The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1554
February 21, 2022
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, W4VQ, K8YSE,
W8GEX & 60m DX News, K9MM, DL1SBF, DL7UXG & The DX News Letter, DX Ad-
venture Team, DXNews.com, DX-World.Net, EA4NF, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX,
I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, Sixitalia Weekly, SP1EG, VA3RJ & ICPO and
VK5MAV for the following DX information.
"Celebrating 30+ years (March 1991) of FREE DX News"
"Could this be the final year???"
** EDITOR'S SPECIAL NOTICE: This week's bulletin was sent out earlier
than normal to accommodate the late ARRL DX CW Contest announcements.
Also, we wanted to provide the readers with a consolidated listing
of the ARRL DX CW Contest participants.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
week of Sunday, 13th-February, through Sunday, 20th-February there were
214 countries active. Countries available: 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 3X,
4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1U, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5T, 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, C3, C6, CE, 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, FH, FK, FM, FO, FR, FS, FW, 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,
J8, JA, JD/o, JT, 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, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, TA, TF, TG,
TI, TK, TR, TU, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK,
VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XX9, YA, YB, YJ, YK, YL, YN, YO,
YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z6, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, 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".
3V, TUNISIA. Operator SWL Ashraf "Ash", 3V4-002 (KF5EYY), will be active
as 3V8SF from the Scout Radio Club of Sfax city club station during the
ARRL Inter. DX CW Contest (February 19-20th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band
(80m)/Low-Power entry. QSL via LX1NO or LoTW. Read about Ashraf on the
following Web page at: http://www.kf5eyy.info
8Q, MALDIVES (Update). 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.
However, they posted on QRZ.com the following: "We are delayed, our ver-
ticals have ended in Male, the seaplane will not carry them. On Thursday
they will be transported by a supply ship to the island, from Friday
evening we will hopefully be at 160/80m." QSL via their home callsigns.
9K, KUWAIT. Abdallah, 9K2GS, will be active as 9K2K during the CQWW WPX
SSB Contest (March 26-27th) and CQWW WPX Contest (May 28-29th) as a Single-
Op/High-Power entry. QSL via EC6DX or LoTW.
AAW 2022. The 19th Antarctic Activity Week (AAW) will take place next
week between February 21-27th. All Radio Amateurs (OMs & SWLs) around
the world, Clubs and Organizations as well as other important groups
and individual operators World-Wide, are invited to join and share with
them in this initiative. Apply your special AAW's callsign, get a WAP
reference and jump into the competition. Some operators have already
signed-up to participate. See the following Web page at:
The WAP's intention is to draw WW attention to the Antarctic Continent,
and the AAW is a unique event World-Wide (WW) where Hams (in any corner
of the world, and not necessarily in Antarctica) wish to celebrate and
improve World-Wide interest around the Icy Continent.
Purpose of the A.A.W. is to increase world wide interest around Antarctic
Continent and its related matters with the aim of staying close to the
researchers and personnel who are spending their time away from home and
families studying the Antarctic life and its secrets. An additional pur-
pose is to share what Nations and Organizations are doing to protect this
still non contaminated corner of the world, and to share a WW message
Stations announced as of February 18th [Special Callsign (WAP Ref#/QSL)]:
7T22ANT (WAP-345/IK2DUW) K4C (WAP-253/K4MZU)
AO4HAG (WAP-242/EA4GKV) OE19AAW (WAP-341/OE3DMA)
EH3ANT (WAP-292/EA3EYO) OE88WAP (WAP-088/OE3KKA)
EH5AAW (WAP-342/EA5N) OE89ANT (WAP-089/OE3AIS)
II2ANT-II2ANT/6 (WAP-030/IK2QPO) OE90AAW (WAP-090/OE3SGA)
II2WAP (WAP-343/IK2EKO) PA6ANT (WAP-221/PA3FOE)
II5ANT (WAP-025/IZ5BTC) PF88ANT (WAP-307/PA0RDY)
IR1ANT (WAP-002/I1HYW) SP60ANT (WAP-339/SP3POB)
IR2A (WAP-003/IK2JYT) TM19AAW (WAP-344/F8DVD)
K0ANT (WAP-198/KB0MZF) UT1KY/WAP (WAP-162/UT1KY)
D4, CAPE VERDE (Reminder). Oliver, DJ5QW, will be active as D4CW and D44DX
from Santa Maria village, Sal Island (AF-086), Cape Verde, between February
19th and March 2nd. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL
via his home callsign or by the DARC Bureau.
D4, CAPE VERDE (Update). Rob, DM4AO, who is active as D44AO from Ilha de
Santiago, Cape Verde (AF-005, WW Loc. HK84EV, WLOTA 0158), until February
25th, reports the following on QRZ.com, February 14th: "Spent the whole
day yesterday with preparing a radial network of 42 radials and finally
managed to put up the Butternut despite the heavy winds. Enjoyed about
500 QSOs today in nice pile-ups to see that all highbands (and the antenna)
work quite well. Two hours ago - after the 30m pile-up has grown and
started to bring some fun - suddenly the radio died with no warning. So
now I have a broken radio. :-( Will try to get some help from a local
Ham but right now I fear the DXpedition is over after a mere 500 QSOs
and before the contest... Sorry guys!"
However, on February 15th, Rob posted: "Thanks to the help of Pierpaolo,
D44PM, I am back on air again after a sudden power failure killed my power
supply." There were plenty of QSNs on the cluster later that day on 80/40/
30/20/12/10 meters. Remember to look for him in the ARRL Inter. DX CW
Contest (February 19-20th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL
via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct. See QRZ.com for details.
EA8, CANARY ISLANDS (Satellite Op). Philippe, EA4NF, will be active as
EA8/EA4NF from Hierro Island (AF-004), the smallest island of the Canary
Island and the furthest west, between March 4-6th. Activity will be on
the FM and Linear LEO satellites, and he plans to activate the very rare
grids IL07 and IL17. QSL via LoTW. You can follow Philippe's activities
on Twitter: https://twitter.com/EA4NF_SAT
FG/TO3, GUADELOUPE. Operators Gildas/F6HMQ and Michel/F6GWV will once
again be active as FG/F6HMQ and FG/F6GWV, respectively, from Guadeloupe
between February 25th and March 27th. Activity will be holiday style on
various HF bands using "light equipment". They will also be in the ARRL
International DX SSB Contest (March 5-6th) and the CQWW WPX SSB Contest
(March 26-27) using the callsign TO3Z. QSL TO3Z via F6HMQ. QSL FG/F6GWV
and Gildas FG/F6HMQ via their home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
FT/W CROZET ISLAND 2022 DXPEDITION NEWS. The following was posted by
Thierry Mazel, F6CUK, on February 14th [edited]: After the permission
granted by the TAAF and the DXpedition announcement, time has come to
gather the equipment and move forward with the preparations. As you can
see on the picture below, talks are extensive! Photo TAAF:
Dates are now known. The Marion Dufresne will leave Reunion Island on
December 8th, with a stopover at Tromelin to resupply the people there (an-
other nice DX), then bound for Crozet. I should get there around Christmas.
The ship will come back on March 26th, 2023, to pick us up, and after stop-
overs at Kerguelen and Amsterdam, arrive at Reunion on April 16th, 2023.
Therefore, I will be on Alfred Faure base for a solid 3 months. These dates
may vary slightly depending on weather conditions.
I am in close contact with the TAAF (Many thanks to the man in charge of
Crozet, and to Mr. Chareyre for their attention) in order to prepare my
arrival in the best possible conditions. Some of the main points under
discussion are where the antennas (HF and QO-100) will be installed, as
well as the shack.
Obviously, I will not start operating the day after my arrival. I will
need to install the antennas and the station. For that, other people's help
will be required. The weather will have its role to play, as it would be
impossible to climb to the roof, erect a mast under high winds: the base
commander will have to give his approval. Starting the operation will not
be the top priority of the first day.
In theory, I will stay in the Albatros building. It is next to the Biomar
building. It looks like they have arranged it so that I will not be of any
nuisance to the other people (night operation for example). Looking at the
picture below will give you a better idea.
© Benoît Stichelbaut - www.stichelbaut.com
On the left is the Biomar building, on the right is the Albatros. Thank
you to Mr. Stichelbaut for allowing us to use his picture.
The callsign is not issued yet, and I have requested a special call to
commemorate the 60 years of the first transmissions made by Mr. Baudelot,
first ham operator on the island in the years 61/62. The callsign will be
released only hours before the start of the activity by Paul F6EXV and Jean-
Michel F6AJA, i.e. after my arrival on the island. Paul will inform via
internet and Twitter, Jean-Michel on his DX bulletin. This will be so to
avoid pirate activities. Anything not coming from Paul or Jean-Michel will
be mere speculation. Be cautious of the FT4Wxxx that might show up !
As for the equipment, things are also progressing. Many sponsors have
kindly responded to our solicitations. Contrary to our initial information,
I will not be using K3s. Since Elecraft no longer produces K3S, it was
difficult for them to loan or sell some to me. They mentioned a K4 but I
do not want to go with only one transceiver, I need at least a second one
in case of break down. Considering the procurement problems that all manu-
facturers are facing, I did not want to take any risk. Consequently, I have
decided to use a transceiver that I have at home, as well as used by F6KOP
for their DXpeditions, namely the TS-590. It is fully equipped, and has a
big advantage: no interface required to operate FT8, a mere USB cable be-
tween the rig and the laptop is enough. Antenna plugs, a receiving antenna
connector, an RS232 interface, USB, all filters and ATU. So no further
options will be required. Furthermore, it has a great receiver, and can be
easily found second-hand at very reasonable price.
So, I purchased a TS-590 which is right now being modified by the Kenwood
after sale service, to solve the known ALC issue. This modification is
covered by the Kenwood warranty. I will soon purchase another 590 that will
also be modified.
On the amplifier side, after talks and advice from the Clipperton DX Club
and the F6KOP team, I have chosen a 500W tube amp, the Acom 1010, less fra-
gile than solid state amps. It can bear with a 3/1 SWR, which is a great
advantage for a place where I will not be in full control of the environ-
ment. So I will purchase a 1010 and have another one loaned by the CDXC via
F6KOP. Let them be thanked for this.
I also thank Acom company for the discount they are offering for the
purchase, but this is not a gift. They are doing the best they can, still,
the cost is not negligible in the overall budget.
The antennas will be the subject of another press release, after we have
made some tests at Paul's QTH in the spring. More to come later.
I have asked the TAAF to get permission to send part of the equipment with
the previous ship supply mission (leaving in November). It sometimes happens
that, because of the weather during landing, not everything can be brought
to the island. Imagine being on the island without a station! As I often
say, Crozet is not Tahiti !
A lot remains to be done. Going to the TAAF islands for 4 months needs a
lot of work, and is to be deserved. One of the next items on the agenda is
winter clothing, and organizing skeds with school children's via QO-100.
Thank you to all the team members as well as to our sponsors, nothing
would be possible without them.
As a conclusion, you can see preparations are going well, thanks to the
continuous team work. Even if sponsors are helping a lot, expenses go on,
and more help will be welcome. I suppose Crozet will be an ATNO for many,
and you can't afford missing it, as nobody knows when the next ham oper-
ation will take place from this #3 most needed. Thank you all!
You will find our PayPal info on the Crozet2022 home page:
Thierry Mazel F6CUK
IOTA NEWS. The following are IOTA operations that were active this past
week between February 14-18th (as per the DXCluster):
IOTA Callsign Island/GROUP Bands/Modes
------ ---------- ------------- ------------
AF-004 EA8DJM CANARY 10m; SSB
AF-004 EA8UP CANARY 10m; SSB
AF-005 D44AO LEEWARD 17m; CW
AF-014 CT3MD MADEIRA 12/10m; CW/FT8
AF-017 3B9FR RODRIGUES 40/17/10m; SSB/FT8
AF-022 ZD7FT ST HELENA 15m; SSB
AF-022 ZD7MY ST HELENA 20m; FT8
AF-024 S77SARA INNER 30m; FT8
AF-049 3B8BAL MAURITIUS 12m; CW
AF-063 5H3BV Pemba 15m; CW
AN-006 EM1U Galindez 20m; SSB
AS-003 4S6NCH SRI LANKA 12m; FT8
AS-004 5B4AQC Cyprus 40m; CW
AS-004 5B4VL Cyprus 40/10m; SSB
AS-007 JA4MOK HONSHU 15m; FT8
AS-007 JL1KCL HONSHU 12m; FT8
AS-007 JM7OLW HONSHU 15m; CW
AS-013 8Q7WM MALDIVES 40m; CW
AS-019 9V1ZV SINGAPORE 10m; FT8
AS-031 JD1BHA CHICHI/HAHA/MUKO 40m; CW
AS-045 HL5FUA ULLEUNG 30m; FT8
AS-053 HS0ZEX PHUKET 10m; SSB
AS-077 JA6BDB Kyushu 17m; FT8
AS-077 JO6JAW Kyushu 17m; FT8
AS-078 JA8ISU Hokkaido 160m;
AS-105 HL2ZN Kyong-do Province 12m; FT8
AS-118 9K2DX KUWAIT 40m; SSB
AS-200 JJ5RBH Shodo 15m; CW
EU-001 SV5TH DODECANESE 60/17m; CW
EU-003 CR8ACL EASTERN 20m; SSB
EU-004 EA6ACA BALEARIC 15m; CW
EU-004 EC6FK BALEARIC 17m; SSB
EU-005 G1UBL/P GREAT BRITAIN 20m; SSB
EU-005 G6UT GREAT BRITAIN 40m; SSB
EU-005 M0WBG GREAT BRITAIN 20m; CW/SSB
EU-005 MM1BXF GREAT BRITAIN 160m;
EU-009 GS8VL ORKNEY 40m; SSB
EU-009 MM0DGI ORKNEY 40m; CW
EU-015 SV9RKU CRETE 15m; SSB
EU-018 OY1CT FAROE 12m; CW
EU-025 IT9RZR Sicily 12m; FT8
EU-049 SV8DCW NORTH AEGEAN 20m; FT4
EU-067 SY8OVJ KYKLADES 40/20/17m; CW
EU-114 GU5WZY GUERNSEY 30m; FT8
EU-131 IK3PQH/P VENETO REGION 40m; SSB
NA-015 CO8LY CUBA 12m; CW
NA-018 OX7AM GREENLAND 40m; CW
NA-027 VO1BYD NEWFOUNDLAND 20m; FT8
NA-027 VO1IV NEWFOUNDLAND 40/20m; FT8
NA-027 VO1XT NEWFOUNDLAND 15m; SSB
NA-029 VY2JC PRINCE EDWARD 15m; FT8
NA-062 K2ZR/4 KEYS WEST 30/20/17/10m; CW
NA-096 HI8S HISPANIOLA 10m; FT8
NA-099 KP4JRS PUERTO RICO 10m; FT8
NA-104 V4/KG9N ST KITTS AND NEVIS 17/15m; CW
NA-104 V47UM ST KITTS AND NEVIS 17m; CW
NA-107 FM/F6BWJ Martinique 15m; CW
NA-109 J8/VP2EIH St Vincent 12m; SSB
OC-001 VK5PO Australia 17m; FT8
OC-016 3D2AG VITI LEVU AND VANUA LEVU 12m; FT8
OC-019 KH6BB HAWAIIAN 10m; FT8
OC-019 KH6Y HAWAIIAN 10m; FT8
OC-021 YB0AR JAVA 20m; SSB
OC-021 YC1JJS JAVA 10m; FT8
OC-021 YD1FRU JAVA 10m; FT8
OC-032 FK8GU NEW CALEDONIA 20m;
OC-032 FK8HM NEW CALEDONIA 10m; FT8
OC-034 YB9VED NEW GUINEA 20m; SSB
OC-036 ZL2CC NORTH 60m;
OC-082 E51WL PENRHYN ATOLL 12m; FT8
OC-134 ZL3RJ SOUTH 10m; FT8
OC-209 YB8UTI Karakelong 40m; FT8
SA-002 VP8LP FALKLAND 15/10m; SSB
SA-006 PJ4NG BONAIRE 15/10m; CW
SA-036 P44W ARUBA 17m; CW
SA-068 8R1AK/P GUYANA 40m; SSB
SA-099 PJ2/NF9V CURACAO 40/15m; CW
** 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"
AS-125. Members of the Amateur Radio Association of Phetchaburi (HS7AP)
will be active as HS7AP/P from Chang Island between July 29th
and August 1st. Operators mentioned are E20OMN, E21IZC, E24YEJ,
E25CVD, E25NNN, E27EK, HS7QNC and HS7UCQ. Activity will be on
80/40/20/15/10 meters using CW, SSB and FT8. They also plan to
be in RSGB IOTA Contest (July 30-31s). QSL via E21IZC.
EU-086. (Update) Operators Andrey/R1II and YL Tatyana/RL1I, who were
expected to be active as RI1PP from Mestnyy Island at the end
of February, reported/posted the following on February 16th:
Unfortunately, almost all participants fell ill with the
coronovirus. In this regard, the departure from Vorkuta is
scheduled for the end of March. But I already doubt that in
general this year we will get to this island.
EU-125. Operators Wies/SP1EG, Hans/DK8RE and Hans/DL8UUF will be
active as 5P1EG from Romo Island (OZFF-005) between May 7-14th.
Activity will be on various HF bands using CW, SSB and the
Digital modes, with an IC-7300 + Expert PA into different GP
antennas. QSL via SP1EG.
NA-142. Editor of "The Daily DX", Bernie, W3UR, will once again be
operating with the Glenwood DX Association club callsign N3ME
from Okaloosa Island, Florida's rarest IOTA on Saturday,
February 19th, from local sunrise to local sunset (1200-2330z).
Activity will be on 20-10 meters using CW and FT8. He states,
"Because the ARRL DX CW Contest is taking place I will focus
on 17 and 12 meters CW and FT8 on 20 meters..... I will be
monitoring Twitter @BernieMcClenny and What's App." QSL via
W3UR and LoTW.
OC-228. Andy, VK5MAV, announced on February 16th [edited]: "Planning
to do quick 1 day (possibly 2 days) activation of OC-228 Granite
Island on last week of February - first week of March 2022,
depends on weather. Exact dates - TBA. Like previously, activity
will be from local sunrise till dusk - sorry, local limitations
are still in place. Mostly CW on 14/21/28 depends on propagation.
If you really need SSB - just send me E-mail and I'll try to
move to SSB quickly (internet coverage is perfect there).
Battery, max 100W, multiband dipole."
SA-025. (Reminder) Operators Orlando/PT2OP, Aristides/PS8ACM, Fernando/
PS8CW, Raimundo Jr./PS8DX, Milton/PS8HF, Ronaldo/PS8RV and Na-
thanael/PS8ZP will be active as ZV8L from the Pedra do Sal Light-
house (ARLHS BRA-070, DIB PI-03, WLOTA L-2825) on Santa Isabel
Island (DIB PI-01) during the 14th American Lighthouses Weekend
between February 18-20th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using
CW, SSB, FT-8 and the QO-100 satellite. Contacts are also valid
for the Delta do Parnaíba Environmental Protection Area (WWFF
PYFF-0209). QSL via PT2OP, direct (preferred), by the Bureau,
LoTW or eQSL.
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......
IR2, ITALY (Special Event). Members of the A.R.I. Vigevano will activate
the special callsign IR2SM between March 26th and April 10th, to commem-
orate the 150th anniversary of Samuel F.B. Morse's death. QSL via the
Bureau or direct via I2MYF.
JD1, MINAMI TORISHIMA. QSL Manager Sin, Ja8CJY, reports that Take, JG8NQJ,
will once again be active as JG8NQJ/JD1 from Marcus Island, Minami Tori-
shima (OC-073, JCG 10007), sometime mid-March. Details are currently
unknown (Stay tuned). He is usually there to work on the island's weather
station. Activity will be limited to his spare time. Usually he will be
mainly on 17 meters, but may try 40/30 meters and 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.
JT, MONGOLIA. Mats, RM2D (SM6LRR), will be active as JT4RR from South
Gobi Region, Mongolia, between March 20th and April 5th. He also mentions
that sometime in March-April and in July-August, he is planning a few
days of activity as JT4RR/P from the South Gobi Desert. He states on
QRZ.com [edited]: "It will not be a regular DX-pedition, but rather a bit
of extreme portable operation, using Lab599 TX-500 Heavy Duty QRP-Trans-
ceiver with 5-10 watts (99% CW) and a vertical antenna with three elevated
resonant radials on a DX Wire Mini glass-fiber pole. Possibly, I will be
able to use a 50W amplifier provided that I will find a suitable battery
power source. Activity will be every 14 days on my day off from my work at
the Oyu Tolgoi Copper & Gold Mine. After a month, it could be activity once
per week. Most likely days of operations will be Sundays, but these second
month on each Roster swing, Thursdays may be alternative days. I will be
10 weeks on site and 5 weeks home in Russia as it looks now. Normal Rosters
are 4/2 weeks, but COVID changes that a bit to longer Rosters. My QSL
Manager will be Pedro, EA5GL. LoTW will also be used."
JW, SVALBARD (Update). The "DX Adventure Team" provides the following
update to the DXpedition to Svalbard as JW0X and JW1000QO taking place
between April 19-26th, 2022. The following is a press release [edited]:
DX-Adventure is a joint venture of Max-ON5UR and Erik-ON4ANN, and
consists of 15 very enthusiastic people with all experience in partici-
pating or organizing a DX-pedition.
The first DX-Adventure project is therefore immediately ambitious:
The Arctic Archipelago - Svalbard - IOTA EU-026 from April 19-26th,
The setup is to be active with 5 stations on all HF bands in different
modes (CW, SSB, RTTY, FT8-FT4). In addition, we have the ambition to be
the first to activate EU-026 on QO-100 (as JW1000QO). Three team members
take on the challenge of driving a snowmobile all the way to Kapp Linné,
about 100km east of Longyearbyen.
This is the only location that allows a "line of sight" on the QO-100
satellite. In addition, Kapp Linné is also on the edge of the satellite
footprint - speaking of a challenge...
Read all about the DXpedition here:
Sponsorship: Every contribution is welcome and appreciated, but with a
donation of at least 25 Euros you have a chance to win one of the 10
JW0X flags. With a donation of 50 Euro you will receive a beautiful
JW0X scarf (17 x 125 cm), a nice souvenir that should not be missing
in the shack.
A list of all registered sponsors can be found on the JW0X sponsor
You hear our signals we feel the pile-up.
DX Adventure team -- https://www.dx-adventure.com
LU, ARENTINA (LH Op). Operators Jorge/LU2WJV, Ricardo/LU1WUD, Ricardo/
LU1WAZ, Damian/LU1WCL, Jeremias/LU9WZO, Rodrigo/LU2WRB, Luis/LU3XEI,
Jorge/LU9WJE and Mario/LU1XMO will be active as homecall/XA from the
Monte Loayza Lighthouse (ARG-048) during the 14th American Lighthouse
Weekend (February 18-20th). Activity will be on 80/40/20/10 meters SSB.
QSL via their home callsigns.
NP3, PUERTO RICO. Yuriy, N2TTA, will once again be active as NP3X from
the Coamo Contest Club station during the ARRL Inter. DX CW Contest
(February 19-20th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via EB7DX.
OH0, ALAND ISLANDS. Wies, SP1EG, informs OPDX of the upcoming activities
from Aland Islands (EU-002):
* Operators Wies/SP1EG, Hans/DK8RE, Frank/DM5WF and Hans/DL8UUF will
be active as OH0EG from Jomala, Fasta Aland, between April 1-9th.
Activity will be on 160-10 meters using a K3 + Expert PA, Dipoles
for 160/80m and a GP for the remaining bands. An IC-7300 will be
use for the Digital modes. The team will be in the SP DX Contest
(April 2-3rd) which is a Polish CW and SSB contest. Rules for the
contest, see: https://spdxcontest.pzk.org.pl
QSL via SP1EG. Outside of the contest, operators may be active as
OH0/DM5WF, OH0/DK8RE ... etc.
* Operators Wies/SP1EG, Artur/SP1QY and Waldi/SQ3PMX will be active
as OH0EG from Jomala, Fasta Aland, between April 22-29th. Activity
will be focused on 30/17/12 meters using the Digital modes as well
as CW and SSB. They will use 100 watts and several different antennas.
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PLEASE NOTE: OUTLOOK users PLEASE read below.
OX, GREENLAND (Reminder). Operators Mikkel/OZ7AKT (OX7AKT) and Alex/OZ7AM
(OX7AM) are now active from Kangerlussuaq (NA-018, WW Loc. GP47TA) until
February 22nd. Look for OX7AM in the ARRL Inter. DX CW Contest (February
19-20th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL OX7AM via OZ1ACB, direct, by
the Bureau, LoTW or Clublog's OQRS. QSL OX7AKT via OZ1ACB, direct, by
the Bureau, LoTW or Clublog's OQRS.
PC70, THE NETHERLANDS (Special Event). The JOTA station of the "Scouting
Campsite De Rendierhoeve" (PC6RH) will be activating the special callsign
PC70RH to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the campsite which is situated
in the near the Pijnendijk in Moergestel (see QRZ.com for details). Their
activity will take place between April 2022 and March 2023. QSL via the
Bureau to PF1SCT.
PJ7, SINT MAARTEN. John, W3FSA, is once again active as PJ7/W3FSA from
Sint Maarten (NA-105) until March 19th. Activity will be holiday style
on 40/30/20 meters using CW QRP. QSL via his home callsign, direct or
by the Bureau.
PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (February 21-27).......
Feb/21st HN Feb/24th HN Feb/26th HN
Feb/22nd HN Feb/25th HN Feb/27th 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
PZ, SURINAME (Reminder/IOTA Op). Operators Markus/DJ4EL and Joerg/DJ1JB
are planning to go back to Papegaaien Island (SA-092, WW Loc. GJ15kv)
between February 23-26th (possibly 27th), and will use the callsign PZ5G
again. They will be active from the Suriname mainland (WW loc. GJ25kr)
before (February 19-22nd) and after (February 27th-March 1st) their IOTA
operation using the callsigns PZ5GE (DJ4EL) and PZ5GL (DJ1JB). Activity
will be on 40-10 meters using SSB only. They will have two stations with
100 watts into wire antennas. Direct QSL via ClubLog. Bureau QSL via the
QSL INFO AND NEWS...................
QSL-INFO from Lothar, DL1SBF (www.qslinfo.eu) (Feb. 18th)
QSL-INFO from various sources provided by OPDX
3B9FR via M0OXO ED3X via EA3QP PJ2/NE9V via NF9V
3D2TS via M0OXO ES5TTT via N4GNR PJ2/W9NJY via WD9DZV
3Z200IL via SP8KJX FK8CE via N4GNR PJ4NG via K4BAI
4U1UN via HB9BOU FK8HM via F5MFV SM0N via SM0JCA
4U9A via 9A2AA FM/F6BWJ via F6BWJ SM6F via SM6CUK & (L)
6Y5FS via G4BWP SP1PSPAK via SP3POB TM19AAW via F8DVD
7Q7CT via JH1AJT FM/VE3DZ via VE3DZ & (L) TM20KFZ via F4FCE
7X2TT via EA5GL HB0/DJ1AA/M via DJ1AA TR8CA via F6CBC
7X3WPL via 7X3DL HC3RJ via EC5R TZ4AM via W0SA
8P9AN via CX3AN HI9/F5PLR via F5PLR V31AT via K5PI
8Q7WM via OK2WM HP2DFA via EC6DX V31WK via VE7KW
8Q7WX via OK2WX HR9/AD8J via AD8J (d/L) V31XX via K4XS
9A70FAB via 9A3UJ HR9/WD9ISQ via WD9ISQ VP5/K4QPL via K4QPL
9G5AF via EA5GL II2IDT via I2YSB VP8ADR via M0OXO
9H/4X6TT via N4GNR IQ6JU via IK6QON VP8BTR via M0OXO
9K2GR via EA5GL KJ0D/KP2 via EB7DX VX2X via VX2X (L)
9K2OW via EC6DX LT6M via LU8MHL W7P via NF7E
A65TE via K3IRV LU/KC1KUG via KC1KUG YR0WL via YO9KBP
AP2HA via JA1WIO LW5DR via EA5GL Z21A via DJ6TF(Ukr v UY5ZZ)
C37N via C37URA LZ60KFZ via LZ1KFZ Z22O via DJ6TF
CQ8EE via OZ2I M3X via M0IHT Z60ID via Z62FB
CT9/DL7FER via DL7FER OE/DJ1AA via DJ1AA ZF2EZ via W5SJ
CT9/DK7YY via DK7YY OE100LCR via OE3LCR ZF2LZ via EA5GL
CT9/DL5LYM via DL5LYM & (L) OK8MA via SP9MA ZF2MJ via N6MJ
CX7CO via EA5GL OX7AKT via OZ1ACB ZF9CW via K5GA
DA0BCC via DL2JRM OX7AM via OZ1ACB ZF2WF via W9KKN
DL/HB9BCK/P via HB9BCK OZ50DDXG via OZ1ACB ZL3P via ZL3PAH
DL/HB9DIZ/P via HB9DIZ P44W via N2MM ZP6/N3BNA via KA2AEV
DL75DRG via DM4EAX (B) PA22CC via PA2TMS ZV8L via PT2OP
DM60CSJ via DL2VM PI4CG via PD2GSP
EA7/SM0KAK via SM0KAK PJ2/N7IR via N7IR
(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......
TU5PCT 2022 QSL UPDATE. QSL Manager OK6DJ reports that the first upload
to LoTW for donors and OQRS direct has been done.
QSLS RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 3A/RA9USU, 3B8BAP, 3X2021, 4U1A, 6D5C, 8J1RL,
9A0BB, 9N7AA, BG4QNE, BG7DSA, BG7IEJ, BX5AA, CX/PR8KW, EA2ESU, EI2IP,
HB9ACA, HL2VXK, IK8HVO, J35X, JD1BHA, JR6FC, JY4CI, KH6JY, KH6RF, L71D,
LU1DX, PD0MBU, PH9HB, PI4CC, PY1KB, PY2LED, S57UN, SV9BMG, TA6C, TA7K,
TO6S, TU5PCT, UA9MA, UN3M, V31MA, V4/KG9N, V7/KD7ADI, VA7ST, VK5DOC,
VK5GR, VK6JJJ, VK6KC, VR2CH, YB3OK, YC1THS, YC7UAH, YC9UAB, YD9UBT,
YV5EED, Z81D, ZC4GR and ZL3RJ
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 4O3B, ES5TTT, FH/K6ZO, JD1BMH, LU5ZI, S51DX,
S57S, S79VU, VK0JJJ, VO1GO and VP9KD
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 9G5AM, 9G5W, 9LY1JM, C31MO, D68I, DE0SMF,
DP1POL, FM8QR, PP2CS, S56P, T77JNC, TO3Z, V26K, VP2VB/MM, XT2SE, Z60A
--- We would like to see more QSL Bureaus (such as AS/US/SA/AF.. etc)
send in their info....
TL, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC (Update/Changes). Members of the Italian DX
Team will be active from Central African Republic as TL8AA (CW-SSB-RTTY)
and TL8ZZ (FT8) between April 1-15th. Plans are to have 7 operators and 4
stations. Operators mentioned are Tony/I2PJA, Silvano/I2YSB, Angelo/IK2CKR,
Stefano/IK2HKT, Gino/IK2RZP and Maurizio/IV3ZXQ. The pilot station can
be contacted with inquires (English only) at: email@example.com
Activity will be on 80-10 meters (now including 60m) using the below modes.
Their suggested frequencies are:
CW - 3527, 5352, 7025, 10115, 14030, 18068, 21030, 24890 and 28030 kHz
SSB - 3775, 7090, 14240, 18130, 21310, 24950 and 28470 kHz
RTTY - 14084 kHz
FT8 - 3567, 5357, 7056, 10131, 14084, 18095, 21091, 24911 and 28091 kHz
Their official Web site is at: http://www.i2ysb.com/idt
Subject to the availability of internet connection, the REAL TIME Log
will be available at: http://win.i2ysb.com/logonline
Official forum at: http://www.hamradioweb.net
QSL via I2YSB direct, OQRS or LoTW.
TO1, FRENCH GUYANA. Herve, F5HRY, will once again be active as TO1A from
the FY5KE station (Radio Amateurs Club de Kourou) during the ARRL Inter-
national DX CW Contest (February 19-20th). QSL via his home callsign or
V3, BELIZE. Bob, W0BNC, will be active as V31BN from Haulover Bridge,
Belize, between March 5-10th. He states on QRZ.com, "I will be doing at
least one POTA activation for certain from V3-0057, the Altun Ha Archeo-
logical Reserve, one of the many Mayan ruins in the country. I will also
be on the air in the evenings from my cabana, located about 5 miles north
of Belize City. Other parks I will attempt to get to:
V3-0067, Community Baboon Sanctuary Wildlife Area
V3-0022, Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary
V3-0026, Spanish Creek Wildlife Area
V3-0027, Shallow Creek Marine Reserve
The only downside to this is I will be QRP. I am bringing my KX2 with a
variety of wire antennas, and a PAC12 vertical. But I don't think this
will stop me from making contacts! I will be operating on SSB, CW, and
FT8. Once I'm back home, I will start working on getting QSL cards out.
This is the initial design I have, although it might change once I get
home and look through my photos."
QSL route was not mentioned.
W3/W4/W8, UNITED STATES (Special Event). Look for the following special
event stations to commemorate 80th anniversary of the Voice of America
[VOA] (February 1st, 1942) between 1400-2200z, February 19-20th:
* W3V -- VOA Headquarter in Washington, DC
* W8O -- from West Chester, OH; the VOA Bethany Relay Station
* W4A -- from Greenville, NC; the VOA Site-C
Activity will be on various HF bands using CW, SSB and the Digital
modes. Contact with any of the three stations will earn you a digital
certificate. Work all three stations and get the clean sweep endorsement.
The certificate will be sent to the E-mail address listed on your QRZ
page, make sure your E-mail is up to date. For paper QSL, see QRZ.com.
For more details about the VOA and the special event, see:
Z6, KOSOVO (News). Martti, OH2BH, sent out the following press release
on February 16th [edited]: Z60ID --- WARMEST REGARDS FROM THE REPUBLIC
OF KOSOVO -- Tomorrow, February 17th, will mark Kosovo's 14th Independent
Day and their IARU Society, SHRAK, will activate the special callsign,
Z60ID, with multiple stations for the 24-hour period. Special QSL card
will be available to present the activities of SHARK. QSL Z60ID via Z62FB.
The operators are: Z61VB (YL), Z61MM, Z61DX, Z62FB, Z62NS and Z63SLB.
And then for the upcoming weekend's ARRL CW Contest, Driton, Z61DX,
will activate the SHRAK HQ callsign Z60A.
ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS. "The Daily DX" reports that Ron, W2PLK, is expected
to be active as ZF2RO from Grand Cayman Islands (NA-016) for the next
week and a half. Using a KX2 with a wire, activity will be mostly be on
CW and some SSB. It is suggested to listen for him between 7055-7060 kHz
and 14055-14060 kHz.
The following stations are expected to be active in the
ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 19-20th, 2022)
Thanks to Bill, NG3K, for providing OPDX readers with the following
consolidated listing of the participants in the 2022 ARRL DX CW Contest.
For a more detailed listing (and up-to-date changes/corrections) in HTML
format, please visit Bill's Web page at:
http://www.ng3k.com/Misc/adxc2022.html (By callsign)
http://www.ng3k.com/Misc/adxcd2022.html (By entity)
For the complete set of rules, see: http://www.arrl.org/arrl-dx
Contest DXCC Class QSL
Callsign Entity Route
3V8SF Tunisia SOSB 80M LoTW; QSL via LX1NO
7Q6M Malawi SO K6ZO
CQ8EE Azores SOAB LP OZ2I
D44AO Cape Verde Island SOAB LP DM4AO (B/d)
HR9/AD8J Honduras SOAB LP LoTW; QSL via AD8J (d)
KH7M Hawaii SO LoTW; QSL via KH6ZM (d/NB)
KH7Q Hawaii SOAB KH7U
KP2B US Virgin Islands M/S EB7DX
KP4AA Puerto Rico SOSB 80M KP4AA (d)
NP3X Puerto Rico SOAB EB7DX
OX7AM Greenland SOAB OZ7AM
P44W Aruba SOAB LoTW; QSL via N2MM (d/NB)
PJ2T Curacao M/M W3HNK
TO1A French Guiana F5HRY (d/L)
TO4A Martinique SOAB VE3DZ
V3T Belize M/S WC0W
V47UM St Kitts & Nevis SO LoTW; QSL via W3UM
VP5M Turks & Caicos SOLP LoTW
XQ1KZ Chile SOAB XQ1KZ
YB0ECT Indonesia SOSB 20M W2FB
YB2DX Indonesia SOAB LoTW; QSL via YB2DX
Z60A Kosovo SO LoTW; QSL via OH2BH
ZF1A Cayman Islands M/S LoTW; QSL via (C)
ZF5T Cayman Islands M/S LoTW
ZL3X New Zealand M/2 LoTW
(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