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    Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1422

    The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
    DX Bulletin No. 1422
    BID: $OPDX.1422
    July 15, 2019
    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, the AB5K's AR Cluster
    Networks, NJ1Q & W1AW, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, K5GS, WB6RSE,
    K7BHM, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m DX News, DL1SBF, DL7UXG & The DX News Letter,
    DxCoffee.com, DXNews.com, DX-World.Net, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles
    DX, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, OE1WHC, 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, 7th/July, through Sunday, 14th/July there were 213 countries
    active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S,
    4U1U, 4X, 5B, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7X, 8P, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2,
    9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9,
    CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E4, E5/n, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6,
    EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FR, FS,
    FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HH, HI, HK, HL,
    HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J3, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0,
    KH2, KH6, KH8, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OJ0,
    OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ7, PY, PZ, S0, S2, S5, S7,
    S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T2, T5, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TR,
    TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V6, V8, VE, VK, VP2E,
    VP2M, VP2V, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YU, YV, Z2, Z3,
    Z6, Z8, 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".

    1A0, SMOM. Members of the DxFriends Team will lead a DXpedition to the
    Sovereign Military Order of Malta (SMOM) to be active between July 15-21st.
    Operators mentioned are Tony/EA5RM (Team Leader), Alberto/EA1SA, Gen/EA5EL,
    Raul/EA5KA, Javi/EA5KM, Manuel/EA7AJR, Jose/EA7KW, Tony/F8ATS, Bernard/
    F9IE, Simone/IK5RUN, Fabrizio/IN3ZNR, Giorgio/IZ4AKS, Luca/IW0DJB and
    Ken/LA7GIA. They will use the callsign 1A0C. Activity will be on 80-6
    meters (including 60/30/17/12m bands) using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8, with
    at least three stations on the air. Suggested frequencies are:
    CW - 3524, 5360, 7004, 10104, 14024, 18074, 21024, 24894 and 28024 kHz
    SSB - 3780, 5360, 7065/7160, 14195, 18145, 21295, 24945 and 28495 kHz
    FT8 - 3571, 5357, 7041, 10131, 14071, 18096, 21071, 24915 and 28071 kHz
    RTTY - 14080 kHz
    6m - 50103/CW, 50120/SSB and 50313/FT8

    QSL via EA5RM. An online log and OQRS will be available. For more details
    and updates, go to: http://www.1A0C.com
    http://www.dxfriends.com

    4L, GEORGIA. Peter, G4ENL (ex-9X9PJ), has moved to Tblisi for the next
    few years and is expected to be active as 4L/G4ENL. Activity will be on
    various HF bands using SSB. QSL via his home callsign direct using the
    Switzerland address [Peter Jewitt, Fluckenstrasse 9, 5616 Meisterschwanden,
    Switzerland] or via N4GNR.

    5C, MOROCCO (Special Event). Members of the Ouirgane Marrakech Radio
    Group will be active as 5C1M from the mountainous region of Ouirgane
    (80 km south of Marrakech) sometime between July 26-30th. Activity is
    to celebrate the holiday Throne Day which commemorates the enthronement
    of the incumbent monarch. QSL via RW6HS.

    5H, TANZANIA. Fabian, DF3XY, is now or expected to be active as 5H1XY
    from Zanzibar Island (AF-032). The length of his stay is unknown. Activity
    will be on various HF bands. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the
    Bureau.

    5H, TANZANIA. Operators Alex/K2BB, Pavel/UU0JR and possibly others will
    be active as 5H3EME and 5H3UA, respectively, from Zanzibar Island (AF-032),
    approx. November 15-30th. Activity will be on various HF and VHF bands
    using CW, SSB, the Digital modes and EME. EME will be on 6m, 2m and
    possibly 70cm. Also, look for them to be in the CQWW DX CW Contest
    (November 23-24th). Look for more details to be forthcoming as well
    as a Web page.

    6Y, JAMAICA (SAT Op). Philippe, EA4NF, will be active as 6Y4NF from
    Montego Bay (NA-097, WW Loc. FK18) on a Satellite DXpedition between
    August 12-19th. Activity will be on the FM and SSB Satellites. QSL via
    LoTW. Passes will be announced on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/EA4NF_SAT

    APOLLO 11 SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS (Celebrating the 50th Anniversary Of
    The Moon Landing)....
    * Look for PA11APOLLO from the Netherlands between now and August 2nd.
    QSL via PA1UN.

    * Look for VI3MOON from Australia between July 16-24th. QSL via the
    Bureau or direct (see QRZ.com).

    * Members of the Tablelands Radio & Electronics Club will be active as
    VI50ML between July 13-21st. A commemorative QSL card has been produced
    and is available as a download at: https://www.silvertrain.com.au
    Please do not send cards via the VK Bureau.

    * The Milford, OH, Amateur Radio Club (W8MRC) is operating N1A special
    events station to honor Neil Armstrong's lunar landing 50 years ago.
    N1A will be active beginning on Sunday, July 14, 2019, and will run
    until Sunday, July 28th, 2019. QSL card details can be read on the
    club's Web site, W8MRC.com.

    * There is also a list of many stateside stations on the ARRL Web page
    at: http://www.arrl.org/news/view/speci...e-50th-anniversary-of-the-apollo-moon-landing

    C5, GAMBIA. Przemyslaw, SP3PS, who became a resident of Gambia in 2017,
    will once again be active as C5SP from Sanyang between July 23rd and
    August 5th. Check out his house as it is being built on QRZ.com (under
    C5SP and SP3PS). Activity will be on 20-6 meters using SSB and FT8. QSL
    via SP3PS, direct, LoTW or eQSL.

    DA0, GERMANY. Members of DARC will be active as DA0HQ during the IARU HF
    World Championship (July 13-14th). Activity is usually on 6 bands using
    CW and SSB. QSL via the Bureau.

    EA6, BALEARIC ISLANDS. Andy, DK5ON, will once again be active as EA6/DK5ON
    from Mallorca Island (EU-004, ARLHS BAL-010 Cap de Pera Light, WLOTA 1902)
    between July 12-26th. Activity will be holiday style with some possible
    EAFF and SOTA/GMA activities. Operations will be on 40-6 meters using
    CW, SSB and the Digital modes (JT65, RTTY, PSK31, FT4, FT8). He will be
    using an Elecraft KX3 (QRP 5 watts) and ICOM IC-7300 into Buddstick and
    Buddipole antenna system. QSL via DK5ON, direct, by the Bureau, ClubLog
    or LoTW.

    HAM RADIO 2019 (Friedrichshafen) LECTURES. Wolf Harranth, OE1WHC, from
    the Amateur Radio Section of ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Corporation) and
    the Documentary Archives Radio Communications/QSL Collection, reports:
    "WSJT-X - FT8 and Beyond", the Keynote Speech of Joe Taylor, K1JT, June
    21st, at the Friedrichshafen Hamvention is now available as a live recording
    and the accompanying slides in the "Lecture Room" at (dokufunk.org/ft8)
    - together with the expedition reports from Baker Island KH1/KH7Z and
    Kanton, Central Kiribati, T31EU. More from the Friedrichshafen DX Forum
    to follow.

    IOTA NEWS..............
    AF-053. Jean-Philippe, F1TMY, plans to be active as J28PJ/P from Moucha
    Island, Djibouti, between September-October. Activity will be
    on various HF bands using SSB and FT8. QSL via F1TMY or ClubLog.
    For more details, see: http://www.j28pj.ovh/html

    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 27-28th)
    and between August 15-20th (This is the weekend of ILLW).
    Operators mentioned are Paul/ZS1V, Jan/ZS1VDV, Andre/ZS1AN,
    Oleg/ZS1ANF, Oleg/ZS1OIN and Dominik/DL5EBE. Activity will be
    on 160-10 meters, including 30/17/12m using CW, SSB and FT8.
    QSL via M0OXO or OQRS. For more details, see:
    http://zs9v.org.za

    AS-113. Look for BO0M to be active from Matsu Island during the RSGB
    IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as a Multi-2 entry. Operators
    mentioned are Lee/BV2NT, Lee/BX2AB, Yih-Liang/BU2CR, Bruce/
    BV2KI, Chung/BX4AF, Ryo/JG3DOR and Masakazu/JH3BDB. QSL via
    BV2KI or by the Bureau.

    AS-206. (New IOTA) Operators Aki/JH2RMU and JI2NRI will be active as
    JH2RMU/2 and JI2NRI/2, respectively, between 0100z, July 15th,
    until 0500Z on July 16th. Activity will be holiday style on
    20 meters (14045 kHz) CW and some other bands.

    EU-034. Toivo, ES2DJ, will be active as ES0DJ/0 from Koinastu Island
    during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as a Single-Op/
    CW-Mode/DXpedition/Low-Power entry. QSL via his home callsign.

    EU-034. Igor, ES0IA, will once again be active from Kassaar Island
    during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as a Single-Op/
    SSB-Mode/Fixed-Island/High-Power/12-HRs entry. QSL via ES0IA,
    direct (3 USDs), by the Bureau, eQSL or LoTW.

    EU-052. Norbert, OM6NM, will be active as SV8/OM6NM from Zakyntho
    Island, Greece, during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th)
    as a Single-Op/CW-Mode/24-HRs entry. QSL via OM2FY.

    EU-057. Noel, OO4O, will be active as DL/OO4O from Ruegen Island (WW
    Loc. JO64qk) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as
    a Single-Op/Mixed-Mode/24-HRs/Low-Power/Unassisted entry.
    There will be some activity before and after the contest as
    holiday style. QSL via the Bureau to ON4APU, OQRS and LoTW
    after activation.

    EU-117. Operators Vasily/RU3SD, Vasily/RA1ZZ and Avinir/UA1ZZ will
    be activating 8 different lighthouses and 8 different islands
    in the Gulf of Finland North IOTA Group using the callsign
    RK3SWB/1 between July 20-31st. The tentative schedule is as
    follows:
    July 20th –- Cape Sandy Lighthouse (ARLHS ERU-224, RLHA NEW,
    WCA UA-00201)
    July 21st -– Cape Fleet Lighthouse (ARLHS NEW, RLHA NEW,
    WCA UA-00864)
    July 21st –- Stirsudden Lighthouse (ARLHS ERU-008, RLHA RLE-011)
    July 21st -– Cape Kyurnönniemi Lighthouse (ARLHS ERU-216, RLHA
    RLE-149, RAFA HD46, HHB9)
    July 22nd -- Island & Lighthouse “Ravitsa” (IOTA EU-117,
    RRA RR 01-02, ARLHS NEW, RLHA NEW, RAFA HHC7)
    July 23-24th -- West Berezovy Island (IOTA EU-117, RRA RR 01-40)
    July 24-25th -- North Birch Island (IOTA EU-117, RRA RR 01-39)
    July 26-28th -- Vortex Island & Pivot Lighthouse (IOTA EU-117,
    RRA RR 01-15, ARLHS ERU-057, RLHA RLE-068,
    WLOTA WLH-0164); operators will sign homecall/1
    during the RSGB IOTA Contest.
    July 28-29th -- Fox Island (IOTA EU -117, RRA RR 01-16);
    operators will sign homecall/1 during the
    RSGB IOTA Contest.
    July 29-30th -– Shkolny Island (IOTA EU-117, RRA RR 01-38)
    July 30th -- Vysotsky Island (not an IOTA) & Patteri Lighthouse
    (RRA RR 01-14, ARLHS ERU-222, RLHA RLE-148,
    WCA UA-00022, RAFA H648)
    July 30-31st -- Kayasaari Island &d Likaniemi Lighthouse (IOTA
    EU-117, RRA RR 01-19, ARLHS NEW, RLHA NEW, WCA
    UA-00216, RAFA HJ4M)

    EU-150. Operators Rui/CT1DMC, Carlos/CT1HIX, John/CT2GSN, Nuno/CT2HOV,
    Emmanuel/CT7AFR and Jose/EA1CBX will be active as CR5IC from
    Insua de Caminha during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th)
    as a Multi-1/Low-Power entry. QSL via CS5ARAM. For more details,
    see: http://aram.pt/?pagina=eventos&subpg=EU150_2019&lang=pt

    NA-004. (Reminder) Rick, K6VVA, will be active as K6VVA/KL7 from
    Endicott Island between 2200 UTC, July 15th, until 1800 UTC,
    July 18th. Activity will be on 40/30/20 meters using CW with
    some SSB. Log is usually uploaded to ClubLog. However, no
    direct or Bureau QSL cards will be available. It is best to
    read Rick's "IOTA QSL Policy" at:
    http://www.k6vva.com/iota/k6vvaiotaqslpolicy.html
    For more details and updates, watch:
    http://www.k6vva.com/iota/na-004

    NA-067. Operators Marty/W4MY, Paul/AA4XX, Marc/W4MPS, Rob/W4TTX,
    Dwayne/N4MIO, Steve/W4MGT and Kimberly/KY4FAB will be active
    as W4MY from Roanoke Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest
    (July 27-28th) as a Multi-Op/Mixed-Mode/24-HRs/Island entry.
    QSL via W4MY.

    SA-042. Ren, PY8WW, will be active as PX8D from Mexiana Island between
    July 26-29th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB
    the Digital modes. His operations will also including the RSGB
    IOTA Contest (July 27-28th). QSL via PY8WW. His log will be
    uploaded to LoTW and ClubLog.

    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......

    LZ, BULGARIA (LH and WFF Op). Dmitry/R2ATP and Evgeny/ex-RV3ATT will be
    on a 25 day expedition on the Bulgarian coastline to activate several
    lighthouses and Bulgarian Flora Fauna sites as LZ/R2ATP/MM starting
    September 1st, finishing approximately on October 20th. QSL via R2ATP
    or see QRZ.com for more details. Schedule is in two parts as follows:
    PART 1 -- September 1-14th PART 2 -- September 16-24th
    ----------------------------------------- ---------------------------------
    1-2nd -- OLD Nessebar (BUL 033, LZFF-0593) 16-17th -- Pomorie Reef (BUL 018)
    2-3rd -- Cape Galata (BUL 015, LZFF-0213) 17-18th -- Burgas East (BUL 002)
    4-5th -- Yevksinogradskiy (BUL 006) 18-19th -- St. Anastasiya (BUL021)
    5-6th -- Nos Kaliakra (BUL 016, LZFF-0042) Bakarlaka (LZFF-0215)
    7-10th -- Balchik (LZFF-0591) 19-20th -- Sozopol (BUL 034)
    10-11th -- Kompleks Kalikatra (BUL 008, Bakarlaka (LZFF-0215)
    LZFF-0249) 20-21st -- Primorsko Pier (BUL 019,
    12-13th -- Kamen (LZFF-0591) LZFF-0583)
    13-14th -- Yailata (LZFF-0503) 21-22nd -- Tazarevo Breakwater Head
    14-15th -- Shabla (BUL 017, LZFF-0591) (BUL 011)
    22-23rd -- Akhtopol (BUL 001)
    Strandja (LZFF-0028)

    NB6, UNITED STATES (Special Event). Members of the USS Hornet Amateur
    Radio Club [HARC], NB6GC, will be on the air this month celebrating the
    50th anniversary of the recovery of the Apollo 11 Astronauts by the USS
    Hornet on July 24, 1969. They will be providing a special QSL card to all
    stations that work them during the month of July. They will be specifically
    on the air during July 20th and 21st, when the USS Hornet museum is cele-
    brating, and they will also be on the air on July 24th the actual date
    of the recovery as well. They will probably be on the air other dates
    during the month, but these dates are not yet known as they will open
    up for visitors who request a tour of the radio room and wish to operate.
    Listen for them, work them and help them commemorate this historic event!
    You can get more information about their club and its events either on
    facebook (https://www.facebook.com/NB6GC), or on their Web site at:
    http://www.hornet-arc.us

    N7, UNITED STATES (Special Event). Look for the special event station,
    N7C, from the Navajo Code Talkers Memorial Park located in Window Rock,
    Arizona, between August 14-18th. The special event is commemorating the
    Marine Navajo Code Talkers and their contribution to winning the War in
    the Pacific at the end of WW II. Activity will be on 40/20/17 meters, the
    suggested frequencies are 14265, 7265 and 18133 kHz. QSL Manager is N7HG.

    OPDX MAILING LIST (Just A Reminder). The "new" OPDX Mailing List is back up
    and running! Details on how to subscribe/unsubscribe are at the bottom of
    this bulletin. PLEASE pass the word around.... Thanks and 73 de Tedd KB8NW

    PJ2, CURACAO (Update). Look for the Dave Kalter Youth DX Adventure to be
    active as PJ2Y from the PJ2T contest station on Curacao (SA-099) between
    July 14-18th. Operators will consist of three youths and team leaders.
    The leaders are Jim/AB8YK and Ron/N8VAR. Youth members are Bryant/KG5HVO,
    Audrey/KM4BUN and Jack/KM4ZIA. Activity will be on various HF bands using
    CW, SSB, FT8 and possibly on satellites. QSL via AB8YK direct. For more
    details, see: http://www.qsl.net/n6jrl

    PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (July 15-21st).......
    Jul/15th AN Jul/18th AN Jul/20th AN
    Jul/16th AN Jul/19th AN Jul/21st AN
    Jul/17th 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

    Meanwhile, check out the following Web sites for propagation:
    * VOACAP predication Web page at: http://www.voacap.com/hf
    and http://www.voacap.com/prediction.html
    * DX.QSL.NET Propagation page: https://dx.qsl.net/propagation
    * A daily HF radio wave propagation forecast can be found at:
    https://www.facebook.com/thomasfranklingiellaw4hm
    * SolarHam Web page: http://www.solarham.net
    * Radio Propagation/Space Weather/Sunspot Cycle Information at:
    http://sunspotwatch.com
    * Monthly propagation charts between four USA regions and twelve
    overseas locations are at: http://arrl.org/propagation
    * Information and tutorials on propagation are at: http://k9la.us
    * Graphic propagation tool by DR2W: http://www.dr2w.de/dx-propagation
    * Point to point propagation at: http://www.predtest.uk/p2p.html
    * Realtime propagation at: http://www.predtest.uk
    * Also on Twitter: https://twitter.com/@GiellaW4hm

    QSL INFO AND NEWS...................
    QSL-INFO from DB0SDX by Lothar, DL1SBF (www.qslinfo.eu) (July 12th)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    3W1T via XV1X (d/L) K2G via K4NHW (d) SE3X via SE3X (L)
    AM3WRG via AM3WRG (L/e) KL7SB/VP9 via N4GNR (d) T7/I4GHG via T77C (d)
    E7TESLA via E77E LA/CT2IXX via CT2IXX & (L) TI5/N5BEK via N5BEK(**)
    EA8/UC5G via UC5G LX50MOON via (LX-B/L) TK/IW1FRD via IW1FRD
    GB139SQN via G4NRZ LZ6T via LZ2ZK YP1000LEANY via YO6KNE
    IQ8EO via IZ8HHZ OJ0Z via DJ9ZB YU73BFG via YU8A
    JT1QP/7 via DJ8QP OT2X via ON6YX

    (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 (d*) Address in Russia

    (**) TI5/N5BEK:philip P. Phillips, #20 Hacienda Atenas, Atenas, Alajuela,
    20501 Costa Rica

    LOGS ONLINE AT CLUBLOG.ORG THIS WEEK......
    https://secure.clublog.org/logsearch/RI0M
    https://secure.clublog.org/logsearch/YP0H
    https://secure.clublog.org/logsearch/Z68HZ (Updated)

    QSLS RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 5T5PA, 9H3IK, F8DBF, GI6ATZ, HA7TM, J73WA,
    JW7QIA, KH2/JJ2QXI, MW0ZZK, PV8ABC, RA0AM, RA0ZJ, SI9AM, TI2CDA, TG9ANF,
    TO19A, VE1RSM, XE1MEX, XE1SOV, XE2JS and XP3A

    QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: A92HK, DX1CC, E6AF, FW5JG, P29VCX (OC-025),
    SV1GSP/8 (EU-075), V6K (OC-059), VK5MAV/6 (OC-183, OC-211) and YJ0GC

    QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE IARU BUREAU: NONE REPORTED THIS WEEK!!!!
    --- We would like to see more QSL Bureaus (such as AS/US/SA/AF.. etc)
    to send in their info....

    SV/A, MOUNT ATHOS (Update to OPDX.1420). A couple of weeks ago OPDX was
    contacted by Kostas Stamatis, SV1DPI, and he updated/corrected details
    about Monk Iakovos, SV2RSG. He mentioned that Monk Iakovos does not have
    a license from the Holy Council to operate, so his QSOs are "NOT" good
    for DXCC. However, in the August QST (pages 65-67) there is an interesting
    article called "A Pilgrimage to Mount Athos" written by Peter Vekinis,
    LX1QF/KH6VP/SV0GV, where he states, "Monk Iakovos is currently the only
    one permitted to operator from Mount Athos.... Monk Iakovos is a SSB
    operator who wants to improve his CW knowledge.... he hopes to have a
    full Amateur Radio station set up by the end of 2019. He already has a
    donated IC-7300, small handheld transceiver, and a few other pieces of
    equipment. His biggest issue is that he has no power and needs to have a
    beam antenna and solar panels installed." OPDX has written to Kostas,
    SV1DPI, about the recent article and he stated that he cannot confirm
    whether Monk Iakovos has received a license from the Holy Council to
    operate. He did say that since Peter, KH6VP, is Greek, he also and possibly
    has better info. Kostas suggested to contact the DXCC to see if they are
    now accepting SV2RSG QSLs for Mount Athos. OPDX has sent an E-mail to
    ARRL Field Services and Radiosport Manager Norm Fusaro, W3IZ, to see if
    the SV2RSG QSLs are good for Mount Athos, but we have not received a reply
    back as of print time. All we can say WFWL (Work First Worry Later)...
    ADDED NOTE: Also in the August QST (pages 92-93) there is a excellent
    article written by Bernie McClenny, W3UR, called -- "Remembering Monk
    Apollo, SV2ASP/A, Mount Athos' First Ham". It contains details about the
    history of Monk Apollo, Mount Athos and how it got its DXCC status.

    T33T BANABA ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS. Looks like this activity "may" take
    a little longer than expected. Dom, 3Z9DX, was seen reporting problems
    (on FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/groups/110389536041840/) with the
    3 Icom IC-7300 radios that were used on the 3D2CR Conway Reef DXpedition.
    He states, "3 Icoms 7300 lost RX audio after been used on expedition for
    10 days in high temp and very high humidity." Radios are currently at
    Icom Japan.
    ADDED NOTES. NO specific dates were announced yet. It is recommended
    to watch the T33T (Banaba Island) on the QRZ.com Web pages, the Rebel DX
    Groups Web and FaceBook pages for updates:
    https://www.rebeldxgroup.com
    https://www.facebook.com/rebeldxgroup
    Also, keep an eye on 3Z9DX tracker at:
    https://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0tARRAqk3ftzEN8piDb2UOWqGrnOX349o

    TR, GABON. Roland, F8EN (ex-CN8EM, FO8BV, 3C3CR), will once again be
    active as TR8CR from Gabon during the months of October and November.
    Activity will be on 40-17 meters (possibly on 80m) using CW only. QSL
    via F6AJA, by the Bureau or direct. When possible, the logs will be
    uploaded to: http://LesNouvellesDX.fr/voirlogs.php

    VP6R PITCAIRN ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS (Update). The following was posted
    on July 9th and 10th:
    * July 9, 2019: Our sea container arrived in New Zealand on schedule
    and intact. It has cleared customs and quarantine. Its contents and
    associated documentation were such that no fumigation was required.
    The next step will be unloading the container and transferring our
    supplies and equipment to the Braveheart when the vessel is ready to
    take them aboard and secure them.
    Now —— we have to pay this.....

    * July 10, 2019: We deeply regret that Jerry, WB9Z, must withdraw from
    the Pitcairn Island on-island DXpedition team. Jerry has had long-
    standing knee problems and feels the stresses from the Pitcairn Island
    terrain may cause him undue pain and difficulty. However, Jerry will
    assume the role of our chief pilot and remain very much involved with
    the DXpedition. Our thanks to Jerry for what he has already contributed
    and for the role he is assuming.
    Allan, EA3HSO, will take Jerry’s place on the island. Allan is a
    budding new DXpeditioner with an exceptional skill set, team-orientated
    attitude, abundant energy, and a voice for Europe. Welcome to the
    team, Allan!

    VP8/VP8DXU SOUTH ORKNEY ISLANDS (AN-008) DXPEDITION NEWS (Press Release,
    dated July 9th)[edited]. We are pleased to announce that Hans-Peter
    Blaettler, HB9BXE, has joined the team. An experienced DX and contest
    operator, he was first licensed in 1978, and primarily operates CW. He
    previously operated as: HB0BXE, VK4BXE, 5H1BP, XV4B, and was a team member
    of the following DX-peditions:
    - St. Brandon 3B7RF
    - P29VBC New Guinea
    - 3Y0X Peter 1
    - VK0EK Heard Island
    Additionally, he was the team leader for:
    - 3B6RF DX-pedition to Agalega
    - 3W6C DX-pedition to Côn Có Island (Vietnam)

    In 2004 he operated from the top of Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak, Africa’s
    highest mountain at 5,895m (19,341 ft) above sea level. He is a develop-
    ment engineer for a company that manufactures electronic components. In
    fact, most of his amateur radio equipment is homebrew. Other interests
    include cycling on mountain roads.
    Hans-Peter brings significant Antarctic and operational experience to
    the team.... 73, Team VP8/VP8DXU
    Website: https://sorkney.com/
    Please direct your questions to: info@sorkney.com

    VP9, BERMUDA. Josh, W9HT, will be active as W9HT/VP9 from Bermuda (NA-005)
    between August 1-6th. Activity will be on various HF Bands including 6m.
    QSL via his home callsign direct.

    W8, UNITED STATES (LH Op). Operators Geoff/W8GNM, Jay/K8CJY and Jon/
    KB8SRQ will be active as W8GNM/8 from the Port Clinton Lighthouse (ARLHS
    USA-922, ILLW 0228, WW Loc. EN81mm) on Saturday, August 17th, between
    1500-2100z, during the Port Clinton Lighthouse Festival and International
    Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend. Activity will be on various HF bands (watch
    7200 or 7235; 14285 or 14335). QSL via LoTW only to W8GNM/8. Lighthouse
    Web pages to view are: http://arlhs.com/events -or- https://wllw.org
    Port Clinton Lighthouse Conservancy: http://portclintonlighthouse.org

    XV, VIETNAM. Sven, HB9DXB, will be active as XV9DXB from his second home
    in Vietnam starting around July 20th, for 2-3 weeks. Activity is usually
    on 80/40/20/10 meters using CW and SSB, but reports state to look for him
    on 7019 and 14019 kHz CW. QSL via HB9DXB direct or LoTW.

    YJ, VANUATU (Update/Reminder). Geoff, ZL3GA, will once again be active as
    YJ0GA from a new beachfront location in the North of Efate, Efate Island
    (OC-035), between July 21st and August 3rd. Activity will be holiday style
    on 80-10 meters using a FT-450D with 100 watts. Modes will be predominately
    CW and FT8 with some SSB as well. He will also have a CrankIR and an End
    Fed Half Wave vertical near the sea. He will be in the RSGB IOTA Contest
    (July 27-28th). QSL via his home callsign, direct, ClubLog's OQRS (Bureau
    & direct) or LoTW (preferred). For more details, especially from his past
    operations (with pictures), see his QRZ.com page.

    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 8-19th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters. They are expected
    to be active during the IARU HF World Championship Contest (July 13-14th)
    as ZF1A from the CARS HQ station. QSL ZF2GO and ZF2NA via K6GO. QSL ZF1A
    via K6AM.

    ZK3A TOKELAU ISLANDS DXPEDITION NEWS (Press Release, date July 9th).
    [edited] Planning is on schedule for the ZK3A DXpedition to Tokelau
    Island IOTA OC-048.
    The DXpedition will run from October 1-11th, 2019. Tokelau Island ranks
    #40 most wanted in the world, and #26 most wanted in Europe according to
    ClubLog. We are excited to have an advanced set-up team who will build a
    160M four square from an existing 40M high tower.
    Fund Raising continues as we are currently seeking donations from DX
    Clubs and Foundations. More donor logos and names are being added to our
    website (https://tokelau2019.com). Individual DXer support is also very
    important. Individual donors of 25 USDs or more will receive free OQRS
    and LoTW upload upon DXpedition completion. All donations are welcome
    and we appreciate the support we are receiving from the DX community.
    Thank You, Team ZK3A

    ADDED NOTES (by OPDX): The ZK3A team has added two new operators since
    last update: Lee Moyle, VK3GK, and Sergey V. Dyachenko, RX3APM. Current
    list of operators are now Hrane/YT1AD (Team Leader), Alex/UT5UY (Co-Leader),
    Roman/UR0MC (Co-Leader), Andy/RW7K, Sergey/Dyachenko, RX3APM, Alex/US0KW,
    Serge/R7KW, Nick/UT8IO, Alex/UX0LL, Vangelis/SV8BFN, Peter/VK3FN, Chris/
    VK3FY, Lee/VK3GK, Dusko/ZL3WW, David/WD5COV, Adrian/KO8SCA, Robert/N7QT,
    Sandro/VE7NY, Rafael/PY2NDX and Sergii/UR9QQ.
    Just a reminder! Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB, the
    Digital modes (RTTY, PSK31 and FT8) and EME (6m). QSL via YT1AD direct,
    OQRS (direct or Bureau) or LoTW (uploaded 6 months after DXpedition).
    For more details and updates, see: https://tokelau2019.com

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