OPDX Bulletin 1326 August 14, 2017The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1326
August 14, 2017
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Written/Sent From Strongsville, Oh
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DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 6th/August, through Sunday, 13th/August there were 211 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5T, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7X, 8P, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, CY0, D2, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FH, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J6, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OJ0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ7, PY, PZ, S0, S2, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9X, VP2E, VP2M, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS, ZS8
* PLEASE NOTE: The report “could” contain “Pirate/SLIM” operations or more likely a “BUSTED CALLSIGN”. As always, you never know – “Work First Worry Later”.
3E, PANAMA. Members of the "Radio Club de Panama" will activate Panama Canal Miraflores Lighthouse (PAN-030, Pacific Entrance) ?with the special callsign 3E1L for the ILLW weekend, August 19-20th. QSL via HP1RCP. 3Y0Z BOUVET PRESS RELEASE (dated August 6th, by Ralph, K0IR, Bouvet Island DXpedition Co-leader). The 3Y0Z team is extremely grateful to the Northern California DX Foundation for their $100,000 contribution to our Bouvet Island DXpedition. We are honored and privileged to receive the largest grant even given by NCDXF. This contribution by the NCDXF mandates that we as a team, and each of us as an individual, recognize the responsibility that accompanies the level of trust placed in us. It demands the best of us, being on Bouvet singly focused on the DX and amateur community worldwide -- nothing else. We as a team accept that responsibility. We pledge to do our best nothing less. Our goal is to have your call in our log and get home safely nothing more. While we are light years from where we started this project, we still have work to do and financial challenges to meet to get us to Bouvet, give you those QSO’s, and get home again. We thank the NCDXF and all of you who have helped us financially and with your good wishes. You have moved us well down the path to Bouvet and we would be honored by your continued support. Together we will make this happen. Thank you.... The Bouvet Island DXpedition Team 9G, GHANA. A group of Slovenian operators will be active as 9G5W from Kokrobite between November 20-29th. Operators mentioned are Peter/S54W, Drago/S59A, Renato/S57UN, Borut/S57GM, Uros/S57SU, Rado/S59ZZ and Alex/ OZ7AM. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. They plan to be in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 25-26th). Their equipment contains 2x TS-480SAT and 2x TS480-HX with various verticals for 160/80/ 40/30m, Delta-Loops for 17/12m and SpiderBeams for 20-10m. QSL via S59ZZ or ClubLog's OQRS. Log will be uploaded to LoTW 6 months later. For more details and updates, see: https://www.ghana.si 9N, NEPAL. Operators Eri/KM4DAY and Alex/LZ4AX are now active as 9N7ES and 9N7AE, respectively, until August 17th. Activity will be on various HF bands. QSL both callsigns via LZ3SM. CQ MAGAZINE NEWS ("Article on INDEXA "Hams with Hearts"). Dick Williams, W3OA, INDEXA Secretary/Treasurer, reports: Hello DXers -- Bob Schenck, N2OO, is a member of INDEXA's Board of Direstors and the editor of the monthly DX column in CQ magazine. Bob provided an excellent description of our Humanitarian Aid, or "Hams with Heart", Program in the June Issue. The article includes specifics on aid provided in Bangladesh by members of the March 2017 S21ZED/S21ZEE DXpedition team. INDEXA was the major supporter for this aid. The article is now available on our Web site. If you missed it in CQ you have another chance to see by clicking on this link: http://indexa.org/documents/newsitems/CQ%20June%202017%20Article.pdf E5, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS. Doug, W6HB, will once again be active as E51DLD from Rarotonga Island (OC-013) between August 27th and September 8th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using SSB. Doug states, "I will be with XYL Ana this trip and will be playing more the tourist. Expect some operat- ing vacation style from E51AND's and E51KC's QTH -- I expect visiting and possibly some operations from E51JD's and E51BQ." QSL via his home callsign. See QRZ.com for more details. No LoTW, no eQSL, no QRZ.com logs -- hard cards ONLY folks. FO, FRENCH POLYNESIA. Heinz, DF1YP, will once again be active as FO/DF1YP from Moorea Island (OC-046, ARLHS FRP 004, WLOTA 0465, WWFF FFF-178) between September 6th and October 1st. Activity will be holiday style on 20/17/15 meters using SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau (preferred). FY, FRENCH GUYANA. Christian, F5UII, will once again be active as FY/F5UII from the "Radio club de Kourou" (RACK) radio club station FY5KE in Kourou City between August 14-18th. Activity will be limited because of his work, but look for him on 40-10 meters (depending of propagation) using mainly SSB and RTTY. He suggests to look for him during the his spare time approximately before 1100z, and between 1500z and 1700z, and also in the evening after 2100z. Christian also mentioned that he will use his TS480 (100W) and may be a little bit on 80m, and 160m (with Shunt Feed mast). After his on air activities, you will be able to check his online log for your QSO at: http://www.f5uii.net/en/carnet-de-trafic QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. For more details and updates, visit: http://www.f5uii.net/en Christian also has a Twitter account: https://twitter.com/f5uii GREEN PARTY AND WWFF ACTIVITIES....... IFF-XXXX -- By IQ5QO/P; between now and August 25th; Operator Steve will be active from variuos IFF new references according to his plan from August 13th to August 17th (IFF1144, IFF1143, IFF1146, IFF1147, IFF1145, IFF0710, IFF0707, DCI-VC068 VC070 +) VKFF-1397 -- By VK2JNG/P; August 14th; between 0300-0700z; Wondoba Coordinated Conservation Area; 7144 kHz SSB; Noon or earlier; weather permitting VKFF-0528 -- By VK2JNG/P; August 14-15th; Werakata National Park; 7144 kHz SSB; around 11:30 VKFF-1171 -- By VK2JNG/P; August 15th; between 0300-0700z; Hobden Hill National Park; 7144 kHz SSB; around 12:00 or a bit later ONFF-0251 -- By ON5SWA/P; August 15th; between 0530-1030z; Vallei van de Zeverenbeek KFF-1827 -- By W8W; between now and August 15th; Special event station supporting Watoga State Park Mountain Trail Challenge; https://www.qrz.com/db/W8W VKFF-0522 -- By VK2JNG/P; August 15-16th; Watagans National Park; 7144 kHz SSB; around 11:30 VKFF-1875 -- By VK3THK; August 15th; between 1630-1830z; Point Cook Coastal Park; 7100 kHz SSB; also 80/20m; only 60 min. activation. KFF-3320 -- By ND8MS; August 15-16th; check for the WWFF CW calling frequencies; slower CW please, about 12 wpm VKFF-0559 -- By VK2JNG/P; August 17-18th; Yengo National Park; 7144 kHz SSB; around 12:00 YOFF-122 -- By YO/YU7ZZ; between now and August 18th GIFF-0024 -- By MI1AIB; August 18-20th; Bushvalley ARC, Rathlin Island activation VKFF-0595 -- By VK2JNG/P; August 19-20th; Hunter Wetlands National Park; 7144 kHz SSB; around 12:00 GFF-0331 -- August 19-20th; Special event station GB1PBL (Portland Bill Lighthouse); operating during International Lighthouse & Lightship Weekend (ILLW); QSL direct only OZFF-0030 -- By OZ4HAM; August 19-20th; ILLW; EDR Bornholm Club; 2 stations on the air; on 80/40/20m using SSB and PSK63; also ARLHS DEN-012 and IOTA EU-030 KFF-1494 -- By W8MSC; August 20-21st; Craig Lake State Park, MI; is the most remote state park in Michigan; primarily SSB on 40/20m, higher bands if open; maybe PSK and/or JTx. For more information about WWFF upcoming operations, see: http://wwff.co/agenda Also suggest URLs: World-Wide -- https://www.facebook.com/groups/WWFF44 USA -- https://www.facebook.com/groups/parksontheair A special DXCluster for WWFF is available at: http://wwff.co/dx-cluster IOTA NEWS.............. EU-034. Eugene, RX3AMI, will be active as ES/RX3AMI/LH from the light- house (ARLHS EST 009) on Osmussaar Island (ESFF-0264) between August 15-31st. QSL via RX3AMI, direct or by the Bureau. EU-037. Stefan, DF8HS, will be active as SM7/DF8HS from Oland Island between September 16-30th. Activity will be on various HF bands. QSL via the Bureau or eQSL. EU-128. Stefan, DF8HS, will be active as DF8HS from two different QTHs on Fehmarn Island between August 28th and September 14th. Activity will be on various HF bands. QSL via the Bureau or eQSL. EU-170. Peter, GW4UWD, will be active as 9A/GW4UWD/P from Zlarin Island between August 27th and September 2nd. Activity will be on various HF bands using SSB with a FT817 with a 45w amp into a 6m vertical antenna on the island. QSL via the Bureau or eQSL. NA-220. Bo, OX3LX, will be active from Simiutaq Island between August 18-24th. This is not a DXpedtion, but QRL trip and will be active when time permits on 60-6 meters. Best chance is in the morning around lunch and after dinner (local time utc+2). During the weekend and also during the night/morning. QSL via OZ0J (see QRZ.com). Log will be uploaded to LoTW, Clublog and sometimes later to eQSL. For updates, watch: http://geronne.dk/index.php/ox3lx/ox3lx-dxped IRS AUCTION OF HARA ARENA (Old Dayton HamVention) TO TAKE PLACE ON AUGUST 30th. See details at: https://www.treasury.gov/auctions/irs/daoh_comm_8833.htm OJ0, MARKET REEF (Press Release from Martti, OH2BH, dated August 9th). [edited] RADIO ARCALA SALUTES JOE TAYLOR, K1JT, AND THE DEVELOPMENT TEAM OF FT8 MODE ON HF PLUS ACTIVATE 4M MS FSK441 AND 60M.... MARKET REEF, OJ0BH/OJ0JR QRV: 12th19th August 2017 -- Tuning the poor 20m band month after month represents a major frustration nowadays. Particularly on SSB, only the occasional DX signal breaks the sea of noise, consequently reducing activity levels even further. However, that very noise could be a new lease of life, if one were to copy signals below it. They are there every day. Indeed, with their huge antennas and state- of-the art receivers, DXers can dig even deeper into the noise and log plenty of good DX faster than one can think. Martti, OH2BH/OJ0BH, and Henri, OH3JR/OJ0JR, will attempt to land on Market Reef this Saturday PM, weather permitting, and will immediately break the noise floor by getting FT8 QSOs underway. They will also hand out the OJ0 multiplier in the Worked All Europe DX Contest (WAEDC) and appear on a variety of traditional modes in the event of any available audible propagation. This is the week originally dedicated to a youth expedition to Market Reef, and to releasing options for selected 2018 DXpeditions, involving both youth and seasoned DX groups. Demonstrating Amateur Radio to today’s youth thus sports a new booster shot, raising their potential interest to new heights. A beta release of WSJT-X, version 1.8.0-rc1, included a new FT8 mode, featuring a faster turnaround, and it’s already a major breakthrough on the HF bands. FT8 offers “sensitivity down to 20 dB on the AWGN channel,” and contacts 4 times faster than JT65 or JT9. An auto-sequencing feature offers the option to respond automatically to the first decoded reply to your CQ. PACIFIC TOUR (5W & YJ, Update). Bert, CX3AN, will be signing 5W0HA from Upolu Island (OC-097), Samoa, between August 19-26th. Activity will be holiday style using 100 watts into dipoles. QSL via his home address. The week after, Bert will be active as YJ0CX from Port Vila, Efate Island (OC-035), Vanuatu, between August 26-30th. Activity will also be holiday style using 100 watts into dipoles. QSL both operations via his home callsign. PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (August 14-20th)....... Aug/14th AN Aug/17th HN Aug/19th HN Aug/15th AN Aug/18th HN Aug/20th HN Aug/16th AN 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 REALTIME BAND CONDITIONS WEB SITE : The purpose of this experimental Web site is to provide 24-7-365 actual (REALTIME) band condition information to CW QRPp, QRPe and CW/SSB for Contesters interested in increasing their scores. It can also be of benefit to other Radio Amateurs to determine band conditions for Nets and casual QSO's. This information is NOT based on any software pre- dictions or any kind of satellite based readings. It is based on a new Ionospheric sounding method called "HF Ionospheric Interferometry" which operates very similarly to the PolSAR system used by NASA. Also, check out the VOACAP predication Web page at: http://www.voacap.com/prediction.html A daily HF radio wave propagation forecast can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/thomasfranklingiellaw4hm Also on Twitter: https://twitter.com/@GiellaW4hm QSL INFO AND NEWS................... QSL-INFO from DB0SDX by Lothar, DL1SBF... ------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4E1ADW via 9V1KG HF2017TSR via SP1PBT PA50LELY via PA3HEB 5B4AHL via M0URX (O) HG0DX via HG5DX R105WWS via RV3YR AL3/AA7CH via VE7ACN HG150MONAR via e-Mail** R870K via RK3AW AM225CW via EA2CW (L/e) HG160RAIL via HA5GY RG50PZ via RK3MXT DL500ML via (DL-B) HG60JLO via HA8KW RL5A via YL2GM EG8ESJ via EA8URL & (L) IQ5QO/P via 9A8MDC & (L) RM1T via R1TE EI/ON5GS via ON5GS IR3Z via IN3XUG SE0C via SM0CUH F/G4BJM via G4BJM IT9/ON4ENL via ON4ENL SE4E via SM4DQE FH/DJ9RR via DJ9RR JW/DL4AOJ via DL4AOJ SP8/IN3EYI via IN3EYI GB2RN via (G-B) LY17LP via LY2KM TM007TF via F6KPH GB3RS via GB3RS (O/G-B) LZ55UPB via LZ1KCP UW1I via UW5IM GB8YA via GB8YA (L) OE8Q via OE8SKQ (d/L) YL/SP7VC via SP7VC (d/L) HA6P via HA6PX OG6N via OH6NIO and LoTW YR2017SIMPO via YO3KAA HB0/DL2JRM via DL2JRM ON40EKO via ON4EKO(B); ON4DMF(d) YT7R via YU7BW HF0HERTZ via SP5PPA OP17A via ON7LU (e) eQSL only (d) direct only (B) Bureau only (*-B) DX's- Bureau (O) OQRS only (C) ClubLog only (L) LoTW only (**) firstname.lastname@example.org PIRATE ALERT. Ernie, ZB2FK, reports that someone has been pirating ZB2A callsign which has been defunct for at least 40 years and is therefore not a valid Gibraltar callsign. PIRATE ALERT. "DXNews.com" reports that JX2017A is a pirate station. Probably same guy that operated with the JX2016A callsign before. QSLS RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 9V1XX, AN400M, AN400I, AN400G, AN400U, AN400E, AN400L, AN400D, AN400C, AN400R, AN400V, AN400A, AN400N, AN400T, AN400S, CR6K, CX9A, DL5WB, DL8FBD, E73AW, E74KC, EA1YV, EA2LMI, EA4DAU, EA6SX (IOTA EU-004), EA6VQ, EF4HQ, FG8OJ, FP/KV1J, FT3YL (AN-017), HI8PJP, JA6LCJ (AS-012), JT1BZ, KP4AJ, LZ1UBO, OH1LWZ, OH1LWZ/M, OZ1IEP, OZ4CG (EU-030), PA4J, PA6HQ, S56A, S79NH, SQ1PSA, SQ5AM, SV5BYP, VX7150, W4EG (NA-138), WP3EF, XE2OR and YR0HQ QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 6V1IS (AF-045), 9U5/G3MRC, C91MR, CX4SS, DU6/JA1PBV (OC-125), E51DWC, FW5JJ, HD2RRC/4 (SA-033), HD2RRC (SA-034), N2OO/VP9, TG7/KC0W, TU7C, YJ0COW, YS1AG and Z35M QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 3G0ZC, 5V7D and FT4JA S2, BANGLADESH (IOTA Op). Operators Derek/G3KHZ, Hans/SM6CVX, Axel/DL6KVA, Steve/G4EDG, Tuhin/S21ED and Anup/S21TV will activate two rare Bangladesh IOTA islands, St. Martins (AS-127) and Bhola (AS-140), starting around October 13th, and ending around October 27th. Activity will be on 40-15 meters using CW and SSB with vertical dipoles for each band. QSLs for AS-127 goes to SM6CVX, and for AS-140 to G3KHZ. QSL only via the Bureau or direct per information on QRZ.com. Additional information is on their Web site at: http://s21iota.weebly.com S7, SEYCHELLES. Martin, G4XUM, will once again be active as S79K from Mahe Island (AF-024) between November 22-29th. Activity will be main during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. Operation prior to the contest is possible but not guaranteed. QSL via G3NKC. SILENT KEY. Egbert, ON4CAS, informs that Jean Lewuillon, 5T0JL (ex-ON8RA), became a Silent Key (SK) on this Tuesday, August 8th. He was born in Quievrain, Belgium, on October 3rd, 1928. OPDX and its readers would like to send out our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of 5T0JL. SIX METER BBQ IN AUSTIN, TX (late September). Tim, K3LR, reports, "Excellent line up of speakers and growing group of vendors. Hang out and network with Magic band contesters and DXers. Check out the fun - the official Web site: http://sixmeterbbq.com Come and support the 6 meter BBQ tradition started by W6JKV and K5AND! I hope to see you there!" SV5, DODECANESE. Claudio, HB9OAU, will once again be active as SV5/HB9OAU from Votsalakia Beach Hotel, Karpathos Island (EU-001), between September 9-22nd. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using SSB, RTTY and PSK. QSL via his home callsign. SV5, DODECANESE. Oliver, DK7TX, will be active as SV5/DK7TX from four of the IOTA group EU-001 (Islands of Kos, Kalymnos, Nisyros and Telendos) between October 3-30th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-6 meters (mostly on 20/15/10m). QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or eQSL. T45, CUBA (Update/Reminder). Cuban operators will be active as T45FM from the Faro Puta Maya Lighthouse (ILLW CU-005, WW Loc. EL93cd) during the International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend (ILLW) between August 19-20th. Operators mentioned are CL2DPC, Reinier/CL3ATR, Dairis/CL3DAI, CL5HMB, Eddy/CM3EFM, Amed/CO2AME, Bob/CO2KL, Boris/CO3DSE, Carlos/CO5API, Alejandro/ CO5AY, Davis/CO5DOR, Onelio/CO5FR, CO5JK, Luis/CO5LB, Maykel/CO5MK, Norberto/CO5NS, CO5SD and Moses/CM2YM. They plan to have 6 stations active on all the bands using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL Manager is RW6HS direct only. T8, PALAU. Katsumi, JA3KIO, will once again be active as T88XA from the VIP Guest Hotel (Free Radio Room) on Koror Islands (OC-009) between September 20-26th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and JT65. Look for some activity in the CQWW DX RTTY Contest. QSL via his home callsigns, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW. TX5, FRENCH POLYNESIA (Update/IOTA Tour/Reminder). Operators Le/F1TCV, Didier/F6BCW and Dominique/F6DTZ will be active as TX5EG from their fourth island in the French Polynesia Islands. Activity will be from Moorea Island (OC-046), Windward Islands (WW Loc. BH52BM), between August 15th-September 5th. Operators may also sign FO/homecall. Operations will be on 80-12 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK. Suggested frequencies are: CW - 3527, 7027, 14027, 18077, 21027 and 24907 kHz SSB - 3677, 7127, 14127, 14227, 18127, 21227, 21277 and 24927 kHz QSL via F6BCW, direct, by the REF Bureau or eQSL. V6, MICRONESIA. Chusuke, JR1FKR, will be active as V63FKR from South Park Hotel, Pohnpei Island (OC-010), between September 27th and October 2nd. Activity will be holiday style on 40/20/17/15/10/6 meters using SSB and RTTY. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau (not the KH0 Bureau). VP9, BERMUDA. Christoph, DL1YAF, is now active as VP9/DL1YAF from the Paget Parish (Grid FM72OG) on Bermuda (NA-005) until August 27th. Activity will be holiday style on CW, SSB and PSK31, using a Elecraft KX3 (KXPA100) into a MP1 Vertical Antenna and Dipole. QSL via home callsign, by the Bureau or direct. VU3, ANTARCTICA. There has been a QSN report this past week on Raj, VU3LBP, who is active from the Bharati Station (WAP IND-04), Larsemann Hills, Antarctica, until November 2017. He was on 14183 kHz around 0553z. QSL via I1HYW. W4DXCC DX AND CONTEST CONVENTION [13th year](Press Release #2). Dave Anderson, K4SV, reports [edited]: The W4DXCC DX and Contest Convention is located at the MainStay Suites in Pigeon Forge, TN, September 22-23rd 2017. A full schedule of popular presenters speak on DX and Contest subjects throughout the main convention with prize drawings between presenters, drinks and snacks included. Equipment manufacturers are on hand to demon- strate new products and answer your equipment questions face to face. A banquet rounds out the day where the grand prizes are drawn. We have Martin Jue, K5FLU, as our Banquet speaker this year. Hal, N4GG, will have his spark transmitter Blue Lighting at the convention. This 500W spark transmitter is something to see. CWT has a CW contest for everyone. It's time to make reservations and get your tickets. We look forward to seeing everyone. Check out the WEB site for more details, filling fast, book early . YJ, VANUATU. Michael, G7VJR, will be active as YJ0GB from Epule, Efatu Island (OC-035), between March 2-19th, 2018. Activity will be on various HF bands and modes. QSL via M0OXO or OQRS.