OPDX Bulletin 1090 December 10, 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, KH2AR/W4, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, W5JON, K6VVA, KH6BZF, W6SZN, ND7K, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m News, WA8JOC, AT International, DD0VR, DK8JB & The DX News Letter, DL1SBF, DxCoffee.com, DX-World.Net, ES1CW, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, G7VJR, H44RK, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, IW3SQY, LA4LN, OH9MM, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's DX-Newsdesk, 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, 2nd-December, through Sunday, 9th-December there were 224 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, CY0, D2, D4, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FH, FK, FM, FO, FR, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, J7, JA, JT, JW, JX, 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, PJ5, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, R1FJ, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T5, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TN, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZD9, ZF, ZL, ZL9, 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).


5W, SAMOA ACTIVITIES (Update/Callsign Confusion)
* Ralph, H44RK, who was originally expected to be active as 5W0RK or 5W0KR from Apia until March 3rd (2013) from Samoa, has informed OPDX of the following [edit]:
Hi All.... After a crazy week and weekend of packing, getting my licence and moving to Apia, Samoa, I have finally arrived. The good news is that I have my latest and permanent callsign 5W0W. After a lot of to and fro with suffixes 'RK' and 'KR'.So all is good that ends well, so they say, so 5W0W it is and have now set up (QRZ.com) for that. For those of you who made a contact with me on Sunday's ANZA DX net as 5W0KR.... well it is a valid one, but if you need a QSL card, I will have to disappoint, but I am sure we will make many more contacts with this final call. Thanks to you all for your understanding..... Best 73... Ralph, 5W0W"
Remember, his activity will be on 20-10 meters using SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via NR6M.NOW TO REALLY CONFUSE THE SITUATION! Ralph, VK4VB/5H3RK, was active from Samoa during this past week as 5W0RK (You confused yet!). Activity was on 17 meters CW/SSB, but by the time you read this he will probably be QRT. Ralph was there on business, but plans to be active from Samoa twice yearly until 2015. QSL via VK4VB.


AFRICAN ACTIVITY
Starting December 10th, Roger, LA4GHA, who works for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in East Africa, will be active as 5Z4/LA4GHA from Nairobi, Kenya, and from Garowe, Somalia (license not yet issued) for the next two years. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes, as time permits. QSL via LA4GHA, by the Bureau or direct. Look for more info to be forthcoming.


C6, BAHAMAS (Update/Another Callsign Confusion)
Gil, N2GG, was active as C6AGG early in the week from Grand Bahama Island (NA-001). However, on December 4th, Gil's callsign was corrected to C6AEE. Gil states, "I was originally issued C6AGG in error by the Bahama authority. I will respond to any C6AGG QSL requests with a C6AEE QSL." Actually, C6AGG belongs to Carolyn Wardle of Nassau and has had the callsign for 22 years. Gil will be on the island until December 13th. Activity will be holiday style on 80-10 meters using mostly SSB with some CW. QSL via N2GG.


CE0Z, JUAN FERNANDEZ
Several sources are reporting that a team of 10 operators will be active from Robinson Crusoe Island (SA-005) during mid-2013. It was also mentioned that this is the same group who activated D64K earlier this year. Look for more details to be forthcoming.


EC4, SPAIN (On the Birds!)
John, K8YSE, reports: "Luis, EC4TR, is looking for North American stations to set up schedules with him. His grid square is IN80er. E-mail him at his (QRZ.com) E-mail address if you would like to contact him. FO-29 is over 1300km high during morning passes over the Atlantic now. AO-7 is always around 1450km and is in Mode B on odd days during December."


IOTA NEWS


EU-171. Michael, 5P1KZX, will be active from Vendsyssel-Thy/Nordjyl- land [aka North Jutland], Denmark, (DIA NJ-001) between December 23rd and January 9th (2013). Activity will be on all HF bands, mainly using the Digital modes. Michael will try to be active on the 160m during Christmas. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau, LoTW or eQSL. See details on (QRZ.com).
NA-054. You only have a few more days to work Rick, K6VVA, as C6AVA from Berry Islands (WLOTA 1903). He will be active until December 11th. Activity will be on 40/30/20/17 meters using mainly CW with some SSB. NA-054 is needed by 90% of ASIA/JA IOTA Claimants, 70% in EU and more than 60% in NA. Special efforts will be made for JA which is a polar path route. QSL only via N6AWD, direct or by the Bureau. For more infor- mation and updates, visit: http://www.k6vva.com/iota/na054
SA-022. Members of the Bahia Blanca DX Group (GDXBB) will be active as L22D from Gama Island between January 24-27th (2013). Activity will be on CW, SSB and PSK31. Operations will be on all bands, possibly including the 17/12 meter bands. Look for more details to be forthcoming. Also, watch the following Web page at: http://lu6evd.wordpress.com/2012/12/07/activacion-isla-gama-iota-sa-022

J3, GRENADA
Roy, KE4TG, will once again be active as J38RF from Grenada (NA-024, WLOTA 0718) between February 6th and March 8th (2013). His primary interest is the Digital modes (JT-65HF, PSK-31 and RTTY) using a K-3 with a G5RV and phased vertical antennas. There may be some CW and SSB. Also some operations on 60 meters. QSL via his home callsign direct (QRZ.com). Logs will be uploaded to LoTW.

KH6BZF PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (December 10-16th)

 Dec/10th  AN      Dec/13th  AN      Dec/15th  HN
 Dec/11th  HN-AN   Dec/14th  AN      Dec/16th  HN
 Dec/12th  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

OF3, FINLAND

Operators Marko/OH8KVY, Juha/OH9MM and possible others will activate the club callsign OF3I this time from the Arctic Circle. The operation takes place December 13-16th, including the OK DX RTTY Contest (December 15th). QSL preferably via LoTW.


OJ0, MARKET REEF

A group of Belgian operators will be active as OJ0V from Market Reef (EU-053, ARLHS MAR-001, WLOTA 0542) between July 1-6th (2013). Operators mentioned are Jean-Pierre/ON5JT, Michel/ON6QO, Koen/ ON4CCP, Philippe/ON4LEM and Peter/ON8VP. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL via ON8VP.


PT0S, ST. PETER AND ST. PAUL ROCKS

The following URLs will take you to some pictures (63 pic) and videos on the recent PT0S DXpedition:
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.457069160997422.91380.233495793354761&type=1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=wymihKWl2AA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=qKycL3ICKc8


QSL INFO AND NEWS
  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (dated December 9th)
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  3B8BAE via K5XK          FK8CE via LZ1JZ          OX/OZ1LXJ via OZ1LXJ
  5C2P via IK2PZC          H44MS via DL2GAC         P40CX via K8CX
  5C5W via EA5XX           HG8C via HA8EK           PA12XMAS via PB5X
  5H3CMG via ZR6CMG        HG90ST via HA6NL         PB12XMAS via PB5X
  5W0RK via VK4VB          II0TH via I0YCB          PF35BTA via PA2BTA
  5W0W via NR6M            II0XMAS via M0OXO        PF35FRAG via PI4FRG
  9A55AX via 9A4J          II3SB via IW3IE          PF35WRD via PA2WRD
  A65BP via UA6MF          J6/KA9P via KA9P         PJ2/K8ND via K8ND
  A641ND via IZ8CLM        J6/N7QT via N7QT         S79DX via R9DX
  AH0BT via 7L1FPU         J6/W4VAB via W4VAB       SI5Y via SM5BKK
  CQ8PV via CU3AU          J6/W5TDY via W5TDY       SU9VB via UA4WHX
  CW5W via CX6VM (d)       J6/W6ABM via W6ABM       TM4TLT via F4KIP
  DL0DAN via DJ4BP         L33M via LU1MA           TM62LL via F8KHW
  DL0WXR via DL7ARB        LZ1500PNB via LZ1KCP     V31NO via W3NO
  DL125HHZ via DJ9BM       OF9X via OH2BH           VP2V/K6TOP via K6TOP
  DP7X via DL6IAK          OL1C via OK1ONA          XU1A via JH1AJT
  EA8/DJ6YC via DJ6YC      ON101BOB via ON3EA       XV2RZ via OH4MDY (d)
  EA8/IK1PMR via IK1PMR    OQ200HC via ON4CBU       YN5ZO via K7ZO
  EF5Y via EA5GTQ (L)      OR200HC via ON3AIM       ZF1EJ via K6AM
  EH8FPA via EA8CZT        OS3A via ON5SA           ZP6LMR via K2DER
  EN400UG via US5UZ        OV1CDX via OZ1GML        ZP9MCE via EA5ZD
             (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (L) LoTW only
CY0AA LOGS (1996). Ken, WA8JOC/CY0AA, reports that "effective 12/6/2012, all 15000+ QSOs have been uploaded to LoTW. Direct only cards to W8RHM for both HF and VHF/UHF will be required in the future for QSLs. Paper QSL cards will be processed with appropriate return envelope and postage. NO further Bureau cards will be processed. 16 years is long enough to delay requests for a needed QSL.. Once again, this is ONLY for the 1996 CY0AA Expedition."LOG AVAILABLE. The E51E log has been added to the ClubLog Web page.
QSL STATUS OF H44RK, H44USMC and VP2V/AA7V.Rex, NR6M, reports that currently all QSL requests for H44RK, H44USMC and VP2V/AA7V are being mailed out the following day.
QSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 4O4A, 6Y9X, 8P5A, 9A7A, 9Y4D, AH0/N0AT, C6AKQ, C6AXY, CR3A, D3AA, D4C, DL1YD, DL2MWB, EA8AY, ED1R, EI3KG, EL2LF, FS/K9EL, FY5KE, G3NKC, GM5X, GX6YB, HA8IE, HI3TEJ, HK1NA, HP1WW, HQ2N, J43J, J68HZ, JA1UNLX/VK4, JA7DOT, JH4MGU, JW2US, KH6LC, KP2MM, NP3X, OK2JS, ON5UR, OT5A, P40T, PJ2T, PJ4X, PT6MM, PT0S, PW7T, PY1PL, PY3OZ, PY4PI, RL9F, S58N, SV1CQN, T30PY, T6LG, TF4X, TM6M, TO2A, TT8TT, UT7KF, V26B, V26K, V63JX, VP2V/AA7V, VQ5X, V26E, YY4DNN and ZK2C
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 2E0SQL, 2O12L, 3D2GC, 5H1HS, 5H1HS/3, 6Y9X, A31JY, D64K, EA4CYQ, EC4TR, EY0A, EW6DX, KH8/JA2HGY, PJ7I, RI1ANF, T30PY, T30TT, T40C, TI2CLX, UK/UA1ZEY, VK9PN, VU3BPZ/p, W9IMS, XX9THX and Z81D
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 4J85W, 4K9W, 4K0CW, 5X7FN, 6W/DL2AWG, A6/DL9WVM, H44WG, HB0/DF7EF, HS0ZGV, MJ/DL3SEM, S9DX, TF/DL3SEM and V55V

RI1, ANTARCTICA
Alex, RD1AV, will once again be active as RI1ANC from the Russian Vostok Base club station in the Antarctica (AN-016, WFF RFF-168) between December 22nd and February 7th (2013). Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL via RN1ON.

S7, SEYCHELLES
Werner, DC8QT, will be active as S79QT from Mahe (AF-024) between December 19th and January 7th (2013). Activity will be on 40-10 meters using SSB, RTTY and PSK31. He will use an IC-7000 with 100 watts into a vertical antenna. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

T6, AFGHANISTAN
Vyacheslav, RL3AR, will be active as T6T from Kabul until the summer 2014. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and PSK. QSL via RL3AR, by the Bureau or eQSL
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T8, PALAU
Operators Mike/JA6EGL, Yasu/JA6UBY and Yu/JE6DND will once again be active as T88SM, T88CP, and T88HK, respectively, from Koror Island (OC-009) between January 9-14th. Activity will be 80-10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via their home callsigns (direct only).

V3, BELIZE
Operators Ron/WB1EAZ and XYL Elaine/KA1UCC will be active as V31RT and V31BE, respectively, from Belize sometime in mid-March 2013. Activity will be a SSB only operation, and they will focus on EU, Oceania and Asia. QSL via WB1EAZ.

V4, ST. KITTS
Jon, W5JON, will be active again as V47JA from his Calypso Bay vacation home, located 300 feet from the Caribbean Sea (CQ Zone:8, IOTA NA-104, Grid FK87pg), between February 20th and March 21st (2013). Activity will be on 160-6 meters SSB, including 60 meters. He plans to operate in the ARRL International DX SSB Contest (March 2-3rd) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. The station's equipment is a Kenwood TS-590S, Yaesu FT-857D, and SB200 amplifier. Antennas are a 80-10m multi-band dipole, metal roof (called "Galvalume", which the vertical uses as the ground radials) with mounted S9 (18 ft. and 31 ft. verticals) and a 6m 3 element yagi. Also, look for his XYL Cathy, W5HAM, to also be active occasionally as V4/W5HAM. All QSLs go to his home callsign, W5JON. Also LoTW.

XR0, EASTER ISLAND (Update/Dates Changed)
A UK DXpedition team will be active as XR0YG from Easter Island (SA-001) between March 20-27th. Operators mentioned are Michael/G7VJR, Nigel/G3TXF, John/G4IRN and Martin G3ZAY. Activity will be on all bands 160-10 meters, mainly CW. Operations will be on the HF bands, but they also plan to work challenging paths on the low bands and with an emphasis on Europe. They will be using Elecraft K3s, small PAs and vertical antennas. Depending on the space available, they will use a beverage or flag for RX on the low bands. ClubLog and LoTW uploads will occur daily. The log search on ClubLog will be available at:
https://secure.clublog.org/charts/?c=XR0YG
There will also be OQRS available. QSL via G3TXF and LoTW.

XU, CAMBODIA
Members of the "Foundation for Global Children" (FGC) are now active as XU1A from the "Kingdom of Cambodia" (XU) until December 17th. Activity will be on 160­10 meters (hopefully 6m also) with a focus on 160/80/75 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. They plan to have three stations operating simultaneously using 2x Yagis, DP and GPs. QSL via JH1AJT: P.O. Box 8, Oiso, Naka, Kanagawa 259-0111, Japan (or via JA Bureau). ClubLog and OQRS will be available later.

XV, VIETNAM
Operators Heli/DD0VR and YL Bigi/DE3BWR will be in Vietnam between December 12th and January 4th (2013). Heli informs OPDX that they will start their trip on the 12th from Munich over to Dubai, then Saigon (HCMC) to north Hanoi. Their travels and activities will be as follows:
December 18-20th on Cat Ba Island (AS-132) in the Halong Bay
December 21-22nd in Hue the capital city of Thua Thien ­ Hue Province
December 22-24th in Danang which is Vietnam's third largest city
December 24-26th in Nha Trang which is a coastal city and capital of Khanh Hoa Province
December 26-28th in Mui Ne which is a coastal resort town in the Binh Thuan Province
December 28-30th in Can Tho the fifth largest city in Vietnam
December 30th-January 2nd on Phu Quoc Island (AS-128) - the largest island in Vietnam.
January 2-4th return to HCMC (Ho Chi Minh City)
The callsign XV0VR was obtained thanks to NguyenBac, XV2A. Activity will be on 20/17/15/12/10 meters operating only QRP CW and QRO/QRP SSB. He mentions that he will make CW QSO (using his G-QRP-Club NR 7073) in the QRP segments with 10 watts and SSB with 500 watts on all other bands if possible depending on the conditions. Heli will use a Elecraft KX3 with a modified Tokyo High Power HL-1.1 (8w in and 500w out) into various antennas. QSL via DD0VR, direct or by the Bureau.

XV, VIETNAM (IOTA Op!)

Operators Sei/JA7LU and Hiroo/JA2VWG will be active as XV4LU and XV4DDD, respectively, from Phu Quoc Island (AS-128) between January 12-16th (2013). Activity will be on 40/20/17/15/12/10 meters using SSB and RTTY. See (QRZ.com) for details on QSL information.

ZL9, CAMPBELL ISLAND (Update)

Members of the Hellenic Amateur Radio of Association of Australia (HARAOA) ZL9HR team are now QRT from Campbell Island (OC-037, WFF ZLFF-019) as of about 1600z, December 8th. The report on their Web page states on Sunday, December 9th, "After a very long final day, the team on Campbell Island finished operations at about 16:00 UTC 8/12/12 - 05:00 9/12/12 Local time and now starts the work of disassembly of the antenna systems, equipment packing and transfer of everything back to the boat before departure back to New Zealand.
We wish all the team a safe and calm trip back to New Zealand and then on to their home countries and look forward to the next HARAOA DX'Pedition wherever that may be to." From the log on their Web page, as of 0243z, December 7th, ZL9HR has made a total of 35607 QSOs with 13456 Unique callsigns (22273/CW, 12584/SSB and 700/RTTY). Breakdown by continent is: 239/AF, 0/AN, 4952/AS, 12949/EU, 14586/NA, 1858/OC and 1023/SA. Remember, QSL via EB7DX direct, LoTW or use the OQRS for Bureau and direct requests. For more information and possible updates, visit their Web site at:
http://www.campbell2012.com

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YASME FOUNDATION PRESS RELEASE (via Kip, W6SZN):
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   PO BOX 20578
   Castro Valley, California 94546


   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


   December 7, 20 12
   Temple Hills, Maryland


                    YASME EXCELLENCE AWARDS AND SUPPORTING GRANTS


   The Yasme Excellence Award is awarded to individuals who through their
own service, creativity, effort and dedication have made a significant
contribution to amateur radio.  The contribution may be in recognition of
technical, operating or organizational achievement, as all three are
necessary for amateur radio to grow and prosper.  The Yasme Excellence
Award is in the form of a cash grant and an individually-engraved crystal
globe. 


    The Board of Directors of The Yasme Foundation is pleased to announce
the award of the Yasme Excellence Award to the following individuals:


 - George Fremin, K5TR; Tree Tyree, N6TR; Trey Garlough, N5KO; and Scott
   Neader, KA9FOX, for their contributions to many infrastructure projects
   that benefit the ham community at large.


 - Mark Spencer, WA8SME, for his instrumental work in the ARRL Teachers
   Institute and other training efforts, development of PIC microcontroller
   projects and books for amateurs, and work with leaders in student and
   scientific teams applying amateur radio to scientific projects and
   experiments.


 - Champ Muangamphun, E21EIC, and Pornchai Semjang, HS2JFW, for leadership
   in the Thai amateur community, especially during the recent flooding
   which helped open the door to the new Thai HF licensing and enhanced
   the stature of amateur radio with the Thai government.


 - Tomas Hood, NW7US, and Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA, for sustained education
   of the amateur community regarding propagation, solar and geomagnetic
   physics.


 - David Freese, W1HKJ, for creating and maintaining the freeware software
   package FLDIGI, probably the most widely used digital communication
   software in ham radio and a frequent gateway for new hams who are more
   familiar with computer-based communications.


 - Dean Straw, N6BV, for his contributions to amateur antenna system design
   and the development of software tools such as HFTA to optimize system
   design.


 - Peter Martinez, G3PLX, and Pawel Jalocha, SP9VRC, for the development
   of PSK31, a widely used digital mode entirely invented by amateurs
   that is enabling many amateurs to successfully use HF with very modest
   stations.


 - Arie Kleingeld, PA3A, Ad Van Ginneken, PA8AD, and Arie, PA3AN, for their
   sustained contributions to the Mercy Ships Project.


   Thank you for your fine work and congratulations to you all!


   The Board of Directors also announces supporting grants to the following:


 - WRTC 2014 (www.wrtc2014.org)
 - World Wide Radio Operators Foundation (www.wwrof.org)
 - Club Log (www.clublog.org)
 - NCDXF Beacon Project (www.ncdxf.org)
 - Yasme Scholarships (administered by ARRL) (www.arrl.org)
 - Amateur Radio Association of Kosovo (SHARK)


  The Yasme Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation organized to conduct
scientific and educational projects related to Amateur Radio, including
DXing (long distance communication) and the introduction and promotion of
Amateur Radio in developing countries.  For additional information about
The Yasme Foundation, visit our website at www.yasme.org.


Fred Laun, K3ZO, Vice-President
The Yasme Foundation


Board of Directors:
Wayne Mills, N7NG, Director and President
Fred Laun, K3ZO, Director and Vice-President
Rusty Epps, W6OAT, Director and Treasurer
Kip Edwards, W6SZN, Director and Secretary
Martti Laine, OH2BH, Director
Mac McHenry, W6BSY, Director
Ward Silver, N0AX, Director
Robert Vallio, W6RGG, Director"

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