The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1553
February 14, 2022
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Written/Sent from Strongsville, Ohio
"Celebrating 30+ years (March 1991) of FREE DX News"
"Could this be the final year???"
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
week of Sunday, 6th/February, through Sunday, 13th/February there were 224
countries active. Countries available: 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J,
4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1U, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5T, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q,
8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9V, 9Y, A2, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV,
BY, C2, C3, C6, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D4, DL, DU,
E5/n, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY,
F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FR, FS, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB,
HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J3, J6, J7, J8, JA,
JD/o, JT, 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, PY0F, PZ, S0, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T2, T7, T8, 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, VK9L, VK9N, VP2E, VP2M, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU,
XX9, XZ, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z6, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZC4,
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".
2Q/GQ/MQ, ENGLAND (Special Event; Also Suffix /70). At the request of
the RSGB, Ofcom, look for some English stations wishing to retain their
usual Regional Secondary Locator to identify their DXCC entity to use
the suffix "/70" to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee (70th anni-
versary) of Queen Elizabeth II. It is also permitted to use the "/70"
suffix with the "2Q/GQ/MQ" prefix if desired throughout the month June.
Some announced stations listed on QRZ.com are: 2Q0PNN, 2Q0RPZ, 2Q0XII,
2Q1HWE, GQ0YCE, GQ5JDA, GQ6EES, GQ7UYT, MQ0HIH, MQ0JNL, MQ7MGP, MQ0RQX,
MQ0SKN, MQ0XTY, MQ1SJE, MQ7LDW, 2M0GUI/70, 2M0JHY/70 and 2Q0GUI/70.
3B8, MAURITIUS. Simon, G6JFY (HS0ZIB/TA/XW0LP/XW0LP/XZ2A) has been in
Mauritius (AF-049) since mid-January, stating he has "rented a nice house
with a big garden, and hopes to be on the air in the next month or so with
my 3B8 callsign." On February 12th, he posted his new callsign 3B8/G6JFY
on QRZ.com. However, Simon informs OPDX that he has applied for a full
3B8 license. Currently, no QSNs have been reported. He reported last
month, "I hope to do some low band DXing (I managed to bring my 12m and
18m Spiderbeam poles with me!)." Simon states that he is very happy with
the reception on top band - have a look at 3B8/G6JFY on 160 meters for
the past 24 hours :) ."
He does have a Mauritius address listed on QRZ.com, but suggests to
listen for a QSL route.
3D2, FIJI. Wojtek, SP5MXZ, is reportedly now active as 3D2SP from Viti
Levu Island (OC-016). Length of his stay is not known. Activity has been
on various HF bands using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL only via LoTW.
3Y0J BOUVET ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS.......
* (Press Release #8, dated February 8th)[edited]. 3Y0J? DXpedition?to
Bouvet Island, January 2023 -- Since we signed the contract with Marama
we have been working on fine tuning the dates and port of departure.
Today we can confirm that the departure date for the 3Y0J DXpedition
will be January 6th, 2023. It is complex to plan the logistics of such
a huge project like the 3Y0J Bouvet DXpedition which involves many
parties. The new dates are mainly related to the Marama vessel log-
istics, but as well the new dates enable us to return to Cape Town in
late February 2023. We can confirm the scheduled duration of the DX-
pedition is 44 days and that we have reserved a week additional con-
tingency at the end giving us more flexibility. We have contracted 22
days at Bouvet Island, and it means we will spend more than 3 weeks at
Bouvet. As we have the flexibility to still decide the port of departure
Ushuaia or Port Stanley this will be done at a later stage.
It is with great pleasure we inform that we have completed all equip-
ment selection for this trip.
For the station setup we will lineup 12 stations, that will include 8
human mode CW/SSB stations and 4 FT8 stations so to achieve our new goal
of 200,000 QSOs. We will be using the Elecraft K3S, a well proven in the
field DXpedition radio as the CW/SSB radio and SunSDR2 DX as the FT8
During peak time we will run up to 12 radios simultaneously by using
4O3A triplexers and InnovAntenna/Wimo tribanders together with Messi&
Paoloni coax. We plan for minimum downtime on the radios, and to achieve
this we will setup the 4 FT8 stations to run 24/7 so that these can
either be run by one operator separately or be run by any other oper-
ator in a simplified SO2R setup. This will be done so that each operator
can log into the FT8 machine from his operator position and run CW/SSB
and FT8 simultaneously. Running several radios by a single operator this
way has shown to be very efficient.
At Bouvet we are pleased to announce that we will use the well-known
S.P.E. EXPERT amplifier. We will bring with us various models where the
1.5K-FA will be the main model, but for 160m we will be using a 2.0 kW
amplifier and a vertical running a K3S with diversity RX. We will also
have several spare amplifiers.
We are also pleased to inform that as the RX antenna system we will
be using a ground independent RX loop system developed by LZ1AQ. This
RX antenna will be located 300 meters away from the camp and will pro-
vide us with a RX antenna for 160-30m with 8xRX output signals. It also
includes possibility to switch from loop to dipole mode.
We have procured 5 rugged YANMAR diesel generators to provide the
station supply that will also include 1 spare generator.
Going to Bouvet is a huge undertaking financially and it would simply
not be possible without the support from the vendors and our sponsors
Expert Electronics, S.P.E., 4O3A, Messi&Paoloni and LZ1AQ. If you want
to have the opportunity to work the rare #2 DXCC Bouvet island, please
consider supporting us by donating upfront.
You can follow our plans from our website and the 3Y0J Facebook pages:?
Thank you, Oslo, February 7th 2022
Ken Opskar, LA7GIA, Co-Leader
Rune Oye, LA7THA, Co-Leader
Erwann Merrien?, LB1QI, Co-Leader?
* The following was posted on the 3Y0J FaceBook page on FaceBook page
on February 8th, by Ken Opskar, LA7GIA [edited]: Soon on our website
we will publish the station system diagram and also the antenna layout.
The setup consist of up to 12 stations at peak time where 8 Elecraft
K3S radios will be fixed to human modes SSB/CW and 4 SunSDR as FT8 sta-
tions. The 4xFT8 radios can be run from one operator position, or the
FT8 radios can be run from any other position individually. Hence, we
can run SSB/CW simultaneously with FT8 from every operator position in
simplified SO2R mode, or one operator can run several FT8 radios in
parallel from his desk.
There will be NO FT8 robots running unattended at Bouvet, all FT8 QSOs
will be initiated by a human operator clicking on the deserving callers.
We have a pronounced focus on human modes so to achieve the goal of
200,000 QSOs we will minimize the downtime of all radios and run the
FT8 radios 24/7, this also to maximize the ATNO. We will use the S.P.E
Expert amplifier and we plan bring in total 10 amplifiers and 14 radios
with us. Spares and backup has a high priority in all parts in this pro-
ject, e.g we will bring with us 3 x 160m antennas, 3x80m antennas and
so on and have 4xtribanders 20-10m installed.
We're confident in the selection of the well proven K3S as the CW/SSB
radio is a good choice.
As an RX antenna system we will use the LZ1AQ RX loop which has been
tested and proves to be a good tool for us in case of in-band interfer-
ence or noise. This ground independent omni-directional loop will be
located roughly 250m away from the camp and each of the 8xK3S radio
will have the possibility to share the signal and lsn to this loop
If you want to have the opportunity to work this rare #2 DXCC please
consider to support us upfront via PayPal (firstname.lastname@example.org).
NOTE FROM EDITOR: The following is a URL link showing the 3Y0J
System Diagram (image) posted at:
Also, check the 3Y0J Web page (https://www.3y0j.no/) under "Oper-
ations" for "Station system diagram and Antennas layout".
* The following was posted on the 3Y0J FaceBook page on FaceBook page
on February 13th, by Ken Opskar, LA7GIA [edited]: Some great progress
ongoing in Arizona by Bill Straw, KO7SS! Bill is in addition to being
a Team Doctor also responsible for procuring and assembling our:
* DX Engineering 40+30m vertical (phased verticals)
* 40+30m inband and backup
* Spiderbeam antennas (20m pole)
* 20-17-15-12m backup verticals (12m pole)
* 20-17-15-12-10m wire backup antennas
On 40+30m we can also run either a single vertical element but we
also have the possibility to add a phasing element - all currently
being assembled and tested by Bill.
We have spiderbeam poles for these as well 3 Rohn mast for backup
As such we have 3 antennas on each of the 40+ 30m bands. We can
risk loosing one vertical and we can replace with another one! We
also have a 3rd backup!
On April 28th, all team members will gather in Oslo, Norway, for
a full scale system test. There we will spend 4 days together to
assemble and practice on the assembly of radios, amplifiers, antennas
and tents, perform a system test, prepare for packing the container
and for sure have some fun when socializing!
NOTE FROM EDITOR: The following are URL links showing pictures
posted on FaceBook:
5H, TANZANIA (Update). Sergey, UT8UU, will be active as 5H3UU from Dar Es
Salaam, Tanzania, which is planned for the second half of the year 2022. The
timetable as well as all the additional information about dates, modes will
be added once the base schedule is complete. More details will be forth-
coming. QSL via UT8UU, direct, by the Bureau, LoTW or eQSL.
7Q, MALAWI (Reminder). Don, K6ZO, will once again be active as 7Q6M (as
time and power allows) starting February 15th, from the Embangweni Mission
Hospital at the Loudon Station in Malawi as a Mission worker. Length of
his activity is unknown at this time. Activity will include the ARRL DX
CW Contest (February 19-20th), CQWW 160m SSB Contest (February 25-27th)
and the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 5-6th). QSL 7Q6M via K6ZO.
8P, BARBADOS. Bert, K3AAN, is now active as 8P9AN from Christchurch,
Barbados. He has been active since February 7th, but the length of his
stay is unknown. Activity has been on 40/20/15/10 meters CW (usually
10-15 kHz from the bottom of the band edge). QSL via CX3AN only. NO
eQSL, LoTW and FT8.
8Q, MALDIVES (Reminder). Operators Karel/OK2WM and Vlad/OK2WX are now
active as 8Q7WM and 8Q7WX, respectively, from Innahura Island (AS-013)
until March 8th. Activity will be on 160/80/40 meters using CW and SSB.
QSL via their home callsigns.
9N, NEPAL. Robert, 9N7AA (S53R), posted the following update on QRZ.com,
February 12th: Just returned from a short holiday in S5 and in the mean-
time, the shipment with all the nitty-gritty radio stuff also arrived from
Kabul. Managed to set up the station during the last couple of days, how-
ever, lots remains to be done still. Rotor for the Ultra Beam / WIMO 2el
Yagi (40-6m) was also installed and the system works great.
Well, the QRM did not disappear in my absence and it is really bad due
to the widespread use of cheap LEDs, open and messy power lines, and
inverters. On all bands the S-meter rarely, if ever, drops below S6-7!
It is slightly better towards the East. Apologies for not being able to
hear you all.
For the time being, activity will only be on 40-6m, while the 80/160-
meter antenna remains a project for the summer months. This will also
give me some extra time to try and find a solution for the interference.
For those constantly asking - 60m band is not permitted in Nepal.
QSL via S57DX, direct only, and of course, LoTW and ClubLog will be
updated at least once a week. OQRS coming soon.
Please note that 9N7AA was previously operated by Andy, UA3AA. QSL
info for Andy's operation from March-April 2014 is via Andy Gromov,
PO Box 873, Brooklyn, NY 11230, USA.
73 Robert, 9N7AA / S53R"
QTH Picture: https://cdn-bio.qrz.com/a/9n7aa/9N7AA_UltraBeam.jpg
BY1, CHINA (Special Event). Members of the Chinese Radio Amateurs Club
(CRAC) have activated the special callsign BY1CRA/WO22 for the Beijing
2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games until the closure of the Para-
lympic Winter Games. Activity will be on all HF bands using CW, SSB and
FT8. QSL Manager via BA4TB or ClubLog. Three special awards are available
[Gold/Silver/Bronze](see QRZ.com for details).
DL75, GERMANY (Special Event). Members of the DARC Section Mainz (DL0MZ)
are activating the special callsign DL75RLP to celebrate the 75th anni-
versary of the Rhineland-Palatinate state. This land is one of the 16
sections of Germany. QSLs will be sent automatically through the Bureau
and LoTW. PLEASE DO NOT SEND CARDS! Direct QSLs can be requested through
EG485, SPAIN (Special Event). Members of the Seccion Comarcal URE San
Fernando (EA7URF) will activate the special callsign EG485FIM on the
following weekends: February 19-20th and 26-27th. Activity is to cele-
brate the 485th anniversary of the Spanish Naval Infantry (FIM - Fuera
de Infanteria de Marina). Operations will be on various HF, VHF and UHF
bands and on all possible modes. A commemorative QSL card will be avail-
able. QSL via EA7URF, direct, by the Bureau, eQSL or LoTW.
FG, GUADELOUPE. Philippe, F1DUZ, will once again be active as FG4KH from
FG5FI's QTH at Sainte Anne on Guadeloupe (NA-102) between February 24th
and March 15th. Activity will be on 80/40/20/17/15/12/10 meters using
SSB, FT8 and EME. He will also be in the 83th REF Contest (Coupe du REF;
February 26-27th) and the ARRL Inter. DX SSB Contest (March 5-6th) as a
Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau,
eQSL or LoTW.
FM, MARTINIQUE. Francis, F6BWJ, is now active as FM/F6BWJ until mid-March.
Activity has been on 60/40/30/20/17/15 meters CW. QSL via F6BWJ.
FO/A, AUSTRAL ISLANDS (Update to OPDX.1543/1544/1545/1550). Jacek, SP5EAQ,
who is expected to be active as FO/SP5EAQ and TX5AQ from Rimatara Island
(OC-050, WW Loc. BG37oi) between March 2-30th, announced that Air France
canceled his flight from Warsaw to Paris, the only one providing feasible
PCR Covid test schedule on the way to Polynesia. He is currently looking
for another solution aiming a stop-over in Paris for the tests. Stay tuned!
For more details and possible updates, see:
HC, ECUADOR. Derk, PD9DX, is currently active from David's, HC5DX, QTH
in Cuenca until February 18th. Activity will be on various HF bands using
mainly SSB. QSL via W3HNK or LoTW.
HEIL SOUND NEWS (Under New Ownership). Heil Sound, the Fairview Heights,
Illinois-based manufacturer of professional microphones, has announced
the successful transfer of ownership from Bob and Sarah Heil to current
President and CEO, Ash Levitt, and Director of Operations, Steve Warford.
Sarah Heil has retired, but Bob will continue to do outreach work and
product design within the amateur radio space under the title Founder
and CEO Emeritus. See video and read the complete details at:
IOTA NEWS. The following are IOTA operations that were active this past
week between February 7-12th (as per the DXCluster):
IOTA Callsign Island/GROUP Bands/Modes
------ ---------- ------------- ------------
AF-004 EA8A CANARY 20m; SSB
AF-004 EA8CN CANARY 12m; CW
AF-004 EA8DHA CANARY 10m; SSB
AF-004 EA8FP CANARY 20m; FT8
AF-004 EA8UP CANARY 40m; SSB
AF-019 IG9ITO PELAGIE 20m; SSB
AF-022 ZD7FT ST HELENA 15/10m; SSB
AF-024 S79KW/M INNER 20m; SSB
AF-049 3B8CW MAURITIUS 10m; FT8
AN-016 DP1POL ANTARCTICA 17m; FT8
AS-002 A92HK BAHRAIN 12m; FT8
AS-003 4S6WAR SRI LANKA 20m; SSB
AS-004 5B4AIF Cyprus 17/10m; SSB
AS-004 5B4VL Cyprus 40/15m; SSB
AS-004 ZC4GR Cyprus 12m; SSB
AS-007 JF1UOX HONSHU 40m; CW
AS-007 JH3NGD HONSHU 40m; SSB
AS-007 JH7MQD HONSHU 40m; SSB
AS-007 JH7QXJ HONSHU 10m; RTTY
AS-007 JR2IUB HONSHU 10m; CW
AS-007 JR3IIR HONSHU 15m; FT8
AS-076 JA5DIM SHIKOKU 15m; FT8
AS-077 JA6MB Kyushu 20m; RTTY
AS-077 JH6WHN Kyushu 10m; RTTY
AS-078 JH8JYV Hokkaido 20m; FT8
AS-200 JJ5RBH Shodo 20/17/15m; CW/FT8
EU-001 SY5DZX Kalymnos 15m; CW
EU-004 EA6KB BALEARIC 20m; SSB
EU-004 EC6FK BALEARIC 17m; SSB
EU-005 2E0HPI/P GREAT BRITAIN 40m; CW/SSB
EU-005 G6FOV GREAT BRITAIN 30m; FT8
EU-005 M0OVG GREAT BRITAIN 20m; SSB
EU-005 M0ZNK GREAT BRITAIN 10m; SSB
EU-013 GJ0KYZ JERSEY 40m; CW
EU-014 TK5AE CORSICA 20m; FT8
EU-016 9A9RR DALMATIA SOUTH 15m; SSB
EU-021 TF3T ICELAND 12m; SSB
EU-021 TF3XO ICELAND 20m; SSB
EU-024 I4YSS SARDINIA 40m; SSB
EU-024 IS0KYB SARDINIA 12m; SSB
EU-024 IW0UWE SARDINIA 40m; FT8
EU-025 IT9AAK/P Sicily 20m; SSB
EU-025 IT9HTV Sicily 10m; SSB
EU-025 IT9RZR Sicily 12/10m; FT8
EU-025 IT9UCS Sicily 10m; SSB
EU-025 IT9VPT Sicily 15m; SSB
EU-031 IC8HRG CAMPANIA REGION 20m; SSB
EU-042 DK8OL Sylt 30m; CW
EU-067 SY8OVJ KYKLADES 15m; CW
EU-089 CU8AI WESTERN 17m; SSB
EU-114 GU5WZY GUERNSEY 17m; FT8
EU-115 GI0CWV/P IRELAND 17m; SSB
EU-115 MI0AIH IRELAND 15m; SSB
EU-120 2E0EYB Isle of Wight 15m; SSB
EU-127 DF6QC Helgoland 10m; CW
EU-131 IK3PQH/P VENETO REGION 40/20m; SSB
EU-133 RN1B GULF OF FINLAND SOUTH 15m; SSB
NA-005 WA2DE/VP9 BERMUDA 17m; FT8
NA-015 CO2OQ CUBA 20m; SSB
NA-015 CO7CRJ CUBA 20m; FT8
NA-015 CO8LY CUBA 40/30/12m; CW/SSB
NA-016 ZF2OO CAYMAN 40/20/15/12m; SSB/FT8
NA-021 8P5AA BARBADOS 20/17m; SSB
NA-021 8P6CH BARBADOS 20m; SSB/FT8
NA-026 W2FID NEW YORK STATE 40m; SSB
NA-027 VO1BYD NEWFOUNDLAND 20m; FT8
NA-036 VE7MTW BRITISH COLUMBIA PROVINCE (VANCOUVER) 15m; SSB
NA-052 N1UL FLA STATE SW (COLLIER/MONROE COUNTY) 17m; FT8
NA-058 W4FNZ GEORGIA STATE 10m; SSB
NA-083 N3MK VIRGINIA STATE 80m; FT8
NA-096 HI3A HISPANIOLA 12m; FT8
NA-096 HI3AA HISPANIOLA 80m; CW
NA-096 HI8VJS HISPANIOLA 17m; FT8
NA-097 6Y5FS JAMAICA 10m; SSB
NA-099 KP4AA PUERTO RICO 15m; SSB
NA-099 KP4DO PUERTO RICO 15/10m; SSB
NA-099 KP4WQ PUERTO RICO 10m; SSB
NA-099 NP3MJ PUERTO RICO 20m; SSB
NA-099 NP4AW PUERTO RICO 40m; CW
NA-099 WP4QIB PUERTO RICO 10m; SSB
NA-101 J72IMS DOMINICA 40m; SSB
NA-102 FG5GP GUADELOUPE 10m; SSB
NA-104 V4/KG9N ST KITTS AND NEVIS 80/17m; CW/FT8
NA-105 PJ7AR St Maarten 40m; SSB
NA-106 KP2B VIRGIN 40/15m; CW/FT8
NA-122 HI3A DOMINICAN REPUBLIC'S COASTAL 12m; FT8
OC-001 VK2RI Australia 40m; SSB
OC-001 VK2W Australia 10m; RTTY
OC-001 VK4SN Australia 10m; RTTY
OC-001 VK5PAS Australia 20m; SSB
OC-001 VK6IR Australia 30m; FT8
OC-001 VL3V Australia 10m; RTTY
OC-016 3D2AG VITI LEVU AND VANUA LEVU 30/10m; CW/FT8
OC-016 3D2USU VITI LEVU AND VANUA LEVU 30m; FT8
OC-021 YB0IBM JAVA 20/15m; SSB
OC-021 YB1TQL JAVA 40m; SSB
OC-021 YB3DOC JAVA 15m; SSB
OC-036 ZL1ECG NORTH 17m; FT8
OC-036 ZL2MQ NORTH 20m; FT8
OC-036 ZL3CW NORTH 20m; SSB
OC-036 ZL3TE NORTH 12m; FT8
OC-036 ZM4T NORTH 10m; RTTY
OC-042 DY1T LUZON 20m; RTTY
OC-088 YB7UTO Borneo 40m; FT8
OC-097 5W1SA SAMOA 10m; RTTY
OC-134 ZL3P SOUTH 10m; RTTY
OC-134 ZL3XDJ SOUTH 40m; CW
OC-134 ZL4YY SOUTH 17m; CW
OC-144 YF4IFT BANGKA AND BELITUNG 40m; FT8
OC-209 YB8UTI Karakelong 40m; FT8
SA-002 VP8LP FALKLAND 15/12/10m; SSB
SA-011 9Z4FE TRINIDAD 12m; SSB
SA-011 9Z4Y TRINIDAD 40/12m; CW/SSB
SA-018 CE7VPQ LOS LAGOS REGION SOUTH 10m; SSB
SA-060 PY8CPJ PARA STATE EAST 10m; SSB
** Thanks to the individuals who put the island/group and mode
(which is very important) on their QSNs on their PacketCluster
reports. The format we suggest is "Mode/IOTA#/Island or Group"
AN-006. Sergiy, UT9UX, will be active as EM1U from the Ukrainian
Antarctic Station Akademik Vernadsky on Galindez Island (WASA
UR01, WWFF URFF-0030) until sometime in April. Activity will
be limited on various HF bands. He was heard this past week
on 20 meters (14260 and 14330) SSB between 0600-0930z and
after 1430z. QSL VIA UT7UA.
EU-105. (Update) Operators Didier/F6DXE, Derek/F5VCR, Stephane/F5UOW,
Jean-Pierre/ON7ZM, Christophe/F4ELI and André/F4ELK will be
active as TM5IB from Batz Island (DIFM MA018, WLOTA LH-0680,
DPLF PB-1010, ARLHS FRA-071, France Flora Fauna FFF-0651)
between March 28th and April 1st. Activity will be on all HF
bands using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL via ON7ZM, direct or by the
Bureau. NO eQSL.
NA-057. (Reminder) By the time you read this, John, AD8J, will be
active as HR9/AD8J from Guanaja Island (WW Loc. EK78), Honduras,
between February 12-26th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using
CW, FT8 and limited SSB, with with 100 watts into wire antennas.
John plans on a big all band effort for ARRL International DX
CW Contest (February 19-20th). QSL via LoTW (preferred). For
paper QSLs, please QSL via AD8J with sufficient postage direct
to: John Getz, 24 Stony Ridge, Asheville, NC 28804. There will
be no eQSLs, QRZ confirmations or ClubLog. Log will be uploaded
at the end of each week and right after the contest.
OC-150. Look for special event station 8C9MGP to be active from Lombok
Island, in the West Nusa Tenggara Barat Province, Indonesia,
between February 19-21st (which is during the Bau Nyale Lombok
traditional festival), and March 11-13th (which is during the
Mandalika Grand Prix). Activity will be on various HF Bands.
QSL via HA3JB, direct or his OQRS at:
IOTA TOUR. (Update) Bodo, DF8DX/KT3Q, on February 6th, has announced
his upcoming IOTA operations for the following days/months:
February 18-20th -- Callsign KT3Q; FL (ARRL DX Contest)
February 21-22nd -- Callsign KT3Q/4; NA-076; Cedar Key, FL
(USI FL485S); Levy County
February 21-23rd -- Callsign KT3Q/4; NA-142; Santa Rosa
Island (USI FL003S); Escambia County
February 24-28th -- Callsign KT3Q; home QTH (not IOTA) in
Wetumpka, AL; Elmore County
March 1-4th -- Callsign KT3Q/4; NA-141; Key Biscane,
FL (USI FL030S); Dade County
April 9-16th -- Callsign IS0/DF8DX; EU-024; Sardinia
Usually, activity will be on various HF bands using CW and
FT8. Watch 30/20 meters. QSL via DF8DX, LoTW or ClubLog's
PLEASE NOTE: Since the Webmasters of the 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......
J643, ST. LUCIA (Special Event). Operators from St.Lucia (NA-108) will be
celebrating their country's 43rd anniversary in gaining full independence
(February 22nd, 1979), between February 20-26th by using the special
prefix J643. Stations to "possibly" listen for are: J643BP (J69BP),
J643DS (J69DS), J643KZ (J69KZ) and J643MV (J69MV). QSL via the operator's
KH7, HAWAII. Fred, NA2U, will be active as KH7M from the Pu'u O'o Radio
Club station and during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 19-20th) as a
Single-Op entry. QSL via LoTW or direct to either I0MWI (world-wide)
or KH6ZM (stateside). NO Bureau cards.
NEW DIGITAL CONTEST (ARRL Announces New World Wide Digital Contest). The
ARRL World Wide Digital Contest will debut at 1800 UTC on June 4th, ending
at 2359 on June 6th, 2022. All non-RTTY modes are permitted. Going forward,
RTTY will be the sole mode for the ARRL RTTY Roundup, which will continue
to take place in January. Read the complete release at:
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.
PJ2, CURACAO. Operators Kelly/N0VD, Gary/N7IR, Rudy/NF9V, Martin/W1MD,
Andrew/W9NJY, Bill/W9VA and the PJ2T contest station owner and host Geoff/
W0CG (PJ2DX) will be active as PJ2T from the Caribbean Contesting Consor-
tium's (CCC) Signal Point contest station on Curacao Island (SA-099, WLOTA
0942) during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 19-20th) as a Multi-Multi
entry. QSL PJ2T via W3HNK. Operators will probably use their own callsign
(PJ2/homecall) outside of the contest. Activity will be on 160-10 meters
using CW, SSB and FT8/FT4. Listen for QSL info or via their home callsign.
For more details about the station, see: http://www.pj2t.org
PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (February 14-20th).......
Feb/14th LN Feb/17th HN Feb/19th HN
Feb/15th HN Feb/18th HN Feb/20th 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
(Updated 01/26/2022) 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
* SolarHam Web page: http://www.solarham.net
* Radio Propagation/Space Weather/Sunspot Cycle Information at:
* Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) & National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA):
* News and Information About The Sun-Earth Environment:
* Archive of ARRL Propagation Forecasts:
* Information and tutorials on propagation are at: http://k9la.us
* Graphic propagation tool by DR2W: http://www.dr2w.de/dx-propagation
* W4HM Daily HF/MF Radio Wave Propagation Forecast:
* WM7D's Solar Resource Page: https://www.wm7d.net/hamradio/solar
QSL INFO AND NEWS...................
QSL-INFO from Lothar, DL1SBF (www.qslinfo.eu) (Feb. 13th)
QSL-INFO from various sources provided by OPDX
3X2021 via (C) HR5/F2JD via F6AJA PA75DXCC via PA0ABM (O/L)
3Z0R via SP9SX II2IDT via I2YSB PF88ANT via PA0RDY
4L6QL via RW6HS II8CAP via IC8ATA PI75LIM via PE1NCP
4L8A via M0OXO (d/L/O) IZ8EYN via E7URI RA/DD7QJ via DD7QJ
5H3BV via (d) J72IMS via EC6DX S79/4X6TT via N4GNR (d)
8P1W via KU9C J79WTA via HB9MFM SK3W via SM5CCT
8P9AN via CX3AN (d) JE1XUZ/JD1 via (B/d) SN6L via SP6FAF
8Q7AH via LU4DXU (d) KL7SB via N4GNR TI5/N3KS via M0URX
A25SL via N4GNR KP4/KC1KUG via KC1KUG TM20KFZ via F4FCE
A41NN via A61BK LT6M via LU8MHL TM3ZZ via F4HIK
A60EXPO/2 via EA7FTR LZ01MLN via LZ1PM TM6M via F4DXW
AP2IN via IK2DUW LZ60KFZ via LZ1KFZ TU5PCT via OK6DJ
CT9/OH2KW via OH2KW N0V via NY0V UK8OAH via RW6HS
CX/PR8KW via PR8KW OD5ZZ via N4GNR V31DJ via W0CP (d/C)
DK0SD via DL8NU OE100LCR via OE3LCR V31DK via (d/C)
DL/HB9BCK/P via HB9BCK OH0Z via W0MM V4/KG9N via KG9N (L/d/B)
DL/HB9DIZ/P via HB9DIZ OK8MA via SP9MA VE2/F5NHJ via F5NHJ
DL0HMB via (B) OL15SOTA via OK1CYC VE2CSI via M0URX
DL0OF via DL4CR (d/B) OL6D via OK1DWQ VP8/SQ1SGB via EB7DX
DL75RLP via (**) OL7T via OK2BXU W7P via NF7E (d)
DP1POL via DL1ZBO ON/PD0RWL/P via PD0RWL WA2DE/VP9 via WA2DE (L/P/n)
ED3X via EA3QP & (L) ON4BFS via ON4LDR YI1WWA via IK2DUW
EM1U via UT7UA ON75AAA via ON9TT Z22O via DJ6TF (B-Uk v UY5ZZ)
EX8MCD via RW6HS (d/L) OP4U via ON7USB Z68XX via DL2JRM
FR4PJ via EB7DX OR5T via ON4ALY ZF2LC via W2SM
GB1002MT via G4PVM (L/e) PA1VS via DE7VSH ZP6/N3BNA via KA2AEV
HC5DX via W3HNK PA22CC via PA2TMS ZS7ANF via RK1PWA or ZS1ANF
HK7AAG via EA5GL PA22L via PI4LDN
(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
(Q) See QRZ.com (E) E-Mail QSL only (P) Please send no QSL
(**) QSL automatically via Bureau - do not send QSLs
LOGS ONLINE AT CLUBLOG.ORG THIS WEEK......
QSLS RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 3D2AG, 4N1A, 6D5C, 6W1TG, 9A4AA, BA7LIP, BG2AUE,
BG2DHZ, BH6LIG, BH8OCW, BV1EK, DP1POL, DS3EXX, DS4AKP, EK3GM, GJ0KYZ,
HA1RB, HL2EIZ, HS5ZLD, HV0A, IZ8DFO, K3LP/KP5, KP4AA, LU4DRH, LU9DCE,
PU5CVB, PY2LED, PY5EJ, PY7ZC, PZ5KV, SV3HHH, TI3ATS, V7/KD7ADI, UN9L,
VE3NEA, VE8CK, YI1WWA and ZF5T
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: EY8BA, JA8FXO, S21DX, S54ZZ, S9OK, SV2RSG/A,
TI2OY, TL7M and ZD7BG
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: NONE REPORTED THIS WEEK!!!
--- We would like to see more QSL Bureaus (such as AS/US/SA/AF.. etc)
send in their info....
REBEL DX GROUP DXPEDITION NEWS. The following was posted on the Rebel
DX Group's FaceBook page (https://www.facebook.com/rebeldxgroup), February
9th: After all those covid travel issues we are finally pushing some things
forward. Some information will be published shortly. We are also looking for
CW operator or 2 willing to travel with a very short notice due the restric-
tions and possible 2 weeks quarantine before going on board. This trip
(2 destinations) will be a life time opportunity for that person.
- 2 months + traveling time
- Good health conditions
- Stress free, panic free, no family dramas.
- No altitude sickness due several cargo loading - reloading by crane
Let us know if you want to join
S7, SEYCHELLES (Update). Amir, 4X6TT, is now active as S79/4X6TT from
Mahe Island, Seychelles, until February 14th. Activity has been on 20/
15/12 meters SSB. He states that he is using a vertical by the sea. QSL
Manager is N4GNR. Amir mentions [edited], "As part of my 2022 world tour,
Seychelles in my next stop.... A special award and trophy will be awarded
to anyone who has confirmed at least 10 different locations by end of 2022."
TM24, FRANCE (Special Event/Early Announcement). Operators Franck/F4DTO
and Patrick/F4GFE will activate the special callsign TM24PRS from Chatil-
lon, France, for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. Activity will not be
until 2024. Four special Olympic awards will be available (see QRZ.com).
QSL via F4DTO, direct or by the Bureau.
V3, BELIZE. Operators Walt/W0CP and XYL Mary/K0ZV will once again be
active as V31DJ and V31DK, respectively, from Placencia Village until
March 4th. Activity will be on various HF bands using CW, SSB and FT8,
with an Elecraft KX3, SPE_1.3kFA, MyAntennas 80-10-2K and fixed wire
monoband yagis. Watch 40/20/15/12/10 meters between 1300-1530z. QSL via
their home callsigns, ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW.
V3, BELIZE (Reminder). Operators Robert/K5PI (V31AT), John/WC0W (V31TP),
Madison/W5MJ (V31IT), Karl/AD0KH, Nancie/NM0C, Leigh/WC0T, Steve/WW0G
and Keith/VE7KW (V31WK) will be active as V3T from San Ignacio (EK57),
Belize, during the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 19-20th)
as a Multi-Single/Low-Power entry. QSL V3T and V31TP via WC0W or LoTW
(no ClubLog). Look for operations before the contest by the operators.
Operators will arrive on February 13th and should be active on some bands
the next day. Most will stay until March 4th. They will be on 160-10
meters using mostly CW. QSL V31IT via M0URX or OQRS. QSL V31AT via K5PI,
direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.
V4, ST. KITTS AND NEVIS. Will, W3UL, is once again active as V47UM from
Nevis until March 1st. Activity has been on various HF bands which include
80/40/30/20/15/12/10 meters CW. He was also heard in this past weekend'
CQWW WPX RTTY Contest. Look for him to be in the ARRL Inter. DX CW Contest
(February 19-20th). QSl via W3UL, direct, ClubLog's OQRS and LoTW (pre-
V4, ST. KITTS AND NEVIS (Reminder). Chuck, KG9N, is now active as V4/KG9N
from W5JON/V47JA QTH on St. Kitts (NA-104) until March. Activity will be
on all HF bands and modes. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the
Bureau or LoTW.
W1, UNITED STATES (Special Event). The GERATOL Net, Worked All States Net,
(Greetings Extra Radio Amateurs Tired of Operating Lately) is celebrating
its 50th Season of supporting amateurs who are working toward their WAS
SSB on the 80 meter band. In conjunction with this celebration, the net
will be operating Special Event Station W1G until February 20th. Anyone
who works W1G during its activation period, may request a special com-
memorative QSL card by sending your QSL along with a SASE to the following
address: Kevin Lynch, POB 124, Wheelwright, MA 01094. In addition, the
GERATOL Net is sponsoring a special commemorative certificate which
requires checking into the net on 3.668 MHz at 0100z any evening and
completing the requirements for the certificate. For additional details
on this commemorative certificate, and to learn more about the net, go
W7, UNITED STATES (Special Event). If you missed special event stations
W7P and W7P/0 last year to celebrate the discovery of the planet Pluto,
you will have another chance this month. Members of the Northern Arizona
DX Association (http://www.nadxa.com) will be active again between Febru-
ary 12-20th. This is part of NADXA's "Countdown to the 100th Anniversary
of the discovery of Pluto" special event that will be aired over the next
9 years. The year 2021 was its inaugural year (91st Anniversary), so this
is the second year (92nd Anniversary) of this Special Event. A special
event certificate with endorsement is available. For more details, see
QRZ.com or visit NADXA's Web page at:
ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS. Operators Dan/N6MJ, Marty/NN1C and Bill/W9KKN will
be active as ZF1A on Grand Cayman Islands (NA-016) during the ARRL DX CW
Contest (February 19-20th) as a Multi-Single entry. Look for activity
outside of the contest (possibly operators with their own callsigns) on
160-10 meters including 30/17/12 meters. QSL via LoTW or ClubLog's OQRS.
ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS. Operators John/K6AM, Martin/NN1C and Scott/K7ZO will
be active as ZF1A on Grand Cayman Islands (NA-016) during the ARRL Inter.
DX SSB Contest (March 5-6th) as a Multi-Single entry. Look for activity
outside of the contest on 160-10 meters including 30/17/12 meters. QSL
via LoTW or ClubLog's OQRS.
ZL, NEW ZEALAND. Operators Mark/ZL3AB, Geoff/ZL3GA and Phil/ZL3PAH will
use the "Quake Contesters" callsign ZL3X during the ARRL DX CW Contest
(February 19-20th) as a Multi-2 entry ( COVID permitting). QSL via LoTW,
ClubLog or direct to ZL3PAH. No Bureau.
ZS7, ANTARCTICA. Oleg, ZS1ANF (UA1PBA, RI1ANF, RI1ANX, etc.), an Antarctic
veteran, who is active as ZS7ANF from Wolf's Fang Runway (WAP MNB-12),
Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica, will be leaving for South Africa on
February 18th. QSL via RK1PWA or ZS1ANF.