OPDX Bulletin 1120 July 22, 2013

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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 Web Page and Letter, K1XN & GoList, NJ1Q & W1AW, W2GB, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4XP, K6VVA, KH6BZF, N6PSE, W6SZN, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m News, WB8YJF, W9ILY, 5B4MF, 9M6DXX, AT International, CT2HPM, DK8JB & The DX News Letter, DL1MGB, DL1SBF, DxCoffee.com, DX-World.Net, E21EIC, E77E, ES1CW, F4FVI, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, G3SWH, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, IK7JWX, IZ2LSC, JA1DFK, OH2BH, ON4CAS, ON4RO, ON5NT, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, PA3GEO, PA8AD, Pete's DX-Newsdesk, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, UT5UY, VA3RJ & ICPO, VK3MEG, the VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF), YO5OHO ZS6RJ for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 14th-July, through Sunday, 21st-July there were 208 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9V, 9Y, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C9, CE, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, DL, DU, E5/s, E6, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FS, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J3, J6, J8, 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, PY, PY0F, PZ, S2, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T33, T5, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TR, TT, TU, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2V, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD8, 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).
3DA0, SWAZILAND
Roger, ZS6RJ, informs OPDX that there will be a 3DA0ET DXpedition to Swaziland taking place between November 18-27th. He mentions that the team will be finalized sometime next month after everyone over on the EU side is back from their holidays. This will include their roles etc... along with the Web site and QSL information. Roger did provide the aims of the DXpedition, which are:
* To participate in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 23-24th) as a Multi-2 category contestant.
* To give as many folk as possible a new entity or band/mode slot, providing CW, RTTY and SSB.
* To address the often-neglected need for digital modes via a full time dedicated RTTY/PSK station running from the start for the entire duration of the DXpedition.
* To operate 160 meters through 6 meters.* Equipment:
Rigs - 2X Kenwood TS-590's, 1X Yaesu FTDX3000D, & 1 or 2X Elecraft K3's
Linears - 4X Expert (3X 1K and 1X 2K FA's) linear amplifiers, sponsored by Expert Amps USA
Antennas - 3X KIO Hexagonal Beams, 1X 75 foot vertical for 160, 80 and 40 meters TX, 1X 2 element 30 meter wire beam, 1X 160/80 meter RX antenna with preamp.
* QSL Policy/Website/Log: - They will be announcing a Web site address shortly.
- They will be using ClubLog for band-slot chasers and for online log checking.
- They will be updating both Clublog and LoTW a couple of times each day during the operation.
- They will be providing QSL cards via both Bureau and direct.
Any queries can be directed to Roger, ZS6RJ.
9G, GHANA
Jeff, W7JVN/9G5AC, reports on QRZ.com [edited]: "My wife Beverly (WB7NLY) and I have been called to a church mission in Ghana, Africa. I thought it would be nice to be on a DXpedition here so I brought my Yaesu FT 857 radio with me and have set up a humble little station at my house. I have a 20 meter inverted V dipole antenna mounted on a 30 foot bamboo pole. The natives here use these poles to mount a small UHF TV antenna on. Every house has a bamboo pole antenna. Some are longer than the one I found, but I thought I was very lucky to find that one.
I use a 12 volt battery off my generator for power for the radio. Who needs power in the house as long as the radio will work? I will get on 20 and 15 meters SSB whenever I get a chance and when the bands are open here. With the antenna I have and only 100 watts, I don't think I will have a big signal out of Ghana but I have made several contacts so far with good reports.
I will be in Asamankese, Ghana (which is in the bush), for about 16 months. Date of this post is July, 2013. I am looking forward to working as many stations as possible, and I hope you are one of them.... 73 Jeff 9G5AC"
9H, MALTA (Correction)
Nakanishi, JJ2NYT, will be active as 9H3N (not 9H1N) from Malta between August 2-5th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign.
9H, MALTA
Emma, M6JDH, will be active as 9H3EH from Mellehia between July 22nd and August 28th. No other details were provided.
9M4, WEST MALAYSIA (LH Op!)
Members of the Melaka DX Team will be active as 9M4LHU from the Pulau Undan LightHouse on Undan Island (AS-097) some- time in August (around the ILLW event). QSL via 9M2ESM direct. Look for more details to be forthcoming.
9M8, EAST MALAYSIA
Steve, 9M6DXX, will once again be active as 9M8Z from Sarawak (OC-088) between July 24-29th. Activity will include the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/SSB-Mode/High-Power/ 24HRS entry. QSL via M0URX,
OQRS http://m0urx.com/oqrs/
direct http://www.qrz.com/db/M0URX
or via the RSGB Bureau.
Logs will be uploaded to LoTW as soon as possible after the operation.
A2, BOTSWANA
After a very successful 7P8D DXpedition to Lesotho in 2012, Donovan, ZS2DL, will lead a team of operators in April of 2014 to Botswana and be active as A22D (license was just issued on July 8th). Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. Botswana is high on the wanted lists for both CW and RTTY. They are looking for CW operators and sponsors for this operation. QSL via ZS2DL direct. Log will be posted on ClubLog, so a OQRS will be available. Look for QSOs to be uploaded to LoTW about 6 months after the DXpedition. Look for more details to be forthcoming. Also, watch the Web site at:
http://www.a22d.net
AH0/KH0, MARIANA ISLANDS
Operators Kuny/W1FPU (7L1FPU) and his 13 year old son Yoshiki/JF1UCV are now active as AH0BT and KH0UA from the Mariana Islands until July 26th. Activity will be on 40-6 meters including the WARC bands. QSL routes are AH0BT via 7L1FPU (Bureau/direct) and KH0UA via JF1UCV (direct only).
C82, MOZAMBIQUE (Press Release #3)
The following was sent out on July 16th [edited]:
"This has been a busy month for the C82DX team. With only 90 days before we are QRV we have filled the remaining operating positions and added several individuals to our off site support team. Joining us are such well known DXers as Bill/K1MM, Bruce/W6OSP, Charlie/NF4A and Wild Bill/N2WB. Our South African contingent now includes Pierre/ZS6PJH Chairman of the Pretoria ARC.We now have secured the vehicles and trailers that will take us overland from Pretoria to Xai Xai, Mozambique. South African members of our team have traveled to Xai Xai to map the operating site and make a deposit on our rented compound. Coax, laptops, and extra linears have been sourced.
In addition to our team license, our team members have all received personalized C92 callsigns.
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 and W3YY FSK/CW interfaces. 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 has been expanded by our webmaster, K6MM. If you haven't been there lately, please visit,
www.c82dx.com
where you can learn more about our plans.
Tom, N4XP and Don, N1DG -- DXpedition Co-leaders"
CE0X, SAN FELIX (Update)
A few sources are reporting that Mike, WU2D, was on San Felix and had his radio equipment with him. However, the Armada (Chilean Navy on the island) would not let him operate. Last heard, Mike is back on the mainland. No details if he will try to return to San Felix again.
COLVIN AWARD GRANTS ANNOUNCED
The ARRL has announced that they have made Colvin Award grants
http://www.arrl.org/colvin-award-grants
to help support three upcoming DXpeditions. Recipients are the K9W Wake Atoll, T33A Banaba Island, and FT5ZM Amsterdam Island DXpeditions. The K9W DXpedition is scheduled for September-October 2013, the T33A DXpedition for November 2013 and the FT5ZM DXpedition for January-February 2014. More details, see:
http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-announces-colvin-awards-to-dxpeditions
D2, ANGOLA (Update)
João, CT2HPM, is now active as D2CT from Luanda until July 26th. Activity will be 20/17/15/12/10 meters using mostly PSK31 and RTTY. His equipment is a Kenwood TS-480SAT into a EzWire antenna. QSL via CT2HPM.
E5, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS
Fabio, IZ0YIV, will be active as E51YIV from the following islands between October 9-17th. His tentative schedule is:
October 9-13th - Rarotonga Island (OC-013)
October 13-17th - Aitutaki Island (OC-083)
Activity will be holiday style, possibly on 20/17/15m (he has not yet decided), using SSB and the Digital modes (RTTY, PSK, JT65 and JT9 mainly). QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or via eQSL or LoTW.
ET, ETHIOPIA (YASME Press Release)
"YASME SUPPORTS EQUIPMENT ACQUISITION FOR NEW ETHIOPIAN AMATEURS
Ethiopia came back on the air May 30, 2011, with the re-opening of the Ethiopian Amateur Radio Society station ET3AA.To support the reestablishment of amateur radio in Ethiopia, the Yasme Foundation made a grant to pay for the fees associated with the license examination for 25 club members. Many were successful but under Ethiopian regulations could not receive a license without proof of ownership of an amateur radio station.
To further support amateur radio in Ethiopia, the Board of Directors is pleased to announce that it has made an additional grant to be used to purchase amateur radio transceivers for three club members so that they can satisfy the requirements of the Ethiopian licensing process. The Board acknowledges with appreciation the substantial efforts of Ken Claerbout, K4ZW, in facilitating the acquisition of the equipment and mentoring the EARS members, as shown here with club member Adula at the microphone during the 2013 IARU HF Championship contest.
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.
Ward Silver, N0AX, President The Yasme Foundation
Board of Directors: Ward Silver, N0AX, 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
Robert Vallio, W6RGG, Director"
GB75, ENGLAND (Special Event)
Look for special event station GB75RH to be active from the International Scout and Guide (Girl Scout) Camp in the Walesby Forest Scout Activity Centre, 21 miles (34 km) NNE of the City of Nottingham and located in the legendary Sherwood Forest, between July 26th and August 3rd.
Activity is to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the sites acquisition by the City of Nottingham Scouts. Amateur Radio has long since featured in these camps which are usually held every 4 or 5 years, and this year a station was again one of the many activities available to the young people attending the camp. With a large inter- national team of 17 operators, the stations will be able to demonstrate the best of amateur radio to the many young visitors attending.
Amateur Radio expanded the international nature of the camp with 5 HF stations operating on all bands from 80-10 meters, plus 1 station operating on 6m and 2m. QSL via the Bureau or direct to G0GDU.
GJ, JERSEY
Members of the Bristol Contest Group will be active as GJ6YB during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) from Jersey (EU-013, WLOTA L-0818) as a Multi-Op/Island-DXpedition/Mixed-Mode entry. QSL via G3SWH, direct or by the Bureau.
GJ, JERSEY
Members of the Jersey Contest Group will be active as GJ2A from Jersey Island (EU-013, WLOTA L-0818) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as a Multi-Op/High-Power entry. QSL via LoTW, or direct to GJ3DVC.
H40, TEMOTU PROVINCE (Update)
Sigi, DK9FN, will once again return to the Temotu Province for a fifth time and be active as H40FN, but this time from Lata, Nendo Island (OC-100) between December 21st and January 10th (2014). QSL via DK9FN (not HA8DD) effective from July 1st, direct or by the Bureau. More details will be forthcoming. Watch the QRZ.com Web site at:
http://www.qrz.com/db/H40FN
HONDURAN IOTA EXPEDITIONS
By the time you read this, Dan, HR2DMR, who was active as HQ8D from Vivorillos Cay (NA-223) this past week for about 4 days and then went QTH leaving the island, should be returning to Vivorillos for another 4 day operation. Since there is no facilities on the Island, Dan had to stop after the 4th day to return to the main land to resupply (fuel, water and food).
He also mentions things might change depending on the Honduran Navy's needs. Activity from Vivorillos will be on CW, SSB and possibly RTTY. This will be his last activity from here. The QSL Manager is Dwayne, KD4POJ, and he provides some details about Dan's operation at:
http://hriotas.com
ADDED NOTES: After NA-223, Dan will be active for the RSGB IOTA Contest from Cochinos Island (NA-160) as HQ3W. Of further interest, Dan mentions he is planning to activate Tigre Island (NA-060), but no firm dates as yet.
II8, ITALY (LH Op!)
Members of the Calabria DX Team will activate the Capo dell'Armi Lighthouse (JM77UW, ARLHS ITA-014 and CL-008 WAIL) on Saturday, August 13th. The callsign will be II8LH. QSL via the Bureau to HB9FHZ (USKA bureau). QSL via direct to IK8YFU. Also, log will be upload to eQSL and LoTW. For more info, visit:
http://www.calabriadxteam.it
IOTA NEWS
JUST A REMINDER THAT NEXT WEEKEND IS THE RSGB IOTA CONTEST!!!!!! Complete details and rules are available at:
http://www.rsgbcc.org/hf/iota.shtml
http://www.rsgbcc.org/hf/rules/2013/riota.shtml
AS-074. Ian, 9M2FB, will be active from Pulau Ketam Island (Crab Island) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as a Single-Op/ CW-Mode/12HRS/Low-Power entry. QSL via 9M2FB.
AS-117. Aki, JA4FHE, will be active as JA4FHE/4 from O-shima Island (Yamaguchi Prefecture) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as a Single-Op/CW-Mode/15m/12HRS entry. QSL via his callsign.
AS-120. By the time you read this, operators Spyros/5B4MF, Philip/5B4ZN, Tamer/5B4AHE and Pavlos/5B4AMF should be active as homecall/p from the "Agios Georgios" islet off the coast of Akamas, Cyprus, until 0300z Sunday, July 21st. Activity will be mostly SSB on 17 and 20m but also some 30m slow CW. QSL via their home callsigns.
AS-135. Operators Dale/BA4TB, Tim/BD4TJ, Mi/BD4TQ, Meng/BD4TT, Zhou/ BG4TYQ, Zhou/BG4TVT, Zhang/BG4TMC and BG4TDF will be active as BA4TB/5 from Dongxilang Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via BA4TB.
AS-139. Operators Terry/BA7NQ, Mouland/BD7JLJ, Yang/BD7IXG, Rumei/BD7LMD, Lin/BI7IOB, Weijian/BH7IHE, Junxi/BI7OZD, Shiyu/BD7KSF, De/BA7JA, Wu/BA7IA, Ya/BA7JG, Alan/BA1DU, Liao/BA7QT and Chen/BD7RL will be active as BY7RA/7 from Weizhou Island between July 25-29th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters. They will also be in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as a Multi-Op entry. QSL via BA4EG.
EU-006. Members of Limerick Radio Club will be active from the Inishere Islands as as EJ0A during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as a Multi-Op/DXpedition/Mixed-Mode/Low-Power entry. QSL via EI4GXB. Operators mentioned are Brendan/EI0CZ, Ger/EI4GXB, John/EI6IW, Simon/EI7ALB, Paddy/EI8GY, Dermot/EI2GT, David/ EI2GBB and Tony/EI9IL.
EU-006. (Update/Change) Members of the Papa Lima DX Group will be active as EJ0PL from Inishmore Islands (Aran Islands) between July 23-29th. Ten operators plan to have three stations active on 80-6 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. Activity will include the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) using the callsign EJ1Y as a Multi-Op/High-Power entry. They will use Hexbeams (20-6m) and verticals (80-30m). Updated operators are Michal/EI3KG, John/EI4GK, Adam/EI5JQ, Oleg/EI7KD, Waldi/ SP7IDX, David/EI9FBB, Ark/EI9KC and Mietek/SP9NWN. QSL via EI5JQ, direct or by the Bureau. An OQRS will be available via ClubLog. Log will be uploaded to LoTW, eQSL and HRDLOG.net.
EU-008. Members of the Cockenzie & Port Seton Amateur Radio Club will once again activate GM2T from the Isle of Tiree (IOSA NH04, SCOTIA DI10, WLOTA 2232, WAB NM04), the most westernly part of Scotland's Inner Hebridean Islands, during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as a Multi-Op entry. Operators mentioned are: Cambell/MM0DXC, Bob/GM4UYZ, Robin/MM0VTV, Steve/MM0GZA, Geoff/MM5AHO, Brian/M0RNR, Tanner/MM0SEN, Gary/MM0FZV, John/ MM0JXI, Paul/MM0VPR, Cephas/MM0INS and Ellis/GM4GZW. QSL via GM4UYZ, direct or eQSL and LoTW.
ADDED NOTE: Operators will try to operate before the contest using the callsign MM0CPS/P. For more info, see:
http://www.cpsarc.com
EU-008. Ed, GW3SQX, will be active as GM7O from Skye Island (IOSA NH07, SCOTIA CN14, WLOTA 1626) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/CW-Mode entry. QSL via GW3SQX.
EU-009. Michael, DL6MHW, will be active as MM/DL6MHW from Orkneys (Mainland), Scotland, during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as a Single-Op/Mixed-Mode/12HRS/Low-Power entry. QSL via DL6MHW.
EU-010. Operators John/MM0CCC, Colin/GM0RLZ, Clive/GM3POI, Keith/ GM4YXI and Chris/GM3WOJ will be active as GM7V from Benbecula Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as a Multi-Op/DXpedition/Mixed-Mode/High-Power entry. QSL via N3SL.
EU-012. Operators Ian/G3WVG and Nigel/G3TXF will be active as MZ5A from the Scottish Shetland Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as a Multi-Op entry. QSL via G3TXF.
EU-025. Joe, IT9RZU, will be active from Sicily Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/ CW-Mode/Low-Power entry. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or LoTW.
EU-031. Gian, IC8WIC, will be active from Capri Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as a Single-Op entry. QSL via his home callsign or by the Bureau.
EU-031. Operators Antonio/IZ8DPL, Angelo/IZ8FSH, Jozef/OM3GI, Tibor/ OM3RM and Miroslav/OM5RW will be active as IR8A from Ischia Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th). QSL via IZ8GBH. Visit the IR8A Web page at:
http://www.ir8a.com
EU-031. Operators Tony, IC8FBU, will be active from Capri Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as a Single- Op/CW-Mode entry. QSL via the Bureau. Suggested bands and times: 40m 0021-0100z, 80m 0100-0300z, 20m 0600-0800z, 10m 0800-1100z and 15m 1100-1200.
EU-051. (Update) Operators Stefano/IK6JRI, Fred/IK7JWX, Ciclane/IZ6JOD, Giuseppe/IT9FTP, Calogero/IT9INO and Davide/IT9DFI will be active as IE9/homecall from Ustica Island (IIA P-0001, MIA MI-116, LH SI-027, ITA-136, L-0848, WFF IFF-485, WW. Loc. JM68OQ) between July 24-29th. Activity will include the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as IE9/IK6JRI, but before and after the contest look for operations on the HF bands CW/SSB, as well as 30/17/12 meters digital modes and 6 meter SSB. QSL IE9/IK6JRI via IK6JRI, direct or by the Bureau. All others via their home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
EU-055. Operators Jan/LA1MNA, Nils/LA6IOA, Bjørn/LA6SFA, Morten/LA7XIA Knut/LA9RY will be active as LN7H from Bokn Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as a Multi-Op/DXpedition entry. QSL via LA7H.
EU-064. Members of the F6KOP team, Provins ARC, will be active as F6KOP/p from Noirmoutier Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as a Multi-Op/Mixed-Mode/DXpedition/24HRS/Low-Power entry. Operators mentioned are Johan/F4GTD, Antoine/F5RAB and Maurice/F5NQL. QSL via F6KOP, Bureau is preferred. ADDED NOTE: Look for operators to be active before the contest, a few hours on Friday and Saturday morning, using the same callsign and checking their gear. However, they will be using an Ultra portable station, with only one transmitter, a laptop and Vertical antennas, an AC/DC generator and maybe a 500w PA. Antennas will be set up very close to the beach.
EU-064. A team composed by Geoffrey/F4FVI, Pierre/F4GXS, Johan/F4GTD, Phillipe/F5TRO, Maurice/F5NQL and Nicolas/F8BDB will be operating as TM2NOI from Noirmoutier Island between August 9-11th. This is the third IOTA activation by this young team. Activity will be on the IOTA frequencies using SSB, Digi and CW. QSL via the Bureau and direct to F4FVI. For more details, see:
http://www.qrz.com/db/TM2NOI
EU-075. Operators George/SV1CDY, Thomas/SV2CLJ, Kostas/SV1GSU, Antony/ SV1OAN and Emmanuel/SV1JGX will be active as J48A from Aegina Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as a Multi- Op entry. QSL via SV1OAN.
EU-115. Operators Neil/EI3JE, Dan/EI3JZ, Mark/EI3KD, John/EI8IR, Jerry/EI6BT and Dave/EI4BZ will be active as EI7M from Ireland (mainland) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as a Multi-Op/Mixed-Mode entry. QSL via EI6HB.
EU-119/ Operators Vasily/R7AA, Alexei/RN1ON, Igor/UA3EDQ and Aliy/UA6YW
EU-161. will be active as R20RRC/1 from Morzhovets Island (EU-119) between July 24-28th. Activity will include the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) signing as RT6A/1. QSL R20RRC/1 via RZ3EC and RT6A/1 via R7AA. ADDED NOTE: Depending on the WX, the team may also activate Sosnovets Island (EU-161) on July 25th. Callsign was not mentioned.
EU-120. Look for M0NMS/p to be active from Isle of Wight (WLOTA 2985) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as a Single-Op/ 12HRS/Low-Power entry. QSL via LX1NO.
EU-120. Darren, G0TSM, will be active as M7X from Isle of Wight (WLOTA 2985) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as a Single- Op/Mixed-Mode/12HRS/High-Power entry. QSL via G0TSM.
EU-120. Operators Richard/G3ZGC, Colin/M0DDT, Ray/G4FON, Steve/M0SEL, Stuart/M0RXX, George/2E0FEC and 2E0MJE will be active as G7N from Isle of Wight (WLOTA 2985) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th). QSL via G5XV direct, or G7N by the Bureau.
EU-124. Members of the Barry Amateur Radio Society (BARS) will once again activate Flatholm Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) using the callsign GW8K as a Multi-Op/Island- DXpedition/24HRS/Low-Power entry. Operators mentioned are Philip/MW0DHF, Ken/GW1FKY, Steven/MW0VRQ and George/MW0TDQ. QSL via MW0DHF, direct or by the Bureau.
EU-129. Operators Claus/DL8DZL and Axel/DL8RL will be active as DL8DZL/p from Usedom Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th). QSL via DL8DZL.
EU-132. Adam, DJ0IF, will be active as SN0RX from Wolin Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th). QSL via SP8RX.
EU-136. Jozef, OM5AW, will be active as 9A/OM5AW from Krk Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/ DXpedition/Mixed-Mode/Assisted/High-Power/12HRS entry. QSL via OM2FY.
EU-140. Operators Jari/OH1JO and Juha/OH1LEG will be active as OH1K from Kaunissaari Island between July 25-31st. Activity will include the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th). Operations will mainly be on 20 meters SSB, but they will also be on 80-6 meters. QSL via OH1JO.
EU-147. Operators Vasily/RU3SD and SWL/R3S-367 will be active as RK3SWB/1 from Berezhnoy Borshovets Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via QRZ.cominfo.
EU-162. Operators Sukhanov/UA1ZZ, Vladimir/RZ1ZZ, Vasil/RA1ZZ, Oleg/ RK3AW, Aleksandr/RA3AV and Alexey/RW3QNZ will be active as homecall/p and R20RRC/1 from Glov Island in the White Sea between July 28-29th. They will also be an entry in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as UA1ZZ/p. QSL via UA1ZZ. All personal/home callsigns via their home addresses.
EU-165. Massimo, I0PNM, will once again be active as IM0/I0PNM from San Pietro Island (IIA CI-007, MIA MIS-050, WLOTA 2989). His activity will take place during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as a Single-Op/DXpedition/SSB-Mode/Unassisted/24HRS entry. QSL via his home callsign direct only.
EU-170. Matus, HA9MDN, will be active as 9A/HA9MDN from Vir Island between July 26th and August 2nd. Activity will include the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as a Single-Op/SSB-Mode/Low- Power entry. Operations will be on SSB, RTTY and SSTV. QSL via HA9MDN, by the Bureau or eQSL.
EU-178. Juri, ES5GP, will be active as ES5GP/8 from Kihnu Island between July 24-29th. Activity will include the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as a Single-Op/SSB-Mode entry.
EU-179. Operators Nick/UR3GO, Vitaly/UR4QTP, Ivan/UR8GX, Mike/US0GM, Alex/UT7GV, Vitaliy/UV5QAW and Alexey/UV5QQ will be active as homecall/p from the Kalanchakskiye Islands between July 24-31st. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL via the home callsigns.
ADDED NOTE: Ivan, UR8GX, will be active during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as a Single-Op entry from Kalanchakskiye.
EU-183. A small number of Romanian hams will be active as YP13S from Sacalinu Mare Island between July 24-29th. The team has already received approval for access on the island. The Romanian government has declared the area an ecological reserve and no settlement is permitted on the island. Operators mentioned are Vasile/YO4AR, Vasile/YO4HAB, Vali/YO4HAI, Chris/YO5OHO, Laur/ YO8AXP, Bebe/YO8SGZ and Alex/YO8SS. Activity is planned for 80-10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via YO8AXP. For more details, see:
http://www.amatoradio.ro
EU-186. Operators Metin/TA1ED and Tevfik/TA1HZ will be active as TC0GI from Gokceada Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th). This will be a totally portable operation with generator power for electricity. Activity will be on 80-10 meters. QSL via TA1HZ direct only.
NA-026. Mike, N2GC, will be active from Long Island, NY, during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as a Single-Op/CW-Mode/High- Power entry. QSL via LoTW or direct to N2GC.
NA-036. Gabor, VE7JH, will be active as VA7SIL from the VE7UF's contest station on Vancouver Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as a Single-Op/CW-Mode entry. QSL via VE7JH.
NA-045. Andrea, IZ2LSC, will be active as XF3/IZ2LSC during an IOTA holiday style DXpedition from Isla Mujeres between July 24-31st. Also, look for some activity as XE3/IZ2LSC (mainland) between now and July 23rd. He states that his main commitment is for the IOTA activation. QSL via EB7DX direct, by the Bureau to his home callsign IZ2LSC or LoTW. For more details, see:
http://www.timpy.it/xf3
Also following him on Twitter: @iz2lsc
NA-067. Jon, WB8YJF, will be active as WB8YJF/4 from Ocracoke Island (USI NC001S), NC, between July 21-28th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using mainly CW with some SSB and RTTY. He also plans to be active in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL direct for FAST reply or by the Bureau.
NA-067. Marty, W4MY, will operate from Harkers Island, NC, during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) running 100 watts on 80-10 meters. QSL via W4MY.
NA-137. Operator Doug, K1DG and friends will be active as N1LI from Long Island, ME, during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as a Multi-Op entry. QSL via N1LI.
NA-140. Ethan, K8GU, will be active as K8GU/3 from Middle Hooper Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (only on July 27th) as a Single- Op/Mix Mode entry. Activity will be 40-10 meters. If conditions are poor, he may be CW-only. QSL via K8GU.
OC-109/ (Update) The DX-World.net is reporting that John/YB5NOF plans
OC-122. to activate Natuna Selatan (OC-109) and Tambelan (OC-122) island sooner than expected.
OC-136. Operators Steve/VK3MEG and Marcel/VK3FAAJ will be active as VK3MEG from Phillip Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as a Multi-Op/Assisted/Low-Power entry. They will use 40m dipole and 3 element tribander (20/15/10m). QSL via LoTW, EQSL or by the Bureau.
SA-035. A group of YL operators will be active as YW5RYL from Los Roques between November 7-10th. Operators mentioned are Carolina/YV4AW, Maika/YY5ALO, Geraldine/YY2GAL, Laura/YY5OLA, Ramirez/YY5ANG, Mary/YY5MCO and Yumayra/YY5YVR. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. More details are forthcoming and a Web page is under construction.
SA-054. Members of the Grupo DX Caracas will be active as YW5X from Orchila Island (ARLHS VEN-022, WLOTA 3044) between August 1-31st. QSL via DM4TI only.
JA DX CONVENTION
It was announced that the "Japan DX Meeting 2013" will be held on August 24th in Tokyo. For more details, see:
http://www.jdxm.jp/e.html
They state, "We, Japanese DXers, are looking forward to meeting lots of Hams from all over the world!"
KH6BZF PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (July 22-28th)
 Jul/22nd HN-AN   Jul/25th  HN      Jul/27th  AN
 Jul/23rd AN-HN   Jul/26th  AN      Jul/28th  AN
 Jul/24th HN


   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
OH0, ALAND ISLAND
Operators Jukka/OH6LI and possibly others will be active as OH0V from Aland Island (EU-002) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as a All-Band entry. QSL via OH6V or LoTW (preferred).
OJ0, MARKET REEF
Weather permitting, operators Teemu/SM0W/OJ0R, Rick/SM6U, and Thomas/SM0CXU/PY2ZXU will be active as OJ0R from Market Reef (EU-053) between July 25-29th. The group plans to be active during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as a Multi-Op/Island-Dxpedition entry. QSL via G3TXF.
OJ0, MARKET REEF
Pasi, OH3WS, will be on Market Reef (EU-053) as a voluntary worker between September 21-27th, and will be active as OJ0W during his spare time. Activity will be on 40-10 meters mostly CW. He states that he may be in the SAC Contest (September 21-22nd). QSL via OH3WS, by the Bureau or direct to: Pasi Bergman, Tuulipolku 4, 13500 Finland.
ADDED NOTE. A YL Mirja (not Pasi's YL) will be there on the Reef with him and was very interested in HAM radio in Sept. 2012. When they were there last time, she made some QSOs. Pasi states, "I will give her a possibility to make QSOs as a second operator on SSB. It has been a long time since OJ0 was QRV by any YL-operator. We'll see what happens."
OO, BELGIUM (Special Prefixes)
On July 21st, His Royal Highness Prince Philippe will become the new king of Belgium and His Royal Highness King Albert II has reigned for 20 years. For both occasions, all radio amateurs with a Belgian license will be allowed to use the prefix "OO" instead of "ON" from July 21st until and including September 20th, 2013. Belgian vanity callsigns (with only one letter in the suffix) may not change their prefix. Some vanity callsigns already have an "OO" prefix. A commemorative award will be available for working a number of these "OO" stations. Details will be forthcoming soon.
OQ4, BELGIUM (Special Event)
Members of the ONZ Oost Kust Radio Club (ON4CLM) and other radio amateurs belonging to UBA clubs and groups will activate the special station OQ4CLM from Knokke between October 16th and November 15th. This is the club's 32nd anniversary activating the special event station. The suffix "CLM" stands for "Canadian Liberation March". Activity is to remind everyone of the 33km march that the Canadian troops did coming from the town Hoofdplaat in Holland to liberate the town Knokke in 1944. Each year, the ONZ uses a different prefix, and this year they were granted the use of the special prefix OQ instead of ON. QSL via ON3AIM. For more information and details about the special event station, visit their Web sites at:
http://www.qrz.com/db/oq4clm
http://www.oq4clm.be
OX, GREENLAND
Operators Mia/OZ5MD and Bjorn OZ5BD will be active as OX5M and OX5T, respectively, from Sisimiut, Greenland (NA-018), for at least the next two years. Activity will be on 40-6 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via OZ0J.
P4, ARUBA
Doug, NA1DX, will be active as P40DE from Aruba (SA-036, WLOTA 0033) between July 21-26th. He plans to operate CW, SSB, PSK and RTTY QRP with an Elecraft KX3 and Buddipole. Visit his Web site for more details and the QSL information at:
http://www.ellmore.net/na1dx
P5 BBC IDXG INTERVIEW AND VIDEO SLIDE SHOWS AVAILABLE ON THE WEB
* Dan Damon of the BBC has interviewed Paul Ewing, N6PSE, regarding the efforts of the "Intrepid-DX Group" to activate North Korea (P5). You can find the interview (37 minutes) during the BBC program at:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01blrbt
Another similar interview will soon appear on Voice of America.
* Paul, N6PSE, reports, "We have added two new video slide shows from our recent visit to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. The first video shows the children of the DPRK. The second video slide show shows many aspects of our travels throughout the DPRK. You can find the videos by going to www.intrepid-dx.com and select videos from the main menu."
PA, THE NETHERLANDS (Special Event)
Look for special event stations PA6SAIL to be active between August 19th and September 10th. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB, PSK and RTTY. Also 6m and 2m. A special QSL card will be issued for working this callsign. Operations are in supporting the maritime event "SAIL De Ruyter" at Vlissingen. QSL via PA3GEO (by the Bureau or direct).
QSL INFO AND NEWS
  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (For July 21st)
  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
  4J20RO via 4J6RO          EM20RRC via UT7UT          OO5UR via ON5UR
  5B/R2DX/M via R2DX        EO20RRC via UY5XE          P3M via 5B4AHK (d)
  6M6M via HL2UVH           FO/UT6UD via UT6UD         PA1813A via PA0FAW
  6V7S via RK4FF (d)        HD082QRC via HC1JQ         R1943O via RZ3EC
  7S5A via SM4DDS           HG0WFF via HA0HW           R20RRC via RZ3EC
  8J1AKIBA via JA (B)       HG1W via HA1YA             SN0WFF via SP5X
  9A284MF via 9A4MF         HS5AM via HS5IGY           T49C via K8SIX
  9A8D via 9A1CRD           HV2VO via IK0USO           TA/IZ5KID via IZ5KID
  9H3N via JJ2NYT           KH0UA via JF1UCV           TZ6BB via W3HNK
  C91GR via ZS6AYU          LA/DL5SE via DL5SE         XW0YJY via E21EIC
  EA4BQ/EA8 via OH0XX       OO5LS via ON5LS
    (e) eQSL only  (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (L) LoTW only
THAILAND VHF QSL ROUTES. There was many HS and E2 club stations active during this past weekend's CQ WW VHF Contest. Here are their QSL routes:
HS0AC host by E21EIC QSL via E21EIC (6m only) *
E2E host by HS1CHB QSL via E21EIC (6m only)
HS4AK QSL via E20YLM
HS5AM QSL via HS5IGY
* Champ, E21EIC, states, "For HS0AC and E2E, I will send QSLs of ALL QSOs on 6m via the Bureau."
E7 IARU HF 2013 QSL ROUTES. QSL E7HQ, E70ARA, E720IARU, E720RS and E720SRRS via E77E.
NEW QSL ROUTES. Phil, G3SWH, announced that he has been appointed as the QSL Manager for G0ORH, M3I and MM3I effective immediately. MM3I will be active from the Isle of Arran (IOTA EU-123)during the 2013 RSGB IOTA Contest. There are already pages with log searches on Phil's Web site at:
http://www.g3swh.org.uk
OQRS is preferred, but snail mail or RSGB bureau will also work.
PJ5/K3TRM logs have now been uploaded to LoTW and ClubLog.
TS8P (Djerba 2010) QSL STATUS. Fred, IK7JWX, reports that he has finished the TS8P QSLs for the Djerba DXpedition in 2010. For Bureau QSLs, send him QSOs data via E-mail.
QSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 3V8BB, 5B75FOC, 8P3A, 8P6NW, 8P6SH, 8P9AA, 9M6XRO, AO6FOC, CP4BT, CT1CDP, CU3AN, D4C, DK5WL, E51E, EF8USA, FJ/K5WE, FJ/N5WR, FS/K9EL, GH3IT, GT4FOC, HB9CXZ, IR4M, IS0FOC, J68HZ, J75LG, JA5IU, JA8MS, JJ2LPV, KH6FOC, KH7M, M0VIE, M0VPE, NP4Z, OE3NKB, OZ1HDF, PJ4/NA2AA, PJ4LS, PJ4X, PY2KC, PY2YW, PZ5T, R7DX, R75FOC, RN3QN, SE2R, SG8X, SN7Q, SQ6ODD, TM5FOC, TR8CA, TT8TT, VA7DX, VE3YAA, VP2V/K6TOP, XT2CC, XV1X, YT7AW, YV5OIE, YW5W, ZL7J and ZM1A
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 5N7M, 5W0M, 5X8C, A41KJ, CE3SX, EP3SMH, HC2IWM/8, HR1AGC, JX5O, HK0/DL5YWM, KH0N, KH2L, LT1F, OJ0UR, OZ/PA7PA, P43A, PT0S, TK0INT, TK1INT, TK2INT, TN2T, TX5K, V85TL, VK9NT, VP2ETE, XX9AS, XY0Y, ZK3N and ZL9HR
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 3B7SP, 3XY1D, 4K9SONG, 4K9W, 4K0CW, 4X/N2TA, 570SP, 706T, 9H3TX, 9M2/R6AF/P, A35YZ, A6/DL2RMC, AP2TN, DL2EW, EA9/SP7VC, HD2A, HS0ZFA, HZ1FI, J38XX, JT7WFF, JW/DJ3KR, LY2BIS, MJ/SQ4MP, P33W, PJ5/SP6EQZ, PJ7PT, R25XAA, S79QT, S9DX, SV5/OH2DZ, SV5/RD1AP, SV9/DF8DX, T8XX, TG9IDX, TX5SPA, UP100GS, V21ZG, V31YN, V5/DJ2HD, V5/DL9NDS, VP2MGZ, VP2MWG, VP2MYL, VR2EH, XV0VR, YI9KT, YJ0ABP, YV0D, YW5LR, YW5PI, YW6A, YW7A, ZD8D and ZK2C
S7, SEYCHELLES
Cesare, I0WDX, will be active as S79WDX from Digue Island (AF-024), in the Seychelles Island group between November 12-23rd. Activity will be 160-6 meters, propagation permitting, using an Icom IC-7000 into a vertical by I1UJX and dipoles for 80 and 160m. QSL via I0WDX direct or LoTW. No QSLs via the Bureau.
TN2, REPUBLIC OF CONGO (Update to OPDX.1114/1117/1118 - Date Change)
Once again in close cooperation between the DAGOE Foundation, Mercy Ships and 4 Dutch radio amateurs, planning is being done for a DXpedition to Republic of Congo. The Team will stay in Pointe Noire between October 12-24th (not September 28th-October 11th as announced earlier). The team will use the callsign TN2MS (not TN5MS as first announced) for this coming activity. For more details and updates, visit their Web page at:
http://www.tn2ms.nl
Also on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/DXpedition
TO4, MARTINIQUE
Thierry, F4BDG, will be active as TO4FM from Martinique (NA-107) between October 5-20th. Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL via EA5GL or on eQSL and LoTW.
V5, NAMIBIA
Operators Serge/UX0HX, Max/UZ1HZ and Alex/UT5UY will be active in holiday style as V5/homecalls from Namibia between August 1-8th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW and SSB. QSLs for V5/UX0HX, V5/UZ1HZ and V5/UT5UY are via UT5UY direct or by the Bureau.
VK9M, MELLISH REEF (Press Release)
The following was sent out on July 11th:
"After their successful operation from Campbell Island in Dec., 2012, six members of the ZL9HR team and additional operators are today announcing their intention to activate Mellish Reef in early 2014.Mellish Reef is located in the Coral Sea, approximately 1,100 kilometers northeast of Brisbane, Australia. Currently number 24 on ClubLog's Most Wanted List, Mellish Reef was last activated in 2009. An international team will operate for 12 days, using 6 stations with linear amplifiers and vertical antennas.
Discussions are underway with the appropriate authorities and potential transport suppliers. Additional information will be available on the team's soon to be activated web site after the documentation is finalized.
Currently signed up for the project are: Pista/HA5AO, Dave/K3EL, Glenn/ KE4KY, Jacky/ZL3CW, George/HA5UK, Gene/K5GS and Les/W2LK. As the project progresses we will announce additional operators and details.
Please direct questions to: Mellish2014@gmail.com
73, Team Mellish 2014"
XE, MEXICO (Special Event)
Members of the La Federacion Mexicana de Radioexperimentadores, A.C. (Mexican Federation of Radio Experimenters FMRE) will be on the air from Cancun, Mexico, with the special callsign XE3FMRE celebrating the National Convention FMRE 2013. Activity will take place between October 2-7th, and operations will be on 80-6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK31 and may be WSJT (Grid SQ. EL61). QSL via XE1LM.
XW, LAOS
Operators Steve/9M6DXX and James/9V1YC will operate as XW8XZ and XW1YC, respectively, from Laos between September 5-10th. They plan to have two stations on the air. XW8XZ activity will be on SSB and XW1YC will mainly be CW with some SSB. QSL XW8XZ via M0URX and XW1YC via W5UE.
Z81X SOUTH SUDAN NEWS (Press Release From OH2BH)
"Some 400 OQRS envelopes were mailed today and the rest will be completed within a next few days. Direct QSLing has also started and several hundred envelopes are mailed out daily.Turnaround times for both OQRS and direct are just a day or two. OQRS bureau cards will be answered only after this initial phase.
Please note the fastest QSL address is as follows:
Olli Rissanen, OH0XX
Salmelankuja 14, Jääli,
FI-90940, Finland
It is also reported that plans for the upcoming South Sudan CQWW and low-band operations remain on track and the operator roster will be finalized this month."
ZD8, ASCENSION ISLAND
Marko, N5ZO, will once again be active as ZD8O from Ascension Island (AF-003) during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via OH0XX.
ZD8, ASCENSION ISLAND
Jorma, OH2KI, will be active as ZD8X in November. Activity will be before, during and after the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 23-24th). Activity during the contest will be Single-Op/Single-Band (10m) entry. Look for him on the bands outside of the contest. QSL via OH2KI.

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