Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1203
The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1203
February 23, 2015
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
* PLEASE NOTE: The report «could» contain «Pirate/SLIM» operations or
more likely a «BUSTED CALLSIGN». As always, you never know – «Work
First Worry Later».
3G0, JUAN FERNANDEZ ISLAND (Update). By the time you read this, the
3G0ZC team should be on Robinson Crusoe Island. The second team was
expected to arrive Sunday evening. Remember, members of the Provins ARC
(F6KOP) will activate Robinson Crusoë Island (SA-005, aka Juan Fernandez
Archipelago) as 3G0ZC between February 24th and March 4th. For more
details see OPDX.1193/1197/1199/1201 or the 3G0ZC Web site at:
A FaceBook page is available at:
5H, TANZANIA. Stefano, IK6JRI, will be active as 5H1JRI from Zanzibar
Island (AF-032) between February 20th and March 3rd. Activity will be
holiday style (during his spare time from hospital) on 40-10 meters,
possibly 80m, on SSB only. QSL via IK7JWX.
5W, SAMOA. Four members of the Yamato Amateur Radio Club will be on holiday
from Samoa (OC-097) between April 9-15th. Operators mentioned are Sasi/
JA1KJW (5W0KJ), Mat/JA1JQY (5W0JY), Kuni/JA8VE (5W0VE) and Kaoru/JA3MCA
(5W0MA). Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. Their
equipment consists of an Elecraft K2, K3x3, Ameritron ALM-500M for SSB
operator Kuni, Spider Beam, HEX antenna and DP. QSL via each operator’s
home callsign, SASE or by the Bureau.
C5, THE GAMBIA. Dom, M1TKA, will once again be active as C5/M1KTA from
a beach sea front location near Brufu in The Gambia between March 12-17th.
Activity will be holiday style on 80-10 meters (Also 30/17/12m) operating
QRP using CW. Expect some SSB as /P from the beach and some Digital,
especially at night (UK hours). Dom mentions that during the weekend of
the RSGB Commonwealth CW Contest (BERU) between 12:00 UTC 14th and 12:00
UTC 15th March, unless you are a BERU country in the contest, he will
likely ignore you. There is a possible side trip to Bijol Island (AF-060)
for a one day operation. QSL via his home callsign or the LoTW. For more
details and updates, see his Blog page at:
C6, BAHAMAS. The C6ANA team will once again be back on the air during the
upcoming contests. While Peter, W1NA, participates in the CQWW 160m SSB
Contest (February 27th-March 1st), the whole team (Pasquale/I8QLS, Gino/
I8ULL, Max/N5NHJ and Peter/W1NA) will operate the ARRL International DX
SSB Contest (March 7-8th) as a Multi-Single. Some activities will take
place outside of the contests as well. QSL via LoTW or direct via N5NHJ.
D4, CAPE VERDE. Lukas, HB9EBT, will be active as D44TEG from Tarrafal,
Sao Tiago Island (AF-005) between March 15-27th. Activity will be on
40-10 meters CW only using an Elecraft K3 with 100 watts into a Triple
Leg antenna on a 15m Fiberglass pole and homemade feeder line. QSL via
his home callsign, direct (NO IRCs) or by the Bureau.
E3, ERITREA. Over the past several months there has been information
surfacing about a possible E3 operation taking place in March. OPDX was
asked to sit on this, but March is almost here. All we can say is Zorro,
JH1AJT, is expected to lead a team of operators, and last we heard it
could be a multi-international team or a all Japaneses team of operators
(details were still being worked out). Many clubs, associations and
organizations have already donated funds to this operation. OPDX was
also told that nothing will be officially announced until the Web page
is up and running. So please sit tight and wait. OPDX will send out a
special bulletin if it is announced during the week.
EF8, CANARY ISLANDS. Operators Luis/EA8AY, Marino/EA8DP, Carlos/EA8DDM
Alberto/EA8AGF, Antonio/EA8BQM and Alberto/EA8AGF will be active as EF8U
from Gran Canaria Island (AF-004) during the ARRL International DX CW
Contest (February 21-22nd) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via EA8URL.
EI, IRELAND. Olivier, ON4EI, will once again be active as EI8GQB and EI1A
between March 1st and April 2nd. He plans to operate from his caravan
using green energy. Olivier will activate the EI1A callsign during the
ARRL International DX SSB (March 7-8th), Russian DX (March 21-22nd) and
CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power
entry. You can follow his activities and antenna experimentation on:
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:
QSL via LoTW, or via QSL Manager PA3249, direct or by the Bureau.
FW, WALLIS AND FUTUNA. Jean, F4CIX, reportedly has moved to Mata’utu,
the capital of Wallis and Futuna, on Wallis Island (OC-054), and has
received the callsign FW1JG. He is currently not on the air, but is expect-
ing his equipment to arrive in approximately two months time. Jean states
that he plans to be active on 40-10 meters using SSB and PSK31. Stay
tune for more updates.
FY, FRENCH GUIANA. Marc, F1HAR, will be active as FY5KE during the ARRL
International DX SSB Contest (March 7-8th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (??)
entry. QSL via LoTW or direct to FY1FL. NO MORE QSLs by the Bureau.
HP, PANAMA. Tim, NL8F, will be active as HP3/NL8F from HP3AK QTH in
Chiriqui between February 27th and March 9th. Activity will be on the
HF bands. QSL via K8NA.
AF-019. Operator Luigi, IK8HCG, will be active as IG9R from Lampedusa
Island (with the support from Italian Navy Force), African
Italy, during the next CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th)
as a Single-Op/Single-Band (160m) entry. QSL via IK8HCG.
NA-008. Alexey, VE1RUS, is currently active as VY0/VE1RUS from Ellesmere
Island, Nunavut, until February 25th. Activity will be limited
and on 20/17/15 meters. QSL via his home callsign.
KH6, HAWAII. Ismo, OH2IS, is nowe active as KH6/OH2IS from Maui (OC-019),
Hawaii, as of February 19th and until February 26th. Activity is holiday
style on all bands between 40-10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via his
home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
KH6, HAWAII. Operators Fred/NA2U and Lou/K1YR are now operating from the
Volcano on the Big Island [Hawai?i Island – OC-019] (as of February 18th)
until February 27th. Activity prior to, and following, the ARRL Inter-
national CW Contest (February 21-22nd) they will operate as KH6/NA2U and
KH6/K1YR. In the ARRL DX CW Contest they will operate as WH7M. QSLs for
KH6/NA2U via LoTW, or direct with SASE and IRC or green stamps. All other
cards via the Bureau. QSLs for WH7M and KH6/K1YR direct to K1YR with
SASE, IRC, or green stamps. All other cards via the Bureau.
OH0, ALAND ISLAND. Kim, OH6KZP, will be active as OH0X during the ARRL DX
CW Contest (February 21-22nd) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry.
QSL via LoTW or to OH2TA. Watch his live score at ,
and live SO2R audio/video stream at .
PJ4, BONAIRE. Stanley, WS5K, is once again active as PJ4F from Bonaire
(SA-006, WLOTA LH-1279) until March 15th. Activity is on the HF bands.
QSL via M0URX, OQRS, LoTW.
PJ7, ST. MAARTEN. An Uruguay DX Group of operators will be operating from
the Red Cross Headquarters in St. Maarten as PJ2C between February 28th
and March 9th. Operators mentioned are Gus/CX2AM, Mario/CX4CR, Rainer/CX8FB
and Bert/CX3AN. Activity will be holiday style with 2 stations running 500w
into 3 elements plus 174 wave verticals on lower bands. Modes will be CW
and SSB, and on 80-10 meters. Callsign(s) was not provided. QSL Manager
is David, EB7DX.
PQ0T, TRINDADE AND MARTIM VAZ ISLANDS (Update). Fábio, PP5BZ, informs
OPDX that on their Website they have now announced that PQ0T will operate
on 160 meters from Trindade Island. This is contrary to what they had
previously reported. Fábio states, «We only ask that everyone has a lot
of patience and understands that our operation in TOP BAND is a rudimentary
form because of the conditions that we have on the island. Thus, each
contact that we can make, will be a victory for us all. Anyway, we will
be active in 160 meters servicing the requests of many colleagues.»
PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (February 23rd-March 1st)….
Feb/23rd HN Feb/26th HN Feb/28th LN
Feb/24th AN Feb/27th AN Mar/01st 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
REALTIME BAND CONDITIONS WEB SITE :
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.
QSL INFO AND NEWS…………………
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (February 20th)
5Z4/DF3FS via DF3FS HG4I via HA5LN PI4ZU via PC4DX
C21BN via JH1NBN HS0ZKG via F6AXX (B/d) PR5T via PY5NF
CT9/OM3RM via OM3RM II1MNA via IQ1GE (B/d) PW0F via OH2BH
CW1C via CX1AA LY97A via LY5A SX2AG via SV2HXV
DQ70ELBE via DJ9ZZZ OG2F via OH2NC UE23DZO via RA4DR
EM4IFF via US5IQ P40L via WA3FRP V31KP via DK1IP
EN1KM via US0LW PI4D via PA3ERA ZA/IW2JOP via IW2HAJ
FR/F5HIJ via F5HIJ PI4F via PD1WAT ZP9MCE via EA5ZD
(e) eQSL only (d) direct only (B) Bureau only (L) LoTW only
(O) OQRS only (C) ClubLog only
The Navassa DXpedition’s K1N OQRS is now activate on ClubLog at:
QSL YE0C via YB0OKR (direct) or LoTW. Activity was on February 18th,
to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year 2015. See QRZ.com for more
QSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 5K0A, 5W0M, 8P9KW, CP4BT, CT1JOP, DL1DBR, DL2OE,
DL6KAC, EA1DR, EA1IT, EA1NK, EA4TD, EA6NB, EA8TX, EH7SMN, ER5LL, F5AGB,
F5SNY, F6FPU, FG4NO, FK8IK, GW4BKG, HA3AUI, HB9HQ, HC2AO, HC2IMP,
HH2/PY3SB, HI3TEJ, J6/DL7VOG, J79SB, KG4YL, KP3Z, OE2GEN, OH7KB, OX3LX,
PA0RRS, RM9RZ, SM4EMO, SP4MPH, SP4R, SP9GMI, SP6STI, TJ3SN, UA3FX,
UY0ZG, W3PV/VP9, XE2CQ, YF1AR/6, ZF2PG and ZG2FX
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3B8CF, 4W/NB3MM (OC-148), 6W7SK, 9M2TO (AS-015),
BV7GC, CE8RNK, FR/DJ7RJ, J6/DL7VOG, J79SB, JD1BMH (AS-031), P4/DL6RAI,
PJ4VHF, S0S, S01WS, VK9DLX, VP2/K6TOP, YB8RW/P (OC-210), YB8RW/P
(OC-213), VP8RAF/100 and ZS8C
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: A92IO, DU7/PA0HIP, BV1OO, BV9AYA, EI0CAR,
EI80IRTS, OT100MGY and TF3ML/P
S0, WESTERN SAHARA. Members of the Sahrawi Amateur Radio Club are currently
active as S0S from Tifariti until February 28th, to celebrate the Sahara
Marathon. Look for activity to be on 80-6 meters. QSL via EA2JG by OQRS
system. It is suggested to watch the following URLs for updates and news:
http://saharadx.jimdo.com (online log available)
SILENT KEY. It is sad to report that Charles F. Frost, «Frosty,» K5LBU,
became a Silent Key (SK) on February 14th, and on his 74th birthday. As
mentioned a couple weeks ago Frosty was at a hospice location. He is a
well-known DXer noted for his African DXpeditions/Safaris and a member of
the Texas DX Society (see ). His family opened
a gofundme page to help with medical and funeral costs at:
OPDX and its readers would like to send out our deepest sympathy to the
family and friends of K5LBU. Frosty will surely be missed by many.
T32, EASTERN KIRIBATI. Operators Bill/KH6OO, Will/W0ZRJ and John/N0PJV
will be active as T32DX from Captain Cook Hotel, Kiritimati (OC-024),
between October 28th and November 3rd. They plan to operate with two
100 watts stations with vertical antennas (40-10m). QSL via an OQRS.
Log will be uploaded to ClubLog daily if they have an internet connection.
Watch QRZ.com as the date gets closer for latest information.
TI9, COCOS ISLAND (Past Ops!). Wolf Harranth, OE1WHC, from the Amateur
Radio Section of ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Corporation) and the Docu-
mentary Archives Radio Communications/QSL Collection, has posted a Web
page with a write-up and QSLs of previous Cocos Island operations at:
TO1, FRENCH GUYANA. Herve, F5HRY, will be active as TO1A during the ARRL
International DX SSB Contest (March 7-8th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (??)
entry. QSL via his home callsign or LoTW.
UA2, KALININGRAD. Vyacheslav, UA2FL, will be active during the ARRL Inter-
national DX CW Contest (February 21-22nd) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-
Power entry. QSL via RN3RQ’s OQRS or LoTW.
V2, ANTIGUA & BARBUDA. Alan, N3AD, will once again be active as V26M for
both the ARRL International DX CW (February 21-22nd) and SSB (March 7-8th)
Contests as a Single-Op entry. QSL via W3HNK.
V3, BELIZE. Robert, K5PI, will once again be active as V31AT from Belize,
but this time during the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February
21-22nd) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry from Cahal Pech in Western Belize.
QSL via his home callsign.
VK0EK HEARD ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS. Rich, KY6R, posted the following on
February 15th [edited]: EXPEDITION LEADER GOES DOWN UNDER TO COORDINATE
THE PROJECT — Expedition Organizer/Leader Dr. Robert Schmieder is on a
2-week multi-stop trip to New Zealand, Tasmania, and Australia to coordinate
plans, permits, and logistics for the expedition. His first stop was to
see Peter Hillary (son of Sir Edmund Hillary) in Auckland (see picture at:
Bob was hosted for several days by team member Jacky Calvo ZL3CW. They
were able to meet with other radio amateurs who will provide support for
the expedition, including Gary/ZL2IFB, Chris/ZL2DX, and Lee/ZL2AL, who
will serve as a radio pilot for the DXpedition.
In Christchurch, Bob met with Rodney Russ of Heritage Expeditions (who
is providing the vessel), and in Kingston, Tasmania, he met with staff
at the Australian Antarctic Division (who will issue the permits). Bob
reports that these meetings went very well, and there is every expectation
that the expedition can go forward as planned. In particular, the contract
for the vessel is in hand, and Heritage indicated they can help with certain
facilities and logistics that will save the expedition some expenses. The
AAD indicated that the expedition can expect to receive permission to
visit areas of the island normally off-limits to visitors, and to make
collections of organisms and return with them for laboratory analysis.
These activities are critical to the expedition’s goal of “Discovering
Life in the Extremes,” so this step gives assurance that the major objec-
tives of the expedition can be met.
In Christchurch, Bob met with team member Martin Budd, son of legendary
Heard Island explorer Grahame Budd, (also a member of the expedition team).
Team member Rohan Clarke came from Melbourne for the meeting with the AAD
in Kingston, Tasmania, and they also met with Eric Woehler, expert on
Heard Island and an important advisor to the expedition. Bob will also
be meeting with staff at the University of Tasmania, including Jodi Fox,
who will be doing her PhD thesis on the geology of the Laurens Peninsula.
In a few days, Bob travels to Sydney to meet with Grahame Budd and with
other Australian team members, including John Weigle and Glen Pacey. He
will also make an important side trip to Perth to coordinate the local
(Fremantle) support team.
It is clear that this trip was an essential step to solidify the formal
structure of the expedition and the coordination of the team. “Now,” Bob
says, in a flight metaphor, “We have an approved flight plan. The next
steps are to assemble the cargo, suit up the crew, and prepare for take-
off in November!”
VK9L, LORD HOWE ISLAND (Update). Operators Pekka/OH1TV and Pekka/OH2YY
will be active as VK9LC from Lord Howe Island (OC-004)between February
22-28th. Activity will be mainly SSB, with some CW, using two K3 stations
into 2 element yagis for 20-10m, dipoles for 40/30m and a 3 element yagi
6m. QSL via OH2YY or QSL Bureau of the SRAL.
VK9L, LORD HOWE ISLAND (Also Possible VK IOTAs). Steve, G0UIH/VK2IAY/3D2FI,
of Vortex Antennas, will be making a trip back to Australia and the Pacific
between December 2015 and January 2016. His operations will be holiday
style (as it’s his XYL’s birthday trip) from Lord Howe Island (OC-004)
as VK2IAY/9 between December 16-23rd (8 days). Activity will be SSB only
concentrating on 10/15/17 and 20m, although other bands are possible as
he hopes to utilize some antenna hardware from his previous activations.
Steve will also be using various antenna hardware from Vortex Antenna
Systems . On returning to Australia (between
December 23rd, 2015 and January 16th, 2016), there is a good chance of
activating other IOTA references around VK although nothing has yet been
confirmed. Look around 14260/21260/28460 and 18145 kHz. A 4 color special
double QSL sponsored by Vortex Antenna Systems will be available in early
2016. QSL via G0UIH, direct or by the Bureau.
VK9N, NORFOLK ISLAND. Four Australian operators will be active as VK9NT
from Norfolk Island (OC-005, WLOTA 1469, WWFF VKFF-392) between April 24th
and May 4. Operators mentioned are Chris/VK3QB (Team Leader), Luke/VK3HJ,
Roy/VK3GB and Oly/VK3XDX/5. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW
only. No Digital or 6m activity is planned. Equipment will be 2x TS-
480HX, KX-3/KXPA-100, verticals and dipoles. Another KX-3 will be used
portable and for some SOTA activity. Logs will be uploaded daily to ClubLog,
and soon after the end of the activity to LoTW. An OQRS via ClubLog will
also be active. QSL via VK2CA, direct or by the Bureau. An OQRS (Online
QSL Request) [For Bureau and direct QSLs] will be available via ClubLog
and is the «PREFERRED» method. IMPORTANT: If using OQRS for direct requests
(preferred), please ensure that your address details are correct on QRZ.com.
For more information and updates, visit: http://vk9nt.odxg.org/vk9nt2015
VP9, BERMUDA. Mike, G3VYI, will be active as G3VYI/VP9 from Ed/VP9GE’s
Hamilton Parish QTH (NA-005, WLOTA 0201)on Bermuda between March 11-19th.
Activity will be on 160-10 meters, but will be mainly CW on the low bands.
Operations will be on CW mornings/evenings until his 24 hrs operation in
the RSGB Commonwealth CW Contest (BERU) on March 14-15th. QSL via his
VU4, ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR ISLANDS (Update). Special callsigns have been
issued for the upcoming «HAMTECH 2015» organized by National Institute
of Amateur Radio (NIAR ) from Port Blair. Look for the
following callsigns to be used between March 6-18th:
VU4A – To be used by the Foreign Radio Amateurs
VU4I – To be used by the Indian Radio Amateurs
Complete details (in PDF format) are available at:
YN, NICARAGUA. Jeff, N6GQ, will once again be active as YN2AA from Grenada,
Nicaragua, starting March 4th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters, and he
will participate in the ARRL International DX SSB Contest (March 7-8th)
as a Single-OP/All-Band entry. QSL via NN3W, by the Bureau or direct.
U.S. stations, please send SASE; DX stations, please send SAE with GS or
IRC. Bureau service will take time. Logs will also be uploaded to LoTW.
Z8, SOUTHERN SUDAN. Olli, OH0XX, is now active as Z81X until February
25th. Activity will be CW only and include the ARRL International DX CW
Contest (February 21-22nd). QSL via OH0XX.
ZV8, BRAZIL. Members of the PARA DX Group will be
active as ZV8V from Mosqueiro Island (DIB PA06) between February 20-23rd.
Activity will be from the Face Hat Lighthouse (ARLHS BRA -211) on 80-10
meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. This operation is taking place
during the South American Lighthouse weekend. Operators mentioned are
Emanoel/PY8AB, PU8WMM, Fernando/PU8WZT, Jaime/PY8FML, Ronaldo/PS8RV,
Ren/PY8WW and Jose/PY8ZE. QSL via LoTW.