Monday, August 12, 2019

Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1426

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1426
BID: $OPDX.1426
August 12, 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, WV2B, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, K8GI,
K8YC, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m DX News, DL1SBF, DL7UXG & The DX News Letter,,, DX-World.Net, EA5GL, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles
DX, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, JL1UTS, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, RN3RQ,
RW6HS, 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, 4th/August, through Sunday, 11th/August there were 201
countries active. Countries available: 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O,
4S, 4X, 5B, 5R, 5T, 5W, 6W, 6Y, 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,
CE0Z, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, CY9, DL, DU, E4, E5/n, E5/s, E6,
E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, EU, 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, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J6, JA, JT, JY, K, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2,
KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P4,
PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ5, PJ7, PY, PZ, S0, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5,
SV9, T30, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TN, TT, TU, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN,
UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V8, VE, VK, VK9L, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP8, VP9, VR, VU,
XE, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, Z6, ZA, ZB, ZD7, 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".

3W, VIETNAM. Yosuke, JJ1DQR, will be active as 3W9QR from Da Nang between
October 23rd and November 1st. Activity will be on 40-6 meters using
mainly SSB. He will also participate in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October
26-27th). QSL via JJ1DQR, by the Bureau or direct.

5E, MOROCCO. Royal Amateur Radio Association of Morocco (ARRAM) is now
active using the special event callsign 5E6A for their National Celebration
until September 29th. QSL via EA7FTR direct.

5H, TANZANIA. Maurizio, IK2GZU, will once again return to the "Mission
Ilembula" to do some work at the new hospital and orphanage between
September 25th and October 28th. He plans to be active during his spare
time as 5H3MB on various HF bands. Maurizio will use his FT-100 and the
mission's TS-850 into a tri-band 3 element beam (20/15/10m) fixed on
Europe and a vertical or dipole for the other bands. QSL via IK2GZU,
direct or by the Bureau. Also, QSL via LoTW (after his return home) and
eQSL. For more details, updates and an online log, visit his Web pages

CR2/CT8, AZORES. Wolf, OE2VEL, will be active as CR2L from the CU4DX DX
station on Graciosa Island (EU-175) during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October
26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via OE2GEN or LoTW. Before
the contest Wolf will be active as CT8/OE2VEL.

CY9, ST. PAUL ISLAND. The CY9C team is now QRT and the OQRS is activated
(link is on their Web page). The CY9C team made 25k QSOs. Just a reminder,
QSLs are available: ClubLog, LoTW, direct via WA4DAN. PLEASE NOTE: No
Bureau or No IRCs. For more details and updates, watch:

GB60, VARIOUS LOCATIONS (DXCC Entites)[Special Event]. Members of the
British Amateur Radio Teledata Group (BARTG) will be active as GB60ATG
until June 2020. The BARTG is celebrating their 60th Year Diamond Jubilee
anniversary with this callsign. Special Awards are available for contacts
with GB60ATG using any Data Mode. QSL via M0OXO's OQRS (Bureau cards ONLY
via OQRS). More information can be found on the BARTG Web site at:

PLEASE NOTE: The GB60ATG callsign will be active from several parts of
the UK during the year of operation. The country of operation at any time
will be shown on the schedule page of the BARTG Web site at:

H9, PANAMA. Members of the Panama Digital Group and the Radio Association
of the Panama Canal will be active as H92L during the International
Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend (ILLW) between 000z, August 17th, and 2400z,
August 18th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters, including 60m, using CW,
SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL via HP1AVS.

INDEXA NEWS (Summer Newsletter). The Summer 2019 Issue of the INDEXA
Newsletter is now available. This issue features the reports on"
   * The Kanton Island, Central Kiribati T31EU-- “QRV from a scrap heap”
   * CE0Y/NP4G--A Father and Son DXpedition
   * Zorro Miyazawa, JH1AJT, chosen Honorary Advisor to Bhutan Olympic
   * Introducing a new video presentation about INDEXA
   * A message from INDEXA President Bob Schenck, N2OO
  The newsletter can be downloaded at:
    ENG  -
    SPAN -

IOTA NEWS..............
  AS-025.  (Update) Operators Valdimir/RV1CC and Yuri/RM0F will be active
           as RV1CC/0 and RM0F/P, respectively, from Iturup Island between
           August 15-22nd. Activity will be on various HF bands. QSL via
           details on

  AS-200.  Operators Take/JI3DST and Masa/JR8YLY will be active as JI3DST/5
           and JR8YLY/5 from Shodo Island between September 20-25th.
           Activity will be on 80-6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8.
           QSL via their home callsigns.

  AS-206.  Operators Take/JI3DST and Masa/JR8YLY will be active as JI3DST/0
           and JR8YLY/0 from Sado Island between September 6-11th. Activity
           will be on 80-6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL via
           their home callsigns.

  AS-083.  Mike, RA1ALA, is hoping to activate Shokalskogo Island (RR-06-05)
           as RA1ALA/8 sometime around August 20th. Plans are to be on the
           Arctic research vessel "Kartesh" come August 9th for several
           days and then take a MI-8 helicopter to the island. It takes
           special permission to visit this island as it is part of the
           Gdansk Nature Reserve - the state nature reserve in the Tazovsky
           District of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District. No
           other details were provided.

  EU-052.  Michele, IW7EGQ, will be active as SV8/IW7EGQ from Zakinthos
           (Zante), Greece, between August 20-28th. Also valid for
           Lighthouse LOTA GRE017. QSL via M0OXO's OQRS.

  NA-082/ reports [edited], "A group of operators plan on
  NA-089.  activating Cat Island (NA-082) as N5C, and Isle Au Pitre (NA-089)
           as K5P between October 4-6th. The plan is activate both islands
           simultaneously. The operators include Louis/W5GAI, Mike/AD5A,
           Dragan/K0AP, Oscar/N5LN, Jose/AD6D, Mike/AB5EB and possibly
           others. QSL will be via K0AP for both operations.

  NA-176.  (Update) Pierre, VE2GT, is planning a one day operation from
           Île du Havre, and will be active as VE2GT/150 between 1330-1530z
           (+/- delay of boat) on September 1st. Activity will be on
           various HF bands; probably on IOTA frequencies. QSL via EA5GL.
           Track Pierre's progress on APRS at:

  NA-187.  Rick, K6VVA, is planning to activate White Rock sometime
           between September 15th and October 15th, but this depends on
           the weather. There are restrictions involved with this acti-
           vation – no generators and no gasoline is allowed on White
           Rock. This means low power battery operation and local day-
           time only activity for safety reasons. There is no recent
           history of sea lions on White Rock, but if one is encountered –
           even if sighted on White Rock before landing, everything will
           be QRT. Look for more details and a Web page to be forthcoming.

  OC-171.  Steve, VK3TTT, is active as VK3TTT/4 from Magnetic Island during
           some evenings. The length of his stay is unknown. Activity is
           on 40-20 meters using FT8 with some SSB and slow CW with 100

  PLEASE NOTE: Since the Webmasters of the new ( 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......

JD1/M, MINAMI TORI SHIMA. Kazu, JD1BNA (ex-JK1FXI), will be active from
Marcus Island (OC-073), Minami Tori Shima, between September 25-30th.
Activity will be on 160-17 meters using mainly CW, with some SSB and
FT8. QSL via JL1UTS, direct only.

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

OA, PERU. Daniel "JD", IK2SGL, and his XYL have moved to a location in the
Amazon Forest, Peru. They are international volunteers in a world-wide
education program which contacst and helps the indigenous people of the
region: the Awajun people. JD is active as OA9DVK mostly on Mondays on
160-6 meters using a Kenwood 480SAT and a Yaesu FT891 into an Inverted L
antenna for 160/80/40 meters and a 40/20 meters dipole. He has very little
time for radio, but he enjoys contacting people all over the world and
practicing his Italian, English, Spanish, Tagalog, Shipibo and now Awajun.
He adds, "The area 9 of Peru is pretty rare. At the moment I have no news
of other hams active in the area. So if you need this prefix, just look
for me aroung 2200 UTC on 20 meters. I also have a twitter channel where
I usually tweet when I am on air if internet is available." He currently
does not have paper QSL cards, and can only QSL via QRZ, LoTW or eQSL.
For more details, see his page.

OY, FAROE ISLANDS. Alessandro, IZ1AZA, will be active as OY/IZ1AZA from
the Faroe Islands between August 21-26th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters
using CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau, direct, LoTW
or ClubLog's OQRS.

PA75, THE NETHERLANDS (Special Event). Look for special event station
PA75LIMBURG to be on the air between September 12th, through March 3rd,
2020. Activity is to commemorate the liberation of the most southern
area in the Netherlands, the Province of Limburg 75 years ago. The station
will be on air on various bands and modes, but mainly HF and SSB. For
more information, see:

 Aug/12th AN      Aug/15th  AN     Aug/17th  AN
 Aug/13th AN      Aug/16th  AN     Aug/18th  AN
 Aug/14th AN

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

    Meanwhile, check out the following Web sites for propagation:
     * VOACAP predication Web page at:
     * DX.QSL.NET Propagation page:
     * A daily HF radio wave propagation forecast can be found at:
     * SolarHam Web page:
     * Radio Propagation/Space Weather/Sunspot Cycle Information at:
     * Monthly propagation charts between four USA regions and twelve
       overseas locations are at:
     * Information and tutorials on propagation are at:
     * Graphic propagation tool by DR2W:
     * Point to point propagation at:
     * Realtime propagation at:
     * Also on Twitter:

QSL INFO AND NEWS...................
  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX by Lothar, DL1SBF (
            ** Next QSL Infos on Sunday, August 18, 2019

  (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


  5C20FT via RW6HS. Special event station to celebrate the 20th anniversary
  of the succession of King Mohammed VI Ben Al-Hassan.

  LoTW UPDATE (Satellites Added). The ARRL updated LoTW to include BO-102,
  NO-103, and NO-104 the morning of August 5th.


  T2AR and VK5MAV/6 (OC-211)

  9H3YY, AG2J (NA-111), C5DL, E51HMK, EP4MMM, FS/W9ILY, HP1AC, HP1DCP,
  HP1RIS, HP500OP, J68GD, J68GU, NH6JC, OH0Z, PJ2/W9VA, PJ4/NT5V, PJ4R,
  PJ5/N6YEU, T32AZ, TO2BC, V31CQ, V31DJ, V31VP, V47KA, VP2MEW, VP5/K0PC,
  W1UE/HR9, W3FOX/M (NA-139), Z25DX, Z68RBJ, Z81Z and ZF2BJ
    --- We would like to see more QSL Bureaus (such as AS/US/SA/AF.. etc)
        to send in their info....

TO5, ST. PIERRE AND MIQUELON (Reminder). Operators Alex/DD5ZZ, Georg/DJ6GI,
Martin/DM4IM and Chris/VO1IDX will be active as TO5M from Ile aux Marins
(NA-032) between August 10-18th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using
CW, SSB, FT8 and possibly RTTY and Satellites. The team will use mostly
vertical antennas, a Hexbeam for the highbands and beverage receiving
antennas for the lowbands. QSL via LoTW and ClubLog. Their Web site is
PLEASE NOTE: The callsign TO5M has been used once before for a Reunion
Island operation (QSL via F6CXJ).

V3, BELIZE. James, NT5V, will be active as V31JW from Belize between
October 5-12th. Activity will be on various HF bands. QSL via his home
callsign, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW. Do NOT send cards to the V31

VK, AUSTRALIA. Members of the Warrnambool Radio Amateurs Group will be
active as VK3DX from Portland's Whalers Bluff Lighthouse during the Inter-
national Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend between August 17-18th.

VP9, BERMUDA (Operators needed!). Operators Duane/WV2B and Rob/AE4X are
planning a vacation style DXpedition to VP9-land in January 2020 and are
looking for another operator to come along. Licensing is very easy for
U.S. operators of at least General Class, although they would welcome an
op from Canada or other countries as well. Anyone interested may contact
Rob or Duane via E-mail. Duane's E-mail is:

W2, UNITED STATES (LH Op). Members of the Garden State Amateur Radio
Association (GSARA) will activate W2GSA on Saturday, August 17th, from
approximately 1300-1700 UTC at the Sea Girt Lighthouse (US0036) in Sea
Girt, NJ, during the International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend (ILLW).
Activity will be mainly on 40 and 20 meters SSB with possible CW. QSL
info will be provided on the W2GSA page. They will only activate
the lighthouse for a few hours so they'll do their best to extend the
operation a bit, but no guarantees! For more information on the ILLW,

W3, UNITED STATES (Special Event). Look for special event station W3HPM
to celebrate the 150th Birthday of ARRL founder, Hiram Percy Maxim, between
August 31st and September 2nd,  1600-2200 UTC. Activity will be on CW and
SSB. Suggested SSB frequencies are: 14245, 7245 and 3850 kHz. For a special
event HPM QSL card, send (w/SASE) to: Antietam Radio Association, PO BOX 52,
Hagerstown, MD 21741-0052. For more details, see:

ZY40/ZZ40, BRAZIL. Mor, PT7ZT, will be celebrating 40 years of being an
amateur radio operator by using the callsigns ZY40ZT in August and ZZ40ZT
in September. QSL via PT7ZT direct only or LoTW.

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