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Sunday, March 1, 2015

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Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1204

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1204
BID: $OPDX.1204
March 2, 2015
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, NA2U, W2GB, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The
K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m News, W9ILY, N0JK, W0GJ, DL7UXG & The DX News Letter,
DL1SBF,,, DX-World.Net, ES1CW, F5NQL, F5UFX, F6AJA
& Les Nouvelles DX, G3BJ, I1HYW, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX
Italia News, IK7JWY, JA1TRC, OH2BH, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete Rayer
(ISWL), PS7AB, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, SM1TDE, 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, 22nd/February, through Sunday, 1st/March there were 228
countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L,
4O, 4S, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5T, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G,
9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A2, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY,
C2, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE0Z, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2,
D4, DL, DU, E4, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX,
EY, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW,
H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2,
J3, J6, J7, JA, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH8, KL, KP2, KP4,
LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4,
PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ5, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, S2, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5,
SV9, T2, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TI9, TJ, TK, TR, TT, TY, UA, UA2, UA9,
UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9L, VP2E, VP5, VP8,
VP8/h, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU,
YV, Z2, Z3, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS

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

3G0, JUAN FERNANDEZ ISLAND (Update). Members of the Provins ARC (F6KOP)
continue to be active from Robinson Crusoƫ Island (SA-005, aka Juan
Fernandez Archipelago) as 3G0ZC until March 4th. QSL via F1ULQ, direct
or by the Bureau. Also QSL via LoTW and ClubLog's OQRS (direct/Bureau).
The 3G0ZC Web site is at:
A FaceBook page is available at:

3W, VIETNAM. Jacek, SP5APW, will be active as 3W2JK from Con Son Island
(AS-130) between March 11-17th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-10
meters using SSB, PSK31 and RTTY. QSL via his home callsign, direct or
by the Bureau. For updates, watch:

5J0, ANDRES ISLAND. Joseph, LU1FM, will be active as 5J0B from San Andres
Island (NA-033) between March 21st and April 4th. Activity will be on
160-6 meters using SSB and the Digital modes. Also look for him to partic-
ipate the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 28-29th). Equipment will be an
IC-7100 with an ALS MRX 500 amp into a Hexbeam (20-6m) and dipoles for
160/80/40m. QSL via his home callsign.

5T: MAURITANIA: Jean, 5T0JL (F3JL/ON8RA), will use the special callsign
5T2MM between April 17-20th. Look for activity in the CQ Manchester Mineira
DX Contest (April 18-19th). QSL via PY4KL. For more details and updates,

5X, UGANDA. Eric, SM1TDE, is once again active as 5X8EW from Entebbe. He
showed up on the air on February 24th and will be active until March 3rd.
Activity has been on 15 meters CW, but he will also be on 40/30/20/17/15
meters CW. QSL via his home callsign.

5X, UGANDA. Alan, G3XAQ, will once again be active as 5X1XA from Kampala
between March 11-18th. Activity is usually on 80-10 meters CW only, but
his primary focus will be on the SARL Africa DX Contest (March 14-15th).
QSL via G3SWH, LoTW.

8P, BARBADOS. Tom, W2SC, will once again be active as 8P5A during the
ARRL International DX SSB Contest (March 7-8th) as Single-Op/All-Band/
High-Power entry. QSL via LoTW or direct to NN1N.

8Q, MALDIVES. Nobby, G0VJG, will once again be active as 8Q7CQ between
June 5-18th. His last activity was limited because Nobby was on his
honeymoon with his wife Maxine. Operations this time will be on the
Island of Meedhupparoo (AS-013). Activity will be on the HF band but
with a serious effort on 6 meters. Modes will be SSB with some PSK31.
His equipment will be a FT-897 with a 400 watt amp into a small 6m beam,
DK9SQ vertical loop for the HF bands and possibly a 3 element tribander.
QSL via Owen, G4DFI, direct or by the Bureau. Visit Nobby's Web page at:

9Q, DEM. REP. OF CONGO (Update to OPDX.1193/1200). The "Radioamateur
Association of the Democratic Republic of Congo" (ARAC) has invited the
"Italian DXpedition Team" (IDT) for a short stay in Kinshasa during March.
The IDT will be active as 9Q0AR between March 10-25th. QSL via I2YSB only
direct. A OQRS is available via their Web page. As usual, the official
Web site is:      
A dedicated 9Q0HQ Survey form has been added to the Web page. The results
will be used in the planning of activity on the various bands. Activity
will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. Updated suggested fre-
quencies are:
  CW   - 1826, 3530, 7025, 10115, 14030, 18068, 21030, 24893 and 28030 kHz
  SSB  - 3780, 7103, 14270, 18155, 21310, 24975 and 28420 kHz
  RTTY - 21087 kHz
   6m  - 50102/CW and 50123/SSB
  For info, questions or skeds on the 6m band, please contact ONLY the
pilot station Sergio, IK0FTA. For info, questions or problems with the
DXpedition LOG, please contact ONLY the pilot station Arturo, IK7JWY.
For E-mail messages to the pilot stations see Please DO NOT
SEND E-mail messages about the DXpedition to the Team. They will NOT
answer. For updates about the DXpedition please visit the official forum:
If a suitable internet connection is available, the ONLINE REAL-TIME LOG

A3, TONGA. Nobuaki, JA0JHQ, will be active as A35JR from the Likualofa
Beach Resort Kanokupolu on Tongatapu Island (OC-049) betwee March 12-16th.
Activity will be on 30/17/15/12/10 meters using CW and SSB, if possible
20m CW. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. For updates,
watch his home page at:

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 28-29th)
as a Multi-2 entry. Operators mentioned are: Tang/BM2AAV, Eddie/BV2DD,
YaoJun/BV5OO, Lee/BX2AB and Jie/BX3ABH. QSL via BP0P. QSL also OK via
ART QSL Service.

C6, BAHAMAS. Operators Tom/N1GN, William/NE1B, Paul/K1VK and Ken/AG2K will
be active as C6ANM from Nassau (NA-001, FL15) during the ARRL International
DX SSB Contest (March 7-8th) as a Multi-Multi entry. QSL via LoTW.

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 8th 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 1st at 2:00 AM. European countries will
switch to DST on March 29th. 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.

E3, ERITREA. If you missed OPDX Special Bulletin #OPDX.1103.1, the SEISA/
Foundation for Global Children announced that their next activity, the
"Eritrea Project 2015", will conduct an amateur radio DXpedition from
Asmara, Eritrea, between March 6-17th. This is a multi-national team of
nine operators, consisting of: Zorro/JH1AJT (Team Leader), Paul/N6PSE
(Co-Leader), Franz/DJ9ZB, Jay/JA1TRC, Yuki/JH1NBN, Kazu/JH1OGX, Thomas/NQ7R,
David/WD5COV and Dmitri/RA9USU. This DXpedition has taken many months of
careful planning and negotiations. The DXpedition's callsign will be
assigned to them upon their arrival in the capital of Asmara. They will
use four transceivers consisting of two Elecraft K3 radios with the KPA500
amplifiers and two Kenwood TS590 transceivers with the ACOM 1010 amplifiers.
They will use beam antennas for the high bands (10-20 meters) and four
verticals for the low bands (30-160 meters). They will try to work every
area as much as possible. QSL Manager is Tim, M0URX. To see the complete
press release, go to:

E6, NIUE. Members and operators of the UK group "6-G", most of whom formed
the TX6G (Austral) expedition in 2014, will be active from Niue for two
weeks in the second half of September 2015. The team will be comprised of
Don/G3BJ, Chris/G3SVL, Nigel/G3TXF, David/G3WGN, Mike/G3WPH, Hilary/G4JKS
and Justin/G4TSH. Look for more details to be forthcoming.

FT4TA STORY AND BOOK. Sebastien, F5UFX, reports -- Dear friends,
Our emissions from Tromelin stopped a few months ago. Since, we have been
very busy by many subjects. You undoubtedly read the news of our QSL cards
(in progress), our equipment boxes are on the way back, we have been able
to debrief on several occasions with the TAAF.

  We are happy to show you today the complete report of our expedition.

  For each operation, stories are very often quite similar. It is difficult
in a few lines not to be limited to the banalities of the antenna setup,
the conditions of propagation, and some statistics. We choose to write a
report which would tell in details all that one would like to know in
connection with such adventure: the « behind the scenes" of FT4TA !
  In these days with of DQRM, anonymous and nasty comments, it does not
exist a better answer than explaining, and try to sensitize, show the
work done for a so ambitious project.
  For the others, a large majority, organizers of expeditions themselves,
those who would like to start a project, or DX lovers, let us hope that
our story will make you dream.
  Please follow the link bellow to consult the online book of FT4TA:
               French version:
               English version
            It is also possible to order the « printed » version.
  This communication will probably be one of the last for this project.
Thanks again for your support and see you soon for new adventures.....
                                   FT4TA TEAM

HR2, HONDURAS. Operator Dan, HR2DMR, will be active as HR2WW during the
ARRL International DX SSB Contest (March 7-8th) as a Single-Op/All-Band
entry. QSL via KD4POJ.

IOTA NEWS..............
  AF-072.  Paolo, C91PM, is now active as C91PM/p from Bazaruto Island
           until March 3rd. Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL via LoTW
           or eQSL.

  AS-118.  Members of the Kuwait Amateur Radio Society will once again
           be active as 9K2F from Failaka Island between March 11-16th.
           Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL via 9K2HN, direct, by
           the Bureau, LoTW or ClubLogs OQRS.

  EU-038.  Marcel, PD5MVH, will be active as PD38EU from Ameland Island
           between now and March 14th. Activity will include the ARRL
           International DX SSB Contest (March 7-8th). QSL via PD5MVH,
           direct or by the Bureau.

  EU-081.  Emil, DL8JJ, will be active as F/DL8JJ/P from Saint Marcouf
           Island between June 5-11th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters
           using CW and SSB. QSL via LZ1JZ. For more details and updates,

  NA-079.  Mike, WA0SPG, who will be on his first DXpedition, will be
           active as WA0SPG/4 from the Dry Tortugas between May 4-6th.
           Activity will be on the HF bands using CW and SSB. Equipment
           will be a KX3 and a FT-817 into a buddipole vertical dipole
           near saltwater, Alpha vertical and Loop antenna. Mike will
           also be on the satellite using 2x FT-817's for SO-50 and FO-29
           (CW/SSB) with both arrow and elk antennas. All power will be
           by Goal Zero batteries being charged by Solar PV panels. QSL
           via his home callsign.

  NA-079.  Arturo, KG4DRP, will be active from the Dry Tortugas (EL84np)
           between May 9-10th. Activity will be on QRP with a FT-817ND
           on 20 meters SSB. QSL via address on

  NA-212.  Dan, HR2DMR, is expected to be active from Farallones de
           Cosiguina sometime during mid/late July (possibly between
           23-28th) and also to include the RSGB IOTA Contest (July
           25-26th). Activity depends on the Honduran and Nicaraguan
           Navy officers. He is requesting a special H7 prefix or use
           the YN9W callsign. Look for more details to be forthcoming.

  OC-252.  Imam, YB4IR, will be active as YB4IR/7 from Temajo Island
           between March 14-18th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using
           CW, SSB, and RTTY. Antennas will be a Tribander for the High
           Bands and a Vertical for Low Bands. QSL via LoTW, ClubLog's
           OQRS or via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

ISWL CALLSIGNS (For March). The following ISWL club callsigns will be
used throughout the month of March 2015:

   GX4BJC/A - Operated from Cleethorpes, in Lincolnshire by Dave, M0KWK.
              (/A WAB Square TA20 England, IOTA EU-005, WLOTA 1841).

   MS1SWL/A - Operated from Walton-on-the-Naze, in Essex, by Herbie,
              G6XOU. (ISWL Council Member & QSL Bureau Manager) (/A WAB
              Square - England, IOTA EU-005 and WLOTA 1841). Herbie
              will also operate as MX1SWL/P during the month and will
              give his WAB square if requested.

    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.

J8, ST. VINCENT. Brian, GW4DVB, will be active as J88PI from Palm Island
(aka Prune Island, WW Loc. FK92HO, IOTA NA-025), in the St. Vincent and
the Grenadines Island group, between April 13-22nd. Activity will be on
40/20/17/15/10/6 meters SSB only using an Elecraft KX3 and KXPA100 Power
Amp (100w) into a 10m vertical antenna and a M0CVO HW-40HP off center fed
dipole. QSL via GW4DVB, by the Bureau or direct to: PO Box 20:20, Llanharan,
Pontyclun, Wales - UK CF72 9ZA. For more details and updates, check:
ADDED NOTE: Palm Island is an exclusive, private-island resort. This
idyllic tropical hideaway is situated near the southern tip of St. Vincent
and the Grenadines, an idyllic archipelago of 32 tropical islands and
cays known for its stunning natural beauty, clear, warm waters and turtles.

K1N SATELLITE QSOS. A special K1N Satellite QSL will be made for their
satellite contacts/QSOs. To order one, go to ClubLog and process a QSL
under K1N/SAT log. They are only charging 1 USD for these QSLs, but an
additional contributions can be made if you wish. You will need to change
the callsign in your log "temporarily" to K1N/SAT in order for this to
Cards ordered in this way cannot be combined with your regular K1N QSL.
Regular K1N QSLs (OQRS) is found at:
Or, you can send in the old fashioned way (SNAIL Mail), but they suggest
including a special separate card clearly marked as SATELLITE QSO (it
can be in the same envelope as your regular K1N QSL), if you use the
direct mail method with an SASE.
ADDED NOTES: There is a new picture of the satellite operators at:
Also, there is an interesting interview with Glenn, W0GJ, on the Mediter-
raneo DX Club's Web page at:

KH6, HAWAII. Fred, NA2U, will operate from the Volcano on the Big Island
[Hawai'i Island - OC-019] between March 4-8th. Activity prior to and
following the ARRL International DX SSB Contest (March 7-8th), he will
operate as KH6/NA2U. During the ARRL International DX SSB Contest Fred
will operate as KH7M. QSLs for KH6/NA2U are via LoTW, or direct with
SASE and IRC or greenstamps. All other cards via Bureau.

KH6, HAWAII. Jon, N0JK, will be active as KH6/N0JK from Wailea, Maui
(OC-019), between March 1-18th. Activity will be holiday style on 10
meters and 6 meters using CW and SSB. This will include a Single-Op/
Single-Band (10m) entry in the ARRL International DX SSB Contest (March
7-8th). QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

LX, LUXEMBOURG. Philippe, LX2A, will be active as LX7I during the ARRL
International DX SSB Contest (March 7-8th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry.
QSL via LX2A. Visit the following Web page at:

MESSAGE FROM THE PW0F TEAM (Sunday, March 1st). Just before going to
print, Martti, OH2BH, sent the following [edited]: "Hello from Miami
Airport enroute to Cayman Islands with lost luggage... Yes the PW0F team
left Recife, Brazil, on Saturday but luggage did not. The Amateur Radio
equipment always generates many security concerns but among the critical
items went all pink underwear of the much anticipated science element
of the effort. Highly interesting results have surfaced for those who
plan to take on a radio trip. With some 12,000 PW0F QSOs on selected
bands those 160M QSOs were hard with rain and noise at PW0F location
right in the middle of village. OQRS is opened on Sunday for those for
PW0F QSLs. ZF2BH will hit airwaves later on this week."

MJ, JERSEY. Kazu, JK3GAD, will be active as MJ0CFW from Jersey (EA-013)
between March 20-23rd. Look for activity in the Russian DX Contest (March
21-22nd). In the contest he will sign MJ5Z. QSL via LoTW or M0CFW.

NCDXF PRESS RELEASE (Grant for South Sandwich & South Georgia) [edited].
The Northern California DX Foundation is pleased to announce a major grant
of $50,000 to the Intrepid-DX Group for their plans to activate TWO Top
Ten DXCC entities during January & February of 2016. At that time, South
Sandwich Island will be #3 and South Georgia will be #7 on The Most Wanted
  These destinations are very remote and costly to reach. The Braveheart
has been chartered for the voyage. Fourteen team members will contribute
half of the $425,000 projected budget. The team plans to be on each island
for ten days with eight full days on the air.
  Without grants of this type, many of the most wanted entities would not
be possible to activate.
  Individual contributions to NCDXF have enabled us to make this grant
possible. Contributions to NCDXF are tax-deductible, to the extent of
U.S. law.  See <> for details.
  Glenn Johnson, W0GJ -- NCDXF, vice president

P4, ARUBA. Operators Ed/N4OC, Bob/AA6VB, Andy/AE6Y and Scott/K0DQ will be
active as P49Y from the P40L-P49Y station at Pos Chiquito, Aruba (SA-036),
during the ARRL International DX SSB Contest (March 7-8th) as a Multi-2
entry. QSL via AE6Y or LoTW.

PR70, BRAZIL (Special Event). Operators Rony/PS7AB and Leo/PP1CZ will
activate special event station PR70FEB between March 1-30th. Activity is
to celebrate the 70th anniversary of World War II and to remember the
importance of PEACE. The special callsign is also in honor to all who
participated in the war, especially the Brazilian Expeditionary Force -
FEB, on the battlefields in Italy. Operations will be on 40/20/17/15/10
meters using SSB (Op PS7AB) and CW/Digital (Op PP1CZ). QSL via PS7AB,
direct (1 USD), by the Bureau, eQSL or LoTW. A special certificate will
be sent in 2016 via E-mail to stations who made contacts with at least
10 Special Event Stations by mode (SSB, CW or digital), or mixed (3 modes).
Each month in 2015, Ronaldo will activate a different callsign and also
send 12 different QSLs. PR70FEB is the third special event station to
celebrate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in 2015. For
more details, see:    

 Mar/02nd HN      Mar/05th  AN      Mar/07th  AN
 Mar/03rd AN      Mar/06th  AN      Mar/08th  AN
 Mar/04th HN

    NORMALITY               GEOMAG       K Values    Alpha
   -----------------        ------       --------    ------
   AN  - Above Normal       Quiet        K=0-1       0-7
   HN  - High Normal        Unsettled    K=2         8-15
   LN  - Low Normal         Active       K=3         16-29
   BN  - Below Normal       Minor Storm  K=4         30-49
   DIS - Disturbed          Major Storm  K=5         50-99
   VRY DIS - Very Disturbed Severe Storm K=6-9       100-400

  The purpose of this experimental Web site is to provide 24-7-365 actual
  (REALTIME) band condition information to CW QRPp, QRPe and CW/SSB for
  Contesters interested in increasing their scores. It can also be of
  benefit to other Radio Amateurs to determine band conditions for Nets
  and casual QSO's. This information is NOT based on any software pre-
  dictions or any kind of satellite based readings. It is based on a
  new Ionospheric sounding method called "HF Ionospheric Interferometry"
  which operates very similarly to the PolSAR system used by NASA.

QSL INFO AND NEWS.....................
  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (March 1st)
  5H1OC via IK6CAC         EG7DAM via EA7URM        PA6NH via PH9HB
  5T0JL via ON8RA          G50FRS via G0YYY         PR5P via PT2OP
  7Q7GIA via LA7GIA (L)    HI3/DL4NAC via DL4NAC    VI110ROTARY via VK4ZD
  9A2L via 9A3AG           J64SLI via WB5Q          VK9LC via OH2YY
  BV0TW via BU2BF          JW/DL2JRM via DL2JRM     VP5/K0PC via K0PC
  D44TBR via SM7RYR        LY97O via LY8O           ZD8D via DL9HO
  DM100CTK via DF1XC       P4/W1VE via W1VE (d)
  EA6/DF3MC via DF3MC      PA15C via PH7Y
    (e) eQSL only  (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (L) LoTW only
    (O) OQRS only  (C) ClubLog only

  K1N QSL QUESTIONS. "The Daily DX" reports per N2OO, "If anyone has any
  questions about their QSOs, QSLs, OQRS, LoTW about K1N, the recent
  Navassa Island DXpedition they should be sent to <>
  and they will be answered."

  VE3WEJ, VU4KV and YU2A

  VP2MDX and VU4KV


TI, COSTA RICA. Operators Kamal/N3KS, Chris/KL9A, Mark/M0DXR and Nathan/
N4YDU will be active as TI5W from Alajuela during the ARRL International
DX SSB Contest (March 7-8th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via N3YIM direct.
The operators will be signing TI5/homecalls before and after the contest.

TO5, FRENCH GUIANA (Special Event). Kris, F4GHW, will be active as TO5BR
between March 10-23rd. Activity is to celebrate "Carnival French Guiana
2015" and operations will be on the HF bands. QSL via F4HGW, direct or
by the Bureau.

USI ONE-DAY GETWAY. Jay Chamberlain, NS4J, USI Webmaster and Awards
Chairman, reports [edited], "US Islands announces a new operating activity
(not a contest) on May 9th, 2015. ARRL press release:
List of pending operating stations including IOTA numbers are available at

V6, MIRCONESIA. Kiichi, JF1LUT, will be active as V63KI from Kolonia,
Pohnpei (OC-010), between March 20-25th. Activity will be on 20-10 meters
using SSB only. QSL only direct to QSL Manager to: A4maniax, c/o Sankei
Kousinsya Co,.Ltd., 6-20-6, Hirai, Edogawa-ku, Tokyo, 132-0035 JAPAN.
Log will be uploaded to ClubLog.

VK0EK HEARD ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS. Rich, KY6R, posted the following on
March 1st [edited]: "VK0EK Needs Your Support! -- Please visit
today. Thanks so much." In recent days/weeks, the following have donated
funds: European DX Foundation (EUDXF) and Willamette Valley DX Club

VP2M, MONTSERRAT. Charlie, K1XX, will once again be active a VP2MLL during
the ARRL International DX SSB Contest (March 7-8th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/
Low-Power entry. His length of stay is unknown. QSL via N4OX.

An update from the Intrepid-DX Group VP8 DXpedition Team). The Intrepid-DX
Group is very pleased to receive a major grant of $50,000 from the Northern
California DX Foundation to support our plans to activate South Sandwich
and South Georgia Islands in January/February 2016. At the time of these
activations, they will be the #3 and #7 most wanted entities.
  It is only through the generosity of amateur organizations such as the
NCDXF that we can make this Dxpedition possible. This grant by the NCDXF
gives us the foundation with which we can solidify our plans and move
forward with successful activations of these rare islands.
  Our destination is very remote and costly to reach. Our Braveheart
charter is $310,000. Our fourteen team members will contribute $210,000
towards our goal of $425,000. We are very appreciative of all of those
Clubs, Associations and individuals that have supported us thus far and
we welcome and appreciate each and every donation that helps us move
forward with our plans.
  Our objective is to be on each island for ten days with eight full days
QRV. We ask each DX Club or Association to please consider supporting our
efforts to make this an effective, enjoyable and safe Dxpedition for
  You can view our website at
  Thank you,
  The Intrepid-DX Group VP8 Team.

VP9, BERMUDA. Kurt, W6PH, will once again be active as VP9/W6PH for the
ARRL International DX Phone Contest (March 7-8th) as a Single-Op/All-
Band/Low-Power entry. QSL direct to his home callsign W6PH.

VQ9, CHAGOS ISLAND. Bob, N7XR, will once again be active as VQ9XR from
Diego Garcia Island (AF-006) between March 19-27th. Activity will be on
80-10 meters (possibly 160m) using CW, SSB, and RTTY. NO 6 meters (no
antenna). He will also be on 60 meters CW due to the newly modified
license which now allows operations on that band (5403.5 & 5405.0 kHz).
QSL via ClubLog or direct via his home callsign (NO IRCs). NO Bureau
QSLs, eQSL or LoTW. All ClubLog requests for BUREAU cards will not be
processed. He mentions, "No internet access is available in the area I
operate from. I check emails once in the evening IF I can gain access.
 Most of the time it's extremely slow."

WEB PAGE OF INTEREST. Jari/OH2BU and Bernd/DF3CB, have compiled and posted
a "Mega DXpeditions Honor Roll" listing which is hosted on the German DX
Foundation (GDXF) Web page at:
There are currently 230 DXpeditions with more than 30,000 QSOs in the
Honor Roll from 136 different DXCC Entities and 31 of the 40 CQ Zones.
The complete list of DXpeditions (containing some 40 DXpeditions, in the
late 1990s) is sorted by the number of achieved QSOs - and by year of
activity, by Prefix, by DXCC Entities, by Continent, by Single-Operator
DXpeditions and much more..... The World Records page shows the leading
DXpeditions in the categories of the highest number of total QSOs, QSOs
per mode and band and per continent. Give it a look see, and they feel
you will enjoy this Web page.

WRTC2014 (Documentary Video). The WRTC2014 Organizing Committee reports,
"The official documentary video for WRTC2014 is now available on the Web!
  The video was produced by James Brooks, 9V1YC, and runs approximately
59 minutes. James took advantage of nine roving video teams to capture
high definition footage of action at headquarters and out in the field,
artfully telling the WRTC2014 story using the participants' own words.
View the video at: 
  Funding for video production was provided by a generous grant from the
Northern California DX Foundation.
  The video is being distributed from the Web at no charge. We plan to
make a downloadable version available in the near future to help facili-
tate use at club meetings."

XV, VIETNAM. Just a reminder that Toshi, JA8BMK, will be ending his Asian
tour by being active as XV7BM from Nha Trang Resort during the whole month
of March. Activity will be focused mainly on the lower bands (160-80m) with
better receive antennas. QSL via JA8BMK, direct or by the Bureau.

YJ, VANUATU. Masa, JA0RQV, will be active as YJ0MT from Port Vila (the
capital city) on Efate Island (OC-035), between April 21st and May 5th.
Activity will be limited to spare time (see below) and will be on 40-10
meters, and mainly SSB with some CW. QSL via his home callsign, by the
Bureau or direct (w/SASE & 2 USDs) to: Masato Tamura, 2086-13 Daitakubo,
Minami-ku, Saitama-Shi 336-0015 JAPAN. QSOs will bw uploaded later to
LoTW. For more details and updates, see his Blog page at:
ADDED NOTE (from Masa) [edited]: Operations will be limited during the
night time hours as it is business trip. I will try to be serious on
the weekend. QTH will be large hotel in downtown facing only for EU
and AS. Antenna should be managed within the small private balcony.
VY SRI for NA and SA..

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