DX Bulletin No. 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, DxCoffee.com, DXNews.com, 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.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPOR
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".
3Y0Z BOUVET DXPEDITION NEWS (Posted January 9th). YOUR INVITATION TO 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: https://share.garmin.com/bouvet 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: http://www.cqdx.ru/4u1a/4u0r 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: http://www.dl0lh.de/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=57&Itemid=114 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 QRZ.com 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 -- http://hamgallery.com/Tribute/K3LP By Paul, N6PSE -- https://n6pse.wordpress.com/2018/01/09/tribute-to-david-collingham-k3lp By Valerie, NV9L -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHPqahBWE5Q ARRL Web Page -- http://www.arrl.org/news/dxpedition-leader-elite-contester-ham-radio-mentor-david-collingham-k3lp-sk Great Interview by K3LP -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3fjnh7dfD0 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. HAMVENTION NEWS (SWODXA DX DINNER). The SouthWest Ohio DX Association (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 at: https://twitter.com/swodxa 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 antenna QSL via direct to K8LJG & LOTW after the trip. VIEW the HC/Ecuador and HC8/Galapagos DX-Diplomas at: http://webpages.charter.net/ne8z 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. MULTI-IOTA OPS.... * 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: https://vkiota.wordpress.com/vk5ce-6 * (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: https://oc-179.weebly.com/operators.html 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: http://www.assoradiomarinai.it/diplomi/regiamarina/lista.htm Complete rules and details are available at: http://www.assoradiomarinai.it/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=102&Itemid=156 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: https://www.facebook.com/North-Country-DX-Assoc-K7ICE-1717462798496577 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: http://www.waponline.it 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 OQRS. NO eQSL. 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: http://www.pj4g.com 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 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=6-9 100-400 REALTIME BAND CONDITIONS WEB SITE : 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: http://www.voacap.com/prediction.html A daily HF radio wave propagation forecast can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/thomasfranklingiellaw4hm Also on Twitter: https://twitter.com/@GiellaW4hm 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 QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3C0L, 3C1L, SV9BAI, VK9AR (OC-216), VP9/DK7LX (not VP9/DL7LX) and ZA1WW QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 5Z4/JH0CJH, 9M2TO, 9M2/JE1SCJ, A25IVU, EA6AIF, EA6AMI, EA6DB, EA6TH, EA6VQ, EA6ZS, EA8AA, EA8AKN, EA8BMG, EA8CSU, EA8DAO, EA8GP, EA8MT, EA8PT, EA8QP, EA8TX, EA8URT, EA8WH, EA8/EA1AIN, EA8/DL4KCA/P, EB8AIV, EF8U, EG8ARC, EG8MRA, EG8WRD, EG25JRA, JW/LB5WB, MD/DM2AUJ, P4/DL5RMH, P40FA, P44X, R25AFG, R1989A, RD8O, RD9O, RI1ANC, RI1ANP, RI1ANZ, RW110RAEM, S9BK, S9BT, S9WL, T88IH, TF/DO2JX, UD9CT, UK8LA, VC3R, VK3VTH/P, YR6MUSEUM and YV1KK 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, QRZ.com 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 QRZ.com. 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: https://ty2018dx.wordpress.com 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: http://vp6d.com/index.php/team-members/24-operators/137-ut6ud-vadym 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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