- Category: DX Bulletin
3D2 & FW, FIJI AND WALLIS & FUTNA ISLANDS (Update). Nobby, G0VJG, will be active as 3D2AS from Fiji between May 3-8th. He will also be active as FW/G0VJG from Wallis Island (OC-054) between May 8-22nd. He may also make a possible short side trip to Futuna Island (OC-118). Dates could change. Activity from the islands will be on 60/40/30/20/17/15/12/10/6 meters using SSB and FT8. QSL via M0OXO's OQRS.
3V, TUNISIA. Operator SWL Ashraf "Ash", 3V4-002 (KF5EYY), will be active as 3V8SF from the Scout Radio Club of Sfax city club station during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 30-31st) as a Single-Op entry. QSL via LX1NO or LoTW. Read about Ashraf on the following Web page at: http://www.kf5eyy.info 3Y0I BOUVET DXPEDITION NEWS (Update/Postponed). SAD NEWS. Excerpts from a very long press release dated March 26th, the 3Y0I team was just 70 nautical miles off Bouvet Island, and the ship was "hit by a series of 11+ meters (36+ ft) tall waves + wind exceeding 83 knots/h (approx. 160 km/h). The fierce oceanic forces swept past the upper deck, taking one of the radars, including VSAT, VHF and HF marine antennas, off the mast and throwing them all overboard. The hit was so hard the vessel tilted as much as 45°." On March 27th, it was reported that all team members and crew were safe, but "with lack of the most important navigational tools, the captain declared it was not safe to navigate and they needed to go back to Cape Town to secure both all participants on the board, their equipment and the vessel's gear." Also from press release, the 3Y0I team stated that the the "3Y0I Expedition is NOT cancelled we don't give up that easily".... The "3Y0I’s events will be long discussed and analyzed by the Team to 'attack' the island one more time as soon as possible again all marked with 'safety-first' principles." To read the complete Press Release #4 written by Stan, SP8S, the 3Y0I Press officer, see: https://bouvetoya.org/3yoi-postponed While this was being written, two more press releases were posted (one short and one very long) by Stan, SP8S, on March 28th. They contain more details about what happened and an audio conversation with Dom, 3Z9DX, on 20 meters. They can be read at: Press Release #5 (HAMS SIMPLY ROCK!) -- https://bouvetoya.org/hams-simply-rock Press Release #6 (3Y0I TO BE CONTINUED!) -- https://bouvetoya.org/3yoi-to-be-continued As of press time, the "Atlantic Tuna" was reported to be in a middle of another storm. The "Atlantic Tuna" can be tracked at the following Web sites: https://www.vesselfinder.com/?imo=7225051 https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ships/shipid:5786633/mmsi:601070100 https://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0tARRAqk3ftzEN8piDb2UOWqGrnOX349o For more details and updates, we suggest to watch the following Web pages: 3Y0I Bouvetoya Web site: https://bouvetoya.org Rebel DX Group Web site: https://www.rebeldxgroup.com 3Y0I_JA Support Team Web site: http://jouban.jp/3y0i_ja (For JA stations) 3Y0I Bouvetoya on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bouvetoya.org Rebel DX Group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rebeldxgroup Bouvetoya Twitter: https://twitter.com/Bouvetoyaorg 4Z, ISRAEL. Moshe, 4X1DX, will be active as 4Z7Z during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 30-31st) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power/Assisted entry. 6O, SOMALIA (Update). Ali, EP3CQ, will once again be active as 6O1OO starting April 15th, and onward (no ending date provided). Activity will be limited to his spare time because he works for the UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS), in Mogadishu. Operations will be on 80/40/30/20/17/15/10 meters (mostly on 40/20meters FT8) using SSB and FT8. Last time he suggested that he will be on everyday between 1800- 2000 East Africa Time (EAT) and on the weekend (Friday and Saturday) between 1400-1800. Equipment is a Yaesu 857D into a Tarheel Little II (currently active), and Sandpiper MV-10. Ali informed OPDX that he is looking for anybody who can donate a FT450D for the station. Also, effec- tive as of February 11, 2019, the callsign (6O1OO) is accepted for DXCC credit. QSL direct to (changed a little): Ali Solhjoo, Schnackenburgstr. 3, Berlin 12159, Germany. QSL cards will be replied to on a bi-monthly basis. IRC's are not accepted. See QRZ.com for more info and picture of his station. Flash news will be posted via Twitter: @ep3cq 6Y, JAMAICA (Reminder). By the time you read this, Kasimir, DL2SBY, will be active as 6Y5KB from Jamaica (NA-097) until April 10th. Activity will usually be on 40-6 meters including 17/12 meters and possibly 30 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL 6Y5KB via DL2SBY, direct or the OQRS (Bureau/direct) via ClubLog ONLY. Do not send your QSL via the Bureau! His log will be uploaded to LoTW later. AFRICAN OPERATION (eSwatini [Swaziland] and Lesotho Tour). Pista, HA5AO, will return to eSwatini (Swaziland) during the second half of September. He will be active for 14 days on the bands of 80-10 meters using CW, RTTY and FT8. The exact date will be announced later. His 3DA0AO license was issued last year. Station setup includes: Elecraft K3s, KPA 500, vertical antennas, with N1MM+ logging software. After the Swaziland operation he will return to Lesotho again during the first half of October. He will use the 7P8AO callsign. Bands, modes and station setup is the same as above. The length of operation is 14-16 days. A log search and an OQRS will be available at: https://www.ha5ao.com Look for more details to be forthcoming. B1, CHINA. Members of the Beijing DX Club will be active as B1Z during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 30-31st). QSL via EA7FTR. BW, TAIWAN. Operators YL Ama/JI1NLJ and Ryo/JG1WBB will be active as BW/homecall during the CQWW WPX DX Contest (March 30-31st) both doing a Single-Op/Single-Band entry. QSL via their home callsigns. CQMMDX CONTEST. The CQMM DX Contest, organized by the Juiz de Fora CW Group , will be held on April 20-21st, with a new starting time of 0900 UTC. For more details, see: http://www.cqmmdx.com. E2, THAILAND. Champ, E21EIC, will be active as E2A (The SIAM DX Group/ Contest Callsign) from Bangkok during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 30-31st) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via LoTW or by the Bureau using ClubLog. E5, NORTH AND SOUTH COOK ISLANDS (Reminder). By the time you read this, operators Dagmar/DM7PQ, and Rainer/DL1AUZ will be active as E51NPQ and E51AUZ, respectively, from RAitutaki Island (OC-083), South Cook Islands until March 31st. Next activity will be from Rarotonga Island (OC-013), South Cook Islands, between April 2-11th. Activity will be holiday style on various HF bands and CW only. QSL via their home callsigns. Watch QRZ.com for possible updates. E5, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS. Operators Bruce/AD7MM, along with his XYL Marilyn, KI7DLK, and Doug/W6HB will once again be active as E51BAS, E51MAS and E51DLD, respectively, from Rarotonga Island (OC-013) between April 21-28th. There may be some operations from the stations of Jim/E51JD and Bob/E51BQ. Activity will be holiday style on various HF bands, modes, with two stations with 100 watts and wire antennas. QSL via their home callsigns or LoTW. EF9, CEUTA AND MELILLA. Jorge, EA9LZ, will be active as EF9Z from Ceuta during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 30-31st) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via LoTW and EA5KB. HB0, LIECHTENSTEIN. A group of Dutch amateurs (from the PI4RAZ Radio Club) will be active as HB0/homecall from Steg (WW Loc. JN47SC) between April 6-13th. Operators mentioned are Mans/PA2HGJ, Robert/PA2RDK, Frank/PA3CNO, Gert/PE0MGB and Piet/PE1FLO. Activity will be on all bands, 160-10 meters, using the main modes CW and FT8, with occasional SSB. QSL via PE1FLO. II0, ITALY (Special Event). Look for special event station, II0KT, to be active between April 1st and August 31st. Activity is to commemorate the 1947 voyage of the raft Kon Tiki. QSL via I0KQB. Check out QRZ.com for more details and pictures. IO5, ITALY. Members of the TEN-FIFTY Contest Group will be active as IO5O from Grosseto, Italy, during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 30-31st) as Multi-Single entry. QSL via LoTW. Operators mentioned are Claudio/IK5RLP, Marco/IK5ROS, Alessandro/IV3KKW, Claudio/IW2HAJ, Leonardo/IW5EFX, Emanuele/ IZ0PMV, Alessandro/IZ0UME, Gabriele/IU2FQW, Simone/IK5RUN and Dan/I5OYY.
PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (April 1-7th)....... Apr/01st AN Apr/04th AN Apr/06th AN Apr/02nd AN Apr/05th HN Apr/07th AN Apr/03rd AN 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 Meanwhile, check out the following Web sites: * VOACAP predication Web page at: http://www.voacap.com/hf and http://www.voacap.com/prediction.html * DX.QSL.NET Propagation page: https://dx.qsl.net/propagation * A daily HF radio wave propagation forecast can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/thomasfranklingiellaw4hm * SolarHam Web page: http://www.solarham.net * Radio Propagation/Space Weather/Sunspot Cycle Information at: http://sunspotwatch.com * Graphic propagation tool by DR2W: http://www.dr2w.de/dx-propagation * Point to point propagation at: http://www.predtest.uk/p2p.html * Realtime propagation at: http://www.predtest.uk * Also on Twitter: https://twitter.com/@GiellaW4hm
QSL INFO AND NEWS................... QSL-INFO from DB0SDX by Lothar, DL1SBF ------------------------------------------------------------------------ 5T5PA via PA5X & (L) IN3ADG/IS0 via 9A5URI PI40FL via PA3HEB 6W/ON4AVT via ON4AVT & (e) JW6VDA via OH2NRG (O/L/N) R125IL via RZ5D CR7AUS via CR7AUS (e) LU/DL2OE via DL2OE and LoTW S549APR via S51A D4Z via HB9DUR(d);IK2NCJ(B) LU/EA8DE via LU/EA8DE (e) ---------------- DL1250G via DL8SCU OE1/DL3IAS via DL3IAS UP160AP via UP160AP (O/L) EA8/DL1DVE via DL1DVE (d/L) OG60IPA via OH4MDY VP2ETE via W3HNK & (L) EA8/DL3VTA via DL3VTA OL50MR via OK1MR VP8CTR via DL5EBE EG2AZF via EA2URZ ON/PD0RWL/P via PD0RWL ZS6TW via ZS6WB HB90EYP via HB9EYP ON/Z35M/P via Z35M (d) (e) eQSL only (d) direct only (B) Bureau only (*-B) DX's- Bureau (O) OQRS only (C) ClubLog only (L) LoTW only (N) No QSL needed (I) No IRC (P) PayPal (NB) No Bureau LOGS ONLINE AT CLUBLOG.ORG THIS WEEK...... https://clublog.org/logsearch/3Y0I (“Postponed, Not Canceled”) https://secure.clublog.org/logsearch/4M1X https://secure.clublog.org/logsearch/4M4X https://secure.clublog.org/logsearch/4M5X https://secure.clublog.org/logsearch/VI9NI https://secure.clublog.org/logsearch/YW1T https://secure.clublog.org/logsearch/YW4M https://secure.clublog.org/logsearch/YW5LB https://secure.clublog.org/logsearch/YW5M https://secure.clublog.org/logsearch/YW6C https://secure.clublog.org/logsearch/YW7C https://secure.clublog.org/logsearch/YW8D * PLEASE NOTE: The ClubLog DX Report (https://clublog.org/dxreport.html) is updated every 7 days and contains a summary of band conditions and activity, based on the data that you and other ClubLog users have uploaded. Also, it now includes a breakdown of modes logged in the last week. Check it out....... JW6VDA QSL POLICY. Do NOT send direct cards by mail. Use Clublog's OQRS to request direct cards. Repeat: Direct QSLs: DO NOT SEND. Check ClubLog's Log checker at bottom of QRZ.com page. If you are not there, you are not in the log. QSLS RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 5X3C, 5X3E, JO1LVZ, JR3DXJ, PJ0DX, VK1HMS, VK2DX, VR2XYL, XX9D and YB7SKM QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: A5A and ET3YOTA QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE IARU BUREAU: NONE TO REPORT THIS WEEK!!! QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE Radio Club Panama Bureau (NOT IARU Bureau): CE0Z/UA4WHX, CE7/UA4WHX, CE9/UA4WHX, HK0/UA4WHX, RG50K and RZ3FW --- We would like to see more QSL Bureaus (such as AS/US/SA/AF.. etc) to send in their info.... --- PANAMA Bureaus (both IARU and LPRA) have not received QSLs for 5 months. Most active HP ham stations are from LPRA non members so it looks that they are not interested in passing along the other 99% of QSLs batches received via IARU clubs. Many talks with IARU 2 executive directors do not produce any satisfactory solutions and NO QSLs are received via the IARU members QSLs Bureaus. V3, BELIZE. Members of the Medical Amateur Radio Council (MARCO) will be active as V31D from Belize City on May 1st, between 1600-2100 UTC. Activity will be on 20/17 meters using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL via AA4FL. This is the first three DX port activations taking place while on their MARCO post- annual meeting cruise. Next activations are: HQ9D -- Roatan, Honduras, on May 2nd, between 1600-1900 UTC ZF2D -- Savannah, Cayman Islands, on May 3rd, between 1700-2100 UTC For more details about MARCO, see: https://www.marco-ltd.org
VI9N, NORFOLK ISLAND (Correction/Update). Operators Chris/VK3QB, Luke/VK3HJ, Patrick/VK2PN and David/VK3BDX will be active as VI9NI from Norfolk Island (OC-005) between April 1-14th. VI9NI is being activated to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Norfolk Island Act. Their main focus will be on low bands using CW and FT8, but will also be active on various HF bands (160-17m) on SSB. The team plans to include some SOTA activation from "Mt. Bates" and "Jacky Jacky" summits. QSL via VK2CA direct (not VK4FW, which is the 2006 route), ClubLog or LoTW (preferred). Bureau cards will ONLY be available via Clublog's OQRS - DO NOT send via a Bureau as they are not members, and they will not reach them! For more details and updates, watch their FaceBook page at: https://www.facebook.com/VI9NI VP5, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS. Operators Dennis/K2SX, John/K4BAI, Jim/K4QPL and Robert/KK4R will be active as VP5/homecall from Providenciales between May 21-28th. The group will be there for the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 25-26th) signing as VP5M as a Multi2 entry. QSL VP5M via LoTW. QSL all others via their home callsign. WP4, PUERTO RICO. Felipe, NP4Z, will be active as WP4X from San Juan during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 30-31st) as a Single-Op/High-Power entry. QSL via WP4X. YC9, INDONESIA. The team of Orlok Kanjuruhan Malang & Orlok Karangasem will be active as YC9DE during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 30-31st) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via YB3MM or LoTW. Z6, REPUBLIC OF KOSOVO (IN THE WPX CONTEST March 30-31st). A Press Release by Martti, OH2BH, states [edited]: The Amateur Radio Society of Kosovo, SHRAK, is proud to announce a youth activity in the WPX contest this coming weekend. The youth of Kosovo and Turkey will join to work together and ultimately activate two stations as: Z66Y (youth) The operators are Ahmet Bucko, Z63CAB, Donjeta Berisha, Z63DBB, Dardan Bojniku, Z63DBM, Furkan Ozen, TA7AOF and Golkem Cagri Zivali, TA7AZC; all about 20-years of age. The team is supported in Pristina by Fehmi, Z62FB and Tevfik, TA1HZ. QSL via Z62FB CBA. ZL7, CHATHAM ISLANDS (Reminder/Update). By the time you read this, operators Ian/ZL2BGL and Bill/ZL2AYZ/ZL3VZ will be active as ZL7C from Chatham Islands (OC-038) until April 2nd. Activity will be on 80-15 meters using CW, SSB, FT8, RTTY and PSK31, as well as an entry in the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 30-31st). QSL via ZL4HU. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- The following stations are expected to be active in the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 30-31st, 2019) Contest Rules: http://www.cqwpx.com/rules.htm -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thanks to Bill, NG3K, for providing OPDX readers with the following consolidated listing of the participants in the 2019 CQWW WPX SSB Contest. For a more detailed listing (and up-to-date changes/corrections) in HTML format, please visit Bill's Web page at: http://www.ng3k.com/Misc/wpxs2019.html (By callsign) http://www.ng3k.com/Misc/wpxsd2019.html (By entity) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Contest DXCC Class QSL Callsign Entity Route ------------------------------------------------------------------------ 3V8SF Tunisia SO LoTW; QSL via LX1NO 3Z6V Poland SO LoTW; QSL via SP6DVP (B) 4L/F5RAV Georgia SOSB F5RAV 4Z7Z Israel SOAB HP 7X7X Algeria M/? ** 8P1W Barbados SOAB LP KU9C A42K Oman M/2 LoTW B1Z China EA7FTR BP0P Taiwan M/? *** BW/JL3RDC Taiwan SO JL3RDC BW/JG1WBB Taiwan SO JG1WBB BW/JI1NLJ Taiwan SO JI1NLJ CB1H Chile M/? (C) D4C Cape Verde Island M/M LoTW DU6/N6SS Philippines SOSB 80m N6SS (d) E2A Thailand SOAB HP LoTW; QSL via E21EIC (d) E6ET Niue SOSB 20m ClubLog EB8AH Canary Islands SOAB HP LoTW EF9Z Ceuta & Melilla SOAB LoTW; QSL via EA5KB (d) HB9EOU Switzerland M/2 IO5O Italy M/S LoTW IS0SWW Sardinia M/2 LoTW; QSL via IQ0NU K3LR United States M/? LoTW KH2KY Guam M/? LoTW; QSL via (C/e) LY29A Lithuania SOAB LY5A LZ73A Bulgaria M/S LZ1YQ MU2K Guernsey SOAB LP GU8ITE NP2P U.S. Virgin Islands SO LoTW P44W Aruba SOAB LoTW; QSL via N2MM (d); (NB) PJ2T Curacao M/? K1ZN PJ4K Bonaire SOAB KU9C PJ4R Bonaire SOAB WD9DZV RL3A Russia (Europe) M/S W3HNK SI9AM Sweden M/2 ON3UN TM3Z France SOAB F4DSK TO2BC French Guiana SO LoTW; QSL via DL7BC (DARC-B/d) V31VP Belize SOAB HP WB0TEV; QSL via (B/d/C) V85RH Brunei SO LoTW Only VC2W Canada SOAB HP LoTW VC2Z Canada M/S LoTW VP5P Turks & Caicos M/S LoTW; QSL via N2OO & (C) VP9I Bermuda M/2 LoTW YB2BOB Indonesia SOSB 20M LoTW; QSL via YB2BOB (d) YB2DX Indonesia SOAB LoTW; QSL via YB2DX (d) YB9ZGD Indonesia M/S (e) YC9DE Indonesia M/2 LoTW; QSL via YB3MM YJ0CA Vanuatu SO VK2YUS (d) YV1KK Venezuela SOAB HP LoTW WP4X Puerto Rico SO HP Z66Y Kosovo M/S Z62FB (d) ZL7C Chatham Island SO (C); QSL via ZL2AYZ and maybe LoTW ZZ4A Brazil MO HP LoTW (e) eQSL only (d) direct only (B) Bureau only (*-B) DX's- Bureau (O) OQRS only (C) ClubLog only (L) LoTW only (N) No QSL needed (I) No IRC (P) PayPal (NB) No Bureau ** QSL: Ben Lagha, 18 Rue Louis Aragon 26200, Montelimar, France *** QSL: c/o ART, PO Box 73-326, Taipei, Taiwan