OPDX Bulletin 1102 March 4, 2013

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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, W2VU, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4JF, K6VVA, KH6BZF, NA6L, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m News, W9ILY, 4Z4KX, AT International, DK8JB & The DX News Letter, DL1SBF, DxCoffee.com, DX-World.Net, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, GM3WOJ, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, IK7JWX, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, ON6OM, Pete's DX-Newsdesk, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, UN8GC, VA3RJ & ICPO, and the VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) for the following DX information.

This week's bulletin was sent out earlier than normal to accommodate the late ARRL DX SSB Contest announcements. Also, we wanted to provide the readers with a consolidated listing of the ARRL DX SSB Contest participants.

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Saturday, 23rd-February, through Friday, 1st-March there were 231 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9U, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FH, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, 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, PJ5, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, R1FJ, S2, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T30, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, 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).

SWL Ashraf "Ash", 3V4-002 (KF5EYY), will be active as 3V8BB from the "Institute Superieur de L'Animation Pour la Jeunesse et la Culture" station in Tunis, during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 2-3rd) as a Single- Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via LoTW or to LX1NO. Read about Ashraf on the following Web page at:

3V, TUNISIA (Op/Web Update)
An Italian group, along with the Association des Radio Amateurs Tunisiens (ARAT) and the Engineering University of Gabes, who are planning a second IOTA DXpedition to Djerba Island (AF-083, WW. Loc. JM53KT, WFF 3VFF-007, WLOTA L-1394 and ARLHS TUN-022), as TS8TI (will receive license in March) between April 29th and May 6th (see OPDX.1100 & OPDX.1101), have announced that they will now be active on all HF bands, including the 30/17/12/6 meter bands using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31/63/125 modes. The team is still in need of sponsors and individ- ual contributions. Contact:ik7jwx2003@yahoo.it
For more info and updates, watch the following Web pages:

Wolfgang, OE1MWW, will be active as 8Q7WK between March 9-23rd. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands. QSL via his home callsign.

9X, RWANDA (Update/Reminder)
Look for Nick, G3RWF (5X1NH), to be active from Rwanda between March 4-12th. He has requested the callsign 9X0NH, and the license should be valid for 2013 because he could return later in the year. Activity will be from Kigali on most HF bands and will be mainly CW with some SSB using 100 watts and wire antennas. There will be no 160m, but he will be on 6 meters. QSL via G3RWF. Nick will upload his log daily on LoTW.

Richard, W2VU, Editor of CQ Amateur Radio, sent out the following press release on February 28th:
CQ Launches Online Photo Gallery (Hicks- ville, New York) -- CQ magazine today announced the launch of the online CQ Photo Gallery to supplement photos published in the magazine.
"We shoot photos at many events, and receive many photos from readers, that we don't have space to put in the magazine," said CQ Editor Rich Moseson, W2VU. "But we still want to share them with our readers. The new CQ Photo Gallery allows us to do that."
The photo gallery resides on the flickr.com web site and is organized into albums called "sets." Initial sets include CQ cover images; the "CQ Garage," featuring ham radio license plates from all over; news photos from the FCC's field hearing on communications lessons from Superstorm Sandy, and reader-submitted photos. Moseson recommended that readers check into the gallery site frequently, as new photos will be added regularly. The CQ Photo Gallery may be accessed at:


CQ www.cq-amateur-radio.com is the world's leading independent amateur radio magazine, serving the amateur radio community worldwide since 1945. It is published in three languages (English, Spanish and Portuguese) and in both print and digital editions.

Carlos, IK1HJS, will be active as EF8U from Las Palmas Contest station during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 2-3rd) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via LoTW or by the Bureau.

Mark, 4Z4KX, wants to remain everyone that the "Holyland Contest 2013" starts at 2100z on April 19th, and ends at 2100z on April 20th (24 hours!). This year's contest goal will be to have as many Israeli mobile stations activating many different and rare squares for the "Holyland Award". Complete contest details and last year's results are available at:

"DX-World.net" reports that Adam, K7ST, is currently operating from a moored boat at the Galapagos Islands. This does not count for DXCC. However, during the weekend he will be on land for the ARRL SSB DX Contest (March 2-3rd) as K7ST/HC8 where it will be good for DXCC.

After being active from the 5X8C DXpedition, Gerard, F2FD, is now again active as HR5/F2JD from Copan between now and May 20th. He states that he will be active as much as possible on CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via F6AJA or LoTW. QSOs will be on ClubLog. Also, visit his Web page at:

Operators Vincent/F4BKV, Gil/F4FET, Christian/ EA3NT and Laurent/TK4LS will activate the following Corsican IOTAs between March 23-28th, with individual callsigns:
EU-100 - Between March 23-26th; Callsign TK0INT; Cerbicales Islands; 10th most wanted IOTA in Europe; Reference numbers DIFM TK-032 and WFF FFF945. The island is a natural reserve and the group only has access during the daytime at this time of year. Island was activated 7 years ago.EU-104 - Between March 24-25th; Callsign TK1INT; Sanguinaires Islands; 5th most wanted IOTA in Europe; Reference numbers DIFM TK-002 and ARLHS COR003.
EU-164 - Between March 27-28th; Callsign TK2INT; San Ciprianu and Lavezzi Islands; 27th most wanted IOTA in Europe; Reference numbers DIFM TK-037 and WFF FFF253; DIFM TK-011 and WFF FFF068.
Operations will be limited to daytime hours only with up to 3 stations on the air. Activity will be on any band that is open; 40/30/20/17/15/12/10 meters using verticals and vertical dipoles. QSL Manager is EA5KA. A OQRS will be available on their Web site. The group is looking for sponsors/ donations for this project. For more details and updates, visit their Web page at:
Also, a Twitter Page at:

EU-038. Marcel, PD5MVH, will once again be active as PD5MVH/P from Vlieland Island between March 2-16th. Activity will be on 40/20/10 meters SSB. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. NO LoTW or eQSL.
EU-038. Dirk, DL5DCL, will once again be active as PA/DL5DCL from Ameland Island for 5 days starting April 1st. Activity will be CW only on the HF bands. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
EU-137. Lars, SM6CUK, will be active as SA6G/7 from Ven Island (WLOTA 0780) between June 10-17th. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands. QSL via SM6CUK, by the Bureau or direct.
EU-172. Ric, DL2VFR, will be active use a special callsign, OU1RAEM, from Samso Island (DIA JY-008, WLOTA 0726) between May 18-24th. While there Ric will activate a new WFF reference number for the World-Wide Flora and Fauna program (OZFF-new, to be decided). Activity will be on the HF bands and mainly CW. QSLs will automatically be sent for all QSOs via the Bureau. QSL OU1RAEM via DF5LW.
NA-034. Lou, W0FK, will be active from Longboat Key (USI FL053S, Sarasota County, FL) between March 2-16th. Activity will be on or near the usual island and IOTA frequencies on the HF bands. QSL vai W0FK, direct or by the Bureau. Also via LoTW.
OC-042. Operators Jose/DU1BP, Torsten/DL2KGS and Rag/LA6FJA will be active as DZ1B from Luzon Island during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 26-27th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via DU1BP.
OC-161. (Update) Members of the Indonesian Amateur Radio Organization of North Sumatra Area will be active as YB6N from Nias Island between March 8-13th. The following operators will also sign homecall/6: Ady/YB6VK (Team Leader), Alex/YB0SAT, Hendra/YB1HK, Imam/YB4IR and Anton/YB5QZ. Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL via YB4IR (see (QRZ.com)).

Operators Sam/JE1XUZ (KH0XH) and Tama/JQ2WTT (KH0XW) will be active from Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands (OC-086), between March 10th and April 1st. Both operators are undergraduates at a JA university. QSL via the operator's home callsign, by the JA Bureau or direct. Also, the duo plans to be active as AH0BT (Saipan BBQ Contest Club callsign) during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 30-31st). QSL via 7L1FPU, LoTW, by the JA Bureau or direct. Do NOT send to the W0 Bureau and the KH0 address.

Operators Masanori/JA1OZK/W6LJ, Ryuji/JG1ITH/NY8A, Aki/ JR3QFB/W3JH, Masaru/AI2K and Masatoshi/AH6KY/JA1MFR will be active as NH2KY (Ibaraki Net Amateur Radio Club callsign) between March 29th and April 2nd. QSL via JR3QFB. The team will use the callsign KH2KY (Guam Japanese DXer Club callsign) during the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest (March 30-31st) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via JA1MFR.

 Mar/04th  AN      Mar/07th  AN      Mar/09th  AN
 Mar/05th  AN      Mar/08th  AN      Mar/10th  AN
 Mar/06th  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

Angelo, KP4EU, will be active during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 2-3rd) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m)/Low-Power entry. QSL via KP4EU.

Philippe/LX2A will be active as LX7I during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 2-3rd) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via LX2A. Visit the following Web page at:

The contest is organized and conducted in order to promote amateur radio on high frequency bands in countries of Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan) and is dedicated to the spring celebration of Nauryz (Nowruz) included in the representative list of UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, declared as the International Nowruz Day. Contest is held on March 23rd, between 0200-0759z. Bands are 80/40/20/15/10 meters, and modes are CW and SSB. Complete details are available at:

  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (dated March 1st)
  3D2NB via W7YAQ           EG7DA via EA7RCS         PJ2/K8LEE via K8LEE (d)
  5W0W via NR6M             EH7DAM via EA7URM        PQ7M via PS7HD
  BM0LF via BM2JCC          EO0UD via UR7UT          UN6P via UN7PBY
  BV2/VK2HSL via VK2HSL     II3MNA via IQ3TS         V85AVE via W3HNK
  DA0MA via DM3VA           KP2/K0BBC via K0BBC      XT2IVU via JA3IVU
  DX1HBC via DU1HBC         PJ2/DL5AXX via DL5AXX    YQ8ANT via YO8AZQ

      (e) eQSL only  (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (L) LoTW only
QSL C6AVA via N6AWD. Activity was from IOTA NA-048 and NA-054.QSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 3D2NB, 3V8BB, A5A, FP/VE3DZ, TO2U, V31YK, VP9/WW3S, XU7ACQ, YI1RZ, Z21BB and ZL9HR

Vadym, UT6UD, will be active as S21XV from Dhaka between March 1-7th. Activity will be on all HF bands with a focus on NA. QSL via UT6UD.

Nobby, G0VJG, will be active S79VJG from the Seychelles (AF-024) between April 4-16th. Activity will be on the 40-10 meters using SSB only and HF verticals on the beach (QRO). QSL via G4DFI.

Operators Bogdan/SP3RBR, Rod/SP8GQU and Jakub/SQ8J will be active as SN3R during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 2-3rd) as a Multi- Single entry. QSL via SP3KEY.

The TX5K team arrived at Clipperton Island at 0430z, February 27th, in the dark (and even with a full moon they can only just make out the island), so offloading onto the island did not start until day break. The TX5K Blog page states, "No one got sick on the way down ­ all are doing well and have enjoyed the wonderful food and hospitality of the Shogun Crew."
Excerpts from the blog state that the team will need a whole day and part of the next day to offload and set up. This means do not expect the start of the DXpedition until late in the day (Pacific Time) on February 28th (it will most likely be March 1st in some time zones) ­ which is as planned.
The team sends their thanks to everyone for your support of this DXpedition and send their love to their families.
Then on February 28th, it was posted, "after spending hours circling the island looking for a suitable and safe place to land" the team began landing at 1300z. Later in the day, they posted "they have all life support, 2 out of 3 tents up, 20 members of the team on the island and that they have generators and lights that they can use to do some work into the night. They will set up radios tomorrow ­ so this is all great news. All are tired ­ but in very good spirits and doing well. It is hot there."
By the time you read this, the TX5K activity will probably have started and it will be on 160-6 meters using using CW, SSB and RTTY. Frequencies were listed in last week's bulletin (OPDX.1101). Just a reminder that they will also have a quality QRO 6m station with a dedicated operator Lance, W7GJ, -http://www.bigskyspaces.com/w7gj/TX5K.htm ready to do EME and terrestrial QSOs. Needless to say ­ this is huge news for the 6m community!
QSL via the OQRS by ClubLog (Highly Recommended). This is the preferred method to use for your QSL confirmation. After the DXpedition ends you can order either a direct or Bureau QSL card using the OQRS online QSL service provided by ClubLog. Using this convenient online method you can easily apply for their QSL card to be sent directly to your home or via the Bureau....without having to send your QSL card at all. Direct QSLs are via Bob Schenck N2OO and the SJDXA QSL team: QSL Manager for TX5K, PO Box 345, Tuckerton, NJ 08087-0345, USA. Also, remember to use the DXA Web site

which allows DXers to view the QSO log, and the status and activities of the DXpedition in near-real-time. The TX5K's Web page is at

For updates, use the BLOG at:

V3, BELIZE (Update)
Operators Lee/N8LJ, Stan/AC8W and Jim/KB8TXZ will be active as V31LJ, V31AC and V31VJ, respectively from Belize between now and March 5th. The trio will be in the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 2-3rd) as a Multi-Single entry. The contest callsign was not provided. Activity outside of the contest will be on 160-6 meters using CW and RTTY. QSL V31LJ via K8ESQ. QSL V31AC and V31VJ via KB8TXZ.

Operators Chris/GM3WOJ (ZK2V) and Keith/GM4YXI (ZK2X) will be active from Cocos Keeling Island (OC-003), using a new callsign that was issued, VK9CZ (not VK9C/GM2MP), between March 30th and April 13th. Activity will be on SSB and CW, with some RTTY. It is hoped to have a real-time logging system and daily LoTW uploads if possible. More details to follow. A new Web page will be available soon at:

A team of operators (mentioned Geoff/W0CG, Scott/K0MD and possibly more) will be active as VP5H from Providenciales Island (NA-002, WLOTA 2003) during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 2-3rd) as a Multi-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via his home callsign and LoTW.

Jamie, WP3A, will be active during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 2-3rd) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via NP3O.

Brian, N3IQ, will be active as XE3/N3IQ from Cancun during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 2-3nd) as a Single-Op/All-Band/QRP entry. He will use a KX3 and little vertical. QSL via N3IQ. By the way, Brian is celebrating his wedding anniversary on this trip.

Eddy, ON4AFU, will be active as XU7AFU between March 3-14th. Activity will be CW using 100 watts and wire antennas. QSL via home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. Visit his Web page at:

Chris, HB9ELV, will be active as ZF2EL from the Grand Cayman Island during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 2-3rd). QSL via LoTW.
       The following stations are expected to be active in the
                 ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 2-3rd, 2013)
      Thanks to Bill, NG3K, for providing OPDX readers with the following
consolidated listing of the participants in the 2013 ARRL DX SSB Contest.
For a more detailed listing (and up-to-date changes/corrections) in HTML
format, please visit Bill's Web page at:
          http://www.ng3k.com/Misc/adxs2013.html  (By callsign)
          http://www.ng3k.com/Misc/adxsd2013.html (By entity)
 Contest        DXCC          Class         QSL
Callsign       Entity                       Route
3V8BB          Tunisia        SOAB HP       LoTW; QSL via LX1NO
8P1V           Barbados       SOAB LP       W1VE
8P5A           Barbados       SOAB HP       LoTW; QSL via NN1N
C6ANM          Bahamas        M/M           LoTW
C6AZZ          Bahamas        SOSB 20M      KQ8Z
ED1R           Spain          M/S           EC1KR
EF8U           Canary Islands SOAB HP       LoTW; QSL via (B) 
FM5FJ          Martinique     SOSB 20M      KU9C
FY5KE          French Guiana  SOSB 15M      LoTW; QSL via REF (B) or FY5KE (d)
G9W            England        SOAB HP       M0DXR 
GJ2A           Jersey         SO            LoTW
HC2/RC5A       Ecuador        SOAB LP       RC5A; QSL via (B) or (d)
HK1NA          Colombia       M/M           K6IPM
J88DR          St Vincent     SOAB LP       G3TBK; QSL via RSGB (B) or (d)
KP2MM          Virgin Islands SOAB          LoTW; QSL via N2TTA
KP4EU          Puerto Rico    SOSB 20M      KP4EU
LA7H           Norway         M/S           LA7H (B)
LX7I           Luxembourg     SOAB          LX2A
NH7A           Hawaii         SOAB HP       LoTW; QSL via F5VHJ or REF (B)
NJ2BB          USA            M/2           KB2BRR; fm Battleship New Jersey
OH0X           Aland Island   SO            OH2TA
P49Y           Aruba          SOAB HP       LoTW; QSL via AE6Y
SN3R           Poland         M/S           SP3KEY
T6MO           Afghanistan    SOU LP        K9GY
TI8M           Costa Rica     M/?           TI2KAC
TO1A           French Guiana  SOSB 10M      LoTW
TO22C          Guadeloupe     M/?           F6HMQ
V26M        Antigua & Barbuda SOAB          W3HNK
V31??          Belize         M/S        V31LJ (K8ESQ), V31AC & V31VJ (KB8TXZ)
V47JA        St Kitts & Nevis SOAB          LoTW; QSL via W5JON
VP2V/KE2VB  Br. Virgin Island SOAB LP       NR6M
VP5H           Turks & Caicos M/S           W0GJ
VP9I           Bermuda        M/S           WW3S
WP3A           Puerto Rico    SOAB LP       NP3O
XE3/N3IQ       Mexico         SOAB QRP      N3IQ 
YN5Z           Nicaragua      SOAB          LoTW; QSL via K7ZO
ZL3IO          New Zealand    SOAB HP       ZL3IO

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