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GB2RS News for 29th May 2016 is read by Mike Marsh, G1IAR
Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX
Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB5K & the AR TelNet Clusters
Network, K1XN & GoList, NJ1Q & W1AW, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX,
N4AA & QRZ DX, K6VVA, W6SZN, WB6RSE, N7NG, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m DX
News, N0TG, CO3JK, DL1SBF, DL7UXG & The DX News Letter, DxCoffee.com,
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** EDITOR'S SPECIAL NOTICE: This week's bulletin was sent out earlier
than normal to accommodate the late CQWW WPX CW Contest announcements.
Also, we wanted to provide the readers with a consolidated listing
of the CQWW WPX CW Contest participants.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
week of Friday, 20th/May, through Friday, 27th/May there were 221 countries
active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O,
4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q,
8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9U, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7,
A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, CY0, D2,
D4, DL, DU, E4, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET,
EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FH, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FS, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ,
GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I,
IS, J3, J5, J6, J8, JA, JT, JY, K, KH2, KH6, KH8, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU,
LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2,
PJ4, PY, PY0F, PZ, S0, S2, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T7, T8,
TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TN, TR, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V5, V7,
V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, YA, YB, YI,
YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS
* PLEASE NOTE: The report "could" contain "Pirate/SLIM" operations or
more likely a "BUSTED CALLSIGN". As always, you never know - "Work
First Worry Later".
3V, TUNISIA. Operator SWL Ashraf "Ash", 3V4-002 (KF5EYY) will be active
as 3V8SS from the "Radio Club Station of Tunisian Scouts" in Sousse,
during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 28-29th) 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
4U6, ITALY. Robert, S53R, will be active as 4U6F during the CQWW WPX CW
Contest as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. His QTH will be from Rome, Italy,
at the 4U0WFP amateur radio station at the United Nations World Food
Program Headquarters. The callsign 4U6F is the station's contest callsign.
QSL both callsigns via S57DX direct or LoTW.
5X, UGANDA. Jonathan, KK7PW will be active as 5X1O from Uganda until July
8th. Activity is on 40/20/15/10 meters mostly between 0300-0430z using
FT-817 with 5 watts into either a longwire or vertical dipole. QSL via
8P, BARBADOS. Tom, W2SC, will be active as 8P5A during the CQWW WPX CW
Contest (May 28-29th) as Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via
LoTW or direct to NN1N.
C6, BAHAMAS. Victor, WA0USA, will be active as C6AKV from Guana Cay
Island, Abaco Islands (NA-001) until May 29th. Activity will be holiday
style with an IC-7000 and wire verticals supported by a 40' Spiderbeam
pole overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Google "Elephant Beach House Guana
Cay Bahamas" for details on the QTH. Operations will be on 40-10 meters
using mostly CW and with one day in the CQWW WPX CW Contest. QSL via his
CN2, MOROCCO. A Russian/Italian team is expected to be active again as
CN2AA during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 28-29th) as a Multi-Single
entry. Operators mentioned are Dimitri/RA3CO, Yuri/RL3FT, Sergey/RX3APM,
Babayan/UA3ASZ, Stefano/IK2QEI, Oleg/RM9I, Roman/RN5M and UA4Z. QSL via
UA2FM and LoTW. QSL via UA2FM or LoTW.
CO/T40, CUBA. Several members of Group CW de Cuba (GCWC) will be active
during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 28-29th). Their activity will be
focused on 40 meters: Ed/CO7EH as low power and Jav/CO3JK as a QRP entry.
Also, look for Raúl/CO8ZZ to be active as a Single-Op/Low-Power/All-Band
entry and operating the contest using the callsign T40A.
CORRECTION TO OPDX.1266.1. In Ohio/Penn DX Special Bulletin #1266.1
under "CQ ANNOUNCES 2016 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES", Grant Bingeman's (SK)
callsign should have read KM5KG (not KM5RG).
CR3, MADEIRA. Frank, DL2CC, will be active as CR3W during the CQWW WPX CW
Contest (May 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via
CY9C, ST. PAUL ISLAND DXPEDITION (Press Release). Randy, N0TG, sent out
the following CY9C August 19-29th DXpedition update on May 22nd [edited]:
Lee, WW2DX, who recently joined the DXpedition team will be responsible
for setting up the equipment, as well as, the primary operator for Satellite
St. Paul Island is located in grid square FN97 in the Cabot Strait between
Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia and Cape Ray, Newfoundland. It counts as
a country for the AMSAT OSCAR Satellite Communications Achievement Award,
AMSAT OSCAR Sexagesimal Award, and AMSAT OSCAR Century Award. Most of
Europe and North America should be easily workable from this location.
St. Paul Island has not been activated on satellite since July 1998.
Further information about the DXpedition and how individuals can assist
are posted on the CY9C Dxpedition Web site at: http://www.cy9dxpedition.com
ADDED NOTE: The "60 Meters DX" reports that the CY9C team was granted
permission to activate 60m during their operation. Will, AA4NC, is the
main 60m op, and he is very proficient in CW and SSB. He is using an
inverted vee that was made by the late Gary/K4AVC and was last used on
K1N Navassa. He will be operating from the northeast point location (see
photo on the website); a wonderful clear view in all directions.
D41, CAPE VERDE. Girts, YL2KL, will be active using the special callsign
D41CV from Sao Vicente Island (AF-086) during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May
28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. The D41CV special callsign is to
commemorate the 41st anniversary of Cape Verde independence. QSL via D4C.
For more details, see: http://www.d4c.cc
DAYTON HAMVENTION QUICK WRAP-UP (by Editor Tedd KB8NW). This is one event
I look forward to every year, especially the NODXA Hospitality Suite. This
year's NODXA Hospitality Suite at the Crown Plaza was exceptional. Most
of the main DXers showed up at the Suite and stayed until the late hours
of the morning. Plenty of food and drink were provided. I think this year's
highlight was a visit by 2016's CQ Amateur Radio DX Hall of Famer, Nigel
Jolly, KC3HAE. His name fits him and what an enjoyable personality this
individual has. My wife (along with Janeen, W8ZET) served breakfast to
the individuals in the block of NODXA/W8ZET rooms and were able to cook
Nigel his first ever waffle. Nigel never heard of waffles before and
really enjoyed them. We tried to convince Nigel to buy a waffle maker
to put on the Braveheart. However, Nigel gave us a long and interesting
explanation why it would not work on his ship (110v 60Hz versus 220v 50Hz,
he also thought it would interfere with the radios). Anyway, it was a
pleasure meeting him for the first time.
At the SWODXA DX Dinner it was announced that the DXpedition of the
year was VP8STI/VP8SGI operation as well as the CQ magazine 2016 Hall
of Fame inductees and CQ DX and Contest Halls of Fame honorees. (See
OPDX.1266.1 for details)
The DX Forum had a great line-up, starting with Dave, K3LP, showing
and narrating a video of the VP8STI/VP8SGI DXpedition (Paul, N6PSE was
also there). The second talk was on the K5P Palmyra DXpedition by
Craig/K9CT and Lou/N2TU. The third talk was on TX3X Chesterfield Island
DXpedition by Gene, K5GS, and the fourth talk was by Robert, KK6EK,
on the VK0EK Heard Island DXpedition.
The 2016 Dayton HamVention seemed to be well attended this year and the
weather was almost perfect. There was very light rain on Saturday (not
a wash-out) and cloudy most of the time on Friday/Saturday. Sunday was
warm and had perfect weather. All in all, it was a great time as usual and
I am totally burned-out and recovering (at least trying to while watching
the grandkids) in Murfreesboro, TN. I will be looking forward to next
year (hopefully at the same location)....
EG9, CEUTA AND MELILLA. Operators Javier/EC7DZZ and Manuel/EA7FKH will
be active as EG9LH from Melilla between July 16-17th. Activity will be
from Faro de Morro (LH:CEU-012,FEA:E-6762, ML 52001). Operation will be
on the HF bands using 100 watts in to a G5RV dipole antenna. QSL via
FY, FRENCH GUIANA. Gerard, F6CKD, continues to be active again as FY/F6CKD
from Montabo Beach until June 15th (not May 15th as reported earlier).
Activity has been mainly on 20/17 meters using an IC-706, w/tuner, into
a wire antenna. QSL FY/F6CKD via F6CKD.
HC, ECUADOR. Alexey, UA4WAE, will be active as HC2AO from Ecuador during
the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 28-29th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (40m)
entry. QSL via RC5A, OQRS or LoTW.
EU-008. (Callsign Change) Operators Gordon/GM7WCO, Bill/GM3ZRT, John/
GM0DJG, Jason/GM7VSB and Barry/GM3YEH will be active as GM0ADX
(not GM0ADX/P) from Isle of Mull, Scotland, during the RSGB
IOTA Contest (July 30-31st) as a Multi-Single/Island/Low-Power
entry. QSL via GM0ADX.
EU-009. Gordon, MM0GOR, will be active as MM1E from Islay Island,
Scotland, during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 30-31st) as a
Single-Op/SSB-Mode/DXpedition/High-Power entry. QSL via MM1E
EU-046. Waldi, SP7IDX, will be active as LA/SP7IDX from Vannoya Island
between June 1-10th. Activity is good for Arctic Challenge.
QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau, direct, LoTW or
EU-052. Norbert, OM6NM, will be active as SV8/OM6NM from Corfu
Island, Greece, during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 30-31st).
QSL via OM6NM.
EU-144. Calabria DX Team and ARI Vibo Valentia will be active as
ID8/IQ8HP from Godano Rock on June 2nd. The small group of
operators are Domenico/IZ8BAD, Davide/IZ8ESX, Domenico/IW8RAO,
Alex IK8YFU and Pasquale IZ8IYX. This activity will count for
Italian Island Award (IIA K-018, ex VV-003). QSL via IW8PQ,
by the Bureau or direct. For more details and updates, see:
NA-172. (Update) Cezar, VE3LYC, will be active as VE3LYC/KL7 from
Cooper Island, Alaska, between August 1-5th. Activity will
be on 40/30/20/17/15/12/10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via
VE3LYC direct or OQRS.
OC-206. (Update/Change) Pavel, VK6NX, is planning to be active from
Dirk Hartog Island between August 14-20th for 4-5 continuous
days. Activity will be on 40/30/20/17/15 meters using CW and
SSB. Due to the significance of the event - commemoration of
400 years of Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog landing at Western
Australia coast, local telecom authorities have allocated a
special callsign. For more information and updates, watch:
ISWL CALLSIGNS (For June). The following ISWL club callsigns will be
used throughout the month of June 2016:
GX4BJC/A - Operated from Eastbourne, in East Sussex, by Peter, G0NQZ.
(/A WAB Square TQ50 - 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).
George will also operate as: MS1SWL/P - Scotland, WLOTA
1234 and MC1SWL/P - Wales, WLOTA 0453. His /P WAB infor-
mation will be given if requested.
ALL QSLs will be handled by Herbie, G6XOU, and NOT the individual
operator. The I.S.W.L. is a member of the European PSK Club. All QSL
info is on
NO LoTW. I.S.W.L. Awards are available to all Hams and SWLs, see
J6, ST. LUCIA. BY the time you read this, Tom, WO1X, may be QRT or possibly
have just one more day of operations from Saint Lucia (NA-108) as J6/WO1X.
His activity has been on 40-10 meters using Yaesu FT-817 transceiver. QSL
via his home callsign or LoTW.
LX, LUXEMBOURG. Marc, ON7SS/OO9O, will be active as LX/OO9O from Dillingen
until May 30th. Activity will be focused on 30 meters CW, all PSK modes,
some RTTY and JT65. He will also participate in the CQWW WPX CW Contest
(May 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. Equipment is a FT897
into a 1/4 wave vertical with SG230 SmartTuner. QSL via the Bureau, eQSL,
LoTW or Club's OQRS. For more details and updates, see:
PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (May 29th-June 4th)....
May/29th BN Jun/01st HN Jun/03rd AN
May/30th HN Jun/02nd HN Jun/04th LN
SOLAR REFERENCE KEYS/INDEXES AND GEOMAGNETIC REFERENCE
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
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:
QSL INFO AND NEWS.....................
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (May 22nd and 27th)
4L4ZA via DJ1CW HB9/DK9JC/p via DK9JC SN9I via SQ9QU (e)
4X0A via 4X1VF HB9/IZ2ZTR via IZ2ZTR SQ65HSC via SP3LPR
7Z1JA via KE5JA HG7T via HA7TM SV3/SV1NN via SV1NN
8P5A via NN1N HS0ZLE via N4GNR (d) SV5/DJ5AA/P via DJ5AA
9A/ON4CDX via ON4CDX II5ANC via IZ4SUC SV9/SM6MCW via SM6MCW
9A1TESLA via 9A7R IU7GSN via 9A8ARS SW8WW via HA0HW
C6AKV via WA0USA K3S via K3LU T88DF via JH2DFJ
CR60P via CT1EHX K5ALU/VY1 via K5ALU TC0TC via TA1AYZ
D4Z via HB9DUR(d);IK2NCJ(B) KL7SB/VP9 via NI5DX TF/DD5DD via OK8ZZ
DA0WCA via DF6EX** KP4BD via NP3LT (d) TM50GR via F6KQV
DL800ZEH via DO5JWA LA/DL2VFR via DL2VFR TM6CCAE via F6FMT
DP3U via DL9HCO & (L) LZ16FDAY via LZ1YQ (d) UE98PS via UA3FQ
E51ADT via VK3ADT NE0F via K0EU V84ITU via V85TL
EA6/DF7XE via DF7XE OS101AB via ON4RCA VK9NT via VK2CA
EA8/HB9FIH via HB9FIH OT7G via ON5MA VK9OL via N6NO
EF0F via EA4URE P4/DL6RAI via DL6RAI VP2ETE via W3HNK
EF5Y via EA5GTQ (L) PZ50X via OH0XX VR2USJ via JF1RCY
EF8U via EA8URL (L) R111MS via RQ7L WP4X via NP3O
EM90WA via UR5WA R16DEU via RA4DR YB9/PB5X via PA1AW
G3M via G4PEO R16SPB via RW1F YP7ARDF via YO7KFX
G5T via G1LSB SD7V/2 via DL2VFR YR6MUSEUM via YO6KNE
GJ4FOC via G3SWH SN0BEM via SP5KVW ZA/S56X via S56X
H44LG via JE1LGY SN200SGGW via SP5TAT ZV2MU via PU2WDX
(e) eQSL only (d) direct only (B) Bureau only (*-B) DX's- Bureau
(O) OQRS only (C) ClubLog only (L) LoTW only * K1FJ (W & VE only)
** (please send no QSL)
ATNi FIRST PROTOCOL (& VIDEO URL). Rick, K6VVA, announces his "new
'ATNi FIRST' PROTOCOL will be the Operating Strategy on ALL his future
IOTA Expeditions." Can be view at: https://youtu.be/2_pQ0_sDeZc
Plans are in works for translating it into multiple languages.
FT4JA QSL STATUS. It was reported on May 23rd on the FT4JA Web page:
We sent the files with our own QSL design to our printer and we received
a sample to validate all kind of details last week. Now the card is on
production and we expect to get them soon. On the other hand, we ordered
a large number of envelopes (philatelic envelopes specially printed for
our expedition). They will be used to mail the direct QSL. Our QSL manager
started to print labels for early donors, OQRS and direct QSL received.
We will keep you updated on the website about the status.
QSLS RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 7Z1JA, CT9/DL5AXX, G2NF, GM0NBM, GS0NWM (EU-010),
IA5A, IV3TMV, ON4PG, OX3LX, RI0K, S55W, SN7Q, TA1HZ, TG9ANF, TK9C, TM77C
(EU-065), TY2AC, V26GT, VK9BT, VK9NT, VK0EK and YV1KK
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 4W/7K4QOK, 4W/JE1CKA, 4W/JJ2VLY, 4W/JQ2GYU,
4W/JI1AVY, 5J0P, TI2OY and VP8SGI
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 3B8FP, 3D2AG, 3D2AG/P, AH0/N0AT, C82DX,
C92ZO, CO6AP, CR2A, DL5ANT, ES90IARU, ET3AA, FT5M, HK1MW, HK0GU, HK0NA,
LY5O, LZ300MSP, OA4CW, OH0X, PJ4I, PJ6/OH3JR, PW0FN, RI1PV (EU-085),
RI0KV/P (AS-038), RI0QV/P (AS-029), T46RRC, TX5K, UF5F, VK9NN, VP2MWA,
VP2MWG, W1AW/KG4, YF1AR, YF1AR/4, YF1AR/9, YF1AR/0, YW5X and Z81X
S9, SAO TOME. Operators Josep/EA3BT and YL Nuria/EA3WL will be active as
S9BT and S9WL, respectively, from Ilhèu das Rolas, Sao Tome Island
(AF-023), between September 26th and October 1st. Activity will be on
40-6 meters using mainly SSB, with some CW and RTTY. Equipment is an
IC-7300 with an amp into EAxbeam (6-20 m) and wire dipole (40m). QSL
TF, ICELAND (Update/IOTA Op). Operators Dave/EI9FBB and Col/MM0NDX will
activate three IOTA groups (EU-021, EU-071 & EU-168) from Iceland between
May 26-30th. Activity will be holiday style and mostly on 20/17 meters SSB,
depending on propagation. Their tentative schedule is as follows:
May 26th – Iceland (EU-021) May 28th – Westman Island (EU-071)
May 27th – Videy Island (EU-168) May 29th – Iceland (EU-021)
Look for updates on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TF_IOTA_TOUR
QSL TF/EI9FBB via his home callsign and TF/MM0NDX via M0OXO.
UA2, KALININGRAD. Dmitri, UA2FB, will be active as UA2F during the CQWW
WPX CW Contest (May 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via
VK9N, NORFOLK ISLAND (Postponed). Tim, NL8F, was expected to be active
from Norfolk Island (OC-005) between May 24th and June 3rd, as VK9NF.
It was announced that he has postponed his activity. No reason given.
VP9, BERMUDA. Stephen, KL7SB, will be active as KL7SB/VP9 from the Tarrafal
to sign VP9I during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 28-29th) as a Single-Op/
All-Bands/Low-Power entry. QSL for non contest QSOs are via NI5DX, and
the VP9I contest QSOs are via WW3S.
YASME FOUNDATION EXCELLENCE AWARDS (Press Release Dated May 26, 2016).
The Yasme Excellence Award is presented to individuals 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
The Board of Directors of The Yasme Foundation is pleased to announce
the award of the Yasme Excellence Award to the following individuals:
* Tim Duffy, K3LR: While Tim is involved in many facets of amateur radio,
the Yasme Excellence Award is made in recognition of his adaptation and
development of the Contest University (CTU), now in its tenth year.
CTU has not only reached hundreds of amateurs around the world, but it
has also inspired others to create their own CTU-format training programs
in other fields. Tim’s dedication to CTU is in the finest traditions of
amateur radio’s self-teaching and training.
* Carole Perry, WB2MGP: The Yasme Excellence Award is made in recognition
of Carole’s many years of contributions to teaching and mentoring youth
interested in amateur radio and her efforts in organizing and promoting
the interests of young operators. This youth-oriented work becomes more
and more important to amateur radio with every passing year. Carole’s
dedication to this work, including through the Radio Club of America, is
in the finest traditions of amateur radio’s self-teaching and training.
* Tom Rauch, W8JI: The Yasme Excellence Award is made in recognition of
Tom’s many contributions to the technical advancement of the amateur
service. Tom’s willingness to provide education and direction to
amateurs through his website (www.w8ji.com) and other communications
is a prime example of hams mentoring, teaching and training each other
in the finest traditions of amateur radio.
* * * * *
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 infor-
mation about The Yasme Foundation, visit our website at
Ward Silver, N0AX, President
The Yasme Foundation
Board of Directors:
Fred Laun, K3ZO, Director and Vice-President
Rusty Epps, W6OAT, Director and Treasurer
Kip Edwards, W6SZN, Director and Secretary
Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T, Director
Ken Claerbout, K4ZW, Director
Martti Laine, OH2BH, Director
Robert Vallio, W6RGG, Director
Z6, KOSOVO (Z60A - Kosovo HQ Station QRV in WPX-CW Contest - May 28-29th):
[edited] At the invitation of the Kosovo national Amateur Radio Society
(SHRAK), Nigel, G3TXF, plans to operate the Kosovo headquarters station
Z60A during this coming weekend's CQ WPX-CW Contest. This short CQ WPX-CW
operation from Kosovo is in preparation for SHRAK members taking part for
the first time in the IARU's HF Championship between July 9-10th, 2016.
The Kosovo national Amateur Radio Society (SHRAK) was welcomed as an
IARU member society on December 9, 2015.
For the IARU HF Championship in July, SHRAK will be operating its head-
quarters station Z60A with multiple transmitters from a number of different
locations around the country.
Nigel, G3TXF, is looking forward to visiting Kosovo for the third time
and thanks the members of SHRAK for the opportunity to put their HQ club
station Z60A on the air for the CQ WPX-CW Contest.
As part of the wider promotion of Amateur Radio in Kosovo, a permanent
club station is being built at the Technical University in Pristina.
In support of this major project, the UK's DX Foundation CDXC has been
pleased to help out the new University club station by donating a Yaesu
G-1000DXC rotator for their HF antennas.
QSL Z60A via OH2BH.
Z60A logs will be up-loaded to ClubLog.
ZL7, CHATHAM ISLAND (Update). Haru, JA1XGI, will be active as ZL7/JA1XGI
from Chatham Islands (OC-038) between November 24th and December 1st.
Activity will probably be on 160-10 meters, including the 30/17/12m bands,
using mainly CW with some RTTY, JT65 and PSK. Equipment is an IC-7300
into two different verticals. He also plans to be in the CQWW DX CW Contest
(November 26-27th). QSL via JA1XGI, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW. For
more details and updates, watch: http://island.geocities.jp/chathamholiday
ZL7, CHATHAM ISLANDS (Update). Members of the "6G" team will be active
as ZL7G from Chatham Island (OC-038) between October 27th and November
10th. The location has excellent short and long path take off towards
Europe where Chatham Island is still high on the wanted list. Activity
will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY with up to four stations
active at any one time. Operators mentioned are Don/G3BJ, Chris/G3SVL,
Nigel/G3TXF, Mike/G3WPH, Don/G3XTT, Hilary/G4JKS and Justin/G4TSH. QSL
via G3TXF direct, OQRS or LoTW. More details can be found on their Web
page at: http://www.6gs.org.uk
The following stations are expected to be active in the
CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 28-29th, 2016)
Thanks to Bill, NG3K, for providing OPDX readers with the following
consolidated listing of the participants in the 2016 CQWW WPX CW Contest.
For a more detailed listing (and up-to-date changes/corrections) in HTML
format, please visit Bill's Web page at:
http://www.ng3k.com/Misc/wpxc2016.html (By callsign)
http://www.ng3k.com/Misc/wpxcd2016.html (By entity)
The complete rules are available here: http://www.cqwpx.com/rules.htm
Contest DXCC Class QSL
Callsign Entity Route
3V8SS Tunisia SOAB LP LoTW; QSL via LX1NO
4L8A Georgia SOSB 20M LoTW; QSL via K1BV
4T4T Peru SOAB HP OA4DX
4U6F Italy LoTW; QSL via S57DX (d)
8P1W Barbados SOAB LP KU9C
8P5A Barbados SOAB HP LoTW; QSL via NN1N
A31MM Tonga SOAB LP LoTW; QSL via EA5GL
CN2AA Morroco M/S LoTW; QSL via UA2FM
CR2X Azores SOAB HP OH2BH
CR3W Madeira SOAB HP DL5AXX
D41CV Cape Verde SOAB D4C
E2X Thailand M/S LoTW; QSL via E20GMY
EG8RM Canary Islands SOAB LoTW
FM/DL7VOG Martinique ClubLog
HC2AO Ecuador SOSB 40M LoTW; QSL via RC5A
HI3TT Dominican Republic M/S LoTW
LY4A Lithuania M/2 LoTW
LY7A Lithuania M/M LoTW
LX/OO9O Luxembourg SOAB LP LoTW; QSL via ON7SS (B/d/C/e)
MJ5Z Jersey SOAB LP LoTW
NP2P US Virgin Islands SOAB LoTW
OH5Z Finland M/2 LoTW
P44W Aruba SOAB LP LoTW; QSL via N2MM (d); No (B)
SW9AA Crete SOAB LZ1PM
TO972M Martinique SOAB HP ClubLog
UA2F Kaliningrad SOAB UA2F
VC2A Canada M/S VA2WA
VP5M Turks & Caicos SOAB LP K4QPL
VP9I Bermuda SOAB LP WW3S
WP2Z US Virgin Islands SOAB KU9C
WP4X Puerto Rico SOAB LP WP4X
XR0YS Easter Island LoTW; QSL via K5WE and (C)
XW1IC Laos SOAB LoTW
Z60A Kosovo ClubLog; QSL via OH2BH
(e) eQSL only (d) direct only (B) Bureau only (*-B) DX's- Bureau
(O) OQRS only (C) ClubLo
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long as KB8NW/OPDX/BARF80 receives credit.
27 May, 2016
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by CO3JK, G3VOF, K1ZZ, QRZ DX, 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. Ash, KF5EYY will be QRV as 3V8SS as a Single Op/All Band/Low Power entry in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest. QSL via LX1NO.
CYPRUS, 5B. Ralph, DL9MWG is QRV as 5B/DL9MWG until June 4. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using mostly CW. QSL to home call.
BARBADOS, 8P. Tom, W2SC will be QRV as 8P5A as a Single Op/All Band entry in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest. QSL via NN1N.
BAHAMAS, C6. Vic, WA0USA is QRV as C6AKV from Guana Cay, IOTA NA-080, until May 29. Activity is holiday style on 40 to 10 meters using mostly CW. QSL to home call.
MOROCCO, CN. A group of operators will be QRV as CN2AA as a Multi/Single entry in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest. QSL via UA2FM.
CUBA, CO. Look for Ed, CO7EH to be a Low Power entry in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest. In addition, Jav, CO3JK will be a QRP entry in the contest. Raul, CO8ZZ will be QRV as T40A as a Single Op/All Band/Low Power entry in the contest. QSL via operators' instructions.
AZORES, CU. Dave, K1ZZ will be QRV as CU4DX from IOTA EU-175 during the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest. Before and after the contest he will be active as CT8/K1ZZ using SSB. QSL CU4DX via CU2CE and CT8/K1ZZ to home call.
CAPE VERDE, D4. Girts, YL2KL will be QRV as D41CV in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest to celebrate the 41st anniversary of the independence of the Cape Verde Islands. QSL via operator's instructions.
BALEARIC ISLANDS, EA6. Klaus, DD1AY is QRV as EA6/DD1AY from Ibiza until June 4. Activity is holiday style on 80 to 15 meters using SSB. QSL via bureau.
CANARY ISLANDS, EA8. Operator EA8RM will be QRV as EG8RM as a Single Op/All Band entry in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest. QSL via operator's instructions.
ENGLAND, G. Members of the Torbay Amateur Radio Society will be QRV as GB6GEO from Kent's Cavern in Torbay on May 28 and 29 to bring awareness to the Bay's special UNESCO Geopark award. Activity will be on 80 to 2 meters. QSL via operators' instructions.
ECUADOR, HC. Alex, HC2AO plans to be a Single Op/Single Band on 40 meters entry in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest. QSL via RC5A.
LUXEMBOURG, LX. Operator ON7SS will be QRV as LX/OO9O as a Single Op/Low Power entry in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest. QSL via ON7SS.
ICELAND, TF. Operators EI9FBB and MM0NDX are QRV as TF/home calls until May 30 from Videy, IOTA EU-168 on May 27, Westman, IOTA EU-071, on May 28, and the main island, IOTA EU-021, on May 29. Activity is holiday style on 20 and 17 meters using SSB. QSL TF/EI9FBB to home call and TF/MM0NDX via M0OXO.
UKRAINE, UR. Nikolay, UX0FF is QRV using special contest call EO25F during all of 2016 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the independence of Ukraine. This includes an entry in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest. QSL to home call.
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS, VP2V. Kevin, K6TOP is QRV as VP2V/K6TOP from Tortola until June 15 while on vacation. Activity is on 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters using mostly CW. QSL via NR6M.
BERMUDA, VP9. Steve, KL7SB is QRV as KL7SB/VP9 until June 1. He will be active as VP9I in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest as a Single Op/All Band/Low Power entry. QSL KL7SB/VP9 via NI5DX and VP9I via WW3S.
THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO:
The CQ World Wide WPX CW Contest,
NCC RTTY Sprint,
NCCC CW Sprint,
Portuguese Navy Day Digital Contest
SARL Digital Contest
The Phone Fray and CWops Mini-CWT CW Test are scheduled for June 1.
The ARRL National Parks on the Air event runs during all of 2016 to mark the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.
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
May 25 at 5:36 PM
Radio Amateurs of Canada would like to welcome David Gervais, VE6KD, as the Deputy Director for the Alberta, Northwest Territories and Nunavut region. RAC Alberta/NWT/NU Director, Ernest Clintberg, VE6EC/VE6ECK, appointed David as Deputy Director because he is dedicated to the betterment of the Amateur Radio Service, acts with integrity and is willing to serve others.
David holds a Bachelor of Education degree and a journeyman’s ticket in motor mechanics. He served as a public school teacher and has worked for the Workmen’s Compensation Board of Alberta and has also operated his own business. Despite being retired for 20 years, David remains a teacher of those around him and he epitomizes the term “Elmer” in the Amateur Radio community.
The fascinating world of Amateur Radio has intrigued David since he was very young and it continues to do so. He was thrilled to receive his first Amateur Radio licence in 1980 with the call sign VE6BMD. He achieved his Advanced licence in 1982 and became VE6KD about 10 years later. Two of his four children have shared his interest in the hobby and also two of his 14 grandchildren. His wife Therese has always been supportive of his hobby, generously hosting many of his colleagues whenever various radio activities happen at his QTH in Sturgeon County north of Edmonton.
David very much enjoys the challenge of contests, especially the RAC Canada Day and Winter Contests, and he has hosted multi-multi stations for the last 15 years. He generously invites fellow Amateurs to participate, to bring their rigs and use his antennas. Photos of these antennas appear on QRZ under his VE6KD call sign. David also loves DXing, ragchewing and keeping skeds with friends he has made over the years – some of them from 35 years ago through Morse Code. David has also been active as a certified Amateur Radio examiner for over 15 years.
David belongs to several Amateur Radio groups including the North Central Amateur Radio Club (charter member) and the Quarter Century Amateur Radio Club, and he has been a member of Radio Amateurs of Canada since its inception.
As Deputy Director for Alberta, Northwest Territories and Nunavut, he is committed to assisting the Director and will put his energy to promoting Radio Amateurs of Canada and advancing the Amateur Radio Service.
Ernest Clintberg, VE6EC/VE6ECK
RAC Director for Alberta/NWT/NU