The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1250
January 25, 2016
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
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EDITOR LOOKING FOR COMMENTS/SUGGESTIONS:
Well, my weekend did not start off right. My main radio, Yaesu FT1000MP, decided to lose its output power on Friday. Power on all bands is 10-15w, except on 15m (25w), 80m (60w) and 160m (100w) [very strange]. Anyway, I am looking for suggestions/recommendations to where to send it for repair, or if it's even worth it to have it repaired? Any comments/suggestions is greatly appreciated......
Thanks and 73 de Tedd KB8NW
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DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 17th/January, through Sunday, 24th/January there were 217 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9V, 9Y, A2, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, CY0, D6, DL, DU, E4, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FT/x, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J7, JA, JD/m, JT, JY, K, KH0, KH5, KH6, KH9, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PY, PY0F, PZ, S0, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T5, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9L, VP2E, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP8/s, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, 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
Peter, DC0KK, is once again active as 4S7KKG from Moragalla, Sri Lanka (AS-003, WLOTA 0762), between now and April 3rd. Activity will be mainly on CW and the Digital modes with operation on 20-10 meters. 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.
Jean-Louis, F5NHJ, is now active as 6W7/F5NHJ from M'bour. His length of stay is unknown at this time. Activity will be holiday style using mostly data (PSK31 and RTTY) at the moment (some SSB) with the a Vertical L and dipoles into a FT857d w/100 watts and a SignaLink. Operations have been on 20/17/15 meters. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau, ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW. For more details, see:
Osama, 9K2OD, will be active as 9K2K during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via LoTW.
Hiro, JA6WFM, is now active as A31MM from Nuku 'alofa, the capital city of Tonga (OC-049), until the end of the year 2017. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using a TS-480 into a long-wire with ICOM AH-2 for 160-10m, HB9CV for 15m and a 4 element beam for 6m. He plans to be in contests. QSL via EA5GL.
ANTARTICA PROJECT 2016/17
Martin, LU9EFO, is planning to activate areas in the Antarctica Argentina or Argentine Antarctic Sector which is an area between the meridians 74 ° West and 25 ° West and parallel 60 ° South and the South Pole. Specific dates have not been announced yet, but a Web/Blog page is under-construction and is up and running at:
C5, THE GAMBIA
Alan, G4DJX, will once again be active as C5DX from Banjul (Hotel) and Farafenni (Senior Secondary High School) between February 12-19th. Activity will be limited while on this school trip, but he will be on 40-10 meters operating on CW and SSB, and using 100w to wire dipoles. QSL via LoTW.
Vasco, CS7ACE, is now in Luanda and is expected to be active as D2ACE. The length of his stay is unknown, but will be active on the HF bands using SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via his home callsign direct.
Operators Jan/DL7JAN, Daniel/DL5YWM and Bodo/DF8DX will 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.
E5, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS
Roly, ZL1BQD, is now active as E51RJR from Raro- tonga Island (EU-013) until February 7th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using mostly JT65 with some CW. QSL via his home callsign.
ET, ETHIOPIA (Update)
The Ukrainian operators continue to be active as ET7L from the INSA Radio Club in Mekanisa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Activity will be limited due to their work duties, but they are expected to be active for at least 2-4 months. Most of their activity has be on 30/17/15/12 meters using CW and SSB. Operators are members of UT7L Contest Club (Yarik/UW7LL and Andy/UR4LRQ). Logs will be uploaded daily on Clublog; OQRS will be later. LoTW, as usual, after the end of operation. Website is still under construction. QSL Manager is US0LW.
FT5, KERGUELEN ISLANDS
Gildas, TU5KG, was heard as FT5XT again on January 23rd. Activity was on/around 21260 kHz between 1052-1144z. Listen carefully to his callsign. Gildas sometimes signs as FT5XT/MM. QSL via F4DXW.
Members of B.A.R.S. (Barry Amateur Radio Society, Sully, South Wales, UK) will be operating from Guernsey as a club holiday ex- pedition between April 9-16th. Operators mentioned are Glyn/GW0ANA (Team Leader), Markus/DL9RCF & Pia XYL, Jan/DJ8NK, Alois/DL9RBL and Thomas/ DJ6OI. They will be using a special Prefix for Prefix Hunters signing with the callsign GP4BRS. Operations will be on CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL Manager is Thomas, DJ6OI. All contacts will be uploaded to LoTW, ClubLog, and eQSL. For direct QSL cards, QSL to DJ6OI with green stamps for return postage.
EU-075. The Amateur Radio Team of Aegina Island will be on the air as SX8KAP from January 22nd and February 5th. Activity is to com- memorate the Inauguration Day (26/01/1828) of Governor Ioannis Kapodistrias, first Governor of modern Greece, on Aegina Island, first capital of modern Greece. QSL via SV8UM, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.
NA-038. Jean Pierre, VA2SG, will be active as XM2IOTA from Magdalen Islands (Les Īles-de-la-Madeleine) between July 27th and August 2nd. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, PSK31 and RTTY. Most of the activity will be during the late after- noons and evening, and the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 30-31st) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power/DXpedition entry. Station will be an IC7200 with 100 watts into Hexbeam for 20/17/15/10m and an End fed for 160/80/40m. QSL is direct only via VE2TLH. Log will be uploaded to ClubLog every evening. For more details and updates, see:
OC-243. (Update) Operators Andy/VK5MAV, CraigVK5CE and possibly one or two more operators will join them and be active as homecall/6 from Breaksea Island between February 29th and March 3rd. Their planned activity is to have two stations active simultaneously, on 40/20/15/10 meters (best times and bands are list on the following Blog page). Andy will be on CW and Craig on SSB. QSL via their home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or via ClubLog's OQRS. See QRZ.com for more details or visit:
J7, DOMINICA (Update/Change)
Dave, WJ2O, will be active as J79E (not J7/WJ2O as earlier announced) from Secret Bay between February 17-23rd. Activity will be on 160-6 meters, but with a concentration of CW only on 30/17/12 meters. He will also be in the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 20-21st) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via N2ZN.
JX, JAN MAYEN
Svein, LA9JKA, will once again be active as JX9JKA from Jan Mayen Island (EU-022) starting sometime in April and will be there for at least 6 months. Activity will be limited to his spare-time on the HF bands (usually 160-4 meters), using SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via his home callsign direct only.
K5P PALMYRA DXPEDITION
By the time you read this, the K5P team should be beginning to tear down and/or going QRT from Palmyra Atoll. Their last full day of operations is January 26th. As this was being written, the K5P team has made 67251 QSOs with 16484 Unique callsign per ClubLog as of 1608z, January 24th:
KH3, JOHNSTON ATOLL
Ron, KH6DV, has been reported saying "Johnson Island will happen in 2016 and that's another one everyone needs to work as the next expedition won't happen for sometime and its the Palmyra crew (K5P) that is planning the Johnson island trip, get used to them they are your only hope." Stay tuned!
Sam, LY5W, informs OPDX that during the whole month of February, he will be on the air using the special callsign LY16W. This is a rare prefix for LY WPX Trophies award credits. Activity is to celebrate the Independence of Lithuania (February 16, 1918). More details are available on his QRZ.com page. QSL via LY5W. Also, read:
Howard, WA2NHA, will once again be active as P4/WA2NHA from Aruba (SA-036) between February 28th and March 13th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters mainly CW. QSL via his home callsign.
PQ2, BRAZIL (Rare Brazilian State Area)
Operators Renato/PY8WW, Pedro/ PR8ZX and Augusto/PU8MET will be active as PQ2WW, PQ2ZXT and PQ2/PU8MET, respectively, from the rare Tocantins State (WW Loc. GI64) between February 6-9th. There are very few active radio amateurs in the state of Tocantins (PQ2), so it is rare to hear PQ2 on the air. Activity will be on CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL PQ2WW via PY8WW. QSL PQ2ZXT via PR8ZX. QSL PQ2/PU8MET via PU8MET. The Contact Group will be valid for the WAB Diploma. This diploma is issued by Labre and is available to all radio amateurs in the world to confirm contact with Brazilian stations in every 26 (twenty- six) Brazilian states and the Federal District (PT2). For more information on how to apply for the WAB diploma, go:
PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (January 25-31st)
Jan/25th HN Jan/28th AN Jan/30th HN Jan/26th HN Jan/29th HN Jan/31st AN Jan/27th HN 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=6-9 100-400REALTIME BAND CONDITIONS WEB SITE http://www.bandconditions.com:
Also, checkout the VOACAP predication Web page at:
QSL INFO AND NEWS
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (January 21st)QSLS RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 9G5ZZ, CX2AQ, E51XGI, HL4RBR, HP1RN, LY10NATO, ON8BE, RI1ANR, S57AT, SX90IARU, T88U, US7IGN, VK4DX and YF1DO
------------------------------------------------------------------------- 5V7BD via DJ6SI HI3/KL7JR via K7ICE TC5OCK via TA5FA 5V7FMD via DL2SWW IQ8XS via IZ8XJJ TY4AB via SQ3PMM 5V7GD via DF9TM J79M via SM3PHM UK8ICM via RW6HS (d) 8P9NX via W3HNK(d)&W0SA(B) J79WTA via HB9MFM UN0OA via RW6HS (d) EA8AY/KP4 via W2GR LX0RL via LX1KQ UN7TX via RW6HS (d) EG5PAZ via EG5PAZ (L/e) MX0PHX via G-(B) VP8STI via N2OO HF60KAG via SP9KAG RA/NT2X via RW1AI (e) eQSL only (d) direct only (B) Bureau only (*-B) DX's- Bureau (O) OQRS only (C) ClubLog only (L) LoTW only (*) Correction
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3D2RJ, FM5FJ, FO5QB, V73D (OC-029), VK9WA and ZF2MJ
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 5W7X, 8J1FC/1, 8J8JRCV/8, 8N1HQ, 9M2TO, 9M6NA, AH0BT, AH0J, DU1IST, E51MCA, E6XG, J34J, JD1BLY, KH2F, KH2/KH0K, MJ/PA1AW, MU/PA9M, PY2AE, PY2CIA, PY2FN, PU2SDW, PU2TDN, PS7AB, PS43GPB, PS77AB, PX2F, SV/DL3WB, SW3JH, T88AX, T88TH, T88UN, TA1DX, TA3AIK, TA4ED, V63CX, V63PJ, WH2DX, WH0/WH7C, XV7BM, XV7T, XV9NPS, XW8BM, XZ1Z, YB0AKM, YQ0U, YP94HMK, YP1989TM, ZA/ON6NB, ZA/ON8CW, ZL7X, ZV2014YC and ZW5W
Martin, DL3ASM, is once again active as T6SM from ISAF Camp Marmal, Mazari Sharif, until the end of March. His activity will be mostly CW on the HF bands using an Icom IC-7000 into a Vertical (7m). QSL via his home callsign direct.
Michael, DF8AN, will be active as TF/DF8AN from Iceland between February 26th and March 1st. He plans to activate some of the WFF parts of Iceland. Activity will probably be on 160-6 meters using 100 watts with an Alinco DX70 operating CW and SSB. His second station (usually) will be a FT-817 with 5 watts operating RTTY and PSK31. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau. NO eQSL or LoTW.
TP30, FRANCE (Special Event)
The Council of Europe Radio Amateur Club (CERAC) [TP2CE] will be active as TP30CE between February 12-13th. Activity is to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the creation of the Radio Club. Operations will be on all bands using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK). QSL via F5LGF. Visit the CERAC Web site at:
Paul, VE3AXT, reports [edited], "I am planning my first experience at operating as a DX station when I am in Belize, Central America, between February 2nd and March 14th/16th. I'll be in the very northern part of the country, near Corozal, with the new callsign V31AX. I've arranged to have a QSL manager." QSL ONLY via M0URX. For more info, see his V31AX QRZ.com page.
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 March 14th and April 12th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters (incl.60m) using SSB. He will also be active during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. Equipment is a Kenwood TS-590S and Elecraft KPA500 Amplifier. Antennas include: 31', 10-40m Vertical, and 35', 40/80m Top Loaded Vertical; shortened 160m dipole and 3 element Yagi for 6m. Also, XYL Cathy, W5HAM, will occasionally operate as V47HAM. ALL QSLs go to W5JON direct or via LoTW. NO Bureau QSLs.
VK9C, COCOS (KEELING) ISLANDS (Update)
Operators Lars/LB2TB, Morten/LB8DC, Bjorn/LB1GB and John/LA7GNA will be active as VK9CK from West Island (OC-003), Cocos (Keeling) Island between March 14-26th. The team is calling themselves the "Dipper DX". Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. The focus will be 160/80 meters. They reported on January 21st, on their Web page: "Focus areas! Besides the normal CW & SSB activity on higher bands, there will be a focus on low bands. VK9C is quite high up on the most wanted list when looking at 80M and 160M activity. We will pay attention to the difficult parts of the world from Cocos (Keeling) Islands. U.S. East Coast being almost the 'antipode' is probably the most difficult path with very short openings. Special attention will be given.
Please respect when we say US EAST ONLY. Not only along the coastline, but 'East'. All others will be worked, when we are through the short openings. We have also received requests from South America to pay attention. Europe and Asia will have greater opportunities. We might focus on Central Asia and Central Russia as well. At those times we may ask Japan to stand by. Europe will be a challenge too. Working eastern Europe, and not hearing west or north Europe. Please also respect when we ask for West or northern Europe. And, please, do not call on top of stations being worked! This will slow down the QSO rate severely. RTTY will also receive attention. Want to get in the log? Follow the DX Code of Conduct!"
QSL via their OQRS on ClubLog (preferred) or via their QSL Manager LA6OP, direct or by the Bureau. Log will be uploaded to the LoTW as soon as possible after the DXpedition. For more details and updates, see:
VK9N, NORFOLK ISLAND (Press Release)
Chris, VK3QB, sent out the following [edited]: A team of five Australian radio amateurs will activate Norfolk Island from May 20-31st to coincide with the Wireless Institute of Au- stralia's 2016 Annual General Meeting and conference, also being held on Norfolk Island.
Chris Chapman/VK3QB, Brenton Vowles/VK3YB, Luke Steele/VK3HJ, Lee Moyle/ VK3GK and Allan Meredith/VK2CA will activate VK9NT from May 20-31st on all bands from 160-10 meters, CW, SSB & RTTY. Equipment will comprise two Kenwood TS-480HX transceivers and one Elecraft KX-3 transceiver with a KPA100 amplifier. These will feed dipoles strung up about 25-30 meters high between the majestic Norfolk Island Pines, and a Sloper antenna for 160m. The team will also be activating stations for the SOTA and WWFF awards programs.
It's worth noting that a WIA Commemorative Station VI9ANZAC will also be activated over the AGM weekend. It will be a busy time with many radio amateurs expected to be on the island. For more information about the WIA's Annual General Meeting and conference, please visit:
ADDED NOTES (By Editor) QSL via ClubLog's OQRS for direct and Bureau QSLS. Direct and Bureau QSLs go to LA6OP: SINDRE TORP, P.O. Box 36, NO-8095 HELLIGVAER, Norway. LoTW upload will be done as soon as possible after the DXpedition.
VP8STI SOUTH SANDWICH ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS
By the time you read this, members of the Intrepid-DX Group should be active as VP8STI from Southern Thule Island (AN-009) until January 27th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via N2OO, ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW. As this was being written, the VP8STI team has made 30816 QSOs with 11399 Unique call- sign per ClubLog as of 1805z, January 22nd:
EXTRA ADDED NOTES (by Editor): To break it down, operators AA7A, DL6KVA,
JH4RHF, K1LZ, K3LP, K4ZLE, K9AJ, N4RR, N6PSE, RA9USU, W5XU, W6DR, W7XU
and WD5COV should be active as:
VP8IDX/MM - From the Braveheart; traveling between the islands
VP8STI - From South Sandwich Islands between January 18-27th
VP8SGI - From South Georgia Island between February 1-9th
VP8IDX - From Falkland Islands between February 14-19th
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