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    Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1514

    The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
    DX Bulletin No. 1514
    BID: $OPDX.1514
    May 3, 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, K3LR, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, K4ZW,
    W4VQ, W5JON, AA7A, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m DX News, DL1SBF, DL7UXG & The
    DX News Letter,, DX-World.Net, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX,
    I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, International DX Press, John Whitby, LA4LN,
    Pete Rayer & ISWL, Sixitalia Weekly and VA3RJ & ICPO for the following
    DX information.

    "Celebrating 30 years (March 1991) of FREE DX News"

    DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for
    the week of Sunday, 25th/April, through Sunday, 2nd/May there were 211
    countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L,
    4O, 4S, 4U1U, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5R, 5V, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 9A, 9G, 9H,
    9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9V, 9Y, A2, A4, 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, EY, F, FG, FH, FK, FM,
    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, J3, J6, J7, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4,
    KH0, KH2, 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, PJ5, PY, PZ, S0, S2, S5, S7, SM,
    SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T5, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TT, TY, TZ, UA,
    UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP8, VP8/h, VP9,
    VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XX9, 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".

    3Y0J BOUVET ISLAND DXPEDITION (Press Release #2 from the Intrepid-DX Group,
    dated April 29th). 3Y0J Dxpedition to Bouvet Island, January/February 2023
    [edited] -- Bouvet is like the Mount Everest of DXCC entities. It is among
    the most challenging entities to activate due to significant transportation
    costs and personal sacrifices required by the team to make the 42 day round
    trip. Fortunately, Bouvet is not our first mountain. We are well prepared
    for this challenge.
    All plans are going well. We are researching polar quality tents and
    equipment. We are discussing antenna specifications with various manu-
    facturers. We will make careful choices to help us meet the demand for
    Bouvet contacts.
    We are delighted to add a second Physician to our team. Dr. Mike Crown-
    over/AB5EB and Dr. Bill Straw/KO7SS are both seasoned Emergency Physicians
    and will help the team immensely with their expertise.
    Our fund-raising is going very well. We have received a significant
    donation from our longtime friend Y. Zorro Miyazawa, JH1AJT. Zorro has
    always been an enthusiastic supporter of our missions and his generosity
    is greatly appreciated.
    We are pleased to announce that we will receive the ARRL's Colvin Grant,
    as well as large donations from the Far East DX-ploiters Foundation, the
    German DX Foundation and the Twin Cities DX Association. We would love to
    add your Club or your Call to our sponsors pages.
    This will be an arduous and expensive mission. Our budget is $764,000
    USDs and the 3Y0J team will fund much of this mission. We desperately
    need the global DX Community to support our mission and help us make
    this important activation of the #2 most wanted DXCC entity. It is only
    through this kind of support that we can achieve our mission of making
    100,000 contacts or more from Bouvet.
    In closing, we especially wish to thank our many Foundation, Club and
    Individual donors. Without this kind of support, operations to the world's
    rarest entities would not be possible. Please include your call sign,
    mailing address and email address with your PayPal submissions. We would
    not want to miss QSLing with you!
    You can follow our plans from our website and the 3Y0J Facebook:
    Thank you,
    Paul Ewing-N6PSE Co-Leader
    Kenneth Opskar-LA7GIA Co-Leader

    A3, TONGA (Update/Dates). After one year of being QRT since May 2020 due
    to Covid-19, Masa, JA0RQV, will once again be active as A35JP from Tong-
    atapu Island (OC-049) between the end of May and October. Schedule might
    be changed due to Covid-19. He states, "This time, I will be stationed
    there as a resident supervisor of the international corporation project."
    Activity will be on 80-6 meters using CW, SSB and FT8. Equipment is an
    IC-7300 w/100W into a Vertical antenna. QSL via LoTW and ClubLog, or
    direct w/2 USDs or by the Bureau via his home callsign JA0RQV. He states,
    "If you need paper QSL, please be patient to receive it because I will
    be able to issue paper QSL after I return to Japan in November 2021.
    Please do not send SASE to my home address." He also mentions, "During
    the period, if possible, I will try to activate some outer islands again
    such as Niuatoputapu (OC-191), Niuafo'ou (OC-123), Vava'u (OC-064) and
    Ha'apai (OC-169). Details will be announced once decided." For more
    details and updates, visit his Blog page at:

    C5, THE GAMBIA. Operators Luc/F5RAV, Gerard/F5NVF and Abdel/M0NPT are
    hoping to be active as C5C from The Gambia sometime in October/November
    depending on Covid-19 travel restriction. Activity will be on various
    HF bands using CW, SSB, Digital and the Satellites. QSL via F5RAV.

    CTU AND HAMVENTION FORUM (Now OPEN To Register). Tim, K3LR, reports the
    following on April 27th [edited]: Registration is now OPEN for Virtual
    Contest University 2021 on May 20th, 2021, and for 2021 Hamvention Forums
    on May 21st, 2021. Both events are being held live through Zoom Webinar
    and are free. You must register to be included in the webinars. You need
    to register for each event separately. Four Icom radios will be given
    away at each virtual event. The drawing times are random and you must
    be registered and on Zoom at the time of the drawing to win. Both events
    will be recorded and available on YouTube at the conclusion of the events.
    For more information please go to:

    D73/HL41, SOUTH KOREA (Special Event). Members of the Korean Amateur
    Radio League (KARL)[HL0HQ] are using the special callsign HL41GDM in
    remembrance of the 41st anniversary of the Democratic Uprising (May 18th,
    1980). Activity will be on all bands and modes through May 31st. QSL via
    HL4CCM, direct, by the Bureau, ClubLog, or eQSL. For more details, see:

    DL25, GERMANY. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the "German DX Foun-
    dation" (GDXF), look for the special event callsign DL25GDXF to be active
    between May 1st and July 31st. QSL via DL6DH. The callsign is good towards
    the GDXF diploma which is a mandatory QSO. For details, see:

    DXCC'S MOST WANTED (ClubLog). The "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list has
    been updated on ClubLog as of April 27th. The list contains 340 entities.
    The following are the top 26 entities:
    1. P5 DPRK (North Korea) 14. KH4 Midway Island
    2. 3Y/B Bouvet Island 15. ZS8 Prince Edward & Marion Islands
    3. FT5/W Crozet Island 16. PY0S Saint Peter and Paul Rocks
    4. BS7H Scarborough Reef 17. PY0T Trindade & Martim Vaz Islands
    5. CE0X San Felix Islands 18. KP5 Desecheo Island
    6. BV9P Pratas Island 19. SV/A Mount Athos
    7. KH7K Kure Island 20. VP8S South Sandwich Islands
    8. KH3 Johnston Island 21. KH5 Palmyra & Jarvis Islands
    9. 3Y/P Peter 1 Island 22. ZL9 New Zealand Subantarctic Islands
    10. FT5/X Kerguelen Island 23. JD/M Minami Torishima
    11. FT/G Glorioso Island 24. EZ Turkmenistan
    12. VK0M Macquarie Island 25. YK Syria
    13. YV0 Aves Island 26. FK/C Chesterfield Island

    There have been no changes in the "Top 26" since we last reported back
    on April 5th. The complete "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list (340)
    is available at:

    FR, REUNION ISLAND (Reminder/New Arrivals). Operators Phil/F5TRO and XYL
    Ann/F5BSB will be new arrivals and permanent residents on the island in
    May. Their callsigns will be FR8UA and FR8TZ, respectively. Phil states
    he will be active on 80-2 meters (and 70cm) at first, using CW, SSB and
    some Digital modes. QSL via direct or LoTW.

    IOTA NEWS. The following are IOTA operations that were active this past
    week between April 26th-May 1st (as per the DXCluster):

    IOTA Callsign Island/GROUP Bands/Modes
    ------ ---------- ------------- ------------
    AF-004 EA8BFH CANARY 60m;
    AF-004 EA8DHA CANARY 15m; SSB
    AF-004 EA8OB CANARY 20m; SSB
    AF-014 CT3MD MADEIRA 20m; SSB
    AF-018 IH9YMC PANTELLERIA 20/17m; CW/FT4
    AF-019 IG9ITO Lampedusa 40m; SSB
    AF-022 ZD7BG ST HELENA 10m; CW
    AF-022 ZD7FT ST HELENA 20/17m; SSB
    AF-049 3B8CW MAURITIUS 20m; FT8
    AF-049 3B8FA MAURITIUS 17m; FT8
    AN-010 DT8A King George 30m; FT8
    AS-007 JH3NGD HONSHU 17m; SSB
    AS-003 4S7AB SRI LANKA 10m; FT8
    AS-020 BV5OO TAIWAN 20m; SSB
    AS-020 BV6CC TAIWAN 10m; FT8
    AS-031 JD1BMH Chichijima 20m; CW
    AS-045 HL5FUA ULLEUNG 20m; FT8
    AS-200 JI3DST/5 SHODO 20/17m; CW/FT8
    AS-200 JR8YLY/5 SHODO 17m; SSB
    EU-003 CU2AP EASTERN 17m; FT8
    EU-004 EA6NB BALEARIC 20m; CW
    EU-009 GM8OFQ ORKNEY 40/20m; SSB
    EU-012 GM4LER SHETLAND 40m; FT8
    EU-014 TK4TN CORSICA 20m; FT8
    EU-015 SV9AHZ CRETE 17m; FT8
    EU-015 SV9CAF CRETE 60m;
    EU-015 SV9RKU CRETE 17m; SSB
    EU-018 OY1CT FAROE 20m; CW
    EU-023 9H1TT MALTA 20m; SSB
    EU-025 II9O SICILY 40m; SSB
    EU-025 IT9BGE SICILY 20m; SSB
    EU-025 IT9BYS SICILY 20m; SSB
    EU-025 IT9HBS SICILY 20m; SSB
    EU-025 IT9HRL SICILY 40m; SSB
    EU-029 OZ1W Falster 10m; CW/SSB
    EU-075 J48J/P AEGINA 20m; SSB
    EU-114 GU0BEZ GUERNSEY 17m; FT8
    EU-115 MI0SLE IRELAND 15m; FT8
    EU-116 GD1JNB ISLE OF MAN 17m; SSB
    EU-175 CU6AD CENTRAL 30m; FT8
    NA-015 CO2YQ CUBA 20m; FT8
    NA-018 OX3HI GREENLAND 17m; FT8
    NA-018 OX3XR GREENLAND 20m; CW
    NA-096 HI3AA HISPANIOLA 30m; FT8
    OC-019 KH6ML HAWAIIAN 20m; SSB
    OC-021 YB0IBM JAVA 20m; SSB
    OC-021 YB1KI JAVA 20m; SSB
    OC-028 V73NS RALIK CHAIN 17m; CW
    OC-032 FK8IK NEW CALEDONIA 40/30m; FT8
    SA-006 PJ4GR BONAIRE 40m; FT8
    SA-006 PJ4NX BONAIRE 40m; FT8
    SA-011 9Z4Y TRINIDAD 40m; CW
    SA-099 PJ2SM CURACAO 20m; SSB

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

    EU-010. Graham, MM0GHM, will be active as MM0GHM/P from Isle of Barra,
    Scotland, between now and May 8th. He normally uses a FT100D
    with 100w into a Superstick MP1. Mostly on 17m! QSL via MM0GHM,
    direct by the Bureau or eQSL.

    EU-123. Members of the Sheffield DX Club (M0SDC) will activate the
    Island of Arran in Scotland as G7M during the RSGB IOTA Contest
    (July 24-25th). Operators mentioned are Colin/G3VCQ, Sharon/
    M3VCQ, Charlie/GI4FUE, Peter/MI5JYK, Rob/M0KPD, Bill/G4ZVB,
    David/M0YDB and David G3UNA. QSL via G3VCQ.

    EU-178. Ed, ES2TT, will be active as ES2TT/8 from Kihnu Island between
    May 29-30th. Activity will be on 40/30/20 meters using CW and
    SSB. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

    NA-067. Operators John/KG4AKV, Steve/W4MGT, Marty/W4MY, Marc/W4MPS,
    Dwayne/N4MIO and Carl/W8WZ will be active as W4MY from Harkers
    Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 24-25th) as a Multi-
    Op/Mixed-Mode/24-HRs/Island entry. QSL via W4MY.

    OC-138. (Canceled) Steve, VK6SJ, who was expected to be active as
    VK6SJ/4 from Iama Island (or Yam), Thursday and Poruma (or
    Coconut) Islands in the Torres Strait Group this past week,
    reports: " I was supposed to be on Iama (Yam), Thursday and
    Poruma (Coconut) Islands in the Torres Strait (OC-138) between
    26th April and 4th May, however this now appears unlikely due
    to a COVID lock-down in Perth preventing my departure to Horn
    Island. The work I was to be doing there will now most likely
    be carried out by others, or I may get back there in June."

    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......

    ISWL CALLSIGNS (For May 2021). The following ISWL club callsigns will
    be used throughout the month of May 2021:

    G4BJC & GX4BJC – Operated by Arthur, G0KOC, located in Heathfield,
    East Sussex (IOTA EU-005, WAB-TQ62, WLOTA-1841).
    QSL GX4BJC and MX1SWL callsigns via Dick, M5DIK.

    MX1SWL/A – Operated by Geof, M0BAU, located in Great Sutton, Cheshire
    (IOTA EU-005, WAB-SJ37, WLOTA-1841).

    GB75ISWL – Operated by Herbie, G6XOU, located in Walton on the Naze,
    Essex (IOTA EU-005, WAB-TM22, WLOTA-1841). QSL GB75ISWL
    via G6XOU.

    All callsigns via the Bureau,, or direct with return postage.
    (No IRCs in the UK). All QSLs will be handled by Dick, M5DIK - The QSL
    Manager and NOT the individual operator. The I.S.W.L. is a member of the
    European PSK Club. All QSL info is on ( or (
    or <> or via <>. NO LoTW.

    JW, SVALBARD. Operators Erling/LA6VM, Halvard/LA7XK and Just/LA9DL will
    once again be active as JW6VM, JW7XK and JW9DL, respectively, from the
    JW5E radio club cottage in Longyearbyen, Svalbard (EU-026), between
    October 6-11th. Activity will be on various HF bands and modes. QSL
    via operator's home callsign. They will also be active as JW5X during
    the Schandinavian Activity (SSB) Contest (October 9-10th). QSL JW5X via
    LA5X, direct, by the Bureau, LoTW, eQSL, or ClubLog.

    NCDXF NEWS (Press Release, dated April 27th). The officers for the Northern
    California DX Foundation were voted in on April 26, 2021.
    The new slate of officers is:
    Kevin Rowett, K6TD, President
    Ned Sterns, AA7A, Vice President
    Glenn Johnson, W0GJ, Secretary
    Don Greenbaum, N1DG, Treasurer

    The primary purpose of NCDXF is to help fund well-organized DXpeditions
    to rare, difficult and expensive entities. Those funds come from the
    contributions of our supporters in the DX community. Your contribution
    will help make DX happen. Visit our website:
    In addition:
    * NCDXF provides scholarships to Contest University for those 25
    years of age and under
    * Partners with IARU to operate the NCDXF Beacon System worldwide
    * Oversees the Cycle 25 Project: an endowment-fund created from
    estate planning

    We thank you for your continued support.
    Best regards,
    Ned Stearns, AA7A, NCDXF Vice President

    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.

    PJ5 & V47, ST. EUSTATIUS AND ST. KITTS (Canceled). John, W5JON/V47JA,
    informs that both his St. Eustatius (June 22-28th) and St. Kitts (June
    12th-July 10th) operations have been canceled and will still remain under
    a strict Covid-19 QUARANTINE during June/July. However, his October and
    November operations remains on schedule and are NOT CANCELLED, as "rumor"
    has it that the quarantine will be lifted October 1, 2021:
    V47JA -- October 16th and November 12th; LoTW; QSL via W5JON (d)
    PJ5/W5JON -- October 25th and November 1st; LoTW; QSL via W5JON (d)
    See OPDX.1494 for more details.

    May/03rd BN May/06th HN May/08th HN
    May 04th BN May/07th HN May/09th HN
    May/05th 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:
    * 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:

    PY0F, FERNANDO DE NORONHA. Reports indicate that Rodrigo, PY2KC, has
    recently been issued the callsign PY0FFF, and is planning to activate
    the island sometime in 2022.

    QSL INFO AND NEWS...................
    QSL-INFO from various sources provided by OPDX
    4A3G via (L) EX2V via RW6HS OS4OSA via ON6EF
    5B4AMM via UT5UDX EX8NR via RW6HS OS6KZ via ON6KZ
    5B4ANV via (L) FK8CE via N4GNR OS7XT via ON7XT
    7S60BQ via SM7BHM HB40POLICE via HB9GSO PJ4KY via M0URX
    7X2RF via 7X2ARA HC3RJ via EA5GL RD60YG via RQ7L
    7X2TT via EA5GL HG83BTND via HA5GY S79KW via N4GNR
    7X3WPL via 7X3DL HZ1TT via IZ8CLM SB7S via SM7PXS
    7X5QB via EA5ZD IQ8BV via IK8YFU SO6X via SP6IXF
    7Z1OO via EC6DX KH0/KC0W via KC0W (d) SQ0MORSE via SP1EG
    8J1RL via JARL KH0W via KC0W (d) SV0XAF via HB9EBC
    9G5FI via DL1RTL KL7J via N3SL SZ200ERS via SZ8ERS
    9J2MM via N4GNR KP2AD via OK1TN TG9ADM via EA5GL
    CO6XE via EA7FTR LX/ON4TA/P via ON4TA TM2CR via F6FMT
    CO7OJ via IK2DUW M0RSE via G3SWH TM5OIS via F5KRH
    CO8LY via EA7ADH N4A via KU9C V85A via EB7DX
    CQ750RSI via CT7AQD N4K via KU9C VE2CSI via M0URX
    CX6DZ via EA5GL N4O via N4MIO VP2EE via VE2AED
    DC220GERKE via DJ6SI NL7S via N4GNR VP2ETE via W3HNK
    DU1IST via JA1HGY OA4DTU via EA5GL VP9KK via K1EFI
    EG2SPA via EA2RCF OE21M via OE1WHC VP9NJ via K1EFI
    EK1915GM via EK3GM OE5TXF via G3TXF WW6RG/KH9 via WW6RG
    EO0UD via UR7UT OL70DG via OK1DG ZT1T via ZS1AFS
    EV76F via EW3W OS21WARD via ON4NOK

    (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
    (**) QSL automatically via Bureau - do not send QSLs


    8Q7MS QSL STATUS. Pedro, EA5GL, states that he has begun mailing out
    8Q7MS QSL cards. This is for Mats's, RM2D, 2021 operation between
    March 29th and April 10th. Here is the QSL:

    YD7RV/P QSL STATUS. Pedro, EA5GL, states that all QSL requests received
    for YD7RV/P Payongpayongan Island (OC-268) have been mailed out. Here
    is the QSL:



    8Q7DX, 9H3EE, 9H3XX, CN2XA, D4CC, D44EE, H40FN, HK1/DL5PV, HL2ZDA, HU1DL,
    KH8/OZ0J, LX75V, LX9S, OA6Q, OH0/OJ0O, OJ0O, OX1AA, OX2A, OX3LX (NA-151),
    OX5M, OX7AKT, OX7AM, OX/DL6TF (NA-151), PJ4P, SB5N/7 (EU-037), SD3G
    (EU-087), SD3G/6 (EU-043), TF3WK, TK/DM5JBN, TO7DL, TT8SN, TY2AC, V73D,
    XP2I, XV9RH, Z66DX, Z66Z, ZA/DL2RMC, ZA/OU2I and ZP6/DL7VEE
    --- We would like to see more QSL Bureaus (such as AS/US/SA/AF.. etc)
    send in their info....

    RP76, EUROPEAN RUSSIA (Update/Correction/Special Event). To commemorate
    76th anniversary of the Victory in WW II, the Union of Russian Radio
    Amateurs (SRR), is conducting "Victory-76" special on-the-air event between
    May 2nd (starts at 0000 UTC) and May 9th (ends at 1159 UTC). Many special
    memorial stations with "RP76" (not RP75 as mentioned last week) prefix in
    their callsigns will be active. Activity will be on all HF band and modes
    including the satellites. A special award (diploma) is available. The
    complete list of participating stations is available at:
    For more details, see:
    For QSL routes, check

    SE400, SWEDEN (Special Event). Members of the Hisingens Radio Club (SK6AW)
    will activate the special callsign SE400G to take part in the celebration
    of Gothenburg City's 400th anniversary (June 4th) between May 1st and
    July 31st. Activity will be on various HF bands and modes. All QSOs will
    be uploaded to LoTW. QSL only via LoTW.

    TC568, TURKEY (Special Event). Look for special event station TC568FA to
    be active until May 29th. Activity is to celebrate the 568th anniversary
    of the "Conquest of Istanbul". Operations will be on 160-10 meters using
    CW, SSB and the Digital modes. A special certificate is available. See for details.

    TM0, FRANCE (Special Event). Members of the APRA-62 Radio Club (F4KLR)
    are activating the special callsign TM0ISS in honor of the French astronaut
    Thomas Pesquet, KG5FYG/FX0ISS, onboard the ISS. Activity from Wingles
    (Pas-de-Calais) will last until September. Operations will be on all
    bands and modes. A special double QSL card on glossy paper has been
    created. Watch for updates as well as the following media Web

    TM200, FRANCE (Special Event). Operators Michel/F8GGZ and Serge/F6HFI
    will activate the special callsign TM200NB to commemorate the bicentennial
    of the death of Napoleon Bonaparte (May 5th, 1821) between May 1-15th.
    Listen for a special QSL route/address for this station.

    TM6, FRANCE (Contest/WFF/FFF Op). In order to participate in the French
    THF Championship, look for TM5PH to be active from Pierre sur Haute (1634m,
    Department 63; WW Loc. JN15VP) between June 4-5th. Operators mentioned
    are Philippe/F1GGS, Christophe/F4FHV, Olivier/F5PAL, Jean-Marc/F5RQQ and
    Jean-Claude/F8CFO. Activity will be on various HF bands using CW, SSB
    and FT8. Operations will be from the same site in order to satisfy fans
    of France Flora Fauna (Reference FFF -0026) in the Parc Régional Livradois-
    Forez natural park. QSL Manager is F5RQQ. QSL via the Bureau, direct or

    TM66, FRANCE (Special Event). Members of the Radio-Club de Perpignan
    (F6KBR), in collaboration with the RCA66 (Radioamateurs Conflent ARISS
    66), will activate the special callsign TM66TDF during the 15th stage
    and passage (July 11th) of the Tour de France (France's bicycle race)
    on the heights of the dam in the municipality of Vinça (commune in the
    Pyrénées-Orientales) near the "Sant Pere de Belloc Chapel" in southern
    France. Activity will take place between June 26-30th and July 3-12th,
    on various HF and VHF bands, using CW, SSB, FT8, FM and the satellites.
    QSL via the Bureau.

    VP6R PITCAIN ISLAND VIDEO PRESENTATION. The following will take you to
    a video presentation (about 1:25 long) by Craig, K9CT, on the 2019 VP6R
    Pitcairn Island DXpedition at a Mahoning Valley Amateur Radio Association
    (MVARA) meeting:

    VP8 FALKLAND ISLANDS NEWS (By John Whitby, Communications Regulator).
    See the extra bulletin below......
    Renew your VP8 license if you have one, by August 31st:

    VX31, CANADA (Special Event/Contest). Lali, VE3NE, will activate the
    special callsign VX31IGY between May 27th and June 27th, which includes
    the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 29-30th). Activity is to commemorate the
    the first flight of a powered aircraft (on April 19, 2021) on another
    planet (Mars) completed by a helicopter called Ingenuity, controlled by
    NASA's engineers. The aircraft's callsign is 1-IGY. A special QSL card
    will be available via VE3NE.

    VK9X, CHRISTMAS ISLAND (Maybe Delayed). Steve, VK6SJ, who was expected
    to be active as VK9XX from Christmas Island (OC-002), reports: "My trip
    to Christmas Island (VK9X - OC-002), currently scheduled for the 7th to
    28th May, may be delayed for work reasons. When I do go, I will be taking
    a Yaesu FT-857D and a simple Sotabeams antennas plus an ATAS mobile
    vertical. I will also be barefoot. This will also be mostly outside
    working hours and focused on the night time bands and mainly FT8. My
    callsign on Christmas Island will be VK9XX." QSL via EB7DX.

    YASME FOUNDATION NEWS (Press Release, dated April 29th)[edited]......
    The 2020 VP2VB Danny Weil Memorial DXpedition was organized to bring
    the Danny Weil story to today's amateur radio community. The group focused
    on low bands to Japan and Europe, and skillfully utilized CW, FT4, and FT8,
    achieving more than 5000 QSOs on the 160 & 80 meter bands, including 335
    QSOs with Japan.
    We are pleased to acknowledge receipt of the JIDXM (Japan International
    DX Meeting) 2020 DXpedition of the Year Award, presented to teams and
    individuals making an outstanding contribution to the DX community.
    Congratulations to the VP2VB Yasme Memorial Expedition Team; Adrian/
    KO8SCA, Martti/OH2BH, Niko/OH2GEK, and Sandro/VE7NY.
    Additional information on the history of Danny Weil can be found 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

    Z8, SOUTH SUDAN. Sigfrido, IW9FMD (5H0RS, 7Q7RS, HB9FFN, T6AB), is once
    again active as Z81S from South Sudan. The length of his stay is unknown.
    He is there working with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)
    in South Sudan). Activity will be limited to his free time, but most of
    his operations has been on 15 meters SSB so far. QSL via IT9YVO direct

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    Additional Bulletin for OPDX InterNet Subscribers.

    Falkland Islands Amateur Radio License Revalidation
    Dated: April 27th [edited]

    1. In 2020 the Falkland Islands Communications Regulator sought to
    re-validate all extant Amateur Radio licenses. Notices and advertise-
    ments alerting amateur radio license holders to the need to re-validate
    their licenses were published.

    2. It has come to the attention of the Communications Regulator that,
    notwithstanding the advertisement of the need for amateur radio
    licenses to re-validate their licenses some existing license holders
    failed to do so. Given this, the Communications Regulator has
    decided, exceptionally, to permit one final opportunity for all
    historic amateur radio licenses to re-validate them.

    3. The reason that you are receiving this email is that your details
    have been provided by Mr Chris Gare on the understanding that you
    may be able to advertise this revalidation notice in order that it
    can reach the maximum number of licensees.

    4. The attached Revalidation Notice, which should be published in full,
    sets out the terms and conditions under which revalidation is offered
    together with detail of how to apply and timings.

    John Whitby
    Communications Regulator
    Tel: + 500 28459
    ------------------------- See Attachment (Below) --------------------


    Communications Ordinance 2017 (as amended)

    Communications (Radiocommunications Licensing Procedures) Regulations 2019

    Notice of Direction made by the Falkland Islands Communications Regulator
    addressed to those who hold or have held Falkland Island Amateur Radio
    Licenses typically identified by call-signs with a VP8 prefix.

    Pursuant to Regulation 10 Communications (Radiocommunications Licensing
    Procedures) Regulations 2019 the Falklands Islands Communications
    Regulator hereby directs and gives notice to all holders of Falkland
    Islands radio licenses falling in the following categories:

    Amateur Radio License Full Lifetime

    Amateur Radio License Restricted Lifetime
    (1) The license has been granted on terms where no termination date
    has been specified and/or specify that the license may be terminated
    on notice;
    (2) Who wish to carry on the activities permitted by their license;
    (3) Whose licenses were not revalidated in the calendar year 2020
    that they must apply to re-validate their license by 31 Aug 21.

    Anyone seeking to re-validate a license must complete an ‘Application
    to Re-validate a Radio Licensee form and submit it by email to the
    Falklands Islands Communications Regulator on or before 13 Aug 21.

    The ‘Amateur Radio License Application form is available either to
    download from the Falklands Islands Communications Regulator’s website or in print form from:

    (1) The Post Office, Stanley, Falkland Islands; and
    (2) The General Post Office Mount Pleasant, Falkland Islands.

    Please take notice that –

    (1) Any license that is not re-validated in accordance with this
    direction will be deemed to have been terminated on 1 Sep 21
    and in such circumstances:
    (a) The former license holder must not carry on any of the
    activities that were permitted under the terminated license;
    (b) If the former license holder wishes to carry on any of the
    activities permitted under the terminated license they will
    have to apply for a new license.

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    (2) This is the third and final opportunity to seek revalidation.
    The Falklands Islands Communications Regulator cannot guarantee
    that any particular call-sign remains available. In circumstances
    where revalidation is sought for a license with a call-sign that
    is no longer available a new call sign will be issued.

    (3) New long-term licenses will only be issued to individuals who
    meet the appropriate residency requirements. Full details are
    available on Falklands Islands Communications Regulator's website.

    10. Revalidation of Indeterminate Duration Licenses

    (1) This regulation applies where a license is granted on terms that —
    (a) do not specify an end date or duration of the license and/or;
    (b) specify that the license may be terminated on notice by the

    (2) The Regulator may direct that any license or category of licenses
    falling within sub-regulation (1) must be re-validated if license-
    holders wish to continue to carry on the activities permitted by
    their license.

    (3) Any direction given by the Regulator under sub-regulation (2)
    must —
    (a) be both sent to all affected license holders and published
    in whatever way the Regulator considers most likely to bring
    it to affected license holder's attention;
    (b) specify the process license holders must follow to re-validate
    their licenses; and
    (c) allow a reasonable period, which must not be shorter than
    1 month, for lenience holders to re-validate their licenses.

    (4) Any license that is not re-validated in accordance with a
    direction from the Regulator under sub-regulation (2) is deemed
    to be terminated with effect from the day after the last day
    the revalidation period was open and —
    (a) The former license holder must not carry on any of the
    activities that were permitted under the terminated license;
    (b) Must apply for a new license if they wish to carry on those

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