The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1494
December 14, 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, W5JON, K8YSE,
W8GEX & 60m DX News, DL1SBF, DL7UXG & The DX News Letter, DXNews.com,
DX-World.Net, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News,
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, 6th/December, through Sunday, 13th/December there were
212 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3W, 4J, 4L,
4O, 4S, 4U1U, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 9A,
9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9V, 9Y, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6,
CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E4, E5/n,
E5/s, E6, 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, HA, HB, HB0, HC,
HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J3, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o,
JT, JW, JX, 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, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PY, PZ, S0,
S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK,
TR, TT, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2M,
VP6, VP8, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS,
YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z6, 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".
4S/70, SRI LANKA (Special Event). Radio Society of Sri Lanka (RSSL),
IARU's Representative for Sri Lanka, has requested the TRCSL (Tele-
communications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka) the suffix /70 to be
used in the month of December 2020 to celebrate 70th anniversary of the
RSSL. Therefore all Sri Lankan radio amateur operators are authorized
to use 4S5xxx/70, 4S6xxx/70 4S7xxx/70 and any two letter callsign users
can also use the /70. The original Radio Society of Ceylon was founded in
1950 and later became the Radio Society of Sri Lanka with the change of
name of the country. For more details and updates, see the RSSL Web page
4X/4Z, ISRAEL (Reminder/Special Event). During the week of Chanukah cele-
brations, special Israeli radio amateur stations will be active on the
air with a special callsigns ending in letters from the word "Chanukah",
(4X1C, 4X2H, 4Z3A, 4X4N, 4X5U, 4X6K, 4Z7A, 4X8H and 4X0NER). "Ner" means
candle in Hebrew. The number in the callsign indicates the number of the
candles lit that day. Activity began on the evening of December 10th
where the first candle was lit on (1400 UTC). The special event stations
will operate for 9 days in row and new special event stations will join
the activity every day on Chanukah Holiday until the close of the event
on December 19th (2159 UTC). Special event stations will be activated as
follows; on the evening of (*already happened):
*December 10th -- From the historical city of Hashmonaim when the 1st
candle of the Chanukah Holiday will be lit on; the
event activity will start with the 4X1C crew.
*December 11th -- From the city of Haifa when the 2nd candle will be
lit on; the activity will start with the 4X2H crew.
*December 12th -- From the city of Tel Aviv when the 3rd candle will be
lit on; the activity will start with the 4Z3A crew.
*December 13th -- From the city of Netanya when the 4th candle will be
lit on; the activity will start with the 4X4N crew.
December 14th -- From the city of Beer Sheva when the 5th candle will
be lit on; the activity will start with the 4X5U crew.
December 15th -- From the city of Kiryat Shmona when the 6th candle will
be lit on; the activity will start with the 4X6K crew.
December 16th -- From the city of Ashkelon when the 7th candle will be
lit on; the activity will start with the 4Z7A crew.
December 17th -- From the city of Jerusalem when the 8th and the last
candle will be lit on; the activity will start with
the 4X8H crew.
The crew of the station 4X0NER will be active every day during the 9
days of activity and will be used as Joker for the missing letters.
Important: All the new and previous day's event stations (letters)
will continue to be active on the air to the end of operation on the
19th of December (2159 UTC).
Activity will be on all radio amateur bands, WARC and the QO-100
Satellite using all modes. A special award will be available. The
eligibility for a special certificate "Chanukah-2020" is as specified:
* For Israeli amateurs: 1 QSO with all the 8 special event stations
(letters). Any band or mode. Contact with the special 4X0NER call-
sign is a replacement for a missing letter (only once).
* For European amateurs: 1 QSO with all 8 special event stations
(letters). Any band or mode. Contact with the special 4X0NER call-
sign is a replacement for a missing letter (can be used twice).
* For amateurs outside Europe: to contact only 4 of 8 special event
stations (letters). Any band or mode. Contact with the special 4X0NER
callsign is a replacement for a missing letter (can be used twice).
The special certificates will be available for download independently
from the Israeli Amateur Radio Club (IARC) Web site at:
The certificates will be digital in PDF format and not numbered.
QSL Manager: Paper cards-Slava, 4Z5MU.
All contacts will be uploaded on LoTW after the end of activity.
Amateurs in Israel and around the World are kindly asked to send
them pictures with Menorah's in their own city of residence!
Special prize for the winning picture!
E-mail pictures to: firstname.lastname@example.org
5T, MAURITANIA (Update). Tom, DL7BO, is now active as 5T7OO from Mauritania
for 10 days (December 10-20th). He arrived in Nouakchott on December 9th,
however his luggage and an antenna mast did not arrive which delayed his
operation by one day. Activity is expected to be on 40-10 meters, possibly
160-80 later, using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. As this was being written, Tom
was active on 40/17/15 meters FT8. QSL via DJ6TF, direct or by the Bureau.
The log will be uploaded to LoTW and possibly ClubLog later.
5Z4, KENYA. Cato, LA9PF, will once again be active as 5Z4/LA9PF from
Malindi for 2-3 months, sometime between January and May, and possibly
between October and December. Activity is mainly on SSB and the Digital
modes, with some CW. His equipment in 5Z4-land is an IC-7200 with a 300
watt PA, with either a 3 element beam at 9 meters or vertical loop, or
horizontal 70m no-resonant loop. He states, "Give me a shout on Skype
for a sked at: LA9PF-cato. QSL only direct to: Cato B. De Savigny, POB
5642 Malindi, 80200 Malindi, Kenya.
7S60, SWEDEN (Special Event). Members of the Kristianstad Radioamateur
Club (SK7BQ) will activate special event station 7S60BW throughout 2021.
Activity is to celebrate 60th anniversary of their radio club. QSL via
8Q, MALDIVES (Update). Nobby, G0VJG, will once again be active as 8Q7CQ
(now confirmed) between January 14-29th. Operations this time will be
from Reethi Faru, Filaidhoo Island (AS-013). Activity will be on 80-10
meters (possibly 60m) using SSB and the Digital modes. His equipment will
be a FT-450D with a 400 watt amp into a small 6m beam, Butternut vertical
for the HF bands and possibly a 3 element tri-bander. QSL via M0OXO OQRS,
direct or ClubLog's OQRS.
AO50, SPAIN (Special Event). Members of the Escola d'Enginyeria de Tele-
comunicació i Aeroespacial de Castelldefels (EETAC), along with the col-
laboration of the Territorial Council URE Catalunya, will activate the
special callsign AO50UPC from Castelldefels, Spain, between December
15-30th. Activity is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Universitat
Politecnica de Catalunya (Polytechnic University of Catalonia). Operations
will be on all authorized bands using CW, SSB, EME and the satellites.
Trophies and three different awards are available for download at:
For complete details, see their QRZ.com page.
DR165, GERMANY (Special Event). Members of the DARC OV Mainz K07 club
will activate the special event station DR165TESLA throughout 2021 to
celebrate the 165th birthday of Nikola Tesla. QSL via DK8ZZ.
GB100, ENGLAND (Special Event). Members of Hull and District Amateur
Radio Society (HADARS) will be active as GB1OOH (GOLF BRAVO ONE OSCAR
OSCAR HOTEL) from Hull starting January 1st throughout the new year in
2021. The special callsign will be activated from multiple QTHs, and be
on all HF bands plus VHF and UHF. Activity is to celebrate 100th anni-
versary of the HADARS. QSL via M0GPN.
HF2021, POLAND (Special Event). Members of the Klub Krótkofalowców "Enigma"
(SP2PBM) will activate special event station HF2021HY from Bydgoszcz
between December 19th, 2020, and January 10th, 2021, to celebrate the
New Year. QSL via SP2PBM by the Bureau, Clublog's OQRS (Bureau/direct)
HZ18, SAUDI ARABIA (Special Event). The Saudi Amateur Radio Society (SARS)
in coordination with the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology
(KACST) and the Communication and Information Technology Commission (CITC)
will celebrate the 18th anniversary of the launch of the Saudi satellite
1C SO-50 in December 2002. The Saudi satellite 1C SO-50 is still working
to this moment, breaking all expectations due to the quality of the tech-
nology made with it and how it works. A special callsign, HZ18SAT, will
be active between December 17-27th. QSOs will be on the Saudi satellite
SO-50 only (145.800 MHz uplink, 436.795 MHz downlink). For more details,
IOTA NEWS. The following are IOTA operations that were active this past
week between December 7-12th (as per the DXCluster):
IOTA Callsign Island/GROUP Bands/Modes
------ ---------- ------------- ------------
AF-004 EA8AM CANARY 20m; SSB
AF-004 EA8TL CANARY 15/12m; CW/FT8
AF-018 IH9YMC PANTELLERIA 160/40m; CW
AF-022 ZD7FT ST HELENA 20m; SSB
AS-004 5B4AOW CYPRUS 160m;
AS-007 JH1HDT HONSHU 40m; CW
AS-007 JH3NGD HONSHU 40m; SSB
AS-007 JH7MQD HONSHU 40m; SSB
AS-007 JJ2PIK HONSHU 30m; FT8
AS-017 JR6FC OKINAWA 15m; FT8
AS-045 HL5FUA Ullung 40m; SSB/FT8
AS-117 JA3AOP HONSHU'S COASTAL ISLANDS WEST 20m; SSB
AS-206 JR7AMZ HONSHU'S COASTAL ISLANDS EAST 80m; FT8
EU-003 CS8ABF EASTERN 12m; FT8
EU-004 EA6AGA BALEARIC 15m; CW
EU-005 G4WQI GREAT BRITAIN 40m; CW
EU-005 M0DXT/P GREAT BRITAIN 40m; SSB
EU-012 MM5AJN/M SHETLAND 20m; SSB
EU-014 TK5IH CORSICA 15m; FT8
EU-015 SV9RGI CRETE 20m; SSB
EU-021 TF2MSN ICELAND 17m; SSB
EU-025 IT9HRL SICILY 40/20m; SSB
EU-025 IT9JAV SICILY 40m; SSB
EU-025 IU0FBK SICILY 20m; SSB
EU-026 JW7QIA Spitsbergen 160/80/40m; SSB/FT8
EU-031 IC8HRG CAMPANIA REGION 15m; SSB
EU-115 EI2KC IRELAND 17m; FT8
EU-115 EI5EM IRELAND 20m; CW
EU-115 GI0LDI IRELAND 20m; CW
EU-115 MI0GTA IRELAND 30m; FT8
EU-115 MI0SAI IRELAND 15m; SSB
EU-131 IK3PQH/P VENETO REGION 20m; SSB
EU-143 EA7HPM CADIZ/HUELVA PROVINCE 15m; SSB
NA-016 ZF2CH CAYMAN 40m; SSB
NA-022 VP2ETE ANGUILLA 15m; FT8
NA-026 KA2ABA NEW YORK STATE 17m; SSB
NA-027 VO1AA NEWFOUNDLAND 20m; SSB
NA-096 HI8MDQ HISPANIOLA 15m; FT8
NA-102 FG5GP GUADELOUPE 40m; FT8
NA-106 KP2AD VIRGIN 80m; SSB
NA-112 N8EU NORTH CAROLINA STATE WEST 40m;
OC-001 VK2GJC Australia 20m; SSB
OC-001 VK2OWD Australia 15m; SSB
OC-001 VK3VM Australia 17m; FT8
OC-026 KH2L GUAM 30m; FT8
OC-032 FK4RD NEW CALEDONIA 17m; SSB
OC-034 YB9YBB NEW GUINEA 30m; FT8
OC-042 4I1EBD LUZON 20m; SSB
OC-042 DV3CEP LUZON 20m; FT8
OC-073 JF7MTO/JD1 MINAMI TORISHIMA 40/20/15/10m; SSB/FT8
OC-086 KH0W NORTHERN MARIANA 15m; CW
OC-150 7C9T TENGGARA BARAT 40/20m; FT8
OC-150 7C9B Sumbawa 12m; FT8
SA-002 VP8LP FALKLAND 10m; FT8
SA-011 9Z4FE TRINIDAD 17m; SSB
SA-011 9Z4Y TRINIDAD 15m; CW
SA-036 P41E ARUBA 20m; FT8
SA-055 LU7EHR/E Martin Garcia 40/15m; SSB/FT8
** Thanks to the individuals who put the island/group and mode
on their QSNs on their PacketCluster reports. The format we
suggest is "IOTA#/Mode/Island or Group" (ex. OC-146/FT8/Celebes).
AF-045. A group of Senegalese operators, who were expected to be
active as 6V1A from Goree Island between December 18-20th,
have postponed their operation due to the Convid-19 pandemic.
AS-117. Kenji, JA4GXS, will be active as JA4GXS/4 from Otsu Island
between December 25-26th. Activity will be on 40/30/20 meters
using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL via his home callsign.
AS-152. (Update) Members of the Arctic Legends Team (RT9K), who plan
to be active as RI0Q from Bolshoj Begichev Island sometime in
early 2021, are looking for funds (15,000 USDs was mentioned)
to conduct this operation. To achieve their goal to operate from
Bolshoj Begichev Island, the team will have to travel 3624 km
(by snowmobiles 1812 km*2). The latest info indicates that the
team will start their snowmobile trip on March 10th, 2021,
from Norway, and will start their RI0Q operation possibly
on March 17th (depending on the weather). For more details,
see OPDX.1480/1482 or: https://www.qrz.com/DB/RI0Q
OC-236. Members of the ORARI of Polewali Mandar Tipalayo DX Club will
be active as 7C8M from Gusung Toraja Island, in the Celebes
Coastal Islands, between December 26-30th. Activity will be
on various HF bands. QSL via YB8BRI direct.
OC-298. There is another great article (with pictures) online of
Cezar's, VE3LYC, DXpedition to Tatakoto Atoll as TX0T on
the Clipperton DX Club Web site 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......
OJ0, MARKET REEF. Joseph, AD7D/OG7D, is planning on operating from Market
Reef as OJ0D during the summer of 2021, primarily on QO-100 satellite.
He will post more details of his schedule as it gets confirmed in the
next few months. QSL via LoTW. ADDED NOTE: Joseph is also planning to
operate as OG0D using the QO-100 satellite from the Aland Islands soon
(possibly sometime in January 2021). Stay tuned for details.
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
P.S. OUTLOOK users read below.
PH20/PH21, THE NETHERLANDS (Special Event). Members of the Radio Scouting
Fellowship of the PA3EFR/J-Plusscouts will activate two special callsigns:
PH20XMAS - Between December 6th, 2020, until January 3rd, 2021 (owner PA3EFR)
PH21HNY - Between December 10th, 2020, until January 31st, 2021 (owner PE2PVD)
These callsigns will operate on all frequencies from different QTH's
around The Netherlands. They hope to be able to work everyday on SSB
and the Digital modes.
PJ5, ST. EUSTATIUS. In the middle of his 2021 October trip to St. Kitts
(V4) [see below], John, W5JON/V47JA, will be going to St. Eustatius between
October 25th and November 1st, 2021, and be active as PJ5/W5JON. His
radio equipment is a Yaesu FT-450D, Amplifier and dipoles. Activity
will be on 40-6 meters using SSB and FT8, including an entry in the CQWW
DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st). ALL QSLs go to W5JON direct or via
LoTW. NO Bureau QSLs.
PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (December 14-20th).......
Dec/14th AN Dec/17th AN Dec/19th LN
Dec/15th AN Dec/18th HN Dec/20th 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:
* Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) & National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Adminisration (NOAA):
* 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) (December 13th)
and by OPDX from other sources
4E1FNS via EB7DX E7DX via E77E LZ105AJ via LZ1ZF
4L1AN via N4GNR EP3ASA via EA5GL LZ180SK via LZ2VP
4L8A via M0OXO FK8CE via N4GNR LZ50GU via LZ1GU
4U75UN via HB9BOU FK8GX via W3HNK OA9DVK via IZ6BRJ
7C9T via HA3JB FM4TI via EA5GL OD5YA via IZ8CLM
7X5NZ via EA7FTR FM5DN via KU9C OG60IPA via OH4MDY
8P6ET via KU9C HB15SOTA via HB9DPR & (L) OX/OZ4OZ/MM via OZ4OZ
9A0DIG via 9A3SM II1DCC via IK1RAE R30EMER via RW9QA
9H1XT via 9H1BT IO5CNPP via IZ5RHU R30MCHS via R4CR
A41KJ via N4GNR J73CC via EA5GL S520SAFE via S56IPS
A41NN via A61BK JW7QIA via LA7QIA S521PMC via S521PMC*
C31CT via EA3QS KP2B via EA7FTR SP95IARU via SP7AH (O/L)
CX4ACH via IK2DUW L50FV via LU3FV ST2NH via EA7FTR
CX7CO via EA5GL L70M via LU9MAB VQ9T via DU7ET
DP70DARC via DK5ON LY7Z via LY9Y YI1DYS via IK2DUW
(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
(*) They send via the Bureau - No QSL needed
LOGS ONLINE (New/Updated) AVAILABLE ON CLUBLOG.ORG THIS WEEK......
https://clublog.org/logsearch/7Q7RU (Updated 12/12th)
QSLS RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 2U0WZY, 9G5AR, 9N1CA, BG9NJY, C31MF, EA1I,
EA9ACD, IS0KNG, JY5IB, LX1EA, OY5ET, PJ4/DL6KR, RU2K, S01WS, S79W,
TF3SG, TX0T, VP2ETE, VP9NM and ZF1EJ
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 7H9H (OC-275), AD5A/P (NA-092), JH8SGR (AS-078),
and VK4DX/P (OC-137)
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....
T6, AFGHANISTAN (Update). Robert, S53R, has been active from Kabul since
early September 2019 and has been active as T6AA and T6A during major
contests. However, Robert will be returning to his home in Slovenia for
the holidays on December 15th. He is expected to return to Kabul in the
first week of January to work for the World Food Program (WFP), and will
continue to be there until the summer of 2021. Robert is still trying to
fix the interference on the lower bands, for which he only made 3 QSOs
on 160m. During the holidays, Robert will process all QSL requests he
has received directly and via the OQRS. QSL via his home callsign or LoTW.
V4, ST. KITTS. John, W5JON, will once again be active as V47JA from his
Calypso Bay, St. Kitts, West Indies vacation home, located 200 feet from
the Caribbean Sea, between October 16th and November 12th, 2021. Activity
will be on 160-6 meters (incl. 60m) using SSB and FT8, with emphasis on
6m and 160m - FT8. Equipment is a Yaesu FT1000MP, FT450D and an Elecraft
KPA500 Amplifier. John states his antennas are a Mosley Mini32A 10/15/20m,
33' Vertical 10-40m, 35' Top Loaded 80m Vertical, 160m Vertical and 6m
5 element Yagi. ALL QSLs go to W5JON direct or via LoTW. NO Bureau QSLs.
ADDED NOTE: John will make a side trip to Saint Eustatius Island (PJ5).
See PJ5 above.
Z8, SOUTH SUDAN (Update). Diya, YI1DZ, is expected to return to Juba after
his holiday on December 16th, and continues to be active as Z81D after the
inspection at his workplaces (under the UN-WFP) and antennas. He should
reappear on the bands before the end of this year. Activity will be on
80-10 meters (including 60m) using SSB and FT8. No CW. If the space con-
ditions allow it, Diya will make a 160m antenna. QSL via OM3JW. All QSOs
will be uploaded to QRZ.com, ClubLog, eQSL and LoTW.