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    Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1392

    The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
    DX Bulletin No. 1392
    BID: $OPDX.1392
    December 3, 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, AA6YQ , WB6RSE,
    K8GI, K8PGJ, K8YSE, KU8X, W8GEX & 60m DX News, W9ILY, DL1SBF, DL7UXG & The
    DX News Letter,,, DX-World.Net, EA5GL, ES1CW,
    F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX
    Italia News, JG7PSJ, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete Rayer & ISWL, PP1CZ,
    Sixitalia Weekly and VA3RJ & ICPO for the following DX information.

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    DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
    week of Sunday, 25th/November, through Sunday, 2nd/December there were 227
    countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J,
    4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4W, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q,
    7X, 8P, 8Q, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A2, A3, A4,
    A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP,
    CT, CT3, CU, CX, D4, DL, DU, E5/n, E5/s, E6, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI,
    EK, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI,
    GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I,
    IS, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KG4, 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, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5,
    SV9, T2, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TN, TR, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9,
    UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK0M, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V,
    VP5, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, 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".

    3Y0I BOUVET DXPEDITION NEWS. The following was posted December 1st:
    "3Y0I to invite additional operators -- Some fresh news from Cape Town,
    South Africa. The 3Y0I Team is about to deal with another extensive
    training next week + gathering some additional equipment we'll need at
    Bouvet Island. Also, new possibilities emerge: we can take 2 additional
    operators (CW + SSB) with us. If you're flexible operating - and weather-
    experienced individual, and willing to join 1-month long adventure of
    your life time, drop a msg asap at: Be quick!"
    Also, there has been several QSNs reported on the DXclusters by E51DOM/MM
    (mostly on FT8). This is reportedly Dom, 3Z9DX, "probably" operating from
    the ship that they will use to take them to Bouvet. Dom has stated that he
    will use this callsign during his sailing trips to several different
    locations in the World and "probably" on his way to Bouvet.
    Departure dates are still not known. It is still a mystery...
    Remember, they plan to stay on the island for at least 2 weeks, if the
    weather cooperates. 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: (For JA stations)

    9U, BURUNDI. Shabu, M0KRI, will be active as 9U4RI from Burundi between
    February 15-25th, 2019. Activity will be on 40/30/20/17/15/10 meters
    using CW, SSB and PSK31. Shabu states, "Look out mostly around 14.222
    kHz for voice and very lower end of 40m and 20m for CW. I will be more
    active on CW than on voice." QSL via M0KRI direct.

    C4, CYPRUS (Special Event). Alex, 5B4ALX, will be active as C4XMAS between
    now and December 31st. Activity is to celebrate the Christmas season.
    Operations will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes.
    QSL via IZ4AMS, direct, by the Bureau or ClubLog.

    C5, THE GAMBIA. Andre, ON7YK, is once again active as C5YK from Bijilo
    until March 9th, 2019. Activity will be on 60/40/30/20/17/15/12/10/6
    meters using mostly FT8 as well as CW, SSB, JT65, JT9 and RTTY. QSL via
    his home callsign, direct, LoTW or eQSL. Please NO QSL direct to his
    home address before March 15th, 2019!!!! Visit his Web page at:

    C6, BAHAMAS. Dom, M1KTA, will once again be active as C6AKT from Eleuthera
    Island (NA-001) between March 6-16th. Activity will be mainly QRP on
    80/40/20/15/10 meters using CW. His primary purpose is to be in the
    Commonwealth Contest (BERU) [March 9-10th]. Dom's band schedule for the
    contest will be posted on the page. QSL via M1KTA, direct, by
    the Bureau, ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW.

    DXCC'S MOST WANTED (ClubLog). The "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list has
    been updated on ClubLog as of November 28th. The list contain 340 entities
    and here are the top 10 entities (which has not changed since last month):
    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. FT5/X Kerguelen Island

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

    FP, ST. PIERRE & MIQUELON. Eric, KV1J, will once again be operating from
    the Island of Miquelon (NA-032, DIFO FP-002 WLOTA 1417, Grid GN17) as
    FP/KV1J between September 24th and October 8th. This is his 13th trip to
    the island. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, FT8
    (but primarily SSB, RTTY and FT8) and the satellites. He will generally
    be on the highest frequency band that is open (favoring 12/10m). He will
    be active in the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 28-29th). ADDED NOTE:
    Eric will usually try to be on as many Satellite passes as he can when
    the WX is good, generally favoring the FO-29, XW-2x, AO-7, and possibly
    the FM birds. Weekends may be limited since he will be concentrating on
    the low(er) bands and contests. QSL via KV1J, direct or by the Bureau.
    Also eQSL and LoTW. For more details and updates, check out his Web page

    HH, HAITI. John, W2GD, will be active as HH2AA from Radio Club D'Haïti
    in Obleon during the ARRL International DX SSB Contest (March 2-3rd) as
    a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power/Assisted entry. He states, "Remote operation
    from the USA courtesy of RHR." QSL via LoTW only.

    HI, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. Peter, DD1GG, will be active as DD1GG/HI (or as
    HI/DD1GG) from the Dominican Republic (NA-096) between December 4-19th.
    Activity will be holiday style on various HF bands. QSL via his home

    IOTA NEWS..............
    AF-037. (Update) Members of the F6KOP Team will be active as 9LY1JM
    from Banana Islands, Sierra Leone, between January 9-21st,
    2019. Operators mentioned are Frank/F4AJQ (Team Leader),
    Jean-Luc/F1ULQ/AK8DX (Co–leader), Patrick/F2DX, Andreas/
    DL3GA/AB8AY, Jimi/F4DLM/AF7JJ, Jean-Baptiste/F4ERY, Frank/
    F5TVG, Julien/F8AVK, Herman/ON4QX/KM6CPP and Eric/ON7RN.
    Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK
    and FT8. There will be 4 stations on air: 4X Kenwood TRX-590s
    into VDA antenna 10 to 20m & Spiderbeam mast for low band
    30 to 160m. QSL via F5GSJ, direct, by the Bureau. Also, QSL
    via ClubLog or LoTW. For more details and updates, see:

    AS-153. Members of the West Bengal Radio Club (VU2WB) will be active
    as AU2HAM from Ganga Sagar Mela Island between January 10-17th,
    2019. Activity will be on various HF bands. QSL via VU2NRO.

    NA-057. Tom, N9EAW, is now active as HQ9T from Roatan Island (NA-057),
    Honduras, until December 18th. Activity will be on various HF
    bands using CW and SSB. Equipment is an Icom IC-7300 trans-
    ceiver into a dipole antenna. QSL via N9EAW direct.

    OC-022. Emmanuel, F5LIT, will once again be active as YB9/F5LIT from
    Bali between January 27th and February 6th, 2019. Activity
    will be on various HF bands. QSL via his home callsign, direct
    or LoTW.

    OC-042. Christian, F4EBK, will be active as DU3/F4EBK from Luzon
    Island sometime in February and March of 2019. He plans to
    participate in the ARRL International SSB Contest (March
    2-3rd). QSL via info on for DU3/F4EBK.

    OC-113/ (Reminder) Operators Cezar/VE3LYC and Adrian/KO8SCA will operate
    OC-279. as TX0A from Maria Est Atoll in the Acteon Group (OC-113), and
    as TX0M from Morane Atoll in the Morane Group (OC-297P) between
    December 4-18th.
    The only amateur radio activity from the Acteon Group took
    place more than 28 years ago by Robert Berry (FO5BI/P). He
    operated in April 1990 from the Marutea Sud Atoll. This IOTA
    reference is currently ranked #6 on the Most Wanted IOTA
    Listing, needed by 98% of the IOTA members. Since at the time
    of this operation there will be 1126 IOTA references activated
    to date, compared to 340 current DXCC entities, the rarity of
    this IOTA group corresponds to #2 on the DXCC Listing. The Morane
    Atoll is the only counter of the New IOTA Group OC-297. It fits
    the "Remote Island Group" criterion (IOTA Programme Structure
    B.1.3). Both Atolls are uninhabited. The plan is to operate
    from each Atoll for 5 full days. Activity will be on CW, SSB
    and 40-10 meters concentrating on the bands that will exhibit
    the best propagation conditions within specific time windows
    for each region. They will maintain one station on 20 m as
    long as the propagation will permit in order to maximize the
    number of unique stations logged. This is a complex and extremely
    expensive project, and they need your support to defray some
    of the considerable costs incurred! All donors will be timely
    acknowledged on their Web site at:
    QSL via VE3LYC, 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......

    ISWL CALLSIGNS (For December). The following ISWL club callsigns will be
    used throughout the month of December 2018:

    G4BJC & GX4BJC - Operated from Broad Oak, in East Sussex, by Arthur,
    G0KOC (WAB Square - TQ62 - England, IOTA EU-005, WLOTA 1841).

    MX1SWL/A - Operated from Clacton on Sea, in Essex, by George, G1IPU
    (/A WAB Square - TM11 - England, IOTA EU-005, WLOTA 1841).

    ALL QSLs will be handled by Dick, M5DIK - The QSL Manager 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 <>
    or via <>. NO LoTW.

    JD1, OGASAWARA. Harry, JG7PSJ, will once again be active as JD1BMH from
    Chichijima Island (AS-031) between December 17th and January 2nd. This
    will be his 22nd visit. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB
    and RTTY. QSL via the Bureau to JD1BMH or direct to JG7PSJ. Visit his
    Web page for more details at:
    Also, on Twitter:

    OH9, FINLAND (Special Event/Reminder). The Santa's Radio Club will be
    active as OH9S from the Arctic Circle until December 8th. Activity will
    be mainly on 80-6 meters using all modes; also including the popular
    FT8 Digital mode. QSL via ClubLog's OQRS (Preferred) or LoTW. QSOs will
    automatically be QSLed via the Bureau. For some additional info, see:

    PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (December 3-9th).......
    Dec/03rd AN Dec/06th AN Dec/08th AN
    Dec/04th AN Dec/07th HN Dec/09th AN
    Dec/05th HN

    ----------------- ------ -------- ------
    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:

    PY0F, FERNANDO DE NORONHA. Leo, PP1CZ, will once again be active as PY0FW
    or possibly PY0F/PP1CZ from Fernando de Noronha (SA-003, DIB OC-01, WLOTA
    1208, WWFF PYFF-016) between December 3-8th. He does state, "This time I'll
    concentrate my efforts to the tower maintenance (for Morena/PU0FNI), but
    for sure I'll be on the air. As 60 meters band is now allowed in Brazil,
    starting November 28th, I'll try to be on the air from this new Band to

    QSL INFO AND NEWS...................
    QSL-INFO from DB0SDX by Lothar, DL1SBF <> <December 2nd>
    4O1HQ via 4O1HQ (L) H7/RC5A via RC5A SP315PAF via SP5KCR
    CO2RQ via EC6DX H7/RM0F via RM0F SP317PAF via SP5KCR
    CR5E via CT1ILT HA7A via HA5MK SP85NISKO via SQ7FPD & (L)
    CR5O via CT7AJL & (L) HF6FIRAC via SP6IEQ (B/L) TM420CCAE via F6FMT
    CT9/DJ2YA via DJ2YA J8NY via VE7NY UP0L via DL8KAC
    CT9/DL1CW via DL1CW LO5D via LU8EOT VP2MSK via NS7K (d)
    CT9/DL8JJ via DL8JJ OP5MA via ON5MA VR2FUN via VR2FUN
    DF0YOTA via M0SDV (O) OR2M via ON4IA XV9D via EA5GL
    DG5BQ/AM via DG5BQ PA/SP1MVG/P via SP1MVG YB0ECT via W2FB Only
    EA5/G3XGS via G3XGS (d) PB18XMAS via PD2RKG YT1R via YT1EA
    EA8/DL9BJ via DL9BJ SN6O via SP6PAZ
    EP4MMM via WA3FRP SP307PAF via SP9KAO

    (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


    QSLS AVAILABLE VIA EA5GL. Pedro, EA5GL, informs that he is the QSL
    Manager for the following stations: C6AQQ, HK7AAG, HC7AE, UK7AL, XV2D
    and XV9D.

    JL1SAM, LA6K/P (EU-036), NH6D/KH4 (2000), PD1BHZ, PY5OD, SV2ASP/A,

    (AS-065), VK9XG, VU2GSM and Z66X

    5V7FMD, 8J17OCV, 8J60JARE, 8J75RS, 9H3G, 9M2TO, 9M4DXX, AH2K, A41KB,
    --- We would like to see more QSL Bureaus (such as AS/US/SA/AF.. etc)
    send in their info....

    SX60, GREECE (Special Event). Look for special event station SX60RAAG to
    be active until December 31st. Activity is to celebrate the 60th anni-
    versary of the Radio Amateur Association of Greece (RAAG). Operations
    will be on all HF bands and modes. QSL via LoTW, eQSL or ClubLog's OQRS
    (for direct and by the Bureau). Awards are available for 4 classes. For
    more details, log search and downloadable awards, go to:

    TR, GABON. Roland, F8EN (ex-CN8EM, FO8BV, 3C3CR), who recently just turned
    90, will once again be active as TR8CR from Gabon for 3 months starting on
    December 16th. Activity will be on 40-17 meters (possibly on 80m) using
    CW and SSB. QSL via F6AJA, by the Bureau or direct. When possible, the
    logs will be uploaded to:

    TT8KO DXPEDITION NEWS (Update/Complete Story). Ken, LA7GIA, who had his
    TT8KO operation shut-down by the national security police earlier than
    planned, was only active between October 9-10th. He logged 2135 QSOs
    which are all uploaded to ClubLog and LoTW. Read his complete story at:

    XT2, BURKINA FASO. Max, DK1MAX, will once again be active as XT2MAX from
    Burkina Faso between April 17-25th, 2019. Activity will be holiday style
    on all bands using mostly CW and FT8. QSL via DK1MAX, LoTW, eQSL (no SWL
    reports) and ClubLog. NO PAPER QSLs.

    YOTA HAS BEGAN!!! During the entire month of December several youngsters
    will become active with the "YOTA" suffix in the callsign. The idea for
    this is to show the amateur radio hobby to the youth and to encourage
    youngsters to be active on the ham radio waves. As of December 1st, here
    are the participating stations known so far:
    4O18YOTA Montenegro HA6YOTA Hungary R18YOTA RUSSIA
    5H3YOTA TANZANIA HB9YOTA Switzerland SH9YOTA Sweden
    9A18YOTA Croatia II5YOTA Italy WK1DS/YOTA USA
    AO5YOTA SPAIN LY5YOTA Lithuania YT18YOTA Serbia
    AP3YOTA Pakistan LZ0YOTA Bulgaria YU18YOTA Serbia
    DF0YOTA Germany OE0YOTA Austria Z30YOTA Macedonia
    E71YOTA Bosnia&Herzegovina OH2YOTA Finland Z39YOTA Macedonia
    EG2YOTA Spain OL18YOTA Czech Republic Z60YOTA Kosovo
    EI0YOTA Ireland OM18YOTA Slovakia ZL6YOTA New Zealand
    ES9YOTA Estonia ON4YOTA Belgium ZS9YOTA South Africa
    ET3AA Ethiopia PA6YOTA The Netherlands
    GB18YOTA United Kingdom PD6YOTA The Netherlands

    Complete details about the event and the available awards can be found
    at <>. QSLs are via ClubLog's OQRS (direct or
    Bureau ONLY) or direct to M0SDV. Also, statistics by participating stations,
    by bands & modes and awards are available at:

    YS, EL SALVADOR (Update). Tom, KC0W, will be active as YS1/KC0W from El
    Salvador between February 16-22nd, 2019. Activity will be on 80-6 meters
    using CW only. QSL via his home callsign. NO LoTW or NO Bureau. ADDED
    NOTE. Read about Tom's planning (or as he calls it the "Anatomy of a
    DXpedition") at:,123022.0.html

    ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS. Pete, K8PGJ, will once again be active as ZF2PG on
    the Sunny Grand Cayman Islands (NA-016) during the week of January 17-20th.
    Activity will be on 160-10 meters during the NAQP SSB Contest (January
    19-20th). Outside of the contest, look for him work on the 17th, especially
    on 160-40 meters during the evening hours. Then all day on the 18th and
    the mornings of the 19th and 20th. Pete states that he will be trying to
    motivate 10 meters. LoTW will be utilized and direct QSL via his home
    callsign. A weekday schedule will be posted on

    ZL7, CHATHAM ISLAND. Nobuaki "Nobu", JA0JHQ, will be on a short vacation
    from the Chatham Islands (OC-038) as ZL7/JA0JHQ between January 17-20th.
    Activity will be mainly FT8 on 160 meters and 6 meters as well as 160-10
    meters CW. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. For updates,
    watch his home page at:
    ADDED NOTE: Nobu may try to go to Auckland and be active....

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