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Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1365
The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1365
May 28, 2018
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
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** EDITOR'S SPECIAL NOTICE: This week's bulletin was sent out earlier
than normal to accommodate the late CQWW WPX CW Contest announcements.
Also, we wanted to provide the readers with a consolidated listing
of the CQWW WPX CW Contest participants.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
week of Friday, 18th/May, through Friday, 25th/May there were 222 countries
active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4O,
4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5R, 5T, 5Z, 6Y, 7X, 8P, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2,
9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A2, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C6, C9, CE,
CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D4, DL, DU, E3, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6,
EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FP,
FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a,
HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J3, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K,
KG4, KH2, KH6, KH8, KH9, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH,
OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ5, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ,
R1FJ, S0, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T32, T5, T7, T8,
TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TR, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4,
V5, V8, VE, VK, VK0M, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU,
XX9, XZ, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, Z6, Z8, ZA, ZB, 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".
3D2CR AND T31T DXPEDITIONS DELAYED. Dom, 3Z9DX, and the Rebel DX Group,
have delayed their 3D2CR DXpedition to Conway Reef and T31T DXpedition to
Kanton Island at the request of the Kiribati Goverment. This is due to a
"delivery of a new SAT emergency system for early warning earthquake and
tsunami." Dom states they want to do both operations all in one trip.
Dates have not been announced.
3V, TUNISIA. Operator SWL Ashraf "Ash", 3V4-002 (KF5EYY) will be active
as 3V8SS from the "Radio Club Station of Tunisian Scouts" in Sousse,
during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/
Low-Power entry. QSL via LoTW or to LX1NO. Read about Ashraf on the
following Web page at: http://www.kf5eyy.info
4K, AZERBAIJAN. Alim, 4K6FO, will be active during the CQWW WPX CW Contest
(May 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via LoTW
eQSl or see QRZ.com.
8P, BARBADOS. Tom, W2SC, will be active as 8P5A during the CQWW WPX CW
Contest (May 26-27th) as Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via
LoTW or direct to HA1AG.
9H, MALTA. Just a reminder that Thomas, SV2CLJ, will be active as 9H3SV
from the QTH of Savas, 9H1AE, at Sliema, Malta (EU-023), until May 31st.
Activity will be holiday style on 80-2 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK
and FT8. QSL via his home callsign direct.
9X, RWANDA. Alan, KE4TA, after a long ride back from Pretoria, he is now
back in Kigali and will be active as 9X0TA during his spare time. He states,
"Things are very busy here right now, and likely to get busier in the next
few weeks. I'll try to get on the air when I get the chance." He should
be here for just under 2 1/2 years. Activity will be primarily on 20/17
meters using 600W/100W of power. He does have antennas or antenna+tuner
combinations for 80-10 meters and 6m. Modes will be SSB, the Digital
modes and some CW. Power may be restricted by the Rwandan authorities in
accordance with their laws. Radio is a Yaesu FT-991, and antenna will be
a Hexbeam on a push up tower. Alan, states, "Noise levels here are extremely
high. Please don't be offended if I'm not answering your call, I likely
can't hear you." QSL via DIRECT to N4GNR. He will also use LoTW. For more
details, pictures and updates (maybe even an operating schedule), visit
his Web page at: http://www.rwandadx.com
9X, RWANDA (Update). Members of the Italian DX Team will be active as
9X0T between September 27th and October 10th. Operators mentioned are
Mac/JA3USA, Silvano/I2YSB, Vinicio/IK2CIO, Agelo/IK2CKR, Marcello/IK2DIA,
Stefano/IK2HKT, Gino/IK2RZP and Alfeo/I1HJT. Pilot stations are Art/IK7JWY
(HF) and Sergio/IK0FTA (6m). Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW,
SSB and RTTY. Suggested frequencies are:
CW - 1826, 3530, 7025, 10115, 14030, 18068, 21030, 24890 and 28030 kHz
SSB - 3775, 7090, 14260, 18128, 21260, 24950 and 28460 kHz
RTTY - 14084 kHz (only)
The equipment that they will use are 3x K3s w/KPA-500s into 2x Spider-
beams (5 bands), a Yagi (5 bands), 2x Quarter Wave verticals for both
80/40m, a 30m loop, a 160m 18 meter high vertical and 2x Diamond Loop
(RX ant.). QSL via I2YSB direct only. A log search and an OQRS will be
available on: http://www.i2ysb.com/idt
Logs will be posted about 1 year after the conclusion of the DXpedition.
All Sponsors and those who requests a direct QSL will have their QSOs
uploaded to LoTW. The uploading of contacts requested will be done at
the end of the Dxpedition. These will be done in batches as they process
cards. They will try weekly.
AH2, GUAM. Operators Toshinobu/JI3ERV and Hajime/JO1RUR will be active
as AH2R from the Guam Contest Club station during the CQWW WPX CW Contest
(May 26-27th) as a Multi-? entry. QSL via LoTW.
CR3/CT9, MADEIRA ISLANDS. Operators Wolfgang/DK9VZ, Thomas/DL5LYM, Andree/
DL8LAS, Frank/DL8WAA and Holger/DL9EE are now active as CT9/homecall from
Santana, Madeira Island (AF-014) until May 29th. Activity will be on 160-10
meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. They plan to be an entry in the CQWW WPX CW
Contest (May 26-27th) signing CR3W. QSL CR3W via DL5AXX, OQRS (see QRZ.com)
or LoTW. QSL all others via their home callsigns.
DAY-XENIA HAMVENTION WRAP-UP. For its second year at the new venue in
Xenia, Ohio, the attendence seemed to be very good in spite of the rain.
It will be interesting to see what the final total will be for the Ham-
Vention. Local TV stations were projecting 32k. There were some improve-
ments at this year's event; notably the Flea Market area with crushed
asphalt on the walkways. On Friday night, at the SWODXA DX Dinner,
Juris, YL2GM, was awarded the SWODXA's DXpedition of the Year Award
for their 3C0L/3C1L activations.
For more details and great pictures on the HamVention, check out Paul's,
N6PSE, blog page at:
Also, checkout this week's ARRL Newsletter for their write-up on the
HamVention at: http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter?issue=2018-05-24
E2, THAILAND. Champ, E21EIC, will be active as E2A (The SIAM DX Group/
Contest Callsign) from Bangkok during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 26-27th)
as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via LoTW or paper QSL via
EX, KYRGYZSTAN. Sergey, EX8MJ, will be active during the CQWW WPX CW
Contest (May 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via
info on QRZ.com.
GREENPARTY 2018 EVENT. The YOFF team of SRR (The Romanian Society of Radio-
amateurs) and ARER (The Romanian Association of Environmentalists Radio-
amateurs) are inviting all the radio amateurs to join them in the Green-
Party 2018 event, between 0600z on June 9th, to 0559z, June 10th. The
purpose of the event is to stimulate the ham operators to leave the
house and get involved in portable/outdoor operation related to nature
and ecology and to familiarize worldwide radio amateurs with protected
natural areas. For more details, see:
For a Web page that lists upcoming WWFF stations, see: http://wwff.co/agenda
GU, GUERNSEY. Oleg, RL5D, will be active as GU3HFN (the Guernsey Amateur
Radio Society callsign) from St. Peter Port during the CQWW WPX CW Contest
(May 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via GU8ITE
direct or by the Bureau.
HC, ECUADOR. Alexey, HC2AO, will be active as HC2GRC during the CQWW WPX CW
Contest (May 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via LoTW.
II4. ITALY (Elettra Back On Air!). In conjunction with "Museum Ships
Weekend Event" <www.nj2bb.org>, members of the A.R.I. Fidenza Radio Club
(A.R.I. Italian Amateur Radio Association, IARU affiliated), will activate
the callsign II4AMP. The station is close to the relict keel of Guglielmo
Marconi's yacht "Elettra", which is kept at the Museum, and will ideally
give new life to its "voice", allowing the radio amateurs overall in the
world to get in contact with it during the weekend of June 2-3rd. QSL
Manager is IQ4FE (by the Bureau or direct). For more details, see the
following URLs: http://www.arifidenza.it
EU-016. Marco, IV3WMS, will once again be active as 9A/IV3WMS from
Solta Island (IOCA CI-126) between May 28th and June 6th.
Activity will be on various HF band using SSB. QSL via his
home callsign only, direct or by the Bureau.
EU-090. Members of the Radio Club Croatian Flora Fauna will be active
as 9A90P from Vela Palagruza Island (CI-084, LH 0057) between
June 16-23rd. Operators mentioned are Marijan/9A1MB, Radovan/
9A2SC, Zeljko/9A3DF, Branko/9A3ST, Kiko/9A4WY, Vito/9A5VS,
Neven/9A5YY and Emir/9A6AA. Activity will be on 80-6 meters
near the IOTA frequencies using CW, SSB, the Digital modes
and the satellites. QSL 9A90P via 9A2MF. ADDED NOTE. Look for
some operators to possibly operate (using their own callsign)
from neighboring islands: Mala Palagruza (EU-090, CI-461) and
Galijula Island (EU-090, CI-462).
EU-124. Philip, MW0DHF, will once again be active as MW0DHF/P from Holy
Island, north west coast of Anglesey North Wales, during the
RSGB IOTA Contest (July 28-29th) as a Single-Op/DXpedition/
High-Power entry. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by
EU-140. Members of the Radioclub Riihimaen Kolmoset (OH3AD) will be
active as OH3AD/5 on Kirkonmaa Island between July 17th and
August 14th. List of operators were not mentioned. Activity
will be holiday style on 80-6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY,
PSK and FT8. The group plans to be in the RSGB IOTA Contest
(July 28-29th) signing as OH3D/5. QSL both callsigns, by the
Bureau, ClubLog, LoTW and eQSL. For more details, visit their
Web page at: http://www.oh3ad.fi
MULTI-IOTA OPS (Update)....
* Craig, VK5CE, will activate six IOTAs in Western Australia as
VK5CE/6 sometime during June. The VK5CE/6 DXpeditions are in honor
of the 25th anniversary of the Russian Robinson Club (RRC). The
following islands were mentioned:
IOTA OC-164 -- Rottnest Island; June 2nd; CLAIMED by 23.0%
IOTA OC-199 -- East Lewis Island; June 4-7th; CLAIMED BY 18.3%
IOTA OC-140 -- Direction Island; June 8-11th; CLAIMED BY 17.4%
IOTA OC-193 -- Cheyne Island; June 15-18th; CLAIMED BY 14.9%
IOTA OC-170 -- Woody Island; June 20-23rd; CLAIMED BY 23.1%
IOTA OC-220 -- St. Peter Island; June 26-29th; CLAIMED BY 26.0%
Activity will be on various HF bands (usually 40-12m). QSL via VK5CE
direct. He is looking for sponsors. (PEOPLE SPONSORING BEFORE THE
DXPEDITION WILL AUTOMATICALLY RECEIVE A CARD FOR ALL IOTA’S IF YOU’RE
IN THE LOG) -- Craig has updated his Web page with more details with
time/dates/bands at: https://vkiota.wordpress.com/vk5ce-6
For full stories and QSL information of Craig's past DXpeditions,
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......
IRISH ISLANDS IOTA TOUR 2018. Dave, EI9FBB, informs OPDX that beginning
June 1st, the EIDX Group will activate ALL Irish IOTA Groups. Using the
'Echo Juliet' prefix, EJ0DXG will be active from IOTAs EU-006, EU-007,
EU-103 and EU-121 this summer. Starting off with 'Little Saltee Island'
(EU-103) between June 15-18th. The groups will be active on the HF and
6m bands using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. Please follow their Facebook
page for information/dates for all other activations at:
Supported by <dxwanted.net> a beautiful plaque will be available for
whoever works them on 4 different IOTA Groups. So, as a 'Bonus' or 'Joker'
station, EI0DXG will also be active from Mainland Ireland (EU-115) through-
out and until September 30th, 2018. As with all EIDXG activities, please
QSL via M0OXO.
KH1/KH7Z BAKER ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS. Marty, KC1CWF, Social Media Reporter,
posted some pictures on FaceBook this week of items being loaded onto a
truck heading to Baker Island:
It was also announced this past week that the dates for the upcoming
KH1/KH7Z Baker Island DXpedition are between June 27th and July 7th.
For more details and updates, watch: http://www.baker2018.net
KH8, AMERICAN SAMOA. "The Daily DX" reports that operators Robert/W5RF,
Madison/W5MJ, Keith/VE7KW, Robert/K5PI and Bill/W5SJ will be active as
KH8/W5MJ from American Samoa between August 15-25th. Activity will be on
160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. Suggested frequencies are:
CW - 1822.5, 3528, 7028, 10128, 14028, 18078, 21028, 24898 and 28029 kHz
SSB - 1848, 3788, 7088/7188, 14188/14288, 18138, 21288, 24938 and 28488 kHz
RTTY - 3588, 7088, 14088, 18100, 21088, 24920 and 28088 kHz
6m - 50108 kHz (both CW and SSB)
K2SG and N7BT will be the East Coast and West Coast pilot stations.
QSL KH8/W5MJ via M0URX.
LY, LITHUANIA (Update/Corrected). Operators Alis/LY2BKT, Rimas/LY2CO,
Arvydas/LY2DX, Raimondas/LY2RJ, Grazvyda/LY2TS, Darius/LY3DA, Rolandas/
LY4A, Goran/SM0DRD, Kaspars/YL1ZF and Girts/YL2KL will be active as LY4A
during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 26-27th) as a Multi-? entry. QSL via
NCDXF NEWS (Press Release, May 24th). NCDXF Elects Two New Directors --
The Northern California DX Foundation is pleased to announce the addition
of two new Directors to fill vacancies created by retiring board members.
* Ross Forbes, K6GFJ has been licensed since 1964. He has traveled and
operated extensively throughout the South Pacific. A long-time advisor
to the Northern California DX Foundation, Ross is a past president of
the Northern California DX Club, a previous Vice-Director of the ARRL
Pacific Division, and former manager of the Incoming W6 QSL Bureau.
Currently retired, Ross has held various IT positions in the financial
and legal industry, ran his own import/export company in the 1980s,
and has held various positions in commercial broadcasting. Ross lives
in San Jose, CA.
* George Wallner, AA7JV was born in Hungary in 1951. After studying
electrical engineering he joined the military in 1970, and served in
a number of overseas postings as a radio operator and communications
specialist before moving to Australia and the US, where he founded
several payment processing companies. An active amateur radio operator
since 1966, George's main interests are low band CW operation and
DXpeditions to very difficult entities located on small islands and
reefs. George lives in Miami, FL.
The full list of Officers for 2018-2019 can be found on the NCDXF website:
The ten-member Board of Directors oversees all of the Foundation's
business. These Directors and the volunteer advisors who assist them have
held responsible positions in the business or academic worlds. They all
are active DXers. The Foundation does not have a paid staff, and no
Foundation officer, director or advisor receives a salary or compensation
in any form.
The primary purpose of NCDXF is to help fund well-organized DXpeditions
to rare, difficult and expensive entities. Those funds come from the con-
tributions of our supporters in the DX community. Your contribution will
help make DX happen. Visit our website: http://www.ncdxf.org
* NCDXF provides scholarships to Contest University for those 25
years of age and under
* Partners with IARU to operate the NCDXF Beacon System worldwide
* Oversees the Cycle 25 Project: an endowment-fund created from
We thank you for your continued support.
John Miller, K6MM
NP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS. Yuriy, N2TTA, will once again be active from
here as NP2P during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 26-27th) as a Single-
Op/Single-Band (40m)/Low-Power entry. He will just use a 40m dipole.
QSL via LoTW.
PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (May 28th-June 3rd).......
May/28th AN May/31st AN Jun/02nd DIS
May/29th AN Jun/01st BN Jun/03rd 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
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
PZ, SURINAME. Olli, OH0XX, is now active as PZ5XX from Lelydorp until
May 29th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters. He will also be in the CQWW
WPX CW Contest (May 26-27th). QSL via OH0XX, LoTW or ClubLog's OQRS.
QSL INFO AND NEWS...................
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX by Lothar, DL1SBF <www.qslinfo.eu> [May 20th & 25th]
3Z0I via SP7PTM II2MM via IQ2CF SB7S via SM7PXS
4Z80FOC via 4Z4KX (L) II3GIRO via IV3TMM & (L) SN0ZN via SP3PGR
8Q7HI via WM6A IR0IT via (I-B) SV2/YU1CA/P via YU1CA
9A/E71CQ via E71CQ IS0/DK7ZB via DK7ZB SV8/LY2EN/P via LY2EN
9H18VLT via 9H1SP (d) IS0/DL5NUA via DL5NUA TI5/N3KS via W4FS (d)
9H1EJ via 9H1EJ (d/L/e) LM10SOTA via LB4FH (e) TZ4AM via W0SA
DF18HET via DG3FFM & (e) LX/DJ6OI via DJ6OI & (L) UE80GS via UA1QV
DJ80FOC via DJ5IL LY100R via LY1RMD UN9GD via DL8KAC
DR60RAFG via DH1BUZ N3S via K3LU UP0L via DL8KAC
E77A via 9A2AA OG7F via OG2K VE3RMJ/AM via VE3RMJ
EA6/DK2KK via DK2KK OH/UA3LMR/P via UA3LMR VI6FOC80 via VI6FOC80 (L)
EA9/EA5DCL via EA5DCL & (L) OH0/SK3SN via SM3KIF VP5/K4BAI via K4BAI
EF0F via EA4URE OH1/DL7UXG via DL7UXG W1FOC via K1AJ
EG1MCP via EA1AUM OM1/DJ1AA/M via DJ1AA W2FOC via N2KW
EH1EH via EA1URP & (L) OT70BDX via ON7SS YR18BEE via YO6LB
GB100WO via M0XIG (d) OU7G via OU7G (d/B) YR630SV via YO8AZQ & (e)
GP4FOC via G3SWH PA/DJ2OS/P via DJ2OS Z68AA via 9A6AA
HB9/DG2RON/P via DG2RON PJ2/WI9WI via WI9WI ZA/IK2RLM via IK2RLM (e/L/*)
HF100L via SP8ZHY R100LPU via RX1CQ ZA/IW2JOP via IW2HAJ
HF80TG via SP5PPK R16JIG via UA9JLL (O) ZB2FOC via ZB2CW (d)
HS0ZJF via ON4AFU R315SPB via UF1M
II0FOC via IK0IXI S01WS via EA2JG
(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 (*) via IZ2LSP direct
LOGS ONLINE AT CLUBLOG.ORG THIS WEEK......
6O0X AND 6OX via DJ6SI. Activity by Baldur, DJ6SI, from Hargeisa,
Republic of Somaliland. He was leaving to head back to Germany on
MR2I VIA G4FRE. Activity to commemorate the royal wedding from Wales.
Also, QSL MW2I as well to G4FRE.
QSLS RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 3B7A (AF-015), 4L1MA, 5U5C, 9G5AR, 9K2HM, 9K2NO,
A52YL, AH3C, AH3C/KH5J, C96RRC (AF-088), CE1LTL, E20HHK/P (AS-126),
EA8DBM, EA1DWI, FG8OJ, GJ6WRI, JA4OPW, JH0RVY, JH3QMF, JI1VIK, KH9/N7NVK,
LU8EKC, ON4CN, OX3XR, PJ5/AI5P, PJ8RV, SV5DKL, TA2FB, TA4RC, TF2MSN,
TF5B, TZ4AM, VE2EZD, VE2FXL, VE9BJK, VE9DX, VK4AQJ, VK9LI, VP9NM, ZL1BBW
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3D2EU, 7Q7EI, VP8EME, VE3VSM/HR9 and ZP5DBC
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 3DA0IJ, 4X/R1CC, C91IJ, D44TUK, D44TUQ,
DA2017LH, DM90AIW, DM200TSV, DP9S, DR50RRDXA, EA9/DL7DF, EA9/DL7UFR,
HB0/HB9AON, JD1BMH, JW/DL7DF, OH0/DL1FDH/P, S21ZEE, VP8RXU and ZL7/W1XGI
SATELLITE GRIDS TO BE ACTIVATED (The VE3HLS Grand Finale Rove!). Ken,
VE3HLS, reports, "Get out your highlighter and circle June 15th, 16th
and 17th on your calendars! You don't want to miss "The VE3HLS Grand
Finale Rove!" This will be my final significant rove before I retire
from satellite ops and get down to planning the next chapter of my life
as I prepare to retire in Thailand. I will follow the St. Lawrence Seaway
down from Lake Ontario to the Gulf of St. Lawrence, activating FN14,
FN15, FN24/25, FN35/36, FN46/47, FN57/58 and FN59/69 along the way down
and back. As always, the inspiration for the rove is a result of a few
of you posting your grids QSLed maps to Twitter. I read them and base
future roves on the gaps I see in your maps. I'll work out a basic schedule
over the next week or two and post it on the AMSAT-BB and on Twitter."
V4, ST. KITTS. John, W5JON, will once again be active as V47JA from his
vacation home at Calypso Bay, located 200 feet from the Caribbean Sea,
between June 22nd and July 20th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters (incl.
60m) using SSB. Look for him to be in the IARU SSB Contest (July 14-15th)
as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. Equipment is a Yaesu FT-1000MP MkV and
Elecraft KPA500 Amplifier. Antennas: a 31 ft. 40-10m Vertical, 35 ft.
40/80m Top Loaded Vertical, 20m dipole, 160m base load vertical and a
6m 4 element Yagi. Also an installation of new V47JA/B 6m beacon on
50053.0 MHz (WW Grid FK87) on St. Kitts mountain top at 1100 feet ASL.
ALL QSLs go to W5JON direct or via LoTW. NO Bureau QSLs.
V6, MICRONESIA (Updated IOTA Plans). Members of the Nara DX Association
(operators have not been announced yet) have decided to be active as V6J
from the rare IOTA Mortlok Islands (OC-254). Although they received some
requests for Hall Islands (OC-253) activation, they will try to activate
OC-253 next year. Specific dates are not known yet for OC-254 because they
are talking with Pompeian coordinator (on their plans), and they need a
permit for amateur radio operation from the chief of Islands. They also
need to figure out the V6 ship schedule because it is always changing.
Look for more details to be forthcoming.
VP2V, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS. Kevin, K6TOP, will once again be active
as VP2V/K6TOP from Tortola, British Virgin Islands (NA-023), between
now and June 1st. Activity will be limited (family vacation) using
an ICOM 706 MKII with 100 watts into a End-Fed Half-Wave (EFHW) (for
40/30/20/17/15/10m). Operations will be CW almost exclusively. Operating
hours are typically 0000-0200z and 1000-1200z due to family commitments.
Kevin mentioned last time, "When the pileups get difficult, I listen to
the edges, so please spread your calls out." QSLs via LoTW (preferred)
or NR6M. NO Bureau cards. Log will be uploaded to LoTW and ClubLog upon
VP2V, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS (Update). A few weeks ago, Dave, N9DK,
informed OPDX that he will be operating VP2V Maritime Mobile (VP2V/N9DK/mm)
between July 7-14th, using his KX3 on 15m, 20m, 40m, possibly 80m, and
VHF (2m). Activity will be on CW, SSB and FT8. Dave informed OPDX this
past week that he will "be planning some operation on land. I don't know
the exact days or islands yet, but I'll be targeting a few hours of
operation each day, probably across 3 days. I'm with a group who will be
diving. Due to a recent accident, I'll be staying above water and will
keep myself occupied by getting off /mm and onto pure VP2V." He plans to
update us in the coming weeks. QSL via N9DK.
YE1, INDONESIA. Members of the Bandung DX and Contest Club will be active
as YE1ZAZ during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 26-27th) as a Multi-Single/
All-Band/High-Power entry. Operators mentioned are Sandy/YB1ACN, Budi/YE1AR,
Gatot/YE1GD, Iwan/YE1NZ and Ebet/YD1BED. QSL via LoTW only.
Z3, MACEDONIA. Operators Mladen/Z32M, Vele/Z33C, Zoran-Zoki/Z33F and
possibly others will be active as Z3Y during the CQWW WPX CW Contest
(May 26-27th) as a Multi-Single/Low-Power entry. QSL via Z37Y.
Z6, KOSOVO. Joe, K7JOE, will be active as Z6/K7JOE between May 28-30th.
Activity will be on 40/30/20/17 meters using CW. QSL via his home callsign
Z6 & ZA, KOSOVO (IN THE WPX CONTEST) AND ALBANIA (ON 6M!). Wayne, N7NG,
sent out the following press release on May 22nd [edited]: Martti, OH2BH/
Z68BH, and Pertti, OG2M/Z68MM, will be traveling to Kosovo this week.
They plan to close several open ends with the Kosovo Amateur Radio Society
(SHARK) and their Telecom administrators (ARKEP). This includes potential
6M permits for the future.
While in Kosovo, Martti, Z68BH, will be giving out the Z68 multiplier
to those in the CQ WPX (CW) Contest. From Kosovo, Martti and Pertti will
move to Albania by road with Z61DX and possible others. From Albania,
ZA/OG2M will be active, specifically on 6M.
Ultimately, they will fly to Munich (DL) and on to Friedrichshafen,
where at DARC's special invitation they will give a "Mission Goodwill
Kosovo" presentation on Friday, June 1st, at 4 P.M. The presentation
will be in the lecture room Schweiz which has a capacity of 180 people.
Be early to get good seating. Many of the Z60A project participants/
operators will be on hand for this occasion.
Z60A QSLs (confirmations): It should be noted that all Z60A direct
requests, OQRS and postal have been mailed. There is no backlog as of
today. The last batch of some 700 cards were mailed on Friday of last
week. The LoTW confirmations, 54,419, has now reached 55% of the total
number of QSOs!
ZP, PARAGUAY. Manu, ZP9MCE, will be active from Hohenau-Itapúa during the
CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry.
QSL via LoTW.
The following stations are expected to be active in the
CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 26-27th, 2018)
Thanks to Bill, NG3K, for providing OPDX readers with the following
consolidated listing of the participants in the 2018 CQWW WPX CW Contest.
For a more detailed listing (and up-to-date changes/corrections) in HTML
format, please visit Bill's Web page at:
http://www.ng3k.com/Misc/wpxc2018.html (By callsign)
http://www.ng3k.com/Misc/wpxcd2018.html (By entity)
The complete rules are available here: http://www.cqwpx.com/rules.htm
Contest DXCC Class QSL
Callsign Entity Route
3V8SS Tunisia SO LoTW; QSL via LX1NO
4K6FO Azerbaijan SOAB LP LoTW; QSL via DC9RI and (e)
4L2M Georgia SOSB 160M EA7FTR
6Y6N Jamaica SO DK9PY
8P1W Barbados SOAB LP KU9C
8P5A Barbados SOAB HP LoTW; QSL via HA1AG
9H3EE Malta SOAB LP OZ1BII; QSL via (C)
9K2GS Kuwait SOAB LoTW; QSL via EC5AC
9M6NA East Malaysia SOAB HP LoTW; QSL via (C)
A25VR Botswana SO VE7VR; QSL via (B/d)
AH2R Guam M/? LoTW
CR3DX Madeira SOAB HP OM2VL
CR3W Madeira M/? DL5AXX
E2A Thailand SOAB HP LoTW; QSL via E21EIC
EF8R Canary Islands SOAB LoTW; QSL via EB7DX
EX8MJ Kyrgyzstan SOAB LP EX8MJ
GU3HFN Guernsey SO GU3HFN (B); QSL via GU8ITE (d)
HC2GRC Ecuador SOAB LP LoTW
HQ9X Honduras M/? LoTW; QSL via KQ1F
LY4A Lithuania M/? LoTW
NG3K USA M/2 LoTW
NP2P Virgin Islands SOSB 40M LoTW
P44W Aruba SOAB LoTW; QSL via N2MM
PZ5XX Surinam SOAB HP LoTW; QSL via OH0XX (B/d/C)
V3A Belize M/S LoTW; QSL via M0OXO
VB2Z Canada M/S LoTW
VK3HF Australia M/? LoTW; QSL via M0OXO
YE1ZAZ Indonesia MSAB HP LoTW
Z3Y Macedonia M/S Z37Y
Z68BH Kosovo OH2BH
ZP9MCE Paraguay SOAB LP LoTW
(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
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