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DX Bulletin No. 1196

AS-130.  Jacek, SP5APW, will be active as 3W2JK from Con Son Island
           between March 11-17th. He states on his Blog page [edited]:
           "I am going to operate from Con Son Island during my next
           spring vacations. The island is not very remote and inaccessible.
           However, AS-130 group has been claimed by 17.1% IOTA chasers
           only... So, I expect to experience nice pile-up. My QTH will
           be on southeastern coast what causes that short path to NA and
           EU will not work well. Unfortunately all resorts are located
           in this part of the island. See you on air!" For updates,

  AS-200.  Kenji, JA4GXS, will once again be active as JA4GXS/5 from
           Shodo Island (Kagawa Prefecture) between January 23-25th.
           Activity will be on 40-15 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via
           JA4GXS, direct or by the Bureau.

  NA-178.  (Update) According to a post on their FaceBook page at:
           "Hi All - so far, we are ON for 1/5 & 1/6 on the island. Some
           of you have heard, and I'll make it clear here now, that this
           trip to the island will likely not 'count' for IOTA credit.
           Paperwork and politics being what they are, we will likely
           not have certification from IOTA for these QSO'S next week.
           Please consider this a dry - run for a future trip. See you
           on the band's Monday evening  73"

  OC-236.  Operators Agus/YB8IAN, Salmin/YB8IBD, Asrat/YB8KGR, YB8KM,
           YC8IAI, Syahruddin/YC8KBY, YC8KLA and YC8KNW will be active
           as YB8K from Wowoni Island between January 10-11th. Activity
           will beon the HF bands using CW, SSB and Digital modes. QSL
           via YB8IBD direct only. An online log search will be available
           on ClubLog. More details and updates at: 

J3, GRENADA. Bob, G3PJT, will once again be active as J34G from Grenada
(NA-024, WLOTA 0718) between March 12-25th. Activity will be holiday style
on 80-10 meters, mainly CW, using a K2 w/100 watts and vertical antennas.
He plans to also be in the RSGB's Commonwealth Contest (March 14-15th).
Look for him outside of the contest, especially on 80 and 30 meters. QSL
via his home callsign.

JW, SVALBARD. François, F8DVD, will once again be active as JW/F8DVD from
Longyearbyen located on Spitsbergen Island (EU-026) between April 9-15th.
His activity will be on HF bands. He will use the Longyearbyen Radio Club's
equipment which consists of an Kenwood TS870 and a 500 watts amp into an
optibeam antenna on a 30 meters high tower. The log will be uploaded on
Clublog and on LoTW. QSL via his home callsign, through the French REF
Bureau or direct, with SAE + 1 IRC or 2 USDs to: Francois Bergez, 6,
Rue de la Liberte,  71000 MACON, France. For more info, visit: 

K1N NAVASSA DXPEDITION (Press Release - December 30th): It is now about
4 weeks before K1N goes on the air. The exact date of departure from the
staging area will be dependent upon a combination of the date U.S. FWS
transportation is available and upon weather windows. It is looking like
K1N will be QRV the first two weeks of February.
  Most of the team have their bags packed and are ready to go. Because
of the helicopter logistics, this will be a no-frills-minimum-comfort
operation for the team. Meals will be MRE's. The container has been
organized for a quick camp setup and quick radio/antenna setup to take
advantage of every moment. It is estimated there will be two full days
of helicopter shuttles to get everything needed to start operations. A
small team of FWS personnel will accompany us, including armed Federal
Law Enforcement Officers.
  Efficiency is not just for the team, but also for the DX community. It
has been over 22 years since Navassa was activated and USFWS will not
allow another operation for at least 10 more years. This is a ONCE IN
32 YEARS opportunity to work Navassa! Everyone can make the most of this
opportunity by LISTENING to the operator's instructions and following
the cadence of the operator. We will not be working all modes on all
bands, but limiting most bands to a specific mode, so that we can work
the pileups down to the last little pistol.
  Fund raising has been going well. The team has contributed about half
of the total budget. For those in the U.S., it is possible to make a
year-end tax-deductible donation, directed through the Northern California
DX Foundation. See <> and follow the instructions on
the DONATE tab.
  We have a Facebook page to watch and a Twitter feed (@navassa2015)
to follow along.
  For the KP1-5 Project,
     Bob Allphin K4UEE
     Glenn Johnson W0GJ
     Mike Thomas NA5U

OJ0, MARKET REEF. Operators Peter/ON8VP, Mike/ON6QQ and Ron/ON5TQ will
be active as OJ0V from Market Reef between June 28th and July 4th. Activity
will be on 40-10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via ON5TC.

PA70, THE NETHERLANDS (Special Event). For the second year in a row the
amateur society VERON, branch Nijmegen, will activate the special event
station PA70OV between February 6-8th. Activity is to commemorate Operation
Veritable, the successor of Operation Market Garden. Operation Veritable
is not known very well to most people. It was the battle which formed the
prelude to the leap across the Rhine after which the eventual defeat of
Germany soon followed. They would like us to commemorate and celebrate 70
years of freedom in the Gennep-Nijmegen region. During the 3 days, they
will activate the callsign PA70OV and try to work as many amateur radio
operators across the world. Whether you are an amateur radio operator
hoping to contact a new country or a casual visitor, they welcome you to
visit their website at:

PP70, BRAZIL (Special Event). Ronaldo, PS7AB, will activate special event
station PP70FEB between January 6-31st. Activity is to celebrate 70th
anniversary of World War II and to remember the importance of PEACE.
The special callsign is also in honor to all who participated in the war,
especially the Brazilian Expeditionary Force - FEB, on the battlefields
in Italy. Operations will be on CW and SSB. QSL via PS7AB, direct (1 USD),
by the Bureau, eQSL or LoTW. Each month in 2015, Ronaldo will activate a
different callsign and also send 12 different QSLs. For more details, see:                 


    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

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