The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1450
February 3, 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, WB2REM, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, K5GS,
WB6RSE, KD7WPJ/UR5BCP, K8GG, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m DX News, DL1SBF, DL7UXG
& The DX News Letter, DXNews.com, DX-World.Net, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles
DX, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, JA1UII, RN3RQ, RW6HS, Pete Rayer & ISWL,
Sixitalia Weekly, and VA3RJ & ICPO for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
week of Sunday, 26th/January, through Sunday, 2nd/February there were 212
countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O,
4S, 4U1U, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5T, 5U, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7X, 8P, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K,
9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BS7, BV, BY, C3, C5,
C6, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D4, DL, DU, E4, E5/s, E7,
EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM,
FO, FP, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI,
HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J3, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, 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, PJ5, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, S0, S2,
S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T5, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TT,
TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E,
VP2M, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU,
YV, Z3, 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".
3W, VIETNAM. Wolfgang, DL5MAE, is once again active as 3W2MAE from Phan
Thiet between February 13-20th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters using
CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. ADDED
NOTE: See QRZ.com about the high level noise problem Wolfgand has in
5I, TANZANIA (Reminder).The Italian DXpedition Team (IDT) will be acti-
vating Zanzibar Island (AF-032) in Tanzania between February 4-18th. The
IDT will be using two callsigns: 5I5TT for CW, SSB and RTTY; 5I4ZZ for
FT8 and FT4. Operators mentioned are Alfeo/I1HJT, Tony/I2PJA, Silvano/
I2YSB, Vinicio/IK2CIO, Angelo/IK2CKR, Marcello/IK2DIA, Stefano/IK2HKT,
Paolo/IW1ARB and Mac/JA3USA. Activity will be on 160-10 meters with 4
stations on the air. Suggested frequencies are:
CW - 1826, 3530, 7025, 10115, 14030, 18068, 21030, 24890 and 28030 kHz
SSB - 3775, 7090, 14240, 18130, 21310, 24950 and 28470 kHz
RTTY - 14084 kHz
FT4 - 3575, 7047.5, 10140, 14080, 18104, 21140, 24919 and 28180 kHz
FT8 - 1845, 3585, 7056, 10131, 14084, 18095, 21091, 24911 and 28091 kHz
** For Japanese stations only: FT8 on 160m will use the normal mode.
Their RX frequency will be on 1908 kHz.
The IDT is conducting a band/mode survey for their Tanzania operation
QSL via OQRS (http://win.i2ysb.com/logonline/). QSL via I2YSB direct only
or LoTW after the operation.
5Z, KENYA. Scott, WA5A, is once again active as 5Z4/WA5A from Ruaka until
late March. Activity will be holiday style on 40/20/15 meters (possibly
160/80m) using mainly SSB. QSL via his home callsign.
6Y, JAMAICA. Rob, N1TRK, will be active as N1TRK/6Y from Negril, Jamaica
(NA-097), between February 8-20th. Activity will be on 40/20/17/10 meters
using primarily FT8 with some SSB. Equipment is a Elecraft KX2 into a
W1SFR end fed or 40 meter dipole. He suggests to look for him at his
sunset. QSL via LoTW.
8A17, INDONESIA (Special Event). Look for special event station 8A17BJR
between February 19-21st. Activity is to celebrate the 17th anniversary
of the local ORARI Kota Banjar radio club. Operations will be on 80/40/2
meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. Special certificates are
available, see: https://orarilokalkotabanjar.design.blog/download
QSL via details on QRZ.com.
9K59, KUWAIT (Special Event). Members of the Kuwait Amateur Radio Society
will activate the special event callsign 9K59NLD throughout the month of
February. Activity is to celebrate Kuwait's 59th National Day (February
25th) and Liberation Day (February 26th). QSL via 9K2RA. For more details,
A4, OMAN. A group of operators from Sultanate of Oman will be active as
A42K from Muscat during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 28-29th) as a
Multi-2 entry. QSL via LoTW.
C2, NAURU (Reminder/Update). Operators Kay/JH3AZC, Takio/JH3QFL, Hiroyuki/
JR3GWZ, Taka/JA1PFP and Mamoru/JH3VAA will be active as C21MB (on 2m EME)
[QSL via JH3AZC], C21AA (on various HF bands, with focus on low-bands)
[QSL via JH3QFL], C21GW (on various HF bands, with focus on low-bands)
[QSL via JR3GWZ], C21PF (mainly 20m FT8) [QSL via JA1PFP] and C21VA
(various HF bands) [QSL via JH3VAA], respectively, from Nauru Island
(OC-031) between February 4-10th. Modes could be CW, SSB and FT8. Check
QRZ.com for the way to QSL (it could be direct, by the Bureau or LoTW).
C6A, BAHAMAS. Gerhard, OE3GEA, will be active as C6AGE (possibly from
Nassau) between February 20-25th. Activity will be on CW and on 40-10
meters using a TS-480SAT with 100 watts into an Outbacker and dipole.
QSL via OE3GEA, by the Bureau or direct. Logs will not be uploaded to
LoTW or ClubLog.
CARIBBEAN TOUR. Hans, PB2T, is currently active as FJ/PB2T from St. Bar-
thelemy Island until February 5th. He will then move to Saba Island and
be active as PJ6/PB2T between February 6-7th. After his PJ6 operation,
Hans will either be active as PJ7/PB2T from Sint Maarten Island (PJ7)
or possibly FS/PB2T from St. Martin Island between February 8-11th. QSLs
CORRECTION. Operators Andrey/RW7K, Andy/UB7K, Oleg/R3FA and Andrei/RK7A,
who were active as UA7K from Kerch, were not in EUROPEAN RUSSIA, states
Oleh/KD7WPJ/UR5BCP, but in the Ukrainian city in Crimea, illegally occupied
by Russia in 2014, and not recognized by U.S. and other countries.
E5, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS (Reminder). Donald, VE7DS, will be active as E51DDG
from the Kiikii Inn on Rarotonga Island (OC-013) between February 2-14th.
Activity will be on 40/30/20/17 meters daily using CW only with an Elecraft
K3 and KPA500 running 500 watts into verticals on the beach. QSL via LoTW
or by the Bureau.
H44, SOLOMON ISLANDS (Reminder/Update). Bernhard, DL2GAC, will once again
be active as H44MS from Malaita Island (OC-047), Solomon Islands, between
February 5th and April 20th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters using SSB
and possibly FT8. QSL via DL2GAC, direct or via ClubLog. Possibly LoTW
in the future.
HH, HAITI. William, KO7SS, will be active as HH2AA from Radio Club D'Haïti
in Obleon during the ARRL International DX Contest (February 15-16th) as
a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power/Assisted entry. He states, "Solar power
remote operation." QSL via LoTW only.
HU1, EL SALVADOR (Reminder/Update). Operators Andreas/DH8WR, Werner/DJ9KH,
Thomas/DJ6TF, Frank/DL1KWK, Dietmar/DL2HWA, Bert/DL2RNS (Co-Lead/Treasuer),
Georg/DL4SVA, Olaf/DL7JOM, Rolf/DL7VEE (Team Leader) and Franz/DL9GFB will
be active as HU1DL from El Salvador between now and February 13th. Activity
will be on 160-10 meters (including 60m) using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8 (mostly
F/H). Main target is the lower bands. QSL via ClubLog's OQRS (direct and
Bureau), DL4SVA direct or LoTW (see Web page for details). No eQSL. For
more details and updates, see: https://hu1dl.mydx.de
II3, ITALY (Special Event). Members of the A.R.I. Sezione Brunico/Sektion
Bruneck will be using the special event callsign II3BIA to be active
between February 12-23rd. Activity is to celebrate the Biathlon World
Championships in Antholz/South Tyrol, Italy. Operations will be on
160/80/60/40/30/20/17/15/12/10/6/2m and 70cm using CW, SSB, the Digital
modes and QO 100 Es' Hail 2 Satellites. QSL via IN3ZWF, by the Bureau,
direct, eQSL or OQRS.
AF-063. (Reminder) Members of Low Bands Contest Club (OM7M) will be
active as 5H4WZ from Pemba Island, Tanzania, between February
6-18th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY
and FT8. Suggested frequencies were listed in OPDX.1449 or at:
They will also take part in the ARRL DX CW Contest (February
15-16th) and the CQ WPX RTTY Contest (February 8-9th). Updated
list of operators mentioned are Lubo/OM5ZW (Team leader),
YL Tami/OM5MF, Jozef/OM4AZF, Steve/OM5AA, Karel/OK2WM, Les/
SP9LJD and Neno/9A5AN. Logs will be uploaded to ClubLog
(https://clublog.org/charts/?c=5H4WZ). QSL via OM3PA. They
now have a Web page at: http://om7m.org/dxpeditions/pemba
AS-206. Take, JA8COE, will once again be active as JA8COE/0 from Sado
Island between March 19-22nd. Activity will be on various HF
bands using CW, SSB and FT8. The focus will be on EU and low
power NA stations. QSL via his home callsign or ClubLog's
OQRS. For updates, watch his Blog at:
NA-008. (Zone 2) Operators Alex/VE1RUS and Pierre/VE3TKB will once
again be active as VY0ERC from the Eureka Weather station
between now and March 28th. This station is operated by the
Eureka Amateur Radio Club [probably the most northerly located
amateur radio club in the world] from Eureka, Nunavut. The
suggested bands are 40 and 20 meters (possibly 80m), as well
as FM satellites (from ER60, EQ79) using SSB, the Digital
modes (FT8 and RTTY) and very slow CW. Activity will be limited
to their spare time. QSL via M0OXO, OQRS or direct. For updates,
NA-057. Dave, VE3VSM, will once again be active as VE3VSM/HR9 from
Roatan Island between February 11-23rd. Activity will be on
40/20/15 meters using mainly CW with possibly some SSB and
RTTY, and an entry in the ARRL International DX CW Contest
(February 15-16th). QSL via his home callsign and LoTW.
SA-018. Members of the Radio Club Melipulli (CE7RCM) will be active
as XR7FPC from the Punta Corona Lighthouse (CHI-013) on Chiloe
Island between February 15-16th. Activity will be on various
HF bands using SSB and the Digital modes. QSL direct via CE7RCM.
SA-101. (Reminder/New IOTA) Operators Nando/IT9YRE and Mike/K9AJ will
be active as CB0Z from Alejandro Selkirk Island between February
3-5th. For DXCC purposes this will count for Juan Fernandez.
Activity will be on 40/30/20/17/15 meters using CW, SSB and
possibly FT8. They will have two stations using vertical an-
tennas. QSL via ClubLog's OQRS or via IT9YRE. For more details
and updates, see: http://www.it9yre.it/cb0z
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 February 2020). The following ISWL club callsigns
will be used throughout the month of February 2020:
GX4BJC/A - Operated /A, Operated from Walton on the Naze in Essex, by
Herbie, G6XOU (WAB Square - TM22 - England, IOTA EU-005,
MX1SWL/A - Operated /A, Operated from Great Sutton, in Cheshire, by
Geof, M0BAU (WAB Square - SJ37 - England, IOTA EU-005,
GX4BJC/P - Operated /P By Geof. His /P location and WAB details upon
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.
JD1, OGASAWARA. Operators Take/JA1UII and Kami/JH1HHC will be active as
JD1BON and JD1BPH, respectively, from Komagari, Chichijima Island (AS-031),
between February 25th and March 5th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters
using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL via their home callsigns, direct, by
the Bureau or LoTW (end of March). Sorry e-QSL is not supported.
JT, MONGOLIA. George, K8GG, and several others have been reporting that
JT5DX has been working New England and Eastern & Western Ohio before
going QRT about JT5 Sunrise. QSNs show it starts about 2200z and then
ends about 0000z. Also watch between 0930-1300z. JT5DX has also been on
PJ4, BONAIRE. Michael, HB9WDF, is now active as PJ4/HB9WDF from Kralen-
dijk, Bonaire (SA-006, WLOTA LH-1279) until February 9th. Activity will
be holiday style on 40-10 meters and the satellites using mainly FT8,
FM and SSB. His activity so far has been on 40 meters FT8. QSL via his
home callsign, by the Bureau and LoTW.
PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (February 3-9th).......
Feb/03rd AN Feb/06th AN Feb/08th AN
Feb/04th AN Feb/07th AN Feb/09th 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
* Realtime propagation at: http://www.predtest.uk
* Also on Twitter: https://twitter.com/@GiellaW4hm
PY0F, FERNANDO DE NORONHA. Andre, PP6ZZ, will once again be active as
PY0FF from Fernando de Noronha (SA-003, DIB OC-01, WLOTA 1208, WWFF
PYFF-016) between February 3-18th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters
using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. His activity will also include
the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 15-16th). QSL via W9VA or by LoTW.
QSL INFO AND NEWS...................
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX by Lothar, DL1SBF (www.qslinfo.eu) (February 2nd)
3Z95IARU via SP3KWA FJ/DK6AS via DK6AS PJ2/PB2T via PB2T
4O4T via YU1FW & (L) GM2CWO via GM2CWO (L) R900DM via RC1C
5Z4/G3AB via M0URX (O/L) HB9/YU1CA/P via YU1CA SN95IARU via SP9YGD
7X5NZ via EA7FTR HF2020PZK via SP9MDY SO95IARU via SP5PPK
8S3C via SK4AO HU1DL via DL4SVA (O) SP90PZK via SP0PZK
CT8/S51TA via S51TA IK1AIL/IT9 via IK1AIL SV9/SV2DSJ via SV2DSJ (d/L)
CT9/OG55W via OH2OT (O/L) KP4/AA7CH via VE7ACN & (L) YU70HFG via YU1HFG
DA2025C via DM9TT KP4/K6DTT via K6DTT & (L) ZS6CCY via K3IRV (d)
EA8/OL0M via OK1CDJ LZ6C via LZ2UW ZW86LABRE via PY2KP
EH5MCB via EA5BX OZ/DL5SE/LH via DL5SE
EM200ANT via UT7UA PA03RXIT via PA3EFR
(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......
QSL ROUTE. Joe, NJ1Q, W1AW Station Manager, received the following
from Harry, SWL PA3249 [edited]: "I want to let all W-stations know
that I am QSL Manager for several stations, some of these stations,
XP3A - OX3XR - V51MA, just want the QSL directly through me, see my
page at: http://qrzcq.com/call/PA3249
Many American stations send their QSL to the DQB (Dutch QSL Bureau),
but all these cards are returned. It is possible to request a maximum
of 4 QSL cards for the same price as stated on my page.
Would you be so kind to put this on your webpage or in a DX bulletins
and magazines... Thank you in advance
Harry de Jong - PA3249 (SWL and QSL Manager)
7695 TC Bruchterveld
QSLS RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 3B8M, 4S7VG, 4U1UN, 9K2HN, D68CCC, EI0R, EP4HR,
ES9C, FY5KE, GM4YXI, OJ0O, OY1R, SM6MCW, T6AA, UA2FAK, UK8AEA, V73NS
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 4S7VG, D68CCC, JD1BMH, JF7MTO/JD1, SV9CVY, T30GC,
TO9W, TX7T (OC-027) and VK9CZ (OC-003)
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 3A2MD, 5R8UI, 6W1RY, 7Z1JA, A93JA, BO0KS
(AS-102), BO0M (AS-113), BV0L (AS-155), BV0WPX (AS-155), BV2KI/BO1
(AS-113), BW9W (AS-155), CR3EE, HC2AO, JE1ECF/JD1, OX3MC, OY/RC5A,
RA/KE5JA (AS-018), TA3AIK, TA3PZ, TF3WK, VK4DX/P (OC-137), VK5GR/P
(OC-139, VK8AV, VK9PN, XP5T (NA-018) and XZ1Z
--- We would like to see more QSL Bureaus (such as AS/US/SA/AF.. etc)
to send in their info....
RI1, ANTARCTICA. Look for RI1ANC to be active once again from Vostok
Station (AN-016, WFF RFF-168) in the Antarctica starting February 10th.
Operator(s) were not named, but activity will be mainly in FT8 with some
CW and SSB. QSL via RN1ON, direct, by the Bureau or ClubLog's OQRS.
T45, CUBA. Look for the special callsign T45FM to be active from the
Punta Maya Lighthouse (NA-015, ILLW CU0005, ARLHS CUB032) during the
weekend of February 14-16th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using
mainly SSB and FT8. Paper QSL only via RW6HS.
TI7, COSTA RICA. Operators Mike/G3WPH, John/G4IRN and Lee/KY7M will be
active as TI7W from Guanacaste during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February
15-16th) as a Multi-Op entry. QSL TI7W via W4FS. Operators will sign
TI7/G3WPH, TI7/G4IRN and TI7/KY7M outside of the contests on all bands
(possibly 60m). QSL via LoTW or operator's instructions.
TI9, COCOS ISLAND DXPEDITIONS. By the time you read this, two operations
from Cocos Island (NA-012) are expected to be on the air.
* Operators Mark/XE1B (4A4A) and Frank/HK5OKY are expected to be active
as TI9C until February 9th, depending on the weather. Activity will
be on 160/80/40/20/17/15/12/10/6 meters using SSB and FT8 with two
stations with high power. Suggested frequencies are:
SSB - 1850, 3790, 70065, 7165, 14195, 18140, 21295, 24940, 28475
and 50140 kHz
FT8 - 1840, 3573, 7074, 14074, 18100, 21074, 24915, 28074 and
QSL via XE1B direct (5 USDs SAE), ClubLog's OQRS (10 USDs) or LoTW
after 6 months. NO Bureau. For more details, see QRZ.com.
* Operators Jorge/TI2JV, Dmitry/RA9USU, Mats/SM6LRR and Andrew/UA3AB
are expected to be active as TI9A until February 12th. Activity will
be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and possibly FT8, with three stations
on the air. They will have two camps, eight radios and 20 antennas.
QSL via UA3DX, ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW. Their Web page is at:
TO3, MARTINIQUE (Reminder/Update). Kan, JJ2RCJ, will be active as TO3FM
from FM5BH's Ducos QTH on Martinique (NA-107) between February 3-8th.
Activity will be on 80-10 meters (possibly 160m) focusing on FT8 (F/H).
Suggested frequencies are: 1840/1909, 3565, 7055, 10145, 14095, 18095,
21095, 24915 and 28095 kHz. QSL via JJ2RCJ, direct, ClubLog's OQRS, LoTW
or eQSL. All QSOs will be uploaded to LoTW and eQSL after operation.
NO Bureau please.
TO5, ST. PIERRE AND MIQUELON. Operators Chris/VO1IDX (Co-Teamleader),
Jim/WB2REM (Co-Teamleader), Chris/VO1CH (TO5T-License Holder), Mike/W0VTT,
Woody/WW1WW and Steve/W4SJT will be active as TO5T from the island of Ile
Aux Marins (NA-032) between August 10-17th. Activity will be on 160-6
meters (including 60m) using CW, SSB and FT8 (F/H). Suggested frequencies
are available on QRZ.com or via their Web page at: http://www.to5t.com
QSL via WB2REM, direct, ClubLog's OQRS (direct or by the Bureau) or LoTW.
TT, CHAD (160m). Nicolas, F8FQX (ex-TJ3SN, TN5SN, 5T5SN, TY2CA), who has
been in N'Djamena since December and plans to be there for the next 3-4
years, will be on various HF bands and 6 meters signing TT8SN. This
past weekend there were reports that Nicolas was on 160 meters using FT8
and CW. Watch between 1836-1840 kHz starting as early as 1815z and as
late as 0545z. QSL via DL9USA and LoTW.
V6, MICRONESIA (Special Event). Haru, JA1XGI, will be using the special
event callsign, V6TOPG2020, from several islands in Micronesia between
June 1st and the end of September. His activity is to commemorate the
"Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Game 2020" (hence the suffix TOPG2020)
being held in Japan. Haru informs OPDX that he will activate the following
islands in Micronesia: Ponphei (June 8-16th), Chuuk (July), Yap (August)
and Kosrae (September). Activity will be on 40/30/20/17/15/12/10/6 meters
using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. His equipment is an IC-7300 with a tiny amp
into a 5 band vertical and dual band beam. QSL via JA1XGI (direct and by
the Bureau)or ClubLog's OQRS. For more details and updates, watch:
VP2V, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS (6m Op). Dave, W9DR, will once again be
active as VP2V/W9DR from the north shore of the Island of Anegada
(NA-023) in the British Virgin Islands (FK78TR) between June 17-24th.
Activity will be on 50.115 MHz (SSB), 50.115.6 MHz (CW), FT8 and MSK144.
He will also be running a beacon on 50.115.6 when the band is not open.
Please submit confirmation request (QSL) to W9DR home address (QRZ.com).
VP5, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS (Reminder/Update). Operators Pat/K0PC and
Bill/AC0W will once again be active as VP5K from Jody's, VP5JM QTH on
Providenciales Island (NA-002), during the ARRL International DX CW Contest
(February 15-16th) as a Multi-Single/High-Power entry. Look for operators
to sign VP5/K0PC and VP5/AC0W outside of the contest. The operators will
be there between February 12-17th. QSL VP5/K0PC and VP5K via K0PC, Club-
Log's OQRS or LoTW. QSL VP5/AC0W via AC0W or LoTW.
VP8PJ SOUTH ORKNEY ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS (Quick Update, Press Release #11).
* Gene, K5GS, reported the following on January 26th: "After a stop at
the Panama Canal for transfer to a different ship, our sea container
arrived in Coronel, Chile, on December 25th. It was then placed on a
coastal barge, arriving Punta Arenas on January 13th. The equipment
is now in secure storage at a local warehouse.
There will be a Press Release shortly before the team members leave
home to meet the Braveheart at Punta Arenas."
There are 8 pictures available on the VP8PJ South Orkney Island Web
page at: https://sorkney.com/gallery/shipment
* Press Release #11, dated Feb. 2, 2020, South Orkneys 2020 DX-pedition
VP8PJ (AN-008) [edited] -- We're on autopilot, next stop Punta Arenas,
The project is on schedule -- Team members will begin arriving in
Punta Arenas on February 9th, Braveheart is scheduled to arrive on
February 13th, we load the ship on Feb 14th and depart on Feb 15th
for Signy Island. Nigel Jolly will have already arrived by air to
arrange for refueling and resupplying Braveheart.
Logging - Log Search -- We will use N1MM+ for logging and WSJT-X
Version 2.1.2 for FT8.
Assuming a stable satellite connection, QSOs will be uploaded to the
log server in near real-time, you can monitor logging activity at:
We do not upload by band, by mode or by operating position.
OQRS will be available within 10 days after we leave the island. We
need time to validate the logs.
QSL Manager, Tim, M0URX, will work on Busted Calls and Not in Log
issues after the log is validated. Please use the form on Tim's OQRS
site, do not send e-mails.
Split Operation and Fox/Hound -- The Band Plan is posted on our website
(Island Operations), unless otherwise announced by the operator, all
radio operations will be split. FT8 will use Fox / Hound mode on all
bands except 60m, where we will use normal FT8 operation.
VP8PJ at Groups.io -- A reflector is available at groups.io for you
to provide input to the team. The pilots will monitor the reflector
and summarize pertinent information by region. There's a one-time
registration for the reflector, please review the "Sticky Notes" at
the top of the message list. Please, no requests for log checks,
busted calls, Not in Log, or schedules. We appreciate thoughtful and
helpful information from your region. VP8PJemail@example.com
Follow the Braveheart -- Shortly before we leave Punta Arenas, we'll
activate the Garmin inReach personal locator. You'll be able to follow
our journey on the web during the estimated 6 days at sea to and from
the island. You can Follow Braveheart from our website or at:
K6TU's Propagation as a Service -- We thank Stu, K6TU, for making
available his K6TU Propagation as a Service tool at no cost to you.
Accessed from our website (K6TU Propagation Tools), Stu's website is
configured with our station and antenna specifications. The tool
automates and greatly simplifies the process of building VOCAP pre-
dictions customized for your location. Knowing the details of our
station configurations, location and antenna heights, the tool will
generate your customized propagation charts.
WSPR Beacon -- "A QRP Labs Ultimate 3 WSPR beacon will be on board
Braveheart running 30dBm on 40, 20 and 15m sequentially every 10
minutes whenever the VP8PJ/MM station is not in use."
Fundraising -- Early donors (those that donated before we sail on
February 15th) will receive their LoTW confirmation(s) while we're
on the island, usually within 24 hours of the contact(s). All other
donors will receive their LoTW confirmation(s) when OQRS opens.
With the Braveheart and freight bills paid and the equipment in
Chile, our last remaining major expenses are shipping the equipment
back home, generator fuel, port fees, general surcharges, fuel sur-
charge and a few smaller but still significant expense items. It's
not unusual for unexpected fees and other charges to materialize so
we remain vigilant with the budget management.
We have over 600 individual (early) donors, 73 Premier Sponsors and
55 club / foundation sponsors. Is your club or name/callsign listed
on our website? All donations are appreciated and will help offset the
project's estimated cost of ~$310,000(USDs).
We want to thank everyone that helped us along the way to plan this
project, especially members of the 2011 VP8ORK DX-pedition, Ralph/K0IR
and Don/N1DG who provided invaluable assistance and information. Their
guidance through the landing permit process and island logistics is
Thanks for your continued interest and support of our project.
Good luck in the pileups.... 73, Team VP8PJ
Please direct your questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
W8S SWAINS ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS (Update). On January 30th, the W8S
team announced the pilot stations for their March 10-25th operation:
Dick, PA3FQA -- Low bands (160/80m) world-wide
Jan, DL7JAN -- Europe, Asia and Africa
Don, N1DG -- North America
Siso, HK3W -- South America
John, G3WGV -- United Kingdom
More info on procedures and communication will follow shortly on the
Swains2020 Web site at: https://swains2020.lldxt.eu/home
YB, INDONESIA. Yohanes, YB2DX, will be active in the ARRL DX CW Contest
(February 15-16th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via LoTW
or direct only.
ZC4, UK SOVEREIGN BASE AREAS ON CYPRUS. Rob, G4WXJ, will once again be
active as ZC4RH (and possibly as 5B/G4WXJ from Cyrus) between February
5-13th. Activity will be holiday style on CW, SSB, FT8 and hopefully the
QO-100 satellite (using 2 watts into a small yagi antenna). QSL via G4WXJ,
direct or by the Bureau.
ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS. Operators John/K6AM, Levi/K6JO and Tim/N6WIN will be
active as ZF1A on Grand Cayman Islands (NA-016) during the ARRL DX SSB
Contest (March 7-8th) as a Multi-Single entry. Look for activity outside
of the contest on 160-10 meters including 30/17/12 meters. QSL via K6AM,
direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.
ZL, NEW ZEALAND. Operators Mark/ZL3AB, Geoff/ZL3GA and Phil/ZL3PAH will
use the "Quake Contesters" callsign ZL3X during the ARRL DX CW Contest
(February 15-16th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via LoTW, ClubLog or direct
to ZL3PAH. No Bureau.