Dxing.Today Issue 4, 15 November 2017
Editor: Nick VK2DX Co-Editor: Dragan 4O4A

*** The NASTY MATRIX: 80m Band Report

The title says it all: It is nasty, it is omnipotent and it will wipe out your enjoyment of the 80m band in seconds. Yes the Chinese Over the horizon radar has been once again causing a havoc to amateur bands, 80m in particular. This week the Matrix was particularly painful to watch. For three nights, the signal would appear just before local sunset and was on until sunrise.

I’ve tuned into a number of remote Perseus receivers and based on my observation, the OTHR’s beam is pointing east – south east. There is very little doubt that OTHR is located in China so you can only feel sorry for poor Japanese amateurs who are suffering the full blast. But Australian and News Zealanders are badly affected as well; not to mention the rest of South East Asia – from Taiwan, Thailand to Indonesia. Most of the North America is still ‘under the radar’ but Matrix has been reported this week loud and visible in Panama.

On Sunday, Matrix finally went quiet and 80m activity went into full swing: JA, BV, DU, HS, HL, YB, VK and ZL stations returned on FT8. However the QRN level worsened so even the strong signals were difficult to decode. On Sunday and Monday propagation to US worsened to such an extent that I was not able to decode one single US station. I haven’t seen such poor conditions in months! But hey – we’ve survived! Overall, this week could be described as tough and character building.

Of course, the faithful were rewarded once again. Those who choose to stick on 80m despite the QRN, Matrix and poor propagations managed to snatch a juicy one or two: T2AT worked a number of US/JA. HP3AK was loud in VK; FK1TS appeared on the band two evenings in a row as well as 3D2.

On the other end of the world, Europeans had fun working 7X2 and AP2. EY8MM and 4L1MA appeared on 80m FT8 for the first time and made quite a few chasers happy.

As I type this (Wednesday November 15th) VK9MA Expedition to Mellish Reef is tearing down low band antennas. They did a fantastic job on both 80m CW and 160m FT8. However, they are yet to appear on 80m FT8. Actually 80m  is the only band with no FT8 contacts. Certainly we are grateful, but we are also hoping that tonight VK9MA will show up. With only one night to go, good luck to us all!

*** Who’s Who on 80m

Congrats to John, NA6L who is the first person to claim all 50 US states on 80m ‘JT’ modes. Yes, you may say this is not that hard to achieve form California, but I respectfully disagree. Our co-editor Dragan, 4O4A managed his 100th DXCC in less than 100 days so if he can do it – anyone can.

Dragan is a fellow Urban Dxer who like the most of us suffers from high level city noise and no room for radials and no RX antenna. What he lacks in equipment and location he makes up for with lots of patience and persistence. Well done mate. The listing is growing fast and we would love to have you listed as well! Please email your DXCC / WAZ / WAS totals for 80m JT modes (FT8, JTxx  but no RTTY) to mail@DXing.Today Thank you in advance!

*** IOTA: Congratulation to team VK9AR

Announced as ‘one of the most exciting IOTA operations of 2017’ VK9AR Ashmore Reef OC-216 and Browse Island OC-234 certainly lived up to our expectations! Actually, Craig VK5CE and two Mikes AB5ED and AD5A (father and son) managed almost 9,000 QSOs from this challenging location. This is truly an amazing result.

Craig kindly emailed a few images, exclusively for our subscribers. Hats off to you guys!!

*** WAZ activity report (all 80m FT8)

This weeks reports were kindly contributed by VK7BO, Edgar SWL from Tasmania, DK8ZZ and your editors.

Zone CALL
1

NL8F, WL7FJ

2 VE2RAC
3 See WAS
4 See WAS
5 See WAS
6 NIL
7 HP3AK
8 CO3LT
9 9Y4DG
10 NIL
11 NIL
12 NIL
13 RI1ANO
14 OY8W
15 T77C
16 ER3KS
17 UN8PY, RW9OG, UN7TK
18 UA9YHJ
19 UA0ZK, RZ0SN
20 5B4AJG, 4X1SK
21 AP2HA, EK1KE, EK6RSC,EK7DX,HZ1FI, 4L1MA
22 VU2ABS
23 JT1BV
24 BV1EK, BH4SYG, VR2CO
25 DS5USH, HL4GHT
26 HS0ZEE
27 DU1GM
28 YC4CHP, YE6YE, YB0COU, YB9AY, YB0NFL, 9M2/JE1SCJ, YB0MWM
29 VK6DW, VK9VKL, VK6ST
30 VK5AW, VK7RB , VK7KT, VK5ZK, VK5SFA
31 KH6U
32 ZL3RJ, ZL3DH, ZL1HD, 3D2AG, FK1TS, 3D2TS
33 7X2KF
34 NIL
35 NIL
36 TR8CA
37 C39PA
38 ZS4JAN
39 FR4OO
40 TF3DT

*** WAS 80m FT8, some of the most reported stations

US State CALL
AK NL8F, WL7FJ, WL7SJ
AL KO4SB, NA4MM, KU4QG
AR KE5TD, KE5SUE, WB5XX
AZ AG7AG, W0OGH, K7GA
CA W0PE, NT5A, AF6JO
CO K0YQ
CT W1NHS, K1LTJ
DE KJ3N
FL WA8QYJ, AA2MF, KD4JS, W4EG
GA K4TLG, NZ2X, N4VLK
HI  
IA KD0ZV
ID W7MEM, KG7CW
IL N9HH, WS9V, AI9T
IN W9FFA
KS W0ERB
KY WB4CTX, KO4OL
LA  
MA  
MD  
ME  
MI W8TU, K8TLC, WK2X
MN  
MO KI0HA, KE0EYR, K0GK, N0UMP
MS  
MT  
NC N4JT, W4HHN, W4JHU
ND  
NE  
NH WW1WW
NJ KB2M, NA2AA
NM K5WO, AI5I, N5PR
NV K7XC
NY N2ADV
OH  
OK K5KC
OR K7JPF, N7MDW
PA N3YEA, KC3RN, KA3S
RI  
SC NN4SS, W4GH, K4SPA
SD W7UT
TN KM4H
TX WA5TRL, K5DHY, W5TN
UT  
VA  
VT  
WA WA9ONY, WQ7A, N7BT
WI WG0G, NS9I
WV KB8BIP, WV8DOH
WY  

*** 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

OC-070 - YB8XM - Ambon island (Claimed by: 25.2% of participants). It could sound strange to recommend a resident on an island as a ‘must work’ but Joppy is an active IOTA activator (OC: 076, 157,271,272 etc) so this alone should be a reason to chase him – even when he operates from home.

OC-090 DU1/SP5APW Busuanga Island. (Claimed by: 21.4% of participants).
Jacek SP5APW plans to be QRV from this IOTA reference 16 - 23 November 2017.

AS-107 E20WXA/P (Claimed by: 20.6% of participants)
Chai prefers SSB and DIGI modes. Holiday style operation.

NA-078 XF1IM Magdalena island (Claimed by: 21.7% of participants)
XE2IC Manuel, XE2I Jose Felix and XE2HVF Antonio plan to be QRV 25 November - 03 December 2017. Activity on HF bands with HEX beam and wire antennas. NA-078 was last time activated in 2011 (XF1M).

OC-175 DU9/RZ3FW & DU9/R4WAA Sarangani island, (Claimed by: 12.0% of participants).
QRV 21-29 November. Last activation was 2013 by JA1PBV.

OC-216/OC-234 commentary
The team made 8166 Qso’s from Ashmore Reef. On the way back from OC-216 they made a short stop on Browse island OC-234 and were QRV for few hours (700+ QSOs) . Now they are back in Broome, Western Australia. OC-216 was highly successful IOTA operation with many unique call signs in the log.

SA-078 5K1B Mucura island (Claimed by 19.3 of participants)
EA3BT and EA3WL will be on air 21 - 28.Novemebr 2017. Last activation: HK1AT in 2010.

B

AS-024 JA7GAX Yaeyama islands (Claimed by: 29.3% of participants)
Nag plans to be QRV from this IOTA reference 22 - 28 November.

OC-129: Visayan Islands (Claimed by: 35.4% of participants)
If you are missing this IOTA then you may be in luck: look for German group DU7/DK5YA, DU7/DL8FDB and DU1EV/7 who are on Panglao Is. Alternatively, look for the World Traveller Michael who is operating as DU7/DF8ANfrom Negros island 4 – 16 November 2017 CW/FT8/RTTY Resident operators on OC-129: DU6GG (EX DU6/DK7GG),DU7ET, DU7/N7ET, DU7JAY...

NA-057 - HQ9X Roatan island (Claimed by: 32.7% of participants)
W1UE, K1XM and KQ1F will be active during CQWW contest as HQ9X (25-26.11.2017.) and before and after the contest as / /HR9: W1UE 11.11-27.11; K1XM&KQ1F 18-27.11. 2017.

AF-020 –
If you’ve missed J5B and J5W who operated in April ( and made 11093 Q’s) : here is your second chance: J5T Bubaque Island, Bijagos Archipelago (Claimed by: 32.8% of participants). I2YSB and friends, 13-25 November .2017.

C

EU-027 JW2US Bear island (Claimed by: 36.7% of participants)
Erik may also visit again EU-063 - Hopen island (Claimed by: 29.2% of participants), keep an eye on him!

EU-029 Sjaelland Archipelago (Claimed by: 54.3% of participants)
Resident ops: OJ1CDX, OZ0JX,OZ8SW, OV1RR,5Q0X,OZ2PJ,OZ1GNN,OZ2PBS… Plus a German visitors, who frequently activate this group. Should be really easy one!

SA-008 Tierra del Fuego (Claimed by: 35.2% of participants)
Resident operators: LU1XP, LU1XT, LU1XU, LU1XS, LU7XZ, LU8XQL….

NA-103 VP2MDL Montserrat island (Claimed by: 51.6% of participants)
Sigi-DL7DF and friends, 6-20 November .2017. multi team/multi band/multi mode [MMM]

AF-017 3B9FR Rodriguez island (Claimed by: 51,9% of participants)
Robert is very active, especially on WARC bands.

*** DX Reports

by Branko, YU1FW

J5T: Guinea Bissau
If you missed DX-peditions J5UAP (FEB 2017) and J5B & J5W (APR 2017) earlier this year, here is a good opportunity to make contact with an Italian DX-pedition team on multi bands.

Team members: I1HJT, I2YSB, IK2CIO, IK2CKR, IK2DIA, IK2HKT, IK2RZP.
The team is well known by earlier African DX-peditions: TL8TT, TT8TT, TU2T, TY1AA, XT2TT, 3XY1T, 5M2TT, 5U7B, 5V7TT, 5Z0L, 6O0CW, 9G5TT, 9J2T, 9L1T, 9Q0HQ. The DX-pedition started as scheduled, on NOV 13th and will be active till NOV 25th 2017. 

QTH is Bubaque isl (AF-020).
Equipment: 4 stations 160-10M, real time online log at http://win.i2ysb.com/logonline/default.asp?ID_dxpedition=41

Announced frequencies:
CW : 1826,3530,7025,10115,14030,18068,21030,24890,28030
SSB:  3775,7090,14260,18128,24950,28460
RTTY: 14084
QSL VIA: I2YSB

TO2SP: St Barthelemy
A group of Polish hams: SP3CYY, SP3GEM, SP6EQZ, SP6IXF, SP6IJU and K1CC will be active from NOV 16th till NOV 30th 2017 from Saint Barthelemy isl (NA-146). Call to be used: TO2SP  (DXCC : FJ ).

Previously, this team was active from 5T0SP (NOV 2012), VK9XSP (OCT 2014), S79SP (OCT 2015), 5J0P (MAR 2016) and 8Q7SP (NOV 2016). They will be active with 5 stations, 160-6m and will participate in CQWW contest CW.

Announced frequencies:
CW: 1814.5 ,3530,7030,10115,14030,18085,21030,24905,28030, 50095
SSB: 1840,3793,7080,7180,14265,18125,21280,24970,28445,50105
RTTY: 7048,10138,14090,18105,21090,24925,28090   
FT8: 28074,50313
QSL via: SP6IXF

5K0T: San Andres & Providencia
Yaguarete DXers Group: LU1FM, LU2JCW, LU3FMD, LU6FOV and KK6EK will be active from NOV 13 till NOV 25 2017 from San Anders isl (NA-033). Call sign will be 5K0T.

They will be in the air simultaneously with 3 stations - all modes, including FT8 and PSK31. QSL via LU1FM

*** ZONES, Other bands

05 FP/DK7LX 17M 18074 12 Nov 2017 1414 CW
06
07 H79H 17M 18074 10 Nov 2017 1410 CW via TI4SU
07 HP3SS 20M 14092 12 Nov 2017 1400 RTTY
07 5K0T 20M 14210 14 Nov 2017 1620 SSB via LU1FM
08 J68GD 20M 14038 10 Nov 2017 1625 CW
08 V47FWX 20M 14217 10 Nov 2017 1502 SSB via M0URX
08 VP2MDL 17M 18082 10 Nov 2017 1100 CW 599+ via DL7DF
08 VP2MDL 40M 7010 11 Nov 2017 0533 CW
09 PJ4/DL5CW 17M 18073 12 Nov 2017 1123 CW
09 PZ5RA 17M 12 Nov 2017 1225 FT8
10
11 PY6HD 20M 14074 10 Nov 2017 0821 FT8 -06db HH07
11 ZP9CTS 10M 28074 8 Nov 2017 1431 FT8
12 CE2AWW 15M 21074 12 Nov 2017 1405 FT8
13 LU8DY 10M 28074 8 Nov 2017 1441 FT8 -09 db GF05
13 LW3EK 10M 28074 8 Nov 2017 1445 FT8 -12db GF05
13 VP8LP 20M 14074 9 Nov 2017 1930 FT8
14 CU2AP 30M 10136 10 Nov 2017 1821 FT8 -11 db HM77
14 HB0WR 20M 14074 10 Nov 2017 0740 FT8 wkd JA +02 JN47
14 ZB2IF 17M 18100 10 Nov 2017 1444 FT8 -03 db IM76
14 4U1ITU 30M 10128 9 Nov 2017 1100 CW
14 4U1ITU 80M 3505 8 Nov 2017 1530 CW
14 4U1ITU 160M 1813 11 Nov 2017 2047 CW
15 ZA/IK2RLM 30M 10136 13 Nov 2017 2125 FT8
16 ER1PB 80M 3573 11 Nov 2017 2133 FT8
17 UK8LCK 30M 10136 10 Nov 2017 1550 FT8
20 SV5DKL 80M 21 33 11 Nov 2017 2133 FT8
20 5B/SQ9UM 40M 7074 13 Nov 2017 2150 FT8
21 AP2HA 15M 21250 8 Nov 2017 0848 SSB
21 AP2HA 30M 10136 8 Nov 2017 1300 FT8
21 EK3GM 30M 10136 8 Nov 2017 1803 FT8
21 EK6RSC 80M 3573 11 Nov 2017 2016 FT8 -14db LN20
21 EK7DX 80M 3573 11 Nov 2017 2021 FT8 -12db LN20 wkd split
21 7Z1IS 20M 14215 10 Nov 2017 1420 SSB
21 9K2NO 17M 18100 12 Nov 2017 1018 FT8
22 4S7AB 15M 21074 12 Nov 2017 1024 FT8
23 JT1BV 15M 21195 12 Nov 2017 0800 SSB
24 BG4NNI 20M 14074 10 Nov 2017 0806 FT8 -18 db lp OM96
25 HL4CFW 20M 14074 11 Nov 2017 0805 FT8 -09db PM35
26 HS0ZIV 30M 10136 8 Nov 2017 1302 FT8
27 AH2EA 20M 14282 10 Nov 2017 0653 SSB
28 YB3LZ 20M 14074 13 Nov 2017 1145 FT8 -03db OI61
29 VK6OZ 20M 14074 13 Nov 2017 1130 FT8 OF77
30 VK3BL 20M 14074 13 Nov 2017 0745 FT8 -08 db QF22
30 VK4NJR 20M 14074 13 Nov 2017 0801 FT8 -14db QG53 lp
30 VK9MA 17M 18070 9 Nov 2017 1032 CW Mellish Reef qsl via N7QT
30 VK9MA 20M 14180 10 Nov 2017 0702 SSB lp
30 VK9MA 20M 14074 14 Nov 2017 0729 FT8
30 VK9MA 15M 21320 13 Nov 2017 0922 SSB
31 C21JY 40M 7019 13 Nov 2017 1545 CW
31 C21MA 20M 14162 11 Nov 2017 0716 SSB via JA3MCA
32 FK1TS 20M 14074 13 Nov 2017 0701 07 43 -18db RG37
32 ZL1BD 20M 14074 11 Nov 2017 0731 FT8 -10db RF72
32 ZL2DD 20M 14074 11 Nov 2017 0741 FT8 -11db RF82
32 ZL3RJ 20M 14074 11 Nov 2017 0802 ft8 -14db RE66
32 3D2AG 20M 14074 13 Nov 2017 0733 FT8 -18db RH91
33 S01WS 17M 18148 12 Nov 2017 0928 SSB
34 5A1AL 17M 18085 8 Nov 2017 1500 CW
34 5A1AL 20M 14047 8 Nov 2017 1540 CW
35 5N7Q 15M 21018 13 Nov 2017 1602 CW via DF8DX
35 5N7Q 30M 10116 13 Nov 2017 1725 CW via DF8DX
35 5T2AI 40M 7153 11 Nov 2017 0530 SSB via NI5DX LOTW
35 5T2AI 40M 7074 13 Nov 2017 2136 FT8 via NI5DX LoTW
35 5V7SM 20M 14205 10 Nov 2017 0850 SSB
35 9G1SD 15M 21074 10 Nov 2017 1030 FT8 -14db IJ87
36 TR8CA 20M 14046 8 Nov 2017 1637 CW
36 3C1L 17M 18140 8 Nov 2017 1530 SSB via YL2GN
36 3C1L 30M 10119 11 Nov 2017 1903 CW
36 9U4M 20M 14025 9 Nov 2017 0846 CW
36 9U4M 20M 14079 10 Nov 2017 0733 RTTY via IK2VUC
36 9U4M 30M 10105 11 Nov 2017 1900 CW via IK2VUC
36 9X0TA 15M 21074 8 Nov 2017 1000 FT8
37 C93PA 15M 21074 10 Nov 2017 1048 FT8 -12db KH70
38 ZS4JAN 17M 18100 10 Nov 2017 1452 FT8 -15 db KG30
39 FR5CB 30M 10136 11 Nov 2017 1803 FT8
39 FR4OO 15M 21074 10 Nov 2017 1020 FT8
39 3B8CW 15M 21074 10 Nov 2017 0750 FT8
39 3B9FR 15M 21015 10 Nov 2017 1405 CW via M0OXO
40 JW5E 40M 7057 11 Nov 2017 1800 SSB
40 OX3XR 17M 18100 13 Nov 2017 1425 FT8
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PREFIXES

BI4 BI4SCC 40M 7012.8 13 Nov 2017 11:34 CW
BI8 BI8AWX 20M 14074 11 Nov 2017 06 00 FT8
DB20 DB20ENERGY 20M 14287 12 Nov 2017 09 45 SSB
H79 H79H 40M 7012 10 Nov 2017 01 10 CW Nicaragua qsl via TI4SU
HF7 HF7LW 30M 10112 12 Nov 2017 10 15 CW via SP7VC
OZ11 OZ11A 20M 14094 12 Nov 2017 08 18 RTTY
YD3 YD3HJS 15M 21074 10 Nov 2017 12 20 FT8
YE16 YE16BATU 20M 14086 10 Nov 2017 12 25 RTTY
8J60 8J60JARE 20M 14005 8 Nov 2017 16 30 CW Antartica via JG2MLI
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SOTA

EA1/LE-076 EA1AER/P 20M 14062 14 Nov 2017 12:54 CW
EA3/BC-018 EC2AG/P 20M 14275 8 Nov 2017 10:37 SSB
EA8/FU-039 EA8/G4ONL/P 20M 14293 8 Nov 2017 12:21 SSB
FK/SP-123 FK/HB9DQM/P 30M 10119 11 Nov 2017 06:58 CW
FK/SP-044 FK/HB9DQM/P 17M 18086 12 Nov 2017 23:33 CW
ON/ON-001 ON4FI/P 20M 14061 174 Nov 2017 12:55 CW
SV2/MC-023 SV2RUJ/P 20M 14310 12 Nov 2017 10:45 SSB
YO8/EC-157 YO8SAO/P 20M 14300 12 Nov 2017 10:50 SSB
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WWFF

DLFF-0071 DL4FO/P 20M 14062 13 Nov 2017 09:54 CW
DLFF-0479 DL/HA7UL/P 20M 14245 13 Nov 2017 11:26 SSB
FFF-2295 F5NLX/P 40M 7008 10 Nov 2017 08:45 CW
HBFF-0128 HB9WFF 40M 7162 12 Nov 2017 09:46 SSB
HBFF-0136 HB9WFF/P 40M 7170 14 Nov 2017 10:29 SSB
HBFF-0177 HB9TZA/P 40M 7147 10 Nov 2017 11:05 SSB
IFF- 0852 IW6NZY/P 40M 7162 12 Nov 2017 08:02 SSB
IFF-1297 IT9AAK/P 40M 7174 12 Nov 2017 16:29 SSB
LAFF-0432 LB4FH/P 40M 7190 14 Nov 2017 09:44 SSB
OHFF-0265 OH2NOS/P 20M 14272 12 Nov 2017 09:45 SSB
OKFF-0975 OK2VP/P 40M 7144 12 Nov 2017 07:55 SSB
OKFF-0802 OK1XZ/P 20M 14019 10 Nov 2017 15:15 CW
OKFF-2190 OK1DLA/P 40M 7179 10 Nov 2017 07:20 SSB
OKFF-0315 OK1VEI/P 40M 7166 11 Nov 2017 10:46 SSB
ONFF-0135 ON2LVC/P 40M 7080 13 Nov 2017 09:55 SSB
ONFF-0619 ON3RBJ/P 40M 7089 13 Nov 2017 09:54 SSB
OZFF-0085 OZ7PR/P 40M 7144 13 Nov 2017 09:51 SSB
SPFF-0022 SQ4FDK/P 20M 14247 12 Nov 2017 10 ;50 SSB
SPFF-0267 SP5UUD/P 20M 14285 8 Nov 2017 11:06 SSB
SPFF-0623 SP1MVG/P 40M 7069 10 Nov 2017 11:20 SSB
SPFF-1478 SP9YFF/P 40M 7166 12 Nov 2017 10:33 SSB
SPFF-1483 SQ7M/P 20M 14231 10 Nov 2017 11 :11 SSB
SPFF-1546 SP9YFF/4 20M 14244 14 Nov 2017 10:07 SSB
VKFF-0975 VK5PAS/3 40M 7135 8 Nov 2017 11:15 SSB
9AFF-0066 9A1CBM/P 40M 7139 11 Nov 2017 18:30 SSB

Best 73,

Nick VK2DX

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