OPDX Bulletin 1265 May 9, 2016

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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, NN1N, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, W4DN, W5JON, KH6MT, WW6RG, K8GG, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m DX News, K9EL, W9ILY, DL1SBF, DL7UXG & The DX News Letter, DxCoffee.com, DXNews.com, DX-World.Net, ES1CW, F5NQL, F5PFP, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, IW2NEF, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, VA3RJ & ICPO, and VHF-DX- Portal (MMMonVHF) for the following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 1st/May, through Sunday, 8th/May there were 215 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5T, 5W, 5Z, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, CY0, D2, D4, DL, DU, E4, E5/s, E6, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FR, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J3, J6, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KH2, KH6, KH8, 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, PY0F, PZ, S0, S2, S5, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T32, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2V, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XZ, 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".

4X68/4Z68, ISRAEL (Special Event)
Operators Dov/4Z4DX and Amir/4X6TT will be active as 4Z68DX and 4X68TT, respectively, to celebrate the 68th anniversary of the Independence of Israel. QSL 4Z68DX via eQSL and 4X68TT via eQSL or LoTW.

8P, BARBADOS (Early Announcement)
Charles, 8P6ET, will be active as 8P1W during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) and CQWW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via KU9C.

9H, MALTA
Mek, SQ3RX, will be active as 9H3SQ from Marsalforn, Gozo Island (EU-023), between May 13-19th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters, possibly 80 meters (depends on the local antenna conditions) using CW and SSB. His equipment is a Kenwood TS480Sat with 100 watts into a Fiberglass 10m pole with Inverted Vee antennas. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or ClubLog's OQRS.

9M0, SPRATLY
Operators James/9V1YC and Chris/ZS6EZ will operate from Layang Layang in the Spratlys between May 8-15th. Activity will be on 80-20 meters using mostly CW, some RTTY and perhaps a little SSB. QSL via ClubLog's OQRS. Direct and Bureau cards will be available. Those requesting direct cards via the OQRS will get early LoTW uploads. The complete logs will be uploaded in early 2017.

9M6, EAST MALAYSIA
The "425 DX News" reports that operators Hrane/ YT1AD/YT5A and Acim/YT3W will be visiting and active from the city of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, between May 13-19th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW and SSB. Callsigns and QSL routes were not provided.

9Q, DEM. REP. OF THE CONGO (DRC)
Fernando, EA4BB, is expected to be active again (possibly as 9Q6BB) from in Kinshasa, DRC, for up to 3 years. He is in DRC awaiting confirmation on his callsign. Look for more information to be forthcoming.

D4, CAPE VERDE
Stephan, DL3GCS, is once again active as D44TS from Mosteiros City, Fogo Island (AF-005), until May 10th. Activity is on the HF bands and 6 meters. QSL via his home callsign.

DXCC NEWS
Dave, NN1N, ARRL Membership and Volunteer Programs Manager/DXAC Staff Liaison/Field Services and Radiosport, reports that the following have been approved for DXCC credit:
5A1AL ­ Libya; All operations are good
 
E2, THAILAND
Members of the Thailand DX Association (HSDXA) will be active as E2X during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 28-29th as a Multi- Single/High-Power entry. QSL via LoTW or E20GMY. Operators mentioned are Phot/E20GMY, Choon/E20HHK, Wat/E20MDN, Pong/E20QVD, Tony/E21IZC, Tana/ E27EK, Joe/HS0ZGQ, Paul/HS4DDQ, Wanlop/HS6MYW, Son/HS6NDK, Bunknite/ HS6RMY and Anusorn/HS8KVH. Visit the HSDXA FaceBook page or Web page at:
http://www.facebook.com/hsdxa

http://www.qsl.net/hsdxa/index1.htm
 
E4, PALESTINE (Reminder)
Operators Jan/DL7JAN, Daniel/DL5YWM and Bodo/ DF8DX are expected to be active as E44QX from Jericho in the Westbank between May 8-15th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using mainly CW, but with some SSB and RTTY. They will be limited to 100 watts and will use a Spiderbeam (20-10m) and verticals (80-30m) for antennas. QSL via DF8DX, direct, by the Bureau or ClubLog's OQRS (direct/Bureau). Log will be uploaded to LoTW after their DXpedition.

EA8, CANARY ISLANDS
Flavio, IW2NEF, will be active as EA8/IW2NEF from Fuerteventura Island (AF-004) between July 11-25th. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands. QSL via IK2DUW.

FS, ST. MARTIN (Update)
John, K9EL, will once again be active as FS/K9EL from Orient Bay, St. Martin (NA-105, DIFO FS-001, WLOTA 0383, WW Loc. FK88) between June 5-23rd. Activity will be holiday style on 80-6 meters (with an emphasis on 6m when the band is open) 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 40-80m. John usually will operate on 60m if there is interest. There will be daily uploads to ClubLog and LoTW. QSL via his home callsign or on ClubLog's OQRS. His operating frequencies (except during contests) will be announced in real time via Twitter at:
https://twitter.com/FSK9EL
Requests for schedules can be sent via his QRZ.com E-mail address or his Twitter account @FSK9EL. John will also monitor the ON4KST 50MHz Region 2 chat room to watch for 6 meter openings and plans to be active in the ARRL VHF contest. HAMVENTION NEWS
** Excerpts from the ARRL Web page
http://www.arrl.org/news/view/arrl-expo-at-dayton-hamvention-to-incorporate-international-interests
under "ARRL EXPO at Dayton Hamvention to Incorporate International Interests": "Visitors also may have cards checked to qualify for various JARL awards, and, once you’ve completed an application http://www.arrl.org/jarl-award-forms, JARL representatives can issue some popular JARL awards (AJD, WAJA, ADXA) http://www.jarl.or.jp/English/4_Library/A-4-2_Awards/Aw_waja.htm on the spot. JARL also will be accepting applications for the IARU Region 3 Operating Award https://www.nzart.org.nz/assets/awards/iaru-region-iii-log.pdf, which will be sent to applicants after Hamvention. The New Zealand Association of Transmitters administers this award."
"ARRL staff and DXCC volunteer card checkers will offer DXCC card checking and award application processing. Use the Online DXCC tool and save money on your application! Bring a printout of your appli- cation, card list, and cards — in the order entered into the Online DXCC."
"ARRL members also may drop off QSL cards to be sent through the ARRL Outgoing QSL Bureau. You must be an ARRL member to take advantage of this service. Cards should be sorted by DXCC entity and be destined to countries that host a QSL bureau."

HI, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Members of the La Loma Del Toro Contest Club will be active as HI3TT during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 28-29th) as a Multi-Single/Low-Power entry. Operators mentioned are Jamie/WP3A, Lor/HI3Y, Tino/HI3CC, Felipe/NP4Z and Franky/HI3TT. QSL via LoTW.

IOTA NEWS
AS-066. Members of the Vladivostok Contest Club Team will be active as UI0L from Reyneke Island, Asiatic Russia, during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 30-31st) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via RW0MM.
EU-008. Operators Gordon/GM7WCO, Bill/GM3ZRT, John/GM0DJG, Jason/ GM7VSB and Barry/GM3YEH will be active as GM0ADX/P from Isle of Mull, Scotland, during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 30-31st) as a Multi-Single/Island/Low-Power entry. QSL via GM0ADX.
EU-030. Operators Dirk/DL7DSW, Engelbert/DK2YA, Dietmar/DK5OPA and Juergen/DO7LJ will be active as OZ0BO from Bornholm Island between May 8-13th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using SSB, PSK63 and RTTY. QSL via DL7DSW, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW. For more details and updates, see: https://www.oz0bo.eu
EU-065. The F6KOP team are now active as TM77C from Ile Molene until May 14th. Activity will be on 160-2 meters. QSL via F5MFV, direct, by the Bureau or ClubLog's OQRS. Look for more details and update at: http://www.molene2016.com
https://www.facebook.com/TM77C
EU-123. A joint operation with the members of the Sheffield & District Wireless Society, Sheffield HF DX Group, Workshop Amateur Radio Society and the 93 Contest Group will be active as GM5TO from Isle of Arran, on the Seal Shore campsite, Kildonan (WW. Loc. IO75KK) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 30-31st). Outside the contest they will be active as GM2AS (Sheffield DX Group) between July 28th-August 1st. QSL via G3PHO for both callsigns. NO EQSL, NO LOTW and NO CLUBLOG. Operators mentioned are Peter/ G3PHO, David/G8EQD, YL Krystyna/2E0KSH, Steve/G0EAK, YL Sue/ M6XAK, David/M5DWI and John/G4LKD.
EU-148. Gil, F4FET, will be active as F4FET/P from Fort Brescou Island (WLH LH-0500, ARLS FRA-015, DIFM ME-001) between June 3-5th. Activity will be on 40-6 meters SSB only. He will use a FT-857 into a ground-plane and vertical dipoles. QSL via his home callsign. For update, watch: https://www.facebook.com/f4fet
NA-126. Operators Fred/VE1FA, YL Helen/VA1YL, Alphonse/VO1NO, Wayne/ VE1BAB, Lowell/VY2OX, Rich/VA1CHP and Michel/VE2MM will be active as VC1A from Bon Portage (Outer) Island, NS Province South Group, during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 30-31st) as a DXpedition entry. QSL via VA1YL.
OC-214. Andy, VK5MAV, will be active as VK5MAV/6 from Lacepede Island sometime during September. At the moment, Andy's plans are to stay there for 3 nights, may be 4 - depends on weather con- ditions, boat/tides and financial achievements/donations. Activity will be on 40/20/15 meters using an IC-7200 into a Spiderbeam multi-band dipole and a homemade vertical for 40 meters. QSL via VK5MAV, direct or by the Bureau. Watch QRZ.com for updates as well as for a mode survey (CW/SSB).

J7, DOMINICA
Howard, WB4WXE, will once again be active as J79XE from Salisbury, Dominica (NA-101), between June 22nd and July 11th. Activity will be on 40-6 meters with a focus on 6 meters. QSL via his home callsign.

KH2, GUAM
Operators Yoshiyuki/JF1TEU (AB2ST/KH2), Toshio (KG6WTW/KH2), Toshimitsu (KB3LTB/KH2) and Yukiko/7K4TKB (AG6SL/KH2) will be active from Guam Island (OC-026) between May 26-30th. Activity will mainly be on 40/20/15 meters using SSB. QSL all callsigns via JF1TEU or LoTW.

MJ, JERSEY
Kazunori, M0CFW/JK3GAD, will be active as MJ5Z during the CQ WPX CW Contest (May 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via LoTW or via M0CFW. Look for activity before and after the contest using the callsign MJ0CFW. QSL also "ok" via OQRS.

PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (May 9-15th)

 May/09th HN      May/12th  AN     May/14th  HN
 May/10th LN      May/13th  HN     May/15th  AN
 May/11th LN


   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
 
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. Also, check out the VOACAP predication Web page at:
http://www.voacap.com/prediction.html
 
QSL INFO AND NEWS

  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (May 8th) 
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  5P5CW via DL5SE          PA65HSC via DL3LUM      RP71TG via UA9APA
  D44TS via DL3GCS         PI35ETL via PA1CPA      RP71TR via RX7M
  DP65HSC via DL1VDL       R16USA via RQ7L         RP71V via UA0LBF
  EG1MAR via EA1UVR        R1945HS via RW6HS (d)   RP71VL via RM6J
  EM71V via UR2VA          RP71AO via RZ5D         RP71W via RN3OG
  EV71K via EW8BQ          RP71BL via UA3YY        RP71WA via RV3YR
  EW/R2DX via R2DX         RP71DG via UA0LHS       RT73SH via RL5G (d)
  GX8HRC/A via G3SVK       RP71GE via RC3G         SK7K via SK7OA
  IG9/LZ2SX via LZ2SX (L)  RP71IZ via R4W          T88RF via JJ2RCJ (d)
  II1AD via IQ1AO          RP71KF via RW4NW        TM5FI via F5XX
  II3TF via IV3IUM         RP71MB via UA4S         UN/RC1M/M via RV1CC
  J43TR via SV3DCX         RP71ML via RQ7L         UP71G via UN0GL
  JW9VKA via LA9VKA        RP71ML via RQ7L         V55DX via DO4DXA
  LZ1867SEI via LZ1KCP     RP71MV via RW3XZ        W5/DJ8QP via DJ8QP
  MM1LOL via M1REK         RP71O via R2EA          XV9NPS via JA2NPS (B)
  OO2O via ON4LDI          RP71OM via RC7LI        ZA/IW2JOP via IW2HAJ
  PA54ES via PA0ONH (B)    RP71SD via RW0LD        ZA/OK4MM via OK4MM
    (e) eQSL only  (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (*-B) DX's- Bureau
    (O) OQRS only  (C) ClubLog only  (L) LoTW only
 
TI0DX QSL ROUTES. Akihito, JR0AMD, reports that he has become the QSL Manager for TI0DX (TI DX CLUB) for JA stations ONLY. QSL via ClubLog's OQRS, DIRECT (SASE or SAE + 2 USDs), or JARL BUREAU. Please note that the QSL route for Non-JA stations is Arnoldo, TI2SW. JR0AMD doesn't QSL for non-JA stations. YJ8R QSL ROUTE. Fred, NZ4DX, reports that he is now the QSL Manager for Rod, YJ8RN.
QSLS RECEIVED VIA LoTW: A45XR, A91HI, CE2MVF, DU1/YL3JM (OC-126), E41WT, JH2MYN, RK7ORK, T88RF, UD4F, VK3WE and YV4KW/1 (SA-089)
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3C7A, 5J0P, 5V7TH, 9M0O, C35US, D67GIA, EW8DX, JT1CO, JT5DX, JV5A, TI5/JT1CO, VK9CK, VP8SGI, VP8STI, YB4IR/7 and YC8ROP
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: T30YP, YB1LZ, YB42SEA, YE0M, YE30P and YE90PK

T8, PALAU
Operators Kenji/JH1BGH and Jiro/7K1HLJ will once again be active as T88WI and T88WH, respectively, from VIP Guest Hotel (Free Radio Room) on Koror Island (OC-009) between May 17-22nd. Specific bands and modes were not provided. QSL T88WI via JH1BGH and T88WH via 7K1HLJ.

TN, CONGO (REPUBLIC OF) [Update]
Operators Philippe/F5MVB and Joel/F5AOW will be active as TN2MP and TN2BJ, respectively, from Brazzaville between May 15-23rd. Activity will be on 20-10 meters, possibly 40/30m (if there is enough space), and using CW and SSB. QSL via their home callsigns, direct or by the Bureau. Log will be uploaded to ClubLog after their return home in France.

V4, ST. KITTS
John, W5JON/V47JA, informs OPDX that he will once again be active as V47JA from his vacation home in Calypso Bay, St. Kitts (NA-104, WW Loc. FK87SG), located 200 feet from the Caribbean Sea, between June 14th and July 15th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters (incl. 60m) using SSB. He will also be active during the IARU HF World Championship Contest (July 9-10th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. Equipment is a Ken- wood TS-590S and Elecraft KPA500 Amplifier. Antennas include: a 80-10m Multi-band Dipole, and metal roof mounted S9, 18' and 31' Verticals and 3 element Yagi for 6m. ALL QSLs go to W5JON direct or via LoTW. NO Bureau QSLs.

VP8, FALKLAND ISLANDS
Operators Dave/VP8CLE and Carol/VP8DKW will be activating some of the islands in the Falklands for 3 weeks sometime in January/February 2017. Dave states:
* Accommodation booked and confirmed.
* 1 week at The Rookery, Saunders Island, West Falkland - Hoping to go portable, maybe even mobile, for SOTA/GFF activity.
* 1 week at Bleaker Island - No SOTA on this Island - Awaiting con- firmation of any GFF number(s).
* 1 week in Stanley - Hoping to be mobile and or portable to activate SOTA, GFF and Cape Pembroke LH on East Falkland.
* Equipment: Kenwood TS480S AT - Fishing pole vertical - 80 to 10 mtrs.
* I would take more equipment but the cost of excess baggage is quite expensive.
VQ9, CHAGOS ISLANDS
Randy, WW6RG, is expected once again to be active as VQ9RA from Diego Garcia [BIOT] (AF-006) later this month (May 25-30th). Activity will be QRP, sporadic and when time permits on 20/17/15 meters using SSB. He provided OPDX with the following schedule:
        May 25th -- 1200-1630z     May 30th -- 1500-1730z
        May 26th -- 0400-0900z
He uses a Yaesu FT-817nd (w/5w) with a EARCHI 35' end fed wire antenna and a small ALEX-LOOP Magnetic loop. QSL via his home callsign. YN3, NICARAGUA
Ilias, TG9IIN/K4TI, will be active as YN3/TG9IIN from Leon until the end of July. Activity will be on 40/20/15/10 meters using SSB and the Digital modes, with a dipole and a 100 watt HF transceiver. QSL via TG9IIN direct only.

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