OPDX Bulletin 1091 December 17, 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, KG2A, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4JF, KH6BZF, K8GI, K8YSE, W8BBQ, W8GEX & 60m News, WB8RFB, AT International, DK8JB & The DX News Letter, DL1SBF, DxCoffee.com, DX-World.Net, Emirates Amateur Radio Society, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, IK1SOW, JG7PSJ, LZ1ZF, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's DX-Newsdesk, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, VA3RJ & ICPO, the VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF), VK2JI and XE1AO for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 9th-December, through Sunday, 16th-December there were 218 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E5/s, E6, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FH, FK, FM, FO, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HC, HC8, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J7, 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, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ5, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, R1FJ, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TR, TT, 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, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD9, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS
* PLEASE NOTE: The report "could" contain "Pirate/SLIM" operations or more likely a "BUSTED CALLSIGN". As always, you never know - "Work First Worry Later" (WFWL).
Kiyo, JR1IZM, will be active as 7P8ZM from Maseru City as of December 15th until January 2013. Activity will be holiday style on 40-6 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. He will probably use an IC-7200 and Loop with ATU/AH-4. QSL via JO1CRA, direct or by the Bureau.
CARIBBEAN TOUR (Reminder/Update on Callsigns)
Just a reminder that David, K3LP, will start activating the following Caribbean Islands this week during the month of December. Specifics of his activities are not known at this time, but it will be holiday style. His tentative schedule is as follows:
December 18-22nd - Callsign KP4/K3LP; San Juan, Puerto Rico
December 23rd - Callsign KP2/K3LP; St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
December 24th - Callsign V44KAI (Joel's callsign and station from Basseterre, St. Kitts); Operator will be David/K3LP
December 25th - Callsign J73/K3LP; Roseau, Dominica
December 26th - Callsign J3/K3LP; St. George's, Grenada
December 28th - Callsign KP2/K3LP; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
December 29-31st - Callsign KP4/K3LP; San Juan, Puerto Rico
Look for possible updates and more details at: http://www.k3lp.comDXCC NEWS (DXCC Year End Reminder & Publication Dates)
The following DXCC reminders were announced on the ARRL's Awards Blog page at: http://www.arrl.org/awards-blog This is a reminder that the deadline for the 2012 DXCC Annual and Honor Roll listing of December 31, 2012, is rapidly approaching. In order to appear in these listings your submission must be postmarked by December 31, 2012. The current publication schedule for these lists is as follows:
2012 DXCC Annual Listing: This listing is scheduled for publication in the 2012 DXCC Yearbook. The 2012 DXCC Yearbook is scheduled for publication, electronically, in August 2013 QST. DXCC no longer sends the free copy as was done in past years since it is available, digitally, in QST now. A limited supply of paper editions of the yearbook, starting with 2011, are available for 8.00 USDs each (Includes postage). To appear in this list you must:
•Present a submission postmarked by December 31, 2012, AND your total on an active award category MUST increase by, at least, one point, or,•Be current on the DXCC Honor Roll by December 31, 2012. (See Honor Roll listing requirements below under 2012 DXCC Honor Roll List). If you do not present a submission in 2012, but you are current on an Honor Roll category (Mixed, Phone, CW, Digital), only the active Honor Roll category will appear in the Yearbook.
2012 DXCC Honor Roll List: This listing is scheduled for publication in August 2013 QST. (Applicants Honor Roll standing must be current as of December 31, 2012. At present, there are 340 current entities on The ARRL DXCC List. Entry level Honor Roll is 331 current entities. Deleted entities do not count towards this award level). (eg: If you dropped below 331 current in 2012, you must make a submission with a new country to bring you back on the Honor Roll by December 31, 2012).EI13, IRELAND (Special Event)

"The Gathering... an Irish party, on and off the airwaves."
Throughout 2013, Irish families and clans will be coming together in thousands of events, both on the island and around the globe, to celebrate their history and heritage in a unique event called "The Gathering". Irish amateur radio stations, North and South, will be partici- pating and all operators throughout the world, whether they have some green Irish blood or not, are invited to join in the celebrations. The special event callsign EI13CLAN will be active throughout the year and there will be a variety of awards and other activities, details of which will be posted on the IRTS Web site at: http://www.irts.ie/thegathering QSL via Bureau or direct to the QSL Manager EI6AL at the following address: Silver Howe Sydenham Mews, Corrig Avenue Dunlaoghaire, Co Dublin IRELAND.FG, GUADELOUPE
Jean-Pierre, F6ITD, will once again be active as FG/F6ITD from Guadeloupe and two islands between February 1st and March 25th (2013). Activity will be on SSB and the Digital modes. He plans to visit the following two islands in the IOTA NA-102 group: Basse Terre Island (February 1-8th) and La Desirade Island (February 9th-March 25th). QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct. Logs will be uploaded to ClubLog and LoTW. For more details, see:
By the time you read this, Alex, RO5D, should be active as HI7/RO5D until December 25th. Activity will be on 20/15/10 meters and possibly 40 meters. QSL via RO5D.
AS-021. Members of the Emirates Amateur Radio Society (EARS) will be active as A63HI from Hatab Island (Umm Al Hatab Island), U.A.E., between December 20-24th. Activity will be on all HF bands using CW, SSB and the Digital modes with two stations on the air. QSL via IZ8CLM. Visit the EARS Web page at:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Emirates.Amateur.Radio.Society.A62ER
Twitter : http://twitter.com/EarsA62a
EU-030. Tom, DL7UZO, will be active as 5P9Z from Bornholm Island (DIA BO-001, WLOTA 2203) between May 25th and June 1st (2013). Activity will be focused on 160 meters and the Digital modes, as well as all bands on CW. QSL via DL7UZO, direct or by the DARC Bureau. A Web page is available at: http://www.5p9z.com
Harry, JG7PSJ, will once again be active as JD1BMH from Chichijima Island (AS-031) between December 30th and January 4th (2013). Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via the Bureau to JD1BMH or direct to JG7PSJ. Visit his Web page for more details at:
 Dec/17th  AN      Dec/20th  AN      Dec/22nd  AN
 Dec/18th  AN      Dec/21st  AN      Dec/23rd  HN
 Dec/19th  AN

    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
  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (dated December 16th)
  5C5W via EA5XX            HF2012PLL via SQ8EP        PJ4NX via M0URX
  9Q6AL via DF9TA           HI3/M0GDX via M0GDX        R20BIS via RU9WZ
  A6/DL9WVM via DL9WVM      HT9H via TI4SU             SU/DJ5IW via DJ5IW
  C6ARU via N4UM            J68UN via N7UN             SX9S via SV9AUE
  C6AVA via N6AWD           LS1D via AC7DX             SX1912K via SZ2RCP
  E51E via EB7DX            LY12XMAS via LY2QT         UN7AB via DL8KAC
  ED4RCP via EA4EGA         OF9X via OF9X              VP2VGG via K6CLS
  ED4T via EA4CWN           OH9SCL via OH9AB           WX3MAS via W3OK
  ED7D via EA7HEG           OY3JE via M0URX            YI1RZ via IK2DUW
  EE7E via EA7RU            PD12XMAS via PB5X          Z6/S52DD via S52DD
  EG5CTV via EA3RKR         PD35JKS via PD1JKS         ZF2MK via K9MK
  EH5RE via EB5AQB          PD35SSCS via PD2RKG        ZW8T via PS8HF
  GB4RN via G3LIK           PJ2/PA0VDV via PA0VDV
             (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (L) LoTW only
QSL SPECIAL EVENT STATION II1M via IQ1GJ or by the Bureau. Activity is by the members of the A.R.I. section of Chivasso (Turin) which will be active until December 22nd. Operations are to celebrate the 110th anniversary of the first transatlantic radio message, on December 15, 1902, between Glace Bay in Canada and Poldhu in Great Britain.7Z7AB QSL STATUS. It has been reported that QSLs for 7Z7AB (AS-190) have been received from the printer and mailings were expected to start going out on December 10th.
5W0W QSL STATUS. QSL Manager Rex, NR6M, reports that he has received the picture for the 5W0W on December 9th, and plans to do the final edits on the card before sending it off to Gennady, UX5UO, for printing.
LOTW'S NOW HAS DAILY AND HOURLY STATUS UPDATES! The ARRL's Web page reports: "The ARRL has created a new informational page to issue daily status updates and information of interest to the Logbook of The World (LoTW) user community
These updates will include planned downtime and changes that will impact LoTW operations. In addition, LoTW's processing queue is now updated hourly
telling how many logs and QSOs have been uploaded to the LoTW system and are awaiting processing. New hardware that will improve LoTW's throughput is on order and is expected to be running in six to eight weeks."T6LG QSL STATUS. Gosho, LZ1ZF, the T6LG QSL Manager, informs OPDX: "Last months, I noticed a long delay of direct mail to U.S.A. ­ 6 to 8 weeks, while the ones sent to Japan and other DX destinations outside Europe arrive within 6 to 8 days. Many U.S.A. hams complain that they didn't received direct T6LG QSL, but it doesn't depends on me. For example: QSL sent to W3YX on 10th of October 2012 (according to the stamp on the envelope) is received on 3rd of December 2012 ­ you can check it by asking Scott, W3YX, at: w3yx@aol.com Please be patient waiting for direct T6LG QSL cards ­ I always send immediately a direct QSL back. 73's de Gosho, LZ1ZF"
* Omar, XE1AO, is now active as 6D0LM from Mexico (DK89df) until December 17th. The special callsign is to celebrate the 80th anniversary of "The Federacion Mexicana de Radioexperimentadores"(FMRE). QSL via XE1LM. Omar states he will use VO-52 and FO-29. His schedule for December 17th: VO-52 0158z and FO-29 0500z.
* Luci, 9A1Z, is looking to work North America stations on AO-7 Mode B on CW. If you are interested in working him, please send an E-mail to his QRZ.com address for a sked. He is in JN86.
By the time you read this, operators Tom/DL5NEN and XYL Claudia/DO5NEN will once again be active as S79NEN from Mahe (AF-024) and La Digue Islands (AF-024) until December 28th. Activity will be on 40-6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK. QSL via DO5NEN.
PLEASE NOTE: All donations will be transferred one by one to:
They state, "Please help us. DX for kids." There is a donate button on their (QRZ.com) page, as well as a ClubLog log search.SPECIAL UK PREFIXES
It was announced in the RSGB magazine that all UK amateurs will be able to apply to use the special V prefix, such as GV, MV and 2V starting July 5th, 2012, until the end of the month of July. These special prefixes will use to celebrate 100th anniversary of the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB). Further details on this will be announced nearer to the time of the event.
T2, TUVALU (Update)
Operators Rob/GM3YTS, Tom/GM4FDM, Gav/GM0GAV and Clive/GM3POI will be active as T2GM from Tuvalu between March 12-23rd (2013). Activity will be focused on Europe. QSL via GM4FDM. The group now has a Web page available (but still under construction) at:
Kei, KG2A/JJ1RJR will be active as V25A from Antigua (NA-100) between December 23-29th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters, including the 30/17/12 meter bands, and using CW and SSB. QSL direct only with SASE to KG2A. PLEASE NOTE: Kei informs OPDX that his callsign V25A is a reissued callsign. QSL ONLY TO KG2A and not to W9NJB listed on (QRZ.com).
Tom, AA9A, will be active once again from Antigua between February 11-20th. However, he will be using a new callsign V24A instead of V25AA. Activity should be on 160-10 meters, also 60 meters if there is a demand for it, using CW, SSB and possibly RTTY. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct.
David, VE3AAQ, will be active as VO2AAA from the "Hams of Western Labrador" VO2WL club station in Labrador City, Labrador, in CQ Zone 2 between March 7-10th (2013). Activity will also include the RSGB Commonwealth Contest [BERU] (March 9-10th). QSL via VE3AAQ.
Masa, K1GI, will be active as K1GI/VP9 from Bermuda between December 29th and January 2nd (2013). Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via JG2BRI, direct, ClugLog's OQRS or LoTW. No Bureau.
Kurt, W6PH, will once again be active as VP9/W6PH for the 2013 ARRL DX CW Contest (February 16-17th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low- Power entry, and the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 2-3rd) as a Single-Op/ All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL direct to his home callsign W6PH.
Members of the Lufthansa Amateur Radio Club will be active as XV2DLH from Mui Ne between February 15-26th (2013). Operators mentioned are Rudi/DK7PE, Juergen/DH6ICE, Juergen/DH0RAK, Bernhard/DK7TF and Zkrinko/ DK8ZZ. QSL via DK8ZZ. More details will be forthcoming.
Ed, VK2JI, Publicity Officer for ZL9HR, reports [edited]: "The Hellenic Amateur Radio Association of Australia, ZL9HR team of ten Amateurs from around the world, arrived safely back on the New Zealand mainland on Tuesday, December 11th, having completed operations on Campbell Island in the early hours of Sunday morning December 9th (local time). On arrival back into New Zealand, the last of the log data was sent to the webmaster and the online log updated. The team of operators then set off back to their homes around the world with undoubtedly memories of a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
High praise for the operation has been received by the pilots from Amateurs around the world and the question most often asked is 'where will the HARAOA team go next?' - we'll all have to wait a while before that question can be answered!
Putting on an expedition as big and as remote as this one costs a lot of money and it is not too late to make a small personal contribution to help with the costs if you wish to. This can be done at the website
Until the next one - 73 Ed, VK2JI, Publicity Officer for ZL9HR."From the log on their Web page, as of 1604z, December 8th, ZL9HR has made a total of 42922 QSOs with 15487 Unique callsigns (26334/CW, 15279/ SSB, 1259/RTTY and 50/???). Breakdown by continent is: 263/AF, 0/AN, 5625/AS, 17194/EU, 16585/NA, 2121/OC and 1134/SA. Remember, QSL via EB7DX direct, LoTW or use the OQRS for Bureau and direct requests. For more information, visit their Web site at: http://www.campbell2012.com ADDED NOTE: The ClubLog's "Online QSL Request System" (OQRS) is now activated for those who wish to request their QSL cards electronically at:

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