The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1470
June 29, 2020
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Written/Sent from Strongsville, Ohio
Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX
Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, the AB5K's AR Cluster
Networks, NJ1Q & W1AW, NG3K & ADXO, W2VU, W3UR & The Daily DX, WB6RSE,
K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m DX News, W9ILY, DL1SBF, DL7UXG & The DX News Letter,
DXNews.com, DX-World.Net, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, I1JQJ/IK1ADH
& 425 DX News, Pete Rayer & ISWL, Sixitalia Weekly, and VA3RJ & ICPO for
the following DX information.
**** SPECIAL NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: Sorry for the small content this
week. I wrote this all this morning (Sunday). My grand kids were
in town for a visit and they take priority. Wished the weather was
better this past week and no COVIN-19. Thanks for understanding.
Things should be back to normal next week.... 73 de Tedd KB8NW
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
week of Sunday, 21st/June, through Sunday, 28th/June there were 201
countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O,
4S, 4U1U, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5R, 5T, 5W, 5Z, 6Y, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K,
9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6,
C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, DL, DU, E3, E5/s, E7,
EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, F, FG, FK, FM, FO,
FP, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK,
HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J3, J6, J7, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, 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, PY, PZ, S0, S5, S7, SM, SP, SU, SV,
SV5, SV9, T5, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TU, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN,
UR, V2, V3, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2M, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE,
XU, YB, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, Z8, 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".
13 COLONIES (Special Event). Once again the annual (the 12th) "13 Colonies
Special Event" will take place between 1300z, July 1st and 0400z July 7th.
The certificate is printed on heavy card stock. Stations working one state
or, as many as all 15, will be eligible for the certificate. A "Clean Sweep"
indicator will be affixed for those lucky enough to work all 15. A special
endorsement will be attached for stations contacting their sister oper-
ation, WM3PEN, in Philadelphia, PA, where independence was declared. New
since 2015, the 13 Colonies have added a second sister event station.
GB13COL will operate from Durham, England. The 13 Colonies certificate
will have a Liberty Bell added for a contact with WM3PEN. There should
be at least two stations from each on the 13 colonies on the air, as well
as Super contest stations, multi-operator Club stations and OM and XYL
teams. The U.S. original 13 colonies are CT-DE-GA-MA-MD-NC-NH-NJ-NY-PA-
RI-SC-VA. The special events stations mentioned are: K2A (NY), K2B (VA),
K2C (RI), K2D (CT), K2E (DE), K2F (MD), K2G (GA), K2H (MA), K2I (NJ),
K2J (NC), K2K (NH), K2L (SC), and K2M (PA). All HF bands will be in play,
including the WARC bands, with the exception of 60 meters. 2 meters and
6 meter simplex are encouraged. All modes of operation should be repre-
sented - SSB, CW, RTTY, Digital, and the Satellites. The mode of operation
is up to the individual colony state station. For more details on the
stations, suggested frequencies, QSL info and how to obtain the special
certificate, see: http://www.13colonies.us
All Short Wave Listeners (SWL), you can also qualify for the certificate.
3A, MONACO. Ennio, IW1RBI, will once again be active as 3A/IW1RBI from
Monaco between July 6-19th. Activity will be on 30-6 meters using SSB
and FT8. QSL via his home callsign or LoTW.
8N1, JAPAN. Look for the following stations to represent the JARL during
the IARU HF World Championship Contest (July 11-12th):
160m CW 8N1HQ Minato, Tokyo 80m CW 8N1HQ Hachioji, Tokyo
80m SSB 8N8HQ Sapporo, Hokkaido 40m SSB 8N2HQ Higashiura, Aichi
20m SSB 8N1HQ Hachioji, Tokyo 15m CW 8N6HQ Minamiaso, Kumamoto
15m SSB 8N1HQ Hachioji, Tokyo 10m CW 8N1HQ Haga, Tochigi
All QSOs will be automatically confirmed by the Bureau.
CQ NEWS (Press Release - Tim Shoppa, N3QE, Named CQ Contesting Editor
Succeeds Dave Siddall, K3ZJ). Rich, W2VU, reported on June 26th:
Tim Shoppa, N3QE, of Bethesda, Maryland, has been named CQ magazine's
Contesting Editor, CQ Editor Rich Moseson, W2VU, announced today. Tim
succeeds Dave Siddall, K3ZJ, who is stepping down after five years of
writing the magazine's monthly contesting column. Recent increases in
work responsibilities limit the amount of time Siddall has available to
write about contesting.
Shoppa is an active contester and has been secretary of the Potomac
Valley Radio Club for several years. He closely tracks individual con-
tester and contest club activities worldwide. He has a modest but active
station on a suburban lot in the Washington, DC, suburbs where he con-
sistently wins the USA TBW (Tri-Bander/Wires) category in the CQ WPX
contests - despite having only a wire antenna - and guest operates several
times a year at large multi-multi contest stations. He also had the top
80-meter score in the 2018 CQ DX Marathon.
Tim works for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, co-
ordinating the data acquisition of 70,000 devices around the railroad and
the supervisory control center computers at the Washington DC Metrorail
system. He holds a patent covering track circuit monitoring and alerting
in automatic train control systems.
Licensed since age 10, Shoppa took a 30-year break from active hamming
after high school before rediscovering the hobby in 2008 and becoming
heavily involved in contesting. Tim says he hopes to use the CQ contesting
column "to encourage both individual operators and clubs to get on the air
in ham radio contests while improving their skills and stations."
"I thank Dave for his five years of dedication to the CQ contesting
column and input on a variety of subjects," said Moseson, "and I look
forward to working with Tim as he brings his combined experience as a
'little pistol' and a 'big gun' to the pages of CQ."
Shoppa's first column will appear in the September, 2020 issue.
GB0, WALES (Special Event). Members of the North Wales Amateur Radio Group
and Eryri DX group are now active from the Welsh Mountain Zoo (situated
in Colwyn Bay on the North Wales coast; http://www.welshmountainzoo.org/)
using the special callsign GB0WMZ until July 17th. QSL via MW0JWP by the
GB100, ENGLAND (Special Event). Members of the Royal Signals Amateur
Radio Society (RSARS) are celebrating their 100th anniversary by using
the special callsign GB100RS between June 28th and the end of October.
Activity will be on various HF bands using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK. Special
awards are available. See: https://rsars.org.uk/rsars-corps-celebrations-2020
QSL via the Bureau.
IOTA NEWS. Since no or few new IOTA announcements have been made during
the past several weeks (probably because of many COVID-19 travel restric-
tions), OPDX decided to list the following IOTA operations that were
active this past week between June 21-27th (as per the DXCluster):
IOTA Callsign Island/GROUP Bands/Modes
------ ---------- ------------- ------------
AF-004 EA8DHV Tenerife 20m; SSB
AF-004 EA8TL Tenerife 20m; FT4
AF-016 FR4NT Reunion 20m; SSB
AF-016 FR4QT Reunion 20m; SSB
AF-018 IH9YMC Pantelleria 10m; SSB
AF-022 ZD7FT St. Helena 20m; SSB
AF-022 ZD7JC St. Helena 17m; Digi
AS-003 4S7AB Sri Lanka 30m; CW
AS-004 P3X Cyrus 10m; CW
AS-007 JH3NGD Honshu 20m; SSB
EU-004 EA6ACA Balearic 10m; SSB
EU-004 EA6LU Balearic 40m; SSB
EU-004 EA6OM Balearic 10m; SSB
EU-004 EA6QY Balearic 20m; SSB
EU-004 EA6SM Balearic 17m; SSB
EU-004 EA6SX Balearic 10m; SSB
EU-004 EC6DX Balearic 40m; SSB
EU-005 G2NV/M Great Britain 20m; SSB
EU-005 G8XDD/P Great Britain 40m; SSB
EU-005 GM2TT Scotland 40m; Digi
EU-005 M6TCE Great Britain 15m; SSB
EU-005 MM0LGS Scotland 20m; FT8
EU-005 MW6OWO Wales 17m; Digi
EU-009 GM8OFQ Orkney 20m; SSB
EU-018 OY1CT Faroe 20m; CW
EU-018 OY1OF Faroe 10m; SSB
EU-021 TF2MSN Iceland 40m; FT8
EU-021 TF3GB Iceland 30m; Digi
EU-021 TF5B Iceland 20m; Digi
EU-023 9H1TT Malta 20m; SSB
EU-023 9H5BZ Malta 17m; SSB
EU-023 9H5JO Malta 17m; SSB
EU-025 IT9BLB Sicily 10m; SSB
EU-025 IT9CLX Sicily 10m; SSB
EU-026 JW4PUA Spitsbergen 20m; Digi
EU-028 IK1MNF/IA5 Elba 20m; SSB
EU-029 OV1CDX Sjaelland 17m; SSB
EU-036 LA7WNA Sor-Trondelag/More 20m; Digi
EU-084 SM0CXS Trasko 17m; FT8
EU-114 GU0VPA Guernsey 17m; FT8
EU-114 GU3UOQ Guernsey 10m; SSB
EU-115 EI5GEB/M Ireland 40m; SSB
EU-115 EI6GEB/M Ireland 40m; SSB
EU-115 MI0ITS Ireland 10m; FM
EU-115 MI3CAB Ireland 20m; FT8
EU-131 I3/OE6MBG Veneto 20m; SSB
EU-171 OZ5HP Jylland 17m; Digi
EU-175 CU3EQ Terceira 10m; Digi
EU-186 TA4CS Turkey 10m; SSB
NA-015 CM2RSV Cuba 40m; FT8
NA-015 CO6SRS Cuba 40m; FT8
NA-021 8P5AA Barbados 20m; SSB
NA-024 J35X Grenada 30m; Digi
NA-026 W2ZF NY State 20m; FT8
NA-052 N1UL FL State SW 30m; FT8
NA-065 WU8U WA State North 10m; Digi
NA-099 WP4OH Puerto Rico 40m; Digi
NA-108 J69DS St. Lucia 10m; FT8
NA-126 VE1BZI NS Province S 40m; FT8
NA-139 N9NQA MD State East 20m; SSB
NA-144 KD7WPJ CA State South 20m; CW
OC-001 VK1TX Australia 15m; SSB
OC-001 VK3EGN Australia 30m; CW
OC-016 3D2AG Viti Levu & Vanua 20m; Digi
OC-019 WA6QDQ/KH6 Hawaiian 20m; SSB
OC-032 FK8IK New Caledonia 20m; CW
OC-036 ZL1WN NZ North 20m; SSB
SA-002 VP8HDM/A Falkland 20m; SSB
SA-006 PJ4DX Bonaire 20m; SSB
SA-011 9Z4AH Trinidad 17m; SSB
SA-011 9Z4FE Trinidad 20m; SSB
SA-011 9Z4Y Trinidad 17m; Digi
** Thanks to the individuals who put the island/group and mode
on their QSNs on the PacketCluster reports....
EU-003. Operators Bruno/CS8ABG, Eurico/CU2CU and Marco/CU7BC will be
active as CQ8F from the Formigas Islets (WWFF CUFF-0009,
ARLHS AZO 001, PIP AC-013, PFFP FP-163 and DMHP AZ-061),
Azores, on June 29th, between 0800-1900z. Activity will be on
80/40/20/17/12/10 meters using CW and SSB. Suggested frequencies
CW 3544, 7024, 14044, 18084, 21044, 24894 and 28044 kHz
SSB 3744, 7144, 14244, 18144, 21244, 24944 and 28444 kHz.
QSL Manager is EA5GL.
EU-090. Operators Silvo/S50X, Goran/S52P, Hubert/S53Z, Milan/S58MU,
Gordan/DM7AA and Mato/9A3SM will be active as 9A/callsign
(except 9A3SM) from the Palagruza Islands between July 18-31st.
Activity wil be on 80-10 meters using CW and SSB. The group
will use the callsign 9A20A during the RSGB IOTA Contest
(July 25-26th)[rare multiplier]. The QSL Manager for all
callsigns will be S58MU (direct or by the Bureau). The logs
will be uploaded to LoTW and eQSL. See QRZ.com for more details.
NA-039/ (Rescheduled again) Members of the Russian Robinson Club, who
NA-070. were to be active as KL7RRC/P from Adak Island (NA-039), Alaska,
between September 11-18th (originally scheduled for June),
has now reschedule their operation for June 11-14th, 2021.
This also means their Kiska Island (NA-070) operation will
be scheduled to June 5-10th, 2021.
SHORT IOTA YOUTUBE VIDEOS ARE AVAIALBLE ONLINE:
NA-135 -- 4A2L Isla del Carmen at:
NA-153 -- 6F3A Isla Perez at:
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......
ISWL CALLSIGNS (For July 2020). The following ISWL club callsigns will be
used throughout the month of July 2020:
GX4BJC/A - Operated from Walton on the Naze, in Essex, by Herbie, G6XOU
(WAB Square - TM22 - England, IOTA EU-005, WLOTA 1841).
MX1SWL/A - Operated from Great Missenden, in Buckinghamshire, by John,
G8XTJ (WAB Square - SP80 - England, IOTA EU-005, WLOTA 1841).
ALL QSLs will be handled by Dick, M5DIK - The QSL Manager and NOT the
individual operator. The I.S.W.L. is a member of the European PSK Club.
All QSL info is on or or
or via . NO LoTW.
JX, JAN MAYEN. It has been announced that a team of operators will activate
Jan Mayen (EU-022) for a 2 week DXpedition sometime in late September 2021
as JX0X. The team members mentioned are Ken/LA7GIA, Mats/RM2D, Dima/RA9USU
and Dominik/R4BE (DL5EBE). The team has been planning this operation for
14 months and finally received all permissions needed from the Military
and the Norwegian authorities. Activity will be on all bands and modes,
but the DXpedition will focus on the lower bands (160-30m) using CW and
the Digital modes. They will also do the other bands like 60, 20 and
possible 17m and SSB depending on the conditions. Look for more details
as well as a Web page to be forthcoming.
OPDX MAILING LIST (Just A Reminder). Details on how to subscribe and
unsubscribe from the "OPDX Mailing List" are at the bottom of this
bulletin. PLEASE pass the word around.... Thanks and 73 de Tedd KB8NW
PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (June 29th-July 5th).......
Jun/29th HN Jul/02nd AN Jul/04th AN
Jun/30th AN Jul/03rd AN Jul/05th HN
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
Meanwhile, check out the following Web sites for propagation:
* VOACAP predication Web page at: http://www.voacap.com/hf
* DX.QSL.NET Propagation page: https://dx.qsl.net/propagation
* A daily HF radio wave propagation forecast can be found at:
* SolarHam Web page: http://www.solarham.net
* Radio Propagation/Space Weather/Sunspot Cycle Information at:
* News and Information About The Sun-Earth Environment:
* Monthly propagation charts between four USA regions and twelve
overseas locations are at: http://arrl.org/propagation
* Information and tutorials on propagation are at: http://k9la.us
* Graphic propagation tool by DR2W: http://www.dr2w.de/dx-propagation
* Point to point propagation at: http://www.predtest.uk/p2p.html
* Real-time propagation at: http://www.predtest.uk
* Also on Twitter: https://twitter.com/@GiellaW4hm
QSL INFO AND NEWS...................
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX by Lothar, DL1SBF (www.qslinfo.eu) (June 28th)
5B4ALG >> (N) ED3C via EA3IBV (L) OT1V via ON8VM & (L)
DK0A via DH8IAT GB0ATM via MW5DJO PZ5JW via EA5GL (d/L)
DL/HB9EAJ/P via HB9EAJ (L) GB0WMZ via MW0JWP SO50WD via SO5WD & (L)
DL20LAGA via DM4EAX II8G via IZ8NWA TM7Q via DF3FS (L)
DM19ERZ via DL3VU MM3T via MM3T (e) VK9NK via SP9FIH & (L)
ED1D via EC1D OK8CCC via DL4MFM ZS95QO via DK3ZL & (L)
(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 (NB) No Bureau (n) no printed QSLs
QSLS RECEIVED VIA LoTW: CP4BT, FR/DJ7RJ and TO7DL
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 6F3A, 9J2LA, EA7/DJ4EL (EU-143), F4FCE/P (EU-039)
HU1DL, JA8COE/0 and VP2VB
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: NONE REPORTED THIS WEEK!!!!
--- We would like to see more QSL Bureaus (such as AS/US/SA/AF.. etc)
send in their info....
TO5, MARTINIQUE (Canceled). Uwe, DL8UD, who was expected to be active as
TO5O from Martinique (NA-107) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th),
has canceled his operation because he could not find a flight. He will
reschedule it to 2021.