The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1460
April 13, 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, W3UR & The Daily DX, K5GS, KK6H/A35A,
WB6RSE, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m DX News, W9ILY, DL1SBF, DL7UXG & The DX News
Letter, DXNews.com, DX-World.Net, E73Y, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, I1JQJ/
IK1ADH & 425 DX News, LA4LN, OH2BH, ON4CAS, RN3RQ, 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, 5th/April, through Sunday, 12th/April there were 213
countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L,
4O, 4S, 4U1U, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5T, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 9A, 9G,
9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3,
C5, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E4, E5/s,
E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FK,
FM, FO, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH,
HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, 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, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ,
S0, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TT,
TU, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N,
VP2E, VP2M, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS,
YU, YV, Z3, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD8, 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".
4U1UN NEWS. The following was posted on April 11th, on the United Nations
Amateur Radio Club (4U1UN) FaceBook page [edited]: James, K2QI, President
of United Nations Radio Club 4U1UN reports that as part of the STAY HOME
movement, during the UN HQ building lockdown, UNARC was granted special
permission to utilize a very limited remote operation possibility. Con-
sidering the demand for DIGI modes for 4U1UN - operation will be limited
to FT8 mode only. Please be advised that there is only low power operation
possible at this point. Therefore no Fox/Hound is possible as channel
power division will not allow any long-distance stations to be worked.
The operator at the keyboard is James K2QI.
5X, UGANDA. Shabu, M0KRI (ex-9U4RI), will be going back to Uganda (second
home) after 15 years and be active as 5X1RI sometime during the end of
July to mid-August. He is calling it "The Pearl of Africa - DXpedition
Part 2." Look for more details to be forthcoming.
8Q, MALDIVES. Yusuke, JJ1DQR, is planning to be active as 8Q7QR from
Male Island (AS-013) between September 4-8th. Activity will be on various
HF bands using SSB and FT8. He will also be in the All Asian DX SSB Contest
(September 5-6th). QSL via JJ1DQR, direct or by the Bureau.
A2, BOTSWANA (Rescheduled). David, VE7VR, will be active as A25VR from
Botswana between April 28th and May 24th, 2021. Activity will be holiday
style on 40-20 meters. Operations will be low power using an Elecraft
KX2 transceiver (10 watts) with a 40/20 meters inverted V in a baobab
tree. Should a tree not be available, he will have a 40' SpiderBeam
fiberglass pole to elevate the antenna. QSL via his home callsign.
A3, TONGA (Storm Damage). Paul, KK6H/A35A, informs: Tropical Cyclone
Harold has done some severe damage to many of Tonga's beach resorts.
I hope that this does not adversely effect any upcoming DXpedition plans.
Most of the damage occurred on Tongatapu and Eua Islands (OC-049). None
of the resorts in Ha'apai (OC-169) or Vava'u (OC-064) were badly damaged.
A6, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (U.A.E.). Members of the Emirates Amateur Radio
Society (EARS), will activate the following special event station to pro-
mote the World-Wide "Stay-at-Home" campaign:
A60SH/1 -- Operator Obaid, A61M; QSL via A61BK
A60SH/2 -- Operator Abdullah, A61Q; QSL via EA7FTR
A60SH/3 -- Operator Khalid, A61NN; QSL via A61NN
A60SH/4 -- Operator Khalid, A61BK; QSL via A61BK
A60SH/5 -- Operator Ali, A61DD; QSL via A92AA
A60SH/6 -- Operator Obaid, A61QQ; QSL via A61BK
A60SH/7 -- Operator Faisal, A61FJ; QSL via LZ1YE
A60SH/8 -- Operator Khalifa, A61K; QSL via A61BK
A60SH/9 -- Operator Ali, A61AY; QSL via A61AY
A60SH/10 -- Operator Fahed, A61FK; QSL via A61BK
A60SH/11 -- Operator Talal, A65MM; QSL DIRECT
A60SH/12 -- Operator Hassan, A61HA; QSL via A61BK
ARMED FORCES DAY CROSSBAND TEST (Postponed). Due to the ongoing COVID-19
response and mitigation actions, the 2020 Armed Forces Day (AFD) Cross-
band Test scheduled for Saturday, May 9th, has been postponed. For complete
details, see the ARRL Web page at:
CQ MMDX CONTEST 2020. Just a reminder that the CWJF Group's CQ MMDX
CONTEST 2020 is next weekend, April 18-19th, between 0900 UTC Saturday
to 2359 UTC Sunday. Complete details are available at:
E6 & A3, NUIE AND TONGA (Update). Operators Stan/LZ1GC and Ivan/LZ1PM
will be active as E6AM from Niue between September 28th and October 17th.
After their operations in Niue, look for Stan, LZ1GC, (by himself) to be
active as A35GC from Tongatapu Island (OC-049), Tonga, between October
19th and November 2nd. Activity from both islands will be on 160-6 meters,
including 60m and 30/17/12m bands, using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. They
suggest the following on their operating frequencies:
* Their transmitting frequency on 160m will be 1822.5 kHz !!!
* Their transmitting frequencies on 6m will be 50100 kHz (CW) and
50313 kHz (FT8).
* They will be working on all bands in the SPLIT MODE as following:
CW : QSX UP 1-5 kHz
SSB : QSX UP 5-15 kHz
RTTY : QSX UP 2-5 kHz
* Please, listen for operator's instructions also!!!
Their equipment which will be using during their E6AM and A35GC activ
ities is as follows:
- Transceivers: 1. Kenwood TS 480 SAT
2. Kenwood TS 590 SG
3. RGO ONE - a NEW all HF bands transceiver, by LZ2JR
- Linear Amplifiers: 1. ACOM 1200S - 1.2 KW
2. ACOM 700S - 700 Watts
- Antennas: 1. Multiband GP (40-10m), incl. WARC bands
2. Vertical on 160/80/60/40m - 2 pieces
3. Hexbeam from 20-10m + WARC bands
* All Fiberglass poles for their vertical antennas are donated by
Their goal as A35GC is to make 15,000 QSOs. Their goal as E6AM is to make
25,000 QSOs. QSL via LZ1GC, ClubLog's OQRS, direct or by the Bureau. Look
for the logs to be uploaded to ClubLog during their operation. Uploads to
LoTW will be one month later for sponsors, and six months for everyone
else after their activity. A Web page is currently under constructions
E7, BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA. Radio amateur operators in Bosnia and Herzegovina
are joining STAY HOME campaign, and between 2200 UTC, April 7th, and 2200
UTC, May 31st, will be operating with the special callsign E7STAYHOME.
Activity will include operators from all parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina
and will be on all bands and modes. Operators Robert/E77E and Boris/E73Y
will handle the QSL cards, and will send them via the Bureau to everybody
in the LOG. Also, you can expect LoTW upload after the operation is com-
pleted and all LOGs are collected. STAY HOME - STAY SAFE!
EE1, SPAIN (Special Event). During the month of April, look for the special
event station EE1MGY to be aired in commemoration of the inauguration and
subsequent sinking of the legendary ship R.M.S. Titanic in the cold waters
of the North Atlantic. Activity will only take place on the 160 meters
band. Operations will be on CW, FT8 and WSPR. QSL via the Bureau, direct
or to EB1LO.
GB4, ENGLAND (Special Event). Peter, G4XEX, will be active as GB4SAH
(Stay-At-Home) between now and April 30th. Peter states that this oper-
ation is "to help Radio Hams pass the time during the lockdown." QSL via
G4XEX by the Bureau, eQSL or LoTW.
AS-023. Kenji, JA4GXS, will be active as JA4GXS/6 from Amami Oshima
Island between May 9-11th. Activity will be on 40-17 meters
using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL via JA4GXS, by the Bureau or direct.
AS-207. R270RRC is now history; and they went QRT at 2000 UTC and
are now on their way to Vankarem.
EU-012. Euan, MM0VIK, is now active as GB1COR from Shetland Islands
until the end of April. He states, "In activating GB1COR,
please spare a thought for the health professionals and es-
sential key workers of the world who are selflessly keeping
the front-line services functioning during these unsettling
times. Please! Stay safe, stay healthy, stay indoors... (play
radio!) Note: I am currently not QSL'ing with this callsign,
I would rather be working stations than admin duties (with no
unessential trips to the post office!)." NO QSLS PLEASE.
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......
KH7, HAWAII (Canceled). Jim, N6TJ, who was to be active as KH7M (the
Pu'u O'o Radio Club callsign/station) from Volcano during the CQWW WPX
CW Contests (May 25-26th), has canceled his operation due to the corona-
LN1, NORWAY. The Norwegian National Guard's Radio Amateur Club (LA1V)
has been given permission to operate with the special callsign LN1V
(«Liberation Norway One Victory») during all of the year 2020 to mark
the 75th anniversary for the liberation of Norway at the end of WW2 (all
of Norway was liberated from WW2, May 8th, 1945). Most of the LN1V activity
will therefore be mainly during the month of May. Operations will be mostly
on the bands between 160 meters to 70 centimeters (including 60m and 4m)
using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. Also, LN1V will participate in some
contests during the year. QSL via the club's chairman LA4LN, either
direct (preferably) or via the Bureau, but no electronic QSLs. More info
about LN1V is available on the QRZ.com and QRZCQ.com web sites.
ON4, BELGIUM (Special Event). Van, ON5UR, will activate special event
callsign ON4HEROS Belgium hams for Heroes) from the Hagelandse Contest
Club (HCC). Activity this past weekend was on 20 meters SSB. He states,
"A big thank you to all heroes who fight worldwide against Corona &
Covid-19. A big hug to all friends, who lost family or friends." QSL
via ON5UR, direct or by the Bureau.
OT2, BELGIUM (Special Event). Operators Egbert/ON4CAS and Marc/ON7SS/OO9O
have activated the special event station OT20STAYHOME as of April 9th,
until May 15th. Activity will be on all HF bands using CW, SSB and pro-
bably some Digital modes. Egbert states, "This is yet another station
in the #stayhome series to encourage all HAMs to stay home and protect
themselves during the Corona outbreak." QSL via ON4CAS.
PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (April 13-19th).......
Apr/13th AN Apr/16th AN Apr/18th AN
Apr/14th AN Apr/17th AN Apr/19th 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) (April 12th)
3Z0WARD via SP6IEQ & (L) EO0U via UT7UT & (L) PA75ASN via PA0VCC
4A60O via XE2KJ HI8JSG via RW6HS (d/L) PA75HGV via PA3JD
4K6MAR via DC9RI II4FTX via IQ4FE PA800D via PI4DEC
4Z0GAON via LY2QT IY7GMB via IK7JVE (d) PI30COM via PA1AW
5B4STAYHOME (N) KH2L via W3HNK (LoTW/KH2-B) R195AM via RZ5D
5H3DX via NK8O (d/L) LT5V via EC6DX R3STAYHOME via R3KEE
8P6DR via G3RWL & (L) LX5WARD via LX1JH R50VAZ via R4IT
A41CK via A61BK & (L) LY300GAON via LY2QT S79KW via S79KW(d)/N4GNR(d-NA only)
A41KJ via N4GNR (d) LZ1958GU via LZ1GU SN1T via SP1NQN (L)
BV120SU via BU2EQ (e) MI5K via MI0SLE SO9I via SQ9ORQ
CR2STAYHOME via CR2STAYHOME (L) OH0Z via W0MM & (L) TC19MED via TA2BZ
DM75MIR via DM1PL & (L) OH6STAYHOME via OH2BAD TM15DXXE via F4GVO (L)
E76C via E77E (d/L) OL7P via OK1CRM TM35UFT via F5IF
E7STAYHOME via E73Y ON4HEROES via ON5UR TM95WARD via F6BEE
EA5/LA2PC via LA2PC OR2STAYHOME via OR2STAYHOME (e) V73NS via W3HNK & (L)
EE5U via EB5TT OR4STAYHOME via ON3AR XM3T via VE3DZ
EG1SSV via EA1URV OR8STAYHOME via ON4ATH Z30STAYHOME via Z37RSM (O)
EG7ONU via EB7R OT6STAYSAFE via ON5YL Z39STAYHOME via Z39STAYHOME (O)
EM0I via UT2IZ OX3XR via PA3249 (d/L/e) ZP5DNB via IK2DUW & (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
LOGS ONLINE (New/Updated) AVAILABLE ON CLUBLOG.ORG THIS WEEK......
LoTW NEWS. The new TQSL Version 2.5.2 provides better LoTW Rover support
and other improvements. For more details, see the ARRL Web page at:
U.S. POSTAL STOPPAGE. The U.S. Postal Service has "Temporary Service
Suspensions" outgoing mail to many countries, effective April 3rd.
This will be "for the duration of the coronavirus issues." Here is a
list of the countries the U.S. Postal system will not accept mail
for (as of April 8th):
** Unless noted otherwise on International Service Alerts, service
suspensions to a particular country do not affect delivery of
military and diplomatic mail.
Angola Kuwait* Samoa*
Benin Kyrgyzstan Saudi Arabia*
Bolivia Laos Senegal
Bosnia & Herzegovina Lebanon Seychelles
Botswana* Libya* Solomon Islands
Cameroon Madagascar* South Africa*
Cayman Islands* Malawi Sri Lanka*
Chad* Maldives* Sudan
Cook Islands Moldova Tajikistan
Costa Rica Mongolia* Tanzania
Ecuador* Mozambique Timor-Leste
Fiji* New Caledonia* Tonga
French Polynesia* Panama* Uganda
Gambia Papua New Guinea Uruguay
Guatemala Paraguay Vanuatu
Honduras* Peru* Venezuela
India* Republic of the Congo Zimbabwe*
*denotes countries not accepting incoming mail
Please do not attempt to send an item addressed to any of the
affected countries. If you do, the item will be returned to you.
VP8PJ QSL CARD UPDATE. Gene, K5GS, reports [edited]: On Friday, April
10th, the VP8PJ QSL card design was sent to Max (ON5UR QSL Print Service)
for review and setup. After our final review is complete the cards will
be printed and shipped to Tim, M0URX, for distribution. Thousands of QSOs
and mailing labels have already been processed and are ready for place-
ment on QSL cards and direct mail envelops. Bureau cards will be placed
in the system in early 2021.
Of the 83,783 QSOs in the log, 30,548 have been claimed and processed
for placement on QSL cards. LoTW is current, and there are no busted
call requests in the work queue - to date, all 731 have been investigated
and answered by Tim, M0URX.
Let's be realistic, the Covid-19 crisis has disrupted the world.
Businesses are closed and every facet of our life has been upended.
Please be patient, the cards will be mailed as soon as possible. OQRS
and LoTW are processed daily. There is no need to send e-mails asking
about the QSL cards.... 73, GS K5GS
ADDED NOTE BY GENE: LoTW uploads for all donors and anyone that submitted
an OQRS for a Direct Mail card have been processed. Requests that came
in after the last upload (morning of April 12th) will process in the
next cycle. The upload process is run daily. As stated on the website
(sorkney.com) QSL page, the complete log will be uploaded to LoTW 6
months after the DX-pedition.
QSLS RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 5T5PA, 5Z4/G3AB, 8R1/AH0G, A45XR, CE3SBQ, CT1AHU,
EA9ACD, EM10CWO, EX0QR, FG8OJ, HC1DAZ, HR5/F2JD, LU1EFX, M0HQO, M0JBM,
PU3IKE, PY0F, PY3DXM, PY4FD, S54OOJ, SV9MBH, TG9ADM, TG9CQM, TI2CC,
TI3ATS, YD6MCE/9 (OC-151), ZK3A, ZW0S and ZW60DF
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 8R1/AH0G, AL7LO, KD7WPJ/6 and J73WA
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....
RI1, ANTARCTICA. Alexander, RX3ABI, will be active as RI1ANM from the
Russian Mirny Station in Queen Mary Land, Antarctica (AN-016), on the
Antarctic coast of the Davis Sea, until early 2021. This is the first
Soviet Antarctic station and was established on February 13th, 1956.
Activity will be on various HF bands during his spare time. QSL via his
SPECIAL STAY AT HOME STATIONS/ACTIVITIES (Update). Many more special
event stations have hit the airwaves (or soon will be) to promote in-
dividuals to "STAY-AT-HOME" and raise awareness for the restrictions
necessary to fight the spread the coronavirus. Here is a checklist of
stations announced to be active:
5B4STAYHOME (Cyprus) OH5PYSYKOTONA (Finland)
8A1HOME (Indonesia) OH6PYSYKOTONA (Finland)
8A1STAYHOME (Indonesia) OH7PYSYKOTONA (Finland)
9K9STAYHOME (Kuwait) OH8PYSYKOTONA (Finland)
A60SH/1 [SH=StayHome] (U.A.E.) OH9PYSYKOTONA (Finland)
A60SH/2 United Arab Emirates OH0STAYHOME (Finland)
A60SH/3 United Arab Emirates OH1STAYHOME (Finland)
A60SH/4 United Arab Emirates OH2STAYHOME (Finland)
A60SH/5 United Arab Emirates OH3STAYHOME (Finland)
A60SH/6 United Arab Emirates OH4STAYHOME (Finland)
A60SH/7 United Arab Emirates OH5STAYHOME (Finland)
A60SH/8 United Arab Emirates OH6STAYHOME (Finland)
A60SH/9 United Arab Emirates OH7STAYHOME (Finland)
A60SH/10 United Arab Emirates OH8STAYHOME (Finland)
A60SH/11 United Arab Emirates OH9STAYHOME (Finland)
A60SH/12 United Arab Emirates OR2STAYHOME (Belgium)
AX2020STAYHOME (Australia) OR8STAYHOME (Belgium)
CR2STAYHOME (Azores) OT2STAYHOME (Belgium)
CT1STAYHOME (Portugal) OT20STAYHOME (Belgium)
DX0STAYHOME (Philippine) OT6STAYSAFE (Belgium)
E7STAYHOME (Bosnia & Herzegovina) R3STAYHOME (European Russia)
GB4SAH [SAH=Stay-At-Home] (England) TC1STAYHOME (Turkey)
GB5NHS [NHS=National Health Service] VC2STAYHOM (Canada)
(England) VE9HOME (Canada)
HZ1STAYHOME (Saudi Arabia) VI2020STAYHOME (Australia)
IX1HPN/STAYHOME (Italy) XM2STAYHOM (Canada)
KC1KUG/STAYH (United States) YS1STAYHOM1 (El Salvador)
OH0PYSYKOTONA (Finland; "Pysy YS1STAYHOM4 (El Salvador)
kotona" means StayHome in Finnish) YS1STAYHOM5 (El Salvador)
OH1PYSYKOTONA (Finland) YS1STAYHOM# (El Salvador)
OH2PYSYKOTONA (Finland) Z30STAYHOME (North Macedonia)
OH3PYSYKOTONA (Finland) Z39STAYHOME (North Macedonia)
QSL via operator's instructions. ADDED NOTE: If you missed the special
bulletin OPDX.1459.1 (http://papays.com/opdx1459.1.html), the Finnish
Amateur Radio League (SRAL) is providing a number of special awards during
these Stay-At-Home "OH" operations (as well as other countries signing
STAYHOME that qualified) which runs through July 8th. Complete details
can be found in OPDX.1459.1 or on the SRAL Web page at:
TG9, GUATEMALA. After postponing his trip this month, Dwight, VE7BV,
will once again be active as TG9BBV from Antigua, Sacatepéquez, Guatemala,
between November 1-30th. Activity will be on holiday style on most bands.
Operations will be mostly CW, but with some SSB and FT8. QSL via VE7BV,
direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.