TenX DX News June 15, 2011
Mike Davidson N5MT, #24949
The country of Southern Sudan is expected to declare its independence from Sudan on July 9, 2011. If Southern Sudan is to become the next new DXCC Country, they need to be recognized by the UN or get a prefix assigned by the ITU. The old ST0/S.Sudan prefix was deleted in August 1998 when ST/Sudan got credit for the area.
Sudan has two call sign blocks that could be broken up for S. Sudan to use: SSN-STZ and 6TA-6UZ. The ITU does not have to reissue the ST0 prefix, they could use 6T0 or some other combination. Remember, the dates that you work them become important as the last ST0 credits ended the year of 1994 for DXCC. UN recognition will probably determine the new DXCC credit date when it happens later this year.
A waiting DX group will immediately put on this new DXCC entity for three weeks. Paul N6PSE #68859 is one of the co-leaders and Dave AH6HY #33750 who was on PJ5 St. Eustatius and Flo F5CWU #71812, will be the 10-10 members among the 18 operators. Web site at: http://www.dxfriends.com/SouthernSudan2011 .
Eric Hall K9GY #22330, will receive his Afghanistan T6 call sign within a few days. He has tested his antenna and is just waiting on the paper work. QSL via K9GY and logs will be uploaded to LoTW weekly.
All four of the new PJ entities: Curacao (PJ2), Bonaire (PJ4), St. Eustatius & Saba (PJ5), and Sint Maarten (PJ7), have all been accepted as new DXCC entities by 10-10.
The VP8ORK DXpedition to the South Orkney Islands, may have produced a new 10-10 country. There was ten meter contacts made as I heard their weak signal on CW.
Thanks to all that came by the 10-10 booth at Ham-Com in Plano,TX the second weekend in June. Our President Mel KD5DE #33513, Ray WD8JKV #20805, Bill W5WJH #75735 and myself renewed dues, sold antenna books for the scholarship fund and had 114 people sign our traveling 10-10 sign-in book. This was an ARRL Convention and Dave Sumner K1ZZ #4852 (Ex. VP and Secretary of ARRL) came by for a chat and signed the book, plus Don N1DG/VP8ORK #27629 and Randy N0TG/CY0 #12990 are in the book.
Countries Award: There were four applications this past quarter. Dan KZ3T #41015 got his 35 Countries, Bryan KC7OC #67668 upgraded to 80 Countries, Al N1API #25468 got his 160 Countries and myself Mike N5MT #24949 upgraded to 290 Countries which was checked by Mel KD5DE at Ham-Com. Please copy QSL cards instead of sending the originals to save postage.
General 10-10 DX reported in the past quarter:
3A Monaco. Claude 3A2LF #36994, used a special call during May 2011 as 3A2CWG. Claude was on the low end of ten on CW on June 10th. Plus he operates RTTY at times. Claude Passet has a new address: 3 ellee Guillaume Apollinaire MC 98000 MONACO. Website at: http://qrz.com/db/3a2cwg.
8P Barbados. Paul W5PF #5921, Bill K5WAF #73432, Cal WF5W and Bob WB5IUU operated from March 24th to April 3rd on RTTY, SSB & CW.
9A Croatia. Alessandro IZ4AMS/9A8AMS #75015, was to be active from Sveti Nikola Island on May 7-15th.
C6 Bahamas. Bob N4BP #3268 and N5KM were to be in Freeport from June 9-13th with call sign C6AKQ.
HI Dominican Republic. John HI3/KL7JR #43374 is active on Hispaniola Island until June.
PJ2 Curacao. These YLs were active as PJ2/NA6YL. Gayle K6GO #62009, Ellen N6UWW #60918, Michelle W5NYV #74808, and Cathy K6VC #71390, were on from March 18-21st. Web: http://yldxpeditions.com/.
PJ2 Curacao. Maurice PJ2/N4LZ #30439 and two friends were expected on Curacao from June 8-15th.
PJ6 Saba & ST. Eustatius. Don PJ6/N4HH #3651 was on for 10 days from Saba Island from February 6th.
T2 Tuvalu. Haru JA1XGI #55571, was active as T2XG from Tuvalu from May 17-24th.
T31 Central Kiribati. A DXpedition to Kanton Island was put on by a group including Bud N7CW #10375, Arnie N6HC #29959 and Jim K6ZH #40118, from April 22-27th. Web site: http://www.T31A.com .
V2 Antigua. Mark W9OP/V25OP #12879, was on from Antigua from March 8-18th. LoTW and eQSL.
Bernie V2/W3UR #25731, will be on a church mission trip August 6-13th. No info as yet if he will operate.
V3 Belize. Jim WB2REM/V31MM #48365, Paul W4PGM/V31PM #75574, and Glenn KD2JA, were in Placentia, Belize from March 23-30th.
V4 St. Kitts & Nevis. Halford V4/K5MV #9233, was on St. Kitts from March 10-17th. LoTW.
VK9 Cocos Keeling. Tim NL8F #32796, was on Cocos Keeling from March 19-29th with call VK9CF.
VP2M Montserrat. Ed WA1ZAM #25435, was on Montserrat from March 1-8th.
VP5 Turks & Caicos. Dave VP5/W5CW #6506, was on from March 23rd to April 20th. Dave was again active from the VP5JM Hamlet on the Island until June 14th. Dave used VP5CW in the WPX CW Contest.
VP8ORK S. Orkney Islands. A DXpedition to the South Orkney Islands was great. They operated from January 27th to February 8, 2011. Operators were 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 .
VU Andamans. A rare DXpedition to the Andamans was from March 15-31st with Suhas VU2SMN #47460 as the only 10-10 member. http://www.arsi.info/VU4PB .
YN Nicaragua. Chuck W5PR/YN2PR #7412 and Madison W5MJ, were in Nicaragua from June 9-13th.
Upcoming DX & New 10-10 Activity:
3D2 Fiji. Sebastien F8IJV #64604, will be in Fiji in October 2011 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 Spiderbeam antenna and verticals. He expects to be on SSB, with FM on 10, and digital. LoTW. http://www.nookhill.com/n1dgvp8.html .
C2 Nauru. A DXpedition to Nauru in Nov-December, will use call sign C21AA. 10-10 members so far are 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: www.DX0DX.net.
FP St. Pierre & Miquelon. Peg FP/KB9LIE #69937 and Paul K9OT, will be making their 8th trip to Mique-
lon Island from July 21st to August 4th. Peg on SSB only. LoTW. Web page: http://www.hamradio.pnpfarms.com .
Eric FP/KV1J #31247 is going to St. Pierre from October 25 to November 1st. He will operate all bands CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31. LoTW. Web site at: http://www.kv1j.com/fp/october11.html.
HB0 Liechtenstein. Manfred HB0/DL4MP #74906 will be operating from June 18-21st near Steg.
HK0 Malpelo. In February 2012 a DXpedition to Malpelo Island with call sign HK0NA is planned. Look for 10-10 member Pedro HK3JJH #47437.
KP2 Virgin Island. Terry N0TW #36547 and Paul WN4AMO #73825, will be on from August 3-9th during the 10-10 Summer QSO Party. They may use KP2M.
KP4 Puerto Rico. Randy K0EU #4977, will be on from grid FK78 the week of June 15-22nd.
J6 St. Lucia. Howard WB4WXE #7010, will return to St. Lucia June 25th to July 15th using call sign J68HS.
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.
PJ2 Curacao. Hawa DK9KX #21879 and friends, will operate from Curacao between June 26th and July 7th. They will be on 80-6 meters on SSB, CW and RTTY.
SM Sweden. Bernd DL8AAV #40976, will be on Aspoja Island, Sweden from June 19 to July 1st using call sign SD1B/5 for IOTA EU-177. QSL his call.
ST0 Southern Sudan. Look for Paul N6PSE #68859, Dave AH6HY #33750 and Flo F5CWU #71812, to be there for a few weeks starting July 9th.
T32 Christmas Island. A trip to the Kiribati Islands with 30 operators from September 17th to October 25th. Look for Falk DK7YY #23467, Arnold N6HC #29959, Justin G4TSH #42972 and Gerard F2JD #63443.
V2 Antigua. Jay W9AEB #6914, will use call sign V25TP from Antigua from June 14- 28th. Jay will be on 80-10M SSB, CW and PSK31. Web site at:
VE Canada. Gregg VE3ZZ #38480, will once again be active as VE3ZZ/VY2 on Prince Edward Island from July 25th to August 1st, from the VY2TT super-station.
VP2M Montserrat. John KB4CRT #41841, will again be active as VP2MRT from Montserrat from June 8-18th. Activity will be on SSB, CW, and PSK. LoTW.
VP9 Bermuda. Ray VP9/ND8L #16810 and Jamie VP9/WW3S will again be active as VP9I from VP9GE's QTH for the RTTY DX Contest on September 24-25th.
W USA. Todd N4LA #62636, will be on Vogue Banks NC from June 19-25th. LoTW. Web: www.n4la.com.
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 and we have seen more sun spots in early June. Expect the daily solar flux to range from 88-128 this next quarter as solar cycle 24 continues to improve. NASA predicts the peak of this cycle to be in about two years in 2013.
On June 15th the solar flux was 99, the A index was 8 and K index 2. Expect the best conditions on July 6-9th, Aug 2-4th and 29-31st and Sept 25-28th. Over the next three months, for USA stations, expect a 15% chance of DX in the mornings to Europe or Africa and a 40% 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’ March to May 2011:
March: 75866 DO1KEY; 75868 DD8EI; 75876 ZL1KNI; 75885 DF0VK; April: 75921 DF0HHC;
May: 75889 VK2HV; 75892 LW3ESH; 75895 AH6KW; 75925 PA6TEN; 75928 KP2M .
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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