segunda-feira, 19 de março de 2018

OPDX Bulletin 1356 March 19, 2018

OPDX Bulletin 1356 March 19, 2018
The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1356
BID: $OPDX.1356
March 19, 2018
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Mostly Written in Strongsville, Ohio
Sent/Written in 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, N7NG, N7NVK, K8GG, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m DX News, N0TG, BG4HRM, DL1SBF, DL7UXG & The DX News Letter,,, DX-World.Net, EB7DX, ES1CW, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, JI5RPT, ON4ZD, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Sixitalia Weekly and VA3RJ & ICPO for the following DX information.
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 11th/March, through Sunday, 18th/March there were 231 countries active. Countries available: 1S, 3A, 3B6, 3B8, 3B9, 3C0, 3D2, 3D2/r, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, C9, CE, CE0X, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E4, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, H40, HA, HB, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J5, J6, J7, J8, JA, 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, PY0F, PZ, S0, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T2, T32, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TN, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9L, VP2E, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XF4, XX9, XZ, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, Z6, ZA, ZB, ZD7, 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".

3C0W, ANNOBON ISLAND. Operators Yuris/YL2GM, Kaspars/YL1ZF (ex-YL3AIW)
and Girts/YL2KL continue to be active as 3C0W from Annobon Island. The
team is expected to return to Bioko Island (AF-010), Equatorial Guinea,
on March 24th. It was mentioned last week that the logs for 3C0W will
probably be uploaded once the DXpedition is over. Also, the 3C3W's whole
log was uploaded to ClubLog. They made 30,323 QSOs in less than 10 days
of that operation. QSL via YL2GN direct or ClubLog's OQRS (direct or
Bureau). See their Web page for more details. Look for the logs to be
uploaded to LoTW six months after their operations. For more details
and updates, watch their Web page at: 

4V7, HAITI (Correction). Members of the "Lazy DXers Team" will be active
as 4V7R from Haiti (NA-096) between October 19-29th. The corrected list
of operators mentioned are Fran/EA7FTR, Carlos/EA1DVY, Jose/EA1ACP,
Rick/HH2MK, Robert-Jean/HH2JR and David/EB7DX. Activity will be on 160-6 
meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL via EB7DX. For more details and
updates, watch:

6E, MEXICO (Reminder). A group of Ham Radio operators from Southern Mexico
are once again operating from some Mayan archaeological sites from the
Mexican States of Yucatan, Campeche, Tabasco, Chiapas and Quintana Roo,
using the special callsign 6E3MAYA until March 21st. Activity is to com-
memorate the Spring Equinox which was so important to the Mayan culture.
Activity will be on 80-6 meters on CW, SSB, the satellites and the Digital
modes. QSL via XE3N.

8Q, MALDIVES. Wolfgang, OE1MWW, is once again active as 8Q7WK from Mirihi
Island (AS-013) until March 22nd. Activity will be holiday style but only
on 20 meters FT8. He is operating with a KX3 with 10 watt and a end-fed-
half wave vertical antenna. Due to local power generators run by the
hotel, the noise level is very high! QSL via his home callsign. Log will
be uploaded to,, ClubLog and LoTW at the end of March.

C6, BAHAMAS. Operators Joe/W8GEX and XYL Janet/W8CAA will once again be
active as C6ADX and C6AYL, respectively, from Exuma Islands (NA-001)
between March 19-26th. Activity will be on 40-6 meters using SSB and
the Digital modes. They will be using an Icom 756 ProIII with an Elecraft
KPA500 into a TransWorld Antennas TW2010 Traveler HF Portable Vertical
antenna. QSL via their home callsigns direct only.

CN2, MOROCCO. A Lithuanian/Russian team is expected to be active as CN2AA
during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 24-25th) as a Multi-Single entry.
Operators mentioned are Rolandas/LY4A, Eugene/RK3AD, Yuri/RL3FT, Oleg/
RM9I, Alex/RN2FA, Sergey/RU9I, Babayan/UA3ASZ and Ruslan/UA4Z. QSL via
UA2FM and LoTW. See more details and pictures at:

[edited]: Planing continues for activation August 1-9th. Details and
updates are posted on the DXpedition Web site .
Any donations go toward boat cost, shipping, fuel, logistics and are
appreciated and helpful. As a small thank you for donors, logs will be
checked at the end of the DXpedition, and if you are in the log QSLs
will be sent automatically. We are looking forward to not only working
the traditional bands/modes but also EME, FT8, SAT, RTTY, 60m. Logs/QSLing
will be available via ClubLog and also LoTW as soon as possible.

D4, CAPE VERDE. Luca, HB9OBD, is once again active as D44KIT from Sal
Island (AF-086), at Kite Beach, until March 25th. Activity will be on
40/20/15 meters using SSB and FT8. Most of his activity has been on
40/15 meters FT8. Watch his nights and mornings. QSL via his home call-
sign, LoTW or eQSL.

EF9, CEUTA AND MELILLA. Jorge, EA9LZ, will be active as EF9R from Ceuta
during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 24-25th). QSL via EA5KB direct
or LoTW.

FT/W & FT/G, CROZET AND GLORIOSO ISLANDS (Will Probably Stay Rare For Now).
A letter written by Sebastien, F5UFX, was sent out to the media this past
weekend explaining the status of Amateur Radio from the French oversea
territories and their project for an expedition to Crozet and Glorioso
Islands. Currently, DXpeditions to Crozet (FT/W) and Glorioso Islands
(FT/G) seem unlikely due to the many TAAF island restrictions for pro-
tecting the birds, ecosystems and safeguarding biodiversity. The length
of the letter is too long to publish here, but can be read online at the
following Web sites:
PLEASE NOTE: As of March 10th, both Crozet (FT/W) and Glorioso Islands
(FT/G) are both ranked on ClubLog's "DXCC Most Wanted List", #3 and #13,

HF VOYAGER. David, AA6YQ, author of DXLab - "Better DXing Through (Free)
Software", posted the following: "Jupiter Research Foundation Amateur
Radio Club (JRFARC) has integrated an HF transceiver with an autonomous
ocean-going drone. Our mission is to deploy a ham radio station that
roams the world�s oceans while providing an opportunity for amateur radio
operators everywhere to make contacts with rare locations.�
  "We sent this new Voyager out to the open ocean on its way to California
on January 15th, 2018 as a passenger on the JRF HUMPACs mission. As they
search for 'missing' humpback whales, JRF's pilots will guide HF Voyager
to sections of the Equatorial North Pacific that are not normally available
to ham operators. The station will use FT8 and PSK-31 on the 20 meter band
as its primary operating modes. You may also find it using WSPR in times
of poor propagation."    See
The portal in takes a minute or two to display
  The club plans to give a certificate of recognition to operators world-
wide that have a confirmed contact with the HF Voyager. In the future we
hope to collaborate with Amateur Radio organizations and publishers to
sponsor operating events and contests for HF Voyager contact milestones.
Gridsquare collectors, maritime operating fans, Islands on the Air par-
ticipants, and all other hams interested in this unique opportunity to
make a contact with an autonomous roving maritime station should find
this to be an exciting new aspect of their favorite hobby.
  Be sure to check out our HF Voyager Blog for updates and schedules:

IOTA NEWS..............
  AS-162.  By the time you read this, Yuri, RA0FU, will be active as
           3W9CI from Cham Islands, Vietnam, until March 27th. Activity
           will be on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes.
           QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau, LoTW or
           ClubLog's OQRS.

  EU-064.  Members of Charente DX Group (CDXG) will be active as TM3Y
           from Yeu Island IOTA (DIFM AT021) between April 14-20th.
           Operators mentioned are Franck/F4GBD, Eric/F5LOW, Laurent/
           F5MNK, Fabrice/F5NBQ, Bertrand/F6HKA and Leon/ON4ZD-OS0S.
           Activity will be on various HF bands. QSL via ON4ZD. All QSLs
           will automatically be sent via the Bureau. ClubLog's OQRS will
           be available and they will try to upload daily. Visit the
           CDXG Web page at:
           This activity supported by:

 EU-170.  Sergio, IZ3NXC, will be active as 9A8NXC from Pag Island
           between March 30th and April 2nd. Activity will be on 80/40/
           20/15/10 meters using SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via
           ClubLog's OQRS or via IK3GES direct.

  NA-085.  Members of the Thomasville Amateur Radio Club (TARC) [W4UCJ]
           will be activating St. George Island on April 14-15th, between
           1200-0200z (April 14th, 8am to 9pm EST). The event callsign
           W4P has been reserved for them to use during this event. They
           will be running at least 2 radios and swapping between bands
           and modes as needed. Their Facebook page will be updated with
           the current frequencies and modes that they are on. They plan
           to use mostly Dipoles with maybe a vertical and end-fed thrown
           into the mix. QSL will be via printed cards. 

  SA-071.  Members of the Curva do Rio Group (CDR) will be active as
           PR2CI from Couves Island between April 6-8th. Activity will
           be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL
           via the Bureau, ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW. For direct, via PY2AE
           with SAE and 2 USDs.

JD1, MINAMI TORISHIMA. Take, JG8NQJ, is once again active as JG8NQJ/JD1
from Marcus Island in the Minami Torishima (OC-073, JCG 10007) group
as of March 15th, for the next three months. He is usually there to work
on the island's weather station. Activity will be limited to his spare
time. He will be mainly on 17 meters, but will also be on 20/15/12/10/6
meters using CW and RTTY. QSL via JA8CJY or by the Bureau via JG8NQJ.

JD1, OGASAWARA. Makoto, JI5RPT, will once again be active as JD1BLY from
Chichijima Island (AS-031) between May 2-4th. Activity will be on 160-10
meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes (NO 6m EME). QSL via his home
callsign JI5RPT. His log search will be available on his Web site at:
He will also use Twitter to inform his real-time activities at:

KH6, HAWAII. Philip, N2HX, will be active as KH6/N2HX from Maui (BL10pw)
between May 2nd and June 1st. Activity will be holiday style using mostly
SSB and RTTY. QSL via N2HX.

KH9, WAKE ISLAND. Philip, N7NVK, will be active as KH9/N7NVK from Wake
Island (OC-053) starting sometime in April. He will be there on a 3 month
rotation and 1 month off. He states, "I will be using an Elecraft KX3
into either a G5RV or a Buddipole, power output will be QRP for now. I
will be working split and please have patience with me as I have not
been on the receiving side of a pile-up. I do use LoTW, but can only
upload when internet is available.....which is limited. As of now I do
not have QSL cards, but I hope to have some on my next rotation. We do
have a US Post Office on the island, but mail is only delivered every
two weeks during resupply. I hope to work out the logistics and cost
for the QSL cards for those that want them." He also mentions to look
for updates in the ARRL DX bulletins.

KP2/NP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS. Operators Ed/K1ZE, Robert/KE0UI and Charles/
WA0ROI will be active as KP2/homecall from the rental Mountain Breeze
Villa on St. Croix . QSL via their home
callsigns. Also, look for them in the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 24-25th)
as a Multi-2 or Multi-Single entry signing as NP2N. QSL via NP2N, direct
(USA address) or by the KP2 Bureau.

P4, ARUBA. Andy, AE6Y, will once again be active as P49Y from the P40L-P49Y
station at Pos Chiquito, Aruba (SA-036), during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest
(March 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-band entry. QSL via AE6Y or LoTW. For
more details about the station, see:

PJ2, CURACAO (Update/Return To PJ4). By the time you read this, operators
Phil/DK6SP and Jamie/M0SDV (17 yrs old) will be active as PJ2/DK6SP and
PJ2/M0SDV, respectively, from Curacao (SA-099) between March 17-23rd.
Activity will be from the PJ2T station the first three days (March 17-19th),
and then from a hotel on Curacao (March 19-23rd) before heading back to
Bonaire for the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 24-25th) signing PJ4V. Operators
will stay on Bonaire (SA-006, WLOTA LH-1279) until April 2nd, signing
PJ4/DK6SP and PJ4/M0SDV. See OPDX.1355 for details. QSL PJ2/M0SDV and
PJ4/M0SDV via M0SDV, direct or by ClubLog's OQRS. Bureau requests are
OQRS ONLY! Cards received via the Bureau will NOT be answered. Request
direct via OQRS is 3 USDs or direct via Postal Mail 2 USDs to M0SDV
(Strictly NO IRCs). QSL PJ2/DK6SP and PJ4/DK6SP via DK6SP, direct, by the
Bureau or LoTW. QSL cards will be sent via bureau automatically. For
direct requests please include 2 USDs and they will be answered as soon as
possible. LoTW upload will be done shortly after the activity. There will
be LIVE Twitter updates by both <@DK6SP> and <@M0SDV>. The operators will
join PJ4DX, PJ4KY and PJ4NX and be active as PJ4V during the CQWW WPX SSB
Contest (March 24-25th) as a Multi-2/High-Power entry. QSL via M0URX's
OQRS (preferred) and LoTW.

 Mar/19th AN      Mar/22nd  HN     Mar/24th  AN
 Mar/20th AN      Mar/23rd  AN     Mar/25th  AN
 Mar/21st 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.

  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 18th) 
  3Z1K via SP1KRF             II3B via IQ3SD         OT6M via ON9CC  & (L)
  A5A via JH1AJT (O/d)        IT9AAK/IA5 via IT9AAK  P33W via P33W
  C93PA via PA5X  & (L)     J6/K1ZZI via K1ZZI (d/L) PI4YLC via PA5CT
  CE2/IZ2DHM via IZ2DHM (e)   LM90NRRL via (LA-B)  PJ2/M0SDV via M0SDV (O/L)
  CT7/DJ7PR via DJ7PR         LX7I via LX2A          SD6E via SM6BGG
  CT9/DL3KWF via DL3KWF & (L) LZ65RCP via LZ1JZ      SN7D via SQ7DQX (L)
  DA200FWR via DK2PU          OE100AIR via OE8AIR    SP307PAF via (SP-B)
  DG8SBX/AM via DG8SBX (d)    OE100BKC via OE3BKC    TC3SO via TA3AER
  DM4X via DK1MAX (L)         OE100EGN via OE5EGN    TJ2TT via I2YSB
  DQ800HRO via DL5KVV      OE100FTE via OE6FTE & (L) TM0R via F5GGL 
  EA8/ON4LBI/P via ON4LBI     OE100GBK via OE8GBK    TO2BC via DL7BC & (L)
  EA8/UA4FER via UA4FER       OE100IIO via OE5IIO    TY2AC via DL9USA (d/L)
  ED5FDC via EA5HT            OE100PKB via OE3PKB    V26PD via NR6M (d)
  EF2A via EA2OT  & (L)       OE100RNS via OE3RNS    YR100BA via YO8SGM
  EH3DWN via EA3HKY (L/e)  OE100SGU via OE3SGU (L/e) YR630SV via YO8AZQ & (e)
  HC5DX via W3HNK        OE100VIE via OE4VIE (d/L/e) ZS9Z via ZS1OIN
  HG5A via HA5KDQ  & (L)      OE100YSC via OE3YSC    ZV1C via PU2VCP
  HG5OLDT via HA0KA  & (e)    OE100YXK via OE8YXK

  (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



  OP2A and ZC4A


T2, TUVALU. Tony, 3D2AG, will once again be active as T2AR from Funafuti
Atoll (OC-015) tentatively between April 8-15th. Activity will be limited
(due to work;  0430-1300z, 1730-2000z) on 160-10 meters as well as 60, 2
and 6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, JT65 and FT8. QSL via 3D2AG direct or

TJ, CAMEROON (Update/Callsign Change). Members of the Italian Dxpedition
Team (IDT) are now active as TJ2TT (instead of TJ3TT) from the Republic
of Cameroon until March 29th. Fabio, IW0BLW, informs that the Ministry
has changed their callsign to TJ2TT early morning on March 15th. QSL via
I2YSB, direct or by the OQRS on their Web page. Logs will be uploaded to
LoTW about 1 year after the conclusion of the DXpedition. All Sponsors
and those who request a direct QSL will have their QSOs uploaded to LoTW.
For more details and updates, watch the IDT Web page at:

V3, BELIZE. Victor, WB0TEV, will once again be active as V31VP from
Blackman Eddy between March 22-27th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters.
This will include participation in the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 24-25th)
as a Single-Op/All-Band (possibly as a Single-Band)/Assisted/High-Power
entry. He states, "After the contest I plan on doing some RTTY with a
special session focusing on Asia starting around 2200z on March 26th."
QSL V31VP via WB0TEV, direct, by the Bureau or ClubLog's OQRS. No LoTW
or eQSL.

VK0/M, MACQUARIE ISLAND. Norbert, VK5MQ, will be active as VK0AI from
Macquarie Island (AN - 005) very soon. He is expected to be there with
the next winter team for one year. He has an Icom IC-7300 transceiver
and a vertical antenna. There are no other details at this time.

VP6D DUCIE ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS. It was reported this week that Ken
Karr, NG2H, was added to the VP6D team. You may view Ken's bio on the
Team Page at:

XU7, CAMBODIA. Chapli, BG4HRM, will be active as XU7AKL for sometime
and working in Phnom Penh with Larry, XU7AEY/VR2VAT. Activity will be
on 40-10 meters using a Hexbeam and Inverted V. QSL via BG4HRM, direct,
by the Bureau or LoTW. ADDED NOTE: Chapli tells OPDX that a DXpedition
team will be teaming up between March 21-28th, for the CQWW WPX SSB
Contest (March 24-25th) as a Multi-Single entry. Operators mentioned
are Larry/XU7AEY/VR2VAT, Feng/BG5EFD, Chenxing/BG9XD, Wang/BG9QM, Zhang/
BD4DYH and himself/XU7AKL/BG4HRM.

XV9, VIETNAM. Igor, RW0BG, is now active as XV9BG from Phu Quoc Island
(AS-128) until March 26th. Activity has been 40/17/15 meters using CW
and SSB. QSL via his home callsign.

YB, INDONESIA. Hans, YB2DX, will once again be active during the CQWW
WPX SSB Contest (March 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry.
QSL via LoTW or direct to his home callsign.

Z60A (Press Release). Wayne, N7NG, sent out the following on March 13th:
activation went QRT at 2020 UTC last night after 30-day-long initial
activation of this latest new DXCC entity.
  A total of 98,450 QSOs included 30,541 individual callsigns from 174
DXCC entities. The delegates to a variety of support functions and radio
operating represented twelve (12) countries. They worked well together
in a real ham's spirit and assisted local Kosovar hams in many ways now
that they will be on their own among the global amateur radio community.
We welcome them most heartily to our family.
  The Mission Goodwill Kosovo would like to thank those twenty-eight
people who came from near and far, flying and driving to spend these
thirty wonderful days together in the Republic of Kosovo:
OH3JR,  OM3PC, OM5RW,  PB2T, OZ1IKY, S50A, S51F, S57AW and VE7NY
  We also would like to thank those people who supported the mission at
different points of the long process:
  9A5W, K0IR, K1ZZ, K3ZJ, K3ZO, K4MQG, K5FUV, K6RV, K6TA, K8ZTT, K9JF,
OH2BN, OH2BUW, PB2T, VE6SH, YV5AM, Mr. Nicholas Cendrowicz of the European
Union and Mr. Kreshnik Gashi, ARKEP of Kosovo.
  Just on the day of finishing the mission - today - there was a telephone
call from Mr. Kreshnik Gashi, Chairman of the Kosovo Telecom administration
to OH2BH indicating that just today the new ITU country code +383 and
related routing was activated and Kosovo was standing on its own. It did
not bother the spirit even if the minute cost of the initial call exceeded
USD 25.00 and worked one-way only.
  The Mission Goodwill Kosovo faded into the horizon with many fond
memories of the past 10-years. Thank you for being part of it!
  A LoTW upload will be done soon and QSLs are at the printers next week.

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