Monday, August 19, 2019

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE ANS-230

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-230

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In this edition:

* AMSAT Space Symposium Call for Papers
* 2019 AMSAT Board of Directors Election Reminder
* FCC Dismisses ARRL, AMSAT Requests in Small Satellite Proceeding
* Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution
* 50th Anniversary AMSAT Space Symposium Banquet Speakers Announced
* Upcoming Satellite Operations
* PSAT2 Downlink for DTMF Grids and Messages
* Microwave Update Call for Submissions
* Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule
* Chinese Satellite Profiles RF Spectrum as Seen from Lunar Orbit
* Satellite Shorts From All Over


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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 230.01
From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
DATE 18 August 2019
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-230.01

AMSAT Space Symposium Call for Papers

AMSAT has issued a call for papers for the 50th Anniversary AMSAT An-
nual Meeting and Space Symposium to be held on the weekend of October
18 – 20 at The Hilton Arlington, 950 North Stafford Street, Arlington,
Virginia. Proposals for papers, symposium presentations, and poster
presentations are invited on any topic of interest to the amateur
satellite community. We request a tentative title of your presentation
as soon as possible, with final copy to be submitted by September 23
for inclusion in the printed proceedings. Abstracts and papers should
be sent to Dan Schultz at n8fgv(at)amsat.org

[ANS thanks Dan Schultz, N8FGV, for the above information]

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2019 AMSAT Board of Directors Election Reminder

Votes must be received no later than Sunday, September 15, 2019 in
order to be counted in the 2019 AMSAT Board of Directors Election.
AMSAT members should have received ballots by mail. Members who have
not yet received their ballot must contact ElectionBuddy via email to
amsat@electionbuddy.com

[ANS thanks AMSAT for the above information]

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FCC Dismisses ARRL, AMSAT Requests in Small Satellite Proceeding

An FCC Report and Order (R&O) released August 2 in the so-called
“small satellite” rulemaking proceeding, IB Docket 18-86, failed to
address concerns expressed by ARRL and AMSAT. Both organizations filed
comments on the FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the pro-
ceeding last year, seeking changes in the FCCs interpretations and
procedures affecting satellites operating on Amateur Satellite Service
frequencies.

“These comments address topics outside the scope of this proceeding,
and we decline to adopt any of the requested rule modifications or up-
dates at this time,” the FCC said in the R&O. The FCC did mention
amateur satellites in its 2018 NPRM, explaining what they are and
describing the documentation and authorization process, but it did not
solicit comments.

“The Commission did not seek comment in the NPRM on any modifications
or updates to the rules governing Experimental or amateur satellite
licensing. The streamlined Part 25 small satellite process adopted in
the Order is an alternative to existing license processes and does not
replace or modify the authorization procedures for satellites current-
ly contained in Parts 5, 25, or 97 of the Commission’s rules,” the FCC
explained. “Nevertheless, we received a number of comments in response
to the NPRM, particularly regarding the rules applicable to amateur
satellite operations, suggesting that aspects of those rules be im-
proved or clarified.”

In its 2018 NPRM, the FCC had said, “Because the type of operations
that qualify as amateur [is] narrowly defined, an amateur satellite
authorization will not be appropriate for many small satellite opera-
tions.”

In its 2018 comments, ARRL said it wanted the FCC to preclude exploi-
tation of amateur spectrum by commercial small-satellite users author-
ized under Part 5 Experimental rules and suggested that the FCC adopt
a “a bright line test” to define and distinguish satellites that
should be permitted to operate under Amateur Satellite rules.

ARRL’s position was to support and encourage college and university
Amateur Radio experiments where the sponsor of the experiment is a
licensed radio amateur and all operation in amateur spectrum is com-
pliant with Part 97. Part 5 Experimental authorizations for satellites
intended to operate in amateur allocations by non-amateur sponsors
should be discouraged, absent a compelling show of need, ARRL told the
FCC.

The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) announced in 2017 that it
would no longer coordinate non-amateur satellite operations unless
directed to do so by the national administration, and it adopted new
satellite frequency coordination guidelines that require educational
and university satellites to have an identified amateur component.
AMSAT’s comments reflected many of the same concerns that ARRL had
expressed.

[ANS thanks ARRL and Ray Soifer, W2RS, for the above information]

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Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution

SpaceTrack is not showing the correct NORAD CAT ID for Raavana-1,
Uguisu, and NepaliSat-1. The NORAD CAT ID for the following Amateur
Radio satellites has been corrected as follows:

Raavana-1    - NORAD CAT ID 44329 (per Nico Janssen, PA0DLO).
Uguisu       - NORAD CAT ID 44330 (per Nico Janssen, PA0DLO).
NepaliSat-1  - NORAD CAT ID 44331 (per Nico Janssen, PA0DLO).

[ANS thanks Nico Janssen, PA0DLO, and Ray Hoad, WA5QGD, for the above
information]

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  and M2 LEO-Packs from the AMSAT Store. When you purchase
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                  Amateur Radio in Space.
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50th Anniversary AMSAT Space Symposium Banquet Speakers Announced

Tickets are now available for the AMSAT Symposium Saturday Evening
Banquet on Saturday, Oct. 19 will feature a panel of guest speakers
presenting “The Foundations of AMSAT” followed by a question and
answer period. Guest speakers will include:

Lance Ginner, K6GSJ (Project OSCAR)
George Jacobs, W3ASK (Author, Diplomat)
Dr. Perry Klein, W3PK (Founding President of AMSAT)
Dr. Owen Mace (Australis-OSCAR 5 Builder, University of Melbourne)
Richard Tonkin (Australis-OSCAR 5 Builder, University of Melbourne)
Jan King, W3GEY (Founding member of AMSAT and Australis-OSCAR 5
     Project Manager)

The 50th Anniversary AMSAT Space Symposium and General Meeting will be
held on Friday through Sunday, Oct. 18-20, 2019, in Arlington, Va.
at The Hilton Arlington. Symposium registration is available for $60
from now until September 15th. Banquet tickets are $55. Tickets are
now available on the AMSAT Store at:
https://www.amsat.org/product-category/amsat-symposium/

Tickets are also available for the Sunday tour. On Sunday, Oct. 20,
a bus tour will take attendees to the the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center,
an annex of the National Air and Space Museum. Two large hangars dis-
play thousands of aviation and space artifacts, including a Lockheed
SR-71 Blackbird, a Concorde, and the Space Shuttle Discovery. Bus
capacity is limited to 35 attendees. Tickets are $30 per person.
Attendees who wish to drive may also join the tour group. Parking at
the Udvar-Hazy Center is $15.

On Monday, Oct. 21, AMSAT President Joe Spier, K6WAO, will lead a
walking tour of the National Mall. No reservations are required.
Transportation to the National Mall will be via the Washington Metro.

Additional information, including hotel reservation information is
available at https://www.amsat.org/amsat-symposium/

[ANS thanks Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, AMSAT Executive Vice President, for
the above information]

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    AMSAT and ARISS are currently supporting a FundRazr campaign
    to raise $150,000 for critical radio infrastructure upgrades
    on ISS. The upgrades are necessary to enable students to
    continue to talk to astronauts in space via Amateur Radio.
     We have reached a great milestone with $33,480 raised
    or about 22% towards our goal. This would not have been
         possible without your outstanding generosity!!

          For more information and to DONATE TODAY visit:

     https://fundrazr.com/arissnextgen?ref=ab_e7Htwa_ab_47IcJ9

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Upcoming Satellite Operations

* W3ZM/7 will be operating on FM satellites, August 17-19 from Oregon,
  grids CN93 and CN94, operated by KI7UNJ. Remember to check out W3ZM
  On the Road for additional upcoming activations!

* 6Y Jamaica (FK18) AUGUST 12-19, 2019
  Philippe, EA4NF will be operating from JAMAICA (IOTA NA-097 – Grid
  FK18) on both FM and linear satellites with the special call 6Y4NF
  from August 12 to 19, 2019. QSL via LoTW. Keep an eye on Philippe’s
  Twitter feed for further updates : https://twitter.com/EA4NF_SAT.

* Yosemite, California (DM06 and DM07) August 14-20, 2019
  John, N7JY is on a vacation schedule and plans to get on various FM
  passes as time permits. No social media, but he may be tracked on
  aprs.fi/N7JY. Contacts will be logged on LOTW following trip.

* AM1SAT (All Grids in Spain)  September 9-15
  AMSAT-EA will be transmitting its special call AM1SAT via all active
  satellites from September 9th to September 15th as part of the V
  RadioHam Fair IberRadio 2019 activities. IberRadio is the biggest
  event for the ham community in southwest Europe and will open doors
  September 14th and 15th. AM1SAT call sign will be active from a min-
  imum of 14 different grids during that time to help satellite opera-
  tors to collect as much EA locators as possible. As part of this
  activity, and in order to promote the participation, AMSAT-EA is
  sponsoring the AM1SAT Special Award in two categories: SILVER and
  GOLD. More info available at https://www.amsat-ea.org/ Learn more
  about IberRadio at: http://www.iberradio.es.

Please submit any additions or corrections to ke4al (at) amsat.org

[ANS thanks Robert Bankston, KE4AL, for the above information]

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PSAT2 Downlink for DTMF Grids and Messages

Thanks to Robert, KE6BLR, amateurs can now capture the DTMF Grids and
Messages data coming down from PSAT2. A DTMF page has been added to
the list of links for PSAT2: http://aprs.org/sats.html

Summary: You encode your Grid and callsign into a 16 digit DTMF memory
on your radio. Using narrow band FM, send it on 145.98 with doppler
compensation or at the middle of a pass.

PSAT2 assigns a CQ number and acknowledges it by voice and then sends
an APRS packet that contains the grid. Robert's web page will capture
that packet.

A second station can send their DTMF grid and get the same process but
with a new CQ number.

Now, either station can send a DTMF QSL Message for the other guy's CQ
number which will also be spoken and recorded on the APRS downlink.

Details are on the psat2 page on the above web page.

PSAT2 is entering a phase of Apogee in the northern hemisphere for a
week or so, and so is more workable in the USA and southern Europe.

[ANS thanks Bob Bruninga, WB4APR for the above information]

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Microwave Update Call for Submissions

The ARRL will once again publish proceedings from this year's Micro-
wave Update conference. At this time, The North Texas Microwave Socie-
ty is soliciting additional papers for the proceedings. It is not
necessary to be a presenter at the conference to have an article pub-
lished in the proceedings. Papers must be emailed to Kent Britain,
WA5VJB, at wa5vjb@flash.net, by August 31 as they will be submitted to
the League for printing the week of Sept 3. Please also copy Al Ward,
W5LUA,at w5lua@sbcglobal.net.

If you have an interesting project that you have been working on,
please consider sharing it with the community by publishing your work
in the proceedings.

Guidelines for submission may be found at:
http://www.microwaveupdate.org/proceedings.php

Questions may be directed to Bob Stricklin, N5BRG, at
bstrick@n5brg.com, Al Ward, W5LUA, at w5lua@sbcglobal.net or Kent
Britain, WA5VJB, at wa5vjb@flash.net

The Microwave Update conference will be held in Dallas, Texas, on
October 3-5. For conference information, see the website:
www.microwaveupdate.org

[ANS thanks Bob Stricklin, N5BRG, for the above information]

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Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule

Quick list of scheduled contacts and events:

Loreto College, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, telebridge via
IK1SLD. The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be IRØISS. The
scheduled astronaut is Nick Hague KG5TMV. Contact is go for: Thursday
2019-08-15 09:17:06 UTC 53 degrees. Watch for live stream at
www.ariotti.com starting about 15 min before AOS.

The Children’s Inn at NIH (National Institutes of Health), Bethesda,
MD (CASIS#3), telebridge via VK4KHZ. The ISS callsign is presently
scheduled to be NA1SS. The scheduled astronaut is Drew Morgan KI5AAA.
Contact is go for: Thursday 2019-08-22 17:16:22 UTC 38 deg

The ARISS webpage is at http://www.ariss.org/

[ANS thanks ARISS and Charlie Sufana, AJ9N, for the above information]

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Chinese Satellite Profiles RF Spectrum as Seen from Lunar Orbit

The Chinese DSLWP-B (LO-94) satellite that had been in lunar orbit
provided a profile of Earth’s HF spectrum as seen from the moon. The
microsatellite subsequently was crashed into the moon’s surface after
having completed its mission. DSLWP stands for “Discovering the Sky at
Longest Wavelengths Pathfinder.” Among other things, DSLWP-B was de-
signed to test low-frequency radio astronomy and space-based interfer-
ometry, and it carried Amateur Radio and educational payloads.

The HF spectrum mission included mapping “RF interference” from Earth
in the 1 – 30 MHz range by studying its occlusion by the moon during
lunar orbit. According to Chinese media accounts, this was done to
“verify the technology of ultra-long wave astronomical observation and
solar radiation research.” The onboard detector sensed the spectrum of
RF radiation at different positions of the lunar orbit.

The Harbin Institute of Technology (BY2HIT) developed and built the
DSLWP spacecraft and oversaw the mission. The microsatellite also
carried optical cameras from Saudi Arabia.

In July, a contact between radio amateurs in Germany and China took
place on July 1 via LO-94. The two-way exchange was between Reinhard
Kuehn, DK5LA, in Sörup, Germany, and Harbin Institute of Technology
club station BY2HIT (operated by Wei Mingchuan, BG2BHC), in Harbin,
China, via the onboard GMSK-to-JT4G repeater — the first such contact
ever made.

[ANS thanks ARRL for the above information]

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Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ Members of the Radioaficionados Yucatecos will activate the
  Celarain Lighthouse (ILLW MX0011, XEFF-0004) during the Internation-
  al Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend (ILLW), August 17-18, from the
  island Cozumel (IOTA NA-090). They will be QRV as XF3LL on 40 to 10m
  on SSB, digital modes, and via satellites. QSL via EA5GL.
  (ANS thanks the DARC DX Newsletter for the above information)

+ CubeSats will make an appearance at next weekend's Robotstock #STEM
  education event in Philadelphia, August 24-25.
  (ANS thanks Alan Johnston, KU2Y, AMSAT VP-Educational Relations, for
  the above information)

+ AMSAT President Joe Spier, K6WAO, was in attendance at the 2019
  Small Satellite Conference on the campus of Utah State University in
  Logan, Utah to promote AMSAT's mission of Keeping Amateur Radio in
  Space. During the conference, AMSAT and the University of Colorado
  Boulder announced the signing of a Collaborative Agreement. ANS will
  publish details when available.
  (ANS thanks

+ The small satellite launch market has grown to account for “69% of
  the satellites launched last year in number of satellites but only
  4% of the total mass launched (i.e 372 tons). … The smallsat market
  experienced a 23% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2009 to
  2018” with even greater growth expected in the future, dominated by
  the launch needs of constellations.
  (ANS thanks orbitalindex.com for the above information)

+ The countdown for the next Rocket Lab launch has started. The launch
  will come no earlier than 13:29 UTC on Friday, August 16, but as
  always with launches, may be delayed. For updates, see:
  https://twitter.com/RocketLab/status/1162206454910029830
  Or view the live stream from here: https://www.rocketlabusa.com/
  about 20 minutes before launch. This is scheduled to be a night time
  launch local New Zealand time.
  (ANS thanks Terry Osborne, ZL2BAC, for the above information)

+ Tamir Rosenberg, N6JJ, has released a video entitled "Ham Radio Sat-
  ellites! Everything you need to know from theory to tactics!" See it
  on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSiOORDkkZ8

+ ANS wishes a speedy recovery to EMike McCardel, AA8EM, Senior Editor
  of AMSAT News Service and past AMSAT-NA VP Educational Relations.
  Mike was seriously injured in an accident while cleaning up tree
  damage on his property near Howard, Ohio following a severe storm
  which occurred on Tuesday, August 6. He is currently in a rehabili-
  tation facility following surgery for several broken bones, and
  faces many weeks of rehab and recovery.


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In addition to regular membership, AMSAT offers membership in the
President's Club. Members of the President's Club, as sustaining
donors to AMSAT Project Funds, will be eligible to receive addi-
tional benefits. Application forms are available from the AMSAT
Office.

Primary and secondary school students are eligible for membership
at one-half the standard yearly rate. Post-secondary school students
enrolled in at least half time status shall be eligible for the stu-
dent rate for a maximum of 6 post-secondary years in this status.
Contact Martha at the AMSAT Office for additional student membership
information.

73 and Remember to help keep amateur radio in space,
This week's ANS Editor,

K0JM at amsat dot org
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Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1427

SB DX @ WW < KB8NW $OPDX.1427
Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1427

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1427
BID: $OPDX.1427
August 19, 2019
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Written Mostly In Murfreesboro, TN
Send 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, K5WE, WB6RSE,
K8BL, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m DX News, W8MET, W9HT, CO8ZZ, DL1SBF, DL7UXG &
The DX News Letter, DxCoffee.com, DXNews.com, DX-World.Net, F5NQL, F6AJA
& Les Nouvelles DX, HL1VAU, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, OH2BH, OZ6OM &
50 MHz DX News, RN3RQ, Sixitalia Weekly and VA3RJ & ICPO for the following
DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
week of Sunday, 11th/August, through Sunday, 18th/August there were 203
countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L,
4O, 4S, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5R, 5T, 5W, 6Y, 7P, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K,
9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C9,
CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, DL, DU, E5/n, E5/s, E7, EA,
EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FP,
FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL,
HP, HS, HZ, I, IS, J6, J7, J8, JA, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH8,
KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OJ0, OK, OM, ON,
OX, OY, OZ, P2, PA, PJ2, PJ7, PY, PZ, S0, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, SV, SV5,
SV9, T30, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TT, TU, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9,
UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XX9, XZ,
YA, YB, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, Z6, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD8, ZD9, 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".

9M62 MALAYSIAN SPECIAL EVENT (West Malaysia [9M2] and East Malaysia
[9M6/9M8]). To celebrate the 62th anniversary of Malaysia's independence
(August 31, 1957), look for the following special event stations to be
using the special prefix 9M62. Activity started on August 30th and will
end on September 1st:
9M62MA - Perak, W. Malaysia (9M2)     9M62MP - Penang, W. Malaysia (9M2)
9M62MB - Selangor, W. Malaysia        9M62MQ - Sarawak, W. Malaysia (9M2)
9M62MC - Pahang, W. Malaysia          9M62MR - Perlis, W. Malaysia (9M2)
9M62MD - Kelantan, W. Malaysia (9M2)  9M62MS - Sabah, East Malaysia (9M6)
9M62MJ - Johor, W. Malaysia (9M2)     9M62MT - Terengganu, W. Malaysia (9M2)
9M62MK - Kedah, W. Malaysia (9M2)     9M62MW - Kuala Lumpur, E. Malaysia (9M6)
9M62MM - Melaka, W. Malaysia (9M2)    9M62MY - (HQ)Selangor, W. Malaysia (9M2)
9M62MN - Negeri Sembilan

  Activity is organized by the Amateur Radio Club Sarawak (ARCS), ASTRA
Malaysia, Borneo Amateur Radio Club (BARC), KELAB RADIO AMATUR TAIPING -
(STAR), Kelab Radio Amatur Melayu Jalan Klang Lama, Kota Setar Amateur
Radio Club (KSARC), Kuala Lumpur DX Team, Melaka DX Club, Perlis DX Club,
Penang DX Club, Persatuan Komuniti Radio Amator Dan Rekreasi Kok Lanas
(KRAKL), Terengganu Radio Amateur & Recreation Club (PEMANCAR) and
Malaysian Amateur Radio Transmitters' Society (MARTS). Check QRZ.com
for the QSL info because each station QSLs different. For more details,
see:                   http://www.9mdxc.com/cq9m

CDXG CELEBRATION (Cuban Press Release by CO8ZZ). The Cuba DX Group will
be celebrating its 39th anniversary with special activity on September
1st, it will be 39 years since a small group of Cuban DXers in Havana
founded the Grupo DX de Cuba and marked with it, a before and after
in the history of Cuban amateur radio.
  For this reason, the GDXC will grant the certificate "Aniversario 39"
to those who manage to work a certain number of members of the group during
the month of September. The categories of the certificate will be Gold,
for those who contact 20 stations of the total valid, Silver for those
who do it with 15 and Bronze for those who work 10.
  All contacts will be valid regardless of band or mode. The GDXC's members
valid for the certificate are the following: CM2XN, CM3EFM, CM6ARD, CM7OK,
CO2JD, CO2KL, CO2RQ, CO2YQ, CO3JN, CO3LT, CO5LB, CO6HZ CO6OV, CO6RD, CO7JC,
CO8BYT, CO8CY, CO8MGY, CO8NDZ, CO8OH, CO8RBD, CO8SC, CO8ZZ, CP6CL, DK1WI,
EA5BB, HA3JH, HC1DAZ, HK3TK, JH1AJT, KP4SX, KV2H, OH2TA, OZ1IKY, WB2REM,
W7HU and XE1KK.
  Good news for diploma collectors is that this will also be a great
opportunity to obtain the "Grupo DX" diploma. For any clarification and
to send the logs with the certificate requests use the following address
will be used:                     gdxc@frcuba.cu
  To the delivery of the certificate, other activities will be added that
will schedule the representations in each subsidiary, such as exhibitions,
conversations, conferences and demonstrations of operational practices
during contests and pileups management.
  The Grupo DX de Cuba brings together the majority of Cuban DXers and
80 individuals from more than 20 countries. To be part of it, you only
need to have 100 or more confirmed DXCC entities. Extended information
can be found at the following sites:
         https://www.frcuba.cu/filiales-grupos/grupo-dx.html
         http://xavian2016.cubava.cu/page/2/?s=gdxc
         http://xavian2016.cubava.cu/2016/06/09/redescubriendo-el-nacimiento-del-grupo-dx-de-cuba-gdxc-2/
         https://m.facebook.com/Grupo-DX-de-Cuba-673195439448184/?ref=Footer

E5, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS. Fred, DH5FS, will be active as E51SFS from the
South Cook Islands between September 8-25th. He is scheduled to operate
from Rarotonga Island (OC-013) between September 8-16th, and from Aitutaki
Island, (OC-083) between September 20-25th. Activity will be on various
HF bands and modes. QSL via his home callsign.

EX, KYRGYZSTAN. Operators Leszek/SP6CIK, Jarek/SP6OJK, Janusz/SP9FIH,
Roman/SP9FOW, Jerzy/SP9TCE and Jozef/SP9HVW will be active as EX6QP from
the south shore of Issyk-kul Lake between September 2-15th. Activity
will be on various HF bands using an Inverted L, phased verticals, and
Spiderbeams. Operating modes will be CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL via
SP6OJK.

IOTA NEWS..............
  AS-080.  Han, DS2GOO, will be active as DS2GOO/3 from Sapshi Island
           (KDN F26) between August 24-26th. Activity will be holiday
           style (family vacation). He states, "I will be in front of my
           radio as many times as possible." He will take his IC-706MK2G,
           TS-570S and vertical antennas. QSL via his home callsign.

  AS-206.   Harry, JG7PSJ/JD1BMH/KW2X, is planning to be active as JG7PSJ/7
            from Oshima Island (JA7,Miyagi -- QM08)sometime in September
            or October. Stay tuned.

  EU-112.  (Reminder) Operators Thor/DK7RD, Paul/G4PVM and Col/MM0NDX
           are planning to activate Europe's 5th most wanted IOTA, Shiant
           Isles, as MS0INT between August 23-25th. Activity will be on
           various HF bands using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL via M0SDV.

  EU-191.  Dan, YO9FNP/LB3TI, will once again be active as YO9KXF/P from
           Insula Fericirii between August 16-19th. Activity will be
           holiday style (working) mainly on 40/20 meters using mostly
           CW, but with some SSB and FT8. He will have 100 watts into
           vertical wire antenna. QSL via YO9FNP direct or OQRS (see
           QRZ.com).

  NA-134.  Bo, OZ1DJJ, will be Active as OX3LX from Upernavik Island
           between August 22nd and September 5th. Activity will be on
           various HF bands (Focus on 160/80/60m), but limited to his
           spare time when not working (He states, "Best chance is in
           the morning around lunch and after dinner [local time utc+2],
           on the weekend also during night/morning"). QSL via OZ0J
           direct (see QRZ.com). Logs get uploaded to LoTW, ClubLog
           and sometimes eQSL. For more details and updates, see:
                  http://geronne.dk/index.php/ox3lx/ox3lx-dxped

  NA-211.  IMPORTANT UPDATE FROM Cezar, VE3LYC, on the K7TRL Tillamook
           Rock DXpedition:       https://k7tri.weebly.com
           The team is seeking more support from both DXers and IOTA
           chasers.

  CORSICAN IOTA TOUR. Laurent, F8BBL, will be active as TK19IOTA from the
           following Corsican IOTA islands between September 6-22nd:
           Corsica (EU-014), Iles Cerbicale (EU-100), Lavezzi Archipelago
           (EU-164) and Sanguinaires Islands (EU-104). He will also activate
           one SOTA: Capo Di Locu (TK/TK-148). Activity will be holiday
           style on various HF bands using a KX3 Elecraft + MP1 Antenna.
           QSL via F8BBL, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW. For updates,
           watch:                 http://rnb.dx-cw.net

  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......

J6, ST. LUCIA. Bill, K9HZ, will once again be active as J68HZ from his
villa at Labrelotte Bay, Castries, St. Lucia (NA-108, WLOTA L-1336)
between August 23rd and October 4th. Activity is usually on 160-2 meters
using CW, SSB, AM,  RTTY, WSJT and FT8. QSL via his home callsign. He
does use the LoTW (preferred), ClubLog and eQSL.

J6, ST. LUCIA. Members of MARCO (The Medical Amateur Radio Council, Ltd.)
will be active as J68MD from St. Lucia (NA-108) during the CQWW DX SSB
Contest (October 26-27th) as a Multi-Single/All-Band entry. Equipment
will be a K3 transceiver, multiband yagi and various wire antennas. QSL
via N2HIW.

K4, UNITED STATES (POW-MIA Special Event). Look for special event station
K4MIA/8 to be active between September 13-22nd. Activity is to honor and
support our Veterans. Operators are Linda/N8LRS and Metro/W8MET acting as
a sister-station from Ohio for the 4th year. This event was originated by
Mike, K4MIA, from Florida with other sister-stations involved. Details can
be found on the ARRL Web site under “ON-THE-AIR” under SPECIAL EVENT under
the call-letters of K4MIA. Also, this special event will be in the
September QST. Please take part in this special event for our Veterans.
QSLs are available with SASE. They will be operating on 40 meters SSB.
ADDED NOTE: Other sister stations to look for K4MIA/5 and K4MIA/7.

KH4, MIDWAY ISLAND (Update #3/Postponed). Ron, KH6DV, reports on August
15th, on QRZ.com:
  For a number of very good reasons the Midway expedition is being post-
poned. Some of the things we are working on will take a number of months
– one will take 4 or 5 by itself. We could postpone for just a couple
months but then we would be operating during the summer with its associated
terrible conditions.
     WE HAVE DECIDED TO PLAN FOR THE FIRST TWO WEEKS IN OCTOBER 2020      
  The changes we are working on will make for a much better and more
exciting expedition and are well worth waiting for.

KH8, AMERICAN SAMOA. Atsu, 5W1SA, is once again active as KH8C from
Tutuila (OC-045) until August 25th. Activity is mainly FT4 and FT8
during his nights and and weekends. QSL via LoTW, or via JF1OCQ.

OJ0, MARKET REEF (50 YEARS CELEBRATIONS UPDATE --- OJ0O THIS WEEK).
[Edited Press Release by Martti, OH2BH, dated August 15th, -- OJ0O QRV FROM
SATURDAY, AUGUST 17TH THRU AUGUST 24TH] --- Multiple OJ0 callsigns were
activated during the summer season 2019 and the party wagon is to continue
this coming Saturday, August 17th, with weather permitting as always. Up
to this point some 35.000 OJ0 QSOS were made. These include some 6M magic
to U.S. along with many other great openings.
  Jun, JH4RHF, will lead his mostly oriental team thus an effective Far
East penetration would be expected. Additionally Miro, OM5RW, had joint
the team as another low-band expert with his standing as one of the OM7M
lead operators along with his powerful first ever Z60A new DXCC partic-
ipation..
  The team is JH4RHF, JE6HIB, DS4EOI and OM5RW with on-site support by
Henri, OH3JR/OJ0JR and Pertti, OG2M/OJ0MR. They are well on their way
to Helsinki, Finland, from where they fly tomorrow to Aland Islands to
catch their boat. The wind will be 10m/s due South and should allow their
landing. QSL OJ0O via ClubLog.
  It is also estimated that September 19th, will see another OJ0-operation
in the Scandinavian Activity Contest (CW) led again by Market veteran
Henri, OH3JR/OJ0JR, with activity continuing until Saturday, 28th. This
include dismantling the permanent antennas and taking back the used equip-
ment.

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

OX, GREENLAND. Operators Thomas/OZ1AA, Bo/OZ1DJJ, Dave/OZ5DM, Mikkel/OZ7AKT,
Alex/OZ7AM and possibly others will be active as OX7A from Kangerlussuaq
during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 26-27th). Operation class TBD. QSL
via OZ1ACB, ClubLog or LoTW. There will be activity on all bands and modes
(including FT8) prior to and after the contest, but with operators using
their own personal callsigns (OX3LX, OX3LG, OX5DM, OX7AKT and OX7AM).
There will be an emphasis on the low bands and 60/30/17/12 meters. Most
operators will be in Greenland between October 22nd and November 1st.

PJ4, BONAIRE. Randy, K5SL, will be active as PJ4/K5SL from Bonaire (SA-006)
between September 7-14th. Activity will be on 40/30/20/17 meters using
mainly CW, but possibly some 17 meters SSB. QSL via his home callsign.

PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (August 19-25th).......
 Aug/19th AN      Aug/22nd  AN     Aug/24th  AN
 Aug/20th AN      Aug/23rd  AN     Aug/25th  AN
 Aug/21st AN

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

    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

QSL INFO AND NEWS...................
  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX by Lothar, DL1SBF (www.qslinfo.eu)(August 18th)
  -------------------------------------------------------------------------
  3Z0R via SP9SX          DK5T/LH via DK5ON          SN0ARCO via SP9KJU
  3Z1OD via SP1PBT        EA2/PA2M via PA2M          SN1919PS via SP9KDU
  4S6NCH via 4S6NCH (d/L) EA8CJN via EA3QS & (L)     SN86LOT via SP1PMY
  4Z5SL/LH via 4Z5SL      EG7SCC via EA7HBC (EA-B/d) TC1LHS via YM1KE
  9H9SEL via 9H1XT        EG8CAN via EA8CJN          TM0BSM via DK5OPA
  9K2YM via EA5KB & (L)   II8FTDM via IK8YFU (d/L)   TM2LM via F6KAT & (L)
  A41NN via A61BK (O/L)   LX/OO9O via ON7SS & (L)    TM75DP via F4AHJ
  AM500SEV via EA7URF     LZ19YOTA via LZ1BJ         TM75LM via PA2JWN
  AN7AL via EA7URI (L/e)  PA/DL0IGA/LH via DL1KJ     TO5M via VO1IDX (d/O)
  D73G via HL4CCM & (L)   RX3AMI/1/LH via RX3AMI (d) ZS9V via M0OXO (O)
  DA0LCC via DH4HAN       SK7BORE via SK7DX

  (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

  LOGS ONLINE AT CLUBLOG.ORG THIS WEEK......
  https://secure.clublog.org/logsearch/TO5M (Updated)
  https://secure.clublog.org/logsearch/VP2V/N5AQ
  https://secure.clublog.org/logsearch/VP2VEM

  QSLS RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 4L6QL, 5T5PA, 9L1YXJ, 9M0W, CO8OV, E51Q, E6AC,
  EI9IB, IE9/IK4RUX, M0XXT, T2J, V47JA, VP6J and XX9D

  QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 8R1K, 9Y4/OK2ZI, HP1WW, OH8X, PZ50X and YV1KK

  QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 3D2XA, 4S7NHG, 5E5R, 8P9DF, 8R1A, 9H3JI,
  9X4XX, C6ATR, CN8YZ, FG8NY, FH/F4FET, FJ/AI5P, FJ/F6CUK, FK8CP, FK8IK,
  FP/DK7LX, FR1GV, FW1JG, FW5JJ, H72DX, HC2/AL1O, HR2/AJ9C, J28KO, J38MM,
  J6/K0BBC, K9FD/KH6, KG4BP, KH6/WJ2O, KH7C, KL7WV, L80AA/D (SA-055),
  LU1ZI (AN-010), LU4AA/D (SA-055), NP3K, P4/AI2N, P40ET, P40JR, PJ2/W8WTS,
  PJ4/K4BAI, PJ4/K5JP, PJ4A, R0LS/p (AS-066), S21R, T32LJ, T48G, TO200SPM,
  TO3Z, TO6D, TX5EG (OC-027, OC-046, OC-067, OC-131), TZ5XR, V25M, V47T,
  VK9NI, VP2EAQ, VP2MPA, VP2MVV, VP2V/WA6O, VP2VI, VP5/K3NK and YN2RP
    --- We would like to see more QSL Bureaus (such as AS/US/SA/AF.. etc)
        to send in their info....

VP2V, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS. Operators Jeff/K5WE and Bill/N5AQ will be
active as VP2VEM and VP2V/N5AQ, respectively, from Tortola, British Virgin
Islands, beginning October 4th through October 13th. They will operate on
all bands 160-10 meters, mostly CW with some RTTY, FT8, FT4, and SSB.
Their equipment will include K3 radios with 400 watt amps. Antennas will
include a Hexbeam, a Crank-IR vertical, and dipoles. Depending upon a
reliable internet connection, logs will be uploaded to ClubLog daily.
Logs will be uploaded to LoTW upon returning home. QSL via ClubLog's
OQRS, or QSL VP2VEM to K5WE and VP2V/N5AQ to N5AQ.

VP6R PITCAIRN ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS (Updates). The following was posted
on the VP6R Web page (https://pitcairndx.com/news-and-updates/), August
14th and 17th with pictures:
  * August 14th: Today the RV Braveheart completed the loading of its
    cargo, including all our Pitcairn Island Dxpedition equipment. Our
    Flex radios, ACOM amplifiers, Yagi and vertical antennas, masts,
    feedlines, computers, network gear, tools, and our personal luggage
    is all aboard and securred. The vessel will depart Tauranga, New
    Zealand early next week.
      We’ve had a slight change in plans which benefits everyone. The
    Braveheart will make a preliminary stop at Pitcairn on September 6th.
    Our gear will come off the vessel and be stored on the island until
    we arrive on about October 17. This should get us on the air faster
    and circumvent any potential weather delays.
      Things are moving quickly now and our team is anxious to get under-
    way. If you’ve supported us, we thank you. If not, please consider
    doing so. Cash is flowing out very rapidly now. No matter what, let’s
    do this thing and have some fun!

  * August 17th: Here are some images taken during the arrival of our
    sea container at the pier and the transfer of our gear onto the
    Braveheart. It has yet to be stowed and secured. Nigel and a friend
    are seen seated in the container.  Matt Jolly, Nigel’s son, is in
    the “selfie” with our gear in the background. The lattice tower
    sections are part of the DX Engineering ninty foot 160 meter vertical.
    A complete Flex station is inside nine of the black Pelican cases.

VP9, BERMUDA. Josh, W9HT, will once again be active as W9HT/VP9 from
Bermuda (NA-005) between October 12-15th. Activity will be on various
HF Bands including 6m using SSB, CW, and FT8. QSL via his home callsign
direct.

W4, UNITED STATES (Special Event). Members of the Lake County Amateur
Radio Association (LCARA, N8BC) will activate special event station W4G
for the 103rd anniversary celebration of the National Park Service in
conjunction with the James A. Garfield Presidential Home in Mentor, OH.
This Callsign was chosen so that they could use the phonetics on Phone
of "Washington For Garfield" (Washington 4 Garfield). The celebration
will take place on the grounds of the Garfield Presidential Home on
Sunday, August 25th. They will have stations operating on various bands
and modes to make the special event callsign workable by Amateurs across
North America and possibly the World. They expect numerous stations will
be calling them to say the least!

KH0/WH0, MARIANA ISLANDS. Harry, JG7PSJ/JD1BMH/KW2X, will once again be
active as WH0RU from Saipan (OC-086) between September 15-22nd. Activity
will be on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via LoTW or direct
to JG7PSJ. For possible updates, watch:  http://jg7psj.starfree.jp

ZK3A TOKELAU ISLANDS DXPEDITION NEWS (Update). The following was reported
on August 13th, on the ZK3A Web page (https://tokelau2019.com) and Twitter
(https://twitter.com/ZK3A_2019): Meeting in Ukraine -- Part of the team
is getting together in Zaporizhia, Ukraine, to discuss final planning &
logistical details, for the up and coming ZK3A DXpedition in October
2019... The meeting was hosted by UT7QF.

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Saturday, August 17, 2019

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Global Radio Guide (Summer 2019) Now Available at Amazon


Older ham radio operators and radio listeners might remember a time when shortwave radio stations broadcast a nearly constant drumbeat of political propaganda during the Cold War years. Shortwave radio stations such as Radio Moscow, the Voice of America, and the BBC, to name a few, played an important ideological role during that confrontation between the East and West.

Once again, Global Radio broadcasters have moved to the 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 comprehensive radio guide to hear the action.

Teak Publishing is pleased to release that important radio guide – the Global Radio Guide (GRG), the 12th edition (Summer 2019) electronic book, by Amazon bestselling author Gayle Van Horn W4GVH. The book was formerly known as the International Shortwave Broadcast Guide.

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New in this 12th edition of the GRG is a Summer 2019 Propagation Forecast, by international radio propagation expert, Tomas Hood NW7US. Tomas looks at summer radio conditions and the new solar cycle.

Gayle and Larry Van Horn have joined forces again penning a very timely article on monitoring the Venezuelan political crisis including broadcast and military frequencies.

Other authors in this edition include The Spectrum Monitor’s Fred Waterer, with a feature on summer radio programming and Richard Fisher with an easy homebrew antenna support construction article.

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The Global Radio Guide will have wide appeal to amateur radio operators, shortwave radio hobbyists, news agencies, news buffs, educators, foreign language students, expatriates, or anyone else interested in listening to a global view of world news and major events as they happen.



ARLP033 Propagation de K7RA

SB PROP @ ARL $ARLP033
ARLP033 Propagation de K7RA

ZCZC AP33
QST de W1AW 
Propagation Forecast Bulletin 33  ARLP033
From Tad Cook, K7RA
Seattle, WA  August 16, 2019
To all radio amateurs

SB PROP ARL ARLP033
ARLP033 Propagation de K7RA

No sunspots were visible over the recent reporting week, Thursday
through Wednesday, August 8 through 14.

According to Spaceweather.com, 67% of the days so far in 2019 have
been spotless, and for all of 2018 it was 61%. In the previous solar
minimum in 2008 and 2009 the spotless days ran 73% and 71%,
respectively.

Solar flux has been minimal and unremarkable, with average daily
solar flux changing only to 67.4 from 67.2 last week.

Predicted solar flux for the next 45 days is likewise unremarkable,
at 67 from August 15 til September 29.

Predicted planetary A index is 8 on August 16, 5 on August 17, 6 on
August 18, 8 on August 19 and 20, 5 on August 21 to 25, 8 on August
26 to 28, 5 on August 29 to 31, then 38 and 14 on September 1 and 2,
5 on September 3 to 5, 8 on September 6 to 8, 5 on September 9 to
11, 8 on September 12, 5 on September 13 to 21, 8 on September 22 to
24, 5 on September 25 to 27, and in a recurrence of geomagnetic
activity reported in last week's bulletin and also predicted for
September 1, 38 on September 28 and 14 on September 29.

On Tuesday, September 10, 2019 I will be conducting an informal
presentation on space weather, propagation and my involvement in
amateur radio since being licensed at the end of cycle 19 at age 12,
at the monthly meeting in Seattle of the Western Washington DX Club.
See https://www.wwdxc.org/ for details.

Last weekend was the 65th annual Pacific Northwest DX Convention,
and among the presentations was an excellent talk by Space Weather
Woman Dr. Tamitha Skov, WX6SWW. If you ever get a chance to see her
give a talk, don't miss it. Her presentation was excellent.

Jim Brown, W5ZIT of Farmersville, Texas (or Tucson, AZ) wrote on
August 15:

"I had just finished an Olivia QSO with Fergus ZL2VF via grey line
(7 dB s/n peak) as we usually do around 0300Z when I noticed a very
strong PSK31 signal on 20M which I assumed was a nearby local.

When I checked I found that it was Suke JM7OLW at 30 dB plus s/n
ratio. Suke runs 200 Watts to a 5el up about 100 ft, but still that
is a very strong signal to propagate into Tucson, Arizona. Suke gave
me a very good 20 dB plus s/n report.

This morning I tuned across a dead 20M band and again saw a 30 dB
plus s/n signal which I again assumed was a local. Instead it was
W4PKU, Fred in VA. With signals barely copyable on 20M PSK in the
last few days, I was really surprised to see this kind of signal.
Fred gave me a 30 dB plus s/n report also, from my 30 Watts into an
80M OCF antenna. Turns out he had also worked Suke in the last few
days also.

The bands can still surprise you even at the low end of the cycle."

Be sure to check out the W5ZIT page on QRZ.com.

Ken Brown, N4SO wrote on August 15:

18.1 MHZ FT8 mode

I added Reunion Island and Fiji to the list as worked "new"
countries on FT8. I have also added a note on both Pacific and
Europe being decoded at 2210 UTC.

On several days, 18.1 MHZ was monitored on the digital mode FT8, and
some contacts were made with 10 watts and a half square antenna.

The band stays open until about 0300 to 0400 UTC. The numbers on the
left are UTC. It is possible to receive weak Pacific Ocean stations
or W8-(K8FAM), until the band closes completely.

033915 -17 -0.5 1083 ~  CQ E51BQ BG08      S. Cook Is.
033830   6  0.1 1198 ~  CQ K9OM EN65       USA

The band opens at approximately 1200 UTC to all of the Northeast
USA, Canada, and also to Europe.

130800 -12  0.5  306 ~  CQ TO5M GN16       Reunion Is.
131130  -9  0.5  305 ~  N4SO TO5M 73      (Reunion Island new country)
120430 -14 -0.0  418 ~  CQ EA6VQ JM19      Balearic Is.
122200 -14  0.1  902 ~  CQ IZ8VYU JN71     Italy
123130 -11  0.1  902 ~  N4SO IZ8VYU 73
124830 -17  0.6 1930 ~  CQ 9K2NO LL39      Kuwait
125215  -3  0.3 1692 ~  CQ HA7TM JN97      Hungary
131415 -10  0.2 1713 ~  CQ OK2WMC JN99     Czech Rep.
 
120730  -6  0.0 1452 ~  CQ W9XB EN52       USA
134700   4  0.1  883 ~  CQ N4TZ EN70       USA

122215 -17  0.3 1333 ~  CQ HA7TM JN97      Hungary
124745 -19  0.2  831 ~  CQ F8DZU JN15      France
131915 -15  0.4 2214 ~  CQ VE3MGY EN92     Canada
141115 -18  0.1  709 ~  CQ PA9CC JO32      Netherlands

During daylight hours, the 18 MHZ band continues to remain open to
North America, Europe and also to the Caribbean and South America.

Africa?  Around 1800 UTC
184700   0  0.4 2513 ~  9G2HO KA1J FN31    Ghana

Europe and Pacific Ocean? The point of this is to show that
propagation to both Cyprus and Fiji is possible, with the signals
from Europe and Russia very weak and not workable. Fiji was worked
though.

221000 -16 -0.1  949 ~  CQ 5B4AMX KM65     Cyprus
221300 -13  0.2 2098 ~  CQ 3D2AG RH91      Fiji  (new country)
221700 -17  0.4 2095 ~  N4SO 3D2AG -11

Before sundown (7:36 local time) there is a possibility of Japan and
Far East stations, or to New Zealand and also Australia. Good times
are 2200 to 0200 UTC. Japan is favorable after 2200 UTC. Most of
these were easily worked:

222300 -14  0.1 1825 ~  N4SO JF8QNF -19
222300 -12 -0.4  654 ~  N4SO JH0INP PM96
222900 -12  0.1 1908 ~  N4SO JH7CVM 73
222930 -13  0.1 2043 ~  N4SO JH2FXK RR73
224230 -13  0.4  474 ~  N4SO JA1XEC RR73
224900  -7  0.1  787 ~  N4SO JA1NCZ RR73

020000 -16 -0.1 2155 ~  N4SO VK7WX R-10
020015  Tx      2375 ~  VK7WX N4SO RR73                      
020030 -17 -0.1 2156 ~  N4SO VK7WX 73 
222415 -17  0.1 1859 ~  CQ DX JA7QVI QM08  Japan
000700 -13 -0.1  485 ~  CQ JA8KSF QN03     Japan 
004300 -16  0.1 1650 ~  CQ VK4PY QG62      Australia
This ZL station was worked with 10 watts, and the numbers (-1) show
good signals propagated to New Zealand.
004730  -3  0.1 1536 ~  CQ ZL2IFB RF80     New Zealand
004830  -1  0.2 1536 ~  N4SO ZL2IFB R-02

During the evening hours the band is open to the West coast and
British Columbia, Canada, and the Pacific such as FK8 New Caledonia.
The band usually closes with W6, W7, W0 or W9 in the USA, or a
Pacific Ocean station (South Cook Island E51BQ)."

If you would like to make a comment or have a tip for our readers,
email the author at, k7ra@arrl.net.

For more information concerning radio propagation, see the ARRL
Technical Information Service at
http://arrl.org/propagation-of-rf-signals. For an explanation of
numbers used in this bulletin, see
http://arrl.org/the-sun-the-earth-the-ionosphere.

An archive of past propagation bulletins is at
http://arrl.org/w1aw-bulletins-archive-propagation. More good
information and tutorials on propagation are at http://k9la.us/.

Monthly propagation charts between four USA regions and twelve
overseas locations are at http://arrl.org/propagation.

Instructions for starting or ending email distribution of ARRL
bulletins are at http://arrl.org/bulletins.

Sunspot numbers for August 8 through 14, 2019 were 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0,
and 0, with a mean of 0. 10.7 cm flux was 68.6, 67.2, 67.2, 67.6,
67.2, 66.8, and 67.4, with a mean of 67.4. Estimated planetary A
indices were 7, 6, 8, 6, 5, 7, and 5 with a mean of 6.3. Middle
latitude A index was 6, 7, 8, 7, 7, 8, and 5, with a mean of 6.9.
NNNN
/EX

[425ENG] 425 DX News #1476 [Calendar]

17 August 2019                                            A.R.I. DX Bulletin
                                   No 1476

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                           Edited by  I1JQJ & IK1ADH
                         Direttore  Responsabile I2VGW

PERIOD           CALL                                                   REF
till  17/08      5R8PX: Nosy Be (AF-057)                               1473
till  17/08      LZ19YOTA: special event station                       1474
till  18/08      8Q7GB: Maldives (AS-013)                              1463
till  18/08      AM500SEV: special callsign                            1467
till  18/08      D73F: special callsign                                1470
till  18/08      HL18FINA: special event station                       1468
till  18/08      TM0BSM: Berck-sur-Mer Lighthouse (France)             1475
till  18/08      TM75LM: special event station (France)                1475
till  18/08      TO5M: Saint Pierre & Miquelon (NA-032)                1469
till  19/08      T45FM: Punta Maya Lighthouse                          1475
till  19/08      YO9KXF/p: Fericirii Island (EU-191)                   1476
till  20/08      RA1ALA/8: Shokalsky Island (AS-083)                   1475
till  20/08      RV1CC/0 and RM0F/p: Iturup Island (AS-025)            1475
till  20/08      VY0ERC: Ellesmere Island (NA-008)                     1474
till  20/08      ZS9V: Robben Island (AF-064)                          1471
till  24/08      A91FTDMC: special callsign                            1474
till  24/08      II8FTDM: special callsign                             1474
till  24/08      LX8FTDM: special callsign                             1474
till  24/08      OD5FTDMC: special callsign                            1474
till  24/08      OE19FTDMC: special callsign                           1474
till  24/08      TM8FTDM: special callsign (France)                    1474
till  24/08      TO8FTDM: special callsign (Guadeloupe)                1474
till  24/08      ZL6FTDMC: special callsign                            1474
till  25/08      GB4ENI: special callsign (England)                    1469
till  25/08      KH8C: Tutuila (OC-045), American Samoa                1476
till  28/08      GB80ENI: special callsign (England)                   1469
till  31/08      CB70E, CB70K, CB70O, CB70Y: special calls (Chile)     1473
till  31/08      SN0ARCO: special callsign                             1474
till  01/09      HC2/IZ1HGP: Ecuador                                   1473
till  15/09      3Z1919PS, HF1919PS, SN1919PS: special callsigns       1474
till  15/09      SO1919PS, SP1919PS, SQ1919PS: special callsigns       1474
till  24/09      H44MS: Malaita (OC-047), Solomon Islands              1468
till  30/09      LY30BW: special callsign                              1474
till  30/09      PA75OSB: special callsign                             1476
till  23/10      4U73B: special callsign (Italy)                       1434
till  October    VK0HZ: Davis Station, Antarctica (AN-016)             1431
till  October    ZL5A: Scott Base, Ross Island (AN-011), Antarctica    1431
till  17/11      TM500LV: special callsign (France)                    1465
till  31/12      Canadian National Parks On The Air (CNPOTA)           1443
till  31/12      8J3ICOM and 8N3ICOM: special callsigns                1476
till  31/12      9A62AA: special callsign                              1452
till  31/12      DL70AFUG: special callsign                            1447
till  31/12      DL70BRD: special callsign                             1444
till  31/12      DM70GER: special callsign                             1444
till  31/12      DQ1200ASP: special callsign                           1443
till  31/12      DR50DIG: special callsign                             1446
till  31/12      EI100YXQ: special callsign                            1447
till  31/12      EI19RE: special callsign                              1447
till  31/12      EN185UNIV: special callsign                           1458
till  31/12      HB90 and HB30: special prefixes (Switzerland)         1443
till  31/12      SF50CG: special callsign                              1444
till  31/12      TC10GITRAD: special callsign (Turkey)                 1451
till  31/01/2020 EM1UA and EM1U: Galindez Island (AN-006), Antarctica  1450
till  30/06/2020 GB60ATG: special callsign                             1473
17/08            N2OB: Barnegat Lighthouse, Long Beach Island (NA-111) 1475
17/08-18/08      AO7RL: Mesa de Roldan Lighthouse & grid square IM96   1476
17/08-18/08      International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend            1475
17/08-18/08      XF3LL: Cozumel Island (NA-090)                        1469
17/08-24/08      OJ0O: Market Reef (EU-053)                            1476
17/08-31/08      TM36V: special callsign (France)                      1475
17/08-10/10      Z81D: South Sudan                                     1476
18/08            IY7M: Punta San Cataldo lighthouse                    1476
19/08-25/08      ES30WAY: special callsign                             1476
19/08-25/08      LY30WAY: special callsign                             1476
19/08-25/08      YL30WAY: special callsign                             1476
20/08-28/08      SV8/IW7EGQ: Zakynthos Island (EU-052)                 1475
21/08-26/08      OY/IZ1AZA: Faroe Islands (EU-018)                     1475
23/08-25/08      MS0INT: Shiant Isles (EU-112)                         1475
23/08-03/09      H44MI: Malaita (OC-047), Solomon Islands              1475
23/08-04/10      J68HZ: St Lucia (NA-108)                              1476
24/08-26/08      DS2GOO/3: from Sapshi Island  (AS-080)                1476
24/08-01/09      IQ5BL: Para-Archery Championships                     1476
25/08-02/09      KL7RRC/p: Sledge Island (NA-210)                      1475
26/08-22/09      PA75SODS: special callsign                            1476
27/08-01/09      YP0F: Fericirii Island (EU-191)                       1475
28/08-25/09      PD538RNI: special callsign                            1476
30/08-01/09      9M62MA, 9M62MB, 9M62MC: special calls (West Malaysia) 1476
30/08-01/09      9M62MD, 9M62MJ, 9M62MK: special calls (West Malaysia) 1476
30/08-01/09      9M62MM, 9M62MN, 9M62MP: special calls (West Malaysia) 1476
30/08-01/09      9M62MQ and 9M62MS: special calls (East Malaysia)      1476
30/08-01/09      9M62MR and 9M62MT: special calls (West Malaysia)      1476
30/08-01/09      9M62MW and 9M62MY: special calls (West Malaysia)      1476
31/08-01/09      TC113PTR: special callsign                            1476
August           3D2DOM: Fiji                                          1473
August           HO1D: special callsign (Panama)                       1473
August           II4BRD: special callsign                              1444
August           JW/LB2PG: Bear Island (EU-027), Svalbard              1465
August           LZ304AE: special callsign                             1444
01/09-15/09      EG1SDC-EG9SDC: special callsigns                      1476
01/09-15/09      EH1SDC-EH9SDC: special callsigns                      1476
01/09-30/09      4U500M: special callsign (VIC, Austria)               1475
01/09-30/11      PH100KLM: special callsign                            1476
02/09-15/09      EX6QP: Kyrgyzstan                                     1476
06/09-09/09      K7TRI: Tillamook Rock (NA-211)                        1475
06/09-15/09      T30L:  West Kiribati (OC-017)                         1474
06/09-22/09      TK19IOTA: Corsica                                     1475
13/09-16/09      EA9/DL2JRM: Ceuta & Melilla                           1475
24/09-08/10      FP/KV1J: Saint Pierre & Miquelon (NA-032)             1475
07/09-08/09      TM1MOON: special callsign (France)                    1461
16/09-25/09      C21W: Nauru (OC-031)                                  1474
16/09-01/10      3DA0AO: eSwatini (Swaziland)                          1469
21/09-27/09      MD/OP2D: Isle of Man                                  1462
23/09-06/10      A35JT: Tongatapu (OC-049), Tonga                      1455
30/09-11/10      A82X and A82Z: Liberia                                1476
September        6O7O: Somalia                                         1472
September        II4GRM: special callsign                              1444
September        JW/LB2PG: Bear Island (EU-027), Svalbard              1465
September        LZ304EW: special callsign                             1444
01/10-11/10      ZK3A: Tokelau Islands (OC-048)                        1471
01/10-19/10      7P8AO: Lesotho                                        1469
07/10-23/10      T30GC: Western Kiribati (OC-017)                      1462
18/10-23/10      3G1DX: Pajaros Rocks (SA-100)                         1475
18/10-28/10      VK9NC: Norfolk Island (OC-005)                        1475
18/10-01/11      VP6R: Pitcairn Island (OC-044)                        1454
18/10-04/11      VK9NE: Norfolk Island (OC-005)                        1475
19/10-31/10      VU7RI: Lakshadweep Islands (AS-011)                   1459
20/10-01/11      D68CCC: Comoro Islands (AF-007)                       1462
28/10-04/11      VK9NG: Norfolk Island (OC-005)                        1475
October          II4MNU: special callsign                              1444
October          JW/LB2PG: Bear Island (EU-027), Svalbard              1465
October          LZ311HI: special callsign                             1444
04/11-07/11      YJ0RRC: Gaua Island (OC-104), Vanuatu                 1457
06/11-19/11      FO: Marquesas Islands (OC-027)                        1458
08/11-13/11      YJ0RRC: Tongoa Island (OC-111), Vanuatu               1457
12/11-29/11      VK9CZ: Cocos (Keeling) Islands (OC-003)               1459
14/11-20/11      YJ0FWA: Efate Island (OC-035), Vanuatu                1457
16/11-27/11      9G5W: Ghana                                           1469
November         II4VAL: special callsign                              1444
November         JW/LB2PG: Bear Island (EU-027), Svalbard              1465
November         LZ365BM: special callsign                             1444
December         II4TIB: special callsign                              1444
December         LZ4408SPA: special callsign                           1444
TBA         2019 3Y0I: Bouvet Island                                   1459
TBA         2019 T33T: Banaba Island (OC-018)                          1470
21/02-05/03/2020 VP8/VP8DXU: South Orkney Islands (AN-008)             1474
March       2020 9J2LA: Zambia                                         1463
05/10-12/10/2020 CY0C: Sable Island (NA-063)                           1463
October     2020 KH6VV/KH4: Midway Island (OC-030)                     1476

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