Dxing.Today Issue 12, 12th January 2018
Editor: Nick VK2DX Co-Editor: Dragan 4O4A

*** Past Week on 80m FT8

With Sydney temperatures reaching 40C during the day time, nights fail to provide much comfort either. Staying up until late was easier than waking up early to catch sunrise openings. Which was a bit of a mistake since most of the action appears to be at the time I am not in front of the radio. I sincerely hope that your timing is better; but then again, I'd rather boil in my shack than sitting frozen in yours :-) Tempted to turn on that 4x813 amplifier?

The week started with 9V1YC and HS1NGR running fairly serious pileups taking advantage of their midnight openings to both US and Europe. Plenty of action, especially so for HS1NGR who generates a serious signal - hardly a surprise judging by the enclosed photo of his antenna farm. Oldtimers still remember the days when Zone 26 on 80m was next to impossible. However there are now at least a dozen of HS stations active at any time. A70X expedition had a cameo appearance, and it was decoded by number of VK's but no joy. JT1BV had fun working Japanese on Saturday night. Aurora-challenged VE8EV from Zone 1 scored 5 new ones: MM0EAX, 3D2TS, BG3ATI, YL2UI, and BV1EK. Equally, VU2IT had his share of fine DX logging FG8OJ and N2NT. And for you who complained that BY is impossible on 80m: BI4VIP and BD7OXR worked a long list of US stations, including some from the mid-west. Actually, I could not even decode BI4VIP down under, yet it seems that US guys had no problem copying him at their end. Talking about China: BA7QT from the southern province of Guangxi appeared with a killer signal (we share the same QSL manager - W3HNK!) as well as BG3ATI who is a regular on FT8. BD7MYM was seen CQing with no takers.

It was a great surprise to decode loud K1VMT from Vermont at his sunrise! We quickly exchanged reports and then Joe worked another VK3 followed by ZL. Joe reporting via email: "Cold and windy -27 C this morning, near ski town of Jeffersonville, population about 4000 people." About the same time, VK3LDB worked N1IXin New Hampshire. These contacts prove that 80m is a funny band and out-of-season openings do occur.

The QSO of the week: our 'congrats and well done' goes to Lee, ZS5LEE from Durban who made it all the way to Hawaii logging K9FD/KH6. Merv also worked ZS1LS.

On Sunday temperatures soared to +44C and I was seriously worried that we may lose Charlie and his family which happily resides under the 80m vertical. All eight of them are now temporarily housed inside the shack. Charlie literally jumped on the bench, but being a bit deaf as he is, he is more suitable for JT modes. Stay tuned for more!

*** Chasing China - the chase continues!

While we said that China province scores will be added to your rankings in February, we could not resist your pressure to publish them now. The first scores are very encouraging, and as predicted, most chasers worldwide (except north America) will work 30 or so provinces by the end of this year. Of course, this would require some dedication but there is plenty of activity from China on all bands JT modes.

To claim your score: download xls sheet logbook and start logging! You can report your totals (wkd / cfmd) via email to mail@DXing.Today.

Of course, there is one province which will be a really hard one to get: Tibet. As reported last week, there was only one known operation from B*9G in the past 5 years: BY1WDX/0, September 2012 on CW. However, after some more research I've discovered at least 3 more licensed stations in Tibet: BG0GI, BG0GJ and BG0GL. It is unclear which ones are still active in 2018 but there could be more of them out there than we know. Make no mistake: there are more people out there who've worked North Korea and Bouvet Island than Tibet!

*** QSLR

Thanks to IK2DUW: the Galapagos Expedition HC8LUT QSL cards are mailed out (got my this week!). What a beautiful card which will help us cherish the memory of this very special operation.

*** T6TM Tim - Kabul, Afghanistan

I was pleased to work Tim T6TM on 17m the other day - and was curious to hear more about his setup and the possibility of an 80m sked. Here is his reply, with a photo of his setup:

"I can operate 80m. I have a home-brew Terminated Folded dipole with the apex at around 35ft above some really bad ground. Signals here are always in competition with the 10 or so diesel generators that provide power to our base camp. The camp is located on the outskirts of Kabul. Some background on my operation. I received my T6TM call about a year after getting to Kabul. Here I work as a mentor to an Afghan special forces communications officer and his men. My T6TM station consists of a TS-2000 running 100w with my antennas being one Mosley Mini-33a, an MJF cobweb antenna (both operating on 28, 24, 21, 18 and 14 MHz.) and the folded dipole (80m to 10m). I requested and received DXCC approval for T6TM back in Dec of 2013. I operate SSB, FT8, JT65 and PSK modes. I do not have a CW key here so unless someone is willing to copy FLdigi machine CW, I'm not available for CW QSOs. With the current solar conditions, I have been primarily on FT8. My work week is Saturday through Thursday afternoon so my daytime radio activity during my work week is pretty much "get on when I can". However, I am willing to work out a sked with anyone that can work around my tight schedule. Recently I managed to get a two Brazilian stations QSOs on 30m via skeds. My QSL manager, Mike, W2GR has been handling my QSLs for around 3 years now. I am on QRZ, E-QSL and LoTW for QSL'ing."


*** DX Reports

by Branko, YU1FW

E31A, Eritrea
Zorro, JH1AJT, the main coordinator of numerous humanitarian actions in various countries (A5A, E30FB, XU1A, XZ1A, XZ1Z, 7O1A, etc) will again be in Asmara, the capital of Eritrea, from 14 to 23 JAN 2018. On this occasion, he will provide support to the Eritrean National Olympic Committee. He will coordinate work on the campus of the Eritrean paralympic team who will take part in the Paralympic games in Tokyo 2020.

Besides Zorro, other team members include: Franz DJ9ZB, Champ E21EIC, Dima RA9USU and for the first time, Yan RZ3FW. They will operate on all bands 160-6M, CW, SSB, FT8, DIGI. The same team was active from Eritrea in May 2017 as E31A (36484 QSOs), and in October from Bhutan as A5A (19593 QSOs).

HP1/AA4NC, Panama
Will, AA4NC will spend his vacation operating from several Panamanian regions from 10th to 24th Jan 2018. He will use 100W and wire antennas 160-6M CW, SSB, RTTY and maybe some other digi modes, too. Later, AA4NC will be active from Pacific islands – T8 Palau (13 to 21 FEB), KH0 Mariana isl (21 to 28 FEB), KH6 Hawaii isl (01 to 08 MAR).

VQ92JC, Chagos
Jim, ND9M (ex: VQ93JC, VQ94JC, VQ95JC, VQ97JC, VQ98JC, VQ99JC, VQ917JC) started this year with new call sign – VQ920JC. Jim is currently the only station from this island and he operates CW (85%), SSB (12%) and other modes (3%), 40-15M. You can find him around 18083 CW or 18144 SSB. QSL for all calls is OK via ND9M directly. LoTW is also OK.

ZF2PG, Cayman isl
Pete, K8PGJ will be active for the 7th time as ZF2PG, from 13 Jan to 21 Jan 2018. He will use Elecraft K3 100W with a great antenna farm. QSL via HC.

5W20SAMOA,Samoa
Celebrating his 20th aniversary of operations from Samoa, Atsuo 5W1SA will use the special call 5W20SAMOA till the end of this year. Since 1998, Atsuo made about 100k QSOs, 160-6M, all modes. More info on QRZ.com.

6Y6J,Jamaica
From 10 to 23 JAN 2018, from 6Y5WJ's location of St Elizabeth (100 km west of the capital Kinston) a group of JA ops (JA3AVO, JA3HJI, JA3UJR, JH3LSS and JI3DNN) will be active as 6Y6J. They will operate 160-6M, CW, SSB and DIGI. QSL via JA3AVO. Previously, from this contest location they've operated 6Y2M, 6Y2T, 6Y3M, 6Y4K, 6Y4V, 6Y6Y, 6Y7W, etc.

*** IOTA Action

By Peca, YT7DX and Dragan, K0AP

Once again, our IOTA gurus have crunched the numbers and have done the hard work for you by separating activities into 3 distinctive categories: A - ones which simply cannot be missed because they are rarely activated islands, B - 'do your best to get them' but it's not the end of the world if you don't work them this time and C - frequently activated, well within the reach of urban DXers like ourselves. GL !

A

AS-153 AU2WBR Ganga Sagar island (Claimed by 13.8% of participants)
Members of the VU2MQT should be QRV between 01 JAN - 31 MAR 2018. No precise dates of operation have been provided. QSL Via: VU2NRO. https://www.qrz.com/au2wbr

OC-185 V85T/P Brunei's Coastal Islands (Claimed by 21.0% of participants)
Tamat is the first this year's IOTA surprise. He was on 40M CW.

B

OC-244 DU0DM Corregidor island (Claimed by 24.9% of participants)
A group of DU operators will activate this IOTA 13-14 January 2018. Qsl via: DU1MS. https://www.qrz.com/du0dm

NA-123 V31TA Turneffe atoll (Claimed by 26.1% of participants)
Jim will be QRV till 10 JAN SSB and DIGI.

NA-143 N5PHT Galveston island (Claimed by 28.5% of participants).
Gary will be on the island till 15 JAN 2018. We found him on 20M CW. According to available information – there are no ham-radio residents on the island.

SA-078 HK4GOO/1 Isla Fuerte (Claimed by 19.3% of participants – recent 5K1B activity is not by included in statistic)
Gabo was active in JAN, 01 to 04, 2018. 40-10M SSB.

C NA-072 H91IT Taboga island (Claimed by 37.6% of participants)
A four member team of HP operators will again be active from this island, till JAN 09. The last time they were active was in APR 2017.

EU-132 SP1PKW Wolin island (Claimed by 45.1% of participants)
Active stations from this group are SP1NL and SP1NQB.

EU-117 RX3AMI/1 Vysotsky island (Claimed by 44.1% of participants)
On 6 JAN 2018, Eugen was active from this island, within Christmas Expedition „Lighthouses and Fortress of Russia“.

*** WAZ Activity report: 80M band, FT8 only

Zone CALL
1 AL7TC, VE8EV
2
3 VE2EBK, VE9DX
4 VE6UX, VE6BBP
5 VA7QI
6 XE1HG
7 TI5/N5BEK
8 HI8PLE, V31MA, FG8OJ, J79WTA
9 YV1YL, YV1KK
10
11
12
13 VP8EME
14 GD3YUM, EA6AJ
15 T77C, IS0GTF
16
17 UN8GU, UK8AEA, UK7AL
18 RA0WKQ, RV9UP
19 R0CAF, UA0ZK, UA0LOF, RW0SR, RD0A
20 TA3MHA
21 A70X, EK1RR, EK3GM, A45XR, EK1KE
22 VU2CPL, VU3WEW, VU2IT, VU2NKS
23 JT1BV
24 BD7OXR, BI4VIP, BG2AUE, BV5AB, BA7QT, BG3ATI, BD7MYM
25 HL1AHS
26 HS0ZGV, HS1NGR
27 DU2FIS, DU1AVC
28 YB0COU, YB5QZ, 9V1YC
29 VK8NSB, VK6HZ, VK5DW
30 VK7KT, VK3LDB
31 NH7YS, K9FD/KH6
32 3D2AG, ZL1RPL, ZL2DD, 3D2TS, ZL4OL
33 S01WS, EA8JF
34
35
36 TR8CA
37
38 ZS4JAN, ZS2I, ZS1LS, ZS5LEE
39 3B8CW
40 JW2US

*** Who is Who on 80M, JT modes

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*** Who is Who ALL BANDS LISTING, JT modes

Talk is cheap. Urban or rural DXer, show the world what you're made of. Submissions: mail@DXing.Today

Talking about Diego Garcia: good vibes!

... and before you go: here is a short Youtube video / audio recording of American Forces Network radio broadcast, Diego Garcia. AFN transmits at 4,319 KHz, USB mode from VQ9 and the output power is just 1KW - making it a favorite 'DX target' for many short-wave listeners worldwide. I was lucky to catch them on a night where we had an unusually good opening. Distance: 8,156 km. AFN fB page: https://www.facebook.com/AFNDGar

Whatever you chase: Happy DXing!

Best 73,

Nick VK2DX

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