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OPDX Bulletin 1331 September 18, 2017

OPDX Bulletin 1331 September 18, 2017
The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1331
BID: $OPDX.1331
September 18, 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, NJ1Q & W1AW, NG3K & ADXO, W3OA, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, K5GS, WB6RSE, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m DX News, K9AW, DL1SBF, DL7UXG & The DX News Letter,,, DX-World.Net, ES1CW, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, G0VDE, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, ON5SWA, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, TA3J, VA3RJ & ICPO, VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) and ZS4BS/7P8DG for the following DX information.
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 10th/September, through Sunday, 17th/September there were 212 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5T, 5W, 5Z, 6Y, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, BV, BY, C3, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, DL, DU, E5/n, E5/s, E6, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FO/m, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H40, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J8, JA, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH9, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OJ0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S0, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T2, T31, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9C, VK9X, VP2M, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VR, VU, XE, YA, YB, YJ, YK, YL, YO, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z8, 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".

5T, MAURITANIA (Reminder/Update). Members/Operators of the CDXP team have
been changed due to various reasons. Jean, 5T0JL, became a Silent Key (SK),
and a honorary member of their DXpedition team. Ruda, OK2ZA, broke both
of his ankles just two weeks ago, and Petr, OK1FCJ, had to drop-out for
family reasons. Current operators are Petr/OK1BOA, Palo/OK1CRM, David/OK6DJ,
Pavel/OK1GK, Rudolf/OK2ZA, Karel/OK2ZI and guest operator Ahmad/5T2AI. The
team will be active as 5T5OK from Nouakchott, Mauritania, between September
18-26th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via
OK6DJ, ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW. For more details and updates, see:

5W, SAMOA (Reminder). Al, K7AR, will be active as 5W0RA from the Vaiala
Beach Cottages, Apia, Samoa (OC-097) between September 19-28th. Activity
will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. He plans to be in the
CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 23-24th). QSL via his home callsign,
ClubLog or LoTW.

A3, TONGA. Harumi, JR4OZR, will be active as A35W from Hiro/A31MM's
(JA6WFM) QTH on Tongatapu Island (OC-049) during the CQWW DX RTTY Contest
(September 23-24th) as an All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via JJ2VLY or

A4, OMAN. Members of the Royal Omani Amateur Radio Society (ROARS) will
activate their contest station, A44A, in Muscat for the first time during
the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 23-24th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via

C6, BAHAMAS. Rich, N0HJZ, will once again be active as C6ARW from Grand
Bahama Island (NA-080) between October 23rd and November 1st. Activity
will be on 30/17/12 meters this time using CW and SSB, with low power
and wires/verticals. Operations will also include the CQWW DX SSB Contest
(October 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via his
home callsign, direct (with sufficient postage) or by the Bureau.

DXCC NEWS. The following operation has been approved for DXCC credit
(per Salvatore, IZ1BWB, and few other sources):
           T6/IZ1CCK  -- AFGHANISTAN 2017

EF9, CEUTA AND MELILLA. Jorge, EA9LZ, will be active as EF9R from Ceuta
during the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 23-24th) as a Single-Op entry.
QSL via EA5KB direct or LoTW.

EL2, LIBERIA. Operators Jeremy/EI5GM, David/EI9FBB and Col/MM0NDX will
be active as EL2GM, EL2BB and EL2EL, respectively, from Monrovia before
and after their 5L3BI IOTA AF-111P DXpedition [tentatively between October
31st and November 3rd] (for more details see OPDX.1317 or see the Web
page ). The trio plans to operate from the Liberia
Radio Amateur Association in Monrovia. QSL via M0OXO or OQRS.

  FFF-0178   -- By FO/DF1YP; between now and October 1st; holiday style
                operation from Lagoon de Moorea; activity 20/17/15m
                using SSB and the Digital modes; All details on
  FFF-0048   -- By F/OO5G; between now and September 22nd; Parc Régional
                du Haut Languedoc; all bands and holiday style
  A2FF-0002  -- By A25SP; between now and September 25th; Russian Team -
                A25SP (Paul/R2AD), A25BE (Elena/RC5A), A25BI (Yuri/RM0F);
                Chobe National Park; operating will be on SSB/CW, 160-10m;
                QSLs via their home callsign
  VKFF-0619  -- By VK3PAT/P; September 18th; between 0300-0700z; Alpine
                National Park; 7144 kHz on SSB; Also on 3644 and 14244
                kHz; there for 4 days
  ONFF-0567  -- By ON5SWA/P; September 18th; between 0600-1000z; 80/40/20m
  FFF-1792   -- By F5NLX/p; September 18th; between 0630-0900z; new one in
                department 73, also castle DFCF 73185 - WCA F 06504
  HBFF-0138  -- By HB9WFF/P; September 19th; between 0730-1200z; Stagno
                Agra (NEW ONE); operators Luciano/HB9FBI and Augusto/
                HB9TZA; 40m and 20m, maybe others; SSB Only
  PAFF-0012  -- By PA/HB9IAB/P; between September 20-24th; holidays style,
                CW and SSB modes
  ONFF-0593 and ONFF-0594 -- By ON5SWA/P; September 20th; between 0600-1400;
                80/40/20m SSB
  FFF-2308   -- By F5NLX/p; September 21st; between 0630-0900z; NEW ONE
  VKFF-1989  -- By VK2JNG/P; September 21-22nd; Queens Lake Nature Reserve;
                7170 kHz SSB; FIRST ACTIVATION!
  ONFF-0677  -- By ON5SWA/P; September 22nd; between 0600-1000z; 80/40/
                20m SSB
  VKFF-0143  -- By VK2JNG/P; September 23rd; between 0300-0700z; Dooragan
                National Park; 7170 kHz SSB; around 12:00 weather permitting
  ONFF-XXXX  -- By OQ800SINT/p; September 23rd; between 0600-1600z; members
                from the UBA section WLD (Waasland) Radio Club will be aired
                from different ONFF locations using the special callsign;
                this call is distributed to their club to commemorate the
                birth of the parish Sint-Niklaas 800 years ago; more info
  IFF-0199   -- By IQ3UV; September 23rd; between 0700-1500z; from Malga
                Coot (Parco Prealpi Giulie) UD ­ ITALY
  KFF-2958   -- By AF4O; September 24th; between 0000-0400z; from U.S.
                Montgomery Bell State Park in TN; CW & some SSB
  VKFF-1947  -- By VK2JNG/P; September 24th; between 0300-0700z; Kattang
                Nature Reserve; 7170 kHz; SSB FIRST ACTIVATION!
  ONFF-0595  -- By ON5SWA/P; September 25th; between 0600-1000z; 80/40/
                20m SSB

  For more information about WWFF upcoming operations, see:
  Also suggest URLs: 
         World-Wide --
           USA      --
  A special DXCluster for WWFF is available at:

HC8, GALAPAGOS ISLANDS. An Argentinian group will be active as HC8LU
from San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos Islands between November 29th
and December 8th. Operators mentioned are Alejandro/LU8YD, Alejandro/LU9VEA,
Mario/LU7VB and Patricio/LU3YK. Pilot stations are Sergio/LU7YS and Javier/
LU5FF. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using mainly SSB and Digital modes
(WSPR, JT65, FT8, PSK31). Also operations on the satellites (LEO, FM and
SSB). QSL via IK2DUW. Visit their Blog page for updates, at:

INDEXA NEWS (Election Results for 2018 Fiscal Year). Dick Williams, W3OA,
Secretary-Treasurer of INDEXA, reports the following results of the INDEXA
  Three Year Directors: Bob Allphin, K4UEE, and Ralph Fedor, K0IR, were
  both elected as three year directors to serve during the 2018, 2019,
  and 2020 fiscal years.  Mary Hobart, K1MMH, is a three year director
  previously elected to serve during the 2017, 2018, and 2019 fiscal years.

  Two Year Directors: Franz Langner, DJ9ZB, Gary Dixon, K4MQG, and Jerry
  Rosalius, WB9Z, were each elected as two year directors to serve during
  the 2018 and 2019 fiscal years.

  One Year Directors: Roberto Ramirez, CE3CT, Joe Aoki, JJ3PRT, and Lou
  Dietrich, N2TU, were each elected as one year directors to serve during
  the 2018 fiscal year.  This gives us two new international Directors to
  assist us with membership in Asia and South America.

  President: Bob Schenck, N2OO, was elected to serve during the 2018 and
  2019 fiscal years.

  Vice President: John Scott, K8YC, was elected to serve during the 2018
  and 2019 fiscal years.

  Secretary-Treasurer: Dick Williams, W3OA, was elected to serve during
  the 2018 and 2019 fiscal years.

  The Directors have now voted for the Fiscal Year 2018 Chairman and
  elected Ralph Fedor, K0IR, to serve as Chairman.

  Thanks for your continuing support of INDEXA and our purpose of working
  DX and making DX happen! INDEXA is always poised to support many of the
  "Most Wanted" DXpeditions. 

IOTA NEWS..............
  AS-039.  By the time you read this, Konstantin, R7KF, will be active as
           RI0ZF from Beringa Island (RR-12-07, RDA KT-04) between now
           and September 22nd. Dates are very tentative and dependent on
           the weather. This is not DX-pedition, but Konstantin will try
           to make some CW/SSB QSOs mainly on 30/20/17 meters using 100
           watts with simple antennas (inverted V). QSL via R7KF, direct
           or by the Bureau.

  AS-096.  (Update) Operators Rama/VU2DEV, Gaurav/VU2GTI, Koodur/VU2RCT,
           Devan/VU3DEW, Pradeep/VU3EDG, Vinod/VU3ESV, Girish/VU3GDS,
           Madhu/VU3NPI, YL Shyla/VU3SXH, Poojith/VU3YPP, Likith/VU3ZLS
           and Nyjil/VU3ZNG will be active as AT7M (not VU3NPI as first
           announced) from St. Mary's Islands between September 30th and
           October 1st. St. Mary's Island is also known as Coconut Island,
           and is a small island in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Malpe
           in Udupi, Karnataka, India. It is less than a kilometer square.
           The isles are known for their distinctive geological formation
           of columnar basaltic lava. Activity will be on various HF bands
           and modes. The team will be operating on battery power with an
           array of antennas from verticals to yagis to phase shift vertical
           antennas with a host of rigs. QSL via VU3NPI. Visit their
           Web page at:  

    AF-111P. Operators Jeremy/EI5GM, David/EI9FBB and Col/MM0NDX, in collabor-
           ation with two Liberian Radio Amateur Association operators Rich-
           mond/EL2BG and Dickson/EL2DT will be active as 5L3BI (pending)
           from Baiyah Island, Liberia, between November 1-4th (tentative).
           Activity will be on various HF bands. QSL via M0OXO or OQRS.
           Their Web page is at:
           Read their complete Press Release #1 at:

  NEW IOTA WEB PAGE ONLINE. The old  is being replaced by
  a new software system which will run the IOTA Programme, and will be
  moved over to a new Web site. Complete details of the launch of the new
  IOTA Web site are available on the old site as well as the new Web site.
  The new IOTA Web page is now at:

J6, ST. LUCIA. Gary, K9AW, will once again be active as J68GD from St.
Lucia (NA-108) during both CQWW DX Contest in October and November,
usually as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. Activity outside of the contest
is usually on 40/30/20/17/12 meters using mainly CW with some SSB. He
told OPDX, "I am assembling a 5 band Hex beam in preparation for the
Oct/Nov CQWW contests." QSL via K9AW direct or LoTW.

KG4, GUANTANAMO BAY. Henry, W2DZO, will be active as KG4HH from Guantanamo
Bay (NA-015) between October 6-9th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using
CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign direct. No Bureau.

MU, GUERNSEY. Belgian NB-DX Team, Erik/ON4ANN, Erik/ON4CCV, Paul/ON5PDV,
Willy/ON2BDJ, Philippe/ON4ACP, Rudi/ON6MI, Walter/ON8CW and Luc/ON4AAQ
will be active as MU/ON4ANN  from Guernsey between September 18-24th.
Activity will be on various HF bands with special attention on 160/80/40/30
meters using CW, SSB the Digital modes. Antennas: Spiderbeams, Verticals,
Inverted-L for 160m and RX antennas. QSL via M0URX or OQRS. For more
details and updates, watch:
Photos of the expedition will be uploaded to:
 P4, ARUBA. Operators Jim/K8JH and Mike/KB8KB will be active as P40N and
P40M, respectively, from Aruba (SA-036) between September 27th and October
3rd. Activity will be on various HF bands using CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK31 and
FT8. QSL P40N via K8JH by the Bureau. QSL P40M via KB8KB direct. PLEASE
NOTE: Both callsigns have been previously issued.

P4, ARUBA. John, W2GD, will once again be active as P40W from Aruba
(SA-036) between November 20-28th. Activity will include the CQWW DX
CW Contest (November 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. Just a
reminder, he will also be in the CQWW DX SSB Contest the month before.
Operations outside of the contest (before and after) are usually CW on
160/80m and 30/17/12 meters as time permits. Watch 160m on the hour and
80m on the half hour. QSL via LoTW or direct to N2MM, Bureau cards are no
longer accepted. Logs will be loaded on LoTW upon his return to the USA.

PJ7, SINT MAARTEN (Op Cancelled). Ed, WA1ZAM, who was expected to be active
again as PJ7PL from the Royal Palm's between October 20th and November 5th,
has cancelled his operation due to the damage done by Hurricane Irma.

PJ7, ST. MAARTEN. Members of Argentinian DXers Group, who were expected
to be active as PJ7T from Sint Maarten (NA-105) between October 24th and
November 4th, have cancelled their operation due to the damage done by
Hurricane Irma. The group sent out the following [edited]: "We do apologize
to inform all that the DXpedition to St Maarten PJ7T is suspended.
  Hurricane Irma destroyed 95% of infrastructure on the island and it
will be impossible to arrive and live there for a long time.
  By this, we change the destination to San Andres Island and we are
obtaining the permissions and call to operate from that island.
  In the near future we will inform dates and call that we will use.
All the stations are ready to fly to San Andres Is. We will listen for
you on the air soon..... Regards to all, Yaguarete DX Group"

PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (September 18-24th).......
 Sep/18th LN      Sep/21st  AN     Sep/23rd  AN
 Sep/19th LN      Sep/22nd  AN     Sep/24th  AN
 Sep/20th HN
    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:

QSL INFO AND NEWS...................
  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX by Lothar, DL1SBF... (September 17th) 
  4L/OH2BR via OH2BR        IQ1ZS via 9A5URI         SN1LH via SP1EG or DK0ZAB
  7X3WPL via 7X3DL         KH2/AG7IY via JP3NCJ SU/DM4DX via DM4DX (LoTW only)
  AO1IBR via EA4URE         LZ1VVV via LZ1OT      SV5/HB9OAU via HB9OAU & LoTW
  CT8/W6PQL via W6PQL       N3U via W3BTX       SV8/GM0LVI/P via GM0LVI
  EA8/OK7JR/P via OK7JR     OE/DD8ALO via DD8ALO     TI5/YN7SU via YN7SU (d)
  HB0/DL2SBY via DL2SBY (O/d/L) OF100FI/0 via OH2BAD UE80IR via RA0SMS
  HF160MD via SP3PWL        OF6MW via OH6MW          UT/DK2HM via DK2HM
  II0IABB via IZ0EUX & LoTW OF8CW via OH8CW          VI4SC50 via VK4WIS
  II0IADC via IZ0FVD (O)    OL100SV via OK2LET       VR2XYL via VR2XYL (d)
  II0IHMW via IU0DZA        OM50SPSEKE via OM8AND    W6I via K5KBV (d)
  II8IHBC via IU8CEU (d/e)  OZ0JD/P via OZ0JD (e)    ZA/DL1CW via DL1CW
  II9IABA via IT9MRM (d)    OZ6SYL via OZ7AGR & (e)
  II9IHPM via 9A5URI        PJ4/PA3BWK via PA3BWK (d/L)
    (e) eQSL only  (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (*-B) DX's- Bureau
    (O) OQRS only  (C) ClubLog only  (L) LoTW only

  PDXG QSL Management Platform Update (Press Release) -- Earlier this year
  we released a report on the status of our PDXG QSL Management Platform
  that was designed to automate the QSL manager’s back end processes.
  Developed over the past 3 years it’s now at Version 4.3 and installed on
  servers in the United Kingdom and the USA. Exclusive users are Tim M0URX,
  Charles M0OXO, Pista HA5AO and Gene K5GS.
    The development goal of this collaborative effort was to eliminate, or
  greatly reduce, a manager’s manual tasks. The first large implementation
  was the 2015 TX3X Chesterfield Island DX-pedition, we learned a lot about
  what QSL managers and users expect from an OQRS platform. The application
  eliminates most of the manual drudgery of processing confirmations for a
  single DX operator to the largest DX-pedition.

    2017 Year to Date 2017 Metrics:
      -  QSOs loaded:   5,018,167
      -  Total number of DX logs:  800 (DX-pedition, contest, active DX
         stations handled by M0URX, M0OXO and HA5AO)

    A QSL manager with one helper can process OQRS requests for the largest
  DX-pedition in one day, an amazing 75% reduction in time and labor.
  Compare this to the old process that took multiple people many days to
  handle a large DX-pedition. Today the only time consuming OQRS confir-
  mation tasks are stuffing envelopes and affixing labels, a bulk mail
  franking machine eliminated postage stamps. Other automated tasks include
  matching donors to the log for special handling and busted call manage-
  ment, no more busted/missing call e-mails. 
    A new feature controls sending duplicate QSL cards to the same DXer.
  Many DXers request a card through OQRS or Direct and also send a buro
  card. The software will not respond to the bureau request if a card was
  previously sent for the same contact(s).
    With all this extra time on their hands M0URX and M0OXO are available
  to handle additional DX call signs and DX-peditions.
    For additional information about the project please contact any of the
  people named in the article at their e-mail address.
   73, Gene, K5GS, for PDXG

  QSL CARDS FROM TA3J. Berkin, TA3J, informs OPDX [edited], "I sent my
  QSL cards for TA3J, TA3J/0 (AS-099, Yassica Island), TA3J/0 (AS-115,
  Rate Island), TA3J/4 LH, TA3J/7, TC2K4J, YM125ATA and YM125ATA/4, to
  radio amateurs of Croatia, Germany, Italy, Japan, Slovenia, Ukraine
  and USA (W5) today (September 14th) via the Bureau by air mail postage."
  For more details about TA3J's QSL services, see:



  8J1ITU, 9M2TO, 9M2YAA, 9X0VA, A35V, A52PC, A60WSW, A61ZX, A62A, A63HI,
  A65DC, A91ND, A92AA, CE2/CX1EK, CY0C, D64K, E20PFE, E20QVD, E21YDP,
  HZ1PS, ID9/IT9ZZO (EU-017), IS0BMU, J34J, J79WI, JD1BMH, KP2/K3MD, KP4QI,
  LU6DU, LW3DG, NL7K (NA-063), OH0/ES2TT, P4/NE9U, P40CX, PX4X, PY4OY,
  PY44ARS, S21ZBC, SV5RLH, T88ZO, TC571SAV, TS8P, V48M, V6Z, VP2V/N2IEN,

V2, ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA. Operators Brian/N3OC and Bud/AA3B are now active
as V26OC and V26K, respectively, from Antigua (NA-100) until September
20th. Activity will be on various HF bands and 6 meters. QSL via his
home callsign.

V3, BELIZE. Victor, WB0TEV, will be active as V31VP from Blackman Eddy
during the CQWW DX RTTY Contest as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry.
QSL via ClubLog, by the Bureau, or direct to WB0TEV.

VP2M, MONTSERRAT. Operators  Dennis/N0SMX (VP2MMX) and George/K2DM (VP2MDG)
will be active as VP2MDG from Gingerbread Hill, Montserrat (NA-103), during
the CQWW SSB DX Contest (October 28-29th) . QSL via KD2M direct only or
LoTW. NO BUREAU. Both operators will be active outside of the contest.
QSL VP2MMX via N0SMX direct.

VP2V, BRITISH VIGRIN ISLANDS (Cancelled). Operators Art/N3DXX and Steven/
AA7V, who were expected to be active as VP2V/homecall and be in the CQWW
DX CW Contest from Virgin Gorda (Tortola) between November 23-29th, have
cancelled their operation.

XW, LAOS. Champ, E21EIC, will once again be active as XW1IC from Vientiane
between September 21-25th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters. He will also
be in the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 23-25th) as a Single-Op/Single-
Band (20m) entry. QSLs must be requested via the OQRS on ClubLog or via

ZD7, ST. HELENA ISLAND (ZD7VDE On Again!). Bill, G0VDE, informs OPDX
that his ZD7VDE DXpedition is back on. He has waited over a year for the
Island of St. Helena's airport to start commercial fights back up again.
You may remember last year, Bill tried a few times to go to St. Helena,
but the airport had issues with turbulence and windshear on approach to
their runway. Bill states [edited], "Well, they are finally starting on
October 14th, and I am hoping to be on the first commercial flights to
St. Helena after all! I am planning to stay for one week for this trip,
and will be operating SSB and some Data (maybe even FT8!). As before,
I am staying in self-catering accommodation a couple of miles from James-
town, on a plateau above the town with a good take-off to the W, N and E.
The radios I am planning to take are FT-991 and FT-891 and a Juma PA1000,
with a vertical antenna and a variety of wires, dipoles and fiberglass
supports. I have setup a Web site at:
My callsign should be ZD7VDE. Online log will be via ClubLog and QSLs
via OQRS.... Please note that it is possible the flights may be delayed
and I may travel later than 14th October - see my website for more

ZS60, SOUTH AFRICA (JOTA Op). Members of the Sandringham Scout Group
(ZS6SSG) will be running a JOTA station as has been done over the last
couple of years. This year, JOTA celebrates its 60th year of running. To
commemorate this milestone, the SSG will be running a special event call-
sign ZS60JOTA, over the weekend of October 20-22nd. Look out for this
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[HCDX] Glenn Hauser logs September 17, 2017

** AUSTRALIA. 9690, Sept 17 at 1230, poor signal and nothing on 9685; 1243 non-Nutcracker music now up to fair S8-S5, and 1244 same RBA English sign/off as yesterday for Burmese service ``until tomorrow at 1115 on 9685``, 1245*. So maybe it`s a deliberate change (a little further from the Chinese radio war on 9680), but the news has not reached the programming department (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 5025, Sept 17 at 0548, R. Rebelde is open carrier/dead air at S9+20; at 1240 still DA and weaker after sunrise, maybe a trace of modulation. This problem has been dogging Rebelde for weeks; evidently no one at RadioCuba knows or cares about it. Think of all the undernourished Cubans who could be fed by electrical money wasted on dead air, and jamming (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 6100, Sept 17 at 0550, this RHC English frequency is still off as it has been for a while lately, remaining on 5040, 6060, 6000, 6145, in order of decreasing modulation level. 6100 is still heard in Spanish before 1300 with Asian CCI (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 11580, Sept 17 at 0200, as I am confirming WOR 1895 via WRMI, I hear co-channel QRM underneath from RHC in Spanish! I had previously remarked that a possible leapfrog mixing product onto 11580 had not yet been heard clashing with WRMI --- but now it has. It`s 11760 over 11670 another 90 kHz lower. While on 11580 they add up to S7-8, 11670 is S9+20, and when I get back to rate 11760 at 0204 it has cut off the air and along with it the `frog. Modulation level was wildly different, soft on 11760, loud on 11670. If both had been loud, 11580 should have been worse (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 17730, Sept 17 at 1415, RHC S9+10 open carrier/dead air, while 17580 is off (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NETHERLANDS [non]. 5960, Sept 17 at 0130 check, JBA carrier from presumed The Mighty KBC, so the new frequency via GERMANY is not working out very well. Some months ago I tried to convince Uncle Eric to get on WRMI or WBCQ if he really wants a reliable signal into North America, but his loyalty lies with MBR (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** TIBET [non]. 11512, Sept 17 at 1307, JBA carrier, presumed V. of Tibet via TAJIKISTAN on signature split frequency (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1895 monitoring: altho UTwente and I could not hear HLR 7265 Sept 16, the reliable Alan Gale further in the UK replies, ``Hi Glenn, You were on 7265 kHz at 1430 UT today, but even here the signal was very poor and faded out after the first 10 minutes or so. Apart from a short period during Radio Tropical when the signal came up, it was generally very bad during most of today's broadcast. It must just be skywave length as Channel 292 on 6070 kHz was audible right throughout that period without any difficulty. Alan``
Confirmed here UT Sunday September 17 at 0200 on WRMI, reactivated 11580, fair but with CubaRM! See CUBA. Also confirmed UT Sun Sept 17 at 0321 on WA0RCR, 1860-AM, MO, good about 7 minutes into, so started circa 0314. No confirmation yet of the Sun 1030 on HLR 9485-CUSB. Next:
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
** U S A. 7570, Sept 17 at 1251, another WRMI frequency reactivated, with BS at S9+20, but still no 7730;
5850, Sept 17 at 1302 is also back with BS, fair.
15770, at 1312 Sept 17, still no signal: I think that`s the one, #3, which fed the broken 44-degree antenna.
One more FB post to quote since my last report:
``0000 UTC Sunday September 17, 2017 - Now Transmitter 11 is back on also. That's 7570 kHz, beamed 315 degrees towards Vancouver like Transmitter 12 on 5850. We now have 10 transmitters/frequencies back on the air. Transmitters 8, 13 and 14 are still down [11825, 7730, 5950], plus #3 [15770] which was using the 44-degree European antenna that was severely damaged by the hurricane. We may not be able to resume using that antenna. Our phone lines are working again, so the Internet may come back soon``
9395 // 9455, Sept 17 at 1322, `Wavescan` is running with logs from some dowunderite, 1325 Ray Robinson hosting with final item, QSL of the Week. Evidently he produced this week`s show, with Jeff out of axion tnx to Irma. The Sunday 1300 emission of WS continues to be secret, not on the WRMI skedgrids, but it`s been going for months. By 1413, the pair are back to // Oldies (while on weekdays would be `The Power Hour` [sic] until 1500) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
This report dispatched at 1614 UT September 17
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[IARU-R2-News 596] Special Station 3G18PAX on the occasion of the visit of the Pope Francisco to Chile

The Radio Club of Chile, sends us the following news, of the activation of the commemorative special station  3G18PAX, which will be active on the occasion of the visit of the Pope Francisco with Chile in the month of January of 2018.

News Link in spanish.
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[IARU-R2-News 597] Estación especial 3G18PAX con motivo de la visita del Papa Francisco a Chile

El Radio Club de Chile, nos envía la siguiente noticia, de la activación de la estación especial conmemorativa 3G18PAX, que estará activa con motivo de la visita  del Papa Francisco a Chile en el mes de Enero de 2018.

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[HCDX] Glenn Hauser logs September 15-16, 2017

** AUSTRALIA. 9690, Sept 16 at 1240, good signal playing ``Waltz of the Flowers``, great orchestral music by Chaikofsky --- what`s this? Nothing scheduled. 1244 English sign-off for Reach Beyond, Australia, Burmese service to resume tomorrow at 1115 on ``9685``! Indeed supposed to be on 9685 per HFCC; maybe back there tomorrow, mistake today on 9690? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 5010, Sept 16 at 0050, JBA carrier, probably leapfrog of Cuba 5040 over 5025 another 15 kHz lower; however, there is no match on the other side, 5055. 5040 is VG with RHC French; 5025 is S9+30 of dead air, maybe a trace of modulation. 5010 might also be grayline from India? 5025, Sept 16 at 0957 quick awake check: Radio Rebelde is still dead air (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA [and non]. 15730, Sept 16 at 1951, Cuban music at S9+40 on VOA frequency; must be a VOA African program? Lyrix even assert ``m?sica cubana``. 1956 outro in French about David Blanco, ``Hit-Parade`` pronounced in French. I`m almost thinking it is really RHC --- Yes! At 2000 RHC IS and into Portuguese; now I can hear VOA way underneath it, which has just started French at 2000 via Greenville. RHC is supposed to be on 15370 now! But lysdexic putton-busher upmixed the digits, or if saved, hit a real RHC frequency but which is not supposed to be on until later. Take that, VOA, for being silly enough to attempt a frequency time-share with the incompetent Cuban commies (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** INDONESIA. 9525-, Sept 16 at 1246, no signal from VOI. No entry yet for today at but Atsunori Ishida says it was already absent on Sept 14 and 15 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** MADAGASCAR. 17640, Sept 16 at 1830, MWV African Pathways Radio is the SSOB at S9+10 during `Creation Moment` with a nonsensical item about butterflies vs birds as if Darwinism could not explain it (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SPAIN [non]. 21620, 17855, 17715, 15520, 15390, Sat Sept 16 at 1730, no signals on any of the REE frequencies, as Manuel M?ndez, Spain, had noted earlier shortly after their scheduled *1400. Still nothing at 1831 (when 17640 MWV Madagascar English is inbooming). 17855 had been off for weeks, and one or two of the others sporadically, but now, nothing! And on a deportive Saturday, to boot, tsk2 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1895 monitoring: confirmed Friday Sept 15 at 2333 on WBCQ, 9330.03v-CUSB, fair.
NOT confirmed Saturday Sept 16 at 1431 on Hamburger Lokalradio, 7265-CUSB. Monitored via UTwente from 1419 when Media Network Plus is scheduled; I can barely make out some talk and music; cannot recognize Keith or me with propagation before 1430. After 1431 still no WOR detectable, with more ACI from both sides rather than HLR. 1445 it`s a YL voice, music, certainly not WOR; 1500 weak but clear timesignal, CRI theme. Scheduled is CRI via Kashgar, East Turkistan, in Sinhala at 1400, Hindi at 1500 on same 100 kW, 174 degree beams. Maybe HLR is really on, but as too often, ceding 7265 to CRI even in the Netherlands. No confirmation yet from anyone in Europe for 7265, but the earlier 0630 UT Saturday HLR airing on 6190-CUSB is confirmed by Ivo Ivanov, Bulgaria:
GERMANY, Poor signal of HLR relays on 6190-CUSB, Sept 16
World of Radio#1895
0630-0700 on  6190 GOH 001 kW / 230 deg to CeEu English
Also confirmed before 2300 the Sat 2230 on WBCQ 9330.0v-CUSB, fair; and at 2300 Sat September 16 on WRMI 11580, VG. Next:
Sun 0200   WRMI 11580 to NE
Sun 0315v  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
** U S A. Checking WRMI frequencies, Friday Sept 15 at 2211:
11580, has come back on, with RAE in Italian as sked
 7780, JBA carrier, presumably BS
 9455, Bob Biermann soft-core preaching: must be His Weekend Show
 9955, seems like PCJ Radio International
At 2334 Sept 15:
11580, Radio Ukraine International relay in English
 9455, music, Oldies?
 7780, still JBA and the other sevens still off: 7730, 7570
Saturday Sept 16 at 0956:
 9395 // 9455 with Oldies, both about S8, so seems 9395 has been resumed on a full-power transmitter.
 At 1237 Sept 16:
 9395 with VOA News just ending, back to Oldies, and // much weaker 7780 (both of which carry The Power Hour on weekdays)
 9455 // 9955 with gospel huxter in English (instead of REI Spanish weekdays)
11580, still on with BS at 1247; at 1413, RAE AAM in Spanish as scheduled altho RAE does not acknowledge existence of this repeat
 At 1731 Sept 16: ON: 21525, 11580, 9955, 9455, 9395;
still OFF: 15770, 11825 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
Here are the WRMI FB posts since my last report, in reverse order:
WRMI Radio Miami International
2250 UTC Saturday, September 16, 2017 - OK, Transmitter 12 is ready to go at 2300 UTC. That's 5850 kHz. [R. Tirana at 23 except Sunday]
2338 UTC Friday September 15, 2017 - Transmitter number 6 (9395 kHz) is up at full power now! Just before sundown, when the engineers can't work any more in the field for the day. So far, so good.
2215 UTC Friday September 15, 2017 - Transmitter 10 is ready to go tonight from 0000-0200 UTC on its regular schedule on 11530 kHz.
1915 UTC Friday, September 15, 2017 - We're on a roll. We now have Transmitter 1 (7780 kHz) on the air with full power. It will broadcast its regular schedule of programming.
We'll do our best to catch up to everyone and take pictures to post here.
1830 UTC Friday, September 15 - We are still without telephone lines and Internet service at our transmitter site. The telephone company, CenturyLink, which provides our telephone and Internet service, tells us that they estimate service should be restored by September 25 -- at 7:00 pm!
1712 UTC Friday, September 15 - Our power came back on last night about an hour after it went off. This morning we repaired the transmission lines for Transmitter 2 (5985 kHz) and it is working fine, so it will be on the air on its regular schedule from 0300-0500 UTC. Now we have just put Transmitter 9 (11580 kHz) back on the air. So right now we have the following frequencies back on according to their normal schedule: 5985, 9955, 9455, 9395 (low power), 21525 and 11580 kHz`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. Mark Sills in Dallas left a phone message circa Sept 14 that Randi Steele had died, liver failure on way to hospital. N?[e] Randy Ripley, was ops manager at WBCQ, and as a transgender person had a rather acrimonious split with the station some 18 years ago. No further details or confirmation (Glenn Hauser, Sept 15, dxldyg via DX LISTENING DIGEST)
Dave Zantow forwarded the above to Allan Weiner. I don`t tune in `AWWW` until 0050 UT Sept 16 on 7490, when he is already talking about Randi, summarizing: In 1998-1999 she helped get WBCQ going; a talented person but had an uncompromising streak. Had a problem with Brother Scare, kept calling AW at all hours of the night to complain about his anti-homosexual, anti-transgender rants. Allan, who still loves BS, and believes he really is the prophet of God, concedes that such behavior is Unbiblical, and founded on Free Speech, BS gets to advocate such a position.
``She still didn`t get it``, that FS is all-important at WBCQ. She was doing an afternoon show then on 7415. In April or May of 1999 she ``threw BS off and took over the station``. AW was in Kennebunk at the time, had to drive up to Monticello and take it back. Randi left and he never talked to her again; heard she was in Wisconsin programming an LPFM.
At 0100, AW mentions that tonight he is also on ``the nifty 32-50``, but poor here in storm noise level. Then to some program change info: Tom Taylor [European Music Radio] will be on every month for a year, Saturday at 2130-2200 on 7490 starting this week [so is it defined as the third Saturday of each month, or what?]
`The Next Chapter` has ended its run after some 200 episodes, so that opens up Wed at 7-8 pm ET. [so is Radio Alexandria close to fruition?]
`Voice of the Report of the Week`, at 8 pm ET will stop repeats on Sundays. Interrupted by a phone call from Lee in Joisey --- can`t that wait?? And another call breaking up.
`Uncle Bill`s Melting Pot` from this week moves from Thursday, to Sunday at 6-6:30 pm ET on 7490, right after `Marion`s Attic`; and 6:30-7 pm ET will be occupied by a repeat of `Furthermore 29-54` from the previous Monday.
Bill`s old spot Thursday 7-7:30 pm ET will have a repeat of `Camp Constitution Radio`, which Allan also likes (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 9475, Sat Sept 16 at 1829, WTWW-1 with suptorted ham talk on QSO show pre-empting far-right white racist extremist SFAW; and WTWW-2, 9930 is still absent, no Theater Organ (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 5050, Sept 16 at 0050, no signal. A new Latin American unID had been reported on HCDX late Sept 15:
``I?m hearing Latin music and a male announcer in Spanish on 5049.24 kHz from 2250 tune in. I think there was an ID at 2254, but my old ears couldn?t pick it out. Some of the music sounds Andean. At this time, almost all of South America is in darkness, except a bit of Colombia, Ecuador and Per?, and those areas are just coming into gray-line with my location. Anyone? --Art Delibert, N. Bethesda, MD``
David Goren, circa NYC, replied: ``I tuned in after I saw your note; could barely copy voices out of the noise, but a Spanish speaking male did fade up for a few seconds. I didn?t see the exact moment the  signal went off, but it was somewhere around 2315``
Art replied: ``Thanks David. I couldn?t stay at the radio for very long after I sent the message, but I did note that the carrier signal of this station (or another right on top of it) became very strong, a fact seemingly at odds with the weakness of the audio and the fading in and out. So I?m not sure what was happening on this frequency. Art Delibert, North Bethesda, MD``
So maybe it was a phantom? Perhaps would be on air pre-sunrise with a better chance. I happen to awaken at 0957 Sept 16, but nothing audible. The only stations known on 5050 are India and China, which would also be propagable at certain hours, but not in Spanish. PLUS, WWRB UT Sun-Mon-Tue only circa 00-02 UT or less (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
This report despatched at 2348 UT September 16
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ARLP037 Propagation de K7RA

ARLP037 Propagation de K7RA

At 0005 UTC on September 15 the Australian Space Weather Forecast
Centre issued a Geomagnetic Disturbance Warning.

"The previous geomagnetic warning is extended for two more days. The
high speed streams associated with the coronal hole is expected to
persist for a few days. If the Bz component of the IMF turned
strongly southward for prolonged periods, earth could experience
minor storm conditions. Otherwise, expect mostly unsettled to active
condition for the next two days (15 and 16 September).


15 September  Active
16 September  Active"

Over the past reporting week (September 7-13) sunspot numbers and
solar flux were lower, while geomagnetic indicators were higher.

Average daily sunspot numbers declined from 87.3 to 45, and average
daily solar flux went from 114.1 to 97.6.

Average daily planetary A index increased from 18 to 27.3, and
average daily mid-latitude A index went from 16.7 to 18.3.

Predicted solar flux is 74 on September 15-21, then 90, 92, 95, 98,
105, 110, 115 and 120 on September 22-29, 125 on September 30 and
October 1, then 120, 115, 110, 100, 95, 90, 85, 83, 81 and 84 on
October 2-11, 83 on October 12-14, 84 on October 15, 85 on October
16-17, then 88, 90, 92, 95, 98, 105, 110, 115 and 120 on October
18-26, 125 on October 27-28 and 120 on October 29.

Predicted planetary A index is 28 on September 15-16, 26 on
September 17, 12 on September 18-21, 5 then 5, 8, 5, 8 and 5 on
September 22-26, 20 on September 27-29, then 18, 15, 12 and 8 on
September 30 through October 3, 5 on October 4-7, then 7 and 12 on
October 8-9, 30 on October 10-12, 20 and 10 on October 13-14, 5 on
October 15-16, then 8, 5, 5, 8, 5, 8 and 5 on October 17-23, 20 on
October 24-26, then and 18, 15 and 12 on October 27-29.

Geomagnetic activity forecast for the period September 15-October
11, 2017 from OK1HH:

"Geomagnetic field will be:
Quiet on September 23-24
Mostly quiet on September 20, 27
Quiet to unsettled September 19, 21-22, October 4, 6
Quiet to active on September 15, 17, 25-26, 30, October 1-3, 7-8, 10-11
Active to disturbed on September 16, 18, 28-29, October 5, 9

"Amplifications of the solar wind from coronal holes are expected on
September 15-19, 27-29, October (1,) 2-5, (8)

"Remark: - Parenthesis means lower probability of activity
enhancement and/or lower reliability of prediction.

"F.K. Janda, OK1HH Czech Propagation Interested Group"

Here are videos from September 7 by Dr. Tamitha Skov. The second one
is an hour-long program in which she answers viewer's questions
about recent activity. It contains lots of great information. I love
it when she tries to set the record straight about HAARP, that no,
it is not a tool for mind control or messing with the weather:

A Newsweek article about seven massive solar flares in seven days is
available at:

Chuck Zabriskie, KE5HPY of Houston, Texas reported on September 9:

"Thought one could add WSPR to the propagation aids discussed in
your latest report. With the high flux report, I put my homebrew 10m
WSPR rx on-line and happily recorded TI, CE, ZL and multiple VK
calls for the first time in a long while.  Of course those were
regular events a couple of years ago but now are rare enough to me
get excited to look at the logs.

"Thanks for all your efforts to keep the community well informed
about propagation."

On September, Jeff Hartley, N8II in Shepherdstown, West Virginia

"While it has been mostly bad, the very high absorption has settled
down at times to make for some interesting openings.

"I observed a total ionospheric blackout at 1703Z Sunday, followed
at 2030Z with some of the best conditions in the Worked All Europe
contest of the whole weekend from then until the end at 2400Z.
Northern and eastern EU were not workable however on either 20 or 40
except for Ukraine and southern Russia on 40M. Signals from Germany
to the west and south were loud on 20M in the 2100Z hour. I was
unable to work any EU at 2400Z Saturday, very depressed high
absorption conditions at that time, despite loud French signals on
20 in the 2300Z hour."

On September 14 Jeff wrote:

"It has been a roller coaster of conditions with some equatorial
paths enhanced in the past 9 or so days. The only time I heard Asia
during the AADX phone contest Labor Day weekend was Sunday around
0100Z and that was Kazakhstan. That weekend, I primarily operated
the CO QSO party Saturday and would say that 20 meters was poor a
couple of hours in the early afternoon, but otherwise in decent
shape to CO which is a good distance for us for single hop F2
despite a fairly high K index. 40 meter signals seemed down a bit
especially early evening, but some mobiles and K8TE operating
portable probably with a vertical and barefoot were easy copy by
2400Z (my local sunset was about 2335Z). Only W7RF who has a pretty
big station was heard on 80.

"The CW ops open contest started at 2000Z on 9/2 and there seemed to
be some Es into the W4/5 call areas; there were many loud signals
and western EU stations were workable without having to move my main
Yagi from the west. Later there also seemed to be some Es into the
Midwest allowing loud signals CO past when F2 would normally fade; I
was still working CO at 0139Z.

"Tuesday 9/5 was an above average day despite fairly high K index.
In the 1200Z hour on 20 SSB I worked ZS3Y in South Africa long path,
VK4FW/P in a park and VK6JDW Australia, and P29LL Papua New Guinea.
Then I checked 30 meters to find VK4FW/P about 10 dB louder than 20M
and also E51JHQ in the South Cook Is. with a good signal. At 1308Z I
tried  a CQ on 15 phone after hearing a fairly strong British
station on CW and F4BWX a yank living in Royan, France answered
saying I was the first USA station he had heard on 21300 during over
4 weeks of monitoring. He was a solid S5 here running only 100W to a
dipole. I went on starting at 1444Z to work several stations in
England and Germany on 15M CW and phone. The biggest EU surprise was
a good signal from Ivan, RA7A in Krasnodar, Russia (Black Sea area).

"Then I saw a spot from NC of James, 9V1YC in Singapore on 15M CW and
amazingly he was a solid S5-6 here and I went right into his log at
1534Z. I also heard a weak Indonesian station on 17M around 1300Z.
This was the best day of the week/past several months on 15M. After
that the flares and high absorption limited anything non-equatorial.

"On the 7th at 0045Z, I worked special anniversary calls XK150YT and
CI1AAA operating from Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada who was S9, but CQs
toward Asia were fruitless and no spots of Asians were noted. FK8IK,
New Caledonia had a good signal on 15CW at 0051Z. He was worked in
NA on 12 and 10M earlier.

"Since then conditions have been fairly poor. The Worked All Europe
contest was 9th-10th and was quite a challenge. The first good
opening I found on 20M was around 2300Z on Saturday evening, but I
was gone most of the day. Spanish and French stations were loud, but
no stations were loud enough to hear me on 40 due to disturbed
conditions. Sunday morning signals were poor on 20, but I did manage
QSOs with northern Sweden and the Aland Islands along with other EU
big guns. There was a fairly brief limited opening on 15M working
UA7K southern Russia at 1335Z and Spain, Slovenia, Croatia, and
Malta around 1445Z. There was a total blackout on all bands when I
checked at 1703Z with the X8 class flare, but by 2000Z signals from
Germany, Italy, the Balkans and closer were fairly normal and I was
able work the same areas on 40M in the 2300Z hour, but activity was
pretty low."

So in last week's bulletin ARLP036 we reported a remarkable increase
in solar activity. On the air, HF radio operators reported fantastic
conditions, at least in quieter periods between solar flares.

The average daily sunspot number was 87.3 reported in ARLP036. How
long since we have seen similar activity?

Last year in bulletin ARLP034 on August 19, 2016 the average sunspot
number reported was 73.9, and it was 86.6 in ARLP007 on February 12,
2016, but the last time we reported a higher average weekly sunspot
number than last week's bulletin was November 6, 2015 when it was

Looking back further in 2015 we saw these numbers:

120.9 40  Oct 2, 2015
112.4 33  Aug 14, 2015
104.5 32  Aug 7, 2015
112.4 24  Jun 12, 2015
146.9 20  May 15, 2015
120.9 17  Apr 24, 2015

The number after the average sunspot number on the left is the
propagation bulletin number for that year.

Perhaps we will see a return to this level of activity in 3-4 years,
after a projected minimum in 2019-2020, perhaps in 2021-2022.

If you would like to make a comment or have a tip for our readers,
email the author at

For more information concerning radio propagation, see the ARRL
Technical Information Service web page at,  For an explanation of
numbers used in this bulletin, see

An archive of past propagation bulletins is at More good
information and tutorials on propagation are at

Monthly propagation charts between four USA regions and twelve
overseas locations are at

Instructions for starting or ending email distribution of ARRL
bulletins are at

Sunspot numbers for September 7-13, 2017 were 94, 89, 49, 38, 23,
11, and 11, with a mean of 45. 10.7 cm flux was 128.5, 116.8, 107.2,
100.2, 79.9, 75.5, and 75.1, with a mean of 97.6. Estimated
planetary A indices were 38, 96, 6, 7, 11, 18, and 15, with a mean
of 27.3. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 23, 50, 6, 12, 8, 16,
and 13, with a mean of 18.3.

Visualizar o vídeo X9.3 Solar Flare Live Update Via Periscope 09-06-2017 do YouTube

EURAO Newsletter September 2017


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ARLB018 FCC Opens 630- and 2200-Meter Bands; Stations Must Notify UTC Before Operating

ARLB018 FCC Opens 630- and 2200-Meter Bands; Stations Must Notify
UTC Before Operating

The FCC has announced that the Office of Management and Budget has
approved, for 3 years, the information-collection requirement of the
Commission's March 29 Report and Order (R&O) that spelled out
Amateur Radio service rules for the two new bands - 630 meters and
2200 meters. The R&O in PDF format can be found at, .
Notice of the action appears in today's edition of the Federal
Register. Before using either band, stations must notify the
Utilities Technology Council (UTC), formerly the Utilities Telecom
Council, that they plan to do so, and if UTC does not respond within
30 days, they may commence operation.

The website to notify the UTC is, .
Last March 27, the FCC adopted the 2012 World Radiocommunication
Conference (WRC-12) implementation Report and Order (ET Docket
15-99), amending its Amateur Radio rules to - in the FCC's words -
"provide for frequency-sharing requirements in the 135.7-137.8 kHz
(2200-meter) and 472-479 kHz (630-meter) bands."

Section 97.313(g)(2) of those rules requires that, prior to starting
operation in either band, radio amateurs must notify UTC that they
intend operate by submitting their call signs, intended band(s) of
operation, and the coordinates of their antenna's fixed location.
The new rules do not permit any mobile operation.

"Amateur stations will be permitted to commence operations after a
30-day period, unless UTC notifies the station that its fixed
location is located within 1 kilometer of Power Line Carrier (PLC)
systems operating on the same or overlapping frequencies," the FCC
said. PLC systems are unlicensed. "This notification process will
ensure that amateur stations seeking to operate [on 630 or 2200
meters] are located beyond a minimum separation distance from PLC
transmission lines, which will help ensure the compatibility and
coexistence of amateur and PLC operations, and promote shared use of
the bands."

The FCC announced that it is making effective immediately the Part
97 rule amendments, Part 97.3, 97.15(c), 97.301(b) through (d),
97.303(g), 97.305(c), and 97.313(k) and (l), which do not require
OMB approval.


ARRL Web site < 

ARRL Bulletin 18  ARLB018
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT  September 15, 2017
To all radio amateurs



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