OPDX Bulletin 1267 May 30, 2016

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1267
BID: $OPDX.1267
May 30, 2016
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, NJ1Q & W1AW, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, K6VVA, W6SZN, WB6RSE, N7NG, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m DX News, N0TG, CO3JK, DL1SBF, DL7UXG & The DX News Letter, DxCoffee.com, DXNews.com, DX-World.Net, ES1CW, F5NQL, F5PFP, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, IZ8IYX, JA1XGI, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete Rayer & ISWL, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, SM0EJR, VA3RJ & ICPO, and VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) for the following DX information.

EDITOR'S SPECIAL NOTICE
This week's bulletin was sent out earlier than normal to accommodate the late CQWW WPX CW Contest announcements. Also, we wanted to provide the readers with a consolidated listing of the CQWW WPX CW Contest participants.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Friday, 20th/May, through Friday, 27th/May there were 221 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9U, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, CY0, D2, D4, DL, DU, E4, 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, FS, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J3, J5, J6, J8, JA, JT, JY, K, KH2, KH6, KH8, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PY, PY0F, PZ, S0, S2, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TN, TR, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, 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".

3V, TUNISIA
Operator SWL Ashraf "Ash", 3V4-002 (KF5EYY) will be active as 3V8SS from the "Radio Club Station of Tunisian Scouts" in Sousse, during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/ Low-Power entry. QSL via LoTW or to LX1NO. Read about Ashraf on the following Web page at:

http://www.kf5eyy.info

4U6, ITALY
Robert, S53R, will be active as 4U6F during the CQWW WPX CW Contest as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. His QTH will be from Rome, Italy, at the 4U0WFP amateur radio station at the United Nations World Food Program Headquarters. The callsign 4U6F is the station's contest callsign. QSL both callsigns via S57DX direct or LoTW.

5X, UGANDA
Jonathan, KK7PW will be active as 5X1O from Uganda until July 8th. Activity is on 40/20/15/10 meters mostly between 0300-0430z using FT-817 with 5 watts into either a longwire or vertical dipole. QSL via EA5GL.

8P, BARBADOS
Tom, W2SC, will be active as 8P5A during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 28-29th) as Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via LoTW or direct to NN1N.

C6, BAHAMAS
Victor, WA0USA, will be active as C6AKV from Guana Cay Island, Abaco Islands (NA-001) until May 29th. Activity will be holiday style with an IC-7000 and wire verticals supported by a 40' Spiderbeam pole overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Google "Elephant Beach House Guana Cay Bahamas" for details on the QTH. Operations will be on 40-10 meters using mostly CW and with one day in the CQWW WPX CW Contest. QSL via his home callsign.

CN2, MOROCCO
A Russian/Italian team is expected to be active again as CN2AA during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 28-29th) as a Multi-Single entry. Operators mentioned are Dimitri/RA3CO, Yuri/RL3FT, Sergey/RX3APM, Babayan/UA3ASZ, Stefano/IK2QEI, Oleg/RM9I, Roman/RN5M and UA4Z. QSL via UA2FM and LoTW. QSL via UA2FM or LoTW.

CO/T40, CUBA
Several members of Group CW de Cuba (GCWC) will be active during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 28-29th). Their activity will be focused on 40 meters: Ed/CO7EH as low power and Jav/CO3JK as a QRP entry. Also, look for Raúl/CO8ZZ to be active as a Single-Op/Low-Power/All-Band entry and operating the contest using the callsign T40A.

CORRECTION TO OPDX.1266.1
In Ohio/Penn DX Special Bulletin #1266.1 under "CQ ANNOUNCES 2016 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES", Grant Bingeman's (SK) callsign should have read KM5KG (not KM5RG).

CR3, MADEIRA
Frank, DL2CC, will be active as CR3W during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via DL5AXX.

CY9C, ST. PAUL ISLAND DXPEDITION (Press Release)
Randy, N0TG, sent out the following CY9C August 19-29th DXpedition update on May 22nd [edited]:

Lee, WW2DX, who recently joined the DXpedition team will be responsible for setting up the equipment, as well as, the primary operator for Satellite operations.

St. Paul Island is located in grid square FN97 in the Cabot Strait between Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia and Cape Ray, Newfoundland. It counts as a country for the AMSAT OSCAR Satellite Communications Achievement Award, AMSAT OSCAR Sexagesimal Award, and AMSAT OSCAR Century Award. Most of Europe and North America should be easily workable from this location. St. Paul Island has not been activated on satellite since July 1998. Further information about the DXpedition and how individuals can assist are posted on the CY9C Dxpedition Web site at:

http://www.cy9dxpedition.com
ADDED NOTE: The "60 Meters DX" reports that the CY9C team was granted permission to activate 60m during their operation. Will, AA4NC, is the main 60m op, and he is very proficient in CW and SSB. He is using an inverted vee that was made by the late Gary/K4AVC and was last used on K1N Navassa. He will be operating from the northeast point location (see photo on the website); a wonderful clear view in all directions.

D41, CAPE VERDE
Girts, YL2KL, will be active using the special callsign D41CV from Sao Vicente Island (AF-086) during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. The D41CV special callsign is to commemorate the 41st anniversary of Cape Verde independence. QSL via D4C. For more details, see:

http://www.d4c.cc

DAYTON HAMVENTION QUICK WRAP-UP (by Editor Tedd KB8NW)
This is one event I look forward to every year, especially the NODXA Hospitality Suite. This year's NODXA Hospitality Suite at the Crown Plaza was exceptional. Most of the main DXers showed up at the Suite and stayed until the late hours of the morning. Plenty of food and drink were provided. I think this year's highlight was a visit by 2016's CQ Amateur Radio DX Hall of Famer, Nigel Jolly, KC3HAE. His name fits him and what an enjoyable personality this individual has. My wife (along with Janeen, W8ZET) served breakfast to the individuals in the block of NODXA/W8ZET rooms and were able to cook Nigel his first ever waffle. Nigel never heard of waffles before and really enjoyed them. We tried to convince Nigel to buy a waffle maker to put on the Braveheart. However, Nigel gave us a long and interesting explanation why it would not work on his ship (110v 60Hz versus 220v 50Hz, he also thought it would interfere with the radios). Anyway, it was a pleasure meeting him for the first time.

At the SWODXA DX Dinner it was announced that the DXpedition of the year was VP8STI/VP8SGI operation as well as the CQ magazine 2016 Hall of Fame inductees and CQ DX and Contest Halls of Fame honorees. (See OPDX.1266.1 for details)

The DX Forum had a great line-up, starting with Dave, K3LP, showing and narrating a video of the VP8STI/VP8SGI DXpedition (Paul, N6PSE was also there). The second talk was on the K5P Palmyra DXpedition by Craig/K9CT and Lou/N2TU. The third talk was on TX3X Chesterfield Island DXpedition by Gene, K5GS, and the fourth talk was by Robert, KK6EK, on the VK0EK Heard Island DXpedition.

The 2016 Dayton HamVention seemed to be well attended this year and the weather was almost perfect. There was very light rain on Saturday (not a wash-out) and cloudy most of the time on Friday/Saturday. Sunday was warm and had perfect weather. All in all, it was a great time as usual and I am totally burned-out and recovering (at least trying to while watching the grandkids) in Murfreesboro, TN. I will be looking forward to next year (hopefully at the same location)....

EG9, CEUTA AND MELILLA
Operators Javier/EC7DZZ and Manuel/EA7FKH will be active as EG9LH from Melilla between July 16-17th. Activity will be from Faro de Morro (LH:CEU-012,FEA:E-6762, ML 52001). Operation will be on the HF bands using 100 watts in to a G5RV dipole antenna. QSL via EC7DZZ.

FY, FRENCH GUIANA
Gerard, F6CKD, continues to be active again as FY/F6CKD from Montabo Beach until June 15th (not May 15th as reported earlier). Activity has been mainly on 20/17 meters using an IC-706, w/tuner, into a wire antenna. QSL FY/F6CKD via F6CKD.

HC, ECUADOR
Alexey, UA4WAE, will be active as HC2AO from Ecuador during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 28-29th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (40m) entry. QSL via RC5A, OQRS or LoTW.

IOTA NEWS
EU-008. (Callsign Change) Operators Gordon/GM7WCO, Bill/GM3ZRT, John/ GM0DJG, Jason/GM7VSB and Barry/GM3YEH will be active as GM0ADX (not GM0ADX/P) from Isle of Mull, Scotland, during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 30-31st) as a Multi-Single/Island/Low-Power entry. QSL via GM0ADX.

EU-009. Gordon, MM0GOR, will be active as MM1E from Islay Island, Scotland, during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 30-31st) as a Single-Op/SSB-Mode/DXpedition/High-Power entry. QSL via MM1E or LoTW.

EU-046. Waldi, SP7IDX, will be active as LA/SP7IDX from Vannoya Island between June 1-10th. Activity is good for Arctic Challenge. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau, direct, LoTW or ClubLog.

EU-052. Norbert, OM6NM, will be active as SV8/OM6NM from Corfu Island, Greece, during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 30-31st). QSL via OM6NM.

EU-144. Calabria DX Team and ARI Vibo Valentia will be active as ID8/IQ8HP from Godano Rock on June 2nd. The small group of operators are Domenico/IZ8BAD, Davide/IZ8ESX, Domenico/IW8RAO, Alex IK8YFU and Pasquale IZ8IYX. This activity will count for Italian Island Award (IIA K-018, ex VV-003). QSL via IW8PQ, by the Bureau or direct. For more details and updates, see:

http://www.dxcoffee.com/eng/2016/id8iq8hp-godano-rock-eu-144

NA-172. (Update) Cezar, VE3LYC, will be active as VE3LYC/KL7 from Cooper Island, Alaska, between August 1-5th. Activity will be on 40/30/20/17/15/12/10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via VE3LYC direct or OQRS.

OC-206. (Update/Change) Pavel, VK6NX, is planning to be active from Dirk Hartog Island between August 14-20th for 4-5 continuous days. Activity will be on 40/30/20/17/15 meters using CW and SSB. Due to the significance of the event - commemoration of 400 years of Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog landing at Western Australia coast, local telecom authorities have allocated a special callsign. For more information and updates, watch:

http://vk6nx.net

ISWL CALLSIGNS (For June)
The following ISWL club callsigns will be used throughout the month of June 2016:

GX4BJC/A - Operated from Eastbourne, in East Sussex, by Peter, G0NQZ. (/A WAB Square TQ50 - England, IOTA EU-005, WLOTA 1841).

MX1SWL/A - Operated from Clacton on Sea, in Essex, by George, G1IPU. (/A WAB Square TM11 - England, IOTA EU-005, WLOTA 1841). George will also operate as: MS1SWL/P - Scotland, WLOTA 1234 and MC1SWL/P - Wales, WLOTA 0453. His /P WAB infor- mation will be given if requested.

ALL QSLs will be handled by Herbie, G6XOU, and NOT the individual operator. The I.S.W.L. is a member of the European PSK Club. All QSL info is on
www.iswl.org.uk or www.qrz.com or via www.eQSL.cc
. NO LoTW. I.S.W.L. Awards are available to all Hams and SWLs, see www.iswl.org.uk for full details. T he eQSL.cc cards ARE welcomed for their awards.

J6, ST. LUCIA
BY the time you read this, Tom, WO1X, may be QRT or possibly have just one more day of operations from Saint Lucia (NA-108) as J6/WO1X. His activity has been on 40-10 meters using Yaesu FT-817 transceiver. QSL via his home callsign or LoTW.

LX, LUXEMBOURG
Marc, ON7SS/OO9O, will be active as LX/OO9O from Dillingen until May 30th. Activity will be focused on 30 meters CW, all PSK modes, some RTTY and JT65. He will also participate in the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. Equipment is a FT897 into a 1/4 wave vertical with SG230 SmartTuner. QSL via the Bureau, eQSL, LoTW or Club's OQRS. For more details and updates, see:

http://www.on7ss.be/lx_oo9o.html

PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (May 29th-June 4th)

 May/29th BN      Jun/01st  HN     Jun/03rd  AN
 May/30th HN      Jun/02nd  HN     Jun/04th  LN
 May/31st 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

QSL INFO AND NEWS

  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (May 22nd and 27th) 
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  4L4ZA via DJ1CW             HB9/DK9JC/p via DK9JC      SN9I via SQ9QU (e)
  4X0A via 4X1VF              HB9/IZ2ZTR via IZ2ZTR      SQ65HSC via SP3LPR
  7Z1JA via KE5JA             HG7T via HA7TM             SV3/SV1NN via SV1NN
  8P5A via NN1N               HS0ZLE via N4GNR (d)       SV5/DJ5AA/P via DJ5AA
  9A/ON4CDX via ON4CDX        II5ANC via IZ4SUC          SV9/SM6MCW via SM6MCW
  9A1TESLA via 9A7R           IU7GSN via 9A8ARS          SW8WW via HA0HW
  C6AKV via WA0USA            K3S via K3LU               T88DF via JH2DFJ
  CR60P via CT1EHX            K5ALU/VY1 via K5ALU        TC0TC via TA1AYZ
  D4Z via HB9DUR(d);IK2NCJ(B) KL7SB/VP9 via NI5DX        TF/DD5DD via OK8ZZ
  DA0WCA via DF6EX**          KP4BD via NP3LT (d)        TM50GR via F6KQV
  DL800ZEH via DO5JWA         LA/DL2VFR via DL2VFR       TM6CCAE via F6FMT
  DP3U via DL9HCO & (L)       LZ16FDAY via LZ1YQ (d)     UE98PS via UA3FQ
  E51ADT via VK3ADT           NE0F via K0EU              V84ITU via V85TL
  EA6/DF7XE via DF7XE         OS101AB via ON4RCA         VK9NT via VK2CA
  EA8/HB9FIH via HB9FIH       OT7G via ON5MA             VK9OL via N6NO
  EF0F via EA4URE             P4/DL6RAI via DL6RAI       VP2ETE via W3HNK
  EF5Y via EA5GTQ (L)         PZ50X via OH0XX            VR2USJ via JF1RCY
  EF8U via EA8URL (L)         R111MS via RQ7L            WP4X via NP3O
  EM90WA via UR5WA            R16DEU via RA4DR           YB9/PB5X via PA1AW
  G3M via G4PEO               R16SPB via RW1F            YP7ARDF via YO7KFX
  G5T via G1LSB               SD7V/2 via DL2VFR          YR6MUSEUM via YO6KNE
  GJ4FOC via G3SWH            SN0BEM via SP5KVW          ZA/S56X via S56X
  H44LG via JE1LGY            SN200SGGW via SP5TAT       ZV2MU via PU2WDX
    (e) eQSL only  (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (*-B) DX's- Bureau
    (O) OQRS only  (C) ClubLog only  (L) LoTW only    * K1FJ (W & VE only)
    **  (please send no QSL)
ATNi FIRST PROTOCOL (& VIDEO URL). Rick, K6VVA, announces his "new 'ATNi FIRST' PROTOCOL will be the Operating Strategy on ALL his future IOTA Expeditions." Can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/2_pQ0_sDeZc
Plans are in works for translating it into multiple languages.

FT4JA QSL STATUS. It was reported on May 23rd on the FT4JA Web page: We sent the files with our own QSL design to our printer and we received a sample to validate all kind of details last week. Now the card is on production and we expect to get them soon. On the other hand, we ordered a large number of envelopes (philatelic envelopes specially printed for our expedition). They will be used to mail the direct QSL. Our QSL manager started to print labels for early donors, OQRS and direct QSL received. We will keep you updated on the website about the status.

QSLS RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 7Z1JA, CT9/DL5AXX, G2NF, GM0NBM, GS0NWM (EU-010), IA5A, IV3TMV, ON4PG, OX3LX, RI0K, S55W, SN7Q, TA1HZ, TG9ANF, TK9C, TM77C (EU-065), TY2AC, V26GT, VK9BT, VK9NT, VK0EK and YV1KK

QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 4W/7K4QOK, 4W/JE1CKA, 4W/JJ2VLY, 4W/JQ2GYU, 4W/JI1AVY, 5J0P, TI2OY and VP8SGI

QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 3B8FP, 3D2AG, 3D2AG/P, AH0/N0AT, C82DX, C92ZO, CO6AP, CR2A, DL5ANT, ES90IARU, ET3AA, FT5M, HK1MW, HK0GU, HK0NA, LY5O, LZ300MSP, OA4CW, OH0X, PJ4I, PJ6/OH3JR, PW0FN, RI1PV (EU-085), RI0KV/P (AS-038), RI0QV/P (AS-029), T46RRC, TX5K, UF5F, VK9NN, VP2MWA, VP2MWG, W1AW/KG4, YF1AR, YF1AR/4, YF1AR/9, YF1AR/0, YW5X and Z81X

S9, SAO TOME
Operators Josep/EA3BT and YL Nuria/EA3WL will be active as S9BT and S9WL, respectively, from Ilhču das Rolas, Sao Tome Island (AF-023), between September 26th and October 1st. Activity will be on 40-6 meters using mainly SSB, with some CW and RTTY. Equipment is an IC-7300 with an amp into EAxbeam (6-20 m) and wire dipole (40m). QSL via EA3BT.

TF, ICELAND (Update/IOTA Op)
Operators Dave/EI9FBB and Col/MM0NDX will activate three IOTA groups (EU-021, EU-071 & EU-168) from Iceland between May 26-30th. Activity will be holiday style and mostly on 20/17 meters SSB, depending on propagation. Their tentative schedule is as follows:

    May 26th ­ Iceland (EU-021)        May 28th ­ Westman Island (EU-071)
    May 27th ­ Videy Island (EU-168)   May 29th ­ Iceland (EU-021)
Look for updates on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TF_IOTA_TOUR QSL TF/EI9FBB via his home callsign and TF/MM0NDX via M0OXO.

UA2, KALININGRAD
Dmitri, UA2FB, will be active as UA2F during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via UA2F.

VK9N, NORFOLK ISLAND (Postponed)
Tim, NL8F, was expected to be active from Norfolk Island (OC-005) between May 24th and June 3rd, as VK9NF. It was announced that he has postponed his activity. No reason given.

VP9, BERMUDA
Stephen, KL7SB, will be active as KL7SB/VP9 from the Tarrafal Apartments

www.vp9ge.com
on Bermuda (NA-005) until June 1st. He plans to sign VP9I during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 28-29th) as a Single-Op/ All-Bands/Low-Power entry. QSL for non contest QSOs are via NI5DX, and the VP9I contest QSOs are via WW3S.

YASME FOUNDATION EXCELLENCE AWARDS (Press Release Dated May 26, 2016)
The Yasme Excellence Award is presented to individuals who, through their own service, creativity, effort and dedication, have made a significant contribution to amateur radio. The contribution may be in recognition of technical, operating or organizational achievement, as all three are necessary for amateur radio to grow and prosper. The Yasme Excellence Award is in the form of a cash grant and an individually-engraved crystal globe.

The Board of Directors of The Yasme Foundation is pleased to announce the award of the Yasme Excellence Award to the following individuals:

* Tim Duffy, K3LR: While Tim is involved in many facets of amateur radio, the Yasme Excellence Award is made in recognition of his adaptation and development of the Contest University (CTU), now in its tenth year. CTU has not only reached hundreds of amateurs around the world, but it has also inspired others to create their own CTU-format training programs in other fields. Tim’s dedication to CTU is in the finest traditions of amateur radio’s self-teaching and training.

* Carole Perry, WB2MGP: The Yasme Excellence Award is made in recognition of Carole’s many years of contributions to teaching and mentoring youth interested in amateur radio and her efforts in organizing and promoting the interests of young operators. This youth-oriented work becomes more and more important to amateur radio with every passing year. Carole’s dedication to this work, including through the Radio Club of America, is in the finest traditions of amateur radio’s self-teaching and training.

* Tom Rauch, W8JI: The Yasme Excellence Award is made in recognition of Tom’s many contributions to the technical advancement of the amateur service. Tom’s willingness to provide education and direction to amateurs through his website (www.w8ji.com) and other communications is a prime example of hams mentoring, teaching and training each other in the finest traditions of amateur radio.

The Yasme Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation organized to support scientific and educational projects related to amateur radio, including DXing (long distance communication) and the introduction and promotion of amateur radio in developing countries. For additional infor- mation about The Yasme Foundation, visit our website at www.yasme.org.

Ward Silver, N0AX, President
The Yasme Foundation

Board of Directors:
Fred Laun, K3ZO, Director and Vice-President
Rusty Epps, W6OAT, Director and Treasurer
Kip Edwards, W6SZN, Director and Secretary
Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T, Director
Ken Claerbout, K4ZW, Director
Martti Laine, OH2BH, Director
Robert Vallio, W6RGG, Director

Z6, KOSOVO (Z60A - Kosovo HQ Station QRV in WPX-CW Contest - May 28-29th): [edited]
At the invitation of the Kosovo national Amateur Radio Society (SHRAK), Nigel, G3TXF, plans to operate the Kosovo headquarters station Z60A during this coming weekend's CQ WPX-CW Contest. This short CQ WPX-CW operation from Kosovo is in preparation for SHRAK members taking part for the first time in the IARU's HF Championship between July 9-10th, 2016. The Kosovo national Amateur Radio Society (SHRAK) was welcomed as an IARU member society on December 9, 2015.

For the IARU HF Championship in July, SHRAK will be operating its head- quarters station Z60A with multiple transmitters from a number of different locations around the country.

Nigel, G3TXF, is looking forward to visiting Kosovo for the third time and thanks the members of SHRAK for the opportunity to put their HQ club station Z60A on the air for the CQ WPX-CW Contest.

As part of the wider promotion of Amateur Radio in Kosovo, a permanent club station is being built at the Technical University in Pristina.

In support of this major project, the UK's DX Foundation CDXC has been pleased to help out the new University club station by donating a Yaesu G-1000DXC rotator for their HF antennas.

QSL Z60A via OH2BH.
Z60A logs will be up-loaded to ClubLog.

ZL7, CHATHAM ISLAND (Update)
Haru, JA1XGI, will be active as ZL7/JA1XGI from Chatham Islands (OC-038) between November 24th and December 1st. Activity will probably be on 160-10 meters, including the 30/17/12m bands, using mainly CW with some RTTY, JT65 and PSK. Equipment is an IC-7300 into two different verticals. He also plans to be in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th). QSL via JA1XGI, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW. For more details and updates, watch:

http://island.geocities.jp/chathamholiday

ZL7, CHATHAM ISLANDS (Update)
Members of the "6G" team will be active as ZL7G from Chatham Island (OC-038) between October 27th and November 10th. The location has excellent short and long path take off towards Europe where Chatham Island is still high on the wanted list. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY with up to four stations active at any one time. Operators mentioned are Don/G3BJ, Chris/G3SVL, Nigel/G3TXF, Mike/G3WPH, Don/G3XTT, Hilary/G4JKS and Justin/G4TSH. QSL via G3TXF direct, OQRS or LoTW. More details can be found on their Web page at:

http://www.6gs.org.uk

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       The following stations are expected to be active in the
                 CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 28-29th, 2016)
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      Thanks to Bill, NG3K, for providing OPDX readers with the following
consolidated listing of the participants in the 2016 CQWW WPX CW Contest.
For a more detailed listing (and up-to-date changes/corrections) in HTML
format, please visit Bill's Web page at:
          http://www.ng3k.com/Misc/wpxc2016.html  (By callsign)
          http://www.ng3k.com/Misc/wpxcd2016.html (By entity)
  The complete rules are available here: http://www.cqwpx.com/rules.htm
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 Contest        DXCC          Class         QSL
Callsign       Entity                       Route
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3V8SS          Tunisia        SOAB LP       LoTW; QSL via LX1NO 
4L8A           Georgia        SOSB 20M      LoTW; QSL via K1BV
4T4T           Peru           SOAB HP       OA4DX
4U6F           Italy                        LoTW; QSL via S57DX (d)
8P1W           Barbados       SOAB LP       KU9C
8P5A           Barbados       SOAB HP       LoTW; QSL via NN1N
A31MM          Tonga          SOAB LP       LoTW; QSL via EA5GL 
CN2AA          Morroco        M/S           LoTW; QSL via UA2FM
CR2X           Azores         SOAB HP       OH2BH
CR3W           Madeira        SOAB HP       DL5AXX
D41CV          Cape Verde     SOAB          D4C
E2X            Thailand       M/S           LoTW; QSL via E20GMY
EG8RM          Canary Islands SOAB          LoTW
FM/DL7VOG      Martinique                   ClubLog
HC2AO          Ecuador        SOSB 40M      LoTW; QSL via RC5A
HI3TT      Dominican Republic M/S           LoTW
LY4A           Lithuania      M/2           LoTW
LY7A           Lithuania      M/M           LoTW
LX/OO9O        Luxembourg     SOAB LP       LoTW; QSL via ON7SS (B/d/C/e)
MJ5Z           Jersey         SOAB LP       LoTW
NP2P        US Virgin Islands SOAB          LoTW
OH5Z           Finland        M/2           LoTW
P44W           Aruba          SOAB LP       LoTW; QSL via N2MM (d); No (B)
SW9AA          Crete          SOAB          LZ1PM
TO972M         Martinique     SOAB HP       ClubLog
UA2F           Kaliningrad    SOAB          UA2F
VC2A           Canada         M/S           VA2WA
VP5M           Turks & Caicos SOAB LP       K4QPL
VP9I           Bermuda        SOAB LP       WW3S
WP2Z        US Virgin Islands SOAB          KU9C
WP4X           Puerto Rico    SOAB LP       WP4X
XR0YS          Easter Island                LoTW; QSL via K5WE and (C)
XW1IC          Laos           SOAB          LoTW
Z60A           Kosovo                       ClubLog; QSL via OH2BH
    (e) eQSL only  (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (*-B) DX's- Bureau
    (O) OQRS only  (C) ClubLog only  (L) LoTW only






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