Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin #1380

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    Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1380

    The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
    DX Bulletin No. 1380
    BID: $OPDX.1380
    September 10, 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, K5GS, K8GI,
    K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m DX News, W9ILY, DL1SBF, DL7UXG & The DX News Letter,
    DxCoffee.com, DXNews.com, DX-World.Net, ES1CW, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles
    DX, G4EDG, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, IT9YVO,
    M0OXO, ON5UR, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Sixitalia Weekly, VA3RJ & ICPO and
    VK6FLAB for the following DX information.

    DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
    week of Sunday, 2nd/September, through Sunday, 9th/September there were
    206 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3W, 4J,
    4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4U1U, 4W, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7X, 8P,
    9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9,
    AP, BV, BY, C3, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, DL, DU, E5/s,
    E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EZ, F, FG, FH,
    FK, FM, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI,
    HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J6, J7, J8, JA, JT, JW, JY, K,
    KG4, 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, PJ5, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, S0, S2,
    S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, SV, SV5, SV9, T32, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TY,
    TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK0M, VP6, VP8,
    VR, VU, XE, XX9, XZ, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z6, ZA,
    ZB, ZD7, 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".

    5W0 & YJ, SAMOA AND VANUATU (Update to OPDX.1361). Stan, LZ1GC, who will
    be active from these two different entities later in the year, posted the
    following on September 9th [edited]: I want to inform the radio amateur
    community, that after months of hard work - the preparation of 5W0GC and
    YJ0GC DXpedition 2018 is in the final phase! The antennas and the technical
    equipment (transceivers and amplifiers) have been tested and now are packed!
    We are ready!
    1. Stan, LZ1GC, will be travel from Bulgaria to the Pacific Ocean on
    September 26th. As planned, 5W0GC should be on the air around 12 GMT
    on September 28th.
    2. The meeting of YJ0GC team, consisting of Stan/LZ1GC, Lubo/OM5ZW and
    Karel/OK2WM will be on October 15th, at the Nadi Airport, Fiji
    Republic (3D2). The same day is our flight to Port Vila, Vanuatu.
    Due to the late arrival time in Vanuatu and the night's arrival,
    most likely YJ0GC should be on the air around 20 GMT, on October 15th.
    3. Important for LoTW users !!! -- 5W0GC and YJ0GC LoTW certificates
    have already been received! So that all our sponsors can receive
    LoTW confirmation of their contacts with 5W0GC and YJ0GC, immediately
    after of end of every of these activities!
    73! Stan, LZ1GC
    Just a reminder that their tentative schedule is as follows:
    September 28th-October 14th -- From Apia, Samoa (OC-097); callsign 5W0GC
    October 15th-November 4th -- From Port Vila, Efate Island (OC-035),
    Vanuatu; callsign YJ0GC
    Activity will be on 160-6 meters, with a focus on 160/80m, using CW, SSB
    and RTTY. QSL via LZ1GC, ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW. For more details and
    updates, see: http://www.c21gc.com

    7Z88/8Z88/HZ88, SAUDI ARABIA (Special Event). To celebrate Saudi Arabia's
    88th National Day, members of the Saudi Amateur Radio Society (SAR) will
    be active with the special callsigns HZ88ND, 7Z88ND and 8Z88ND from Riyadh
    (WW Locator LL34) between September 16-30th. The celebration marks the
    day (Sept. 23rd) the Kingdom unified under the royal decree issued by the
    late founding King Abdulaziz Al Saud in 1932. QSL via HZ1BF. Look for
    the logs to be uploaded to ClubLog and LoTW.

    8P, BARBADOS. Operators Sigi/DL7DF, Manfred/DK1BT (and YL Gerlinde),
    Wolf/DL4WK, Annette/DL6SAK, Reiner/DL7KL, Frank/DL7UFR and Jan/SP3CYY
    will be active as 8P9AE from Barbados (NA-021) between November 6-20th.
    Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes.
    They will have three stations on the air and their equipment will consist
    of a transceiver Elecraft K2, two transceivers Icom IC7300, two OX1000
    power amplifiers, one power amplifier, a vertical for 160-80m, a 40m
    loop, a 30m loop, a Spiderbeam for 20-10m, VDA antennas as well as a
    few laptop computers. QSL via DL7DF, direct, by the Bureau. Logs will
    be uploaded to LoTW within 6 months after their DXpedition. For more
    details and updates, see: http://www.dl7df.com/8p9

    AMATEUR RADIO PODCAST (Foundations of Amateur Radio). Onno, VK6FLAB, has
    put together some short (3-5 mins.) PODCASTs about different topics on
    "Amateur Radio". This is a good source for beginners.
    To listen to a podcast, visit the Web site at:
    http://podcasts.itmaze.com.au/foundations
    You can also use your podcast tool of choice and search for his callsign,
    VK6FLAB, or you can read the book, look for his callsign on your local
    Amazon store, or visit his author page: http://amazon.com/author/owh
    If you'd like to participate in discussion about the podcast or about
    amateur radio, you can visit the Facebook group:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/foundations.itmaze
    Feel free to get in touch directly via email: <onno@itmaze.com.au>,
    or follow on twitter: @VK6FLAB <http://twitter.com/vk6flab/>
    If you'd like to join the weekly net for new and returning amateurs,
    check out the details at <http://ftroop.vk6.net>, the net runs every
    week on Saturday, from 00:00 to 01:00 UTC on Echolink, IRLP, AllStar
    Link and 2m FM via various repeaters.

    FR, REUNION ISLAND. Stephan, DL9HAL, plans/hopes to be active as FR/DL9HAL
    from Reunion Island sometime during October 2018. He states, "No expedi-
    tion, only holiday-style. No schedule. QSL cards will be printed after-
    wards. PSE send the card only via my manager (M0OXO) or direct. NO other
    QSL - bureau for cards will never reach me. And be sure - QSL 100%"

    FR, REUNION ISLAND (Also Mayotte [FH]). Willi, DJ7RJ, reports that he
    will be active from Reunion Island (AF-016) for three weeks in October,
    and then one week in Mayotte. Callsigns were not mentioned (possibly
    special callsigns or FR/homecall and FH/homecall). His activity is to
    focus on the lower bands. No other details were provided.

    IOTA NEWS..............
    AF-111. (New IOTA). The DX-World.net reports that operators Eric/EL2EF,
    Col/MM0NDX and Jonathan/MM0OKG plan to be active from Telengbe
    Island (southern Liberia) as EL2EL/4 during early November 2018.
    This activity is dependent on weather and sea conditions. Look
    for a Web site with more info to be coming soon.

    AS-073. Members of the Kuala Lumpur DX Team will be active as 9M4IOTA
    from Redang Island, West Malaysia, between September 15-17th.
    Activity is usually on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and the
    Digital modes. QSL via 9M2OOO direct.

    EU-051. Members of IO9A Contest Team will be active as IE9A from
    Ustica Island between September 14-16th. The team will be
    made up of Antonello/IT9YVO, Antonio/IT9UFP, Emanuele/IW9GEC
    and Francesco/IZ7KHR. Planned activities with multiple operating
    stations will be on all HF and 6m bands on CW, SSB and the
    Digital modes (FT8 in 6m and RTTY on HF bands). QSL card
    request via IT9YVO, via direct with proper SASE and contri-
    bution. All QSO will be uploaded on LoTW after the DXpedition.
    For more details and updates, see:
    https://www.io9a.it/ie9a-ustica

    EU-052. Oliver, DK7TX, will be active as SV8/DK7TX from three of the
    IOTA group EU-052 (Islands of Paxoi, Vido and Kerkyra) between
    September 9-15th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-6 meters
    (mostly on 20/15/10m). QSL via his home callsign, by the
    Bureau or eQSL.

    EU-068. Fabien, F4GYM, will be active as F4GYM/P from Sein Island
    (DIFM AT007) between October 2-5th. Activity will be on 80-10
    meters using SSB and the Digital modes. On October 1st and
    5th, he will be operating from some FFF and from Audierne
    Lighthouse. QSL via F4GYM, direct or by the Bureau.

    EU-156. Operators Max/DF2MX, Robert/DK2RO and Anton/DL8AW will be
    active as F/DF2MX/P, F/DK2RO/P and F/DL8AW/P, respectively,
    sometime between September 11th and 14th. They state, "As
    access to the island is very dependent on weather and tidal
    conditions, exact times of operation are not yet determined."
    Activity will be on CW and SSB. QSL via their home callsigns,
    by the Bureau, direct, ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW.

    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......

    J6, ST. LUCIA. Bill, K9HZ, will once again be active as J68HZ from his
    villa at Labrelotte Bay, Castries, St. Lucia (NA-108, WLOTA L-1336) until
    September 17th. Activity is usually on 160-2 meters using CW, SSB and
    RTTY. His equipment will consist of an Elecraft K3, a 3 element beam for
    20-6 meters and wire antennas for 160-30 meters. QSL via his home callsign.
    He does use the LoTW (preferred), ClubLog and eQSL.

    KG4, GUANTANAMO BAY. Stu, K4MIL, will once again be active as KG4SS from
    Guantanamo Bay (NA-015) between September 25th and October 9th. Activity
    will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8, including an entry
    in the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 29-30th). QSL via home callsign or
    LoTW.

    PJ7, SINT MAARTEN (Reminder). Randy, K5SL, will once again be active as
    PJ7/K5SL from Sint Maarten (NA-105) between now and September 15th.
    Activity will be holiday style on 40/30/20/17 meters using CW and SSB.
    QSL via his home callsign.

    PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (September 10-16th).......
    Sep/10th AN Sep/13th HN Sep/15th AN
    Sep/11th HN Sep/14th HN Sep/16th HN
    Sep/12th HN

    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> [September 8th]
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    3B8/PA3HGT via PA3HGT FG/HG0R via HA0NAR (O) SN100JH via SP9MOA
    9A/LX1UN/M via LX1UN HA/ON4KCY/P via ON4KCY SP0PILKON via SP3ZBY
    A5A via JH1AJT (O/d) HF40KVW via SP5KVW T32AZ via KH6QJ
    DM3D via DM3MS II4LNZ via IQ4FE TM1MAD via F5KLJ & (e)
    E7C via E77AR LZ920MLC via LZ1KCP TM1VG via F4FCE
    EA5/G4VZV/P via G4VZV OE/DL2RPS/P via DL2RPS & (e) UT/HA5UX via HA5UX
    EE7URM via EA7URM OR6T via ON4AMX Z3/DD0VU/P via DD0VU
    EH1FVN via EA1ET PT8CW via PY4KL (d) ZA/OK1YM via OK1YM
    EN655N via UT7NI S590RTVS via S50E ZG2BU via ZB2BU

    (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

    LOGS ONLINE AT CLUBLOG.ORG THIS WEEK......
    https://clublog.org/logsearch/TM64YL

    TM64YL LOG. Maurice, F5NQL, reports that the TM64YL log for the 2018
    Noirmoutier Island (EU-064) DXpedition by 14 YLs during August 25-31st,
    has been uploaded to ClubLog at: https://clublog.org/logsearch/TM64YL
    The OQRS system has been activated. However you can ask for direct
    cards via F4GDI: Christine Carreau, 13 Chemin aux Boeufs, F72230,
    GUECELARD, FRANCE. The log will be uploaded to LoTW as soon as possible.

    QSLS RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 3DA0AY, 4O9TTT, C96RRC, C98RRC, CE0YHO, EB5AL,
    F5MUX, PY0F/PY7RP, RT2F, RV6AFG, TG9AOR, YF9CDL and Z66D

    QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 4S7AB, A31MM, C6ARW, C8T, C96RRC, C98RRC, HB0A
    and OZ1JXY

    QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 9H3CW, 9H3YY, BD7IAL, CT8/DL7AFS, DM90AIW,
    JW7DL2JRM, LX/DJ6OI, PY1BAB, V26OB, VR2ZQZ, VR20EH, VR20ZQZ, YC2/KC5VFV
    and YE2R

    SPECIAL EVENT. Special event station WA2NYC is now active to commemorate
    the 17th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center in New York
    City, and to remember that over 2900 people lost their lives on that
    day. The station will be operational until 0300z, September 12th. The
    suggested frequencies are 28450, 21350, 14265, 7200 kHz and DSTAR REF020C.
    WA2NYC will be on DSTAR REF020C each evening from 7-11PM Eastern Time
    (2300-0300z). The log will be uploaded to LoTW. If you would like a QSL
    card, send a SASE to the club address (see QRZ.com) or by the Bureau.

    SPECIAL EVENT (Highway to a DX Party!). The Citrus Belt Amateur Radio
    Club of San Bernardino <w6jbt.org>, California, is once again hosting
    (probably one of the most fun special event activities) the 19th annual
    "Route 66 On The Air" special event between September 8-16th. The purpose
    of this event is to offer amateur radio operators a fun way to "Relive
    the Ride" of their own memories of Route 66, and to celebrate the highway's
    92nd anniversary. The U.S. Highway 66 established in 1926, was the first
    major improved highway to link the west coast with the nations heartland.
    Through stories, songs, and TV shows, the highway came to symbolize the
    spirit of the freedom of the open road, inspiring many to see America.
    Look for the following 21 stations (two are rovers) operating in or around
    the major cities along the old "Route 66" from Santa Monica, California,
    to Chicago, Illinois:
    Stations City Clubs/Individuals
    -------- -------------------- -------------------------
    W6A Santa Monica, CA Westside Amateur Radio Club
    W6B Los Angeles, CA Westside Amateur Radio Club
    W6C San Bernardino, CA Citrus Belt Amateur Radio Club
    W6D Victorville, CA Victor Valley Amateur Radio Club
    W6E Barstow, CA Barstow Amateur Radio Club
    W6F Kingman, AZ K2 Amateur Radio Society
    W6G Flagstaff, AZ Northern Arizona DX Association
    W6H Albuquerque, NM Albuquerque DX Association
    W6I Amarillo, TX Panhandle Amateur Radio Club
    ***W6J Elk City, OK Route 66 Amateur Radio Association
    W6K Oklahoma City, OK W6K Oklahoma City
    W6L Tulsa, OK Tulsa Amateur Radio Club
    W6M Riverton, KS Jim Cochran, K0RH
    W6N Joplin, MO Joplin Amateur Radio Club
    W6O Lebanon, MO Lebanon Amateur Radio Club
    W6P St. Louis, MO St. Louis Amateur Radio Club
    W6Q Chicago, IL Six Meter Club of Chicago
    W6R Springfield, MO Southwest Missouri Amateur RC
    W6U Wilmington, IL Wilmington Area Amateur Radio Club

    ROVER STATIONS
    ----------------
    W6S ROVER 1 Northern Arizona DX Association
    W6T ROVER 2 Northern Arizona DX Association

    Special event stations are expected to be found in the vicinity of the
    following frequencies. (Look for digital modes in the standard band segments
    for such mode) All frequencies +/- QRM:
    CW - 3533, 7033, 10110, 14033, 18080, 21033, 24900, 28033 and 50033 kHz
    SSB - 3866, 7266, 14266, 18164, 21366, 24966, 28466 and 50166 kHz
    Digi - 3580, 7070, 10140, 14070, 18100, 21070, 24920 and 28120 kHz
    R66 MOBILE Operations - Any amateurs operating while actually driving
    along Route 66 during the special event period are encouraged to
    take part in "Route 66 On The Air", by using the designation
    "mobile 66" for SSB or "/m66" for CW after their callsigns. All
    other amateur radio operators are welcome to contact these mobile
    operators.
    REPEATERS - Some of the participating clubs will also be operating this
    event from their local VHF/UHF repeaters. Check the ARRL repeater
    guide for possible repeater frequencies, if you're in the local
    area.

    Each participating club will issue their own QSL card commemorating
    this event. QSL information is available on the Web at:
    http://w6jbt.org/?page_id=27
    For more details about the event and the certificate that is available,
    please visit the "Route 66 OTA Site" at:
    http://w6jbt.org/?page_id=15
    http://w6jbt.org/?page_id=23

    ***UPDATE*** Due to issues beyond the host club control, the W6J Station
    that usually worked from Elk City, OK, will not be participating this
    year.
    This action was entirely made by the W6J station. They are sorry for
    the inconvenience and for the change in the overall station lineup.
    W6J will also be removed from the 2018 Commemorative Certificate.

    SV5, DODECANESE (Reminder). Claudio, HB9OAU, will once again be active
    as SV5/HB9OAU from Votsalakia Beach Hotel, Amoopi, Karpathos Island
    (EU-001), between now and September 20th. Activity will be on 80-10
    meters using SSB and FT8. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the
    Bureau, ClubLog, eQSL and LoTW.

    T71, SAN MARIO. The Amateur Radio Association of the Republic of San
    Marino (ARRSM) announces that the three special callsigns (T71A, T71B
    and T71C) will be activated on September 15-16th, from the summit of
    Monte Titano. The three stations will be activated for only 24 hours
    from the three towers of San Marino: Guaita (T71A), Cesta (T71B) and
    the Torre del Montale (T71C). To celebrate the event, the Association
    has established the "Diploma of the Three Towers" that will be issued
    to those who will contact all three stations on at least 2 bands. Their
    operations will be on 40/20/15/10 meters. A special QSL can be requested
    via T70A either directly or through the Bureau. If you want to know all
    the details related to the diploma, download the press release in English
    at: http://www.arrsm.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/PressRelease-AttivazioneSanMarino-3.pdf
    For more details, see: http://www.arrsm.org/1052-2

    T8 PALAU. Operators Yas/JA6UBY (T88RR), Hiro/JM1LIG (T88FM), YL Miyo/
    JO3LVG (T88MK) and Yoshiaki/JR3QFB (T88JH) to be active from Koror
    Island (OC-009) between September 20-28th. Activity will be on 160-6
    meters using CW, SSB, FM, T65 and FT8. QSL T88RR via JA6UBY direct only
    or eQSL. QSL T88FM via JM1LIG direct only. QSL T88MK via JO3LVG, direct,
    by the Bureau or eQSL. QSL T88JH via JR3QFB, direct, by the Bureau (JA
    only), eQSL, LoTW or ClubLog.

    T8 PALAU. Operators Ichiro/JH7IPR (T88UW), Hiro/JA6KYU (T88HS) and YL
    Kouko/JQ6FQI (T88WM) will be active from the VIP Guest Hotel (Free Radio
    Room) on Koror Island (OC-009), between October 4-9th. Activity will be
    on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB, FSK, JT65, JT9 and FT8. QSL T88UW via
    JH7IPR, direct, by the Bureau, eQSL, LoTW or ClubLog. QSL T88WM via
    JQ6FQI, by the Bureau or direct. QSL T88HS via his home callsign direct
    only. For more details about the VIP Guest Hotel (Free Radio Room), see:
    http://www.palau-radio.com/index.php?page=rr2014

    V2, ANTIGUA. Bud, AA3B, is once again active as V26K from Antigua (NA-100)
    until September 17th. Activity will be sporadic because he is doing main-
    tenance on the station but will be primarily CW on various HF bands. QSL
    via LoTW or via AA3B, direct or by the Bureau. An OQRS will be available
    via ClubLog.

    VK9X, CHRISTMAS ISLAND (Update/Change Again/No Bureau QSLs). The orginal
    operators, as first announced (Martin/A65DC, Paul/A65DR, Thomas/SM0CXU
    and YL Delia/VE7HDW) will be active as VK9XT from Christmas Island (OC-002)
    between September 29th and October 6th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters
    using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. FT8 might be used at times when no
    other operations are going on. QSL via N4GNR direct, LoTW, eQSL or QRZ.com's
    LogBook. Direct card via Clublog's OQRS will be active for 6 months after
    the DXpedition. You may request your direct card there. QSL Fee on the OQRS
    will increase to 3 USDs for OQRS to cover envelope and paypal costs. Please
    DO NOT send your card via the VK Bureau, it will never be answered. This
    expedition will not offer any Bureau cards, sorry. For more details and
    updates, see: http://vk9xt.qsodirector.com

    VP6D DUCIE ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS (Press Release #9, dated September 2nd).
    VP6D Ducie Island 2018 DX-pedition (OC-182) -- The VP6D – Ducie Island
    2018 project is on schedule. The equipment is now at Tauranga, New Zealand,
    stored in the Braveheart's warehouse.
    A real challenge for DX-pedition teams on uninhabited islands is knowing
    where in the world they're being heard. The usual pilot reports tell us
    what happened, not what's happening, propagation predictions tell us
    what might happen.
    We understand that propagation may produce only short openings from
    Ducie Island to many locations around the world. For example, it's not
    unusual for an EU opening to occur but EU callers are covered up by
    callers from other geographies. Until propagation changes for the better
    the EU stations can't get through.
    We have therefore augmented our pilot process to quickly identify these
    openings and get this information to the VP6D operators so they can exploit
    them. We're confident this new capability will result in more timely
    coverage of difficult paths.
    No one likes to be continually asked for donations. Today's reality is
    DX-peditions to ecologically sensitive and restricted entities are ex-
    pensive. Our boat and the freight invoices to New Zealand are now paid,
    the team is hoping to cover ~50% of the project cost.
    Our fund raising target plus projected OQRS income should cover the
    remaining 50%. These bills must be paid whether or not you make a Q. We
    have a team of A1 operators who have been working on this project for
    17 months, they can use your help.
    Look for another announcement in the next press release on or about
    Sept 21st.
    73, Team Ducie – 2018
    Website: vp6d.com, Twitter and Facebook
    Please direct questions to: info@vp6d.com
    VP6D Web page: https://www.vp6d.com
    VP6D FaceBook page: https://www.facebook.com/VP6D-Ducie-2018-1470984209616170

    *** Update VIDEO: The VP6D equipment shown dockside of the Braveheart!
    Team member Jacky, ZL3CW, inspecting the gear prior to loading. Great
    progress!

    XZ, MYANMAR. Simon, HS0ZIB/XZ2A, reports on eHam.net (Sept. 5th) the
    following current status, LoTW, ClubLog, QSL cards, charity donations of
    XZ2A: The station is currently off the air (on all bands), while I wait
    for an extension of my operating permit. This was applied for about 2
    weeks ago, but I'm still waiting for the extension permit.
    * LOTW/Clublog - I uploaded my QSO log to both LoTW and ClubLog just now.
    If there are any missing QSOs or incorrect date/time entries, please
    contact me and I'll do a manual search of my log.

    * QSL cards - All requests for QSL cards have been processed, the QSL
    cards written, put in envelopes and addressed. All these cards are
    now at my home in Thailand. I will return to Bangkok around 24th of
    October for a short holiday and will post all these cards by air mail
    from the post office!

    * Charity Donations (TeacherSimon.org) - I very much appreciate every $
    that has been donated to my educational charity work in Myanmar. Hundreds
    of school text-books and learning resources have been purchased and
    donated to many different schools (full details, purchase receipts etc
    are available on request for inspection). I will continue my charity
    work, regardless of where my next physical location might be :) ....

    Z8, KOSOVO (Update). Max, ON5UR, will be active as Z68UR from Gjakove,
    situated in the southwest corner of Kosovo, only 15 kilometers from the
    Albanian border, between September 20-30th. Kosovo is currently ranked
    42nd on ClubLog's "Most Wanted DXCC List" [as September 4th]. Activity
    will be on various HF bands using mainly SSB and FT8, with an Elecraft
    K3 and Expert 1.3 K-FA amp. QSL via M0URX. For more details and updates,
    see: http://www.united-radio.be

    ZD9, TRISTAN DA CUNHA. Steve, G4EDG, will be active as ZD9CW from Tristan
    da Cunha Island (AF-029) between September 20th and October 22nd. Activity
    will mainly be CW and RTTY, but some SSB too (No FT8). Operations will
    be on 40-15 meters and possibly 80m later in the operation. QSL via LZ1JZ.
    Steve will upload logs to LoTW during the operation if possible.

    ZL5, ANTARCTICA. Adam, ZL4ASC, is now signing ZL5A over the 2018-2019
    Antarctic season (13 months) from the Scott Base on Ross Island (AN-011).
    He states on QRZ.com, "Please note I will be working on critical communi-
    cations equipment and can only operate as an amateur in my spare time."
    Look for more info to be forthcoming. Meanwhile, visit his Web site for
    more information regarding his adventure on the Scott Base which is still
    under construction at: http://www.adamcampbell.co.nz

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