TenX DX News Sept. 1, 2013
Mike Davidson N5MT, #24949
The propagation during the Summer QSO Party was good for the USA but not as good for our DX members. Looking at the QSO party results at the points scored, they show that the lower southern USA had bigger scores and worked more people as compared to stations farther to the north. DX stations to the south had better results last year but not this year as the QSO party results indicate. Plus there was very little activity from Europe for our members on the northeast coast of the USA.
Looking at the Spirit of 76 results at the 10-10 Website, showed more lower scores than the previous year. There were days when I did not hear a signal until mid-afternoon which made it hard to put contacts in your daily log. This year my digital setup had a problem so I did not try to work the CW or Digi modes and missed some points.
I took a look at the month of August 2013 at the daily solar flux and the number of sun spots reported. A period of five days starting on the 19th to the 23rd were the highest numbers for the entire month at 131. But, the solar flux numbers were not as high as in January or May of this year when the flux was higher at 170 and 160. So, unless there is a surge of solar activity this winter, there will not be another double peak of the solar flux this year! We had about the same solar flux this past quarter but propagation was not better with less DX getting into the log.
Now for a quick review of the NOAA sunspot data for the past two solar cycles. Looking just at the number of sunspots, I see that the previous Cycle 23 first peaked in the summer of 2000. The second peak was in the spring of 2002 and the bottom of the cycle was in early 2009. The current Cycle 24 began in the summer of 2009 and had its only peak in the spring of 2012. The number of sunspots has been down from that maximum each year since 2012.
The number of people reporting that they are going to DX places later this year, is reduced. The DX contest season begins in the month of October with something happening every weekend, so get ready to make a few DX contacts with both members and others. The next big event is the one day 10-10 Sprint on October 10th which is on a Thursday this year. You can make contacts on SSB, CW and Digi during the 10-10 Sprint so Good Luck.
Then the next big event is the second weekend in December for the ARRL Ten Meter Contest on December 14-15th. You can participate on SSB, CW or both modes.
I continue to support the ARRL LoTW QSL service as it saves you a lot of QSL postage. If you chase DX you will be operating on other bands besides Ten and you will be trying to get QSL credits whenever you work the DX. Just because 10-10 does not require a QSL card to confirm a contact does not mean that you stop collecting cards. The QSL collecting for some people has been a tradition that will not change, a true Dxer still wants the taste of the chase and hunt for the DX. Therefore, you should be using a computer logging program of some kind to record your DX contacts. All of these logging programs will produce a compatible file for uploading your log data into the LoTW server. After an upload, you can login to the site and follow all the matching QSO confirmations that have been found by the server. This can be done at the ARRL website about once a month to see what has come in and matched up with the contacts that you uploaded. Recent changes have added more functions, so try it soon.
The big DXpedition to watch during the 2013 fall season will be in October from Wake Island in Pacific Ocean. Five 10-10 members will be among the twelve operators in this big event. Wake Island is controlled by the US Air Force and permission to operate and getting access to the island is restricted, so you need to get this one into your log ASAP.
I am posting this to the 10-10 website on September 1st.
Countries Award: There were eight upgrades issued to three 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 must use a form at the 10-10 website or use software that prints the forms for emailing.
General 10-10 DX reported in the past quarter:
ET Ethiopia. Ken K4ZW #18573, was back in Ethiopia on June 8-11th and was active at the local club station ET3AA. No report of him going back to South Sudan.
FP St.Pierre & Miquelon. Eric KV1J #31247, was on the island from July 6-16th. Web site: http://www.kv1j.com .
HH Haiti. Tom KC0W/HH5 #67688, was in Haiti from July 6-25th operating CW.
J6 St. Lucia. Bill K9HZ/J68HZ #2618, was in St. Lucia from June 8-22nd. He used a 3 element beam plus wires for the lower bands. LoTW and home call.
J7 Dominica. Terry N0TW/J79TW #36547 and Gerry WA6POZ/J79GF #21274, were on from August 2-6th during the 10-10 Summer QSO Party. Thanks for the new J79 prefix from Gerry and Terry during the QSO Party.
K USA. Allan KV4T #38824, Robert AJ4T #58364 and Steve KI4GGJ #76061, were on Dauphin Island from June 19-24th. The club call KK5W #67832, was on the air for the Museum Ship weekend on June 1st from Pelican Island in Seawolf Park, Galveston, Texas.
Howard K1VSJ #35318, was on island south of Cape Cod, MA from August until September 15th.
OX Greenland. The group of YL operators that went to Greenland in August had poor conditions on Ten. The only 10-10 member was Kay WA0WOF #23802 but there was no activity on Ten reported on the DX packet cluster for OX5YL. There has been no 10-10 activity for years from Greenland as the only local member has been off the air. Website: http://home.online.no/~la6rha/greenland2013.htm .
V4 St. Kitts. John W6JON/V47JA #71041, was back in Calypso Bay from July 9th to August 10th. LoTW.
VE9 Canada. Jim AE1C/V9 #17864, was on Grand Manan Island from August 18-25th. LoTW.
ZD St. Helena Island. Bob VP8LP #8854, was on St Helena starting Sunday June 2nd until the 14th.
SV5 Dodecanese. Hans ON6ZK #70109, was on Kos from August 23-30th. He used 50 watts to a antenna on his hotel room balcony. Call sign was to be SV5/ON6ZK/P.
Upcoming DX & New 10-10 Activity:
3B Rodrigues Island. Lucio I3LDP #45838 and friends, will be on high frequencies and HF as 3B9EME from September 2-13th. Web site: http://www.ari.verona.it .
3D2 Fiji. Jay AA4FL #8436, will be in Fiji from October 30th for a few days while waiting to travel to Banaba for the upcoming T33A DXpedition. His call will be 3D2FL. Jay will be active after the DXpedition in Fiji using PSK31 on his IC-7000. QSL via AA4FL. Ann WA1S #48144, will also be on Fiji as 3D2AC at the end of October as she travels to the T33A DXpedition site.
9H Malta. Holger DL5XAT #64618 will operate as 9H3TX on Gozo Island from November 17-25th.
A2 Botswana. Doc WB6OJB/A25JK #70675 and Frosty K5LBU/A25CF #51322, will return to Botswana from September 5-12th. Look for SSB and PSK31.
C8 Mozambique. Don N1DG #27629 and Jose CT1EEB #58967, will be in Mozambique with friends in mid October 15-22nd using call C82DX. They will have multiple stations on 24 hours etc. 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: http://www.JuanFernandez2013.com .
E6 Niue Island. Graeme VK4FI/E6SG #37824, will be with a friend on Niue from December 7-17th.
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. Web site: Http://www.IG9.uu9p.com .
J3 Grenada. Mike W7MJJ #72353 and friends, will be on Grenada from October 23-30th. LoTW.
K USA. Randy AJ7G/4 #76022, will be operating from Cedar Keys, FL (IOTA NA-076) on September 18-19th.
K9W Wake Island. A group of a dozen operators will be on Wake Island from October 6-18th. There are five 10-10 members in the group: Hal W8HC #12502, John K6MM 13853, Mike K9NW #29804, Dick W3OA #31642 and Joe W8GEX #41393. They will be operating 24 hours a day while antennas are up. On ten SSB look for then on 28485 listening up 5-10, on CW at 28023 listening up and RTTY at 28080 listening up. Web site:
PJ7 St.Maarten. Dennis K2SX/PJ7W #9023 and friends, will be on the island during the CQ CW contest.
SV Greece. Eddy DM5JBN/SW8YY #54287 and a number of his German friends, will be on Zakynthos Island from October 17-29th.
T32 East Kiribati. Tim NL8F/T32TM #32796, will be on the island from Noverber 26th to December 11th.
T33 Banaba Island. Arnie N6HC #29959, Cliff KD6XH #4427, Jay AA4FL #8436, David N6HD #13064 and Ann WA1S #48144, will be on Banaba from November 5-18th with several stations on 24 hours a day to give out contacts on all HF bands. Web site: http://www.T33A.com .
VP9 Bermuda. Ray ND8L #16810 and two friends, will be on Bermuda from September 26-30th using call VP9I during the CQWW RTTY contest. Outside the contest they will use VP9/home calls. LoTW.
YN Nicaragua. Scott K7ZO/YN5Z #55678, will be on before the CQWW SSB contest October 23-27th. LoTW.
ZF Cayman Islands. Joe W6VNR/ZF2AH #75217, will be on Cayman for the CQWW SSB contest and the ARRL 10 Meter Contest on December 14-15th.
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 summer of 2013 has been about the same as in 2012 but with a slight decrease in the solar flux this year. The flux in May 2013 reached 160. I expect the daily solar flux to range from 95-130 this next quarter as cycle 24 continues. The speculation of having a second peak in this solar cycle is not building a big audience as the sun continues to produce poor propagation on Ten meters. We hear Europe less and things are just not like they were in past cycles when we had lower flux levels but we could hear Europe.
On September 1st the solar flux was 108, the A index was 11 and K index 2. Look for the best conditions: September 8-14th, October 6-10th, November 2-6th and December 1-5th. Over the next three months, for USA stations, expect a 10-20% 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 10-10 DX members’ June To August 2013:
June/August: none; July: 76779 DL6BDI; 76784 DL1GBM.
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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