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    Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1071

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    Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1071

    The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
    DX Bulletin No. 1071
    BID: $OPDX.1071
    July 23, 2012
    Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
    Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)

    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,
    W8GEX & 60m News, W9ILY, 9M6DXX, AT International, CO8ZZ, DK8JB & The
    DX News Letter, DL1SBF, DxCoffee.com, DX-World.Net, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les
    Nouvelles DX, F6FQK, G3SWH, G4IRN, HA0HW, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News,
    IK7XIV, IW3SQY, IZ2LSC, OH1MN, ON4LN, ON4TO, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News,
    Pete's DX-Newsdesk, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, TA3J, VA3RJ
    & ICPO, VE3ZIK, the VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) and YF1AR for the following
    DX information.

    DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
    week of Sunday, 15th-July, through Sunday, 22nd-July there were 209
    countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L,
    4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5W, 5Z, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A,
    9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9V, 9Y, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3,
    C5, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, CY9, D2, DL, DU, E5/s, E7,
    EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FH, FK,
    FM, FO, FO/a, FP, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0,
    HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J3, J5, J6, J8, JA, JD/o, JT,
    JX, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD,
    OE, OH, OH0, OJ0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S5, SM,
    SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T2, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TT, UA,
    UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2M, VP2V, VP8,
    VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV,
    Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS

    * PLEASE NOTE: The report "could" contain "Pirate/SLIM" operations or
      more likely a "BUSTED CALLSIGN". As always, you never know - "Work
      First Worry Later" (WFWL).

    2O12, ENGLAND (Update - Special Event Amateur Radio Station for the
    London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games). Publicity Liaison Officer
    John Warburton, G4IRN, sent out the following "Press Release #5" on
    July 16t: "As a celebration of the London Olympic and Paralympic Games,
    two flagship amateur radio stations will be active during the Games as
    part of the Cultural Olympiad.
      The Cray Valley Radio Society is to host England's celebration from
    the Royal Borough of Greenwich, home to many of London's events outside
    the main Olympic arena. The call-sign used will be 2O12L (two Oscar one
    two Lima).
      A similar amateur radio celebration is happening in Barry, south Wales,
    where the call-sign will be 2O12W (two Oscar one two whisky).
      Both teams are looking to make as many contacts as possible throughout
    the world during the Games, particularly with countries participating in
    the Games. They will be operating 24/7 from Wednesday 25th July until
    Sunday 9th September and will be open to the public from Thursday 26th
    July. The London station will be open from 10am to 4pm and the Welsh
    station from 10am to 5pm daily.
      Commemorative QSLs will be available for both stations, QSL details
    are on the web site. It is hoped that Clublog and LOTW uploads will be
    made during the event.
      For more information about the stations, their locations, operating
    frequencies etc., their web-sites can be found at and

    3B8, MAURITIUS. Alex, IW5ELA, will be active as 3B8/IW5ELA from hotel
    "Le Cannonier" between September 6-12th. Alex is part of a honeymoon
    trip with his wife Michela that will take him through Corsica, Mongolia,
    Finland and now Africa, so activity will be holiday style on the bands
    20/17/15/12 meters using CW and SSB. He will use a FT857 with 100w into
    a vertical and operate mainly CW. QSL via his home callsign, direct or
    by the Bureau. Visit his special Web page at:
                      http//: honeymoonafrica2012.jimdo.com

    5R, MADAGASCAR (IOTA Op!). Moise, F4EZG, will once again be active as
    5R8VE, but this time from Nosy Alanana (AF-090) in the Tamatave region
    between September 1-3rd. Activity will only be on 20 and 15 meters.
    QSL via F4EZG.

    9A, CROATIA. Zik, DK8ZZ/VE3ZIK/YT3ZZ, will be once again be active as
    9A/VE3ZIK from Croatia between June 24th and August 18th. This time he
    will be focused on 6m, WFF and IOCA (Island of Croatia Award) activity.
    Prior to RSGB IOTA Contest (July 28-29th), he will be active from Zirje
    Island (EU-170 & CI-151). QSL via DK8ZZ, by the Bureau or LoTW.

    9H, MALTA. Ignacio, EA2BD, will be active as 9H3BD until July 30th.
    Activity will be QRP on 20 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via his home

    9M, SPRATLY ISLANDS. Operators John/9M6XRO and Steve/9M6DXX will be
    active as 9M4SLL from Pulau Layang Layang, Spratly Islands (AS-051)
    between August 7-13th. Activity will be on all bands from 80-10 meters
    using CW, SSB and RTTY, using two stations with linear amplifiers to
    vertical antennas on the edge of the ocean. Spratly Islands are ranked
    29th in the current The DX Magazine ‘100 Most Needed Countries’ survey
    (world-wide, mixed modes), up from number 32 last year. The QSL Manager
    for 9M4SLL is Tim Beaumont, M0URX. QSL direct with SAE + 2 USDs or 1 new
    IRC, OQRS (see <http://m0urx.com/oqrs>) or via the RSGB bureau (all
    bureau cards MUST be marked "via M0URX"). Logs will be uploaded to LoTW
    as soon as possible after the end of the operation (within a few days),
    but there will be NO online log during the DXpedition itself. If you are
    not certain of any QSO you are welcome to work them again for an 'insurance'
    contact. 9M6XRO and 9M6DXX would like to thank the Malaysian Prime
    Minister's Department National Security Council for granting the operating
    permission from Layang-Layang Island. They would also like to thank Amid
    Drajak, 9W6ABD, of the MCMC licensing office in Kota Kinabalu for issuing
    the 9M4SLL licence, as well as the President of the Borneo Amateur Radio
    Club, Hamid, 9W6MID, and Rahim, 9M6RHM, for their help in obtaining the
    licence. Pekka, OH2YY, was of great help with the initial planning of the
    trip. Finally, thanks go to Vicky Lee of the Layang Layang Island Resort
    for her help in making this operation possible. (Note for users of computer
    logging programs: The 9M4 prefix is issued to special event stations that
    may be anywhere on Malaysian territory; this includes the DXCC entities
    of West Malaysia, East Malaysia or, as in this case, Malaysian islands in
    the Spratly group.)

    A2, BOTSWANA. Arnold, WB6OJB, will be active as A25JB from Botswana
    between July 24-31st. Activity will be on HF bands, 40-10 meters using
    mostly SSB with some CW. QSL direct to his home callsign.

    CG3, CANADA (Special Event). Members of the Niagara Peninsula Amateur
    Radio Club (NPARC, VE3VM) will be active as CG3B until the end of the
    month of July. Activity is to celebrate the 200th Bi-Centennial of
    Friendship between Canada and the United States of America. Operations
    has been on 80-6 meters, CW, SSB and the satellites. Frequencies are
    available on QRZ.com. QSL Manager is VE3FOI. All contacts will receive
    QSL via Bureau system.

    CR3/CT9, MADEIRA ISLANDS. German operators from the RRDXA will be active
    once again as CR3L during the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 29-30th)
    as a Multi-? entry. This team has won the 2009, 2010 and 2011 competition
    from their QTH in Santana (Northern part of the island). The crew is
    still looking for one or more good contest operators on this mode. The
    length of stay on Madeira is one week. Communication: English and German
    languages. If interested please contact Hans, DL1YFF at:  dl1yff@gmx.de
    More information is available on Han's Web page at: http://www.dl1yff.de
    Also info on the Crew's Web site at:    http://www.CR3L.de
    QSL via DJ6QT. Operators will probably be active as CT9/homecall before
    and after the contest.

    CY9, ST. PAUL ISLAND (Update). The CY9M St. Paul Island DXpedition is
    expected to be active this week between July 26th and August 1st. The
    team of five operators will have six Elecraft K3 transceivers, four
    amplifiers, three Hex Beams and a number of other antennas. They will be
    active on all bands between 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital
    modes. Suggested frequencies are:
    CW  - 1826.5, 3526, 7026, 10106, 14026, 18076, 21026, 24896 and 28026 kHz
    SSB  - 3793, 7185, 14215, 18160, 21295, 24950 and 28485 kHz
    RTTY - 7035, 10145, 18105, 21090, 24925 and 28090 kHz
      6m  - 50105/CW and 50105/SSB
    All contacts will be verified via LoTW after their activity, and for
    those who want paper QSLs, Tim Beaumont, M0URX, will be the QSL Manager.
    The log will be available through ClubLog.

      The following was posted on their Web page Wednesday, July 18th: "With
      under week to go before the CY9M team leave their respective homes for
      the journey to St. Paul Island, we are happy to report all radio equip-
      ment has arrived safely to Nova Scotia and now in secure storage. Ad-
      ditional items such as generators will be collected as we travel to Bay
      St Lawrence, NS. QRV date of July 26th is unchanged. Look for some of
      the team to sign VE1/home call on July 25th. See you in the pileups!" 

      PRESS RELEASE #4 (Dated July 20th) - RSGB IOTA Contest Participation
      (July 28-29th): "The CY9M team will participate in the IOTA contest next
      weekend giving both DXCC and IOTA hunters the chance to confirm NA-094.
      Our contest operation will be limited to 20 meters only – please do not
      ask for a contest exchange on other bands.
        We will operate both SSB and CW modes throughout the contest.
      The contest log will be merged with the regular DX operation, so there
      is no need to work us twice. Your contest contact will be valid for DXCC.
        The CY9M QSL card will be used for confirmation and the log will be
      uploaded to LoTW. Contest log will be submitted to the RSGB IOTA Committee.
        CY9M St Paul Island Expedition starts next week, visit our website at
      . If you like to help out, please go to ."

      TOPBAND NEWS - CY9M on Topband next week. Björn, SM0MDG/SE0X, posted the
      following on the TopBand Mailing List on July 21st [edited]: "Greetings,
      This Tuesday I am boarding my flight with destination Halifax, Nova
      Scotia, to be part of the 10 man team going to CY9 St Paul Island this
      week. I have gotten several requests from my Topband friends, so I thought
      I'd hand out some brief information about our operation here.
        CY9M will be active on Topband during the few dark hours we have
      available to us. We will use a top loaded vertical based on the 18 meter
      Spiderbeam pole with elevated radials. 
        Depending on WX, we have zoomed in on two possible landing sites, one
      where we will have more space for antennas (Atlantic Cove) and the other
      will have less space but better takeoff in more directions (North Island).
      For, RX we have prepared both for pennants and beverages and will use
      what possible depending on location. We will use K3 radios and Acom 1011
      amplifiers and DXE RX preamps. 
        A special thanks to the topbanders who contributed to offset our costs,
      including the support from TBDXC to help offset the costs for shipping an
      Acom amplifier to be used for topband.
        Main operators on topband will be N2WB/"Wild Bill", AB5EB/Mike and me
        Our activity on Topband will most likely commence in the evening of
      August 26, and we are schedule to leave St Paul August 1st, so the last
      night will be July 31st. And as always, dates and times are dependent on
      weather and sea conditions.
        Also worth mentioning is that we will have a dedicated 6 meter station
      with main operator VE3EN, "Solarham" Kevin."

      Remember, the following media pages are available for this operation at:
                  Website: http://www.cy9m.com/
                  Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/CY9M
                  Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CY9M.2012

    D6, COMOROS (Update to OPDX.1067/Web Page Change). It was announced this
    past week that the D64K DXpedition to Ngazidja (Grande Comore), Comoros
    Islands (IOTA AF-007), which will be active between August 8-20th, has
    changed their Web page. The following was sent out: "Due to continuing
    problems with our web platform, we decided to migrate to a new system.
    Our new web address is:              http://www.d64k.net
    The old .com website will no longer be updated, and every post will be
    published only on the new site. For real-time news, our twitter account
    remains unchanged:                        @d64k
    If you need to contact us, our E-mail support is: support@d64k.net
    We apologize in advance for any confusion that will be created, and we
    thank you for understanding.....Cu on the air!"

    DXPEDITION VIDEOS OF THE WEEK. With more and more DXpeditions putting
    their videos on YouTube and other Web services, we decided to list them
    (possibly) each week. For this week's listings:
      2010 - 3B8/IZ4AKS & 3B9/IZ4AKS DXpedition: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4MCCZu_V3Y
      2008 - TX5C Clipperton Island DXpedition:
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQSaZTkDYlQ  (Part 1)
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiFd65zZwwo  (Part 2)
      2002 - K1B Baker Island: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WjAMvTwA4E
      1990 - 1S0XV Spratly Island (w/Romeo, UB5JRR): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8A6_5lf08w

      If you have a DXpedition 'video' available on the Web and would like to
    have it listed in the OPDX, PLEASE send the URL to use and we will publish

    EF8, CANARY ISLANDS (Cancelled/Rescheduled). Luis, EA8AY, has cancelled
    his activity as EF8X from Tenerife Island (IOTA AF-004, DIE S-012, WLOTA
    1276, EAA TF) during the RSGB IOTA Contest. He has been invited to go with
    a Multi-Op station in other island. However, Luis has announced that he
    will be active in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-
    Op/All-Band entry. QSL via W2GR.

    EF8, CANARY ISLANDS. Operators Manuel/EA8ZS, Marino/EA8DP, Jesus/EA8RY,
    Tony/EA8AKN, Domingo/EA8CST, Severo/EA8NL, Dunia/EA8MT (YL), Felipe/NP4Z
    and Luis/EA8AY will be active as EF8U from Gran Canaria Island (AF-004)
    during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 28-29th) as a Multi-Op entry. QSL via
    EA8URL. Visit:                http://www.ea8url.com

    FK, NEW CALEDONIA. Tsuyoshi, JJ2NYT, will be active as FK/JJ2NYT from
    Grande Terre (OC-032) between July 29th and August 2nd. Activity will
    be active on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via his home

    IOTA (EUROPEAN) ACTIVATION. Operator Giacomo "JACK", IZ3DBA, will be on
    a holiday style IOTA DXpedition to activate some islands from Sardinia
    and the Island of Corsica between July 22nd and August 17th. Here is his
    tentative schedule:
      July 22-28th - La Maddalena Island (EU-041); callsign IM0/IZ3DBA
      July 30th-August 5th - San Pietro Island (EU-165); callsign IM0/IZ3DBA
      August 7-12th - Corsica Island (EU-014); callsign TK0/IZ3DBA
      August 13-17th - Sardinia Island (EU-024); callsign IS0/IZ3DBA; Activity
                      for WAIP AWARD - new province Ogliastra (OG), Medio-
                      Campidano (MC) and Carbonia–Iglesias (CI).
    His activity will be 80% on CW and 20% on SSB (NO DIGITAL MODE) using
    an ICOM IC-7400 w/100w into a vertical antenna HM (by Ampelio/IK3JBP).
    QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau, direct, eQSL and LoTW. See
    QRZ.com for details.

    IOTA NEWS..............
      AS-006.  Paul, R2AD/W8AY, will be active as VR2/W8AY from Lamma Island,
              Hong Kong, between July 28-30th.  Activity will be active on
              80-10 meters using the CW and SSB modes, and a TS-480 into a
              GP antennas. He will be active in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July
              28-29th). QSL via R2AD, direct or by the Bureau.

      AS-099.  Berkin, TA3J, will be active as TA3J/0 from Yassica Adasi
              (Yassica Island, WW Loc. KM38KJ) during the RSGB IOTA Contest
              (July 28-29th) as a Single-Op/DXpedition/SSB-Mode/12HRS/Low-
              Power entry. Activity will be on 80/40/20/15/10 meters. QSL
              via the TA3J QSL Service at:
              <http://www.aydogmus.gen.tr/ta3j/qslservice.htm>, direct
              (only SASE and 1 IRC, no green stamps please) or by the
              Bureau. No eQSL. SWL QSL cards are OK. Twitter: @TA3J

      AS-105.  Operators Sungki/HL1IWD, Aves/DS2AGH, Harry/WX8C and Jussi-
              Pekka/OH6RX will be active as DS0DX/2 from Kanghwa Island
              during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 28-29th) as a Multi-Op/
              Multii-Mode/High-Power entry. QSL via HL1IWD.

      AS-105.  Kim "Tai", DS2NMJ, will be active as DS2NMJ/2 from Yonghung
              Island between August 12-13th. Activity will only be on 15
              and 12 meters SSB. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by
              the Bureau; if possible, you want to use direct.

      EU-004.  Andrea, IZ2LSC, will be active as EA6/IZ2LSC from Menorca
              Island (WLOTA 2988, EAFF-061) between July 24-30th. Activity
              will be holiday style on the HF band 30-6 meters using CW,
              SSB and the Digital modes. He will take part in the RSG IOTA
              Contest (July 28-29th). QSL vis his home callsign, by the
              Bureau, direct and LoTW. His logbook page is at:
              To receive updates and news, follow him on twitter: @iz2lsc

      EU-008.  Members of the Cockenzie and Port Seton Amateur Radio Club
              (CPSARC) will once again operate from the Isle of Tiree
              (IOSA NH04, WAB NM04), the most westernly part of Scotland's
              Inner Hebridean Islands, during the RSGB IOTA (Islands on
              the Air) Contest which runs from 1200z, July 28th to 1200z,
              July 29th, using the club's special contest callsign GM2T.
              Look for pre-contest activity by the members signing as
              MM0CPS/P. This year's team consists of: Cambell/MM0DXC,
              Bob/GM4UYZ, John/ MM0JXI, Brian/M0RNR, Gary/MM0FZV, Cephas/
              MM0INS, Robin/MM0VTV, MM0VPR, Geoff/MM5AHO, Steve/MM0GZA,
              Ellis/GM4GZW, Bob/GM4IKT, Brian/G3UJE. QSL GM2T via the Bureau,
              or their QSL Manager GM4UYZ, by the Bureau or direct. Also
              use LoTW and eQSL. Details are available at: 
              For details about CPSARC, visit their revamped Web site at:
              ADDED NOTE: This is the club's 14th anniversary on the island,
              and the team would like to express their gratitude to all the
              islanders who have looked after them over the years, but in
              particular to Elaine Hutchinson of Elephants End Restaurant
              (www.elephantsend.com) for her unrivalled support and
              hospitality over the last 14 years.

      EU-030.  Carten, OZ4CG, will be active from Bornholm Island during the
              RSGB IOTA Contest (July 28-29th) as a Single-Op/CW-Mode/Low-
              Power entry. QSL via his home callsign.

      EU-054.  Sal, IT9BXR, will once again be active as IF9/IT9BXR from
              Favignana Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 28-29th)
              as a Single-Op/CW-Mode/24HRS/Low-Power entry. QSL via IT9BXR.

      EU-073.  Members of the IJ7A DX-Contest Group are pleased to announce
              their DXpedition to St. Peter Island, in the Cheradi Group,
              between July 26-29th. Activity will include the RSGB IOTA
              Contest (July 28-29th) as a Multi-Op entry. The team is
              composed of the following operators: Gianni/I7PHH, Davide/
              IK4DCT, Vin/IK7IMO, Art/IK7JWY, Piero/IK7VJX, Roby/IK7XIV,
              Bartolo/IW7ECA and Luigi/IZ7PDX. QSL via IK7XIV. See their
              contest Web site for more details at
              or follow them on Twitter: @ik7imo_ij7a

      EU-096.  A group of operators will be active as OH10TA from Kustavi
              Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 28-29th) as a Multi-
              Op/Low-Power entry. Preparations are been done and antennas
              are being tested for the activation. They will also have
              equipment for 6m. Locator is KP00PN. Kustavi Island is approx.
              70km northwest from Turku City. QSL via OH1MN.

      EU-096.  Riku, OH2CI, will be active as OH2CI/P from Kustavi Island
              during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 28-29th) as a Single-Op/
              CW-Mode/Low-Power entry.

      EU-110.  Operators Silvo/S50X, Krajcar/S52P, Vinko/S53F, Drgan/S55Z and
              Franc/S56UGB will be active as 9A8ZRS from Sveti Ivan Island
              (CI112) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 28-29th) as a Multi-
              Single entry. The group will be on the island between July
              24-30th, using 2 stations on HF and possibly 6/2m as well.
              QSL via S57L. QSL will be sent automatically by the Bureau.

      EU-124.  Members of the Dragon Amateur Radio Club will be active as
              GW4TTA/p from Holy Island (Anglesey) during the RSGB IOTA
              Contest (July 28-29th) as a Multi-Op/Island entry. Operators
              mentioned are Stewart/GW0ETF, John/GW3VVC, John/MW0BER and
              possibly others. The team will use simple wires/verticals.
              QSL via GW4TTA by the Bureau or LoTW.

      EU-125.  Operators Gaby/DF9TM and Frank/DL2SWW will be active as
              OZ/homecall from Römö Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest
              (July 28-29th) as a Single-Op/12HRS/High-Power entries.
              DF9TM will operate on SSB and DL2SWW will be on CW. QSL
              via their home callsigns by the Bureau.

      EU-129.  A German group will be active as DM3X/p from Goermitz Island
              during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 28-29th) as a Multi-Op
              entry. QSL via the Bureau.

      EU-136.  Kordic, 9A4KJ, will be active as 9A4KJ/p from Rab Island in
              the Kvarner IOTA group during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July
              28-29th) as a Single-Op/Mix-Mode/12HRS/Low-Power entry. He
              is expected to be on the island between July 26-29th. Activity
              will be on 80/40/20/15/10 meters using a Kenwood TS 140S into
              a vertical, Inverted Vs and dipoles. QSL via his home callsign.

      EU-140.  Members of the OH5AD group and possibly others will be active
              as OG5A from Kuorsalo Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest
              (July 28-29th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via OH5AD.

      EU-146.  Operator Ron, ON6CQ, will be active as PA/ON6CQ from Schouwen
              Duiveland, Netherlands, during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July
              28-29th) as a Single-Op/SSB entry. QSL via ON6CQ, by the Bureau
              (preferred) or LoTW.

      EU-170.  Operators Alen/9A3MA, Ivo/9A1AA, Zlatko/9A2EU, Rolando/9A3MR,
              Rax/9A3BMR and Zik DK8ZZ/VE3ZIK/YT3ZZ will be once again be
              active from Zirje Island (CI-151) but as 9A0D (first time using
              this call) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 28-29th) as a
              Multi-Op/Single-TX/DXPN/Low-Power entry. All QSOs will be
              automatically confirmed via the Bureau. However, if you need
              a direct QSL, please send it to DK8ZZ.

      EU-170.  A Hungarian team will go to Pasman Island (CI-085), Croatia,
              this year again. The team will be active between July 24-31th,
              from two villages - Tkon (JN73RW) and Kranj (JN73QW). Activity
              will be on the HF bands and 6m, using CW, SSB and the Digital
              modes. They will take part in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July
              28-29th) too. Look for the following operators (w/QSL routes):
                9A/HA7PL – Operator Laci; via Bureau or direct
                9A/HA6NL – Operator Laci; eQSL, by the Bureau or direct
                9A/HA6PS – Operator Zsolt; via Bureau or direct
                9A/HA6PJ – Operator Jani; eQSL, by the Bureau or direct
                9A/HA7JJS - Operator Sanyi; by the Bureau or direct

      EU-172.  Henning, OZ1BII, will be active as OU2I from Aro Island
              during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 28-29th) as a Single-Op/
              Low-Power entry. QSL via his home callsign.

      EU-174.  Laci, HA0NAR, will be active as SW8LR from Thassos Island
              during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 28-29th) as a Single-Op/
              CW-Mode entry. He will be on the island between July 25th
              and August 1st. QSL via his home callsign.

      EU-177.  Matthias, DL3KUD, will be active as SM5/DL3KUD from Kättilö
              Island between July 27-29th. Activity will include the RSGB
              IOTA Contest (July 28-29th) as a Single-Op/CW-Mode/24HRS/
              Low-Power entry. QSL via his home callsign.

      EU-178.  Juri, ES5GP, will be active as ES5GP/8 from Kihnu Island
              between July 25-30th. His activity will include the RSGB IOTA
              Contest (July 28-29th) on all HF bands on SSB. QSL via his
              home callsign.

      EU-181.  Operators Stan/LZ1GC, Dechko/LZ1QV, Boyko/LZ1QN, Boris/LZ2JR,
              Nasko/LZ3YY, Lliam/LZ1CNN and possibly others will be active
              as LZ0I from Sveti Ivan Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest
              (July 28-29th) as a Multi-Single/DX/High-Power entry. QSL via
              LZ0I (by the QRZ.com address) or by the Bureau to LZ1BJ.

      NA-010.  Alan, VE1AL, will be active from Cape Breton Island during
              the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/
              Low-Power entry. QSL via VE1AL.

      NA-081.  Operators John/VE1CDD, Barry/VE1TRI, Alan/VA1MM, Fraser/VE1WO,
              Sheldon/VE1GPY and Greg/VY2MP will be active as VC1X from
              Little Tancook Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July
              28-29th) as a Multi-Op/Mixed-Mode/High-Power entry. QSL via

      NA-091.  Rob, VE7RSV, will once again be active as VE7RSV/P from
              Broughton Island (CISA BC-026), located in the Broughton
              Archipeligo just east of Port McNeil towards the Mainland,
              during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 28-29th) as a Single-Op/
              SSB-Mode/24HRS/Low-Power entry. He usually uses a FT-857
              with a G5RV antenna about 35 feet high. He prefers to QSL
              direct or by the Bureau.

      NA-137.  Several members of the Long Island DX Society will be active
              as N1LI from Long Island, ME, during the RSGB IOTA Contest
              (July 28-29th) as a Multi-Op entry. QSL via N1LI.

      NA-148.  Scott, NE1RD, will be active as NE1RD/1 from Lovell Island
              during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 28-29th) as a Single-Op/
              SSB-Mode/24HRS entry. QSL via his home callsign.

    Jul/23rd  AN      Jul/26th  AN      Jul/28th  HN
    Jul/24th  AN      Jul/27th  HN      Jul/29th  HN
    Jul/25th  AN

        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

    KP4, PUERTO RICO (Special Event). Members of the Movimiento Radioaficionados
    de Puerto Rico will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Constitution of
    Puerto Rico with the special event callsign K4C on July 25th, from the
    Julio Enrique Monagas National Park in Bayamon. They will operate from
    10 to 40 meters SSB and their local net of repeaters from 1400z on. QSL
    info is via WP4NPC.

    M0, ENGLAND. Phil, G3SWH, will activate the special callsign M0RSE on CW
    only on all bands over the weekend of 18th and 19th August, 2012. All QSOs
    will be uploaded to LoTW immediately after the weekend. There will also be
    an on-line log at . Special QSLs are available
    via G3SWH, either via the OQRS facility at
    (bureau or direct) or direct with SAE and adequate return postage or even
    via the traditional bureau route.

    NH8, SWAINS ISLAND (Press Release). The following press release was sent
    out on July 16th [edited]: "Swains press release # 2 -- Craig/K9CT and
    Joe/W8GEX are happy to report that preparations for the NH8S Swains
    Island DXpedition are on schedule. The 20 man international team should
    be on the island from September 4th, thru September 17th. Swains is # 31
    most wanted worldwide. They will operate all bands with SSB, CW and RTTY.
      A big thank you goes to John/N7CQQ and Paul/W8AEF for their time in
    building and testing the SVDA's that will be used. Thanks also to Paul/W6XA
    and Tom/N4XP for testing the radios, amps and laptops. All of the equipment
    has been shipped to Arnie/N6HC in California for the upcoming departure
    via cargo ship later this week.
      The QSLing will be handled by Joe/AA4NN with help from his XYL Margarett.
    Plans are to upload logs daily by satellite phone from the island to
      We are very grateful to our equipment sponsors, including: ICOM,
    Elecraft, VIbroplex, Innovantennas, DX Engineering, Heil Sound, Primus,
    Hi-Z Antennas, and The RF Connection. Also to Kimo, KH7U, for the 160m
    vertical, and George, W8UVZ, for the Battle Creek Special.
      We have updated our Web site with pictures, operating information and
    links. Thanks to John, K6MM, for doing the webmaster duties.
      There will be a great emphasis placed in working Europe where Swains
    is most needed. We will have several receiving antennas aimed that
      It will be very hot and humid, and mosquitoes should be plentiful, so
    please have patience with the operators. We ask that you listen to the
    operator instructions to ensure we are able to work as many stations as
      This tent and generator operation is a very expensive endeavor, and
    the group is most grateful for the foundations, clubs and individuals
    who have already contributed. For those that would like to donate, you
    may do so from our Web site at:        http://www.nh8s.org
      The skilled international crew that is looking forward to working you
    includes: 9V1FJ, AA4NN, DJ2VO, DL3DXX, K5AB, K9CS, K9CT, K9NW, KB8OCP,
    N2TU, N4HH, N6HC, NA6M, ND2T, SM5AQD, W4BUW, W6KK, W8GEX, W8TN and WB9Z."

    ON85, BELGIUM (Special Event). Eric, ON4LN, President RCL, informs that
    the members of the Radio Club Leuven (RCL) will celebrate their 85th
    anniversary this year. They will be active using the special callsign
    ON85RCL from their RCL club shack and proudly. Activity begun on July 1st
    and will last until December 31st. Operations will be on all bands (6m
    if condx) and on various modes. For more info, see QRZ.com under ON85RCL
    or ON4CP.

    OZ12, DENMARK (Special Event). In connection with the largest Scout and
    Guide Jamboree ever held in Denmark, a special event station with the
    callsign OZ12SJ will be - very - active during the period between July
    21-29th from Holstebro. Five "Jamboree On The Air" stations will be
    active on all bands. The activity includes many different JOTA activities
    within Amateur Radio and is supported by EDR, Eksperimenterende Danske
    Radioamatører, and members will be helping to activate and demonstrate
    the hobby to the Scouts. The activity also includes a license course and
    the option of actually taking a license test on site. The callsign is
    expected to be active in the DMC RTTY Contest, CQWW VHF Contest and the
    RSGB IOTA Contest QSL via the Bureau.

    PT0. ST. PETER AND ST. PAUL ROCKS (Update/Funds Needed). George, AA7JV,
    informs that his TX3A partner, Tomi, HA7RY, and himself have teamed up
    with the Brazilian Aruacaria group to activate St. Peter and St. Paul
    Rocks under the callsign PT0S. As you may know, the Brazilian Navy has
    placed a permanent ban on DXpeditions to the rocks. Due to the efforts
    of Atilano, PY5EG, the Brazilian Navy made an exception and has given
    them permission to operate from the Rocks. This is a "once in a lifetime"
    opportunity to both activate the place and to prove to the navy that
    Amateur Radio is not incompatible with the operation of the scientific
    mission there. Although there have been some small operations from this
    entity, it remains high on the most wanted list because conditions on
    the rocks are tough and a lack of level space precludes a large and
    traditionally equipped operation. PY0S is No. 16 on Clublog's most wanted
    list. George mentions that although they will work all the HF bands, they
    do have a low band focus. This time they would like to take things one
    step further and make PY0S easily available on all bands to small and
    midsize stations (as well as the big ones). They intend to achieve that
    even on 160 meters. The need for large antennas for serious DX on 160m
    has discouraged many small urban amateurs from getting on that band,
    where they feel they can not compete with the big guns in the pile-ups.
    The proximity of PY0S to NA (and EU) creates a unique opportunity to
    activate a rare location that could be worked by modest stations from
    NA and Europe. They intend to make sure that this possibility is fulfilled.
    This will likely create a new level of excitement and increased activity
    on 160 meters. They have also developed a new beam antenna that will allow
    them to work very modest stations on 20, 15 and 10 meters. Additionally,
    led by PY5CC and PY2XB, they will also make a serious 6 meter effort.
    George states, "This will be a tough and costly mission for us. We will
    have to have a minimal environmental foot-print, while we want to make
    sure that we give this rare entity to as many hams as possible in the
    relatively short time frame available. We want to do our best, as we know
    that there may not be another DXpedition to this place for a long time.
    The team is looking for financial assistance for this very crucial DX-
    pedition. In the past, Tomi and George have covered all expense (less
    donations received) and used their own gear. They did not mind roughing
    it on some remote island without much support (and on the cheap). This
    time, however, they are working against serious obstacles that are proving
    to be costly to overcome. They can not fund this operation themselves.
    They hope that clubs/associations/individuals would be able to help them.
    They most certainly promise to work hard to make the entire HF DX com-
    munity, happy. Please remember that this DXpedition will take place in the
    late November to mid December 2012 time frame. The actual dates will
    depend on weather conditions and will be announced later on their Web
    site. An "Online QSL Request Service" (OQRS) will be set up on their Web
    site for both direct or Bureau QSLs. For direct cards via the mail, QSL
    via HA7RY (read details on the Web page). The log will be uploaded on
    LoTW, generally within 36 hours of the QSO taking place. For further
    information, please visit:            http://pt0s.com

    QSL INFO AND NEWS.....................
      QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (dated July 22nd)
      3Z5W via SP5KP            EA9/EC7DZZ via EC7DZZ      GO6BDV via G6BDV
      3Z15POWODZ via SQ6PLH      ED8ZAA via EA8RCK          GO6NHU via G6NHU
      4O/UA3RF via UA3RF        EG5MDC via EA5DD          IJ7T via IK7WDS
      9H1AB via 9H1MRL          EO73U via UT7UU            PA/F6BFH/P via F6BFH
      AM5CS via EB5CS            GO0GMN via GM0GMN          SV8/SV1MNF via SV1MNF
      AM5DZC via EB5DZC          GO3RFX via G3RFX          TK/DL1RTL via DL1RTL
      CQ73I via CT1EHX          GO3SVK via G3SVK          UE95K via RV3YR
      CR6K via CT1ILT (d)        GO3UOF via GW3UOF          UK8OAG via 4Z5OG
      D2QR via RW6HS (d)        GO4RCG via M0OXO          VP2MSJ via W5JAY
      EA6/IW2NEF via IW2NEF      GO4ZOY via G4ZOY
                  (d) direct only  (B) Bureau only  (L) LoTW

      QSL CO8ZZ via DK1WI. Raul, CO8ZZ, was active this past weekend during
      the CQWW VHF Contest on 2 and 6 meters.

      VE9HF, VK7ZX and WH7Z

      QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3D2AM (1990 Conway Reef; via YASME), 3D2YA,
      4Z5MU, 6O0CW, 9L0W, 9M2AX, A5A, E51M, F4BKV/p, FK8CE, FK8DD, FP/NM7N,
      HS0ZIN, JR7ISY/JD1, KH2Y/KP1 (1993 Navassa; via OE1ZKC), LZ1JZ,
      MD/EB1BSV/p, OH6MM, OY1CT, TO3X, TX1B, V31IZ, VP9I, VR2XMT, XX9E
      and ZA1G

      HB0/SP7VC, OH0/SP7VC, PJ4C, T32JB, VK100WIA and YB9/F4BKV

    T6, AFGHANISTAN. Stefan, DL4ST, will be active as T6SS from from Mazar-
    e-Sharif until end of September. Activity will be a on the HF bands, but
    so far it has been mainly on 20 meters using CW, SSB and PSK31. QSL via
    his home callsign.

    TP8, FRANCE. The "Council of Europe Radio Amateur Club" (CERAC - TP2CE)
    will be active as TP8CE during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 28-29th).
    Operations will take place before the contest, starting July 27th, and
    are usually on all HF bands and modes, possibly the satellites. QSL via
    F5LGF. An online log search will be available at:  http://www.tp2ce.eu

    V6, MICRONESIA. Haru, JA1XGI will be active as V63XG from Yap Island
    (OC-012) between December 5-12th. Activity will probably be on 20-6
    meters (especially 30/17/12m) using mainly CW, with some SSB and the
    Digital modes. QSL via JA1XGI, direct or by the Bureau. QSOs will be
    uploaded to LoTW. Look for updates and details at:

    V8, BRUNEI (Ops Needed). Gabriele Villa, I2VGW, team leader of the next
    DXpedition to Brunei, announced that they are looking for some CW operators
    for the upcoming V84SMD DXPedition, November 11-23rd. If interested, please
    contact by E-mail to Gabriele at:        gabrielei2vgw@gmail.com

    VP2V, BRITISH VIGRIN ISLANDS. Steven, AA7V, will once again be active as
    VP2V/homecall from Virgin Gorda (Tortola) between September 26th and
    October 1st. QSL via AA7V.

    WILL KOSOVO BE OUR NEXT DXCC COUNTRY? Several sources are reporting that
    Kosovo, former province of Serbia, shall receive its full sovereignty in
    September, almost four and a half years after obtaining its independence.
    Stay tuned!

    XP, GREENLAND. Henning, OZ1BII/OU2I, will be active as XP2I from club
    station XP1AB in Kangerlussuaq between September 13-17th. Activity will
    be CW only. QSL via his home callsign.

    YB67, INDONESIA (Special Event). Look for members of the YB Land DX Club
    (YBDXC) to activate special event station YB67RI between 0000z August 10th
    and 2400z August 17th. Activity is to celebrate the 67th anniversary of
    the independence of Indonesia. Activity will be on all bands and modes.
    QSL via YB2DX direct or LoTW only. NO YB Bureau cards.

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