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Sunday, January 13, 2013

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Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1095

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1095
BID: $OPDX.1095
January 14, 2013
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)

Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX
Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB5K & the AR TelNet Clusters
Network, ARRL Letter, K1XN & GoList, NC1L, NJ1Q & W1AW, W2VU, K3LR, NG3K
& ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4JF, W4VQ, KH6BZF, K8CX, K8GI,
K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m News, K9EL, W9ILY, 9M6DXX, AT International, DK8JB &
The DX News Letter, DK8UH, DL1SBF,, DX-World.Net, ES1CW,
F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, I1HYW, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News,
I2MQP & DX Italia News, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, P29NO, Pete's DX-Newsdesk,
PS7DX, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, SV1DPI, VA3RJ & ICPO and the
VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) for the following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
week of Sunday, 6th-January, through Sunday, 13th-January there were 219
countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L,
4O, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A,
9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5,
C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA,
EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FK, FM, FO,
FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, H40, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK,
HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J8, JA, JT, JX, JY, K, KG4,
KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK,
OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ7, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S2, S5, S7,
SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TR, TT,
TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9L,
VK9N, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XX9,
YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8,

* PLEASE NOTE: The report "could" contain "Pirate/SLIM" operations or
more likely a "BUSTED CALLSIGN". As always, you never know - "Work
First Worry Later" (WFWL).

2012 DX SOUND BITES! Tom, K8CX, has done it again. He has provided DXers
with 135 memorable DX sound clips from 2012. Visit Tom's famous "HAM
While there also check out some of his other features on his Web page,
such as: 15 years of "Rare DX Sound Clips" of the past (as well as some
clips from the 1960's and 1970's), QSL Card Museum, Dayton Photo Galleries
and Tribute to Silent Key Ham Operators. Tom states, "If anyone has any
old HF recordings, I would be interested in hearing from them."

5B, CYPRUS. Roman, UR0MC, will be active as 5B/UW2M during the ARRL DX
CW Contest (February 16-17th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry.
QSL via US0LW.

9M4, SPRATLY ISLANDS. Operators John/9M6XRO, Steve/9M6DXX, James/9V1YC,
Ben/DJ0YI/N6MUF, Don/G3BJ, Christian/EA3NT and Tony/KM0O will be active
as 9M4SLL from Layang-Layang Island (AS-051) between March 10-18th.
Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. They will have
several stations on the air with amplifiers into vertical antennas all
within a few meters of the ocean. QSL Manager for this operation is Tim,
M0URX (OQRS, direct, by the Bureau, LoTW). Logs will be uploaded to LoTW
as quickly as possible after the DXpedition. More details will be forth-

AAW NEWS (How may I register my station for 10th AAW?). Gianni, I1HYW,
reports: "Next month, February, will start the 10th Antarctic Activity
Week; here below there is a brief explanation on how to join the Antarctica
Activity Week (see <>). To enter the AAW, it's necessary
to get a special callsign (not the home call) issued to celebrate the
event, (just for example I have requested as every year, my IR1ANT call
issued by the Ministry of Communication of my Country for the AAW event).
In alternative, one can use his home callsign adding /AAW, or /ANT, or
/WAP, or /A which stands for Antarctica to any special event callsign
will be given a WAP reference number to be used during the event. I don't
know the law/rules of foreign countries, but the applicant should get in
any case an authorization to eventually use his own callsign /ANT or /A
etc.... , since just a pure own call is not a special event call, but a
classic home call which could not be given a WAP reference number.
Participation is open and hunters can try to contact as many as AAW SES
which WAP reference number can be used when applying for WAP Antarctic
Awards according to the Award’s rules. The list of participants already
registered for the 10th AAW is available at WAP Web site at:

C6, BAHAMAS. Operators George/W4BUW (C6AGH), Joe/W8GEX (C6DX), Janet/
W8CAA and Joe/AA4NN will be active adjacent to the ocean on Great Exuma
Island (NA-001), Bahamas, between January 20-27th. Activity will be on
160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY, with three stations on the air.
QSL C6AGH via W4BUW and C6DX via W8GEX.

C6, BAHAMAS. George, KQ8Z/GM0IIO, will once again be active as C6AZZ
from Grand Bahama Island (NA-080, WLOTA 0527, WW Loc. FL06UO). This
time it will be for the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 16-17th) and the
ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 2-3rd) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m)/
Low-Power entries. He states that he will be on other bands for a few
days before and after the contests. If like last time, activity will
focus on 6 meters (CW, SSB, FM) if there are any band openings, other-
wise on 80-10 meters, mainly CW with some SSB using his Icom 756 Pro3.
George will use a 80m OCFD antenna at 40 feet. The 20m antenna will be
a full sized 20m delta loop right on the beach vertically polarized with
the apex at 40 feet. QSL via KQ8Z.

CQ NEWS (CQ Facebook "Fans" Top 10,000). Richard, W2VU, Editor of CQ
Amateur Radio, reports on January 9th: "CQ Facebook 'Fans' Top 10,000
Mark - Nearly Half Under Age 45 -- As 2013 began, the number of 'likes'
on the CQ Facebook page exceeded 10,000 for the first time. These fans
of CQ continue to represent a considerably younger group of ham radio
operators than organized ham radio has been reaching through traditional
means. CQ has had a page on Facebook since 2010, and the demographics
of its fans have remained consistent even at the numbers have grown.
'Over 46% of CQ's Facebook fans are under age 45,' said CQ Editor Rich
Moseson, W2VU. 'In addition, fully three-quarters are under age 55 and
20% are under age 35. This is continued proof that there is a signifi-
cantly higher number of younger hams 'out there' than we commonly see at
club meetings and hamfests. It also shows that reaching these younger
hams requires 'meeting them on their turf'.'
Facebook statistics show that CQ's fans are drawn from all over the
world, with some 20 countries represented and members in the U.S. accounting
for fewer than half of the total. CQ's Facebook page may be found at
CQ Amateur Radio magazine <> is the world's
leading independent amateur radio publication, with print and digital
edition readers in over 100 countries. CQ sponsors more than a dozen
amateur radio contests and operating awards, including the world's most
popular participation sport, the CQ World Wide DX Contest.
CQ is a publication of CQ Communications, Inc., which also publishes
Popular Communications <>, CQ VHF
<> and WorldRadio Online <>
magazines. In addition, Spanish and Portuguese versions of CQ are published
in Spain and Brazil, respectively."

DAYTON HAMVENTION NEWS.....................
* Contest Dinner - Tim, K3LR, Dayton Contest Dinner Chairman reports -
[edited] "The North Coast Contesters are proud to announce: The 21st
Annual Dayton Contest Dinner
The 2013 Contest Dinner tickets are on sale now exclusively via
the Contest Dinner Web site. Thanks to Scott, KA9FOX, and for
designing, building and running the Contest Dinner Web site:
Master of Ceremonies for the Dayton Contest Dinner is CQ Contest
Hall of Fame member and World Wide Radio Operators Foundation (WWROF)
Chairman, John Dorr, K1AR. Dr. Robert G. Cox, K3EST will be our
featured speaker.
The Contest Dinner will be held on Saturday night, May 18th, at
6:30 PM. Cash bar opens at 5:30 PM. Located at the newly renovated
Crowne Plaza Hotel (Official Contester Hotel) 5th and Jefferson Streets
(Next to the Dayton Convention Center) Dayton (Downtown), Ohio in the
PRESIDENTIAL BALLROOM on the second floor.
Seating is random. Tables are set in rounds of 10. You can purchase
an entire table for your club or group (purchased group tables are
set for 8).
Tickets are only available at:
There will be no tickets for sale at the door.
Also remember to visit the 25th annual Contest Super Suite (all FOUR
nights during Dayton) - details are here:
We expect another sold out event for the Dayton Contest dinner. Get
your tickets early!"

* Dayton Contest University - Tim, K3LR, CTU Chairman, reports [edited]:
"I am pleased to announce that early bird registration (lowest fee)
is now open for 2013 Dayton ConTest University ('CTU') to be held
all day on Thursday May 16, 2013, at the Crowne Plaza in Dayton, Ohio.
Six different countries have hosted CTUs. USA, Germany, Italy,
England, Brazil and Finland. CTU Australia will be held in a few weeks.
Nearly 2000 students have attended CTUs with more than 60 CTU Professors
sharing their contesting experiences.
2013 will be the seventh year in a row for CTU Dayton. The 2013
suggested CTU topics are listed on the CTU web site at:
The 2013 CTU Professor line up is outstanding. New 2013 CTU Professors
are - K5GN, N0JK, K9YC, K3EST and K6MM. Also past CTU Professors - who
will give new papers this year are W3LPL, K1DG, W0YK, NC0B, N6TV, K5ZD,
M0DXR and K3LR.
Details and early bird discounted registration information is on
the CTU web site at:
Important - as we did last year - if you want to sign up for CTU
2013 Dayton and you have given (or will give by Dayton 2013) a talk
about Amateur Radio Contesting to any club, hamfest or group since
May 20, 2012 - you qualify for a 10.00 USDs registration fee discount.
Please choose the 'Registration w/Discount' option to get the 10.00
USDs discount. Spreading the word about contesting is lots of fun and
can save you money!
Early CTU student signups will have the opportunity to help select
the 2013 Dayton CTU class outline topics. For a limited time, once
you have registered, please help construct the CTU curriculum content
by going to this survey link:
Thanks to all of the CTU sponsors Icom America,, DX
Engineering, CQ Magazine and INRAD for making CTU possible. Thanks to
W9PA and K1SO for all of their help with CTU. Special thanks to Scott,
KA9FOX from for hosting and constructing the CTU web site."

DXCC NEWS. Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL Awards Branch Manager, is now accepting
the following operation for DXCC credit:
3D2C ­ Conway Reef; 2012 Operation
If you had cards previously rejected for this operation please send an
E-mail to <> to be put on the list for an update.

DX MARATHON (Update). John, K9EL, CQ DX Marathon Manager, reports [edited]:
"The 2012 DX Marathon ended at 0000z January 1, 2013, and the 2013 Marathon
began immediately! Yes, everyone's country and zone count reset to Zero and
the race for the most countries and CQ zones for 2013 is underway.
Everyone can participate in the Marathon ­ details and complete rules are
The deadline for submission of 2012 logs is January 31, 2013. We know
an earlier date was published, so the date was extended to avoid any
confusion. Next year's deadline will be January 10, 2014.
To submit your score, use the latest Marathon Score Sheet (2012.5) that
can be downloaded from the DX Marathon website. If you use computer
logging, see the website for links to tools that simplify the submission
process. Please note if you are using the ADIF to DX Marathon tool created
by Jim, AD1C, make sure you are using the latest version. The tool changes
each year in response to DX Marathon changes.
Double-check your submission for errors, making sure all information
is filled out at the top of the form, BAND data was used instead of fre-
quencies and MODE is either CW, Phone or Digital. SSB is also accepted.
If you are entering in Formula Class, be sure to include a detailed
description of your antenna. And don't forget to add your comments on
the Marathon at the end of the form.
The Marathon offers special awards for single mode and single band sub-
missions. Simply enter only QSOs for a particular band or mode and the
computer will classify your submission accordingly.
The DX Marathon website offers additional information on pirates and
other helpful hints. If you have questions, feel free to contact me at:
Once your submission has been computer validated for all required
information and proper formatting, your callsign will be listed on the
received logs page on the DX Marathon website.
High claimed scores will be published in February and the complete
results of the 2012 Marathon will be in the June 2013 issue of CQ Magazine."

DX SURVEY RESULTS (DX Magazine's 2012 Most Wanted Countries Survey).
DX Magazine's has published their Most Wanted Countries. Here are the
"Top 20" (in the World-Wide "Weighted" Rankings Mixed Modes) as per
DX Magazine (Jan./Feb. issue):

2012 2011 2012 2011
Rank Prefix Country Rank Rank Prefix Country Rank
---- ------ ------------ ---- ---- ------ ----------------- ----
1 P5 North Korea 1 11 PY0S St. Peter and Paul 16
2 KP1 Navassa Island 2 12 KH5K Kingman Reef 18
3 3Y/B Bouvet 3 13 ZL9 Auckland/Campbell 15
4 FT5Z Amsterdam 6 14 KH5 Palmyra 17
5 VK0/H Heard Island 4 15 SV/A Mount Athos 14
6 FT5/W Crozet 7 16 E3 Eritrea 24
7 BS7H Scarborough 8 17 BV9P Pratas Island 21
8 VP8/S South Sandwich 9 18 FR/JE Juan de Nova/Europa 20
9 ZS8 Marion Island 10 19 VP8/G South Georgia 22
10 FT5T Tromelin Island 13 20 KH3 Johnston Island 23

The "Top 100" is on the DX Publishing, Inc. Web site at:

EY, TAJIKISTAN. Nodir, EY8MM, from Dushanbe, will be active during the
CQ 160 Meter CW Contest (January 25-27th) as a Single-Op entry. QSL K1BV
via direct, by the Bureau or LoTW. Check out his home page at:

FR, REUNION ISLAND. Operator Pierre/F8APV will once again return to
Reunion Island (AF-016) this time with St├ęphane/F8EOI and be active
as FR/F8APV and FR/F8EOI between January 21st and February 8th. Activity
will be active on 40-10 meters, using a Buddipole antenna system (longer
than standard with telescopic long whip) and with a focus on 30 meters
CW and 20 meters SSB. QSL via their home callsigns. ADDED NOTE: Pierre
will accept skeds at:

FY, FRENCH GUYANA. Marc, F1HAR, will be active as FY5KE in the ARRL DX
SSB Contest (March 2-3rd) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (15m)/High-Power
entry. QSL via LoTW, by the REF Bureau or direct to FY5KE.

GB6, ENGLAND (Special Event). Operator Herbie/G6XOU and friends will be
operating as GB6WLB between January 19-27th, as part of the RNLI SOS
Radio week. They will operate on most HF bands from Walton on the Naze,
in Essex, England. (EU-005, WAB TM22, Loc. JO01PU). Herbie is a keen
PSK operator, and this call has been registered as EPC #19125. QSL via
G6XOU - please see for details. All logs will be uploaded to Event details are on the Web site at <>.

IOTA NEWS..............
EU-145. Operators Colin/G3VCQ, Andy/M0GAV and Sharon/M3VCQ will be
active as CT7ACG (callsign pending) from Culatra Island (DIA
Ai-01, DIP AL-001, PIP ST-019, WLOTA 0144) between July 26-29th.
Activity will include an entry in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July
27-28th). Outside of the contest, look for the team members
to be active on all bands and modes. QSL direct or by the
Bureau to CT7ACG. Look for updates at:

NA-143. Joe, K5KUA, will once again activate Galveston Island (USI
TX001S, Galveston county, Texas) between January 18-21st.
Activity will be CW only on 40-10 meters, mainly 40/20m as
conditions and time permits. QSL via K5KUA, direct or by
the Bureau.

SA-050. Jose, CE8DMT, is now active from Puerto Williams on Navarino
Island. His length of stay is unknown at this time. Activity
has been on 40 and 15 meters SSB. QSL via his home callsign.

SA-096. (A CALL FOR HELP/Donations) Lutz, DK8UH, Secretary & QSL
Manager of GDXF, informs OPDX readers [edited]: "The GDXF has
supported the LU6W DXpedition, which a short time ago activated
the South American IOTA group SA-096 for the first time ever.
The experienced crew with Cezar/VE3LYC, Johan/PA3EXX, as well
as members of the Radio Club Puerto Madryn, experienced consider-
able difficulties on the island of Escondida. Both a team and
a boat crew member were so severely injured, that an immediate
return was required for medical attention. Items already off-
loaded had to be immediately secured and left on the island,
but were then lost to the heavy seas. This loss of several
radios, antennas, a laptop and other equipment has hit the
team hard financially. Further details can be read at:
The GDXF requests anyone who wishes to help to please donate
to the LU6W team. All received donations will be forwarded and
a list for accountability purposes will be published. For
donations from outside of Germany:
PayPal -
Or for direct transfer:
Account holder: GDXF c/o Schmadel
Bank: Volksbank Neckartal eG
IBAN: DE116729170000262036 00 "

J3, GRENADA. Bob, G3PJT, will be active as J34G from Grenada (NA-024,
WLOTA 0718) between March 5-20th. Activity will probably be holiday style
using a K2 w/100 watts and vertical antennas. He plans to also be in the
RSGB's 75th Commonwealth Contest (March 9-10th). Look for him outside of
the contest, especially on 80 and 30 meters. QSL via his home callsign.

J7, DOMINICA. Operators Bernie/W3UR (Editor of "The Daily DX") and his
father Tony/N3ME will be active from Dominica (NA-101) between the end
of January and early February. Their schedule and callsigns are as
follows: J77A - Operator Bernie; between January 22nd-February 1st
J76A - Operator Tony; between January 22nd-February 11th
ADDED NOTE: Their special prefixes represent the year they
received their amateur radio license (1976 and 1977).
Activity will be during their spare time and on 160-6 meters using CW,
SSB and RTTY. QSL via their home callsigns, direct or by the Bureau
or LoTW.

JD1, MINAMI TORISHIMA. Take, JG8NQJ, will once again be active as JG8NQJ/JD1
from Marcus Island in the Minami Torishima (OC-073) group starting January
15th. He is there to work on the island's weather station and will stay
until mid-April. Activity will be mainly on 17/15/12/10 meters CW. QSL
via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct to JA8CJY: Susumu 'Sin'
Sanada, 5-17, 5-4, Shin-Ei, Toyohira, Sapporo 004, Japan. Online log is

Jan/14th AN Jan/17th AN Jan/19th AN
Jan/15th AN Jan/18th AN Jan/20th AN
Jan/16th AN

----------------- ------ -------- ------
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

OH0, ALAND ISLAND. Operators Juha/OH1JT, Ari/OH5DX and Tomi/OH6EI will
be active as OH0Z during the CQ 160 Meter CW Contest (January 25-27th)
as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via W0MM.

P2, PAPUA NEW GUINEA (Update). Nao, JA2VQP, who has been in PNG since
September 26, 2012, and will be there for the next two years, informs
OPDX of the following update. He is a volunteer of JICA (Japanese ODA)
teaching mathematics at the Divine Word University in Wewak, East Sepic
Province (north coast of PNG main land). He states that he has received
a full PNG license, P29NO, thanks to some advice by Renzo, P29FR. Nao,
states, "Recently, I brought my FT-857 and a antenna tuner from Japan.
There is wide space to build up antennas, but I have no materials. I
would like to start with a long wire. I would appreciate if anyone could
send me materials to make antennas. Blacking out is very frequent, and
the internet condition is really bad. I've not decided the QSL Manager
yet. I have applied for the LoTW. I'll be in Port Moresby, the capital
city of PNG, starting Jan. 19th, and stay for a week. Then I'll be able
to get other things there. I will try to be active at Wewak by the end
of this month, maybe. I can operate CW, SSB and RTTY. I am thinking of
other modes." So begin looking for P29NO in the coming months. Watch for updates.

PW7, BRAZIL (Special Event). Look for members of the Natal Digital Group
<> to activate special event
station PW7F between January 18-20th. Activity is to celebrate the 413th
anniversary of "Fortaleza dos Reis Magos" or also known as "Forte dos Reis
Magos", located in the city of Natal, state of Rio Grande do Norte, BRAZIL.
See for some pictures. Operations will be on 160-10 meters using
CW, SSB and the Digital modes. Operators mentioned are Ed/PS7DX, Nazareno/
PS7NN, Mac/PS7GL, Carlos/PS7KC and Nat/PS7HD. QSL Manager is PS7HD.

QSL INFO AND NEWS.....................
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (dated January 13th)
3Z21WOSP via SP5YOW DR13IGS via DL9HCO OE2013U via OE3GCU
4L1HD via DL8KAC EA8/DL8JJ/M via DL8JJ OP2A via ON5CD
5Z4/EA4ATI via EA4YK GB2GP via GI4FUM PJ2/W1MJ via W1MJ
A71BO via A71A HF21WOSP via SP9PDG UA2FL via RN3RQ
CN8KD via EA5XX KH7XS/W4 via K4XS (d) XR3Y via XQ7UP
DL/F4BKV via F4BKV LZ60RCP via LZ1JZ Z320L via Z34M
DM0E via DL6UKW OE2013E via OE4VIE
DN4SB via DG1EA OE2013LWV via OE9LWV

(d) direct only (B) Bureau only (L) LoTW only

CORRECT QSL ROUTE FOR V25A. Please take note that the current V25A QSL
Manager is NOT W9NJB. The V25A callsign has been reassigned to KG2A in
2012, and he apparently only responds to direct QSL requests. W9NJB
cannot handle these cards for 2012 and after.

POSTAL INCREASE (Italy). Gianni, I1HYW, informs OPDX that in 2013 an
increase in Postal rate has reached a huge amount! He states, "Just to
inform DXers of the new postal rate in force since Jan. 1st, 2013, in
Italy. Within Italy the rate goes from 0.60 to 0.70 cents, within
Europe, from 0.75 to 0.85 cents. From Italy to North & South America,
Africa & Asia, the rate goes from 1.60 Euro to 2.00 Euro. From Italy
to Australia & Oceania from 2.00 Euro to 2.50 Euro. The USDs is trading
in Italy to the value of 1 Euro = 1.3056 USD or 1 USD = 0.7659 Euro;
that means it is necessary for 3 USDs to cover postal expense to deliver
a letter to North & South America, Africa & Asia and 4 USDs to Australia
& Oceania. It’s embarrassing to say that, but this is unfortunately, the
situation that affects not only this country but I think, the entire
globe. As QSL Manager of quite a few different foreign callsigns, I am
therefore sorry to say that if there isn't a sufficient postal coverage,
I can't deliver your QSL cards direct, nor put them in the bureau as for
that, I should pay an extra costs (ARI asks about 35 USD/year for each
different foreign callsign managed by the Italian bureau). I trust, in
your understanding, and I suggest eventually to join your friends and
send a cumulative requests in one envelope to share the costs (at least
when you QSL through I1HYW)."

LOTW UPDATE. The ARRL's Web page and Letter report: "The processing
queue for Logbook of The World (LoTW) -- the ARRL's online log processing
system -- has been shrinking steadily since Monday, January 7th, when
the system was brought back online after the completion of previously
announced maintenance involving the installation of a new database
server equipped with solid state drives (SSDs). Since then, the system
has been stable and, as expected, the SSDs are proving to be much faster.
As of January 9th, the delay between a file being uploaded and processed
is about 8 days and is dropping by one day approximately every 10 hours."

TIME TO UPDATE YOUR GS-IRC CHART. Bill, W9OL, states that this is the
15th year for his GS/IRC Chart and it's time to update the information/
data again. (U.S. Postage rates increase effective January 27, 2013)
Bill states, "Please take a look at the GS-IRC Chart and let me know
of any changes in postage for the country YOU reside in. There is a lot
of OLD data that I have NOT received updates on. If you live in or have
a friend who resides in these missing countries, please elicit his help
in obtaining the new information."
The current chart resides at:
If you wish to download the whole file, go to:

FM/S35R, H7/AJ9C, HR2/NP3J, IQ3UD, J6/N7QT, JR1GMK, P40W, PJ2/K2PLF,
PJ4D, RI1ANF, T77C, TG9IDX, TO9R, V31MW, V31YK, V73CW, VE3RZ and WP3A


9M2/SQ9UM, 9M4SLL, 9M8DX/2, 9V1VV, 9V1WW, 9V40VV, 8R1PY, 9X0TL, BD1BYV,

ST, SUDAN. Lourens, ZS6AKB, is currently active as ST2/ZS6AKB when mobile
in the Darfur region of Sudan. The length of his stay is not known, but
he was heard on 20 meters January 10th - between 1600-1640z on 14181 kHz.
He used a FT857 with a Tarrheel 11 antenna. Lourens normally lives in a
small suburb (Eastvale) of a town called Springs approximately 70 Km
east of Johannesburg.

SU, EGYPT. Gerd, DJ5IW, will once again be active as SU/DJ5IW from El
Fardous between January 14th and February 8th. Activity will be limited
to his spare time and mainly on 40/20/17/15/12/10 meters CW only using
a IC-756 PRO with 100 watts. There will be no 80m, 30m and RTTY because
it is not allowed in Egypt. QSL via his home callsign.
TO1, FRENCH GUYANA. Herve, F5HRY, will be active as TO1A in the ARRL DX
SSB Contest (March 2-3rd) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (10m)/High-Power
entry. QSL via LoTW.

TRIATHLON DX CONTEST. Kostas, SV1DPI, Triathlon DX Contest's Manager,
is inviting everyone to participate in the "1st Triathlon DX Contest".
The Triathlon will take place the first full weekend of February every
year. This year it will be on Saturday, February 2nd. Kostas states,
"We are trying to simulate the original Triathlon athletic event. So we
involved 3 major ham radio modes, RTTY, SSB and CW. It will be a 24 hour
non-stop event divided in 3 sections, each one devoted to a different mode.
We start at 0000z on Saturday, February 2nd, with RTTY until 0759z.
After that we continue from 0800z with SSB until 1559z, and finally there
is the CW part starting at 1600z until 2359z. The exchange is simple;
just 59(9) and serial number... Multipliers are the DXCC entities in
every mode and band plus the number of different Greek stations you will
work during the entire contest. There are simple mode categories and
mixed mode as well. Also you can make your own teams and participate in
team contesting also. The best of all is that the winner will get a
wonderful prize: 10 days all paid for 2 persons in Zakynthos Island
(EU-052) in Greece, offer of Xenos Hotels Group. You can find more info
as well as the complete rules in several languages at:
We are looking for your participation...
73... de Triathlon-DX-Contest team <>"

VK9C, LORD HOWE ISLAND. Tomas, VK2CCC (aka LY1F), will once again be
active as VK9LL between September 22-29th. Activity will be limited to
his spare time with a focus on 160/80 meters. QSL via LoTW, and by the
Bureau or direct via VK2CCC. For updates and possibly more details,
watch the following Web pages:
(Web page from his 2010 operation)

XV, VIETNAM (IOTA Op!). Just a reminder that operators Sei/JA7LU and
Hiroo/JA2VWG will be active as XV4LU and XV4DDD, respectively, from Phu
Quoc Island (AS-128) between January 12-16th (2013). Activity will be on
40/20/17/15/12/10 meters using SSB and RTTY. See for details on
QSL information.

YN, NICARAGUA. Scott, K7ZO, will once again be active as YN5ZO during
the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 2-3nd) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry.
He usually operates "Field Day Style" using a 5 band Spiderbeam and
40m dipole on a push up mast. The radio is a TS-590 driving a KPA-500
amp. QSL via LoTW and K7ZO, direct or by the Bureau. Look for Scott
to be active before the contest as well.

Z8, SOUTH SUDAN. Ken, K4ZW, is currently active as Z81Z from Juba. His
length of stay is unknown at this time, but some reports say a month.
Activity will be 80-10 meters CW. He was heard this past week on 40/20/15
meters. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by LoTW.

ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS. Dick, WN3R, will be once again active as ZF2RW from
Grand Cayman Island (NA-016, WLOTA 1042) between February 20-26th. Activity
will be on all HF bands and modes. QSL via his home callsign direct (see

ZK3, TOKELAU (Update). Operators Hans/DL6JGN and Guenter/DL2AWG will be
active as ZK3N from Nukunonu Atoll (OC-048) between April 23rd and May
8th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes.
They will be using a TS590 with a Tokyo Hy-Power solid state amp; K3 with
a 500 watt solid state amp; AV640 and Tripod Leg for 40-10 and GP for 80m.
QSL via DL2AWG. Subject to a reliable Internet connection, they will upload
their log to ClubLog on a daily basis. Otherwise, the complete log will be
uploaded upon their return. There is a ZK3N Web page available at:

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