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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Monthly DX Report 01.07.2013 - 31.07.2013

21.07.201302.08.20134O Alex/UA3RF and Nikolay/RK3RB.
16.07.201330.07.20135R Nosy-Be Island (AF-057) by Flavio, IW2NEF. QSL via IK2DUW.
01.07.201316.07.20136W Vladimir "Vlad", RK4FF.
24.07.201302.08.20139A Brac Island (EU-016, ACIA IC-657, CIA-04, IOCA CI-010, MIA MC-042, WLOTA 0416) by Danny/ON4CEZ and Jan/ON7JA.
26.07.201302.08.20139A Pag Island (EU-170, CI -082) by Istvan, HA0KA. He also plans to visit the 4 National Reserve Parks located on the island (Lun 9AFF-023, Kolanisko Blado 9AFF-073, Veliko i Malo Blato 9AFF-074 and Dubrava Hanzina 9AFF-075).
25.07.201329.07.20139A Sveti Nikola Island (EU-110, ACIA IC-016, IOCA CI-118, MIA MC-414, WLOTA 3152) by Stefano/IV3LZQ, Paolo/IV3PUT, Francesco/IV3EDU and Andy/9A3JH.
21.07.201329.07.2013BY Jiming Dao Island (AS-146, WLOTA 2489) by Ma, BA4MY. QSL via BA4EG.
19.07.201323.07.2013C9 Gerard, ZS6AYU.
27.07.201309.08.2013DL Juist Island (EU-047, GIA N-003) by Mike, DG5LAC.
06.07.201321.07.2013DL Fehmarn Island (EU-128, DID O-001, WLOTA 0637) by Jan-Henrik, DG8HJ.
23.07.201329.07.2013EI Inishmore Islands (EU-006) by Michal/EI3KG, John/EI4GK, Adam/EI5JQ, Robert/EI6KD, Oleg/EI7KD, Waldi/SP7IDX, Jerzy/ SQ7JT, David/EI9FBB, Ark/EI9KC and Mietek/SP9NWN. QSL via EI5JQ.
23.07.201329.07.2013EI Aran Islands (EU-006) by Michael/EI3KG, Sean/EI4GK, Adam/EI5JQ, Robert/EI6KD, Oleg/EI7KD, Dave EI9FBB, Arek EI9KC, Jacek/M0PLX, Waldi/SP7IDX, Mietek/SP9NWN and Christopher/SQ7NNM. QSL via EI5JQ.
26.07.201328.07.2013F Grand Ile (EU-039, DIFM MA-004, WLOTA 0424) by Jacques/ON5OO, Jean-Jacques/ON7EQ, Noel/ON4NS, Pascal/ON5RA, Ann/ON5AR, Roger/ON6WU, Martin/ON4VMA, Frank/ ON5NQ, Peter/ON8ZZ and Frederik/ON8ZL. QSL via ON8ZL.
24.07.201331.07.2013F Belle Ile en Mer Island (EU-048) by Michel/F1SRC, Jean-Yves/ F4EHM, Gwena/F4FHZ, Mickael/F4FFZ, David/F4FDA, Jean-François/ F6DZD, Philippe/F6AUP, Chris/F5CBQ and Philippe/F5PHW. QSL via F6KPQ.
06.07.201316.07.2013FP Island of Miquelon (NA-032, DIFO FP-002 WLOTA 1417, Grid GN17) by Eric, KV1J.
10.07.201314.07.2013FS St. Martin (NA-105, WLOTA 0383) by Kjerstin/AF6KJ and Travis/AF6WU.
26.07.201329.07.2013G Culatra Island (EU-145, DIA Ai-01, DIP AL-001, PIP ST-019, WLOTA 0144) by Colin/G3VCQ, Andy/M0GAV and Sharon/M3VCQ.
22.07.201330.07.2013GM Arran Island (EU-123, IOSA CL01, SCOTIA CS14) by Ken/G0ORH and David/G3KLH. QSL via G0ORH.
26.07.201302.08.2013GM South Uist Island (EU-010, IOSA OH03, SCOTIA HI06, WLOTA 2972) by Paul, M3KBU.
01.07.201307.07.2013H4 Nendo Island (OC-100) by Ralph, 5W0W/H44RK, Dom/SQ9KWW, Tom/WL7HP and Maggie/H44MK.
09.07.201312.07.2013H4 Vanikolo/Utupua (OC-163) by Ralph, 5W0W/H44RK, Dom/SQ9KWW, Tom/WL7HP and Maggie/H44MK.
14.07.201316.07.2013H4 Reef Islands (OC-065) by Ralph, 5W0W/H44RK, Dom/SQ9KWW, Tom/WL7HP and Maggie/H44MK.
06.07.201325.07.2013HH Tom, KC0W.
16.07.201320.07.2013HR Vivorillos Island (NA-223) by Dan, HM2DMR.
23.07.201330.07.2013I Ustica Island (EU-051, IIA PA-001) by Stefano/IK6JRI, Fred/IK7JWX and Vincenzo/IZ8LFI. QSL via IK7JWX.
24.07.201329.07.2013I Ustica Island (EU-051) by Stefano/IK6JRI, Fred/IK7JWX, Vincenzo/IZ8LFI, Leopoldo/I8LWL and Davide/IT9DFI.
26.07.201328.07.2013I San Pietro Isle (EU-073, IIA TA-002) by members of the Taranto ARMI section and the 599 DX Team. QSL via IK7WDS.
29.06.201306.07.2013J7 Dominica (NA-101) by Rick, KK4GV.
26.07.201329.07.2013JA Shikine Shima (AS-008, WLOTA 2267, JCG-3210) by Take, JI3DST.
25.07.201329.07.2013JA Yagishiri Island (AS-147) by Taka, JA8COE.
28.04.201305.05.2103JD/O Chichijima Island (AS-031). QSL JD1BLC via JP1IOF, JD1YBT via JP1IOF.
29.06.201309.07.2013KG4 KG4RX (QSL via K4RX), KG4TO (QSL via AC4TO) and KG4AS (QSL via N4SIA).
12.07.201316.07.2013KL Mitkof Island (NA-041, USI AK155S, WLOTA 2115) by David, K0DCH.
30.06.201305.07.2013LX René/ON6OM, Eddy/ON6ZV, Martin/ON7EG and Mike/ON4MW. QSL via ON6ZV.
20.07.201301.08.2013OX Tasillaq Island (NA-151) by Bo, OX3LX.
20.07.201301.08.2013OX Tasillaq Island (IOTA NA-151) by Bo, OZ1DJJ. QSL via OZ1PIF.
22.06.201307.07.2013OZ Fano Island (EU-125, DIA NS-002, WWFF OZFF-004) by Rico, DO6EBB.
26.07.201328.07.2013OZ Mando Island (EU-125, DIA NS-003, WWFF OZFF-004) by Olaf/DL4HG and Andy/DL7AT. QSL via DL7AT.
28.06.201307.07.2013PJ2 Curacao (SA-099, WLOTA 0942) by Wim, ON6DX.
22.06.201310.07.2013PJ4 Bonaire (SA-006, WLOTA LH-1279) by Armin, DL1DI.
23.06.201306.07.2013PJ5 Frank, K3TRM.
05.07.201309.07.2013PJ7 Sint Maarten (NA-105, WLOTA 0711) by Kjerstin/AF6KJ and Travis/AF6WU.
06.07.201313.07.2013PJ7 Dutch Sint Maarten (NA-105) by Marco, KC9FFV.
26.07.201328.07.2013PY Cotijuba Island (SA-060, DIB PA-14, ARLHS-278, DFB PA-13, WLOTA 2855) by Renato/PY8WW, Ewerton/PY8AA, Fernando/PU8WZT, Ronaldo/PS8RV, Pedro/PR8ZX and Gabriel/PU8RGV. QSL via PY8WW.
23.07.201330.07.2013SV Zakynthos Island (EU-052) by Rich, M5RIC.
05.07.201321.07.2013SV Thassos Island (EU-174, GIOTA NAS-037, MIA MG-124 and WLOTA 4186) by Gabi, HA1YA.
18.05.201316.07.2013SV5 Karpathos Island (EU-001, GIOTA DKS-016, WLOTA 1570, MIA MGD-013) by Laci, OM3AG.
27.07.201303.08.2013V2 Jumby Bay Island (NA-100) by Tim, VE6SH.
20.06.201301.07.2013V3 Jimmy, W6JKV.
09.07.201310.08.2013V4 St. Kitts (NA-104) by Jon, W5JON.
24.07.201328.07.2013VE Ile Verte (NA-128, C.I.S.A QC-015, ARLHS CAN-244, WLOTA 1404) by members of the "NA-128 Contest Group". QSL via VE2CQ.
22.06.201307.07.2013VQ9 Jim, ND9M.
19.07.201321.07.2013W Anacapa Island (NA-144, USI CA-002S, WLOTA 1300, KFF-014) by Bodo, DF8DX.
25.07.201328.07.2013W Ocracoke Island (NA-067) by Nathan, N4YDU.
27.07.201329.07.2013W Galveston Island (NA-143) by Bodo, DF8DX.
19.07.201320.07.2013W Anacapa Island (NA-144) by Bodo, DF8DX.
26.07.201327.07.2013W Texas State West IOTA Group (NA-092) by Bodo, DF8DX.
27.06.201301.07.2013YB Damar Besar Island (OC-177, LH 2749) by Fachmi/YB0MF, Joy/YB0NSI, Dicky/YB0JZS, Rachmat/YB0ORR, Syaiful/YB0PUL, Agus/YB0BDC, Handry/YB0NCS, Jeffrey/YC0LOU and Ben/YC0NDN. QSL via YB0JZS only direct and LoTW.
13.07.201320.07.2013ZF Harry, AA2WN.
12.06.201321.07.2013ZP Members of the Radio Club Paraguay Filial Itapua will be using the callsign for the first time from the local ruins of the Jesuit Missions of La Santísima Trinidad de Paraná and Jesús de Tavarangue. QSL via EA5ZD.
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SB DX @ WW < KB8NW $OPDX.1118
Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1118

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1118
BID: $OPDX.1118
July 1, 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, NG3K & ADXO, WU2D, W3UR &
W8GEX & 60m News, W9ILY, AT International, DK8JB & The DX News Letter,
DL1SBF,, DX-World.Net, EA5RM, ES1CW, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les
Nouvelles DX, G3SWH, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News,
IK7JWX, LZ1BJ, Mediterraneo DX Club, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's
DX-Newsdesk, PG5M, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, SM1TDE, UN6QC,
UT2AB, 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, 23rd/June, through Sunday, 30th/June there were 221
countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L,
4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A,
9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY,
C2, C3, C5, C9, 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, FP, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H3, H4, HA,
HB, HB0, HC, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, J7,
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, PJ5, PJ7, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T32, T5,
T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TR, TT, TU, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR,
V3, V4, V5, V7, V8 VE, VK, VP2E, VP2V, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW,
YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZL, ZP,

* 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).

13 COLONIES (Special Event). Just a reminder that the annual "13 Colonies
Special Event" will take place between 1300z, July 1st and 0400z July
6th. There will be at least two stations from each on the 13 colonies
on the air, as well as Super contest stations, multi-operator Club
stations and OM and XYL teams. The U.S. original 13 colonies are CT-DE-
GA-MA-MD-NC-NH-NJ-NY-PA-RI-SC-VA. Special events stations mentioned are:
K2A (NY), K2B (VA), K2C (RI), K2D (CT), K2E (DE), K2F (MD), K2G (GA),
K2H (MA), K2I (NJ), K2J (NC), K2K (NH), K2L (SC), K2M (PA) and WM3PEN.
The theme for 2013 will be "Banners of the Revolution". The certificate
is printed on heavy card stock. Stations working one state, or as many
as all 13, will be eligible for the certificate. A "Clean Sweep" indicator
will be affixed for those lucky enough to "Q" all 13. A special endorse-
ment will be attached for stations contacting their sister operation,
WM3PEN, in Philadelphia, PA. All HF bands will be in play except the WARC
bands and 60 meters. 2 meters and 6 meter simplex are encouraged. All
modes of operation should be represented - SSB, CW, RTTY, Digital, and
the Satellites. The mode of operation is up to the individual colony
state station. For more details on the stations, suggested frequencies,
QSL info and on how to obtain the special certificate, see:

3D2 & 3D2/R, FIJI AND ROTUMA ISLANDS. Operators Stan/LZ1GC and Rocky/
3D2DD will be active from Fiji and Rotuma between September 20th and
October 15th. Their schedule is as follows:
September 20-26th - Callsigns 3D2GC (Stan) and 3D2CC (Rocky); from the
"Club Fiji Resort", Nadi, Fiji Republic, Viti Levu
Island (OC-016, WW. Loc. RH82QF). Activity will be
on 160-6 meters using CW and SSB, with the following
equipment: Kenwood TS-480 SAT + linear amplifier
ACOM 1010/ACOM 1000. The antennas: EXP. GP 40-10m,
80/160 meters INV-L and GP.
September 27th-October 11th - Callsigns 3D2GC/P and 3D2DD/P; from Rotuma
Island (OC-060). Activity will be on all HF bands.
Stan CW/SSB and Rocky only on SSB.
October 12-15th - Callsigns 3D2GC and 3D2CC again from Fiji Republic.
On October 16th, Stan, LZ1GC, will go back to

QSL 3D2GC and 3D2GC/P via LZ1GC, direct or by the Bureau (see details
on or the Web page below). QSL 3D2DD and 3D2DD/P via info on For more details and updates, see:

4X19, ISRAEL (Special Event). members of the Israel Amateur Radio Club
(IARC) will activate 4X19MG in honor of the 19th Maccabiah Games between
July 18-30th. The Maccabiah is an international Jewish athletic event,
held in Israel every four years. QSL via 4Z1TL.

5B, CYPRUS. Tony, RT9T, will once again be active as 5B4ALB from Pachyammos
(AS-004, MIA MCI-002, WLOTA 0051) between July 6-16th. Activity will be
on all bands and modes. QSL via RT9T direct only. JUST REMINDER! Tony
will also participate in the IARU HF Championships (July 13-14) as a
member of the P3N team.

6Y, JAMAICA. By the time you read this, Phil, G3SWH, should be finishing
up his business trip on Barbados, as well as his activity as 8P9PW. His
lst day is July 1st. Activity was CW only during his leisure time. See
<> for more details. Phil will leave Barbados
and travel to Jamaica on July 2nd, and hopes to be active as 6Y5/G3SWH
between July 2-9th. Activity will be limited to his leisure time and will
also be CW only. For more details and updates, see:

9X, RWANDA. Operators Allan/G3XAQ, Nick/G3RWF and possibly others will
be active as 9X0XA and 9X0NH, respectively, during the CQWW DX CW Contest
(November 23-24th). They plan at least two Single-Band entries, possibly
more depending on how many operators they have. QSL both callsigns via

CE0X, SAN FELIX (Update/Callsign Change). Mike, WU2D, informed OPDX this
past week: "They mistakenly assigned me Robinson Crusoe (Juan Fernandez)
Island callsign. I was lucky and turned it around fast with the help of
the Radio Club de Chile and now have the correct callsign CE0X/WU2D."
Remember to look for him around July 8th.

E5, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS (Update/Correct QSL Info). Back in March we
reported that Andy, AB7FS/E51AND, and his XYL Kathy were moving to
Rarotonga (OC-013) into a house in the part of Arorangi Beach called
Inave (see OPDX.1104 for more details). "" reports this
past week that Andy, E51AND, will be visiting Mangaia Island (OC-159)
with his wife Kathy, E51KC, who will be working in the local school
during the day. Between July 15-19th, Andy hopes to operate during his
spare time using 43 ft vertical with about 40 ground radials, on SSB
and CW. QSL direct to: P.O. Box 518, Avarua, Rarotonga, Cook Islands.
Take a look at Andy's, E51AND, page for some great pictures.

EO15, UKRAINE. Members of the Ukrainian Radioamateur QRP Club are cele-
brating their 15th anniversary and will be active using the special
callsign EO15QRP between July 12th and August 12th. QSL via UT2AB, by
the Bureau or direct.

FT5ZM 2014 DXPEDITION. Ralph, K0IR, posted on June 21st the following
article "Why Does This DXpedition Cost So Much?" on the FT5ZM Amsterdam
Island DXpedition Web page at:

HD082, ECUADOR (Special Event). Members of the Quito Radio Club (HC1QRC)
will be operating as HD082QRC (HD Zero Eighty Two QRC) to celebrate its
82nd anniversary between July 13-23rd. Activity will be on 160-2 meters
using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via HC1JQ (direct).

H44, SOLOMON ISLANDS (Update/Change/IOTA Op). It seems things are really
changing for the H44IOTA operation. The RSGB IOTA Web page reports: "Some
issues have arisen about the current H44IOTA operations that need to be
addressed before decisions can be taken about acceptance for IOTA. As
this may take a little time to resolve, it may make sense to hold off
sending your QSLs for the time being..... G3KMA, 25 Jun 2013"
Also, "The Daily DX" reports that QSL Manager of H44IOTA operation,
Rex, NR6M, "asks that for the time being, until a decision is taken,
no further QSLs for the OC-149, OC-168, OC-047 and OC-158 operations
be sent to him.”
On, it states, "All calls after June 20, 2013, will be made
by Ralph, H44RK, only. Team members SQ8X, SQ9KWW, H44MK, and WL7HP have
stepped back from the project for various reasons. Please respect their
privacy for the duration of the Project. Any inquiries go to Ralph at
Paul, VK2HV, reported on June 29th, "Ralph as H44IOTA/MM today on 15m
said he will be sailing for Temotu H40 in about 3 weeks with a stop off
on OC-158 for a few days ( maybe )."
The H44IOTA operation "was" to continue this week with activity from
Nendo Island (OC-100)[July 1-7th], Vanikolo/Utupua (OC-163) [July 9-12th]
and Reef Islands (OC-065) [July 14-16th], but who knows...... Stay tuned!

IOTA NEWS..............
AS-109. Members of the Russian Robinson Club (RRC) continue to activate
various islands and lighthouses to celebrate the RRC's 20th
anniversary until September 30th. Look for the RT9K team to
be active as R20RRC/8 from Zhuravlinyi Island (RR-026-43)
between August 9-14th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using
CW, SSB and PSK. QSL R20RRC/1 via RZ3EC. For more details and
updates, watch:

AS-146. Ma, BA4MY, will be active as BA4MY/4 from Jiming Island between
July 21-29th. Activity will be on the HF bands, and he will be
an entry in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th). QSL via BA4EG,
direct, by the Bureau, LoTW or eQSL.

EU-016. Kurt, OM8AA, will be active as 9A/OM8AA from Solta Island
(ACIA IC-656, CIA-51, IOCA CI-126, MIA MC-389) during the
RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as a Single-Op/Expedition/
Low-Power entry. QSL via OM8AA.

EU-034. Operators Andres/ES1AN, Harald/ES1LS, Arvo/ES1QV, Toivo/ES2DJ,
Juri/ES2EZ, Nigul/ES2NX and Toivo/ES2RR will be active as ES0U
from Saaremaa Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th)
as a Multi-Op/Multi-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via ES2DJ, by the

EU-040. Members of the Portuguese DX Group (GPDX) will be active as
CS5DX (ex-CS1GDX) from Bugio Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest
(July 27-28th). Activity will hopefully start on July 25th.
Operators mentioned are Jose/CT1DIZ, Joao/CT1BOP, Luis/CT1EEQ,
Arlindo/CT1EGW, Pedro/CT1EKD, Pedro/CT1ELP, Jose/CT1END,
Miguel/CT1IUA and Luis/CT4NH. Look for the operators to be
active as homecall/P before the contest. QSL CS5DX via the
Bureau or direct (see For more details and updates,

EU-081. Operators Gil/F4FET, Juan/F5IRC, Vincent/F4BKV, Antoine/F5RAB,
Marc/F8DRA and Diego/F4HAU will be active as TM0SM from Large
Island [St. Marcouf Archipelago] (DIFM MA001, ARLHS FRA055,
DPLF PB052, WLOTA 0060 and DFCF 50013) between August 9-11th
and August 23-25th. Activity will be on 40-6 meters using CW
and SSB. They will focus on working stations outside Europe
[see details on]. There will be 5 stations, with 4
on the air with 200-500w using verticals or Yagi antennas.
QSL via F5CWU. For more details and updates, watch:

EU-083. Members of the ARI La Spezia, will once again be active as
IP1T from Isola del Tino (IFF IFF-218, IIA SP-002, MIA MI-114,
ITA ITA-058, WLOTA 0645) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July
27-28th) as a Multi-Op/1-Stn/Low-Power entry. Activity will
be on 80-10 meters using low power, with antennas: Windom
(80-10m) and a vertical 1/4 wave on 40 meters. QSL via IZ5JLF,
direct or by the Bureau (preferred).

EU-119. Members of the Russian Robinson Club (RRC) continue to activate
various islands and lighthouses to celebrate the RRC's 20th
anniversary until September 30th. Look for a group of operators
to be active as R20RRC/1 from Morzhovec Island (RR-02-08) between
July 24-26th. Operators mentioned are R7AA, RN1ON, UA3EDQ and
UA6YW. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB and PSK.
QSL R20RRC/1 via RZ3EC. For more details and updates, watch:

EU-144. Members of the A.R.I. Cosenza Radio Club will once again be
active as ID8/IQ8CS from Dino Island (IIA CS-002, WW Loc.
JM79vu) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (JULY 27-28th) as a
Multi-Op entry. Before the contest activity will be on
30/17/12 meters, as well as 6 and 2 meters, using CW and SSB.
QSL via IQ8CS, direct or by the Bureau.

EU-146. UBA/WRC members Alfons/ON4AWT and Louis/PA0LCE will be active
as PF10C from Schouwen Duiveland Island during the RSGB IOTA
Contest (July 27-28th) as a Multi-Op entry. QSL via ON4ON.

EU-174. Laci, HA0NAR, will once again be active as SW8LR from Thassos
Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as a Single-
Op/CW-Mode entry. QSL via his home callsign.

NA-034. Lou, W0FK, will once again be active as W0FK/4 from Longboat
Key (USI FL-053S, WW Loc. EL87, Sarasota County, Fl) between
July 3-7th. Activity will be holiday style on or near the
usual island and IOTA frequencies on the HF bands. QSL via
his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

NA-046. Howard, K1VSJ, will once again be active from Martha's Vineyard
during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as a Single-Op/
Mixed-Mode/Unassited/24HRS entry. QSL via his home callsign,
direct or by the Bureau.

NA-128. Jean-Pierre, VA2SG, will once again be active from Ile-aux-
Coudres (CISA QC-009) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July
27-28th). Activity will be on 40/20 meters (maybe 80m) QRP.
QSL via VA2SG. For more updates, watch:

OC-130. Maarten, PA3GZU, will once again be active as DU9/PA3GZU from
Mindanao Island (WLOTA 2803) between July 13th and August 9th.
Activity will be holiday style on 40/20/15/10 meters using SSB
and PSK31. QSL via PA3GZU, the Bureau preferred.

OC-139. Members from the Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society (AHARS),
will be travelling to Kangaroo Island between August 16-20th.
They will be active as VK5CWL (Cape Willoughby Lighthouse -
ILLW AU-0095) over the International Lighthouse/Lightship
Weekend (ILLW) weekend. Activity will be on 160-6 meters
using CW, SSB and PSK. QSL via VK5PAS, direct, by the Bureau
or LoTW or eQSL. For more information, check or the
VK5CWL Web site at:

OC-176. Sadao, JA1PBV, who was active this past weekend as DU9/JA1PBV
from Sarangani Island (OC-175), will now be active as DU8/JA1PBV
(or possibly DU8/WK1S) from Tawi Tawi (OC-174) this coming
weekend (July 6-7th). Activity will mainly be 20/15 meters

OC-276. (NEW ONE!) Members of the "ORDA PAPUA DXPEDITION TEAM" will
activate for the first time Mapia Island as YB9Y possibly
between October 15-21st. Operators mentioned are Yanuarius/
YB9YZ, Triadi/YB0KVN, Faisal/YB1PR, Pri/YB0ECT, Gjellani/YB1GJS,
Wisnu/YB0AZ, Ronny/YB9WR, Jozardy/YD1JZ, Kasmuri/YD1MRI, Danu/
YD1GCL, Terry/YC1KAF, Rizal/YD1ORZ, Suryadi/YB0JS, Yoyon/
YB1CCF, Heri/YB1KAR, Terry/YC1KAF, Ria/YC0KVM, Susana/YD1LUX,
Randi/YC0RAN, Syafruddin/YB9SB, Laily/YB0TSU, Edy/YD1XUH,
Achmad/YC1CDV, Ujang/YC0LLY and Sadao/WK1S/JA1PBV. Activity
will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes.
QSL via YB1GJS, direct or by the Bureau. For more details
and updates, see:

ISWL CALLSIGNS (For July). The following ISWL club callsigns will be
used throughout the month of July 2013:

GX4BJC/A - Operated from Great Missenden, in Buckinghamshire, by John,
G8XTJ (ISWL Vice President). (WAB Square SP80 - England,
IOTA EU-005 and WLOTA LH-1841)

MX1SWL/A - Operated from Walton on the Naze, in Essex, by Herbie,
G6XOU (ISWL Council Member + Council Member). (WAB Square
SP80 - England, IOTA EU-005 and WLOTA LH-1841).

Herbie will also operate as MX1SWL/P throughout the month. If required,
he will give his current WAB Square during the QSO.

ALL QSLs will be handled by Herbie, G6XOU, and NOT the individual
operator. The I.S.W.L. is a member of the European PSK Club. All QSL
info is on <> or <> or via <>.
NO LoTW. I.S.W.L. Awards are available to all Hams and SWLs, see
<> for full details. The cards ARE welcomed for
their awards.

Jul/01st HN-AN Jul/04th AN Jul/06th HN
Jul/02nd AN Jul/05th AN-HN Jul/07th HN-AN
Jul/03rd 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 June 25th [edited]: "Press Release #4 - Wake Atoll
Commemorative DXpedition -- The Wake Atoll Commemorative team's operation
is progressing nicely.
Most of the equipment needed for this operation has been received and
is being pre-tested prior to shipment to the staging areas. As mentioned
in the previous release, the equipment will be pre-staged in California
and Hawaii prior to transport to Wake. Staging, pre-testing, packing are
essential to assure equipment arriving on-time and safely on Wake.
The two week 'on air' dates are anticipated to start the last week of
September or first week of October. This is entirely dependent on the
military flight schedule into and out of Wake Atoll and this has yet to
be determined. As soon as this is established, we will issue another press
release and post it on our website.
Several good options are being considered for our two operating sites
which will be announced soon.
Please note! There are a few other DXpeditions which will be on air
during the Wake Operation. Our band plan, established in early March and
documented on our website <>, will
be used during our operation. To avoid the dreaded 'Not in the Log', please
be sure which DXpedition you are working! Our operators will announce the
K9W often to help identify your contact.
The Team wants to thank the DX Community, including generous worldwide
Foundations and Clubs, equipment manufacturers and outlets for their out-
standing support of the Wake Commemorative efforts. These DXpeditions are
extremely expensive and could not be accomplished without the support of
the entire DX Community. Visit the <> website to view our
Sponsors and make your personal donation. And don't forget to sign our
Guestbook! Please check our website often for updates.
73, K9W Wake Atoll Management Team"

OY, FAROE ISLAND. Ulf, DL3UB, will be active as OY/DL3UB from the Faroe
Islands between July 29th and August 9th. Activity will be holiday style,
preferably on CW and the 30/17/12 meter bands. QSL via this home callsign,
direct or by the Bureau.

P5, NORTH KOREA (Press Release-Update from the P5 Project Leadership Team):
[edited] "P5 Project Team members Paul Ewing/N6PSE and David Flack/AH6HY
have just returned from their extensive travels throughout the DPRK. Total
distance covered was from Panmunjom at the DMZ in the South to Sonbong in
the North, bordering China and Russia. Paul and David are among the first
Western travelers to be allowed to enter the DPRK from Namyang and later
exiting from Wonjong back into China.
The purpose of the visit was to meet with DPRK Government Representatives
in Pyongyang and to survey and assess various potential Dxpedition venues
throughout the country. Particular attention was paid to terrain and the
availability of reliable power.
We are making further refinements to our proposals for a major Dxpedition.
We will continue to communicate with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and
the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications to further refine our pro-
posals. Our goals are to provide a much needed P5 contact to the entire
amateur radio community world-wide.
We also enjoyed visits to several schools, and we enjoyed the conver-
sations that we had with the school children. We also were able to visit
various factories throughout the country. Plans for a 2nd visit to the
DPRK are already underway.
We are very pleased at this time to announce our partnership with the
Chinese Amateur Radio Community and their involvement in the P5 Project.
We have invited Fan Bin/BA1RB to join the P5 Project Leadership Team and
to represent the Chinese Radio Amateur Community in our project.
Thank you,
The P5 Project Leadership Team - N6PSE AH6HY YT1AD K3LP WD5COV BA1RB"

Updates can be seen on the following social medias:

PA1813, THE NETHERLANDS (Special Event). ISWL Member, Fred, PA0FAW, will
be running the special event station PA1813A between July 15th and August
13th. Many know about the liberation of Arnhem in 1945, also well-known
because of the movie "A Bridge too Far". However, Arnhem was liberated
before that from the French in 1813. Operations will be from JO21WX,
JO21XX, JO22VA (WFF-PA-005) and JO32AA. Activity for the most part will
be on CW, with some SSB and the Digital modes depending on the available
time and possibilities. QSL via PA0FAW, direct, by the Bureau or eQSL
(No LoTW). SWL reports are welcome.

PACIFIC DXPEDITION TOUR. Gerben, PG5M, informs OPDX that he will be
active from two DXCC entities in the Pacific between September 6-19th.
The schedule is as follows:
September 6-7th - Callsign T8GM; Palau Island (OC-009)
September 8-15th - Callsign V6G; Yap Island (OC-012), Fed. States of
September 15-19th - Callsign T8GM; Palau Island (OC-009)

This is a solo DXpedition and CW only. Station will be Elecraft K3 and
ECO R7+ vertical for 40-10 meters. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau
or direct. Important: Don't use IRCs as they can't be exchanged at his
post office. For updates, watch his Web page and Twitter account at:

PY0F, FERNANDO DE NORONHA. Leo, PP1CZ, will once again be active as
PY0F/PP1CZ from Fernando de Noronha (SA-003). Activity will be before,
during and after the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as a Single-Op/
All-Band/Mixed-Mode entry. Operations will be mostly CW. Outside the
contest, look for him on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital
modes. His equipment is an IC-7000 and/or possibly a Yaesu FL-2100Z
into a G5RV and A4S antenna. QSL via his home callsign, direct, LoTW
or by the Bureau (very slow).

QSL INFO AND NEWS.....................
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (For June 30th)
9A/OE5RAL via OE5RAL EI7M via EI6HB OL863CM via OK2UHP
ED5T via EA5ELT HG6V via HA6FQ (d) TK/F1FIH via F1FIH (d)
ED8B via EA8CZT (e) HS0ZKX via W2EN UA0IDZ via RW0IZ
(e) eQSL only (d) direct only (B) Bureau only (L) LoTW only

TS8TI QSL/eQSL UPDATE. Fred/IK7JWX and Antonello/IK2DUW report that as
of June 29th, all QSOs with TS8TI have been confirmed with TS8TI which
were received on eQSL, via direct, via by the Bureau or via MDXC. Those
who wish to QSL via the Bureau, can now send them all their QSO data
via E-mail and it will be answered.

VK9NT QSL STATUS. Allan, VK2CA, reports: "Just received the VK9NT cards
from the printer. Now the processing begins. OQRS Direct first, then
the Direct. Then OQRS Bureau, then Bureau."




S2, BANGLADESH (Project 2013 by MDXC - Press Release #2). The Mediterraneo
DX Club (MDXC) announced on Wednesday, June 26th [edited]: The team for
the new adventure is 90% complete, and we are happy to present our Web
site <> is NOW ONLINE. We will be active on
160-6 meters with 6 stations on 24 hours (2 SSB, 2 CW and 2 RTTY). We
also present the official logo at:
Please consider supporting us ... 73's Bangladesh 2013 TEAM."
Operators mentioned are Ant/IZ8CCW (Team Leader), Gabriele/I2VGW (Co-
Leader), Marco/IZ2GNQ (Low Band Antennas Wizard), Manjur/S21AM (Co-
Ordinator Bangladesh Chapter), Adhi/YB3MM, Eric/ON7RN, Michel/F5EOT (HF
Antennas Magician), Stefano/IZ5GST, Aminul/S21D, Rabby/S21RC, Henri/F1HRE,
Heye/DJ9RR, Fabrizio/IZ2KXC, Norbert/DJ7JC, Pino/I8YGZ, Marco/HB9OCR,
Dario/IT9ZZO (Doctor), Ovidiu/YO9XC, Feri/YO5OED, Fabio/IK2LTR, Karl/
OE3JAG, Fabio/IK4QJF and Mario/IK4MTK. Pilot stations are Rino/IK7JTF
(EU), Don/N1DG (USA), Andre/V51B (AF) and Sergio/IK0FTA (6m). QSL Manager
is Giuliano, IK2VUC; direct, by the Bureau or use the OQRS. LoTW files
will be uploaded by the end of May 2014.

SA1/SJ1, SWEDEN (Special callsign/IOTA Op). Eric, SM1TDE, will operate
as SJ1SOP for the "Sea Of Peace" (SOP) award between July 1-31st. Details
Activity will be CW only on 160-6 meters. During the RSGB IOTA Contest
(July 27-28th), Eric will be a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power/Island/
Permanent/24H entry and signing as SA1A from Gotland Island (SM1), IOTA
EU-020. QSL via SM1TDE, preferably by the Bureau. Visit Eric's Blog page

TN, REP. OF THE CONGO (TN2MS DXpediton - Offical Press Release) [edited]:
"DXpedition to the Republic of the Congo (Congo Brazzaville) TN2MS,
28 September ­ 11 October 2013.

In September Arie/PA3A and Ad/PA8AD, and their XYLs Marian/PD1AEG and
Angelina/PA8AN, will leave for Congo Brazzavile, Africa, to operate a
DXpedition and at the same time carry out a support project for the Health
organization Mercy Ships.
The DXpedition team will arrive in Pointe-Noire a week early on 22nd
September. There they will carry out a support project on board the
hospital ship 'M.V. Africa Mercy'. Starting 28th September the team will
go ashore and will start the DXpedition. The Republic of the Congo as DXCC
entity will be on the air on all MF/HF bands for almost 2 weeks on RTTY,
SSB and CW and on 6m if license and propagation permit. The team will
make a serious effort to work as many different stations as possible on
different bands and modes, and pay special attention to the smaller
stations. Departure date is set for October 11th.
Another important goal for this DXpedition is to bring the good work of
Mercy Ships to the attention of the worldwide amateur radio community so
that health care projects in poor countries will get more worldwide support.
Special thing is that sponsoring (donations, extra QSL green stamps, etc.)
will be donated to the Mercy Ships projects in Congo. This is the 4th
Xpedition in cooperation with Mercy Ships after Liberia 2007 (5L2MS),
Benin 2009 (TY1MS) and Sierra Leone 2011 (9L5MS). For this the DXpedition
team was awarded the prestigious Yasme Foundation Excellence Award 2012
for their sustained support of Mercy Ships through amateur radio.
Mercy Ships programs promote health and well-being by serving the urgent
surgical needs of the forgotten poor, and empowering developing communities.
For this Mercy Ships uses a seagoing hospital ship, the Africa Mercy. On
this hospital ship and on bases ashore more than 400 volunteers use their
skills to make a difference. The Africa Mercy holds 6 operation rooms and
laboratories and patient rooms for 78 patients. 7000 operations can be
performed per year and teams can go ashore to carry out different projects.
Starting August 2013 the Africa Mercy will be operating in the African
country Republic of the Congo.
For further information about this DXpedition, its objectives and
sponsoring, see the following URLs:
TN2MS website:
Information about the Mercy Ships organization:
You can also follow the DXpedition team on Twitter: @DXpedition
73, Arie PA3A - Republic of the Congo DXpedition Team"

UP44, KAZAKHSTAN (Special Event/WFF Op). Members of the "Traveling Radio
Amateurs Group” (UP44WFF), Mountains Committee of Kazakhstan and Almaty
Radio Amateur League will be active as UP4WWF between July 5-7th. Their
activity coincides with "Capital Day" [the anniversary of their capital
city "Astana" which became capital in 1998] and the birthday of their
President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan, on July 6th. Operations
will be on 40-10 meters using CW and SSB. Operators Art/UN6QC, Sergey/
UN6GAO, Viktor/UN7GIT, Andrey/UN8GU and Mike/UN8GC will activate the
following mountain areas:
July 5th (0400-1800z) ­ Reference Number WMA/UNM-045; Peak Schkolnik;
altitude 3590m.
July 6th (0000-1800z) ­ Reference Number WMA/UNM-042; Peak Abay;
altitude 4010m.
July 7th,(0000-0800z) ­ Reference WMA/UNM-040; Talgar Pass; altitude
All references are in the territory of "Ile-Alatau National Park"
(WFF/UNFF-005). QSL via LoTW, by the Bureau, direct and <>.
More information and QSL info is available at:

V7, MARSHALL ISLANDS (Update). Mike, KJ6MZ (ex-V73/KJ6BBP), is now active
as V73MZ from Kwajalein Island (OC-028) for the next few months. He
mentions on his page that he is "working six days a week, so
only will be getting on the air on Sundays (Kwajalein day)." He will try
to check into the ANZA DX Net (at 0515z on 14.183 MHz) on Sundays. This
is a directed net! The net control will ask for check-ins, then you have
to wait for net control to give you your turn. Mike state, "Please note
that I do not schedule QSO via E-mail. Also I do not have any QSO cards
made yet, so it will be a while for them to be made as I am here for a
while." Look for updates and more details on his page soon. QSL
via: Mike Szelazek, P.O. Box 22409, San Diego, CA 92192, USA.

XW, LAOS. Larry, AG6OU, will be active as XW6OU from Laos starting July
1st. It is not known how long he will be there. Activity will be on 20
meters. QSL via direct (see or E21EIC.

Z6, KOSOVO. Boyan, LZ1BJ, informs OPDX that he just received his Z6/LZ1BJ
license and it is valid until June 24th, 2014. He is Pristina and will
be active during his spare time on the HF bands using CW, SSB and the
Digital modes.

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01.07.201316.07.20136W Vladimir "Vlad", RK4FF.
06.07.201321.07.2013DL Fehmarn Island (EU-128, DID O-001, WLOTA 0637) by Jan-Henrik, DG8HJ.
06.07.201316.07.2013FP Island of Miquelon (NA-032, DIFO FP-002 WLOTA 1417, Grid GN17) by Eric, KV1J.
01.07.201307.07.2013H4 Nendo Island (OC-100) by Ralph, 5W0W/H44RK, Dom/SQ9KWW, Tom/WL7HP and Maggie/H44MK.
06.07.201325.07.2013HH Tom, KC0W.
29.06.201306.07.2013J7 Dominica (NA-101) by Rick, KK4GV.
28.04.201305.05.2103JD/O Chichijima Island (AS-031). QSL JD1BLC via JP1IOF, JD1YBT via JP1IOF.
29.06.201309.07.2013KG4 KG4RX (QSL via K4RX), KG4TO (QSL via AC4TO) and KG4AS (QSL via N4SIA).
30.06.201305.07.2013LX René/ON6OM, Eddy/ON6ZV, Martin/ON7EG and Mike/ON4MW. QSL via ON6ZV.
22.06.201307.07.2013OZ Fano Island (EU-125, DIA NS-002, WWFF OZFF-004) by Rico, DO6EBB.
28.06.201307.07.2013PJ2 Curacao (SA-099, WLOTA 0942) by Wim, ON6DX.
22.06.201310.07.2013PJ4 Bonaire (SA-006, WLOTA LH-1279) by Armin, DL1DI.
23.06.201306.07.2013PJ5 Frank, K3TRM.
05.07.201309.07.2013PJ7 Sint Maarten (NA-105, WLOTA 0711) by Kjerstin/AF6KJ and Travis/AF6WU.
06.07.201313.07.2013PJ7 Dutch Sint Maarten (NA-105) by Marco, KC9FFV.
05.07.201321.07.2013SV Thassos Island (EU-174, GIOTA NAS-037, MIA MG-124 and WLOTA 4186) by Gabi, HA1YA.
18.05.201316.07.2013SV5 Karpathos Island (EU-001, GIOTA DKS-016, WLOTA 1570, MIA MGD-013) by Laci, OM3AG.
20.06.201301.07.2013V3 Jimmy, W6JKV.
22.06.201307.07.2013VQ9 Jim, ND9M.
27.06.201301.07.2013YB Damar Besar Island (OC-177, LH 2749) by Fachmi/YB0MF, Joy/YB0NSI, Dicky/YB0JZS, Rachmat/YB0ORR, Syaiful/YB0PUL, Agus/YB0BDC, Handry/YB0NCS, Jeffrey/YC0LOU and Ben/YC0NDN. QSL via YB0JZS only direct and LoTW.
12.06.201321.07.2013ZP Members of the Radio Club Paraguay Filial Itapua will be using the callsign for the first time from the local ruins of the Jesuit Missions of La Santísima Trinidad de Paraná and Jesús de Tavarangue. QSL via EA5ZD.
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pecial event station - PA1813A

ISWL Member, Fred Weidema, PA0FAW, will be running special event station PA1813A, from the 15th July until 13th August 2013.

It is well known that Arnhem was liberated in 1945, (the movie "A Bridge too far"), but Arnhem was liberated before in 1813 from the French.

Operation will be for a greater part in CW, some SSB and digital modes depending on the available time and possibilities.

Transmitting from JO21WX, JO21XX (home QTH, high noise level), JO22VA (WFF-PA005) and JO32AA.

QSL direct or bureau via h/c PA0FAW, direct or eQSL. (No LOTW). SWL reportswelcome.

ICPO, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk

Friday, June 28, 2013

ARLP026 Propagation de K7RA

Propagation Forecast Bulletin 26 ARLP026
From Tad Cook, K7RA
Seattle, WA June 28, 2013
To all radio amateurs

ARLP026 Propagation de K7RA

Conditions were good for Field Day weekend last week. Only
unsettled geomagnetic conditions (even quiet at times) affected us,
no big flares or geomagnetic storms, and sunspot numbers also
cooperated by peaking at 135 and 137 on Friday and Saturday.
Geomagnetic instability was caused by a brisk solar wind, which was
over by June 24.
At K7RA I used the ARRL Field Day Locator map at to contact a few club groups
earlier in the week to see if they could use another CW operator.
I've found in years past that with so many newer licensees who were
not required to learn Morse code, that CW ops can be in demand at
some sites. Not only are CW operators wanted at many Field Day
locations, but the newer licensees are fascinated to see Morse code
in action. I really don't think that some of us old-timers who worry
about some imagined demise of CW have much to worry about.

At the last minute I changed my mind and decided to drag some gear
accumulated over the past decade but never put on the air, and
operate Class 1C, mobile single operator. Everything was last
minute, including the antenna installation and power connections,
with the radio sitting between the dashboard and the windshield.
The antenna was a very heavy kilowatt-rated screwdriver type
antenna, about 20 pounds excluding any mounting hardware or a whip,
although I swore it weighed twice as much. The plan was to mount it
on a very heavy duty magnetic mount on the roof, perhaps with guying
(this is not recommended by the manufacturer), but during assembly I
discovered this would not work, as the mounting was not compatible
with the antenna. So instead, during a fit of hacker improvisation,
I leaned the heavy screwdriver assembly out the right-rear passenger
window, (resting on the seat), and rolled up the window as far as I
could to hold it in place. I cut the coax with PL-259 off the
magmount, stripped back the other end, and attached the center wire
to the base of the antenna.
The next surprise was that although I had a 7 foot whip, I lacked
the adaptor that would screw into the top of the antenna assembly.
So what to do? Just stick it in the hole, let it roll around, and
pray. I now had an antenna (of sorts) leaning out the right rear of
my old car, about 35 degrees above horizontal, at best.
To hook the DC cable from the radio to the car battery, I needed to
go through the firewall below the dashboard. Despite finding
diagrams and advice specific to my 13-year-old car model online, I
could not get the cable through. So I grabbed one of those portable
starter batteries (fully charged), put it on the front passenger
seat, and duct-taped the massive car battery connection clips (which
are like jumper cables) to the DC cable from the radio, and another
12 VDC pair to the antenna tuning motor. In addition, to keep the
battery charged, I tied in a very flimsy looking 12 VDC lighter plug
in parallel with the whole mess, and plugged it into the dashboard
lighter socket. This connector with wire was still in the bubble
pack in my junk box after 20 years or more.
To finish it all off, I ran a couple of long counterpoise wires from
the base of the antenna, out the rear doors and along the ground,
attaching them to the coax shield broken out at the base of the
antenna. I ran a heavy wire from the ground lug on the radio to a
metal screw beneath the dashboard that seemed good for ground, at
least at DC.
The whole thing worked, at least on 80 and 20 meters. 15 meters was
marginal, and 40 meters I could not tune at all. Starting late
Saturday evening, operating both SSB and CW, I lasted until about
1730 UTC Sunday morning. Most of the operation was from a local
Seattle cemetery, on a nearby hilltop overlooking Lake Washington,
east of the University of Washington. Very quiet, with power lines
far away at the perimeter.
Back to solar activity, from the previous week, average daily
sunspot numbers were up nearly 13 points to 109.7, and average daily
solar flux rose nearly 7 points to 122. Geomagnetic activity was
greater than the previous week, with average daily planetary A index
rising from 4.3 to 12, and average mid-latitude A index rising from
4.9 to 11.9.
Ideally we would like to see the solar flux and sunspot numbers as
high as possible, and the A index low, at least for 40 through 10
meters. On 160 meters we would like to see sunspot numbers low as
well. I hear lots of complaints about this weird, weak solar cycle,
but the 160 meter operators have absolutely no problem with the low
Yesterday on Thursday, June 27 the solar flux dipped below 100 to
99.5, which is below the average for the previous seven days (122).
Nothing significant about 100, it is just one of those nice round
numbers, like when your odometer reaches 100,000 miles, or the
atmospheric carbon dioxide reaches 400 ppm at Mauna Loa.
The 99.5 flux number is directly from the observatory in Penticton,
British Columbia, but the NOAA site shows it at a nice round value
because NOAA has always reported this value in whole numbers,
similar to the way the press reported recently that atmospheric
carbon dioxide reached 400 ppm. The actual average value for the
month of May was 399.77 ppm, but for all practical purposes you
could say that it is 400 ppm, just as solar flux was 100. Any
differences are very small.
The most recent prediction (Thursday, June 27, 2013 by forecasters
Carr and Lash) from NOAA/USAF has 10.7 cm solar flux at 100 and 105
on June 28-29, 110 on June 30 through July 2, 105 and 100 on July
3-4, 100 on July 5-7, 115 and 120 on July 8-9, 125 on July 10-13,
and 120 on July 14-16. Flux values then reach another peak of 130 on
July 21.
From the same forecast, planetary A index (which was 8 on Thursday,
below the average of 12 for the previous seven days) is 17 and 9 on
June 28 and 29, 5 on June 30 and July 1, then 7, 10 and 7 on July
2-4, 10 on July 5 and 6, 5 on July 7-16, 10 on July 17, 15 on July
18-20, then 18, 10 and 8 on July 21-23, and 15 on July 24 and 25. It
looks like some unsettled geomagnetic conditions are in the forecast
for July.
You can check for daily updates on this forecast out to 45 days
daily forecast generally appears some time after 2100 UTC daily.
Just received before release on early Friday morning, reports earth-directed solar flares from sunspot
groups 1777 and 1778. The two flares were C-class, and the CME could
deliver a glancing blow to our Earth.
F.K. Janda, OK1HH believes that the geomagnetic field will be active
to disturbed on June 28, quiet to unsettled June 29 through July 1,
quiet on July 2, quiet to active July 3, active to disturbed July 4,
mostly quiet July 5 and 6, quiet to unsettled July 7, mostly quiet
July 8 and 9, quiet July 10-15, mostly quiet July 16 and 17, quiet
to active July 18, mostly quiet July 19, active to disturbed July
20, and quiet to active July 21 and 22.
NOAA has a projection for the rest of the solar cycle, updated
monthly, showing predicted smoothed sunspot numbers resolved to
one-tenth, instead of whole numbers. The smoothing is a 13-month
moving average, centered on any month of interest. Sunspot numbers
are always whole numbers, so the resolution to one-tenth is an
artifact of the averaging or smoothing process.
For any current month, the number represents an average of the
previous 6 months plus the current month plus the predicted values
for each of the next 6 months. The first and last months in the
calculation are factored in at 0.5.
Before the last day of June 2013, the smoothed sunspot number for
February 2013 represents 10 months of known values and 3 months of
predicted values, June through August 2013. These are based on the
reported numbers from the Sunspot Index Data Center in Belgium.
These numbers are always lower then the Boulder sunspot numbers,
which are recorded at the bottom of each bulletin and in our own
3-month moving average, reported here monthly.
The predicted average sunspot numbers for March, 2013 through July
2014 are 67.5, 70.1, 72.7, 75.7, 78.6, 81.6, 84.7, 86.3, 86.9, 86.7,
86.4, 85.6, 84.7, 83.7, 82.6, 81.4 and 80.2. Note that the peak is
centered on November 2013, or perhaps October 2013 through January
2014 to broaden the scope and hedge our bets. A similar prediction
for monthly smoothed solar flux tracks this very closely, also
peaking in November 2013. Let's see how this looks after the
beginning of the new month.
Jeff Hartley, N8II of Shepherdstown, West Virginia is in grid square
FM19cj, about three miles southwest and across the Potomac River
from the Antietam National Battlefield, which is actually in
On June 26 Jeff wrote: "This summer on HF at least below 12 meters
has been one of the most interesting and exciting periods I can
remember, despite the lackluster solar activity. Many nights 17
meters is open until midnight local time to southeast and northern
Europe and, 15 is often open to Asia and Europe around 0200-0400

After years of disappointment, the All Asia DX contest June 15-16
had above average conditions on 15 meters for most of the weekend.
Just on 15 meters, I worked just short of 200 Asian stations with
106 prefixes in a part-time effort.
Saturday morning around 1200 UTC was a losing battle against the
European stations into all parts of Asia. Saturday afternoon I
returned after a long break at 2045 UTC to find very loud JA's who
stayed loud until 2230 UTC, then gradually faded down until not many
were audible by 0130 UTC. Sunday around 1200 UTC only JO3JIS had a
good signal here from Japan; he was the most consistently loud JA
here. A few signals from Central Asia were loud, such as UN/UP's.
Around 1350 UTC I returned to loud signals from all of Asia
including Japan, which is fairly rare for this QTH, but had occurred
several times the week before. Activity between Europe calling CQ
and Asians extended from 21.0 to 21.07 MHz! I don't think JA ever
faded out completely all afternoon, but signals weakened about 1545
UTC. Our toughest area, Southeast Asia around 1500 UTC was quite
loud, working three 9V1's with 9V1YC over S9! XW0YJY was heard, but
I could not break thru the European pile-up. All total, I worked 58
Japanese prefixes and 19 from Asiatic Russia where activity was
somewhat less than expected.
Almost every night, there is a good 20 meter opening to western Asia
and Europe/Russia/Ukraine and Scandinavia from 0200-0400 UTC. Some
of the DX worked late in the evening here include on June 11
FK8DD/M, ES5, ER3, UY5, OM3, then on 15 meters RA3TO/P and IZ7. On
June 13, RV9CPB/9 on 17. June 14 featured ES3, EU7, and SM0 on 17
meter phone followed by on 15 meters, SM6, YL2, R4, RX4, RV9, RM5,
HA8, UA6, UA4, UR4, R8, RZ6, UT9, UR0, and UA3T ending at 0312 UTC.

The sporadic E season on 6 meters has been disappointing. I missed
European openings on June 13. On the June 19, W6XK in CM97 and N6JK
in CM98 were logged on 6 meter CW around 0230 UTC. Finally, on June
23 and 24 we had a good opening to South America and Mexico, all
multi-hop Es. At 2102 UTC, I worked PV8ADI with a S7 signal, the
first ever Brazilian for me on Es; he stayed in for an amazing 2
hours plus longer! Then, 9Y4VU was found on SSB at 2107. YV1 was
also heard along with VP2V. CO2WF was logged at 2304. Between 2331
UTC and 0039 UTC, five XEs over a wide area were worked mostly in
XE2, good for some new grids. On June 24, PV8 was heard again with
FM5WD being logged at 2224 UTC."
Thanks, Jeff! He mentions years of disappointment regarding working
Asia, but here where I am on the West Coast, this is not a problem.
This is just like Europe being easy to work from the East Coast.
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Sunspot numbers for June 20 through 26 were 128, 135, 137, 118, 82,
91, and 77, with a mean of 109.7. 10.7 cm flux was 126.3, 133.2,
130, 128.2, 120.6, 109.2, and 106.5, with a mean of 122. Estimated
planetary A indices were 11, 17, 14, 15, 15, 8, and 4, with a mean
of 12. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 12, 17, 13, 16, 14, 9,
and 2, with a mean of 11.9.