OPDX Bulletin 1086 November 12, 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, ARRL Letter, K1XN & GoList, NC1L, NJ1Q & W1AW, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, KI4MRH, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4JF, KH6BZF, KL7JR, K8BL, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m News, AJ9C, W9ILY, AT International, DK8JB & The DX News Letter, DL1SBF, DL7UFR, DxCoffee.com, DX-World.Net, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, I1HYW, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, JA1TRC, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's DX-Newsdesk, PY7RP, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, VA3RJ & ICPO and the VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 4th-November, through Sunday, 11th-November there were 223 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, 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, 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, J5, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/m, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ7, PY, PY0S, PZ, R1FJ, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T30, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TR, TT, TU, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2M, VP5, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, 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).
3A, MONACO (Update)
Operators Max/ON5UR and Marc/ON8AK are now active as 3A/homecall from Monaco until November 17th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters, SSB only and with one station (possibly two) on the air. QSL via M0URX. They now have a Web page online at:
http://www.united-radio.be/united-radio/en/home
3W, VIETNAM
Ukrainian operators Serge/UU5WW, Pavel/UU0JR and Serge/UT5JCW will be active as a 3W2J from Vung Tau between November 22-28th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters and an entry in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Multi-Single entry. Also, they will be watching for openings 6 meters. QSL via K2PF, direct or by using the OQRS on the ClubLog Web page. All QSOs will be uploaded to LoTW after the DXpedition. They will send bureau QSLs for all QSOs in the log sometime after the DXpedition. Please DON'T SEND your QSLs to them via the Bureau. For more details and a survey on band needs, see the 3W2J Web page at:
http://www.3w2j.com
4K, AZERBAIJAN
Alim, 4K6FO, will be active during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via 4K6FO (see (QRZ.com)).
5T, MAURITANIA
Jean, ON8RA/5T0JL, at the age of 85, will once again be active from Nouakchott starting November 16th. Activity will be on 80/40/20/15/12 meters and mainly on CW. QSL via ON8RA (see QRZ.com for new QSLing practices).
ADDED NOTE: Jean will also join the 5T0SP DXpedition team between November 24th and December 10th.
5X, UGANDA (2013/Update)
Members of the F6KOP team expected to be active between February 6-18th, 2013, from a location some 20 Km from Entebbe airport, have announced a callsign change. Instead of being active as 5X1C as first announced, they will now be active as 5X8C. For more details see OPDX.1081. An updated list of operators mentioned are Franck/F4AJQ (Team Leader), Seb/F5UFX (Team Leader, WebMaster), Alain/F6ENO (Team Leader), Bob/N6OX, Dave/K4SV, Michel/FM5CD, Gérard/F2JD, Uwe/DL8OBF, Francois/ON4LO, Flo/F5CWU, Jean Jacques/F5NKX, Norbert/DJ7JC, Eric/ON7RN, Michel/F5EOT, John/F5VHQ, Jean Paul/F8BJI, Gerard/F2VX, Hans/DL1YFF, Valery/RG8K/UT7CR, Patrick/F2DX, Mike/UA9KGH, Jean-Marc/F8IXZ, Lars/DF1LON and Jean-Louis/ F5NHJ. Their pilot station will be Andre, V51B, from Namibia. Yann, F1NGP, will be their QSL Manager (100% OK Direct, ClobLog's OQRS, Bureau and LoTW). For more details and updates, see:
http://www.5x2013.com
7P8, LESOTHO (Update to OPDX.1051/1077)
An international team of operators will arrive in Lesotho on November 21st, and leave on December 4th. The operation will take place between November 23rd and December 3rd, using the callsign 7P8D. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY with a minimum of three stations (possibly 5 stations) on the air 24/7. Suggested frequencies are in OPDX.1077. It was announced this past week on their Web that "Well all the bags are packed and we are ready to go. We are proud to welcome as a late joiner to the group Bill, VE7XS. We are very excited and looking forward to getting the show on the road."
QSL ONLY direct via: LESOTHO DXPEDITION 2012, P.O. Box 29169, Sunridge Park, 6008, SOUTH AFRICA (w/2 USDs - Please no IRC as it is difficult to convert at the post office). They state, "NO BUREAU QSLS will reach us!!" A OQRS system (PayPal) will also be implemented just before the expedition. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW within 6 months after the DXpedition has ended. For more details, visit:
http://www.zs2dl.co.za/7P8D.html
A3, TONGA
Members of the Yamato Amateur Radio Club will be active from Tonga with their own individual callsign until November 15th. Operators are Shigeo/JA1JQY (A31JY), Kaoru/JA3MCA (A31MA), Kunio/JA8VE (A31VE) and Nakayama/JA1KJW (A31KJ). This is bascially the same group that operated from Bhutan in June. Activity will be on 160-10 using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via their home callsigns.
A5, BHUTAN (Update)
By the time you read this, Zorro, JH1AJT, should be active as A5A until November 15th. OPDX was informed that before Zorro left for Bhutan, he cracked a bone in his left wrist while he was packing the equipment. This may cause some limitations to his antenna construction while in Bhutan. Activity will be on 40-10 meters but with limited spare time operations. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
A641, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Look for special event station A641ND to be on the air to celebrate the 41st anniversary of independence (December 2nd, 1971) and National Day of the United Arab Emirates. QSL via IZ8CLM.
C5, The GAMBIA
Pedro, ON7WP/AA9HX, will be active as C5WP from The Gambia between November 11-18th. He is part of a locally managed tourist organization there. Activity will be on 40-6 meters SSB with a an IC-706 running 50 watts into dipoles or an MP1 vertical located close to the Atlantic Ocean. Suggested frequencies are: 7145, 14345, 18145, 21345, 24945 and 28445 kHz. He is planning future operations. QSL direct only via ON7WP.
D3, ANGOLA
After a two week vacation in the Maldives, Mike, UA1QV, will be heading back to work in Vila de Catoca (LOC KI00dn), about 30 km from Saurimo, the capital of the province Lunda Sul, Angola, starting November 15th. He will once again be active as D3AA until he leaves on February 15th (2013) for another vacation. Reports indicate that he is taking with him on this trip a two element 40 meter rotatable quad and a fixed two element 80 meter quad antenna. QSL via UA1QV.
DXCC NEWS
Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL Awards Branch Manager, reports that the following operations are approved for DXCC credit:
5X1EME -Uganda; 2012 Operation
TT8TT ­ Chad; 2012 Operation. Also, a certificate for LoTW has been approved.
VU7M ­ Lakshadweep Islands; August 2012 Operation
ZD9UW ­ Tristan Da Cunha & Gough; 2012 Operation
E5, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS (Reminder)
By the time you read this, Rudi, ZL2KBR, will be active as E51KBR from Rarotonga Island (OC-013) until November 19th. Activity will be holiday style on 20-10 meters using SSB, RTTY and PSK31. QSL via ZL2KBR.E5, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS (Reminder)
By the time you read this, operators Frank/HB9BXU, Bruno/HB9ABS, Albert/HB9BZD and Peter/HB9CHX will be active as E51C, E51ABS, E51BZD and E51CHX, respectively from Aitutaki Island (OC-083) until November 30th. Activity will be holiday style on 80-10 meters including the 30/17/12 meter bands, between 1900-1200z, using CW, SSB and PSK31. Suggested frequencies were in OPDX.1081. QSL via HB9BXU.
GU, GUERNSEY (EU-114)
Dick, GU4CHY, will be active during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (10m)/High-Power entry. QSL via his home callsign, direct (preferred) or by the Bureau (long QRX).
H40 & H44, TEMOTU AND SOLOMON ISLANDS (Update)
Sigi, DL7DF, will once again lead a group of operators on a 2013 DXpedition which is being called a "Two Entities DXpedition - Solomon 2013". Sigi states on his Web page that they have chosen two destinations. The first destination will be the Guadalcandal (OC-047), Solomon Islands (H44), where the team will sign H44G between March 8-25th, 2013. During the time between March 12-23rd, part of the group will be active as H40T from Nendo (OC-100), Temotu Island (H40). Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW and SSB.
They will have several stations on the air. One station on each destination will be exclusively dedicated to RTTY, PSK31 and SSTV. Their station equipment on each destination consists of 4 transceivers (3 x K2, 1 x FT857D), 3 power amplifiers, a lowband vertical for 160/80m, a deltaloop for 40, a deltaloop for 30, a Spiderbeam for 20/17/15/12/10, a 5 element Yagi for 6m, some Beverage antennas as well as some laptop computers. Operators mentioned are Manfred/DK1BT, Georg/DK7LX, Wolf/DL4WK, Reiner/ DL7KL, Sigi/DL7DF, Juergen/DL7UFN, Frank/DL7UFR, Jan/SP3CYY and Leszek/ SP3DOI. Pilot station is Bernd, DF3CB. QSL route is via DL7DF, direct or by the Bureau. For more details and updates, visit:
http://www.dl7df.com/h4/index.php
IOTA NEWS
EU-016. Sergio, IZ3NXC, will be active as 9A/IZ3NXC from Lastovo Island (IOCA CI-051) between November 11-12th, weather permit- ting. QSL via IZ3NXC, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW. No eQSL.
OC-248. Hide, JM1LJS, plans to be active as T80W from the rare Sonsorol Islands during mid-April 2013 (possibly April 11-15th). For more details, see: http://blog.rental-shack.com/?eid=224
SA-096. (Update/NEW IOTA) Operators Cezar/VE3LYC, Johan/PA3EXX, Alex/LU5WW and possibly more Argentinian operators will be active as LU6W (pending) fom Escondida Island in the Chubut Province North IOTA Group early January 2013. Activity will be for four days using two stations. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via VE3LYC, direct or by the Bureau. See their Web page below for more details. There is now a Web page available at: http://lu6w.yolasite.com
JW, SVALBARD
Operators Jorn/LA1U, Borge/LA4KQ and Olav/LA9OI will be active as JW1U, JW4KQ and JW9OI, respectively, from the JW5E club station in Longyearbyen on Spitsbergen Island (EU-026) between November 22-26th. Activity will include the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) using the callsign JW5E as a Multi-Single entry. QSL the operator's individual callsigns via their home callsigns and JW5E by the Bureau or direct. To see the JW5E station, visit:
http://jw5e.com
KH2, GUAM
Yoshi, JK2VOC, will be active as KH2/JK2VOC from Guam (OC-026) between November 23-27th. Activity will include the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via JK2VOC direct.
KH6BZF PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (November 12-18th)
 Nov/12th  AN      Nov/15th  AN      Nov/17th  AN
 Nov/13th  AN      Nov/16th  AN      Nov/18th  AN
 Nov/14th  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
Akira, JR1VAY/AH2J, is now active as AH2J/KH0 from the Saipan Rental Shack, Northern Mariana Islands (OC-086, USI NI002S, WLOTA 1333), between now and November 12th. He was expected to be in the JIDX-SSB and WAEDC RTTY Contests this past weekend. QSL via JR1VAY, by the Bureau.LOTW UPDATE
Some may have noticed that the "Logbook of The World" (LoTW) went off-line early last week. The ARRL Letter explains,
"ARRL Information Technology Manager Michael Keane, K1MK, is reporting that while Logbook of The World (LoTW) system is currently down, it is expected to be back up by 9 AM EST (1400 UTC) on Friday, November 9. 'While the system is temporarily down, radio amateurs are not able to access LoTW or upload their logs,' Keane explained. 'No data has been lost, and everyone's records are intact. We understand the problem and we are in the process of restoring service to LoTW. Since both the Logbook of The World service and the Online DXCC service are connected to the ARRL Awards System, radio amateurs are not able to access either service until the system is restored. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and want to assure the amateur community that the ARRL is working diligently to restore service to these popular programs.'"
P4, ARUBA
Andy, AE6Y, will once again be active as P49Y from Aruba (SA-036) during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th). His oper- ating class is TBD. QSL via AE6Y or LoTW.PJ5, ST. EUSTATIUS (Update OPDX.1085)
A team of JA operators will be active as PJ5J from St. Eustatius (NA-145) between December 1-12th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. The group now has a Web page available for more details and updates at:
http://www.ndxa.net/pj5j
PT0S, ST. PETER AND ST. PAUL ROCKS (Update)
Look for the PT0S team to be active in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via HA7RY. For updates, visit their Web page at:
http://pt0s.com
LATEST PT0S UPDATE FROM THEIR WEB PAGE:
PT0S Team on the Rocks, One Station QRV (11-11-2012 from AA7JV)Nov 11, 2012, St. Peter and St. Paul
"We landed on SPSP yesterday morning. After many difficulties we have raised our main antenna and have one station operational. Spent last night on 160 with mixed results. Local noise on the main TX antenna is S9+10 dB and we can only work stations with signals above that. It is like listening to the output of a switching power supply. Will try to build RX antenna today. Conditions are too rough to build the planned remote RX antenna. We must wait for calmer conditions to swim to the remote rock called Cabral. We have very limited Internet access so updates will be kept short..... AA7JV"
PY0F, FERNANDO DE NORONHA
Renner, PY7RP, will be active from Fernando de Noronha (SA-003) between December 6-10th. He informs OPDX that he has requested the callsign PY0FRP which is still pending. His activity will include the ARRL 10M Contest (December 8-9th) as a Single-Op/Mixed-Mode/ Low-Power entry. Outside of the contest, he will be on 40-10 meters using FT450D w/100w into 4 element OWA yagi and a G5RV. QSL via his home callsign, direct or via his OQRS (see (QRZ.com)).QSL INFO AND NEWS
  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (dated November 11th)
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  3A/ON5UR via M0URX         II1DCI via IK1GPG        R1812MB via RW3XS
  3A/ON8AK via M0URX         II7IAOI via IZ7AUH       RA/DL6KV via DL6KV
  5Z4/SM1TDE via SM1TDE      IY1EY via IK1QBT         SV0XCA/5 via LZ1WL (B)
  8J50YAX/5 via JA5YAX       JX9JKA via LA9JKA (d)    SV9/KI1G via KI1G
  9N7CB via DL2GAN           KH2/JI3CEY via JI3CEY    TA4/DL2DXA via DL2DXA
  A31JY via JA1JQY           KP2/W1EQ via W1EQ        UK/UA4WHX via UA4WHX
  A31MA via JA3MCA           LT2H via LU3HIP          UN5J via W3HNK
  AH2EA via JF2WGN           LX7I via LX2A            VK6WDI via VK6YS
  C6AXY via W9XY             LX9LTE via LX3PR         VP2MGZ via DL7AFS
  DA9L via DO1BEN            LZ1620PPZ via LZ1KCP     W3HF/KH2 via W3HF
  DL3KZA/YB8FL via DL3KZA    OP7M via ON4SA           YQ0U via YO5BFJ
  EO5UFF via US5UFF          P29VCX via SM6CVX        ZF2AH via W6VNR
  HF8W via SP8GWI            PJ2/DB5IJ via DB5IJ      ZW1CF via PY1QW
  HI8CSS via EA5GL           PJ2/DF9MV via DF9MV
  HZ1TT via IZ8CLM           PJ2/DL5MFL via DL5MFL
             (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (L) LoTW only
E73Y QSL INFO. It has been confirmed that Boris, E73Y, will QSL direct and by the Bureau. He also states, "I accept Bureau QSL requests with full QSO data sent to my E-mail, and that postage payment (2.00 USD) can be done by Paypal." Address and E-mail is "OK" on (QRZ.com).IRCS TO BE DISCONTINUED IN THE U.S.? It seems that the United States Postal Service (USPS) will (or try to) follow what the U.K. is going to do with IRCs. The USPS has proposed to discontinue the sale of International Reply Coupons (IRCs) due to the "low quantity demand by customers" but will "continue to exchange (redeem) international reply coupons purchased in foreign countries and presented at U.S. Post Office facilities". You can read more in the Federal Register at:
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2012/10/23/2012-25992/international-mailing-services-proposed-product-and-price-changes#h-13
Comments on this proposed change will be accepted through November 23rd, and can be voiced/filed at:
http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=USPS-2012-0101-0001
It has been suggested that the amateur radio operators should try to make a the case for retaining IRCs on the usps.com store only. IRCs are currently available at usps.com so there is no need to have them stocked or ordered at a local post office. It costs literally nothing to have them in the online store. If the sale of IRCs are discontinued here in the U.S., you will have to buy them from another country.NEW QSL ROUTE. Sergey, D2HD, has selected Buzz, NI5DX, as his QSL Manager. A card must be designed and printed. Please allow 4-6 weeks for the cards to arrive from the printer. Sergey will provide Buzz with the log every week, so there will be very little wait for the cards to be processed and mailed.
NEW QSL ROUTE. Tim, M0URX, is now the QSL Manager for JX5O. Tim states, "I have now received the log. OQRS will soon be opened." For more details, especially on old QSL request, see Tim's Web page at:
http://www.m0urx.com
POSTAL RATE WEB SITE. Here's a helpful site regarding Postage Rates worldwide:
http://www.k4hb.com/postage.html
QSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: NONE REPORTED THIS WEEK! See "LOTW UPDATE" above for details.
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 1A0C, 3C6A, 5C13IG, 5C13KD, 5C13YR, 5U8NK, 7O6T, 8Q7OE, A51PN, ER1LW, J28NC, PJ5/K3TRM, RI1FJ, VP5/WA2VYA, VK9CS, VK9XS, VU7M, YY4DNN and ZD9UW
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: NONE REPORTED THIS WEEK!
SILENT KEYS
* Marjoke (Mary), ZS5V, the XYL of Joost, ZS5S, informs OPDX that her husband became a Silent Key (SK) on October 29th after a 3 month battle with metastase malignant melanoma. He died peacefully at home.
* It has been reported that Pieter Botha, ZS4PB, at the age of 86, became a Silent Key (SK) on November 7th. ZS4PB was known for his topband activities, also widely known as "The African Cowboy", and was one of Africa's best known DXers in the last 60 years.
OPDX and its readers would like to send out our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the above mentioned.
T6, AFGHANISTAN
Mike, KI4MRH, is now active as T6MH from Afghanistan. He tells OPDX that he expects to be there until October 2013. Activity will be on 80-10 meters (no 30m) using SSB and the Digital modes (PSK-31/ PSK-63/JT-65). He will use 100 watts (SSB) and 30 watts (Digital) into a 40 meter Inverted Vee and a 20 meter vertical. Current QSL is via eQSL. He is currently setting up an account for LoTW and has made his own QSL cards that he will be filling out and sending to E-mail and through postal service.
T8, PALAU
Ryosei, JH0IXE, will once again be active as T8CW from the "VIP Guest Hotel (Free Radio Room) on Koro Island, Palau (OC-009), between December 24th and January 6th (2013). Activity will be on 160-6 meters with operations this time mainly on the Digital modes (RTTY, PSK31, JT65A). QSL via JA0FOX. Visit his Web page at:
http://jh0ixe.idou.net/t8cw
TF, ICELAND
Operators Phil/G3SWH, Tom/N3ZZ, Andrew/UA3AB, Mike/WA6O, Oskar/TF3DC, Yngvi/TF3Y and Thorvaldur/TF4M will activate the TF4M Rhombic Farm club station in Otradalur, using the callsign TF4X during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via G3SWH. For more on the TF4M station, see:
http://www.tf4m.com
TJ, CAMEROON
Nicolas, F8FQX (ex-5T5SN and ex-TN5SN) is now in Yaounde (Grid JJ53SU), Cameroon, and he will be there for about 3-4 years. He is currently waiting for his permission to operate and has requested the callsign TJ3SN. No other details were provided. Stay tuned!
TX5, CLIPPERTON ISLAND (Update)
Reports indicate that Lance, W7GJ, has been invited to be a 6 meter operator for the TX5Q 2013 Cordell Expedition to Clipperton Island - provided he can pay the standard personal participation fee of 6500 USDs before November 26th. He is asking the 6m community if you are interested in having Clipperton activated on 6m to please help fund his trip. Complete details are available at:
http://www.bigskyspaces.com/w7gj/TX5K.htm
UNIQUE SPECIAL EVENT FROM ALASKA AND THE YUKON! "Yukon John"
KL7JR, informs OPDX:
"Time frame is June or July, 2013. If you were planning a trip to Alaska or the Yukon, bring the family and make a vacation out of it. Special event will be 2 or 3 days long with other operating locations available (VE8RST etc.)... spend a day or as long as you wish! Callsigns used will be KL7RST and VY1RST. Several ways to get there: fly up to (Anchorage, Juneau or Whitehorse) and rent a car, drive up, ferry up from Bellingham, WA....etc. etc. I especially need a ham with CW or digital experience (prefer PSK-31) to man his own station. There is a hotel nearby so that's another possibility. I may come up solo in a motor home...not sure yet but could have room for someone to share expenses. One thing for sure, we will have an exciting time and I promise this will be UNIQUE!!! This could just be that mini-DXpedition you always dreamed of!!! Please pass on to anyone who may be interested. Specific details will be released later. Contact Yukon John, KL7JR if interested (kl7jrATyahoo.com)."
V8, BRUNEI (Reminder/Update)
By the time you read this, members of the Gemilang Amamteur Radio Club (GEMILANG Radio) and the Mediterraneo DX Club will should be active as V84SMD from Brunei (OC-088, WLOTA 1628) until November 23rd. Activity will be on 160-6 meters, including the 30/17/12 meter bands, using CW, SSB and RTTY. There will be 23 operators with 4 to 5 stations on the air 24 hours.Team members include Norbert/ DJ7JC, Heye/DJ9RR, Andy/DL3GA, Henri/F1HRE, Gerard/F2JD, Michel/F5EOT, Jean-Luc F6BIV, Marco/HB9OCR, Gabriele/I2VGW (Co-Team Leader), Pino/I8YGZ, Fabio/IK2LTR, Dario/IT9ZZO, Paolo/IW2ETR, Marco/IZ2GNQ, Stefano/IZ5GST, Antonio/IZ8CCW (Team Leader), Karl/OE3JAG, Eric/ON7RN, UZ2HKC, Lan/V85AVE, Nizam/V85AX, Ayub/V85TX, Adhi/YB3MM, Feri/YO5OED and Ovidiu/YO9XC. QSL via IK2VUC, direct, by the bureau or the OQRS. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW 4-5 months after the activity. Further information can be found on their website at:
http://www.mdxc.org/v84smd
VP8/S. SOUTH GEORGIA
Mike, GM0HCQ/MM, onboard the "Royal Research Ship James Clark Ross, is scheduled to possibly be active again as VP8SGK from King Edward Point Base station, South Georgia (AN-007), on November 18th. Activity will only be a few hours and SSB only. QSLing is only direct for all contacts. All contacts will be on e-QSL or LoTW. Full details on QSLing is available at:
http://www.gm0hcq.com/qsl.htm
Details about Mike and the "James Clark Ross" are avaialble at:
http://www.gm0hcq.com
YN, NICARAGUA
Mike, AJ9C, will once again be active as YN2CC from Granada, Nicaragua, between November 20-29th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. Also, Mike will be in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Sinlge-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via LoTW or direct to his home callsign.
ZL9, CAMPBELL ISLAND (Press Release #10)
Ed, VK2ARE, Australian publicity Officer for ZL9HR, sent out the following on November 8th:
"One of the most important DX'peditions of the year is about to start.ZL9HR will be active from the UNESCO World Heritage Campbell Island which is 650Km south of New Zealand in the Great Southern Ocean. This Sub-Antarctic island is sought after not only for DXCC and IOTA (OC-037) awards but I have been informed by August, HB9TZA, also for the World Flora and Fauna radio award where the island has the reference ZLFF-019. Please checkout www.wff44.orgfor details of that competition. I am glad to report all plans are still on schedule and ZL9HR will be active on all bands from 160m to 6m from November 28th to December 9th from Campbell Island. Here's hoping for mild weather and good propagation for the event.
As always please refer to the DX'Pedition's website for all details and latest updates."
ZS7, ANTARCTICA
Adam, ZS7V, will be the new operator at the SANAE Base (South African National Antarctic Expedition) as a Radio Technician and Team Leader starting at the end of December 2012. Activity will not start until the end of February 2013 once the supply ship departs for Cape Town. He will remain at the SANAE Base until February 2014. His activity will be SSB only. His QSL Manager is ZS1HF. Look for more details to be posted to(QRZ.com).

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