Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin #1375

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    Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1375

    The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
    DX Bulletin No. 1375
    BID: $OPDX.1375
    August 6, 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, N2OO, W2VU, K3IRV, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX,
    K4UEE, K5GS, W5AJ, K8GI, K8YC, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m DX News, KU9C, 9W2JMW,
    CO2AME, DL1SBF, DL7UXG & The DX News Letter, DxCoffee.com, DXNews.com,
    DX-World.Net, E73Y, ES1CW, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, I1JQJ/IK1ADH
    & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, LU4AA, ON5NT, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX
    News, Sixitalia Weekly, TA2RX, VA3RJ & ICPO and VE6CMV/VO2VC for the
    following DX information.

    DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
    week of Sunday, 29th/July, through Sunday, 5th/August there were 211
    countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L,
    4O, 4S, 4W, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5Z, 6W, 7P, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G,
    9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2,
    C3, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA,
    EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, EU, EY, EZ, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FP,
    FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HH, HI, HK,
    HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J3, J6, J7, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, K,
    KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH9, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH,
    OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ7, PY, PY0F, R1FJ, S0,
    S5, S7, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL,
    TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK0M, VP2E,
    VP2M, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XX9, XZ, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS,
    YU, YV, Z2, 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".

    3W9, VIETNAM. Jacek, SP5APW, will be active as 3W9JK/P from Cham Island
    (AS-162) between September 15-22nd, and as 3W9JK from Ho An City in the
    Quang Nam Province between September 22-27th. Activity will be on 20-6
    meters using SSB. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or
    ClubLog's OQRS.

    5E, MOROCCO. Operators Jose/EA1ACP, Gen/EA5EL, Francisco/EA7FTR and David/
    EB7DX will be active with the special callsign 5E5A during four different
    periods. Activity is a "National Celebrations in Morocco". The first period
    has past (July 28-31st), but the next three are August 14-15th, August
    19-21st and August 30th-September 3rd. Operations will be on CW, SSB and
    FT8. QSL via EA7FTR.

    9M61, MALAYSIA. Look for the special event callsigns with the prefix
    "9M61" to be active (as of August 1st) through September 1st. Activity
    is to celebrate the 61st anniversary of the independence of Malaysia,
    and to promote Malaysia's amateur radio enthusiasts in the country. The
    callsigns to look for are:
    9M61MA - Perak 9M61MN - Negeri Sembilan
    9M61MB - Selangor 9M61MP - Penang
    9M61MC - Pahang 9M61MQ - Sarawak
    9M61MD - Kelantan 9M61MR - Perlis
    9M61MJ - Johor 9M61MS - Sabah
    9M61MK - Kedah 9M61MT - Terengganu
    9M61MM - Melaka 9M61MW - Kuala Lumpur
    QSL via the operator's instructions. There are four different certifi-
    cates available from the Malaysian DX and Contest Group's (9MDXC). Details
    can be found on their Web site at: http://www.9mdxc.com/cq9m

    9Y4, TRINDADE AND TOBAGO. Chris, 9Y4D (ex-9Y4NZ), will be active during
    the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band
    (15m)/High-Power entry. QSL via 9Y4D (see QRZ.com), LoTW or eQSL.

    B0, CHINA. Operators Lide/BI8CKU and Rui-Li/BI8JDW will be active as
    B0/BI8CKU from Lhasa, Tibet, China, between August 6-14th. Activity will
    be on 40 and 20 meters FT8 only. QSL via EA5GL or BI8CKU direct. Also
    QSL via ClubLog's OQRS.

    CQ NEWS (Amateur Radio Newsline Press Release, dated August 1st). Rich
    Moseson, W2VU, from CQ Magazine, sent out the following: Bryant Rascoll,
    KG5HVO, is 2018 Newsline Young Ham of the Year -- Bryant Rascoll, KG5HVO,
    of Montgomery, Alabama, has been selected as the 2018 Bill Pasternak
    WA6ITF Memorial Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year. Read the
    whole press release at: https://www.arnewsline.org/yhoty
    Also read: http://www.arrl.org/news/view/bryant-rascoll-kg5hvo-is-2018-newsline-young-ham-of-the-year
    Picture of KG5HVO:
    https://static1.squarespace.com/sta...03352f53e9f5a6680c/1532718327161/?format=500w

    E7, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA. Boris, E73Y, informs OPDX that on July 26th,
    2018, the Bosnia and Herzegovina Communications Regulatory Agency (see
    <https://www.rak.ba>) published Rule 86/2018 which allows Amateur Radio
    operations on portions of 60m and 4m bands. On 60m, E7 HAM's will use
    frequencies 5351.5-5366.5 kHz and 68.0-74.5MHz on 4m.

    EA8, CANARY ISLANDS. Bob, GU4YOX, will be active as EA8/GU4YOX from
    Fuerteventura Island (AF-004) during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November
    24-25th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m)/Low-Power entry. QSL via GU4YOX,
    direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.

    INDEXA 2018 SUMMER NEWSLETTER. John Scott, K8YC, INDEXA V.P. and Editor,
    reports that "the following URL link will allow you to read and/or down-
    load the Summer 2018 Issue of the INDEXA newsletter (#122). It reports
    on the DXpedition to Rotuma (3D2EU) earlier this year. Also in this issue
    President Bob Schenck, N2OO, provides some of his experiences using FT8
    in these times when our Sun's solar activity is quite low. I also call
    your attention to the INDEXA MEMBERSHIP AMBASSADOR PROGRAM outlined by
    Bob on Page 8." The newsletter can be found at:
    http://indexa.org/documents/newsletters/Newsletter-Issue-122-Summer 2018.pdf

    IOTA NEWS..............
    AS-065. (Update) Operators Victor/UA3AKO, Yuri/UA0KBG and Aleksandr/
    RA3AV will be active as RT65KI from Chukotka, Idlidlya Island
    (RDA: CK-08, RRA: RR-11-06, RLHA: RLA-035, WLOTA: LH-2266),
    Asiatic Russia, in the Chukchi Sea Coast East Group between
    August 19-25th. There has been no activity from this IOTA
    group in the last 26 years. Activity will be on 40/30/20/15/10
    meters using CW and SSB, with an Elecraft K3 and Yaesu FT-897
    transceivers and amplifiers. QSL via UA3AKO (OQRS, direct or by
    the Bureau). Activity is to commemorate the 25th anniversary
    of Russian Robinson Club (RRC).

    EU-052. Operators Alberto/I2KBD and Paolo/IZ2AMW are now active as
    SV8/I2KBD and SV8/IZ2AMW, respectively, from Kefallonia Island
    until August 10th. Activity will be on CW, SSB and FT8 using
    an Elecraft KX-3 and Alexloop antenna. QSL via their home
    callsign or LoTW.

    EU-064. Press Release (Challenge TM64YL – 2018 -- Noirmoutier Island
    – 25th August to 31st August 2018) -- Overview: Purpose of the
    challenge is to encourage all Ham operators worldwide to contact
    regularly TM64YL (each calendar day), on all bands and modes
    activated by TM64YL team during TM64YL expedition at Noirmoutier
    Island between August 25-31st, 2018. Ranking of the stations
    having made greatest number of QSO with TM64YL will be published
    by TM64YL team after the expedition.
    * Date & Period: The TM64YL challenge is organized during
    presence of TM64YL team on the Noirmoutier Island Island.
    It will start at on Saturday 25th August 2018 18h00 UTC until
    Friday 31st August 12h00 UTC.
    * Ranking: Each daily QSO (mode and band) completed with TM64YL
    (dupe excluded) credit one point to the station contacted
    (callsign).
    * Results: A list of Top 10 stations with largest number of
    valid contacts will be published on the TM64YL site.
    * Awards: A special certificate will be awarded to top three
    scoring stations. This certificate Challenge TM64YL will be
    signed by all TM64YL operators (16 YLs) and it will be either
    handed at HAMEXPO 2018 au Mans by Christine, F4GDI, President
    of TM64YL, or mailed to recipients.
    * Reporting: There is no need for participants to send log to
    TM64YL team, the ranking will be established from the TM64YL
    log. Ranking published will be final and non-disputable.

    EU-067. Petr, OK1FFU, is now active as SV8/OK1FFU from Naxos Island,
    Greece, until August 10th. Activity is holiday style on 40-10
    meters using CW and SSB, with 100 watts into a vertical dipole
    and Inv. V. QSL via OM2FY.

    SA-055. The Radio Club Argentino (RCA), IARU National MS, announces
    that it will be active as LR5D from Martín García Island (ILLW
    AR-0022). Operation is scheduled between August 16-20th,
    including the International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend (ILLW).
    Operators mentioned are Juan Ignacio/LU8ARI, Fernando/LU1ARG,
    Carlos/LU1BCE, Diego/LU2CDE, Juan Manuel/LU4CJM, Claudio/LW3DN
    and Gonzalo/LU3BGG. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW,
    SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via QRZ.com.

    PLEASE NOTE: Since the Webmasters of the new <www.iota-world.org> 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......

    KL7, ALASKA (Bird Roving Trip To AK BP64). NODXA member Bob, K8BL, is now
    in Alaska on a "Bucket Trip" which started on August 2nd to Fairbanks
    until August 8th. Bob wrote, "I'll be taking my regular Rover Gear -
    IC820H & Arrow w/tripod. I plan to activate BP64 and a couple nearby
    Grids - holiday style. That means I'll pop up on various Satellites
    with no strict schedule other than a Twitter Message with a few hours
    notice. I log as K8BL/KL7 and will upload to LoTW upon my return."

    LIGHTHOUSE ACTIVITY AND NEWS........
    * Members of the Old Barney ARC were expected to operate as W2T from
    the Tucker’s Island Lighthouse (USA-911) <https://www.us-lighthouses.com/tuckerton-seaport-lighthouse>
    in the Tuckerton Seaport <http://www.tuckertonseaport.org/> in New
    Jersey on August 4th in honor of US NLLW Weekend <http://arlhs.com/events/national-lighthouse-lightship-week-nllw/>.
    This Lighthouse is a replica of the original which fell into the sea
    during a storm in 1927. It currently features a museum and is the
    focal point of the Tuckerton Seaport. Since this is not on an island,
    it does not count for IOTA or USI. Operation is planned mainly on
    40 and 20 SSB with some CW and FT8 from about 1300 – 2100 UTC. QSL
    W2T via N2OO.

    * The Old Barney ARC will be operating as N2OB from the Barnegat
    Lighthouse (USA-039) <https://www.us-lighthouses.com/barnegat-lighthouse>
    in Barnegat Light, NJ (Long Beach Island IOTA NA-111 & USI NJ-001-S,
    WWFF KFF-1609) on August 18th in honor of ILLW <https://illw.net/>.
    Operation is planned mainly on 40 and 20 SSB with some CW and FT8
    from about 1300 – 2100 UTC. QSL via N2OB.

    * The TCSWAT and GITRAD (Giresun Amateur Radio Society) activated, once
    again, Yoroz Lighthouse with the special callsign TC7YLH this past
    weekend (August 4-5th). Activity was on SSB, CW and possibly digital
    (FT8). However, there will not be any paper QSLs this time and all
    QSL activity will be via LoTW and eQSL. QSL Manager is TA1HZ, as
    usual. <http://www.tcswat.org/>

    * Just a reminder that the 21st annual International Lighthouse/Lightship
    Weekend (ILLW) will take place this month between August 18-19th. For
    complete details, rules and a listing of announced participating
    stations, go to: https://illw.net

    OX, GREENLAND. Brandon, W0GPR, will be active as OX/W0GPR from Jakobshavn,
    Western Greenland, between August 9-27th. Activity will be on 40-6 meters
    using a KX3. Brandon states that his activity will be during the evenings
    "when time allows (he is there studying glacial geology in Greenland";
    possible 4 grids GP48,49,58,59 depending on various camp locations". QSL
    via LoTW or direct to W0GPR.

    OX, GREENLAND. Bo, OZ1DJJ, will once again be active as OX3LX, this time
    from Uummannaq Island (NA-134, WW Loc. GQ30WQ), Northwest Greenland,
    between August 15-29th. Activity will be on various HF bands, 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 QRZ.com). Logs get
    uploaded to LoTW, ClubLog and sometimes eQSL. For more details and updates,
    see: http://geronne.dk/index.php/ox3lx/ox3lx-dxped

    PJ2, CURACAO. Charles, NK8O, will be active as PJ2/NK8O from Curacao
    (SA-099) between August 27th and September 2nd. Activity will be holiday
    style, QRP only, and probably on 20/17/15/12/10 meters during the day-
    light hours. QSL via LoTW (preferred). NO Bureau.

    PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (August 6-12th).......
    Aug/06th AN Aug/09th AN Aug/11th AN
    Aug/07th AN Aug/10th AN Aug/12th AN
    Aug/08th AN

    SOLAR REFERENCE KEYS/INDEXES AND GEOMAGNETIC REFERENCE
    ======================================================
    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

    REALTIME BAND CONDITIONS WEB SITE <http://www.bandconditions.com>:
    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:
    http://www.voacap.com/hf/
    A daily HF radio wave propagation forecast can be found at:
    https://www.facebook.com/thomasfranklingiellaw4hm
    Also on Twitter: https://twitter.com/@GiellaW4hm

    QSL INFO AND NEWS...................
    QSL-INFO from DB0SDX by Lothar, DL1SBF <www.qslinfo.eu>
    [July 29th and August 5th]
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    3B8/OK2ZI via OK2ZI & (L) G4R via G4POF (d/e) MX0SCG/P via G1LAT
    3W1T via XV1X (d) G7Y via M0ZDZ N8M via N8OZV
    5E5A via EA7FTR G9Y via G9Y (L) OE/DJ1AA/M via DJ1AA
    5E5PG via EA7FTR GB1PF via (G-B/e) OE100EGN via OE5EGN
    5E5R via CN8YZ GB4SAS via G7MFN OE100XHQ via OE3XHQ
    5P1KZX via OZ1KZX & (L) GX3WIM via G4WYJ OE100YXK via OE8YXK
    5P5CW via DL5SE HB0/DK6DD via 9A6NDD ON/DL8ECA/M via DL8ECA
    5P5X via DD5ZZ B0/IU2DQH via IU2DQH (L/e) OP18A via ON7LU
    9A/DL3NCI via DL3NCI HG60KCI via HA8KCI OT7X via ON7XT
    9A/OM8AA via OM8AA HI8PLE via HI8PLE (L/e) OV1RR via OZ1HHH
    9A25RRC via RZ3EC IF9A via IT9ATF OZ/DJ2BC via DJ2BC
    9A50P via 9A1CBK (B) II3WW via IQ3BM OZ/DJ2OS/P via DJ2OS
    9A8DV via IK6VXO II3Y via IV3OSC OZ/DL2JRM via DL2JRM
    9A8TQF via HB9TQF (B) IN3EQD/IA5 via IN3EQD OZ/PH0NO/P via PH0NO & (L)
    9H4G via M0OXO (O/L) IO9Z via IT9DSZ & (L) PA/ON4IBM via ON4IBM
    9H6A via 9H1BT (d) IP1/IZ1JOE via IZ1JOE PA6IOT via ON3UN
    9H6YB via G3SWH IQ2DN via IK2AHB PI4ECC via PA0MBD & (L)
    BV0WPX via BV2KI IS0/OH6MMC via OH6MMC* PS1S via M0OXO (O)
    BW9W via BV2KI IT9/IZ2WFL via IZ2WFL S01WS via EA2JG (O)
    CR2S via CU2ARA (d) IT9CHU via IT9CHU (L/d) SD1A via SM1TDE
    CR3DX via OM2VL J49A via SV9GPV (L) SM7/DF4ZL via DF4ZL
    CT9ABN via OM2VL K3Y via WX4TV or (L) SP304PAF via SP5KCR
    CT9ABO via OM3GI (d/L) KL7SB/VP9 via NI5DX SV5/OM6NM via OM2FY
    DQ800HRO via DL5KVV LA/UA1OIW via UA1OIW SV6/SV2CNE/P via SV2CNE
    DU6/PE1NSQ via DU6/PE1NSQ (L/e) LA7/DH0JAE via DH0JAE TA/OZ1MHP via OZ1MHP
    EA5/F5TDK via F5TDK LC5C via LA6KOA TF/G0MFR via G0MFR
    ED1K via EA1NK LY/DG5KCB via DG5KCB TM5SE via F4KJP
    EH2DLG via EB2FAC LZ0I via LZ1BJ VA7DXM/4X via VA7DXM
    EM20E via EM20E (e) LZ1146SPS via LZ1KCP YO14IPA via YO3AS
    EU8F via EW8OF M2W via (G-B) YR100R via (YO-B)
    FG8OJ via F4AVX & (L) MD7C via M0OXO (O/L) ZF1EJ via K6AM
    G4F via G4AFJ MM3N via GM4SID

    (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 (*) no QSL please

    LOGS ONLINE AT CLUBLOG.ORG THIS WEEK......
    https://clublog.org/logsearch/3B8/OK2ZI
    https://clublog.org/logsearch/KD6WW/VY0
    https://clublog.org/logsearch/K9AJ/VY0
    https://clublog.org/logsearch/OJ0C
    https://clublog.org/logsearch/PW7I

    QSLS RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 4L1MA, A91YOZ, AH2R, BX2AFO, HL4CJG, JA1NLX,
    JF1LMB, JH1DSF, JP3NVU, KD6WW/VY0 (NA-207), KH9/N7NVK, RV3YR, VE2DLC,
    VK0AI and ZL3GQ

    QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3B7A, 3C0W, FT5WE (1996) and V5/DK1CE

    QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: NONE REPORTED THIS WEEK!

    SILENT KEYS (SK).......
    * Reg, VE7IG, became a Silent Key (SK) on the July 24th, after only
    a few days of being seriously ill. Reg was a very well-known DXer,
    Antarctic Hunter and IOTA chaser, island activator and former IOTA
    card checker. Reg was 80 years old. OPDX and its readers would like
    to send out our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of VE7IG.

    * Lola, N4KAI, wife of Wayne, W4MPY (QSLMAN), and part of the printing
    team passed away a few weeks ago.

    SX10, GREECE (Special Event). Members of the Thessaloniki's Amateur Group
    (TARG) will be active as SX10HF between August 25th and September 8th.
    Activity is to celebrate the tenth consecutive year the TARG has hosted
    the Thessaloniki HAM-FEST which is on September 9th. They will also use
    this callsign to take part in the Field Day contest during the first
    weekend of September. For more details, see:
    http://www.targ.gr/νέα-ανακοινώσεις/329-ηαμ-fest-9-σεπ-2018-special-call-sx10hf.html

    T42, CUBA. Operators Alexei/CO2XK, Lazaro/CO2WL, Amed/CO2AME and possibly
    others will be active as T42W between October 25-29th. Activity will
    include the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) and some FT8 operations.

    TX5, AUSTRAL ISLANDS (Update/Low Band enthusiasts.....). Bob, K4UEE,
    sent out the following: The 5 man team going to TX5T, Raivavae Island
    in the Austral group are pleased to announce that they will be QRV on
    all bands 160m thru 10m. (no permit for 60M). We should arrive August
    13th and depart the 22nd.
    The decision has been made to use 18m Spider poles to support a 160m
    Tee and an 1/4 vertical on 80m. Power output will be limited to 500w.
    There are plans for receive antennas as well.
    On TopBand, our frequency allotment begins at 1830 KHz, so look for
    us just above that and likely listening up most of the time, but down
    for our friends in JA. We also expect to be QRV on FT8 around 1838-1840.
    Check out our website for additional information:
    http://www.australs2018.com/
    73, The 2018 TX5T team
    (W5MJ, W5RF, W5SJ, K5PI AND K4UEE)

    V2, ANTIGUA (Reminder). Philippe, EA4NF, will be active as V26NF from
    Antigua (NA-100) between August 12-19th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters.
    QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

    VO2, CANADA (Zone 2). Chris, VE6CMV, will be active as VO2VC from CQ
    Zone 2, Labrador (LB), during the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 28-29th)
    as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m)/Low-Power entry. He will be using a
    Delta Loop antenna with 100w. Outside of the contest, Chris will be
    active (between September 27th and October 4th) on 80-6 meters using
    SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL to his home callsign VE6CMV as per QRZ.com

    VP6D DUCIE ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS (Press Release #7, dated August 5th):
    VP6D Ducie Island 2018 DX-pedition (OC-182) -- We are honored to have
    received a grant from the ARRL's Colvin Award Committee. The Colvin Award
    is funded by an endowment established by Lloyd D. Colvin, W6KG (SK). More
    information can be found at: http://www.arrl.org/colvin-award-grants
    We appreciate the ARRL's confidence in, and support of, VP6D.
    We're pleased to announce that Rob Fanfant, N7QT, has joined the VP6D
    team. Rob is a DX-pedition veteran whose most recent project was VK9MA
    Mellish Reef in 2017. Previous projects include: VK9WA Willis Island,
    Manihiki E51MQT, Montserrat VP2MQT, Austral Islands (TX5Z), Christmas
    Island, Australia(VK9AN), San Andres (5J0X , HK0/N7QT), Sint Maarten
    (PJ7/N7QT), Saba (PJ6/N7QT), Austral Islands TX5D), Saint Lucia (J6/N7QT),
    and Saint Lucia (J6/N7QT). We think you will agree that Rob is well
    qualified for the project and we are happy to add him to the team.
    As we march towards our departure date of October 16th the project is
    on schedule. A VP6D working group is currently in Northern California
    preparing the equipment for shipment to Braveheart in New Zealand. On
    August 3rd, we had the pleasure of meeting Eric Swartz, WA6HHQ, at the
    Elecraft factory where we were introduced to the Elecraft team and toured
    the factory. We then accepted 8 complete K3s stations for use at VP6D.
    Thanks to Elecraft and all our corporate sponsors for their ongoing
    support.
    Today we are continuing the tasks of integrating the radios, computers,
    software, configuring the network and preparing the shipping cases. We
    plan an end to end test, from the keyboard to the BGAN to the log server
    in the cloud. We expect to have the equipment ready for the customs broker
    by Weds, Aug 7th.
    Thanks for your continued interest and support of VP6D.
    73, Team Ducie – 2018
    Website: vp6d.com, Twitter and Facebook
    Please direct questions to: info@vp6d.com

    YB73, INDONESIA (Special Event). Members of the Organisasi Amatir Radio
    Indonesia will activate the following callsigns from 10 different call
    areas between August 10-17th. Activity is to celebrate the 73rd anniversary
    of the Republic of Indonesia, and the 18th Asian Games Jakarta Palembang
    2018. Activity will be on all HF bands, including the WARC bands, using
    CW, SSB and the Digital modes (RTTY, PSK31, JT65, FT8). Three special
    awards will be available (Gold, Silver, Bronze) [see QRZ.com for details].
    Also watch <https://yb73ri.orari.or.id> for more details. The stations
    will be active:
    YB73RI/0 : Jakarta Special District
    YB73RI/1 : West Java and Banten
    YB73RI/2 : Central Java and Special District of Yogjakarta
    YB73RI/3 : East Java
    YB73RI/4 : South Sumatera, Lampung, Jambi, Bengkulu and Bangka Belitung
    YB73RI/5 : Riau, Riau Islands and West Sumatera
    YB73RI/6 : North Sumatera and Special District of Aceh
    YB73RI/7 : West Kalimantan, South Kalimantan, East Kalimantan, Central
    Kalimantan
    YB73RI/8 : South Sulawesi, South East Sulawesi, West Sulawesi, Central
    Sulawesi, North Sulawesi, Gorontalo, Maluku and North Maluku
    YB73RI/9 : Bali, Nusa Tenggara Barat, Nusa Tenggara Timur and Papua

    Z23MD ZIMBABWE DXPEDITION NEWS (2018 The New Adventure For the Mediter-
    raneo DX Club). [Update] The MDXC reports on July 26th that their team
    of operators is complete for their Z23MD operation between October 26th
    and November 6th (see Ohio/Penn DX Special Bulletin #1364.2). The list
    of operators are Ant/IZ8CCW (Leader), Gabriele/I2VGW (Co-leader), Marco/
    IZ2GNQ, Michel/F5EOT, François/ON4LO, Gabi/YO8WW, Eric/ON7RN, Henri/F1HRE,
    Dario/IZ4UEZ, Andrea/IK5BOH, Feri/YO5OED, Steve/MW0ZZK, Alex/YO8SS,
    Karl/OE3JAG, Adrian/KO8SCA, Sarath/VU3RSB, Wlodek/SP6EQZ, Axel/DL6KVA,
    Les/SP3DOI and Gerd/DJ5IW. The official Web site, by the way, is already
    online at: http://www.mdxc.org/z23md

    Z6, KOSOVO. Tev, TA1HZ, will be active as Z68HZ between August 17-27th.
    QSL via TA1HZ or preferably via LoTW. Look for more details to be forth-
    coming.

    ZA, ALBANIA. Members of the OE6V Khuenegg Contest team/station (operators
    Werner/OE6FNG, XYL Linde, Franz/OE6WIG, XYL Maria/OE6YWD, Albin/OE6KAE,
    Drago/S59A, Franz/OE6TQG, Jürgen/OE6JUE, Christian/OE6VCG), and along
    with members of the National Association of AlbanianccRadioamators and
    the Radio Club Shkodra (ZA5A) [operators Florian/ZA5G, Andi/ZA5D, Gjovalin/
    ZA5B, Edi/ZA5E, Nino/ZA5N and Helidon/ZA5H] will be active as ZA5V from
    Lake Shkodra Resort (JN92RD) between October 1-8th. Activity will be on
    80-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. They will also operate
    on 6 and 2 meters EME. QSL via OE6FNG (only paper QSL).

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