TenX DX News September 1, 2012
Mike Davidson N5MT, #24949
The Summer QSO Party was a fun event this year with more contacts in the log than in 2011. I was fortunate to get a certificate so thanks to Ruth K0KDB for taking care of the certificates. We worked the DX from the Caribbean area and South America. The big signal in the contest was Terry TI5/N0TW with over 781 contacts from a station in Costa Rica, so congratulations to Terry on the 1st place win.
A big DXpedition to Swains Island NH8S will start on September 5th to 17th so be sure to read the details below!
The solar flux is not progressing upwards with any rush to its peak like in past cycles! In the fall of 2011, we had a peak flux at the time of the Ten Meter contest, the second weekend in December. Hopefully, the Sun will run up the solar flux again this year for the Ten Meter contest.
I am still waiting to work the only active 10-10 member in Monaco, Claude 3A2LF. During the summer months in the USA we see the best DX paths to the southeast and southwest. During the fall months the DX paths change more towards the northeast/east and northwest/west. We usually begin to hear Europe sometime in October here in Texas when the fall contest season begins.
I am posting this to the 10-10 website on September 1st, and I just worked Italy and Croatia with S9 signals on Ten Meters at 1545 UTC. Good luck as the band is now open.
Countries Award: There was one upgrade and no basic awards issued this past quarter. All upgrade applications are taking advantage of the NO QSL cards required for awards. When you apply for any award, you must use an approved form at the 10-10 website OR use approved software that prints the correct forms for emailing.
General 10-10 DX reported in the past quarter:
1A S.M.O.M. A DXpedition to this rare entity was from July 1st to 4th. The 1A0C Web page is active and online at: http://www.1a0c.com . Flo F5CWU #71812 was the only 10-10 member in the group of ops.
4S7 Sri Lanka. Mario 4S7BRG #30935 was active on RTTY about 1700 UTC. QSL via LZ3HI.
9G Ghana. Emil ZS6EGB/9G5ZS #71820, is back in Ghana as of July 20th where he is setting up a clinic. His radio is an Icom 706 feeding a vertical.
A2 Botswana. Doc WB6OJB/A25JK #70675, was back in Botswana from July 24-31st. He operated from the Lotsani Lodge in eastern Botswana, running a KW into a log periodic and a vertical for the low bands.
ET Ethiopia. Ken K4ZW #18573, was in Ethiopia from August 3-6th visiting the ET3AA club station.
K USA. Tim NL8F #32796, was in the July IOTA Contest from Unalaska Island. John NY6DX/1 #53726, was on from Rhode Island in the IOTA contest.
KL7 Alaska. Tim NL8F #32796 was on Little Diomede Island from July 25-27th during the IOTA contest. This is the closest US island to Russia!
JX Jan Mayen. Svein JX9JKA/LA9JKA is now active from Jan Mayen for one year. Please ask Svein to join 10-10 as Jan Mayen has never had any 10-10 activity.
P4 Aruba. Jack W6NF/P40NF #28279 and Shelley K7MKL were in Aruba from August 15-21st.
PJ4 Bonaire. Bill K9HZ/PJ4HZ #2618 was on Bonaire Island from June 1-10th. Bill planed to be on all the HF bands using SSB and CW.
PJ5 St. Eustatius. Frank PJ5/K3TRM #69974, was on St. Eustatius on SSB, CW and RTTY from August 8-18th.
TA Turkey. Berkin TA3J #74303, was on Yassica Island in July to August 13th using low power on SSB.
Web site: http://www.aydogmus.gen.tr/ta3j/ .
TI Costa Rica. Terry TI5/N0TW #36547 was in Costa Rica and won the 2012 Summer QSO Party contest from there. He operated from August 1-8th.
V3 Belize. Henry W5HNS/V31WH #4600, and friends were in Belize from July 23-31st for the IOTA contest.
V73 Marshall Islands. Rick WH0AI #1757, has been operating from the Kwajalein ARC station V73AX. Rick will obtain a V73 call sign for the winter contest season.
VE Canada. John VE1CDD/VC1X #54264 may have been on Little Tancook Island in July for IOTA. Rich AH6EZ #71649 and Harry K9DXA #75703 were on as VY0/home calls from Nunavut from June 21st to July 2nd.
VK Australia. Rick W5RH/VK3 #75968, checked into our local Houston SHOT net the past two weeks. He is leaving Australia about September 1st returning home.
VP2 Montserrat. Bob W5UQ/VP2MUQ #74198, and Bill W5SJ, went to Montserrat from July 17-24th.
VP8 Falkland Islands. Bob VP8LP #8854, came back on the air August 8th after a six month vacation.
VP9 Bermuda. George VP9/WB3IGR #16783, was on again from Bermuda from June 18-21st on digital and SSB.
XV Vietnam. Larry W6NWS/XV2W #35721 was in Vietnam from May 28th to June 12th visiting family. There was no reported Ten Meter air time.
Upcoming DX & New 10-10 Activity:
3D2C Conway Reef. A DXpedition to Conway Reef will take place from September 24th to October 5th. Look for Dave K3LP #13394, Paul N6PSE #68859, Dave AH6HY #33750, George N6NKT #44637, Mike K6MKF #75891 and others from the 2011 Rotuma 3D2R DXpedition. Web: www.yt1ad.info/3d2c/index.html .
9H Malta. Holger DL5XAT/9H3TX #64618 will be on Gozo Island from November 21-26th.
CR Madeira Islands. Karlfried DL1EK #42024, will be back in Madeira for the CQ WW SSB contest using call CR3L with a group of operators. After the contest his call will be CR9/DL1EK until November 1st.
CY0 Sable Island. Ron AA4VK #12423, will try to be on Sable from October 8-17th with WA4DAN. Web site: www.cy0dxpedition.com .
EL Liberia. A DXpedition to Liberia for the CQ WW CW contest in November by Ned AA7A/EL2NS #11185, Bud N7CW/EL2CW #10375 and Lee KY7M/EL2LF #38585, will use call EL2A in the contest. Log on LoTW.
E51 Cook Islands. Haru JA1XGI #55571, will be active from the Cooks and V63 Micronesia in December 2012. Web site: www.ja1xgidxvacation.blogspot.com .
HS Thailand. Dennis K7BV #5414, will be in Thailand from August 28th to September 2nd. He will use call sign HS0ZKS and E2E while in Thailand. Dennis could have used JF1XJR while he was in Japan.
K USA. Rick K4JTT #75358, is looking for CW ops for a September 24-30th IOTA operation from Dauphin Island, Alabama. Contact him at email@example.com .
KL7 Alaska. Ethan K8GU #68807, will be on Adak Island from August 23rd to September 12th.
NH8 Swains Island. Joe W8GEX #41393, reports the NH8S Swains Island DXpedition is on schedule. The 20 man team will be on the island from September 5-17th. Look for Carl K9CS #40531, Mike K9NW #29804, Don N4HH #3651, Arnie N6HC #29959, David N6HD #13064, Hawk SM5AQD #52781, Hal W8HC #12502 and Joe W8GEX. They will operate all bands with SSB, CW and RTTY. Web site: www.NH8S.org . Ron N6XT #43597 and John N7CQQ will be in American Samoa when the group leaves for Swains Island. Ron will stay in Samoa for 30 days and possibly visit Tokelau ZK3.
P4 Aruba. P40W will be active by John W2GD #14109 in the CQ Contest October 27-28th and November 24-25th.
PJ7 Sint Maarten. Randy N0TG #12990, is making plans to be on from PJ7, Sint Maarten, March 15-23rd of 2013. Look for PJ7/N0TG, along with Ron AA4VK #12423 and N1SNB from the island in 2013.
T6 Afghanistan. Eric K9GY/T6MO #22330 has been on the air ten months, with 4,100 contacts on Ten Meters. He is mostly on CW with no amp or beam! Best time to listen for Eric is 700-900 UTC and 1200-1330 UTC.
V6 Micronesia. Haru JA1XGI/V63XG #55571, will be on Yap Island Micronesia from December 5-12th.
VK6 Australia. Reinhard DF4TD #21100 will be on Woody Island from November 9-13th with friends. Web site : www.westozdx.net/IOTAS/OC170/OC170.html .
YN Nicaragua. Mike AJ9C #41205, is going back to Nicaragua from November 20-28th. He will use call sign
YN2CC on SSB, CW and RTTY.
ZL9 Campbell Island. A DXpedition to Campbell Island will be active using call sign ZL9HR from November 17-30th. The only 10-10 member is Gene K5GS #15119. Web site at: http://www.zl9hr.com .
Miscellaneous Items & Notes:
Propagation forecast: http://www.solen.info/solar/ .
DX Calendar: http://www.dxwatch.com/ .
More propagation: http://dx.qsl.net/propagation/ .
VE Canada. Canadian ops can celebrate the Diamond Jubilee Year of Queen Elizabeth II with special prefixes on December 29th and 30th. VA# stations will be able to use the CF prefix, VE stations will use CG, VO stations can sign CH and VY stations may use the CI prefix. Good luck.
Propagation: Propagation during the Summer of 2012 has not been as good as in Nov-Dec 2011. The solar flux has been flat the past six months. The October 2011 record 180 solar flux has not been repeated in 2012. The peak of 2012 was in July The solar flux in Aug 2011 is the same as Aug 2012! I expect the daily solar flux to range from 100-155 this next quarter as solar cycle 24 continues. NASA is still predicting the peak of the cycle 24 in the winter of next year 2013 which will mean a double peak for cycle 24. .
On September 1st the solar flux was 131, the A index was 3 and K index 2. Look for the best conditions: Sept. 1-3rd and 28-30th, Oct.27-31st, Nov. 26-29th, & Dec. 24-26th. Over the next three months, for USA stations, expect a 20-35% chance of DX in the mornings to Europe or Africa and a 40% chance into Asia, South America or the Pacific in the late afternoon. To see what DX paths are open, listen for the beacons from 28.175-28.300 (especially 28.200).
New DX members’ June to August 2012: June: 76473 VA7HZ; July: None; August: 76592 NP2MR; 76503 WP4IDK; 76505 KH6CB; 76513 DP5E; 76514 DL0BRA; 76515 DL0MUE; 76526 VK2FCJ; 76528 ZL1LC.
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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