OPDX Bulletin 1115 June 10, 2013

17:50 Fernando Luiz de Souza 0 Comments

Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB5K & the AR TelNet Clusters Network, K1XN & GoList, NC1L, NJ1Q & W1AW, N2OO, W2GB, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, WK3N, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4JF, WF4W, KH6BZF, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m News, W9ILY, AT International, CU3AA, DK8JB & The DX News Letter, DL1SBF, DxCoffee.com, DX-World.Net, E21EIC, EA5GL, ES1CW, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, IK2XDE, IZ2DPX, Mediterraneo DX Club, OK1RK, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's DX-Newsdesk, PD5MVH, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, VA3RJ & ICPO, VE7DP and the VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) for the following DX information.
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 2nd-June, through Sunday, 9th-June there were 217 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4U1U, 4X, 5B, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, 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, F, FG, FH, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HC, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, JA, JD/o, JT, JX, JY, K, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OJ0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ5, PJ7, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S5, S7, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T32, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TR, TT, TU, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2V, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS, ZS8
* 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).
Flavio, IW2NEF, will be active as 5R8NE from Nosy-Be Island (AF-057) between July 16-30th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using SSB, and a FT-857 into a fishing rod antenna at 10 meters. He also plans to be in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th). QSL via IK2DUW.
Roger, ZS6RJ, will once again be on a one man DXpedition for 4-5 days in Botswana (WW.Loc KG47AC) as A25RJ starting June 15th. Activity will be from Tuli Block, Eastern Botswana, focusing on 80-10 meters, CW and Roger states, "Look forward to working you in the pile- ups!" QSL via LoTW or direct using the QRZ.com address. There is no bureau service for Botswana.
Yuki, JH1NBN, will be active as A52W between June 9-19th. Activity will be limited to his spare time because he is there once again on a business trip. Yuki will operate SSB with 100 watts into wire antennas. QSL via JH1NBN direct. For more details, check:
Joao, CU3AA, AFFA Award Manager, is pleased to announce the "Azores Flora Fauna Award" (AFFA). All effort were made to make AFFA recognized as another WWFF award, as well as all its protected areas, since the aim is the same. Unfortunately, such recognition wasn't done as it was expected. However, hoping that soon their efforts might be recognized. They have the recognition and support of the regional authorities. You can access their Web site at:
They suggest, "If you wish, leave your thoughts, comments or suggestions." C8, MOZAMBIQUE (Update/Press Release #2)
Tom/N4XP and Don/N1DG, the C82DX DXpedition Co-leaders, posted the following press release (#2) on June 4th on the DXpedition's Web page [edited]:
"Planning and preparations are continuing for our October 2013 Mozambique DXpedition. Our license has been issued and is in hand with the callsign C82DX. We are happy to announce this will be the first use of the C82 prefix. We will be active starting October 15th, for eight days with operations ongoing through October 22nd. We are also pleased to announce Ray Novak, N9JA has joined our team. ZS6P and ZS6RI will travel to our operating site the first week of June for scouting, planning and preparation purposes. Our location in Xai Xai is located directly on the ocean in the southern part of Mozambique.
Low Band operations remain the primary objective, and we have secured both Titanex and Battle Creek Special verticals. We have also obtained the sponsorship of Array Solutions with one of their new shared apex loop array RX systems. They join ICOM (our main equipment supplier with IC7600s) and SteppIR (CrankIRs) as our major donors to our DXpedition.
During the day we will operate all HF bands including 6 meters. Our website is now live,
where you can learn more about our plans."
Antonio, EA4GBA, will be active as C91GBA from Matola starting June 27th through December 15th. Activity will be on all HF bands using SSB and a Yaesu FT-857 with 100 watts into a dipole. QSL via EA4GBA direct (w/SAE and 2 USDs). QSL cards will be answered once he arrives back in Spain early 2014. CANADIAN ARCTIC IOTAS TO BE ACTIVATED!
Mike, VE2XB, currently active from the Canadian High Arctic IOTA Dorset Island (NA-156) as VY0BRR (he states, VY0BRR -- It's FREEZING), is planning to activate other very rare IOTAs within the Region of Nunavut. His QTH is Cape Dorset, an Inuit hamlet located on Dorset Island near Foxe Peninsula at the southern tip of Baffin Island in the Qikiqtaaluk Region of Nunavut, Canada. The Inuktitut name of the village means "high mountains." Mike provides interesting details and history of Cape Dorset and Dorset Island on his Web and QRZ.com pages at:
Mike is looking to travel to other places in Nunavut, and will activate some very rare IOTAs including: Coral Harbour, Southampton Island (NA-007), Sanikiluaq, Belcher Islands (NA-196), Igloolik (NA-174), Cambridge Bay, Victoria Island (NA-006) and Qikiqtarjuaq, Broughton Island (NA-130). He also adds,
"Maybe I will travel to some rare IOTAs in the Northwest Territories or NWT to the West...and maybe to Yukon too. (Vy1)." Activity from these location has not been provided, but in the past Mike was active on 80-10 meters, depending on band conditions, using CW and SSB. QSL via VE2XB with SASE and Canadian stamps or 2 IRCS or 2 USD. See (QRZ.com) for details and address.
Jose, CE3YHO, has announced that he is traveling to Easter Island by the end of June in order to live there with his wife (islander) and two sons that actually are living on the Island. Once living there, Jose will install a Ham Radio station on HF, VHF and UHF, and expects to begin operations as CE0YHO at the end of July or August.
DXCC NEWS (NODXA Member's Achievement)
Congratulations to NODXA member Scotty, WK3N, for exceeding the 3000 confirmed mark in the ARRL DXCC Challenge. He is the Northern Ohio DX Association's second member to exceed the 3k level with his last submission giving him 3003 confirmed. NODXA's first member to reach 3k was Don, K8MFO. Don has an astounding Challenge total of 3144. The ARRL DXCC Challenge presently has 73 members from 19 countries with 3k or more confirmed QSOs. They are to be commended for an achievement that takes a lifetime.
Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL Awards Branch Manager, reports that the following operation is approved for DXCC credit:
VU7KV – Lakshadweep Islands (DXCC Entity Code – 142); May 2013 operation
Note: If anyone had this contact rejected in a recent submission send an E-mail to bmoore@arrl.org to be placed on the list for an update to your record.
Luis, EA8AY, will be active as EF8X from Tenerife Island (IOTA AF-004, DIE S-012, WLOTA 1276, EAA TF) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as a Single-Op/All-band entry. QSL via W2GR. Visit his Web site at:
Just a reminder that John, K9EL, will once again activate FS/K9EL from St. Martin (NA-105, DIFO FS-001, WLOTA 0383, WW Loc. FK88) between June 11-28th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters. Daily uploads to ClubLog and LoTW are planned. John has a new QTH this year and should have a better signal to the USA on 6 meters. QSL via his home callsign.
Gregory, VK1AI, has once again returned to Honiara on June 3rd, and is active as H44PA until June 30th. Activity will probably be on 20/17/15 meters CW mainly. QSL via VK1AI, direct or by the Bureau.
ADDED NOTE: Gregory states, "Cards for my 2012 operation are ready for dispatch to the Bureau. Anyone wanting a card direct is welcome to do so."
H44, SOLOMON ISLANDS (IOTA Op/Update to OPDX.1103/1104/1105)
By the time you read this, operators Ralph/5W0W/H44RK, Maggie/H44MK (the only local YL Ham from Sikiana), Stan/SQ8X, Dom/SQ9KWW and Tom/WL7HP will be active as H44IOTA from Florida Islands (OC-158) as part of their IOTA tour until June 13th. Their next stop is from the very rare Stewart Island (OC-285) between June 17-24th.
ADDED NOTE (From their Web Page): "The H44IOTA Team informs that plans to activate IOTA OC-285 between June 4-7th, 2013 by H44S and H44AJ are not associated with 'H44IOTA DXpedition' nor 'The Pacific C3 Project'. The H44IOTA Team continues their plans as scheduled. We’re really looking forward to make contacts with IOTA chasers from all islands as planned." Remember, activities will be on 80-10 meters using CW and SSB. See OPDX.1104 for frequencies. All QSL requests are via QSL Manager Rex Turvin, NR6M. For updates it is suggested to watch:
The group now has a Web, Twitter and FaceBook page at:
IB2, ITLAY (Special Event)
Members of the ARI Lomazzo "Project DX Team" are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the foundation. Look for all its members to use the special callsign IB2PDT between June 21st and July 7th, and between September 20th and October 6th. The event's main goal is to celebrate the anniversary, but also to remember and give a tribute to all the founders. All the QSOs will be sincerely appreciated, and also SWL reports. The QSL is sure via the Bureau to IQ2LZ.
II8, ITALY (Late Announcement, LH Op!)
Alex, IK8YFU, and other Calabria DX Team members were expected to be active as II8LH on June 8th, from the Capo Vaticano lighthouse (WAIL CL-005, ARLHS ITA-047), located in Ricadi (VV)Vibo Valentia Province, Calabria region, Italy. QSL via the Bureau to HB9FHZ (USKA Bureau). QSL via IK8YFU direct. E-QSL Authenticity is guaranteed. Also LoTW. For more info, see:
AF-019. Emilio, IZ1GAR, will be active as IH9R from Pantelleria Island (IIA TP-001, WLOTA 0041) during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 23-24th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. Pantelleria counts as Multiplier Zone 33 Africa Italy for the CQWW DX rule (islands are located over the African continent platform). QSL via IZ1GAR, direct or by the Bureau.
AS-043. Ted, JF1CCH, will be active as JF1CCH/1 from Hachijo Island between June 14-17th. Activity will be on the usual IOTA frequencies operating mainly CW. QSL via his home callsign.
AS-147. The "425 DX News" reports that Taka, JA8COE, will be active as JA8COE/8 from Yagishiri Island on June 20-24th (weather permitting) and again on July 25-29th, for the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th). QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
EU-038. Marcel, PD5MVH, will once again be active as PD5MVH/P from Vlieland Island between August 31st and September 14th. Activity will be on 40/20/10 meters SSB. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. NO LoTW or eQSL.
EU-093. Manel, EA3EGB, will be active as EA3EGB/5 from Benidorm Island (DIE E-007, WW Loc. JM08) and lighthouse (FEA E-0172, WLH EA-003, WLOL SPA-165, WLOTA 3329, Admiralty E 0172) on June 16th. Activity will be on 40-6 meters using SSB and RTTY. Benidorm Island is located in the Province of Alicante. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
EU-129. Operators Hardy/DL3KWF, Bert/DK3BK, Gun/DF2TG and Roland/DL9GMN will be active as DM3X/P from Görmitz Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as a Multi-Op/Low-Power entry. QSL via the Bureau.
EU-137. Lars, SM6CUK, will be active as SA6G/7 from Ven Island (WLOTA 0780) between June 10-17th. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands. QSL via SM6CUK, by the Bureau or direct.
EU-177. Olaf, G0CKV, will be active as SM5CKV/P from Harstena Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as a Single-Op/ CW-Mode entry. QSL via G0CKV.
NA-058. Tad, WF4W, informs OPDX that a group of 10-12 operators will activate Sapelo Island (USA738 and USA1014) as K4S in the Georgia State IOTA Group between September 12-14th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK. QSL via LoTW, eQSL and direct (w/SASE or IRC) only. Information good on (QRZ.com). NA-067. Nathan, N4YDU, will be active from Ocracoke Island between July 25-28th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW and SSB. Operations will also include the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power/Assisted entry using the callsign W4O. QSL via N4YDU direct only.
NA-143. Bodo, DF8DX, will be active as KT3Q/5 from Galveston Island between July 27-29th. Activity will include the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as a Single-Op/CW-Mode/12-Hour/Low- Power/DXpedition entry. QSL via DF8DX, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.
ADDED NOTE: Before the contest, look for Bodo to be active between July 19-20th as KT3Q/6 from Anacapa Island (NA-144), and between July 26-27th as KT3Q/5 in the Texas State West IOTA Group (NA-092).
NA-181. Operators Klaus/VE7KDU and Frank/VE7DP, who were expected to activate the Estevan Islands (Barnard Island) as homecall/7 between June 7-9th, had to postpone their operation due to bad weather and a high K index.
NA-204. (Update) The Cuban T46A group will activate the special callsign T46C from Santa Maria Island between June 13-17th. The operators mentioned are Ore/CO6LC, Jose/CO6EC, Yordany/CO6YAC, Amaurys/ CO6WYR, CL6RLD and Luis/CO6LP. They will try to maintain 2-3 stations [one CW, one SSB and one RTTY] on the air transmitting on 160-10 meters, including 30/17/12 meters, using CW, SSB and RTTY, into yagis, beverages and verticals. For the 80m and 160m bands, they will only have one band on at a time and mainly CW because of their antenna. QSL via EA5GL.
OC-177. Operators Joy/YB0NSI, Jeffrey/YC0LOU and possibly one other will be active from Damar Island (Edam Island) and the Vast Licht lighthouse (WLOTA 2749) between June 27-30th. Activity will be on 80/40/15/10 meters (and possibly 30/17/12m) using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via YB0JZS. More details are expected to be forthcoming. For more details and updates, watch:
OC-285. (Late Info) Operators Nando/IT9YRE and Mike/K9AJ were active this past week (June 4-6th) from Sikaiana Atoll as H44S and H44AJ, respectively. They had to QRT early because of bad weather, but they made some 5945 QSOs. For more details, see:
Take, JG8NQJ, will once again be active as JG8NQJ/JD1 from Marcus Island in the Minami Torishima (OC-073, JCG 10007) group for the next few days in the month of June. He is there to work on the island's weather station. Activity will be mainly on 17/15/12/10 meters CW. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct to JA8CJY: Susumu 'Sin' Sanada, 5-17, 5-4, Shin-Ei, Toyohira, Sapporo 004, Japan. Online log is available at:
Alex, F4GHS, will be active as KH6/F4GHS from the Hawaiian Islands (OC-019) between August 3-23rd. Activity will be holiday style on 80-10 meters using SSB and an Icom IC-706MKIIG into G5RV antenna. While there, Alex will be activating the various islands in the Hawaii Islands IOTA Group: Oahu (August 3-7th), Kauai (August 7-12th), Maui (August 12-18th) and the Island of Hawaii [Big Island] (August 18-23rd). QSL via F0GAZ direct.
 Jun/10th AN      Jun/13th  HN      Jun/15th  AN
 Jun/11th AN-HN   Jun/14th  AN      Jun/16th  AN
 Jun/12th HN

    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
Operators Jo/PA9JO, Alex/PA1AW and Ron/PA3EWP will be active as MJ/homecall from the Jersey Amateur Radio Society at the old German signal station at La Moye on Jersey (EU-013, WW. Loc. IN89ve) between June 20-24th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using all modes. QSL via LoTW or direct (all callsigns) to Alex, PA1AW. A OQRS will be available on their Web page at:
MU0, GUERNSEY (Contest/Satellite Op)
Operators Peter/2E0SQL, Louis/2U0FER, Jimmy/M0MJH, Iain/M0PCB, Daniel/M0TCB and Steve/M0SPF will be active as MU0THJ from Guernsey Island (IOTA EU-114) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as a Multi-Op entry. QSL via 2E0SQL. ADDED NOTE: Look for Peter, 2E0SQL, to be active as 2U0SQL/P between July 25-30th. He plans to be active on the satellites. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.
"The Daily DX" reports that operators Pertti/OH2BEE/OG2W and Raimo/OH2BCI will be active from the OH0Z station on Aland Islands (EU-002) between June 14-17th. While using Pertti's, OG0W, callsign, look for activity on 160-10 meters (no WARC-79 Bands) using CW only. Their activity will also include the All Asia DX CW Contest. QSL via OH2BEE direct. Also QSL via LoTW or eQSL.
OL140, CZECH REPUBLIC (Special Event)
A group of Czech operators are now active as OL140FIRE from the Fire Brigade in Horni Marsov until June 15th. Activity is to celebrate the 140th anniversary of Fire Brigade in Horni Marsov and the meeting of volunteer Fire Brigades "Hasicske Slavnosti 2013" (which was cancelled due to ongoing floods - see (QRZ.com) for pictures) in Litomerice. They would like all licensed hams which are members of a pro- fessional and volunteer Fire brigades, active or retired, all around the world to call them. Every QSO with OL140FIRE will be confirmed with "thematic" QSL card. QSL via OK5AM, by the Bureau or direct. An award is available, see (QRZ.com) for details.
An international group of YLs will once again activate amateur radio from Kangerlussuaq between August 16-20th. Their callsign will be OX5YL. Operators mentioned are Unni/LA6RHA, Mio/JR3MVF, Chae/HL1KDW, Kay/WA0WOF and Solveig/SM6KAT. QSL via PY5YL, direct or by the Bureau. The last YL expedition was in 2010 and was very successful. For more information, visit their Web site at:
John, W2GD, will be active as P40W from Santa Cruz, Aruba (SA-036, WLOTA 0033), during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 23-24th). Operating class is to be determined. 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.
Paul, N6PSE, was reported to be on his way to Beijing on June 5th, then on to Pyongyang, North Korea, to begin the negotiations for a DPRK DXpedition. David, AH6HY, is expected to join the efforts later sometime this week. Updates can be seen on the following socail medias:
PJ4, BONAIRE (Update)
Armin, DL1DI, will be active as PJ4D from Bonaire (SA-006, WLOTA LH-1279) between June 22nd and July 10th. He will be there on holiday. Activity will be on 80-10 meters SSB using a Spiderbeam and FD4 from Fritzel with 100 watts. QSL via DL1DI, direct or by the Bureau. Sorry no eQSL or LoTW.
  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (For June 8th)
  9H1EU via 9H1BT          FO8WBB via N6JA           PJ2LS via ED7DX
  A41KJ via NI5DX          GB4JDF via 2D0YLX         RC3EPC via RW3EW
  AO1WED via EA1WD         GB100RXY via G4USW & (e)  S573DX via S57DX
  CS5MAR via EA7JX         HA30IGY via HA5OKE & (e)  SL8SUB via SM6DQR
  CT7/F9IE via F9IE        HZ1ZH via EA7FTR          SV5/OM3AG/P via OM3AG
  CT8/S51TA via S51TA      LA/OK7CW via OK1FPG       TM0BIG via F4FET
  E7/OK4ZW via OK1UZW      NA1DX via K3IRV & (L)     TM1EJ via F5YD
  E720SRRS via E70EPC      OE200TH via OE3PVC        TM8YT via F5KLJ
  EA6/PE1LWT via PE1LWT    OL13VBD via OK1MP         TM77A via HB9SLU
  ED2URT via EA2BR         OL140FIRE via (B)         VP2V/K6TOP via K6TOP
  ES8/YL3BU/P via YL3BU    OZ/DL1ANT/P via DL1ANT    YL0WANTED via ES2TT
    (e) eQSL only  (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (L) LoTW only
TX5K QSL STATUS (Press Release), QSL Manager Bob, N2OO, reports: "The TX5K QSLs for the March Clipperton Island DXpedition should start to flow out sometime around the end of June. Although it has only been about 2 ½ months since the DXpedition ended, there has been some 'interest' in the status of the QSL process. We are a little behind due to a com- bination of reasons beginning with delays getting the design started due to the XE1L situation, and normal post-DXpedition craziness. Then there were some simple unfortunate timing issues with each of us involved in the process. However, I am happy to report that the card design is almost done, and once proofed will be sent to our printer (WZ8P) who is ready to go. Once printed, the cards will be divided between the two primary QSL Managers and processed by 'teams' at both locations. OQRS requests by Dean, N7XG (in Oregon), and direct mail requests by N2OO (in New Jersey). Since Club Log and our new processing software auto- matically matches log data, Dean's job is to simply print, peel and stick labels, add address labels and stuff envelopes. His team has already prepped for the process. Bob, N2OO's, team consists of 4 experienced 'processors' who must manually process each mailed request. We have already 'pre-processed' about ½ of the mail received and continue to work on it daily. So, we appreciate your patience while we gear up for the big QSL push on both coasts! We just wanted everyone to know that we are 'actively' working on the TX5K QSLs. Please save your 'inquiries' until after you hear that we are 'current' on the processing. THANKS! See ya' in the Pileups!.... Bob Schenck, N2OO" QSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 5B4AJC, 5B75FOC, 5H1DX, 5Z4/DL1QW, 5T0SP, 8P6SH, AC2BF/KH2, AO6FOC, D4C, DJ5MW, FG4NO, GH3IT, GT4FOC, HC6EP, IS0FOC, J75KG, JH1GBZ, JK3HLP, KH6FOC, PJ2T, PJ4/NA2AA, PJ7MF, PY2KC, R75FOC, R9FM, SG8X, SQ6ODD, TM6FOC, VA7DX, YJ0PO, ZM1A and ZS6X
Przemy "Mek", SP7VC, announced that he and YL Kasia, SQ7OYL, would be travelling by car around Scandinavia between July 26th and August 27th. Their trip passes through the following countries: Poland (SP), Lithuania (LY), Lativa (YL), Estonia (ES), Finland (OH), Norway (LA), Sweden (SM), Denmark (OZ), Germany (DL) and back to Poland (SP). See route on QRZ.com. During the trip they are planning to activate about 12-16 IOTA islands and several locators on HF bands, 50, 70, 144 MHz and microwaves. They are going to drive about 9500 km in 30 days. Here are the approximate dates of their ac- tivities from various islands and locators:
    DATE            CALL                POSITION/IOTA    LOCATOR
    ------------    --------            -------------    --------------
    July 26-27th    LY/SP7VC            LY- Hamfest      KO25GC
    July 28-29-30th YL/SP7VC & ES/SP7VC Trip LY & ES     KO19, KO18 & KO29
    July 30-31st    OH/SP7VC        Orslandet Is. EU-097 KO19WX
    August 1st      OH/SP7VC            City Salo        KP10NJ
    August 2nd      OH/SP7VC         Anntoora Is. EU-173 KP01RQ
    August 3rd      OH/SP7VC      Borsskarret Is. EU-101 KP03QE
    August 4th      OH/SP7VC         Hailuoto Is. EU-184 KP25MB
    August 5-6th    OH/SP7VC        Trip to Vardo Island KP26, KP27, KP38,
                                                         KP39, KP49 & KQ40
    August 6-7th    LA/SP7VC            Vardo Is. EU-141 KQ50NJ
    August 8-10th   LA/SP7VC         Mageroya Is. EU-044 KQ21VC
    August 11-15th  LA/SP7VC            Loppa Is. EU-044 KQ00QI
    August 16th     LA/SP7VC            Senja Is. EU-046 JP89XF
    August 17-18th  LA/SP7VC         Loffoten Is. EU-076 JP67LC, JP68, JP78
                                                         & JP79
    August 19th     LA/SP7VC    Hitra & Froya Is. EU-036 JP43LO
    August 20-21st  LA/SP7VC            Vigra Is. EU-056 JP32BM
    August 22nd     LA/SP7VC          Gurskoy Is. EU-079 JP22VG
    August 23rd     LA/SP7VC            Stord Is. EU-055 JP29QX
    August 24th     SM/SP7VC       Tjotn-Hono Is. EU-043 JO57TQ
    August 25th     OZ/SP7VC        Sjaelland Is. EU-029 JO55PX
    August 26th     OZ/SP7VC              Fyn Is. EU-172 JO55
    August 27th     DL/SP7VC           Trip Hamburg-Lodz
For QSL info, see (QRZ.com) for SP7VC (PayPal, Mail, LoTW & Bureau). T33, BANABA ISLAND (Update)
The international team of operators who attempted to activate Banaba Island (OC-018) last year has rescheduled their activation of Banaba between November 5-18th. Operators mentioned are Jay/AA4FL, Alan/AD6E, Gerhard/DJ5IW, Franz/DK1II, Dominik/DL5EBE, Axel/DL6KVA, László/HA0NAR, Al/K3VN, Cliff/KD6XH, David/N1EMC (Co-leader), Arnold/N6HC, David/N6HD, Mike/N9NS, Jay/W2IJ (Co-leader), Charlies/W6KK, Ann/WA1S, Robert/WA1F, and Ron/WA6FGV and Chris/VK3FY. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. They will have six stations on the air at two different sites. A OQRS by ClubLog will be available and will be the preferred method to use for your QSL confirmation. Logs will be posted to Logbook Of The World (LoTW) approximately 6 months after the conclusion of the DXpedition. Direct QSLs are via W2IJ. QSLs will also be available direct by the Bureau. For more details, visit the T33A Web page at:
By the time you read this, WIA Director Fred, VK3DAC, will be QRT (as June 4th) as VK9DAC from Christmas Island. However, Fred will again return to the island on June 28th for a DX holiday. Activity will be 80-10 meters SSB (including the WARC bands) using an IC706 with 100 watts into an ATU with a dipole wire antenna and a squid pole vertical. He also will have a VHF and UHF 2 element yagi with him. QSL to: Yarra Valley Amateur Radio Group, 248 Johnston Street, Abbotsford, Victoria, 3067, Australia. An E-QSL is available for confirmed contacts via vk9dac@outlook.com
Just a reminder that Dave, W9DR, will be active as VP2V/W9DR from the north shore of the Island of Anegada (NA-023) in the British Virgin Islands (FK78TR) between June 14-28th. Activity will be on 50.115 MHz (SSB) and 50.115.6 MHz (CW). He will also be running a beacon on 50.115.6 when the band is not open. Please submit confirmation request (QSL) to W9DR home address (QRZ.com).
Champ, E21EIC (ex-XW1IC), will be working in Laos between June 15th and September 14th. He informs OPDX that he will be active as XW0YJY and will also be in the All Asian DX CW Contest (June 15-16th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. Outside of the contest, Champ's activity will be on 160-2 meters. He mentions also that during this period he will be working between Vientiane, Laos, and Bangkok, Thailand. QSL via E21EIC and LoTW. Visit it his FaceBook and Web page at:
Bob, VP8LP, is now active as ZD7LP from St. Helena Island (AF-022) until June 14th. Activity this past week was on 17/15/10 meters SSB. QSL only direct to VP8LP.

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