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Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1390
The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1390
BID: $OPDX.1390
November 19, 2018
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Written/Sent from Strongsville, Ohio
Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX
Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB5K & the AR TelNet Clusters
Network, NJ1Q & W1AW, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4CAG, K8CX, K8GI,
K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m DX News, W9ILY, DL1SBF, DL7UXG & The DX News Letter,
DM5EE,,, DX-World.Net, ES1CW, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les
Nouvelles DX, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, OZ6OM
& 50 MHz DX News, Sixitalia Weekly and VA3RJ & ICPO for the following
DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
week of Sunday, 11th/November, through Sunday, 18th/November there were
226 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W,
4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6Y, 7P, 7Q,
7X, 8P, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9,
AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4,
DL, DU, E4, E5/n, E5/s, E6, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES,
ET, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU,
GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J6, J7,
JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY,
LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4,
PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, S0, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T5, T7,
T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3,
V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK0M, VK9X, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP8/h,
VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XX9, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3,
Z6, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD8, ZD9, 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”.
3Y0I BOUVET DXPEDITION NEWS. The only thing to report this week is that
the members of the 3Y0I team continued to assembled in Cape Town, South
Africa, for their anticipated Bouvet Island DXpedition. Specific dates
still have not been provided yet, but all operators are now in Cape Town.
Operators that have been mentioned so far are Dom/3Z9DX (Team Leader),
Jose/CT1DSV, Tack/JE1CKA, Mietek/SP3CMX, Marcin/SP5ES, Stanislaw/SP8S
and Branko/YU4DX. As mentioned last week, several pictures can be viewed
  It would seem that their departure from Cape Town to Bouvet is approaching
very soon. As reported from their Web page, the trip will take 12 days one
way. They plan to stay on the island for at least 2 weeks, if the weather
cooperators. The 3Y0I DXpedition’s band plan ­ frequencies (160-6m) and
modes (CW/SSB/FT8) can be found at:
  QSL via ClubLog’s OQRS (preferred), LoTW or via 3Z9DX. For more details
and updates, we suggest to watch the following Web pages:
4L, GEORGIA. Mamuka Kordzakhia, 4L2M, President of the National Associ-
ation Radio Amateurs of Georgia (NARG), will be active during the CQWW
DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m) entry.
QSL via EA7FTR (For Ukraine Stations via UT7QF).
4S, SRI LANKA. Operators Bernd/DK7TF and Jurgen/DH6ICE will once again
be active as 4S7DLG from Hikaduwa between November 22nd and December 6th.
Activity should be on all HF bands mainly on SSB and FT8, using a TS-480
into a Hexbeam and GP. QSL via DK8ZZ.
A3, TONGA (Reminder). Operators Tom/GM4FDM, Ron/PA3EWP and Martin/PA4WM
are now active as A35EU from the Heilala Lodge Resort on Tongatapu Island
(OC-049) until November 27th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW,
SSB, RTTY and some FT8. They will have three stations active and the
focus will be on Europe. QSL via GM4FDM, direct, by the Bureau, ClubLog’s
OQRS or LoTW. For more details and updates, see:
A4, OMAN. Members of the Royal Omani Amateur Radio Society (ROARS) will
activate their contest station, A44A, in Muscat during the CQWW DX CW
Contest (November 24-25th) as a Multi-Multi entry. QSL via A47RS. Operators
mentioned are Mohib/A41JZ, San/A45TT, Don/G3XTT, Mike/K9NW, Chad/WE9V,
Deepak/VU2CDP and Prasad/VU2PTT (A45VA).
AH2, GUAM. Members of the Guam Contest Club will be active as AH2R during
the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Multi-? entry. Operators
mentioned are Toshinobu/JI3ERV (NH2C), Mikawa/JR7OMD, Hajime/JO1RUR and
Makoto/JH1ASG. QSL via LoTW or to JH7QXJ, direct or by the Bureau. PLEASE
DO NOT QSL via the KH2 Bureau.
BA7, CHINA. Paul, BA7JS, will once again be active during the CQWW DX CW
Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (160m)/High-Power/
Unassisted entry. QSL via his home callsign.
BD1, CHINA. Yuan, BD1IIJ, will be active from the town of Sujiatuo during
the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Bands entry.
QSL via BD1IIJ, direct or LoTW. NO Bureau.
C6, BAHAMAS. By the time you read this, operators George/AA7JV and Mike/
KN4EEI will be active as C6AGU from Water Cay (NA-001) until December 3rd.
Activity will be mainly on 160/80/40 meters using mostly CW and FT8. Look
for them to be in the upcoming CQWWDX CW and ARRL 160m CW contest. QSL
via HA7RY.
CB1, CHILE. Members of the Antofagasta Contest Group will be active as
CB1H during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Multi-? entry.
QSL via XQ1KN.
E2, THAILAND. Members of the SIAM DX Group will be active as E2A from
HS0ZGD’s Phimai QTH (about 350 kilometers north east of Bangkok) during
the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th). Operators mentioned are Pas/
HS3ANP, Yo/HS3XVP, Ray/HS4RAY, Champ/E21EIC, JayCie (Goy)/E20NKB, Dietmar/
DL3DXX, Sandy/DL1QQ, Dick/N6AA, Art/W6XD, YL Dolores (from California),
E21EIC and LoTW.
EA9, CEUTA AND MELILLA. Jorge, EA9LZ, will be active as EA9LZ from Ceuta
during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/Single-
Band (40m) entry. QSL via EA5KB direct or LoTW.
FG, GUADELOUPE. Oliver, F6ARC, is once again active as FG/F6ARC from
Guadeloupe (NA-102) for two weeks between November and December (specific
dates not mentioned). Activity will be holiday style with a focus on the
30/17/12m bands and the lower bands using 100 watts CW only. Look for him
to be in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/Single-
Band (??m) entry.  QSL via FE11DX, by the Bureau, direct, eQSL and LoTW.
GU, GUERNSEY (EU-114). Dick, GU4CHY, will once again be active during the
CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m)/
High-Power entry. QSL via his home callsign, direct (preferred) or by
the Bureau (long QRX).
HH, HAITI. William, KO7SS, will be active as HH2AA from Radio Club D’Haïti
in Obleon during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/
All-Band/Low-Power/Assisted entry. He states, “Remote operation. Full time
effort but the internet can be iffy and station is solar powered.” QSL via
LoTW only.
HQ9, HONDURAS. Operators Ivailo/LZ5VV, Wieslaw/SP4Z and Radoslav/N2WQ
will be active as homecall/HR9 from Chillax Roatan Island (NA-057) between
November 17-25th. They be active as HQ9X during the CQWW DX CW Contest
(November 24-25th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL HQ9X via KQ1F. Outside of the
contest (before), operators will be active using CW, RTTY, SSB and FT8.
QSL HR9/LZ5VV and HR9/SP4Z via their home callsign. QSL HR9/N2WQ only
via LoTW.
  AS-189.  (Reminder) NEW!! Operators Vasily/R7AL, Al/RZ3K, Vasily/RA1ZZ,
           Vlad/RK8A, Sergey/RW5D, Igor/UA3EDQ, Avinir/UA1ZZ and Mohammad/
           EP2LMA should be active now as EP6RRC from Shif Island, Iran,
           until November 23rd. Activity will be on 160/80/40/30/20/17/15/10
           meters using CW, SSB and FT8. Pilot stations are Victor/UA3AKO
           (EU/RU), Cezar/VE3LYC (East Coast NA) and Taka/JA8COE (Far
           East/OC). QSL Manager is R7AL. For more details, see:
           PLEASE NOTE: During the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th),
           operators will be on for only 2-3 hours in the beginning of
           the contest before leaving the island.
  NA-249.  (NEW!!) Members of the Radio Operadores del Este (RODE) will
           be active as KP3RE from Culebra Island, as part of the Puerto
           Rico Coastal Island group, between February 22-24th, 2019.
           Operators mentioned are Rafael/KP4RV, Jose/KP4VP, Rafael/KP3LR,
           Felix/KP4RD, and possibly others. QSL via LoTW or ClubLog.
  PLEASE NOTE: Since the Webmasters of the new <> have
  decided NOT to post or dedicate a Web page to announce upcoming IOTA
  operations, PLEASE send your IOTA operations information to the OPDX,
  and we will post it here in an upcoming bulletin……
KH0, MARIANA ISLANDS. YL Chie, 7L3PFH, will again be active as KH0TG
from Tinian Island (OC-086, USI NI002S, WLOTA 1333) between December
26th and January 1st, 2019. Activity will be on 160-20 meters using CW
and SSB. Chie states that she operates mainly 80/75m, sometimes 40/30/20m
KH7, HAWAII. Jim, N6TJ, will once again be active as KH7M (the Pu’u O’o
Radio Club callsign) from Volcano during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November
24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via KH6ZM (USA/
Canada) or to I0MWI (the rest of the world).
NP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS. Dan, K8RF, informs us he is now full-time as
NP2J from St. Croix and will be active in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November
24-25th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (160m) entry. He also adds, “Mainly
working 160 meters now, will have a 40 meter antenna working soon that
can be used with antenna tuner to get on 30 and 17 Meters. Planning on
putting up Tribander for higher bands by end of year. Will be on 160
meters for most DX contests this year, but may do all band effort for
ARRL contests. I work 90% CW, 10% SSB and 0% Digital. Was very active
on Six meters CW earlier this year with a six element Yagi, conditions
were excellent but CW activity diminished to almost nothing by the end
of the season. Very Sad. I see Digital modes as the death of Ham Radio,
it certainly killed Six meter CW/SSB activity, I see the same trend on
160 meters to a lessor extent. Thanks to all those that brave the QRN on
160 to call me during the contests! QSL via LoTW or direct: Dan Flaig,
PO Box 25941, Christiansted, VI 00824-194.”
OH0, ALAND ISLAND. Tomi, OH6EI, will be active as OH0Z during the CQWW
DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power
entry. QSL via W0MM.
OX, GREENLAND. Bo, OZ1DJJ, will once again be active as OX3LX, but this
time from Tasiilaq Island (NA-151, WW Loc. HP15EO) between November 21st
and December 4th. Activity will be on various HF bands (Focus on 160/80/
60m), but limited to his spare time when not working (He states, “Best
chance is in the morning around lunch and after dinner [local time utc+2],
on the weekend also during night/morning”). QSL via OZ0J direct (see Logs get uploaded to LoTW, ClubLog and sometimes eQSL. For
more details and updates, see:
P2, PAPUA NEW GUINEA. Roly, ZL1BQD, will once again be active as P29RR
from Wewak between November 20th and December 4th. Activity will probably
be mainly on 40/20 meters using CW and the Digital modes (FT8, JT65, JT9).
He also plans to be in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th). QSL via
his home callsign direct, LOTW or eQSL.
P4, ARUBA. Andy, AE6Y, will once again be active as P49Y from Aruba
(SA-036) during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/
Single-Band (40m) entry. QSL via AE6Y or LoTW.
PJ2, CURACAO. John, G4IRN, a member of the PJ2T team for the CQWW DX CW
Contest, reports that he will be active this week as PJ2/G4IRN. He uploads
regularly to LoTW and will also QSL via the Bureau or direct. His preferred
method for receiving your request is ClubLog’s OQRS. Visit his Web page at:
PJ7, SINT MAARTEN. Oleh, UR5BCP/KD7WPJ, will be active as PJ7/UR5BCP from
Sint Maarten (NA-105) between now and November 21st. Activity will be
mainly on 20/15 meters using mostly CW and FT8, with 100 watts and wire
antennas. QSL via KD7WPJ.
PJ7, SINT MAARTEN. Tom, AA9A, is once again active as PJ7AA from Simpson
Bay, Sint Maarten (NA-105), until December 8th. Activity will be on 80-10
meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and the Digital modes. He hopes to be in the
CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th). Operations will be with 100 watts
with a K3 and Buddi-pole. QSL via AA9A or LoTW. NO Bureau QSLs.
 Nov/18th AN      Nov/22nd  AN     Nov/24th  AN
 Nov/20th AN      Nov/23rd  AN     Nov/25th  AN
 Nov/21st AN
    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
    is still down. Nothing to report.
    Meanwhile, check out the following Web sites:
     * VOACAP predication Web page at:
     * DX.QSL.NET Propagation page:
     * A daily HF radio wave propagation forecast can be found at:
     * SolarHam Web page:
     * Radio Propagation/Space Weather/Sunspot Cycle Information at:
     * Also on Twitter:
PY, BRAZIL. Chris, N4CAG, will be active as PY4/N4CAG in Belo Horizonte,
Brazil, between December 2-15th.  Activity will be holiday style on
40/30/20/17 meters. Primarily, he will be using FT8 but may try some
SSB contacts. QSL cards can be sent to his home address.
once again be active from Fernando de Noronha (SA-003), but as PY0F
during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/
High-Power (Classic?) entry. Ville states, “Station still under construc-
tion. Yagis but no rotators so far.” QSL via PY7RP.
PZ, SURINAM. Yuri, VE3DZ, will be active as PZ5T from Surinam between
November 20-28th. Activity includes the CQWW DX CW Contest (November
24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. Outside of the contest,
look for him to be on CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via his home callsign.
  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX by Lothar, DL1SBF <> <November 18th>
  3Z100POL via SP6PZG & (L) EM85QZS via UT3QZ & (L)   OP18RCL via ON3AR & (L)
  5P2A via OZ1HX            EP6RRC via EP6RRC (O)  PA750RSD via PA750RSD (L/e)
  5Q5T via OZ1TMK & (L)     GX1FCW via GX1FCW (e)     SE4E via SM4DQE
  7S2G via SM2GSR           H2X via IZ4AMS (d/O)      SP305PAF via SP5KCR
  CS7/DO5JUB/P via DO5JUB   HG90FI via (HA-B) & (L) SX100WWI via SV2HTI & (L)
  DQ5M via DK6SP & (L)      HG90NS via (HA-B) & (L)   TU0PAX via TU2CI
  EG7ESA via EA7URF         OP0PPY via ON7LX          ZY6V via PY6HD (d/L)
  (e) eQSL only  (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (*-B) DX’s- Bureau
  (O) OQRS only  (C) ClubLog only  (L) LoTW only    (N) No QSL needed
  (I) No IRC     (P) PayPal        (NB) No Bureau
   — We would like to see more QSL Bureaus (AS/US/SA/AF.. etc)
  send in their info….
TO1, FRENCH GUYANA. Herve, F5HRY, will once again be active as TO1A but
this time during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-
Op/Single-Band (15m)/Low-Power/Assisted entry. QSL via his home callsign
or LoTW.
TT8, CHAD (Update). The Italian Dxpedition Team will be active from Chad
between February 22nd and March 7th, 2019. Callsigns will be TT8RR on
SSB/CW/RTTY and TT8XX on FT8 only. Operators mentioned are Alfeo/I1HJT,
Franco/I1FQH, Paolo/IW1ARB, Silvano/I2YSB, Vinicio/IK2CIO, Angelo/IK2CKR,
Marcello/IK2DIA, Stefano/IK2HKT and Mac/JA3USA. Art, IK7JWY, will be the
HF pilot station. Look for more details to be forthcoming and also watch:
V4, ST. KITTS. Divid, K1KA, will be active as V47KA from V47JA’s QTH in
Calypso Bay, St. Kitts, between February 11-25th. Activity will be focused
on FT8 (NOT Fox-Hound mode), on 160-10 meters using a vertical antenna,
and maybe 6m with a small yagi if conditions are OK. QSL via LoTW and
direct (see QRZ page).
V6, MICRONESIA (Reminder)…….
  * Shu, JA1FMN, will once again be active as V63PSK from Weno Island
    (in the Chuuk State; also known as Moen Island; OC-011) between
    November 19-25th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-15 meters
    using JT65, JT9, FT8 and PSK63. Watch primarily between 1700-0200z.
    QSL via JA1FMN, by the Bureau, direct, eQSL or ClubLog’s OQRS (on
    Nov. 26th).
  * Sho, JA7HMZ, will once again be active as V63DX from Pohnpei Island
    (OC-010) between November 19-26th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters,
    all modes and including the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as
    a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry signing V6A. He will be looking
    for European stations on 160m before and after the contest. QSL via
    his home callsign direct or LoTW. No Bureau QSLs.
from British Virgin Islands (NA-023) between November 17-23rd. Activity
will be on various HF bands. QSL via JA1HGY or ClubLog’s OQRS.
W0AIH (SK) TRIBUTE. Tom, K8CX, Webmaster of the Ham Gallery Web page
has put together a special tribute page for well-known contester/antenna
farmer Reverend Paul Bittner, W0AIH, of Fall Creek, Wisconsin at:
ADDED NOTE: “Effort Under Way to Fund W0AIH Memorial Scholarship”. See
the ARRL Web page at:
XU7, CAMBODIA. Steff, HB9FXL, will once again be active as XU7AKB from
various locations in Cambodia between November 22nd and December 14th.
Activity will be on 40/20/17/15/12/10 meters using SSB. The equipment
will include a Elecraft KX2 and KX3 with PA100, and a Yaesu FT857D with
10 watts and 100 watts  into an Aerial-51, Vertical HyEndfed (10/20/40m),
and portable Hexbeam (by QSL via HB9FXL, by the USKA
QSL Bureau or direct. Logs will be posted to ClubLog and LoTW.
XV, VIETNAM (Reminder). Mats, RM2D (SM6LRR), will once again be active
as XV2D from Phan Tiet between November 19th and December 2nd. Activity
will be holiday style, but he will make a serious effort for the CQWW DX
CW Contest (November 24-25th), but will sign as XV9D. Entry category will
be defined later [possibly Single-Band or All-Band]. Activity before and
after the contest will be mainly on CW, SSB, and possibly some Digital
modes, on 40-10 meters including the 30/17/12m bands, and possibly 80
meters as well. QSL both callsigns via LoTW or direct to SM6LRR. NO
Bureau QSLs.
ZR2, SOUTH AFRICA (Update/Correction). Uli, DM5EE, will be active as ZR2A
from Port Elizabeth during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as
a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via LoTW. Uli informs OPDX,
“Please note that I will rarely be QRV outside of contests, so no activity
is currently planned outside of CQWW. I did not bring any radio equipment
to South Africa and so, I am relying on local hams to give me an opportunity
to operate. I am grateful to Andrew, ZS2PA, who is allowing me to use his
station for the upcoming CQWW DX Contest where I have access to a 3 element
Tribander, a dipole for 40m and a low G5RV on 80m.”
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