The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1502
February 8, 2021
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, W2VU, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, W4FC,
K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m DX News, W9EWZ, W9ILY, DL1SBF, DL7UXG & The DX News
Letter, DM2TO, DXNews.com, DX-World.Net, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, G3WOS,
I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, Sixitalia Weekly, SP5FAR, VA3RJ & ICPO and
VK6CQ for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
week of Sunday, 31st/January, through Sunday, 7th/February there were 216
countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L,
4O, 4S, 4U1U, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5T, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 9A, 9G,
9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9V, 9Y, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BS7, BV, BY, 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, EY, F, FG,
FJ, FK, FM, 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, J2, J3, J6, J7, JA, JT,
JW, JX, 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, PJ7, PY,
PZ, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TN, TR, TT,
TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK,
VP2E, VP2M, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS,
YU, YV, Z3, Z6, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZC4, 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".
3W, VIETNAM. Sebastian, SP5FAR, reports to OPDX that he has been in Da
Nang, Vietnam, since January and is expected to be active as 3W9FAR until
March (no specific date mentioned). Activity will be on 40/20/15/10 meters
using a Xiegu G90 into Magnetic Loop Antenna made by OM0ET. Modes will
be SSB (20w) and the Digital modes [FT8](10w). He states, "Due to the
nature of my work (ed. he is an Airline Pilot), I am unable to provide
exact hours of operation. On my days off I try to be active 0200-0500 UTC
and 1100-1700 UTC. Antenna is located outside the window on 7th floor."
QSL via eQSL.
8Q, MALDIVES. Sergei, RU3AN, will be active as 8Q7/RU3AN or a 8Q7 callsign
(will pick-up his license upon arrival) from Makunudu Island until February
15th. Activity will be holiday style on various HF bands. QSL via the
A60, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (Special Event). Members of the Emirates Amateur
Radio Society (EARS) will activate the special callsign A60CV to promote
the Covid Vaccine. Length of activity is currently unknown. QSL via EA7FTR.
A9, BAHRAIN (Special Event). Only a few more days to work members of the
Bahrain Amateur Radio Society (BARS) signing as A91SD (last day February
9th). Activity is to promote "Bahrain Sports Day." Operations seem to be
FT8 on 40/15 meters. QSL via EC6DX or LoTW.
AMERICAN LIGHTHOUSE WEEKEND. The 13th American Lighthouses Weekend will
be held this year between February 19-21st. For complete details and a
list of participating stations, see: http://www.grupodxbb.com.ar
CQ NEWS (Press Release - Trent Fleming, N4DTF, Named CQ VHF-Plus Editor).
CQ Editor Rich Moseson, W2VU, sent out the following on February 1st:
Trent Fleming, N4DTF, of Germantown, Tennessee, has been named CQ maga-
zine's VHF-Plus Editor, CQ Editor Rich Moseson, W2VU announced today.
Fleming succeeds Tony Emanuele, K8ZR, who stepped down last year due to
increased time demands at work.
Trent says he has had a love for all things radio since he was introduced
to a Zenith Trans-Oceanic shortwave radio as a youngster. His ham radio
interests include HF DX, VHF/UHF weak-signal work, FM simplex, and emergency
communications. He holds 6-meter VUCC, HF DXCC and 5-Band WAC.
Trent has a passion for introducing folks to the hobby and is intent on
helping new hams get their feet firmly on the ground in order to enjoy the
rich opportunities ham radio provides. In his spare time, he also enjoys
rebuilding, operating, and sharing "hollow state" devices from the 1950s
and '60s and maintains an active workbench for that purpose.
Professionally, Trent is a nationally-known banking strategy expert,
and when not advising banks on strategy, he is often afield with rod,
gun, camera, and sometimes a radio! He enjoys sharing his experiences
through writing - including a fly-fishing blog - and photography.
"I am looking forward to working with Trent," said CQ Editor Rich
Moseson, W2VU. "We both share long-time goals of introducing newer hams
to the world beyond repeaters on VHF and UHF, along with the fun and
excitement of VHF DXing and the importance of promoting greater use
of our extremely valuable microwave bands."
Trent's professional website is at (www.trentfleming.com); his blog
on banking matters is at (http://www.bankinginsights.blogspot.com/); and
his fly-fishing blog is at (http://www.trentflemingoutdoors.com/).
Fleming's first column will appear in the April, 2021 issue of CQ.
A picture of Trent Fleming, N4DTF, can be found on the following Web
DR100/DQ100, GERMANY (Special Event). Look for special event stations
DR100JL and DQ100JL to be active from Dessau-Rosslau City between March
1st and May 31st, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Junkers Luft-
verkehrs Aviation AG and Air Traffic. Activity will be on various HF bands
with a focus on 80/40/20 meters using SSB. Also, they will be operating
together with FFR Stations (Flieger-Funk-Runde e.V.) [DA0FFR, DB0FFR,
DF0FFR and DK0FFR] on the air. A special diploma/award will be available.
All QSOs will be automatically confirmed after June 15th, 2021, with QSL
card via the Bureau. For more information, see: https://100julu.de
EM150/EN150/EO150, UKRAINE (Special Event). Look for special event station
EM150PLU, EN150PLU and EO150PLU to be active from the Volyn region until
December 31st. Activity is to celebrate 150th anniversary of the birth of
Lesya Ukrainka one of Ukrainian literature's foremost writers, best known
for her poems and plays. Operations will be on various bands using CW,
SSB and the Digital modes. A special "Lesya Ukrainka" diploma will be
issued in electronic format. See QRZ.com for details. QSL via LoTW.
ET3AA ETHIOPIA DXPEDITION. During the 2021 February Central Arizona DX
Association's (CADXA) meeting, Ken Claerboat, K4ZW, did a presentation
on the "ET3AA Ethiopia DXpedition" which is about 35 minutes long and
is now on YouTube.com at:
GB4, ENGLAND (Special Event). Andy, G0SFJ, will be active with the special
callsign GB4VAX from Market Harborough until February 28th, in "promoting
the take-up of the COVID-19 Vaccine to the Amateur Community worldwide."
QSL via eQSL.
IOTA NEWS. The following are IOTA operations that were active this past
week between February 1-6th (as per the DXCluster):
IOTA Callsign Island/GROUP Bands/Modes
------ ---------- ------------- ------------
AF-003 ZD8HZ Ascension 12m; FT8
AF-004 EA8DGS CANARY 40m; SSB
AF-004 EA8TL CANARY 20m; CW
AF-004 EA8UP CANARY 20m; SSB
AF-014 CT3MD MADEIRA 160m;
AF-022 ZD7FT ST HELENA 17m; SSB
AF-024 S79KW INNER 20m; FT8
AF-049 3B8BAP MAURITIUS 15m; FT8
AN-016 DP1POL Antarctica 20m; FT8
AS-003 4S6NCH Sri Lanka 40/30m; FT8
AS-004 5B4ALG Cyprus 17m; SSB
AS-004 5B4VL Cyprus 20m; SSB
AS-007 JA2TQZ HONSHU 17m; SSB
AS-007 JH3NGD HONSHU 20m; SSB
AS-007 JR2IUB HONSHU 20m; CW
AS-026 HL4SF Jeju 17m; CW
AS-045 HL5FUA Ullung 17m; FT8
AS-100 4X5KR ISRAEL 20m; SSB
EU-001 SX5A DODECANESE 80/40/20/15m; CW/SSB
EU-002 OH0W ALAND 80m; FT8
EU-002 OH0Z ALAND 15m; FT8
EU-005 2E0FHM GREAT BRITAIN 20m; FT4
EU-005 G1WYC GREAT BRITAIN 30m; FT8
EU-005 G2NV/M GREAT BRITAIN 20m; SSB
EU-005 G3XTT GREAT BRITAIN 80m; CW
EU-005 G8BCG GREAT BRITAIN 20m; FT8
EU-005 GX4WAB GREAT BRITAIN 80m; SSB
EU-005 M0BEW GREAT BRITAIN 80m; SSB
EU-005 M4J GREAT BRITAIN 80m; SSB
EU-005 M5T GREAT BRITAIN 80m; CW
EU-010 GS8VL SHETLAND 17m; FT8
EU-013 GJ0KYZ JERSEY 40/20m; CW/FT8
EU-015 SV9FBG Crete 40m; SSB
EU-015 SV9RKU Crete 17m; SSB
EU-016 9A4W DALMATIA SOUTH 20/17m; CW
EU-018 OY1CT Faroe 15m; CW
EU-018 OY1OF Faroe 15m; FT8
EU-018 OY1R Faroe 40m; FT8
EU-021 TF3LB ICELAND 20m; FT8
EU-025 IT9CAR SICILY 70m; SSB
EU-025 IT9FRX SICILY 40m; SSB
EU-025 IT9RZR SICILY 12m; FT8
EU-030 OV5O BORNHOLM 20m; CW
EU-030 OZ30EU BORNHOLM 20m; SSB
EU-031 IW8AOF CAMPANIA REGION 20m; SSB
EU-041 IM0DTF MADDALENA 20m; SSB
EU-067 SV8DJW KYKLADES 40/20m; SSB
EU-067 SZ8ERS KYKLADES 40/20/17m; CW
EU-115 GI4LKG IRELAND 20m; FT4
EU-115 MI0SAI IRELAND 17m; SSB
EU-116 GD0TEP Isle of Man 80/40/20m; FT8
EU-120 M0OPV ENGLISH COASTAL 40m; SSB
EU-131 IK3PQH/P VENETO REGION 40m; SSB
EU-183 YO2MMW SACALINU MARE 40m; FT8
NA-015 CO6YBC CUBA 15m; FT8
NA-016 ZF2LC CAYMAN 30m; CW
NA-018 XP3A GREENLAND 40m; FT8
NA-021 8P5AA BARBADOS 20m; SSB
NA-021 8P6NW BARBADOS 20m; SSB
NA-022 VP2ETE ANGUILLA 20m; FT4
NA-024 J3/WA2DE Grenada 40m; FT8
NA-026 KA2ABA NEW YORK STATE 17m; SSB
NA-040 NL0H ST LAWRENCE 40m; FT8
NA-096 HH2AA HISPANIOLA 17m; FT8
NA-099 WP4KEY/M PUERTO RICO 20m; SSB
NA-101 J73ESL DOMINICA 20m; FT8
NA-101 J73WA DOMINICA 30/20/10m; FT8
NA-106 KP2B VIRGIN 20m; FT8
NA-107 FM4RU MARTINIQUE 17m; FT8
OC-001 VK2GJC Australia 20m; SSB
OC-001 VK3XXY Australia 20m; SSB
OC-001 VK6APK Australia 15m; FT8
OC-021 YB0AZ JAVA 20m; SSB
OC-021 YB1BML JAVA 15m; FT8
OC-021 YB1BRS JAVA 15m; FT8
OC-021 YB1HK JAVA 30m; FT8
OC-021 YD0AUU JAVA 40m; SSB
OC-032 FK8HA NEW CALEDONIA 15m; FT8
OC-036 ZL1A North 12m; FT8
OC-143 YB6VK SUMATRA 20m; FT8
OC-150 YC9JKT TENGGARA BARAT 40m; FT8
SA-006 PJ4DX BONAIRE 40m; FT8
SA-008 LU7XU GRANDE DE TIERRA DEL FUEGO 20m; FT8
SA-008 LU7XX GRANDE DE TIERRA DEL FUEGO 40m; CW
SA-011 9Y4DG TRINIDAD 17m; FT8
SA-012 YV7MAY Margarita 17m; FT8
SA-012 YV7WGA Margarita 40/20m; FT8
SA-036 P41E ARUBA 17m; FT8
SA-072 PT7ZE MARANHAO STATE EAST 10m; SSB
** Thanks to the individuals who put the island/group and mode
on their QSNs on their PacketCluster reports. The format we
suggest is "IOTA#/Mode/Island or Group" (ex. OC-146/FT8/Celebes).
AS-080. Kim, DS3BBC, and possibly some other Korean hams will be active
as D70EXPO from Pukkyongnyolbi Island between July 22-25th.
Activity will be on 80-6 meters and participation in the RSGB
IOTA Contest. QSL via DS3BBC, LoTW or ClubLog.
EU-012. Gareth, M0MOL, will be active as MM0MOL/p from Shetland Island
while working there during the months of February and March.
Activity will be mainly in the evenings after work, and QRP
with a typical portable setup. QSL via M0MOL.
EU-032. Alain, F6BFH, is now a resident on Oléron Island. He tries
to be active regularly on Saturdays on 14040 kHz CW between
0900-1700z, and Sundays on 14260 kHz SSB between 0900-1700z.
QSL via address on QRZ.com or by the REF Bureau.
NA-096. Massimo, HB9TUZ, will be active as HI9/HB9TUZ from Las Terransa,
Dominican Republic, between August 1-30th. Activity will be on
40-10 meters SSB. QSL only via eQSL.
SA-024. Operators Roger/PU2SDX and Fabio/PY2RMZ will be active as PR2IC
from Comprida Island between February 19-21st. Activity will be
on 80-10 meters. QSL via PY2RMZ.
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......
KP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS. Operators Julio/AD4Z, Ezekiel/NK4DX and Jaime/WP3A
will be active as KP2B during the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February
20-21st) as a Multi-Single/Low-Power entry. This operation depends on the
new Convid-19 regulations for the island. QSL via EB7DX.
MDXC NEWS (Special ZOOM Program). Bob, W9EWZ, President of the Madison DX
Club (MDXC) informs OPDX that there will be a special ZOOM guest speaker
for their February 9th club meeting and program. All are welcome: "DXing
on the Satellites" will be presented by Sean Kutzko, KX9X. See how the
amateur satellites can help you pursue your DXing goals. Sean has worked
at ARRL HQ as the Contest Branch Manager and Media & Public Relations
Manager, and currently he blogs on satellite and portable operating topics
for DX Engineering's "OnAllBands". Sean will be available to answer your
questions, so please join them for an interesting evening. All are welcome.
Time: Their Zoom host and Program Chairman, Kevin Shea, N9JKP, will be
online from 5:45 Central Standard Time to socialize before the
business meeting begins and to provide time to work through any
technical issues. In case of problems getting on, you can call
or text Kevin at 608-444-4125.
A brief business meeting will begin at 6:15 Central Standard Time. The
program will begin immediately following the meeting and no later than
6:30 Central Standard Time. All interested hams are welcome.
To Join the Zoom Meeting and Program simply click on this link:
Meeting ID: 831 8139 6616
From a phone you can also join the audio portion if you can't use a
One tap mobile
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Dial by your location
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Meeting ID: 831 8139 6616
OFCOM PRESS RELEASE (Update on VP8 amateur radio licenses in British
Antarctic Territory, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands). The
following was received by Chris Gare (G3WOS, VP8WOS) and Alan Cheshire
(VK6CQ, VP8PJ): You may be aware that there have recently been some
amateur radio licensing difficulties experienced in the Falkland Islands
due to new communications legislation being implemented. This involved
all previous and existing VP8 licenses issued under the old Falkland
Islands Wireless Telegraphy Act being revoked en masse in early 2020.
This included all existing VP8 Antarctic and South Georgia licenses,
resulting in no legal amateur radio operation in these Overseas Terri-
tories being permitted using a VP8 callsign. Licenses were then revalidated
and re-issued under the new Falkland Islands Communications Ordinance on
a case-by-case basis for use in the Falkland Islands only.
We now have some good news from the UK's regulatory body, OFCOM concerning
this situation. For full details, please read our post on OpenFalklands at:
If you have any questions please contact us (email@example.com)
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
PLEASE NOTE: OUTLOOK users PLEASE read below.
PJ4, BONAIRE. Marty, W1MD, will be active as PJ4A from the "PJ4G Radio
House" on Bonaire (SA-006, WLOTA LH-1279) during ARRL DX CW Contest
(February 20-21st) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m) entry. He states
that he will use a 20m mono-band antenna, but will move and may pop-up
on the lower bands in the evening. Outside the contest, Marty will be
active as PJ4/W1MD. QSL PJ4A via K4BAI or LoTW. QSL PJ4/W1MD via his
home callsign. Check out the "PJ4G Radio House" at: http://www.pj4g.com
PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (February 8-14th).......
Feb/08th LN Feb/11th HN Feb/13th HN
Feb/09th HN Feb/12th HN Feb/14th 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:
* Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) & National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Adminisration (NOAA):
* 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
QSL INFO AND NEWS...................
QSL-INFO from from DB0SDX by Lothar, DL1SBF (www.qslinfo.eu) (February 14th)
and various sources provided by OPDX
3G2V via CA2CFK EM25VER via UT1KY OE100LHP via OE1LHP
4O7CC via UA4CC EU5C via EW1I OG0D via AD7D (L/d)
4U13FEB via 9A2AA FS/N2IEN via N2IEN OH0W via OH2BH
5T5PA via PA5X HA50KKC via HA50KKC (L) OL0A via OK1CZ & (L)
5Z4PA via M0URX (O/L) HB15SOTA via HB9DPR & (L) OL1C via OK1DOY & (L)
7X2GK via IK2DUW HB2U via HB9OCR (d/L) OT8M via ON8WIM
8Q7AO via HB9WDF HC1HN via EA5GL OV0JUTLANDIA via OZ1ACB
9J2BS via EA5GL HC1M via EC5R OV70JUT via OZ1ACB (O)
9K60GS via EC6DX & (L) HC2AO via RC5A OZ50SOUND via OZ3EDR
9K60JJ via 9K2RA HC3RJ via EC5R PF88ANT via PA0RDY
9K60NLD via EC6DX HC5DX via W3HNK PI75VAD via PI4VAD (B)
9K60NO via 9K2NO HI3Y via EB7DX R115AN via RA9LY
9V1YC via W5UE HK2PMR via EA5GL SB7S via SM7PXS & (L)
A60HF/13 via EA7FTR HP1KZ via EA7FTR SD1A via SM1TDE
A60HF/2 via EA7FTR IB2ANT via IK2QPR SX4A via SV2GWY
A60HF/3 via A61BK J73ESL via EA5GL TI2VVV via EC6DX
CT7/DJ7PR via DJ7PR J73WA via ND3R TM6M via F4DXW (O/d)
DB59FIRAC via DL8DWL & (L) LZ544SG via LZ1KCP V31MA via M0OXO (O/L)
DC220GERKE via DJ6SI LZ5R via LZ1YQ & (L) WC1X/VE2 via WC1X (d)
DF0G via DL9RAR NL0H via M0OXO XU7AKU via JA1DXA
DQ50N33GE via DJ2YSR (B/L) OA4GL via EA7HBC YT165TESLA via YU1MM
DQ5M via DK6SP & (L) OD5PY via KU9C ZM4T via ZL3IO (O/d/L)
EA9KB via EA7FTR OD5VB via EA5GL ZP5FIA via EA5ZD
EH3RMO via EA3RKM (L/e) OD5YA via IZ8CLM
(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
(*) QSLs will be sent via the Bureau - No QSL needed
LOGS ONLINE (New/Updated) AVAILABLE ON CLUBLOG.ORG THIS WEEK......
QSLS RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 3B8CW, 4U1UN, AP2TN, C31CT, CU2DX, CX2CC, D4Z,
EA6SX, EI2CN, GJ0KYZ, HH2AA, HS0ZEE, OH0Z, PY0S/PS7JN, RW0CF, S520SAFE,
SV3RF, SX5A, TR8CA, TT8SN, V31MA, VA3WEB, VP6MW and VU2GSM
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 7Q6M, AP2TN, E51WL, VK5KI (OC-139) and VR2XYL
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 3A2K, 4X1OZ, 8P6ET, A52BH, BV2KI, CR2X,
C6AAN, CT9/DL7UGN, CT3BH, DP1POL, EA6/OH5C, EA8AF, HU1DL, K9AJ/VY0,
LX/OR5M, LX1TI, N2OO/VP9, OM2VL, OH9A, OG0C, OH0B, OH0W, OJ0S (EU-053),
PJ4/OH2BAD, P40HQ, P4/DL6RAI, S79CI, TZ1CE, TA4AEI, V31JZ/P (NA-180),
VP2/SP6CIK, V51WH, V5/DK2WH, V31YN, Z2LA, Z66X, ZF2AN, ZA1WW, ZD8JR,
ZS/SP5ES and ZS9V (AF-064)
--- We would like to see more QSL Bureaus (such as AS/US/SA/AF.. etc)
send in their info....
R115, RUSSIA (Special Event). Members of the "The Fifth Ocean" with the
support of the "Union of Radio Amateurs of Russia" (SRR) will be active
as R115AN from the Tyumen region to celebrate the 115th anniversary of
the birth of Oleg Konstantinovich Antonov, a legendary aircraft designer
(the father of transport aviation), until February 14th. Operations will
be on various HF bands (160-10m) and VHF bands. A special diploma, "Father
of Transport Aviation", will be available. QSL via the address on QRZ.com.
RA98/RO98, RUSSIA (Special Event). Members of the Miller-DX-Club (M-DX-C)
are now active as RA98AE and RO98AE until February 12th, to dedicate the
98th birthday of Air Force Marshal Alexander Efimov. Operators mentioned
for RA98AE are R6LB, R6LD, R6MM, R6NZ, R7LY, R7NC, R7NF, RA6LIS, RU7N,
UA6LET and UI6L. Operators mentioned for RO98AE are R9MM, RA9MI and UA9MA.
QSL both callsigns via the Bureau or RQ7L direct (only PayPal).
SN70, POLAND (Special Event). Members of the Amateur Radio Club "LOK" of
Warsaw (SP5KAB) are celebrating their 70th anniversary as a club and will
be active as SN70KAB. QSL via SP5KAB.
TM150, FRANCE (Special Event). Nicolas, F4HZS, will be active as TM150PAR
from Berlancourt, France, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the
popular uprising of 1871 called Paris Commune (see QRZ.com for more
details). Activity will take place on the following days: March 20-21st,
April 4th/10-11th/17-18th/24-25th, and May 1-2nd/8-9th/15-16th. QSL via
F4HZS, direct or the REF Bureau.
TM23, FRANCE (Special Event). Michel, F8GGZ, will be active with the
special callsign TM23JMR from Genouillac for "World Radio Day" on February
13th. Activity will be on 160/80/40/30/20 meters using CW and SSB. QSL
TT, CHAD. Nicolas, F8FQX (ex-TJ3SN, TN5SN, 5T5SN, TY2CA), is once again
very active as TT8SN from N'Djamena. Activity can be on various HF bands
and 6 meters. However, this past week he was on 160/40/30/12/10 meters
CW. QSL via DL9USA and LoTW.
W8S SWAINS ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS. Martin, PA4WM, from Holland, posted
the following on the W8S Swains Island Web page on February 4th [edited]:
Make a virtue of necessity.....
Almost a year ago we were fully equipped and packed. Ready to go to
Swains. The unfortunate COVID pandemic caused this plan to be postponed.
In the months before our planned operation, a 160m T loaded vertical
was built. An 18m fiber pole from Spiderbeam will house the 16.5m vertical
wire. Matching is accomplished with a coil/hairpin match.
Last year summer we have set it up to complete the tuning procedure
and check for possible improvements. All was fine but the "on the air
and in real life" box had still to be ticked. So we decided to take part
in the CQ160m CW contest to give the antenna a good work out. The goal
was to test the antenna and have contest fun.
The vertical was set up at our local VERON club, the Dutch radio society.
On a large abandoned soccer and athletics field the antenna was raised
and a fair amount of radials were laid out. Just to be equipped with a
RX antennas during the contest, an EWE to the west and a 120m long BOG
to the east were rigged up as well.
The antenna just worked great. Being a vertical, the high angle signals
from surrounding countries were OK, but where it really shined was on
low angle and DX.
In 20 hours operating time, 875 QSO's were made into 66 DXCC counties
and 25 states of the U.S. During the contest some Caribbean stations were
active and they could be worked very well and I had no issues to break
a contest pile up.
It even gave me 6 new countries on topband.
All in all a good test for our antenna to be used on Swains.
73, Martin PA4WM
For more details and updates, see the following URLs pages:
Swains Island DXpedition Web page -- https://swains2020.lldxt.eu/
Facebook -- https://www.facebook.com/swains2020
Twitter -- https://twitter.com/swains2020
YB0, INDONESIA. Pri, YB0ECT, from Jakarta, will be active during the
ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 20-21st) as a Single-Op/
Single-Band (20m)/High-Power entry. QSL via W2FB only!
YT165, SERBIA (Special Event). Members of the Serbian CW Club (ScwC)
will be active as YT165TESLA during the year of 2021 to celebrate the
165th anniversary of Nikola Tesla's birth. QSL via the Bureau, LoTW or
ZW3, BRAZIL (LH Op!). Operators Charles/PU3NVN, Douglas/PU3DPA and Gilberto/
PY3GIL, will be active as ZW3CM from the Capão Brand Lighthouse (BRA-127)
in Tavares, RS, Brazil, during the 13th American Lighthouses Weekend
between February 19-23rd. QSL via PU3DPA, by the Bureau.