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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.