Friday, December 06, 2019

Global Radio Guide (Winter 2019-2020) Now Available at Amazon



Once again, Global Radio broadcasters have moved to the information war front lines as the world’s major superpowers have entered a new Cold War. As tensions heat up in the world’s hotspots such as eastern Europe, the Middle East, and East Asia, you can follow international events on the radio, but you need an accurate and a comprehensive radio guide to hear the action.

Teak Publishing is pleased to announce the release that all-important radio guide – the Global Radio Guide (GRG), 13th edition (Winter 2019-2020) e-book, by Amazon bestselling author Gayle Van Horn W4GVH. The book was formerly known as the International Shortwave Broadcast Guide.

This Amazon's' electronic' book is your ticket to travel the Global Radio bands. The heart of this publication is a 24-hour station/frequency guide with all the latest Winter 2019-2020 schedules for selected AM band, longwave, and shortwave radio stations. This unique resource is the only radio publication that lists by-hour schedules that include all language services, frequencies, and world target areas for over 500 stations. There are listings of DX radio programs and Internet websites addresses for many of the stations in the book. There are also entries for time and frequency stations and even a few other intriguing shortwave radio stations.

New in this 13th edition of the GRG is an introductory article: The Software Defined Radio - Bringing the World to Your Doorstep. It includes our first-ever SDR buyers guide. Gayle and Larry Van Horn have also joined forces again penning an in-depth equipment review on the new Airspy HF+Discovery SDR.

Other authors in this edition include Richard Fisher with a feature on WBCQ - The Most Powerful Shortwave Voice in North America, and The Spectrum Monitor’s Fred Waterer, with a feature on winter/holiday radio programming. The 2019-2020 winter propagation forecast is presented by international radio propagation expert, Tomas Hood NW7US. In addition to his propagation forecast, Tomas will also preview his thoughts on the new solar cycle 25.

There are also articles on Traveling the World via Shortwave Radio Broadcasts, Monitoring the Shortwave Action Bands, our exclusive Hot 1000+ shortwave frequency list, and new radio product announcements.

The 133h edition of the Global Radio Guide eBook (electronic book only, no print edition available) is available worldwide from Amazon and their various international websites at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B082DNSN4P.

The price of this latest edition is US$8.99. Since this book is being released internationally, Amazon customers in the United Kingdom, Germany, France Spain, Italy, Japan, India, Canada, Brazil, Mexico and Australia can order this e-Book from Amazon websites directly servicing these countries. Customers in all other countries can use the regular Amazon.com website to purchase this e-Book.

You can read any Kindle eBook with Amazon’s ‘free’ reading apps on literally any electronic media platform. You do not have to own a Kindle reader from Amazon to read this e-book. There are Kindle apps available for iOS, Android, Mac, and PC platforms. You can find additional details on these apps by checking out this link to the Amazon website at www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000493771.

Additional information on this and other Teak Publishing radio hobby books can be found on the company sponsored Internet blogs – The Shortwave Central (http://mtshortwave.blogspot.com/)The Military Monitoring Post (http://mt-milcom.blogspot.com/), and on the Teak Publishing Company blog – The Btown Monitor Post (http://monitor-post.blogspot.com/). You can learn more about the author by going to her author page on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/GayleVan-Horn/e/B0084MVQCM/.

Global Radio listeners are routinely entertained with unique perspectives to events, music, culture, history, and news from other countries that you won’t see or hear on your local or national broadcast channels. Global Radio broadcasts are not restricted by country borders or oceans and can travel thousands of miles, reaching millions of listeners worldwide, now in over 300 different languages and dialects.

Listeners can hear shortwave broadcast stations from China, Cuba, France, Germany, India, Iran, Japan, New Zealand, North/South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam, and many other counties. If you have a shortwave radio receiver or Internet connection, and this unique radio resource, you will know when and where to listen to your favorite radio broadcast station.

This publication will have wide appeal to amateur radio operators, shortwave radio hobbyists, news agencies, news buffs, educators, foreign language students, expatriates, or anyone interested in listening to a global view of world news and major events as they happen. Teak Publishing’s Global Radio Guide brings the world to you.

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

SDRPlay Announces the RSPdx SDR/ Video Intro

RSPdx

SDRplay announces the RSPdx SDRplay Limited has announced the launch of a new Software Defined Radio product – the RSPdx. 


The RSPdx is a replacement for the highly successful RSP2 and RSP2pro SDR receivers, which have been extensively redesigned to provide enhanced performance with additional and improved pre-selection filters, improved intermodulation performance, the addition of a user selectable DAB notch filter and more software selectable attenuation steps. The RSPdx , when used in conjunction with SDRplay’s own SDRuno software, introduces a special HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode for reception within selected bands below 2MHz. HDR mode delivers improved intermodulation performance and fewer spurious responses for those challenging bands. 
The SDRplay RSPdx is a single-tuner wideband full-featured 14-bit SDR which covers the entire RF spectrum from 1kHz to 2GHz giving up to 10MHz of spectrum visibility. 
It contains three antenna ports, two of which use SMA connectors and operate across the full 1 kHz to 2 GHz range and the third uses a BNC connector which operates up to 200MHz. 
The RSPdx also features a 24 MHz ‘plug and play’ reference clock input which allows the unit to be synchronized to an external reference clock such as a GPS disciplined oscillator (GPSDO). The RSPdx data-sheet can be viewed at https://www.sdrplay.com/resources/RSPdxDatasheet.pdf/
Due to its exceptional combination of performance and price, the RSP family of receivers have become very popular, and the RSPdx builds on the learning and feedback from many thousands of users across the amateur, scientific, educational and industrial SDR community. 
As was the case for the other RSP family members, SDRplay will work with developers of the popular third-party SDR receiver software packages to maximize compatibility. SDRplay will also provide multiplatform driver and API support which includes Windows, Linux, Mac, Android and Raspberry Pi 3 and 4. 
The RSPdx will be available to purchase in the next few weeks and is expected to retail at approximately £159 GBP or $199 USD (excluding taxes). 
For more information visit the SDRplay website on www.sdrplay.com 
About SDRplay: SDRplay limited is a UK company and consists of a small group of engineers with strong connections to the UK Wireless semiconductor industry. SDRplay announced its first product, the RSP1 in August 2014 Email: admin@sdrplay.com 191101


SDRPlay RSPdx SC Field Test

FB post by Paul Jones in the Charleston SC area to the SDRPlay FB group. "Ok as you all know, I started this group SDRPlay as a unofficial group about the RSP's, then I started working for ELAD, but I continued to be a tester for SDRPlay, over the past few years, I've managed to gather a small collection of SDR's , all the SDRPlay Range from the 1 to the latest RSPdx, and obviously all the ELAD Radios, well I do work for them... :) and a few more, including the revered Perseus. Last night the LW signals were amazing here, so I decided to do a comparison test, trying not to be biased towards Elad, but they are in a different price range, the next step up from SDRPlay SDR's My Location is just outside of Charleston, SC in the USA, and the target station was Medi1 out of Morocco on 171kHz All signals just above the noise floor,
Perseus Just about see the signal, audio is just
about readable,
Airspy HF+ barely see the signal, can tell audio is there but can't make it out.
LimeSDR hmmm joke waste of my money
Elad S2 just about hear and see the station, readable
RSP1 Nothing
RSP1a just about hear and see, just about readable almost as good as the Perseus
RSPDuo Similar to RSP1a
RSP2Pro worse than 1a to be expected I guess
RSPdx good signal and almost perfectly readable
Elad S3 just a wee tad better than the RSPdx, clear audio ($800 more)
Elad DuoR using SW2 about on par with RSPdx ($700 more)
Using 120ft longwire via a 9:1 grounded, couldn't compare S3 in Uno as extio's are not available yet (Radio isn't publicly available yet)...all tested at about 500khz Bandwidth or as close to. I do have better antennas but this was the setup at the time
RSPdx was in HDR mode LW button, then improved signal by using LIF 1.536mhz at 16 decimation 200khz and it was that was closest to Elad-S3 and better than the RSPDuo
All with noise floor around s5, signal showing around s6-8
So in order of best to worst
Elad-S3, RSPdx, Elad DuoR, Elad-S2(add-on filters not used), Perseus, (RSP1a, RSPDuo Both about same) Elad-S1, Airspy HF+, RSP1, LImeSDR
This isn't a LAB grade test, it was made using the MK1 Brain, Eyes and Ears, We could go into details, but whats 0.1 of a dB between friends.....and if you can't hear the station, what's the point of all the noise figures...
Paul - NN4F - EladUSA Guru / SDRPlay Mike ladd Wannabe
Pic is the RSPdx using latest 1.33 SDRUno using HDR mode on Antenna C

ARLB022 W1AW 2019/2020 Winter Operating Schedule

SB QST @ ARL $ARLB022
ARLB022 W1AW 2019/2020 Winter Operating Schedule

ZCZC AG22
QST de W1AW 
ARRL Bulletin 22  ARLB022
From ARRL Headquarters 
Newington CT  November 5, 2019
To all radio amateurs

SB QST ARL ARLB022
ARLB022 W1AW 2019/2020 Winter Operating Schedule

Morning Schedule:

Time                  Mode     Days
-------------------   ----     ---------
1400 UTC (9 AM EST)   CWs      Wed, Fri
1400 UTC (9 AM EST)   CWf      Tue, Thu

Daily Visitor Operating Hours:

1500 UTC to 1700 UTC - (10 AM to 12 PM EST)
1800 UTC to 2045 UTC - (1 PM to 3:45 PM EST)

(Station closed 1700 to 1800 UTC (12 PM to 1 PM EST))

Afternoon/Evening Schedule:

2100 UTC (4 PM EST)    CWf      Mon, Wed, Fri
2100  "      "         CWs      Tue, Thu
2200  "  (5 PM EST)    CWb      Daily
2300  "  (6 PM EST)    DIGITAL  Daily
0000  "  (7 PM EST)    CWs      Mon, Wed, Fri
0000  "      "         CWf      Tue, Thu
0100  "  (8 PM EST)    CWb      Daily
0200  "  (9 PM EST)    DIGITAL  Daily
0245  "  (9:45 PM EST) VOICE    Daily
0300  "  (10 PM EST)   CWf      Mon, Wed, Fri
0300  "      "         CWs      Tue, Thu
0400  "  (11 PM EST)   CWb      Daily


                         Frequencies (MHz)
                         -----------------
CW: 1.8025 3.5815 7.0475 14.0475 18.0975 21.0675 28.0675 50.350 147.555
DIGITAL: - 3.5975 7.095 14.095 18.1025 21.095 28.095 50.350 147.555
VOICE: 1.855 3.990 7.290 14.290 18.160 21.390 28.590 50.350 147.555
 
Notes:

CWs = Morse Code practice (slow) = 5, 7.5, 10, 13 and 15 WPM
CWf = Morse Code practice (fast) = 35, 30, 25, 20, 15, 13 and 10 WPM 
CWb = Morse Code Bulletins = 18 WPM

CW frequencies include code practices, Qualifying Runs and CW bulletins.

DIGITAL = BAUDOT (45.45 baud), BPSK31 and MFSK16 in a revolving schedule.

Code practice texts are from QST, and the source of each practice is given at the beginning of each practice and at the beginning of alternate speeds.

On Tuesdays and Fridays at 2330 UTC (6:30 PM EST), Keplerian Elements for active amateur satellites are sent on the regular digital frequencies.

A DX bulletin replaces or is added to the regular bulletins between 0100 UTC (8 PM EST) Thursdays and 0100 UTC (8 PM EST) Fridays.

Audio from W1AW's CW code practices, CW/digital bulletins and phone bulletin is available using EchoLink via the W1AW Conference Server named "W1AWBDCT."  The monthly W1AW Qualifying Runs are presented here as well.  The audio is sent in real-time and runs concurrently
with W1AW's regular transmission schedule.

All users who connect to the conference server are muted.  Please note that any questions or comments about this server should not be sent via the "Text" window in EchoLink. Please direct any questions or comments to w1aw@arrl.org .

In a communications emergency, monitor W1AW for special bulletins as follows: Voice on the hour, Digital at 15 minutes past the hour, and CW on the half hour.
 
All licensed amateurs may operate the station from 1500 UTC to 1700 UTC (10 AM to 12 PM EST), and then from 1800 UTC to 2045 UTC (1 PM to 3:45 PM EST) Monday through Friday.  Be sure to bring your current FCC amateur radio license or a photocopy.

The W1AW Operating Schedule may also be found on page 100 in the November 2019 issue of QST or on the web at, http://www.arrl.org/w1aw-operating-schedule .

NNNN
/EX

Hamsat PO-101 Schedule


Weekly Weather Satellite Status Report -- 4 Nov 2019

WEATHER SATELLITES
  ===============
POLAR APT, DIGITAL and GEOSTATIONARY WEEKLY STATUS.
  ==============================================

Please note that due to an earlier numbering error this report is
numbered 2019/45, the same as last week, to catch up.

Author  : Douglas S Deans
E-mail  : dsdeans@btinternet.com
Twitter : Douglas Deans @GM4VZY

There are no updates but please see the general note above.

SECTION 1: POLAR APT/LRPT REPORT – 4th November 2019.
  =================================================
CHANGES SINCE LAST REPORT.
None.

THIS WEEK'S POSSIBLE EVENTS.
None expected.

Satellite    Frequency (MHz)     Status   Image Quality

NOAA 15        137.620  (APT)      on   periods of synch problems
NOAA 18        137.9125 (APT)      on         good
NOAA 19        137.100  (APT)      on         good
Metop-A        137.100  (LRPT)     off      see Note 1
Metop-B                No LRPT service
Metop-C                No LRPT service
Meteor M N2    137.100 (LRPT)      on
                QPSK, 72k
Meteor M N2-2  137.900 (LRPT)      on         good
                OQPSK,  72k

NOTES.
1. Metop-A's A-side LRPT transmitter has failed. Currently the redundant
   B-side transmitter is off until further notice (No further service
   expected due to interference with HIRS instrument).

2. NOAA 14 was decommissioned on 23rd May 2007.

3. NOAA 12 was decommissioned on 10th August 2007.

4. NOAA 17 was decommissioned on 10th April 2013.

5. NOAA 16 was decommissioned on 9th June 2014.

6. Elements are available from :-
   http://www.space-track.org and
   http://celestrak.com/NORAD/elements/

LAUNCHES.
None expected.


SECTION 2: POLAR HRPT/AHRPT REPORT – 4th November 2019.
  ===================================================
CHANGES SINCE LAST REPORT.
None.

THIS WEEK'S POSSIBLE EVENTS.
None expected.

Satellite    Frequency  Antenna    Mode     Image Quality
              (MHz)
NOAA 15       1702.5     Omni      HRPT   Weak(periods of problems)
NOAA 18       1707.0     RHCP      HRPT        Good
NOAA 19       1698.0     RHCP      HRPT        Good
Feng Yun 3A   1704.5     RHCP              see note 6.
Feng Yun 3B   1704.5     RHCP              see note 6.
Feng Yun 3C   1701.4     RHCP              see note 9.
Metop-A       1701.3     RHCP      AHRPT  Good (note 5)
Metop-B       1701.3     RHCP      AHRPT      Good.
Metop-C       1701.3     RHCP      AHRPT
Meteor M N2   1700.0 see Note 7.
Meteor M N2-2 1700.0 see note 7.
NPP       see Note 8.
NOAA 20   see Note 8.

NOTES.

1. NOAA 14 was decommissioned on 23rd June 2007.

2. NOAA 12 was decommissioned on 10th August 2007.

3. NOAA 17 was decommissioned on 10th April 2013.

4. NOAA 16 was decommissioned on 9th June 2014.

5. On 25 May 2009, Eumetsat extended the coverage of the Advanced High
   Resolution Picture Transmission (AHRPT) system on Eumetsat's Metop-A
   polar-orbiting satellite. The improved service provides additional
   coverage over the Gulf of Mexico and Indian Ocean regions.

6. I am also grateful to Dave Wright of Dartcom for confirming that
   unfortunately (as usual) the Chinese have not strictly complied with
   the CGMS AHRPT Global Standard so reception using a standard Metop
   AHRPT receiver is not possible.
   Update: The second in the series, Feng Yun 3B was launched on
   4th November 2010. I expect the information above for 3A will
   equally apply to 3B.
   My thanks to Johnny Lin for drawing this to my attention.

7. It appears that Meteor M N2 and M N2-2 are neither using full HRPT or
   AHRPT and cannot be received using standard receivers. Please see
   other mails for further explanation :-
   http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/weather-satellite-report/message/
   2098.

8. As those weather satellites have no S-band transmitter, they are
    included for information only.

9. I am grateful to David Wright of Dartcom (http://www.dartcom.co.uk)
   for providing up to date information for Feng Yun 3C.
   Now fully operational but the Chinese have changed the data rate
   compared to FY-3A and FY-3C DB downlink data rate is 3.9 Mbps after RS
   Encoding.
   Frequency is also different - it is on 1701.3 MHz same frequency as
   Metop A/B. It still requires a special AHRPT receiver like FY-3A/B.
   They have also changed the polarisation of the X-band downlink to
   LHCP.

LAUNCHES.
None expected.


SECTION 3: GEOSTATIONARY REPORT – 4th November 2019.
  ===============================================
CHANGES SINCE LAST REPORT.
None.

THIS WEEK'S POSSIBLE EVENTS.
None expected.

Europe & Africa
------------------
Satellite : Meteosat 9 (3.5° E).
Data :      HRIT and LRIT(digital).
Operational : Hot FES standby. No LRIT.

Satellite : Meteosat 10 (9.5°E).
Data : HRIT (digital) and LRIT (digital)
Operational : Yes. Prime RSS satellite. No LRIT.

Satellite : Meteosat 11 (0°).
Data :      HRIT and LRIT(digital).
Operational : Yes Prime 0° FES satellite. No LRIT.

North America
----------------
East.
Satellite : GOES 16 (75.2° W).
Data :  GRB  - 1686.6 MHz.
         HRIT - 1694.1 MHz.
Operational: yes.

West.
Satellite : GOES 17 (137.2° W).
Data:  GRB   - 1686.6MHz.
        HRIT: - 1694.1MHz.
Operational: Yes.

Satellite : GOES 15 (128° W).
Data : GVAR (digital) - 1685.7 MHz
LRIT (digital) - 1691 MHz
Operational : Yes.(In parallel with GOES 17).

Satellite : GOES 14 (105°W).
Data : GVAR (digital) - 1685.7 MHz
LRIT (digital) - 1691 MHz
Operational: Standby.

Satellite : GOES 13 (60° W).
Data: GVAR (digital) - 1685.7 MHz
LRIT (digital) - 1691 MHz
Operational: No. In storage.

Asia (Russian Operated Satellite)
--------------------------------------

Satellite : ELECTRO-L (14.5°W)
Data : HRIT/LRIT.
Operational : No

Satellite : ELECTRO-L2 (78° E)
Data : HRIT/LRIT.
Operational : Yes.

Asia (European Operated Satellites)
----------------------------------------
Satellite : Meteosat 8 (41.5°E).
Data : HRIT (digital) and LRIT (digital).
Operational : Yes. Operating IODC.
               There is no direct readout LRIT.

Asia (Indian Operated Satellite)
--------------------------------
Satellite: Insat 3D (82° E).
Data : HRIT/LRIT 4781 MHz
         Sounder 4798 MHz.
Operational : Yes.

Satellite: Insat 3DR (74° E).
Data : HRIT/LRIT 4781 MHz.
        Sounder 4798 MHz.
Operational : Yes.

Asia (Korean Operated Satellite)
-----------------------------------
Satellite : COMS (128.2° E)
Data : HRIT (digital) and LRIT (digital)
Operational : No. Standby

Satellite : GEO-KOMPSAT-2A. (128.2° E)
Data :  HRIT (digital) - 1695.4 MHz.
         LRIT (digital) - 1692.14 MHz
         UHRIT (digital) - 8070 Mhz (DVB-S2)
Operational : Yes.

Asia & Oceania (Japanese Operated Satellites)
------------------------------------------------
Satellite : MTSAT-1R (140° E) (note 4.)
Data : HRIT (digital) - 1687.1 MHz.
        LRIT(digital) - 1691 MHz.(Note 5.)
Operational : No.

Satellite : MTSAT-2 (145° E).
Data : HRIT (digital) - 1687.1 MHz
        LRIT(digital) - 1691 MHz.
Operational : Yes

Satellite : Himawari 8 (140.7° E).
Data : No direct dissemination.
          Satellite downlink only on
          18.1 - 18.4 GHz (raw).
          Data only available via HimawariCast service.
Operational : Yes.

Satellite : Himawari 9 (140.7° E).
Data : No direct dissemination.
          Satellite downlink only on
          18.1 - 18.4 GHz (raw).
          Data only available via HimawariCast service.
Operational : No. Standby (expected operational 2022).

Asia & Oceania (Chinese Operated Satellites)
----------------------------------------------------
Satellite : Feng Yun 2E (86.5°E).
Data : SVISSR (digital) and LRIT (digital)
Operational : No.

Satellite: Feng Yun 2F (112.5° E).
Data: SVISSR (digital) and LRIT (digital).
Operational: Standby but used for regional scanning.

Satellite: Feng Yun 2G (99.5° E).
Data: SVISSR (digital) and LRIT (digital).
Operational:  Yes. (from 16/04/18 09.00 UTC).

Satellite: Feng Yun 2H (79° E)
Data:  SVISSR (digital) and LRIT (digital)
Operational: Yes.

Satellite: Feng Yun 4A (99.5° E).
Data: HRIT (digital) and LRIT (digital).
Operational : Yes.

NOTES.

1. Meteosat 7 stopped its 0° service at 09.00 UTC on 14th June 2006.

2. Insat 3A is a combined data and meteorological satellite.

3. For those interested in EMWIN data, the following sats/frequencies
    apply.

  GOES 15 (128° W)   1692.7 MHz
  GOES 16 (75.2° W)  1694.1 MHz
  GOES 17 (137.2° W) 1694.1 MHz

  For further info. there are many sources but the following is
  informative:-
  http://www.nws.noaa.gov/emwin/winsat.htm

4.This satellite is also known as HIMAWARI 6.

5.HiRID and WEFAX was discontinued on 12th March 2008. It was replaced
   with HRIT/LRIT (after many months of dual dissemination).

6.GOES-12 was decommissioned on 16th August 2013.

LAUNCHES.
None expected.

NOTES.
1. Reports for all sections should be sent to :-
    Douglas Deans. dsdeans@btinternet.com

GENERAL
=======
For further weather satellite related information join GEO, Group for
Earth Observation. See :- http://www.geo-web.org.uk/

To download element sets for all satellites visit the following sites :
http://www.space-track.org and
http://celestrak.com/NORAD/elements/

For further information about Eumetsat's Eumetcast service please see :-
https://www.eumetsat.int/website/home/Data/DataDelivery/EUMETCast/index.html

And service notifications are here :-
https://uns.eumetsat.int/

FAA Releases Privacy Plan for ADS-B

Fron AINonline by Kerry Lynch

The FAA is putting one of the final pieces in place for the transition to the January 1 ADS-B deadline, releasing a plan to protect the privacy of operators from real-time flight-tracking services.
Agency officials announced the flight-tracking opt-out plan at NBAA’s recent Flight Planners Summit held in conjunction with the association’s annual convention in Las Vegas. Additionally, the officials said they would establish new data-sharing limits for air traffic tracking service providers if operators want to opt out of having their flight information broadcast over the internet. Those limits are expected to go in effect by year-end, NBAA said.
The Privacy ICAO Address (PIA) Program will be implemented in phases. Under the first phase, to be in place by January 1, the FAA will set up a portal to accept requests from operators seeking to keep their real-time ADS-B position and identification information private. Those operators will receive an alternative, temporary ICAO aircraft address that is not linked with their FAA registration information. To qualify, the aircraft must be U.S-registered, 1090-MHz ADS-B equipped, and fly in U.S. airspace.
Under Phase 2, the FAA will transition the PIA program to a third-party service provider. That move is anticipated in mid-2020.
NBAA, which has long sought protections for operators from the publicly available information that comes with ADS-B, welcomed the move. “We’re pleased the FAA has responded positively to ADS-B privacy concerns of operators, which NBAA has raised in numerous government/industry forums, including with the NextGen Advisory Committee,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen. “Until now, the lack of a privacy solution has been a disincentive for some operators to equip with ADS-B. No one should have to surrender their privacy and security just because they board an airplane.”

Monday, November 04, 2019

Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin #1438

SB DX @ WW < KB8NW $OPDX.1438
Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1438

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1438
BID: $OPDX.1438
November 4, 2019
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Written/Sent from Strongsville, Ohio

Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX
Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, the AB5K's AR Cluster
Networks, NJ1Q & W1AW, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, K4ZW, K5GS,
K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m DX News, W0GJ, 4X1VF, DL1SBF, DL7UXG & The DX News
Letter, DxCoffee.com, DXNews.com, DX-World.Net, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nou-
velles DX, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, RN3RQ, Sixitalia Weekly, and
VA3RJ & ICPO for the following DX information.

**** EDITOR'S COMMENT: If you were on Daylight Saving Time (DST), did
                       you remember to turn your clock back an hour?
                       See below "Standard Time".

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
week of Sunday, 27th/October, through Sunday, 3rd/November there were 223
countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O,
4S, 4W, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 9A,
9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9V, 9Y, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2,
C3, C6, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, CY0, D4, D6, DL, DU, E5/s,
E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FH,
FJ, FK, FM, FO, FO/m, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0,
HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J7, J8,
JA, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KG4, KH0, 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,
PJ5, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, S0, S2, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T5,
T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4,
V5, V6, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2M, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, VU7, XE,
XU, XX9, YA, YB, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z6, Z8, 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".

3A, MONACO. DX-World.net reports that Paul/G4PVM and Col/MM0NDX (OJ0Y)
are active as 3A/G4PVM and 3A/OJ0Y from Monaco until November 5th. Activity
will be on 40-10 meters, possibly 80m, using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL 3A/G4PVM
via LoTW, and 3A/OJ0Y via EB7DX.

3D2/R, ROTUMA. Antoine, 3D2AG, announced the following November 1st, on
QRZ.com: "The next 3D2AG/p Rotuma Island one-op Dxpedition is planned
around the 28th November 2019 to January 5th 2020, weather and transport
permitting. Latest shipping news is that a boat shall depart Suva around
the 25th of November. Focus will be on low bands including 160m, 80m and
60m, with QRO when required. Beware of pirates impersonating the Rotuma
expeditions, especially in EU! There will be NO internet access during
the expedition; FT8 logs will be uploaded to ClubLog AFTER the expedition
and CW/SSB/RTTY contacts will be recorded on paper logs as customary for
this OP. Efforts are being made now to source a backup generator, fuel
and pack antennas / gear ready for the end of the month."
  Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, FT8(FT4) and SSTV.
A tentative "Rotuma Operating Schedule" is listed on QRZ.com by bands,
frequencies, times (UTC) by regional areas and suggested headings (LP/SP).
The QSL information is as follows: Via 3D2AG, using PayPal to address
(nyeurt@gmail.com) [preferred, safer] / direct for CW/SSB/RTTY and Club-
Log's OQRS (FT8/Digimodes only). Donations welcome to assist with generator
and fuel procurement for low bands QRO operation. NO LoTW.

3Y0I BOUVET ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS (3Y0I Preparations Resumed). Excerpts
from an announcement on the 3Y0I Bouvet Island Web page, under "NEWS",
(https://bouvetoya.org/) reports the following interesting facts and
details of the second attempt to go to Bouvet Island:
  * "The 1st attempt took yet another toll".... "we had to cover all costs
    involved"... "it’s been a privately funded venture from the very
    beginning, we spent as much as 225.000 USDs from our personal funds
    so far. Only 9% of our DXpedition budged got covered by donations, so
    the final impact on our private monies is huge".
  * "We estimate that the second attempt would be around 170.000 USDs in
    total. It’s less than our initial budget as we have collected a lot
    of important equipment already + went under necessary extra-paid
    training + secured many things logistically, too".... "we have already
    secured half of the required budget to go back to Bouvet. But after
    the last aftermath and considering the next suitable time-frames with
    safe weather conditions at far South Atlantic Ocean, we’re simply
    unable to repair our budget with personal funding this fast. We face
    a risk to postpone the expedition, unfortunately. Yes, we did our
    best to make it happen last March. Yes, we’re still up to take a
    second chance. But this time it may only take place if we receive
    financial support to cover at least half of the missing budget, which
    is 85.000 USDs, to make 3Y0I coming true. And here’s how you can..."
  * "To make the fundraising more attractive, once we reach the required
    minimum of 85k USDs, we will give donors a chance to win something
    special". They list three things on their Web page.
  * The 3Y0I team now has a "GoFundMe" page to donate at:
        https://www.gofundme.com/f/3y0i-bouvet-island-expedition
      It also contains details and pictures of the Bouvet project.

       * Read the complete press release (long) for more details at:
           https://bouvetoya.org/3yoi-preparations-resumed

  For more details and updates on the Bouvet Island DXpedition, watch
the following Web page and Media sites at: 
   This is the main site where you can find more details on the project
   and news:               https://bouvetoya.org
   Facebook:        https://www.facebook.com/bouvetoya.org
   Twitter:            https://twitter.com/Bouvetoyaorg

4L, GEORGIA. Tev, TA1HZ, will be active as 4L/TA1HZ from Georgia between
December 13-20th. Operation will be from 4L6QC's QTH using a Yaesu FT991
into a AV-680 antenna. Activity will be mainly FT8 and FT4 on the lower
bands. QSL via LoTW or direct to TA1HZ.

4U1, AUSTRIA. Operators Sparky/OE1ZZZ and Oleg/HB9RB will be active as
4U1A from the International Amateur Radio Contest DX Club (ARCDXC) station
during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 23-24th) as a Multi-Single entry.
QSL via UA3DX. This station counts as the VIC (Vienna International Centre)
multiplier and "OE" Austria for DXCC.

4X, ISRAEL. Members of the "Holyland DX Group" will operate as 4X9R from
the heart of Beith Shearim site between December 27-28th. The operators
mentioned are Ruben/4Z5FI, Mark/4Z4KX, Alexander/4Z4AK, Ros/4Z5LA, Yuli/
4X6HP, Vladimir/4Z5IW, Hilik/4X6YA, Arthur/4X4DZ, Jan/4X1VF and possibly
Hal/W8HC. Beith Shearim is a very attractive site for tourists from all
over the world. The catacombs were declared a UNESCO World Heritage site
in July 2015. (https://biblewalks.com/sites/BeitShearimCatacombs.html)
They will start their activity on Friday, December 27th, at 0730 UTC,
and close down on Saturday, December 28th, 1300 UTC. Activity will be on
80-10 meters using CW and SSB, with two stations. Holyland Square - J07HF.
QSL Manager is Ros, 4Z5LA.

5U, NIGER. Pierre, HB9AMO, will once again be active as 5U9AMO from Niger
between November 15-25th. Activity will be holiday style on 160-6 meters
CW using a Yaesu FT-991 w/100w into a Spiderbeam 404-UL multiband antenna
(40-10m) and wire  antennas for 60m, 80m and 160m. He will also be in the
CQWW DX CW Contest (November 23-24th) as Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power/
Unassisted entry. QSL via M0URX or LoTW. Log will be uploaded to LoTW in
February 2020. For more details, updates and a log search, visit Pierre's
Web page at:             http://www.hb9amo.net/5u9amo.php

5Z, KENYA. Andy, G3AB, is now based/resides in Nairobi (been there since
September 30th), and is expected to be active as 5Z4/G3AB. Activity will
be on 20-10 meters using an IC-7300 and dipoles. His QRZ.com page states
that he is awaiting the arrival of further equipment and antennas. QSL
via LoTW.

9J2, ZAMBIA (Update). Members of the Z2LA and 7P8LB team are planning a
trip to Zambia between March 5-15th (2020). A preliminary departure date
is 4th of March 2020. The license application form has been received and
will shortly be forwarded with requests for the 9J2LA callsign. The Web
page is now available at:          https://9j2la.com
Facebook will be used for “Breaking News” the weeks before departure and
during the Expedition. Updated list of operators are now Rune/LA7THA (Team
Leader), Harald/LB2HG, Svein/LA3BO, Morten/LA3MHA, Piotr/LA7RRA, Arne/
LA7WCA, Chris/LA8OM, Svein/LA9KKA, Thor/LA9VPA, Morten/LB8DC, Philipp/
DK6SP, Christian/OE5CWO and Philipp/OE7PGI. The team will be focused on
CW and FT8 for the low bands, and CW, SSB and FT8 for the higher bands.
Suggested frequencies were listed in OPDX.1420. QSOs will be uploaded to
ClubLog if internet access is available. QSL via M0OXO QSL service.

9X, RWANDA (Reminder). Harald, DF2WO, will once again be active as 9X2AW
from Kigali between November 4-16th. He is currently preparing his 160m
antenna and will build a Hexbeam with Bamboo Sticks for working on 20/17/
15/12/10 meters using mainly Digital modes (FT8, PSK31, JT65 and RTTY),
CW and SSB. QSL via M0OXO or his OQRS. See QRZ.com for pictures.

C5, THE GAMBIA. Arthur, SQ7RAI, will be active as C5/SQ7RAI from The Gambia
between November 12-20th. Activity will be on 20-6 meters using SSB and FT8.
QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau, direct, LoTW and eQSL.

C5, THE GAMBIA (Update to OPDX.1428). It has been reported that Alan,
G3XAQ (C56XA), will join Don, G3XTT (C56DF), during his visit to The
Gambia between November 12-26th. Both operators have been here before.
Their primary goal is the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 23-24th) with
both operating as Single-Op/Single-Band entries in the contest. Bands
were not mentioned. Activity outside of the contest will be holiday
style on various HF bands (probably all CW). Logs will be uploaded to
LoTW and ClubLog, but possibly only after their return to the UK. QSL
C56XA via G3SWH, and C56DF via G3XTT.

C6, BAHAMAS. Operators George/AA7JV, Tomi/HA7RY, Feco/HA8KW and Mike/KN4EEI
will be active as C6AGU from Wood Cay Island (NA-001) between November
15th and December 9th. Activity will be focused on 160/80 meters using
CW and FT8, including entries in the CQWW DX CW (November 23-24th) and
ARRL 160m (December 6-8th) Contests. QSL via HA7RY.

CY0 SABLE ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS. The CY0 Sable Island DXpedition scheduled
for October 2020 now has a Web page (still under construction) at:
                          http://cy0dxpedition.net
The callsign is still pending. However, operators are currently listed
as: Murray/WA4DAN, Pat/N2IEN, Bill/K5DHY, San/K5YY, Bob/K4UEE, Lee/WW2DX,
Will/AA4NC, John/N8AA and Lou/N2TU.

D4, CAPE VERDE. Jose, CT1BOH, will be active as D4C from the contest
station on Sao Vicente Island (AF-086) during the CQWW DX CW Contest
(November 23-24th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via
LoTW, eQSL or IK2NCJ by the Bureau. DIRECT QSL to: MONTEVERDE CONTEST
CLUB, 6963 Pregassona, Switzerland. For the latest information, check
the D4C Web page at:              http://www.d4c.cc

DXCC'S MOST WANTED (ClubLog). The "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list has
been updated on ClubLog as of October 27th. The list contains 340 entities.
The following are the top 10 entities:
    1. P5    DPRK (North Korea)           6. BV9P  Pratas Island
    2. 3Y/B  Bouvet Island                7. KH7K  Kure Island
    3. FT5/W Crozet Island                8. KH3   Johnston Island
    4. BS7H  Scarborough Reef             9. FT5/X Kerguelen Island
    5. CE0X San Felix Islands            10. 3Y/P Peter 1 Island
                
  No changes this month. The complete "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list
is available at:       https://secure.clublog.org/mostwanted.php

E4, PALETINE. Members of the Radio Club de Provins (F6KOP) will be active
as E44C from Palestine between February 5-17th. This is the same group
who activated 9LY1JM from Banana Island (AF-037), Sierra Leone, last year.
Operators mentioned are John/F1ULQ, Pat/F2DX, Frank/F4AJQ, Damien/F4AZF,
Jimi/F4DLM, Wil/F4ESV, Terry/F4TTR, Raymond/F5MFV, Maurice/F5NQL, Stef/
F5UOW, Julien/F8AVK, Andreas/DL3GA, Herman/ON4QX, Eric/ON7RN and Ken/OZ1IKY.
Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK, FT4 and FT8.
QSL via F5GSJ, direct, by the Bureau, LoTW or their OQRS. For more details
and updates, see:      https://palestine2020.wordpress.com

ED8, CANARY ISLANDS. Siggi, TF3CW, will be active as ED8W from La Palma
Island (AF-004) during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (November 23-24th) Single-
Op/Single-Band (40m) entry. QSL via EA5GL or LoTW.

FM, MARTINIQUE. David, F8AAN, will be active as FM/F8AAN from Martinique
(NA-107) between November 9-18th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using
CW only. QSL via LoTW, ClubLog or direct.

HC0, ECUADOR. Alan, K0AV, will be active as HC0T during the CQWW DX CW
Contest (November 23-24th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL
via LoTW.

HU1, EL SALVADOR. Operators Andreas/DH8WR, Werner/DJ9KH, Frank/DL1KWK,
Dietmar/DL2HWA, Bert/DL2RNS, Georg/DL4SVA, Olaf/DL7JOM, Rolf/DL7VEE and
Franz/DL9GFB will be active as HU1DL from El Salvador between January
30th and February 13th, 2020. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using
CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. Look for more details and Web page to be forth-
coming.

IOTA NEWS..............
  OC-237.  Operators Budi/YF1AR, Moh. Sofyan/YC1KK, Mohammad/YC1BIQ and
           Budi/YB1MAE will be active as homecall/p from the Biawak Light-
           house (IDO-074) on Biawak Island, Indonesia, between November
           7-14th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using mainly FT8
           with some CW and SSB. QSL YF1AR/P via YE1AR, ClubLog's OQRS
           or via N2OO. QSL YC1KK/P, YC1BIQ/P, YB1MAE/P via their home
           callsigns. For more info and updates, see:
                             http://www.yf1ar.com/2019

  PLEASE NOTE: Since the Webmasters of the new <www.iota-world.org> have
  decided NOT to post or dedicate a Web page to announce upcoming IOTA
  operations, PLEASE send your IOTA operations information to the OPDX,
  and we will post it here in an upcoming bulletin......

KH8, AMERICAN SAMOA (Reminder). Tsutomu "Tom", JA1VND, will be active as
KH8/K1TF from Pago Pago (OC-045) between November 12-18th. Activity will
be on various HF bands using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via JA1VND
direct or LoTW.

NP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS. Yuriy, N2TTA, will once again be active as NP2P
during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 23-24th) as a Single-Op/All-Band
entry. QSL via LoTW.

OPDX MAILING LIST (Just A Reminder). The "new" OPDX Mailing List is back up
and running! Details on how to subscribe/unsubscribe are at the bottom of
this bulletin. PLEASE pass the word around.... Thanks and 73 de Tedd KB8NW

PJ5, ST. EUSTATIUS. Operators Janusz/SP6IXF and Wlodek/SP6EQZ will once
again be active as PJ5/SP6IXF and PJ5/SP6EQZ, respectively, from Saint
Eustatius Island (NA 145) between November 16-30th. The duo were there
8 years ago. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and the
Digital modes (RTTY, FT8). There may be possible operations in the CQWW
DX CW Contest (Part-time). QSL via their home callsigns, direct, by the
Bureau, ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW. For more details and updates, watch:
                            http://pj5.dxing.pl

PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (November 4-10th).......
 Nov/04th AN      Nov/07th  AN     Nov/09th  AN
 Nov/05th AN      Nov/08th  AN     Nov/10th  AN
 Nov/06th HN

   SOLAR REFERENCE KEYS/INDEXES AND GEOMAGNETIC REFERENCE
   ------------------------------------------------------
    NORMALITY               GEOMAG       K Values    Alpha
   -----------------        ------       --------    ------
   AN  - Above Normal       Quiet        K=0-1       0-7
   HN  - High Normal        Unsettled    K=2         8-15
   LN  - Low Normal         Active       K=3         16-29
   BN  - Below Normal       Minor Storm  K=4         30-49
   DIS - Disturbed          Major Storm  K=5         50-99
   VRY DIS - Very Disturbed Severe Storm K=6-9       100-400

    Meanwhile, check out the following Web sites for propagation:
     * VOACAP predication Web page at:  http://www.voacap.com/hf
           and      http://www.voacap.com/prediction.html
     * DX.QSL.NET Propagation page: https://dx.qsl.net/propagation
     * A daily HF radio wave propagation forecast can be found at:
             https://www.facebook.com/thomasfranklingiellaw4hm
     * SolarHam Web page:   http://www.solarham.net
     * Radio Propagation/Space Weather/Sunspot Cycle Information at:
                           http://sunspotwatch.com
     * Monthly propagation charts between four USA regions and twelve
       overseas locations are at:   http://arrl.org/propagation
     * Information and tutorials on propagation are at: http://k9la.us
     * Graphic propagation tool by DR2W: http://www.dr2w.de/dx-propagation
     * Point to point propagation at: http://www.predtest.uk/p2p.html
     * Realtime propagation at: http://www.predtest.uk
     * Also on Twitter: https://twitter.com/@GiellaW4hm

PZ5, SURINAME. Operators John/K0TG, Tony/KM0O, Robert/K6RB, Rick/N6XI,
Ron/N0AT and Bill/W0OR will be active as PZ5W from Lelydorp (PZ5RA QTH)
during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 23-24th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL
via LoTW, or via N0AT, by the Bureau or direct. Look for operators to be
active before and after the contest.

QSL INFO AND NEWS...................
  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX by Lothar, DL1SBF (www.qslinfo.eu)
  (October 27th and November 3rd)
  -------------------------------------------------------------------------
  3A/G4PVM via EB7DX        J79WTA via HB9MFM & (L)   PC33EUDXF via PA0MBD
  4X/R1CC via DJ1ND         KH0/KC0W via KC0W (d)     PJ2/ON4ANN via ON4ANN
  7S7V via E77E             LA33EUDXF via PA1AW       PJ2ND via K8ND & (L)
  BW2/JP1RIW via BM2JCC (O) LB9FH/AM via LB9FH        R4RE via (**)
  CN3A via IK2OHG & (L)     LX75V via LX1JH           RJ4P via (**)
  CQ9A via EA1AP            LZ365BM via LZ1KCP        RT4RO via (**)
  CR6K via CT1ILT (O/d/L)   MU/RL5D via (**)          S549APR via S51A & (L)
  CR6T via CT1ESV & (L)     OG7A via OH6MW & (L)      SJ0X via SM6JSM
  CV7S via CX7SS & (L)      OL1Z via OK2WZN           SN110WM via SP3PGS
  DK3T via DK3EE (N)        OM/SQ9MDF via SQ9MDF      SV9/RL5D via (**)
  DR3W via DL6MHW           OR0YAL via (ON-B)       TA4/OH2KW via OH2KW & (L)
  DX1J via JA1HGY & (L)     OR18BTS via ON6GMT        TM0DX via F8DHE
  EA3/UA4PCM via UA4PCM     OR18BXE via ON5AV (d)     TM20CI via F6KJX
  ED7O via EA7EU (d)        OR18CRD via ON4CRD        TM3R via F5UTN
  ED7R via EA7IZJ & (L)     OR18DIG via ON4DIG (O)    TM4L via F8ARK & (L)
  EF8R via EB7DX (d/L)      OR18LUS via ON7LU         TO1J via JF2QNM (d/L)
  EH3ICCD via EA3HZC        OR18LVN via ON3AR & (L)   UN7AM via (**)
  EM30TPU via UR7TWY        OR18NOK via (ON-B)        V3A via M0OXO (O/L)
  HC1/KW8N via KW8N         OR18RSX via ON4RSX        V47T via W2RQ & (L)
  HC5UDT via DL8UD          OR18SNW via ON7KO   W2/F2YS via W2/F2YS (d/W2-B/L)
  HG33EUDXF via HA0HW (O)   OR18TLS via ON6MS         XR6N via CE6VMO
  HG5A via HA5KDQ & (L)     OR18WLD via ON6WL         YO15IPA via YO3AS
  IB2LV via I2MYF           OR18WRA via ON4WRA        YP0C via YO3CZW
  IB9A via IZ2WFL           OR2KMJ via ON2KMJ         YR8D via YO8KRR & (L)
  IB9MY via IT9SSI (d)      OR6T via ON4AMX           YV5ZV via EA5GL (d/L)
  IG9/LZ2SX via LZ2SX (L)   OR8ON via ON8ON           ZF2TH via N3DL (d/L)
  II9P via IT9CHU (L/d)     OZ30EU via OZ8IE & (L)    ZY2WDX via PU2YBW (d)
  IO2V via IK2CFR           P3X via 5B4AMM & (L)      ZZ3ZZ via PY3ZZ
  J42L via SV2DCD (d/L)     PB75RILLAND via PA3GEO

  (e) eQSL only  (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (*-B) DX's- Bureau
  (O) OQRS only  (C) ClubLog only  (L) LoTW only    (N) No QSL needed
  (I) No IRC     (P) PayPal        (NB) No Bureau   (**) RN3RQ OQRS

  QSLS RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 5K0K, 5W0GC, A82Z, D68CCC, JY5HX, MD4K, OJ0AW,
  OX1AA, TA1PB, V51B, VR2XAN, XR0ZRC and YJ0GC

  QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 7V9A (AF-104), J28PJ, K7TRI (NA-211), OJ0DX
  and Z81D

  QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 4L5P, 6Y6J, 9Y/K2HVN, C37AC, C6AGU, CN2AA,
  CN2CO, CN2FB, CN2MA, CN2PM, CN2TX, IC8/UT7QF (EU-031), JT1EPC, KP4SX,
  KT7WW/KL7, MJ/OQ7A/P (EU-099), OH0/DF4ZL, PZ5CO, RI1FJ (FJL), T77NC,
  T88MK, TK/OO9O, TM4G, UA4RX/1 (FJL), VK4/JA8COE (OC-138), WP4JLU,
  XV9BG (AS-128), XV9HL and XV9JK (AS-157)
    --- We would like to see more QSL Bureaus (such as AS/US/SA/AF.. etc)
        to send in their info....

STANDARD TIME. Did you remember to change your clocks? Countries who
observe Daylight Saving Time (DST), which took place on Sunday, March
10th, are now expected to move their "local clocks" backward 1 hour on
Sunday, November 3rd, from 2:00 AM local time to 1:00 AM. In 2020, Day-
light Saving Time (DST) will again go into effect on Sunday, March 8th,
at 2:00 AM local time. For the history and details about ST and DST, as
well as an interesting map of the world (showing the countries who observe
DST), see:    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standard_time
              http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daylight_saving_time
              http://www.timeanddate.com/time/dst/2020.html
              https://www.timeanddate.com/time/change/usa?year=2020
ADDED NOTE: Hopefully, all amateur radio operators know NOT to change
their GMT/UTC/ZULU clocks. However, since most operators usually set their
computers to local time, some may have to change their settings on "some"
ham radio software (ex. logging, propagation, DXTelnet, etc..) programs.

SW9, CRETE. Christo, LZ3FN, will be active as SW9AA from Crete (EU-015,
GIOTA KRS-005, MIA MGC-005, WLOTA 1400) during the CQWW DX CW Contest
(November 23-24th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via LZ1PM. Activity
outside of the contest will be holiday style on all bands, mainly CW.

T8, PALAU. Nobuaki, JA0JHQ, will once again be active as T88PB from the
VIP-Guest Hotel in Koror City, Palau, between December 6-8th. Activity
usually is on 160-6 meters using CW and 6m FT8, but his Web page states
"Mainly 160m CW / FT8". His equipment is an IC-7300 w/TL933 amp (about
500w) into a 3 element Yagi and DP antennas. QSL via LoTW (preferred) or
direct to his home callsign. For more details and updates, see his Web
page at:                  http://pandasan.jimdo.com

TK20, CORSICA. Laurent, F8BBL, will be active as TK20A from Corsica
(EU-014) and possibly other IOTA groups between September 4-20th. Activity
will be on holiday style on 80-6 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital
modes. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW. For
more details and updates, watch:        http://rnb.dx-cw.net

TU, CÔTE D'IVOIRE. Operators/Team members Roger/ON7TQ (Team Leader),
Olivier/ON4EI (Co-Leader), Ron/ON1DX (QSL Manager), Ief/ON6KX and Kevin/SWL
will be active as TU2R from the Ivory Coast or Côte d’Ivoire between
March 23rd and April 3rd, 2020. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using
CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. Suggested frequencies are:
 CW - 1826, 3518, 5352, 7004, 10104, 14018, 18068, 21023, 24890 and 28018 kHz
 SSB  - 1840, 3785, 7160, 14240, 18145, 21295, 24945 and 28518 kHz
 RTTY - 3580, 7043, 10143, 14080, 18105, 21080, 24925 and 28080 kHz
 FT8 - 1845, 3585, 5373, 7056, 10131, 14090, 18095, 21091, 24911 and 28091 kHz

  The team will be located near Grand-Bassam, east to Abidjan in IJ85CE
locator. They plan to have 3 stations active (1 CW, 1 SSB and 1 Digital).
QSL via ON1DX, direct or by the Bureau. LoTW uploads will be done as soon
as possible. They will upload LoTW contacts during the DXpedition for all
10 USDs contributors. An OQRS will be available by requesting your QSL via
PayPal at: (on1dx@telenet.be). They state, "You can help saving Bureau
costs when using the Online QSL Request System (OQRS) for Bureau. OQRS
Direct via Paypal, please send 3 USDs for Europe, 4 USDs for USA, 5 USDs
for Oceania." For more details and updates, watch:
                          https://tu2r.wordpress.com

V4, ST. KITTS AND NEVIS. Bob, WX4G, will be active as V4/WX4G from St.
Kitts (NA-104) between November 20-26th. Activity will include the CQWW
DX CW Contest (November 23-24th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (40m) entry.
QSL via WX4G.

V4, ST. KITTS AND NEVIS. Andy, N2NT, will be active as V47T from the QTH
of V47KP on St. Kitts (NA-104) during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November
23-24th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via W2RQ direct
or LoTW. Andy will be active as V47NT between November 16-22nd, before
the contest.

VP2M, MONTSERRAT. George, K2DM (now ex-VP2MDG since October 3rd), announced
that he will activate his new callsign, VP2MDM, from Montserrat during the
CQWW DX CW Contest (November 23-24th). He will be joined by Peter/K2PS
(VP2MPS), Ed/K2TE and Wayne/N4FP as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via LoTW or
direct to his home callsign. NO BUREAU CARDS. ADDED NOTE: Some operators
will operate one day before and after the contest on CW, SSB and FT8,
using their own individual VP2M callsigns.

VP2V, BRITISH VIGRIN ISLANDS (Update). Steven, AA7V, will once again be
active as VP2V/AA7V from Virgin Gorda before the CQWW DX CW Contest
(November 23-24th). During the contest he will sign VP2VWW as a Single-
Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. Outside of the contest, activity will be on
various bands using CW, RTTY and FT8. QSL VP2V/AA7V and VP2VWW via LoTW
or AA7V. He will be active between November 21-25th.

VP6R PITCAIRN ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS (Update). Glenn, W0GJ, sent out the
following press release on Thursday, October 31st: "This morning we passed
80,000 contacts. Both the upper bands and the lower bands have had good
propagation. The team spirits have been high as the pileups continue. Many
all-time new ones are in the logs.
  We were QRT for two hours this morning to completely dismantle and pack
up the stations and antennas at the old Radio Site. The view from there
is breath-taking, with a 360 degree view of the ocean from 900 feet above
sea level! The propagation was also breath-taking from there! The DX
Engineering team did an incredible job fabricating our 90-foot 160M
antenna. It went up and came down easily. The DX Engineering falling
derricks for the yagi masts made raising and lowering (and repairing)
the yagis very easy. There will be pictures on our website:
                                https://pitcairndx.com
  We are back on the air at our base camp 40-10 meters for another 24
hours before we must QRT to pack up for catching the Braveheart."

         ----------------------------------------------------------

  Glenn, W0GJ, also sent out the following press release late Saturday
evening, November 2nd, titled "VP6R Final Press Release 2 November 2019":
  The VP6R DXpedition is now history with 82,700 Q’s in the log. We had
excellent weather for dismantling our stations & antennas. We have just
finished packing everything for the return trip home. The Braveheart is
transporting us to Mangareva tomorrow. It will then go on to Punta Arenas,
Chile, transporting some equipment we used for the South Orkney DXpedition.
  The oldest Pitcairn resident passed away yesterday. We attended the
funeral this morning. He was laid to rest right next to Tom Christian,
VP6TC. It was a very moving experience.
  We have helped two local hams get back on the air. Meralda Warren,
VP6MW, has a new 40/30/15M vertical and is set up now to operate FT8.
Mike Warren, VP6AZ, has a repaired vertical and new beam. They are both
on the air again! VP6MW called CQ just once using FT8 on 15M. She had an
instant pileup. I guess there is still a need for VP6 Pitcairn even after
VP6R went QRT!
  We still miss Ralph, K0IR, who did almost all of the organization and
preparation for the VP6R DXpedition, but was unable to go at the last
minute. I stepped in literally 5 days before leaving home. The success
of VP6R is almost solely due to the details Ralph planned for. If there
was ever a DXpedition on autopilot, VP6R was it. THANKS, Ralph!!!!
  Thanks to everyone who worked us to make the VP6R DXpedition such a
success at the bottom of the sunspot cycle.
  Visit (www.pitcairndx.com) for QSLing details. It will be at least 7-10
days before most of the team gets home. OQRS will be activated then and
is the best way to receive a QSL card. Eventually our entire log will be
uploaded to LoTW. QSL via K9CT.
                  ---------------------------------------------
  EDITOR'S NOTES: As you are read this, the Pitcairn Island DXpedition
VP6R Team are now QRT as of 1800z, November 1st. As of 1801z, November 1st,
ClubLog shows that the VP6R team has made 82700 QSOs with 20491 Unique Call-
signs. Breakdown of modes are: 34208/CW, 22933/SSB, 25505/FT8 and 54/JT65.
Breakdown by Continents (%): .4/AF, 22.2/AS, 20.7/EU, 52.0/NA, 2.1/OC,
and 2.5/SA.
  Again, QSL via K9CT. For more details, updates and pictures, check out
the Pitcairn Island DXpedition Web page at:   https://pitcairndx.com
Also, check out their FaceBook page at:
                 https://www.facebook.com/groups/580069859103416
Also, their Twitter page is at:  https://twitter.com/2019Island

VP8/VP8DXU SOUTH ORKNEY DXPEDITION NEWS (Press Release, dated November 2nd).
  Equipment Consolidation (Update) [edited] -- During the week of October
21-27th, 2019, team members and helpers met in Placerville and Los Altos
Hills, California, to consolidate, test and repack the equipment to be
used during the South Orkney Island DX-pedition.
  On Friday, October 25th, we visited the Elecraft factory to receive 8
K3s stations, including amplifiers, pan adapters and other supporting
equipment. During the week antennas were assembled, tuned, tested and
marked for easy transport and reassembly.
  All software was loaded on Lenovo laptops, QSOs were entered into N1MM
and test logs were uploaded to our log search server over the Inmarsat
BGAN satellite network.
                 Photos of the week are posted at:
          https://sorkney.com/equipment-consolidation-week
  Thanks to all who participated and to the equipment suppliers that are
supporting the project, a complete list at:
                    https://sorkney.com/corporate-sponsors
  73, VP8/VP8DXU Team

XT, BURKINA FASO (Update). Al, F8FUA, will once again be active as XT2BR,
from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, between November 8-17th. He will use an
Elecraft K3 with 100 watts into a hexbeam and dipoles, operating on CW,
SSB, RTTY and FT8 (DXpedition mode) if possible. Log will be updated when
possible depending on his Internet access. QSL direct (with SAE and 2
USDs) or via the REF QSL Bureau. After his operation, Al will upload his
log to LoTW.

XV, VIETNAM (Reminder). Mats, RM2D (SM6LRR), will once again be active
as XV9D from Phan Tiet between November 17-30th. Activity will be holiday
style, but he will make a serious effort for the CQWW DX CW Contest (No-
vember 23-24th). Entry category will be defined later [either a 160/80/40
meters Single-Band effort]. Activity before and after the contest will be
mainly on CW, SSB, and possibly some Digital modes, mainly on 160-40 meters.
This year the aim is to focus on the 5 lowest bands (160-20 meters) and
main goal is to give DXers ATNO or new bandpoints on 160/80/40 meters.
QSL via LoTW or direct to EA5GL. NO Bureau QSLs.

YASME PRESS RELEASE (dated October 27, 2019, St. Charles, MO). YASME
FOUNDATION SUPPORTING GRANT TO CLUBLOG – MICHAEL WELLS G7VJR [edited]
--  The Board of Directors of The Yasme Foundation at its October 22nd
board meeting approved a supporting grant of 4,000 USDs to ClubLog and
Michael Wells, G7VJR. The grant will support capital improvements, needed
to take the system into the future with improved resiliency, enhanced
performance, and the hardware needed for continued innovation such as
CloudLog. (The initial version of this release mistakenly identified
CloudLog (https://www.magicbug.co.uk/cloudlog/) as a ClubLog project -
Yasme regrets the error.)
  Yasme's association with Club Log began with a grant in 2012 when the
system hosted 67 million QSOs with 7,300 users. Today that number has
reached 590 million QSOs with 70,000 active users.
                                        * * * * *
  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: Ward Silver, N0AX, President and Director
    Ken Claerbout, K4ZW, Vice-President, Secretary and Director
    Rusty Epps, W6OAT, Treasurer and Director
    Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T, Director
    Martti Laine, OH2BH, Director
    Fred Laun, K3ZO, Director
    Robert Vallio, W6RGG, Director
    Marty Woll, N6VI, Director
    James Brooks, 9V1YC, Director

YJ0, VANUATU (Reminder/Update). Operators Yan/RZ3FW and Sergei/R4WAA plan
to activate three IOTAs from Vanuatu between November 2-20th, as YJ0RRC
and YJ0FWA. Their tentative schedule is as follows:
   November   2-4th -- From Port Vila, Efate Island (OC-035); using the
                       callsign YJ0FWA.
   November   4-7th -- From Gaua Island, Banks Islands (OC-104); using
                       the callsign YJ0RRC.
   November  8-13th -- Tongoa Island, Shepperd Islands (OC-111); using
                       the callsign YJ0RRC.
   November 14-20th -- From Port Vila, Efate Island (OC-035); using the
                       callsign YJ0FWA.
  Activity will be on 160-15 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. Their
equipment will be an Icom IC-7200 w/PA Ameritron ALS 500m, Yaesu FT-450D,
into 2 phased verticals for 30/40m , sloper 30m, 3 element VDA 20m, VDA
20/17m, top loaded vertical 80/160m and RX Antenna (Flag, BOG 70m). Some
antennas may not be used on certain islands. QSL via RZ3FW, direct or Club-
Log's OQRS. They do have a Web page at: https://r4waa9.wixsite.com/yj0rrc

ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS. Dan, N6MJ, will once again be active as ZF1A from
Grand Cayman Islands (NA-016) during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November
23-24th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL ZF1A via LoTW or
K6AM. Activity outside of the contest, Dan will sign as ZF2MJ between
November 19-25th, on 160-10 meters including 30/17/12 meters. QSL via
N6MJ or LoTW.

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