OPDX Bulletin 1207 March 23, 2015

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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, W2GB, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m News, W9ILY, DL7UXG & The DX News Letter, DL1SBF, DxCoffee.com, DXNews.com, DX-World.Net, ES1CW, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, G0UIH, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, ON4ZD/OS0S, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, PP5BZ, PR8ZX, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, VA3RJ & ICPO, VE3VID 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, 15th/March, through Sunday, 22nd/March there were 236 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E3, E4, E5/n, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FS, 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, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OJ0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ7, PY, PZ, S0, S2, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T32, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP8, VP8/g, 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, 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".


3A, MONACO
Operators Gil/F4FET and Diego/F4HAU will be active as 3A/home- call from Monaco between April 2-5th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using SSB and RTTY. Operations will be focus on NA and AS stations especially on 10 and 12 meters, if propagation permits. They will be using vertical polarization antennas close to the Mediterranean Sea. QSL via their home callsigns.


4X, ISRAEL
Operators Zvi/4X6FR and Moshe/4X1DX will be active as 4X7R from Herzliya during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 28-29th) as a Multi- Single entry. QSL via 4X6OM.


7Q, MALAWI
The second team of the 7QAA DXpedition (SSB, RTTY, some CW and PSK team) is now active until April 1st. Operators are John/GW4SKA, Sam/ ZS6BRZ, Dick/K9APW, Chris/G8APB, Marco/HB9OCR and Alex/DD5ZZ. The team will operate 4 stations on the air on 160-6 meters. The SSB team will also participate in the CQWW WPX SSB Contest. Daily free LoTW and ClubLog uploads will be provided, and they will use the band-slot tracking feature in ClubLog to promote a competitive spirit amongst the DX fraternity. Log is available at:
https://secure.clublog.org/expeditions/7QAA
They feel that due to the extended 20 day operating period there will be ample time to work the "little pistols" as well as the band-slot chasers. QSL Manager is Dick, N7RO. For more details, see their Web page at:
http://www.malawidx.org/index.html
Just a reminder that this DXpedition is dedicated in memory of Frosty (Charles Frost), K5LBU, who became a Silent Key on February 14th.


9N, NEPAL (Update)
The three Polish operators are now active from Kathmandu until March 30th. Operators are Bogdan/SP2FUD (9N7FD), Janusz/SP9FIH (9N7WE) and Rafal/SQ9CNN (9N7CC). Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL 9N7CC and 9V7WE via SP9FIH. QSL 9N7FD via SP2FUD. Look for logs to be posted on ClubLog. For more details and updates, watch:
http://9n.dxpeditions.org
 
 
C2, NAURU (Reminder)
Operators Ernoe/DK2AMM, Guenter/DL2AWG, Hans/DL6JGN and Ron/PA3EWP will be active as C21EU from Nauru (OC-031) between March 25th and April 4th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and possibly PSK. They will have two K3 with two 600w amps into a 5 band Spiderbeams and some verticals. QSL via DL2AWG. If possible, they will upload their log daily to ClubLog.
CE0Y, EASTER ISLAND
Joe, LA5UF, who just finished his as E51UFF operation from Manihiki Atoll (OC-014), North Cook Islands, will be active as CE0Y/LA5UF by the time you read this through the end of March. Activity will be on 40-10 meters, mainly on CW and PSK31 using wire antennas. QSL via LA5UF direct with 1 IRC or three U.S. greenstamps. NO Bureau QSLs.


CQ3/CT9, MADEIRA ISLANDS
Matt, DJ8OG, will be active as CQ3L during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via DJ6QT. Look for Matthias to be active before and after the contest as CT9/DJ8OG. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau (preferred) or direct. Visit the CR3L Santana, Madeira Island (AF-014), Web page at:
http://www.cq3l.de
 
 
DX0, SPRATLY ISLANDS (Update)
Exact dates are now offical for the DX0P DXpedition to Pagasa Island (AS-051). Operation will take place between April 14-20th. Activity is planned for 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and JT-65. QSL via WA6LOS. They have a FaceBook page at:
https://www.facebook.com/DX0P2015
A Web page will soon be active at:
http://dx0p.org
 
 
DXCC NEWS
The following have been accepted/approved by the ARRL DXCC Desk for DXCC credit:
K1N - Navassa Island January-February 2015
VP8DOZ - South Georgia Island February-April 2015
E3, ERITREA
The members of the SEISA/Foundation for Global Children is now QRT E30FB. Paul, N6PSE, states:
"E30FB went QRT at 0900 UTC on Tuesday. The team is now in Istanbul about to make their final travels home. We are very happy that we were able to make approximately 62,500 contacts and to provide an ATNO for many DXers around the world. The E30FB team really enjoyed bringing you this rare activation of Eritrea. Murphy was a constant companion on this DXpedition and impacted our antennas and computers. We beat Murphy back each time with skill and determination. You will be surprised to know that almost all CW was sent by hand keys."
Remember, QSL Manager is Tim, M0URX. If you wish to make a donation via PayPal, their address is jh1ajt@fgc.or.jp (note-please do not send E-mail to this address, it is for PayPal purposes only). Their Web site is at:
http://eritreaproject.net
 
 
E5, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS
Frank, DJ5NQ, is now active as E51ANQ from the Island of Rarotonga (OC-013) until March 28th. HE states that he will be working on 20m (CW/SSB) with 1kW and a 5 element Monoband Yagi 23m up. QSL via DJ5NQ, by the Bureau or direct (SAE + IRC or 2 USDs).


FR, REUNION ISLAND (Reminder)
Guy, F5MNW, will once again be active as FR/F5MNW from Saint Leu, Reunion Island (AF-016, DIFO FR-001, WLOTA 1812, WWFF FFF-011), until April 14th. Activity will be on the HF bands using only CW. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. NO IRCs!


HI, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC (NA-096)
Alex, RW3RN, is now active as HI7/RW3RN from Punta Cana until March 30th. Activity will be on 20-10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign.


IOTA NEWS
EU-008. Members of the Kilmarnock and Loudoun ARC (GM0ADX) will be active as MM0KLR from the Isle of Muck (IOSA NH06, SCOTIA DI18, WAB NM48) between April 26th and May 2nd. Operators mentioned are Graham/MM0GHM, Allan/2M0VNW, Arthur/MM0DHQ, Allan/GM3OZB, Gordon/GM7WCO, Jason/GM7VSB and Paul/GM0PJD. Activity will be on 160-2 meters including 60m. QSL via MM0KLR, by the Bureau or eQSL. QSL direct to MM0GHM.
EU-037. Hans, DK3PZ, will be active as SM7/DK3PZ from Oland Island between May 16-23rd. QSL via eQSL and/or by the Bureau to his home callsign.
EU-042. Operators Siggi/DL3HBZ, Lothar/DL8HAL, Steve/DJ7AO, Charlie/ DF6LPC, Ulrich/DJ9IE and Benjamin/DB2LS will be active as DL0DFF from Hallig Hooge (DLFF-013) between April 30th and May 3rd. QSL via the Bureau.
EU-048. Once again the CDXG (Charente DX Groupe) will be on IOTA expedition, this year to Belle Ile Island (DIFM AT 015, WW Locator IN87IK). Activity take place between April 18-25th, using the callsign TM9B. Operators mentioned are Eric/F5LOW, Laurent/F5MNK, Bertrand/F6HKA and Leon/ON4ZD/OS0S. QSL via ON4ZD (see QRZ.com). For more info and possible updates, see:
http://www.charentedxgroupe.fr
EU-138. Fred, SM7DAY, will be active as SM7DAY/p from Senoren Island between April 11-18th. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB and PSK. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau. Also, QSL via the OQRS on ClubLog. ADDED NOTE: Members of the South West Scania Radio Amateurs Club (SSRA) [which Fred is a member] will also be active from Senoren Island as SK7DX. QSL via SM7DXQ.
EU-170. Operators Achim/DL1DAW, Kai/DL3HAH and Andy/DL3YM will be active as 9A/DK3QZ from Kaprije Island between July 24-26th. QSL via the home callsign.
NA-112. Operators Joe/W03F, Keith/KK4PLI, Pete/W3ENK and Sterling/N4WKG will be active as N4F from Ft. Macon State Park on Bogue Banks Island (Emerald Isle, Carteret County, North Carolina), between April 25-26th. QSL via: Special Event, PO Box 1302, Newport, NC 28570.
NA-174. David, VE3VID, is now active as VY0/VE3VID from the rare Igloolik Island (WW.Loc EP-99), but announced this past week he will be going QRT soon. He states, "After 2 years of 20m RTTY, HELL and SSB from Igloolik Island my work here will soon be done. Though I will be returning to Baffin Island later, and may at some future time also return to Igloolik Island, the operations which have occurred 3 times a year since March of 2013 will finish up in about 1 month. For DXers and IOTA fans still hoping for a QSL, I will be active on 20m RTTY on March 22nd, 28th, 29th and April 4th. Work schedule as permit- ting on April 11th and 12th as well. I'm also hoping to partic- ipate in some of the contests up to that point. After that Igloolik Island will be QRT." QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
OC-136. After his December Lord Howe Island VK2IAY/9 operation (see OPDX.1203), look for Steve (G0UIH/VK2IAY/3D2FI) to be staying for 4 days on Phillip Island (OC-136) between December 29th and January 1st (2016), and being active as VK2IAY/3. Activity will be SSB only on 20m. The antenna will be a wire dipole and 100w (IC706MK2G). Look around 14260 kHz. A 4 color special double QSL card sponsored by Vortex Antenna Systems will be available in early 2016. QSL is via G0UIH, direct or by the Bureau.
OC-252. Imam, YB4IR, will be active as YB4IR/7 from Randayan Island between March 25-31st. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB, and RTTY. Antennas will be a Tribander for the High Bands and a Vertical for Low Bands. QSL via LoTW, ClubLog's OQRS or via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.


KH0, MARIANA ISLANDS
Akira, JH0CKF, will be active once again as AF1Y/KH0 from the Saipan Rental Shack (Himawari Hotel) [USI NI-002S, WLOTA 1333), Northern Mariana Islands (OC-086), for a short operation between March 26-28th. Activity will be holiday style, after sunset, on 20-6 meters using SSB. QSL via DU1/JH0CKF (QSL Manger) via DU Bureau. Please DO NOT send to AF1Y (either Bureau or postal mailing address in Miami). If you would like to exchange QSL cards directly, please send SASE to the postal mailing address: Akira Yokoyama, 7078 Hokujo Hakuba, Nagano 399-9301, JAPAN. For more details about the Saipan Rental Shack, visit the following Web page at:
http://saipan.rental-shack.com/english/index.html
 
 
MT0, ISLE OF MAN
Members from the "DX-Interceptors Amateur Radio Club" (MS0IXD) will be on a DXpedition to the Isle of Man (EU-116) between May 8-11th. Operating from Scarlett Point, the team plans to be using the modes of CW, SSB and RTTY on 80/40/30/20/17/15/12/10 meters. Their aim is to provide as much as possible an ANTO (all time new one) or new band and mode to as many individuals as they can. They state,
"Please DON'T be offended if we do not engage in a rag chew over recent events as our aim is to log as many as we can over the period. We have only three operators going."
Operators mentioned are Billy/GM0OBX, Frank/MM0HST and Ross/GM1KNP. QSL via LoTW or M0OXO ONLY. They will use two HF stations:
  HF Station 1 - Mainly SSB               HF Station 2 - Mainly CW/DATA
  Yaesu FT 1000mp; Acom Amplifer          Icom IC 7200; RM Italy Amplifer
  Hexbeam (20/17/15/10)                   Moxon (15/12); Vertical (homebrew
GM0OBX Home brew interface for data multi band 80-10m)


PJ2, CURACAO
Ton, PA1CC, will once again be active as PJ2/PA1CC from Curacao (SA-099) between March 24-31st. His main activity will be in the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 27-28th) as one of the PJ2T operators. However, look for some activity before and after the contest on CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign.


PJ7, SINT MAARTEN
Ed, WA1ZAM, will once again be active as PJ7PL from the Royal Palm's between March 28th and April 5th. Activity will include some operations in the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 28-29th) as a Single- Op/Low-Power entry [look for him in the morning most of the time]. Outside of the contest, activity will be holiday style using SSB and RTTY, possibly CW -- depending on what he brings down. QSL WA1ZAM.


PQ0, TRINDADE AND MARTIM VAZ ISLANDS (Update)
Fábio, PP5BZ, informs OPDX that the Navy has given authorization to go with a full team to Trindade. The PQ0T operation will have five operators: Fábio/PP5BZ, Jaime/PP5JD, Jacobus/PY3FJ, Miguel/PY3MM and Claudio/PY3OZ. The team is made-up of 100% members of the PQ5B Contest Team! The PY1 team will leave for Trindade on March 30th, and they plan to be active as PQ0T/MM on the way to Trindade. They expect to be active from the island between April 2-4th.


PQ2, BRAZIL (Satellite/6m Op/Delayed)
Operators Pedro/PR8ZX and Augusto/ PU8MET have delayed their activity as PQ2ZXT and PQ2/PU8MET, respectively, from Tocantins State (WW Loc. GI64) for about a month.


PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (March 23-29th)

 Mar/23rd LN      Mar/26th  AN      Mar/28th  LN
 Mar/24th AN      Mar/27th  HN      Mar/29th  LN
 Mar/25th 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
 
REALTIME BAND CONDITIONS WEB SITE http://www.bandconditions.com:
The purpose of this experimental Web site is to provide 24-7-365 actual (REALTIME) band condition information to CW QRPp, QRPe and CW/SSB for Contesters interested in increasing their scores. It can also be of benefit to other Radio Amateurs to determine band conditions for Nets and casual QSO's. This information is NOT based on any software pre- dictions or any kind of satellite based readings. It is based on a new Ionospheric sounding method called "HF Ionospheric Interferometry" which operates very similarly to the PolSAR system used by NASA.


QSL INFO AND NEWS

  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (March 22nd)
  --------------------------------------------------------------------------
  3W2MAE via DL5MAE         D44TEG via HB9EBT        OG2K/0 via OG2K
  4X2M via 4X4DZ            DG8SBX/AM via DL2DN      OG3077F via OH3JF
  4U1WB via KK4HD           DL777BBH via DO8ABW      ON/G4OOE/P via G4OOE
  4U20B via 4U20B           DM0Y via DL3BQA          OP4U via ON7USB
  5P7Z via DG2RON           EB1CAM/EA8 via EB1CAM    OP7B via ON7BJ
  5B/RW9QA via W3HNK        EI90IARU via EI6AL       R120RDP via RW9RO
  5B/RM2U via RM2U          H42NT via M0OXO          R35MWC via R9XC
  9N7WE via SP9FIH          HF0BEM via SP9PTA        SF90IARU via SM7HZK
  9A88AA via 9A2AA          II0IDR via IZ0FVD        SN0WFF via SP5X
  A25GF via ZS6AYU          II1IGG via I2AZ          SU9IG via OM3CGN
  CT8/KD8DXU via OK8ZZ (B)  II9ICF via IT9MRM        SV8/SV1CEI via SV1CEI
  CT9/DL2MDU via DL2MDU     IQ4AX via IZ4EFN         TC100GLB via TA1CM
  CT9/R9DX via R9DX         KH2/JR3CNQ via JR3CNQ    TC18M via TA1HZ (**)
  CV5A via CX2ABC (d)       KH2/JS6RRR via JS6RRR    UP2L via UA9AB
  CX2TQ via IK2DUW          OE3HY (*)                VP2MEL via N7BX
    (e) eQSL only  (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (L) LoTW only
    (O) OQRS only  (C) ClubLog only
    (*) Karl Hluchy is silent key March 16, 2015 in age of 96 Years.
    (**) You do not need to send your card!!
 
QSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 3W2JK, 5W1SA, 5Z4LS, 8P9EH, 9A1A, EA7ST, F6BQJ, JM1XCW, JR3OEH, LU4FD, LU7YZ, MD0CCE, OH2MQ, SM3RAB, SP3CCR and TO5A QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3B9FR, 6Y6N, 7O2A, 9M6XRO, B5A, B9/BY9GA, ER3GS, FM5DN, FT4TA, FW5JJ, HC2AO/8, HC2RCT/8, KG4LB, PJ7/WJ2O, TO2TT, TO4FM, TX4A, V73TM, VU4CD, XT2AW and YJ0X
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 9M2CCO, 9M2CQC, BD7MFB, E20AJ, E20YLM, E21EIC, E21YDP, E23PKO, E29BUQ, HS1FVL, HS3ANP, HS3LSE, HS3XVP, HS4PDQ, HS5NME, HS6ZBQ, HS7WMU, HS0/PY3IQ, HS0AC, HS0ZBS, HS0ZCW, HS0ZDX, HS0ZEE, HS0ZFK, HS0ZFP, HS0ZHK, HS0ZIN, HS0ZIV, HS0ZJK, HS0ZJU, HS0ZKG, HS25DX, HS85RI, PX4X, PY4BR, PY4RGS, S21ZDX, TF2MSN, XW1A, XW1B, XW1IC, XW4XR, XW0YJY and YB9WZJ/P


S7, SEYCHELLES
Giovanni "John", IZ2DPX, will be active possibly as S79DPX (pending) from the Seychelles (AF-024) between August 9-23rd. Activity will be on 80-6 meters and all modes. QSL via his home callsign. For more details and update, see:
http://iz2dpx.jimdo.com
 
 
V6, MIRCONESIA
By the time you read this Kiichi, JF1LUT, will be active as V63KI from Kolonia, Pohnpei (OC-010), until March 25th. Activity will be on 20-10 meters using SSB only. QSL only direct to QSL Manager to: A4maniax, c/o Sankei Kousinsya Co,.Ltd., 6-20-6, Hirai, Edogawa-ku, Tokyo, 132-0035 JAPAN. Log will be uploaded to ClubLog.


V6, MICRONESIA
Operators Sho, JA7HMZ, will once again be active as V63DX from Pohnpei Island (OC-010) between April 17-25th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters and all modes. QSL via his home callsign. No Bureau QSLs.


VK9C, COCOS (KEELING) ISLANDS
Operators Lars/LB2TB, Rune/LA6YIA, Bjorn/ LB1GB and Morten/LA9DFA plan to be active as VK9CK (pending) from Cocos (Keeling) Island (OC-003) between March 14-26th. The team is calling themselves the "Dipper DXers". Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. The focus will be 160/80 meters. They state, "Plans are for beams for the high bands and verticals/Inv. L for the lower bands. We will bring amplifiers!" QSL via their OQRS on ClubLog (preferred) or via their QSL Manager LA6OP, direct or by the Bureau. Log will be uploaded to the LoTW as soon as possible after the DXpedition. For more details and updates, see:
http://dipperdx.com/cocos2016
 
 
VK9N, NORFOLK ISLAND
By the time you read this operators Allen/VK7AN and David/VK7YUM will be active as homecall/VK9N from Norfolk Island (OC-005) until March 27th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via their home callsigns, by the Bureau or direct (see QRZ.com).


VP5, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS
Stephen, VE3OC, will once again be active as VP5/VE3OC from Providenciales Island (NA-002), Caicos Islands, between April 11-16th. Activity will be holiday style (in between scuba diving) on the HF bands using an Icom IC-7000 into a Buddiepole antenna and running on a Lithium-Ion battery for portable use on the beach and cliff sides. QSL via home callsign direct or LoTW and eQSL. NO Bureau.


VQ9, CHAGOS ISLAND
By the time you read this, Bob, N7XR, should be active once again as VQ9XR from Diego Garcia Island (AF-006) until March 27th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters (possibly 160m) using CW, SSB, and RTTY. NO 6 meters (no antenna). He will also be on 60 meters CW due to the newly modified license which now allows operations on that band (5403.5 and 5405.0 kHz). QSL via ClubLog or direct via his home callsign (NO IRCs). NO Bureau QSLs, eQSL or LoTW. All ClubLog requests for BUREAU cards will not be processed. He mentions, "No internet access is available in the area I operate from. I check emails once in the evening IF I can gain access. Most of the time it's extremely slow."


XV, VIETNAM (Update)
Toshi, JA8BMK, has canceled his March XV7BM operation from Nha Trang Resort "due to poor lowbands conditions".

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