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Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1385
The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1385
October 15, 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, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, K5GS, W5UE, K8GI,
K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m DX News, K9EL, W9ILY, 4X1VF, DL1SBF, DL7UXG & The DX
News Letter, DxCoffee.com, DXNews.com, DX-World.Net, ES1CW, F4AHN, F5NQL,
F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia
News, LU5AG, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, PA0RRS, Sixitalia Weekly, and VA3RJ
& ICPO for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
week of Sunday, 7th/October, through Sunday, 14th/Oct there were 228
countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 3X,
4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5R, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A,
9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9,
AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL,
DU, E4, E5/n, E5/s, E6, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET,
EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA,
HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J7,
JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH8, KL, KP2, KP4, LA,
LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P4, PA, PJ2,
PJ4, PJ5, PY, PZ, S0, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T30, T5,
T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR,
V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK0M, VK9N, VP2E, VP2M, VP8, VP8/h, VP9,
VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z6,
Z8, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD8, ZD9, 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".
4X0, ISRAEL. Members of the Holy Land DX Group will operate from the
heart of "Masada Fortress" <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masada> as
4X0M (M=Masada) between January 4-6th, 2019. Masada is one of the most
attractive sites and has the highest number of tourists visiting. Activity
will start on Friday, January 4th, at 0730 UTC, and close down on Sunday,
January 6th, 0600 UTC. They will have two stations on the air on 80-10
meters using CW and SSB. Operators mentioned are Ruben/4Z5FI, Mark/4Z4KX,
Alex/4Z4AK, Ros/4Z5LA, Yuli/4X6HP, Vladimir/4Z5IW, Amir/4X6YA, Arthur/
4X4DZ, Jan/4X1VF and Hal/W8HC. QSL Manager is Antonello, IK2DUW.
6Y, JAMAICA. Kasimir, DL2SBY, will be active as 6Y5KB from Jamaica (NA-097)
sometime in March and April in 2019. Activity will usually be on 40-6 meters
including 17/12 meters and possibly 30 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8.
QSL HB0/DL2SBY via DL2SBY, direct or the OQRS (Bureau/direct) via ClubLog
ONLY. Do not send your QSL via the Bureau! His log will be uploaded to LoTW
later. Look for more details to be forthcoming.
8Q, MALDIVES. Operators Wilbert/PE7T and James/9V1YC are currently active
as 8Q7PE and 8Q7YC, respectively from Ukulhas Island, Alif Alif Atoll,
Maldives (AS-013), until October 21st. Activity is on various HF bands,
usually on CW, SSB and possibly FT8. QSL 8Q7YC via W5UE, and 8Q7PE via
PE7T by the Bureau only.
8Q, MALDIVES. Braco, E77DX (OE1EMS), will be active as 8Q7DX, from Baa
Atoll (AS-013) between November 10-27th. Activity will be holiday style
on 160-10 meters using mainly CW. He will also be in the CQWW DX CW Contest
(November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power/Classic entry, but
only for the first 24 Hrs. Equipment is a Elecraft KX-3, Juma 1000 1KW,
into an endfeed antenna in halfsquare configuration (80-10m). QSL via
9Y, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO. Nick, VE3EY, will once again be active as
9Y4/VE3EY from Trinidad and Tobago between November 19-26th. This will
be a (Field Day) suitcase operation on 160-10 meters using a K3 and
KPA500 amp into two verticals. His activity will include the CQWW DX
CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry.
Focus prior to the contest will be on Low Bands/WARC. QSL via VE3EY.
AH2, GUAM. Members of the Guam Contest Club will be active as AH2R during
the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) as a Multi-? entry. Operators
mentioned are: JA1KSA, Toshinobu/JI3ERV (NH2C), Hajime/JO1RUR, Mikawa/JR7OMD
and Osamu/JR8VSE. QSL via LoTW. PLEASE DO NOT QSL via the KH2 Bureau.
C6, BAHAMAS. After his WP3Q operation (see below), Brian, ND3F, will be
active as C6AQQ from Nassau, New Providence Island (NA-001), between
November 24th and December 1st. Activity will include the CQWW DX CW
Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. He
will use a modest portable setup. Outside the contest, Brian plans to
operate FT8. QSL via N3IQ.
CQ3/CT9, MADEIRA. Helmut, DF7ZS, will once again be active as CQ3W during
the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) as a Single-Op entry. QSL CQ3W
via ClubLog's OQRS. Outside of the contest, Helmut will be active as
CT9/DF7ZS between October 23-29th. QSL via his home callsign.
D4, CAPE VERDE. Operators Mark/EA8FF, Andrea/HB9DUR, Marco/IK2LFF, Massimo/
IZ4DPV, Pete/SQ9D, Rick/PY2EL, Ferando/PY2LED and Waldir/PY2WC will be
active as D4C from Sao Vicente Island (AF-086) during the CQWW DX SSB
Contest (October 27-28th) as a Multi-Op entry. QSL D4C direct to HB9DUR
or by the Bureau to IK2NCJ, also LoTW or eQSL. Look for operators to sign
as D4Z and/or D41CV prior to contest. For the latest information, check
the D4C Web page at: http://www.d4c.cc
E4, PALESTINE. Janusz, SP9FIH, will once again be active as E44WE from
Bethlehem between October 27th and November 11th. Activity will be on
20/17/15 meters (possibly 160m) using SSB, some RTTY and possibly FT8.
He will also be active in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th)
as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m)/Assisted/Low-Power entry. QSL via his
home callsign or ClubLog's OQRS. For more details and updates, see:
EA8, CANARY ISLANDS. Kasimir, DL2SBY, is now active as EA8/DL2SBY from
Fuerteventura Island (AF-004). Length of activity unknown. Activity will
usually be on 40-6 meters including 17/12 meters and possibly 30 meters
using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. His equipment will be a TS480SAT with a 400
watts amp, antennas are a Triple Leg (20/17/15/12/10m), vertical (80-10m)
and an Inverted Vee (30/40m). QSL HB0/DL2SBY via DL2SBY, direct or the
OQRS (Bureau/direct) via ClubLog ONLY. Do not send your QSL via the Bureau!
His log will be uploaded to LoTW later.
FJ, ST. BARTHELEMY. Thierry, F6CUK, will be active as F6CUK/FJ from Saint
Barthelemy Island (NA-146) between October 21st and November 1st. Activity
will be holiday style on various HF bands using CW and SSB. Equipment is
a TS480SAT and wire antennas. QSL via his home callsign, eQSL, LoTW or
FS, ST.MARTIN. Operators Paul/K9NU, John/W9ILY, Mike/W9MK, John/K9EL
and Marco/FS4WBS will be active as FS/homecall (except FS4WBS) between
November 28th and December 7th. Team Saint Martin 2018 states, "The island
of Saint Martin/Sint Maarten was devastated by Hurricane Irma in September
2017. The people of the island faced many hardships but now welcome
tourists back to their wonderful island. We will celebrate with the
people of Saint Martin from 28 November to 8 December, 2018." Operations
will be on a hillside location not far from Orient Beach with excellent
takeoff to most areas of the world. The team's primary focus will be on
160/80 meters during hours of darkness. They will also operate 40-6 meters
depending on the propagation openings. Their primary modes will be CW,
SSB and FT8. Their plan is to operate FT8 in Fox/Hound mode on DXpedition
frequencies. Some RTTY is also planned. There will be NO operation on
60 meters or PSK modes. Currently, QSL details are as follows:
FS/K9NU - ClubLog's OQRS, LoTW, direct or by the Bureau
FS/W9ILY - ClubLog's OQRS, LoTW, direct or by the Bureau
FS/K9EL - ClubLog's OQRS, LoTW, direct or by the Bureau
FS/W9MK - Listen for instructions
FS4WBS - QSL via IZ1MHY
Daily uploads to ClubLog and LoTW will be done if possible.
For more details and updates, see:
GU, GUERNSEY. Oleg, RL5D, will be active as GU3HFN (the Guernsey Amateur
Radio Society callsign) from St. Peter Port during the CQWW DX SSB Contest
(October 27-28th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via GU8ITE
or the Bureau.
HC, ECUADOR. Uwe, DL8UD, will be active as HC5M from Cuenca between
November 21-28th. He plans to operate in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November
24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power/Assisted entry. Before and
after the contest, Uwe will operate on 160-10 meters, including the
30/17/12m bands, using CW and SSB. QSL via DL8UD, direct or by the Bureau.
IOTA ANNOUNCEMENT. Roder Balister, G3KMA, announced that at the 2018 RSGB
Convention 6 new IOTA groups that would be added to the IOTA Directory.
The new IOTAs are as follows:
EU-192 [SM/OH] – Kataja Island (Finland/Sweden)
OC-297 [FO] – Morane Atoll (Tuamotu, French Polynesia)
NA-249 [KP3] – Puerto Rico’s Coastal Islands
NA-250 [KL] – Yakutat County Group, Coastal Groups (Alaska)
AS-204 [R0F] – Kuril’skiye Island North
AS-205 [R0X] – Bering Sea Coast East
AS-006. Alberto, IV3TAN, will once again be active as VR2XAN during
the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) as a Single-Op/
Single-Band (80m) entry. Activity will be from Peng Chau
Island, HongKong. QSL via: Alberto Annesi, 1/F, 7A Nam Shan Road,
Peng Chau Island, Hong Kong.
AS-130. Bill "BJ", WA7WJR, is now active as XV9WJR from Con Dao Island
until October 15th. Activity will be on 40/20/15 meters using
primarily CW with some SSB and PSK. 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.
EU-125. Operators Olaf/DL4HG, Andy/DL7AT and Uwe/DL8UD will be active
as OZ0TX from Römö Island, Denmark, between October 25-30th.
Activity will include the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th)
as a Multi-Single/High-Power entry. QSL via DL7AT, direct or
by the Bureau.
OC-113/ Operators Cezar/VE3LYC and Adrian/KO8SCA will operate as TX0A
OC-279. from Maria Est Atoll in the Acteon Group (OC-113), and as TX0M
from Morane Atoll in the Morane Group (OC-297P) between December
4-18th. The only amateur radio activity from the Acteon Group
took place more than 28 years ago by Robert Berry (FO5BI/P).
He operated in April 1990 from the Marutea Sud Atoll. This
IOTA reference is currently ranked #6 on the Most Wanted IOTA
Listing, needed by 98% of the IOTA members. Since at the time
of this operation there will be 1126 IOTA references activated
to date, compared to 340 current DXCC entities, the rarity of
this IOTA group corresponds to #2 on the DXCC Listing. The Morane
Atoll is the only counter of the New IOTA Group OC-297. It fits
the "Remote Island Group" criterion (IOTA Programme Structure
B.1.3). Both Atolls are uninhabited. The plan is to operate
from each Atoll for 5 full days. Activity will be on CW, SSB
and 40-10 meters concentrating on the bands that will exhibit
the best propagation conditions within specific time windows
for each region. They will maintain one station on 20 m as
long as the propagation will permit in order to maximize the
number of unique stations logged. This is a complex and extremely
expensive project, and they need your support to defray some
of the considerable costs incurred! All donors will be timely
acknowledged on their Web site at: https://tx0a-tx0m.weebly.com
QSL via VE3LYC, direct, by the Bureau or ClubLog's OQRS.
SA-073. Rich, K2RR, will be active as OA5/K2RR from San Gallan Island
for only a few hours (3 hours was mentioned) during the daylight
on Monday, October 15th. Activity will start around 1430z and
be mainly on CW near 14040 kHz. There may be some SSB on 14260
kHz and possibly 30m operations on 10115 kHz. QSL via ClubLog.
Possibly LoTW (TBD).
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......
LU, ARGENTINA (CW Key Day). Raul Bon Foster, LU5AG, Secretary of the
Radio Club QRM Belgrano (LU4AAO), informs OPDX that "CW Key Day", is on
Saturday, October 20th, with activity on 40 meters CW between 1900-2100
UTC and 80 meters CW between 2300-0100 UTC. This is not a contest, but
a "CW Activity Event"; QRS for many stations. For more details, see the
LX, LUXEMBOURG. Members of the GMDX Group (Scotland's DX Association)
will be active as LX/GM4UYE from Baschleiden between May 25th and June
1st. Operators mentioned are Hugh/GM4UYE, Billy/GM0OBX, Jonathan/MM0OKG,
Ross/MM0OBT, John/MM0JZB and Stevie/MM0VPY. Activity will be on 40-6
meters (possibly 80/160) using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL via LoTW and
M0OXO. Visit the GMDX Web page at: https://www.gmdx.org.uk
PE75, THE NETHERLANDS. Operators Wino/PA0ABM and Rich/PA0RRS will be
active as PE75W to celebrate their 75th birthdays during the CQWW DX
CW Contest (November 24-25th). They will use 100w into a 3-element yagi
for the high bands and dipoles for the low bands. QSL only via LoTW.
PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (October 15-21st).......
Oct/15th AN Oct/18th AN Oct/20th HN
Oct/16th AN Oct/19th LN Oct/21st 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>:
We are sad to report that the (REALTIME) Band Condition Web page is
down or no more!! It seems that the Web page went down sometime in
late September, after reading the messages on the site's Yahoo group
<https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/bandconditions/info>. Your editor
has been trying to contact the author of the site, but hasn't heard
anything back yet. Let's hope that it comes back up again.
Meanwhile, check out the following Web sites:
* 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:
* Also on Twitter: https://twitter.com/@GiellaW4hm
QSL INFO AND NEWS...................
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX by Lothar, DL1SBF <www.qslinfo.eu> <Oct. 14th>
3Z100POL via SP6PZG & (L) II0IDO via IZ0FVD OK8UN via LX1UN
5A0YL via 5A0YL (O) II3GM via IQ3CO OL100E via OK1PI
7X4AN via 7X4AN (d) IO8MQP via IZ8EDJ & (L) OL100OHA/P via OK2OHA
8Q7YC via W5UE IR3C via I3VJW (L/e) OM100CSR via OM2FY (O/L)
9A1WFF/P via 9A2MF J79WTA via HB9MFM SE5L via SM5ALJ
9A2018CRO via 9A7R JW9DL via LA9DL SM/DG1BAR via DG1BAR
CS2TTC via CT7ABF N0F via KD2CUO (d) SN150EL via SP1KRF
DM152ZYA via DK4PL N1F via KD2CUO (d) SN3A via SP3GEM
EA8/DL2SBY via DL2SBY N2F via KD2CUO (d) SP/EW3DC via EW3DC
ED1DST via EA1DST (B) N3F via KD2CUO (d) TT8KO via M0OXO & (L)
ED5ST via EA5ST N4F via KF2IRE (d) VE3FIRE via KD2CUO (d)
EG1TMP via EA1URE & (L) N5F via KD2CUO (d) VK9/JK7LXU via JK7LXU
EH2018AJT via EA1EG N6F via KD2CUO (d) VR2CC via VR2XRW
EI100SSD via EI3KE N7F via KD2CUO (d) XV9RH via OE1ZKC
FY/F5DKO via F5TJP (d) N8F via KD2CUO (d) YR0REX via YO5BFJ & (L)
GB2YMR via G8YQN N9F via KD2CUO (d) YU100WWI via YU1SRS
HG7T via HA7TM OE100RAD via OE6RAD & (L)
(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
LOGS ONLINE AT CLUBLOG.ORG THIS WEEK......
QSLS RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 3B7A, 3C0W, 9X0T, 9X0Y, CT3MD, DF0HQ, DP0GVN,
EA5IKJ, EA9IB, EI4DQ, HG2DX, JH1QHT, KV4VZ, LU7YS, MM0SJH, PD1LVK,
PZ5RA, RX3DIN, SV5DKL, TO6OK, TY7C, V6J (OC-226), V6J (OC-254), VK9ACT
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3A2NL, 4B4B, GB5RC, KH1/KH7Z and YW6X (SA-090)
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 5B/AA7A, 6Y5/K1XM, 6Y9X, A93JA, E51AAR,
E51MQT, EP4MMM, EX/W9FAM, FS/K1XM, H100CGCDH, HI3/N3SY, HK1NA, J7A,
J8/KE1B, KH7CW, KL7KK, KL7QK, KP2/K1ZF, N7ET/DU7, NY0V/MM, OH0X, OH0Z,
P40L, P49Y, PJ2T, PJ7TM, PZ5W, S9MX (AF-044), TF/K2HVN, TX7G, V25OP,
V26K, V6Z, V63X, VK9CZ, VP2ERM, VP2MKV, VP2MQT, VP5/K0PC, VP5T, VP9I,
VX3100, WL7E, WP4U, XE2MX, YB0DPO, YD1NAA (OC-075), YN2GA, YN2SX, ZF2AH
SV/A, MOUNT ATHOS. Monk Apollo, SV2ASP/A, is back at the Monastery from
Mount Athos, and was heard on CW (14036 kHz), Friday, October 12th,
between 1140-1900z. He is expected to be more active.
SW9, CRETE. Operators Christo/LZ3FN, Todor/LZ4AW and Georgios/SV9DJO will
be active as SW9AA from Crete (EU-015, GIOTA KRS-005, MIA MGC-005, WLOTA
1400) during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Mukti-Op/Low-
Power entry. QSL via LZ1PM. Activity outside of the contest will be holiday
style on all bands, mainly CW.
TM62, FRANCE (Special Event). Look for special event callsign, TM62GG,
to be on the air from Meurchin (Pas-de-Calais 62) for the 100th anniversary
of WWI (Grande Guerre). Operators mentioned are Philippe/F4ICT, John/F4HLE,
Guy/F4HLX, Laurent/F4AHN, Joel/F4DVP and Serge/F5LKK. Dates of activity
are October 12-14th, October 27-28th, November 1st, November 3-4th, November
10-11th, and December 1-2nd. Activity will be on all HF, VHF and DMR bands.
A special QSL card will be sent systematically by the REF and eQSL office
for any contact, and for any SWL request. QSL via F4AHN, by the Bureau or
direct. For more details, see QRZ.com.
TT8KO DXPEDITION NEWS. Kenneth, LA7GIA, was active earlier in the week
as TT8KO, but on October 10th, he was shut down by the national security
police. As of press time, Kenneth has been waiting for the Chief of the
ational Security (who is traveling with the President of Chad) to per-
sonally check out his radio and equipment. As of late October 13th, Kenneth
has been through two interrogations by the security police, and is still
waiting and thinking about returning home.
V7, MARSHALL ISLANDS. Masa, JA0RQV, will be active from a small seaside
bungalow on Majuro Atoll (OC-029) between October 26-29th. Activity will
be on 80-6 meters using CW and SSB. He also plans to be in the CQWW DX
SSB Contest (October 27-28th). Equipment is an IC-7000 w/100 watts into
a vertical antenna. QSL via M0OXO < http://www.m0oxo.com>. For more
details and updates, see: https://blog.goo.ne.jp/rqv
VK9X, CHRISTMAS ISLAND (Date Changes). Operators Chris/G3SVL, Nigel/G3TXF,
David/G3WGN, Mike/G3WPH and Tony/G2NF (all 6Gs Group members) will be
active as VK9XG from Christmas Island between October 17-29th (not October
16-30th). Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, FT8 and possibly
RTTY. QSL via G3TXF. Full logs will be uploaded to LoTW during the oper-
ation. For more details and updates, see:
VP6D DUCIE ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS (Press Release #11, dated October 10th).
VP6D Ducie Island 2018 DX-pedition (OC-182) -- After 18 months of
intensive planning we will soon begin our long journey to Ducie Island.
This is a team effort and you are part of the team. Please help us to
work you by reviewing this important information.
1. You can follow our progress as we sail to and from Ducie Island.
<https://share.garmin.com/VP6D> Tracking will be available on Oct.
16th as we depart Mangareva.
2. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook - updated from the ship and island.
3. As time permits, we’ll send Press Releases to the DX-bulletins and
upload photos to VP6D.com from the island.
4. Your only email route to VP6D is through the pilot team.
5. The pilots do not have the logs. Please don’t ask them about NiL,
busted calls, skeds, etc. -- Do send them helpful suggestions.
6. There is no access to personal email while on the ship or on the
7. The log will be uploaded daily, OQRS will be available at VP6D.com
shortly after we leave the island.
8. The process for reporting busted / missing QSOs will be available
when OQRS opens.
9. We are uploading the log only to VP6D.com - there is no Leaderboard.
10. We plan to use WSJT-X Version 1.9.1 as a Fox on all bands except
160 where we will not use DX-pedition mode. VP6D FT8 operating
guidelines posted at VP6D.com
11. DXA at DXA3.org/VP6D will update about 3 minutes after your contact.
Check here to see if you are in our log.
12. The log may show FT8 dupes even if you didn’t dupe us, we will resolve
dupes after the DX-pedition.
13. Thanks to Lance, W7GJ, our plan to activate 6m EME is a first for
There will be at least 3 DX-peditions operating from the Pacific during
Oct/Nov. Ensure you are in the correct pileup for the DX you are trying
to work. If you see your contact on VP6D’s DXA that contact is in our log.
Please consider a donation at VP6D.com to help offset the team’s signi-
ficant investment to put Ducie Island on the air. Those who process a
donation on VP6D.com before we sail on 16 October will receive their LoTW
confirmation while we’re on the island.
We wish everyone the best of luck in getting in the log, we’ll do our
best to get you the Qs you want.
73, Team Ducie 2018
Please direct questions to: email@example.com
VP6D Web page: https://www.vp6d.com
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ADDED NOTES (From Gene, K5GS, date October 10th). The team is as ready
as we can be. We begin our travel this weekend, first meeting in Tahiti.
Nigel Jolly will not be with us on the boat, his son Matt will be the
skipper. Nigel will meet us in Tahiti on Oct 15th, he will then fly to
Tonga. He was awarded a last minute contract to bring supplies to Tonga,
his other ship Claymore II has the job. Nigel must be in Tonga to arrange
the Customs and Immigration formalities.
VR, HONG KONG. Alberto, IV3TAN, will once again be active as VR2XAN during
the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (80m)
entry. Activity outside of the contest is mostly on the Low Bands (40/
80/160m on CW/SSB). He uses an Icom 756 Pro III with an Icom IC-2KL (400w)
amp into a Crushcraft D4, rotary dipole 10-40 meters and Inverted V Kelman
dipole 80/160 meters. QSL via: Alberto Annesi, 1/F, 7A Nam Shan Road,
Peng Chau Island, Hong Kong.
WP3, PUERTO RICO. Brian, ND3F, will be active as WP3Q from Loquillo (NE
coast) between October 24-29th. Activity will include the CQWW DX SSB
Contest (October 27-28th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. He
will use a modest portable setup. QSL via N3IQ.
YS, EL SALVADOR. Tom, KC0W, will be active as YS/KC0W from El Salvador
sometime between January and February 2019 (exact dates to be announced).
Activity will be on 80-6 meters using CW only. QSL via his home callsign.
ZF9, CAYMAN ISLANDS. Stan, K5GO, will once again be active as ZF9CW from
Cayman Brac Island (NA-016) sometime during late October to early December.
Look for him to be in various contests both CW and SSB. QSL via LoTW or
his home callsign direct. NO LoTW or NO Bureau.
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