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Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1350

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Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1350

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1350
BID: $OPDX.1350
February 5, 2018
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Written and Sent from Strongsville, Ohio

Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX
Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB5K & the AR TelNet Clusters
Network, NJ1Q & W1AW, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, WB6RSE, AD7AF,
N7NG, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m DX News, NV9L, 9A6AA, DL1SBF, DL7UXG & The
DX News Letter, DxCoffee.com, DXNews.com, DX-World.Net, ES1CW, F5NQL, F6AJA
& Les Nouvelles DX, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News,
IK7JWY, M0OXO, OZ1BII, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Sixitalia Weekly, TA1HZ,
VA3RJ & ICPO and VK2HSL for the following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
week of Sunday, 28th/January, through Sunday, 4th/February there were 218
countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 3X,
4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4W, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7X,
8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP,
BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2,
D4, D6, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET,
EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FH, FK, FM, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4,
HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5,
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, S5, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T31, T7, T8, TA,
TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V7,
V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP8/o, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XW, YB, YI, YL,
YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, Z6, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, 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".

3Y0Z BOUVET DXPEDITION NEWS (From 3Y0Z Web page -- The news is NOT good).
  First let's start with the following chain of events. On January 31st,
at 0600z, the team announced that they have arrived at Bouvet! There was
fog and freezing rain that greeted them. Later that day, at 1500z, Ralph,
K0IR, reported: Bouvet Island came into view at about 0600 UTC today.
We dropped anchor at 0810 UTC in approximately 25 meters of water off
the east side of the island between Kapp Meteor and Swarthamaren. The
temperature is 2 degrees Centigrade. Thirty five knot winds are blowing
out of the northeast with a driving rain. Visibility and ceiling are
estimated at 1 mile and 500 feet, respectively. We are poised and ready
when our weather window arrives. Our first "strike" team selecting and
securing a site will be EY8MM, K0IR and Alejo Contreras (Chilean Antarctic
explorer, guide and mountaineer).
  On February 1st, at 1300 UTC: Ralph, K0IR, reports: Our ship is still
at anchor off the east side of Bouvet. Winds are 35 to 40 knots, and the
ship is pitching and rolling up to 30 degrees. This makes flying and a
landing attempt impossible today. The temperature is hovering at around
0 degrees C. Visibility has improved. We are poised and ready when a
weather window opens. We had our maritime mobile station up for a few
hours, but had to take it down again to avoid damage caused by the extreme
motion of the ship. Hang in there with us!
  AND THEN THE UNTHINKABLE HAPPENS -- Valerie, NV9L, posted the following
on FaceBook: On February 3rd, at 2000z, During the last 72 hours we
continued to experience the high winds, low clouds, fog, and rough seas
that have prevented helicopter operations since our arrival at Bouvet.
No improvement was predicted in the weather forecast for the next four
days. Then, last night an issue developed in one of the ship's engines.
  This morning the captain of the vessel declared it unsafe to continue
with our project and aborted the expedition. We are now on our long voyage
back to Punta Arenas. As you might imagine the team is deeply disappointed,
but safe. There is already talk about rescheduling the DXpedition.
   Bob    - K4UEE
   Ralph  - K0IR
   Erling - LA6VM

ALSO READ: http://www.arrl.org/news/3y0z-bouvet-island-dxpedition-aborted-over-safety-concerns

ADDED NOTES: Let's hope the team makes it back safely. Remember to visit
the team's media pages (Twitter, Facebook) as well as their Web page to
read updates, see pictures and videos of their trip:
   3Y0Z Web page:   http://www.bouvetdx.org/news-and-updates
   3Y0Z FaceBook:   https://www.facebook.com/groups/639362206232014
   3Y0Z Twitter :   https://twitter.com/Bouvet_3Y0Z
  Also remember to follow their voyage by watching the following URL links:

4L, GEORGIA (TA Youngsters). Operators Furkan/TA7AOF and Golkem/TA7AZC
will be traveling to 4L for the 2018 CQ WPX RTTY Contest (February
10-11th). Look for them to be active as 4L/TA7AOF and 4L/TA7AZC from
Batumi, with the generous support of Sergo, 4L6QC. The team will arrive
on February 8th, and will be on the air until February 12th. Activities
will be mainly on the Digital modes. Equipment is a Yaesu FT857 rig running
100w into a vertical antenna. QSL via their home callsign, but LoTW is

5W, SAMOA. Dick, AD7AF, will be active as 5W0LR from Savaii Lagoon Resort
on Samoa Island (OC-097) between now and February 22nd. Activity will be
on 40-15 meters (perhaps 80m; if he can get the inverted L high enough)
using mainly CW and FT8, maybe SSB. He also plans to be in the ARRL Inter-
national DX CW Contest (February 17-18th). Dick will have 100 watts into
a vertical and inverted L on the beach. QSL via AD7AF, direct, ClubLog
(he will try to upload log occasionally during his stay) or LoTW (after
his return home).

8P, BARBADOS. Richard "Dick", G3RWL, will once again be active as 8P6DR
from Barbados  (NA-021) between March 20th and April 29th. Activity will
be holiday style on 80-10 meters using CW and some RTTY. QSL via his home
callsign, direct or by the Bureau using ClubLog's OQRS. See QRZ.com for
more QSL info.

9A200, CROATIA (WFF Op). Members of the Radio Club Croatian Flora Fauna
will be celebrating 200th anniversary of the Savudrija lighthouse using
the special callsign 9A200S. Franjo, 9A2MF, a former lighthouse keeper
and who has spent 10 years at various lighthouses around the Istria pen-
insula, is responsible for this operation. He and his wife Anica, 9A7SSY,
spent 4 years at the Savudrija lighthouse as its lighthouse keepers. Both
of them are members of Radio Club Croatian Flora Fauna. Activities will
be on all bands and modes from March 1st until end of December 2018. QSL
9A200S via 9A2MF. For more details, see:

BW, TIAWAN. Steven, VK2HSL, reports that between February 16-18th, operators
Randson/BV2DQ, Terry/BU2CC, James/BV2EL and himself (BW/VK2HWL) will be
celebrating the Chinese new year by activating Taiwan (IOTA AS-020) and
using the callsign BW/VK2HSL. Expect holiday style operations around
2pm-8pm Taiwan time on 40, 20 and 15 meters using SSB and CW. 10 and 6
meters available by request. Frequencies announced by DX spots and VK2HSL
QRZ page. QSL via VK2HSL.

CQ NEWS (Press Release). Richard Moseson, W2VU, Editorial Director of CQ
Communications, Inc., sent out the following on January 31st:
  Beta-Testing for Bringing CQ Magazine's WAZ Award together with ARRL's
  Logbook of the World is On-going -- Beta testing for bringing CQ mag-
azine's Worked All Zones (WAZ) award program into ARRL's Logbook of the
World (LoTW) system has been underway since mid-December and is continuing
to move forward, according to officials from CQ Magazine and ARRL, the
national association for Amateur Radio.
  Some problems in the implementation were discovered by testers and have
since been corrected; the documentation has also been improved by feedback
from the testers. In parallel, the LoTW server has been executing a back-
ground task that creates and populates a WAZ account for each LoTW user.
  Beta testing will continue until this background task completes. When
all WAZ accounts have populated, LoTW-WAZ will be made available to
  The goal is for amateur radio operators to be able to directly submit
LoTW confirmations for WAZ credit. Standard LoTW credit fees and separate
CQ award fees will apply. Logbook of the World is ARRL's electronic con-
firmation system for amateur radio contacts. It provides a confirmation
when both stations in a contact submit their logs to the system and a
match between the logs is confirmed. LoTW has supported the CQ WPX Award
program since 2012.
  CQ Communications, Inc. <www.cqcomm.com> is publisher of CQ Amateur
Radio magazine and is the world's largest independent publisher of amateur
radio magazines, books and videos. Worked All Zones is the second-oldest
active award program in amateur radio, behind only the International
Amateur Radio Union's Worked All Continents award.
  ARRL <www.arrl.org>, a noncommercial organization of radio amateurs,
has a proud history of achievement as the standard-bearer in amateur
affairs. ARRL's underpinnings as Amateur Radio's witness, partner and
forum are defined by five pillars: Public Service, Advocacy, Education,
Technology, and Membership.

CR3, MADEIRA. Members of the Slovak Contest Group (OM8A Contest Team)
will be active as CR3DX from Madeira Island during the ARRL International
DX CW Contest (February 17-18th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via OM2VL, direct
or by the Bureau. Operators mentioned are Jozef/OM3GI and Tibor/OM3RM.

D4, CAPE VERDE (Update). Henning, OZ1BII, will once again be active as
D44EE from Praia Santa Maria (HK84fw), Santiago Island (AF-005), between
February 15-20th. His main focus will be to participate in the ARRL Inter-
national DX CW Contest (February 17-18th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power
entry. Look for activity before and after the contest on 160-10 meters CW
only using a Elecraft K3 w/100 watts into (antennas kindly offered by
Angelo,  D44BS) a TA-33 (30/17/12m), 2 element 40m beam and 110 ft Long
Wire (160/80m). He will be operating from Angelo's, D44BS/D4A station.
QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau, also, via LoTW, eQSL
and ClubLog's OQRS. For more details and updates, watch:

DXCC NEWS. The following operation has been approved for DXCC credit
(per SP9FIH, <http://www.e4.dxpeditions.org/>): The E44WE operation is
good for DXCC credit between March 23rd, 2017, and March 23rd, 2018.

E51, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS. Gerhard, OE3GEA, will be active as E51GEA from
Rarotonga Island (OC-013) between February 21-24th. Activity will be on
various HF bands. QSL via OE3GEA, by the Bureau or direct.

ES100, ESTONIA (Special Event). Look for 15 special event stations to be
active until March 31st, using the prefix ES100 to celebrate the 100th
anniversary of Republic of Estonia. Special stations tp be aired are
ES100A, ES100C, ES100F, ES100G, ES100J, ES100L, ES100M, ES100O, ES100P,
ES100Q, ES100R, ES100S, ES100U, ES100X and ES100Z. Activity will be on
160-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. They will use two
online QSL platforms – LoTW and eQSL. All paper QSL card requests must
be done before May 31st. Requests made after June 1st, will be replied
to if QSL cards are still available. QSLs via the Bureau are done by
registering your callsign on the following Web page below. PLEASE NOTE
– They don't need your QSL cards. Three different awards are also available
(Bronze, Silver, Gold). For more details, info on the awards and pictures
of the QSLs, visit:                http://es100.eu

IOTA NEWS..............
  AS-128.  Members of the Lufthansa Amateur Radio Club from Frankfurt
           Germany, will be active as XV9DLH from Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam,
           starting February 24th. The length of their stay is not known
           at this time. Operators mentioned are Bernhard/DK7TF and
           Jürgen/DH6ICE. QSL via DK8ZZ.

  AS-201.  Members of the "DX-World.net" team will undertake their in-
           augural DXpedition to Buyukada Island, Turkey, between May
           7-11th. Operators mentioned are Col/MM0NDX, Max/IK8LOV and
           Björn/ON9CFG. The team will be active as TA0/MM0NDX, TA0/IK8LOV
           and TA0/ON9CFG. Activity will be holiday style on 80-2 meters.
           Their focus is being happy and enjoying themselves with a view
           to contacting as many readers of the DX-World Web site as
           possible. Look for more details to be forthcoming.

  NA-034.  Lou, W0FK, will once again be operating as W0FK/4 on Longboat
           Key between from March 1-14th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters
           using CW, SSB and FT8. See QRZ.com W0FK/4 page for QSL info.

  OC-105/  (RARE IOTAs) Dindo, DU1UD, has been issued the following two
  OC-174.  licenses to operate from these two rare IOTAs: DX8TT from
           Tawi-Tawi (OC-174) and DX8MAP from Cagayan De Sulu Island
           [aka Mapun Island] (OC-105) in the Philippines. The callsigns
           were specially issued for this DXpedition to be used anytime
           during 2018. Due to Dindo's work commitments, the activations
           usually take place at very short notice, usually only a few
           days so please keep an eye on M0OXO Blog <https://www.m0oxo.com>
           or QRZ.com (under DU1UD) for further information of when these
           exciting activations will take place.

  PLEASE NOTE: Since the Webmasters of the new <www.iota-world.org> have
  decided NOT to post or dedicate a Web page to announce upcoming IOTA
  operations, PLEASE send your IOTA operations information to the OPDX
  and we will post it here in an upcoming bulletin......

IR0, SARDINIA. Simone, IS0AFM, is active with the special callsign IR0FOC
from Cagliari until December 31st. Activity is to celebrate the 80th
anniversary of the "First Class CW Operators' Club" (FOC). A special
award will be issued in May, for valid contacts for that award for only
those worked between May 1-31st, 2018. QSL via LoTW or direct to IS0AFM.

MILESTONE ON THE BIRDS. Congratulations to OPDX's Webmaster John, K8YSE,
for being able to achieve "Worked-All-Continents" (WAC) on the satellites.

PI40, THE NETHERLANDS. Members of the Veron Club station (PI4FL) in the
Province of FlevoLand will be active as PI40FL until February 28th. Their
activity is to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their club. Listen for
QSL route.

PJ4, BONAIRE. John, K4BAI, will once again be active as PJ4/K4BAI from
the "PJ4G Radio House" on Bonaire (SA-006, WLOTA LH-1279) between February
11-23rd. Look for him to join the PJ4A team (Scott/NE9U, Ron/KK9K and
Noah/K2NG) during the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 17-18th)
as a Multi-2 entry. QSL PJ4A and PJ4/K4BAI via K4BAI. ADDED NOTE: Usually
the team operators will all be active as PJ4/homecall before and after
the contest.

PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (February 5-11th).......
 Feb/05th AN      Feb/08th  AN     Feb/10th  HN
 Feb/06th AN      Feb/09th  AN     Feb/11th  AN
 Feb/07th AN

    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

  REALTIME BAND CONDITIONS WEB SITE <http://www.bandconditions.com>:
  The purpose of this experimental Web site is to provide 24-7-365 actual
  (REALTIME) band condition information to CW QRPp, QRPe and CW/SSB for
  Contesters interested in increasing their scores. It can also be of
  benefit to other Radio Amateurs to determine band conditions for Nets
  and casual QSO's. This information is NOT based on any software pre-
  dictions or any kind of satellite based readings. It is based on a
  new Ionospheric sounding method called "HF Ionospheric Interferometry"
  which operates very similarly to the PolSAR system used by NASA.

  Also, check out the VOACAP predication Web page at:
  A daily HF radio wave propagation forecast can be found at:
      Also on Twitter: https://twitter.com/@GiellaW4hm

QSL INFO AND NEWS...................
  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX by Lothar, DL1SBF  (February 4th) <www.qslinfo.eu>
  3D2JS via WB2TJO (d)    DM90AIW via DL9FA (N)     OZ0JX via OZ0JX (L/e)
  3Z3GF via UT3GF (d)     ED8URT via EA8URT         P29VXG via JA1XGI (O/L)
  4E1ADW via 9V1KG        EG3WCD via EG3WCD (L/e)   P4/DL4MM via DL4MM
  4U1A via UA3DX          EH5EAR via EB5IGQ         PA/ON5SWA/P via ON5SWA
  5H0JK via AK4JK (d)     EH8PAZ via EA8RKL (e)     SN100ZHP via SP5ZIP
  9Z4/DL9OBQ via DL9OBQ   EI100MCV via EI6AL        TI3/W7RI via W3HNK & (L)
  AD5A/VP5 via AD5A       ES100M via ES100M (L/e/N) UP0L via DL8KAC
  C81G via C81G           ES100U via ES100U (L/e/N) V47UR via NR6M & (L)
  C8X via PA5X            K3Y/KH6 via K3Y/KH6       VP5/N9EAJ via N9EAJ
  CQ7MAJESTY via CT7ABA   LZ250MT via LZ1KCP        YB9/F5LIT via F5LIT (d/L)
  CT9/OM3RM via OM3RM     M/YO4HGX via YO4HGX       Z6/S56A via S56A
  DA2X via DL3DXX         OT4A via ON4AEK (L/e)     Z61MA via 4O7MA (d)

  (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





T8, PALAU. Kan, JJ2RCJ/AB2RF, will once again be active as T88RF from
Palau (OC-009) between February 7-10th. Activity will be focused on the
Digital modes (PSK63/Hell, but mainly RTTY and FT8) on various HF bands.
QSL only via JJ2RCJ, direct or ClubLog's OQRS. NO BUREAU. For updates,
watch:             http://www.qsl.net/ab2rf/framepage1.html

TJ, CAMEROON. Silvano, I2YSB, announced this past week that the next
operation by the Italian Dxpedition Team (IDT) is planned to take place
from the Republic of Cameroon (TJ) in the second half of March. The
licensing process is underway. Fred, IK7JWY, will be the HF pilot station.
Look for more details to be forthcoming. Also, watch the IDT Web page
for updates and a survey of what bands/modes DXers need:

TO1, FRENCH GUYANA. Herve, F5HRY, will once again be active as TO1A during
the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 17-18th) as a Single-Op/
Single-Band (15m)/High-Power entry. He states this operations is REMOTE.
QSL via his home callsign or LoTW.

V3, BELIZE. Operators Victor/WB0TEV and Scott/KK7JS will be active as
V31VP and V31CQ, respectively, from Blackman Eddy between February 8-12th.
Activity will be on 80-10 meters. This will include participation in the
CQWW WPX RTTY Contest (February 10-11th) as a Multi-Single entry signing
V31VP. QSL V31VP via WB0TEV, direct or by the Bureau. QSL V31CQ via KK7S,
direct, by the Bureau, eQSL, ClubLog or LoTW.

WB6RSE, sent out the following press release, dated January 30th:
  Announcing the Top Band Dinner at the 2018 Visalia International DX
Convention. Self-serve Buffet Dinner. Pre-Assigned seating. Door Prizes.
$42/person. Program: "Overview of the N5IA 160m 8-Circle Antenna," by
Lee Finkel, KY7M, and "Top Band from Bouvet, 3Y0Z" by Glenn Johnson, W0GJ.
For the most up-to-date information and to register see:

VP2M, MONTSERRAT. George, K5KG, will be active as VP2MKG from Gingerbread
Hill, Montserrat (NA-103), between February 14-27th. Activity will be on
various HF bands (watch the WARC bands, and low bands) using CW and SSB.
He plans to be in the ARRL International DX CW (February 17-18th) and
CQWW 160 SSB (February 23-25th) Contests. In the ARRL CW, he will be
with Charles/K1XX, Doug/K1DG and John/K1QX, and will be using a special
callsign VP2M??. QSL via K5KG or LoTW.

VP9, BERMUDA. Kurt, W6PH, will once again be active as VP9/W6PH for the
ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 17-18th) as a Single-Op/All-
Band/Low-Power entry. He will be on the island between February 15-19th.
QSL only direct to his home callsign W6PH.

XV, VIETNAM. William "BJ", WA7WJR, will once again be active as XV9WJR
from Bien Hoa until February 14th. BJ last reported, "I travel to VietNam
about 4 times each year, and obtained a 3 year license to operate in
Bien Hoa, Saigon, Vung Tao, and Phu Quoc Island." Activity will be
mainly on 40 and 20 meters using primarily CW. Suggested frequencies
are: 7 MHz - 7.1 MHz (40 meters) and 14 MHz - 14.350 MHz (20 meters)
- primarily 14.028 and  14.014. QSL via his home callsign direct. He
will upload his log to LoTW on his return home. For more details, updates
and pictures, see QRZ.com.

XX9B MACAO DXPEDITION NEWS (Press Release #3, dates January 29th). [edited]
  Dear colleagues -- We are pleased to announce our band plan during the
XX9B DXpedition to be in the air between March 9th and March 17th:
  CW   - 1821.5, 3517, 7017, 10117, 14007, 18087, 21007, 24891 and 28007 kHz
  SSB  -  3777, 7075, 14167, 18137, 21277, 24930 and 28477 kHz
  RTTY - 7047, 10147, 14087, 18107, 21087, 24927 and 28087 kHz
  FT8  - 1840, 3573, 7074, 10136, 14074, 18100, 21074, 24915 and 28074 kHz
  * We will listen DOWN 2-3 in 160m to JA. We will listen UP to all others.

  It is important to highlight that such frequencies are preferable, but
may be changed by depending upon several reasons (e.g. QRM, local noise,
  PP1CZ will be the one responsible for uploading logs at ClubLog. If you
wish to clarify any issue related to log, please address your E-mail to
PP1CZ:   pp1cz@terra.com.br
  XX9B Team is committed to contact all ham ops in the pile-up, but for
several reasons, we know that it may not be possible. So, please, bear
in mind that we will do our best to get you, but BE PATIENT! If we restrict
calls to some places, that will be done in specific time frames when
propagation uses to be opened to such places. Please, be polite, respect
it and wait for your time.
  DXpeditions are far from honeymoons. A couple of unexpected issues
arise, no matter how cautious you have been. Therefore, we encourage
you to foster your ham spirit and comply with the simple guidelines of
the DX Code of Conduct <http://www.dx-code.org/>.
  Finally, we are proud to welcome PY5KD - Luciano who joined the team
last month and will be instrumental for the success of this DXpedition.
  We thank you for your gentle and valuable attention
  73, XX9B DXpedition Team

Z6, KOSOVO. DXCC newest entity continues to be very active on the bands
to celebrate its entry on the DXCC list and celebrating Kosovo's 10th
anniversary of independence (February, 2008). Wayne, N7NG, sent out the
following press release on Wednesday, January 30th and February 2nd

  A new team of G3TXF, IK0FVC, K9JF, VE7NY, DL3DXX, DL5CW and DJ5IW will
be at work soon with three radios again as they lost one that had to be
replaced. In total, hams from 10 countries will participate in the project's
current phase.
  Last Sunday marked a wonderful and memorable reception honoring the
recent DXCC status of the Republic of Kosovo. Speeches were made by the
SHARK president Vjollca, Z61VB, Kosovo's regulator (ARKEP) Chairman,
Kreshnik Gashi as well as ARRL Honorary VP Jim, K9JF, and IARU's R1
Secretary Hans, PB2T. Their remarks were complemented by words from
Project Goodwill's Kosovo coordinator, Martti, OH2BH. All were emotionally
touched by this long march of 10-years, further enhancing the original
U.S State Department recognition in February, 2008, while now saluting
Kosovo's official entry into the DXCC world on an equal basis.
  On the radio front, the 40,000 QSO mark has been passed as the team is
concentrating on maximizing its Asia and North America numbers. They are
well on their way by penetrating those selective openings. Be patient, as
their best effort is given at all times in spite of the high noise level.
As the locations are fixed, the only improvement opportunity is to see
whether low-laid receiving antennas would help with this mission. The
second week team will try to accomplish that task as they move toward
the upcoming weekend.
  Many are asking about an immediate LoTW upload during the operation,
and these options are being taken under consideration. An LoTW upload
and early QSL card may be considered as an additional service, while its
modest compensation would be exclusively directed to further support for
evolving Amateur Radio in Kosovo.
  The project members are thankful for the local Z6-team and the OH, OZ
and S5 guys, who did a great job in building up the sites and handing out
the many new counter contacts. Happy DXCC week was passed with best of
amateur radio.

  Currently three (3) stations are up and running with DL3DXX, DL5CW,
DJ5IW, IK0FVC and VE7NY at the helm. The activation is now up to 50,000
QSOs logged:      https://secure.clublog.org/charts/?c=Z60A#r
  The first Z60A activation will culminate with the actual day of Kosovo's
10th Independence anniversary, Sunday Feb.18, 2018, with extended fes-
tivities, which will include the international amateur radio delegation.
On same weekend the ARRL DX Contest (CW) is running, and the visitors will
team up with the locals to wrap up the project and salute the ARRL and U.S
contesting community with Z6 now being accepted for all ARRL awards and
contest programs.
  As the Kosovar amateurs have suffered for the past ten-years with limited
opportunities and sometimes with the pirate label, it is now noted that
with the new DXCC status, DXers the world over have taken a positive step
forward to close the 10-year gap and welcome the Kosovar hams with open
arms to our great community. Kosovar hams are much taken by this gesture,
and the project group has organized to move forward on turning potential
help to the best of Amateur Radio in the Republic of Kosovo. The weekend
of February 10/11 will be a showcase of locals as they will now take the
microphone and put the Z60A on the air accordingly: Z61DX, Z61VB, Z63DBB
and Z62FB will be at the controls for a 20M showing, both CW and SSB.
  Kan Mizoguchi, JA1BK, has stepped forward first and shipped a brand
new Yaesu FT450 to Dona, Z63DBB (YL), so that she will be able to carry-on
with her home-based activity. With Z61DX and Z62FB suffering with the
Pristina high noise level, RemoteRig (SM2OAN) has donated two pairs of
the remote control units so that a clean receiving site can be established
outside of the capital Pristina. The European DX Foundation (EUDXF) has
stepped forward, and their monetary support was presented to SHRAK, the
Kosovo IARU member society. The Yasme Foundation has released an extensive
series of ARRL publications to the SHRAK HQ library at the Technical
University of Pristina.
  If any of the U.S persons and/or clubs would like to extend their help
to Kosovo, please contact Wayne, N7NG at <n7ng@arrl.net>.

  The ClubLog OQRS system is set to cover the cost of direct QSL postage
– USDs 3.00, while also allowing voluntarily, private contributions. All
donations small or large are most welcome to support SHRAK, the Kosovo
Amateur Radio Association to aid in recruiting additional Kosovar youth
and to activate the existing Amateur Radio operators and support their
  As many have requested confirmations during the ongoing activation, it
has been decided to do an immediate LoTW and fast direct QSL service for
those who contribute USDs 20.00 or more. This option would not delay any
of the traditional QSL options, but just put a priority on those who are
willing to help Kosovo Amateur Radio finally move beyond the past ten
difficult years.
  If you wish to upgrade your earlier QSL request to this enhanced service
you can send your donation through the ClugLog:
On behalf of the Project Goodwill Kosovo,
  Martti Laine, OH2BH
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