Diploma Bergisches Land








GERMANY



The OV G73 has established this award which may be earned by contacting licensed radio amateurs and SWL’s located in cities and towns in the DOK’s listed below. (These DOK’s have a common history based on Bergisches Land. The award is available to licensed amateurs and SWLs which are listed below beginning on 1 April 2017. All bands and modes OK, but no contacts via echo link or repeaters will count.

Following OV (as of April 2017) are as follows:

Gummersbach G07
Leverkusen G11
Rösrath G17
Bergisch Gladbach G19
Berg Mark G28
Bergisch Neukirchen G34
Wahnbachtal G43
Eitorf G54
Heiligenhaus R03
Hilden R04
Neandertal R09
Ratingen R12
Remscheid R13
Solingen R14
Velbert R15
Wuppertal R16
Wermelskirchen R19
Haan R24
Langenfeld/Leichlingen R25
Wülfrath R29


The diploma Bergisches Land is issued in 3 classes: (See list of OV/DOK’s in above table.)

Bronze
DL 30 points from at least 4 OV
DX 15 points from at least 2 OV


Silver
DL 40 points from at least 8 OV
DX 20 points from at least 4 OV


Gold
DL 50 points from at least 12 OV
DX 25 points from at least 6 OV


QSOs with the call sign of DD7D/DD8D the Contest call Bergischer radio amateurs = 2 points, and may be used one time as a Joker (wild card) for one missing OV.

Applications:
1. Award application is carried out with GCR list. The diploma Manager reserves the right to request any QSL Cards.


2. The diploma will be sent as .pdf document by E-Mail for a fee of 3 euros. Apply to dd5ma@darc.de

 
3. On request it can be sent by mail for a fee of 5€.


4. Diploma is Manager DD5MA, Frank marble, Tersteegenstr. 11, D-51545 Waldbröl, Germany
 

Email: dd5ma@darc.de
 
Internet: http://www.darc.de/der-club/distrikte/g/ortsverbaende/73/

PX - INDONESIA - Prefixes of Indonesia Award









INDONESIA


The Prefixes of Indonesia Award (PX - INDONESIA) is issued to Radio Amateurs/SWL worldwide that can prove to have made 2-way radio contacts / heard in Amateur HF bands with stations of Radio Amateurs situated on the Indonesian territory on or after August 17, 1945 (Indonesian Independence Day).

DEFINITION:
1. To identify a prefix, the same rules as used for the WPX award apply.
For example, YB1, YB2, YC1, YC2, YD1, YD2, YE1, YE2, YF1, YF2, YG1, YG2 etc. are all different prefixes.
2. Special event call signs such as YB200T, YB71RI, 8A3B, 7A0K are also valid.
3. Domestic and foreign operators operating portable such as YB8RW/3 or YB8/DL3KZA are also valid.
4. Applicants must have made the QSOs /HRDs from same DXCC Entity.
5. Contacts in Free Band or other non-amateur band are not valid.

AWARD LEVELS:
1. The PX - INDONESIA will be issued in 3 different classes according to the number of prefixes worked/heard:
a. Class 3 : For having worked/heard at least 20 different prefixes
b. Class 2 : For having worked/heard at least 40 different prefixes
c. Class 1 : For having worked/heard at least 60 different prefixes
2. Endorsements may be requested for mode (Mixed, CW, Phone, Digital) and bands (Mixed and any Single Band). If not requested, the Award will be issued in Mixed Modes and Mixed Bands.

ISSUANCE OF AWARD:
PX - INDONESIA is issued as a digital image in the PDF or JPEG format. (Please contact Award Manager by email if you are requesting a pre-printed paper award).

PROCEDURES AND QSO CREDITING
:
1. The QSL cards are not required, but they must be in possession of the applicant and must be produced upon the request of the award manager for inspection. (by scanning the card and sending it via e-mail).
2. The award claim must be accompanied by a QSL card list (GCR) furnished with the call signs of stations worked, dates, times, bands, and modes. Alternatively a list of stations worked with a copy of the QSL cards can be used as well. Applicants may attach the list of QSOs and scans of the QSL cards.
3. electronic confirmation can be used : eQSL, LoTW, Clublog and other.

APPLICATION
Depending on your location, the application should be sent via e-mail or Postal Service to award to the Managers as follows:
1. For DX: Stephan Busono W2FB, 3 Margaret Drive, Somerset, N.J 08873
E-mail: sbusono(at)gmail.com
2. For DX and Indonesia: Adhi Widodo YB3MM
E-mail: yb3mm(at)mdxc.org
3. For applicants without computer or internet connection, please send to Award Manager through air mail Adhi Widodo YB3MM, PO Box 23, Malang 65101 Indonesia/
COST:

The PX - INDONESIA award is free, and is issued as PDF or JPEG file. (Please contact Award Manager by e-mail if you are requesting a pre-printed award, and not a digital award. ) The manager will tell you what the actual printing and postal charges will be.

PUBLICATION:

Applicants are authorized to contact other publications of this information related to this Award on internet or other media

E-mail: w2fb@njdxa.org

E-mail: sbusono(at)gmail.com

E-mail: yb3mm(at)mdxc.org

Internet: www.nusantaraaward.com

The 8th World Castles Weekend (WCW-2017)










 17-18 June 2017


Work on the air from many historical places, monuments and the architectural constructions relating to fortification that raises interest in historical and architectural heritage as well as visiting existing historical monuments.  During the World Castles Weekend there is a good possibility to add many new Castles and Fortifications covering  award programs and increase your collection by beautiful QSL-cards.

Date: The third weekend of June (Saturday and Sunday) – the 17th- 18th of June.

Time: From 00:00 UTC of the 17th of June till 23:59 UTC of the 18th of June.


Bands:
All HF and VHF amateur bands.


Modes: 
CW, SSB, DIGITAL, FM

Call:
«CQ WCW» – «CQ World Castles Weekend»

Exchange:  Stations working from fortresses, castles and other historical objects give report and number of object according to WCA-list . For example, 59(9) CT-01880.


WCAG members give report and member’s number. For example, 59(9) 011
Other hams give only report.


Awards: for QSO/SWL with 5 radio stations working from fortresses and castles or WCAG members will be issued the memorable diploma-certificate WCW-2017 please e-mail request to Lovro S50LD.

For operators making contacts from fortresses and castles will be issued “WCAA – World Castles Activator” Award in addition to the memorable diploma-certificate WCW-2017, e-mail request to Andrew RN1CW.


WCA website: http://www.wcagroup.org

(The WCA group is about the biggest promoter of Castle Award contacts/awards.  


Thanks to RN1CW for the reminder. 

World Amateur Radio Day Award











16 - 24 April 2017

ROMANIA 





Every year, centering on the 18th of April, we celebrate the World Amateur Radio Day.  The Romanian "FRR"  joins other groups and encourages activity to celebrate the offering of  a special award.    For 2017,  the time period has been set for 16-24 April.

Requirement: You may earn this year’s award by making contact with 18 different country entities.  A contact with Romanian special event station YO17ZMR is required.

Just send a log extract of the contacts you have made during these dates, and send your list to: frr@hamradio.ro .  The award will be sent to you electronically in the form of a digital file. The award is FREE of charge.

All requests should be made on or before June 1st 2017.

1st "IMPERIAL ROME" Diploma 2017









17-23 April 2017

ITALY




 Tango Whisky group sponsors a standing contest called "IMPERIAL ROME", open to amateur radio operators and SWL from all nations.  The event will be held every year, the third week of April, celebrating "Natale di Roma" (birthday of Rome) which falls on 21st of April. Operating bands: 80-40-20 meters only SSB mode.

RULES:
1. The activator stations will give the report and 5 points each contact.
2. You can contact more times the same activator station only on different days or different bands.
3. In order to get the Diploma you have to reach the following score: 100 points for Italian OM and 50 points for other Nations OM.
4. The same score applies to SWL on condition that there are at least three participants.
5. The Diploma is free and will be sent in PNG format.
6. The activity will take place this year from 17th to 23rd April 2017.
7. The log must be sent in any format at marco@iu0fbk.it .
8. The deadline to receive the logs of the 1st "IMPERIAL ROME" Contest is April 30th 2017, considered as valid the date of the e-mail.

General ranking will be visible on www.iu0fbk.it .
The regulation is written and edited by QSLM IUØFBK Marco.

E-mail: marco@iu0fbk.it
Internet: www.iu0fbk.it/News-article-sid-2.html

AIRFIELDS ON THE AIR











25 March to 9 April 2016

ENGLAND      




This award was developed in order to encourage Royal Air Force Amateur Radio Society (RAFARS) members and affiliated Clubs to become involved in events and thus promote the society. Also, to  encourage all amateur radio enthusiasts to participate in commemorating service airfields and bases, the personnel who serve, or those that served and the many who gave of their lives in that service.

RULES:
1. The goal is to ‘Activate’ in a Radio sense, current or former RAF (Ministry of Defense or its predecessor) stations, airfields or bases, radar or radio sites, landing strips, including landing waters located in Great Britain & Northern Ireland, dating from 1914 to current times. Activating a station, current or disused, is deemed to be acceptable if made from a suitable location up to approximately 500 metres away from the (original) site of that station.

2. The operators of Single stations is based for awards but includes those who may be supported by a club or society’s portable operation. Only ATC Squadrons and other youth groups, may enter as a multi operator group award.

3. To utilise frequencies in the proximity of the RAFARS net frequencies as published in QRV. Primarily 1.855 mhz & 1.993 mhz, 3.515 mhz & 3.710 mhz, 7.015 mhz & 7.045 mhz plus the 20mtr and 21mtr band frequencies as conditions improve.

4. All power levels may be used from QRP up to 100 watts output.

5 .Modes of Operation will be Voice and Morse modes only.

6. Specified RAFARS AOTA Days of portable activity will be published via the RAFARS Website, QSL.net/G4DQP Webpage, QRV, Packet Newsletter, and through the RAFARS net controllers wherever possible. Any operator or group may ‘Activate’ a station/airfield/base at any time or date as an ad hoc activation however, all activating stations must register their activity with G4DQP (this web site) prior to their activation date, if they wish their activation to count towards any RAFARS award.

7. Award certificates will be available for working 'AOTA' stations, with certificates as follows:
          Bronze AOTA Certificate is earned with 5 activated stations/airfields worked.
          Gold AOTA Certificate is earned with 50 activated stations/airfields worked.
Note: A QSO with an activated station/airfield/base can only be credited once to an operator’s or group's entire "QSO" tally’.

8. All of the awards given will be announced or awarded at the RAFARS AGM each year.
Awards Fee. £5.00 to cover administration and postage.

9. Operational rules.
     A. Logs must be kept with normal details, but especially date & time and the airfield's name.
     B. Operators / groups claiming an award must ensure that all their stations worked, must be those station who are or have been logged as an activated airstation/base with their details & dates placed on this website's 'Activations Page'.
     C. Any other airfield or airbase worked will not count towards the RAFARS Certificate.

10. A signed declaration, of the following wording is required: Wording should be similar to:

"I (John Smith G9xyz) do hereby declare that the rules of the RAFARS AOTA have been observed and complied with in contacting the (21) 'Activated' stations and I now request I be granted the relevant RAFARS AOTA Certificate. signed: (JSmith G9xyz)"

11.This self declared statement that full compliance with all of the RAFARS AOTA event rules was complied with is required by all claimant operators / groups.

12. APPLICATION: To claim an award send a copy of your relevant logs, the awards fee, a Cheque / Postal order made out to RAFARS and your signed declaration of operational conformity, To: M3NDZ. QTHr Call Book, QRV or QRZ.com. (RAFARS QSL & Awards Manager).

13. Rules applicable to activators for this program are not shown in this series of rules.

Internet: http://www.qsl.net/g4dqp/Activations.html

83rd International Festival of the North (RY83HN )













March 17 to April 2, 2017

RUSSIA         




The 83rd International North Festival will be held from March 17 to April 2, 2017 in the Murmansk Region.  The Sports Committee of the Murmansk region in conjunction with the RO CPP of the Murmansk region. They have authorized a special commemorative diploma to highlight and publicize this event. To obtain the award, you must earn a total of at least 83 points by radio communications with the radio amateurs of the Murmansk region and amateurs who live north of the Arctic Circle.

Point Values:
1. Contacts with special event station RY83HN = 20 points
2. for radio hams living in the Murmansk Oblast = 10 points.
3. Duplicate contacts OK if made on different HF bands or different types of modulation.
4. DIGI modes that are valid include: PSK all speed, JT65, JT9, ROS, QPSK all speed, MFSK, HELL, OLIVIA.

The QSO results will be summarized on the basis of analysis of logs through the service hamlog.ru and possible additional rewards will be made on the basis of the top 100 of the participants of the sports committee of the Murmansk region. Program Manager - RZ1ZZ , rz1zz@mail.ru Maltsev, Vladimir Dmitrievich.

NOTE: the translated text indicates that the award will be issued to those who meet the 83 point requirement, but that this determination will solely made by computers of hamlog.ru which receive QSO data from all participants. It does not seem that there is any data or lists on the award hunters part at all. You make the contacts and sit back, hoping for a good result. (Ted’s opinions.)

Internet: http://www.qrz.ru/news/13922.html

90th Anniversary DOSAAF Russia in Komi Republic





13-31 March 2017

RUSSIA 






Special event station RK90DR will be active on the air from 13 to 31 March 2017, dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the DOSAAF Organization in the Komi Republic.
This award should be ordered from : https://hamlog.ru .  Turn on your translation (I use Google), and follow instructions.  Basically, you will enter your call sign, the computer on the other side will conduct a search looking for your call sign.  If it determines that your contacts meet the criteria, you will be prompted to add your e-mail address, your full name and an image file will be sent to your in-box.  It depends on the stations in Russia to enter their data using their version of EQSL or LOTW.  
During the period from 13 to 31 March 2017 an award is offered to recognize the efforts of the organization.
Requirement: To obtain this award you need to earn a total of 90 points by contacting stations as follows: .
Point Values on HF bands (1.8 - 30 MHz)
1 QSOs with special event station RK90DR = 20 points;
2. QSOs with amateur radio of DOSAAF Russia in Komi Republic = 10 points;
3. QSOs with amateur radio stations of the Komi Republic = 5 points.
4. For stations located in Africa, Oceania, North America and South America points earned are doubled.
5. On using CW, SSB, DIGI., repeated QSOs with the same station are permitted if made on different bands and all made on one band but on different modes.
Stations belonging to DOSAFF Russia in the Komi Republic are: R6CI, R7CW, R8XF, R9XC, R9XV, RA1QLD, RA4NX, RD8X, RV1AE, RX9XO UA9XL, UA9XO, UA9XX.
Email: r9xc@mail.ru
Internet: https://www.qrz.com/lookup

Commemorating the 1992 Flight of a AN-2 Biplane from Ukraine to Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA EO25RAN








March 4 to May 7, 2017

UKRAINE




A little light on details, but this award seems to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the 1992 flight of a large biplane from Chernihiv (Shestovitsa Airport) in the Ukraine to Tennessee, USA.  The crew was led by commander Pyotr Petrovich NAVOYTOM flying the biplane, an AN-2 over a path of some 15. 800 km, a distance equal to half the length of the equator.

Look for special event station EO25RAN beginning 4 March 2017, (Day of departure from the AN-2 Chernihiv, Shestovitsa Airport , Ukraine, March 4, 1992).

The plane is scheduled to arrive in Tennessee at or about 00-00 UTC 7 May 2017.

Contact special event station EO25RAN using all HF bands, including WARC and 144 MHz. Modes to be used are: CW, SSB, DIGI (All digital types are considered for DIGI). The award may be earned for making either 2 QSOs or recording at least 2 SWL’s.

Apply to uz1rr@ukr.net by sending log extract of QSO or SWL. The award is free of charge and is sent to you as a digital file.""
Email: uz1rr@ukr.net
Internet: https://www.qrz.com/EO25RAN


OPDX Bulletin 1310 March 27, 2017











Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB5K & the AR TelNet Clusters Network, NJ1Q & W1AW, K3BEQ, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, WB6RSE, K8GI, K8YSE, KO8SCA, W8GEX & 60m DX News, DL1SBF, DL7UXG & The DX News Letter, DxCoffee.com, DXNews.com, DX-World.Net, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete Rayer & ISWL, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, VA3QSL, VA3RJ & ICPO, and VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) for the following DX information.

EDITOR'S SPECIAL NOTICE
This week's bulletin was sent out earlier than normal to accommodate the late CQWW WPX SSB Contest announcements. Also, we wanted to provide the readers with a consolidated listing of the CQWW WPX SSB Contest participants.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Friday, 17th/March, through Friday, 24th/March there were 233 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C6, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E4, E5/n, E5/s, E6, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FH, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, H40, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ7, PY, PZ, S0, S2, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T2, T30, T32, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9X, VP5, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD8, ZD9, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS

* PLEASE NOTE: The report "could" contain "Pirate/SLIM" operations or more likely a "BUSTED CALLSIGN". As always, you never know - "Work First Worry Later".

3V, TUNISIA. Operators Ash (3V/KF5EYY), Ludovic/HB9EOU, Ali (3V/F4HJD),
Ahmed (3V/KG5OUE) and Oussama (3V/KD2LQM) will be active as 3V8SS from
the "Radio Club Station of Tunisian Scouts" in Sousse, during the CQWW
WPX SSB Contest (March 25-26th) as a Multi-Single/Low-Power entry. QSL
via LoTW or to LX1NO.


4M, VENEZUELA. Julio, YV1KK, will be active as 4M1K during the CQWW WPX
SSB Contest (March 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (40m) entry. QSL
via OH0XX, direct, by the Bureau, LoTW or ClubLog's OQRS. For more info,
see:                http://www.signalhillcontest.com.ve


60M DX ACTIVITY. The 60 meter band has seen an abundance of DX this past
several weeks. The following stations were spotted operating Data, CW or
SSB: 3D2AG, 4Z4DX, 5U5R, 9A2KD, C31LK, CT9/OH2BTB, CT9/L3KWF, CX9AU, DM4IM,
EA9CD, EA9/DL7UFN, EW1HF, F4CXO, G3SED, GD3YUM, GI8SKN, HB9BIN, HB0/HB9RB,
KL7J, LA5YG, ON4DM, PA2JWN, PJ4/NA2AA, PJ4LS, S57C, S52NR, SO1WS, UN7DB,
UT9LI, V21ZG, V47JA, YJ8CW, YL2SM, WL7E, WP4L and ZF1EJ.


8Q, MALDIVES. John, G4IRN, will be active as 8Q7RN from Maldive Islands
(AS-013) sometime in June 2017. Activity will be holiday style on various
HF bands. QSL via his home callsign or OQRS.


9K, KUWAIT. Abdallah, 9K2GS, will be active as 9K2K during the CQWW WPX SSB
Contest (March 26-27th) and the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 27-28th) as a
Single-Op/All-Band entries. QSL via LoTW.


A7, QATAR. Members of Qatar Amateur Radio Association and others will be
active as A73A from QARS club station in Doha city during the CQWW WPX
SSB Contest (March 25-26th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via M0OXO. Operators
mentioned are Saif/A71AM, Aziz/A71GO, Ali/A71BX, Ali/A71BZ, Jimmy/A71FJ,
Jose/A75GE, Vikas/A75GT, Kumar/A75GM, Seid/E76AA, Becir/E78AA and Juma/
A71EM.


CT3, MADEIRA. Operators Vitor/CT1AGS, Joao/CT1BWU, Jose/CT3BD, Luis/CT3DL,
Jose/CT3DZ, Antonio/CT3EN, Jose/CT3IA, Jose/CT3KY and Eusebio/CT3KU will
be active as CT3EE from the CR3A contest station on Madeira Island (AF-014)
during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 25-26th) as a Multi-Single entry.


D4, CAPE VERDE. Pete, SQ9D, will be active as D4C from Cape Verde Island
during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 25-26th) as Single-Op/Single-Band
(20m)/High-Power entry. QSL info: http://d4c.cc/?page_id=10


D4, CAPE VERDE. Max, IZ4DPV, will activate the special callsign D41CV
from Cape Verde Island during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 25-26th)
as Single-Op/Single-Band (15m)/High-Power entry. The special callsign
is in celebration of th 41st Anniversary of Independence of Cape Verde.
QSL info: http://d4c.cc/?page_id=10


E5, SOUTh COOK ISLANDS. Shirley, VK5YL, will be active as E51XYL from
Rarotonga Island (OC-013) between June 10-17th. Activity will be on 20
meters SSB. QSL via her home callsign.


E7, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA. Operators Ranko/E70R, Vlado/E70T, Luka/E74W,
Zoran/E76C, Braco/E77DX, Robert/E77E, Adi/S55M, Davor/9A1UN, Richard/9A1TT,
Patrik/9A5CW, Kresimir/9A5K and Vedran/9A7DX will be active as E7DX from
Prijedor during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 25-26th) as a Multi-Single
entry. QSL via E77E.


EA6, BALEARIC ISLANDS. Jean-Marc, F5SGI, will be active as EA6/F5SGI from
Minorque Island (EU-004) between April 9-15th. Activity will be CW only
on all HF bands. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.


EA8, CANARY ISLANDS. Manolo, EA8DO, will be active from La Palma Island
(IOTA AF-004, DIE S-012, WLOTA 1276, EAA TF) during the CQWW WPX SSB
Contest (March 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band or Single-Band (160m)
entry. QSL via LoTW.


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


IOTA NEWS..............
  OC-130.  Marc, ON5SM, will once again be active as DU9/ON5SM from
           Mindanao Island, Philippines, between April 4th and May 24th.
           Activity will be on 80-6 meters using SSB and the Digital
           modes. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.


  SA-030.  Members of Radiogrupo Sur will be active as CV5A from Flores
           Island (RGS CX-014, WLOTA LH-0528, ARLHS URU-001) between
           March 30-April 2nd. Activity will be on all HF bands and modes.
           QSL via CX2ABC or CX1FU. Visit their Web page at:
                                 http://www.cv5a.cx.uy


ISWL CALLSIGNS (For April). The following ISWL club callsigns will be
used throughout the month of April 2017:


 GX4BJC/A - Operated from Bream, in Gloucestershire, by Chris, G0SDD
             (/A WAB Square SO60 - England, IOTA EU-005, WLOTA 1841).


 MX1SWL/A - Operated from Clacton-on-Sea, in Essex, by George, G1IPU
             (/A WAB Square TM11 - England, IOTA EU-005, WLOTA 1841).
             
  ALL QSLs will be handled by Herbie, G6XOU, and NOT the individual
operator. The I.S.W.L. is a member of the European PSK Club. All QSL
info is on  or  or via .
NO LoTW. I.S.W.L. Awards are available to all Hams and SWLs, see
 for full details. The eQSL.cc cards ARE welcomed
for their awards.


J2, DJIBOUTI. Dane, S53T, reports, "I got my J28ND license valid till
end of 2019. For now only LP and home made vertical antennas. QSL info
via my QSL manager Slavko - S57DX."


J6, ST. LUCIA. Operators Stephen/WF2S and Ralph/K1ZZI will once again be
active as J6/WF2S and J6/K1ZZI from the Bay Guesthouse in Gros Islet, St.
Lucia (NA-108, WLOTA L-1336), between April 18-27th. Activity will be on
various HF bands using K3S into a vertical antenna over salt water, plus
other antennas. Operations will probably be on SSB, the Digital modes
(RTTY, PSK, JT65) and some CW. QSL via their home callsigns, direct or
LoTW (preferred).


KC0W DXPEDITIONS. Tom, KC0W, posted the following on his QRZ.com page:
"My next multi continent DXpedition will start 17 April, 2017. Unfortu-
nately it WON'T include Equatorial Guinea & Annobón due to not being
issued the licenses. Regardless, these upcoming DXpeditions should still
generate good interest. I'm also considering (gasp, wheeze) operating
RTTY & PSK due to high need. No SSB operation will take place. CW #1.
..........Full information soon."


NP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS. Yuriy, N2TTA, will once again be active from
here as NP2P during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 25-26th) as a Single-
Op/All-Band entry. QSL via LoTW.


OX, GREENLAND. Roger, SM7RYR, will be active as OX/SM7RYR from Kanger-
lussuaq, Greenlad (NA-018), between April 6-10th. Activity will be on
20/17/15 meters with an Elecraft KX2 with 10w into a GP. QSL only via
LoTW.


PJ7, ST. MAARTEN. Jeff, VA3QSL, will be active again as PJ7/VA3QSL from
Sint Maarten Island (NA-105, WLOTA 0711) between April 2-8th. Activity
will be holiday style 40-6 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes.
He has with him an IC-7000 w/100w, Buddipole or 20m dipole. QSL via his
callsign, by the Bureau, direct (see info on QRZ.com) or LoTW.


PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (March 27th-April 2nd).......
 Mar/27th AN      Mar/30th  LN     Apr/01st  AN
 Mar/28th BN      Mar/31st  LN     Apr/02nd  AN
 Mar/29th BN


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


  REALTIME BAND CONDITIONS WEB SITE :
  The purpose of this experimental Web site is to provide 24-7-365 actual
  (REALTIME) band condition information to CW QRPp, QRPe and CW/SSB for
  Contesters interested in increasing their scores. It can also be of
  benefit to other Radio Amateurs to determine band conditions for Nets
  and casual QSO's. This information is NOT based on any software pre-
  dictions or any kind of satellite based readings. It is based on a
  new Ionospheric sounding method called "HF Ionospheric Interferometry"
  which operates very similarly to the PolSAR system used by NASA.


  Also, check out the VOACAP predication Web page at:
                 http://www.voacap.com/prediction.html
  A daily HF radio wave propagation forecast can be found at:
             https://www.facebook.com/thomasfranklingiellaw4hm
      Also on Twitter: https://twitter.com/@GiellaW4hm


QSL INFO AND NEWS...................
  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX by Lothar, DL1SBF.. (March 24th) 
  -------------------------------------------------------------------------
  5B/SQ2MGM via SQ2MGM (d/e) OE2017HTL via OE5HTL       PJ7PL via WA1ZAM
  EA8/DF7XE via DF7XE        OE2017LRO via OE2LRO       R12APR via R3LO
  EA9/DJ6TF via DJ6TF        OE2017SFG via OE6SFG       S21ZEE via YL2GN (O/L)
  EA9/JA0JHQ via JA0JHQ      OE2017XFF via OE6AXG (O/e) SN1D via SP1RKT
  ED4W via EA4LI             OE2017YTA via OE3YTA       SP/DJ1AA/M via DJ1AA
  EH7FCM via EA7URM          OK/DJ1AA/M via DJ1AA       TC102GP via TA3AHJ
  HB2T via HB9EE (L)         P4/JS3LSQ via JS3LSQ       TC18GL via TC18GL (e)
  OE11SO via OE6WIG          PJ2/PT2IC via PT2IC        YN2MF via N5ET
  OE2017BKC via OE3BKC       PJ2/PY4LH via PY4LH (d/L)  ZF2CJ via JJ2RCJ (O/L)
   (e) eQSL only  (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (*-B) DX's- Bureau
   (O) OQRS only  (C) ClubLog only  (L) LoTW only    (*) No QSL Needed


  QSLS RECEIVED VIA LoTW: EL2BG, OK2PF, V73NS, S01WS, T88XH, VY2RU and
  XE1EE


  QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: E51WL (OC-082), TL8TT, XX9TKB and XX9TXN


  QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 3D2RJ, 9K2HN, FH/F2DX, H8IL, JA0JHQ/VK9C,
  S79C, T2TT, TK/IW5ELA and V73A


RI1, FRANZ JOSEF LAND. Members of the Russian Robinson Club (RRC) are
planning their next Arctic operation. Look for RI1F to be active from
Victoria Island (EU-190) sometime late September (26th or 27th was
mentioned). This island group has never been activated before. Activity
will be on various HF bands. They plan to have up to 12 operators. QSL
via ClubLog's OQRS or by the Bureau. Their Web page is still under con-
struction. Watch QRZ.com for updates.


V4, ST. KITTS AND NEVIS ISLANDS. Alex, W1CDC, will be active as V4/W1CDC
from Saint Kitts Island (NA-104) between April 24th and May 7th. Activity
will be holiday style on 160-10 meters including the 30/17/12 meters using
mainly CW. QSL via his home callsign direct. NO Bureau, LoTW or ClubLog.


V5, NAMIBIA. Tev, TA1HZ, will be active as V51/TA1HZ from the Swakopmund
Beach Hotel between March 22-28th. Activity will include the CQWW WPX SSB
Contest (March 25-26th) as a Single-Op entry. He will use a Yaesu FT-991
running 100w to a windom antenna. QSL via LZ3HI or LoTW.


VP9, BERMUDA. Adrian, KO8SCA, is planning a 3-day holiday style DXpedition
to Bermuda between March 24-26th. Look for him to be using the callsign
KO8SCA/VP9. Equipment is a K3 transceiver running 100w into 160/80/40m
dipole and 20/15/10m Cushcraft A4S Triband working SSB, CW and the Digital
modes. There will be ClubLog uploads during DXpedition. LoTW after the
DXpedition. For more details, see the KO8SCA/VP9 on the QRZ.com page.
ADDED NOTE: During the CQWW WPX SSB Contest he will be using the call-
sign VP9I.


VR, HONG KONG. Look for VR2HKS to be active during the CQWW WPX SSB
Contest (March 25-26th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via VR2HKS direct.
Main operators will be HAM & Ex-Scouts (VR2ZLI, VR2XNG, VR2UNG) with
young Scout members (ages 13-19) earning their Communications Badges.


YJ, VANUATU. Chung, VA7YM, will be active as YJ0YM from Port Vila, Efate
Island (OC-035) between April 6-17th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters
using SSB, RTTY and PSK31. He will have a Elecraft KX3 w/PX3 into an
Ultralight Hexbeam (from MW0JZE) and End Fed Wire antennas. QSL via EA5GL.


YW4, VENEZUELA. Paolo, YV1DIG, will be active as YW4D during the CQWW WPX
SSB Contest (March 25-26th) a Single-Op/Single-Band (???) entry. QSL via
LoTW. He states that he will be on before and after the contest on 160m.


--------------------------------------------------------------------------
       The following stations are expected to be active in the
                 CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 25-26th, 2017)
               Contest Rules: http://www.cqwpx.com/rules.htm
--------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Thanks to Bill, NG3K, for providing OPDX readers with the following
consolidated listing of the participants in the 2017 CQWW WPX SSB Contest.
For a more detailed listing (and up-to-date changes/corrections) in HTML
format, please visit Bill's Web page at:
          http://www.ng3k.com/Misc/wpxs2017.html  (By callsign)
          http://www.ng3k.com/Misc/wpxsd2017.html (By entity)
------------------------------------------------------------------------
 Contest        DXCC          Class         QSL
 Callsign       Entity                      Route
------------------------------------------------------------------------
3V8SS           Tunisia       M/S           LoTW; QSL via LX1NO
3Z6V            Poland        SO LP         LoTW; QSL via SP6DVP or (C)
4M1K            Venezuela     SOSB 40M      LoTW; QSL via OH0XX
5J0NA San Andres & Providencia SOAB         LW9EOC
8P1W            Barbados      SOAB LP       KU9C
8P5A            Barbados      SOAB HP       LoTW
9K2K            Kuwait        SOAB          LoTW
A73A            Qatar         M/2           M0OXO
BP0P            Taiwan        M/2           BP0P
BW/JL3RDC       Taiwan        SOAB          JL3RDC
BW/JN3MXT       Taiwan        SOAB          JN3MXT
BW/JP3PZG       Taiwan        SOAB          JP3PZG
CQ3W            Madeira       M/?           ClubLog
CR6K            Portugal      SOAB 
CT3EE           Madeira       M/S
D4C             Cape Verde    SOSB 20M      LoTW
D4CV            Cape Verde    SOSB 15M      LoTW
E2A             Thailand      SOAB LP       LoTW; QSL via E21EIC 
E51DWC     South Cook Islands SOAB HP       LoTW
E7DX     Bosnia & Herzegovina M/S           E77E
EA8DO          Canary Islands SOSB 160M     LoTW
EA9KB         Ceuta & Melilla SOSB 20M      EA7FTR
ED8W           Canary Islands SO            LoTW
EF9R          Ceuta & Melilla SO            LoTW; QSL EA5KB (d)
HR2WW           Honduras      SOAB LP       KD4POJ
IE9K            Italy         M/?           IT9DSZ
IF9A            Italy         SOSB 15M      IT9WDC
IO9R            Italy         M/2           ON3AR
IY4FGM          Italy         M/?           IZ4AFW
KP3H            Puerto Rico   SOSB 15M      LoTW
KP4RV           Puerto Rico   SOSB 15M      KP4RV
LY27A           Lithuania     M/2           LY5A
M1E             England       SOSB          LoTW; QSL via ClubLog 
M1U             England       SOSB          LoTW; QSL via ClubLog
NP2P        US Virgin Islands SO            LoTW
OF5Z            Finland       M/2           LoTW
PA10A           Netherlands   M/S           LoTW
PJ7PL           Sint Maarten  SO LP         WA1ZAM
RK90DR          Russia (Asia) M/S           R9XC
S21KW           Bangladesh    M/?           YL2GN
S21L            Bangladesh    M/?           S21L (B)
SI9AM           Sweden        M/S           ON3UN
T22TT           Tuvalu        SOSB 80M      N7RO
T40A            Cuba          M/S           (d)
T42A            Cuba          M/?           LoTW; QSL via RW6HS
TI5M            Costa Rica    M/2           TI2KAC
TM3Z            France        SOAB HP       F4DSK 
V31VP           Belize        SOAB HP       WB0TEV
V47JA        St Kitts & Nevis SOAB          LoTW; QSLvia W5JON (d)
V51/TA1HZ       Namibia       SO            LoTW; QSL via LZ3HI
VC2W            Canada        SOAB HP       LoTW
VC3T            Canada        SOAB HP       VE3DZ  
VP5P           Turks & Caicos M/2           LoTW; QSL via W2TT (d)
VP9I            Bermuda       SOSB LP       KO8SCA 
VR2HKS          Hong Kong     M/S           VR2HKS (d)
WX3B            USA           M/M           WX3B
XO1X            Canada        M/S           KC1CWF
YD3RJL          Indonesia     SOSB 80M
YD3VRY          Indonesia     SOSB 40M
YN2KW           Nicaragua     M/S           N5ET
YV1YL           Venezuela     SOSB 10M      LoTW; QSL via OH0XX 
YW4D            Venezuela     SOSB          LoTW
Z60A            Kosovo        SO HP         Z60A
ZA/PA2LS        Albania       M/?           PA2LS (PA-B/d)
ZX5J            Brazil        SOAB          NZ4DX 
   (e) eQSL only  (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (*-B) DX's- Bureau
   (O) OQRS only  (C) ClubLog only  (L) LoTW only    (*)