OPDX Bulletin 1080 September 24, 2012

08:25 Fernando Luiz de Souza 0 Comments

Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB5K & the AR TelNet Clusters Network, ARRL Web Page, K1XN & GoList, NC1L, NJ1Q & W1AW, KE2VB, W2NK, NG3K & ADXO, NQ3X, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, KH6BZF, K8GI, K8NA, K8YSE, W8BBQ, W8GEX & 60m News, W9ILY, 9A6AA, AT International, DK8JB & The DX News Letter, DL1SBF, DxCoffee.com, DX-World.Net, ES1CW, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, G6NHU, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, JA1FMN, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's DX- Newsdesk, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, SV8AQY, TF3AO, VA3RJ & ICPO, the VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) and VK2ARE for the following DX information.
There will not be a bulletin next week, and this week's will not be mailed out to the subscribers on the OPDX Mailing List. The server (hamnet.org) that hosts the OPDX mailing list, as well as the E-mail received for the bulletins, has failed on September 20th and will not be back online until possibly October 1st due to commitments. I may be able to post special announcements on the OPDX Web page and the NODXA FaceBook Page (see URLs below). Please pass the word and I hope to be back in print in a couple of weeks.....
73 de Tedd KB8NW
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 16th-September, through Sunday, 23rd-September there were 219 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D6, DL, DU, E5/s, E6, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FH, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J6, J7, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH8, 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, R1FJ, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T30, T33, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TR, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9C, VK9X, VP2V, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z6, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZC4, 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).
A large multi-national team of 19 operators will arrive on Conway Reef (OC-112) located in the South Pacific Ocean on September 26th, and complete their DXpedition on October 5th. Activity will be on 160-2 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, SSTV and PSK31. Suggested frequencies were in OPDX.1045. QSL via YT1AD, direct (w/SAE or SASE + 1 USD for normal postage, 2 USDs for Airmail), by the Bureau or use the OQRS on the Web page. For more details and updates, visit the 3D2C Web page at:
Harald, DL7VSN, will once again be active from Tanzania between September 23rd and October 13th. Activity this time will be from two locations (dates not provided) using the following callsigns: 5H1HS from Zanzibar Island (AF-032) and 5H1HS/3 from Lazy Lagoon Island (not an IOTA). Operations are usually 160-10 meters using mainly CW and RTTY. He will use various dipoles with 100 watts. QSL via his home call- sign. Visit his Web page at:
Jay, K2TTT, will be active as C6ATT from New Providence Island (NA-001) between June 8-15th, 2013. Activity will be on 40-10 meters. QSL via K2TTT.
Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL Awards Branch Manager, reports that the following operations are approved for DXCC credit:
  3B8/IW5ELA (Mauritius)                JY8VB (Jordan)
  9A8VB (Croatia)                       UN/UA4WHX (Kazakhstan)
  4O7VB (Montenegro)                    YU9VB (Serbia)
  E40VB (Palestine)                     Z38VB (Macedonia)
  E7/UA4WHX (Bosnia-Herzegovina)        ZA/UA4WHX (Albania)
  EY8/UA4WHX (Tajikistan)
              All operations were conducted in 2012
Willi, DJ7RJ, who was expected to be active as FR/DJ7RJ from Reunion Island between September 26th and October 21st, has announced he had to cancel his trip. No reason given.FS, ST. MARTIN
Operators John/K9EL and Nick/K9NB will be active as FS/K9EL and FS/K9NB from St. Martin between November 20-28th. Their activity will include the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th). Outside of the contest, they will be active on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. Schedules are welcome before and after the contest. QSL via their home callsigns. They plan to upload their logs to ClubLog and LoTW during the operation.
AS-136. Operators Dale/BA4TB (Leader), Mi/BD4TQ, Tim/BD4TJ, Ni/BD4TR, and Zhou/BG4TVT will be active from Hengsha Island between October 1-4st. Activity will be on 40-10 meters. QSL via their home callsigns.
EU-114. Members of the Martello Tower Group (G0PKT) will be activating the Island of Herm as GP0PKT between October 4-8th. Herm is one of the smallest Channel Islands, and although it's part of the EU-114 IOTA group, it's not activated very often. Activity will be on 80/40/20/15/10 meters using SSB and RTTY. There will be two stations running simultaneously. QSL via G6NHU. For more details, see:
NA-213. Members of several clubs from Atlanta will activate Sand Island Lighthouse (ARLHS USA-723), Dauphin Island, in the state of Alabama, between September 25-30th. The special callsign will be K4D from this rarely activated island. Operators mentioned are Ricky/K4JTT (team leader), Steve/KC4YBO, Tim/WK4U, Ernie/ KJ4VUX, John/KI4IYC, James/N4DU and Joe/WD4FGB. Activity will be on or around the IOTA frequencies on 40/20/17 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. Depending on propagation, other bands may be activated. All QSOs will be confirmed with a 4 color QSL card, by the Bureau or direct (see QRZ.com). Also, log will be uploaded to LoTW and eQSL. For more details and updates, see:
ADDED NOTE: There will be "Live Video Streaming" during this operation at:
SA-087. Members of Radio Club Ria Deseado (LU1XB) report that they having received verbal permission to be active from Pinguino Island and are expected to be active between November 2-4th. More details will be forthcoming.
Shuji, JA1FMN, will be active as KH0/JA1FMN from Saipan Island (OC-086) between October 13-15th. Activity will be holiday style on 17 and 15 meters using SSB and PSK31. He informs OPDX that if there is a request for 12 and 10 meters, he may operate on those bands. Operations will take place after 1800 his local time. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or eQSL.
 Sep/24th  AN      Sep/27th  AN      Sep/29th  AN
 Sep/25th  AN      Sep/28th  AN      Sep/30th  AN
 Sep/26th  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
Bob, NQ3X, and his wife are moving to St. Croix at the end of the month. He informs OPDX that he will be "active on as many HF bands as possible as soon as possible; shipping times will dictate when I get on the air and what bands. I plan on having 80-10 available by CQWW SSB. 6m will follow when I can erect a decent antenna. I operate phone and CW. Haven't gotten into any other modes yet, though I hope to get digital modes squared away over the winter. Antennas will consist of verticals and wires (because verticals over salt-water ground planes ROCK); power will be barefoot." Bob plans to be active as KP2/NQ3X (or use a KP2 callsign) during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via his home callsign, direct (preferred), LoTW or eQSL.LX, LUXEMBOURG
Operators Werner/DC8QT, Peter/DL2YCA, Hans-Peter/DF7EME, Burkhard/DF8XC, Frank/DL8LR, Helmut/DF7ZS and Philippe/LX2A will be active as LX7I during the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 29-30th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via LX2A. Visit the LX2A Web page at:
Operators Kiki/SV1BRL and Fivos/SV8AQY are planning to visit Jersey Island after the annual meeting of the CLIPPERTON DX CONVENTION, and will operate for some days starting possibly on September 25th. Look for MJ/SV1BRL and MJ/SV8AQY to be active on SSB and on 80-6 meters. QSL via their home callsigns or RAAG.
Members of the Sands Contest Group will be active as MT0SCG from Isle of Man between September 22-28th. Operators mentioned are Andrew/G0LWU, Hughie/G4UME, Steve/G1TLQ and Paul/2E0EET. Activity will be on various HF and VHF bands. QSL via M0SCG. Visit the SCG Web page at:
Ted, K8NA, informs OPDX that John, OD5RW, is once again active after being off the air for a period. He is active on 80/40/20/ 15/10/2 meters and 70cm using SSB, FM, Packet, AMTOR, Pactor, Clover, RTTY, SSTV CW, PSK31, WEFAX and recently D-STAR. K8NA is his QSL Manager.
An international team will visit five islands belonging to Papua New Guinea between October 19th and November 4th. Operators mentioned are Derek/G3KHZ, Hans/SM6CVX, Hans-Peter/HB9BXE, Eddy/K5WQG, Axel/DL6KVA and Non-ham Stig Nyman. The team will use the boat "M/V Barbarian", and start their travels from Kokopo in New Britain on November 18th, sailing via Kavieng to Emirau. The islands scheduled by the full team will be:
October 20-24th - Callsign P29VCX; Emirau Island (OC-103) in the St. Matthias IOTA Group. QSL via SM6CVX.October 27-31st - Callsign P29NI; Tatau Island (OC-099) in the Tabar IOTA Group. QSL via G3KHZ.
November 2-4th - Callsign P29VPB; Lihir Island (OC-069) in the Lihir IOTA Group. QSL Manager TBA.
The main team will fly home on November 6th. However, Hans/SM6CVX and Stig Nyman will continue to Buka on the "M/V Barbarian", and plan to activate the following:
November 6-9th - Callsign P29VCX; Buka Island (OC-135) in the Solomon Island IOTA Group. QSL via SM6CVX.November 9-12th - Callsign P29VCX; Manu Island (OC-205) in the Admiralty Island IOTA Group. QSL via SM6CVX.
Activity will probably be 40-10 meters using mostly CW with some SSB just like last year's activity. They do have a Web page at:
Marco, PE2MC, is planning to return to Bonaire between November 9-17th, and be active as PJ4/PE2MC. Watch for more details and updates at:
QSL via his home callsign.QSL INFO AND NEWS
  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (dated Setember 18th)
  4S7QHG via JR3QHQ        EA3/DJ2OS/P via DJ2OS      R100RW via RN3FY
  4S7QHG via JR3QHQ        ED5BT via EA5BT            SN2012FBS via SP3YAC
  4S7TEG via 7M3FMR        JT1EV via JA6EV            UP100GS via UN7EX
  4S7UJG via JA3UJR        OF3I via OH3BHL            VK9XS via JA1PBV
  9Q6AL via DF9TA          PJ2/PD4JOF via PD4JOF      Z60K via G3TXF

             (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (L) LoTW only
         --  PLEASE NOTE: No QSL-Infos from DL1SBF next Sunday --
SILENT KEY (Ham Killed In Attack)
The ARRL Web page reports: "Sean P. Smith, KG4WSS, of Falls Church, Virginia, was killed when the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was attacked on September 11th. He was 34. Smith was one of four Americans, including Chris Stevens -- the U.S. Ambassador to Libya -- who was killed in the attack. Read the complete story at:
OPDX and its readers send out our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of KG4WSS.T33, BANABA ISLAND
It was announced by Jay/W2IJ and David/N1EMC: "We are still looking for a few operators, so if you have previous DXpedition experience working SSB/CW pileups, don't mind a few days on a boat, and love to operate in miserable conditions on tiny equatorial islands in the middle of nowhere that nobody's ever heard of, please send an E-mail to banaba@t33a.com. Serious inquiries only please."
Members of the "Tango Fox Radio Foxes" will be active as TF2RR during the CQWW RTTY DX Contest (September 29-30th) as a Multi- Single entry. QSL via TF3AO. Operators mentioned are Andres/TF3AM, Seli/TF3AO and Jon/TF3PPN.
The "DX-World.net" is reporting that Steve, VK3ZAZ, hopes to be active from Macquarie Island over the 2013/14 winter. Activity will be on all bands with priority given to 6m. More details will be forthcoming.
Larry, KE2VB, will be active as VP2V/KE2VB from a house 450 ft. above Cooten Bay on Tortola between the evening of February 27th and March 4th. He informs OPDX that he will leave the island on March 5th. He is going there to be in the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 2-3rd) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. He also mentions that he will using a TH-3 tribander and dipoles on 40 and 80 meters; no 160, no WARC. Larry will be active on both SSB and CW before the contest. QSL via KE2VB.
ADDED NOTE: Larry states, "This is my first ARRL DX SSB contest from the Caribbean since I left my contest station, WP2Z, in 1998. I am the builder and original operator of the WP2Z station on St. Croix."
Dave, W5CW, will once again be active as VP5/W5CW from the VP5JM Hamlet QTH on the Island of Providenciales (NA-002, WLOTA 1476) between November 20th and December 11th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW and SSB. Dave also plans to be in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry and using the callsign VP5CW. QSL direct to his home callsign ((QRZ.com) address) at: PO Box 88, Morris, OK 74445-0088 U.S.A.
Operators Ray/ND8L and Jamie/WW3S will once again be active as VP9I from Ed/VP9GE's QTH for the CQWW RTTY DX Contest (September 29-30th). QSL VP9I via N1HRA only. Outside of the contest, look for them to be active as VP9/WW3S and VP9/ND8L. The duo will be there between September 27th and October 1st. Conditions permitting, there will be an emphasis on the 30/17/12 meter bands pre and post contest. QSLs for VP9/ND8L are preferred though LoTW or his home CBA with SASE. LoTW QSOs from VP9/ND8L will be uploaded by 10/5/2012. QSLs for VP9/WW3S are via his home CBA with SASE or LoTW.
Daniel, VK4AFU, will be active as YJ0AFU, from Port Vila between November 3-10th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters using mainly the JT65A mode. They may be "a little" 160 meters. Daniel states that 6 meters will be priority when open and should be mostly on CW, SSB and JT65 on request. He will be using a FT857 w/100w into a 2 element ¼ wave vertical phased 40m, OCF Dipole 80-10M and a 2 element F8DR beam for 50 MHz. QSL via NA5U.
The big news this week has been the activity from the Republic of Kosovo. As this was being written, NOTHING has been announced yet from the ARRL's DXCC Desk on the DXCC status for Kosovo. The ARRL Great Lakes Division Director Jim Weaver, K8JE, informed everyone on September 19th:
"Of interest to DXers is the current operation from Kosovo -- Z60K. I want to ensure that everyone interested in QSOing this activity understands it does not qualify for DXCC credit. This is because Kosovo is neither a member of the United Nations nor does it have an ITU- issued callsign block. At this time, Kosovo does not meet the established requirements of the DXCC program. It is legal and fun to work the station, but as the situation currently exists, it will not count toward DXCC."
During the past week, the OPDX Desk has been sending out a few special bulletins via the mailing lists and the NODXA FaceBook page trying to keep everyone up-to-date. In short, activity by Z60K has been seen on 40/30/20/17/15 meters on the DXCluster network. Currently, on the Kosovo's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) Web page, under regulations of the "Amateur Radio Services" (which is a draft and can be downloaded) it does not provide authorization of operations on 80, 12, 10 or 6 meters. This can be viewed at:
Excerpts from press releases on the TRA Web page and (QRZ.com), state that the Z60K callsign is issued to the new Amateur Radio Association of Kosovo, SHRAK, and will be active from new premises as soon as these are fixed. SHRAK President, Sabit, Z61AA, together with Ali, Z61DD, are heading these efforts. Many individual new licensees are scheduled to be operating at the new Z60K station very soon. Also, individual visitor licensing is now in place, and the first visitor license was issued at a gathering hosted by the Administrators and attended by all new local hams as well as their instructors.Emir, 9A6AA, part of the Kosovo IARU Project, was issued the callsign Z6/9A6AA and was active as this was being written. He informed OPDX that he made 300 QSOs as ZA/9A6AA. An application for a visitor license can be printed from the Administrators' (TRA) Web site but, in the short term, you can obtain an application form from any of the current Kosovo instructors; G3TXF, N2BB/MD0CCE, OH2TA or OH2BH. They also suggest, "Be prepared as the contesting season is also just around the corner, and make sure to add Z6 to your master multiplier database and expect Z6 stations to appear on the air."
ADDED NOTE: On Thursday, September 20th, a copy of the Z60K license appeared on (QRZ.com), showing that the license was issued by the TRA to IARU Region 1 President Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T, good between September 17-24th.
However, reports indicate the operation went QRT on the 22nd.Currently, the Z60K operation has posted the log online at ClubLog at:
As of 1658z, September 22nd, Z60K has made a total of 18545 QSOs with 8676 Unique callsigns (10167/CW and 8378/SSB). Breakdown by continent is: 203/AF, 0/AN, 2305/AS, 11283/EU, 4428/NA, 102/OC and 224/SA. QSL Z60K via G3TXF.ZD9, TRISTAN DA CUNHA (Update)
The ZD9UW team of Martin/G3ZAY and Robert/M0VFC is now down to one operator for the upcoming Tristan da Cunha operation. According to the ZD9UW Web page:
"Martin, G3ZAY, has been forced to cancel his onward journey from Cape Town to Tristan. Rob, M0VFC, will still continue and be active as ZD9UW. This means that it's now a single operator activation and will concentrate primarily on SSB with some RTTY. Since our goal is to enable as many people as possible to work ZD9 for the first time, this means the number of bands we can activate will be limited - concentrating mostly on the higher bands. We're sorry if this means you don't get to work us on the particular slots you were after - we'll do our best given the situation!"
By the time you read this, Rob, M0VFC, will be aboard the MV "Baltic Trader" and embark on a seven day journey over the South Atlantic Ocean. Weather permitting, he should arrive on Tristan around the 27th of September, where he will operate until the 4th of October before returning to Cape Town. For more details and updates, visit their Web page at:
ZL9, CAMPBELL ISLAND (Press Release)
Ed, VK2ARE, Australian publicity Officer for ZL9HR, sent out the following on September 20th:
"IT'S ON IT'S WAY! - The ZL9HR 'Logistics team' are very pleased to announce that the packed equipment crates have left the DX'Pedition's Sydney base heading south to New Zealand, on schedule and in plenty of time to progress through the required quarantine formalities with the authorities on the New Zealand mainland before the final leg of the trip by sea with the operations team down to Campbell Island in the great southern ocean for the activation between November 28th and December 9th. Please refer to the Web site ZL9HR.COM for the full, up-to-date, information about this major DX'Pedition to the Great Southern Ocean. 73 from Ed VK2ARE"
By the way, the ZL9HR team also has a FaceBook page which shows the packed equipment crates at:

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