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Sunday, March 10, 2013

SB DX @ WW < KB8NW $OPDX.1103
Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1103

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1103
BID: $OPDX.1103
March 11, 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, K1XN & GoList, NJ1Q & W1AW, W1SRD, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily
K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m News, W9ILY, AT International, CO8ZZ, DK8JB & The DX
News Letter, DL1SBF,, DX-World.Net, EA3BHK, F5NQL, F6AJA &
Les Nouvelles DX, HA0HW, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia
News, JG7PSJ, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's DX-Newsdesk, RSGB IOTA Web
Site, Sixitalia Weekly, TA1HZ, UT5UGR, VA3RJ & ICPO, the VHF-DX-Portal
(MMMonVHF), YC9MLL, ZL1LC and ZS1HF/ZS8M for the following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
week of Sunday, 3rd-March, through Sunday, 10th-March there were 236
countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3C, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 3X,
4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q,
7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9U, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A2, A4, A5, A6,
A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2,
D4, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU,
EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FO/c, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU,
GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS,
J2, J3, J5, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6,
KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OJ0, OK, OM, ON,
OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, R1FJ, S2, S5, SM, SP,
ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TR, TT, TU,
TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK,
VK9N, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XW,
YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD9, ZF, ZL,

* 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 CASS AWARD WON. Rob Chipperfield, M0VFC, has won the 2012 Single-
Operator Cass Award. The Cass Award is an incentive to encourage DX-
pedition operating excellence. From the remote South Atlantic island of
Tristan Da Cunha as ZD9UW in October 2012, Rob worked 3362 unique stations
over his 4-day DXPedition, demonstrating an outstanding effort to log as
many individuals as possible. Michael, G7VJR, presented Rob with his
plaque and prize in Cambridge, England on March 7, 2013.
ABOUT THE CASS AWARD: Presented annually, the Cass Award encourages
DXPeditions to maximize the number of DXers worked with a $1000 prize
for the Single-Operator DXpedition that works the most unique callsigns.
This award honors the wisdom and spirit of Cass WA6AUD (SK), whose stories
in the West Coast DX Bulletin taught a generation of DXers that DX IS!
Congratulations to Rob, ZD9UW, on his achievement in winning this year's
award. If you're interested in competing for or contributing to the 2013
Cass Award, visit:
The Cass Award Team (Michael G7VJR, Paul VE1DX, Dave AA6YQ)

4X, ISRAEL. Dimitry, UT5UGR, will be active as 4X/UT5UGR from Israel
between March, 15-18th. He will use the callsign 4X0W during his activity
in the Russian DX Contest. QSL via UT5UGR.

5H, TANZANIA (IOTA Op). Bodo, DF8DX, will be active as 5H1DX between
April 20-28th. Activity will include the activation of several IOTAs
(Pemba Island [AF-063] was mentioned). Operations will be on the HF
bands and EME. QSL via DF8DX. Look for more details to be forthcoming.

7O6T DXPEDITION VIDEO. Paul, N6PSE, from the Intrepid-DX Group, reports:
"The 7O6T Team is glad to announce that our DXpedition video is now
available for free download. We have uploaded the video to two different
sites where you may view it:
1) You can view the High Definition version of this 12 minute video
2) You can also view the Standard Definition version of this video
embedded on our web page. Please go to <> select
DXpedition Video, then select 7O6T DXpedition Video at:
Thank you for supporting the 7O6T DXpedition to Socotra Yemen."

8Q, MALDIVES. Operators Pai/VU2PAI and Krish/W4VKU will be active as
8Q7KP from Bodufinolhu, South Male Atoll (AS-013), between April 23-30th.
Their plans are for 2 stations to be on the air using an Elecraft K3/
Acom 1000 and TS480Sat/Tentec Hercules II, into two Butternut HF9V and
a 2 element SteppIR for higher bands. Operators plan to setup an OQRS
and also upload logs to LoTW, eQSL and

9L, SIERRA LEONE. Stephen, G7BXU, is once again planning to be active as
9L1BXU from Freetown this year sometime in December and early January 2014.
Activity last time was on 12 and 10 meters using a FT-897 and G5RV. QSL
via his home callsign.

9M4, SPRATLY ISLAND (Reminder). Just a reminder that operators John/
9M6XRO, Steve/9M6DXX, James/9V1YC, Don/G3BJ, Tony/KM0O, Ben/N6MU/DJ0YI,
Pista/HA5AO and George/HA5UK will be active as 9M4SLL from Layang Layang
Island (AS-051) between March 10-18th (See OPDX.1095 and OPDX.1101).
Look for 9M4SLL to be on the air with five stations simultaneously at
peak times, on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. Suggested fre-
quencies are (see Web page below for more details):
CW - 1811.5, 3523, 10110, 14035, 18087, 21035, 24907 and 28035 kHz
SSB - 3780/3803, 7058, 14210, 18165, 21295, 24985 and 28495 kHz
RTTY - 7033/7055, 10132, 14097, 18107, 21097, 24927 and 28097 kHz
QSL via M0URX. For more details and updates, see:

C5, THE GAMBIA. Pedro, ON7WP/ AA9HX will once again be active from Gambia,
in the Kololi area and also from inland Buntu village, between March
20-27th. He mentions that he just received his permanent license for 2013,
and will use the callsign C5WP. Pedro will use a FT-897 into multiple
dipole antennas. QSL via ON7WP, only direct. Pedro has plans to be active
again later in August. To see some pictures of his last activity, see:

C9, MOZAMBIQUE. Gert, ZS6AYU, will be active as C91GR from Bilene between
May 7-11th. Callsign has been applied for but not yet issued. Activity
will be on 40-10 meters using CW only. His equipment is a FT857D with HL-550
amp (400w) into a Cushcraft R7000 vertical. QSL vis his home callsign,
direct or by the Bureau.

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME (DST). Did you remember to change your clocks?
Countries who observe Daylight Saving Time, which took place on Sunday,
March 10th at 2:00 AM, were expected to move their "local clocks" forward
1 hour to 3:00:00 AM local time. Daylight Saving Time will end on Sunday,
November 3rd at 2:00 AM. For the history and details about DST, as well
as an interesting map of the world (showing the countries who observe DST),
ADDED NOTE: Hopefully, all amateur radio operators know not to change
their GMT/UTC/ZULU clocks. However, since most operators usually set their
computers to local time, some may have to change their settings on "some"
ham radio software (ex. logging, propagation, DXTelnet, etc..) programs.

E5, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS. Mauri, AG1LE, will be active as E51DXX on a holiday/
DXpedition from Rarotonga (OC-013) between April 1-13th. Activity will be
on the HF bands. QSL via his home callsign.

EH5, SPAIN (Special Event). Members of Team Cartagena will activate
special event station EH5SIP between March 17-31st. Operations will be
on all bands using SSB and the Digital modes (PSK31, RTTY, SSTV, etc.).
Activity is to commemorative the 125th anniversary of the launching of
the submarine Isaac Peral. All QSLs will be sent via Bureau, so save your
money if you are a member of the QSL Bureau. If not a member, send your
QSL and a SAE along with 1 USD or 1 €. QSL via EA5HRD, by the Bureau or

FS, ST. MARTIN. Ark, UA4CC, will be active as FS/UA4CC from Saint Martin
(NA-105, WLOTA 0383) between March 13-24th. Activity will be only during
his spare time (holiday style) with operations on 160-10 meters using CW,
SSB, and RTTY. His equipment is a K2 and KPA500. QSL via his home callsign.
If possible, logs will be uploaded to ClubLog. An OQRS is possible after
this trip.

H40 & H44, TEMOTU AND SOLOMON ISLANDS (Reminder). By the time you read
this, Sigi, DL7DF, and his crew will be active on their 2013 DXpedition
which is being called a "Two Entities DXpedition - Solomon 2013". Sigi
states on his Web page that they have chosen two destinations. The first
destination will be the Guadalcandal (OC-047), Solomon Islands (H44),
where the team will sign H44G between March 8-25th. During the time
between March 12-23rd, part of the group will be active as H40T from Nendo
(OC-100), Temotu Island (H40). Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW,
SSB and RTTY. Suggested frequencies are as follows:
H44G Frequencies
CW - 1825.5, 3505, 7005, 10115, 14005, 18070, 21005, 24890 and 28005 kHz
SSB - 7100, 14140, 18130, 21240, 24940 and 28400 kHz
RTTY - 10144, 14080, 18100, 21080, 24920 and 28080 kHz
6m - 50103/CW

H40T Frequencies
CW - 1818, 3515, 7015, 10122, 14015, 18077, 21015, 24895 and 28015 kHz
SSB - 7150, 14165, 18140, 21265, 24965 and 28450 kHz
RTTY - 10140, 14093, 18105, 21090, 24925 and 28090 kHz
6m - 50103/CW

They will have several stations on the air. One station on each desti-
nation will be exclusively dedicated to RTTY, PSK31 and SSTV. Their station
equipment on each destination consists of 4 transceivers (3 x K2, 1 x
FT857D), 3 power amplifiers, a lowband vertical for 160/80m, a deltaloop
for 40, a deltaloop for 30, a Spiderbeam for 20/17/15/12/10, a 5 element
Yagi for 6m, some Beverage antennas as well as some laptop computers.
Operators mentioned are:
H44G Crew - Manfred/DK1BT, Wolf/DL4WK, Reiner/DL7KL and Juergen/DL7UFN
H40T Crew - Georg/DK7LX, Sigi/DL7DF, Frank/DL7UFR, Jan/SP3CYY and
Pilot station is Bernd, DF3CB. QSL route is via DL7DF, direct or by the
Bureau. For more details and updates, visit:

Ralph, 5W0W/H44RK, has announced more plans for his upcoming IOTA tour
which will start during the first week of June. He has added two operators
to join him: Dom/SQ9KWW and Maggie/H44MK (the only local YL Ham). The
callsign H40IOTA has been applied for the operation. The plan is to
activate the following IOTAs in order as follows (specific dates were
not provided):
OC-149 - New Georgia Islands; counts as Solomon Islands.
OC-168 - Russell Islands; counts as Solomon Islands.
OC-047 - Solomon Islands
OC-127 - Rennell Island; counts as Solomon Islands.
OC-285 - Stewart Island [aka Sikaiana Atoll]; never has been activated
before; counts as Solomon Islands.
After OC-285, Ralph will continue his trip to Brisbane, Australia, on
board the sailboat "SV Hafskip" via through the Temotu Province with plans
to activate the following IOTAs as H40RK:
OC-065 - Reef Islands; counts as Temotu Province.
OC-100 - Nendo Island; counts as Temotu Province.
OC-163 - Vanikolo and Utupua Islands; counts as Temotu Province.
After the Temotu Province Islands, Ralph will head to Vanuatu (YJ) and
activate two IOTAs there: Torres Island (OC-110) and Banks Island (OC-104).
A callsign has not been announced yet for his Vanuatu opertions. Ralph's
QSL Manager Rex, NR6M, reports, that Ralph and his team, will be donating
much needed supplies and solar lighting packs to each chief of the villages
they operate from. The team is requesting donations for their DXpedition,
and look forward to you being a part of this trip, whether it be small or
large to help support those most in need. If you would like to help,
please contact Ralph at <> which is also his PayPal
address. Also mentioned, they are still looking to take on board one
proficient CW operator for the OC-285 leg of the journey. All QSL requests
are via QSL Manager Rex Turvin, NR6M. For updates, it is suggested to

HG42, HUNGARY (Special Event). Look for special event station HG52FC now
active until May 31st. The activity is taking place during the 52nd FIRAC
Congress event being held in Hungary. Operations will be on all HF bands
using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via HA5BSW, by the HA Bureau,
LoTW, EQSL and direct to the address on The cards will be printed
out after May 31st.

IOTA NEWS..............
EU-047. Sebastian, DL1AXX, will be active as homecall/p from Baltrum
Island (DID/GIA N-06) between May 20-26th. Activity will be
holiday style on the HF bands. QSL via home callsign, direct
or by the Bureau. Visit his Web site at:

NA-174. The "" reports that David, VE3VID, is now active
as VY0/VE3VID from the rare Igloolik Island (WW.Loc EP-99).
He will be there for the next 3 weeks. Activity will be on
SSB and RTTY. On, he also states that he will operate
on PSK-31, and possibly more exotic digital modes like OLIVIA
and HELL. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
OC-042. Operators Jose/DU1BP, Torsten/DL2KGS and Rag/LA6FJA will be
active as DZ1B from Luzon Island during the CQWW WPX SSB
Contest (March 30-31st) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via LoTW.
ADDED NOTE: The CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 26-27th) operation
mentioned in last week's bulletin is now off.

OC-136. Operators Graham/VK3DOG, Keith/VK3FT and Tony/VK3TZ will be
active as homecall/p from Phillip Island between March 15-18th.
Activity will be active on all HF bands 160-10 meters using a
single transmitter into simple rotatable dipoles on the high
bands and full size verticals on 80/40m. On 160m, they will
try to have a vertical array (22m tall) with some parasitic
elements, beverages and loops for receiving. The trio will be
looking especially for Europe on the top band at their sunrise
and also Stateside on 75m SSB. They plan to be active approx-
imately 20 hours a day, while resting during their off time
by surfing, relaxing or sampling some beers or rum.

OC-151. Leo, YC9MLL, who has been live on Flores Island for 8 years,
informs OPDX this past week [edited], "...I have also improved
my antenna. I put up a 33 ft vertical on top of our roof not
with 13 radials (hope to increase it soon from wires recovered
from a burnt transformer, hi!). It has an SG-239 auto tuner
with a homebrew bias-tee for remote power. I would like to
inform you that I am still on OC-151 and I am glad to be of
service to any ham who would like to have a QSO. They can
always contact me at this e-mail address <>
for a schedule. Or most of the time I operate on Saturdays
and Sundays. I can transmit on 160, 80, 40, 20 (up to 14.150
MHz only), 15, and 10 meters. I have an old power supply
operating a 22A radio at 100W and the power supply barely can
supply the radio's demand. That might explains the often times
QSB. I put a car battery in parallel to remedy the situation.
I hope I can homebrew the MFJ-4403 like power conditioner. I
have most all the materials except for the 25Farad capacitors
and the 15KE15A and CL101 parts. I hope to find them soon so
that my signal will be more stable. Our island's power is from
several big generators in the center of the town. Another thing
that I learned from last December was about RFI. There was a
Swedish station that was trying to contact me. I cannot simply
hear him, and he was using a yagi and a 1KW. There were too many
cell phone chargers and other RFI generating devices plugged-in
that time on the house power outlets. Now, I homebrewed another
MFJ-like RFI filter from my junk box. I cannot have torroids
to accommodate the 20-ish turns, but I was able to put in about
8-10 turns and the radio is quieter now, ready for another
IOTA chasers round. These are the improvements I had on my 100W
set-up. I hope I can reach out to the other IOTA chasers more.
I am not a contester or any award chaser... I just have the
eQSL eDX on my sight but not really an avid (yet) fan for
awards." Leo can operate on CW, SSB, PSK31, RTTY and SSTV.
QSL via his home callsign (see

OC-236. Operators YB8HZ and Ram/YB8BRI will be active as homecall/p
from Balang Lompo Islands between March 28-31st. Activity
will be on 40/20/17/15/12/10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.

SA-049. Members of the Radio Club Ushuaia (LU8XW) will activate the
special callsign LT5X from Isla Redonda, beginning at 0000z
on Saturday, March 23rd, until 1500z on Sunday, March 24th.
Activity will be on 80/40/20/15/10 meters using CW, SSB and
PSK. QSL via LU8XW. Isla Redonda is a small island in the mouth
of the Bahía Lapataia within the Department Ushuaia in Tierra
del Fuego, Antarctica and South Atlantic Islands Province. It
is surrounded by the waters of the Canal de Beagle and has an
area of ??about 50 hectares. Its maximum length is 1022 meters
and its maximum width is 840 meters. Its center is located at
coordinates: 54 ° 51'49 .26 "S - 68 ° 28'54 .47" W. Grid Loc:
FD55ue. On the island is installed a detachment of the Naval
Prefecture Argentina that has been there more than 100 years.

JD1, OGASAWARA. Harry, JG7PSJ, will once again be active as JD1BMH from
Chichijima Island (AS-031) between April 22nd and May 4th. Activity will
be on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via the Bureau to JD1BMH
or direct to JG7PSJ. Visit his Web page for more details at:

JD1, OGASAWARA. Makoto, JI5RPT, will once again be active as JD1BLY from
Chichijima Island (AS-031), Ogasawara, between April 28th and May 4th.
Activity will be on 40-6 meters, including the satellites, using CW,
SSB and the Digital modes (NO 6m EME). QSL via his home callsign JI5RPT.
His log search will be available on his Web site at:
He will also use Twitter to inform his real-time activities at:

JW, SVALBARD. Ronny, LA3ZPA, is now active as JW3ZPA from the JW5E club
station in Longyearbyen on Spitsbergen Island (EU-026) until March 13th.
Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL via LA3ZPA. Check out the live Web
cameras to see JW5E antennas, shack and harbor at:

Mar/11th AN Mar/14th AN Mar/16th AN
Mar/12th AN Mar/15th AN Mar/17th AN
Mar/13th 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
KH9, WAKE ISLAND (Press Release). Joe, W8GEX, sent out the following press
release on March 1st [edited]: "Press Release - Team Leader Lou, N2TU, and
the Management Team of Joe/W8GEX, Craig/K9CT, and Joe/AA4NN are proud to
announce they are planning a 'Commemorative DXpedition' to a rare DX
entity. This DXpedition will be to Wake Atoll (KH9) [OC-053] in October
Joe and Craig were the co-leaders of the very successful DXpeditions
to Swains Island NH8S in 2012, and Sint Maarten PJ7E in 2010. They were
also team members of the Midway K4M DXpedition in 2009. AA4NN is a veteran
of these as well as many other DXpeditions across the globe. Lou was also
a member of the Swains NH8S team.
This operation is a 'Commemorative DXpedition' in that it combines a
DXpedition and a commemoration of an event. 98 civilian contractors working
for Morrison- Knutsen, lost their lives on the atoll in October 1943. The
group has been named the 'Forgotten 98'. Our operation, observing the 70th
anniversary of their deaths, will be dedicated to keeping their memory
alive and honoring their sacrifice.
Wake Atoll ranks number 15 in 'ClubLog's Most Wanted Entities'. A highly
experienced team of 12 operators is being formed. They plan to operate
five stations over a 14 day period, 160 to 6 meters on all modes, using
a callsign to be announced at a later date.
Team members include Lou/N2TU, Craig/K9CT, Joe/AA4NN, Joe/W8GEX, Jerry/
WB9Z, Tom/ND2T, Mike/K9NW, John/K6MM, Hal/W8HC, Carl/K9CS, Dick/W3OA and
Wake Atoll's access is extremely limited and the time frame is dictated
by transportation issues. As such, official dates have not been set,
but will be announced as soon as possible. The team will gather in Honolulu
and then travel to Wake. Official landing permission has been obtained.
Our website, <>, developed by team member John, K6MM,
will provide updates as they become available. Later, the group will also
have an OQRS link on the website for easy QSLing.
We want to thank Elecraft, who will be supplying K3s and KPA500s for
our use. Steppir will be supplying an assortment of versatile antennas,
and we appreciate their help. This 'Commemorative Dxpedition' would not
happen without the outstanding support of these companies. Others will
be added and shown on our website as planning progresses.
Thanks also to Joe, AA4NN, who will be the QSL manager."

MJ, JERSEY. Kazu, JK3GAD, will be active as MJ0CFW from Jersey (EA-013)
between March 15-17th. Look for activity in the Russian DX Contest (RDXC)
and the BARTG HF RTTY Contest. QSL via LoTW or M0CFW.

P4, ARUBA (Update). Helmut, DF7ZS, will once again be active from Aruba
(SA-036) between March 26th and April 3rd, and signing P40Z. Main activity
will include the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 30-31st) as a Single-Op/All-
Band entry. Some casual operations will take place before and after the
contest on 17/12 meters. QSL via W3HNK. Watch his home page at:
PJ4, BONAIRE. Operators Steven/W1SRD and Dean/N6DE will be active as
PJ4/homecall from the "Radio House" <> on Bonaire
(SA-006, WLOTA LH-1279) between March 26th and April 1st. They plan to
be active in the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 30-31st) as a Multi-2 entry.
The contest callsign has not been issued yet. Operation before and after
the contest will be focused on RTTY. QSL via LoTW is preferred. Direct
to W1SRD with SASE/return postage for the contest callsign. QSL the QSOs
to their homecalls for contacts outside of the contest.

QSL INFO AND NEWS.....................
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (dated March 8th)
3Z8T via SQ8JX (d) EA8/SA0BJF via SA0BJF LY63S via LY3BY
5Q4B via OZ5EV (d) ED1A via EA1AST N6NY/KH2 via JK1FUP
7P8PB via EI7CC ED4T via EA4CWN NP3CW via EB7DX
7T50ARA via 7X2ARA FG/F6ITD via F6ITD OL8M via OK1DRQ
8N1TW via JA-Bureau G3Y via G3YBY ON4KY via F5VHA
9M2/JG3TTO via 9V1XX H44G via DL7DF PA90CII via PA2LO
9M6/KM0O via KM0O HB9/ON4ANN via ON4ANN RA/DK5JI via DK5JI
A6/PB2T via PB2T HF15UM via SQ9UM SG0X via SM0MLZ
AY8A via LU8ADX HS25DX via E20PFE SN8N via SP8KAF
C6AMM via K1CN IB1B via IW1QN T88XC via JA0FKK
C45T via 5B4MF II1IGG via IZ1GJK T88XH via JA0EKI
CT7/DJ5YQ via DJ5YQ II2S via IZ2FOS UK/UA1ZEY via UA1ZEY (d)
CT9/DL3KWF via DL3KWF II9IGA via IT9YEM (d) VI100ACT via (B)
CT9/DL3KWR via DL3KWR II9X via IT9SPB VQ9LW via WA2ALY (d/B)
DQ5X via DK4MH IR8C via IZ8TDP YB6N via YB4IR
E7DX via E77E J47X via SV7BVM YB9/DL5CO via DL5CO
EA5/G8NOF via G8NOF (d) KP4ROS via NP3O YP20ARER via YO6CUF
(e) eQSL only (d) direct only (B) Bureau only (L) LoTW only

PIRATE ALERT. Xavier, EA3BHK, reports that a station signing FK8IK on
17m CW was active on March 9th, and was definitely a PIRATE station.
He contacted Mic, FK8IK, and he also states it was a PIRATE.
V73CW QSL INFO. Bruce, V73CW, reports, "Logs have been updated to LoTW.
If you prefer a QSL, please send DIRECT w/SASE to my home callsign AC4G."

ZF2LC and ZZ2T
XF1F, XU1A and ZL9HR


T2, TUVALU (Update/Reminder). Operators Gavin/GM0GAV, Clive/GM3POI,
Robert/GM3YTS and Tom/GM4FDM will be active as T2GM from the Vaiaku Lagi
Hotel on the lagoon side of Fongafale islet, Funafuti Atoll (OC-015)
between March 12-23rd. Activity will be 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and
RTTY. Suggested frequencies are:
CW - *1826.5, 3506, 7009, 10104, 14019, 18076, 21019, 24896 and 28019 kHz
SSB - 3790, 7079/7179, 14145, 18139, 21269, 24949 and 28469 kHz
RTTY - 7040, 10145, 18099, 21079, 24919 and 28079 kHz
* Up 3 kHz/World and Down 3 kHz JA
They will have two stations with Elecraft K3 and 500w amps using vertical
antennas placed either in or at the edge of the lagoon. If the InterNet
is available, logs will be uploaded to ClubLog and LoTW. QSL Manager will
be GM4FDM (, direct or by the Bureau. A OQRS will be available via
ClubLog. A Web Blog page is also available at:

T48, CUBA. Members of the "Las Tunas Contest Crew", T48K, will be active
during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 30-31st) as a Multi-Single entry
from the north coast of Las Tunas Province. Operators mentioned are
Hugo/F5FYO who will be a guest operator, and the rest of the crew includes
Alex/CO8KA, Alejandro/CM8AKY, Doug/CO8DM, Del/CO8DRG and Raúl/CO8ZZ. QSL
for this operation will be via F5FYO.

T5, SOMALIA. Tevfik, TA1HZ, will be travelling to Mogadishu to be a part
of a Turkish team on a humanitarian mission called Yeryuzu Doktorlari
(Doctors Worldwide - see <>) between March 23rd and
April 4th. As a doctor, his work is primary, but during his free time,
Tevfik hopes to be active as T5TC (callsign to be assigned). Activity
will be on all HF bands, depending on band conditions, using a Kenwood
TS-480 and Windom antenna. Tevfik also plans to be in the CQWW WPX SSB
Contest (March 30-31st) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via
TA1HZ, only direct, by the Bureau or LoTW and eQSL. QSL cards will be
printed late May. See for more info. PLEASE NOTE: Bureau QSLs
and uploading the log to LoTW/Eqsl will be done after direct requests
are fulfilled! Also, any donations for the hospital and food distrubition
centers can be sent via:

TX5, CLIPPERTON ISLAND (Update). The TX5K team on Clipperton Island is
now QRT, and they are packing things up to leave the island or probably
have left the island already. Here is a quick summary of things from the
TX5K Blog page that took place over the past weekend:
* Bob, KK6EK, reported on March 8th on the TX5K Blog page [edited],
"According to the schedule we will pack on Sunday, March 10th and
Monday, March 11th. If we are able to leave the island on Monday,
we will keep the schedule given on the website."
* Early Friday, March 8th, the TX5K team hit the 100k QSOs mark around
* Then late Friday, March 8th, the team started some teardown early.
The TX5K team announced, "We have decided to dismantle site B (mostly
CW) today and pack it for transport to the boat. Site A will remain
operating for at least a day, perhaps longer. Exact shutdown time
is not yet determined."
* However, the TX5K team did go QRT at 0000z, Sunday, March 10th. As
this was being written on March 10th, TX5K QSOs totals are as follows:
113844 QSOs (60227/CW, 45030/SSB and 8587/Digi)
QSL via the OQRS by ClubLog (Highly Recommended). This is the preferred
method to use for your QSL confirmation. After the DXpedition ends you
can order either a direct or Bureau QSL card using the OQRS online QSL
service provided by ClubLog. Using this convenient online method you can
easily apply for their QSL card to be sent directly to your home or via
the Bureau....without having to send your QSL card at all. Direct QSLs
are via Bob Schenck N2OO and the SJDXA QSL team: QSL Manager for TX5K,
PO Box 345, Tuckerton, NJ 08087-0345, USA. Also, remember to use the DXA
Web site <> which allows DXers to view the QSO log,
and the status and activities of the DXpedition in near-real-time. The
TX5K's Web page is at <>. For updates, use the BLOG at:
V3, BELIZE. Operators Ron/WB1EAZ and XYL Elaine/KA1UCC will be active
as V31RT and V31BE, respectively, from Belize between March 13-20th.
Activity will be SSB with a focus on Europe, Oceania and Asia. QSL via

V7, MARSHALL ISLANDS. Tatsuhiko "Ted", JF1CCH, will be active as V73TS
from Majuro Island (OC-029) resort hotel between March 21-26th. Activity
will be mainly CW and the HF bands, 40-10 meters, and using a Delta Loop
antenna. Power on 12 and 10 meters will be 100w, and 15 meters and down
400w. QSL via his home callsign and eQSL.

VK9C, COCOS KEELING ISLANDS (Web Page Updated). The VK9CA Web page has
been updated for the operation to Cocos Keeling Island (OC-003) which
will take place between March 30th and April 13th (see OPDX.1102). The
Web page can be viewed at:
Operator Keith, GM4YXI, has added a 4.8MB Powerpoint presentation to the
Web page (under Latest news) with propagation charts for different parts
of the world to VK9CZ which can be viewed or downloaded.

VK9L, LORD HOWE ISLAND. Oliver, W6NV, informs OPDX that he will be at
Lord Howe Island between April 10-14th, to see the sights and join Seppo,
OH1VR for some casual operations. Oliver has obtained the VK9LT callsign
for his Lord Howe Island operation which was approved for re-issue by the
WIA effective April 1st, 2013. He mentions, "We have confirmed reser-
vations, however, the equipment logistics and propagation will be the
determining factors." Seppo will operate as VK9/OH1VR between April
11-16th. Direct QSLs for VK9LT (operations for 2013 only) are to be
sent to W6NV. QSL VK9/OH1VR via OH1VR only direct. More later on bands
and modes, when equipment logistics is firm. ADDED NOTE: Look for them
to possibly participate in the Japan International DX Contest and the
Yuri Gagarin International DX Contest over the weekend of April 13-14th.

ZD8, ASCENSION ISLAND. Mick, G1EUZ, will be active as ZD8RAF from Ascension
Island between March 18-22nd. He will be taking an IC-7000, and a Vertical
Horizontal dipole. He hope to make many contacts, especially with some
fellow RAFARS members. QSL via his home callsign.

ZL7, CHATHAM ISLANDS (Update/Reminder). Jim, ZL1LC, will be active this
week as ZL7LC from Chatham Island (OC-038) between March 14-20th, as a
micro DXpedition and running PSK31 only (see OPDX.1094 and OPDX.1101).
He informed OPDX on Saturday: "We are almost ready to go. We arrive late
Thursday (0400z, March 14th) and will get the Windom up before dark so
that I have an antenna for the night. The Web page for ZL7LC is
up-to-date with all the info. PSK31 only. I'm using EB7DX as my QSL
Manager and there is a note about donations, if you so desire. The pro-
pagation conditions aren't brilliant. However, a couple of days ago,
when the 10 meter forecast was POOR, there was a 10 meter opening from
here into the USA and Asia for an hour or so. There was a slow deep fade,
but you could work stations if you were quick. Look forward to catching
you on the bands." Jim's rigs will be an Icom 7200 and 7000 with vertical
antennas operating on 7035, 14070, 21070 and 28120 kHz. Remember, his
QSL Manager will be EB7DX and direct (w/2 green stamps and SAE). NO Bureau
QSLs. For more details and an online log (ClubLog), see

ZS8, MARION ISLAND (Update). Pierre, ZS1HF/ZS8M, informs OPDX that two
radio amateurs will be part of the over wintering team and will be active
on Marion Island between May 2013 to April 2014. Look for the following

ZS8C - Carson, ZR6CWI, has been appointed as the Space Weather Engineer
and is employed for the next year by the SA National Space Agency

ZS8Z - David, ZS1BCE, has finally been appointed as the radio technician.
His appointment was delayed due to a clerical error.

Pierre states that the expected modes will mainly be SSB and the
Digital modes. They may only use the existing commercial broadband
HF antenna. Their QSL Manager is ZS1HF. More info will be posted on
their respective sites once they have been created. They expect
this info to be made available within the next 2 weeks. All inquiries
are via ZS1HF at this stage.

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