OPDX Bulletin 1124 August 19, 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, ARRL Web Page, K1XN & GoList, NC1L, NJ1Q & W1AW, N3AD, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, K4ZW, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4JF, KH6BZF, N7US, 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, HP1AC, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, OE1WHC, ON4CAS, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's DX-Newsdesk, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, SP5UAF, 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, 11th-August, through Sunday, 18th-August there were 221 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5T, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E5/s, E6, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FH, FK, FM, FO, FR, FS, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, H40, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J7, J8, JA, 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, PJ7, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S2, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TN, TR, TT, TU, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2V, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XZ, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS, ZS8
* 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 MOST WANTED SURVEY (Now available on the DX Publishing Web site)
Carl, N4AA, editor of "QRZ DX" and "The DX Magazine", reports that by popular demand many countries have been added to the survey for this year. Deadline for entry is October 15, 2013. To participate, fill out the survey form at:

http://dxpub.com/survey/survey2013.html
 
The results are usually published in the January-February 2014 issue of "The DX Magazine", and the world-wide results will be posted to the Web site around January 15th, 2012, as well. The breakdown by mode/Low Bands will be published in the Mar/Apr 2014 issue of the magazine.

3D2, FIJI (Also T33A News)
Jay, AA4FL, announced on QRZ.com this past week [edited]: "I will be arriving in Fiji on October 30, 2013, in route to Tarawa with the final destination to Banaba Island for the T33A DX- pedition. I will also have a day to operate on the return leg, info to be posted. 3D2FL has been issued and I will have an ICOM IC-7000 with me. Operation will be 100w, most likely PSK31. See www.t33a.com for information about the Banaba DXpedition. On Banaba Island, I will also be providing dental (teeth) extractions for the local residents. Thank you to the Medical Amateur Radio Council (MARCO) www.marco-ltd.org and its charitable arm Medishare www.medishare.org, for support of this effort. Hope to work you!.... 73, Jay"
ADDED NOTE: Ann, WA1S, will also be active as 3D2AC from Fiji at the end of October on her way to join the T33A team. Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL via her home callsign.

9H, MALTA (Monkeys Invade Gozo Island?? [see QRZ.com])
Operators Rich/KE1B and Anna/W6NN will be active as 9H3MMM and 9H3NN, respectively from Gozo Island (EU-023) between August 21-26th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-10 meters, including 30/17/12m and using CW, SSB and RTTY. They expect to have InterNet access, and plan to upload logs to Clublog daily. You can check your QSO status and request a QSL card via the Online QSL Request System (OQRS). QSL via their home callsigns, direct and by the Bureau (see QRZ.com for details). All logs will be uploaded to LoTW and eQSL after the DXpedition (late August 2013).

9H, MALTA
Orazio, IT9DBF, will be active as 9H3BF on Malta (EU-023) between September 2-6th. Activity will be on 20 meters using a Yaesu FT-897D powered by a solar panel and battery. QSL via IT9DBF direct or eQSL via his main callsign.

9H, MALTA
Klaus, DD1AY, will once again be active as 9H3GK from the Dolmen Resort Hotel, Bugibba, St. Paul's Bay, Island of Malta (EU-023, MIA MM-001, WLOTA 1113) between November 13th and December 4th. This is his third visit' there. Activity will be on the HF bands using mainly SSB. His equipment is a FT-100 into MFJ Tuner and DX-Wire vertical antenna. QSL via his home callsign, direct preferred. For more info and pictures from his previous trips, check out his QRZ.com page.

9M2, WEST MALAYSIA
Mirek, VK6DXI, will once again be active as 9M8DX/2 from Kuala Lumpur between August 18th and September 3rd. Activity will be limited since this is a business trip, but he will operate after "working hours" on some CW during his local evening hours. QSL via SP5UAF.

C8, MOZAMBIQUE (Update to OPDX.1114/1115/1120)
An international team of operators will be active as C82DX from Xai Xai (WW Loc KG64) between October 15-22nd. Operators' list has been updated and includes Bill/K1MM, Doug/N1DG, Tom/N4XP, Kevin/K6TD, Charlie/NF4A, Ray/N9JA, Charles/W6OAT, Bruce/W6OSP, Tjerk/ZS6P (C91TJL), Pierre/ZS6PJH and Christian/ZS6RI. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. Suggested frequencies are available in OPDX.1114. QSL routes have now be announced. QSL via the OQRS by ClubLog (Highly Recommended/Preferred Method) to receive a QSL either direct and by the Bureau. To QSL direct via the mail, send it to: C82DX, Box 333, Bethlehem, GA 30620 USA [Please do not send IRCs. See details on their Web page]. They will not confirm QSOs via the eQSL system. The C82DX Web page is at:

http://c82dx.com
 
CENTRAL AMERICAN TOUR
Look for Rick, AI5P, to be active from some of the following Central America countries throughout the month of September. His tentative schedule is as follows:

Panama - Callsign HP1/AI5P; between August 31st and September 6th

El Salvador - Callsign YS1/AI5P; between September 6-12th

Nicaragua - Callsign YN2PX; between September 12-23rd

Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands and mainly CW. QSL via his home callsign.

CY0P SABLE ISLAND DXPEDITION (Update)
The following was posted on the CY0 DXpedition Web page, August 10th [edited]:
"The intention remains to fly to Sable Island on September 30th, using Maritime Air, and bookings have been made for the aircraft and for local accommodations in Halifax for Murray and Rick prior to departure. Murray intends to focus on getting the VE1RGB and AI5P stations on the air on the day of arrival, likely using wires, and his own station up and running with Yagis on the second day. All but one of the beams have been received, pre-assembled, tuned and disassembled, and mono-band dipoles for 40M through 10M are on order from Amateur Radio Supplies. One telescoping fiberglass mast (39 feet) has been pre-rigged and will carry a 160M wire dipole fed with window line and driven by a K3 to operate on all bands. The second mast, an aluminum Army-surplus assembly, is on hand. Marshalling of equipment continues in Halifax. Where possible, resources retained from previous CY0 DXpeditions are being re-used (e.g., masts) and to save shipping weights from the USA to Canada, other items of equipment (e.g., the back-up HF radio) are being loaned from Canada. Weight for this trip, like all DXpeditions, is a concern: total allowed weight for the Britten-Norman Islander aircraft is 1400 pounds, including passengers. Because of that ­ and other than fresh fruit to combat scurvy (J) -- the team will attempt to exist on freeze-dried food.
Of interest to contesters, VE1RGB will be S&P in the California QSO Party on Oct. 5-6th, operating as VE1RGB/CY0 and sending the MR exchange: a contest multiplier; an IOTA (NA-063); and a DXCC entity with a single QSO! Other than that, based on antenna selections and equipment, it is antic- ipated that the VE1RGB station will focus on western EU and on NA while Murray and Rick will be more intent on Asia and other DX. It is expected that operations will be conducted 24/7.

The QSL Manager for CY0P will be VE1RGB. Since most of the logging will on paper (i.e., to save weight), LoTW, eQSL and ClubLog will not be supported. Direct QSLs will require 2 USDs to cover postage and QSL card costs; otherwise, cards will probably be returned via the bureau, although there is now also a cost for that service from Radio Amateurs of Canada. A significant portion of the QSLs will be mailed from Canada; the remainder may be mailed from the US where postal rates are less onerous. Since this adventure is being privately funded, any additional contributions accom- panying QSL requests will be gratefully received. To that end, it may be useful to point out that the round-trip charter air flight for Sable Island 2013 is $12,000 and accommodations on Sable are $300 per day per person. Operations from CY0 are not in-expensive. Please consider this fact in helping to offset the costs of QSL'ing. Thank you.
For additional information on some of our plans, see the 'upcoming' September issue of DX Magazine and/or the September issue of the Halifax ARC Reflector

http://www.halifax-arc.org/

Check also on QRZ.com under, VE1RGB, WA4DAN and/or CY0P for updates, as well as this site, at

http://www.CY0dxpedition.com."

Just a reminder that the DXpedition to Sable Island will take place between October 1-11th. Activity will be on 160-10 meter using CW, SSB and RTTY.

DAYTON HAMVENTION RTTY CONTEST DINNER TO RETURN IN 2014
It was reported this past week that after a 10 year absence, the Dayton RTTY Contesting Dinner will be back in 2014. It will take place on Thursday evening, May 15th, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Dayton. Fred Dennin, WW4LL, reportedly will be the dinner's host, and they are currently trying to find a guest speaker and sponsors for door prizes for that evening. If you would like to help sponsor or donate a door prize, contact Fred at fdennin@numail.org . Look for more details to be forthcoming.

DXCC NEWS
Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL Awards Branch Manager, reports that the following operation is approved for DXCC credit:
  Z81X ­ Republic of South Sudan; 2013 Operation
NOTE: If you've had these rejected in a prior application, send a note to bmoore@arrl.org to be placed on the list for an update to your record.
Also, please note the submission date and/or reference number where the rejection was noted to expedite the search for any rejected QSOs.

E4, PALESTINE
Peri, HB9IQB, has announced that he will once again be active as E44PM from Bethlehem in late August (specific dates were not provided). The license was renewed in April. He will be using his Elecraft K2 with 100 watts into wire vertical antennas. Logs will be uploaded daily to both LoTW and ClubLog. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW (preferred). Watch for updates on his Web site at:

http://www.hb9iqb.ch/palestine.html
 
E6, NIUE
Adam, K7ST, is now active as E6ST from Niue (OC-040). The length of his stay is unknown at this time. Activity so far has been on 20 meters SSB, but he does have capabilities to operate on 40/20/17/15 meters. Adam is running 100 watts and a vertical. QSL E6ST via EA5GL. ADDED NOTE: Adam's next stop will be sailing to Tonga aboard the "SV Bravo". Read more about Adam's and his XYL Cindy, KF7UPI, sailing trip on the "SV Bravo" which started from Seattle, Washington, in September 2010, with great photos at:

http://www.svbravo.blogspot.com
 
GD6, ISLE OF MAN
Chris, GM3WOJ (ZL1CT), will once again be active as GD6IA from the contest station

http://www.gd6ia.com/
 
there during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 23-24th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via GD6IA, direct only to: GD6IA, PO Box 1, PEEL City, Isle of Man IM5 1XG, British Islands. No QSL Bureau - No eQSL - No LoTW.

IOTA NEWS
EU-125. Just a reminder that Dieter, DF2SD, will be active as OZ/DF2SD from Fano Island (DIA NS-002, WWFF OZFF-004) until August 30th. Activity will be holiday style on the 30/17/12 meter bands only, using mainly RTTY and some SSB. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

NA-004/ Rick, K6VVA, will activate Crescent Island (NEW USI) next year

NA-172. (2014) between July 16-18th, and also activate Endeavor Island (NA-004, USI AK-046S) between July 21-22nd. Activity from both islands will be on the HF bands using mainly CW. QSL route to be determined. For more information and updates, watch the following at:

http://www.k6vva.com/iota/na172
 
Twitter - http://twitter.com/k6vva
 
OC-108. Reports indicate that Anambas Island will take place during mid-September after the YE5S activity (see OPDX.1121) .

OC-197. (Update) Adhi (Bimbo), YB3MM, will be active as YB3MM/p from Bawean Island between August 24-25th. Operations may be post- poned or cancelled depending on the weather. Activity will be on 20 and 15 meters using a Kenwood TS-450 into monobander beams. QSL via IZ8CCW, direct or PayPal. For updates, watch his Web Blog page at:

http://www.yb3mm.com
 
SA-054. (Update/Reminder) Members of the Grupo DX Caracas will be active as YW5X from Orchila Island (ARLHS VEN-022, WLOTA 3044) between August 20-26th. The YW5X will be active to commemorate the 2013 Venezuelan Navy Day during the month of August. The dates will depend on Navy transport. Operators were announced via DX-World.net. They are Edgar/YV2IF, YV2CAR, Jose/YV4GLD, Homero/YV4DHS, Juan/YV4TEA, Juan/YY4KWB, Edgar/YY4ACU, VY5EED, John/YV5IUA, Nelson/YV5JCN, Jhon/YV5KG, Federico/YV5NCZ, Gregorio/YV5OK, Alfonso/YV5GPA, Vic/YV5ZV, Reinaldo/YV5AM, Rojas/YV5LAY, jose/YV5JF, Ray/YV5EU, Edwin/YV5EN, Luis/YV5LFX, Daniel/YY6DFF, Cesar/YV6CR and Reinaldo/YV8AD. QSL via DM4TI only. Look for updates on QRZ.com

J8, ST. VINCENT
A team of Polish operators will be active as J88HL from St. Vincent Island (NA-025) between November 17-29th. Operators mentioned are Bob/SP2EBG, Jan/SP3CYY, Jurek/SP3GEM, Wlodek/SP6EQZ, Janusz/SP6IXF, Roman/SP9FOW and Wojciech/SP9PT. Activity will be on 160-6 meters with a focus on the lower bands, and using CW, SSB and RTTY. They will at least have three stations running 24 hours a day. Each one with a power amplifier. There will not be a team effort during the CQWW DX CW Contest, but possibly one operator will take part in the contest as a Single-Op/ All-Band entry while the others operate outside the contest on the WARC bands or SSB and digital modes. QSL via their OQRS (TBA). For more details and updates, visit their Web Page at:

http://j88hl.dxing.pl
 
KH6BZF PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (August 19-25th)
  Aug/19th AN      Aug/22nd  AN      Aug/24th  LN
  Aug/20th AN      Aug/23rd  HN      Aug/25th  HN
  Aug/21st 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
 
MAJOR IOTA 2014 DXPEDITION (Ops Needed!)
Operators Fred/IK7JWX (Team leader) and Antonio/IK8VRH (Logistics) are looking for operators to participate in a major IOTA DXpedition to either Tanzania or Kenya in April of 2014. Islands mentioned in Tanzania are Zanzibar City [or Unguja] (AF-032 - 55%), Pemba Island (AF-063 - 30.3%) or Mafia Island (AF-054 - 30.0%). Island mentioned in Kenya is Lamu Island (AF-040 - 35.8%). If interested, contact Fred at: ik7jwx2003@yahoo.it

PJ4, BONAIRE (Early Announcement)
Dave, WJ2O, will be active from Bonaire (SA-006, WLOTA 1279, WWFF PAFF-024) between May 21-28th, 2014. Callsign was not mentioned (possibly PJ4/homecall), but his activity will include the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 24-25th) as a Single-Op/ All-Band/High-Power entry. Activity outside of the contest will be on all HF bands (possibly 6 meters) using mainly CW. QSL Via N2ZN.

PRESS RELEASE (Friedrichshafen, Germany)
Wolf Harranth, OE1WHC, from the Amateur Radio Section of ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Corporation) and the Documentary Archives Radio Communications/QSL Collection, has informed OPDX that Top DXer Martti Laine, OH2BH, was a prominent Guest Speaker at the Friedrichshafen, Germany, Ham Radio, in June 2013. His keynote lecture, "Changing Times in DX Hunt", is now available ­ slides and audio ­ at:

http://www.dokufunk.org/laine
 
QSL INFO AND NEWS
   QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (For August 18th)
   ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
   3Z5W via SP5KP             EM70LI via UT3LI (d)        PA800GTB via PA1BM
   4L6QC via LZ1OT            EN1025UB via UR5UB          PJ4/PA7UL via PA7UL
   7S0SFJ via SK0QO           FK8GX via W3HNK             PY2VA via I8LWL
   8J1MTD via JA-(B)          GB0NHL via GM0TKB           R100RQA via RN1ON
   8S6VAN via SM6JSM          GB1DLH via GB1FBS           R863LK via RV3LK
   9A/HA8BE via HA8BE         GB2CAS via MM5PSL (d)       RA0/UR5HVR via UR5HVR
   9M4LHJ via 9W2BUG (d)      GB2ELH via MM5PSL (d)       RW0AJ via W3HNK
   9M4LHM via 9M8WAT (d)      GB2LBN via GM4UYZ           S521EB via S58Q
   9M4LHO via 9M-(B)          GB5PSL via 2E0ZDX           S541EB via S5-(B)
   9X0ZM via JO1CRA           GN0LIX via MI0RGX           S543EB via S5-(B)
   AO8LH via EA8AKN           HA75KBF via HA5KBF          S544EB via S54G
   AT13LH via VU2JHM (d)      HF7BOL via SQ9NIU           S546EB via S50E
   C4I via LZ2HM (d)          HL3/SQ9KWW via SQ9KWW (d/e) SD7V via DL2VFR
   CQ7LW via CT1EWA           HZ1XB via IZ8CLM            SN0LIW via SP5SMY
   CR5FB via CT2IUB       II8LH via HB9FHZ (B);IK8YFU (d) SN16LH via SP1ZZ
   CR5LSV via CT5KAO          IP1T via IZ5JLF          SP/DGOOME via DG0OME (d)
   CR6FNA via CT1MH           IQ3MB via IN3VVK            SV5/LA9QJA via LA9QJA
   CV1T via EA5KB             IX1/IW1RLC via IW1RLC       SV9/DF3MC via DF3MC
   CV5A via CX2ABC (d)        JH1GBZ via JH5GHM           T40C via EA7FTR (d)
   DK75FOC via DJ2BW          KH0/K3BI via JJ3AZA         TF/LX1NO via LX1NO
   EA5/DL2OBT via DL2OBT      KP4LH via KP4UNO            TM57YL via F-11734
   EA6/F6GIN via F6GIN        LA/HF7BOL/M via SQ9NIU      V31PA/p via DL1CW
   EA8/DL7VOA via DL7VOA      LX/PA7JWC via PA7JWC        XV5HS via EA5ZD
   ED2SPS via EA2SPS          MJ0CTR via M0CTR            YS1/NP3J via EA5GL
   EG1CDT via EA1HNP (d)      OI3V/LH via OH3KAV (B)      ZA/YT5EA via YT5EA
   EG8HKT via EA8RCK          OO4IVU via ON4IVU           ZM4B via ZL2BR
   EH1LHA via EA1RKA          OR5T via ON4ALY             ZS6/OE1ZKC via OE1ZKC
   EH7FDM via EA7DN           OR9W/P via ON4CB
   EI0M/p via EI6IZ           PA25SCH/LH via PD2RKG
     (e) eQSL only  (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (L) LoTW only
 
CU3AA via direct, by the Bureau, eQSL or LoTW. Activity this past weekend during the ILLW was from Farol da Ponta da Serreta/Ponta da Serreta Lighthouse. Reference numbers are: ILLW PT-0029, ARLHS AZO-022, AFFA CUFF-083 (Área Protegida para a Gestão de Habitats ou Espécies do Planalto Central e Costa Noroeste), DPRN/WWFF CTFF-052, DMP 1901, DDFP AGH-017, DFP FAZ-014, DFFP FP-154, WCA CT-0369, DMHP AZ-021, DIA CU3, DIP AZ-003 and PIP AC-003.

HP2TP via HP1RCP. Members of RADIO CLUB OF PANAMA and PANAMA CANAL AMATEUR RADIO ASSOCIATION activated Toro Point Lighthouse (PAN 021) during this past weekend's ILLW.

BOGUS ALERT. Rick, K6VVA, reports that someone posted a bogus cluster spot that had him operating as K6VVA/P5 on 20 meters.

VY2/VE1OTA via VE3EXY, direct or by the Bureau. Dana, VE1VOX, was operating from the West Point Lighthouse (CAN-524, IOTA NA-029) in this past weekend's ILLW.

QSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: DR1A, EA1PO, EB1TR, HV0A, JO1COV, PY0F/PP1CZ, RX6LG, V51YJ, V6B and VE3XN

QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3C0E, 3C6A, 5X8C, 6Y5/G3SWH, 8Q7DV, 8Q7KP, 9X0ZM, D2QR, D64K, HD8A, HK1/F6BFH, J75PX, JT1CO, OJ0R, RI1ANU, TO5PX, TX5K, UK1PGO, VR2XMT, VU7KV, XW1B and XW4XR

QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 3DA0NW, 4L6QC, 8P9UR, 8J1MORSE, 9J3A, 9U7T, A61C, A92IO, AL7HG, EN2012UEFA, EY8/K4ZW, FM5WE, FS/N0BSH, H44MX, HG2011N, HK3W, J28RO, JG8NQJ/JD1, K9AJ/VY0, KL7D, KL7/N6PG, KP2/K0BBC, KP4RV, LZ1620PPZ, LZ969SCP, MU/PA9M, NL7HH, OE2013Q, OE2013S, OG3077F, PJ2/AA1M, PJ2/K9WVB, PJ2/W8WTS, PJ7/K3TC, PJ7/WA1S, RP67NF, RW0BG/9, S9MX, SV5/LZ1WL, SV5/SM8C, T32AJ, TI5/K9NW, TU2SI, UN9L, V23BZR, V63HO, V63KZ, VO1/K5KG, VP2V/K9NW, W3HF/KH2, WL7WH, XF3/IZ2LSC, YC9BEC, YC9DD, Z60ID, ZA/LZ1UQ and ZF2JT

SV5, DODECANESE
Hans, ON6ZK, will be active as SV5/ON6ZK/P from Kos Islands (EU-001) between August 23-30th. Activity will be on 20 meters mainly. Watch 14170 kHz for SSB or 14050 kHz for CW. Equipment will be a FT-857 with 50 watts using a fishstick pole as a 1/4 vertical from the hotel balcony. QSL via ON6ZK, by the Bureau (preferred) or direct with SASE.

TM5, FRANCE (Special YL Event)
It was announced that French YLs will be gathering in Sarayonne on August 24th. To celebrate this event, look for special event station TM5SIA to be active until that day. Activity will be on the HF bands and 2 meters. YL operators mentioned Aline/F4GPA, Christine/F4GDI, Maryse/F4HBC, Sophie/F4DHQ, Marie F5UAY and Brigitte/ F4DPD and Danielle/F0GLR (2m op!). QSL via F5KCC or eQSL. For more details, see:

http://www.ref-union.net/yls/fr/meeting-2013-fr
 
VP2M, MONTSERRAT
Alan, N3AD, will once again be active as VP2MMM during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 23-24th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High- Power entry. Activity will be from Gingerbread Hill in St.Peter's. Alan informs OPDX [edited],
"I will arrive on Tuesday, November 19th and leave on Tuesday, November 26th. Since I have to assemble antennas there, I will not be on the air before Wednesday or possible Thursday. I will be active in the contest and will be on before the contest depending on how many snags I run into assembling antennas. Before the contest, I will stick with CW on 160-10 meters as at that time my goal is to test the station for the contest. On Monday after the contest, I do have to disassemble antennas, but will try to leave one wire antenna up and use it with tuner on some of the WARC bands - CW only."
QSL via W3HNK.

W9DXCC DX CONVENTION (Update/Press Release)
Jim, N7US, sent the following dated August 14th [edited]:
"Thanks to those who have already registered for W9DXCC. For those who haven't registered, the cutoff for the discount hotel rate using the group code of 'W9D' is next Friday, August 23rd, and the pre-registration convention discount ends August 31st. The hotel's Web site is:

http://www.hielkgrove.com

The list of W9DXCC speakers has been updated to those shown below. Please encourage your friends and fellow club members to join us for an outstanding convention. --- ANNOUNCING The 61st Annual W9DXCC Convention & Banquet, Saturday, September 21, 2013, Holiday Inn - Elk Grove Village, Illinois. Sponsored by the Northern Illinois DX Association.
Banquet Speaker: Joe Taylor K1JT
Master of Ceremonies: Jim O’Connell W9WU

PRESENTATIONS:
T6MO Afghanistan Operations ­ Eric Hall K9GY
Propagation Update ­ Cycle 24 Predictions ­ Carl Luetzelschwab K9LA
H44AJ DXpedition to Sikaiana Atoll ­ Mike McGirr K9AJ
NH8S Swains and 3D2C Conway Reef ­ Craig Thompson K9CT
Amsterdam Is Preparations FT5ZM ­ Jerry Rosalius WB9Z
Flag Antennas - an Update ­ Gary Breed K9AY
Is 3 dB Worth a Divorce? ­ Glenn Johnson W0GJ
20 Years of VooDoo Radio ­ Lee Finkel KY7M
Northern California DX Foundation Update
And much more ­ See website for details

GRAND BANQUET AND PRIZES
DX University 2013 - Learn the details of successful DXing from: Carl
Luetzelschwab K9LA, Dave Patton NN1N, John Sweeny
K9EL, Paul DeFelice K9NU, Mike McGirr K9AJ, and
Jack Hudson W9MU
Friday, September 20th 9 AM­5 PM

COME EARLY:
Register for the course 'DX University' from 10 am-5 pm Friday
Friday Welcome Pizza Reception and Registration 5pm Friday
FOLLOWED BY: Late Friday Hospitality Suite Hosted by Northern Illinois DX Association
STAY LATE: Saturday Night Hospitality Suite Hosted by Greater Milwaukee DX Association
For further convention information, contact Kermit Carlson, W9XA, at: W9XA@yahoo.com
For information about taking the course 'DX University,' contact Jack Hudson, W9MU, at:

jack@W9MU.net

Details and Registration at: http://www.w9dxcc.com
Elk Grove Village Holiday Inn ­ Special Room Rate Code: 'W9D' "
WEBINAR (2013 IARU Contest From ET3AA)
Ken Claerbout, K4ZW, shares his experience of operating the 2013 IARU Contest with students of the Addis Ababa Institute of Technology from their club station ET3AA. Attendees will see the history of ET3AA and preparation leading up to the contest. This was the very first contest for many of the ET3AA students. See how they did! As a bonus, Ken will share some secrets of breaking DX pile-ups as learned from the DX side of things. Webinar date is Thursday, August 29th; Time - 9 PM EDT (Friday, August 30th - 01:00 UTC). The registration link is:

https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/869327418
 

XP, GREENLAND
Henning, OU2I/OZ1BII, will once again be active as XP2I from Kanger-lussuaq between November 21-24th. Activity will be CW only on all HF bands. He will participate during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 23-24th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via LoTW. For more details and updates, see: http://www.oz1bii.dk/index.htm

XZ, MYANMAR
On short notice this past week, Zorro, JH1AJT, was active from Nay Pyi Taw, on a mission for the Foundation for Global Children (FGC), and received operating permission on August 13th from the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) which is good until September 12th. However, by the time you read this Zorro will be QRT on Saturday, August 17th. The good news is that Zorro will return in early September and sometime in November. Activity will be limited to his spare time. He uses a TS-590 and two GPs, for 20 and 17m (watch 14250, 18125 and 18145 kHz). QSL via JH1AJT: Zorro Miyazawa, P.O. Box 8, Oiso, Naka-gun, Kanagawa 259-0111, JAPAN.

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