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Summerside Amateur Radio Club

Sun Feb 14, 2016

OPDX Bulletin #1253....

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for the following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
week of Sunday, 7th/February, through Sunday, 14th/February there were
237 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W,
4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4W, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P,
7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4,
A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C5, C6, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT,
CT3, CU, CX, CY0, D2, D4, D6, DL, DU, E4, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI,
EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FH, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR,
FS, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK,
HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/m, JD/o, JT, JW,
JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE,
OH, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ5, PJ7, PY, PZ, S0,
S2, S5, S9, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T2, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK,
TN, TR, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE,
VK, VP2E, VP5, VP8, VP8/g, VP8/h, VP8/s, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XW, XX9,
YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z8, 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".

5J0, SAN ANDRES AND PROVIDENCIA ISLANDS. You only have a few more days
to work Jean, VE2FDJ, who is now active as 5J0JC from Providencia Island
(NA-049) until February 18th. Activity has been on 17/12 meters SSB. QSL
via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

7P, LESOTHO. Only a few more days to work the members of F6KOP Amateur
Radio Club now active as 7P8C from Lesotho. They will go QRT February
17th. Activity is on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. The team reported
on Sunday [edited]: Yesterday we reached 30000 QSOs in the log, but we
had to face a big storm and several antennas have been damaged by the
heavy wind. We are currently repairing 2 spiderbeams... Working low bands
is quite difficult as we have sometimes up to S9 of QRN. We'll try our
best to be active on low bands as much as possible." QSL via F5GSJ or
ClubLog's OQRS. NO eQSL. For more details and updates, see:
http://f6kop.net

8P, BARBADOS. Tom, W2SC, will once again be active as 8P5A during the
ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 20-21st) as Single-Op/All-
Band/High-Power entry. QSL via LoTW or direct to NN1N.

A3, TONGA (Update). Madison, W5MJ, reports on the latest release for their
DXpedition to Tonga February 18-28th: "The A35T DXpedition is now packed
up and ready to go. We will have three stations running Elecraft K3
transceivers with a KX3 as a backup radio, two Elecraft KPA500 amps,
an Expert Amp 1.3, three KIO hex beams 20 through 6, and four Spider-
poles for the lower frequencies. We anticipate having our stations on
160-30 meters during night hours, and the hex beams for 20-6 meters
during daylight hours. We hope to be able to provide Qs on 160 to EU
to fill the great need for that band. Our operation is scheduled for
February 18-28th, not the 24th as previously reported. Even though K5NA
and K5DU will be tending to a family emergency and not able to make the
trip, we hope to have guest op Hiro, A31MM, who recently moved to Tonga,
joining us during our stay."
As reported previously, QSL via M0URX. Suggested frequencies are available
on their Web page or OPDX.1251. Operators mentioned are Madison/W5MJ
(Team Leader), Paul/W5PF, Bob/W5RF, Dale/KG5U, Dave/VA7AM, Neil/VA7DX,
Keith/VE7KW and Roger/ZS6RJ. Pilot stations are: Don/N7BT (WC-USA), Tony/
K2SG (EC-USA) and Franz/DL9GFB (EU). For more details and updates, see:
http://www.tonga2016.com

AAW 2016. Look for this year's 13th Antarctic Activity Week to take place
between February 22-28th. Complete details and a list of participants is
available on the WAP Web site at:
http://www.waponline.it/Default.aspx?tabid=113
The Web will have an updated list with callsigns and QSL Managers.
ADDED NOTE ABOUT SPECIAL AAW SPAIN STATIONS: Josè, EA5FL, informs that
a Special Radio Award will be issued by URE to those Hams/SWLs who will
work (or hear) the Spanish Special Event stations during the 13th AAW.
Look for the following Spanish AAW stations: AO3ANT (WAP-266), AO4HAG
(WAP-242), AO5WAP (WAP-272), EG1PAA (WAP-273), EG5WAP (WAP-268) and EH5WAP
(WAP-267). The Award Manager is EA5DM and his E-mail is .
All 6 stations will have info about the Award on QRZ.com. The Spanish
Special Event stations will be active on the HF bands. The Special Diploma
will be sent free of charge to all participants that fulfill the required
number of contacts on each of the four categories (Bronze, Silver, Gold
and Platinum). Petitioners who qualify on each category may request their
award by E-mail for their personalized Diploma to the Award Manager EA5DM
indicating their callsign. There is no need to send log,
but SWLs must send a list. Due date to apply for the Award is March 15th,
2016. All Diplomas will be sent by E-mail free to petitioners who qualify.
PLEASE NOTE: Special AAW station EG1PAA (WAP-273) will be operating from
Arousa Island (EU-80). QSL via EA1GIB, direct or by the Bureau.

AH2, GUAM. Members of the Guam Contest Club will be active as AH2R during
the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 20-21st) as a Multi-Single entry. Operators
mentioned are Atsuo/JE6HIB, Nozomu/JE8KKX (AH2K), Toshinobu/JI3ERV (NH2C)
and Mikawa/JR7OMD. QSL via LoTW or to JH7QXJ, direct or by the Bureau.
PLEASE DO NOT QSL via the KH2 Bureau.

C6, BAHAMAS (Canceled). Chris, NX4N (C6AWW), had to cancel his ARRL DX
CW Contest operation from Freeport, Bahamas (NA-080, Grid FL06qm), between
February 16-23rd, due to "some family issues" that arised.

CW, URUGUAY (LH Op). Members of the Radio Club Uruguayo will be active
as CW1?C from the Fortaleza del Cerro lighthouse (?ARLHS URU-009, Grid
SQ. GF15UC) between February 1?9?-?21st, during the International South
American? Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend. Activity will be on 40-10 meters
as well as 2 meters and 70 cm using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. They
will have at least three stations on the air. QSL via CX1AA, by the
Bureau or direct to: Radio Club Uruguayo, P.O. Box 37, 11000, Montevideo,
Uruguay (w/SAE and one new IRC or 2 green stamps).

DU, PHILIPPINES (IOTA Op). Bodo, DF8DX, is planning to activate three
IOTA Groups in the Philippines during April. His tentative schedule is:
April 9-14th -- Palawan Island (OC-128); callsign DU1WQY/1
April 14-19th -- Mindanao Island (OC-130); callsign DU1WQY/8
April 19-24th -- Luzon Island (OC-042); callsign DU1WQY
Activity usually will be on 40-10 meters using 100 watts into a vertical
antenna. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau, direct or LoTW.

E5, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS. Don, VE7AQA, will be active as E51AQA from Raro-
tonga Island (OC-013) between March 4-19th. Activity will be holiday
style on the HF bands using SSB. QSL via VE7AQA.

ET, ETHIOPIA (Update). The Ukrainian operators continue to be active as
ET7L from the INSA Radio Club in Mekanisa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Activity
will be limited due to their work duties, but they are expected to be active
for at least 2-4 months. Most of their activity has been on 30/17/15/12
meters using CW and SSB, but the operators are now active on 160/80/40
meters. Operators are members of UT7L Contest Club (Yarik/UW7LL and
Andy/UR4LRQ). Logs will be uploaded daily on Clublog; OQRS will be later.
LoTW, as usual, after the end of operation. QSL Manager is US0LW. The
Web site is now up and running with updates and log search at:
http://et7l.dxer.com.ua

FG, GUADELOUPE. Alex, IW5ELA, will be active as FG/IW5ELA from Pointe des
Chateaux, St. Francois, between February 28th and March 9th. Activity will
be holiday style on the HF bands using mainly CW with some SSB. His equip-
ment will be a FT857 with 100w into a vertical antenna. Every contact
will be confirmed by Bureau, no QSL required.

FG, GUADELOUPE. Philippe, F1DUZ, will be active as FG4KH from Guadeloupe
(NA-102) between February 7th and March 30th (possibly beginning of April).
Activity will be on all HF bands using SSB, with 2m EME EME on JT65B. QSL
via his home callsign.

FH, MAYOTTE (DIFO Op). Before and after his participation in the upcoming
FT4JA Juan de Nova DXpedition, team member Gil, F4FET, will be active as
FH/F4FET from Mayotte (AF-027) and a few of its DIFO islands in the lagoon
on Mayotte between March 24-25th and April 15-21st. The DIFO islands
mentioned are: Grande Terre Island (FH001), Petite Terre Island (FH002),
Zamboro Island (new one, FH003) and Choisil Island (new one, FH004).
Activity will be holiday style on 40-10 meters SSB using a K3 and a SPE
Expert 1K3 into a 40-10m groundplane and a 1 element Quad for 12/10
meters. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau, direct or ClubLog's
OQRS. ADDED NOTE: Gill will also be active as F4FET/MM on his way to Juan
de Nova between March 26-28th and April 12-14th.

FS & PJ7, ST. MARTIN AND ST. MARTEEN. Laurent, FM5BH, will be active as
FS/FM5BH from Saint Martin (NA-199) and PJ7/FM5BH from Sint Marteen (NA-199)
between May 1-8th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-10 meters using
mainly CW. QSL direct to FM5BH with 2 GS.

FY, FRENCH GUYANA. Larry, F6FVY, will be active as FY5KE in the ARRL DX
CW Contest (February 20-21st) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m)/High-Power
entry. QSL via LoTW, by the REF Bureau or direct to FY5KE.

HI, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. Brian, ND3F, will be active as HI3/ND3F from
Cabarete during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 20-21st) as a Single-
Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via his home callsign.

HV, VATICAN. Francesco, IK0FVC, the Team Leader of HV0A, seems to be
showing up every Sunday around 1400-1630z on various bands and modes.
This past Sunday he was on 20 meters RTTY and the week before on 17
meters SSB. QSL via IK0FVC (direct only) or LoTW.

IOTA NEWS..............
EU-080. See AAW 2016 above.

NA-219. John, KK4OYJ/C6ATS, announced on his Blog page that he will
attempt to activate the rare Anguilla Keys, part of the Cay
Sal Bank Group, possibly on Thursday. He will leave from
Georgetown, Bahamas, on Tuesday, February 16th. He states
that he will be on "20m or higher and as close to the IOTA
frequencies." For more details and updates, watch his Blog
at: https://kk4oyj.wordpress.com

OC-022. Members of Lufthansa Amateur Radio Club (LARC) of Frankfurt
will be active as YB9/homecall from Bali Island between February
22nd and March 2nd. Operators mentioned are Bernd/DK7TF, Bernd/
DF1FF and Jürgen/DH6ICE. This will be a 100w DXpedition,
focusing on SSB and the Digital modes (JT65 including). QSL
via DK8ZZ only (not via their homecall).

SA-045. [Edited Press Release] Renato Araujo, PY8WW, reports, "I am
part of a team that is always on the air from different IOTAs
in northern Brazil. We are planning an expedition probably in
April 2016, the expedition will be to Maraca Island SA-045.
Lately, Brazil is experiencing a severe economic crisis, where
our currency is broadly undervalued against the dollar, imports
of equipment has become highly expensive, our team is in need
of band pass filters as the authorization of forest organ will
be for a short time on the island, so we have to optimize two
or three radio stations on the air at the same time. If you
are interested in donating some filters please contact us. The
filters needed are for the 10-15-20-40 bands. If you can get
the message out to amateurs in America I would be very grateful."

J3, GRENADA. Bob, G3PJT, will once again be active as J34G from Grenada
(NA-024, WLOTA 0718) between March 10-24th. Activity will be holiday style
on 80-10 meters, mainly CW, using a K2 w/100 watts and vertical antennas.
He plans to also be in the RSGB's Commonwealth Contest (March 12-13th).
Look for him outside of the contest, especially on 80 and 30 meters. QSL
via his home callsign.

J8, ST. VINCENT. Brian, GW4DVB, will once again be active as J88PI from
Palm Island (aka Prune Island, WW Loc. FK92HO, IOTA NA-025), in the St.
Vincent and the Grenadines Island group, between April 12-22nd. Activity
will be on 40/20/17/15/10/6 meters SSB only using an Elecraft KX3 and
KXPA100 Power Amp (100w) into a 10m vertical antenna and a M0CVO HW-40HP
off center fed dipole. QSL via GW4DVB, by the Bureau or direct to:
PO Box 20:20, Llanharan, Pontyclun, Wales - UK CF72 9ZA. For more details
and updates, check: http://www.g4dvb.co.uk
ADDED NOTE: Palm Island is an exclusive, private-island resort. This
idyllic tropical hideaway is situated near the southern tip of St. Vincent
and the Grenadines, an idyllic archipelago of 32 tropical islands and
cays known for its stunning natural beauty, clear, warm waters and turtles.

KP3, PUERTO RICO. Dan, N6MJ, will be active as KP3Z during the ARRL DX
SSB Contest (March 5-6th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL
via N4AO.

NEED KL7, VY1, VE8 OR VY0? [edited] By the time you are reading this the
2016 NCDXA Worked All “RST” Stations special event is underway through
March 27th! We’ll have HF covered from Alaska to all points east and
north towards the North Pole! Look for rare and remote Ellesmere Island
and Rankin Inlet in Nunavut, Pilot Station grade school in Alaska, a
diamond mine in Northwest Territories, small villages and large northern
cities including “wildcard rovers” from other remote areas including a
glacier or two. Activity will be on all modes and most all HF bands. QSL
via and LoTW. Check bios at QRZ.com for info and updates of KL7RST, VY1RST,
VE8RST and VY0RST. QSL Manager K7ICE. Please spot us when you hear/work
us...... 73, de “Yukon John” KL7JR
ADDED NOTE: Also read OPDX.1244 under "VY0, CANADA (Nunavut Territory
On HF)" for more details.

P4, ARUBA. Operators Olli/DH8BQA, Andreas/DL5CW, Thomas/DL5LYM and Andi/
DL9USA are now active from Carl's, P49V (SK), "Cook's Radio Retreat"
on Aruba (SA-036). The operators were in this past
weekend's CQ WPX RTTY Contest and are expected to be in the ARRL DX CW
Contest (February 20-21st). The group is signing c. QSL via DH8BQA.
Activity is to end in March.

PJ2, CURACAO. Operators John/K6AM and Jussi-Pekka/OH6RX will be active as
PJ2T from the Caribbean Contesting Consortium's (CCC) Signal Point Station
during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 5-6th) as a
Multi-Single entry. QSL via W3HNK. The operators will probably sign
PJ2/homecall outside of the contest because they have the station on the
island between March 2-9th. Listen for QSL instructions.

PJ7, SINT MAARTENN. Joel, HB9EYA, will be active as PJ7/HB9EYA from Sint
Maarten (NA-105) between March 27-31st. Activity will be QRP on 40/20/15/10
meters (in evenings) using a FT-817ND into a LDG Z-817 antenna autotuner
and a "Gipsy Windcamp" portable dipole antenna (7-30 MHz). QSL via his
home callsign, by the Bureau or direct. NO eQSL.

PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (February 15-21st)....
Feb/15th HN Feb/18th HN Feb/20th HN
Feb/16th LN Feb/19th HN Feb/21st AN
Feb/17th BN

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, checkout the VOACAP predication Web page at:
http://www.voacap.com/prediction.html

QSL INFO AND NEWS.....................
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (February 14th)
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
3Z51PTM via SP7PTM FS/KB9AVO via KB9AVO SK70BG via SK3BG
3Z90LKK via SP8PEF FS/W3FF via W3FF (d) SQ90LKK via SP5PWA
4J90UD via DL6KVA HI0UD via W2CCW SV0XCA/5 via SV0XCA (d)
4W/DJ2EH via DJ2EH HI3/OK1RS via OK1RS T88EU via DF9LJ
5J0JC via VE2FDJ KH6/G4KHG/M via G4KHG (e) TM2F via F4GTT
5V7TH via ON6DX KH6/VE7AHA via VE7AHA (d) TP30CE via F5LGF
7P8C via F6KOP LZ71ZZ via LZ1ZF UE27AFG via RZ3QWW
8S6A via SM6DPF OO8O via ON8OO UE73K via RT3W
9K55NLD via 9K2NO OR5T via ON4ALY V5/DC8QT via DC8QT
CR5U via CR7AJL PA16CC via PA7HPH V55DX via DO4DXA
DL0DIX via DJ2AX PA530ROT via PA0ABM XP3A via PA3249 (d/L/e)
DL60GAF via DH1BUZ PA85SVS via PI4AMF* YB0JS via W4JS
E2X via E20GMY PG16ANT via PA0RDY ZS4TX/6 via ZS4TX (L)or K3FN (d)
FS/K8EAB via K8EAB PJ6/NM1Y via NM1Y (d/L)

(e) eQSL only (d) direct only (B) Bureau only (*-B) DX's- Bureau
(O) OQRS only (C) ClubLog only (L) LoTW only (*) No QSL needed

ET3TK QSLS. Slavek, OK1CU, informs, that he still has some QSLs for
the ET3TK activation. If there is anyone who still needs to confirm
QSOs with ET3TK, please send your QSL via the Bureau, direct or ask
directly via E-mail .

QSLS RECEIVED VIA LoTW: C37RC, DK4CF, E77DX, EG6RAY, FG4NN, HA5AGS,
J69DS, JA6GCE, LA5SVA, M0HIX and ON4RO

QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3W3MD, CT9/MJ0AS, DS2GOO/2 (AS-090), DS2GOO/4
(AS-093), J6/K4ZGB, RT9K/0 (AS-203), TZ9A, YJ0AFU and ZD8W

QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 3W2MAE, 5B/DF6FR, 6K5BFZ, 7L4VHB,
9M2/JE1SCJ, 8J3A, 9G1HW, DM200TSV, DS2CYI, DS4QXF, DS5QLJ, HB0/DL4AAP/P,
HB0/DK7DU, HL1OYF, HL2DNU, HL4CDQ, HL5FAM, HL15UG, HS0ZGV, HZ1DS,
IS0BSR/IM0, IS0MVE, IC8/DM6WAN (EU-031), KT3Q/6 (NA-144), PJ2/DL1NX,
PJ5/K6NAO, PR7AA, PR7CPK, PY2YU, SW3JH, TA0/DF8DX (AS-201), TF1AM,
TF2LL, TF3AO, TF5B, TF8KY, TY2AB, SV0XAN/5, VA2LC, VC2M, VK9DLX, YB0MWM
and ZA/IZ4ALM

RI1, ANTARCTICA. Mikhail, RW1AI, will be active as RI1AND from Novolazarev-
skaya Base (AN-016, WAP RUS-09) between April 2016 and April 2017. Activity
will be on the HF Bands using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via RW1AI.

T8, PALAU. Yuji, JF1DIR, will be active as T88IR from Koror Island (OC-009)
between March 20-25th. Activity will be on 40-6 meters using CW and the
Digital mode mainly. Yuji states he will not be on 12, 17, 80, 160m because
of no antennas. His equipment will be a TS-2000 and FT-950 with a 500w
amplifier into a 8 element Yagi for 6m, Tribander for 20-10m and a RDP
for 40/30m. QSL via JF1DIR, by the Bureau or direct to: Yuji Hirose,
2512-6-302 Enzo Chigasaki-City, Kanagawa, JAPAN, 253-0084. Please DO NOT
QSL T88IR via Bureau. Also QSL via LoTW and eQSL. ClubLog will be available
for a log search, but not it's OQRS.

TI, COSTA RICA. Operators Robert/W4BW, Alex/W4XO, Eddie/K4UN, Keith/W4KTR,
Juan Carlos/TI2JCY, Carlos/TI2KAC, Adrian/TI2LCO and Mauricio/TI4ZM will
be active as TI5M from Alajuela during then ARRL DX SSB Contest (March
5-6th) as a Multi-Op entry. QSL via TI2KAC.

TI, COSTA RICA. Operators Kamal/N3KS, Andrius/LY7Z and Nathan/N4YDU will
be active as TI5W from Alajuela during the ARRL International DX SSB
Contest (March 5-6th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via N3YIM direct.
The operators will be signing TI5/homecalls before and after the contest.

V3, BELIZE. Operators Robert/K5PI (V31AT) and John/WC0W (V31TP) will
compete in the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 20-21st) as a
Multi-Single/Low-Power entry from Cahal Pech in Western Belize. They will
use V31TP for the contest callsign. Look for operations before and after
the contest. They will focus on CW and on the 30/17/12 meter bands mostly.
QSL to their home callsigns.

VK0EK DXPEDITION NEWS (Heard Island Expedition Newsletter Vol. 2 No. 2).
The current Heard Island Expedition Newsletter (Vol. 2, No. 2 -- dated
February 11th) is now out. Individuals may have already received this
because they subscribed to it, or they made a donation to the expedition,
or they are a team member or a corporate sponsor, or Bob, KK6EK, just
happens to know you and think you would like to have it. This issue goes
to 1664 different people.
Bob also informs [edited], "There is no charge or obligation for this
we just want to help you make a QSO with VK0EK, or to collaborate in
the scientific work. Future Newsletters will be issued now and then,
when we have something to say, probably every few weeks. If you missed
a previous Newsletter and would like to have a copy, you can find a link
on p. 4
to download the back issue.
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break in between pages 2 and 3. Sorry!

This Newsletter is actually a complete image of the HEARD ISLAND EXPEDITION
POSTER, which can download directly here:
http://www.heardisland.org/HD_documents/HD_Poster_2.2.pdf

The expedition is scheduled to begin in early March 2016, and end in
late April. You can see the current status of the project on the main
website , and on the blogsite .
I hope you like this Newsletter and find it useful. If you have sugges-
tions, comments, subjects you would like to see addressed, etc., or wish
to be removed from the distribution list, please write to me.....
Bob, KK6EK -- Organizer/Expedition Leader"
For more details on the mailing list for the newsletter, go to:
http://www.heardisland.org/HD_pages/HD_newsletter.php

VK9, NORFOLK ISLAND. Paul, VK5PAS, will be active as VK9PAS from Norfolk
Island (OC-005) between May 23-30th. Activity will be limited and holiday
style on the HF bands because he will be attending the Wireless Institute
of Australia's (WIA) Annual General Meeting. QSL via M0OXO, direct, by
the Bureau, OQRS, LoTW or eQSL.

VP2M, MONTSERRAT (Update/Reminder). Operators Scott/NE9U and Ron/KK9K will
be active as VP2MWA and VP2MRF, respectively from Montserrat Island (NA-103)
between February 16-23rd. Activity will be on CW, SSB and RTTY. They will
be using VP2MWA during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 20-21st) as a
Multi-? entry. QSL VP2MWA via NE9U, direct or by LoTW. QSL VP2MRF via
KK9K direct.

VP5/VQ5E, TURKS AND CAICOS. Operators Clint/W9AV and Quent/W6RI will
be active as VP5/W9AV and VP5/W6RI from Providenciales Island (NA-002)
between March 23-29th. Activity will include the CQWW WPX SSB Contest
(March 26-27th). All QSOs will be uploaded to LoTW. Requests for paper
cards should go to W6RI and should include an SASE or IRC. Note that
Turks & Caicos does not have a QSL Bureau and that cards sent there
will be discarded.

VP8, FALKLAND ISLANDS. Gerard, G3WIP/VK4BGL, will be active as VP8PDP
from Falkland Islands (SA-002) between February 15th and April 1st. He
will be there working as a doctor. Activity will be limited when he is
not working. Watch for operations on 20/17/15/10 meters using a FT-897D.
QSL via G3WIP by the RSGB Bureau.

VP8, FALKLAND ISLANDS. The VP8STI/VP8SGI team is now on the Falkland
Islands (SA-002) as February 12th. David, K3LP, was heard signing as
VP8DRC on 20m SSB February 12-13th. As this was being written, the team
is expected to hit the air waves sometime late Sunday or Monday as VP8IDX.
It was reported on Thursday that they would operate for a week as VP8IDX
with simple antennas but aren't planning on unloading and setting up all
the DXpedition antennas and equipment used on S. Sandwich and S. Georgia.
The word is that they plan to focus on 160 and 80 meters. QSL VP8IDX via
N2OO direct, ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW.

VP8SGI SOUTH GEORGIA ISLAND DXPEDITION WRAP-UP. Members of the Intrepid-DX
Group went QRT as VP8SGI from South Georgia Island and went back to the
Braveheart for security reasons due to a big storm last Sunday morning
February 7th. After the storm calmed down, the VP8SGI team was able to
go back to Husvik Bay and collect all their gear during the Sunday after-
noon. Reports indicate that David, K3LP, stated, "Weather on South Georgia
was terrible with winds up to 100 mph near the end." The team has left
the South Georgia Island area and is now active from the Falkland Islands
(see details above).
The full VP8SGI log was uploaded and the OQRS was turned on. For VP8SGI
log inquiries please contact KU9C at: vp8sgi_logresearch@yahoo.com
QSL VP8SGI via KU9C, ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW. As this was being written,
the VP8SGI's final statistics are 82847 QSOs with 21620 Unique callsigns
per ClubLog as of 0741z, February 7th:
https://secure.clublog.org/charts/?c=VP8SGI
Breakdown by modes are 56518/CW, 20623/SSB, 5705/RTTY and 1/PSK. Break-
down by percentage by Continents are 1.1/AF, 0.0/AN, 8.2/AS, 46.9/EU,
38.5/NA, .4/OC and 4.8/SA. For more detailed information, see:
http://www.intrepid-dx.com/vp8
ADDED NOTE: Those who are interested in more details and pictures of
South Georgia Island, Peter Smith, a New Zealander, photographer, boat
builder, offshore sailor and designer of the Rocna anchor range, has
put online a great collection of photographs and story of his trip to
and around the island. All nine pages of his adventure can be viewed at
the following URLs:
South Georgia Island (page 1): Landfall and King Edward Cove
http://www.petersmith.net.nz/photos/south-georgia-1.php
South Georgia Island (page 2): Shackleton and Ocean Harbour
http://www.petersmith.net.nz/photos/south-georgia-2.php
South Georgia Island (page 3): Cooper Bay and Drygalski Fjord
http://www.petersmith.net.nz/photos/south-georgia-3.php
South Georgia Island (page 4): Gold Harbour
http://www.petersmith.net.nz/photos/south-georgia-4.php
South Georgia Island (page 5): Cobblers Cove and Cumberland West Bay
http://www.petersmith.net.nz/photos/south-georgia-5.php
South Georgia Island (page 6): Husvik and Leith Harbour
http://www.petersmith.net.nz/photos/south-georgia-6.php
South Georgia Island (page 7): Blue Whale Harbour, Prince Olav, and
Salisbury Plain
http://www.petersmith.net.nz/photos/south-georgia-7.php
South Georgia Island (page 8): Albatross Island and Right Whale Bay
http://www.petersmith.net.nz/photos/south-georgia-8.php
South Georgia Island (page 9): Elsehul and return to the Falklands
http://www.petersmith.net.nz/photos/south-georgia-9.php

VP9, BERMUDA. Kurt, W6PH, will once again be active as VP9/W6PH for the
ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 20-21st) as a Single-Op/All-
Band/Low-Power entry. QSL only direct to his home callsign W6PH.

W7, UNITED STATES (National Parks Activation via the Birds). Doc, WA7HQD,
states, "I will be operating satellites SO-50 and FO-29 from DM29 in
eastern Nevada on February 21-23rd. Please check out my QRZ.com page
for details."

XW, LAOS. Champ, E21EIC, is once again active as XW1IC (ex-XW0YJY) since
February 12th, from Vientiane until February 16th. Activity included
an entry in this past weekend's CQ WPX RTTY Contest. QSLs must be requested
via the OQRS on ClubLog or via E21EIC and LoTW. NO PAPER QSL IS NEEDED.

XW, LAOS. Makoto, JA7FGI, will be active as XW7FG from Vientiane between
March 29th and April 4th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters using SSB, RTTY
and possibly PSK31. There will be a focus on the high bands. QSL via
JA7FGI, by the Bureau or eQSL.

XZ, MYANMAR (Press Release). Update on plans for Myanmar IOTA Dxpedition
2016 -- The original proposed dates for this Dxpedition were Feb/March
or April/May. Since the original announcement there has been a general
election in Myanmar and the new government will be installed in March.
Licensing will be delayed until the new administration completes the
transition.
We are in touch with the authorities. Our documents are with the ad-
ministration. We have good liaison and we have in territory help to
monitor and progress our license application.
The DXpedition will be delayed until after the summer period to allow
plenty of time for licensing and for HF conditions to be as favorable
as possible.
Derek/G3KHZ, Hans/SM6CVX, Nils/SM6CAS, Ulrika/SM7WYN and Eddy/K5WQG

Z3, MACEDONIA. The DXNL reports that the Radioamateur Society of Macedonia
(RSM) will celebrate Valentine's Day on the air until the 21st with the
special callsign Z34LOVE. QSL via Z37RSM or eQSL.

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Fri Feb 12, 2016

Los Islands DXpedition - 3XY1T....

Members of the Italian DXpedition Team will be active as 3XY1T from the Los Islands (AF-051, WW Loc. IJ39cl) between February 18th and March 4th.

The latest news was sent out by the 3XY1T Team:
Everything is ready as planned for our departure on February 17th, 2016. We anticipate arriving at Los Island (AF-051) in the morning of Thursday 18th. The island does not have a power grid; our resort has a generator operating only during the night. We rented two generators for daylight operations; as a consequence, there might be occasional breaks for the maintenance of this equipment.

We received several requests for RTTY activity. In order to offer such
a "mode new one" to as many OMs as possible, we shall concentrate our
RTTY operations on a single band, i.e. 15m.

In analyzing statistical data, we noticed that there is a high demand
for this country in VK/ZL. These stations are invited to use the cluster
to warn us of possible openings.
Long-path openings to Japan will be closely monitored, and we suggest
these stations to make use of propagation forecasts to optimize their
chances.

We plan to have, as usual, our real-time online Log available via internet, with uploads every minute (barring connection problems).
It can be accessed at the address: http://win.i2ysb.com/logonline

Also, the online QSL request (OQRS) will be active as from the very
first QSO. We advise to check the time/date of the latest online update,
as shown on the Log entry page, before repeating a QSO.

Specific requests should be addressed ONLY to our pilot stations,
Arturo/IK7JWY and Sergio/IK0FTA (for the 6m band).
The pilot stations can check and correct possible Log errors.
During the DXpedition do NOT send mail to I2YSB or other Team members, such messages will not be answered.

News and Forum at: http://www.hamradioweb.net/
3XY1T home page at: http://www.i2ysb.com/idt/

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Thu Feb 11, 2016

572B Tubes fron DX Engineering....

DX Engineering ( http://www.dxengineering.com/ ) is now sourcing 572B power tubes: "572B tubes are found in several new Ameritron Amplifiers, including the celebrated AL-572 and the AL-811HD. They are also common in a wide range of vintage RF amplifiers. Used in pairs, DX Engineering 572B tubes are capable of generating up to 600 watts of RF transmit power; quads will produce 1,200 watts"

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This Week On The Air....

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

MAURITIUS, 3B8. Eric, OE4AAC is QRV as 3B8HD from Flic-en-Flac
beach until March 1. Activity is holiday style on the HF bands.
QSL via OE4AAC.

FIJI, 3D2. Hardy, DF6PW will be QRV as 3D2PW from Mango Bay, IOTA
OC-016, from February 13 to 19. Activity will be holiday style
mostly on 30, 17 and 12 meters using CW. QSL direct to home call.

GUINEA, 3X. Members of the Italian DXpedition Team will be QRV as
3XY1T from Los Island, IOTA AF-051, from February 18 to March 4.
Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL via I2YSB.

ALGERIA, 7X. Members of the Algerian Amateur Radio Union will be
QRV as 7V7WRD on February 13 while celebrating World Radio Day. QSL
via 7X2VB.

MALTA, 9H. Mark, K0MDJ is QRV as 9H3DJ until June 1 while on a
business trip. Activity is in his spare time using mostly SSB on 17
meters. QSL to home call.

CHINA, BY. Zhao, BD7IHN will be QRV as B7/BD7IHN from Nan Ao
Island, IOTA AS-129, from February 13 to 19. Activity will be on 20
and 30 meters using mainly CW with some SSB mostly during his
morning and early evening hours. QSL to home call.

THE GAMBIA, C5. Alan, G4DJX is QRV as C5DX from Banjul and
Farafenni until February 19. Activity is on 40 to 10 meters using
CW and SSB. He hopes to attract students in Farafenni to Amateur
Radio. QSL direct to home call.

PHILIPPINES, DU. James, W4RS and Larry, N0QM plan to be QRV as DX3R
from Luzon Island, IOTA OC-042, for the CQ World Wide RTTY WPX
contest. QSL via operators' instructions.

OGASAWARA, JD1. Nobuaki, JA0JHQ will be QRV as JD1BOW from
Ogasawara Island, AS-031, from February 13 to 22. Activity will be
on the HF bands with a focus on 160 meters using CW, and on 40 and
15 meters using RTTY and PSK31. QSL to home call.

MARIANA ISLANDS, KH0. Kit, JA1NVF and Esa, OH7WV are QRV as N0J
from Tinian Island, IOTA OC-086, until February 15 to draw attention
to the annual Tinian Hot Pepper Festival. Activity is on 80 to 10
meters using CW and SSB. QSL direct via JJ2VLY.

ST. MAARTEN, PJ7. Tom, AA9A will be QRV as PJ7AA from February 16
to March 12. Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using CW and SSB.
QSL to home call.

POLAND, SP. Special event station HF2016HS is QRV until the end of
2016 to celebrate the 170th birthday of the Polish Nobel Laureate
Henryk Sienkiewicz and also the opening 509 years ago of a museum
honoring his memory. QSL via SQ8JCB.

UKRAINE, UR. Special event station EM20UASAV is QRV until February
28 to draw attention to the Antarctic station Akademik Vernadsky
that was founded 20 years ago. QSL direct via UT7UA.

ST. KITTS AND NEVIS, V4. Ted, K8AQM, will be QRV as V47TR from St.
Kitts, IOTA NA-104, from February 13 to 21. Activity will be
holiday style on 20 to 10 meters using CW and SSB. He will also be
looking for SKCC members. QSL to home call.

MONTSERRAT, VP2M. Scott, NE9U and Ron, KK9K will be QRV as VP2MWA
and VP2MRF, respectively, from February 16 to 23. Activity will be
on the HF bands using CW, SSB and RTTY. This includes being entries
in the upcoming ARRL DX CW contest. QSL direct to home calls.

MEXICO, XE. Special event station 6D0F is QRV until February 18 in
celebration of the apostolic journey of his holiness Pope Francis.
QSL via XE1LM.

LAOS, XW. Champ, E21EIC is QRV as XW1IC until February 16. This
includes an entry in the CQ World Wide RTTY WPX contest. QSL via
operator's instructions. In addition, Bruce, 3W3B is QRV as XW4XR
from Vientiane until February 24. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters
using mainly CW with some RTTY. QSL via E21EIC.

MACEDONIA, Z3. Members of the Radioamateur Society of Macedonia are
QRV as Z34LOVE until February 21 to celebrate Valentine's Day. QSL
via Z37RSM.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO:

The CQ World Wide RTTY WPX Contest,
NCCC RTTY Sprint,
QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt,
NCCC Sprint CW Ladder,
SARL Field Day Contest,
Asia-Pacific CW Spring Sprint,
Dutch PACC Contest,
KCJ Topband CW Contest,
SKCC Weekend CW Sprintathon,
OMISS QSO Party,
FISTS Winter Unlimited CW Sprint,
RSGB 1st 1.8 MHz CW Contest,
PODXS 070 Club Valentine Sprint,
Balkan HF Contest
Classic Phone Exchange

The Phone Fray, AGCW 80-Meter Semi-Automatic Key Evening, CWops
Mini-CWT CW Test and QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt are all scheduled for
February 17.

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

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