OPDX Bulletin 1287 October 17, 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, W2SC, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, N5JR, K8GG, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m DX News, W9ILY, CO2AME, DL1SBF, DL7UXG & The DX News Letter, DxCoffee.com, DXNews.com, DX-World.Net, ES1CW, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, G0VDE, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, IK7JWY, LU5BE, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, VA3RJ & ICPO, VE3EXY and VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) for the following DX information.

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 9th-October, through Sunday, 16th-October there were 224 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1U, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5Z, 7P, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, CY0, D2, D4, DL, DU, E4, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FS, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, H40, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J3, J6, JA, JD/m, JD/o, JT, JW, 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, PZ, S0, S2, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T2, T30, T31, T32, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP6, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YU, YV, Z2, 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".

3W2, VIETNAM (Reminder/Update). Mike, N0ODK, will once again be active
as 3W2DK from Ho Chi Minh City between October 15th and November 5th.
Activity will be on 40/20/17/15/10 meters using SSB, with some CW and
the Digital modes. He may use an amp this time. Also, look for him to
be in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Single-Op/Low-Power
entry. QSL via N0ODK, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW. He states on QRZ.com,
"If you have different contacts with me as 3W6DK, 3W2DK, XV4MN, or N0ODK,
please QSL in one package to save you time and money and I can QSL all
in one time. I collect QSL cards so if we QSL, please QSL even if you
do not need my QSL card. I will QSL if in logbook."

4S, SRI LANKA. Kamal, 4S7AB, from Ellakkala, has been active on 30 meters
and other bands recently. He was heard by a Michigan station on October
8th, on 10117 kHz at 1200z and again on the 9th on 10116 kHz at 1130z.
Both times he was 599. QSL via 4S7AB direct or via PayPal (see QRZ.com).
No Bureau, eQSL or LoTW.

5B, CYPRUS. Gordon, MM0GOR, is expected to be active again as 5B/MM0GOR
from Cyprus (AS-004) until October 19th. Activity will be on various HF
bands. QSL via M0OXO or OQRS.

5B, CYPRUS. Zoli, HA5PP, will once again be active as 5B/HA5PP during
the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Single-Op entry. QSL via

7P, LESOTHO (Reminer). By the time you read this Pista, HA5AO, will be
or should be active as 7P8AO from Lesotho until October 29th. The primary
purpose of the trip is to deliver humanitarian aid and support to an
orphanage. At his own expense, Pista is supplying clothing, shoes and
school supplies to the children. This will be his third visit to Lesotho
to work with the children. When not at the orphanage, Pista will be
operating mainly CW, on 80-6 meters. Log search and OQRS will be available
on . Please QSL to HA5AO.

8P, BARBADOS. Tom, W2SC, will once again be active as 8P5A during the
CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power
entry. He will be on Barbados between October 25th and November 1st, so
look for him to do casual operating and testing before and after the
contest on 160-10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via LoTW or direct to NN1N.

9N, NEPAL. Yutaka, JA6GWX, will be active as 9N7NZ from Kathmandu between
November 20-23rd. Activity will be on various HF bands using CW and SSB.
QSL via his home callsign direct only.

9Y4, TRINDADE AND TOBAGO. Chris, 9Y4D (ex-9Y4NZ), will be active during
the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Single-Op entry. QSL via
9Y4D (see QRZ.com), LoTW or eQSL.

BV, TAIWAN. Biki, JP3PZG, will be active as BV/JP3PZG during the CQWW DX
SSB Contest (October 29-30th). QSL via JP3PZG.

CN, MOROCCO. Look for CN2R to be on the air during the next two CQWW DX
Contests during October and November. The line-up of operators are as
  CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th): Jiri/OK1RI, Zdenek/OK1DSZ,
  Karel/OK1JKT, Norbert/OM6NM, Vaclav/OK1VVT, Jiri/OK1DO, Petr/OK1FFU
  and Jim/W7EJ. Multi-2 entry. QSL via W7EJ. Operators plan to be on
  before the contest starts (October 19th).

  CQWW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th): Jiri/OK1RI, Vit/OK5MM, Karel/
  OK1JKT, Norbert/OM6NM, Jiri/OK1DO, Vladimir/OK1NY, Martin/OK1HGM,
  Petr/OK1FFU and Jim/W7EJ. Multi-2 entry. QSL via W7EJ.

COWS OVER THE WORLD (Update). "The Daily DX" reports that Tom, KC0W, and
his all-CW "Cows Over the World" DXpeditions which was recently halted
after the theft of all of his equipment, is getting ready to be active
again with his "next 2 DXpeditions. Possibly "this November/December.
He did not say where but did mention they would be from two different
continents. One of the locations 'is needed by EU/JA' while the second
country will be with a 'very unusual prefix' which Tom expects to 'generate
some good pileups'. QRX for more details."

CE0Y, EASTER ISLAND. Ignacy, NO9E, will be active as CE0Y/NO9E from Easter
Island between October 28th and November 3rd. Activity will be holiday
style on 40-10 meters using a KX3 and Expert 1.3K-FA amp into a Multi-Band 
End Fed Half Wave (EFHW 4010/8010) and vertical antennas. He will also be
in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th). QSL via his home callsign.

ED8, CANARY ISLANDS. Operators Salvador/EA7FQB, Al/EA7JR, Cristobal/EA7RU,
Pedro/EA7DN, Jose/EA7BJ, Manolo/EA7LL, Jorge/EA7HZ, JORGE/EA8TL and Manuel/
EA8DO will be active as ED8W from La Palma Island (AF-004) during the CQWW
DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) Multi-? entry. QSL via EA8DO.

HI, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. Operators Edwin/HI3K, Alfredo/HI8K, Tino/HI3CC,
Franky/HI3TT, Miguel/HI3MPC, Marcos/HI3MRV, Rodolfo/HI3RWP, Efraim/HI8EES,
Elio/HI8EFS, Ismael/XE1AY, Cruz/YV4CEG and Inés/YV4IVB will be active as
HI3K from Loma del Toro during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th)
as a Multi-2/High-Power entry. QSL via KB2MS.

HI, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. Operators Tino/HI3CC, Franky/HI3TT, Miguel/HI3MPC
and Edwin/HI8K will be active as HI3CC from Loma Del Toro Toro during the
CQWW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th) as a Multi-Single/Low-Power entry.
QSL via W2CCW.

HK0, SAN ANDRES AND PROVIDENCIA. Will, AA4NC, will be active as HK0/AA4NC
from San Andres Island between February 13th and March 7th, 2017. Activity
will be on various HF bands and modes, probably on 160-6 meters using CW,
SSB and RTTY. He also plans to be active in the ARRL International DX CW
Contest (February 18-19th) and ARRL International DX SSB Contest (March
4-5th) as a Single-Op/Low-Power entries and signing with a 5K0 callsign
(pending). QSL via AA4NC.

HK0, SAN ANDRES AND PROVIDENCIA. Tim, LW9EOC, will be active as 5J0NA
between February 13-27th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW,
SSB and RTTY, with a focus on the low bands and 30/17/12m. He will also
be in the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 18-19th). QSL via

IOTA NEWS..............
  AF-047.  Carlos, CT1GXC, will be active as CQ9GXC from Selvagens Islands
           between October 19-25th. Activity will be on various HF bands.
           QSL via his home callsign.

  OC-209.  Arfan, YB8UTI, is now active as YB8UTI/P from Miangas Island
           until October 18th. He will use a homebrew 10 element multiband
           yagi, and operate mainly on CW. The log will be uploaded to
           ClubLog after his returning home.

J5, GUINEA BISSAU. Members of the Italian DXPedition Team will be active
as J5T from Guinea Bissau in November 2016. Operators mentioned are
Silvano/I2YSB, Vinicio/IK2CIO, Angelo/IK2CKR, Marcello/IK2DIA, Stefano/
IK2HKT and Mac/JA3USA. The pilot stations are Art/IK7JWY (HF) and Sergio/
IK0FTA (6m). Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital
modes. QSL via I2YSB, direct or the OQRS on their Web page at:
Logs will be posted on LoTW about 6 months after the conclusion of the
DXpedition. For News and Forum, see:   http://www.hamradioweb.net

KG4, GUANTANAMO BAY. Bill, W4WV, is now active as KG4WV from GITMO (NA-015)
until October 24th. Activity will be on various HF bands using mostly SSB
with some CW and Digital modes (PSK). QSL via W4WV, direct or by the Bureau.
No LoTW.

KG4, GUANTANAMO BAY. Jeff, KQ4LA, is now active as KG4LA from GITMO (NA-015)
until October 21st. Activity will be on various HF bands using mostly CW
with some SSB and Digital modes (RTTY, PSK). QSL via KG4LA direct.

KP4, PUERTO RICO. Rafael, KP4RV, will be active from Luquillo during the
CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (15m)
entry. QSL via LoTW, WP4PGY direct only and by the Bureau via KP4RV.

LU/N, ARGENTINA. Operators Horacio/LU5BE (CW), Henry/LU8EFF and Arnaldo/
LU3AAL will be active as homecalls/N from La Banda in the Province of
Santiago del Estero (WW Locator: FG72vh), a Region in Argentina with
little activity. Operation will be between October 20-24th. They will
try to have 2 active stations. Activity will be on 80-6 meters using
CW, SSB, PSK31 and JT65. QSL via their home callsigns (see QRZ.com).

OH5, FINLAND. Operators Mark/K1RX, Scott/K9MA, Timo/OG9X, Jouko/OH1RX,
Ilkka/OH1WZ, Ilmo/OH2BO, Niko/OH5CZ, Kari/OH5LF, Kimmo/OH5KS, Kari/OH5TS,
Peter/OH5NQ, Ari/OH6MW, Mika/OH6NVC, Juha/OH6XX and Panu/OH7CW will be
active as OH5NQ during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a
Multi-Multi entry. QSL via the Bureau or OH5CZ. PLEASE NOTE: Activity
is to celebrate OH5NQ's 80th birthday and 65th anniversary receiving his
first license. All QSOs will be confirmed with a QSL via the Bureau.
direct QSLs via OH5CZ.

P4, ARUBA. John, KK9A, will once again be active as P40A from Aruba (SA-036)
between October 25-31st. Activity will include the CQWW DX SSB Contest
(October 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. Outside of the contest,
activity will be on 160-10 meters, including 30/17/12m, using CW and SSB.

PJ4, BONAIRE. Operators Joel/N5JR, Jim/NT5V and Jeff/K5JP will be active
as PJ4/N5JR, PJ4/NT5V and PJ4/K5JP from Bonaire (SA-006, WLOTA LH-1279)
between November 6-13th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB
and RTTY. QSL via their home callsigns, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.

PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (October 17-23rd).......
 Oct/17th BN      Oct/20th  AN     Oct/22nd  HN
 Oct/18th HN      Oct/21st  HN     Oct/23rd  HN
 Oct/19th AN

    NORMALITY               GEOMAG       K Values    Alpha
   -----------------        ------       --------    ------
   AN  - Above Normal       Quiet        K=0-1       0-7
   HN  - High Normal        Unsettled    K=2         8-15
   LN  - Low Normal         Active       K=3         16-29
   BN  - Below Normal       Minor Storm  K=4         30-49
   DIS - Disturbed          Major Storm  K=5         50-99
   VRY DIS - Very Disturbed Severe Storm K=6-9       100-400

  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:

PY0F, FERNANDO DE NORONHA. Ivan, PV8IG, will be active as PY0F/PV8IG
from Fernando de Noronha (SA-003) between October 18-21st. Activity
is to celebrate his 50th birthday and 36th on being licensed. Operations
will be on various HF bands. QSL via PT7WA direct.

QSL INFO AND NEWS...................
  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX by Lothar, DL1SBF, (October 16th) 
  5A1AL via W5UE            HF10BOL via SQ9NIU     SN164FF via SP6CES
  5B/DF2IR via DF2IR        II0REX via I0YQX       SO90LKK via SP8POP
  7X59JOTA via 7X2VB        II3BZ via IN3AUD       SU83JOTA via IK2DUW
  A60JOTA via IZ8CLM        J42J via SV2CLJ (d)    SU8JOTA via SM5AQD
  AO2016DSS via EA2URD      K4G via K8EAB (d)    SV9/SM7RYR via SM7RYR (d/L)
  CE2/K1ZZ via K1ZZ         KH7SD via DF1SD    T8CW via JA0FOX(B); JH0IXE(d/L)
  EG5MCC via EA5RCK         N1A via KK1X (d)       TM77X via F6KOP (L/eQSL)*
  EH3JAM via EA3URE         ON4JOTA via ON4GDV     UT4U via UT5UJO
  EH3RV via EA3RCY          PA6JMC via PA2RDK      V55JOTA via V51Q (d)
  EI/G4WSB/P via G4WSB      PH30EUDXF via PA1AW    YP0C via YO3CZW
  EM20UCRF via UT3UZ        PI4SRN via PA3DHR      YP100JB via YO7KFX
  EO90WU via UW1WU          R100MU via RU1ZC       YR95HMK via YO2MKI (B)
  GB100WYS via G0BWB        S79PA via R2DG
  GB40PR via G4PRS          SE2X via SA2BFO
    (e) eQSL only  (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (*-B) DX's- Bureau
    (O) OQRS only  (C) ClubLog only  (L) LoTW only    (*) No Paper QSL Please

  FT5XT via F4DXW direct only. Gildas, TU5KG, was expected to be active
  between October 13-14th. Logs will not be sent to the QSL Manager until
  sometime in December when Gildas returns home.

  NI6IW via: USS Midway Museum Ship Radio Room, QRZ, 910 N Harbor Drive,
  San Diego, CA 92101 (SASE). Activity from the USS Midway aircraft carrier
  museum ship in San Diego, CA.

  CHECK QSL ROUTES FOR VK9LX. Nenad, VE3EXY, reports that he has been
  receiving VK9LX QSL requests for recent Lord Howe activation. Please
  note that Nenad is the QSL Manager for Nick's activations 15+ years
  ago and not the recently re-issued ones:
    VK9LX  (Lord Howe)  1997, 1998, 1999  via VE3EXY
    VK9LX/9 (Norfolk)   2001 via VE3EXY
    VK9LX  (Lord Howe)  2016 via W1SRD
  He also mentions:
    H40XX/H44XX         1998 via JA5DQH
    H40XX/H44XX         2002 via VE3EXY

  Z370CEF and ZF2EZ

  (NA-158), MU0WLV, R70ASIA, RI1FJ, TY2AC, YB9KA and YS3/DL5YWM


SILENT KEY. It was reported that his Majesty the King of Thailand, Bhumibol
Adulyadej (Rama IX), HS1A, became a Silent Key on October 13th, at the age
of 88. The King had a ham station, handi-talkies on 2 meters, and spoke
with Thai hams. He gave his Royal Patronage to the Radio Society of Thailand
(RAST). The nation and its over 200,000 licensed hams mourn his loss. More
details can be read on the ARRL Web page at:

T2, TUVALU. A new operator is on the air from Funafuti, Tuvalu. Look
for Apinelu, T2AT, who licensed in early October thanks to the help of
the recent T2R DXpedition  and their outreach efforts.
QSNs show activity on 20 meters SSB. QRZ.com states, "Direct QSL via
N7SMI only. SASE or minimum $2 required (donations are gladly accepted).
Logs will be uploaded to LoTW frequently."

T31T CENTRAL KIRIBATI DXPEDITION (Update). By the time you read this,
operators Dom/3Z9DX, Leszek/SP3DOI and Przemy/SP7VC were expected to
leave Kanton Island (OC-043) on their Sunday morning, October 16th.
The team has reportedly made close to 31,000 QSOs. Look for the logs
to be uploaded to ClubLog and the OQRS activated once the team gets
back to Samoa (5W) in approximately 7-10 days. QSL via 3Z9DX direct
(see QRZ.com) or ClubLog's OQRS (preferred). For more details or updates,
see QRZ.com under T31T or .

T42, CUBA. A group of Cuban operators, members of Havana Contest Group,
will participate in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th), signing
as T42A and as a Multi-2 entry. Operators mentioned are: Amed/CO2AME,
Jorge/CO2II, CO2KL, Juan/CO2JD, Moises/CM2YV and CM2LQV. QSL via RW6HS.

T8, PALAU. Kouko, JQ6FQI, will be active as T88WM from the VIP Guest
Hotel (Free Radio Room) on Koror Island (OC-009) between January 12-19th,
2017. Bands and modes of operation were not provided. QSL via JQ6FQI,
direct or by the Bureau. For more details about the VIP Guest Hotel
(Free Radio Room), see:  http://www.palau-radio.com/index.php?page=rr2014

TF, ICELAND. Siggi, TF3CW, will be active during the CQWW DX SSB Contest
(October 29-30th) as Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via LX1NO direct only.
No QSL via Bureau.

TL, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC. Operators Christian/F4WBN (Team Leader),
Rene/F5DUX, Bernard/F9IE and Jean-Louis/TR8JLD will be active as TL0A
near Bangui, Central African Republic, between October 19-28th. Activity
will be on 80-6 meters, including 60m, using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via
F4WBN direct only.

TL, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC. Members of the Italian DXPedition Team will
be active as TL8T from Cental African Republic in February 2017. Operators
mentioned are Alfeo/I1HJT, Silvano/I2YSB, Vinicio/IK2CIO, Angelo/IK2CKR,
Marcello/IK2DIA, Stefano/IK2HKT and Mac/JA3USA. The pilot stations are
Art/IK7JWY (HF) and Sergio/IK0FTA (6m). Activity will be on 160-6 meters
using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via I2YSB, direct or the OQRS on
their Web page at . A TL8T needs/wants survey
is available on the Web page also. Logs will be posted on LoTW about 6
months after the conclusion of the DXpedition. For News and Forum, see:

V3, BELIZE (Possible Confusion). Drew, W1ETT, was active earlier this
past week as V31TT. Also, look for Randy, K5TTE, later in the week as
V31TT from Belize. Listen for the QSL info from the operators.

V3, BELIZE. Marc, V31MA, will once again be active with the special
callsign V3A during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a
Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via M0OXO. QSOs are regularly
uploaded to LoTW, eQSL and ClubLog.org.

V4, ST. KITTS. John, W5JON/V47JA, informs OPDX that he will once again
be active as V47JA from his vacation home in Calypso Bay, St. Kitts
(NA-104, WW Loc. FK87SG), located 200 feet from the Caribbean Sea, between
November 15th and December 15th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters (incl.
60m) using SSB. Equipment is a Kenwood TS-590S and Elecraft KPA500 Amp-
lifier. Antennas include: 31', 10-40m Vertical, and 35', 40/80m Top Loaded
Vertical; and newly added, shortened 160m dipole and 3 element Yagi for
6m. Also, XYL Cathy, W5HAM, will occasionally operate as V47HAM. ALL QSLs
go to W5JON direct or via LoTW. NO Bureau QSLs.

VE2, CANADA (Zone 2). Operators Andrew/KD3RF, Irwin/KD3TB, William/K3FMQ,
Ken/KE3C and Sebastien/VE2GTZ will be active as VE2DXY during the CQWW
DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via KD3RF or
LoTW. Visit their Web site at:   http://www.wix.com/andyvavra/VE2DXY

XT, BURKINA FASO. Ibrahim Guiero, XT2AGI, is a newly licensee in Ouagadougou
and will be active on the air soon. Ibrahim has been tutored by Harald,
XT2AW. Harald has sponsored a hexbeam and a Kenwood TS430 to Ibrahim for
him to progress further in the hobby. Please be patient with him, but by
all means give him a call! QSL via M0OXO direct or via the OQRS.

ZD7, ST. HELENA ISLAND (ZD7VDE Postponed Again!). Bill, G0VDE, reports that
the opening of St. Helena airport still has "continuing serious problems" and
"it is still not possible to land sensible sized aircraft like 737 there".
He states, "The planned flights (in May/June and October by Atlantic Star)
have been cancelled. The Comair flights from South Africa have likewise not
started. All in all, it is a total mess and the UK government is being
accused of building a £250 Million white elephant of an unusable airfield,
all due to the strong winds and wind shear! I have had to cancel, re-book
and cancel my accommodation - if you read the ZD7 'newsletters' (the St.
Helena Sentinel and the St Helena  Independent) you will see it has been a
very sorry story - hotels were encouraged to prepare extra rooms for the
coming 'tourist boom' and one has even reportedly gone out of business,
because they spent a lot to prepare and have now got no means of recovering
their losses!"
  Bill states, "So I am afraid I am not going this October either (having
had to cancel my May/June trip). I am keeping somewhat up-to-date about the
events on my website  - but there is no planned date for the
full airport opening so I don't have any certain future date. You may know
the boat (the RMS St. Helena) was due to retire at the end of July, but it
has been kept in operation for about another year as it is obviously the
only way of accessing the island. I am looking at the possibility of travel-
ing by the boat, but the problem there is two fold - the cost is at least
double the planned cost of flying, and I would have to travel for two weeks
and only be able to stay for one week... It is just possible I will take
this option, but I am still waiting as I could theoretically fly at quite
short notice, should proper flights begin. We therefore have sorry situation
and a continuing delay - I will try to keep everyone posted. Maybe the only
silver lining is that ZD7 will get rarer and any future visit would be

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