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[HCDX] Glenn Hauser logs December 14-15, 2017

My apology, first try omitted subject line. No change in content:
** BRAZIL. 9664.404, Dec 15 at 0714, Voz Mission?ria with whistling, ID? Has been fairly stable lately around this off-frequency (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA. 7415, Dec 15 at 1537, Firedragon jamming is S9 vs inaudible target, RFA Chinese via Tinian at 15-19 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 5025, Dec 15 at 0707, R. Rebelde is S9 but music is just barely modulated (JBM). Something is always wrong at RadioCuba. Wiggle that patchcord! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 15438, Dec 15 at 1526, extremely distorted spurblob from RHC 15370 which is S9+30, no specific carrier to measure, so I go looking for more at 67-68 kHz intervals, approx.: 15302 at S9+10; weaker 15235 causing ACI to intentional other RHC channel 15230; also circa 15167, 15100, 15504. Another further could be light QRM to Trenton 15034-USB. Somethings are always wrong at Radio Habana Cuba (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 15700, Dec 15 at 1531, CRI English relay is S9+20 but overmodulated/distorted instead of usual undermodulation. Trying too hard? Something`s always wrong at RadioCuba (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 15700, Dec 14 at 2040, S9+20 open carrier. I`m quite sure it`s VOA Greenville-B, warming up for the only-one-hour 2100 broadcast on 15580, which usually is done on nearby 15570 to avoid overlapping with Botswana on 15580 until 2100, but not now. 15700 cuts off at 2048* and I immediately retune to 15570 where the same level OC is now running there (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1908 monitoring: confirmed Thursday December 14 at 2230.5 on WRMI 5850, S9+20; carrier did not come on until *2228.5. Not confirmed UT Fri Dec 15 at 0030 on WBCQ 9330v-CUSB, tho there may be an imagination-level JJBA carrier at times (neighbor 9265 WINB is very poor now too). Next:
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
Tue 2130   WRMI 9455 to WNW [or #1909?]
Full WOR schedule via all media, and podcast access:
http://www.worldofradio.com/radioskd.html
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 9455, Dec 15 at 0710, WRMI-5 is back on the air, S9+10 with Oldies // 9395. 9455 had been AWOL since at least 1054 Dec 13 when first noticed. Still on at 1428 with `The Power Hour`; 1520 back to Oldies // 9395 & >> 7780, as TPH replay only lasts two hours now at 13-15 weekdays. It would make more sense for the replay of Friday afternoon to go out on Saturday morning rather than Monday; unsure which without checking yet (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 17775.149, Dec 15 at 1521, KVOH is S9+30 and distorted in Spanish, but no spur field audible, still off-frequency like Dec 13 at same time (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 1700, Dec 15 at 1422 UT, dead air from stronger station, presumably KKLF Richardson TX, DF seems to fit, while English talk audible from understation, presumably KBGG Des Moines IA (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 1500+, Dec 15 at 1416 UT, het on the plus side to KSTP, roughly NNW/SSE. Doubt it`s my closest KJIM Sherman, often audible and on-frequency; there are three other Texans, closest to the bearing being KANI Wharton; or from LA, KCLF New Roads (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 1710, Dec 15 at 0724 UT, music is JBA but S9 on the meter, sounds like pop and then English? announcer. In that case probably not Ret?n lo que Tienes, Baton Rouge pirate which typically aired screaming gospel huxter in Spanish, not heard for some weeks (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
This report dispatched at 1736 UT December 15
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sexta-feira, 15 de dezembro de 2017

ARLP049 Propagation de K7RA

ARLP049 Propagation de K7RA

Over the past reporting week (December 7-13) we saw three days with
zero sunspots (December 8, 9 and 13). Compared to the previous seven
days, average daily sunspot number more than doubled to 6.9 and
average daily solar flux increased from 69.6 to 71.

One new sunspot group (2691) emerged on December 10 with one spot,
which increased to three over the next two days, but by December 13
it had all disappeared. You can see it at,
http://www.solarham.net/regions/2691.htm .

According to Spaceweather.com as of Thursday, December 14, for all
of 2017 so far 27% of all days have had no visible sunspots.  They
say the blank Sun count for 2016 was 9%. They show the count for
2009 at 71%.

Current sunspot and solar flux numbers are low enough that coverage
for local 75 and 80 meter nets suffers, because they are too low to
reflect back high angle radiation at 3.5-4 MHz.

Geomagnetic numbers were low, with average planetary A index
declining from 11.6 to 7.4, and mid-latitude A index from 8.1 to
5.6.

The latest forecast from USAF and NOAA shows solar flux at 72 on
December 15-17, 75 on December 18-21, 74 on December 22-23, 72 on
December 24-26, 70 on December 27 through January 5, 72 on January
6-8, 74 on January 9-19, 72 on January 20-22, and 70 on January
23-28.

Predicted planetary A index is 5 on December 15-16, then 12, 20, 18,
10 and 8 on December 17-21, 5 on December 22-26, 12 and 8 on
December 27-28, 5 on December 29-30, then 10, 26, 14 and 10 on
December 31 through January 3, 5 on January 4-6, then 14, 16, 14 and
8 on January 7-10, 5 on January 11-12, then 8, 25, 10, 8 and 8 on
January 13-17, 5 on January 18-22, then 12 and 8 on January 23-24, 5
on January 25-26 and 10 and 26 on January 27-28.

The above predictions are updated daily, usually after 2115-2130z,
and are located at, ftp://ftp.swpc.noaa.gov/pub/forecasts/45DF/ .

F.K. Janda, OK1HH sent his geomagnetic activity forecast for the
period December 15 to January 10, 2017:

"Geomagnetic field will be:
Quiet on December 23-24, 26, January 5-6,
Mostly quiet on December 16, 25, January 4,
Quiet to unsettled on December 15, 17, 30, January 7-8
Quiet to active on December 20-22, 27-29, 31, January 3, 9
Active to disturbed on December 18-19, January 1-2, 10

"Amplifications of the solar wind from coronal holes are expected on
December (17,) 18-22, (24-25, 30-31,) January 1-3, (4,) 5-7, (8)

"Parenthesis means lower probability of activity enhancement."

A pretty good post about aurora appeared in an adult Scouting blog
at, https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2017/12/12/northern-lights/ .
It showed nice images of aurora too, although it is important to
keep in mind that the most beautiful and dramatic images are
captured using long exposure times.

This post makes a common error when it says, "The Sun cycles in
about 11 years of increased sunspots," when actually the period of
increased sunspots is somewhere in the middle of this period. Eleven
years is the approximate total length of a typical solar cycle,
which may vary from 9 to 14 years, from one solar minimum to the
next.

English usage nitpick: Instead of "and can hurdle solar particles
toward Earth," I think the word the author had in mind was "hurtle."
They sound mostly the same, so are often confused, according to
http://grammarist.com/spelling/hurdle-hurtle/

The post contains a very useful link to a frequently updated
forecast of aurora at,
http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/products/aurora-30-minute-forecast .

Reports from last weekend's ARRL 10-Meter Contest indicate terrible
conditions. I operated briefly on Saturday, hearing nothing but
local area CW signals, no phone.

Checking the ARRL contest soapbox at,
http://www.arrl.org/contests/soapbox indicates nobody used a dupe
sheet or duplicate checking program because activity was so low,
they didn't need one.

KE2SX in North Carolina (FM05sw) commented that he worked only 6
"very local stations" over the whole weekend, all in his state so
there was only a single multiplier, his own state.

K2AF reported from New Jersey (FN20nu) that this is his favorite
contest, but "This year, I am hoping that I got both station's calls
right so that I don't end up with a negative score."

The latest space weather news from Dr. Tamitha Skov:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KY0l83t1VL0

JT8 (the latest mode from K1JT) seems to have taken the amateur
radio service by storm in recent months, with an amazing rate of
acceptance due to its weak signal capabilities and easy
implementation.

But check out this blog post from NW7US regarding the Olivia mode,
which facilitates actual conversations via weak signals:

http://bit.ly/2kuX7aS

NW7US is a propagation expert who among other things writes and
edits the monthly CQ Magazine Propagation column.

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 December 7-13, 2017 were 11, 0, 0, 11, 13, 13,
and 0, with a mean of 6.9. 10.7 cm flux was 67.9, 69.9, 71.1, 72,
72.3, 71.4, and 72.1, with a mean of 71. Estimated planetary A
indices were 10, 5, 4, 3, 10, 13, and 7, with a mean of 7.4.
Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 9, 4, 3, 2, 8, 9, and 4, with
a mean of 5.6.
NNNN
/EX

ARLD050 DX news

ARLD050 DX news

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
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.  Dirk, DF2XG is QRV as 3W9XG from Hai Phong while here
on work assignment.  Activity is in his spare time on 40 to 10
meters using CW.  His length of stay is unknown.  QSL via operator's
instructions.

GEORGIA, 4L.  Vlad, UA4WHX will soon be QRV as 4L/UA4WHX.  Activity
will be on 40 to 17 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.  His length of
stay is unknown.  QSL to home call.

CYPRUS, 5B.  Alex, 5B4ALX is QRV as special event station 5B4XMAS
until December 31.  Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB
and various digital modes.  QSL via IZ4AMS.

SENEGAL, 6V.  Members of the Amateur Radio Association of Senegal
are QRV as 6V1A from Goree Island, IOTA AF-045, until December 17.
Activity is on the HF bands using CW and SSB.  QSL via 6W7JX.

BARBADOS, 8P.  Ernest, J69Z is QRV as 8P9JB until January 2, 2018.
Activity is on 80 to 10 meters.  QSL direct to home call.

PALESTINE, E4.  Elvira, IV3FSG is QRV as E44YL from Bethlehem until
December 18.  Activity is on the various HF bands using SSB and
possibly digital modes.  QSL via IK3GES.

SOUTH COOK ISLANDS, E5
.  Mauri, AG1LE is QRV as E51DXX from
Rarotonga, IOTA OC-013, until December 29.  Activity is holiday
style on the HF bands using SSB, PSK31 and FT8.  QSL to home call.

CANARY ISLANDS, EA8.  Rieder, HB9FIH is QRV as EA8/HB9FIH from El
Hierro Island, IOTA AF-004, until the end of March 2018.  Activity
is on 80 to 10 meters, and possibly 6 meters, using CW, RTTY, PSK,
and some SSB.  QSL to home call.

SOLOMON ISLANDS, H4.  Shane, VK4KHZ is QRV as H44DA from Busone,
Malaita Province until early January 2018.  Activity is on 80 to 10
meters, and satellite SO-50, but with a primary emphasis on 6
meters.  QSL direct to home call.

REPUBLIC OF KOREA, HL.  Special event call DT23WOP is QRV until
February 28, 2018 during the Winter Olympic Games that will be held
here.  QSL via HL1IWD.

DJIBOUTI, J2.
  Dane, S53T is QRV as J28ND until December 17.
Activity is in his spare time on the HF bands using CW, SSB and
RTTY.  QSL via S57DX.

SVALBARD, JW.  Morten, LA4JSA is QRV as JW4JSA from Bear Island,
IOTA EU-027, until June 1, 2018 while on work assignment.  Activity
is in his spare time on the various HF bands.  QSL to home call.

BELGIUM, ON.  Members of the Club Radio Durnal will be QRV as
OT100BCA on December 17 from the Royal Castle of Laeken.  QSL via
ON4RCD.

POLAND, SP.  Special event station SN20WHL is QRV until December 20
to draw attention to the city of Torun that was put on the UNESCO
World Heritage List 20 years ago. QSL via SP2TMT.

CORSICA, TK.  Georg, NZ1C will be QRV as TK/NZ1C from December 16 to
24.  Activity will be holiday style on 40 to 10 meters using mainly
CW, with some SSB, RTTY, PSK and FT8.  QSL via DD5ZZ.

UKRAINE, UR.  Members of the amateur radio club Band are QRV as
EM25IWW until the end of the year to celebrate the club's 25th
anniversary.  QSL via UR7IWW.

INDIA, VU.  Members of the Manipal Institute of Technology radio
club are QRV as AT6MIT until January 7, 2018 to celebrate the
institution's 60th anniversary.  QSL via VU3BUN.

ROMANIA, YO.  Special event station YP2018HNY will be QRV from
December 15 to January 15, 2018 to celebrate Christmas and the New
Year 2018.  Activity will be on the HF bands.  QSL via YO3KPA.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The ARRL CW Rookie Roundup, NCCC RTTY
Sprint, 80-Meter QRP CW Fox Hunt, NCCC CW Sprint, UN DIGI Contest,
AGB-Party Contest, Russian 160-Meter Contest, Feld Hell Sprint, OK
DX RTTY Contest, Padang DX Contest and the Croatian CW Contest are
all on tap for this upcoming weekend.

The Run for the Bacon QRP CW Contest is scheduled for December 18.

The CWops Mini-CWT CW Test, Phone Fray and 40-Meter QRP CW Fox Hunt
are scheduled for December 20.

Please see December QST, page 73, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest
Web Sites for details.
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[HCDX] Glenn Hauser logs December 13-14, 2017

** CUBA. 17430, Dec 14 at 1402, JBA carrier. Checking this since Harold Frodge reported RHC here. I explain that it`s a leapfrog mixing product of 17730 over 17580 another 150 kHz beyond; so possible only when both are on the air and preferably inblasting, which they are not now: only S9 on 17580, S5 on 17730. Reverse leapfrog on 17880 not audible (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KOREA NORTH [non]. 5935, Dec 14 at 1407, good S9+10 signal in Japanese. YL turns over to OM speaking in an echoey venue. 1429 with contact info .jp, website pronounced in English but too much accent; 1430 mentions kirohertz several times, 1432 switch to different announcer for ID ``Kochirawa Shiokaze desu``. It`s the 1405-1435 relay of Furusato no Kaze on its December frequency, 300 kW, 290 degrees from JSR, Ibaragi-Koga-Yamata, JAPAN; quite better here than I have been getting for Sea Breeze itself before 1400 on 6085, whose English on Thursday I missed today (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KOREA NORTH [non]. 7295, Dec 14 at 1434, S9+10 sweet song in waltz time, 1438 Japanese announcements. Per Aoki/NDXC, this is Furusato no Kaze, 1430-1500, 300 kW, 352 degrees via BaBcoCk, Paochung, TAIWAN (also same at 1330-1357, a prepeat? And Korean version before that at 1300-1330) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NORTH AMERICA. 6940-USB, Dec 14 at 2216, hard rock pirate, 2220 synthyl ID about four times, ``Welcome to Clever Name Radio`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** PHILIPPINES. 9883 & 9717 approx., Dec 14 at 1434, big dirty spurblobs in Korean, as the VOA Tinang transmitter on 9800 is radiating these awful spurs again, but sounds OK on S9+10 fundamental. The spurs have easily matchable audio in AM mode, but not with BFO on, where one cannot pinpoint exact frequencies for them, plus and minus ~83 kHz. Scheduled at 1300-1500, 250 kW, one of the numerous 21 degree antennas from Tinang, which means it carries right on across North America (Pusan-Barrow-Sioux Lookout-Ohio-South Carolina) (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1908 monitoring: confirmed Wednesday December 13 at 2200 on WBCQ, 7489.928v, fair S9-S7. By 2215 drifted down to 7489.900v. Not confirmed UT Thu Dec 14 at 0030 on WBCQ, 9330v-CUSB: No signal (while neighbors: 9265 WINB VP, < 9370 WWRB, < 9395 WRMI).
Despite inaudibility, I am not removing the 9330 broadcasts from my schedule until and unless WBCQ inform me, directly or indirectly, that they are no longer intending to broadcast it. Still shows on sked:
http://schedule.wbcq.com/index.php?fn=sked&freq=9330
Next:
Thu 2230.5 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 [if reactivated], 7780 to NE
Tue 2130   WRMI 9455 to WNW [if reactivated; or #1909?]
Full WOR schedule via all media, and podcast access:
http://www.worldofradio.com/radioskd.html
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 9455, Dec 14 at 0659, 1442 and 1537 chex, this WRMI transmitter, #5, continues to be off the air; easily confirmed by comparing to 9395 & 9955 which are always on. This could impact two Tuesday and one Wednesday broadcast of World of Radio, as well as many other programs, including all those originally on still silent 15770 at 21-22 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 1280, Dec 14 at 1347 UT, 1352 UT, and 1427 UT chex, KSOK Arkansas City KS is open carrier, dead air, but music finally resumed at 1511 UT check. Who cares? As long as they`ve got the paltry FM translator going, inaudible here (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
This report dispatched at 1703 UT December 14
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[HCDX] Glenn Hauser logs December 12-13, 2017

** BIAFRA [non]. 11530, Dec 13 at 0511, WRMI with the R. Biafra guy in English, very poor but recognizable, so confirmed still on this 0500-0530 broadcast (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CANADA. 7850-CUSB, Dec 13 at 0035, no signal from CHU, while 3330-CUSB is nominal; is 7850 off or MUF drop? Anyhow it`s reaudible at 0354 check, S6 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CHINA [non]. 11785, Dec 13 at 0703, CRI news in English with Canadian accent pauses to plug its newly branded website http://chinaplus.cri.cn Good S9-S5 via ALBANIA, as the 25m MUF is way up tonight, this aimed 310 degrees USward, and paired with 11855 same parameters in Chinese with het from R?dio Aparecida on the low side circa 11854.9 (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1908, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 5025, Dec 13 at 0031, R. Rebelde is S9+35 but suptorted; wiggle that patchcord! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CUBA. 6060, Dec 13 at 0350, RHC music matches English service frequencies, 6060 & 6165, at lesser levels of modulation. B17 sked as in DXLD 17-45 shows 6060 is supposed to be in Spanish at 0200-0600, then English. This anomaly happens periodically which is why I include ``6060?`` among English DX program frequencies during the span before 0600. 6060 confirmed in English tonight as ``Ed Newman`` is wrapping up the hour at 0357 from Studio 6. Meanwhile I really hear Spanish on weak 11840, 9640, 9535 and strong 5040 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** CYPRUS [non]. 9955, Tue Dec 12 at 1445, checking WRMI at our first opportunity to hear a new episode at last from FG Radio --- but no signal --- must be a power failure at Okeechobee; next chance will be Wed at 1400 on 9955. see USA: WRMI (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1908, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** NIGERIA [non]. 11530, Dec 12 at 0701, WRMI is unusually S9+20/30 in the nightmiddle, in language, presumably Hausa, mentioning Kaduna, from Radio Herwa International. (I had not checked a bihour earlier whether Radio Biafra were audible.) OTOH, 13730 New Zealand is but a JBA carrier (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1908, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also BIAFRA [non]
** NORTH AMERICA. 6940-USB, Dec 13 at 0023 tune-in, immediate ID by synthyl for Clever Name Radio, heavy beat music S8 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** TURKEY. 5960, Dec 13 at 0027, German at S9+10 with strange accent presumably T?rkish, since it`s VOT once again overrunning the English broadcast supposed to end well before 2400. With Emirler so slipshod, I expect eventually this will happen on a UT Sunday colliding with The Mighty KBC via GERMANY which has risked using this 5960 one day a week (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1907 monitoring: not confirmed UT Tuesday December 12 at 0030 on WBCQ 9330v-CUSB: no signal detectable, as is usually the case now, and we continue to wonder whether it is on the air at all, greatly reduced power and/or just not coping with low-MUF winter propagation. BUT on this day of week, UT Tue, we have another broadcast at 0030, WRMI 7730, and as usual it is VG here, S9+20/30. Also confirmed Tue Dec 12 at 2030 on the WRMI triad: 7780 // 9455 // 11580. Also confirmed Tue Dec 12 at 2130 on 9455 only, as I could not finish new 1908 quite in time for that, but it was available to all stations and listeners by 2230.
WORLD OF RADIO 1908 contents: Anguilla, Australia, Bangladesh, Biafra non, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China non, Colombia, Cyprus non, East Turkistan , Hungary, Indonesia, Iran, Kiritimati, Korea South, Mongolia, New Zealand, Nigeria non, Oklahoma non, Per?, Philippines, Romania, Sa`udi Arabia, Somaliland, Taiwan non, USA, Yemen; and the propagation outlook
WORLD OF RADIO 1908 monitoring: Also not confirmed UT Wed Dec 13 at 0030 on WBCQ 9330v on what should have been its first SWBC: again no trace of a signal (while neighbors are: 9265 WINB S4; 9370 WWRBS S6 and distorted; 9395 WRMIBS S9; other WBCQ 7489.8 with Alan Sane, S9). Next:
Wed 1030   WRMI 5850 to NW, 9455 to WNW
Wed 1415.5 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 2200   WBCQ 7490v to WSW
Thu 0030   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Thu 2230.5 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 #1908?]
Full WOR schedule via all media, and podcast access:
http://www.worldofradio.com/radioskd.html
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 9955, Dec 12 at 1445, WRMI is off --- also no signal on 11580, 11825; still off at 1508, so I leave a receiver with BFO tuned to 9954, and it finally pops on at 1642 with BS in progress; but the 11s are still not back by 1648 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also CYPRUS [non]
** U S A. 5830 & 9475, Dec 12 at 1405; and Dec 13 at 0025, still no signals from WTWW-1 on day or night frequency --- but Dec 13 at 0346, 5830 is finally back on after missing for at least five days whenever checked; evidently biblical citations.
5085, Dec 13 at 0346, WTWW-2 is also on with music at S9+30, flanked as always by weak parasites about 5072.1 & 5097.9 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 1540, Dec 13 at 0021 UT check, ID right away for KEDA San Antonio and TexMex music, no het from KGBC like last night about 1540.11. As I hoped, Steven Luce in Houston TX has replied Dec 12 in the DXLD yg to my log of KGBC 1540+ Galveston also referring to 1480:
``Glenn, I can confirm that KLVL and KGBC have been // at recent checks here in Houston, running oldies music and a very occasional commercial. Both are brokered time stations looking for new clients.  The previous programmer on KLVL (which had moved from KYND, and before that, KJOZ) only lasted a few weeks on 1480. That group has not resurfaced anywhere.
I can hear the het on 1540 during critical hours. Nighttime at my QTH KGBC is completely lost in the co-channel pileup. No useable reception of KLVL at night, either, although day signal is good.  During critical hours KLVL often clashes with skywave from KBXD [Metroplex].
Speaking of KYND 1520, the station is still running the promotional loop looking for a new programmer to lease airtime. I have noticed that the station is not signing on until 0800 local (1400 UT) so chances of it getting out during morning critical hours are reduced.
Houston has a lot of brokered time stations on AM, and we may have reached a saturation point, with not enough potential clients for all of them`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
This report despatched at 0535 UT December 13
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[HCDX] Glenn Hauser logs December 10-11, 2017

** BIAFRA [non]. 11530, Dec 11 at 0525, JBA carrier from WRMI, vs slightly stronger 11580, and slightly stronger than that 11520 WEWN. Presumably with R. Biafra as scheduled.
7240, Dec 11 at 0526, I check the other R. Biafra relay frequency, via FRANCE, and hear it the best yet, in fact for the first time with definite audio: it`s very poor S9-S7 but no QRhaM; OM announcer, maybe in English; 0528:45 music and the usual YL with schedule announcement. I cannot read details, but seems too brief so apparently she no longer mentions an evening broadcast at ``8 pm`` which appears to have been canceled, at least via WRMI. 0529:40 to dead air, and off the air at 0530:07*. Back to 11530: still detectable on air, and probably with World Music fill until 0600 Brother Scare hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** KIRITIMATI. 846, Dec 11 at 0531, JJBA carrier from presumed R. Kiribati; none audible at another check 0630. Need to monitor it for longer periods, as some have reported drastic ups and downs in signal levels (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** OKLAHOMA [non]. (7490), UT Sun Dec 10 at 0400-0500 on WBCQ, monthly `Broad Spectrum Radio`, as previewed by James Branum, an hour of music celebrating holidays of various religions, lesser-known tunes, not all of them serious. Since 7490 had faded to poor level earlier in evening, and since I was on the computer anyway, I didn`t even try to hear it on SW, sorry. Unfortunately the webcast buffered a lot especially during the first half --- maybe because too many of us were trying to listen that way, and then some of us gave up. Anyhow, all about the enjoyable ``Winter Holiday Music Mashup`` here, and a play link:
http://broadspectrumradio.com/2017/12/09/december-2017-bsr-international-magazine-show-winter-holiday-music-mashup/
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1907 monitoring: missed checking 0030 UT Monday December 11 on WBCQ 9330v-CUSB, but probably inaudible/off the air? as usual. Confirmed UT Monday December 12 from 0400 sharp on Area 51 webcast, but no signal at 0428 check on WBCQ 5130v (it was also inaudible earlier at 0154 check). John Carver, mid-north Indiana, relies on the A51 WOR airing, but reported at 0406 UT:
``FYI. Going to try WRMI for World of Radio this evening. 5130 transmitter turned on and was running promos at 2357. At 2358 transmitter went down. Two attempts to start after 0030 and finally came up at 0048. Went into a Jean Shepherd show and crashed again about forty-two minutes into that and has never come back up since.  Need to try the other frequency for WOR this evening.``
WOR confirmed here UT Monday December 12 at 0430 on WRMI 9955, poor S9-S7. Next:
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 #1908?]
Full WOR schedule via all media, and podcast access:
http://www.worldofradio.com/radioskd.html
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. 7490.11, Dec 11 at 0154 check, WBCQ Brother Scare has varied to the plus side for a change; while 5130v which ought to be audible with Area 51, is off (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
** U S A. Re my log of 1270 KFLC at midday, Tim Hall replies:
``A quick clarification - KFLC is Univision Deportes, not ESPN Deportes. 1540 KZMP is the ESPN Deportes affiliate for the Dallas area. Most (all?) of the Univision-operated stations (KTNQ-1020, KLSQ-870, etc.) now air Univision Deportes, but this does not appear to be a full-time format, as I often hear these stations reverting back to the old "Amor Celestial" Spanish contemporary Christian format, or running a variety of music. Along these lines, I'm pretty confident that the UNID ESPN Deportes 1020 you reported a few months ago was KTNQ running Univision Deportes. 73 Tim``
KTNQ is 50/50 kW U4 Los ?ngeles, day and night null toward me and KDKA --- don`t think I`d ever heard it or any previous call (gh, DXLD)
** U S A. 1540.116v, Dec 10 at 2351 UT, first on caradio on way to an Xmas program, still tuned to 1540 for yesterday`s KXEL midday reception, now a big low-audible-heterodyne (LAH) and classic rock music, at first not sure that`s the station causing the het. Soon ID as ``KGBC (?) 1480``, with three Houston suburbs, ``we`ve got you covered``. The one I recognize and retain is Clear Lake.
The 1480 station is KLVL Padadena, NOT KGBC, but I`m positive the letters uttered were nothing like KLVL, altho first sounded like KGBD. It so happens that the two are jointly owned, by Siga, so are they now running // and KLVL also branded as ``KGBC``? 1480 is blocked here by Spanish from KBXD Metroplex. Next break at 2356 UT of same format, but this time really as ``KGBC 1540``. Natch, fade into QRM for hourtop legal(?) ID. But Michael Jackson playing until 0002 UT December 11.
Back home on the R75 at 0155 UT, I measure the off-frequency and do match it to the above stunting. 0158 UT, another ``we`ve got you covered`` slogan, hard rock. 0202 UT fade for quick mumbled legal(?) ID, then a chiropractic ad which starts out sounding like a PSA, but with a 713-phone; also frequently heard something with an 877 toll-free number.
A year or two ago, KGBC Galveston was off-frequency like this for a long time, but more recently had attained 1540.0 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
UNIDENTIFIED. 900.15, Dec 11 at 0635 UT, something here making a het upon the 900s (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)
This report dispatched at 1643 UT December 11
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OPDX Bulletin 1343 December 11, 2017

OPDX Bulletin 1343 December 11, 2017
The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1343
BID: $OPDX.1343
Dece,ber 11, 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, KD3CQ, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, AA5AM, AA6RE, W6SZN, WB6RSE, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m DX News, AJ9C, 5B4AHJ, DL1SBF, 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, JG7PSJ, LY5W, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, PY2WAS, Sixitalia Weekly, and VA3RJ & ICPO for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Saturday, 2nd/December, through Saturday, 9th/December there were 229 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5W, 5X, 6W, 6Y, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9U, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BS7, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E4, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KG4, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OJ0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PY, PY0F, PZ, S0, S2, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TN, TR, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9C, VK9L, VK9N, VK9X, VP2E, VP2M, VP6, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YK, YL, YN, YO, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD9, 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".

3W, VIETNAM. Dirk, DF2XG, is now active as 3W9XG from Hai Phong. Length
of his stay is unknown at this time. He is there working as a project
manager for an industrial project in Quang Ngai. He states that he may
be relocated to the Quang Ngai Province at beginning of 2018. Activity
will be on 40-10 meters using a FT-991 (with a key) into a random wire
running only 20 watts. He was heard this past week on 20 meters CW around
1115z. QSL via info on QRZ.com.

3W, VIETNAM (Also XW). John, KB4FB, will be active as 3W9FB from Da Nang
sometime early January, and then a short break to Vientiane, Laos, as
XW4FB, with a return to Vietnam in February 2018. Activity will be on
various HF bands. QSL via LoTW. QSOs will be uploaded to LoTW in March
2018.

3Y0X BOUVET DXPEDITION NEWS. The following was posted on the 3Y0X Web
FaceBook page  December
5th, [edited]:           Propagation From 3Y0Z to You...
  The Propagation Page on our website 
has been updated and now includes a button visitors can click, enter their
call and grid square and get a propagation forecast specific for their QTH
-- all bands over a 24 hour period.
  These helpful propagation predictions were created using the work of
Stu, K6TU, and are based on the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric
Administration’s estimate of average sunspot numbers for February of 2018.
  We hope you will find this information helpful in your upcoming quest
to work 3Y0Z!

4L, GEORGIA. World-Traveller/DXer Vlad, UA4WHX, will soon be active as
4L/UA4WHX from Georgia. Activity is usually on 40/30/20/17 meters using
CW, SSB and RTTY. As always, the length of his stay is not known. QSL
via his home callsign.

5B4, CYPRUS (Special Event). Alex, 5B4ALX//IZ4AMS, is active with the
special callsign, 5B4XMAS, until December 31st. This Christmas celebratory
station will be on all HF bands (160-10m) using CW, SSB and the Digital
modes. A special QSL will be printed in January 2018 for the event. QSL
via IZ4AMS and "NOT NOT NOT CYPRUS QSL BUREAU". Also, ClubLog's OQRS.
For more details and updates, see:       http://www.5b4alx.cloud

9A, CROATIA NEWS (New 60-Meter Allocation, Expanded 160-Meter Privileges).
The ARRL Web page reports: "Croatian radio amateurs now have access to a
secondary 60-meter allocation of 5,351.5-5,366.5 kHz, as agreed to at
World Radio-communication Conference 2015, with a maximum 15 W EIRP. For
the last several years, the Croatian Regulatory Authority for Network
Industries (HAKOM) has issued 1-year licenses to operate on 60 meters. 
  Hams in Croatia also now have access to more of 160 meters: 1,810-1,850
kHz with a maximum power of 1.5 kW PEP, and 1,850-2,000 kHz with a maximum
power of 1 kW PEP. HAKOM published the changes in late November. They
became effective on December 2nd."

C5, THE GAMBIA. Przemyslaw, SP3PS, will be active as C5/SP3PS from The
Gambia between December 30th and January 12th, 2018. Activity will be on
40, 20 (14303 kHz) and 10 meters. QSL via his home callsign. ADDED NOTE
FROM SP3PS: "For a few years we have been flying with our wife regularly,
mostly in winter, to the beautiful and wonderfully warm Gambia. We have
also decided to settle there permanently and build a small house there
for ourselves. In connection with the above, there will be a fixed station
with directional antennas installed in the future, which will be available
to all willing amateur radio students..... We will be staying with the
wife in Gambia to finalize certain matters and therefore I will have a
radio and antenna with me, unfortunately we will be living in a hotel so
far, the antenna will be only FD3, but I hope so for interesting com-
munications, perhaps also in favorable conditions with Poland."

C6, BAHAMAS. Operators Tim/N4UM, Mike/K4RUM and Bob/N4BP will be active
as C6ARU, C6AUM, C6AKQ, respectively, from east of Marsh Harbor on Abaco
Island (NA-080) between February 6-20th, 2018. Activity will be on 160-6
meters. They plan to operate in the CQWW WPX RTTY (February 11-12th) and
ARRL DX CW (February 17-18th) contests. Callsigns and Class were not
mentioned. QSL C6ARU via N4UM direct only. QSL C6AUM via K4RUM, direct,
ClubLog, LoTW and eQSL. QSL C6AKQ via N4BP direct only.

E4, PALESTINE. YL Elvira, IV3FSG, is once again active as E44YL from
Bethlehem until December 18th. Activity will be on various HF bands.
Look for Elvira to operate SSB and possibly the Digital modes. QSL all
SSB and Digital mode QSOs via IK3GES. Logs will be uploaded to both
LoTW and ClubLog after the operation.

E5, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS. Operators Tom/WV6E and Chadraabal/JT1CO were
active as E51TOM and E51ACO, respectively, from South Cook Islands this
past week (between December 4-8th). QSL E51TOM via WV6E. QSL E51ACO via
JT1CO and LoTW.

EA8, CANARY ISLANDS. Rieder, HB9FIH, will once again be active as EA8/HB9FIH
from El Hierro Island (AF-004)[is the smallest and farthest south and west
of the Canary Islands] between December 12th and the end of March (2018).
Activity will be 80-10 meters (possibly 6m) using 100 watts, and mainly
on CW, RTTY, PSK and some SSB. When he operates portable (SOTA HI-001),
activity will be on 40/30/20 meters using CW. QSL via LoTW, eQSL or by
the Bureau.

IOTA NEWS..............
  AS-153.  Members of the West Bengal Amateur Radio Club (VU2MQT) will
           once again be active as AU2WBR from Sagar Island between
           January 1st and March 31st. Their activity coincides with
           the 2018 Ganga Sagar Mela pilgrimage, and will be on various
           HF bands. QSL via VU2NRO.

  EU-123.  Gordon, MM0GOR, will be active as MM1E from Great Cumbrae
           Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th, 2018) as a
           Single-Op/All-Bands/SSB-Mode/DXpedition entry. QSL via LoTW
            ClubLog's OQRS or by the Bureau.

  EU-171.  Thomas, DL7UZO, and his XYL will be active as 5P9Z/P from the
           Jylland North Group between December 28th and January 4th, 2018.
           Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. He
           will be looking for NA on 160m during the night. QSL via his
           home callsign, direct (see QRZ.com) or ClubLog's OQRS (Bureau/
           direct). Visit his Web site at:   http://5p9z.com/home

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

JD1, OGASAWARA. Harry, JG7PSJ, will once again be active as JD1BMH from
Chichijima Island (AS-031) between December 24th and January 2nd. This
will be his 20th visit. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB
and RTTY. QSL via the Bureau to JD1BMH or direct to JG7PSJ. Visit his
Web page for more details at:  http://sapphire.es.tohoku.ac.jp/jd1bmh
Also, on Twitter:              https://twitter.com/jd1bmh

JW, SVALBARD. Morten, LA4JSA, will be active as JW4JSA, from Bear Island
[Bjørnøya] (EU-027), until June 1st, 2018. He is there on a work assignment.
Activity will be on various HF bands. QSL via his home callsign.

KH2, GUAM. Masao, JA1HOP, is once again active as AC2BF/KH2 from Guam
(OC-026) until December 12th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using
FT8/JT65/RTTY/PSK/SSB/CW (but mainly FT8/CW). QSL via JA1OHP, by the
Bureau or LoTW.

MD, ISLE OF MAN. Gordon, MM0GOR, will be active as MD1E from the Isle of
Man (EU-116) during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 24-25th, 2018) usually
as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via M0OXO's OQRS.

MD, ISLE OF MAN. Mark, M0UTD, will be active as MD1U from the Isle of
Man (EU-116) during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 24-25th, 2018) usually
as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via M0OXO's OQRS.

OJ9X -- BREAKING NEWS FROM FINLAND -- FAR NORTH OF EUROPE (Press Release,
dates December 6th). [edited] OJ9X QRV FROM DEC 6th THRU DEC 31st, 2017
-- Santa Radio, along with their head figure Santa Claus, are celebrating
this December 6th and upcoming Christmas as a very special period for the
Republic of Finland, OH-land. We invite you to join the party for the
next 25 days.
  The OJ9X special callsign was released by the Finnish Regulatory Authority
for this country-wide operation, which will see several radio clubs partic-
ipating across all bands and modes.
  The first 100 scoring the highest number of bands/modes, with the top
10 from each continent, will qualify for the prestigious "Finland 100
Years -Award" signed by Santa himself along with the prime minister of
Finland. At the same time the Finnish prime minister, Mr. Juha Sipilä,
is a patron of this special event.
  FINLAND AND THE PAST 100 YEARS -- The famous Finnish parliamentarian
Professor, the late Martti Tiuri said that Finland as a region was never
intended for human habitation. So challenging was the setup, that along
with the Aurora Borealis, even radio propagation was pushed to nil. But
who said that life was meant to be easy? With hard work, Finns built their
country in 100 years into the most modern western democracy. Today, it is
called a model pupil within the European Union. While Finns stand tall
today, being one of the soundest societies in the world, they also want
to remember those thousands upon thousands that lost their lives securing
Finland’s sovereignty.
  With a unified force of 5 million inhabitants, the Finns have set their
targets smartly and come up with impressive achievements in many walks of
life, such as mixing a wide variety of traditional and high-tech Industries,
nature, science, the arts and education. In fact, education is one of their
strong export footholds today.
  Finland’s foreign policy stands unmatched. They get along and work
equally well with the East and West ­ staying outside of any and all
military alliances. They even specialize in going out into the world to
promote peace and peacekeeping, helping others live their lives in harmony,
appreciating and respecting their identity and differences.
  The former President of Finland, Mr. Martti Ahtisaari, while in office
and thereafter, sported these valuable skills, and was recently honored
with the Nobel Peace Prize. Martti acted as the UN Envoy to The United
Nations Secretary General, drafting a roadmap for resolving conflicts and
even creating new countries under the UN auspices. Countries such as
Namibia (V5) and Kosovo (Z6) are bearing Martti’s initials and now enjoying
peace while making a progress the same way as Finland once did.
  Come by on all bands and congratulate the Finns and find your way into
their hearts today with one of their S-Passwords: Santa, Sauna, Sisu,
Sibelius and Suvivirsi ­ those five that truly make Finland tick!
   * You can follow your score in the ClubLog.

P4, ARUBA. John, W2GD, will once again be active as P40W from Aruba (SA-036)
during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 17-18th) as a Single-Op/All-Band
entry. He will be there between February 12-20th. Operations outside of the
contest are usually 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.

PJ2, CURACAO. Rudy, NF9V, will once again be active as PJ2/NF9V from
Curacao (SA-099, WLOTA LH-0942) between February 13-20th, 2018. Activity
will be on 160-10 meters. QSL via his home callsign or LoTW. Rudy is there
to be a team member and to help put the Caribbean Contesting Consortium's
(CCC) Signal Point Station, PJ2T, on the air for the ARRL DX CW Contest
(February 17-18th).

PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (December 11-17th).......
 Dec/11th HN      Dec/14th  AN     Dec/16th  AN
 Dec/12th HN      Dec/15th  AN     Dec/17th  AN
 Dec/13th 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

PY0F/PU0F, FERNANDO DE NORONHA. Operators Rafael/PY2NDX and João/PU2XDX
will be active as PY0F/PY2NDX and PU0F/PU2XDX, respectively, from Fernando
de Noronha Island (SA-003) between January 27th and February 1st, 2018.
They will operate on HF Bands. Activity will be on various HF bands. QSL
PU0F/PU2XDX via PU2XDX and PY0F/PY2NDX via PY2NDX.

QSL INFO AND NEWS...................
  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX by Lothar, DL1SBF  (December 10th) 
  --------------------------------------------------------------------
  5V7SM via F5IVC (d)    EM25IWW via UR7IWW        OL17YOTA via OL17YOTA (C/N)
  5W0DXA via JA1DXA (d)  G6MC via G2YL             ON4YOTA via ON4YOTA (C/N)
  A61QQ via A61BK & (L)  HA6YOTA via HA6YOTA (C/N) OZ100DVI via OZ1IVA
  CK100VDA via VA1YL     HC8LUT via IK2DUW & (L)   S510PMC via S59DCD
  CN17JIM via EA7FTR     HG0IDPD via HA5MA (d/C/N) SN150MJP via SP3PGR
  CT9/DL1CW via DL1CW    HG0YOTA via HG0YOTA (C/N) SP0CFF via SP2FAP (d)
  DU2/G0KFA via G0KFA    HP3SS via AC2OV (d)   VY1JA via N3SL(d)/JA3JM(**)/(L)
  E44YL via IK3GES       IY3VE via IQ3ME           W9G via WA9BZW (d/L)
  EA7/OH2HOD via OH2HOD  J42CPMV via SV2HXV & (L)  XU7AJA via N0MMA (d/L)
  EA8/G4BUD/M via G4BUD  LZ710SG via LZ1KCP        XW4ZW via K1SE & (L)
  ED8ED via EA8ED & (L)  M6T via G4BWP (O/L)
  EG5ERC via EB5AG & (L) OJ9X via OH2BH
  (e) eQSL only  (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (*-B) DX's- Bureau
  (O) OQRS only  (C) ClubLog only  (L) LoTW only    (N) No QSL needed
  (**) Japan Only 

  LOGS ONLINE AT CLUBLOG.ORG THIS WEEK......
  https://secure.clublog.org/logsearch/5T5TI
  https://secure.clublog.org/logsearch/DU9/R4WAA_OC175
  https://secure.clublog.org/logsearch/DU9/RZ3FW_OC175
  https://secure.clublog.org/logsearch/OJ9X

  HR2J QSLS. Mike, AJ9C, reports that he used the callsign HR2J during
  the 2016 CQWW CW Contest. He does have the log for the contest and will
  answer direct requests for QSLs from this contest only. No bureau cards.
  Javier, HR2J, who recently became SK (see below) used LoTW so Bureau
  type requests can be answered by LoTW. (in Mike's opinion).

  NEW QSL ROUTE. Sam, LY5W, informs OPDX that he has all of the LOGs of
  Roman's, RN5M, operations. He also has the DIRECT (only) paper QSL cards.
  Sam has the LOGs for the following activities: CN2MA, JT5MA, EA8/RN5M,
  LY/RN5M and RN5M/6Y5. PLEASE no Bureau cards, they have not arrived for
  SAM yet because Roman was not a LY QSL Bureau member. Please read the
  instructions listed on QRZ.com. ADDED NOTE: Sam is also the QSL Manager
  for the following stations: CN2MA, FM/VE8DX, IT9AUG, JT5MA and LY2W
  (direct). Sam, himself, has other callsigns: LY1DR, LY10DR, LY10W,
  LY2BIM, LY61DR, LY75DR, LY91DR, LY95DR, LY98DR, LY16W, LY20W, LY25W,
  LY27W, LY200NB, LY37W, LY550W, LY600W, LY605W, LY70W, LY755W, LY760W,
  DL/LY1DR, IT9/LY5W, OE/LY5W, SP/LY5W, YL/LY5W, LY53SOP, LY54SOP, LY55SOP,
  LY10NATO, IG9/LY5W, UP2BIM, W9/LY5W, W4/LY5W, KD9CVR, RN5M, RV3MA, TO2M
  (2015), 6Y2M and 6Y5/VE8DX, 6Y5/RN5M, IT9/VE8DX, V85/VE8DX and V85/VE3LA.
   QSL all via LY5W direct only.

  UT1FG/MM QSLS. John, K8YSE, reports, "Yuri has asked that anyone who
  has not received confirmations from this year and previous year's
  operations to prepare logsheets so that he can mail them out when he
  arrives in New Orleans.  anticipates a 15th or 16th
  December arrival, but get these to me 
  now so that he has time to get them ready for mailing. Instructions
  are at .  There are no changes from the original pro-
  cedure. The Seahorse is a relatively new ship and is wider than previous
  vessels so it cannot go through the locks in the Great Lakes. So he will
  be more restricted as to possible destinations than he was last season.
  He has been very busy with his duties and has had little time for any-
  thing else. He sends his regards to all."

  QSLS RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 3C0L, 3C1L, 5T5TI (AF-050), 9L/KW4XJ, CG3YXO,
  CM2XN, CT1BWU, CU4DX, EA7KW, F6GCP, HH2AA, HH2MK, HI8HCJ, HV0A, J5T,
  LY2BAW, OH0Z, ON6SAT, PJ2T, RI1ANO, S79Z, SM4GOJ, SP2DDX, SP6T, TO2SP,
  YE6YE, YV4DYJ and ZF9CW

  QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 4S7VBB/p, 4S7VBG/P (AS-171), 5T5OK, 5T9VB,
  C31CT, CE7/UA4WHX, CE9/UA4WHX, CE0Y/UA4WHX, CE0Z/UA4WHX, CT8/UA4WHX,
  E40VB, E44WE, HK0/UA4WHX, IT9/UA4WHX, LU8DPM, PZ5VB, R24RRC (AS-044),
  RI0C (AS-069), SU9VB, TI5/N5BEK, VK9VKL and ZL4YL

  QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: NONE REPORTED THIS WEEK!!!!!!

SILENT KEYS (SK)......
  * Javier Pinel, HR2J, has became a Silent Key (SK) on November 29th.
    He ran a station in HR-land for rental.

  * John Plenderleith, 9M6XRO, became a Silent Key on December 4th.
    John was also GM3OOK and G3OOK before settling in East Malaysia in
    2005 and was a member of CDXC and the GM-DX Group.

  OPDX and its readers would like to send out our deepest sympathy to
  the family and friends of the above mentioned.

SPECIAL EVENT (96th Anniv. Of 1st Transatlantic Shortwave Transmission). 
Monday, December 11th, will mark the 96th anniversary of the first message
to ever be sent across the Atlantic Ocean using shortwave frequencies. The
original event in 1921 was called "The Transatlantic Tests" and was
organized to determine if amateur radio signals could be heard in Europe
using short wave frequencies. Several stations will be participating by
establishing contacts between the U.S. and Europe including:
    N1BCG (Greenwich, CT - where the first successful message was sent
          by 1BCG)
    GM7VSB (Ardossan, Scotland - where the receiving station was located)
    KB3WFV (Chesapeake Bay, MD)
    W2PA (Millbrook, NY)
    N1ALF (Greenwich, CT)
  Bands and frequencies have not been set to permit flexibility due to
propagation, but will likely begin during the day (Eastern U.S.) on
20 meters USB.
  Additional information can be found at:
    https://www.qrz.com/db/N1BCG
    http://www.internetwork.com/radio/n1bcg
    http://w2pa.net/HRH/crossingsi-aquitania
    https://books.google.com/books?id=1...2&pg=PP7#v=onepage&q=qst february 1922&f=true

TY, BENIN (Press Release #1, dated December 4th) [edited]. Members of
the F6KOP team, the Provins ARC, announces its next DXpedition. They
will be active from Bénin between March 7-18th, 2018. There will be an
international team of 12 operators lead by Jean-Luc, F1ULQ. Plans are
to be active with 4 stations on the air, 160-10 meters using CW, SSB
and the Digital modes (RTTY,PSK and FT8). The callsign is still pending.
Look for more information to be forthcoming.

VP5, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS. Pat, K0PC, will once again be active as
VP5K from Jody's, VP5JM QTH on Providenciales Island (NA-002), during
the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 17-18th). He will be
active as VP5/K0PC outside of the contest between February 13-20th.
QSL VP5/K0PC and VP5K via K0PC, ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW.

W9, UNITED STATES (Special Event). Look for special event station, W9F,
in honor of the 50th anniversary of the "Fermilab" -- the United States
preeminent particle physics laboratory in Batavia, IL. The station will
be operating on all modes and frequencies daily, (especially on 14260,
14340, 7250 and 7275 kHz). There will be a commemorative QSL card. Send
QSL requests to Fermi Amateur Radio Club, c/o KD9IG@arrl.net.

XT2, BURKINA FASO (Also D4). Harald, DF2WO, will once again be active as
XT2AW from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, sometime in January 2018. Activity
is usually holiday style on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital
modes. He  states that he works mostly on the Digital modes (PSK31,
JT65 and RTTY) and slow CW. Harald states, "As soon as the conditions
go up to USA, I will work the US. Also, I will test 60m a little." Radio
is a FT-450D. QSL via M0OXO, direct or OQRS .
ADDED NOTE: Harald, DF2WO, also mentioned he will be active as D44TWO
from Praia Baixa, Cape Verde, sometime in May of 2018.

XX9, MACAO 2018 DXPEDITION (Update/Press Release #2, dates December 4th).
We are pleased to announce that our special callsign XX9B was granted by
the CTT (Post Office and Communications Agency from Macao). Upon requests,
we are enhancing our antenna system for lower bands, especially 80 and
160m. Additional details about QSL and further arrangements will be issued
in a near future. First operations are expected to start at the end of
March 9th, 2018.... 73, 2018 Macao Dxpedition
  For more details on their operation, see OPDX.1340.

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