Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin #1481

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    Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1481

    The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
    DX Bulletin No. 1481
    BID: $OPDX.1481
    September 14, 2020
    Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
    Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
    Sent/Written 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, K3LR, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, K5GS,
    WB6RSE, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m DX News, W9ILY, DL1SBF, DL7UXG & The DX News
    Letter, DXNews.com, DX-World.Net, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, I1JQJ/IK1ADH
    & 425 DX News, OH2BH, RN3RQ, RW6HS, 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, 6th/September, through Sunday, 13th/September there were
    199 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L,
    4O, 4S, 4U1U, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5T, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 9A, 9G, 9H,
    9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9V, 9Y, A2, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C9, CE,
    CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E5/n, E5/s, E7,
    EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EZ, F, FG, FK, FM, FR,
    FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP,
    HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J5, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0,
    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, PY, PZ, S0, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU,
    SV, SV5, SV9, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR,
    V3, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB,
    YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, 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".

    8A100, INDONESIA. Members of the Indonesian Amateur Radio Organization
    (ORARI) of the Local City of Bandung will be active with special callsign
    8A100GB from Bandung, Java Island (OC-021), until September 30th. Activity
    is to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Gedung Sate. Operations will
    be on all bands and modes; if possible, on the satellites and EME. QSL
    via 8A100GB, LoTW or ClubLog. For more details, see QRZ.com or:
    http://olkb.or.id/event/celebrating-100-years-of-gedung-sate

    9K90, KUWAIT (Special Event). Members of the Kuwait Amateur Radio Society
    (9K2TA) will be active as 9K90KSA between September 17-25th, to celebrate
    the "Saudi National Day 90th" (see OPDX.1480, under HZ90, SAUDI ARABIA).
    QSL via 9K2RA by the BUREAU.

    CU2, AZORES. Dave, WJ2O, will be active CU2/WJ2O from Ponta Delgata, São
    Miguel Island (EU-003), between November 25th and December 1st (pending
    travel restrictions). He will also be on the CQWW DX CW Contest (November
    28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. No 160m. QSL via N2ZN.

    IOTA NEWS. The following are IOTA operations that were active this past
    week between September 7-12th (as per the DXCluster):

    IOTA Callsign Island/GROUP Bands/Modes
    ------ ---------- ------------- ------------
    AF-018 IH9YMC Pantelleria 40/20/17m; CW/SSB
    AF-022 ZD7FT ST HELENA 20m; SSB
    AF-049 3B8CW MAURITIUS 17m; Digi
    AS-004 5B4AAB Cyprus 17m; SSB
    AS-098 TA0S Fethiye 20m; SSB
    EU-001 SV5/HB9OAU DODECANESE 20m; SSB
    EU-005 2W0NED/M Wales 40m; SSB
    EU-005 GB1WSP Great Britain 20m; SSB
    EU-005 MM0ZBH Scotland 20m; Digi
    EU-005 MX1SWL/A England 20m; Digi
    EU-009 GM8OFQ Hoy 20m; SSB
    EU-013 GJ0KYZ Jersey 30m; Digi
    EU-024 IS0FDW Sardinia 20m; SSB
    EU-025 IT9PKO SICILY 17m; Digi
    EU-028 IA5MO Giglio 80/40/30/20/17m; FT8/SSB
    EU-032 TM1MAD POITOU-CHARENTES REGION 40m; Digi
    EU-033 LA9PJA/P VESTERALEN ISLANDS/TROMS COUNTY SOUTH 20m; CW
    EU-057 DA2W RUGEN 40m; CW
    EU-063 JW4PUA SPITSBERGEN'S COASTAL 80m; Digi
    EU-083 IP1A LIGURIA REGION 80/40/20m; CW
    EU-096 OH/DF9TM Kustavi 40/20m; SSB
    EU-096 OH/DL2SWW Kustavi 40/20m; CW
    EU-115 EI0CZ IRELAND 20m; CW
    EU-115 EI4CKB IRELAND 30m; Digi
    EU-115 EI6FR/P IRELAND 20m; CW
    EU-115 GI0CWV IRELAND 40m; SSB
    EU-116 MD0CCE ISLE OF MAN 40m; Digi
    EU-130 IQ3AZ/P Safon 40/20m; CW/SSB
    EU-135 SM/DH0JAE Holmon 20m; CW/SSB
    EU-135 SM/DL8MF Holmon 40m; CW
    EU-156 TM4IT Tombelaine 40m; SSB
    EU-172 OZ7PR/P JYLLAND EAST AND FYN 40m; SSB
    EU-173 OH/DF9TM LANSI-SUOMI(PORI) PROVINCE 40m; SSB
    EU-173 OH/DL2SWW LANSI-SUOMI(PORI) PROVINCE 40/30/20m; CW
    NA-015 CO2WL Cuba 30m; Digi
    NA-015 CO2XK Cuba 30m; Digi
    NA-021 8P6ET BARBADOS 30/12m; Digi
    NA-022 VP2ETE ANGUILLA 20m; SSB
    NA-027 VO1CH NEWFOUNDLAND 20m; SSB
    NA-029 VY2PLH PRINCE EDWARD 20m; SSB
    NA-029 VY2ZM PRINCE EDWARD 40m; SSB
    NA-085 K4I S. George 40/20m; FT8
    NA-096 HI8JSG Dominican Republic 20m; SSB
    NA-102 FG8OJ Guadeloupe 30m; Digi
    NA-108 J69DS ST LUCIA 15m; Digi
    NA-213 KK9W Dauphin 40/20m; FT8/SSB
    OC-016 3D2AG VITI LEVU AND VANUA LEVU GROUP 30m; Digi
    OC-021 YB0IBM JAVA 20m; SSB
    OC-021 YB1KI JAVA 20m; SSB
    OC-021 YB3DY JAVA 40m; SSB
    OC-028 V73NS RALIK CHAIN 80m; CW
    OC-032 FK8HA NEW CALEDONIA 17m; Digi
    OC-034 YB9YBB NEW GUINEA 20m; SSB
    OC-036 ZL1WN NORTH 40/20m; SSB
    OC-088 9M63MR Borneo 20m; CW
    OC-107 YF5NB LINGGA 20m; FT8
    SA-002 VP8LP FALKLAND 20m; SSB
    SA-002 VP8NO FALKLAND 30m; FT8
    SA-002 VP8ON FALKLAND 30m; Digi
    SA-011 9Z4Y TRINIDAD 30m; Digi
    SA-012 YV7RCV NUEVA ESPARTA STATE 20m; SSB
    SA-018 CE7VPQ Chiloe 20m; SSB
    SA-026 PP5FMM SANTA CATARINA STATE CENTRE 15m; Digi
    SA-036 P41RA Aruba 17m; Digi

    ** Thanks to the individuals who put the island/group and mode
    on their QSNs on their PacketCluster reports....

    AF-018. Operator Raffaele, IH9YMC, will be active from Pantelleria
    Island (IIA TP-001, MIA MI-124, WW Loc. JM56XT), African Italy,
    during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th) as a Single-Op/
    Single-Band (??m) entry. QSL via LoTW.

    AS-117. (Update) Kenji, JA4GXS, who was expected to be active as JA4GXS/4
    from Otsu Island between September 5-6th, has schedule his oper-
    ation to this past weekend (between September 12-13th). QSL via
    his home callsign.

    EU-001. (Reminder) Claudio, HB9OAU, will once again be active as
    SV5/HB9OAU from Karpathos Island, Dodecanese, between September
    12-25th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using SSB, RTTY and
    possibly FT8. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau,
    ClubLog, eQSL and LoTW.

    EU-008. Paul, G4PVM, will be active as GM4PVM from the Isle of Mull
    between September 22-26th. Activity will be holiday style on
    40-10 meters using CW and SSB, with 100 watts into a vertical
    antenna. QSL via LoTW or eQSL (no QSL cards).

    EU-017. (Update) Members of the "Oriental Sicily Contest Team" (OSCT)
    [IB9O] will be active as ID9OSC from Panarea Island (IIA E006,
    IFF-0443) between September 16-20th. Operators mentioned are
    Dario/IT9ZZO, Alfio/IT9EJW, Giovanni/IT9GAC, Salvo/IT9IDR,
    Salvo/IT9LKX, Riccardo/IT9NKT, Eugenio/IT9VKY and Parisi/IW9HSK.
    Activity is to celebrate OSCT's 10th anniversary. QSL via
    ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW. QSL via the Bureau to IT9ZZO. For
    more details and updates, see: https://www.osct.it/panarea2020

    EU-038. Ben, DO1BEN, will be active as PD/DO1BEN from Texel Island
    between September 19th and October 1st, and again on October
    12-22nd. Activity will be on 40/20 meters using SSB and the
    Digital modes. QSL via his home callsign, Bureau is preferred.

    IOTA TOUR. Operators Ric/DL2VFR and Klaus/DL7UXG will be active from
    the following IOTAs:
    September 13-17th -- Orust (EU-043); callsigns SD3G/6 and SD7V/6
    September 18-21st -- Alnön (EU-087); callsigns SD3G and SD7V/3
    Activity will be on various HF bands using CW, SSB and FT8/FT4.
    QSL SD7V via DL2VFR (direct/Bureau) and SD3G via DL7UXG (direct/
    Bureau/ClubLog/LoTW/eQSL).

    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......

    IY, ITALY (Special Event). The Calabria DX Team has once again organized
    Marconi Day & Award for the second year. The following accredited stations
    of various associations will be using the special prefix "IY" on the air on
    Marconi Day and for the following week for an event in honor of Gugliemo
    Marconi. Look for the following stations in Italy to be active to com-
    memorate 2020 Marconi Day between September 14-23rd:
    IY0NV - Circolo ARS Sassari IY5ARS - Circolo ARS Prato
    IY0WV - Circolo ARS Frosinone IY5CB - Circolo ARS Pistoia
    IY0WY - Circolo ARS Formia IY5MD - Circolo ARS Valdinevole
    IY1LY - CISAR Genoa Section IY6SB - Sec. ARI S.Benedetto T.
    IY1OD - Circ. ARS Valle Arroscia IY7GMB - Barium DX Team
    IY2MD - Circolo ARS B.Comasca IY8EJ - ARI Cosenza Section
    IY2XZ - MDXC IY8MD - Calabria DX Team
    IY3ARS - Circolo ARS Alto Friuli IY8PC - ARI Portici Section
    IY4ARS - Circolo ARS Prato IY9MD - Sec. ARI Caltanissetta

    Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes
    (FT8/FT4/RTTY/PSK). Special awards and prizes are available. For QSL info,
    please see QRZ.com for each callsign. For more details, see:
    https://marconiday2020.jimdosite.com

    J42, GREECE. Vasilios, SV2HXX, will be active as J42C from Thessaloniki
    during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th) as a Single-Op entry
    on 80-10 meters. QSL via SV2HXX, direct, eQSL or LoTW.

    J8, ST. VINCENT (Rescheduled). Brian, GW4DVB, who was going to be active
    from here between November 23rd and December 1st, has scheduled his J88PI
    operation from Palm Island (aka Prune Island, WW Loc. FK92HO, IOTA NA-025),
    in the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Island group, between July 23rd and
    August 1st, 2021. Activity will be holiday style on 40/20/17/15/10/6 meters
    using CW (upon request), SSB, SSTV and FT8. He will use a Yaesu FT991A
    into a 10m vertical antenna, a M0CVO HW-40HP off center fed dipole and
    possibly new antennas. QSL via GW4DVB direct only (PayPal available) to:
    PO Box 20:20, Llanharan, Pontyclun, Wales - UK CF72 9ZA. For more details
    and updates, check: http://www.g4dvb.co.uk
    ADDED NOTE: Palm Island is an exclusive, private-island resort. This
    idyllic tropical hideaway is situated near the southern tip of St. Vincent
    and the Grenadines, an idyllic archipelago of 32 tropical islands and
    cays known for its stunning natural beauty, clear, warm waters and turtles.

    JX2, JAN MAYEN ISLAND. Erik, LA2US/JW2US, will be active as JX2US from
    Olonkin City, Jan Mayen Island (EU-022), sometime during October 2020
    and March 2021 (specific dates were not mentioned). Activity will be
    limited to his spare time with a focus on CW and FT8 on 160/80/40/30
    meters. The other HF bands will be activated too, if/when time and con-
    ditions permit. Erik states that CW activity will be on/around the IOTA
    frequencies or at the lower band edges: Suggested FT8 (F/H mode) fre-
    quencies are: 1843, 3585, 7056, 10131 and 14090 kHz. His equipment is:
    FTDX-5000MP, RigExpert 5K, SPE Expert 1K-FA and OCFD antenna. QSL only
    via ClubLog's OQRS, at: https://clublog.org/logsearch/JX2US
    QSL card service via the OQRS (ClubLog) will open when he returns home
    in April 2021. Upload to LoTW will be after he returns home. IMPORTANT:
    Do not send direct QSL requests to Jan Mayen by mail! Erik will not
    handle any QSL card requests while he is on Jan Mayen.

    JX0X JAN MAYEN ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS (Update). The JX0X team announced
    this past week that they have two new operators -- Erwann/LB1QI and
    Allan/EA3HSO. They also reported with regret that Mats, RM2D, had to
    withdraw due to personal reasons. They currently have 5 operators, but
    will soon expand the team to 6 operators to complete the JX team. They
    feel with 6 operators, they will be able to have 4 stations running.
    The team continues to work hard on the vessel contract and is still
    negotiating the details. This contract is extremely important to them
    not only financially, but also logistically for a good outcome of their
    DXpedition. During last week, the team was able to have their permit to
    stay onshore Jan Mayen (with military permission) extended to 14 days
    between the period of mid-September and mid-October. The final dates
    within this period will be determined later knowing that weather plays
    a major factor. No DXpedition team nor boat has ever landed on Jan Mayen
    in the winter, and even very rarely in September. According to the author-
    ities, no team has ever be allowed to land on the island during the winter,
    which means that this is the only opportunity to do a low band DXpedition
    trip during this selected period. The JX0X team is very pleased with the
    support from all clubs and foundations with 19,000 USDs so far, they still
    have a long way to go for the needed funds. The success of this DXpedition
    will depend on the support they receive from the DX community. While many
    DXers have concerns related to COVID-19, there will be no DXpedition with-
    out support. In addition, If the trip is cancelled due to COVID-19, they
    will be contractually covered by this. The final decision to leave will
    depend on the level of support from the DX community.
    ANOTHER UPDATE AS OF SEPTEMBER 11TH. Reports from a few differnt sources
    (LA7GIA, FaceBook, LB1QI..etc) indicate that the JX0X DXpedition "maybe"
    in a difficult situation and "may" cancel due to the upcoming JX2US oper-
    ation (see above). Ken, LA7GIA, states that the team's main concern is
    the matter of if they will be able to raise the remaining funds and willing
    to sign an expensive vessel contract with all the added uncertainties. They
    need more time to sign the vessel contract while they carefully consider
    what to do. In the meantime, they encourage everyone who wants to have a
    good low band show next fall to support them upfront, and donate to their
    PayPal account (jx0x@la7gia.com). They offer 100% refund of all donations
    in case their DXpedition is canceled. They expect the final decision to
    take a few months and it is dependent on their financial situation.

    K4, UNITED STATES (POW/MIA Event). Observances of National POW MIA Recog-
    nition Day are held across this country on the third Friday in September
    each year. This year the K4MIA station will be in operation between
    September 12-22nd. This will be the 12th year the special event station
    has been activated. The day was established to honor our prisoners of
    war and those who are still missing in action. There will be sister
    stations, K4MIA/1 (Don) VT, K4MIA/5 (John,Steve) TX, K4MIA/5 (Larry) MS,
    K4MIA/7 (Lee) UT, K4MIA/8 (Linda,Metro) OH on the air also. Contacts will
    be made on SSB, CW, SSTV, LEO satellites, PSK31 and FT8. For a QSL, please
    send your QSL and SASE to address on QRZ.com (picture of the QSL is on
    QRZ.com). Working any of the K4MIA stations will receive the SAME QSL.
    Because of the large volume of requests you "MUST SEND SASE" to get a
    returned QSL. Please take time to remember our POW's and MIA's as well
    as their families.

    OPDX MAILING LIST (Just A Reminder). Details on how to subscribe and
    unsubscribe from the "OPDX Mailing List" are at the bottom of this
    bulletin. PLEASE pass the word around.... Thanks and 73 de Tedd KB8NW

    OY, FAROE ISLANDS (Reminder). Operators Torsten/DL4APJ and Udo/DL2AQI will
    be active as OY/DL4APJ and OY/DL2AQI, respectively, from the Faroe Islands
    (EU-018) between September 15-23rd. Activity will be holiday style on 80-10
    meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes (RTTY, PSK, FT8). QSL via their
    home callsigns, by the DARC Bureau, direct, eQSL or LoTW.

    PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (September 14-20th).......
    Sep/14th AN Sep/17th AN Sep/19th AN
    Sep/15th AN Sep/18th AN Sep/20th AN
    Sep/16th 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
    * News and Information About The Sun-Earth Environment:
    https://www.spaceweather.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
    * Real-time 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) (September 13th)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    3A/IW1RBI via IW1RBI HG3X via HA3IN J42L via SV2DCD (d/L)
    4L2M via EA7FTR; UT7QF (Ukraine) HG4I via HA5LN OD5ZF via IZ8CLM & (L)
    4X0T via 4Z5FI & (L) I3/PA4AGO via PA4AGO OM/SQ9MDF/P via SQ9MDF
    9A/DL9RNV via DL9RNV II0BIKE via 9A5URI OM0R via OM3GI
    9A5MX via DJ4MX II2S via IZ2FOS PJ4DX via M0URX (O/L)
    D4Z via HB9DUR(d/L); IK2NCJ (B) II8IGNL via IU8CEU PX2A via PY2VM
    EA8RM via EB7DX & (L) II9IABJ via IT9YBL UN9L via LZ1YE (d/L)
    ED3T via N4GNR (d/L) II9IHPM via 9A5URI VY2ZM via EA7HBC & (L)
    HB0/DL5YM via DL5YM IP1A via IU3EDK & (e) YI/IU5HWS via IU5HWS (d)

    (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 (n) no printed QSLs

    QSLS RECEIVED VIA LoTW: HZ1BW, TO80SP and ZS1A

    QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 5E6A, E44RU, RI0B (AS-068), TA0/R7AL, TF1A
    (6m FT8), XR8RRC (SA-032) and XR8RRC/mm

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

    SILENT KEY. Martti, OH2BH, sent out the following press release on Sep-
    tember 11th (edited): OT VILHO VIRTANEN, OH3VV, 94, SILENT KEY --
    LET'S PAY OUR RESPECTS TO THE MEMORY OF VILI, OH3VV, IN THE 62nd SCAN-
    DINAVIAN ACTIVITY CONTEST NEXT WEEK SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 1200 UTC, to
    September 20, 1200 UTC -- On September 9th, 2020, OT Vili, OH3VV, 94,
    left us and departed for better propagation regions, further up in the
    horizon! Vili was one of the most active and internationally known OH-hams
    in the 1960's through the Finn-Net operated by him and his late XYL,
    Irmeli, OH3TJ. Vili was involved in a vast variety of activities and all
    foreign hams visiting Finland experienced his hospitality and camaraderie.
    Villi was a true Ham – spelled with a capital H.
    Vili was a true DXer and contester in the terms' realest meaning – he
    had worked them all – Kosovo was his last one. He was also a contester
    who participated and won the very first SAC in 1958 (OH5QN), and still
    jumped into the 60th SAC last year, using a specially granted callsign,
    OH2A. See his interview after the 2019 SAC:
    https://www.sactest.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/SAC-Booklet-2019.pdf
    Vili missed his 100th birthday by only some time, but his legacy will be
    with us forever.
    More details will follow about OT Vili, OH2TH/OH3VV, but those who knew
    him well will remember Vili in next week's SAC by the distinctive code VV.
    Come along and see the rules at: https://.sactest.net/blog/rules
    RIP OT Vili, OH3VV

    Martti, OH2BH and all of Vili’s friends in Amateur Radio.
    -------------------------------------------------
    An added tribute by Don, K8MFO, was also included in the press release:
    "Remembering Ville Virtanen - OH3VV, A Very Special Friend from the Distance"
    -- I first encountered Ville in 1983 when Dad - K8HHZ (also SK) and I were
    planning our very first trip to Finland. One of our mandated stops was to
    visit Ville and Irmeli - OH3TJ. This pattern was repeated in 1986 during
    our second trip to Finland.
    Every occasion with the Virtanens was fun and pleasant. Ville was a
    skilled and knowledgeable operator. When he decided to become active on
    160 meters, he produced a quality signal. When a little imagination was
    required, Ville knew what to do. For the very first 4J1FS operation,
    Finland was in a difficult spot for propagation on 20 meters. So, Ville
    and some pals set up a station close to Finnish/Russian border and got a
    new one. A few people shook their heads, but the mission was accomplished.
    I will miss Ville. It was my pleasure to work Ville in the 2019 running
    of the SAC. This was our last QSO. But I will always have the fond memories
    of knowing a kind and thoughtful man, who knew what it took to work DX
    and contests. You do not replace men like that. Rest in Peace, Ville.
    Your friend, Don Karvonen - K8MFO, 10 September 2020

    SPECIAL EVENT. Just a reminder that the 21st annual "Route 66 On The Air"
    special event (with 21 stations; two are rovers) continues until 2359z on
    Sunday, September 20th. For more details, see OPDX.1480.1 or the Web page:
    http://w6jbt.org

    TO0, ST. BARTHELEMY (Reminder). Operators Marco/FS4WBS, Claude/FS5GL and
    Franck/FG4ST are planning to be active as TO0Z (not FJ/FS4WBS and FJ/FS5GL
    as first reported) from Saint Barthelemy (NA-146) between September
    14-17th. Activity will be on 40/20/17 meters using CW, SSB and FT8, with
    an IC-7300 into a multi-band dipoles and a CrankIR vertical. QSL via
    IZ1MHY or LoTW.

    VP8JP SOUTH ORKNEY ISLANDS (AN-008) DXPEDITION (Final Press Release,
    dated September 13th, 2020). We have closed the books on the VP8PJ DX-
    pedition to the South Orkney Islands.
    Due to the global pandemic our equipment was returned to California
    about two months later than planned. Nothing was missing or damaged
    during the extended journey.
    Thanks to the worldwide clubs/foundations, the DX community and our
    corporate sponsors, the project met all operational and financial goals.
    We appreciate the continued support from the DX community.
    Consistent with our commitment to upload the complete VP8PJ log to
    LoTW six months following the DX-pedition, Tim M0URX will upload the
    complete log on 15 September.
    Planning for our next project is underway. Exact timing will depend
    on lifting of the global travel restrictions, issuance of the landing
    permit and ship scheduling, early 2022 is the plan.
    Watch for press releases as this new project unfolds.
    73, VP8PJ Leadership Team
    Website: https://sorkney.com/
    Please direct your questions to: info@sorkney.com

    **** ADDED NOTE (By Editor): The Perseverance DX Group (PDXG) sent out
    an additional note to the club and foundation sponsors who donated funds
    to show how they spent their money, attached was a summary of the project.
    In the note it stated the following: Typical of any DXpedition to the
    Southern Ocean, the most expensive line items were the ship and freight,
    ~75% of the total cost. Overall, we were very happy with the outcome,
    both operationally and financially.
    We appreciate the support from the global DX community and the cor-
    porate sponsors.
    PDXG has begun planning for its next project, ZL9 - New Zealand Sub
    Antarctic Islands. We're currently working with the New Zealand author-
    ities for the landing permit and the ship owner. The global travel
    restrictions must be resolved before anything can happen, our plan
    is 1Q/2022..... Thanks again for the support.... 73, Gene K5GS

    VP9, BERMUDA. Jeff, N1SNB, will once again be active as VP9/N1SNB from
    Bermuda (NA-005) between October 21-26th (pending travel restrictions).
    Activity will be on various HF bands, but focused on the CQWW DX SSB
    Contest (October 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL
    via his home callsign.

    WWROF NEWS (Seeks Youth Oriented Grant Applications). Tim, K3LR, WWROF
    Chairman, posted on September 7th, the following: The World Wide Radio
    Operators Foundation "WWROF" encourages youth Amateur Radio grant appli-
    cations. WWROF is looking for worthy projects that can help shape the
    future of Amateur Radio. The WWROF grant application form is here:
    https://wwrof.org/grant-application
    More information about WWROF go to: https://wwrof.org

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