The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1202
February 16, 2015
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
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DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 8th/February, through Sunday, 15th/February there were 232 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4W, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 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, D6, DL, DU, E4, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FH, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FS, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J7, J8, JA, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP1, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OJ0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PY, PZ, S0, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TR, TT, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZC4, 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".
3G0, JUAN FERNANDEZ ISLAND (Update)
A press release was posted on February 13th, on the 3G0ZC Web page titled "Trip to Robinson Crusoe Island" and can be viewed at:
SWL Ashraf "Ash", 3V4-002 (KF5EYY), will be active as 3V8SS from the "Radio Club Station of Tunisian Scouts" in Sousse, during the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 21-22nd) as a Single-Op/All- Band entry. QSL via LoTW or to LX1NO. Read about Ashraf on the following Web page at:
Michael, PA5M, will once again be active as 3XY5M from Guinea for the next two months. Activity will be limited as he is there working for the World Food program. Operations should be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and very little PSK31. Main activity will probably be during his local evenings, after 1800z, using wire antennas and a FT857. QSL via PA7FM. For possible updates, see:
4UO, ITU HQ (Special Event/Callsign)
The International Amateur Radio Club (IARC) of ITU, 4U1ITU, took part in the celebrations of World Radio Day, on Friday 13th of February which also marks the kick-off for the cele- brations of the 150th anniversary of the International Telecommunication Union. The special callsign 4U0ITU (counts as ITU HQ, DXCC Entity code 117) will be inaugurated by the President of IARU Mr. Timothy S Ellam, VE6SH, accompanied by ITU Secretary General Mr. Houlin Zhao, other elected officials and VIPs. IARC will be using the callsign 4U0ITU for the rest of 2015, until the World Radio Conference WRC-15, 2-27th November 2015. All QSO will be confirmed, QSL information can be found on QRZ.com.
Visit the following Web pages:
IARC -- http://www.itu.int/radioclub
WRD-15 -- http://www.itu.int/en/wrd15/Pages/default.aspx
ITU 150 -- http://www.itu.int/en/150/Pages/default.aspx
Operators Bertrand/DF3FS and Oliver/DL9OLI will be active as 5Z4/homecall from Diani Beach (40km south of Mombasa) from between February 16th and March 8th. Activity will be holiday style on 80-10 meters using CW (DF3FS) and SSB (DL9OLI). Antennas will be verticals for 80/40/30m and a SP7IDX Hexbeam for 20/10m. They will have amps. QSL both callsigns via DF3FS, direct (see details on Web page) or by the Bureau. They have a Web page at:
Abdallah, 9K2GS, will be on during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via LoTW, direct (w/2GS & SAE) or the OQRS on ClubLog. NO Bureau QSLs.
ANTARCTIC ACTIVITY WEEK
Look for the Worldwide Antarctic Program's (WAP) 12th annual Antarctic Activity Week (AAW) to take place this week between February 16-22nd. Activity is to promote worldwide interest in the Antarctic continent. A complete list of special callsigns and participants can be found on the WAP Web page at:
Yuki, JH1NBN, will once again be active as C21BN from Nauru between February 18-28th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters SSB. QSL via his home callsign. For more details and updates, visit his Web page at:
C5, THE GAMBIA
Alan, G4DJX, will be active as C5DX from Banjul (Hotel) and Farafenni (Senior Secondary High School) between February 13-20th. Activity will be limited while on this school trip, but on 40-10 meters operating on CW and SSB, and using 100w to wire dipoles. QSL via LoTW.
EF8, CANARY ISLANDS
Juan, EA8RM (ex-EA8CAC), will be active as EF8R during the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 21-22nd) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via LoTW or EB7DX.
FR, REUNION ISLAND
Michel, F5PLC, will be active as FR/F5PLC from Reunion Island (AF-016) between April 16th and June 16th. Activity will be QRP CW only (w/1.5 watts using a KX1 and vertical on fishing-rod), and mostly 20 meters and maybe 30 meters. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
FY, FRENCH GUYANA
Christian, F5UII, will once again be active as FY/F5UII from the radio club station FY5KE in Kourou City between February 18-27th. Activity will be limited because of his work, but look for him on 80-10 meters on SSB. He suggests to look for him during the weekday mornings about 1000-1100z and after 2100z. Also, look for him in the France SSB Championship which runs from February 21-22nd. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. For more details and updates, visit:
FY, FRENCH GUYANA
Larry, F6FVY, will be active as FY5KE during the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 21-22nd) as a Single-Op/Single- Band (??) entry., QSL via LoTW.
Mat, MJ0ASP (aka-F5SHQ), will be active as GJ2A during the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 21-22nd) as a Single-Op/ All-Band entry. QSL via the LoTW.
Members of the Belgian International Police Associ- ation Radio Club (OO6P) will be active as HB0/OO6P from Triesen between June 21-26th. Operators mentioned are YL Carine/ON3CAR, Michel/ON4MW, Rene/ON6OM, Eddy/ON6ZV and Martin/ON7EG. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using SSB, RTTY and PSK31/63 (see Web below for suggested frequencies). A QSOs with OO6P are valid for all IPA awards. QSL via ON6ZV. Visit their Web site at:
NA-113. John, 9H5G (KK4OYJ), informed OPDX Sunday morning: "I'm leaving Hog Cay, Ragged Islands, later this morning for the 15 hour sail to Acklins Island (NA-113). Hoping to be QRV during daylight hours by Wednesday. Some nasty weather coming in the next week so likely to be 'patchy' operations as I'll be 'beachside'." He will be using a TS-480HX or K3 with Vertical dipoles on 17/15/12/10m and maybe 20m. Power from a deep-cycle 5035Ah battery recharged daily.
Logs will be uploaded to LoTW, Clublog and to NI5DX as time and available internet permits. QSL direct to Buzz, NI5DX. An OQRS on ClubLog is active for this callsign - if you need a bureau card, please request it through the OQRS, and he will send it when he can - probably also once per year. For a more responsive paper QSL, please QSL via NI5DX who operates a very timely service. For more details and possible updates of his activities, visit his Blog or Twitter page at:
NA-220. Bo, OX3LX, will be returning to the Kookoerne Islands between February 24-27th. Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL via OZ1PIF. Logs will be upload to LoTW and ClubLog.
OC-274. (NEW IOTA/Canceled). Activity schedule mid-February by three Indonesian operators to Lucipara Island has been canceled due to one of the operators (Budi, YF1AR) being taken ill to the hospital.
K1N NAVASSA DXPEDITION NEWS
The K1N DXpedition is now QRT as of early Sunday morning 1400z. It was an interesting week for the team as they ranked up big QSO totals (see below) on all bands, as well as operations on 6m, 60m and the satellites. As this was being written on Sunday, the log states as of February 13th at 1608z, they have made 130094 QSOs with 33331 Unique callsign (68834/CW, 50020/SSB, 29/FM and 11211/RTTY). Break- down by Continents: 844/AF, 3/AN, 6631/AS, 41750/EU, 76821/NA, 1075/OC and 2970/SA. This will be updated probably later Sunday evening or early Monday morning. To see the complete breakdown (bands/modes/DXCC/Continent) go to:
KH0, MARIANA ISLANDS (Special Event)
Look for special event station N0J to be active from Tinian's Hot Peppper Festival between now and February 18th. Activity/operators will be by Radio Space Club of Tinian (NH0J) and Mariana Intrepid Contest Club (AH0K). Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW (by OH7WV between Feb. 13-17th) and SSB (SSB by JA1NVF between Feb. 12-16th), some focus on 30m. They will not operate 24 hours a day. QSL via JQ2GYU. Logs will be uploaded to ClubLog.
KH8, AMERICAN SAMOA
Masahiro, JH3PRR, will once again be active as KH8B from the Turtle & Shark Lodge in Pago Pago during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th) and CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th), probably as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. His operations will take place between October 21-26th and November 25-30th. If like last time, his equipment will be: K3+2K-FA 1.5kW, 10-20m HEXBEAM and 30-160m VDP. He will have a 6m beacon. Outside of the contest, activity will be focused on AS, EU and AF. QSL via JH3PRR or LoTW (preferred). OQRS via ClubLog will also be available too. Contest log will be uploaded after a week. OQRS Bureau will be available for only 4 months and closed after that.
Operators Andy/K2LE and Gerald/W1VE will be active as P40LE during the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 21-22nd) as a Multi- Single entry. QSL via K2LE.
PI25, THE NETHERLANDS
During 2015 the special prefix/callsign PI25COM will be used during several contests by the "Contestgroup Oude Maas" (COM) [club callsign PI4COM] to celebrate their 25th anniversary as a radio club. The PI25COM callsign was used this past weeked during the Dutch PACC Contest. QSL via PA3CAL. For more details about the COM and their upcoming activities, see:
Thilo, DL9NBJ, will be active as PJ2/DL9NBJ from Curacao (SA-099) between February 17th and March 10th. Using an Elecraft KX3 with 12 watts into vertical wire dipole and 12m fiberglass pole, look for him on the HF bands operating CW and SSB. Skeds are possible via E-mail or Echolink (see QRZ.com). QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. Log will be uploaded to ClubLog.
A group of operators will activate PJ2T, the Caribbean Contesting Consortium's (CCC) Signal Point Station on Curacao (SA-099, WLOTA LH-0942) during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 21-22nd) as a Multi-Multi entry. QSL PJ2T via LoTW or W3HNK. Look for operators to possibly be active before and after the contest using their own PJ2/ homecall callsigns. QSL via the operator's instructions. Operators mentioned are Mal/NP2L, Bill/W9VA, Jim/W0NB, Geoff/W0CG, Charles/WA9S, Kyle/WA4PGM, Martin/K2PLF and Jim/WI9WI.
PQ0T, TRINDADE AND MARTIM VAZ ISLANDS (Update)
Fábio, PP5BZ, informs/ updates OPDX that his team will be active from Trindade Island this April using the callsign PQ0T. The team will consist of Fabio/PP5BZ, Jaime/PP5JD and Claudio/PY3OZ. They have received a release from the Brazilian Navy to operate only three days from Trindade. Thus, in order to accommodate the whole DX community, they ask everyone to avoid duplicate or even contacts on bands/modes that they already have for the DXCC Challenge. ATNOs and UNIQUEs will be their priority. Activity should be on 80-6 meters with two stations on the air simultaneously. Any and all help for the DXpedition to Trindade Island will be very welcome. For more information on how you can contribute to the PQ0T DXpedition 2015, please contact them via E-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (February 16-22nd)
Feb/16th AN Feb/19th AN Feb/21st AN Feb/17th HN Feb/20th AN Feb/22nd HN Feb/18th HN SOLAR REFERENCE KEYS/INDEXES AND GEOMAGNETIC REFERENCE ====================================================== NORMALITY GEOMAG K Values Alpha ----------------- ------ -------- ------ AN - Above Normal Quiet K=0-1 0-7 HN - High Normal Unsettled K=2 8-15 LN - Low Normal Active K=3 16-29 BN - Below Normal Minor Storm K=4 30-49 DIS - Disturbed Major Storm K=5 50-99 VRY DIS - Very Disturbed Severe Storm K=6-9 100-400REALTIME BAND CONDITIONS WEB SITE http://www.bandconditions.com:
PT7, BRAZIL (LH Op!)
Carlos, PT7ZT/p, will be active from the Paracuru Lighthouse, February 20-22nd, during the S.A. LightHouse Weekend. The operation is valid for the Lighthouses for the Brazilian Lighthouse Award (DFB BRA-276) and Ceará State Lighthouse Award (DFCE CE-09. QSL via his home callsign.
PW0, FERNANDO DE NORONHA
Martti, OH2BH, sent out the following press release on February 11th [edited]: SCIENCE EXPEDITION TO FERNANDO DE NORONHA, PW0F -- Friday, Feb. 20th through Wednesday, Feb. 25th, 2015 -- Dr. Ville Hiilesmaa, PY2ZEA, and Senior Researcher Martti Laine, OH2BH, on science expedition.
Next week's PW0F operation carries major scientific value, which may
result in some sporadic and unexpected appearance and/or sudden dis-
appearance of the signal. The essence of the study is taking two ladies
to a somewhat remote island and putting their psychological stability
to the test while left idling in the absence of two men running the
ARRL DX Contest. Depending on the intermediate results the ladies minds
may be further be challenged by testing the effect of other radio fre-
quencies outside of the contest frequency spectrum. The results will be
distributed on their science paper QSL card via OH2BH.
-- (ed. Also see ZF below)
QSL INFO AND NEWS
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (February 15th) -------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3G7R via CE7FKG (d) EX2V via RW6HS (d) PI25COM via PA3CAL 3A/AI4SV via AI4SV H2X via IZ4AMS PI4A via PB1WB 4L5P via UT7QF HA10SOTA via HA1DTQ R1989A via UA4AJD 5B4ALX via IZ4AMS IO9Z via IT9DSZ RC70YC via K2PF AO2NN via EA2NN K6IJ/KH6 via EA5GL RI1ANZ via RN1ON BI4SSB via BA4TB KH7XX via EB7DX (d) SQ85PZK via SP3KWA CE0Y/RW3RN via RW3RN LX/DF2SD via DF2SD TC100GLB via TA1CM DP1POL via DL1ZBO LZ112RF via LZ1YE TG9IIN via K4TI EA9/DL2RNS via DL2RNS LZ550SI via LZ1KCP TM12WAP via F8DHE ED1A via EA1AST MX0SSW via M0NJW TM6C via F6KMB EE5D via EA5YI N0J via JJ2VLY W1/YO7ARY via YO7ARY EG4PAR via EA4PN PA15CC via PA7HPH YT90NS via YU7BPQ EH5ASB via EA5DPF PA15TSS via PD2RKG ZM3T via ZL3TE (d) (e) eQSL only (d) direct only (B) Bureau only (L) LoTW only (O) OQRS only (C) ClubLog onlyQSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 3A2LF, 4L8A, 4W/NB3MM, 5B4AJC, 5Q2J, 5W0M, 7Q7BP, 9A7C, 9A5SM, CE2AWW, DL3DRN, DL5ZB, DL9MS, DP1POL, EA1PO, EC7RC, EI3HA, F4FFH, F5IDJ, F5PAC, F6HKA, FJ/N9SW, G4RRA, GW4OGO, J6/DL7VOG, J79WTA, JA7QVI, JA9CWJ, JE1LFX, JH1GNU, LA0FA, LA8DW, LA8XRA, LB7ZG, LX1NO, M0VKC, OE2VEL, ON4AXU, OA6Q, OO2T, OM5FM, PA0MBD, R6LAQ, RU3FM, SM6CUK, SP3UIW, SP5APW, SQ2IHP, SV2CLJ, T6T, US7LM, UA3PI, VA1SEA, VP2V/SP6CIK, YB3MM/8 (OC-247), YB8RW/P (OC-076), YB8RW/P (OC-145), YB8RW/P (OC-209), YB8RW/P (OC-210), YB8RW/P (OC-213), YB8RW/P (OC-222), YO9BLY, VU4CB, XR0YJ, XW4ZW and ZL1BYZ
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 4X6TT, 7O2A, C21BN (OC-031), DM3YI, J48TSL (EU-060), KH6GA, KH8Z, SV2ASP/A, V55V, V6T (OC-132), V63YY (OC-010), VK9DLX, VP8LP/100, VU4CB (AS-033), VU2GSM, VU4KV, XR0YJ, XW4ZW, XX9R, YB4IR/8 (OC-157), YB4IR/8 (OC-224), YC8UTI (OC-209), YF4KHZ (OC-144), Z81D, Z81X and ZD8O
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 3W1D, 3Z3P, 4O8A, 5B/DJ6OZ, 6K5BXQ, 6M0W/5, 9H3XX, 9K2/SP4R, A3EAQ, AH2Y, CE0Y/DL8LR, D44TBE, D7G, D9K, D85C, D90ID, DS1CPT, DS2NMJ, DS4GEX, DS5HAZ, DS0DX/2, DT0DWAC, ES0/SP7VC, FO/DF1YP, HB0/DL3TU/P, HF37SONDA, HF650S, HF685DM, HL1TP, HL2/F4AAR, HL2OLN, HL3EHK, HL4CCM, HL5QY, HL9A, HS1FVL, IG9/S57UN, J79WE, J88HL, LA/SP7VC, LY44WFF, OY2H, PJ7/G3TXF, RA/WX8C, S545DSW, S546EB, S575FOC, SN13C, SN100PKK, TA3ABM, TA3SA, TA9J, TF/G3TXF, TK/SP7VC, VK9AA, VP2V/SP6CIK, YB8Y, YM3KB, Z38/DL1HUF, Z6/S52DD, Z6/S52DD and ZD9XF
Chadra, JT1CO, will be active as S79CO from the Seychelles between February 14-25th. Activity will be on 60-10 meters with 100 watts and a SteppIR Big IR antenna. QSL via his home callsign.
Shigeto, 7K2TTJ, will be active as T88YD from Palau between March 14-18th. Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL via his home callsign.
TI9, COCOS ISLAND (Reminder)
The TI9/3Z9DX team should be arriving on Cocos Island by the time you read this and be on the air February 16th. Activity should last until about the 22nd (Radio Permit is issued for 7 days only, that means they can operate only for about 6 days). Operators are Dom/3Z9DX, Jorge/TI2HMJ, Przemek/SP8SIW and Dmitri/RA9USU. Two stations will be on the ir operating 16010 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. There "may be" some 6 meter activity. QSL via 3Z9DX direct or the OQRS on ClubLog only; (no need to send a paper card) and NO IRCs anymore (no exceptions). For more details, see:
TX3X CHESTERFIELD DXPEDITION NEWS (Press Release #3)
Gene, K5GS, sent out the following on February 14th [edited]: Chesterfield Islands 2015 DX- pedition (OC-176) -- Congratulations to the K1N team, they did an out- standing job under difficult conditions.
TX3X License -- It’s official! The documents were received on February 4th granting us the call sign TX3X.
On-Island Team: With the addition of Arnie, N6HC, we completed staffing the on-island team. Arnie, a well known DX-peditoner, has participated on the following DX-peditions: K7C-Kure atoll (2005), 3B7C- St. Brandon Island (2007), TX5C- Clipperton Island (2008), K4M-Midway Island (2009), T31A- Kanton atoll, Central Kiribati (2011), T32C- Christmas Island, Eastern Kiribati (2011), NH8S-Swains Island (2012), T33A-Banaba (2013) and FT5ZM-Amsterdam Island (2014). In addition to his radio operator responsibilities Arnie will be our team doctor.
Corporate Sponsors: Signing on as a sponsor is: DX-Engineering DX-Engineering has been a long time sponsor of DX-peditions and the DX community. Several other firms have offered their products and services. As we work through the equipment requirements we’ll submit our require- ments to these generous potential sponsors.
Fundraising: We kicked off our fund raising activities on January 18th. We're pleased to report significant contributions from the: Northern California DX Foundation (NCDXF), Oceania DX Group (ODXG), International DX Association (INDEXA), German DX Foundation (GDXF) and the UK DX Foundation (CDXC).
To date we also received support from: Lone Star DX Association, LA DX Group, Mediterraneo DX Club, Danish DX Group, Long Island DX Association, Nippon DX, and the Lynx DX Group. We appreciate these early supporters of the project, and of course, we appreciate the support from our individual donors.
Log Search OQRS Software Project: Our software has been updated with the latest (and final) enhancements with regression testing underway. The user interface will look familiar to anyone that has ever used an OQRS application. The QSL management back end functions are working as designed and will significantly reduce the labor associated with pro- cessing OQRS, Direct and Buro requests, including LoTW. We have a list of additional enhancements that will be considered after the TX3X project.
Chesterfield Islands Most wanted Position -- Chesterfield Islands were bumped to Number 23 Most Wanted in Clublog.
Misc: Freight forwarding firms and customs brokers have been identified and contacted. We also connected with a Carnet firm that will process the mandatory detailed and complex paperwork when shipping internationally.
Please direct any questions to: email@example.com
Please see our website for additional information:
73, Team Chesterfield 2015
V6, MICRONESIA (Reminder)
Madison, W5MJ, will once again be active as V63MJ from a new location, Kosrae Island (OC-059), between February 16-24th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters CW only using a K3 and KPA500 amp. QSL via his home callsign.
Ken, JR1JYR, will be active as V63JYR from Phonpei, Federated State of Micronesia (OC-010), between March 5-11th. Activity will be on 20-10 meters (including 17/12m) using mainly CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via JR1JYR or LoTW.
V6, MICRONESIA (Update)
Operators Keith/GM4YXI (GM5X) and Chris/GM3WOJ (GM2V) will be active as V6Z from Blue Lagoon Resort on Chuuk Island (OC-011) between March 27th and April 9th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters (possibly 160m, but no 60m) using CW and SSB. They plan on being in the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 28-29th). However, it is unlikely to be a serious effort because they will still be trying to get antennas erected over that weekend and generally getting into full DXpedition mode. Keith states,
"As with our previous efforts (ZK2X, ZK2V, VK9CZ, A35X, A35V), the two of us will be QRV as much as possible. Antennas will be vertical Moxon beams on 10-20m and verticals on 30-80m. The QTH looks as if it should permit us erecting antennas close to the beach but the location is ‘untried’ so we will know more when we get there."Look for the logs to be uploaded daily to LoTW, as well as possibly real-time logging to ClubLog if the Internet access is good. QSL via N2SL. A website is under construction and should be more developed over the next couple of weeks at:
VP9, BERMUDA. Kurt, W6PH, will once again be active as VP9/W6PH for the
ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 21-22nd) as a Single-Op/All-
Band/Low-Power entry. QSL only direct to his home callsign W6PH.
XT, BURKINA FASO
Harald, DF2WO, will once again be active as XT2AW from Ouagadougou between May 20th and June 25th. Activity will be holiday style on CW and SSB. QSL via M0OXO.
ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS
Martti, OH2BH, sent out the following press release on February 11th [edited]:
CAYMAN ISLANDS, ZF2BH FOR MORE CONTACTS TO PEOPLE -- Tuesday, Mar. 3rd through Mar. 9th ,2015 --
The party of Leena, OH2BE, and Martti, OH2BH, will continue their study tour to Cayman Islands, where Martti will air ZF2BH in the ARRL SSB Contest along with Joe, ZF2AH (W6VNR). The duo is grateful for the assistance of John/ZF1DJ, Andrew/ZF1EJ, Joe/ZF2AH and John/ZF2AM and the entire gang at the Cayman Amateur Radio Society, ZF1A. ZF2BH via OH2BH and ZF2AH via W6VNR.
ZL, NEW ZEALAND
Operators Mark/ZL3AB, Geoff/ZL3GA and Phil/ZL3PAH will use the "Quake Contesters" callsign ZL3X during the ARRL International CW Contest (February 21-22nd) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via LoTW or direct to ZL3PAH.
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