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News under validation ≈ ID : 1541329709 Submitter : vu3pen | 11/4/2018 4:08:29 AM
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Propagation de K7RA

Propagation de K7RA

20 June, 2009

This week's bulletin was written by Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA. Carl is filling in for your regular reporter Tad Cook, K7RA.

Silent Key -
I was saddened to read that Jim Tabor KU5S passed away on May 27. Jim was the driving force behind Kangaroo Tabor Software, which offered propagation prediction programs such as CapMAN and WinCAP Wizard, programs to help monitor the NCDXF/IARU beacons, and several other propagation-related packages.
Jim also contributed propagation software to the CD-ROM bundled with the ARRL Antenna Book. I personally enjoyed many e-mail exchanges and several QSOs with Jim, talking about various propagation and ionospheric issues.

Summary for the Week - I bet you have this memorized: ''Solar activity was very low throughout the reporting period, and geomagnetic field activity was at quiet levels during most of the reporting period.'' Enough said?

This Solar Minimum -
The first sunspot region of Cycle 24 occurred on January 4, 2008. Since then, though, Cycle 24 spots have been few and far between. A good summary of this solar minimum can be made in two statements. The first statement is that the duration of this solar minimum is unusual compared to the other solar minimums in our lifetime. That's because from the minimum between Cycle 17 and 18 onward, solar minimums have been roughly two years. Thus we've only been exposed to ''short'' solar minimum periods. A look at all history, though, shows a different story, and brings us to the second statement. This solar minimum, which is going on three years, is pretty much average in duration compared to all history.

What this all says is the Sun has been highly variable throughout recorded history.

Noctilucent Clouds Return -
As reported at on June 1, the first noctilucent clouds (NLC) of the 2009 season were sighted over Russia on May 27. NLCs typically appear about 20 days prior to the summer solstice, increase quickly to a high summer level, and then disappear about 50 days after the summer solstice.

These clouds are mostly a high latitude phenomenon, and are believed to be composed of ice crystals. VHF radars see very strong echoes from these clouds, and since they are at mesospheric heights (80 to 90 km), they are also known as polar mesosphere summer echoes (PMSE). These clouds are hypothesized by JE1BMJ and others to be responsible for 6m propagation across high latitudes (for example, from the East Coast of North America to Japan) during the northern hemisphere summer. This mode of propagation has been dubbed Summer Solstice Short-path Propagation (SSSP). Check out page 34 of the February 2009 issue of WorldRadio Online (available free at
) for a general discussion of PMSE and SSSP and for references in the technical literature.
To reiterate, SSSP is still just a theory, but the occurrences of QSOs appear to match the occurrence pattern of PMSE.

Getting Ready for Glorioso -
Beginning on July 9 and continuing through July 28, a French team expects to activate this extremely rare DXCC entity (it's in the Top 5 in the Most Wanted Survey as listed in the January/February 2009 issue of The DX Magazine).

Glorioso is located in the Indian Ocean near the northern tip of Madagascar, and enjoys higher-than-usual MUFs (maximum usable frequencies) even at solar minimum due to the robust equatorial ionosphere. Unfortunately the North American end of the path will suffer from low MUFs due to a combination of solar minimum and a summer month. The result of this is that 15, 12, and 10 meters will likely not produce many QSOs between Glorioso and North America. My recommendation is to concentrate your efforts on 40, 30, 20, and 17 meters. And if you need Glorioso for an all-time new one for DXCC, be sure to work this DXpedition - it will probably be quite a while until it is again activated.

Cycle 24 Predictions -
If you dig through the technical literature, you'll discover that there are more than 50 predictions for Cycle 24. They range from a low smoothed sunspot number of 40 to a high of 185. Why are there so many predictions? That's a simple question to answer - solar scientists do not fully understand the process that generates sunspots, and thus many different methods have been used to make a prediction.
Does this mean they're guessing and should be admonished for not being correct? I personally don't think so. What we're seeing is the scientific process being used. A prediction is made using a certain method, and Cycle 24's progress (or lack of progress) allows scientists a means to test their theory. That's how science works when we don't understand something.
Will we ever figure this out? I can't answer that question, but I recently read an interesting NASA Headline News story
saying scientists announced that ''a jet stream deep inside the Sun is migrating slower than usual through the star's interior, giving rise to the lack of sunspots.'' Perhaps this will be an important clue to help our understanding of the sunspot process.

If you would like to make a comment or have a tip for our readers, email the author at,

For more information concerning radio propagation, see the ARRL Technical Information Service web page at,

For a detailed explanation of the numbers used in this bulletin see,

An archive of past propagation bulletins is at,

Monthly propagation charts between four USA regions and twelve overseas locations are at,

Instructions for starting or ending email distribution of this bulletin are at

Sunspot numbers for June 11 through 17 were 0, 12, 0, 0, 0, 0, and 11 with a mean of 3.3. 10.7 cm flux was 69.3, 69, 68.2, 68.1, 67.4, 68.3, and 67.8 with a mean of 68.3. Estimated planetary A indices were 3, 2, 4, 6, 4, 3 and 3 with a mean of 3.6. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 2, 1, 3, 4, 4, 4 and 1 with a mean of 2.7.


Source: The American Radio Relay League


Submitted by : Sarath Babu Rayaprolu [VU3RSB] |Hyderabad | TELANGANA | 6/20/2009 6:48:15 PM

DX News from the ARRL

DX News from the ARRL

19 June, 2009

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by K1SFA, NC1L, RX9WN, VE1RSM, the OPDX Bulletin, DXNL, 425 DX News, The Daily DX, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.

MALTA, 9H. Giorgio, IV3EPO will be QRV as 9H3EP from June 23 to 29. Activity will be on 40, 30, 20, 15 and 10 meters using mostly CW. QSL to home call.

PHILIPPINES, DU. Gerard, F2JD is QRV as DU1/G0SHN and is here for about five months. He plans to be active from various islands while here. QSL via F6AJA.

ST. BARTHELEMY, FJ. Conny is QRV as FJ/DL1DA ands has been active on 20 and 17 meters using CW around 1900 to 2000z. QSL via DL1DA.

LIECHTENSTEIN, HB0. Tina, DL5YL and Fred, DL5YM will be QRV as HB0/home calls from Masescha from June 20 to July 2. Activity will be at various times on all HF bands using CW and possibly RTTY. QSL to home calls.

MONGOLIA, JT. Giampiero, I5NOC is QRV as JT1NOC until June 29. Activity is on 80 to 6 meters using CW and SSB. QSL to home call.

MARIANA ISLANDS, KH0. Tony, JA6CNL is QRV as KH0N from Saipan, IOTA OC-086, until June 23. This includes an entry in the All-Asian DX contest. Outside the contest, he is active mostly on 80, 30, 17 and 12 meters using CW. QSL to home call.

NORWAY, LA. Special event callsign LJ2T is QRV until June 28 in conjunction with the International Museums weekend. Activity is on 160 to 2 meters using CW, SSB, AM, FM and various digital modes. QSL via LA5EAA.

NETHERLANDS, PA. Members of VERON section 54 are QRV as PH100EL until July 12 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first flight of the aviation pioneer Charles count de Lambert. QSL via PD0PVQ.

AUSTRIA. OE. Operators from the Technical Museum Vienna are QRV as OE100TMW during its 100th anniversary until June 21. Activity is on all HF bands, including VHF. QSL via operators' instructions.

SWEDEN, SM. Jorgen, SM3CXS is QRV as SG3U from Grimskar Island, IOTA EU-176, until June 21. Activity is on 40 to 6 meters using CW and SSB in his spare time. QSL to home call.

POLAND, SP. Operators from the Long Distance Radio Communications Club of Poland are QRV as SP50DXC until June 30 to mark 50 years of the SP DX Club. QSL via bureau.

GREECE, SV. Dago, DJ5KZ is QRV as SV8/home call from Lesvos Island, IOTA EU-049, until June 30. QSL to home call.

SAN MARINO, T7. Operators Filippo, IK4ZHH, Giorgio, IZ4AKS, Max, IZ4DPV, Michele, IZ4GWE, Stefano, IW2MJQ and Vittorio, I4YSS will be QRV as T70A on June 20 and 21. Activity will be mostly on 6 meters from three different locations. QSL via bureau.

REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO, TN. Nicolas is QRV as TN5SN and has been active on 6 meters and on RTTY on 20 meters around 2100z. QSL via IZ1BZV and LoTW.

ASIATIC RUSSIA, UA9. Alik, RX9WN is QRV as RX9WN/0/m until June 21 from Kharancy Island. This is a new IOTA. QSL via operator's instructions.

SERBIA, YT. Various Serbian stations are using special prefixes YU2009, YT2009, YU09, YT09, YT25 and YU25 until July 12 to promote the University Games 2009 taking place in Serbia. QSL via operators' instructions.

CALLSIGN CORRECTION. As reported in DX news ARLD023, Bob, VE1RSM is QRV as home call/VY1 from Whitehorse, Yukon Territory until August 17. Activity is on all HF bands, particularly 40, 30 and 20 meters, using CW and SSB during his evenings and weekends. QSL to home call.

The All Asian DX CW Contest, NCCC Sprint CW Ladder, 1st ARR BPSK63 Contest, Digital Pentathlon, SMIRK CW Contest, Feld Hell Sprint, AGCW VHF/UHF CW Contest, West Virginia QSO Party, Kid's Day Contest and the DIE Contest will certainly keep contesters busy this weekend. The Run for the Bacon QRP CW Contest is scheduled for June 22. The SKCC CW Sprint is scheduled for June 24.

Please see June QST, page 80 and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web sites for details.



Submitted by : Sarath Babu Rayaprolu [VU3RSB] |Hyderabad | TELANGANA | 6/19/2009 6:40:29 PM

Mystery of the missing sunspots, solved?

Mystery of the missing sunspots, solved?

The sun is in the pits of a century-class solar minimum, and sunspots have been puzzlingly scarce for more than two years. Now, for the first time, solar physicists might understand why.

A NASA report says:

At an American Astronomical Society press conference [June 17] in Boulder, Colorado, researchers announced that a jet stream deep inside the sun is migrating slower than usual through the star's interior, giving rise to the current lack of sunspots.

Rachel Howe and Frank Hill of the National Solar Observatory (NSO) in Tucson, Arizona, used a technique called helioseismology to detect and track the jet stream down to depths of 7,000 km below the surface of the sun.

The sun generates new jet streams near its poles every 11 years, they explained to a room full of reporters and fellow scientists. The streams migrate slowly from the poles to the equator and when a jet stream reaches the critical latitude of 22 degrees, new-cycle sunspots begin to appear.

Howe and Hill found that the stream associated with the next solar cycle has moved sluggishly, taking three years to cover a 10 degree range in latitude compared to only two years for the previous solar cycle.

The jet stream is now, finally, reaching the critical latitude, heralding a return of solar activity in the months and years ahead.

"It is exciting to see", says Hill, "that just as this sluggish stream reaches the usual active latitude of 22 degrees, a year late, we finally begin to see new groups of sunspots emerging."


Read the full NASA story at


Submitted by : Sarath Babu Rayaprolu [VU3RSB] |Hyderabad | TELANGANA | 6/19/2009 6:38:59 PM

Glorioso Island

Glorioso Island

Didier, F5OGL, Glorioso 2009 team leader, announced this past week that the Glorioso 2009 team gathered at Frank's,
F4AJQ, QTH on June 6th and 7th, with some F6KOP team members.

During these two days the whole time was spent tuning the antennas, teaching DXpeditioners about their settings, and to coordinating all of the packages.

The final setup was 4 complete stations (each with at least a 800 watts PA) that will be shipped to Glorioso's main island.

They plan to be active as much as possible during the 24 hour day. Their antenna system will consist of 2 Spiderbeams for 20/15/10m and another for 30/17/12m.

They will also have an Inverted L for 160m, one V10, one V80 and one HF2V for 80-40m. Some other vertical elements were packed as well as a K9AY array receiving system.

A 6 meters station will monitor the Magic band but only into a G5RV antenna.

The complete crew (and they hope it will not change) consists of: Freddy F5IRO, Yves F5PRU, Jean-Marc F5RQQ,
Sylvain F5TLN, Philippe F4EGS and three SIRPA agents: Florence (YL) journalist, Yann (director and cameraman) and Didier (cameraman and sound engineer). They would like to thank Jeff F6AOJ, Floyd N5FG, Toshi JA1ELY, Mike UA0ME and Lee ZL2AL for being their pilot stations. It was mentioned that they would also like to thank Floyd N5FG and Jeff F6AOJ for their big efforts in the back office.

For the first time the callsign to be used for the Glorioso operation will be under the new French Antarctic and Austral Territories (TAAF) regulation and is expected to be FT5GA.

• As of 2005, the "Iles Eparses", Gloriosos, Tromelin, Juan da Nova and Europa Islands are now put under the new TAAF authority. All future callsigns, for these areas, will be issued with the following prefixes:
FR/G becomes FT#G Gloriosos FR/T becomes FT#T, Tromelin
FR/E becomes Ft#E, Europa FR/J becomes FT#J, Juan da Nova

No changes for FT#W (Crozet), FT#Y (Terre Adelie), FT#X (Kerguelen) and FT#Z (Amsterdam).




Submitted by : Sarath Babu Rayaprolu [VU3RSB] |Hyderabad | TELANGANA | 6/18/2009 7:26:29 PM

Midway Island 2009

Midway Island 2009

Planning and arrangements have now become happenings. 
Equipment and loaner gear is being shipped or staged for
shipment later.

We have added three new operators to the team, James 9V1YC, Arnie N6HC and Tom ND2T.
With these three additions come years of experience and only add to the overall team experience now in place.

The makeup of the team is as follows: 

This month we are highlighting three more team members.  You can read all their history at  http://www.midway20 s3.html

Many of the team members were at Dayton and took advantage of being together by conducting their first meeting as a group. They also enjoyed meeting the DXers that are always in attendance.  

We are still accepting contributions and all donations received are greatly appreciated. Remember, contributing is easy and fast and can be forwarded several ways. You can visit the web site and use Pay Pal or a credit card or by the U.S. Mail. All contributions are noted on the web site and depending on the level of support will be noted on the DXpedition QSL. And the Midway Store is always open and available for your purchase of Midway souvenirs. 

Our web site also now shows take offs to numerous areas around the world. Take a look at these and see your direction.  

Tom N4XP & Dave WB4JTT
Co Leaders for Midway Island 2009


Submitted by : Sarath Babu Rayaprolu [VU3RSB] |Hyderabad | TELANGANA | 6/18/2009 7:25:07 PM

Fun, fresh air, friends and food - ARRL Field Day

Fun, fresh air, friends and food - it must be time for ARRL Field Day!

The 2009 ARRL Field Day will be here before you know it, so now is the time to grab your rig, grab your friends, grab some grub and get ready to get outside June 27-28.

If you haven't yet started planning for this year's Field Day, it's not too late -- Field Day packets are available for download from the ARRL Web site.

ARRL Field Day Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND, reminds clubs and groups that the deadline to order exhibit kits and ham radio recruitment handouts is drawing near. "We need to have all orders for kits and brochures no later than Wednesday, June 17. If we have your order by then, we will be able to package your order and get it to you in time for Field Day. Any orders received after June 17 will be fulfilled and they might make it to recipients before Field Day," he explained.

Exhibit kits can be ordered online at no cost; there is a small shipping and handling fee.

If you are looking for a Field Day site to attend, or are looking to publicize your Field Day site, be sure to check out the Field Day Site Locator. For more information on this service, please check out the Locator Site Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

"More than 1000 Field Day sites have been registered on the Locator, with more being added every day," Henderson said.

ARRL Field Day is the most popular on-the-air operating event in Amateur Radio. On the fourth full weekend in June, tens of thousands of Amateur Radio operators gather for a demonstration of our service. Field Day is part educational event, part operating event, part public relations event -- and all about fun!

"We all became hams for our own reasons," Henderson said. "Some of us were interested in public service and helping others in times of need. Many discovered the hobby as an outlet to their curiosity about electronics and communications. Still others joined our ranks because of the quest to meet new people and expand their own personal bank of knowledge. Whatever the reason you became an amateur, there is one compelling thread that brought us all together. It is as simple as can be: We became hams for the fun of the hobby!"

Henderson said that while Field Day serves a wide array of interests and purposes, "there is no greater 'fun-damental' goal for Field Day than to have fun! While it encompasses a broad range of Amateur Radio interests -- CW, Phone, Digital, emergency preparedness, public service, satellites, recruitment, antennas, new and vintage equipment and so many more -- Field Day is, above all else, a chance for us to have some fun with our hobby."

Henderson reminded hams that fun is where you find it: "Some will discover the fun by operating overnight, building up their club's total number of QSOs. Others will never make a single Field Day contact, but will derive their fun by helping set up antennas and generators. The joy of sharing your radio knowledge with a newcomer will be fun for many old-timers, while other old-timers will experience the 'Field Day high' when they make their very first QSO using a new digital mode or via one of the Amateur Radio satellites. The camaraderie of the annual club Field Day picnic or covered dish supper will be a fun highlight for many, while still others will find the joy in the hobby by simply being able to spend a couple of hours from home on an otherwise busy weekend, tuning the bands and making a few contacts."

If you want to be one of the best-dressed hams at your Field Day event, be sure to pick up the 2009 ARRL Field Day T shirt, hat and pin. Featuring a woodsy, outdoor scene, these items are a great way to recognize your involvement in the excitement and fun of this annual operating event. ARRL is also offering Get On The Air (GOTA) pins. It's a great idea to have your GOTA station operators wear these attractive pins. Pins from previous Field Days are also available -- make your collection complete with this year's pin.

According to ARRL Sales and Marketing Manager Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R, a new shipment of 2009 Field Day
T-shirts has just arrived, so be sure to order yours today.


Submitted by : Sarath Babu Rayaprolu [VU3RSB] |Hyderabad | TELANGANA | 6/16/2009 7:41:54 AM

D-STAR repeaters in Japan

D-STAR repeaters in Japan

A new map of Japanese D-STAR repeaters is now available and you can listen to Digital Voice in Toyota City via the web.

The map of Japanese D-STAR repeaters can be seen at

Listen live to 439.37MHz and 1291.69MHz Digital Voice mode in Toyota City, East of Nagoya, Japan

(Note appears to work best using Internet Explorer)

Japan D-STAR Users Group (Google English)


Submitted by : Sarath Babu Rayaprolu [VU3RSB] |Hyderabad | TELANGANA | 6/16/2009 7:35:39 AM

BARC Golden Jubilee Field Day: 27 & 28 June 200

BARC Golden Jubilee Field Day at Nandi Hills : 27 & 28 June 2009

Nandi Hills or Nandidurg is a hill fortress of southern India, in the Chikkaballapur district of Karnataka state and was one of the summer retreats of Tippu Sultan. It is located just 16 km (till base) 24 km (top of the hill) from Chickballapur town and approximately 60 km from the city of Bangalore. It is 4851 ft. (1478 meters) above sea level.

It is located in close proximity to the newly constructed Bangalore International Airport.

Nandi Hills was popular with the Brits too, who built bungalows and laid out gardens here. Today of course, it is a hot favourite among Bangaloreans who find this an ideal get-away for weekends.

Hamfest India 2009 & Bangalore Amateur Radio Club (VU2ARC) have organised a Field Day at this location on 27 & 28 June 2009 to mark the Golden Jubilee Year of BARC.

The club station VU2ARC will be active on 27 & 28 June from the field day location. The event commences from arrival of participants on Saturday from 2 pm onwards. There will be a welcome high-tea at 4.30 pm.

Two HF Stations & One VHF Station are proposed to be operational from the location from Saturday morning till Sunday noon. The callsign will be VU2ARC/operator.

Hamfest India 2009
C/o Linux Learning Centre (P) Ltd.
No. 635, 6th Main Road, Adj. to Bank of India,
Hanumanthnagar, Bangalore 560019.
(Ramesh Kumar VU2LU Member, Organising Committee 9 845 057 731)


Submitted by : Sarath Babu Rayaprolu [VU3RSB] |Hyderabad | TELANGANA | 6/8/2009 4:16:01 AM

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster News

SB DX @ WW < KB8NW $OPDX.911
Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 911

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 911
BID: $OPDX.911
June 8, 2009
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)

Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX
Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB5K & the AR TelNet
Clusters Network, K1XN & GoList, NC1L, NJ1Q, N2OO, NG3K, N4AA & QRZ DX,
CT1GFK, DK8JB, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, DX World of Ham Radio Web
Site, F5NQL & UFT, F5PFP, F5PHW, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, IK7JWX,
ON4ZD, JI6KVR & JA IOTA News, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, RSGB IOTA Web Site,
YT3W and ZL4HU for the following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
week of Sunday, 31st-May, through Sunday, 7th-June there were 215 countries
active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I,
4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K,
9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6,
CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6,
EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO,
FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H2, H3, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH,
HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, JA, JD/m, JD/o, JT,
JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD,
OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ7, PY, PZ, S2,
S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T32, T5, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK,
TL, TN, TR, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK,
VP2V, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU,
YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZK2, ZL, ZP, ZS

* PLEASE NOTE: The report "could" contain "Pirate/SLIM" operations or
  more likely a "BUSTED CALLSIGN". As always, you never know - "Work
  First Worry Later" (WFWL).

5H, TANZANIA. Frans, PE1ABQ, is expected to be active as 5H1FF from
Stone Town city on the Island of Zanzibar (AF-032). His equipment is
a FT-950 w/100w into 3.5m vertical at 20m A.S.L. No QSNs have been
reported yet. QSL via the address on

5J0, SAN ANDRES ISLANDS (Update). Dennis, K7BV, will once again return
to San Andres (NA-033) and be active as 5J0BV (not 5J0M as first announced)
between June 18-29th (not June 19th-July 5th). He will again be concentrating
on 6 meter Sporadic Es. HF bands will be activated as well. QSL direct to
K7BV (not W1JJ as first announced) via the address. For more details
and updates, visit the following Web page at:

8R, GUYANA (Update). The 6 Meter Beacon Project, Inc., (HF-50 MHz DX-
pedition between June 16th and July 6th) has announced the callsigns
for their operation to Guyana. According to their Web page the callsigns
   8R1DB - Team One: Chris/W3CMP and Dave/N3DB; between June 16-26th
   8R1TO - Team Two: Terry/K4RX and Ken/AC4TO; between June 27th-July 6th
QSO information is just "Signal report please, no grid squares!!!!!!"
QSL via N3DB: David Craig, 4931 Mariners Drive, Shady Side, MD 20864
(2.00 USDs & SAE [or equivalent U.S. postage] for outside US; SASE for
U.S. Stations). Bureau QSLs are "OK", but slow. For updates, visit the
Web page online at:
Operating frequencies will to be posted soon.

A35, TONGA. Paul, A35RK, continues to be active as A35RK/p from Vava'u
Island (OC-064). He informs OPDX that there is "no definite departure
date." He has also mentioned that he submitted the April/May A35RK/p
log (OC-064) to Bob, W7TSQ. This log includes activity in the CQ WPX
CW Contest this past weekend. As far as LoTW submissions, Bob, W7TSQ,
informed OPDX that since LoTW does not show/give credit for IOTA, Paul
is combining his /P log with the regular A35RK log as he is still Tonga.
He also mentioned that there is a possibility that some QSOs between
May 20-24th, have an error in the time. Most are probably CW contacts.
Paul also informed us of the problem and states, "There appears to be
a problem with the 'QSO time' element in the computer logbook entry.
Some contacts appear to be exactly 'one hour off' the actual time of
QSO." So, anyone with a LoTW problem or needing an IOTA card, showing
OC-064, can contact Bill at:            W7TSQ@AOL.COM
He can supply cards that will show the IOTA information if needed. As
usual an SASE/SAE with postage (green stamps) will be answered direct.
Bill states, "Bureau cards will be awhile as I probably will not send
again before fall. LoTW is preferred as it is less work for me!"

ANTARCTICA WEB PAGE (Sites and Sounds). The French Polar Team's Web site
continues to add a great collection of information and pictures (added with
music) of the many polar stations and sub-Antarctic regions. Check out
the following URLs (recently added FT5YJ--VP8DLM--CE9XX):
 * Station Machu Picchu - Ile du Roi George:
 * Station B - Ile Deception:
 * Station O - Ile Danco:
 * Station Gabriel Gonzales Videla - Cote Danco:
 * Station Almirante Brown - Cote Danco:
 * Station F Wordie Hut - Ile Winter:
 * Port-Charcot - Ile Booth (Wandel):
 * Station A Port Lockroy - Ile Goudier:
 * Bahia Dorian Refuge - Ile Wiencke:
 * Station L Damoy Point Hut - Ile Wiencke:
 * Le voilier l'Ile d'Elle:
 * Davis station:

CT, PORTUGAL (Field Day). The ARVM group will be operating their "Field
Day" for 24 hours beginning at 1200z on Saturday, June 13th. Operations
will be from Montemor Park near the city of Loures. Activity will be on
CW, SSB, RTTY and TVA. For more info, go to:

CT, PORTUGAL. Members of the Algarve STAR DX Team will be active as
CT7/CU8AT during "Green Days", June 13-14th. Operations will be from
"Parque Natural SW Alentejano e Costa Vicentina" which is valid for:
DPRN FF-12 and WFF CTFF-12. Operators mentioned are: Toze/CT1GFK,
Al/CT1GPQ and Mike/CT1IUA. One of the operators (to be decided later),
will be active during the "Portugal Day Contest" on June 13th, from
the same QTH. Look for more details on:

DAYTON HAMVENTION FCC FORUM (Audio Available Online). Bill Pasternak,
WA6ITF, Producer of ARNewsline, Inc., reports: "To our valued listeners,
In response to a number of requests we have uploaded the entire 71 minute
Dayton Hamvention FCC Forum hosted by Bill Cross, W3TN, and Laura Smith as
an MP3 audio file to our Amateur Radio Newsline website front page. You
can download it by going to, then scroll down
to "Click HERE to download the entire 70 minute Dayton Hamvention FCC
Forum" and follow your normal download and save procedure for your web
browser. This recording was made using a Senheisser microphone at the
speakers podium connected to an M-Audio Microtrack II professional digital
audio recorder.  Audio processing and conversion to MP3 was accomplished
using Goldwave Editor Ver 5.52.  We believe you will find the audio quality
superior to various other recordings of this important forum available
at various Web sites across cyberspace. We hope that you will find it of

DXCC NEWS...............................
 *  Bill Moore, NC1L, Awards Branch Manager reports that the following
  operation is approved for DXCC credit:      HZ1EA - Saudi Arabia
  If you have had this operation rejected in a recent submission, please
  send a note to to be placed on the list for an update.
  Also, once completed, if you have an account in LoTW, the update will
  be posted to your account.

 *  2008 ARRL DXCC YEARBOOK. Bill Moore, NC1L, announced this past week on
  June 2nd: "The 2008 DXCC yearbooks have arrived from the printer. The
  ARRL mail room will prepare them for shipping and they should start
  going out the middle of next week. You will receive the free copy if:
    * A submission was received during the 2008 calendar year.
    * If you did not make a submission during the calendar year, but you
      were "current" on the DXCC Honor Roll for this period. (329 current
      DXCC entities).
  ARRL Membership is also required for the free edition. Copies are
  available for purchase for 7.00 USDs (USA) and 11.00 USDs (Non-USA).
  This fee includes postage."

 * DXCC CARD CHECKING at the 2009 "Ham Radio" in Friedrichshafen, Germany.
  Please read the complete details on how to prepare your cards and forms

EM0, UKRAINE (URFF Special Event). Members of the Lviv Branch of the
Ukrainian Amateur Radio League (UARL), UR4WWE, will activate the special
callsign EM0WFF from Roztochchia Nature Reserve (URFF-020, URDA LV-32)
between June 12-14th. QSL via UT7WZ, by the bureau or direct. Information
on the "W-UR-FF" Award can be found at:

FO, FRENCH POLYNESIA. Phil, F5PHW, informs OPDX that he will be in Tahiti
for two years starting August 2009. Activity will be on CW/RTTY and SSB
(sometimes) on 80-10 meters. For the moment, his callsign will be FO/F5PHW.
Phil is trying and hoping to get a FO5 callsign, but he has to negotiate
it with local authorities when he is in Tahiti. Phil will be in a small
house very close to the airport. He will operate with 100 watts into a HF6
and dipole, but hopes, if possible put up a 3 elements beam in the garden.
QSL will be OK via LoTW. QSL are also "OK" via F8BPN, by the bureau or
direct. More information is available on:

FP, ST. PIERRE AND MIQUELON. Operators Eric/KV1J and Tom/W8TOM will be
active as FP/KV1J from Miquelon (NA-032) during the CQWW DX SSB Contest
(October 24-25th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via KV1J, direct, by the
Bureau or LoTW. Operators will be there between October 20-27th. Activity
outside of the contest will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and
PSK31, generally on the highest frequency band that is open (no permission
for 60M). Visit Eric's Web page at:

H4, SOLOMON ISLANDS (Rare IOTA). Operators Mike/KM9D (H44MY) and Jan/KF4TUG
(H44TO) are now active as H44MY from Stirling Island (OC-162) for about
a week. Mike was heard this past weekend on 40/20 meters CW. Jan was
heard on 20/17 meters SSB. QSL via OM2SA.

IOTA NEWS........................
  AS-017.  Operators Mitsu/7N4AGB, Hase/JK1EBA, Shoji/JJ1JGI, JA1XEQ and
           Nakayama/JA1KJW will be active as homecall/6 from Tokashiki
           Island, Okinawa Prefecture, between July 7-10th. Activity
           will be on 160-6 meters, but mainly on the lower bands using
           CW and SSB. QSL via their home callsign, direct or by the

  AS-047.  Operators Mitsu/7N4AGB, Hase/JK1EBA, Shoji/JJ1JGI, JA1XEQ and
           Nakayama/JA1KJW will be active as homecall/6 from Daito Island,
           Okinawa Prefecture, between June 25th and July 5th. Activity
           will be on 160-6 meters, but mainly on the lower bands using
           CW and SSB. QSL via their home callsign, direct or by the

  AS-117.  Operators JJ2JQF and JH9UYZ will be active as homecall/0 from
           Awa Island, Niigata Prefecture, between June 26-30th. Activity
           will be on 160m through 70cm using CW, SSB, AM, FM, RTTY and
           Satellite (1200 MHz). QSL via their home callsigns, direct or
           by the Bureau.

  EU-005.  Members of the Bittern DX Group will once again be active as
           G2B from the cliff tops in the village of Trimingham, Norfolk,
           East of England region (WLOTA 1841) for the RSGB IOTA Contest
           (July 25-26th). QSL via M0CNP, direct or by the Bureau.

  EU-042.  Harald, DF6BL, will be active as homecall/p from Langeness
           Island (N-19 for the German Islands Award, WLOTA 1245) between
           July 6-13th. Activity will be on all bands and modes. QSL via
           his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

  EU-067.  Operators Elizabeth/K4KTG, Michael/KC6ZUS and Jonathan/KI4UOU
           will be active as SV/K4KTG from Thira Island [aka Santorini]
           (GIOTA SAS-102, MIA MG-125, WLOTA 0658), June 15-30th. QSL via

  EU-095.  Operators Robert/F5HTR and Roger/F5LKW will be active as
           homecall/p from Riou Island (DIFM ME-006) on June 8th. They
           will travelling by kayak and will be active as QRP on 7032
           kHz. QSL via their home callsigns, direct or by the Bureau.

  EU-120.  Members of the Wakefield and District Radio Society will be
           active as GB1HI from Holy Island [aka Lindisfarne] (WAB NU14,
           ARLHS ENG-224, TWLHD WLH G-011) off the Northumbrian coast,
           July 10-13th. QSL via M3ZYZ, direct, by the Bureau or E-mail
           QSL requests (Bureau). More details are available on

  EU-122.  Members of Kilmarnock and Loudoun ARC will be active as GI0ADX
           from Rathlin Island (WLOTA 0039), Northern Ireland, in the
           RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th). Operators mentioned are:
           Allan/GM3OZB, Barry/GM3YEH, Steve/GM4OSS, John/GM0DJG and
           Gordon/MM0BIM. QSL via MM0DHQ, by the Bureau is preferred.

  EU-127.  Operators Gerd/DK8NT and Horst/DL8NBM will be active as
           homecall/p from a smaller neighbor island called "the Dune",
           Helgoland Island (German Island Award # N-15), between June
           11-17th. They state that their activity will be "something
           between a vacation-style and a 'serious' DXpedition". Operations
           will be mainly on CW, but some SSB or PSK. Using only 100
           watts, they will experiment with simple wire antennas: A
           triple leg for 30m and up, a 40/80m double dipole for Europe,
           and a 40m (and maybe 80m) vertical for DX. QSL via their
           home callsigns, by the bureau or direct (no e-QSL).

  EU-145.  Nuno, CT2FPE, will be active as homecall/p from Barreta Island
           on June 13th between the hours of 1000-1900z. Activity is also
           valid for: ARLHS POR-141, Fa-14, Ai-003, DPRN FF-07, CTFF-07,
           DMP-0805, FAR-05, DMA-FARO and Day of Portugal Contest. QSL
           via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

  EU-165.  Massimo, I0PNM, will be active as IM0/I0PNM from San Pietro
           Island (IIA CI-007, MIA MIS-050, WLOTA 2989), June 8-16th.
           Activity will be mainly PSK31 on 20 and 40 meters. QSL via
           his home callsign.

  NA-027.  George, WW4GA, will be active as WW4GA/VO1 from Newfoundland
           (CISA NF-001) between June 17th and July 9th. Activity will
           be on all bands and modes. QSL direct only to WW4GA.

  NA-067.  Rick, N5EYT, is expected to be active from Cape Hatteras
           (USI NC005S, WLOTA 3913) in Salvo, NC, no earlier than 2000z,
           June 7th and will finish no later than 1200z, June 15th. His
           activity will only be 20 meters PSK31 with a dipole (trying
           out his new Small Wonder Labs PSK-20). Rick mentions that he
           will be operating at a beach house on the west side of island.
           This is actually a vacation/wedding trip where his daughter's
           wedding will take place on June 13th, so most of his operating
           will be limited to earlier in the week. QSL via N5EYT, by the
           Bureau, direct or LoTW.

  NA-079.  Operators Bill/WD2E, Dave/KI4KQU and Paul/AA2C will be active
           as WD2E/4 from the Dry Tortugas Islands (WLOTA 0274) between
           June 24th and July 1st. Activity will be on all bands and modes.
           QSL via WD2E.

  NA-112.  Brian, KB9BVN, will be active from Bird Island (USI NC-012S,
           WW Loc. FM03RU, Brunswick County) on Sunset Beach, North
           Carolina, between now and June 12th. Activity will be QRP on
           40 and 20 meters using CW only. His equipment is a Elecraft
           KX-1 and PAC-12 portable vertical antenna. He will QSL all
           contacts and states eQSLs are available if that is what you
           prefer. His son Andy, N9AWM, will be with him as well.

  NA-142.  Jim, AD5ZA, will be active as homecall/4 from Santa Rosa Island
           (USI FL-003S), Florida, on August 1st. Activity will be on 20
           and 15 meters using PSK31. This activation is for PODXS 070
           Club. QSL via his home callsign, direct only.

J2, DJIBOUTI. Once again members of the F6KOP Provins Club and Clipperton
DX Club are planning a major operation this time to Djibouti in 2010.
The callsign announced is J20C. More details are forthcoming.

IY7, ITALY (Special Event). Alfredo, IK7JWX, is now active as IY7NGM
(and possibly as IY7NGM/p) through December 31st. Activity is to celebrate
100th anniversary of Guglielmo Marconi receiving the Nobel Prize in 1909.
Activity will be on all HF bands and 6 meters using all modes. Alfredo
was heard this past week on 40 meters CW and 20 meters RTTY/PSK31. QSL
via IK7JWX.

Photo Gallery is now up at:
This is Tom's 13th consecutive year for the gallery, and it contains 293
photos taken at Crowne Plaza at various events and hospitality suites.

  Operators Gabriel/LU5FZ and Juan Carlos/LU9DO will be active as CX/LU9DO
  from Punta del Este Lighthouse (URU-008) in Uruguay during the Inter-
  national Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend (ILLW), August 15-16th.

  Look for La Cana Lighthouse (WLOTA 2802, Loc. FK68MK) in Guanica,
  Puerto Rico, to be on the air as K4G during the WLOTA Contest (July
  4-5th). Activity will be on CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via WP3MW.

MAJOR PACIFIC DXPEDITIONS (Update). After his recent trip from the Pacific,
Team leader, Hrane/YT1AD confirms that an international team of 14
individuals are organizing DXpeditions for amateur radio activity from
Tokelau (ZK3), Canton Island (T31 - Central Kiribati) and Wallis Island
(FW) over 22 days next year (in 2010). The tentative schedule is as
   September 25-29th - Traveling by boat from Fiji (3D2) to Samoa (KH8)
   September 29th    - Loading in Apia; departing Apia to Fakaofo Atoll
                       in the Republic of Tokelau Island group
   September 30th    - Arriving Fakaofo Atoll
   October 1-3rd     - Activity on the air from Tokelau
   October 3rd       - Afternoon departure from Fakaofo Atoll to the
                       Island of Canton (Central Kiribati)
   October 4th       - Traveling to Canton Island
   October 5th       - Arriving at Canton Island
   October 6-10th    - Activity on the air from Canton Island
   October 10th      - Afternoon activity/departure from Canton Island
   October 12th      - Arriving at Wallis Island (FW)
   October 14th      - Departure from Wallis Island
   October 16th      - Arriving at Fiji Islands
More information will be forthcoming.

PA09, NETHERLANDS (Special Event). Fred, PA0FAW, will activate special
event station PA09SHAPE between June 6th and July 3rd. Activity is to
celebrate Mode Biennale, fashion month in Arnhem. QSL via PA0FAW, direct
or by the Bureau. SWL cards welcome.

PORTUGUESE PREFIX CHANGES. The Portuguese local regulatory agency for
the amateur radio service (Anacom) has published new legislation. There
is a part in the legislation that will impact the callsign structure
of Portuguese (Portugal, Madeira and the Azores) callsigns. As of June
1st, the following will be the prefix blocks allocated to each area:
  Each area will have four blocks (old calls under old legislation,
  new calls under new legislation, club calls and special calls)

    Portugal                            Madeira
    --------                            -------
    Block 1 - CT1, CT2, CT4, CT5        Block 1 - CT3
    Block 2 - CR7, CS7, CT7             Block 2 - CR9, CS9, CT9
    Block 3 - CQ0, CS5                  Block 3 - CQ2, CS3
    Block 4 - CQ7, CR5, CR6, CS2        Block 4 - CQ3, CQ9, CR3

          Block 1 - CU1, CU2, CU3, CU4, CU5, CU6, CU7, CU8, CU9, CU0
          Block 2 - CR8, CS8, CT8
          Block 3 - CQ1, CS4
          Block 4 - CQ8, CR1, CR2

   Callsigns from block 1. (CT1, CT2, CT4, CT5. CT3, CU#) will no longer
   be issued. Current hams will keep these calls if they like or submit
   to a new exam to have the new prefixes (CR, CS, CT, 7,8,or 9).

   New hams will have block 2 and will be issued prefixes according to
   category. Category 1 will have CT 7, 8 or 9, category 2 will have
   CS 7, 8 or 9, and category 3 will have CR# 7, 8 or 9.

   Club stations will have call in block 3 (CQ0, CS5, CQ2, CS3, CQ1, CS4).

   Special occasion and contest calls will have block 4 (CQ7, CR5, CR6,
   CS2, CQ3, CQ9, CR3, CQ8, CR1, CR2).

    Portugal - No new prefixes. Several lost.
    Madeira  - One new prefix (CQ2).
    Azores   - New prefixes (CR8, CS8, CT8, CQ1, CS4, CQ8, CR1, CR2).

   For more info, see:

PACIFIC TOUR. Karl, DL2FAG, is going on another "holiday-DXpedition",
this time to the Pacific and plans to operate from three locations later
in the year. His tentative schedule and callsigns are as follows:
  Island of Niue - He will operate as ZK2DL from Namukulu, between October
                   19th and November 7th. Activity will be holiday style
                   on 80-10 meters, mainly on RTTY, PSK and SSB. IOTA is:
                   OC-040. QSL via DL2FAG.

  New Zealand  - Karl states he will operate sporadically from the South
                 Island of New Zealand, as ZL4/DL2FAG between November
                 8-18th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters, mainly on RTTY,
                 PSK and SSB. QSL via DL2FAG.

  Western Samoa - Karl will end his trip as 5W0KH from Upolu between
                  November 18-30th. Again, activity will be on 80-10
                  meters, mainly on RTTY, PSK and SSB. QSL via DL2FAG.

 Karl states that he will be operating from all locations on the usual
DX frequencies. Watch Karl's Web page for possible updates, and he will
have a log search on the site (not sure if it will be active during his
operations). His Web page is at:

QSL INFO AND NEWS.....................
  With all the changes going on in the postal systems, it is time to
  check out Bill's, W9OL, great IRC Chart Web page. It is a great place
  to see who takes IRCs, green stamps and who does not. Give it a look

  K5D QSL STATUS: QSL Manager Bob, N2OO, reported on June 2nd, the
  following update:
    "OQRS - We finished OQRS requests received through about May 4th.. We
    will resume OQRS QSL processing again shortly, and we will post the
    dates on the QSL Information link found at the K5D Web site
    when we do resume. OQRS continues to be available for QSL requests.
    Info for OQRS can also be found on the QSL Information link.

    DIRECT MAIL: We are now focusing on the direct mail in the same order
    as the mail was received.  We are answering donors first just to be
    fair to those who added a little something with their QSL.  We also
    TRY to catch notes that tell us that you contributed in advance of the
    operation, but we don't always catch those notes.  If we miss yours,
    we apologize. The DIRECT MAIL processing trudges forward.  So, we
    appreciate everyone's patience. I continue to do the log processing
    after which the QSLs will be mailed gradually by members of my QSL
    processing team. We are not doing larger bulk mailings in order to
    keep the cards flowing into the mail. It will surely be a few months
    before we can become current.  It's hard to get ahead when you are
    still receiving some 50 pieces of mail on average every day.

    As of June 2nd we have confirmed 26,353 QSOs.

    LoTW UPDATE: After careful consideration, and cautious investigation
    into the LoTW process, I have decided that we will be able to upload
    CONFIRMED QSOs ONLY to LoTW. This will be done in larger sized batches
    as time allows while we continue to process QSLs. When the first batch
    is uploaded, I will post the information on the QSL Information link
    found at the K5D Web site I expect to do it within the next
    week.  QRX

    In the past, we just uploaded to LoTW one time about one year after the
    DXpedition. This was done for obvious reasons. Now that I have become
    familiar with how to do partial log uploads to LoTW, we should be able
    to satisfy those who want their QSOs in LoTW. By only uploading confirmed
    QSOs (in batches), we think that this is a fair compromise that is a
    win/win for everyone involved.  We are considering other options for the
    "next one". But for THIS one, this is what we will be doing. We will
    upload the balance of the full log in early 2010.

    I ask you all to be patient! Since cards are going out in the mail
    frequently and in much smaller batches, you can expect to hear of people
    getting their cards continuously. Be assured that we are continuing the
    QSL operation on a daily basis.  It is just going to take time.

         73 Bob Schenck, N2OO QSL Manager K5D Desecheo 2009

  1652 INFO. Over the past weekend (June 5-7th), special callsigns were
  active on several different bands that were good towards the "Roskilde
  1658 Award". For information on the callsigns, and upcoming operations
  (times and frequencies), please look at the activities calendar on
  the award Web site at:

  QSL for OZ5FYN will be sent for all QSOs via the EDR bureau. This
  was a special event station active for the annual Summer Rally at
  Egeskov Slot (Castle) on June 7th. OZ5FYN grid locator was JO55FE,
  and the island reference number is EU-172. There is no Danish CASOTA
  reference number (for the first Castle activation).

  NEW QSL MANAGER. Randy, W5UE, is now the new QSL manager for 9V1YC,
  9V9HQ and N1YC/VK9X. After many years of excellent service as James'
  QSL Manager, Joe, N5ID, is handing over duties to Randy in order to
  recuperate after an extended illness in hospital. W5UE has all the
  logs, blank cards and pending QSL requests for all of James' callsigns,
  so feel free to check his Web site for periodic updates and status of
  QSL requests at:  

  ADDED NOTE. Randy, W5UE, states, "It was brought to my attention that
  many QSL Manager Data Bases still contain entries for some of James'
  old calls to N5ID. Both Joe and James indicate a request hasn't been
  received for any of these for years, but we will continue to honor
  any requests that may be needed in the future... so, please update
  your QSL Manager Data Bases for any of the following calls from N5ID
  to W5UE: 9V0YC, 9V8YC, KB1CM/VR2, KB1CM/VS6, KB1CM/ZS, KH8/KB1CM,
  VR2/KB1CM and VS6/KB1CM. Please bear in mind all of these logs are on
  paper only and will require extra processing time since I'll probably
  have to manually print cards as well."

  NOT THE QSL MANAGER. Don, N1DG, reports that he is NOT the QSL Manager
  for A71A. QSL A71A via A71AN ONLY.

  R1FJT QSL STATUS. Jack, RW0BB (ex-R1FJT), reports that new QSL cards
  are being printed and you will have to wait until he receives them.

  TM0M LOG ONLINE. Logs for the recent operation TM0M from Molene Island
  (EU-065), May 23-30th, now available at:

  ZF1A and ZK2V

  7Q7VB, 7X0RY, 8Q7SC, 9J2FM, 9J2VB, 9K2YM, 9U0VB, A71MA, A92GR, BG4TRF,


SILENT KEY. Ken Holdom, ZL4HU, informs OPDX that Russell Baird, or Russ
as he was commonly known, ZL4DJ, became a Silent Key (SK) on the evening of
June 4th. He was a well-known DXer and fellow ham radio enthusiast. OPDX
and its readers would like to send out our deepest sympathy to the family
and friends of ZL4DJ. Messages can be sent to: The Baird Family,
87 Ventry Street, Alexandra, Central Otago, New Zealand. ADDED NOTE:
Ken Holdom, ZL4HU, states: "WE don't have an E-mail address for messages
at this time, but I am more than willing to receive messages and personally
hand them to the family.

SP50, POLAND (Special Event). Memebers of the SP DX Club (The Long
Distance Radio Communication Club of Poland) have activated the special
event station SP50DXC through June 30th, to celebrating 50th anniversary
of the SP DX Club. The station is expected to be active on all bands/modes.
Operators mentioned are: Andrzej/SP7ASZ, Jerzy/SP7CVW, Krzysztof/SP7IIT,
Pawel/SP7LFT and Jerzy/SP7TF. QSL via SP7DQR. All QSOs will be uploaded
to LoTW. SP50DXC will also be active again later in the year at the end
September during their annual meeting of the SP DX Club.

SPECIAL EVENT (13 Colonies "On the Air"). Look for special event stations
from all the thirteen 1776 original colonies to be on the air between
1300z, July 1st and 0400z July 5th. A full color certificate printed on
heavy card stock or parchment paper (with a map and the state flags of
all the 1776 colony states) will be available to each station who works
one or more or ALL of the special event stations. The thirteen 1776
original colonies (their special event callsign) are: CT (K2D), DE (K2E),
GA (K2G), MA (K2H), MD (K2F), NC (K2J), NJ (K2I), NH (K2K), NY (K2A), RI
(K2C), PA (K2M), SC (K2L) and VA (K2C). Activity will be on all bands
(except 60m and the 30/17/12m). The Colony stations will be operating on
or near the "13" of each band (Eg. 14213, 14313, 7213, et.). Also, 2
meters and 6 meters simplex frequencies are encouraged. For this event 2
meter repeater contacts WILL be allowed. For more details and picture of
the certificate, please visit their Web page at:
Each station is to send a contact log stating the Date, UTC, Band, and
callsign of each contact, along with your QSL card and 4.00 USDs (check,
Money Order or Cash - to help defray printing costs). NO SASE required.
They will furnish postage, certificate and 9"x12" envelope. No QSL cards
will be issued - just the certificate. All award requests and payment
are to be sent and made out to the KU2US-Award Manager. Address and Log
Forms are available at the above Web site. Those stations submitting
contacts for ALL thirteen colonies will have their certificate marked
with a "Clean Sweep" in recognition of their efforts.

T30, WESTERN KIRIBATI. David, N1EMC (ex-ZK2DF), is expected to be active
from here as T30DX. Complete details are forthcoming. Stay tuned.

TO4G, GLORIOSO ISLAND (Update). Didier, F5OGL, announced this past week
as indicated several weeks ago, no civilian will be included in the crew
which is going to Gloriosos, next month. He states, "It had been confirmed
that it will be first a military mission. Nothing was possible to do to
make changes in this Forces Authorities decision." He also announced the
final crew/operators list:  Yves Michel/F5PRU, Jean Marc/F5RQQ, Freddy/
F5IRO, Philippe/F4EGS and Sylvain/F5TLN. Didier thanks the F6KOP Provins
ARC for the loan of three stations to be active on the air and a fourth
that will be set up and could be used on no particular modes or bands.
Didier ends his press release by saying, "Mission permitting, the crew
will appear in the two major July contests, the IARU HF and the RSGB
IOTA. Know that the crew, instead of maintenance jobs, has another
assistance mission by the Armies Information and Public Relation group
which will go to Glorioso along with us. This group is composed of an
Officer, a director and a cameraman. The callsign is not known yet, but
it is expected in the next days." More information is forthcoming. Look
for updates on their Web page at:

VK, AUSTRALIA (4 LETTER SUFFIX). Eddie, VK4AN, (Father of VK4FRAJ) reports:
"There is still much reluctance and confusion amongst contesters regarding
VK 4-letter suffix calls... especially in CW contests! My son is probably
the ONLY VK with a 4-letter suffix that operates on CW, and is VERY
frustrated when contesters keep asking if his call is 2-letters or
3-letters... and one even accused him of being 'a commercial station'
and refused to work him! 4-letter suffixes are issued to 'Foundation-class'
hams (similar to the US novice-class). ALL Foundation class suffixes begin
with an 'F' plus 3 more letters. They have a maximum of 10-watts power on
80-40-15-10m CW-SSB only and must use commercially made equipment. My son's
call is VK4FRAJ. He really enjoys CW but is ready to stop contesting due
to the frustration of others NOT knowing that Australia issues 4-letter
that the only one that we know of that is on CW is VK4FRAJ (not VK4FJ,
not VK4RAJ, not VK4FRA, not VK4FR, not VK4FRJ... etc...).  'Raj' said he
would appreciate it if contesters would listen for his QRP CW signal and
to please realize that he has a 4-letter suffix (VK4FRAJ)."

VP2M, MONTSERRAT. Bill, W5SJ, will be active from here possibly as VP2MSJ
(TBA), July 14-21st. Activity will be on 80m, 60m and 6 meters using CW,
SSB and possibly JST. However, he will concentrate on the CQWW VHF Contest
(July 18-19th) on 6 meters. His equipment is an ICOM 7000, w/250 watts,
into a 5 element yagi (for 6m) and a Carolina Windom (for 80/60m). QSL
via his home callsign direct with current IRC or SASE.

ZY0, FERNANDO DE NORONHA. Just a reminder that operators Anderson/PY2TNT,
Fabio/PY2AAZ/AC2AC, Alex/PY2WAS and Bob/N6OX will be active as ZY0F from
Fernando de Noronha Island (SA-003), from June 10-15th. Activity will be
on 160-10 meters including 60/30/17/12 meters (60m under temporary licensed
granted by the Brazilian Government) using CW and SSB. QSL via PY2WAS, by
the bureau or direct. This DXpedition is sponsored by Spiderbeam Antennas.
Also, see ZY0F on

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Submitted by : Sarath Babu Rayaprolu [VU3RSB] |Hyderabad | TELANGANA | 6/8/2009 4:09:25 AM

New Solar Cycle Prediction - 29th May 2009


New Solar Cycle Prediction



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May 29, 2009: An international panel of experts led by NOAA and sponsored by NASA has released a new prediction for the next solar cycle. Solar Cycle 24 will peak, they say, in May 2013 with a below-average number of sunspots.

"If our prediction is correct, Solar Cycle 24 will have a peak sunspot number of 90, the lowest of any cycle since 1928 when Solar Cycle 16 peaked at 78," says panel chairman Doug Biesecker of the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center.

Right: A solar flare observed in Dec. 2006 by NOAA's GOES-13 satellite.

It is tempting to describe such a cycle as "weak" or "mild," but that could give the wrong impression.

"Even a below-average cycle is capable of producing severe space weather," points out Biesecker. "The great geomagnetic storm of 1859, for instance, occurred during a solar cycle of about the same size we’re predicting for 2013."

The 1859 storm--known as the "Carrington Event" after astronomer Richard Carrington who witnessed the instigating solar flare--electrified transmission cables, set fires in telegraph offices, and produced Northern Lights so bright that people could read newspapers by their red and green glow. A recent report by the National Academy of Sciences found that if a similar storm occurred today, it could cause $1 to 2 trillion in damages to society's high-tech infrastructure and require four to ten years for complete recovery. For comparison, Hurricane Katrina caused "only" $80 to 125 billion in damage.

Above: This plot of sunspot numbers shows the measured peak of the last solar cycle in blue and the predicted peak of the next solar cycle in red. Credit: NOAA/Space Weather Prediction Center. [more]

The latest forecast revises an earlier prediction issued in 2007. At that time, a sharply divided panel believed solar minimum would come in March 2008 followed by either a strong solar maximum in 2011 or a weak solar maximum in 2012. Competing models gave different answers, and researchers were eager for the sun to reveal which was correct.

"It turns out that none of our models were totally correct," says Dean Pesnell of the Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA's lead representative on the panel. "The sun is behaving in an unexpected and very interesting way."

Researchers have known about the solar cycle since the mid-1800s. Graphs of sunspot numbers resemble a roller coaster, going up and down with an approximately 11-year period. At first glance, it looks like a regular pattern, but predicting the peaks and valleys has proven troublesome. Cycles vary in length from about 9 to 14 years. Some peaks are high, others low. The valleys are usually brief, lasting only a couple of years, but sometimes they stretch out much longer. In the 17th century the sun plunged into a 70-year period of spotlessness known as the Maunder Minimum that still baffles scientists.

Above: Yearly-averaged sunspot numbers from 1610 to 2008. Researchers believe upcoming Solar Cycle 24 will be similar to the cycle that peaked in 1928, marked by a red arrow. Credit: NASA/MSFC

Right now, the solar cycle is in a valley--the deepest of the past century. In 2008 and 2009, the sun set Space Age records for low sunspot counts, weak solar wind, and low solar irradiance. The sun has gone more than two years without a significant solar flare.

"In our professional careers, we've never seen anything quite like it," says Pesnell. "Solar minimum has lasted far beyond the date we predicted in 2007."

In recent months, however, the sun has begun to show timorous signs of life. Small sunspots and "proto-sunspots" are popping up with increasing frequency. Enormous currents of plasma on the sun’s surface ("zonal flows") are gaining strength and slowly drifting toward the sun’s equator. Radio astronomers have detected a tiny but significant uptick in solar radio emissions. All these things are precursors of an awakening Solar Cycle 24 and form the basis for the panel's new, almost unanimous forecast.


According to the forecast, the sun should remain generally calm for at least another year. From a research point of view, that's good news because solar minimum has proven to be more interesting than anyone imagined. Low solar activity has a profound effect on Earth’s atmosphere, allowing it to cool and contract. Space junk accumulates in Earth orbit because there is less aerodynamic drag. The becalmed solar wind whips up fewer magnetic storms around Earth's poles. Cosmic rays that are normally pushed back by solar wind instead intrude on the near-Earth environment. There are other side-effects, too, that can be studied only so long as the sun remains quiet.

Meanwhile, the sun pays little heed to human committees. There could be more surprises, panelists acknowledge, and more revisions to the forecast.

"Go ahead and mark your calendar for May 2013," says Pesnell. "But use a pencil.


Submitted by : Sarath Babu Rayaprolu [VU3RSB] |Hyderabad | TELANGANA | 5/31/2009 4:41:33 AM

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