quinta-feira, 25 de maio de 2017

World Castles Weekend 2017

World Castles Weekend 2017

Hello all... On June the 17th and 18th, 2017 will take place the 8th international days of ham’s activity from castles and fortresses of the World - World Castles Weekend 2017 (WCW-2017).
On behalf of the organizers we invite you to take part in WCW-2017 as awards hunters and castles activators.
This year, partners of WCW-2017 will:
- WCAG – World Castles Activity Group;
- S50CLX - Cerkno Linux Palk DX Cluster, Slovenia;
- WCA E-log by OK5NN, Czech Republic;
- The K1BV DX Awards Directory, USA;
- ICPO – Island & Castles Portable Operations, Canada;
- COTA Russia Team, Russia;
- German Castles On The Air (COTA-DL), Germany;
- S5-WCA, Slovenia;
- WCA Serbia, Serbia;
- SP9YFF – Silesian Radioamateur Group, Poland;
- COTA-YL, Latvia;
- WCAG-LZ, Bulgaria;
- Amateur Radioclub «DELTA», Ukraine;
- DCI, Italy;
- 4XCA, Israel;
- 9A-COTA, Croatia;
- RFA- Romanian Fortress on the Air, Romania;
- BFORTA 14-18, Belgium;
- DCS-SSD, Switzerland;
- Ayan DX Team, Russia;
- COTA-ES, Estonia;
- BHS – Bulgarian History Sites Award, Bulgaria;
- COTA-OE, Austria;
- Dragan YT2KID, Serbia;
- COTA-PA, The Netherlands;
- ODXG – Oeste DX Gang, Portugal;
- DMHP – Diploma Monumentos Historicos Portuguesses, Portugal;
- CCA – Czech Castles Award, Czech Republic;
- Castel Club «King Lazar», Krushevac, Serbia.
It is expected that several stations will operate from new historical sites that will first present their country on the air.
We invite to cooperation clubs, organizations, hams.
See you in WCW-2017! Join now!
73 & 11! de
Andrew RN1CW
WCA Co-ordinator
RZ1CWC team

IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

IOTA News from the
Deutscher Amateur Radio Club 

25 May, 2017

Island activities:
CW: 28040 24920 21040 18098 14040 10114 7030 3530 kHz
SSB: 28560 28460 24950 21260 18128 14260 7055 3760 kHz
EU-174; SV, Makedonia/ Thraki Region group: Laci/HA0HW will be back
on Thassos Island (GIOTA NAS-037, MIA MG-124, WLOTA 4186, WW Loc.
KN20hs) from May 24 until June 11. QRV as SW8WW on 40-6m (CW, some SSB and RTTY, PSK) and during the contest. QSL via ClubLog OQRS and via HA0HW (d/B).
NA-168; W5, Louisiana State South East (Lafourche to Plaquwmines
Parish) group: Allan/KV4T and his wife Bridget/KS4YT activate Grand
Isle from the 26th to 29th. QRV mainly on 30 and 12m (CW and digital modes). QSL via homecalls (d/B), LoTW.
NA-221; XE1, Veracruz State North group: A team behind the callsign
XF2L will be active from the Isla de Lobos (ARLHS MEX-035) for the WPX contest. For QSL info see qrz.com.

Deutscher Amateur Radio Club
e-mail: iota@dxhf.darc.de

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terça-feira, 23 de maio de 2017

[HCDX] Glenn Hauser logs May 21-22, 2017

** BULGARIA. 9400, May 22 at 0234, lo-fi phone caller? about J. C., not // Overcomer 7730 etc., poor, and sounds like some other audio mixing. `End Times Coming` to the Mideast via Secretbrod is now scheduled at 0230-0300; much weaker than 9395 WRMI. ETC is treated as if it were a ``station`` on a par with BBCWS in the UK, on page 497 of the 2017 WRTH, altho inactive at the time (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CANADA. 6754-USB & 15034-USB, May 21 & 22, various chex for ``Trenton Military``, CHR VOLMET find nothing on night or day frequencies. In fact I think I have not noticed them for several days before. Normally off the air from :00 to :10 past the hours, so make sure to check at othertimes.
 6.754 10 , CHR CAN QUINTE WEST TRENTON MILITARY 44 01 56  -77 31 01     2310-1100 Z
15.034 10 , CHR CAN QUINTE WEST TRENTON MILITARY 44 01 56  -77 31 01     1010-2400 Z
BTW, 15034 is the highest frequency on this list for any SW VOLMET.
For example, NOTHING: May 21 at 1311, 1343; (NY Radio is only poorly audible on 10051-USB at 1343 May 21). More nothing from CHR: May 22 at 0225; May 22 at 1148, 1325. Of course, propagation especially on 15 MHz has been pitiful, but at the latter logtime, there was sporadic E boosting 15825 WWCR, and by 1420 MUF has reached 103 MHz. Still no 15034 at 1646. So what has become of CHR? No more can one hear ``no report received`` over & over? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA. 9700, May 21 at 1253, S6 talk in Chinese, not // much stronger 9680 CNR1 jammer; also a JBA carrier on 9700 at 1356 May 22; this turned out to be CNR16 on new SW frequency. Altho WRTH translates it as Voice of China Country, it`s not about music: ``Rural Voice`` is another version for this station originally on MW 720. Ron Howard forwards this info:
Google translation : Chinese to English
China's rural voice temporarily opened short-wave frequency broadcast.
Due to the launch pad for technical renovation, the Central People's Broadcasting Station China Rural Voice in the wave AM720 in May 17, 2017 02:05 to June 10 02:05 during the temporary shutdown, after the resumption of 10:05 on June 10 In the wave AM720 broadcast. Technical renovation overhaul period, the Chinese village voice program by the two short-wave frequency on behalf of the broadcast, the specific broadcast time:
(Beijing time)          [UT]
 04:55-06:30  9700 kHz  2055-2230
 06:30-19:00 17780 kHz  2230-1100
 19:00-00:05  9700 kHz  1100-1605
A similar situation concerns the 1053 kHz station, Central People's Broadcasting Station Voice of the Elderly, until June 30 on 9620 at night, 17875 daytime. There have been a number of other changes concerning China domestic SW usage (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KOREA NORTH [and non]. 5995, May 22 at 1144, no signal from the Korean radio war, but noise jamming resumed on 6003, presumably also target Echo of Hope. So moved to 5995 for only a few days, meanwhile impulsing NZ to shift to 6170, where it might as well stay as who knows what the Koreans will do next (tho VOK could also reactivate 6170). At 1149 I check 75m for carriers besides Japan on 3925 & 3945: they are on 3910, 3930, 3985, 3990. Ron Howard agrees:
``Echo of Hope - VOH. What is happening? Were the new frequencies 5995 and 6350 just tests? May 22, at 1039, noted them back on former 6003 (ex 5995) // 6348 (ex 6350), as well as the usual // 3985 // 6250; all were jammed. At 1121 found all four frequencies in the clear, with no white noise jamming; 3985 fair reception; 6003 good; 6250 fair (the best I have ever heard then here!) and 6348 fair. Jamming resumed within a minute or two`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NORTH AMERICA. 7585, May 22 at 0330, JBA carrier where there is no legal broadcasting. Walt Salmaniw confirms Station YHWH was on here again tonight, his latest favorite frequency (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** OKLAHOMA. 1020, May 21 at 2201 UT check, KOKP Perry is off the air for at least the second day in a row; and at 1646 UT check May 22, at least third day in a row (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** OKLAHOMA. 1260, May 22 at 0242 UT tune-by, ``KWSH, Today`s Best Country``, from 1/1 kW U2 Wewoka station, better than I can hear it on daytime groundwave, and likely on ND day pattern instead of night with a notch toward Enid. NRC AM Log had slogan as `The station you grew up with`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SOUTH CAROLINA [non non]. 17815, Sunday May 21 at 1338, Brother Scare is S9 on new frequency of WHRI, ex-21610. Exact hours vary and maybe other gospel huxters here at certain times (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SPAIN. 17855, Sunday May 21 at 1948, no signal from REE`s North American frequency, but JBA carrier on 17715 to elsewhere, and more than that on 15520, 15390 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1878 monitoring: confirmed Sunday May 21 at 2340 the 2330 airing on WBCQ 9330.35v-CUSB, good. Also confirmed UT Monday May 22 at 0300:10 on Area 51 via WBCQ 5129.80-AM, immediately after JL`s ``The show is over, gotta go`` shtick, and no ID. Also confirmed UT Monday May 22 at 0330 on WRMI 9955, good but choppy.
Expanded RAE relays on WRMI will displace some following airings, but they had not started morning of May 22, so just in case:
Mon 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Tue 0030   WRMI 7730 to WNW [to be canceled]
Tue 1100   WRMI 9955 to SSE, 9455 to WNW [to be canceled]
Tue 1300   WRMI 11580 to NE [NEW; to be canceled]
Tue 2130   WRMI 15770 to NE, 9455 to WNW
Tue 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Wed 1030   WRMI 5850 to NW, 9455 to WNW
Wed 1315.5 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 2100   WBCQ 7490v to WSW
Wed 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
** U S A. 9955 // stronger 9455, Monday May 22 at 1138, WRMI with `Antena DX`, greeted by Antonio Buitrago of REE`s media program. So not yet replaced by RAE Argentina ao Mundo in Portuguese. Adrian Korol tells me May 22 is the start date for all the languages via WRMI, so maybe from tomorrow, when WORLD OF RADIO would have aired at 1100 Tuesday. Also RAE French at 1300 on 11580 has not yet started, at 1317 with `Wavescan`, while 9955 also has another WS playback just started at 1315, 15 minutes out of synch. Furthermore, Ukraine relay still after 1330 on 11580 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 9455, May 22 at 1322, ``Be My Baby`` on WRMI Oldies, ID by Bob Biermann only for ``9395`` (Glenn Hauser, oK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 17775, May 22 at 1357, KVOH is already on at S9+20 and modulating English to boot with ID and IS? loop, ``This is Strategic Communications Group, Voice of Hope, KVOH, Los Angeles``. Who would guess that a name like S.C.G. is not secular? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 720, UT Monday May 22 at 0255, somestation here is playing music of somesort --- could it possibly be WGN? Yes,  per sked at 9-11 pm CDT Sundays: ``After Hours with Rick Kogan: Chicago photographs, music, clocks and the making of Teddy Roosevelt --- Tonight on the program, Rick Kogan delved into the worlds of music, photography, clocks and history. To begin, publishers Richard Cahan and Michael Williams joined Rick in studio to talk about their new book, "Chicago: Classic Photographs." Then, Ben Montalbano from local band Matth?us joined Rick and producer Lise to debut his band?s brand new song, "To the Years," and talk about his upcoming EP. Jason Matthiesen from the Chicago Clock Company called in to talk about the business? 100th?
Read more`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 780-CUSB, May 22 at 0253 UT, C&W music with no LSB, which is how KCEG Fountain CO transmits, why? Tuning LSB I hear only WBBM, while on USB they are mixing. As I said concerning KHAC 880, Sept 11, 2014, `` We are wondering if lacking LSB is a defect or deliberate employment of the Kahn Powerside System``. Here`s one thread about it:
** U S A. 1020, UT Monday May 22 at 0249 UT, Spanish sermon dominant from KCKN Roswell NM, obviously high power, 50 kW, and not protecting Pittsburgh, also in the continuing absence of my nearby KOKP Perry OK. Understation has religion in English which fits for KDKA on Sunday night, EDT: ``9p-11p Amplify with Father Ron Lengwin`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 1130, May 21 at 2201 UT check, KLEY Wellington KS is off the air for at least the second day in a row; and May 22 at 1646 UT, at least the third day in a row (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 1700, May 22 at 0241 UT, KKLF Richardson TX with ``My Heart Is a Ghost Town`` rock song in English, 0243 UT ``al ritmo con ? m?sica, Banda 13``, into rock song in Spanish (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
This report dispatched at 1658 UT May 22
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[HCDX] Glenn Hauser logs May 19-20-21, 2017

** EGYPT. 9799.6, May 20 at 2216, dead air at S8, or maybe JBM, no doubt R. Cairo in ``English`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** HAWAII. 6501-USB, May 20 at 0625, robotic marine weather with Pacific coordinates, distorted modulation. No self-respecting ham would allow his transmission to be so out of whack, but the USCG would: EiBi lists as NMO Honolulu at 0600-0635, time-shared with other USCG in Kodiak, Guam, Chesapeake (and not so shared with XSL Fuzhou Radio) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NEW ZEALAND. RE: 5995 usurped by Korean radio war
Hi Glen[n], Thank you for the info, it is not good news for us. I have had a listen to reception in Cairns and Guam and the co-channel is serious. Keep a look out for us we may move to 6170 1300-1650 UTC. Regards (Adrian Sainsbury, RNZI, 0056 UT May 19, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
As I noted later May 19 at 1310, RNZI was still on 5995, but May 20 at 1340 check, it has indeed moved to 6170, in the clear. Aoki shows no problem there, only Romania at other times, and imaginary Philippines station, altho first Sat of month might appear minuscule Scandinavian Weekend Radio from Finland in the daytime. RNZI sked now includes:
12:59 - 18:58 6170 AM from 20 May Pacific Sat
12:59 - 16:50 6170 AM from 20 May Pacific Sun - Fri
I replied: ``Adrian, Good and clear on 6170 today at 1340 check. A few days ago your schedule implied two transmitters, one in DRM, one for cyclone warnings at certain hours. Was this correct, second transmitter temporarily reactivated? Carrying different programming??
Glenn`` And he replies May 20 at 2017 UT:
Hello Glen[n], Yes indeed 6170 sounded fine today. We still have the original Thomson transmitter which was retired last year. However it is useful to use it to cover maintenance down time on the newer main transmitter. It was also used recently to provide an AM service to the Cyclone hit Islands during the period we need the main TX for our DRM service. Regards, Adrian, RNZI Wellington`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** OKLAHOMA. 1020, May 20 at 1817 UT, KOKP Perry, semi-local ``Triple Play Sports Radio`` is off, while its usually // sibling 1580 KOKB Blackwell is fine. If it keeps off, that will clear the way for KCKN Roswell at night with WWRV 1330 NYC relay. During my bandscan at the kite field, rest filed under USA (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** OKLAHOMA. 27185, May 20 at 1839 UT, some lofi CBer is relaying ``KJ103`` with Rianna, and // hifi 102.7 KJYO OKC. It`s strong and steady, likely local. On the BST-1 caradio which has a few major CB frequencies programmed in (which have also been stopping on short-skip openings full of hets and nonsense).
27184.65-AM, May 20 at 2233 on the home NRD-545, extremely strong S9+70? pinning the meter open carrier. Likely from a nearby neighbor, maybe the same one relaying KJYO earlier (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** OKLAHOMA. 88.3, May 20 at 1810 UT, KOSR Stillwater fill-in for // 91.7 KOSU, is audible with the BST-1 caradio turned off its feeder frequency, as Family Radio satellator in Enid is off again, K202BY. It has a lot of outages (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** OKLAHOMA. 90.1, KUCO, Edmond transmission back to normal signal levels later May 19 and 20. Saturday May 20 at 1345 UT during `Performance Oklahoma`, the OKC Philharmonic, Joel Levine conducting, is performing Chaikofsky`s Symphony No. 5 in e, Op. 64, recorded at the Civic Center Music Hall on April 15. I have heard countless recorded performances of that opus by major world orchestras, and this performance is also world-class. Non-Okies might never know how good the OKC Phil is, if it has no recording contract nor any regular radio broadcasts beyond KUCO, its satellites and Public Radio Tulsa (KWTU 88.7 playing PerfOkla UT Sunday 01-03; however at 0145 May 21, a playback mixup restarts the opening Roman Carnival Overture instead of Chai-5) (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** OKLAHOMA. 92.1, May 20 at 1842 UT, KAMG-LP, Enid, remains totally overmodulated/distorted, and furthermore is splattering at least out to 91.8 and 92.4 on the PL-880 (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** PERU. 5980, May 20 at 2329, I`m having my first go at trying to hear R. Chaski at its sesquihour-earlier closedown time, and yes, there it is, a JBA carrier in the noise level, even more JBA than it usually was circa 0100. I stay with it, until it finally autocuts off at 2335:22* or so (with fading the timing is not so sharp). Next project is whether it recess ~6.7 seconds per noctem in a proximate recheck (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** TURKEY [and non]. 9830, May 20 at 2215, VOT English opening a talk about culture, ruined by the exactly co-channel RTTY station. Sometimes it quits circa 2200, but not today (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 28289.90, May 20 at 2227, a CW propagation beacon by sporadic E repeating IDs as WJ5O/B AL. Searching out a beacon list, guess what, he`s the guy providing a huge roster by frequency updated 19 May 2017:
including himself, a.k.a. William H. Hays, SMSgt, USAF, Ret.:
28.2893 WJ5O C TROY ALABAMA # 2W, VERTICAL New Frequency 25 Jan 14
The C means continuous. The # means confirmed active. But I am not hearing much else on 10m, just a weak and Es-deep-fading unID USB on 28409.90 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1878 CONTENTS: *DX and station news about: Argentina non, Australia, Bougainville, Burundi non, China, Cuba, Fiji, Kashmir non, Korea North, Korea South, Kosovo, Morocco, North America, Per?, Russia, Slovakia non, Taiwan, USA
WORLD OF RADIO 1878 monitoring: confirmed Friday May 19 at 2330 on WBCQ, 9330.20v-CUSB, fair. Also confirmed Saturday May 20 at 0630-0700 on HLR 6190-CUSB, fair in Bulgaria, says Ivo Ivanov. Also confirmed Saturday May 20 at 1445 the 1431 broadcast on Hamburger Lokalradio, 7265-CUSB, via UTwente SDR, good vs noise level and no CCI; ends at 1500 sharp when the ChiCom timesignal is JBA. Also confirmed Saturday May 20 at 2230 on WBCQ 9330.34v-CUSB, fair. Also confirmed UT Sunday May 21 after 0200 on WRMI 11580, fair. Next:
Sun 0310v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sun 1030   HLR 9485-CUSB to WSW
Sun 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Mon 0300v  WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0330   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Mon 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Tue 0030   WRMI 7730 to WNW [to be canceled]
Tue 1100   WRMI 9955 to SSE, 9455 to WNW [to be canceled]
Tue 1300   WRMI 11580 to NE [NEW; to be canceled]
Tue 2130   WRMI 15770 to NE, 9455 to WNW
Tue 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Wed 1030   WRMI 5850 to NW, 9455 to WNW
Wed 1315.5 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 2100   WBCQ 7490v to WSW
Wed 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
** U S A. 15825, May 20 at 1841, WWCR is VG tnx to a sporadic E opening, rather than usual barely audible signal in the longer skip zone. 13845 WWCR also much better than usual here. A pilot for possible opening into VHF (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 9930, May 20 at 1848, WTWW-2 is OFF, instead of Amateur Radio Newsline, so was presumably also off for `Theater Organ from the Ozarx` preceding it (however, 5085 on with organ at 0132 check May 21). 12105, WTWW-3 is also off at 1848. But 9475, WTWW-1 is on, ham talk presumably live(?) from Dayton Hamvention (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. At the kite field of northern Enid, far from powerlines, a quick midday bandscan May 20 on the caradio finds:
560, May 20 at 1814 UT, fast SAH, One is certainly KWTO Springfield MO on its groundwave periphery, and only two possibilities for the other, KLVI Beaumont TX and KLZ Denver CO. More likely KLZ, slightly closer despite its tight N-S pattern. KLTT 670 Denver is weakly audible as always on daytime groundwave, with 10x the power of 560, but not KHOW 630, at least not with 640 OK splatter, but not IBOC.
760, May 20 at 1815 UT, KCCV Kansas City has a SAH from a second station. Here we have three possibilities by proximity: 50 kW KDSP Denver, 50 kW KTKR San Antonio, both with patterns bad for us, and 10 kW KMTL Sherwood AR, non-direxional and closer, but poor conductivity from AR, so I again have to prefer Denver. (KOA 850 BTW is not making it now, but maybe would if there were something to SAH).
Axually there is, KJON The Metroplex TX, but all very weak signals seem to be weaker than usual. I suspect there is some desensitization across the dial due to proximity of my two locals 960 KGWA and 1390 KCRC, whose splatter and spurs are also worse:
1040, May 20 at 1817 UT, KGWA talk audible here // fundamental 960.
1130, May 20 at 1818 UT, KLEY Wellington KS is OFF, audiblizing a very weak trace of something, maybe remnant of KWKH Shreveport. Also see OKLAHOMA for another OFF.
1190, May 20 at 1819 UT, fast SAH between two very weak stations, probably KFXR The Metroplex TX and KDMR Kansas City MO, tho there are also stations in KS and AR.
1610+, some lite line noise is still detectable on the vacant part of the X-band (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
This report dispatched at 0230 UT May 21
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ARLP020 Propagation de K7RA

ARLP020 Propagation de K7RA

The Australian Space Weather Forecast Centre issued a geomagnetic
warning at 0301 UTC on May 19:
"Geomagnetic conditions may rise to minor storm levels late on 19
May. Geomagnetic activity is expected to remain enhanced to active
to minor storm levels with some major storm periods on 20 May.
Mostly unsettled to active levels of geomagnetic activity may be
expected on 21 May with the possibility of some minor storm periods
on this day.
"19 May:  Quiet to unsettled during first half, and active to minor
storm during second half of the day
"20 May:  Active to minor storm, some major storm periods possible
"21 May:  Unsettled to active, minor storm periods possible"
We saw seven consecutive days with 0 sunspots recently on May
9-15. This overlapped the recent reporting week (May 11-17) with the
previous week. The spotless period ended on May 16 when two sunspot
groups appeared, 2656 and 2657, with sunspot numbers of 11 and 13 on
May 16-17.
Average daily sunspot numbers reported in last week's bulletin were
17.1, and the average in the current reporting week was only 3.4.
This is because last week's report covered two consecutive days with
0 sunspots, this week covered five days with no activity.
Average daily solar flux declined from 71.5 to 70.5, the average
estimated daily planetary A index rose from 6.3 to 8.3, while the
mid-latitude A index rose from 5.9 to 9.4.
Predicted solar flux (from Thursday's NOAA and USAF 45-day forecast)
is 72 on May 19-21, 74 on May 22-25, 76 on May 26-29, 74 on May 30
thru June 3, 72 on June 4, 70 on June 5-10, 72 on June 11-12, 74 on
June 13-17, 76 on June 18-25, and 74 on June 26-30.
Predicted planetary A index is 45, 30, 20 and 12 on May 19-22, 8 on
May 23-24, 5 on May 25 thru June 3, 8 on June 4, 5 on June 5-9, then
8, 12, 22, 32 and 20 on June 10-14, then 48, 36, 20, 12 and 8 on
June 15-19, and 5 on June 20 thru the end of the month.
Geomagnetic activity forecast for the period May 19-June 14, 2017
from F.K. Janda, OK1HH:
"Geomagnetic field will be
Quiet on June 1, 8
Mostly quiet on May 29, June 4, 9, 12
Quiet to unsettled May 23-28, June 5-6, 10
Quiet to active on May 21-22, June 3, 7, 11, 13
Active to disturbed on May 19 (- 20, 30-31,) June 2, 14
"Amplifications of the solar wind from coronal holes are expected on
May 19 (20-21, 31,) June (5-6,) 9 (- 14)
"Remark: - Parenthesis means lower probability of activity
enhancement and/or lower reliability of prediction."
If you would like to make a comment or have a tip for our readers,
email the author at k7ra@arrl.net.
For more information concerning radio propagation, see the ARRL
Technical Information Service web page at,
http://arrl.org/propagation-of-rf-signals. For an explanation of
numbers used in this bulletin, see
An archive of past propagation bulletins is at
http://arrl.org/w1aw-bulletins-archive-propagation. More good
information and tutorials on propagation are at http://k9la.us/.
Monthly propagation charts between four USA regions and twelve
overseas locations are at http://arrl.org/propagation.
Instructions for starting or ending email distribution of ARRL
bulletins are at http://arrl.org/bulletins.
Sunspot numbers for May 11 through 17, 2017 were 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 11,
and 13, with a mean of 3.4. 10.7 cm flux was 69.1, 68.9, 70.4, 71.2,
70.6, 71.9, and 71.4, with a mean of 70.5. Estimated planetary A
indices were 6, 7, 4, 10, 14, 9, and 8, with a mean of 8.3.
Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 8, 6, 5, 11, 17, 10, and 9,
with a mean of 9.4.

[IARU-R2-News 569] Radioaficionados cubanos se preparan para emergencias

Radioaficionados cubanos se preparan para emergencias

En Cuba los radioaficionados se preparan constantemente para enfrentar sismos, huracanes de gran intensidad y los periodos de sequía intensa y extensa, así como eventos de otro carácter y con ese objetivo, cada año se realiza el Ejercicio denominado ”Meteoro”, que pone en tensión a todos los factores que intervienen en su desarrollo.
La Federación de Radioaficionados de Cuba (FRC), como Sociedad Miembro de la IARU-R 2 (Unión Internacional de Aficionados a la Radio, por sus siglas en inglés), ubicada en el área del Caribe, trabaja de manera sistemática en la atención a esta importante actividad, debido a los factores de riesgo que entraña su ubicación geográfica y prioriza los esfuerzos en este sentido.
 “Meteoro 2017” se desarrollará los días 20 y 21 de mayo, dirigido por el Estado Mayor de la Defensa Civil y en este marco se movilizarán cientos de radioaficionados de todas las localidades, que forman parte de la Red de Emergencia Nacional (REN), quienes apoyan en estos eventos, la estabilidad de las Comunicaciones y demuestran, una vez más, su eficiencia en circunstancias especiales.
Joel Carrazana Valdés (CO6JC)

Sistema Informativo de la FRC
Imágenes de archivo
Foto 1:

Históricamente, octubre atesora la mayor cantidad de huracanes que han azotado a Cu¬ba, dentro de la temporada ciclónica desde 1800 hasta 2016, según muestran los datos del Cen¬tro del Clima del Instituto de Meteo¬rología.

Foto 2 Baracoa:
Baracoa, en el extremo oriental de Cuba, fue la ciudad más castigada por el impacto de Matthew: las viviendas próximas a la costa amanecieron totalmente derruidas por los vientos sostenidos de hasta 250 kilómetros por hora y rachas superiores, además de olas de más de ocho metros, que superaron en altura a los edificios.
Joaquín Solana XE1R - IARU R2 xe1r-iarur2@jsolana.com.mx por  kkn.net

[IARU-R2-News 570] Cuban radio amateurs prepare for emergencies

Cuban radio amateurs prepare for emergencies

In Cuba, radio amateurs are constantly preparing to face earthquakes, intense hurricanes and periods of intense and widespread drought, as well as events of other nature. With that objective in mind, an exercise called “Meteoro” (Meteor) is held every year, which puts all the factors that participate in its development under stress.
Federación de Radioaficionados de Cuba (FRC), as an International Amateur Radio Union (IARU-R2) Member Society located in the Caribbean area, works systematically to provide attention to this important activity, due to the risk factors entailed by its geographical location and prioritizes efforts in this direction.
 “Meteoro 2017” will be held on May 20 and 21, led by the Civil Defense Staff and in this framework, hundreds of radio amateurs from all locations will be mobilized. They form part of the National Emergency Network (abbreviated REN in Spanish), who supports these events, the stability of communications and prove, once again, their efficiency under special circumstances.
Joel Carrazana Valdés (CO6JC)
FRC Information system

Archive images

Photo 1:

Historically, October is when the greatest number of hurricanes strikes Cuba in the cyclone season (data from 1800 to 2016 provided by the Weather Center of the Meteorology Institute).

Photo 2 Baracoa:

Baracoa, on the eastern end of Cuba, was the city most severely punished by the impact of Matthew: homes near the coast were completely demolished by sustained winds of up to 250 kilometers per hour with even faster gusts, besides waves exceeding eight meters that surpassed the height of several buildings.
Joaquín Solana XE1R - IARU R2 xe1r-iarur2@jsolana.com.mx por  kkn.net

ARLD020 DX news

ARLD020 DX news

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
K2DM, 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.
KENYA, 5Z.  Thomas, OZ1AA is QRV as 5Z4/OZ1AA until June 15.
Activity is on the HF bands.  QSL direct to OZ1ACB.
PORTUGAL, CT.  Members of the Clube Radioamadores do Entroncamento
are QRV as CS2SA from the Castle Sortelha in the Province of Guarda
until May 20.  Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB and various
digital modes.  QSL direct to CS5CRE.
ERITREA, E3.  Zorro, JH1AJT, Franz, DJ9ZB, Champ, E21EIC and Dima,
RA9USU are QRV as E31A until May 29.  Activity is on 160 to 10
meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.  QSL via JH1AJT.
PALESTINE, E4.  Janusz, SP9FIH is QRV as E44WE until May 30.
Activity is on 17, 10 and 6 meters using mostly SSB but also PSK63
or JT65.  QSL to home call.
NORTH COOK ISLANDS, E5.  Cezar, VE3LYC is QRV as E51LYC from
Pukapuka Island, IOTA OC-098, until May 23.  Activity is on 40 to 10
meters using CW and SSB.  QSL to home call.
CEUTA AND MELILLA, EA9.  Members of the Tortugas CW Team will be QRV
as ED9T from Melilla during the His Majesty King of Spain CW
contest.  QSL via EA4PN.
FAROE ISLANDS, OY.  Operators DF3MC and DL8JJ are QRV as OY/DF3MC
and OY/DL8JJ, respectively, from IOTA EU-018, until May 25.  They
may also be active with /P after their calls while activating
summits from various areas on the island.  Activity is on 40 to 15
meters using CW and SSB.  QSL via operators' instructions.
NETHERLANDS, PA.  Tony, PD1TV and Henry, PA4HM will be QRV as
PH00GEVEEN from May 21 to June 6 during the context of an annual
Wings and Wheels event.  QSL via PA4HM.
SWEDEN, SM.   Members of the Gotlands Radioklubb are QRV with
special callsigns 7S1GRK and SK70BL from Gotland Island, IOTA
EU-020, until December 31 to celebrate the club's 70th anniversary.
Activity is on various HF bands.  All QSOs will be confirmed
automatically via the bureau.
GREECE, SV.  Laci, HA0HW will be QRV as SW8WW from Thassos Island,
IOTA EU-174, from May 24 to June 11.  Activity will be on 40 to 6
meters using mainly CW with some SSB, RTTY and PSK.  He may be
active as a Single Op/All Band/Low Power entry in the upcoming CQ
World Wide WPX CW contest.  QSL to home call.
TUVALU, T2.  John, KK7L will be QRV as T2R from Funafuti, IOTA
OC-015, from May 23 to 29.  Activity is on the HF bands.  This
includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide WPX CW
contest.  QSL via N7SMI.
PALAU, T8.  Munehiro, JR6DRH is QRV as T88RH from Koror Island, IOTA
OC-009, until May 23.  Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB and
various digital modes.  QSL to home call.
CAMEROON, TJ.  Dan, AA9WO is now QRV as TJ3PD from Yaounde.
Activity is when his time, the weather, and available electricity
permit, on 40, 20, and 10 meters using SSB.  He plans to eventually
be QRV on 80 to 10 meters.  QSL via operator's instructions.
CONGO (REPUBLIC OF), TN.  Ken, LA7GIA will be QRV as TN5E from
Brazzaville from May 25 to June 4.  Activity will be on 80 to 10
meters, and possibly 6 meters, using CW and SSB.  QSL via M0OXO.
GABON, TR.  Roland, F8EN is QRV as TR8CR until June 3.  Activity is
on 30 and 20 meters using CW.  QSL via F6AJA.
MONTSERRAT, VP2M.  George, K2DM will be QRV as VP2MDG from May 25 to
29.  This includes begin active as a Single Op/All Band entry in the
upcoming CQ World Wide WPX CW contest.  QSL direct to home call.
ZIMBABWE, Z2.  Tom, KC0W will be QRV as Z25DX from May 23 to June
18.  Activity will be on 80 to 6 meters using CW.  QSL direct to
home call.
THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  His Majesty King of Spain CW Contest,
NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, Slobozhansky Sprint Contest, UN DX
Contest, NZART Sangster Shield 80-Meter CW Contest, EU PSK DX
Contest, Aegean RTTY Contest, Feld Hell Sprint, Baltic 80-Meter
Contest and the UA2 QSO Party are all on tap for this weekend.
The Run for the Bacon QRP Contest is scheduled for May 22.
The CWops Mini-CWT CW Test, SKCC CW Sprint and Phone Fray are
scheduled for May 24.
Please see May QST, page 87, and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web
sites for details.

[HCDX] Glenn Hauser logs May 16-17-18, 2017

** ANGUILLA. 6090, May 18 at 0554, Caribbean Beacon is off! Has this terrible transmitter finally joined Dead Gene in the grave? NO, 11775 is still on the air at 1223 check, S9+10 radiating constant unusable suptorted modulation. I`ve heard from listeners who have tried to get thru to PMS that she has a problem, without success (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ARGENTINA [non]. Expanded relays: see USA: WRMI
** KOREA SOUTH [and non]. 6135, May 18 at 1224, noise and rapid tone jamming, trace of program under, from Voice of Freedom. Ivo Ivanov and Ron Howard report that VOF has registered two alternate frequencies, 6020 and 5920, where it has been testing sporadically, but neither heard at this moment (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KOREA SOUTH. 5995.029, May 18 at 1219, what`s this before RNZI comes up at 1259? Slightly off frequency, poor signal in non-English talk. The answer is already in from Ron Howard:
``new frequencies 5995 (ex 6003) // 6350 (ex 6348), Echo of Hope - VOH, 1000 UTC, May 18. In Korean; fairly clear; usual "V O H" ID; news (item about "Tokyo," etc.). Thanks go to Hiroyuki Komatsubara and Aoki for the alert. My audio at
(Ron Howard, oceanside at Pacific Grove, CA, Et?n E1, antenna: 100'
long wire, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)``
Latest Aoki of May 18 already has it on 5995 effective today. They`d better be done in time for NZ --- hardly: previous Aoki showed the 6003 hours as 0555-2400, plus NK jamming during all of it, even starting at 0255. The jamming, mainly, had been a fixture on 6003 for many years. RNZI won`t hesitate to change frequency without notice if necessary, and it probably will be, altho later after 1300 today it is dominant here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NEWFOUNDLAND. 6159.960, May 18 at 0548, CKZN almost readable at S8 vs storm crashes, story about Hollywood, which a few minutes later in outro turns out to be within `The World` from WGBH and PRI, which we hear in the afternoons on KOSU. Tnx to CBC for putting this on SW unlike any American station! Now how about raising power to 100 kW?
CKZN is always off-frequency to the lo side, obvious in 1 kHz step tuning with BFO on the R75. I keep seeing reports from others as ``6160.00`` which is NOT correct. Such accuracy should not be claimed unless really measured. No one would object if reported merely as ``6160`` without the decimals. My own measurements may be plus/minus 2 Hz, so ``6159.96`` would bypass even that uncertainty (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NEW ZEALAND. 7425, May 18 at 1220, RNZI is obliterated by a blob from a local device, as it is self-weakened on NNW antenna during this bihour; checked here after hearing something else on 5995: this entry serving as a cross-reference to KOREA SOUTH (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** PERU. 5980, May 16 at 2330, no signal detectable from R. Chaski. Alfredo Ca?ote, Lima, says this is the new sign-off time ex-0100v*. A sesquihour earlier in our summer means it will be even more difficult here, to determine whether the same ~6.7 second recession per diem in autocutoff times now applies circa 2330 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** PHILIPPINES [non]. 9900, Thu May 18 at 1233, English ID as ``TWR Philippines``, twrphilippines.com, S6 signal and hymn. Of course, it`s really KTWR GUAM transmitter. Aoki shows strange schedule as M-F 1219-1240 in English at 285 degrees. (On Sundays only at 1216-1245, Japanese Friendship Radio hour at 345 degrees). Cited website asserts `` With almost 14 years in existence, TWR Philippines has become competent in programming. We boast in this in Christ. . .`` But Program page is only in Tagalog (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1877 monitoring: confirmed Tuesday May 16 at 2130 on WRMI 9455 to WNW, much stronger than // 15770 to NE. Also confirmed Tue May 16 at 2330 on WBCQ, 9330.30v-CUSB, fair. Also confirmed Wednesday May 17 at 1315.5 on WRMI, 9955, S9. Also confirmed Wed May 17 at 2100 on WBCQ 7490v-AM, poor in summer noise level but loud & clear on webcast. Also confirmed Wed May 17 at 2330 on WBCQ 9330.02v-CUSB, good.
WORLD OF RADIO 1878 ready for first airings May 18:
Thu 2130   WRMI 11580 to NE [probably final time this week]
Thu 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSE
Fri 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 0630   HLR 6190-CUSB to WSW
Sat 1431   HLR 7265-CUSB to WSW
Sat 1930v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sat 2230   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sun 0200   WRMI 11580 to NE [NEW]
Sun 0310v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sun 1030   HLR 9485-CUSB to WSW
Sun 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Mon 0300v  WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0330   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Mon 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Tue 0030   WRMI 7730 to WNW [to be canceled]
Tue 1100   WRMI 9955 to SSE, 9455 to WNW [to be canceled]
Tue 1300   WRMI 11580 to NE [NEW; to be canceled]
Tue 2130   WRMI 15770 to NE, 9455 to WNW
Tue 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Wed 1030   WRMI 5850 to NW, 9455 to WNW
Wed 1315.5 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 2100   WBCQ 7490v to WSW
Wed 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
** U S A. 7730 // 5850, May 17 at 0602-0632, I listen to the `World Music` on WRMI as I am dozing off, and do hear some of the familiar tunes such as the song in German, and some African music, contrary to my lament that the WM content had changed completely. Also, the WRMI skedgrid now labels 0700-0800 UT Tue/Wed/Thu on both frequencies as `World Music` -- but that will soon change along with much other WRMI programming. Also on 11580 after 1400 UT May 17 I hear some more familiar WM tunes, mixed in with unfamiliar ones including gospel songs. So this hour not shown in the skeds, continues with WM.
No word from WRMI itself yet, but Adri?n Korol, Director of RAE Argentina to the World, has notified us that much expanded ``experimental`` relays of all languages via WRMI will start phasing in the week of May 22. Great news for RAE, WRMI and the SWL community; but this amounts to 60 transmitter-hours per week, necessarily knocking off much current WRMI programming, including some WORLD OF RADIO airings. The RAE ATTW sked will be:
11-12  9955 Portuguese
13-14 11580 French
21-22 11580 German
22-23 11580 Italian
22-23  5950 Spanish
00-01  7730 Spanish
01-02  9395 English
06-07  7730 Japanese
07-08  5850 & 7730 English
08-09  5850 Chinese
09-10  5850 Japanese
[some of these may also be on 9455, if the previous // timings stick]
He says however, the French service is currently only half an hour, and plans are to start a new Quechua service to fill the other half. However, 1330 UT on 11580 to Europe would not be appropriate for that; rather, Quechua should be sometime on 9955 toward South America. He also says that the additional broadcasts in English and Spanish will have updated news bulletins.
All this will greatly impact numerous DX and other programs, even relays of other stations, such as Slovakia in English which has been at 2100 on 11580 (and still confirmed on May 17).
WORLD OF RADIO loses its airings on 7730, Tue at 0030; on 9955, Tue at 1100; on 11580, Tue at 1300 (which just started); on 11580, Thu at 2130, in addition to already lost Fri at 2230. Even these may be in jeopardy, in case higher-priority programming bumped by RAE has to find new times (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 17775v, May 17 at 1900, KVOH is running late, which is not unusual, with hymns in Spanish, Onward Christian Soldiers (hey, LeSEA owns that! hi), and Wonderful Words of Life, which is rudely chopped off the air at 1906*. Before that I note that the carrier again has a pronounced wobble when monitored with BFO.
The annual NASB meeting is just getting underway, sponsored by KVOH, including visits to the studio and transmitter site:
DXLD/WOR contributors Ben Dawson and John Figliozzi are there, so we hope for reports about it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 1480, May 18 at 1200 UT, my DX-398 AM sexion is still tuned to 1480 from yesterday morning, so I turn on KBXD again; in Spanish with slogan ``Est?s en sinton?a de [algo] Esperanza``, then English almost-legal canned ID thrice, ``KBXD 1480 Dallas``. Then ad mentioning ``Radio Setecientos A-M`` for KHSE 700 which is now being duplicated on 1480. Then Esperanza slogan or program name again, later preaching. (Both Wikipedia and Radio-Locator have way outdated info on KHSE as ``FunAsia``). KHSE is attributed to Hammond Broadcasting, but not KBXD, yet John Hammond was the one calling for ``renters`` of 1480 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 1500, May 18 at 1208 UT, KJIM Sherman TX is dominant over KSTP and/or OK`s KPGM, with `Osgood File` after CBS News. Charles` aging voice is evident, but he`s still ``seeing us`` on the radio, no longer on TV`s Sunday Morning, outro referring to his social media activity. 1211 local announcer ID as K-Jim, and also K267CB on 103.1, I wrote and thought he said, but really on 101.3; Then plays NWS robot with some hum, forecasts for several days ahead, mostly showers and T-storms (like Enid, high risk of tornados May 18). ``America`s best music, the memory-maker, AM 1500, K-jim``. Still a small local station with a distinctive format (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 6833.0, May 18 at 0545, open carrier at S9-S6, pirate or ute? BTW, I have yet to hear anything on 6855, since WRMI was forced to evacuate it for 9455 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 7712.0+, May 18 at 0542, very poor carrier, slightly on the hi side, maybe JBM, but not enough to tell whether it`s Station YHWH as suspected. Earlier this night he was reported on 7585 again, but off now (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 9700, May 18 at 1237, something here in Chinese, weak. Nothing listed in latest Aoki of May 18, nor any excuse for ChiCom jamming. Nor EiBi nor HFCC of May 4 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
This report despatched at 1642 UT May 18
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OPDX Bulletin 1315 May 15, 2017

OPDX Bulletin 1315 May 15, 2017
The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1315
BID: $OPDX.1315
May 15, 2017
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Written/Sent From Strongsville, Oh
Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB5K & the AR TelNet Clusters Network, ARRL Web Page, NJ1Q & W1AW, WB2GAI, K3LR, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, K4ZW, N4AA & QRZ DX, WB6RSE, Af8C, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m DX News, W9ILY, DL1SBF, DL2SBY, DL2VFR, DL7UXG & The DX News Letter, DxCoffee.com, DXNews.com, DX-World.Net, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, G3SNN, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, IK7JWY, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, VA3RJ & ICPO, VHF-DX- Portal (MMMonVHF) and VR2BG for the following DX information.
There will not be an OPDX Bulletin next week as I will be attending the Dayton HamVention. "IF" I receive a major announcement, I will probably send out a special bulletin. However, PLEASE continue to send your DX information. You never know what I might do....
See you in Day-Xenia! 73 de Tedd KB8NW
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 7th/May, through Sunday, 14th/May there were 213 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5W, 5Z, 6Y, 7P, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E4, E5/n, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH2, KH6, 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, PZ, S0, S5, S7, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TR, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9L, VP2E, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VR, VU, VU4, XE, XW, XX9, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YU, YV, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS, ZS8
* PLEASE NOTE: The report "could" contain "Pirate/SLIM" operations or more likely a "BUSTED CALLSIGN". As always, you never know - "Work First Worry Later".
8R, GUYANA (Cancelled). Tom, KC0W, has cancelled his 8R1/KC0W operation.
Early in the week he stated there was a problem with his license. Look
for Tom to head to Africa next month.

9L, SIERRA LEONE (IOTA Op). The Italian DXpedition Team (IDT) has announced
that their next Dxpedition will be in mid-March 2018 will be to Sherbro
Island (AF-056) using the callsign 9L1T. Operators mentioned are Alfeo/I1HJT,
Silvano/I2YSB, Vinicio/IK2CIO, Angelo/IK2CKR, Marcello/IK2DIA, Stefano/
IK2HKT and Mac/JA3USA. Art, IK7JWY, will be the HF pilot station. They
expect to have 3 stations on all HF bands (no 50 MHz), using CW and SSB,
and RTTY one band only, to be chosen. You can participate in the 9L1T
survey on their official Web site at:    http://www.i2ysb.com/idt
Subject to the availability of internet connection, the REAL TIME Log
will be available at:            http://win.i2ysb.com/logonline
Official forum at:               http://www.hamradioweb.net

CT9, MADEIRA. Operators Serge/R7KW and Oleg/YL3JM will once again be
active as CT9/R7KW and CT9/YL3JM from Madeira Island (AF-014) between
May 25-28th. Activity will be on various HF bands. Look for CT9/R7KW to
be in the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 27-28th). QSL both callsigns via
K2PF or ClubLog's  OQRS.

    (along with Janeen Hire, W8ZET) will once again sponsor a Hospitality
    Suite (21st year) at this year's Dayton HamVention. It will be in Suite
    1011 on the 10th floor of the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Thursday, Friday and
    Saturday evenings (Look for signs!). All DXers/Contesters are welcome.
    Munchies and refreshments will be available. Come and meet the members
    and friends of NODXA.

  * DAY-XENIA 2017 CONTEST ACTIVITIES. Tim Duffy, K3LR, has put together
    a short video on the Contest University and other contest related
    activities at Day-Xenia 2017. You can access the video on the World-
    Wide Radio Operators Foundation (WWROF) at the following URL link:

    you are not attending Dayton this coming week - here are a few inter-
    esting Dayton live events that you can watch on the Internet from

    On Wednesday, May 17th at 9 PM EDT Ham Nation will be LIVE from the
    Crowne Plaza Contest Super Suite. Ham Nation is led by Bob Heil, K9EID,
    and along with Val Hotzfeld, NV9L this should be a very entertaining
    live show with guests from the Super Suite audience.

    To watch Ham Nation LIVE - go to this link on Wednesday, May 17th
    at 9 PM EDT --               https://twit.tv/live 

    You can watch the recording of the "Ham Nation at the Crowne Plaza"
    show starting on Thursday morning (day after the live show) - go here:

    Thanks to Icom America, selected sessions of 2017 Dayton Contest
    University (CTU) will be shown LIVE on Thursday, May 18th starting
    at 8 AM EDT and lasting until 5 PM EDT. The CTU talks that will be
    shown LIVE are those in SALON ABCD or SALON B. You can see the CTU
    course times and topics (look for SALON ABCD or SALON B). See the
    PDF here: 

    To watch the Icom LIVE feed from Contest University in Dayton go to
     and click on the CLICK HERE button
    under the home page photos - next Thursday morning at 8 AM EDT. 

    There will be CTU recordings (these LIVE sessions) posted on the
    CTU website by Icom a few weeks after CTU.

    More details about Contest Super Suite and Contest University are here:
    http://contestsupersuite.com and http://contestuniversity.com

  * DAY-XENIA FLEA MARKET HOURS (General Public/Note The Change). From
    the HamVention schedule, there is an interesting change from previous
    years -- This year the flea market is scheduled to open to the general
    public at 9:00 AM, rather than the 8:00 AM opening that has been in
    practice for many years.

E4, PALESTINE (Reminder). Janusz, SP9FIH, will be active as E44WE from
Bethlehem between May 16-30th. He states that this is a "reconnaissance"
operation and his license is good for a year -- with more operations to
happen during the year. Activity will only be on 17/10/6 meters using
only 100 watts. QSL via SP9FIH or by ClubLog's OQRS (preferred). For more
details, updates and a online log-search, see: http://www.e4.dxpeditions.org

E5, NORTH COOK ISLANDS (Update). Cezar, VE3LYC, is now active as E51LYC
from Pukapuka Atoll (OC-098), North Cook Islands, until May 23rd. This
IOTA group has been on the air for more than 22 years. (See OPDX.1313)
Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via his home call-
sign or ClubLog's OQRS. For more details and updates on his band activities,
watch:                    http://e51lyc.weebly.com

E5, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS. Alex, F4GHS, will be active as E51GHS from two
of the South Cook Islands during August. His schedule is as follows:
      August  7-16th -- from Aitutaki Island (OC-083)
      August 16-25th -- from Rarotonga Island (OC-013)
  Activity will be holiday style on various HF bands using a K3 into a
home-made vertical (20m). QSL via his home callsign.

EG8, CANARY ISLANDS. Jack, R2AA, will be active as EG8AA from the Canary
Islands during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 27-28th) as a Single-Op/All-
Band entry. QSL via RW3RN.

IOTA NEWS..............
  AF-111P. "DX-World.net" reports that a team of 4-5 seasoned IOTA
           activators are planning a 3-4 day operation from Baiyah
           Island later this year. Dates are to be determined, but
           probably sometime in November. A reconnaissance trip has
           been completed with vital information on this little known
           island being collated. This IOTA group has never been activated
           before. More details, Web site and callsign will be forth-
           coming in the second half of 2017.

  EU-003.  Operators Al/CU2GC and Pedro/CS8ABY will be active as CR1FF
           from Sao Miguel Island between August 19-20th. Station will
           be operating inside Farol da Ferraria Lighthouse (ILLW PT-0021).
           QSL via CS5NRA, direct or by the Bureau. For more details,
           see:                   http://www.nra.pt

  EU-020.  Members of the Gotlands Radioklubb (SK1BL) will be active using
           the special callsigns 7S1GRK and SK70BL from Gotland Island until
           December 31st. Activity is to celebrate the club's 70th anni-
           versary. Activity will be on various HF bands. A special award
           is available. For details, see:    http://sk1bl.hamlogs.net
           All QSOs will be confirmed automatically via the Bureau.
           Please, NO return QSLs.

  EU-110.  Eight Croatian operators will be active as 9A17B from the
           Brijuni National Park on Veli Brijun Island (EU-110) between
           May 19-21st. QSL via 9A2MF.

JT, MONGOLIA. Roman, RN5M, is now in Mongolia and will use the JT5DX
contest station (under construction) in Zuunburen which is northwest
of Ulaanbaatar. Look for him to be active during his free time as JT5MA.
QSL via LY5W direct only (not LY QSL Bureau member). He is expected to
be there until May 31st.

KH4 AND KH7 REINSTATED!!! It was announced on the ARRL Web page, on May
11th, that "Midway and Kure Islands Reinstated as DXCC Entities". The
press release states: On March 31, 2017, the DXCC desk announced the
deletion of Midway Island and Kure Island from the DXCC entities list.
The stated reason for this action was because of changes in the admini-
stration resulting from changes in Papahanaumokuakea Marine National
Monument, formerly known as the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine
National Monument, of which the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge
and the Battle of Midway National Memorial, the Hawaii State Seabird
Sanctuary at Kure Atoll, and the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands State
Marine Refuge, of which they are all included.
  After further review it has been found that the deletion of these two
entities is not supported by the changes that were made to the relevant
administrations. Therefore, the deletions from the DXCC list should not
have occurred and the two entities, Midway Island KH4 and Kure Island
KH7K, will return to the DXCC list as separate entities.
ADDED NOTE: Do you want to know how to pronounce "Papahanaumokuakea"?
Go here to hear how to pronounce it: 

 May/15th AN      May/18th  HN     May/20th  DIS
 May/16th HN      May/19th  DIS    May/21st  HN
 May/17th LN

    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

  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:
  A daily HF radio wave propagation forecast can be found at:
      Also on Twitter: https://twitter.com/@GiellaW4hm

QSL INFO AND NEWS...................
  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX by Lothar, DL1SBF, will be back next issue....

  QSL UPDATE BY DL2SBY. Kasimir, DL2SBY, informs OPDX that QSL cards for
  his activities as S79KB, 8Q7KB and HB0/DL2SBY via the Bureau will only
  be possible until the end of September 2017. Please don't send any more
  QSL cards through the Bureau. QSL requests for Bureau cards will only
  be accepted/possible by CLUBLOG after the end of September 2017.

  QSLS RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 5K0N, 5V7P, 9M2/R6AF/P (AS-073), A25UK, C5FUD,

  S21ZED, S21ZEE, VP6EU and XX9D

  8J1ITU, 8J3XX/3, 8N1F/1, 8N1HQ, 8R1AE, 9M2A, 9M2/JE1SCJ, A35T, DU1ST,
  AS-008), JI3DST/5 (IOTA AS-200), KH2Y, MD0CCE, PJ4DX, PJ4NX, PJ4V,
  T8CW, T88A, T88ON, T88ZO, TC7V, TT8AMO, TX5T, V63GG, VK9MT, VR2KF,
  XV9NPS and ZM90DX

S21, BANGLADESH. Jun, JH4RHF/OE1ZKC, is now active as S21ZBD from Bangla-
desh until May 17th. Activity will be on various HF bands. QSL via OE1ZKC.

SD3/SD5/SD7/SM5/SM7, SWEDEN (IOTA and WWFF Op). A group of German oper-
ators are planning a one week IOTA and WWFF Expedition between May 20-28th.
Operators mentioned are Ric/DL2VFR, Klaus-Peter/DL2YBG and Klaus/DL7UXG.
Their schedule and callsigns are as follows:
  May 20-21st -- Öland Island (EU-037) signing SD7V, SD3G/7 and SM7/DL2YBG
  May 21-25th -- They will be based within SMFF-0366 / Ekön on a camping
                 site. From there they will go by boat at least once to
                 EU-177 during daylight. Callsigns are SD7V/5, SD3G/5
                 and SM5/DL2YBG.
  May 25-27th -- Tjurkö Island (EU-138) signing SD7V, SD3G/7 and SM7/DL2YBG
  Operations will be on CW and SSB. There is still a chance that DL2YBG
will receive a special Swedish callsign as well (he applied for SD5Y?).
QSL SD7V callsigns via DL2VFR. QSL SD3G callsigns via DL7UXG. QSL DL2YBG
callsigns via his home callsign. 

SV9, CRETE. Ron, WB2GAI, will once again be active as SV9/WB2GAI/P from
Crete (EU-015) between July 2nd and September 29th. He states that he
will be using an Elecraft KX2 and KX3 rigs into a LNR/PAR end-fed/half-
wave antennas. All DX stations QSL via the Bureau. USA stations QSL to
his callbook address. All received QSLs are sent out at the end of the
month received. LogBook of the World not used, Ron collects QSL cards
and still uses paper log books. ADDED NOTE: Ron has all his logs for
PJ8 (1996) and SV9 (2001, 2005, 2009 and 2011), if you are in need of
his QSL.

T2, TUVALU. John, KK7L, will once again be active as T2R from Funafuti
Atoll (OC-015) between May 23-29th. John is there continuing the club
outreach and education efforts by introducing government, Red Cross, and
others to HF Digital modes for inter-island and around-the-world communi-
cations. If all goes well, a permanent Winlink station will be established
for emergency and maritime communications needs in the Central Pacific
region. Donations are welcome to help cover the cost for a set of radios
to support digital mode operations from Tuvalu. See QRZ.com for more
details.? Activity will be on various HF bands and possibly an entry in
the CQWW WPX CW Contest. QSL via N7SMI, LoTW or ClubLog.

T8, PALAU. Operators Kay/JH3AZC (T88CX), Takio/JH3QFL (T88CU), Mamoru/
JH3VAA (T88CV) and Taka/JP3EKR (T88DG) will be active from the "West
Plaza Hotel By The Sea" on Korror Island (OC-009) between October 11-16th.
Look for T88CX and T88DG to be active on 2 meters EME (grid locator
PJ77fi) and T8CU to be on the satellites. T88CV will be active on the
HF bands. There is a team callsign to be used which is T8EM.  QSL T88CX
and T8EM via JH3AZC, T88DG via JP3EXR, T88CU via JH3QFL and T88CV via

TJ, CAMEROON. Dan, AA9WO, is a new resident living at Yaounde and became
active as TJ3PD on May 10th. Activity has been on 20 meters SSB, but
operations are limited to time, weather and electricity (constant power
outages). He states on QRZ.com, "Hopefully, I can get a battery hooked
up so the daily power cuts don't take me off the air so often." "The
Daily DX" states, "Dan is running 100 watts, or less, from an IC-707
using dipoles, at the moment. For the moment listen for him on 40, 20
and 10 meters mainly on SSB. However, he plans to eventually be active
on 80-10 meters." QSL via LoTW. 

TN, REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO. Ken, LA7GIA, will be active as TN5E from
Brazzaville between May 25th and June 4th. Activity will be on 80-10
meters (possibly 6m) using CW and SSB. His equipment is an Elecraft
K3 with an Ameritron ALS 500 amp, into a 2 element rotatable beam for
20/15/10m (up 25-30 meters), wire dipoles on 80/40/30/17/12m (up 25-30
meters), 80m dipole fixed to EU, 40/30/17/15/12m dipole fixed to NA/VK,
5 element Cushcraft 50 MHz rotatable beam up 25 meter, Low-band receiving
antennas, homebrew K9AY and BOG, and wire backup antennas on all fre-
quencies (dipole/delta loop). QSL via M0OXO, LoTW or ClubLog's OQRS. FREE
LoTW June 5th!! OQRS will be activated, Bureau cards MUST be requested
via OQRS!! For more details and updates, see: 

VE, CANADA (Rare Canadian Satellite Grid Expedition). Ken, VE3HLS, has
announced that he plans to operate from four never-activated grids on
the satellites grids this weekend (May 20th and 21st). He will be driving
up from his home QTH in FN03 to Chibougamau, QC, on the afternoon of
Saturday, May 20th. There are several favorable passes on Saturday evening
and he hopes to spend a few hours handing out the FN29 grid as a warm
up. On Sunday the 21st, there is a bonanza of great satellite passes!
The trouble will be deciding when to break so he can move to a different
location. The plan at this time is to set up on the FN29/39 boundary
in the morning and operate there for a few hours. Then he will move to
FO20/30 and then FO20/FN29. More information about operating schedules
will be posted on amsat-bb as he gets closer to departure date. He will
also post information on his QRZ page at:    https://qrz.com/db/VE3HLS

VP2M, MONTSERRAT. George, K2DM, will once again be active as VP2MDG from
Montserrat (NA-103) between May 25-29th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters,
and he plans to be in the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 27-28th). QSL via his
home callsign direct only or LoTW. NO Bureau QSLs.

VR20, HONG KONG (Special Event). Brett, VR2BG, Treasurer of the HRSA,
just found out that the Hongkong Radio Sports Association's (HRSA) requests
to allow VR2s to sign VR20 (VR-two-zero) from July 1st, 2017, to June 30th,
2018, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the HK Special Administrative
Region of the People's Republic of China, has been approved by their tele-
communications authority. See the following URL for details:

VU7, LAKSHADWEEP ISLANDS (Reminder/Update). Krish, W4VKU/VU2VKU, will
be active as VU7KP from Bangaram Island, Lakshadweep Islands (AS-011),
between May 15-19th. Pai, VU2PAI, will not be joining him as first
announced. Activity will be holiday style on 40-10 meters using SSB and
RTTY. There may be some 80 meters operations. QSL via W4VKU, ClubLog's

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