The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 981
October 18, 2010
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, ARRL Letter, K1XN & GoList, NJ1Q, W2IJ, NG3K & ADXO, W3HNK, N4AA & QRZ DX, N5UCF, K8YSE, W8GEX (60m News), N0TG, AT International, 4J5T, DK7PE, DL1SBF, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, DX World.Net, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, G3XAQ, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, OH2BN, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, RSGB IOTA Web Site, VA3RJ & ICPO, VHF-DX- Portal (MMMonVHF) and VK4AN for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 10th-October, through Sunday, 17th-October there were 237 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4W, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7O, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE0A, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FH, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, J7, J8, JA, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OJ0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ5, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, R1FJ, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T30, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZD9, ZF, ZL, ZL9, 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" (WFWL).
jClub members of the "Russian Community of Azerbaijan" will activate their callsign, 4J6RO, from Nagorno Karabakh between October 22 -25th. Activity will be on 40 and 20 meters, as well as 30/17/12 meters, using CW and SSB. Their QTH "Russkie Borisi" village, in the Geranboy district (AzeDA index - GR, QRA Locator LN30FL). Operators mentioned are: Boris/4K4K (Team/Club Leader), Alex/4J7WMF, Serge/4J5A and Igor/4K6OF. QSL via 4K4K.
PLEASE NOTE: This is the only legal callsign permitted by Ministry of Communications of Azerbaijan for this territory. Any other prefixes, besides 4J and 4K, issued by other countries for Karabakh have to be strictly considered illegal.
Rudi, DK7PE, will be active as 5X0CW from Kampala for one week starting October 27th through November 3rd. He plans to use his K2 radio and jumper beam (40-10m). Activity will be mainly CW. Staying in downtown Kampala, he expects some local QRM, but he will try some 160 and 80 meters. QSL via his home callsign.
Alan, G3XAQ, will be active as 5X1XA from Kampala between November 14th and December 1st. Activity will be CW only on the HF bands using 100 watts and small beam. Alan plans to be in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 27-28th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (possibly 20m) entry. QSL via G3SWH.
Jim, G3VDB, will once again be active as 8Q7EJ starting October 24th, for two weeks. This time he will be active from Bandos Island (AS-013). However, operations are subject to hotel permission. Activity will be an "intermittent holiday" operation during the above period mostly on 20 meters CW, using an ICOM IC-7000 into ground plane or other vertical antenna (to be decided). QSL via his home callsign.
9M6, EAST MALAYSIA
\ Operators Mike/KM9D (ex-V63MY) and Jan/KF4TUG (V63TO) have been based in Sandakan for the past few months. Mike is currently active as 9M6/KM9D, and has been on 30/20/17/12 meters CW. THe length of their stay is unknown. QSL via OM2SA.
9Q5, DEM. REPUBLIC OF CONGO
Christian, CX2CC, is now active as 9Q5OAR from the City of Goma, near the Rwanda border and is there working for the United Nations for one year. He hopes to be active on CW (slow), SSB and the Digital modes. Activity this past week was on 15/12/10 meters SSB. He is using a TS430 transceiver into a Log Periodic or wire dipole. QSL via his home callsign CX2CC: Christian Cardarello, Avenida Italia 3319, CP11600 Montevideo, Uruguay, South America. QSLs will not be answered until his return in December 2011. Please, direct QSL send a SAE with 2 USDs or a new IRC.
AO8, CANARY ISLANDS (AF-004)
Operators Pekka/OH1RY/EA8AH, Juan/EA8CAC, Manuel/EA8ZS, Salvador/EA5DY, Toivo/ES2RR, Jaakko/OH1MA and possibly others will be active as AO8A during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via EA8AH.
Members of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Centenary Foundation will be activating special event station BV100 between now and December 31st, 2011. Activity is to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Republic of China (Taiwan). Operations will be on all bands and modes. Complete details on a operating schedule and how to earn a BV100 award is available at:
CQ DX MARATHON (Update)
John, K9EL, DX Marathon Administrator, reports on October 16th:
"As recently announced by CQ Magazine, Competitors in the 2010 CQ DX Marathon will have a unique 'double-dip' opportunity in working the islands of the Netherlands Antilles for Marathon points. Those who worked any of the islands before 10/10/10, get credit for either the Windward or Leeward Islands, as appropriate. Hams who work them again on or after 10/10/10 will get additional credit for the new entities, providing a maximum of six country credits for working the islands in 2010. Version 2010.2 of the DX Marathon scoresheet that incorporates the four new PJ countries is now available on the DX Marathon Web site at:CY0, SABLE ISLAND (Update)
http://www.dxmarathon.comInstructions to convert version to 2010.1 to the new 2010.2 are available on the Web site. However, participants can also send their existing scoresheet to email@example.com and we will convert it and send it back to you."
"We are ready to go; the team will convene in Halifax, Canada, on Tuesday, 19th Oct. Then, Wedneday will be a busy day with final preparations for the charter flight over to Sable on Thursday - 21st October. The goal is to be up and running around 2100 UTC or so on the 21st. The Web page has a few steps listed which will be statused as they are completed. Please check the Web for updates at:DXCC NEWS
Below are what will be the DXCC assigned country codes for the new
entities once they are entered into the DXCC system:
518 Sint Maarten
519 Saba and St. Eustatius
520 - Bonaire
Note, the country codes for what will be the deleted entities will not change, they will just be flagged as deleted entities.
Online, the only place where these codes are posted is in the text version of the DXCC list. Once we officially add the new entities to the DXCC software this list will then be updated to show the official changes to the DXCC list."
E51, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS
Just a reminder that Bill, N7OU, will once again be returning to Rarotonga (OC-013), and will be active as E51NOU between October 18th and November 13th. Activity will be limited to his spare time because of his Global Volunteer work on the island.
EA8, CANARY ISLANDS
Michael, DL6MHW, will be active as EA8/DL6MHW from the from Tenerife Island (IOTA AF-004, DIE S-012, WLOTA 1276, EAA TF) during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st) as a Single-Op entry. QSL via LoTW.
EA8, CANARY ISLANDS
Mauri, OH2BYS, will once again be active as EA8CMX from Galdar, Isla de Gran Canaria (AF-004, DIE S-005, WLOTA L0969), during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st) and CQWW DX CW Contest (November 27-28th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (80m) entry. QSL via OH2BYS.
Serge, UT5UDX, will once again be active as ER0WW. This time during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st) as Single-Op/All- Band/High-Power entry. QSL via RA4LW.
Nodir, EY8MM, from Dushanbe, will be active during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 27-28th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (160 or 80m) entry. QSL K1BV via direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.
FSDXA ANNOUNCES THEIR PLANS FOR 2011 (Press Release #1)
Don Field, G3XTT, FSDXA Publicity Officer, sent out the following on October 10th: "The Five Star DXers Association (FSDXA) is pleased to announce its next DXpedition to Kiritimati (also known as Christmas Island, T32) to take place in September/October 2011. FSDXA, closely linked to CDXC (Chiltern DX Club), the UK DX Foundation, is the group which brought you the 1998 9M0C Spratly Islands DXpedition, the record-breaking 2001 D68C DXpedition to the Comoros and, subsequently, the 2004 3B9C Rodrigues and 2007 3B7C St.Brandon DXpeditions. Once again, Yaesu has kindly agreed to be Global Sponsor, and will be providing sixteen FT-5000 transceivers along with a similar number of Quadra VL-1000 linears. UK amateur radio retailers Martyn Lynch & Sons and Nevada are also committed to sponsoring the operation. It is hoped that the callsign T32C will be allocated. The 'C' in the callsign stands for 'CDXC', the club from which the Five Star DXers Associ- ation was formed and is also a reminder of the group’s previous successful operations.
As with previous FSDXA expeditions, this will be a major effort, with a target of more than 150,000 QSOs. There will be up to sixteen stations on the air, using amplifiers along with monoband beams and vertical dipole arrays, 24 hours a day, for almost four weeks, including four weekends, around the autumn equinox when DX propagation on all bands is typically at its best.
Our primary objective is to activate Christmas Island T32 with a view to giving as many DXers as possible a first contact with this rare DXCC entity and, as a secondary objective, to give as many band-slots as possible. While many experienced DXers have one or two contacts with Christmas Island, our focus, in addition to, making Christmas Island available to less well-equipped DXers, especially in Europe and the US East Coast, both of which are tough paths from the mid-Pacific, will be to help fill those missing band and mode slots, especially on LF and on RTTY.
Club Log shows Kiritimati as 36th most wanted DXCC entity by European operators and 61st most wanted worldwide. It is even more sought after on the LF bands.
A large number of amateurs from 13 different DXCC entities have already signed up for T32C, some for half the overall period, some for the whole operation. There will be 30 operators on site at any one time. Operator numbers have been determined to ensure that a full complement of stations can be manned whenever bands are open. Many of these operators have been with us before. All bring experience not only of operating (usually multiple modes, often with a contesting background) but in terms of other essential skills. For example, we will have two medical specialists, antenna, RF and software specialists, and a range of other skills which will be essential in mounting a major operation so far from logistical support.
At the time of writing, the team is expected to consist of 40 operators including: Falk/DK7YY, Jens/DL7AKC, Paul/EI5DI, Dave/EI9FBB, Gerard/F2JD, Ian/F5VKT/G3YBY, Michel/FM5CD, Vincent/G0LMX, Tony/G0OPB, Nobby/G0VJG, Don/G3BJ, Neville/G3NUG, Chris/G3SVL, David/G3UNA, Gordon/G3USR, John/ G3WGV, Mike/G3WPH, Don/G3XTT, Mark/G4AXX, John/G4DRS, Nick/G4FAL, Mike/ G4IUF, Justin/G4TSH, Michael/G7VJR, Clive/GM3POI, Bob/GU4YOX, Kazu/JA1RJU, Jim/KF7E, Bob/MD0CCE, Bill/N2WB, Arnie/N6HC, Bob/N6OX, Ronald/PA3EWP, Pete/SM5GMZ, Maury/W3EF, Paul/WF5T and Jay/WX0B. It is also planned to take a young amateur, to gain valuable DXpedition experience, and sponsor- ship is already on hand to make this possible.
At this time we are seeking contributions from sponsors to help defray the very significant logistics costs of this DXpedition. For example, there is limited electricity on the island so generators will have to be shipped. Most equipment has to be shipped by container via Tarawa. The team will then fly out to Christmas via Honolulu. All team members will be covering their own travel costs and accommodation on the island, and making a contribution to other (mainly logistics) costs, but there will still be a significant shortfall.
Details of how to donate appear on our website (www.t32c.com) which is
now live. PayPal donations may be made directly via the site.....
All donations will be acknowledged.
The logos of all DX clubs etc which have helped to sponsor the DXpedition will be shown on the QSL card, as will the names and callsigns of those who make an individual contribution in advance of the DXpedition (subject, in each case, to a certain minimum amount).
This first Bulletin is intended mainly to alert you to our upcoming DXpedition. More information will be forthcoming in due course, and will be posted on our website (www.t32c.com) as it becomes available."
Members of the Rhein Ruhr DX Association (RRDXA), from the Düsseldorf area, will once again be active as HB0/HB9AON, to celebrate their 27th DXpedition to Triesenberg, Liechtenstein, between October 27th and November 4th. Operators mentioned are: Diethelm/DJ2YE, Uli/DF7EF, Eike/DO2RE, Karl/DL6EAQ, Christian/DL6KAC, Rolf/DL8DAW, Heinz-Willi/DL8EAQ, Wilhelm/DG3EX, Tom/HB9DOD and Silvio/HB9LCW. Their activity will include the CQ WW SSB DX Contest (October 30-31st) as a Multi-Multi entry with 6 stations. Antennas will include dipoles at a height of 25m for the lowbands and monoband beams for 40m and up. QSLs go via DJ2YE, either direct or by the Bureau. Their target is to hit "7000 QSOs" and a score of 10 million points.
Members of the SK6M Contest Team will be active as HD2M from Nobol during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 27-28th) as a Multi-Multi entry. QSL via SM6FKF. Operators mentioned are Allan/HC2A, Alfredo/HC2SL, Rune/SM5COP, Fredy/SM6FKF, Ben/SM6LJU, Peter/SM6MCW and Mats/SM7BUA. Look for the SM operators to be active as HC2/homecall before the contest. QSL via their home callsigns.
AS-018. Look for RC0F to be active from Sakhalin Island during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st) as a Single-Op/All- Band entry. QSL via RC0F, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.
AS-081. Look for Ho-jong/DS5ACV and members of the Busan DX Club (6M0V) to activate Suu-do Island, South Korea, as 6M0V/5 between October 23-24th. QSL via 6M0V, by the Bureau or direct.
AS-133. Operators Wim/XU7KOH, Jack/XU7AJV, Wim/XU7ADV and Peter/ XU7ACY/NO2R will activate Russei Koh Island, Cambodia, between November 6-9th. Callsign to be used is XU7KOH. Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL via ON7PP.
EU-155. Members of the Modena DX Italia Team will be active as II4PI from Piallazza Island (IIA FE-001, MIA MI-104, WW Loc. JN64ES), near the Gorino lighthouse between October 21-24th. Operators mentioned are Alessandro/IK4ALM, Augusto/IK4RQJ, Luca/IK3AES, Roberto/IK4XCL, Alessandro/IZ4AMS and Sergio/IZ4BBF. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using all modes. QSL via IK4ALM, direct or by the Bureau.
NA-151. German operators Gabi/DF9TM, Frank/DL2SWW, Heiko/DL1RTL and Ric/DL2VFR will be active as OX/homecall from Tasiilaq Island between October 20-30th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters, as far as propagation allows, using CW, SSB and RTTY. The team is very happy/pleased that the German DX Foundation (GDXF), the Nippon DX Association (NDXA) and some individuals, such as JA1BPA, are sponsors of their expedition. For more details visit their Web page at:
SA-099. NEW IOTA GROUP! Roger, G3KMA, announced (edited): "Following today's (October 13th) ARRL announcement of four new DXCC entities in the former Netherlands Antilles, we can now announce IOTA's position. Curacao will, in accordance with IOTA rule E.5.5 (Island DXCC entity group), become a new IOTA group with the reference number SA-099, operative from 0400 UTC, 10 October 2010. Contacts made prior to that time/date will continue to count for SA-006. Bonaire remains as a valid island within SA-006, so its IOTA status will not change. There will also be no IOTA group number change to Sint Maarten NA-105 or Saba and Sint Eustatius NA-145, islands split from each other long ago in accordance with IOTA rules.
Members of the ARIPA DX Team will be active as IR9Y from Sicily during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via IT9ABY.
KH0, MARIANA ISLANDS
Operators Mike/JA6EGL (KK6WW/KH0), Yu/JE6DND (KH0R), Take/JA6JXN (AC2BO/KH0), Nori/JA6GLD (WH0AA) and Mune/JR6DRH (KR1V/KH0) will be active from Saipan Island (OC-086, USI NI002S, WLOTA 1333) between October 21-25th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL direct to their home callsigns.
KH6BZF PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (For October 11-17th)
Oct 18 AN SOLAR REFERENCE KEYS Oct 19 AN -------------------- Oct 20 AN-HN BN - Below Normal Oct 21 HN AN - Above Normal/Geomagnetic Level is QUIET Oct 22 HN LN - Low Normal Oct 23 AN HN - High Normal/Geomagnetic Level is UNSETTLED Oct 24 AN-HN DIS - Disturbed VDIS - Very Disturbed GEOMAGNETIC REFERENCE --------------------- QUIET - The "A" index is expected to be between 0-7 and the "K" index will be 2 or less UNSETTLED - The "A" index is expected to be between 7-16 and "K" index will be 3 or lessPACIFIC DXERS TAKE NOTE!
PJ ACTIVITY LIST (UPDATED)
PJ2A - Curacao Island; DXCC Code 517; IOTA SA-099; length of activity unsure; QSL via N5UCF. No online logs. PJ2T - Curacao Island; DXCC Code 517; IOTA SA-099; October 10th-November 2nd; QSL via N9AG or LoTW. No online logs. PJ2/OH1VR - Curacao Island; DXCC Code 517; IOTA SA-099; Now QRT; QSL via his home callsign. No online logs. PJ2/W5MPC - Curacao Island; DXCC Code 517; IOTA SA-099; Now QRT; QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. No online logs. PJ4B - Bonaire Island; DXCC Code 520; IOTA SA-006; through October 22nd; QSL via PA8A. As of 10/17/10 (0121z): Total 8084 QSOs; Unique callsigns 5320.Online log at: http://www.clublog.org/charts/?c=pj4b PJ4D - Bonaire Island; DXCC Code 520; IOTA SA-006; through October 22nd; QSL via W3HNK. As of 10/17/10 (1200z): Total +33,000 QSOs. Online log at: http://www.bonaire2010.com PJ4I - Bonaire Island; DXCC Code 520; IOTA SA-006; through October 22nd; QSL via DL9USA. No online logs. PJ4N - Bonaire Island; DXCC Code 520; IOTA SA-006; through October 22nd; QSL via DJ8NK (not W3HNK). No online logs. PJ4NX - Bonaire Island; DXCC Code 520; IOTA SA-006; resident on the island; QSL direct to address on QRZ.com or by the Bureau via PA3CNX. No online logs. PJ4W - Bonaire Island; DXCC Code 520; IOTA SA-006; through October 22nd; QSL via W3HNK. No online logs. PJ4/PG4M - Bonaire Island; DXCC Code 520; IOTA SA-006; Now QRT; QSL direct to home callsign. No online logs. PJ4/W9NJY - Bonaire Island; DXCC Code 520; IOTA SA-006; through October 29th; QSL via W9NJY or LoTW after the January 1st (2011). PJ5/K1XM - St. Eustatius; DXCC Code 519; IOTA NA-145; now through October 17th; QSL via KQ1F. No online logs. PJ5/AH6HY - (not PJ5/AH6DX) St. Eustatius; DXCC Code 519; IOTA NA-145; Now QRT; QSL via AH6DX, direct or by the Bureau. No online logs. PJ5/AA4NC - St. Eustatius; DXCC Code 519; IOTA NA-145; Now QRT; QSL via AA4NC direct only. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW. NO BUREAU QSLs. No online logs. PJ6A - Saba Island; DXCC Code 519; IOTA NA-145; now through October 22nd; QSL direct only to N4NX, or use the online OQRS system for direct and Bureau QSLing. As of 10/16/10 (2224z): Total of 30488 QSOs Online log at: http://www.saba2010.com PJ6/K4LMY - Saba Island; DXCC Code 519; IOTA NA-145; Now QRT; QSL via K4LMY. No online logs. PJ7E - Sint Maarten; DXCC Code 518; IOTA NA-105; now through October 20th; QSL via LoTW, OQSL (see Web page) or direct to: Sint Maarten 2010, Box 333, Bethlehem, Georgia 30620-9989 USA. As of 10/17/10 (0024z): Total of 50620 QSOs. Online log at: http://www.stmaarten2010.com/log.html PJ7MF - Sint Maarten; DXCC Code 518; IOTA NA-105; resident on the island; QSL via IZ1MHY, ONLY DIRECT. Online log at: http://www.iz1mhy.tk PJ7/AA4NC - Sint Maarten; DXCC Code 518; IOTA NA-105; No QSNs were reported; Activity was expected to be between October 15-18th; QSL via AA4NC, direct only. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW. NO BUREAU QSLs. No online logs. PJ7/AH6HY - Sint Maarten; DXCC Code 518; IOTA NA-105; No QSNs were reported; Activity was expected to be between October 15-22nd; QSL via AH6DX, direct or by the Bureau. No online logs.PJ4, BONAIRE
Operators from Mogi, Sao Paulo, will be active as PW2D during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via PY2VM. Operators mentioned are: Andre/PY2MTV, Fabio/ PY2BK and Tom/PY2ZXU.
QSL INFO AND NEWS
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (dated October 17th) ----------------------------------------------------------------------- 3G200PCG via CE3PCG JW/HB9LEY via JQ2GYU ST26ASC via ST2M (direct) 3Z0DKI via SP2DKI JW/JQ2GYU via JQ2GYU SU8JOTA via SM5AQD 5R8RJ via DJ7RJ KP2/N1WON via N1WON SZ6P via SV1BJW 9H9MSG via 9H1SF LX/DL6WT via DL6WT T88DL via DL2OBO A60JOTA via A62ER NP3X via K2DER TA2/DL2AGB via DL2AGB DA0CA via DC2YY NQ2A via K2DER TC03W via OK2GZ DL20Y2DM via DL1BFU OL5DIG via OK1AR TO3GA via DL3GA DT8A via HL2FDW ON4JOTA via ON4GDV TY1JB via DL2UX EM8NFF/P via UT7NW P40L via WA3FRP V55JAM via V51Q FH8ND via F1OKV PA100WELP via PC2S V85/OE3GEA via OE3GEA GP0STH via G4DIY PA80WL via PE1SCV XX9TLX via DK7LX HG100IHA via HA6IHA PC75HV via PA0FAW YB8EL via EA7FTR HG8C via HA8EK PJ2/PB2T via PB2T YR150UAIC via YO-Bureau HL4/UA4WHX via UA4WHX PJ2T via N9AG YU0NS via YU7BPQ HP1/IZ6BRN via IZ8CLM PJ4D via W3HNK HZ1SBS via HZ1HN PJ4I via DL9USA IR0JOTA via IW0FFP PJ7MF via IZ1MHYLOTW HITS 300 MILLION The ARRL Letter announced this week that with the submission by Victor Morozov, RD3PQ, on October 5th, the ARRL's "Logbook of The World (LoTW)" hit 300 million QSOs! They also mentioned that January 2011 marks the 10 year anniversary of the ARRL's announcement of the LoTW system.
NEW QSL MANAGER. Jerry, N5UCF, reports: "Effective immediately I will be serving as QSL manager for PJ2A. I will have logs for all PJ2A contacts and will be answering direct and bureau requests. Please send direct requests to my QRZ.com address with SASE or SAE + new IRC or minimum of 1 USD for a direct return. QSL cards are ordered and in queue to be printed so please be patient for a return QSL over the next several months or so. Please pass this to any other QSL route sources you may be aware of not copied on this E-mail."
QSLS VIA LoTW: DL3TD, EA3GHZ, K5K and LU1ICX
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 7P8JK, 9X0TL, AT60MY, H40FN, JA7BXS, K4C, S79BWW, V31SJ, V31YY and XT2EME
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 8P0P, AO8HQ, C57C, CG3AT, D44TXS, EA7TG, F6GCP, HI3/N3SY, HG0HQ, JD1BIE, KH6/NU1AW, KL7/W1AW, OK1DOL, OP4K, PQ2Q, S40R, S58MU, SE2T, UX1UA, V31WA, V51AS/L, VP9400HW, YL/RZ3BY and ZP6CW
RADIO ARCALA AND THE 2010 CQWW SSB CONTEST (Press Release)
Jarmo, OH2BN, sent on the following on October 17th:
"This year Radio Arcala set the target to become internationally focused and extended their ranks to the United States, Japan and Continental Europe, both in their overall expertise and their radio operating resources. Kazu, JK3GAD, has done a superb job of taking many Arcala messages to his homeland. Now it is time to set sail to the United States and introduce another U.S. sound from the Radio Arcala station network.S7, SEYCHELLES
OH8X from Northern Finland will be activated by Marko, OH4JFN, in SOAB, hoping for improved propagation from the Far North.
OH0B from Aland Islands will be operated by Toni, OH2UA, current EU CQWW SSB and CW record holder, also in SOAB. They will run against each other to gain a Northern European victory and an initial set of qualification points for WRTC 2014.
CR2X from the Azores with Jeff, N5TJ, at the helm will add a new element to the European racing scene. He comes with a formidable WRTC background and with current CQWW World Records for SSB and CW under his belt. As this is the first time Jeff enters the European scene in CQWW, the outcome promises to be interesting, to say the least.
5R8X from Madagascar will see the majority of Arcalians - OH2BH, OH2PM, OH6KN, OH7EA and OH8NC - traveling to this island nation in the Indian Ocean not only to provide a dual-multiplier but to do a variety of things at once. In CQWW they will be multi-op, single-TX while also making sure, with their awesome lineup of LF antennas, to provide a 5R8 on the low bands for those in need. Their low-band activity will last for two weeks, including CQWW, plus the following weekend, with two stations expected to be on at prime hours.
QSL to OH8X via OH2UA, others via OH2BH."
T31, CENTRAL KIRBATI ISLANDS
An international team is planning to activate Kanton Island (OC-043) for 9 days starting April 2011. An additional day may be added depending on the sailing time to the island. Transportation has been arranged, all licenses are assigned and the permit is in its final stages. Callsign will be T31A. They plan to have 6 stations operational with 12 operators and activity on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. A Web page is under construction at:
Tom, DL2OBO, continues his long travels on his honeymoon, and is now expected to be active as T88DL from "Palau Pacific Resort" between October 23rd and November 1st. QSL via his home callsign. Visit his Web page at:
Siggi, TF3CW, has announced that he will be active in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st) as Single-Op/Single-Band (20m) entry. QSL via LX1NO.
Andreas, DL3GA, is now active as TO3GA from Ducos on the Island of Martinique (IOTA NA-107, DIFO FM-001, WLOTA 1041, DDFM 97) until October 20th. Activity has been on 80-15 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via his home callsign.
V7, MARSHALL ISLANDS (IOTA Op Postponed!)
The V73RRC QSL Manager Richard, N7RO, reports that the expedition to Ujelang Atoll (OC-278) by Yuri, N3QQ, has been postponed. It is possible a new effort will be made at the end of November/beginning December. For updates and more info, see:
Operators Larry/K3VX (VP2MVX), Will/K9FO (VP2MFO), Don/K9NR (VP2MNR), Carl/K9CS (VP2MSC) and Bill/K9OWQ (VP2MWP) will be active from here between November 22nd and December 6th. Activity will include entries in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 27-28th) and ARRL 160 Contests (December 3-5th) as a Multi-2 class signing VP2M. Activity outside the contests will be on 160-10 meters, mostly CW but some SSB, RTTY and PSK. QSL all callsigns via K9CS.
VP5, TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS (Caribbean Tour)
Cory, N1WON, now active as KP2/N1WON from the U.S. Virgin Island (NA-106) until October 19th, will be active as VP5/N1WON from the Turks and Caicos Islands (NA-002) between October 21st and November 3rd. He will be there to be part of the VP5DX team for the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st). QSL VP5DX via NU4Y. The VP5DX contest logs will be uploaded to the LoTW. Also, QSL VP5/N1WON and KP2/N1WON via his home callsign. Cory's logs will also be uploaded to LoTW at a later date. He states, "I have plenty of nice QSL cards that I would like to send to the folks I’ve worked."
VK9N, NORFOLK ISLAND (Update/Change)
After their operation from ZK2A (see ZK2 listed below), operators Andrea/IK1PMR, YL Claudia/PA3LEO, Al/LA9SN, Doug/N6TQS and possibly others will be active from here between December 5-19th. Plans of activity should/probably be the same as their operation from ZK2A. QSL via PA3LEO.
Georg, DK7LX, is now active as XX9TLX until October 26th. His main focus on this trip will be 30/17/12 meters as well as CW, and possibly RTTY toward the end of his activity. Most of this activity so far has been on 30 and 12 meters. He mentions that 80 meters is very unlikely due to environmental issues. QSL via his home callsign.
ZK2, NIUE (Update/Change)
Look for 5 operators to be active as ZK2A between November 20th and December 3rd. Operators mentioned are: Andrea/ IK1PMR, YL Claudia/PA3LEO, Al/LA9SN, Doug/N6TQS, Alan/K6SRZ, and possibly Tom/SP5UAF. Activity will be focused on Europe, 160-40 meters, 30/17/12 meters, CW and RTTY using four Elecraft with solid state amps with RX antennas. This is a lightweight DXpedition. They will try to limit their extra baggage expenses. To achieve this (and for efficiency and reliability too) they will mainly use wire antennas. QSL via PA3LEO. A Web site is now available at:
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