- Category: DX Bulletin
- Published on Tuesday, 06 January 2015 15:05
- Written by Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
6W, SENEGAL (Reminder). Francis, F6BLP, will once again be active as 6W7SK from Saly Portudal, 80 kms south of Dakar on the coast, between January 10th and February 5th. Activity will be holiday style using the same station as last time (IC-7000 into G5RV antenna) operating mainly CW on 80-10 meters. If possible, he also hopes to be active on 160m with an Inverted L with a 300 watts solid state amplifier. Look for his low band activity during his local sunrise and sunset. QSL via F6BLP, direct or by the Bureau. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW and eQSL. For more details, logs and pictures of his last operation, visit: http://www.f6blp.org
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, watch: http://as-130.blogspot.it 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: <https://www.facebook.com/K6Fislands> "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: http://www.qrz.com/db/YB8K 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: http://www.qrz.com/db/JW/F8DVD 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 <www.navassadx.com> 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: http://www.pa2p.nl/pa70ov 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: http://qrz.com/db/pp70feb
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.