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Thanks to the ARRL, Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB5K & the AR TelNet Clusters Network, K1XN & GoList, NC1L, NJ1Q, KI3O, NG3K, KO4MA, N4AA & QRZ DX, W7LPF, N5FG, N6VR, K8GG, K8YSE, AC0W, DX-IS News Site, Pete's- DX-Newsdesk, CT1GFK, DK8JB, DL5YWM, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, EA3RKR, EA5RM, F4EBT, F4EGZ, F5NQL & UFT, F6EXV, F6FQK, G3RWF, G3VOF, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, JA1XGI, JR3TVH, OE1WHC, RSGB IOTA Web Site, VA3RJ & ICPO, VK6HZ, VU2TS, YT3W and Z35M for the following DX information.

Submitted by: KB8NW/OPDX/BARF80 .

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 8th/February, through Sunday, 15th/February there were 224 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B6, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5V, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7O, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FR, FS, FT5W, FW, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/m, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH9, KL, KP2, KP4, KP5, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, S2, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV9, T2, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TN, TR, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2V, VP8, VP8/g, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD8, ZF, ZL, ZL9, 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" (WFWL).

Submitted by: KB8NW/OPDX/BARF80 .

ANTARCTIC ACTIVITY WEEK EVENT NEWS (February 16-22nd)

PLEASE REMEMBER - Stations that are active and signing "/ANT" may NOT be in the Antarctic!

Submitted by: KB8NW/OPDX/BARF80 .

ANTARCTIC OP & CRUSIE

By the time you read this, Mehdi/F5PFP and Jean- Pierre/ON7ZM should be getting ready for their expedition to the Antarctic peninsula. Their sailboat is expected to leave Ushuaia on Wednesday, February 18th, depending on the weather conditions. They plan to visit several Antarctic bases which include the South Shetland Islands (AN-010), Palmer Archipelago (AN-012) and the Antarctic mainland (AN-016). According to Mehdi, both Jean-Pierre and himself will mainly be active on 20 meters SSB (14315 kHz), with some activity on 40/30/17 meters. [90% on SSB, 10% on CW, 80% on 20m] They plan to have one station continuously on the air with a trapless vertical using 500 watts and another station sporadically active using a trapless vertical and 100 watts. Operating times are between 1800-2200z, earlier and later when it is possible. Callsigns mentioned are CE9XX, FT5YJ and VP8DLM. Expedition will last through March 17th. QSL via F5PFP, by the bureau or direct: Mehdi Escoffier, Les Closures, 38440 Saint Jean de Bournay, FRANCE. You can download and see the route of the sailboat on GoogleEarth at: http://www.french-polar-team.fr/Antarcticexpedition2009/maps.html

Submitted by: KB8NW/OPDX/BARF80 .

DAYTON HAMVENTION NEWS (Top-band Dinner)

George/K8GG and George/W8UVZ report: "All 160 meter band enthusiasts are cordially invited to the Top Band Dinner on Friday evening of the 2009 Hamvention in Dayton. This annual event brings together 160 meter operators from around the world for food, drink and camaraderie. We will, again, be at the Barnsider Restaurant - same location for the past three years. Here are the particulars:

   Date: Friday, May 15, 2009
   Time: Social Hour 6:30 PM (Cash bar)
   Dinner: 7:30 PM
   QTH: The Barnsider Restaurant (Near Hamvention Arena),
        5202 N Main Street, Dayton, Ohio -- (937) 277-1332
        Located on Route 48 just north of Needmore Ave
   Fare: Salad, roll and butter, dinner entree, dessert & beverage
         Choose from Chicken, Fish, Pork or Beef entries - selected
         from restaurant server. This is a plated dinner - not buffet.
   Cost: 29 USDs, mailed in advance. Includes complete dinner, taxes
         and gratuity. Price has been the same for last 4 years. Please
         note that all reservations need to be paid in advance, both
         USA and overseas.
   Program: We'll have a presentation by one of the K5D - Desecheo
            Island Ops on their low-band operation.
   Reserve: Now via email, snail mail and pay cost in advance (due before
            4-25) to: George Guerin, K8GG, 14322 A Drive North, CERESCO,
            MI  49033  -- Email: k8gg@arrl.net or gmguerin@voyager.net

We are looking forward to another great gathering of Top Band enthusiasts."

Submitted by: KB8NW/OPDX/BARF80 .

DXCC NEWS

Bill Moore, NC1L, Awards Branch Manager, reports that the following operation is approved for DXCC credit:
TT8JT - Chad; 2008 Operation

Submitted by: KB8NW/OPDX/BARF80 .

IOTA NEWS

  AS-056.  This one was received late for this week's bulletin, but
           worth mentioning. Activity this past weekend by Joe, JA4PXE,
           as JA6PXE/6 was from Danjo-Archipelago a rare IOTA. This is
           a very narrow sheer rock or steep rocky island located 130
           miles west of Kyushu Island in the South China Sea. Joe was
           only on 40 meters CW using an IC-703 running 10 watts into
           a Inverted V antenna. QSL via his home callsign, direct or
           by the Bureau.

  EU-008.  Operators Doug/GM0ELP and Simon/M0GBK will be active as MM3T
           from the Isle of Skye (IOSA NH07, SCOTIA CN14, WW Loc. IO67QN),
           Inner Hebrides), during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th)
           as a Multi-Op/All-Bands/Low-Power/Mixed/Assisted/Expedition/
           24-hours. QSL only via eQSL. Visit their Web site at:
             http://freespace.virgin.net/douglas.maxwell/MM3T/mm3t.htm

  OC-164.  John, VK6HZ, will once again be visiting Rottnest Island this
           year. Dates of operation will be March 3-9th. Operation will
           be holiday style (he states "in between beer, swimming and,
           of course, quality time with my family!) Equipment will be
           IC-7000 running 100w into a Buddipole, running all modes.
           QSL via VK6NE. Online log will be available after the trip
           at:                 http://www.vk6hz.com
           All logs will be uploaded on LoTW.

Submitted by: KB8NW/OPDX/BARF80 .

PACIFIC TOUR

Operators Minekazu/JA2NQG (SSB) and Yuji/JH2BNL (CW/RTTY) will be active from the Western Pacific during March from the following islands and IOTAs. Their schedule and callsigns are as follows:

  March   4-6th - Chuuk Island (OC-011); Micronesia; V63AR and V63WW
  March   6-9th - Pohnpei Island (OC-010); Micronesia; V63AR and V63WW
  March  9-11th - Kosrae Island (OC-059); Micronesia; V63AR and V63WW
   *Also, callsigns V63C, V63P and V63K will be active during these dates.
  March 11-14th - Majuro Island (OC-079); V73J and V73M
  March 14-16th - Palau Island (OC-009); T88CD and T88WW
  March 17-19th - Guam (OC-026); NH0AA and AH0F/KH2

  QSL V63AR, V73J, T88CD and NH0AA via JH2BNL.
  QSL V63WW, V73M, T88WW and AH0F/KH2 via JA2NQG.

Submitted by: KB8NW/OPDX/BARF80 .

QSL INFO AND NEWS

QSL ROUTES by Johannes, DK8JB:

    7N4OGU  via 7J1ADS      AO3RKR via EA3RKR
    9W2KGV  direct          DF2UT  via 7J1ADS

Submitted by: KB8NW/OPDX/BARF80 .

4L1DA QSL STATUS

Joe, W7LPF, QSL Manager for 4L1DA, informs that almost 6 pounds of QSL cards were sent this past week to the Bureau for David/4L1DA. He states, "I am sorry for the delay, but the health had a 'blip' [wrong medicine given to me after hernia operation - that almost took out my liver!!]. I am getting back to normal [?] - and should have the backlog caught up by the end of the month. Please - if you are waiting for a card from 4L1DA - send me an E-mail and I will advise if it is 'in the mail to buro' - no need for more dupes. Again, my apologies to all." Joe's E-mail address is: ottuser@comcast.net

Submitted by: KB8NW/OPDX/BARF80 .

9V1YC QSL STATUS

Floyd, N5FG, reports that the QSL Mnager Joe, N5ID, has been in the hospital since November 4th of last year. So, Joe has asked Floyd to spread the word that he is getting better and hopes to be home in the next couple of weeks. He asks patience on getting a 9V1YC QSL from him until he is back on his feet.

Submitted by: KB8NW/OPDX/BARF80 .

LOG & VIDEO ONLINE

A video for last Sunday's CS6A operation from Rosario Island (DIP AL-19) is now online at: http://algarvestar.no.sapo.pt Log for this activity and many other CTs and CUs (portable, lighthouses, etc...) operations are online at: http://logonline.no.sapo.pt

Submitted by: KB8NW/OPDX/BARF80 .

QSLS VIA LOTW

5K0CW, C6APG, CT1ILT, CU2JT, J88XF, JA8BNP, KL5DX, KL7J, LY9Y, ON6AB, R1FJT, RU0AW, TF3SG, VK9DWX, VP8CMH/MM and ZC4VJ

Submitted by: KB8NW/OPDX/BARF80 .

QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL

3A2MD, 4W6R, 4Z5J, 6V7D, 7W0AD, 7Z1SJ, BD7MVZ, BG7MVZ, C21XF, C57R, C6AXD, CW2C, EK3SA, ER4ER, FJ/G3TXF, FM1HN, HH4/AF4Z, HI3TEJ, HI8ROX, HI0C, HQ8R, HQ9R, JT1Y, JX9JKA, KG4SS, KL7J, ON4IQ, OZ1AA, P40W, R1FJT, T88CJ, TF3CW, VK9DWX, VU4MY and ZP0R

Submitted by: KB8NW/OPDX/BARF80 .

SLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: None reported this week!

Submitted by: KB8NW/OPDX/BARF80 .

VISALIA DX CONVENTION (IOTA Dinner)

The 14th Annual Islands On The Air (IOTA) Dinner will be held on Friday, April 17th, in the Plaza Room of the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center, 9000 W. Airport Drive, Visalia, CA 93277, in conjunction with the 60th annual Visalia Inter- national DX Convention. The Convention Web site is: http://dxconvention.org/ This dinner is open to all who are interested or active in the IOTA program, or would like enjoy a meal and see what some real Island expedi- tions look like. The program agenda is as follows:

  1730-1830 Doors open, socializing and eyeball discussions
            (Drinks available on order)
 1830 Dinner served, buffet style -- Welcoming/Introductions
 1845 IOTA Programs begin
      G3ZAY - ZD8UW, and the RSGB IOTA Program Overview
      K9AJ - Rockall, EU189 and KD6WW, NA-229
      AD6E, K6MYC and W5GAI - P29NI, OC-041 & 0C-181
      N3QQ, EX UL7BEF & UA9OPA - KL7DX, NA234 (New)
 2200 Closing
 
The dinner will be served buffet style in the Birch Room at a cost of 31 USDs per person, payable at the door, cash only, (service charge and tax included). The buffet menu will contain entree choice of beef and chicken along with salad, vegetables, dinner rolls, dessert, and a beverage (coffee, ice water, or ice tea). A vegetarian meal is available with two weeks notice. Wine and liquor can be purchased separately. Reservations are not required but we'd like to know if you are attending. There is buffet service for 60 persons. Admission is free for those wishing only to watch the programs without dinner. As usual, seating will be "first come, first seated".
The Holiday Inn is sold out of rooms. If you are attending from overseas, contact the Conference committee, they often have rooms reserved for DX attendees. For additional information regarding this event, please contact: Ray Benny, N6VR, IOTA Dinner Coordinator, home phone - 805 649-9696 or rbenny@sbcglobal.net -- or -- Will Costello, WC6DX, home phone: 831 375-8133 or wc6dx@sbcglobal.net

Submitted by: KB8NW/OPDX/BARF80 .

VK9NS (SK) TRIBUTE

The Documentary Archive Radio Communication (DARC) Web page now provides on its site "A Tribute to Jim B. Smith, VK9NS" at: http://www.dokufunk.org/vk9ns On the page there is a great collection of QSL cards from many of the DXCC entities he activated.

Submitted by: KB8NW/OPDX/BARF80 .

Submitted by: ARRL DX News .

5C, MOROCCO (IOTA Op)

Alfredo, IK7JWX, informs that he is preparing for a DXpedition (with 9 operators) to activate Mogador Island (AF-065) in April. Activity will be on all HF-VHF bands and all modes. More details should be forthcoming. UPDATE! Alfredo, advises OPDX that the DXpedition will take place between April 18-26th. Look for the following operators (with callsigns to be active: Oscar/IK2AQZ (5C2A), Carlo/IK6CAC (5C2C), Ernesto/I2FUG (5C2F), Del/IZ7GWZ (5C2G), Alfredo/IK7JWX (5C2J), Leo/I8LWL (5C2L), Simon/IZ7ATN (5C2SG), Pino/I8YGZ (5C2Z) and Nicola/I0SNY (5C2Y). QSL via their home callsign. ADDED NOTE: Some of the reference numbers to be activated during this operation are:

       Mogador Island   - AF-065; WW.Loc. IM51CM; ITU 37; CQ 33
       Essaouira Island - WW.Loc. IM51CL
       ARLHS Lighthouses (callsign/m):
             MOR-019 Cape Sim-Essaouira; WW.Loc. IM51CL
             MOR-036 Sidi Magdul-Essaouira; WW.Loc. IM51BJ
             MOR-040 Grand Jetee-Agadir; WW.Loc. IM50EJ
Activity will be on all bands (HF-VHF) and modes (CW, SSB, RTTY PSK31). The group is looking for sponsors and donations. If you can help, please contact Alfredo, IK7JWX, via E-mail at: ik7jwx2003@yahoo.it

Submitted by: KB8NW/OPDX/BARF80 .

5X, UGANDA

Nick, G3RWF, will once again be active as 5X1NH. He will be in Fort Portal in western Uganda starting March 11th for about two months. Nick informs OPDX that he bought a (U.S.) vertical for 40 and 80 meters, so he feels that he will do a bit better on those bands this time. However, he will not have a 160 meter antenna (states, "there is simply not enough room for an antenna, unless I visit my friend 5X1GS and use his antennas - which I might well do."). He also mentions, "I prefer CW but I have now worked over 20k CW QSOs, so I have it in mind to work some data (RTTY and PSK31). Will work SSB whenever signals are good enough." Nick informs that one of the problems in 5X is unreliable power (it is difficult to promise that there will be power at any particular time). He plans to buy or rent a car battery this trip because he will not have a vehicle to tap into. Since he is doing voluntary work there, look for Nick on the air mainly during the early mornings, evenings and weekends. QSL via G3RWF.

Submitted by: KB8NW/OPDX/BARF80 .

9K48, KUWAIT (Special Event)

Members of the Kuwait Aamateur Radio Society will activate the special callsign 9K48NLD from their K2RA Headquarters [PLEASE NOTE: Not from IOTA AS-118 as initially planned.] between February 25-26th. Activity is to celebrate Kuwait's National Independence and Liberation Day. Look for them to be on 40 and 20 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via 9K2RA. Visit their Web page at: http://www.KARS.org

Submitted by: KB8NW/OPDX/BARF80 .

AU30, INDIA (Special Event)

Dutta/VU2DSI and friends Suhas/VU2SMN, Manju/VU2SMS and Ronald/VU2ROE will operate with special event callsign AU30SHI between 1830z, February 21st and 1829z, February 22nd. Activity is to commemorate the birth date of the Great Emperor Cnatrapati Shivaji (1627-1680). Operations will be from Shivneri Hill Fort near Junnar in Pune District, Maharashtra, India, birth place of Shivaji. Suggested frequencies are: 7070, 14250, 14215, 21280 and 28290 kHz. QSL via VU2DSI.

Submitted by: KB8NW/OPDX/BARF80 .

Buzz, NI5DX

John has sent Buzz his log file, and Buzz will be able to answer all requests for cards from contacts made with 9M6JC. There will be a delay in sending out cards until 9M6JC sends some blank cards to NI5DX. New cards will be ordered shortly and will take about 5 weeks to arrive after the order goes to the printer.

Submitted by: KB8NW/OPDX/BARF80 .

C3, ANDORRA

We have been informed by several sources that "the Andorran Radioamateurs Union (URA) reminds that the local administration has not implemented the CEPT Recommendation T/R 61-01. Therefore any C3/homecall activity should be regarded as illegal." An up-to-date list of licensed amateurs can be found at: http://www.ura.ad

Submitted by: KB8NW/OPDX/BARF80 .

CN, MOROCCO

Jim, W7EJ, will be active as CN2R during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via W7EJ. See the station from CN2R at: http://www.arraysolutions.com/Users/cn2r.htm

Submitted by: KB8NW/OPDX/BARF80 .

E5, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS

Tim, NL8F/VK4COF, will be active for 14 days from Rarotonga Island (OC-013) sometime between March 21st and April 4th. Activity will be on 80/40/20/15/10 meters SSB and possibly 17 meters. QSL Manager for this operation is K8NA.

Submitted by: KB8NW/OPDX/BARF80 .

EG3, SPAIN (Special Event)

Special event station EG3LB was on the air this past weekend to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Louis Braille, inventor of the Braille system for blind. This station will also be in the air February 20-22nd and February 27th-March 1st. Activity will mainly be on CW and the Digital modes (RTTY/PSK). The bands may vary; operations over the past weekend were on 40 and 20 meters. A special QSL will be issued commemorating the event. QSL via EA3RKR, by the Bureau or direct (QRZ.com). SWLs can also send for QSL but should send a report for listening to a complete data QSO. More information is available on the Web at: http://www.gratisweb.com/ea3rkr

Submitted by: KB8NW/OPDX/BARF80 .

FG, GUADELOUPE

Pat, F4EBT, will be active as FG/F4EBT from the area of Sainte Rose on north Basse-Terre Island (NA-102) in the Guadeloupe Island group between March 21st and April 11th. Activity will a "holiday style operation", SSB only on 80/40/20/17/15/12/10 meters using a TS-50 w/100 watts into a FD4 Multiband antenna.

Submitted by: KB8NW/OPDX/BARF80 .

FR, REUNION ISLAND (Update/Change)

Cedric, F4EGZ, will be active as FR/F4EGZ during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 28-29th) as a Single-Op entry. He informs OPDX that he will be there for 3 weeks but will only be on the air for the contest. During the contest, he states he will be active only on 20 meters band with a moxon antenna using 500W. However, he also states that at the beginning (of the contest) he will be active on 40 meters but does not think there will be a large open window to Europe and USA.

Submitted by: KB8NW/OPDX/BARF80 .

GB6, ENGLAND (Special Event)

Martin, G3VOF, informs that he and six other operators will be putting GB6GEO on the air again this year during the European Geo Parks Communication Event which takes place on Saturday, May 23rd and Sunday, May 24th. Activity will be from Cavern in Torquay, right in the heart of the English Riviera Global Geopark. This callsign (along with many others) will be going on the air bringing awareness to the beautiful "Geo Parks" in the UK and around different parts of the world. Suggested frequencies are: 3680, 7080, 14180, 21180 and 28180 kHz. If you live in France, Spain, Italy, Austria, Romania, Czech Rep, Norway, Brazil, or China and are interested in participating in this event plus can obtain the special "GEO" suffix, please contact Martin as soon as possible via E-mail at: martin@riviera.fm For more details, see GB6GEO at: http://www.qrz.com/callsign/GB6GEO

Submitted by: KB8NW/OPDX/BARF80 .

KH6, HAWAII

Bill, AC0W, will be operating KH6/AC0W during the ARRL International DX Phone Contest (March 7-8th) from OC-019. Activity will be on 80-10 meters. There is a possibility of some operations a few days before and after the contest, as time allows. QSL LoTW and AC0W.

Submitted by: KB8NW/OPDX/BARF80 .

KP5, DESECHEO ISLAND DXPEDITION (News/Update)

* The K5D DXpedition to Desecho Island is now on the air until February 26th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using 6-8 stations on CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via N2OO.

* UPDATE February 14, 2009 (2330z): "Because of higher-than-expected winds which delayed helicopter trips, we were unable to complete our full setup on Thursday. At this writing, those problems are behind us and the camp and all antennas are in place and working. The QSO count is just under 10,000 in the first 24 hours with only two stations operable for most of that time. We now have five stations on the air hoping for two or three more tomorrow. We have no internet connectivity as our satellite link and our 900 MHz terrestrial link both failed. We have a plan that should get them both working in a day or two. In the meantime, no logs have been uploaded and, of course, no photos. When the links are working you'll learn about it here. The Team is in high spirits and the weather is good now, nice breeze, calm seas but hotter than expected. Last night we were forced to move our 40M operation away from our planned frequency. This was because of the RTTY contest which wiped out most of the band for us below 7.1MHz. The contest ends tomorrow and we expect much better 40M performance especially to Europe. We're sensitive to the fact that some EU countries/amateurs cannot transmit above 7.1MHz; this problem will self-resolve when the RTTY contest ends late tomorrow." (KP5 Web page)

* ACTIVITY ON THE BIRDS. Thanks to the support of AMSAT-NA, the team is equipped with a Kenwood D7 HT and Arrow antenna, as well as training on using the FM satellites. Satellite operation is not expected to begin until the second half of the DXpedition, and then only on an as available basis. A second repeater on AO-51 (145.88/435.150) will be activated on February 16th and reserved -only- for contacts with K5D while within sight of the island. K5D may be active on either AO-51 repeater, SO-50 or the ISS voice repeater modes if available. Users attempting contact with K5D should be aware the the DXpedition does not wish to exchange grid squares during the QSO in order to allow more operators the chance for a QSO. Their grid square is FK68, same as most of Puerto Rico. Please be courteous and limit yourself to one QSO.

* ONE LESS OPERATOR. OPDX was informed that Brad Farrell, K4RT, did not make the trip due to a family illness.

* Remember, for updates visit the KP5 Web page at: http://www.kp5.us

Submitted by: KB8NW/OPDX/BARF80 .

MAJOR PACIFIC DXPEDITIONS (Not One, But Two!)

Well-known DXpeditioners Hrane/YT1AD (Team Leader) and David/K3LP (Co-Team Leader) are in the process of organizing two (2) upcoming South Pacific DX-Peditions:

  1 - Tokelau Island (ZK3) and Central Kiribati (T31, Ex-Canton Island),
      planned for April 2010 or end of September 2010
  2 - Conway Reef (3D2C) planned for the end of September 2011
On the most wanted list, Tokelau Island (ZK3) ranks #47, Central Kiribati (T31) ranks #27 and Conway Reef (3D2C) ranks #22. Hrane/YT1AD and Miki/YU1DW will travel between April 20th and May 7th (2009), in the South Pacific islands to organize these DXpeditions.

Hrane and Miki will be active from the following islands. The schedule will be as follows:
   April   22nd  - Samoa; callsigns 5W8A (YT1AD) and 5W0DW (YU1DW)
   April 22-24th - American Samoa; callsign KH8/N9YU (YT1AD)
   April 25th-May 4th - Fiji; 3D2AD (YT1AD) and 3D2DW (YU1DW)
   April 27-29th - Western Kirbati; callsigns T30M (YT1AD) and
                   T30DW (YU1DW) on Tarawa Island
More information will be forthcoming soon in March 2009 on the following Web page at: http://www.yt1ad.info/t31

Submitted by: KB8NW/OPDX/BARF80 .

OA, PERU

Operators Daniel/DL5YWM and Rene/DL2JRM will be staying in Lima between April 7th and the beginning of May. In their spare time they will operate as OA4/homecall mainly on CW with the focus on the lower bands. During this stay, they will make a small detour to Costa Rica to participate in the German DXpedition to San Jose Island (NA-191, in the Guanacaste Province), between April 17-20th. See OPDX.895 or visit the Web page: http://www.ti7.info Any activity from Peruvian IOTAs will be decided "last minute".

Submitted by: KB8NW/OPDX/BARF80 .

P4, ARUBA (SA-036)

Andy, AE6Y, will be active as P49Y during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 21-22nd) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via AE6Y.

Submitted by: KB8NW/OPDX/BARF80 .

S0, WESTERN SAHARA

An international team of operators (known as the Tifariti Gang) composed of Juan/EA1CJ, Agustin/EA1KY, Roberto/EA2RY, Gerard/EA3EXV, Antonio/EA5RM, Manuel/EA7AJR, Bernard/F9IE, Fabrizio/IN3ZNR, Valery/UT7CR and Dimitri/UY7CW will be on the air from Western Sahara from April 12-17th using the callsign S04R. Activity will be on all bands from 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via EA5RM. Ruben, EA5BZ, will be the pilot station. Look for additional information to become available on the S04R Web site at: http://www.dxfriends.com

Submitted by: KB8NW/OPDX/BARF80 .

TP60, FRANCE

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Council of Europe, there will be four TP60CE operations planned during 2009. The first operation will take place for three days between February 27th and March 1st. Activity will be on CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK. QSL via F5LGF. An online log search will be available at: http://ewwa.free.fr

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TU, COTE D'LVOIRE

Paolo, F8ENY, will be active as TU/F8ENY from San Pedro between February 16th and March 2nd. Activity will mainly be on 20 meters.

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V4, ST

KITTS AND NEVIS. Mark, K0EJ, will be active as V49A during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 21-22nd) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. Look for activity outside of the contest (signing V44/K0EJ). QSL via V44NK.

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VK9X, CHRISTMAS ISLAND (Update)

Haru, JA1XGI/W8XGI, informs OPDX that his callsign will be JA1XGI/VK9 instead of VK9XGI as first announced. Activity will take place between April 4-11th, on all bands including the lower bands using CW and the digital modes. QSL via JA1XGI, by the bureau or direct.

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VP9, BERMUDA (NA-005)

Doug, KF4VTT, will be active as VP9/KF4VTT from June 11-17th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK. QSL via his home callsign, by the LoTW, Bureau or direct.

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Z30, MACEDONIA

Members of the Macedonian Telegraphic Group (MCWG) will be active with the special callsign Z30MCWG between February 20th and December 31st. The activity will be mostly on CW on all HF bands. QSL via Z35M (Secretary of the MCWG) to the address: Vladimir Kovaceski, Sava Kovacevic 47 g / 55, Skopje 1000, Republic of Macedonia.

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