Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin #1392

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Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1392

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1392
BID: $OPDX.1392
December 3, 2018
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Written/Sent from Strongsville, Ohio

3Y0I BOUVET DXPEDITION NEWS. The following was posted December 1st:
"3Y0I to invite additional operators -- Some fresh news from Cape Town,
South Africa. The 3Y0I Team is about to deal with another extensive
training next week + gathering some additional equipment we'll need at
Bouvet Island. Also, new possibilities emerge: we can take 2 additional
operators (CW + SSB) with us. If you're flexible operating - and weather-
experienced individual, and willing to join 1-month long adventure of
your life time, drop a msg asap at:    k38dom@.... Be quick!"
  Also, there has been several QSNs reported on the DXclusters by E51DOM/MM
(mostly on FT8). This is reportedly Dom, 3Z9DX, "probably" operating from
the ship that they will use to take them to Bouvet. Dom has stated that he
will use this callsign during his sailing trips to several different
locations in the World and "probably" on his way to Bouvet.
  Departure dates are still not known. It is still a mystery...
Remember, they plan to stay on the island for at least 2 weeks, if the
weather cooperates. The 3Y0I DXpedition's band plan ­ frequencies (160-6m)
and modes (CW/SSB/FT8) can be found at:
  QSL via ClubLog's OQRS (preferred), LoTW or via 3Z9DX. For more details
and updates, we suggest to watch the following Web pages:
             (For JA stations)

9U, BURUNDI. Shabu, M0KRI, will be active as 9U4RI from Burundi between
February 15-25th, 2019. Activity will be on 40/30/20/17/15/10 meters
using CW, SSB and PSK31. Shabu states, "Look out mostly around 14.222
kHz for voice and very lower end of 40m and 20m for CW. I will be more
active on CW than on voice." QSL via M0KRI direct.

C4, CYPRUS (Special Event). Alex, 5B4ALX, will be active as C4XMAS between
now and December 31st. Activity is to celebrate the Christmas season.
Operations will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes.
QSL via IZ4AMS, direct, by the Bureau or ClubLog.

C5, THE GAMBIA. Andre, ON7YK, is once again active as C5YK from Bijilo
until March 9th, 2019. Activity will be on 60/40/30/20/17/15/12/10/6
meters using mostly FT8 as well as CW, SSB, JT65, JT9 and RTTY. QSL via
his home callsign, direct, LoTW or eQSL. Please NO QSL direct to his
home address before March 15th, 2019!!!! Visit his Web page at:

C6, BAHAMAS. Dom, M1KTA, will once again be active as C6AKT from Eleuthera
Island (NA-001) between March 6-16th. Activity will be mainly QRP on
80/40/20/15/10 meters using CW. His primary purpose is to be in the
Commonwealth Contest (BERU) [March 9-10th]. Dom's band schedule for the
contest will be posted on the page. QSL via M1KTA, direct, by
the Bureau, ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW.

DXCC'S MOST WANTED (ClubLog). The "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list has
been updated on ClubLog as of November 28th. The list contain 340 entities
and here are the top 10 entities (which has not changed since last month):
    1. P5    DPRK (North Korea)          6. BV9P  Pratas Island
    2. 3Y/B  Bouvet Island                7. KH7K  Kure Island
    3. FT5/W Crozet Island                8. KH3  Johnston Island
    4. BS7H  Scarborough Reef            9. VK0M  Macquarie Island
    5. CE0X San Felix Islands            10. FT5/X Kerguelen Island
  The complete "DXCC Most Wanted" entities list is available at:

FP, ST. PIERRE & MIQUELON. Eric, KV1J, will once again be operating from
the Island of Miquelon (NA-032, DIFO FP-002 WLOTA 1417, Grid GN17) as
FP/KV1J between September 24th and October 8th. This is his 13th trip to
the island. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, FT8
(but primarily SSB, RTTY and FT8) and the satellites. He will generally
be on the highest frequency band that is open (favoring 12/10m). He will
be active in the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 28-29th). ADDED NOTE:
Eric will usually try to be on as many Satellite passes as he can when
the WX is good, generally favoring the FO-29, XW-2x, AO-7, and possibly
the FM birds. Weekends may be limited since he will be concentrating on
the low(er) bands and contests. QSL via KV1J, direct or by the Bureau.
Also eQSL and LoTW. For more details and updates, check out his Web page

HH, HAITI. John, W2GD, will be active as HH2AA from Radio Club D'Haïti
in Obleon during the ARRL International DX SSB Contest (March 2-3rd) as
a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power/Assisted entry. He states, "Remote operation
from the USA courtesy of RHR." QSL via LoTW only.

HI, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. Peter, DD1GG, will be active as DD1GG/HI (or as
HI/DD1GG) from the Dominican Republic (NA-096) between December 4-19th.
Activity will be holiday style on various HF bands. QSL via his home

IOTA NEWS..............
  AF-037.  (Update) Members of the F6KOP Team will be active as 9LY1JM
          from Banana Islands, Sierra Leone, between January 9-21st,
          2019. Operators mentioned are Frank/F4AJQ (Team Leader),
          Jean-Luc/F1ULQ/AK8DX (Co–leader), Patrick/F2DX, Andreas/
          DL3GA/AB8AY, Jimi/F4DLM/AF7JJ, Jean-Baptiste/F4ERY, Frank/
          F5TVG, Julien/F8AVK, Herman/ON4QX/KM6CPP and Eric/ON7RN.
          Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK
          and FT8. There will be 4 stations on air: 4X Kenwood TRX-590s
          into VDA antenna 10 to 20m & Spiderbeam mast for low band
          30 to 160m. QSL via F5GSJ, direct, by the Bureau. Also, QSL
          via ClubLog or LoTW. For more details and updates, see:

  AS-153.  Members of the West Bengal Radio Club (VU2WB) will be active
          as AU2HAM from Ganga Sagar Mela Island between January 10-17th,
          2019. Activity will be on various HF bands. QSL via VU2NRO.

  NA-057.  Tom, N9EAW, is now active as HQ9T from Roatan Island (NA-057),
          Honduras, until December 18th. Activity will be on various HF
          bands using CW and SSB. Equipment is an Icom IC-7300 trans-
          ceiver into a dipole antenna. QSL via N9EAW direct.

  OC-022.  Emmanuel, F5LIT, will once again be active as YB9/F5LIT from
          Bali between January 27th and February 6th, 2019. Activity
          will be on various HF bands. QSL via his home callsign, direct
          or LoTW.

  OC-042.  Christian, F4EBK, will be active as DU3/F4EBK from Luzon
          Island sometime in February and March of 2019. He plans to
          participate in the ARRL International SSB Contest (March
          2-3rd). QSL via info on for DU3/F4EBK.

  OC-113/  (Reminder) Operators Cezar/VE3LYC and Adrian/KO8SCA will operate
  OC-279.  as TX0A from Maria Est Atoll in the Acteon Group (OC-113), and
          as TX0M from Morane Atoll in the Morane Group (OC-297P) between
          December 4-18th.
            The only amateur radio activity from the Acteon Group took
          place more than 28 years ago by Robert Berry (FO5BI/P). He
          operated in April 1990 from the Marutea Sud Atoll. This IOTA
          reference is currently ranked #6 on the Most Wanted IOTA
          Listing, needed by 98% of the IOTA members. Since at the time
          of this operation there will be 1126 IOTA references activated
          to date, compared to 340 current DXCC entities, the rarity of
          this IOTA group corresponds to #2 on the DXCC Listing. The Morane
          Atoll is the only counter of the New IOTA Group OC-297. It fits
          the "Remote Island Group" criterion (IOTA Programme Structure
          B.1.3). Both Atolls are uninhabited. The plan is to operate
          from each Atoll for 5 full days. Activity will be on CW, SSB
          and 40-10 meters concentrating on the bands that will exhibit
          the best propagation conditions within specific time windows
          for each region. They will maintain one station on 20 m as
          long as the propagation will permit in order to maximize the
          number of unique stations logged. This is a complex and extremely
          expensive project, and they need your support to defray some
          of the considerable costs incurred! All donors will be timely
          acknowledged on their Web site at:
          QSL via VE3LYC, direct, by the Bureau or ClubLog's OQRS.

  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 December). The following ISWL club callsigns will be
used throughout the month of December 2018:

  G4BJC & GX4BJC - Operated from Broad Oak, in East Sussex, by Arthur,
          G0KOC (WAB Square - TQ62 - England, IOTA EU-005, WLOTA 1841).

  MX1SWL/A - Operated from Clacton on Sea, in Essex, by George, G1IPU
            (/A WAB Square - TM11 - England, IOTA EU-005, WLOTA 1841).

  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.

JD1, OGASAWARA. Harry, JG7PSJ, will once again be active as JD1BMH from
Chichijima Island (AS-031) between December 17th and January 2nd. This
will be his 22nd visit. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB
and RTTY. QSL via the Bureau to JD1BMH or direct to JG7PSJ. Visit his
Web page for more details at:
Also, on Twitter:    

OH9, FINLAND (Special Event/Reminder). The Santa's Radio Club will be
active as OH9S from the Arctic Circle until December 8th. Activity will
be mainly on 80-6 meters using all modes; also including the popular
FT8 Digital mode. QSL via ClubLog's OQRS (Preferred) or LoTW. QSOs will
automatically be QSLed via the Bureau. For some additional info, see:

Dec/03rd AN      Dec/06th  AN    Dec/08th  AN
Dec/04th AN      Dec/07th  HN    Dec/09th  AN
Dec/05th HN

    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

    is still down. Nothing to report.

    Meanwhile, check out the following Web sites:
    * 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:
    * Also on Twitter:

PY0F, FERNANDO DE NORONHA. Leo, PP1CZ, will once again be active as PY0FW
or possibly PY0F/PP1CZ from Fernando de Noronha (SA-003, DIB OC-01, WLOTA
1208, WWFF PYFF-016) between December 3-8th. He does state, "This time I'll
concentrate my efforts to the tower maintenance (for Morena/PU0FNI), but
for sure I'll be on the air. As 60 meters band is now allowed in Brazil,
starting November 28th, I'll try to be on the air from this new Band to

QSL INFO AND NEWS...................
  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX by Lothar, DL1SBF <> <December 2nd>
  4O1HQ via 4O1HQ (L)      H7/RC5A via RC5A      SP315PAF via SP5KCR
  CO2RQ via EC6DX          H7/RM0F via RM0F      SP317PAF via SP5KCR
  CR5E via CT1ILT          HA7A via HA5MK        SP85NISKO via SQ7FPD & (L)
  CR5O via CT7AJL & (L)    HF6FIRAC via SP6IEQ (B/L) TM420CCAE via F6FMT
  CT9/DJ2YA via DJ2YA      J8NY via VE7NY        UP0L via DL8KAC
  CT9/DL1CW via DL1CW      LO5D via LU8EOT        VP2MSK via NS7K (d)
  CT9/DL8JJ via DL8JJ      OP5MA via ON5MA        VR2FUN via VR2FUN
  DF0YOTA via M0SDV (O)    OR2M via ON4IA        XV9D via EA5GL
  DG5BQ/AM via DG5BQ        PA/SP1MVG/P via SP1MVG YB0ECT via W2FB Only
  EA5/G3XGS via G3XGS (d)  PB18XMAS via PD2RKG    YT1R via YT1EA
  EA8/DL9BJ via DL9BJ      SN6O via SP6PAZ
  EP4MMM via WA3FRP        SP307PAF via SP9KAO

  (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


  QSLS AVAILABLE VIA EA5GL. Pedro, EA5GL, informs that he is the QSL
  Manager for the following stations: C6AQQ, HK7AAG, HC7AE, UK7AL, XV2D
  and XV9D.

  JL1SAM, LA6K/P (EU-036), NH6D/KH4 (2000), PD1BHZ, PY5OD, SV2ASP/A,

  (AS-065), VK9XG, VU2GSM and Z66X

  5V7FMD, 8J17OCV, 8J60JARE, 8J75RS, 9H3G, 9M2TO, 9M4DXX, AH2K, A41KB,
  --- We would like to see more QSL Bureaus (such as AS/US/SA/AF.. etc)
      send in their info....

SX60, GREECE (Special Event). Look for special event station SX60RAAG to
be active until December 31st. Activity is to celebrate the 60th anni-
versary of the Radio Amateur Association of Greece (RAAG). Operations
will be on all HF bands and modes. QSL via LoTW, eQSL or ClubLog's OQRS
(for direct and by the Bureau). Awards are available for 4 classes. For
more details, log search and downloadable awards, go to:

TR, GABON. Roland, F8EN (ex-CN8EM, FO8BV, 3C3CR), who recently just turned
90, will once again be active as TR8CR from Gabon for 3 months starting on
December 16th. Activity will be on 40-17 meters (possibly on 80m) using
CW and SSB. QSL via F6AJA, by the Bureau or direct. When possible, the
logs will be uploaded to:

TT8KO DXPEDITION NEWS (Update/Complete Story). Ken, LA7GIA, who had his
TT8KO operation shut-down by the national security police earlier than
planned, was only active between October 9-10th. He logged 2135 QSOs
which are all uploaded to ClubLog and LoTW. Read his complete story at:

XT2, BURKINA FASO. Max, DK1MAX, will once again be active as XT2MAX from
Burkina Faso between April 17-25th, 2019. Activity will be holiday style
on all bands using mostly CW and FT8. QSL via DK1MAX, LoTW, eQSL (no SWL
reports) and ClubLog. NO PAPER QSLs.

YOTA HAS BEGAN!!! During the entire month of December several youngsters
will become active with the "YOTA" suffix in the callsign. The idea for
this is to show the amateur radio hobby to the youth and to encourage
youngsters to be active on the ham radio waves. As of December 1st, here
are the participating stations known so far:
  4O18YOTA Montenegro      HA6YOTA  Hungary        R18YOTA  RUSSIA
  5H3YOTA  TANZANIA        HB9YOTA  Switzerland    SH9YOTA  Sweden
  6V1YOTA  SENEGAL        HG0YOTA  Hungary        TF3YOTA  Iceland
  9A0YOTA  Croatia        II3YOTA  Italy          TM18YOTA FRANCE
  9A18YOTA Croatia        II5YOTA  Italy          WK1DS/YOTA USA
  AO5YOTA  SPAIN          LY5YOTA  Lithuania      YT18YOTA Serbia
  AP3YOTA  Pakistan        LZ0YOTA  Bulgaria      YU18YOTA Serbia
  DF0YOTA  Germany        OE0YOTA  Austria        Z30YOTA  Macedonia
  E71YOTA Bosnia&Herzegovina OH2YOTA  Finland      Z39YOTA  Macedonia
  EG2YOTA  Spain          OL18YOTA Czech Republic Z60YOTA  Kosovo
  EI0YOTA  Ireland        OM18YOTA Slovakia      ZL6YOTA  New Zealand
  ES9YOTA  Estonia        ON4YOTA  Belgium        ZS9YOTA  South Africa
  ET3AA    Ethiopia        PA6YOTA  The Netherlands   
  GB18YOTA United Kingdom  PD6YOTA  The Netherlands   

  Complete details about the event and the available awards can be found
at <>. QSLs are via ClubLog's OQRS (direct or
Bureau ONLY) or direct to M0SDV. Also, statistics by participating stations,
by bands & modes and awards are available at:

YS, EL SALVADOR (Update). Tom, KC0W, will be active as YS1/KC0W from El
Salvador between February 16-22nd, 2019. Activity will be on 80-6 meters
using CW only. QSL via his home callsign. NO LoTW or NO Bureau. ADDED
NOTE. Read about Tom's planning (or as he calls it the "Anatomy of a
DXpedition") at:

ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS. Pete, K8PGJ, will once again be active as ZF2PG on
the Sunny Grand Cayman Islands (NA-016) during the week of January 17-20th.
Activity will be on 160-10 meters during the NAQP SSB Contest (January
19-20th). Outside of the contest, look for him work on the 17th, especially
on 160-40 meters during the evening hours. Then all day on the 18th and
the mornings of the 19th and 20th. Pete states that he will be trying to
motivate 10 meters. LoTW will be utilized and direct QSL via his home
callsign. A weekday schedule will be posted on

ZL7, CHATHAM ISLAND. Nobuaki "Nobu", JA0JHQ, will be on a short vacation
from the Chatham Islands (OC-038) as ZL7/JA0JHQ between January 17-20th.
Activity will be mainly FT8 on 160 meters and 6 meters as well as 160-10
meters CW. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. For updates,
watch his home page at:
ADDED NOTE: Nobu may try to go to Auckland and be active....

Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW - E-mail addresses:
Editor of the Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin (OPDX - DXer's Tool of Excellence)
President of the "Northern Ohio DX Association" (NODXA)
DX Chairman for the "Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society
ARRL Assistant Director of the Great Lakes Division
Sysop of the "Basic Amateur Radio Frequency BBS" (BARF80.ORG)