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    Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1499

    The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
    DX Bulletin No. 1499
    BID: $OPDX.1499
    January 18, 2021
    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, AA7G, K8YSE,
    W8GEX & 60m DX News, K0BBC, DL1SBF, DL7UXG & The DX News Letter,, DX-World.Net, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425
    DX News, Sixitalia Weekly, SM7BHM, and VA3RJ & ICPO for the following
    DX information.

    DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
    week of Sunday, 10th/January, through Sunday, 17th/January there were 206
    countries active. Countries available: 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O,
    4S, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K,
    9M2, 9M6, 9V, 9Y, A2, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, CE, CE9, CM,
    CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E5/n, E5/s, E6, E7, EA, EA6, EA8,
    EA9, EI, EK, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FS, FY, G,
    GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR,
    HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J6, J7, 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, PZ, S0, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9,
    T30, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TT, TU, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR,
    V3, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2M, VP6, VP8, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, YA,
    YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, Z6, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZC4, 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".

    2021 DAY-XENIA HAMVENTION (Canceled). From the Dayton HamVention Web
    page ( "Unfortunately, several setbacks in the
    recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic make necessary the difficult decision
    to cancel Hamvention 2021. Hundreds of volunteers have been working to
    do everything necessary to bring this Hamvention to the many amateur
    radio enthusiasts and vendors who support the Dayton Hamvention.
    Vaccine distribution both in the United States and around the world is
    lagging behind what was planned. In addition, the emergence of a more
    communicable form of the COVID-19 virus increases the potential for
    further public health problems in the next few months. We make this
    difficult decision for the safety of our guests and vendors.
    Those who had their tickets, inside booths or flea market spaces deferred
    last year will be deferred again. Those who purchased 2021 tickets, inside
    booths or flea market spaces will also be deferred. If you desire a refund
    instead please email and we will contact you.
    Stay tuned for information about a QSO party for the 2021 Hamvention
    weekend. We are looking forward to the 2022 Hamvention!!!
    Executive Committee, Dayton Hamvention 2021"
    Also read the announcement on the ARRL Web page at:

    2021 ALASKA RST QSO PARTY (Special Event). Members of the North Country
    DX Association (NCDXA club K7ICE) will be on the air during their 2021
    Alaska "RST" QSO Party which started January 15th, and will end February
    15th. Look for KL7RST, KL7RST/KL7, VY1RST/KL7, VE8RST/KL7 and VY0RST/KL7
    to be on all bands and modes from several Alaska locations. Free certi-
    ficates are available with your QSL. QSL Manager is K7ICE. See K7ICE bio
    on for more details.

    3W, VIETNAM. Brian, AA5H, is expected to be active as 3W9OK from Da Nang
    (WW Loc. OK46), Vietnam, between March-April 2021. Activity will be on
    various HF bands. No other details were provided. QSL via his home call-
    sign, direct, LoTW or ClubLog's OQRS.

    5V, TOGO. Daniel, HB9EHD, will once again be active as 5VDE from Togo
    between February 11-20th. He plans to be active on the QO-100 SSB satel-
    lite below the middle beacon and on FT8 on 40/20 meters. Look for QSOs
    to be uploaded to LoTW and eQSL. QSL via HB9EHD direct.

    7S60, SWEDEN (Special Event). Members of the Kristianstads Radioamatörer
    (KRA)[SK7BQ], in the southernmost Swedish Province of Scania, will be
    activating the special event callsign 7S60BQ during the entire 2021 year
    celebrating the 60th anniversary of the club. As far as we know, this is
    the first time the prefix 7S60 is activated. Activity will be on 160m–70cm
    and possibly higher bands. QSL via LoTW, direct with 3 USDs or 3 Euros
    (no IRCs as they cannot redeem them), to their QSL Manager SM7BHM: Ewe
    Håkansson, Pilspetsvägen 4, SE-291 66 Kristianstad, Sweden. You can QSL
    via ClubLog's OQRS, also only direct, 3 USDs or 3 Euros. Do not worry if
    you see a mailing address to AA7G on PayPal. Gert, AA7G, is a member of
    the club and handles PayPal payments in coordination with SM7BHM. They
    will not be uploading logs in real-time to LoTW. They will be collected
    after each operation and uploaded to LoTW after that. Please bear in mind
    that the members of SK7BQ are both skilled world-class contest operators
    and complete beginners so have patience with them, they will let all
    members use the unique callsign if they want. A special QSL will be
    printed and sent out for the event.

    8J1, ANTARCTICA. Takumi, JG3PLH, will be active as 8J1RL from Showa
    Research Station, Queen Maud Land (AN-015), between February 2021 and
    January 2022. Activity will be on various HF bands using CW and the
    Digital modes. QSL via JG2MLI or by the JARL Bureau.

    8Q, MALDIVES (Update/Reminder). Massimo, IZ5KID, is now active as 8Q7MM
    from the Maldive Islands (AS-013) until January 23rd. Activity will be
    on 40-10 meters using mainly the FT8 with low power. QSL via his home
    callsign, direct, by the Bureau, eQSL, ClubLog and LoTW.

    8Q, MALDIVES. Michael, HB9WDF, will be active as 8Q7AO from Vilamendhoo
    Island (AS-013) between January 25th and February 7th. Activity will be
    holiday style and only on OQ-100 satellite. QSL via the Bureau, eQSL,
    ClubLog or LoTW. For more details, see:
    ADDED NOTE: The callsign 8Q7AO is a reissued callsign.

    CP, BOLIVIA (Postponed). Antonio, EA5RM, who was expected to be active
    as CP1XRM from Bolivia between January 9-26th, had to postponed his
    operation due to travel restrictions until sometime in March.

    CD0, EASTER ISLAND. LATAM Airlines pilot Camilo Johnson Amorrortu was
    recently issued the callsign CD0YJA and plans to be active from Hotu
    Matua, Easter Island (SA-001), when time permits. No other details were
    provided. QSLs go direct to XR3UNION: Conjunta Federachi Radio Club de
    Chile, Casilla 13630, Santiago de Chile, Chile.

    DP1, ANTARCTICA. By the time you read this, Felix, DL5XL, will be active
    as DP1POL from the German research station "Neumayer III" in Antarctica
    (AN-016, WAP DEU-08, (WWFF DLFF-022). He is part of the wintering team
    as an electronics engineer and will be there until mid-March. Activity
    will be on various HF bands, possibly QO-100 satellite, using CW and the
    Digital modes. QSL via DL1ZBO, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.

    GB0, ENGLAND (Special Event). Members of the British Railways Amateur
    Society (BRARS) will be active as GB0LMR during 2021. Activity is to
    celebrate 55th anniversary of the forming of the British Railways ARS
    in 1966. Activity will be on various HF/VHF/UHF bands using SSB and the
    Digital modes. QSL via the RSGB Bureau or direct to 2E1HQY. Visit the
    BRARS FaceBook page for updates:

    GB75, ENGLAND (Special Event). The GB75ISWL callsign is to celebrate the
    75th anniversary since the ISWL (International Short Wave League) was
    first formed in 1946. It will be on the air throughout 2021. Activity
    will be on most bands and modes using using CW, SSB and the Digital modes
    (FT8/FT4 and PSK31/63/125). QSL via the RSGB Bureau. Paper QSLs will be
    QSLR only, all contacts will be uploaded to eQSL.

    GU, GUERNSEY. Look for GU4YDX from Guernsey to be active during the CQ
    160m CW Contest (January 29-31st) as a Single-Op/High-Power entry. QSL
    via LoTW or GU4YDX direct.

    IOTA NEWS. The following are IOTA operations that were active this past
    week between January 11-16th (as per the DXCluster):

    IOTA Callsign Island/GROUP Bands/Modes
    ------ ---------- ------------- ------------
    AF-024 S79KW INNER 30m; FT8
    AF-049 3B8CW MAURITIUS 30/20m; FT8
    AS-004 5B4AIF CYPRUS 40m; SSB
    AS-007 8J17CALL Honshu 40m; FT8
    AS-007 JH4GJR Honshu 20m; FT8
    AS-007 JH7MQD Honshu 40m; SSB
    AS-007 JJ1DWT Honshu 20m; FT8
    AS-007 JL1JVT Honshu 20m; FT8
    AS-018 RM0F Sakhalin 40m; FT8
    AS-020 BX5AA Taiwan 20m; FT8
    AS-201 TA0ACL Sea of Marmara 20m; SSB
    EU-005 G3VGZ GREAT BRITAIN 160m;
    EU-009 GM3X ORKNEY 40m; SSB
    EU-009 GS8VL ORKNEY 20m; FT8
    EU-012 GM4LER Shetland 10m; FT8
    EU-012 MM1FEO Shetland 17m; FT8
    EU-015 SV9FBG CRETE 20m; SSB
    EU-015 SV9MBH CRETE 15m; CW
    EU-018 OY1CT FAROE 20m; CW
    EU-018 OY1DZ FAROE 30m; FT8
    EU-021 TF3XO ICELAND 20m; SSB
    EU-025 IT9FRX SICILY 20m; SSB
    EU-025 IT9OPR SICILY 20m; SSB
    EU-025 IT9UFP SICILY 20m; SSB
    EU-025 IT9VCE SICILY 20m; SSB
    EU-082 RA1ZZ/P Kildin 40/20m; CW
    EU-115 EI7HBB IRELAND 10m; SSB
    EU-115 GI3NYL IRELAND 12m; SSB
    EU-115 MI0BHX IRELAND 20m; SSB
    EU-115 MI0NWA IRELAND 40m; FT8
    EU-115 MI0OBC IRELAND 20m; FT4
    NA-015 CO8LY Cuba 60m;
    NA-026 W2YP NEW YORK STATE 40/20m; SSB
    NA-062 K2ZR/4 Key West 17m; CW
    NA-099 WP4IRV Puerto Rico 40m; FT8
    NA-102 FG5GP GUADELOUPE 40m; FT8
    NA-105 FS5GL ST MARTIN 17m; CW
    NA-106 KP2B VIRGIN 20m; SSB/FT8
    OC-001 VK6NU Australia 20m; CW
    OC-001 VK6ZH Australia 20m; CW
    OC-019 WH6HI HAWAIIAN 20m; FT8
    OC-021 YB1KI Java 40m; SSB
    OC-021 YB1RIF Java 20m; CW
    OC-021 YC1BIQ Java 20m; SSB
    OC-026 KH2ZZ GUAM 20m; FT8
    OC-036 ZL2AIM North 40m; CW
    OC-060 3D2AG/P Rotuma 20/15m; CW/FT8
    OC-088 9M6TMT BORNEO 20m; SSB
    OC-139 VK5KI Kangaroo 40/30/20/17/15m; CW/SSB/FT4/FT8
    OC-150 YB9GDP Lombok 40m; CW
    OC-166 YD7RV Laut 40m; FT8
    SA-002 VP8LP Falkland 30m; FT8
    SA-011 9Y4DG TRINIDAD 20m; FT8
    SA-011 9Z4AH TRINIDAD 40m; 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).

    NA-151. (Update) Bo, OZ1DJJ, will once again be active as OX3LX from
    Tasiilaq Island Islands (WW Loc. HP15EO), Greenland. However,
    his plane was delayed due to bad weather, and will now be active
    between January 17-30th (not 15-30th). Dates can be changed;
    watch Activity will be on 40-4 meters with a focus
    50 and 70 MHz. When not active, he will run a WSPR beacon on
    40-6 meters. He states this is NOT a DXpedition, and the best
    chance to work him will be around lunchtime and after dinner
    (his local time UTC-2), also during the weekend, possibly at
    night/morning. QSL via OZ0J direct (see Logs get
    uploaded to LoTW, ClubLog and sometimes eQSL. For more details
    and updates, watch or his Web page at:

    OC-139. Grant, VK5GR, is now active as VK5KI from Kangaroo Island.
    He states that he will be on 40/20/17/15 meters using SSB
    or Data and possibly CW. Activity will be holiday style (He
    states, "Family first this trip"). Grant will be there until
    the 21st. QSL via M0OXO. Visit the VK5GR Web page for updates

    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......

    KH9, WAKE ISLAND. Tom, NL7RR, is expected to return to Wake Island and
    be active as NL7RR/KH9 starting in mid-February. He plans to stay for
    90 days this trip. Last activity he was on 40/20 meters SSB. QSL via AL7J.

    LU, ARGENTINA (Special Event). Members of Argentina's AMSAT-LU group and
    several radio clubs will be celebrating the 31st anniversary of the LUSAT
    (LO-19) satellite with the special callsign LU7AA between now and January
    24th. Activity will be on various HF bands using CW, SSB and FT8. A special
    Certificate and Commemorative QSL is available (see QSL via LU7AA,
    direct or eQSL. For more details, see:

    P21, THE NETHERLANDS (Special Event). Members of the Girls Scouting
    organization, TDOTA (Thinking Day On The Air), with some boys from the
    Boy Scouts organization JOTA (Jamboree On The Air), will activate the
    special event callsign PA21BP during February. The callsign PA 21 BP
    stands for commemorating the founder of the world's biggest youth move-
    ment Scouting: Baden Powell (BP). Operators of this callsign are the
    operators of the PA3EFR/J-crew, a specialist group of Scouters, members
    of Scouting Nederland through the national Fellowship called Plusscouts.
    This crew primarily brings TDOTA and JOTA to Scouting groups that are
    eager to get involved in the annual global Radio Scouting activities.
    The operators mentioned are: Patrick/PE2PVD, Guido/PD2GWE, Evelyn/PD1EHO,
    Sander/PD9HIX, Thomas/PA3TVV, Maarten/PD2SVA, Ramon/PD1RJM, Anne-Paul/
    PD3APM, Bas/PD7BDN, Ronald/PB7TT and Erwin/PA3EFR. Activity will be on
    all bands and modes (Digital modes like FT-4/8, DMR and Echolink). QSL
    PA21BP via PA3EFR.

    PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (January 18-24th).......
    Jan/18th LN Jan/21st HN Jan/23rd HN
    Jan/19th LN Jan/22nd AN Jan/24th LN
    Jan/20th LN

    ----------------- ------ -------- ------
    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:
    * Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) & National Oceanic and
    Atmospheric Adminisration (NOAA):
    * 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 from DB0SDX by Lothar, DL1SBF ( (January 17th)
    and various sources provided by OPDX
    4O3A via VE3EXY HG0M via HA0ML SX6A via SV2GWY
    7X5QB via EA5ZD HG1A via HA1ZN T30TM via VK1TX
    7Z1AL via EC6DX HG1G via HA1YI T6AA via S53R
    7Z1OO via EC6DX HG3X via HA3IN TT8SN via DL9USA
    9A/K3BV via K3BV (L) HG6N via HA6KNB (d/L) UG5F via RW3DSR
    9G5FI via DL1RTL HG6R via HA6IHA UK8IF via RW6HS
    9J2MM via N4GNR HH2MK via EB7DX UK8OWW via UK8OM
    9M2TO via JA0DMV HI8JSG via RW6HS V51WH via DK2WH
    CM2IU via RW6HS (d) HI8MU via EA5ZD V7/KX4QD via KX4QD
    CO2AME via RW6HS (d/L) KH0W via KC0W VE2CSI via M0URX
    CO8HF via W2CCW KL7RST via K7ICE VK5KI via M0OXO
    CO8LY via EA7ADH KP4/AB2RF via JJ2RCJ VQ9T via DU7ET (d)
    DP0POL/MM via DL5EBE LC3A via LB8IB (L) W7IST/XE2 via W7IST
    DR50AGCW via DL1DXL (B) M3D via G3XTT (O/L) XR2K via CE2ML
    EA9KB via EA7FTR R0AD via RW6HS (d) YP0C via YO3CZW & (L)
    EO0UD via UR7UT S520SAFE via S56IPS YT8A via YU1EA (d/L)
    FM5FJ via KU9C S79KW via N4GNR ZA/IN3PPH via IN3PPH & (L)
    FS4WBS via IZ1MHY S79VU via N4GNR ZY4D via PS8RV
    HC1HC via NE8Z SN0LEWIN via SP2KPD

    (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 will be sent via the Bureau - No QSL needed



    (OC-298), VK4DX/p, XR8RRC (SA-032) and YJ8RN

    QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 5I0DX (2014), 5V7EI (2019), H40TT (2019)
    and YJ0AG (2018)
    --- We would like to see more QSL Bureaus (such as AS/US/SA/AF.. etc)
    send in their info....

    SZ1821, GREECE (Special Event). Members of the Radio Amateur Association
    of Western Peloponnese (ERDYP) will activate the followng special event
    stationd between March 1-31st:
    SZ1821R -- No specific details available yet
    SZ21AD -- In memory of the Greek Hero Athanasios Diakos
    SZ21GK -- In memory of the Greek Hero George Karaiskakis
    SZ21LB -- In memory of the Greek Hero Laskarina Mpoumpoulina
    SZ21PF -- In memory of the Greek Hero Papa Flessas
    SZ21TK -- In memory of the Greek Hero Theodoros Kolokotronis; operators
    mentioned are SV2JAO, SV2LZX, SV3BSF, SV3GKU, SV3QUB, SV3SFK,
    SV3SKM and possibly more. A free SZ21TK Certificate is
    available; see for details
    SZ31TK -- No specific details available yet

    Activity is to celebrate the Greek Revolution of 1821 and the 200th
    anniversary of Hellenic War of Independence. Look for operations on
    various HF bands and modes. QSL via LoTW or eQSL.

    TM1, FRANCE (Special Event). Vincent, F4CVQ, will be active with the
    special event callsign TM1CCA from Remoncourt, France, for the "Village
    Association Fighting Against Pediatric Cancers." Activity will be on
    various HF bands. Operation will be on most weekends through March. QSL
    via F4CVQ or eQSL.

    VQ9, CHAGOS ISLANDS. If you missed OPDX Special Bulletin OPDX.1498.1,
    Randy, WW6RG, informs OPDX that his Diego Garcia operation has been
    canceled. He states, "They have just changed their Covid-19 restrictions
    and we cannot leave our Base Housing which will make setting up my equip-
    ment impossible. Hopefully will be back out to another International
    location by mid March."

    ZD8, ASCENSION ISLAND (Update). Operator Tev, TA1HZ, is now active as
    ZD8HZ, and is there on a working assignment in Georgetown on Ascension
    Island (AF-003) for the duration of 2021. He will try to be on the air
    during his free time (since he is there working) using a Yaesu FT991
    running 100w to a Windom wire antenna (80m-10m). Activity this past
    Sunday (17th) has been mainly FT8 on 20 and 17 meters. QSL via LoTW,
    CLubLog or eQSL. He states, "If you still need a hard-copy QSL card,
    please DO NOT SEND ANYTHING BEFORE 2022. I will not be back to Istanbul
    to check my POB 73 address and your mail can get lost."

    ZP, PARAGUAY. Manu, ZP9MCE, will be active from Hohenau-Itapúa during the
    ARRL DX CW Contest (February 20-21st) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (80m)
    entry. QSL via LoTW or EA5ZD.

    ZY7, BRAZIL. Operators Orlando/PT2OP, Ronaldo/PS8RV and Jim/PY7XC will
    be active as ZY7T from the Tamandaré Lighthouse (ARLHS BRA-102; DFB PE-02)
    between February 19-23rd. Activity will also be in the 13th American Light-
    house Weekend. QSL via PT2OP, direct, eQSL or LoTW.

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