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
PY0F, FERNANDO DE NORONHA. Reports indicate that Rodrigo, PY2KC, has
recently been issued the callsign PY0FFF, and is planning to activate
the island sometime in 2022.
QSL INFO AND NEWS...................
QSL-INFO from various sources provided by OPDX
4A3G via (L) EX2V via RW6HS OS4OSA via ON6EF
5B4AMM via UT5UDX EX8NR via RW6HS OS6KZ via ON6KZ
5B4ANV via (L) FK8CE via N4GNR OS7XT via ON7XT
7S60BQ via SM7BHM HB40POLICE via HB9GSO PJ4KY via M0URX
7X2RF via 7X2ARA HC3RJ via EA5GL RD60YG via RQ7L
7X2TT via EA5GL HG83BTND via HA5GY S79KW via N4GNR
7X3WPL via 7X3DL HZ1TT via IZ8CLM SB7S via SM7PXS
7X5QB via EA5ZD IQ8BV via IK8YFU SO6X via SP6IXF
7Z1OO via EC6DX KH0/KC0W via KC0W (d) SQ0MORSE via SP1EG
8J1RL via JARL KH0W via KC0W (d) SV0XAF via HB9EBC
9G5FI via DL1RTL KL7J via N3SL SZ200ERS via SZ8ERS
9J2MM via N4GNR KP2AD via OK1TN TG9ADM via EA5GL
CO6XE via EA7FTR LX/ON4TA/P via ON4TA TM2CR via F6FMT
CO7OJ via IK2DUW M0RSE via G3SWH TM5OIS via F5KRH
CO8LY via EA7ADH N4A via KU9C V85A via EB7DX
CQ750RSI via CT7AQD N4K via KU9C VE2CSI via M0URX
CX6DZ via EA5GL N4O via N4MIO VP2EE via VE2AED
DC220GERKE via DJ6SI NL7S via N4GNR VP2ETE via W3HNK
DU1IST via JA1HGY OA4DTU via EA5GL VP9KK via K1EFI
EG2SPA via EA2RCF OE21M via OE1WHC VP9NJ via K1EFI
EK1915GM via EK3GM OE5TXF via G3TXF WW6RG/KH9 via WW6RG
EO0UD via UR7UT OL70DG via OK1DG ZT1T via ZS1AFS
EV76F via EW3W OS21WARD via ON4NOK
(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
(**) QSL automatically via Bureau - do not send QSLs
LOGS ONLINE (New/Updated) AVAILABLE ON CLUBLOG.ORG THIS WEEK......
8Q7MS QSL STATUS. Pedro, EA5GL, states that he has begun mailing out
8Q7MS QSL cards. This is for Mats's, RM2D, 2021 operation between
March 29th and April 10th. Here is the QSL:
YD7RV/P QSL STATUS. Pedro, EA5GL, states that all QSL requests received
for YD7RV/P Payongpayongan Island (OC-268) have been mailed out. Here
is the QSL:
QSLS RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 4U1UN, A25RU, C92RU, CT7AUP, MM0KTC and PJ2ND
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 4K1AZI, 6O1OO, FS5GL and OY9JD
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 3B9/OE4AAC, 3D2EU, 4W/DJ2EH, 6Y7AM, 9G5FI,
8Q7DX, 9H3EE, 9H3XX, CN2XA, D4CC, D44EE, H40FN, HK1/DL5PV, HL2ZDA, HU1DL,
KH8/OZ0J, LX75V, LX9S, OA6Q, OH0/OJ0O, OJ0O, OX1AA, OX2A, OX3LX (NA-151),
OX5M, OX7AKT, OX7AM, OX/DL6TF (NA-151), PJ4P, SB5N/7 (EU-037), SD3G
(EU-087), SD3G/6 (EU-043), TF3WK, TK/DM5JBN, TO7DL, TT8SN, TY2AC, V73D,
XP2I, XV9RH, Z66DX, Z66Z, ZA/DL2RMC, ZA/OU2I and ZP6/DL7VEE
--- We would like to see more QSL Bureaus (such as AS/US/SA/AF.. etc)
send in their info....
RP76, EUROPEAN RUSSIA (Update/Correction/Special Event). To commemorate
76th anniversary of the Victory in WW II, the Union of Russian Radio
Amateurs (SRR), is conducting "Victory-76" special on-the-air event between
May 2nd (starts at 0000 UTC) and May 9th (ends at 1159 UTC). Many special
memorial stations with "RP76" (not RP75 as mentioned last week) prefix in
their callsigns will be active. Activity will be on all HF band and modes
including the satellites. A special award (diploma) is available. The
complete list of participating stations is available at:
For more details, see: https://pobeda.srr.ru
For QSL routes, check QRZ.com.
SE400, SWEDEN (Special Event). Members of the Hisingens Radio Club (SK6AW)
will activate the special callsign SE400G to take part in the celebration
of Gothenburg City's 400th anniversary (June 4th) between May 1st and
July 31st. Activity will be on various HF bands and modes. All QSOs will
be uploaded to LoTW. QSL only via LoTW.
TC568, TURKEY (Special Event). Look for special event station TC568FA to
be active until May 29th. Activity is to celebrate the 568th anniversary
of the "Conquest of Istanbul". Operations will be on 160-10 meters using
CW, SSB and the Digital modes. A special certificate is available. See
QRZ.com for details.
TM0, FRANCE (Special Event). Members of the APRA-62 Radio Club (F4KLR)
are activating the special callsign TM0ISS in honor of the French astronaut
Thomas Pesquet, KG5FYG/FX0ISS, onboard the ISS. Activity from Wingles
(Pas-de-Calais) will last until September. Operations will be on all
bands and modes. A special double QSL card on glossy paper has been
created. Watch QRZ.com for updates as well as the following media Web
TM200, FRANCE (Special Event). Operators Michel/F8GGZ and Serge/F6HFI
will activate the special callsign TM200NB to commemorate the bicentennial
of the death of Napoleon Bonaparte (May 5th, 1821) between May 1-15th.
Listen for a special QSL route/address for this station.
TM6, FRANCE (Contest/WFF/FFF Op). In order to participate in the French
THF Championship, look for TM5PH to be active from Pierre sur Haute (1634m,
Department 63; WW Loc. JN15VP) between June 4-5th. Operators mentioned
are Philippe/F1GGS, Christophe/F4FHV, Olivier/F5PAL, Jean-Marc/F5RQQ and
Jean-Claude/F8CFO. Activity will be on various HF bands using CW, SSB
and FT8. Operations will be from the same site in order to satisfy fans
of France Flora Fauna (Reference FFF -0026) in the Parc Régional Livradois-
Forez natural park. QSL Manager is F5RQQ. QSL via the Bureau, direct or
TM66, FRANCE (Special Event). Members of the Radio-Club de Perpignan
(F6KBR), in collaboration with the RCA66 (Radioamateurs Conflent ARISS
66), will activate the special callsign TM66TDF during the 15th stage
and passage (July 11th) of the Tour de France (France's bicycle race)
on the heights of the dam in the municipality of Vinça (commune in the
Pyrénées-Orientales) near the "Sant Pere de Belloc Chapel" in southern
France. Activity will take place between June 26-30th and July 3-12th,
on various HF and VHF bands, using CW, SSB, FT8, FM and the satellites.
QSL via the Bureau.
VP6R PITCAIN ISLAND VIDEO PRESENTATION. The following will take you to
a video presentation (about 1:25 long) by Craig, K9CT, on the 2019 VP6R
Pitcairn Island DXpedition at a Mahoning Valley Amateur Radio Association
(MVARA) meeting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0RcB2x2qJ8
VP8 FALKLAND ISLANDS NEWS (By John Whitby, Communications Regulator).
See the extra bulletin below......
Renew your VP8 license if you have one, by August 31st:
VX31, CANADA (Special Event/Contest). Lali, VE3NE, will activate the
special callsign VX31IGY between May 27th and June 27th, which includes
the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 29-30th). Activity is to commemorate the
the first flight of a powered aircraft (on April 19, 2021) on another
planet (Mars) completed by a helicopter called Ingenuity, controlled by
NASA's engineers. The aircraft's callsign is 1-IGY. A special QSL card
will be available via VE3NE.
VK9X, CHRISTMAS ISLAND (Maybe Delayed). Steve, VK6SJ, who was expected
to be active as VK9XX from Christmas Island (OC-002), reports: "My trip
to Christmas Island (VK9X - OC-002), currently scheduled for the 7th to
28th May, may be delayed for work reasons. When I do go, I will be taking
a Yaesu FT-857D and a simple Sotabeams antennas plus an ATAS mobile
vertical. I will also be barefoot. This will also be mostly outside
working hours and focused on the night time bands and mainly FT8. My
callsign on Christmas Island will be VK9XX." QSL via EB7DX.
YASME FOUNDATION NEWS (Press Release, dated April 29th)[edited]......
VP2VB DANNY WEIL MEMORIAL DXPEDITION RECOGNIZED
The 2020 VP2VB Danny Weil Memorial DXpedition was organized to bring
the Danny Weil story to today's amateur radio community. The group focused
on low bands to Japan and Europe, and skillfully utilized CW, FT4, and FT8,
achieving more than 5000 QSOs on the 160 & 80 meter bands, including 335
QSOs with Japan.
We are pleased to acknowledge receipt of the JIDXM (Japan International
DX Meeting) 2020 DXpedition of the Year Award, presented to teams and
individuals making an outstanding contribution to the DX community.
Congratulations to the VP2VB Yasme Memorial Expedition Team; Adrian/
KO8SCA, Martti/OH2BH, Niko/OH2GEK, and Sandro/VE7NY.
Additional information on the history of Danny Weil can be found at:
Ward Silver, N0AX, President
The Yasme Foundation
Board of Directors:
Ward Silver, N0AX, President and Director
Ken Claerbout, K4ZW, Vice-President, Secretary and Director
Rusty Epps, W6OAT, Treasurer and Director
Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T, Director
Martti Laine, OH2BH, Director
Fred Laun, K3ZO, Director
Robert Vallio, W6RGG, Director
Marty Woll, N6VI, Director
James Brooks, 9V1YC, Director
Z8, SOUTH SUDAN. Sigfrido, IW9FMD (5H0RS, 7Q7RS, HB9FFN, T6AB), is once
again active as Z81S from South Sudan. The length of his stay is unknown.
He is there working with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)
in South Sudan). Activity will be limited to his free time, but most of
his operations has been on 15 meters SSB so far. QSL via IT9YVO direct
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Additional Bulletin for OPDX InterNet Subscribers.
Falkland Islands Amateur Radio License Revalidation
Dated: April 27th [edited]
1. In 2020 the Falkland Islands Communications Regulator sought to
re-validate all extant Amateur Radio licenses. Notices and advertise-
ments alerting amateur radio license holders to the need to re-validate
their licenses were published.
2. It has come to the attention of the Communications Regulator that,
notwithstanding the advertisement of the need for amateur radio
licenses to re-validate their licenses some existing license holders
failed to do so. Given this, the Communications Regulator has
decided, exceptionally, to permit one final opportunity for all
historic amateur radio licenses to re-validate them.
3. The reason that you are receiving this email is that your details
have been provided by Mr Chris Gare on the understanding that you
may be able to advertise this revalidation notice in order that it
can reach the maximum number of licensees.
4. The attached Revalidation Notice, which should be published in full,
sets out the terms and conditions under which revalidation is offered
together with detail of how to apply and timings.
Tel: + 500 28459
------------------------- See Attachment (Below) --------------------
Communications Ordinance 2017 (as amended)
Communications (Radiocommunications Licensing Procedures) Regulations 2019
Notice of Direction made by the Falkland Islands Communications Regulator
addressed to those who hold or have held Falkland Island Amateur Radio
Licenses typically identified by call-signs with a VP8 prefix.
Pursuant to Regulation 10 Communications (Radiocommunications Licensing
Procedures) Regulations 2019 the Falklands Islands Communications
Regulator hereby directs and gives notice to all holders of Falkland
Islands radio licenses falling in the following categories:
Amateur Radio License Full Lifetime
Amateur Radio License Restricted Lifetime
(1) The license has been granted on terms where no termination date
has been specified and/or specify that the license may be terminated
(2) Who wish to carry on the activities permitted by their license;
(3) Whose licenses were not revalidated in the calendar year 2020
that they must apply to re-validate their license by 31 Aug 21.
Anyone seeking to re-validate a license must complete an 'Application
to Re-validate a Radio Licensee form and submit it by email to the
Falklands Islands Communications Regulator on or before 13 Aug 21.
The 'Amateur Radio License Application form is available either to
download from the Falklands Islands Communications Regulator's website
http://www.regulatorfi.org.fk or in print form from:
(1) The Post Office, Stanley, Falkland Islands; and
(2) The General Post Office Mount Pleasant, Falkland Islands.
Please take notice that -
(1) Any license that is not re-validated in accordance with this
direction will be deemed to have been terminated on 1 Sep 21
and in such circumstances:
(a) The former license holder must not carry on any of the
activities that were permitted under the terminated license;
(b) If the former license holder wishes to carry on any of the
activities permitted under the terminated license they will
have to apply for a new license.
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(2) This is the third and final opportunity to seek revalidation.
The Falklands Islands Communications Regulator cannot guarantee
that any particular call-sign remains available. In circumstances
where revalidation is sought for a license with a call-sign that
is no longer available a new call sign will be issued.
(3) New long-term licenses will only be issued to individuals who
meet the appropriate residency requirements. Full details are
available on Falklands Islands Communications Regulator's website.
10. Revalidation of Indeterminate Duration Licenses
(1) This regulation applies where a license is granted on terms that -
(a) do not specify an end date or duration of the license and/or;
(b) specify that the license may be terminated on notice by the
(2) The Regulator may direct that any license or category of licenses
falling within sub-regulation (1) must be re-validated if license-
holders wish to continue to carry on the activities permitted by
(3) Any direction given by the Regulator under sub-regulation (2)
(a) be both sent to all affected license holders and published
in whatever way the Regulator considers most likely to bring
it to affected license holder's attention;
(b) specify the process license holders must follow to re-validate
their licenses; and
(c) allow a reasonable period, which must not be shorter than
1 month, for lenience holders to re-validate their licenses.
(4) Any license that is not re-validated in accordance with a
direction from the Regulator under sub-regulation (2) is deemed
to be terminated with effect from the day after the last day
the revalidation period was open and -
(a) The former license holder must not carry on any of the
activities that were permitted under the terminated license;
(b) Must apply for a new license if they wish to carry on those