The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1409
April 8, 2019
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, W3UR & The Daily DX, WB6RSE, K8GG,
K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m DX News, W9ILY, CX3AN, DL1SBF, DL7UXG & The DX
News Letter, DxCoffee.com, DXNews.com, DX-World.Net, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les
Nouvelles DX, GM3WOJ, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, JG7PSJ, OZ6OM & 50 MHz
DX News, Sixitalia Weekly, SM6CVX and VA3RJ & ICPO for the following DX
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
week of Sunday, 31st/March, through Sunday, 7th/April there were 209
countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O,
4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5T, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L,
9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C9, CE,
CE0Z, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E3, E5/n, E5/s,
E6, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FK,
FM, FO, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK,
HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J5, J6, J7, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, JY, K,
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, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9,
UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VK9X, VP2E, VP2M,
VP5, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XZ, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z6,
Z8, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZF, ZL, ZL7, 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".
3Y0I BOUVET DXPEDITION NEWS (Update/Postponed). As reported last week,
the 3Y0I DXpedition has been postponed due to damage to the "Atlantic
Tuna" (navigational equipment). The 3Y0I team states that they will go
back to Bouvet Island as soon as possible once the ship is repaired and
it is safe to go. The 3Y0I team is now back in Cape Town, South Africa.
There have been a few press releases posted by Stan, SP8S, and can be
viewed at the following URLs.
Press Release #7, dated March 29th -- A special E-mail written by Dale,
K1USA, to the 3Y0I team. It is titled "TRANS-ATLANTIC POSITIVE VIBES":
Press Release #8, dated April 2nd -- Titled "3Y0I BACK IN CAPE TOWN":
Press Release #9, dated April 2nd -- Titled "THE OFFICIAL STATEMENT
OF MR. ANTHONY BURKE THE MV ATLANTIC TUNA’S CAPTAIN:
As of April 4th, repair work was in progress on Atlantic Tuna. Waiting
for new V SAT antennas and installation. See pictures at:
For more details and updates, we suggest to watch the following Web pages:
3Y0I Bouvetoya Web site: https://bouvetoya.org
Rebel DX Group Web site: https://www.rebeldxgroup.com
3Y0I_JA Support Team Web site: http://jouban.jp/3y0i_ja (For JA stations)
3Y0I Bouvetoya on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bouvetoya.org
Rebel DX Group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rebeldxgroup
Bouvetoya Twitter: https://twitter.com/Bouvetoyaorg
5T, MAURITANIA. Evert, PA2KW, will be active as 5T2KW from Nouadhibou
between April 9-15th. He will be the guest of Johannes, 5T5PA, and will
make use of his antenna setup. Activity will be on various HF bands using
mainly CW, maybe some SSB. This will be Evert's first DXpedition and it
will be limited, but he will be on as much as possible. QSL requests
preferable via Clublog's OQRS after the expedition or LoTW.
5W, SAMOA (Also ZL). Operators Gus/CX2AM, Rainer/CX8FB and Bert/CX3AN,
members of the Uruguay Dx Group, will be operating from the Island of
Upolu (OC-097), Samoa, between June 1-10th. Activity will be holiday
style on 80-6 meters, running 2 stations with Spider beams and dipoles,
using mainly CW and SSB. Callsign and QSL Manager TBA in the coming weeks.
ADDED NOTE: The week after their Samoa operation, Rainer and Gus will
continue their activity running mobile from somewhere in New Zealand (ZL).
8Q, MALDIVES. Ben, DL1RNT, is once again active as 8Q7NT from Embudu
Island, South Male Atoll (AS-013), until April 13th. Activity will be
holiday style on 40-10 meters using mostly CW with some RTTY and PSK.
Radio is an IC-7100 with 100 watts into a vertical. QSL via his home
AM70/AM#70/AN#70/AO#70, SPAIN (Special Event). Look for Spanish stations
to sign with the following special prefix callsigns to celebrate the 70th
anniversary of the "Union of Spanish Amateur Radio" (URE) throughout the
month of April: EA stations use AM#70 prefixes (e.g. EA4ZZZ = AM470ZZZ),
EB stations use AN#70 prefixes (e.g. EB4ZZZ = AN470ZZZ) and EC stations
use AO#70 prefixes (e.g. EC4ZZZ = AO470ZZZ). Listen for QSL info.
Also, there will be 14 stations using the special AM70 prefix between
0000z, April 1st and 2359z, June 9th. The suffixes of the 14 special event
stations are each of the letters of the name of the "Unión de Radioaficio-
nados Españoles", except the letter "Ñ" which will be replaced by the
special URE station AM70URE. So, the 14 special station callsigns are:
AM70URE (Unión de Radioaficionados Españoles), AM70URE/6 (Balearic Islands),
AM70URE/8 (Canary Islands), AM70URE/9 (Ceuta and Melilla), AM70A, AM70C,
AM70D, AM70E, AM70F, AM70I, AM70L, AM70N, AM70O, AM70P, AM70R, AM70S and
AM70U. QSL the "AM70" callsigns via EA4URE, by the Bureau (prefered) or
direct. For more details, see: https://70aniversario.ure.es
We also saw AM170URL active. QSL via EA1URL.
C5, THE GAMBIA (Reminder). Operators Sigi/DL7DF (& XYL Sabine), Csaba/
DH7KU, Manfred/DK1BT, Annette/DL6SAK, Frank/DL7UFR and Jan/SP3CYY are
now active as C5DL from The Gambia (WW Loc. IK13PJ) until April 15th.
They have three stations on the air on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and
the Digitals modes. Pilot for this DXpedition is Bernd, DF3CB. QSL via
DL7DF, direct or by the German DARC Bureau. They will upload the full
logs of the DXpedition to LoTW within 6 months after the DXpedition.
For more details and updates, see: http://www.dl7df.com/c5
CR3, MADEIRA. Tibor, OM3RM/CT9ABN, will once again be active as CR3DX
from Porto Moniz, Madeira Island, during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May
25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. Activity outside of
the contest will be on 80-10 meters using the callsign CT9ABN. QSL via
OM2VL, direct or by the Bureau. Please don't use CT QSL Bureau.
DXCC'S MOST WANTED (ClubLog). The "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list has
been updated on ClubLog as of April 5th. The list contains 340 entities.
The following are the top 10 entities:
1. P5 DPRK (North Korea) 6. BV9P Pratas Island
2. 3Y/B Bouvet Island 7. KH7K Kure Island
3. FT5/W Crozet Island 8. KH3 Johnston Island
4. BS7H Scarborough Reef 9. FT5/X Kerguelen Island
5. CE0X San Felix Islands 10. 3Y/P Peter 1 Island
Two changes this month. Kerguelen Island (FT5/X) and Peter 1 Island
(3Y/P) switched places in the 9th and 10th positions. The complete "DXCC Most
Wanted" entities list is available at:
HI, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. By the time you read this, Barry, W9NDU, will be
active as W9NDU/HI7 from Punta Cana until April 13th. Activity will be
mainly on 40/20 meters using a FT-897 with 100 watts. QSL via his home
AS-204. (New IOTA) Members of the Russian Robinson Club (RRC)and
operators Vasily/R7AL and Vlad/RK8A will be active as R26RRC
from Paramushir Island between May 2-10th. Look for more
details to be forthcoming.
EU-048. (Reminder/Update) The Charente DX Group (CDXG) will be active
as TM4G from Groix Island (DIFM AT 012) between April 13-20th.
Team members are Franck/F4GBD, Eric/F5LOW, Laurent/F5MNK,
Fabrice/F5NBQ, Bertrand/F6HKA and Leon/ON4ZD/OS0S. Activity
will be on 80-6 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes
(RTTY, FT8 and other). QSL via ON4ZD, direct, by the Bureau
or use as much as possible Clublog's OQRS. For more details,
NA-014. (Update) Mikhail "Mike", VE7ACN, is now active as VE7ACN/CK9
(not VE7ACN/VE9 as first announced) from White Head Island
(CISA NB-010, GRID FN64pp), New Brunswik, Canada, until April
11th. Activity will be holiday style on 80-15 meters (depending
on the propagation) using mostly CW with some SSB. QSL via Club-
Log's OQRS (preferred), LoTW, direct or bureau to VE7ACN. For
more details and updates, watch: https://www.ve7acn.com
OC-174. Operators Dindo/DU1UD and Chris/VK3FY will be active as 4E8T
from Tawi Tawi Island, Philippines, between April 19-23rd.
Activity will be on 40-20 meters using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL
via M0OXO direct or OQRS.
OC-183/ (Reminder/Update) Operators Andy/VK6MAV and Vlad/ER1PP will be
OC-211. active as VK5MAV/6 from both Houtman Abrolhos Island (OC-211)
between April 14-19th, and Favorite Island (OC-183) between
April 20-23rd. QSL via ClubLog's OQRS, or via RN3RQ. For more
details and updates, watch:
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......
J2, DJIBOUTI (Reminder/Update). The J20DX team is planning to activate
two IOTAs between April 13-21st: Moucha Island (AF-053) and the super
rare Sept Frere (AF-059) (aka Seven Brothers, Sawabi or Seba Islands).
The team will be active as J20NT from their hotel in Djibouti between
April 13-14th (city not mentioned). Activity will be on 80-6 meters.
Tentative dates for AF-059 (signing as J20DX) are April 16th-18th/19th,
and for AF-053 (signing as J20DX/p) are April 18th/19th-19th/20th. The
current list of operators has been updated to Col/MM0NDX, Jonathan/MM0OKG
and Christian/EA3NT. QSL via M0SDV, ClubLog or LoTW. Look for more details
to be forthcoming. Also watch their Web page at: https://j20dx.com
JD1, OGASAWARA. Harry, JG7PSJ, will once again be active as JD1BMH from
Chichijima Island (AS-031) between April 28th and May 4th. This will be
his 23rd visit. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.
QSL via the Bureau to JD1BMH or direct to JG7PSJ. Visit his Web page for
more details at: http://sapphire.es.tohoku.ac.jp/jd1bmh
Also, on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jd1bmh
MD0, ISLE OF MAN. JA operators Hiro/JF1OSL, Toru/JH0CJH and Shin/JR1NHD
will be active as MD0HWX, MD0ITP and MD0IUX, respectively, from the Isle
of Man (EU-116) between April 27th and May 1st. Activity will be holiday
style on various HF bands using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL info
was not provided. Watch QRZ.com for info.
OG0/OH0, ALAND ISLANDS. Operators Anne/OH2YL and Marko/OH2LGW will be
active as OG0YL and OH0/OH2LGW, respectively, from Aland Islands (EU-002)
between April 19-23rd. Activity will be on 80-6 meters using CW and SSB.
QSL OG0YL via OH2YL and OH0/OH2LGW via OH2LGW.
OPDX MAILING LIST (Reminder). The "new" OPDX Mailing List is back up and
running! Details on how to subscribe/unsubscribe are at the bottom of
this bulletin. PLEASE pass the word around.... Thanks and 73 de Tedd KB8NW
PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (April 8-14th).......
Apr/08th AN Apr/11th AN Apr/13th HN
Apr/09th AN Apr/12th HN Apr/14th 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
Meanwhile, check out the following Web sites:
* 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:
* Graphic propagation tool by DR2W: http://www.dr2w.de/dx-propagation
* Point to point propagation at: http://www.predtest.uk/p2p.html
* Realtime propagation at: http://www.predtest.uk
* Also on Twitter: https://twitter.com/@GiellaW4hm
QSL INFO AND NEWS...................
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX by Lothar, DL1SBF
3G1D via XQ1FM AN770DX via EB7DX LY800SMG via LY2NZ
4D3X via W3HNK AO570JC via EC5JC LZ73A via LZ1YQ
4L0A via 4L0A (L) B1Z via EA7FTR MI0M via MI0SAI (d/L)
9A775O via 9A7R BI8FZA via BH2RO OE6Z via OE6CLD & (L)
AM170HO via EA1HO C5DL via DL7DF OG6N via OH6NIO & (L)
AM270AFV via EA2AFV CB6WW via CE6TK OL9Z via OK2PVF
AM270AZ via EA2AZ (L/e) CR6T via CT1ESV OM70KAP via OM3PA
AM370PP via EA3PP CT9/HB9JAB via HB9JAB (e) OP4K via ON4JZ
AM470GOK via EA4GOK CU8/CU3AK/P via CU3AK OR1Z via ON6IX (d/e)
AM570CH via EA5CH & (L) DM70GER via M0SDV (O) OT5A via ON7LR (d/L)
AM570DF via EA5DF DR70BLN via DJ3EI PQ5B via PP5JD
AM570XA via EA5XA & (L) ED1R via EC1KR (d/L) PR4T via PR4T (L)
AM570XC via EA5XC ED3M via EA3RCV S50DIG via S59SV
AM70A via EA4URE ED7O via EA7EU (d) SG0X via SM0MLZ
AM70C via EA4URE ED8B via EA8TR & (L) SN9L via SQ9NIS
AM70D via EA4URE EE5V via EA5CV SO7M via SP7PKI
AM70E via EA4URE EI19RE via EI3KD SX2AIU via SV2JAO (d)
AM70F via EA4URE F6KFA via F6KFA SZ1A via SV1CIB (d/O/L)
AM70I via EA4URE G3Q via G3RXQ (L) TC7C via TA7OM
AM70L via EA4URE GM5X via N3SL TM29X via F5MUX
AM70N via EA4URE HB9/N6MJ via N6MJ TM3R via F5UTN
AM70O via EA4URE HB90TOC via HB9TOC TM6M via F4DXW (O/d)
AM70P via EA4URE HB9SOLAR via HB9ACA VB3E via VE3AT
AM70R via EA4URE HS0ZED via G4SQA VC2W via VA2WA (L/d/O)
AM70S via EA4URE II2S via IZ2FOS YU125VS via YU1BBV or (e)
AM70U via EA4URE II8M via IZ8EYP (d) Z66Y via Z62FB
AM70URE via EA4URE IO5O via IK5RLP ZR2A via DM5EE & (L)
AM70URE/6 via EA4URE IR9K via IT9DSZ & (L) ZV1FF via PS8RV & (L)
AM70URE/8 via EA4URE J42L via SV2DCD ZW8T via PS8HF (d)
AM70URE/9 via EA4URE LO5D via LU8EOT ZX5J via NZ4DX
AM770GX via EA7GX LT7F via EA5KB & (L) ZZ4A via PY2RMZ (d)
(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
QSL 7W7W via: Ben Lagha, 18 Rue Louis Aragon, 26200 Montelimar, France
LOGS ONLINE AT CLUBLOG.ORG THIS WEEK......
* PLEASE NOTE: The ClubLog DX Report (https://clublog.org/dxreport.html)
is updated every 7 days and contains a summary of band conditions and
activity, based on the data that you and other ClubLog users have
uploaded. Also, it now includes a breakdown of modes logged in the
last week. Check it out.......
P29VCX (2019) QSL STATUS. Hans, SM6CVX, reports: ALL QSL requests
received direct or by Paypal or Bureau before today, for P29VCX/2019,
Wednesday 3rd of April has been answered and sent back direct or by
the Bureau. Now cards will be answered within a few days of received.
As always, a NICE 4 page color cards.
Hans also states: I do STILL have ALL LOGS for P29VCX from 2006,
2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2019. As well for P29NI 2008. Also
A52CVX, S21ZAS and YV5OIE. You can put request QSLs for different years
and stations in the same envelope/paypal. Any direct request without
a SAE and 3 USDs, or Paypal 4 USDs, will be answered immediately via
the Bureau. Address is OK on QRZ.com and paypal same as E-mail address.
UT1FG/MM QSL PROCEDURE. John, K8YSE, reports [edited]: Yuri, UT1FG/mm,
is headed to Kalningrad (UA2) and according to (marinetraffic.com), he
will be there around April 16th. Yuri will leave the ship there and go
on vacation until next season. Yuri would like those who want to confirm
their contacts, to do so by following the procedure to create a .PDF
file that he can print, confirm and mail out from Kaliningrad. In-
structions for creating the .PDF file are on (papays.com/sat). Please
do not forget to include your mailing address in the header per the
example. He would like to receive the QSL log sheets about one week
before he arrives in port. You can send them to me later than that,
but he may not have time to process them as he approaches port. That
decision is up to you. I will forward them to Yuri as long as he is
still underway. Send your logsheets to my QRZ.com E-mail address. Yuri
was in WW Loc. HL90 at 1818z, April 4th, pass of AO-7.
QSLS RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 5X3C, 5X3E, A35JP, HR5/F2JD, PA0O, PY0F, TZ4AM,
UN5J, VI9NI, VK2IA, Z36W and ZL7C
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: ET3AA, ES5RR, HD8M, P29VCX, PJ4P, Z3B, ZB2CM
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE IARU BUREAU: NONE TO REPORT THIS WEEK!!!
--- We would like to see more QSL Bureaus (such as AS/US/SA/AF.. etc)
to send in their info....
T8, PALAU. Operators Shin/JA1JEJ and Ichiro/JH7IPR will be active as T88IB
and T88UW, respectively, from the VIP Guest Hotel (Free Radio Room) on
Koror Island (OC-009), between April 10-16th. Activity will be on 160-6
meters using AM, CW, SSB and the Digital modes (FSK, JT65, JT9 and FT8).
QSL T88IB via his home callsigns, by the Bureau or direct. QSL T88UW via
JH7IPR, direct, by the Bureau, eQSL, LoTW or ClubLog.
VI9N, NORFOLK ISLAND (Reminder). Operators Chris/VK3QB, Luke/VK3HJ,
Patrick/VK2PN and David/VK3BDX are now active as VI9NI from Norfolk
Island (OC-005) until April 14th. VI9NI is being activated to celebrate
the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Norfolk Island Act. Their
main focus will be on low bands using CW and FT8, but will also be active
on various HF bands (160-17m) on SSB. QSL via VK2CA direct, ClubLog or
LoTW (preferred). Bureau cards will ONLY be available via Clublog's OQRS
- DO NOT send via a Bureau as they are not members, and they will not
reach them! For more details and updates, watch their FaceBook page at:
VK9C, COCOS KEELING ISLANDS. Operators Keith/GM4YXI/GM5X and Chris/GM3WOJ/
GM2V are revisiting the Cocos Keeling Islands (OC-003) between November
12-27th, using the callsign VK9CZ which they used in 2013 and 2017. They
will be active for 18 days, on 160-10 meters using CW and SSB with some
FT-8. The focus will be on the low bands with efficient antennas on the
beach and two RX antennas. Also, look for VK9CZ in the CQWW DX CW Contest
(November 23-24th) as a Multi-2 entry. VK9CZ will confirm all QSOs via
LoTW and ClubLog. The QSL Manager for paper QSL cards is Steve, N3SL. A
new Web site will be online soon with more information, propagation charts,
etc.... at: http://www.vk9cz2019.com
XT2, BURKINA FASO (Reminder). Harald, DF2WO, will once again be active
as XT2AW from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, between April 7-26th. Activity
is usually holiday style on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital
modes. He states that he works mostly on the Digital modes (FT8, PSK31,
JT65 and RTTY) and slow CW. QSL via M0OXO, direct or by M0OXO's OQRS
XV, VIETNAM. Tom, DL7BO, will once again be active as XV9BO from Mui Ne
between May 13-19th. Activity will be sporadic on 160-10 meters using
CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL via LoTW or DL7BO.
YJ0, VANUATU. Operators Yan/RZ3FW and Sergei/R4WAA plan to activate
three IOTAs from Vanuatu between November 2-20th, as YJ0RRC and YJ0FWA.
Their tentative schedule is as follows:
November 2-4th -- From Port Vila, Efate Island (OC-035); using the
November 4-8th -- From Gaua Island, Banks Islands (OC-104); using
the callsign YJ0RRC.
November 8-13th -- Tongoa Island, Shepperd Islands (OC-111); using
the callsign YJ0RRC.
November 14-20th -- From Port Vila, Efate Island (OC-035); using the
Activity will be on 160-17 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. Their
equipment will be an Icom IC-7200 w/PA Ameritron ALS 500m, Yaesu FT-450D,
into 2 phased verticals for 30/40m , sloper 30m, 3 element VDA 20m, VDA
20/17m, top loaded vertical 80/160m and RX Antenna (Flag, BOG 70m). Some
antennas may not be used on certain islands. QSL info was not provided.
They do have a Web page at: https://r4waa9.wixsite.com/yj0rrc