TenX DX News June 1, 2013
Mike Davidson N5MT, #24949
The Summer has brought a small change of propagation that has helped us have a few stateside contacts as well as propagation into South America from Texas. The Digital and CW weekend contests produced a few contacts on Ten that went into my log and helped me get a couple of certificates from both of these QSO parties. We had an increase in the solar flux this quarter but more flux did not help with more DX getting into the log. You will see by the listing on the next pages, that the number of people going places later this year are greatly reduced. As for cycle 24, it has made some progress and a new peak is possible in late 2013 but I see fewer state side and DX contacts in your log in 2013 as compared to last year.
Just as I am posting this DX article, the Open Season QSO Party using PSK started on June 1st for two days.
Please get on PSK and make a few contacts as your points are helpful plus it will help others get on the band. Last year 10-10 had more people participating in this QSO Party than in past years so please make some contacts!
Coming in July, 10-10 has a unique QSO Party called the Spirit of 76 which lasts for seven days from July 1-7th. The most important rule to remember, you want to talk with others stations on six different modes: AM, FM, CW, SSB, PSK and RTTY. Members are two points, others one point and you can make six different contacts with the same person for a clean sweep. Remember it’s a QSO party not a contest so take your time and enjoy the band!
Good News for 10-10 DX chasers. A group of YL ops are going to Kangerlussuaq Greenland in mid August. Only one operator Kay WA0WOF #23802 is a 10-10 member. There has been no 10-10 activity for 20 years from OX as the only local member has been off the air after his radio broke. More info on the next page.
I continue to use the ARRL LoTW QSL service as it saves me a lot of postage. Your computer logging program will produce a LoTW file for uploading your log to the LoTW server. I presently have about a hundred pending confirmations that will add to my score. A recent change to the TQSL program that you use to upload your data now has more features and functions, so try it soon.
I was able to work Ken Z81Z/K4ZW #18573 for a new 10-10 country from the Rep. of South Sudan on March 6th.
Ken will be in Ethiopia ET in June 8th at the club station ET3AA on a new work assignment but there has been no word if he will return to S. Sudan. Since the war between Eritrea (E3) and Ethiopia ended in 2000, this region is now safer for ham radio activity. Both Eritrea and Ethiopia have had 10-10 activity in past years, so good luck.
I am posting this to the 10-10 website on June 1st, as I start my twenty-third year being your DX Editor so enjoy the DX info that follows. This past quarter has been real slow for DX and stateside contacts have been down, even with the increase in the solar flux this past quarter.
Countries Award: There were six upgrades and one Basic award issued to four members this past quarter. All are taking advantage of the NO QSL cards required for awards. When you apply for any 10-10 award, you need to use an approved form at the 10-10 website or use software that prints the forms for emailing.
General 10-10 DX reported in the past quarter:
3V/TS Tunisia. Antonello IK2DUW #18397 and twelve friends were on a DXpedition to Djerba Island Tunisia, from April 29th to May 6th with call sign TS8TI.
6Y Jamaica. Allen N3KW/6Y6T #14114, was active from Jamaica from March 5-13th only on CW.
8P Barbados. Jeff VA3QSL/8P9HI #73406, was on from April 6-13th. He used a IC-7000 into a dipole.
Dean 8P6SH/8P2K #45815, was on during the CQ WPX contest March 30th. QSL via KU9C.
C6 Bahama Islands. Paul K1VK #9756, was in the ARRL IDX SSB Contest March 2-3rd as C6ANM. Also, Chuck KG9N/C6A #17038, was on from the Bahamas from March 28th to April 4th including the CW WPX SSB contest. LoTW.
CT Madeira Island. Falk DK7YY/CT9 #23467, was on from April 8-11th.
ET Ethiopia. Karl K4YT/ET3AA #37347, is back in Ethiopia starting May 19th for an unknown length of time.
E6 Niue. Graeme VK4FI/E6SG #37824, was on Niue between March 22-29th.
FO French Polynesia. Al KZ3AB #63030, was in Tahiti, Bora Bora, Raiatea and Tahaa from May 3-13th using call sign FO/KZ3AB from his hotel which counts for DXCC.
FS St. Martin. Andy DK5ON #54260, was on the French & Dutch sides of the island from March 10-29th.
G England. Peter G0NQZ #72724 was operating as GX4BJC/A in East Sussex during May 2013.
HR Honduras. Gerard F2JD/HR5 #63443, was back in Honduras from February 26th for three months.
J7 Dominica. Richard KK4GV/J79GV #39793, was active from March 9-17th using only SSB. LoTW.
K USA. Ron K5HM #76323 and Matt K5NGU #76500 were on Mustang Island, Texas from April 6-7th using BVARC club call KK5W #67832. Lou W0FK #8677 was in Florida on Longboat Key Island from March 2-16th.
KP2 Virgin Islands. John KP2/W3JH #28715 was on from the Virgin Islands from March 13-19th. Tony N2TK #22425, was in the SSB contest in March as KP2M. Stan K8MJZ #6204, and friends were on the island for the WPX SSB contest March 30-31st as WP2Z. Three ops including Fred K9VV #8707, will use call sign KP2M #75928 from May 25-26th.
PJ4 Bonaire. David NA2AA #40574 will be with friends at the PJ4G club station on Bonaire. David will use call PJ4G as a single op entry in the CQ WPX CW contest May 25-26th.
PJ7 Sint Maarten. Randy N0TG #12990, was on Sint Maarten, from March 15-23rd plus Ron AA4VK #12423.
SV Greece. Hughie G3UME #38239 was with friends using call SZ8S from Samos Island between May 16-30th. Boyko LZ1QN/SV8 #50483, was on Zakynthos Island with a special call SW8LZ from May 19-27th.
T2 Tuvalu. Tom GM4FDM #31864 was using call sign T2GM from March 13-21st. Web: http://T2GM.org .
Tim NL8F #32796, was on Tuvalu Island from March 19-30th with call sign T2TT.
TX Clipperton Island. Luis XE1L #18056 and Rick KF4ZZ #7178, used call TX5K on Clipperton from February 27th to March 16th. Unfortunately Luis had a massive heart attack and died just after returning to the USA on his way back home. Web: http://TX5K.org .
V3 Belize. Lee N8LJ/V31LJ #61088 and Stan AC8W/V31AC #62885 were in Belize from February 27th to March 5th and in the ARRL DX SSB contest.
V6 Micronesia. Sho JA7HMZ #30900 and a friend, were on Pohnpei island from April 15-20th. Haru JA1XGI #55571, was in Pohnpei from April 3-11th as V63XG for some limited contacts on Ten meters.
VP5 Turks and Caicos Islands. Urb W1UL #21534, will be on from March 7-13th on CW as VP5/W1UL.
Dave VP5/W5CW #6506, was on Caicos Island from May 17th to June 11th. Dave used a special call VP53V during the CQ WPX CW contest the last weekend in May.
VP8G South Georgia. Felix DL5XL #55519, was on a ship that has reached S. Georgia in April. No reports.
XV Vietnam. Irek SP3SUX #62262, was in Can Tho, Vietnam as a guest op at XV4Y in a contest April 6-7th.
YJ Vanuatu. Bill K2PO/YJ0PO #6344, was on Efate Island for the CQ WPX CW contest the end of May.
ZF Grand Cayman. Bob K3UL/ZF3UL #1220, was on March 11-14th for a while on Ten. LoTW.
ZL New Zealand. Les ZL3AB #4434 and friends, were active as ZL3X in the WPX SSB contest March 30-31st.
ZL7 Chatham Island. Jim ZL1LC/ZL7LC #76528, was on Chatham from March 14-21st but no ten meters.
Holger ZL3IO #22401, was on during the CQ WPX CW contest May 25-26th as a single op. LoTW.
Upcoming DX & New 10-10 Activity:
9H Malta. Holger DL5XAT #64618 will operate as 9H3TX on Gozo Island from November 17-25th.
C8 Mozambique. Don N1DG #27629 and Jose CT1EEB #58967, will be in Mozambique with friends in mid October using call
C82DX. LoTW and Club Log.
CE0Z Juan Fernandez Island. A DXpedition to Juan Fernandez will take place from November 8-20th. Art WA7NB #74754 and friends will have four stations on the air as much as possible using call XR0ZR. Web site: www.JuanFernandez2013.com .
ET Ethiopia. Ken K4ZW #18573, will be back in Ethiopia on June 8-11th and op at club station EA3AA.
FP St.Pierre & Miquelon. Eric KV1J #31247, will be on the island from July 6-16th. Web site: www.kv1j.com .
HH Haiti. Tom KC0W/HH5 #67688, will be in Haiti from July 6-25th operating CW.
I Italy. Dale N3BNA #32100, Boyko LZ1QN #50483 and friends will be on Lampedusa Island off Sicily in late October for the CQ SSB contest. Http://www.IG9.uu9p.com .
J6 St. Lucia. Bill K9HZ/J68HZ #2618, will be in St. Lucia from June 8-22nd. He will use a 3 element beam plus wires for the lower bands. LoTW and home call.
J7 Dominica. Terry N0TW/J79TRW #36547 and Gerry WA6POZ #21274, will be on from August 2-6th during the 10-10 Summer QSO Party.
K USA. Allan KV4T #38824, Robert AJ4T #58364 and Steve KI4GGJ #76061, will be on Dauphin Island from June 19-24th. The club call KK5W #67832, will be on for the Museum Ship weekend June 1st from Pelican Island in Seawolf Park, Galveston, Texas.
OX Greenland. An international group of YL’s will activate Greenland from August 16-20th. During this four day DXpedition, look for Kay WA0WOF #23802 as the only 10-10 member operating OX5YL. Web site at: http://home.online.no/~la6rha/greenland2013.htm .
T33 Banaba Island. Arnie N6HC #29959, Cliff KD6XH #4427, Jay AA4FL #8436, will be on Banaba Island sometime in November 2013.
V4 St. Kitts. John W5JON/V47JA #71041, will be back in Calypso Bay from July 9th to August 10th. LoTW.
VE9 Canada. Jim AE1C/V9 #17864, will be on Grand Manan Island from August 18-25th. LoTW.
Miscellaneous Items & Notes:
Propagation forecast: http://www.solen.info/solar/ .
DX Calendar: http://www.dxwatch.com/ .
More propagation: http://dx.qsl.net/propagation/ .
Propagation: Propagation during the Spring of 2013 has been better than 2012 due to an increase in the number of solar flares this year. The highest flux in 2012 was in July at about 135. In May 2013 it got up to 160. I expect the daily solar flux to range from 105-150 this next quarter as cycle 24 continues. There still is a possibility that if the sun continues its solar flare ups, that we could have one more peak this winter for cycle 24 like we had in cycle 23.
On June 1st the solar flux was 102, the A index was 9 and K index 4. Look for the best conditions: June 12-14th, July 9-12th, August 5-8th and Sept 1-3rd. Over the next three months, for USA stations, expect a 10-30% chance of DX in the mornings to Europe or Africa and a 15% 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’ March To May 2013:
March: 76742 VE3POK; April: none; May: none.
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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