DX Bulletin No. 1105

2014 ANTARCTICA AND SOUTH AMERICAN TOUR. David, K3LP, has announced on his Web page that he will be operating from the Antarctica; Port Stanley, Falkland Islands; Chile, Argentina and Uruguay between February 2-16th, 2014. He informs OPDX that this is a family vacation and plans to operate a few hours at each location (listed below) along the way. He plans to take a vertical antenna and IC-7000 on the trip. The tentative schedule and callsigns are as follows:

February 2-16th - Buenos Aires, Argentina; callsign LU/K3LP
   February    6th - Ushualia, Argentina; callsign LU/K3LP
   February    7th - Cape Horn, Chile; callsign CE/K3LP
   February    8th - Schollart Channel, Antarctica; callsign ??/K3LP
   February    8th - Paradise Bay, Antarctica; callsign ??/K3LP
   February    8th - Gerlache Straight; callsign K3LP/MM
   February    9th - Elephant Island, Antarctica; callsign ??/K3LP
   February   11th - Port Stanley, Falkland Islands; callsign VP8/K3LP
   February   13th - Puerto Madryn, Argentina; callsign LU/K3LP
   February   15th - Montevideo, Uruguay; callsign CX/K3LP
QSL via his home callsign.

IU, ITALY (Attention Prefix Hunters)
The Ministry of the Economy of the Italian Republic announced that it used up the prefix IZ and will now use the new prefix is IU.

J3, GRENADA (Update to OPDX.1104)
Operators Tom/OE2ATN and Franz/OE2SNL will be on a suitcase DXpedition to Grenada Island (NA-024, WLOTA 0718) between October 28th and November 10th. The callsign has not been issued yet. Operations will be on CW, SSB and RTTY with 100-200 watts. Their Web page is now available at: http://j3.oe2atn.at

 3B7C BOOK

During the middle of April, Pete, SM5GMZ, will releases another photo book (approx. 90 page) about the 2007 Saint Brandon DXpedition. Pete was one of the 20 operators who together managed to work 137,500 QSOs during an absolute sunspot minimum. The book consists of a large number of images, all in full color. In texts, Pete describes how it is to be on an uninhabited atoll in the middle of the southern Indian Ocean where nothing but amateur radio and satellite phones work. He also tries to explain the joy of endless multi-layer pile-ups and describes the enormous planning that comes with a DXpedition of this magnitude. For more info and details on how to order the book, see: http://www.3b7cbook.com

7T50/7T9, ALGERIA (Just Reminder)
Members of the Algerian Radio Amateurs (ARA) will activate special event callsigns 7T9A (until March 30th, from Palais des Rais [Bastion 23] in Algier City; WCA 7X-00012) and 7T50ARA (until May 30th) to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Algerian Amateur Radio Association. Activity will be on all bands and modes. QSL both callsigns by the Bureau or direct (NO IRCs) to: PO Box 1, Algiers RP 16000, Algeria.

A3, TONGA (Reminder)
Jacek, SP5EAQ, will be active as A3EAQ from Tongatapu Island (OC-049) between March 26th and April 16th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters SSB only. QSL via SP5EAQ, direct or by the Bureau. For more details and updates, watch: http://sp5drh.com/a3eaq

C6, BAHAMAS
Chuck, KG9N, will be active as KG9N/C6A from Grand Bahama (NA-080) between March 28th and April 4th. Activity will include the CQWW WPX SSB Contest. QSL via LoTW (preferred), direct or by the Bureau.

CY0, SABLE ISLAND
Operators Gary/VE1RGB and Murray/WA4DAN are pleased to announce a DXpedition to Sable Island between October 1-11th, 2013. Approvals are in hand from Parks Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard. They have chartered with Maritime Air Charter LTD to provide the Britten Norman Islander aircraft for landing on the beach. The callsign CY0P has been issued for the October DXpedition. The CY0P(Parks) callsign was chosen in recognition of the newest National Park in Canada. VE1RGB is a veteran of two previous CY0 DXpeditions and is a top CW contester. WA4DAN has coordinated two previous CY0 DXpeditions, including the October 2012 DXpedition that was cut short due to Hurricane Sandy. An all bands 160-10 meters, CW/SSB/RTTY operation is planned. Look for more details to follow in the coming months.

DXCC NEWS
Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL Awards Branch Manager, reports that the following operation is approved for DXCC credit:
 9X0ZM ­ Rwanda; 2013 operation

E5, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS
Bruce, ZL1AAO, will once again be active as E51AAO from Rarotonga Island (OC-013) between May 3-17th. Activity will be holiday style, and he will be operational on SSB only, 40-10 meters, using 100 watts to a dipole or 1/4 wave GP antennas. QSL via LoTW, eQSL and direct only; sorry no Bureau cards. He will upload the log when he returns home.

E5, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS
Tony, ZL2AGY, will once again be active as E51AGY from Rarotonga Island (OC-013) starting May 7th for about 24 days. He states, "This will be a CW only operation running my K3 barefoot, and may include some form of activity in the WPX CW Contest during the last weekend of May..... I hope to be reasonably active, but the food, the weather, the sea, the people, are all very pleasant in Raro, so I might have other things to occupy my time as well!" QSL via his home callsign, direct (preferred - see details on (QRZ.com)).

EI, IRELAND
Olivier, ON4EI, will once again be active as EI8GQB and EI1A between March 23rd and April 3rd. He plans to operate from his caravan using green energy. Olivier will activate EI1A callsign during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 30-31st) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. His objective is to run the 48 hour contest with green energy only and score among the "TOP 10" European stations. You can follow his activities and antenna experimentation on: http://www.qrz.com/db/EI8GQB

This is a very interesting QRZ.com page. There you will find a live information banner with on air frequencies and information. His equipment will consist of:
18m top loaded vertical monopole for 160-80m-40m bands + 32 radials.
3 elements East-West directional inverted V beam for 40m band.
200m long beverage RX antenna East-West directional.
2 Spiderbeam antennas for 20/15/10m bands.
Rigs are Elecraft K3+P3 & Kenwood TS2000 100W.
500Ah battery bank + 180W solar panel and 400W wind generator.
Also, live video streaming will be provided on: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ei8gqb
QSL via PA3249, direct or by the Bureau.

FOC EVENT (And Award)
To commemorate their 75th anniversary in May, the FOC (First Class CW Operators' Club) is holding a month-long on-air event featuring more than 20 special “FOC” suffix calls. These will include GB75FOC, a special anniversary callsign for their club station. (GP4FOC will be used when operating from Guernsey, GS4FOC from Scotland and GT4FOC from Isle of Man). There will be many other FOC callsigns from the USA and VE and from more exotic locations such as VQ9, HZ1 and 5T. Stations will gain points for contacting any FOC member and a beautiful certificate will be presented to stations who reach certain point levels. Complete details are available on the FOC Web page at: http://www.g4foc.org/Default.aspx?pageId=1537887

FR, REUNION ISLAND
Cyril, FR4NT, will be active during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 30-31st) as a Single-Op/Low-Power entry. QSL via FR4NT direct (NO IRCs).

GB0, ENGLAND (CASHOTA Monument Ops)
Look for John, M0JFE, of the Fleetwood Radio Enthusiast Group, (along with the help of others) to activate some CASHOTA monuments during the month of April. He has obtained the special callsign GB0FRG. His tentative schedule is as follows:

April 2nd - The Mount Pavilion & Tour of the Clock Workings; Reference numbers: LR SD333481, WAB SD34 and QRA IO83LW

April 9th - I.O.M Ferry Berth (Location where the Anchors of the Titanic where transferred from Train to Ship to be shipped to Belfast); Reference numbers: LR SD340483, WAB SD34 and QRA IO83LW

April 16th - War memorial in Memorial Park Fleetwood; Reference numbers: LR SD328474, WAB SD34 and QRA IO83LW

April 23rd - Activation Jubilee Towers Quernmore just outside of Lancaster; Reference numbers: LR SD542573, WAB SD55 and QRA IO84PA

Activity will be on 80-10 meters and 2m & 70cm; propagation dependant. Stations that work ALL 4 activations and E-mail in their log toThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. will be E-mailed a special certificate from their club. The club's Web site is: http://www.fleetwoodradiogroup.moonfruit.com/#

GJ, JERSEY (Update/Callsign Change)
Richrad, M5RIC, will be active as GJ2A (not MJ2Z) for the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 30-31st) as a Single- Op/All Band/High Power entry. QSL via M5RIC. He will sign MJ5RIC for any activity outside the contest.

H44, SOLOMON ISLANDS (IOTA Op/Update to OPDX.1103/1104)
Operators Ralph, 5W0W/H44RK, Dom/SQ9KWW, Tom/WL7HP and Maggie/H44MK (the only local YL Ham from Sikiana) will be active as H44IOTA during their upcoming IOTA tour which will start during the first week of June. Preliminary dates have now been announced for each island, but may vary due to the nature of the tour. Here is their announced schedule:

June 1-4th - New Georgia Island (OC-149)
June 6-8th - Russell Islands (OC-168)
June 10-13th - Florida Islands (OC-158)
June 17-24th - Stewart Island (OC-285) **
July 1-7th - Nendo Island (OC-100)
July 9-12th - Vanikolo/Utupua (OC-163)
July 14-16th - Reef Islands (OC-065)
** Of special interest to IOTA chasers is Stewart Island (OC-285) having NEVER been activated.

Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW and SSB. See OPDX.1104 for frequencies. All QSL requests are via QSL Manager Rex Turvin, NR6M. For updates, it is suggested to watch: http://www.qrz.com/db/H40RK

The group now has a Web, Twitter and FaceBook page at: http://www.h44iota.com https://twitter.com/h44iota https://www.facebook.com/pages/H44-IOTA-DXpedition/136003426577924

HB0, LIECHTENSTEIN
A group of Dutch radio amateurs will be operating from Liechtenstein between April 13-20th, as HB0/homecall. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and PSK31. During this week, a couple of SOTAs will be activated as well. Operators mentioned are Mans/PA2HGJ, Hugo/PA2HW, Robert/PA2RDK, Frank/PA3CNO, Paul/PA3DFR, Henny/PA3HK, Gert/ PE0MGB and Piet/PE1FLO. QSL via PE1FLO.


AS-125. Tana, E27EK, will be active as E27EK/p from Chang Island, Thailand, between March 26-27th. Activity will be on all HF bands. QSL via his home callsign direct. Please NO eQSLs.

EU-028. Members of the Valle Brembana DX and Contest (VBDXC) Team will be active as IA5A from Giglio between April 29th and May 4th. Operators mentioned are Ezio/IK2AHB, Diego/IW2MZX, Alessandro/ IW5ELA, Andrea/IZ2AJE and Fabio/IZ2GMT. QSL via IK2AHB, direct or by the Bureau.

EU-125. Rico, DO6EBB, will once again be active as OZ/DO6EBB from Fano Island (DIA NS-002, WWFF OZFF-004) between June 22nd July 7th. Activity will be holiday style on 160-2 meters using SSB and some Digital modes. QSL via his home callsign, direct or eQSL.

EU-158. Markus, DJ4EL, will be active as SV8/DJ4EL from both Proti (March 25-26th) and Sapientza Islands (March 28-29th). This is a rare IOTA. Activity will be on 15 meters only using battery power and a simple Quad antenna. Markus hopes to make 1000 or more contacts. QSL via LoTW, by the Bureau or direct.

NA-041. David, K0DCH, will be active as K0DCH/KL7 from Mitkof Island (USI AK155S, WLOTA 2115) between July 12-16th. Activity will be on or near the usual island and IOTA frequencies. QSL via his home callsign direct only.

IOTA TOUR (Philippines)
Dindo, DV1UD, finally received permission (after trying for several months) to land on and activate three of the 'most wanted' Islands in the DU area. Dindo will visit Bongao Island (OC-174), Tawi-Tawi Island (OC-174) and Taganak Island (OC-225). This is to complete some survey and research as part of his work requirements. His tentative schedule is for the first week of April. Hopefully this will allow him to stay on each island for 2-3 days. He will grab this opportunity to activate these rare IOTA's between his work commitments. On Friday he announced that his equipment will be an Icom IC-7000, AH-4 Tuner and 100w into a Loop Antenna. Tentative departure from Manila is April 2nd, and he expects to be in Bongao, Tawi Tawi, by April 4th or 5th, via Zamboanga City. His callsign will be DX8DX, and activity will be on CW and SSB. QSL via M0OXO OQRS. For more details, visit his Blog page at: http://www.m0oxo.com/dx8dx.html

KH8, AMERICAN SAMOA (Update/Operator Needed)

Bill, N6MW, will make one last try to activate American Samoa as KH8/N6MW from a hotel in Tutuila between November 11-21st. The focus will be on "Maximum number of different stations contacted; CW, some SSB and RTTY if/when things slow down; EU when possible on higher bands; and Significant 160m effort." The location on the island will be well south of the Pago Pago harbor area to avoid as much mountain low angle cut off as possible. The DX- pedition's Web page states, "Total of 3 operators planned, 2 of the slots available." For more details and updates, visit: http://n6mw.jimdo.com

LX, LUXEMBOURG
Matthias, DJ8OG, will be active as LX7I during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 30-31st) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via LX2A. Visit the following Web page at: http://www.lx2a.com

OX, GREENLAND

An international group of YLs will once again activate amateur radio from Kangerlussuaq between August 16-20th. Operators mentioned are Unni/LA6RHA, Mio/JR3MVF, Chae/HL1KDW, Kay/WA0WOF and Solveig/SM6KAT. The last YL expedition was in 2010 and was very successful. For more information, visit heir Web site at:http://home.online.no/~la6rha/greenland2013.htm

PA150, NETHERLANDS (Special Event)
Fred, PA0FAW, will be active as PA150BA between April 1-28th. Activity is to celebrate the 150th anni- versary of Bronbeek, a former Royal palace in Arnhem that is now a museum and a home for elderly soldiers and disabled KNIL (The Royal Netherlands East Indies Army) soldiers. The inhabitants took their collections of 'souvenirs' with them. This turned into a museum about the Dutch East Indies. Operations will be mainly CW, with some Digital and SSB. This operation will have a World Flora Fauna (WFF) reference number of WFF-PA-005. Fred is a member of the ISWL and Euro PSK club. QSL via PA0FAW, by the Bureau, eQSL and direct, but no LoTW. SWL reports are welcome direct, no need for return postage.


 

KH6BZF PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (March 25-31st)

 Mar/25th  AN      Mar/28th  HN-AN   Mar/30th  AN
 Mar/26th  AN      Mar/29th  AN      Mar/31st  AN
 Mar/27th  AN


   SOLAR REFERENCE KEYS/INDEXES AND GEOMAGNETIC REFERENCE
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    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 from DB0SDX (Not Available This Week)
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(e) eQSL only (d) direct only (B) Bureau only (L) LoTW only

PY0SJ 1982 LOTW. Cesar, PY2YP, reports that he typed the log into LoTW and it is now working on the PY0ZSC operation which is three times larger. The Rocks web page www.py2yp.com/spsprocks shows several logs and cards. Stay tuned.

. The TX5K OQRS is now operational online at: https://secure.clublog.org/charts/?c=TX5K#

UT1FG/MM QSL STATUS. John, K8YSE, reports, "Eugene, UX0FY, advises that he has not received logs for UT1FG/MM after November 2012. He hopes to have the December 2012 thru March 2013 logs in a few weeks. Then he will be answering all QSL requests that he has received so far. He asks everyone to be patient."

QSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 4Z5MU, 8P5A, 9K2F, 9M4SLL, BU2AW, DH6BH, EA7TG, EI3GG, H40T, H44G, KH2L, KP2MM, MI0BPB, OS8A, PY0SJ, PY5ZD, RI1ANF, RU0FM, RX6BH, RZ6BS, SV5FRD, T2GM, T88TF, VK3HJ, VP9I, XR0YG, XT2AA, XT2TT, ZF2AM and ZF2UL

QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3D2C, 7X2ARA, A62A, CT9/DG3FAW, CX5CBA, DU3/N0QM, ES4RD, FR4NT, J8/W6HGF, KH8/M1KTA, LU6W, TX9, V25A, XU1A, XV2RZ, Z81Z, ZB3R and ZL9HR

QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 4L1MA, 5W1SA, 9M6Z, A5A, AC2AI/KH2, AH0BT, AH0S/KH2, BA7MG, C31KC, C50C, EO2112WZA, HF1918RO, ISO/DK7ZB, JD1BMH, KB7OBU/KH2, T8CW, T88CR, T88GO, T88ME, T88ZO, TT8PK, V55A, WH2DX, Z60K, ZD8W and ZL50GH

SILENT KEY (DXer's Have Lost Another Legend)
It is with great sorrow to report that DXers have lost a great friend and well-known DXer. Luis, XE1L, became a Silent Key, shortly after returning to San Diego from the recent TX5K Clipperton Island DXpedition. Reports indicate that Luis was stricken with a major heart attack and passed away within minutes. An ARRL Life Member, Luis held Top of Honor Roll (Phone and Mixed), with all 340 current entities confirmed. He also held DXCC for Mixed, Phone, CW and RTTY, as well as 5-Band DXCC, and had a total of 354 entities, including deleted. World-Wide DXers will miss him greatly on the air. Here are just a few places, major DXpeditions and contests that Luis has operated:

Major DXpeditions:
3Y0PI, 9M0M, 9N7MD, S07L, TZ6RM, XF4L, XR0Y, XR0Z and XZ0A

Contests Callsigns:
4A7L, 4A9LCH, 6D1LCH, 6D7LCH, 6H1L, 6J1L, W4/XE1L (Various IOTA), W4T (Dry Tortugas), XF0L, XF5L, XF6L and YW5L.

Other Entities Callsigns:
4K/XE1L, 4U/XE1L/ITU, 4U/XE1L/NY, 4U/XE1L/YK, 4X/XE1L, 6Y5/XE1L, 8P9/XE1L, 9N7MD, C6A/XE1L, CE0/XE1L, CE3/XE1L, FM5/XE1L, FS5/XE1L, J6/XE1L, KH7/XE1L, KP4/XE1L, P4/XE1L, PJ2/XE1L, TG9/XE1L, TZ6L, VE7/XE1L, VP8CPJ, W/XE1L, W4/XE1L, XE0LCH, XE1LCH, XE1L, XE1L/XF2, XE1L/XF3, XF3/XE1L, XZ1L, YV5/XE1L and ZD8/XE1L.

OPDX and it readers would like to send out our deepest smypathy to the family and friends of XE1L. A "Condolences Book" has been setup on the Radio Club Satélite's (XE1RCS) Web page at: http://www.xe1rcs.org.mx/xe1l
To read more about Luis, XE1L, visit the ARRL Web page at: http://www.arrl.org/news/view/noted-contester-and-dxer-luis-chartarifsky-xe1l-sk