ARRL Propagation Bulletin No. 0003

SB PROP ARL ARLP003
ARLP003 Propagation de K7RA
It was a quiet week in space weather (January 11-17) with 0
sunspots over the weekend and geomagnetic indicators rising only
slightly.
Compared to last week, average daily sunspot numbers declined from
11.9 to 7, but average daily solar flux went from 69.9 to 70.7.
Seems counter-intuitive that sunspot and solar flux would move in
opposite directions, but these are all very low numbers anyway, and
any change is slight. Also, there are no sunspot numbers between
0 and 10 due to the arcane and somewhat confusing way they are
counted. The number gets 10 points for each sunspot group, and one
point for each sunspot in those groups. Therefore the minimum
possible sunspot number if there is any sunspot activity is 11.
Geomagnetic indicators were quiet, with average daily planetary A
index moving from 5.4 to 6.1, and mid-latitude A index from 4.6 to
4.9.
Predicted solar flux is 71 on January 19-25, 72 on January 26-27, 70
on January 28 to February 17, 72 on February 18-23, and 70 on
February 24 to March 4.
Predicted planetary A index is 8, 15, 12, 12, 10 and 8 on January
19-24,  5 on January 25-27, 10 on January 28, 5 on January 29 to
February 3, 8 on February 4-5, 5 on February 6-8, then 8, 12 and 10
on February 9-11, 5 on February 12-14, 20 on February 15-16, 18 and
12 on February 17-18, 5 on February 19-23, 10 on February 24, 5 on
February 25 to March 2, and 8 on March 3-4.
Geomagnetic activity forecast for the period January 19 to February
14, 2018 from F.K. Janda, OK1HH and the Czech Propagation Interest
Group.
“Geomagnetic field will be:
Quiet on January 19, 30-31, February 3, 6-8
Mostly quiet on February 2, 9
Quiet to unsettled on January 23-27, 29, February 1
Quiet to active on January 20-21, 28
Active to disturbed on January 22, February (4-5, 10)
“Amplifications of the solar wind from coronal holes are expected on
January 20-23, 28-31, February 5-6, (7, 9,) 10-12
“Remark:
– Parenthesis means lower probability of activity enhancement.
– Current forecasts are continuing to be less reliable.”
Interesting article about preserving a long running hand-drawn
record of solar images:
For the latest from Dr. Tamitha Skov see:
If you would like to make a comment or have a tip for our readers,
email the author at, k7ra@arrl.net.
For more information concerning radio propagation, see the ARRL
Technical Information Service web page at,
numbers used in this bulletin, see
An archive of past propagation bulletins is at
information and tutorials on propagation are at http://k9la.us/.
Monthly propagation charts between four USA regions and twelve
overseas locations are at http://arrl.org/propagation.
Instructions for starting or ending email distribution of ARRL
bulletins are at http://arrl.org/bulletins.
Sunspot numbers for January 11-17, 2018 were 12, 0, 0, 0, 12, 13,
and 12, with a mean of 7. 10.7 cm flux was 70.8, 70.9, 70.8, 70.5,
70.2, 71.1, and 70.9, with a mean of 70.7. Estimated planetary A
indices were 2, 4, 7, 14, 9, 4, and 3, with a mean of 6.1. Estimated
mid-latitude A indices were 2, 3, 7, 11, 7, 3, and 1, with a mean of
4.9.
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/EX

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425 DX News No. 1394

20 January 2018                                           A.R.I. DX Bulletin
                                   No 1394
 
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                           >>> 3Y0Z: BOUVET ISLAND <<<
 
The 3Y0Z Team’s original plan was to fly from Punta Arenas (Chile)  to  King
George Island  (South Shetlands),  where  they  expected  to board  the  M/V
Betanzos and begin their voyage to Bouvet [425DXN 1392].
On 13 January, however, the team gathered in Punta Arenas stated that “heavy
sea ice east and north of  King George Island” would make  navigation  “slow
and of increased risk. We will therefore depart from Punta Arenas  and  sail
directly to Bouvet.  This has necessitated  changes to preparations”.  On 16
January the team reported  that they were awaiting “final clearance  to sail
which  will be  issued by  the  Chilean Navy,  the regulatory authority  for
maritime safety”.
Eventually the M/V Betanzos set sail on  19 January  around  12.30 UTC.  The
team will  be  active  as  3G9A/mm (QSL via N2OO) during  their voyage;  the
sailing time to Bouvet is estimated at 14 days. “Whatever delay we encounter
will not impact our results  on the island”,  the team says, and  their  QRT
date will be extended as necessary.
 
CT8    – Hermann, HB9CRV will be active CU8FN  from  Flores Island (EU-089),
         Azores from 22 January to 16 February. He will operate FT8 on  160-
         10 metres. Hermann and Antonio, CU8AS will participate in the CQ WW
         160 Meter CW Contest as CR2W.  QSL for  CR2W and CU8FN via LoTW, or
         via HB9CRV (direct or bureau). [TNX DX Newsletter]
ET     – Ully, DL9WVM has been active from the  ET3AA club station  in Addis
         Ababa,  Ethiopia  since  11 January,  and will  continue  until  29
         January. He plans to be QRV on  weekdays between 6 and 15 UTC,  and
         operate CW  on  30-15 metres.  QSL via N2OO and LoTW,  OQRS on Club
         Log. [TNX The Daily DX]
H4     – VE3LYC’s expedition time schedule [425DXN 1393] has been finalized.
         Cezar, VE3LYC (H4 callsigns TBA) and Bernhard, DL2GAC (H44MS)  will
         be active from Mbanika Island (OC-168, Solomon Islands for DXCC) on
         22-25 April;  they will  operate  CW and SSB  on  40, 30, 20 and 17
         metres with  two stations.  From 29 April to 3 May  Cezar  will  be
         active  from the  Duff Islands (OC-179,  Temotu Province for DXCC).
         “There is a small possibility that following the OC-168 operation I
         may attempt to operate from  Nggela Sule  (Florida Islands, OC-158)
         on 26 and 27 April”, Czar says.  “However, under no circumstance  I
         will rush to end the OC-168 operation in  order to squeeze in  some
         activity  from  OC-158″.  Bookmark  https://oc-179.weebly.com/  for
         updates.
HC     – Rick, NE8Z will be active again from  Ecuador from 20 January to 10
         February. He will operate CW and SSB on  40-6 metres as HC1MD  from
         Tumbaco (Pichincha Province), as HC1MD/HC2 from Punta Blanca (Santa
         Elena Province) and  as HC1MD/HC7 from  Papallacta (Napo Province).
         QSL via LoTW, or direct to K8LJG. [TNX The Daily DX]
HL     – Look for HL23N to be QRV  from  Yonghung Island (AS-105)  on  20-21
         January. Activity will  be  on  80-10 metres  CW, SSB  and  digital
         modes. QSL via HL2UVH. [TNX The Daily DX]
IS0    – Simone, IS0AFM from Cagliari (Sardinia) is using  special  callsign
         IR0FOC through 31 December to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the
         First  Class CW Operators’ Club  (https://www.g4foc.org/).  QSL via
         LoTW or direct to IS0AFM.
PY0F   – Rafael, PY2NDX and his son  Joao Pedro, PU2XDX (11 years old)  will
         be active as PY0F/PY2NDX and PU0F/PU2XDX  from  Fernando de Noronha
         (SA-003) from 27 January to 1 February.  Activity will be mostly on
         40, 20, 15 and 10 metres CW, SSB and possibly FT8.  QSL via PY2NDX.
         [TNX The Daily DX]
V5     – Rudi, DK7PE (https://www.rooody.de/) will  be  active  as  V5/DK7PE
         from near Omarura, Namibia on 24-31 January.  He will focus on  the
         low bands, especially  160 and 60 metres, and  will participate  in
         the CQ WW 160 Meter CW Contest. QSL via home call.
 
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                        Direttore Responsabile  I2VGW
 
Access to the main functions of www.425dxn.org is provided by the 425DXN App
for Android. It is available on Google Play – free of charge, no ads. Enjoy!
 
425 DX NEWS  MAGAZINE —> The  December 2017  issue  is  now  available for
download at http://www.425dxn.org/index.php. [TNX IZ3EBA]
 
FT8 OPERATING GUIDE —> Gary,  ZL2IFB  has  published  his  “FT8  Operating
Guide”, described as “a collection of pragmatic tips that takes  over  where
the WSJT-X help and installation notes leave off”. It is “specifically aimed
“It started out as my rough notes as I fumbled around with the new mode”, he
Says. “Those grew steadily over the past few months,  absorbing information,
advice and helpful hints from many sources  including  plenty of encouraging
comments on the  web version.  I’ve peppered it with  screen shots,  quotes,
comments and ideas, and given it a little structure. It’s still not entirely
‘finished’ (partly because the operating techniques and  software are  still
evolving) but I wanted to get it  out there  ahead  of Bouvet, so those  who
intend to have a go  at  working  3Y0Z  on  FT8 have a chance  to  read  and
practice their  skills,  honing  their  techniques  before  the  Main Event.
Feedback welcome, especially corrections and further tips… such as how  we
are going to cope with 3Y0Z’s extra wide splits, and wall-to-wall continuous
callers”.
 
QSL VIA OM3JW —> Owing to health issues, OM2SA is no longer  managing  the
QSLing duties for the DXpeditions of Mike, KM9D and Janet, KF4TUG. The Daily
DX reports that now Steve, OM3JW has uploaded to Club Log the logs for their
2007 activities. He has the QSLs for these operations, and can  confirm QSOs
made with:
E51QMA   11-25 May 2007      Suwarrow Atoll (OC-080), North Cook Islands
E51TUG   11-19 May 2007      Suwarrow Atoll (OC-080), North Cook Islands
FW0MO    27 Jul-12 Aug 2007  Nukutapu Island (OC-054), Wallis Islands
FW0YL    27 Jul-07 Aug 2007  Nukutapu Island (OC-054), Wallis Islands
H40MY    08-16 Oct 2007      Tikopia Island (OC-178), Temotu Province
T32MO    15 Jan-3 Feb 2007   Fanning Island (OC-084), East Kiribati
 
THE K3LP HUMANITARIAN AND SERVICE AWARD —> “The  Intrepid DX Group  wishes
to memorialize our  friend,  Co-Founder  and President,  David R. Collingham
(K3LP). In recognition of David’s humanitarian  work  as well as service  to
mankind, we are creating an  annual ‘David R. Collingham – K3LP Humanitarian
and Service Award’.  The purpose of this award is to recognize an individual
or group for their humanitarian or service for the previous year.  The award
presentation  will take  place  at the  International DX Convention held  in
April at Visalia, CA.  To make  a nomination for the award, please  send  an
email  message  to intrepi…@gmail.com.  We will close the  nomination
period on January 31st, 2018″. [TNX N6PSE]
 
+ SILENT KEY +  Neville  Cheadle,  G3NUG  passed  away  unexpectedly  on  14
January.  Licensed since 1959,  he served in  the  RSGB Council,  Management
Committee, HF Committee and IOTA Committee; in 2015 he was made an  Honorary
Life Member of the Chiltern DX Club – The UK DX Foundation, after serving as
Chairman (1994-2001) and President (2001-15). A serious DXer and IOTA chaser
himself, he conducted several IOTA DXpeditions to Malaysia as 9M2/G3NUG, and
led  the  Five Star DXers Association’s  9M0C (Spratly Islands, 1998),  D68C
(Comoros, 2001), 3B9C (Rodrigues, 2004), 3B7C (Saint Brandon, 2007) and T32C
(Kiritimati, 2011) DXpeditions.  He also co-authored  “Dxpeditioning. Behind
the Scenes” (2000),  a comprehensive handbook on  planning,  setting up  and
operating a successful DXpedition.  In 2009 he was inducted into  the  CQ DX
Hall of Fame.
 
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===================================================================
CALL        MANAGER     CALL        MANAGER     CALL        MANAGER
===================================================================
3B8CW       NI5DX       DP1POL      DL1ZBO      OD5VB       EA5GL
3B9FR       M0OXO       DS23BNU/3   DS3BNU      OD5YA       IZ8CLM
3D2JS       WB2TJO      DS23GOO/2   DS2GOO      OR4ESA      DL0ESA
3DA0AY      ZS6AYE      DS23MFC/1   DS1MFC      P29LL       EA7FTR
3G18PAX     XQ4CW       DS23RLZ/1   DS1RLZ      PX2A        PY2VM
4K6N        RW6HS       DU3LA       W3HNK       R110FS      R4AS
4M1K        OH0XX       E31A        JH1AJT      R75URAN     UA4AJD
4S7KKG      DC0KK       E709JAN     E77E        RI1ANC      RN1ON
4S7TNG      JI1SHQ      EA8AH       OH1RY       SN100PW     SP3ZAC
4X0B        4X6ZM       EA9KB       EA7FTR      SN100ZHP    SP5ZIP
5B4AGN      M0URX       EM25URD     UR7UT       SP26FIN     SP2PBM
5B4AHL      M0URX       ET3AA       N2OO        SP26WOSP    SP2PBM
5B4ALG      EC5AC       EX2V        RW6HS       ST60JOTA    ST2M
5B4ALX      IZ4AMS      FG4NN       NI5DX       SU9JG       EA5GL
5B4AMM      UT5UDX      FM1HN       W3HNK       T6TM        W2GR
5K6RM       HK6RM       FM5BH       W3HNK       TC5OCK      TA5FA
5R8SV       G3SWH       FR/F4DNU    F5KDR       TC630MECCA  TA3X
5X2S        JA1PBV      GB2GM       G3UCQ       TM0CXX      F6FMT
6Y6J        JA3AVO      GB8KW       G0UKN       TM390SR     F4DTO
7Q7JW       N6JW        H2X         IZ4AMS      UN9L        LZ1YE
8P5A        HA1AG       H91IT       HP1RCP      V31AX       M0URX
9A61AA      9A2AA       HF100ZHP    SP5ZHH      V31YN       DJ4KW
9H3RR       2E0EDF      HL0WOP      HL2DBP      V53DX       DO4DXA
9M2MRS      PA0RRS      HL23EIL     HL3EIL      V63AKB      JI1MDM
9Q6BB       W3HNK       HP3SS       AC2OV       V63AKB48    JI1MDM
9V1YC       W5UE        HS0ZBS      OE2REL      V73NS       W3HNK
9X2S        JA1PBV      HZ1TT       A61BK       VU2RBQ      DJ9RB
9X9PJ       N4GNR       J69KZ       W3HNK       VY2ZM       EA7HBC
A71DLH      DL0LH       J70VR       DD0VR       XR18PAX     CE3AA
A71OK       EA5GL       J79WTA      HB9MFM      XR3PAX      CE3AA
A91YOZ      A92AA       JW2US       LA2US       XT2AW       M0OXO
C6AJB       KG4LJB      KH6LC       WA6WPG      XW4XR       E21EIC
CN2JB       F5MMY       KL7SB       NI5DX       Z33F        EB7DX
CN8KD       EA5XX       LU/N3BNA    KA2AEV      Z81D        OM3JW
CO6HLP      IZ1DSH      LU1ZAB      LU4DXU      ZA/IK2RLM   IZ2LSP
CO6RD       EA5GL       LZ140LO     LZ1ZF       ZA/IW2JOP   IW2HAJ
CO8LY       EA7ADH      LZ1883PSS   LZ1KCP      ZF2LC       W2SM
CT7ANG      M0OXO       LZ25TRC     LZ1YE       ZF2PG       K8PGJ
CU2DX       CU2AA       NP2X        K5WW        ZL18HNY     ZL1SLO
CV7S        CX7SS       OD5ET       EB7DX       ZP5/N3BNA   KA2AEV
D80MT       DS3EXX      OD5KU       EB7DX       ZS4JAN      EA5GL
 
7Y0A     Ben Lagha, 18 rue Louis Aragon, 26200 Montelimar, France
8P9NX    Peter Cross, P.O. Box 7200, Rochester MN 55903, USA
DU0DM    Brian Santos, P.O. Box 599, 1000 Manila, Philippines
EA5XX    Julio Volpe O’Neil, Apartado Postal 4062, 03080 Alicante, Spain
EA7ADH   Francisco de la Serna, Apartado Postal 175, 41710 Utrera (Sevilla),
         Spain
HP1RCP   Radio Club de Panama, Apartado Postal 0819-11334, Panama, Republic
         of Panama
HV5PUL   Luca Della Giovampaola, Via Cremera 11, 00198 Roma RM, Italy
IR0FOC   Simone Santus, Via Stefano Cagna 56, 09126 Cagliari CA, Italy
IZ1DSH   Gherardo Pannoli, Via Dante Alighieri 13, 14035 Grazzano Badoglio
         AT, Italy
JH1AJT   Y. Zorro Miyazawa, P.O. Box 8, Oiso-machi, Naka-Gun, Kanagawa-ken,
         259-0111, Japan
KM1CC    Marconi Cape Cod Radio Club, Cape Cod National Seashore, 99 Marconi
         Site Rd, Wellfleet MA 02667, USA
OA4TT    John Henry, 8345 NW 66 St #B4451, Miami FL 33166, USA
OM3JW    Stefan Horecky, Mlynska 2, 900 31 Stupava, Slovak Republic
OV1CDX   Frank Fendahl, Svinoevej 2, 4750 Lundby, Denmark
OX3XR    Harry de Jong, Broekdijk 59, 7695 TC Bruchterveld, The Netherlands
YJ0CA    Chris Ayres, 3/19-21 Eastern Rd, Turramurra, NSW 2074, Australia
 
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425 DX News No. 1394 Calendar

20 January 2018                                          A.R.I. DX Bulletin
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PERIOD           CALL                                                   REF
till  20/01      8J1RL and 8J60JARE: Ongul Island (AN-015), Antarctica 1335
till  20/01      FG/DD0VR: Guadeloupe (NA-102)                         1388
till  20/01      ZL/HA5OJ: North Island (OC-036)                       1386
till  21/01      YJ0CA: Efate (OC-035), Vanuatu                        1392
till  21/01      ZF2PG: Cayman Islands (NA-016)                        1392
till  22/01      6Y6J: Jamaica (NA-097)                                1392
till  22/01      XT2AW: Burkina Faso                                   1391
till  22/01      XW4FB: Laos                                           1391
till  23/01      E31A: Eritrea                                         1391
till  24/01      GB0HNY, GB1HNY, GB2HNY: special callsigns (England)   1391
till  24/01      GB5HNY, GB8HNY, GB9HNY: special callsigns (England)   1391
till  24/01      HP1/AA4NC: Panama                                     1392
till  24/01      VU2BMS: India                                         1381
till  27/01      II4GV: special callsign                               1380
till  28/01      GB2KW: special event station (Scotland)               1391
till  29/01      ET3AA: Ethiopia                                       1394
till  30/01      9M2MRS: Penang Island (AS-015), West Malaysia         1349
till  30/01      C5YK: The Gambia                                      1386
till  31/01      LZ1883PSS: special callsign                           1392
till  04/02      VP5/N9EAJ: Turks Islands (NA-003)                     1387
till  07/02      9Z4/DL9OBQ: Trinidad (SA-011)                         1390
till  08/02      PJ2/PA0VDV: Curacao (SA-099)                          1392
till  15/02      K1VSJ: Key Colony Beach (NA-062)                      1393
till  25/02      HL0WOP: special callsign                              1386
till  28/02      DT23WOP: special event station                        1388
till  28/02      VI70HI: special callsign (Australia)                  1390
till  February   DP0GVN: Neumayer III base (Antarctica)                1332
till  February   RI1ANC: Vostok Station (Antarctica)                   1333
till  25/03      4S7KKG: Sri Lanka (AS-003)                            1381
till  31/03      RI50ANO:  Bellinghausen, South Shetlands (AN-010)     1387
till  04/04      V31AX: Belize                                         1393
till  April      VP8DPJ: Adelaide Island (AN-001), Antarctica          1331
till  31/05      5V1JE: Togo                                           1385
till  01/06      JW4JSA: Bear Island (EU-027), Svalbard                1388
till  30/06      DM90AIW: special event station                        1391
till  30/06      HH70A: special callsign                               1391
till  30/06      VR20: special prefix (Hong Kong)                      1364
till  24/08      II6CNT: special calsign                               1373
till  August     UA4RX/1 (RI1FJ): Heiss Isl (EU-019), Franz Josef Land 1374
till  31/12      5W20SAMOA: special callsign (Samoa, OC-097)           1392
till  31/12      9A36W and 9A61AA: special callsigns                   1391
till  31/12      DA200FWR: special callsign                            1391
till  31/12      DJ70WAE: special callsign                             1391
till  31/12      DK200MARX: special callsign                           1391
till  31/12      EI100MCV: special callsign                            1391
till  31/12      IR0FOC: special callsign (Sardinia)                   1394
till  31/12      LM90C, LM90HQ, LM90NRRL: special callsigns            1393
20/01-21/01      HL23N: Yonghung Island (AS-105)                       1394
20/01-10/02      HC1MD: Ecuador                                        1394
21/01-27/01      J88PI: Palm Island (NA-025)                           1393
21/01-29/01      ZL/HA5OJ: South Island (OC-134)                       1386
22/01-16/02      CU8FN and CR2W: Flores Island (EU-089), Azores        1394
23/01-30/01      HS0ZEG: Thailand                                      1391
24/01-31/01      ZC4A: UK Sovereign Base Areas on Cyprus               1389
24/01-21/02      J52EC: Guinea-Bissau                                  1393
24/01-31/01      P4/DL4MM: Aruba (SA-036)                              1393
24/01-31/01      V5/DK7PE: Namibia                                     1394
27/01-28/01      OC4MS: special station                                1393
27/01-31/01      T88PB: Koror (OC-009), Palau                          1389
27/01-01/02      PU0F/PU2XDX: Fernando de Noronha (SA-003)             1394
27/01-01/02      PY0F/PY2NDX: Fernando de Noronha (SA-003)             1394
28/01-05/02      C8X and C81G: Ibo Island (AF-061)                     1393
28/01-10/02      D68I: Comoro Islands (AF-007)                         1391
29/01-12/02      V47UR: St. Kitts (NA-104)                             1393
29/01-15/03      FG/F6ITD and TO7D: Guadeloupe (NA-102)                1393
30/01-10/02      YB9/F5LIT: Bali Island (OC-022)                       1393
January          3D2JS: Fiji (OC-016)                                  1391
January          3G9A/mm: team Bouvet enroute to 3Y0Z                  1393
January          3W9FB: Vietnam                                        1391
January          EI50AOM: special event station                        1391
January          GB1GW: special callsign (England)                     1389
January          H44DA: Solomon Islands (OC-047)                       1389
January          II4MXW: special callsign                              1391
January          JW2US: Bear Island (EU-027), Svalbard                 1384
January          PF2018LWD: special callsign                           1387
January          RI1ANA: Molodezhnaya Station, Antarctica (AN-016)     1391
January          VQ920JC: Diego Garcia (AF-006), Chagos Islands        1392
01/02-07/02      P29VXG: New Britain Island (OC-008), PNG              1389
01/02-28/02      LZ250MT: special callsign                             1392
08/02-14/02      V31JZ/p: South Water Caye (NA-180), Belize            1393
09/02-16/02      C5DX: The Gambia                                      1391
13/02-20/02      CN2DF and CN2FR: Morocco                              1391
15/02-10/05      HR5/F2JD: Honduras                                    1391
23/02-16/03      3D2EU: Rotuma Island (OC-060)                         1387
February         3D2JS: Fiji (OC-016)                                  1391
February         3W9FB: Vietnam                                        1391
February         3Y0Z: Bouvet Island                                   1394
February         EI50AOM: special event station                        1391
February         GB1FWW: special callsign (England)                    1389
February         H44MS: Solomon Islands                                1381
February         HK1/LU9EFO and HK3TU/1: Rosario Islands (SA-040)      1385
February         HK4/LU9EFO and HK3TU/4: Titumate Islands (SA-093)     1385
February         II4HRZ: special callsign                              1391
February         JW2US: Bear Island (EU-027), Svalbard                 1384
February         PF2018SNK: special callsign                           1387
February         RI1ANA: Molodezhnaya Station, Antarctica (AN-016)     1391
01/03-15/03      4B4B: Socorro Island (NA-030), Revillagigedo          1389
01/03-31/03      LZ40MS: special callsign                              1392
02/03-15/03      XR0YD: Easter Island (SA-001)                         1387
07/03-18/03      TY: Benin                                             1393
10/03-20/03      9M0W: Spratly Islands (AS-051)                        1379
13/03-18/03      DU1/SP5APW: Palawan Island (OC-128)                   1393
21/03-03/04      7Q7EI: Malawi                                         1382
March            3D2JS: Fiji (OC-016)                                  1391
March            D2TI: Tigres Island (AF-108)                          1374
March            EI50AOM: special event station                        1391
March            GB2GW: special callsign (England)                     1389
March            H44MS: Solomon Islands                                1381
March            II4CAO: special callsign                              1391
March            JW2US: Bear Island (EU-027), Svalbard                 1384
March            PF2018YLS: special callsign                           1387
01/04-30/04      LZ362ME: special callsign                             1392
05/04-17/04      3B7A: Saint Brandon Islands (AF-015)                  1392
17/04-29/04      YJ0AG: Efate (OC-035), Vanuatu                        1393
22/04-25/04      H4: Mbanika Island (OC-168) * by VE3LYC and H44MS     1394
26/04-27/04      H4: Florida Islands (OC-158) * by VE3LYC              1394
29/04-03/05      C96RRC: Mozambique Island (AF-088)                    1392
29/04-03/05      H40: Duff Islands (OC-179) * by VE3LYC                1394
April            GB2FWW: special callsign (England)                    1389
April            H44MS: Solomon Islands                                1381
April            II4MAR: special callsign                              1391
April            JW2US: Bear Island (EU-027), Svalbard                 1384
April            PF2018SLO: special callsign                           1387
01/05-31/05      LZ110SAE: special callsign                            1392
05/05-09/05      C98RRC: Inhaca Island (AF-066)                        1392
May              GB4GW: special callsign (England)                     1389
May              H44MS: Solomon Islands                                1381
May              II4TES: special callsign                              1391
May              JW2US: Bear Island (EU-027), Svalbard                 1384
May              PF2018BOL: special callsign                           1387
01/06-30/06      LZ430PPW: special callsign                            1392
June             GB4FWW: special callsign (England)                    1389
June             II4AMP: special callsign                              1391
June             KH1/KH7Z: Baker Island (OC-089)                       1389
June             PF2018HIN: special callsign                           1387
June             VK5CE/6: Direction Island (OC-140)                    1393
June             VK5CE/6: East Lewis Island (OC-199)                   1393
June             VK5CE/6: Woody Island (OC-170)                        1393
01/07-31/07      LZ380PM: special callsign                             1392
July             GB5GW: special callsign (England)                     1389
July             II4COU: special callsign                              1391
July             PF2018FRA: special callsign                           1387
01/08-09/08      CY9C: St. Paul Island (NA-094)                        1377
01/08-31/08      LZ1146SPS: special callsign                           1392
August           GB5FWW: special callsign (England)                    1389
August           II4VOL: special callsign                              1391
August           PF2018HAR: special callsign                           1387
01/09-30/09      LZ920MLC: special callsign                            1392
September        GB6GW: special callsign (England)                     1389
September        II4LNZ: special callsign                              1391
September        PF2018DOK: special callsign                           1387
01/10-31/10      LZ1545POA: special callsign                           1392
20/10-03/11      VP6D: Ducie Island (OC-182)                           1387
October          GB6FWW: special callsign (England)                    1389
October          II4OER: special callsign                              1391
October          PF2018WOR: special callsign                           1387
01/11-30/11      LZ33MM: special callsign                              1392
10/11-11/11      GB0AD: special callsign (England)                     1389
November         GB8GW: special callsign (England)                     1389
November         II4HNR: special callsign                              1391
November         PF2018STA: special callsign                           1387
01/12-31/12      LZ532PSO: special callsign                            1392
December         II4FRD: special callsign                              1391
December         PF2018xxx: special callsigns                          1387
TBA              DU1UD/8: OC-105 and OC-174                            1387
TBA              VK5MAV/9: Cato Reef (OC-265)                          1393
 
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ARRL DX Bulletin No. 0003

SB DX @ ARL $ARLD003
ARLD003 DX news
ZCZC AE03
QST de W1AW
DX Bulletin 3  ARLD003
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT  January 18, 2018
To all radio amateurs
SB DX ARL ARLD003
ARLD003 DX news
This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by
the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and
the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites.  Thanks to all.
LIBYA, 5A.  Abubaker, 5A1AL has been active using FT8 on 30 meters
from 1900 to 2200z.  QSL to home call.
MALAWI, 7Q.  John, N6JW is QRV as 7Q7JW.  Activity of late has been
on 40 and 20 meters using SSB.  His length of stay is unknown.  QSL
to home call.
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, 9Y.  Thomas, DL9OBQ is QRV as 9Z4/DL9OBQ from
Saint Augustine, Trinidad Island, IOTA SA 011, until February 7.
Activity is on 30, 17 and 15 meters using mostly CW.  QSL to home
call.
BAHAMAS, C6.  Brian, VE3VWP is QRV as VE3VWP/C6A from Paradise
Island until January 25.  Activity is holiday style on 40 to 10
meters using SSB, PSK31 and FT8.  QSL to home call.
ETHIOPIA, ET.  Ulli, DL9WVM is QRV from the ET3AA club station until
January 29.  Activity is on 30 to 15 meters using CW.  QSL via N2OO.
ECUADOR, HC.  Members of the Ecuador DX Club station are QRV as
HD0DX until January 20.  Activity is on 40, 20, 17 and 15 meters
using SSB and FT8.  QSL via bureau.
REPUBLIC OF KOREA, HL.  Special Olympic call HL23N will be QRV from
Yonghung Island, IOTA AS-105, on January 20 and 21.  Activity will
be on 80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes.  QSL
via HL2UVH.
THAILAND, HS.  Marcin, SP5QAZ plans to be QRV as E27AM from the
Rayong Club Station on January 20.  QSL via operator’s instructions.
SARDINIA, IS.  Simone, IS0AFM will be QRV with special call IR0FOC
to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the First Class CW Operators’
Club.
GUINEA-BISSAU, J5.  Livio, IZ3BUR will be QRV as J52EC from a
mission in Cumura from January 24 to February 21.  QSL to home call.
ST. VINCENT, J8.  Brian, GW4DVB will be QRV as J88PI from Palm
Island, IOTA NA-025, from January 21 to 27.  QSL direct to home
call.
ANTARCTICA.  LU1ZAB is QRV from the Argentine Antarctic Matienzo
Base located in Graham Land, IOTA AN-016, and has been active on 40
meters using SSB around 0015 to 0100z and then again from 0300 to
0415z.  QSL via LU4DXU.
ARUBA, P4.  Mathias, DL4MM will be QRV as P4/DL4MM from January 24
to 31.  Activity is on the low bands.  He will be active as P40AA in
the upcoming CQ World Wide 160 Meter CW contest.  QSL to home call.
CURACAO, PJ2.  Jeff, K8ND is QRV as PJ2ND from the Signal Point
station until February 5.  Activity is on the HF bands.  He and Jim,
W8WTS will be QRV as PJ2T in the upcoming CQ World Wide 160 Meter CW
contest.  QSL PJ2ND via K8ND and PJ2T via W3HNK.
NAMIBIA, V5.  Rudi, DK7PE plans to be QRV as V5/DK7PE from Omarura
from January 24 to 31.  Activity will be on the HF bands with an
emphasis on 160 and 60 meters.  This includes being an entry in the
upcoming CQ World Wide 160 Meter CW contest.  QSL direct to home
call.
MONTSERRAT, VP2M.  Daniel, KD9HNL is QRV as VP2MDH until January 29.
Activity is on various FM satellites.  QSL via LoTW.
THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  The ARRL January VHF Contest, North
American SSB QSO Party, NCCC RTTY Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt,
NCCC CW Sprint, Nebraska QSO Party, LZ Open CW Contest, Hungarian DX
Contest, RSGB AFS Data Contest, WAB 1.8 MHz Phone, Feld Hell Sprint
and the Classic CW Exchange are all on tap for this weekend.
The Run for the Bacon QRP Contest is scheduled for January 22.
The CWops Mini-CWT CW Test, Phone Fray, QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt,
NAQCC 160-Meter CW Sprint and SKCC CW Sprint are all scheduled for
January 24.
The ARRL International Grid Chase runs during all of 2018.
Please see January 2018 QST, page 89, and the ARRL and WA7BNM
Contest Web Sites for details.
NNNN

/EX

Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1347

SB DX @ WW < KB8NW $OPDX.1347
Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1347
The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1347
BID: $OPDX.1347
January 15, 2018
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Written and Sent from Strongsville, Ohio
Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX
Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB5K & the AR TelNet Clusters
Network, NJ1Q & W1AW, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, KL7JR, K8CX, K8GI,
K8YSE, NE8Z, W8GEX & 60m DX News, DK7LX, DL1SBF, DL7UXG & The DX News
Letter, DxCoffee.com, DXNews.com, DX-World.Net, ES1CW, F5NQL, F6AJA &
Les Nouvelles DX, HB9PL, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia
News, IT9MRM, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Sixitalia Weekly, VA3RJ & ICPO
and VE3LYC for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
week of Sunday, 7th/January, through Sunday, 14th/January there were 218
countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3W, 4J, 4L,
4O, 4S, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5R, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G,
9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3,
C5, C6, C9, CE, CE0Y, 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, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ,
F, FG, FH, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, 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, J3, J6, J7, J8, JA,
JT, JW, 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, S5, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T5, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI,
TK, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8,
VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT,
XW, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YU, YV, Z3, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD8, 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”.
3Y0Z BOUVET DXPEDITION NEWS (Posted January 9th). YOUR INVITATION TO
FOLLOW US [edited] — The 3Y0Z team will be using a Garmin (formerly
DeLorme) InReach SE satellite tracking device that will enable you to
follow along with us and see our travel route on a near-real time map
as we journey to the “Most Remote Place on Earth.”
  Hal, W8HC, will activate an InReach SE when he leaves his WV QTH January
9th and will leave it “on” during the trip (while moving) until the team
is on Bouvet Island.
  This device uses Iridium satellite technology and is set to send a
“way point” along the route every 30 minutes. These points will show up
on our Bouvet “MapShare” website, as we travel to Chile and eastward on
our vessel, the Betanzos on the 10-12 day journey across the South Atlantic,
and onto our ultimate destination — Bouvet Island.
  If all is working properly, and the device has good visibility with the
satellites, our MapShare viewers will be able to see our current position,
including GPS coordinates and speed.  You will be able to enjoy the full
resolution capabilities with Topo and Aerial view options provided and
can toggle-in and toggle-out of the website’s detailed Google map.
  In addition to the MapShare, we will be using the InReach device to
send messages along the way to provide updates and important information.
These messages will show up on the MapShare route as small blue rectangular
boxes, which viewers can click to read.
  We will also have the option to post messages to our social media outlets
Please bookmark our Bouvet MapShare website: https://share.garmin.com/bouvet
Or, (on their Web page) click on the globe icon at the left, above.
  We cordially invite you to “journey” with the 3Y0Z Team… follow along
with us on this incredible DXpedition to Bouvet Island!
  ADDED NOTE: The 3Y0Z team will be active as 3G9A/mm during their voyage
  aboard the MV Betanzos from King George Island (South Shetlands) to
  Bouvet. QSL via N2OO.
3Y0Z BOUVET DXPEDITION NEWS (Press Release #11, dated January 13th).
  Heavy sea ice east and north of King George Island has made navigation
between King George Island and Bouvet slow and of increased risk.  We
will therefore depart from Punta Arenas and sail directly to Bouvet.
This has necessitated changes to preparations. That process is underway
and moving as fast as possible.
  Our sailing time to Bouvet is now estimated at 14 days. We estimate
that our sailing date and QRV date will move back 24 to 36 hours.  Our
QRT date will be extended as necessary to provide everyone with the best
possible chance of working Bouvet.
  K4UEE ­ Bob
  LA6VM – Erling
  K0IR  –  Ralph
4U0, AUSTRIA. Members of the International Amateur Radio Contest DX Club
(ARCDXC) [4U1A] will be active with special callsign 4U0R from the Vienna
International Center, Austria, for the “World Radio Day” (February 13th)
between February 13-20th. Activity will be on various HF bands using CW
and SSB. QSL via UA3DX, direct, by the Bureau or ClubLog’s OQRS. For more
details, see:               http://www.cqdx.ru/4u1a/4u0r
This station counts as Austria for DXCC purposes.
7Q, MALAWI. John, N6JW, is now (since January 4th) active as 7Q7JW.
Length of his stay is not known at this time. Activity has be on 40/20
meters SSB. QSL via his home callsign.
A7, QATAR. Members of the Lufthansa Amateur Radio Club (LARC) in co-
operation with the Qatar Amateur Radio Society (QARS – A71A) are once
again active as A71DLH until January 17th. Their activity will be on
all bands using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. Operators for this year’s
2018 operation are Mustapha/DL1BDF, Wolfgang/DK2DO and Michael/DF4HRT.
They will send their QSLs via the DARC Bureau or QSL via their QSL Manager
DL0LH. Online log will be available at:
C6, BAHAMAS. Steve, KG4LJB, is once again active as C6AJB from Eleuthera
Island (NA-001) until January 20th. Activity will be holiday style on
various HF bands most evenings and early mornings, as time permits. QSL
via his home callsign. ADDED NOTE: Check out Steve’s QRZ.com page for
update and pictures.
DP0, ANTARCTICA. Matthias, DH5CW, will be active as DP0GVN from the
German Neumayer Station III (AN-016, WWFF DLFF-022, WW Loc. IB59UH)
between mid-February 2018 to mid-February 2019. Activity will be on
various HF bands during his spare time. QSL via DL5EBE.
ERITREA 2018 DXPEDITION NEWS. Zorro, JH1AJT, and the E31A FGC Radio Team
will commemorate the upcoming January 14-23rd operation in a memory of
Dave, K3LP/SK. See OPDX.1346 for more details.
  ADDED NOTES: See the following URLs for special tributes in a memory
  of Dave, K3LP/SK:
   By Tom, K8CX   — http://hamgallery.com/Tribute/K3LP
   Great Interview by K3LP — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3fjnh7dfD0
FG/TO7, GUADELOUPE. Jean-Pierre, F6ITD, will once again be active as
FG/F6ITD from Guadeloupe and one of its islands between January 29th
and March 15th. Island mentioned is La Desirade Island (IOTA NA-102,
Lighthouse GUA005 and French Flora Faune FFF 1000). Activity will be on
all HF bands (160-6m) using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. Look for him
to use the callsign TO7D during some contests. Radio equipment is a
FT-450D + Tokyo 550 Power 500w. QSL via his home callsign, direct or
LoTW (preferred). Logs will be uploaded to ClubLog and LoTW.
FG/TO3, GUADELOUPE. Operators Michel/F6GWV and Gildas/F6HMQ will be
active as FG/homecall between February 23rd and March 12th. Activity
will be holiday style on various HF bands using “light equipment”. They
will also be in the ARRL Inter. DX SSB Contest (March 3-4th) using the
callsign TO3Z. QSL via F6HMQ. QSL FG/F6GWV and Gildas FG/F6HMQ via their
home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
HAMVENTION NEWS (SWODXA DX DINNER). The SouthWest Ohio DX Association
(SWODXA) is pleased to announce that we will again sponsor the DX Dinner,
held in conjunction with the 2018 Dayton Hamvention. This, our 33rd
annual dinner, will be on Friday, May 18, 2018, at the Dayton Marriott,
1414 S. Patterson Blvd., Dayton, OH 45409. Among other great prizes,
Yaesu has generously donated an FT DX-3000 to the DX Dinner and an FT-DX1200
to the DX forum! There will be a cash bar starting at 5:30 p.m., with
dinner served at 7:00. Following the event, there will be a separate
room and cash bar available for more fellowship. This is an excellent
opportunity to meet new hams and to renew old acquaintances as well as
to learn about past DXpeditions and those in the planning stages. The
Marriott is very accommodating to a group our size. The dining room is
on the ground floor so there are no steps, the dining room is very large,
and there is ample free, on-site parking. This dinner is always well
attended by some of the most avid DXers in the world. The 2017 dinner
had over 400 attendees! As in the past, there will be some major door
prizes, and there is always great anticipation as to who will be named
the “DXpedition of the Year”. We have started accepting ticket requests
via the website! Details can be found on the SWODXA Events website
<www.swodxaevents.org>. From there, click on the “Purchase Tickets Today!”
banner. We prefer Paypal, but you can also print the reservation form
and submit it with your personal check or money order. Program details
and a list of the prizes will be on the website as they become available
and updates will be sent out regularly via Twitter. Follow us on Twitter
at:                    https://twitter.com/swodxa
HC, ECUADOR. Rick, NE8Z/HC1MD, will once again be active between January
20th and February 10th from Ecuador as the following:
   HC1MD—– Tumbaco, Provincia de Pichincha
   HC1MD/2— Punta Blanca, Provincia de Santa Elena (Pacific Ocean)
   HC1MD/7— Papallacta Volcano, Provincia de Napo (Amazon Jungle)
  His radio equipment: FT-857d 100w–>Carolina Windom 40-10m CW+SSB+RTTY)/
         Outbacker — 6m CW + SSB (monitor 50.110) + 2 element 6m MOXON
         antenna
  QSL via direct to K8LJG & LOTW after the trip. VIEW the HC/Ecuador
and HC8/Galapagos DX-Diplomas at:   http://webpages.charter.net/ne8z
IOTA NEWS…………..
  EU-064.  Operators Fabien/F4GYM and Christophe/F4GTB will be active
           from Noirmoutier Island (DIFM AT-020) for RSGB IOTA Contest
           in July.
  EU-099.  Operators Nobby/G0VJG, Giles/M0TGV, Graham/G4FNL, Toby/M0TBS,
           CR/G0FDZ and Martin/M0MDR will be active as MJ8C from Maîtresse
           Île Les Minquiers (the ‘Minkies’ Reef) during the RSGB IOTA
           Contest (July 28-29th) as Multi-Op/Low-Power entry. QSL via
           G4DFI. Operators will also operate before and after contest
           as GJ3RCV.
  NA-067.  Operators Marty/W4MY, Paul/AA4XX, Dick/N4HAY and Marc/W4MPS
           will be active as W4MY from Harkers Island during the RSGB
           IOTA Contest (July 28-29th) as a Multi-Op/Island entry. QSL
           via W4MY.
  NA-102.  Jean-Pierre, F6ITD, will be active as FG/F6ITD from La Désirade
           Island, lighthouse (LH GUA005) and France Flora Fauna site (FFF
           1000) between January 29th and March 15th. Activity will be on
           160-6 meters with 500 watts and multi-dipoles using SSB, the
           Digital modes and CW. QSL via F6ITD.
  OC-265.  Andy, VK5MAV, will be active as VK5MAV/9 from Cato Reef for
           6 days in April or May. Activity will be on various HF bands.
           QSL via ClubLog’s OQRS or via RN3RQ.
  MULTI-IOTA OPS….
    * Craig, VK5CE, will activate three IOTA in Western Australia as
      VK5CE/6 sometime in June. The following islands were mentioned:
                 OC-170 — Woody Island; 2-3 days
                 OC-199 — East Lewis Island; 3-4 days
                 OC-140 — Direction Island; 3-4 days
      Activity will be on various HF bands (40-12m). QSL via VK5CE direct.
      Look for more details to be forthcoming. Also watch:
                   https://vkiota.wordpress.com/vk5ce-6
    * (Update) Cezar, VE3LYC, plans to activate some IOTAs between mid-
      April and May (9 days in the Solomon Islands (H44) and 8 days in
      the Temotu (H40). Callsigns were not mentioned. His tentative
      schedule is as follows:
        April 22-25th — From Mbanika Island (OC-168, Russell Islands,
              Solomon Islands). Cezar will be joined by Bernhard/DL3GAC
              (H44MS) and they will operate with two stations on the air
              (mainly 40/30/20/17m) using CW and SSB.
        April 26-27th — Small possibility of an operation from Nggela
              Sule Island (OC-158, Florida Islands).
        April 29th- May 3rd — From Tahua or Taumako Island (OC-179,
              Duff Islands)
      No other details were provided. Cezar is looking for support for
      this operation. For more details and possible updates, see:
                   https://oc-179.weebly.com/operators.html
  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……
ITALIAN SPECIAL EVENT. As of January 1st through November 11th, look for
many Italian special event stations (and they do mean many – too many to
list) with special two letter suffixes representing a ship of the Italian
Royal Navy that in 1918 were engaged in the Adriatic Sea in the First World
War. These stations are operating for a diploma called “Award Regia Marina”.
There is a list of more than 70 accredited ARMI stations, 10 Jolly IQ
stations, and a special (super Jolly) II7WWI station that qualify for
the three awards (Gold, Silver and Bronze) and a Top Honor Plaque. The
list can be found at:
Complete rules and details are available at:
KL7, ALASKA (Attn: NPOTA enthusiasts). The North Country DX Association
(NCDXA) will be active as KL7RST/KL7 from the Denali National Park in
Alaska starting around April 20th.  QSL via K7ICE. This stopover is
part of the 2018 Worked All “RST” stations special event running from
February 1st to May 31st. The NCDXA “RST” stations are on Facebook. Check
out the hams you worked and learn about them at:
ON15, BELGIUM (AAW Op). For the 15th Antarctic Activity Week (AAW), look
for Jean-Pierre, ON7ZM, to use the special callsign ON15ANT between February
17-25th. Didier, ON6YH, will probably use CW with the same callsign.
QSL viaON7ZM, direct or by the Bureau. For info on the AAW, see:
                          http://www.waponline.it
PJ2, CURACAO. Andy, DK5ON, will once again be active as PJ2/DK5ON from
Curacao (SA-099, WLOTA 0942) between March 14-27th. Activity will be on
80-6 meters including the 17/12 meter bands using CW, SSB, RTTY, FT8 and
PSK. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau, LoTW or ClubLog’s
OQRS. NO eQSL.
PJ4, BONAIRE. Operators Noah/K2NG, John/K4BAI, Ron/KK9K and Scott/NE9U
will be active as PJ4A from the “PJ4G Radio House” on Bonaire (SA-006,
WLOTA LH-1279) during the ARRL Inter. DX CW Contest (February 17-18th)
as a Multi-? entry. QSL via NE9U, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW. Check
out the “PJ4G Radio House” at:  http://www.pj4g.com
PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (January 15-21st)…….
 Jan/15th AN      Jan/18th  AN     Jan/20th  HN
 Jan/16th AN      Jan/19th  AN     Jan/21st  AN
 Jan/17th 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 <http://www.bandconditions.com>:
  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:
      Also on Twitter: https://twitter.com/@GiellaW4hm
QSL INFO AND NEWS……………….
  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX by Lothar, DL1SBF  (January 14th) <www.qslinfo.eu>
  ——————————————————————–
  3Z100N via SP5UHW (d)   DK0KG via DL7ACN        OS8D via ON8DN
  3Z18HNY via SP6IEQ (L)  DL0LC via DJ5KT         OU5U via OZ3FD
  3Z26FIN via 3Z26FIN (e) DQ2018KTMS via DF6QE (B) OV1CDX via OZ1GML (d)
  4X0B via 4X6ZM          DS23BNU/3 via DS3BNU    OX3XR via PA3249 (d**/L/e)
  5B4AIF via 5B4AIF (O)   EA7GSH/TI8 via EA7GSH   PX2A via PY2VM
  5B4ALX via IZ4AMS       EM25URD via UR7UT & (e) SC7C via SM7BKZ
  5K6RM via HK6RM         GB17HCC via G0SWO & (e) SN7Q via SP7GIQ
  5V1JE via N9MDH         HL23CEL via HL4CEL      SV2/RW3AL via RW3AL
  5V7SM via F5IVC (d)     HZ1TT via A61BK (O/d)   TC5OCK via TA5FA
  5X2S via JA1PBV         JX3EX via LA3EX         TM390SR via F4DTO
  6Y6J via JA3AVO         LZ/SV2RUJ/P via SV2RUJ  VQ920JC via ND9M
  7Q7JW via N6JW          OD5/EA1CYK via EA7LS    XW3DT via RK3DT
  A71DLH via DL0LH        OD5ZZ via NI5DX (d)     YP2018HNY via YO3KPA
  CV7S via CX7SS          OS0X via ON4JM          YR24R via YR24R (L/e)
  (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
  ** PA3249: Harry de Jong, Broekdijk 59, 7695 TC Bruchterveld,
     The Netherlands
  QSLS RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 9N1AA, CO8LY, ET3AA, J5W (AF-020), H74B (NA-013),
  H74W (NA-013), J5B, J5W, JA1OVD, PD2GSP, S9WL, UK8AR and XE2CQ
  QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3C0L, 3C1L, SV9BAI, VK9AR (OC-216), VP9/DK7LX
  (not VP9/DL7LX) and ZA1WW
  QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 5Z4/JH0CJH, 9M2TO, 9M2/JE1SCJ, A25IVU,
  EA6AIF, EA6AMI, EA6DB, EA6TH, EA6VQ, EA6ZS, EA8AA, EA8AKN, EA8BMG,
  EA8CSU, EA8DAO, EA8GP, EA8MT, EA8PT, EA8QP, EA8TX, EA8URT, EA8WH,
  EA8/EA1AIN, EA8/DL4KCA/P, EB8AIV, EF8U, EG8ARC, EG8MRA, EG8WRD, EG25JRA,
  JW/LB5WB, MD/DM2AUJ, P4/DL5RMH, P40FA, P44X, R25AFG, R1989A, RD8O,
  RD9O, RI1ANC, RI1ANP, RI1ANZ, RW110RAEM, S9BK, S9BT, S9WL, T88IH,
  TF/DO2JX, UD9CT, UK8LA, VC3R, VK3VTH/P, YR6MUSEUM and YV1KK
SILENT KEY. Peter, HB9PL, informs OPDX: “It is with great sadness to
inform the international DX fraternity that Dr. Hans-Rudolf “Rudi” Lauber,
HB9RG, passed away December 26, 2017, at the age of 92. Rudi was a multi-
faceted ham and active in many different disciplines of our hobby. He not
only had an astonishing score of first VHF/UHF contacts between Switzer-
land and the rest of Europe as well as beyond, but was initiator, sponsor
and driving wheel of a group of enthusiast who in the second half of the
50ties realized the first EME QSOs out of Switzerland. During the last
few decades he shifted his activities towards DX and achieved DXCC Honor
Roll No.1 status (339/358 mixed) in remarkably short time. His sincere,
eloquent, competent and helpful manners will be widely missed.”
  OPDX and its readers would like to send out our deepest sympathy to
the family and friends of HB9RG.
TX5, FRENCH POLYNESIA (Updated). Operators Bill/KH6OO and Will/W0ZRJ (son)
will be active as TX5X from the north shore of Mt. Orohena on the island
of Tahiti (OC-046) between March 10-17th. Activity will be on various HF
bands using one 100w station (Flex 6700) into a vertical dipole. Modes
will be CW, FT8, JT9 and JT65. All QSOs will be uploaded to LoTW, eQSL,
QRZ.com and ClubLog (OQRS) at the completion of their trip. In addition,
EVERYONE in the log will be sent a QSL via their Bureau. Please do not
send them Bureau cards. Read “Tips to get into our log” on QRZ.com.
TY, BENIN (Update). Members of the F6KOP team, the Provins ARC, will be
active from Bénin between March 7-18th, 2018. Callsign is still pending.
There will be an international team of 12 operators lead by Jean-Luc,
F1ULQ. The other operators mentioned are Damien/F4AZF (Co-leader), Jo/
DJ3CQ, Arno/DL1CW, Andreas/DL3GA, Henri/F1HRE, Raymond/F5MFV, Xavier/
F5NTZ, Philipp/OE7PGI and possibly two others. Frank/F4AJQ is the team
pilot station. Plans are to be active with 4 stations on the air, 160-10
meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes (RTTY,PSK and FT8). QSL via
F5GSJ, direct, by the Bureau, LoTW or their OQRS. For more details and
possible updates, see:       https://ty2018dx.wordpress.com
V3, BELIZE. Iain, G4SGX, will once again be active as V31GX from Ambergris
Caye (NA-073) between March 6-16th. Activity will be holiday style on 80-6
meters using mainly CW, and possibly some Digital modes (FT8). Iain will
also participate in the Commonwealth Contest (Beru) [March 10-11th]. He
will run 100 watts into 1/4 verticals over seawater and inverted-L over
seawater for 80m. QSL via his home callsign, ClubLog or LoTW.
V4, ST. KITTS. After Bernie, K3UR (V47UR), operates from here between
January 29th and February 12th (see OPDX.1342), look for John, W5JON,
to once again be active as V47JA between February 13th and March 16th.
Activity will be on 160-6 meters (incl. 60m) using SSB. Equipment is a
Yaesu FT-1000MP and Elecraft KPA500 Amplifier. Antennas: a 31′, 10-40m
Vertical, 35′, 40/80m Top Loaded Vertical, 20m dipole, 160m base load
vertiacal and a 6m 4 element Yagi. ALL QSLs go to W5JON direct or via
LoTW. NO Bureau QSLs.
VP6D DUCIE DXPEDITION NEWS. Vadym, UT6UD, has joined the VP6D team for
the Ducie Island DXpedition which is to take place between October 20th
and November 3rd. Vadym has been an active operator on 160 meters and
was part of the 2016 Heard Island team. Read about him at:
YJ, VANUATU. Grant, VK5GR, announced this past week that he is “planning
another holiday style DXPedition for 2018″ with his family on Efate (OC-035)
between April 17-29th. He hopes to operate as YJ0AG (waiting to receive
the license). Activity will be on 80-10 meters using mostly the Digital
modes (RTTY, FT8, PSK, Olivia) as well as SSB and some SSTV, possibly CW.
Grant states, “I am looking to particularly work unique stations and will
be where possible targeting Europe Short Path where YJ is high on the
ClubLog most wanted list. Operation will of course be intermittent as
again family comes first but I will attempt to operate during the main
openings (EU SP at night will be a feature). The station will be a K3/KPA500
combination with a G3TXQ UltraLight HexBeam for 20-10m plus a multi-band
vertical for 80-10m (with water access along the EU SP and NA LP paths)…
… I also hope to operate in the SPDX RTTY Contest.” QSL will again be
managed by M0OXO through his OQRS service for electronically requested
cards delivered to you either direct or via the Bureau. QSL via the Bureau
go to VK5GR.
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ARRL Propagation Bulletin No. 0002

SB PROP @ ARL $ARLP002
ARLP002 Propagation de K7RA
ZCZC AP02
QST de W1AW
Propagation Forecast Bulletin 2  ARLP002
From Tad Cook, K7RA
Seattle, WA  January 12, 2018
To all radio amateurs
SB PROP ARL ARLP002
ARLP002 Propagation de K7RA
Average daily sunspot number was 11.9 over the past reporting week
(January 4-10, 2018) compared to zero (no sunspots) over the
previous seven days. But average daily solar flux declined slightly,
70.4 to 69.9.
Average daily planetary A index went from 5.1 to 5.4, and average
mid-latitude A index changed from 3.4 to 4.6.
Predicted solar flux is 70 on January 12-21, 72 on January 22-27, 70
on January 28 to February 17, 72 on February 18-23, and 70 on
February 24-25.
Predicted planetary A index is 5 on January 12, then 15, 12 and 8 on
January 13-15, 5 on January 16-19, then 12, 10, 8 and 6 on January
20-23, 5 on January 24-27, 10 on January 28, 5 on January 29 through
February 3, then 12, 8, 5 and 8 on February 4-7, 5 on February 8-9,
then 10, 15 and 10 on February 10-12, 5 on February 13-15, then 12,
10, 8 and 6 on February 16-19, 5 on February 20-23, 10 on February
24, and 5 on February 25.
“Geomagnetic activity forecast for the period January 12 to February
7, 2018
“Geomagnetic field will be:
quiet on January 19, 26, 31, February 7
mostly quiet on January 18, 25, 30, February 3, 6
quiet to unsettled on January 12, 15, 20, 24, 29, February 2, 5
quiet to active on January 14, 16, 21, 23, 27-28, February 1, 4
active to disturbed on January 13, (17,) 22
“Amplifications of the solar wind from coronal holes are expected on
January 12-14, 19-20, (21-22, 28-31, February 1,) 5-6, (7)
“Remark:
– Parenthesis means lower probability of activity enhancement.
– Current forecasts still is less reliable again.
“F.K. Janda, OK1HH (from Czech Propagation Interested Group
compiling this geomagnetic activity weekly forecasts since 1978).
e-mail: ok1hh@rsys.cz .”
Here is an article about a propagation mode I had not heard of,
Equatorial Spread-F:
Here is a fairly technical article about sunspots and temperature:
Let’s look at recent appearances of sunspots, and sunspot area.
If we look at recent sunspot numbers:
We see that new sunspots appeared on January 4, 8 and 11. (Check the
New Regions column, fifth from the left).
Also note in the fourth column, the “Sunspot Area 10E-6 Hemis”
column.
This shows the area of total observed sunspots on the visible sun,
in millionths of a solar hemisphere. You can observe that the
sunspot area began at 20 (10E-6 Hemis.) on the first day of the new
sunspot group (on January 4). Note the same sunspot group contracted
to half that area for at least the following week.
You can check sunspot numbers, solar flux and sunspot area for 2017
at:
Check out this resource on sunspot area, from Peter Meadows:
Note other resources from Peter:
Interesting site for a private/public observatory in the UAE:
If you would like to make a comment or have a tip for our readers,
email the author at, k7ra@arrl.net .
For more information concerning radio propagation, see the ARRL
Technical Information Service web page at,
numbers used in this bulletin, see
An archive of past propagation bulletins is at
information and tutorials on propagation are at http://k9la.us/.
Monthly propagation charts between four USA regions and twelve
overseas locations are at http://arrl.org/propagation.
Instructions for starting or ending email distribution of ARRL
bulletins are at http://arrl.org/bulletins.
Thanks to Don, AA2F/9 for checking my data averages.
Sunspot numbers for January 4-10, 2018 were 13, 11, 11, 11, 13, 13,
and 11, with a mean of 11.9. 10.7 cm flux was 69.5, 69.3, 69.4,
69.9, 70.3, 70.8, and 70.4, with a mean of 69.9.  Estimated
planetary A indices were 4, 5, 3, 3, 9, 9, and 5, with a mean of
5.4. Estimated mid- latitude A indices were 3, 5, 2, 2, 9, 7, and 4,
with a mean of 4.6.
NNNN

/EX

425 DX News No. 1393

13 January 2018                                           A.R.I. DX Bulletin
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A7     – Three operators from the Lufthansa ARC Hamburg (namely DF4HR, DK2DO
         and DL1BDF) have been active again as A71DLH  from  Qatar  since 11
         January, and will remain QRV on all bands CW, SSB and digital modes
         until 17 January. QSL via DL0LH.
C9     – Johannes, PA5X (C93PA)  and  Gerben, PG5M (http://dx.to/)  will  be
         active as C8X and C81G respectively from  Ibo Island (AF-061)  from
         28 January to 5 February.  They  will operate  CW, SSB and  FT8  on
         80-10 metres with two  stations.  QSL via  Club Log’s OQRS, or  via
         home calls. [TNX PG5M]
DU     – Jacek, SP5APW will be  active  as  DU1/SP5APW  from  Palawan Island
         (OC-128) on 13-18 March.  He will operate  mainly SSB on  17 and 20
         metres. QSL via home call (direct or bureau) or LoTW; logsearch and
         OQRS on Club Log. [TNX DX World]
FG     – Jean-Pierre, F6ITD will be active again as FG/F6ITD  and TO7D  from
         La Desirade, Guadeloupe (NA-102) from 29 January to 15 March. Plans
         are  to  focus  on  the  low bands SSB and  on  FT8.  QSLs via LoTW
         (preferred) or F6ITD; logsearch on Club Log.
H40    – There have been some changes in VE3LYC’s original time schedule  of
         his Duff Islands project [425DXN 1389].  Cezar has decided to start
         earlier and lengthen the DXpedition by a week,  in order to include
         some  contingency  in case  weather  and  sea conditions delay  the
         voyage to Taumako (OC-179). “If everything works well”, he says, “I
         should  be  finished  with  OC-179  before  the end of  April,  and
         hopefully have time to  operate  from a second  or  perhaps even  a
         third IOTA group  in  the area”.  His  second  target  can  be  the
         Vanikolo and Utupua Islands group (OC-163, H40), and the third  the
         Florida Islands  (OC-158, H44).  Bookmark  http://oc-179.weebly.com
         for updates.
J5     – Livio, IZ3BUR will be active in his spare time as J52EC from Father
         Gianfranco’s (J52OFM) mission at  Cumura, Guinea-Bissau between  24
         January and 21 February. QSL via IZ3BUR.
J8     – Brian, GW4DVB will  be  active  again  as  J88PI  from  Palm Island
         (NA-025) on 21-27 January. QSL via  home  call, direct only (PayPal
         information on http://www.g4dvb.co.uk); logsearch on Club Log.
LA     – Special   callsigns  LM90C,  LM90HQ  and  LM90NRRL  will  be   used
         throughout 2018 to  celebrate  the  90th anniversary of  the  Norsk
         Radio Relae Liga (NRRL), the Norwegian  IARU Society.  QSL via  the
         bureau.
OA     – Special callsign OC4MS will be  active  on  27-28 January from  the
         archeological site of Mateo Salado in Lima, Peru. Two stations will
         operate CW, SSB and various digital modes on 80-10 metres.  QSL via
         OA4O.
P4     – Mathias, DL4MM, will be active as P4/DL4MM from  Aruba (SA-036)  on
         24-31 January.  He  will  participate  in  the  CQ WW 160-Meter  CW
         Contest as P40AA. Outside the contest  he  will focus  on  the  low
         bands, with “special attention  to JA and  Asia  on 80/160m”.  [TNX
         NG3K]
SP     – Special  stations  3Z26FIN  (12  January),  HF26FIN  (14  January),
         SP26FIN  (15  January),  SP26WOSP  (14  January)  and  SQ26FIN  (13
         January) will be active around the 26th Grand Finale fundraiser  of
         the Wielka Orkiestra Swiatecznej  Pomocy (WOSP),  Poland’s  biggest
         charity  organization.  An award  for working 3 different callsigns
         will be available at https://wosp.hamlog.ru/. [TNX SP2FAP]
TY     – A multi-national team (DJ3CQ, DL1CW, DL3GA,  F1HRE,  F1ULQ,  F4AZF,
         F5MFV, F5NTZ, OE7PGI and  possibly  other  two operators)  will  be
         active from Benin on 7-18 March (callsign TBA). They will have four
         stations running on 160-10 metres  CW, SSB  and  digital modes (FT8
         included). QSL via Club Log’s OQRS and LoTW, or  via  F5GSJ (direct
         or   bureau).  Bookmark  https://ty2018dx.wordpress.com/  for  more
         information and updates. [TNX F5NQL]
V3     – Paul, VE3AXT is active again as V31AX from Consejo Shores, mainland
         Belize until 4 April.  QSL via M0URX’s OQRS (http://m0urx.com/oqrs)
         and LoTW. [TNX DX World]
V3     – Art, NN7A will be active again  as  V31JZ/p  from  South Water Caye
         (NA-180), Belize on 8-14 February.  He will  operate  mainly  CW on
         160-10 metres.  QSL  via  Club Log’s OQRS,  or  via NN7A (direct or
         bureau). [TNX DX World]
V4     – Bernie, W3UR will be active holiday  style  as V47UR from St. Kitts
         (NA-104) from 29 January to 12 February.  He will  operate  CW, SSB
         and some FT8 on 160-6 metres. QSL via LoTW, Club Log’s OQRS, or via
         NR6M. [TNX The Daily DX]
V6     – Sumio, JI1MDM will be active from  Pohnpei (OC-010), Micronesia  on
         15-18 January. He will operate SSB as  V63AKB48 (correct call)  and
         FT8 as V63AKB on  20, 17, 15 and 12 metres.  QSL via the bureau  to
         JI1MDM.
VK     – Andy, VK5MAV plans to be active as VK5MAV/9 from Cato Reef (OC-265)
         for six  days  in  April or May.  “I’m ready  for  such  expedition
         technically”, he says, “but not financially”.  Any support will  be
         much appreciated. Apparently this “group of rare Australian islands
         is in a process  of  management  plan change”,  which  will include
         “more strict  control of access”  and  “total ban on camping”.  See
         https://www.qrz.com/db/VK5MAV/9 for more information. [TNX VK5MAV]
VK     – Craig, VK5CE will be active as VK5CE/6 from  three  IOTA groups  in
         Western Australia  in June.  Plans are to be QRV from  Woody Island
         (OC-170) for 2-3 days, from East Lewis Island (OC-199) for 3-4 days
         and from Direction Island (OC-140)  for 3-4 days.  Details will  be
         published  on https://vkiota.wordpress.com/vk5ce-6/ in  due course.
         [TNX VK5CE]
W      – Howie, K1VSJ will be active from Key Colony Beach (NA-062) from  15
         January to 15 February. He will operate CW and SSB on 40-10 metres.
         QSL direct or bureau. [TNX The Daily DX]
W      – KM1CC, the Marconi Cape Cod Radio Club, will be active from  13 UTC
         on 18 January through 21 UTC on 19 January from  rare grid FN51  to
         honour    “Marconi’s   vision   and   achievements   in    wireless
         communications on the 115th anniversary of the first  transatlantic
         transmission from his South Wellfleet, USA wireless to his  Poldhu,
         UK station”.  Look  for activity  on  80-15 metres SSB  (3660-3860,
         7130-7260, 14260, 18160, 21360 kHz)  and  CW  (3535,  7035,  10110,
         14035, 18080, 21035 kHz). QSL to KM1CC or via LoTW.
YB     – Emmanuel, F5LIT will be active again as YB9/F5LIT from  Bali Island
         (OC-022) from 30 January to 10 February. He will operate SSB on 20,
         17 and 15 metres.  QSL via home call  (direct only) and LoTW.  [TNX
         DX World]
YJ     – Grant, VK5GR will  be  active  holiday  style  as  YJ0AG (requested
         callsign)  from  Efate (OC-035), Vanuatu  on 17-29 April.  He  will
         operate  digital  modes (RTTY, FT8, PSK, Olivia)  on  80-10 metres,
         with some SSB and maybe some CW.  He also  plans  “an SSTV activity
         day”. QSL via M0OXO’s OQRS. [TNX VK5GR]
 
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3Y0Z: BOUVET 2018 —> The 3Y0Z team will be active as 3G9A/mm during  their
voyage aboard the MV Betanzos  from  King George Island (South Shetlands) to
Bouvet. QSL via N2OO.  The team will be using a  satellite  tracking  device
that will  enable  you  to follow  their progress  on a near-real  time map:
 
IDXC 2018 —> Registration for the 69th Annual International DX Convention,
to be held on 20-22 April at the  Visalia Convention Center in Visalia (CA),
will begin on 15 January at 17 UTC: http://www.dxconvention.org/.
 
IOTA NEWS —> “The last  date  for  mailing  applications  or  updates   to
checkpoints for inclusion  in  the  2018 Honour Roll and  other  performance
tables is 31 January 2018″, G3KMA  posted  to  https://iota-world.org/.  “If
postmarked after that date, they will be processed in the normal way but the
scores will be held over to  the following  year’s listing.  It is important
that participants who have not updated since  the  2013 annual listings  and
wish to remain listed should make a submission on or before 31 January 2018.
Of interest this year is that in addition to  the  2017 IOTA Contest logs  a
much larger number of logs of IOTA operations on Club Log have recently been
made available for QSO matching”. It is possible to get IOTA credits through
QSO matching for irregular log names. To facilitate this, the log names  are
now listed on the  accepted  activations tab.  In order to  get a match  for
AA1AA/P on XX-yyy with the log name AA1AA/P_XX-yyy, the chaser  must  upload
to Club Log a  QSO  with  the  callsign  AA1AA/P_XX-yyy.  Once the match  is
obtained,  the system  will  automatically use  the  proper callsign in  the
subsequent credit application. For any questions contact in…@iota-world.org
 
SWODXA DX DINNER —> The 33rd DX Dinner, sponsored again by  the  SouthWest
Ohio DX Association (SWODXA) and held in conjunction with  the  2018  Dayton
Hamvention, will be on Friday, 18 May  at  the  Marriott  Hotel  in  Dayton.
Dinner tickets can be  ordered  by going to  www.swodxaevents.org; programme
details and a  list of the  prizes will  be on the  website  as they  become
available. [TNX W8GEX]
 
VOACAP —> Jari, OH6BG is “happy to introduce a new  functionality  at  the
VOACAP  Online  P2P  (poit-to-point)   HF  propagation   prediction  service
(http://www.voacap.com/p2p),   namely  assessment  of  the   Best  Operating
Frequencies for every hour of  the day  for  the circuit chosen.  This means
That  all  ham  radio  bands  are  being  considered  and,  after a  careful
evaluation,  the three  best  bands  will  be displayed, together  with some
VOACAP prediction data. To use the new service, just click on the new button
labeled ‘Best FREQ’, located just below the graphs on the front page”.  More
information can be found on https://voacap.blogspot.com.
 
ZS8Z QRT —> David, ZS8Z (ZS1BCE) uploaded his last QSO to Club Log  on  19
November 2017, and has been  off the  air  from  Marion Island  since  then.
According to the South African Sunday Times, the 20-people  science  mission
on  the  island  “is  stranded  with  an  ‘unstable’ team member,  a  faulty
generator and a critical food shortage”. Reportedly an Indian relief ship is
on the way with food and fuel, but David is unlikely to get back on the  air
before departing Marion in May.
 
+ SILENT KEYS + We mourn the tragic loss of David Collingham, K3LP, who died
on 5 January after falling through the ice on a  pond  while  attempting  to
rescue his stranded dog. He was 59 years old. First licensed in 1975, he was
very  active  in  DXpeditions,  contesting,  youth development  and  charity
projects. He visited over 100 different DXCC Entities, operated  from  63 of
them and participated in over  75 DXpeditions  – 3D2DC (Fiji 2004 and 2011),
T33C (Banaba 2004),  T30LP (West Kiribati 2004),  K3LP/KP5  (Desecheo 2005),
VU4AN/VU3RWO (Andaman Islands 2006),  5A7A (Libya 2006),  N8S (Swains Island
2007), 5W3LP (Samoa 2007), YI9PSE (Iraq 2010), ST0R (South Sudan 2011), 3D2R
(Rotuma 2011),  ET3AA  (Ethiopia  Youth Project 2011), 7O6T (Socotra Island,
Yemen 2012),  XZ1J  (Myanmar 2013),  VP8STI  (South Sandwich  2016),  VP8SGI
(South Georgia 2016)  and  5U5R (Niger 2017), just to name a few. In 2014 he
was inducted into the CQ DX Hall of Fame.  Read N6PSE’s  touching Tribute on
  Hans-Rudolf “Rudi” Lauber, HB9RG  passed away on  26 December  at 92 years
of age.  “Rudi  was  a  multi-faceted  ham  and  active  in  many  different
disciplines  of  our  hobby”,  Pete,  HB9PL  says.  “He  not  only  held  an
astonishing score of first VHF/UHF contacts between Switzerland and the rest
of Europe as well as beyond, but was initiator, sponsor and driving wheel of
a group of  enthusiast  who in  the second  half of the fifties realised the
first EME QSOs out of Switzerland.  During the last  few decades he  shifted
his activities towards DX and achieved DXCC Honor Roll No.1 status  (339/358
Mixed)  in  remarkably  short  time.  His sincere, eloquent,  competent  and
helpful manners will be widely missed”.
 
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QSLs received direct or through managers: 5A1AL, 5Z4/DL2RMC, 9J2BO, B90IARU,
CT9/DL5AXX, E51WL, EP2LMA, FK/JR3RIU (OC-032), H40GC, HC8LUT,  J5T (AF-020),
J68GD, JT5DX, JY5IB,  PY0F/PP1CZ,  RI0ZF (AS-039),  S21ED,  S21ZAS (AS-127),
S21ZDC (AS-140),  SU9JG,  TI7W,  TU2C,  VK5CE/7 (OC-233),  VK5CE/8 (OC-198),
VK9AR (OC-216), VK9AR/6 (OC-234), VK9CI,  VK9CZ, VK9XI,  VP2MDL,  VP9/DL7LX.
 
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