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A whole bunch of the Ham Nation gang met at the TWIT studios October 8 2014 for a live Ham Nation Show. This is a video of what was happening behind the scenes
Watch Behind the Scenes at Ham Nation Show #168: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEtv2QwfVV0
Solar activity increased sharply on Oct. 19th when huge sunspot AR2192 unleashed an X1-class solar flare.
The blast produced an HF radio blackout on the dayside of Earth and it likely hurled a CME into space.
Check: http://spaceweather.com for pictures of the flare and more information about possible Earth-effects.
3B8 & 3B9, MAURITIUS AND RODRIGUEZ ISLANDS. Olof, G0CKV, will be active
from both Mauritius (AF-049) and Rodrigues Islands (AF-017) starting
mid-week through late November. His tentative schedule is as follows:
October 22nd-November 12th - Mauritius; callsign 3B8HA
November 16-22nd - Rodrigues Island; callsign 3B9HA
Olof will use a basic setup (dipoles for 20/15/10m) at Mauritius,
operating mainly CW, but will be active in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October
25-26th) as a a Single-Op entry before he heads to Rodrigues Island. QSL
via G0CKV, direct, LoTW or eQSL.
On Rodrigues Island, he will take a different approach and use his K3
radio into SpiderBeam poles and beverages for the lower bands. Activity
will be holiday style.
He will return to Mauritius to be part of the 3B8MU team for the CQWW
DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) in a Multi-Op entry. The 3B9MU operators
mentioned are Olof/G0CKV, Kazu/JK3GAD, Seppo/OH1VR, Jorma/OH2KI and
3Y/B, BOUVET. The DX-WORLD.net is reporting, "Last Wednesday (a well
known op) received word from the Norwegian Polar Institute, that:
'It's a go for a one man DXpedition for 3 months, time frame half
January 2016 through half April 2016 to Bouvet Island.'"
Bouvet Island (AN-002) is ranked number 3 in the DX Magazine's 2013
Most Wanted Countries Survey (the results of the 2014 survey will not
be known until January 2015). The last two operations from Bouvet took
place: December 2007 - By Petrus, ZS6GCM, as 3Y0E.
December 2000 - Chuck, N4BQW, as 3Y0C.
Both operations were one man operations. The last large DXpedition
that took place there was 3Y5X (December 1989). Stay Tuned For Updates!
4X, ISRAEL. Arthur, 4X4DZ, will be active as 4X2M during the CQWW DX SSB
Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (80m)/High-Power
entry. QSL via his home callsign.
4W, TIMOR LESTE (Reminder). The same group who was active as VK9X/K7CO
will be active as 4W/K7CO between October 19-31st. Activity will be on
80-10 meters using CW and SSB, as well as participate in the CQWW SSB
Contest (October 25-26th). The current team of operators are Jon/K7CO,
Christian/K7CXN, Ed/VE4EAR and John/9M6XRO. Four other operators are
checking their schedules and finalizing plans in order to commit to the
team. QSLs will be available via an OQRS on ClubLog. For more details
and updates, watch: http://www.nielsen.net/4w/
5B, CYPRUS. Hellmuth, DG1BH, will be active as 5B/DG1BH from Cyprus
(AS-120) between October 19th and November 9th. Activity will be holiday
style using a FT-817 on 20 meters on PSK and some SSB. QSL via his home
callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
5R, MADAGASCAR (5R8M Press Release #001). Mediterraneo DX Club reported
on Friday, October 17th [edited]: "In less than few days, 5R8M, Nosy Be
Island (AF-057) the DXpedition organized by the Mediterraneo DX Club, in
Madagascar from October 21st to November 4th, will be on air.
Recently we have had new great arrivals and now our complete team, with
so many well know and experienced guys, is the following:
Antonio/IZ8CCW (Team Leader) Jean-Jacques/F5NKX
Gabriele/I2VGW (Team Co-Leader) Marco/IZ2GNQ
The whole team is very motivated and so ready to work hard 24/24 hours
each day to give the greatest number possible of DXers from all over
the world the greatest number of possible new ones, bands/modes, with four
stations (2 CW-1 SSB and 1 RTTY) plus maybe a mixed station more and
really daily time monitoring the Six MEters Propagation.
If, as all of us wish, the internet connection will allow it on our
with the DX community and we'll update our log in real time.
During our permanence on Nosy Be, we kindly ask you to send any question
only to our pilots IK7JTF (for Europa), N1DG (for USA) and IK0FTA for Six
We'd like just to remind you that any help and donations will be very
very appreciated because all the planned costs are already increased at
the check-in for the luggage weight and the severe rules of the airline.
We suggest that you spend a minute time to time visiting our Web site
etc. We are waiting for you on air.... 73's de 5R8M team"
AFRICAN TOURS (Update). As mentioned last week, Nick, G3RWF, is heading
back to Southern Africa for a 5 week holiday starting in Lesotho and being
active as 7P8NH between December 11-14th. Nick informs OPDX that this is
"real holiday" with the entire family coming to Southern African between
Christmas and the New Year. However, he will be there longer with his
wife, Liz. Nick states [edited], "I shall be on the air from South Africa
from about December 18th to January 5th as ZS1/G3RWF, and then from Namibia
from about January 6-13th as V5/G3RWF. All CW only (taking my K2)." Listen
for him on the higher bands on CW (no SSB). He "doesn't anticipate any 80m
or 160m (and not 6m for those who always ask)." Nick also mentioned one
other thing to OPDX that his 7P8 license is good for a year and he may
well return there sometime not too far off. QSL via G3RWF.
C3, ANDORRA. Members of the "Andorran Amateur Radio Union (URA)" will
once again be active as C37NL during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October
25-26th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via C37URA.
C6, BAHAMAS (IOTA Op). John, 9H5G (KK4OYJ), will be active as C6ATS
from the Bahamas's IOTA during winter 2014 and spring 2015. He informs
OPDX [edited], "Largely the operation will be similar to last year's
9H5G/C6A operation. This year we intend to be in the Bahamas from about
Thanksgiving time through the end of April. We are traveling by sailboat
but all operations (except the /MM) shall be from land and will therefore
count for DXCC and IOTA. However, we will be subject to the weather and
I shall be operating beach-side and 'vacation style'. There are therefore
no hard and fast dates. However, I shall endeavor to operate from all
the IOTA groups and on the bands in my blog. Obviously on contest weekends,
I shall operate on the WARC bands. I intend to operate a number of modes
including RTTY, PSK, SSB and perhaps even even some JT-65. To keep abreast
of what's happening, I recommend subscribing to my Twitter feed (@KK4OYJ)
and my blog. I prefer to post there rather than writing E-mail to many
addressees since its immediately available for all to see. I will endeavor
to keep the blog updated as we travel around!" On John's Blog, he mentions
the following IOTA groups: Great Bahama Bank group (NA-001), South Bahamas
group (NA-113), Berry Islands (NA-054) and Bimini Islands (NA-048). John
states, "Some of these are rarer than others, but since I will be traveling
by boat, I am required to validate NA-054 and NA-048 through the IOTA
Committee. I also hope to activate some islands that are not on the list,
even although they seem to qualify (Hogsty Reef)..... I hope to have more
information on this soon." He will be using a TS-480HX or K3 with Vertical
dipoles on 17/15/12/10m and maybe 20m. Power from a deep-cycle 5035Ah
battery recharged daily. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW, Clublog and to
NI5DX as time and available internet permits. He will not always be able
to update the Grid Square there remotely - you may have to enter the
information in your software manually. QSL direct to Buzz, NI5DX. An OQRS
on ClubLog is active for this callsign - if you need a bureau card, please
request it through the OQRS and he will sent it when he can - probably
also once per year. For a more responsive paper QSL, please QSL via NI5DX
who operates a very timely service. For more details and possibly updates
of his activities, visit his Blog or Twitter page at:
CO, CUBA. Frank, CO2IR, will be active during the CQWW DX SSB (October
25-26th) and CQWW DX CW (November 29-30th) Contests as a Single-Op/
Single-Transmitter/Single-Band (20m)/QRP entry. Frank states, "I will
be also active especially on CW after and before the contests. QSL via
the info on QRZ.com: http://www.qrz.com/db/co2ir
CQ NEWS RELEASE (CQ Policy Statement on Stations in Crimea Using Russian-
Issued Call Signs in CQ Contests) [Hicksville, NY - October 17, 2014] --
"After considerable deliberation, CQ has determined that the best course
of action regarding Crimea and CQ contests is to follow the lead of the
United Nations and the United States government, both of which continue
to consider Crimea to be part of Ukraine, until such time as the political
situation there is resolved. Therefore,
'Logs will not be accepted for any CQ contest from stations in Crimea
operating with Russian-issued call signs. Contacts made by others with
those stations will be removed from contestants' logs without penalty.
No contact or multiplier credits will be given.'
We fully realize that our action may very well disenfranchise several
Crimean contesters who use Russian prefixes instead of Ukrainian prefixes.
As regrettable as that may be, our action is consistent with international
law, as well as with our own Rules."
E5, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS. Steve, KL7SB, will be active as E51RAT from
Rarotonga (OC-013) between late November and early December. Activity
will be limited as time permits, but look for him during the CQWW DX CW
Contest (November 29-30th). QSL via NI5DX.
EA6, BALEARIC ISLANDS. Five operators from GMDX group will be active as
EA6/GM0EGI from the Balearic Islands (EU-004) during the CQWW DX SSB
Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL info TBD. Operators
mentioned are Gordon/MM0GPZ, Jonathan/MM0OKG, Phil/GM0LIR, Colin/GM0RLZ
and Brian/GM0EGI. There will be no activity outside of the contest.
EF8, CANARY ISLANDS. Mauri, EA8CMX/OHBYS, will be active as EF8S during
the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band
(80m)/Low-Power entry. QSL via OH2BYS.
EF8, CANARY ISLANDS. Luis, EA8AY, will be active as EF8X from Tenerife
Island (AF-004, DIE S-012, WLOTA 1276, EAA TF) during the CQWW DX CW
Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-band/Low-Power entry.
QSL via W2GR.
EI, IRELAND. Olivier, ON4EI, will once again be active as EI8GQB and EI1A
until October 30th. He plans to operate from his caravan using green energy.
Olivier will activate the EI1A callsign during the CQWW DX SSB Contest
(October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/2-Radio (SO2R) entry. You can follow his
activity and antenna experimentation on
where you will find a live information banner with on air frequencies and
information. QSL ONLY via ON4EI by the Bureau.
FY, FRENCH GUIANA. Marc, F1HAR, will be active as FY5KE during the CQWW
DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (??) entry.
QSL via LoTW or direct to FY5KE. NO MORE QSLs by the Bureau.
FY, FRENCH GUIANA. Didier, FY5FY, will be active during the CQWW DX SSB
Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (??)/Low-Power
entry. QSL via FY5FY, by the Bureau or direct.
HR, HONDURAS. Dan, HR2DMR, will be active as HR2WW during the CQWW DX
SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry.
QSL via KD4POJ.
AF-019. Sam, LY5W, informs OPDX [edited], "I am on Lampedusa Island
preparing the IO9Y station for the CQWW DX SSB Contest with
friends from Slovenia. I will be on the air when all equipment
is finished to be installed. Look for me some evenings trying
to make QSOs as IG9/LY5W/P with a wire antenna. Will be on
the island until the end of November."
AF-019. Operator Luigi, IK8HCG, will be active as IG9R from Lampedusa
Island (with the support from Italian Navy Force), African
Italy, during the next CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th)
as a Single-Op/Single-Band (??) entry. QSL via IK8HCG.
AS-166. A multi-national team of operators from Belgium, The Nether-
lands and Greece will be active as EP6T (pending) from Kish
Island, Islamic Republic of Iran, in January 2015. This will
be a "Rockall DX Group" DXpedition. Reportedly, it took nearly
3 years of negotiations and a reconnaissance trip by Patrick,
ON4HIL, to Tehran which finally resulted in obtaining a legal
license to operate with a team of ten people for fourteens days.
The group plans to have 4 (possibly 5) operating stations on
the air around the clock for at least 10 days at the end of
January 2015. Specific dates will be announced at a later date.
Activity will be on all HF bands, 160-10 meters using CW, SSB
and RTTY. Some stations during the night time hours will be
focusing on the low bands using separate receive antennas and
quarter wave verticals near the beach. More information will
be forthcoming as well as a Web page for this DXpedition.
EU-047. Volker, DL1WH, is now active as DL1WH/p from Pellworm Island
(DID/GIA N-23, WLOTA 1188) until October 28th. Activity will
be holiday style and mainly CW. QSL via his home callsign,
direct or by the Bureau.
EU-146. Operators Marc/PD7YY, Jan/PE1GNP and Marcel/PG8M are now active
as PH146EU from Schouwen Duiveland (WLOTA 3089) until October
25th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters (possibly 80m as well)
using mainly SSB with some CW. QSL via PD7YY, direct and by
OC-157. Budi, YF1AR, will be active as YF1AR/8 from two islands in
the Banda Island IOTA Group during the following dates:
October 23-24th - Banda Naira Island (ARLHS IDO-380 Banda
Naira Light House).
October 25-27th - Banda Besar Island (including the CQWW DX
SSB Contest as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-
Activity will be on 40-10 meters, mainly on SSB but some
CW and Digital,using a Yaesu FT450D with 100w into a 43 ft.
vertical for 40m and HB9CV (20/15/10m) antenna. QSL via N2OO
or use ClubLog's OQRS. For more details and updates, see:
IQ8, ITALY (Rare Province). Members of the S.E.S. ARI Vibo Valentia will
be active as IQ8HP to celebrate the 40th anniversary (1974–2014) of the
foundation of the Vibo Valentia ARI section between November 1-9th. Vibo
Valentia is rare Italian Province. Activity will be on all bands (HF and
VHF) and modes. A special commemorative QSL card will be sent for all
QSOs. The QSL Manager is IW8PQ (direct or by the Bureau). There is a
FaceBook page for this operation: http://facebook.com/iq8hp
KG4, GUANTAMO BAY. "The Daily DX" reports that operators Bill/W4WV and
Keith/KE4KDY will be active as KG4WV and KG4DY, respectively, from Guan-
tanamo Bay (NA-015) between October 24-30th. Activity will be on all
bands, mostly SSB with some RTTY and PSK. QSL via their home callsigns.
LX, LUXEMBOURG. Philippe/LX2A will be active as LX7I during the CQWW DX
SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via
LX2A. Visit the LX2A Web page at: http://www.lx2a.com
P4, ARUBA. Operators John/W6LD, Paul/K9PG, Chad/WE9V and Mike/K9NW will
be active as P40L from Pos Chiquito during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October
25-26th) as a Mutli-2 entry. QSL via WA3FRP. All P40L logs are uploaded
to ClubLog and Logbook of the World. For details about the station,
ADDED NOTE: Mike, K9NW, will be on the island from October 22-30th.
Outside of the contest he will sign P40NW. QSL via his home callsign.
PJ4, BONAIRE. Members of the "PJ4 Contest Club" will once again be active
as PJ4X from Kralendijk, Bonaire (SA-006, WLOTA LH-1279), during the CQWW
DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multi-Op entry. Operators mentioned
are K1QX, Kelly/N0VD, Martin/W1MD and Robert/WA1Z. Look for operators to
be active before and after the contest signing PJ4/homecall. QSL PJ4X
via LoTW or direct to W1MD.
NEW QSL MANAGER. Phil Whitchurch, G3SWH and AD5YS, reports: "I am
pleased to announce that with immediate effect I am now the QSL Manager
for Egill, TF3EO. Please visit
QSL ZV2MAR/MM via PY2AE. Activity was between October 18-19th during
the JOTA 2014 event. QSOs are valid for the Brazilian awards:
DFB - Brazilian Lighthouses Award (DFB-SP-05), and DFH - Brazilian
Fortifications Award (DFH-SP-01).
TC, TURKEY. Hartwig, DL7BC, will be active as TC2BC from the Asian part
of Istanbul during the CQWW DX SSB Contest as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power
entry. QSL via DL7BC. Also visit DL7BC homepage at:
TO0, MAYOTTE. Vincent, F4BKV, will be active as TO0X from Mayotte (AF-027,
DIFO FH-001, WLOTA 0376) during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th)
as a Single-Op/Single-Band (??)/High-Power entry. QSL via LoTW. After the
contest, Vincent will active as FH/F4BKV until October 29th. ADDED NOTES:
After this operation, Vincent will be one of operators of the upcoming
FT4TA Tromelin Island DXpedition, so you may hear other team members sign
TO1, FRENCH GUYANA. Herve, F5HRY, will be active as TO1A during the CQWW
DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (??)/High-
Power entry. QSL via LoTW.
T4, CUBA. Member of Group DX Habana will be active as T42R during the
CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as Multi-Op/Single-Trasmitter/
High-Power entry. Operators will be Carlos/CO2CW, Juan Carlos/CO2JD,
and Rey/CO2RQ. Activity will be from the National Association for Amateur
Radio of Cuba (FRC) station. QSL via EA7FTR.
TX5, AUSTRAL ISLANDS. Wayne, KK6BT, informs OPDX that he will be active
as TX5W from Raivavae Island (IOTA OC-114) in the Austral Islands group
between January 5-11th (2015). Activity will be on 40-10 meters, including
the 17/12 meter bands, operating exclusively SSB. His primary objective is
to work as many amateurs in Central and Northern Europe as possible.
Wayne states, "I will provide more details, including my website and QSL
information, in the following weeks."
TX7, MARQUESAS ISLANDS (Reminder). By the time you read this, operators
Jared/N7SMI, Grant/KZ1W, Keith/VE7KW and Don/VE7DS will be active as TX7G
from Hatiheu Village, Nuku Hiva, Marquesas (OC-027), until October 26th.
Activity will be on 80-10 meters using SSB and RTTY, with high power to
verticals right on the beach. They will focus on lower bands favoring
difficult propagation paths to provide as many amateurs the opportunity
to get Marquesas in their log as possible. They will also be on the air
for the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) from Zone 31. ClubLog OQRS
is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED for direct, LoTW, Bureau and eQSL cards. QSL cards
will be a beautiful full-color photo-graphic quality. A QSL priority list
is available (recommended to view it), on their Web page at: http://TX7G.com
VK9L, LORD HOWE ISLAND (Press Release). Christian, DL1MGB, reported on
Thursday, October 16th: "Sorry for being inactive on the news site. The
last days we were very busy in erecting all the stations and antennas.
But now we have a setup which produces good signals around the world and
also allows us to work on some bands parallel in two modes. Especially
having two stations on one band is not an easy task on a 'limited' property
of 5 acres.
At the moment our setup consists of 9 stations (yes, we already lost one
transceiver; investigations are ongoing). Each station is equipped with a
Elecraft K3, amplifier, notebook, microHAM MK2 interface and a lot more
accessories. The antenna field consists of 16 antennas: Titanex vertical
V160E for 160m, a full-size 4-square for 80m, a 4-square and a VDA on 40m
and 30m, 2 3ele yagis on 20m and a yagi and a VDA for the bands from 17m
to 10m. Also the first beverage to Europe is up for low band operations.
On 160m we still have a RX problem. Of course the conditions are not the
best for the low bands these days, but with a S7 noise level it makes it
even harder to copy those weak signals. We try to locate the source to
make a serious low band operation.
Yesterday morning we had a heavy rain fall. 20 cm of rain came down within
one hour. We even had a water ingress in one of our shacks, but were able to
fight against it with towels and buckets. The main thing: The antennas did
survive the storm.
Regarding 6m we try to put up the antenna the next days. No special plans
Online log will be uploaded twice per day as internet connections permits.
So far there are over 33,000 QSOs in the log.
Feel free to visit the DXpedition website on
and subscribe to our newsletter to stay informed.
No idea who the Lagunaria DX Group is?
group, the people behind it and their goals."
VK9X, CHRISTMAS ISLAND (Reminder/Update). A Polish team of operators are
now active as VK9XSP from Christmas Island (OC-002) until October 31st.
Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. Suggested
frequencies are listed in OPDX.1168 or can be found at:
They will have two to three stations on the air 24 hours a day, and pay
special attention to the lower bands and to areas where VK9X is the most
difficult to work from. Also, look for one station to be in the CQWW DX
SSB Contest (October 25-26th). QSL via SP6EQZ. For more details and
updates, watch: http://www.vk9xsp.dxing.pl
VQ9, CHAGOS. Bob, N7XR, who is expected to be active as VQ9XR from Diego
Garcia Island (AF-006), reports that he is not sure when he will be active
and states, "My dates are like a super-ball, bouncing all over the place.
Can't get the guy to submit the entry approval correctly which is delaying
the trip. It's going to happen, that's for sure." Look for possible updates
YE2, INDONESIA. Members of the ORARI Semarang Contesting Team will be
activating YE2C during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a
Multi-2 entry. Operators mentioned YL Sri/YB2BSE, Jon/YB2ECG, Bamband/
YB2ERL, Pur/YB2FNT, Agus/YB2TX, Heribertus/YB2UU, Johannes/YC2DOT, Joko/
YC2FLR, Adi/YC2PST, Edi/YC2PWL, Muhammad/YC2RXB, Bobby/YC2SBG, Hariyanto/
YD2HRT and Sentot/YD2STT. QSL via LoTW ONLY. For more info on the YE2C
station, see: http://ye2c.wordpress.com
YJ, VANUATU (YJ0X Press Release). The following was released Friday,
October 17th [edited]: "You can now use Clublog to search for your QSO
and request a QSL card using the OQRS (Online QSL Request System).
1. Visit our log page
2. Enter your call in the 'Callsign to check' field.
3. Click on Request QSL card and follow the instructions. (You need
to be signed into Clublog to proceed further). If you are a member
and have already uploaded your YJ0X QSOs into the 'Your Log'
database, OQRS will auto-fill some of the fields making OQRS easier.
If you are not a Clublog member, it is free to sign up. This will allow
you to use Clublog's OQRS (which is used by a significant number of DX-
peditions) as well as the many other useful tools.
We would greatly appreciate small donations to cover the costs of this
If you do not wish to sign up to Clublog, please make a Paypal donation
via our Support Us page. All sponsors will have their cards posted. Remember
to give us your callsign and brief QSO details (Date, Band, Mode, Time).
Many thanks..... YJ0X Team"
A large and active sunspot is emerging over the sun's southeastern limb.
Only two to three days ago, this active region unleashed multiple flares and hurled a massive CME over the edge of the sun.
If these eruptions continue apace, solar activity could sharply increase in the days ahead as the sunspot turns to face Earth.
Visit: http://spaceweather.com for photos and updates.