Sunday, September 29, 2019

ANS-272 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins


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In this edition:

* Experimenter Wednesday Announced for AO-92
* The AMSAT Hamfests & Conventions Web Page Updates
* 2019 37th AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual General Meeting
* 2019 AMSAT Symposium On-line Registration Open Until October 11
* Virgin Orbit's LauncherOne Moves Another Step Closer to Flight
* ARISS Activities & Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule
* Upcoming Satellite Operations
* NASA's International Space Apps Challenge Coming October 18-20
* FO-29 Returns!
* AMSAT-DL Memorandum Regarding QO-100 Operation
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 272.01
DATE September 29, 2019
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Experimenter Wednesday Announced for AO-92

The AO-92 Command Team announces that Experimenter Wednesday will
run on UTC Wednesday (begins Tuesday evening in North America) when
AO-92 will be commanded to operate in mode L/v for 24 hours. This
new schedule will be followed for an as of yet undetermined test

The frequencies for AO-92 L/V are:

Uplink:   1267.359 MHz FM with 67 Hz CTCSS tone for access
Downlink:  145.880 MHz FM (including DUV telemetry)

The mode change is announced by the command team via Twitter (follow
@AMSAT). You can view AMSAT tweets without needing an account with
Twitter - go to

The tweets flow through to the AMSAT facebook page and and are plan-
ned to include amsat-bb. Also current status can be found on the
AO-92 health and telemetry page at:

[ANS thanks the AO-92 Command Team for the above information]


The AMSAT Hamfests & Conventions Web Page Updates

Information about AMSAT activities at important events around the
country is posted on the AMSAT Hamfests & Conventions web page:

Examples of these events are radio club meetings where AMSAT repre-
sentatives give presentations, demonstrations of working amateur
satellites, and hamfests with an AMSAT presence such as a table or
booth with AMSAT literature and merchandise, sometimes also with pre-
sentations, forums, and/or demonstrations.

A copy of the AMSAT hamfest brochure is available for download from
the page (above) - get the "AMSAT Intro Brochure", a color brochure
that is designed to be printed double-sided and folded into a tri-fold
handout. Contact Martha at the AMSAT Office if you need pre-printed

To include your upcoming AMSAT presentation and/or demonstration,
please send an email to ambassadors (at) amsat (dot) org.

[ANS thanks the AMSAT Ambassadors for the above information]


      Don’t miss the 50th Anniversary AMSAT Space Symposium
                   October 18-20 in Arlington, VA.


2019 37th AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual General Meeting

Please join us for the 2019 AMSAT 50th Anniversary Symposium, to be
held in the Washington, DC Metro Area on October 18, 19, and 20,

The Symposium venue will be the Hilton Arlington, located in the
heart of the Ballston neighborhood of Arlington, VA. The Hilton
Arlington is located at 950 North Stafford Street, Arlington,
Virginia, 22203, USA TEL: +1-703-528-6000 and the reservation code is
AMSAT (Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation).

Connected to the Ballston Metro Station, the hotel offers easy and
effortless access to Washington DC's top tourist destinations like
the National Mall, Smithsonian Museums and historic monuments. The
hotel is six miles from Reagan National Airport and the National Mall.
There are plenty of restaurants nearby.

The Symposium will feature OSCAR Park - a display of satellites from
throughout the history of amateur radio in space - paper
presentations, and a banquet with speakers celebrating AMSAT's long
history, and other events. The AMSAT Board of Directors Meeting will
be held on October 16th and 17th at the same hotel. Two guided tours
are available. On Sunday, October 20th a bus tour to the Smithsonian
Air & Space Museum is available for $30 (max 35 people) and on
Monday, October 21st, AMSAT President Joe Spier will lead a day tour
to the National Mall via the Metro.

So please plan on attending the 50th Anniversary Symposium - you
will be glad you did and keep checking the AMSAT website for further
updates and information.

The 2019 AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual Meeting features:

+ Space Symposium with Amateur Satellite Presentations
+ Operating Techniques, News, & Plans from the Amateur Satellite World
+ Board of Directors Meeting open to AMSAT members (October 16-17)
+ Opportunities to Meet Board Members and Officers
+ AMSAT  Annual General Membership Meeting
+ Annual Banquet, Speakers and Door Prizes !!

The latest news and information is always posted at:

[ANS thanks the 2019 AMSAT Symposium Team for the above information]


2019 AMSAT Symposium On-line Registration Open Until October 11

An on-line registration rate for the 37th Annual AMSAT Space
Symposium and General Meeting, Friday through Sunday, October 18-20,
2019, in Arlington, Virginia, is available through October 11, 2019
per the following schedule:

Registration September 16, 2019 – October 11, 2019 .... $65 (on-line)
Registration at the Door .............................. $70

You can complete your registration on-line via the AMSAT Store:

This year, all registrants will receive a digital copy of the Proceed-
ings on a thumb drive. Attendees may purchase a hard copy for $25.00.
Non-attendees may put their name on a waiting list for a hard copy, if
there are any left over. The digital version of the Proceedings will
be made available on the online store shortly after the Symposium

Student Registration is 50% off and does not include the Proceedings.

[ANS thanks the 2019 AMSAT Symposium Team for the above information]


Virgin Orbit's LauncherOne Moves Another Step Closer to Flight

Virgin Orbit LauncherOne's progress report this week says that the
rocket has been "been fully integrated, tested, checked, re-checked,
analyzed, and triple-checked". LauncherOne now is destined for a rig-
orous crucible of engineering demonstrations and tests at a test site
up in Mojave to begin Virgin Orbit's first proper launch campaign.

The orbital test flight rocket is currently being installed into a
newly built test stand in Mojave, where in the coming weeks it will
run through a number of critical exercises, including loading and
fueling with our mobile ground support equipment. The Virgin Orbit
team is prepping and practicing, making sure we know how to do every-
thing they could conceivably ever need to do. Then, it’s off to the
skies — first for a captive carry flight, and then for the launch
itself. The second flight of LauncherOne will carry RadFxSat-2/Fox-1E
to orbit.

Read the Virgin Orbit press release (with photos) posted at:

View a video of captive flight testing of LauncherOne

[ANS thanks Virgin Orbit for the above information]


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ARISS Activities & Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule

+ About Gagarin From Space, Meeting of 30 universities, Plovdiv,
   Bulgaria, direct via LZ1KDP. The contact was successful.

+ ARISS Contact Colorado University/Northridge Elementary School Suc-
   cessful. ARISS Mentor Bob, WB4SON reported that the September 24
   contact between Astronaut Nick Hague and Northridge Elementary
   School (Colorado University in Boulder) was a complete success. All
   16 student questions were asked and answered. One of the teacher
   questions was asked and answered before Claudio, IK6SLD, who's team
   did a fantastic job at the ground station, completed the contact.
   Thanks also to Charlie, AJ9N. who moderated the contact. Colorado
   University Aerospace, The Boulder Amateur Radio Club (BARC), and
   the University of Colorado Amateur Radio Club hosted the event and
   did a wonderful job. (via WB4SON)

+ Sonoma County Main Library, Santa Rosa, CA, telebridge via K6DUE*
   The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
   The scheduled astronaut is Nick Hague KG5TMV
   Contact is go for: Tue 2019-10-01 19:53:13 UTC
   * Ed. note - K6DUE is located in Maryland, USA so the contact
     will be audible over eastern portions of North America.

+ UAE school #3 with Space Flight participant, direct via TBD
   The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be RSØISS
   The scheduled astronaut is Hazza Al Mansour
   Contact is go for Wed 2019-10-02 09:45 UTC

+ AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium
   Sat 2019-10-12 to Sun 2019-10-13

+ Watch for MAI-75 SSTV sessions:
   Wed 2019-10-09 09:50 to 16:00 UTC
   Thu 2019-10-10 08:45 to 16:25 UTC

AMSAT and ARISS are currently supporting a FundRazr campaign to raise
$150,000 for critical radio infrastructure upgrades on ISS. These up-
grades are necessary to enable students to continue to talk to astro-
nauts in space via Amateur Radio. We have reached a great milestone
with $33,830 raised or about 23% towards our goal. This would not have
been possible without your outstanding generosity!! For more informa-
tion and to DONATE TODAY visit:

[ANS thanks ARISS for the above information]


Upcoming Satellite Operations

[Ed. note - Twitter URLs can be accessed with your web browser
  even if you do not have a personal Twitter account.]

Remember to check out W3ZM On the Road for additional upcoming
+ EM87 Sept 27-30 N4DCW  |  Twitter:
+ EL07 Sept 29 K5IX  |  Twitter:

+ Brennan, N4QX, England (IO-91), October 1-3
   Next week, October 1-3, work and facilities permitting: QRV on
   the FM satellites as M/N4QX from grid square IO91. QSL *exclus-
   ively* via Logbook of the World. Yeah, I know London isn't rare,
   but it's where I will be.

+ #AMSATandAngling (DM15, DM06) October 11-13, 2019
   Ed, KN6DBC, is going fishing (literally), but he is bring gear to
   work FM Satellites. October 11 he’ll be in DM15, and October 12-13
   in DM06. Visit Ken’s Twitter feed for specific pass schedule and
   further updates:

+ Central California (CM95, CM96, DM05, DM06) – October 19, 2019
   David AD7DB will re-visit the four grids near Kettleman City CA.
   AO-91, AO-92, SO-50 will be used, with eastern passes a priority.
   Maybe PO-101 if it’s on, and AO-85 if it’s not too finicky. Con-
   tacts will be put on LOTW following the trip. Updates on Twitter:

+ FP, ST. PIERRE & MIQUELON (GN17) September 24 to October 8, 2019
   Eric, KV1J, will once again be operating from the Island of Miquelon
   (NA-032, DIFO FP-002 WLOTA 1417, Grid GN17) as FP/KV1J between
   September 24 and October 8. This is his 13th trip to the island.
   Activity will be on 160-6 meters (no 60M – not authorized) using CW,
   SSB, RTTY, FT8 (but primarily SSB, RTTY and FT8) and the satellites.
   He will generally be on the highest frequency band that is open
   (favoring 12/10m). He will be active in the CQWW DX RTTY Contest
   (September 28-29). ADDED NOTE: Eric will usually try to be on as
   many Satellite passes as he can when the WX is good, generally
   favoring the FO-29, XW-2x, AO-7, and possibly the FM birds. Eric
   states, “Equipment is two FT-817s and an Arrow dual band yagi.
   I’ll favor the SSB birds usually higher in the passband, but will
   also try FM if they do not get too busy. Satellite logging is by
   paper so may not get loaded to LoTW until the week after I return
   to the USA.” Weekends may be limited since he will be concentrat-
   ing on the low(er) bands and contests. QSL via KV1J, direct or by
   the Bureau. Also eQSL, ClubLog and LoTW. For more details and up-
   dates, check out his Web page at:

+ D4, CAPE VERDE (Update/Satellite Op). Harald, DF2WO, will once
   again be active as D44TWO from Praia, Santiago Island (AF-005),
   between September 29th and October 13th. Activity will be holiday
   style on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and mostly the Digital modes.
   (FT8, PSK31, JT65 and RTTY) and slow CW.

   Harald has been working hard in the last few months getting his
   satellite station for QO-100 working and is now confident he will
   use it from Cabo Verde. He will be using an Icom 7300, 2 Transvert-
   ers with 3 watts output on EsHail using the QO-100 Geostationary
   Satellite. He will also have a FT-450D into a homemade HEX BEAM
   and a dipole for 40 meters. Please DO NOT send your card via the
   Bureau it WILL NOT be received - To receive a bureau card you MUST
   request via M0OXO OQRS ONLY! (Via Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin #1428)

+ WW0, UNITED STATES (Special Event). Members of the Northern Colorado
   Amateur Radio Club (NCARC), WWV ARC, RMHam, and FCCW along with the
   National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will activate
   special event station WW0WWV between September 28 and October 2 to
   celebrate the 100th anniversary of WWV, the world's oldest contin-
   uously operating radio station.

   The WW0WWV station(s) will be set up adjacent to the WWV transmitter
   site in Fort Collins, Colorado. Operations will be on various HF bands
   following typical propagation, and will include 160 meters as well as
   satellites (SO-50, AO-91, and AO-92) and 6-meter meteor scatter.

   Modes will be CW, SSB and digital. QSL via ClubLog's OQRS, LoTW,
   or direct to the WWV Amateur Radio Club, 1713 Ridgewood Rd, Fort
   Collins, CO 80526, USA. For more details, visit the following URLs:
   (Via Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin #1428)

Please submit any additions or corrections to ke4al (at)

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


          The digital download version of the 2019 edition of
     Getting Started with Amateur Satellites is now available as a
        DRM-free PDF from the AMSAT Store.  Get yours today!


NASA's International Space Apps Challenge Coming October 18-20

NASA's International Space Apps Challenge has become the world's largest
global hackathon, engaging thousands of citizens across the globe to use
NASA's open data to build innovative solutions to challenges we face on
Earth and in space.

Space Apps inspires local communities to come together, think intensely,
and create solutions to important problems. Each year, Space Apps engages
thousands of individuals in cities around the world to work with NASA's
open source data in a 48-hour sprint. Teams of technologists, scientists,
designers, entrepreneurs, artists, and others collaborate to answer some
of the most pressing challenges on Earth and in space.

Space Apps 2019 will take place on October 18-20, 2019

On one weekend each year, with the help of NASA's Global Organizing Team
(fondly known as the GO Team), hundreds of local leads around the world
host events in a 48-hour sprint in which their participants hack solutions
to challenges that NASA proposes, creating games, smartphone and computer
apps, videos, teaching tools, and much more.

The challenges change each year within the theme of Earth and space.

There are two ways to find a location to participate near you:

Registration information is posted on the Space Apps web page.

[ANS thanks NASA's International Space Apps Challenge for the above


      The Fox-In-A-Box Raspberry Pi SD card for setting up a
    Raspberry Pi-based telemetry station for the Fox-1 satellites
                now supports the Raspberry Pi 4.
               Get yours today on the AMSAT Store!


FO-29 Returns!

FO-29 is reported to be back in operation after being off the air
since last July:

Modes:    Analog - CW, SSB voice
Telemetry:    JA - CW, 100 mW
Uplink:    146.000 MHz - 145.900 MHz LSB/CW
Downlink:    435.800 MHz - 435.900 MHz USB/CW
Telemetry:  435.795 MHz, CW - 100 mW; frame rate of one frame per
                          minute. Each frame begins and ends with
                          the historic 'HI'. The characters are sent
                          at a rate of about 100 characters per minute.
Sponsor:    JAMSAT, JARL

Mineo Wakita JE9PEL offers a nice FO-29 Satellite CW Telemetry
Analysis Program for free on his web site. The program is called
"fo29cwts". Mineo's web site is:

[ANS thanks JAMSAT for the above information]


AMSAT-DL Memorandum Regarding QO-100 Operation

AMSAT-DL and QARS asks the users of the new geostationary QO-100
satellite for radio discipline. During the last weeks some stations
have been transmitting with much too much power and sometimes out-
side of the official band limits. Also permanent carriers are sent
without indication of callsign. This was also critically observed
in the control center of Es'hailSat in Qatar.

Please do not send louder than the CW beacon.

Stick to the band plan: No operation is allowed below the CW beacon
and above the PSK beacon.

The satellite is not a measuring device: To test your power ampli-
fier in continuous operation, please use a dummy load and a suitable
measuring device.

Check regularly the bandwidth of your transmissions, maximum band-
width 2.7 kHz, no FM.

Qatar has made a great gift to the amateur radio community with the
Qatar OSCAR 100 satellite. We should act accordingly. Please, kindly
point this out to other stations on the transponder. If there are
still violations, in the worst case a temporary shutdown could be

A video describing the LEILA-2 power detection system aboard QO-100
can be accessed at:

[ANS thanks Peter Guelzow, DB2OS, and AMSAT-DL for the above information]


Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ AMSAT-DL reports the sad news of the passing of Hanspeter Kuhlen,
   DK1YQ, who died suddenly last weekend. Peter Gülzow, DB2OS, wrote
   on behalf of the Rudak and AMSAT-DL team, "We're going to miss him.
   Our hearts are with his family." Hanspeter was the Project Manager
   for RUDAK on OSCAR-13 and on OSCAR-21/RS-14. He was also part of
   the command station team for OSCAR-10 and OSCAR-13.

+ AO-73's BPSK telemetry downlink on 145.935 MHz includes text mes-
   sages, called FITTER messages, for announcements, greetings, and
   commemorations. Satellite users can have their message uplinked by
   the FUNcube team so that it can be read globally in the downlink
   message stream. Simply email: to request
   FITTER messages to be uploaded. Please keep them short and give them
   a couple of weeks notice if you can. As well as being available for
   download on 2 metres they can be also be seen via the internet at:

+ Fred Kemerer, AB1OC, has documented a satellite station set-up based
   on the Flex 6000 series radios on his blog at:

+ APRS on IO-86 uses aliases of ARISS and YBSAT - APRS operation is
   active on a schedule alternating with the FM repeater and the other
   primary payload of LAPAN A2/ORARI. Typically one in the morning and
   another one in the evening. Please check twitter @lapansat for the
   weekly schedule. (Yono, YD0NXX, AMSAT-ID Technical Team)

+ This article covers available SDR hardware, software and configura-
   tions, but it also teaches a little radio theory and a taste of the
   mathematics to understand what's going on:
   (via on Twitter)

+ 2019 marks AMSAT’s 50th Anniversary of Keeping Amateur Radio in
   Space. To help celebrate, AMSAT is sponsoring the AMSAT 50th
   Anniversary Awards Program. Full details are available at
   Bruce Paige, KK5DO, Director of Contests and Awards, reported
   this week that the awards are being printed and will be sent
   shortly to all those who have applied.

+ The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2019 for K-12 students
   in U.S. public, private and home schools can enter the Mars 2020
   Name the Rover essay contest. One grand prize winner will name the
   rover and be invited to see the spacecraft launch in July 2020 from
   Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The Name the Rover
   contest is part of NASA's efforts to engage students in the STEM
   enterprise behind Mars exploration and inspire interest in science,
   technology, engineering and mathematics. NASA posted all the info

+ NASA Goddard Space Flight Center has produced a safety guide for
   approaching a black hole. Watch this video before you blast off to
   learn more about black holes and (more importantly) how to stay
   Brochures, science video clips are available for downloading from: NASA has produced a visualization
   model of the appearance of a black hole depending on the observer's
   angle of approach
   (NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center)

+ AMSAT-SA Space Symposium 2020 in South Africa is planned for
   July 18, 2020. The theme will be: Amateur Radio in Space – explor-
   ing VHF, UHF and Microwaves. The latest information will be post-
   ed at:

+ AMSAT SA has announced that parallel to its analogue Kletskous
   CubeSat, the group is working on a digital project featuring a
   Software defined transponder. Called AfriCUBE, the CubeSat will
   use the same space frame as KLETSKOUS. Anton Janovsky is current-
   ly building a prototype transponder. AMSATSA is inviting persons
   interested in becoming part of the development team to send their
   details to

+ Dance like nobody's watching! A Boston Dynamics robot performs
   its gymnastics floor routine:

[ANS thanks everyone for the above information]



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

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

73 and remember to behave and to help keep amateur radio in space,
This week's ANS Editor,
JoAnne Maenpaa, K9JKM
k9jkm at amsat dot org

Via the ANS mailing list courtesy of AMSAT-NA

Saturday, September 28, 2019

[425ENG] 425 DX News #1482

28 September 2019                                         A.R.I. DX Bulletin
                                   No 1482

                         *** 4 2 5  D X  N E W S ***
                         ****  DX  INFORMATION  ****
                          Edited by  I1JQJ & IK1ADH
                        Direttore Responsabile  I2VGW

5B     - Kasimir, DL2SBY will be active as 5B/DL2SBY from Cyprus (AS-004) on
         3-13 October.  He will operate  SSB,  CW and digital modes  on 80-6
         metres. QSL via home call (direct only, as he is no longer a member
         of DARC); the log will be uploaded to LoTW  and  Club Log. [TNX The
         Daily DX]
6O     - Ali, EP3CQ will be  active again as  6O1OO  from Somalia between 23
         September and 9 October.  He will operate mostly FT8 and CW  on all
         bands (160m excluded). QSL direct to Ali Solhjoo, Schnackenburgstr.
         3, 12159 Berlin, Germany.
8R     - Rudi, DK7PE [425DXN 1480] arrived in  Guyana on  23 September,  and
         has been active as 8R1/AH0G (not 8R1CW as expected) since the 25th.
         His  annouced  plans  were  to  be  QRV  "for around one week".  He
         operates CW only. QSL via DK7PE.
I      - Special callsigns IB1MQP, IB8MQP, II0MQP, II7MQP,  II8MQP,  IJ8MQP,
         IO0MQP, IO1MQP and IO8MQP will be active on 5-6 October  and  12-13
         October for the 2nd  "Mario Ambrosi, I2MQP Memorial Day"  organized
         by  the  Strange Radio Team.  QSL via operator's instructions.  The
         event is  in  remembrance  of  ARI President  and former  Secretary
         General Mario Ambrosi, I2MQP, who passed away on 6 November 2017.
JA     - Harry, JG7PSJ plans to be active again as JG7PSJ/7 from Oshima (AS-
         206) from around 22 UTC on 4 October until around 6 UTC on the 6th.
         QSL via home call; logsearch on
KH8S   - A multi-national team of ten operators will be active as  W8S  from
         Swains Island (OC-200) on  10-25 March 2020.  They will operate CW,
         SSB, FT8 and RTTY  on all  HF bands  with  four stations  from  two
         separated camps.  More information is expected in due course.  [TNX
LX     - LX/PA0PIW, LX/PA2LO, LX/PA3EYC,  LX/PA3GRM  and  LX6/PD0GP  will be
         active from Luxembourg on  4-7 October.  They will operate CW, SSB,
         RTTY and FT8 on 80-10 metres. QSL via PA3EYC and LoTW.
OJ0    - Pasi, OH3WS will be active  as  OJ0W, OJ0/OH3WS and  OJ0/OG3A  from
         Market Reef (EU-053) on 5-12 October. He will operate CW and SSB on
         80-30 metres.  This is  expected to be  the last activity  for  the
         Market  Reef's  golden  jubilee  celebrations  [425DXN  1470] . See  for  information  about  the   special
         awards that will be available for working five or ten different OJ0
         callsigns in 2019. [TNX The Daily DX]
OY     - Gjermund, LB5GI will be active as OY/LB5GI from  the  Faroe Islands
         (EU-018) from 30 September to 4 October.  He plans  to operate  FT8
         and SSB on 40, 20, 15 and 10 metres in his spare time. QSL via home
         call;  he will upload the log to LoTW and Club Log.  [TNX The Daily
PA     - Special callsign PA350RB  will be active again  on  1-31 October to
         commemorate the 350th anniversary of the death of  Rembrandt (1606-
         1669), the famous Dutch painter and printmaker.  QSL via the bureau
         to PA2CVD.
S7     - Ravi, VU2IIX will be on  Mahe Island (AF-024),  Seychelles  from 30
         September until 30 June 2021 (22 months).  He will operate SSB  and
         digital modes as S79VU on 80-10 metres. [TNX The Daily DX]
V3     - Vernon, NN5E (V31CC) and  James, NT5V (V31JW)  will be active  from
         Belize on 5-12 October.  QSL via LoTW, or via home calls (direct or
VE     - Look for VA2PLN, VE2KZW, VE2VAB and VE3RDE/VE2 will be active  from
         Ile-aux-Grues (NA-128)  on 26-29 September.  They will operate SSB,
         CW and digital modes on the HF bands.  QSLs via Club Log, LoTW,  or
         via home calls. [TNX DX World]
XV     - Sven, HB9DXB will be active again as XV9DXB from Nha Trang, Vietnam
         on 2-9 October. He will operate CW and maybe some SSB on  20 metres
         and 40m. QSL via EB7DX.
ZK3    - The advanced ZK3A team [425DXN 1481] began operations from Fakaofo,
         Tokelau around 8 UTC  on  25 September.  The rest of the team  will
         follow, and be active on 1-11 October  with five stations on  160-6
         metres  CW,  SSB,  FT8  and  RTTY,  plus 6m EME  (JT65A).  Bookmark for more information and updates.  QSL via
         Club Log's OQRS (direct or bureau), or direct to YT1AD.

CQ WW DX RTTY CONTEST ---> This year's event will run from 00.00 UTC  on  28
September through 23.59 UTC on the 29th (rules at
Please  visit   for   the  Announced
Operations  listing  maintained by Bill, NG3K.  The following  stations  are
expected to participate:
ZONE   CALL          CATEGORY      COUNTRY                QSL    
05     FP/KV1J       SO            St Pierre & Miquelon   LoTW/KV1J
07     HQ9X          M/2           Honduras               KQ1F
07     TG9ANF/7      M/S           Guatemala              VE7BV
07     V31VP         M/S           Belize                 WB0TEV
08     8P1W          SOAB LP       Barbados               KU9C
08     8P2K          SOSB 80m      Barbados               LoTW/KU9C
08     T48SC         M/2           Cuba                  
09     PZ5RA         SO            Surinam                PZ5RA
12     CE2LR         M/?           Chile                  CE2LR
14     HB0/DL5YL                   Liechtenstein          DL5YL
14     HB0/DL5YM                   Liechtenstein          DL5YM
14     LX7I          M/2           Luxembourg             LoTW/LX2A
15     4U1A          SOAB LP       Vienna Int'l Centre    UA3DX
20     SV9/DJ9XB     SO            Crete                  LoTW/DJ9XB
20     TC2Y          M/?           Turkey                 LoTW/TC2Y
21     9K2GS         SOAB HP       Kuwait                 LoTW/EC6DX
21     A92AA         SOAB          Bahrain                LoTW/A92AA
24     BV2A/3        M/?           Taiwan                 BV2A
32     A35JT         M/S           Tonga                  LoTW/M0OXO
33     CR3W          M/M           Madeira                LoTW/DL5AXX
33     EA8DED        M/S LP        Canary Isls            OH2BP
33     IH9YMC        SOSB          Italy (AF)             LoTW
37     5X8C          SO            Uganda                 LoTW/ON6NL

                         *** 4 2 5  D X  N E W S ***
                         ****  GOOD TO KNOW ... ****
                          Edited by  I1JQJ & IK1ADH
                        Direttore Responsabile  I2VGW

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ILLW 2020 ---> Normally held on the  third full weekend in August,  the 23rd
International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend ( will be moved
to the following weekend (22-23 August 2020).  The change is  out of respect
for those commemorating the 75th anniversary of  Victory in the Pacific (VP)
day on 15 August.

OCEANIA DX CONTEST ---> This year's Oceania DX Contest will  take  place  on
5-6 October (SSB) and 12-13 October (CW).  Both events start at 08.00 UTC on
Saturday and end at 08.00 UTC on Sunday.  Complete  details can be found  at

+ SILENT KEY + Mirko Mandrino, YT7MM (ex YU1NQM and YU7NQM)  passed away  on
19 September.  "Oldtimers will remember  Mirko as the Secretary of SRJ,  the
IARU Member Society of  Yugoslavia.  When working for the administration  he
played an important role at  WARC-79 and WARC-92.  Mirko served on the  IARU
Region 1 Executive Committee from 1981 to 1993". [TNX IARU Region 1]

                         *** 4 2 5  D X  N E W S ***
                         ******* QSL  ROUTES *******
                          Edited by  I1JQJ & IK1ADH
                        Direttore Responsabile  I2VGW

CALL        MANAGER     CALL        MANAGER     CALL        MANAGER
3B8CW       N4GNR       EG5RCB      EA5RCB      OE192APD    OE2LRO
3DA0AO      HA5AO       EG8BFS      EA8URV      OE193APD    OE3DMA
3V8CB       LX1NO       EH1OSM      EA1URV      OE196APD    OE6WIG
3V8SF       LX1NO       EH3BCN      EA3MM       OG70AD      OH3AD
3W9KJ       SP5APW      EH3FPT      EA3RCY      OH0PM       OH2PM
4K6FO       DC9RI       EH5TEO      EA5EV       OH0R        OH2PM
4L2M        EA7FTR      EJ1D        M0OXO       OH0Z        W0MM
4L8A        K1BV        EV73QRQ     EW7A        OJ0JR       OH3JR
4O1KZL      OK3DV       FK8CE       N4GNR       OP75E       ON4CRD
4X0T        4Z5FI       FK8GX       W3HNK       OR50BAF     ON2KFJ
4X7R        4X6OM       FM5FJ       KU9C        P29ZL       W1YRC
5B4AMM      UT5UDX      GB0EOR      G6UT        P3X         5B4AMM
5H3MB       IK2GZU      GN5DX       EB7DX       P49X        W0YK
5P3KP       DL3KP       GS5DX       EB7DX       PH75MG      PI4CQ
5Q6EE       OZ2I        GX5DX       EB7DX       R70MRK      UA6YW
5R8AL       G3SWH       HC5DX       W3HNK       R75YBO      RM3Y
5R8UI       IZ8CCW      HC5TLM      HC5VF       RO75RK      R1NU
5T5PA       PA5X        HF0PCK      SP1PBW      S50WAAD     S59DKS
5X8C        ON6NL       HF60KJM     SP9KJM      S79ES       NI6G
6O7O        M0OXO       HF80ENI     SP5PAT      SD7M        DF9TM
7X2TT       EA5GL       HK3PJ       HK3W        SD7W        DL2SWW
8P2K        KU9C        HP1XT       KU9C        SI9AM       SM3FJF
8R1/AH0G    DK7PE       II0IHMW     IU0DZA      SO75PW      SP5CGN
9A0BB       9A3JB       II3MD       IN3EYI      SW8YA       HA1YA
9K89ND      9K2RA       II5MUG      IK5GQK      TC16DOGA    YM3KB
9K9C        EC6DX       II8RACS     IQ8CS       TM19AL      F6KWP
A35JT       M0OXO       II9IASG     IT9MRM      TM230RF     F4DTO
A35JY       DD0VR       IM0DAE      IK5WWA      TM25GC      F5KMY
A42K        EA5GL       IR4SIC      IQ4JO       TM3G        F5KAY
A60ARS      A61BK       IY1DCI      IK1GPG      TM41CDXC    F5CWU
A92GW       EA5GL       KH0/WB6Z    JF1OCQ      V31AE       EB7DX
AM500SAN    EA7URF      KL0R        N4GNR       V31AG       AG4T
AO5CVM      EA5GTU      KL7SB       N4GNR       V31MA       M0OXO
C21WW       YL2GN       LX75V       LX1JH       V63SC       JM1LBO
CE3CT       EA5KB       LY783QT     LY2QT       WH0RU       JG7PSJ
CM2XN       EB7DX       LZ16HST     LZ1BJ       WP3R        W3HNK
CN2CO       UA2FM       LZ50ZF      LZ2UW       XV9BO       DL7BO
CN8SG       EA7FTR      LZ73TRC     LZ1YE       YS1RS       EB7DX
CO8RBD      RW6HS       MD/OP2D     M0URX       Z81B        IZ0EGA
CP6CL       W3HNK       MD0JZB      MM0JZB      Z81D        OM3JW
CT9/OM2KW   OM2FY       MD0VPY      MM0VPY      ZK3A        YT1AD
CU2KG       OH2BH       MD4K        G3NKC       ZM1A        ZL3CW
EA6UP       EA6SK       MU2K        GU8ITE      ZR2A        DM5EE
EF2A        EA2OT       OE190APD    OE3BKC      ZS9Z        ZS1OIN

7Z89ND    Saudi Amateur Radio Society, P.O. Box 12251, Riyadh 11473, Saudi
8Z89ND    Saudi Amateur Radio Society, P.O. Box 12251, Riyadh 11473, Saudi
HA5AO     Gaspar Istvan, Budapest, Rakoczi u. 85., 1196, Hungary
HB2U      Marco Hardmeier, Via Ponte Tresa 15, 6924 Sorengo, Switzerland
HZ89ND    Saudi Amateur Radio Society, P.O. Box 12251, Riyadh 11473, Saudi
IK2GZU    Maurizio Buffoli, Via Degli Angeli 9, 25033 Cologne BS, Italy
M0URX     Tim Beaumont, 83 Limbrick Avenue, Coventry, CV4 9EX,
          United Kingdom
N4GNR     Dan Cisson, 12 Hancock Drive, Toccoa GA 30577-9388, USA
SZ3PMBG19 Amateur Radio Association of West Peloponnese, P.O. Box 12,
          260 03 Patra, Greece
T88FM     Toshihiro Shohshi, 162-11 Gumizawa-cho, Totsuka-ku, Yokohama-shi,
          Kanagawa, 245-0062, Japan
T88MK     Miyoko Katsura, Waku Mansion 302, 755-1 Shimo Saso,
          Fukuchiyama-shi, Kyoto, 620-0924, Japan
W1NDE/KH0 Motonobu Asakura, 4-1-11 Hachiman, Kawajima-machi, Hiki-gun,
          Saitama, 350-0151, Japan
YL2GN     Ziedonis Knope, P.O.Box 55, Balvi LV-4501, Latvia
YT1AD     Hrane Milosevic, Vitanovac 36206, Serbia


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Friday, September 27, 2019

ARLX010 WWV Centennial Celebration and Special Event Kick-Off this Weekend

QST de W1AW 
Special Bulletin 10  ARLX010
From ARRL Headquarters 
Newington CT  September 26, 2019
To all radio amateurs

ARLX010 WWV Centennial Celebration and Special Event Kick-Off this Weekend

The culmination of months of planning will come to a head this weekend as the WWV Centennial Celebration and the related WW0WWV Amateur Radio special event get underway. WW0WWV will begin operation on Saturday at 0000 UTC and continue through October 2 at 0000 UTC. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Northern Colorado Amateur Radio Club (NCARC), and the WWV Amateur Radio Club have teamed up to organize 100th anniversary
events. WW0WWV will be active around the clock on 160 to 6 meters on CW, SSB, and digital modes (FT8 operation will be Fox and Hound, except on 160 meters). WW0WWV will operate from the challenging RF environment at the WWV site near Fort Collins, Colorado. Logs will be streamed live to Club Log and all logs will be uploaded to Logbook of The World (LoTW) after the event ends.

Further details can be found online at, .

WW0WWV committee member Dave Swartz, W0DAS, said he's been addressing last-minute details and putting out "many little fires." Swartz is camping out at the WWV site ahead of the special event.

WWV is reputed to be among the oldest - if not the oldest - continuously operating radio stations in the world. It started out as an experimental station that eventually became a time and frequency standard, and WWV often broadcast music in its early years. WWV served as a beacon for Amateur Radio pioneers, who may only have had a rough idea of where they were transmitting.  When they began, early time announcements were in CW. Voice announcements did not start until 1950. Time announcements used to be every 5 minutes, but WWV switched to announcing the time every 60 seconds in 1971.

* W3V East Coast Special Event Will Also Mark WWV Centennial

An unrelated east coast special event, W3V in Maryland, will also celebrate the 100th anniversary of WWV. Originally an experimental/demonstration radio station, WWV was licensed to what then was called the National Bureau of Standards - today NIST - on October 1, 1919. The transmitter site, initially in the Washington, DC, suburbs, moved to the grounds of the Agricultural Research Center (BARC) in Beltsville, Maryland, in the 1930s, before relocating to Colorado in 1966.

The NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) also was located on the BARC campus, and the Goddard Amateur Radio Club (GARC) will host the W3V special event September 28 to  October 2 at the GARC club station, just north of the old WWV site. It will use the former WA3NAN space shuttle HF retransmission frequencies of 3.860, 7.185, 14.295, 21.395, and 28.650 MHz, as well as amateur satellites. For many years, the GARC retransmissions used 100-foot wooden antenna poles that it inherited from WWV.

As part of the WWV centennial, HamSCI and the Case Amateur Radio Club of Case Western Reserve University (W8EDU) invites all radio amateurs and others capable of making highly accurate HF measurements to participate in the WWV Centennial Festival of Frequency Measurement. The event will take place on WWV's centennial, October 1, from 0000 to 2359 UTC (starting on Monday evening, September 30, in the Americas). Participants are requested to share their data with the HamSCI community on the Zenodo data-sharing site.

Information may be found online at, .


Thursday, September 26, 2019

ARLK074 Keplerian data

ARLK074 Keplerian data

QST de W1AW 
Keplerian Bulletin 74  ARLK074
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington, CT  September 24, 2019
To all radio amateurs

ARLK074 Keplerian data

Special thanks to for the following Keplerian data.

Decode 2-line elsets with the following key:
1 AAAAAU 00  0  0 BBBBB.BBBBBBBB  .CCCCCCCC  00000-0  00000-0 0  DDDZ

1  7530U 74089B   19267.14449170 -.00000019  00000-0  16150-3 0  9995
2  7530 101.7558 233.8450 0012145 157.3556 268.0774 12.53639980 52731
1 24278U 96046B   19266.63869356 +.00000012 +00000-0 +49392-4 0  9992
2 24278 098.5522 046.9531 0350132 348.8529 010.4996 13.53093281140668
1 25544U 98067A   19267.43519389  .00000890  00000-0  23551-4 0  9994
2 25544  51.6437 229.0534 0007546  80.3491  65.7108 15.50105967190657
1 27607U 02058C   19267.34506904 -.00000035  00000-0  15908-4 0  9999
2 27607  64.5537 111.0324 0076511 237.5888 121.7797 14.75572828901448
1 27844U 03031E   19266.81177170  .00000049  00000-0  41945-4 0  9998
2 27844  98.6855 273.5770 0010937 108.0992 252.1378 14.22195474842098
1 27939U 03042A   19267.52986655  .00000103  00000-0  26988-4 0  9991
2 27939  98.0547  41.5158 0014092 115.9296 244.3366 14.66804175854881
1 28895U 05043F   19266.37722305  .00000116  00000-0  31118-4 0  9993
2 28895  97.9731  45.8704 0017782  49.9100 310.3658 14.63692314741621
1 32785U 08021C   19266.83444781 +.00000173 +00000-0 +24331-4 0  9997
2 32785 097.5548 261.9907 0011773 305.1913 054.8201 14.88346624618067
1 32787U 08021E   19267.09751099  .00000558  00000-0  58173-4 0  9999
2 32787  97.5084 274.6428 0010949 244.0297 115.9795 14.93430889619187
1 32789U 08021G   19266.95666439  .00001212  00000-0  84609-4 0  9999
2 32789  97.4555 313.6484 0013141 146.9957 213.2094 15.07119735621612
1 32953U 08025A   19267.51292210  .00000020  00000-0  75656-4 0  9999
2 32953  82.4985  83.9256 0018675 276.8406  83.0553 12.43091229514460
1 33499U 09002H   19267.19479716  .00000058  00000-0  16538-4 0  9998
2 33499  98.3438 108.9866 0007904 254.6908 105.3427 14.75463347573604
1 37854U 11061E   19267.32434308  .00000735  00000-0  45216-4 0  9995
2 37854 101.7006 215.7443 0160367 135.7422 225.6745 15.06579907431690
1 39444U 13066AE  19266.73198164 +.00000216 +00000-0 +32702-4 0  9990
2 39444 097.5603 276.8186 0059541 069.8363 290.9242 14.81975762313716
1 40074U 14037F   19267.46042389  .00000234  00000-0  35288-4 0  9990
2 40074  98.4473  75.0286 0003029 264.9705  95.1167 14.84098594282156
1 40903U 15049E   19267.45093001  .00001301  00000-0  32336-4 0  9998
2 40903  97.3290 310.7303 0014315 145.4030 338.4485 15.42103927225318
1 40906U 15049H   19267.45244921  .00000228  00000-0  15432-4 0  9995
2 40906  97.4712 267.9298 0013536 216.6185 301.4625 15.15754347221807
1 40907U 15049J   19267.41354353  .00000633  00000-0  36421-4 0  9994
2 40907  97.4691 267.5716 0012892 213.5269 281.4129 15.15951225221819
1 40910U 15049M   19267.48321477  .00000876  00000-0  47115-4 0  9997
2 40910  97.4659 269.7852 0013812 204.2498 308.0751 15.17425796221847
1 40911U 15049N   19267.52091498  .00000284  00000-0  18271-4 0  9994
2 40911  97.4716 268.3441 0012910 213.6568 303.9777 15.15877464221721
1 40931U 15052B   19267.21898478  .00000735  00000-0  13273-4 0  9997
2 40931   5.9952  81.1501 0013287  94.4282 265.7268 14.76614734215709
1 43017U 17073E   19266.50631472 +.00000228 +00000-0 +23586-4 0  9995
2 43017 097.7201 184.0769 0257325 202.8642 156.0948 14.78630898099562
1 43137U 18004AC  19267.42598960  .00000767  00000-0  35053-4 0  9999
2 43137  97.4792 334.9726 0007609 274.2323  85.8044 15.23596769 94372

Keplerian bulletins are transmitted twice weekly from W1AW.  The
next scheduled transmission of these data will be Friday, September
27, 2019, at 2230z on Baudot and BPSK31.

ARLD038 DX news

ARLD038 DX news

QST de W1AW 
DX Bulletin 38  ARLD038
From ARRL Headquarters 
Newington CT  September 26, 2019
To all radio amateurs  

ARLD038 DX news

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
KD7WPJ, WB0TEV, The Daily DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL,
Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web
sites.  Thanks to all.

VIET NAM, 3W.  Jacek, SP5APW is QRV as 3W9KJ from Dao Co To Island,
IOTA AS-132, until October 3.  Activity is on the HF bands using FT8
and FT4.  QSL to home call.

UGANDA, 5X.  Anton, ON6NL is QRV as 5X8C from Entebbe until October
7.  Activity is in his spare time while working and teaching telecom
training classes.  He hopes to be active in the CQ World Wide DX
RTTY contest.  QSL to home call.

KUWAIT, 9K.  Abdallah, 9K2GS will be QRV as 9K2K in the CQ World
Wide DX RTTY contest as a Single Op/All Band/High Power entry.  This
includes an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX SSB contest.  QSL
via LoTW.

TONGA, A3.  Grant, VK5GR, Oly, VK5XDX and Andrew, VK5AKH are QRV as
A35JT from Tongatapu, IOTA OC 049, until October 7.  Activity is on
80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes.  This
includes being active in the CQ World Wide RTTY DX and upcoming
Oceania DX contests.  QSL via M0OXO.

BAHRAIN, A9.  Look for A92AA to be a Single Op/All Band entry in the
CQ World Wide DX RTTY contest.  QSL to home call.

CUBA, CO.  Members of the Santiago de Cuba Contest Team will be QRV
as T48SC as a Multi/2 entry in the CQ World Wide DX RTTY contest.
QSL via operators' instructions.

CAPE VERDE, D4.  Harald, DF2WO will be QRV as D44TWO from Sao Tiago,
IOTA AF-005, from September 29 to October 13.  Activity will be on
the HF bands and possibly various satellites.  QSL via M0OXO.

OH9GIT and OH2BP will be QRV as EA8DED from Tenerife, IOTA AF-004,
in the CQ World Wide DX RTTY contest.  QSL via OH2BP.

LIBERIA, EL.  Members of the Italian DXpedition Team will be QRV as
A82X and A82Z from September 30 to October 11.  Activity will be on
160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8 with five stations.
QSL direct to I2YSB.

PERU, OA.  Members of Radio Club Peruano are QRV with special
callsign OC19IARU until October 6 during the 20th General Assembly
of IARU Region 2.  QSL via bureau.

SURINAME, PZ.  Ramon, PZ5RA will be QRV in the CQ World Wide DX RTTY
contest.  QSL to home call.

SEYCHELLES, S7.  Ravi, VU2IIX will be QRV as S79VU from Mahe Island,
IOTA AF-024, from September 30 to June 30, 2021.  Activity will be
on 80 to 10 meters using SSB and various digital modes.  QSL via
operator's instructions.

DODECANESE, SV5.  Wolf, DL3DRN is QRV as SV5/DL3DRN from Rhodes,
IOTA EU-001, until October 10.  Activity is on the HF bands using
CW, SSB and RTTY.  QSL via LoTW.
TURKEY, TA.   Turkey Youth Contest Team members TA7AZC and TA6AEK
are QRV as TC2Y until September 30 and plan to be active in the CQ
World Wide DX RTTY contest as a Multi Op entry.  QSL via operators'

GABON, TR.  Roland, F8EN will be QRV as TR8CR until December 15.
Activity will be on the HF bands using CW.  QSL via F6AJA.
BELIZE, V3.  Victor, WB0TEV and Scott, K5PS are QRV as V31VP and
V31CQ, respectively, until September 30, from Maya Hill Lodge.
Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8.  This
includes being active as V31VP as a Multi/Single entry in the CQ
World Wide RTTY contest.  QSL to home calls.

VANUATU, YJ.  Oleh, KD7WPJ will be QRV as YJ0BCP from Efate, IOTA
OC-035, from October 3 to 10.  Activity will be on 40 to 6 meters
using CW, SSB and FT8.  QSL to home call.

TOKELAU ISLANDS, ZK3.  A large group of operators will be QRV as
ZK3A from October 1 to 11.  Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters
using CW, SSB, RTTY, EME and FT8.  QSL direct to YT1AD.
RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, Maine QSO Party and the AGCW VHF/UHF
Contest are all on tap for this weekend.

The QCX CW Challenge is scheduled for September 30.

The 222 MHz Fall Sprint is scheduled for October 1.

The UKEICC 80-meter SSB Contest, CWops Mini-CWT Test and Phone Fray
are scheduled for October 2.

The IQRP Quarterly Marathon runs from October 1 to 7.

The Canadian National Parks on the Air, CNPOTA, operating event runs
for the entire year of 2019, with special stations active from
Canada's parks and historic sites.

Please see September QST, page 80, October QST, page 90, and the
ARRL and WA7BNM Contest Web Sites for details.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Weekly Weather Satellite Status Report - 23rd September 2019.


Author : Douglas S Deans
E-mail :
Twitter : Douglas Deans @GM4VZY

There are no updates.

SECTION 1: POLAR APT/LRPT REPORT – 23rd September 2019.

None expected.

Satellite Frequency (MHz) Status Image Quality

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

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

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

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

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

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

6. Elements are available from :- and

None expected.

SECTION 2: POLAR HRPT/AHRPT REPORT – 23rd September 2019.

None expected.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

7. It appears that Meteor M N2 and M N2-2 are neither using full HRPT or
AHRPT and cannot be received using standard receivers. Please see
other mails for further explanation :-

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

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

None expected.

SECTION 3: GEOSTATIONARY REPORT – 23rd September 2019.

None expected.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Asia (Russian Operated Satellite)

Satellite : ELECTRO-L (14.5°W)
Operational : No

Satellite : ELECTRO-L2 (78° E)
Operational : Yes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Satellite : Himawari 8 (140° E).
Data : No direct dissemination.
Satellite downlink only on
18.1 - 18.4 GHz (raw).
Data only available via HimawariCast service.
Operational : Yes.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

For further info. there are many sources but the following is

4.This satellite is also known as HIMAWARI 6.

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

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

None expected.

1. Reports for all sections should be sent to :-
Douglas Deans.

For further weather satellite related information join GEO, Group for
Earth Observation. See :-

To download element sets for all satellites visit the following sites : and

For further information about Eumetsat's Eumetcast service please see :-

And service notifications are here :-

Monday, September 23, 2019

Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1432

SB DX @ WW < KB8NW $OPDX.1432
Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1432

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1432
BID: $OPDX.1432
September 23, 2019
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Written/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, K8YSE, W8GEX &
60m DX News, CO8ZZ, DL1SBF, DL7UXG & The DX News Letter,,, DX-World.Net, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, I1JQJ/IK1ADH
& 425 DX News, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, PA3EWP, 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, 8th/September, through Sunday, 15th/September there were
208 countries active. Countries available: According to the AR-Cluster
Network for the week of Sunday, 15th/September, through Sunday, 22nd/
September there were 212 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8,
3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5T, 5W, 5X, 6W, 6Y,
7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9U, 9V, 9Y, A3, A4,
A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, 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, EZ, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW,
H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2,
J6, J7, J8, JA, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU,
LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OJ0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA,
PJ2, PJ4, PJ7, PY, PZ, S0, S2, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T30,
T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TN, TR, TT, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR,
V2, V3, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2M, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XX9, YA, YB,
YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, Z6, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZD7, 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".

5R. MADAGASCAR. Operators Hiro/JF1OCQ and Kuni/JA8VE will be active as
5R8VX and 5R8KU, respectively, from Nosy Be Island (AF-057) between
November 12-25th. Activity will be on various HF bands using CW, SSB
and the Digital modes (FT4 & FT8). QSL 5R8VX via JF1OCQ and 5R8KU via

5X, UGANDA. Anton, ON6NL, is once again active as 5X8C from Entebbe until
October 7th. He is mainly there working and teaching telecom training
classes. He hopes to be active in the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September
28-29th), but with a simple setup. QSL via ON6NL, direct, by the Bureau
or LoTW.

6O, SOMALIA (Update). Ken, LA7GIA, will only be active from Somalia as
6O7O until September 28th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters mainly on
CW. Activity on other modes (SSB, FT8) will be limited and on 1-2 bands
only. On Friday, Ken reported that his favorite 2 element Mosley broke
during some high wind gusts. However, he was able to fix it on Saturday.
Ken has posted some pictures on his setup in Somalia on his FaceBook
page. For more details and updates, visit his Web page and the following
media pages:
QSL via M0OXO. Logs will be uploaded to ClubLog. Also, make sure you
read Ken's "QSO & QSL Policy" on his Web page.

9H, MALTA. Rene, DL2JRM, will once again be active as 9H3YY from Malta
(EU-023) between October 18-22nd. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using
CW and SSB with 100 watts into a Vertical antenna. He plans to participate
in the Worked All Germany Contest (October 19-20th). QSL via his home
callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

A3, TONGA (Update/Reminder). Operators Andrew/VK5AK, Grant/VK5GR (Team
Leader), Oly/VK5XDX and Steve/VK5SFA will be active as A35JT from Tonga
between September 22nd and October 7th. Activity will be holiday style
on 160-10 meters and will include entries in the CQWW DX RTTY Contest
(September 28-29th) and Oceania DX SSB Contest (October 5-6th). The team
also mentioned that they have been granted access to 6m to conduct EME
experiments! Suggested frequencies and modes are:
  CW   - 1820, 3518, 7018, 10118, 14038, 18078, 21038, 24903 and 28038 kHz
  SSB  - 1860, 3775(*), 7185, 14265, 18150, 21265, 24975 and 28465 kHz
  RTTY - 1803, 3593, 7051, 10143, 14083, 18103, 21083, 24923 and 28083 kHz
  FT8  - 1840, 3570, 7066, 10143, 14083, 18103, 21083, 24923 and 28095 kHz
  6m   - 50100/CW, 50130/SSB and 50313/FT8
  6m EME - 50203/JT65A
  (*) 80m for JA - 3518/CW, 3775/SSB DOWN 5 and 3535/RTTY

  At present, they do not have access to 60m – however, they will continue
discussions with the ministry of communications to see if they can gain
access to that band as well. Note at this stage the frequencies are subject
to change depending on coordination with other Pacific DXpeditions that
will be active at the same time. Please watch the DX Cluster and website
for updates. QSL via M0OXO, LoTW and ClubLog. They are also going to try
using ClubLog's new Live Logging system. For more details and updates,
watch Grant/VK5GR's Web page for updates at:

AFRICAN TOUR (Update/Kingdom of eSwatin First). Pista, HA5AO, is once
again active as 3DA0AO from the Kingdom of eSwatini (Swaziland) until
September 30th. He will be active from the Mountain Inn Resort at Mbabane.
He will use his Elecraft K3S with a KPA500 which is fed into a vertical
antenna, and will operate on 80-10 meters using mainly CW and FT8 on the
higher bands. Pista has posted a long update on his Web page detailing
some problems he had. His updates, QSL policy, Logsearch and OQRS are
available at:       
Next stop for Pista is Lesotho on the 1st of October where plans to stay
until October 19th. He will again use the 7P8AO callsign.

AM500, SPAIN (Special Event). Special event station AM500SAN should now
be active until September 29th. Activity is to celebrate 500th anniversary
of the first Round The World trip by a sailing Spanish ship. Activity
will be on various HF, VHF and UHF bands using CW, SSB, Digital modes
and the satellites. QSL via EA7URF, direct, by the Bureau, LoTW and eQSL.
For more details, see

C21, NAURU (Update). Operators Yuris/YL2GM, Jack/YL2KA, Kaspars/YL1ZF
and Kristers/YL3JA are active as C21WW from Nauru (OC-031), but will be
going QRT earlier than expected on September 23rd. This is due to their
flight being cancelled on the 25th, so they had to reschedule for a flight
on the 24th, which means that the antennas will be dismantled on September
  QSL via YL2GN direct or ClubLog (for direct or by the Bureau) for paper
QSLs. Full LoTW upload will be done 6 months after the end of the DX-
pedition. For more details and updates, see (new URL):
Please do not send log correction requests. Corrections will not be
provided. All individual supporters 20 USDs+ will receive direct QSL.
Please do not send your QSL to them via Bureau - they are not required.
  ADDED NOTE: The Latvian team active as T30L made 13,644 QSOs with 5253
Unique Callsigns. Breakdown on QSOs are: 5463/CW, 1252/SSB, 108/FT4 and
6821/FT8. Breakdown by Continent are: 10/AF, 7613/AS, 1384/EU, 3639/NA,
762/OC and 236/SA.

C6, BAHAMAS. Buddy, WB4OMG, will be active as C6AEI from the Grand Bahama
Island (NA-080) during the CQWW DX 160m CW Contest (January 24-26th) as
a Single-Op/Low-Power entry. The length of his stay is not known. QSL via
his home callsign.

HF60, POLAND (Special Event). Look for special event station HF60KJM to
be active to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Radio Club Station
SP9KJM. QSL via SP9KJM, direct, by the Bureau, LoTW or eQSL.

IOTA NEWS..............
  AS-131.  Zhao, BD7IHN, will be active as B7/BD7IHN from Hai Ling Island
           between September 23-28th. Activity will be limited mostly
           during his morning and early evening on 30/20 meters using
           mainly CW, FT8 and possibly some SSB. QSL via BD7IHN. Log
           will be uploaded to ClubLog.

  NA-249.  Team KP3RE will be returning to Culebra Island during the
           weekend of February 21-23rd, 2020.

  OC-133.  Saty, JE1JKL, will once again be active as 9M6NA from Mohammed's,
           9M6MO, QTH on Labuan Island, East Malaysia, between October
           24-28th. His focus will be on 6 meters FT8 (50.313 and 50.323
           MHz), and also FT8 (F/H) on 50.318 MHz. He will also participate
           in CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-
           Band/High-Power entry. QSL via ClubLog's OQRS only for Bureau
           and direct QSLs. All the logs are promptly uploaded to LoTW.
           Visit Saty's home page at:

  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......

KH0, MARIANA ISLANDS. By the time you read this, John, WB6Z, will once
again be active as KH0/WB6Z from Saipan (OC-086) until September 30th.
Activity will be limited to his spare time, but look for him to be on
40-10 meters using  CW, SSB and FT8. QSL via JF1OCQ.

KH8, AMERICAN SAMOA. 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.

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

PJ7, ST. MAARTEN. Phil, K0CD, will once again be active as PJ7/K0CD from
Sint Maarten Island (NA-105) during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November
23-24th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m)/QRP/Assisted entry. QSL via
his home callsign. He plans to be on the air before the contest (Thursday
and Friday).

PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (September 23-29th).......
 Sep/23rd AN      Sep/26th  AN     Sep/28th  DIS
 Sep/24th AN      Sep/27th  BN     Sep/29th  LN
 Sep/25th 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 ( 22nd)
  4O7CC via UA4CC         HF0PCK via SP1DPA        RO75RK via R1NU
  5B/PD2GJS via PD2GJS    HF60KJM via SP9KJM       SO7M via SP7PKI
  5Q6EE via OZ2I (O/L)    II4GRM via IQ4FE         SP/DJ8QP via DJ8QP
  9A/DL1FDH via DL1FDH    II8RACS via IQ8CS & (e)  SP80WW/6 via SP6OPZ
  9A/S56LXN/P via S56LXN  LX75V via LX1JH          SV/KA3EGV via KA3EGV
  AM500SAN via EA7URF     LY/DJ8QP via DJ8QP       SV5/G2JL via G2JL (d)
  DL/OK8WFF via DF6EX (*) LZ304EW via LZ1KCP       SZ3PMBG19 via SZ3P (d/L)
  DM460DA via DL9GFB      MD/OP2D via M0URX (O)    TM230RF via F4DTO
  DM70GER via M0SDV (O)   OE193APD via OE3DMA      VE7/DL1OD via DL1OD
  EH1OLA via EA1UVR       OG70AD via OH3AD & (L)   YL/DJ8QP via DJ8QP
  EJ1D via M0OXO (O)      OM/SQ9MDF/P via SQ9MDF   YS1RS via EB7DX & (L)
  F/DL8ECA/P via DL8ECA   P29VIM via YO5BIM & (L)  ZL3/OK1MV via OK1MV
  GS8VL via M0OXO (O/L)   PA75LIMBURG via PC9DB (O) ZM1A via ZL3CW (d/L)
  HB0/DL5YL via DL5YL     PH75AIR via PA9RF
  HB0/DL5YM via DL5YM     PH75MG via PI4CQ

  (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
  (*) please no QSL, we confirm automatically

  LOGS ONLINE AT CLUBLOG.ORG THIS WEEK...... (Updated) (Updated) (Updated) (Updated)



  QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: None reported this week!!!!
    --- We would like to see more QSL Bureaus (such as AS/US/SA/AF.. etc)
        to send in their info....

S7, SEYCHELLES. Erik, NI6G, is now active as S79ES from Seychelles until
September 30th. He plans to operate from Mahe, Praslin and La Digue
Islands. Activity will be on various HF bands using CW and FT8. QSL via
his home callsign.

S7, SEYCHELLES. Ravi, VU2IIX, will be active as S79VU from Mahe Island
starting September 30th, and will stay until the end of June 2021. Activity
will be on 80-10 meters using SSB and the Digital modes. Listen for his
QSL instructions.

SV5, DODECANESE. By the time you read this, Wolfgang "Wolf", DL3DRN, will
once again be active as SV5/DL3DRN Rhodos Island (EU-001 and WLOTA L-0045),
(QTH Kolymbia) until October 10th. Activity will be holiday style on
various HF bands using CW, SSB and RTTY, with a FT-857 and a FD4. QSL
via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.

T48, CUBA. The Santiago de Cuba Contest Team (SCCT) will be active as a
Multi-2 entry into CQ Worldwide DX Contest RTTY next weekend using the
special callsign T48SC. Operators list include CO8WN, CO8IH, CM8NMN and
CO8HF. SCCT is one of the last founded contest stations active from Cuba
on during major international contests. QSL route via operators instruc-

TI9, COCOS ISLAND. Operators Mark/XE1B (4A4A) and Frank/HK5OKY will be
active as TI9C from Cocos Island (NA-012) between January 30th and February
9th (2020), depending on the weather. The diving vessel "Okeanos Agressor I"
will depart from the west coast of Costa Rica and sail 36-40 hours to Cocos
Island some 342 miles away. Activity will be on 160/80/40/20/17/15/12/10/6
meters using SSB only with two stations with high power. Suggested fre-
quencies are: 1850, 3790, 70065, 7165, 14195, 18140, 21295, 24940, 28475
and 50140 kHz. QSL via XE1B direct (5 USDs SAE), ClubLog's OQRS (10 USDs)
or LoTW after 6 months.

TR, GABON. Roland, F8EN, (ex-CN8EM/FO8BV/3C3CR/TR50R) will once again
be active as TR8CR from Libreville. He will be there sometime at the end
of September until December 15th. Activity will start probably early
October. Operations will be mainly CW. QSL via F6AJA, direct or by the
REF Bureau. The log will be posted on the LNDX Web site at:
F6AJA will update when he receives a copy of the log.

VP5, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS. Members of the Frankford Radio Club will
be active as VP5W from Providenciales, Caicos Islands (NA-002) during the
CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 26-27th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via
LoTW or KD3TB. Operators mentioned are Irwi/KD3TB, Andrew/KD3RF, and
Mike/W3MAS. The team "may" be active before and after the contest signing
VP5/homecall. QSL via their home callsign.

VP2M, MONTSERRAT. Duane, WV2B, will be active from Monserrat between
January 9-15th. Currently, his callsign is pending. Activity will be
holiday style on various HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL via WV2B.

VP6R PITCAIRN ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS. On September 17th and 18th, the
following two items were posted on the Pitcairn Island DXpedition VP6R
Web page ( with pictures [edited]:

  * Sept. 17, 2019: Indeed, the roads dried quickly and our gear was
    moved to our primary op site on Pitcairn Island. Here are four images
    of our equipment, safely stored and ready for us to unpack when we

  * Sept. 18, 2019: There has never been 60 meter activity from Pitcairn
    Island.  We were excited about activating 60 meters from Pitcairn, but
    our request for 60 meter privileges was denied.
      However, with the combined efforts of W8GEX, G4WMO, VP6MW, ZL4OL,
    ZL2JMP, and K0IR; we drafted an appeal based on ITU regulations and
    60 meter usage in other British Overseas Territories.  To our great
    pleasure, our appeal was accepted and the initial denial recinded.
    We now have 60 meter privileges and will activate that band from
    Pitcairn Island.
      We offer special thanks to ZL1BUQ, the Telecommunications Network
    Manager for the Government of the Pitcairn Islands for his consideration
    of our appeal.

  Also, check out their FaceBook page at:

VU7, LAKSHADWEEP (Update). Operators Sree/VU2OB, Shabu/M0KRI/VU2CAC,
Samson/VU3XTG, Samson/VU3XTG and possibly others will be active as VU7RI
from Lakshadweep Island (AS-011) between October 19-31st. Activity will
be on 80-6 meters with a focus on higher bands using CW, SSB and FT8.
The "60m Newsletter " reported this week that the operators are expected
to be on 60m, CW and FT8. They will try to be on 5pm to 7pm Indian Stand-
ard Time and 4am to 6am Indian Standard Time. QSL via M0KRI, LoTW or
 ClubLog. For more details and update, see:

W8S SWAINS ISLAND DXPEDITION 2020. Ronald, PA3EWP, announced on Sunday,
September 22nd, that there will be an upcoming DXpedition to Swains Island
(OC-200) between March 10-25th, 2020. They will have an international
team of 10 operators signing as W8S. Activity will be on all HF bands
using CW, SSB, FT8 and RTTY, with 4 stations from 2 separate camps.
Look for more info in the coming weeks.

ZK3A TOKELAU ISLANDS DXPEDITION NEWS. The following four updates were
posted on the ZK3A DXpedition's Web page (,
September 18th (edited):

  Post #1 -- The advance team consisting of Dusko/ZL3WW, Adrian/KO8SCA
  and Robert/N7QT, are packed and ready to depart by this weekend bound
  for Tokelau Islands. They will all meet in Auckland, New Zealand, then
  across to Apia, Samoa. There they will sail towards Tokelau Islands
  arriving Wednesday, September 25th.
  Furthermore we would like to thank all the donors for their generosity
  thus far. Donations can be made via our website (

  Post #2 -- We have enlisted the help of various pilot stations from
  around the globe.
  Oceania & Chief Pilot: Peter, VK3FN
  Asia Pilot: Champ, E21EIC
  North America Pilot: Steve, N2AJ
  South America Pilot: Cesar, PY2YP
  Europe Pilot: Demetreos, SV2GWY
  Africa Pilot: Andre, V51B

    SWL reports are to be sent to the pilot station in your continent.
    Go to for further information.

  Post #3 -- September 21st - The ZK3A advance team has landed in Samoa
  (5W). Picture available on the Web page with Adrian/KO8SCA, Robert/N7QT
  and Dusko/ZL3WW.

  Post #4 -- September 22nd - The advanced team has arrived in Apia, Samoa,
  they have rented a car and are headed to the hotel. In the afternoon there
  will be a meeting with telecom representatives to discuss details about
  the boat trip to Tokelau on Tuesday. Tomorrow the team will be very busy
  with the Tokelau customs paperwork and loading the boat with equipment
  and supplies. Picture available at:

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