Dxing.Today Issue 6, 29 November 2017
Editor: Nick VK2DX Co-Editor: Dragan 4O4A

*** Past Week on 80m FT8

Last week I was praying for better conditions - but there was no miracle. The path from VK to US remains ordinary: once again, only the strongest stations were sporadically decoded. Out of 7 days, we only had two mornings with some action to Europe. The signals were weak and openings were short-lived. The summer has arrived and with it, more storms and even more QRN. The CQWW Contest weekend didn't help either; there was  simply less stations in the DIGI band segment. Yet despite all the gloom, there were some really cool DX to be worked! V63DX appeared out of nowhere on Friday with an amazing signal, easily working stations from US, Asia and then Europe. JA7MHZ did a fantastic job handing an easy 'new one' effortlessly to many chasers. Sho-san, we are grateful!

On the other side of the world, things were even more exciting: European chasers had a great opportunity to work Haye, DJ9RR signing as 8R1/AG6UT who went to Guyana for the contest weekend. What a fantastic DX! HZ1FI (Tom DL2RMC, currently on a work assignment in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) appeared on couple a of nights with an excellent signal. Haro, 9X2AW is still in Rwanda. He is very active on all bands, and does work on 80m as well.

Cameo appearances: juicy T2AT at his sunrise, working US and JA; Z32ZM - a new station on 80m FT8 from Macedonia with solid signal; SV9IOQ from Crete, 9H1SS from Malta and GU7DAI who returned to HF after many years. There was a bunch of Mexican stations as well for those who still need Zone 6.

Not surprisingly, there is now less activity from VK. Finding a VK6 or VK8 on 80m FT8 [Zone 29] seems to be a real challenge for many. South African and Indian stations are no longer 'easy copy' in Sydney as they were in September/October. Yes the seasons are changing fast - so when the 80m band IS open, do take advantage of it: don't go to bed before you work them all :-).

 

*** E6AG 80m FT8 report

It was great to hear from Grant, who just returned home from Niue:
"I made 63 contacts on 80m using FT8 from Niue working 8 countries. I also operated SSB and RTTY making contact with a further 3 DXCC entities. It would have been great to do more but as a one man show trying to give some coverage to so many band targets and modes was very hard. We did have quite an FT8 pileup on 80m the nights we ran there. The low band antennas was a 160/80/40m trapped dipole built by Steve VK5SFA. The station was a Elecraft K3+KPA500 amplifier with a KAT500 tuner coupled with a MicroHam Keyer II. The complete story can be found here: E6AG.NET 73, Grant VK5GR / E6AG "

*** Okinawa: Not All Japanese Are The Same!

So what is so special about Okinawa? Okinawa is a Japanese prefecture comprising more than 150 islands in the East China Sea between Taiwan and Japan's mainland. The capital of Okinawa is Naha and the island group is known for its tropical climate, long beaches and coral reefs, as well as its World War II sites. While Naha is 1,500 Km south from Tokyo, Okinawa does not count as a separate DXCC because the chain of islands stretch all the way to the mainland.

So next time you hear/decode JR6 or JS6 station, keep in mind that they are ‘bit more special’ than other JA’s. It was a great pleasure to work Isamu, JR6DM and Shigekazu JR6FC on 80m FT8 recently. Both stations are fairly active so keep your eyes open for them!

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*** Who's Who on 80m Rank List

Congratulations and welcome to newly listed stations. NA6L and LU5VV are the only two stations who worked all 50 US states, closely followed by NS9I with 49. Six stations now have over 100 DXCC worked which is a good measure of FT8’s popularity as a mode.

Our list continues to grow and according to your feedback,  you love it. There is clearly an element of ‘competitiveness’; hardly a surprise to amateurs and chasers, however the list itself is much more than that. It provides us an insight of overall activity and how difficult/easy it is to achieve certain goals. At the end of the day, we only compete with ourselves, enjoying one of the best hobbies of all.

If you are not listed yet:  please do let us know your standings, your call, DXCC worked, WAZ and WAS count. Once again, 80m band only, JT modes. Email to: mail@DXing.Today

*** QSLR: An Amazingly Fast Delivery!

Full credit to Zoro, JH1AJT: his A5A card for 80m FT8 contact arrived in less than 5 days, only 3 weeks after the expedition to Bhutan. What a champ!

*** WAZ Activity Report (all 80m FT8)

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

Zone CALL
1 KL7J
2  
3  
4  
5  
6 XE2EX, XE1TD, XE1H
7 HR2DMR
8 CO2JD, ZF1RC
9 8R1/AG6UT
10  
11 ZP4KFX
12  
13 LU5VV
14 GU7DAI
15 Z32ZM, 9H1SS
16 ER1PB
17 RW9SQ, RA9N, UN1L, UN7JAO, UN9FF
18 RN0SR, RA0WHE
19 UA0ZK, RU0LL, UA0ZEO
20 4X1SK, SV9IOQ
21 A45XR, A65CA, HZ1FI
22 VU2IT
23  
24 BV1EK, BD7MYM, BG4DRL, VR2XNL, BD2FW
25 HL4HGT, DS5USH
26 HS0ZEE
27 DU1IST, V63DX
28 YB0MWM, YB8SFE, 9M2/JE1SCJ, YC4CHP
29  
30 VK7MF, VK7AM
31  
32 3D2TS, 5W1SA, ZL1BIV, ZL3RJ, ZL3NB, T2AT, ZL4AD
33  
34  
35  
36 9X2AW
37  
38  
39 FR4OO
40  

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

US State CALL
AK KL7J
AL  
AR  
AZ W7JWM
CA W0PE, AC6A, AJ6T, N6GP
CO  
CT K1LTJ, W1VT
DE  
FL WA8QYJ, AA2MF
GA W4LDE, K4OY, W6IZT
HI  
IA WY0V
ID  
IL K9QVB, N9SU
IN N9AJL, KB9GKG
KS  
KY  
LA NA5Q
MA  
MD  
ME  
MI W8NSA, WB8DX
MN  
MO WA0JIM
MS N9BX
MT  
NC  
ND KG0YL
NE  
NH WW1WW, K1CF
NJ  
NM WB7EGF
NV  
NY W2JTM, N2GHR, KC0BRA
OH WD8KND
OK  
OR K7ZV
PA K3GMQ, N2MLP
RI  
SC  
SD  
TN  
TX  
UT  
VA K4JKB, K1HTV
VT K1GMM
WA K7HV, N7XS, K7YCH
WI NS9I, KD9TZ
WV  
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

AS-107 E20WXA/P Lan island (Claimed by: 20.6% of participants)
Chai E20WXA/P is back on AS-107, accompanied by HS2JQC and HS2AAW. November 23-25, CW.

NA-075 VE7ACN/7 Galiano island (Claimed by: 27.9% of participants)
Mike is eager and ready for action ! November 23-27.
Resident operators on NA-075 are VA7DR I VA7DWR…

NA-056 CO4LS la Juventud island (Claimed by: 20.1% of participants)
Jorge is probably the most active station from NA-056 however there are a few more : CO4SM, CO4VM, CO4NF... Actually, all 4th call area stations belongs to this IOTA group so chase any CM4, CO4, CL4 or T44.

OC-166 YB7YES Kalimantan's Coastal Islands East (Claimed by: 21.5% of participants)
Suyatno is island resident, active on Borneo net, 40m (7045 12.30-14.30 UTC). Another station on OC-166 is YC7IPZ.

OC-252 YB7BAE Kalimantan's Coastal Islands West (Claimed by: 18.9% of participants)
Harso is also a resident on the island, and and the 'Net Control' helper so do tune in to 7045 KHz 12.30-14.3 UTC. You may be surprised!.

B

OC-133 9M6NA Labuan island (Claimed by: 32.3% of participants)
Saty - JE1JKL will nce again participate in CQWW contest. All-band activity.

C

AS-007 JN4MMO Honshu island (Claimed by: 56.9% of participants)
Andy was found on 20m RTTY with an excellent signal. Honshu is the largest Japanese island covering following call areas: JA1-JA5, JA7, JA9 and JA0.

EU-056 LB0OG/P Vigra island (Claimed by: 32.6% of participants)
Marcin ( SOTA, IOTA I WFF activator), is back on EU-056 and for the first time from LAFF-0346. Short stay, QRP.

NA- 001 C6AGU Water Cay (Claimed by: 40.4% of participants)
George AA7JV, HA7RY and KN4EEI are on Bahamas with the aim to test new vertical antennas for upcoming KH1 expedition. Seen on 80/40m.

NA-037 VE7DXF Vancouver Island (Claimed by: 37.5% of participants)
Don is island resident, active mostly on 20m cw/ssb. Look also for VE7DP - Frank (a great IOTA activator and chaser himself!) as well as VE7JH,VA7RME..

*** DX Reports

by Branko, YU1FW

HC8LUT, Galapagos Isl
A group of Argentinian amateurs (Patricio LU3YF, Javier LU5FF, Mario LU7VB, Sergio LU7YS, Alejandro LU8YD and Alejendro LU9VEA) will be active from San Cristobal isl which belongs to Galapagos archipelago, from 29 NOV to 08 DEC 2017 as HC8LUT. They will be active on 160-10M, mostly SSB and DIGI modes (FT8, JT65, PSK31, WSPR).
QSL via IK2DUW

V85/KC0W, Brunei
After his short activationsfrom Hong Kong as VR2/KC0W, Vietnam as 3W9 CW (only 69 QSOs), Cambodia (XU7XXX), Tom has started with V85/KC0W call from Brunei. His plan is to be there till 12 DEC 2017. Being a CW OP, it is rather surprising that Tom started with FT8 and RTTY operations.
QSL card only direct via KC0W + $2 + SAE

XW4ZW, Laos
Ken, K4ZW, plans to go again to Laos from 3 DEC to 8 DEC 017. Again, focus will be on low bands - 160 and 80M.
QSL via K1SE

3B9HA, Rodrigues Isl
Olof, G0CKV, is again active from Rodrigues isl till 12 DEC 2017. He will be mostly QRV 80 to 15M, CW, no WARC bands. Check his QRZ.com profile for some interesting facts and pictures.

 

*** ZONES, Other bands

02 VE2IM 160M 1818 25 Nov 2017 0224 CW
05 VE3DZ/VP9 20M 14035 24 Nov 2017 1332 CW via M0URX
05 XL3T 80M 3511 26 Nov 2017 0357 CW
06 XE2X 40M 7018 24 Nov 2017 0042 CW
06 XF1IM 20M 14020 28 Nov 2017 1455 CW NA-078
07 HQ9X 40M 7011 26 Nov 2017 0516 CW
07 YN2CC 17M 18090 23 Nov 2017 1510 CW via AJ9C
08 C6AGU 40M 7015 26 Nov 2017 0532 CW
08 V34AO 40M 7005 24 Nov 2017 0625 CW via DL7VOA
08 ZF2MJ 17M 18090 23 Nov 2017 1549 CW via N6MJ
08 6Y0D 40M 7002 23 Nov 2017 0700 CW
08 6Y0W 20M 14007 24 Nov 2017 1433 CW
08 6Y0AE 15M 21025 24 Nov 2017 1515 CW via LZ4AE
08 6Y3M 80M 3549 26 Nov 2017 0432 CW
09 PJ4/DL5LYM 80M 3505 23 Nov 2017 2322 CW
09 PZ5V 40M 7057 26 Nov 2017 0628 CW via M0URX
09 PZ5V 80M 3515 26 Nov 2017 0402 CW via M0URX
09 5K0T 17M 18085 23 Nov 2017 1522 CW
09 5K0T 40M 7074 24 Nov 2017 2227 FT8
09 5K1B 20M 14195 24 Nov 2017 1305 SSB IOTA SA-078 via EA3BT
09 8R1/AG6UT 17M 18105 24 Nov 2017 1211 RTTY
09 9Y4/VE3EY 30M 10104 24 Nov 2017 2304 CW
10 HC1PE 17M 18100 27 Nov 2017 1520 FT8
11 PS0F 20M 14095 26 Nov 2017 0950 CW via PY7RP
11 PX0F 40M 7000 24 Nov 2017 2150 CW via PP5BZ
11 PX0F 17M 18068 27 Nov 2017 0907 CW via PP5BZ
11 PY0FW 17M 18100 28 Nov 2017 1353 FT8 via PP1CZ
11 ZP6ARO 15M 21074 24 Nov 2017 1133 FT8 -08db GG14
12 XR6F 20M 14007 25 Nov 2017 1301 CW
13 LU2BN 15M 21074 24 Nov 2017 1141 FT8 -12db GF05
13 LU8FJA 15M 21074 24 Nov 2017 1200 FT8 -05db FF97
14 CU4DX 40M 7058 25 Nov 2017 0515 CW
15 ZA1WW 80M 3536 24 Nov 2017 1642 CW
17 UN4L 80M 3550 25 Nov 2017 0228 CW via UA9AB
18 RA0A 17M 18100 27 Nov 2017 0845 FT8
20 TA4A 80M 3573 24 Nov 2017 2100 FT8 -16db KM37
20 5B4AJC 40M 7006 23 Nov 2017 1500 CW
21 HZ1FI 80M 3573 24 Nov 2017 2247 FT8
21 4K6FO 80M 3509 24 Nov 2017 1952 CW
21 7Z1IS 15M 21074 24 Nov 2017 1148 FT8 -07db
22 VU2WJ 30M 10136 28 Nov 2017 1655 FT8
23 JT1CD/0 40M 7017 25 Nov2017 2040 CW
23 JT5DX 80M 3545 25 Nov2017 1715 CW
24 BD3CB 17M 18100 27 Nov 2017 0816 FT8 -16db OM88
24 VR20EH 15M 21008 26 Nov 2017 0802 CW
26 HS1NSN 20M 14074 27 Nov 2017 1408 FT8
27 AH2R 15M 21043 26 Nov 2017 0755 CW
27 DU9/R4WAA 20M 14004 24 Nov 2017 1345 CW IOTA OC-175
27 DU9/RZ3FW 30M 10113 24 Nov 2017 1608 CW IOTA OC-175
28 V85/KC0W 40M 7024 24 Nov 2017 1725 CW
28 YB3XVO 20M 14074 27 Nov 2017 1321 FT8 -16db IO62
28 YE3M 20M 14074 27 Nov 2017 1324 FT8
29 RI1ANC 20M 14074 28 Nov 2014 1535 FT8 -18 db OB31 Antartica
30 VK2MI 20M 14074 26 Nov 2017 0703 FT8
30 VK7AP 20M 14074 26 Nov 2017 0706 FT8 -03 db QE36
31 KH6LC 40M 7064 25 Nov 2017 1635 CW
31 KH7M 40M 7033 26 Nov 2017 0554 CW
32 A35MM 40M 7003 24 Nov 2017 0629 CW via EA5GL
33 CN2MA 17M 18100 27 Nov 2017 0837 FT8 via LY5W
33 CN2R 80M 3515 26 Nov 2017 0023 CW
33 3V8SS 160M 1844 26 Nov 2017 0135 CW
33 7X2ARA 80M 3582 25 Nov 2017 1921 CW
34 SU/DM5DX 17M 18140 24 Nov 2017 0915 SSB
34 SU9JG 21005 725 26 Nov 2017 0730 CW
35 J5T 10M 28028 23 Nov 2017 1507 CW
35 5T1A 20M 14074 28 Nov 2017 1525 FT8 -03 db IK28 via A92AA
35 5T1R 20M 14205 25 Nov 2017 1130 SSB via A92AA
35 5T1R 20M 14074 27 Nov 2017 1720 FT8
35 6W1SU 15M 21001 24 Nov 2017 1053 CW via M0URX
35 9G5W 30M 10113 23 Nov 2017 0655 CW
36 D2EB 17M 19085 25 Nov 2017 1100 CW
36 9X2AW 30M 10136 24 Nov 2017 1640 FT8
37 7Q6M 15M 21040 25 Nov 2017 0720 CW via K6ZO
39 S79K 17M 18087 27 Nov 2017 0913 CW via G3NKC
39 FR4OO 15M 21074 25 Nov 2017 1235 FT8
39 3B8CF 30M 10114 24 Nov 2017 1621 CW
39 3B9HA 15M 21024 25 Nov 2017 1122 CW
39 3B9HA 80M 3503 28 Nov 2017 1715 CW
40 TF3CW 15M 21006 25 Nov 2017 1108 CW


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PREFIXES

6Y0 6Y0W 40M 7032 24 Nov 2017 133 CW
6Y3 6Y3M 40M 7023 23 Nov 2017 10:51 CW
7Q6 7Q6M 15M 21040 26 Nov 2017 720 CW via K6ZO
BH2 BH2RUG 40M 7023 22 Nov 2017 10:01 CW
HG160 HG160KAIL 40M 7037 25 Nov 2017 1850 CW
HQ9 HQ9X 40M 7016 26 Nov 2017 515 CW
PA160 PA160HZ 20M 14019 27 Nov 2017 1344 CW via PA5V
PF38 PF38T 40M 7041 24 Nov 2017 1612 PSK31 via PA7HPH
PS0 PS0F 15M 21039.8 23 Nov 2017 13:53 CW
PX0 PX0F 40M 7000 24 Nov 2017 2355 CW
R75 R75URAN 40M 7107 22 Nov 2017 10:03 SSB
UE80 UE80NSO 20M 14071 24 Nov 2017 1025 PSK63
V34 V34AO 40M 7005 24 Nov 2017 625 CW
XR6 XR6F 20M 14007 25 Nov 2017 1301 CW

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SOTA

EA2/SS-059 EC2AG/P 20M 14330 26 Nov 2017 10:57 SSB
EA5/CS-006 EA5INS/P 20M 14295 26 Nov 2017 09:55 SSB
F/AM-828 F6HBI/P 20M 14135 26 Nov 2017 10:56 SSB
FK/SP-143 FK/HB9DQM/P 20M 14318 26 Nov 2017 09:05 SSB
I/PM-139 IZ1GDB/P 40M 7094 26 Nov 2017 11:38 SSB
W7/GF-031 KX0R 17M 18093 26 Nov 2017 05:38 CW
S5/PK-002 S57TX/P 40M 7031 22 Nov 2017 12:15 CW
VK2/ST-005 VK2HRX/P 40M 7095 26 Nov 2017 22:59 SSB
YO/EC-607 YO6PIB/P 20M 14321 26 Nov 2017 09:02 SSB
YO/EC-566 YO8AZQ/P 17M 18128 26 Nov 2017 11:29 SSB
ZL/WL-067 ZL2ATH 15M 21245 23 Nov 2017 00:46 SSB

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WWFF

DLFF-0114 DJ7OM 40M 7024 23 Nov 2017 09:23 CW
EAFF-0080 EA8/DK5AN 20M 14040 22 Nov 2017 07:49 CW
GFF-0336 2E0FTD/P 20M 14255 27 Nov 2017 11.31 SSB
IFF-0049 IZ4EFP/P 40M 7178 23 Nov 2017 08:13 SSB
IFF-0543 IQ5QO/1 40M 7095 27 Nov 2017 08:18 SSB
IFF-1118 IQ5QO/1 40M 7057 27 Nov 2017 11:00 SSB
IFF-1122 IQ5QO/1 40M 7080 28 Nov 2017 08:42 SSB
IFF-1148 IQ5QO/4 20M 14246.9 22 Nov 2017 10:08 SSB
IFF-1149 IQ5QO/4 30M 10146 22 Nov 2017 07:41 RTTY
JAFF-0011 JA7GAX/6 17M 18084 23 Nov 2017 08:16 CW
KFF-2237 N9JF 17M 18091.5 22 Nov 2017 23:42 CW
KFF-4111 ND9E 20M 14268 26 Nov 2017 21:23 SSB
KFF-2350 KC0ZNI 20M 14306 26 Nov 2017 20:56 SSB
KFF-2468 K0VRC 20M 14325 26 Nov 2017 21:32 SSB
KFF-2653 KD2DLY 20M 14325 27 Nov 2017 18:08 SSB
KFF-2730 N4EX/P 40M 7194 27 Nov 2017 16:45 SSB
KFF-3023 N5PHT 40M 7046 28 Nov 2017 00:14 CW
KFF-3057 KR7RK 40M 7044 27 Nov 2017 00:33 CW
KFF-3709 AB4WL 12M 24915 26 Nov 2017 16:09 FT8
KFF-4399 KN7D 30M 10124 27 Nov 2017 23:23 CW
OHFF-0247 OH2NOS/P 20M 14245 22 Nov 2017 11:42 SSB
OHFF-0314 OH6TX/P 80M 3685 27 Nov 2017 09:06 SSB
OMFF-0819 OM2ZZ 40M 7022.7 23 Nov 2017 10:39 CW
ONFF-0643 ON2VR/P 40M 7140 22 Nov 2017 10:20 SSB
SMFF-0918 SA0BRW/P 40M 7142 27 Nov 2017 13:03 SSB
SPFF-1465 SP2YMX 40M 7157 27 Nov 2017 09:02 SSB
SPFF-1497 SP5ZIM/P 40M 7165 22 Nov 2017 07:33 SSB
SPFF-1241 SP5UUD/P 40M 7073 22 Nov 2017 09:39 SSB
SPFF-0030 SP5UUD/P 80M 3720 23 Nov 2017 08:24 SSB
SPFF-1385 SP7WLU/P 40M 7144 23 Nov 2017 09:36 SSB
SPFF-0252 SP9YFF/P 40M 7144 22 Nov 2017 07:04 SSB
SPFF-1544 SP9YFF/4 40M 7142 27 Nov 2017 09:40 SSB
VKFF-0473 VK2GZ 40M 7144 28 Nov 2017 05:08 SSB
VKFF-2031 VK3TKK 40M 7144 27 Nov 2017 23:52 SSB
VKFF-1623 VK4FFAB 40M 7149 28 Nov 2017 05:25 SSB
YUFF-0058 YU1CA/P 40M 7144 23 Nov 2017 13:06 SSB

*** OC4HC: an unusual Peruvian activation: special call, special location!

If you worked OC4HC then you have just scored a rare 'land' activation. OPERACIÓN ZONA ARQUEOLÓGICA HUAYCAN DE CIENEGUILLA is an archaeological site; Manuel OA4DW, Aldo OA4DPM, Italo OA8AAQ/4 and Edgar OA4DQV were active on CW/SSB/FT8 in November 25-26. I've managed to snatched them on 20m FT8 and they certainly made my day! OA is not an easy one from this part of the world. QSL via OA4O, Radio Club Peruano. This activation and OA4HC QSL is valid for diploma "Archaeological Monuments of Peru", so there could be more similar operations in near future.

Best 73,

Nick VK2DX

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