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Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1456
The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1456
March 16, 2020
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Written/Send From Strongsville, Ohio
Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX
Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, the AB5K’s AR Cluster
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WB6RSE, K8YSE, KZ8Y, W8GEX & 60m DX News, W9ILY, N0TG, CO2AME, DL1SBF,
DL7UXG & The DX News Letter, DXNews.com, DX-World.Net, EA5GL, F6AJA &
Les Nouvelles DX, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, RN3RQ, Sixitalia Weekly,
and VA3RJ & ICPO for the following DX information.
*** EDITOR’S NOTES: WOW! It was a bad week for upcoming hamfests,
conventions, sports and DXpeditions. Stay healthy….
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
week of Sunday, 8th/March, through Sunday, 15th/March there were 228
countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L,
4O, 4S, 4U1U, 4W, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5T, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7X, 8P, 8Q,
9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A6, A7,
A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2,
D4, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX,
EY, EZ, F, FG, 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, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, 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, PJ5, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, S0, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5,
SV9, T30, T32, T5, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TT, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK,
UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP8,
VP8/h, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2,
Z3, Z6, Z8, ZA, ZB, 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”.
3Y0I BOUVET ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS (and PACIFIC TOUR). The Rebel DX Group
(RDXG) team reports/posted the following (https://bouvetoya.org/) on March
11th [edited]: A bunch of fresh news from the 3Y0I – Bouvet Island camp.
Although we’re still $25k short of our required budget, we arrange and
follow things up according to our plans. A have already paid down-payment
for our vessel. We also analyzed all conclusions collected during the 1st
attempt. We have already verified, prepared and stored our expedition and
radio gear. Actually we’re just waiting for the coming Southern hemisphere’s
summer to “set sails” again.
Our 2nd attempt to “conquer” the remotest island in the world – Bouvet
Island – will take place by end of 2020.
We strongly encourage to support our project via our GoFundMe page at
(https://www.gofundme.com/f/3y0i-bouvet-island-expedition). The website
constantly updates and displays names and callsigns of each donor who
decide to back up our plans.
We are very very thankful for all donations sent by all of our current
As announced before, we’re up to our next project and about to leave
for the Pacific IOTA tour by end of March. As a local tropical cyclone
season withdraws, once arrived at Fiji we will check our Rebel’s catamaran
and prepare it for a long 1 month+ oceanic voyage. Expect the launch of
the T33T Banaba and T22T Tuvalu project by late April/beginning of May
We welcome our new gear supporter – The Adjustiwave Antennas. Their
antennas’ sector is simplicity and durability and we’re going to use
their verticals as additional and backup aerials during our Pacific tour.
Take a look at their website to learn more about these self-erected ver-
tical multibanders: https://adjustiwave.com
73 and fingers crossed!
The RDXG Team
For more details and updates on the Bouvet Island DXpedition, watch
the following Web page and Media sites at:
This is the main site where you can find more details on the project
and news: https://bouvetoya.org
Rebel DX Group: https://www.facebook.com/rebeldxgroup
6O0, SOMALIA. Janusz, AK4JK (aka 5H0JK, SP7GWF, ST/ZS5ADU, T6EU, V6JBVS,
ZS5ADU), announced that he is now active as 6O0/AK4JK from Somalia. The
length of his stay is not known. Activity will be CW only everyday at
1700 GMT on 14007 or 7007 kHz. QSL via his home callsign direct. NO IRCs.
8Q, MALDIVES (Reminder). Noel, F6BGC, is now active as 8Q7NC from Veligandu
Island, Rashdoo Atoll, in the Maldives Islands (WW Loc. MJ64MH, IOTA AS-013)
until March 21st. Activity will be holiday style (Suitcase Expedition)
on 80-10 meters (depending on conditions) with 100w and a vertical, using
all modes CW, SSB, and the Digital modes. QSL via F6BGC, direct or LotW.
More information at: https://www.qrz.com/db/8Q7NC
ARRL HAMFEST/COVENTION CLOSINGS. The ARRL has created a Web page that
lists all hamfests and conventions that have advised the League that
they are canceling scheduled events due to the concerns over the corona-
virus (currently there are 17 listed):
ADDED NOTE: ARRL Suspending Tours and Guest Visits to Headquarters, W1AW:
CE0Y, EASTER ISLAND (Reminder). Mike, VE7ACN, will be active as CE0Y/VE7ACN
from Easter Island between March 19-30th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters
(possibly 160m) using CW and SSB. QSL via VE7ACN, ClubLog’s OQRS (pre-
CP, BOLIVIA. After the Russian Robinson Club’s (RRC) activities as XR8RRC
from Wellington Island (SA-032), look for the operators to be active as
CP6/R7AL, CP6/RW9JZ, CP6/RK8A & CP6/RZ3K from Santa Cruz, Bolivia, for
up to 13 days. Activity will be on various HF bands (depends on propa-
gation) using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL via ClubLog’s OQRS (strictly prefer-
able!), or direct via EU7A. For more details and updates, see:
CQ NEWS RELEASE (Visalia, HamSCI, Conferences Canceled ?Due to Coronavirus).
[edited] From the CQ Newsroom (dated March 11th): Concerns over coronavirus
and various advisories regarding travel and large group gatherings have
prompted cancellations of two upcoming ham meetings – the Visalia Inter-
national DX Convention in California and the HamSCI workshop in Penn-
In a March 10th letter to speakers and participants, the co-chairs of
the International DX Convention wrote: “Due to concerns (for the) health
and well-being of our amateur radio family, our age group and possible
compromised health issues; we are taking the side of safety and canceling
the convention. Even though the percentage of COVID-19 is low, there are
person(s) who have the illness but mild form and have not seen a physician.
It only takes 1 person to pass the virus to a person with a compromised
illness. We will be in close proximity of each other. Yes, the timing is
bad, but all of your lives and families are more important.”
On March 11th, HamSCI Coordinator Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF, announced
that “it is no longer feasible to hold an in-person HamSCI workshop this
year…The Science/Program Committee is discussing over the next few days
the best alternative plans for the HamSCI workshop. This may mean a form
all-electronic meeting using teleconference/webinar services.” Updates
will be posted at <https://hamsci.org/>.
As of now, the Dayton Hamvention is still expected to be held on schedule.
However, Ohio now has at least three confirmed cases of the disease and
many of the state’s universities are temporarily moving to online-only
classes. Hamvention officials say they are in close contact with state
and federal health officials. Monitor <www.hamvention.org> for updates.
CQ Amateur Radio, 17 West John St., Hicksville, NY 11801
EDITOR’S NOTE: Also, check out the ARRL’s Web page (Visalia Inter-
national DX Convention, Other Events Canceled Due to Coronavirus
CY0 SABLE ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS (Press Release by Randy, N0TG, dated
March 6th)[edited]. The team is busy planning for October. We invite you
to visit the WEB SITE (http://www.CY0dxpedition.net) and participate in
the SURVEY. We would like to hear from you as to details for your “Need”
for CY0. Also, donations early on for upfront expenses during the pre-
paration phase are very helpful. Keep in touch with the Web page for
updates on the DXpedition details…. Tnx, Randy N0TG
DAY-XENIA NEWS (COVID19 Update). The following was posted on the HamVention
Web site March 12th: The Hamvention Executive Committee wants to update
the Amateur Radio Community our current status in regards to COVID19.
The health and welfare of all attending this event is very important to
As most of you know the COVID19 pandemic is a very fluid situation and
the Hamvention Executive Committee is constantly in touch with the Greene
County Department of Health and in turn they have daily meetings with
the Ohio Department of Health.
As of now we plan on holding Hamvention unless otherwise directed.
It is our intention to follow the orders of the State of Ohio and the
Greene County Health Dept.
We will update as required.
Thank you for your support and understanding.
Vy 73, Executive Committee Hamvention 2020
DAY-XENIA NEWS (SWODXA Press Release for the DX Dinner, dated March 9th).
[edited] Mike Suhar, W8RKO, (email@example.com) reports: The SouthWest
Ohio DX Association (SWODXA) has announced that Debbie Anderson will be
the keynote speaker at the 35th annual DX Dinner. The dinner, held in
conjunction with the 2020 Dayton Hamvention, will be on Friday, May 15th,
at the Marriott Hotel in Dayton.
Debbie Anderson, only child of Joseph and Dorothy Desch, grew up feeling
that her family was unusual. Her father, engineer at NCR for 34 years,
often mentioned events during WW2, before she was born. When asked about
WW2, however, Mr. Desch would stall or quickly change the topic. After his
death in 1987 Debbie began a slow but steady search for information about
her father’s wartime work. Slowly the story of wartime code-breaking was
uncovered-specifically, reading German communications hidden in the Enigma
She’s been speaking on this topic since 1990. She also maintains a web
site [http://daytoncodebreakers.org] on the Dayton codebreaking story
and was associate producer of a documentary Dayton Codebreakers which
has played on American Public Television since 2006.
For more information and to order dinner tickets, visit:
FK CHESTERFIELD ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS (Update/Postponed). In light of the
current COVID-19 virus pandemic, global travel restriction uncertainties
as well as obvious concerns for our team’s safety and welfare, the pre-
viously announced DXpedition to Chesterfield Reefs (TK/C) is being post-
poned until 2021. Further details will be released as our revised plans
are solidified….. Gregg W6IZT and Hal W8HC
FS, ST. MARTIN. David, F8AAN, will once again be active as FS/F8AAN from
St. Martin Island (NA-105) between November 18th and December 4th. Activity
will be holiday style on 40-10 meters using CW only. He will also be in
the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th), and will apply for a special
callsign. David normally uses a FT-897 into a portable antenna. QSL via
his home callsign, direct, LoTW, ClubLog and eQSL.
GB0/GB2/GB4, NORTHERN IRELAND. Members of the “County Antrim DX Group”
and operators John/MI0LPO and Martin/2I0WAI will be using the special
callsigns GB0SPD, GB2SPD and GB4SPD, to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. The
St. Patrick’s Day On The Air event will run from 1200 UTC on March 16th,
until 1200 UTC on March 18th. Activity will be on all HF bands including
2m and 70cm using SSB and possibly FT8. QSL via info on QRZ.com. For more
details, see: http://stpatrickaward.webs.com
GT0, ISLE OF MAN. Operators Billy/GM6DX, Iain/GM5YTT and Stevie/GM2TT
will be active as GT0SP from the Scarlett Point Tower on the Isle of Man
(EU-115) between March 27-30th. Activity will include the CQWW WPX DX
SSB Contest (March 28-29th). QSL via LoTW. View the Scarlett Point Tower
AS-118. (Postponed) Neil, G0JHC, reports that the Kuwait Amateur Radio
Society’s 9K2F Failaka Island IOTA DXpedition has been post-
poned. Operation was to take place between March 11-15th.
EU-107. Operators Gil/F4FET, Antoine/F5RAB and friends will be active
as TM7P from Petite Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July
25-26th) as a Multi-2 entry. They plan to be active some days
before and after the contest weekend. QSL via F4FET.
EU-118. Col, MM0NDX, reported this past week, “There’s been no activity
from there (Flannan Isles) since 2010 when the MS0INT crew made
about 8K QSOs. I recently contacted the boat operator who took
us out there 10 years ago and they now say all landing areas
have been eroded away and only recommend ‘fit’ people attempt
to go there nowadays as ‘it’s very difficult to land’. So
unless it’s reactivated soon I guess this could become a real
rare one in the years ahead.”
NA-034. Lou, W0FK, who was expected to once again be operating as
W0FK/4 on Longboat Key between from March 1-14th, had to
postponed his operation until later this year.
NA-092. Markus, DJ4EL, is planning to be active as PZ5G from Papegaaien
Island, Suriname, sometime during Easter (April 12th). Activity
will be on various HF bands. QSL via ClubLog’s OQRS or LoTW.
Look for more details to be forthcoming.
OC-092. (Cancelled) Jacek, SP5APW, who was expected to be active as
DU2/SP5APW from Calayan Island in April, has canceled his
operation due to possible travel issues because of the Corona-
SA-029. Members of the CabreuvaDX Team will once again be active as
ZV1C from Cedro Island between May 1-3rd. Activity will be
on 160/80/40/20/17/15/10 meters using CW, SSB and FT8. There
will also be activity on 2 meters satellite. QSL via PU2VCP.
For more details and updates, see QRZ.com.
SA-032/ By the time you read this, members of the Russian Robinson
SA-091. Club will be finishing their activity as XR8RRC from Wellington
Island (SA-032, which is located in a heart of Chilean Patagonia)
possibly on March 16th. Activity is planned to be on various HF
bands (depends on propagation) using CW, SSB and FT8 modes.
Once XR8RRC goes QRT, the team will then head to Puerto-Natales,
and then possibly activate Riesco Island (SA-091), weather and
transport permitting. Activity will be up to 48 hours. QSL via
ClubLog’s OQRS (strictly preferable!), or direct via EU7A:
Andrey N. Teterukov, P.O. Box 13, Mogilev-30, 212030, Belarus.
For more details and possible updates, watch:
IOTA TOUR (V6, MICRONESIA). Jonathan, XE2BRX, will be on a “Micro
DXpedition” to the islands:
1) Namoluk OC-254 5) Piherarh (Pisaris) OC-155
2) Losap OC-011 6) Nomwin OC-253
3) Houk (Pulusuk) OC-155 7) Weno OC-11
4) Polowat OC-155
He states, “This will be a work related travel, my operation time
will be limited to my free time and schedule of affairs. Please don’t
expect much, as this won’t be a full time DXpedition. When I have
more info it will be posted on QRZ.com.”
PLEASE NOTE: Since the Webmasters of the new <www.iota-world.org> 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……
KH4, MIDWAY ISLAND (Update). Ron, KH6DV, posted on March 14th, the following
on QRZ.com: “We all know that one of the easiest ways to catch a respiratory
infection is to travel by airline, visit a hospital or clinic waiting room,
or pass through an airport. Expedition operators aren’t going to want to
travel while this pandemic is active, then get on a boat with cramped
quarters and undertake a 6+ day voyage with others who have also traveled.
I’ve been looking for Coronavirus forecasts, and have finally found what
looks like a reliable one. An expert who has accurately predicted other
pandemic time-lines stated on February 11th that the Coronavirus would burn
itself out in 6 months. He didn’t state if that was 6 months from discovery
or 6 months from the date of his statement. Using 6 months from the date
of his statement, travel should be safe by the end of the first week in
August. We are assuming that, because travel for our expedition will be
almost two months later, THE EXPEDITION WILL BE UNAFFECTED.”
LX20, LUXEMBOURG. A group of operators will be active as LX20I from
Eschdorf (WW Loc. JN29XV) during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 28-29th)
as a Multi-Op entry. The special callsign is for the 20th anniversary of
the LX7I contest station. QSL via LX2A. In celebration, they will issue
a special LX20I Award for those who work them on as many Band/Mode slots
in 2020. For more details, see: http://lx7i.com/lx20i
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
PD2020, THE NETHERLANDS (Special Event). Friso, PD1JFD, will use the
special callsign PD2020GP during the Dutch F1 Grand Prix 2020 Zandvoort
between April 3rd and May 3rd. QSL via the Bureau.
PJ2, CURACAO (Update/Postponed). Andy, DK5ON, who was expected to be
active again as PJ2/DK5ON from Curacao (SA-099, WLOTA 0942) between March
15-31st, has announced the following on QRZ.com: :Because of the Corona-
virus, the airport in Curacao was blocked for incoming flights from Europe.
The expedition is canceled and will be postponed to March 2021.”
PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (March 16-22nd)…….
Mar/16th HN Mar/19th HN Mar/21st AN
Mar/17th HN Mar/20th AN Mar/22nd 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
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:
* 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. Philippe, PT2FM, will be active as PY0F from
Fernando de Noronha Island (SA-003) during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest
(March 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via PY7RP. For more
info about the station, see: https://py0f.wordpress.com
QSL INFO AND NEWS……………….
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX by Lothar, DL1SBF (www.qslinfo.eu)
(March 8th & 15th)
4A7S via XE2S HQ9X via KQ1F & (L) PT5J via PP5JR
5P1KZX via OZ1KZX & (L) II7ICT via IZ7AUH (O) S5400J via S57WJ
8P5A via HA1AG (B/d/L) IO5O via IK5RLP SN1T via SP1NQN (L)
C6ATF via K4OV IR4M via I4IFL & (L) SN750MY via SP1PMY
CQ8M via EA5GL J68HZ via K9HZ (d/L) SN8K via SQ8ERS & (L)
CS5CT via CT1REP L1D via LU1DX SX1DI via SV1AHH (d/e)
CT8/S51TA via S58N (d) LY11LY via LY2QT T30LY via DL4KQ
CV7S via CX7SS & (L) M6T via G4BWP (O/L) TC18GL via TC18GL (e)
DL0VR via DL6ED MP7DX via G4DIY TM8C via F6CUK
DR4W via DJ9MH OE4XBH via OE4RGC TO3Z via F6HMQ
ED8M via EA8DIG (L) OL6D via OK1DWQ VP2VB via OH2BH
EE7P via EA7ATX OL7C via OK1FIK XR8RRC via EU7A (O/L)
EX0QR via R2DX (O) OP4K via ON4JZ & (L)
GB5HAM via M0IRU PA75PKZ via PA2PKZ
(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
LOGS ONLINE (New/Updated) AVAILABLE ON CLUBLOG.ORG THIS WEEK……
BUREAU SERVICES. QSL Manager Pedro, EA5GL, informs OPDX, “If you have
made any expedition, no matter how long ago, and you have not been able
to answer the QSLs by the Bureau for any reason, contact me. I can take
care of sending them at no cost to you. I take care of the QSLs and the
the sending part. All I need is your log. For any inquiry, please E-mail
me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW QSL MANAGER. Irv, K3IRV, informs OPDX that he is now the QSL Manager
for Patrice (Pat), FK8HA.
QSLS RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 3B8XF, 4F3OM, 4O4T, 4U1UN, 6Y5HN, 9K2HM, 9M8DEN,
A45XR, BG4QNE, BH4IGO, FO5QB, HU1DL, HV0A, HZ1BO, HZ1TT, JA8ISU, JD1BON,
PJ7AA, T6AA, TT8SN, V47JA, V85RH, VK3FGNT, VP2MSS, VP8PJ, VU2DED, YB2TX,
YS1RS, ZM1A and ZS6NL
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3D2AG/p, 5H3UA (AF-032), 9M2SAF/P (AS-072), T6AA,
YP0H (EU-183), ZC4UW and ZW6C (SA-080)
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 5X8C, 6O0X, 9A8VI/P (EU-136), 9H3EG,
9N7TB, AN1WHS (EU-077), EA6FB, EA8DHH, HB0/DK3RED, HB0/DL4APJ, HB0/DL8ECA,
HC5EG, HL1/LZ4AX, HZ1HZ, LA/DL2VF (EU-076), OH8/DL7UXG (EU-184), OY/DL3UB,
P40XM, PJ4H, PJ5/SP6EQZ, PJ6N, PY6/PY1JR (SA-023), SA6G/7 (EU-137),
SD3G/2 (EU-139), SK0HS/0 (EU-084), VK9LQ and YV5OIE
— We would like to see more QSL Bureaus (such as AS/US/SA/AF.. etc)
send in their info….
S7, SEYCHELLES. Nick, G7EQM, is now active as S79EQM from Praslin Island
(AF-024). , Seychelles, until March 29th. Activity will be holiday style
on 20 meters using SSB and FT8, with an FT-891 into Quarter Wave Vertical.
QSL via eQSL.
SU, EGYPT. Thomas, DL2RMC, is now active as SU9TH from Egypt. The length
of his stay is unknown at this time. Activity has been mainly on 20/15
meters FT8. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
T42, CLUB. Members of the SMP DX Club (Sam Miguel del Padrón), in a region
of Havana, plan to be on the air for the next CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March
28-29th). The operators also plan to be active between March 25-30th.
Activity will be on 80-10 meters usings CW, SSB, FT8/FT4 and RTTY. Operators
mentioned are Amed/CO2AME/W0BHK (Team Leader), CO2EAP, Danilo/CM2DOY,
Dayron/CL2DPC, CL2ARZ, CL2SSS, CL2ETT, CL2PUP and Alejandro/CL2CAS. QSL
TC18, TURKEY (Special Event). Burhan, TA1BX, reports that the special
event callsign TC18GL will be active in accordance of the March 18th
anniversary of the Gallipoli Naval Victory and the memorial of those
who lost their lives. Members of some Turkism ham radio clubs [ATRO
(YM1KTR), TANGO ALFA (YM1KE) and TAMAD (YM1KAD)] will be on the air
between March 13-22nd, on all HF bands. QSL via eQSL. See QRZ.com for
TU, CÔTE D’IVOIRE (Postponed). The TU2R Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) DX-
pedition between March 23rd and April 3rd, has been postponed. The fol-
lowing was posted March 14th: “Nine days before leaving for Côte d’Ivoire,
the TU2R Team members have decided to postpone the expedition to a later
date in 2020. Due to the current pandemic situation, we took the decision
in the interest of health and safety. We will keep you informed of our
new plans. Thank you for your understanding…. 73 TU2R team” For more
details and updates, watch: https://tu2r.wordpress.com
UR4, UKRAINE (Special Event/Award). Look for special event station UR4NWW
to be active between March 20-23rd, during the activity days called “The
Warriors of Vinnitsa” 2020, from the Club WW Radioamateurs in Vinnitsa,
a region of Ukraine. A special memorial award (The Warriors of Vinnitsa)
is available making 3 QSOs (SWL) with radio amateur stations in the Vinnitsa
region (UR#N, UT#N, US#N e.t.c.), and with QSOs with the club station of
UR4NWW which gives you a 2 point QSO. “The Warriors of Vinnitsa” (????
????? ?????????) is an amateur radio diploma in honor of the 76th anni-
versary of the Vinnitsa liberation from the Nazi invaders in 1944. Send
your request with log info to their E-mail box (email@example.com) until
March 31st, 2020. For more info, see: http://ur4nww.qrz.ru/memorial
V2, ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA. Fred, ND4DX, will be active as V26FK from Mamora
Bay, Antigua Island (NA-100), between now and March 20th. Activity will
be holiday style on 40-10 meters using mostly SSB with some CW. QSL via
his home callsign.
VK9W WILLIS ISLANDS DXPEDITION NEWS (New DXpedition). Murray Adams,
WA4DAN, informs OPDX of the following: The 2016/2019 CY9C team, and the
upcoming Sable Island DXpedition CY0C team, is pleased to announce our
next DXpedition. After the Sable CY0C DXpedition, we will be going to
Willis Island VK9W in 2021. Eight operators from those two teams will
comprise the 2021 Willis Island DXpedition team. Boat arrangements have
already been made. We are currently working with the Australian government
for the necessary permits. Much more information will be released in
the coming months.
VP2V, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS. By the time you read this, operators Adrian/
KO8SCA, Martti/OH2BH, Niko/OH2GEK and Sandro/VE7NY will be finishing up
their VP2VB operation (QRT on March 16th) from Anegada Island (NA-023),
British Virgin Islands. Activity will be focused on the low bands. QSL
VP2V, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS. Operators Bob/K0NR, YL Joyce/K0JJW and
Denny/KB9DPF will be active as VP2V/K0NR, VP2V/K0JJW and VP2V/KB9DPF
from British Virgin Islands later this month. Activity will be on various
HF bands. QSL via their home callsigns or LoTW.
VP8PJ SOUTH ORKNEY DXPEDITION NEWS (Update). Gene, K5GS (ZL1NA, VK2IXC),
reported on Thursday, March 12th, 10:06 am (EDT): “The team is leaving
the Braveheart about now, assuming their transportation arrived on time.
They will be taken to the hotel, where I am waiting for them, but unfor-
tunately we all must wait for rooms to be available, in about 3 hours.
The ride back from Signy was relatively smooth. I think we’ll all appre-
ciate a good night’s sleep without the noise of the engines and the ship
rolling. Over the next few days team members will depart for their home.”
EDITOR NOTES: The team went QRT on March 6th, at 0100z. Several team
members were to begin their travels home on the 13th. Current statistics
show (as this is being written), as of 1325z March 14th, VP8PJ work 83778
total QSOs with 20595 Unique callsigns. QSO Modes: 40151/CW, 14046/SSB,
27140/FT8, 1/PSK and 2440/RTTY. By Continent: 766/AF, 1/AN, 5393/AS,
44118/EU, 29133/NA, 601/OC and 3754/SA. QSL via M0URX, direct or OQRS
(direct and Bureau). LoTW will be uploaded 6 months after DXpedition.
Online log is available at:
Also, details about the log, “Not In Log”, LoTW, QSL Request questions
can be answered here: https://sorkney.com/qsl
The OQRS has now been activated. The following are VP8PJ media pages to
watch: The VP8PJ Web page is at: https://sorkney.com
The VP8PJ Twitter page is at: https://twitter.com/SouthOrkneyDX
The VP8PJ Groups.io group is at: https://groups.io/g/VP8PJ
VU4R ANDAMAN ISLANDS DXPEDITION NEWS (Postponted). The VU4R DXpedition
(March 20-31st) has been postponed until further notice due to the
XR0, EASTER ISLAND. A Polish team will be active as XR0YSP from Easter
Island (SA-001) between September 15-30th. Operators mentioned are Jan/
SP3CYY, Jurek/SP3GEM, Wlodek/SP6EQZ, Janusz/SP6IXF, Roman/SP9FOW and
Piotr/SP9RCL. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and FT8.
QSL via SP6IXF, OQRS, LoTW or by the Bureau. Look for more information
and Web page to be forthcoming.
XW, LAOS. Bruce, 3W3B (HS0ZCY/XU7ADF/XW1B/AA4XR), who lives in Da Nang,
will once again be active as XW4XR from Vientiane between March 30th and
April 12th. Activity will be on 60-6 meters (60m included) using CW,
RTTY, JT65 and FT8/FT4. QSL via E21EIC and LoTW (preferred method).
YB, INDONESIA. Hans, YB2DX, will once again be active during the CQWW
WPX SSB Contest (March 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via
LoTW or direct to his home callsign.
YOUNGSTERS ON THE AIR NEWS (YCP [9A1A] AND NOTA 2020 Canceled). Philipp,
DK6SP, reports on March 11th: Unfortunately, we have to announce the can-
cellation of the upcoming Youth Contest Program at 9A1A contest station
in Croatia and to the Nordics On The Air Sub-regional camp in Norway due
to COVID-19 virus. Both events might be postponed to fall if spreading
of the virus calms down. Participants will be directly contacted by the
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