The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1432
September 23, 2019
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Written/Sent from Strongsville, Ohio
Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX
Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, the AB5K's AR Cluster
Networks, NJ1Q & W1AW, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, K8YSE, W8GEX &
60m DX News, CO8ZZ, DL1SBF, DL7UXG & The DX News Letter, DxCoffee.com,
DXNews.com, DX-World.Net, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, I1JQJ/IK1ADH
& 425 DX News, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, PA3EWP, 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, 8th/September, through Sunday, 15th/September there were
208 countries active. Countries available: According to the AR-Cluster
Network for the week of Sunday, 15th/September, through Sunday, 22nd/
September there were 212 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8,
3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5T, 5W, 5X, 6W, 6Y,
7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9U, 9V, 9Y, A3, A4,
A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3,
CU, CX, DL, DU, E5/n, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES,
EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW,
H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2,
J6, J7, J8, JA, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU,
LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OJ0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA,
PJ2, PJ4, PJ7, PY, PZ, S0, S2, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T30,
T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TN, TR, TT, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR,
V2, V3, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2M, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XX9, YA, YB,
YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, Z6, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZD7, 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".
5R. MADAGASCAR. Operators Hiro/JF1OCQ and Kuni/JA8VE will be active as
5R8VX and 5R8KU, respectively, from Nosy Be Island (AF-057) between
November 12-25th. Activity will be on various HF bands using CW, SSB
and the Digital modes (FT4 & FT8). QSL 5R8VX via JF1OCQ and 5R8KU via
5X, UGANDA. Anton, ON6NL, is once again active as 5X8C from Entebbe until
October 7th. He is mainly there working and teaching telecom training
classes. He hopes to be active in the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September
28-29th), but with a simple setup. QSL via ON6NL, direct, by the Bureau
6O, SOMALIA (Update). Ken, LA7GIA, will only be active from Somalia as
6O7O until September 28th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters mainly on
CW. Activity on other modes (SSB, FT8) will be limited and on 1-2 bands
only. On Friday, Ken reported that his favorite 2 element Mosley broke
during some high wind gusts. However, he was able to fix it on Saturday.
Ken has posted some pictures on his setup in Somalia on his FaceBook
page. For more details and updates, visit his Web page and the following
media pages: https://www.la7gia.com/where-next
QSL via M0OXO. Logs will be uploaded to ClubLog. Also, make sure you
read Ken's "QSO & QSL Policy" on his Web page.
9H, MALTA. Rene, DL2JRM, will once again be active as 9H3YY from Malta
(EU-023) between October 18-22nd. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using
CW and SSB with 100 watts into a Vertical antenna. He plans to participate
in the Worked All Germany Contest (October 19-20th). QSL via his home
callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
A3, TONGA (Update/Reminder). Operators Andrew/VK5AK, Grant/VK5GR (Team
Leader), Oly/VK5XDX and Steve/VK5SFA will be active as A35JT from Tonga
between September 22nd and October 7th. Activity will be holiday style
on 160-10 meters and will include entries in the CQWW DX RTTY Contest
(September 28-29th) and Oceania DX SSB Contest (October 5-6th). The team
also mentioned that they have been granted access to 6m to conduct EME
experiments! Suggested frequencies and modes are:
CW - 1820, 3518, 7018, 10118, 14038, 18078, 21038, 24903 and 28038 kHz
SSB - 1860, 3775(*), 7185, 14265, 18150, 21265, 24975 and 28465 kHz
RTTY - 1803, 3593, 7051, 10143, 14083, 18103, 21083, 24923 and 28083 kHz
FT8 - 1840, 3570, 7066, 10143, 14083, 18103, 21083, 24923 and 28095 kHz
6m - 50100/CW, 50130/SSB and 50313/FT8
6m EME - 50203/JT65A
(*) 80m for JA - 3518/CW, 3775/SSB DOWN 5 and 3535/RTTY
At present, they do not have access to 60m – however, they will continue
discussions with the ministry of communications to see if they can gain
access to that band as well. Note at this stage the frequencies are subject
to change depending on coordination with other Pacific DXpeditions that
will be active at the same time. Please watch the DX Cluster and website
for updates. QSL via M0OXO, LoTW and ClubLog. They are also going to try
using ClubLog's new Live Logging system. For more details and updates,
watch Grant/VK5GR's Web page for updates at: http://vk5gr-iota.net
AFRICAN TOUR (Update/Kingdom of eSwatin First). Pista, HA5AO, is once
again active as 3DA0AO from the Kingdom of eSwatini (Swaziland) until
September 30th. He will be active from the Mountain Inn Resort at Mbabane.
He will use his Elecraft K3S with a KPA500 which is fed into a vertical
antenna, and will operate on 80-10 meters using mainly CW and FT8 on the
higher bands. Pista has posted a long update on his Web page detailing
some problems he had. His updates, QSL policy, Logsearch and OQRS are
available at: https://www.ha5ao.com
Next stop for Pista is Lesotho on the 1st of October where plans to stay
until October 19th. He will again use the 7P8AO callsign.
AM500, SPAIN (Special Event). Special event station AM500SAN should now
be active until September 29th. Activity is to celebrate 500th anniversary
of the first Round The World trip by a sailing Spanish ship. Activity
will be on various HF, VHF and UHF bands using CW, SSB, Digital modes
and the satellites. QSL via EA7URF, direct, by the Bureau, LoTW and eQSL.
For more details, see QRZ.com.
C21, NAURU (Update). Operators Yuris/YL2GM, Jack/YL2KA, Kaspars/YL1ZF
and Kristers/YL3JA are active as C21WW from Nauru (OC-031), but will be
going QRT earlier than expected on September 23rd. This is due to their
flight being cancelled on the 25th, so they had to reschedule for a flight
on the 24th, which means that the antennas will be dismantled on September
QSL via YL2GN direct or ClubLog (for direct or by the Bureau) for paper
QSLs. Full LoTW upload will be done 6 months after the end of the DX-
pedition. For more details and updates, see (new URL):
Please do not send log correction requests. Corrections will not be
provided. All individual supporters 20 USDs+ will receive direct QSL.
Please do not send your QSL to them via Bureau - they are not required.
ADDED NOTE: The Latvian team active as T30L made 13,644 QSOs with 5253
Unique Callsigns. Breakdown on QSOs are: 5463/CW, 1252/SSB, 108/FT4 and
6821/FT8. Breakdown by Continent are: 10/AF, 7613/AS, 1384/EU, 3639/NA,
762/OC and 236/SA.
C6, BAHAMAS. Buddy, WB4OMG, will be active as C6AEI from the Grand Bahama
Island (NA-080) during the CQWW DX 160m CW Contest (January 24-26th) as
a Single-Op/Low-Power entry. The length of his stay is not known. QSL via
his home callsign.
HF60, POLAND (Special Event). Look for special event station HF60KJM to
be active to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Radio Club Station
SP9KJM. QSL via SP9KJM, direct, by the Bureau, LoTW or eQSL.
AS-131. Zhao, BD7IHN, will be active as B7/BD7IHN from Hai Ling Island
between September 23-28th. Activity will be limited mostly
during his morning and early evening on 30/20 meters using
mainly CW, FT8 and possibly some SSB. QSL via BD7IHN. Log
will be uploaded to ClubLog.
NA-249. Team KP3RE will be returning to Culebra Island during the
weekend of February 21-23rd, 2020.
OC-133. Saty, JE1JKL, will once again be active as 9M6NA from Mohammed's,
9M6MO, QTH on Labuan Island, East Malaysia, between October
24-28th. His focus will be on 6 meters FT8 (50.313 and 50.323
MHz), and also FT8 (F/H) on 50.318 MHz. He will also participate
in CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-
Band/High-Power entry. QSL via ClubLog's OQRS only for Bureau
and direct QSLs. All the logs are promptly uploaded to LoTW.
Visit Saty's home page at: https://jsfc.org/je1jkl/9m6na.html
PLEASE NOTE: Since the Webmasters of the new 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......
KH0, MARIANA ISLANDS. By the time you read this, John, WB6Z, will once
again be active as KH0/WB6Z from Saipan (OC-086) until September 30th.
Activity will be limited to his spare time, but look for him to be on
40-10 meters using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL via JF1OCQ.
KH8, AMERICAN SAMOA. Tsutomu "Tom", JA1VND, will be active as KH8/K1TF
from Pago Pago (OC-045) between November 12-18th. Activity will be on
various HF bands using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via JA1VND
direct or LoTW.
OPDX MAILING LIST (Just A Reminder). The "new" OPDX Mailing List is back up
and running! Details on how to subscribe/unsubscribe are at the bottom of
this bulletin. PLEASE pass the word around.... Thanks and 73 de Tedd KB8NW
PJ7, ST. MAARTEN. Phil, K0CD, will once again be active as PJ7/K0CD from
Sint Maarten Island (NA-105) during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November
23-24th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m)/QRP/Assisted entry. QSL via
his home callsign. He plans to be on the air before the contest (Thursday
PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (September 23-29th).......
Sep/23rd AN Sep/26th AN Sep/28th DIS
Sep/24th AN Sep/27th BN Sep/29th LN
SOLAR REFERENCE KEYS/INDEXES AND GEOMAGNETIC REFERENCE
NORMALITY GEOMAG K Values Alpha
----------------- ------ -------- ------
AN - Above Normal Quiet K=0-1 0-7
HN - High Normal Unsettled K=2 8-15
LN - Low Normal Active K=3 16-29
BN - Below Normal Minor Storm K=4 30-49
DIS - Disturbed Major Storm K=5 50-99
VRY DIS - Very Disturbed Severe Storm K=6-9 100-400
Meanwhile, check out the following Web sites for propagation:
* VOACAP predication Web page at: http://www.voacap.com/hf
* DX.QSL.NET Propagation page: https://dx.qsl.net/propagation
* A daily HF radio wave propagation forecast can be found at:
* SolarHam Web page: http://www.solarham.net
* Radio Propagation/Space Weather/Sunspot Cycle Information at:
* Monthly propagation charts between four USA regions and twelve
overseas locations are at: http://arrl.org/propagation
* Information and tutorials on propagation are at: http://k9la.us
* Graphic propagation tool by DR2W: http://www.dr2w.de/dx-propagation
* Point to point propagation at: http://www.predtest.uk/p2p.html
* Realtime propagation at: http://www.predtest.uk
* Also on Twitter: https://twitter.com/@GiellaW4hm
QSL INFO AND NEWS...................
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX by Lothar, DL1SBF (www.qslinfo.eu)(September 22nd)
4O7CC via UA4CC HF0PCK via SP1DPA RO75RK via R1NU
5B/PD2GJS via PD2GJS HF60KJM via SP9KJM SO7M via SP7PKI
5Q6EE via OZ2I (O/L) II4GRM via IQ4FE SP/DJ8QP via DJ8QP
9A/DL1FDH via DL1FDH II8RACS via IQ8CS & (e) SP80WW/6 via SP6OPZ
9A/S56LXN/P via S56LXN LX75V via LX1JH SV/KA3EGV via KA3EGV
AM500SAN via EA7URF LY/DJ8QP via DJ8QP SV5/G2JL via G2JL (d)
DL/OK8WFF via DF6EX (*) LZ304EW via LZ1KCP SZ3PMBG19 via SZ3P (d/L)
DM460DA via DL9GFB MD/OP2D via M0URX (O) TM230RF via F4DTO
DM70GER via M0SDV (O) OE193APD via OE3DMA VE7/DL1OD via DL1OD
EH1OLA via EA1UVR OG70AD via OH3AD & (L) YL/DJ8QP via DJ8QP
EJ1D via M0OXO (O) OM/SQ9MDF/P via SQ9MDF YS1RS via EB7DX & (L)
F/DL8ECA/P via DL8ECA P29VIM via YO5BIM & (L) ZL3/OK1MV via OK1MV
GS8VL via M0OXO (O/L) PA75LIMBURG via PC9DB (O) ZM1A via ZL3CW (d/L)
HB0/DL5YL via DL5YL PH75AIR via PA9RF
HB0/DL5YM via DL5YM PH75MG via PI4CQ
(e) eQSL only (d) direct only (B) Bureau only (*-B) DX's- Bureau
(O) OQRS only (C) ClubLog only (L) LoTW only (N) No QSL needed
(I) No IRC (P) PayPal (NB) No Bureau
(*) please no QSL, we confirm automatically
LOGS ONLINE AT CLUBLOG.ORG THIS WEEK......
QSLS RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 5T5PA, A5A, T6AA, V84SAA, VK3GA, VK6IR and
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 9M2TDX, CE7/DL2OE and XR0ZRC
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: None reported this week!!!!
--- We would like to see more QSL Bureaus (such as AS/US/SA/AF.. etc)
to send in their info....
S7, SEYCHELLES. Erik, NI6G, is now active as S79ES from Seychelles until
September 30th. He plans to operate from Mahe, Praslin and La Digue
Islands. Activity will be on various HF bands using CW and FT8. QSL via
his home callsign.
S7, SEYCHELLES. Ravi, VU2IIX, will be active as S79VU from Mahe Island
starting September 30th, and will stay until the end of June 2021. Activity
will be on 80-10 meters using SSB and the Digital modes. Listen for his
SV5, DODECANESE. By the time you read this, Wolfgang "Wolf", DL3DRN, will
once again be active as SV5/DL3DRN Rhodos Island (EU-001 and WLOTA L-0045),
(QTH Kolymbia) until October 10th. Activity will be holiday style on
various HF bands using CW, SSB and RTTY, with a FT-857 and a FD4. QSL
via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.
T48, CUBA. The Santiago de Cuba Contest Team (SCCT) will be active as a
Multi-2 entry into CQ Worldwide DX Contest RTTY next weekend using the
special callsign T48SC. Operators list include CO8WN, CO8IH, CM8NMN and
CO8HF. SCCT is one of the last founded contest stations active from Cuba
on during major international contests. QSL route via operators instruc-
TI9, COCOS ISLAND. Operators Mark/XE1B (4A4A) and Frank/HK5OKY will be
active as TI9C from Cocos Island (NA-012) between January 30th and February
9th (2020), depending on the weather. The diving vessel "Okeanos Agressor I"
will depart from the west coast of Costa Rica and sail 36-40 hours to Cocos
Island some 342 miles away. Activity will be on 160/80/40/20/17/15/12/10/6
meters using SSB only with two stations with high power. Suggested fre-
quencies are: 1850, 3790, 70065, 7165, 14195, 18140, 21295, 24940, 28475
and 50140 kHz. QSL via XE1B direct (5 USDs SAE), ClubLog's OQRS (10 USDs)
or LoTW after 6 months.
TR, GABON. Roland, F8EN, (ex-CN8EM/FO8BV/3C3CR/TR50R) will once again
be active as TR8CR from Libreville. He will be there sometime at the end
of September until December 15th. Activity will start probably early
October. Operations will be mainly CW. QSL via F6AJA, direct or by the
REF Bureau. The log will be posted on the LNDX Web site at:
F6AJA will update when he receives a copy of the log.
VP5, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS. Members of the Frankford Radio Club will
be active as VP5W from Providenciales, Caicos Islands (NA-002) during the
CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 26-27th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via
LoTW or KD3TB. Operators mentioned are Irwi/KD3TB, Andrew/KD3RF, and
Mike/W3MAS. The team "may" be active before and after the contest signing
VP5/homecall. QSL via their home callsign.
VP2M, MONTSERRAT. Duane, WV2B, will be active from Monserrat between
January 9-15th. Currently, his callsign is pending. Activity will be
holiday style on various HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL via WV2B.
VP6R PITCAIRN ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS. On September 17th and 18th, the
following two items were posted on the Pitcairn Island DXpedition VP6R
Web page (https://pitcairndx.com/news-and-updates) with pictures [edited]:
* Sept. 17, 2019: Indeed, the roads dried quickly and our gear was
moved to our primary op site on Pitcairn Island. Here are four images
of our equipment, safely stored and ready for us to unpack when we
* Sept. 18, 2019: There has never been 60 meter activity from Pitcairn
Island. We were excited about activating 60 meters from Pitcairn, but
our request for 60 meter privileges was denied.
However, with the combined efforts of W8GEX, G4WMO, VP6MW, ZL4OL,
ZL2JMP, and K0IR; we drafted an appeal based on ITU regulations and
60 meter usage in other British Overseas Territories. To our great
pleasure, our appeal was accepted and the initial denial recinded.
We now have 60 meter privileges and will activate that band from
We offer special thanks to ZL1BUQ, the Telecommunications Network
Manager for the Government of the Pitcairn Islands for his consideration
of our appeal.
Also, check out their FaceBook page at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/580069859103416
VU7, LAKSHADWEEP (Update). Operators Sree/VU2OB, Shabu/M0KRI/VU2CAC,
Samson/VU3XTG, Samson/VU3XTG and possibly others will be active as VU7RI
from Lakshadweep Island (AS-011) between October 19-31st. Activity will
be on 80-6 meters with a focus on higher bands using CW, SSB and FT8.
The "60m Newsletter " reported this week that the operators are expected
to be on 60m, CW and FT8. They will try to be on 5pm to 7pm Indian Stand-
ard Time and 4am to 6am Indian Standard Time. QSL via M0KRI, LoTW or
ClubLog. For more details and update, see: https://vu7ri.com
W8S SWAINS ISLAND DXPEDITION 2020. Ronald, PA3EWP, announced on Sunday,
September 22nd, that there will be an upcoming DXpedition to Swains Island
(OC-200) between March 10-25th, 2020. They will have an international
team of 10 operators signing as W8S. Activity will be on all HF bands
using CW, SSB, FT8 and RTTY, with 4 stations from 2 separate camps.
Look for more info in the coming weeks.
ZK3A TOKELAU ISLANDS DXPEDITION NEWS. The following four updates were
posted on the ZK3A DXpedition's Web page (https://tokelau2019.com/news),
September 18th (edited):
Post #1 -- The advance team consisting of Dusko/ZL3WW, Adrian/KO8SCA
and Robert/N7QT, are packed and ready to depart by this weekend bound
for Tokelau Islands. They will all meet in Auckland, New Zealand, then
across to Apia, Samoa. There they will sail towards Tokelau Islands
arriving Wednesday, September 25th.
Furthermore we would like to thank all the donors for their generosity
thus far. Donations can be made via our website (www.tokelau2019.com).
Post #2 -- We have enlisted the help of various pilot stations from
around the globe.
Oceania & Chief Pilot: Peter, VK3FN
Asia Pilot: Champ, E21EIC
North America Pilot: Steve, N2AJ
South America Pilot: Cesar, PY2YP
Europe Pilot: Demetreos, SV2GWY
Africa Pilot: Andre, V51B
SWL reports are to be sent to the pilot station in your continent.
Go to www.tokelau2019.com/team for further information.
Post #3 -- September 21st - The ZK3A advance team has landed in Samoa
(5W). Picture available on the Web page with Adrian/KO8SCA, Robert/N7QT
and Dusko/ZL3WW. https://tokelau2019.com/news/f/arrived-in-samoa
Post #4 -- September 22nd - The advanced team has arrived in Apia, Samoa,
they have rented a car and are headed to the hotel. In the afternoon there
will be a meeting with telecom representatives to discuss details about
the boat trip to Tokelau on Tuesday. Tomorrow the team will be very busy
with the Tokelau customs paperwork and loading the boat with equipment
and supplies. Picture available at: