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Summerside Amateur Radio Club

Sat Oct 25, 2014

OPDX Bulletin #1186....

3W, VIETNAM. Dervin "Derk", PD9DX, is now active as 3W2LI/PD9DX from
Ho Chi Minh City until October 29th. Activity has been on SSB and on
15 meters. QSL via PD9DX, direct or by the Bureau. NO IRCS.

3W, VIETNAM. Tony, KM0O, will be active as 3W3O from Danang between
November 25th and December 24th. His main activity will be the CQWW DX
CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. Tony likes
80 and 160 meters, so he will probably be emphasizing those bands before
and after the contest. QSL via LoTW, by the Bureau or KM0O (see QRZ.com).
He will upload his logs to LoTW as promptly as possible. QSLs will not
go out until summer of 2015.

4A, MEXICO. Alejandro, XE1EE, will use the special callsign 4A5XX (to
celebrate his 20 yrs in amateur radio) during the CQWW DX CW Contest
(November 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Band entry. QSL via
LoTW, LZ3HI, eQSL, by the Bureau and direct to his home callsign.
ADDED NOTE: Callsign is valid for one year. See: http://www.qrz.com/db/4A5XX

4X, ISRAEL. Operators Zvi/4X6FR and Moshe/4X1DX will be active as 4X7R
from Herzliya during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a
Multi-Single/All-Band entry. QSL via 4X6FR.


8Q, MALDIVES. Francesco, IK0FUX, will be active as 8Q7UX from Maayafushi
Island (AS-013) between December 1-9th. Activity will be holiday style
on the HF bands, mainly CW. His equipment is an Icom IC-7000 into a Big
stick MFJ-2286 and dipole. QSL via his home callsign.

9K, KUWAIT. Operators Hamad/9K2HN, Essa/9K2HQ, Yasser/9K2MY, Muhammad/
9K2NO, Osama/9K2OD, Ahmad/9K2QA, Basil/9K2RX and Nick/HB9EFK will be
active as 9K2HN during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a
Multi/Single or Multi-2 entry. QSL via 9K2HN, by the Bureau, direct or
LoTW. Visit the home page at: http://www.9k2hn.com

9M2, WEST MALAYSIA. Members of the Malaysian Special Expedition Team
will be active as 9M2SE from Pangkor (AS-072) during the CQWW DX SSB
Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multi-Single/Low-Power entry. QSL via
9M2RDX. Operators mentioned are Piju/9M2PJU, Rahmat/9M2RMT, Khairul/
9M2KRZ, Weerut/9W2RUT and Mohd/9W2EDU. For more details, visit the
following Blog page at: http://9m2se.blogspot.com
Also, see below: IOTA NEWS - AS-072.

AH2, GUAM. Members of the Guam Contest Club will be active as AH2R during
the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multi-Single entry. Operators
mentioned are: Nozomu/JE8KKX (AH2K), Toshinobu/JI3ERV (NH2C), Tad/JA3XOG,
Kazumasa/JG3RPL, Sato/JH7QXJ and Mikawa/JR7OMD. QSL via LoTW or direct to
JH7QXJ. PLEASE DO NOT QSL via the KH2 Bureau.

ASIAN AND AFRICAN TOUR. Toshi, JA8BMK, plans to be active over the next
month and into the new year. Activity will be focused mainly on the lower
bands (160-80m) with better receive antennas and locations. His tentative
schedule is as follows:
October 31st-November 20th - Nagarkot, Nepal; callsign 9N7BM; set up
a vertical in stead of a inverted V with RX antennas.
January 10-25th (2015) - Antananarivo, Madagascar; callsign 5R8DX;
operators Toshi/JA8BMK and Ken/JN1THL; focusing on
the low bands.
February 5-25th (2015) - Vientiane, Laos; callsign; from a new QTH
with lower noise and wider area and with RX antennas.
March 1-31st (2015) - Nha Trang, Vietnam; callsign XV7BM; with improved
RX antennas.
QSL all callsigns via JA8BMK.

BV, TAIWAN. Look for the BV2A club station of China Radio Association
(C.R.A.) in Taipei to be active during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October
25-26th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via BV2A. Operators mentioned are
Tang/BM2AAV, Eddie/BV2DD, Evan/BV2KS and YaoJun/BV5OO.

C45, CYPRUS. Spyros, 5B4MF, will be active as C45T during the CQWW DX
SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Assisted/All-Band/High-
Power entry. QSL via his address on QRZ.com.

CE0Y, EASTER ISLAND. Gerben, PG5M, has announced that he will be active
as CE0Y/PG5M from Easter Island (SA-001) between November 23-28th. This
will be a holiday-style operation. Further details will be forthcoming.
QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau, direct or the OQRS on his Web
page. Important: Don't use IRCs as they can't be exchanged at his post
office. For updates, watch his Web page and Twitter account at:
http://www.dx.to
http://twitter.com/@PG5M

CQ NEWS (CQ Reconsiders Policy on Crimea in CQ Contests). The following
was announced Tuesday, October 21st: "In response to requests from a large
number of contesters around the world, CQ has reconsidered its decision
regarding the acceptance of logs from stations in Crimea in CQ-sponsored
contests.
As CQ Publisher d*** Ross, K2MGA, explained, 'a large portion of the
contesting community felt that we were unfairly denying our fellow amateurs
in Crimea of the opportunity to fully participate in our contests. Since
the country list for CQ contests is based on a combination of the Worked
All Europe (WAE) and ARRL DXCC lists, and the ARRL has already adopted a
policy regarding Crimean stations in its award and contest programs, we
will amend our policy to be consistent with the ARRL's DXCC policy.'
'Therefore, the listings of Crimean stations submitting logs for CQ
contests will be based on the call sign under which they have operated.
If they used Russian-issued calls in the contest, they will be listed
under Russia; if they used Ukrainian-issued calls in the contest, they
will be listed under Ukraine. This change reflects not only the desire
of many contesters around the world, but also of a large majority of
members of the CQ World Wide DX Contest Committee.'"

DXCC NEWS. The DXCC desk is now accepting ZS8A QSLs for DXCC. If you've
submitted a card that was rejected for lack of documentation, send a note
to to have your record updated.

E2, THAILAND. Members of the Thailand DX Association (HSDXA) will be
active as E2X during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a
Multi-Single/High-Power entry. QSL via E20GMY. Operators mentioned are
Phot/E20GMY, Kriangkrai/E20HHK, Wat/E20MDN, First/E22WWZ, Paul/HS4DDQ,
HS4HLW, Art/HS4LKW, Apiwat/HS4SCI, Wanlop/HS6MYW, Son/HS6NDK and Bunknite/
HS6RMY. Visit the HSDXA FaceBook page at: http://www.facebook.com/hsdxa

EA8, CANARY ISLANDS. Operators Andrea/IK1PMR and YL Claudia/PA3LEO will
once again be active as EA8/homecall from Tenerife Island (AF-004) between
December 9th and January 8th (2015). Activity will be on 160-6 meters
using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via HB9FKK (preferred) or their home callsigns,
by the Bureau, direct, or E-mail requests for Bureau cards. Also via LoTW
and Clublog. For more details and updates, see: http://www.ik1pmr.com

ED9, CEUTA AND MELILLA. Members of the Ceuta Legion Contest Team will be
active as ED9K during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as Multi-2
entry. Operators mentioned are Jose/EA7BJ, Salvador/EA7FQB, Jorge/EA7HZ,
David/EA7IVN, Julio/EA7JB, Manolo/EA7LL, Jose/EA7LS, Cris/EA7RU, and
Jose/EA9CD. QSL via EA7LS, only direct (NO BUREAU - NO IRCs). Visit
the ED9K Team's FaceBook page at: http://www.facebook.com/ed9kteam

EF8, CANARY ISLANDS (Update). Jaime, WP3A, will be active as EF8U from
the Las Palmas Contest Club radio station (EA8URL) on Gran Canaria Island
(AF-004) during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/
All-Band/Low-Power/Assisted entry. Before and after the contest he will
sign EA8/WP3A. QSL direct only via NP3O. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW
after he returns to Puerto Rico.

FT4TA, TROMELIN ISLAND. Just a reminder that members of the F6KOP Team
and Lyon DX Gang will be activating FT4TA from Tromelin Island between
October 30th and November 10th. They plan to have 4 stations on the air
for 10 days, on 160-10 meters using SSB, CW and RTTY. Suggested frequencies
are :
CW - 1826.5, 3523, 7023, 10115, 14023, 18079, 21023, 24894 and 28023 kHz
SSB - 3790, 7082, 14185, 18130, 21285, 24955 and 28485 kHz
RTTY - 10142, 18099, 21080, 24912 and 28080 kHz
6m - 50105/CW and 50105/SSB

An online log will be available during the DXpedition. An OQRS will be
available by ClubLog. QSL via F1NGP. QSLing details can be seen at:
http://www.tromelin2014.com/cartes-qsl
For more details, visit: http://www.tromelin2014.com

EW3, BELARUS (WFF Op). Eugene, EW3LK, will activate Prostyr (EWFF-024)
for the World Wide Flora & Fauna Award (WWF) between November 1-4th.
Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW and SSB.

HC0, ECUADOR. Members of the Quito Radio Club (HC1QRC) will be active as
HC0E from Quito during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a
Multi-2 entry. QSL via HC1QRC or HC1JQ.

HI, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. Ezequiel, HI3EPR, will be active during the CQWW
DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m)/Low-
Power entry. QSL via LoTW or direct (see QRZ.com).

HI, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. Tino, HI3CC, will be active during the CQWW DX
SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (160m)/Low-
Power entry. QSL via W2CCW.

HO1, PANAMA. Members of the Colon DX Group will be active as HO1C from
Panama during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multi-Op
entry. Operators mentioned are Emilio/HP2NG, Jose/HP2BWJ, Manolis/HP1CQ,
Dorian/HP2DB, Roger/HP2ROC and max/HP2EK. QSL via HP1CQ.

IOTA NEWS..............
AF-019. (Update) Dan, S50U, reports, "On Thursday night strong winds
caused by Gonzalo hurricane destroyed almost all antennas at
IO9Y M/M Lampedusa Contest Team station. There will be only
sporadic operation from IG9/CALL stations in low-power category
during CQWW SSB contest. All transportations from the Island
are canceled because of bad weather and team will return home
when ferries start to run."

AS-072. Members of the 9M2SE Malaysian Special Expedition Team will be
active from Pangkor Island between 0800z, November 7th and
0100z, November 9th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using
SSB and CW. Operators mentioned are Piju/9M2PJU, Rizal/9M2RDX,
Khairul/9M2KRZ, Wak Mit/9M2TPT, Rosli/9M2RHQ, Zamri/9W2NMX,
Ikmal/9W2EDU, Mat Meran/9W2VVN, Weerut/9W2RUT, Kopok/9W2JDY
and Izat/9W2RI. They will have 2 transceivers with 100 watts
on the air using 2 element 3 bands yagi (20/15/10m), EFHW
vertical (40-10m) and G5RV junior (40-10m). Piju informs OPDX,
"Please support our activity. We are promoting our country,
heritage, culture, beautiful islands and beaches to the world.
Malaysia has many beautiful beaches and islands, lots of city
excitement, nature and adventure, also cultural attractions.
It is time to explore Malaysia. Spread the words."

EU-025. The II9K Contest Team will once again be active as II9K from
Sicily Island during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th)
as a Multi-2 entry. Operators mentioned are Giuseppe/IT9HBT,
Girolamo/IT9GNG, Rino/IT9FXY, Vincenzo/IT9ECQ, Sal/IW9FRA,
Mike/IF9ZWA, Domenico/IW9GTD, Salvatore/DH7SA and Josep/EA3KS.
The II9K ContestTeam will be active with an improved setup
and new Momobeam stacked Yagis. QSL via IT9HBT.

EU-174. Operators Peter/HA5OV, Keki/YT7DQ, Barichek/YU7CM and YZ7ZZ
are now active as SV8/HA5OV from Thassos Island (GIOTA NAS-037,
MIA MG-124, WLOTA LH-4186, QRA KN20HS) until October 29th.
Look for operators to use their own callsigns outside of the
contest as SV8/homecall. QSL via their home callsigns.

IOTA and Crimea - "IOTA Management has decided that, given the unresolved
political situation in Crimea, it has no course open to it
except, for a period initially of one year, to freeze certain
actions connected with Crimea that it would normally take in
the routine management of the IOTA programme. This means that
it will not accept or issue credit for EU-180 operations taking
place after 17 March 2014 that use a non-Ukrainian callsign,
or accede to any requests from programme participants for update
of their records or changes of callsign and/or checkpoint that
involve a change of DXCC entity. The Committee will review the
situation after one year in the light of developments. IOTA
Management regrets taking this action but it accords with
practice adopted elsewhere..... G3KMA, 21 Oct 2014"

SA-024. Operators Marcelo/PY2AE, Murilo/PY2DS, Joao/PU2KKE, Willian/
PU2XIZ and Fabio/PU2KFL will be active as ZX2CA from Cardoso
Island (DIB SP-07), and as PW2BA from Bom Abrigo Island and
Lighthouse (ARLHS-BRA-013, DIB-SP-05, DFB-SP-03) between
November 21-24th. Operators will spend two days on each island
(Cardoso Island should be first depending on the sea conditions).
Activity will be on 80/40/20/15/10/6/2 meters using CW and SSB.
QSL ZX2CA via PY2DS direct. QSL PW2BA via PY2AE direct.

IY, ITALY (Special Prefix). Look for special event station IY1EY to be
active between November 1st and December 31st, from Loano
to commemorate the experiments conducted by Gugliemo Marconi from his yacht
'Elettra' in the Ligurian Sea between 1919 and 1936. Expect activity on
CW and SSB, and on all bands including 30/17/12m. Receive a special QSL
card via IK1QBT direct.

JW, SVALBARD. Look for JW5E, Svalbardgruppen Av NRRL Clubstation on
Longyearbyen, to be in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) possibly
as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via JW5E. List of operators were not mentioned.
Visit the JW5E Web page at: http://jw5e.com

JW, SVALBARD. Alexander, UA3IPL, will be once again active as JW/UA3IPL
from Spitsbergen Island (EU-026) for 4 months starting October 30th.
Activity will be on the HF bands using CW (slow speed), SSB, RTTY, PSK31
and JT65. Equipment will be a Yaesu FT-857D with FC30 tuner into a G5RV
antenna. QSL via RW6HS direct.

KH7, HAWAII. Once again the members of the "Coconut Wireless Contest
Club" (formerly AH6XX) will be active as KH7CW from Aiea, on the Island
of Oahu (USI HI008S, WLOTA 1227, WW Loc. BL11bj, Honolulu county), Hawaii
(OC-019) in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multi-Single
entry. Operators mentioned are: Tetsuo/AH7C, Soi/JH1ECG, Rich/K2WR,
Akira/KH6BU and possibly 2 others. QSL via LoTW, or direct to K2WR.

KP1, NAVASSA (Press Release). From the The KP1-5 Project, dated October
22nd: "The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has notified the KP1-5 Project
that they will be the team to activate Navassa Island (KP1) in January 2015.
The DXpedition will be a maximum of fourteen days. The exact dates in
January will be determined by USFWS mission requirements and weather
windows.
Our experienced team of fifteen is complete and is ready for the
challenge. The weeks ahead will be extremely busy as the team has less
than 90 days before the DXpedition comes on the air.
January is the month of minimum bird nesting activity and this is the
primary reason USFWS is asking that the operation be completed during
that month. However, the weather is unpredictable in January and because
Navassa is surrounded by cliffs, this may preclude a safe landing by
boat. For safety reasons and in order to maximize our time on the Island
and on the air, a helicopter operation is planned. Navassa is over 100
miles (160 km) from the nearest helicopter staging point and as many as
ten round trips will be required at the beginning and end of the operation.
Obviously, this means that there will be a significant cost for activating
this #1 ranked DXCC entity.
In the next few weeks, we be working with USFWS and as details firm
up, we will issue periodic press releases. Check our webpage,
for more details of the operation and how you may
financially support this DXpedition.
The KP1-5 Project team has committed to fund 50% of the total costs.
We are hopeful the DX community at large will fund the remainder.
for The KP1-5 Project,
Bob Allphin, K4UEE, President
Glenn Johnson, W0GJ, Vice-president
Mike Thomas, NA5U, Secretary"

ADDED NOTES:
* OPDX was informed that the callsign they will use on the island will
be "K1N".

* Press Release: "INDEXA Supports Navassa Island DXpedition --
Hello fellow DXers and INDEXA Members:
INDEXA is pleased to announce that we are generously supporting the
just announced major DXpedition to Navassa Island, KP1. The official
team announcement says this will occur in January, 2015. The DXpedition
call will be announced later. Navassa Island is currently ranked #2 on
the DX Magazine's "Most Wanted list".
The Navassa Island DXpedition Team leader is Bob Allphin, K4UEE, and
he has assembled an extraordinary team of DXpeditioners with the know-how
to plan, implement and activate the rarest of the rare DX entities. The
team includes AA7JV, HA7RY, K0IR, K4UEE, K5AC, K9CT, N2TU, N4GRN, NA5U,
NM1Y, VE7CT, W0GJ, W6IZT, and WB9Z.
INDEXA is the first DXpedition support group to announce financial
support for this DXpedition. This support is possible because of your
membership in INDEXA and the many prior donations. Interestingly, over
half of the DXpedition team is made up of INDEXA officers, directors
and members. INDEXA has provided support that is over and above what is
customary; so if you would like to help replenish our reserves you might
consider an additional contribution via the web page
.
This DXpedition should provide many of you with an all-time new DXCC
entity as well as new band/mode countries for various ARRL, CQ and IOTA
awards.
Regards,
Gary Dixon, K4MQG - INDEXA President
John Scott, K8YC - VP-Newsletter Editor
d*** Williams, W3OA - Secretary-Treasurer"

NH2, GUAM (OC-026). Joel, KG6DX, will be active as NH2DX in the CQWW DX
SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (15m)/High-Power
entry. QSL via NH2DX, CBA or QRZ.com address. NO Bureau QSLs.

OH0, ALAND ISLAND. Operators Juha/OH1JT, Jouko/OH1RX, Kari/OH2XX, Ari/
OH5DX, Tomi/OH6EI and Pasi/OH6UM will be active as OH0Z during the CQWW
DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via W0MM.

OH0, ALAND ISLAND. Pekka, OH2YY, will be active as OH0YY from Aland
Island during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/
All-Band (only 40-10m) entry. He states, "I will not have time to install
antennas for 75 and 160." QSL via OH2YY.

OP, BELGIUM (Special Prefixes). Belgian Telecom authorities (BIPT)
granted to all Belgian stations the privilege to use the OP prefix to
commemorate the Great War between November 1-30th of each year and until
2018 (included).

P4, ARUBA. Operators Elza/K4ISV, Ray/K9RS and Art/N3DXX will be active
as P40S from the P49Y rental station in Pos Chiquito (WW Loc. FK52AL),
Aruba (SA-036, WLOTA 0033), during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October
25-26th) as a Multi-Single/High-Power entry. QSL via K9QVB.

P5, NORTH KOREA (Update On The P5/K6VVA Quest). Rick, K6VVA, posted the
following on October 20th: "In just a few months will begin Year #9 of
my quest for approval to operate from P5. There have been many, MANY
different proposals made to the D.P.R.K. Authorities during the past 8
Years. Recently, my primary Advocate and Envoy to P5 has left the NGO to
a new position with a different organization not involved with Humanitarian
work in the D.P.R.K. I am pursuing alternative new pathways to success in
this project to be able to fulfill the intended Humanitarian goal, and the
objective to provide an equal opportunity for all DXCC Program participants
in need of ONE "CW" QSO credit with North Korea.
ADDITIONAL CHANGES & INFORMATION -- An original purpose of the P5/K6VVA
Expedition was to operate from at least one IOTA (AS-197), with background
plans to hopefully QRV from all 4 of the P5 IOTAs. However, based on data
Results of my K6VVA IOTA SURVEY and a very detailed analysis of almost
100,000 QSOs made by 25 different "IOTA-ONLY" Expeditions, plans have now
changed. The previous expressions of interest in donations for Humanitarian
work in the D.P.R.K. were astonishing for which I am grateful. Yet, LESS
than 5% (Five Percent) of Callsigns from the serious IOTA Community in the
combined 2010 + 2014 Honor Roll and Annual Listing Reports participated.
The overwhelming level of support for the Humanitarian goal in the D.P.R.K.
came from the DXCC Community. Accordingly, IOTA is no longer a primary
objective in my P5/K6VVA plans due to lack of IOTA support." To read the complete update by Rick, go to: http://www.k6vva.com/p5

REALTIME BAND CONDITIONS WEB SITE :
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's is based on a
new Ionospheric sounding method called "HF Ionospheric Interferometry"
which operates very similarly to the PolSAR system used by NASA.

PS43, BRAZIL (Special Event). Look for special event station PS43GPB
to be on the air because of the Grand Prix Brasil F1 Race, Interlagos
Circuit, from Sao Paulo between November 1-10th. Activity will be SSB
only, and on 20/17/15/10 meters. QSL via PS7AB, direct (SASE + USD),
by the Bureau, LoTW, and eQSL. SWL QSL cards are welcome. For more
informations, see: http://www.qrz.com/db/ps43gpb

RU9, ASIATIC RUSSIA. Marko, N5ZO, will be active as RU9CZD from R9DX QTH
during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/
High-Power entry. QSL via LoTW or by the Bureau.

S0, WESTERN SAHARA. Roberto, EA2CNU, will be active as S0S from Western
Sahara during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th). Outside of the
contest, he will sign S01WS. QSL both callsigns via EA2JG.

STANDARD TIME. Remember to change your clocks next week? Countries who
observe Daylight Saving Time (DST), which took place on Sunday, March
9th, are now expected to move their "local clocks" backward 1 hour on
Sunday, November 2nd, from 2:00 AM local time to 1:00 AM. In 2015, Day-
light Saving Time (DST) will again go into effect on Sunday, March 8th,
at 2:00 AM local time. For the history and details about ST and DST, as
well as an interesting map of the world (showing the countries who observe
DST), see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standard_time
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daylight_saving_time
http://www.timeanddate.com/time/dst/2015.html
ADDED NOTE: Hopefully, all amateur radio operators know not to change
their GMT/UTC/ZULU clocks. However, since most operators usually set their
computers to local time, some may have to change their settings on "some"
ham radio software (ex. logging, propagation, DXTelnet, etc..) programs.

TI, COSTA RICA. Operators Eddie/K4UN, Juan/TI2JCY, Carlos/TI2KAC and
Mauricio/TI4ZM will be active as TI5M from Poas Alajuela during the
CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via
TI2KAC. The TI5M callsign is the new callsign for the TI8M Contest Group
due to a location change.

VI6, AUSTRALIA (Special Event). Members of the Southern Electronics Group
(VK6SR) will be active as VI6ANZAC between October 31st and November 2nd.
Activity is to mark the 100th anniversary of the departure of the first
convoy of ships carrying ANZAC troops and the significant role Albany has
played in Australia's ANZAC history. Operations will primarily focus on
the HF bands SSB, 80/40/20/15/10 meters including 30/17/12 meter bands,
possibly 160 meters, and depending on the propagation. Also, if they can
find some interested operators, there is some possibility of Digital modes
and CW. QSL via VK3CAM or by the address on QRZ.com.

VK9DLX, LORD HOWE ISLAND (Updates)..................
October 22nd: "Yesterday our last team member Bernd, VK2IA, arrived on the
island. Due to business commitments he was not able to stay with us the
full length of the DXpedition.
QSOs are running good on all bands, though we observe a decrease of
daily QSO numbers. Due to the relative low ranking in the Most Wanted
list (#59 clublog.org), we expected this. And the latest solar flare
doesn't really help. We will see how conditions develop until the CQWW
SSB.
Of course we are also preparing ourselves and the stations for the CQWW
SSB contest. We are planning to participate as a Multi-Multi effort with
the callsign VK9LM. Even if you already worked VK9DLX, please call us in
the contest. Many thanks!
We made some good progress of finding local noise sources which make
life very hard on the low bands. One main source was a small power supply
of a TV distribution network amplifier. Fortunately we could replace it by
one of our notebook power supplies and the noise has almost gone. But mean-
while we have a new noise source, showing up at North America prime time
on 160m. We try everything possible to find the source to get a better RX
situation on the low bands.
On 80m we are aware that South America is looking for a 80m QSO with us
at their sunrise. We try to be QRV just before Lord Howe sunset (around
0700z to 0730z) the next days.
6m was definitely a highlight the last two days. With a 5 Element Yagi
on a 10m mast, pointed to JA, we were able to make about 260 QSOs. Mainly
with Japan and some VK's. We also observed the opening from North America
to FK, but heard absolutely nothing from them. It is still 1200km from
FK8CP to VK9DLX. We will continue to observe Magic Band on DX-Cluster. We
will also temporarily operate a beacon on 50.114 with antenna directed to
Japan. If you notice anything please send the info to the DX cluster net-
work or to our contact form on our homepage.
We still get e-mails and guest-book entries to change this or that
callsign in the onlinelog. We definitely will not do that during the
DXpedition. If the onlinelog doesn't show your callsign, just work us
again. Regarding LoTW: We will upload our log to the Logbook Of The World
within 3 months after the DXpedition.
Please also have a look at the picture gallery
(http://www.lordhowe2014.org/service/gallery/index.php) for new impres-
sions from Lord Howe Island."

October 24th: "This is to inform the contest community that there will be
a Multi-Multi operation from Lord Howe Island in the CQWW SSB 2014. Our
callsign will be VK9LM. We will operate all six contest bands from 160m
to 10m and man the stations when there is propagation from Lord Howe
Island to anywhere in the world. Normally you will get DXcluster spots
where we are on each band. But especially on the low bands it may be
possible that we will not always find a running frequency (especially
when we have to compete against European stations). But don't be shy to
contact us to ask for a QSY frequency on 160m, 80m or 40m. In most cases
not only we are the multiplier, but also you!
There will be no CW operation on the contest bands during the contest.
But we will have two stations which can be operated on 17m and 12m during
the contest.
Please note and understand that there will be no upload to Club Log for
the contest log as long as the official log checking takes place. Of
course we will also upload the QSOs with VK9LM to LOTW later.
Feel free to visit the DXpedition website on http://www.lordhowe2014.org
and subscribe to our newsletter to stay informed.
No idea who the Lagunaria DX Group is? Just visit
http://www.lagunaria-dx-group.org and learn more about the group, the
people behind it and their goals."

VK9N, NORFOLK ISLAND. Michael, G7VJR, (author of ClubLog) will be active
as VK9/G7VJR from Norfolk Island (OC-005) between December 26th and January
2nd (2015). Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands using CW with an
Elecraft K3 and 100 watts. QSL via M0OXO or LoTW.

VK0M, MACQUARIE ISLAND (Cancelled). It was announced on QRZ.com a few weeks
ago that Rod, VK6MH/GM4AWB, would be active as VK0MH from Macquarie Island
(AN-005) between early or starting November 2014 and April 2015. However,
this week it was announced on October 15th by Rod, "Alas, my ship L'Astro-
labe sailed yesterday to Macquarie and I was not on it. After all the weeks
of training were complete I cannot go. On Friday I had a small innocent
mole cut off my arm. Late on Monday, I was told it was a Melanoma and so
that meant no travel on the ship. I had an op to remove it yesterday an
although gutted that I cannot go, feel uplifted by support of friends and
family and am focused on future adventures :0)"

VR, HONG KONG. Operators Charlie/VR2XMT, Yau/VR2UBC, Solo/VR2CO, Oscar/
VR2ZLI, Calvin/VR2ZCL, Brian/VR2ZXM, Dawood/VR2XNG and Farid/VR2UNG will
be active as VR2S (Region Scout Special Station by the HKIR IT Club)
during the CQWW DX SSB Contest as a Multi-Single entry. QSL direct via
VR2HKS or the address on QRZ.com.

YS, EL SALVADOR. Hiro, JA6WFM, will be active as YS1/NP3J during the
CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (10m)/
Low-Power entry. QSL via EA5GL or LoTW.

YS, EL SALVADOR. Mario, YS1GMV, member of the Club de Radio Aficionados
de El Salvador (CRAS), will be active as YS1YS during the CQWW DX SSB
Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Single-Transmitter entry. QSL
via YS1GMV.

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Fri Oct 24, 2014

This Week On The Air....

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
KD6XH, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, The Daily DX, DXNL, Contest
Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites.
Thanks to all.

TUNISIA, 3V. Hrane, YT1AD is QRV as 3V8BB until October 27. This
includes being an entry in the CQ World Wide SSB DX contest. QSL
via operator's instructions.

GEORGIA, 4L. Vaho, 4L8A will be QRV from Tbilisi as a Single Band
entry on 20 meters in the CQ World Wide SSB DX contest. QSL via
K1BV.

CYPRUS, 5B. Mark, M0DXR will be QRV as P3F in the CQ World Wide SSB
DX contest on all bands. QSL to home call.

SAMOA ISLANDS. John, N7CQQ, Cliff, KD6XH and Paul, W8AEF are QRV as
5W0QQ, 5W0XH, and 5W0EF, respectively, from Apia, Upolu Island, IOTA
OC-097, until October 28. Activity is on all HF bands, and possibly
160 meters depending on conditions, including the contest. QSL
direct to home calls.

WEST MALAYSIA, 9M2. A group of operators will be QRV as 9M2SE as a
Multi/Single entry in the CQ World Wide SSB DX contest. QSL via
9M2RDX.

QATAR, A7. Members of the Danish Contest Academy and Qatar Amateur
Radio Society will be QRV as A73A from Al Khor during the CQ World
Wide SSB DX contest. Before the contest look for A71A to be QRV on
the HF bands. QSL A71A and A73A via A71A.

CHINA, BY. Andy, IK7YTT will be QRV as B4L during the CQ World Wide
SSB DX contest on all bands. QSL via BY4IIG.

ANDORRA, C3. Members of the Unio de Radioaficionats Andorrans will
be QRV as C37NL as a Multi/2 entry in the CQ World Wide SSB DX
contest. QSL via C37URA.

BALEARIC ISLAND, EA6. Look for EA6/GM0EGI to be QRV in the CQ World
Wide SSB DX contest. QSL via operators' instructions.

MAYOTTE, FH. Vincent, F4BKV will be QRV as TO0X in the CQ World
Wide SSB DX contest. QSL via operators' instructions.

REPUBLIC OF KOREA, HL. Members of the Korea Contest Club plan to be
QRV as D70LW from Cheju Island, IOTA AS-026, in the CQ World Wide
SSB DX contest. QSL direct via DS4NYE.

MARIANA ISLANDS, KH0. Koji, JL3RDC plans to be QRV as NH0DX in the
CQ World Wide SSB DX contest on all bands. QSL to home call.

ALAND ISLANDS, OH0. A group of operators will be QRV as OH0Z as a
Multi/Single entry in the CQ World Wide SSB DX contest. QSL via
W0MM.

BELGIUM, ON. Special event station OT100BOL is QRV during the month
of October to commemorate the Battle near Londerzeel in 1914. QSL
via operators' instructions.

GREECE, SV. Operators HA5OV, YT7DQ, YU7CM and YZ7ZZ are QRV as
SV8/home calls from Thassos Island, IOTA EU-174, until October 28.
They will be QRV as SV8/HA5OV as a Multi Op entry in the CQ World
Wide SSB DX contest. QSL to home calls.

PALAU, T8. Tevfik, TA1HZ is QRV as T88HZ from Koror Island, IOTA
OC-009, until October 30. This includes an entry in the CQ World
Wide SSB DX contest. QSL to home call.

HONG KONG, VR. Alberto, IV3TAN is QRV as VR2XAN from Peng Chau
Island, IOTA AS-006, and plans to be a Single Op/Single Band entry
on 15 meters in the CQ World Wide SSB DX contest. QSL via
operator's instructions.

LAOS, XW. Champ, E21EIC will be QRV as XW1IC in the CQ World Wide
SSB DX contest. QSL direct to home call.

INDONESIA, YB. Karsono, YB0NDT will be a Single Op/Single Band
entry on 40 meters in the CQ World Wide SSB DX contest. QSL direct
to home call.

ASCENSION ISLAND, ZD8. Jorma, OH2KI plans to be QRV as ZD8X as a
Single band entry in the CQ World Wide SSB DX contest. QSL to home
call. In addition, Olli, OH0XX plans to be QRV as ZD8R as a Single
Band entry in the contest. QSL to home call.

SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS. W1AW Centennial Stations W1AW/7 in Nevada
and W1AW/8 in West Virginia are QRV until 2359z on October 28. In
addition, W1AW/1 in Massachusetts, W1AW/7 in Wyoming and W1AW/KP2 in
the US Virgin Islands will be QRV starting at 0000z on October 29.
They will be active until 2359z on November 4.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO:

The CQ Worldwide SSB DX Contest,
NCCC RTTY Sprint,
NCCC Sprint
The CWops Mini-CWT Test is scheduled for October 29

All dates, unless otherwise stated, are UTC.
See the ARRL Contest Branch page: http://www.arrl.org/contests
The ARRL Contest Update: http://www.arrl.org/The-ARRL-Contest-Update
and the WA7BNM Contest Calendar: http://www.hornucopia.com/contestcal/index.html
for more information. Looking for a Special Event station be sure to check out the ARRL Special Event Stations Web page: http://www.arrl.org/special-event-stations

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Thu Oct 23, 2014

Lots of Solar Flares....

Space Weather report solar activity is high. In just 48 hours, monster sunspot AR2192 has produced a series of seven M-class solar flares of increasing intensity

The eruptions crossed the threshold into X-territory with an X1-class flare on Oct. 22nd. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded a powerful flash of extreme UV radiation in the sunspot's magnetic canopy at 14:30 UT.

Remarkably, not one of the explosions so far has hurled a significant CME toward Earth. The primary effect of the flares has been to ionize Earth's upper atmosphere, causing a series of short-lived HF radio communications blackouts. Such blackouts may be noticed by amateur radio operators, aviators, and mariners.

Earth-effects could increase in the days ahead. AR2192 has an unstable 'beta-gamma-delta' magnetic field that harbors energy for powerful explosions, and the active region is turning toward Earth. NOAA forecasters estimate at 65% chance of M-class flares and a 20% chance of X-flares during the next 24 hours.

Space Weather: http://spaceweather.com/

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IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club....

23 October, 2014

Island activities:

IOTA-QRGs
CW: 28040 24920 21040 18098 14040 10114 7030 3530 kHz
SSB: 28560 28460 24950 21260 18128 14260 7055 3760 kHz

AF-027; FH, Mayotte Island: Vincent/F4BKV will be active as
FH/F4BKV on HF from Oct. 27 to 29 (prior to departing to Tromelin).
QSL via OQRS (direct and bureau), LoTW.

AS-013; 8Q, Maldive Islands: George, GM0IIO, pays the Maldives a
visit from Oct. 29 to November 11. QRV as 8Q7OO on 80-10m in SSB
and CW. QSL via GM0IIO (d).

AS-075; XX, Macau group: Operators Eugene/EA5HPX, Fran/EA7FTR,
Oleg/US7UX, David/EB7DX, Jose/EB5BBM, and Veronica/EA7JBS plan to
operate holiday-style as XX9R between Oct. 22 and Nov. 1 from
Coloane. QRV on HF in CW, SSB, and RTTY. They will set up 2 or 3
stations and also participate in the SSB contest. QSL direct via
EB7DX, OQRS via bureau. http://www.macao2014.com/

NA-002; VP5, Caicos Islands: Frank/WA2VYA, Tony/K4QE, and
Bruce/WA3RHW will activate Providenciales Island (WW Loc. FL31vs)
between Oct. 21 and 28 signing VP5/homecalls. Frank focuses on CW
on the low bands, WARC, 10m and 6m, Tony and Bruce get on the air
mainly in SSB on the WARC bands. Their call for the CQWW contest
will be VP5T. QSL VP5/WA2VYA via WA2VYA (d/B), VP5/K4QE via LoTW,
VP5/WA3RHW via WA3RHW (d/B), VP5T via WA3RHW (d/B).

NA-005; VP9, Bermuda Islands: Les/N1SV operates as VP9/N1SV between the 22nd and 27th on HF. QRV during the contest as VP9I. QSL
VP9/N1SV via h/c (d/B), OQRS; VP9I via WW3S (d/B), LoTW.

NA-105; FS, PJ7, St Martin: Jeff/K5WE will put St Martin on the air
as PJ7/K5WE from Oct. 25 until November 2. QRV on 80-6m in CW, SSB,
and some RTTY. QSL direct via homecall, OQRS, LoTW.

OC-009; T8, Palau Islands: Naoki/JS3LSQ operates as T88WJ between
the 24th and 28th (including the contest). QRV on 20-10m in SSB.
QSL via JS3LSQ (d/B).

OC-009; T8, Palau Islands: Tefik/TA1HZ activates Koror Island as
T88HZ from the 24th to the 30th, also including the contest. QSL
via homecall (direct), LotW.

OC-097; 5W, Samoa Islands: John/N7CQQ, Cliff/KD6XH, and Paul/W8AEF will be active as 5W0QQ, 5W0XH, and 5W0EF from Apia, Upolu Island (OC-097, WLOTA 1944) between the 23rd and 28th, including the contest. QSL via homecalls (d), LoTW.

OC-157; YB8, Banda Islands: Budi/YF1AR is going to activate this rare
reference between the 23rd and 27th as YF1AR/8. He will be active
from Banda Naira Island (Banda Naira Lighthouse, ARLHS IDO-380)
on the 23rd and 24th, and from Banda Besar Island on Oct. 25-27
(including the contest). QRV on 40-10m, mainly in SSB, but also
CW and digital modes. QSL direct via N2OO and via OQRS.
http://www.yf1ar.com/2014/10/
yf1ar8-oc-157-ido-380-banda-islands.html

Compiled by Friedrich, DL4BBH
Deutscher Amateur Radio Club
e-mail: iota@dxhf.darc.de

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