OPDX Bulletin 1129 September 23, 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, K2AU, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, AJ4FM, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4JF, W4DN, K5JP, KL2HD, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m News, W9ILY, N0ODK, 5Z4EE, AT International, DK8JB & The DX News Letter, DL1SBF, DxCoffee.com, DX-World.Net, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, G0IAS, HP1AC, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, IK8YFU, JA1TRC, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's DX-Newsdesk, RA3AUU, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, TA1HZ , TF3AO, VA3RJ & ICPO, the VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) and YT3W for the following DX information.

SPECIAL NOTE FROM EDITOR (Just A Reminder/Update)
"Things seem to be back to normal. I was experiencing some E-mail problems over the last few weeks, especially with kb8nw@arrl.net address. The arrl.net address has been very erratic (bounces and delays), so only use as a last resort. I have added a new E-mail address kb8nw@hotmail.com to be used before the arrl.net address, if the kb8nw@barf80.nshore.org address does not work. I hope this will help the problem of mail getting to me.... 73 de Tedd KB8NW"

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 15th-September, through Sunday, 22nd-September there were 222 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5R, 5T, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C6, CE, CE0Y, 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, FP, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J6, J7, J8, JA, 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, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ7, PY, PZ, S2, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TN, TR, TU, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XW, XX9, XZ, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, Z8, ZA, ZB, 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).

3W2/XV4, VIETNAM (IOTA Op)
Mike, N0ODK, states that he will once again be active from Ho Chi Minh City, but this time as 3W2DK (not 3W6DK - Vietnam has changed their districts) between October 17-24th. He will then travel to Phu Quoc Island (AS-128) and be active as XV4MN between October 24-29th. His activity will be on 20/17/15/10 meters from both locations. Also, look for him to be in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 26-27th) as a Single-Op/Low-Power entry. After his Phu Quoc Island oper- ation, he will return to Ho Chi Minh City and will be active until November 2nd. Mike mentions that during his operations he will be asking for stand- bys for NA Zeros often to get into the midwest. QSL via N0ODK, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW. He states on QRZ.com, "If you have different contacts with me as 3W6DK, 3W2DK, XV4MN, or N0ODK, please QSL in one package to save you time and money and I can QSL all in one time. I collect QSL cards so if we QSL, please QSL even if you do not need my QSL card. I will QSL if in logbook."

5P14, DENMARK (Special Event)
Members of the Danish Radio Amateurs will activate the special event callsign 5P14EHC between January 1-31st, 2014. Activity is to celebrate Denmark hosting the "European Handball Champion- ship for Men" event between January 12-26th. Look for activity to be on all bands including the 30/17/12 meter bands, with operations possibly on all modes, except cross-mode, cross-band contacts and contacts via repeater and echo-link. All QSOs will be verified via LoTW and eQSL.cc. Paper-QSL may be requested via

www.clublog.org/logsearch/5p14ehc
 
Please click on "Request QSL card" after you have searched their log. PLEASE DO NOT SEND YOUR QSL CARD TO THEM VIA THE BUREAU. Wrong/missing QSOs can be reported to OZ0J at qsl@5p14ehc.dk. For direct QSLs, please send them to OZ0J with a S.A.E. with 1 IRC or 3 USDs to cover return postage. Also, you may instead save your envelope by using PayPal. For more details, see

www.5p14ehc.dk
 
When using IRCs, they must be the new type with the "Water of Life" on it and valid until December 31st, 2017. QSL cards with insufficient payment will be returned via BUREAU. All direct QSL cards will be sent approx. March 1st, 2014. Please expect up to 14 days for delivery with the postal service. There are special awards available (Gold/Silver/Bronze). For details, see:


http://www.oz5md.dk/5p14ehc/viewpage.php?page_id=2
 
The current list of operators of 5P14ENC are Joergen/OZ0J, Henning/OZ1BII, Kjeld/OZ1CCM, Preben/OZ1HHH, Palle/OZ2PBS, Poul/OZ2PJ, Jesper/OZ3AEV, Carsten/OZ4CG, Karsten/OZ4FF and Gorm/OZ6GH.

A5, BHUTAN
Guenter, DK4YB, will be active as A52YB from Bhutan between October 5-20th. Activity will be on 20 and 15 meters using CW, SSB and PSK31. He will operate mobile on the 9th, 13th and 16th. Suggested fre- quencies are: CW - 14060 and 21055 kHz, SSB - 14195-14285 and 21285 kHz and PSK31 - 14070 kHz. Equipment will be a KX3 with 5 watts, HCT, HF-P1 Vertical and Longwire. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct.

A7, QATAR
Members of the Qatar Amateur Radio Society (A71A) calling themselves the "A73A Contest Team" will be active during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 26-27th) as a Multi-Op/Multi-Transmitter entry. QSL via A71A.

AFRICAN TOUR (Reminder)
Nick, G3RWF, will once again be active as 5X1NH from the University of the Mountains of the Moon (MMU) in Fort Portal, Western Uganda and (occasionally) the capital, Kampala, between September 24th and November 16th. He is expected to join/meet with Alan, G3XAQ/5X1XA, later and both operators will travel to Rwanda to be active as 9X0NH between November 19-29th. The duo plan to participate in the CQ WW DX CW Contest (November 23-24th) from Rwanda. QSL 5X1NH and 9X0NH via G3RWF. QSL 5X1XA via G3SWH.

AH2, GUAM
Yuji, JF2WGN, will be active as AH2EA from Guam (OC-026) between October 17-21st. Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL via his home callsign only (not Guam). All QSLs will be sent via the Bureau, if you want a QSL direct do not send your card until after January 2014.

ASIAN TOUR (Update)
Pekka, OH2YY, will activate Nepal (9N) between October 2-5th. He has applied for the callsign 9N2YY, but the final confirmation will take place upon arrival in Kathmandu. After Nepal, between October 6-10th, Pekka will be visiting the Kingdom of Bhutan (A5). He has been assigned a Bhutanese license with a callsign A52YY. Both in Nepal and Bhutan, Pekka will be traveling mainly during the daytime hours, but during his evenings and nights, he will be active on 40-10 meters using SSB. He cannot take any amplifier or yagis with him, so the operations will be basically with a 100w transceiver and dipoles.
His license in Nepal will cover bands 17-10 meters, but his Bhutanese license allows all HF bands. Pekka's plan is to have antennas for 40-10 meters, and he will try to have two or three antennas up simultaneously. He states, "The propagation forecasts are not very good for North and Central America, and therefore, he will try to have a bit better antenna on 10 meters. Pekka will do his best to utilize the short openings that are predicted around midnight UTC for the West Coast and noon time for East. QSL via OH2YY, by the SRAL Bureau or direct to: Pekka Ahlqvist, Vapaalanpolku 8B, 01650 Vantaa, Finland. Also, he will use LoTW.

BY0, CHINA
Operators Terry/BA7NQ, Vange/BA7IO, Rumei/BD7LMD, Yang/BD7IXG, Xu/BD0AS, BD0APD, Lin/BI7IOB and Wong/VR2KW will be active as BY0AA during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 26-27th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via BA4EG. Activity will begin on October 24th, with a focus on the low band only before contest.

C6, BAHAMAS
George, KQ8Z/GM0IIO, will once again be active as C6AZZ from Grand Bahama Island (NA-080, WLOTA 0527, WW Loc. FL06UO). This time it will be during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 26-27th) and the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 23-24th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band(15m) [May switch to 20m depending on band conditions]/Low-Power/Unassisted entries. He usually will be on other bands for a few days before and after the contests. If like last time, activity will be focused on 6 meters (CW, SSB, FM) if there are any band openings, otherwise on 80-10 meters, mainly CW with some SSB using his Icom 756 Pro3. George will use a 80m OCFD antenna at 40 feet. The 20m antenna will be a full sized 20m delta loop right on the beach vertically polarized with the apex at 40 feet. QSL via KQ8Z.

ED8, CANARY ISLANDS
Jaime, WP3A, will be active as ED8P from Santa Cruz de Tenerife (AF-004, DIE S-012, WLOTA 1276, EAA TF) during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 26-27th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (15m)/Low-Power/ Assisted entry. QSL via NP3O.

HI, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Hiro, JA6WFM, will once again be active from here this time as HI3/NP3J during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 26-27th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (10m)/Low-Power entry. QSL via EA5GL, LoTW or eQSL.

HK, COLUMBIA
Lothar, DK8LRF, will once again return to Columbia and be active as HK3JCL between September 21st and November 23rd. Activity will mostly be on 20 and 40 meters using SSB. To see pictures from his last trip, see QRZ.com. QSL via his home callsign by the Bureau.

IOTA NEWS
EU-017. Members of the Calabria DX Team will be active as ID9Y from Salina Island (ARLHS ITA-020 and ITA-250, IIA ME-015, MIA MI-083) between October 3-6th. Operators mentioned are Alex/ IK8YFU, Domenico/IW8RAO, Sal/IZ8CZR, Maurizio/IZ8JSJA and Nicola/IZ8SKO. QSL via IK8YFI direct. QSL via the Bureau to HB9FHZ. Also, QSL via LoTW or eQSL. Visit their Web page at:

http://www.calabriadxteam.it/salina
 
EU-129. By the time you read this, Mike, DO4ABA, will be active as DO4ABA/p from Usedom Island (DID O-013, WLOTA 1640) until September 26th. Activity will be on 20/15/10 meters, possibly on 80 meters using SSB, PSK31/63 and RTTY. Suggested operating times are during the evenings between 0400z and 1100z. Mike mentions to look at his Web site for updates on frequencies and times. He also states that this is his first IOTA operation. QSL by the DARC Bureau or eQSL. His Web site is:

http://www.do4aba.de
 
OC-016. Jeff, K0UU, will be active as 3D2FJ from Beqa Island between March 23-31st, 2014. Activity will be holiday style on 80-10 meters CW only. QSL via K0UU, by LoTW (preferred) or direct.

JD1, MINAMI TORISHIMA (Update)

If you missed Take, JG8NQJ, as as JG8NQJ/JD1 from Marcus Island in the Minami Torishima (OC-073, JCG 10007) group, you will have another chance sometime in the middle of December. He is usually there to work on the island's weather station. Activity will be limited to his spare time. He will be mainly on 17 meters but also on 15/12/10 meters CW. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct to JA8CJY: Susumu 'Sin' Sanada, 5-17, 5-4, Shin-Ei, Toyohira, Sapporo 004, Japan. Online log is available at:

http://dx.qsl.net/cgi-bin/logform.cgi?jd1-jg8nqj
 
KG4, GUANTANAMO BAY
Operators Bill/W4WV and Al/W6HGF will be active as KG4WV and KG4HF, respectively, from Guantanamo Bay (NA-015) between October 11-25th. Activity will be on all bands, 160-6 meters using SSB, RTTY, PSK, and some CW. They will be on the air for the JOTA to put the local Boy Scouts on the radio. They will complete the antenna repairs from damage by hurricane Sandy and a few minor repair items to the shack. QSL via their home callsigns.

KH2/NH2, GUAM
Dave, N2NL, will once again be active as NH2T from Guam (OC-026) this time during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. In mid August, Dave moved from his former QTH in Dededo and is now living at a hilltop QTH in Asan in central Guam. He states, "I am still working on installing antennas, but am currently QRV on 40-10m." Dave is usually active (outside of contests) as KH2/N2NL and during all contests as NH2T. QSL via LoTW, by the Bureau or via W2YC for both callsigns direct. Visit his Blog at:

http://www.n2nl.net
 
KL7, ALASKA
Operators from the "KL7 NWR Amateur Radio Club" and "Moosehorn ARC" will celebrate "National Wildlife Refuge Week" and will be active as KL7NWR on October 5th. Activity will be on 15 and 20 meters using SSB with some CW. QSL via KL2HD to: Jeff Williams KL2HD, PO Box 1268, Homer, AK 99603.

LX, LUXEMBOURG
Members of the Radio Club Leuven (RCL) will be active as LX/OR5M during the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 28-29th) as a Multi-Single/High-Power entry. Twelve operators will be active from a log cabin near the village of Wiltz. QSL via ON4CP. Visit the RCL Web page at:

http://www.radioclubleuven.be
 
NH0, MARIANA ISLANDS
Operators Yutaka/JQ2GYU/WS2Y and his wife Miho/ JJ2VLY/WS2M will be active as NH0J from Tinian Island (OC-086), Northern Mariana Islands, the special commemorative Tinian station of the "J-Tinian Radio Space Club, between October 17-21st. Activity will be on 80-10 meters including the 30/17/12 meter bands, using CW, SSB and RTTY. Miho will participate in the "JARTS WW RTTY Contest" between October 19-20th.

See http://jarts.jp/rules2013.html
 
QSL via JJ2VLY, direct (SAE + 2 USDs) or by the JARL Bureau. Please don't send your QSL request to Tinian Island. For more details and updates, see:


http://jq2gyu.blogspot.jp
 

OJ0, MARKET REEF (Cancelled)
Pasi, OH3WS, was expected to be on Market Reef (EU-053) as a voluntary worker and be active as OJ0W during some time during September, but had to cancel his activity. Reason was not given.

P4, ARUBA
Valery, R5GA, will once again be active as P4/R5GA from Aruba (SA-036, WLOTA 0033). Activity will be on CW mainly on 160-10 meters, especially on the 30/17/12 meters. His activity will also include the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry using the contest callsign P40F. QSL via UA3DX. QSL P4/R5GA via R5GA, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.

PACIFIC TOUR 2013 (By YT1AD and part of the "WW DX team")
Operators Hrane/YT1AD, David/WD5COV, Wasiliy/RW4NW, Sergey/ RZ3FW and Dragos/YU1AKV will activate the following Pacific island in November this year. Their tentative schedule, activations and callsign are as follows:
November 13-15th - Hawaii (KH6); YT1AD (KH6/N9YU), WD5COV (KH6/WD5COV) and RZ3FW (KH6/N7AFW); QSL via their home callsigns.
November 16-17th - Samoa (5W); YT1AD (5W7A or 5W6A); WD5COV (5W0OV), RZ3FW (5W0FW) and RW4NW (5W0NW); QSL via their home callsigns.
November 18-19th - American Samoa (KH8); YT1AD (KH8/N9YU); WD5COV (KH8/ WD5COV) and RZ3FW (KH8/N7AFW); QSL via their home callsigns.
November 20-22th and
November 29-December 4th - Fiji (3D2)
; YT1AD (3D2AD), WD5COV (3D2OV), RZ3FW (3D2FW) and RW4NW (3D2NW); QSL via their home callsigns.
November 22-29th - Rotuma Island (3D2/R); Callsign will be 3D2R. QSL via YT1AD. The team will be active in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 23-24th) as a Multi-Single or Multi-2 with the 3D2R callsign.
Activity will be mainly CW, SSB and RTTY, on all islands, probably on all bands.
ADDED NOTE: During this trip, the team will be preparing for their next DXpedition for the periods of November 2014/April 2015. Their goal and wish is Palmyra Island (KH5/P) with Kingman Reef (KH5K) or Baker & Howland Islands (KH1). More news will be forthcoming in December 2013.

PJ2, CURACAO
Operators Jeff/K5JP, Jim/NT5V and Lanny/W5BOS will activate the Caribbean Contesting Consortium's (CCC) Signal Point PJ2T Station on Curacao (SA-099, WLOTA LH-0942) between October 8-15thth. Each operator will sign PJ2/homecall. Activity will be on all bands with an emphasis on 30/17/12 meters using CW and SSB. QSL direct via their home callsigns or by the Bureau. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW when they return home.

PJ4, BONAIRE
Nigel, G3TXF, will be active as PJ4/G3TXF from Bonaire (SA-006, WLOTA 1279, WWFF PAFF-024) between September 21-29th. He plans to be in both for the Scandinavian SAC-CW Contest (September 21-22nd) and for the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 28-29th). For activity out- side of the contest, there will be some CW operations across the HF bands. QSL via G3TXF. Logs and an OQRS QSLing will be available on ClubLog. For more details and updates, visit:

http://www.g3txf.com/dxtrip/PJ4-Sep-13/PJ4.html
 
PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (September 23-29th)

 Sep/23rd HN      Sep/26th  AN      Sep/28th  AN
 Sep/24th AN      Sep/27th  HN      Sep/29th  AN
 Sep/25th 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
 
 
QSL INFO AND NEWS
  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (For September 22nd)
  --------------------------------------------------------------------------
  4L/UT5EO via UT5EO          FY/OK1FFU via OK1FFU        PX2F via PY2PT
  4L9QQ via UR9QQ             GB70RAF via M0XSD           R70SO via RA3LV
  4S7JHG via DL3JH            HB0/OE9HRV/P via OE9HRV     RA/F4CYZ via F4CYZ
  4S7YSG via JA2BDR    HP0INT/4 via F4BKV (d) F5CWU (B)  SJ2W via SM2LIY (L/d)
  4X0T via 4Z5FI       HP0INT/9 via F4BKV (d) F5CWU (B)   SV0XCC/9 via LZ1YE
  8P9LJ via G0OPA             II9IACR via IT9DTU          T88GJ via JL1FUQ
  9M2SKK via 9M2SGN           IP1T via IZ5JLF             TC2C via TA1HZ
  9V1PW via JH4PHW            JW/DL2JRM via DL2JRM        TM90KOB via F5KOB
  CO0TU via CO8IR             K2IO/KH2 via JA2JWH         V31MA via M0OXO
  DL/RA2FF via RA2FF (d)      OG4X via OH1MA              V5/DL2GAG via DL2GAG
  DL/RW2F via UA2FM (d)       OH0Z via W0MM               XV5HS via EA5ZD
  EA7/PE1DMH via EA7/PE1DMH   ON4USA via ON4GDV           YN2PX via AI5P
  ER0VB via ER1KAA            ON70REDSTAR via ON4OSA      Z38/YU1JF via YU1JF
  FK8GX via W3HNK             OV0V via OZ3ABE
  FO/KH0PR via JJ8DEN         OZ/DL1EBR via DL1EBR
    (e) eQSL only  (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (L) LoTW only
NEW QSL MANAGER. Mark, K2AU, is now the QSL Manager for Piju, 9M2PJU. NO BUREAU QSLs, ONLY LOTW OR DIRECT TO K2AU. NEW QSL MANAGER. Phil, G3SWH, reports that effective immediately he is now the QSL Manager for Igor, TA4/UA9CDC. He also mentions, "Please note that as Igor is not an RSGB member, proper QSLs are only available direct. I will try to upload the log to LoTW in due course."
QSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 2E0GBK, 8P6NW, 9A4WY, BA4TB, BG2AUE, CT1EGF, DL4MN, DL8FCL, EI8JX/P, F4EPR, F6BQX, HB9DNF, LU2IP, MM3LLU, RY7A, R9MT, SQ7LRT, VK6ANC, VP9/WA4PGM, XE2YWH, XZ1Z, YF1AR/9, YS1RS and YV4AR
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3B8/HB9ARY, 5X1NH, HC2AO, HQ8S, KG4RX, PT0S, T2YY, T46RRC, T47RRC, T48RRC, T6LG, T6SM, TA3J/0, TT8JT, UW3HY/1, VK3DOG/P, VK9AA, XZ1Z and ZK2C
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 8J1ING, 8J1RL, 9U7T, J28RO, JG8NQJ/JD1, MU/PA9M, P40X, PJ2/K9QVB and V63MP

RTTY CONTEST
Just a reminder that the CQWW DX RTTY Contest is this coming weekend (September 28-29th). Complete details on the rules can be found at:

http://www.cqwwrtty.com/rules.htm
 
Important notice: All entries must be sent WITHIN FIVE (5) DAYS after the end of the contest: no later than 2359 UTC October 4, 2013.

S7, SEYCHELLES
Andrea, IZ1MHY, will be active as S79MHY from Praslin Island (AF-024) between October 7-17th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters. His radio is a Yaesu FT857 into a multi-band vertical, dipoles for 10/15/20m and half-wave sloper for 160m. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.

SILENT KEYS
5Z4FM - Allan, G0IAS, reports that Jim Stewart, 5Z4FM, from Nairobi, became a Silent Key (SK) on September 16th. Jim was probably the most active of the 5Z's and will be missed on the bands. His XYL is Anne, 5Z4FM. Ted, 5Z4NU, tells Allan, G0IAS, there will soon be very few operators from 5Z... it doesn't look as if there are enough operators for anybody now to get the "BIG FIVE AWARD".....
5B8AD - Harry, RA3AUU/P33W, informed the contesting community on September 17th, that Alex Saveliev, 5B8AD (aka C4N, RA6LUX), became a Silent Key after a heart attack. He was just 45.
OPDX and its readers would like to send out our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the above mentioned.

TC90, TURKEY (Special Event)
The members of the TCSWAT (Special Wire- less Activity Team) have been active with the special event TC suffix callsigns for some years now to celebrate the anniversary of Republic of Turkey. In 2013, Turkey will celebrate their 90th anniversary, and between October 14-31st, the TCSWAT group will be active once more on the air as TC90TC. More details will be available on QRZ.com in the coming days. Activity will be on all HF bands and all modes. Plans are ongoing for a Multi-Multi entry at CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 26-27th). QSL via TA1HZ. Please be aware that QSL cards will be printed in 2014, so DO NOT hurry to send direct requests. TCSWAT sends QSL cards 100% via the Bureaus every year.

TF, ICELAND
Members of the Icelandic radio amateurs called "Radíó Refir" (English: Radio Foxes) will be using their new contest callsign TF2R (ex-TF2RR) for the first time during the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 28-29th) from the QTH of TF2LL

http://www.qrz.com/db/tf2ll
 
as a Multi- Single entry. Operators will be the majority of Icelandic RTTYers. For more information see QRZ.com.

TI8, COSTA RICA
Operators Carlos/TI2KAC, Juan/TI3JCY, Mauricio/TI4ZM, Eddie/K4UN, Bob/W4BW, Keith/W4KTR and Lex/W4XO will be active as TI8M from Costa De Pajaros during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 26-27th) as a Multi-2 entry. The group will be active before and during the contest on 160-10 meters. QSL via TI2KAC, direct or by the Bureau.

TX5, AUSTRAL ISLAND
Operators Dave/K3EL and Don/VE7DS will be active as TX5RV Raivavae Island (OC-114) between October 30th and November 6th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using mostly CW, maybe some SSB and RTTY. The Austral Islands are currently 44th on the ClubLog "most wanted" list, very high for a fly-in destination, with a particularly low per- centage of ClubLog users having contacts on 10 or 12 meters. Suggested frequencies are:
CW - 3531, 7031, 10119, 14031, 18081, 21031, 24914 and 28031 kHz
SSB - 7065/7165, 14220, 18115, 21315, 24970 and 28475 kHz
RTTY - 7037, 10144, 14082, 18102, 21090, 24927 and 28090 kHz
This is not intended to be a full-on DXpedition (they are travelling with their XYLs, hence they’ll be spending some time away from the radios), but there will be significant on-the-air time for approximately one week, running two medium-power stations with vertical antennas on the beach. QSL via M0URX (OQRS preferred). Logs will be uploaded to LoTW quickly after their return. The OQRS will be available for direct and bureau card requests, and direct requests can also be sent by snail-mail. Full information on QSLing via M0URX is available at Tim's Web site at:


http://www.m0urx.com
 
For more details, visit:


http://k3el.wordpress.com/dx/raivavae-austral-islands
 

VI6WA100, AUSTRALIA
Members of the Hills Amateur Radio Group will be active as VI6WA100, a special event callsign to celebrate the centenary of amateur radio in Western Australia (VK6 prefix), between October 1st and December 31st. QSL Manager is VK6IR, via direct, by the Bureau or his OQRS on his Web page

http://www.vk6ir.com
 
VK9M, MELLISH REEF (Press Release #1)

Members of the "The Perseverance DX Group" posted the following press release about plans to activate Mellish Reef as VK9MT in 2014 [edited]:
"After their successful operation from Campbell Island in December 2012, six members of the ZL9HR team, and additional operators, are today announcing their intention to activate Mellish Reef in early 2014. Mellish Reef is located in the Coral Sea, approximately 1100km north- east of Brisbane, Australia. Currently number 24 on ClubLog's Most Wanted List, Mellish Reef was last activated in 2009. An international team will operate for 12 days, using 6 stations with linear amplifiers and vertical antennas.
Discussions are underway with the appropriate authorities and potential transport suppliers. Additional information will be available on the team's soon to be activated web site after the documentation is finalized.
Currently signed up for the project are: Pista/HA5AO, Dave/K3EL, Glenn/ KE4KY, Jacky/ZL3CW, George/HA5UK, Gene/K5GS and Les/W2LK. As the project progresses we will announce additional operators and details. Please direct questions to: Mellish2014@gmail.com "
XZ, MYANMAR
By the time you read this, Zorro, JH1AJT, should be going QRT as XZ1Z (September 23rs). Jay, JA1TRC, states that QSO data for all those who have requested via OQRS for the August operation are being uploaded to LoTW, and is planning to do the same for the September operation. Your generous donation to the children in Myanmar can be sent to their PayPal account at xz@fgc.or.jp.

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