OPDX Bulletin 1085 November 5, 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, K3LP, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4JF, WA4DAN, KH6BZF, AC7DX, K7BV, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m News, W9ILY, AT International, DK8JB & The DX News Letter, DL1SBF, DxCoffee.com, DX-World.Net, ES1CW, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, G4FRE, I1HYW, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, JA1TRC, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's DX-Newsdesk, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, TF3CW, UT5UGR, VA3RJ & ICPO and the VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) for the following DX information.
EDITOR'S COMMENT:
If you were on Daylight Saving Time (DST), did you remember to turn your clock back an hour?
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 28th-October, through Sunday, 4th-November there were 228 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, 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, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FR, 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, J7, JA, JD/m, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH8, 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, R1FJ, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZL, ZL7, 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).
7Q, MALAWI
David, WA1LBP/7J6CBQ, seems to be a new operator in Malawi and was issued the callsign 7Q7DFC on October 10th. He has been in Malawi since mid-September. There have been reports that he has been on 10 and 6 meters. QSL via OE4VIE. David has a Twitter at:
https://twitter.com/DavidinMalawi/status/262098485699047424
9Y, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO (Cancelled)
Jim, N6TJ, has canncelled his activity as 9Y4W from Scarborough, Tobago Island (SA-009, WLOTA 0412), for the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th). His host on Tobago has a broken tower and there is no time to fix it before the contest.
A3, TONGA
Jacek, SP5EAQ, will be active as A3EAQ from Tongatapu Island (OC-049) between March 26th and April 16th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters SSB only. QSL via SP5EAQ, direct or by the Bureau. For more details and updates, watch:
http://sp5drh.com/a3eaq
A5, BHUTAN
Zorro, JH1AJT, will be active as A5A between November 8-15th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters but with limited spare time operations. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
CO8LY (Lost Home and in Trouble)
Dennis, K7BV, received the following from Eduardo, CO8LY, a long time HF and 6m op who has given so many their No.1 Cuba contact [edited]:
"Dear Friends, I have sad news, the hurricane Sandy destroyed my house. I've lost everything, I need all I ask for help, please communicate with my manager EA7ADH or send me SMS to my cell 52400814. My mother is very ill and my situation is very difficult. Sorry for the inconvenience. My city Santiago de Cuba was destroyed by the hurricane.Big hug, Eduardo, CO8LY, I'm using tractuctor excuse the bad english."
Dennis states,
"I am going to be sending Eduardo some help. Rather than load Eduardo up with a lot of SMS charges, I would be happy to serve as a collection point for others wishing to send help. He is going to need a complete station, accessories, etc. too, it appears. Thanks for your consideration. Drop me a private note if you would like to send something to our buddy.....
73 Dennis Motschenbacher K7BV
PS: Spread the word please."
CY0, SABLE ISLAND (Update)
PRESS RELEASE - date October 28th [edited]:
"Ron/AA4VK and Murray/WA4DAN were forced to leave Sable Island around 1915z on Saturday due to the dangerous East Coast storm. The effects of the storm were already being felt on the island as the sand landing area was flooding due to the rising tide and large breakers.Naturally we were very disappointed to cut short the DXpedition by four days. We had little choice as we could have been stranded on the island for weeks. Traveling to Sable is always a challenge no matter what time of year it is. We certainly have first-hand knowledge of this! During the 4.5 days of the DXpedition, Ron and Murray logged approximately 13,000 Q's. This DXpedition was highly focused on 10,12 and 15 meters where the most demand existed. Our mono-band yagi's and vertical antennas performed very well in the very strong winds. We had to double stake the guy lines for the antenna masts.
We would like to thank Gerry Forbes, the officer-in-charge on Sable Island, and Maritime Air for safely getting us off the island.
73, Ron/AA4VK and Murray/WA4DAN"
ADDED NOTE: Alan, VE1AWW, is expected to be active again as CY0/VE1AWW sometime this past week or very soon. On his QRZ.com page he stated on October 30th,
"Sorry to one and all for the great delay in QSL replies and email replies. My laptop with logs died just after I was shut down late last June. I now have the computer and logs back. I am headed back to CY0 later this week. I will sort through the backlog out there and post them on my return to the mainland (late December). I will post here (QRZ.com) when back on the island."
His bands of activity are unsure, but he likes to operate on SSB and PSK. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.EL, LIBERIA (Update)
Look for the VooDoo Contest Group to once again be active from here between November 17-27th. This is their 24th straight year. Operations will be from a location just South of Monrovia, the capital of Liberia. Their main goal is to be an entry in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Multi-Multi category using the callsign EL2A. Outside of the contest the operators will use their own personal callsigns. Operators mentioned are Ned/AA7A (EL2ES), Roger/G3SXW (EL2A), Fred/G4BWP (EL2WP), John/G4IRN (EL2RN), Mike/KC7V (EL2MF), Lee/KY7M (EL2LF) and Bud/N7CW (EL2CW). QSL via their home callsign, except EL2WP via G5LP. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW and ClubLog (w/OQRS available) as soon as possible, probably after their return home.
ET, ETHIOPIA (Special Event/Press Release)
ET3AA - Ethiopian Amateur Radio Club Announcement
"In celebration of our dear mentor's passing, Mr. Sidney May (ET3SID), our club will make 10,000 QSOs starting on Tuesday, October 29, 2012, and will end once the QSO count has been achieved. In March 2012, Sid was instrumental in having the ET3AA - Ethiopian Amateur Radio Club set-up as a formal organization. With the students receiving US Ham Radio Call-Signs and four students becoming ARRL VE's, this allowed the ET3AA call sign to be transferred from Sid May's name to the club, therefore allowing the club to continue using the ET3AA call sign. The club is officially re-opened.Mr. David Collingham (K3LP), working with the Ethiopian Amateur Radio Club, will prepare a color QSL card with our club input and will pay for the cost for printing the QSL cards. Mr. Bob Schenck (N2OO) has agreed to be our QSL Manager for this event. Please do not send prior QSL requests to Bob since he does not have the ET3SID or ET3AA logs except for the brief K3LP visits in Aug. 3-5, 2011 and Dec. 8-13, 2011. We are in the process of setting up a new PO Box for the club and will add the new address information to our website once available.
Please the use the DX Code of Conduct. Please be kind and work with our students as we learn and improve of radio operating skills.
Sincerely,
ET3AAA - Ethiopian Amateur Radio Club
Dagmawit Solomon
http://et3aa.com/ "
EA8, CANARY ISLANDS
Jyrki "Jay", OH6CS, will be active as EA8CUU from Gáldar, Gran Canaria (AF-004, DIE S-005, WLOTA L 0969), during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (??) entry. QSL via OH6CS direct. Outside of the contest, look for Jay to do some 50 MHz CW/SSB-activity as EA8/OH6CS (QTH loc. IL28DD) between November 22-28th. For more details about the station, see:
http://personal.inet.fi/cool/sierra/ea8.htm
EF8, CANARY ISLANDS
Luis, EA8AY, will use the special callsign EF8USA from Tenerife Island (IOTA AF-004, DIE S-012, WLOTA 1276, EAA TF) during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 16-17th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High- Power entry. QSL via W2GR. Visit his Web site at:
http://www.ea8ay.com/ef8x
FM/TO7, MARTINIQUE
Dimitry, UT5UGR, will be active as FM/KL7WA from Martinique (NA-107) between November 19-26th. Activity will also include the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) signing TO7A as a Single-Op/ Multi-Band entry. QSL via UT5UGR.
FM/TO5, MARTINIQUE
Valery, R5GA, will once gain be active as FM/R5GA from FM5BH's QTH between February 11-17th. Activity will include the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 16-17th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-power entry and using the callsign TO5X. Outside of the contest, his activity will probably be on CW mainly and on 160-10 meters, especially on the 30/17/12 meters. QSL via LoTW or via UA3DX.
FM/TO5, MARTINIQUE (NA-107)
Al, F5VHJ, will once again be active as TO5A, from FM5BH's QTH during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 2-3rd) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via F5VHJ, direct or by the Bureau. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW.
GJ/MJ0, JERSEY
Mat, MJ0ASP (aka-F5SHQ), will be active as GJ2A during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 16-17th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via the LoTW.
HI, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Sergey, R4WAA, will be active as R4WAA/HI7 between November 21-30th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters and the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th). QSL via his home callsign by the Bureau.
IOTA NEWS
SA-018. Javier, CD6713, indicates that he has "a legal as Aspirant's license", and can transmit on bands of 10, 40 and 80 meters and VHF, from the Chiloe Island. QSL only direct. See details and pictures of his station on(QRZ.com).
SA-087. Members of the Ría Deseado Radio Club, who were expected to be active this past week as LT0X from Penguin Island, had to reschedule their DXpedition due to weather. The operation is postponed one week. Activity will now take place between Friday, November 9th and Sunday, November 11th. There has been no activity from this island for 12 years. Activity will be on 80/40/20/15/12/10 meters, possibly 6 meters, using CW, SSB and PSK31, with three stations active on the air. QSL via LU7DSY.
SA-096. (NEW IOTA) It was announced this past week that operators Cezar/VE3LYC and Johan/PA3EXX, along with two Argentinian operators, plan to activate Escondida Island in the Chubut Province North IOTA Group early January 2013. Activity will be for four days using two stations. Bands, modes and callsign were not mentioned or provided. QSL via VE3LYC, direct or by the Bureau. Hopefully, more details will be forthcoming.
ISWL CALLSIGNS (For November)
The following ISWL club callsigns will be used throughout the month of November:
GX4BJC/A - Operated from Great Missenden, in Buckinghamshire, by John, G8XTJ. (/A WAB Square = SP80 - England & IOTA = EU-005).MX1SWL/A - Operated from Hartford, in Cambridgeshire, by Tom, G3RPV. (/A WAB Square = TL27 - England & IOTA = EU-005).
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
www.iswl.org.uk or www.qrz.com or via www.eQSL.cc
. NO LoTW. I.S.W.L. Awards are available to all Hams and SWLs, see www.iswl.org.uk for full details. The eQSL.cc cards ARE welcomed for their awards.JU850, MONGOLIA (Special Event)
Baterdene, JT1CS, reports to look for special event stations to be on the air to celebrate Chinggis Khan's 850th birthday between November 14-21st. Mongolian amateur radio operators will be active using special event callsigns such as JU850AA, etc... QSL via info on (QRZ.com). A "Chinggis Khan Award" will be issued free to those who make three contacts with three different special event callsigns, i.e, JU850AA, JU850DA, JU850DN.... on any mode or bands. Please send your request with QSO detail information to: MRSF at MRSF.MN
KH6BZF PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (November 5-11th)
 Nov/05th  AN      Nov/08th  HN      Nov/10th  HN
 Nov/06th  AN      Nov/09th  HN-LN   Nov/11th  HN-AN
 Nov/07th  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
KH0, MARIANA ISLANDS
Operators Jussi-Pekka/OH6RX and Esa/OH7WV will be active from Saipan Island (OC-086) during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Multi-2 entry. Callsign and QSL info will be announced later. Time permitting, some operating outside of contest one day before and one day after may take place. Operators have the Saipan Rental Shack for November 22-27th, and will probably use the callsigns KH0/homecall outside of the contest. For more details about the Saipan Rental Shack, see the following Web page at:
http://saipan.rental-shack.com/english/index.html
NEWS RELEASE ("DXER'S IDEAS SOUGHT FOR MEETING INCREASING DXPEDITION COSTS"):
"LEICESTER, NC, Oct. 31 --- The DX Magazine, whose current issue features an article, 'Dealing with the skyrocketing costs of DXpeditions,' is asking DXer's for their ideas on how to increase the level of funding for future major DXpeditions.Carl Smith, N4AA, Editor and Publisher of the DX Magazine, says 'Major DXpeditions to entities in the top ten of the most wanted list can cost 500,000 USDs or more to activate. This poses a major fund raising challenge to organizers, with costs rising rapidly for such big ticket items as logistics, including transportation, licensing, and permits, along with inflation,' he said. Specific costs are documented in the article appearing in the November-December issue of The DX Magazine.
Smith said, 'DXer's are invited to send their ideas to the DX Magazine, which will be reporting the results in a future issue. All suggestions are welcome, and may be either anonymous or identified by the contributor's name and call.'
Send ideas and comments to: DXpedition Costs Survey, c/o D.E. 'Dee' Logan, W1HEO, 9901 Cypress Circle, Mentor, OH 44060-7221. E-mail to: deverelogan@gmail.com "
OH0, ALAND ISLAND
Operator Tomi, OH6EI, will once again be active as OH0Z during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/ All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via W0MM.PJ5, ST. EUSTATIUS
A team of JA operators will be active as PJ5J from St. Eustatius (NA-145) between November 30th and December 12th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. Operations will emphasize the lower bands, especially 160m, and working stations from AS/JA. They will participate in the ARRL 10m Contest (December 8-9th) and possibly other contests during that period. The team plans on at least one station on the air for 24 hours day, and possibly another one or two stations to operate simultaneously according to the band openings. Two stations will have 500w amps and another will operate barefoot. Antennas will be verticals for the low bands (w/beverage) and a Spiderbeam for the higher bands.
Operators mentioned are Takayuki/JA1MZL (team leader), Yutaka/JJ1LIB, Naoki/JN1RVS, Hideyuki/JJ1CBY, Katsu/JA1DXA, Toshihiko/ JN1HOW and Isao/JH1ROJ. QSL Manager will be Nao, JA1HGY. Logs will be updated daily to ClubLog and to LoTW after the operation. A OQRS will be available. No Web page was mentioned.
PT0S, ST. PETER AND ST. PAUL ROCKS (Update)
As per the PT0S Web page dated October 31st, from George, AA7JV [edited]:
"Most of the PT0S team is now in Natal. Fred, PY2XB, is going to join us on November 3rd. All our gear has made it and is being stored at the local radio club. Because importation into Brazil can be difficult and slow, we feel that we have passed one of the most worrisome hurdles we've faced. We are now procuring supplies and items that we decided to purchase locally, such as car batteries, camping gear, etc. Local HAM-s, especially Mauricio Barreto, PS7RK, have been incredibly generous helping us to buy supplies and make the final preparations.We are on schedule to leave for St. Peter and St. Paul Archipelago on November 5th. The weather forecast is favorable, which is good news, as seas can be rough along the 620 nautical mile passage. We -- and all our gear -- will be travelling on the 70 foot fishing boat Transmar II, along with 8 fishermen. It will be tight and the lighter the seas the more bearable the passage will be.
We are hoping for a good and productive operation, where in addition to getting a lot of calls into the log, the entire community will have fun. We will soon start publishing operating tips and advice on how to work us best. In the meantime, please keep the following in mind: 'THE DX'ERS CODE OF CONDUCT'." -- which is listed on their Web page at:
http://pt0s.com
PZ, SURINAM
Yuri, VE3DZ, will be active as PZ5T from Surinam between November 20-27th. Activity includes the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. Outside of the contest, look for him to be on CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via his home callsign.QSL INFO AND NEWS
  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (dated November 4th)
  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
  8P5A via NN1N             HS0ZJF/9 via ON4AFU       SV5/SV1LK via SV1LK
  9A20HRS via 9A3JB         II5LDV via IQ5LV          SX100SKG via SZ2T (d)
  9J2BO via G3TEV           OE5D via OE2UKL           TM7VG via F6KUF
  9M2MRS via PA0RRS         OK5T via OK1VSL           WA5PS/KH0 via JK1FNL
  CT9/DJ8VC via DJ8VC       P29FR via I2RFJ           Z38/HA2SX via HA2SX
  CX2DK via EA5GL (B)       P29VPB via G3KHZ          ZL7A via JF1OCQ
  DV7HTK via JA1HTK         PJ2/DL5RDP via DL5RDP     ZS7/DL1LLL via DL5EBE
  EA9EU via EA5KB           R400NO via RA3TYL
  EO3Q via UR3QCW           SV5/SM8C via SM0CMH
             (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (L) LoTW only
3B9SP OQRS. The OQRS (Online QSL Request Service) for the 3B9SP DXpedition is now available online for requesting both direct and Bureau cards at:
https://secure.clublog.org/expeditions/3B9SP
8P6DR QSL STATUS. Richard, G3RWL, reports on: October 29th - "I have written cards for the bureau. Tomorrow I'll start on 86 direct cards."
October 31st - "All direct cards received will be mailed today. Awaiting TQSL certificates for LOTW upload."
NEW QSL ROUTE. Rex, NR6M, reports that he is now the QSL Manager for H44RK. His address and instructions are available on (QRZ.com).
NEW QSL ROUTE. Ron, AC7DX, reports that he is now the QSL Manager for D2ZR in Angola. QSL only direct; no Bureau Please. See QSL mailing info for AC7DX on (QRZ.com).
NEW QSL ROUTE. Ralph, H44RK, is now the QSL Manager for H44A and H40A which are expected to be club callsigns for an Amateur Radio Club on Guadalcanal.
NEW QSL ROUTE CHANGE. Dave, G4FRE/WW2R, informs OPDX that as of October 1st, 2012, the ONLY QSL route for the following callsigns are now G4FRE and not WW2R. Callsigns are: MW2I, GW0FRE, GC0FRE, WW2R, N4FRE, 9H3MX, 9H3MW, ZB2IQ, PJ4/WG3I, WG3I/C6A, ZF1IQ, ZB2IQ, VK2IDR, VR2EK, ON8QK and EI4VCH. The direct address for G4FRE is available on(QRZ.com).
QSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 5U8NK, AY4DX, BU2AW, CU3AC, D4A, EA1DR, EI5JQ, EI80IRTS, GI4SJQ, GI7AXB, HG7T, J43J, KH8/DL3DXX, KL7KY, KL7RA, KP4RV, LA7DHA, LR3M, LZ2HM, MI0AYR, MM0AMW, MM0TFU, MW0RLJ, OZ5E, P43E, PY1PL, PY1RJ, S57AL, SJ2W, UA2FR, UA6DX, VE3CX, VE3YAA, VE4VT, VK3TDX, VO1TA, WP2Z, XE2B and ZL1BYZ
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3C0E, 4J5A, 7O6T, 5T0JL, 9M2FB, HL3ERJ, JA1NLX/VK4, KP2/KW5E, T77C, VA7AQ/NLF, VK9CS, VP8LP, VU7M, ZA/OK2BOB, ZD9UW, ZG2FX and ZS7/DL1LLL
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 1B/DH8WLA, 3A/AI5P, 401A, 403A, 6W/LX1DA, 8P9MS, 9H3YM, 9H9OB, 9L7NS, 9X0CW, AH2L, C56E, C91TK, CN2A, CT9/DJ6TF, CT9/DL3KWF, EL2ES, FP/KV1J, FR/DJ7RJ, HK3DC, HR9/EA1APV, HR9/AI5P, HZ1AN, J7DM, KH6/K9FD, KL7/DL3LAB, KL7/K6VVA, KP2/AB1NL, KP2/AG1LE, OX/DL1RTL, PJ2/W5XU, PJ2/W0NB, PJ4R, PJ5/K1XM, S9DX, SV9/WB2GAI/P, TK/DL9YBY, TX3D, V21ZG, V5/DK1CE, VK9N/AI5P, VP2MDG, VP5T, VP5/WA2VYA, VP9BO, VP9/N1SV, WP4JCF, WP4NTJ, XE2MX, XU7MWA, XV4YY, ZD9AH, ZK3YA
RI1, ANTARCTICA
RI1ANF/P is quite often active from the Russian Priroda Refuge (WAP RUS-15) which is not too far away from Bellingshausen Base, on South Shetlands. On his previous visits to Priroda Refuge (last Oct. 21-22nd and Oct. 25-28th), Oleg made over 1200 QSOs operating as RI1ANF/P. He will try to activate Priroda Refuge again until the first week of November, so ... stay tuned! QSL via RK1PWA.
ADDED NOTE: Oleg Neruchev, ZS1OIN (UA3HK), will replace Oleg Sakharov as new Chief of Bellingshausen Base (WAP RUS-01) and will be active on all bands, mostly CW, after February 12th as RI1ANU instead of the normally used RI1ANF callsign. More info about the Antarctica is available on the WAP Web site at:
http://www.waponline.it
S7, SEYCHELLES
Hardy, DL8NU, will be active as S79NU from Mahe Atoll (AS-013) between November 9-24th. Activity will be on the HF bands and mostly on CW. QSL via his home callsign.
SATELLITE/VHF TIDBITS
Yuri, UT1FG/MM, reports having a very rare (Grid FK69ow - GG24PL) 5217km 144.300 MHz contact with Alberto, ZP9SC, on November 2nd, at 2359z . Yuri monitors 50.110 and 144.300 MHz and is currently in the Atlantic (GL05) headed for the English Channel. When not on 6 and 2 meters, he is working the FM and SSB satellites with his Elk and "CJU" antennas, and an IC706 from rare wet grids.* Larry, VY0HL, in FP53 is back on the satellites. He favors VO-52 and is in the rare Canadian Territory of Nunavut.
* Daniel, AL7RS, in AP65 and in Teller, Alaska (on the Bearing Sea), likes CW on FO-29. E-mail him for a schedule.
T6, AFGHANISTAN
Ilian, LZ1CNN (ex-YI9LZ), will be active as T6LG from Kandahar during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/ All-Band/Low-Power entry. Ilian will be here until February 2013. Activity is usually on 80-6 meters using CW and SSB. QSL Manager is LZ1ZF. Postal address since September 1st, 2012, for LZ1ZF is: G. Vodenicharov, P.O. Box 25, 3600 Lom, BULGARIA.All QSOs will be uploaded to LoTW. Also, the log for T6LG is now available on ClubLog.
TF, ICELAND
Siggi, TF3CW, has announced that he will be active as TF2CW in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via LX1NO. QTH is the TF2LL Borgarnes station.
TK, CORSICA
Paul, G4BKI (W4/VP9KF), will be active as TK/G4BKI from Corsica between April 4-18th (2013) from various locations. QSL via W4/VP9KF.
TX5, CLIPPERTON ISLAND (Update)
The 2013 Cordell Expedition to Clipperton Island posted on November 1st that Roman, US5WDX, has joined the TX5Q team:
http://www.cordell.org/CI/CI_pages/CI_Team.html
VU3/P, ANTARCTICA (Update)
Gianni, I1HYW, informs OPDX that Bhagwati Prasad is still active as VU3BPZ/P from the new Indian Base 'Bharati' (WAP IND-04) in Antarctica, until November 22-23rd. The new team will be there around November 15th, and Bhagwati (VU3BPZ) will move on board the "P/S Ivan Papanin", soon after he hands over the Bharati radio equip- ment. He should be ready to operate as VU3BPZ/MM between December 5-6th and January 2nd (2013). At the moment, during the day light, he is busy doing several duties and Bharati station activities, so it could be that sometimes he cannot operate the radio as per schedule. However, when he gets spare time, he will be on the frequencies as per the following table:
   15M Band    21260 +/- 2     0915-1000z    EU, ASIA & Pacific
   17M Band    18150 +/- 2     1015-1200z    JA, VU, Asia and Pacific
   20M Band    14180 +/- 2     1400-1500z    EU, ASIA & Pacific
   17M Band    18150 +/- 2     1530-1615z    EU, North America  & ASIA
   20M Band    14180 +/- 2     1630-1745z    EU, South America
   20M Band    14242           0130-0300z    North & South America
Operations will be SSB for the above times/frequencies. The Bharati Station (Larsemann Hills, Antarctica) is actually getting 19 hours of daylight; sunrise 2126z, sunset 1554z and Local time = UTC+5 hrs. QSL for VU2BPZ/P is in the printing process. QSL Manager I1HYW will start to QSL about November 15th.ZL7, CHATHAM ISLAND
Just a reminder that Hiro, JF1OCQ/W1VX/ZL1WY, is now active as ZL7A from the Chatham Islands (OC-038) until November 9th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes, with an emphasis on 80 and 6 meters. A beacon will be on 50.117 MHz around the clock. Hiro will use a TS-590S w/ACOM1000 into a Husler vertical for HF, and a FT-100 without a Linear Amp into 4 element yagi for 6 meters. QSL via JF1OCQ, direct (see QRZ.com) or by the Bureau (E-mail requests available) or LoTW. NO eQSL. For more details, see:
http://w1vx.net/pedition/zl7/2012ZL7.htm
ZL9, CAMPBELL ISLAND (Press Release)
Ed, VK2ARE, Australian publicity Officer for ZL9HR, sent out the following on October 26th:
"Thanks for your support of ZL9HR - Campbell Island. This update will be short [edited]:
"Current Status:
Everything is on schedule; the team is excited and ready to begin their journey to New Zealand. Team members will begin arriving in Invercargill, NZ, on November 22nd.
The majority of our equipment arrived at a storage facility in Invercargill on Oct 18th.Current Schedule:
November 23rd - The equipment will be taken to the NZ Department of Conservation (DoC) Quarantine Inspection station.
November 24th - Everything will be unpacked and inspected; including personal items, once inspected everything will remain at the station until departure.
November 25th - The team returns to the inspection station for DoC briefings on: safety, landing permit conditions and working around the islands wildlife.
November 26th - The team again returns to the DoC inspection station for inspection of personal items not processed on Nov. 24th.
- Equipment will be trucked to Bluff, NZ, and loaded aboard the boat for departure, currently scheduled at approximately 12:00 (local).
- Several local hams have offered to assist with loading the boat.
With good weather we estimate the voyage will take 40 hours, arriving at Perseverance Harbor sometime between midnight and 06:00 (local) on November 28th.
During the DX-pedition daily traffic with the team will be handled by the designated Pilot stations. We ask the DX community to direct their compliments / suggestions / concerns to the Pilots who will summarize and forward to us via E-mail. We plan to upload photos and logs on a daily basis. The Pilots are listed on the Team page of our web site at:
http://www.campbell2012.com
Team member Dave, K3EL, updated his ZL9HR blog on Oct. 21st at:
http://k3el.wordpress.com
Initially we had a band / mode survey page on the web site; due to some Internet pranksters the survey was removed. However, we did collect enough data to get a view of needed bands / modes. In closing we want to again thank the corporate spons
ors, clubs, foundations and individuals who have provided products and funding to make the activation of Campbell Island a reality after a long radio silence.
That's it for now; safe travels to the ZL9HR team as they begin their journey. Our next update will be in November from New Zealand.
73, Gene, K5GS, for the ZL9HR team"

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