The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1427
August 19, 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, K5WE, WB6RSE,
K8BL, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m DX News, W8MET, W9HT, CO8ZZ, DL1SBF, DL7UXG &
The DX News Letter, DxCoffee.com, DXNews.com, DX-World.Net, F5NQL, F6AJA
& Les Nouvelles DX, HL1VAU, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, OH2BH, OZ6OM &
50 MHz DX News, RN3RQ, Sixitalia Weekly and VA3RJ & ICPO for the following
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
week of Sunday, 11th/August, through Sunday, 18th/August there were 203
countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L,
4O, 4S, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5R, 5T, 5W, 6Y, 7P, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K,
9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C9,
CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, DL, DU, E5/n, E5/s, E7, EA,
EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FP,
FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL,
HP, HS, HZ, I, IS, J6, J7, J8, JA, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH8,
KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OJ0, OK, OM, ON,
OX, OY, OZ, P2, PA, PJ2, PJ7, PY, PZ, S0, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, SV, SV5,
SV9, T30, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TT, TU, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9,
UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XX9, XZ,
YA, YB, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, Z6, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD8, ZD9, ZF, ZL,
* PLEASE NOTE: The report "could" contain "Pirate/SLIM" operations or
more likely a "BUSTED CALLSIGN". As always, you never know - "Work
First Worry Later".
9M62 MALAYSIAN SPECIAL EVENT (West Malaysia [9M2] and East Malaysia
[9M6/9M8]). To celebrate the 62th anniversary of Malaysia's independence
(August 31, 1957), look for the following special event stations to be
using the special prefix 9M62. Activity started on August 30th and will
end on September 1st:
9M62MA - Perak, W. Malaysia (9M2) 9M62MP - Penang, W. Malaysia (9M2)
9M62MB - Selangor, W. Malaysia 9M62MQ - Sarawak, W. Malaysia (9M2)
9M62MC - Pahang, W. Malaysia 9M62MR - Perlis, W. Malaysia (9M2)
9M62MD - Kelantan, W. Malaysia (9M2) 9M62MS - Sabah, East Malaysia (9M6)
9M62MJ - Johor, W. Malaysia (9M2) 9M62MT - Terengganu, W. Malaysia (9M2)
9M62MK - Kedah, W. Malaysia (9M2) 9M62MW - Kuala Lumpur, E. Malaysia (9M6)
9M62MM - Melaka, W. Malaysia (9M2) 9M62MY - (HQ)Selangor, W. Malaysia (9M2)
9M62MN - Negeri Sembilan
Activity is organized by the Amateur Radio Club Sarawak (ARCS), ASTRA
Malaysia, Borneo Amateur Radio Club (BARC), KELAB RADIO AMATUR TAIPING -
(STAR), Kelab Radio Amatur Melayu Jalan Klang Lama, Kota Setar Amateur
Radio Club (KSARC), Kuala Lumpur DX Team, Melaka DX Club, Perlis DX Club,
Penang DX Club, Persatuan Komuniti Radio Amator Dan Rekreasi Kok Lanas
(KRAKL), Terengganu Radio Amateur & Recreation Club (PEMANCAR) and
Malaysian Amateur Radio Transmitters' Society (MARTS). Check QRZ.com
for the QSL info because each station QSLs different. For more details,
CDXG CELEBRATION (Cuban Press Release by CO8ZZ). The Cuba DX Group will
be celebrating its 39th anniversary with special activity on September
1st, it will be 39 years since a small group of Cuban DXers in Havana
founded the Grupo DX de Cuba and marked with it, a before and after
in the history of Cuban amateur radio.
For this reason, the GDXC will grant the certificate "Aniversario 39"
to those who manage to work a certain number of members of the group during
the month of September. The categories of the certificate will be Gold,
for those who contact 20 stations of the total valid, Silver for those
who do it with 15 and Bronze for those who work 10.
All contacts will be valid regardless of band or mode. The GDXC's members
valid for the certificate are the following: CM2XN, CM3EFM, CM6ARD, CM7OK,
CO2JD, CO2KL, CO2RQ, CO2YQ, CO3JN, CO3LT, CO5LB, CO6HZ CO6OV, CO6RD, CO7JC,
CO8BYT, CO8CY, CO8MGY, CO8NDZ, CO8OH, CO8RBD, CO8SC, CO8ZZ, CP6CL, DK1WI,
EA5BB, HA3JH, HC1DAZ, HK3TK, JH1AJT, KP4SX, KV2H, OH2TA, OZ1IKY, WB2REM,
W7HU and XE1KK.
Good news for diploma collectors is that this will also be a great
opportunity to obtain the "Grupo DX" diploma. For any clarification and
to send the logs with the certificate requests use the following address
will be used: firstname.lastname@example.org
To the delivery of the certificate, other activities will be added that
will schedule the representations in each subsidiary, such as exhibitions,
conversations, conferences and demonstrations of operational practices
during contests and pileups management.
The Grupo DX de Cuba brings together the majority of Cuban DXers and
80 individuals from more than 20 countries. To be part of it, you only
need to have 100 or more confirmed DXCC entities. Extended information
can be found at the following sites:
E5, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS. Fred, DH5FS, will be active as E51SFS from the
South Cook Islands between September 8-25th. He is scheduled to operate
from Rarotonga Island (OC-013) between September 8-16th, and from Aitutaki
Island, (OC-083) between September 20-25th. Activity will be on various
HF bands and modes. QSL via his home callsign.
EX, KYRGYZSTAN. Operators Leszek/SP6CIK, Jarek/SP6OJK, Janusz/SP9FIH,
Roman/SP9FOW, Jerzy/SP9TCE and Jozef/SP9HVW will be active as EX6QP from
the south shore of Issyk-kul Lake between September 2-15th. Activity
will be on various HF bands using an Inverted L, phased verticals, and
Spiderbeams. Operating modes will be CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL via
AS-080. Han, DS2GOO, will be active as DS2GOO/3 from Sapshi Island
(KDN F26) between August 24-26th. Activity will be holiday
style (family vacation). He states, "I will be in front of my
radio as many times as possible." He will take his IC-706MK2G,
TS-570S and vertical antennas. QSL via his home callsign.
AS-206. Harry, JG7PSJ/JD1BMH/KW2X, is planning to be active as JG7PSJ/7
from Oshima Island (JA7,Miyagi -- QM08)sometime in September
or October. Stay tuned.
EU-112. (Reminder) Operators Thor/DK7RD, Paul/G4PVM and Col/MM0NDX
are planning to activate Europe's 5th most wanted IOTA, Shiant
Isles, as MS0INT between August 23-25th. Activity will be on
various HF bands using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL via M0SDV.
EU-191. Dan, YO9FNP/LB3TI, will once again be active as YO9KXF/P from
Insula Fericirii between August 16-19th. Activity will be
holiday style (working) mainly on 40/20 meters using mostly
CW, but with some SSB and FT8. He will have 100 watts into
vertical wire antenna. QSL via YO9FNP direct or OQRS (see
NA-134. Bo, OZ1DJJ, will be Active as OX3LX from Upernavik Island
between August 22nd and September 5th. Activity will be on
various HF bands (Focus on 160/80/60m), but limited to his
spare time when not working (He states, "Best chance is in
the morning around lunch and after dinner [local time utc+2],
on the weekend also during night/morning"). QSL via OZ0J
direct (see QRZ.com). Logs get uploaded to LoTW, ClubLog
and sometimes eQSL. For more details and updates, see:
NA-211. IMPORTANT UPDATE FROM Cezar, VE3LYC, on the K7TRL Tillamook
Rock DXpedition: https://k7tri.weebly.com
The team is seeking more support from both DXers and IOTA
CORSICAN IOTA TOUR. Laurent, F8BBL, will be active as TK19IOTA from the
following Corsican IOTA islands between September 6-22nd:
Corsica (EU-014), Iles Cerbicale (EU-100), Lavezzi Archipelago
(EU-164) and Sanguinaires Islands (EU-104). He will also activate
one SOTA: Capo Di Locu (TK/TK-148). Activity will be holiday
style on various HF bands using a KX3 Elecraft + MP1 Antenna.
QSL via F8BBL, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW. For updates,
PLEASE NOTE: Since the Webmasters of the new (www.iota-world.org) 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......
J6, ST. LUCIA. Bill, K9HZ, will once again be active as J68HZ from his
villa at Labrelotte Bay, Castries, St. Lucia (NA-108, WLOTA L-1336)
between August 23rd and October 4th. Activity is usually on 160-2 meters
using CW, SSB, AM, RTTY, WSJT and FT8. QSL via his home callsign. He
does use the LoTW (preferred), ClubLog and eQSL.
J6, ST. LUCIA. Members of MARCO (The Medical Amateur Radio Council, Ltd.)
will be active as J68MD from St. Lucia (NA-108) during the CQWW DX SSB
Contest (October 26-27th) as a Multi-Single/All-Band entry. Equipment
will be a K3 transceiver, multiband yagi and various wire antennas. QSL
K4, UNITED STATES (POW-MIA Special Event). Look for special event station
K4MIA/8 to be active between September 13-22nd. Activity is to honor and
support our Veterans. Operators are Linda/N8LRS and Metro/W8MET acting as
a sister-station from Ohio for the 4th year. This event was originated by
Mike, K4MIA, from Florida with other sister-stations involved. Details can
be found on the ARRL Web site under “ON-THE-AIR” under SPECIAL EVENT under
the call-letters of K4MIA. Also, this special event will be in the
September QST. Please take part in this special event for our Veterans.
QSLs are available with SASE. They will be operating on 40 meters SSB.
ADDED NOTE: Other sister stations to look for K4MIA/5 and K4MIA/7.
KH4, MIDWAY ISLAND (Update #3/Postponed). Ron, KH6DV, reports on August
15th, on QRZ.com:
For a number of very good reasons the Midway expedition is being post-
poned. Some of the things we are working on will take a number of months
– one will take 4 or 5 by itself. We could postpone for just a couple
months but then we would be operating during the summer with its associated
WE HAVE DECIDED TO PLAN FOR THE FIRST TWO WEEKS IN OCTOBER 2020
The changes we are working on will make for a much better and more
exciting expedition and are well worth waiting for.
KH8, AMERICAN SAMOA. Atsu, 5W1SA, is once again active as KH8C from
Tutuila (OC-045) until August 25th. Activity is mainly FT4 and FT8
during his nights and and weekends. QSL via LoTW, or via JF1OCQ.
OJ0, MARKET REEF (50 YEARS CELEBRATIONS UPDATE --- OJ0O THIS WEEK).
[Edited Press Release by Martti, OH2BH, dated August 15th, -- OJ0O QRV FROM
SATURDAY, AUGUST 17TH THRU AUGUST 24TH] --- Multiple OJ0 callsigns were
activated during the summer season 2019 and the party wagon is to continue
this coming Saturday, August 17th, with weather permitting as always. Up
to this point some 35.000 OJ0 QSOS were made. These include some 6M magic
to U.S. along with many other great openings.
Jun, JH4RHF, will lead his mostly oriental team thus an effective Far
East penetration would be expected. Additionally Miro, OM5RW, had joint
the team as another low-band expert with his standing as one of the OM7M
lead operators along with his powerful first ever Z60A new DXCC partic-
The team is JH4RHF, JE6HIB, DS4EOI and OM5RW with on-site support by
Henri, OH3JR/OJ0JR and Pertti, OG2M/OJ0MR. They are well on their way
to Helsinki, Finland, from where they fly tomorrow to Aland Islands to
catch their boat. The wind will be 10m/s due South and should allow their
landing. QSL OJ0O via ClubLog.
It is also estimated that September 19th, will see another OJ0-operation
in the Scandinavian Activity Contest (CW) led again by Market veteran
Henri, OH3JR/OJ0JR, with activity continuing until Saturday, 28th. This
include dismantling the permanent antennas and taking back the used equip-
OPDX MAILING LIST (Just A 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
OX, GREENLAND. Operators Thomas/OZ1AA, Bo/OZ1DJJ, Dave/OZ5DM, Mikkel/OZ7AKT,
Alex/OZ7AM and possibly others will be active as OX7A from Kangerlussuaq
during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 26-27th). Operation class TBD. QSL
via OZ1ACB, ClubLog or LoTW. There will be activity on all bands and modes
(including FT8) prior to and after the contest, but with operators using
their own personal callsigns (OX3LX, OX3LG, OX5DM, OX7AKT and OX7AM).
There will be an emphasis on the low bands and 60/30/17/12 meters. Most
operators will be in Greenland between October 22nd and November 1st.
PJ4, BONAIRE. Randy, K5SL, will be active as PJ4/K5SL from Bonaire (SA-006)
between September 7-14th. Activity will be on 40/30/20/17 meters using
mainly CW, but possibly some 17 meters SSB. QSL via his home callsign.
PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (August 19-25th).......
Aug/19th AN Aug/22nd AN Aug/24th AN
Aug/20th AN Aug/23rd AN Aug/25th 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 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:
* 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
* 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 (www.qslinfo.eu)(August 18th)
3Z0R via SP9SX DK5T/LH via DK5ON SN0ARCO via SP9KJU
3Z1OD via SP1PBT EA2/PA2M via PA2M SN1919PS via SP9KDU
4S6NCH via 4S6NCH (d/L) EA8CJN via EA3QS & (L) SN86LOT via SP1PMY
4Z5SL/LH via 4Z5SL EG7SCC via EA7HBC (EA-B/d) TC1LHS via YM1KE
9H9SEL via 9H1XT EG8CAN via EA8CJN TM0BSM via DK5OPA
9K2YM via EA5KB & (L) II8FTDM via IK8YFU (d/L) TM2LM via F6KAT & (L)
A41NN via A61BK (O/L) LX/OO9O via ON7SS & (L) TM75DP via F4AHJ
AM500SEV via EA7URF LZ19YOTA via LZ1BJ TM75LM via PA2JWN
AN7AL via EA7URI (L/e) PA/DL0IGA/LH via DL1KJ TO5M via VO1IDX (d/O)
D73G via HL4CCM & (L) RX3AMI/1/LH via RX3AMI (d) ZS9V via M0OXO (O)
DA0LCC via DH4HAN SK7BORE via SK7DX
(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
LOGS ONLINE AT CLUBLOG.ORG THIS WEEK......
QSLS RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 4L6QL, 5T5PA, 9L1YXJ, 9M0W, CO8OV, E51Q, E6AC,
EI9IB, IE9/IK4RUX, M0XXT, T2J, V47JA, VP6J and XX9D
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 8R1K, 9Y4/OK2ZI, HP1WW, OH8X, PZ50X and YV1KK
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 3D2XA, 4S7NHG, 5E5R, 8P9DF, 8R1A, 9H3JI,
9X4XX, C6ATR, CN8YZ, FG8NY, FH/F4FET, FJ/AI5P, FJ/F6CUK, FK8CP, FK8IK,
FP/DK7LX, FR1GV, FW1JG, FW5JJ, H72DX, HC2/AL1O, HR2/AJ9C, J28KO, J38MM,
J6/K0BBC, K9FD/KH6, KG4BP, KH6/WJ2O, KH7C, KL7WV, L80AA/D (SA-055),
LU1ZI (AN-010), LU4AA/D (SA-055), NP3K, P4/AI2N, P40ET, P40JR, PJ2/W8WTS,
PJ4/K4BAI, PJ4/K5JP, PJ4A, R0LS/p (AS-066), S21R, T32LJ, T48G, TO200SPM,
TO3Z, TO6D, TX5EG (OC-027, OC-046, OC-067, OC-131), TZ5XR, V25M, V47T,
VK9NI, VP2EAQ, VP2MPA, VP2MVV, VP2V/WA6O, VP2VI, VP5/K3NK and YN2RP
--- We would like to see more QSL Bureaus (such as AS/US/SA/AF.. etc)
to send in their info....
VP2V, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS. Operators Jeff/K5WE and Bill/N5AQ will be
active as VP2VEM and VP2V/N5AQ, respectively, from Tortola, British Virgin
Islands, beginning October 4th through October 13th. They will operate on
all bands 160-10 meters, mostly CW with some RTTY, FT8, FT4, and SSB.
Their equipment will include K3 radios with 400 watt amps. Antennas will
include a Hexbeam, a Crank-IR vertical, and dipoles. Depending upon a
reliable internet connection, logs will be uploaded to ClubLog daily.
Logs will be uploaded to LoTW upon returning home. QSL via ClubLog's
OQRS, or QSL VP2VEM to K5WE and VP2V/N5AQ to N5AQ.
VP6R PITCAIRN ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS (Updates). The following was posted
on the VP6R Web page (https://pitcairndx.com/news-and-updates/), August
14th and 17th with pictures:
* August 14th: Today the RV Braveheart completed the loading of its
cargo, including all our Pitcairn Island Dxpedition equipment. Our
Flex radios, ACOM amplifiers, Yagi and vertical antennas, masts,
feedlines, computers, network gear, tools, and our personal luggage
is all aboard and securred. The vessel will depart Tauranga, New
Zealand early next week.
We’ve had a slight change in plans which benefits everyone. The
Braveheart will make a preliminary stop at Pitcairn on September 6th.
Our gear will come off the vessel and be stored on the island until
we arrive on about October 17. This should get us on the air faster
and circumvent any potential weather delays.
Things are moving quickly now and our team is anxious to get under-
way. If you’ve supported us, we thank you. If not, please consider
doing so. Cash is flowing out very rapidly now. No matter what, let’s
do this thing and have some fun!
* August 17th: Here are some images taken during the arrival of our
sea container at the pier and the transfer of our gear onto the
Braveheart. It has yet to be stowed and secured. Nigel and a friend
are seen seated in the container. Matt Jolly, Nigel’s son, is in
the “selfie” with our gear in the background. The lattice tower
sections are part of the DX Engineering ninty foot 160 meter vertical.
A complete Flex station is inside nine of the black Pelican cases.
VP9, BERMUDA. Josh, W9HT, will once again be active as W9HT/VP9 from
Bermuda (NA-005) between October 12-15th. Activity will be on various
HF Bands including 6m using SSB, CW, and FT8. QSL via his home callsign
W4, UNITED STATES (Special Event). Members of the Lake County Amateur
Radio Association (LCARA, N8BC) will activate special event station W4G
for the 103rd anniversary celebration of the National Park Service in
conjunction with the James A. Garfield Presidential Home in Mentor, OH.
This Callsign was chosen so that they could use the phonetics on Phone
of "Washington For Garfield" (Washington 4 Garfield). The celebration
will take place on the grounds of the Garfield Presidential Home on
Sunday, August 25th. They will have stations operating on various bands
and modes to make the special event callsign workable by Amateurs across
North America and possibly the World. They expect numerous stations will
be calling them to say the least!
KH0/WH0, MARIANA ISLANDS. Harry, JG7PSJ/JD1BMH/KW2X, will once again be
active as WH0RU from Saipan (OC-086) between September 15-22nd. Activity
will be on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via LoTW or direct
to JG7PSJ. For possible updates, watch: http://jg7psj.starfree.jp
ZK3A TOKELAU ISLANDS DXPEDITION NEWS (Update). The following was reported
on August 13th, on the ZK3A Web page (https://tokelau2019.com) and Twitter
(https://twitter.com/ZK3A_2019): Meeting in Ukraine -- Part of the team
is getting together in Zaporizhia, Ukraine, to discuss final planning &
logistical details, for the up and coming ZK3A DXpedition in October
2019... The meeting was hosted by UT7QF.