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    Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1371

    The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
    DX Bulletin No. 1371
    BID: $OPDX.1371
    July 9, 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, KC1CWF, N1DG, NJ1Q & W1AW, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX,
    WB6RSE, K8GI, K8YSE, N8KQS, W8GEX & 60m DX News, WB8YJF, KU9C, DL1SBF,
    EB7AEY, DL7UXG & The DX News Letter,,, DX-World.Net,
    ES1CW, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News,
    I2MQP & DX Italia News, IK7JWY, 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, 1st/July, through Sunday, 8th/July there were 211 countries
    active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S,
    4W, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7X, 8Q, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K,
    9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, CE, CE0Y,
    CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D6, DL, DU, E4, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6,
    EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, F, FG, 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, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0,
    KH1, KH6, KH8, KH9, 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, R1FJ, S0,
    S5, S9, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T2, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL,
    TN, TR, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK,
    VK0M, VP2E, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VR, VU, XE, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YU, YV,
    Z3, Z6, 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".

    3Y0I BOUVET ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS. The following was posted July 5th,
    on the 3Y0I Web page <>: WHEN NO NEWS MEANS GOOD
    NEWS -- We're in touch with DX Foundations we have applied to (eg. NCDXF,
    Indexa). We have received a big number of questions out of their application
    forms we had to answer to in details. We understand all of that, of course.
    The most recent project didn't succeed and they're simply cautious. Never-
    theless, this all takes a lot of critical timing to our project and we
    start to have an impression, we're not welcome there and whatever infor-
    mation we provide, our applications would be dropped, forcing us to reduce
    the number of participants. This is the bad news.
    The good news is that we are able to re-negotiate our vessel's contract
    to cut extra cost by 15k USD! We plan to run its inspection in person in
    Cape town in late July. We have also scheduled another cargo to RSA with
    a second part of our gear going to Bouvet Island. We also bear in mind
    security measures. Each participant of our expedition will land at the
    island while wearing a rescue drysuit to protect from cold and other
    unpleasant conditions. In addition, a professional CPR and first aid
    obligatory training will be provided to each of participant in prior of
    leaving Cape Town. We'll have a skilled paramedic on the board, too.
    Stay tuned for more news coming soon!
    The 3Y0I Team

    ADDED NOTE: On the "Rebel DX Group's" Web page, "one Rebel" member has
    posted their observation/opinion (long) about the "DXpedition Funding",
    and states the following, "The Ham Community at large has it ass back-
    wards and is being played." Read the post and leave your comments at:

    4W, TIMOR LESTE. Gordon, K7TRB, will be active as 4W6VA from Dili, Timor
    Leste (OC-148), until the middle of September 2018. Currently, Gordon
    states that he has a Hex Beam for 20, 17 and 6 meters which right now
    is in the testing HOG mode (Hex On Ground) until later in the week. QSL
    via his home callsign. He plans to add LoTW.

    9X, RWANDA (Update to OPDX.1365). Members of the Italian DX Team, who
    will be active as 9X0T between September 27th and October 10th, will
    use a second callsign, 9X0Y, on FT8 only in the DXpedition mode. Suggested
    frequencies are: 7056, 10131, 14090, 18095, 21091, 24911 and 28091 kHz.
    The team has prepared a brief, step-by-step manual for configuring the
    “Hound Mode” of the WSJT-X program which can be found on their Web page.
    QSL via I2YSB direct only. For more details and updates as well as a log
    search and an OQRS are available on:

    A2, BOTSWANA. Andre, NJ0F, will once again be active as A25A from Lotsane
    Lodge, Tuli Block, between July 13-20th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters
    using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL via NJ0F direct, ClubLog or LoTW. After
    Botswana he is expected to go to Malawi (probably will sign as 7Q7Z).

    D4, CAPE VERDE. Christian, M0UPL, will be active as D44EK from Sal Island
    (AF-086) between July 23rd and August 7th. Activity will be on various
    HF bands using SSB. QSL via his home callsign.

    DXCC'S MOST WANTED (ClubLog). The "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list has
    been updated on ClubLog as of July 4th. There was a slight change this
    month with KH1 moving down from 5 to 10. The list contain 340 entities
    and here are the top 10 entities:
    1. P5 DPRK (North Korea) 6. BV9P Pratas Island
    2. 3Y/B Bouvet Island 7. KH7K Kure Island
    3. FT5/W Crozet Island 8. KH3 Johnston Island
    4. BS7H Scarborough Reef 9. VK0M Macquarie Island
    5. CE0X San Felix Islands 10. KH1 Baker Howland Islands

    The complete "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list is available at:

    FY, FRENCH GUIANA. Manfred, DL5FAB, is planning to be active as FY/DL5FAB/P
    during the launch campaign of Metop-C from the "European Space Port" the
    Centre Spatial Guianese CSG, Kourou, French Guiana, until July 13th, and
    later in the year 4 weeks prior to the launch date which is as of today
    not confirmed yet... The Metop-C is one of the biggest earth observation
    and meteorological satellites ever built with 13 different instruments
    on-board. Activity will be on various HF bands using CW and FT8. He is
    also planning to operate from one of the Salute Islands (SA-020, Diable
    or Royale, Saint-Joseph Islands). QSL via DL5FAB, by the Bureau or eQSL.

    IOTA NEWS..............
    AF-064. A group of 6 operators from South Africa will once again
    activate Robben Island, in the Western Cape Province South
    West Group, as ZS9V during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 28-29th)
    and between August 17-20th (This is the weekend of ILLW).
    Operators mentioned are Paul/ZS1V, Jan/ZS1VDV, Andre/ZS1AN,
    Johan/ZS1A, Pierre/ZS6A and Oleg/ZS1ANF. Activity will be on
    80-10 meters using CW, SSB and possible the Digital modes.
    QSL via M0OXO or OQRS. For more details, see:

    AS-107. Members of the Thailand DX Association (HSDXA) will be active
    as E2X from Si Chang Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July
    28-29th) as a Multi-Single/Mixed-Mode/DXpediton/Low-Power entry.
    QSL via LoTW or E20GMY.

    EU-010. John, MM0JTV, will be active from Island of Barra during the
    RSGB IOTA Contest (July 28-29th) as a Single-Op/Low-Power
    entry. QSL via MM0JTV, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.

    EU-034. Members of the Kohila Radioclub will be active as ES3V from
    Vormsi Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 28-29th) as
    a Multi-Single entry. Operators mentioned are Sven/ES1TI,
    ES2UK, Aive/ES2YW, Villi/ES3VI, Viljar/ES3VL, Rao/ES4RAO
    and Kaisa/ES7AGY. QSL via ES3VI.

    EU-045. Giuseppe, IK5WWA, will be active as IB0P from Ponza Island
    between July 15-26th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters using
    SSB and FT8. QSL via his home callsign.

    EU-055. Operators Bjørn/LA6SFA, Morten/LA7XIA, Christian/LA8OM, Knut/
    LA9RY, Kjell/LA6ZP, Jan/LA6GKA, John/LB2GI and Odd Arne/LB3AI
    will be active as LA4C from Bokn Island during the RSGB IOTA
    Contest (July 28-29th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via LoTW
    or the Bureau.

    EU-093. Eugene, EA5EL (ex-EA5HPX), will be active from Tabarca Island
    between July 25-29th for the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 28-29th).
    QSL via EA5EL.

    EU-094. Gil, F4FET, will be active as F4FET/P from Moutons Island/
    Lighthouse (ILLW FR0024, ARLHS FRA043, DPLF PB003, WLOTA 0002,
    WFF FFF700 and DIFM AT009) during the ILLW (International
    Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend) <> [August
    18-19th]. He will be using a SUN SDR2Pro, SPE1 3KFA into a
    2 phased switchable GP 40m - GP 30m and a Vertical 20m dipole.
    Modes will be on SSB and RTTY. QSL via F4FET.

    EU-146. Gil, F4FET, will be active as PA/F4FET from Schouwen Duive-
    land Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 28-29th) as
    a Single-Op/SSB-Mode/24-Hrs/Unassisted/High-Power entry. His
    operations will be close to the sea using a SUN SDR2Pro,
    SPE1.3KFA, Honda Generator into dipoles for 80/40/20/15/10m.
    QSL via F4FET.

    EU-187. Operators Georgios/SV9DJO, George/SV9GPV, Thomas/SV2CLJ and
    Christo/LZ3FN will be active as J49A from Dia Island, Crete,
    during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 28-29th) as a Multi-Op
    entry. QSL via SV9GPV.

    NA-008. (Zone 2) Pierre/VE3KTB will once again active from the Eureka
    Weather station and the Eureka Amateur Radio Club [probably the
    most northerly located amateur radio club in the world] from
    Eureka, Nunavut (NA-008), as VY0ERC between July 8-21st. The
    suggested bands are 40 and 20 meters, as well as FM satellites,
    using SSB, the Digital modes and very slow CW. Activity will be
    limited to his spare time. QSL via M0OXO, OQRS or direct.

    NA-026. Ted, K2QMF, will be active from Long Island, NY, during the
    RSGB IOTA Contest (July 28-29th) as a Single-Op entry. QSL
    via K2QMF.

    NA-067. Jon, WB8YJF, will once again be active as WB8YJF/4 from Ocracoke
    Island (USI NC001S) between July 22-29th. Activity will be on
    80-10 meters using CW, SSB and possibly RTTY. He will also be
    in the RSGB IOTA Contest. Please QSL direct for a fast QSL or
    via the Bureau.

    NA-207. Operators Bruce/KD6WW and Mike/K9AJ will be active as KD6WW/VY0
    and K9AJ/VY0, repectively, from the rare IOTA Fafarad Island
    between July 19-23rd. Activity will be on 40-17 meters using
    mainly CW, with some SSB and possibly FT8, with two stations
    on the air. QSL via their home callsign, direct, by the Bureau
    or ClubLog's OQRS.

    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......

    K9, UNITED STATES (LH Op). Members of the "Green Bay Mike & Key Club"
    will be activating Lighthouses #334 and #339, in Green Bay, WI, other-
    wise known as the Grassy Island Range Lights on August 4th, between
    1400-1800z. Activity will be near 7270 and 14270 kHz signing as K9EAM.
    QSL to (w/SASE): Green Bay Mike & Key Club, 2937 Beth Drive, Green Bay,
    WI, or for an E-mail QSL send info to:

    * Don, N1DG, reported on July 5th, at 1200z, the KH1/KH7Z team is "now
    QRT. The last QSO was with JA2FJP on 80m FT8. We expect to be off
    island by 00:00 UTC 6 July for journey to Fiji. Our trip will take
    six days and cross the Dateline again. The team is very tired but
    proud of QSO totals of over 16,000 unique calls in the log, and
    successful deployment of new DXpedition Verizon of FT8 that showed
    over 6,000 unique calls in our log."

    * Then at 2300z, July 5th, the updated report states: The team is now
    underway, enroute to Fiji, with all expedition gear onboard and
    removed from Baker. Sailing time should be approx 6 days. We are
    posting a live map of the the NAI’A’s location at

    * QSL via K4TSJ for direct mail. Also, QSL via ClubLog's OQRS for
    PEDITION ENDS. LoTW upload for early individual donors will be
    about 10 days after the operation. For all others: Logs will be
    posted 3-6 months after the conclusion of the DXpedition.

    * As of 1158z, July 5th, ClubLog reports that there were 68537 QSOs,
    with 18097 Unique callsigns. Breakdown by modes: 32206/CW, 18859/SSB,
    926/RTTY and 16546/FT8. Breakdown by Continent: 93/AF, 28813/AS,
    11897/EU, 25085/NA, 2318/OC and 311/SA.

    KH9, WAKE ISLAND (Update). Philip, N7NVK, is expected to return this
    past weekend and be active as KH9/N7NVK again. His activity will pri-
    marily be on 40 and 20 meters, using Digital (FT8) and SSB. His activity
    is limited because of work, so watch around 0700-0900z Monday through
    Friday. The weekends, operating times will vary. He should be here for
    3 months.

    PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (July 9-15th).......
    Jul/09th AN Jul/12th AN Jul/14th AN
    Jul/10th AN Jul/13th AN Jul/15th HN
    Jul/11th 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

    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.

    Also, check out the VOACAP predication Web page at:
    A daily HF radio wave propagation forecast can be found at:
    Also on Twitter:

    QSL INFO AND NEWS...................
    QSL-INFO from DB0SDX by Lothar, DL1SBF <> [July 8th]
    CQ918FWC via CT1REP HG60KCI via HA8KCI PJ2/KB7Q via KB7Q (d/L)
    DL60SOP via DL3KWF IS0/DL2JJ/M via DL2JJ R1943KB via RW3WW
    EH3MG via EA3ZK IS0/DL8JJ/M via DL8JJ R25RRC via RZ3EC
    GB0GKB via G4HLN OM/DJ8QP via DJ8QP SN85LOT via SP1PMY
    GB13COL via G0VLF PA/DL6NAA via DL6NAA TA4/G4IJD via G4IJD
    HF100ZHP via SP5ZHH PF2018FRA via PA0MBD TK/F1NSR via F1NSR

    (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


    and XF2L (NA-221)


    V5/DK1CE and ZL/SM3TLG

    TF, ICELAND. Yuri, VE3DZ, will be active as TF/VE3DZ from Iceland between
    July 19-25th. Activity will probably be on 160-10 meters, including the
    30/17/12 meter bands and using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via VE3DZ.

    VK9N, NORFOLK ISLAND. Operators Everett "Ev"/W6ABM, Joseph/N7BF, Russ/
    N7QR and Peter/ZL2HM will be active as VK9EV, VK9BF, VK9QR, VK9PM, re-
    spectively, from Norfolk Island (OC-005) between October 10-19th. Activity
    will be on various HF bands and modes. They will be on Norfolk Island
    during the 244th anniversary and celebration of its discovery. QSL VK9BF
    via N7BF. QSL VK9EV via W6ABM, direct, by the Bureau (not the VK Bureau)
    and LoTW. QSL VK9QR via N7QR direct. QSL VK9PM via ZL2HM.

    VP9, BERMUDA. Steve, KU9C, will once again be active as KU9C/VP9 from Ed,
    VP9GE's, QTH between July 11-17th. During the IARU HF Championship he
    will operate as VP9HQ/RSB, the VP9 IARU Headquarters station. Outside of
    the contest look for activity on all HF bands (especially the 30/17/12m
    bands) as well as 6 meters, the SO-50/AO-85 FM satellites, and trying
    some FT8 along with enjoying the weather. QSL VP9HQ and the KU9C/VP9
    callsigns to his home callsign.

    ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS. Operators Mike/NA6MB (ZF2NA) and YL Gayle/K6GO (ZF2GO)
    will once again be active from Grand Cayman Island, near Bodden Town,
    between July 11-15th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters. They are expected
    to be active during the IARU HF World Championship Contest (July 14-15th)
    as ZF1A from the CARS HQ station. QSL ZF2GO and ZF2NA via K6GO. QSL ZF1A
    via K6AM.

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