OPDX Bulletin 1188 November 10, 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, N2NT, AA3B, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4II, K5GN, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m News, K9EL, QCWA Journal, AT International, DK9IP, DL7UXG & The DX News Letter, DL1SBF, DxCoffee.com, DX-World.Net, ES1CW, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, LY5W, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, RSGB IOTA Web Site, RW6HS, Sixitalia Weekly, VA3RJ & ICPO, and the VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) for the following DX information.

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 2nd/November, through Sunday, 9th/November there were 225 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4W, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9V, 9Y, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E4, E5/s, E6, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FO/m, FR, FT/t, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH8, 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, S0, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TN, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9L, VP2E, VP2V, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, VU4, XE, XU, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, 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".

4S, SIR LANKA (Reminder)
Peter, DC0KK, will once again be active as 4S7KKG from Moragalla, Sri Lanka (AS-003, WLOTA 0762), between now and April 10th, 2015. Activity will be mainly on CW and the Digital modes. QSL via DC0KK, by the Bureau (preferred) or direct (see QRZ.com). LoTW on request. All QSLs for all QSOs will be sent via the QSL Bureau.

Tim, LW9EOC, who was active in April as 50JT, will once again be active from San Andres Island, but as 5K0A this time between November 26th and December 4th. Activity should be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. He also plans to be in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) and the ARRL 160-Meter Contest (December 5-7th). QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau, eQSL and LoTW.

Operators Bertrand/DF3FS (CW) and Oli/DL9OLI (SSB) will be active as 5Z4/homecall from Diani Beach between February 16th and March 8th (2015). Activity will be holiday style on 80-10 meters using CW and SSB. They plan to use verticals on 80/40/30m and Hexbeams on 20-10m. QSL via their home callsigns, direct or by the Bureau. For more details and update, see:

Members of the Russian "Ural Contest Group" (UCG) will be active as 8Q7DV from the Maldives (AS-013) during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Multi-Single entry. Operators mentioned are Vadim/R9DX, Serge/UA8DX and Igor/UA9CDC. Activity outside of the contest will be on all bands including the 30/17/12 meters bands. QSL via R9DX (ex-UA9CLB), direct or by the Bureau. The team will be there between November 22nd and December 4th. For updates, watch:

Take a look at their previous operations at: http://radio-8q7dv.narod.ru

Operators Neil/VA7DX and Roger/ZS6RJ will be active as A25RJ from Botswana during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Multi-Single entry. Activity during and outside of the contest will be on 80-10 meters. QSL via ZS6RJ or LoTW.

Gerry, VE6LB, will once again be active as A6/VE6LB from Dubai between December 2-25th. Activity will be limited (holiday style) using 100 watts into a G5RV antenna (40-10m), but with a focus on 12/10m and mainly on CW. QSL direct via his home callsign (QRZ.com address) or LoTW and eQSL. Bureau QSLs can be requested via
E-mail at: ve6lb@telus.net

Visit his Web page at: http://www.telusplanet.net/public/telwest/ve6lb.htm On-line log will be available at:
Dave, K5GN, will be active during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) from Khalid's, A71CO, ranch in Doha as a Single- Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. He will be in Qatar between November 21-24th. Dave informs OPDX,
"I will be setting up the station for SOAB and testing things on the air on a time-limited basis. Between weekends I will be away from the radio on holiday in Doha with my wife and other friends. I'll be back on the air just before the contest and will be on the low bands until sunrise after the contest if I'm not too loopy. If a new 160 vertical can be raised for the contest, then 160 will be the focus, if not, then 80m."
The decision on the QSL route for the A71CO CQWW CW Contest is still in the works. Listen for updates.

Steve, KG4LJB, should now be active as C6AJB from Eleuthera Island (NA-001) until November 15th. Activity will be on various HF bands most evenings and early mornings, as time permits. QSL via his home callsign.

CO0, CUBA (Special Event)
A group of operators will activate the special event callsign CO0SS from the beach of "La Boca" between November 21-23rd. Activity is to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the two heritage cities founded in 1514 (Sancti Spíritus and Trinidad) in south-central Cuba. Operations will be on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB, PSK, SSTV and RTTY. Suggested frequencies are:
CW - 7023, 10115, 14023, 21023, 24894 and 28023 kHz
SSB - 7145, 14180, 21150, 24955 and 28485 kHz
PSK - 7045, 10142, 14085, 21080, 24918, 28080 kHz
SSTV - 7070, 14230 and 21230 kHz
RTTY - 7045, 10142, 14085, 21080, 24918 and 28080 kHz
QSL via EA5GL.

Frank, CO2IR, will be active from Cuba (NA-015, WW Loc. EL83tc) during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Single-Op/Single- Band (20m)/QRP entry. QSL via direct to address listed on QRZ.com.

CQ WPX AND LOTW (Some Applications Submitted Were Not Processed)
From ARRL.org, under news:
"It has been determined that some CQ WPX Awards Program applications using ARRL's Logbook of The World (LoTW) were not properly processed. If you used LoTW to apply for a WPX Award between mid-October and early November and have not yet received a e-mail acknowledgment, contact WPX Award Manager Steve Bolia, N8BJQ."

Fran, EA7FTR, will once again be active as D44KS from Boa Vista between November 9th and December 5th. Activity will be limited to his spare time (job commitments) on 40-6 meters using SSB and RTTY. QSL via EB7DX.

Philippe, FO4BM, will be active as FO4BM/P and possibly FO8AA/P from Mangareva, Gambier Islands (OC-063), between November 12-24th. Activity will be on the HF bands. If he uses the FO8AA/P callsign, it is for celebrating the 80th anniversary of the Radio Astronomy Oceania Club (CORA). QSL FO4BM/P via F4FJH. QSL FO8AA/P via the info on QRZ.com.

Operators Taiki/W6TLD, Hiro/JI1JKW and Arihide/ JI1WTF will be active as FO/homecall from Hiva Oa Island (OC-027) between November 16-21st. Activity will be on 40-6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31. QSL via their home callsigns.

FS, ST. MARTIN (Update)
John, K9EL, will once again be active as FS/K9EL from St. Martin (NA-105, DIFO FS-001, WLOTA 0383, WW Loc. FK88) between November 19th and December 2nd. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. He will be running 500 watts into a 3 element yagi on 6m, dipoles for 10-30m and a vertical for 40-80-160m. John will operate on 60m if there is interest. The plan is to concentrate on the higher HF bands (20-10m) as long as they are open to take advantage of the current good band conditions.
His operating frequencies (except during the contest) will be announced in real time via Twitter - @fsk9el. QSY requests and schedule requests sent to him via Twitter will be considered. This will be a holiday trip with only a minimal effort for the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. Usually there are daily uploads to ClubLog and LoTW. QSL via his home callsign or on ClubLog's OQRS.

By the time you read this, the FT4TA Tromelin Island DXpedition should be QRT or almost QRT. According to a press release on Friday:
"We are now on the final lane of our operation. We will start to dismantle most of the antennas on Sunday because all equip- ment must be packed and stored in big plastic cases for transportation. The boxes will be transported from Tromelin to France in the coming months. We plan to keep all stations running but not on all bands for the last night. Estimated QRT time is around 0100z Monday."
As this was being written on Sunday, ClubLog's Web page was showing as of 1542z, November 9th, the QSO count was 58631/Total and 15674/Unique callsigns (24108/CW, 27130/SSB and 7393/RTTY). Breakdown by continent is: 659/AF, 6/ANT, 7088/AS, 34539/EU, 14716/NA, 753/OC and 870/SA. However, they announced on early Sunday:
"Today the team got in touch via sat-phone to inform they do not have internet anymore on the island. The logs are safe, but no more uploads will take place until they return to Mayotte on Monday. Later today they may be off air for 1 or 2 hours as they start to disassemble. No more 80/160 activity will take place. The focus tonight is 30 and 40m. They have made nearly 70,000 QSOs. Since there is no more internet please refrain from contacting pilots as the team will not now receive any new messages."
The was an added surprise by the FT4TA team mid-week. Many DXers were happy to see some if not all of their QSOs already uploaded to LoTW. Remeber the online log is available at:
An OQRS will be available by ClubLog. QSL via F1NGP. QSLing details can be seen at:
For more details and updates, visit/watch the following URLs:

AF-019. (Correction/Update) Sam, IT9/LY5W (at II9P), who has been active on topband this past week, reports that they are looking for skillful operators for the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) from Sicily (not Lampedusa Island) as possibly a Multi-2 or Multi/Multi entry. Contact Sam/LY5W or Carmelo/IT9AUG, Antonello/IT9EQO and Marcelo/IT9CJC directly. Sam states, "I can say, here is one of the best Contest QTH in South Europe." Sam will be heading back home to Lithuania in December. Visit their Web page at: http://ig9.ii9p.com EU-125. Volker, DJ8VW, will be active as 5P8VW from Romo Island between December 6-20th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters. QSL to his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau, LoTW or eQSL.
OC-049. Hans, DF2UU, is now active as A35DX from Atata Island until November 14th. Activity is on 40-10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign.
OC-208. Operators Din/YB8RW and Syafyuddin/YB8OUN will be active homecall/p from Banggai Island between November 18-22nd. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL via YB8RW direct or OQRS.

Brian, GW4DVB, will once again be active as J88PI from Palm Island (NA-025) between April 13-21st (2015). Activity will be mainly SSB between 2000-2300z on 40/20/17/15/10/6 meters. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct. Visit his Web page at:
Bo, OZ1DJJ, will once again be active as OX3LX from Disko Island (NA-134) between November 26th and December 2nd. Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL via OZ1PIF direct (see QRZ.com). Logs get upload to LoTW, ClubLog and sometimes eQSL.

Joeke, PA0VDV, will once again be active as PJ2/PA0VDV from Curacao (SA-006) between November 20th and December 26th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters CW only. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct.


 Nov/10th HN      Nov/13th  AN      Nov/15th  HN
 Nov/11th HN      Nov/14th  HN      Nov/16th  LN
 Nov/12th 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
REALTIME BAND CONDITIONS WEB SITE http://www.bandconditions.com
The purpose of this experimental Web site is to provide 24-7-365 actual (REALTIME) band condition information to CW QRPp, QRPe and CW/SSB for Contesters interested in increasing their scores. It can also be of benefit to other Radio Amateurs to determine band conditions for Nets and casual QSO's. This information is NOT based on any software pre- dictions or any kind of satellite based readings. It is based on a new Ionospheric sounding method called "HF Ionospheric Interferometry" which operates very similarly to the PolSAR system used by NASA.


  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (November 2nd and November 9th)
  3B9FR via M0OXO           HH2/PY3SB via PY2WC     SV5/DL2JRM via DL2JRM
  3Z2014DK via SP8AJC       HK1/AD4Z via AD4Z       T88AX via JA3RAF
  6Y4K via VE3NE            HR1AAB via EA7FTR       T88SH via JA4BVU
  8Q7OO via GM0IIO (d)      HS0ZLB via K0BJ         T88XC via JA0FKK
  A35DX via DF2UU           HT5T via TI4SU (d)      TI7/W5AP via W5AP
  A6/YO3FRI via YO3FRI      IU1AUG/IX1 via IU1AUG   TM100LGG via F4GRW
  CO6LC via IZ1GDB          J6/DL7VOG via J6/DL7VOG UN3M via EA7FTR
  CR5A via CT1FFU           LX8RTTY via LX1DA       UP0L via DL8KAC
  CX7CO via EA5GL           LZ1164SIM via LZ1KCP    VU4CB via W4VKU
  EA8/OH2BP via OH2BP       MA0XAU via DJ6AU        VY1JA via N3SL
  ED5KV via EA5ELT          NA8O/KH0 via JK1FNL     W0I via W0GKP
  EG3CWV via EB3JP          OP0PPY via ON7LX        W1AW/KH8 via W1AW
  EH5NSM via EA5HRD         OP4RO via ON4RO         Z61KR via 9A1R
  FG4NO via F4AVX           OP7VA via ON7VA         ZA/Z62FB via Z62FB
  GJ8DX via G8DX (d/OQRS/*) OZ0IL via DO1BEN        ZF35LC via W2SM (**)
  HB9/I2NRI via I2NRI       PG200KMAR via PA9LUC    ZW75PSO via PY2AA
  HF2014DK via SP6IEQ       PS43GPB via PS7AB
    (e) eQSL only  (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (L) LoTW only
    (O) OQRS only  (C) ClubLog only  (*) No Bureau    (**) LoTW preferred
NEW QSL ROUTE. Vasiliy, RW6HS, reports that he is now the QSL Manager for CO2IR. QSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 3A2MW, 4L8A, 8R1AE, A71AE, DD5ZZ, EW4AA, FM5AN, FT4TA, GJ8DX, JA0EQL, JL1SAM, KL5E, LU3CW, R3LM, T88HZ, TX7G, V63GW, VK9EC, VK9EX, VP2V/SP6AXW and YP35KZA

Nikolai, RW6ACM (ex-RI1ANP), will be active as RI1ANZ from Progress Station starting December 22nd. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via RN1ON, by the Bureau, direct, eQSL or LoTW.

Toshiharu, JA3JND, is now active as T88ON from "West Plaza By The Sea Hotel Rental Shack" on Palau Islands (OC-009) until November 11th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via his home callsign.

Hiro, JA1WSX, will be active as T88WX from the VIP Guest Hotel (Free Radio Room) on Koror Island (OC-009) between November 26th and December 1st. Activity will include the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th). QSL via JA1WSX. For more details about the VIP Guest Hotel (Free Radio Room), see:
JH7WER, will be active as T88ER from the VIP Guest Hotel (Free Radio Room) on Koror Island (OC-009) between December 3-6th. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

Ryosei, JH0IXE, will be active as T8CW from the VIP Guest Hotel (Free Radio Room) on Koror Island (OC-009) between December 25th and January 4th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, JT65 ad PSK31. QSL via JA0FOX by the Bureau, JH0IXE direct, LoTW or eQSL.

Look for Terry, W4YBV, to activating two new islands on the Suwannee River for the U.S. Islands Award Program, on November 22nd and 23rd. The islands are called Turkey Island (USI FL496) and Little Turkey Island (USI FL497), and are about 18 miles up the river from the Gulf. Look for him on 40/20/ 15/10 meters between the hours of 1300 hours and 2200 hours each day. The boat trip will take about an hour each way, so look for him to be signing W4YBV or W4YBV/mm from his boat. Terry states, "We need 25 QSOs from each island to activate them (for the USI award). Please help out!" For more information, on QRZ.com, in the November QST under Special Events, or on Google maps for the island's locations.

Wayne, KK6BT, informs OPDX that he will be active as TX5W from Raivavae Island (IOTA OC-114) in the Austral Islands group between January 5-11th (2015). Activity will be on 40-10 meters, including the 17/12 meter bands, operating exclusively SSB. Suggested frequencies are: 7060, 14260, 18128, 21260, 24950 and 28460 kHz. His primary objective is to work as many amateurs in Central and Northern Europe as possible. QSL direct only to KE8G (DO NOT use QRZ address):
Jim Blanca, 5838 Acacia Rose Ct., Richmond, TX 77407. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW after 6 months. For more details and updates, visit the TX5W Web page at:
Bud, AA3B, will be active as V26K from Antigua (NA-100) between November 27th and December 1st. Activity will include the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. This will be an all CW operation. Please QSL via AA3B.

Andy, N2NT, will once again be active from a contest station he plans to build on St. Kitts (NA-104) for the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th). He will signing as V47T and as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. Some of his activities outside of the contest will be on CW and SSB only, probably no 30/17/12m (but maybe), and from V47JA's QTH signing V47NT with a K3 and verticals. Operations from the contest QTH will be with a K3, an amp, monoband yagis starting around Monday, November 24th, signing with the callsign V47NT. Andy will be on the island between November 19th and December 1st. QSL via W2RQ.

Winfried "Win", DK9IP, will once again be active as V55V from V52W's QTH in Omaruru this time for the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. Win informs OPDX that he will be active in Namibia between November 26th and December 3rd. Before and after the contest, he will sign V5/DK9IP. Activity will be on 160-10 meters, using CW and RTTY. Win tells OPDX that he will also be on 6m, if there is still some activity on that band. He states, "I have to drive some miles to the 6m station so it is always difficult to catch a 6m opening." QSL V55V via DJ8VC and V5/DK9IP via DK9IP by the Bureau. Both logs will be uploaded to LoTW.

Mitsuru, JE1HXZ, will be active as V63XZ from Pohnpei Island between November 11-16th. Activity will be on 40-6 meters, including the 30/17/12m bands, using CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

Tim, NL8F, will once again be active as V73TM from Majuro Island (OC-029) in the Ratak Chain of the Marshall Islands between November 26th and December 3rd. Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL via K8NA (see QRZ.com).

Operators Dave/G3NKC, Martin/G4XUM, Carsten/G0SYP and Ulrich/DM5EE will be active as VP2MDX from Montserrat Island (NA-103) before/during/after the CQWW DX CW Contest November (29-30th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL route will be announced.

Hiro, JA6WFM, will be active as YS1YS (Club de Radio Aficionado callsign) the during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (10m)/Low-Power entry. QSL via YS1GMV direct.

Members of the Radio Club Venezolano will celebrate their 80th anniversary by organizing a DXpedition Aves Island (IOTA NA-020, WLOTA L-0216) sometime this month. The callsign YV0AI was mentioned. This tiny sandbar island is also known as Prominencia de Aves. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. Suggested frequencies are:
CW - 1824, 3524, 7004, 10104, 14024, 18074, 21024, 24894 and 28024 kHz
SSB - 1845, 3780, 7065/7160, 14145, 18145, 21295, 24945 and 28495 kHz
RTTY - 7035, 10140, 14080, 18100, 21080, 24921 and 2808 kHz
6m - 50105/CW and 50115/SSB
Operators mentioned are YV4JCF, Juan/YV4KW, Daniel/YV4NN, Jesus/YV5CHJ, Wilmer/YV5CWM, Edwin/YV5EN, Fran/YV5EPM, Plutarco/YV5ER, Joe/YV5JAW, Antonio/YV5OIE, Alfredo/YV5SF, Mel/YV6BXN, Reinaldo/YV8AD, Dmitri/RA9USU and Joan/YY5SKA. QSL via YV5AJ or by the OQRS (Online QSL Request Service) by ClubLog (which will be activated ASAP, maybe during the DXpedition). NO eQSL. Stay tuned for more details. Also watch QRZ.com.

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