OPDX Bulletin 1325 August 7, 2017

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1325
BID: $OPDX.1325
August 7, 2017
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Written/Sent From Strongsville, Oh

Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB5K & the AR TelNet Clusters Network, NJ1Q & W1AW, W2GB, W2VU, K3LR, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4GNR, WB6RSE, K8GI, K8YC, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m DX News, W9ILY, K0IR, W0GJ, DF2WO, DL1SBF, DL6MHW, DL7UXG & The DX News Letter, DxCoffee.com, DXNews.com, DX-World.Net, F5PFP, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, IK7JWY, LU4AAO, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, RSGB IOTA Web Site, RW6HS, Sixitalia Weekly, VA3RJ & ICPO, VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) and YO3JW for the following DX information.

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 30th/July, through Sunday, 6th/August there were 194 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5T, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, DL, DU, E5/s, E6, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J6, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, K, 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, PY, PZ, S0, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TR, TT, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9X, VP2E, VP2M, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VR, VU, XE, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS, ZS8

* PLEASE NOTE: The report "could" contain "Pirate/SLIM" operations or more likely a "BUSTED CALLSIGN". As always, you never know - "Work First Worry Later".

3B8, MAURITIUS. Hans, PA3HGT, will be active as 3B8/PA3HGT from Mauritius
(AF-049) between September 5-22nd. Activity will be holiday style on
40/20/10 meters using mainly SSB and sometimes the Digital modes. Equipment
he will use is an Icom IC-7100 transceiver into an End-Fed antenna. QSL
via his home callsign, by the Bureau, direct or LoTW.

3XY, GUINEA (IOTA Op). Operators Alain/F5OZC and Sebastien/F8DQZ will
once again be active as 3XY3D from Kassa Island (AF-051), Los Islands
(Iles de Los), between November 1-30th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters
using mainly CW. QSL via F5OZC, by the REF Bureau or direct (no eQSL,
no LoTW).

3Y0Z BOUVET PRESS RELEASE (dated July 30th). Ralph, K0IR, sent out the
following, stating "This is a great example of how the ham radio community
can cooperate and work together for the common good of all." : As in any
group, the moral compass, accountability, and integrity of amateur radio
operators covers a wide spectrum.  The best of these character qualities
in the ham radio community came to light last week.
  FlexRadio Systems and Ranko Boka, 4O3A, of SKY SAT wanted to be absolutely
positive that they would in no way compromise the success of the Bouvet
Island DXpedition. They looked at this DXpedition as a once in a lifetime
experience for many DX'ers and put the success of 3Y0Z above personal gain,
competition, and acclaim.
  FlexRadio Systems and SKY SAT were concerned that: a.) Parts availability
for production of the FlexRadio amplifiers may be a problem. b.) Sending a
total of 14 amplifiers to Bouvet would cut into inventory they had promised
to their customers. c.) Meeting our shipping date might compromise their
testing and quality control.
  We will take several new FlexRadio Power Genius XL amplifiers to Bouvet.
However, FlexRadio and Ranko reached out personally to ACOM to assist in
supporting 3Y0Z. On short notice, and within 24 hours, ACOM agreed to help
make the Bouvet DXpedition the best that it can be and agreed to provide
12 ACOM 1500 amplifiers.
  ACOM, FlexRadio Systems, and SKY SAT/4O3A put aside personal gain and
competition and worked together to help the Bouvet Island DXpedition be
a better experience for you the DX'ers.  These are truly quality people.
  Ralph Fedor ­ K0IR
  Bouvet Island DXpedition Co-Leader

  LINK TO ASSOCIATED WEB PAGE: http://www.bouvetdx.org/acom-flex-doc

3Y0Z BOUVET PRESS RELEASE (dated August 5th). The Northern California DX
Foundation is pleased to announce a contribution of $100,000 to the 3Y0Z
Bouvet Island DXpedition planned for January 2018. Bouvet is #2 on the
ClubLog Most Wanted List. This is the largest contribution in the history
  In 2016, NCDXF-sponsored DXpeditions activated five of the ten most-
needed entities. These DXpeditions put 457,000 QSOs into DXers' logs.
That year we spent $156,000 to fund these and other DXpeditions. The 3Y0Z
DXpedition to Bouvet Island early next year is likely to be one of the
most expensive DXpeditions ever attempted ­ estimated at over $740,000.
The 20 team members have already contributed just over half of this amount.
   has details of the 3Y0Z Bouvet DXpedition.
  DXpeditions to rare entities like Bouvet and others in the Southern
Ocean are becoming more expensive, a trend that we believe will continue.
  NCDXF’s primary purpose is to help fund well-organized DXpeditions to
rare, difficult and expensive entities, like Bouvet. During the last 45
years, NCDXF has granted over $1 million to hundreds of DXpeditions ­
helping to put an “all-time-new-one” (ATNO) in the log and make DX happen
for thousands of DXers worldwide. The credit for these large grants goes
to the NCDXF contributors, individuals and clubs who support the DX
community. Without those contributions, DXpeditions to entities like Bouvet
or other rare locations would not be possible.
  If you agree with the importance of NCDXF's work, and if you are not a
current contributor, we hope you will become one today by clicking here
. Your contribution will continue to
help make DX happen. You can also support future DXpeditions by including the
NCDXF Cycle 25 Fund in your estate plan .
  We wish the 3Y0Z team a safe and very successful trip to Bouvet Island
next year.
  73 ... Glenn Johnson, W0GJ
         NCDXF Vice President

5H, TANZANIA. Chas, NK8O/VE3ISD, will once again be active as 5H3DX from
Zinga, Tanzania, between November 7th and December 4th. Activity will
be from the pediatric hospital at Zinga. Usual operations will be holiday
style. Power output will be the legal limit for Tanzania at 100w and the
primary antenna should be a Hexbeam configured for 40-6 meters, including
the WARC bands. Operations will be primarily CW. He states that he will
use a simple wire antenna and his KX3 with a KXPA100 amp. See QSL info
on QRZ.com. Also, QSL via LoTW and eQSL. NO Bureau.

8P, BARBADOS. Mac, WT4BT, will be active as 8P9MT from "New Moon Villa"
in "Upper Carlton" area near Gibbes Beach on Barbados Island (NA-021)
between November 4-10th. Activity will be on various HF bands. QSL via
his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.

9X, RWANDA. Alan, KE4TA, will be active as 9X0TA from Kigali for a 3 year
period sometime early August. This will be his first 'DXpedition'. Activity
will be primarily on 20/17 meters using 600W/100W of power. He does have
antennas or antenna+tuner combinations for 80-10 meters and 6m. Modes
will be SSB, the Digital modes and some CW. Power may be restricted by
the Rwandan authorities in accordance with their laws. Radio is a Yaesu
FT-991, and antenna will be a Hexbeam on a push up tower. Alan, states,
"Noise levels here are extremely high. Please don't be offended if I'm
not answering your call, I likely can't hear you." QSL via DIRECT to
N4GNR. He will also use LoTW. For more details, pictures and updates
(maybe even an operating schedule), visit his Web page at:

CQ MAGAZINE NEWS (Press Release - 2017 Young Ham of the Year). It was
announced on August 1st [edited]: Marty Sullaway, KC1CWF, of Newton, MA,
has been selected as the 2017 Bill Pasternak WA6ITF Memorial Amateur Radio
Newsline Young Ham of the Year. Marty, 15, is the son of Robert David
Sullaway and Gail Cheryl Schulman.
  Marty was first licensed as a Technician in November 2014. He quickly
worked his way to General earning his ticket in February 2015. He became
an Extra Class operator this past February.
  Marty is co-founder of the Eastern Massachusetts Contesting Club and
trustee of its call sign KR1DX. Marty created the club to get more young
people involved in amateur radio in the suburban Boston area. He has helped
teach and mentor many young people, sparking interest in HF contesting.
Marty is a member of the Yankee Clipper Contest Club and very active in
the contest community. He currently serves on the American Radio Relay
League Contest Advisory Committee.
  KC1CWF's efforts in contesting have netted many accolades including the
2015 CQWW SSB USA "Rookie" plaque. His score of 1,312,305 operating from
K1VR still stands as the CQWW rookie record.
  Marty also is QSL manager for VY1AAA, XO1X, and CI1AAA operated by the
Yukon Canam Contest Club. Marty is also board member of the Clay Center
Amateur Radio Club which promotes amateur radio at the Dexter/Southfield
School in Brookline, MA. He has been involved in the club's Field Day
planning and has assisted with antenna and HF station design, as well
as repeater operations.
  He started a podcast called "The Phasing Line" and, along with Sterling
Coffey, N0SSC, discusses topics such as home-brew antennas, contesting,
and activities of youth in amateur radio.
  Marty appeared at the 2016 Dayton Hamvention Youth Forum where gave a
presentation: "Homebrewing Fun: Making Your Own Gear for Contest Stations."
He appears on the W5KUB "Amateur Radio Roundtable" webcast and even serves
as a back-up studio when technical issues arise.
  Marty enjoys the technical aspects of the hobby, designing and building
systems for remote amateur station operation and enjoys computer pro-
gramming. Marty also is involved in amateur radio public service activities,
including serving as a net control operator for the Boston Marathon.
  He is also the owner of his own consulting company "Newtown Mass Tech,"
where he handles such tasks as home computer installation to VOIP connec-
tions for clients throughout the Boston area.
   Marty is entering his sophomore year at Meridian Academy in Jamaica
Plain, Massachusetts this fall where he has been active in the Model
United Nations program for four years and has earned multiple awards,
including best delegate. Marty is currently vice president of his United
Synagogue Youth chapter and is involved in an Israeli folk dance group.
  His nominator, Joe Eisenberg, K0NEB, described Marty as an "extraordinary
young man." "Marty has accomplished things at age 15 that many hams take
years to do. And, he is only beginning."
  Marty will be recognized during the Huntsville Hamfest on Aug. 19th in
the Von Braun Center, Huntsville Alabama.
  The Young Ham of the Year Award was inaugurated by William Pasternak,
WA6ITF, in 1986. Upon his passing in 2015, Bill's name was added to the
award as a memorial to his commitment to recognizing the accomplishments
of young people to the amateur radio service.
  In addition the Amateur Radio Newsline, CQ magazine and Yaesu USA are
primary sponsors, along with Heil Sound Ltd. and Radiowavz Antenna Company.

DXCC'S MOST WANTED (ClubLog). The "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list has
been updated on ClubLog as of July 31st. The top 10 entities are:
     1. P5    DPRK (North Korea)           6. CE0X San Felix Islands
     2. 3Y/B  Bouvet Island                7. BV9P Pratas Island
     3. FT5/W Crozet Island                8. KH3  Johnston Island
     4. KH1   Baker Howland Islands        9. VK0M Macquarie Island
     5. BS7H  Scarborough Reef            10. KH7K Kure Island
  The complete "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list is available at:

E5, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS (Reminder). Alex, F4GHS, will be active as E51GHS
from two of the South Cook Islands during August. His schedule is as
      August  7-16th -- from Aitutaki Island (OC-083)
      August 16-25th -- from Rarotonga Island (OC-013)
  Activity will be holiday style on various HF bands using a K3 into a
home-made vertical (20m). QSL via his home callsign.

  KFF-0671   -- By KC3HRB; August 8-9th; at the Assateague Island National
                Seashore Oceanside Campground for the week; doing several
                activations while there; will be operating QRP
  VKFF-1397  -- By VK2JNG/P; August 9-10th; Wondoba Coordinated Conservation
                Area; 7144 kHz SSB; around 11:00am; weather permitting
                (2 hours max)
  9AFF-0029  -- By 9A4CD/p & 9A4MF/p; between now and August 14th; Igor
                & Miro will be active holiday style
  Z3FF-0011  -- By Z31NA/P; between now August 10th; Simeon, Z31NA, will
                be active holiday style from Ohrid Lake; activity will be
                on 40-10m (depending on conditions and propagation)
  PAFF-0037  -- By PA/ON8WR; between now and August 8th; camp site is
                located in PAFF-0037
  VKFF-0961  -- By VK3PAT/P; August 7th; between 0300-0700z; Cobram
                Regional Park; on 7144 kHz SSB; weather permitting
  ONFF-0001  -- By ON5SWA/P; August 7th; between 0530- 1030z; also
                ON/ON-001 SOTA
  VKFF-0605  -- By VK2JNG/P; between August 7-8th; Scone Mountain National
                Park; 7144 kHz SSB; starting around 11:00am
  ONFF-0491  -- By ON5SWA/P; August 10th; between 0530-1030z; Zwaenepoel
  VKFF-1397  -- By VK2JNG/P; August 11th; between 0300-0700z; Wondoba
                Coordinated Conservation Area; 7144 kHz SSB; Car service
                first, then this park, hoping for 1:30pm
  KFF-2667   -- By KE6MT; August 11th; between 1300-1500z; Mount Washington;
                combined SOTA and WWFF; if conditions permit; times are
                *very* approximate; will operate QRP 40/20m SSB; *might*
                try a little CW (QRS); will also have HT on 146.52 FM.
  4XFF-0005  -- By 4X0B; August 11-12th; four operators will be active
                for 24 hours from Mount Shifra / Baram Forest; this will
                also be part of HOCOTA program (By IARC); more info will
                be published at:    https://www.qrz.com/lookup/4x0b
  VKFF-0518  -- By VK2JNG/P; August 11-12th; Warrabah National Park; 7144
                kHz SSB; around 11:00 am
  YOFF-0423  -- By YR6WFF; August 12-13th
  VKFF-0607  -- By VK2JNG/P; August 12th; 0300-0700z; Somerton Coordinated
                Conservation Area; 7144 kHz SSB; starting noon or a bit
                earlier; weather permitting
  KFF-2895   -- By N4EE; August 12th; 1200-2000z; GIVANS FERRY STATE PARK;
                MULTI-OPS; PSK/CW/SSB/FM
  VKFF-1390  -- By VK2JNG/P; August 12-13th; Watsons Creek State Con-
                servation Area; 7144 kHz SSB; around 10:30
  VKFF-0585  -- By VK2JNG/P; August 8-9th; Dowe Coordinated Conservation
                Area; 7144 kHz SSB; around 12:00pm or later
  VKFF-1185  -- By VK2JNG/P; August 13th; between 0300-0700z; Watsons
                Creek Nature Reserve; 7144 SSB; this is a N/P; around 1:30
  ON4PRA     -- Greenfest 2017; August 13th; betwee 0630-1400z; annual
                event; some radio amateurs from the PRA radio club activate
                different Belgian Flora Fauna locations near Mechelen, and
                there will also be a station operating from 9AFF. An award
                is available
  IFF-XXXX   -- By IQ5QO/P; Augsut 13-25th; Operator Steve will be active
                from variuos IFF new references according to his plan from
                August 13th to August 17th (IFF1144, IFF1143, IFF1146,
                IFF1147, IFF1145, IFF0710, IFF0707, DCI-VC068 VC070 +)
  VKFF-1397  -- By VK2JNG/P; August 14th; between 0300-0700z; Wondoba
                Coordinated Conservation Area; 7144 kHz SSB; Noon or
                earlier; weather permitting
  VKFF-1171  -- By VK2JNG/P; August 15th; between 0300-0700z; Hobden Hill
                National Park; 7144 kHz SSB; around 12:00 or a bit later
  ONFF-0251  -- By ON5SWA/P; August 15th; between 0530-1030z; Vallei van
                de Zeverenbeek
  KFF-3320   -- By ND8MS; August 15-16th; check for the WWFF CW calling
                frequencies; slower CW please, about 12 wpm
  GIFF-0024  -- By MI1AIB; August 18-20th; Bushvalley ARC, Rathlin Island
  GFF-0331   -- August 19-20th; Special event station GB1PBL (Portland Bill
                Lighthouse); operating during International Lighthouse &
                Lightship Weekend (ILLW); QSL direct only
  OZFF-0030  -- By OZ4HAM; August 19-20th; ILLW; EDR Bornholm Club; 2
                stations on the air; on 80/40/20m using SSB and PSK63;
                also ARLHS DEN-012 and IOTA EU-030
  KFF-1494   -- By W8MSC; August 20-21st; Craig Lake State Park, MI; is
                the most remote state park in Michigan; primarily SSB on
                40/20m, higher bands if open; maybe PSK and/or JTx. 

  For more information about WWFF upcoming operations, see:
  Also suggest URLs: 
         World-Wide -- https://www.facebook.com/groups/WWFF44
           USA      -- https://www.facebook.com/groups/parksontheair
  A special DXCluster for WWFF is available at: http://wwff.co/dx-cluster

HD8, GALAPAGOS ISLANDS (Postponed). Geoff, G8OFQ, announced, "Unfortunately,
due to circumstances beyond my control, the DXpedition to HC8 has been
postponed". He was expected to be active from Isabela Island (SA-004)
between August 1st and October 31st, as HC8/G8OFQ.

INDEXA NEWS. John Scott, K8YC, INDEXA VP and Editor, announces the 2017
Summer Issue of INDEXA Newsletter is now available online at:
In this newsletter, Stanislav "Stan" Vatev, LZ1GC, will give you the inside
story of running a two man DXpedition in the South Pacific to the Solomon
Islands and Temotu Province as H44GC and H40GC, respectively. INDEXA has
supported Stan's activities in the past. In the earlier effort and in this
effort, we learn that sleeplessness is the norm if the needs of the pileup
are to be met. After reading his story, I think you'll agree that Stan was
conscientious in his commitment to those who wished to find their callsign
in his log.

IOTA NEWS..............
  AS-074.  Operators Ahmad/9M2AGC, Mohd/9M2AIS, Hasya/9M2EME, Fazli/9M2FDO,
           Fazzuan/9M2FZK, Jefri/9M2JEP, Mad/9M2ODX, Kayrol/9M2OOO, Amirol/
           9M2ROL, Azrishah/9M2UDE, Ahmad/9M2VDX, Muhammad/9M2ZDX, Muhamad/
           9W2BFZ, Mohd/9W2FOR, Hizami/9W2RGZ and Mohd/9W2ZIT will be
           active as 9M4IOTA from Indah Island between September 16-18th.
           Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital
           modes. QSL via direct to address on QRZ.com.

  AS-096.  Operators Rama/VU2DEV, Gaurav/VU2GTI, Koodur/VU2RCT, Devan/
           VU3DEW, Pradeep/VU3EDG, Vinod/VU3ESV, Girish/VU3GDS, Madhu/
           VU3NPI, YL Shyla/VU3SXH, Poojith/VU3YPP, Likith/VU3ZLS and
           Nyjil/VU3ZNG will be active as VU3NPI from St. Mary's Islands
           between September 30th and October 1st. St. Mary's Island is
           also known as Coconut Island, and is a small island in the
           Arabian Sea off the coast of Malpe in Udupi, Karnataka, India.
           It is less than a kilometer square. The isles are known for
           their distinctive geological formation of columnar basaltic
           lava. Activity will be on various HF bands and modes. The
           team will be operating on battery power with an array of
           antennas from verticals to yagis to phase shift vertical
           antennas with a host of rigs. QSL via VU3NPI. Visit their
           Web page at:            http://www.vu2.in

  OC-175.  Operators Yan/RZ3FW and Sergey/R4WAA will be active from
           Sarangani Island as DU9/RZ3FW and DU9/R4WAA between November
           21-29th. Activity will be on various HF bands and include
           the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 25-26th). QSL DU9/RZ3FW via
           RZ3FW or ClubLog's OQRS. QSL DU9/R4WAA via R4WAA.

  OC-216.  Operators Mike/AB5EB, Mike/AD5A and Craig/VK5CE will be active
           as VK9AR from Ashmore Reef between November 7-10th. Activity
           will be on 40-15 meters with three stations on the air at the
           same time; two with amps. QSL via VK5CW, direct or by the
           Bureau or ClubLog's OQRS. For more details and updates, see:

J5, GUINEA BISSAU (Update). The Italian DXpedition Team will be active
as J5T from Bubaque Island (AF-020) between November 13-25th. Operators
mentioned are Alfeo/I1HJT, Silvano/I2YSB, Vinicio/IK2CIO, Angelo/IK2CKR,
Marcello/IK2DIA, Stefano/IK2HKT, Angelo/IK2RZP and Mac/JA3USA. They expect
to have 4 stations on all HF bands (no 50 MHz), using CW and SSB, and
RTTY one band only, to be chosen. You can participate in the J5T survey
on their official Web site at:    http://www.i2ysb.com/idt
Subject to the availability of internet connection, the REAL TIME Log
will be available at:            http://win.i2ysb.com/logonline
Official forum at:               http://www.hamradioweb.net
QSL via I2YSB direct, OQRS or LoTW.

KH2, GUAM. Miki, JJ2CJB, will once again be active as AC2AI/KH2 from
Guam (OC-026) between October 27-30th. Activity will include the CQWW
DX SSB Contest (October 28-29th). QSL via JJ2CJB, by the JA Bureau.
Log will be uploaded to LoTW and eQSL.

LU, ARGENTINA (Special Event). Special event station, LU4AAO/A, was
expected to be active this past weekend (on August 5th, 1300-2300 UTC,
and August 6th, 1300-1900 UTC). Activity was to celebrate Tiro Federal
anniversary. Operations were to be on 80/40 meters SSB; even UTC hours
on 20m JT65/FT8; odd UTC hours on 20m CW. QSL via LU4AAO, direct, by the
Bureau or eQSL. For more details, see: 

NP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS. Operators Fred/K9VV, Ralph/K9ZO, Ron/KK9K and
Scott/NE9U will be active as NP2X from the "Caribbean Friends United By
Amateur Radio" Gallows Bay Club Station on St. Croix (NA-106), during
the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 25-26th) as a Multi-? entry. QSL via
K5WW or LoTW. Look for Fred to be active outside of the contest probably
as K9VV/KP2. QSL K9VV/KP2 only direct to K9VV.

PJ4, BONAIRE. Operators Scott/W4PA, Steve/PJ4DX, Peter/PJ4NX, Bert/PJ4KY
and Don/G3XTT will be active as PJ4Q from Bonaire during the CQWW DX SSB
Contest (October 28-29th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via W4PA. Operators
will be active outside of the contest between October 23rd and November
1st. Their activity will be focused on CW and the 30/17/12m bands.

 Aug/07th AN      Aug/10th  AN     Aug/12th  DIS
 Aug/08th AN      Aug/11th  AN     Aug/13th  LN
 Aug/09th AN

    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

  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:
  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... 
  3Z2017TSR via SP1PBW      GM2T via GM4UYZ        PD17YLEC via PD3GVQ
  4L0GF via UR5EAW          GM7V via N3SL          PG64HOOP via PA9F
  4O7GD via IK5WWA          H2X via IZ4AMS (d/O)   PT8CW via PY4KL
  5E4AM via EA7FTR (d)      HF23BSC via SQ6DGB     PW7I via PY7RP (d/O)
  5E4E via EA7FTR (d)       HF73AK via SP8MMW      PX8I via PY8WW (d/L)
  5E4SG via EA7FTR (d)      HG17HD via (HA-B)      RQ17CW via RQ17CW (L/e)
  5P5CW via DL5SE           HH2AA via NR6M & (L)   SC9W via SM5DJZ
  5P7LSO via DJ6GI **       IA5/OM5AW via OM2FY    SD1A via SM1TDE
  5R8UI via IZ8CCW          II3WW via IQ3BM        SN100F via SP5CGN
  9A/OM8AA via OM8AA        IM0/I0PNM via I0PNM (d) SN2B via SP3CGK
  AM325CEC via EA3CEC       J49A via SV9GPV & (L)  SN60CIS via SP9PNB
  AM325PP via EA3PP         KH6/KM4DAY via KM4DAY  SN8NCJ via SP3RNZ
  C4I via G3XSV (d)**      LA/DG1RUG via DG1RUG    SP2017TSR via SP1PMY
  CR3G via G3TXF           LA/MM5PSL via MM5PSL (d) SV2/YU1CA/P via YU1CA
  CR5CW via CT7ACG (d/L)    LA/OL7X via OL7X       SV8/SV1PMQ via SV1PMQ
  CT8/DL8MLD/P via DL8MLD   LA/SQ1GU via SQ1GU     T77C via T77C (O/d/L)
  DL0RMC via DL4RBV         LY/ES5ZF via ES5ZF     TC4A via TA4CS (e)
  DL60TELF via DJ0AH (B/L)  OE17BEACH via OE3KLU   TI5/KD8YVJ via KD8YVJ
  EA5/DK5IM via DK5IM       OG5A via OH5AD         TI5/N3KS via W4FS (d)
  EA5/DL5EO via DL5EO     OH0/DL1FMK/P via DL1FMK  TI5/N5BEK via N5BEK (d)
  EA6/DK5ON via DK5ON       OH0/OF5C via OH5C      TK/F1MZQ via F1MZQ
  EA8/YL3AKQ via YL3AKQ     OH0/W3DMR via OH2TA    TM12FAJ via F8BMG
  ED1K via EA1NK            OH1UU via R1CC         TM17CIEL via F6BCC
  EI7M via EI6HB (d/L)      OP0PPY via ON7LX       TM50KOK via F4HIK
  EN5RFF via UT1RT          OP17L via ON6P & (L)   TX5EG via F6BCW & (L)
  EV750M via EW7W           OY/LA9DL via LA9DL     UE74KUD via R2EA (O)
  GB17YOTA via GB17YOTA (O) OZ/DB5ZP via DB5ZP (d) UR5R via UT0RM
  GB5RC via GB5RC(B); G6NHU(d) OZ/DF2SD via DF2SD  XF2L via XE1SOV
  GB9IOW via ON3UN          OZ/DL2JRM via DL2JRM   YL5X via YL2TB
  GI5I via GI4DOH           OZ30EU via OZ8IE       YO1000LEANY via YO6KNE
  GJ2A via K2WR ***         PA38EU via PH9GFB & (L) YP7P via YO7LFV & (L)
    (e) eQSL only  (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (*-B) DX's- Bureau
    (O) OQRS only  (C) ClubLog only  (L) LoTW only    ** IOTA 2017 only
    *** USA only; Rest of the World (d/L)

  SZ8LES: Radio Amateur Society Island Lesvos, Vournazon 2, Mitilini,
          Lesvos, 81100, Greece 

  7Q7BP VIA G3SWH. Phil, G3SWH, who advises that Joe became a SK at the
  beginning of May 2017. He has obtained copies of his logs and is able
  to confirm any outstanding QSOs. All logs have been previously uploaded
  to LoTW. There is a log search available and OQRS facility at:

  *** WOW... Slow week again for QSL info!!!!

  HD2RRC/4 (SA-033), HS0ZEE, JA7MOL, LA4C, LA7GIA, OH0X, S51MA, SX5R,

  JR1LZK/6, SV8DTD, YN2WL and Z81D


T45, CUBA (Reminder). Operators Moses/CM2YV, Bob/CO2KL, Amed/CO2AME and
possibly others will be active as T45FM from the Faro Puta Maya Light-
house (ILLW CU-005) during the International Lighthouse Lightship Week-
end (ILLW) between August 19-20th. They plan to have 6 stations active
on all the bands using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL Manager is
RW6HS direct only.

V4, ST. KITTS. John, W5JON/V47JA, informs OPDX that he will once again
be active as V47JA from his vacation home in Calypso Bay, St. Kitts
(NA-104, WW Loc. FK87SG), located 200 feet from the Caribbean Sea, between
October 15th and November 7th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters (incl.
60m) using SSB. His operation will also include the CQWW DX SSB Contest
(October 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. Equipment is a Kenwood
TS-590S and Elecraft KPA500 Amplifier. Antennas include: 31', 10-40m
Vertical, and 35', 40/80m Top Loaded Vertical; and newly added, shortened
160m dipole and 3 element Yagi for 6m. Also, XYL Cathy, W5HAM, will
occasionally operate as V47HAM. ALL QSLs go to W5JON direct or via LoTW.
NO Bureau QSLs.

V6, MICRONESIA. Operators Sho, JA7HMZ, will once again be active as V63DX
from Pohnpei Island (OC-010) between November 24th and December 1st.
Activity will be on 160-6 meters, all modes and including the CQWW DX CW
Contest (November 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry signing V6A. He
will be looking for European stations on 160m before and after the contest.
QSL via his home callsign. No Bureau QSLs.

  * There is an interesting video on the Web taken by Greg, W8WWV, during
    the North Coast Contesters (NCC) 30th anniversary of party at K3LR's
    contest station:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9iaueQiD_E

  * Antarctic/DXpedition videos:
    3Y0PI - Cape Eva Camp - Peter 1 Island -- 
    FB8AX - Port Martin - Antarctica -- (From 3 minutes 50 seconds to
            26mn 50s in french language) --
    FT5XO - Port Jeanne d'Arc - Big Island of Kerguelen --
    FT5YJ - Port Charcot - Wandel island, Antarctica -- 
    LU/FT5YJ - Almirante Brown - Antarctica -- 
    VK0EK - Atlas Cove - Heard Island -- 
    VK0IR - Atlas Cove - Heard Island -- https://vimeo.com/121445124
    VP8DLM - Base O -Danco Island Antarctica -- 
    VP8GEO - Husvik Whaling Station - Big Island of South Georgia --
    VP8ORK - Waterpipe Refuge - Signy Island, South Orkney -- 
    VP8SGI - Husvik - South Georgia Island - https://vimeo.com/167696385
    VP8SSI - Corbeta Uruguay Station & Teniente Esquivel Refuge -
             Thule Island, South Sandwich -- 
    VP8SSI - (2) Lost Footage  -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0X0SUzptjzw
    VP8STI - Corbeta Uruguay & Teniente Esquivel Refuge - Thule Island,
             South Sandwich -- https://vimeo.com/170266606
    VP8THU - Corbeta Uruguay & Teniente Esquivel Refuge - Thule Island,
             South Sandwich -- https://vimeo.com/121317593
    ZL9CI - Campbell Island Station -- https://vimeo.com/121857792

VK9M, MELLISH REEF (Update). Operators Dietmar/DL3DXX, Morten/LB8DC,
Robert/N7QT (Team Leader), Brian/N9ADG, Eric/SM1ALH, Hawk/SM5AQD (Co-
Team Leader), Lasse/SM5GLC and David/W5XU (recently added) will be active
as VK9MA from Mellish Reef (OC-072) between November 3-16th. Activity will
be from Heralds-Beacon Islet, the only permanent land in the reef, on 160-10
meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. They plan to have five stations on the air.
QSL via N7QT, direct, by the Bureau, ClubLog's OQRS (STRONGLY RECOMMENDED),
LoTW or eQSL. All QSOs will be uploaded to LoTW and eQSL shortly after the
operation. For more details and updates, see:     https://vk9ma.com

WRTC 2018 NEWS (Press Release - Friedrichshafen, Germany, dated July 14th).
Michael Höding, DL6MHW, Vice-President, Fundraising, PR, reports [edited]:
  DX Engineering has increased its support for the World Radiosport Team
Championship 2018 (WRTC). The company is now a Gold Level sponsor. The
announcement was made by WRTC 2018 at the Bavarian Contest Club annual
dinner in Friedrichshafen, Germany this past July.
  "DX Engineering is proud to support this outstanding event," said Tim
Duffy, K3LR, Chief Operating Officer of DX Engineering. "We strongly
believe in the global impact of WRTC2018 as Contesters and DXers from
around the world will take part."
  "We welcome the increased support by DX Engineering," said Christian
Janssen, DL1MGB, President of the WRTC 2018 Organizing Committee. "Teaming
with innovative partners like DX Engineering will help insure the success
of this event."
  WRTC 2018 will be held July 12-16th, 2018, in the Jessen/Wittenberg
region of Germany, south of Berlin. Approximately 60 teams will fight
for the title of World Champion. Unlike the usual contesting, WRTC 2018
participants must use identical antennas in the same geographical region,
which eliminates many variables. The WRTC 2018 will be supported by about
300 volunteers who will set up the antennas and host the infrastructure.
  About DX Engineering - At DX Engineering, Amateur Radio is all we do.
Our goal is simple: fulfill the needs of Ham radio enthusiasts with the
best products and technical support. Whether it's DXing, Contesting or
just everyday operating, we strive to develop products that fill a specific
need, are fully tested, reliable, and represent the best value for your
money. DX Engineering also carries the highest-quality products from brands
that meet our exacting standards. Read more about DX Engineering at
< DXEngineering.com>.
  About WRTC 2018 - WRTC 2018 e.V. is the organizer of the World Radio-
sport Team Championship 2018 in Germany. The WRTC is held every four years.
Previous WRTCs were held in Seattle/USA (1990), San Francisco/USA (1996),
Slovenia (2000), Finland (2002) Brazil (2006) Russia (2010) and New
England/USA (2014).

XT2, BURKINA FASO (Update). Harald, DF2WO, will once again be active as
XT2AW from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. He informs OPDX that he will arrive
on September 25th, and plans to build antennas on the 26th, which is a
Hexbeam at 8 meters high and dipoles for the lower bands. Activity will
be holiday style on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. He 
states that he works mostly on the Digital modes (PSK31, JT65 and RTTY)
and slow CW. Harald states, "As soon as the conditions go up to USA, I
will work the US. Also, I will test 60m a little." Radio is a FT-450D.
QSL via M0OXO, direct or OQRS .

YB72, INDONESIA (Special Event). There are now 10 special event stations
active until August 17th, to celebrate the 72nd anniversary of Indonesia's
independence. Look for the following stations to be active on all HF bands,
including the 30/17/12m bands, using CW, SSB and the Digtal modes:
  * YB72RI/0 : Jakarta Special District
  * YB72RI/1 : West Java and Banten
  * YB72RI/2 : Central Java and Special District of Yogjakarta
  * YB72RI/3 : East Java ­ Madura
  * YB72RI/4 : South Sumatera, Lampung, Jambi, Bengkulu and Bangka Belitung
  * YB72RI/5 : Riau, Riau Islands and West Sumatera
  * YB72RI/6 : North Sumatera and Special District of Aceh
  * YB72RI/7 : West Kalimantan, South Kalimantan, East Kalimantan,
               Central Kalimantan
  * YB72RI/8 : South Sulawesi, South East Sulawesi, West Sulawesi, Central
               Sulawesi, North Sulawesi, Gorontalo, Maluku and North Maluku
  * YB72RI/9 : Bali, Nusa Tenggara Barat, Nusa Tenggara Timur and Papua

  There will be three different awards available and a special plaque.
Please do not send your QSL card as Organisasi Amatir Radio Indonesia
(ORARI-HQ) will automatically send YB72RI special in e-QSL cards to all
valid contacts as showed in LOG from all stations. e-QSL will be send
to your email. For more details, see:

YJ, VANUATU (Pacific Voyage Continues). Adam, K7ST, reports on QRZ.com,
"We are currently cruising aboard the sailing vessel 'Bravo'. For a current
position update please see our blog at:   http://www.svbravo.blogspot.com
Recent land based operations included HC8, FO (Marquesas), and Niue, as
E6ST, as well as VK3SYB. Our current QTH is Vanuatu, and have been granted
the callsign YJ0ST. Operating from land at Port Vila, we will be visiting
and operating from several other islands within the country until mid-
October 2017, before sailing to Australia.... 
   73 de Adam K7ST/mm, HC8/K7ST, FO/K7ST, E6ST, VK3SYB, K7ST/ZL, YJ0ST"
Activity so far has been on 20 meters SSB, but he does have capabilities
to operate on 40/20/17/15 meters. Adam is running 100 watts and a vertical.
QSL via EA5GL.

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