OPDX Bulletin 1104 March 18, 2013

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Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, W1SRD, AB5K & the AR TelNet Clusters Network, K1XN & GoList, NJ1Q & W1AW, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4JF, W4VQ, KH6BZF, WB6RSE, AB7FS/E51AND, K8GI, K8YSE, NE8Z/HC1MD, W8GEX & 60m News, W9ILY, N0TG, AT International, CE3FZL, DK8JB & The DX News Letter, DL1SBF, DxCoffee.com, DX-World.Net, ES1CW, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, F6BGC, FG5KC, HP1AC, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's DX-Newsdesk, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, TA1HZ, UT5UGR, VA3RJ & ICPO, and the VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) for the following DX information.

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 10th-March, through Sunday, 17th-March there were 241 countries active. Countries available: 1S, 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4W, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, 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, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, H40, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, J7, 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, OJ0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ7, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S2, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T2, T30, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZF, ZL, ZL7, 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).

Members of "Radio Club Guadeloupe" (ACRA - FG5KC) invite all Contests/DXers to be active in the "2013 Championship 10M FG (Guadeloupe) SSB Contest" on June 29th, between 0100-2300z. Details are available at:


Bodo, DF8DX, will be active as 5H1DX between April 20-28th. Activity will include the activation of several IOTAs which include the following:
AF-075 - Bongoyo Island as 5H1DX3
AF-063 - Pemba Island as 5H1DX
AF-032 - Zanzibar as 5H1DX
Operations will be on the HF bands and EME. QSL via DF8DX.

Dean, 8P6SH, will be active as 8P2K during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 30-31st) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (10m) entry. QSL via KU9C.

Jeff, VA3QSL, is once again heading to the Caribbean, but this time he will be active as 8P9HI from Farther Away Cottage, Bayfield, St. Philip, Barbados (NA-021), between April 6-13th. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

Noel, F6BGC, will be active as 8Q7NC from Rihiveli, South Male Atoll, in the Maldives Islands (AS-013) between March 19-29th. He plans to operate holiday style on 40-6 meters with 100w and a vertical, using mostly SSB with some CW and RTTY. He states, "The island is isolated in the Indian Ocean, it's motto is 'No News, No Shoes'. There is no InterNet, cell phone ... so no DXA and no Cluster!" QSL via F6BGC, direct or by the Bureau and LoTW. More information can be found at:


Kiyoshi "KIYO", JR1IZM (ex-V31IZ, 7P8ZM), has been in Kigali since February and announced that he finally received his license/callsign 9X0ZM. He will be there until March of 2014 and expects to be active soon. Activity will be limited to his free time. He will use an IC-7200 with ATU/AH-4 and Loop antenna. Operations will be mainly 20 meters on the Digital mode JT65), CW and SSB. QSL via JO1CRA, direct (SASE) or by the Bureau.

Yuki, JH1NBN, is expected to be active as A52W through March 26th. He is in Bhutan on business, so his activity will only be during his spare time. There has been no QSN reported as this was being written. QSL via JH1NBN direct.

Operators Ali/A71BX, Khalid/A71CO, Abdulla/A71CV, Saif/A71AM and Andrey/RA9CKQ will be active as A71AM from Dukhan during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 30-31st) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via A71AM, direct or by the Bureau.

Janet Pater, W8CAA, writes,
"FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- The SouthWest Ohio DX Association (SWODXA) has announced that David Patton, NN1N, will be the featured speaker for their 28th annual DX dinner™. The dinner, held in conjunction with the 2013 Dayton Hamvention®, will be on Friday, May 17th, at the Marriott Hotel in Dayton.Dave was first licensed in 1977 at the age of 12 as WD9DCL. Always an avid DXer and contester, the two-time WRTC competitor has been on world record holding multi-op teams at 6Y2A and HC8N. Changing his calls frequently in his quest for a "good" call sign, Dave has worked 10 Band DXCC along with 2875 countries in the DXCC Challenge using 'DCL, KJ9W, AH2U, NU9R, WO0G, AA9AK, WX3N, KW9KW, W9QA, NT1N and now NN1N. In his past he has been a net control, and public service volunteer, as well as a 6-year President of the Society of Midwest Contesters.
He started at ARRL HQ as the Special Assistant to the Executive Vice President, and is now the Manager of the Membership and Volunteer Programs Department with a staff of 22. The MVP Dept. includes Field Services, W1AW, Emergency Preparedness and Response, ARRL Operating Awards, and the QSL Bureau.
Dave will have an informative and entertaining presentation on the Logbook of the World (LOTW™). We look forward to Dave presenting 'What hath LOTW Wrought?'; exploring the initial, current and future impact of this state-of-the-art logging and awards website.
For more information and to order dinner tickets, visit WWW.SWODXAEVENTS.ORG and follow us on @SWODXA ."

E5, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS (Update/New 'Resident' Operator/QSL INFO & Change)
Andy, AB7FS/E51AND, informs OPDX that he is moving to Rarotonga (OC-013). Edited excerpts from his long E-mail, Andy writes, "My wife Kat and I are moving to Rarotonga -- she arrives there on March 25th and I will be there on April 29th. We are moving into a house in the part of Arorangi Beach called Inave (say ee-nah-vay) -- about 100 meters inland from the back road -- and probably about 1/2 mile inland from the beach roughly in line with the Crown Beach or Manuia Beach "resorts" (There are no street addresses in Rarotonga). We would rather be inland to moderate the impact of cyclones and to stay away from the storm surges. Arorangi is on the West side of Rarotonga, and we will have a range of volcanic mountains up to 2,500 feet to the East -- which may limit operations in that direction. I hope to be operating using a 43 ft vertical and 100 watts from a Yaesu FT 857D by the end of the first week of May.The container with the tower and yagis will likely not arrive until early June -- so it will be July or August before I have the tower up and the yagis in the air. Once it's up we should have a 5 element KLM monobander at 70 feet for 20m and a Tennadyne T7 at 80 feet for the higher bands. Not sure yet how we will handle 30 meters and below though we do have an OCF dipole and I can drive the tower.
We'll be using a Icom 756Pro and have an Ameritron AL1200 - though I prefer to operate using as little power as possible. I'm a ragchewer at heart -- NOT a DXer -- and with several active hams on Raro I'm hoping to avoid some of the rapid fire 5 and 9 contacts and ACTUALLY talk to people. LOL. I got back into CW a while back and although I'm still plodding along at 10 wpm, I enjoy CW and will likely hang out at the Straight Key Century Club frequencies and exchange SKCC numbers with other members. On SSB, the place to find me will be on the ANZA DX net (14183 kHz daily starting at 0515z). And if you are looking for esoteric VK and NZ -- and Tahiti, Fiji, the Cooks, New Caledonia, Kiribati, etc.. -- and the occasional African Station -- it's a good net to check in to. Kat is also a licensed Ham (ZK1SCH/KB7SCH) and I'm hoping that being in a 'rare' location will prompt her to get on the air .
Other active hams on Rarotonga include: Jim Ditchburn, E51JD, in the village of Tupapa (North side of the Island) who is on almost daily on 20 meters SSB; Victor Rivera, E51CG (or E51USA), in Nikao (NW corner) who tends to work the highest band open and has a 6m beacon; and Bob Walker, E51BQ, in Muri in the SE corner of the Island... I'll keep the E51AND page on QRZ.com updated." Andy announced on March 11th, on(QRZ.com), that there is a change in the QSL route (address) and he has responded to all cards received to date!! After April 15th, he states, "Please QSL DIRECT to P.O. Box 618, Avarua, Rarotonga, Cook Islands". He also states, "If there are problems/issues with your QSL -- Please E-mail me with all the QSO info and your mailing address - I have a paper log and CANNOT find you without date, time and callsign Thanks". Andy also mentions, "If all goes as planned I should have a good gain antenna system on Rarotonga, and I may try for Palmerston [OC-124] (or possibly PukaPuka [OC-098]) again in July or August . This time with better preparation and hopefully a Hex Beam at 30+ feet. ". Take a look at his (QRZ.com) page for some great pictures.

E6, NIUE (Reminder)
Look for operators Alan/VK4WR and Graeme/VK4FI to 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

Guy, F5MNW, will be active as FR/F5MNW from Reunion Island (AF-016) between April 6-29th. Activity will be on the HF bands using only CW. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

The "Two Entities DX- pedition - Solomon 2013" continues with both operations on the air as this was being written. The first group signing H44G from Guadalcandal (OC-047), Solomon Islands will operate until March 25th. The second group finally hit the air waves as H40T on March 16th (after a flight delay of 4 days due to bad weather), from Santa Cruz Island (OC-100) [Temotu Island], and will operate until March 23rd. Activity from both locations will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. See OPDX.1103 for suggested frequencies. QSL route is via DL7DF, direct or by the Bureau. For more details and updates, visit:


H44, SOLOMON ISLANDS (IOTA Op/Update to OPDX.1103)
Operators Ralph, 5W0W/H44RK, Dom/SQ9KWW, Tom/WL7HP and Maggie/H44MK (the only local YL Ham from Sikiana) are planning an upcoming IOTA tour which will start during the first week of June. The callsign will be H44IOTA (not H40IOTA as mentioned earlier). The group now has a Web, Twitter and FaceBook page at:



Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW and SSB. The suggested frequencies are:
CW - 3530, 7030, 10115, 14040, 18098, 21040, 24920 and 28040 kHz
SSB - 3755, 7055, 14260, 18128, 21260, 24950, 28460 and 28560 kHz
All QSL requests are via QSL Manager Rex Turvin, NR6M. For updates, it is suggested to watch:


Member of the Tera Radio Club (HB9OK) will celebrate their 30th anniversary by using the callsign HB30OK until the end of the year. Look for operators Marco/HB9OCR, Luigi/HB9CXZ, Claudio/HB9OAU and Marco/HB9EUY to use the special callsign during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via HB9OCR, director by the Bureau.

Dr. Rick, NE8Z/HC1MD, will once again be active from here between March 21st and April 11th. Activity will be from Tumbaco on 40-10 meters operating CW, SSB and RTTY, using a TS-850s with a Heath SB-200 into a Carolina Windom (40-10m) antenna. QSL via K8LJG. View the HC DX-Diplomas at:



Ray, WQ7R, will once again be active as HQ9R from Honduras, but this time during the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest (March 30-31st) as Single- Op/Single-Band (10m)/Low-Power entry. QSL via K5WW or LoTW.

AF-019. (Update) An international team of operators will be active as IG9Y from Lampedusa Island between October 17-30th. Operators mentioned are Khalid/A61BK, Gianni/IT9BUN, Roy/IW9ELR, Don/ JH5GHM, Boyko/LZ1QN, Dale/N3BNA, Frederic/ON4LG, Aurelio/PC5A, Romeo/S52RU, Peter/S54W, Renato/S57UN 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-073. Jack, SP5APW, will be active as 9M2/SP5APW from Perhentian Besar Island between May 1-7th. Activity will be SSB and a little digital. His license is good for 160-10 meters. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or use LoTW. For updates, watch: http://as-073.blogspot.com
AS-118. Members of the Kuwait Amateur Radio Society are once again active as 9K2F from Failaka Island between now and March 18th. This is their 7th annual trip. Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL via 9K2HN. Watch last year's operation at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdmJe2saYm4
EU-006. Members of the Papa Lima DX Group will be active as EJ0PL from Inishmore Islands (Aran Islands) between July 23-29th. Ten operators plan to have three stations active on 80-6 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. Activity will include the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as a Multi-Op/ High-Power entry. They will use Hexbeams (20-6m) and verticals (80-30m). Operators mentioned are Michal/EI3KG, John/EI4GK, Adam/EI5JQ, Robert/EI6KD, Oleg/EI7KD, Waldi/SP7IDX, Jerzy/ SQ7JT, David/EI9FBB, Ark/EI9KC and Mietek/SP9NWN. QSL via EI5JQ, direct or by the Bureau. An OQRS will be available via ClubLog. Log will be uploaded to LoTW, eQSL and HRDLOG.net.
EU-008. Members of the Camb-Hams will once again activate the Isle of Mull (IOSA NH15, SCOTIA CN10, WLOTA 2485), Inner Hebrides, as GS3PYE/p between May 10-16th. They were there in April 2008. Activity will be on all HF bands (600-10m) using five stations with amps. Operations will also be on 6m, 4m and 2m. They will focus more effort on 2m EME. QSL via M0VFC (OQRS via (QRZ.com)). More details and updates can be found at: http://dx.camb-hams.com
EU-038. Wim, PA0WRS, will be active as homecall/p from Ameland Island (WLOTA 1059) between April 19-26th. Activity will be on the HF bands, all modes, propagation permitting. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
EU-039. Operators Jacques/ON5OO, Jean-Jacques/ON7EQ, Noel/ON4NS, Pascal/ON5RA, Ann/ON5AR, Roger/ON6WU, Martin/ON4VMA, Frank/ ON5NQ, Peter/ON8ZZ and Frederik/ON8ZL will be active as TM7T from Grand Ile (DIFM MA-004, WLOTA 0424) in the Iles Chausey Group between July 26-28th. Activity will include the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as a Multi-Op/24hr/DXpedition entry. Operations will be on 80-10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via ON8ZL, direct (QRZ.com) or by the ON Bureau. See the QRZ.com Web page for more details at: http://www.qrz.com/db/TM7T
NA-174. (Update to OPDX.1103) The "DX-World.net" reports that David, VE3VID, who is currently active as VY0/VE3VID from the rare Igloolik Island (WW.Loc EP-99), will be there until March 29th, but he will return later this year during September/ October. Currently, David uses a 20m dipole on RTTY, but has plans to use a multiband antenna upon his return. His work obligations will determine his activity, but generally he will be on the air after 2100z and definitely weekends. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct to: David Gerrard, 1653 Mountain Rd, R.R. #1, Westport, ON, K0G 1X0, Canada.
OC-090. Victor, R6AF, will be active as DU1/R6AF from Busuanga Island possibly April 27th and May 3rd. Watch for updates on Twitter: https://twitter.com/r6af
SA-050. José, CE8DMT, will be active from Navarino Island (WAP CHL-13) in the Chilean Antarctic Province between March 23-24th, to meet the needs for European and North American stations seeking WAP Antarctic stations award. José will operate according to the following schedule:
1330-1530z on 15 meters (21277 kHz)
1600-1700z on 10 meters (28477 kHz)
He will use a Kenwood TS-130S into a Hi-Gain 3 element Yagi beam. QSL via address on QRZ.com. Suggested URLs are:


Hubert, OE3FHA, will be active as IS0/OE3FHA from Sardinia (EU-024, IIA SD-001, MIA MIS-035, WLOTA 1608) between September 8-26th. Activity will be on 40/20/15 meters using SSB with 100 watts and a CP6 Diamond antenna. QSL via his home callsign, by the ARI Bureau or direct.

Operators Tom/OE2ATN and Franz/OE2SNL will be on a suitcase DXpedition to Grenada Island (NA-024, WLOTA 0718) between October 28th and November 10th. The callsign has not been issued yet. Operations will be on CW, SSB and RTTY with 100-200 watts. A Web page is under constructions. More details will be forthcoming.

 Mar/18th  AN      Mar/21st  HN-AN   Mar/23rd  AN
 Mar/19th  AN      Mar/22nd  AN      Mar/24th  AN
 Mar/20th  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

KH9, WAKE ISLAND (Press Release)

Joe, W8GEX, sent out the following press release on March 10th [edited]:
"Press Release #2 - Wake Atoll Commemorative DXpedition -- "We are pleased to announce the callsign for the Commemoration anticipated taking place at the beginning of October, 2013.K9W has been assigned to this event! The actual days of use will be announced on our website and through the normal media channels.
Additionally, we are happy to announce that Val, NV9L, and Col, MMØNDX, have joined the Team as Pilot Stations. Pilot stations are essential members of the DXpedition's operation and gather the DX communities' feedback during the event. This information allows the 'on island team' to tailor their activities to the needs of stations worldwide.
We have received our first foundation support from INDEXA and donations from clubs and individuals.
In-depth planning is continuing and progressing nicely thanks to the efforts of many members of the DX community. Their input and assistance is greatly appreciated and welcomed!
Please check our web site often for updates: http://www.wake2013.org/ K9W Wake Atoll Management Team"

Operators Pertti/OG2W and Raimo/OH0BCI will be active as OH0/OG2W from the Aland Islands(EU-002, WLOTA 1373, WWFF OHFF-037) between March 20-24th. Activity will be on all HF bands and modes. QSL via OG2W, direct or by the Bureau.

P5, NORTH KOREA (Update To P5/K6VVA Pending "CW ONLY" & IOTA AS-197 Activation Proposal Project)
Rick, K6VVA, posted another new supple- ment (INFO UPDATE #2) at:


If you have not read the general information page http://www.k6vva.com/p5 and/or Rick's "INFO UPDATE #1" http://www.k6vva.com/p5/p5infoupdate1.pdf, it is suggested that you do so before reading "INFO UPDATE #2".In short, Rick updates everyone on his efforts and continues to pursue his goal of activating P5 from an IOTA (AS-197) on CW only. However, in "INFO UPDATE #2" he states, "Yet a new alternative route to potential success has also materialized, and I decided to unleash the full 'long term' plan, which has been to activate ALL of the four P5 IOTA Designators (AS-195, AS-196, AS-197 and AS-198)." He also talks about the recent appalling behavior of DXpedition pileups.

PB33, NETHERLANDS (Special Event)
Jaap, PA7DA, will be active with the special callsign PB33Q (Princess Beatrix 33 years Queen) between April 20th and May 1st. On April 30th, Queen Beatrix will hand over the throne to her eldest son Prince Willem Alexander. On April 30th, 1980, she took over the throne of her mother Juliana. When she abdicates her throne, she has been the Queen for almost 33 years. Activity will be on the HF bands, as well as 6 and 2 meters. QSL please via the Bureau. For more details, see:


ADDED NOTE: There will be several other amateur stations to be active with special callsigns during this event. As this was being written, look for the following announced special callsigns:
   PA33KBX in Zeeuws Vlaanderen (QSL PA0ABM)    PD6KING -> PD9ND
   PB2013KING -> PA9LUC                         PE6KING -> PE1KFC
   PB6KING -> PB2JJ                             PA200KING -> PD5ROB
   PC6KING -> PC7C                              PC13KING -> PA1DV

PJ4, BONAIRE (Update to OPDX.1103)
Operators Steven/W1SRD and Dean/N6DE will be active as PJ4/homecall from the "Radio House" on Bonaire (SA-006, WLOTA LH-1279) between March 26th and April 1st. They plan to be active as PJ4D in the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 30-31st) as a Multi-2 entry. Operation before and after the contest will be focused on RTTY. QSL via LoTW is preferred. Direct to W1SRD with SASE/return postage for the contest callsign. QSL the QSOs to their homecalls for contacts outside of the contest.

Operators Randy/N0TG, Ron/AA4VK and Jeff/N1SNB will be active as PJ7/homecall from Dutch Sint Maarten (NA-105, WLOTA 0711, DIFO FS-001) between March 15-23rd. Activity will be a suitcase operation on 40-10 meters using CW and SSB, with wire antennas and 100 watts. QSL "ALL" callsigns via AA4VK.

  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (dated March 17th)
  4S7TRG via OK1CZ          G5O via G8SRS            PS2T via K3IRV
  5B/R2DX via R2DX          GW7O via GW3SQX          RK3FG via DK3WG
  5N/RZ3DJ via RZ3DJ        J47X via SV7BVM          S503EO via S53EO
  9K2F via 9K2HN            KH0XH via JE1XUZ         SD2G via SA2AWO
  CT8/K0RUI via K0RUI       KH0XW via JQ2WTT         TA1/UR0FF via UR0FF
  EA8/DL2DXA via DL2DXA     KH6/K1YR via K1YR        V31RT via WB1EAZ
  ED5LD via EA5LD           LX/9A8MM via 9A8MM       VK8/OZ1AA via OZ1ACB
  ED5T via EA5ELT           LZ1323SKZ via LZ1KCP     VP8LIZ via VP8LP (d)
  EG7HR via EA7NL           OH0X via OH2TA           VY0/VE3VID via VE3VID
  EO1I via UT1IA            OT4S via ON8SI           YQ6A via YO6BHN
  FS/DK5ON via DK5ON        PA1MUC via DL3LUM        ZF2AH via W6VNR
  FS/LY2IJ via LY2IJ        PJ2/AA1M via AA1M        ZV2K via PY2SHF

    (e) eQSL only  (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (L) LoTW only


T2, TUVALU (Back on again and now active!)

No sooner than OPDX.1103 was sent out, word came out that operators Gavin/GM0GAV, Robert/GM3YTS and Tom/GM4FDM had to change their operating plans to Tuvalu because their outward flight from Glasgow was cancelled due to an undercarriage problem. This effected all their others flights they were due to catch, especially the connection from Fiji to Tuvalu. However when this happened, their fourth operator Clive, GM3POI, was already on route to Fiji and did continue onto Tuvalu while the other three operators were making plans to operate from Fiji. By Tuesday, Clive, GM3POI, made it to Tuvalu and was planning to operate using a rig (w/100 watts) and wire antennas. Then on Wednesday, their Blog reported that Gav/GM0GAV, Rob/GM3YTS and Tom/ GM4FDM were booked on a Saturday flight to Tuvalu. They were initially booked on a Thursday flight, however, since arriving in Fiji Monday, their luggage did not arrived and was still missing. The Saturday flight was their last chance of going to Tuvalu, but if no luggage by then they would return home. Then on March 14th, their luggage finally showed up. The three Scots were able to leave on Saturday, and by the time you read this, they should be on the air from Funafuti Atoll (OC-015). For updates, watch the Web Blog page at:


Activity should be 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. See suggested frequencies in OPDX.1103. If the InterNet is available, logs will be uploaded to ClubLog and LoTW. QSL Manager will be GM4FDM(QRZ.com), direct or by the Bureau. A OQRS will be available via ClubLog.
LAST MINUTE UPDATE: Activity from T2GM may be limited. Operators report, "On the flight to Tuvalu from Suva, Fiji, Rob's (GM3YTS) luggage was again lost. This bag contained band pass filters and coax, so antenna choice until Tuesday will be limited. (It's expected the missing luggage will arrive on the Tuesday flight). The team will QRT on Friday, March 22nd. at 1830z."

A German team consisting of Rich/DK8YY, Detlef/DL3ALI and Ingolf/DL4JS will be active from the "Hideaway Guesthouse" on Funafuti Atoll (OC-015), the capital of the island nation of Tuvalu, between March 23rd and April 4th. They have requested the callsign T2YY and will receive the license upon their arrival. Activity will be on 80-10 meters, possibly 160m, using CW, SSB and RTTY. They plan on having two stations with amps using a Hexbeam for the HF bands and verticals for 80/40/30m. QSL via DH7WW.

T2, TUVALU (Reminder)
Tim, NL8F, is expected to be active from Tuvalu between March 19th and April 2nd. His callsign is not yet known, but he will obtain his license upon his arrival on Tuvalu. Activity will probably be mostly SSB. QSL via K8NA.

Hartwig, DL7BC, will once agin be active as FH/DL7BC from Mayotte (AF-027) between March 26th and April 12th. Activity will be from Bruno's, DH1BL/FH4VOS, QTH. Operations will be on 80-10 meters plus par- ticipation in CQWW WPX SSB Contest signing TO7BC. QSL via his home call- sign, direct or by the Bureau. For more details, visit it his Web site at:


Just a reminder that a UK DXpedition team will be active as XR0YG from Easter Island (SA-001) between March 20-27th (see OPDX.1090). Activity will be on all bands 160-10 meters, mainly CW. Even though the operations will be on the HF bands, they also plan to work challenging paths on the low bands and with an emphasis on Europe. ClubLog and LoTW uploads will occur daily. The log search on ClubLog will be available at:


There will also be OQRS available. QSL via G3TXF and LoTW. Visit their Web page at:


Team members of the Bekasi Club Station (YE1ZAT) and the Jakarta Contest DX Team (YE0X) will be active as YE1K from Bekasi (OC-021, WLOTA 1660) during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 30-31st) as a Multi- Multi entry. QSL via YE1ZAT.

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