Dxing.Today Issue 5, 23 November 2017
Editor: Nick VK2DX Co-Editor: Dragan 4O4A

*** Past Week on 80m FT8

Those who have been Dxing on 80m for the past few seasons all agree on one: this season is probably the worst in years! The propagations are simply not there! The past week was an especially difficult one; the band felt 'flat' with no openings to either US or Europe. Only the strongest signals made their way 'down under'. On some nights not a single US station was decoded! But the 'faithful' kept calling and chasing the little there was to chase.

Europeans were rewarded by the appearance of HK0 [5K0T] from San Andreas, Columbia, which gave a 'new one' to quite a few. Unfortunately, they were never to be found at their sunrise which left VK, ZL and JA's bit disappointed. Not the best timing- we are still mourning a missed chance to work Mellish. VU2IT managed to log Haro XT2AW operating as 9X2AW - which was an amazing catch. F5UKW finally managed to work 5W1SA which is another one to be proud of. Once again, Europeans had fun chasing 'easy ones' like T77C, Z33F, LX/PA1L, EK1KE, A65DR and A45XR who are now regulars on FT8 mode.

Asia/Pacific chasers found some comfort working a bunch of Alaskans from Zone 1 and an unusually high number of DU and YB stations.

However, I pray and hope that next week propagations will improve.

*** Who’s Who on 80m

Our listing continues to grow in popularity. There are now 5 stations with over 100 DXCC on 80m 'JT modes' (FT8, JT65 - excluding RTTY or other DIGI modes). I am still struggling to complete 50 WAS with Rhode Island proving too difficult to get under rather miserable conditions to North America. Nancy, KG0YL from North Dakota is doing a fantastic job on 80m FT8. Wyoming is still very much wanted, as well as South Dakota.

Please do let us know your standings - we would LOVE to add you to the list: your call, DXCC worked, WAZ and WAS count. Once again, 80m band only, JT modes.

Email to: mail@DXing.Today

*** The Good Guys

Yes, some of us still exchange and collect paper QSL cards. Old-fashioned (and expensive!), slow - but super exciting! There is nothing that can cheer you up and brighten your day like a mail delivery with a 'new one'. Here is a short list of 'good guys' who promptly reply to QSL requests (all 80m): HK3W, UN2G, BV2FB, KL7HBK, A65DR, 3D2AG, LZ1JZ, XE1UYS, SV5DKL, 3B8IK. Much appreciated!

*** WAZ Activity Report (all 80m FT8

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

Zone CALL
1 AL7TC, KL7KY, KL7HBK, WL7SJ, VE8EV, KL7J
2  
3 VA7CRZ, VA7RY
4 see WAS
5 VE9DX, VP9GE
6 XE2YWH, XE2CQ
7 TI5/N5BEK
8 CO2JD
9 9Y4D, HK4SAN, 5K0T
10  
11  
12  
13  
14 EA6VQ, LX/PA1L
15 T77C, Z33F
16 RA4P, RJ3AA, RU3RA, R7DA
17 UN5J, UN1L, UK8LCK, UN7TK, UK8AEA, UN7ECA, UN8GU
18 RA0SMS, RX9UK, RW9OG, UA9YHJ, R9UEA
19 RW0LGR, UA0ZK, UA0FO, UA0JGI, RU0LL, RW0LFE
20 TA3MHA
21 EK1KE, A65DR, A45XR
22 VU2IT, VU2ABS
23  
24 BG3IAY, BV1EK, BD4WN, BG4DRL
25 HL4GHT, DS5USH, HL3GOB
26  
27 DU1GM, DU2FIS, DU3/KB7DV, DU7EYG, DV1KIR
28 YE1GD, YB0EIN, YB0COU, YB0MWM, YB7GRN, YF3YYF, YB0MZI, YB9AY
29 VK6ST, VK6OZ
30 VK2QQ, VK7RB, VK4AQJ, VK3XN, VK3JL
31  
32 3D2AG, 5W1SA, FK1TS, ZL4AD, ZL1HD, ZL3RJ, ZL4AS
33  
34  
35  
36 9X2AW
37  
38 ZS6WB, ZS5LEE
39 FR4OO, 3B8CW
40 TF8SM

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

US State CALL
AK AL7TC, KL7KY, KL7J, WL7SJ, NL7S
AL WA4HXC, NA4MM
AR KE5TD, WB5XX, W5JAY
AZ W7JWM, K7GA, WO7R
CA WD0FAA, N6WS, WJ6J
CO K0YQ
CT W1NHS
DE  
FL NO4J, KM4HI, K2KYH, K3XT
GA WA0HQQ, KM4F
HI  
IA KD0Q
ID KG7CW
IL AI9T, N2BJ
IN  
KS  
KY  
LA WB4JHY, NA5Q
MA K2KA, WU1ITU
MD  
ME  
MI W8TU, N8LJ
MN  
MO N0UMP, W0JTM
MS  
MT NZ7M
NC AB4Z, K1MIJ, K4JGR
ND KG0YL
NE KD0P
NH WW1WW, K1GUY
NJ WX2S, NA2AA, N2NT
NM K1JD, AI5I, KT4ET
NV W7ZAC, K7FYI
NY KB2DTT, WA3AFS, N2GHR
OH W8KEN, N8WBV
OK K5KC, K5KRS
OR N7FN, NO6E, W7NT
PA KB3OMJ, NF3R
RI K1RI
SC W4GH, K8AJA
SD W7UT
TN  
TX K5CD, NA4M
UT W7THY, W7MHB
VA N4DB, N4NW
VT  
WA K7UIU, K7LFY, WQ7A, N7BT
WI N9UDO, WG0G
WV KB8BIP
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

AF-050 5T5TI Tidra Island (Claimed by: 12.6% of participants)
This IOTA will be activated again this time by 9K2AI, A61M and A92AA. Operation is planned for 01 - 07. December 2017. The demand for this IOTA should not be very big since the activation of last year logged 6,235 QSOs but those who might have missed it will have another chance in a couple of weeks. Additional info on www.qrz.com/5T5TI

OC-239 YB9WZJ/P Mansuar island (Claimed by: 20.8% of participants)
Unexpected and unannounced activation by Joni. At this stage we don’t know how long is he staying on Mansuar, but look for him on 14.260 / 21.260 KHzz SSB. Last activation: YD4IRS/9 in 2016..

EU-190 -RI1F QSL status:
info by Igor - UA9KDF: “QSL cards are printed already, sent to me and I expect them soon in a few weeks. Then I will start answering”.

NA-221 XF2L Los Lobos Island (Claimed by: 11.4% of participants)
The XF2L will again be active from Los Lobos island 30 November - 3 December 2017. Those who missed the previous activations earlier this year will have another chance to work this rare IOTA. QRV 80m-6m on CW/SSB. More info on www.qrz.com/XF2L

B

AS-062 UA0FAM Shikotan island (Claimed by: 27.3% of participants) Vladimir is a resident on the island; look for him on 20m ssb.

NA-138 W4EG Amelia island (Claimed by: 24.3% of participants)
Ernest lives on Amelia and his favourite mode is FT8. Sked requests are OK : w4eg@hotmail.com

NA-144 N6MMA California State South (Claimed by: 19.4% of participants).
Randy (WFF chaser/activator) appeared on air during WFF activity. Keep an eye out for possible further activations.

OC-150 YB9/DL3KZA Lombok island (Claimed by: 24.4% of participants)
Burhard is back to Indonesia (previous activity in 2014 from OC-151), worked on 15m ssb. Burhard’s home QTH is EU-057, Ruegen Island.

SA-012 YV7 Margarita island (Claimed by: 32.0% of participants)
A bunch of Venezuelans are active from Margarita, mainly on FT8. Team: YV7TE, YV7BMZ, YV7RC & YL op: YV7MAY.

C

AS-079 JS6RRR Myako island (Claimed by: 30.1% of participants)
Take’s second activation, expected to be on air until November 28. 2017. 160 - 10m CW, SSB, RTTY, JT65.

EU-067 SV8/SV1JG Cyclades islands, Milos island (Claimed by: 34.0% of participants)
Cliff is mainly active on 80m CW. Island residents: SV8FEB, SV8OVP, SV8EUA, SV8FES, SV8BLU, SY8NX..

EU-077 EG1ET Salvora Island (Claimed by: 32.4% of participants) EA team, November 18-19.

EU-172 OV6A North Slope County North group (Claimed by: 44.3% of participants).
This should be an easy one for novice chasers: look for OU2I, OZ1ASP, OZ1BII, OZ2BAL, OZ2LP, OZ3BW, OZ3MK, OZ3PZ, OZ4LM, OZ5JQ, OZ5K, OZ5MJ, OZ8JD, OZ8RN, OZ9CQ as well as visiting DL and OZ hams.

NA-033 5K0T San Andres island (Claimed by: 44.8% of participants)
Five members of Yaguarete DXers Group will be on San Andres between November 12-26, 2017. 160-10m cw/ssb/psk31/ft8. Good chance to add HK0 to your multiband ‘slot collection’

NA-146 TO2SP St. Barthelemy (Claimed by: 47.5% of participants)
After the hurricane season, amateurs are back to the Caribbean. Polish team is on St. Barths, November 16-30.11.2017.

*** DX Reports

by Branko, YU1FW

PZ5V: Suriname
After 20 years of contesting in Africa (EL2A, EL2A, TU5A, TY5A, TZ5A, XT2DX, 3X5A, 5V7A, 9L5A, 9G5AA) VooDoo Contest Group (ops: AA9A, G4FON, G4IRN, KY7M) "moved" to Suriname, where they will be active from Nov 19 to Nov 28 2017 as PZ5V. Focus on CQWW CW contest 24/25 NOV, but they said they will be active before and after the contest, also on WARC bands. QSL via M0URX

5T1A: Mauritania, grid IL28qs
Fawat (A92AA) and Obaid (A61R) will be active from the captial Nouakchott from Nov 20 to Dec 20 as 5T1A and 5T1R, respectively. They will be QRV mostly FT8 and SSB modes, 40 to 10M. Together with 5T2AI (Ahmad, 9K2AI) they plan activities from Tidra isl (AF-050) as 5T5TI. Recent activities from Tidra isl: 5T5TI (9K2AI and UA4WHX -- Dec 2016 -- 6235 QSOs) and OK DX-Pedition 5T5OK (Sep 2017 -- 44299 QSOs). QSL info: 5T1A, 5T1R via A92AA. 5T2AI, 5T5TI via NI5DX.

9G5W, Kokrobiti: Ghana, grid IJ95tz
Six ops from Slovenia and 1 from Danmark (S54W, S57GM, S57SU, S57UM, S59A, S59ZZ and OZ7AM) plan to be active from Ghana, Nov 20-29. Call will be 9G5W. They will operate 160-10M, all modes. Focus will be on CQWW CW contest in M/S LP category. Before and after the contest they will be QRV on all bands, WARC and especially on lower bands. They will use 3 x Kenwood TS-480, 1 x Icom IC-7300. Antennae: 5 band Spiderbeam vertical for 20-80M, 26m vertical for 160M. RX antenna: K9AY. QSL via S59ZZ, LoTW: after 6 months.

*** ZONES, Other bands

07 TI4DJ 20M 14074 15 Nov 2017 1432 FT8 EK70
07 5K0T 40M 7153 15 Nov 2017 0600 SSB
08 VP2MDL 12M 24895 16 Nov 2017 1339 CW via DL7DF
08 VP2MDL 40M 7152 16 Nov 2017 2100 SSB via DL7DF
08 TO2SP 17M 18120 17 Nov 2017 1130 SSB
09 FY5FY 30M 10103 19 Nov 2017 1948 CW
09 PJ4/DL5CW 20M 14003 16 Nov 2017 1122 CW
09 PJ4/DH8BQA 17M 18074 17 Nov 2017 1124 CW
09 YV5DHS 20M 14074 18 Nov 2017 1525 FT8
10 5K3W 15M 21074 18 Nov 2017 1517 FT8
11 ZP5DNB 15M 21074 17 Nov 2017 1220 FT8
11 ZP6ARO 15M 21074 22 Nov 2017 1610 FT8
12 XR1B 40M 7006 19 Nov 2017 0455 CW
13 CX2DK 15M 21014 18 Nov 2017 1600 CW
14 C31CT 80M 3505 20 Nov 2017 2215 CW
14 HV0A 20M 14195 19 Nov 2017 1048 SSB
14 OY1DZ 15M 21074 18 Nov 2017 1011 FT8
14 3A2MG 40M 7160 17 Nov 2017 2147 SSB
15 T77C 40M 7074 16 Nov 2017 0844 FT8
15 4O6ZD 20M 14074 18 Nov 2017 0935 FT8 -23db
16 ER1R 80M 3573 18 Nov 2017 1657 FT8
17 EX8M 17M 18069 20 Nov 2017 0925 CW
17 UK8LCK 80M 3573 18 Nov 2017 1655 FT8
19 UA0ZK 80M 3573 15 Nov 2017 1015 FT8
20 SV1ASP/A 17M 18147 19 Nov 2017 0915 SSB
21 EP2LMA 20M 14305 18 Nov 2017 1330 SSB via EA5GL
21 YI1SAL 17M 18100 22 Nov 2017 0950 FT8
21 YI3WHR 20M 14074 16 Nov 2017 1144 FT8
22 AP2HA 17M 18101 17 Nov 2017 1128 FT8
23 JT1BZ 20M 14074 18 Nov 2017 0935 FT8
23 JT1CO 40M 7019 18 Nov 2017 1320 CW lz test
24 BV7FA 20M 14074 15 Nov 2017 1228 FT8 -10db PL02
24 BX4AL 17M 18100 22 Nov 2017 0956 FT8
26 XU7XXX 15M 21005 19 Nov 2017 0900 CW via KC0W
27 DU1/SP5APW 20M 14260 17 Nov 2017 1307 SSB OC-090
28 H44MS 15M 21247 16 Nov 2017 0833 SSB via DL2GAC
28 YE1AR 20M 14074 17 Nov 2017 1348 FT8
29 VK6LD 17M 18100 18 Nov 2017 1308 FT8
30 VK1MA 20M 14074 15 Nov 2017 0710 FT8 -20db QF44 lp cfm qso LOTW
30 VK7AP 20M 14074 15 Nov 2017 0702 FT8 -15db QE36 lp
31
32 YJ0CA 20M 14190 19 Nov 2017 0902 SSB
33 3V8CB 20M 14174 19 Nov 2017 1040 SSB
33 3V8SS 80M 3549 18 Nov 2017 1842 CW lz test
34 SU1SK 30M 10136 19 Nov 2017 1715 FT8
34 SU9JG 40M 7074 18 Nov 2017 2040 FT8
35 C5YK 40M 7074 19 Nov 2017 2015 FT8
35 J5T 30M 10121 15 Nov 2017 1841 CW via I2YSB
35 J5T 40M 7022 18 Nov 2017 0536 CW via I2YSB
35 J5T 80M 3517 17 Nov 2017 0328 CW via I2YSB
35 J5T 160M 1828 18 Nov 2017 0343 CW via I2YSB
35 TU0PAX 20M 14024 15 Nov 2017 1305 CW
35 TZ4AM 40m 7000 17 Nov 2017 2240 CW
35 3XY3D 30M 10121 15 Nov 2017 1817 CW
35 5N7Q 30M 10111 15 Nov 2017 1906 CW via DF8DX
36 9U4M 17M 18100 15 Nov 2017 1445 FT8
36 9X2AW 15M 21074 20 Nov 2017 0910 FT8 via M0OXO
37 ET3AA 20M 14212 20 Nov 2017 1440 SSB
37 5H3DX 17M 18079 19 Nov 2017 1102 CW
38 ZS2ZA 30M 10136 19 Nov 2017 1717 FT8
38 ZS6ZP 17M 18100 15 Nov 2017 1502 FT8 -14db KG3
39 FR4PG 30M 10136 19 Nov 2017 1710 FT8
39 VQ9KA 15M 21270 18 Nov 2017 1100 SSB via JO1GWT
39 VQ17JC 17M 18082 18 Nov 2017 1335 CW via ND9M
40 TF2MSN 20M 14074 18 Nov 2017 1001 FT8
40 TF3IG 20M 14074 18 Nov 2017 1006 FT8

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PREFIXES

EV135 EV135KK 40M 7074 18 Nov 20117 1307 FT8
HF67 HF67CES 17M 18085 22 Nov 2017 1040 CW
OZ100 OZ100DVI 20M 14244 19 Nov 2017 1055 SSB via OZ1IVA
PG17 PG17MC 30M 10113 22 Nov 2017 1525 CW via PA0FAW
TU0 TU0PAX 20M 14024 15 Nov 2017 1305 CW
V34 V34AO 30M 10106 21 Nov 2017 06:56 CW WKD EU
VQ917 VQ917JC 17M 18082 18 Nov 20117 1335 CW
5T1 5T1A 15M 21074 20 Nov 2017 1240 FT8
5V1 5V1JE 20M 14074 15 Nov 2017 2315 FT8
7S50 7S50AW 20M 14015.5 21 Nov 2017 10:08 CW
9A17 9A17P 17M 18084 17 Nov 2017 1322 CW
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SOTA

EA2/VI-05 EC2AG/P 20M 14347 16 Nov 2017 11:21 SSB
EA6/MA-006 EA6/SM0HPL/P 17M 18088.9 20 Nov 2017 12:04 CW
I/PM-355 IZ1DNQ/P 20M 14239 19 Nov 2017 10:32 SSB
G/SP-015 M1EYP/P 20M 14317 19 Nov 2017 10:46 SSB
S5/KS-061 S52FT/P 20M 14062 20 Nov 2017 13:16 CW
S5/JA-048 S57MS/P 20M 14305 19 Nov 2017 13:10 SSB
SP/BZ-028 SP9MA/P 40M 7032.1 18 Nov 2017 09:05 CW
W5N/SC-002 KD5ZZK 20M 14347 18 Nov 2017 17:42 SSB
W4V/HB-021 N3ICE 17M 18125 19 Nov 2017 15:31 SSB
W5T/CI-028 N9XG 17M 18090 19 Nov 2017 22:06 CW
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WWFF

CTFF-0289 CU2/CU3AK/P 20M 14046.9 20 Nov 13:20 CW
DLFF-0038 DL8ECA/M 40M 7021.8 16 Nov 2017 07:36 CW
DLFF-0099 DF9PE/P 40M 7144 16 Nov 2017 09:08 SSB
DLFF-0085 DL8ECA/M 40M 7024 21 Nov 2017 08:36 CW
EAFF-0157 EG1ET 20M 14085 18 Nov 2017 17:36 RTTY
HBFF-0037 HB9WFF/P 40M 7147 16 Nov 2017 11:43 SSB
HBFF-0190 HB9AFI/P 30M 10105 18 Nov 2017 07:55 CW
HBFF-0191 HB9TZA/P 40M 7137 21 Nov 2017 09:37 SSB
IFF-0616 IZ4EFP/P 40M 7178 18 Nov 2017 09:11 SSB
KFF-1034 N9JF 20M 14046 19 Nov 2017 22:36 CW
KFF-1127 N6MMA 20M 14268 16 Nov 2017 21:59 SSB NA-144
KFF-0064 KB1HQS 30M 10119 18 Nov 2017 17:08 CW
KFF-1126 KG6LI 30M 10126 19 Nov 2017 20:28 CW
KFF-1566 KB3WAV 30M 10124 19 Nov 2017 22:10 CW
KFF-2703 N9MM 30M 10124 19 Nov 2017 00:13 CW
KFF-2753 W4JL 40M 7194.5 16 Nov 2017 14:33 SSB
KFF-0468 K7CAR 20M 14319 19 Nov 2017 23:56 SSB
KFF-3026 N9MM 40M 7042.5 20 Nov 2017 01:02 CW
KFF-4332 WB9OWN 17M 18157 19 Nov 2017 03:00 SSB
OEFF-0664 OE1GOA/1 20M 14242.5 16 Nov 2017 08:49 SSB
OHFF-0322 OH6TX 20M 14255 21 Nov 2017 10:02 SSB
OKFF-0138 OK3DM/P 30M 10124 21 Nov 2017 11:50 CW
OMFF-0208 OM2ZZ 40M 7027.4 19 Nov 2017 10:03 CW
ONFF-0026 OP8ON/P 20M 14270 21 Nov 2017 09:36 SSB
PAFF-0115 PH2A/P 20M 14250 20 Nov 2017 09:11 SSB
PAFF-0120 PA2CVD/P 20M 14247 16 Nov 2017 11:51 SSB
SMFF-0918 SA0BRW/P 40M 7128 16 Nov 2017 13:48 SSB
SPFF-0078 SP5UUD/P 80M 3710 16 Nov 2017 08:59 SSB
SPFF-0566 SP5UUD/P 40M 7147 17 Nov 2017 09:06 SSB
SPFF-0614 SP5UUD/P 40M 7182 18 Nov 2017 09:17 SSB
SPFF-0146 SP5UUD/P 80M 3723 21 Nov 2017 09:33 SSB
SPFF-1289 SP7WLU/P 80M 3713 17 Nov 2017 09:14 SSB
SPFF-0781 SP9YFF/6 40M 7144,5 16 Nov 2017 07:33 SSB
SPFF-1049 SP9YFF/8 20M 14245.2 16 Nov 2017 11:51 SSB
SPFF-0782 SP5ZIM/P 40M 7152 16 Nov 2017 07:32 SSB
VKFF-0268 VK2JNG 40M 7144 20 Nov 2017 04:21 SSB
VKFF-0551 VK2JNG 15M 21350 21 Nov 2017 02:34 SSB
VKFF-1562 VK4SMA 40M 7149 19 Nov 2017 03:00 SSB
VKFF-0055 VK3OHM 40M 7144 19 Nov 2017 02:36 SSB
VKFF-2033 VK5PAS 80M 3610 19 Nov 2017 00:13 SSB

*** FK/HB9DQM/p : Manuel Kaspar: From Swiss Alps to South Pacific

What a surprise to work Manuel on 30m CW on November 19, 2017 from New Caledonia. His next destination is New Zealand, ZL/HB9DQM/P and then Australia VK/HB9DQM/P. Manuel as an asset to SOTA programme: keen and fit mountaineer looking for his next SOTA adventure.

The photo above is one from his home QTH, 3614m ASL and couple below are from New Caledonia. We wish him best luck and safe travel.

Best 73,

Nick VK2DX

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