OPDX Bulletin 1074.1 August 13,14/08/ 2012

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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, N2OO, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4JF, AA5UL, KH6BZF, N6PSE, N7US, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m News, ND9M, W9ILY, AT International, CX3AL, DK8JB & The DX News Letter, DL1SBF, DxCoffee.com, DX-World.Net, ES1CW, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, G3SWH, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, OH2YY, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's DX-Newsdesk, PT7WA, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, TA1HZ, UT7UT, VA3RJ & ICPO, VE7DP, the VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) and VK2ARE for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 5th-August, through Sunday, 12th-August there were 216 countries active. Countries available: 1S, 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3D2/r, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4W, 4X, 5B, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9V, 9Y, A2, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, D6, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OJ0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, PA, PJ2, PJ5, PJ7, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T32, T5, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TN, TT, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9C, VK9N, VP2E, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, VU7, XE, XU, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS
* PLEASE NOTE: The report "could" contain "Pirate/SLIM" operations or more likely a "BUSTED CALLSIGN". As always, you never know - "Work First Worry Later" (WFWL).
3D2C, CONWAY REEF (Press Release)
Paul, N6PSE, sent out the following on August 7th: "After many months of careful planning, we are pleased to announce that our preparations for a large multi-national Dxpedition to Conway Reef are going according to plan.
Conway Reef is located in the South Pacific Ocean and is #35 on Club- Log's most wanted DXCC list.
The Team is meeting in Lami Bay, Suva and departing by ship to Conway Reef on September 24th. The Team expects to arrive at Conway Reef and become active on September 26th. We will complete our Dxpedition on October 5th, 2012.
The main goals of this DXpedition are to work every amateur radio operator who needs Conway Reef for a new DXCC country. In addition, we will be active on all bands from 1.8 MHz to 144 MHz, including the 5 MHz and 50 MHz bands.
We will be active on CW, SSB and RTTY. Special attention will be made to work far away stations such as Europe and Africa during those periods when propagation permits. The propagation window for EU and Africa is very brief at times and signals may be weak, so we ask everyone in the honored HAM SPIRIT to stand by when asked so that we may fulfill this need. Our destination will have a wide range of options and possibilities.
We plan to upload our logs on a daily basis to our on-line log. We will upload to LOTW approximately six months following the DXpedition.
Our team consists of these Operators: Hrane-YT1AD-Leader, Aleksej-UA4HOX- Co-Leader-Operations, Paul-N6PSE-Co-Leader-PR & Fundraising, David-WD5COV, Vasily-RW4NW, David-AH6HY, Alan-K6SRZ-Team Physician, Alan-AD6E, Sergej- RZ3FW, Craig-K9CT, Stan-LZ1GC, George-N6NKT, Peter-PY5CC, Mike-K6MKF, Jim-K9JM, Miguel-PY3MM and Luciano-PY5KD.
We wish everyone good propagation and we hope that you enjoy working the 3D2C Team.
At this time, we are seeking additional Club and Individual Sponsors to help us defray the costs of carrying out this DXpedition. Our official website is:
http://www.yt1ad.info/3d2c/index.html
3D2C Team" 5T0, MAURITANIA
A group of Polish radio amateurs (SP2EBG, SP3CYY, SP3GEM, SP6EQZ, SP3FXY and SP6IXF) with the special participation of Jean, 5T0JL, will be active as 5T0SP between November 24th and December 10th, from Mauritania. Activity will be on all HF bands, 160-10 meters using CW, SSB an RTTY. There will be a focus on JA and Far East. A Web page is currently under construction at:
http://www.5t0sp.dxing.pl
C6, BAHAMAS
Bob, W9XY, will be active as C6AXY between November 4-9th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-10 meters using mostly CW and SSB, with maybe some RTTY or PSK31 thrown in. QSL via W9XY.
CW, URUGUAY (LH Op!)
Members of the "RADIO CLUB URUGUAYO" will be active as CW1R (ILLW Special Event Callsign) from Punta del Este Lighthouse (ARLHS URU 008, ILLW UY0005, Grid Locator GF25ma) during the upcoming International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend (August 17-19th). Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL by the Bureau or direct to: Radio Club Uruguayo, P.O.Box 37, 11000, Montevideo, URUGUAY, SOUTH AMERICA (with SAEand 1 new IRC or 2 green stamps).
DXPEDITION VIDEOS OF THE WEEK
With more and more DXpeditions putting their videos on YouTube and other Web services, we decided to list them (possibly) each week. For this week's listings:
2008 - KL7DX NA-234 Cleveland Volcano DXpedition: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=026fW4rYcwg
2007 - C6ARI DXpeditions: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wTkbywWcdk
2002 - VP6DI Ducie Island DXpedition:
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAWSMeeSf7Q (Part 1)
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1P2K8kcaiA4 (Part 2)
If you have a DXpedition 'video' available on the Web and would like to have it listed in the OPDX, PLEASE send the URL to use and we will publish it.
E6, NIUE (New Prefix)
On August 3rd, the ITU updated its "Table of International Callsign Series" to reflect a callsign change for Niue. The island will now have the entire E6 prefix block (E6A-E6Z). Niue is an island approximately 1700 miles northeast of New Zealand, and is a self-governing island nation that has been in free association with New Zealand since 1974. Prior to the change, the island used ZK2.
EA6, BALEARIC ISLANDS
Adrian, AA5UK, will be operating again from Ibiza, Balearic Islands (EU-004), between October 20-31st as EA6/AA5UK. Activity will be holiday style on 80-10 meters using SSB, RTTY and PSK31. He will also operate in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) as a Single-Op/ All-Band/Assisted entry. Adrian informs OPDX, "I got back into RTTY big time last year and found there was a big demand of EA6. I will be con- centrating heavily on RTTY with some SSB during my non-contest period." QSL direct via his home callsign, by the Bureau, LoTW or eQSL.
IOTA NEWS
AS-008. Takeshi "TAKE", JI3DST, will once again be active as JI3DST/JI1 from Shikine Island (North Izu Island) between 0500z, September 12th and 2400z, September 16th. Operations will be on 40/30/20/17/15/ 12/10 meters using CW, SSB, FM, RTTY and PSK31. Activity will also be during the Scandinavian Activity Contest [SAC] (Sep- tember 15-16th). In case of heavy rain or other conditions, the operation condition may vary. QSL info for JI3DST/JI1 is available on QRZ.com. Also, visit his Blog Page at:
http://blog.goo.ne.jp/ji3dst
AS-060. Members of Gwangju DX Club will be active as D7G from Kogum Island between August 17-19th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via HL4CEL.
EU-136. Vincenzo, IZ2WMW, will be active as 9A/IZ2WMW from Krk Island (ACIA IC-105, CIA-22, IOCA CI-046, MIA MC-185, WLOTA 1342) between August 18-25th. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands. QSL via hs home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
NA-161. Operators Doc/KL7XK/p, Chuck/WL7CSJ/p, Heinz/VA7AQ/NL5 and Frank/VE7DP/WL9 will activate Pleasant Island between August 17-19/th. Activity will be on 30/20/17/15 meters using CW and SSB. QSL to operator's home callsign, by the Bureau or direct.
OC-174. Gil, 4F2KWT, will be active as DX0N from the rare Bongao Island located in the province of Tawi-Tawi, Philippines, sometime in September. Look for more details o be forthcoming at:
http://www.qrz.com/db/DX0N
K4, UNITED STATES (LH/IOTA Op!)
A team of eight operators, lead by Rick, K4JTT, from the Atlanta area, will again activate a rare light- house from Sand Island Lighthouse (ARLHS USA-723), on Dauphin Island (NA-213), in Alabama, between September 26-30th. The callsign will be K4D. Sponsors for this year's activation include Yaesu who will supply the radios, the anchor sponsor Alpha Delta Antenna's who will provide the antennas and the Kennehoochee Amateur Radio Club, Marietta, Georgia. This is the group 3rd annual activation. For more details and updates, visit:
http://www.w4bti.org
KH6BZF PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (August 13-19th)
 Aug/13th  AN      Aug/16th  AN      Aug/18th  AN
 Aug/14th  AN      Aug/17th  AN      Aug/19th  AN
 Aug/15th  AN

   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
ADDED NOTE: Lee states, "An estimated 50 meteors per hour may streak across the Northeast sky on August 12-13th, with the best viewing between 11 PM local until just before sunrise (BEST VIEWING)." Also, visit:
http://www.amsmeteors.org/2012/08/viewing-the-2012-perseid-meteor-shower
NH7, HAWAII
Ji, N6TJ, will be active as NH7A from KH6LC's QTH during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) as a Single-Op/ All-Band entry. QSL via F5VHJ.
OH0, ALANDS
Normunds, YL3DQ, will be active as OH0/YL3DQ from Eckero, Aland Island, between August 12-20th. Activity will be holiday style on 80-10 meters using CW and RTTY. QSL via YL3DQ. The log will be uploaded to LoTW.
P4, ARUBA
John, W2GD, will be active as P40W from Santa Cruz, Aruba (SA-036, WLOTA 0033), during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) and the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/ High-Power entry. QSL via LoTW or N2MM (QRZ.com). Look for some 30/17/12 meters and 160 meters operations before the contest as time permits.
PLEASE NOTE: 60m operation is NOT authorized on Aruba. Log will be posted to LoTW within two weeks. ALSO, John plans to end responding to P40W QSL card requests by the end of 2013. Confirmations for P40W only via LoTW thereafter.
PT7, BRAZIL (LH Op!)
Luciano, PT7ZT/p, will be active from two valid Lighthouses for the Brazilian Lighthouse Award (DFB) and Ceará State Lighthouse Award (DFCE): Between now and August 14th, Pontal das Almas Lighthouse (BRA-179, CE-03), and August 16-19th, Itapagé Lighthouse (BRA-057 andd CE-02). Activity will be SSB only. QSL via his home callsign.
PT0S, ST. PETER AND ST. PAUL ROCKS (Update)
As mentioned last week, George, AA7JV, was on a recon trip to St. Peter and Paul Rocks for the PT0S operation coming up in November, and has returned home. George used an Elecraft KX3 with a whip on the recon trip to determine the quietest location for the low band receiving antennas: 300 ft. away on another island. You can read about on the PT0S Web page under "News Updates" at:
http://pt0s.com/news.html
QSL INFO AND NEWS
  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (dated August 12th)
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  2O0CGT via 2E0CGT          CU3YLA via CU3BL          HT9H via TI4SU
  4L0CR via DL8KAC           DL/9A2WJ via 9A2WJ        IT9/ON4ENL via ON4ENL
  4X/DK7CM via DK7CM         DL/PA4ARP via PA4ARP      LA/DH0JAE via DH0JAE
  4X130RISHON via 4Z4KX      DM50KSJ via DL2VM         OE/DJ5RE/p via DJ5RE
  5B/G4MKP via M0URX         DR50DTANGO via DG5MPQ     OE/OK1NOR via OK1NOR
  5B/RV1AW via RU1AE         EA6/DF2DD via DF2DD       OL8M via OK1DRQ
  5B/RV1AW via RU1AE         EA6/DL7MX via DL7MX       ON40KS via ON7MFY
  5Q0PI via OZ6PI            EM200L via UT3LI          ON50HC via ON3AIM
  8S7SIX via SM7FJE          EO5UFF via US5UFF         OZ/DH0JAE via DH0JAE
  9A/S54O via S54O           EY8/UA4WHX via UA4WHX     OZ/DL3JJ via DL3JJ
  9A/S57SU via S57SU         F/PA2M via PA2M           P29FR via I2RFJ
  9A8WTV via IZ5WTV          FG4NO via F4AVX           R200BB via RK3CQ
  9K2/A92KT via 9K2KH        FK8GX via W3HNK           RI1FJA via RX3MM
  9M2IDJ via JA6IDJ          GO2MP via N3SL            SP2/DK2ZF via DK2ZF
  CO6LE via EA5GL            GO7BTA via G7BTA          UN/UA4WHX via UA4WHX
  CT7/DL1IAL via DL1IAL      HA/ON6UU/P via ON6UU      XE1REF/XF1 via XE1REF
  CT7/G3SED via G3SED        HB0/IK1AIL via IK1AIL     ZA1/YO2MBU via YO2MBU
  CT9/OM7JG via OM7JG        HL5/DL2DUA via DL2DUA     ZA1TC via TA1HZ
                (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (L) LoTW
5R8FL QSL ROUTE CHANGE. Phil, G3SWH , reports: "It is with great regret that I have to announce that Andreas, 5R8FL, has terminated my QSL managership of his station with effect from the end of July 2012. I have his logs up to the end of June 2012 and am awaiting the log for July. I will be uploading the latest logs to LoTW and to the search facility on my web site in the next few weeks. I have plenty of proper QSL cards left. I have been given no reason for the termination and have no infor- mation as to whether Andreas has made any alternative arrangements for confirming his future QSOs." CY9M LOTW NOTICE. The following note is on M0URX's Web page at:
http://m0urx.com/3-M0URX/369-cy9m-lotw-upload.html
"The CY9M log has been uploaded to Logbook of The World, LoTW. It has become clear that one of the laptops used for logging was + one hour out of UTC. If you are missing a match on LoTW please reload your QSO adding ONE HOUR to your log time." QSL H44USMC via H44RK. Special event station to commemorate 70th anni- versary of the U.S. Marines landings on Guadalcanal.
HK0NA LoTW. Bob, N2OO, reports that he has begun to upload QSOs to LoTW. However, he mentions that for some reason some 15,000 QSOs are missing from the HK0NA LoTW upload. He states, "Will work it all out with ARRL next week. PLEASE don't deluge me with emails! I'm on it."
UT1FG/MM QSL UPDATE. OPDX has been informed with the following updated info concerning the status of QSL requests for contacts made by UT1FG/MM after April, 2012: "Yuri, UT1FG, has been on a well deserved vacation in Russia following his 6 month long voyage as Captain of the M/V Barnacle. Logs for the April-May 2012 timeframe have just now become available to his QSL Manager Eugene, UX0FY. Yuri was only home for a few days, but he managed to write many QSL cards which will be returned by mail (if postage was provided), or by the Bureau (if no postage was enclosed). Eugene will have the bureau cards out in September and said that the Ukraine Bureau is working very well. Direct cards are going out daily.
Eugene has all of Yuri's logs now and can answer all requests. Eugene responds to all requests (with sufficient postage) on a direct basis. He encloses an insert that requests that the recipient send an E-mail to him when they receive their card(s). This insures that the process is complete. If no E-mail is received then the card is possibly lost or stolen in the mail. So, let him know if you received your UT1FG/MM cards that you requested or not. If you did not receive the cards, he will work something out with you to get them. This goes for the 6 meter as well as the satellite contacts.
QSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 1A0C, 5B4AHK, 5B4AIF, 6D0LM, 9A5K, 9A8ZRS, 9K2MU, 9M6XRO, AK1W, CE2/VE7SV, CN4P,CO2JD, CQ7A, CY9M, DF4WC, DK1BX, DL1IAI, DL1QQ, DL3XM, DL4YBP, DL5FU, DL7URH, DU1IST, DU1JI, EI6HW, EA1XT, F4BKV, FM5CD, FP/VA2WA, G4IIY, G7SSE, GJ6YB, GM2T, GM5X, H2T, HA0HW, HK0NA, HR9/WQ7R, HS0ZIV, IR2M, IW1QN, IZ8GCE, JA3EGY, K4NC, K6MM, K9BTQ, LY200NB, LY2MM, LZ1BJ, MI0AYR, MJ0CFW, MO0FAL, OE7FMH, OG5N, OJ0R, OK2DL, OL2HQ, OK5T, OL2HQ, PA1NHZ, PA1PE, PA3C, PA3GND, PA9JO, PJ4/K5KG, PY1SX, R6AF/P, R7NA, RN4LP, RZ3EC, S57L, SP1MWK, SP5IT, SQ2NNN, SV0XCC/9, SV9AHZ, UA2FL, UA3ON, UA4HBW, UN5J, UR5LCZ, UX0HO, UX2KA, V55V/P, V73NS, VA7PX, VE3XB, VK1DI, VK2DX, VK4AFU, W0EWD, W4AS, WH7Z, XE1KK, YO9IKW and ZP9MCE
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 6V7Z, DP1POL, ES3AX, EY7AD, HH4/W3CMP, HK1MW, J52HF, K5N, N5K, MO0OXO, OD5NH, OM3CAQ, PJ7DX, SV2ASP/A, TO5T, UA9MA, VP2MFF, WE8A/KH0, XV9MA, YB8Y and YT1E
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 4JA3USA, 4O/S56C, 5B4AJC, 5X1VJ, 6W/UA0SE, 6W/RZ0SR, 7U1MA, 9M2TO, A65BU, AH0BT, C31MO, DU1IST, ES4X, EA6ES, EA6SK, EA6TS, EA7AAW/EA6, EA8AB, EA8AJO, EA8CBJ, EA8IK, EA8MT, EA8QP, EA8UP, EA8ZS, EC8ADS, EH8RHG, ET3AA, JD1BMH, KB7OBU/KH2, P3N, P33W, P4/RG5A, PP0T, PY0/CT1BWW, R1ANC, T2XG, T6AG, T88NA, TX3T, TX7M, UK/JA0VSH, VK9ANU and VK9HR
TC2, TURKEY (LH Op!)
As a part of WEBLOTA (Western Black Sea Lighthouses On The Air Award) scheme, look for TC2ELH to be on the air between August 18-20th. Detailed information about WEBLOTA and the lighthouse is available on
www.qrz.com and www.tcswat.org
Activity will be on all HF bands, and they will also try VHF-UHF. QSL via TCSWAT. (As they also QSL 100% via the Bureau, please do not QSL direct unless you are in a hurry!). Unfortun- ately, TC6LHW, also planned for the same weekend from the Civaburnu Light- house at Çarsamba, Samsun, but it had to be cancelled. It will be activated in the future. V4, ST. KITTS AND NEVIS
John, W5JON, will once again be operating as V47JA from his Calypso Bay, St. Kitts, W.I., hillside vacation home (CQZ 8, IOTA NA-104, Grid FK87pg) between October 12th and November 1st. Activity will be on 160-6 meters, including 60m and using SSB. His activity will also include CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) as a Single-Op/ All-Band entry. Equipment will be: Kenwood TS-590S and a SB200 Amplifier and a 80-10m Multiband Dipole and S9 Vertical (18' and 31'); 6m will be a 3 element yagi. His XYL Cathy, W5HAM, will occasionally operate as V47HAM. ALL QSLs go to his home callsign W5JON. Also via LoTW.
VK9C, COCOS (KEELING) ISLAND
A surprise activation last week by Allen, VK3BF, from here as VK3BF/VK9C will end very quickly (possibly on August 12th. Activity seems to be mainly on 20 meters SSB. QSL via VK3BF.
VK9X, CHRISTMAS ISLANDS
Pekka, OH2YY, reports, "Last November a re- scheduling of flights, caused by bad weather, cut my operation at Christmas Island very short. I have now decided to return to Christmas and re-activate VK9XM in early October this year. The schedule for the operation is from Oct. 6th (ca. 12Z) to Oct. 12th (ca. 24Z). I will be active on frequencies 7-28 MHz. I will QSL 100% either direct or via SRAL QSL bureau. Direct QSL's to my home address: Pekka Ahlqvist OH2YY, Vapaalanpolku 8B, 01650 Vantaa, Finland."
VP9, BERMUDA (NA-005)
Paul, W4/VP9KF (G4BKI),will once again be active as VP9KF from Baileys Bay, Hamilton Parish, between November 5-19th. Activity will only be CW on all bands and the JA greyline. QSL via W4/VP9KF: Paul Evans, 6809 River Road, Tampa, FL 33615. Please, DO NOT send to the VP9 bureau. Visit his Web page for more information, including logs, propagation and operating times, at:
http://vp9kf.com
VQ9, CHAGOS ISLANDS
Jim, VQ9JC/ND9M, informs OPDX,
"I'm back on Diego Garcia until mid November. The ham shack was closed for maintenance during my absence from the island, and I don't know yet when it will be re-opened. Hopefully, the closure is only temporary. In the meantime, I'm operating from two different locations on the island, both of which are in recreational parks. All of my operating is currently Field Day style in that I bring all my gear (rig, power supply, antennas, power and coax cables, keyer, laptop, and tools - about 40 pounds) with me in two back- packs. (I wear one and hand carry the other.) Being a tropical island, there's no shortage of trees, but I can only get the antenna up about 25 feet because of the density of the palms. I get the supporting lines into the trees using fishing line and lead weights and throwing them up by hand. (Think David and Goliath.) I'd be able to get the antennas up higher if I could use a slingshot or bow and arrow, but those are considered weapons here and are illegal under BIOT law. Since my two operating spots are outside in public areas, I have to set up the station and then break it down each day, which further limits my operating time to 1230-1615z on most days typically. My HF rig is an FT-897D (barefoot at 100W) and single- band dipoles.
Most of my operating will be on CW, but I'll do SSB on occasion. I don't have a Rigblaster with me yet, so digital modes aren't available for the time being. My CW operating is normally with a keyer, but I have a retired shipboard hand key with me at all times and can easily switch to manual keying for SKCC contacts.
I also operate through the LEO satellites with an FT-857 (TX) and FT-817 (RX) for duplex comms. The antenna is a 5-element Elk log periodic. All of my HF operating is from the island, so contacts are valid for DXCC and other awards that require that QSOs be made between land-based stations. My satellite operating is from both the island as well as the ship I work on. All QSOs that I make from the ship will be clearly identified as '/MM' or 'maritime mobile', and the QSLs will indicate that as well. QSL via ND9M."
VQ9, CHAGOS ISLANDS
Chuck, W4XP, will be active as VQ9XP from the club station VQ9X from Diego Garcia Atoll (AF-006, WLOTA 1645, LOC MI62) between now and August 25th. His activity will be focused on 6 meters, but he will also be on the HF bands. QSL direct via W4XP and LoTW. VU7, LAKSHADWEEP ISLAND (Reminder)[IOTA/Lighthouse/WFF Op]
Remember to look for members of the Bangalore Amateur Radio Club (VU2ARC) and a small group of amateur radio volunteers to be active as VU7M from Minicoy Island (AS-106, WFF VU-103, ARLHS LAK009 and also IND017 [to be deleted!!]) between August 13-22nd. Details on (QRZ.com) state that they will be "setting up humble HF station" and the QSL route is "DIRECT to the QSL Manager VU2JHM or through the Bureau". For more details (plently of URLs to look at) and updates, watch (QRZ.com) under VU7M.
W4DXCC DX CONVENTION
Mark your activities calendar for September 28-29th, for the Annual W4DXCC DX Convention held in Pigeon Forge, TN, at the Mainstay Conference Center. Ten Tec also sponsors a outdoor Hamfest at their plant in Sevierville, TN, on the same weekend. These two events are just a couple of miles apart. The Hamfest is during the morning/ afternoon and the W4DXCC Convention is during the evening hours. For additional information about the W4DXCC DX CONVENTION, visit their Web site at:
http://www.w4dxcc.com
W9DXCC DX CONVENTION (September 14-15th)
Jim, N7US, reports: "This is a reminder of the 60th annual W9DXCC DX Convention which is a little more than a month away. We always have a great time. The presentations are interesting and focused on DXing. The prize drawings are fun. Several vendors and organizations will be exhibitors, and you can operate an FT DX 5000 which Yaesu has furnished for special event station W9D.
We'll have QSL card checking for CQ and ARRL awards, including 160M and deleted countries. The CW copying contest will let you compete against the best, especially if our banquet speaker, Fred Laun, K3ZO, participates.
The optional Friday afternoon class will get aspiring DXers up to speed (well, maybe not 35 wpm) in four hours. Our master of ceremonies, Jim O'Connell, W9MU, will keep us on track and entertained.
The hotel is conveniently located near major highways and O'Hare, so the convention is easy to get to locally or from anywhere else. But the best part of the convention is seeing old friends and making new ones. The Friday and Saturday night hospitality suites are a good opportunity to do that.
By registering now instead of the last minute or at the door, you save a few bucks and you enable us to plan for the right number of attendees. Registering is easy on our website,
http://www.w9dxcc.com
, and you can pay using PayPal for your convenience. Everyone attending the convention is expected to register, as the registration fees cover the costs of the convention, so please do the right thing and register. You may receive an individual mailing as well as one or more from your reflectors, so sorry for any dupes. Please pass on the word to your local club and friends. We look forward to seeing you at W9DXCC....
73, Jim N7US"
ZL9, CAMPBELL ISLAND (Update/Press Release)
Ed, VK2ARE, Australian Publicity Officer for the ZL9HR, sent out the following press release [edited]: "The team at the Hellenic Amateur Radio Association of Australia have all permissions including the landing permit to Campbell Island (OC-037) and are in the process of building out three shipping containers in Sydney, Australia, to be used for transport of all equipment and supplies required. The DX'Pedition will be on Campbell Island between the 28th of November and the 9th of December.
An international team of operators has been assembled for this event on the sub-Antartic Campbell Island which is located 650 km or 400 miles south of New Zealand in the Southern Ocean. This is the biggest DX'Pedition by an Australian club in 25 years and the promises to be the most sought after DX'Pedition in 2012 overall. The complete crew of 10 operators is as follows: Tommy/VK2IR, John/VK3YP, Les/W2LK, Gene/K5GS, Don/VE7DS, Istvan/HA5AO, John/9M6XRO, David/K3EL, Jacky/ZL3CW and Tom/KE4KY.
Keen DX-ers who may be looking to get ZL9 on a particular band and mode to move towards a DXCC or other award, should go to the survey on the website at ZL9HR.com and vote for which bands and modes they would like to hear ZL9HR operating on!
When people think of DX'Peditions, they think of operators sitting under palm trees on exotic islands with the world of amateur radio enthusiasts trying to talk to them. While this is where every DX'Pedition tries to get to, there is a LOT of work that has to happen before this is possible! Months or even years before, the event planning starts and permits are requested, equipment assembled and transport both of equipment and operators arranged. Accommodation organized and all red-tape worked through. All of this requires a lot of work from the organizers and also requires finance in the form of contributions from those taking part in the event and from sponsors. Without sponsors no DX'Pedition can take place and the ZL9HR DX'Pedition is no exception.
This DX'Pedition is rightly being billed as one of the most important DXPeditions in 2012 and the HARAOA is very happy to announce that many of the sponsors that supported earlier DXPeditions are helping again with ZL9HR. There will be additional sponsors 'signing up' over the next few weeks, but we would like to thank those who have already committed to support the DX'Pedition. These are as follows (in alphabetical order);
Commercial sponsors: RF Solutions and Spiderbeam
Club & Organisations: British Colombia & Northwest Washington ­ ORCA DX & Contest club, Clipperton DX Club, Danish DX Group, European DX Foundation, German DX Foundation, Lone Star DX Association, Long Island DX Association, Lynx DX Club, Mediterraneo DX Club, Northern California DX Club, Northern Illinois DX Association, Oklahoma DX Association, Pacific DXers, West Tennessee DX Association and 599 DX Association.
There are also currently 33 individuals who are sponsoring the event.
In addition to these sponsorships, the HARAOA ZL9HR DX'Pedition is delighted to have been granted an award from the prestigious ARRL Colvin foundation. The Colvin Award is conferred in the form of grants in support of Amateur Radio projects that promote international goodwill in the field of DX and the HARAOA are honoured to have received this award.
Please keep monitoring the DX'Pedition's website - ZL9HR.com for all updates as the preparations keep progressing."

CU1-CU9, AZORES (Press Release - Dated August 14t)[edited]
"ALL NINE AZORES ISLANDS, CU1 THROUGH CU9, ACTIVATED AT ONCE
Are You Ready to Fly to Azores for Free by Making Nine QSOs?
Yes indeed, those of you willing to spend 24 hours or less on the radio are eligible to participate in an Azores lottery for two all-paid packages to the beautiful Azores Islands in the Atlantic, completely free of charge. The project is organized by the Azores-Finland Friendship Consortium in partnership with the Amateur Radio Associations of the Azores Islands and supported by the Azores Promotion Agency (ATA) and Azorean Airlines (SATA). Just look at
www.visitazores.com
and make up your mind. Not many people know that the Azores consist of nine populated islands, stretching over a distance of 602 km (305mi) from East to West, next to USA and Europe. And it is not widely known that the Azores have their own airline (SATA) flying to each island, in addition to many destinations in Europe and North America. Each island has its own characteristics and its own blend and alone qualifies for your visit there.
While these islands count for a single DXCC entity, they offer three (3) IOTA groupings.
With this unique AZORES 9 ISLANDS HUNT, an invited international group of amateur radio operators together with resident Azores amateurs will be activating the nine islands, offering an opportunity to the world to contact these islands all at once over one weekend.
Activity Weekend - Saturday, September 29th, 1200 UTC to September 30th, 1200 UTC (24 hours). These stations will be active starting Friday, September 28th as soon as they become operational.
Frequency Windows
CW: 7000-7015, 18080-18090 and 14050-14065 kHz
SSB: 7175-7195, 18120-18135 and 14250-14275 kHz
Nine Islands and their Stations - Santa Maria, CU1ARM; San Miguel, CU2ARA; Terceira, CU3URA; Graciosa, CU4ARG; Sao Jorge, CU5AM; Pico, CU6GRP; Faial, CU7CRA; Flores, CU8ARF; and Corvo, CU9AC.
Operators and Island Hosts - Sergio/CU1AAD, Jose/CU2CE, Francisco/CU2DX, Guilherme/CU2IF, Domingois/CU3CS, Guilherme/CU4AB, Jose/CU5AM, Jorge/CU6AB, Manuel/CU7CA, Claudio/CU8AAE, Joao/CU9AC, Franz/DJ9ZB, Richard/DF9TF, Nigel/G3TXF, Michael/G7VJR, Diane/K2DO, Rich/KE3Q, Mike/KI1U, Marius/LB3HC, George/N2GA, Martti/OH2BH, Juha/OH8NC, Ghis/ON5NT, Carine/ON7LX, Claude/ ON7TK, Alex/OZ7AM, Kenneth/OZ1IKY, Yuri/VE3DZ and Ed/VE3FWA.
Two Hunt Awards - Those making a QSO with at least 5 different islands will have a corresponding number of tickets placed into a lottery for a free trip to the Azores (e.g. if you have QSOs with 7 islands, you will get 7 lottery tickets). Additionally, the first 25 operators making QSOs with all 9 islands will be eligible for a second lottery. The free trips are from the closest airport served by SATA; including flight, accommo- dation and transfers..
During or immediately after the weekend, the logs will be posted on Club Log to display your band/mode slots. The lottery will be drawn on October 15, 2012.
QSL Cards - All QSOs will be confirmed through the bureau network with special full-color cards. Direct QSL requests via Jose Melo, CU2CE."
CY0 NEWS RELEASE (Dated August 12th)
The following is from the Sable Island Web page at:
http://www.cy0dxpedition.com
"We are excited to announce that we have received approvals from 'Parks Canada', 'Canadian Coast Guard', and 'Officer-in-Charge, Sable Island' to operate amateur radio from October 8-17th, 2012. We should note, however, that our permit to operate includes several new restrictions on antennas (in addition to the traditional restrictions for Sable). The purpose of these restrictions are to minimize the environ- mental impact on the migratory bird population that may be present during the period that we are on Sable Island.
We feel fortunate to have received the trust of 'Parks Canada' for this operation and consider it a privilege to be able to visit Sable Island. We will cooperate fully with these new restrictions to minimize potential environmental impact to the protected bird species.
In the days ahead, we will assess the impact that these additional antenna restrictions may have on our operations and any adjustments that we may need to take relative to antennas that we will take to Sable Island. Further details of our operating plans will be posted to
CY0dxpedition.com
This will be our third attempt to get to Sable island (previous attempts, December 2010 and December 2011)......
WA4DAN/CY0 and AA4VK/CY0"
ZL9, CAMPBELL ISLAND (Update/Press Release #5)
"Preparations for the HARAOA ZL9HR DX'Pedition to Campbell Island in the Great Southern Ocean (IOTA OC-037) are on schedule for the activation dates of November 28th to December 9th this year. The team are delighted to announce a new sponsor in the Northern California DX foundation, this is in addition to the other sponsors with Spiderbeam sponsoring ZL9HR and supplying spiderbeam antennas and masts, 21 worldwide DX groups and the prestigious ARRL Colvin foundation award. Of course we should not forget the 36 individuals who are also sponsoring the DX'Pedition. Thanks to all of these.
The containers to carry all required equipment are currently being prepared and loaded, ready to be shipped out of Sydney around the 15th of September.
Please refer to the Web site
ZL9HR.COM
for the full, up-to-date, information about this major DX'Pedition.
73 from Ed, VK2ARE, Australian publicity Officer for ZL9HR"

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