The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1053
March 12, 2012
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB5K & the AR TelNet Clusters Network, K1XN & GoList, NC1L, NJ1Q & ARRL DX, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, KH6BZF, N7UN, K8YSE, NL8F, W8GEX & 60m News, 9M2TO, AT International, DK8JB & The DX News Letter, DL1SBF, DL2VFR, DxCoffee.com, DX-World.Net, EI7CC, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, I1JQJ/ IK1ADH & 425 DX News, IK7JWY, IZ8BGY, JG7PSJ, JI5RPT, LY5W, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, PY2WAS, Pete's DX-Newsdesk, PY2YP, RSGB IOTA Web Site, VA3RJ & ICPO, VHF-DX-Portal, VU2CDP and YT3W for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 4th-March, through Sunday, 11th-March there were 220 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3C0, 3D2, 3DA, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5X, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C5, C6, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FR, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OJ0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ5, PJ7, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S2, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T32, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TN, TR, TT, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK0M, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD8, 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" (WFWL).
2M, SCOTLAND (Satellite Op)
Paul, 2E1EUB, will once again be active as 2M1EUB for 7 days beginning March 24th. Activity will be from the eastern side of Scotland in the Cairngorms National Park (WFF GMFF-001). Activity will be on 160m, 80m, and the satellites (mostly AO-7 B/A mode), as well as 2m SSB. Check out QRZ.com under 2M1EUB for more info.
3C0, ANNOBON ISLAND (Update)
By the time you read this, operators Elmo/EA5BYP and Javier/EA5KM should be going QRT as 3C0E from Annobon Island (AF-039; Pagalu). QSL 3C0E (as well as 3C6A) via EA5BYP: Elmo Bernabé Coll, P.O.Box 3097, 03080 Alicante, Spain. For more details and updates, watch the Web page at:
Sig, NV7E/ZS6SIG, who has relocated from Pretoria, South Africa, to Nairobi, Kenya, is signing 5Z4EE for about the next three years. Sig announced this past week that he will once again be active in the following contests this year:
CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 29-30th) as a SOABHP entry
CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) as a SOABHP entry
CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a SOABHP entry
Activity (as usual) outside of the contests will be on all bands 160-10 meters. QSL via NV7E or at the address shown for 5Z4EE on (QRZ.com).
Peter, EI7CC, will once again be active as 7P8PB from Lesotho between March 15th and April 3rd. Activity will be limited because he will be on a family holiday and will operate when circumstances permit. QSL via EI7CC, by the Bureau or direct. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW immediately upon his return to Ireland. If possible, Peter may try to upload them while in Lesotho.
9M0, SPRATLY (Update)
Members of the Malaysian Amateur Radio Transmitter Society (MARTS) and the 9M4SDX Team will be active as 9M0L from Pulau Layang Layang Island (Swallow Reefs - AS-051) near Sabah, East Malaysia, between April 10-24th. The current team consists of Tex-san/9M2TO (Project Coordinator), Neoh/9M2CLN (Team Leader Malaysia), Tack-san/JE1CKA (Team Leader Japan), Hajime/7K4QOK, Takuto/9M2/JE1SCJ, David/9M2PX, Yasuma/ 9M8YY, Nigel/G3TXF, Joe/JA1LZR, Miyama/JE1KUC, Naoyuki/JK1FNL, Hiroyuki/ JP1TRJ and Yutaka/JQ2GYU. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. They will try to have as many RTTY QSOs with NA/SA as much as possible. The team will have 4 stations using Spider Beams and a Layang Special. Suggested frequencies are:
CW - 1811, 3511, 7011, 10121, 14011, 18071, 21011, 24891 and 28011 kHz
SSB - 3791, 7081, 14160, 18130, 21275, 24940 and 28405 kHz
RTTY - 3521, 7031, 10141, 14081, 18101, 21081, 24921 and 28081 kHz
6m - 50101/CW and 50110/SSB
1. All frequencies are 9M0L transmitting frequency. They will announce listening Frequency when QRV.
2. 80m RTTY: They will listen 3590 and up for EU.
3. 40m SSB: They will announce listen up 7100 for US.
QSL direct to 9M2TO: 9M0L TEAM PENANG, PO BOX 125 GPO 10710, Penang Island, MALAYSIA or by the Bureau to Malaysian Amateur Radio Transmitter's Society (MARTS). A Web page is up an running at:
9Q, DEM. REP. OF CONGO
Sergiy, UV5EVJ (ex-5X1VJ), is currently active from Lubumbashi using the Amateur Radio Association of the Democratic Republic of Congo's (ARAC) club callsign as 9Q0HQ/7. Activity has been on 80-10 meters using CW and SSB. He is expected to be there through the end of March. Sergey is part of the UN mission MONUSCO. QSL via UV5EVJ.
Florent, F4CYZ, (MDXC Member #141) is now active as CN2YZ from Morocco until the end of year. His activity from this African country will be from Tangier and especially on the weekends. The Mediterraneo DX Club is supporting his activities and is also providing a Web site (with a log-check included) at:
CQ3/CT3, MADEIRA ISLANDS
Operators Walter/DJ6QT, Uwe/DL8OBF, Alex/RA1AGL, YL Elena/RC5A, Alex/RM2M, Paul/RN3A, Sergey/UA1ANA and Gennady/UA9MA will be active as CQ3L during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 24-25th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via DJ6QT. Look for operators to be active before the contest between March 11-26th, as CT3/homecall. QSL via Bureau. Visit the CR3L Santana, Madeira Island (AF-014), Web page at:
A D64K DXpedition is in the works and details will be forthcoming. QSL via IZ7KHR. Watch the following for updates:
DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME (DST)
Did you remember to move your clock ahead one hour for Daylight Saving Time (DST)?
Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL Awards Branch Manager, reports that the following operations are approved for DXCC credit:
6O0M - Somalia; 2011 Operation
9U3TMM - Burundi; Reported as December 2011 and January 2012
AX/VK0TH - (as well as VK0TH) Macquarie Island; Current operation
T6BP - Afghanistan; Current operation commenting in 2011
If you had this operation rejected in a recent application, send a note to email@example.com to have your record updated. Note, due to extremely heavy E-mail, DXCC may not respond to your message. Once updated, this will be reflected in your LoTW account and/or in the live, daily DXCC standings on the website.
EE8, CANARY ISLANDS
Luis, EA8AY, will be active as EE8X from Tenerife Island (IOTA AF-004, DIE S-012, WLOTA 1276, EAA TF) during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-band entry. QSL via W2GR. Visit his Web site at:
EF8, CANARY ISLANDS (Update)
Jaime, WP3A, will be active as EF8C from Tenerife Island (AF-004, DIE S-012, WLOTA 1276, EAA TF) during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via EB7DX (not NP3O as first announced). Look for more info on:
FR, REUNION ISLAND
Michael, DF8AN, will be active as FR/DF8AN from Reunion Island (AF-016) between September 2-10th. Activity will be mainly on CW on all bands including 6 meters with just 100 watts into a long wire. QSL via DF8AN, direct or by the Bureau.
FW, WALLIS AND FUTUNA ISLANDs
Patrice, F1GHY, is now currently active as as FW/F1GHY from Wallis Island (OC-054), but the length of his stay is unknown at this time. Activity has been on 20 meters SSB using 100 watts into a long wire antenna. QSL via his home callsign.
H40, TEMOTU PROVINCE
Looks like Sigi, DK9FN, will once again return to Temotu Province for a fourth time and be active as H40FN between (approx.) December 22nd and January 7th (2013). QSL H40FN via HA8DD. More details will be forthcoming.
HI, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Luis, HI8LAM, from Santo Domingo will be active during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All- Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via direct to his home callsign.
HU0, EL SALVADOR
Members of the Club de Radio Aficionados de El Salvador will be active as HU0A during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 24-25th) as a Multi-Sinlge entry. Operators mentioned are Mario/YS1GMV, Mario/ YS1MAE, Jose/YS1MS, Roberto/YS1RS, Florencio/YS1ZC, Federico/YS1FEA and Francisco/YS1FAF. QSL via YS1GMV.
INTERNATIONAL GOOD WILL
Yuri, UT1FG, who has been active as UT1FG/MM and sailing from port to port operating on the satellites and 6 meters to activate wet Grid Squares, has left from a port in Nicaragua a few days ago. However, Yuri's 12 volt power supply that runs his IC-706 has failed and could not be fixed. John, K8YSE, informs OPDX, "This prompted an effort to find a way to replace that power supply and insure continued operations as he sails up to Montreal, Canada. The solution was eventually found and thanks to the efforts of Captain Manolis Joannou, HP1CQ, Yuri continues to operate. An abbreviated version of the story of 'International Good Will' and extreme determination to succeed is now posted on my Web site. This hobby is more than just operating and making contacts." For the rest of the story, please visit John's Web page at:
AS-092. "DX-World.net" is reporting: "Tentative plans by Russian Robinson Club members to activate Big Diomede (Ratmanova - AS-061) and one of the islands in the Bering Sea Coast South group (AS-092) are underway. Activity is scheduled for the end of July/early August 2012. Big Diomede Island was last activated in early 1990's."
AS-175. (Update/Change) NEW IOTA! Look for an Indian team to be active using the callsign AT2DW (not ATBDW as announced) from Bet Dwarka Island (Bet Shankhodar) between March 16-23rd. This island is in the Gujerat State West IOTA Group and has never been activated before. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. The team plans to be active with 2 stations with the possibility of a 3rd station, and will use vertical antennas. Operators mentioned are YL Sarla/ VU2SWS (Group Leader), Mickey/VU2IZO, Nandu/VU2NKS, Deepak/ VU2CDP, Basappa/VU2NXM, Laxman/VU2LX and Ajoy/VU2JHM. QSL via VU2SWS, direct or by the Bureau. There will be an OQRS available on the ClubLog. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW within 1 month. A Web page is now online with more details and an online log at:
EU-042. A German team of operators will be active as DM50IOTA from Hallig Langeness between March 16-18th. Activity will be on CW, SSB and PSK, and on all HF bands and on VHF. The "Hallig Langeness" is situated in the "Wadden Sea" (North Sea) and counts also for WFF DLFF-013 and for the German Islands Award N-19. QSL preferred by the Bureau. ADDED NOTE: DM50IOTA will activate all German IOTA groups during the IOTA 50th Anniversary Marathon (2012/2013). If you have worked DM50IOTA from all German IOTAs you can apply by sending an E-mail for a special award (pdf-style, will be sent by E-mail free of charge in 2013).
EU-054. Operators Raffaello/IT9ATF, Renato/IT9NPR, Pippo/IT9PPG, and Pino/IT9WDC will be active as IF9A from Favignana Island (IIA TP-011, MIA MI-025, WLOTA LH-1545) for the CQWW WPX SSB Contest as (March 24-25th) as a Multi-Single entry. Activity will be on all bands and modes outside of the contest. QSL via IT9ATF, direct or by the Bureau.
NA-057. By the time you read this, Michael, DF8AN, will be active as HR9/DF8AN from two islands in the Bahia Islands IOTA Group between now and March 26th. He plans to activate Roatan Island and Utila Island. Activity will be mainly on CW on all bands including 6 meters with just 100 watts into a long wire. QSL via DF8AN, direct or by the Bureau.
OC-066. Hiro, JI1JKW, will be active as FO/JI1JKW from Rangiroa Island, French Polynesia, between March 18-22nd. Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL via his home callsign.
OC-185. Craig, VK8AS, will be active as VK8BI from Bremer Island between April 18-23rd. Activity will be on 20/17/15/12/10 meters running 400 watts into a Spiderbeam yagi. Operation will be SSB only. However, he does have the capability of running PSK31/RTTY at rare moments. Craig states, "OC-185 was last activated in 2004 for two days and prior to that in 1999 and is only claimed by 20% of IOTA program participants. A strong focus will be on North America and Europe. Full operation details are available at QRZ.com which gives details of the blog site that outlines best operating times to different regions of the world."
OC-199. It was announced earlier in the week that Wally, VK6YS, would activate West Lewis Island between March 8-10th. However, this operation was postponed. No other details were provided.
Harry, JG7PSJ, will be active again as JD1BMH from Chichijima Island (AS-031) between April 22nd and May 4th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via the Bureau to JD1BMH or direct to JG7PSJ. Visit his Web page for more details at:
Makoto, JI5RPT, will once again be active as JD1BLY from Chichijima Island (AS-031), Ogasawara, between April 29th and May 5th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters, including the satellites, using CW, SSB and the Digital modes (NO 6m EME). QSL via his home callsign JI5RPT.
His log search will be available on his Web site at:
Operators JD1BLC and JD1YBT will be active from Ogasawara between April 29th and May 5th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL both callsigns via JP1IOF.
KH6BZF PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (March 12-18th)
Mar/12th AN Mar/15th AN Mar/17th AN-HN Mar/13th AN Mar/16th AN Mar/18th HN Mar/14th 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=6-9 100-400KH9, WAKE ISLAND
LY22, LITHUANIA (Attn. Prefix Hunters!)
Jonas, LY5A, will be on the air with the new all time prefix using the callsign LY22A between March 11th and April 11th. Activity is to celebrate the 22nd anniversary of "The Act of the Re-Establishment of the State of Lithuania". QSL via LY5A. Contacts are good for the LY WPX Award and Baltic States WPX Award.
PACIFIC TOUR (Preparing for Conway Reef)
In preparation of the upcoming DXpedition to Conway Reef (3D2/C) in September, Hrane, YT1AD, will be in the Pacific during April, and plans to activate Rotuma, Fiji, Samoa and American Samoa. The following are the tentative dates:
April 7-9th - Callsign KH8/N9YU from Pago Pago, American Samoa, and from AH8LG QTH
April 9-11th - Callsign 5W7A from Apia, Samoa
April 13-20th - Callsign 3D2R from Rotuma *
* Hrane's last destination on his trip is to visit the Island of Rotuma with Tevita Rokobaro, 3D2TR, from the Fiji Ministry of Tourism and Communications. During this visit they will visit the students at the Rotuma High School (at the 3D2RI radio club station) and help install the new donations (antenna rotor donated by K6MKF and an HF LPA 500W, donated by YT1AD).
PY0S, ST. PETER AND ST. PAUL ROCKS (DXCC Entity To Become Rarer!)
Already ranked 16th, on the "DX Magazine's Most Needed Countries World- Wide List", it was announced this past week that amateur radio DXpedition is now prohibited from the archipelago of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Rocks (PY0S). The prohibition is published on the Web site of SERCIM
QSL INFO AND NEWS
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (dated March 4th and 11th) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3Z10ITA via SQ9NIS GI5K via G3SWH ON35WR via ON7WR 4J0LH via 4J5T HB0/HB9GR via HB9GR P4/WA2NHA via WA2NHA 4M5W via IT9DAA (d) II0IDR via IZ0FVD PI4MRC via PF9A 4S7BRG via LZ3HI II0IGU via IZ0EGC PR2X via PY2ADR 5B8AD via W3HNK II3ICZ via IW3IE PT5T via K3IRV 6Y1V via OH3RB II5IDK via IQ5LI SN9Y via SP9UOP 8P5A via NN1N II9IGA via IT9YEM SO4M via SP4MPG 9A5PC via NF4A II9P via IT9CHU T6JP via OZ2JBC 9A55AX via 9A4J IR8R via IK8HCG TA1C/2 via TA1C 9A200Z via 9A0Z JH1TEB/BY1RX via JH1TEB TI5/AJ3G via AJ3G 9M2IDJ via JA6IDJ K6AAX/VY2 via K6AAX TI5/K1DG via K1DG CT7/OK4PA via OK4PA KH6/VE7AHA via VE7AHA TI5/KG5VK via KG5VK CT9/DJ0IF via DJ0IF KH7X via K2PF TI5/WA4PGM via WA4PGM CW5W via CX6VM KP2M via AI4U TI5/WK4Y via WK4Y DL/SP5ES via SP5ES LP1H via EA5KB TI8M via TI2KAC DP775BLN via DL7AUB LR9D via LU9ESD TO5A via F5VHJ DQ125HSB via DF7AA LS1D via LW9EOC TP8CE via F5LGF E7DX via E77E LT1F via AC7DX TT8ES via IK3GES EA5/DO1PGA via DO1PGA LZ0M via LZ2SX (L) U4MIR via RN3DK EA5/G3XGS via G3XGS LZ134GO via LZ1KZA V21ZG via DL7AFS EA5/LZ2MAM via LZ1PM N6WIN/VP9 via N6WIN V26M via W3HNK EA5/YO4RFV via YO4RFV NG7M/HI3 via NG7M V73/KJ6BBP via KJ6BBP (d) EE3J via EA3JW NG7M/HI9 via NG7M VP9I via N1HRA EE7E via EA7RU NH0S/KH2 via JF2SKV XP1A via OZ1ACB EX8VZ via RW6HS (d) NP2/AA4VK via AA4VK XV4Y via OK1DOT (d) FG4NN via NI5DX OF150M via OH8DR YP3A via YO3ND FG4NO via F4AVX OK5Z via OK2ZI Z21DKJ via EA4DKJ ZD7XF via G3TXF (d) - Direct Only (L) - LoTW OnlyNEW QSL ROUTE. Tim, NL8F, informs OPDX that Ted, K8NA, will be his QSL Manager for his upcoming CE0Y/NL8F Easter Island operation this month. He is still waiting for confirmation of a possible CE0Y callsign.
PR2I LOGS. QSL Manager Fred, IK7JWX, reports that the logs for the recent IOTA operations from SA-024 and SA-071 are online at:
QSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 5P12EU, AL7L, C6ANM, E76C, EF8R, EP3PK, FM/R5GA, FP/M0VFC, EI80IRTS, HL5KY, MI0M, MI0SAI, PJ2T, SV8IIR, T96C, TG7/NC2N, US6EX, V25WY, YU1FW, ZD7XF, ZD8O and ZP6CW
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3D2R, 4O3A, 9X0PY, CO8LY, E51CG, FP/W6HGF, KG4AS, KP2M, MU/PA9M, PJ7I, ST2AR, T32C, V31RI, V63KZ, ZP5DBC and ZY1A
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: OA1F and OJ0X
S7, SEYCHELLES (Update/Reminder)
Just a reminder that operators Tom/DL5NEN and XYL Claudia/DO5NEN will be active as S79NEN from Mahe (AF-024) and La Digue Islands (AF-024) between March 12-28th. They are calling this a "Honeymoon Dxpedition". Activity will be on 40-6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK. Also, look for activity to be in the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 24-25th) and the BARTG HF RTTY Contest (March 17-19th). QSL via DO5NEN. PLEASE NOTE: All donations will be transfered one by one to:
The DX community has lost a legendary Pacific DXer and DXpeditioner on March 6th. Well-known DXer Ron Wright, ZL1AMO, became a "Silent Key" (SK) at the age of 75. Word went out last week that Ron was admitted to the hospital because of a collapsed lung but recovered in stable condition and remained in the hospital until his passing. Many DXers may remember Ron from all of his DXpeditions in the Pacific; some he visited more than once. Your editor and the members of NODXA will remember Ron when he attended a club meeting in the 80's and showed the club a slide show on his DXpedition to Kermadec Island. NODXA has also presented Ron with a "Lifetime Achievement". OPDX and its readers would like to send out our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of ZL1AMO. His CW signal will be missed by many.
Read Ron Wright's obituary from the New Zealand Herald and sign the guest book at:
Jeff, N6GQ, will be active as SV5/N6GQ from the beach during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/QRP entry. He will use a wire antenna. QSL via N6GQ.
T30, WESTERN KIRIBATI (Press Release #1)
The following was received by Alex, PY2WAS, dated March 6th [edited]: "We proudly announce a DXpedition to Tarawa Island (OC-017), Western Kiribati, between October 16-25th, 2012, when two callsigns will be used: T30PY for operations between 160-10m, and T30SIX to be used on 6m. It is expected to have 3 stations running simultaneously on HF and one on six meters. The following modes will be used: SSB, CW and RTTY. EME on six meters may be possible, but not yet confirmed. The team, at this time, is formed by the following Brazilian ham ops: Orlando/PT2OP, Rick/PY2PT, Fred/PY2XB, Alex/PY2WAS, Fernando/ PY4BZ, Jim/PY7XC, Ciro/PY7ZY, Miguel/PY3MM and Marcelo/PY1KN.
The DXpedition Web site will be launched in a couple of days at
Eric, K9GY, will be active as T6MO from the Helmand Province (Grid MM21) during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 24-25th) as a Single-Op/Low-Power/Sinlge-Band (10m - Possibly 20m if 10m conditions are not good) entry. He will be using 100 watts into a OCF dipole at 30 feet. QSL via LoTW or to K9GY (see QRZ.com) direct or by the Bureau.
TK12, CORSICA (IOTA Op)
Laurent, F8BBL, will active as TK12IOTA from Corsica (EU-014) and two of its IOTAs between July 7-21st. Activity will be holiday style and will start from Olmeto, Southern Corsica Beach (EU-014). Operations will be mobile on 80-10 meters, mainly CW, with some SSB and Digital, using a FT-857D and MP1 antenna. He will travel to the following islands on the tentative days:
July 14th: Lavezzi Island (EU-164, DIFM TK-011, Loc. JN41OI); starting
July 18th: Bloodthirsty (Sanguinaires) Island (EU-104, DIFM TK-002, Loc. JN41HV); starting around 1000z.
QSL via F8BBL, direct or by the Bureau. Also via LoTW. For more details and past operations, see:
TO3, SAINT BARTHELEMY
Operators Wim/ON4CIT and Paul/ON4BEC will be active as TO3X from St. Barthelemy (NA-146) between April 16-30th. Activity will be on 40-6 meters using mostly SSB and RTTY with some CW. They will look for JA staions every day during 2300-0200z on 15/12/10 meters on SSB and RTTY. QSL via ON4CIT, direct or by the Bureau. An online log will be available at ClubLog, as well as an OQRS. Log will be uploaded to LoTW later in the year. For more details and suggested frequencies, see the TO3X Web page at:
TZ, MALI (Postponed!)
Members of the "Italian Dxpedition Team" announced two weeks ago that they were planning to be active as TZ5T from Mali between April 12-27th. However, their Pilot station Art, IK7JWY, announced this past week [edited]: "We regret having to give bad news about the planned DXpedition. The situation of civil war in Mali between the govern- ment and Tuareg is getting worse lately, and for safety reasons, the authorities do not issue licenses to radio amateurs who may be targeted because of radio equipment. For this reason the DXpedition is postponed until a later date." It is suggested to watch their official Web site for updates at:
Colin/KU5B will once again be active as V31UB between May 23-29th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB, and RTTY. He will also be in the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 26-27th) as a Single-Op/ All-Band entry. QSL direct to his home callsign or LoTW.
Kay, JH3AZC, will be active as V63AZ from Pohnpei Islands (OC-010) between April 30th and May 4th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via JH3AZC. ADDED NOTE: "The Daily DX" reports that Kay will head to Guam after his V63AZ operation and be active as W2AZ/KH2 between May 5-6th.
VK9N, NORFOLK ISLAND (6m Op!)
Bob, ZL1RS, will be active as VK9N/ZL1RS from Duncombe Bay, Norfolk Island, between March 26th and April 8th. His activity will be 6 meters - Monitoring and calling CQ on 50.110 MHz SSB and 50.1106 MHz CW. He may also be on 6m EME, but at moonrise and moonset only. His equipment will be an IC-706mk2g, HB PA and HB stacked Yagis. QSL only direct to his home callsign. For more details and an operating schedule, go to:
The "Buddies in the Caribbean" mini-DXpedition group is off to Montserrat (VP2M) between April 8-16th, with a new group of operators who have never experienced the "other side of a pileup"! Because of severe baggage limits on the flight from Antigua to Montserrat (one bag under 50 lbs!), they will be limited to 100 watt or less low power radios and the Buddipole portable antenna systems. Yet their goal is to demon- strate "ultralite" DXpeditioning into magnificent "vista" locations, operating a field portable battery-only radio with backpackable, light- weight antennas and most of all "having fun" on the "volcano isle".
The eight operators are: Budd/W3FF (VP2MFF), Guy/N7UN (VP2MUN), Paul/ KB9AVO (VP2MVO), Larry/W7DGP (VP2MLR), Russ/N7QR (VP2MQR), Tom/K2GSJ (VP2MTM) and Chris/N2YYZ (VP2MYZ). There will be several villa stations in operation on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, and RTTY or PSK. At the same time, several teams will be battery-only, field portable either from Montserrat beaches or scenic mountain tops. QSL via LoTW, eQSL, or mail to the operator's home callsign (SASE required).
Esteban, XQ7UP, will be active from Coyhaique (Patagonia) between March 17-25th. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands using mostly SSB, RTTY and PSK31. He will also be active during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 24-25th). QSL via direct to the address on (QRZ.com).
Operators Franck/F4DTO and Patrick/F4GFE will once again be active from Albania, but as ZA100I between April 22-29th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters SSB only. QSL via F4DTO, direct or by the Bureau.
ZK2, NIUE (6 and 2 meter Op!)
Operators Lance/W7GJ and Bob/ZL1RS will once again team up to do a 6 meter (Lance) and 2 meter (Bob) EME DXpedition between September 9-21st, like they did together from E51 and 3D2. Lance will use the callsign ZK2GJ, while Bob will probably use his old callsign ZK2RS. Lance has the preliminary information about the DXpedition at:
ZL7, CHATHAM ISLANDS
Only a few more days to work David, VO1AU, as ZL7/VO1AU from the Chatham Islands (OC-038). He will go QRT in March 13th. QSL via VO1MX.
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