OPDX Bulletin 1332 September 25, 2017

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1332
BID: $OPDX.1332
September 25, 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, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, K4UEE, N4AA & QRZ DX, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m DX News, K9KE, DL1SBF, DL7UXG & The DX News Letter, DxCoffee.com, DXNews.com, DX-World.Net, ES1CW, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, ON5SWA, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, VA3RJ & ICPO, and VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) for the following DX information.

This week's bulletin was sent out earlier than normal to accommodate the late CQWW DX RTTY Contest announcements. Also, we wanted to provide the OPDX readers with a consolidated listing of the CQWW DX RTTY Contest participants.

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Friday, 15th/September, through Friday, 22nd/September there were 216 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5T, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7X, 8P, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, DL, DU, E5/n, E5/s, E6, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FO/m, FP, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J3, J6, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH9, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OJ0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S0, S2, S5, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T2, T31, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TN, TR, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9X, VP5, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD8, 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".

3Y0Z BOUVET DXPEDITION (Press Release #8, dated September 21st). Our team
meeting in Atlanta, GA, from Sept. 7th through the 10th was a great success.
Eighteen of our 20 operators were present, coming from as far away as Japan
and representing 7 of the 8 home countries of our team members.
  Our meetings began with a review of our goals, the challenges we have
met, and those we have yet to encounter. We had a Skype conference with
the CEO of our transportation company in Punta Arenas, Chile, and then
discussed safety, our shelter deployment plans, antennas, transceivers
and amplifiers, propagation, medical and emergency issues, operating
practices, scheduling, and propagation.
  We spent many hours unpacking and then staging our equipment. We in-
ventoried everything and then began moving it from temporary storage to
our 40-foot sea container. We also prepared our customs documentation
which included the 6,000 items on our inventory.  We ran a tank of gas
through each of our eight 6.5 KW generators, drained the oil from them,
and readied them for shipment.  There were many of trips to local stores
for more shipping cases, duct tape, nuts and bolts, electrical supplies,
fuel cans, etc.
  Our EME team needed to be certain there were no problems with their
complex station and antenna system.  They worked until 4:30 AM assembling
their 2-meter station and antenna array and were rewarded by completing
a QSO off the moon with PA2CHR, our EME pilot station. The station works!
  Our sea container leaves Atlanta the first few days of October. It will
be placed aboard a ship bound for Punta Arenas, Chile.  We are hopeful
that it will there no later than December 1st. Our team members have all
purchased their airline tickets to Punta Arenas for a couple days of
meetings and orientation.  Then we will fly across the Drake Passage on
the morning of January 13th to board our ship at King George Island in
the South Shetland Islands. We plan to sail for Bouvet that same after-
noon. We will arrive at Bouvet sometime between January 23rd and 25th.
Our actual landing date is weather dependent.  We will be lucky to be
on the air within a few days.
  Every detail of our landing sequence, shelter construction, antenna
layout, equipment setup and radio operations is well thought out. Also,
our emergency evacuation routes and plans have been identified.
  We are humbled by the support of the DX community. Over 100 clubs and
foundations and over 1550 individuals have supported us financially. If
you have already supported us, we thank you. But, please ask your fellow
DXers to join you. If you have yet to contribute, we ask for your con-
sideration. While our operators are prepared to dig deeper into their
pockets to make this DXpedition happen, your continued support would make
our faces, as well as our antennas...beam.
  Counting the days,
  73,  Bob-K4UEE

6Y, JAMAICA. Members of the JA3 DX Vacation Group will be active as 6Y6J
from Southfield at Josh's, 6Y5WJ, St. Elizabeth QTH between January
10-23rd, 2018. Operators mentioned are Shozo/JA3HJI, Tsuguya/JA3UJR,
Kunio/JH3LSS, Munekazu/JI3DNN and Masumi/JA3AVO. Activity will be on
160-6 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via JA3AVO, direct,
by the Bureau, LoTW or ClubLog's OQRS. They have a Web page up at:

7Q, MALAWI. By the time you read this, operators Jerry/W1IE and Bill/KC4D
will be active as 7Q7WW from Embangweni in the northern part of the
country until October 1st. Activity will be on most HF bands except
160 meters, using mostly RTTY, SSB and CW. Operations will be limited
probably because this is a missionary trip, so activity will be during
their spare time (check 2100-2400z) and weekends. They will however be
in the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 23-24th) as a Multi-? entry. QSL
via KC4D.

9N, NEPAL. Gerhard, OE3GEA, is now active as 9N7GE from Kathmandu. The
length of his stay is not known. His activity has been on various HF
bands (QRNs on 30/17m) using CW. QSL via his home callsign, direct or
by the Bureau.

BV, TAIWAN. A Taiwan group will be active as BV2A/3 from DaXi, TaoYuan
City during the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 23-24th). QSL via BV2A.

CARIBBEAN TOUR (Cancelled). World known QSL Manager Joe/W3HNK and operator
James/K3NK, who were expected to activate two DXCC entities in the Caribbean
(see OPDX.1327) -- Saint Martin Island (FS) and Sint Maarten Island (PJ7),
between October 23rd and November 1st, have cancelled their operation.

E4, PALESTINE. Janusz, SP9FIH, will once again be active as E44WE from
Bethlehem between October 18-29th. Activity will be on 30/15/12/10 meters
using SSB, PSK63 and possibly RTTY. He will also be active in the CQWW
DX SSB Contest (October 28-29th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (15m)/Assisted/
Low-Power entry. QSL via his home callsign or ClubLog's OQRS. For more
details and updates, see:      http://www.e4.dxpeditions.org

FG, GUADELOUPE. Philippe, F1DUZ, will once again be active as FG4KH from
Guadeloupe (NA-102) between October 17th and November 7th. Activity will
be on all HF bands as well as 6 meters using SSB, the Digital modes (JT65,
FT8, Hell) and with 2m/70cm Tropo, TEP and EME on JT65B. He also plans to
participate in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 28-29th). QSL via his
home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. Web sites for EME and TEP infos
and the logs online are at:
           144 MHz: http://fgdxpeditionf1duz.monsite-orange.fr
           432 MHz: http://fg4kh-eme-70cm.monsite-orange.fr

FR, REUNION ISLAND. By the time you read this, Alain, F8FUA, will be
active as FR/F8FUA from Reunion Island (AF-016) until September 30th.
Activity will be holiday style on various HF using CW, SSB and the Digital
modes. His equipment will be a Elecraft K3 into a Buddipole. QSL via his
home callsign, direct, by the Bureau, eQSL or LoTW.

  FFF-0178   -- By FO/DF1YP; between now and October 1st; holiday style
                operation from Lagoon de Moorea; activity 20/17/15m
                using SSB and the Digital modes; All details on QRZ.com
  ONFF-0595  -- By ON5SWA/P; September 25th; between 0600-1000z; 80/40/
                20m SSB

  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

HF9, POLAND. Alex, SQ9UM, will be active as HF9M from Gliwice during the
CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 23-24th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power
entry. QSL via SQ9UM.

IOTA NEWS..............
  OC-198.  (Update/Press Release on the VK5CE/8 DXpedition). Craig, VK5CE,
           posted the following final press release on September 21st, at:
             He states, "In a couple of weeks I'll be leaving home on the
           journey north to outback Australia for the activation of North
           Island OC-198 (claimed by 11.1% of IOTA chasers). The boat
           operator was recently in Darwin where I had a great phone
           conversation with him to confirm the dates and that Iíll be
           able to bring a large array of vertical and beam antennas and
           spare generator on the small boat to take us to the island.
             I've purchased a new wire kit from Spiderbeam for the DX-
           pedition to use as a 20m-17m-15m tribander with 3 elements on
           each band. I tested this over the past couple of weeks and it
           worked well with low SWR and it was very encouraging to see the
           bands starting to open on the short path to Europe on 15m in
           our late afternoon and 20m in our late evening. Up in VK8 in
           October these high bands will be very good despite the current
           band conditions.
             I'll have no access to phones or internet and so people won't
           be able to email me and I canít spot myself on the cluster. I've
           done my final analysis of band conditions and I've put together
           a schedule of where I'll be on the bands, this is under the
           PROPAGATION section of the website .
           73s de Craig VK5CE

  OC-133.  Just, LA9DL, will be active as 9M6AAC from Mataking Island
           between September 26th and October 1st. Activity will be on
           20 meters using 75 watts into a dipole and vertical antennas.
           Operations will be mainly PSK and FT8. QSL via his home call-

KC0W DXPEDITION. Tom, KC0W, reports on QRZ.com: "My next DXpedition will
start late October 2017." Stay tuned!

P4, ARUBA. Mat, DL4MM, will once again be active as P4/DL4MM from the
P40L contest QTH between January 24-31st, 2018. He will participate in
the CQ 160m CW Contest (January 27-29th) as P40AA and a Single-Op entry.
Activity outside of the contest, will be on both CW and SSB with a focus
on the lower bands. He will pay special attention for EU, AS and JA. QSL
via DL4MM direct or LoTW (Bureau).

PJ4, BONAIRE. Operators Eric/K9ES and Charles/AD4ES will be active as
K9ES/PJ4 and AD4ES/PJ4, respectively, from Bonaire (SA-006) between
November 21-28th. Activity will be on all bands. QSL K9ES/PJ4 via K9ES.
QSL AD4ES/PJ4 via AD4ES. Both operators will be in the CQWW DX CW Contest
(November 25-26th). Eric/K9ES will sign PJ4E as a Single-Op/Single-Band
(80m) entry, and Charles/AD4ES will sign PJ4I as a Single-Op/Single-Band
(20m) entry. QSL PJ4I and PJ4E via LoTW. PLEASE be advised that both
PJ4E and PJ4I are re-issued callsigns.

PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (September 25th-October 1st).......
 Sep/25th AN      Sep/28th  HN     Sep/30th  AN
 Sep/26th AN      Sep/29th  LN     Oct/01st  AN
 Sep/27th BN

    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

PY0F, FERNANDO DE NORONHA (Update). Leo, PP1CZ, will once again be active
as PY0FW (not PY0F/PP1CZ as first announced) from Fernando de Noronha
(SA-003, DIB OC-01, WLOTA 1208, WWFF PYFF-016) between October 22-27th.
Activity will be holiday style on 80-10 meters with some tries on 6 meters
(if he has propagation on this band) and using CW, RTTY and some SSB,
possibly JT65 and FT8. QSL him direct or ClubLog's OQRS. NO Bureau or
LoTW. Check out the pictures of his 2013/2014/2015 operations on QRZ.com.

QSL INFO AND NEWS...................
  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX by Lothar, DL1SBF... (September 22nd) 
  3Z0YL via SP9SX          FP/M0ZXA via M0ZXA        ON/PD0PVR/P via PD0PVR
  4L/R4WW via R4WW (d)     HB0/DL5YM via DL5YM       OP70BFS via ON2KFJ
  5T5OK via OK6DJ (O/L)    HB9SOLAR via HB9ACA       OZ/PA2A via PA2A
  9A8GHJ/p via OE7GHJ      HC1/YV1KK via OH0XX       RO80RO via RO80RO (O)
  A25BE via RC5A (O/L)  HD8M via WB2REM & (O);KG0YL(B)  SD7W via DL2SWW 
  A25BI via RM0F (O/L)     HF12FOG via SP9MOA        SN0OSB via SP3KWA
  A25SP via R2AD (O)       II2FIST via IZ2FME        SN30PSM via SP3PSM
  A35W via JJ2VLY          IQ6VP via (I-B)           SN50PAZ via SP6PAZ
  DL17IARU via DL9KCE      LX/DK5ON via DK5ON        SU9JG via EA5GL (d/L)
  EG1ESA via DL0ESA        LZ105PBP via LZ1ZF      SV5/DL3DRN via DL3DRN & (L)
  EG5RCB via EA5RCB (d)    MU/ON4ANN via ON4ANN      SV8/R2AF/P via R2AF & (L)
  FP/DH5FS via DH5FS       MX0SNB via G3SVK (d/L)    ZV127SG via PY1PDF (e)
  FP/DK2AB via DK2AB (O/L) OF9W via OH5BQ
    (e) eQSL only  (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (*-B) DX's- Bureau
    (O) OQRS only  (C) ClubLog only  (L) LoTW only

  and VR2UBC

  and SP9RXP

  5H1NE, 5H1OC, 5I0DX, 7X2GK, 8Q7DX, 9Q6AL, A25TQ, A60A, A63DI, A91ACC,
  A91IGS, CY9C (NA-094), D4C, E20HHK, E20YLM, E21AOY/P, E21SNN, E51NOU,
  J68RC, P40L, PY4RR, PY4ZT, S21ZBC, S79KB, SV5/IK2ECC, T32RL, T88RY,
  T88XX (OC-296), TK1R, TK/IK1YED, V31RL, V6Z, VP2MPX, VK9CZ, XX9D,
  YJ0ZZ and ZK2V

T32, EASTERN KIRIBATI. Ken, KH6QJ, will once again be active as T32AZ
from Kiritimati Island (OC-024) between October 5-10th. Activity will
be on 40/20/15 meters, but will focus on 40 meters using CW and SSB. He
also plans to be in VK/ZL Oceania SSB Contest (October 7th). QSL via
his home call, direct or by the Bureau.

TM3, FRANCE. Dimitri, F4DSK, will be active as TM3Z from the city of
Crezancy en Sancerre (WW Loc. JN17ih) during the CQWW DX RTTY Contest
(September 23-24th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via

VE2, CANADA (Zone 2). Operators Jim/W4TMO and Bertrand/N4CW will be
active as W4TMO/VE2 from Sept-Iles (QC) [intended operation] in Zone
2 for the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 23-24th) as a  Multi-Single
or a Multi-2 entry. Their plans are to operate as a Portable/FD style
antennas with low power (100w).?? QSL via W4TMO.

YB0, INDONESIA. Karsono, YB0NDT, will once again be active during the
CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 23-25th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band
(20m) entry. QSL via YB0NDT, direct, eQSL or LoTW. No Bureau.

W9DXCC 2018 (Save the date!). A press release sent out by John, K9KE,
on September 17th, states [edited], "The date for the 66th annual W9DXCC
Convention and Banquet in suburban Chicago will be Sept. 14-15, 2018,
according to an announcement from organizers at Saturday evening's dinner.
The venue will continue to be the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg.
  Sponsored by the Northern Illinois DX Association, W9DXCC also plans
to offer Contest University and DX University on Friday. The day-long
session on Saturday will feature speakers, exhibits, QSL card checking
and a CW pileup contest, as well as the evening reception and banquet.
For more information, see:           http://w9dxcc.com

YE2, INDONESIA. Members of the ORARI Semarang Contesting Team will be
activating YE2C during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 25-26th) as a
Multi-2 entry. Operators mentioned are Yana/YB1AR, Agus/YB1ALL, Martinus/
YB2LSR, Dani/YB2TJV, Agus/YB2TX, Imam/YB4IR, Anton/YB5QZ, Kei/YB0ARJ,
Surata/YC1BJX, Han/YD1SDL/2 and Rivai/YE3AA. QSL via LoTW ONLY. For more 
info on the YE2C station, see:     http://ye2c.wordpress.com

ZB2, GIBRALTAR. Robert, M0TTT/ZB2TT, announced that he will be in the
CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 23-24th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-
Power entry. QSL ONLY via M0URX OQRS (Direct or Bureau) or LoTW.

ZF2, CAYMAN ISLANDS. Chris, N6WM, is once again active as ZF2CT from the
Grand Cayman Islands (NA-016) until September 26th. QSL via W6TCP,
LoTW or ClubLog. He plans to be in the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September
23-25th) with members of the ZF1A team.

        The following stations are expected to be active in the
         CQ World Wide DX RTTY Contest (September 23-24th, 2017)
       Thanks to Bill, NG3K, for providing OPDX readers with the following
consolidated listing of the participants in the 2017 CQWW DX RTTY 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/cqr2017.html  (By call sign)
           http://www.ng3k.com/Misc/cqrd2017.html (By entity)
           http://www.ng3k.com/Misc/cqrz2017.html (By zone)

           The CQ World-Wide DX Contest Web page and rules:

  Contest        DXCC        CQZ     Class         QSL
  Callsign       Entity                            Route
4L/R4WW          Georgia      21                   R4WW (d)
5W0RA            Samoa        32                   K7AR; QSL via ClubLog 
7Q7WW            Malawi       37      M/?          KC4D
7U1X             Algeria      33      SOAB         EA7JX; QSL via (B/d/C)
8P50B            Barbados     09      SOSB 20M     LoTW; QSL via KU9C & (C)
A35W             Tonga        32      SOAB         LoTW; QSL via JJ2VLY
A44A             Oman         21      M/2          A47RS
BV2A/3           Taiwan       24      M/?          BV2A
CR5V             Portugal     14      SOAB HP      M0OXO
E6AG             Niue         32      SO           OQRS
EF9R          Ceuta & Melilla 33      SO           LoTW; QSL via EA5KB
HF9M             Poland       15      SOAB LP      SQ9UM
JD1BON           Ogasawara    27                   LoTW; JA1UII (JARL Buro/d)
MJ5Z             Jersey       14      SOAB LP      LoTW; QSL via (C)
OH0JWL           Aland Island 15      M/?          DL5FF
PJ4/MW0JZE       Bonaire      09                   M0OXO (d)
TM3Z             France       14      SOAB LP      F4DSK
V31VP            Belize       07      SOAB HP      WB0TEV; QSL via (B/d/C)
VY2/W5AJ         Canada       05                   LoTW
W4TMO/VE2        Canada       02      M/?          W4TMO
XW1IC            Laos         26                   LoTW; QSL via E21EIC & (C)
YB0NDT           Indonesia    28      SOSB 20M     LoTW; QSL (e)(no paper QSLs)
ZB2TT            Gibraltar    14      SOAB LP      M0URX
ZF1A           Cayman Islands 08      M/?          QSL via K6AM (d/B/L)

    (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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