OPDX Bulletin #1283 September 18, 2016

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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, AB2E, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, AK4CE, N4AA & QRZ DX, W5AJ, KL7JR, K8GI, K8YSE, KO8SCA, W8GEX & 60m DX News, ND9M, DH7WW, DL1SBF, DL7UXG & The DX News Letter, DxCoffee.com, DXNews.com, DX-World.Net, ES1CW, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX,? I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, JG7PSJ, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, VA3RJ & ICPO, and VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 11th-September, through Sunday, 18th-September there were 212 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E5/s, E6, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J6, J8, JA, JD/m, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, 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, PY, PZ, S0, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T32, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, 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".
2017 RST SPECIAL EVENT. Members of the North Country DX Association (NCDXA)
will be active the entire month of March 2017 from several different lo-
cations in Alaska, Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Greenland
using all NCDXA "RST" fixed station callsigns KL7RST, VY1RST, VE8RST,
VY0RST and OX7RST to further promote Amateur Radio in northern North
America. This is their 2nd annual special event with the addition of
OX7RST, more rovers and fixed stations, new QSLs and certificates! Activity
will be on all modes on 160-6 meters and the WARC bands are permissible.
SWLs are welcome to participate. The object is to work or log (SWL) as
many NCDXA "RST" stations as you can from their different locations. To
participate you need to work each "RST" station only once per their QTH,
band and mode. No cross band, cross mode or remote operating allowed.
Portable rover "RST" stations will also participate. Some of the portable
stations are: KL7RST/KL7, VY1RST/VY1, VY1RST/KL7, VE8RST/KL7 and VE8RST/VY1
...etc. Watch the DX spots as they plan to have stations on from a Canadian
research station near the North Pole on Ellesmere Island, a diamond mine in
NWT, an Alaskan bush school, an OM/YL team from Nuuk, Greenland, and many
other cities up north large and small. 
  For your convenience, they will upload their logs to the ARRL's LoTW.
Full color QSLs are available via K7ICE (bio on QRZ.com). Optional full
color certificates are also available (E-mail  for
details) for working/hearing any of the "RST" stations. QSL Manager is
K7ICE.
   SPECIAL EVENT DURATION: March 1st through March 31st, 2017.  
   SPECIAL EVENT EXCHANGE: NCDXA "RST" stations send signal report and
           QTH (ie. 5x7 Anchorage, 5x9 Whitehorse etc.).  Receiving
           stations should send signal report and state, province or
           country.
   SPECIAL EVENT CERTIFICATES: Beautiful full color certificates are
           available via K7ICE for:
             Level 1: Work any of the NCDXA "RST" stations.
             Level 2: Work all of the RST fixed stations (KL7RST, VY1RST,
                      VE8RST, VY0RST and OX7RST).
             Level 3: For RST operators and those stations contacting them.
                      RST ops work as many stations as you can, and all
                      others to work as many RST stations, fixed/rover or
                      portable as they can. Count 1 point for each QSO.
                      All certificates will be E-mailed in PDF format.
  Thanks in advance for your DX spots! ... 73 de "Yukon John", KL7JR
  NCDXA "RST" stations are on Facebook. Check out the hams you worked
  and learn about them at:
  https://www.facebook.com/North-Country-DX-Assoc-K7ICE-1717462798496577


60 METER NEWS. The "W8GEX & 60m DX News" reports that the OY/ON6NB DX-
pedition has been active on 60 meters SSB. They have one CW op. The team
leader Eric, ON4ANN, promised to check 60m every night (and also try some
CW) until they leave on September 21st. 


8P50, BARBADOS (Special Callsign). Dean, 8P6SH/8P2K, will be active
using the special callsign  8P50B during the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (Sep-
tember 24-25th) [as a Single-Op/Low-Power/Assisted entry] and the CQWW
DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) [as a Single-Op/All-Band]. Barbados is
celebrating its 50th anniversary of independence from Great Britain on
November 30th, 2016. Dean will celebrate by activating the 8P50-Barbados
prefix. A full color QSL card will be available via KU9C and the usual
LoTW updates and confirmation.


9N, NEPAL. Operators Bogdan/SP2FUD, Janusz/SP9FIH and Rafal/SQ9CNN will
once again be active 9N7FD, 9N7CC and 9N7WE, respectively, from Chengu
Narayan, Nepal, during the second half of October. Activity is usually
on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL 9N7CC and 9N7WE via SP9FIH.
QSL 9N7FD via SP2FUD. For more details and updates, watch:
                          http://9n.dxpeditions.org


9Q, DEM. REP. OF THE CONGO. Christian, IS0BWM, will be active using the
special event callsign 9Q0HQ/3 in Kengé from the Democratic Republic of
the Congo between November 20th and December 25th. He has received written
permission from the national amateur radio club (ARAC). Activity will be
on various HF bands using SSB. QSL via IS0BWM direct only (see QRZ.com).
Log will be posted on ClubLog.


BW, TAIWAN. Koji, JL3RDC, will be active as BW/JL3RDC from Taipei during
the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry.
QSL via JL3RDC.


D6, COMOROS (Reminder). Operators Pavel/OK1FPS, David/OK6DJ, Pavel/OK1GK,
Rudolf/OK2ZA and Petr/OK1BOA will be active as D66D from Comoros Islands
(AF-007) between September 18-30th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters
using CW, SSB and RTTY. Equipment will be 3x Elecraft K3 with 2x PA into
2x Spiderbeams (includes WARC), 1x vertical (40/30m), 1 vertical (160/80m)
and a special RX antenna for the low bands. QSL via OK6DJ, LoTW or eQSL.
For more details and updates, see:         http://www.cdxp.cz
Also watch their FaceBook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1472348776313779


DXCC NEWS. The ARRL DXCC Desk has approved the 2016 A5A Bhutan operation
for DXCC credit.


E4, PALESTINE. Bodo, DF8DX, will once again be active as E44QX from
Jericho between December 8-12th. Activity will be holiday style probably
on 80-10 meters using CW (mainly), SSB and RTTY. He will also try some
VHF EME this time. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau,
ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW.


FJ, ST. BARTHELEMY. Adrian, KO8SCA, will be active as FJ/KO8SCA from
St. Barthelemy Island (NA-146, DIFO FJ-001, WLOTA 0377) between November
19-26th. Activity will be holiday style on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB
and the Digital modes. Equipment is a K3 transceiver and KPA500 amplifier
running 500w into an BigIR vertical antenna and backup dipoles. There
will be ClubLog uploads during the DXpedition. Paper QSL cards are available
through ClubLog's OQRS. LoTW will be available after the DXpedition. For
more details see FJ/KO8SCA under the QRZ.com page.


IOTA NEWS..............
  AN-017.  Francois, F4HLT, will be active as FT3YL from Dumont d'Urville
           Station, Geology Archipelago, Adelie Land, Antarctica, starting
           December 2016. Activity will be on various HF bands. QSL via
           F6KPQ.


  EU-057.  Klaus, DL7UXG, is now active as DL7UXG/p from Ruegen Island
           until September 30th. Activity will be holiday style on various
           HF bands using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via his home
           callsign, direct or by the Bureau. 


  EU-129.  Bodo, DF8DX, will be active as DF8DX/p from Usedom Island
           between September 20-22nd.  Activity will be only during his
           local evening hours. QSL via his home callsign, direct or
           by the Bureau.


  NA-088.  Jacek, SP5APW, will be active as H84JK from Colon Island
           (NA-088) between October 13-18th. Activity will be on 20-10
           meters using SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via his home
           callsign. For more details and updates, watch:
                            http://na-088.blogspot.com


KH0, MARIANA ISLANDS. Rocky, HL1VAU/AK4CE, informs OPDX that he has booked
flights and accommodations for a family vacation trip to Saipan ( OC-086),
Mariana Island. He will stay there between September 26-29th. Activity
will be on 40-6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and other Digital modes signing
as KH0/AK4CE. He will use his trusty IC-706MK2G, power supply, Microham
Digital Interface, light-weight laptop and simple vertical antennas packed
with other baggages. His main purpose of this trip is a family vacation
and having fun. Therefore, his activity will be sporadic and holiday style.
QSL via HL1VAU, but most QSLs will be sent out through Bureaus automatically
until end of year 2016. No LoTW or eQSL support for this trip.


KH0/WH0, MARIANA ISLANDS. Harry, JG7PSJ/JD1BMH/KW2X, will active as
KH0/KW2X from Saipan (OC-086) between September 21-26th. Activity will
be on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. Also, look for him to sign
WH0RU during the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 24-25th). QSL via LoTW
or direct to JG7PSJ.


MD7, ISLE OF MAN. Rich, M5RIC, will be active as MD7C from the Isle of
Man (EU-116) during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Single-
Op/All-Band entry. QSL via M0OXO.


P4, ARUBA. Operators David/KM3T, Randall/K5ZD and John/W6LD will be active
as P40L from Pos Chiquito during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th)
as a Mutli-Single entry. QSL via WA3FRP. All P40L logs are uploaded
to ClubLog and Logbook of the World. For details about the station, 
see:                       http://www.arubaqth.com


PJ2, CURACAO. Operators Geoff/W0CG (PJ2DX), Ulrich/DL8OBQ, John/N4RV,
Ton/PA1CC, Tom/VE3CX, Adam/W1ASB, Heiko/DK3DM, Fukuda/JJ1RJR, Rich/W3ACO
and Ray/NM2O will be active from the Caribbean Contesting Consortium's
(CCC) Signal Point contest station on Curacao Island (SA-099, WLOTA 0942)
between October 20th and November 2nd. The team's main focus will be on
the CQWW DX SBB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Multi/? entry using the
callsign PJ2T. Outside the contest, operators will be signing PJ2/homecall
or their own personal PJ2 callsign. QSL PJ2T via W3HNK. QSL PJ2DX direct
to W0CG. QSL all others via their home callsigns.


PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (September 19-25th).......
 Sep/19th HN      Sep/22nd  AN     Sep/24th  AN
 Sep/20th HN      Sep/23rd  AN     Sep/25th  AN
 Sep/21st 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


  REALTIME BAND CONDITIONS WEB SITE :
  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.


  Also, check out the VOACAP predication Web page at:
                 http://www.voacap.com/prediction.html


PX0, FERNANDO DE NORONHA (Update/Reminder). Fabio, PP5BZ, will be active
as PX0F from Fernando de Noronha (SA-003) between September 23-28th.
Activity will be holiday style during his spare time on 80-6 meters
using mainly CW and SSB, but with some RTTY especially during the CQWW
DX RTTY Contest (September 24-25th). He will be using a TS-590 and V350
- CAMP antenna (vertical multiband ). QSL via his home callsign, direct
or by the Bureau.


QSL INFO AND NEWS...................
  ** PLEASE NOTE: No QSL-Informations from DB0SDX this week. Will return
                  next week! **


  SLOW WEEK ON THE FOLLOWING QSL REPORTS....


  QSLS RECEIVED VIA LoTW: CO8ZZ, DF0HQ, JW/DL7DF, TA5FA, TZ4AM, VE4TV
  and VU2UR


  QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: FT4JA 


  QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 6V7D, DJ8QP, IO2X, KH0YP, OF9X, OH7JHA,
  V73D, VK9LC, W1AW/p, WP2TX and XR0YJ


S9, SAO TOME. A German team will be active as S9YY from Sao Tome (AF-023)
between October 8-23rd. Operators mentioned are Peter/DL1RPL, Soeren/DL3RKS,
Dieter/DL1AWD, Hans/DL1AOB, Rocco/DG5AA and Rich/DK8YY. Activity will be
on CW, SSB and the Digital modes, on the HF bads and 2m EME. QSL via DH7WW,
by the Bureau or direct (new address since 2015: Ulrich Moeckel,
Schwarzwinkel 13, 08304 Schoenheide, Germany).


SP, POLAND. Rick, NE8Z/HC1MD, will be active as SP9E and SP/NE8Z from
Poland between September 20th and October 8th. Activity will be holiday
style using CW and SSB. Rick states, "My radio time will be limited as
most of the time I will be searching for and visiting family members in
three areas of Poland - SP2, SP3 and SP9. My goal is to try to work DXCC
from Poland. Please call me if you see me spotted on the DX Cluster, if
you think that your country may be a "new one" for me." QSL via NE8Z or
LoTW.


SW9, CRETE. Uli, DJ9XB, will once again be active as SW9XB from Crete
Island during the month of September. He will be active in the CQWW DX
RTTY Contest (September 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry.
QSL via his home callsign or LoTW.


T8, PALAU. Kazuo, JR1UBR, will once again be active as T88AB from the VIP
Guest Hotel (Free Radio Room) on Koror Island (OC-009) between  November
2-8th. Activity will be on various HF bands. QSL via JR1UBR, direct or
by the Bureau. NO eQSL or LoTW. For more details about the VIP Guest Hotel
(Free Radio Room), see:  http://www.palau-radio.com/index.php?page=rr2014


T8, PALAU. Yousuke, JJ1DQR, will once again be active as T88QR from the
VIP Guest Hotel (Free Radio Room) Koror Island (OC-009) between November
15-17th. Activity will be holiday style on 80-6 meters using SSB. QSL via
his home callsign. direct or by the Bureau. No eQSL and No LoTW. For more
details about the VIP Guest Hotel (Free Radio Room), see:
              http://www.palau-radio.com/index.php?page=rr2014


TF, ICELAND. Raili, OH2HOD, is now active as TF/OH2HOD from Stokkseyri
on the south coast of Iceland (SA-021, WLOTA 2975) until September 20th.
Activity has been mainly on the Digital modes (RTTY, PSK31) on 20 meters.
QSL via his home callsign.


TI5, COSTA RICA. Darrell, AB2E, will be active as TI5/AB2E from Costa Rica
between November 24-29th. He plans to be active in the CQWW DX CW Contest
(November 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. There will
be limited activity outside of the contest, but he will try to get on the
WARC/Low Bands when possible. QSL direct via AB2E for any and all oper-
ations from 1993 to present. Be sure to include an SASE, green stamp, or
new IRC or you won't get a card. Sorry, no Bureau cards at this time, and
no eQSL.


TI5, COSTA RICA. Chris, KL9A, will be active as TI5W from Costa Rica
during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-
Band/High-Power entry. QSL TI5W via the new QSL Manager W4FS (not N3YIM
as first announced). Outside of the contest he will use the callsign
TI5/KL9A. QSL TI5/KL9A via AC7DX.


V6, MICRONESIA (Rare IOTA). Members of Nara DX Association (JK3ZXK) are
planning to operate from a rare IOTA island in V6-land this coming fall.
They are currently waiting/working on details to schedule a ship for
their V6 trip. They will update their exact operating schedule once the
ship is scheduled and decided. The first ever operation will be from Mwokil
Island (OC-226, 12.0%). This plan will all depend on the ship's schedule.
They received the special callsign V6J. QSL via JP3AYQ.


V6, MICRONESIA. Operators Tatsuo/JA3ARJ, Kunio/JH3LSS, Masumi/JA3AVO,
YL Hiroko/JH3PBL and YL Ayaka/W7AYA will be active V63ARJ, V63LSS, V63AVO,
V63PBL and V63AYA, respectively, from South Park Hotel, Pohnpei Island
(OC-010), during January 2017. The tentative schedule is as follows:
        January  4-8th -- V63PBL and V63AYA
        January 4-15th -- V63AVO
        January 9-22nd -- V63ARJ and V63LSS
  Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes.
Operation will also be on satellite (mainly FO-29), and 2m EME. QSL via
their home callsigns. For more details and updates, see:
                         http://ja3avo.jp/v6.htm


VK0M, MACQUARIE ISLAND (Becomes Even Rarer! Research station to close in
2017!). ABC.net reports [edited], "Australia's Antarctic Division (AAD)
has confirmed the permanent research station on Macquarie Island will close
at the end of March 2017. The division has operated a year-round research
station on the sub-Antarctic island since 1948. AAD Director Nick Gales
said the organization would instead use a network of six field huts to
continue conducting 'high-priority research' over the summer. He said a
recent engineering review showed a very large investment was needed to
upgrade the aging infrastructure to manage increased risks to occupational
health and safety, environmental contamination and site exposure to ocean
inundation." Read the complete story at:
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-13/macquarie-island-research-station-to-be-closed-in-2017/7839640


VK9N, NORFOLK ISLAND (Update). Operators Geoff/ZL3GA, Mark/ZL3AB, Don/
ZL3DMC, Paul/ZL4TT (ex-ZL4PW) and Phil/ZL3PAH will be active as VK9NZ from
Norfolk Island VK9NZ between September 25th and October 8th. Activity will
be on 160-6 meters with up to 3 stations operating simultaneously using CW,
SSB and RTTY. ZL3PAH is the QSL manager. QSLs will be available via OQRS
on ClubLog. Logs will be posted to LoTW after the DXpedition as soon as
they have been checked and busted QSOs corrected. Paul, ZL4TT, informed
OPDX the following: "Just a reminder that VK9NZ Norfolk Island will be
on air late Sunday 25th September. Everything has gone to plan and we are
looking forward to the pile-ups, especially from EU, SAM and AF. We will
make a late entry in the CQWW RTTY leg. We will have the low band antenna
up in the first few days using an 18m Spiderbeam pole with a topload wire
for topband. Look for us on 160m and 80m around sunset and sunrise Norfolk
Island time (i.e. 0640 and 1845z), and from East Coast North America sunrise
around 1000z onwards. See you in the pile ups!" or more details and updates,
see:                          https://vk9nz.wordpress.com


VP2, ANGUILLA. Operators Manfred/DK1BT, Wolf/DL4WK, Sigi/DL7DF, Juergen/
DL7UFN and Frank/DL7UFR will be active from Anguilla between October 25th
and November 7th. A VP2E callsigns has been applied for. Activity will
be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31. They plan to have two
stations on the air using 2x K2 transceivers, with 2x OX1000 power amps,
a 18m lowband vertical, a 40m and a 30m loop, and Spiderbeam for 20-10m.
Bernd, DF3CB, is their pilot station. QSL via DL7DF, direct or by the
DARC Bureau. An OQRS will be available on the following Web page. They
will upload the full logs of the DXpedition to LoTW within 6 months after
the DXpedition. For more details and updates, see: 
                            http://www.dl7df.com/vp2e


VP8STI AND VP8SGI VIDEOS. Two videos/slide-shows on the VP8STI (S. Sand-
wich Islands) and VP8SGI (S. Georgia Islands) DXpeditions are now avail-
able online at YouTube.com:
                       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQKHnxL5Fnk
                       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8Iyqr5CHw4
Each video by David, K3LP, are about 33-38 minutes.


VQ9, CHAGOS ISLANDS. Jim, ND9M, is once again active from Diego Garcia
Island (AF-006), but signing as VQ96JC on Saturday on 17 meters CW. Jim
informs OPDX, "I'll be here for another month before returning to the
U.S., and only a couple times each week. But I always look for NA stations;
the Left Coast often comes through here with good sigs most reliably on
17m." Jim, who has been going to VQ9 since 1998, lives/works on a U.S.
merchant marine ship, states "there is no permanent station on the island;
the ham club has been gone for years," and "the physical commute between
my ship and my operating location takes about 90 minutes overall. Set up
and breakdown each time is another 30 minutes. Band changes require me to
lower the antenna and add or remove segments to/from the antenna so there's
more time. So each and every time I operate, I've got a 6-hour overall
window and 2 hours are eaten up without even being on the air." Jim's
entire station is in a backpack and green environment shopping bags. He
sets up in front of a recreational park where there's A/C power and trees.
The station that he carries includes a Yaesu FT-857D, external power supply,
separate tuner, 75-feet of coax, a 15-40m dipole, support line, and tools;
everything comes to about 25 pounds. Since this is a military base, Jim
can't leave his antenna up at all times, so he has to put up the antenna
every time he operates and then take it back down when he is done for the
evening. He uses 100-pound fishing line for support legs, but that stuff
is very attractive to the locals who often take it, and he finds that he
has to put up new line fairly regularly; it's a bit of a pain to throw
line up into the jungle trees and then find it again just to tie it off
and make it accessible for a couple hours. Jim's preferred operating mode
is CW, although he does try to get on SSB occasionally and even the Digital
modes (PSK31, PSK63, and RTTY) if time allows. The "6" in his callsign
VQ96JC represents the year in 2016. Jim has been doing this since 2007
(e.i. VQ97JC, VQ98JC, VQ99JC...). He also operated as VQ975FOC in 2013
as part of the FOC's 75th anniversary celebration. QSL info is posted on
QRZ.com.


WP3, PUERTO RICO. Members of the "COMBETE CONTEST GROUP" will be active
as WP3E during CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Multi-Multi
entry. Operators mentioned are Uris/NP4WW, Luis/NP4RA, Rafael/NP3RE,
Carlos/KP4CPC, Edgardo/NP4EG, Rey/WP3HP Luis/WP4MLX. QSL via LoTW or eQSL.


YB0, INDONESIA. Karsono, YB0NDT, will once again be active during the
CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 24-25th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band
(15m) entry. QSL via YB0NDT, direct or LoTW. No Bureau.


YX0V AVES ISLAND (Update). Pilot Station Steve, W4DTA, announced this
past week that the YX0V DXpedition to Aves Island has not been cancelled,
but put on hold by the Venezuelan Navy. This is due to multiple issues
outside of their control (Weather, Politics, Protests) the Navy has asked
to delay their departure. They are expected to meet with the Navy personnel
in charge of the logistics of the transportation to the island by the
middle of next week at the latest, and they hope to have a clear schedule
for departure. The team is ready to go, and have worked hard to put to-
gether all the equipment, antennas, computers, cables, etc.....


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