Dxing.Today Issue 2, 01 November 2017
Editor: Nick VK2DX Co-Editor: Dragan 4O4A

*** The greatest fear

So what are we really worried about? Believe it or not, we are not that concerned about the imminence of a nuclear war, stock market crash or global warming. Or even an asteroid hitting the earth and wiping us out. According to experts, on the top of the list is the fear of missing out! FOMO is the anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere -and we are missing it.

While I type this, I am watching two screens, monitoring two clusters which spit out dozens of spots every minute. My neighbour is working a juicy African DX who is calling "VK and ZL only" but by the time I jump on the frequency, he is now running Eu and Japan, simultaneously. My brief window of opportunity is gone. I've missed Zone 40 on 30m because of dinner, and C93PA on 80m because of nearby lightning. I also missed many more because I failed to wake before sunrise; an opening to the East Coast of US due to a family event – and a nice run on 17m because I had to leave for work.

Most of the time, it feels like I'm missing them all! And rather than being content with the DX I worked, I'm in pain for missing so many. Welcome to the year 2017! Obviously, what I probably miss the most are the 70s and 80s when DX was rare and much harder to find, and when we were all happy DXing on 2 bands instead of nine, and when 'any band, any mode QSO' was good enough.

FOMO is real, and if anything, thanks to all the available technology, the information overload will only get worse.

The answer? Focus! Especially if you are like me - a small urban DXer with limited room for antennas and an extensive daily schedule. Focusing means assessing your DXing capabilities, setting realistic goals, then working those rare ones one by one, as time permits, enjoying each and every contact. DXing.Today is here to assist you in achieving your DX goals. For now, our focus is on 80m FT8 mode, as well as IOTA activity. In this issue, Dragan 4O4A will talk about JTAlert - the secret weapon of successful FT8 chasers. I hope you'll enjoy it.

*** Past week on 80m FT8

Without a doubt, the highlights of the week were the following 4 activities: the appearance of C93PA from Mozambique, DXpedition to Papua New Guinea by P29RR, activity of RI1ANO from South Shetland and Zorro JH1AJT and his team activating Butan signing as A5A. What a week! The faithful chasers were rewarded! We'll talk more about these operations in the next issue so stay tuned.

In addition, CT9/DF7ZS and AP2HA plus a steady stream of semi-rare Europeans kept us all busy calling and chasing, waking up early and staying up late. Overall the band openings were modest, and at least down under QRNN was unusual high, but nevertheless, there were plenty of surprises.

And some readers are reporting 90+ DXCC on 80m FT8 worked in 2 months, others are only a few zones away from the total of 40 and some are close to completing all 50 US states for WAS. Amazing results, well worth our congratulations.

*** IOTA Action

In the world of DXing, IOTA chasers are regarded as a 'special bunch'. They are not just dedicated and persistant but well informed closely watching the activation announcements. Island activations are usually brief, and since activators often travel solo and light, on air signals are rather weak. Knowing 'when and how to strike' is priceless so the more insider knowledge you can gather, the larger the chance of success.

On our small team we have no less than 3 IOTA experts: YT7DX, K0AP and YU1FW happy to share their tips and notes. Learning from experts is priceless!

For this issue, I've asked Peca YT7DX to highlight the upcoming activations. The plan is to separate them in 3 distinctive categories: A - ones which simply can not 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.

A

OC-216 -Ashmor reef - VK9AR
Last activity from Ashmore Reef was in 1996 when AA6LF operated as VK4ALF/VK9. (Claimed by: 1.9% of participants). Dawn to dusk operation only so EU and NA/SA will have limited window of opportunity. Expect reasonably good band conditions. The team: AB5EB, AD5A and VK5CE. Expected commencement date: Tuesday November 7th (https://ashmorereef.wordpress.com/blog/)

OC-234 Browse island VK9AR/6
Claimed by: 8,3% of participants. On the way back from Ashmore, Mike AD5A and Mike AB5EB will have a stop over at Browse Island, and are expected to be on air for 4 hours. Date: 11.11.2017.

AF-111 Baiyah isl - 5L3BI
A team of 5 operators will be active for 3 days, starting from 30.10.2017. Expected time on the island: 72 hours, depending on the weather. This is an all-time new one, so it can not be missed!

AN-017 - FT3YL Dumont D'Urville Base FT*Y
Claimed by: 13,3% of participants. My favourite! Definite MUST - since 1976 I've only managed 1 contact with AN-017. Most of the research team members which travel to Antarctica are not very experienced operators so even when the band is open, working them could be a true challenge. Mariotti Francois FT8YL is very active on both FT8 and SSB. Make sure to check his QRZ.com page!

B

AS-127 S21ZAS.
Claimed by: 11,1% of participants. Sporadic activity, but the time to snatch them is now - good team, loud.

AF-096- 3XY3D/P Tristao Island.
Claimed by: 18,2% of participants. Alain, F5OZC and Sèbastien, F8DQZ. According to some news bulletins they're staying on the island until the end of October.

AF-051 3XY3D Los Island AF-051
After activating AF-096, Alain and Sèbastien will be on air from Los until the end of November. Claimed by: 27,8% of participants.

OC-145 YB8RW/P Ternate Island.
Claimed by: 18,1% of participants with very sporadic activity. Din is a very experienced operator. Snatch him!

VY0ERC NA-008 Ellesmere island
For many chasers NA-008 is still very much in demand. While claimed by 26.1% of participants, Ellesmere is one of those exotic Arctic dream islands you want to work over and over again! Expected activity: October 17 - November 10. Zone 2!

C

AF-010 Bioco isl. 3C1L
After operating from 3C0l and logging over 30,000 QSO YL3GM and YL3AIW are now active from Bioko islands. Claimed by: 36,3% of participants, an easy one from EU and NA - but tricky from the Pacific.

AS-155 BV0L
Claimed by: 27,7% of participants. Active at least once per year, if you miss them look for them in the IOTA contest.

AF-086 - D4Z; D41CV etc,
Claimed by: 52,4% of participant. A major contesting destination. Regular activity at least few times per year.

*** Software for FT8 DXers

By Dragan 4O4A

So, you want to be an FT8 DXer? What software will you use? How do you tell whether you really need another QSO with XY1ZZW, or you will skip his CQ? Do you need North Dakota for the first time? Montenegro on 80M? Looking for a new prefix? CQ Zone?

JTAlert can help.

JTAlert comes from HamApps.com, by Laurie Cowcher VK3AMA.

JTAlert can collaborate with WSJT-X. You can use it also with JT65-HF, JTDX and other derivatives of WSJT-X. However, our focus is on FT8 and the current version of WSJT-X – 1.8.0.

The main purpose of JTAlert is the monitoring of current traffic, and information about available call signs, depending on how it's setup. It can provide the following audio and video allerts:

Automatic logging to these log types when QSO is logged in WSJT-X

Various Web Services Supported

Works with DXLab applications

Other features:

So what does the above really mean?

You don't need to spend your time watching the WSJT-X waterfall. Of course, it's good to keep an eye on it, but sometimes you need to, say, check your e-mail. Let the JTAlertX do the hard work for you. When new DXCC appears, JTAlertX will warn you with an audible or visible alert.

So, there is an obvious reason why you should use JTAlert. WSJT, by default, is not enough if you want to rely on previous QSOs. Being a great communication tool, it is rather poor when it comes to alerts and/or statistics -- there is just a few different color codes.

Logging in WSJT can be tricky – if you are not used to frequent export/import of ADIF files, or not familiar with ADIF at all. With JTAlert you may log QSOs directly in your logging software, if it's supported. If you use, at this moment, a non-supported logger, you can set custom ADIF files as your log.

All you have to do is to import those QSOs from time to time to your favorite logger.

JTAlert log can have a plethora of ADIF files: maybe you don't need all of them, but, hey, one day maybe you will ask yourself what the K-index was during your first long path Pacific QSO on 80M.

If you leave JTAlert running, together with your RX, over the night, you can examine your RX log and see what you've missed the next day. Such data can be exported in CSV format, and imported into a more user friendly environment, like Excel.

Laurie, VK3AMA, author of this great application provided some additional files for easier alerting: HamApps sounds for neat sound alerts, US calls database for alters regarding WAS, etc. If you face any problem, please browse through growing community of JTAlert users, as it's very likely somebody has already had a similar problem. You can find the JTAlert group at hamapps.groups.io The software can be found on www.hamapps.com

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

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

Zone CALL
1 KL7HBK, NL7S, VE8EV
2 No Reports
3 See WAS
4 See WAS
5 See WAS
6 No Reports
7 TI/N5BEK, TG9ANF
8 CO3LT, ZF1EJ
9 HK3J
10 No Reports
11 ZP4KFX
12 No Reports
13 RI1ANO
14 CU3AK
15 E74A, T77C, HB0CC, Z33IKN
16 No Reports
17 UB8CDU, R8MZ, RA9LAN, UN7AB, UN7ECA, UN5J, UK8CLK, RN0SR
18 No Reports
19 UA0AC
20 4X1SK
21 EK6RSC, AP2HA
22 A5A, VU2ABS
23 No Reports
24 BG3UPA, BD7OXR, BG4VRG, BV0L, BV2FB, VR2KJ
25 JI1ANI, JG8FHW, DS5USH
26 HS0ZEE, HS1NGR
27 DU2FIS, DU1GM
28 YB7GRN, YB6HAI, YC4CHP, YE6YE, P29RR, 9M2/JE1SCJ
29 VK9VKL
30 VK3OT
31 KH6U, T2AR
32 ZL4JW, ZL1BIV, ZL2DD, Zl1RPL, ZL3RJ, 3D2DS
33 CT9/DF7ZS, S01WS
34 No Reports
35 No Reports
36 TR8CA
37 C39PA
38 ZS2EZ, ZS4JAN
39 FR4OO, 3B8CW
40 TF2MSN

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

We love and appreciate your US state reports! Especially if you're located outside North America. The stations below are either the most active from their state or the loudest ones. Working all 50 states for a small urban station on 80m FT8 is both a challenge and opportunity and we love to chase them. It was great to see KE0HQZ and W7UT from South Dakota as well as ND0B from North Dakota appearing at their sunrise this past week. The least amount of activity was from Wyoming and Rhode Island.

US State CALL
AK KL7HBK, NL7S
AL K4AEY, KU4QG
AR

KE5TD, KE5SUS

AZ  
CA NT5A, AF6JO
CO KD0NPT
CT K1UU, WJ1B
DE
FL WB2REM, AF4K
GA N3XM, K4OY
HI KH6U
IA  
ID  
IL AI9T, K9DLI
IN  
KS KB0PGI
KY W4JDE, WB4CTX
LA NA5Q, W5ADD, AA5AT
MA  
MD  
ME  
MI K8SIA, NW8E, KB8U
MN K4IU, KD0A
MO KE0EYR, KI0HA, N0UMP
MS KB5FRF
MT KB7Q
NC K5EK, NC4RY, W6NWS
ND ND0B
NE  
NH K1LO
NJ AG2J
NM KM0G, WB7EGF
NV W7ZAC
NY N2ADV
OH N8EW, W8KF
OK  
OR W7OZM, N7FN
PA KC3RN, N3YEA
RI  
SC N4NYK, K0PT
SD KE0HQZ, W7UT
TN KI4FUV, WA4ICK
TX K5PA, WS5W
UT W7THY, KJ7S
VA WS6X, K8JLW
VT  
WA WQ7A, N7BT
WI NS9I, WG0G
WV KB8BIP, WB8CQV
WY WB7S

*** ZONES, Other Bands

04 AE0XI 17M 18100 29 Oct 2017 15:35 FT8 South Dacota
07 TI2CC 30M 10136 24 Oct 2017 23:08 FT8
07 TG9ADM 80M 3512 26 Oct 2017 03:38 CW
08 CO8LY 30M 10136 24 Oct 2017 00:06 FT8 -18db FL20
08 6Y1LZ 160M 1824 26 Oct 2017 05:28 CW via: K1LZ
08 VP5/N2WKS 160M 1832.8 27 Oct 2017 04:05 CW
08 VP2MMX 40M 7074.6 27 Oct 2017 05:35 FT8
08 VP2MMX 20M 14074 30 Oct 2017 14:40 FT8
09 P40T 15M 21013 24 Oct 2017 13:03 CW via: VE3DZ
09 PJ2T 15M 21009.9 24 Oct 2017 12:50 CW QSX up
09 PJ2T 17M 18086 26 Oct 2017 11:31 CW
09 9Y4/DL1QQ 160M 1833 25 Oct 2017 05:49 CW
09 9Y4/DL1QQ 12M 24897 27 Oct 2017 15:35 CW
09 9Y4DG 10M 280074 26 Oct 2017 11:12 FT8
09 9Y4DG 40M 7074 28 Oct 2017 01:58 FT8
09 PZ5K 12M 24891 30 Oct 2017 15:35 CW via:G3NKC
10 OA4DOS 30M 10136 24 Oct 2017 23:40 FT8 -14db FH17
12 XQ6CFX 40M 7011 24 Oct 2017 22:51 CW
13 VP8LP 30M 10136 24 Oct 2017 22:30 FT8 -14 db GD18
13 RI1ANO 80M 3505 26 Oct 2017 04:35 CW
14 ZB2EB 10M 28074 24 Oct 2017 10:32 FT8 loc: IM76
14 CT8/DL7AFS 17M 18102 24 Oct 2017 09:55 BPSK125 Via: DL7AFS
14 CT8/DL7AFS 17M 18132 27 Oct 2017 15:11 SSB Via: DL7AFS
14 HB0CC 80M 3574 25 Oct 2017 18:56 FT8
14 4U1ITU 20M 14007 27 Oct 2017 15:31 CW
14 C37RC 160M 1852 28 Oct 2017 01:17 SSB
14 3A2MW 20M 14074 30 Oct 2017 14:45 FT8
15 T77C 80M 3512 25 Oct 2017 17:50 CW
15 HB0WR 15M 21074 27 Oct 2017 08:07 FT8
15 YT800YU 160M 1825 25 Oct 2017 02:43 CW OP: YU7AF
15 4O4A 80M 3574.9 26 Oct 2017 05:15 FT8
14 ZB3M 20M 14074 29 Oct 2017 07:45 FT8
17 EY8MM 15M 21013 27 Oct 2017 07:48 CW
17 UK8FF 10M 28074 27 Oct 2017 08$2 FT8 via: W3HNK
17 UK9AA 80M 3796 28 Oct 2017 16:55 SSB
17 UK8AEA 15M 21074 31 Oct 2017 12:02 FT8 -11db MN41
17 UN7AB 15M 21074 31 Oct 2017 12:30 FT8
18 R9PA 80M 3796 28 Oct 2017 19:50 SSB cqww
20 E44WE 30M 10144 24 Oct 2017 17:55 RTTY
20 TA1BM 30M 10136 24 Oct 2017 00:11 FT8
20 5B4AIF 160M 1876 28 O CT 2017 03:03 SSB
20 YM7KA 80M 3738 29 Oct 2017 02:50 SSB
21 EK7DX 80M 3504 24 Oct 2017 23:00 CW
21 AP2HA 80M 3574 28 Oct 2017 00:15 FT8
21 9K2NO 80M 3521 24 Oct 2017 22:10 CW
21 9K2MU 30M 10110 25 Oct 2017 18:10 CW op: Murtada
21 A44A 160M 1849 28 Oct 2017 01:40 SSB
21 9K2HN 160M 1855 29 Oct 2017 01:26 SSB
21 4L5O 80M 3794 28 Oct 2017 19:44 SSB cqww
22 S21ZAS 40M 7002 24 Oct 2017 22:45 CW up: 1 iota AS-127
22 4S7KLG 40M 7010 24 Oct 2017 18:33 CW via: EA5GL
22 4S7AB 20M 14074 30 Oct 2017 15:20 FT8
22 4S7AYG 30M 10107 24 Oct 2017 17:45 CW via: M0URX
22 4S7AYG 12M 24915 26 Oct 2017 11:35 FT8
22 4S7BHG 15M 21395 28 Oct 2015 09:30 SSB
22 A5A 20M 14240 27 Oct 2017 15:37 SSB
22 A5A 20M 14074 29 Oct 2017 07:58 FT8
23 JT5DX 80M 3793 28 Oct 2017 17:00 SSB
23 B9K 15M 21315 29 Oct 2017 09:10 SSB via: BA4EG
24 VR2XYL 40M 7074 24 Oct 2017 22:15 FT8
24 BV7RR 15M 21074 25 Oct 2017 08:09 FT8
24 BM0DX 15M 21380 29 Oct 2017 08:15 SSB cqww via:BM2JCC
25 DS3CHK 15M 21074 25 Oct 2017 08:25 FT8 -18db PM36
26 HS0ZBS 15M 21074 31 Oct 2017 12:33 FT8 cq,cq OK03
27 KH0/OH1JD 15M 21020.5 26 Oct 2017 06:05 CW qsx up
27 KG6DX 10M 28076 27 Oct 2017 08:50 FT8
28 9V1YC 80M 3573 24 Oct 2017 22:55 FT8
28 9V1XX 30M 10136 25 Oct 2017 00:30 FT8
28 V85T 40M 7021 25 Oct 2017 15:58 CW
28 P29RR 20M 14238 29 Oct 2017 08:20 SSB via: ZL1BQD
28 YG0TUR 15M 21074 31 Oct 2017 12:26 FT8 -10db OI33
29 VK9CZ 30M 10110 24 Oct 2017 17:22 CW via: N3SL
29 VK9CZ 40m 7025 30 Oct 2017 14:25 CW
30 VK4AQJ 40M 7074 25 Oct 2017 18:45 FT8
31 T2AR 20M 14003 24 Oct 2017 11:43 CW via:3D2AG
31 KH7XS 40M 7004 25 Oct 2017 16:35 CW up 1
32 FK8IK 17M 18070 24 Oct 2017 11:04 CW
32 FK8GX 40M 7074 25 Oct 2017 18:40 FT8
32 3D2TS 30M 28 Oct 2017 05:20 FT8 CQing alone
33 CT9/DF7ZS 15M 21074 24 Oct 2017 09:47 FT8
33 CT9/DF7ZS 30M 10136 25 Oct 2017 19:45 FT8
33 EA8/RA3AUU 160M 1848 26 Oct 2017 02:17 SSB Harry
33 CN3A 80M 3793.3 27 Oct 2017 05:47 SSB
33 CR3A 80M 3774 29 Oct 2017 00:38 SSB
34 5A1AL 17M 18085 25 Oct 2017 16:50 CW
35 TZ4AM 160M 1830.7 25 Oct 2017 04:11 CW
35 XT2AW 15M 21074 25 Oct 2017 08:33 FT8
35 5T2AI 20M 14074 25 Oct 2017 17:30 FT8 via: NI5DX
35 D41CV 20M 14265 26 Oct 2017 15:40 SSB
35 D2EB 30M 10105 26 Oct 2017 2137 CW via: IZ3ETU
35 5V7SM 12M 24940 27 Oct 2017 15:00 SSB
35 3XY4D 20M 14316 29 Oct 2017 08:15 SSB via: F5RAV
35 3XY3D P 17M 18093 30 Oct 2017 12:05 CW
36 3C0L 30M 10119 24 Oct 2017 21:14 CW via: YL2GN last day
36 3C1L 30M 10119 29 Oct 2017 22:10 CW via: YL2GN
36 3C1L 80M 3501 29 Oct 2017 01:11 CW via: YL2GN
36 3C1L 17M 18140 29 Oct 2017 09:45 SSB
36 3C1L 12M 24904 29 Oct 2017 13:51 CW
36 9X0TA 17M 18154 26 Oct 2017 08:22 SSB via: N4GNR
38 ZS5J 30M 10136 24 Oct 2017 00:15 FT8
39 FR4OO 10M 28074 25 Oct 2017 11:11 FT8 -11db LG79
38 S79KB 12M 24904 27 Oct 2017 08:17 CW up 1
40 TF3JB 80M 3607 28 Oct 2017 21:02 SSB

PREFIXES

AT1 AT1FI 15M 21074 18 Oct 2017 09:13 FT8
EN90 EN90QDG 20M 14011 18 Oct 2017 09:50 CW via: UR6QR
TM62 TM62GREF 160M 1823 18 Oct 2017 03:09 CW
R19 R19FYS 20M 14016 18 Oct 2017 09:24 CW
RA19 RA19WF 17M 18137 18 Oct 2017 09:20 SSB
RC19 RC19WF 20M 14202 18 Oct 2017 09:22 SSB
RK19 RK19WF 20M 14147 18 Oct 2017 09:47 SSB
RL19 RL19WF 20M 14028 18 Oct 2017 09:25 CW
RM19 RM19WL 15M 21023 18 Oct 2017 09:00 CW
Z370 Z370M 20M 14033 18 Oct 2017 09:39 CW
DR60 DR60SAL 40M 7112.9 19 Oct 2017 06:02 SSB
FK4 FK4QX 15M 21222 19 Oct 2017 06:17 SSB
RQ19 RQ19WF 20M 14025 19.Oct 2017 09:10 CW
TC10 TC10L 20M 14236 20 Oct 2017 07:23 SSB
E24 E24NQN 15M 21030 20 Oct 2017 08:10 CW
EI55 EI55WAW 20M 14188 20 Oct 2017 11:14 SSB
A60 A60JOTA 17M 18140 20 Oct 2017 11:00 SSB
SC90 SC90SM 17M 18139 20 Oct 2017 10:23 SSB
SW44 SW44M 15M 21160 22 Oct 2017 08:04 SSB
SU60 SU60J 20M 14185 22 Oct 2017 08:20 SSB
SW44 SW44M 20M 14178.1 SS Oct 2017 14:36 SSB via: DK2PZ
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IOTA


AF-039 3C0L 160M 1819 18 Oct 2017 02:11 CW QSX up
OC-100 H40GC 15M 21275 19 Oct 2017 05:45 SSB via: LZ1GC
AF-096 3XY3D/P 15M 21260 20 Oct 2017 07:22 SSB via: F5OZC
AF-021 ZS8Z 10M 28076 20 Oct 2017 10:51 FT8 via: ZS1LS
EU-148 F6KOP/P 20M 14183 22 Oct 2017 14:44 SSB via: F6KOP
AS-127 S21ZAS 17M 18081 23 Oct 2017 08:00 CW via: SM6CVX
EU-125 5Q4X 40M 7125 23 Oct 2017 09:00 SSB
AS-003 4S7AYG 40M 7003 23 Oct 2017 18:18 CW via:M0URX
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WWFF
9AFF 0057 9A1C/P 40M 7154 1340 SSB
SPFF 0550 SP5UUD/P 80M 3714 05:03 SSB
SPFF 0051 SP5ZIM/P 80M 3717 05:44 SSB
OKFF 0743 OK1VEI/P 40M 7166 08:22 SSB
YLFF 163 YL3DQ/P 30M 10120 05:31 CW
OZFF 0182 OZ7PR/P 40M 7152.5 07:05 SSB
SPFF 1443 SP4SHW/P 40M 7148 06:47 SSB
SPFF 1508 SP8BBK/P 40M 7144 06:41 SSB
SPFF 1016 SP5UUD/P 40M 7076 09:19 SSB
SPFF 1016 SP5ZIM/P 40M 7076 09:33 SSB
OZFF 0004 5Q4X 40M 7125 09:00 SSB
Z3FF0018 Z33IKN/P 20M 14244 12:59 SSB

Nick VK2DX

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