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Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1339

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Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1339
The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1339
BID: $OPDX.1339
November 13, 2017
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, AB5K & the AR TelNet Clusters
Network, NJ1Q & W1AW, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, W6NV, W6SZN, K8GI,
K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m DX News, WD8IOU, DL1SBF, DL7BC, DL7UXG & The DX News
Letter, DxCoffee.com, DXNews.com, DX-World.Net, ES1CW, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles
DX, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, ON5SWA, OZ6OM & 50
MHz DX News, Radio Club Argentino (LU4AA), RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia
Weekly, VA3RJ & ICPO, VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) and YO3JW for the following
DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
week of Sunday, 5th/November, through Sunday, 12th/November there were 224
countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3C, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W,
3X, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4W, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5Z, 6W,
6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9U, 9V, 9X, 9Y,
A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP,
CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, DL, DU, E5/n, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK,
EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FH, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FS, FY, G,
GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP,
HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J6, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, 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, PJ4, PJ5, PY, PZ, S0, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T2, T7,
TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TR, TT, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4,
V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9C, VK9L, VK9M, VK9N, VK9X, VP2E, VP2M, VP8,
VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YN, YO, YU, YV,
Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZD7, 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".
3C1, EQUATORIAL GUINEA (Update). By the time you read this, operators
Yuris/YL2GM and Kaspars/YL3AIW should be QRT as 3C1L from Luba located
on the ocean's coast. ClubLog.org shows as of 0315z, November 9th, the
3C1L team made 35143 QSOs with 12481 unique callsigns (28307/CW, 1532/RTTY
and 5304/SSB). Breakdown is: 246/AF, 3708/AS, 22191/EU, 8118/NA, 78/OC
and 802/SA. QSL via YL2GN direct or ClubLog's OQRS (direct or Bureau).
Look for the logs to be uploaded to LoTW six months after their operations.
Updates are being posted to:      http://www.lral.lv/3c0l_3c1l
LAST MINUTE UPDATE (November 12th): Operation is over. 3C1L is QRT since
November 12 05:00 GMT. Around 42,000 QSOs made it into 3C1L log during
roughly 16 days of on-the-air time. Plus 32,447 QSOs in 3C0L log in 12
days on the air. Yuris will upload the last part of 3C1L log today in
the evening when in Malabo. Their flight home is on November 13 morning.
3D2/R, ROTUMA ISLAND (Update). Operators Tony/3D2AG, Heye/DJ9RR, Erno/
DK2AMM, Hans/DL6JGN and Ronald/PA3EWP will be active as 3D2EU from Rotuma
Island (OC-060) between February 23rd and March 16th, 2018. They will have
two radio locations on the western peninsula of Rotuma. One in Fapufa in
the south. This is the annual QTH of Tony. The second QTH is in Maftoa on
the north coast. This is a joint operation using the resources of Tony and
the European group. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and
the Digital modes. The team will use two stations (2x K3, 1x Expert 1,
3k-FA and 1x Tokyo Hy-Power HL-1.1KFX), a Spiderbeam and vertical antennas.
Subject to a reliable Internet connection, they will upload the log to
ClubLog on a daily basis. Otherwise the complete log will be uploaded
upon their return. QSL via DK2AMM (OQRS, direct, by the Bureau, LoTW).
They now have a Web page online at:    http://www.rotuma2018.de
3V, TUNISIA. SWL Ashraf "Ash", 3V4-002 (KF5EYY), will be active as 3V8SS
from the "Radio Club Station of Tunisian Scouts" in Sousse, during the
CQWW DX CW Contest (November 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power
entry. QSL via LoTW or to LX1NO. Read about Ashraf on the following Web
page at:                    http://www.kf5eyy.info
5A, LIBYA. Abubaker, 5A1AL, has found the new FT8 mode to operate on the
30 meter band. QSL via his home callsign. QRZ.com states, "Last log update
into ClubLog was on November 8th, at 2330 UTC.
5B, CYPRUS. Alex, SQ9UM, is now active as 5B/SQ9UM from Cyprus (AS-004)
until November 17th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-6 meters,
including 30/17/12m, using CW, RTTY, PSK and FT8. QSL via his home
5N, NIGERIA. Bodo, DF8DX (ex-DL3OCH), will once again be active as 5N7Q
from the Voice Of Nigeria in Abuja between November 12-16th. Activity
will be limited to his spare time (there working) on 80-10 meters using
mostly CW. QSL via DF8DX, LoTW or ClubLog's OQRS.
6W, SENEGAL. Willy, ON4AVT, will be active as 6W/ON4AVT from Mbour some-
time in February 2018. Activity will be on 20 meters using CW, SSB, PSK31
and PSK63. Equipment is a Yaesu FT891 transceiver into a Buddipole antenna.
QSL via his home callsign.
9U, BURUNDI (Update). Members of the Mediterraneo DX Club are now active
as 9U4M until November 17th. Activity is on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB,
RTTY and FT8 (see OPDX.1338 for frequencies). ClubLog.org shows as of 1618z,
November 12th, the 9U4M team made 32833 QSOs with 11773 unique callsigns
(16016/CW, 13051/SSB, 3469/RTTY and 297/FT8). Breakdown is: 474/AF, 2847/AS,
23359/EU, 5196/NA, 131/OC and 826/SA. QSL via IK2VUC, direct, by the Bureau,
ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW. For more details and updates, see:
ARGENTINA NEWS (new bands/other bands get extended). The Radio Club
Argentino (LU4AA), IARU Member Society, informs the international amateur
community that they have succeeded with its petition to their local
communications authorities, having granted new privileges to the Amateur
Radio Service on 630m and 60m as well as getting extensions on existing
allocations on 160m, 80m and 30m. The new allocations are the final
result of efforts made by the RCA during its participation in the pre-
paratory meetings of the WARC '07, '12 and '15; and will be effective
in 90 days.
      New allocations              Extended allocations
  -------------------------      -----------------------
  630m -- 472–479 kHz            160m -- 1800–2000 kHz
    60m -- 5351.5–5366.5 kHz      80m -- 3500–4000 kHz
                                  30m -- 10100–10150 kHz
AU2, INDIA (Special Event). Look for special event station AU2JCB to be
active between November 23rd and December 11th. Activity will be on 40-10
meters using SSB. Suggested frequencies are (depending on the propagation):
3710, 7040, 7150, 14210, 14250, 14310, 21235, 21310, 21350, 28490, 28510
and 28545 kHz. On FM Mode: 6m - 50800 and 51500; 10m 29700 kHz If higher
bands are open, operations will be on those bands. The operator will be
Surabhi, VU2DSI. QSL direct (with 2 IRCs) to VU2DSI. Operations are to
celebrate the 159th anniversary of the birth (November 30th) of Sir
Jagadeesh Chandra Bose, India's great scientist and inventor who they
consider the "Father of Wireless Communication". For more details, see
the following Web page at:    http://www.qsl.net/vu2msy/JCBOSE.htm
C2, NAURU (Reminder). Operators Kuni/JA8VE, Mat/JA1JQY and Kaoru/JA3MCA
are now active as C21VE, C21JY and C21JY, respectively from Nauru (OC-031)
until November 14th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and
RTTY. QSL via their home callsigns, direct or by the Bureau.
CR2/CU4/CT8, AZORES (Rare IOTA/Update). Operators Alan/K0AV and Oliver/W6NV
will activate the rare IOTA Graciosa Island (EU-175) in the Azores Group
between November 21-28th. Oliver, W6NV, will be active as CR2M during the
CQWW DX CW Contest (November 25-26th), while Alan, K0AV, will be active
as CU4DX during the contest. Look for Oliver to sign as CT8/W6NV on the
lower bands prior to the contest. Look for Alan to be active as CT8/K0AV
before the contest with possible SOTA activations and some 60 meters. QSL
CT8/W6NV via W6NV direct. QSL CT8/K0AV via K0AV direct. QSL CR2M via LoTW.
CR3, MADEIRA ISLAND. Jose, CT1BOH, will be active as CR3OO during the
QCQWW DX CW Contest (November 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry.
QSL via LoTW.
DXCC NEWS.................
  4W/OZ1AA -- It has been reported that Thomas, OZ1AA, states his 4W/OZ1AA
              log from East Timor has been uploaded to LoTW and "the
              operation has been approved for DXCC."
  FT5XT    -- QSL Manager Stephane, F4DXW, reports "good news" as "all
              the proofs were sent to the ARRL by email and by mail (paper
              copy) to accredit the FT5XT activities and also FT5WQ."
              Sharon Taratula, Awards Manager, has told Stephane that
              both operations are now approved for DXCC credit. The
              FT5XT operation was from Kerguelen Island on October 11th.
              Gil has not yet been active this year as FT5WQ from Crozet.
              Also, LoTW certificate has been requested for both calls and
              Stephane says once received he'll upload the FT5XT logs.
ED8, CANARY ISLANDS. An international contest team will be active as ED8X
from La Palma Island (IOTA AF-004, DIE S-012, WLOTA 1276, EAA TF) during
the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 25-26th) as a Multi-Single entry. Operators
mentioned are Kresimir/9A5K, Emir/E77DX, Krassimir/K1LZ, Velimir/K3JO,
Alexey/RA1A, Alexey/RN1AM, Vladimir/RW1A, Andrey/RW7K, Adi/S55M, Alexandru/
YO8TTT, Ionut/YO9WF and Tiberiu/YO9GZU. QSL via LoTW or RN3RQ.
FY/TO2, FRENCH GUIANA. Hartwig, DL7BC, will be active as FY/DL7BC/p from
French Guiana in 2 weeks. He tells OPDX that he will leave for his first
visit (reaching there on Saturday, November 25th), but first will have to
set up an antenna of his friend Bruno, FY4VA (also DH1BL, ex-FY4VOS).
Hartwig will go back to DL-land on December 7th in the afternoon, so he
might close down the station on the 7th around noon time. His second visit
will then take place around March 12-13th, 2018, and then he will return
home probably on March 26th. He will be active as TO2BC during the BARTG
HF RTTY (March 17-18th, 2018) and CQWW WPX SSB (March 24-25th) contests.
Again, look for him to be active as FY/DL7BC/p before and after the
contests. Activity will be on 40-10 meters (possibly 80m) using a Kenwood
TS590SG into a Spiderbeam for 20-10m with WRTC-40m-extension and a Triple-
Leg for 40m. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.
Watch his Web page for updates at:    http://www.qslnet.de/dl7bc
FY, FRENCH GUIANA. Operator Didier, FY5FY, will be active during the CQWW
DX CW Contest (November 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m)/Low-
Power entry. QSL via FY5FY.
  VKFF-0622 -- By VK3TKK; November 13th; between 0300-0700z; French
              Island National Park; 7150 khz SSB; Try 80 & 40m
  VKFF-0744 -- By VK3XV/P; November 13th; between 0300-0700z; Cape Conran
              Coastal Park
  VKFF-0119 -- By VK2AWJ; November 13-14th; Croajingolong National Park;
              7144 kHz SSB
  VKFF-0618 -- By VK2AWJ; November 13-14th; Alfred National Park; 7144
              kHz SSB
  VKFF-0158 -- By VK3XV/P; November 13-14th; Morning Errinundra National
              Park; 7144 kHz SSB
  VKFF-0026 -- By VK5PAS/2 and VK5FMAZ/2; November 14th; between 0300-
              0700z; Ben Boyd National Park; 7144 kHz SSB
  VKFF-0455 -- By VK3XV/P; November 14th; between 0300-0700z; Snowy
              River National Park; 7144 kHz SSB
  VKFF-0761 -- By VK5PAS/3 and VK5FMAZ/3; November 14-15th; Lake Tyers
              State Park; 7144 kHz SSB
  VKFF-0321 -- By VK2AWJ; November 14-15th; Mitchell River National
              Park; 7144 kHz SSB
  VKFF-0962 -- By VK5PAS/3 and VK5FMAZ/3; November 15th; between 0300-
              0700z; Colquhoun Regional Park; 7144 kHz SSB
  VKFF-0556 -- By VK3ZPF/P; November 15th; between 0300-0700z; Yarra
              Ranges National Park; 7144 kHz SSB; Also 80/20/15/12/10m
  VKFF-0321 -- By VK3XV/P; November 15th; between 0300-0700z; Mitchell
              River National Park; 7144 kHz SSB
  VKFF-0480 -- By VK5PAS/3 and VK5FMAZ/3; November 15-16th; Tarra-Bulga
              National Park; 7144 kHz SSB
  VKFF-0484 -- By VK2AWJ; November 15-16th; The Lakes National Park;
              7144 kHz SSB
  VKFF-0626 -- By VK5PAS/3 and VK5FMAZ/3; November 16th; between 0300-
              0700z; Morwell National Park; 7144 kHz SSB
  VKFF-0758 -- By VK3XV/P; November 16th; between 0300-0700z; Holey
              Plains State Park; 7144 kHz SSB
  VKFF-0020 -- By VK2AWJ; November 17-18th; Baw Baw National Park;
              7144 kHz SSB
  OHFF-0011 -- By OH6EFH/p;  November 19th; OHFF-0019 Leivonmaki National
              Park; 80m SSB; Operator Kai, OH6EFH
  For more information about WWFF upcoming operations, see:
  Also suggest URLs:
        World-Wide -- https://www.facebook.com/groups/WWFF44
          USA      -- https://www.facebook.com/groups/parksontheair
  A special DXCluster for WWFF is available at: http://wwff.co/dx-cluster
  Canada Flora & Fauna (VEFF) link is:
  Other links for VEFF are:
  PLEASE NOTE: Yahoo Groups might be removed if the Facebook Group works
  as expected.  However, it will remain online well into the New Year 2018.
HK0, SAN ANDRES AND PROVIDENCIA (Reminder). By the time you read this,
members of the Yaguarete DXers Group will be active as 5K0T from San
Andres Island (NA-033) until November 25th.  Activity will be on 160-10
meters using CW, SSB and various Digital modes. QSL via LU1FM.
HP8, PANAMA. Operators Mike/W1USN and Bob/AA1M will once again be active
as HP8/W1USN and HP8/AA1M, respectively, from Panama between February
1-15th, 2018. Activity will be on various HF bands using CW, SSB and the
Digital modes. QSL HP/W1USN via W1USN direct or LoTW. QSL HP/AA1M via
AA1M direct or LoTW.
HQ9, HONDURAS (Update). Operators Dennis/W1UE, Paul/K1XM and Charlotte/
KQ1F will be active as HQ9X during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November
25-26th) as a Multi-2 entry. They will be operating from Chillax Roatan
(NA-057). QSL via KQ1F. Operators will be active outside of the contest
signing homecall/HR9. W1UE will be there between November 11-27th, and
K1XM/KQ1F will be there between November 18-27th.
IOTA NEWS..............
  SA-093.  (Update/Postpone). Reports indicate that Martin, LU9EFO, has
          stated [edited], "Due to the strike of pilots of the Avianca
          Local Airline of Colombia, the team of the DXpeditions to IOTA
          SA-040 and SA-093 (operators Martin Butera/LU9EFO and Camilo
          Andres Fierros Castellanos/HK3TU), have decided to postpone
          their DXpedition until February of next year."
  PLEASE NOTE: Since the Webmasters of the new <www.iota-world.org> have
  decided NOT to post or dedicate a Web page to announced upcoming IOTA
  operations, PLEASE send your IOTA operations information to the OPDX
  and we will post it here in an upcoming bulletin......
J5T GUINEA BISSAU DXPEDITION (Reminder). The Italian DXpedition Team will
be active as J5T from Bubaque Island (AF-020) this week between November
13-26th. They expect to have 4 stations on all HF bands (no 50 MHz), using
CW and SSB, and RTTY one band only, to be chosen. It was also mentioned
that there will not be any FT8 operations. You can participate in the J5T
survey on their official Web site at:    http://www.i2ysb.com/idt
Subject to the availability of internet connection, the REAL TIME Log
will be available at:            http://win.i2ysb.com/logonline
Official forum at:              http://www.hamradioweb.net
QSL via I2YSB direct, OQRS or LoTW.
JW, SVALBARD. Erik, LA2US, will once again be active as JW2US from Bear
Island (IOTA EU-027) for the next 6 months starting in early December.
Activity will be limited to his spare time and he will operate on various
HF Bands mostly CW at the lower band edges and IOTA frequencies. Also,
on this trip he will be on BPSK, FT8 and RTTY. Equipment is a FT-450D,
Signalink USB, Expert 1K-FA and a OCFD antenna. QSL via ClubLog's OQRS,
LoTW or eQSL.
PJ2, CURACAO. Before going to Aruba for the CQWWDXCW Contest, Alex, KU1CW,
will be active as PJ2/KU1CW from Curacao (SA-099) between November 15-20th.
Activity will be on various HF bands. QSL via LoTW.
PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (November 13-19th).......
Nov/13th AN      Nov/16th  AN    Nov/18th  AN
Nov/14th AN      Nov/17th  AN    Nov/19th  AN
Nov/15th 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
  REALTIME BAND CONDITIONS WEB SITE <http://www.bandconditions.com>:
  The purpose of this experimental Web site is to provide 24-7-365 actual
  (REALTIME) band condition information to CW QRPp, QRPe and CW/SSB for
  Contesters interested in increasing their scores. It can also be of
  benefit to other Radio Amateurs to determine band conditions for Nets
  and casual QSO's. This information is NOT based on any software pre-
  dictions or any kind of satellite based readings. It is based on a
  new Ionospheric sounding method called "HF Ionospheric Interferometry"
  which operates very similarly to the PolSAR system used by NASA.
  Also, check out the VOACAP predication Web page at:
  A daily HF radio wave propagation forecast can be found at:
      Also on Twitter: https://twitter.com/@GiellaW4hm
QSL INFO AND NEWS...................
  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX by Lothar, DL1SBF (November 12th) <www.qslinfo.eu>
  3B9FR via M0OXO (O)      HF40PLV via SP3CGK    PA25ZWN via PI4ZWN
  4J3J via RW6HS (d)    HF6FIRAC via SP6IEQ (B/L) PI4SRN via PA3DHR
  4U1A via UA3DX            HF7ASQ via SP7VC      PJ4/DL5CW via DL5CW
  4X/R1CC via DJ1ND        HF7HB via SP7VC      PJ4/DL5LYM via DL5LYM
  5B/RA1ALA via RA1ALA (d)  HF7JX via SP7VC      SP9IZ via K5QB (B/d)
  9A/IZ3NXC via IK3GES      HG44DSL via HA1DSL    TC630MECCA via TA3X
  C93PA via PA5X & (L)      HG7T via HA7TM        TM100LGG via F4GRW
  CT8/DL7AFS via DL7AFS    HS0ZLP via DJ9ZB      TM17PGM via F4FCE
  DK0HN via DJ5QE          J68GD via K9AW (d/L)  TM8OMC via F8KGN
  DU7/DK5EW via DK5EW      LX/PC2D via PC2D (L)  TR8CA via F6CBC (d)
  EA7/OG55W via OH2OT (O/L) MW5R via MW0EDX      VP9/DK7LX via DK7LX
  EA8/DM6KG via DM6KG      N4T via WN8Y          W1H via KB1QXJ
  EA8/OH5ZN via OH5ZN      OL1C via OK1ONA      YB0ECT via W2FB
  FP5BZ via F5TJP          OP17RCL via ON3AR    ZW1CML via PY1CML
  H2X via IZ4AMS (d/O)      OP8ON via ON8ON      ZZ2Z via PY2GTA
  HB9/DF4WX via DF4WX      OZ/KH6DXX via DF3XX  ZZ8A via PY1MT
  (e) eQSL only  (d) direct only  (B) Bureau only  (*-B) DX's- Bureau
  (O) OQRS only  (C) ClubLog only  (L) LoTW only    (88) no QSL required
  NEW QSL ROUTE 9N1AA. Dan, N4GNR, reports, "Satish, 9N1AA, has asked me
  to pick up his QSL duties...so QSL DIRECT to N4GNR. I understand that
  N4AA has a sack full of unanswered cards at his home up to the time of
  his death. I will be getting those cards this week, and I hope to have
  them answered within 2 weeks... and any cards that come in hereafter
  will be answered same day ... Again-- QSL DIRECT to N4GNR...
  73 Dan Cisson N4GNR"
  VU7T and ZS4JAN
  TJ3SN, V51LK, V51MH, XV9NPS, Z61KR and ZF2CJ
SILENT KEY. It has been reported that the Associazione Radioamatori Italiani
(ARI) President Pietro "Mario" Ambrosi, I2MQP, of Rodano, Millepini, Italy,
became a Silent Key (SK) on November 6th, at the age of 74. Mario served for
several decades at the head of Italy's national Amateur Radio organization
and IARU member society. He was also a long-time ARRL member, DXCC card
checker, and a 2005 CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame inductee. Ambrosi was a
DXer and Contester, a member of the ARI DX Club Contest Team, and held #1
Honor Roll and 9-Band DXCC. He also served as a QSL Manager for multiple
stations and was an author of many radio books. OPDX and its readers would
like to send out our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of I2MQP.
ST, SUDAN. DXNews.com reports that Sergey, R4PBW, is currently active as
ST/R4PBW from Khartoum, Sudan. Length of stay is unknown. He is using a
Yaesu FT-847 transceiver and GP Antenna. QSL via eQSL.
TI5, COSTA RICA (Update/Change). Chris, KL9A, will once again be active
from Costa Rica, but as TI7W (not TI5W as first announced) during the
CQWW DX CW Contest (November 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power
entry. QSL TI7W via W4FS. Outside of the contest he will use the callsign
TI5/KL9A. QSL TI5/KL9A via W2GR.
V2, ANTIGUA. Frank, N2FF, will be active as V26FF from English Harbour,
Antigua Island (NA-100), between November 15th and December 7th. Activity
will be on 40/30/17 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes (RTTY and
FT8). Look for him to be in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 25-26th).
QSL via LoTW. PLEASE, send NO cards to Antigua home callsign N2FF.
V3, BELIZE. Michael, K5MDK, will be active as V31MK from Maya Hill Lodge
near central Belize between March 1-5th. Activity will be on various HF
bands.  QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. He also plans
to operate with V31VP during the ARRL International DX SSB Contest (March
4-5th). Watch QRZ.com for more details.
VK, AUSTRALIA. Byron, KF8UN, is expected to be active as VK/KF8UN around
and near the Brisbane area until January 14th. He will be using a G5RV
antenna and running barefoot. QSL via his home callsign.
VK9M, MELLISH REEF (Update). The VK9MA team continues to be active from
Mellish Reef (OC-072) until November 16th. Activity is from Heralds-Beacon
Islet, the only permanent land in the reef, on 160-10 meters using CW,
SSB and RTTY. ClubLog.org shows as of 1628z, November 12th, the VK9MA team
made 36771 QSOs with 12484 unique callsigns (8820/SSB, 25227/CW, 469/FT8
and 2254/RTTY). Breakdown is: 151/AF, 14190/AS, 11197/EU, 9145/NA, 1777/OC
and 311/SA. QSL via N7QT, direct, by the Bureau, ClubLog's OQRS (STRONGLY
RECOMMENDED), LoTW or eQSL. All QSOs will be uploaded to LoTW and eQSL
shortly after the operation. For more details and updates, see:
VP5, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS (6m Op). Dave, W9DR, a well-known 6m op,
will be active as VP5/W9DR from VP5-land (Grid Sq. FL41AW) between June
13-25th, 2018. Activity will be on 6 meters (50.115 MHz) only using CW
and SSB. Dave states that he will be using a SDR Transceiver, 1 KW, 5
element Yagi, Beacon during slow periods, all salt water launch over
North Atlantic to NA and EU/Mid-East." QSL via W9DR direct.
VP9, BERMUDA (Change/Update). Tony, VE3RZ, will be active as VE3RZ/VP9
from the VP9GE apartments on Bermuda between November 19-28th. Activity
will be on various HF bands (especially 160/80m) using mostly CW, some
SSB and the Digital modes (RTTY, FT8). He also plans to be in the CQWW
DX CW Contest (November 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Bands/Assisted/
Low-Power entry. QSL via M0URX's OQRS (direct and Bureau) or LoTW.
VQ9, CHAGOS ISLAND. Kazeno, JO1GWT/KJ6ZHM, is once again active as VQ9KA
near Diego Garcia. The length of his stay is unknown. If like last time,
he will be on 40-10 meters using CW and SSB. He states that if it rains
there will be no operation. Kazeno uses a Yaesu FT-857D into a Buddipole.
QSL via JO1GWT, direct or by the Bureau.
YASME NEWS (Press Release, dated November 6th). Kip Edwards, W6SZN,
Secretary and Director of the Yasme Foundation, sent out the following:
  The Yasme Excellence Award is presented to individuals and groups who,
through their own service, creativity, effort and dedication, have made
a significant contribution to amateur radio. The contribution may be in
recognition of technical, operating or organizational achievement, as all
three are necessary for amateur radio to grow and prosper. The Yasme
Excellence Award is in the form of a cash grant and an individually-
engraved crystal globe.
  The Board of Directors of The Yasme Foundation is pleased to announce
the latest recipients of the Yasme Excellence Award:
    Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA) -- to pick up the world's
  largest amateur radio event on a few months notice and move it to a
  completely different facility is a daunting task. That it went so
  smoothly was a testament to the extraordinary efforts of the 600
  volunteers and event leadership.
    Paul Verhage, KD4STH, and Bill Brown, WB8ELK -- for their leadership
  and continued technical innovation in amateur radio high-altitude bal-
  looning (ARHAB - <en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-altitude_balloon>). While
  not the traditional means of introduction, ARHAB is exposing hundreds
  of students to amateur radio through an interest in science experimen-
  tation. Both have written extensively about ARHAB and have contributed
  material to the ARRL Handbook.
    Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF and Magda Moses, KM4EGE -- for creating and
  leading the HamSCI (Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation) organization
  that sponsored the Solar Eclipse QSO Party (SEQP). The SEQP was the
  largest amateur radio experiment ever devised and generated the world's
  most extensive set of HF propagation observations during an eclipse.
  Beyond the SEQP, HamSCI is attracting the interest of professional/
  academic researchers such as from numerous universities, the Arecibo
  Radio Observatory in Puerto Rico, MIT’s Haystack Observatory, and HAARP
  facility in Alaska.
    The WSJT Development Team -- initially the work of Joe Taylor, K1JT,
  the WSJT software is now maintained and extended by a team of developers
  led by Bill Somerville, G4WJS; Steve Franke, K9AN; Greg Beam, KI7MT;
  Michael Black, W9MDB; Edson Pereira, PY2SDR; and Nico Palermo, IV3NWV;
  along with Joe Taylor. Their latest digital mode, FT8, combines the
  extraordinary low-SNR performance of JT9 and JT65 with a much faster
  decoding and exchange process.
    Dale Hughes, VK1DSH, -- for his excellent work as Chairman of the
  Amateur Working Group in ITU-R Working Party 5A and as Chairman of the
  sub Working Group dealing with a worldwide 60 meter amateur allocation
  during World Radiocommunication Conference 2015.
    The Board also made a grant to Gary Pearce, KN4AQ, for his production
  and distribution of videos of interest to the amateur radio community
  through Ham Radio Now and YouTube.
  * * * * *
  The Yasme Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation organized to support
  scientific and educational projects related to amateur radio, including
  DXing (long distance communication) and the introduction and promotion
  of amateur radio in developing countries. For additional information
  about The Yasme Foundation, visit our website at <www.yasme.org>.
  Ward Silver, N0AX, President The Yasme Foundation
  Board of Directors: Ward Silver, N0AX, President and Director
                      Ken Claerbout, K4ZW, Vice-President and Director
                      Rusty Epps, W6OAT, Treasurer and Director
                      Kip Edwards, W6SZN, Secretary and Director
                      Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T, Director
                      Martti Laine, OH2BH, Director
                      Fred Laun, K3ZO, Director
                      Robert Vallio, W6RGG, Director
from Pristina, Kosovo, dated November 11th). Kip Edwards, W6SZN, sent
out the following: The Kosovar Amateur Radio Association, SHRAK with the
National Association Radioamateurs of Albania, NARA are organizing a
multi-multi effort from the coastal city of Durres in Albania. Fehmi,
Z62FB, and Fatos, ZA1F, are leading the team of locals plus their invited
  Vjollca, Z61VB, the president of SHARK, observes that these exchange
programs are necessary for the time being while waiting for Kosovo itself
to count for DXCC. As a CQWW multiplier, however, their HQ station Z60A
would  be operated as Z60WW by seasoned contester Olli Rissanen, OH0XX.
ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS. Dan, N6MJ, will once again be active as ZF2MJ from
ZF1A QTH on Grand Cayman Islands (NA-016) during the CQWW DX CW Contest
(November 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. He will be on the island
between November 20-28th. Activity outside of the contest will be on
160-10 meters including 30/17/12 meters. QSL via N6MJ or LoTW.
ZP, PARAGUAY. Manu, ZP9MCE, will be active from Hohenau-Itapúa during the
CQWW DX CW Contest (November 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power
entry. QSL via EA5ZD only.
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