Monday, November 04, 2019

Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin #1438

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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,,, 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,

* 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. 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 "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 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
( [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",
( 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:
      It also contains details and pictures of the Bouvet project.

       * Read the complete press release (long) for more details at:

  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:     

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. (
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:   

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 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:
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 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:
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
CLUB, 6963 Pregassona, Switzerland. For the latest information, check
the D4C Web page at:    

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:

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:

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-

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:

  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......

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:

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

    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:

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 (
  (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


  and Z81D

  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:
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:        

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:

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: ( 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:

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:
  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 ( 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:
Also, check out their FaceBook page at:
Also, their Twitter page is at:

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:

  Thanks to all who participated and to the equipment suppliers that are
supporting the project, a complete list at:
  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
--  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 ( 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 (

    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:

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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