OPDX Bulletin 1163 May 19, 2014

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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, NG3K & ADXO, W2VU, W3UR & The Daily DX, K4UEE, N4AA & QRZ DX, W4JAM, W5KUB, K8GI, K8YSE, N8PR, W8GEX & 60m News, K9EL, W9ILY, 9A6AA, AT International, DK8JB & The DX News Letter, DxCoffee.com, DX-World.Net, ES1CW, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, PA3FYM, Pete's DX-Newsdesk, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, VA3RJ & ICPO, the VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) and YO3JW for the following DX information.

SPECIAL NOTE FROM EDITOR
Yeah, I know I said no bulletin, but there was too much info received this week. So I had to send it out early this week..... You are probably happy, but the chief-proof reader (XYL) was not pleased....
73 and see you at Dayton.... de Tedd KB8NW (along with my XYL Linda)

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Friday, 9th-May, through Friday, 16th-May there were 219 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5R, 5T, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, D6, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, 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, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH9, 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, S0, S5, SM, SP, ST, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T32, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TN, TR, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP5, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, Z8, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, 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".

6Y, JAMAICA
Sergey, UT5UDX, will be active as 6Y/UT5UDX from Jamaica (NA-097) between May 20-30th. He will participate in the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 24-26th) as 6Y3W. QSL via RA4LW.

9A14 CROATIA (IOTA & WFF Op)
Eight operators of the Radio Club Croatian Flora Fauna (9A1WFF) and with the cooperation of the administration of the National Park Brijuni, will be active from Brijuni Archipelago (EU-110, WFF 9AFF-001) as 9A14B, between May 16-18th. Operators mentioned are Mladen/ 9A2NA, Franjo/9A2MF, XYL Anica/9A7SSY, Daki/9A2WJ, Emir/9A6AA, Boris/ 9A2GA, John/9A2HW and Marijan/9A1MB. Their schedule on the air will be: 9A14B - The island of Mali Brijun (CI-063). Activity will be on all bands (incl. WARC), all modes. Start will be on May 16th afternoon; Equipments: TS-480, TS-870, IC-706, IC-7000, FT-897; Power supply: Honda 2x1KW + 600W.
9A1WFF/p - During this time, few operators will try to activate some of islands located west of Mali Brijun (Supinic [CI-575], Supin [CI-576], etc...). All islands valid for 9AFF-001 and IOTA EU-110. QSL via 9A2MF. More info at

http://web.hamradio.hr/9aff/activ_2014.htm
 
7Q, MALAWI (Reminder/Update to OPDX.1162) Dr. Remco, PA3FYM, will be active as 7QNL (yes, that is the callsign) from Malawi for 3 weeks in May and June. Remco reported on his 7QNL Web page http://www.malawihf.org: "Due to limited flights to Blantyre our arrival date will be May 21st, just after the Presidential and local government elections."

CQ ANNOUNCES 2014 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES (Press Release) [edited]
Dayton, OH, - May 16, 2014) --
CQ magazine today announced its 2014 Hall of Fame inductees, adding two members each to the CQ DX and Contest Halls of Fame, as well as eight new members of the CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame.
CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame
The CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame honors those individuals, whether licensed hams or not, who have made significant contributions to amateur radio; and those amateurs who have made significant contributions either to amateur radio, to their professional careers or to some other aspect of life on our planet. The 2014 inductees (listed alphabetically) are:
* Clifford Berry, W9TIJ, who helped usher in the computer age as co- inventor of the Atanasoff-Berry computer (or ABC), the precursor of virtually all electronic computers.
* Warren Bruene, W5OLY, prolific radio designer and innovator who designed many Collins radios and helped the company introduce single- sideband voice communications.
* John Huntoon, W1RW, former ARRL General Manager, QST Editor, helped bring about international allocation of the 30-, 17- and 12-meter bands.
* Mike Koss, W9SU, DXer and DXpeditoner; founder and owner of filter manufacturer ICE (Industrial Communications Engineers); key player in establishment of Indianapolis Motor Speedway Amateur Radio Club, W9IMS; organizer of special event station W87PAX at 1987 Pan American Games in Indianapolis.
* Nancy Kott, WZ8C, former Editor of WorldRadio and WorldRadio Online and tireless promoter of Morse Code as U.S. coordinator of the FISTS CW Club.
* Paul Laughton, N6BVH, software designer whose accomplishments include developing Apple's disk operating system and Atari's operating system.
* Ralph Showers, ex-W3GEU, expert on electronic interference and leader of efforts to set national and international standards for electro- magnetic compatibility (EMC). He holds several awards from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
* Steve Wozniak, ex-WV6VLY and ex-WA6BND, co-founder of Apple Computers.
CQ DX and Contest Halls of Fame
The CQ DX and Contest Halls of Fame honor those amateurs who not only excel in personal performance in these major areas of amateur radio but who also 'give back' to the hobby in outstanding ways. The 2014 inductees to the CQ DX Hall of Fame are:
* Joe Reisert, W1JR, a DXer and DXpeditioner since the 1950s, Joe has DXCC Mixed, Phone, CW, Digital and QRP with over 300 entities confirmed for each, along with 13-band Worked All States, 13-band Worked All Continents and CQ's USA-CA All Counties award. Joe is also a pioneer in 432-MHz EME (Earth-Moon-Earth) communications, ran his own antenna manufacturing company (Antennaco) and is a prolific writer and public speaker. * David Collingham, K3LP, a leading DXer and DXpeditioner who is also focused on using amateur radio as an educational tool, at home and around the world. He has equipped a complete station at his hometown elementary school and has taught amateur radio to young people in Iraq, Ethiopia and Rotuma.
The 2014 inductees to the CQ Contest Hall of Fame are:
* J. Scott Redd, K0DQ, is already a member of the CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame for his service to our nation as an Admiral, Deputy Administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq and the first Director of the National Counterterrorism Center. Scott has always found time within his professional duties for amateur radio and his first love, contesting. He is one of only two people to have won the single-operator category of all of the world's major contests. * Ed Muns, W0YK, is a noted RTTY contester with 9 single-op all-band and one multi-two championships and six world records. Ed is also Director of the CQ World Wide RTTY DX and RTTY WPX Contests, and manager of the North American Sprint RTTY Contest. He is also very active in the Northern California Contest Club and is a past club officer and director.
Formal inductions to the CQ Contest and DX Halls of Fame were scheduled for the Dayton Hamvention.® More detailed descriptions of inductees will appear in the official announcement in the July 2014 issue of CQ magazine.

DAYTON HAMVENTION BROADCAST
Tom Medlin, W5KUB, reports the following [edited]:
"It's time for the 2014 Dayton Hamvention webcast!! Please join us during our live, online broadcast of the Dayton Hamvention this week. To join the webcast go to http://W5KUB.com where the fun begins! Expanded show for 2014: We will be inside Hara at Booth SA302 again this year but will also provide video from both inside and outside Hara arena.
During the Hamvention W5KUB will interview vendors regarding their latest products. We will have many special guests such as Bob Heil (K9EID) of Heil Sound; Martin F. Jue (K5FLU) founder of MFJ Enterprises; John Amodeo (NN6JA) producer of ABC TV’s hit show, 'Last Man Standing'; and a special guest and co-host. Joining us this year is NASA Astronaut Col. Douglas Wheelock. Doug will be with us all day Friday, May 16th, and Saturday, morning May 17th. Doug made thousands of contacts from the International Space Station. Online viewers can directly communicate and ask questions through our chat room.
During the live broadcast, you will also have the opportunity to meet and chat with other ham radio operators from all over the world. During the 2013 Dayton Hamvention we had nearly 50,000 viewers that followed us for the 5 day broadcast!
You could win one of 52 prizes which will be awarded during the webcast! The prizes include dual band HTs, Comet Antenna Analyzer, Heil microphone, antennas, weather station, computer to radio interface, spool LMR-400, auto antenna tuners, and much more. These prizes are made possible because of our relationship with partners; such as, GigaParts, Ten-Tec, NCG Company, Kantronics, Heil Sound, ARRL, MFJ, and many more. In the past year over 10,000 USDs in prizes have been awarded! Of course, no purchase is necessary to win a prize. W5KUB is not affiliated with any products or companies and does not sell any products or services.
Dayton Hamvention webcast schedule (all times are subject to change):
* Wednesday, May 14: 1300 UTC (8:00 AM CT) drive from Memphis to Dayton, Ohio (10 hours). Yes, this will be a live broadcast!
* Thursday, May 15: 1300 UTC - 2030 UTC (9:00 AM - 4:30 PM ET), set up at Hara Arena and visit with vendors
* Friday, May 16: 1200 UTC - 2100 UTC (8:00 AM ­ 5:00 PM ET), Dayton Hamvention
* Saturday, May 17: 1200 UTC - 2100 UTC (8:00 AM ­ 5:00 PM ET), Dayton Hamvention
* Sunday, May 18: 1200 UTC ­ 1600 UTC (8:00 AM ­ noon ET), Dayton Hamvention * Sunday, May 18: 1700 UTC (1:00 PM ET) drive from Dayton to Memphis (10 hours). Yes, this will be a live broadcast!
Also, please help spread the word by posting this announcement in Facebook and forwarding this message to your ham radio friends that may not have received this message! Join our group on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/w5kub/ to keep up with us year-round.
We'll 'see' you at Hamvention! 73, Tom Medlin, W5KUB"

DXCC NEWS
Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL Awards Branch Manager, reports that the following operation is approved for DXCC credit:
VU4K ­ Andaman and Nicobar Island; 2014 Operation
 
EH2, SPAIN (Special Event)
Members of the Union de Radioaficionados de Donostia (EA2URD) will be using the special callsign EH2OLA for the Olatutalka Festival being celebrated in Donostia-San Sebastián (Basque Country) between May 24-25th. QSL policy: No need to QSL, they will confirm all QSO via Bureau. More info on QRZ.com.
FS, ST. MARTIN
John, K9EL, will once again be active as FS/K9EL from St. Martin (NA-105, DIFO FS-001, WLOTA 0383, WW Loc. FK88) between June 9-27th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters. He will be running 500 watts into a 3 element yagi on 6m, dipoles for 10-30m and a vertical for 40-80m. John will operate on 60m if there is interest. Usually there are daily uploads to ClubLog and LoTW. QSL via his home callsign. John states, "This year I am planning a Twitter experiment and will tweet my operating frequency/mode at the beginning of my daily activity and also each time when I change bands, change modes, QRT for meals, beach, etc. Those interested in following my operating activities during my trip, can follow me at https://twitter.com/FSK9EL."

FT5ZM DAYTON SPECIAL REPORT (Press Release from FT5ZM -- May 14, 2014)
We have reached our fund-raising goal !!!
With 14 FT5ZM team members paying 51% of the total costs and DX Foun- dations, DX Clubs and individual DXers contributing the difference, we have reached our goal of $450,000. All of our DXpedition costs can now be paid and we can look forward to our next project. Any additional contri- butions received now, will be used to reduce the approximately $16,500 paid by each team member. Again, thank you for your help in making FT5ZM a reality.
In order to properly recognize and thank those who helped us financially, we have uploaded all contributors to Logbook of the World (LoTW). Those who contributed prior to our departure for Amsterdam were uploaded first in recognition of their early confidence and assistance. Because our expenses are mostly upfront, those who contribute prior to any DXpedition are considered very special VIPs. Next, we uploaded all others who donated via our website during and after the DXpedition. And just this week, all those who have requested a QSL card via OQRS, have had their requested confirmations uploaded. These uploads to LoTW represent 57,069 QSOs of our total 170,000 QSOs. We will continue to upload any new OQRS direct requests to LoTW as time permits. Watch for updates from our QSL manager (N2OO) on the QSL process. We ask that you refrain from contacting our QSL manager with inquiries at this time.
Our very special QSL card is in the final design phase in Poland. It will be printed by Franklin Press (WZ8P) and then distribution will begin to OQRS requestors in mid-June. Once complete, those who requested a card via the “direct” method will be handled. Bureau requests will be last. All others will be uploaded to LoTW in September, just six months after our return from FT5ZM.
Again…thanks to the worldwide amateur radio community for your support and QSOs. We could not have done it without you.
73,

   Ralph Fedor, K0IR      Bob Allphin, K4UEE          Bob Schenck, N2OO
   FT5ZM team leader      Chief financial Officer     QSL Manager
 
IOTA NEWS
AS-097. A Malaysian team of 16 operators will be active as 9M2MI from Undan Island (ARLS WMA-013, WLOTA LH-3792) between May 30th and June 1st. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL only direct to 9M2YOT: Hasrul Nizam, PO Box 118, 75720, Melaka, Malaysia. An online QSL request is available via PayPal (see QRZ.com for details).

EU-011. Operators Pete/M0ILT, Charles/M0OXO, Ant/MW0JZE, Rob/MW0RLJ and John/M5JON will be active as MX0LDG from the Scilly Islands, from the main island of St Mary's, between October 15-22nd. They plan to have 3 stations on the air using mainly SSB, but some CW and the Digital modes. QSL via M0URX.

EU-121. Gerard, EI5KF, will be active as EJ5KF from Bere Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as a CW entry. QSL via his home callsign.


  OC-236. Din, YB8RW, and a team of operators will be active as YB8RW/P from Siladen Island between now and May 18th. Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL via YB3MM.


LX, LUXEMBOURG
A team of operators (not provided) will be active as LX7I during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 24-25th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via LX2A. Visit the following Web page at: http://www.lx2a.com

P4, ARUBA
Andy, AE6Y, will once agaiin be active as P49Y from Aruba (SA-036) during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 24-25th) as a Single-Op/ All-Band entry. QSL via LoTW or AE6Y.

PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (May 19-25th)

  May/19th AN      May/22nd  AN      May/24th  AN
  May/20th AN      May/23rd  AN      May/25th  AN
  May/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
 
QSL INFO AND NEWS
VK9MT QSL UPDATE. An excerpt from a press release states: "The QSL card goes to the printer the week of Monday, May 11th. Clublog and LoTW were uploaded shortly after the DX-pedition. QSL Manager Tim M0URX reports the envelops are ready to go, just awaiting the cards. To date, requests to investigate busted and missing calls have been, or are being, ad- dressed. We are awaiting the return of our equipment to the USA, the shipment to Hungary already arrived. I plan to close the financial books in August and will provide donating clubs/foundations a financial summary of the project. Samples of our QSL card can be seen at: There will be 2 card styles:
- Double Card: Folded card, four sides color.


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- Single Card: Two sides color, will be used mainly for Bureau cards and for anyone requesting more than 10 QSOs. They will receive the Double card and the Single card with the extra band slots.

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We really appreciated the support from the worldwide clubs and foundations, we are already looking at future projects.....
73, Gene K5GS VK9MT Treasurer"
QSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: A3EAQ, FO/OH1RX, FT5ZM, HC2AO, VP2E and XT2FCJ
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 4J0SFR, 7Z1SJ, A71EZ, CY0P, EX8BS, FK6BKP, J28NC, JA5MOO/P, OH3OJ/8, RA1ZZ/P, UN3M and ZL7/OE2SNL
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 3D2ER, BX5AF, LU4ML, OA4CPY, and OA4GL

VK9, NORFOLK ISLAND
Fred, VK3DAC, announced that he will be active as VK9DAC from Norfolk Island (OC-005) between May 20-27th. He states, "The trip is to do some bird watching and Amateur Radio operation. In addition I will activate Mt. Bates 314m, 4 points VK9/NO-001 for Summits on the Air (SOTA). I have registered with the Islands on the Air (IOTA) Web site and look forward to contacting those who have not worked Norfolk Island." Fred will be using an IC706MKllg (or a Yaesu FT 817 for his Summit Op) into a loaded dipole and a 80m dipole wire antenna. He suggests the following frequencies: 3595, 7105, 14250, 21250, 28450 and 50150 kHz. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct.

WP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS (EME & HF Activity)
Operators Bill/NZ5N and Pete/N8PR will be going to St. Croix, USVI, for a 6 day effort to work EME, Meteor Scatter and Tropo on 2 Meters. John/W4JAM and Mark/WC3W will be going along to operate HF and 6 meters. The special callsign N4M (N for Moon) will be used for the EME (Moonbounce) operation and the callsign WP2/WC3W will be used for the HF operation. The group will arrive in St. Croix on Wed., May 21st, and will operate through Tues. AM, May 27th. For more info about the EME operation, visit the Web page at:

http://www.mmmonvhf.de/latest.php
 
All N4M QSOs will be loaded onto LoTW upon their return. Direct and Bureau N4M QSLs go to N8PR. Direct QSLs for WP2/WC3W go to WC3W home callsign.

YOFF GREEN PARTY 2014 (Field Day Operations)
The YOFF team of the SRR (Romanian Society of Radioamateurs) and the ARER (Romanian Association of Environmentalists Radioamateurs) invite all the radio amateurs to join them in the YOFF Green Party 2014. Purpose: To stimulate the ham operators to leave their house and be involved in portable/outdoor operations related to the nature and ecology and to familiarize the world-wide radio amateurs with protected natural areas. Dates: 0600-1759z, June 7th. For complete details, see:

http://wff-yo.blogspot.ro/p/blog-page_3.html
 
ZD8, ASCENSION ISLAND
Jim, N6TJ, will once again be active as ZD8Z from Ascension Island (AF-003) between May 26th and June 3rd. Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL via AI4U, direct or by the Bureau.

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