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OPDX Bulletin 1185 October 20, 2014

Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB5K & the AR TelNet Clusters Network, K1XN & GoList, NJ1Q & W1AW, W2VU, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, WA3RHW, N4AA & QRZ DX, KK6BT, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m News, W9ILY, 9H5G, AT International, CO2IR, DL7UXG & The DX News Letter, DL1SBF, DxCoffee.com, DX-World.Net, ES1CW, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, G3RWF, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, IZ8IYX, LY5W, Mediter- raneo Dx Club, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, PS7AB, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, VA3RJ & ICPO, the VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF), YF1AR and ZL4PW for the following DX information.

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 12th-October, through Sunday, 19th-October there were 224 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4W, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FH, FK, FM, FO, FO/a, FR, FS, FW, 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, J5, J6, J7, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, 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, PZ, S0, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T30, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9L, VK9X, VP2E, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZK3, 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".

Olof, G0CKV, will be active from both Mauritius (AF-049) and Rodrigues Islands (AF-017) starting mid-week through late November. His tentative schedule is as follows:
October 22nd-November 12th - Mauritius; callsign 3B8HA
November 16-22nd - Rodrigues Island; callsign 3B9HA
Olof will use a basic setup (dipoles for 20/15/10m) at Mauritius, operating mainly CW, but will be active in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a a Single-Op entry before he heads to Rodrigues Island. QSL via G0CKV, direct, LoTW or eQSL. On Rodrigues Island, he will take a different approach and use his K3 radio into SpiderBeam poles and beverages for the lower bands. Activity will be holiday style.
He will return to Mauritius to be part of the 3B8MU team for the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) in a Multi-Op entry. The 3B9MU operators mentioned are Olof/G0CKV, Kazu/JK3GAD, Seppo/OH1VR, Jorma/OH2KI and Olive/W6NV.

The DX-WORLD.net is reporting, "Last Wednesday (a well known op) received word from the Norwegian Polar Institute, that:
'It's a go for a one man DXpedition for 3 months, time frame half January 2016 through half April 2016 to Bouvet Island.'"
Bouvet Island (AN-002) is ranked number 3 in the DX Magazine's 2013 Most Wanted Countries Survey (the results of the 2014 survey will not be known until January 2015). The last two operations from Bouvet took place:
December 2007 - By Petrus, ZS6GCM, as 3Y0E
December 2000 - Chuck, N4BQW, as 3Y0C.
Both operations were one man operations. The last large DXpedition that took place there was 3Y5X (December 1989). Stay Tuned For Updates!

Arthur, 4X4DZ, will be active as 4X2M during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (80m)/High-Power entry. QSL via his home callsign.

4W, TIMOR LESTE (Reminder)
The same group who was active as VK9X/K7CO will be active as 4W/K7CO between October 19-31st. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW and SSB, as well as participate in the CQWW SSB Contest (October 25-26th). The current team of operators are Jon/K7CO, Christian/K7CXN, Ed/VE4EAR and John/9M6XRO. Four other operators are checking their schedules and finalizing plans in order to commit to the team. QSLs will be available via an OQRS on ClubLog. For more details and updates, watch:
Hellmuth, DG1BH, will be active as 5B/DG1BH from Cyprus (AS-120) between October 19th and November 9th. Activity will be holiday style using a FT-817 on 20 meters on PSK and some SSB. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

5R, MADAGASCAR (5R8M Press Release #001)
Mediterraneo DX Club reported on Friday, October 17th [edited]:
"In less than few days, 5R8M, Nosy Be Island (AF-057) the DXpedition organized by the Mediterraneo DX Club, in Madagascar from October 21st to November 4th, will be on air. Recently we have had new great arrivals and now our complete team, with so many well know and experienced guys, is the following:

  Antonio/IZ8CCW (Team Leader)           Jean-Jacques/F5NKX
  Gabriele/I2VGW (Team Co-Leader)        Marco/IZ2GNQ
  Francois/ON4LO                         Michele/IK5ZUI
  Eric/ON7RN                             Mario/IK4MTK
  Alain/F6ENO                            Fabio/IK4QJF
  Patrick/F2DX                           Karl/OE3JAG
  Michel/F5EOT                           Ovidio/YO9XC
  Henri/F1HRE                            Feri/YO5OED

The whole team is very motivated and so ready to work hard 24/24 hours each day to give the greatest number possible of DXers from all over the world the greatest number of possible new ones, bands/modes, with four stations (2 CW-1 SSB and 1 RTTY) plus maybe a mixed station more and really daily time monitoring the Six Meters Propagation. If, as all of us wish, the internet connection will allow it on our official Web-site


we'll keep in touch every day with the DX community and we'll update our log in real time. During our permanence on Nosy Be, we kindly ask you to send any question only to our pilots IK7JTF (for Europa), N1DG (for USA) and IK0FTA for Six Meters.
We'd like just to remind you that any help and donations will be very very appreciated because all the planned costs are already increased at the check-in for the luggage weight and the severe rules of the airline. We suggest that you spend a minute time to time visiting our Web site


to stay tuned and to insert your comments, suggestions, etc. We are waiting for you on air....
73's de 5R8M team"

As mentioned last week, Nick, G3RWF, is heading back to Southern Africa for a 5 week holiday starting in Lesotho and being active as 7P8NH between December 11-14th. Nick informs OPDX that this is "real holiday" with the entire family coming to Southern African between Christmas and the New Year. However, he will be there longer with his wife, Liz. Nick states [edited],
"I shall be on the air from South Africa from about December 18th to January 5th as ZS1/G3RWF, and then from Namibia from about January 6-13th as V5/G3RWF. All CW only (taking my K2)."
Listen for him on the higher bands on CW (no SSB). He "doesn't anticipate any 80m or 160m (and not 6m for those who always ask)." Nick also mentioned one other thing to OPDX that his 7P8 license is good for a year and he may well return there sometime not too far off. QSL via G3RWF.

Members of the "Andorran Amateur Radio Union (URA)" will once again be active as C37NL during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via C37URA.

John, 9H5G (KK4OYJ), will be active as C6ATS from the Bahamas's IOTA during winter 2014 and spring 2015. He informs OPDX [edited],
"Largely the operation will be similar to last year's 9H5G/C6A operation. This year we intend to be in the Bahamas from about Thanksgiving time through the end of April. We are traveling by sailboat but all operations (except the /MM) shall be from land and will therefore count for DXCC and IOTA. However, we will be subject to the weather and I shall be operating beach-side and 'vacation style'. There are therefore no hard and fast dates. However, I shall endeavor to operate from all the IOTA groups and on the bands in my blog. Obviously on contest weekends, I shall operate on the WARC bands. I intend to operate a number of modes including RTTY, PSK, SSB and perhaps even even some JT-65. To keep abreast of what's happening, I recommend subscribing to my Twitter feed (@KK4OYJ) and my blog. I prefer to post there rather than writing E-mail to many addressees since its immediately available for all to see. I will endeavor to keep the blog updated as we travel around!"
On John's Blog, he mentions the following IOTA groups: Great Bahama Bank group (NA-001), South Bahamas group (NA-113), Berry Islands (NA-054) and Bimini Islands (NA-048). John states,
"Some of these are rarer than others, but since I will be traveling by boat, I am required to validate NA-054 and NA-048 through the IOTA Committee. I also hope to activate some islands that are not on the list, even although they seem to qualify (Hogsty Reef)..... I hope to have more information on this soon."
He will be using a TS-480HX or K3 with Vertical dipoles on 17/15/12/10m and maybe 20m. Power from a deep-cycle 5035Ah battery recharged daily. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW, Clublog and to NI5DX as time and available internet permits. He will not always be able to update the Grid Square there remotely - you may have to enter the information in your software manually. QSL direct to Buzz, NI5DX. An OQRS on ClubLog is active for this callsign - if you need a bureau card, please request it through the OQRS and he will sent it when he can - probably also once per year. For a more responsive paper QSL, please QSL via NI5DX who operates a very timely service. For more details and possibly updates of his activities, visit his Blog or Twitter page at:
Frank, CO2IR, will be active during the CQWW DX SSB (October 25-26th) and CQWW DX CW (November 29-30th) Contests as a Single-Op/ Single-Transmitter/Single-Band (20m)/QRP entry. Frank states, "I will be also active especially on CW after and before the contests. QSL via the info on QRZ.com: http://www.qrz.com/db/co2ir

CQ NEWS RELEASE (CQ Policy Statement on Stations in Crimea Using Russian- Issued Call Signs in CQ Contests)
[Hicksville, NY - October 17, 2014] --
"After considerable deliberation, CQ has determined that the best course of action regarding Crimea and CQ contests is to follow the lead of the United Nations and the United States government, both of which continue to consider Crimea to be part of Ukraine, until such time as the political situation there is resolved. Therefore, 'Logs will not be accepted for any CQ contest from stations in Crimea operating with Russian-issued call signs. Contacts made by others with those stations will be removed from contestants' logs without penalty. No contact or multiplier credits will be given.'
We fully realize that our action may very well disenfranchise several Crimean contesters who use Russian prefixes instead of Ukrainian prefixes. As regrettable as that may be, our action is consistent with international law, as well as with our own Rules."

Steve, KL7SB, will be active as E51RAT from Rarotonga (OC-013) between late November and early December. Activity will be limited as time permits, but look for him during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th). QSL via NI5DX.

Five operators from GMDX group will be active as EA6/GM0EGI from the Balearic Islands (EU-004) during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL info TBD. Operators mentioned are Gordon/MM0GPZ, Jonathan/MM0OKG, Phil/GM0LIR, Colin/GM0RLZ and Brian/GM0EGI. There will be no activity outside of the contest.

Mauri, EA8CMX/OHBYS, will be active as EF8S during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (80m)/Low-Power entry. QSL via OH2BYS.

Luis, EA8AY, will be active as EF8X from Tenerife Island (AF-004, DIE S-012, WLOTA 1276, EAA TF) during the CQWW DX CW Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-band/Low-Power entry. QSL via W2GR.

Olivier, ON4EI, will once again be active as EI8GQB and EI1A until October 30th. He plans to operate from his caravan using green energy. Olivier will activate the EI1A callsign during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/2-Radio (SO2R) entry. You can follow his activity and antenna experimentation on
where you will find a live information banner with on air frequencies and information. QSL ONLY via ON4EI by the Bureau.

\ Marc, F1HAR, will be active as FY5KE during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (??) entry. QSL via LoTW or direct to FY5KE. NO MORE QSLs by the Bureau.

Didier, FY5FY, will be active during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (??)/Low-Power entry. QSL via FY5FY, by the Bureau or direct.

Dan, HR2DMR, will be active as HR2WW during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via KD4POJ.

AF-019. Sam, LY5W, informs OPDX [edited],
"I am on Lampedusa Island preparing the IO9Y station for the CQWW DX SSB Contest with friends from Slovenia. I will be on the air when all equipment is finished to be installed. Look for me some evenings trying to make QSOs as IG9/LY5W/P with a wire antenna. Will be on the island until the end of November."
AF-019. Operator Luigi, IK8HCG, will be active as IG9R from Lampedusa Island (with the support from Italian Navy Force), African Italy, during the next CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (??) entry. QSL via IK8HCG. AS-166. A multi-national team of operators from Belgium, The Nether- lands and Greece will be active as EP6T (pending) from Kish Island, Islamic Republic of Iran, in January 2015. This will be a "Rockall DX Group" DXpedition. Reportedly, it took nearly 3 years of negotiations and a reconnaissance trip by Patrick, ON4HIL, to Tehran which finally resulted in obtaining a legal license to operate with a team of ten people for fourteens days. The group plans to have 4 (possibly 5) operating stations on the air around the clock for at least 10 days at the end of January 2015. Specific dates will be announced at a later date. Activity will be on all HF bands, 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. Some stations during the night time hours will be focusing on the low bands using separate receive antennas and quarter wave verticals near the beach. More information will be forthcoming as well as a Web page for this DXpedition.
EU-047. Volker, DL1WH, is now active as DL1WH/p from Pellworm Island (DID/GIA N-23, WLOTA 1188) until October 28th. Activity will be holiday style and mainly CW. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
EU-146. Operators Marc/PD7YY, Jan/PE1GNP and Marcel/PG8M are now active as PH146EU from Schouwen Duiveland (WLOTA 3089) until October 25th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters (possibly 80m as well) using mainly SSB with some CW. QSL via PD7YY, direct and by the Bureau.
OC-157. Budi, YF1AR, will be active as YF1AR/8 from two islands in the Banda Island IOTA Group during the following dates:
October 23-24th - Banda Naira Island (ARLHS IDO-380 Banda Naira Light House).
October 25-27th - Banda Besar Island (including the CQWW DX SSB Contest as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low- Power entry).
Activity will be on 40-10 meters, mainly on SSB but some CW and Digital,using a Yaesu FT450D with 100w into a 43 ft. vertical for 40m and HB9CV (20/15/10m) antenna. QSL via N2OO or use ClubLog's OQRS. For more details and updates, see:
IQ8, ITALY (Rare Province)
Members of the S.E.S. ARI Vibo Valentia will be active as IQ8HP to celebrate the 40th anniversary (1974­2014) of the foundation of the Vibo Valentia ARI section between November 1-9th. Vibo Valentia is rare Italian Province. Activity will be on all bands (HF and VHF) and modes. A special commemorative QSL card will be sent for all QSOs. The QSL Manager is IW8PQ (direct or by the Bureau). There is a FaceBook page for this operation:
"The Daily DX" reports that operators Bill/W4WV and Keith/KE4KDY will be active as KG4WV and KG4DY, respectively, from Guan- tanamo Bay (NA-015) between October 24-30th. Activity will be on all bands, mostly SSB with some RTTY and PSK. QSL via their home callsigns.

Philippe/LX2A will be active as LX7I during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via LX2A. Visit the LX2A Web page at:
Operators John/W6LD, Paul/K9PG, Chad/WE9V and Mike/K9NW will be active as P40L from Pos Chiquito during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Mutli-2 entry. QSL via WA3FRP. All P40L logs are uploaded to ClubLog and Logbook of the World. For details about the station, see:
ADDED NOTE: Mike, K9NW, will be on the island from October 22-30th. Outside of the contest he will sign P40NW. QSL via his home callsign.

Members of the "PJ4 Contest Club" will once again be active as PJ4X from Kralendijk, Bonaire (SA-006, WLOTA LH-1279), during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multi-Op entry. Operators mentioned are K1QX, Kelly/N0VD, Martin/W1MD and Robert/WA1Z. Look for operators to be active before and after the contest signing PJ4/homecall. QSL PJ4X via LoTW or direct to W1MD.


 Oct/20th HN      Oct/23rd  HN      Oct/25th  AN
 Oct/21st LN      Oct/24th  HN      Oct/26th  AN
 Oct/22nd 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

  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (October 19th)
  3B9/F4HAU via F4HAU      EG8GSD via EA8AAG      SV8/DL7ULM via DL7ULM
  4L9QQ via UR9QQ          HB0/DF5MA via DF5MA    SV9/OE6YRG via OE6YRG
  5P4DX via OZ4ACK         HI3/PF5X via PF5X      SW44FF via RT9L
  9A/DL1FDH via DL1FDH     HK6DOS via (*)         SX1EU via SV1GRM
  9A/ON4CDX via ON4CDX     IG9/LY5W via LY5W      SZ8XIO via SV8FCU (d)
  AP2NK via W3HNK          KH2L via W3HNK         TA3/DL1VBO via DL1VBO
  C5S via ON6EG            LB6B via LA3WU         TC91TC via TA1HZ
  CO2GL via CE3KHZ         LZ1000TS via LZ1BJ     TK/DH7SB via DH7SB
  CR3ASA via CT1REP        MX0LDG via M0URX       TM0CR via F6FMT
  CT9/DF7ZS via DF7ZS      OD5ZZ via NI5DX (d)    V55JOTA via V51Q
  D2/HB9EFK via HB9EFK     OH10A via OH3WW        VC3P via VE3JO
  D2QV via R3WA            OH9SUF via OH3DP       VK9DLX via DJ2MX
  DL0WRTC via DF1QR        OT100BOL via ON4PRA    W2G via W2ANQ (d)
  DR60INN via DD2ML        PJ2/DL8OBQ via DL8OBQ  YP35KZA via YO8RAA
  E51NOU via N7OU          PS1M via PY1KM         YQ555BU via YO3KAA
  ED8RCP via EA8RCP        PT5ST via DJ2ST        ZA/F4DTO via F4DTO
    (e) eQSL only  (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (L) LoTW only
    (O) OQRS only  (C) ClubLog only  (*) eQSL only - no more via EA7FTR
NEW QSL MANAGER. Phil Whitchurch, G3SWH and AD5YS, reports: "I am pleased to announce that with immediate effect I am now the QSL Manager for Egill, TF3EO. Please visit www.g3swh.org.uk/tf3eo.html for more information. QSL ZV2MAR/MM via PY2AE. Activity was between October 18-19th during the JOTA 2014 event. QSOs are valid for the Brazilian awards: DFB - Brazilian Lighthouses Award (DFB-SP-05), and DFH - Brazilian Fortifications Award (DFH-SP-01).
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3D2RA, 3D2RA/P, 3D2TR, 3W4DK (7yrs), 4J3DJ, 9Y4/AI5P, A25TQ, A35CO, A35TR, J3/AI5P, JT1AA, S21ZBC and VK5CE/8

Hartwig, DL7BC, will be active as TC2BC from the Asian part of Istanbul during the CQWW DX SSB Contest as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via DL7BC. Also visit DL7BC homepage at:
Vincent, F4BKV, will be active as TO0X from Mayotte (AF-027, DIFO FH-001, WLOTA 0376) during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (??)/High-Power entry. QSL via LoTW. After the contest, Vincent will active as FH/F4BKV until October 29th. ADDED NOTES: After this operation, Vincent will be one of operators of the upcoming FT4TA Tromelin Island DXpedition, so you may hear other team members sign FH/homecall.

Herve, F5HRY, will be active as TO1A during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (??)/High- Power entry. QSL via LoTW.

Member of Group DX Habana will be active as T42R during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as Multi-Op/Single-Trasmitter/ High-Power entry. Operators will be Carlos/CO2CW, Juan Carlos/CO2JD, and Rey/CO2RQ. Activity will be from the National Association for Amateur Radio of Cuba (FRC) station. QSL via EA7FTR.

Wayne, KK6BT, informs OPDX that he will be active as TX5W from Raivavae Island (IOTA OC-114) in the Austral Islands group between January 5-11th (2015). Activity will be on 40-10 meters, including the 17/12 meter bands, operating exclusively SSB. His primary objective is to work as many amateurs in Central and Northern Europe as possible. Wayne states, "I will provide more details, including my website and QSL information, in the following weeks."

By the time you read this, operators Jared/N7SMI, Grant/KZ1W, Keith/VE7KW and Don/VE7DS will be active as TX7G from Hatiheu Village, Nuku Hiva, Marquesas (OC-027), until October 26th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using SSB and RTTY, with high power to verticals right on the beach. They will focus on lower bands favoring difficult propagation paths to provide as many amateurs the opportunity to get Marquesas in their log as possible. They will also be on the air for the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) from Zone 31. ClubLog OQRS is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED for direct, LoTW, Bureau and eQSL cards. QSL cards will be a beautiful full-color photo-graphic quality. A QSL priority list is available (recommended to view it), on their Web page at:
VK9L, LORD HOWE ISLAND (Press Release)
Christian, DL1MGB, reported on Thursday, October 16th:
"Sorry for being inactive on the news site. The last days we were very busy in erecting all the stations and antennas. But now we have a setup which produces good signals around the world and also allows us to work on some bands parallel in two modes. Especially having two stations on one band is not an easy task on a 'limited' property of 5 acres. At the moment our setup consists of 9 stations (yes, we already lost one transceiver; investigations are ongoing). Each station is equipped with a Elecraft K3, amplifier, notebook, microHAM MK2 interface and a lot more accessories. The antenna field consists of 16 antennas: Titanex vertical V160E for 160m, a full-size 4-square for 80m, a 4-square and a VDA on 40m and 30m, 2 3ele yagis on 20m and a yagi and a VDA for the bands from 17m to 10m. Also the first beverage to Europe is up for low band operations.
On 160m we still have a RX problem. Of course the conditions are not the best for the low bands these days, but with a S7 noise level it makes it even harder to copy those weak signals. We try to locate the source to make a serious low band operation.
Yesterday morning we had a heavy rain fall. 20 cm of rain came down within one hour. We even had a water ingress in one of our shacks, but were able to fight against it with towels and buckets. The main thing: The antennas did survive the storm.
Regarding 6m we try to put up the antenna the next days. No special plans for this.
Online log will be uploaded twice per day as internet connections permits. So far there are over 33,000 QSOs in the log.
Feel free to visit the DXpedition website on
and subscribe to our newsletter to stay informed. No idea who the Lagunaria DX Group is?
Just visit http://www.lagunaria-dx-group.org and learn more about the group, the people behind it and their goals."

VK9X, CHRISTMAS ISLAND (Reminder/Update)
A Polish team of operators are now active as VK9XSP from Christmas Island (OC-002) until October 31st. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. Suggested frequencies are listed in OPDX.1168 or can be found at:
They will have two to three stations on the air 24 hours a day, and pay special attention to the lower bands and to areas where VK9X is the most difficult to work from. Also, look for one station to be in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th). QSL via SP6EQZ. For more details and updates, watch:
Bob, N7XR, who is expected to be active as VQ9XR from Diego Garcia Island (AF-006), reports that he is not sure when he will be active and states, "My dates are like a super-ball, bouncing all over the place. Can't get the guy to submit the entry approval correctly which is delaying the trip. It's going to happen, that's for sure." Look for possible updates on:
Members of the ORARI Semarang Contesting Team will be activating YE2C during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multi-2 entry. Operators mentioned YL Sri/YB2BSE, Jon/YB2ECG, Bamband/ YB2ERL, Pur/YB2FNT, Agus/YB2TX, Heribertus/YB2UU, Johannes/YC2DOT, Joko/ YC2FLR, Adi/YC2PST, Edi/YC2PWL, Muhammad/YC2RXB, Bobby/YC2SBG, Hariyanto/ YD2HRT and Sentot/YD2STT. QSL via LoTW ONLY. For more info on the YE2C station, see:
YJ, VANUATU (YJ0X Press Release)
The following was released Friday, October 17th [edited]:
"You can now use Clublog to search for your QSO and request a QSL card using the OQRS (Online QSL Request System).
1. Visit our log page https://secure.clublog.org/logsearch/YJ0X
2. Enter your call in the 'Callsign to check' field.
3. Click on Request QSL card and follow the instructions. (You need to be signed into Clublog to proceed further). If you are a member and have already uploaded your YJ0X QSOs into the 'Your Log' database, OQRS will auto-fill some of the fields making OQRS easier. If you are not a Clublog member, it is free to sign up. This will allow you to use Clublog's OQRS (which is used by a significant number of DX- peditions) as well as the many other useful tools.
We would greatly appreciate small donations to cover the costs of this DXpedition.
If you do not wish to sign up to Clublog, please make a Paypal donation via our Support Us page. All sponsors will have their cards posted. Remember to give us your callsign and brief QSO details (Date, Band, Mode, Time).
Many thanks..... YJ0X Team"

sábado, 18 de outubro de 2014

CQ Policy on Crimean Stations Using Russian-Issued Call Signs in CQ-Sponsored Contests

After considerable deliberation, CQ has determined that the best course of action regarding Crimea and CQ contests is to follow the lead of the United Nations and the United States government, both of which continue to consider Crimea to be part of Ukraine, until such time as the political situation there is resolved. Therefore,

Logs will not be accepted for any CQ contest from stations in Crimea operating with Russian-issued call signs. Contacts made by others with those stations will be removed from contestants' logs without penalty. No contact or multiplier credits will be given.

We fully realize that our action may very well disenfranchise several Crimean contesters who use Russian prefixes instead of Ukrainian prefixes. As regrettable as that may be, our action is consistent with international law, as well as with our own Rules.

sexta-feira, 17 de outubro de 2014

I.C.P.O. Bulletin (17-24 October 2014) "Islands, Castles & Portable Operations"

Listing is by calendar date (day/month/year)
17/10/2014: Enno, PF5X, is currently on holiday from Cabarette, Dominican Republic (NA-096, WLOTA 2974). QRV as HI3/PF5X, mostly on the WARC bands, CW only until 19th October. QSL via LoTW. [DX-World]

17/10/2014: The Florida Chapter of NAQCC (www.naqcc.info/) will be holding its monthly field event on Friday, 17 October 2014 9:00 AM (1300 UTC) - 12:00 noon (or whenever hunger wins out over propagation, or they just can't stand looking at each other anymore!). Art WB4MNK/p, Steve WB4OMM/p, and Darryl AB8GU/4 plus whoever else can make it will be active from Spruce Creek Park, Port Orange, Volusia county, Florida. Please listen for them near 7.041, 10.116, 14.061 and 18.080 MHz - WB4OMM or AB8GU will post to www.qrpspots.com via the Internet when we QRV and occasionally during the operation to let everyone know who is on and where. He will also post when they QRT. QSLs via the operators' home callsign. [WB4OMM]

18/10/2014: Once again, a joint team with members from the Danish Contest Academy and the Qatar Amateur Radio Society will be active from Al Khor in northern Qatar in the M/2 Category in CQWW DX SSB Contest (25-26 October) as A73A. Operators: OZ1ADL, A71GO, A71AE, OZ7AM, A71BA, A71BR, OZ1IKY, LY4L, VU2BZY, A7/WT2NY, A41MA and more members of QARS will be active from the compound and at the same time use the opportunity to display Radio Sport to visitors. The team will be setting up the station in the week prior to the Contest and will be active with the regular club call sign A71A, with particular emphasis on the low bands. QSL via A71A (see QRZ.com). [via K1XN & The GOLIST]

18/10/2014: Volker, DL1WH will be active holiday style as DL1WH/p from Pellworm Island (EU-042, DID/GIA N-23, WLOTA 1188) on 18-28th October. He will operate mainly CW. QSL via home call, direct or Bureau. [425 DX News]

18/10/2014: Olivier, ON4EI will be active again as EI8GQB from Fethard, Ireland (EU-115, WLOTA 2484) on 18-30 October using an hybrid wind-solar power system from his caravan. He will participate in the CQWW DX SSB Contest as EI1A. QSL for both callsigns via PA3249, direct or bureau, and LoTW. Follow his activity and antenna experimentation at: www.qrz.com/db/EI8GQB. [425 DX News]

18/10/2014: On Saturday, 18th October 2014 Patrick, F8NAN and Michel, F8DFP will activate the Pibout Castle (DFCF 63-091), located in the commune of Gerzat Sous. They will use the Radio Club du REF-63 callsign F5KDC/p. QRV on 80 and 40 metre SSB and CW. QSL via F5KDC, Bureau or direct. [Radioamateur.org]

18/10/2014: Michele, IZ8XLP, plans holiday style activation, on the HF bands, from the island of Ischia (IOTA EU-031, IIA C001) between 18-24th October using the callsign IC8/IZ8XLP. QRV on 10, 12, 15, 17, 20 and 40 metres, only SSB. QSL to home call direct, via the Bureau or OQRS IZ8XLP. Further information can be found on his website at: www.bitebyte.biz/ic8iz8xlp/ [rsgbiota.org]

18/10/2014: Bogdan, SP2FUD (J79F) Janusz, SP9FIH (J79L) and Kazik, SP6AXW (J79X) plan activity from near Calibishie, northeast coast of the island of Dominica (IOTA NA-101, QTH Loc. FK95HO), from 18th October until 26th October 2014. Their focus will be on the CQWW DX SSB Contest (25-26th October) where two stations will run SOSB - probably on 40m and one of the higher bands. QSL via home calls. Further information and updates at: www.j7.dxpeditions.org/ [DXAT]

18/10/2014: A group of operators will activate the Castle of Alden Biesen (BCA LB-093, WCA 00748) on 18th October, 2014, using the callsign ON5BWE/p. Team members include Susanne ON2SL, Andre ON4DTO, Roger ON4AHQ and Erwin ON5BWE. QRV starting 06:00 local time on 80 and 40 metre SSB. Other bands possible, depending on conditions. QSL via ON5BWE, Bureau preferred. [radioamateur.org]

18/10/2014: Operators Marc PD7YY, Jan PE1GNP and Marcel PG8M plan activity from Schouwen Duiveland (EU-146, WLOTA 3089) as PH146EU between 18-25th October, 2014. QRV on 40-10 metre SSB and some CW. Maybe QRV on 80 metres as well. QSL via PD7YY, direct and Bureau. [rsgbiota.org]

18/10/2014: Jared, N7SMI and Grant, KZ1W will be active from Hatiheu Village, Nuku Hiva Island (DIFO FO-023, WLOTA 2030), Marquesas Islands (OC-027) as TX7G between 18-26 October 2014. QRV on 80-10m, SSB and RTTY. Participation in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (25-26th October). QSL via N7SMI, direct and bureau (logsearch on OQRS on ClubLog), LoTW and eQSL. Further information and update on their website at: tx7g.com/ [DX-World]

18/10/2014: A team from Poland (Bogdan SP2EBG, Gala SP2GKS, Jan SP3CYY, Jurek SP3GEM, Wlodek SP6EQZ, Ryszard SP6FXY, Janusz SP6IXF and Roman SP9FOW) will be active as VK9XSP from The Territory of Christmas Island (OC-002, WWFF VKFF-098, Grid Loc. OH29) from 18 October to 1 November 2014. They will operate CW, SSB and RTTY on 160-6 metres; at least two stations will be active around the clock, and one station will take part in the CQ WW DX SSB Contest. QSL via SP6IXF (logsearch and OQRS on ClubLog), LoTW and eQSL. Further information and updates can be found on their website at: www.vk9xsp.dxing.pl/ [425 DX News]

18/10/2014: Franck, F4DTO and Patrick, F4GFE plan to be active as ZA/homecalls between 18-27th October 2014 from Elbasan, district and county of Elbasan, Albania. Look for them to be QRV holiday style on 40-10 metre SSB, using 100 Watts. They also plan to activate the Elbasan Fortress (WCA ZA-00004), located in Elbasan city. QSLs via their home calls, REF Bureau or direct. [DX World]

19/10/2014: The team that brought you VK9X/K7CO are proud to announce a DXpedition to the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste (OC-148, WLOTA 0019). 4W/K7CO will operate from 19-31 October 2014, QRV 80-10m SSB and CW. They will also participate in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (25-26th October). The team will include Jon K7CO, Christian K7CXN, John 9M6XRO and four other operators. QSL ClubLog OQRS. Full details at: www.nielsen.net/4w/ [DX-World]

20/10/2014: Antonio IZ8CCW, Gabriele I2VGW and a multi-national team from the Mediterraneo DX Club will be active as 5R8M from Nosy Be (AF-057, WLOTA 3042) from 20 October to 4 November 2014. As usual the team will be an international with 16 people coming from five countries. They will operate RTTY, SSB and CW with four stations around the clock. They also plan to participate in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (25-26 October) as 5R8C. QSL via IK2VUC, direct or Bureau, and LoTW. Further information, including logsearch and OQRS in due course, can be found at: www.mdxc.org/5r8m/ [425 DX News]

20/10/2014: John, W2GD, will once again be active as P40W from near Santa Cruz, island of Aruba (SA-036, WLOTA 0033, QRA FK52BK) from 20-28th October, 2014. Activity will include a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry in the CQWW DX SSB Contest. Outside the contest, John will be active using CW on WARC and 160m. QSL to N2MM. Please include an SASE and adequate return postage. All P40W contacts are posted on the ARRL LoTW system about two weeks following each operation. [NG3K]

21/10/2014: Frosty, K5LBU, will be on the air from Botswana as A25CF starting the 21st of October until the 3rd of November 2014. Plans are to be QRV on all bands from 160 through 6 metres. QSL via home call. Frosty informs readers: "Please do not send me cards for A25FC who was on the air from the 14th of April 2011 through the 18th of April. That was a differant group of hams." [DxCoffee]

21/10/2014: Masa, JH3PRR, will be active as KH8B from Pago Pago, island of Tutuila (OC-045, USi AS-007S, WLOTA 4385), Eastern American Samoa, between 21-27 October 2014. QRV on 160-10 metres, all modes, including a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (25-26th October). QSL via home call, direct or Bureau and ClubLog OQRS. [DX World]

21/10/2014: VP5T will be active in the CQWW SSB Contest (25-26 October), and operators Frank WA2VYA, Tony K4QE and Bruce WA3RHW will be QRV outside the contest with VP5/home calls from 21-28 October 2014 from the VP5JM "Hamlet" on Providenciales Island (NA-002, WLOTA 2003). QSL VP5T via WA3RHW, direct (with return postage or IRC), W3 Bureau, (there is NO VP5 Bureau) or LoTW. "Please send us your card via the W3 bureau, if you use LOTW. We like cards." VP5/WA2VYA, will be primarily on CW on the low bands, WARC bands, 10m and 6m. PSE QSL via WA2VYA, direct or W2 Bureau. No return postage is required for direct replies. "Frank likes cards." Tony, VP5/K4QE (QSL via LoTW) and Bruce, VP5/WA3RHW (QSL direct with postage or IRC or via W3 bureau) will be primarily on SSB on the WARC bands. [NG3K]

22/10/2014: Before his activity from Rodrigues (as 3B9HA) look for Olof, G0CKV, to be active sporadically from Mauritius Island (AF-049, WLOTA 0595) as 3B8HA between 22nd October and 11th November, 2014. QRV holiday-style, HF bands, CW. QSL via LoTW. Note: 3B8MU will be active in CQWW DX CW 2014 (29-30 November). Operators will be Olof G0CKV, Kazu JK3GAD, Seppo OH1VR, Jorma OH2KI and Oliver W6NV. [DX-World]

22/10/2014: Operators Roberto CN2RY (QSL via EA2RY), Julio CN2XX (QSL via EA5XX), Manuel CN2JR (QSL via EA7AJR) and Antonio CN2C (QSL via EA5RM) will operate SSB, CW and RTTY from Rabat, Morocco on 22-27 October. Updates and log search can be found at: www.dxfriends.com/cn2014/ [425 DX News]

22/10/2014: Tim, LW9EOC, will be active as HK1/LW9EOC from Barranquilla, Atlantico, Colombia, between 22-29 October 2014. Activity will be on all HF bands using CW and SSB. While there, he will also be part of the HK1NA (Jumanju contest station) team during the CQWW DX SSB Contest as a Multi-Multi entry. QSL via his home call, direct, by the Bureau, eQSL and LoTW. [OPDX Bulletin]

22/10/2014: Rich, M5RIC, plans activity from Trabzon, Turkey, as TC7V (callsign applied for) from 22-28 October 2014. QRV on the HF bands using SSB and RTTY, including a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (25-26 October). QSL via M0OXO (OQRS preferred). [NG3K]

22/10/2014: Les, N1SV, will be in Hamilton Parish, Bermuda (NA-005, WLOTA 0201), from 22-27 October 2014 including an entry in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (25-26 October). During the contest look for him as VP9I (QSL WW3S) and prior to the contest as VP9/N1SV (QSL to home call). [DxCoffee]

22/10/2014: A team consisting Eugene EA5HPX, Fran EA7FTR, Oleg US7UX, David EB7DX, Jose EB5BBM and their respective XYLs, (also one YL operataror EA7JQS Veronica) will be active as XX9R from Praia de Cheoc Van Beach, at the Pousada of Coloane Hotel, Coloane, Macau (IOTA AS-075), China, between 22nd October and 1st November 2014. Holiday style activity on 160-2 metres with possibly two or three stations running simultaneously on SSB, CW and RTTY with a M/S entry in the CQWW SSB DX Contest (25-26 October). QSL via EB7DX, direct or Bureau and LoTW. Further information and updates on their website at: www.macao2014.com/ [DX-World]

23/10/2014: Before their KH8 operation as part of the ARRL Centennial celebration (W1AW/KH8), operators John N7CQQ, Cliff KD6XH and Paul W8AEF will be active as 5W0QQ, 5W0XH and 5W0EF, respectively, from Apia, Upolu Island (WLOTA 1944), Samoa (OC-097), between 23-28 October, 2014. Activity will take place before and during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (25-26 October). QSL via their home calls, direct and LoTW. [OPDX Bulletin]

23/10/2014: Budi, YF1AR, will be active as YF1AR/8 and will give Nusantara Award chasers a new island counter, Banda Besar (Lontar) and Banda Neira are two different islands [rare IOTA - 7.4 pct] (IOTA OC-157, WW Loc. PI45WL). 23-24 October 2014 from Banda Naira Island and 25-27 October from Banda Besar Island. He will also activate the IDO-380 Banda Naira lighthouse (WLOL IDO-380). QRV mainly on 40 metre SSB and Digi-modes, including an entry in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (25-26 October). QSL via N2OO, direct or Bureau and ClubLog OQRS. Further information and updates at: www.yf1ar.com/2014/10/yf1ar8-oc-157-ido-380-banda-islands.html [YF1AR]

24/10/2014: Harry, AC8G, will be active as J37K from the island of Grenada (NA-024, WLOTA 0718) for the CQWW DX SSB Contest (25-26 October). QRV on all bands and modes between 24-26 October. Single-Op/Hi-Power in the contest unless another joins using the callsign J3A. QSL J34K via AC8G. QSL J3A via WA1S. [NG3K]

24/10/2014: Look for Tevfik, TA1HZ, to be active as T88H in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (25-26 October) from the Palau Rental Shack, West Plaza Coral Reef Hotel, Koror Island (OC-009) as a Single-Op entry from CQ zone 27. Tevfik also plans to be QRV on the HF bands, holiday style, for a few days after the contest for those who need Palau. QSL via home call, direct or Bureau, and LoTW. [DX-World]

24/10/2014: Naoki, JS3LSQ, will be active as from T88WJ the VIP-Guest hotel in Koror City (QRA PJ77FI), Koror Island, Republic of Palau (OC-009), between 24-28th October 2014 on all bands, SSB and CW. His main focus will be on the CQWW DX SSB Contest (25-26 October) as a Single-Op entry. QSL via JS3LSQ, direct or Bureau. [Palau Rental Shack]


25/10/2014: Abdallah, 9K2GS, will activate his world class station located in Safat, Kuwait, during the CQWW DX SSB Contest. He plans for a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry from CQ zone 21. QSL via EA5KB and LoTW. [NG3K]

25/10/2014: Unio de Radioaficionats Andorrans (C37URA) plan a Multi-Two entry in the CQWW DX SSB Contest from Andorra (CQ zone 14) using the callsign C37NL. QSL via C37URA, direct or Bureau and LoTW. [NG3K]

25/10/2014: Mauri, EA8CMX, plans a Single-Op/Single-Band (80m) entry in the CQWW DX SSB Contest from Galdar, Gran Canaria island (DIE S-005, WLOTA 0969, WWFF EAFF-078), Canary Islands (AF-004, CQ zone 33), using the callsign EF8S. "Trying to double last Year with new cables and better listening antennas. If there is no tower or electricity, then I have to take an other plan... CU!" QSL via OH2BYS and LoTW. [NG3K]

25/10/2014: Didier, FY5FY, will be active in the CQWW DX SSB Contest as a Single-Op/Single-Band entry from Cayenne, French Guiana (CQ zone 9). QSL via the information on QRZ.com. [NG3K]

25/10/2014: Marc, F1HAR, will be active as FY5KE from Kourou, French Guiana, as a Single-Op/Single-Band entry in the CQWW DX SSB Contest. QSL via LoTW. QSL also ok direct to FY1FL. [NG3K]

25/10/2014: Luigi, IK8HCG, with the support from Italian Navy Force will be active as IG9R from the island of Lampedusa (AF-019, IIA G001, MIA MI-126), African Italy (CQ zone 33), during the CQWW DX SSB Contest as IG9R, a Single-Op/Single-Band entry. Activity will also count for the Capo Grecale lighthouse (WAIL SI-020, ARLHS ITA-025, WLOTA 2312). QSL via IK8HCG and LoTW. [NG3K]

25/10/2014: Philippe, LX2A, will once again be active as LX7I for the CQWW DX SSB Contest from Eschdorf, Luxembourg. Plans are for a Single-Op entry from CQ zone 14. QSL via LX2A. [NG3K]

25/10/2014: Look for P40L to be active in the CQWW DX SSB Contest from the island of Aruba (SA-036, WLOTA 0033). Plans are for a M/2 entry, CQ zone 9. Operators include Mike K9NW, Paul K9PG, Chad WE9V and John W6LD. QSL direct to WA3FRP and LoTW. [NG3K]

25/10/2014: Grupo dx Habana members Carlos CO2CW, Juan Carlos CO2JD and Rey CO2RQ will be active as T42R, a Multi-Op/High-Power entry in the CQWW DX SSB Contest from FRC (The National Association for Amateur Radio of Cuba). QSL via EA7FTR and LoTW. [NG3K]

25/10/2014: Prior to the much anticipated FT4TA Tromelin Island DXpedition (FT4TA), look for Vincent F4BKV to be active as TO0X from Mayotte Island (AF-024, DIFO FH-001, WLOTA 0376) during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (CQ zone 39). After the contest he will QRV briefly (27-29 October) as FH/F4BKV before leaving for Tromelin. Other team members may sign FH/homecall too. QSL via LoTW is preferred for TO0X activity. [DX-World]

25/10/2014: Herve, F5HRY, will be active as a Single-Op/Single-Band entry in the CQWW DX SSB Contest using the callsign TO1A from Kourou, French Guiana (CQ zone 9). QSL via LoTW is preferred. [DXAT]

01/11/2014: To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the foundation of the Vibo Valentia ARI section (1974 - 2014), members of their section will be active from 1-9 November 2014 with the callsign IQ8HP. QRV on all bands (HF and VHF) and modes. A special commemorative QSL card wil be sent for all QSOs. The QSL manager is IW8PQ (direct or Bureau). Note: Vibo Valentia is a rare province. [DxCoffee]

03/11/2014: Eric, F6ICX, will once again be active as 5R8IC from Sainte-Marie Island (AF-090), Madagascar. He will be QRV between 3rd November and 12th December, 2014. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands. There will be no online log during this operation. QSL via home call by the Bureau, direct and LoTW. [DX-World]

16/11/2014: Look for Olof, G0CKV, to be active as 3B9HA from Rodrigues Island (AF-017, WLOTA 4265, WWFF 3BFF-004) from 16-24th November, 2014. QRV holiday style on the HF bands, CW only. Possible low band activity. QSL via LoTW is preferred. [DX-World]

17/11/2014: Marko, N5ZO, will be active as ZD8O from Green Mountain, Ascension Island (AF-003, WLOTA 1491, WW Loc. II22TB), between 17th November and 2nd December, 2014. QRV on all HF bands, including a Single-Op/All-Band entry in the CQWW DX CW Contest (29-30 November) from CQ zone 36. QSL via OH0XX, direct or Bureau. [DX-World]

29/11/2014: The Antofagasta Contest Group (CE1RLP) will be active as 3G1B for the CQWW DX CW Contest (29-30 November) as a Multi-2 entry from Antofagasta, Chile (CQ zone 12). The 3G1B contest team is looking for 3 operators for CQWW DX CW contest 2014 and 2015 version. They want take part as M2 category for the first time in Chile. Any interested send them an email (ce1tbn[AT]gmail.com). All QSLs direct or Bureau via HA1AG. Website: www.ce1rlp.cl/ [CE1TBN]

29/11/2014: Luis, EA8AY, will participate in the CQWW DX CW Contest (29-30 November) as EF8X, a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry from the island of Tenerife (DIE S-012, WLOTA 1276), Canary Islands (AF-004, CQ zone 33). QSL via W2GR and LoTW. [NG3K]

18/02/2015: Dave, WJ2O will be active from the island of Dutch Sint Maarten (NA-105, WLOTA 0711) as PJ7/WJ2O between 18-25th February, 2015. QRV mainly on the WARC bands, CW. Activity is also planned during the ARRL CW DX Contest weekend (18-19 February). QSL via N2ZN (Ken Boasi, 5018 Ontario Center Road, Walworth, NY 14568 USA). [DX-World]

13/04/2015: Brian, GW4DVB, informs I.C.P.O. readers: "I will be operating a small Dx-Expedition again in April 2015, from Palm Island [aka Prune Island] (IOTA NA-025) - St. Vincent and the Grenadines), QRA Locator FK92HO. Dates 13th thru 21st April 2015 as J88PI. Bands: 40, 20, 17, 15, 10 and 6 metre, SSB. QSL via homecall, direct (PO Box 20:20, Llanharan, Pontyclun, Wales - UK CF72 9ZA) or via the Bureau." Website: www.g4dvb.co.uk/ [DxCoffee]


18/10/2014: 2nd Herrington Scouts will be on the air using the callsign GB2SHG for the Jamboree on the air on the 18th and 19th October, 2014. They will be on all HF bands as well as 2m and 70cm and PSK31 from their Scout headquarters at Crow Lane, Herrington, Sunderland, SR33TE. Details are on QRZ.com. [GB2RS]

18/10/2014: On 18th and 19th October 2014, GB1GLO will be in operation over the JOTA weekend for Gloucester District Scouts, run by members of Gloucestershire RAYNET from the Murray Hall, Tuffley Lane, Gloucester (WW Loc. IO81UU, WAB SO84). Also the Scouts in the Forest of Dean will be using GB1ALS and GB0FOD, operating from Lydney on 18th and 19th October. [GB2RS]

20/10/2014: Jean, 5T0JL (ON8RA), will be active as 5T0ITU during ITU events such as the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference (to be held in Busan, South Korea on 20 October-7 November) and ITU Telecom World (to be held in Doha, Qatar on 7-10 December). The special callsign was granted on 19 August and is valid for one year. QSL via ON8RA. [425 DX News]

22/10/2014: From 22-28 October 2014 look for the following stations to be active to celebrate ARRL's centennial year: W1AW/7 will be operated by the The Comstock Memorial Station W7RN, located in Virginia City, Storey County, State of Nevada. W1AW/8 will be operated by Hal W8HC, located in Saint Albans, Kanawha County, State of West Virginia. QSLs preferred via LoTW. [ARRL]

22/10/2014: The Association des Radio Amateurs de la Cote d'Emeraude will be active as TM0RHUM from 24 October to 7 November for the 10th Route du Rhum, the 3000-mile single-handed transatlantic yacht race between St-Malo (France) and Pointe-a-Pitre (Guadeloupe). QSL via F4AVX. [425 DX News]

U.S.A. Special Event Stations can be found at: www.arrl.org/contests/spev.html


18/10-28/10 DL1WH/P: Pellworm Island WLOTA:1188 QSL H/c (d/B)
18/10-30/10 EI8GQB: Ireland (Eire) WLOTA:2484 QSL PA3249 (d/B)
18/10-24/10 FR/F4HAU: La Reunion Island WLOTA:1812 QSL H/c (d/B)
18/10-25/10 PH146EU: Schouwen Duiveland WLOTA:3089 QSL PD7YY (d/B)
18/10-26/10 TX7G: Nuku Hiva Island WLOTA:2030 QSL OQRS
19/10-31/10 4W/K7CO: East Timor Island WLOTA:0019 QSL H/c (d)
20/10-04/11 5R8M: Nosy Be WLOTA:3042 QSL IK2VUC (d/B)
20/10-28/10 P40W: Aruba Island WLOTA:0033 QSL N2MM (d)
21/10-27/10 KH8B: Tutuila Island WLOTA:4385 QSL ClubLog OQRS
21/09-03/10 PJ5/OK1FCJ: St. Eustatius WLOTA:1851 QSL OK6DJ (d/B)
21/09-03/10 PJ5/OK1FPS: St. Eustatius WLOTA:1851 QSL OK6DJ (d/B)
21/09-03/10 PJ5/OK6DJ: St. Eustatius WLOTA:1851 QSL OK6DJ (d/B)
21/09-03/10 PJ5/OL8R: St. Eustatius WLOTA:1851 QSL OK6DJ (d/B)
21/10-28/10 VP5/K4QE: Providenciales WLOTA:2003 QSL LoTW
21/10-28/10 VP5/WA2VYA: Providenciales WLOTA:2003 QSL H/c (d/B)
21/10-28/10 VP5/WA3RHW: Providenciales WLOTA:2003 QSL H/c (d/B)
22/10-11/11 3B8HA: Mauritius Island WLOTA:0595 QSL LoTW
22/10-27/10 VP9/N1SV: Hamilton Island WLOTA:0201 QSL H/c (d/B)
23/10-28/10 5W0EF: Upolu Island WLOTA:1944 QSL W8AEF (d)
23/10-28/10 5W0QQ: Upolu Island WLOTA:1944 QSL N7CQQ (d)
23/10-28/10 5W0XH: Upolu Island WLOTA:1944 QSL KD6XH (d)
23/10-24/10 YF1AR/8: Banda Naira Light WLOL:IDO-380 QSL N2OO (d/B)
24/10-26/10 J37K: Grenada Island WLOTA:0718 QSL AC8G (d)


18/10 SVHF Fall Sprint 902MHz & Up Fixed/Rover 0600-1300 Local Time
18/10 FISTS Two Metre Activity 1700z-1800z
18/10 Feld-Hell Spooky Sprint 6m class 2000z-2200z
19/10 ON 2 Meter Contest Phone/CW 0600z-1000z
19/10 Contest Grosseto 50MHz SO/MO/Open 0700z-1400z
19/10 FISTS Two Metre Activity 0900z-1000z
21/10 LY 1.3GHz Activity Contest CW/SSB/FM 1700z-2059z
21/10 NRAU 1.3GHz Activity Contest SO/MO/Open 1700z-2100z
21/10 SPAC 1.3GHz Contest CW/Phone/Open 1800z-2200z
21/10 RSGB 1.3GHz UKAC SO Fixed/Open 1900z-2130z
21/10-28/10 VP5/WA3RHW: Provo NA-002 Grid:FL31vs 6m CW QSL H/c (d/B)
22/10 SKCC Straight Key Sprint 6m class 0000z-0200z

Contest Calendar: www.qsl.net/va3rj/con_oct.html

Information about current VHF activities can be found on the VHF DX portal "Make More Miles on VHF" at: www.MMMonVHF.de/

SMIRK: www.smirk.org/ SOTA (Summits On The Air) Watch Alerts at: www.sotawatch.org/


QSL TF3EO: I am pleased to announce that with immediate effect I am now the QSL manager for Egill, TF3EO. Please visit www.g3swh.org.uk/tf3eo.html for more information. 73 for now Phil Whitchurch G3SWH and AD5YS

QSLs via Bureau: None to report this week! :o(

QSLs via Direct: 3D2RA (LZ2HM), 3D2RA/P (LZ2HM), 3D2TR (K8AQM), 9Y4/AI5P (H/c), A35CO (K8ESQ), A35TR (K8AQM), EX9T (EX8MLE), J3/AI5P (H/c), S21ZBC (IK2VUC OQRS), VK5CE/8 [OC-173] (OQRS), YB4IR/8 [OC-222] (OQRS), YC9WIC (cba) and YF1AR/6 [OC-270] (N2OO).



VQ, CHAGOS The VQ9XR operation to Diego Garcia Island AF-006 by Bob, N7XR, has been delayed. Further news is forthcoming. [NG3K]

73 and Good DX!

Dave Raycroft, VA3RJ

DX News from the ARRL 17 October, 2014

17 October, 2014

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

TIMOR-LESTE, 4W. Jon, K7CO and a group of operators will be QRV as 4W/K7CO from October 19 to 31. Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters using CW and SSB. This includes an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide SSB DX contest. QSL via operators' instructions.

MADAGASCAR, 5R. Antonio, IZ8CCW, Gabriele, I2VGW and other Mediterraneo DX-CLUB team members will be QRV as 5R8M from Nosy Be Island, IOTA AF-057, from October 20 to November 4. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB and RTTY. They will also be active as 5R8C in the upcoming CQ World Wide SSB DX contest. QSL via IK2VUC.

WEST MALAYSIA, 9M2. Look for 9M4SJF to be QRV from Muar during the Jamboree On The Air event. QSL via 9M2DA. In addition, look for 9M4SJW to be QRV from Taman Setiawangsa. QSL via 9W2FOR.

OMAN, A4. Jamboree On The Air station A43JOTA will be QRV on October 17, 18 and 19. QSL via A47OS.

PORTUGAL, CT. Jamboree On The Air station CR5MEA will be QRV on October 18 and 19. QSL via bureau.

TAJIKISTAN, EY. Nodir, EY8MM has been active on 30 meters using CW around 0030z. QSL via K1BV.

MARQUESAS ISLANDS, FO. Operators Jared, N7SMI, Grant, KZ1W, Keith, VE7KW and Don, VE7DS will be QRV as TX7G from Nuku Hiva Island, IOTA OC-027, from October 18 to 26. Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. This includes an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide SSB DX contest. QSL via N7SMI.

REPUBLIC OF KOREA, HL. Special event station DT17AGI is active until October 20 to mark the 17th Asian Games of Incheon. QSL direct via HL1IWD.

JAPAN, JA. Members of the Ome Amateur Radio Club are QRV as 8J150ZYG until December 31 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the town Ome. QSL via bureau.

MINAMI TORISHIMA, JD1. Take, JG8NQJ is QRV as JG8NQJ/JD1 until mid December in his spare time while working at the weather station here. Activity is on the HF bands using CW. QSL direct via JA8CJY.

AMERICAN SAMOA, KH8. Masa, JH3PRR will be QRV as KH8B from Tutuila Island, IOTA OC-045, from October 21 to 27. Activity will be on the HF bands. This includes being active in the upcoming CQ World Wide SSB DX contest. QSL direct to home call.

AUSTRIA, OE. Ingo, OE2IKN will be QRV as OE2XWL/2 in the Jamboree On The Air from a school in St. Gilgen. QSL via bureau.

BRAZIL, PY. Special event station ZV14LABRE is QRV until October 31 during the first national amateur radio conference in Guararema.
QSL via PY2AA.

CHRISTMAS ISLAND, VK9X. A group of operators will be QRV as VK9XSP from October 18 to 31. Activity will be with two or three stations active simultaneously on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.
This may include being an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide SSB DX contest. QSL via SP6EQZ.

INDIA, VU. Sarath, VU3RSB is QRV with special event call sign AT2HFI until November 10 during the Hamfest India. Activity is mainly on 40 and 20 meters. QSL direct via VU3RSB. In addition, look for AU2NSL to be QRV from Kochi during the Jamboree On The Air event. QSL via VU2NSL.

ALBANIA, ZA. Franck, F4DTO and Patrick, F4GFE plan to be QRV as ZA/home calls from Elbasan from October 18 to 27. Activity will be holiday style on 40 to 10 meters using SSB. They also plan to activate Elbasan Fortress. QSL to home calls.

W1AW Centennial Stations W1AW/4 in Alabama, W1AW/8 in Michigan and W1AW/KH0 in the Mariana Islands are QRV until 2359z on October 21. In addition, W1AW/7 in Nevada and W1AW/8 in West Virginia will be QRV starting at 0000z on October 22. They will be active until 2359z on October 28.

Scouts Jamboree On The Air, Stew Perry Topband CW Challenge, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC Sprint, MCG Autumn Sprint, JARTS World Wide RTTY Contest, 10-10 International Fall CW Contest, Microwave Fall Sprint, Iowa QSO Party, New York QSO Party, Worked All Germany Contest, W/VE Islands QSO Party, South Dakota QSO Party, Feld Hell Sprint, Asia-Pacific Fall CW Sprint, UBA ON 2-Meter Contest, and the Illinois QSO Party will certainly keep contesters busy this upcoming weekend.
The ARRL School Club Roundup runs from October 20 to 24. The Run for the Bacon QRP CW Contest is scheduled for October 20. The SKCC CW Sprint and CWops Mini-CWT CW Test are scheduled for October 22.

Please see October QST, page 87 and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web sites for details

Amateur Radio Newsline™ Report 1940 - October 10 2014


Amateur Radio Newsline™ report number 1940 with a release
date of October 10th 2014 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a Q-S-T.  Ham radio is first responder as
cyclone batters India coastline; Russian over the horizon
RADAR battering the 15 meter band; United Kingdom Full
license class holders get temporary access to more spectrum
on 2 meters;  Ham radio moon orbiter to launch on October
23rd and guess what's keeping a radio relay station in
Hawaii from being repaired.  Find out the details are on
Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1940 coming your way
right now.

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When Cyclone Hudhud swept into the Bay of Bengal coastal
areas of India on Sunday, October 12th, disaster authorities
had already called on radio amateurs to provide
communications where they knew that other types would likely
be lost.  And the ham radio community was ready as we hear
from Amateur Radio Newsline's Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF:


Before cyclone HudHud made landfall, authorities in India
realized that communications could be lost in coastal areas
that the storm might hit.  In such a scenario, amateur radio
will become the only medium for the government to coordinate
relief operations and exchange critical messages between
government bodies, the two states and also with New Delhi.
So a few days in advance it put out a call via the Nations
Institute of Amateur Radio for radio amateurs trained in
rescue radio efforts to be ready if needed. As it turned out
they were.

Cyclone Hudhud made landfall with winds up to 125 miles per
hour damaging buildings, power systems and causing a total
of communication in many areas. Cellphone systems were
overloaded quickly and soon failed.  Media reports blame the
storm for at least 20 deaths but that figure could rise.
That's where ham radio stepped in.

Jayu Bhide, VU2JAU, is India's National Coordinator for
Disaster Communication.  According to Bhide, at airtime
there are currently six hams in the Odissa region working to
maintain the communication covering the entire state.

VU2JAU said that VU3UFX, VU3PLP and VU2AOR are active from
the Bhuvaneshwar area.  In the Sambalpur region VU2DPI is
control of a network with VU2SIC and VU2PGU.  These stations
and others have been on air using 7 dot 140 MHz and have
kept their stations open 24 hours a day.

In the Andhra coastal area all communication is handled by
the National Institute of Amateur Radio under control of
VU2JAU from the Amateur Radio Society of India.  He is
reported to be monitoring emergency traffic from his home
station in Gwalior.  A complete damage assessment, clean-up
from the storm and the return of normal lines of
communications is likely to take several more days.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF,
down-under in Nelson, New Zealand.


Another one of those times when ham radio truly was a life-
saving first responder before, during and after a severe
weather event.  (VK3PC, Times of India, Hindustan Times)



The IARU Region 1 Monitoring System newsletter reports a
Russian high power Over the Horizon radar system centered
around 21 MHz recently affected the entire 15 meter band.
Added to this a Russian voice scrambler nicknamed Yakhta has
been transmitting daily on 21 dot zero MHz on USB voice
encryption that also contains a Frequency Shift Keyed
synchro signal with a 100 baud rate and 150 Hz shift.  That
transmitters location is believed to be at Nizhny Tagil.
Meantime, a spurious emission from Voice of Iran is also
causing interference on 21.249 MHz.  An in depth report
including charts compiled by DK2OM can be found at
tinyurl.com/k3nskk8  (IARU-R1)


TO 1

Some hams in the United Kingdom will get temporary access to
an extra portion of the two meter band.  This as a part of a
planned long term overall restructuring of the VHF spectrum
from 143 to 169 MHz.  Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, has the details:


Ofcom has published a Statement that included an intention
to release 1MHz of additional spectrum to radio amateurs on
the 2m band on a temporary basis.

The frequencies, from 146 to 147MHz, will be available via a
Notice of Variation to Full license holders only.
Applications for Notices of Variations can be made via the
RSGB website from the end of October.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot. G4NJH, in
Nottingham in the UK.


This temporary use decision came as a part of an Ofcom
published a statement setting out plans for the release and
re-allocation of spectrum returned to civil use by Emergency
Services.  Ofcom believes this band space will be of most
interest to business radio users such as utility and
construction companies.  As such it will be made available
on a first-come-first-served basis through a managed and
gradual approach.  This, in order to maintain maximum
flexibility in the future should new demands emerge.



The South African Radio League has submitted its response to
the draft plan concerning the restructuring of the 450 to
470 MHz band and other U-H-F spectrum parcels.

In its reply to the national telecommunications regulatory
agency, the SARL said that although the amateur service is
not in this band, the problem for ham radio would arise if
the intended migration of some existing users in the 450 to
470 MHz were to temporarily move into the amateur band prior
to them shifting to a new frequency band once they obtain
suitable equipment.

The South African Radio League also pointed out that the
statement that amateurs only use 1 MHz of the 430 to 440 MHz
is incorrect.  Rather the entire frequency block is used
extensively for terrestrial and space communications.

The South African Radio League also filed comments on
proposed changes at 2.3 gigahertz and requested a new ham
radio allocation from 3.4 to 3.410 Gigahertz.  In both ITU
Region 2 and Region 3, this spectrum parcel is allocated to
the amateur and amateur satellite services.  (SARL)



The 4M LXS ham radio moon mission now has a definite launch
date as we hear from Amateur Radio Newsline's Heather Embee,


The launch of China's Chang'e 4 mission carrying the  4M LXS
moon orbiting ham radio payload is expected to take place on
Wednesday, October 23rd from the Xichang Satellite Launch

According to China's State Administration of Science,
Technology and Industry for National Defense, the soon-to-
fly craft is a backup probe of Chang'e 3. This was that
nation's first moon lander and rover, which successfully
touched down on Earth's nearest neighbor in December 2013.

But Chang'e 4's job is not to land but to circle the moon.
More important its hoped that the capsule will return its
payload safely to Earth without burning up in the atmosphere
during descent to our home planet.

As previously reported, the on-board amateur radio payload
will transmit a JT65B signal on 145.990 MHz which can be
decoded by radio amateurs here on Earth using the free WSJT
software.  Its builder, LuxSpace is encouraging radio
amateurs around the world to receive the transmissions and
send in data to it.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, Im Heater Embee, KB3TZD, in
Berwick, Pennsylvania.


Complete details on the role of amateur radio can be found
beginning on page 14 at tinyurl.com/lux-space-moon.  The
file is in PDF format.  Reports can also go via the missions
Facebook page.  (AMSAT-UK, LuxSpace, IrelandNews)



The Dominica National Telecommunications Regulator N-T-R-C
has granted hams on the island nation the ability to operate
on five 3 kHz-wide channels on the 5 MHz or 60 meter band.
These are 5330.5, 5346.5, 5355.5, 5371.5 and 5403.5
kilohertz at 50 Watts Peak Envelope Power using only SSB.
This allocation is applicable to Dominica General and
Advanced licensees only.

The Commonwealth of Dominica is an island nation in the
Lesser Antilles region of the Caribbean Sea.  It is located
south-southeast of Guadeloupe and northwest of Martinique.
Its also known as  the "Nature Isle of the Caribbean" for
its unspoiled natural beauty.

And less we forget to mention, please note that the new
Dominica 5 MHz allocation should not be confused with that
of the Dominican Republic which also has a 60 meter
allocation.  (ECTEL, Dominica NTRC, G4MWO)



Time for you to identify your station.  We are the Amateur
Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world
including the N2XPM repeater serving the Big Apple of New
York City, New York.

(5 sec pause here)

Im Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, with news that hams on both sides
of the nation are on the lookout for some severe weather

In the Caribbean and along the Eastern Seaboard the
Hurricane Watch Net was activated on October 16th to follow
the track of Hurricane Gonzalo which at airtime is Category
4 storm heading toward Bermuda packing sustained winds
upward of 145 miles per hour.  The Bermuda Weather Service
issued a statement that these winds were expected to buffet
the island for more than 24 hours, and seas would be rapidly
building up to 35 feet on Friday October 17th.  As this
report is being prepared, the Hurricane Watch Net  is
expected to be using 14.325 MHz and 7.268 MHz.  Please keep
those frequencies clear of non-hurricane traffic until the
emergency is declared to be over.

Meantime in the Pacific, hams on the Island state of Hawaii
are on alert as Tropical Storm Ana is forecast to pass as
potentially as a Category 1 hurricane.  According to
meteorologist Dan Kottlowski, Southern parts of the Big
Island and Kauai are at greatest risk of flooding from rain
and tropical storm-force winds.

Bob Schneider, AH6J, is the Leagues Pacific Section Manager.
He was quoted in the ARRL Letter as saying that he expected
to deploy Ham Aid equipment kits to several schools. The Ham
Aid kits which contain both HF and VHF gear were sent to
Hawaii in September as a lava flow was threatening
communities on the Big Island.

On Thursday, October 16th the Ana was located about 490
miles southeast of Hilo, Hawaii, and had sustained winds of
60 mph.  It was moving to the west at 10 mph.  A  tropical
storm watch was posted for the Big Island by the Central
Pacific Hurricane Center.  Ana is expected to reach the
islands on Saturday October18th.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline. I'm Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF,
in Los Angeles.

(Bermuda Weather Service, ARRL, published news reports)



The FCC is scheduled to hold an open meeting as this
newscast goes to air on October 17th.  Among the topics that
were scheduled for discussion was a presentation regarding
an inquiry into a major 911 service outage that affected
seven states this past April. The presentation was to
include findings from a report on the causes and effects of
the outage

The panel was also to look at recommendations on actions
that the industry, state governments and the Commission can
take to strengthen the reliability and resiliency of 911
services as the nation transitions to what's being titled
the Next Generation of 911.

Additionally, the Commission was to consider a Notice of
Inquiry to explore innovative developments in the use of
spectrum above 24 GHz for mobile wireless services.  It also
will look into how the regulatory agency can facilitate the
development and deployment of those technologies.  (FCC)



In an October 9th post at the FCC website, Special Counsel
to the Chairman, Diane Cornell noted that the Enforcement
Bureau has largely completed its review of its pending
complaints, leading to almost 700 license renewals granted
within the past few weeks.  At the same time, the Media
Bureau disposed of 55 competition rulings requests dealing
with a March omnibus ruling.  Simultaneously the Consumer
and Governmental Affairs Bureau has so far closed over 760
dockets with another 750 on track to be completed by years
end.   (All Access)



If you have a device running Apple's new iOS 8 operating
system, you can now add an app that will permit sending
Morse code from that unit.

Morse Code Telegraph Keyboard plugs directly into your
iPhone's keyboard and lets you send dots and dashes from
right within iMessage or your favorite e-mail.

The most interesting feature of the keyboard app is its
relative lack of keys.  It only includes the bare essentials
of a J-38 looking key and a handy Morse Code alphabet and
numbers guide.

If you want to give it a try, "Morse Code Telegraph
Keyboard" is available for only 99 cents at the App Store.
(Business Insider)



Something new for your ears courtesy of Bob Heil, K9EID of
Heil Sound.  This as he introduces his new PRO 7  headset
that applies some of the knowledge Bob gained from  audio
engineering pioneer Paul Klipsch back in the early 1970's.

The new Pro 7 earphones feature a very specialized
electrical and mechanical design that uses a very
specialized tuned headphone enclosure that Bob says really
eliminates usual distortion while producing greater
sensitivity and a gorgeous response.  Also included in the
design is a balanced control that's usually absent from most

On the microphone boom, you can get either a newly developed
dynamic that is as articulate as the original Heil HC 5.
Also available is an electret capsule for the early low
level input iCOM rigs.  These mic elements are
interchangeable in the field.

For more on the new Pro 7 headset and other of Bob's
inventive products go to heilsound.com slash amateur ad
click on the photo of the headsets you will see at the top
of the page.  (Heil Sound)



Some names in the news.  AMSAT North America has announced
that Barry Baines WD4ASW will hold forth as the
organizations president for the 2014 through 2015 operating
year.  Others appointed include Alan Biddle WA4SCA as the
organizations secretary with Keith Baker KB1SF as Treasurer.

Flight Frank Bauer, KA3HDO has been appointed as Vice
President of Human Spaceeflight operations; Jerry Buxton
N0JY as Vice President of Engineering; Drew Glasbrenner
KO4MA as its Vice president of operations and JoAnne Maenpaa
K9JKM as the Vice President of User Services.  E. Mike
McCardel KC8YLD will be serving as the Vice President of
Educational Relations with Martha Saragovitz continuing as

Positions not yet filled are Executive Vice President and
Vice President of Marketing.  (AMSAT News Service)



The career of Steve Herman, W7VOA, is the subject of an
interesting interview appearing in the current issue of the
Overseas Press Club of America newsletter.  In it, Herman,
who serves as the Voice of America's Southeast Asia bureau
chief and its correspondent answers questions about his
education, how he got started as a news journalist, the
languages he speaks and much more.  You can read the article
in full at tinyurl.com/Steve-Herman-W7VOA.



Tine Brajnik, S50A, who is the chairman of the next World
Radiosport Team Championship Sanctioning Committee has
announced that Germany has been chosen as the site of the
2018 WRTC games.  Specifically the event will be hosted by
an oversight organization made up of the German National
Amateur Radio Society DARC, the Bavarian Contest Club and
Rhein Ruhr DX Association.  According to S50A, the German
application was very well prepared and knowing their
combined experience another outstanding competition among
world's best contesters is expected four years from now.  A
website has been set up to provide further details at
www.wrtc2018.de.   (WRTC)



According to a posting on Facebook, QSL cards for the recent
K6H, Hollywood Celebrates Ham Radio operating event have
arrived from the printers and forwarded to the California-
based PAPA System for distribution.

The event was held on September 28th and originated from the
historic Stage 9 of the CBS Studio Center facility in Studio
City, California.  Stage 9 is currently the home of ABC's
hit TV show "Last Man Standing." In the past it has been the
production facility for such shows as "Seinfeld" and "Spin
City" to mention only two.

If you worked this special event station please QSL direct
to the PAPA System address found at www.qrz.com/db/K6H.
There is no other mailing address or electronic QSL service
associated with this event.   (Facebook, PAPA System)



We find it hard to believe but this past week the number of
subscribers to Amateur Radio Newsline's page on Facebook
broke the 5000 mark and currently stands at 5026.
According to the pages Chief Moderator James Pastorfield,
KB7TBT, the lucky 5000th member is Davide Zirretta, IZ1WWW
of Novara, Italy.

If you are on Facebook but not signed up for our page there
is a convenient link to it from our website at
arnewsline.org.  We would love to have you there.

In the meantime, our sincere thanks to KB7TBT who originated
the page and all the other moderators who keep it running
smoothly and have made it the success that it appears to
have become.   (ARNewsline)



This is ham radio news for today's radio amateur.  We are
the Amateur Radio Newsline with links to the world from our
only official website at www.arnewsline.org and being
relayed by the volunteer services of the following radio

(5 sec pause here)



Hawaii Public Radio says its signal to parts of Kauai and
Oahu will be out until further notice because of endangered
tree snails.  Amateur Radio Newsline's Bruce Tennant, K6PZW


According to the broadcaster, recent storms knocked out
power lines to the radio station's relay facility at the
summit of Mount Ka`ala relay transmitters beam signals to
the east and south sides of Kauai as well as to Oahu's North
Shore. A separate microwave relay also sends signals to KIPL
89.9 in Lihue.

Station generators carried the signal for several days, but
ran out of fuel on Sept. 30th. Normally the power company
would have been able to fix the electrical line with little
delay, but not this time.  That's because the location where
the required repair is needed has been identified as the
habitat of endangered species of tree snails that are
currently in mating season.

For now, listeners on Kauai and the North Shore are asked to
tune in via live Internet streaming using Hawaii Public
Radio free mobile app or to cable broadcasts.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, Im Bruce Tennant, K6PZW, in
Los Angeles.


At airtime there is no word when the snails mating season
will end and the power line can be repaired.  (VK3PC)



You may find this next item a bit strange, but apparently
its true.  And depending how you look at it can be funny,
scary or a little of both.  Here's WIA Newsman, Graham Kemp,
VK4BB, with the details:


For the first time ever there are more gadgets in the world
than there are  people, including a growing number that only
communicate with other machines, according to data from
digital analysts at GSMA Intelligence.com.

The number of active mobile devices and human beings crossed
over somewhere around the 7.19 billion mark.

GSMA's real-time tracker put the number of mobile devices at
7.22 billion whilst the US Census Bureau says the number of
people is still somewhere between 7.19 and 7.2 billion.

 Gadgets like tablets, smartphones and not-so-smart phones
are multiplying five times faster than we are, with our
population growing at a rate of about two people per second,
or 1.2% annually.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Graham Kemp, VK4BB, of
the WIA News in Australia


Cant help but wonder if this might not be author George
Orwell's novel 1984 on the verge of coming to pass here in
2014.  (WIA News)



NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution or MAVEN
orbiter has yet to begin its formal science mission, but it
is already radioing back clear images and crucial data about
the fourth planet's upper atmosphere.

The spacecraft entered orbit around Mars September 21st.
Only nine days later it imaged a coronal mass ejection from
the Sun's surface.  The early observations are already
providing scientists with hints as to how the red planet's
atmosphere changed over time.

MAVEN's official mission will begin sometime in November,
once final adjustments are made to the orbiter's science
instruments.  Its long range purpose is to conduct a study
of the Mars  upper atmosphere to determine how it
transitioned from a habitable planet to the cold and dry
world it is today.  Scientists think that maybe billions of
years ago that a warm Mars would have been able to sustain
liquid water in which microbial life could develop.

An in-depth look at the overall mission can be found at



John, Papay, K8YSE's, satellite grid expedition trip has
come to an end on October 1st, and he is now signing as
K8YSE stroke 7 from Mesa, Arizona.   According to Papay, he
operated in 27 different grids, most of them very rare.
States covered during his trip included South Dakota,
Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Utah, Nevada
and Arizona while driving over 7300 miles in 27 days. A
computer controlled Icom 910H was used on the linear
satellites and a Kenwood V7A was used for communications
through the SO-50 FM bird.  Arrow antennas were used for all
contacts.  QSL information is on QRZ.com.  (OPDX)



In DX, JH3PRR is reported to be on the air using the call
KH8B from Pago Pago and will be there through October 27th.
Activity is on 160 through 10 meters. QSL via JH3PRR
preferably using Logbook of the World.

By the time you hear this, N7OhU should be operating as
E51NOU from Rarotonga in the South Cook Islands.  He plans
to be there through November 9th operating 60 through10
meters in his pare time using only CW. QSL direct via N7OhU.

F6ICX will be active as 5R8IC from Saint Marie Island
between November 3rd and December 12th.  Operation will be
holiday style on all HF bands operating mainly CW, with some
SSB, RTTY, and PSK63.  QSL via his home callsign as listed
on QRZ.com.  Logs will be uploaded to ClubLog and Logbook of
the World.

DK9PY will be operational as 6Y6N from Jamaica between
November 26th and December 17th.  Activity will be holiday
style on the High Frequency bands using a Yaesu FT-857 into
an inverted L antenna.  QSL via his home callsign, direct or
via the bureau.

G3RWF is heading back to Southern Africa for a 5 week
holiday.  He will begin operation in Lesotho as 7P8NH
between December 11th through the 14th.  Listen for him on
the higher bands on CW only. QSL via G3RWF.

Lastly, CE5WQO will be active stroke CE0Z/CE5WQO from Juan
Fernandez Island  between November 19th through the 27th.
This will be a holiday style operation using CW, SSB and the
digital modes on 160 through 10 meters using.  QSL via
KA3LKM with two International Reply Coupons.



And finally, the weekend of October 10th to the 12th saw the
unofficial end of the 2014 major ham radio convention season
with the holding of the 2014 Pacificon Convention in Santa
Clara, California.  And according to Gordon West, WB6NOA,
who was one of this years presenters, accolades go to the
sponsors of this years event:


WB6NOA:  "What a great job that the Mt. Diablo Amateur Radio
Club and other volunteers did in pulling this off.  It was a
three day deal on Friday, Saturday and Sunday."


Saturday was the big day with lots happening through out the
Santa Clara Marriott Convention Center:


WB6NOA:  �On Friday afternoon as well as Saturday and half of
Sunday the exhibit hall was open, and let me tell that it
was a whose who in amateur radio was there in the exhibit
hall.  All of the majors (suppliers) were there.  All of the
up and coming were there and the booths were absolutely
filled throughout the entire day.�


As to attendance, so far there are no official numbers, but
if the Flea Market was any indication, then the numbers had
to be strong:


WB6NOA: "I knew it was going to be big when I saw the swap-
meet going on in the dead of dark on Saturday morning.
Probably 2000 to 2400 and they were all with smiles."

WB6NOA also reports on overflow attendance at popular
digital radio seminar tracks such as SDR, D-STAR, and DMR .
West also says a Sunday morning "Ham Radio 101 " track for
brand new hams was a big help to get new licensees on the
air over the local BayNet repeater systems, and other local
open repeaters .

Perhaps the biggest surprise came with the announcement that
Pacificon 2015 is moving a couple of miles away to the San
Ramon Marriott in San Ramon, California.  Next years dates
are October 16th through the 18th.  If you have a suggestion
to help make next year's event even better, let the planners
know by e-mail to info (at) pacificon.org.  (ARNewsline,



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