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    Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1491

    The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
    DX Bulletin No. 1491
    BID: $OPDX.1491
    November 23, 2020
    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, W2VU, WO2N, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX,
    K4ZW, K6ICS, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m DX News, ND9G, 4X1VF, DL1SBF, DL7UXG &
    The DX News Letter,, DX-World.Net, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX,
    I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, 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, 15th/November, through Sunday, 22nd/November there were
    215 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J,
    4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1U, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5Z, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 9A,
    9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9U, 9V, 9Y, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY,
    C3, C5, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, D6, DL, DU,
    E5/n, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY,
    F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FP, 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, J3, J6, J7, JA, JD/o, JT,
    JW, JX, JY, K, 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, PY0F, PZ,
    S0, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK,
    TR, TU, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E,
    VP2M, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO,
    YS, YU, YV, Z3, Z6, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZL, ZL9, 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".

    3V8, TUNISIA. Operator SWL Ashraf "Ash", 3V4-002 (KF5EYY) will be active
    as 3V8SS from the "Radio Club Station of Tunisian Scouts" in Sousse during
    the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power
    entry. QSL via LoTW or LX1NO. Read about Ashraf on the following Web page

    4X7, ISRAEL (Special Event). Members of the "Holy land DX Group" will
    operate from the heart of Tel Beersheba's site between December 25-26th,
    2020, using the callsign 4X7T. Operators Ruben/4Z5FI, Mark/4Z4KX, Ros/
    4Z5LA, Yuli/4X6HP, Valdimir/4Z5IW, Alex/4Z4AK, Amir/4X6YA, Arthur/4X1MM
    and Jan/4X1VF will operate from the site which was declared a UNESCO
    World Heritage site ( The team
    will start on Friday, December 25th at 0800 UTC, and end on Saturday,
    December 26th at 1300 UTC. They will have 3 running stations on 80-10
    meters using CW, SSB and FT-8. Reference numbers are: Holy Land Square
    - F23BS and WFF - 4XFF-035. QSL Manager is Ros, 4Z5LA.

    5T7, MAURITANIA. Tom, DL7BO, is expected to be active as 5T7OO from
    Mauritania soon and plans to be there for a long time. Activity will
    be on various HF bands. QSL via DJ6TF.

    7Q, MALAWI (Update/QRT Date Change). Operators from the Russian Robinson
    Club (RRC), will continue to be active as 7Q7RU near the city of Embang-
    weni, Malawi, until November 24th. Activity is on 160/80/60/40/30/20/17/
    15/12/10/6/2 meters (with a focus on 160/80m) and 70cm using CW, SSB,
    FT8 (F/H mode) and Satellites. QSL via R7AL, LoTW or ClubLog's OQRS. As
    of 1700z, November 21st, 7Q7RU made 33340 QSOs with 10667 unique callsigns.
    By modes: 17958/CW, 1642/SSB, 13738/FT8 and 2/FM. Breakdown by Continent
    (by %): 1/AF, 0/AN, 12.7/AS, 61.5/EU, 20.6/NA, .8/OC and 3.4/SA. For more
    details on statistics, see:
    For more details on 7Q7RU and possible updates, see:
    ADDED NOTES (Reminder Again): The "MALAWI 2020 7Q7RU" plaque is avail-
    able for working the Russian Team 7Q7RU. To get this plaque you need to
    work 3 QSOs with 7Q7RU between November 10-19th, 2020. The plaque's size
    is 200 x 250mm. The plaque's fee is 44 USDs or 39 EURs. Payment is via
    PayPal ( The fee includes shipping by air mail.
    The RRC team also announced the "7Q7RU Band-Slot Challenge". The purpose
    of this competition is working 7Q7RU on as many different bands and modes
    as possible based on ClubLog scores. TOP TEN stations will win a special
    plaque sponsored by team members and shipped from Russia worldwide. The
    top 10 radio operators that fulfill the plaque's requirements first,
    will receive a special plaque free of charge starting with number 001
    to 010.
    All logs for checking will be uploaded to ClubLog service. Questions
    and/or applications free form should be sent to RW3DD (
    For more info or to see the plaque, go to:

    8Q, MALDIVES. Operators Marko/N5ZO and Oliver/W6NV will be active as 8Q7ZO
    and 8Q7NV, respectively, from the Maldives (AS-013) between November 22nd
    and December 2nd (time permitting from station set-up). Both operators
    will be active as 8Q7ZO during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th)
    as a Multi-Op entry. Outside of the contest operators will be on various
    HF bands (working the low bands). QSL 8Q7ZO via OH0XX direct or LoTW. QSL
    8Q7NV via W6NV direct.

    9M6, EAST MALAYSIA. Saty, JE1JKL, will once again be active as 9M6NA from
    Labuan Island during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th). Activity
    will be done remotely on 40-10 meters, so this activity will not be
    eligible for IOTA credit, but good for DXCC. QSL via ClubLog's OQRS only
    for Bureau and direct QSLs. All the logs are promptly uploaded to LoTW.
    Visit Saty's home page at:

    CQ NEWS..........
    * CQ WPX Contests Add New "Multi-Transmitter Distributed" Category,
    Remove Single-Op Unassisted Categories -- The following was sent out
    by CQ Editor Rich, W2VU, on November 16th) -- A new "Multi-Transmitter
    Distributed" category is being added to the CQ World Wide WPX Contests
    to better accommodate operators who wish to compete as a team without
    all being in the same physical location. According to CQ WPX Contest
    Directors Bud Trench, AA3B (SSB and CW), and Ed Muns, W0YK (RTTY),
    the new category will permit up to six separate stations in different
    locations (but all within the same DX entity and CQ zone) to operate
    as a single contest entry. This was inspired by innovations being made
    in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, but Trench and Muns say the
    new category will be permanent.
    In addition, QSO alerting assistance will now be permitted in all
    single-operator categories except for the "Classic" categories. This
    means that there will no longer be separate listings or recognition
    for "Assisted" vs. "Unassisted" categories, and all Classic overlay
    entries must be unassisted. Finally, Classic overlay stations will
    now have a maximum operating time in each contest of 24 hours rather
    than the previous 36. The rule changes take effect with the 2021
    running of the WPX contests - RTTY on February 13-14, SSB on March
    27-28 and CW on May 29-30.
    Complete details will be posted with the full rules on both the
    CQ website ( and the WPX contest sites at
    ( and (
    * Volunteers Needed for Propagation Research Project --
    From our friends at HamSCI...
    HamSCI ( is looking for amateur radio operators
    around the world to help collect propagation data during the December
    14 eclipse across South America. Data collection requires an HF radio
    connected to a computer. There will be 24-hour practice runs on
    November 21st and December 5th. The main data recording will run
    from December 9-16th, to ensure an abundance of control data.

    Details of the experiment may be found here:

    Instructions are also available in Spanish and Portuguese.
    Interested operators should sign up at this link
    ( or directly contact Kristina
    Collins at

    D6, COMOROS (Update). Don, K6ZO/7Q6M (ex-D68GA), is now active as D60AB
    from Comoro Islands (AF-007) as of November 17th. He has permission to
    be active on 160/40/20/17/15/12/10 meters. He has been spotted on 40/20/
    17/15 meters CW after 1700z and again after 2300z. Length of his stay
    possibly ends November 24th. He will head back to Malawi on the 26th to
    join the 7Q7WW team (Don/N6ZO and Junior/7Q7JN) for the CQWW DX CW Contest
    (November 28-29th), and then return to Washington D.C. on December 5th.

    Gauthier, K6ICS -
    Introduction -- It's always fun to work a special event where there is
    more than one callsign, or the same callsign on several bands, required
    to receive an award. For the award seeker, this brings out the excitement
    of the chase. But many times, this excitement turns to frustration and
    disgust when it is found that all the required contacts are not reasonably
    available or even worse, they are not even on the air. Having been a ham
    since 1954, I have participated in many special events as both the award
    seeker and as the event operator. I have seen these problems too many
    times. Fighting unexpected mishaps, band conditions, QSB, QRN, and QRM
    is normal. Not having the special event stations working at their best
    is tragic.

    The Problem -- As an example of the problem, there are 5 stations to
    contact, over a 10-day period. You have worked 3 and realize that the
    other 2 you have not heard. Checking DX Summit and other spotting web
    sites you find that the 4th station you need has been on 160 meter SSB
    and 80 meter FT8 for about 4 hours over the past 4-days. When you check
    out the 5th station, you find no record of them even being on the air.
    RATS! That makes you feel good. What a waste of time.

    Pre-Event Analysis --
    * Do you have an event e-mail contact? Review e-mails several times
    a day, minimum.
    * Do you have a website? Does it contain ALL special event information?
    * Review the rules and regulations of your event and award(s).
    * What is the time period over which the special event will take
    place? Does it conflict with other events?
    * Planning the bands, modes, and times which will be best for the
    maximum number of contestants.
    * When event stations operators can only operate limited times or
    bands. Add additional station(s) to cover open bands, modes, and
    * Do you have backup operators?
    * Emergencies: Power failures, equipment failures, operator illness,
    and other problems.
    * After the event starts you need to fine tune your analysis, based
    on current operating conditions.
    * Post-event QSLs and Award Certificates. Logging and reporting
    contacts. QSLs, Awards processing, and Delivery. "Not in Log" and
    other problems.

    Recommendations --
    * Use the "most active" bands: 80 Night, 40 Night/Day, 20 Day.
    Other bands as open.
    * Multiple stations using the same call on different bands and
    modes, at the same time.
    * Use all bands/modes, unless it is a single band/mode event.
    * Publish typical operating schedule so the stations can be more
    easily found.
    * Suggest award seekers list contacts on DX Summit and other spotting
    * Process all QSLs and award certificates rapidly.
    * KISS – Keep it Simple Stupid.

    Notes -- Be aware of band limits for all operators. Novices and
    Technicians are limited to CW only on a portion of 80, 40, and
    15 meters. On 10 meters they do have CW, Digital, and SSB, but
    only a small portion of the band. General and Advanced classes
    have their own operating limits. Other countries have their
    own band limits.

    HS, THAILAND (SAT Op). The Thailand's Amateur Radio Satellite group
    (AMSAT-HS) has requested permission to establish a temporary station
    (DX portable) with the northern office of the NBTC, Thailand’s regulator,
    in Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son (grid NK99) provinces in the north part
    of Thailand during the period from November 26-28th, 2020, to communicate
    via all LEO and MEO amateur radio satellites (including QO-100 NB) that
    pass over Thailand using the callsign HS0AJ/P of the Radio Amateur Society
    of Thailand under the Royal Patronage of His Majesty the King.
    Operators Kob/E21EJC and Tanan/HS1JAN state [edited], "Hence we would
    like to notify all radio amateurs who would be interested in contacting
    stations in Thailand on its northern border of this activity. Even if
    the angle is as low as 0 degrees please try to contact us. We hope to
    meet you on all satellites frequency then."

    IOTA NEWS. The following are IOTA operations that were active this past
    week between November 16-21st (as per the DXCluster):

    IOTA Callsign Island/GROUP Bands/Modes
    ------ ---------- ------------- ------------
    AF-007 D60AB COMORO 40/15/10m; CW
    AF-014 CT3MD Porto Santo 160m; FT8
    AF-017 CT9/DF3FS Madeira 17m; CW
    AF-022 ZD7FT ST HELENA 15/10m; SSB
    AF-024 S79KW INNER 20m; SSB/FT4/FT8
    AN-015 8J1RL QUEEN MAUD LAND 30m; FT8
    AS-004 5B60AIX CYPRUS 17m; SSB
    AS-007 JA1LSY HONSHU 20m; FT4
    AS-007 JA2ATE HONSHU 20m; FT4
    AS-007 JA3NHL HONSHU 10m; FT8
    AS-007 JH1HDT HONSHU 40m; CW
    AS-007 JH7MQD HONSHU 40m; SSB
    AS-018 RT0F Sakhalin 40m; CW
    AS-018 UA0FO Sakhalin 30m; FT8
    EU-004 EA6BE BALEARIC 15m; FT8
    EU-014 TK5JJ/P CORSICA 20m; FT8
    EU-015 S52D CRETE 160m;
    EU-015 SV9MBH CRETE 40m; CW
    EU-015 SW9AA CRETE 20m; CW
    EU-023 9H1TT MALTA 20/17m; CW/SSB
    EU-024 IQ0AK SARDINIA 40m; SSB
    EU-024 IQ0NU SARDINIA 40m; SSB
    EU-030 OZ8IE/P BORNHOLM 40m; SSB
    EU-115 EI7HBB IRELAND 10m; SSB
    EU-115 GI0BDX IRELAND 17m; SSB
    EU-115 MI0AIH IRELAND 20m; SSB
    EU-115 MI0BHX IRELAND 20m; SSB
    EU-175 CU3HN CENTRAL 20m; SSB
    EU-181 LZ5WW BULGARIA 20m; FT4
    NA-005 VP9GE BERMUDA 160m;
    NA-016 ZF2MJ CAYMAN 40m; CW
    NA-040 NL0H St. Lawrence 40/20m; FT8
    NA-099 WP4PRS Puerto Rico 20m; FT8
    NA-099 WP4U Puerto Rico 12m; SSB
    NA-101 J73WA DOMINICA 20m; FT8
    NA-106 KP2M VIRGIN 20m; CW
    OC-001 VK1HX Australia 15m; FT8
    OC-001 VK20HOME Australia 15m; CW
    OC-001 VK6RC Australia 15m; SSB
    OC-013 E51JD RAROTONGA 20m; SSB
    OC-021 YB1DNF Java 15m; SSB
    OC-021 YB0IBM Java 15m; SSB
    OC-028 V73NS RALIK CHAIN 17m; CW
    OC-034 P29LL NEW GUINEA 12/10m; FT8
    OC-073 JG8NQJ/JD1 Minami Torishima 40m; CW
    OC-088 9M6ZAE BORNEO 40/20m; CW
    OC-088 V85AHV BORNEO 15m; SSB
    OC-134 ZL3GAV SOUTH 20m; FT8
    OC-134 ZL4TT SOUTH 20m; CW
    OC-137 VK4DX/P Russell 40/30/20/15m; CW
    OC-143 YB5QZ SUMATRA 30m; FT8
    OC-148 YG9PBZ TIMOR 10m; FT8
    SA-006 PJ4/DL6KR BONAIRE 12m; CW
    SA-006 PJ4EL BONAIRE 15m; FT8
    SA-011 9Z4AH TRINIDAD 17m; SSB
    SA-011 9Z4Y TRINIDAD 12m; FT8
    SA-018 CD7CKU Chiloe 10m; FT8
    SA-18 CE7VPQ Chiloe 15m; SSB

    ** Thanks to the individuals who put the island/group and mode
    on their QSNs on their PacketCluster reports. The format we
    suggest is "IOTA#/Mode/Island or Group" (ex. OC-146/FT8/Celebes).

    SA-055. Hernan, LU7EHR, will be active as LU7EHR/E from Martin Garcia
    Island (ARLHS ARG-045, ARLHS ARG-152, LUFF-0064, WW Loc. GF05)
    between December 5-8th. Activity will be on 80-2 meters using
    SSB (80/60/40m) and FT8. QSL via LU7EHR, LoTW or eQSL.

    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......

    KP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS. Operator Jaime, WP3A, will be active as KP2B
    from St. Croix, Virgin Island, during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November
    28-29th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m) entry. QSL via EB7DX.

    KP3, PUERTO RICO. Felipe, NP4Z, will be active as KP3DX from the "PUERTO
    RICO DX CLUB" in San Juan during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th)
    as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via N4AO.

    NEW TO RTTY? It is recommended to check out Don's, AA5AU, Web page on
    getting started with RTTY at:

    NP3, PUERTO RICO. Yuriy, N2TTA, will be active as NP3X from the Coamo
    Contest Club station during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th)
    as a Single-Op/Low-Power entry. QSL via EB7DX.

    OH0, ALAND ISLAND. Operators Juha/OH2N, Olli/OH6CT, Jukka/OH6DD, Tomi/OH6EI
    and possibly others will be active as OH0Z during the CQWW DX CW Contest
    (November 28-29th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via W0MM.

    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

    OZ, DENMARK. Operators are Jan/OZ1ADL, Nils/OZ1ETA, Soren/OZ1ISY, Kim/
    OZ1JUX and Henning/OZ2I will be active as OZ5E from "The Old Henhouse"
    at the Danish Contest Academy in Aarhus, Denmark, during the CQWW DX CW
    Contest (November 28-29th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via OZ1ACB.

    P4, ARUBA (Reminder). John, W2GD, is expected once again to be active as
    P40W from Aruba (SA-036) between November 23rd and December 1st (Travel
    restrictions dependent). Activity will include the CQWW DX CW Contest
    (November 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entries. Operations outside
    of the contest are usually on 160/80m and 30/17/12 meters as time permits
    and with an emphasis on CW. Watch 160m on the hour and 80m on the half
    hour. QSL via LoTW or direct to N2MM, Bureau cards are no longer accepted.
    Logs will be loaded on LoTW upon his return to the USA.

    PJ4, BONAIRE.......
    * Jeff, KU8E, will be active as PJ4/KU8E during the CQWW DX CW Contest
    (November 28-29th) as a Single-Op/High-Power entry. QSL via K4BAI.
    Jeff states that it is a "Remote Operation (from the 'PJ4G Radio
    House' on Bonaire [SA-006, WLOTA LH-1279]). I will be on only on 20,
    15 and 10 meters giving out the PJ4 multiplier when PJ4A isn't oper-
    ating on 40 meters."
    * John, K4BAI, will be active as PJ4A during the CQWW DX CW Contest
    (November 28-29th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (40m) entry. Activity
    will be a "Remote Operation (from the "PJ4G Radio House" on Bonaire
    [SA-006, WLOTA LH-1279]). QSL via K4BAI.

    PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (November 23-29th).......
    Nov/23rd AN Nov/26th AN Nov/28th AN
    Nov/24th HN Nov/27th AN Nov/29th AN
    Nov/25th 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

    Meanwhile, check out the following Web sites for propagation:
    * 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:
    * News and Information About The Sun-Earth Environment:
    * Monthly propagation charts between four USA regions and twelve
    overseas locations are at:
    * Information and tutorials on propagation are at:
    * Graphic propagation tool by DR2W:
    * Point to point propagation at:
    * Real-time propagation at:
    * Also on Twitter:

    QSL INFO AND NEWS...................
    QSL-INFO from DB0SDX by Lothar, DL1SBF ( (November 22nd)
    and by OPDX from other sources
    3Z150MPR via SP9KDU HH2JR via W3HNK RD30DX via RQ7L
    3Z8Z via SP9JPA HZ20G via HZ1SAR (d/L) RJ30DX via RQ7L
    4J0SFR via 4K4K II3STAY via IN3ZWF RL30DX via RQ7L
    5B60AIX via 5B4AIX IQ0ID via HE9ERA (B) RO30DX via RQ7L
    5Z4PA via M0URX LW5DR via EA5GL RT30DX via RQ7L
    7Z20G via HZ1SAR (d/L) MM1E via MM0GOR RW30DX via RQ7L
    8Z20G via HZ1SAR (d/L) NP2J via K8RF SP0AVA via SP3YOR
    A450JZ via A41JZ OH0Z via W0MM SP100LEM via SP3POB
    CN65MC via CN8MC OH1VR/60 via OH1VR SW9AA via LZ1PM
    CN65MM via CN8MM OO7STAYHOME via ON7SS TM1SAFE via F4GPB & (L)
    CN65ZG via CN8ZG OP19MSF via ON4CRD TZ1CE via DK1CE
    CO2VDD via RW6HS (d/L) OZ2SPACE via OZ1ACB UE30DX via RQ7L
    CO8LY via EA7ADH (d/L) PD75F via PD3F & (e) VK4DX/P via VK4DX
    CT9/DF3FS via DF3FS (d/L) PJ4/DL3KMS via DL3KMS & (L) YV6BTF via EA5GL
    D60AB via K6ZO R30MDXC via RQ7L
    HF0SSEA via SP3POB RA30DX via RQ7L

    (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

    LOGS ONLINE (New/Updated) AVAILABLE ON CLUBLOG.ORG THIS WEEK...... (Updated 11/19th) (Updated 11/19th)

    NEW QSL ROUTE. Vasiliy, RW6HS, informs OPDX that he is now the QSL
    Manager for: CN8AMI, CO2VDD and CO6HCL

    U.S. POSTAL STOPPAGE (Updated as November 13th).
    The U.S. Postal Service is temporarily suspending international mail
    acceptance for certain destinations due to service impacts related to
    the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Suspension Due to Foreign Postal Operator Service Suspension
    Libya Madagascar Panama Turkmenistan

    Suspension Due to Unavailability of Transportation
    Angola Guadeloupe Republic of Congo South Sudan
    Brunei Liberia Reunion (Bourbon) Tajikistan
    Chad Martinique St. Pierre & Miquelon Timor-Leste
    Cuba Mauritius Seychelles Yemen
    French Guiana Niger Sierra Leone

    Customers: Please refrain from mailing items addressed to the countries
    listed above, until further notice. For more details, see:

    OM2VL, PY0F, T77C and TR8CA


    R25SSR, VP9I and XR0YD
    --- We would like to see more QSL Bureaus (such as AS/US/SA/AF.. etc)
    send in their info....

    T6, AFGHANISTAN. Robert, S53R, who has been active from Kabul since early
    September 2019 and will be there for another year, has been active as
    T6AA and T6A during major contests. He is there working for the World
    Food Program (WFP). QSL via his home callsign or LoTW. He posted the
    following on about his low band activity this past week on Novem-
    ber 20th: Unfortunately, I have to report that the QRM from many different
    sources at my QTH now makes 160m operation next to impossible. While it
    was already very bad during the last season, it has now gone beyond repair.
    I have installed 3 different RX systems, to no avail. The last nail in
    the coffin was the installation of an array of large LED flood lights.
    The whole spectrum is affected, but 160 at the bottom and 10 & 6m at the
    other end, are worst off. I will continue trying, although I’m afraid
    the best times for these bands, for as much as they were, are gone.

    TF, ICELAND. Siggi, TF3CW, will be active as TF3W Single-Op/Single-Band
    (20m) entry. QSL via LoTW or direct to TF3MHN.

    V3, BELIZE (Canceled). Jeff, N1SNB, who was expected to be active as V31AZ
    from Belize during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th), has canceled
    his operation. He states, "Unfortunately, if I go - my kids will have to
    stay home from school for two weeks when I get back until they are in the

    VE2, CANADA (Zone 2). Operator Yuri, VE3DZ, will once again be active as
    VE2IM from Sept-Iles, QC (Zone 2), during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November
    28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power. Yuri states he will be there
    between November 24-30th. Activity (usually) before and after the contest
    will be on CW, SSB and RTTY, and all HF bands including the 30/17/12 meter
    bands. QSL via VE3DZ, direct or by the VE3DZ OQRS. He usually uploads to
    the LoTW.

    VE2, CANADA (Zone 2). Nicolas, VE2NCG, will be active in Zone 2 from
    Sept-Îles, Quebec, during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th) as
    a Single-Op/Single-Band (15m) entry. He states that he will be there
    between November 26th and December 1st, and will on 40/80m when the
    bands close. QSL via his home callsign, ClubLog or LoTW.

    VK, AUSTRALIA. Operators Bernd/VK2IA, Patrick/VK2PN and John/VK4CT will
    be active as VK2IA during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th) as a
    Multi-Single entry. QSL via DK2BJ.

    VP5, TURKS AND CAICOS (Update). Jim, K4QPL, will once again be active as
    VP5M from Providenciales Island (NA-002) during the CQWW DX CW Contest
    (November 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/"Probably 24-Hrs Classic Over-
    lay" entry. QSL via K4QPL or LoTW. PLEASE, NO BUREAU QSLS. Outside of the
    contest, he will sign as VP5/K4QPL.

    WP3, PUERTO RICO. Operators Al/WP3C, Paul/WP3TT and Edgar/N2GK will be
    active as WP3C during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th) as a
    Multi-Single/Low-Power entry. QSL via W3HNK. Visit the WP3C station
    Web page at:

    XP/OX, GREENLAND (Canceled). Henning, OZ2I/OZ1BII, who was expected to
    be active as XP2I from Black Ridge, Kangerlussuaq (WW Loc. GP47PA) in
    November and during the CQWW DXCW Contest, has canceled his operation
    due to the COVID-19. Instead, he will be joining the Multi-Op Team at
    OZ5E from Aarhus (see OZ above).

    XW, LAOS (Update). Simon, G6JFY/HS0ZIB/XZ2A, who is active as XW0LP
    (Suffix "LP" stands for Luang Prabang, the town in north Laos where he
    now lives), has updated his page. He states that he can now be
    active on 160/80/40/30/20/17/15/12/10 meters using FT8 and on SSTV
    (14230 kHz). He isn't authorized to use 60 meters. Simon currently uses
    an Icom IC-718, with an inverted L antenna for top band and quarter wave
    fan antennas for all the other bands. He has been spotted on 40/17/15
    meters around 0413z and 1000z. All QSL requests for QSOs should be made
    via ClubLog. Note however, that the postal service in Laos was suspended
    in March 2020, due to Covid-19, and he cannot currently send out QSL
    cards by postal. Any ClubLog QSL card requests will be sent out when the
    postal service starts again! Please DO NOT request Bureau cards - there
    is no QSL bureau in Lao PDR.

    YASME NEWS (Press Release, dated November 19th)[edited]. YASME FOUNDATION
    EXCELLENCE AWARDS -- The Yasme Excellence Award is presented to individuals
    and groups who, through their own service, creativity, effort and dedica-
    tion, have made a significant contribution to amateur radio. The contri-
    bution may be in recognition of technical, operating or organizational
    achievement, as all three are necessary for amateur radio to grow and
    prosper. The Yasme Excellence Award is in the form of a cash grant and
    an individually-engraved crystal globe.
    The Board of Directors of The Yasme Foundation is pleased to announce
    the latest recipients of the Yasme Excellence Award:
    * Brett Ruiz (PJ2BR) and Helena Ruiz (PJ2ZZ) -- Brett and Helena have
    been active leaders of VERONA for more than twenty years, including
    technical activities, disaster preparedness and relief, as well as
    training potential licensees. They act as liaisons to government
    and international organizations, as well as contributing to important
    events such as GAREC and IARU assemblies and meetings. Brett is also
    active in pursuing long-distance VHF propagation and digital communi-
    * Bob Wilson (N6TV) -- Yasme recognizes Bob's technical support to
    literally hundreds of hams through various radio manufacturer's user
    groups, to logging software communities, and the detailed assistance
    he provides to Reverse Beacon Network hosts, keeping their equipment
    configured and running. Bob also provides invaluable support to
    traveling hams worldwide when they most need help. Along with being
    technically talented he is exceptionally selfless in using that talent
    to help others, quick to encourage others in many areas.
    * Jari Perkiömäki (OH6BG) -- Jari has supported the online VOACAP soft-
    ware and website,, for almost 20 years, without compen-
    sation, making world-class HF propagation prediction and modeling
    services available to any radio amateur. He believes in team work,
    acknowledging the contributions and ideas from all of the ham com-
    munity for further development of the service, but especially from
    James Watson, M0DNS/HZ1JW, and Juho Juopperi, OH8GLV. He estimates
    that today VOACAP Online serves thousands of users, with visits from
    more than 100 countries every month, including integration with the
    DX Summit and Club Log services. He is part of the Radio Arcala,
    OH8X team and acts as a propagation specialist, assisting the WRTC
    community, RSGB and others.
    * Jim Brown (K9YC) -- Amateurs worldwide have benefited from his exten-
    sive contributions to amateur radio regarding ferrite materials and
    their use in combating RF interference, feed line applications, and
    transformers. His efforts to improve transmitter performance and
    operating practices are also greatly appreciated, as are the exten-
    sive set of personal publications available to the public and per-
    forming reviews of technical material for amateur radio publishers.

    * * * * *
    The Yasme Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation organized to
    support scientific and educational projects related to amateur radio,
    including DXing (long distance communication) and the introduction and
    promotion of amateur radio in developing countries. For additional infor-
    mation about The Yasme Foundation, visit our website at

    Ward Silver, N0AX, President
    The Yasme Foundation
    Board of Directors:
    Ward Silver, N0AX, President and Director
    Ken Claerbout, K4ZW, Vice-President, Secretary and Director
    Rusty Epps, W6OAT, Treasurer and Director
    Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T, Director
    Martti Laine, OH2BH, Director
    Fred Laun, K3ZO, Director
    Robert Vallio, W6RGG, Director
    Marty Woll, N6VI, Director
    James Brooks, 9V1YC, Director

    ZL, NEW ZEALAND. Operators Geoff/ZL3GA, Phil/ZL3PAH and Paul/ZL4TT will
    use the "Quake Contesters" callsign ZL3X during the CQWW DX CW Contest
    (November 28-29th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via LoTW. No Bureau.

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