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OPDX Bulletin 1359 April 9, 2018

OPDX Bulletin 1359 April 9, 2018
The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1359
BID: $OPDX.1359
April 9, 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, W2VU, K3LR, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, WB6RSE, K8GI, K8YSE, NL8F, W8GEX & 60m DX News, N0TG, 4Z4DX, DL1SBF, DL7UXG & The DX News Letter, DC4CQ,,, DX-World.Net, ES1CW, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, HA0HW, HP1AC, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, IK4RUX, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Sixitalia Weekly, UR5BCP, and VA3RJ & ICPO for the following DX information.
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 1st/April, through Sunday, 8th/April there were 226 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B6, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3D2/r, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9X, 9Y, 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, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J3, J6, J7, 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, PY, PY0F, PZ, R1FJ, S0, S2, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T2, T32, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TN, TR, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2M, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XF4, XT, XX9, YA, YB, YL, YN, YO, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z6, 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"

3B7A ST. BRANDON ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS. The 3B7A team is now on the air
until April 17th. Last heard they had four stations on the air. Look for
activity to be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. Suggested fre-
quencies were listed in OPDX.1355. QSL via F5CWU (direct or by the Bureau),
ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW. For more information, see:
Support them from their Web site:
Follow them on Facebook  and
Twitter .
 The latest update (April 7th) as reported on their Web page states[edited]:
    "The South island exceeds so little of the horizon that it is necessary
  to wait for the last moment to discover how beautiful it is when the boat
  approaches it finally. It was mid-afternoon yesterday, so we finally
  reached Flo, F5CWU, and Pasal, F5PTM, arrived earlier with the first
  boat trip. After a 26 hours boat ride, we were also very happy to have
  a meal before continuing immediately. Our two friends of the 'pre-team'
  had already set up all the VDAs and the 30m Four Square. We took ad-
  vantage of the last hours before the night to install the 40m Four
  Square. We also hoped to complete the installation of the 160m antenna
  to start during the first night, but the wind decided otherwise. At the
  end we installed the stations during the night and began operating just
  after. Despite the fatigue of the first day, the operators took their
  turns all night long and more than 3000 qso were in the log early in
  the morning.
    For this new day, the installations of the remaining antennas were
  resumed, while maintaining a maximum of active stations. The setup is
  now complete for both transmission and reception. The rythm will now be
  fully reached.
    Regarding the island, it reminds us Tromelin and Juan de Nova very
  much, both in terms of fauna and flora. Based on these previous ex-
  periences, we have been able to avoid disturbances for birds as much
  as possible, and select the right areas for the antennas. Many terns
  incubate their eggs and toddlers barely open their eyes. It really looks
  like heaven.
    We are fortunate to share the island with Mauritian fishermen friends
  who are very willing to give us a hand, and even share the results of
  their catch.
    With this first communication also comes the first online log. We
  ask you to make this expedition a success by providing helpful infor-
  mation to our pilot stations.
    Let’s get the party started!" [A picture was provided]

4X70/4Z70, ISRAEL (Special Event). Look for special event stations 4X70A,
4X70E, 4X70I, 4X70L, 4X70R, 4X70S and 4Z70IARC to be active between April
19th and June 27th. Activity is to celebrate Israel's 70th anniversary.
A log search is available at:
A special PDF Awards/Diplomas will be issued for amateur radio operators
who will work at least 6 commemorative special callsigns from the range
of 4X70A - 4X70L. To collect the electronic diploma, please send a free-
form e-mail to <4z4dx""> with the callsign which are eligible for
the award. Printed diplomas might be available upon request. The eQSL,
LoTW and Awards Manager is 4Z4DX. Please Note: They don't need your QSL
cards. Do not send them to the bureau! LoTW and eQSL uploads will be done
regularly. Be patient!

6W, SENEGAL (Update). Franz, DC4CQ, informs OPDX that he had to cancel
his 6W/DC4CQ operation from Senegal (April 15-28th) due to severe illness.

8P, BARBADOS. Charles, 8P6ET, will be active this year as 8P1W during
the following contests: CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 26-27th), CQWW DX SSB
Contest (October 27-28th) and CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th).
Look for him to be as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry in all the
contests. QSL via KU9C.

A2, BOSTWANA. Dave, VE7VR (formerly A2CEW between 1972-73) will be active
as A25VR between May 24th and June 3rd. Activity will be on 40/30/20
meters using 100 watts into a dipole. He will participate in the CQWW
WPX CW Contest (May 26-27th). QSL via his home callsign, direct or by
the Bureau.

C5, THE GAMBIA. Pedro, ON7WP, is once again active as C5WP from The
Gambia until April 13th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using mainly
the Digital modes (FT8). See for details. QSL via his home call-
sign direct only.

CQ MAGAZINE PRESS RELEASE. Richard Moseson, W2VU, Editorial Director for
CQ Communications, Inc., sent out the following on April 2nd [edited]:
        ARRL and CQ Magazine Announce Launch of CQ's WAZ Award
                 Support on ARRL's Logbook of the World 
  Officials from CQ magazine and ARRL, The national association for Amateur
Radio®, are excited to announce the launch of support for CQ magazine's
Worked All Zones (WAZ) award program on ARRL's Logbook of the World (LoTW)
system, effective Monday, April 2, at 10:00 a.m. EDT (14:00 UTC).
  The goal of the project was to create the proper technical support system
to enable amateur radio operators to submit LoTW confirmations for WAZ
credit and that has been accomplished, say CQ and ARRL officials.
  "We are very pleased that participants in CQ's WAZ award program will
now be able to use their LoTW confirmations for award credit," said CQ 
ditor Rich Moseson, W2VU. "CQ WPX Award participants have found it very
helpful and we are sure it will be equally helpful for those pursuing WAZ
and its many variations."
  ARRL First Vice President Greg Widin, K0GW, concurred. "Users of LoTW
have been telling us for some time that they would like to use QSLs from
LoTW to apply for the WAZ award. They will now be able to select confir-
mations to be used for WAZ credit."
  Beta testing for bringing CQ magazine's WAZ award program into ARRL's
LoTW system had been underway since mid-December. Any problems in the
implementation discovered by testers were corrected by the technical
support team. Also, the documentation has been improved by feedback from
the testers. At the same time, each LoTW user was given an additional
WAZ account.
  Standard LoTW credit fees and separate CQ award fees will apply.
  Logbook of the World is ARRL's electronic confirmation system for
amateur radio contacts. It provides a confirmation when both stations
in a contact submit their logs to the system and a match between the
logs is confirmed. LoTW has supported the CQ WPX Award program since 2012.

  ADDED NOTE: Also, check out the ARRL press release on their Web page at:

CR3, MADEIRA. Tibor, OM3RM/CT9ABN, will be active as CR3DX from Porto
Moniz, Madeira Island, during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 26-27th) as
a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. He will be on the island between
May 19-29th, so activity outside of the contest will be on 80-10 meters
using the callsign CT9ABN. QSL via OM2VL, direct or by the Bureau.

CY9C ST. PAUL ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS (Cancelled). Randy, N0TG, informs
OPDX on April 3rd: "The DXpedition scheduled for August 1-9th, has been
cancelled.  After considerable analysis and discussions as to expected
band conditions, the 'need-list' ranking significantly greater than 50,
and in order for the team to achieve our goals for maximum Q's and ATNO(s),
DX'ers would be better served if we postponed the DXpedition. We look
forward to a future St. Paul DXpedition effort when conditions signi-
ficantly improve."

DAY-XENIA HAMVENTION NEWS (Contester Related Events in Dayton). Tim, K3LR,
reports the following updates/information for the HamVention:
  * Many of the Dayton contester related activities are listed on the
    Contest Super Suite web site at:

  * Four nights of Super Suite fun hosted by the North Coast Contesters
   (NCC), the Frankford Radio Club (FRC) and the Mad River Radio Club

  * There is a tab for Contest Related Events which gives you a good
    summary of activities including speaker/topic information for the
    Hamvention. Friday Antenna forum, the Saturday RTTY Contest forum
    and the Saturday Contest forum.

  * ConTest University (CTU) is held the day before Hamvention opens.
    Information to register is at:
    CTU is still taking applications for CTU tuition scholarships for
    those 25 years old or younger ­ use the Contact Us tab to apply.

  * The Dayton Contest Dinner will be held Saturday evening May 19th.
    Club tables are filling up and singles are still available. Chris,
    DL1MGB, is the speaker. Details are at:

  * The 29th annual Dayton Top Band dinner is Friday, May 18th. Jerry,
    WB9Z, is the speaker. Details are at:

  * Then there is four nights of pizza parties in the Contest Super Suite
    hosted by the Potomac Valley Radio Club (PVRC), the Yankee Clipper
    Contest Club (YCCC) and the Society of Midwest Contesters (SMC).

DXCC NEWS. The 2017 ARRL DXCC Yearbook is now available for viewing and
downloading at the following URL. The DXCC Yearbook includes the 2017
Annual List, as well as the 2017 Clinton B. DeSoto Challenge top scorers.

E5, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS (Update). Oleh, UR5BCP, will be active as E51BCP
from Rarotonga Island (OC-013) between April 15-20th. Activity will be
focused on the Digital and SSB modes, and the WARC bands. Operation will
also include some SOTA activations. QSL via KD7WPJ.

HB0, LIECHTENSTEIN. A group of Dutch radio amateurs (from the PI4RAZ Radio
Club) will once again be active as HB0/homecall from Liechtenstein between
April 7-14th. Operators mentioned are Mans/PA2HGJ, Robert/PA2RDK, Frank/
PA3CNO, Paul/PA3DFR, Gert/PE0MGB and Piet/PE1FLO. Operations will be on
all bands, 160-10 meters, using mainly CW and some SSB/Digital modes with
an emphasis on the new 60m band. QSL via PE1FLO.

IOTA NEWS..............
  AF-004.  Mike, DG5LAC, will once again be active as EA8/DG5LAC from
           Fuerteventura Island (DIE S-006, WLOTA 0883, EAFF-191, WWFF
           EAFF-0063 Parque Natural Corralejo) between April 14-28th.
           Activity will be on 40-10 meters using SSB, FT8 HP and Rare
           (CW activation only until now!). QSL via his home callsign,
           direct, by the Bureau, LoTW, eQSL or ClubLog's OQRS.

  EU-042.  Mike, DG5LAC, will once again be active as DG5LAC/P from Hooge
           Island (WWFF DLFF-013 Wadden Sea) during the RSGB IOTA Contest
           (July 28-29th) as a Single-Op/Mode-SSB/12-Hrs/DXpedition/High-
           Power entry. QSL via DG5LAC, direct, by the Bureau, ClubLog's
           OQRS, LoTW, eQSL or ClubLog's OQRS.

  EU-045.  Operators Alessandro/IK4ALM, Augusto/IK4RQJ, Roberto/IK4JPN,
           Vanni/IK4RUX and Carlo/IZ4WJA will be active as IB0/homecall
           from Ponza Island (Pontine Archipelago, IIA R001, WLOTA 1395,
           WAIP LT-001) between May 23-28th. The ARI team from Modena
           and Carpi will be will be active on various HF bands (WARC
           included), 6 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL
           via their home callsigns (direct or through the ARI Bureau).

  EU-065.  Operators Christophe/F4ELI, Stephane/F5UOW and Andre/F4ELK
           will visit possibly three different islands in the Bretagne
           (Finistere North West) IOTA Group during June:
            Trielen Island (DIFM AT040) -- Wednesday, June 22nd, afternoon
            Bannec Island (DIFM AT037)  -- Saturday, June 23rd, morning
            Molene Island (DIFM AT002)  -- possibly Saturday afternoon
           They have requested the TM65EU callsign.

  EU-090.  Operators Marijan/9A1MB, Radovan/9A2SC, Zeljko/9A3DF, Branko/
           9A3ST, Kristijan/9A4WY, Vitomir/9A5VS, Neven/9A5YY and Emir/9A6AA
           will be active as 9A90P from Vela Palagruza (CI-084, LH 0057)
           between June 16-23rd. Activity will be on 80-6 meters using CW,
           SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via 9A2MF. ADDED NOTE: Some
           members will also try to operate under their home callsign from
           neighboring islands: Mala Palagruza (EU-090, CI-461) and
           Galijula island (EU-090, CI-462, 3NM southeast of Palagruža). 

  EU-120.  Operators Darran/G0BWB, G0BFJ, Barry/G4TML, DM/G4RCX, Richard/
           M0RBG and David/M0RIU will be active as G6LD from Lindisfarne
           (Holy Island) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 28-29th) as
           a Multi-Op/Island-DXpedition entry. QSL via G0BWB.

  EU-120.  Stevie, MM0VPY/M0VPY, will be active as M0VPY from Lindisfarne
           (Holy Island) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 28-29th) as
           a Single-Op/Island-DXpedition/12-Hrs/High-Power entry. QSL
           via MM0VPY.

  EU-123.  Gordon, MM0GOR, will once again be active as MM1E from Great
           Cumbrae Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 28-29th) as
           a Single-Op/All-Bands/SSB-Mode/DXpedition entry. QSL via MM1E,
           by the Bureau, ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW.

  EU-137.  Lars, SM6CUK, will once again be active as SA6G/7 from Ven
           Island between June 5-12th. Activity will be holiday style
           on 40-6 meters using mostly CW on, or near, the usual IOTA
           frequencies. QSL via SM6CUK, by the Bureau, direct, ClubLog
           or LoTW. NO eQSL.

  EU-174.  Laci, HA0HW, will once again be active from Thassos Island
           (GIOTA NAS-037, MIA MG-124, WLOTA LH-4186, QRA KN20HS), as
           SW8WW (ex-J48HW) between May 24th and June 5th. He will operate
           mainly CW, with some SSB and RTTY on the HF bands (usually on
           40/30/20/17/12/10 meters) and on 6 meters. He may enter the
           CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-
           Power entry. His rigs are usually a FT-840 and an IC-706 (for
           6m only). Antennas are a monoband Gps on SPIDERPOLE and fishing
           poles, and a multiband doublet over his apartment house, for
           6 meters a folded dipole 
           as a vertical dipole on a stand alone fishing pole. QSL by the
           OQRS via ClubLog or via his home callsign by the HA Bureau or
           direct. Please look at his page.

  OC-160.  (Update) Tim, NL8F, was expected to be active as VK4COF from
           Hamilton Island starting between April 3rd, but he told OPDX
           on Thursday, March 5th, "Has been a bit of trouble with 
           Cyclone Iris here; been waiting the last 3 days for tickets
           that have been canceled, but now have them for the morning
           with a note saying may again be rescheduled, so hoping I make 
           it out there tomorrow to Hamilton Island." Received another 
           message on Saturday from Tim, and he reported that he is on 
           the air as of April 6th, 2300z. He stated that he was on 
           17m, then went to 15m not hearing much and went on 40 and 80 
           meters before taking a nap. Remember, activity will be mainly 
           SSB and FT8. QSL via NL8F.

  OC-236/  Operators Hendro/YB3LZ, Bimbo/YB3MM and Tety/YB3TET will be 
  OC-242.  active as homecall/8 from Tinabo Island (OC-242) between April
           28th and May 1st, and from Selayar Island (OC-236) between
           May 1-2nd. QSL via IZ8CCW, ClubLog or LoTW.

  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......

OE18, 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 OE18M on Friday, April 20th­Sunday, April 22nd (00:00-
24:00 UTC). OE18M is an official "International Marconi Day" station.
Contacts made on Saturday, April 21st, are valid for the IMD Award.
QSL info available at:

OFFICERS FOR 2018-2019. On Monday, April 2nd, the members of Northern
Ohio DX Association (NODXA) re-elected the following to serve as officers
between May 2018 and April 2019:
     President:         Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
     Vice President:    Dennis Stuber,   K8LBT
     Secretary:         Glenn Williams,  AF8C
     Treasurer:         Mary Michaelis,  N8DMM
     Newsletter Editor: David Autry,     WD8IOU
  For more information about NODXA, check out the club's Web site at:
  NODXA has a FaceBook page at:

OH0, ALAND ISLAND. Ari, OH3KAV, will be active as OH0KA from Eckerö
(WW Loc. JP90sf), Aland Islands (EU-002), between May 6-11th. Activity
will be holiday style operation with a focus on CW and FT8 operations
on 60 meters but other emissions may occur. QSL via OH3KAV, by the
Bureau, direct or LoTW.

P4, ARUBA. Johannes, DF5AU, will be active as P4/DF5AU from Aruba
between May 8-13th. Activity will include the CQ-MIR-DX-Contest as
P40AU using CW and SSB). QSL via DF5AU.

PACIFIC TOUR. Dave, WJ2O, has announced his plans to activate a few islands
in Pacific before and after he joins the KH1/NH7Z Baker Island DXpedition.
His tentative schedule (all dates are approx.) is as follows:
  American Samoa (KH8) -- Around June 8th; for 2 days
  Samoa (5W)           -- Around June 11th; for 2 days
  American Samoa (KH8) -- Around June 13th; for 4 days
  Baker Island (KH1)   -- Around June 27th; for 10 days
  Fiji (3D2)           -- Around July 13th for 4 days

** No other details (callsigns/bands/modes/QSL info) were mentioned
or provided. 

 Apr/09th AN      Apr/12th  HN     Apr/14th  LN
 Apr/10th AN      Apr/13th  HN     Apr/15th  HN
 Apr/11th 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 
  >> >> No QSL Infos this week <<
  Will return on Sunday, April 15, 2018

  (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

  LOGS ONLINE AT CLUBLOG.ORG THIS WEEK......   (Log is now being updated)   (Log has been uploaded)
  9G5AR, 9W8DEN, 9XOTA, A45XR, A71AM, BG7BDB, C31MF, CB1H, CO2YQ, D68I,
  Z60A and ZL4TT


  T30ZF, XE1REW/2, XE3MAS and ZZ2016RIO

T7, SAN MARINO (60m News). Tony, T77C, reports that he has "received 60m
personal permission up to 31 Dec 2018." He states, "I need to install a
temporary wire antenna so I will QRV only for short time, random no sked,
much more activity will be October to December 2018."

S9, SAO TOME. David, EB7DX, will be active as S9ZZ from Sao Tome Island
(AF-023) between June 1-9th. Activity will be holiday style 40-6 meters
using mostly SSB, RTTY, FT8 and some CW. QSL via his home callsign or
ClubLog. For more details and updates, see:

V6, MICRONESIA. Operators Sho, JA7HMZ, will once again be active as V63DX
from Pohnpei Island (OC-010) between April 18-24th. Activity will be focused
on 160 meters FT8. He will be looking for European stations on 160m. QSL via
his home callsign direct or LoTW. No Bureau QSLs.

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