OPDX Bulletin 1098 February 4, 2013

00:16 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, K1XN & GoList, NJ1Q & W1AW, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, WK3N, AA4NC, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4JF, KH6BZF, WB7DXA, K8AV, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m News, W9ILY, AT International, DK8JB & The DX News Letter, DL1SBF, DxCoffee.com, DX-World.Net, ES1CW, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, IZ0EGB, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's DX-Newsdesk, PY3DF, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, SM7GIB, VA3RJ & ICPO 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, 27th-Jan, through Sunday, 3rd-February there were 229 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, 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, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KH0, 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, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, R1FJ, S2, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T5, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TN, TR, TT, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2V, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZK3, 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).



2013 FD PACKET NOW AVAILABLE
The ARRL states, "It's that time of year again -- time to start gearing up for ARRL Field Day, June 22-23, 2013! ARRL's flagship operating event -- always held the fourth full weekend in June -- brings together new and experienced hams for 24 hours of operating fun. For the complete announcement, go to:

http://www.arrl.org/news/view/2013-field-day-packet-now-available
For the FD packet: http://www.arrl.org/field-day




3D2/R, ROTUMA
Antoine, 3D2AG, will once again be active as 3D2AG/p from Rotuma (OC-060) between late March/April. He states, "Now looking for spare parts for my 14-years-old ICOM 706-MKII, which is faulty (no TX). If anyone can help please contact me, so that I can be operational on 6m from Rotuma. Thanks in advance." His E-amil address is on QRZ.com. He also mentions, "QSL direct only to Fiji address. Please include at least two green stamps or one IRC with AIRMAIL SAE for first class return postage. After intense lobbying by 3D2AG, IRCs are now exchangeable at the normal UPU rate in Fiji. Please don't forget to put an airmail label on your return envelope, and write your country name clearly."


5X, UGANDA (Reminder)
Members of the F6KOP team are expected to be active as 5X8C between February 6-18th, from a location some 20 Km from Entebbe airport.


CORRECTION/OOOPPPSS DEPARTMENT
In OPDX.1097, under "NH0, MARIANA ISLANDS (Update)", we mentioned that YL Miho/JJ2VLY was Joe's/JA1LZR XYL; this is incorrect. It should have read: "JJ2VLY (YL Miho (Yutaka's [JQ2GYU] XYL, also WS2M)".



CT9, MADEIRA ISLANDS
Operators Jozef/OM3GI, Tibor/OM3RM and Julius/OM7JG will be active as CR3A during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 16-17th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via OM2VL.



D4, CAPE VERDE (Correction/Update)
Mats, SM7GIB, will be active as D44TIB from Cape Verde (AF-086) until February 7th (not between February 25th and March 8th). Activity will be holiday style using a K3 into a wire vertical for 160-10 meters. Look for him to be on the radio in the early mornings and evenings - on CW. QSL via his home callsign.


E6, NIUE
Operators Alan/VK4WR and Graeme/VK4FI will be active as E6RQ and E6SG, respectively, from Niue (OC-040) between March 22-29th. Their activity will focus on 6 meters as well as some HF operations. QSL both callsigns via VK4FI.


FG, GUADELOUPE
Oliver, F6ARC, is now active as FG/F6ARC from Guadeloupe (NA-102) until February 14th. Activity will be holiday style with a focus on 40 and 30 meters CW, using wire antennas. QSL via FE11DX, by the Bureau or direct (see (QRZ.com)).


FS & PJ7, ST. MARTIN AND SINT MAARTEN
Andy, DK5ON, will be active as FS/DK5ON from French St. Martin (NA-105, WLOTA 0383) and PJ7/DK5ON from Dutch Sint Maarten (NA-105, WLOTA 0711, DIFO FS-001) between March 10-29th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters, including 17/12 meters, using SSB, RTTY and PSK. QSL via DK5ON, direct or by the Bureau. No eQSL.


IOTA NEWS
AF-019. An international team of operators will be active as IG9Y from Lampedusa Island between October 17-30th. Operators mentioned are Khalid/A61BK, Gianni/IT9BUN, Don/JH5GHM, Dale/N3BNA, Frederic/ON4LG, Frank/ON9CC, Aurelio/PC5A, Romeo/S52RU, Peter/S54W and Drago/S59A. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB, and RTTY, with four stations on the air. The team will be in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 26-27th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via ON4LG. An OQRS will be available for direct and Bureau cards. Visit their Web page at:

http://ig9.ii9p.com

AS-085. Members from the Korea Contest Club will be active as D85C from Chongsan Island (WLOTA 1602) between June 6-9th. More details to be forthcoming.
EU-120. Operators Terry/G3VFC, Keith/M0KJA, Fred/M0RFD, Rob/M0VFC, Dave/M6KOM, Maureen/M6VFC and Richard/2E1EVK will be active as GX5MW/p from the Isle of Wight (WLOTA 2985) between March 16-23rd. Activity will be on all HF bands and modes. QSL via M0RFD, direct or by the Bureau.
NA-143. Joe, K5KUA, will once again operate portable from Galveston Island (USI TX001S, Galveston County, TX) in the Gulf of Mexico between February 15-17th. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands. QSL via K5KUA, direct or by the Bureau.
OC-129. Chris, OE9MON, is now active as DU6/OE9MON from Panay Island. He is there on holiday with his family, and the length of his stay is not known. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using wire antennas. QSL via LZ1JZ, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.
OC-245. Rohadi, YB6AR, and several other operators will be active from Bunta Island between February 15-17th. Operators are expected to use portable callsigns (YB6AR/P etc). Activity will be on 40/30/20/15/10 meters using SSB and RTTY. They plan to use five transceivers with 500 watt amps. All their antennas are homebrew (verticals, yagis and Spiderbeam). QSL via the operator's instructions.



ISWL CALLSIGNS (For February)
The following ISWL club callsigns will be used throughout the month of February 2013:
GX4BJC/A - Operated from Bream, in Gloucestershire, by Chris, G0SDD. (/A WAB Square SO60, England, IOTA EU-005 and WLOTA LH-1841)
MX1SWL/A - Operated from Hartford, in Cambridgeshire, by Tom, G3RPV. (/A WAB Square TL27, England, IOTA EU-005 and WLOTA LH-1841)
ALL QSLs will be handled by Herbie, G6XOU, and NOT the individual operator. The I.S.W.L. is a member of the European PSK Club. All QSL info is onwww.iswl.org.uk or www.qrz.com or via 
.(QRZ.com)p NO LoTW. I.S.W.L. Awards are available to all Hams and SWLs, see for full details. The eQSL.cc cards ARE welcomed for their awards.

J8, ST. VINCENT
Dave, G3TBK, will once again be active as J88DR between February 14th and March 11th. Activity will include the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 16-17th) and the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 2-3rd) as a Single- Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. He will also be in the RSGB's 75th Common- wealth Contest (March 9-10th). Activity outside of the contest will be on all HF bands, especially 30/17/12 meters, using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via G3TBK, direct or by the RSGB Bureau.


JD1, OGASAWARA (Update)
Three JA operators will be active from Chichijima Island (AS-031) in the Ogasawara group between April 28th and May 5th. The callsigns to be used are JD1BLC (Operator Toshi/JP1IOF) and JD1YBT (World Wide Club station callsign). Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FM. QSL JD1BLC via JP1IOF direct or by the Bureau to JD1BLC. QSL JD1YBT via JP1IOF direct or by the Bureau to JD1YBT. Also, LoTW and an OQRS (via ClubLog) will be available for both callsigns at:

https://secure.clublog.org/logsearch/JD1YBT
https://secure.clublog.org/logsearch/JD1BLC

KP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS
Operators Philip/KT3Y, Frederick/K9VV and Robert/WP2XX will be active from the KP2M rental shack on St. Croix Island (NA-106) during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 16-17th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via AI4U (DIRECT ONLY) OR LoTW. NO BUREAU QSLs.


KP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS
Look for operators and callsigns Munekazu/JI3DNN (KP2/KI3DNN), Yoshiaki "Aki"/JR3QFB (KP2/W3JH), Yoshiro/JL3SIK (KP2/K2JA), Takeshi "TAKE"/JS6RRR and KP2/NH2KY (Club callsign) to be active from the U.S. Virgin Island between March 13-19th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK31 and JT65A. Check (QRZ.com) for QSL details.


KP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS
Before his JD1YBT and JD1BLC Ogasawara operations (see JD1 above), Toshi, JP1IOF, will be active as WH7P/KP2 from U.S. Virgin Islands between April 3-9th. Activity will be on all bands and modes. QSL via JP1IOF, by the Bureau or direct. Also, LoTW and an OQRS (via ClubLog) will be available at:

https://secure.clublog.org/logsearch/WH7P/KP2

LX, LUXEMBOURG
Philippe/LX2A and a team of operators will be active as LX7I from Eschdorf during the CQWW WPX RTTY Contest (February 9-10th) as a Multi-2 entry, and the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 16-17th) as a Multi- Single entry. QSL via LX2A. QSL via LX2A. Visit the following Web page at:

http://www.lx2a.com

MJ, JERSEY
Richrad, M5RIC, will be active as GJ2A for the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 2-3rd). QSL route
(See http://www.qrz.com/db )
.NODXA'S MEMBER RTTY ACHIEVEMENT
The ARRL RTTY Honor roll contains 124 callsigns. Northern Ohio DX Association (NODXA) member "Scotty", WK3N, joined their ranks this week with his approved submission bringing him a total of 334 confirmed on RTTY. Scotty is the second NODXA member to achieve this status, Don, K8MFO, was our first.

KH6BZF PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (February 4-10th)
 Feb/04th  AN      Feb/07th  AN      Feb/09th  AN
 Feb/05th  AN      Feb/08th  AN      Feb/10th  AN
 Feb/06th  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


MU0, GUERNSEY
Operators Peter/2E0SQL, Louis/2U0FER, Mark/M0MJH, Iain/ M0PCB, Dan/M0TCB and Steve/M0SPF will be active as MU0HTJ from Guernsey (EU-114, WLOTA 0013) for the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 17-18th). QSL via 2E0SQL, direct or by the Bureau. For more info and updates, visit their Blog page at:

http://blog.hamtests.co.uk

P4, ARUBA
Howard, WA2NHA, will once again be active as P4/WA2NHA between March 3-17th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters mainly CW. QSL via his home callsign.


PJ2, CURACAO
Ulf, DL5AXX, will be active as PJ2/DL5AXX from Curacao (SA-099, WLOTA LH-0942) between February 24th and March 11th. Activity will be holiday style on 80-10 meters using mainly CW with some RTTY. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. He does prefer his OQRS at:

http://www.dl5axx.de/dxlog/default.aspx?Logid=75


PJ2, CURACAO
A group of operators will activate PJ2T, the Caribbean Contesting Consortium's (CCC) Signal Point Station on Curacao (SA-099, WLOTA LH-0942) between February 13-20th. Activity will be on all bands and modes, but their main operations will be during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 16-17th) as a Multi-Op entry. QSL PJ2T via LoTW or W3HNK. Look for operators to possibly be active before and after the contest using their own PJ2/homecall callsigns. QSL via their home callsigns unless where indicated. Operators mentioned are John/K9QVB, Howie/K9KM, Kelly/ N0VD (via W3HNK), Mal/NP2L, Andy/W9NJY (via WD9DZV), Bill/W9VA and Geoff/PJ2DX. Some operators will use LoTW.


QSL INFO AND NEWS
  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (dated February 3rd)
  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
  3D2OU via N7OU           EH3FCM via EA3HP          OE2013WLE via OE6WLE
  5B/SQ2MGM via SQ2MGM     G5W via G3BJ              OO7W via ON4AUP
  A65BM via W4JS           GM100RSGB via M0FVC       OU2I via OZ1BII
  AN1DJ via EC1DJ          HK1X via EA7FTR           OX3XR via PA3249 (d/L/e)
  CR2V via HB9CRV          HR2/NP3J via EA5GL        PT5T via K3IRV
  CT7/EA1AF via EA1AF      I/DM1CM via DM1CM (L/e)   RA4HKM/0 via RW4HW
  DB100AWPB via DO6NIK     J42T via SV7LOS           SU0ERA via SU1SK
  DL8XO/HI9 via DL8XO      KH2RU/KP4 via NP3O (d)    TC150RC via TA1HZ
  DU6/OE9MON via LZ1JZ     LZ13FDAY via LZ-Bureau    TM850N via F4GFE
  DU9AQQ via EA5GL         OE2013PEN via OE5PEN      TZ6BB via W3HNK
  ED1RCR via EA1RCR        OE2013SPW via OE8SPW      ZF2BJ via ZF2BJ
  EG3ICR via EA3EF         OE2013VSW via OE3VSW
      (e) eQSL only  (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (L) LoTW only


PA3249: Harry de Jong, Broekdijk 59, 7695TC Bruchterveld, The Netherlands4W3DX & 4W6MM QSL ROUTE CHANGE
Phil, G3SWH, has been appointed as QSL Manager for Thor's, TF4M, operations from Timor Leste between 2000 and 2003 as 4W3DX and 4W6MM. There are log searches at:

http://www.g3swh.org.uk/4w3dx.html
http://www.g3swh.org.uk/4w6mm.html

QSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 3V8BB, 9J3A, 9Y4D, CT3DZ, CT8/EA5KA, CU3EJ, EA7TG, HK1R, J77A, JA6JNF, KL7J, KP2/K5WE, KV4FZ, LY7Z, OH8A, PJ2T, PY0FO, RV6A, SN3R, T77C, TZ7BB, VA2EW, VE3EJ, VE3FU, VE6BMX, VP2MSW, VP2V/K6TOP, VY2CM, YS3CW, YV6BFE, YY4DNN and ZX2F
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3D2C, 5W1SA, 5Z4/DL7UCX, 7O6T, 7P8D, 7W50I, A92GR, AH0/N0AT, AH0KT, BV7GC, C6AVA, CP4BT, D64K, FM5BH, FR4NT, HH2/9A7GAE, J79WE, JD1BMH, LZ1ANA, PJ4LS, PJ5J, V26E, V26HS, V84SMD, WP2XX, ZD9UW and ZS6DJD
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 40/OK1IEC, 4O/OK4ZW, 5R8HL, 5R8IC, 6W1RY, C50C, CN2DJ, ET3TK, EY8/F4EGS, FG/F6BFH, FG4NO, FG8NY, FK/F4BKV, FO8RZ, FR1FF, FY/F6CKD, HB0/F5PAC, HB0/OK1XD, HB0/OK6DJ/P, HR1RTF, IS0R, JW/F8DVD, KP2/AA1TR, MU/F5CWU, MU/F5NHJ, OH0/WS4T, OX/OK1JST, OX4OK, PJ4L, SV9/OK1AMM/P, TB0DX, TC03W, TC07DX, TC098A, TJ3AY, TK/F8DZY, TK12IOTA, TO5A, TO11A/P, TT8PK and ZA/OK1MBZ


T6, AFGHANISTAN
Eric, K9GY, will be active as T6MO from the Helmand Province (Grid MM21) during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 16-17th) as a Single-Op/Low-Power entry. He states that he will probably be active during the first 28 hours or so, and it may be a Single-Band effort. QSL via LoTW or to K9GY (see QRZ.com) direct or by the Bureau. ADDED NOTE: Eric will also be active during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 30-31st) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (possibly 15 or 10m)/Low-Power.


TX5, CLIPPERTON ISLAND (Update)
The March TX5K Clipperton Island DX- pedition Web page now has a new URL:
http://tx5k.org
The current updated list of operators are Bob/KK6EK (Organizer, Expedition Leader), Christian/DL1MGB (Co-organizer), Walt/N6XG (Logistics), Ed/KE3D, Igor/US0VA (Doctor), Robert/SP5XVY, Dietmar/DL3DXX, Dave/WJ2O, Luis/XE1L, Mathias/DJ2HD, Mike/WA6O, Yann/F1NGP, Andreas/DL5CW, Roman/US5WDX, Rick/ KF4ZZ, Heye/DJ9RR, Lance/W7GJ (6m), Tom/DL5LYM, Jef/DD2CW, Giovanni/ I5JHW, Ken/OZ1IKY, Markus/DJ7EO, Gerhard/DJ5IW and Carlos/NP4IW (Logistics). Louis-Philippe Loncke will be there for documentation.There are four honorary team members: Chod Harris/VP2ML (SK - DXpedition Dedication), Yasuo "Zorro" Miyazawa/JH1AJT (Honorary DXpedition Leader), Conrad Limbaugh (Expedition Dedication) and Dan Gotshall (Honorary Expedition Leader).
The "Technology Development" team members are: Bob/N2OO is the QSL Manager, Peter/W6OP and Dean/N7XG are Software Development, Rich/KY6R (Social Media), Alan/AD6E (Satellite Communications), Dean/N6BV (Radio Propagation Modeling) and Felipe (Internet Data).
Regional Coordinators (pilots) are: Gary/DF2RG (Chief Pilot, Germany), Marcus/DL9RCF (Germany), Stan/KH6CG (Hawaii), Col/MM0NDX (Scotland), Cesar/PY2YP (Brazil), Andre/V51B (Namibia), Bill/VK4FW (Australia), XE2HWJ (Mexico) and Rex/NR6M (USA).
There will be four members on the Scientific Program team, and one is a ham - Alain/F6BFH. The vessel Shogun will leave from San Diego on February 19th. Schedule/Tenative activity dates are between February 28th and March 10th.


V6, MICRONESIA
Mike, WB7DXA, will be active as V63DXA in Micronesia between February 21st and March 21st. While there, he plans to operate from the islands of Kosrae (OC-059), Pohnpei (OC-010) and possibly Mokil and Pingelap Atolls (OC-226).
He informs OPDX [edited], "I am sailing on a boat with a marine radio. The captain believes it works on 20 meters and possibly some additional bands. He isn't a ham so he can't try it out. So I am hoping that it works out when I get there. As it stands I arrive into Kosrae on February 23rd. Then leave Pohnpei on March 22nd. I plan to operate from Kosrae for about a week and then on to the Atolls (OC-226) on the way to Pohnpei, but it all depends on WX and other factors. As far as bands, I think 20 meters phone is what I am looking to operate mostly. I'll bring a key for CW just in case I can get it going. The other bands will need to be determined after I get there." Mike plans on using LoTW as the primary QSL vehicle, but you can send cards direct to him or by the Bureau.


VP2, MONTSERRAT
Will, AA4NC, will be active as VP2ME from Montserrat (NA-103, WLOTA 1475) between February 13-20th. Activity will include an entry in the ARRL CW DX Contest (February 16-17th). Outside the contest, he will be on RTTY, CW, and SSB mainly on the 30/17/12 meter bands. QSL via LoTW.


VP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS (NA-106)
Matt, K0BBC, (along with his XYL Valeriw, K0VAL) will be heading south and will once again be active as KP2/K0BBC from the Hull Bay Cottages on St. Thomas Island (USI VI004S) between February 26th and March 5th. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands. Matt plans to be active in the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 2-3rd). QSL via K0BBC, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.


WP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS (NA-106)
Operators Stan/K8MJZ, Fred/NP2X, Robert/WP2XX and possibly others will be active from the Island Villa Contest Club WP2Z superstation on St. Croix during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 30-31st) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via KU9C.


WRTC-2014 NEWS RELEASE #15 (WRTC2014 Names Judging Committee)
An excerpt from a press release dated January 31st states: "WRTC2014, Inc., host of the 2014 World Radiosport Team Championship competition is pleased to announce the judging committee that will be responsible for certifying the results of the competition. David Sumner, K1ZZ, will serve as Chief Judge leading the committee of Nodir Tursoon-Zadeh, EY8MM, Don Field, G3XTT, Dan Street, K1TO, and Dick Norton, N6AA." To read the whole press release, go to:

http://www.wrtc2014.org/wrtc2014-names-judging-committee

XR2, CHILE (Chilean Lighthouse)
Manuel, CE2UNE, will be active as XR2BH from the Puerto Aldea (Caleta Hornilla) Lighthouse (NAC 133, ARLHS CHI-110, Admiralty G1896.20) between February 20-24th which also includes the "Weekend South American Lighthouses" event (February 22-24th). The beacon is located in Tongoy Bay, near the village of Puerto Aldea, Elqui Province, Coquimbo Region, Chile (WW Loc. FF49EQ). QSL XR2BH via CE2AA (QRZ.com).


XT, BURKINA FASO (Update to OPDX.1097/Callsign Change)
Members of the "Italian DXpedition Team" will be active as XT2TT (not XT1T as first announced) from Ouagadougou (Grid Loc. IK92fi), Burkina Faso, between February 21st and March 6th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL I2YSB for direct QSLs and IK2CIO for Bureau QSLs (no E-mail request please). A OQRS will be available for direct cards only. Now available on their Web page is a survey for both bands and modes needs. The official Web site is:

http://www.i2ysb.com/idt
Official forum is:
http://www.hamradioweb.org

XU, CAMBODIA
John, KF0RQ, will once again be active as XU7ACQ but from a new location (east and west Cambodia) between February 10th and March 18th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. He is still looking for Delaware and South Dakota for his WAS. QSL via KF0RQ. Online logsearch is available at ClubLog.


Z8, SOUTH SUDAN (Update)
Massimo, IZ0EGB (ex-9L1MS, EL2GB), informs OPDX that he is now living in Juba, South Sudan, and plans to be on the air as Z81B soon. He will be using 600 watts into wire antennas for 40-6 meters, and operate on SSB and the Digital modes. Massimo adds that the equipment is installed already and was expected to be on the air this past week. Occasionally, Massimo will operate from other locations using only 100 watts into a T2FD (a terminated, tilted and folded dipole) operating SSB only. QSL via IZ0EGB: Alessandro Colasanti, Via Pia Nalli 30, 00134 Rome, Italy. Massimo states, "Colleagues should please avoid sending IRC coupons. Alessandro will periodically upload my log onto LoTW and ClubLog."


ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS
Dave, N4QS, will be active as ZF2DP from Georgetown, Grand Cayman (NA-016, WLOTA 1042), between February 8-12th. Activity will be from the ZF1A club station and running low power using his Elecraft K3. He plans to be active during the CQ WPX RTTY Contest (February 9-10th), and will also operate some CW and SSB on the days before and after the contest -- primarily on the WARC bands. He will attempt to upload his log to ClubLog in real-time using the N1MM Gateway. You can see if you are in his log by clicking here:

https://secure.clublog.org/logsearch/ZF2DP

QSL via LoTW or his home callsign.


ZS8, MARION ISLAND
There has been an announcement by various sources that a second operator will be active from Marion Island. Pierre, ZS1HF, is reporting that Carson, ZR6CWI, has been appointed as the Space Weather Engineer on Marion Island between April 2013 and May 2014. Carson has just completed a one year work assignment at the SANAE (South African National Antarctic Expedition) Antarctic Base and is expected to be back in Cape Town on February 19th. Carson informed Pierre that he will be active from Marion Island over this period. No callsign has been allocated yet. His QSL Manager will be ZS1HF/ZS8M. At this stage SSB only. No further info is available. Stay tuned!

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