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Friday, February 28, 2014

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Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1152

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1152
BID: $OPDX.1152
March 3, 2014
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, K3SWZ, N3BNA, NG3K & ADXO,
W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, N7OU, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m News,
NK0S, AT International, DK8JB & The DX News Letter, DL1SBF,,
DX-World.Net, EA4GHB, ES1CW, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, HP1AC,
I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, IK5RUN, OE1WHC,
OH2BH, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's DX-Newsdesk, RSGB IOTA Web Site,
Sixitalia Weekly, VA3RJ & ICPO and the VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) for
the following DX information.

** EDITOR'S SPECIAL NOTICE: This week's bulletin was sent out earlier
than normal to accommodate the late ARRL DX SSB Contest announcements.
Also, we wanted to provide the readers with a consolidated listing
of the ARRL DX SSB Contest participants.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
week of Friday, 21st-February, through Friday, 28th-February there were
239 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3C0, 3D2, 3DA,
3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P,
7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A2,
A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CE00Y, 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, F, FG, FH, FK, FM, FO, FR, FW, FY, G,
GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS,
HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J5, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KG4, KH2,
KH6, KH8, KH9, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OK, OM,
ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ5, PJ7, PY, PZ, S5, S7, SM, SP,
ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T2, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TN, TR,
TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE,
VK, VP2E, VP2M, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP8/h, VP8/s, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XX9,
YA, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD8,
ZD9, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS, ZS8

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

3V, TUNISIA. SWL Ashraf "Ash", 3V4-002 (KF5EYY), and members of the
National Engineering School of Gabès RC will be active as 3V8BB from the
"Institute Superieur de L'Animation Pour la Jeunesse et la Culture" station
in Tunis, during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 1-2nd) as a Multi-Single
entry. QSL via LoTW or to LX1NO. Read about Ashraf on the following Web

4S, SRI LANKA (Update/Reminder). Sigi, DL7DF, will lead a team of operators
to activate Sri Lanka (AS-003) between March 10-23rd. Operators mentioned
are Manfred/DK1BT, Csaba/DH7KU, Tom/DJ6TF, Manfred/DK1BT, Georg/DK7LX,
Wolf/DL4WK, Sigi/DL7DF, Juergen/DL7UFN, Frank/DL7UFR, Jan/SP3CYY and
Leszek/SP3DOI. Pilot station for this DXpedition is Bernd, DF3CB. A
callsign has not yet been announced (possibly 4S7DFG, 4S7FRG and 4S7LXG).
Activity will be on 160-6 meters using several stations operating CW and
SSB. One station will be exclusively dedicated to RTTY, PSK31 and SSTV.
Equipment will consist of 4 transceivers (3 x K2, 1 x FT857D), 2 x 18 m
lowband vertical, a delta-loop vertical for 40m, a delta-loop vertical
for 30m, 2 spiderbeam for 20/17/15/12/10m, a 5 element yagi for 6m and
some beverage antennas. QSL via DL7DF, direct or by the Bureau. They will
upload the full logs of the DXpedition to LoTW within 6 months after the
DXpedition. For more details and updates, visit:

5H, TANZANIA. Arne, OH2NNE, is once again active as 5H2DK from from Sanya
Juu until March 23rd. He states that he will use the "same setup as last
time. Hope for less QRN on 40m. If so, I will also try to be QRV on 80m."
Activty will then be on 80-10 meters on SSB only. Suggested frequencies
are: 3790, 7120, 14250, 18150, 21250, 24950 and 28450 kHz. QSL via his
home callsign, by the Bureau or direct. Log will be uploaded to ClubLog,
LoTW and his Web page. For more details and updates, see:

8P, BARBADOS. Alex, DD5ZZ, is now active as 8P9BZ from Dover Beach until
March 13th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-10 meters using mainly
the Digital modes with an an IC-7000 and a MP1 mobile antenna. QSL via
DD5ZZ, by the DARC QSL Bureau or direct.

BP0, TAIWAN. Members of the Amateur Radio Taipei (ART) will be active
from BU2AQ's QTH as BP0P during the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th)
as a Multi-2 entry. Operators mentioned are: Tang/BM2AAV, Zhang/BV1ED,
Eddie/BV2DD, Evan/BV2KS, Lee/BV2NT and Lee/BX2AB. QSL via BP0P. The
team will be active between March 28-30th, on 40-10 meters using CW,
SSB and RTTY. QSL also OK via ART QSL Service.

C9, MOZAMBIQUE. Gerard, ZS6AYU, will once again be active as C91GR from
Bilene between March 16-19th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-10
meters, usually CW only, using a Cushcraft R7000 vertical and 350 watts.
QSL via ZS6AYU, direct or by the Bureau.

CARIBBEAN TOUR. Mike, DF8AN, will once again be active from the Caribbean.
Activity will be during most of April. His scheduled operations and
callsigns are as follows:
Antigua - V26MN between April 15-16th; IOTA NA-015;
WW. Grid FK97
Montserrat - VP2MMN between April 16-24th; IOTA NA-103;
WW. Grid FK86
St. Kitts - V4/DF8AN between April 24-25th; IOTA NA-104
WW. Grid FK 87
Nevis - V4/DF8AN between April 25-29th; IOTA NA-104
WW. Grid FK 87
If like last time, look for him to be on all HF bands, 160-6 meters.
He operates mainly on CW using 100 watts using an Alinco DX70 into a
long wire and dipole antennas. QSL via DF8AN, direct or by the QSL
Bureau. ADDED NOTE FROM DF8AN (last operation): Mike informs OPDX readers
[edited], "If anyone hears me on a frequency, and if anyone needs me on
another frequency or mode, you can contact me via SMS (text message) on
this cellular P H O N E N O.: +491716232751
But please, no telephone calls. I will not answer any telephone call.
If anyone wants a sked: send me a SMS with callsign and QRG and mode,
and I will QSY if possible. But please accept that I am not on the air
24/7 around the clock. If you hear me (for example on 14 CW) and need me
(for example on 18 SSB), send me SMS like this example: DL1ABC 18165.
I will QSY as soon as possible to that new frequency. Please only short
SMS. I have NO internet at my location and can NOT check my E-mails. I
work only CW and SSB all bands include 6m. And PSE accept, that I am not
there for amateur radio as a main reason. I work for the Civil Aviation
Office and for that reason, I have to work some hours/day, hi... But if
anyone hears me and needs me on another band - let me know."

Juha/OH8NC and Jaakko/OH8NJ will activate 80m, 15m and 10m monobands
using following callsigns: CQ8X, CR2A and CR2X. All QSLs are via OH2BH.

CT9, MADEIRA. Jean-Marc, F5SGI, will be active as CT9/F5SGI from the
Madeira Islands between April 5-12th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters
using mostly CW. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct.

CV3, URUGUAY. Members of the "Radiogrupo Sur" (Southern Radio Group),
celebrating their 30th anniversary of the club, will be active as CV3D
during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 1-2nd) as a Mutli-Single entry.
Operators mentioned are Gonzalo/CX1CAK, Daniel/CX1FU, Lupo/CX2ABC and
Jorge/CX6DAP. QSL direct via CX2ABC.

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME (DST). Remember to change your clocks next weekend.
Countries in the Northern Hemisphere (most of N. American and some of
the Caribbean) who observe Daylight Saving Time, should change their
clocks on Sunday, March 9th at 2:00 AM, and should move their "local
clocks" forward 1 hour to 3:00:00 AM local time. Daylight Saving Time
will end on Sunday, November 2nd at 2:00 AM. European countries will
switch to DST on March 30th. For the history and details about DST,
as well as an interesting map of the world (showing the countries who
ADDED NOTES: 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.

EF8, CANARY ISLANDS. Juan, EA8RM (ex-EA8CAC), will be active as EF8R
during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 1-2nd) as a Single-Op/All-Band/
Low-Power entry. QSL via LoTW or EB7DX.

FM, MARTINIQUE. Gil, FM5FJ, from Le Marin will be active during the ARRL
DX SSB Contest (March 1-2nd) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m) entry. QSL
via KU9C.

FT5ZM ARTICILE. You can read a French article about FT5ZM on the official
web site of the TAAF (Terres Australes et Antarctiques Françaises) at:

FY, FRENCH GUIANA. Didier, FY5FY, will be active as FY5KE during the
ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 1-2nd) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (15m)/
High-Power entry. QSL via FY1FL, by the Bureau or direct.

GW, Wales. Steve, GW4BLE, will be active as GW7X during the ARRL DX SSB
Contest (March 1-2nd) (part-time only) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry.
NO QSLs, LoTW ONLY. Audio available after the contest at:

HB0, LIECHTENSTEIN. Operators Joerg/DL4HTK and Torsten/DO5AD will be
active as HB0DRK and HB0YRK, respectively, between May 4-18th. Activity
will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB, PSK and RTTY. QSL both callsigns
via DL5DRK.

HH, HAITI. Dale, N3BNA, will be returning to Haiti in November to build a
240 foot AM broadcast tower. While there in December, he will also lead a
small group of amateurs to participate in the ARRL 160 Meter Contest. (This
of course is dependent on the tower being built).

HK, COLOMBIA. Operators Sal/HK1T and Mark/LU8EOT will activate the "Jumanji
Contest Station" (HK1R) as HK1NA during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March
1-2nd) as a Multi-? QSL via K6IPM. Visit the DXARC Web page at:

HP, PANAMA (IOTA Op). Operators Simone/IK5RUN and Danio/I5OYY will arrive
in Panama on March 14th, and depart on April 2nd. They will live aboard
and sail the Caribbean Sea on the Catamaran "Cush", and plan to activate
two Panamanian islands (possibly more). Simone informs OPDX that they will
be active as HP2/IK5RUN and HP2/I5OYY from the San Blas Province IOTA
Group (NA-170, San Blas Archipelago) and the Colon-Veraguas North Province
IOTA Group (NA-202). The skipper of the "Cush" is also a ham radio operator
(Claudio, IZ5VTC), but is not interested in operating. Activity will be
holiday style on 80-6 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. They
will use a TS-480 with 200w and an IC-7000 with an amp into vertical and
wire antennas. They will also have a little yagi for 6m. QSL HP2/IK5RUN
via IK5RUN direct with a SASE + 3 USDS or use the ClubLog OQRS (Preferred).
QSL HP2/I5OYY via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW. For
more details and updates, visit:

IOTA NEWS..............
AF-019. An international team of operators will be active as IG9Y
from Lampedusa Island during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October
25-26th) as a Multi-Op entry. Operators mentioned currently
are Gabor/HA1YA, Marco/HB9OCR, Aurelio/PC5A, Peter/PD1RP,
Mark/PA5MW, Marco/PE2MC, Miran/S50O, Silvo/S50X, Hubert/S51NZ,
Romeo/S52RU, Renato/S57UN and Slavc/S57DX. Activity outside
the contest will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB, and RTTY,
with four stations on the air. QSL via ON4LG. An OQRS will be
available for direct and Bureau cards. Visit their Web page

EU-008. Members of the Kilmarnock and Loudoun Amateur Radio Club will
once again be active as MS0KLR, but this time from the Isle
of Canna (IOSA NH01, SCOTIA DI21, WAB NG20), Inner Hebrides,
between April 21-25th. Graham, MM0GHM, reports "we have a CW
operator with us this year, again we will be active on 5 MHz".
Activity will be on 160-2 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital
modes. QSL via the Bureau to MM0KLR, direct to MM0GHM. For more
information and updates, visit:

EU-010. Members of the Camb-Hams will once again be active as GS3PYE/p,
but this time from the Decca cottage, on the Isle of Lewis
(IOSA OH01, SCOTIA HI21, WLOTA 1477, Outer Hebrides, between
April 26th and May 3rd. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using
five stations on the air, simultaneously, and all capable of
running the legal power limit from five amplifiers. Also, look
them on 6m and 4m which has a great take-off to the UK and
Europe using the legal power limit. With the success of EME in
the past years, the group plans a 2m and 23cm EME station with
a focus on 23cm. There will also be 2m/70cm Satellite activity.
QSL via M1ACB. For more information and updates, visit:

EU-092. Operators Steve/G0MTD, Paul/M1PAF, Glyn/M0XUH, Norman/G7MRL
and Mark/M0WCR will be active as MS0WRC from Tanera Mor (IOSA
SC10, SCOTIA CN32, WAB NB90), Summer Isles, between June
14-21st. Activity will be on 80-10 meters, mainly SSB with
some PSK-31, RTTY and CW. QSL via G0MTD, by the Bureau or
direct (see For more details and updates, visit:

EU-145. Operators Colin/G3VCQ (CT7ACG), Sharon/M3VCQ and Andy/M0GAV
will activate Culatra Island (DIA AI-01, DIP AL-001) in the
Algarve Province of Portugal during the RSGB IOTA Contest
(July 26-27th). They will use the special callsign CR5CW from
the the Cabo de Santa Maria Lighthouse (ARLHS POR-013, DFFA
FA-06, DFP FAL06, WLOTA 0144), located in the Parque Natural
da Ria Formosa (WWFF CTFF-007). QSL via LoTW only for this
contest callsign. Look for update at:

EU-171. Tom, DL4VM, will once again be active as OZ/DL4VM from the
Vendsyssel-Thy/Nordjylland Island (DIA NJ-001) twice during
2014. First operation will be between May 10-24th and the
second between August 30th and September 20th. Activity will
include operations from Thy National Park (WWFF OZFF-009).
Look for him on 80-10 meters, mainly on CW. QSL via his home
callsign, by the Bureau or direct.
NA-085. Bruce, K5TEN, will be active from Dog Island between April
13-19th. Activity will be on 40-6 meters using CW, SSB and
possibly RTTY, PSK31 and JT65A. QSL via his home callsign,
direct or by the Bureau. NO eQSL or LoTW.

NA-213. Operators Steve/KI4GGJ, Allan/KV4T, Bridget/KS4YT, Robert/AJ4T,
Tre/W4CCF, Nicholas/KJ4AVG and Gramlin/KD4QZR will be active
from Dauphin Island (USI AL-002S, Mobile County, AL) between
June 23-30th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW and
SSB. Look for operators to sign homecall/p. QSL via their
home callsigns.

OC-204. (Update/Date Change) Imam, YB4IR, will be active as YB4IR/P
from Enggano Island between March 12-18th (not March 23-30th,
as first announced). Activity will be on 40-10 meters using
CW and SSB. QSL via LoTW or ClubLog's OQRS.

ISWL CALLSIGNS (For March). The following ISWL club callsigns will be
used throughout the month of March 2014:
GX4BJC/A & GX4BJC/P - Operated from Walton-on-the-Naze, in Essex, by
Herbie, G6XOU. (/A WAB Square TM22 - England, IOTA EU-005).

MX1SWL/A & MX1SWL/P - Operated from Clacton on Sea, in Essex, by
George, G1IPU. (/A WAB Square TM11 - England, IOTA EU-005).

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.

KH8, AMERICAN SAMOA. Masahiro, JH3PRR, will be active as KH8B from Pago
Pago between October 21-27th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters with a
focus on 10 meters CQ ZONE 14 and 80/160m for AS/EU LP. He also plans to
be in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/
High-Power entry. Equipment: K3+2K-FA 1.5kW. 10-20m HEXBEAM and 30-160m
VDP. QSL via JH3PRR or LoTW (preferred). OQRS via ClubLog will also be
available too.

OA, PERU. Hutch, NK0S (HL9HP, YS9HH, HP1XHH), will be active as OA4/NK0S
from the Radio Club of Peru club station between March 12-25th. Activity
will be holiday style primarily on SSB, but possibly some CW and Digital.
He will upload his log to LoTW after his return. QSL via his home callsign.

OE14, AUSTRIA (Special Event). The Amateur Radio Section of ORF (Austrian
Broadcasting Corporation) and the Documentary Archives Radio Communications
/QSL Collection will operate, for 72 hours only, a special event station
with the callsign OE14M between 0000-2400z, Friday, April 25th and Sunday,
April 27th. OE14M is an official "International Marconi Day" station.
Contacts made on Saturday, April 26th, are valid for the IMD Award. The
IMD information is available at:
Bureau QSLs are via OE1WHC. Direct QSL info, see:
Press Contact: Wolf Harranth, OE1WHC <>

P4, ARUBA. Operators John/W6LD, Paul/K9PG, Chad/WE9V and Mike/K9NW will
be active as P40L from Pos Chiquito during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March
1-2nd) as a Mutli-Op ro Multi-? entry. QSL viA WA3FRP. All P40L logs are
uploaded to ClubLog and Logbook of the World. For details about the station,

Mar/03rd AN Mar/06th AN Mar/08th AN
Mar/04th AN Mar/07th AN Mar/09th AN
Mar/05th 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

QSL INFO AND NEWS.....................
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (February 28th)
AH0CO/KH2 via JH1QJU GX8HRC/A via G3SVK SM6/V63YM via SM6FJY (d)
C6ANA via N5NHJ HK3/AL4Q via DJ8QP SN7D via SQ7DQX
CE0/W6NV via W6NV HP3/DL7EG via DL7EG T88XH via JA0EKI
CX7CO via EA5GL (d) IP2ANT via IK2QPR VP5/W0GJ via W0GJ
EA8/DJ6HP via DJ6HP (d) IY7M via IZ7XNB W1AW/KG4 via W1AW
EE3K via EA3GHZ OS8A via ON8VK
EE4EA via EA4GHB (B/L) OT6V/p via ON6VI
(e) eQSL only (d) direct only (B) Bureau only (L) LoTW only

NEW QSL MANAGER. Glenn, K3SWZ, reports, "I am now handling the QSL cards
for W3XS/MM and HI3/W3XS, plus anywhere else he may show up...."

XZ1J QSL STATUS. Nao, JA1HGY , reports, "I received new information
from QSL MGR. He said, 'QSL is printing now, Pse QRX.'"

YJ0 OP QRT. Operators Bill/N7OU (YJ0OU) and Rocky/NE7D (YJ0ZZ) are now
QRT with over 16,000 QSOs in the log. QSL via their home callsigns.
Logs will be uploaded to LoTW soon after their return to the USA in
a couple days.

W1AW/4, W1AW/6, W1AW/8, W8A, XR0ZR, YB9WZJ and ZB2/DL7VEE

JY9FC, T33A, VK9IR, VU7AG, XR0ZR, YB4IR/8 and YW5X

Z81X, ZD8O and ZD8X

S0, WESTERN SAHARA (Update). The reports: "Unfortunately,
due to prohibitive cost of permit for one week, and the fact it now
appears local activity from Western Sahara will soon occur, Dom, 3Z9DX,
has decided to cancel his plans to be QRV in mid-March." Dom also informs
DX World that he will have a 'very big surprise' by the end of the year,
with updates to follow in due course.

2014 UPCOMING ISLAND DXPEDITIONS (Update to OPDX.1144). Bob, N7XR, who
announced in early January that he plans to activate Diego Garcia (Chagos
Islands) and Wake Island in 2014 (specific dates still not announced),
posted on his Web page <>: "Unfortunately,
the interest in these two trips is not high. Because I'm unable to get
support, I will only be making a minimal effort with a low power station
and wire antenna as time permits."

VP2M, MONTSERRAT. Charlie, K1XX, will be active a VP2MLL during the ARRL
DX SSB Contest (March 1-2nd) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. His
length of stay is unknown. QSL via N4OX.

VP2M, MONTSERRAT. Operators Iain/M0PCB and Steve/M0SPF will be active as
VP2MXI (CW) and VP2MZR (SSB/RTTY), respectively, from Montserrat between
March 5-10th. Activity will be holiday style. Iain plans to be an entry
in the RSGB Commonwealth Contest (March 8-9th). QSL via LoTW, Clublog OQRS,
direct via M0PCB or by the Bureau via their home callsigns.

The following stations are expected to be active in the
ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 1-2nd, 2014)
Thanks to Bill, NG3K, for providing OPDX readers with the following
consolidated listing of the participants in the 2014 ARRL DX SSB Contest.
For a more detailed listing (and up-to-date changes/corrections) in HTML
format, please visit Bill's Web page at:
Contest DXCC Class QSL
Callsign Entity Route
3G1B Chile M/? HA1AG
3V8BB Tunisia M/S LoTW; QSL via LX1NO
8P5A Barbados SOAB HP LoTW; QSL via NN1N
C6ANA Bahamas N5NHJ
C6AZZ Bahamas KQ8Z
CN2AA Morocco M/2 LoTW; QSL via UA2FM
CV3D Uruguay M/S CX2ABC
EF8R Canary Islands SOAB LP LoTW; QSL via EB7DX
FM5FJ Martinique SOSB 20M KU9C
FY5FY French Guiana SOSB 15M FY5FY
HI3K Dominican Republic M/S KB2MS
HK1NA Colombia M/? K6IPM
IO5O Italy M/S LoTW
J7Y Dominica K1LI
LU8YE Argentina M/2 IK2DUW
LX7I Luxembourg SOAB LX2A
NP2P U.S. Virgin Islands SOAB LoTW
OH5Z Finland M/2 LoTW
P40L Aruba M/? WA3FRP
PJ2T Curacao M/S W3HNK
PJ6A Saba & St. Eustatius M/S N4NX
RG22RQ Russia (Europe) M/2 RN3RQ
RT0F Russia (Asia) M/? LoTW
TF/KT1K Iceland LP KT1K
TI8M Costa Rica M/? TI8M
TO22C Guadeloupe F6HMQ
TO5A Martinique SOAB HP LoTW; QSL via F5VHJ (B/d)
TO6D Guadeloupe LoTW
V47JA St. Kitts & Nevis LoTW; QSL via W5JON (d)
VP2MLL Br. Virgin Islands SOAB LP N4OX
VP5H Turks & Caicos M/S W0GJ
VP9/W6PH Bermuda SOAB LP W6PH Direct
YN5Z Nicaragua SOAB HP LoTW
ZD8D Ascension Island SOSB DL9HO
(d) direct only (B) Bureau only (L) LoTW only (e) eQSL (C) ClubLog

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ARLP009 Propagation de K7RA

We saw an increase in solar activity over the past week, and it
appears that perhaps the second peak of Solar Cycle 24 is not over.

Average daily sunspot numbers from February 20-26 increased nearly
24 percent from the previous seven days, from 140.4 to 173.6.
Average daily solar flux over the same period rose from 158.7 to
167.3. On Thursday, February 27, the sunspot number increased from
197 on Wednesday to 227, which is over 30 percent above the average
for the previous seven days.

Predicted solar flux over the near term is 175 on February 28, 175
on March 1-2, 165 on March 3-5, 170 on March 6, 175 on March 7, 180
on March 8-9, then 175 and 160 on March 10-11, 145 on March 12-13,
150 on March 14-17, and 155 on March 18-20, peaking at 180 on March
26 and again on April 2-4.

Predicted planetary A index is 25 and 8 on February 28 and March 1,
5 on March 2-6, 8 on March 7, 5 on March 8, 10 and 5 on March 9-10,
8 on March 11, and 5 on March 12-22. An echo of recent flare
activity shows about 28 days later as a planetary A index of 15 on
March 27-28.

OK1HH predicts the geomagnetic field will be quiet on February 28
through March 4, mostly quiet March 5, active to disturbed March 6,
quiet to active March 7, active to disturbed March 8, quiet to
unsettled March 9, mostly quiet March 10, quiet March 11-14, quiet
to active March 15-16, mostly quiet March 17-18, and active to
disturbed on March 19.

On Thursday, February 27 a CME hit Earth at 1645 UTC. This was from
the X4.9 solar flare reported February 25. The planetary A index
increased to 24, which was the same reading for Alaska's college A
index. Mid-latitude A index was 15.

If you look at the Daily Sun image on the left side of the page at you will see it is peppered with sunspots.
Unfortunately, sunspots in this cycle have not been very energetic,
so we haven't seen much of the higher MUF figures normally
associated with this many spots.

There is a new aurora prediction tool online at . OVATION was developed at the
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, and passed on to us by
Robert Steenburgh, KA8JBY who works at NOAA.

No email from readers this week, for the first time in ages, so
nothing to report from the field.

Tonight begins the phone weekend for the ARRL International SSB DX
Contest. It runs from March 1-2, 2014, which is actually 4:00 PM
Friday through 3:59 PM Sunday here on the West Coast. See

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email the author at,

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Technical Information Service web page at For an explanation of the
numbers used in this bulletin, see
propagation bulletins is at
information and tutorials on propagation are at

Monthly propagation charts between four USA regions and twelve
overseas locations are at

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bulletins are at

Sunspot numbers for February 20 through 26 were 140, 152, 179, 185,
205, 157, and 197, with a mean of 173.6. 10.7 cm flux was 156.4,
156.8, 163.2, 171.8, 170.7, 173.9, and 178.2, with a mean of 167.3.
Estimated planetary A indices were 39, 12, 14, 17, 7, 4, and 4, with
a mean of 13.9. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 27, 9, 11, 12,
5, 3, and 3, with a mean of 10.

425 DX News #1191
1 post by 1 author
Mauro Pregliasco
10:02 AM (1 hour ago)
01 March 2014                                             A.R.I. DX Bulletin
                                   No 1191
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                        Direttore Responsabile  I2VGW

4S7    - DL7DF and his team  (DH7KU,  DJ6TF,  DK1BT,  DK1BT,  DK7LX,  DL4WK,
         DL7UFN, DL7UFR, SP3CYY and SP3DOI)  will  be  active  as  from  Sri
         Lanka (AS-003) on 10-23 March. They will be QRV on 160-6 metres  CW
         and SSB with several stations, with one station dedicated to  RTTY,
         PSK31 and SSTV. A side trip to Barberyn  Island  (AS-171)  is  also
         being planned. QSL via DL7DF , direct or bureau, and LoTW.  Further
         information, including logsearch and OQRS  for  direct  and  bureau
         cards, on
5B     - Dima, UR4MCK will be active as 5B/UR4MCK from Cyprus on  7-14  May.
         He will operate only CW near the QRP calling frequencies.  QSL  via
         home call. [TNX UR4MCK]
5H     - Arne, OH2NNE is active as 5H2DK from Sanya Juu, Tanzania  until  23
         March. He is QRV on 80-10 metres SSB. QSl via home call;  logsearch
         on Club Log. [TNX DX World]
A3     - Masa, JA0RQV will be active as A35JP  from  Tongatapu  (OC-049)  on
         14-20 March. He will be QRV in his spare  time,  with  activity  on
         80-6 metres CW and SSB. QSL  via  JA0RQV,  direct  or  bureau,  and
         LoTW. [TNX JA0RQV]
CT     - Members of the Portuguese DX Group (  will
         be active as CS5DX to commemorate their  20th  anniversary  between
         24 May and 15 June, including participation  in  the  Portugal  Day
         Contest. QSL to CS5DX, direct or bureau. [TNX CT4NH]
CT9    - Jean-Marc, F5SGI will be active as CT9/F5SGI from Madeira  (AF-014)
         on 5-12 April. He will operate mainly CW on 80-10 metres.  QSL  via
         home call, direct or bureau. [TNX F5SGI]
DL     - Robert, DK2RO will be active  as  DK2RO/p  from  Spiekeroog  Island
         (EU-047) on 2-7 March. He will operate mainly CW as  time  permits.
         QSL via home call, bureau preferred. [TNX]
FH     - Hartwig, DL7BC will be active again as TO7BC from Mayotte  (AF-027)
         between 21 March and 4 April. He will operate mainly SSB with  some
         digital modes on 40-10 metres, and will  participate  in  the  CQWW
         WPX SSB Contest. QSL via home call, direct  or  bureau,  and  LoTW.
         Logsearch on Club Log.
GM    -  A  team   of  five   operators  from  the  Workington  Radio   Club
         ( will be active as MS0WRC from Tanera  Mor,  Summer
         Isles (EU-092) on 14-21 June.  QSL  via  G0MTD,  direct  or  bureau
         (email requests for bureau cards can be sent  to  g0mtd[@]
HK0/S  - AB1UH, N7QT, N7UN and W4VAB will be active holiday  style  as  5J0X
         from San Andres Island (NA-033) on 2-14 April.  They  will  operate
         CW and SSB on 80-10 metres. QSL via N7QT,  direct  or  bureau,  and
         LoTW. [TNX NG3K]
J3     - Bob, G3PJT will be active as J34G from  Grenada  (NA-024)  on  3-10
         March, including an entry in the  RSGB  Commonwealth  Contest  (8-9
         March). QSL via G3PJT and LoTW. [TNX NG3K]
KH8    - Lance, W7GJ will be  active  as  KH8/W7GJ  from  Tutuila  (OC-045),
         American Samoa on  13-28  July.  This  will  be  mainly  a  6m  EME
         operation, with activity expected to  concentrate  on  13-21  July.
         "In order to  provide  sufficient  advance  planning  for  stations
         wishing to contact me while I am in American Samoa, I am  providing
         plenty of advance notice of this DXpedition. I  urge  you  to  gain
         experience with JT65A and especially review the QSO procedure  that
         I use most effectively on these DXpeditions". QSL  direct  to  home
         call.  See    for
         details and updates.
OE     - The  Amateur  Radio  Section  of  ORF  (the  Austrian  Broadcasting
         Corporation) and the Documentary Archives Radio  Communications/QSL
         Collection will  operate  special  event  station  OE14M  on  25-27
         April. This is an official "International Marconi Day" station  and
         contacts made on 26  April  will  count  for  the  IMD  Award  (see QSL via OE1WHC. [TNX OE1WHC]
OZ     - Tom,  DL4VM  will   be  active  as  OZ/DL4VM  from  the  island  of
         Vendsyssel-Thy (EU-171) on 10-24 May and again from  30  August  to
         20  September.  QSL  via  home  call,  direct  or   bureau.    [TNX]
P4     - Aki, JR3QFB and Take, JS6RRR will be active from Aruba (SA-036)  as
         P40JH and P40R (requested callsigns) on 13-18 March. They  plan  to
         operate SSB, CW, FM and digital modes  on  160-6  metres.  QSL  via
         home calls, direct or bureau,  and  logsearch  on  Club  Log.  [TNX
SM     - Bernd, DL8AAV will be active as SD1B/7 from  Aspo  Island  (EU-138)
         on  17-29  June.  QSL  via  home  call,  direct  or  bureau.   [TNX]
T8     - David, VK3BY will be active  holiday  style  as  T88XT  from  Palau
         (OC-009) on 8-14 March. He will operate SSB only  on  80-6  metres.
         QSL via VK3BY, direct or bureau, and eQSL.
TI     - Mike, W1USN and Bob, AA1M  will  be  active  as  TI8/homecall  from
         Costa Rica from 21 March to 1 April. They  will  operate  SSB,  CW,
         PSK31 and maybe some RTTY on 80-10 metres. Look  for  TI8/W1USN  to
         participate in the CQ WW WPX  SSB  Contest.  QSL  via  home  calls,
         direct or bureau, and LoTW. [TNX AA1M]
UA_ssh - Alexander  Sinyakov,  RX0QM   participates  in   the  59th  Russian
         Antarctic Expedition, and around 10 March  he  will  replace  Oleg,
         RI1ANU at Bellingshausen  station  on  King  George  Island,  South
         Shetlands (AN-010). He will be active as RI59ANT;  his  licence  is
         valid through 26 November 2014. [TNX 5B4AHJ]
V2     - Christian, DD3CF  will  be  active  holiday  style  as  V25CF  from
         Antigua (NA-100) until 12  March,  with  SSB  operations  on  20-10
         metres. QSL via home call. [TNX The Daily DX]
V3     - Jim, NN5O will be active as V31AJ  from  Ambergris  Caye  (NA-073),
         Belize on 1-8 March. He will  operate  CW  and  SSB  QRP  on  40-10
         metres. QSL via NN5O. [TNX The Daily DX]
VE     - Dave, VO1AU will operate as VO2AAA from CQ Zone 2  on  6-10  March,
         including an entry in the RSGB Commonwealth  Contest  (8-9  March).
         QSL via VE3AAQ. [TNX NG3K]
VP2M   - Iain, M0PCB and Steve, M0SPF,  will  be  active  holiday  style  as
         VP2MXI (CW) and VP2MZR (SSB and RTTY) from Montserrat  (NA-103)  on
         5-10  March,  including  participation  in  the  RSGB  Commonwealth
         Contest. QSL via LoTW, Club Log's OQRS, direct  via  M0PCB  or  via
         the bureau to home calls. [TNX M0PCB]
VP8_ant- Will, M0ZXA has been at Halley VI Research Station, Antarctica  for
         a couple of months now. He plans to be QRV  as VP8DOI in his  spare
         time  and "on  the basis  of not  interfering  with the  scientific
         research experiments". Once the Antarctic summer season is over, he
         says,  "I will be able  to get a better idea of where I can site  a
         radio and what antenna systems will be feasible". Logsearch will be
         provided by Club Log. Bookmark for updates.
W      - Louis, W0FK will be active holiday style as  W0FK/4  from  Longboat
         Key (NA-034) from 15 March to 1 April. QSL via  home  call,  direct
         or bureau. [TNX]
YB     - Din, YB8RW/p [425DXN 1188] operated from the  islands  of  Marampit
         and Miangas (both count for OC-209)  on  14-22  February.  Then  he
         went to Tahuna, Sangihe (OC-210) and  is  now  active  from  Marore
         (OC-210). His  travelling  and  operating  plans  depend  on  local
         conditions. QSL via YB9BU.
YB     - Previously  announced  for  23-30  March   [425DXN  1189],  YB4IR's
         operation from Enggano Island (OC-204)  is  now  expected  to  take
         place on 12-18  March  (but  the  ship's  schedule  "can  still  be
         changed at the last second", Imam says). Look  for  YB4IR/p  to  be
         active on 40-10 metres CW and SSB. QSL via  home  call,  direct  or
         bureau (OQRS on Club Log), and LoTW.
YL     - Riga, the capital city of Latvia, is a European Capital of  Culture
         for 2014, and a number of special YL2014 callsigns will be  in  use
         between  1  March  and  30  November.  The  "HamRadio  Riga   2014"
         programme will be available  at  around  23

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ARRL INTERNATIONAL DX CONTEST (SSB) ---> Object of the contest is  for  W/VE
amateurs to work as many stations in as many DXCC entities  as  possible  on
160, 80, 40, 20, 15, and  10  metre  bands,  while  foreign  amateurs  (also
including KH6, KL7, CY9 and CY0) work as many W/VE stations in  as  many  of
the 48 contiguous states and provinces as possible (complete  rules  can  be
found at This year's event will run from  from  00.00
UTC on 1 March through 23.59 UTC on the 2nd. Do not forget to  give  a  look
at  the  Announced  Operations  listing  maintained    by    Bill,  NG3K  at - good contest to you all!

GAGARIN  ACTIVITY  DAYS  --->  Celebrating  the  80th  anniversary  of  Yuri
Gagarin's birth, several special callsigns with 80 in  their  prefix  and/or
KEDR as their suffix (KEDR  was  Gagarin's  callsign  during  the  Vostok  1
mission) will be in use from  Russia,  Kazakhstan  and  Moldova  during  the
"Gagarin Activity Days" between 9 March  and  14  April,  including  the  YG
International  DX  Contest.  Details  on  this  event   can    be  found  at

QSL VK0TH ---> Joe, WL7E has taken over the QSL  duties  for  VK0TH  [425DXN
1189]. He already has the logs, which will be uploaded to LoTW,  eQSL,  Club
Log. New cards will be printed  for  those  who  need  a  paper  QSL:  "this
process is in the initial stages", he says, "and more  information  will  be
posted" to

RSGB COMMONWEALTH CONTEST ---> The 77th edition of the  Commonwealth  (BERU)
Contest ( will be held on 8-9 March, from 10 UTC to 10  UTC,
on 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10  metres  CW.  Only  operators  located  within  the
Commonwealth or British Mandated Territories are eligible to enter.

W1AW WAS ---> Look for  ARRL  Centennial  stations  W1AW/7  from  Idaho  and
W1AW/4 from Kentucky to be on the air starting  at  00.00  UTC  on  5  March
until 23.59 UTC on the 11th. Complete information  on  the  ARRL  Centennial
QSO  Party  can  be   found    at;  the
leaderboard website is at

WRTC2014 ---> With 58 of the 59  competing  teams  for  WRTC2014  announced,
there is only one spot remaining. Sponsorship of  the  final  team  will  be
made available by auction on 9 March. The winner of the  auction  will  earn
the right to name their  team  for  the  WRTC2014  competition  (subject  to
approval  by  the  WRTC2014  organizing  committee).  Anyone  interested  in
participating in the auction must register in advance. Contact  Doug  Grant,
K1DG, (k1dg[@] to register  or  to  request  more  information.


QSLs received direct or through managers: 1A0KM, 3A2LF,  3A2MG,  3B8/HB9ARY,
3B8CF, 3D2KV, 3DA0ET, 3W1T,  3XY1D,  4L5LL,  4U1GSC,  4U1ITU,  5A1AL,  5J0R,
5T0SP, 5X1NH, 5X8C, 5Z4HW, 6O0CW, 6V7S,  6Y2T,  7O2A,  7O6T,  7T9A,  9M2MRS,
A25JK, A35YZ, AU2MQT (AS 153),  BY4IB/4  (AS-146),  C82DX,  C91HKN,  CE0YHO,
CM2XT, CO2IR, CO4LS (NA-056), CR9X, CW5GI  (SA-039),  CX3DAM,  CY0P,  DU7ET,
J28NC, J3/WJ7R, J69DS, J79MP,  J79WI,  J88HL,  JX9JKA,  JY4CI,  JY9FC,  K9W,
T32RC, T33A, T6T, TA3AX, TG9NX, TK4LS, TN2MS,  TO2TT,  TR0A,  TT8TT,  TU5AX,
TX5D, V31NB, V5/DL3DX, V63XG, VU7AG, XF1P (NA-124), XR0YY, XR0ZR,  XR150CBS,
XT2DJ, XT2FCJ,  XV2RZ,  XV4Y,  XZ1Z,  YB0AI/8  (OC-273),  YB4IR/8  (OC-145),
YB8EL, YB9Y (OC-276),  YE3I,  YS1JBL,  Z36T,  Z60A,  Z68BH,  Z81X,ZA/IZ4JMA,


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