TenX DX News Dec. 15, 2010
Mike Davidson N5MT, #24949
On October 10, 2010, the Netherlands Antilles were broken up into four new countries. St. Maarten and Curaçao each become an independent country and were granted the same status that Aruba attained in 1986. Bonaire, Saba and Sint Eustatius were given the status of a public body and they are now directly under Dutch rule.
For Amateur Radio this means that the Leeward Islands (PJ2/PJ4) and Windward Islands (PJ5/PJ6/PJ7) are now deleted for ARRL DXCC and for 10-10. But, four new entities emerged as a result. St. Maarten (PJ7), Curacao (PJ2) and Bonaire (PJ4) become a new DXCC entity. St. Eustatius (PJ5) and Saba (PJ6) become a single DXCC entity due to their proximity to each other. All DXCC credits will be begin January 1, 2011 for 10-10 and ARRL.
All of the new countries have been worked with 10-10 members since Oct 10th. So the 10-10 country count will increase by four and the count of worked 10-10 countries will increase to 319 in 2011. About twenty-nine Countries remaining to be worked for a new 10-10 entity.
Countries Award: There were no applications this past quarter. Please copy QSL cards instead of sending the originals to save postage.
General 10-10 DX reported in the past quarter:
5B4/H22 Cyprus. Spyros 5B4MF #36931, was on using his special call sign H22H for the CQ SSB Contest.
6V7 Senegal. Juergen DL4MAQ #30933, DL5MFL and DF9MV used call 6V7Z from November 8-18th.
9H Malta. Holger DL5XAT #64618, and Olaf DL4HG, went to Gozo Island, from November 23-30th using call 9H3TX with 100 watts and vertical antennas.
A25 Botswana. Robert K5ZOL #72593, Bob W5UQ/A25UQ #74198 and Frosty K5LBU #51322, were in Botswana from October 20th to November 4th. They used A25HQ during the CQ SSB contest.
A2 Botswana. Old A22AA logs are now on Logbook of the World. Chuck KY4P #16955 says he typed in 52,000 handwritten logs, which was a long and difficult chore. They included 2,500 under the call sign A25AA, for Botswana's 25th anniversary, back in September 1991. Chuck operated from Botswana from March 1989 to February 1992. He says he has trouble reading his own writing so expect some busted calls in the LoTW log.
C6 Bahamas. Bob N4BP/C6AKQ #3268, Tim N4UM and Mike K4RUM, were active from Freeport in the Bahamas from December 1-7th. No ten meters reported.
CE Chile. Alex CE6DFY #36959 and friends, operated with call sign XR6T for the CQ SSB contest.
DU Philippines. Gerard F2JD #63443, traveled to Manila again and used DU1/F2JD until December 4th. Web site at: http://lesnouvellesdx.fr/voirlogs.php .
FP St. Pierre & Miquelon. Eric KV1J #31247, was on from Miquelon as FP/KV1J from Oct 26th to Nov 2nd.
GU Guernsey Island. Flo F5CWU #71812, used MU/F5CWU on Guernsey from November 9-19th.
HK Columbia. Pedro HK3JJH/1 #47437, was on Ten meters only during the CQ SSB contest in October.
KG4 Guantanamo Bay. Stu K4MIL/KG4SS #66937 and Bill W4WV/KG4WV #26180, operated from October 6-18th with only a little activity on Ten.
KH2 Guam. Toshi JI3ERV #39995 and friends used call AH2R on Guam in the CQ SSB contests.
KH6 Hawaii. Tetsuo AH7C #71099, was the only 10-10 member of the four ops using call sign KH7CW from Oahu, Hawaii in the CQ SSB Contest. LoTW.
KP2 US Virgin Islands. Street K1TO #11008, Bruce W4OV #7344, John NP2B #19327, Jeanette NP2C #21055, Ann KP2YL #70464, Fred K9VV #8707, and friends, did operate as KP2M from October 30-31st. Tony N2TK #22425, and friends, were on during the SSB contest the end of October as KP2M. Dennis AI8P #74751 and Anthony K8ZT #44561, were in the US Virgin Islands September 25-26th for a RTTY contest.
OD Lebanon. Manfred OD5/DL6SN #36153, is now in Lebanon until January 1, 2011. He likes CW but has not been on the air since July. QSL via DO8LA.
P4 Aruba. John W2GD #14109, was on Aruba from November 22nd to December 1st, including the CW contest as P40W and used the same call in October in the SSB Contest. QSL via N2MM. Richard K0DG #15211 with friends AE6Y and N4OC operated as P49Y on Aruba in the SSB contest in October. QSL to AE6Y. John W2GD #14109, was again on as P40W, for the CQ WW SSB. LoTW. Robert W5AJ/P40P #11640 was in the SSB contest at the end of October.
PJ2 Curacao. Ken W1NG #10988, and friends, did operate at the PJ2T station, located at Signal Point from November 4-11th. Ken gave out a new 10-10 country for the first time on Nov 8th. Web at: http://www.pj2t.org . Martin K2PLF #13123 and N4RV were active with call PJ2T in the ARRL 10 Meter contest.
PJ4 Bonaire. Scott PJ4/W4PA #40521, was worked for a new 10-10 country on October 18th. John K4BAI #45389, and friends, were active from November 23- 30th as PJ4A and PJ4/K4BAI from Bonaire.
PJ5/7 St. Eustatius and St. Maarten. David AH6HY #33750, was active as PJ5/AH6HY from St Eustatius from October 6-15th. He moved to St Maarten as PJ7/AH6HY from October 15-22nd. Will AA4NC #15774, was active as PJ5/AA4NC from St. Eustatius from October 9-15th , then as PJ7/AA4NC from St Maarten from October 15-18th. LoTW. Joe W8GEX #41393 was on from October 10-20th from St. Maarten with call PJ7E for a new 10-10 country. Web site at: www.stmaarten2010.com .
S79 Seychelles. Derick G4BWP #28684 and friends operated in the Seychelles as S79K for the CQ SSB contest. Logs at: www.clublog.org/charts/?c=S79K . They worked CW before the contest.
TA Turkey. Rene DL2JRM #69623, went to Sile, Turkey near Istanbul from September 13-16th and October 15-17th using call sign TA2/DL2JRM.
TF Iceland. Rene DL2JRM #69623 used call sign TF/DL2JRM/P from September 18-23th while in Iceland.
TK Corsica. Patrice TK/F5RBB #71709, operated from Corsica on September 13-24th but no ten meters.
V3 Belize. Mike W7ASF #53132 was in Belize from October 25th to November 4th using call sign V31MH.
Jim W9GL/V31LG #5266, was in Belize at the V31BD QTH during the CQ SSB Contest. Robin K4VU #31224 was V31RG in the ARRL 10 Meter contest.
V6 Micronesia. Shoji JA7HMZ/V63DX #30900, was in Micronesia Oct 29th to Nov 4th, but no ten meters.
V7 Marshall Islands. Tim NL8F #32796, and Yuri N3QQ traveled in early December to Enewetak Atoll using call sign V73QQ. Call V73RRC was used on Ujelang Atoll from December 7-12th.
YB Indonesia. Pri YB0ECT #74342 and others operated as YB65C on September 25-26th.
VP2M Montserrat. Carl K9CS/VP2MSC #40531, was active between November 23rd and December 5th.
W USA. Buzz NI5DX #45645 and Al WD5IQR were on Mustang Island TX from September 17-19th. John K8LJG #10614,operated portable as K8LJG/4 on Amelia Island, Florida from December 4th to January 4, 2011.
YN Nicaragua. Paul W5PF/YN2PF #5921, Bill K5WAF/YN2WF #73432 and Cal WF5W, returned to Nicaragua November 25-30th, for the CQ CW Contest as H7V. Web at: http://www.tdxs.net/yn2-tdxs.html .
Z2 Zimbabwe. Bob Z2/AC7GP #68357, was active from October 3rd to November 2nd using low power.
ZD8 Ascension Island. Tom K7ZZ #71378 was on as ZD8ZZ from October 12-26th using CW and SSB.
ZK2 Niue and VK9N Norfolk Island. Doug N6TQS #72301, Andrea IK1PMR #62272 and three friends,were on Niue from November 20th to December 3rd as ZK2A. They moved to Norfolk Island using call sign VK9NN from December 5-19th. Web: www.pacificdxpedition.com. ZL8 Kermadec Island. The ZL8X DXpedition to Raoul Island, Kermadec began November 19th to Dec 10th. The current 10-10 members are Felix DL5XL #55519 and Dieter DL8OH #22886. Web: http://www.kermadec.de .
ZF Grand Cayman Islands. Joe W6VNR/ZF2AH #75217, was active from the Caymans in October.
ZS South Africa. Toni ZS6GF #33682 was on from home in October. His trip to Mozambique was cancelled.
Upcoming DX & New 10-10 Activity:
3D2 Figi. Sebastien F8IJV #64604, will be in Fiji in October 2011. He will try to be active during his free time with call 3D2JV. He will operate from his friend’s place 3D2AG #72719 on Liti Levu, and will operate the 2011 CQ WW SSB from that QTH. He will have an FT-450 and Spiderbeam 5-band antenna and verticals. He expects to be on SSB, with FM on 10, and digital. LoTW.
S9 Sao Tome. Rene DL2JRM #69623 and friends, will be active as S9DX from Sao Tome from February 4-17, 2011. They plan to operate SSB, CW and RTTY with three stations. Web site at: http://s9dx.hkmann.de .
V3 Belize. Jim WB2REM/V31MM #48365, Paul W4PGM/V31PM #75574, and Glenn KD2JA, will be in Placentia, Belize from March 23-30, 2011.
VE Canada. Steve N6QEK #56445, is going to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, for the RTTY Round Up in January 2011 as N6QEK/VY1 starting about January 5th. He plans to be on PSK31, SSB and RTTY until January 11th. Webs at: www.n6qek.com . LoTW.
VP8 S. Orkney Islands. NEW 10-10 Country! A DXpedition to the South Orkney Islands, is upcoming this winter from January 27th to February 8, 2011. Operators are Nodir EY8MM #52767, Ralph K9ZO #6142, Ralph K0IR #2609, Doug N1DG #27629, George N4GRN #73941, John VE3EJ #5757, and Lewis W7EW #34378. Web site info at: http://www.vp8o.com .
VQ9 Chagoa Island. Larry VQ9LA/N0QM #30784, uses the club station on the Island. Larry will depart the Island in late January 2011 heading to the Philippines where he plans to be active as DU3/N0QM.
Miscellaneous Items & Notes:
QSL Routes: http://www.dailydx.com/routes.html .
Propagation forecast: http://www.solen.info/solar/ .
Postage and IRCs: http://www.qsl.net/w9ol/ircchart.txt .
QSL help: http://files.billnjudy.com/ .
DX Calendar: http://www.dxwatch.com/ .
More propagation: http://dx.qsl.net/propagation/ .
Propagation: Propagation continues to improve and we have seen more active sun spots in December. Expect the daily solar flux to range from 85-100 the next quarter as solar cycle 24 continues to grow.
On December 15th the solar flux was 90. The A index 8 was 11 and K index 3. No storms expected. Expect the best conditions on Dec 28-31st, Jan 23-25th, Feb 19- 21st & March 18-21st. Over the next four months, for USA stations, expect a 30% chance of DX in the mornings to Europe or Africa and a 50% chance into South America or the Pacific in the afternoon. To tell what DX paths are open, listen for the beacons from 28.175-28.300 (especially 28.200).
New DX members’ September to November 2010:
Sept: none; Oct: 75912 WP4MXB; Nov: 75846 PY3CJS.
Thanks to the QRZ-DX, DXNL, The Daily DX by W3UR #25731, Lee KH6BZF #8888 & Ohio/Penn DX Bulletins. Info to Mike Davidson, 3518 Bellefontaine, Houston, TX 77025 USA Email: N5MT@aol.com
DX IS! 73 Mike Davidson N5MT #24949
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