sexta-feira, 17 de novembro de 2017

ARLP046 Propagation de K7RA

ARLP046 Propagation de K7RA

Thirteen days of zero sunspots ended on Tuesday, with sunspot numbers
of 14, 14, and 15 on Tuesday through Thursday.

In this week's bulletin average daily sunspot numbers increased from
0 to 4, while average daily solar flux decreased slightly from 70.8
to 70.3. Average planetary A index decreased from 15.6 to 12.3, and
average mid-latitude A index declined from 12.4 to 8.6.

Predicted solar flux is 74 on November 17-24, 75 on November 25-27,
then 73, 72 and 71 on November 28-30, 70 on December 1-2, 69 on
December 3-4, 68 on December 5-7, 69 on December 8-9, 70 on December
10, 73 on December 11-16, 75 on December 17-24, then 73, 72 and 71
on December 25-27, 70 on December 28-29, and 69 on December 30-31.

Predicted planetary A index is 14, 10 and 15 on November 17-19, 20
on November 20-21, then 18 and 10 on November 22-23, 5 on November
24-28, then 8 and 10 on November 29-30, 5 on December 1-3, then 35,
40, 28, 20 and 10 on December 4-8, 5 on December 9-10, then 15, 18,
12, 15, 12 and 8 on December 11-16, 20 on December 17-19, 8 on
December 20, 5 on December 21-25, 8 and 10 on December 26-27, 5 on
December 28-30 and on December 31 it jumps to 35, indicating
disturbed conditions.

Geomagnetic activity forecast for the period November 17 to December
13, 2017 from F.K. Janda, OK1HH of the Czech Propagation Interested
Group compiling this geomagnetic activity weekly forecast since
1978.

"Geomagnetic field will be:
Quiet on November 24-28, December 2, 9
Mostly quiet on November 19, 23, 29, December 8
Quiet to unsettled on November 18, December 1, 3, 11-12
Quiet to active on November 17, 30, December 4, 7, 12-13
Active to disturbed on November 20-22, December 5-6

"Amplifications of the solar wind from coronal holes are expected on
November (17-19,), 20-24, (29-30,) and on December (1-5,) 5-7, 9-12.

"Remarks:
- Parenthesis means lower probability of activity enhancement.
- Current forecasts still remains less reliable"

ARRL SSB Sweepstakes contest is this weekend. Rules can be found at
http://www.arrl.org/sweepstakes .

Out of Japan, this study confirms that during sunspot cycle
minimums, solar activity is consistent from cycle to cycle, but not
at solar cycle peaks:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-11/nion-sms111617.php

Bruce Smith, AC4G in Taft, Tennessee wrote on November 9:

"In April 2013, I was so excited to hear and make a QSO with VK9CZ,
Cocos-Keeling on 80m CW as reported in the ARRL Propagation Report.
The VK9CZ signal appeared all of a sudden out of nowhere with 579
signals at my sunset 2343Z via long path. Other stateside operators
made the QSO including N4II who studied the technical aspects
(science) and wrote a few articles on the path of the VK9CZ signal
at gray line for April 2013.

"Recently, in Nov 2017, 4 years and 7 months later, VK9CZ put on
another DXpedition to Cocos-Keeling. To my surprise, I heard their
signals once again pop out of nowhere on 80 CW at my sunset (from
2235Z until 2325Z) early-November renewing my excitement. The
signals long path (SE Beverage antenna) were surpassing 599.

"I could not pass another chance to say hello this year by giving
the op on that side a 599 signal report. His sigs peaked via long
path at 10 dB over S9 at my Taft, TN QTH this year Nov 2017. Perhaps
Fall long path sigs are better than April sigs? There were several
stateside hams who made the 1 Nov logs on 80m. The online log only
showed about 36 QSOs in NA who had made the logs according to the
Clublog statistics that I was monitoring on 1 Nov. On 5 Nov, I could
barely hear the VK9CZ signals long path via SE Beverage antenna.
Since then, a few other lucky operators logged an 80m QSO via LP
with VK9CZ for a total of 71 80m QSOs as late as 6 Nov. 6 Nov was
one of their last operating periods closing out their operation with
another long path opening. The VK9CZ signals peaked via LP about 539
on this day in Taft, TN. All other days not described above, there
were no apparent signals being received at my location in southern
Tennessee on 80m.

"My observations revealed one great long path opening at my sunset
and one mediocre opening, while the other long path openings were
nil to barely readable.  As it was in 2013, both VK9CZ and my QTH
were in sunlight for both QSOs taking advantage of another sunrise
enhancement.

"I also monitored 160m on days no sigs were heard on 80m, but not a
whisper from the VK9CZ 160m signals at my sunset on many days
monitored or when 160m cluster spots indicated VK9CZ operations on
160m.

"By the time the readers read this, the DXpedition will have ended.
Hopefully, the next few years may bring other surprises on 80m/160m
for us all renewing the DX Spirit for all low band operators.

"73, Bruce/AC4G/Taft, TN/EM65"

The earlier QSO that Bruce referred to was covered in the April 12,
2013 issue of Propagation Forecast Bulletin ARLP015.

See http://www.arrl.org/w1aw-bulletins-archive/ARLP015/2013

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
http://arrl.org/the-sun-the-earth-the-ionosphere.

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 November 9 through 15, 2017 were 0, 0, 0, 0, 0,
14, and 14, with a mean of 4. 10.7 cm flux was 65.8, 68.6, 67.3,
69.4, 72.1, 74.4, and 74.2, with a mean of 70.3. Estimated planetary
A indices were 20, 21, 8, 6, 6, 11, and 14, with a mean of 12.3.
Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 11, 13, 7, 4, 6, 8, and 11,
with a mean of 8.6.
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From Tad Cook, K7RA
Seattle, WA  November 17, 2017
To all radio amateurs

[IARU-R2-News 628] 90 years of global collaboration

To commemorate the 90th Anniversary of the International Radio Consultative Committee (CCIR) / International Telecommunication Union’s Radiocommunication sector (ITU-R) a series of events, sessions and a special number of the ITU News magazine has been publish in which leaders reflects about those 90 years of work.
One if them is IARU President Tim S. Ellam, VE6SH, and in the article titled “The International Amateur Radio Union and CCIR/ITU-R” comment the relation of IARU with this groups.  You can download the English version of the magazine in the following link.

Tim’s article is on page 55.

https://www.itu.int/en/itunews/Documents/2017/2017-04/2017_ITUNews04-en.pdf

Photo.
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[IARU-R2-News 627] 90 años de colaboración mundial

Para conmemorar el 90º aniversario de las Comisiones de Estado del Comité Consultivo Internacional de Radiocomunicaciones (CCIR) / del Sector de Radiocomunicaciones de la Unión Internacional de Telecomunicaciones (UIT-R) han llevado a cabo distintos eventos, reuniones y se ha publicado un número especial de la revista ITU News en la que diversos expertos hacen reflexiones sobre estos 90 años de trabajo.
Uno de ellos es Tim S. Ellam, VE6SH, Presidente de IARU, que el artículo titulado “La Unión Internacional de Radioafcionados y el CCIR/ UIT–R” comenta la relación de IARU con estos grupos de trabajo.  Se puede bajar la versión en español de la revista en la siguiente liga. 

El articulo de Tim está en la página 55.
https://www.itu.int/en/itunews/Documents/2017/2017-04/2017_ITUNews04-es.pdf
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ARLD046 DX news

ARLD046 DX news

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
AA3B, AJ9C, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral
from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites.  Thanks
to all.

VIET NAM, 3W.
  Tom, KC0W is QRV as 3W9CW from Con Son Island, IOTA
AS-130, until November 28.  QSL direct to home call.

MAURITANIA, 5T.  Operators A92AA and A61M will be QRV as 5T1A and
5T1R, respectively, from Nouakchott from November 20 to December 20.
Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using SSB and FT8.  QSL via
operators' instructions.

GHANA, 9G.  A group of operators will be QRV as 9G5W from Kokrobite
from November 20 to 29.  Activity will be on the HF bands using CW,
SSB and RTTY.  This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World
Wide DX CW contest.  QSL via S59ZZ.

SIERRA LEONE, 9L.  Mark, KW4XJ is QRV as 9L/KW4XJ in Freetown while
on work assignment.  Activity is on the HF bands in his spare time
using CW and various digital modes.  QSL to home call.

RWANDA, 9X.
  Harald, DF2WO is QRV as 9X2AW from Kigali until
November 30.  Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB, RTTY and
FT8.  QSL via M0OXO.

PHILIPPINES, DU. 
Serge, RZ3FW and Sergei, R4WAA will be QRV as
DU9/home calls from Sarangani Island, IOTA OC-175, from November 21
to 29.  Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and
various digital modes.  QSL to home calls.

SAINT BARTHELEMY, FJ
.  A group of operators are QRV as TO2SP until
November 30.  Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and
RTTY.  This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX
CW contest.  QSL via SP6IXF.

SAN ANDRES AND PROVIDENCIA, HK0.  Members of the Yaguarete DXers
Group are QRV as 5K0T from San Andres Island, IOTA NA-033, until
November 25.  Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and
various digital modes.  QSL via LU1FM.

GUINEA-BISSAU, J5.  A group of operators are QRV as J5T from Bubaque
Island, IOTA AF-020, until November 26.  Activity is on 160 to 10
meters using CW, SSB and RTTY with three stations active.  QSL via
I2YSB.

CURACAO, PJ2.  Alex, KU1CW is QRV as PJ2/KU1CW until November 20.
Activity is on the HF bands.  QSL via LoTW.

SURINAME, PZ.
  Members of the Voodoo Contest Group will be QRV as
PZ5V from November 19 to 28.  This includes being a Multi/2 entry in
the upcoming CQ World Wide DX CW contest.  QSL via M0URX.

SUDAN, ST.
  Sergey, R4PBW is QRV as ST/R4PBW from Khartoum.
Activity is on the HF bands.  His length of stay is unknown.  QSL
via operator's instructions.

ANTIGUA, V2.  Bud, AA3B will be QRV as V26K from November 22 to 27.
Activity will be on the HF bands using primarily CW and possibly
RTTY on November 27.  This includes being a Single Op/All Band/Low
Power entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX CW contest.  QSL direct
to home call.

FALKLAND ISLANDS, VP8.  Eberhard, DL7JLL is QRV as VP8JLL until
November 25.  QSL to home call.

CHAGOS, VQ9.  Yasu, JO1GWT is QRV as VQ9KA.  Activity is on 40 to 10
meters using CW and SSB.  His length of stay is unknown.  QSL to
home call.

INDIA, VU.  Special event station AU2JCB will be QRV from November
23 to December 11 to celebrate the 159th anniversary of the birth of
India's great scientist and inventor Sir Jagadeesh Chandra Bose.
Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using SSB, and FM on 10 and 6
meters as well.  QSL direct to VU2DSI.

VANUATU, YJ.  Tom, JA1VND is QRV as YJ0JA from Efate Island, IOTA
OC-035, until November 20.  Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using
CW, SSB and RTTY.  QSL to home call.

NICARAGUA, YN.
  Mike, AJ9C will be QRV as YN2CC from November 21 to
29.  Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.
This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX CW
contest.  QSL direct to home call.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  The ARRL SSB Sweepstakes Contest, NCCC
RTTY Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC CW Sprint, YO
International 80-Meter PSK31 Contest, LZ DX Contest, All Austrian
160-Meter CW Contest, REF 160-Meter CW Contest, Homebrew and Oldtime
Equipment CW Party, Feld Hell Sprint and the RSGB 2nd 1.8 MHz CW
Contest are all on tap for this weekend.

The Run for the Bacon QRP CW Contest is scheduled for November 20.

The CWops Mini-CWT CW Test, RSGB 80-Meter Autumn SSB Series, QRP
40-Meter CW Fox Hunt, Phone Fray and SKCC CW Sprint are scheduled
for November 22.

Please see November QST, page 93, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest
Web Sites for details.
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To all radio amateurs

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

** BIAFRA [non]. 11530, Nov 15 at 1859, WRMI ID by Biermann, and then --- music fill immediately from 1900 and at further random chex during the hour, 1911, 1944, instead of Voice of Biafra. What`s wrong? What`s next? Summarizing, here`s what has happened so far with this transmission:
Sun Nov 12, discovered in progress with VOB announcements
Mon Nov 13, repeated same hour
Tue Nov 14, nothing heard at UTwente
Wed Nov 15, on air but replaced by music
Thu Nov 16, ??? TBA
As for the 0500 broadcast, Ivo Ivanov also reports music fill:
``SWLDXBulgaria News, November 15-16 (publications ?11286-?11300)
http://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.bg/2017/11/reception-of-radio-biafra-via-tdf.html
BIAFRA (non) Reception of Radio Biafra via TDF Issoudun, Nov 16:
0500-0600 on  7240 ISS 100 kW / 170 deg to WeAf English, good and
not parallel 11530 YFR 100 kW / 087 deg to WeAf Music via WRMI tx``
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 9720, Nov 16 at 0036, amid RHC`s second English hour of the day, new frequency is on and // 5040; while 6060 is off, just Brazilian with het. Last night`s English on 6060 toward hourend was probably a slipshod early switch-on with the wrong feed input. Something`s always wrong at RHC.
RHC Spanish audible on 9535, 9640; and separate `Mesa Redonda` TV soundtrack on 6000, overmodulated/distorted. MR is supposed to be on a second channel, still 11950. Surely supposed to be on, but no 25m frequencies audible, outfaded already? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENNG DIGEST)
** CUBA. 11650, Nov 16 at 1315, RHC Spanish is only S9-S5 and undermodulated, much weaker than 11670 at S9+40. B-17 sked shows 11650 at 13-15, 110 degrees to S America (but missing it at that angle), is the puny 50 kW Bejucal transmitter rather than 100/250 from most RHC frequencies. 50 kW also on 13670 at 12-13; 9640 at 22-05; another 50 kW on 15730 at 2330-0130 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 15370, Nov 16 at 1523, RHC fails to surround this frequency with a dozen filthy spurs across the 19m band; what`s wrong? These seem to be more likely around *1400. Maybe they clear up with warmup? By this hour, only other frequencies on air, per sked and monitoring, are 9535, 11760, 15230, 17730 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ERITREA. 7181.595, Nov 16 at 1323, JBA carrier with LSB QRhaM, presumed INTRUDER VOBME by long path. Nothing audible from other VOBME circa 7140 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISENING DIGEST)
** JAPAN. 9680, Nov 16 at 1532, nice harp music at S3, Japanese talk. The China/Taiwan radio war is over at 1400, and now NHK runs 1455-1700 due west from Yamata; not good for Zambia during same span weekends (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KOREA NORTH. 2850, Nov 16 at 1336, S5-S7 Korean talk, my pro-forma occasional log of this high-MW, only 105-mb broadcast station (except for MW harmonix, but none lately), KCBS Pyongyang, on the air 22 hours a day, 50 kW ND. At least a carrier is usually audible here around sunrise (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KOREA NORTH [and non]. 5920+, Nov 16 at 1327 Korean talk, and rapid tone jamming on the hi side, vs Voice of Freedom on one of its alternative frequencies (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KOREA NORTH [non]. 7410, Nov 16 at 1332, while CRI Japanese is talking instead of musicking, barely audible understation presumed still Shiokaze from Japan, English on Thursday. Earlier in the hour I could not detect it on 7410, and scanned the 49m band for it with no results either (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KOREA SOUTH. 9805, Nov 15 at 2258, VG S9+10 with flute and guitar music; 2259, KBSWR theme and Indonesian ID; 2300 theme and opening Chinese. Both hours 250 kW on same 225 degree beam from Kimjae. Apparently KBS is not worthy of ChiCom jamming (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** OKLAHOMA. 1390, Nov 16 at 1307 UT, KCRC Enid is open carrier/dead air, as are the nasty spurs hetting 1360 and 1420, but they are also wobbly. Still dead at 1313 UT; obviously no one in charge and no one cares whether it modulate or not. Unfortunately, it usually does, 24/7 with stupid CBS sports talk. I take the opportunity to null the fundamental for anything else, but it`s still too strong, only a few miles away. Third harmonic 4170 also silent still at 1341 UT except for some hum. Had resumed modulation by next check 1522 UT (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** SOMALILAND. 7120, Nov 16 at 1318, R. Hargeisa, S8 with undermodulated song; 1320 I think I hear the English words ``This is ---`` as a third of an hour in English is scheduled to start now; more talk and music, but too weak, by long path (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** TURKEY. In last report, I meant to write 6125.006, not 6125.06 on this item, fixed:
6125.006, Nov 15 at 0412, VOT in English to N America is only poor, but pretty close to on-frequency. The // to Asia, 7240, is not audible (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 4102.842-CW, Nov 16 at 0723, the `W` weather beacon from the SE California desert, very weak but strong enough to pin down the frequency. Between the W`s, sends various other letters and numbers, such as 2, 6, E E E. Again audible at 1340 check (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1904 monitoring: confirmed Wednesday November 15 at 2200 on WBCQ, 7490v, VG S9+20/30. This broadcast is now ``in season``, off to a good start with plenty of nighty propagation, but not too much. Sunset is early! 3:57 pm EST in nearby Presque Isle = 2057 UT, per timeanddate.com.
But not confirmed, next broadcast UT Thu Nov 16 at 0030 on WBCQ, 9330v-CUSB --- can`t even confirm it is on the air (Nearby stations: 9395 WRMI VG with BS, 9370 WWRB fair delayed behind 9395; 9265 WINB poor; 9455 WRMI VG with Oldies; 7490 WBCQ fair-good.) Next:
Thu 2230   WRMI 5850 to NW
Fri 0030   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 0030   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 0729   HLR  6190-CUSB to WSW
Sat 1531   HLR  7265-CUSB to WSW
Sat 2030v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sat 2230   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 2300   WRMI 11580 to NE
Sun 0200   WRMI 11580 to NE
Sun 0410v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sun 1130   HLR  9485-CUSB to WSW
Mon 0030   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Mon 0400v  WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0430   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Tue 0030   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Tue 0030   WRMI 7730 to WNW
Tue 2030   WRMI 11580 to NE, 9455 to WNW, 7780 to NE [or 1905?]
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 9370, Nov 16 at 0721, JBA carrier --- oh2, bet it`s WWRB again, where Dave failed to change to night BS frequency, 3185 --- yes, nothing there! It would be a nightmare making good to TOM all the transmission failures his psychophants/sickophants paid for (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 1000 kHz, Nov 16 at 1303 UT, toll-free number ad, never a useful clue, but then plug for wilkinsradio.com. Hovering over ``Our Stations`` there we find as suspected KKIM 1000 Albuquerque NM; makes usual slow SAH with KTOK OKC, nulled as much as possible. It`s 7 minutes before LSR here, but way before in ABQ. KKIM is 10000/53 watts U1, also with PSRA of 12.2 watts! Official FCC sunrise for it in November is 1345 UT (December: 1400 UT). No doubt God OKs their cheating (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGST)
UNIDENTIFIED. Trans-Pacific JBA MW carrier search, Nov 16 between 1243 and 1253 UT: Here is where I always start: 774-NW, also weaker from WSW, it seems; 702-WSW; 657-WSW, 594-WSW, 882-?, 972-?; 1035-WSW, 1098-W, 1116-WSW, 1323-WSW, 1566-NW. Also one off-frequency below 666 from WSW, local birdie? Sunrise here 1310 UT (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 6130-USB, Nov 16 at 1330, INTRUDER, 2-way in Spanish, very weak, vs carrier presumably Laos (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 11718-USB, Nov 15 at 2307, VP 2-way in Spanish; het from 11720, nothing on 11715. It seems I continue to be the only monitor documenting these INTRUDERS (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
This report despatched at 1830 UT November 16
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ARLS014 RadFxSat (Fox-1B) Launch Reset for November 18

ARLS014 RadFxSat (Fox-1B) Launch Reset for November 18

The twice-delayed launch of the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta
II rocket that will transport the AMSAT RadFxSat (Fox-1B) CubeSat
carrying an Amateur Radio payload and other payloads into orbit now
is set for Saturday, November 18, at 0947 UTC. The Joint Polar
Satellite System (JPSS)-1 mission launch from Vandenberg Air Force
Base, California, had to be postponed on November 14, ''due to a
range safety hold and high upper-level winds,'' ULA said in a tweet.
The launch had to be put off on November 6 due to a faulty battery
on the booster. AMSAT will blog on the launch in real time on launch
day at, https://www.amsat.org/radfxsat-fox-1b-launch-live-blog/, and
NASA-TV will cover the event.

RadFxSat is one of four CubeSats making up this NASA Educational
Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) XIV mission, riding as secondary
payloads aboard the JPSS-1 mission.

RadFxSat is a partnership with Vanderbilt University's Institute for
Space and Defense Electronics (ISDE) and hosts four payloads for the
study of radiation effects on commercial off-the-shelf components.
It will carry a Fox-1 style FM U/V repeater with an uplink on
435.250 MHz (67.0 Hz CTCSS) and a downlink on 145.960 MHz. Satellite
and experiment telemetry will be downlinked via the DUV subaudible
telemetry stream, which can be decoded using FoxTelem software.

AMSAT will have more information on the launch and its early
operations, and it will post the first telemetry reception. More
launch updates are available from ULA via Facebook, Twitter, or
Instagram, with hashtags #DeltaII and #JPSS1.
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quarta-feira, 15 de novembro de 2017

ARLS013 RadFxSat (Fox-1B) Launch Scrubbed Again, but More Foxes are on the Way!

ARLS013 RadFxSat (Fox-1B) Launch Scrubbed Again, but More Foxes are
on the Way!


The launch of the already-delayed United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta
II rocket that will transport the RadFxSat (Fox-1B) CubeSat carrying
an AMSAT Amateur Radio payload and other payloads into orbit was
scrubbed on November 14, with just over 15 minutes to liftoff.

"The launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket carrying the
JPSS-1 mission for NASA and NOAA was scrubbed today, due to a range
safety hold and high upper-level winds," ULA said in a tweet. "The
team is working to establish a new launch opportunity." ULA said
weather balloons found that upper-level wind conditions "are red for
the launch window, causing today's attempt to be scrubbed."

The launch was postponed on November 6 due to a faulty battery on
the booster. RadFxSat is one of four CubeSats making up the NASA
Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) XIV mission, riding as
secondary payloads aboard the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS)-1
mission, set to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

RadFxSat is a partnership with Vanderbilt University's Institute for
Space and Defense Electronics (ISDE) and hosts four payloads for the
study of radiation effects on commercial off-the-shelf components.
It will carry a Fox-1 style FM U/V repeater with an uplink on
435.250 MHz (67.0 Hz CTCSS) and a downlink on 145.960 MHz. Satellite
and experiment telemetry will be downlinked via the DUV subaudible
telemetry stream, which can be decoded using FoxTelem software.

To keep up with launch updates, call the ULA launch hotline, (877)
852-4321, via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, with #DeltaII and
#JPSS1.

Meanwhile, progress continues on getting future Fox payloads into
space. On November 6, AMSAT Vice-President Engineering Jerry Buxton,
N0JY, delivered Fox-1D to Spaceflight, Inc in Seattle, where it was
integrated into its Innovative Solutions in Space QuadPack for
delivery to India. Fox-1D will launch on the next ISRO Polar
Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) flight, scheduled to take place by
the end of December.

In addition to the Fox-1 U/V FM transponder, Fox-1D will carry
several university experiments, including a MEMS gyro from
Pennsylvania State University-Erie, a camera from Virginia Tech, and
the University of Iowa's High Energy Radiation CubeSat Instrument
(HERCI) radiation mapping experiment.

Fox-1D also carries the AMSAT "L-Band Downshifter," which gives the
option of utilizing a 1.2 GHz uplink for the FM transponder.

The NASA ELaNa XX mission that will carry RadFxSat-2 (Fox-1E) into
orbit will take place no earlier than the end of next March, AMSAT
reported recently. The ELaNa XX mission will carry 12 CubeSats
constructed by NASA and by several universities around the US. That
mission will be launched by Virgin Galactic on its LauncherOne air
launch to orbit system from Mojave, California. Like RadFxSat
(Fox-1B), RadFxSat-2 is a partnership opportunity between Vanderbilt
University's ISED and AMSAT and will carry a similar radiation
effects experiment, studying new FinFET technology.

RadFxSat-2 will be the fifth Fox-1 satellite built by AMSAT. Fox-1A,
now AMSAT-OSCAR 85 (AO-85), was launched on October 8, 2015 and is
fully operational, providing science data from its onboard
experiments and FM transponder service for the Amateur Radio
community. Fox-1Cliff and Fox-1D are scheduled to launch soon.

The RadFxSat-2 spacecraft bus will be built on the Fox-1 series but
will feature a linear transponder upgrade to replace the standard FM
transponder used in Fox-1A through Fox-1D. In addition, the uplink
and down-link bands will be reversed from the previous Fox
satellites in a Mode V/U (J). The downlink will feature a 1200 bps
BPSK telemetry channel to carry the Vanderbilt science data in
addition to a 30-kHz wide transponder for Amateur Radio use.
_________________________________________ 
ARRL Web site <memberlist@www.arrl.org>
SB SPACE @ ARL $ARLS013
ARLS013 RadFxSat (Fox-1B) Launch Scrubbed Again, but More Foxes are
on the Way!
ZCZC AS13
QST de W1AW
Space Bulletin 013  ARLS013
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington, CT  November 15, 2017
To all radio amateurs 

[HCDX] Glenn Hauser logs November 13-14-15, 2017

** AUSTRALIA. 5045, Nov 14 at 1246, VP carrier, JBA, presumed Ozy Radio, which is currently active and well heard much later by Ron Howard in California, Mick Delmage in Alberta. Sunrise here is 1308 UT, heading toward latest approx. 1345 by early January (while earliest sunset of approx. 2315 will be reached by early December) (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1904, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** BIAFRA [non]. 11530, Mon Nov 13 at 1933, another check of the new/revived/fake? Radio Biafra via WRMI. Reception is better today, VG S9+10, and stronger than 11580 WRMI which aims northeast, while 11530 presumably aims east (nominally 44 and 87 degrees: no slewing possible); and seems a duplicate of yesterday`s broadcast, with repeated info on schedule; YL announcer sometimes slips again on ``11530``, leaving out the zero or stumbling over it; identifies herself, name sounds something like ``Ifomo Kurafo``. ``Special announcement`` again at 1937 by OM. 1944 YL makes an announcement in language, Igbo? No doubt that it`s WRMI, since a partial BZ ID plays, cut off the air just before 2000.
But as of Nov 14, the WRMI skedgrid via http://www.tinyurl.com/WRMIfqs ``updated November 9`` still does not show these Biafra broadcasts on 11530! (After the fact, it does show `Broad Spectrum Radio` at 07-08 Monday on 5850 & 7730.)
11530 is already in use for brief broadcasts from two transmitters: #3 at 22-24, 160 degrees to S America; and #10 also 160, but --- blank = extremely brief, no entries during the 24 hours. Only certain transmitters can be connected to each antenna. The only overt use of the Africa beam 87 degrees is #7 on 21525 at 14-21, which apparently continues. A number of other transmitters were idle during the two Biafra blox: at 05-06, #3, 7, 8, 10 and 14; at 19-20, #2, 3, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14.
I was too busy recording WOR 1904 between 19 and 20 Nov 14 to check whether Biafra was again airing, the same stuff? that day on 11530.
But Richard Langley, NB, was covering this! ``Recorded 11530 kHz this afternoon using the U. Twente SDR receiver. Nothing heard. I would have expected a broadcast from WRMI beamed to Nigeria would provide at least some signal into Europe. Also, I do not see the Biafra program on the current WRMI grid. Furthermore, 11530 kHz transmitted by either transmitter 3 or 10 has used an antenna with a beam azimuth of 160?, i.e., to South America. Unless they can connect to a different antenna, how do they hope to get a signal to Africa on 11530 kHz?``
Other comments have come in earlier about this: altho he could not hear the 7240 broadcast on Nov 12, Ivo Ivanov in Bulgaria does report it on Nov 14, and evaluates the others as of Nov 13:
```Updated schedule of Radio Biafra, Nov 14:
0500-0558 on  7240 ISS 100 kW / 170 deg to WeAf English, very good
0500-0600 on 11530 YFR 100 kW / 087 deg to WeAf English, weak/fair
1900-2000 on 11530 YFR 100 kW / 087 deg to WeAf English, very poor``
BTW, Even HFCC has finally replaced ``YFR`` with ``RMI`` for Okeechobee site! Let us all do so, RIP YFR.
Antonello Napolitano, Taranto, Italia of DX Fanzine, replies Nov 14:
``Hi Glenn, It seems that Radio Biafra over WRMI is a "black" clandestine station. According to a friend of mine from Nigeria who belongs to Igbo ethnic group and supports IPOB, the news you heard over Radio Biafra that Nnamdi Kandi has been removed is a fake news. She sent me this long comment by a Biafra militant. As you can see it is said that the true Radio Biafra is from London and Radio Biafra International --- which is available at http://www.radiobiafrainternational.co/
is a fake station. Let me say, I am a little bit confused because as you reported the station you heard claimed to be broadcasting from London and they said: "People of Biafra have decided to dismiss and remove the director of Radio Biafra and IPOB". According to Biafra militants that is not true, so we have to assume that a propaganda war is progressing in Nigeria. (Sorry for capital letters but I am including here just the original wording without editing).
Quoted: [sic] ATTENTION PLEASE: BIAFRANS SHOULD DISREGARD THIS FAKE NEWS GOING ROUND THE SOCIAL MEDIA, ALLEGING THAT OUR GREAT LEADER MAZI NNAMDI KANU HAS BEING SACK , THIS FAKE NEWS FROM PIT OF HELL SAID THAT IT WAS ANNOUNCED IN RADIO BIAFRA WHICH RADIO? THE FAKE RADIO BIAFRA international ,BIAFRA HAS ONLY ONE TRUE RADIO WHICH IS RADIO BIAFRA LONDON OTHER ONES ARE FAKE AND ANY NEWS NOT FROM RADIO BIAFRA LONDON IS FAKE AS SIMPLE AS THAT, I WANT TO MAKE IT ABUNDANT CLEAR HERE TO ALL MY FELLOW BIAFRANS, OUR LEADER MAZI NNAMDI HAS NEVER BEING SACKED OR REPLACED BY ANY BODY, THEY SAID ONE IMBECILE WITH THE NAME EZENWACHUKWU UKWUDILI HAS REPLACED HIM, HAHAHAHA VERY PATHETIC, ONE WILL ASK WHERE IS THIS FOOL WITH THE NAME SINCE WHEN ARE FIGHTING FOR THIS COURSE , NOBODY KNOWS.
IPOB IS STILL UNDER THE MENTORSHIP AND COMMAND OF OUR GREAT LEADER MAZI NNAMDI KANU TILL TOMORROW, WE WILL FIGHT WITH HIM TILL OUR LAST BREATH, ALL WE KNOW IS THAT ARMY TOOK HIM AWAY, ON 14 SEPTEMBER WHEN THEY INVADED HIS HOME TOWN AND KILL 28 BIAFRANS THERE, SINCE THEN WE HAVE NOT HEARD FROM OUR LEADER, WE ARE TELLING THE NIGERIA MILITARY TO RELEASE OUR LEADER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
MEANWHILE WE HAVE COME TO UNDERSTAND THAT THOSE FORE FRONT IN SPREADING THIS FAKE NEWS IS THE FAKE RADIO BIAFRA international (RBi) OWNED BY SACKED IPOB DOS , CLIFFORD IROANYA AND THEIR DEVILISH PARTNERS IN CRIME ,THEIR ARE ALSO BEHIND THE LYING MEDIA BODY KNOWN AS "SOLDIERS OF JUSTICE (SOJ).
WE ASK EVERY REAL BIAFRAN TO REMAIN RESOLUTE BECAUSE AT THE END LIGHT OVERTAKE DARKNESS,NEVERTHELESS THE BROWN ENVELOPE MEDIA PERSONEL BEHIND DAILY POST NEWS HAS JOINED THESE SHENANIGANS SET OF PEOPLE TO TARNISH THE GOOD IMAGE OF IPOB UNDER OUR GREAT LEADER MAZI NNAMDI KANU,BUT AT THE END WE ALWAYS WIN, WE MUST CONTINUE`` end quote
(Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1904, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
Regarding the websites, I did not hear the 11530 station announce either website; merely looked up Radio Biafra in the WRTH 2017 and referred to what is there. Kai Ludwig replies further, too late to include on WOR 1904:
`` > http://www.radiobiafrainternational.co/
Would be worth to check if the stream there is // 11530/7240 when on air.
> Let me say I am a little bit confused because as you reported
> the station you heard claimed to be broadcasting from London
Of course. All variants of related articles, such as
http://www.thebiafratelegraph.co/2017/11/revealed-lai-mohammed-hires-uk-media.html
advise the followers to make sure that they listen to "Radio Biafra broadcasting from London or through London".
So it's no surprise whatsoever that a faked Radio Biafra will insert pronounced announcements that they are "broadcasting from London".
The whole stunt is no surprise as well, considering how the RMI-brokered transmissions of Radio Biafra via Issoudun came to an end two years ago. Kai`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA [and non]. 5040, Nov 14 at 0005, now this RHC hour is in English. It`s now the UT day that Arnie postponed effectiveness of his new schedule to, not checked again until 0714: 6165 has finally been reactivated, and not 6145 as per one of his versions --- but it`s in Spanish instead of English! Also on air now are 6100 and 6060 in Spanish, all of which are supposed to be English at 0600-0800. And 6000 too, but it`s off the air.
11650, Nov 14 at 1409, RHC new morning frequency in Spanish is on, but with Asian CCI from CRI, Commies vis Commies, just as I suspected, if Arnie had checked HFCC which he boycotts, or NDXC/Aoki: 11-13 English from Urumqi, 12-14 Esperanto from Beijing, 14-15 Amoy from Kunming. And it`s weaker than // 11760, 11840, and also new 11950.
17580 is on, Nov 14 at 1420, but not 17730. At 1434, none of the 6 MHz frequencies, but 9535 is still on.
11840 is now a morning frequency, at 1437, and just like in the evening, accompanied by weak but clearly audible spurs plus and minus 10 kHz on 11830 and 11850. 11830 has a SAH, however: per Aoki/NDXC that would be RFE/RL in Tajik via Lampertheim, GERMANY from 1400.
15505, Nov 14 at 1413, here we go again: as I am belatedly checking for Bangladesh, instead get a huge dirty RHC spurblob close to here out of the broken 15370 transmitter which itself sounds OK, and then find many other blobs of the same ilk, at first spaced about 67.5 kHz apart, but without specific carriers impossible to pin down beyond a range of up to 5 kHz each: approx.: 15437, 15571, 15636, 15703 (too close to China relay), 15771? And on minus side: 15303, 15238, 15171, 15104, 15037, 14972. All of which are capable of causing interference to legitimate stations on the 19m band.
However, at 1503 recheck, the spurs are unheard, while 15370 is still on. They did something. This is at least the third morning recently I have caught such spuriosity out of RHC. In previous report I forgot to utter, ``something`s always wrong at RHC``. So let me try to atone for that: something`s always wrong at RHC. There`s always something wrong at RHC. Always, *somethings* wrong at RHC! (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1904, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
15370 is also on in afternoons when I do not hear the spurs; different transmitter? Nov 14 at 2125 in French (strange accent I first thought could be Creole), but // 15140 in French also still on an hour later than A-17. 15140 has its problems now: distorted and splattering out to plus and minus 20 kHz. There`s always something wrong at RHC.
9720, Nov 14 at 2257, open carrier from RHC new frequency heard for first time; VG S9+45; 2300 sharp, a minute+ of piano jazz, 2301:20 IS and theme, live French ID sign-on can give us temp of 29, but not any frequencies or times! 9720 is supposed to follow at 0000 in English, both ex-11880 and ex-one hour earlier in A17 (but during the 2+week transition period, new times and old frequency were sometimes heard).
Fortunately, I check 9720 just in time again to confirm it in English, at 0057 UT November 15 --- and it`s off! Quick survey of other frequencies finds English music wrapping up on 6060 instead! Since it matches the English really on 5040. Is this a mistake, or did Arnie change his mind again? Something`s always wrong at RHC.
O, I was not just in time: Richard, Langley says, ``RHC noted this evening here in NB with English on 9720 kHz with abrupt sign-off in mid-sentence at about 0055 UT ``. Well, then, English was additionally on 6060 during at least part of that hour.
At 01-02 there is now supposed to be a one-hour hiatus in English, during what would be considered prime time in half of North America, and a quick survey mid-hour indeed finds no English frequencies on, but Spanish now on 6060; instead extending English far into the night (if they can pull it off accurately; not yet), until 0800.
6000 & 6165, Nov 15 at 0217 check are indeed on in English now but very undermodulated compared to e.g. 6060 and 5040 in Spanish (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** ITALY [non]. 11580, Tuesday November 14 at 2309, WRMI in Italian but sprinkled with English, interview about ``chewing gum``, i.e. goma di masticare, on `Made in Italy` program, refers to http://www.chewingreen.com [Note: only one G], which exists about the only gum made in Italy, of course, from natural ingredients. Next topic: ``baked potato``. Sounds like a fun show even if an infomercial. WRMI sked now has it Tue & Thu at 2300 on 11580, alternating with `Viva Miami` (still Spanish about South Africa), M/W/F. Aoki tries to keep up with individual programs on WRMI, showing instead FG Radio on Tue & Thu. If that has run out of new episodes, maybe it`s getting outphased: check again Wednesday at 1400 on 9955 before WORLD OF RADIO.
Strange as it may seem, WRMI has become a major world SW broadcaster in the Italian language with some other shows too! You would not know this from the ADDX language search site
http://www.addx.de/Hfpdat/plaene.php
which ignores all of these WRMI shows in favor of three hours a day from China, one hour from Romania, one from Iran, one from Cairo if it exist, half an hour from Turkey, one Argentine hour via WRMI, and miscellaneous from Vatican (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1903 monitoring: Confirmed UT Tue Nov 14 at 0030 on 7730, good. NOT confirmed simultaneously UT Tue Nov 14 at 0030 on WBCQ, 9330v-CUSB, being inaudible (but this time the other USAs on 9 MHz band are JBA); while 7490 is still propagating OK.
WORLD OF RADIO 1904 contents: Argentina non, Australia, Biafra non, Canada, Cuba, Japan, Korea North non, Kurdistan non, M?xico, Nigeria, North America, Norway, Oklahoma non, Papua New Guinea, Per?, Philippines, Romania, South Carolina, Tibet non, Turkey, UK, USA
WORLD OF RADIO 1904 monitoring: This week I manage to get it finished an hour earlier, in time for first airing on three frequencies instead of one: Tuesday November 14 at 2030 on WRMI. I tune in 7780 at 2029 and find Brother Scare still running, but at 2030 sharp, cuts him off, no ID, and cuts on yours truly starting 1904.
Jeff doesn`t tell us about WOR schedule changes, altho any additions or improvements are always welcome! This means that there could be other WOR airings carved out of TOM times as yet undiscovered. I cannot legitimately ask anyone to monitor hours and hours of BS in case there are more WORs, but if anyone *happens* to hear an airing inserted anywhere else not on the published schedule, please let me know, like Harold Frodge did after discovering 7780 on October 31!
Comparing the three 2030 frequencies as received here: 7780 to NE, S8-S6 with noise and some uteblaaps; 9455, S9-S7, less fading than: 11580, S9-S7 slightly less modulation than 9455.
Wolfgang B?schel also checked these out via remote receivers:
``re 2030 UT WRMI. In Alberta remote only weak signal 11580 heard, on 9455 only China jamming tsching, baeng, music instruments against IBB Saipan Agingan Point MRA. 7780 NIL nothing in Alberta western Canada.
In Michigan all three: 7780 S=9+5dB, 9455 S=4, and 11580 kHz S=9+10dB WoR on air. 73, wolfie df5sx``
Also confirmed here Tue Nov 14 at 2130 on WRMI 9455 only: it`s good but with CCI underneath now audible, i.e. the ChiCom jamming.
Again not confirmed, UT Wed Nov 15 at 0030 on WBCQ: no signal detectable on 9330v-CUSB (9265 WINB is poor; 9370 WWRB, 9395 WRMI, and 7490 WBCQ are still good). Next:
Wed 1030   WRMI 5850 to NW, 9455 to WNW
Wed 1415   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 2200   WBCQ 7490 to WSW
Thu 0030   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Thu 2230   WRMI 5850 to NW
Fri 0030   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 0030   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 0729   HLR  6190-CUSB to WSW
Sat 1531   HLR  7265-CUSB to WSW
Sat 2030v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sat 2230   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 2300   WRMI 11580 to NE
Sun 0200   WRMI 11580 to NE
Sun 0410v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sun 1130   HLR  9485-CUSB to WSW
Mon 0030   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Mon 0400v  WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0430   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Tue 0030   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Tue 0030   WRMI 7730 to WNW
Tue 2030   WRMI 11580 to NE, 9455 to WNW, 7780 to NE
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WRMI: see also BIAFRA [non]; ITALY [non]
** U S A. 15555-USB, Nov 14 at 2123, WJHR barely audible gospel huxter, with het QRM, but maybe from local devices. Seldom heard any more, especially when I am apt to check around *1402. So is it sporadically on the air, or sporadically propagating? Everything that can be said, no doubt already has been said multiple times from the recordings of dead John Hill (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 17775, Tue Nov 14 at 2127, KVOH is still on with musicalabanza, S9+30, presumably until 2200+v*; OSOB but soon to be joined at 2130 by Japan via WHRI on 17540, prolonged from A-17 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
This report dispatchd at 0233 UT November 15
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OPDX Bulletin 1339 November 13, 2017

OPDX Bulletin 1339 November 13, 2017
The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1339
BID: $OPDX.1339
November 13, 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, W3UR & The Daily DX, W6NV, W6SZN, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m DX News, WD8IOU, DL1SBF, DL7BC, DL7UXG & The DX News Letter, DxCoffee.com, DXNews.com, DX-World.Net, ES1CW, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, ON5SWA, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Radio Club Argentino (LU4AA), RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, VA3RJ & ICPO, VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) and YO3JW for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 5th/November, through Sunday, 12th/November there were 224 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3C, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4W, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9U, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, DL, DU, E5/n, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FH, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J6, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, K, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ4, PJ5, PY, PZ, S0, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T2, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TR, TT, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9C, VK9L, VK9M, VK9N, VK9X, VP2E, VP2M, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YN, YO, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS
PLEASE NOTE: The report "could" contain "Pirate/SLIM" operations or more likely a "BUSTED CALLSIGN". As always, you never know - "Work First Worry Later".

3C1, EQUATORIAL GUINEA (Update). By the time you read this, operators
Yuris/YL2GM and Kaspars/YL3AIW should be QRT as 3C1L from Luba located
on the ocean's coast. ClubLog.org shows as of 0315z, November 9th, the
3C1L team made 35143 QSOs with 12481 unique callsigns (28307/CW, 1532/RTTY
and 5304/SSB). Breakdown is: 246/AF, 3708/AS, 22191/EU, 8118/NA, 78/OC
and 802/SA. QSL via YL2GN direct or ClubLog's OQRS (direct or Bureau).
Look for the logs to be uploaded to LoTW six months after their operations.
Updates are being posted to:       http://www.lral.lv/3c0l_3c1l
LAST MINUTE UPDATE (November 12th): Operation is over. 3C1L is QRT since
November 12 05:00 GMT. Around 42,000 QSOs made it into 3C1L log during
roughly 16 days of on-the-air time. Plus 32,447 QSOs in 3C0L log in 12
days on the air. Yuris will upload the last part of 3C1L log today in
the evening when in Malabo. Their flight home is on November 13 morning.

3D2/R, ROTUMA ISLAND (Update). Operators Tony/3D2AG, Heye/DJ9RR, Erno/
DK2AMM, Hans/DL6JGN and Ronald/PA3EWP will be active as 3D2EU from Rotuma
Island (OC-060) between February 23rd and March 16th, 2018. They will have
two radio locations on the western peninsula of Rotuma. One in Fapufa in
the south. This is the annual QTH of Tony. The second QTH is in Maftoa on
the north coast. This is a joint operation using the resources of Tony and
the European group. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and
the Digital modes. The team will use two stations (2x K3, 1x Expert 1,
3k-FA and 1x Tokyo Hy-Power HL-1.1KFX), a Spiderbeam and vertical antennas.
Subject to a reliable Internet connection, they will upload the log to
ClubLog on a daily basis. Otherwise the complete log will be uploaded
upon their return. QSL via DK2AMM (OQRS, direct, by the Bureau, LoTW).
They now have a Web page online at:     http://www.rotuma2018.de

3V, TUNISIA. SWL Ashraf "Ash", 3V4-002 (KF5EYY), will be active as 3V8SS
from the "Radio Club Station of Tunisian Scouts" in Sousse, during the
CQWW DX CW Contest (November 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power
entry. QSL via LoTW or to LX1NO. Read about Ashraf on the following Web
page at:                     http://www.kf5eyy.info

5A, LIBYA. Abubaker, 5A1AL, has found the new FT8 mode to operate on the
30 meter band. QSL via his home callsign. QRZ.com states, "Last log update
into ClubLog was on November 8th, at 2330 UTC.

5B, CYPRUS. Alex, SQ9UM, is now active as 5B/SQ9UM from Cyprus (AS-004)
until November 17th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-6 meters,
including 30/17/12m, using CW, RTTY, PSK and FT8. QSL via his home
callsign.

5N, NIGERIA. Bodo, DF8DX (ex-DL3OCH), will once again be active as 5N7Q
from the Voice Of Nigeria in Abuja between November 12-16th. Activity
will be limited to his spare time (there working) on 80-10 meters using
mostly CW. QSL via DF8DX, LoTW or ClubLog's OQRS.

6W, SENEGAL. Willy, ON4AVT, will be active as 6W/ON4AVT from Mbour some-
time in February 2018. Activity will be on 20 meters using CW, SSB, PSK31
and PSK63. Equipment is a Yaesu FT891 transceiver into a Buddipole antenna.
QSL via his home callsign.

9U, BURUNDI (Update). Members of the Mediterraneo DX Club are now active
as 9U4M until November 17th. Activity is on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB,
RTTY and FT8 (see OPDX.1338 for frequencies). ClubLog.org shows as of 1618z,
November 12th, the 9U4M team made 32833 QSOs with 11773 unique callsigns
(16016/CW, 13051/SSB, 3469/RTTY and 297/FT8). Breakdown is: 474/AF, 2847/AS,
23359/EU, 5196/NA, 131/OC and 826/SA. QSL via IK2VUC, direct, by the Bureau,
ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW. For more details and updates, see:
                        http://www.mdxc.org/9u4m

ARGENTINA NEWS (new bands/other bands get extended). The Radio Club
Argentino (LU4AA), IARU Member Society, informs the international amateur
community that they have succeeded with its petition to their local
communications authorities, having granted new privileges to the Amateur
Radio Service on 630m and 60m as well as getting extensions on existing
allocations on 160m, 80m and 30m. The new allocations are the final
result of efforts made by the RCA during its participation in the pre-
paratory meetings of the WARC '07, '12 and '15; and will be effective
in 90 days.
       New allocations              Extended allocations
   -------------------------      -----------------------
   630m -- 472­479 kHz            160m -- 1800­2000 kHz
    60m -- 5351.5­5366.5 kHz       80m -- 3500­4000 kHz
                                   30m -- 10100­10150 kHz

AU2, INDIA (Special Event). Look for special event station AU2JCB to be
active between November 23rd and December 11th. Activity will be on 40-10
meters using SSB. Suggested frequencies are (depending on the propagation):
3710, 7040, 7150, 14210, 14250, 14310, 21235, 21310, 21350, 28490, 28510
and 28545 kHz. On FM Mode: 6m - 50800 and 51500; 10m 29700 kHz If higher
bands are open, operations will be on those bands. The operator will be
Surabhi, VU2DSI. QSL direct (with 2 IRCs) to VU2DSI. Operations are to
celebrate the 159th anniversary of the birth (November 30th) of Sir
Jagadeesh Chandra Bose, India's great scientist and inventor who they
consider the "Father of Wireless Communication". For more details, see
the following Web page at:     http://www.qsl.net/vu2msy/JCBOSE.htm

C2, NAURU (Reminder). Operators Kuni/JA8VE, Mat/JA1JQY and Kaoru/JA3MCA
are now active as C21VE, C21JY and C21JY, respectively from Nauru (OC-031)
until November 14th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and
RTTY. QSL via their home callsigns, direct or by the Bureau.

CR2/CU4/CT8, AZORES (Rare IOTA/Update). Operators Alan/K0AV and Oliver/W6NV
will activate the rare IOTA Graciosa Island (EU-175) in the Azores Group
between November 21-28th. Oliver, W6NV, will be active as CR2M during the
CQWW DX CW Contest (November 25-26th), while Alan, K0AV, will be active
as CU4DX during the contest. Look for Oliver to sign as CT8/W6NV on the
lower bands prior to the contest. Look for Alan to be active as CT8/K0AV
before the contest with possible SOTA activations and some 60 meters. QSL
CT8/W6NV via W6NV direct. QSL CT8/K0AV via K0AV direct. QSL CR2M via LoTW.
QSL CU4DX via LoTW.

CR3, MADEIRA ISLAND. Jose, CT1BOH, will be active as CR3OO during the
QCQWW DX CW Contest (November 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry.
QSL via LoTW.

DXCC NEWS.................
  4W/OZ1AA -- It has been reported that Thomas, OZ1AA, states his 4W/OZ1AA
              log from East Timor has been uploaded to LoTW and "the
              operation has been approved for DXCC."

  FT5XT    -- QSL Manager Stephane, F4DXW, reports "good news" as "all
              the proofs were sent to the ARRL by email and by mail (paper
              copy) to accredit the FT5XT activities and also FT5WQ."
              Sharon Taratula, Awards Manager, has told Stephane that
              both operations are now approved for DXCC credit. The
              FT5XT operation was from Kerguelen Island on October 11th.
              Gil has not yet been active this year as FT5WQ from Crozet.
              Also, LoTW certificate has been requested for both calls and
              Stephane says once received he'll upload the FT5XT logs.

ED8, CANARY ISLANDS. An international contest team will be active as ED8X
from La Palma Island (IOTA AF-004, DIE S-012, WLOTA 1276, EAA TF) during
the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 25-26th) as a Multi-Single entry. Operators
mentioned are Kresimir/9A5K, Emir/E77DX, Krassimir/K1LZ, Velimir/K3JO,
Alexey/RA1A, Alexey/RN1AM, Vladimir/RW1A, Andrey/RW7K, Adi/S55M, Alexandru/
YO8TTT, Ionut/YO9WF and Tiberiu/YO9GZU. QSL via LoTW or RN3RQ.

FY/TO2, FRENCH GUIANA. Hartwig, DL7BC, will be active as FY/DL7BC/p from
French Guiana in 2 weeks. He tells OPDX that he will leave for his first
visit (reaching there on Saturday, November 25th), but first will have to
set up an antenna of his friend Bruno, FY4VA (also DH1BL, ex-FY4VOS).
Hartwig will go back to DL-land on December 7th in the afternoon, so he
might close down the station on the 7th around noon time. His second visit
will then take place around March 12-13th, 2018, and then he will return
home probably on March 26th. He will be active as TO2BC during the BARTG
HF RTTY (March 17-18th, 2018) and CQWW WPX SSB (March 24-25th) contests.
Again, look for him to be active as FY/DL7BC/p before and after the
contests. Activity will be on 40-10 meters (possibly 80m) using a Kenwood
TS590SG into a Spiderbeam for 20-10m with WRTC-40m-extension and a Triple-
Leg for 40m. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.
Watch his Web page for updates at:     http://www.qslnet.de/dl7bc

FY, FRENCH GUIANA. Operator Didier, FY5FY, will be active during the CQWW
DX CW Contest (November 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m)/Low-
Power entry. QSL via FY5FY.

GREEN PARTY AND WWFF ACTIVITIES.......
  VKFF-0622 -- By VK3TKK; November 13th; between 0300-0700z; French
               Island National Park; 7150 khz SSB; Try 80 & 40m
  VKFF-0744 -- By VK3XV/P; November 13th; between 0300-0700z; Cape Conran
               Coastal Park
  VKFF-0119 -- By VK2AWJ; November 13-14th; Croajingolong National Park;
               7144 kHz SSB
  VKFF-0618 -- By VK2AWJ; November 13-14th; Alfred National Park; 7144
               kHz SSB
  VKFF-0158 -- By VK3XV/P; November 13-14th; Morning Errinundra National
               Park; 7144 kHz SSB
  VKFF-0026 -- By VK5PAS/2 and VK5FMAZ/2; November 14th; between 0300-
               0700z; Ben Boyd National Park; 7144 kHz SSB
  VKFF-0455 -- By VK3XV/P; November 14th; between 0300-0700z; Snowy
               River National Park; 7144 kHz SSB
  VKFF-0761 -- By VK5PAS/3 and VK5FMAZ/3; November 14-15th; Lake Tyers
               State Park; 7144 kHz SSB
  VKFF-0321 -- By VK2AWJ; November 14-15th; Mitchell River National
               Park; 7144 kHz SSB
  VKFF-0962 -- By VK5PAS/3 and VK5FMAZ/3; November 15th; between 0300-
               0700z; Colquhoun Regional Park; 7144 kHz SSB
  VKFF-0556 -- By VK3ZPF/P; November 15th; between 0300-0700z; Yarra
               Ranges National Park; 7144 kHz SSB; Also 80/20/15/12/10m
  VKFF-0321 -- By VK3XV/P; November 15th; between 0300-0700z; Mitchell
               River National Park; 7144 kHz SSB
  VKFF-0480 -- By VK5PAS/3 and VK5FMAZ/3; November 15-16th; Tarra-Bulga
               National Park; 7144 kHz SSB
  VKFF-0484 -- By VK2AWJ; November 15-16th; The Lakes National Park;
               7144 kHz SSB
  VKFF-0626 -- By VK5PAS/3 and VK5FMAZ/3; November 16th; between 0300-
               0700z; Morwell National Park; 7144 kHz SSB
  VKFF-0758 -- By VK3XV/P; November 16th; between 0300-0700z; Holey
               Plains State Park; 7144 kHz SSB
  VKFF-0020 -- By VK2AWJ; November 17-18th; Baw Baw National Park;
               7144 kHz SSB
  OHFF-0011 -- By OH6EFH/p;  November 19th; OHFF-0019 Leivonmaki National
               Park; 80m SSB; Operator Kai, OH6EFH

  For more information about WWFF upcoming operations, see:
                           http://wwff.co/agenda
  Also suggest URLs: 
         World-Wide -- https://www.facebook.com/groups/WWFF44
           USA      -- https://www.facebook.com/groups/parksontheair
  A special DXCluster for WWFF is available at: http://wwff.co/dx-cluster
  Canada Flora & Fauna (VEFF) link is: 
              https://www.facebook.com/groups/Canadawwffveff
  Other links for VEFF are: 
  Home Page at: http://www.qsl.net/va3rj/veff.html
  Yahoo Groups: https://groups.yahoo.com/group/veff
  PLEASE NOTE: Yahoo Groups might be removed if the Facebook Group works
  as expected.  However, it will remain online well into the New Year 2018.

HK0, SAN ANDRES AND PROVIDENCIA (Reminder). By the time you read this,
members of the Yaguarete DXers Group will be active as 5K0T from San
Andres Island (NA-033) until November 25th.  Activity will be on 160-10
meters using CW, SSB and various Digital modes. QSL via LU1FM.

HP8, PANAMA. Operators Mike/W1USN and Bob/AA1M will once again be active
as HP8/W1USN and HP8/AA1M, respectively, from Panama between February
1-15th, 2018. Activity will be on various HF bands using CW, SSB and the
Digital modes. QSL HP/W1USN via W1USN direct or LoTW. QSL HP/AA1M via
AA1M direct or LoTW.

HQ9, HONDURAS (Update). Operators Dennis/W1UE, Paul/K1XM and Charlotte/
KQ1F will be active as HQ9X during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November
25-26th) as a Multi-2 entry. They will be operating from Chillax Roatan
(NA-057). QSL via KQ1F. Operators will be active outside of the contest
signing homecall/HR9. W1UE will be there between November 11-27th, and
K1XM/KQ1F will be there between November 18-27th.

IOTA NEWS..............
  SA-040/
  SA-093.  (Update/Postpone). Reports indicate that Martin, LU9EFO, has
           stated [edited], "Due to the strike of pilots of the Avianca
           Local Airline of Colombia, the team of the DXpeditions to IOTA
           SA-040 and SA-093 (operators Martin Butera/LU9EFO and Camilo
           Andres Fierros Castellanos/HK3TU), have decided to postpone
           their DXpedition until February of next year."

  PLEASE NOTE: Since the Webmasters of the new  have
  decided NOT to post or dedicate a Web page to announced upcoming IOTA
  operations, PLEASE send your IOTA operations information to the OPDX
  and we will post it here in an upcoming bulletin......

J5T GUINEA BISSAU DXPEDITION (Reminder). The Italian DXpedition Team will
be active as J5T from Bubaque Island (AF-020) this week between November
13-26th. They expect to have 4 stations on all HF bands (no 50 MHz), using
CW and SSB, and RTTY one band only, to be chosen. It was also mentioned
that there will not be any FT8 operations. You can participate in the J5T
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
QSL via I2YSB direct, OQRS or LoTW.

JW, SVALBARD. Erik, LA2US, will once again be active as JW2US from Bear
Island (IOTA EU-027) for the next 6 months starting in early December.
Activity will be limited to his spare time and he will operate on various
HF Bands mostly CW at the lower band edges and IOTA frequencies. Also,
on this trip he will be on BPSK, FT8 and RTTY. Equipment is a FT-450D,
Signalink USB, Expert 1K-FA and a OCFD antenna. QSL via ClubLog's OQRS,
LoTW or eQSL.

PJ2, CURACAO. Before going to Aruba for the CQWWDXCW Contest, Alex, KU1CW,
will be active as PJ2/KU1CW from Curacao (SA-099) between November 15-20th.
Activity will be on various HF bands. QSL via LoTW.

PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (November 13-19th).......
 Nov/13th AN      Nov/16th  AN     Nov/18th  AN
 Nov/14th AN      Nov/17th  AN     Nov/19th  AN
 Nov/15th HN

   SOLAR REFERENCE KEYS/INDEXES AND GEOMAGNETIC REFERENCE
   ======================================================
    NORMALITY               GEOMAG       K Values    Alpha
   -----------------        ------       --------    ------
   AN  - Above Normal       Quiet        K=0-1       0-7
   HN  - High Normal        Unsettled    K=2         8-15
   LN  - Low Normal         Active       K=3         16-29
   BN  - Below Normal       Minor Storm  K=4         30-49
   DIS - Disturbed          Major Storm  K=5         50-99
   VRY DIS - Very Disturbed Severe Storm K=6-9       100-400

  REALTIME BAND CONDITIONS WEB SITE :
  The purpose of this experimental Web site is to provide 24-7-365 actual
  (REALTIME) band condition information to CW QRPp, QRPe and CW/SSB for
  Contesters interested in increasing their scores. It can also be of
  benefit to other Radio Amateurs to determine band conditions for Nets
  and casual QSO's. This information is NOT based on any software pre-
  dictions or any kind of satellite based readings. It is based on a
  new Ionospheric sounding method called "HF Ionospheric Interferometry"
  which operates very similarly to the PolSAR system used by NASA.

  Also, check out the VOACAP predication Web page at:
                 http://www.voacap.com/prediction.html
  A daily HF radio wave propagation forecast can be found at:
             https://www.facebook.com/thomasfranklingiellaw4hm
      Also on Twitter: https://twitter.com/@GiellaW4hm

QSL INFO AND NEWS...................
  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX by Lothar, DL1SBF (November 12th) 
  --------------------------------------------------------------------
  3B9FR via M0OXO (O)       HF40PLV via SP3CGK    PA25ZWN via PI4ZWN
  4J3J via RW6HS (d)    HF6FIRAC via SP6IEQ (B/L) PI4SRN via PA3DHR
  4U1A via UA3DX            HF7ASQ via SP7VC      PJ4/DL5CW via DL5CW
  4X/R1CC via DJ1ND         HF7HB via SP7VC       PJ4/DL5LYM via DL5LYM
  5B/RA1ALA via RA1ALA (d)  HF7JX via SP7VC       SP9IZ via K5QB (B/d)
  9A/IZ3NXC via IK3GES      HG44DSL via HA1DSL    TC630MECCA via TA3X
  C93PA via PA5X & (L)      HG7T via HA7TM        TM100LGG via F4GRW 
  CT8/DL7AFS via DL7AFS     HS0ZLP via DJ9ZB      TM17PGM via F4FCE
  DK0HN via DJ5QE           J68GD via K9AW (d/L)  TM8OMC via F8KGN
  DU7/DK5EW via DK5EW       LX/PC2D via PC2D (L)  TR8CA via F6CBC (d)
  EA7/OG55W via OH2OT (O/L) MW5R via MW0EDX       VP9/DK7LX via DK7LX
  EA8/DM6KG via DM6KG       N4T via WN8Y          W1H via KB1QXJ
  EA8/OH5ZN via OH5ZN       OL1C via OK1ONA       YB0ECT via W2FB
  FP5BZ via F5TJP           OP17RCL via ON3AR     ZW1CML via PY1CML
  H2X via IZ4AMS (d/O)      OP8ON via ON8ON       ZZ2Z via PY2GTA
  HB9/DF4WX via DF4WX       OZ/KH6DXX via DF3XX   ZZ8A via PY1MT
  (e) eQSL only  (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (*-B) DX's- Bureau
  (O) OQRS only  (C) ClubLog only  (L) LoTW only    (88) no QSL required

  LOGS ONLINE AT CLUBLOG.ORG THIS WEEK......
  https://secure.clublog.org/logsearch/4W/OZ1AA
  https://secure.clublog.org/logsearch/9U4M

  NEW QSL ROUTE 9N1AA. Dan, N4GNR, reports, "Satish, 9N1AA, has asked me
  to pick up his QSL duties...so QSL DIRECT to N4GNR. I understand that
  N4AA has a sack full of unanswered cards at his home up to the time of
  his death. I will be getting those cards this week, and I hope to have
  them answered within 2 weeks... and any cards that come in hereafter
  will be answered same day ... Again-- QSL DIRECT to N4GNR...
  73 Dan Cisson N4GNR"
 
  QSLS RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 9U4M, A5A, CN2AA, EA2VE, EL2EL, HB0/DL2SBY,
  JE7JDL, OK1VK, RI1ANO, RI1F (EU-190), RQ6M, TI2DYP, TX5EG, TY2AC,
  VU7T and ZS4JAN

  QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 5A5A, A25BE, NL6/AA7CH (NA-157), RI1F and
  TZ4PR

  QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 4J90UD, 4U1GSC, 4U20B, 9L1A, CT9/DJ9RR,
  HH2/9A7GAE, HL4/JA8COE, IS0ANT, IS0DCR, JD1BON, SV5/DJ5AA, T8CW, T88KK,
  TJ3SN, V51LK, V51MH, XV9NPS, Z61KR and ZF2CJ

SILENT KEY. It has been reported that the Associazione Radioamatori Italiani
(ARI) President Pietro "Mario" Ambrosi, I2MQP, of Rodano, Millepini, Italy,
became a Silent Key (SK) on November 6th, at the age of 74. Mario served for
several decades at the head of Italy's national Amateur Radio organization
and IARU member society. He was also a long-time ARRL member, DXCC card
checker, and a 2005 CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame inductee. Ambrosi was a
DXer and Contester, a member of the ARI DX Club Contest Team, and held #1
Honor Roll and 9-Band DXCC. He also served as a QSL Manager for multiple
stations and was an author of many radio books. OPDX and its readers would
like to send out our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of I2MQP.

ST, SUDAN. DXNews.com reports that Sergey, R4PBW, is currently active as
ST/R4PBW from Khartoum, Sudan. Length of stay is unknown. He is using a
Yaesu FT-847 transceiver and GP Antenna. QSL via eQSL.

TI5, COSTA RICA (Update/Change). Chris, KL9A, will once again be active
from Costa Rica, but as TI7W (not TI5W as first announced) during the
CQWW DX CW Contest (November 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power
entry. QSL TI7W via W4FS. Outside of the contest he will use the callsign
TI5/KL9A. QSL TI5/KL9A via W2GR.

V2, ANTIGUA. Frank, N2FF, will be active as V26FF from English Harbour,
Antigua Island (NA-100), between November 15th and December 7th. Activity
will be on 40/30/17 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes (RTTY and
FT8). Look for him to be in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 25-26th).
QSL via LoTW. PLEASE, send NO cards to Antigua home callsign N2FF.

V3, BELIZE. Michael, K5MDK, will be active as V31MK from Maya Hill Lodge
near central Belize between March 1-5th. Activity will be on various HF
bands.  QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. He also plans
to operate with V31VP during the ARRL International DX SSB Contest (March
4-5th). Watch QRZ.com for more details.

VK, AUSTRALIA. Byron, KF8UN, is expected to be active as VK/KF8UN around
and near the Brisbane area until January 14th. He will be using a G5RV
antenna and running barefoot. QSL via his home callsign.

VK9M, MELLISH REEF (Update). The VK9MA team continues to be active from
Mellish Reef (OC-072) until November 16th. Activity is from Heralds-Beacon
Islet, the only permanent land in the reef, on 160-10 meters using CW,
SSB and RTTY. ClubLog.org shows as of 1628z, November 12th, the VK9MA team
made 36771 QSOs with 12484 unique callsigns (8820/SSB, 25227/CW, 469/FT8
and 2254/RTTY). Breakdown is: 151/AF, 14190/AS, 11197/EU, 9145/NA, 1777/OC
and 311/SA. QSL via N7QT, direct, by the Bureau, ClubLog's OQRS (STRONGLY
RECOMMENDED), LoTW or eQSL. All QSOs will be uploaded to LoTW and eQSL
shortly after the operation. For more details and updates, see:
                          https://vk9ma.com

VP5, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS (6m Op). Dave, W9DR, a well-known 6m op,
will be active as VP5/W9DR from VP5-land (Grid Sq. FL41AW) between June
13-25th, 2018. Activity will be on 6 meters (50.115 MHz) only using CW
and SSB. Dave states that he will be using a SDR Transceiver, 1 KW, 5
element Yagi, Beacon during slow periods, all salt water launch over
North Atlantic to NA and EU/Mid-East." QSL via W9DR direct.

VP9, BERMUDA (Change/Update). Tony, VE3RZ, will be active as VE3RZ/VP9
from the VP9GE apartments on Bermuda between November 19-28th. Activity
will be on various HF bands (especially 160/80m) using mostly CW, some
SSB and the Digital modes (RTTY, FT8). He also plans to be in the CQWW
DX CW Contest (November 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Bands/Assisted/
Low-Power entry. QSL via M0URX's OQRS (direct and Bureau) or LoTW.

VQ9, CHAGOS ISLAND. Kazeno, JO1GWT/KJ6ZHM, is once again active as VQ9KA
near Diego Garcia. The length of his stay is unknown. If like last time,
he will be on 40-10 meters using CW and SSB. He states that if it rains
there will be no operation. Kazeno uses a Yaesu FT-857D into a Buddipole.
QSL via JO1GWT, direct or by the Bureau.

YASME NEWS (Press Release, dated November 6th). Kip Edwards, W6SZN,
Secretary and Director of the Yasme Foundation, sent out the following:
[edited]      YASME FOUNDATION EXCELLENCE AWARDS AND SUPPORTING GRANT
  The Yasme Excellence Award is presented to individuals and groups who,
through their own service, creativity, effort and dedication, have made
a significant contribution to amateur radio. The contribution may be in
recognition of technical, operating or organizational achievement, as all
three are necessary for amateur radio to grow and prosper. The Yasme
Excellence Award is in the form of a cash grant and an individually-
engraved crystal globe.
  The Board of Directors of The Yasme Foundation is pleased to announce
the latest recipients of the Yasme Excellence Award:
    Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA) -- to pick up the world's
  largest amateur radio event on a few months notice and move it to a
  completely different facility is a daunting task. That it went so
  smoothly was a testament to the extraordinary efforts of the 600
  volunteers and event leadership.

    Paul Verhage, KD4STH, and Bill Brown, WB8ELK -- for their leadership
  and continued technical innovation in amateur radio high-altitude bal-
  looning (ARHAB - ). While
  not the traditional means of introduction, ARHAB is exposing hundreds
  of students to amateur radio through an interest in science experimen-
  tation. Both have written extensively about ARHAB and have contributed
  material to the ARRL Handbook.

    Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF and Magda Moses, KM4EGE -- for creating and
  leading the HamSCI (Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation) organization
  that sponsored the Solar Eclipse QSO Party (SEQP). The SEQP was the
  largest amateur radio experiment ever devised and generated the world's
  most extensive set of HF propagation observations during an eclipse.
  Beyond the SEQP, HamSCI is attracting the interest of professional/
  academic researchers such as from numerous universities, the Arecibo
  Radio Observatory in Puerto Rico, MIT’s Haystack Observatory, and HAARP
  facility in Alaska.

    The WSJT Development Team -- initially the work of Joe Taylor, K1JT,
  the WSJT software is now maintained and extended by a team of developers
  led by Bill Somerville, G4WJS; Steve Franke, K9AN; Greg Beam, KI7MT;
  Michael Black, W9MDB; Edson Pereira, PY2SDR; and Nico Palermo, IV3NWV;
  along with Joe Taylor. Their latest digital mode, FT8, combines the
  extraordinary low-SNR performance of JT9 and JT65 with a much faster
  decoding and exchange process.

    Dale Hughes, VK1DSH, -- for his excellent work as Chairman of the
  Amateur Working Group in ITU-R Working Party 5A and as Chairman of the
  sub Working Group dealing with a worldwide 60 meter amateur allocation
  during World Radiocommunication Conference 2015.

    The Board also made a grant to Gary Pearce, KN4AQ, for his production
  and distribution of videos of interest to the amateur radio community
  through Ham Radio Now and YouTube.

  * * * * *
  The Yasme Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation organized to support
  scientific and educational projects related to amateur radio, including
  DXing (long distance communication) and the introduction and promotion
  of amateur radio in developing countries. For additional information
  about The Yasme Foundation, visit our website at .

  Ward Silver, N0AX, President The Yasme Foundation

  Board of Directors: Ward Silver, N0AX, President and Director
                      Ken Claerbout, K4ZW, Vice-President and Director
                      Rusty Epps, W6OAT, Treasurer and Director
                      Kip Edwards, W6SZN, Secretary and Director 
                      Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T, Director
                      Martti Laine, OH2BH, Director
                      Fred Laun, K3ZO, Director 
                      Robert Vallio, W6RGG, Director

ZA1WW & Z60WW -- ALBANIA & KOSOVO IN THE CQWW CW CONTEST (Press Release
from Pristina, Kosovo, dated November 11th). Kip Edwards, W6SZN, sent
out the following: The Kosovar Amateur Radio Association, SHRAK with the
National Association Radioamateurs of Albania, NARA are organizing a
multi-multi effort from the coastal city of Durres in Albania. Fehmi,
Z62FB, and Fatos, ZA1F, are leading the team of locals plus their invited
guests.
  Vjollca, Z61VB, the president of SHARK, observes that these exchange
programs are necessary for the time being while waiting for Kosovo itself
to count for DXCC. As a CQWW multiplier, however, their HQ station Z60A
would  be operated as Z60WW by seasoned contester Olli Rissanen, OH0XX.

ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS. Dan, N6MJ, will once again be active as ZF2MJ from
ZF1A QTH on Grand Cayman Islands (NA-016) during the CQWW DX CW Contest
(November 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. He will be on the island
between November 20-28th. Activity outside of the contest will be on
160-10 meters including 30/17/12 meters. QSL via N6MJ or LoTW.

ZP, PARAGUAY. Manu, ZP9MCE, will be active from Hohenau-Itapúa during the
CQWW DX CW Contest (November 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power
entry. QSL via EA5ZD only.

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