TenX DX News Sept 1, 2011
Mike Davidson N5MT, #24949
I hope some of you were able to put the new Southern Sudan ST0R into your log on Ten meters. I heard a weak signal from them on Ten but I did not make it into their log on Ten. Most contacts were very quick so we will see if anyone was able to exchange a 10-10 number for new country credit! They used call sign ST0R from July 22nd until August 10th making 8286 contacts on Ten meters. Credit for DXCC has been approved by the ARRL so contacts from between these two dates are acceptable. Web site: http://www.dxfriends.com/SouthernSudan2011 .
T6 Afghanistan. Eric K9GY/T6MO #22330, has a new license and is using the new antenna. He is stationed at the large Bagram Airfield which is like O’Hare in Chicago and it noisy. Weekly Log updated to LoTW.
There has not been much DX during the past three month except for the ST0R DXpedition, the IOTA contest and the Summer QSO Party. During the QSO Party we had the best day on Saturday here in Texas. One local station had over 700 contacts by the end of the first day and then the weak conditions on Sunday only added about 250 more contacts to his log. The averaged solar flux has increased but not like we have seen in the past cycles. Past cycles have allowed us to talk with Europe on a daily basis by this time after the start of a new cycle!
Canadian stations may use special prefixes from September 1st to October 31st for the 100 years of Parks Canada. Stations with a VA prefix can change to CF, VY to CI, CO to CH and VE prefix to CG.
Countries Award: There was one application this past quarter. Ken G3XPO #70614 upgraded to 140 countries. Ken is the only member with a high membership number that has over 100 countries, Congratulations Ken. A Countries Award rule change may be in the works that will allow you to save postage money when submitting your QSL cards for checking. More info in the next issue.
General 10-10 DX reported in the past quarter:
A3 Tonga. Craig KI0SO #39172, is using call sign A35CT from Lifuka Island on August 13th. Unknown as to how long his ten watt signal will be on the air.
CT7 Portugal. Jose CT1EEB #58967 with friends, were on during the IOTA contest July 29-31st as CS5B.
Herman HB9CRV #72110 and friends, were on as CS2W from August 1-7th on Insua Island.
ET Ethiopia. Dave K3LP/ET3SID #13394 made a stop in Ethiopia for a few days and operated as ET3SID.
FP St. Pierre & Miquelon. Peg FP/KB9LIE #69937 and Paul K9OT, made their 8th trip to Miquelon Island from July 21st to August 4th. Peg on SSB only. Web page: http://www.hamradio.pnpfarms.com .
GI Ireland. Declan EI9HQ #71019 and friends used call sign GI8P in the IOTA Contest from Rathlin Island.
HB0 Liechtenstein. Manfred HB0/DL4MP #74906 operated from June 18-21st near Steg.
I Italy. Alex IZ4AMS #75015, was active from Helgoland and Texel Islands from August 11-17th.
K1 USA. Howard K1VSJ #35318 was on during the IOTA contest July 29th near Providence RI. Doug K1DG #43027, planned to operate as N1LI from his summer place Long Island, Maine during the IOTA Contest. Leslie AD5WB #74524 was on Galveston Island during the IOTA contest. Todd N4LA #62636, was on Vogue Banks NC from June 19-25th. Web: http://www.N4LA.com .
KP2 Virgin Island. Terry N0TW #36547 and Paul WN4AMO #73825, were on from August 3-9th during the 10-10 Summer QSO Party. They used call sign KP2M.
KP4 Puerto Rico. Randy K0EU #4977, was on from grid FK78 the week of June 15-22nd.
J6 St. Lucia. Howard WB4WXE #7010, used call J68HS on St. Lucia from June 25th to July 15th.
OZ Denmark. Rene DL2JRM #69623, was portable in the IOTA contest July 29th.
P43 Aruba. Emily P43E #69821, was calling CQ on 28495 at 2000 UTC on Aug 28th with a 53 signal into TX.
PJ2 Curacao. Hawa DK9KX #21879 and friends, operated from Curacao from June 26th to July 7th. They utilized 6-80 meters on SSB, CW and RTTY.
SM Sweden. Bernd DL8AAV #40976, was on Aspoja Island, Sweden from June 19th to July 1st using call sign SD1B/5 for IOTA EU-177.
ST0 Southern Sudan. Paul N6PSE #68859, Dave AH6HY #33750 and David K3LP #13394, used call ST0R for 18 days from July 22nd.
V2 Antigua. Jay W9AEB #6914, used call sign V25TP from Antigua from June 14-28th. Web site at:
VE Canada. Gregg VE3ZZ #38480, was again active as VE3ZZ/VY2 on Prince Edward Island from July 25th to August 1st, from the VY2TT super-station.
VP2M Montserrat. John KB4CRT #41841, was again active as VP2MRT from Montserrat from June 8-18th. Activity was on SSB, CW, and PSK. QSL to LoTW.
VE Canada. John VE1CDD #54264 used call sign VC1Z during the IOTA contest July 29th. Gregg VE3ZZ #38480 was on Prince Edward Isl for the IOTA contest.
VK9 Lord Howe Island. Don N4HH #3651 was the only 10-10 member in the group using call VK9HR on Lord Howe Island. They started about July 23rd and departed August 2nd. Web site at: http://www.lordhowe2011.com .
YB Indonesia. Joni YB9WZJ #73619 was on during the IOTA contest July 29th.
Upcoming DX & New 10-10 Activity:
3D2 Rotuma Island. A DXpedition to the South Pacific island of Rotuma by eighteen ops will take place from September 27th for ten days. Look for members David K3LP #13394, Atilano PY5EG #31883, Paul N6PSE #68859 to use call sign 3D2R.
3D2 Fiji. Eric VK4NEF #34296 and friends will be in Figi from October 26th to November 8th. Then Eric moves to C2 Nauru with another DX group. Sebastien F8IJV #64604, will be in Fiji in October with call 3D2JV. He will operate from his friend’s place 3D2AG #72719 and will operate the CQ WW SSB using an FT-450 and a Spiderbeam antenna using SSB, FM on 10, and digital. Web site at: http://www.nookhill.com/n1dgvp8.html.
C2 Nauru. A DXpedition to Nauru from November 10th to December 6th, will use call sign C21A. 10-10 members so far are Eric VK4NEF #34296, Tim NL8F #32796 and Art NJ7N #74754. They will operate three stations on all bands SSB, CW, RTTY and PSK31.
DX0 Spratly Island. The DXpedition planned for January is now set for April 2012. Members include Dave AH6FY #33750, Gerard F2JD #63443, George N6NKT #44637, Paul N6PSE #68859 and Doug N6TQS #72301. Web site: http://www.DX0DX.net.
E5 South Cook. Bill N7OU #69318, will be on CW from October 17th to November 7th as E51NOU and then move to North Cook from November 8-22nd.
FP St. Pierre & Miquelon. Eric FP/KV1J #31247 is going to St. Pierre from October 25th to November 1st. He will operate all bands CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31. Web site at: http://www.kv1j.com/fp/october11.html .
HI3 Dominican Republic. John HI3/KL7JR #43374 and his XYL Claire WL7MY have recently moved to an ocean front condo on the north side of Hispaniola Island. They will be there until the end of 2013. John has been trying a vertical loop for several months with good results. Email: KL7JR@Yahoo.com .
HK0 Malpelo. In January 2012, a DXpedition to Malpelo Island with call sign HK0NA is planned. Look for 10-10 member Pedro HK3JJH #47437. Web site at: http://HK0NA.wordpress.com .
J6 St Lucia. Steve WF2S #45134, is heading to J6 from December 4-14th. He will operate CW, PSK, RTTY and SSB. QSL to home call /buro/ LoTW.
P2 Papua New Guinea. Renzo I2KRR #27983, will be active as P29FR on SSB until March 2012.
P4 Aruba. John W2GD #14109, will be active as P40W from Santa Cruz, during the SSB Contest October 29-30th and CW Contest November 26-27th. LoTW.
PJ4 Bonaire. John PJ4/K4BAI #45389, and friends will be there from November 22-29th. Look for PJ4A in the CQ CW DX contest.
PJ6 Saba Island. Fred K9VV #8707, will use call sign PJ6/NP2X on CW from September 4-9th on Saba Island.
T32 Christmas Island. A DXpedition to the Kiribati Islands with 30 operators will happen from September 28th to October 26th. Look for Falk DK7YY #23467, Arnold N6HC #29959, Justin G4TSH #42972 and Gerard F2JD #63443. Web site at: http://www.T32C.com .
TI Costa Rica. Kyle WA4PGM #50763, Roy WK4Y #60893, and friends, will be active as TI5N during the
ARRL DX SSB Contest on March 3-4th, 2012.
TK Corsica Island. Lee F5MUX #42039, will use call sign TK5UX on Corsica from August 20th to September 3rd. He will operate holiday style and mostly CW.
Patrice F5RBB #71709 and his wife plan to operate as TK/F5RBB from Corsica from September 10-24th. He will operate on SSB and digital modes.
VP9 Bermuda. Les N1SV #71546, will again be active from Bermuda as VP9/N1SV from October 28-31st. He will use the DX club call VP9I in the CQ WW SSB Contest.
Ray VP9/ND8L #16810 and Jamie VP9/WW3S will again be active with the DX club call VP9I from VP9GE's QTH for the RTTY DX Contest on September 24-25th.
ZF Cayman Islands. Bob K5WA #11709 will be operating with friends during the CQ WW DX CW contest November 26-27th. Call sign will be ZF1A on CW. Bill K9HZ #02618, will be on the air as ZF2HZ in December from Rum Point, Grand Cayman Islands. QSL via K9HZ.
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 get better but only a few sun spots in August. Expect the daily solar flux to range from 90-135 this next quarter as solar cycle 24 continues to improve. NASA predicts the peak of this cycle to be in two years in 2013.
On September 1st the solar flux was 109, the A index was 3 and K index 1. Expect the best conditions on Sept 18-22nd, Oct 16-19th , Nov 12-15th, Dec 9-12th. The ARRL Ten Meter contest is the second weekend in December and maybe the peak in December will correspond to that weekend making for the best contest conditions in years! Over the next three months, for USA stations, expect a 25% chance of DX in the mornings to Europe or Africa and a 50% chance into South America or the Pacific in the late afternoon. To tell what DX paths are open, listen for the beacons from 28.175-28.300 (especially 28.200).
New DX members’ June to August 2011:
June: 75943 DK8RE; July: None; August: 76009 VA3MTT; 76034 VE1KW.
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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