The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1484
october 5, 2020
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, K7ZO, K8YSE,
KT8D, W8GEX & 60m DX News, K9MM, W9VA, DJ4EL, DL1SBF, DL7UXG & The DX
News Letter, DXNews.com, DX-World.Net, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, G3WOS,
I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, MM0TWX, RN3RQ, RW6HS, Sixitalia Weekly and
VA3RJ & ICPO for the following DX information.
*** SPECIAL NOTE BY EDITOR (Reminder): Over the next couple of weeks,
the OPDX bulletin will be published "possibly" on a limited-time/
holiday style bases, so the size of the bulletin "may be" smaller.
I am planning to travel to Tennessee to visit my grand-kids and
daughter (and son-in-law). As usual, any "major" announcements will
be sent out. The October 19th bulletin should be back to normal.
PLEASE, continue to send your DX info (You never know what I
might do)..... 73, Tedd KB8NW
P.S. Sorry for the format this week. I am having problems with my HOTMAIL account....
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
week of Sunday, 27th/September, through Sunday, 4th/October there were 205
countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L,
4O, 4S, 4U1U, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5T, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 9A, 9G, 9H,
9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C6,
CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E4, E5/n,
E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, F, FG, FK,
FM, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK,
HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J6, J7, J8, 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, PY, PY0F, PZ, S0, S2, S5,
S7, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TU, TZ, UA,
UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9C, VP2E, VP2M, VP8,
VR, VU, XE, XU, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, Z8, ZA,
ZB, ZD7, ZF, ZL, ZL7, 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".
4A, MEXICO. Members of the Astronomical Society of Quintana Roo, A.C.
(SAQRO) will be using the callsign 4A1A. QSL via address on QRZ.com.
No other details were provided.
4U75, AUSTRIA (United Nations Special Event). Members of the Amateur
Radio Contest DX Club [4U1A] (ARCDXC, http://www.cqdx.ru/4u1a ) are
active using the special callsign 4U75A from Vienna, Austria, until
December 31st. Activity is to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the
creation of the United Nations. Usually, activity will be on 80/40/
20/15 meters using CW and SSB. QSL Manager is UA3DX (via the Bureau
or direct). ADDED NOTE: Just a reminder that this counts for Austria
for DXCC purposes.
4U75, UNITED NATIONS HQ (Special Event). Members of the United Nations
Amateur Radio Club [UNARC], station 4U1UN, is now active as 4U75UN to
celebrate the opening of the General Assembly and 75th anniversary of
the creation of the United Nations. The General Assembly, established
in 1945 under the United Nations Charter, is a main deliberative organ
of the United Nations. The operations will be done remotely. QSL via
HB9BOU. LoTW will be added soon. Also, the ClubLog Logsearch will be
opened soon. The 4U75UN QSL cards are ordered and the processing of the
QSL requests will start after they receive them from the print shop.
Watch for possible updates on the United Nations Amateur Radio Club's
(4U1UN) FaceBook at:
9K, KUWAIT. Abdallah, 9K2GS, will be active as 9K2K during the CQWW DX
CW Contest (November 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via
EC6DX or LoTW.
9M4DXX (MARTS PENANG EVENT STATION) Yoshida, JE1SCJ, is currently active
as 9M4DXX from Pinang State IOTA group (AS-015) on Penang Island, West
Malaysia, until the end of December 2020. If you need him on the low
bands (160/80m), please work before he leaves. He will operate FT8 on
weekends until the end of the year. QSL via the Bureau.
"BANDS ALIVE" (The 2021 DX Ultra-Marathon). Pete, MM0TWX, posted the
following interesting info on eHAM.net about "The True Blue DXers Club's"
new "Bands Alive -- 2021 CW/SSB DX Ultra-Marathon": As the new solar cycle
is now underway and conditions on the HF bands are expected to gradually
improve throughout 2021, this unprecedented initiative is launched to give
DXers a further motivation to get on the air and therefore support, improve
and promote amateur activity using person-to-person modes of communication
such as CW and SSB. This initiative, which we call "ultra-marathon" for
a reason, is indeed unprecedented – its aim, reflected in its format, is
to get people on the air and make as many unique contacts as possible
over the duration of a full year, and not simply to work as many countries
as possible. You will find a 5 minute introductory video, full rules for
participation and the possibility of pre-registering at:
For those seeking a more rapid understanding, the description and rules,
DXCC'S MOST WANTED (ClubLog). The "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list has
been updated on ClubLog as of October 3rd. The list contains 340 entities.
The following are the top 26 entities:
1. P5 DPRK (North Korea) 14. KH4 Midway Island
2. 3Y/B Bouvet Island 15. ZS8 Prince Edward & Marion Islands
3. FT5/W Crozet Island 16. PY0S Saint Peter and Paul Rocks
4. BS7H Scarborough Reef 17. PY0T Trindade & Martim Vaz Islands
5. CE0X San Felix Islands 18. KP5 Desecheo Island
6. BV9P Pratas Island 19. SV/A Mount Athos
7. KH7K Kure Island 20. VP8S South Sandwich Islands
8. KH3 Johnston Island 21. KH5 Palmyra & Jarvis Islands
9. 3Y/P Peter 1 Island 22. JD/M Minami Torishima
10. FT5/X Kerguelen Island 23. ZL9 New Zealand Subantarctic Islands
11. FT/G Glorioso Island 24. EZ Turkmenistan
12. VK0M Macquarie Island 25. YK Syria
13. YV0 Aves Island 26. FK/C Chesterfield Island
No changes in the "Top 26" since we last reported back on September 7th.
The complete "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list (340) is available at:
EA8, CANARY ISLANDS. Juan, EA8RM, will be active from Gran Canaria Island
(AF-004) during both the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th) and CQWW DX
CW Contest (November 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via LoTW.
FALKLAND ISLANDS, SOUTH GEORGIA AND ANTARCTIC VP8 AMATEUR RADIO LICENSING
(Press Release by Chris, G3WOS/VP8DBL/VP8WOS)[edited].....
* Non-resident lifetime Falkland Islands VP8 licenses (common sense
prevails) -- An element of the new 2017 Falkland Islands Communication
Ordinance was a desire to bring "amateur radio licensing in the Falk-
land Islands into the 21st Century" through a re-validation exercise
of VP8 licenses which started in early 2020.
However, a new requirement was included in the new VP8 License Terms
& Conditions. For an existing VP8 license to be revalidated, a minimum
6-month residency in the Falkland Islands was now required. This lead
to all non-resident VP8 licenses failing the revalidation exercise and
being canceled as a result.
Following an email exchange with the Falkland Islands Communications
Regulator, he stated that he considered the case closed. I raised a
complaint about this decision in the form of a 'Notice of Appeal'.
This was due to be heard in the Falkland Islands Magistrates Court
in November 2020.
The case will not now proceed to court after all as the Regulator
has decided to restore my Falkland Islands VP8 licenses and apply
the same principle to other non-resident lifetime VP8 license holders
on a "case-by-case" basis. My costs will be paid as well..
The full story can be read here – "Non-resident lifetime Falkland
Islands VP8 licenses – common sense prevails":
* South Georgia and Antarctic VP8 Amateur Radio Licensing -- Following
the recent cancellation and subsequent restoration of Chris Gare's
non-resident lifetime VP8 Falkland Islands licenses, the associated
cancellation of all VP8 Antarctic & South Georgia licenses is now in
The full story can be read here – South Georgia and Antarctic VP8
Amateur Radio licensing: https://openfalklands.co.uk
For further information contact:
Chris, G3WOS -- email@example.com
Alan, VP8PJ -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Written by Chris Gare, G3WOS/VP8DBL/VP8WOS
IOTA NEWS. The following are IOTA operations that were active this past
week between September 28th and October 3rd (as per the DXCluster):
IOTA Callsign Island/GROUP Bands/Modes
------ ---------- ------------- ------------
AF-004 EA8AM CANARY 20m; SSB
AF-004 EA8AQV CANARY 20m; Digi
AF-004 EA8JK CANARY 17m; SSB
AF-014 CT3IQ MADEIRA ARCHIPELAGO 20m; SSB
AN-015 8J1RL QUEEN MAUD LAND 40m; Digi
AS-003 4S6RYD SRI LANKA 20m; SSB
AS-007 JH1XYB HONSHU 12m; FT8
AS-007 JJ1DDT HONSHU 12m; FT8
AS-018 RN1CN/0 Sakhalin 160/20m; CW
AS-018 RN1CR/0 Sakhalin 40m; CW
AS-020 BX6ABC TAIWAN 30m; Digi
EU-001 SV5/DL3DRN DODECANESE 80/30/20m; CW/SSB
EU-002 OH0CO Aland 60m; CW/FT8
EU-005 G3XPO GREAT BRITAIN 20m; FT8
EU-006 EJ5GM Inishmore 20m; CW/SSB
EU-006 EJ9FBB Inishmore 40m; SSB
EU-008 GM4PVM INNER HEBRIDES 40/30m; CW
EU-014 TK4QL CORSICA 80/20m; SSB
EU-021 TF5B ICELAND 40m; Digi
EU-023 9H1TT MALTA 40m; SSB
EU-024 IS0AGY SARDINIA 40m; SSB
EU-025 IT9CKL Sicily 20m; CW
EU-032 TM7R Re 80/40/30/20/17m; CW/SSB/FT8
EU-049 SV8FCU Chios 17m; Digi
EU-084 8S0DX Orno 80m; CW
EU-103 EJ9FBB SALTEE 40m; SSB
EU-115 MI0SAI IRELAND 17m; SSB
EU-125 5P8VW Romo 80/40/20/17m; CW/SSB/Digi
EU-128 DL8JJ/P Warder 40m; CW
EU-133 RD1A/M GULF OF FINLAND SOUTH 160/80/40/30/20/17m; Digi/SSB
EU-175 CU3AT CENTRAL 20m; Digi
NA-016 ZF2CH CAYMAN 20m; Digi
NA-018 XP3A GREENLAND 30m; Digi
NA-021 8P6ET BARBADOS 15m; Digi
NA-096 HI8AT DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 20m; SSB
NA-101 J73WA DOMINICA 30m; Digi
NA-106 KP2B VIRGIN 40m; Digi
NA-108 J69DS ST LUCIA 20m; Digi
NA-178 KJ6ER CALIFORNIA STATE CENTRE 20m; Digi
OC-001 VK2BY Australia 40m; SSB
OC-001 VK2FAD Australia 20m; Digi
OC-001 VK4KW Australia 20m; SSB
OC-001 VK4NM Australia 40m; SSB
OC-001 VK6NE Australia 40m; SSB
OC-013 E51BQ Rarotonga 20m; Digi
OC-016 3D2AG VITI LEVU AND VANUA LEVU 40m; Digi
OC-019 PR7CPK HAWAIIAN 20m; SSB
OC-021 8A100GB Java 20m; SSB
OC-021 YC1SDL Java 20m; CW
OC-032 FK8IK NEW CALEDONIA 20m; CW
OC-036 ZM4T North 40m; SSB
OC-082 E51WL Penrhyn Atoll 17m; FT8
OC-086 KH0/KC0W NORTHERN MARIANA 40m; Digi
OC-088 V85A Borneo 20m; SSB
OC-088 V85T Borneo 20m; CW
OC-143 YB4FIK SUMATRA 20m; SSB
OC-151 YD6MCE/9 TENGGARA TIMUR 40m; Digi
OC-147 YG9WKB WEST PAPUA’S COASTAL ISLANDS NORTH 40/15m; SSB/FT8
SA-002 VP8NO Falkland 12m; Digi
SA-002 VP8ON Falkland 30m; Digi
SA-011 9Z4Y TRINIDAD 20m; CW
SA-011 9Z4FE TRINIDAD 17/15m; SSB
SA-012 YV7WGA NUEVA ESPARTA STATE 30m; FT8
SA-018 CE7VPQ LOS LAGOS REGION SOUTH 10m; SSB
SA-021 LU2MCX BUENOS AIRES PROVINCE 10m; Digi
** Thanks to the individuals who put the island/group and mode
on their QSNs on their PacketCluster reports....
OC-298. (Update to OPDX.1483/New IOTA) Last week we mentioned that
Cezar, VE3LYC, will be active as TX0T from Tatakoto Atoll,
French Polynesia, between October 29th and November 5th. He
posted the following on his TX0T Web page:
September 26th -- "ANFR, the authority of French Polynesia,
issued me the temporary operating radio amateur license, the
documentation required for temporary importation of radio
equipment, as well as the special callsign I requested. I
have purchased the return plane tickets for Ottawa - Papeete,
and Papeete - Tatakoto."
September 30th -- "All donors will automatically by mailed
QSL cards directly if they made the log. Additionally, they
will benefit from their contacts being uploaded and available
for QSO matching 30 days after the expedition.
I will be working with Alfio (IT9EJW), who will do the QSL
design and printing, to ensure that direct QSL requests will
be mailed by early January 2021. Meanwhile, the respective
contacts will also be uploaded and available for QSO matching
within 60 days of the operation."
For more details and updates, see: https://tx0t.weebly.com
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......
JD1, MINAMI TORISHIMA. Take, JG8NQJ, will once again be active as JG8NQJ/JD1
from Marcus Island in the Minami Torishima (OC-073, JCG 10007) group
between October 14th and mid-January 2021. He is usually there to work
on the island's weather station. Activity will be limited to his spare
time. He will usually be mainly on 17 meters, but will also be on 20/15/
12/10/6 meters using CW (possibly RTTY), with a Yaesu FT-450 and 50W. QSL
via JA8CJY or by the Bureau via JG8NQJ.
JX2, JAN MAYEN ISLAND (Update to OPDX.1481). Erik, LA2US/JW2US, who is
expected to be active as JX2US from Olonkin City, Jan Mayen Island (EU-022),
between October 2020 and March 2021, is now on Jan Mayen as of October 1st.
Do not look for him right away because his first few days will be used for
training and settling-in. QSL only via ClubLog's OQRS, at:
QSL card service via the OQRS (ClubLog) will open when he returns home
in April 2021. Upload to LoTW will be after he returns home. IMPORTANT:
Do not send direct QSL requests to Jan Mayen by mail! Erik will not
handle any QSL card requests while he is on Jan Mayen.
JX0X JAN MAYEN ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS (Update). The JX0X team announced
this past week the following on September 29th [edited]: "We had a team
meeting today, within the next 3-4 weeks we will decide if we go or not
to JX. Unfortunately the financial situation for the project is such that
it is still too risky for us to sign the Vessel contract. During the last
3 months we have received 8900 USDs from individuals. Our budget is still
105,000 USDs ++. We believe that JX2US is not a competitor to us when it
comes to the QSO handling, as he will stay close to the base and mainly
work 12-15.000 Qs (EU/SA). NA will be blocked from his QTH. We still offer
100% refund if you donate and we later cancel.
So if you want the JX0X 2021 DXped to happen - it is time to send a
small paypal contribution within the next few weeks."
Since then, the following was reported on October 3rd: "We have received
about $3500 in two days. But we’re looking for another approx $7000 to
sign the contract. Still any shortfall is covered by the 6 operators.
Facts about JX0X:
* Did you know that Jan Mayen turned into a Nature reserve in 2010?
And that the whole island including the surrounding sea is protected,
except the base at the EU side and a small area on the western part
* There are plans to close down the area on the western side - which
means this could very well be the last chance for a good NA low band
QTH if the plans are implemented
* The Ministry have said they will never allow any DXpedition to take
place from inside the Nature reserve
* We were not allowed to conduct a DXpedition with a camp at the EU side"
They appreciate all the support! Please donate using paypal at:
ONE LAST LOOK :( For those who attended the Dayton HamVention for many
years, here is the final look at Hara Arena in Trotwood on Thursday,
September 24th. The demolition of the Hara complex buildings began on
September 25th. Some 95 pictures were taken and published online at:
Also read from the ARRL Web page:
OPDX MAILING LIST (Just A Reminder). Details on how to subscribe and
unsubscribe from the "OPDX Mailing List" are at the bottom of this
bulletin. PLEASE pass the word around.... Thanks and 73 de Tedd KB8NW
PD75, THE NETHERLANDS (Special Event). Look for special event station
PD75LG to be active from Drenthe between October 20-22nd. Activity is to
celebrate the 75th anniversary (on October 21st) of The Netherlands IARU
society VERON (Vereniging voor Experimenteel). QSL via the Bureau and LoTW.
PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (October 5-11th ).......
Oct/05th AN Oct/08th AN Oct/10th AN
Oct/06th AN Oct/09th AN Oct/11th 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
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:
* News and Information About The Sun-Earth Environment:
* 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
* Real-time propagation at: http://www.predtest.uk
* Also on Twitter: https://twitter.com/@GiellaW4hm
PZ, SURINAME (Postponed Again). Markus, DJ4EL, who was expected to be
active as PZ5GE from Suriname between October 12-24th, has postponed his
operation again until Easter of 20201. He states, "Due to the rising
Covid-19 cases in Europe tourists who would like to visit Suriname must
bring a negative Covid-19 test and are required to be quarantined for 10
days after arrival which makes a trip to Papegaaien island impossible
for me. The second problem is that on the way back to Germany I would
have to travel via Amsterdam airport which could make another Covid-19
test and another quarantine at home necessary." His activity from Page-
gaaien Island (SA-092) as PZ5G has also been change and hopes to be
active between April 2-5th, 2021. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using
CW and SSB. QSL via LoTW or his home callsign. Look for updates on Twitter:
QSL INFO AND NEWS...................
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX by Lothar, DL1SBF (www.qslinfo.eu) (October 3rd)
3V8SS via LX1NO & (L) HP3SS via AC2OV (d/L) OH0/DL1SVA & (L)
DL0NBR via DL1WH II4DANT via IK4UQE OP2A via ON5CD & (L)
DL2020R via M0SDV (O) L55D via LU5DF & (L) P40P via W5AJ & (L)
EF1C via EF1C (L/e) LZ1891AO via LZ1KCP PI4CG via PD2GSP
EH7MOD via EA7URU M7Z via G4BWP PI4COM via PA1AW & (L)
EJ9FBB via EI9FBB OE9R via OE9HGV & (L) SX2I via SV2JAO (L)
HF0BW via SP1PBW OG55W via OH2OT (O/L) YU70HFG via YU1HFG
(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 (n) no printed QSLs
LOGS ONLINE (New/Updated) AVAILABLE ON CLUBLOG.ORG THIS WEEK......
NEW QSL MANAGER. Vasiliy, RW6HS, informs OPDX that he is now the QSL
Manager for the following stations: CN17JQ, RW9JZ and UI8J
WW0WWV via LoTW, OQRS or direct to: WWV Amateur Radio Club, 1713 Ridge-
wood Rd, Fort Collins, CO 80526, USA. Members of the WWV Amateur Radio
Club (WWV ARC) were active between October 1-4th, to celebrate 101st
anniversary of WWV.
ZF1A QSL MANAGER CHANGE. Scott, K7ZO, informs OPDX that the QSL Manager
has been changed for ZF1A from K6AM to K7ZO. He assumed the QSL Manager
duties from John/K6AM on September 15th.
QSLS RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 3V8SS, 4U1UN, AG5Z, CP6CL, CU7AA, DL1BUG, EA6NB,
EA8AUW, K9EA, K9GWS, KF5GTX, OE0HQ, PP1CZ, TI5/N3KS, VE3RR, WB8SDA and
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: EK6SI, JT5DX, SV5DKL and SV9ANK
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: CE0Y/W7YAQ, DJ0SP, DL5AXX, GJ6EFW, IZ5BBS,
J79GEA, OM2VL, OM3KFO, P4/DL6RAI, PA52KDA, PE1OYB, RN3CT, SM6BGG, TK9C,
TX0M, VA3LVW, VE3DCX, VE3HMK, VE3RR, VE3YWN and VP6D
--- We would like to see more QSL Bureaus (such as AS/US/SA/AF.. etc)
send in their info....
SI9AM SWEDEN STATION CLOSING DOWN......
* Jörgen Norrmén, SM3FJF, President of SI9AM, reports, "We are sorry
to inform you that SI9AM, the Visitor's Amateur Radio Station in
Utanede, Sweden will be closed down on December 1, 2020. The Visitor's
Station is owned by eight radio clubs in the third call area in Sweden.
SI9AM has reported losses for several years and has not had any guest
operators since February 2020 due to the Covid19 Pandemic. The board
has now decided to close down the visitor station. We started the
Visitor's station on July 19, 2000, and have worked about 160,000 QSOs.
Thanks to all Guest Operators, Visitors, all radio amateurs who have
worked us and everyone who has supported us during the years. We will
continue to answer QSL-cards, send SI9AM Awards."
* Operators Jef/DD2CW, Francis/ON6LY and Dirk/ON3UN will once again be
active as SI9AM from the "King Chulalongkorn Memorial", the largest
Thai Pavilion in the world outside Thailand in Raganda, Sweden, between
October 20-28th. This will be their final time it the SI9AM station
because it is closing down on December 1st. Activity will include the
CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th) as Multi-Op entry. QSL this
operation via ON3UN.
* A contest team with Palle/SA0BYP and Johan/SA3BYC will activate
SI9AM during Scandinavian Activity [SSB] Contest (SAC) between
* A contest team with Lars/SM3EAE and Göran/SM5SIC will activate SI9AM
during CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th).
* SI9AM suggested frequencies:
CW - 1817, 3517, 7017, 10117, 14017, 18077, 21017, 24897 and 28017 kHz
SSB - 1840, 3760, 7060, 14210, 18160, 21310, 24960 and 28510 kHz
FM - 145.550 MHz
* Visit the SI9AM Web pages at: http://www.si9am.com
SILENT KEY. OPDX was informed by QSL Manager Bill, W9VA, that Andre, PY0FF,
became a Silent Key (SK) on Friday, September 25th. He was 70 years old
and suffered from duodenum cancer. Andre was the lone resident DX'er from
Fernando de Noronha for many years, beginning 1987. He moved to the main-
land in 2013 and has recently been active from Aracaju as PP6ZZ. He returned
to the island this past February and was hoping for another visit before
the end of the year. He was part of the PW0S DXpedition to St. Peter and
Paul Rocks in 2001 and leader of the PW0T DXpedition to Trindade 2002.
Bill, W9VA, will continue as PY0FF QSL Manager and can confirm all contacts
with that callsign. OPDX and its readers would like to send out our deepest
sympathy to the family and friends of PY0FF.
SU, EGYPT (Special Event). Members of the Egyptian Radio Amateurs Society
For Development (ERASD) will be active as EU8J from Wadi Degla, Egypt,
between October 16-18th. Activity is to support all ages to learn about
Radio Amateur and communications technology, and how together we can
solve the most pressing challenges facing our planet. QSL via SU1SK, eQSL
or LoTW. Visit the ERASD FaceBook page at: https://www.facebook.com/erasdnet
TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION AWARD. Dr. Ulrich Rohde, N1UL, received the 2020
IEEE Region 1 Technological Innovation (Industry or Government) Award. Read
about the award and him on the ARRL Web site at:
TC6, TURKEY (Special Event). Members of the Tango Alpha Radio Amateurs
Association (YM1KE) of Istanbul are now active as TC6EKM until October
7th. Activity is to celebrate the Liberation of Istanbul. Operations will
be on various HF bands and the Digital modes (such as FT8). QSL via YM1KE.
TG9, GUATEMALA (Postponed Again). Dwight, VE7BV, who was expected to be
active as TG9BBV from Antigua, Sacatepéquez, Guatemala, between November
1-30th, has postponed again due the requirements to quarantine. He is
looking at possibly going in May to mid-June, 2021.
TM30, FRANCE (Special Event). Members of the Ondes et Micro-informatique
Radio Club (F6KUQ) will be using the special callsign TM30CDR from Cestas
between November 14-23rd. Activity is to celebrate the "International Day
of the Rights of the Child" (November 20). Operations will be on 80-6
meters using CW, SSB and FT8/FT4. QSL via F6KUQ (paper QSL via Bureau
VQ9, CHAGOS ISLANDS (Update). An update from "The Daily DX" and some
other sources reports that Bob, WT3A/DU7ET (aka VE5TE, XQ6ET, G0WET),
will once again be active from Diego Garcia (AF-006) for possibly the
next 4-5 months. He is there working on a ship. His callsign this time
will be the reissued callsign VQ9T (not VQ9ET as first reported). Ed,
N1TO, used this callsign back in 2001 and 2002. Activity will be soon
after his quarantine and will be mainly CW using a wire antenna. QSL
via DU7ET (see QRZ.com).
YB, INDONESIA. Suwarno, YB2BOB, from Purwodadi-Grobogan, Central Java
Island, will be active during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th)
as a Single-Op/Single-Band (80m) entry. QSL via LoTW.