Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin #1504

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    Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1504

    The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
    DX Bulletin No. 1504
    BID: $OPDX.1504
    February 22, 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, WC6DX, K8BL,
    K8LBT, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m DX News, DL1SBF, DL7UXG & The DX News Letter,
    DXNews.com, DX-World.Net, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, I1JQJ/IK1ADH
    & 425 DX News, Sixitalia Weekly, UA3DX, VA3RJ & ICPO and VK5GR for
    the following DX information.

    ** EDITOR'S SPECIAL NOTICE: This week's bulletin was sent out earlier
    than normal to accommodate the late ARRL DX CW Contest announcements.
    Also, we wanted to provide the readers with a consolidated listing
    of the ARRL DX CW Contest participants.

    DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
    week of Saturday, 13th-February, through Friday, 19th-February there were
    212 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 3X,
    4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7X, 8P, 8Q,
    8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP,
    BV, BY, C2, C3, C6, CE, 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, F, FG,
    FK, FM, FO, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH,
    HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J6, J7, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, JY, K,
    KG4, KH0, KH6, KH9, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0,
    OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ7, PY, PZ, S0, S5, S7, SM, SP,
    ST, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2,
    UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2M, VP8, VP9,
    VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, 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".

    3X & 9L, GUINEA AND SIERRA LEONE. Jean-Phillipe, F1TMY, currently active as
    J28PJ from Djibouti, has announced via Twitter (https://twitter.com/J28Pj)
    that he will be active from Guinea (3X) and Sierra Leone (9L) sometime in
    September 2021. He also plans (possibly) to do some IOTA side trips to
    AF-037 (in the Northern/Western Province Group) and AF-051 (in the Guinee-
    Maritime Province South Group). Look for more details to be forthcoming.

    4A, MEXICO. Members of the Radio Experimentadores of Campeche will activate
    the special callsign 4A3G from the Champoton Lighthouse (MEX-093, WW Loc.
    EK49) between February 19-21st. Activity will include this weekend's 13th
    American Lighthouse Weekend and throughout the year 2021 in different
    amateur radio events. Operations will be on various HF bands, satellites
    and the Digital modes bands; as long as the propagation allows it. QSL
    via XE3AA or LoTW.

    4UNR, AUSTRIA. QSL Manager Nick, UA3DX, informs OPDX that the members of
    the Amateur Radio Contest DX Club (ARCDXC, http://www.cqdx.ru/4u1a ) will
    NOT be using the special callsign 4UNR for "World Radio Day" from the
    4U1A station at the United Nations Vienna International Center this year.

    5V, TOGO (Update/Change). Daniel, HB9EHD, who was active as 5VDE, is now
    signing 5V7DE from Togo until February 20th. He state, "There is a problem
    with the callsign 5VDE on FT8, due to non ICU standard callsign." QSL via
    HB9EHD direct or LoTW.

    AMERICAN LIGHTHOUSE WEEKEND. Just a reminder that the 13th American
    Lighthouses Weekend sponsored by the Bahia Blanca DX Group in Argentina
    will also be held this weekend between February 19-21st. For complete
    details and a list of participating stations, see:
    http://www.grupodxbb.com.ar
    Currently, there are 70 participates and 15 countries listed.

    C9, MOZAMBIQUE (Reminder). Bruno, CS7AMN, is expected to be active now as
    C91BVA from Maputo. Length of his stay is unknown. Activity will be on
    80/40/20/15/10 meters using SSB and the Digital modes with an IC-7400
    into End-Fed antenna. QSL via LoTW, by the Bureau (via CS7AMN), ClubLog
    or eQSL.

    FM, MARTINIQUE. Romanic, W7ROM, is now active as FM4WDM from Le Morne-Vert.
    Activity has been on 15 meters FT8 using a FT-818 + LDG W817 into a W3EDP-
    style antenna; he also has a FT-450D. QSL via operators instructions.

    FM, MARTINIQUE. Laurent, FM5BH, will be active during the ARRL DX CW
    Contest (February 20-21st) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry.
    QSL via W3HNK or LoTW.

    IOTA NEWS. The following are IOTA operations that were active this past
    week between February 15-18th (as per the DXCluster):

    IOTA Callsign Island/GROUP Bands/Modes
    ------ ---------- ------------- ------------
    AF-004 EA8DHV CANARY 15m; CW
    AF-004 EA8ED CANARY 20m; SSB
    AF-016 FR8TG Reunion 17m; CW
    AF-022 ZD7FT St. Helena 20m; SSB
    AF-024 S79VU INNER 20m; SSB
    AN-016 ZS7ANF Antarctica 30m; CW
    AS-003 4S7AB Sri Lanka 12m; CW
    AS-004 5B4ALX Cyprus 20m; SSB
    AS-007 JA3MIX Honshu 40m; CW
    AS-078 JA8COE Hokkaido 20m; SSB
    EU-001 SV5DKL DODECANESE 20m; CW
    EU-003 CU2CO EASTERN 20m; SSB
    EU-005 G4KLE GREAT BRITAIN 40m; CW
    EU-009 MM0EAX ORKNEY 80m; FT8
    EU-018 OY1CT FAROE 20m; CW
    EU-021 TF2MSN ICELAND 17m; SSB
    EU-022 JX2US Jan Mayen 30m; CW
    EU-023 9H1SF Malta 17m; SSB
    EU-023 9H1TT Malta 40m; SSB
    EU-023 9H5JO Malta 20m; SSB
    EU-025 IQ9UI SICILY 40m; CW
    EU-025 IT9JAV SICILY 40m; SSB
    EU-025 IT9RZR SICILY 12m; FT8
    EU-067 SZ8ERS KYKLADES 20m; CW
    EU-131 IK3PQH/P VENETO REGION 40m; SSB
    NA-015 CO8LY Cuba 17m; SSB
    NA-018 OX3AH GREENLAND 20m; SSB
    NA-066 WA6ED CALIFORNIA STATE SOUTH 80m; FT8
    NA-099 NP3A Puerto Rico 20m; SSB
    NA-101 J73WA Dominica 20m; FT8
    NA-101 J79WTA Dominica 80m; FT8
    NA-107 FM8QR Martinique 20m; SSB
    OC-001 VK3IO Australia 40m; SSB
    OC-001 VK3VM Australia 10m; FT8
    OC-021 YC1CBY Java 80m; FT8
    OC-021 YC2WXV Java 40m; CW
    OC-028 V73NS RALIK CHAIN 20m; CW
    OC-088 9M6TMT BORNEO 20m; SSB
    OC-097 5W1SA SAMOA 20m; FT8
    OC-129 DU6/PE1NSQ VISAYAN 17m; FT8
    OC-201 ZL1RKO NORTH ISLAND'S COASTAL 20m; FT8
    SA-008 LU4XAP Tierra del Fuego 10m; CW
    SA-036 P44W Aruba 160m;
    SA-099 PJ2LS CURACAO 40m; FT8

    ** 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-249. Members of the Vieques Island Amateur Radio Club will be active
    as NP3VI from the Conde de Mirasol Fort Museum on Vieques Island
    (PUR-015) during the 13th American Lighthouse Weekend. Activity
    will be on 80-10meters using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL via EA5GL.

    OC-145. "The Daily DX" reports that there is a newly licensed radio
    amateur located on Ternate Island. His name and callsign is
    Heru Witanto, YG8VAS. Activity has been on 80/40 meters using
    SSB, with an Icom IC-718 and 100 watts into his dipole. QSL
    via his home callsign.

    SA-018. Members of the Melipulli Radio Club will be active as CB7FT
    from the TabonN Island Lighthouse (LH-0750, CHI-049) between
    February 19-21st. Activity will be on various HF bands using
    SSB and the Digital modes, including the 13th American Light-
    houses Weekend. QSL via EA5GL.

    SA-055. Carlos, LU8DCH, will be active as LU8DCH/D from Martin Garcia
    Island (ARG-045) between February 20-22nd. Activity will include
    the 13th American Lighthouses Weekend. QSL via direct or eQSL.

    SA-079. Members of the Brazilian Amateur Radio Emission League - LABRE/RJ
    will be active as PT1F from the Lighthouse on Rasa de Guaratiba
    Island between February 20-22nd. Activity includes 13th American
    Lighthouses Weekend. Operations will be on 80-2 meters and 70cm,
    using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL via the Burea (PY1AA), direct, LoTW
    and eQSL. ADDED NOTE: Wolf, DK1FW, states, "Like in the last
    2 years PT1F will most likely not operate from SA-079 but from
    a mainland location with visibility to the lighthouse. This
    satisfies the requirements for lighthouse activation."

    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......

    IS0, SARDINIA. Tibor, OM3RM, will be active as IS0/OM3RM from Sardinia
    (Remotely) during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 20-21st) as a Single-
    Op/Single-Band (40m) entry. QSL via OM2VL, direct or by the Bureau.

    JD1, MINAMI TORISHIMA. Take, JG8NQJ, will once again be active as JG8NQJ/JD1
    from Marcus Island, Minami Torishima (OC-073, JCG 10007). He will go there
    starting March 10th or 17th, and be there for 3 months, but will not be on
    the air for about 2 weeks. He is usually there to work on the island's
    weather station. Activity will be limited to his spare time. He will
    usually be mainly on 17 meters, but will also be on 20/15/12/10/6 meters
    using CW possibly RTTY), with a Yaesu FT-450 and 50W. QSL via JA8CJY or
    by the Bureau via JG8NQJ.

    KP4, PUERTO RICO. Operators Ken/KP4AA and Will/AA4NC will be active as
    KP4AA from Cabo Rojo during the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February
    20-21st) as a Multi-Single/High-Power entry. QSL via direct.

    NP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS. Dan, K8RF, will be active as NP2J from St.
    Croix during the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 20-21st)
    as a Single-Op/Single-Band (160m) entry. QSL via LoTW or direct: Dan
    Flaig, PO Box 25941, Christiansted, VI 00824-194. PLEASE, no Bureau
    cards.

    NP3, PUERTO RICO. Yuriy, N2TTA, will be active as NP3X from the Coamo
    Contest Club station during the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February
    20-21st) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via EB7DX.

    OE, AUSTRIA. Alex, OE3DMA, will be active during the 18th Antarctic
    Activity Week (AAW - February 20-28th) as OE18AAW from Altenburg (WAP-309,
    OEFF-0077) during that event. Activity will be on various HF bands. QSL
    via OE3DMA.

    OE21, AUSTRIA (Special Event). The Cornish Radio Amateur Club's official
    International Marconi Day (IMD) Award program was canceled due to the
    Corona virus situation. However, the special callsign OE21M will operate
    between April 24-26th, 0000-2400z. to commemorate the anniversary of
    Guglielmo Marconi's birthday (April 25th, 1874). QSL direct to: DokuFunk,
    OE21M, An den Steinfeldern 4A, Vienna A-1230, Austria. QSL by the Bureau
    via OE1WHC.

    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
    PLEASE NOTE: OUTLOOK users PLEASE read below.

    PJ2, CURACAO. Operators Dan/N1ZZ, Don/AF4Z, Walter/WB5ZGA and Vince/K4JC,
    will be active as PJ2T from Curacao (SA-099, WLOTA 0942) in the ARRL DX
    SSB Contest (March 6-7th) as a Multi/? entry. QSL PJ2T via W3HNK. Oper-
    ators will be on the island between March 1-5th, and will be active as
    PJ2/homecall on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, CW and possibly FT8. QSL
    PJ2/homecalls via their homecalls.

    PJ4, BONAIRE. Marty, W1MD, will be active as PJ4A from the "PJ4G Radio
    House" on Bonaire (SA-006, WLOTA LH-1279) during ARRL DX SSB Contest
    (March 6-7th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20 or 15m) entry. Outside the
    contest, Marty will be active as PJ4/W1MD. QSL PJ4A via K4BAI or LoTW.
    QSL PJ4/W1MD via his home callsign. Check out the "PJ4G Radio House" at:
    http://www.pj4g.com

    PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (February 22-28).......
    Feb/22nd HN Feb/25th AN Feb/27th AN
    Feb/23rd LN Feb/26th AN Feb/28th LN
    Feb/24th HN

    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
    * Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) & National Oceanic and
    Atmospheric Adminisration (NOAA):
    https://www.swpc.noaa.gov
    https://www.swpc.noaa.gov/products/solar-cycle-progression
    * 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 from DB0SDX by Lothar, DL1SBF (www.qslinfo.eu)
    (February 14th & 19th) and various sources provided by OPDX
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    3Z100ZOSP via SP9PSJ OG66X via OH8GDU SX200JRF via SV1JRF
    4L8A via M0OXO OG70AD via OH3AD SX200KF via SV2KF (d/L)
    4X1WW via UA4CC OL57ZW via OK1YM SX200LLB via SV2LLB (d/B)
    5Q2J via OZ2JBC OL70DG via OK1DG SX200OCQ via SV1OCQ (d/e)
    5V7DE via HB9EHD OL70KRT via OK2UYU SX200QNV via SV7QNV
    6Y5HN via EA5GL OO5Z via ON5AZ SX200RGI via SV9RGI (d/L)
    7S6WRD via SK6SAQ OO9O via ON7SS SX200RIB via SV7RRL (d/B/L)
    7Z1AL via EC6DX OR1Z via ON6IX (d/e) SX200RMA via SV8RMA (d/L)
    8Q7SZ via RU3AN OT4CARE via ON4WRA SX200SFK via SV3SFK & (L)
    9A0DIG via 9A3SM P44W via N2MM SX200SFZ via SV1SFX
    9K60OD via EC6DX PA21CC via PA2TM SSX200SPD via SV3SPD
    A25SL via N4GNR PA6X via PA7CW & (L) SX200WT via SV2WT (L/e)
    AO3WRD via EA3RKF (d/e) PI4A via PB1WB SX3A via SV2GWY (d/L)
    AO8WRD via EA3RKF (d/e) PI4FL via PA3HEB TC46KMR via TA8BZ
    AP2TN via DJ9ZB PI4M via PA0MBD & (L) TM23JMR via F8GGZ
    CO6RD via EA5GL PJ4/W1MD via W1MD TM2DB via F5PTA (e)
    DF0GDX via DL6DH PJ4NX via M0URX UK8ICU via RW6HS
    EO50FF via UX0FF RO98AE via RQ7L UK8IF via RW6HS
    HB15SOTA via HB9DPR S79VU via N4GNR (d) UK8ZC via RW6HS
    HC6CR via EC5R SB6A via SA6AOA (L) V51WH via DK2WH
    HI9/F5PLR via F5PLR SF400B via SK6LK V85A via EB7DX
    HK0RMR via EA5ZD SN65KDU via SP9KDU VK100AF via M0URX
    HZ1SK via IZ8CLM & (L) SX200AEL via SV2AEL (d/L) W7P via NF7E (d)
    II2V via IK2AQZ SX200CLJ via SV2CLJ XW0LP via EA5GL
    II4BUY via IQ4FE SX200CQN via SV1CQN YP145B via YO7KFX
    IQ3DD via IN3ZWF SX200CXW via SV2CXW (L/e) YU51ANO via YU1EA
    IQ9UI via IT9CHU SX200DAY via SV1DAY & (L) Z81B via IZ0EGA
    J73ESL via EA5GL & (L) SX200EXU via SV3EXU ZA/IK2RLM via IZ2LSP
    JX2US via LA2US (O/L) SX200FJF via SV1FJF (d/L) ZC4GR via EB7DX
    KH0/KC0W via KC0W SX200FRI via SV5FRI ZF2MJ via N6MJ
    LC5C via LA6KOA SX200FUO via SV3FUO (L) ZM2B via ZL2BR
    LZ18ANT via LZ3SM SX200HXX via SV2HXX (d/L) ZP4KFX via IK2DUW
    M2L via M0OXO (O) SX200JFL via (B/e/L/C)
    OG4X via OH1MA SX200JMC via SV1JMC

    (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

    LOGS ONLINE (New/Updated) AVAILABLE ON CLUBLOG.ORG THIS WEEK......
    https://clublog.org/logsearch/9G5FI (Updated)
    https://clublog.org/logsearch/KP4/AB2RF (Updated)
    https://clublog.org/logsearch/PJ7AA (Updated)
    https://clublog.org/logsearch/ZD8HZ (Updated)

    NEW QSL ROUTE. Miguel, EA5ZD, is now the new QSL Manager for HK0RMR
    on the Isla de San Andres. Check out QRZ.com for more details about
    Frank, HK0RMR.

    VK5KI (OC-139) QSL STATUS. Grant, VK5GR, reports: For those looking
    for electronic confirmation from the VK5KI activation on Kangaroo
    Island (OC-139), the LOTW records were uploaded today (Feb. 15th)
    and the blackout period for ClubLog matching should be ending also.
    Thanks again to everyone to gave us a call in January 2021. If you
    still want a paper QSL card – OQRS is open via my QSL Manager Charles,
    M0OXO.

    QSLS RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 4Z3A, 5V7TH, B7P, EA9BO, FS/OS1T, GS8VL, HI8O,
    HL5BCH, J73WA, J79WTA, JW5E, JX2US, JY5IB, OM2VL, OY9JD, PY0S/PS7JN,
    SM0BRF, SV9FBG, TI2CC, TZ4AM, UA9CR, VK5KI (OC-139), VK5PW, VK5SFA,
    VP8ON, WL7AI, WP3R, YB8XOB, YP3A and ZF5T

    QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: E51WL, KH0/KC0W and KH0W

    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....

    TY, BENIN. Ian, ZS6JSI, has been active recently as ZS6JSI/TY from Parakou
    about 400km north from capital city. He has been there since late January
    and is expected to be there for 6 months. Activity recently has been mainly
    on 20 meters FT8 around 1630-1700z and 2130-2200z. However, Ian has told
    OPDX that he operates mobile and can be on 80/40/20 meters using SSB and
    FT8. Equipment is an ICOM IC-718 transceiver with 100 watts into a ZS6BKW
    directional antenna pointed towards Europe and Africa and a Trap dipole
    directional towards the Americas. Ian states when time allows to look for
    him between 6:00pm and 8:00pm local time. He mentions, "I will confirm on
    (https://logbook.qrz.com/), (http://qrzcq.com/) and I have applied for
    LoTW await the certificate." ADDED NOTE: Ian states that he operates
    from the Trans World Radio [TWR] (https://www.twr.org) gospel broadcast
    station in Parakou on 1476 and 1566 kHz.

    VK9C, COCOS KEELING ISLANDS. Members of the Northern Corridor Radio Group
    will be active as VK9CE from Cocos Keeling Islands (OC-003) between March
    16-23rd. Operators mentioned are Steve/VK6SJ, Wayne/VK6EH, Stu/VK6SSB,
    Gerald/VK6XI, Chris/VK6LOL, Brian/VK6BMA, Tim/VK6EI, Alex/VK6KCC, John/
    VK6NU and Brian/VK6MIT. Activity will be holiday style on 80-10 meters
    (possibly 6m) using CW, SSB and FT8, with two radios and modest antennas.
    They will have a Cushcraft vertical for 80-10m (including 30/17/12m), an
    Ultrabeam UB-V40 vertical for 40-10m and wire antennas for 40m and 80m.
    Radios will be a Flex 6700 and an Icom 7300; both with amplifiers up to
    400W (the legal limit for VK). QSL via LoTW, ClubLog or eQSL. Paper QSL
    via EB7DX. The original VK9CE team was not going to have paper QSLs. But
    after some deliberation and a number of offers to manage their paper QSLs,
    they have decided to take up an offer from David, EB7DX, to manage the
    paper QSLs (direct and Bureau). They will still be uploading to eQSL,
    ClubLog and QRZ.com in real time (pending good enough internet access)
    and at least daily to LoTW. They state, "Big shout out and thanks to
    Pedro/EA5GL and Bob/N2OO who also offered to do our Paper QSLs."

    VK9W WILLIS ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS (Update). Members of Hellenic Amateur
    Radio Association of Australia (HARAOA) have announced their dates for
    the Willis Island (VK9/W) [OC-007] DXpedition. According to John, VK3YP,
    Team Co-leader, the dates for VK9HR Willis Islans are locked-in between
    November 3-13th. The team will use the ship "MV Alfred Wallace" and
    depart from Cairns, Australia. The current list of operators are Tommy/
    VK2IR, John/VK3YP, Raffy/VK2RF, Carl/VK2OK and Patrick/VK2PN, with addi-
    tional operators to be announced (TBA). Due to time constraints (operators
    away too long from their jobs etc.), the Mellish Reef will be on the radar
    for activation in 2022. John states [edited], "We are working with the
    license regulator (Aust. Maritime College) for a VK9W callsign (2x1) to
    be issued for this event. If we are unable to secure VK9W, we will revert
    to VK9HR." As mentioned in their early announcement, they plan to have
    seven operators and will be active on 160/80/40/30/20/17/15/12/10 meters
    using CW, SSB and FT8, with four transceivers with amps into verticals
    and VDAs (Vertical Dipole Array). [Full set of 20m to 10m VDAs, 30m ver-
    tical full size, 40m vertical full size, 160/80m Inverted L; see a photo
    of their 12m VDA tested at Botany Bay Sydney at: https://ibb.co/vZP71Hk]
    No other details have been released. For updates, possibly watch QRZ.com
    or the HARAOA Web page at: http://www.haraoa.com

    VP5, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS. Jim, K4QPL, will be active as VP5M from
    the Providenciales during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 20-21st) as
    Single-Op entry. QSL via LoTW.

    VP8, FALKLAND ISLANDS. Neil, VP8AWU, on the Falkland Islands (SA-002),
    was heard on 40 meters SSB, February 15th and 17th, between 0100-0300z.
    QSL via direct only.

    YB, INDONESIA. Hans, YB2DX, will once again be active during the CQWW
    WPX SSB Contest (March 27-28th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via
    LoTW or direct to his home callsign.

    Z8, SOUTH SUDAN. Massimo, IZ0EGB, is once again active as Z81B and working
    in Juba, South Sudan. Length of stay is unknown. Most of his activity has
    been on 20 meters SSB. QSL via IZ0EGA, ClubLog, eQSL and LoTW.

    ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS. Dan, N6MJ, will be active as ZF1A on Grand Cayman
    Islands (NA-016) during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 20-21st) as a
    Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. Look for activity outside of the
    contest on 160-10 meters including 30/17/12 meters. QSL via LoTW.

    ZL, NEW ZEALAND. Operators Mark/ZL3AB, Geoff/ZL3GA and Phil/ZL3PAH will
    use the "Quake Contesters" callsign ZL3X during the ARRL DX CW Contest
    (February 20-21st) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via LoTW, ClubLog or direct
    to ZL3PAH. No Bureau.

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    The following stations are expected to be active in the
    ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 20-21st, 2021)
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    Thanks to Bill, NG3K, for providing OPDX readers with the following
    consolidated listing of the participants in the 2021 ARRL DX CW Contest.
    For a more detailed listing (and up-to-date changes/corrections) in HTML
    format, please visit Bill's Web page at:
    http://www.ng3k.com/Misc/adxc2021.html (By callsign)
    http://www.ng3k.com/Misc/adxcd2021.html (By entity)
    For the complete set of rules, see: http://www.arrl.org/arrl-dx
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    Contest DXCC Class QSL
    Callsign Entity Route
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    3V8SS Tunisia SOAB LP LoTW; QSL via LX1NO
    FM5BH Martinique SOAB HP W3HNK
    HH2AA Haiti SO LP LoTW
    IS0/OM3RM Sardinia SOSB 40M OM2VL (d/B)
    KH7M Hawaii SO LoTW; QSL via KH6ZM (d)
    KP2B US Virgin Islands M/S EB7DX
    NP2J US Virgin Islands SO LoTW
    NP3X Puerto Rico SOAB EB7DX
    NP4DX Puerto Rico M/S M0OXO
    P44W Aruba SOAB LoTW; QSL via N2MM (d)
    PJ4A Bonaire SOSB 20M LoTW; QSL via K4BAI
    VP5M Turks & Caicos SO LoTW
    YB2DX Indonesia SOAB LoTW; QSL via YB2DX (d)
    YB0ECT Indonesia SOSB 20M W2FB
    ZF1A Cayman Islands SOAB HP LoTW
    ZL3X New Zealand M/2 LoTW
    ZP9MCE Paraguay SOSB 80M LoTW; QSL via EA5ZD
    (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

    INTERESTING FACT/NOTE: Only 17 participants listed (by NG3K) for 2021...
    47 participants listed for 2020...
    50 participants listed for 2019...
    34 participants listed for 2018...
    53 participants listed for 2017...

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