great anticipation as to who will be named
the "DXpedition of the Year". We have started accepting ticket requests
via the website! Details can be found on the SWODXA Events website
. From there, click on the "Purchase Tickets Today!"
banner. We prefer Paypal, but you can also print the reservation form
and submit it with your personal check or money order. Program details
and a list of the prizes will be on the website as they become available
and updates will be sent out regularly via Twitter. Follow us on Twitter

HC, ECUADOR. Rick, NE8Z/HC1MD, will once again be active between January
20th and February 10th from Ecuador as the following:

   HC1MD----- Tumbaco, Provincia de Pichincha
   HC1MD/2--- Punta Blanca, Provincia de Santa Elena (Pacific Ocean)
   HC1MD/7--- Papallacta Volcano, Provincia de Napo (Amazon Jungle)

  His radio equipment: FT-857d 100w-->Carolina Windom 40-10m CW+SSB+RTTY)/
         Outbacker -- 6m CW + SSB (monitor 50.110) + 2 element 6m MOXON
  QSL via direct to K8LJG & LOTW after the trip. VIEW the HC/Ecuador
and HC8/Galapagos DX-Diplomas at:

IOTA NEWS..............
  EU-064.  Operators Fabien/F4GYM and Christophe/F4GTB will be active
           from Noirmoutier Island (DIFM AT-020) for RSGB IOTA Contest
           in July.

  EU-099.  Operators Nobby/G0VJG, Giles/M0TGV, Graham/G4FNL, Toby/M0TBS,
           CR/G0FDZ and Martin/M0MDR will be active as MJ8C from Maîtresse
           Île Les Minquiers (the 'Minkies' Reef) during the RSGB IOTA
           Contest (July 28-29th) as Multi-Op/Low-Power entry. QSL via
           G4DFI. Operators will also operate before and after contest
           as GJ3RCV.

  NA-067.  Operators Marty/W4MY, Paul/AA4XX, Dick/N4HAY and Marc/W4MPS
           will be active as W4MY from Harkers Island during the RSGB
           IOTA Contest (July 28-29th) as a Multi-Op/Island entry. QSL
           via W4MY.

  NA-102.  Jean-Pierre, F6ITD, will be active as FG/F6ITD from La Désirade
           Island, lighthouse (LH GUA005) and France Flora Fauna site (FFF
           1000) between January 29th and March 15th. Activity will be on
           160-6 meters with 500 watts and multi-dipoles using SSB, the
           Digital modes and CW. QSL via F6ITD.

  OC-265.  Andy, VK5MAV, will be active as VK5MAV/9 from Cato Reef for
           6 days in April or May. Activity will be on various HF bands.
           QSL via ClubLog's OQRS or via RN3RQ.

    * Craig, VK5CE, will activate three IOTA in Western Australia as
      VK5CE/6 sometime in June. The following islands were mentioned:
                 OC-170 -- Woody Island; 2-3 days
                 OC-199 -- East Lewis Island; 3-4 days
                 OC-140 -- Direction Island; 3-4 days
      Activity will be on various HF bands (40-12m). QSL via VK5CE direct.
      Look for more details to be forthcoming. Also watch:

    * (Update) Cezar, VE3LYC, plans to activate some IOTAs between mid-
      April and May (9 days in the Solomon Islands (H44) and 8 days in
      the Temotu (H40). Callsigns were not mentioned. His tentative
      schedule is as follows:
        April 22-25th -- From Mbanika Island (OC-168, Russell Islands,
              Solomon Islands). Cezar will be joined by Bernhard/DL3GAC
              (H44MS) and they will operate with two stations on the air
              (mainly 40/30/20/17m) using CW and SSB.
        April 26-27th -- Small possibility of an operation from Nggela
              Sule Island (OC-158, Florida Islands).
        April 29th- May 3rd -- From Tahua or Taumako Island (OC-179,
              Duff Islands)
      No other details were provided. Cezar is looking for support for
      this operation. For more details and possible updates, see:

  PLEASE NOTE: Since the Webmasters of the new  have
  decided NOT to post or dedicate a Web page to announce upcoming IOTA
  operations, PLEASE send your IOTA operations information to the OPDX
  and we will post it here in an upcoming bulletin......

ITALIAN SPECIAL EVENT. As of January 1st through November 11th, look for
many Italian special event stations (and they do mean many - too many to
list) with special two letter suffixes representing a ship of the Italian
Royal Navy that in 1918 were engaged in the Adriatic Sea in the First World
War. These stations are operating for a diploma called "Award Regia Marina".
There is a list of more than 70 accredited ARMI stations, 10 Jolly IQ
stations, and a special (super Jolly) II7WWI station that qualify for
the three awards (Gold, Silver and Bronze) and a Top Honor Plaque. The
list can be found at:
Complete rules and details are available at:

KL7, ALASKA (Attn: NPOTA enthusiasts). The North Country DX Association
(NCDXA) will be active as KL7RST/KL7 from the Denali National Park in
Alaska starting around April 20th.  QSL via K7ICE. This stopover is
part of the 2018 Worked All "RST" stations special event running from
February 1st to May 31st. The NCDXA "RST" stations are on Facebook. Check
out the hams you worked and learn about them at:

ON15, BELGIUM (AAW Op). For the 15th Antarctic Activity Week (AAW), look
for Jean-Pierre, ON7ZM, to use the special callsign ON15ANT between February
17-25th. Didier, ON6YH, will probably use CW with the same callsign.
QSL viaON7ZM, direct or by the Bureau. For info on the AAW, see:

PJ2, CURACAO. Andy, DK5ON, will once again be active as PJ2/DK5ON from
Curacao (SA-099, WLOTA 0942) between March 14-27th. Activity will be on
80-6 meters including the 17/12 meter bands using CW, SSB, RTTY, FT8 and
PSK. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau, LoTW or ClubLog's

PJ4, BONAIRE. Operators Noah/K2NG, John/K4BAI, Ron/KK9K and Scott/NE9U
will be active as PJ4A from the "PJ4G Radio House" on Bonaire (SA-006,
WLOTA LH-1279) during the ARRL Inter. DX CW Contest (February 17-18th)
as a Multi-? entry. QSL via NE9U, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW. Check
out the "PJ4G Radio House" at:

PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (January 15-21st).......
 Jan/15th AN      Jan/18th  AN     Jan/20th  HN
 Jan/16th AN      Jan/19th  AN     Jan/21st  AN
 Jan/17th 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  (January 14th) 
  3Z100N via SP5UHW (d)   DK0KG via DL7ACN        OS8D via ON8DN
  3Z18HNY via SP6IEQ (L)  DL0LC via DJ5KT         OU5U via OZ3FD
  3Z26FIN via 3Z26FIN (e) DQ2018KTMS via DF6QE (B) OV1CDX via OZ1GML (d)
  4X0B via 4X6ZM          DS23BNU/3 via DS3BNU    OX3XR via PA3249 (d**/L/e)
  5B4AIF via 5B4AIF (O)   EA7GSH/TI8 via EA7GSH   PX2A via PY2VM
  5B4ALX via IZ4AMS       EM25URD via UR7UT & (e) SC7C via SM7BKZ
  5K6RM via HK6RM         GB17HCC via G0SWO & (e) SN7Q via SP7GIQ
  5V1JE via N9MDH         HL23CEL via HL4CEL      SV2/RW3AL via RW3AL 
  5V7SM via F5IVC (d)     HZ1TT via A61BK (O/d)   TC5OCK via TA5FA
  5X2S via JA1PBV         JX3EX via LA3EX         TM390SR via F4DTO
  6Y6J via JA3AVO         LZ/SV2RUJ/P via SV2RUJ  VQ920JC via ND9M
  7Q7JW via N6JW          OD5/EA1CYK via EA7LS    XW3DT via RK3DT 
  A71DLH via DL0LH        OD5ZZ via NI5DX (d)     YP2018HNY via YO3KPA
  CV7S via CX7SS          OS0X via ON4JM          YR24R via YR24R (L/e)

  (e) eQSL only  (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (*-B) DX's- Bureau
  (O) OQRS only  (C) ClubLog only  (L) LoTW only    (N) No QSL needed
  (I) No IRC     (P) PayPal
  ** PA3249: Harry de Jong, Broekdijk 59, 7695 TC Bruchterveld,
     The Netherlands

  QSLS RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 9N1AA, CO8LY, ET3AA, J5W (AF-020), H74B (NA-013),
  H74W (NA-013), J5B, J5W, JA1OVD, PD2GSP, S9WL, UK8AR and XE2CQ

  (not VP9/DL7LX) and ZA1WW

  JW/LB5WB, MD/DM2AUJ, P4/DL5RMH, P40FA, P44X, R25AFG, R1989A, RD8O,

SILENT KEY. Peter, HB9PL, informs OPDX: "It is with great sadness to
inform the international DX fraternity that Dr. Hans-Rudolf "Rudi" Lauber,
HB9RG, passed away December 26, 2017, at the age of 92. Rudi was a multi-
faceted ham and active in many different disciplines of our hobby. He not
only had an astonishing score of first VHF/UHF contacts between Switzer-
land and the rest of Europe as well as beyond, but was initiator, sponsor
and driving wheel of a group of enthusiast who in the second half of the
50ties realized the first EME QSOs out of Switzerland. During the last
few decades he shifted his activities towards DX and achieved DXCC Honor
Roll No.1 status (339/358 mixed) in remarkably short time. His sincere,
eloquent, competent and helpful manners will be widely missed."
  OPDX and its readers would like to send out our deepest sympathy to
the family and friends of HB9RG.

TX5, FRENCH POLYNESIA (Updated). Operators Bill/KH6OO and Will/W0ZRJ (son)
will be active as TX5X from the north shore of Mt. Orohena on the island
of Tahiti (OC-046) between March 10-17th. Activity will be on various HF
bands using one 100w station (Flex 6700) into a vertical dipole. Modes
will be CW, FT8, JT9 and JT65. All QSOs will be uploaded to LoTW, eQSL, and ClubLog (OQRS) at the completion of their trip. In addition,
EVERYONE in the log will be sent a QSL via their Bureau. Please do not
send them Bureau cards. Read "Tips to get into our log" on

TY, BENIN (Update). Members of the F6KOP team, the Provins ARC, will be
active from Bénin between March 7-18th, 2018. Callsign is still pending.
There will be an international team of 12 operators lead by Jean-Luc,
F1ULQ. The other operators mentioned are Damien/F4AZF (Co-leader), Jo/
DJ3CQ, Arno/DL1CW, Andreas/DL3GA, Henri/F1HRE, Raymond/F5MFV, Xavier/
F5NTZ, Philipp/OE7PGI and possibly two others. Frank/F4AJQ is the team
pilot station. Plans are to be active with 4 stations on the air, 160-10
meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes (RTTY,PSK and FT8). QSL via
F5GSJ, direct, by the Bureau, LoTW or their OQRS. For more details and
possible updates, see:

V3, BELIZE. Iain, G4SGX, will once again be active as V31GX from Ambergris
Caye (NA-073) between March 6-16th. Activity will be holiday style on 80-6
meters using mainly CW, and possibly some Digital modes (FT8). Iain will
also participate in the Commonwealth Contest (Beru) [March 10-11th]. He
will run 100 watts into 1/4 verticals over seawater and inverted-L over
seawater for 80m. QSL via his home callsign, ClubLog or LoTW.

V4, ST. KITTS. After Bernie, K3UR (V47UR), operates from here between
January 29th and February 12th (see OPDX.1342), look for John, W5JON,
to once again be active as V47JA between February 13th and March 16th.
Activity will be on 160-6 meters (incl. 60m) using SSB. Equipment is a
Yaesu FT-1000MP and Elecraft KPA500 Amplifier. Antennas: a 31', 10-40m
Vertical, 35', 40/80m Top Loaded Vertical, 20m dipole, 160m base load
vertiacal and a 6m 4 element Yagi. ALL QSLs go to W5JON direct or via
LoTW. NO Bureau QSLs.

VP6D DUCIE DXPEDITION NEWS. Vadym, UT6UD, has joined the VP6D team for
the Ducie Island DXpedition which is to take place between October 20th
and November 3rd. Vadym has been an active operator on 160 meters and
was part of the 2016 Heard Island team. Read about him at:

YJ, VANUATU. Grant, VK5GR, announced this past week that he is "planning
another holiday style DXPedition for 2018" with his family on Efate (OC-035)
between April 17-29th. He hopes to operate as YJ0AG (waiting to receive
the license). Activity will be on 80-10 meters using mostly the Digital
modes (RTTY, FT8, PSK, Olivia) as well as SSB and some SSTV, possibly CW.
Grant states, "I am looking to particularly work unique stations and will
be where possible targeting Europe Short Path where YJ is high on the
ClubLog most wanted list. Operation will of course be intermittent as
again family comes first but I will attempt to operate during the main
openings (EU SP at night will be a feature). The station will be a K3/KPA500
combination with a G3TXQ UltraLight HexBeam for 20-10m plus a multi-band
vertical for 80-10m (with water access along the EU SP and NA LP paths)...
... I also hope to operate in the SPDX RTTY Contest." QSL will again be
managed by M0OXO through his OQRS service for electronically requested
cards delivered to you either direct or via the Bureau. QSL via the Bureau
go to VK5GR.

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