Edição: 1323 Data: 11/12/2017 Atualizado todas as segundas feiras3W, VIETNAM. Dirk, DF2XG, is now active as 3W9XG from Hai Phong. Lengthof his stay is unknown at this time. He is there working as a projectmanager for an industrial project in Quang Ngai. He states that he maybe relocated to the Quang Ngai Province at beginning of 2018. Activitywill be on 40-10 meters using a FT-991 (with a key) into a random wirerunning only 20 watts. He was heard this past week on 20 meters CW around1115z. QSL via info on QRZ.com.3W, VIETNAM (Also XW). John, KB4FB, will be active as 3W9FB from Da Nangsometime early January, and then a short break to Vientiane, Laos, asXW4FB, with a return to Vietnam in February 2018. Activity will be onvarious HF bands. QSL via LoTW. QSOs will be uploaded to LoTW in March2018.3Y0X BOUVET DXPEDITION NEWS. The following was posted on the 3Y0X WebFaceBook page December5th, [edited]: Propagation From 3Y0Z to You...The Propagation Page on our websitehas been updated and now includes a button visitors can click, enter theircall and grid square and get a propagation forecast specific for their QTHall bands over a 24 hour period.These helpful propagation predictions were created using the work ofStu, K6TU, and are based on the National Oceanographic and AtmosphericAdministration’s estimate of average sunspot numbers for February of 2018.We hope you will find this information helpful in your upcoming questto work 3Y0Z!4L, GEORGIA. World-Traveller/DXer Vlad, UA4WHX, will soon be active as4L/UA4WHX from Georgia. Activity is usually on 40/30/20/17 meters usingCW, SSB and RTTY. As always, the length of his stay is not known. QSLvia his home callsign.5B4, CYPRUS (Special Event). Alex, 5B4ALX//IZ4AMS, is active with thespecial callsign, 5B4XMAS, until December 31st. This Christmas celebratorystation will be on all HF bands (160-10m) using CW, SSB and the Digitalmodes. A special QSL will be printed in January 2018 for the event. QSLvia IZ4AMS and "NOT NOT NOT CYPRUS QSL BUREAU". Also, ClubLog's OQRS.For more details and updates, see: http://www.5b4alx.cloud9A, CROATIA NEWS (New 60-Meter Allocation, Expanded 160-Meter Privileges).The ARRL Web page reports: "Croatian radio amateurs now have access to asecondary 60-meter allocation of 5,351.5-5,366.5 kHz, as agreed to atWorld Radio-communication Conference 2015, with a maximum 15 W EIRP. Forthe last several years, the Croatian Regulatory Authority for NetworkIndustries (HAKOM) has issued 1-year licenses to operate on 60 meters.Hams in Croatia also now have access to more of 160 meters: 1,810-1,850kHz with a maximum power of 1.5 kW PEP, and 1,850-2,000 kHz with a maximumpower of 1 kW PEP. HAKOM published the changes in late November. Theybecame effective on December 2nd."C5, THE GAMBIA. Przemyslaw, SP3PS, will be active as C5/SP3PS from TheGambia between December 30th and January 12th, 2018. Activity will be on40, 20 (14303 kHz) and 10 meters. QSL via his home callsign. ADDED NOTEFROM SP3PS: "For a few years we have been flying with our wife regularly,mostly in winter, to the beautiful and wonderfully warm Gambia. We havealso decided to settle there permanently and build a small house therefor ourselves. In connection with the above, there will be a fixed stationwith directional antennas installed in the future, which will be availableto all willing amateur radio students..... We will be staying with thewife in Gambia to finalize certain matters and therefore I will have aradio and antenna with me, unfortunately we will be living in a hotel sofar, 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 activeas C6ARU, C6AUM, C6AKQ, respectively, from east of Marsh Harbor on AbacoIsland (NA-080) between February 6-20th, 2018. Activity will be on 160-6meters. They plan to operate in the CQWW WPX RTTY (February 11-12th) andARRL DX CW (February 17-18th) contests. Callsigns and Class were notmentioned. 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 fromBethlehem until December 18th. Activity will be on various HF bands.Look for Elvira to operate SSB and possibly the Digital modes. QSL allSSB and Digital mode QSOs via IK3GES. Logs will be uploaded to bothLoTW and ClubLog after the operation.E5, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS. Operators Tom/WV6E and Chadraabal/JT1CO wereactive as E51TOM and E51ACO, respectively, from South Cook Islands thispast week (between December 4-8th). QSL E51TOM via WV6E. QSL E51ACO viaJT1CO and LoTW.EA8, CANARY ISLANDS. Rieder, HB9FIH, will once again be active as EA8/HB9FIHfrom El Hierro Island (AF-004)[is the smallest and farthest south and westof the Canary Islands] between December 12th and the end of March (2018).Activity will be 80-10 meters (possibly 6m) using 100 watts, and mainlyon 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 bythe Bureau.IOTA NEWS ....AS-153. Members of the West Bengal Amateur Radio Club (VU2MQT) willonce again be active as AU2WBR from Sagar Island betweenJanuary 1st and March 31st. Their activity coincides withthe 2018 Ganga Sagar Mela pilgrimage, and will be on variousHF bands. QSL via VU2NRO.EU-123. Gordon, MM0GOR, will be active as MM1E from Great CumbraeIsland during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th, 2018) as aSingle-Op/All-Bands/SSB-Mode/DXpedition entry. QSL via LoTWClubLog's OQRS or by the Bureau.EU-171. Thomas, DL7UZO, and his XYL will be active as 5P9Z/P from theJylland North Group between December 28th and January 4th, 2018.Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. Hewill be looking for NA on 160m during the night. QSL via hishome callsign, direct (see QRZ.com) or ClubLog's OQRS (Bureau/direct). Visit his Web site at: http://5p9z.com/homePLEASE NOTE: Since the Webmasters of the new havedecided NOT to post or dedicate a Web page to announce upcoming IOTAoperations, PLEASE send your IOTA operations information to the OPDXand we will post it here in an upcoming bulletin......JD1, OGASAWARA. Harry, JG7PSJ, will once again be active as JD1BMH fromChichijima Island (AS-031) between December 24th and January 2nd. Thiswill be his 20th visit. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSBand RTTY. QSL via the Bureau to JD1BMH or direct to JG7PSJ. Visit hisWeb page for more details at: http://sapphire.es.tohoku.ac.jp/jd1bmhAlso, on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jd1bmhJW, 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 usingFT8/JT65/RTTY/PSK/SSB/CW (but mainly FT8/CW). QSL via JA1OHP, by theBureau or LoTW.MD, ISLE OF MAN. Gordon, MM0GOR, will be active as MD1E from the Isle ofMan (EU-116) during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 24-25th, 2018) usuallyas 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 ofMan (EU-116) during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 24-25th, 2018) usuallyas 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, 2017Santa Radio, along with their head figure Santa Claus, are celebratingthis December 6th and upcoming Christmas as a very special period for theRepublic of Finland, OH-land. We invite you to join the party for thenext 25 days.The OJ9X special callsign was released by the Finnish Regulatory Authorityfor 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 top10 from each continent, will qualify for the prestigious "Finland 100Years -Award" signed by Santa himself along with the prime minister ofFinland. 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 parliamentarianProfessor, the late Martti Tiuri said that Finland as a region was neverintended for human habitation. So challenging was the setup, that alongwith the Aurora Borealis, even radio propagation was pushed to nil. Butwho said that life was meant to be easy? With hard work, Finns built theircountry in 100 years into the most modern western democracy. Today, it iscalled a model pupil within the European Union. While Finns stand talltoday, being one of the soundest societies in the world, they also wantto remember those thousands upon thousands that lost their lives securingFinland’s sovereignty.With a unified force of 5 million inhabitants, the Finns have set theirtargets smartly and come up with impressive achievements in many walks oflife, such as mixing a wide variety of traditional and high-tech Industries,nature, science, the arts and education. In fact, education is one of theirstrong export footholds today.Finland’s foreign policy stands unmatched. They get along and workequally well with the East and West staying outside of any and allmilitary alliances. They even specialize in going out into the world topromote 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 officeand thereafter, sported these valuable skills, and was recently honoredwith the Nobel Peace Prize. Martti acted as the UN Envoy to The UnitedNations Secretary General, drafting a roadmap for resolving conflicts andeven creating new countries under the UN auspices. Countries such asNamibia (V5) and Kosovo (Z6) are bearing Martti’s initials and now enjoyingpeace while making a progress the same way as Finland once did.Come by on all bands and congratulate the Finns and find your way intotheir 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-Bandentry. He will be there between February 12-20th. Operations outside of thecontest are usually on 160/80m and 30/17/12 meters as time permits. Watch160m 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 hisreturn to the USA.PJ2, CURACAO. Rudy, NF9V, will once again be active as PJ2/NF9V fromCuracao (SA-099, WLOTA LH-0942) between February 13-20th, 2018. Activitywill be on 160-10 meters. QSL via his home callsign or LoTW. Rudy is thereto 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 ANDec/12th HN Dec/15th AN Dec/17th ANDec/13th HNSOLAR REFERENCE KEYS/INDEXES AND GEOMAGNETIC REFERENCE======================================================NORMALITY GEOMAG K Values Alpha----------------- ------ -------- ------AN - Above Normal Quiet K=0-1 0-7HN - High Normal Unsettled K=2 8-15LN - Low Normal Active K=3 16-29BN - Below Normal Minor Storm K=4 30-49DIS - Disturbed Major Storm K=5 50-99VRY DIS - Very Disturbed Severe Storm K=6-9 100-400REALTIME 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 forContesters interested in increasing their scores. It can also be ofbenefit to other Radio Amateurs to determine band conditions for Netsand casual QSO's. This information is NOT based on any software pre-dictions or any kind of satellite based readings. It is based on anew 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.htmlA daily HF radio wave propagation forecast can be found at:https://www.facebook.com/thomasfranklingiellaw4hmAlso on Twitter: https://twitter.com/@GiellaW4hmPY0F/PU0F, FERNANDO DE NORONHA. Operators Rafael/PY2NDX and João/PU2XDXwill be active as PY0F/PY2NDX and PU0F/PU2XDX, respectively, from Fernandode Noronha Island (SA-003) between January 27th and February 1st, 2018.They will operate on HF Bands. Activity will be on various HF bands. QSLPU0F/PU2XDX via PU2XDX and PY0F/PY2NDX via PY2NDX.QSL INFO AND NEWS .....--------------------------------------------------------------------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 OZ1IVACK100VDA via VA1YL HC8LUT via IK2DUW & (L) S510PMC via S59DCDCN17JIM via EA7FTR HG0IDPD via HA5MA (d/C/N) SN150MJP via SP3PGRCT9/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 OnlyLOGS ONLINE AT CLUBLOG.ORG THIS WEEK......https://secure.clublog.org/logsearch/5T5TIhttps://secure.clublog.org/logsearch/DU9/R4WAA_OC175https://secure.clublog.org/logsearch/DU9/RZ3FW_OC175https://secure.clublog.org/logsearch/OJ9XHR2J QSLS. Mike, AJ9C, reports that he used the callsign HR2J duringthe 2016 CQWW CW Contest. He does have the log for the contest and willanswer direct requests for QSLs from this contest only. No bureau cards.Javier, HR2J, who recently became SK (see below) used LoTW so Bureautype requests can be answered by LoTW. (in Mike's opinion).NEW QSL ROUTE. Sam, LY5W, informs OPDX that he has all of the LOGs ofRoman'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 forSAM yet because Roman was not a LY QSL Bureau member. Please read theinstructions listed on QRZ.com. ADDED NOTE: Sam is also the QSL Managerfor 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 whohas not received confirmations from this year and previous year'soperations to prepare logsheets so that he can mail them out when hearrives in New Orleans. anticipates a 15th or 16thDecember arrival, but get these to menow so that he has time to get them ready for mailing. Instructionsare at . There are no changes from the original pro-cedure. The Seahorse is a relatively new ship and is wider than previousvessels so it cannot go through the locks in the Great Lakes. So he willbe 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 ZF9CWQSLS 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 ZL4YLQSLS 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 in2005 and was a member of CDXC and the GM-DX Group.OPDX and its readers would like to send out our deepest sympathy tothe 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 messageto ever be sent across the Atlantic Ocean using shortwave frequencies. Theoriginal event in 1921 was called "The Transatlantic Tests" and wasorganized to determine if amateur radio signals could be heard in Europeusing short wave frequencies. Several stations will be participating byestablishing 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 topropagation, but will likely begin during the day (Eastern U.S.) on20 meters USB.Additional information can be found at:https://www.qrz.com/db/N1BCGhttp://www.internetwork.com/radio/n1bcghttp://w2pa.net/HRH/crossingsi-aquitaniahttps://books.google.com/books?id=1...2&pg=PP7#v=onepage&q=qst february 1922&f=trueTY, BENIN (Press Release #1, dated December 4th) [edited]. Members ofthe F6KOP team, the Provins ARC, announces its next DXpedition. Theywill be active from Bénin between March 7-18th, 2018. There will be aninternational team of 12 operators lead by Jean-Luc, F1ULQ. Plans areto be active with 4 stations on the air, 160-10 meters using CW, SSBand 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 asVP5K from Jody's, VP5JM QTH on Providenciales Island (NA-002), duringthe ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 17-18th). He will beactive 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 Statespreeminent particle physics laboratory in Batavia, IL. The station willbe operating on all modes and frequencies daily, (especially on 14260,14340, 7250 and 7275 kHz). There will be a commemorative QSL card. SendQSL requests to Fermi Amateur Radio Club, c/o KD9IG@arrl.net.XT2, BURKINA FASO (Also D4). Harald, DF2WO, will once again be active asXT2AW from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, sometime in January 2018. Activityis usually holiday style on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digitalmodes. He states that he works mostly on the Digital modes (PSK31,JT65 and RTTY) and slow CW. Harald states, "As soon as the conditionsgo up to USA, I will work the US. Also, I will test 60m a little." Radiois a FT-450D. QSL via M0OXO, direct or OQRS .ADDED NOTE: Harald, DF2WO, also mentioned he will be active as D44TWOfrom 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 bythe CTT (Post Office and Communications Agency from Macao). Upon requests,we are enhancing our antenna system for lower bands, especially 80 and160m. Additional details about QSL and further arrangements will be issuedin a near future. First operations are expected to start at the end ofMarch 9th, 2018.... 73, 2018 Macao DxpeditionFor more details on their operation, see OPDX.1340.