The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1543
December 6, 2021
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, W4DTA/YV5DTA,
W4VQ, WB6RSE, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m DX News, W8HC, W9ILY, DL1SBF, DL7UXG &
The DX News Letter, DXNews.com, DX-World.Net, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX,
F6EXV, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, JG7PSJ, OH2BH, Sixitalia Weekly and
VA3RJ & ICPO for the following DX information.
"Celebrating 30+ years (March 1991) of FREE DX News"
"Could this be the final year???"
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
week of Sunday, 28th/Novenber, through Sunday, 5th/December there were 226
countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J,
4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1U, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P,
8Q, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A6, A7,
A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU,
CX, D4, DL, DU, E4, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES,
EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU,
GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J3,
J6, 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, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4,
PJ7, PY, PZ, S0, S2, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T2, T7, TA,
TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TN, TR, TT, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4,
V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9L, VK9N, VP2E, VP2M, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VR, VU,
XE, XT, XU, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z6, Z8, ZA,
ZB, ZC4, 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".
1B, TURKISH REP. OF NORTH CYPRUS (Update). Simon, XW0LP, who was expected
to be active as 1B/XW0LP, reports on November 29th (on eHAM.net) the
following [edited]: It looks like my plans for 1B/ will come to nothing!
The licensing authorities in north Cyprus have failed so far to issue me
with a license (failed, not refused). I'm in Istanbul right now and
can't hang around waiting for them! So it's off to the sunny Turkish
coast of Fethiye and operation initially as TA+homecall (Turkey is a
CEPT country), and then a TA callsign in a few months after I get my
3B8, MAURITIUS. Ray, HB9DNG/F5UKV (ex-9Q5RP), will be active as 3B8HH
from the small village of Pereybèrein the north part of Mauritius some-
time mid-January around the 20th in 2022. He states on his QRZ.com page
that he enjoys CW and DXing with QRP and low power equipment (usually
output PWR is 1-5 watts). However, he does mention that he will operate
from time to time on PHONE as well as Digital modes. Operations will be
on 160-2 meters. QSL via direct, by the Bureau or ClubLog's OQRS. No
3Y0I BOUVET ISLAND NEWS. The following was posted on the "Rebel DX Group's"
FaceBook page (https://www.facebook.com/rebeldxgroup) on December 1st
[edited]: "December 1 finally borders are open in Fiji. We are free to
go out / in after so many months. Due the current ban travel to/from
South Africa (omicron covid variant) we are monitoring situation regarding
our Cape Town to Bouvet trip. As soon as situation will be more clear
we will update our schedule for 3Y0."
4U/4Y, AUSTRIA (Special Event). Members of the International Amateur
Radio Contest DX Club (ARCDXC) [4U1A; https://4u1a.club/] will once again
activate the special callsigns 4Y1A between December 7-11th from the Inter-
national Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Amateur Radio Club celebrating
the International Civil Aviation Day (December 7th), and 4U1XMAS during
the Christmas season (between December 12-31st) from the 4U1A station at
the United Nations Vienna International Center. Just a reminder that both
these activities count for Austria for DXCC purposes. QSL both callsigns
via UA3DX, direct or by the Bureau.
5Z, KENYA (Postponed!). Ferdy, HB9DSP, who was expected to be active as
5Z4/HB9DSP from Malindi, Kenya, between December 2-16th, has now post-
poned his operation until mid-January 2022. He states, "Last weekend I
was one day in Belgium and when I returned to Switzerland by plane, the
Swiss health authorities force me to do a 10-day quarantine!"
6W, SENEGAL (Update). Dani, EA4ATI, is now active with his new callsign
6W1TG from Dakar. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using mainly SSB. He
was heard this past week on 40/20 meters SSB around 1330-1430z and again
around 2215-2400z. QSL via EA4R. Dani will try to upload his log to LoTW
7P, LESOTHO. Chris, ZS1CDG, will once again be active as 7P8GOZ from
Lesotho between December 20-26th. Activity will be holiday style on
40/20/15/10 meters using FT8 and a long wire. QSL via his home callsign
8Q, MALDIVES (Reminder/Bird Op). Torsten "Tor", DG7RO, will be active as
8Q7RO from the Fihalhohi Island Resort on Kaafu-South-Male Atoll (AS-013)
during the Christmas holiday between December 11-27th. Activity will only
be on Oscar QO-100 satellite. QSL via DG7RO, direct, by the Bureau or
LoTW. PLEASE NOTE: The 8Q7RO callsign is a reissued callsign that was
used in January 2013 by RT4RO.
9J, ZAMBIA. Mario, IZ3KVD, is once again active as 9J2MYT from Lusaka
(WW Loc. KH44DO), and will be there until June 2022. Activity will be
on 40/20/17/15/10 meters SSB using a Yaesu 897D into a home made vertical
and a long wire antenna. He was heard this past week on 20/15 meters SSB
between 1500-1645z. QSL via IZ3KVD direct only. QSL will be printed after
his return to Italy.
AN5, SPAIN (Special Event). Pascual, EA5WO, will activate the special
event callsign AN5OKW from Torrent (Valencia), Spain, (WW Loc. IM199)
between December 6-20th, to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the
Battle of Moscow. Activity will be on various HF bands using Digital
modes. QSL via LoTW, eQSL or E-mail (certificate).
CX100, URUGUAY (Special Event/Correction). Members of the Radio Club
Uruguayo will activate special event station CX100B to celebrate the
100th anniversary of the first Radio Broadcasting in Uruguay. Activity
is scheduled for November 1-30th, 2022. QSL via CX1AA, direct, by the
Bureau or LoTW.
DR125, GERMANY (Special Event). Members of the DARC local association
R14 will activate special event station DR125MB (special DOK 125MB) to
celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Muengsten Bridge, Germany's highest
railway bridge. Activity will last until November 30th, 2022. The bridge
connects the cities of Solingen and Remscheid, and stretches 107 meters
above the Wupper valley. QSL via DD3JN direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.
DXCC'S MOST WANTED (ClubLog). The "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list has
been updated on ClubLog as of December 1st. The list contains 340 entities.
The following are the top 26 entities:
1. P5 DPRK (North Korea) 14. KH4 Midway Island
2. 3Y/B Bouvet Island 15. ZS8 Prince Edward & Marion Islands
3. FT5/W Crozet Island 16. PY0S Saint Peter and Paul Rocks
4. BS7H Scarborough Reef 17. PY0T Trindade & Martim Vaz Islands
5. CE0X San Felix Islands 18. KP5 Desecheo Island
6. BV9P Pratas Island 19. SV/A Mount Athos
7. KH7K Kure Island 20. VP8S South Sandwich Islands
8. KH3 Johnston Island 21. KH5 Palmyra & Jarvis Islands
9. 3Y/P Peter 1 Island 22. ZL9 New Zealand Subantarctic Islands
10. FT5/X Kerguelen Island 23. EZ Turkmenistan
11. FT/G Glorioso Island 24. FK/C Chesterfield Island
12. VK0M Macquarie Island 25. YK Syria
13. YV0 Aves Island 26. JD/M Minami Torishima
There have been no changes in the "Top 26" since we last reported
back on November 7th. The complete "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list
(340) is available at: https://secure.clublog.org/mostwanted.php
FO/A, AUSTRAL ISLANDS. DX-World.net reports that Jacek, SP5EAQ (ex-3D2MJ,
5W0AF, A3EAQ, E51EAQ, T2AQ, T30AQ, VK9NE, ZA/SP5EAQ, ZK3Q and ZL7/SP5EAQ),
is taking the necessary steps to activate the Rimatara Island (Australs,
French Polynesia, IOTA OC-050) for the whole month of March 2022. This
will be a SSB operation on the HF bands. If the circumstances of the
pandemic do not allow for departure, he will try to postpone it to a
later period, if it is financially and organizationally possible.
FS, ST. MARTIN. Operators Pier/W1NA and Marco/KC9FFV will be active as
FS/W1NA and FS/KC9FFV, respectively, from Saint Martin Island (NA-105)
sometime this December and "on and off" for the entire year of 2022.
Activity will be holiday style on 40-6 meters using SSB and the Digital
modes. QSL both callsigns via IZ1MHY or LoTW.
FR/W CROZET ISLAND 2022 DXPEDITION NEWS (Update to OPDX.1538/1539). Paul,
F6EXV, informs OPDX that the official Crozet 2022 Web site is online, but
still under construction. He mentions, "Some pages are still incomplete,
but will be updated soon. The French and English pages are there." The
Web page is at: http://crozet2022.r-e-f.org
[possibly (http://www.crozet2022.fr/) Dec.6th]
Paul also mentions that Thierry, F6CUK, (future operator at Crozet)
is in touch with Arthur, FT4XW, (operator at Kerguelen; see FT4/X below)
by E-mail. He is 100% legitimate, but is not QRV yet (too busy because
of work). More info to follow later.
FT4/X, KERGUELEN ISLAND. The following was posted (in French and English),
December 3rd, on QRZ.com: "Hello -- I'm Arthur, FT4XW, I'm a total newbie
at ham radio. Currently I am working on the Kerguelen Islands for a scien-
tific mission which will last between October 2021 and December 2022. I
do not know if I will succeed to establish radio contacts, but I remain
optimistic. I got a XIEGU G90 and a DX Commander SOTA / POTA vertical
antenna." QSL via direct. There has been NO QSNs reported yet.
HD8R GALAPAGOS ISLAND PRESENTATION/TALK. Steve, W4DTA, will host another
Association of Amateur Radio of Venezuela, Santiago de Leon de Caracas
Chapter (YV5ARV), during their weekly "Hablemos de Radio" ZOOM presentation.
The live presentation/talk will be with Toni, EA5RM, on the recent HD8R
Galapagos Island operation. All are invited for this scheduled Saturday,
December 11th ZOOM meeting at 1400z. To join the ZOOM meeting, go to:
Meeting ID: 849 6055 4535
PLEASE NOTE: Participant must have their callsign in their user profile
so that they can let them into the room. They will also be posting the
talk after the session on the YV5ARV YouTube channel.
HI, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. Operators Hrane/YT1AD and Milos/YT3M will be
active as HI7/YT1AD from the Dominican Republic between December 4-14th.
QSL via YT1AD. No other details are available.
IOTA NEWS. The following are IOTA operations that were active this past
week between November 29th-December 4th (as per the DXCluster):
IOTA Callsign Island/GROUP Bands/Modes
------ ---------- ------------- ------------
AF-004 EA8CYL CANARY 12m; FT8
AF-004 EA8DAO CANARY 17m; SSB
AF-004 EA8ED CANARY 40m; SSB
AF-014 CT3IQ MADEIRA 20m; FT8
AF-014 CT3KN MADEIRA 12m; CW
AF-014 CT9ABV MADEIRA 15/12m; CW
AF-016 FR4OO Reunion 12m; FT8
AF-017 3B9FR RODRIGUES 12/10m; FT8
AF-024 S79KW MAHE 20m; SSB
AF-032 5H3WX ZANZIBAR 20/15m; CW/SSB
AF-049 3B8BAL MAURITIUS 15m; CW
AN-010 DT8A SOUTH SHETLAND 20m; FT8
AS-004 5B4AIX Cyprus 17m; SSB
AS-004 5B4VL Cyprus 15/12m; SSB
AS-004 5B4YOTA Cyprus 20m; SSB
AS-007 JA0GCI HONSHU 17m; FT8
AS-007 JH3NGD HONSHU 40m; SSB
AS-007 JH7MQD HONSHU 40m; SSB
AS-045 HL5FUA ULLEUNG 40m; SSB
AS-078 JA7WTC HOKKAIDO 20m; SSB
AS-078 JA8COE HOKKAIDO 17m; SSB
AS-078 JH8RBY HOKKAIDO 17m; SSB
AS-177 AT7SJ GOA STATE 20/17/15m; SSB/FT8
EU-004 EA6ANA BALEARIC 40m; SSB
EU-004 EA6KB BALEARIC 40/20m; SSB
EU-004 EB6ADS BALEARIC 17m; SSB
EU-004 EC6FK BALEARIC 40m; SSB
EU-005 G6UT GREAT BRITAIN 40m; SSB
EU-005 M0DXT/P GREAT BRITAIN 40m; SSB
EU-005 M0GQC/P GREAT BRITAIN 40m; SSB
EU-005 M0IYE GREAT BRITAIN 20m; SSB
EU-005 M0XXT GREAT BRITAIN 20m; SSB
EU-005 MW0YVK GREAT BRITAIN 20m; SSB
EU-015 SV9RKU Crete 17m; SSB
EU-016 9A4W DALMATIA SOUTH 20m; SSB
EU-021 TF3XO ICELAND 20m; SSB
EU-026 JW7QIA Spitsbergen 160/80m; CW
EU-046 LA6KOA TROMS COUNTY 17m; SSB
EU-054 IF9ZWA EGADI 160m; FT8
EU-115 EI4IB IRELAND 17m; SSB
EU-125 5P9SH JYLLAND WEST 17m; SSB
EU-131 IK3PQH/P VENETO REGION 40/20m; SSB
NA-021 8P5AA BARBADOS 17m; SSB
NA-027 VO1IRA NEWFOUNDLAND 15m; FT8
NA-041 KL7NC ALEXANDER 12m; FT8
NA-096 HI3Y HISPANIOLA 40m; CW
NA-096 HI8S HISPANIOLA 12m; FT8
NA-097 6Y6Y JAMAICA 17m; SSB
NA-099 NP4TX PUERTO RICO 40m; FT8
NA-104 V48A ST KITTS AND NEVIS 30m; FT4
NA-105 PJ7/G4JEC ST MARTIN 12m; CW
NA-105 TO9W ST MARTIN 40/30/20/15m; CW/SSB/FT8
NA-110 N4ULE SOUTH CAROLINA STATE 20m; FT8
NA-106 NP2X VIRGIN 160m;
NA-144 W6DPM CAL STATE SOUTH (SAN BARBARA-LA COUNTY) 20m; FT8
NA-213 KJ4WKL ALABAMA STATE 20m; SSB
OC-001 VK2FRBQ Australia 40m; FT8
OC-001 VK3CWB Australia 30m; CW
OC-013 E51JD RAROTONGA 20m; SSB
OC-016 3D2TS VITI LEVU AND VANUA LEVU 40m; FT8
OC-016 3D2USU VITI LEVU AND VANUA LEVU 20m; CW
OC-019 AH6T HAWAIIAN 40m; FT8
OC-021 YB1BZV JAVA 12m; FT8
OC-021 YB2BOB JAVA 80m; FT8
OC-021 YB2NDC JAVA 40m; SSB
OC-032 FK4RD NEW CALEDONIA 17m; SSB
OC-032 FK8IK NEW CALEDONIA 30/20m; CW
OC-035 YJ8RN NEW HEBRIDES 20m; FT8
OC-036 ZL2JBR NORTH 20m; SSB
OC-046 FO5QB WINDWARD 30m; FT8
OC-166 YC7RV KALIMANTAN'S COASTAL EAST 15m; FT8
SA-006 PJ4/KU8E BONAIRE 12m; CW
SA-011 9Z4Y TRINIDAD 17m; SSB
SA-026 PP5AMP SANTA CATARINA STATE CENTRE 10m; FT8
SA-099 PJ2/KO8SCA CURACAO 30m; CW
SA-099 PJ2/VE4GV CURACAO 20m; SSB
** Thanks to the individuals who put the island/group and mode
(which is very important) on their QSNs on their PacketCluster
reports. The format we suggest is "Mode/IOTA#/Island or Group"
AS-104. Igor, UA9KDF, reports on Twitter that the RT9K team is planning
to activate Rykacheva Island (RRA-06-100; New One) in the Kara
Sea as R150WS sometime between March 1st and April 30th, 2022.
Specific dates are not known yet. Activity is to celebrate the
150th anniversary Russia Weather Service on the island. QSL
via UA9KDF. Look for more details to be forthcoming.
AS-140. (Update/Change) Operators Manju/S21AM, Fazlay/S21IRC and
possibly Aminul/S21D will be active as S21DX from one of
the IOTA islands in AS-140 (possibly Manpura Island) between
December 10-16th (not 16-22nd). The following was reported
on the S21DX Web page (https://s21dx.org/) on November 27th
* Two 80Ah maintenance free battery and one small gasoline
generator have been procured. Thanks to Clipperton DX Club
* An internal meeting has been conducted and decided to run
only one HF station (multiband fan dipole and multiband
1/4 vertical) and one QO-100 station. Second station can
not be run due to not getting any BPF. Voice and FT8 will
be done in turns. Frequency and Schedule will be published
in few days.
* Received callsign S21DX and operating permission from
Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission. DX-
pedition date and location has been changed to 10-16th
December to be inline with the permission. Exact coor-
dinate/Grid locator will be published soon. We are still
Activity will be mainly SSB on 10m, 15m, 20m and some 40m if
propagation permits. They have also decided to use FT8/FT4.
QSL via ED7DX, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW. They are looking
for support. For more details and updates, see: https://s21dx.org
AS-177. (Update to OPDX.1541/1542) Members of the "VU Manic Monkeys" have
received official permission to operate from St. Georges Islands
(aka Grandi) in Goa state between December 3-6th. The team will
be using the special callsign AT7SJ. Activity will be on 40-10
meters using CW, SSB and FT8, with 100 watts. QSL information
will be announced later.
NA-096/ (Reminder) By the time you read this, Kasimir, DL2SBY, will be
NA-122. active as HI7/DL2SBY from Punta Cana and/or Bayahibe (NA-096)
until December 14th. Activity will be holiday style using
TS480SAT, IC-705, Juma1000 and different dipoles including
for 160m. Modes will be CW, FT8 and possibly some SSB when
conditions are good enough. He will also try a one day oper-
ation during the second week from Saona Island (NA-122) signing
as HI2/DL2SBY. QSL via his home callsign or ClubLog's OQRS.
NO Bureau. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW after his return home.
OC-166. Operators Husaini/YB7KE, Muhammad/YD7MHZ and Muhamad/YB7NUS
were active as homecall/p from Laut Island between December
4-5th. QSL via EA5GL.
PLEASE NOTE: Since the Webmasters of the 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......
INDEXA NEWS (Fall Newsletter). The Fall 2021 Issue of the INDEXA News-
letter (Issue 134) is now available. Steve Molo, KI4KWR, Editor,
reports [edited]: With there still being no active DXpeditions, we have
a special article from Yuris, YL2GM, on his 3DA0WW operation from the
Kingdom of Eswatini back in October. There is a list of members we have
lost contact with and if you can help us find them...THANK YOU!! Also,
some DXpedition in the works updates and an INDEXA Director in the Spot-
light with Adrian Ciuperca, KO8SCA. The INDEXA Newsletter can be view at:
INTREPID DX GROUP NEWS (Press Release, dated December 1st)[edited]. "Winners
of the 2nd Annual Intrepid DX Group Youth 'Dream Rig' Essay Contest --
It brings us great pleasure to announce the winners of the 2nd Annual
Youth "Dream Rig" Essay Contest.
We received essays from U.S. licensed young amateurs from all over the
world. The essays were all unique in thought and very well-articulated.
Extra points were given for correct grammar, punctuation and spelling.
Most of the essays gave unique perspectives on how to reach out and connect
with the youth of today. We will be sharing those ideas in subsequent
First Place winner, and recipient of the ICOM IC-7300 is Silas Davis,
W3SED. Silas will receive the ICOM IC-7300 as the first-place prize.
Second Place winner, and recipient of the Yaesu FT-65R radio, is
Olivia Lee, KD2UYX.
Third Place winner, and recipient of a Yaesu FT-65R radio, is Isaac
Having read your many essays this week, we can tell you that our youth
are full of great ideas, and they are brimming with enthusiasm to keep
our hobby alive well into the future.
Thank you to our sponsor, ARDC (ampr.org) for supporting this year's
Thank you to all of the youth participants for helping us make our
second annual Youth Essay Contest a success. Let's do this again next
President, The Intrepid-DX Group
The Intrepid DX Group is a 501 C-3 non-profit organization devoted to
promoting amateur radio and providing STEM education in developing
JD1, OGASAWARA. Harry, JG7PSJ (JD1BMH/KW2X/WH0RU), will once again be
active as JD1BMH from Chichijima Island (AS-031) between December 18th
and January 1st, 2022. This will be his 26th visit. Activity will be on
80-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via the Bureau to JD1BMH or
direct to JG7PSJ. Visit his Web page for more details at:
Also, on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jd1bmh
JX, JAN MAYEN. Stian, LB5SH, reports, December 3rd, on QRZ.com that he
is planning activity from Jan Mayen, as JX/LB5SH, late June 2022, est-
imated to last around 4-5 days. He states, "I'm catching a ride with a
sail boat from Longyearbyen, Svalbard, on June 17th. If everything goes
as planned, we'll set foot on Jan Mayen the 22nd of June, give or take
depending on the weather conditions. Primarily SSB and FT8 operations.
Bands, antennas, and equipment TBA. Please see (lb5sh.no) for more updates.
Your help is needed to make this come true, so please consider supporting
me -- it is truly appreciated."
KH7, HAWAII. Jim, N6TJ, will once again use the callsign KH7Q (OAHU
CQ Contesting Club callsign) during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February
19-20th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via KH7U.
KP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS. Jaime, WP3A, will be active as KP2B from Chris-
tiansted, VI, during the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February
19-20th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via EB7DX.
OH FINLAND NEWS (Press Releases; by Martti, OH2BH, dated December 2nd).
For immediate release -- From Arctic Circle of Finland [edited]....
CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM THE LAND OF SANTA CLAUS - FINLAND
* OF9X, OF2YOTA & OI3AX ARE NOW RIDING THE AIRWAVES TO THE WIDE WORLD --
The Finnish Amateur Radio League (SRAL) is finishing their centennial
year at the end of 2021 and once again will launch the Santa (OF9X)
and his elves (OF2YOTA) to greet the world on HF radio spectrum on
CW, SSB and FT8.
If SRAL is 100 years old so is Santa Claus and it is expected that
the SRAL youngster team (OF2YOTA) will soon take over and provide
younger version of the Santa and his contingent. OF9X and OF2YOTA
are commencing their operations full steam on December 3rd and the
teams will show up quite frequently during the month of December.
MESSAGE EXCHANGE: These special stations greet you with 59(9)SRAL
message and you can greet them back with 59(9) MX - Merry Christmas.
The OF9X operation is organized by the Radio Club of Pusula, OH9W,
and supported by Radio Arcala, OH8X, while the OF2YOTA is organized
by the Youngster Team of SRAL and supported by Radio Team Mustila,
As an addition, OI3AX will be activated on Dec. 3-7th by the Finnish
Signal Corps with experienced servicemen but also permanent operators
from their own ranks.
Please note that these callsigns OF9X, OF2YOTA and OI3AX will count
for SRAL Jubilee award and would complete the list of special cen-
QSL OF9X via OH2BH, OF2YOTA via OH5CZ and OI3AX via OH2LGW.
* EARN THE HIGHEST RECOGNITION FROM YOUR OH FRIENDS -- Just contact
100 (one hundred) of your OH friends during 2021 and 10 (ten) specially
featured Finnish stations to earn the OH Northern Light 100-year cer-
tificate (OH-NL-100) and the featured story, explaining the magic of
the OH-land and the Northern Lights.
Your 100 contact should include 50 "OH" stations and 50 "OF" stations,
a total of 100. A special "OF" prefix will be activated by most of the
"OH" station until the end of 2021. Your maximum point value can be
100. The number of your "OF/OH" contacts.
TEN SPECIAL ACTIVITY MULTIPLIERS -- SRAL and its members are active
in a wide range of Amateur Radio activities and each of the ten multi-
pliers represent some of those activities. The multiplying stations
are: OH100SRAL, OH2A, OH0W, OJ0C, OF2HQ, OF2YOTA, OG2B, OH6SRAL, OI3AX
Multiplying your QSO points (maximum 100) by your multiplier value
(max 10) will give you your score - maximum of 1000 points. OH Boy!
All who score 1000 points and the top-ten continental highest scorers
will receive their OH-NL-100 certificate signed by Santa Claus. A
special lottery will feature additional special prizes.
Your log extract should be sent to Santa Claus office at:
(firstname.lastname@example.org) during January 2022. The same address will answer all
questions relating to this centennial activity.
Enjoy the month of December and Yuletide season for contacting the
OF9X: Old-Father-Nine-Xmas, has excited the little radio operators
and their families for many years from the land of Christmas.
Once Santa Claus was pushed to the North Pole but these Santa
transmissions from Finland have finally proved that Finland is
close enough to the North Pole.
OF2YOTA: The Finnish youth are the movers and shakers in the YOTA
movement and hosted one of the early ones in Finland. At the
core of SRAL activities the theme in Finland is that only youth
can communicate with youth. OH Boy! Also, only youth would know
what makes them tick!!
OI3AX: Amateur Radio activity in the Finnish Signal Corps (OI prefix)
have a brilliant history of cooperation with SRAL. Many well-
known OHs have caught the bug while doing their service to
their country. OI3AX will represent the country-wide network
of 35 OI-locations.
ON75, BELGIUM (Special Event). The Belgian IARU society UBA is celebrating
its 75th anniversary in 2022. To celebrate this event, 64 different special
event stations will be active from January 1st through February 28th, 2022.
Each special event station will be using the prefix ON75 followed by a
three letter suffix. The stations participating in the event are: ON75AAA,
ON75ACC, ON75ALT, ON75ARA, ON75AST, ON75ATH, ON75ATO, ON75BDX, ON75BTS,
ON75BXE, ON75CDZ, ON75CLR, ON75CRD, ON75DST, ON75EKO, ON75GBN, ON75GBX,
ON75GDV, ON75GNT, ON75GTM, ON75HCC, ON75IPR, ON75KSD, ON75KTK, ON75LGE,
ON75LIR, ON75LLV, ON75LUS, ON75LVN, ON75MCL, ON75MLB, ON75MWV, ON75NBT,
ON75NNV, ON75NOK, ON75NOL, ON75ODE, ON75ONZ, ON75ORA, ON75OSA, ON75OSB,
ON75OST, ON75PHI, ON75RAF, ON75RAM, ON75RAT, ON75RCA, ON75RCN, ON75REM,
ON75RST, ON75RSX, ON75SNW, ON75TLS, ON75TRA, ON75TRC, ON75TWS, ON75WLD,
ON75WRA, ON75WRC, ON75WTO and ON75ZTM. Also mentioned are:
ON75DIG = UBA Award Friends DIG station
ON75UBA = National UBA station
ON75YLC = Club Station YL UBA
Awards for working both a specific number of different ON75 stations
and/or working ON75 stations in various band/mode slots are available via
this link: (link will be published at the start of the event). Paper QSL
cards will only be sent exclusively using OQRS (Online QSL request) via
Clublog, either via Bureau or direct. For more details and updates, see:
PACIFIC DXPEDITIONS TOUR. William "BJ", WA7WJR, plans to activate the
following islands in 2022: Guam as KH2/WA7WJR/P during March 2022 and
Tinian/Saipan as KH0/WA7WJR/P during April/May 2022. Activity depends
on COVID protocols in 2022 for arrival by private yacht (arriving by
private boat has different protocols than arrival by plane). He states,
"If CNMI (Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands) still requires
a 7-day quarantine this DXpedition will be postponed or canceled)."
BJ also mentions that his operation will be "CW (primarily), FT8 and
RTTY. (Sorry no phone at this time.)" Operations will primarily be on
40 meters, 20 meters, occasionally 17 meters and 15 meters. QSL via his
home callsign or LoTW.
PJ7, ST. MAARTEN ISLAND. Tom, AA9A, will once again be active as PJ7AA
from Sint Maarten (NA-105) between February 26th and March 26th, 2022.
Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL via his home
callsign, direct, LoTW or ClubLog's OQRS.
PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (December 6-12th).......
Dec/06th LN Dec/09th HN Dec/11th HN
Dec/07th BN Dec/10th AN Dec/12th 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 Administration (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 Lothar, DL1SBF (www.qslinfo.eu) (Nov. 28th & Dec. 5th)
QSL-INFO from various sources provided by OPDX
3B8M via M0OXO (O/L) EA8RM via EB7DX & (L) PA375KL via PC2F
3D2TS via M0OXO EE5H via EA5HRT PA5150EVH via PF1SCT
4O7CC via UA4CC EG3PCD via EG3PCD (L) PC19VACCIN via PA7HPH (B)
4U9A via 9A2AA EG4RAM via EB4AVN (d/L/e) PI4DX via PD1DX & (L)
5B/UT8UU/P via UT8UU EH5MM via EA5GVZ PJ2/K1EP via (L)
5P9SH via DK9SH (e) EM60KTS via IK2DUW PJ2/KO8SCA via KO8SCA
6Y6Y via W8YCM (d) ER0DX via (L/d) PJ2/VE4GV via VE4GV
7Q7CT via JH1AJT FJ/K2LIO via K2LIO PJ2/YO8WW via YO8WW
9A/KM4SII via KM4SII (L) FS/KC9FFV via IZ1MHY PS2T via K3IRV
9K9UAE via EC6DX G8X via G4FJK & (L) PV2K via EA5GL & (L)
A650ND via EA7FTR HB1BCG via HB9ACA PX2A via PY2VM & (L)
AM1111I via EA1URL HF0YOTA via SP1EG R3FX via RX3DBH
AT7SJ via VU3NPI HG0IDPD via HA5MA (d/O/N) S0S via EA2JG
B1Z via EA7FTR HG5PLANET via HA5BA (e) S522PMC via S59DCD (B)
C6A/ND3F via ND3F HO2T via HP1XT ST0HQ via ST2M
C6AGU via HA7RY & (L) HZ1UAE via HZ1SAR SV2RSG/A via SV1RP
C6AQQ via EA5GL & (L) J42CPMV via SV2HXV (d/L) SZ1A via SV1CIB (d/O/L)
C92R via IK2DUW (d/L) J42L via SV2DCD (d/L) TK/S53F via S53F & (L)
CR2X via OH2BH KP4/KA1R via KA1R & (L) TM57STN via F-11734 (d/B)
CR3DX via OM2VL & (L) LO5D via LU8EOT & (L) TM8AB via F4KJQ
CR3W via DL5AXX & (L) LT6M via LU8MHL TO7A via UT5UGR & (L)
CS2C via OK1RF LZ14MP via LZ1KCP TO9W via W9ILY
CT9/DJ2YA via DJ2YA MD2C via MD0CCE (O/L) VD1M via VO1IDX
CT9/DK7YY via DK7YY OG1XMAS via OG1XMAS (O/L/e) VL2A via VK2IM
CT9/DL5CW via DL5CW OL0W via OK1DSZ & (L) Z64EEF via Z62FB
CT9/OM2VL via OM2VL & (L) OS8ON via ON8ON ZP6/N3BNA via KA2AEV
CT9ABO via OM3GI (d/L) OT1A via ON4CCP & (L) ZY5T via PP5KR (L)
CT9ABP via OM3BH P3AA via RW3RN
CT9ABV via DL5AXX PA21SANTA via PA1AW
(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
(P) Please send no QSL
(**) QSL automatically via Bureau - do not send QSLs
LOGS ONLINE AT CLUBLOG.ORG THIS WEEK......
https://secure.clublog.org/logsearch/SV2RSG/A (** - Updated)
** PLEASE NOTE: There have been reports of PIRATE activity on
160 meters FT8.
NEW QSL ROUTE. QSL Manager Pedro, EA5GL, reports that he now has the
logs and QSLs for the 2015 November YV6YV/4 operation from Alcatraz
NEW QSL ROUTE. QSL Manager Pedro, EA5GL, reports that he is the QSL
Manager for Elmer, NP4EB, on the Island of Puerto Rico.
QSLS RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 7C1B, 9N7AA, C31CT, DT8A, FO5QB, HL2WA, HQ9X,
KH0W, MJ5A, TF3SG, TK0C, TL7M and V26K
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: EZ0/UT3UV, OX7AM and XV1X
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 3C0W, 3C3W, 9G5W, C8T, E2E, GA5CX, GK3MPD,
HD2RRC, LI3C, RC70YC, XR0YD, Z66D and ZD9CW
--- We would like to see more QSL Bureaus (such as AS/US/SA/AF.. etc)
send in their info....
R200, EUROPEAN RUSSIA (Special Event). Look for special event station
R200NN from the Yaroslavl region to be active until December 12th. Activity
is to celebrate the 200th birthday anniversary of poet Nikolay Nekrasov.
An award and plaque are available. Details on: https://www.radioclub76.ru
QSL via RC3M.
S0, WESTERN SAHARA. The Sahrawi Amateur Radio Union special callsign S0S
from Tifariti is once again being used. Activity has been on 40/17/10
meters SSB. Length of activity is not known. QSL via EA2JG direct or
ClubLog's OQRS. NO LoTW or Bureau.
SV/A, MOUNT ATHOS. Several reports state that Monk Iakovos, SV2RSG, will
be active as SV2RSG/A from Mount Athos until December 7th. There will be
some activity on 160m. There has been some activity on 160, 40 and 20
meters on CW and FT8 this past week. QSL SV2RSG/A via SV1RP.
TO9, ST. MARTIN (Reminder). Operators Paul/K9NU, Mike/W9MK, Guy/VE2BWL,
Marco/FS4WBS and John/K9EL (Team Leader) are now active as TO9W from
Saint Martin Island (NA-105) until December 10th. They will concentrate
on the 160, 80 and 40 meter bands, with special emphasis on Asia on those
bands. New this year will be some activity on 60 meters. Full details
are available on their website at: http://www.k9el.com/TO9W/TO9W.htm
Activity will be on CW, SSB, FT8/4 and limited RTTY. Pilot stations are
Tom/AA9A, Nick/K9NB and John/W9ILY. QSL via W9ILY. ClubLog's OQRS is
preferred for Bureau or direct cards. They plan real time logging on
ClubLog and daily updates to LoTW. QSL cards will be available for those
who wish a card. Bureau card requests are always accepted by the TO9W
team, but please use ClubLog's OQRS - they do not need your QSL card.
VIRTUAL VISALIA DX CONVENTION IOTA DINNER (Press Release). Will, WC6DX,
IOTA Dinner Coordinator, Visalia International DX Convention, sent out
the following on December 3rd: Greetings IOTA enthusiasts -- As the 2021
Visalia (California) International DX Convention was virtual, we did not
have our annual IOTA Dinner Banquet in person.
To maintain our legacy as the longest running annual IOTA get-together,
I am planning to host an online Zoom virtual meeting on Saturday, December
11th, from 1900-1940 UTC, similar to last year.
My Zoom account is limited in time and number of participants, and I
sincerely regret not being able to open it up to everyone in the IOTA
community who may be interested.
I will be sending a Zoom invitation in a few days to those persons who
attended or presented at a live dinner at Visalia in the recent years
prior to the pandemic quarantine. Members of the IOTA Committee will
also be invited as a courtesy.
For now, the 2022 Visalia International DX Convention is expected to
resume live, and I look forward to breaking bread once again with our
IOTA friends in person.
XT2, BURKINA FASO (Reminder). By the time you read this, Harald, DF2WO,
will once again be active as XT2AW from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, until
December 20th. Activity is usually holiday style on 160-6 meters using
CW, SSB and the Digital modes. He states that he works mostly on the
Digital modes (FT8, PSK31, JT65 and RTTY) and CW. He also mentioned that
SSB will be used but only when propagation conditions allow. He usually
will concentrate on 160/80/60 meters. He will also be active on the
Satellites. Harald states that a big storm destroyed his vertical and
Hex beam, so he will be using a multi-band dipole with Matchbox. See
QRZ.com for more possible details. QSL via M0OXO, direct or by M0OXO's
OQRS (www.m0oxo.com/oqrs/). Bureau QSL cards are not required and any
sent to him via the Bureau will not arrive there.
Z2, ZIMBABWE (Rescheduled). Operators Tom/DL7BO and Tom/DJ6TF who were
scheduled to be active as Z22O and Z21A, respectively, from Harare,
Zimbabwe, between December 2-15th, have rescheduled their operation for
February 3-20th, 2022. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB
and FT8/FT4. Their equipment are two Icom IC-7300 transceivers and 1kw
amplifier using 18m GP for low bands. QSL both callsigns via DJ6TF, for
Ukraine stations via UY5ZZ or LoTW.