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Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1376
The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1376
August 13, 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
Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB5K & the AR TelNet Clusters
Network, NJ1Q & W1AW, K3LR, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, K5GS, AA7A,
K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m DX News, W9ILY, CO3JK, DL1SBF, DL7UXG & The DX
News Letter, DxCoffee.com, DXNews.com, DX-World.Net, ES1CW, F2YS/W2,
F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, G3WYW, GM3POI, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX
News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, OK6DJ, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Sixitalia
Weekly, TA1HZ, TA3J and VA3RJ & ICPO for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
week of Sunday, 5th/August, through Sunday, 12th/August there were 205
countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O,
4S, 4W, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7X, 8P, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L,
9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, CE,
CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D4, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6,
EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FY,
G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL,
HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J3, J6, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2,
KH6, 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, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, S0, S2, S5, S7,
SM, SP, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TY, TZ, UA, UA2,
UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK0M, VP2E, VP2M, VP8, VP9,
VR, VU, XE, XU, XZ, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z6, 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".
2018 HAMVENTION ANTENNA FORUM PAPERS NOW POSTED! Tim, K3LR, reports:
The 2018 Antenna forum papers are posted in PDF format at:
On the left side button panel click on Dayton Antenna Summary.
Then select 2018 or any year back to 2004!!!
3B7A DXPEDITION STORY ONLINE. On August 10th, Diégo, F4HAU, posted a
four chapter story online about the 2018 3B7A DXpedition to Saint Brandon
DXpedition with many pictures. You can read about their adventure on
the following Web page:
4U1UN (UN Amateur Radio Club Operation Could Resume Later this Year).
There is an interesting article posted on the ARRL Web page about the
4U1UN station. Read it at:
CE0Y, EASTER ISLANDS. Jose, NP4G, will be active as CE0Y/NP4G from Rapa
Nui, Easter Island (SA-001), between August 26-29th. Activity will be
holiday style on 40-10 meters using CW and FT8. Suggested FT8 frequencies
are: 7056, 10131, 14090, 18095, 21091, 24911 and 28091 kHz. QSL via LoTW
GB4, ENGLAND (Special Event). Look for special event station, GB4GCT,
from Greenham Common Control Tower, West Berkshire, between September
7-9th. Members of the Newbury and District Amateur Radio Society (NADARS)
will be activating GB4GCT --Greenham Control Tower-- during the opening
ceremony weekend to commemorate the reopening of the Control Tower. Look
for operations on 80/40/20/17/12/10m using SSB and CW with the objective
of working hams who had a connection with Greenham Common Air Base during
the Cold War. A special event QSL card will be available and an award for
working the most band slots. Logs on ClubLog and LoTW will be uploaded
after the event. For more details, see the NADARS Web site at:
GM, SCOTLAND. Operators Keith/GM4YXI and Chris/GM3WOJ will be active as
GS7V from Shetland Islands (EU-012) during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October
27-28th) as a Multi-2/High-Power entry. QSL via N3SL.
HB0, LIECHTENSTEIN. Werner, ON7WM/OT5L, will be active sometime later
this week as HBO/ON7WM or possibly HB0/OT5L (specific dates not provided).
Activity will be holiday style on 160-10 meters using mainly SSB with a
FT-857D into a Codan 9350 antenna. QSL via ON7WM, direct, by the Bureau
AS-120. Members of DX World team (Emil/DL8JJ, Paul/G4PVM, Col/MM0NDX)
will be teaming up again, this time with Norman/5B4AIF to
activate the island Ayios Yeoryios in the Cyprus's Coastal
Islands Group between August 25-27th. Their callsign will be
C4II. Activity will be on 80-10 meters, possibly 6m, using CW,
SSB and FT8. QSL via LoTW. QSL Manager will be announced later.
EU-016. The "425 DX News" reports that Duby, 9A6DR, is once again
active as 9A6DR/p from Kolocep Island until around October
20th. Activity will be limited to his spare time on 40/20/
10/6 meters. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
EU-067. Jacques, F6HMJ, will be active as SV8/F6HMJ from Ios island
between August 27th and September 6th. Activity will be on
40-10 meters using mainly CW with some SSB. Equipment is an
IC706MKIIG into a dipole. QSL via F6HMJ.
EU-171. Operators Maarten/PD2R (OV2T), Jan/PA7JWC (5Q7DX), Wino/PA0ABM
and Sven/PA1SVM (OZ/PA1SVM) will be active from a summerhouse
on North Jutland Islands in the Jylland North IOTA Group between
September 14-21st. Two of the callsigns have been issued (OV2T
and 5Q7DX). They will be active on all HF bands on SSB and CW.
The main antenna will be a 5-band Spiderbeam @ 62ft and a 40m
vertical with elevated radials. QSL OV2T via LoTW (preferred)
or PA0ABM, direct or by the Bureau. QSL 5Q7DX via PA7JWC or
OC-213. Operators Adhi/YB3MM, Yudin/YB8OUN, Budi/YC8OBM, Zulkarnain/
YD8MGN and possibly others will activate Waleakodi Island
between August 18-21st. Callsigns to be used are YB3MM/8,
YB8OUN/P, YC8OBM/P, YD8MGN/P and possibly others. Activity
will be on CW, SSB and FT8. QSL each operators via the QSL
information on QRZ.com.
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......
J8, ST. VINCENT ISLAND. Operators Alan/K7AR, Robert/N7QT, Adrian/KO8SCA,
John/VE7CT, Sandro/VE7NY and Ralph/VE7XF will be active as J8NY from St.
Vincent Island (NA-109) between November 21-28th. Activity will be on
160-6 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. They will also be in
the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Multi-? entry. QSL via
KH9 & V7, WAKE AND MARSHALL ISLANDS. Randy, WW6RG, will once again be
active as KH9/WW6RG from Wake Island (OC-053) on August 17th. His activity
will be mostly on between 0430-0545z and 0615-0700z on 14190 kHz. He will
also be active as V73/WW6RG from Kwajalein Island (OC-028), Marshall
Islands, between August 21-23rd. Activity should be the same as above.
QSL via his home callsign.
LIGHTHOUSE ACTIVITY AND NEWS........
* Operators Amey/VU2YQ, Ajaya/VU2DED, Suhas/VU2SMN, Manju/VU2SMS,
Mahindra/VU2ZMK and Biju/VU2TDD will be active as AT3LH from the
Vengurla Point Lighthouse in India between August 17-20th. They
plan to be in the International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend (ILLW).
Activity will be on 40/20/15/10 meters using SSB, PSK and FT8. QSL
via VU2YQ direct.
* Baldur, DJ6SI, will be active as SD6X from the Pater Noster Light-
house on Hamneskar Island (EU-043) between August 12-20th. His
activity will include an entry in the International Lighthouse/
Lightship Weekend (ILLW). QSL via his home callsign.
* Several members of the Mayabeque Contest Group will be active as
T43SD from the Lighthouse San Dionicio (CU0015), Cuba (NA-015),
during the 21st annual International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend
(ILLW) (July 18-19th ). Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW,
SSB and the Digital mode. QSL via CO3JK.
* Just a reminder that the 21st annual International Lighthouse/Lightship
Weekend (ILLW) will take place this month between August 18-19th. For
complete details, rules and a listing of announced participating
stations, go to: https://illw.net
NCDXF NEWS (Press Release, dated August 10th). The Northern California
DX Foundation (NCDXF) is pleased to announce the addition of two new
members to the Board: Rich Seifert, KE1B, and Lee Finkel, KY7M.
Rich and Lee have strong technical and legal backgrounds, and years of
DXpedition experience, which will serve them well as members of the NCDXF
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.
Best regards, Ned Stearns, AA7A, NCDXF Vice President
PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (August 13-19th).......
Aug/13th AN Aug/16th AN Aug/18th AN
Aug/14th AN Aug/17th HN Aug/19th 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
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 <www.qslinfo.eu> [August 12th]
3B8CW via NI5DX (d) EG8LCM via EG8LCM (e) OH5/DG2SBL via DG2SBL
3B9FR via M0OXO (O) EM0KHNO via UT4UMZ PA/DL8ECA/M via DL8ECA
4S7DMG via SP9DLM EN90L via UT8LN (d) PF18NAWAKA via PA5UL
8J7SPA via (JA-B) EO70UWC via UT4UWC PI40FL via PA3HEB
8P5A via HA1AG (B/d/L) GD4SKA via M0OXO (O) R100WWS via RV3YR
9A/ON4PRA/P via ON4PRA HA/OE3RAP via OE3RAP (d/L) R18ARMI via R4AS
9A/PH1DLB via PH1DLB IS0/IZ2DLV via IZ2DLV & (L) R25RLHA via RZ3EC
9M2TO via JA0DMV (d) K5A via K5DB SB3A via SM3LIV
9M61MA via 9W2FSY (d) KH6AP via KH6AP (L/e) SP/DF9PE/P via DF9PE & (e)
9M61MY via 9M2OOO (d) LA/CT1BWW via CT1BWW(d)/EA4URE(B) SV1/IW5EDI via IW5EDI
A61FK via A61BK (d) LZ/RN5M via RN5M TF1A via EB7DX (d)
A91YOZ via A92AA (O) M3I via G3SWH (O) TK/S56AW/P via S56AW (d/e)
AN5TOR via EA4PN MM/HB9TWM/P via HB9TWM TM13FAJ via F5KHP (B)
BG4GOV via BD4HF (B) MU/SP7VC via SP7VC (d/L) XU7AEX via F6CTW (d)
DP0GVN via DL5EBE OE/OK1RCG/P via OK1SP ZM50MAUQ via ZM50MAUQ (O/N)
EA8/OE5EEP via OE5EEP OH0JV via DL7RV
(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
3C3W & 3C0W QSL STATUS. On August 10th, the following was posted by
Yuris, YL2GM, on their Web page: A lot of direct QSL letters don't
reach their destination and are returned to me with the reason "address
is undeliverable" or get lost in the process. I send out all direct
QSL cards once every month. If you have not received your direct QSL
card, please write email to me and I will send again <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Please also check that your address is correct in QRZ.com and clublog.org.
LoTW will be uploaded not later than 1st of September.
FO/K5PI via home callsign, direct (NO IRCs), by the Bureau or LoTW.
George, K5PI, was active from Punaauia and Papeete, Tahiti Island
XW8DX/CW & XU8DX/CW QSLS STILL AVAILABLE. Jacques, F2YS/W2, informs
OPDX: "Just thought I should be sending you a note about these old DX-
peditions. Believe it or not I am still receiving QSL requests for the
calls above, 29 & 28 years later. Just to let you know that I still
have the logs and some blank cards and I will be glad to answer anyone.
Dates are important: XW8DX/CW from Dec. 08, 1989 to Dec.26
XU8DX/CW from Apr. 03 1990 to Apr. 11
This call was occasionally activated until late 1991, I receive requests
for dates past 04/11/90 however I have no log past the end of the ex-
pedition, not even sure that the activity was legal!"
QSLS RECEIVED VIA LoTW: KH1/KH7Z, KH9/N7NVK, LU1WFU and T2AR
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3G9JA, EJ7NET, JY4CI, S01WS and SV2ASP/A
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: NONE REPORTED THIS WEEK!
SILENT KEYS (SK).......
* Yasar Gocet, TA3D, became a Silent Key on August 1st, due to an
unfortunate accident while fixing his antenna. The pole he was
climbing on broke and he had fell down. Yasar was one of Turkey's
well-known CW operator and contester.
* William A. (Bill) Tynan, W3XO, became a Silent Key at the age of 92.
He was one of the founding members of AMSAT, Bill served as its pre-
sident and chairman of the board, as well as the longtime vice pre-
sident for manned spaceflight. He was also a past president of the
Central States VHF Society and the longtime conductor of QST's "The
World Above 50 MHz". A Fellow of the Radio Club of America, Bill
received its Barry Goldwater Amateur Radio Award in 2012. Also read
info on the ARRL Web page at:
* OPDX and its readers would like to send out our deepest sympathy to the
family and friends of the above SKs.
TO6, MAYOTTE (Update). Members of the Czech DXpedition team (CDXP) will be
active as TO6OK from Mayotte (AF-027) between September 22nd and October
4th. The team will arrive September 21st and depart October 5th. Operators
mentioned are Petr/OK1BOA, Petr/OK1FCJ, Pavel/OK1GK, Ruda/OK2ZA, Ludek/
OK2ZC, Karel/OK2ZI and David/OK6DJ. Activity will be on 160-10 meters
using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. Focus will be on the lower bands, but also
on the new Digital modes. QSL via OK6DJ, OQRS or LoTW. For more details
and updates, see: http://www.cdxp.cz
TX5, AUSTRAL ISLANDS (Reminder). Operators Bob/K4UEE, Robert/K5PI, Madison/
W5MJ, Robert/W5RF and Bill/W5SJ will be active as TX5T from Raivavae Island
(OC-114) between August 13-22nd. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using
CW, SSB, RTTY, and FT8 (DXpedition mode). Suggested frequencies are:
CW - 1822.5, 3528, 7028, 10128, 14028, 18078, 21028, 24898 and 28028
SSB - 1848, 3788, 7088/7188, 14188/14288, 18138, 21288, 24938 and 28488
RTTY - 3588, 7088, 10138, 14088, 18100, 21088, 24920 and 28088 kHz
6m - 50108/CW
QSL via M0URX. For more details and updates, see: http://australs2018.com
V3, BELIZE. Victor, WB0TEV, will once again be active as V31VP from
Blackman Eddy between August 16-22nd. Activity will be on 80-10 meters.
This will include participation in the SARTG RTTY Contest and the North
American SSB QSO Party during the weekend of August 18-19th. He states,
"Outside the contest, I plan on trying to be QRV on RTTY to Asia starting
daily at 2200z on the high bands and possibly also some around 0400z on
30/40m. Check back here on QRZ.com for refinements and updates to those
plans." His equipment is an Icom IC-7300 HF transceiver and SPE 1,3K amp
into a Cushcraft A3S and dipole antennas. QSL V31VP via WB0TEV, direct,
by the Bureau or ClubLog's OQRS. No LoTW or eQSL.
ADDED NOTE: Victor, WB0TEV (V31VP), will return again in September-
October, but with Scott, K5PS (V31CQ), between September 27th and October
2nd. They will be active in the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 29-30th)
as a Multi-Single/High-Power entry signing V31VP. QSL via ClubLog. Out-
side of the contest, look for V31VP to be on SSB/RTTY and V31CQ on CW.
QSL V31CQ via K5PS.
V4, ST. KITTS AND NEVIS. Clive, GM3POI, will be active as V4/GM3POI from
John's, V47JA/W5JON, Calypso Bay QTH, St. Kitts Island (NA-104), between
October 23-30th. Activity will be holiday style using CW, SSB and FT8.
He will also be active as V47X during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October
27-28th). QSL both callsigns via M0URX.
VK9X, CHRISTMAS ISLAND (Update/Change). Operators Martin/A65DC/SA6MIW,
Paul/A65DR/G7SLP/KW4CM and YL Delia/VE7HDW will be active as VK9XT from
Christmas Island (OC-002) between September 29th and October 6th. Due to
the reduced team, they will mainly operate on 40m and above. They will
have some operation on 80m, but this will not be a priority. Also, there
is a new ham on Christmas Island (Doug, VK9JD) who will help them and
may do some operating with them also. The team will start the DXpedition
with an effort in the CQWW DX RTTY Contest. However, they will miss the
start of the contest, but will be set up and running as quickly as they
can. FT8 might be used at times when no other operations are going on.
QSL via N4GNR direct, LoTW, eQSL or QRZ.com's LogBook. Direct card via
Clublog's OQRS will be active for 6 months after the DXpedition. You may
request your direct card there. QSL Fee on the OQRS will increase to 3
USDs for OQRS to cover envelope and paypal costs. Free Bureau card via
ClubLog's OQRS will be open for six months after the DXpedition. For more
details and updates, see: http://vk9xt.qsodirector.com
VP6D DUCIE ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS. Gene, K5GS, sent out the following
update on August 9th [edited]: VP6D Equipment in Transit -- Chris/N6WM
and Walt/N6XG report that on the evening of Wednesday, August 8th, our
customs broker accepted the VP6D shipment for transport to Braveheart in
New Zealand. The shipment will soon begin its long journey. We appreciate
the assistance from: Jim, K8JRK, for the loan of the Halliburton cases
used for the shipment, Ross, K6GFJ, for his coordination activities, and
Paul, N6PSE, of the Intrepid DX Group for their loan of a BGAN and addi-
tional Pelican cases. Also, while in California we attended a meeting
with members of the recently completed KH1/KH7Z Baker Island project for
a debrief. We were especially interested in their FT8 experience. Look
for our photos on <VP6D.com> under the Photos Tab.
Z6, KOSOVO (Update). Tev, TA1HZ, will be active as Z68HZ from Prishtina
staying with "The Kosovo International Friendship Consortium" between
August 17-27th. Activity will be mainly on SSB and FT8 (trying to work/
reach for another DXCC award). QSL via TA1HZ direct or preferably via
ZY159, BRAZIL (Special Event). Operators Adriano/PP2BO (Team Leader),
Rafael/PP2OK, Oderson/PP2MD, Jordane/PP2JP, André/PU2GEN, Jainir/PY4RL,
Wendel/PY4WL, Luiz/PY4DK, Walter/PY4ZO, Ricardo/PY4RR and Daniel/PY4KP
are now active as ZY159CAT to celebrate the 159th anniversary of the
city of Catalão, Brazil, until August 30th. Activity will be on 80/40/
20/17/15/10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via PP2BO,
direct only (2 USDs).
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